Tips for Traveling in Laos for Backpackers

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Xieng Khouang
Xieng Khouang

Laos is always one of the attractive countries in Southeast Asia with a lot of wonderful destinations and stunning landscapes. Although cuisine of Laos is not famous much, the country is still one of the first choices of backpackers in the first time visiting out of their countries because Laos is famous as the safe and cheap country in Southeast Asia in particular and Asia in general. Furthermore, The Million Elephants country enchanted visitors with solemn pagodas, gorgeous waterfalls, statues of Buddha’s in many shapes and friendly smiles. Therefore, the post will introduce for tourist tips for traveling when visiting Laos with the budget.

Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong

1 Transferring

In fact, transferring in Laos is quite cheaper than other countries, so you don’t need to worry about the fee for traveling. The main means in Laos is tuk-tuk and pickup car which have cheap price. However, before traveling to somewhere, you should negotiate a price with drivers to find the best rate which will help you avoid a bad situation. Actually, Laos people are friendly and kind, so you should not worry much about that. Furthermore, you can easy to know the itinerary of the car in stations or travel agencies. However, you should remember that Laotian can not speak English, so if you want to ask help, you should ask receptionists in your hotel or find tourism policies.

In addition, if you want to save more money when traveling by tuk-tuk, you should not book tuk-tuk alone, you should travel with other tourists which will help you reduce the price for a ticket. Furthermore, you should learn more about these places where you want to visit a day to make suitable itinerary which can help save money and time as well.

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2 Time for visiting

If you want to visit all famous destinations in Laos, you have to spend at least 5 days to travel around. However, almost backpackers spend 8-9 days for exploring the wonderful country.

Moreover, you can go to Laos at any time of the year, but before coming to know the exact season of this country to prepare sunscreen or rainwear. However, the summer season of Laos has a higher temperature than Thailand or Vietnam, so you should bring sunscreen and hat to protect your health.

3 Cuisines

In fact, the cuisine of Laos is quite similar to the cuisine of Vietnam and good taste. Therefore, you should not miss out the dishes when coming here are grilled dishes, fried rice, white rice, and drinks are Lao beer which is the most famous in Southeast Asia.

Laos
Laos

4 Places to visit

The most attractive destination in Laos is Luang Prabang which is worth your time and money. When visiting there, tourists have a chance to visit a lot of wonderful things in there from lists of stunning temples Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visunarath, Wat Mai, Wat Aham, Wat Sene to historical destinations. Moreover, if you want to enjoy romantic atmosphere, you don’t forget to admire the beautiful view when sunset in the top of Wat Tham Phousi. Furthermore, you can admire the whole landscape of Luang Prabang from there.

Besides visiting beautiful landscapes, tourists can also visit Laos night market which opens from 17:00- 22:00 to shop souvenirs, enjoy delicious food. Other landmarks that can not be overlooked here include the Royal Palace Museum, Tat Khuangsi Waterfall, Pak Ou Cave, Phanom Village, Xien Men Village across the river are equally interesting.

Xien Men Village
Xien Men Village

In addition, Xieng Khouang is home to the World Cultural Heritage Site, is the second destination in the journey to conquer Temple City. After visiting this place, if you have the time, you can visit Ban Ang, Chi Seng and Ban Sua to discover and learn about the culture and life of the country.

Hoping that the tips will help you have a wonderful and safe trip in the amazing country. Furthermore, if you get trouble during the trip, you can contact the travel agency for helping you.

5 Other tips

The temples are located quite close together and open from 8-17h. Therefore, you should make a suitable itinerary to visit all temples in the day which will help you save money and time as well. Furthermore, if you go inside the temple to visit and ask for visitors will have to pay a fee.

Xieng Khouang
Xieng Khouang

If you want to explore Vientiane, you should rent a bike to travel around with 1USD/hour. It is considered as the best way to explore the beautiful capital.  You can visit the famous sights in there such as Pha That Luang, Wat Simuang (Mother Temple – where the monks usually do a ceremony to wrist blessing people), Sisaket Temple (museum of thousands of large and small Buddha statue Material), the Buddha Garden, the Patuxay Victory monument, the Black Stupa. The shopping spot you should not overlook here is morning market.