Laos lies in the northern part of Indo-China with China and Vietnam on the north and east, Burma and Thailand on the west and Cambodia to the south, and covers 231,000 sq. kms. The country is land-locked and largely mountainous, especially in the north where peaks rise to over 2,800 metres. Dense forests cover the northern and eastern areas. The Mekong River, which flows through the country, forms part of the border with Burma and Thailand.

The climate is tropical with the rainy season from May to November. December to April is drier but March and April are hot and humid, with temperatures around 34°C. The temperature is cooler October to January.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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