Advice For Your Next Visit to Laos
Filled with timeless ruins, cascading waterfalls, delectable cuisine, and a wealth of historical and modern life, Laos is among Asia’s most visited provinces. The thousands of visitors that flock to Laos every year enjoy a mixture of ancient, historical, and modern sites both natural and manmade. As you plan your next trip, consider these pieces of advice for your next visit to Laos.
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Laos has thousands of sites to offer, and if you have a limited amount of time, you’ll want to know the top sites to visit.
Wat Xieng Thong is a Buddhist monastery dating back to the 1500s. Sitting in front of a mosaic backdrop of trees and wildlife, the slanted rooves point down to a large entrance in the front of the building where visitors can enter and enjoy the splendor inside.
The Vieng Xai Caves are open daily for tourists to enjoy either via walking or by rented bicycle. An 18-point tour, this cave was once a war shelter as detailed in the audiobook that comes with entrance to the cave. Beautiful pools of water, waterfalls, and natural life are around every corner.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wat Phu Champasak are a set of ancient ruins that date back to between the 11th and 13th centuries. There are six different levels of terraces with stairways that ascend the large mountain you will need to climb to get to the ruins. The trip up the mountain and the ruins is definitely a day trip worth making.
Advice and Tips
You will want to know Laos’ different seasons to best plan your packing for your next trip to Laos. Starting in November until about February, the dry season can have temperatures of up to 30 Celsius every day with chilly evenings and mornings. In March is the humid season when temperatures may reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. If you are traveling to the South, temperatures are known to reach far above 40, so be prepared. Beginning in late May and from June through September are the rainy months. Although it is not constant, the afternoon has frequent downpours and evenings are known to have intermittent showers as well. Because of the landscape, different areas of Laos can either be extremely cold or extremely hot.
While planning your budget for traveling, know that prices for food are generally cheaper than in most countries. An economical dinner can cost anywhere from $2 to $5 with finer dining being upwards of $15 a plate. Hotels can vary as well from $3 per a single bungalow to $500 for the Lao Plaza Hotel. If you are in the city, prices will naturally be higher than if you are in the country. Also, be prepared to have cash on hand as several places prefer cash to cards and definitely to traveler’s checks.
Public transportation is easy to use to get around Laos. Buses are the most popular form of transportation and quite affordable. There is even the option of buying tickets for a bed bus which is similar to a train with sleeping coaches. If you prefer to travel alone, you can rent mini-vans or other personal drivers. Songthaews are trucks with benches in the bed of the truck and make for a great experience as well as Tuk-tuks.
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