Lao is the official language and the currency is the kip. High season begins in October, peaks in the cooler months of December and January, and drops off as temperatures rise at the end of February. A visa-on-arrival is available at the airport for most people. (The price varies by citizenship but is usually about $35.) Go to the flat-fee van counter outside of baggage claim for transport into town (around $6 for up to three passengers). The main tourist area is called the Peninsula by locals and its main streets run roughly parallel to the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. ATMs are plentiful on the Peninsula and tuk-tuks should charge about $2-$3 per person to take you around this part of town. Electricity is 220 volts.