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Laos Travel Safety Checklist

Normal Precautions

Though transport in Laos is relatively save, you should skip the Mekong River speedboats in the north as the drivers have frequent dangerous accidents.

Basket Thievery
If you’re riding a bike or motorcycle in Laos, don’t store any valuables in your basket as you may become the victim of a drive-by snatching.

Hotel Valuables
Secure any money or other valuables in your hotel safe, or if that’s not available, conceal them somewhere where a housekeeper isn’t likely to find them.

Do Not Detonate
Steer clear of leisurely strolls in the remote areas around eastern Laos. Unexploded devices (called UXO) remain scattered below and even above the ground. Should you come across something that could be a UXO, don’t handle it and report it immediately.

Be a Savvy Traveler
  • Stay aware of your surroundings, especially at night or in the dark.
  • Keep your belongings near you, especially on public transport, at stations and terminals, at outdoor cafes and in any crowded area.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Be on alert if a stranger strikes up an unprompted conversation or otherwise tries to distract you.
  • Try not to use ATMs at night.
  • Take only registered taxis and other transportation. It’s a good idea to take a photo of the cab number in case there’s an issue or if you leave something in the cab.