Before travelling to Laos, you will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return. A visa is obligatory, and you will be able to obtain it on your arrival at all the international land and air borders in Laos (in Pakse, Vientiane, Luang Prabang or Savanakhet, for example). The price of the visa is based on your nationality and your will need two passport photos and the exact amount in US dollars.
No vaccination is mandatory for Laos, except for yellow fever for travelers from infected countries.
Mosquitoes and so malaria are present in Laos, but its prevalence is low in southern Laos. Ask your doctor about appropriate treatment and prevention.
When to Visit & Climate
March to May:
The hot season (30°C to 43°C) runs from March to May, with very sunny days that are ideal for lovers of hot weather. The landscapes will be very dry in the south, but it will be very easy to move to more isolated places because the roads will not be flooded, and the tracks will be passable. The dry season is the season of Lao New Year (Pimay), celebrated in April following the lunar calendar.
June to September:
The monsoons usually begin in June and extend until September. Regular showers will generally start at the end of the day and during the nights but may also last the whole day. The temperature oscillates between 27 and 32 ° C. Nature regains its glory, everything grows very fast, and the landscapes will become more lush. It is also the period of the Buddhist retreat (Khao Pansa). The wet season is the low season, with reduced tourist attendance and cheaper prices.
Mid-September to end of November:
From mid-September to the end of November, the weather is more temperate. The rainy season finishes and temperatures are more pleasant during the day (25°C-30°C) without being too hot and the nights can be cooler. This season is ideal for photography, with vibrant colors (the rice fields are particularly breathtaking in Champasak). The rice is at its highest just before the harvest in early October. It is also the beginning of symbolic festivals: Ok Pansa (end of the Buddhist retreat) as well as many boat races.
December to February:
This period constitutes winter in Lao. The temperature during the day is pleasant (generally 20°C to 27°C), and the nights are sometimes cool but rarely cold in southern Laos (15°C to 25°C).
How to get to Laos?
There are no direct flights to southern Laos from Europe western countries. One of the most popular flights from Europe is via Bangkok and Pakse. It is possible to reach Pakse International Airport from Luang Prabang and Vientiane, or by road from Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand. Do not hesitate to contact our staff who will advise you the route best suited to your needs.
There are countries where you feel safe and Laos is one of them: from the north to the south of the country, there are only low levels of crime. It is not uncommon to meet independent travellers. Rudeness are rare; the Lao people are by nature reserved and definitely not mean with smiles.
Why the South of Laos?
Southern Laos is above all a hilly area, crossed by the Mekong whose width can reach several kilometers and dotted with charming islands. On the borders of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand, it is one of the least populated areas of Asia. Numerous ethnic minorities populate Laos from North to South. Southern Laos is also characterized by some of the most impressive natural beauty in South East Asia and the richness of its history. With its 14 rooms, Residence Bassac blends harmoniously into this region of unparalleled wealth.
Travelling with children
They are welcome in Laos and particularly cherished by the local people. At Residence Bassac, we welcome them without age limit. We provide cots and extra beds for children up to 12 years old. We welcome a maximum of 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old.
Stay fully open to children under 2 years old.
Discounted stay for children between 2 and 12 years old sharing their parents’ room.
Full price stay if the child occupies a room on his own.
On arrival, you can check in from 2 pm, and check out at noon, or before. Depending on availability, it may be possible to leave the room later with a half-day rate.
Our outlets are 220 volts/sockets type A, B, C, E, F and we have adapters available if necessary. These sockets are suitable for most European appliances, but the voltage is different for US appliances. If you are unsure, it’s best to bring an adapter from your own country.
Residence Bassac is equipped with quality electrical outlets of international standards, but this is not generally the case elsewhere in Laos. Ask in advance before your trip.
There are no TV channels at Residence Bassac but you can connect your TV to the internet and enjoy, for example, YouTube or your personal Nextflix account. WiFi is available free of charge at the hotel and Soum Noum restaurant, but the internet connection in Laos generally slower than western countries.
A laundry service is available at Residence Bassac, but we do not offer dry cleaning services for delicate clothing.
Tips are at the discretion of the customer. Although a systematic tip is not required in Laos, it will be greatly appreciated wherever you go.
We recommend you to wear comfortable and light clothes suitable for a hot climate throughout the year, without forgetting sandals, hats, shorts, sunscreen, sunglasses, …
Plan to cover shoulders and legs when visiting temples and villages. Bring shoes and clothes for the different activities you plan.
Provide light, covering clothing to prevent mosquito bites during evenings and sunburn during the day, as well as warmer clothes for nights that can cool off from November to February.