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Laos Country Quickfacts

  • Golden Pagoda Wat Phra That Luang
  • Ceremonial clothing
  • A still lake in Laos
  • Fisherman
Area:  236,800 km²
Capital: Vientiane
Country Code: 856
Country Population: 6,803,699
Credit Cards: Some hotels and restaurants accept Visa and MasterCard.
Currency: The Laos currency is the Laotian New Kip. One Kip (Kp) is equal to 100 cents. Thai and US currency are widely accepted in shops, markets and hotels in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Credit cards are accepted at most hotels, gift shops and more up market restaurants and can be used at major banks/ATMs for cash advance.
Departure Tax: There is an charge of $10USD for all international departures. Depending on the flight carrier, this might be already included in your fare. A domestic tax of $0.60USD may be included with the air fare.
Drives on the: Right
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz
Ethnic Groups:  55% Lao, 11% Khmou, 8% Hmong, 26% others
Flag: Laos Flag
Location:  Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam.
Official Language(s): Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages.
Religion: Buddhist 60%, animist and other 40% (including various Christian denominations 1.5%)
Telephones: International Direct Dial is widely available. You can also purchase a local pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone.
Time Zone: GMT +7
Tipping: Tipping is now commonplace in Laos, especially in the service industry and you should be prepared to tip guides, drivers and porters who assist you during your travels. Typical tip for a full day guide would be about $10 USD / day. Laos is one of the poorest countries in SE Asia so any tip would be greatly appreciated by the recipient.



Laos Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Laos.

Learn about the history and culture of Laos, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Laos's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Laos for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Laos tours today!


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After your Laos tour, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packagesIndia tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.



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