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Things to know before traveling Indochina tours

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Vietnamese cuisine is gaining popularity in the world after years of having national dishes among the world’s 100 best foods. Unlike Chinese food which can be fattening with overly strong flavor, Vietnamese cuisine is lighter with a big portion dedicated to fresh herbs and greens. Here are the 5 reasons why you should try Vietnamese cuisine, and love it! See more information, please click: Indochina travel tours

  1. Because the Vietnamese food you have eaten in your country is not authentic.

This is a no-brainer. Every country’s cuisine that is brought overseas are adjusted and modified so that it will suit the taste of local people. The same thing happens to Vietnamese cuisine. And if you only get to eat our national food pho, it is a shame because Vietnamese cuisine is way more than just pho. We have cha ca la vong (an Old Quarter’s signature fish dish), egg coffee, bun cha (grilled pork and noodle), crab soup, spring rolls, com tam (broken rice and rib dish), sticky rice, etc.

Money changer in Laos

Money changer in Laos -source: internet

In recent years, the kip has remained fairly stable at about 10,000 to 1.21 USD. However, don’t count on this remaining the same! Whether you are changing at a bank or money changer, exchange rates are usually virtually the same. Both are also likely to offer marginally not as good rate for smaller bills (US$20 and less) as larger bills (US$ 50 and US$100). Although the whole procession of exchange is much more protracted, banks also tend to offer better rate travelers cheques. While most provincial banks change only USD or baht, bank in Vientiane and Luang Prabang can change UK pounds, Japanese and Australian, Canadian, US and Euros. Those offered at the BCEl, or Lao development bank are the best overall exchange rates.


In Laos, except in upmarket restaurants where about 10% of the bill is appreciated, tipping is not customary.

Traveler Cheques

You can exchange money at immigration Laos

You can exchange money at immigration Laos -source: internet

Even though, at most bank in Laos, traveler cheques can be cashed, normally just in exchange for kip. The most readily acceptable are cheques in USD, and in fact they might be the only cheques accepted outside Vientiane. Traveler cheques are accepted by very few merchants.

If you are planning to go from Vietnam to Thailand, let’s make the experience on the route between Chiang Mai and Saigon unforgettable! Indochina travel Thailand

Driving non-stop from Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai-the gateway to Southern Thailand

Chiang Mai-the gateway to Southern Thailand-source: internet

How far is it between Chiang Mai and Ho Chi Minh City? If you have friends taking shifts as driver, here is the quick answer so that it is possible to make the whole trip by car without stopping in Indochina tours.

  • Nonstop drive: 1661 km or 1,032 miles
  • Driving time: 20 hours and 38 minutes

It is not very realistic to drive nonstop as this is a really long drive. Let’s see how many hours it would be if you drive with stops if you want to get a better idea of how long this road trip would actually take.

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