Laos—officially known as the “The Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Laos” is the country in the centre of Indochina that forms borders with China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. 70% land of Laos is mountainous and country’s major religion is Theravada Buddhism. Muslims are in great minority in Laos and are only visible in Vientiane (the capital of Laos). China and Laos recently reaffirmed their high-speed rail project for connecting the Chinese city of Kunming with Vientiane. Currently, there aren’t any halal hotels in Laos, but Muslims visiting Laos will find halal facilities in Laos’s capital and a few halal restaurants in Luang Prabang (a city in Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.)
Best places to stay in Laos for Muslim travellers are Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Muslim tourists travelling to Laos should prefer staying in Vientiane over Luang Prabang for halal tourism in Laos since there are not any Mosques in Luang Prabang. Muslims visiting Laos should favour staying either at the centre of Vientiane and Luang Prabang or by Mekong River for Laos tourism.
Laos honestly considers various desires of distinct types of travellers and thus offers all types of hotels accommodations to tourists. Travel and tourism accommodation in Laos varies from luxury (top hotels in Laos or Laos 5 star hotels), comfortable, boutique, and budget-friendly hotels (cheap hotels in Laos) to resorts.
It is suggested to Muslim travellers who desire an Islamic accommodation in Laos to stay in Laos Vientiane hotels that are situated close to a Mosque and halal restaurants in Laos’s capital. Muslim tourists who are planning for Laos travel to see the beautiful sites of Luang Prabang should stay in Luang Prabang Laos hotels that are located close to halal restaurants in Luang Prabang.
Hotel Lao (Hotel Lao Vientiane Laos), a 3-star hotel is a good budget-friendly hotel in Vientiane and it’s located at a great location too.
Halal food in Laos is served in two cities, Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Muslim tourists can eat good halal Indian food in Nisha Restaurant and Nazim restaurant in Luang Prabang. Distinct halal food restaurant in Laos serving different types of halal foods (Indian, Malaysian, Chinese, and Pakistani cuisines) are in Vientiane. Must try halal restaurants in Vientiane are as follows: (a) Urdu Cafe, (b) Aashifa Restaurant, and (c) Rashmi’s Indian Fusion.
Muslim tourists will only find two Mosques/Masjids throughout Laos and both of the Laos’s Mosques are in its capital. Azhar Mosque (locally known as Masjid Cambodia) and Vientiane Jamia Masjid are the only two Mosques in Laos where all prayers are offered including the Jumma Prayer.
Airports serving international flights in Laos are: Wattay International Airport (in Vientiane), Luang Prabang International Airport (in Luang Prabang), and Pakse International Airport (in Pakse). Wattay International Airport is located 3km from the capital city of Laos, Luang Prabang International Airport is located 4km from the centre of Luang Prabang, and Pakse International Airport is located around 3km north of Pakse.
Tourists can hire a jumbo (that costs around $10), taxi (by purchasing a taxi coupon from the terminal building), tuk-tuks (if they can pay more), or take a local bus at Wattay International Airport to reach the city centre. Tourists exiting the arrival gate at Luang Prabang International Airport will see taxis (costs $5 for 20-30 min journey) that await for travellers together with people for hotel pick ups. Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis take passengers from Pakse airport to town in between $1 to $3.
Hotels nearest to Wattay International Airport are: (a) Khamsaner Hotel (2-star), (b) Dansavanh Hotel (3-star), (c) Manivanh Hotel (1-star), (d) Phakchai Hotel (2-star), and (e) San Jiang Grand Hotel (4-star). Accommodation options for tourists with a distance closest to Luang Prabang International Airport are: (a) Dokboua Resort 2 (2-star), (b) Kiridara Villa Mekong (4-star), and (c) Mittaphap Hotel II (3-star). Muslim tourists looking for a Muslim friendly accommodation in Laos, Luang Prabang should opt for hotels located closest to halal restaurants. Muslim travellers should stay in a hotel in Vientiane that is situated close to a Mosque and halal-certified restaurants.
Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse, and Vang Vieng are the most popular destinations for tourists in Laos. Preceding four places are the destinations that answers tourists query: where to travel in Laos. The capital of Laos has a recorded history that dates back to 1000 AD. That Luang (Great Stupa – the symbol of Lao), Wat Sisaket (famous for its cloister wall), Lao National Museum (associated with the history and culture of Laos people), and Buddha Park (a famous sculpture park) are the major tourist attractions in Vientiane.
Luang Prabang preserves remarkable attractions for tourists and offers insights into its history. Wat Xieng Thong (a magnificent temple), Mount Phousi (a famous hill to watch the sunrise and sunset over Mekong River), Wat Visounnarath (the most ancient temple of Luang Prabang), and Wat Manolom (a major Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang) are the most visited tourists sites in Luang Prabang.
Pakse is a city inhabited by 70,000 people in Laos. Bolaven Plateau (famous for its scenic views and a home to Southeast Asia’s spectacular waterfalls) and Wat Phu (that offers stunning views to sightseers over the Mekong River and encompasses the land of Pakse) are the attractions worth visiting for tourists in Pakse. Vang Vieng is a small city in Laos that is covered with unusual limestone peaks and scenic cliffs. Blue Lagoon is a famous place to relax in Vang Vieng.
Shopping at Talat Sao in Vientiane, capturing the breathtaking views of Tad Kwang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang, and Tubing, Kayaking, & Rock Climbing in Vang Vieng are the things that tourists must do while in Laos.