Laos

LOCAL TIME:
GMT+7
LANGUAGE:
EnglishFrenchLao
FLIGHT TIME FROM UK:
13 to 16 Hrs
CURRENCY:
LAK

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, commonly known as Laos, is a landlocked country located in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. It has a population of approximately 7.3 million people, and its capital and largest city is Vientiane.

The official language of Laos is Lao, which is a tonal language of the Tai-Kadai language family. French and English are also spoken in the country.

The currency of Laos is the Lao kip (LAK), which is divided into 100 att. Banknotes are available in denominations of 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000 kip.

The flight time from the UK to Laos can vary depending on the airline and route taken, but it typically takes around 13-16 hours for a direct flight.

Laos is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7), which means that when it is noon in GMT, it is 7pm in Laos.

The main airport in Laos is Wattay International Airport, located in Vientiane. The airport serves as the main gateway to the country and handles both domestic and international flights. The address of Wattay International Airport is Rue Setthathirath, Ban Nongduang Nua, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane, Laos.

Top Local Attractions

Luang Prabang

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a stunning blend of traditional Lao architecture and French colonial influence. Located at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, it's surrounded by lush jungle and misty mountains. One of the main attractions is the daily alms giving ceremony, where saffron-robed monks collect offerings of sticky rice and other food from locals and tourists alike.

Kuang Si Waterfalls

This series of cascading waterfalls and turquoise pools is a nature lover's paradise. Located about 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang, the falls are a great place to swim, hike, and picnic. The main waterfall is over 50 meters tall, and there are several smaller falls and pools to explore. One of the unique features is the Bear Rescue Centre located on the way to the falls where visitors can see bears that have been rescued from illegal trading and hunting.

Plain of Jars

This mysterious archaeological site features thousands of giant stone jars scattered across the rugged landscape. Located in the northeastern province of Xieng Khouang, the jars range in size from one to three meters in height and weigh up to six tons each. The purpose of the jars remains a mystery, but they are believed to date back to the Iron Age. Visitors can explore the jars and learn about the history and culture of the region.
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