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Southern Laos Budget

Posted by caseyprich on 14/1/2011 at 13:12

Hey all,

I hear that in Southern Laos the only place to exchange USD is in Pakse. Doing the Bolaven Loop I'm wondering how much Kip I should bring on the excursion.

For room, I'm estimating around 60,000 Kip per night though I expect to end up spending closer to 48,000.

My question is food/beer and gas. I've looked around andsee that noodles run 8,000 Kip a meal - I'm assuming there isn't much in the way of a burger and pizza joint in Sekong so I don't expect to budget for splurge meals. I haven't been in Laos for 3 years so I wanted to check on how much beer and gas (per liter) will cost. Anybody got the information?

Thanks

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Posted by Rufus on 14/1/2011 at 17:07

By "gas" I assume you mean petrol? Petrol is 9200 Kip per lt. Cost of beer depends on where you buy it; a big beer Laos generally sells for about 8000 Kip.
Good luck with your budget. I think it is unrealistic.

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Posted by caseyprich on 14/1/2011 at 21:09

I haven't really laid one out yet. All the accommodations on travelfish are listed at between 5 - 8 USD a night and you said in the 'Laos seems expensive!" thread that Pho in Vientiane runs you 7000 - 8000 Kip. I was assuming that an average lunch would then be around 16,000 Kip without drinks. I was thinking that I'd be fine with somewhere between 200,000 - 300,000 Kip a day. What is a realistic budget?

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Posted by Rufus on 15/1/2011 at 08:35

Yes, but you can't live in Pho alone. 300,000 should see you through.

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Posted by caseyprich on 15/1/2011 at 11:12

Ah - I should have been more clear, I was saying that was the only base price I could find. I know that my USD aren't worth as much as they used to be but wasn't sure if local prices had also risen along with the strength of the currency.

thanks.

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