Laos is a Southeast Asian country which is actually a gem as there are lush green grassland and plants, where you will see medicinal plants, beautiful waterfalls and rivers. Then there’s a village market which under the blue sky and everything you can get to purchase that too at a good price. Then, you will get a special cave trip which is one of the longest in the world. The unspoiled jungle habitat of Laos means you might see an elephant strolling on your way to breakfast or monks walking the roadways.
The best time to visit Laos is November through February. Since boat trips are a part of Laos, they are considered to be a popular way to see the spectacular Laos landscape and many waterfalls, so these are the best months to enjoy them. Oftentimes boat trips are not possible during the dry season.
Top 5 things to see and Do
Laos is a kind of place where the tourist spots are located nearby like by walking you can reach from one destination to another and/or you can either rent a motorbike or hire any number of tuk-tuk drivers. We have come up with different and mind blowing options of places and we would like you to go through it, they are as follows:
1. Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden
The botanical garden will give the eye pleasing view of lush green plants and grassland. It seems that the people of Laos are very close to nature and greenery. The garden exhibits the plants that were traditionally used in medicine or for ceremonial purposes. The plant collections include hundreds of varieties of orchids, ferns, bamboos, and more. There is a point of excitement that to reach the botanical garden you must take a boat from Luang Prabang.
2. Vientiane Morning Market
It is one of the amazing and extraordinary open-air village markets of Laos where from produce and religious statue replicas to silk dresses you will come across. All you have to do is explore and enjoy the thrill of the hunt and bargain for a good deal.
3. Nong Khiaw
The best visual of the natural landscape in Laos you can see in Nong Khiaw. The adventure begins from here, there is a trek of 1.5 hour to the top of the mountain from the tiny village of Nong Khiaw, and you will see a panoramic view of the flowing Nam Ou River. Laos’s villages are surrounded by the mountains which will give an iconic view. Plan your round-trips wisely to the top as you will be hiking through forest and you will need a flashlight once the sun sets.
4. PhaPheng Waterfall
PhaPheng Waterfall (also called Khone falls), will give you the thrilling sound of the crescendo of water coming together from dozens of points along the Mekong River. The falls are located in a small park in Champasak Province and it will be totally worth visiting.
5. Kong Lor Caves
Phou Hin Boun National Protected Area in central Laos is the Kong Lor Caves. It is one of the longest cave river systems in the world which is 7.4 km long. The exciting part is you can experience a boat trip through the caves with a guide, where you will see the stunning geological formations. The caves are quite dark, and also you might get wet in certain conditions if water is dripping from the ceilings.
Laos is still a cheap country to visit; you really have to try to spend money here. Most attractions are near cities and don’t require you to go with an organized group. So according to the information we have prepared a budget of different travellers:
- If you are a backpack traveller the budget must be INR 14,000/-.
- If you are a mid-range traveller the budget must be INR 25,000/-.
- If you are a luxurious traveller the budget must be INR 31,000/-.
How to get around?
To reach one destination we have different transports available and among all the flights seem to be a better option. It is also said to be a time saver transport and the view from the aeroplane’s window will give you an eye popping view. Wattay International Airport is one of the few international airports in Laos and the country’s main international gateway, serving the capital Vientiane, located 3 km outside of the city centre.
When to go to?
As the best time to visit should be a top priority Laos will be best discovered between October and April. At this point of time the weather’s warm and dry throughout. And if your plan includes River travel then the best time is between November and January as the high water levels make passage easy along Laos’ main waterway, the Mekong River.