Whether it's night market strolls or riding motorcycles on hills, an unforgettable adventure awaits in this beautiful country.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit Laos is from November to February. At this time of the year, temperatures range from an average of 14–26°C.
Money saving tips
My best saving tips are to opt for walking in the cities as the tuk-tuks tend to be a little pricey, eat street food and bring cash. The ATM fees are up to $7 USD here!
The daily suggested budget for the Philippines is $20-30 USD, assuming you stay in a good hotel, eat out local and bargain for the price of transportation.
Favourite thing to do
Known to be the cheapest country in the world for a hot air balloon ride, I can highly recommend you to do it.
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Located between Thailand and Vietnam and in the heart of Southeast Asia, Laos is an often overlooked and underrated tourist destination. Waterfalls, hiking trails with extraordinary views and temple hopping make this country a truly unique destination and is a perfect addition to your South East Asia route. We visited Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. I would recommend you spend 10 days in the country if you plan on doing the same. Laos will treat you with beautiful nature, cheap food and good value-for-money accommodation. But be aware that they still promote horrible things, such as elephant riding and caging birds for releasing for ‘Buddha’. Even though it’s easy to turn a blind eye to what is happening I would encourage you to tell the locals who work in tourism that you do not support animal torture. That is the only way to see a change in the future. And since there is so much beauty to see in Laos it would be a shame to promote it for wrong reasons. Be aware of your surroundings and count your money after paying for something and make sure to take the paper ticket if you paid for an entrance. We’ve noticed that scams are, unfortunately, quite common here and have seen it happen more than a handful of times during our travels through the country.
Accomodation - Laos is a low-budget destination, so be prepared for a good value for money ratio here. A dorm room will cost you $4-6 USD per night and a mid-range hotel $20-40 USD. We decided to ‘splurge’ a little here as luxury comes as cheap as $40 USD per night.
Food - We noticed quite a big difference between restaurants and street food here. Street food cost as little as $1.70 for a chicken baguette, while in a mid-range restaurant it would cost about $6. If you plan on eating fancier expect to spend $13-20 USD for a meal per person.
Transportation - To and from major cities (most transport between big cities will be about 5-10 hours) ranges between $5 and $20. We took vans from Vientiane to Vang Vieng and Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. They were uncomfortable and the drivers were awful, but for now, it’s the best you can get. In each city, we opted to walk/cycle though. The tuk-tuks are expensive ($25 for a 45-minute ride is a stretch for SE Asia) and motorbike rentals want your passport (DO NOT give them your passport, unfortunately, scams occur often).