Luang Prabang, Laos

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3.75

Legislation: Marijuana is illegal in Laos, but is widely sold and used by locals and tourists.

Law enforcement: Minimal. The Laos government are trying (and succeeding) to turn Luang Parabang into a tourist mecca. They dont want to put people off. Be discreet though.

Where to buy Marijuana: From tuktuk drivers, cyclo taxis and on the street, there are a few guys who hang around the nackpacker hotel lanes, not far from the night market.

Marijuana prices: most will want 100,000 kip (about 10 us dollars) but you can get for 50,000 kip

Brands: Buds – pretty good quality for outdoor grown local bush. Dont expect skunk but the stuff we bought was fresh, tasty and in good shape.

and also: “everything from seedy week weed to very strong sensi with a fine fruity smell and taste … ask to see before buying … if its a huge bag with seeds …leave it alone … if you refuse to buy this you will be offered a better quality …smaller bags but much better … ask for not-seedy … you will be rewarded …”

More information:

hang around luang prabang for a while and absorb the atmosphere here … gorgeous place with gorgeous weed …. very uplifting …

dont bother with the opium …

Viang Vient, Laos

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3

Legislation: Marijuana is illegal in Laos, but is widely sold and used by locals and tourists.

Law enforcement: If you get caught, expect to pay a steep fine ($500). Don’t smoke in public. The locals, however, are very tolerant of smoking and many do so themselves.

Where to buy marijuana: There are a bunch of traveller cafes on the main drag, offering non stop showings of “Friends” (cant think of anything worse myself but…) and Happy Pizza (probably explains why the tourists can’t tear themselves away from Friends). Ask in the kitchen of these places selling Happy Pizza. They’ll sort you out.

Marijuana prices: Being 100% a tourist town, don’t expect to get kilos for a few bucks. Best to offer $10 and see what you get, then ask for more!

Brands: Buds – pretty good quality for outdoor grown local bush. Dont expect skunk but the stuff we bought was fresh, tasty and in good shape.

Vientiane, Laos

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3

Legislation: Marijuana is illegal in Laos, but is widely sold and used by locals and tourists.

Law enforcement: Few police that I have seen. I was told that the police were more interested in closing/slowing down the opium traffic and smoking. When I went to Vang Vieng in 2003, people were smoking it and having it on the table openly, when I came back last year it was much more discreet. The hotels have signs warning people about getting high, but again, the focus is more on opium instead of marijuana.

Where to buy marijuana: In Vientiane and Laung Prabang, people will approach you. Look to the rickshaw drivers or taxi drivers. In Vang Vieng, the place to go is a pizza place on the north side of the road. Next door is a Xangyou restaurant, with an outside patio and a pool table (the only one in Vang Vieng). That same place also made marijuana shakes, but those are too strong!

I bought some weed off a tuk-tuk driver – many of them will offer you drugs.

Marijuana prices: I paid $5 USD for about 5 grams, and I am sure that I was probably ripped off at that. Didn’t ask about hashish. A recent report stated that: You can get roughly 20 grams for about $10 or 80,000 kip.

You’ll need to negotiate the price.

Paid USD10 for a ‘packet’ (about 10gm). Prices I was offered went as high as USD30 – be prepared to bargain.

Marijuana brands: The ganja is of reasonable quality, grown mostly in the north of Thailand and brought across the border.

More information: Have an icy cold Beer Lao when you are enjoying the beautiful sites. I saw nobody smoking openly, and don’t think it would be a good idea. In Vientiane and Luang Prabang, I found a good place to smoke was to go down by the bank of the river. But be careful.