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Laos Travel Guide

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Are you packing your bag to Laos? Curious about what to bring and what to expect?

Don’t worry. We at Hanoi Voyages feel the responsibility to help you be well-prepared for Laos. 

We have compiled the most concrete, updated Laos Travel Guide for you. 

Basic Information

Get to know Laos's how to travel laos, time difference, currency and transportation
  • The timezone in Laos is UTC+07:00

The currency in Laos is the KIP

  • 1 Euro = about 10.000 LAK
  • 1 USD = about 8.500 LAK
  • 1 GBP = about 11.000 LAK
  • Motorcar taxis are available and are the most common way to get around. 
  • The most prevalent vehicles and cheapest are three-wheeled tuk-tuks. 
  • For longer distances: local buses or shared cares. 
  • There are over 4,500kms of waterways in Laos, so traveling by ferry is possible.

Tips in Laos

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Prices in Laos
Plug outlets
National days

Laos currency

Many hotels, restaurants and gift shops display fixed prices. Otherwise, in some gift shops and markets, it is best, as in all of Asia, to ask prices at several shops or stalls before purchasing so you can get a “ball-park” price on the items of interest before buying. 

In the main centers, many hotels, restaurants and upmarket gift shops accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards. ATM’s are now available in Laos for cash withdrawals, mostly in the big cities like Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, and Pakse.

Thailand power outlet

Laos uses power through 220v circuitry, and almost always are delivered through a two-pronged flat or round socket. It is best to purchase one before you leave home.

In the smaller towns and villages, local power stations may only deliver power for three or four hours a night. Unfortunately, some of the more remote communities have no power at all, so a torch is an essential item when traveling away from the main centers.

 

National day Date
The feast of the New Year (Pi Mai) in Luang Prabang April
 The feast of rockets (Boun Bang Fai) May
The feast of the birth of the Buddha May

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