Laos destination information

All you need to know before visiting Laos

Laos summary

Laos is a medium sized country with around 6M Laotian. Official language is Lao. Laos uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+07:00. Currency used in Laos is Lao Kip (LAK).

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🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 194

ATMs in Laos are Rare. Internet speed in Laos is on average 2.4 Mbps. In Laos you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

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👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 6M ☀️ ~24 °C 🌧 ~142 mm 👍 Least Developed 🚩 237k km2 (91k mi²)
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Socket 🔌

Laos uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type A, Type B, Type C, Type E and Type F.

Languages 🗣️

  • Lao


Currency 💱

1000 LAK = 0.11 USD

Laos uses the Lao kip (symbol: ?), code LAK.Banknotes come in denominations of 100000, 50000, 20000, 10000, 5000, 2500, 2000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 kips. Kip is subdivided into 100 atts. Coins come in denominations of 50, 20 and 10 atts.

ATM 🏧🏦


Automatic teller machines are rare in Laos. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

Laos uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in Laos upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

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Calling ☎️


To call Laos, dial +, then 856 (the country code for Laos), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.


For local calls within Laos, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 21 .

international: + 856 21 1234567
calling local: 021 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in Laos is on average 2.4 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in Laos is very low. It's quite hard to find one.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about 52,381.35 LAK, which includes 5 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Beeline, ETL, Laotel or Unitel.


Rules 🚗

In Laos you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Limits 🚦

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-110 km/h (49-68 mph) on undivided highways.


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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