Laos, or Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a people’s republic in Southeast Asia. This beautiful country with over 7 million inhabitants is nicknamed “The land of Million Elephants”. All of Laos’s major cities, Vientiane, Pakse, Thakhek and Savannakhet are built on the shores of the Mekong River. Other well-known places in Laos are Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. The country’s popularity as a travel destination is growing, each year between 4 and 5 million international tourists visit the country. Laos has two main international airports, known as Vientiane Wattay Airport and Luang Prabang Airport. There are two other international airports, Pakse Airport and Savannakhet Airport, but these are used far less frequently. Of the four airports, Vientiane offers the most international connections and airline tickets to Luang Prabang are on average more expensive.
Practical information about Laos:
Time zone: UTC+4
Currency: Lao Kip
National Day: 2 December