Laos Country Guide


Internet cafes can be found in the cities and larger towns like Vientiane and Luang Prabang. However, access speeds are usually painfully slow and cafe staffs have less knowledge. The most reliable connections are in Vientiane and usually cost around 100 kip per minute, with the cheapest offering 4,000 kip per hour. However, internet security is not guaranteed and computer virus issues are often ignored.
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Some cafes offer free Wi-Fi-access for customers but check first if it's really free. Many accommodations also offer free or paid Wi-Fi access for its customers. GPRS for internet applications via mobile phone is also an option, especially if you have a local or Thai SIM card -useful for those who intend to stay longer in Laos and require mobile internet.

City of Vientiane by yeowatzup

Mobile Phones
Mobile phone usage in Laos has mushroomed, with four competing GSM operators but there is no clear market leader. Calling people on the same network is always cheaper than calling another network. 

  • Lao Telecom has agreements with some 30 international networks.
  • Beeline (formerly known as Tigo) has agreements with over 100 International phone networks. 
  • ETL Mobile is known to have better coverage in rural and remote parts of Laos. 
  • Unitel (Star Telecom) offers packages especially for tourists called SABAIDEE.
Local prepaid SIM cards can be purchased at various shops and stores without any paperwork. Be aware that most networks, including phone and fax traffic, are tapped by government order.

There is the Thai GSM coverage if staying close to the Thai border (including a significant part of Vientiane). Thai SIM and top-up cards can be bought in Laos including DeeDial International Call Cards. If you have a Thai number you can use the (generally cheaper) Thai network as well as avoid buying a Lao SIM card. However, beware if you have a Thai SIM card, which has international roaming activated - it will connect you to a Lao network when the Thai network is not available and the roaming charges will be significantly higher.

Phonsavan by Torbenbrinker

Postal Service
The postal service in Laos is slow but generally reliable. You can find a post office in all the cities and major towns including Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse, Vang Vieng, Savannakhet, Thakhek and Phonsavan. In Vientiane, the central post office is at Khouvieng Road, near the Talat Sao Mall Morning Market. Other options in Vientiane are Fed Express, DHL and EMS located near the central post office building.

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