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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO LAOS

Tuk Tuk – main mean of transport in Laos
Laos is a romantic, poetic country adorned by the Mekong River as a precious yet undiscovered present of international visitors. At present, tourists can go to Laos by plane if they want to save time, and if you want to experience new wild nature, the journey of Indochina Voyages by motorbike or car would be the best choice. The empty paths would help you discover outstanding landscapes, to experience new life in a different country, to see the poor but peaceful and hospitable Laos. But it is imperative to be fully equipped with noteworthy knowledge about this beautiful country.  Here under are 10 things to know before traveling to Laos.

Famous landscapes in romantic and beautiful Laos

Famous landscapes in romantic and beautiful Laos- source: internet

  1. Immigration procedures: Visitors must know all the compulsory rules before approaching the border of Laos:

– For items valued at over $ 300 (cameras, large cameras, digital cameras, information machines…) should be put in handbag carriage. Visitors must self-protect personal baggage, money, jewelery …

– Baggage should be locked and named on the suitcase. All personal belongings which are most needed should be put in the baggage.

– The maximum amount allowed to carry without declaration to the Customs Department: 5,000 USD.

– Do not carry confidential documents, national documents, documents circulated internally by state agencies.

–  Carry original passports to do immigration procedures at the border.

– Present at the International Terminal, Check in Counters in Noi Bai airport before 02h departure for international flights.

– According to Lao Customs, only one pack of cigarettes can be brought by each traveler. Travelers should buy wine at the duty free airport of Laos.

– Do not carry metal sharpeners such as knives, scissors, forks, spoons. Avoid buying similar items or violent toys for children.

– Chewing gum, chewing tobacco, cigarettes with the prefix “E” printed on packages, drugs restricted to use and neurotic substances and fireworks are not allowed to import into Laos.

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Check carefully immigration procedures before traveling to Laos

Check carefully immigration procedures before traveling to Laos- source: internet

  1. Weather: one of the most crucial things in must-know list before traveling to have a comfortable trip is weather:

– The climate in Laos is divided into regions clearly. The average temperature is between 24 and 33 degrees Celsius.

+ Northern Laos (including the former capital of Luang Prabang) has four seasons climate.

+ Central and Southern Laos are harsher in summer (hotter, drier) and more rainy in the rainy season.

– Personal pills: take medicine for abdominal pain, cold medicine, wind oil and medicines for your disease, if any.

– Travelers should only drink boiled water or soft drink with international brand name you know, should not drink ice water at stores along the way.

– Travelers should bring lightweight clothes. Best choice is jeans and T-shirt or cool cotton clothes. Please bring along over-the-knee pants and sleeve shirts if visit the temples.

– Visitors should choose low shoes when visiting, remember to bring a hat or a compact umbrella.

  1. Food: food is a part of culture. If travelers want to discover more about Laos’ culture, of course they should know some typical traits of food here.

The dishes travelers should not miss when coming here are grilled dishes, white sticky rice … Notably, spices in Laos usually include sour, spicy, sweet. Chilli occupies most in the cuisine of Laos. Travelers should also try Lao beer, the most complimented beer in Southeast Asia. People should also bring some dry food in case they are not familiar with local food. The food must be packed carefully in plastic bags in the luggage.

Sai Oua – a special kind of Laos sausage

Sai Oua – a special kind of Laos sausage- source: internet

Sindad

Sindad -source: internet

  1. Currency, shopping: The must-know point is Laotians mainly use cash. Credit card is rare.

– Laos money is called Kip money: 1USD = 8000 Kip (reference rate).

– The denominations of money are: 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 Kip.

– The rule for each visistor is that the amount of goods not exceeding $ 500 is not subject to tax.

– You should ask price and bargain price before buying, even if you go to the showed price store

– When shopping, customers buy and sell and carefully check the goods before buying.

  1. Means of communication: travelers should know to prepare suitable battery charge

Travelers can buy sim phones, including 3G SIM.

Wi-fi is not yet popular, but most are available at 4-star hotels and the airport.

– Plug: 2-hole round or flattened plug.

– Current: 220V – 50Hz.

  1. Means of transport: It’s important to know popular vehicles in Laos

– The main means of transport in Laos are Tuk Tuk and Pickup trucks

– After finishing the tour, you may give bonus (tip) for guide and driver: Usually 03 USD / 01 person each time.

Tuk Tuk – main mean of transport in Laos

Tuk Tuk – main mean of transport in Laos- source: internet

  1. Accommodation: is also one of the essential factors to prepare before traveling to Laos

Tourism services in Laos is quite developed, so there are a large number of guest houses (from $ 8 to $ 12).

A large number of guest houses with reasonable price in Laos

A large number of guest houses with reasonable price in Laos- source: internet

  1. Other necessary information: which belongs to cultural things visitors might not know:

– In Laos, the action of waist, shoulder hugging … especially for women are considered rude. Even at the massage place where visitors do the same action, the owner may report police and visitors will be penalized.

– In Laos, the action of waist, shoulder hugging … especially for women are considered rude. Even at the massage place where visitors do the same action, the owner may report police and visitors will be penalized. When taking photos with girls, visitors should put their hands behind their backs.

– Do not touch Laotians’ objects because it may be items with special spiritual value to them.

– Laotians avoid touch or pat others’ heads. This could be considered serious offense and could lead to fighting.

– Laotians worship Buddhism a lot, so when visiting the pagoda, visitors must not be noisy, impolitely dressed or blurt out cursing words. Visitors should not turn their backs on Buddha statues.

A magnificent shrine in Laos

A magnificent shrine in Laos-source: internet

Traveling Laos, you can stroll around the sacred, miraculous shrines, discover the charm of  Lao culture, buy unique local items, experience simple, rustic life … but don’t forget to search carefully all the things to know about this country to have a smooth, wonderful trip.

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