Laos Travel Guide

How many days is enough in Laos?

Travel in Laos at a slow pace: 10 days allows for relaxation, as well as being able to fit in all the things to see and do. If you have less time and want to do the route faster, it could be easily done in 7-8 days. Here is the day-to-day itinerary to travel in Laos. * Note that this travel route covers northern Laos.

What is the best time to visit Laos?

When is the best time to visit Laos? The small, landlocked country of Laos is best visited between October and April, when the weather's warm and dry throughout. River travel is best between November and January, when high water levels make passage easy along Laos' main waterway, the Mekong River.

Is 3 days enough for Laos?

If you are only visiting Laos as part of a longer Indochina trip, then set aside at least three days to see a few of the country's highlights. Though three days in Laos is hardly enough time to get to know the country, it should at least afford you a taste of one or two major destinations.

Is 4 days enough for Laos?

Within only 4 days, a tour combined with Vientiane and Luang Prabang will show you the authentics Laos. By figuring out which country is more expensive, you'll understand where you'll get more bang for your buck. A week in Laos can cost you about $108 (per person), while a week in Thailand may cost you around $772. These differences become even more noticable if you plan to spend a longer time in the country.

What to do and not to do in laos? 

Do's & Don'ts
Respect local customs. ...
Be mindful of Laos' conservative culture. ...
Respect local people when taking their photographs, especially of children. ...
Protect the environment and respect cultural resources. ...
Purchase local handicrafts and products to support the local economy.

Is Laos worth going?

The short answer is yes!
BUT, if you're going to Southeast Asia for the first time and only visit one country, I wouldn't recommend Laos. Visit the larger countries like Thailand, Indonesia or Vietnam instead as they have more to offer when it comes to attractions, food and varied nature.

What is so good about Laos?

Laos may be a landlocked country without a tropical coastline, but it makes up for it with stunning mountain scenery, lush rice paddies and the mighty Mekong River which runs through its territory.

Is it cheaper to go to Laos or Cambodia?

This is a popular question for many travelers. By figuring out which country is more expensive, you'll understand where you'll get more bang for your buck. A week in Laos can cost you about $107 (per person), while a week in Cambodia may cost you around $429.

Are Laos people friendly?

The light-hearted nature of Lao people means you are unlikely to hear raised voices on your trip unless it's through laughter and jokes. You may also discover that the Laotians are quick to pay a compliment, and paying one back is seen as a great way to show your respect.

Is Laos good for nightlife?

It may not be as exciting and wild as its neighbouring countries, still Laos nightlife is not dull and boring as you would expect. People here surely know how to party. In fact, it is one of the perfect places to loosen up yourself and have fun while you are still young.

What do Laos people do for fun?

Muay Lao (much the same as Muay Thai) Te Ka Tor (the Lao name for Sepak Takraw, which is like volleyball but played with the feet and a rattan ball) Petanque (a French team game where large balls are thrown so as to end up closest to a small wooden ball)

Is Laos safe for female tourists?

Laos is generally safe for solo female travellers. The country is known for its friendly locals and laid-back atmosphere, and the crime rate is low. Women should take the same precautions as they would in any other country, such as avoiding walking alone at night and being aware of their surroundings.

Is Luang Prabang boring?

Both an ancient and former colonial capital, this riverside town is the perfect place to unwind and take things slow in between more hectic destinations. But that doesn't mean Luang Prabang is boring. The town offers plenty to see and do, providing the perfect balance between exploration and relaxation

Is alcohol illegal in Laos?

Lao customs regulations limit visitors to 500 cigarettes and one litre of distilled alcohol per person upon entry, but in practice bags are rarely opened unless a suspiciously large amount of luggage is being brought in.

How much is a massage in Laos?

60,000-80,000 kip per hour 3-4USD/hours
The price usually runs 60,000-80,000 kip per hour, depending on the calibre of the place. Be warned: a decent Lao massage hurts good. If you want something more soothing, opt for an oil massage. During an oil massage, you'll wear a towel, so the more modest will want to keep their underwear on.

How do you show respect in Laos?

The Nop. In Laos, greetings are usually accompanied by the gesture known as a 'nop', which is the placing of two hands together in a prayer position at chest level. A nop indicates the level of respect for another person and is an acknowledgement of seniority. A nop may also be used as an expression of thanks or regard ...

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