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How to travel to Laos from Myanmar?

There are several methods to go to Laos from Myanmar. Here are the most common alternatives:

  • By plane: Direct flights are from Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw to Laos' capital, Vientiane. The flight lasts around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • By bus: Some buses travel from several cities in Myanmar to Luang Prabang, a popular tourist destination in Laos. The journey takes about 24 hours
  • By train: There is a railroad that connects Mandalay, Myanmar, with Boten, Laos. The trek takes around 12 hours.
  • Overland: Overland travel from Myanmar to Laos is also viable. The most common route connects Tachilek in Myanmar with Houayxay in Laos. The trip takes around three days.

Whichever way you travel, check the visa requirements for both Myanmar and Laos before you go. You can apply for a Laos visa online through Global Visa Services

Here are some additional tips for traveling to Laos from Myanmar:

  • Laos' official currency is the kip. You may exchange your Myanmar kyat at the border or Laos banks for a kip.
  • Myanmar and Laos have a one-hour time difference. Myanmar is one hour ahead of Laos.
  • The voltage in Laos is 220V. You will need a travel adapter to use your electronic devices in Laos.
  • Laos is a relatively safe country, but it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against petty theft.