Category Archives: Life style

Lao Airlines Renews Global Safety Standard Certification

Lao Airlines IATA

National flag carrier Lao Airlines has passed an audit and renewed registration from the IATA International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

Laos, Thailand Sign New Cross-border Road and Rail Deal

Thailand Laos Rail and Road Extension

Laos and Thailand have signed an agreement to extend road and rail connections between the two countries worth more than THB 3 billion (USD 98.2 million).

New Road Connects Thai Border to Luang Prabang, Reduces Travel Time

new road luang prabang to nan province

A new road connecting the Thai border at Nan Province with Luang Prabang Province in Laos has officially opened, cutting the travel time for visitors.

Laos To Launch Online eVisa Service in July

Laos to Launch Electronic eVisa Service

Laos will begin offering electronic tourist visa (eVisa) applications in July this year, allowing visitors to apply for a visa online prior to arriving in the country.

The official website for the e-visa application process is https://laoevisa.gov.la

The eVisa website will be jointly managed by the Lao Consular Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Public Security. Tourist visas valid for 30 days will be the first types of visas offered by the site, with other types of visas to be added at a later date.

The application process involves three simple steps, including the provision of documents and payment of an online fee, after which users can download an official eVisa approval letter.

Payments may be made with VISA or Mastercard credit card systems.

Special eVisa priority lanes will be available at seven ports:

Wattay International Airport
Luang Prabang International Airport
Pakse International Airport
Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I
Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II
Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge IV
Boten International Checkpoint

According to the website, the eVisa processing time will be up to three working days, and eVisa applications will include an extra 15 USD charge on top of the ordinary visa fee.

The eVisa system has been developed by the Lao government to boost efficiency in visa processing and as a more convenient way for tourists to apply for tourist visas.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visa on arrival services and visa applications at Lao embassies abroad will still be available for the time being.

The Hungry Tuk Tuk Safari

One portion Lao cuisine mixed with one portion tuk tuk creates a recipe for culinary adventure.

48 Hours in Shanghai

Long a link between the east and the west, dynamic Shanghai embraces the past while building the future.

The Hidden Gems of Pakse

Handicrafts and Local Life

Pakse provides more than just great transport links to other Southern Laos destinations.

Flying Colors

A Lao Airlines Retrospective

Lao Airlines celebrates its 30th anniversary this year as a state enterprise.