5 things you should know about Laos prior to visiting

Things you should know about Laos
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The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, or Laos, as it is usually called, is an unspoilt country that is filled with natural beauty, and when compared to Thailand, one of its neighbours, you could certainly say that Laos is under-developed. Here are just a few things you should know before visiting Laos.

1. It’s not highly populated

Even the capital city, Vientiane has a population of around 200,000, which is very low compared to other South East Asian countries and, with a total population of about 6.5 million, you could hardly say that Laos is a busy country. The architecture reflects the French Colonisation, and they do bake some very good French bread. However, only a very few elderly people can speak French.

2. Life runs at a slower pace

This is one thing that western tourists immediately notice, and it is simply something to get used to. If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday experience, Laos guided tours and vacations from Exotic Voyages is highly recommended, as they can tailor your holiday experience according to your preferences.

3. Friendly and honest people

Many people would say that as Laos is yet to be developed as a tourist centre, the people are not yet hardened to taking advantage of foreign tourists. Communication can be difficult, and for this reason, you are advised to book your holiday with an established tour operator who can supply you with a local guide. The local money is a little confusing with 50,000 kip notes that are equal to a few dollars, and most establishments will take either the US dollar or Thai currency (baht), and if you pay for something with either the dollar or the baht, expect your change to be in local currency, which is called kip.

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4. High speed internet

There are a few medium-priced hotels that offer what you could call high speed internet, and the best way to ensure that your accommodation has a good broadband service is to book through an established Laos tour operator. If you are visiting Vientiane, then the chances are that your hotel internet speed is dependable, and there are a couple of hotels in< Savannakhet, which is close to the Thai border at Muk Dahan, that also have a dependable internet connection.

5. Plan your holiday in full

This is the best way to avoid getting stuck in some out of the way place. While unsure about what to do and where to go, and with a Google internet search, you can make contact with a local tour operator who specialises in tailoring the holiday to suit the customer. This will allow you to plan every detail and, with a local expert guide at your service, the entire experience is so much more enjoyable.

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Planning a holiday in Laos might require some assistance. The best people to make your holiday one to remember are established local tour operators, who can supply a local guide, and this makes everything so much easier.

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  1. Steve says:

    Where was your favourite place in Laos?

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