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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘sabąidįi ’
( sa-bąi-dįi )
Lao
‘bonjour ’
( bon-zhoor )
French
Plug combo ac
Electricity
230V/50hz
More on electricity
Nov-Feb
Best time to go
Dry
Wednesday
HRS
03
03
MINS
30
30
Current Time
GMT +7

Money and costs

Currency
Kips (₭)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 04, 2019 10:47AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$50
  • Cheap guesthouse room: US$5–10
  • Local meals and street eats: US$2–4
  • Local buses: US$2–3 per 100km
Midrange
US$50–US$150
  • Air-con hotel room: US$12–50
  • Decent local restaurant meal: US$5–10
  • Local tour guide per day: US$25
Top end (more than)
US$150
  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$50–500
  • Gastronomic meal with drinks: US$15–50
  • 4WD rental per day: US$60–120

Visas

Thirty-day tourist visas are readily available on arrival at international airports and most land borders.

Get the latest visa advice for Laos from our community.

When to go and weather

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LAO

Getting to Laos

Many travellers enter or exit Laos via the country's numerous land and river borders. Flying into Laos is a relatively easy option as there is only a small number of airlines serving Laos and prices don't vary much. Flights and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Laos

Transport in Laos is generally very good value, but journeys can take a lot longer than distances on a map might suggest.

Air Laos has an extensive domestic flight network and this can save considerable time on a short visit.

Boat Rivers are the lifeblood of Laos, making boat journeys an important element of the transport network.

Bus Laos has some smart buses operating on major routes out of Vientiane, but venture into remote areas and vehicles are as old as the hills.

Car For those with a more flexible budget, a rented car with driver is the smoothest way to cover a lot of ground in a limited amount of time.

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