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Once a forgotten backwater, Laos has turned into a rapidly growing tourist destination and whilst it might be a communist state, and one of the poorest in Asia, times seem to be changing. Since overthrowing the monarchy, it struggled with isolation for many years and even now depends on foreign aid and international donations. Despite this, the landlocked country is seeing an economic growth of up to 8% a year and exports billions in wood products, garments, electricity, coffee, tin, copper and gold, mainly to its partners of Thailand, China and Vietnam. Popular with both backpackers and those travelling Asia, it takes around 14 hours and a layover to get there on a plane from the UK but whether you need a parcel courier to Laos to send a package for trade or tourism, you can find one to cover the 5,667 miles.
A mountainous country, agriculture employs around 85% of the population and whilst it covers a large area, the sparse population of 6.8 million is small comparative to the 91,500 square miles of the country. Vientiane, on the banks of the Mekong River, is the capital of Laos and with nearly 200,000 inhabitants it is also the largest city. Other notable cities include Pakse, Savannakhet, Luang Prabang, Xam Neua, Phonsavan, Thakhek and Muang Xay. If you are sending a parcel to Laos then be sure to remember the 5-digit postcode. The first two numbers correspond with the province, and the other 3 are for the delivery office. The province of Vientiane, for example, is 01 followed by three digits, with Xaysetha being 01160. With geography effecting transport, there are no navigable waterways, ports or railways and delivery services in Laos rely on the extensive highways of more than 21,000 kilometres to get to the various corners of the country.
Find the cheapest courier to Laos by getting a parcel delivery quote from My Parcel Delivery. For the best price, take a look at the MPD International Drop-Off, where for a price from just £29.63 including VAT, you can get a 3-5 day service with a Hermes drop-off. A different option comes in the form of the MPD International Export service and you can enjoy a quicker 2-day service with collection of your parcel from a UPS courier, with prices starting from just £36.82 including VAT. Both of these come with a fully tracked service and £15 inclusive cover as standard. [Prices correct as of 27/08/2015]