Laos Fast Facts

Laos Information

It's an indispensable boost to know the salient facts about Laos - one of the poorest yet friendliest countries in the world. To be forewarned is to be forearmed and scanning the below information will prove to be invaluable as you explore 'The Land of a Thousand Elephants'.

Laos Communications Laos Communications

Laos is a little behind the times when it comes to cyber communication and you'll have to register important mail but, on the whole, the country is gradually becoming connected. Read More...

Laos Emergency Laos Emergency

Laos is not an inherently dangerous place to travel around in but all the same precautions should be taken. Read More...

Laos Weather & Geography Laos Geography

The mighty Mekong in the west and the Annamite Mountains in the east offer natural borders with Thailand and Vietnam, while Laos also shares borders with China, Myanmar, and Cambodia.  Read More...

Laos History Laos History

The human history of Laos stretches back more than 10,000 years as stone tools and skulls unearthed in Huaphan and Luang Prabang provinces can confirm. Read More...

People & Culture People & Culture

One of the lowest population densities in Asia, at 19 persons per square km, and an estimated population of only 5.4 million people, belies the fact that Laos is home to 68 different ethnic groups. Read More...

Laos Transportation Laos Transportation

New ways of accessing Laos from neighbouring countries are gradually opening up and happily the whole Laos experience is becoming easier and easier for visitors. Read More...


Area 236,800sqkm
Capital City Vientiane
Population 5.41 million
Language Lao (official), French and English
Religion Buddhism
Climate Tropical Monsoon, Rainy Season May-November. Dry Season December-April
Local Time GMT +7
Currency Laotian kip = 100 cents. Notes of kip 5,000, 2,000, 1000, 500, 100 and 50.
Exchange Banks, licensed offices, and hotels. Credit cards/traveller's cheques not widely accepted. Cash US dollars and Thai baht universally accepted. Small denominations very useful.
Business Hours Office hours: 08:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00, Monday to Friday.
Tipping Tipping is not customary in Laos. However, small gratuities may be given in appreciation for efficient, friendly service.
Nightlife Apart from cultural shows presented at some hotels, there is no established nightlife catering to tourists.
Electricity supply 220V, 50 Hz
Photography Basic supplies are available. Observe normal courtesy when photographing people, especially monks. Avoid taking photographs at airports and military locations.
Tourist Information National Tourism Authority of Lao PDR, PO Box 3556, Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane, Tel (856-21) 212248, 212251, Fax (856-21) 212769 The most reliable information can also be usually be obtained from large travel agency offices.

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