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After some rounds of sweating and relaxing you should be ready for a Lao massage. Hot tea and water are available for refuelling your body. Men have to wear a towel or bathing trunks while women need a sarong (an Asian wraparound skirt).

The two cabins, as well as the rest rooms, are strictly separated, one for men and one for women. At the end of each hose is a bucket full of lemon grass and other herbs, making the sauna a herbal sauna\“. The steam is produced in a giant boiler behind the sauna and carried into the cabins through hoses.

Thick (and unfortunately sometimes filthy) curtains over the cabins’ entrances keep the steam inside. There are two narrow cabins made of bricks, equipped with wooden benches on two sides. You can cross the border from China, Vietnam, Thailand or Cambodia, but make sure you read about border crossings to Laos in advance.

If you’re planning to go to Southeast Asia, don’t miss Laos Tourist Information! There are many reasons to visit Laos when you are backpacking through Southeast Asia Stunning waterfalls, healthy and full of flavors food, smiley locals who will invite you home and show you around, Buddhist temples, undiscovered by ordinary travelers villages and local towns as well as affordable prices of transportation and accommodation. Try organizing things yourself — you’ll get to interact with the locals and save yourself some money.

Book your own activities - Booking activities through your hostel or tour provider is the easiest way to do things, however, you will also end up paying more money. Zip lining and guided treks start around 285,000 LAK, while tubing and renting kayaks can be done for under 100,000 LAK. Other activities include kayaking, rock climbing, tubing, canopy tours, and river cruises.

Activities - Trekking is the most common activity, with the northern part of the country offering incredible off-the-beaten-path experiences. If you’re looking to head into a neighboring country, a bus from Vientiane to Hanoi will cost around 330,000 LAK while a train from Vientiane to Bangkok will cost just under 400,000 LAK. If you have a destination in mind, ask the staff at your hostel how much you should expect to pay.

Taxis and tuk-tuks (small shared taxis with no meter) will require a bit of haggling and cost more than local transportation. Local public transportation starts around 2,000 LAK and goes up from there based on distance. A bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, for example, will cost between 100,000-150,000 LAK.

Overnight buses cost 150,000-200,000 LAK depending on distance. Transportation - Bus costs vary between 80,000-130,000 LAK for a 5-6 hour journey. Others visit Si Phan Don, or 4,000 Islands.

From there, many tourists head to Thailand or Vietnam. You can do adventures that last anywhere from 1-3 days… However, check that they’re open, first, because I think someone died there a few days ago and they may have shut down for a little while. I didn’t do this activity, but lots of people say it was the highlight of their Laos trip — and it’s right across the border from Chiang Rai, so I would probably start with that.