Money and Costs
Laos is not as cheap as you would imagine even though it is not a particularly affluent country. As such make sure you budget accordingly.
from $38 per day for solo travelers and $55 for couples.
The currency is Laos is the charmingly named Kip (LAK) although both Thai baht and US dollars can also be used in some places.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to using Kip in Laos is that it is non-convertible and can’t be exchanged outside of Laos, so if you take it out of the country it will immediately become worthless.
ATMs can be found in larger towns and tourist areas but can be temperamental and don’t always work, or they won’t dispense cash but may deduct it from your account anyway.
If you are planning to travel to a rural area where ATMs may be limited or non-existent make sure you take enough cash with you, as your credit card won’t be useful there.