How much should I budget per day for a holiday in Laos?

A typical budget in Laos is around US$15-20 a day. You can get by on less or a lot more, but for $20 you'll get an okay room and three meals with some left over for transport. If you are planning on travelling a lot then $20 probably will not cut it as the cost of transportation will push it up. Likewise if you going to very few places, then you can get away with less.




More Travelfish FAQs

Please find below some of the more frequently asked questions (FAQ) people have about travelling to Laos. We've tried to answer all the most frequently asked questions, but if you have another query about Laos, please try our Travelfish messageboard.

Accommodation

Is it possible to rent rooms or dormitories for longer periods of time while travelling in Laos?
Rooms: Is a fan room ok, or should I budget for air-on?
Should I take my own padlock for the door of my room while travelling in Laos?
What should I do if a bag is stolen from my room or dormitory while travelling in Laos?
What standard of accommodation can I expect for US$5 in Laos?
Why are there so few dormitories in Laos?
Why are there so few hostels in Laos?

Bargaining

Should I bargain for everything I want to buy in Laos?
What is the best way to bargain in Laos?
What shouldn't I do when bargaining in Laos?

Cost of travelling

How much should I budget per day for a holiday in Laos?
What is the bare minimum I could survive on in Laos?
What is the best way to spend less money in Laos?

Food glorious food

Can I drink the tap water in Laos?
How can I avoid MSG in Laos?
How do I avoid peanuts in Laos?
I have a food allergy -- what should I do when travelling in Laos?
Is there good vegetarian food in Laos?
Is western food available in Laos?

Getting around

How reliable is the public bus system?
Is it easy to hitch-hike in Laos?
Is it easy to rent a car or motorcycle in Laos?
Should I get a tourist minibus in Laos?
Which is better, speedboat or slow boat?

Getting there and away

How do I get from Lao airports into nearby towns?
Is it safe to fly with Lao Airlines?

Money madness

Are credit cards accepted in Laos?
Are there ATMs in Laos?
Can I send money out of Laos?
How can I have money sent to me in Laos?
Should I bring travellers cheques, credit/debit cards or cash to Laos?
Should I tip in Laos?

Packing purgatory

What should I pack for a holiday in Laos?
What shouldn't I pack a holiday in Laos?

Security

Can I use drugs in Laos?
Is Laos a safe place to travel alone to?
Is Laos safe?

Technology

Are there many internet cafes in Laos?
Can I travel with a laptop in Laos?
What is mobile phone coverage like in Laos?
What is the voltage in Laos?

Things to learn

Where can I learn Lao?

Vexed by visas?

What are the Laos visa requirements?

Weather

What is the weather like in Laos?

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