Government offices are typically open from 8am to 11.30am or noon and from 1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday. Some offices may open for a half day on Saturday but this custom was generally abandoned in 1998 when the official two-hour lunch break introduced by the French was reduced to one hour. Does this mean you can expect to find Lao officials back in their offices promptly at 1pm? Probably not.
Shops and private businesses open and close a bit later and usually stay open during lunch. On Saturday some businesses are open all day, others only half a day. Most businesses, except restaurants, are closed on Sunday.
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