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Best Laos Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card In Laos (Updated 2022)

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In this guide you will learn how to buy a Laos sim card for tourist and the best-prepaid sim card in Laos. Click here to book online Laos activities and day trips

You can buy the cheapest sim card in Laos with Unitel Laos prepaid sim card for 200,000 LAK which is $13 USD with 30 GB data and valid for 30 days. Read here best Laos eSim

You can buy your Lao Prepaid SIM Card online and have it delivered to your hotel before your arrival with data packages for Laos valid for 7 and 30 days. This online platform will take care of the SIM registration, top-up and package activation for you.

Read here Laos travel tips and how to get from Vientiane airport to city center.

Read here our top 10 Most Instagrammable places in Laos and Read here our favorite Laos tourist spots!

WHERE TO STAY IN LAOS

You can also sleep in a dorm or a guest house if you are in a low budget. For food the minimum budget would be $5-10 USD per day depending on where your eating and what are you eating.

Read more about all the places to stay in Laos and book your stay with Booking and Agoda!

BOOK YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE

You can read Heymondo Vs Safetwing cheapest travel Insurance. You can get for $135 USD your Heymondo Travel Insurance with Heymondo discount code valid for 90 days. Read our full Heymondo Travel Insurance Review

You can get Safetywing Travel Insurance for Digital Nomads valid for 28 days Safetywing for $50 USD per month with kids until 10 years old included

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Laos Sim Card For Tourist And Prepaid Sim Card In Laos

PREPAID SIM CARD IN LAOS BACKGROUND

If you are work online like us, the connection, internet and data in Laos wasn´t the best. We can usually find stable internet connection in coffee shops and touristic areas. We had issues with internet in Laos a few times as we usually had in the Maldives and the Philippines in remote areas. 

WiFi connection is famous in this millennium you can access the WiFi for free. May it be in your hotel room and or cafes around the country. Cellular connection is also accessible through ETL and Unitel.

There are 4 phone operators in Laos: Unitel Laos, Laotel Laos, TPlus Laos and ETL Laos. Prices and data packages are so affordable. All of them have great coverage in big cities like Vientiane. But outside the big cities can be challenging in Laos!

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Laos. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get your Laos tourist sim card in the airport just to avoid the hassle.

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BUYING LAOS PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT (SIM CARD VIENTIANE AIRPORT)

If you are buying your sim card in Laos at Wattay International Airport you will have a few options to get your Laos prepaid sim card. You will have to just pick up in the airport showing your confirmed booking and your passport.

Once you get your luggage you will see phone kiosks in the airport. You will be able to get a prepaid Laos tourist sim card and you can also get a package in the airport but prices will be higher than outside. It will not be so much difference the prices from the airport to Vientiane.

WHERE TO GET LAOS TOURIST SIM CARD

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If you didn’t get your Laos sim card in Vientiane airport no worries you will find official stores and even local stores selling you a prepaid Laos sim card in Vientiane. Remember to bring your passport when getting your Laos sim card.

The operator will help you to activate your Laos sim card and they will provide you information of the packages. There are a few packages that only provide data connection and also other packages provide data connection plus local calls.

Best Prepaid Laos Sim Card Comparison

There are 4 phone operators in Laos: Unitel Laos, Laotel Laos, TPlus Laos and ETL Laos. The sim card in Laos is valid for 6 months.

It will cost 10000 LAK for the sim card in Laos which is less than $1 USD with half of the money as balance. Every convenience shops and official phone shops sell sim card. It would be great if you are bringing your passport even sometimes isn’t required when buying a prepaid sim card in Laos.

Unitel Laos Sim Card

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Unitel sim card Laos is the largest phone operator and also with the best for coverage in Laos. There are a few packages for Unitel Laos sim card and data connection. The cost of the sim card is 10, 000 LAK. Check here prices and packages!

You can get a Unitel prepaid sim card in Laos for 10, 000 LAK=$1 USD with 2 GB data valid for 7 days. If you prefer data packages for 30 days with Unitel Laos prepaid sim card for 120, 000 LAK=$8 USD with 12 GB data. And for 200, 000 LAK=$13 USD with 30 GB data

Lao Telecom Laos Sim Card

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Lao Telecom sim card or Lao Tel is the second largest phone operator in the country. It works great in Vientiane and you will find hotspots with wifi around the city. Once you buy the sim card for 10000 LAK which comes with 5000 LAK credit. Check here prices and packages!

You can get a Lao Telecom prepaid sim card for tourists for 100, 000 LAK=$7 USD with 25 GB data valid for 10 days. If you want data packages valid for 30 days with Lao Telecom prepaid sim card for 300, 000 LAK=$20 USD with 85 GB data.

T Plus Laos Sim Card

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T Plus Laos sim card company was before Beeline. T Plus Laos prepaid sim card is the third largest company in the country. I’m not sure if it’s the most reliable outside Vientiane just in case you decide to explore remote places. But if you will go for the tourist areas should be working.

You can get data packages in Laos with T Plus prepaid sim card for 50, 000 LAK=$3 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days.

ETL LAOS SIM CARD

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ETL

ETL sim card Laos is the smallest company in the country. You can find the ETL prepaid Laos sim card in phone stores and supermarkets. Check here prices and packages!

If you want to buy an ETL prepaid sim card in Laos you will have to pay 10, 000 LAK which is less than $1 USD. You can get great data packages with ETL Laos prepaid sim card for 100, 000 LAK=$7 USD with 12 GB data. And for 200, 000 LAK=$13 USD with 30 GB data both of them valid for 30 days.

BEST LAOS SIM CARD CONCLUSION (CHEAPEST SIM CARD LAOS)

If you ask me for the best Laos sim card for tourist conclusion. I would recommend you to buy the cheapest sim card in Laos with Unitel or Lao Tel Laos prepaid sim card for 200,000 LAK with 30 GB data and valid for 30 days since they are the most reliable for coverage.

As you can see data in Laos is so cheap. You can have problems connecting in remote places but it will be ok in the main touristic places.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAOS

Many of us know that in Asian countries have 2 types of weather, called the wet and dry season in Laos. Start of wet season is from May up to October. And July and August is the months where rain is falling hard. In my experience as a backpacker the best time to visit Laos is through Months of November to February.

Also December has a cold temperature where it is going down to 5 degrees. And this info is for travelers who are visiting the country and want to experience the beauty of the place. The months of November to February is perfect for you, because most of your itinerary will be walking.

Click here to know more about the weather in Laos.

CASH AND ATMS IN LAOS

The currency of Laos is called kip and this is the one you will use while traveling the country. The rate is around $1= 15000 LAK or Kips. You will find ATM’s all throughout the country. There are also available exchange shop through banks and in some famous tourist place. 

Click here to know the exact rate!

BUDGET TRAVEL IN LAOS PER DAY

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A travel budget of $20-25 USD would be enough in a day to travel and experience Laos. You can spend $5-15 USD for accommodation depending on your likes there are a lot of cheap budget hotel available for you.

And you can also sleep in a dorm or a guest house if you are in a low budget. For food the minimum budget would be $5-10 USD per day depending on where your eating and what are you eating.

And the remaining would be for entrance fees for tourist spots and for transportation to get around the city. If you are renting motorbikes and hiring guides or excursions for day trips expect to pay $30-35 USD per day for your trip in Laos.

Read more about all the places to stay in Laos and book your staying with Booking and Agoda!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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