Lao national currency is Kip. There has been some devaluation of Lao Kip in the past few years. There are exchange booths available throughout town. Major credit cards are also accepted in large shops. You can also withdraw cash by using your credit cards, but it has to be done at a bank, since there is no automatic teller machine in Laos just yet.
January 1: New Year’s Day
April 13-15: Boun Pimai. The Lao New Year
May 1: Labour Day
Dec 2: Independence Day
Like other Asian countries, there are many souvenirs choices in Laos. The best buys in Laos are ethnic minority fabrics. The Lao sarong or pha sin made from silk or cotton is popular souvenir. Other souvenirs to look out for include arts & antique, gold, silver & gems, in particular from Luang Prabang.