Are credit cards accepted in Laos?

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Are credit cards accepted in Laos?

Postby javelin92 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:25 pm

Are most major credit cards widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants in Laos nowadays? It's actually a friend of mine asking, and I thought this forum might be the best place to ask this question :-)
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Re: Are credit cards accepted in Laos?

Postby laosTraveller » Thu Jul 09, 2015 4:35 pm

To the best of my knowledge credit cards (American Express, Visa and Mastercard) are only accepted in the better hotels, restaurants and shops in Laos. And be aware that you will most likely be charged a fee on top of the price when you pay with credit card.

I advise you to bring cash instead (be it kip, usd or thb) if you plan to visit Laos :-)
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Re: Are credit cards accepted in Laos?

Postby stumpy » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:32 am

Cash is king here in Laos.
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Re: Are credit cards accepted in Laos?

Postby Adam » Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:55 pm

I was in Laos not that long ago, and I also noticed that only very few shops take credit cards. They will most likely add 5% or so to the price. That sucks :thumbdown:

But if nothing else, you can always use your card to redraw the local kip from ATMs.
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Re: Are credit cards accepted in Laos?

Postby stumpy » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:54 pm

The gold shops will accept credit cards as do the major hotels. Very few other retail outlets do.
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Re: Are credit cards accepted in Laos?

Postby javelin92 » Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:53 pm

Thanks for all the helpful answers guys! Sounds like credit cards are not of much help in Laos :)
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Re: Are credit cards accepted in Laos?

Postby stumpy » Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:04 am

Okay on ATM's for cash withdrawals. Use ANZ ATM's as they give the biggest daily withdrawal amount.
A few years ago I could get US$500 per day by going to the Banque Pour Le Extereur but the process took at least an hour so gave up on it.

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