A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Luang Prabang for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bali or Luang Prabang?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Bali and Luang Prabang can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Bali or Luang Prabang?

Bali

Known as the "Island of the Gods," it's not difficult to see why the Gods would want to set up shop in Bali. With a beautifully diverse landscape of hills, mountains, coastlines, beaches, vibrant rice fields and volcanic hillsides, you'll easily go into sensory overload.

Bali is home to 4 million people who all hold true to a deeply spiritual and unique culture. With champion surfing, world class resorts and challenging hiking trails, this Indonesian island accommodates travelers from every walk of life. It's often called, "paradise on earth, " and no one disagrees.

Luang Prabang

Southeast Asia is a region full of mystical wonders and cultural charm, but nowhere is as charming as the city of Luang Prabang. As the former capital of Laos, Luang Prabang was reopened to tourism in 1989. With that move the city experienced an upswing in revenue and was able to restore and rebuild the beautiful colonial mansions to serve as guesthouses and hotels for the new swarm of tourists.

Which city is cheaper, Luang Prabang or Bali?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $61, while the average daily cost in Luang Prabang is $15. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bali and Luang Prabang in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $35
    Luang Prabang $5.97
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $70
    Luang Prabang $12
Compare Hotels in Bali and Luang Prabang

Looking for a hotel in Bali or Luang Prabang? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Bali


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $7.71
    Luang Prabang $2.20
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bali

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Bali:


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Private Transfer from Bali to Sitia (JSH) Airport: $394
  • Crete Private Transfer from Bali city to Heraklion (HER) Airport: $108
  • Bali Departure Private Transfers from Bali Central to Bali Airport DPS: $83
  • Bali Airport: Luxury Private Transfer by Alphard Vellfire: $65
  • Ubud: Jungle Trampoline, Swing & Luwak Coffee with Transfer: $57
  • Airport transfer and tour service: $56
  • Departure Private Transfer Nusa Dua or Seminyak to Bali Airport DPS by Minivan: $52
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (13 Seater): $52
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (8 seater): $41
  • Return Private Transfer for Night Safari: $41
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu: $23
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Legian & DPS Airport: $17

Typical Local Transportation prices in Luang Prabang

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Luang Prabang are as follows:


  • Tuk Tuk Ride
    $3.07

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Luang Prabang

Also for Luang Prabang, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Shared Departure Transfer from Hotel to Luang Prabang Airport: $6.67
  • Airport transfer from Hotel in Luang Prabang to Airport: $9.30
  • Luang Prabang Airport: Private Transfer to/from Hotel: $11
  • Luang Prabang Private Airport transfer services: $14
  • Private transfer to Tad Sae Waterfalls: $20
  • Shared Transfer from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng: $21
  • Luang Prabang Private airport transfer: $28
  • Shared transfer from Luang Prabang to Phonesavanh, Xieng Khouang: $29
  • Morning alms giving ceremory, market and transfer to Kuangsi falls: $45
  • Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng on Private Air Conditional Transfer: $80
  • Luang Prabang/Nong Khiaw: Private Transfer Service: $120
  • private transfer luang prabang to vang vieng: $150

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Luang Prabang?

Prices for flights to both Luang Prabang and Bali change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Bali $17
    Luang Prabang $5.68
Typical Food prices in Bali

Some typical examples of dining costs in Bali are as follows:


  • Coffee
    $1.32
  • Lunch for Two
    $15
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $29
  • Lunch for Two
    $8.60
  • Lunch for 2
    $9.53
  • Dinner for 2
    $10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bali.

  • Eat while chef is cooking in front of you: $24
  • Sidemen: Firewood Cooking Class & Organic Farm Tour: $28
  • From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $30
  • Withlocals your Way: 100% Personalised Bali Private Food Tour: $39
  • Bali Cooking Class: $39
  • Ubud: Romantic Barbecue Dinner by the Pool: $57
  • Private Full or Half-Day Authentic Food Tour: $58
  • Romantic Dinner by Oceana Restaurant & Bar: $74
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner among the Rice Fields: $110
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner on a Forest Tree Deck: $214

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Luang Prabang

For Luang Prabang, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Cooking Class: $35
  • Authentic Lao Cooking Experience in Luang Prabang: $38
  • Luang Prang Cooking Class: $40
  • Day-time Bamboo weaving & Cooking Classes join-in: $40
  • Evening Bamboo weaving & Cooking classes join-in: $42
  • Mekong River Dinner Cruise: $43
  • Skip the Line: Traditional Lao Night - Dinner, Music & Dance Show Ticket: $45
  • Half Day bamboo weaving & Cooking classes with the visit to morning market: $49
  • Home-cooked dinner & Baci ceremony with Villagers in Ban Nasang: $51
  • Lao Cooking Class in Luang Prabang: $57
  • Traditional Market Tour and Private Laotian Cooking Class with a Local: $57
  • Luang Prabang Bamboo Weaving and Cooking Class: $65

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $9.24
    Luang Prabang $2.84
Typical Entertainment prices in Bali

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bali are as follows:


  • Spa for Two
    $58
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $13
  • Cooking School
    $30

Tours and Activities in Bali

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bali are as follows:

  • 2 Days Rinjani Trekking Tour: $250
  • Amazing Nusa Penida Snorkeling Experience: $63
  • Ancient Tour to Yeh Pulu and Goa Gajah: $45
  • Ayung River: All Inclusive Rafting Adventure: $26
  • Bali - Kintamani Tour: $65
  • Bali - Ubud Tour: $60
  • Bali 5 Days Tour & Activities - All Included: $306
  • Bali ATV or Quad Bike Tandem Tour Package: $101
  • Bali Alternative Temples Private Group Tour: $74
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $25
  • Bali Countryside Bike Tour Package: $101
  • Bali Full-Day Private Customized Tour: $50

Tours and Activities in Luang Prabang

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Luang Prabang.

  • Slow Boat ticket to Pakbeng - Houay xay: $6.42
  • Shuttle Bus ticket to Kuang Si Waterfalls: $7.00
  • Mekong Sunset Cruise from Luang Prabang: $18
  • Guided Meditation Experience by Orange Robe Tours: $23
  • Skip the Line: Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden Admission Ticket: $26
  • Luang Prabang Street Food and Biking Tour: $33
  • Dine and Cruise on Mekong River: $35
  • Morning Almsgiving and Market Tour in Luang Prabang: $37
  • Full day / Half Day Kayaking and Pak Ou Caves with optional sunset cruise: $38
  • Mekong Sunset Cruise: $43
  • Luang Prabang Zip Line Adventure Half Day: $45
  • Laos Buffalo Dairy Farm Experience & Kuang Si Waterfall Half Day Tour: $45

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $2.73
    Luang Prabang $1.89


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and Luang Prabang, we can see that Bali is more expensive. And not only is Luang Prabang much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Luang Prabang would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Luang Prabang and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Bali would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bali than you might in Luang Prabang.


When is the best time to visit Bali or Luang Prabang?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Bali or Luang Prabang in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Bali as well as Luang Prabang. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Luang Prabang attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Also, April to September in Bali is the dry season. It's quite rainy in Luang Prabang. Bali usually gets less rain in July than Luang Prabang. Bali gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Luang Prabang receives 228 mm (9 in) of rain this time of the year.

In July, Bali is generally around the same temperature as Luang Prabang. Temperatures in Bali average around 27°C (81°F), and Luang Prabang stays around 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Luang Prabang 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Bali or Luang Prabang in the Autumn?

Both Luang Prabang and Bali are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Luang Prabang throughout the year.

The rainy season in Bali is October to March. It rains a lot this time of the year in Luang Prabang. In October, Bali usually receives less rain than Luang Prabang. At this time of the year, Bali gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Luang Prabang receives 126 mm (5 in) of rain.

Bali is around the same temperature as Luang Prabang in the autumn. The temperature in Bali is usually 27°C (81°F) in October, and Luang Prabang stays around 26°C (79°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Luang Prabang 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Bali or Luang Prabang in the Winter?

Both Luang Prabang and Bali during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Luang Prabang because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

October to March is the rainy season in Bali. Bali usually gets more rain in January than Luang Prabang. Bali gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Luang Prabang receives 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the winter, Bali is a little warmer than Luang Prabang. Typically, the winter temperatures in Bali in January are around 26°C (79°F), and Luang Prabang is about 21°C (70°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bali 26°C (79°F) 
    Luang Prabang 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Bali or Luang Prabang in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Bali and Luang Prabang. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Luang Prabang attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

April to September in Bali is the dry season. Luang Prabang receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Bali usually receives less rain than Luang Prabang. At this time of the year, Bali gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Luang Prabang receives 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain.

In April, Bali is generally around the same temperature as Luang Prabang. Temperatures in Bali average around 27°C (81°F), and Luang Prabang stays around 28°C (82°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Luang Prabang 28°C (82°F)

Typical Weather for Luang Prabang and Bali

Bali Luang Prabang
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 21°C (70°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 26°C (79°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 28°C (82°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 29°C (84°F) 147 mm (5.8 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.2 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 289 mm (11.4 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 27°C (81°F) 173 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 126 mm (5 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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