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Climate and Clothing
Light-weight washable cotton or cotton-blent clothes are suitable. A sweater or coat is needed for the winter and in upland areas.

 
 
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Customs and Immigration
A valid transit, tourist visit, business, diplomatic, or service visa is required. All foreigners may enter and depart Laos via Wattay Airport, or Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, the Mekong border crossing with Nongkai, Thailand. A visa can now be obtained upon arrival at the airport and other official entry points. However, certain regulations are applied. Passport's holders of all nationalities are required to apply for Laos tourist visa except Japan and ASEAN countries. Visa cost ranges from $20 (China) to $42 (Canada).  Sweden is $31, $35 for the USA, UK and most of Europe, $40 for India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and $30 for Australia and other countries.

 
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Health
Medical and dental facilities are mostly operated by the government. Private clinics and pharmacies are available in the major cities. The International Clinic is operated under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, to accommodate foreigners and diplomats. Medicines from France, USA, Russia, Thailand and China are widely available in most pharmacies.

 
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Telecommunications
International telephone, fax, telegraph and telex services are available at post offices, hotels and business centers. Mobile phones are widely used. Several radio stations broadcast in Lao. The Lao National Radio carries news in English, French and Thai. There are daily TV broadcasts, with two local channels, Thai television and satellite reception.

 
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Transportation
Public transportation is by bus, taxi and samlo (rickshaw). There are both metered and unmetered taxi. No railroad is available in Laos. Lao Aviation, Thai Airways International, Cambodia and Vietnam Airlines connect Wattay Airport of Vientiane to Bangkok, Yangon, Hanoi, Hochiminh City, Phnompenh and Kunming of China. Domestic flights shuttle daily between Lao cities. Mittaphab Bridge across the Mekong to Thailand opened in early 1994.

 
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Currency
Local currency is called Kip. One USD is worth approximately 2,450 kip (1998). Money can be exchanged at banks, authorized shops, or hotels. Exchange rates fluctuate everyday, though fluctuation is tiny.

 
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Banks
Banque pour le Commerce Exterier Lao, Sethathirath Bank, Nakornluang Bank, Joint Development Bank, and Thai branch banks. Traveler’s Checks and credit cards can be used at major banks, some hotels, restaurants and shops.

 
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21 Days
Luang Prabang to Vientiane, Pakse, 4 Thousand Islands, Stung Treng, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap
Indochina Adventures (INDOCY02)
17 Days
Cycling Saigon to Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh, Angkor complex, follow Mekong river to Pakse, Laos.
Bangkok to Vientiane (LAOSCY01)
12 Days
Chiang Khong-Pak Beng-Oudomxai-Pak Mong-Luang Prabang-Kiew Ka Cham-Kasi-Vang Vieng-Vientiane
Angkor to Pakse (LAOSCY02)
11 Days
Angkor-Kampong Thom-Kampong Cham-Kratie-Steung Treng-Don Khone-Don Daeng-4 thousand Islands-Wat Phou-Pakse (TOUR PRICE: USD1,195 PER PERSON)
Southern Adventure (LAOSCY03)
6 Days
Pakse-Wat Phou-Se Pian National Park-Don Daeng-4 Thousand Islands-Don Khone (TOUR PRICE: USD750 PER PERSON)
Mekong Explorer (Laos-Cambodia) (LAOS05)
4 Days
Pakse (Laos)-Wat Phu-Don Khong-Stung Treng-Kratie (Cambodia)
Hanoi to Luang Prabang (LAOSCY07)
11 Days
Hanoi - Lai Cai - Sapa - Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu - Maung Khau - Oudomxai - Pak Mong - Luang Prabang
Northern Adventure (LAOSCY04)
7 Days
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