Security in Laos, tips
Crime in Laos
Laos is a safe country. Crime in Laos is very low, the population is friendly. Serious crimes almost never happens, however, important to petty theft and deceit in the form of inflated prices for tourists and requirements to pay for anything, including, for example, to pass on a pedestrian bridge. However, what may seem like a hoax, in fact here is simply a traditional form of doing business, so don't fuss or get upset in such cases, first of all examined. In General, tourism can be described as "voluntary-vymogatelya", and that bad a price for something you already used, you can declare afterwards. But if you refuse or fail to pay for the service imposed on you, you can be beaten, call the police and "fined" or even arrested. So always try to be friendly and bargain. So it will be more likely to settle in your favor, than to show aggression.
Laos is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Extortion of tourists starts right on the border, when tourists require payment for each print, and other fictitious services.
Mines and unexploded ordnance
During the Vietnam war, as well as during the so-called "secret war" between 1964 and 1972, the United States dropped on Laos, more than 2.5 million tons of bombs. About half a million tons of old bombs never exploded. The US bombers flew over Laos after the military operations for landing at the airport u-Tapao (near Pattaya), and not to sit down with ammunition, just dropped bombs on Laos indiscriminately. Also Laos bomb and created a minefield purposefully as he passed through the main road to supply Vietnamese guerrillas with weapons.
As a result, now the explosions annually killed up to 200 people. Tourists should also be careful, especially in remote areas, because not all places are even marked as mine fields. In any case do not pass through the fields, marked by signs and red flags. The surest way to protect yourself from a meeting with a mine or a bomb – never leave the paths and roads.
According to the Lao laws to use drugs and purchase prohibited. Violators are usually waiting for a pretty high fine, imprisonment, and for a particularly large party of the death penalty.
Despite this, Laos has for many years been one of the popular places for tourism. The laws against drugs here are bad, and even in some "special" cafe you can buy something from the "special" menu. However, the cases when tourists are caught for buying drugs, happen quite often. Sellers often work together with the police, to then "roll out" a hapless tourist on a lot of money. And certainly in no case do not try to take drugs in one of the neighbouring countries, where you can wait for it the death penalty.
Health and medicine in Laos
To travel to Laos are no mandatory vaccinations.
High and real chance of Contracting malaria or Dengue fever. It is necessary to take preventive measures that primarily, is to protect from insect bites (mosquitoes): make sure to treat open skin with a repellent, and not only at night but during the day. It is recommended to use products containing diethyltoluamide (DEET) at least 25%. At night possibly defend a mosquito net. If you go for a long time, it is necessary to drink a course of anti-malarial drugs, for example, "Doxycycline", "Lariam", etc.
Water should drink only bottled, sold everywhere.
Medicine in Laos is very poorly developed, major hospitals no. In the case of serious illnesses will have to go to a neighboring country, the best in Thailand.
In this regard, it is highly recommended to have insurance cover, including transport costs.
Useful tips and traditions in Laos
- Travel without document certifying the identity in Laos will entail a fine in the amount of 100 million Kip (currency of Laos, the exchange rate). You must always carry a passport, or at least a copy of it.
- Do not criticize the political system and the government of Laos, due to the fact you could be in serious trouble.
- When visiting temples and other religious buildings, dress appropriately: shoulders must be covered, shorts and skirts must reach the knees. Keep in mind that unlike other Southeast Asian countries, entrance into a temple for the tourists paid, and it's not the wiring.
- Do not touch the head of Lao Buddhists believe that the soul of man is in the head.
- It is not necessary to show at someone with your foot, aim at people or to show my feet.
- Women cannot touch monks.
Useful numbers, contacts of embassies
The Russian Embassy in Laos
- Address: Sisattanak Distr., Thaphalanxay quarter, km 4, Thadeua str., Vientiane, P. O. Box490
- Phone: (856) 21-31-2219, (856) 21-31-2222
- Fax: (856) 21-31-2210
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful phone numbers
- Tourist police (only in Vientiane) - 021-251-128
- Ambulance - 1195
- The police - 1191, 241162, 241163, 241164, and 212703