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Currency Of Laos


The local currency is the KIP. Notes come in denominations of 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10.000 and 20.000 Kips.


The rate of exchange as per the time of printing is approximately 10,450 Kip to one US Dollar and 13,340 Kip to one Euro.

In Vientiane, notes of most international currencies can be exchanged either at banks or at licensed moneychangers. 

Outside Vientiane, most provincial banks and licensed moneychangers accept only US Dollars, Thai Bahts and sometimes Euros. Only major banks accept traveler’s cheques.

It is best to carry U.S Dollar bills in small denominations.

Credit cards are accepted only at major hotels and up-market shops and restaurants in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.