Mekong, Whisky Villages, Communism


Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Vientiane, the capital, is the site of the That Luang monument, where a reliquary reportedly houses the Buddha’s breastbone, plus the Patuxai war memorial and Talat Sao (Morning Market), a complex jammed with food, clothes and craft stalls. See Laos with help from Wyld Family Travel’s detailed Laos travel guides.


The country is in the midst of building a high-speed train line that will stretch to China. Most public transport is done by bus and tuk-tuk where you can negotiate a price. The conditions of the road in Laos is not great so be careful if driving a car.  Laotians drive on the right-hand side of the road.


There is no shortage of small restaurants and roadside food traders. You will only find western food chains in the capital of Vientianne. A meal at a mid-priced restaurant should cost around $10.40 USD per person while coffee will set you back $2.34 and a loaf of bread $1.94


The official currency of Laos the Kip. The Kip comes in notes of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000 kip. Be aware that you may not be able to exchange Laos Kip once outside the country.  We suggest using a Wise card to cut down on high international withdrawal fees.


You will find plenty of accommodation options in the tourist centers of Laos. Everything for hotels to homestays will have you comfortable for your vacation. You will easily find accommodation for $30 a night upwards in a good quality hotel.

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