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Gap Year in Laos

While Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam are more popular in the Southeast Asian backpacking trail, Laos is a forgotten land that holds on to its old world charm and pristine natural beauty. Traversed by the mighty Mekong River, Laos is a landlocked country in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula that was never a popular tourist destination until the late 19th Century. If you are an adventure lover looking forward to exploring some old French colonies or Buddhist monuments or spend some peaceful time in the mountainous terrains of the region - then Laos would be the best option. Plan your gap year journey on a shoestring budget across Southeast Asia and experience the best that this country has to offer you!

Gap Year in Laos

A tiny Southeast Asian country, Laos comes under the famous 'backpacking trail' of the region and one can just not miss exploring this beautiful destination. A perfect place for gap year travelers and students on a break, Laos has vibrant and friendly vibes, with picturesque villages, tropical forests and much more. Float on the Mekong River, experience the goodness of homestays, binge on the delicious food or go for adventure activities like hiking or mountain biking in the countryside. Nothing in Laos can bore you! And the best part is that you can club your trip with Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand!

Adventure Tours In Laos

Set out for an adventure tour in Laos during your gap year trip across Southeast Asia and experience thrill of a different dimension. Rent a bike and explore the countryside in Vang Vieng, Cruise on the Mekong River, learn to cook authentic cuisine and take a quick dip in the Kuang Si Waterfalls. There are plenty of things to do in Laos to cater the needs of all kinds of travelers. 

General Questions

All travelers need to acquire a visa from the embassies and consulates of Laos in their respective countries for entering and visiting Laos. The visa is valid for up to a period of 30 days which can be extended twice in Vientiane for 30 days. Visas must be used within 3 months of its issuance. Indonesia also extends the service of Visa on Arrival to its visitors exempting nationals of a few countries. 

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Laos, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Malaria, Typhoid, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis for traveling in Laos. If you’re traveling to Laos from a country that is at risk from Yellow Fever then you’ll need to show proof of your immunization against Yellow Fever.  

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Laos. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 30-40 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Laos, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises. 

You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Laos. The months of November to March are dictated by pleasant weather in much of Laos, barring the mountain regions which tend to get quite cold. Cotton clothing would be perfect for this time in Laos and a fleece jacket or light woolen sweaters would be perfect for layering. Rest of the year is mostly wet and very humid, so the weather can get really unpredictable. We suggest you pack in summer clothing as well as some warm clothes just to be prepared if the weather certainly takes a dip due to rains. 

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information. 


GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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