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

Should you visit Luang Prabang or Seoul?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Luang Prabang or Seoul, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Luang Prabang or Seoul?

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.

Seoul

With a population of more than 11 million, Seoul is easily the largest city in South Korea. It is also the financial, political, and cultural capital of the country and has much to offer open minded travelers. It is often overlooked by travelers who instead head to Tokyo or Shanghai, but Seoul has a wide range of cultural experiences, food options, and historical sights. Seoul is a city of contrasts with ancient traditions, flashy technology, religious temples and a modern youth culture. It is also more affordable than many of the other Asian metropolis' to which it is often compared. If you're looking for an interesting and different experience that is a little off the tourist trail, Seoul can definitely offer that opportunity.

Which city is cheaper, Seoul or Luang Prabang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Luang Prabang is $15, while the average daily cost in Seoul is $83. 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 Luang Prabang and Seoul in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Luang Prabang $5.97
    Seoul $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Luang Prabang $12
    Seoul $84
Compare Hotels in Luang Prabang and Seoul

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Hotels in Luang Prabang


Hotels in Seoul


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Luang Prabang $2.20
    Seoul $12
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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Seoul

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


  • Subway Card
    $3.52
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $4.92
  • Metro Ride
    $0.95
  • Seoul City Pass Plus
    $7.03

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Seoul

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Seoul:

  • Seoul ⇄ Alpensia / Yongpyong Ski Resort Private Van Transfers: $469
  • Summer Activity in Korea: Water Leisure Tour at Gapyeong with Private Transfer: $360
  • Incheon Airport / Seoul ⇄ Daemyung Vivaldi Park Ski Resort Private Van Transfers: $267
  • Incheon Airport Transfer- Private Service between Airport and Seoul (1-13 pax): $200
  • Private Airport Transfer: Gimpo Airport to Seoul City (1-9 pax): $125
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul City to Gimpo Airport (1-9 pax): $125
  • Departure Private Transfer Seoul City to Seoul Airport ICN by Business Minivan: $123
  • Departure Private Transfer Seoul City to Seoul Airport ICN by Luxury Sedan: $123
  • Private Transfer from Seoul Hotels to Incheon Int'l Airport: $120
  • Private Airport Transfer: Seoul City to Incheon Airport (1-9 pax): $120
  • 1- Day Private Seoul or Outskirts Tour (Round-trip transfer to your hotel): $120
  • Everland Themepark Private Round trip Transfer + Ticket from Seoul: $115

Is it cheaper to fly into Luang Prabang or Seoul?

Prices for flights to both Seoul and Luang Prabang 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
    Luang Prabang $5.68
    Seoul $23

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

Typical Food prices in Seoul

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


  • Rice with Kimchi & Bacon
    $4.22
  • Waffle
    $0.70
  • Dippin' Dots
    $1.41
  • Chicken Fried Rice
    $3.87
  • Chicken Stick
    $1.41
  • Drinking Yoghurt & Mi Chew
    $1.34
  • Lunch Buffet
    $4.22
  • Donut
    $0.70
  • Mushroom Burger
    $3.66
  • Green Tea Ice Cream
    $2.32
  • Udon & Sushi
    $4.92
  • Fresh Burger
    $3.37
  • Soba Noodles Lunch
    $3.16
  • Bibimbap Lunch
    $3.52
  • Fried Rice
    $3.87
  • Vietnamese Dinner
    $6.68
  • Breakfast and Coffee for 2
    $6.68
  • Donut
    $1.76

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Seoul

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

  • Night Market Food Tour: $48
  • Traditional Korean Cooking Class (Kimchi) & market tour with chef Joungy: $51
  • Korean Cooking Class with Full-Course Meal & Local Market Tour: $56
  • Small-Group Korean Cooking Class in Seoul: $56
  • Traditional Cooking Experience in Korean Style House in Seoul: $58
  • Secret of Banchan (side dish) cooking!: $61
  • Traditional Korean cooking class and market visit in Seoul: $62
  • Private 3-Hour Korean Cooking Class in Seoul: $68
  • Local Flavors of Seoul at Night: Street Food Tour: $70
  • Eat like a local! Most authentic Seoul food tour: $79
  • Historic Jongro District Authentic Food Tour in Seoul: $81
  • Gwangjang Market Food Tour including Lunch: $82

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Luang Prabang $2.84
    Seoul $20

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Seoul

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


  • Palace Tickets
    $5.62
  • Movie Ticket
    $5.62
  • Kimchi Museum
    $2.11

Tours and Activities in Seoul

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

  • "Nami Island" & "Petite France" or "Garden of Morning Calm" ※ Private Tour: $97
  • "Parasite" Filming Location Afternoon Tour with Free Jjapaguri(Ram-don): $44
  • 'My Love From The Star' TV Tour Including Petite France: $120
  • (Private) 9-Days Tasty Journey Around South Korea Tour: $3,475
  • 1 Day Seorak Mt. Private Tour: $314
  • 1 day Jeonju City tour by KTX Train from Seoul: $390
  • 10 Day Essential Korea Tour(Seoul, DMZ, Busan, Gyeongju, Andong, Jeju): $4,306
  • 1Day Customizable Private Daegu tour from Seoul by KTX train: $462
  • 2 Day Essential Tour-Nami Island,Petite Fr. and Mt.Seorak(Inc. Accom. & 4 Meals): $741
  • 2 Day Private: Rakkojae Korean Cultural Heritage Tour via Andong Hahoe Village: $654
  • 2 Day Tour for Seoul City/Nami, Petite,Garden of Morning Calm(Inc. Lun. & Din.): $555
  • 2 Days Gyeongju Private Tour from Seoul and Near Seoul: $490

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Luang Prabang $1.89
    Seoul $9.37

Sample the Local Flavors in Seoul

Also in Seoul, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Seoul Pub Crawl and Party with Free Shots: $24
  • Pub Crawl and Party at City's Best Bars and Clubs: $25
  • 3-Hour Small Group Korean Pub Crawl + Food Tasting in Hongdae: $86


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


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

Seoul has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Luang Prabang experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Seoul in the Summer?

Both Seoul and Luang Prabang during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Luang Prabang because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Seoul because of the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Luang Prabang is around the same temperature as Seoul. Typically, the summer temperatures in Luang Prabang in July are around 28°C (82°F), and Seoul is about 26°C (78°F).

Seoul gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang usually gets less rain in July than Seoul. Luang Prabang gets 228 mm (9 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 369 mm (14.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Luang Prabang 28°C (82°F) 
    Seoul 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Seoul in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Luang Prabang and Seoul. Luang Prabang attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene are the main draw to Seoul this time of year.

In October, Luang Prabang is generally much warmer than Seoul. Temperatures in Luang Prabang average around 26°C (79°F), and Seoul stays around 15°C (59°F).

Luang Prabang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Luang Prabang usually receives more rain than Seoul. At this time of the year, Luang Prabang gets 126 mm (5 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Luang Prabang 26°C (79°F) 
    Seoul 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Seoul in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Luang Prabang as well as Seoul. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Luang Prabang throughout the year. Also, many travelers come to Seoul for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Seoul. Luang Prabang is much warmer than Seoul in the winter. The temperature in Luang Prabang is usually 21°C (70°F) in January, and Seoul stays around -3°C (27°F).

Luang Prabang usually gets less rain in January than Seoul. Luang Prabang gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Luang Prabang 21°C (70°F) 
    Seoul -3°C (27°F)

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Seoul in the Spring?

Both Seoul and Luang Prabang are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Luang Prabang because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, many visitors come to Seoul in the spring for the activities around the city.

In the spring, Luang Prabang is much warmer than Seoul. Typically, the spring temperatures in Luang Prabang in April are around 28°C (82°F), and Seoul is about 13°C (55°F).

It's quite rainy in Luang Prabang. In April, Luang Prabang usually receives more rain than Seoul. At this time of the year, Luang Prabang gets 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Seoul receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Luang Prabang 28°C (82°F) 
    Seoul 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Seoul and Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Seoul
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 21°C (70°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) -3°C (27°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Feb 23°C (73°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) -0°C (32°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Mar 26°C (79°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 6°C (42°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
May 29°C (84°F) 147 mm (5.8 in) 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 228 mm (9 in) 26°C (78°F) 369 mm (14.5 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 289 mm (11.4 in) 26°C (80°F) 294 mm (11.6 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 173 mm (6.8 in) 22°C (71°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 126 mm (5 in) 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Nov 23°C (73°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Dec 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 0°C (33°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)


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