Thirty-day tourist visas are readily available on arrival at international airports and most land borders.
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Many travellers enter or exit Laos via the country's numerous land and river borders. Flying into Laos is a relatively easy option as there is only a small number of airlines serving Laos and prices don't vary much. Flights and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
Transport in Laos is generally very good value, but journeys can take a lot longer than distances on a map might suggest.
Air Laos has an extensive domestic flight network and this can save considerable time on a short visit.
Boat Rivers are the lifeblood of Laos, making boat journeys an important element of the transport network.
Bus Laos has some smart buses operating on major routes out of Vientiane, but venture into remote areas and vehicles are as old as the hills.
Car For those with a more flexible budget, a rented car with driver is the smoothest way to cover a lot of ground in a limited amount of time.