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Laos more expensive than Thailand??

Posted by middleman1 on 6/12/2006 at 15:01

Hi there
My son and his girlfriend have just arrived in Laos - now in Luang Prabang. From emails I have received he is a bit shocked at how much more expensive it is in Laos than Thailand. Is he correct here as I have seen no 'posts' expressing this view!! Maybe he is doing something wrong!!

Anyone else been that have found it expensive?

Thanks for a great site. I love Thailand and am keen to see more of SE Asia so I would be interested to know as welll.


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Posted by somtam2000 on 6/12/2006 at 15:44 admin

Hi Sue,

Welcome to Travelfish!

I'd say as a general rule, Laos is a little cheaper than Thailand, but Luang Prabang, with its excellent restaurants, great guesthouses and loads and loads and loads of things to spend money on, can become a bit of a budget buster. Your son probably isn't doing anything wrong, rather he's probably just really enjoying Luang Prabang...

Outside of LP and Vang Vieng, Laos remains a very affordable destination.

Glad to hear you like the site!

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Posted by exacto on 11/12/2006 at 11:22


I've always noticed that to maintain the same standard of living that I enjoy in Thailand (I lean strongly towards flashpacker most days), that I spend a bit more money is Laos than I do in Thailand. Plus, since prices at tourist places are either quoted in or keyed to US$, there is that exchange rate price creep.

Having said that, anyone wanting to really go budget should be able to spend a bit less money in Laos.

I also think that Somtam is right about Luang Prabang having so many great and interesting things to do that it is easy to blow one's budget there in not many days. And Vang Vieng, while not dirt cheap, is still pretty great value for money. Cheers.

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