Laos Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Laos?

How much money will you need for your trip to Laos? You should plan to spend around ₭252,193 ($28) per day on your vacation in Laos, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ₭96,690 ($11) on meals for one day and ₭34,348 ($3.81) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Laos for a couple is ₭198,124 ($22). So, a trip to Laos for two people for one week costs on average ₭3,530,701 ($392). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Laos for one week usually costs around ₭1,765,351 for one person. So, a trip to Laos for two people costs around ₭3,530,701 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ₭7,061,403 in Laos. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Laos can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Laos?

How much does a trip to Laos cost? Is Laos expensive? The average Laos trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Laos prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Laos can vary, the average cost of food in Laos is ₭96,690 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Laos should cost around ₭38,676 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Laos is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Laos is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ₭34,348 per person, per day, on local transportation in Laos.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Aug 4, 2019

Flights to Laos

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How much money do I need for Laos?

Typical travel prices in Laos are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Laos. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Laos can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Tuk Tuk Ride
  • Tuk Tuk Ride
  • Internet
  • Laundry
Typical tour prices for Laos

How much do tours to Laos cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    9 days
    $ 1200
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    14 days
    $ 1150
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    13 days
    $ 1075
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Laos On a Budget
Laos Vientiane, Laos
Laos is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, and as a landlocked country with a small handful of attractions, it is often overlooked. Travelers who do come to this country come for the laid back atmosphere and beautiful landscape with striking sunsets and welcoming people. Throughout the country you'll find colonial French towns and beautiful Buddhist stupas. While it may be less popular, when you look at the subtleties, Laos has plenty to offer.

Laos is one of the most relaxed countries in Southeast Asian. Because tourism is not as popular, it has a more mellow vibe and it is the perfect place to let the days slip away in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Most visitors to this country and traveling through other parts of Southeast Asia as well. This is a great place to meet fellow backpackers, exchange tips, and rest after some grueling journeys.

Although Laos has a small population, there are still a wide range of ethnic groups. Three quarters of the population fall into the Lao, Khmou, and Hmong groups.
At A Glance
  • Popular experiences during a trip to Laos include a visit to the golden Phra That Luang temple and Wat Si Saket, the site of 2,000 Buddha statues. Enjoy the growing industry of ecotourism or take a longtail boat ride down the Mekong River. Tubing is one of the most popular activities in Laos.

  • The climate in Laos is broken down into three different seasons. The hot season runs from March to May and temperatures can soar. The wet season, between May and October, is a little cooler, but tropical downpours are frequent. July and August are the worst months for rain, and some flooding in not uncommon. The dry season is between November and March. During this time there is far less rain and temperatures are much cooler. This is the peak season in Laos.

  • There are several options for traveling around Laos. Minibuses are a faster, but more expensive option. VIP buses are older and break down often, but they are more comfortable with more space for the traveler. Some perks may also be included in your fare such as a bottle of water and a lunch or dinner. Air conditioning is usually available but may be broken. Renting a car is the most expensive, but most convenient option for navigating the country.

  • The Lao currency is the kip. Some places will accept the US dollar, although this should not be expected. In touristy areas the euro may also be accepted. There are plenty of ATMs in Vientiane and some can be found in other cities such as Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Savannekhet, Tha Khaek, among others.

  • You can purchase made-to-order clothing in Laos, but expect low quality material. Alternatively, a popular purchase is Handmade Lao silk, which can be found at the Morning Market in Vientiane. Make sure the silk is authentic and not the cheaper, synthetic form that is imported from China or Vietnam.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Vieng Xai: This town offers a unique view into Laos' past. It served as the headquarters for the Pathet Lao during the US led bombings in the 1960's. The headquarters was based in the limestone karst cave networks found throughout the towns. The caves created a "hidden city" that support about 20,000 people over the course of 9 years. It was a functioning community with schools, hospitals and markets. Today, daily tours are available of the caves.

Wat Phu: This is the site of ruins from a Kindu Khmer temple complex in the Champasak province. It dates back to the 12th century and has some similarities to Angkor Wat.

Pha That Luang: Laos is a Buddhist nation and temples are one of the most common attractions for visitors. This stupa is the national symbol and most significant monument in the country. It dates back to the 16th century and is found in the capital city of Vientiane.

Popular Foods
Food in Laos is somewhat similar to that found in Thailand. There are several comparable dishes, although slight variations in the preparation techniques and ingredients may be obvious. The food is prepared very spicy and is more often bitter instead of sweet. It is made with lots of fresh herbs and vegetables and rice is the staple carbohydrate.

Laap: This is the national dish of Laos, and is sometimes referred to as larb. It is a salad of minced meat that is made with herbs, spices and lime juice. It is often served spicy with a large amount of chili. It is different from the Thai version of this dish because it is usually made with raw meat instead of the cooked variety.

Tam Maak Hung: This is a spicy green papaya salad. It is similar to som tam, which is found in Thailand, although it has a stronger flavor due to the fermented crab and fish sauce that is typical in Laos.

Khao Jii Pat-te: This is a common option throughout Laos and is essentially a French baguette that has been stuffed with a pate.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Mellow Out

By backpackguru
If you've been moving swiftly through Southeast Asia, giving each location a couple of days, then Laos is a great place to slow your pace and soak up some of the atmosphere. Laos is more about the atmosphere than it is about checking sights off a list, so spend some time in the less touristy Southeast Asian country and mellow out a little bit. You'll find other travelers here for sure, but Laos is more about soaking up the local culture. Don't swiftly pass through here because you'll only regret it in the long run.

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