Visitors to Laos should be aware that there is a low threat of terrorism in Luang Prabang, as in most Southeast Asian cities. Past attacks in Laos have sometimes involved tourists. However, you will find security good at most up market hotels and restaurants.
Relationships between Lao nationals and foreign citizens are prohibited until the relationship has been sanctioned through marriage in accordance with Lao law. Foreign men or women who date local residents should observe this rule or face imprisonment.
Theft is an annoyance in Luang Prabang and visitors should take care to keep a close eye on belongings, particularly their passports. Avoid walking around with more cash than necessary and dress casually, leaving flashy watches and earrings at home.
Visitors are advised to seek medical care at a private clinic should they require medical attention while in Luang Prabang. If you need serious medical care, consider travelling to Bangkok in Thailand, where medical facilities are excellent.
Care and treatment at government run hospitals in Laos is often below western standards and medical equipment and supplies may be limited. For minor complaints, pharmacies are widespread in Luang Prabang and can sell medication to patients without a prescription. Centrally located pharmacies normally have a pharmacist on hand who speaks English or French.
It is recommended that you ensure all standard vaccinations are up to date before travelling to Luang Prabang. Although no immunizations are currently required for entry into Laos, vaccination against typhoid, hepatitis and tetanus are recommended, as is vaccination against Japanese encephalitis if you plan to stay in rural areas. Malaria is present in some parts of the country and visitors should use insect repellent liberally, cover up and consider taking anti-malarial medication.
The official language of Laos is Lao. The Vientiane dialect is the most widely understood throughout the country, but dialects vastly differ based on region. French is the second official language, and visitors will find that many of the older generation speak French. English is commonly spoken by the younger generation and those in the tourist industry.
The official currency of Laos is the kip, however Thai baht and US dollars are widely accepted and often preferred. Coins come in denominations of 10, 20 and 50 cents, while banknotes are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 kip. >>> Read more>>> Page | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13| 14 | 15 | 16 |