Hanky Panky summarises it beautifully. In more detail, you're probably going to want to go Thailand-Myanmar-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan-Iran-Turkey-Europe, and you're going to want a reasonably hardy (read: 4WD, etc.) vehicle to do it.
My Mum and Dad did India-UK overland some years ago, and it remains do-able as far as I know. The trickiest bit will be ...
If this is the border crossing I'm looking at on Google Maps right now, it looks like it does indeed have an office. The town on the Lao side is Ban Pangmong while on the Thai side is Ban Huak on Route 1093. No visible signs in English would seem to suggest a negative but notice the photo is from January 2013:
Link to Google Maps
But I finally found a ...
This is the temporary shack on the Cambodian side. You can see the elaborate roof of the bigger newer building hiding behind the welcome sign. This was January 2015. The new building may be open by now.
The Lao side at the time looked more substantial. I don't recall an ATM or a bank. Maybe but I kinda don't think there was.
I would get US dollars before ...
It seems that it needs a full page, I figured this out by searching for Laos visa photos in google. It always showed a full page visa except for older visas where it was a stamp. I guess you will end up with two empty pages :)
I'll post as an answer but this is more of an update to @hippietrail answer.
I actually crossed the border today (Laos -> Cambodia). The tenporary shack is still there, still in use. No sign of an atm directly at the border (on either side of it).
In Stung Treng (Cambodian side, kilometres away) there are some atms (with US dollars). At the bus station of ...
I would personally advise against it, unless you plan on staying there for a long time and are trying to get used to it.
I found a UN report about water quality in Laos. You should read it for yourself to get the details, but here in short:
Most water sources/wells seem to pose a health risk.
There is little contamination with chemicals and the like, so it'...
On top of what has been written by @toy and @user34936, which I can support 100%, I would like to give you the following advice:
When traveling to remoter areas in Asia (I would count Laos into that), and specially if you do not do so frequently (several times a year), you are risking to get Diarrhea as a minimum and intestinal parasites as a worst case ...
Mark's answer covers most parts so I'll throw in a couple of notes from my experience:
The on-arrival visa is a single-entry visa; the same visa won't allow you to get back from Laos. You could get an ordinary visa or a business visa (the type 'E' that Mark refers to) but by default these are single entry, and you need to get an extension to get multiple ...
If you're going directly from Bangkok to Vietnam, shortest path is Bangkok-Nakhon Phanom/Thakek-Vinh (and then either north to Hanoi or south to Hue). Luang Prabang is definitely not on the way, Vientiane is quite a detour.
For casual touring, one interesting route may be to go from Bangkok to north of Thailand, cross over the Mekhong to Laos in Chiang ...
Milk is available at the only two supermarkets I've been able to find in Vientiane and from the local convenience store chain, M-Point Mart.
There were one and two litre plastic bottles of regular and skim milk and one litre cartons of UHT milk.
All the milk seemed to have Thai labels, not Lao (though one of the companies is a Japanese company). This means ...
According to laos-guide-999.com:
If you don't have photos you will be asked to pay a small fee (few dollars) for scanning your photograph from your passport, and placing it onto your visa application form.
Another opinion from wikitravel:
passport photo is/may be required (although you may be able to pay a US$1 "fee" to have this requirement waived) -...
On the website of the Lao embassy in Paris, you can find on the download page a document on the entry points into Laos. On this document, you can see for each entry point whether it delivers visas ("Visa à
For the border post of Phou Kue (Attapeu)/ Beu Y (Quangtoum), the document says it delivers visas on arrival.
This seems authoritative, but ...
I got one there yesterday afternoon between about 4.30pm and 5pm.
There were no extra fees or bribes over the standard fee which, for an Australian, was $30.
There were two forms, one large and one small. It was very quick as I was the only non-local. Everybody else crossing was Vietnamese and didn't need a visa. The line getting out of Vietnam was ...
I think you were disappointed because the most famous Lao dishes have become popular in Thailand and a lot of the food you find in Laos without a local to help isn't really Lao food but Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and French food.
The most famous Lao dishes have to be larb and green papaya salad. I never saw these on offer in non-touristy Surat Thani in ...
Judging by the cost of living charts for Laos, milk is not particularly expensive, indicating it's probably not hard to find and not rare, even if a lot of the locals are lactose-intolerant, it's readily available in supermarkets.
Evidence of this is found in a blog about this very topic where they indicate that certainly in Vientiane, milk is available in ...
Another option would be to go through Thailand, take a bus from Pakse to Ubon Ratchathani (3 hours leaving 7:30 am).
From there take a bus to Surin running on highway 24, there may be a train (3 hours) as well.
From Surin you can take a swangthaew or minibus to the Cambodian border at Chong Jom (2-3 hours).
16 km south of the border is Along Veng but ...
I think that your problem here would be that you can't provide proof of income (to show you'd be able to support yourself for a year) without tipping them off that you would be working there but not paying income tax (since your company is not located in Laos and therefore your income taxes would go back to France rather than stay in Laos).
Therefore, it ...
It's not safe to drink from the tap in those areas, Laos, Thailand, etc. If possible please ask for bottled water. You might not get sick immediately as you will of some parts in India but it's not safe.
Will you need visas? Yes
Based on hippietrail's great comment, here's the breakdown:
Fiji: No visa
Indonesia: Visa on Arrival (VOA)
Thailand: No visa (expect to get entry stamps in your passports)
Vietnam: Visa required before entry (or pre-approval, read below)
Swede (same requirements as Canada for these countries):
Indeed as Doc says, it was Wat Sok Pa Luang, more commonly written as Wat Sokpaluang or, in Lao, "ວັດໂສກປ່າຫຼວງ". Sokpaluang is also the name of the suburb or region of Vientiane where it's located. The Wat is apparently also known as "The Jungle Temple".
Sadly, in answer to the part of your question If it still exists? and according to reviewers on ...
Sounds like you're referring to 'Wat Sok Pa Luang'. I haven't been, but a few of the people I was traveling with in Laos did go and seemed to enjoy it.
Any of the local taxi or tuk-tuk drivers will know how to get there. I don't recall the price, but I'm sure now that you know the name Google will be able to give you no end of information on it.
I've just crossed the border from Chiang-Khong (Chiang Rai, Thailand) to Huay Xai, Laos - Luang Prabang, Laos - Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam - Hanoi..It is very easy and I am so enjoying this trip.
Bangkok to Chiang Khong by vip bus..Sombat Tour(http://www.sombattour.com/)..~ 900 THB.
....depart 20.00 pm. Friendship bridge around 8 am..then 3-wheel motorbike to ...
Given the proximity to Thailand, and the migration between the two populaces, as well as cultural migration, there's always going to be some crossover.
Wikipedia actually has a page on Lao cuisine. It notes the most famous Lao dish would be Larb (ລາບ) - "a spicy mixture of marinated meat and/or fish that is sometimes raw (prepared like ceviche) with a ...
You can go camping in the Phou Khao Khouay national park north of Vientiane. In the Nah Ha park, you can stay in some bamboo huts. There is also a campsite at the Tad Leuk Waterfalls. I am sure there are more.
So to answer that part of your question, there are campsites.
Sleeping outside in an unprotected area by yourself can be tricky by the way since ...
The correct address appears to be :
KM 3, Thadeua Road
This would place it very close to the ambassadors residence, and in the same vicinity as multiple other embassies, including Japan, India, Singapore and Australia (which is at KM4, Thadeua Road). If you get stuck, I'm sure the staff at the Australia embassy ...
You will do most things in Lao kip but it's easy to change USD and THB in any town big enough to have a decent sized market.
The exchange rate for Thai baht at the end of 2014 was between 246 and 250. For USD it was a bit over 8,000. I never felt ripped off and a few times felt the money changers could not be making any profit from my transaction at all.