Health and Safety

Healthcare in Laos is still basic. Precautionary measures to stay well include eating only well cooked food, drinking bottled water, staying hydrated, using sun protection, and avoiding mosquito bites.

General Practitioner in Laos
In case you need to see a General Practitioner please contact the French Clinic in Vientiane:

Please check with your own General Practitioner or Travel Health Clinic at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to Laos. For more information on the recommended vaccinations for Laos please visit:

Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)
In the east of Laos along the border with Vietnam, significant numbers of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) – bombs, artillery and mortar shells that did not explode - remain in Laos forty years after the end of the last Indochina war and continue to pose a threat to peoples’ lives and livelihoods. Areas frequently visited by tourists have been cleared of UXO, but it is always a good idea to be careful when in rural areas or when trekking.
Stay on streets or paths, and take a local guide if you go trekking or want to explore the forests. Do not pick up, kick or in any other way move metal or shiny items you see lying on a path or in the forest, and if you are suspicious that it might be a UXO, inform a local official, to help prevent accidents or deaths. It is best to check locally on the UXO situation in the area you are visiting.

Similar activities in other areas in Southern Laos