Laos Travel FAQs
Do I need a visa to travel to Laos?
US citizens do need a visa to visit Laos. Tourist visas are not hard to get, and we can help point you in the right direction throughout the process. Check the visa requirements
for more specific information.
Is tipping customary in Laos?
If a service charge has not already been included in the bill, you can leave around 10 percent on the check, however it is not a hard and fast expectation. For excellent service, it is definitely appreciated.
What is internet access like in Laos?
The internet is increasingly available in Laos - most hotels offer WiFi or at least some form of internet access, and cybers are fairly common in the major cities. In the more isolated parts of the country, you should not count on having access.
Can I use my cell phone while in Laos?
Maybe, but you shouldn't count on it. While you could call your service provider and ask them to unlock your GSM-enabled phone so that you can buy a SIM chip when you arrive, we suggest just turning it off and enjoying your exotic vacation. You could also try to connect to WiFi networks or ask your provider if they offer any international plans.
Do I need power adapters?
Power adapters are either North American style (A & B) or European style (two prong - C, E, F), so it's a good idea to purchase some power adapters. Power is 230v, but most 110v devices are made to handle both levels so a converter isn't necessary.
What are the toilets like in Laos?
Toilets in Laos will either be squat toilets (found throughout most of the country) or Western style bowl toilets (found primarily in upscale hotels or on cruise ships). No matter which type you encounter, do not flush the toilet paper, but rather put it in a waste basket next to the toilet.
Can I drink the water in Laos?
You will always be provided with safe purified or bottled water to drink throughout your trip, but you should not drink the tap water. It can be used to bathe.
Are credit cards accepted in Laos? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Don't rely on your card or ATMs in Laos. It's best to go with plenty of cash for your trip, since ATMs are not terribly common and usually only the nicest hotels and restaurants will readily accept debit or credit cards. While you might be okay with ATMs in the bigger cities, as soon as you head towards the more rural areas, you will find yourself hard-pressed to find an ATM.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Of course! Having travel insurance is important, so once you've decided which trip is right for you go to our Once You're Booked
page for more information and deals on TravelGuard Insurance.