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

Should you visit Bangkok or Luang Prabang?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Bangkok and Luang Prabang can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Bangkok or Luang Prabang?

Bangkok

Bangkok: a name synonymous with all things exotic. The vibrant and exciting capital of Thailand is not just a hub for Southeast Asia, but also a destination into itself. Known for an active nightlife and party scene, as well as great food, historic temples, and busy markets, Bangkok offers a diversity to entertain even the most experienced travelers.

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 Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $57, 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 Bangkok and Luang Prabang in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $31
    Luang Prabang $5.97
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $62
    Luang Prabang $12
Compare Hotels in Bangkok and Luang Prabang

Looking for a hotel in Bangkok 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 Bangkok


Hotels in Luang Prabang


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $3.83
    Luang Prabang $2.20
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Bangkok are as follows:


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.13
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $4.27
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $0.85
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.69
  • Taxi From Airport
    $6.66
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.40
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.33
  • Trains to airport
    $4.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Rai with 2h of Sightseeing: $220
  • Moto GP Private Transfer Bangkok To Chang International Circuit: $218
  • Private Transfer Laem Chabang/Bangkok: $212
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Krabi with 2h of Sightseeing: $205
  • Private Transfer from Don Muang Airport to Koh Chang Hotel: $199
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Koh Chang hotel: $193
  • Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi with Private Transfer from Bangkok: $192
  • Elephant World Sanctuary with private transfer trip from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi: $191
  • Private Transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with 2h of Sightseeing: $190
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Trat: $190
  • Bangkok International Airport Private Transfer to Hotels in Koh Chang: $190
  • Thai Boxing Match including Tickets and Transfer in Bangkok: $189

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:

  • 3-Day Discover Luang Prabang City Tour including Airport Transfer: $395
  • 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
  • Luang Prabang Private airport transfer: $28
  • Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng on Private Air Conditional Transfer: $80
  • Luang Prabang and Vientiane City Private Air conditional transfer: $153
  • Luang Prabang/Nong Khiaw: Private Transfer Service: $120
  • Morning alms giving ceremory, market and transfer to Kuangsi falls: $45
  • Private Car Transfer Between Luang Prabang & Vang Vieng: $215
  • Private Transfer: Luang Prabang Hotels to Vang Vieng Hotels: $307
  • Private transfer to Tad Sae Waterfalls: $20

Is it cheaper to fly into Bangkok or Luang Prabang?

Prices for flights to both Luang Prabang and Bangkok 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
    Bangkok $14
    Luang Prabang $5.68
Typical Food prices in Bangkok

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Bangkok:


  • Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (for Two)
    $24
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $5.33
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.20
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.80
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $5.33
  • Pad Thai
    $1.87
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $15
  • Lunch for 2
    $20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

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

  • Silom Village Authentic Thai Dinner and Performance Ticket: $17
  • Luxurious Afternoon Tea or Dinner at the Erawan Tea Rooms: $26
  • Skip the Line: Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket with Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Bangkok Thai Classical Dance with Thai Set Dinner Ticket: $27
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $30
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River: $34

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.
    Bangkok $11
    Luang Prabang $2.84
Typical Entertainment prices in Bangkok

Here are a few typical costs in Bangkok for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Movie Ticket
    $4.27
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $9.33
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.33
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $5.33
  • Club Cover Charge
    $10.00
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $64
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.00
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $2.67
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

Here are a few actual costs in Bangkok for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • "Phra Nakorn Khiri and Kui Buri adventure in 1 day" (Private trip): $322
  • "Two Day one Night for River Kwai Adventure" (Private): $442
  • 04 DAYS CENTRAL HIGHLIGHTS - Joint Tour: $692
  • 1-day Bangkok Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour - Sawasdee Tuk Tuk: $102
  • 10 Hours Private Tour Ayuttaya: $140
  • 11-Day Thailand Tour to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket: $2,921
  • 12-Day Tour Through Cambodia from Bangkok to Saigon: $1,165
  • 2 Days Private Tour To Ayutthaya' World Heritage Site: $428
  • 2-Day River Kwai Experience from Bangkok: $262
  • 2-Day River Kwai Floathouse Experience from Bangkok: $346
  • 2-Day River Kwai Jungle Rafts Experience from Bangkok: $231
  • 2-Day River Kwai and Kanchanaburi Tour from Bangkok: $228

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
    Bangkok $6.36
    Luang Prabang $1.89
Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Bangkok are as follows:


  • Beer
    $1.07


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bangkok and Luang Prabang, we can see that Bangkok 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 Bangkok would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bangkok than you might in Luang Prabang.


When is the best time to visit Bangkok 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 Bangkok or Luang Prabang in the Summer?

Both Luang Prabang and Bangkok during the summer are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bangkok throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Luang Prabang throughout the year.

Luang Prabang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Bangkok. Bangkok usually gets less rain in July than Luang Prabang. Bangkok gets 155 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Luang Prabang receives 228 mm (9 in) of rain this time of the year.

Bangkok is around the same temperature as Luang Prabang in the summer. The temperature in Bangkok is usually 29°C (84°F) in July, and Luang Prabang stays around 28°C (82°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bangkok 29°C (84°F) 
    Luang Prabang 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Luang Prabang in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Bangkok and Luang Prabang. Plenty of visitors come to Bangkok 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.

November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. Also, May to October is the rainy season in Bangkok. Luang Prabang receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Bangkok gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Bangkok usually receives more rain than Luang Prabang. At this time of the year, Bangkok gets 242 mm (9.5 in) of rain, while Luang Prabang receives 126 mm (5 in) of rain.

In the autumn, Bangkok is around the same temperature as Luang Prabang. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Bangkok in October are around 28°C (83°F), and Luang Prabang is about 26°C (79°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bangkok 28°C (83°F) 
    Luang Prabang 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Luang Prabang in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Bangkok as well as Luang Prabang. Bangkok 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, November to February in Bangkok is the dry season. Bangkok usually gets less rain in January than Luang Prabang. Bangkok gets 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Luang Prabang receives 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

In January, Bangkok is generally a little warmer than Luang Prabang. Temperatures in Bangkok average around 27°C (80°F), and Luang Prabang stays around 21°C (70°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bangkok 27°C (80°F) 
    Luang Prabang 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Bangkok or Luang Prabang in the Spring?

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

The rainy season in Bangkok is May to October. It rains a lot this time of the year in Luang Prabang. In April, Bangkok usually receives less rain than Luang Prabang. At this time of the year, Bangkok gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Luang Prabang receives 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain.

Bangkok is around the same temperature as Luang Prabang in the spring. The temperature in Bangkok is usually 31°C (87°F) in April, and Luang Prabang stays around 28°C (82°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bangkok 31°C (87°F) 
    Luang Prabang 28°C (82°F)

Typical Weather for Luang Prabang and Bangkok

Bangkok Luang Prabang
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (80°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (70°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)
Mar 29°C (85°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 26°C (79°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Apr 31°C (87°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
May 30°C (86°F) 220 mm (8.7 in) 29°C (84°F) 147 mm (5.8 in)
Jun 29°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.2 in)
Jul 29°C (84°F) 155 mm (6.1 in) 28°C (82°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 197 mm (7.8 in) 28°C (82°F) 289 mm (11.4 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 344 mm (13.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 173 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 28°C (83°F) 242 mm (9.5 in) 26°C (79°F) 126 mm (5 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Dec 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)


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