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LAOS

Orange-robed monks, golden temples, and emerald waterfalls where peace and serenity reign.

Best time to go

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The dry season, November to February, is when the weather is coolest in Laos, but the wet season, May to October, is a good time for budget travelers to visit.

Currency

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Laotian currency is called the Kip. 1 USD is equivalent to around 20,000 Laotian Kip.

What is load shedding?

Load shedding is scheduled power outages that preserve South Africa's power supply, often for 2 to 6 hours at a time. If you're staying in a hotel or a hostel, they'll most likely have a generator or UPS battery system. If you're staying in an AirBnB or homestay, ask your host what happens during load shedding. Download the app EskomSePush for notifications when load shedding is happening in your area. Make sure to keep flashlights handy and your phone charged. Depending on your provider, cell service goes down during load shedding, so plan ahead.

Book activities through Hyperli.

Download the Entertainer app to save up to 50% on meals. Even after paying the subscription fee, the BOGO savings are huge. Cities are sold separately.

Book safaris on a budget through deal sites, such as Bush Breaks.

Buy a Wild Card if you plan on visiting parks during your trip.

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