Laos-



Laos: Laos is a country in southeast Asia. It is located bordered by Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. It is a completely land locked country.


Climate: Laos is situated in tropical region, near the equator. Laos climate is hot and humid. But not all parts of Laos has the same climate. If you are heading to the north you will notice the climate is much cooler there than in the south.

Laos has two distinct seasons - the wet season from May to October, and the dry season from November to April. During the wet season, the topography of Laos (mountainous) means there is the risk of landslides. The temperature are lower during the wet season, averaging 23°C (73°F), with August being the wettest month. The dry season has two distinct sub-sections; the cool dry period from November to February and the hot dry season from March to April. Dry season temperatures average at 28°C (82°F) and the hottest month is April.

The cool dry season - occurs from November to January. In the Mekong valley, temperature can drop to around 15 degrees Celsius and the mountain temperature drop to zero degree Celsius or lower at night. Humidity is low at this time of the year and the most visitors consider it the best time to travel to Laos.

The hot dry season - follows through May. And toward the end of this period, there is high humidity and thunderstorms. Temperature can reach 35 degrees Celsius. 

The wet season - generally lasts from June until October. It is typified by a consistent pattern of low clouds and rain. Flooding occurs along the Mekong River and some tributaries.

The average rainfall in the capital Vientiane is 1,700 mm, although in the north of Laos and the highlands it is wetter, with more than 3,000 mm each year.

 

Official language(s) : Lao

 

Information You should know !

 

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Photographing airports, railway stations, police stations, military installations and government offices may
result in your film being confiscated. Similarly, photographs of uniformed officers, both police and armed
forces. This is normal in most countries.
In general, the locals are quite happy to have their photo taken, though of course it is polite to ask first.

 

MONEY

The local currency is the KIP. Notes come in denominations of 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10.000 and 20.000 Kips.
The rate of exchange as per the time of printing is approximately 10,450 Kip to one US Dollar and 13,340 Kip to one Euro. In Vientiane, notes of most international currencies can be exchanged either at banks or at licensed moneychangers.  Outside Vientiane, most provincial banks and licensed moneychangers accept only US Dollars, Thai Bahts and sometimes Euros. Only major banks accept traveler’s cheques. It is best to carry U.S Dollar bills in small denominations. Credit cards are accepted only at major hotels and up-market shops and restaurants in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. 


CLOTHING

You will not need formal or "dressy" clothes at any time during your Laos tour. Jeans, slacks, skirts and shorts
(nothing too racy!) with a shirt/blouse or T-shirt are fine for the daytime. In the evening you may wish to get into
something smart casual. Suits, ties, excessive jewellery, furs and the like are definitely out of place and could
even make you, and your Laotian hosts, feel uncomfortable! Light-weight washable cotton or cotton-blend
clothes are most suitable for such climates. Especially during the cool season, and if you are visiting the Plain of
Jars, Luang Prabang, Saravane and Houeixay, take along a light pullover in case of chilly evenings. A
lightweight windcheater would also be useful in case of rain especially during the wet season. Footwear is strictly
forbidden to be worn inside temples, pagodas and monasteries, so wear shoes that are easily removed.

COMMUNICATION

The GPO offers public telephones for local, national and international calls. Phone card (available at appointed shops) booths available for domestic and overseas calls. Most large hotels have IDD lines, but calls are expensive. Country code: 856. Outgoing international code: 00.

 

ELECTRICITY

Electricity in Laos is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Laos with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices.

Transformers will have a much lower maximum Watt rating, usually 50 or 100. Transformers can often be used continuously and provide better electricity for low wattage appliances like battery chargers, radios, laptop computers, cameras, mp3 players and camcorders. However, they are heavy because they contain large iron rods and lots of copper wire.

Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

Laos Plug Adapters and Outlet Shapes

Flat blade plug

Two round pins

 

INTERESTING PLACES

icon.gif (941 bytes)  Vientiane

icon.gif (941 bytes)  Vang Xang

icon.gif (941 bytes)  Nam Ngum Dam

icon.gif (941 bytes)  Xieng Khuan

icon.gif (941 bytes)  Vivocity – Shop Till You Drop

icon.gif (941 bytes)  Luang Prabang

icon.gif (941 bytes)   Pakse

icon.gif (941 bytes) The Mekong Islands and Waterfalls




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Pictures of Laos

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My Pictures in Laos