The country is well-renowned for a large amount of diversity and Western influences in its cuisine. Some of the delicacies include pa ... read more
What you need to know as a tourist of Laos?
The country is well-renowned for a large amount of diversity and Western influences in its cuisine. Some of the delicacies include padaek, larb, tam mak hoong (a papaya salad) as well as baguettes which was donated by the French rulers. Sticky rice is the staple meal of the country, and is often consumed with galangal. Laos has quite a lot of ATMs that accept international credit cards. However, using of cash, is considered as a better option when it comes to restaurants and cafes.
Laos has very limited health care packages for travellers and tourists. It does have well-stocked pharmacies that have a lot of vaccines and medicines, but the quality of treatment is not excellent. The government of Laos, although being a Marxist-oriented system, is very open to travellers and tourists. Various laws both protect and uphold the rights of tourists in Laos. The tourism industry is currently booming.
The Visa requirements for Laos are largely flexible and easy obtained. Most North American and European nations can obtain a Visa on arrival at any one of Laos’ international airports or from an Embassy. An average backpacker’s budget in the country ranges from $20 to $35 per day depending accommodation, food, water, local transport and entertainment and any other miscellaneous expenditure. Although there is no requirement for it, a 10% tip on any extra service granted is often appreciated. The entrance fee at the many tourist destinations which includes UNESCO World Heritage sites and historical monuments can increase the budget slightly.
Backpacking in Vang Vieng, trekking up to the hill tribes of Phongsaly, visiting the caves and waterfalls near Thakhek and Wat Phu, an ancient Khmer temple complex are all famous tourist destinations.
How ecologically aware and developed is Laos?
The country of Laos is at the cusp of industrial and economic development. That is why it is increasingly suffering from environmental problems. Deforestation happens to be a particularly significant issue. An expanding commercial exploitation of the forests increases, plans for additional hydroelectric facilities, foreign demand for wild animals and non-wood forest products for food and traditional medicines, and a growing population have all created increasing pressure on the country to cut down on the environment.
Illegal logging is also a major problem. It is often believed that this form of logging is common among companies that work in co-operation with the Army and then transported from Laos to other parts of the world every year, with most of the furniture eventually exported to western countries.
It has been found that over time the green cover of the country has been lost to this form of logging. Eco-tours in Laos focused on the natural surroundings, which included densely populated forests, waterfalls, caves and rivers. Now it has been restricted to Hotspots and national reserves. The authorities state the number of trees in the country has seen a drastic drop over the decades. Thus, it can rightly be said that Laos has eroded its ecological factor.