Category Archives: Laos

A Look Into Forgotten Laos

Laos is quickly becoming a hot tourist destination for the budget inclined. For travel on a budget, this country is in a league of their own. Add beautiful mountains, accessible lodging accommodations and delicious food, and you might be wondering why you haven’t considered traveling there before. Many popular tourist activities in Laos cannot be found anywhere else in the world. For example, take a unique tour of Vang Vieng with a rubber tube on the Nam Song River while visiting bar after bar along its banks. The majestic Buddhist temple, Pha That Luang, is a unique structure with terraces representing the stages of enlightenment. Ruins of the temple Wat Phu date back to the 11th century. Caves that served as an underground city for communist forces during the Vietnam War are worth visiting, regardless of your political views regarding the war. There are so many great reasons to go to Laos that I started to thinking seriously about how I might finance the trip.

I played with a travel budget calculator in order to estimate how much it would cost to spend five days in Laos. If I select the least expensive food and hotel room options, the trip would only cost $20USD/day. On a side note, one really cool feature on the calculator is that you can factor in a drinking budget. If you would like to drink five beers per day, that brings the daily total up to $35. You can definitely afford to keep a drinking habit while on vacation there. Beer Lao is the only brewery, but they offer several different lagers with which you can stay fairly drunk without breaking the bank.

Your biggest expense will obviously be your plane ticket. There are no direct flights from Australia to Laos which would mean a stopover in either Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore. Flights from Sydney to the Laotian capital, Vientiane cost approximately AUD $700-$1000. Most people think they need to save up before they take a trip or use credit cards to finance their travel, even though they know credit cards can hurt their finances with exorbitant interest rates. There is a third way that most people are not aware of.

travel to laos

It is possible for you to go sooner with a range of unsecured loans from Greater Building Society. An unsecured loan does not require an asset as collateral, so it is very accessible for most people who have good credit. A person qualifies for this type of loan based solely on their credit score. It only takes a few hours to find out whether or not you qualify for this type of loan. It might be possible for you to seize the day and pay for the trip later, without the damage credit cards can cause.

While you’re planning your epic trip do keep in mind that US Dollars are used with ease in Laos. If you’re planning to travel to countries bordering Laos, USDs might be your best bet. You can stock up on USDs before you make your journey if you so choose, even while applying for your loan. You can also convert AUDs to Kips before you go, with an exchange rate of around 1: 7,465. It can also be helpful to brush up on your French as Laos was a former French colony which is obvious with the vast array of baguettes available!