If you’re having any health issues while traveling in Luang Prabang you should consider visiting a pharmacy. You can also go to a hospital, but usually, that won’t be necessary and if it’s urgent you better go to a hospital in Thailand anyway. There are more than enough pharmacies in Luang Prabang and most of them have sufficient medicine to help you with common sicknesses. You might even find a pharmacist that speaks proper English and can assist you with your choice of medication.
Where to find a pharmacy in Luang Prabang?
You honestly won’t have any issues finding a pharmacy, since many of them are located in the city center and that’s where most of the accommodations are. If you still have doubts just take a look at the map.
As you can see, you’ll just have to walk along the river to find many pharmacies. Just go to one of them and tell them your problems. Usually, communication shouldn’t be a big deal. If it is, just go somewhere else.
How much does medicine in Laos cost?
We aren’t sure about the price policies in Laos, but the prices for medication can vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. In most cases, you won’t have to pay much, which doesn’t mean that the quality of the medicine is bad. The reason for the cheap prices is, that the medication gets produced somewhere in Asia and isn’t imported from Europe or the US. On the other hand, that also means that sometimes you might have to pay more for certain products.
Do I need a prescription if I want to buy medicine?
In Laos and most other countries in Southeast Asia, you won’t have to face many restrictions when buying medicine. There are only very few drugs that are prescription-only. Even most antibiotics don’t require a prescription. Therefore you can get easily what you need. Just be sure that you’re not buying something randomly. It’s important to ask the opinion of the pharmacist.