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Overview

The commercial sector in Laos is changing rapidly. Services not available a short time ago are now being offered within country. Quality varies and thus development and updating of supplier shortlists are necessary. There is also agreement within the wider UN community to share shortlists. Thus, whenever certain services are needed that fall outside of normal needs, the first point of call is other UN agencies to inquire if they have a shortlist of suppliers for that service.

Most goods and many services are imported from Thailand. Delays are sometimes felt as local suppliers must source and then have items delivered to Lao. As a general rule the Procurement process for goods and services benefit from a slow and prolonged process in order to ensure quality goods and services are obtained.

For more information on company contact details, please see the following link: 4.8 Laos Additional Service Provision Contact List .

Accommodation

Accommodation in Laos is plentiful and available at provincial and district level. See selected accommodation below.

Hotels

Location, & estimated distance to UNDP Office

Unofficial ranking

Room rate Includes

Ansara hotel

http://www.ansarahotel.com

Email:

reservation@ansarahotel.com

Center of town,

2.5 Km

Boutique hotel

Breakfast and taxes

Lao Plaza hotel

www.laoplazahotel.com

Center of town,

1.5 Km

5 star

Breakfast and taxes

Mercure hotel

www.accorhotels.com

Town,

3.5 Km

4 star

Breakfast and taxes

Don Chan Palace

www.donchanpalacelaopdr.com

Town, Mekong river island,

2.5 Km

4 star

Breakfast and taxes

City Inn hotel

www.cityinnvientiane.com

Center of town

1.3 Km

2 star

Breakfast and taxes

Ibis hotel

http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-8074-ibis-vientiane-nam-phu/index.shtml

Center of town,

1.8 Km

3 star

Breakfast and taxes

Green Park

www.greenparkvientiane.com

Email: info@greenparkvientiane.com

Center of town,

2. Km

Boutique hotel

Breakfast and taxes

Settha Palace

www.setthapalace.com

Email: sales@setthapalace.com

Center of town,

1.3 Km

Boutique hotel

Subject to 10% service and 10% tax

AV hotel

http://www.avhotel.info/

Center of town,

1 Km

2 star

Breakfast and taxes


Electricity and Power

Electricite du Laos is the main electricity producer and supplier in the country.

Lao PDR has four major electricity supply networks, which are not yet linked together. These are described below with additional information shown in the table below:

  • Central grid-includes Vientiane Municipality, the provinces of Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Xayaboury, Xiengkhouang, Borikhamxay and Xaysomboun special zone. It is currently supplied by Nam Ngum-1, Nam Dong, and Nam Leuk HPP. This system is connected to EGAT system.
  • Central-2 grid-includes Sannakhet and Khammouane provinces currently supplied by imports from Thailand and Vietnam, as well as in small quantity from the Theun Hinboun HPP and from diesel generator in some remote areas. In the near future, 75 MW from the Nam Theun 2 HPP will supply this grid.
  • Northern grid-includes Oudomxay, Luangnamtha, Phongsaly, Bokeo and Houaphanh provinces, now largely rely on imports from Vietnam, Thailand and in the future from Yunnan, China. A small quantity of energy is generated and supplied to MeuangXay from the 1.5-MW Nam Ko hydropower plant.

Southern grid-includes Champassak, Saravane, Xekong and Attapeu provinces, currently supplied by the Xeset-1 and Selabam hydropower plants, and partially by the 152-MW Houay Ho HPP which was commissioned in September 1999.

Power stability

Power grid / network coverage

In 2000 only 36% of households were electrified, rising to 67% by 2010, with urban areas accounting for 90% of connections and 85% of consumption. The greatest consumption is located in Vientiane municipality, which has over 100,000 consumers.

Is supply regular and constant throughout the country?

 Yes

Please describe

Where ever the transmission line is available, the electrical current is stable. In case of import electricity in some provinces in the north, instability of the current is expected.

On average, how often does power supply goes out?

Once per 3 months in Vientiane and big cities and one a mother in districts

On average, how long does the outage last?

Not more than 1 day in Vientiane and big cities and 3 days in districts level.

Printing and Publishing

In general there are plenty of options in regard to companies who preform printing within country. However graphic design is more difficult.

 Registered-Design and Printing suppliers with WFP operations

1

Pankham -Jampa co., LTD

218 Dongpalane Road, Unit 11 Dongpalane Village, Sisatthanak District, Vientiane

856-21 452 924-6, Fax: 856-21 451 859    

Re-register Vendor

2

Master Printing & Sign

Ban Sailom, Chanthabouli District, Vientiane

856-20 2228 712, 021 214 394, Fax: 856-21 214 394

Re-register Vendor

3

Kao Yord Image

Setthathrirath Rd, Vientiane

Tel: 216655,218949

Re-register Vendor

4

Sokxay Chaleun Karmkhar Sole Co. LTD

ASEAN Avenue, Vientiane

Tel: 2022639999 email: sokxay@sokxaygroup.com souphavanh.c@sokxaygroup.com

New Vendor

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Company Name

Remarks/Services

Lao Telecom Co (LTC)

51% Lao Government/49% Thaicom, ADSL & 3.5G (HSDPA), PSTN, Mobile operater. 4G LTE FDD/TDD services in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Savannakhet city areas only.

Enterprise Telecom Lao (ETL)

100% Lao Government,ADSL 2G (GPRS), PSTN, Mobile operater

UNITEL (formerly Star Telecom Lao -STL)

51% Lao Asia Telecom/49% Viettel Global, ADSL 3.5G (HSDPA), PSTN, Mobile operater

Beeline Lao (formerly Millicom Lao - TIGO)

22% Lao Government/78% Millicom (VimpelCom), 3G & 4G, WiMAX , PSTN, FTTH, Mobile operater. 4G LTE FDD/TDD services in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Savannakhet city areas only.

Sky Telecom

Lao Private Company with Leased Line service

Taxi Companies

There a limited number of taxi companies within country. They tend to be informal in nature. Tuk Tuk’s are common in major cities. Negation for price prior to departing is the normal trend for payment.

Vehicle Rental

Due to the size of the tourist industry car rentals are available through the country. The same goes for motorcycle rentals.

 

Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities.

Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider.