The Kip (LAK) is the official currency of  Laos and the following banknotes are currently in circulation: 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10.000, 20.000, 50.000 and 100,000 Kip.  Because the Lao Kip cannot be exported, it is not available abroad.

How to get Lao Kip

The easiest way to get money is from the ATM. In most tourist areas ATM's are available. Keep in mind that in smaller towns ATM's emit only small amounts of money. In more remote areas you will not find ATM's.

exchanging money
The best currencies to use when exchanging money are: US Dollars, Euros and Thai Baht. You can exchange your currency at the bank, airport, or at a foreign currency exchange office.

credit card
VISA is the most common. Master Card and American Express are accepted in the big hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops in the large cities. Usually a pincode is required.


Obviously the rate is subject to fluctuation but an indication of rates:
LAK 100.000  ≈  USD 12,30 / GBP 9,58
LAK 1.000.000 (1 milion) ≈ USD 123,- / GBP 95,80