Laos Travel Notes

Laos Travel Notes
UPDATED: 16 May 2016 256 Views

First and foremost, despite the challenges you may have heard or read about the region, we are here to ensure your trip goes not only smoothly, but is one of the most remarkable you've ever had. For us, your trip preparation begins well before you depart with careful planning and arrangements. On your part, please relax, we'll let you know what and when we need anything from you and what you should be doing. Again, let us sweat the details, that's what you've entrusted us to do!

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Check-in luggage on Laos carriers is now restricted to one bag weighing no more than 50 lbs. (23 kg). Regional and domestic carriers limit bags to 40-44 lbs (18-20 kg) and may charge steep overweight fees. There is no limit to hand luggage or carry-on luggage weight as it is not typically checked except for size.

Money Matters

Plan on bringing U.S. Currency for most expenses, which remains widely accepted throughout the region and indeed, is the only acceptable currency for some transactions such as visa fees or airline departure taxes. Although you may use credit cards (except AMEX) for fine dining and larger purchase in Laos. Please refer to your country departure notes (below) for suggested amounts and denominations to bring. ATMs are common in larger cities but may be inconvenient and unreliable. Travelers checks carry a hefty 4% surcharge to cash.

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Internet & Telecommunications

Wifi or wired Internet is now ubiquitous in regional hotels, airports and even cafes. Myanmar and northern Laos can have reduced speeds, but connection is still easy to obtain. Note that your mobile phone will work fine with a roaming plan in Indochina (coverage in Vietnam is excellent), even in remote areas, except in Northern Laos where coverage can be sptty. In Myanmar, no foreign carriers have coverage. For Myanmar, mobile phones with international calling capability may be rented at the Yangon airport with pre-paid SIM cards from US$20-50.

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