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Currency, Banking, and Credit Cards in Laos

Local currency is called kip. One USD is worth approximately 8500 LAK (Lao Kip). Money can be exchanged at banks, authorized shops, or hotels. Rates fluctuate slightly on a daily basis. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in most hotels, and in higher end restaurants and shops. U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere.

Local currency is called kip. One USD is worth approximately 8500 LAK (Lao Kip). Money can be exchanged at banks, authorized shops, or hotels. Rates fluctuate slightly on a daily basis. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in most hotels, and in higher end restaurants and shops. U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere. Traveler?s checks may be cashed inside banks; a fee (around 1.8%) is usually charged if exchanged for USD but not for the local currency. Most hotels do not accept traveler?s checks. Visitors are advised to take USD in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1.

Credit Cards
Visa is the most common. Master Card and American Express are accepted at most banks in the larger towns (such as Vientiane and Luang Prabang) and in the big hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops.

ATM Cards
Many ATM can be found in the main towns or Shopping Mall. But in small town, you can find in front of banks or markets. You can withdraw 10 times per day and each amount 700,000 Kip (Equal 80USD). You can withdraw only local currency.

Photography
Films can be found in shops in the larger towns, also if you need a digital download service for your digital camera it is also available.

Purchase
Silk and cotton fabrics, objects made from wood (sculptures, cut-out figures), pottery and traditional instruments are part of the rich tapestry of Laotian craftsmanship.

Electricity
220 volts, 50 Hz. Power outlets are two-prong round or flat sockets.

 
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