The official name of the
country is Lao People's Democratic Republic. In Lao, Sathalanalat Pasathipatai Pasason Lao.
which in the Lao language is Pathet Lao--pathet means land or country, from the Sanskrit
pradesha. Laos has peace. It is finally enjoying it after some 300 years of wars.
Laos has become the most inviting in many respects for investment. It is politically stable, and has been since
1975 & has immense natural resource availability. Laos is finding that being a landlocked little country on natural land and river
routes between Thailand, Vietnam and China now makes it a country to be courted by its internationalizing neighbors.
Laos has become the political and economic front-runner in economic reform to meets the needs of its people for today and tomorrow.
Free markets and private foreign investment have been the norm since 1989. There
has been a continuous streamlining of the system toward economic development, each new addition making it simpler and hence more inviting to potential
||All visitors need a visa on arrival.
||Tourist visas valid for 15
also baht & US$ May 2000 1US$= 7,560 kip 1 Thai baht= 201 kip
|Air Entry to Vientiane
International Airport. From Chiangmai to Luang Phrabang Dep 11.20
Arr 1220 Thursday & Sunday.Luang Phrabang to Vientiane Dep 1250
Lao Aviation 240 Prapokklao Rd, A Muang. Chiangmai 50200
Tel: 418-258/9 Fax: (053)418-260
|Bangkok by Lao Aviation or Thai Airways
|Chiangmai by Lao Aviation
|Hanoi by Lao Aviation or Vietnam Airlines
|Hochiminh by Lao Aviation
|Khunming by Lao Aviation or Yunnan Airlines
|Phnom Penh by Bangkok Airways
|Rangoon by Lao Aviation
|Singapore & Chiangmai by Silk Air|
|Custom: Good bargains
of silver, gold, hilltribe items.
||Antiques Buddha images and
ancient cultural artifacts are prohibited to be taken out of Laos. If you have
already travelled in other countries, declare your valuable items to
customs upon departure. If you buy silver or copper items in Laos, you
may be required to pay custom duty according to weight at the
airport. Money is easily changed & you can use baht or US$ plus Kip.
On arrival at Wattaya International Airport in Vientiane, taxis are available to
take you into town. The airport is about ten minutes from Vientiane's Centre and
though some taxis have no meters, there is a price list posted at the airport
lounge for your guidance. If you can team up with other passengers then share
the taxi or go to the main road & take a motorcycle taxi. Don't worry
Vientiane is a small place & everyone knows where the immigration is. The
people are nice and very helpful & a little different from Thais'. However
Thai International and Lao Aviation both fly to Vientiane from Bangkok. Also flights from
Hanoi, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Luang Prabang (daily), Savannakhet (daily), Luang Namtha (Mon, Wed, Fri,
Sun), Xieng Khouang (daily), Pakse (daily), Oudomxai (Tu, Th, Sat, Sun),
Xayyabuli (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun), Houixay (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat), Thakhek (Fri), and
Saravane (via Savannakhet, Sun. only).
TRAIN & BUSES:
Trains leave Hualumpong Railway station in Bangkok daily for Nong Khai
but you must stay overnight in Nongkhai. Air conditioned buses leave
The mighty Mekong River is the longest and most important water route, flowing
through 2030 km of Laos, providing a natural means of transportation. However,
its navigability is limited to 1330 km, mainly because of rapids between
Savannakhet and Pakse, the Khong Falls, and low water levels during the dry
season. Beside the Mekong River, the following rivers are also used for water
transportation: Nam Ou, Nam Khan, Nam Tha, Nam Hgur, and Se Don.
Lao PDR has 13100 km of main road networks. The 3390 km of national roads link
major towns, provincial capitals to neighbouring countries. 1620 km of them are
paved. The rest are mostly earth-surfaced, connecting towns and large villages
The main road system is the National Road No. 13, 1370 km long, linking Pak Mong
in the North with Khong in the South, passing through major urban areas of Luang
Prabang, Vientiane, Savannakhet and Champasack. National Road No. 9 leads to the Vietnamese border.
Malaria is a preventable infection that can be fatal if
left untreated. Prevent infection by taking prescription antimalaria drugs and
protecting yourself against mosquito bites especially in the wet season. be
prepared when you go up country. Take anti malaria roll on or spray.
|The Australian Embassy Clinic
Nehru, Street Phonexay.
Tel: 41-3603, 41-3610, 41-2343.
Open Mon, Tu, Th, Fri; 08:30-12:00 and 14:00-17:00
and Wed; 8:30-12:00
|The Swedish Embassy Clinic
Tel: 31-5015 (clinic), 21-7010, 31-5018 (Embassy)
Open Mon, Tu, Wed, Fri; 08:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00
and Th; 08:00-12:00
Emergency Tel: 41-2536 (Police of Prefecture)
Chanthabouri District: 21-3907-8
Xayasettha District: 41-2455
Sikhottabong District: 21-2712
Sisatanak District: 41-2538
The central telephone office is located on Setthathilath Road near Nam Phu
Circle (Nam Phu Fountain), and is opened from 08:00 to 22:00 daily. Fax, and
telefax services are also available.
International Direct Dialing is available in Vientiane. When calling from
overseas: the country code is 856, and the city code is 21.
The local newspaper to read is the Vientiane Times and if you want to check
their website go to: www.laoembassy.com
as the site known as ( www.vientianetimes ) has NOTHING to do with the
paper. The Vientiane Times takes no responsibility for the content, news &
stories appearing on this site & its sad to see how others feel they should
have this URL. The Times is published on Tuesdays & Friday & mailing
address is:P.O.Box 5723, Vientiane, Lao PDR, Tel: (856-21)216-364 Fax: 216-365
& is open weekdays 8am-4pm.
NATIONAL LIBRARY is in Saetthathirath Rd, Namphu. Open Mon-Friday
8am to 12 noon & 1pm to 4pm.
EMBASSY opposite the AusAID office is open on Wed 2-5 & sat
9.30-12.30pm Free membership & everyione is welcome
CENTRE on Lane Xang Ave Mon-Fri 9.30- 12.30pm 2pm to 6.30pm Wed
9.30-6.30pm Sat 9-12pm
Vientiane still has the French flavour and are famous for their
barquettes. It's also the place to buy silver and gold plus hill
tribe goods and assorted handicrafts. The best buys are by far the
sterling silver & prices are half what they are in ChiangMai
and Thailand. The people are friendly and different from their
Thai neighbours but Vientiane has an excellent lay back
feeling to it. if you haven't been there then you are mssing an
adventure. Coffee is also cheap to buy.
Healthy & Fresh Bakery: 44/4 Ban Xieng Yeun,
Sethathirath Rd. Vientiane Tel:(856-21) 215265 near Namphou Fountain
where you can also receive a copy of the ChiangMai Trader News
|The Scandinavian Bakery: 74/1 Phangkham Rd,
Vientiane Tel: 21-5199, Fax: 215-231 www.travelao.com
Delicious baked goods created daily, by Sune Wissmar and
his staff. Start your day with a croissant, or any of our other fresh pastries.
Enjoy a variety of sandwiches on your favourite bread that can be eaten in air
conditioned comfort or taken away. Choose your favourite from our daily
specials. Relax and watch satellite television while enjoying your meal. Open 7
days a week from 7 am to 7 PM. And be sure to visit their
new location in Luang Phrabang!
UPMARKET: French colonial
Settha Palace Hotel
Vientiane, Laos Introducing
this newly renovated Hotel. The Settha Palace Hotel, which was
built in 1930, underwent a 4 year restoration program
and is now restored to its former charm. The French colonial
architecture, period furniture, landscaped gardens complemented
by modern facilities are some of the features of this historical
landmark in the heart of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. The
hotel imparts an old world charm through style and decor which
is elegant yet comfortable, classic yet casual. The hotel is
ideal for individual travelers or select small groups who
look for a different hotel experience in a New
Destination. The hotel is offering a
special promotion rate of US$88.- ++ for a deluxe room.
Jacky Maillard General Manager
Settha Palace Hotel, 6 Pang Kham Street, P.O.
Box: 1816, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Tel: (856-21) 217581-2. Fax: (856-21) 217583. Email:
luxurious guestrooms and suites available - another 18 poolside
studio and suites with private terrace, ideal for extended stay,
ready by mid 2000. Each room is fully air-conditioned. French
period furniture reproduction, including rose wood 4 and 2
poster beds. marble bathrooms, separate long bath and shower.
Shaver outlet with adapter, electric current 220 W, hairdryer,
fully stocked mini-bar, in-room safe. Non smoking rooms are
available. A 2 line telephone with IDD facilities and additional
socket for fax and computer. Colour TV with satellite stations.
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Anou Hotel Heng Boun Rd.
Vietiane. Tel (856-71)213-635 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Auberge Le Calao P.O.Box
230, Mekong Riverside Rd. Tel: (856-71)212-100 Mobile
020-517-128 Fax: (856-71) 212-100 email: email@example.com
Phouvao Hotel Phouvao Rd.
Tel: (856-71)212-194 Fax: (856-71) 212-534 www.pansea.com
Villa Santi Vat Sene
Quarter/ Sakkarine Rd. Tel 212-317, 212-267 fax: 252-158 firstname.lastname@example.org
Duang Champa Bar, Restaurant
& Guest House Vat
Sene, Thanon Kingkitsarath (au bord de la Nam Khan) Tel/fax:
Ban Lao Restaurant & Guest
house, Ban Mano Tel: (856-71) 252-078 Fax:
Huauo Guest House Samsethai
Rd, Chanthabouly. P.O.Box 4490 Tel (856-21)216612
Auberge Du Temple Vat
Kunta, Luang Phrbung Rd. P.O.Box 2712. Tel (856-21) 214844
Koto GH Nongbone Rd
Chanthabouly . P.O.Box 4284. Tel (856-21) 421-849
Lakeo Sibounheuang Rd,
Chanthabouly. P.O.Box 9907. Tel/fax: (214-930 )
Manoly Fa Ngum Rd,
Sisattanak, Tel: 218-907
Dongpalan Rd, Saysettha. P.O.Box 1943. Tel 412-308
Saphangmo St, saysettha. P.O.Box 1943 Tel: 412144 412745
Sihpme Sihome St,
Chanthabouly Tel: 214-562
Sweethome Thadeua Rd
Sisttanak. Tel 314-046
Thawee on 64 Phnom Penh
St. Chanthabouly/ Tel/Fax: 217-903
Tutu Thongtoum St,
Sisattanak. P.O.Box 1080 Tel: 222544
Their are many more guest houses
to choose from.
Pako 14 Fa Ngum Rd, near Nam Ngum River, Pak Ngum
District. P.O.Box 3773. Tel: 222-925 212-981
Dansavanh Nam Ngum Resort & gaming
Centre of Laos. this resort is 60 km from Vientiane, ban Keun
Rd, Tel for info: 217-594 fax (214-605. 020-516268
||The Boatlanding Guest House: Try this
Guest House which is out of the way but offers excellent tours
and is an excellent site if you want to stay and travel
upcountry a bit. It has all the travel routes & can offer
vegetarian meals. Prices around $US6-7 per night. Bill Tuffin
Webmaster & Luang Namtha Travel Counselor.
The Boat Landing Guest House
PO Box 28. Luang Namtha Laos
tel: ++856-86-312-398 email:
Indochina Spirit Restaurant. 50/51 Vat
That, Phothisarath Rd, Tel/fax: (856-71)252-372 email@example.com
Restaurant Vat Nong Tel: (856-71) 252-482 Fax: 252-482
Lao Restaurant. vat Nong (opposite the Planet Email Shop)
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