Tips for your holidays to Cambodia and Laos
March 2, 2017
Know where you are going
Knowing about your destinations significantly facilitates your decision for the route. For example, if your itinerary consists of Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng – Vientiane – Siem Reap – Phnom Penh, you may need to consider 3 flights: VTE – REP, LPQ – REP, and PKZ – REP. Now elaborate the 3 options:
VTE – REP: You won’t need to spend much on transportation to the airport because you’re already in Vientiane.
LPQ – REP and PKZ – REP: The expenditure for the flight may be lower, but you will need to spend some money to get you from Vientiane to Pakse or Luang Prabang.
Finally, you should sum up the total expenditure for your transportation and consider your option.
Respect the local customs
"When in Rome, do as the Romans do". The rule remains when you travel to Laos and Cambodia. In fact, these 2 countries have many similar customs which you’d better respect. Below are the do’s and don’t’s:
• Greet with a smile and a bow
• Respect the monks
• Dress neatly while in temples
• Take your shoes off before getting in someone’s house
• Ask before taking a photo
• Pick up rubbish
• Prepare for personal questions
• Point your feet/toes
• Have your feet raised/ propped up on tables
• Touch someone’s head
• Kiss and hug in public
• Distribute gifts and candy to children
• Touch sacred items
• Eat before the host
• Women should not touch male monks or directly hand something to them
Ready yourself for the trip
To prepare for your holidays to Cambodia and Laos, you first need to make sure your belongings are always under good protection. Have a watchful eye on your luggage and make sure it is safely transferred to the accommodation. Additionally, as most tours of Cambodia and Laos typically take about a week, ready your physical condition for the trip. As these countries have the tropical climate, you may or may not get used to the weather condition. Thus, a mosquito spray and a sun cream will help a lot.
Last but not very least, while shopping in the local market and on the streets, you’d better not pay the full price immediately. Honest to say, the rip-off is quite common here. However, bargaining is also an exotic yet enjoyable experience that worth trying.
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