Travel guide

The “Kingdom of a million elephants”.

A country tormented by war and colonization, Laos is breathing a little easier today, but remains one of the poorest countries in the world. This country on the Indochinese peninsula is a welcoming land, despite its limited resources. We wander through fertile plains, mountainous landscapes and temples. And we stop off in the former royal capital, Luang Prabang.

Laos is also the Mekong, which you can cross peacefully, why not as far as Vietnam.

Time difference



Kip Loatien


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning / Good evening = Sabaï dii / None lap fan dii
  • How are you? = Sabai dii bo?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Sabaï dii, khop tchaï, lè tchao dè?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Than vao phasafrang / phasaangkid
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = khaphachao khao tchaï / Khoï bo khao tchaï
  • Sorry = Kho thot
  • Goodbye = La kone
  • Welcome = Nyinditonhab
  • Thank you (very much) = Khop tchaï laï laï
  • Excusez-moi/SVP = Excuse khaphachao / Kalounaa
  • Je suis Français(e) = Khoï penn khon falang
  • My name is… = Khoï suu…
  • No thanks = Bo khop tchaï
  • Yes/No = Tchao / Bo
  • You’re welcome / Please = Than nyinditonhab

Key figures

Area: 236 800 km²

6.858 million inhabitants (2017)

Good to know


Up-to-date and recommended vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • MMR for children
  • typhoid fever
  • viral hepatitis A and B

Vaccinations against Japanese encephalitis and rabies may be recommended, depending on travel zones (particularly rural areas).


French nationals need a visa to visit Laos, and the passport must be valid for at least 6 months longer than the stay in Laos.

Travelers must ensure that their passport is stamped with the correct date of entry by the immigration authorities, or risk being fined (at least 200 USD) for illegal residence in Laos.