A Handy Laos Travel Guide – Useful Tips & Insights for Travellers

In the heart of Southeast Asia, Laos offers unforgettable adventures where you can discover a rich cultural and natural heritage; here’s a guide to help plan your trip.

When to Visit

Laos is a great destination to visit year-round; that said, the most popular period is from October to February due to the cool weather. Temperatures rise in March and April, while from May to September there’s a greater chance of rain; showers won’t be throughout the day though and you can still enjoy sightseeing.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has some of the best hotels in Laos too. Those staying here including at the property of Avani Hotels & Resorts, have ample opportunities to explore this town, home to French-Indochinese architecture, ancient temples like Wat Xieng Thong and the sacred Mount Phousi.

Basile MorinTemple Wat Xieng Thong – Luang Prabang – LaosCC BY-SA 4.0

Other Highlights

Amongst the best things to do in Laos include visiting the Pak Ou Caves with its Buddha images, embarking on a Mekong River sunset cruise and taking in the stunning Kuang Si Falls. You can also enjoy tubing in Vang Vieng, exploring the Buddha Park near Vientiane and trekking and cycling amidst the countryside.

Tips on Attire

Since the weather can get humid, pack light cotton clothing as well as a light sweater or jacket for travel in the cool season. If you’re visiting during the rainy season, a rain jacket or poncho will come in handy. Keep in mind that at sacred sites and temples, you need to dress conservatively, covering bare shoulders and legs.

Insightful Africa Travel Tips – Plan the Ideal Getaway

Be it adventures in the wild, beachside relaxation or experiencing a rich culture, there’s never a dull moment in Africa! Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your holiday.

Select the Destination

Narrow down where you want to go in Africa which is no easy task! Wildlife safaris in Namibia, visits to Victoria Falls in Zambia and coastal getaways in Mozambique are just some of the many options. Book hotels online in advance especially during the peak season (May to October) and check transport and related costs.

Original uploader was Ian Restall at en.wikipedia, Tourists swimming at Victoria Falls, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons

Respecting Local Culture

Many areas in Africa are quite conservative and you need to be respectful of local culture and religions. That said, the African people are friendly and hospital; be it at properties of brands like Avani Hotels & Resorts or when travelling, you will encounter warm-hearted locals who will make you feel at home.

Food and Water

Foodies will have a blast trying the various culinary highlights of each region though do be mindful of meat dishes in remote areas that may not have proper refrigeration. While tap water is safe in certain areas, generally, it’s better to drink filtered or boiled water; reduce your plastic use by bringing a reusable water bottle.

Using Money

Keep in mind that different African nations use different currencies; most areas will have credit card facilities and ATMs though if not, change your money at a local bank. Keep some extra dollars to change for any emergencies and when leaving, convert back any remaining local currency at a reputable money changer.