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SIM Cards in Laos: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Laos (Lao People's Democratic Republic) – known for its waterfalls, nature & temples.

It is also the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, but the country still has a lot to offer.

Such as the famous Kuang Si Waterfall or Tad Yuang Waterfall – must see.

But if you do not want to deal with too many other people and tourists, consider going to Bolaven Plateau or Khon Phapheng Falls.

Landmarks like the Patuxay Monument, Pha That Luang Vientiane, Phoisi Hill & Wat Xiengthong can also not be missed.

Oh, and of course the night market in Vientiane.

Being bored in Laos? No way! No reason to be.

Another thing you should not do when in Laos is roam internationally – International roaming can be expensive.

That is why I always recommend local prepaid SIM cards or eSIM and even travel eSIMs so that you can enjoy low rates for data, minutes & SMS.

Fortunately, mobile data rates are low in Laos – one of the lowest in the region, for that matter.

So, how much do SIM cards cost in Laos?

You can get a Lao SIM card for 10 000 LAK (0.50 USD) from Unitel, Lao Telecom (LaoTel), TPlus (formerly Beeline) & ETL in their stores. Lao Telecom has tourist SIM cards for 15 000 LAK (0.70 USD) and 25 000 LAK (1.20 USD). SIM cards are also sold at Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) and Vientiane-Wattay International Airport (VTE).

Those prices are low, indeed – just wait until you find out that the cost of mobile data is low too.

Especially for those coming from Europe and North America.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Laos. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in Laos Guide (logos of Unite, Lao Telecom, ETL & TPlus)

Original publication: 21st of November 2019. Last updated: 14th of January 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Laos?

If you want to get the best SIM card in Laos, I recommend going with Unitel. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds.

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Laos has four mobile network operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Unitel Laos
  • Lao Telecom (LaoTel)
  • TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline Laos)
  • ETL Laos
Cellular Connectivity Illustration by Phone Travel Wiz

Anyone living in or visiting Laos can buy a Lao SIM card with no real restrictions, but you do have to comply with Laos' SIM card registration regulations.

Regarding the registration requirements, you must show your passport at the point of sale.

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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Where Can You Buy a Lao SIM Card (+Prices)?

You can expect to pay the following for Lao SIM cards:

  • Unitel Laos: 10 000 LAK
  • Lao Telecom (LaoTel): 10 000 LAK
  • TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline Laos): 10 000 LAK
  • ETL Laos: 10 000 LAK

Be aware that SIM cards sold at airports can be more expensive than the prices mentioned earlier.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date LAK (Lao Kip) to your currency (let's say THB – Thai Baht) exchange rates.

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For reference, below are some exchange rates between LAK and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1000 LAK = 0.50 USD
  • 10 000 LAK = 0.50 USD
  • 100 000 LAK = 4.85 USD
  • 1 000 000 LAK = 48.30 USD

For any other currency, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Laos

The use of (travel) eSIMs has exploded in recent years.

Not only do more phones have eSIM capability (some US-sold iPhones are eSIM-only), but the number of providers adopting technology has proliferated as well.

This includes local mobile operators offering eSIM and platforms selling eSIMs (travel eSIMs).

If you want a local Lao eSIM, you can get one from Unitel or Lao Telecom (LaoTel).

But remember that you have to comply with Laos' SIM card registration regulations, even when you get a Lao eSIM.

If you do not wish to deal with registration for whatever reason, like privacy, consider getting a travel eSIM for Laos.

Many eSIM providers have eSIMs for Laos only, eSIMs for multiple Asian destinations & even global eSIMs, which I discuss in my Laos eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Laos Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Pak Ou Mobile, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

Here is a quick introduction to your Laos travel eSIM options:

  • Airalo: Pak Ou Mobile (Laos only) & Asialink (14 countries in Asia)
  • Alosim: Laos
  • Holafly: Laos & Asia – Asia variant include unlimited data
  • Nomad: APAC (15 or 20 countries, depending on the variant), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)
  • SimOptions: Asia (32 countries)

And I know you love discounts, so use one of these codes when getting a travel eSIM:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, FEB10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

If you want to know about all the prices, data options & covered countries (for the regional and global eSIMs), check out my Laos eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Laos Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Pak Ou Mobile, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

Lao Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Unitel Laos, Lao Telecom (LaoTel), TPlus (formerly Beeline Laos) & ETL Laos, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs)

Let's see what Laos can offer us in terms of SIM cards.


Unitel Laos

Unitel Laos Logo
© Unitel Laos

Unitel Laos, just Unitel, and not to be confused with Unitel in Angola, Cape Verde, or Mongolia, is the largest mobile operator in Laos.

It also has the best overall network.

Unitel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: unknown
  • VoWiFi: unknown

This is what you will learn about Unitel:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Unitel SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Unitel Laos

Unitel has the best coverage in Laos.

Below is Unitel's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Unitel Laos

You can get a Unitel SIM card for 10 000 LAK with 5000 LAK credit in Unitel stores. The data-only SIM card, called Net-SIM, also costs 10 000 LAK (without credit). Unitel SIM cards are also sold at Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) and Vientiane-Wattay International Airport (VTE).

Internet in Laos Logo
© Internet in Laos

My friends at Internet in Laos recently launched a service allowing you to purchase a Lao SIM card before arrival – and it will be waiting for you in your accommodation (in Vientiane only) when you arrive!

The SIM cards will be registered (required per Lao telecommunications law as of 2022) and ready to use when you plug it in – truly plug-and-play.

Use this link for 5000 LAK bonus credit with your purchase!

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

It is possible to get a Unitel eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Laos, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Unitel (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular Asian destinations if you do not stay in just Laos or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Laos eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Pak Ou Mobile (Laos only), Asialink (14 countries in Asia) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Laos – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Laos & Asia (11 countries) – some of these eSIMs have unlimited data – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: APAC (up to 20 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Laos eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Laos Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Pak Ou Mobile, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

But let's continue with Unitel for now.

Be aware that there is no VoLTE or VoWiFi with Unitel.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Unitel Laos

Unitel top-up vouchers are sold in Unitel stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Laos.

To top up your Unitel SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*123456#.

Dial *122# to check your Unitel balance.

You can top up your Unitel SIM card on the MyUnitel (Laos) app (Android/iOS).

Unitel Laos MyUnitel App
© Unitel Laos

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Unitel Laos

Unitel has two data-featured prepaid plans: Mobile-3G/4G (combo) & NET Sim -3G/4G (data).

The NET Sim -3G/4G plans are for the Unitel data SIM cards.

However, you can purchase these plans with a regular Unitel SIM card (for now).

All Unitel plans can be activated by dialing *121.

I will list all the prices in LAK (Laotian Kip).

To convert LAK to your currency (let's say THB – Thai Baht) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Mobile-3G/4G – Unitel Laos

The Mobile-3G/4G are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access) and minutes.

Dial the Activation Code to activate Mobile-3G/4G:

PricePlanDataSocial DataLocal MinutesValidityActivation Code
25 000 LAKCN257 GBUnlimited 3N/A7 days*209*21#
25 000 LAK25K15 GBN/A300 minutes10 days*209*106#
35 000 LAKCN3510 GBUnlimited 1N/A10 days*208*22# 
40 000 LAK40K30 GBN/A300 minutes15 days*209*107#
50 000 LAK50K30 GBN/A300 minutes30 days*209*123#
63 000 LAKMI 7935 000 MB N/AN/A30 daysN/A
65 000 LAK65K40 GBN/A300 minutes30 days*209*07#
80 000 LAK80K60 GBN/A300 minutes30 days*209*100#
95 000 LAKCN9530 GBUnlimited 2N/A30 days*209*23#
99 000 LAK99K90 000 MBN/AN/A30 days*209*113#
99 000 LAK99K80 GBN/A300 minutes30 days*209*113#
150 000 LAK50K3M35 GBN/A300 minutes90 days*209*124#
195 000 LAK65K3M45 GBN/A300 minutes90 days*209*120#
240 000 LAK80K3M70 GB N/A300 minutes90 days*209*117#
297 000 LAK99K3M90 GBN/A300 minutes90 days*209*114#
300 000 LAK50K6M37.5 GBN/A300 minutes6 months*209*125#
390 000 LAK65K6M50 GBN/A300 minutes6 months*209*121#
480 000 LAK80K6M75 GBN/A300 minutes6 months*209*118#
594 000 LAK99K6M100 GBN/A300 minutes6 months*209*115#
600 000 LAK50K12M40 GBN/A300 minutes12 months*209*126#
780 000 LAK65K12M55 GBN/A300 minutes12 months*209*122#
960 000 LAK80K12M80 GB N/A300 minutes12 months*209*119#
1 188 000 LAK99K12M110 GBN/A300 minutes12 months*209*116#

1 for Facebook & WeChat
2 for WeChat & YouTube
3 for WeChat only

Unitel Laos Mobile Plans
NET Sim -3G/4G – Unitel Laos

The NET Sim -3G/4G are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Officially, the NET Sim -3G/4G are exclusive to the Unitel data SIM cards.

However, regular Unitel SIM cards can enable these plans too (which can be more affordable than the Mobile Plans).

Until Unitel someday decided to enforce this restriction 🗿.

Dial the Activation Code to activate NET Sim -3G/4G:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
5000 LAKLTU51024 MB24 hours*209*21#
10 000 LAKCHAIDEE1500 MB7 days*209*23#
10 000 LAKHOIYIM2000 MB5 days*209*22#
10 000 LAKLT26000 MB2 days*209*30#
50 000 LAKLT505120 MB30 days*209*24#
55 000 LAKLT558000 MB30 days*209*58#
63 000 LAKMI7935 000 MB 30 daysN/A
120 000 LAKLTU12012 288 MB30 days*209*25#
150 000 LAKLTU15025 000 MB30 days*209*59#
200 000 LAKLT3030 000 MB30 days*209*32#
300 000 LAK4GU3070 000 MB30 days*209*28#
Unitel Laos SIMNET Plans
© Unitel Laos

APN/Internet Settings – Unitel Laos

  • Name: Unitel
  • APN: unitel3g

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

Lao Telecom Laos Logo
© Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

Lao Telecom, also referred to as LaoTel, is the second-largest mobile operator in Laos.

It can sometimes be better than Unitel Laos while being slightly cheaper and offering more data.

Lao Telecom uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Lao Telecom:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lao Telecom SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

Lao Telecom has extensive coverage throughout Laos.

Below is Lao Telecom's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

You can get a Lao Telecom SIM card for 10 000 LAK in Lao Telecom stores. Lao Telecom SIM cards are also sold at Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) and Vientiane-Wattay International Airport (VTE).

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Lao Telecom Tourist SIM card.

The following two Lao Telecom Tourist SIM cards are available:

PriceDataValidity
15 000 LAK5 GB3 days
25 000 LAK7 GB7 days
Internet in Laos Logo
© Internet in Laos

My friends at Internet in Laos recently launched a service allowing you to purchase a Lao SIM card before arrival – and it will be waiting for you in your accommodation (in Vientiane only) when you arrive!

The SIM cards will be registered (required per Lao telecommunications law as of 2022) and ready to use when you plug it in – truly plug-and-play.

Use this link for 5000 LAK bonus credit with your purchase!

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

It is possible to get a Lao Telecom eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Laos because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Lao Telecom.

Especially if you get an Asia-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Laos in my Laos eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Pak Ou Mobile (Laos only), Asialink (14 countries in Asia) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Laos – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Laos & Asia (11 countries) – unlimited data for some eSIMs – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: APAC (up to 20 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Laos eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Lao Telecom for now.

Buying an eSIM for Laos Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Pak Ou Mobile, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Lao Telecom offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

Lao Telecom top-up vouchers are sold in Lao Telecom stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Laos.

The following Lao Telecom top-ups are available:

  • 5000 LAK
  • 10 000 LAK
  • 25 000 LAK
  • 50 000 LAK
  • 100 000 LAK

To top up your Lao Telecom SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*123456#.

Dial *122# to check your Lao Telecom balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

Lao Telecom has three data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in LAK (Laotian Kip).

To convert LAK to your currency (let's say THB – Thai Baht) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

ແພັກເກັດ ມາດຕະຖານ (Standard Packages) – Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

The ແພັກເກັດ ມາດຕະຖານ are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following ແພັກເກັດ ມາດຕະຖານ are available:

PricePlanDataValidity
1000 LAKPackage 525 MB24 hours
5000 LAKPackage 1125 MB24 hours
10 000 LAKPackage 2250 MB30 days
10 000 LAKPackage 101.5 GB5 days
10 000 LAKPackage 575 GB3 days
25 000 LAKPackage 587 GB7 days
50 000 LAKPackage 31.25 GB30 days
50 000 LAKPackage 67 GB30 days
100 000 LAKPackage 42.5 GB30 days
Lao Telecom Laos Standard Package Plans
ແພັກເກັດ ຫລີ້ນແບບຕໍ່ເນື່ອງ – Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

The ແພັກເກັດ ຫລີ້ນແບບຕໍ່ເນື່ອງ are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following ແພັກເກັດ ຫລີ້ນແບບຕໍ່ເນື່ອງ are available:

PricePlanDataValidity
35 000 LAKPackage 56615 GB30 days
65 000 LAKPackage 56535 GB30 days
100 000 LAKPackage 56755 GB30 days
150 000 LAKPackage 56890 GB30 days
200 000 LAKPackage 569150 GB30 days
Lao Telecom Laos Continuous Play Packages
ແພັກເກັດ (Free Facebook, Youtube, & Tiktok Package) – Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

The ແພັກເກັດ (Free Facebook, Youtube, & Tiktok Package) are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following ແພັກເກັດ (Free Facebook, Youtube, & Tiktok Package) are available:

PricePlanDataValidity
15 000 LAKPackage 5153 GB5 days
20 000 LAKPackage 5165 GB10 days
55 000 LAKPackage 51715 GB20 days
100 000 LAKPackage 51830 GB30 days

APN/Internet Settings – Lao Telecom (LaoTel)

  • Name: LaoTel
  • APN: ltcnet

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TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline Laos)

TPlus Laos Logo
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TPlus Laos, just TPlus and formerly Beeline Laos, is the third-largest mobile operator in Laos.

It used to be owned by VEON, which is a company with a portfolio of mobile brands around the globe.

It sold TPlus to the Lao government, which is still the sole shareholder.

Fun fact: The Lao government is the majority owner of almost all Lao mobile operators.

TPlus uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: unknown
  • VoWiFi: unknown

This is what you will learn about TPlus:

* Coverage
* How to Get a TPlus SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline Laos)

TPlus has decent coverage throughout Laos.

Below is TPlus' coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline Laos)

You can get a TPlus SIM card for 10 000 LAK (with 5000 LAK credit during promotions) in TPlus stores. TPlus SIM cards are also sold at Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) and Vientiane-Wattay International Airport (VTE)

Internet in Laos Logo
© Internet in Laos

My friends at Internet in Laos recently launched a service allowing you to purchase a Lao SIM card before arrival – and it will be waiting for you in your accommodation (in Vientiane only) when you arrive!

The SIM cards will be registered (required per Lao telecommunications law as of 2022) and ready to use when you plug it in – truly plug-and-play.

Use this link for 5000 LAK bonus credit with your purchase!

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

TPlus has no eSIMs.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Laos, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from TPlus.

Especially if you get an Asia eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported Asian countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Laos eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Pak Ou Mobile (Laos only), Asialink (14 countries in Asia) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Laos – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Laos & Asia (11 countries) – some include unlimited data – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: APAC (15 or 20 countries & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Laos eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Laos Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Pak Ou Mobile, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with TPlus.

Be aware that there is no VoLTE or VoWiFi with ETL.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline Laos)

TPlus top-up vouchers are sold in TPlus Laos stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Laos.

The following TPlus top-ups are available:

To top up your TPlus SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*123456#.

Dial *122# to check your TPlus balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline Laos)

TPlus has only one data-featured prepaid plan: TPLUS Prepaid Packages. It is a data plan (without 5G NR access).

Packages can be activated on the MY TPLUS app.

I will list all the prices in LAK (Laotian Kip).

To convert LAK to your currency (let's say THB – Thai Baht) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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PricePlanDataValidity
1000 LAKDaily Happy Hour2 GB1 hour
2500 LAKDaily TikTok4 GB1 day
3000 LAKDaily Youtube+Tiktok4 GB1 day
5000 LAKDaily Non-Stop2 GB1 day
5000 LAKDaily Special 25 GB3 days
10 000 LAKMonthly Package 1500 MB30 days
10 000 LAKWeekly Special 32 GB7 days
10 000 LAKDaily Hot5 GB3 days
10 000 LAKWeekly Special 210 GB6 days
15 000 LAKWeekly TikTok15 GB7 days
20 000 LAKDaily Non-Stop 25 GB4 days
20 000 LAKDaily Youtube+Facebook+Tiktok7 GB5 days
20 000 LAKWeekly YouTube + TikTok7 GB7 days
25 000 LAKWeekly Special Day25 GB7 days
50 000 LAKMonthly Package 25 GB30 days
50 000 LAKMonthly Non-Stop10 GB10 days
50 000 LAKMonthly TikTok30 GB30 days
50 000 LAKMonthly Super Hot40 GB30 days
55 000 LAKWeekly YouTube + Facebook + TikTok20 GB15 days
65 000 LAKMonthly Youtube+Tiktok25 GB30 days
100 000 LAKMonthly Youtube+Facebook+Tiktok45 GB30days
250 000 LAKMonthly Premium60 GB 130 days

1 +250 local minutes

T-Plus Laos Prepaid Data Packages

APN/Internet Settings – TPlus Laos (formerly Beeline Laos)

  • Name: TPlus
  • APN: beelinenet

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ETL (Enterprise of Telecommunications Lao) Laos

ETL Laos Logo
© ETL Laos

ETL (Enterprise of Telecommunications Lao) Laos, just ELT, is the smallest mobile operator in Laos.

It is one of the cheaper options in the country, but you will sacrifice on performance.

ETL uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: unknown
  • VoWiFi: unknown

This is what you will learn about ETL:

* Coverage
* How to Get an ETL SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – ETL Laos

ETL has decent coverage throughout Laos.

Below is ETL's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – ETL Laos

You can get an ETL SIM card for 10 000 LAK in ETL stores. ETL SIM cards are also sold at Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) and Vientiane-Wattay International Airport (VTE).

Internet in Laos Logo
© Internet in Laos

My friends at Internet in Laos recently launched a service allowing you to purchase a Lao SIM card before arrival – and it will be waiting for you in your accommodation (in Vientiane only) when you arrive!

The SIM cards will be registered (required per Lao telecommunications law as of 2022) and ready to use when you plug it in – truly plug-and-play.

Use this link for 5000 LAK bonus credit with your purchase!

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

ETL has no eSIMs.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Laos, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from ETL (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular Asian destinations if you do not stay in just Laos or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Laos eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Pak Ou Mobile (Laos only), Asialink (14 countries in Asia) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Laos – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Laos & Asia (11 countries) – some of these eSIMs have unlimited data – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: APAC (up to 20 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Laos eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Laos Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Pak Ou Mobile, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

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Be aware that there is no VoLTE or VoWiFi with ETL.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – ETL Laos

ETL top-up vouchers are sold in ETL stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Laos.

To top up your ETL SIM card, dial *121*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *121*123456#.

Dial *122# to check your ETL balance.


Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – ETL Laos

ETL has eight data-featured prepaid plans:

ETL plans can be activated by dialing the Activation Code.

I will list all the prices in LAK (Laotian Kip).

To convert LAK to your currency (let's say THB – Thai Baht) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Prepaid Enjoy Try 4G – ETL Laos

The Prepaid Enjoy Try 4G are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Prepaid Enjoy Try 4G are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
1000 LAKET 725 MB1 day*228*67#
5000 LAKET 8250 MB1 day*228*68#
10 000 LAKET 9500 MB30 days*228*69#
50 000 LAKET 102.5 GB30 days*228*70#
100 000 LAKET 115 GB30 days*228*71#
150 000 LAKET 128 GB30 days*228*72#
ETL Laos Prepaid Enjoy Try 4G Plans
Pack Brighter Future Plans – ETL Laos

The Pack Brighter Future plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Pack Brighter Future plans are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
3000 LAK2 GB1 day*228*59#
15 000 LAK10 GB5 days*228*14#
ETL Laos Pack Brighter Future Plan
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Torch Net SIM Plans – ETL Laos

The Torch Net SIM plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Torch Net SIM are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PriceDataSocial Data 1ValidityActivation Code
5000 LAK2 GBUnlimited1 day*228*23#
12 000 LAK6 GBUnlimited3 days*228*24#
100 000 LAK70 GBUnlimited30 days*228*25#

1 for unlimited Tiktok

ETL Laos Torch Net Sim
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Net SIM 4.5G – ETL Laos

The Net SIM 4.5G plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Net SIM 4.5G are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
10 000 LAKET 22 GB7 days*228*62#
10 000 LAKET 16 GB3 days*228*61#
20 000 LAKET 37 GB7 days*288*63#
50 000 LAKET 410 GB30 days*288*64#
85 000 LAKET Play 8575 GB30 days*228*12#
200 000 LAKET 535 GB30 days*288*65#
300 000 LAKET 680 GB30 days*288*66#
Net SIM 4.5G Top-Ups – ETL Laos

The Net SIM 4.5G Top-Ups are data add-ons exclusively for the Net SIM 4.5G plans (without 5G NR access). They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

The following Net SIM 4.5G Top-Ups are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
10 000 LAK1.5 GB 130 days*288*81#
10 000 LAK6 GB3 days*288*83#
50 000 LAK10 GB 230 days*288*82#

1 for Net SIM 4.5G 50 000 LAK plan only
2 for Net SIM 4.5G 300 000 LAK plan only

ETL Laos Net SIM 4.5G Plans
Hot Packages – ETL Laos

The Hot Packages are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Hot Packages are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
65 000 LAK42 GB30 days*228*10#
85 000 LAK75 GB30 days*228*12#
100 000 LAK100 GB30 days*228*13#
ETL Laos Hot Packages
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Play Facebook Without Data Plans – ETL Laos

The Play Facebook Without Data plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Play Facebook Without Data are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PriceFacebook DataValidityActivation Code
5000 LAKUnlimited2 days*228*26#
10 000 LAKUnlimited5 days*228*27#
ETL Laos Play Facebook Without Data Plan
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Service for YouTube Plans – ETL Laos

The Service for YouTube plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Service for YouTube are available, which can be activated by dialing the Activation Code:

PricePlanYouTube DataValidityActivation Code
9000 LAKY1Unlimited1 day*228*33#
19 000 LAKY2Unlimited7 days*228*21#
29 000 LAKY3Unlimited30 days*228*22#
ETL Laos Service for Youtube Plans
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APN/Internet Settings – ETL Laos

  • Name: ETL
  • APN: ltcnet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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