The cheapest way to travel to Laos is through a stop-over at Bangkok, South East Asia's travel hub.
It is worth spending a few days in the lively capital of Thailand before continuing your journey.
Visit sights like the Grand Palace, Floating Market or Golden Mount and get to know the exciting Thai culture. You will stay at Green House Hostel for €8 a night in a single room, only a few minutes’ walk from the legendary party mile Kao San Road, before you head off to Laos.
You’ll fly from Bangkok to Luang Prabang. Flights start at €50.
This is a huge contrast to the chaotic Thai metropolis. The old royal capital Luang Prabang is the Buddhist center of Laos and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Every morning at sunrise, hundreds of monks from more than 50 monasteries in the surrounding area come in flocks into the quiet city. They walk through the streets of Luang Prabang in their orange robes, receive donations from the inhabitants and return to the monasteries afterward – a stunning mystical ritual.
The former palace, the oldest temple of Wat Xieng Thong, the night market as well as the old town with its French colonial buildings, small cafés, and traditional shops are also worth seeing. You'll have the best view over the city from Mount Phou Si, especially during sunset.
You can stay in one of the hostels downtown and get a bed in a 6-person dorm for €6 a night.
The journey continues by bus for about €16 to Vang Vieng. We recommend a seat at the window because the hilly road between Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng is one of the most beautiful routes in Asia.
The small town on the river Nam Xong is situated in the middle of impressive karst formations and a dense rainforest. The numerous karst rocks, caves, waterfalls, and rice fields in the vicinity of the city are best explored by motorbike or on a bicycle tour. A special highlight is also a visit to the Blue Lagoon including a zip-line, swings, and a diving platform.
Vang Vieng is also known for tubing. You can float down the river on the inflated tube of a truck tire. There are also other activities such as rafting, caving, and kayaking so you definitely won’t get bored.
An overnight stay in a 4-bed dorm costs about €6 a night.
Next on the list is Vientiane. You reach the capital for €7 by bus.
You will find many buildings from the colonial period here as well as impressive temples, such as Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple in the country with more than 2,000 Buddha images. If that’s not enough for you, you can see even more bizarre representations of Buddha and Hindu gods in the Buddha Park Xieng Khuan.
The Patuxay triumphal arch, the Lao National History Museum, and the Chao Anouvong Park on the Mekong with its idyllic promenade are also worth seeing. The night market takes place directly on the river, with a huge range of goods from clothing, jewelry, and leather goods to food, art, and souvenirs.
In Vientiane, you can get a bed in a 4-person dorm for €7 a night.
You’ll take the night train back to Bangkok for about €21.
You have a few days left until the end of your journey through South East Asia. Whether it's a relaxing spa treatment with a massage, delicious Thai food, or a wild party night in one of the countless bars and clubs, it is entirely up to you.
You can stay in one of Bangkok’s hostels for €7 a night in a single room. Let the memories of your trip wash over you as you wait for your flight back home!
On the flight back, you’re sure to remember your wonderful adventure fondly and already start planning the next one. We’re curious to see where you’ll go next!