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?
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.
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?
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.