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Travel Information about Laos

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The easiest entry points to Laos are the Wattay International Airport in Vientiane (daily flights from/to Bangkok with Thai Airways or Lao Airlines), and the Mekong River Friendship Bridge 20km from Vientiane. The 1994 opened Friendship Bridge connects Vientiane with Nong Khai on the Thai side, with direct trains connections from/to Bangkok, of shuttle services to Udon Thani, the next largest city in Thailand with a domnestic airport.
A Visa on Arrival for about US$ 30 is available at the Vientiane, Luangprabang, and Pakse airports and the Friendship Bridge. This service was introduced in August 1997. A passphoto and of course a valid passport are required among other things.
A Lao visa is available through Lao embassies, e.g. in Bangkok, Berlin, Paris, USA, others. Do not buy a visa at travel agents in Vietnam or Thailand (risk of scam).
Travelling in Laos is not as easy as in most western countries, but it is becoming increasingly better. The necessary infrastructure is in development and continuosly improved. However, it is highly recommended for all traveller to be well prepared for trips especially for journeys in the Lao country side. Check frequently for the latest information as it is changing all the time in the rapidly developing environment.
The information available on the Internet is not always updated on a regular basis. Check different sites!

Vientiane, Asia's Charm City
Report by Michael Patrick Anderson, Special to The Washington Post, February 11, 2001

Green Discovery Laos, adventure travel & eco-tourism - the best in Laos

Wonderground Forecast for Vientiane

The following sites provide useful information about travelling in Laos:
Green Discovery Laos, adventure travel and eco-tourism specialists
Laos, great homepage with a lot of interesting info
Smart Travel Asia, destination guide with some multimedia
ClassBrain country report on Laos (by CIA fact book)
Diethelm Travel Laos, Tours and Bookings, Information and Tips

more links to Laos

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