Laos might not keep up with the tropical beaches or grandiose landmarks of its neighbouring countries, but the landlocked nation possesses unrivalled charms that mesmerise travellers in many ways. A certain serenity has enveloped the entire country, from the scenic jungle-clad limestones of the north and Luang Prabang’s picturesque UNESCO Heritage streets to the laid-back capital of Vientiane. Spared by mass tourism, Laos has managed to retain many of its age-old traditions, authentic culture and genuine smiles of the local people.
Experience the life of a Luang Prabang local on this in-depth excursion. Along a journey through temples, riverside communities and artisan villages, discover the charms of three distinctive cultures and learn about local crafts – from instruments to textiles. Complete with magnificent views of the Mekong River, this journey contributes to the local economy and livelihoods in Luang Prabang.
Eat like a local on this evening street food tour and sample an array of delicious delicacies as a local guide leads the way to the tastiest stalls. After exploring the winding alleyways of the Night Market, sit down to enjoy a delicious BBQ overlooking the Mekong – the perfect way to savour the tastes of Luang Prabang.
Capital City: Vientiane
Population: 7 Million
Language: Lao and numerous regional dialects and minority languages
Currency: The Lao kip (₭ or LAK) is the country’s official currency. Other currencies often accepted in tourist areas are Thai baht and US dollars. As the kip cannot be exchanged outside of Laos, it’s recommended to carry baht or US dollars and exchange at local banks or moneychangers. Some banks in Luang Prabang and Vientiane also accept other major foreign currencies, including UK pounds, euros and Australian dollars. Even though ATMs are common in major towns and tourist areas, beware that they have a low withdrawal limit, coupled with fees for every transaction.
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