Devout Buddhists, dutiful monks and travelers seeking comfort in traditional Southeast Asian beliefs book flights to Laos on spiritual, religious and influential journeys. It’s not hard to see why – more than 60 percent of Laos’s population are practicing Buddhists and it’s obvious in every facet of Lao life. In fact, the flight to Laos might be the last bit of modern civilization you’ll experience during your Laos trip. 

When your flight to Laos arrives, you’ll be inundated with the vast array of temples and shrines that line the landscape. You’ll spot monks walking to prayer and Buddhist’s paying homage to ancient Asian culture. Music, sculpture and cuisine are a way of life in Laos and taken very seriously by the Thai, Vietnamese and Khmer tribes that inhabit this country. The representation of Buddha is the most traditional and religious display of culture and belief, but the people of Laos also remain some of the finest artists in the world. A cheap flight to Laos will immerse travelers in rich Buddhist culture and Asian traditions. 

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Laos climate

Laos’ climate is tropical. It’s extremely humid during the rainy season, which lasts from July through October.

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Best Time to Fly to Laos

Peak Season:

Laos’s climate can be split into three seasons: cool, hot and rainy.

The cool season (between November and February) when the rains have stopped and hot season (March to May) are both good times to plan flights to Laos. The Lao New Year (April) falls in the peak season and it may be difficult to find cheap flights to Laos or discount accommodations during this time.

Off season:

The rainy season extends from June to October.

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Getting around Laos

Lao Aviation flies domestically. Apart from flying there are several ways to get around the country including by ferry, bus (there is a good network throughout Laos) rental car, Songthaew (pick-up trucks with benches) and, of course, tuk tuk (modified motorbikes).

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Laos Travel Information

  • Luang Prabang is the ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage site, with beautiful temples and gilded palaces on the bank of the Mekong River. Wat Xieng Thong is the most lavish temple with a tiered roof and gilded facades. The National Museum used to be the Royal Palace, built by the French in the 1900s and housing the gold-leaf-covered Phra Bang or “Holy Golden Buddha”. Climb the 300 steps to the summit of Mount Phousito see Wat That Chom Sii and for views of the city. If you visit the city very early in the morning, you can see the local people line up to give alms to the monks.
  • The nearby Pak Ou Caves - two caves, Tham Ting and Tham Phun, house Buddah images that have been left by followers over centuries.
  • Si Phan Don (or Four Thousand Islands) is a group of islands in the Mekong River in Southern Laos. The largest island is Don Khong.
  • In Vientiane, the capital, is the Victory Monument, akin to Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, which can be climbed. That Luang (or Royal Stupa, a Buddhist monument) was built in 1566 and restored in 1935.
  • Hundreds of giant stone jars – some more than 10ft high – are scattered around the Plain of Jars in north-central Laos. More than 60 jar fields have been identified so far and some sites have more than 250 jars. Archeological work is slow – and dangerous – as the area is littered with explosives from recent conflicts, but the jars are thought to be connected to burial rituals.
  • Follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a network of secret roads running parallel to the Laos-Vietnam border. This trail was used during the Vietnam War by the North Vietnamese and during the 1950s by the Viet Minh (against the French).

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Laos airports

Vientiane Wattay International Airport (VTE). The airport is 2 miles from Vientiane.

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Passport and Visa Information

You will need a passport valid for at least six months and proof of a return ticket. You can get a visa upon arrival, but you’ll need to bring two passport-sized photos.

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Entry requirements

You will need a passport valid for at least six months and proof of a return ticket. You can get a visa upon arrival, but you’ll need to bring two passport-sized photos.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    In Siam and Laos

    Marthe BassenneThe diaries (published in 1909) of a French doctor’s wife as she travelled up the Mekong to Luang-Prabang and back through Siam.

    A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

    Norman LewisA classic travel book. Evokes the atmosphere of French Indochina superbly well.

    One Foot in Laos

    Dervla MurphyThe celebrated travel writer finds in Laos a country where the people are kind, gentle and welcoming in spite of the pressures of the modern world.

    Stalking the Elephant Kings: In Search of Laos and Bamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos

    Christopher KremmerTwo books by the Australian travel writer. What happened to the 600-year old monarchy that the communist guerrillas overthrew in 1975? In these books, we discover the truth.