Compact (Class Compact SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Laos.
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If you rent a car in Laos, then you should know that you need to use the right side of the road, just like in the United States. It is also important to know that the road infrastructure is not as developed as in the US, and local drivers are very relaxed with rules and regulations. Therefore, you should exercise caution when driving there, especially outside of urban areas and at night.
Most companies, like Sixt, will only rent cars to those at least 23 years of age (though no restrictions in terms of vehicle type). Most foreign drivers will require an International Driver’s Permit to operate a rental vehicle in Laos, although there are exceptions for some neighboring countries like Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia, who only need a valid driver’s license and passport.
The average price of diesel is about 8,710 LAK or 1.02 USD per liter and approximately 3.85 USD per gallon, whereas the average price of gasoline is about 10,820 LAK (1.26 USD) per liter and about 4.78 USD per gallon. So, If you plan to do extensive driving around the country, it’s economical to get a diesel car if possible.
When driving through the cities of Laos, you will be restricted to a speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), but outside of city limits and on rural roads, you are allowed to drive up to 90 km/h (about 56 mph). Meanwhile, driving along the highways you will find the speed limit increased to 120 km/h or about 75 mph.