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

Should you visit Luang Prabang or Tokyo?

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

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

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.

Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is by far the most populous city in the world with a staggering 37 million people. As a worldwide hub for technology and business, it hosts millions of visitors annually. But Tokyo is not just a place for business trips. With its incredible mixture of historical temples and shrines, remarkably beautiful parks, endless shopping malls, and genuinely wonderful people, Tokyo is a terrific place to visit and to explore.

Which city is cheaper, Tokyo 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 Tokyo is $138. 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 Tokyo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Luang Prabang $5.97
    Tokyo $65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Luang Prabang $12
    Tokyo $130
Compare Hotels in Luang Prabang and Tokyo

Looking for a hotel in Luang Prabang or Tokyo? 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 Luang Prabang


Hotels in Tokyo


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Luang Prabang $2.20
    Tokyo $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:

  • 3-Day Discover Luang Prabang City Tour including Airport Transfer: $395
  • Private Transfer: Luang Prabang Hotels to Vang Vieng Hotels: $307
  • Private Car Transfer Between Luang Prabang & Vang Vieng: $215
  • Luang Prabang and Vientiane City Private Air conditional transfer: $153
  • private transfer luang prabang to vang vieng: $150
  • Luang Prabang/Nong Khiaw: Private Transfer Service: $120
  • Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng on Private Air Conditional Transfer: $80
  • Morning alms giving ceremory, market and transfer to Kuangsi falls: $45
  • Shared transfer from Luang Prabang to Phonesavanh, Xieng Khouang: $29
  • Luang Prabang Private airport transfer: $28
  • Shared Transfer from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng: $21
  • Private transfer to Tad Sae Waterfalls: $20

Typical Local Transportation prices in Tokyo

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Tokyo:


  • Metro from Airport
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tokyo

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

  • Tokyo Airport Transfers: Tokyo City to Tokyo-Narita Airport NRT in Luxury Car: $401
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Narita Airport NRT by Luxury Van: $302
  • Tokyo Airport Transfers: Tokyo City to Tokyo-Narita Airport NRT in Luxury Van: $299
  • Tokyo Departure Private Transfers from Tokyo City to Tokyo-Narita Airport NRT: $299
  • Tokyo Airport Transfers: Tokyo City to Tokyo-Haneda Airport HND in Luxury Car: $290
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tokyo City to Narita Airport NRT by Minivan: $284
  • Private Departure Transfer : Central Tokyo City to Narita International Airport: $267
  • Tokyo Private Transfer from Tokyo central to Narita Airport (NRT): $261
  • Tokyo Departure Private Transfers from Tokyo City to Tokyo-Narita Airport NRT: $249
  • Tokyo Airport Transfers: Tokyo City to Tokyo-Narita Airport NRT in Business Car: $236
  • Tokyo Airport Transfers: Tokyo City to Tokyo-Haneda Airport HND in Luxury Van: $236
  • Yokohama Private Arrival Transfer : Tokyo Hotels to Yokohama Port or Hotels: $230

Is it cheaper to fly into Luang Prabang or Tokyo?

Prices for flights to both Tokyo 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
    Tokyo $33

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 Tokyo

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Tokyo:


  • Late Night Noodles
    $5.58
  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Snack
    $5.58
  • Meal at Airport
    $7.27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tokyo

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

  • 1-Hour Tsukiji Fish Market Food Tour with Local Guide: $26
  • Unique Private Cooking Class with a Tokyo Local Emi: $78
  • Local Food Tour on Sunamachi Ginza Street: $83
  • West-Side Walking & Street Food Tour: $95
  • Private Ramen and Gyoza Cooking Class from Central Tokyo: $108
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef: $120
  • Tokyo Food Tour: 3-Hour Culinary Adventure: $129
  • Gyoza Cooking Classes in Tokyo: $135
  • Private Dining: Wagyu and sake pairing dinner in Shinjuku: $136
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Japanese Cooking Class in Asakusa: $142
  • Tokyo Private Food Tour: From Ramen Bars, Vending Machines To Cat Cafes: $174
  • 3-Hour Food Tour of Shinbashi at Night: $182

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Luang Prabang $2.84
    Tokyo $61

Tours and Activities in Luang Prabang

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

  • 1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages: $127
  • 1 day Mountain biking and kayaking adventure: $101
  • 1 day Mountain biking to Kuang Si Waterfall with Mekong river cruise: $117
  • 2 Days Cruise From Luang Prabang To Huayxai: $192
  • 3-Day Laos Classic Tour: $601
  • 3days tour around Luang Prabang: $490
  • 4-Day Discover Luang Prabang City Tour: $563
  • A Venerable Cruise to the Pak Ou Caves: $105
  • Afternoon Luang Prabang Sightseeing And Local Food By Vintage Tuk Tuk: $77
  • Beautiful 5 Day Sightseeing tour to Laos: $500
  • Best of Luang Prabang City Day Tour - Secrets of LPQ World Heritage: $82
  • Biking & Kayaking through Nam Khan River Valley - Luang Prabang full day tour: $73

Tours and Activities in Tokyo

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

  • Akihabara: Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour: $67
  • Ancient Meets Ultra-Modern - Tokyo History Experience: $83
  • Christmas In Private Experience With A City Host: $83
  • Customize your 8-hours private tour with a local guide Tokyo: $81
  • Discover Japan Tour: 15-day Small Group: $8,972
  • Eat Like A Local - Sushi Experience: $146
  • Explore Japan Tour: 20-day Small Group: $12,049
  • Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi Tour: $993
  • Geisha Encounter: Cultural Experience at Chaya in Tokyo: $78
  • Highlights of Japan Tour: 10-day Small Group: $5,639
  • Intro to Japan Tour: 8-day Small Group: $4,357
  • Introduction To Tokyo & Highlights Private Walking Tour With A Local: $83

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Luang Prabang $1.89
    Tokyo $28

Typical Alcohol prices in Tokyo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Tokyo:


  • Sake
    $4.19


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


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

Tokyo 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 Tokyo in the Summer?

Both Tokyo and Luang Prabang are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Luang Prabang attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Also, most visitors come to Tokyo for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Luang Prabang is generally around the same temperature as Tokyo. Temperatures in Luang Prabang average around 28°C (82°F), and Tokyo stays around 26°C (78°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Tokyo. It's quite rainy in Luang Prabang. In July, Luang Prabang usually receives more rain than Tokyo. At this time of the year, Luang Prabang gets 228 mm (9 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 127 mm (5 in) of rain.


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

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Tokyo in the Autumn?

Both Tokyo and Luang Prabang during the autumn are popular places to visit. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Luang Prabang throughout the year. Furthermore, the autumn months attract visitors to Tokyo because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Luang Prabang is a little warmer than Tokyo in the autumn. The temperature in Luang Prabang is usually 26°C (79°F) in October, and Tokyo stays around 18°C (64°F).

Tokyo 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 October than Tokyo. Luang Prabang gets 126 mm (5 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 165 mm (6.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Luang Prabang 26°C (79°F) 
    Tokyo 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Tokyo in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Luang Prabang and Tokyo. Plenty of visitors come to Luang Prabang because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Tokyo this time of year.

In the winter, Luang Prabang is much warmer than Tokyo. Typically, the winter temperatures in Luang Prabang in January are around 21°C (70°F), and Tokyo is about 5°C (42°F).

In January, Luang Prabang usually receives less rain than Tokyo. At this time of the year, Luang Prabang gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Luang Prabang 21°C (70°F) 
    Tokyo 5°C (42°F)

Should I visit Luang Prabang or Tokyo in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Luang Prabang as well as Tokyo. Luang Prabang attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Additionally, many travelers come to Tokyo for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Luang Prabang is generally much warmer than Tokyo. Temperatures in Luang Prabang average around 28°C (82°F), and Tokyo stays around 14°C (58°F).

It's quite rainy in Tokyo. Luang Prabang receives a lot of rain in the spring. Luang Prabang usually gets less rain in April than Tokyo. Luang Prabang gets 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Tokyo receives 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Luang Prabang 28°C (82°F) 
    Tokyo 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Tokyo and Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Tokyo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 21°C (70°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 5°C (42°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 23°C (73°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 6°C (42°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 26°C (79°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 9°C (47°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 14°C (58°F) 125 mm (4.9 in)
May 29°C (84°F) 147 mm (5.8 in) 19°C (66°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.2 in) 22°C (71°F) 186 mm (7.3 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 228 mm (9 in) 26°C (78°F) 127 mm (5 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 289 mm (11.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 173 mm (6.8 in) 23°C (74°F) 180 mm (7.1 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 126 mm (5 in) 18°C (64°F) 165 mm (6.5 in)
Nov 23°C (73°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Dec 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 8°C (46°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)


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