Laos is one of the world’s few remaining communist states and is one of East Asia’s poorest countries. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 it has struggled to find its position within a changing political and economic landscape.
Communist forces overthrew the monarchy in 1975, heralding years of isolation. Laos began opening up to the world in the 1990s, but despite tentative reforms, it remains poor and dependent on international donations.
From London: 14 hours via Bangkok
Laotian Kip (US Dollar and Baht widely accepted)
GMT +7 hours
Visa conditions change regularly. For the most up to date information, contact the nearest Lao Embassy or Consulate.
Laos enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round. The cooler, drier months of the year are from November to March; however, temperatures rarely drop below 22°C during the day. Humidity is highest between May and September, when sunbursts follow tropical downpours and temperatures can climb to 35°C. However, the average year-round temperature is a pleasant 25°C.
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