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Laos poses severe challenges to travelers with disabilities. Apart from one or two top-end hotels, there is virtually no concept of wheelchair access. Sidewalks are uneven and full of potholes. Local transport is difficult and chaotic. Luang Prabang with its almost pedestrianized nature is easier to navigate than most places once you are there, but realistically any trip to Laos if in a wheelchair would need a lot of planning. The best way to navigate the country is to charter a private minibus or car for the duration of your trip. That way you are not subjected to the fairly hectic restraints of public transport, you can stop when you want, and you can take your time.

Online resources with general information for travelers with disabilities include Access-Able (www.access-able.com), Mobility International (tel. 541/343-1284; www.miusa.org), Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (tel. 212/447-7284; www.sath.org), and Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (tel. 020/7250-3222; www.radar.org.uk). Tour operators catering specifically to the needs of travelers with disabilities include Directions Unlimited (tel. 800/533-5343 or 914/241-1700) and Accessible Journeys (tel. 610/521-0339; www.disabilitytravel.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.