LAOS TRAVEL GUIDE
Laos is a budget traveler’s paradise. While travel costs are incredibly low in Laos, it’s also a very peaceful and tranquil place. Locals are incredibly friendly and welcoming towards tourists and eager to show off their beautiful nation.
The best time to visit Laos is between October and April, when the weather’s warm and dry throughout. However, if you plan to do a river cruise in the landlocked nation, visit between November and January because that’s when high water levels make passage easy along the Mekong River.
Things to See and Do in Laos
Suggested daily budget
9-22 EUR / 10-25 USD
(Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation.
Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)
Money Saving Tips
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM LAOS?
Laos is a predominantly Buddhist nation – so please respect their religion. This means, taking off your shoes and covering up before entering a Buddhist temple. Another great thing to remember is to never sit down with the soles of your feet pointing towards a Buddha statue.
Laos is the quiet haven in the middle of the hustle and bustle of neighboring nations like Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. If you are looking for a more peaceful, yet incredibly cheap travel destination, Laos is definitely the perfect place for you!
TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR LAOS
I’m always surprised how many people travel without travel insurance. For me, it’s as essential to travel as buying a plane ticket, backpack or accommodation, and I never go without it.
Although China is relatively safe, unexpected natural disasters can always happen and I’ve witnessed people getting laptops and phones pickpocketed first hand.
Adequate insurance not only provides you with medical coverage (if you get sick or break your leg), but also covers things like your camera full of epic shots getting damaged or stolen, your flights getting cancelled, or you getting caught up in a natural disaster.
In short, it’s an insurance against potential issues that arise when you’re traveling and can save your life (or at the very least, a lifetime of debt).