Gay Guide

Laos
Pink Star Rating

4

Capital

Vientiane

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Savannakhet, Luang Prabang

Scene and Culture

As with Cambodians and Thai, curiosity and playfulness are a part of the local culture. But, a flamboyant gay lifestyle is definitely against the local manners and customs. Cross dressers, who walk happily and freely around the streets across the river in Thailand, are absent here, as they are in Cambodia. Western (French) influence in the former colonies of Cambodia and Laos, particularly on the upper and middle classes, were strong enough to negatively impact the 'peasant manners' of sex between men

In recent years a tiny gay scene has been developing in Vientiene suggesting that homosexuality is more tolerated. There is no gay scene as such but there are a few mixed venues that gays and lesbians will feel comfortable. Laos is not known as gay destination so don't have too high expectations. On our visit to the country we found things friendly but a little quiet.

Gay Age of Consent

Illegal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Illegal

Legal Notes

Homosexuality is technically illegal in Laos. It is considered an offence against traditional customs. Our impression is that there is currently no active repression of gays and lesbians.

Population

5.5 million

Currency

New Kip KN

Climate

The best time to visit Laos is during the dryier and cooler months from November to March.

Laos has a tropical climate with two seasons. A wet season during the SW Monsoon (May to October) and a dry season during the NE Monsoon (November to April). Rainfall is at its heaviest in July and August with average annual precipitation varying from 1,270 mm to 2,290 mm depending on the region. Average temperature ranges in Vientiane are from 14c to 34c all year.

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