Laos Gap Year
Laos is a popular destination for people on gap years in Asia, there are lots of programs and travel opportunities available all year round.
Gap Year Programs in Laos
Top Things to Do on a Gap Year in Laos
Plan a Gap Year to Laos
You could take a gap year in Laos and volunteer working with communities or travel overland on a group tour. You can make a huge difference on a gap year in South-East Asia working with local youngsters bringing lots of fun and laughter to their lives. You could join a gap year trip and travel from the North to South and visit the four thousand islands which is a remote region on the border with relaxing guest houses and beauty spots. We recommend going tubing in Vang Vien or explore the stunning city of Luang Prabang.
Vang Vien is a popular backpacker hangout, you can float down the river on a ruber ring which is the main attraction and a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Visiting the Gibbon Experience in the North of the country is one of the highlights of the country, this is an area set up to protect wildlife and the forest where you can stay in tree houses which are connected by zip lines. This is a magical way to spend a few days and we can't think of anywhere else in the world which compares, you will need to book spaces in advance.
Top Tips & Recommendations for Taking a Gap Year Laos
Are you thinking about going backpacking or travelling in Laos? Check out our top tips:
- If you are on a budget then pubic transport is the best way to get around but not always the most comfortable
- The gibbon conservation experience in Northern Laos is one of the best things you will ever do
- Go tubing in Vang Vien, this is a really surreal but amazing experience
- Only spend limited time in Vientiane, there are more things to do in other areas of the country
- We have lots of combination trips available where you can see more of Asia
- In Luang Pra Bang be sure to climb the hill in the centre of the city for sunrise or sunset where there is a spectacular view
- Visiting the 4000 islands very isolated go here to get away from everywhere, this is very unspolied by tourism
- We recommend catching a river boat taxi, this is more expensive than taking a bus but it's a lot more scenic and relaxing
- We highly recommend adding Luang Prabang to the top of the list of the places you should see.
Health & Safety
Laos is one of the friendliest countries to visit in Asia but there are lots of things to consider before departing. A first aid kit should always be taken no matter if you think you won't use it, you will also need to visit your local healthcare provider to check what vaccinations are needed. Ask yourself do you really need to take an expensive computer like a Macbook Air, watch or iPhone? Sometimes you run the risk of these things breaking or getting stolen so we recommend only taking a cheap electronics.
Try not to pack all your valuables in once place, try to mix it up and put some in your bag / suitcare and carry some on you. Most cases of theft tend to happen on buses or in hostels and if you are really worried about safety you could buy a money belt, these look like a normal belt but have a secret compartment where you can keep money. We recommend not drinking too much alcohol, or be very careful accepting drinks and cigarettes from other travellers this might be drugged in extreme cases. A lot of problems happen due to drink, if you are sensible you shouldn't encounter any problems.