Laos

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    Top Descriptions

    If you’ve heard of Laos but have yet to visit, then this little-big landlocked country might just be somewhat different from your expectations. Indeed, Laos is the rural and relaxed Southeast Asia, where hassle is surprisingly low and haggling is done out of tradition instead of necessity. Think green, think spacious, and frame that thought in steep limestone mountains and you’re already halfway there. For the most part, Laos is calm and quiet, especially when compared to its neighbours such as the high-paced . And the standards might be a little higher than you were expecting too, especially in gentrified and recently Koreanised where you’re just as likely to find a trendy cafe as you are an ancient temple. Of course, as with many countries in the region there is a tragic recent history here too, with towns such as more than happy to bring you up to speed on the secret wars waged here and the devastation that America’s UXO continues to make. It is true that facilities can be scarce at times and travel slow and windy, but when you’re gliding down the Nam Ou or the mythical Mekong in a boat beneath and between those soaring karsts, then why hurry?
     
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    Top Tips

    Don’t plan on rushing about too much here. Journeys can be quite long and attractions far apart, so maximise your visa length if you can.
    Expect to find frequent water refills, often in your guesthouse. Not only is making use of this service better for the environment, but it’s cheaper too.
    Consider entering the country from the Vietnamese and heading to . From there you can boat down the Nam Ou to and then to . This route makes for an atmospheric, interesting and less-travelled entrance to the country.
     
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    The Location

      What should we know?

      Name in local script:ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ (ລາວ)
      Also known as:Lao People’s Democratic Republic
       
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      Environment type:cave, forest, hill, jungle, karst, limestone, mountain, river
      Religion type:Buddhism
       
      Visa type:Cost:Nationality:On arrival:
      30-Day Tourist VisaUSD30 - 42French, UK, USAYes

      What can we see or do there?

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      How much will it cost us?

      Currency:Laotian Kip (LAK)
      Average daily budget:LAK227,000

      When should we go there, and for how long?

      Average time taken:28 nights
      High season:November to March
      Low season:
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        How can we get in contact?

        Language(s):English, French, Khmu, Hmong, Lao
        Timezone:UTC+07:00
        Country calling code:856

        How can we get there?

          Coordinates:
          Geographical feature:Mekong River, Nam Ou River
           
          Neighboring countries:Cambodia, , Myanmar, ,
          Land borders:

          The Directions

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          The Directions

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          What are the numbers and averages?

          Location:Time spent:Daily budget:
          6 nightsLAK240,000
          1 nightLAK165,000
          1 night
          4 nightsLAK203,750
          5 nightsLAK224,000
          7 nightsLAK230,000
          4 nightsLAK237,500
           
          Size:237,955 km2
          Altitude:70m to 2,817m

          Local Availability

            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Beer (multinational)500mlLAK11,000
            Beer (national)500mlLAK7,900
            Fizzy drink1 litreLAK7,800
            Fruit juice1 litreLAK16,500
            Gin (multinational)1 litreLAK144,500
            Gin (national)1 litre
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            Milk1 litreLAK15,000
            Oil1 litreLAK12,900
            Rum (multinational)1 litreLAK132,000
            Rum (national)1 litre
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            Vodka (multinational)1 litreLAK116,000
            Vodka (national)1 litreLAK23,250
            Water1 litreLAK4,400
            Whisky (multinational)1 litreLAK213,250
            Whisky (national)1 litreLAK20,250
            Wine1 bottleLAK108,400
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Almonds100gLAK16,333
            Apples1kgLAK16,667
            Bananas1kgLAK9,000
            Bell pepper1kg
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            Bread1 loafLAK19,000
            Carrots1kgLAK13,500
            Chillies1kgLAK30,000
            Chocolate (multinational)1 barLAK7,500
            Chocolate (national)1 barLAK3,000
            Coconut milk1 canLAK6,100
            Cucumber1kg
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            Eggs1 dozenLAK11,750
            Garlic1kgLAK30,000
            Ginger1kg
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            Honey1 jarLAK26,000
            Ice cream1 unitLAK9,000
            Jam1 jarLAK15,875
            Onions1kgLAK11,000
            Oranges1kgLAK18,000
            Pasta1kgLAK31,500
            Peanut butter1 jarLAK36,800
            Peanuts100gLAK4,400
            Potatoes1kgLAK12,000
            Raisins100gLAK6,000
            Rice1kgLAK13,000
            Sandwich1 unitLAK10,000
            Tomatoes1kgLAK13,000
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Antifungal shampoo1 bottle
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            Conditioner1 bottleLAK25,500
            Condoms1 packLAK14,500
            Deodorant1 canLAK21,600
            Floss1 packLAK12,000
            Hand sanitizer1 bottleLAK15,000
            Laundry soap1 bar
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            Razors1 packLAK19,333
            Sanitary towels1 packLAK8,600
            Shampoo1 bottleLAK20,400
            Soap1 barLAK5,800
            Tampons1 boxLAK30,667
            Toilet roll1 unitLAK2,125
            Toothpaste1 tubeLAK6,400
            Washing powder1 boxLAK5,900
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Antiseptic cream1 tube
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            Bandages1 packLAK16,000
            Chapstick1 unitLAK13,167
            Contact lens solution1 bottleLAK35,000
            Headache tablets1 packLAK15,000
            Ibuprofen1 packLAK1,500
            Mosquito repellent1 bottleLAK19,200
            Nail clippers1 setLAK9,000
            Plasters1 packLAK5,500
            Sun cream1 bottleLAK64,333
            Sunglasses1 pairLAK50,000
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            Batteries4-packLAK22,667
            Chilli powder100gLAK4,500
            Cigarettes (multinational)20-packLAK16,800
            Cigarettes (national)20-packLAK5,200
            Coriander100gLAK18,000
            Cumin100g
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            Fuel1 litreLAK8,816
            Internet1 hourLAK20,000
            Lighter1 unitLAK2,500
            Matches1 packLAK625
            Paprika100gLAK16,500
            Travel multiadapter1 unit
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            Travel plug1 unit
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            Turmeric100g
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            Stock1 packLAK2,000

            Local Cuisine

              DishAverage CostLocation Availability
              Baked potato (meat)LAK29,000
              Baked potato (vegetarian)LAK26,000
              Banana splitLAK16,000
              Bibimbap (비빔밥)LAK55,000
              Biryani (meat)LAK37,500
              Biryani (vegetarian)LAK27,500
              BologneseLAK38,625
              Breakfast (continental)LAK25,625
              Breakfast (cooked)LAK36,125
              Breakfast (local)LAK28,000
              BrownieLAK35,000
              BruschettaLAK30,000
              BurgerLAK31,875
              Burger (cheese)LAK34,944
              Burger (vegetarian)LAK20,000
              Burrito (meat)LAK55,000
              Burrito (vegetarian)LAK45,000
              CalamariLAK35,000
              CarbonaraLAK46,375
              CerealLAK22,375
              Cheese boardLAK150,000
              Chilli con carneLAK40,000
              Chocolate mousseLAK30,000
              Coq au vinLAK31,000
              Curry (South Asia – meat)LAK29,000
              Curry (South Asia – vegetarian)LAK18,000
              Curry (Southeast Asia – meat)LAK28,667
              Curry (Southeast Asia – vegetarian)LAK22,556
              Cutlet (beef/chicken)LAK17,500
              DalLAK15,000
              Dakdoritang (닭도리탕)LAK120,000
              Dumplings (Asian – meat)LAK50,000
              Eggs (how you like)LAK13,333
              DishAverage CostLocation Availability
              Fajitas (meat)LAK60,000
              Fajitas (vegeteble)LAK50,000
              Fish and chipsLAK35,000
              Fish fingersLAK20,000
              French friesLAK19,000
              Fried (chicken)LAK51,250
              Fried (fish)LAK42,667
              Fried rice (meat)LAK21,417
              Fried rice (vegetable)LAK18,167
              Fruit saladLAK20,111
              Full English breakfastLAK49,000
              Gamchatang (감자탕)LAK100,000
              Garlic breadLAK17,000
              GnocchiLAK75,000
              Grilled (chicken)LAK40,167
              Grilled (fish)LAK48,750
              GuacamoleLAK35,000
              Hot dogLAK38,000
              Ice cream (scoop)LAK13,000
              Ice cream (sundae)LAK25,000
              DishAverage CostLocation Availability
              KebabLAK28,333
              Khao poonLAK21,000
              Kimchi Jigae (김치 찌개)LAK50,000
              Lamb chopsLAK209,000
              LaapLAK32,417
              LasagnaLAK73,500
              Maki rollLAK30,000
              Mashed potatoesLAK16,000
              NaanLAK10,000
              NachosLAK45,000
              Noodle soup (meat)LAK19,556
              Noodle soup (vegetable)LAK16,333
              Noodles (meat)LAK22,583
              Noodles (vegetable)LAK19,354
              NutsLAK18,333
              OmeletteLAK19,167
              Pad ThaiLAK24,000
              PaellaLAK300,000
              Pancake (Asian savoury)LAK60,000
              Pancake (loaded)LAK20,500
              Pancake (simple)LAK16,583
              PapadumLAK10,000
              Pasta (meat)LAK27,792
              Pasta (vegetable)LAK23,000
              PhởLAK15,000
              Pilau rice (vegetable)LAK20,000
              Pizza (loaded)LAK59,625
              Pizza (simple)LAK45,750
              Pork chopsLAK32,000
              PorridgeLAK12,000
              PrawnsLAK40,000
              DishAverage CostLocation Availability
              Quesadilla (meat)LAK35,000
              Quesadilla (vegetables)LAK30,000
              RaitaLAK15,000
              RamenLAK40,000
              Ravioli (vegetable)LAK79,000
              RibsLAK60,000
              Rice (steamed)LAK5,000
              Rice (sticky)LAK5,111
              RisottoLAK99,000
              Roasted (pork)LAK90,000
              SaladLAK27,813
              Salad (meat)LAK35,104
              Samgyeopsal (삼겹살)LAK60,000
              Samgyetang (삼계탕)LAK115,000
              Samosas (meat)LAK13,500
              Samosas (vegetable)LAK11,000
              Sandwich (basic)LAK14,333
              Sandwich (loaded)LAK20,792
              SausageLAK39,000
              ShrimpLAK35,833
              Skewers (meat)LAK31,500
              Soup (meat)LAK26,889
              Soup (vegetarian)LAK23,292
              Spring rollsLAK20,250
              SteakLAK82,500
              Stew (meat)LAK36,000
              Stir fry (meat)LAK31,917
              Stir fry (vegetable)LAK22,000
              Sweet and sour (meat)LAK31,083
              Sweet and sour (vegetarian)LAK23,333
              TacosLAK40,000
              TiramisuLAK48,000
              Tom YumLAK35,667
              Waffles (sweet)LAK18,000
              WrapsLAK47,000
              Yoghurt (loaded)LAK17,500
              Yoghurt (plain)LAK10,000
              BeverageAverage CostLocation Availability
              Alcoholic mixed drinkLAK27,222
              Bailey’s (shot)LAK25,333
              Beer (multinational)LAK25,667
              Beer (national)LAK12,413
              BucketLAK40,000
              CappuccinoLAK16,500
              ChaiLAK8,500
              Cider (bottle)LAK37,000
              CocktailLAK35,688
              CoffeeLAK7,979
              CoffeeLAK7,979
              Coffee (alcoholic)LAK35,000
              EspressoLAK15,000
              Fruit juice (fresh)LAK13,042
              Gin (shot)LAK27,500
              Ginger teaLAK7,042
              Hot chocolateLAK8,833
              Iced coffeeLAK11,042
              Iced teaLAK8,500
              LassiLAK11,000
              MartiniLAK31,333
              MilkLAK10,000
              Milk (soy)LAK5,000
              MilkshakeLAK14,438
              MochaLAK17,750
              Red BullLAK5,000
              Rum (shot)LAK30,833
              SangriaLAK75,000
              SmoothieLAK10,000
              Soft drinkLAK7,581
              SojuLAK45,000
              TeaLAK7,667
              Tea (herbal)LAK7,042
              Tequila (shot)LAK25,500
              Tonic waterLAK9,208
              Vegetable juiceLAK7,000
              Vodka (shot)LAK25,000
              Water (2L)LAK10,515
              Whisky (shot)LAK14,063
              Wine (bottle)LAK148,667
              Wine (glass)LAK27,750

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