Laos

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Laos Travel Guide

This landlocked rural country retains a relaxed pace of life. Laos is the last secret of Southeast Asia, but it is unlikely to remain unchanged for long. Southern Laos, specifically the lush and beautiful country ...

This landlocked rural country retains a relaxed pace of life. Laos is the last secret of Southeast Asia, but it is unlikely to remain unchanged for long. Southern Laos, specifically the lush and beautiful country along the banks of the Mekong River, is emerging as this nation’s newest destination. Attractions include the charming town of Champasak and the Vat Phou ruins, which are as old as those of Angkor Wat. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

WHEN TO VISIT

The rainy season extends from May-October. The rest of the year is generally dry and sunny. Temperatures are high year-round.

Recommended Luxury Hotels in Laos

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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Best Restaurants in Laos

This simple but spotless little restaurant serves the best Lao food in town, and it is an ideal place to discover an Asian cuisine that remains little known. try the sampler platter to start and then the lemongrass stuffed with ground pork and herbs. For those who develop a taste for Lao food, which is often deliciously tangy and a little smoky, the café offers cooking classes.

Bat Vat Sene Kingkitsarath Road Luang Prabang

Run by two longtime French expats, this stylish café-restaurant with a charming colonial atmosphere, friendly service and excellent food is just as good for an iced coffee and a slice of mango-pineapple- apple tart after an afternoon of sightseeing as it is for lunch or dinner. The menu features both French and Lao dishes, and among the standouts are the wild-boar terrine, the lamb shank braised with cardamom, and the superb Laotian salads — don’t miss the kranab pa, fish stuffed with ground pork and local herbs and grilled in a banana leaf.

Ban Vat Nong Luang Prabang Dinner for two, US$120.
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