The most popular tourist areas
are Luang Prabang and Vientiane and the country's slogan is "Simply
Beautiful". It is known for being a more relaxed and more
originally authentic Asian experience. The highlights of the country
are its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Luang Prabang and Wat Phu.
The Plain of Jars is expected to also become a World Heritage Site when
unexploded ordinance from Indochina Wars is eliminated and the site is
made safe for tourism. The monsoon season from April to October
mainly affect the southern part of Laos. November to March is the
dry season with lower humidity and more bearable temperatures.
Laos was reopened to tourism in 1989. You can obtain a 30 day
travel visa for a fee upon entry to Laos at Wattay International Airport
in Vientiane, Luang Prabang International Airport, Pakse International
Airport in southern Laos and the Friendship Bridge at the Thai border with
Vientiane. Japan and ASEAN member states from Southeast Asia are
exempt from travel visa requirements. Check your specific country at
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project
The national currency in Laos is the Kip (LAK).
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