Taxis with meters are available in big cities. The current price is about US$ 0.5 per kilometer. Most metered taxi drivers can speak a little English.
- Business hours (GMT + 7)
* Offices: 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and 13:00 p.m. to 16:00 p.m., from Monday to Saturday
* Banks: 08:00 a.m to 03:00 p.m, closed on Friday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday.
- Electrical current
220 volts (50Hz) A.C.
Public phones are available in Vientiane and other major cities. You can also go to Laos Telecom office, hotels or telephone booths to call and fax overseas. Phone cards are widely available in most convenient stores. There are a number of Internet cafes in Vientiane and major cities. Normally, hotels will get 15-20% service charge of the bill.
Tipping is not obligatory and customary in Laos; however, small gratuities may be given in appreciation for efficient, friendly service. In hotels and restaurants, it is nonetheless widely practiced in addition to the service charges shown on bills. (Porters, 5000 - 1,000 Kip per bag).