Popular Auto Routes: Laos
Interesting places to visit in Laos:
Luangphabang: A UNESCO World Heritage city known for its Buddhist monasteries and colonial architecture.
Vientiane: The capital of Laos with iconic monuments such as the Great Stupa (Pha That Luang).
Vientiane's road system, as in most Lao cities, can vary from well paved roads in central and commercial areas to less developed roads in suburban and rural areas. The Lao capital is actively building and upgrading infrastructure to improve transport links and ease traffic for locals and tourists alike. However, roads in the outer areas can be narrow and potholes and bumps are occasionally encountered. It is also important to be careful due to the active traffic of mopeds and motorbikes, which are often used as the main means of transport in Laos.
Vat Phou: This is a famous temple complex in Laos, located near the town of Pakse in Champasak province. On the road to Vat Phou, the general traffic rules of Laos apply:
Right-hand traffic: Drivers must keep to the right side of the road.
Speed Limits: In towns and cities, speeds are usually limited to 30-40 km/h, on open roads to 60-80 km/h.
Documents: Drivers must carry a driving licence, an international driving licence if they are foreign nationals, and vehicle documents.
Technical condition of the vehicle: The vehicle must be in good condition, with working lights, brakes and mirrors.
Lighting: It is obligatory to switch on headlights at night.
Alcohol: The blood alcohol level must not exceed the legal limit.
As the road to Vat Phou may pass through remote areas and the terrain may be mountainous, it is advisable to take extra care, observe the speed limit and be prepared for sharp turns. It is also important to bear in mind that during the rainy season the roads can be slippery and difficult to navigate.
Cong Lor Cave: One of the largest caves in the world, accessible by boat.
Boloven Plateau: A region known for its coffee plantations and waterfalls.
4000 Islands (Siipandon): A unique river archipelago with waterfalls and the chance to see rare river dolphins.
Interesting facts about Laos:
Laos is the only inland country in Southeast Asia.
Most of the population of Laos belongs to the Theravada Buddhist tradition.
Laos was part of French colonial Indochina and gained independence in 1953.
It is one of the few remaining communist countries.
Traffic rules in Laos:
Right-hand drive traffic is common in Laos.
Road conditions can be unpredictable, with many roads in need of repair, especially in rural areas.
Drivers need to have an international driving licence or a Lao driving licence.
It is important to always be careful due to the large number of motorcyclists and pedestrians who may suddenly enter the road.
Driving at night can be dangerous due to the lack of proper road lighting.