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

Should you visit Luang Prabang or Shanghai?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Luang Prabang or Shanghai, 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 Shanghai?

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.

Shanghai

Shanghai is the largest and most modern city in China. With a population of over 23 million, it is the economic and financial hub of the country. It also continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in China with regular changes to the city's layout and skyline. It is not uncommon for buildings to be torn down, rebuilt and then torn down and rebuilt again. The city also has skyscrapers that rank among the tallest in the world. It has an ever changing downtown and street scape. In Shanghai, the general mantra remains "out with the old, in with the new".

Which city is cheaper, Shanghai 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 Shanghai is $93. 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 Shanghai in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Luang Prabang $5.97
    Shanghai $66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Luang Prabang $12
    Shanghai $132
Compare Hotels in Luang Prabang and Shanghai

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Hotels in Luang Prabang


Hotels in Shanghai


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Luang Prabang $2.20
    Shanghai $3.15
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 Shanghai

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $3.65
  • Two Subway Tickets
    $0.84

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shanghai

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Shanghai:

  • Private Day tour of Xi'an From Shanghai Including Transfer Service: $1,100
  • Private Mutianyu Great Wall Tour From Shanghai's Hotel Including Transfer: $1,100
  • Private Beijing One Day Tour From Shanghai 's Hotel Including Transfer Service: $1,036
  • Private Day Trip Of Xi'an From Your Shanghai's hotel Including Transfer Service: $1,000
  • Private Day Tour Of Beijing From Shanghai's Hotel Including Flight And Transfer: $1,000
  • 2-Day Huangshan Tour by Cable Car with Private Transfer and Lunch from Shanghai: $653
  • 3 Days Shanghai Suzhou Tour Package with Airport Transfer: $555
  • 1-way Transfer Between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Yiwu Per Vehicle Price: $388
  • Shanghai Luxury Airport Transfer: $332
  • Transfer from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Nantong Downtown Per Vehicle Price: $265
  • Shanghai Disneyland with Transfers Plus 2-Night Accommodation in 4-Star Hotels: $264
  • Super High-End Luxury Private Transfers Between City and Shanghai Airports: $240

Is it cheaper to fly into Luang Prabang or Shanghai?

Prices for flights to both Shanghai 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
    Shanghai $17

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 Shanghai

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


  • Dumpling Breakfast
    $1.40
  • Desserts in Jinmao Building Observatory
    $20
  • Ajisen Lunch for Two
    $7.29
  • Cantelope
    $1.68
  • Dumplings and Soup
    $2.10
  • Duck Dinner
    $4.21
  • Pastries
    $2.95
  • Barbeque Dinner
    $8.98

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shanghai

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

  • Online Chinese Cooking Class: $22
  • Old Shanghai Breakfast Food Tour: $52
  • 3-Hour Shanghai Summer Night Local Dinner and Shopping Private Tour: $65
  • Private Chinese Cooking Class in Shanghai with Vegetarian Option: $69
  • Private Authentic Chinese Cooking Class in Shanghai with a Lovely Local: $70
  • 3-Hour Shanghai City Walking Tour with Dinner: $74
  • Shanghai yummy food tour: $75
  • A Bite of Shanghai Small-Group Food Tour: $80
  • Shanghai Hairy Crab Dinner: $85
  • Shanghai Evening Food Tour/Shanghai tour gastronomico nocturno: $85
  • Night Market & Street Food Tour in Shanghai: $95
  • 3-Hour Flexible Private Shanghai Night Tour with Local Dinner Option: $100

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Luang Prabang $2.84
    Shanghai $6.85

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 Shanghai

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


  • 30 Minute River Cruise for Two
    $28
  • Zoo for Two
    $14

Tours and Activities in Shanghai

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

  • 1 Day Bus Tour in Amazing Shanghai Highlights: $113
  • 1 Day Hangzhou Private Tour: $312
  • 1 Day Shanghai Airport Layover Private Tour for City Highlights: $202
  • 1 Day Shanghai Highlight Small Group Tour: $124
  • 1 Day of Shanghai Premiere Experience: $730
  • 1 day Nanjing tour from Shanghai by train: $400
  • 1 day Shanghai City Mini Group tour: $92
  • 1-Day Authentic Shanghai Tour by Walking & Metro: $193
  • 1-Day Private Shanghai City Tour to See Its Past, Present and Future: $204
  • 1-Day Private Shanghai to Wuzhen Tour to Admire the Classical Water Town: $271
  • 1-Day Private Tour to Hangzhou by car from Shanghai: $305
  • 1-Day Private Tour to Shanghai Museum,Yu Garden, the Bund and Nanjing Road: $178

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Luang Prabang $1.89
    Shanghai $5.97

Sample the Local Flavors in Shanghai

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

  • Shanghai Luxury Bar Crawl in 5-star Hotel or Boutique Hotel: $255
  • 3 Hour Local Craft Beer Crawl with Brewery Tour: $350


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


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

Shanghai 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 Shanghai in the Summer?

Both Shanghai 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. Furthermore, many visitors come to Shanghai in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Luang Prabang is around the same temperature as Shanghai. Typically, the summer temperatures in Luang Prabang in July are around 28°C (82°F), and Shanghai is about 28°C (83°F).

Shanghai 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 more rain in July than Shanghai. Luang Prabang gets 228 mm (9 in) of rain, while Shanghai receives 128 mm (5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Luang Prabang 28°C (82°F) 
    Shanghai 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Shanghai in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Luang Prabang and Shanghai. Luang Prabang attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Furthermore, most visitors come to Shanghai for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In October, Luang Prabang is generally a little warmer than Shanghai. Temperatures in Luang Prabang average around 26°C (79°F), and Shanghai stays around 19°C (65°F).

Luang Prabang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Luang Prabang usually receives more rain than Shanghai. At this time of the year, Luang Prabang gets 126 mm (5 in) of rain, while Shanghai receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Luang Prabang 26°C (79°F) 
    Shanghai 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Shanghai in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Luang Prabang as well as Shanghai. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Luang Prabang throughout the year. Additionally, the winter months attract visitors to Shanghai because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Shanghai can be very cold. Luang Prabang is much warmer than Shanghai in the winter. The temperature in Luang Prabang is usually 21°C (70°F) in January, and Shanghai stays around 4°C (39°F).

Luang Prabang usually gets less rain in January than Shanghai. Luang Prabang gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Shanghai receives 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Luang Prabang 21°C (70°F) 
    Shanghai 4°C (39°F)

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Shanghai in the Spring?

Both Shanghai 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, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Shanghai this time of year.

In the spring, Luang Prabang is much warmer than Shanghai. Typically, the spring temperatures in Luang Prabang in April are around 28°C (82°F), and Shanghai is about 15°C (58°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Shanghai. It's quite rainy in Luang Prabang. In April, Luang Prabang usually receives around the same amount of rain as Shanghai. At this time of the year, Luang Prabang gets 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Shanghai receives 102 mm (4 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Luang Prabang 28°C (82°F) 
    Shanghai 15°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Shanghai and Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Shanghai
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 21°C (70°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 4°C (39°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 23°C (73°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Mar 26°C (79°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 9°C (48°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 15°C (58°F) 102 mm (4 in)
May 29°C (84°F) 147 mm (5.8 in) 20°C (67°F) 113 mm (4.5 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.2 in) 24°C (75°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 228 mm (9 in) 28°C (83°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 289 mm (11.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 133 mm (5.2 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 173 mm (6.8 in) 24°C (75°F) 156 mm (6.1 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 126 mm (5 in) 19°C (65°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 23°C (73°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Dec 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)


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