Motorcycle Travel Guides
Money: ATMs are not hard to find and issue both USD and Laos Kip. Card is accepted in some hotels and restaurants but be prepared to have cash.
Currency: Lao kip ₭
Food: Local meals and street food £0.50 – £3, Restaurant £4 – £8
Some wild camping spots, dorms £2-£8. mid-range hotel £8 – £25
Petrol: £0.87 litre
High: Nov – March
Hot but can still be breezy. Best all-round time to visit although mountains can be cold.
Mid: July – Oct
Wet in most parts and very humid, but nice scenery and greenery.
Low: April – June
Hot season up to 40°C.
Visa: You can get a visa on arrival in Laos for 30 days for 35USD.
Carnet: Not required.
Temporary Import: Sorted at the border. Can be extended in country at customs.
International Driver’s Permit: Not compulsory but definitely worth having in Southeast Asia.
Insurance: Sorted at border.
Emergency: 190 – fire, 195 – ambulance, 191 – police
Time: GMT/UTC + seven hours
Land Mass: 237,955 km²
4,000 Islands: Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, but the south is home to the incredible 4,000 Islands – a river archipelago of the mighty Mekong.
Luang Prabang: No visit to Laos is complete with stopping off in Luang prabang. The ride from Vang Vieng is spectacular.
For more information on both, check out our Loving Laos Life Blog Post.
Laos is the undiscovered gem of Southeast Asia. A few miles off-piste and you’re riding in another world, far removed from the tourist bustle of Thailand and its neighbours. It’s an incredibly varied, rugged and beautiful country. It offers some of the best adventure bike riding in Southeast Asia. Laos will surprise you. Guaranteed.