Eight Irreplaceable Tips To Thing To Do In Laos Less And Deliver More

Airbnb is also available in the country, with shared accommodation (usually dorm rooms) starting at 80,000 LAK. If you’re looking to splurge on a nicer hotel with a pool, expect Top things to do in Laos pay at least 400,000 LAK per night.

Budget hotels and guesthouses are widely available, usually starting around 110,000 LAK for a basic twin or double room. It’s very rare for a hostel to have a kitchen, however, so don’t count on cooking your meals unless you find a hostel with self-catering facilities. Almost every city hostel offers free WiFi and most also include free breakfast.

Budgeting 80,000-165,000 LAK per night for basic accommodation is pretty safe no matter where you go in Laos. You can find dorm rooms for around 45,000-80,000 LAK per night, while a private room with A/C will cost between 115,000-175,000 LAK. Accommodations - Accommodation in Laos is incredibly cheap.

You can pick up a free map in your hotel and visit them all. They also have some cool museums, temples, and stupas that are worth visiting. You can donate or buy a souvenir on your way out, which is a small, though meaningful, way to help.

It’s worth a few days at least — and definitely don’t miss COPE, a provider of prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation services in Laos They help victims of unexploded ordinances, and provide lots of information and context that will make you feel like you’ll never be happy again. After a few days in Vang Vieng, which you’ll spend biking, hiking, tubing, and swimming (and, possibly, partying), head to Vientiene. I loved this so much that I wrote a whole blog post about it (see also: My Smile Cruise Down the Mekong River Was the BEST Part of My Southeast Asia Trip ).

From there, I would move on to the highlight of my Laos trip: a two-day slowboat down the Mekong River, from Huay Xi (right across the Thailand border town of Chiang Khong/Chiang Rai) to Luang Prabang — with stops at two must-see Laos destinations, and two hill tribe villages. It is definitely worth checking out one night just so you can experience a night market, which are so popular in South East Asia. You can find everything from clothes, to sneakers, local Laos artwork, beautiful silk scarves, and much more!

It is easily recognizable by the red tents that cover each stand. This is held by the river each night in the Mekong Riverside Park (which also a great place for a stroll during the daylight hours!). They also have bikes you can borrow for free to explore other parts of the city!

It is also a good place for kids and adults, with lots of hands on activities for children to get involved. Insider Tip: The rehab center is centrally located and easy to walk to - which you may want to do for exercise like we did since we had traveled the whole day before. Home to only a few people, this ancient settlement, offers the locals and the travellers’ handcrafted hooch.