Laos is the only land-locked country in SE Asia and shares borders with all of the other countries in Indochina. Lush green rice fields, rugged mountains and gushing waterfalls pepper the remarkable landscape of a country through which the mighty Mekong River flows. Laos has managed to hold on to its laid back culture while rejuvenating nearly lost cottage industries such as silk weaving.
We're Experts! Red Lantern Journeys can arrange tours throughout Laos. In addition to the popular sights, we know the best hotels, experiences, and off-the-beaten-path locations for your tour!
Our Personal Picks
- A traditional Baci ceremony in a local village
- The Luangsay Mekong River cruise from Thailand to Luang Prabang
- The 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don) in southern Laos
- The Khmer style ruins at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Champasak
- A jungle walk to search for medicinal plants with the villagers at the Kamu Eco-lodge
- A visit to an impoverished village to donate children’s books and supplies
When to Travel
The cool winter from November to February is the best time for visits due to lower temperatures and less rainfall, but river cruising and waterfalls are more spectacular from June to October.
US and Canadian citizens need a visa to enter Laos. Visas are available on arrival at the Luang Prabang and Vientiane airports, and all other entry points except Nam Heuang Bridge and Veun Kham. The fee is $35 for US citizens and $42 for Canadian citizens, and you'll need two recent passport photos.
It is also possible to arrange a visa through Lao Embassies overseas. To arrange your visa in advance by mail through an embassy follow this link:
Myanmar Visa by Mail
Red Lantern Journeys has developed a set of itineraries in Laos that are unmatched in terms of unique activities, classic sites, and off-the-beaten-path locations. They are designed to have you travel at a pace that gives you enough time to absorb the atmosphere and local cultural without feeling too rushed. The main cities can be done in relative luxury, but accommodation in the more remote places can be a bit more rugged.
Below are recommended itineraries for privately guided tours. Book as-is or customize them to fit your schedule and traveling goals.
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