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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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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