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Laos Information

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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