The period of travel
Best time to visit Laos is from November to March. There is dry season and temperatures are not too high for a reasonable humidity.
No vaccinations required but it is advisable to do a remind of current vaccines: tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A and B. Treatment for malaria is strongly recommended especially in case of stay in rural areas.
The unit of currency is the Kip and the rate is very fluctuating. However, the U.S. dollar remains sovereign (take small cuts in good condition). The euro and other convertible currencies are accepted at banks, foreign exchange offices and major hotels. Visa is accepted in major hotels and some stores
Usually 220 volts. Some cards are flat. So bring an adapter in your luggage.
Offices open from 8am to 11.30am and from 13h to 16h30. They are closed on Sundays. The private businesses ignore these schedules and some are permanently opened
It is easy to find photographic film in the big cities, but thinking of taking the film for your camcorder and batteries to them which are less easy to find.
Telephone and poste
The letter is not very fast (about two weeks for Europe) but it is safe. The stamps are in post offices and major hotels. The international code is + 856.
Emergency number for the police: 191
Number of emergency medical services: 195
The Laotians do not expect a tip, but it is welcome to improve their quality of life. Bargaining is the rule in markets, but not abuse.
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