Laos

Capital Vientiane

Population 6,492,400

Area 236,800 km2

Key facts

Laos is a country located in South-Eastern Asia. There are 5 countries (China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam) that Laos shares its borders with. The official language of Laos is Lao.

The national currency in Laos is Lao kip (LAK). The kip (₭) is subdivided into 100 att.

Laotian
Banknotes

₭500₭1000₭2000₭5000₭10000₭20000₭50000₭100000₭1₭5₭10₭20₭50₭100

Laotian
Coins

102050

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Laos is 53.11 Mbps and mobile is 41.03 Mbs.The global average is 187.01 Mbps and 128.37 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Laos has less ATMs.28.06 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Laos, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 5 socket types used in Laos. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type A 230 V, 50 Hz  Type B 230 V, 50 Hz  Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type E 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Laos?

There are no Mariott hotels in Laos.

There are no Hilton hotels in Laos.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Laos.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Laos.

There are no Radisson hotels in Laos.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Laos.

What fast food chains are present in Laos?

The McDonald’s chain does not operate in Laos.

The KFC chain does not operate in Laos.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Laos.

The Subway chain does not operate in Laos.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Laos.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Laos.

Weather

What is the weather like in Vientiane?

Today the sun in Vientiane, rises at 5:50 AM and sets at 6:27 PM. The climate of Vientiane may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen’s classification system.

FridayApr 19ThunderstormLow: 26.2°C (79.16°F)High: 36.8°C (98.24°F)
SaturdayApr 20Partly cloudlyLow: 25.9°C (78.62°F)High: 38.1°C (100.58°F)
SundayApr 21Partly cloudlyLow: 28.5°C (83.3°F)High: 40.6°C (105.08°F)
MondayApr 22Partly cloudlyLow: 29.3°C (84.74°F)High: 42.7°C (108.86°F)
TuesdayApr 23Partly cloudlyLow: 29.8°C (85.64°F)High: 42.8°C (109.04°F)
WednesdayApr 24OvercastLow: 29.9°C (85.82°F)High: 38.8°C (101.84°F)

Weather data for Vientiane (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Laos.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Laos.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 2.2, Laos is placed 126th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Laos traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 17.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Laos

191 Police
190 Ambulance
190 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban There is no national smoke-free law, but some areas may have their own rules.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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