Solo Female Travel in Laos

Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Laos, officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is cherished worldwide for its rich history, diverse culture, and enchanting natural beauty. This landlocked country is tucked between China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar, and is renowned for its mountainous terrain, scenic river valleys, and abundant lush forests. Laos is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang, known for its Buddhist temples like Wat Xieng Thong, and ancient architectural monuments. Its vibrant capital, Vientiane, features popular attractions like the golden Pha That Luang monument and the grand Patuxai Victory Monument. Many visitors are drawn to the southern town of Pakse, the gateway for exploring the breathtaking Bolaven Plateau with its stunning waterfalls. Truly, Laos remains a captivating destination for those seeking cultural immersion and outdoor adventures.

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Is Laos good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Laos is generally safe for solo female travelers as the locals are friendly and respectful. However, it is advised to avoid remote areas alone, especially at night. It's also recommended to dress modestly, respecting the local culture. Petty crimes like bag-snatching or pickpocketing can occur in touristy places, so it's important to always keep an eye on your belongings.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

Getting around Laos is moderately easy. While the country offers a less developed infrastructure compared to its neighbors, it is not too difficult to navigate. Main cities like Vientiane and Luang Prabang have paved roads and transport options. However, remote areas can be challenging to reach. Local buses or minivans are common for long trips, and tuk-tuks or bicycles for short distances. Plan ahead and keep some flexibility in your schedule due to potential delays.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Laos is an intriguing and captivating country that offers a variety of activities. The country provides a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Adventures can revel in the stunning landscapes by exploring the dense jungles, trekking the mountainous terrain, or simply cruising along the vast meandering Mekong River. The ancient town of Luang Prabang, full of Buddhist temples and architecture, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a glimpse back in time. Additionally, Laos is home to exotic wildlife, providing ample opportunities for catch-and-release fishing, bird-watching and visiting conservation centers. However, while there is undoubtedly much to experience and enjoy in Laos, the country may not be as bustling or diverse in terms of nightlife or shopping experiences, compared to some of its neighboring countries.
Food:

Food:Above average

The food in Laos boasts a unique palette of flavors that seamlessly combines traditional Southeast Asian tastes with French influences. As a solo female traveler, your tastebuds will delight in the diverse culinary scene ranging from staple sticky rice to delicately steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves, to French baguettes and pastries. Vegetarians will also have no trouble finding delicious options. Street food is ubiquitous and affordable. However, it does lack in global cuisines and if you have particular dietary requirements or restrictions, you might face a bit of challenge.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Laos is quite affordable compared to many other travel destinations. Accommodations, meals, and transportation are low-cost, which makes it an excellent place for budget-conscious solo female travelers. However, certain activities and more upscale options might slightly elevate the cost, but overall, it allows the traveler to experience a beautiful country and its culture without breaking the bank.

Is Laos worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 6 experiences

Things to do

4.6/5

Safety

4.2/5

Food

4.6/5

Budget-friendly

4.2/5

Solo travel experience

I was there alone a few months ago and felt safe as a solo traveler. I went to Luang Prabang (I caught a free boat from Thailand). There are plenty of charming cafes and French restaurants in the area, as well as many temples, very zen. It's very similar to Cambodia.

Posted: July 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I traveled solo through Southeast Asia in February and March and I must say that Laos was my favorite country among them all. Luang Prabang is amazing in terms of culture, Vang Vieng is great for partying and bathing in lagoons, and Don Det was a nice place to spend some quiet time lazing in a hammock.

Posted: July 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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France

Solo travel experience

I not only traveled but actually ended up living in Laos for nearly 2 years during the Covid pandemic. I came there for 2 months as a yoga teacher volunteer in a 4-star hotel and ended up living there from March 2020 to October 2021. I enjoyed the very chill and kind people, the food, the ziplines, blue lagoons and motorbike loops !

Posted: May 22, 2023Experienced: February, 2020
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I loved Laos. There were many backpackers there, but fewer than in other places. There were high speed trains and lots of buses. I stayed in Huay Xai, Pak Beng, Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw and Vang Vieng.

Posted: April 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Apart from the beautiful nature, people are so smiling and kind, and the whole energy of this land is so peaceful. Luang Prabang, but also Muang Ngoi, an amazing small relaxed village, which can only be reached from the water side, I loved this place.

Posted: March 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent a month in Laos and absolutely loved it. The Kuang Si waterfalls in Luang Prabang are astonishing, as is the city itself. The Thakhek motorcycle loop (4 days) is also beautiful and was one of the highlights of my trip. Also, Nong Khiaw, to the north of LP, is really worth visiting. It is one of my favorite Asian countries, but strangely unknown to many people.

Posted: March 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Laos

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Sofia

Sofia

About Me

Hello! I’m a traveler currently going through Asia 😌 I’m a ceramic artist and an expert laugh-er 😂🏳️‍🌈 Always down for amazing company over everything else

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Stay with locals in Laos

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Paulina

Paulina

Vientiane

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3 days

About me

Hi I‘m Paulina, a European living in Laos and travelling through Asia as much as possible. I love learning about new cultures and experiencing local food. I enjoy hikes in nature, museums, book stores and coffee… lots of coffee.

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Victoria

Victoria

About Me

Hi my Name is Victoria, I’m originally from Switzerland but currently studying in Germany. If you visit Göttingen or be here for searching an apartment e.g. to study, I can offer my couch for sleeping or we can just meet :)

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