The Rough Guide to Laos

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Practical travel guide to Laos featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Laos. The Rough Guide to Laos also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Laos, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Laos covers: Vientiane and the Northwest, Luang Prabang, The Northeast, The Far North, South Central Laos, The Far South.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Laos, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Vieng Xai to family activities in child-friendly places, like Savannakhet or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like That Luang.


Essential pre-departure information including Laos entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Laos give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for hiking, kayaking, taking a slow boat down the Mekong or

sampling traditional dishes like larp.


Rough Guides' rundown of Vang Vieng, Sayaboury, Phongsali, Thakhek's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Laos, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Laos, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Laos, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Wat Sop Sickharam and the spectacular Vang Vieng.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Champasak, Si Phan Don and many more locations in Laos, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241280713
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 9/6/2017
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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3.5 out of 5, 14 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Completely out of date

Reviewed on February 02, 2023
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2018 version.
Doesn't mention the train line.
Many hotels are closed.
Waste of money....

Amazon Customer

Fantastic guide

Reviewed on October 07, 2018
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A lot of the bad reviews here seem to be directed at the Lonely Planet guide instead of the Rough Guide. This Rough Guide is actually fantastic - of the 5 guides about Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos we own this one is my favourite guide by far. I've actually read almost the whole thing because it was such a pleasure to read and contrary to most guides, this one has strongly influenced the choices we made for our holiday.

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Good book

Reviewed on December 09, 2017
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Item as expected

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