A Travel Comparison for Vacations, Honeymoons, and Tours Thailand vs. Laos

Should you visit Thailand or Laos?

Thailand and Laos share a border and have a similar culture. Backpackers making the circuit through Southeast Asia tend to always visit Thailand, but not as many venture into Laos. However, the significantly lower prices in Laos might tempt you not only to visit, but to stay awhile.

Thailand is the most touristy country in the Southeast Asian region, and the local dependence on tourism can be seen in every corner and the most remote towns of the country. The beauty of Thailand is quite world-famous, and the beauty of the landscapes, combined with the very friendly nature of its people have created a situation where a huge number of tourists visit every year. But all of these visitors can drive prices up, especially in touristy areas. Bartering is a must in Thailand where the prices for foreigners are sometimes dramatically higher than local prices.

Laos, a smaller landlocked nation, is one of the cheapest countries in the world to visit, and is known for adventure travel, wildlife and jungles, and its laid back atmosphere that caters to backpackers and budget travelers. For all of these reasons, and the overall low cost, it is very popular with the budget travel community. However, in recent years it has seen more of an influx of higher-end and higher-paying tourists who are interested in visiting Laos for its ecological scenery in the mostly untouched jungles of central Southeast Asia.

Which country is cheaper, Laos or Thailand?

Should I visit Thailand or Laos? This is a popular question for many travelers. By figuring out which country is more expensive, you'll understand where you'll get more bang for your buck. A week in Laos can cost you about $104 (per person), while a week in Thailand may cost you around $611. These differences become even more noticable if you plan to spend a longer time in the country. 10 days, two weeks, or even one month of travel to Laos or Thailand can really add to your travel budget.

Accommodation is often cheaper in Laos compared to Thailand ($5.82 vs. $27). Budget travelers usually stay in less expensive hostels and guest houses, while nicer hotels often appeal to families and upscale travelers.

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