How to Exploring the Beauty and Culture of Laos without Paying too Much Money

Different from the vibrant, modern character in Thailand or Malaysia, Laos- the country of elephants fascinates tourists with the natural and tranquil beauty.
The tranquil beauty of the country of elephants
Moving

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
Accommodation

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.

Eating

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: is a popular dish in all regions of Laos. Ingredients used to make this dish could be beef, pork, chicken ... mixed with chopped liver and spices such as lemon juice, chili, galangal, powdered grilled rice. Once mixed, Larb dish will be served with raw vegetables such as Houttuynia, lettuce, Chinese pea ... You can enjoy Larb dishes with around 30,000 kip / dish (about 80,000 VND / dish).

Larb Neua- Laotian Ground Beef Salad
Savannakhet Grilled chicken:. After being washed and preliminarily processed, the chicken is put in bamboo sticks, grilled over burning charcoal until it is cooked. You can eat Savannakhet grilled chicken costing about 50,000 kip/ set (about 135,000 VND) at Seno junction (Savannakhet) or the restaurants in Vientiane on the way from Luang Prabang to the capital.

Savannakhet Grilled chicken looks attractive and delicious
Khausoy: the famous food in Luang Prabang, it looks similar to Phở (noodle), but the ingredients and way of cooking are much simpler. Khausoy, the most important ingredient of this dish, is made from minced pork mixed with garlic, tomatoes, spices of all kinds. Visitors can enjoy this dish with a price of 15,000 kip / bowl (about 40,000 VND / bowl) in the road along the Mekong River in Luang Prabang.

Khausoy - the famous food in Luang Prabang, Laos

How to Exploring the Beauty and Culture of Laos without Paying too Much Money 

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