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Practical information about Laos

Local market in Laos

If you are planning your trip to Laos, it is a must to know some practical information about currency, telephone, Internet, health, cost of living and shopping tips in this country. Vietnam tour packages

Currency in Laos

Laos money

Laos money-source: Internet

The Lao kip (K) is the official national currency in Laos. 100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5000, 2000,  1000 and 500 kip are the denotations of notes. Besides, in Laos, US dollars and Thai Baht are also accepted. The US dollar and Thai Baht are favored in larger transactions while major transactions for small purchases are carries out in Kips.


Only eat cooked food

Only eat cooked food-source: Internet

The international calling service through Skype is offered at the majority of internet cafes. With a high prices, it is possible for you to make international calls in local Telecom Office. It is such a good idea to buy a local SIM card which may cost you around 20,000–30,000K with an initial amount of credit to use if you want to use your own phones in Laos.


In the main cities, at most hotels and public internet cafes which can easily be found, Internet is available. It costs you from 6000 to 15,000K per hour using service. Moreover, free wireless Internet is also offered at a large number of hotels and cafes in Luang Prabang and Vientiane.


Only drink purified bottled water

Only drink purified bottled water-source: Internet

You may need to worry about contracting infectious diseases when traveling in the tropical area like Laos. But can be treated easily with a medical kit, most illness can be prevented with your own behaviors and protections. As certain medicines may not be available locally, it is necessary to prepare a medical kit before your trip. Before traveling, it is also highly recommended for you to purchase a good travel insurance policy, which covers against injury, illness, loss or theft.

Only drink purified bottled water as tap water is not safe. Cooked vegetables and peeled fruit are the best choice and only enjoy well-done fish and meat. Indochina holidays

Cost of Living

Laos is one of the cheapest countries to travel in Southeast Asia

Laos is one of the cheapest countries to travel in Southeast Asia-source: Internet

Laos, which is considered as one of the cheapest countries to travel in Southeast Asia, offers such reasonable travel service for all travelers. Your transport to this country could be your largest expense for this trip.

Accommodation: For about US$3 to 10 while an air-conditioned private room for US$15 to 50, you can find rooms fit with your budget at most cheap guesthouses.

Food: You can have a decent meal at local restaurants at US$5–10 while having a delicious local meal at street vendors costs only US$1 to 2.

Shopping tips

  1. Best places for you shop: In Vientiane, the morning market is the best shopping place while the daily night market along the street of the Royal Palace Museum in the center of town is the best in Luang Prabang.
  2. To make sure you get the best prices, when buying things in local markets, always remember to bargain.
Local market in Laos

Local market in Laos-source: Internet

  1. You are not suggested to make your shopping plans on Sunday as on Sunday, most shops will be closed.
  2. When purchasing items like high value carpets and gemstones, be extremely careful as fake antiques are very common in Laos.
  3. You should note that Laos government impose an official ban on the export of Buddha images from Laos.

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