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Laos Currency: The Ultimate Guide

March 27, 2024 - 7001 views

The official national currency in Laos is the Kip (LAK). The symbol for the Lao Kip is ₭ or ₭N. The banknotes currently in circulation are 500₭, 1.000₭, 2.000₭, 5.000₭, 10.000₭, 20.000₭, 50.000₭ and 100.000₭. No coins are currently in use in Laos.

Laos Currency

Laos Currency

The best currencies to carry for changing to Lao Kip are the US dollar, Thai baht, Euros, UK pounds, and Canadian and Australian dollars. 

USD and Thai Baht can be exchanged almost everywhere (in markets, mini markets, and smaller stores in provinces) and can pay for large purchases, while other international currencies can only be exchanged at banks and some licensed moneychangers in major towns. 

Easily Exchange Currency In Laos

Easily Exchange Currency In Laos

The exchange rate is 1 USD ~ 21.000 LAK, 1 EUR ~ 22.000 LAK, and 1 THB ~ 580 LAK.

USD and Thai Baht are widely accepted in Laos. In up-market restaurants and hotels, bills are often presented in three choices of currencies (Lao Kip, Thai Baht, and US dollars) for your convenience. 

If you plan to go out to the countryside in remote areas, it's recommended that you exchange enough of your money to Lao Kip to cover your trip as you will not find currency exchange units outside of the capital towns of provinces, and Kip might be the only currency accepted.

It's also a good idea to carry a reasonable amount of smaller bills of Laos currency (1.000 to 20.000 Kip bills are good) when going shopping in Laos to avoid hassle because local traders (especially in the countryside) often don't have enough change.

Keep Some Small Bills For Your Convenience

Keep Some Small Bills For Your Convenience

Credit cards are accepted at most major hotels and up-market restaurants and shops in Vientiane Capital and some major tourist cities in Laos.

Convenient Use Of Credit Cards In Major Hotels

Convenient Use Of Credit Cards In Major Hotels

Most banks in Laos now offer ATMs. Lao ATMs dispense only Laos currency (LAK) and the daily limit is only up to 10.000.000 Kip (~ US $480).  If you want to cash US dollar or Thai Baht or if you want to cash a large amount it is better to go into the bank and use their service. Banking hours are Monday to Friday, 08:30 to 15:30.

NOTE: Don't be surprised if you are given sweets or candies instead of your 500 Kip change, it’s a common occurrence as 500 Kip notes sometimes run short.

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31/01/2024

Where can i buy Laos kip

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31/01/2024
@Tess Lockhart:

Hi! If you can't buy at the currency exchange counters in your country. You can still buy it by exchanging money at Laos borders or Laos international airports (usually they accept exchange from USD, EUR, VND, Baht)

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08/01/2024

2000 laos currency now it can use or can't use ?

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09/01/2024
@Hout:

Hi! If you own a 2000 banknote (cash), you might still can use it in Laos. But if your banknote (cash) is lower than that, it can't be used. Please note that, due to the inflation, it seems like you can't buy anything in laos with only 2000 LAK. 2000 LAK now ~ 0,097 USD - too small to spend on anything, we suggest you can keep that as a lovely souvenir from Laos.

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