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Why ? Check out what travelers think about Laos...
How ? Get the basic information to organize your trip...
Where ? Select your destinations with various localities' ratings...
Travel Tips Get advices on various aspects of your adventure...
The North The wild, the minorities, the temples, the adventure...
The South The islands, the Mekong, the ruins, the relaxation...
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Laos

Adventures in the wild !

 

Backpackers' Survey  Rate : 13.22 /20 (up) Rank : 6 /11 (down)
Passplanet's Survey  Rate : 11.47 /20 Rank : 13 /14

 

>> Description ? The less developed country in Asia means lots of exploration opportunities among minorities villages and untouched nature.

>> Why go there ? Try to escape the crowd of Thailand (bad excuse nowadays) / Follow the flow of backpackers (good excuse nowadays) / Spend some time among minorities, if possible in remote and untouristy villages / Trek around / Become an opium addict (hope not) / Complete Passplanet with more remote localities (hope so) / Relax on tropical islands and watch the Mekong flow / 

>> Drawback ? Visiting too late : the crowd is there already ! / The drug business / The worst roads and transports of Asia, making any trip time consuming / The lack of real cultural attractions / The look (or rather lack of look) of some locals who have been confronted with mass tourism too  fast / The costs increase / 

>> Cultural Highlights ? Luang Prabang's or Vientiane's temples and colonial charms / The ruins of Wat Phu near Champasak

>> Natural Highlights ? The North mountainous area / Kuang Si Falls near Luang Prabang / The scenic  Mekong area of Si Phon Don

>> How long ? Two weeks to stay on the track . At least one month to go further away and discover Laos without the crowd but the smiles.

>> Budget ? Around US$7 per day. More if you drink a lot...

>> Visa ? Required. 15 days visa available at the Friendship Bridge or the International Airports for US$30. Best to get a 30 days visa in Bangkok.

>> When to go ? Avoid the rainy season from July to October when some roads are turned into mug swimming pools. 

 

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