The official national currency in Laos is the Lao kip (K). The denotations of notes are 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 kip. Thai Baht and US dollars are accepted in Laos. Major transactions for small purchases are carries out in Kips, but the US dollar and Thai Baht are favored in larger transactions.
The majority of internet cafes offer international calling service through Skype. You can also make international calls in local Telecom Office, but with a high prices. If you plan to use your own phone in Laos, it is suggested to buy a local SIM card which will cost 20,000–30,000K with an initial amount of credit to use.
Internet is available at most hotels and public internet cafes are easily to be found in the main cities. Prices range between 6000 and 15,000K per hour. Besides, there are numerous cafes and hotels in Vientiane and Luang Prabang offer free Wi-Fi.
When traveling in the tropical area, you need to worry about contracting infectious diseases. But most illness can be prevented with your behaviors and can be treated easily with a medical kit. Before you go, prepare a medical kit is necessary as certain medicines may not be available locally. It is important to purchase a good travel insurance policy before travelling that covers against theft, loss and illness or injury.
Do not drink tap water. Drink only purified bottled water. Only eat well-done meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Cost of Living
As one of the cheapest Asian countries to travel, Laos offer inexpensive travel service for its guests. Your largest expense could only be your transport to this country.
Accommodation: Most cheap guesthouse offer rooms for about US$3 to 10 while a air-conditioned private room for US$15 to 50.
Food: Only US$1 to 2, you can have a delicious local meal at street vendors and US$5–10 can have a decent meal at local restaurants.
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