8 Tips to travel in Laos

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Laos is a beautiful country in the South East Asia. With the tropical climate, you can travel in Laos year round to discover its wonderful culture, costumes, food, religions, etc. Furthermore, Laos lies next to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and China. This can be a perfect base for you to travel Asia with ease. Here are some tips for you to have a perfect trip to this amazing country.

    Tip number 1: Laos’s weather can be a little extreme

    You should always check the weather whenever you go on a vacation. Laos has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: wet and dry season. Wet season runs from May to October and dry season runs from November to April. From the end of January to May, the temperature rise over 35oC along with a lot of rain. The best time to visit Laos is from November to February. During this period, the will be less rain and the temperature is quite cool, mostly under 30oC.

    If you plan to go on the rainy season, you should expect travelling will be slowed down a bit because roads in Laos is not incredibly well maintained, when the rain come, drives have to find other roads or wait for the rain to stop.

    Tips number 2:How to apply for Laos Visa

    Unless your country is an ASEAN member, you have to get a tourist visa to visit Laos. But this process is super easy and convenient. All you have to do is show up at Laos’s borer, fill in a form, pay, wait a couple minutes, receive the visa and then you are good to go, you have a tourist visa for 30 days. Exept for some country from Africa and Middle East, most of other countries can get a visa on arrival. Citizen from ASEAN countries, Japan, Russia, Japan, Switzerland and South Korea can have a free tourist visa for 30 days.

    You should prepare carefully before your trip

    You should prepare carefully before your trip

    The 30-days tourist visa can cost you between 30 to 42USD depends on where you are from. If you don’t bring along some passport sized photo with you, you have to pay 1 to 2USD extra. The visa on arrival process is quite fast, usually doesn’t take longer than 10 minutes.

    Tip number 3: How to book flights for cheap?

    How do you save money on flights? It’s one of the biggest expense when you travel, so saving money on air planes means taking more trips. I will show you some tips and strategy for finding cheap filghts. Firstly you should book using incognito or private web browser. Without this, cookies can make flight prices inrease if you search them often.

    Or you can just visit our website to check flights and many other cools stuff. We always have the best price for you, I guarantee that.

    Tips number 4: Laos currency

    Laos's currency

    Laos's currency

    People don’t often use US dollar or EURO in Laos, so you have to do some money exchange before hand. Laos’s currency is Kip (LAK). The Kip worth about 0,00012 USD or 0.000102 EUR, don’t panic when you see a 20.000 LAK sandwitch. You should do th money exchange in your country and exchange more in Laos if you need more, but you choose banks instead of the black market.

    Tip number 5: Accomodation in Laos

    Accomodation in Laos is incredibly cheap. You can easily find a dorm room for around 5 to 9USD per night and a private room with air conditioner can cost you between 13 to 18USD, sounds pretty amazing right? So basicly you just need to spend around 10USD for a basic accomodation and it is safe, no matter where you go. Furthermore, almost every city hotel and hostel offer free breakfast and wifi. If you want to be a little more comfortable, you can find a nicer hotel with a pool and expect to pay from 45USD per night. In general, accommodation in Laos is pretty cheap and easy to find.

    Tip number 6: What to eat in Laos?

    Food in Laos is a little more expensive compare to its neighbors because everything is imported and they don’t have large scale farming. But however, food expense will not break you bank because it is still quite reasonable. In cities, street food is the most popular. It costs you about 2 to 3USD for a dish. Western meal is slightly more expensive from 5USD. If you are looking for a mid-range meal in a restaurant, you will have to pay a bit more. In conclusion, with a balance of street food and western meal, a budget of 15USD a day will make you full and happy.

    Street food in Luang Prabang

    Street food in Luang Prabang

    You should not drink water from the fountain or tap water because water in Laos is not 100% safe to drink. I would recommend you to buy some bottled water or go to café.

    Tip number 7: Transportation

    Getting around Laos, taking a bus would be perfect because it is inexpensive, convenient and comfortable. A 5 – 6 hour trip will cost about 10 to 13USD. Sleeper buses or overnight buses cost 15 to 20USD depends on distance.

    When visiting a city or village, local transportation is really cheap. Local transportation’s price starts from 0.5USD and goes up base on distance. Taxis and tuk-tuks is convenient and a little bit more expensive, you should ask the hotel staffs how much you expect to pay for that trip. If you can ride a motor bike, it is even better because you can rent one for 7 – 10USD a day. Feel free to go wherever you want.

    Tip number 8: Where to go and what to see in Laos

    Laos offers you tons of beautiful destinations to visit. First of all, visiting Luang Prabang is a must. Designated as a  UNESCO World heritage in 1995, Luang Prabang is an architecture site with a lot of impressive temple and there are many things to do here such as visiting the night market, experience Tak Bat, try an authentic Laotian massage, etc.

    Temple in Luang Prabang

    Temple in Luang Prabang

    Besides temples and stuff like that, Laos has many more to offer. This country is surrounded by untouched nature. My best advice is you should go out and explore them all. The water fall studded Bolaven Plateau, the spectacular Thakhek Loop motor bike trip, chilling at 4000 island, visit ruined temple near the Champasak Province, etc. You can explore it on your own or find a Laos tour at our website.

    There you have it, 8 tips for travelling in Laos. Once again, Laos is a beautiful country with amazing landscapes and has a lot to explore. Hope you will have an amazing time and have a lot of fun in Laos.

    Hoang Nguyen

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