Practical information

Local time
Laos is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Electricity
In Laos electric current is 220V, but sockets are not always standard. Adapters can be found in local markets. Note that one third of the country has not yet got electricity.

Water
It is very advisable not to drink water from the tap unless it is boiled properly.

Telecommunication
For mobile phone users: only a few international operators have an agreement with Lao operators, but you will be able to buy phone cards on the spot. However, please keep in mind that the GSM cover does not yet reach the remotest provinces.
Note also that there are quite a lot of Internet shops in most of the big cities in all provinces of Laos, although the Internet connection is often running quite slow. Overseas calls are possible in most of the Internet Shops.

Transportation
There are three international airports in Laos: Wattay in Vientiane located 15 minutes from the town centre, Luang Prabang in the North, 10 minutes from the heart of the historic quarter, and Pakse in the South located 10 minutes from the town centre.
Road networks have improved but still need to be upgraded in some areas. By car or bus, it takes about 7-8 hours from Vientiane to reach Pakse and 8-9 hours from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.

Driving
In Laos, we drive on the right side.
Owners of an International Driving license are allowed to drive a car.
Renting a motorbike is possible but can be, for security reason from time to time, temporarily forbidden in some areas by the local police.

Food
Traditional Laotian cuisine boasts over 350 specialities from different provinces. The most famous one is the Lap, a salad with thin slices of chicken, fish or pork. Meals are generally average spicy but make use of a wide array of interesting sauces.
Main cities now offer an increasing selection of international restaurants.