Travel Laos: A handbook from A to Z

Laos – a beautiful and peaceful neighboring country, fascinates visitors with solemn temples, beautiful waterfalls, unique Buddha statues and friendly, hospitable smiles of the people. With unique cultural features, temples with special architecture and delicious food to suit Vietnamese taste. Laos is a destination chosen by many young people on their discovery journey.

Travel Laos: A handbook from A to Z

CLIMATE

The climate of Laos is the tropical climate of the monsoon region with two distinct seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season lasts from May to November, followed by the dry season from December to April next year, which can also be considered the best time to travel to Laos, at this time, the temperature. Average of about 15-30 degrees C.

MOVE

Vietnamese citizens are currently exempt from Visa when coming to Laos but you must pay entry fee of 10,000 VND. At the border gate of Laos, seal procedures and pay a fee: 20,000 VND – 50,000 VND (depending on the time, Saturday and Sunday, the amount is higher and between different border gates, the rates are also different. together).

There are currently 7 international border gates between Vietnam and Laos, open from 7am – 5pm

• Tay Trang (Dien Bien) – Sop Hun: There are daily buses from Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua at 5:30 am.

• Cat (Thanh Hoa) – Nam Xoi.

• Nam Can (Nghe An) – Nam Khan:  This gate is very popular with road travelers. From Vinh, there is a bus to Phonsavan (about 403km and takes 12 hours by car) departing at 6am on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, costing about 145,000 VND. There is also a bus to Luang Prabang (about 690km) departing at 6 am on Wednesdays and Sundays, costing about 325,000 VND.

• Cau Treo (Ha Tinh) – Nam Pha: this gate is another option for road travelers. Not far from Vinh city about 100km.

• Cha Lo (Quang Binh) – Na Phao.

• Lao Bao (Quang Tri) – Daen Savanh: This is the first border gate between Laos and Vietnam to open for international visitors. It was very popular for a long time, but now there are more gateways that tourists can go through. Therefore it is no longer a common border for tourists as before, though it is still a gateway for us to Laos.

• Bo Y (Kon Tum) – Phou Keua: In Ngoc Hoi, you can catch a car passing Bo Y border gate, from here you can catch the car to Attapeu.

From Vietnam to Laos there are many forms:

Air

Vietnam Airlines currently operates regular flights from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi to Laos with round-trip fares ranging from 5 million to 8 million. In addition, Lao Airlines also operates flights from Hanoi to Vientiane, but with very limited flights.

Rail

There is no direct train to Laos, but we can take advantage of the railway system in Vietnam to limit the travel time by bus.

From Sài Gòn

You can buy train tickets to Da Nang, Hue, or Vinh and from these locations you can buy a bus ticket going directly to Laos by road.

• Saigon – Danang price from: 335,000 – 800,000 VND

• Saigon – Hue price from: 365,000 – 800,000 VND

• Saigon – Vinh price from: 490,000 – 1,050,000 VND

From Hanoi

The nearest way is to Vinh, then take the car to Ha Tinh and then go to Laos through Cau Treo border gate.

• Hanoi – Vinh price from: 135,000 – 245,000 VND

Road

This may be the way of transportation you choose the most, because flexibility in time and lowest cost.

From Sài Gòn

Almost no official car from the city yet. Ho Chi Minh City to Laos, so those in Saigon want to go to Laos, they must go through a few transport steps through the following locations:

• Kon Tum: You can take the car straight to Paske (Time to travel about 16 hours) or take the car to Ngoc Hoi, then from here take the car to Paske.

• Da Nang: You can easily take a car to Vientiane (11 hours) or Savanakhet (about 6 hours) through Lao Bao border gate. There are 3 flights per week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Depart from 8:00 am to Laos at 2:00 am the next morning. Ticket price is about 290,000 VND.

• Hue: The density of cars coming to Laos is more from here than Da Nang. Almost every day there is a car to Savannakhet (about 415km, 8 hours). This can be considered the easiest route to Laos. There are 3 flights daily, departing from 9:30 am in the west backpacker area on Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hung Vuong and Pham Ngu Lao streets.

From Hanoi

Traveling from Hanoi is easier, because it is closer to Saigon, so the car from here is also more.

• Hanoi – Vientiane: 350,000 – 400,000 VND, about 850km, through Cau Treo border gate (Vinh). Time from 18h30 to 16h the next day.

• Hanoi – Savannakhet: (900km). Time from 18h30 to 18h the next day.

• 1. Camel Company: 3A Nguyen Gia Thieu (near the Lao Embassy)

• 2. Passenger car company 14: 35B Nguyen Huy Tuong

• 3. Underground Water Station

* Ticket price may vary from time to time and depends on the manufacturer.

The cheapest way is to take a local bus, which means you take the bus to the border then take a motorbike taxi from Vietnam border gate – Laos border gate, then from Laos border gate, take the bus to provinces of Laos. However, this method is quite tiring and sometimes takes our time, because we can not know the exact departure time of the trips here.

Tips to save money and travel time in Laos

• In Laos, the main means of transport are tuk tuks and pickup trucks. You must prepare a hat, mask, sunglasses, sunscreen (for summer) and gloves to protect yourself.

• You should wear soft shoes as you will have to walk quite a lot between attractions close together.

• If you travel in large groups, ask them for a discount, in addition you can rent bicycles to visit.

• Should share a tuk tuk with other travelers to save money.

• Buy a pickup truck ticket one day in advance and do not buy round-trip tickets. Go to any tourist destination should ask about the route to the next destination before visiting.

• Hire Vietnamese students as tour guides.

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Currency

• Lao people are quite gentle and easy going, in tourist destinations they accept to use many different currencies such as Kip (Laos), Baht (Thai), USD (US) and even in places where there are many Vietnamese people can easily spend Vietnamese money and speak Vietnamese.

• In Hanoi, you can exchange Kip money at Lao bank (BCE) or Laos – Vietnam joint venture bank on Ha Trung street. You can bring USD or Vietnamese currency to exchange at the gate, the exchange rate is not much different.

WHAT TO BRING TO LAOS?

– Passport.

– Headwear, masks, sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves.

– Wear soft shoes to avoid being caught in the sun in the summer and cold in the winter.

– Should bring medicine to treat basic diseases.

– Wear sunscreen, anti-insect cream and insect repellent.

– Buy sim phone at the border.

– You can use USD, Kip and Vietnamese currency in Laos but to limit unnecessary expenses when traveling in rural areas, you should change Kip.

ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER TO KNOW

1. Vietnamese Embassy in Laos:

Address: # 85, 23 Singha Road, Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Phone: + 856-21-451990, 413409

Fax: + 856-21-413379

Email: vnemb.lao@mofa.gov.vn

Website: http://www.mofa.gov.vn/vnemb.la

2. Vietnamese Consulate General in Luang Prabang

Address: No. 427-428, That Bôtô village, Luang Prabang district, Luang Prabang province, Lao PDR.

Phone: + 856-071-254745

Fax: + 856-071-254746

Email: tlsq-lpb@mofa.gov.vn

3. Vietnamese Consulate General in Pakse

Address: 31 Pha Bat village, Pakse town, Champasak province, Lao PDR.

Phone: + 856-031- 0085631. 212827

Fax: + 856-031- 0085631/214140/212058

Email: vnemb.la@mofa.gov.vn

4. Vietnamese Consulate General in Savanakhet

Address: No. 118, Sisavangvong road, Kayson Phomvihan town, Savannakhet province, Lao PDR.

Phone: + 856-41-251583

Fax: + 856-41-212182

Email: lanhsusavan@mofa.gov.vn

ATTRACTIVE DESTINATIONS NOT TO BE MISSED WHEN TRAVELING IN LAOS

1. Vientiane Capital (Vientiane)

The capital of the Kingdom of Laos with unique historical monuments has a strange appeal to cross travelers. If you have come to Vientiane, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the unique places here. iVIVU.com would like to tell you the most famous places:

• Arc de Triomphe Patuxay

Prominent on Lane Xang Boulevard is the Arc de Triomphe Patuxay, formerly known as Anou Savary (unknown soldier radio). The Arc de Triomphe is located between the roundabout of Vientiane Street and That Luang area. The Anou Savary was created in 1958, the lower and outer parts are modeled after the Arc de Triumphe station in Paris, but the top and the inside consist of typical Lao architecture and reliefs. Standing on the top floor of Anou Savary we can see the whole view of Vientiane.

• Pha That Luang

At the end of Lane Xang Street is That Luang – a world cultural heritage, symbol of the Lao Theravada Buddhism nation, printed on paper money and the coat of arms of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Pha Luong or (Pha) That Luang (Large Rice in Lao) is a stupa (stupa) of Buddhism built in 1566 on the ruins of a 13th-century Indian temple, the exterior of which is gilded with gold. That Luang is the largest and most beautiful lunar tower in Laos. Every year in the middle of November, there is a big national festival called That Luang festival. Entrance fee: 3,000 Kip / person.

• Buddha image garden

Buddha Park (Buddha Statue Garden) in Xieng Khuan is located 25km southeast of Vientiane. There are more than 200 Buddhist statues and figures in Hinduism made of concrete, featuring a giant 40m-long statue of Buddha. There are also statues of people, gods, animals and demons. You can go inside the giant pumpkin-shaped building through a demon mouth nearly 3m high and climb the stairs to visit each floor symbolizing Hell, Earth and Heaven. To come here you should go by tuk tuk if crowded, cost about 70,000 Kip or take bus number 45 near Talat Sao market for 5,000 Kip / person, 20-40 minutes to take a trip. Tickets to Buddha Park: 5,000 Kip.

• Talat Sao – early morning market

Located at the corner of the East Road between Lane Xang and Khu Vieng, the main area in Vientiane, the market is open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is a great attraction for tourists visiting and shopping in the capital of Laos. In the market there are many small shops, restaurants, fruit and vegetable counters, jewelry counters, silk, handicrafts, musical instruments, electronics, household appliances … Talat Sao is a gathering place. goods with Laos identity so you will easily find a few satisfied items to give as gifts to your relatives.

• Wat (Wat) Phra Keo

Visiting Phra Keo Pagoda, we seem to be lost in the “art world” because the sculptures, carvings and rare artifacts are inlaid with gold, silver, sparkling jade. Phra Keo Pagoda not only worships Buddha statues but it is also a museum displaying many Lao religious artworks. In Vientiane, Wat Phra Keo is an important and famous temple after That Luang.

• Wat Sisaket

Located on Sethathirath Road, near Lane Xang Boulevard, Wat Sisaket is a temple that has been kept intact since its construction in 1818 by King Chao Anou according to Siamese Buddhist architecture. Wat Sisaket impressed by the corridors with walls decorated with over 2000 images of bronze Buddha, precious wood, ceramics, gold and silver plating. The total number of Buddha images in the temple is 6,840 large and small, very rare.

• Wat Ong Teu

Also located on Setthathilath Road, Wat Ong Teu is attracted by Vientiane’s largest bronze Buddha image. The name Vat Ong Teu means Big Buddha Temple. The temple grounds have a Sangha Buddhist school where monks from all over Laos often come here to study Buddhism.

Wat Si Muang

Wat Si Muang,  located between Setthathilath and Samsenthai Road, is a temple that best reflects the combination of Buddhist faith and the original belief of Laos. If you come to Vientiane, you can come here to hold a ceremony to tie the wrist of good luck, according to the traditional customs of Laos.

2. Xieng Khuang

Xieng Khuang and the secret of the jars are the reasons that tourists from all over the world want to come here to explore. Xieng Khuang also attracts tourists from all directions because of its pristine landscapes, fresh and original nature.

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• Jars field

The Plain of Jars is a famous cultural and historical site that anyone visiting Laos would like to visit. Located near Kham Muon city, on the Xieng Khuang plateau, there are thousands of stone jars scattered along the field. Archaeologists believe that the jars date back 1500 to 2000 years, and around it are many mysterious myth stories that do not satisfy any curious person. Another reason why the jars became famous is that this place was the most fierce battlefield in the war time against the US of the three Indochinese countries, and the traces left until now also surprised many people.

• Muong Kham

Home to the H’Mong people, the quiet town of Muong Kham is adjacent to Mount Phu Bia – the highest mountain in Laos, famous for its two hot mineral springs, Bo Noi (small stream) and Bo Nhay ( (big stream) is hot to 60 degrees Celsius. Muong Kham is also famous for its many caves. During the anti-American war, these hospitals were the largest and most beautiful hospitals, Tham Piev cave. Located quite high compared to the sea, cool climate all year round, poetic natural landscape, Muong Kham is an ideal destination to attract tourists from all directions.

• That Foun

Visiting Xieng Khuang, tourists should not miss the opportunity to visit That Foun tower. Located in Muang Khoun district, which has poetic and charming natural scenery, That Foun is 30m high and was built in 1576, which is the burial place of the relics of the Buddha brought from India. It contains thrilling myths about Buddha, it is said that a robber from China has carved a hole in the tower body to claim the golden Buddha image inside. That vestige has created a unique feature of the tower, attracting many visitors and Buddhists to visit and pilgrimage.

3. Savannakhet

Considered as Saigon of Vietnam, because of the development and influence of the economy, Savanakhet is also an attractive tourist destination with famous historical places that visitors cannot ignore.

• That Ing Hang Stupa

Located 15km northeast of Savanakhet, is considered the second pilgrimage site after Wat Phu – Champasak in southern Laos. That Ing Hang was restored and expanded into a superficial population in 1548, at the same time as That Luang. Every year, there is a frantic festival held during the three full moon days of the Lao calendar. That Ing Hang is a scenic spot, a famous tourist destination, every day there are many pilgrims coming here. Here visitors can see tattoos, are chanting Buddhist monks and just pray for good luck, bless your journey.

• Wat Xayaphoum Temple

In Savanakhet there are not many famous victories like in Vientiane or the ancient capital of Luang Prabang but Wat Xayaphoum is an exception. This magnificent ancient temple is located in the heart of Savannakhet, along the famous Mekong river. Created in 1542, with a delegation of more than 200 monks, Wat Xayaphoum is well known throughout the country as the Sanskrit Buddhist school that trains secondary monks. Today it becomes a famous tourist landscape that any visitor to Savannakhet would like to visit.

• Heuan Hinh stone house

One of the most valuable and rare relics of Laos, 65km from Savannakhet to the South. Heuan Hinh is a house built entirely of monolithic stones that is about to overlap with the architecture of a temple. Heuan Hinh stone house was built in 553 BC, according to Cham architecture or pre-Angkor. Although located in a remote area, but not so that this place does not attract tourists to visit. Heuan Hinh attracts visitors from all directions, who like to explore and explore nature.

• Dinosaur Museum

Originally a French colonial mansion, Dinosaur Museum is a display of weapons and resounding images of the once fierce anti-Americanism of Pathet Laos. In 1936, French geologist, Jousé Heilman Hoffet discovered the skeleton of a dinosaur, 15 meters long and 90 million years old in the territory of Tang Vay village, PhaLan ditch in Savannakhet. . As a place to preserve the entire dinosaur skeleton, the famous Dinosaur Museum attracts many visitors around the world to visit.

4. Luang Prabang

Recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang is peaceful, approachable and friendly to every Laotian.

• Wat Xieng Thong Temple

Located near the confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River, Wat Xieng Thong is the most beautiful, oldest and most important of the 65 major temples in Luang Prabang. Laos-specific architecture with curved roofs stretching down close to the ground, the interior is frieze, sophisticated sculpture based on Buddha. There are many large Buddha statues, the site of royal ceremonies and Buddhist dignitaries. Noon sunny, the wind from the Mekong blew coolly in bouts. From the pagoda, visitors are spoiled for sight covering the poetic old capital, immersed in the green of leaves.

• Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si is a complex of three waterfalls, in which the main waterfall is about 60m high with the water flowing down from above, causing white bubbles to erupt, creating a dramatic scenery. As one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country of Trieu Voi, visitors come here not only to visit the mountains, but also to climb and bathe and bathe in the lake. Amid the fresh air of Kuang Si, visitors can also hear the birds singing and the sound of the waterfall blending together, like a wonderful harmony that makes the spirit more elated.

• Royal Palace Museum

National Museum of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, which was the Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Laos in ancient times. Imprinted with sophisticated and modern French architecture, the Royal Palace Museum is a place to keep the statue of Buddha in Luang Prabang, which is considered a national treasure. Beautiful landscape with two rows of beautiful high-pitched palm trees leading the entrance, lovely lovely Royal garden with strange trees, precious flowers, sparkling lake, circling birds, floating butterflies … On the right is the statue. King Sisavang Vong majestic bronze, on the left is the splendid pagoda roof, cool white marble shelf in the midday sun.

• Wat Wisunarat Temple

One of the oldest temples in Luang Prabang, on the list of world cultural heritage. Wat Wisunarat was built in 1513, restored and rebuilt between 1896 and 1898. Located on the road named the temple itself in the city center, Wat Wisunarat has a large, green campus. , on both sides of the main street. In front of the pagoda is a majestic pagoda tower of 34.5m high, Tha Pathum was built in 1503. The pagoda has a simple architecture, not overly sophisticated except for the corrugated iron roof with many decorative details that make Wat Wisunarat a beauty. casual and calm.

• Mount Phou Si

As the highest point in Luang Prabang, Mount Phou Si is an ideal place for tourists to panoramic views of the peaceful ancient capital on the Mekong River. To conquer Mount Phou Si, visitors must pass 329 stairs built of red bricks. Each step has a width and a moderate width, and there is a resting place in the middle of the way to the mountain, so visitors can go to the mountain without too many difficulties.

5. Champasak

Located in an economic strategic position, with a strong history, Champasak has no reason not to become an attractive tourist destination. And the fact that here are both wonders created from history, just as the scenic has been bestowed by nature.

• Pakse

As the former capital of the Kingdom of Champasak, Pakse town is today the capital of Champasak Province and the economic, commercial and cultural center of all four southern provinces of Laos. With a convenient location, Pakse is a transport hub from Thailand, Cambodia, from Central Laos and down to the East. In Pakse, you can walk along the streets of the city to explore many things. The temples have a winding roof architecture, a brilliant golden color in the sunlight. Every morning monks line up for alms along the main roads.

• Wat Phu

The most typical cultural work of Champasak is the magnificent temple of Wat Phu – World Cultural Heritage. About 40 km south of Pakse, along the banks of the Mekong River, Wat Phu is a complex of stone stations and an architectural feat, built over centuries and from the 9th to the 13th centuries. is one of the most sacred temples of the ancient dynasties on this land. Wat Phu is a Hindu architectural style, worshiping Shiva and this architecture is considered close to the Angkor Wat World Cultural Heritage of neighboring Cambodia.

• Khone Phapheng Waterfall

Dubbed Asia’s Niagara, the largest Khone Phapheng waterfall in Southeast Asia, is 12km long and always has a huge amount of water filled with silt flowing over a vast surface of many rugged rocky outcrops when flow down. Khone Phapheng also attracts tourists because this is the only place in Southeast Asia that one can admire the dolphin. Coming here, visitors can sit and watch the locals catch fish, or rent a canoe to catch freshwater dolphins or drop freely on the coastal rocks to listen to the roaring waterfall.

THESE DELICIOUS DISHES MUST TRY WHEN TRAVELING LAOS

Lao cuisine is quite similar to Thailand, many Vietnamese dishes are Vietnamese so Vietnamese tourists can enjoy the dishes quite easily and suit the taste. In particular, there are 7 delicious dishes that you should not ignore:

• Xoi Lao: is a daily dish of Laos, made from glutinous rice grown in the fields, so it is sticky and smooth, very beautiful ivory-white. Sticky rice is often served with grilled chicken, boiled vegetables and “cheo deck” – a delicious sauce close to the fish sauce in Vietnam. You can find this popular dish at any restaurant or restaurant in Laos for about 15,000 Kip / basket (about 40,000 VND / basket).

• Greek: is a popular dish in all regions of Laos. Ingredients for this dish can be used beef, pork, chicken … mixed with chopped liver and spices like lemon juice, chili, galangal, sticky rice. Once mixed, the dish will eat raw vegetables such as lettuce, lettuce, cowpea … You can enjoy the dish for about 30,000 Kip / plate (about 80,000 VND / plate).

• Savanakhet grilled  chicken : The type of chicken used to roast is a free-range chicken breed so the meat is delicious, delicious and firm. Chicken after cleaning is clamped on bamboo sticks, put on grilled charcoal until cooked. You can eat Savanakhet chicken dish cost about 50,000 Kip / head (about 135,000 VND / head) at Seno junction (Savannakhet) or Vientiane shops on the way from the capital to Luang Prabang.

• Khausoy: is a famous dish in Luang Prabang that looks similar to pho but the processing material is much simpler. Khausoy is the most important ingredient of this dish, made from pureed pork mixed with garlic, tomatoes, spices of all kinds. Guests can enjoy this dish for 15,000 Kip / bowl (about 40,000 VND / bowl) on the road along the Mekong River in Luang Prabang.

• Greasy rolls with raw vegetables: quite unique dish in Laos. Greasy pork rinds are available at market stalls. This dish is rolled in salads with papaya salad, raw vegetables and dipped with “cheo deck”. You can buy crispy fried shrimps in the market for 10,000 Kip / bag (about 27,000 VND / bag).

• Lao Pho: different from Vietnamese Pho, only using bone broth and letting guests arbitrarily spice and eat with sprout and pork. Raw vegetables are served with basil, salads, it is indispensable for fresh cowpea to be cut into chunks, for diners to dip with raw shrimp sauce. Pho prices range from 30,000 Kip – 35,000 Kip / bowl (about 80,000 – 95,000 VND / bowl).

• Tam Maak Hung (papaya mannequin): this dish is almost indispensable in Lao meals. Papaya is scraped into fibers and put into the mortar to stab lightly, then mix spices including lemon juice, shrimp paste, eggplant, pepper, chili. Papaya salad can be used to drink beer or eat with sticky rice. The dish is quite similar to Thailand’s tam tam. The price of papaya mannequin is around 30,000 Kip / plate (about 80,000 VND / plate). In addition, do not forget to enjoy a cup of Lao beer, the most praised beer in Southeast Asia.

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FAMOUS SHOPPING PLACES IN LAOS

Shopping is also an indispensable part of every trip, buying to make supplies, to celebrate, as gifts for friends and relatives. You can refer to some information below to gain more experience when shopping in Laos.

Vientiane

Laos is a great destination for those interested in handicrafts and antiques, and Vientiane is the best place to do it. In addition, Vientiane is also famous for textile products, jewelry …

• Morning Market

Morning Market is the largest and most famous shopping center in Vientiane. Open very early, the variety of goods, including goods from Thailand and Vietnam. You can find here all of Vientiane’s items from handicrafts, jewelry, textile products. Trading is also very easy, just sign you will also buy the item you want, moreover 80% of the sellers here know Vietnamese. Just like in Vietnam, shopping in Lao markets is generally worth the price.

• Samsenthai, Panggkam and Setthathirat Streets

These are the streets where many handicraft shops are located. With a number of diverse and diverse types, modern and traditional styles, to surprise all who are interested in these products. Samsenthai is also a street with many shops selling jewelry, mainly made of gold and silver, very charming and fancy.

Xieng Khuang

Just like shopping centers in other localities in Laos. In Xieng Khuang, you will easily find markets and shops selling jewelry, handicrafts, Lao silk …

• Chinese market

The market is a 2-storey building that offers rich souvenir items made from plastic and plastic, but you can also find items made of gold and silver. Handicraft products, silk fabrics, jewelry are also sold here.

• Fresh market

Fresh Market is a supplier of fresh, rare fruits in Laos. In particular, at this market you will find the “sorghum” of the Xieng Khuang area, which are dry goods including fermented Nok aen dawng meat dishes and Chinese mushrooms.

Savannakhet

As the second largest economic center of Laos, Savanakhet is home to many bustling urban areas, bustling markets, sellers, buyers and visitors. Products here are also richly diverse, many imported items, tax free with very affordable prices.

• Savanxay Market

Only 100 meters from the central bus station, Savanxay Market is a very interesting shopping and visiting destination. In addition to the items commonly found in markets such as fresh food and meat, the market’s food court is also famous for its delicious Lao specialties. The most popular attraction of this market is the rich and diverse souvenir items, handicraft stalls with sophisticated and fancy products, brocade textile products, cotton yarn with unique traditional Lao designs.

• Dao Heuang Duty Free Shop

It is a supplier of many duty-free items with reasonable prices including chocolate, wine, cigarettes, Cuban cigars, coffee, and household electrical products. Handicrafts, silk fabrics and jewelry are also easily found here.

• Singapore Market

Comprising a 4-storey building, Singapore Market is the largest Savanakhet market. Goods here are mainly imported from Thailand, China, Vietnam with mainly fresh food and household appliances.

Luang Prabang

Like Vientiane, Luang Prabang is also famous for handicrafts, art products, textiles and jewelry.

• Luang Prabang Night Market

Tourists to Luang Prabang are not only eager to see the pagodas or the imperial palace but they also have another curiosity, that is Luang Prabang night market. Luang Prabang Night Street ancient quiet much how much Luang Prabang night market is in stark contrast, vibrant, bustling much. Right from 4 pm, goods were gathered from all over. Here you can freely choose items from Lao cloth, bags, shirts, Lao silverware, jewelry, souvenir silver to bronze Buddha statues or paper paintings, wooden drawings of Buddha images, pilgrims, etc. This is often unstable and haggling, expensive, and cheap as part of this night market.

• Copy

Located in Ban Apha, next to Mount Phousi and the Nam Kham River, Kopnoi is famous for handmade products made from natural materials. Includes clothing, jewelry, silk fabrics, accessories, and flavorings.

• Lisa Regale

Lisa Regale is a chain of shops spread from Wat Khily to near Wat Xieng Thong, specializing in traditional Lao clothing and fabrics, and products that combine style. Europe.

Champasak

Like all other cities in Laos, the main commercial center of Champasak is not only a place to provide household food but also a place to sell typical Laos souvenir items such as silk weaving, jewelry, and antiques.

• Paske morning market

Like the Morning Market in Vientiane, the Paske market was also opened very early and is the city’s main commercial and shopping center. Just 200 meters from the city center, the Paske Breakfast Market offers fruits, vegetables and family foods. The market is also bustling with sellers and buyers with clothing, crafts, jewelry, and household appliances. Cafes, cafes and catering services are also found here.

• Dao Heuang

Located on Highway 13, near the Japanese Bridge spanning the Mekong River, this new market is home to everything that people and tourists can buy in Champasak. The market is organized, divided into areas very hygienic and easy for customers to search for shopping from clothes, souvenir shops to food areas.

SOME THINGS TO KNOW WHEN TRAVELING TO LAOS

In communication with native speakers

• Overseas you can kiss your hands, hug your waist… women. However, in Laos this is taboo. Although you want to be friendly, but the act of hugging the waist, shoulders or jokingly … especially with unmarried girls is considered more vulgar. Even at massage parlors with similar actions, the hotel owner will notify the police and you will be immediately punished.

• If you want to be photographed with a beautiful native girl? It is entirely possible. However, when taking photos, you should put your hands behind your back or leave them all to the front, absolutely not violated, otherwise you will see “consequences” right after that!

• Touching or patting a Lao head (especially a man) is not only abstinence but also considered a serious insult, which can even lead to a scuffle that could cause injury.

• If a Laotian is not willing to let you touch their objects, it may be a greedy item, or it may also have a special spiritual value to them so they do not want anyone to touch it. There are also cases where the item has been downgraded. It’s best not to insist when people don’t want to show it or touch it.

In daily activities

• Laotians are very devoted to Buddhism, when visiting pagodas, you must not disordered, dress modestly or make vulgar or teasing words. You should not turn your back on the Buddha or call each other in the temple.

• Be mindful of prohibited signs here. If people are not allowed to take photos, you must follow them. Do not try to capture the beautiful architecture as a souvenir, you will be invited immediately.

• When traveling, you should not honk loudly. Although this is not prohibited in this country, but people here see the whistle … the most redundant detail on a car! Rarely do you see Laotians honking, so if you keep using the horn as in Vietnam, people will be very upset, even thinking you are “an alien”.

• Awareness of traffic laws in this country is very high. People also yield to each other while in traffic, so you need to know how to yield when you enter the priority road or from the secondary road to the main road. Even walking across the street is the same. Normally, Lao people often wait for the car to go away before crossing the road, not rushing. You will be very surprised when the speed of traffic in Laos is not great and the vehicles often stop at the crossroads, look at the road before joining the new road.

• When passing through a village that you see at the entrance of the village there is a string made of cotton cloth or a character, a special symbol, the custom of calling Ta-skill – depending on the locality, it must be understood that people In this village, strangers from the village are banned. It is often because there are strange illnesses or mysterious deaths in the village that can spread the infection, or that day is intended to one day abstain from the village.

• When sleeping at a homestay, do not point your head towards the door. At night, you should not cut your hair or shave. You must abstain from barbering on Wednesdays and abstain from washing hair on Thursdays. You must not leave a mortar in a person’s house or go through a wire but there is a women’s clothes above.

OTHER TIPS

– Laos uses 220 – 240Volt electricity, the 3-pin power outlet should remember to prepare the appropriate plug.

– A day of Laotian people starts quite late because civil servants are working at 9am, so the market meets late and is often busy at 11 noon.

– The temples in Laos are open from 8 am to 5 pm.

– Hotels in Laos usually do not wear slippers, toothbrushes and toothpaste, so make sure you have them ready.

– Remember to keep public hygiene, do not throw garbage indiscriminately because the fine for this behavior is quite high.

Thank You!

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