Things You Need To Do On Your Trip To Laos

When you are planning to visit Asia, Laos should be the first choice for its multi-dimensional beauty all over the country. Its rich cultural diversity comes from the 49 ethnic groups that influence the food, arts, customs, and festivals in the country. Let’s plan, take a deep breath and discover such amazing Laos

Best time to travel Laos

The best time to visit Laos is from November to January when the weather is the coolest. However, if you’ll be in the far north of the country, the temperatures during this time can get pretty cold in the evenings, sometimes dipping close to freezing.

Visitors should avoid the duration of March and April, when the height of the hot season culminates with the burning of the fields, creating air that is as smoky as it is humid. 

On traveling from May to September, don't forget to pack a raincoat. This time is rainy season in Laos and you may meet a suddenly rain, so bring a raincoat to prevent from being wet. 

Patuxai 

Transportation to Laos

There are daily flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Vientiane and some other tourist cities such as Luang Prabang, Pakse ... The airlines currently flying to Laos are Vietnam Airlines, JetStars, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways ...

If you don't want to go on plane, come to Laos by road and cross Lao Bao border gate.

Transportation in Laos

Public transport in this country is not developed, taxi is only seen in big cities but not many taxi because personal transports here are cheap and people do not have to pay import taxes, so most people in Laos afford to buy cars. The popular transportation here is tuk-tuk, which were renovated from trucks or tractors.

Travelling along the Mekong River in Laos is one of the ways to learn daily life of Lao people. The regular route is the round-trip between Vientiane and Luang Prabang or the Luang Prabang - Huay Xai route. These ships usually depart in the morning, prices are usually not too high but may change in peak and low season.

Tourist Attractions

Cities for tourism, leisure and entertainment in Laos are: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse City, Luang Namtha, Savanakhet.

Unmissable tourist attractions in Laos are Vieng Xai, Pak Ou cave, Wat Phu Temple, Pha That Luang, Wat Xieng Thong, Plain of Jars, Si Phan Don waterfall, Vang Vieng resort, Bokeo Nature Reserve, Tham Kong Lo Cave, etc.

Pha That Luang Temple

Traditional Festivals

In Lao language, festival means "Bun". The true meaning of "Bun" is blessed. Making "Bun" means bless to be blessed. Laos is the country of the festival, that's why almost every month taken place a festival.

There are 4 Tets in Laos: Western New Year, Lunar New Year (like in some East Asian countries), Laos Tet (Bun PiMay in April) and H'mong Tet (December).

Other typical festivals annually can be named with Bun Phaet in January; Bun VisakhaPuya (Buddha's Birthday) in April; Bun Bangphay in May; Bun Khao Phansa in July; Bun Khao Padapdin in September and Bun Suanghua in October.

Cuisine 

Laos cuisine has a combination of neighbor countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand which flavour like spicy, sour and sweet are often found in every dishes. However, the country still has some very featured in traditional food.

Specialties in Laos are:

- Khao niao (Sticky rice): commonly used in Lao meals, it is more sticky than rice in Vietnam.

- Mok Pa (Steamed fish in banana leaves): A perfect food to eat with sticky rice, this fish delicacy comes neatly packaged in a banana leaf tied up with a bamboo string. The fish is soaked in vibrant local flavors like lemongrass, kaffir lime, onions, and fish sauce and then cooked to perfection.

Mok Pa (Steamed fish in banana leaves)

- Laab (minced meat salad): This is one of the most well-known dishes in Laos and can be made with cooked meat, or raw (usually only the duck and fish are served raw). Different restaurants and street stalls with each have their own version of the dish, but wherever you go, it’s definitely worth a try.

- Tam maal hun: is the typical papaya salad in the country.

- Khai phaan: made from seaweed taken in the Mekong river, this is a specialty of Luang Prabang.

- Kai yang: grilled chicken

Hope you have full information and well-prepare for the trip to Laos and wish you enjoy the wonderful trip in this country

Author: Freeland Journey