Today we guide you how to travel to Laos from America. Read it carefully to be an expert to your friend about Laos’s travel.
Visa to Laos
Although being one of the most powerful countries in the world, with passport rank 4th in term of travel freedom, US citizen still have to get Visa to enter this exotic country. The formalities are easy though, Visa on arrival, be available at Available at international airports Vientiane , Pakse and Luang Prabang, and at land borders Friendship Bridge, Vientiane and Savannakhet; Nam Heuang Friendship Bridge, Sayabouly Province; and border crossings at Boten-Mohan, Dansavan-Lao Bao, Houaysay-Chiang Khong, Thakhek-Nakhon Phanom, Nong Haet-Nam Kan, Nam Phao-Kao Cheo, Veun Kham-Dong Calor, and Vangtao-Chong Mek as well as Tha Naleng train station in Vientiane, which connects to the train station in Nongkhai, Thailand.
The only thing for you to notice is Entry points Napao-Chalo, Taichang-Sophoun, Pakxan-Bungkan, and Xiengkok are open only to visa holders. After 30 days use, depending on their own demand, visitors can extend their Visa up to 60 days.
American is very far away from Laos by Pacific Ocean. So our advice is that you should consider Laos as a final stop during your Asia Tour. Because the flight usually contains 2, 3 stops in many countries. It also depends on which states are you in: San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chcago, Washington DC, etc. Moreover, Western Part in US is closer to Indochina than US’s Eastern Part so usually it takes less time to fly from this area to Laos. 1st stop ranges from Taiwan, Canada, China, Hong Kong, etc. And 2nd stops are mostly Bangkok, Thailand or Hanoi, Vietnam.
Time flight is very long due to long distance and long transition. You’re better split your vacation into small part, few days at 1st stop and relax to move to final destination. Take your time to arrange everything or just count on the help from travel agency or tour operation.
Tour from North American, we can see not only great distance but also big difference in time zone. Normally, Laos is 11 hours ahead of US Time zone, just like day and night. Therefore, jet lag is a serious problem here. Lack of sleep combining with strange weather will make you feel sick and tired. Only when you prepare yourself well physically and mentally, you can enjoy the show to the fullest.
A part of weather in USA is similar to Laos’s weather: hot, humid, unexpected raining, but there are parts which are cold and snowy. This may cause some difficulty in getting used to with Laos area in summer. Wear cool clothes, cotton one which can absorb your sweat and release the heat. Additional, bring along a jacket to avoid cold in early morning or at night. Big change in temperature happens every day.
Laos is an ideal destination to discover its culture, custom and nature. Don’t hesitate to making up your mind. Enjoy your vacation and have fun!