Dangers & Annoyances
Embassies & Consulates
Vietnamese Consulate Issues visas for US$50 in two working days.
Pakse's immigration bureau is next to the Foreigner Control Area of the main police station in a low-lying mint green building. To extend your stay, bring a photocopy of your passport name page and visa, two photos, and 50,000K plus 20,000K per day. An extension for a minimum of three days and a maximum of 30 should be ready the next afternoon.
Banks, such as the conveniently located BCEL and Lao Development Bank, have the best currency-exchange rates, though the exchange counter at the Lankham Hotel is good too. All three give cash advances (3% commission) on credit cards. LDB also has Western Union and can exchange US dollar travellers cheques (1%).
ATMs are plentiful in the city centre.
Main Post Office A short walk from the tourist strip.
Unitel Makes a convenient stop for a local SIM card if you're just arriving in Laos. Staff can set your smartphone up with LTE internet.