How to Enjoy a 5-Day Trip to Laos
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic or Laos, whose capital is Vientiane, is the only country in Southeast Asia that is landlocked. The country covers about 236,000 square kilometers with a population of less than 7 million. Its national language is Lao, which is similar to Thai. Travelling to Laos is with synonymous to serene rivers, stunning countryside, ancient temples with saffron-cloaked monks, and Beerlao brew.
If you are planning a 5-day trip to Laos, what should you consider when visiting the country? Here are a few suggestions:
It goes without saying, that the country’s capital is one of the most captivating cities in Laos. Visit the Golden Stupa (Pha That Luang), Laos’ most important national monument. There are other surrounding temples that you can also visit. While there, you can also go deeper into town to scope out the city’s stunning temples like the Wat Si Saket. Watch the Laos sunset as you stroll along the Mekong while sampling baguettes and fruit shakes from street vendors. If you want to experience the bar scene, go to Lunar 36.
If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a motorcycle from the city center and explore the wonders of the countryside on the way to Luang Pu’s Buddha Park. You can also pass by landmarks like the Laos-Thai Friendship bridge and Beerlao brewery, and temples. If you are lucky, you’ll ride alongside monks rising bikes. You can finish the day with a visit to the town’s night market.
Next stop is Vang Vieng. You shouldn’t miss out on the chance to try the most famous adventure in Laos – tubing. The best time to go is late in the morning to avoid the crowd and have the river to yourself. Allow the tiny currents of water at Nam Song take you for a scenic ride.
Spend your fourth day at the UNESCO Heritage Site – Luang Prabang. The day’s travel is nothing compared to the unparalleled scenery that will welcome you as you make your way through the picturesque hilltop villages. Once you get there, go straight to the riverside and watch as the sun kisses the Mekong River.
Your last day should cap off the entire travel experience. Wake up at dawn and wait for the monk’s procession (Tak Bat). Afterwards, head out to Tat Kuang Si where you can marvel at the spectacular waterfall of incandescent blue water.
If you can’t wait to start your adventure, it is best to have your travel agent book your vacation. Just make sure that all necessary arrangements are made beforehand like hotel accommodation and cheap airport transfers. Beware of hidden charges that are commonly associated with cheap flights. Check if the quoted price includes taxes like airport taxes and service charges. Parking4less, one of the UK’s cheapest airport parking service, revealed that there are several airlines, like Ryanair, that were banned for misleading flight price advertisements. That’s why it is a must to always read the fine print. If you are unsure, you can ask your travel agent if all fees are included in the advertised prices so you won’t end up shelling out more cash at the airport.