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Money & costs


Several banks in Vientiane change cash and travellers cheques and do cash advances against credit cards for a commission. There are also a number of 24-hour ATMs.

Banque pour le Commerce Extérieur Lao (BCL; 213200; cnr Th Pangkham & Th Fa Ngum; 8.30am-5pm Mon-Fri) Good rates for travellers cheques.

Joint Development Bank (213535; Th Lan Xang; 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri) Charges lower commission on cash advances against credit cards.

Lao Development Bank (213300; Th Setthathirat; 8.30-11.30am & 2-4pm Mon-Fri)

Lao-Viet Bank (215418; Th Lan Xang; 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri)