Could Laos be the final bastion of authentic traditional experiences in Southeast Asia?

Probably not but tourism has penetrated the country way less than in neighboring Thailand and Vietnam.

Whether it’s trekking through lush jungles, visiting small dusty villages, or doing an exciting motorcycle loop, Laos has some scenery packed!

UNESCO’s Luang Prabang is a marvel of its own.

The old traffic on the Mekong being rapidly replaced by a convenient high-speed train. But the people remain the same regardless – warm and friendly.


Backpacking Profile

PricesVery cheap
Does Revolut work?Yes
ATM with no feesNone (BCEL lowest)
Cash or card?Cash
Public transportPoor
AccommodationHostels, hotels, guesthouses, homestays
Other backpackersMany
Days needed10-20
Best time to travelOctober – January
Locals speaking EnglishFew
Main languagesLao

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