Health, medicals and safety

Health, medicals and safety

Before visiting Southeast Asia, you may need to get vaccinations and medications for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk during your travel. Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depen [Read more]
Travel insurance for Laos holiday

Travel insurance for Laos holiday

Travel Insurance is compulsory on all Travel Authentic Asia trips and is a condition of booking with Travel Authentic Asia. This will not only guarantee you peace of mind while you travel but also covers you for many of the things that can go wrong. [Read more]
Visa and formalities

Visa and formalities

All visitors entering Laos must possess valid passports. Visa can obtained from Lao Embassies and Consulates abroad. Tourist visa allows you to stay in Laos for up to 30 days, and can be extended (with fee) for up to 60 days. The visa processing will [Read more]
Get prepared for trip to Laos

Get prepared for trip to Laos

Traveling to Laos, like most of other destinations in Southeast Asia is not a complicated affair. There are some basics that you should take care of before your holiday. [Read more]
Money matters

Money matters

Although LAK is the country’s only official currency, Thai Baht and US Dollars are also accepted in many places, especially tourist areas. You will need a ready supply of kip notes for use in smaller towns and villages as well as for small purchases. [Read more]
Shopping in Laos

Shopping in Laos

Laos is an excellent destination for those interested in picking up elaborate handicrafts. Buying locally made Laos products is a good way to contribute to the local economy and helps preserve traditional crafts, many of which are products of the dif [Read more]
Food and drinks

Food and drinks

In Vientiane and major cities of Laos you can find a great variety of food on offer. Local stalls sell barbecued pork, chicken and duck, sometimes goat, beef; countless roadside stalls and restaurants serve bowls of different varieties of steaming no [Read more]
Entertainment in Laos

Entertainment in Laos

Laos is a bit laid-back country. There are not many social activities in Vientiane in particular and Laos in general that either Lao or foreigners can indulge in. Anyway, you will always find somewhere to enjoy the night with a beer or two. [Read more]
Safety and Security in Laos

Safety and Security in Laos

Laos has earned a reputation among visitors as a remarkably safe place to travel, with little crime reported. Most but if not all of Laotians remain honest and welcoming. Anyway, as a saying go “ prevention better than cure” you should be aware of so [Read more]
Laos festivals and holidays

Laos festivals and holidays

Festivals in Laos are largely linked to agricultural seasons or religious holidays. The word for festival in Lao is boun, which also means doing good things during the festivities in order to gain merit for subsequent lives. [Read more]
Laos cuisine

Laos cuisine

Lao cuisine is very different from the cuisines of other SE Asian cultures and has features which it does not generally share with its neighbours. The Lao food tradition does not belong only to the country of Laos, but to the ethnic Lao people many o [Read more]
Laotian literature and art

Laotian literature and art

This small country has a long history of traditional art, from sculptures and architecture to paintings and textiles. Laos has an unparalleled diversity within its culture, and all the artwork is characterized by distinct patterns, functional and dec [Read more]
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