|The tranquil beauty of the country of elephants|
The most economical way to travel to Laos is to take a passenger car from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City:
- From Hanoi, you can buy tickets going to Vientiane at 3A Nguyen Gia Thieu, exit at the Cau Treo border gate (Ha Tinh province) or come to Vinh city, buy bus tickets to Xieng Khouang, cross Nam Can border gate. Ticket’s price is around 600,000 VND / berth car. The car owners will imprint the entrance and exit stamp, so you do not have to worry about the procedure.
- From HCMC, you can travel to Laos by land through border gates in Kon Tum and Quang Tri, Hue or Quy Nhon. In particular, the route Kon Tum - Laos is preferred. With a passport, you can start your tour.
If you have a motorcycle or a car and want to drive by yourselves, you can apply for a Vietnam - Laos through traffic permit at the Department of Transport. In addition, the national airline Vietnam Airlines has daily flights to Vientiane, but the fare is high, around 6-7 million VND. You should make a plan and “hunt” tickets in sale because they are much cheaper (sometimes only one half of the official ticket).
|A trip to Laos generally lasts 5 days|
In Vientiane, there are plenty of hotels, guesthouses whose prices are affordable, from 8 to 12 USD / night (170,000-250,000 VND), with good quality that backpackers have shared on forums like Long Dao, Riverside Hotel Ban Mixay – P.O.Box 2846, Saysouly - 23 Th. Manthatulat Hotel, Kounxavan, SuanPhao, Vongpanya... motels. You can also refer on the websites like Agoda or Booking to have more reasonable choices.
Lao cuisine is quite like Thailand, and many dishes of Laos are similar to those of Vietnam, so Vietnamese tourists can enjoy the dish quite easily. In particular, there are some delicacies that you should not ignore:
Laotian steamed glutinous rice: is the daily dish of Laos, made from glutinous rice planted in the fields in the mountain, so it is sticky, soft and very beautifully ivory- white. Sticky rice is usually eaten with grilled chicken, boiled vegetables and "cheo boong" – a delicious sauce which is similar to seasoning sauce of Vietnam. You can find this popular dish at any diner, restaurant in Laos for about 15,000 kip / basket (40,000 VND / basket).
|Laotian steamed glutinous rice|
|Larb Neua- Laotian Ground Beef Salad|
|Savannakhet Grilled chicken looks attractive and delicious|
|Khausoy - the famous food in Luang Prabang, Laos|