Travel budget in Laos

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Laos: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Laos for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 15 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 6.7 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 451* (3676596 ₭)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 36 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1718* (14003780 ₭)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 67 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3677* (29985690 ₭)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Laos in 2019

Cost of living: Laos VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Laos in 2019 is essentially the same as in United States

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Laos in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Laos by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Laos compared to the national average.

Cities /Laos View Details
Vientiane 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Vientiane
Luang Prabang 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Luang Prabang
Vang Vieng 9% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Vang Vieng
Thakhek 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Thakhek

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Local prices in Laos by expense type

Restaurant budget in Laos

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Laos costs 50% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.2/person
($ 1.9 to $ 4.3)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 10.3/person
($ 8.1 to $ 14)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.4/person
($ 5.4 to $ 7.5)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 1.7)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.5 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 3.2)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.7/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 3.2)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Laos

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Laos costs 60% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 21/night
($ 18 to $ 23)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 26/night
($ 18 to $ 33)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 35 to $ 64)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 91/night
($ 67 to $ 120)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 226/night
($ 114 to $ 391)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 18/month
($ 12 to $ 26)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 132
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 176/month
($ 94 to $ 231)

6% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 65/month
($ 41 to $ 102)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 27/month
($ 23 to $ 34)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 132/month
($ 70 to $ 235)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Laos

On average, the price of supermarket food in Laos is essentially the same as in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2.7/litre
($ 2.2 to $ 3.5)

213% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.9/500g
($ 1.7 to $ 3.2)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 1.8)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 34/kg
($ 23 to $ 46)

193% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.7/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 4.3)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 4.3/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 5.4)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.5/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.2)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.3/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 14/kg
($ 10.5 to $ 21)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Laos

On average, the price of transport in Laos is essentially the same as in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 4.9/month
( $ 4.9)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 4.3/km
($ 2.7 to $ 5.1)

133% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

41% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3
($ 2.7 to $ 3.2)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 46/24hrs
($ 29 to $ 82)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Laos

On average, the cost of housing in Laos costs 34% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 94/month
($ 63 to $ 115)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 78/month
($ 36 to $ 109)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 723/month
($ 541 to $ 864)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1396
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 352/month
($ 211 to $ 541)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1109
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1475/month
($ 1079 to $ 2375)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1079/month
($ 541 to $ 1727)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1776
Gym
Gym
$ 49/month
($ 41 to $ 55)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 255/month
($ 109 to $ 326)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 974
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6619/yr
($ 5395 to $ 8416)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17419

Leisure activity budget in Laos

On average, budget for leisure activities in Laos costs 36% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6/ticket
($ 5.4 to $ 7.5)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 14/hr
($ 11 to $ 16)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Laos

On average, shopping budget in Laos is 4% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2.7/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 77
($ 66 to $ 88)

59% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 53
( $ 53)

36% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 113
($ 88 to $ 163)

40% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 54
($ 28 to $ 79)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

London → Vientiane
London → Vientiane
London → Vientiane
$ 870
(fair price: $ 786)
Sydney → Vientiane
Sydney → Vientiane
Sydney → Vientiane
$ 702
(fair price: $ 610)
Melbourne → Vientiane
Melbourne → Vientiane
Melbourne → Vientiane
$ 709
(fair price: $ 573)
London → Luang Prabang
London → Luang Prabang
London → Luang Prabang
$ 910
(fair price: $ 821)
Los Angeles → Vientiane
Los Angeles  → Vientiane
Los Angeles  → Vientiane
$ 1222
(fair price: $ 946)
New York City → Vientiane
New York City → Vientiane
New York City → Vientiane
$ 1370
(fair price: $ 1114)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vientiane
Toronto (Ontario) → Vientiane
Toronto (Ontario) → Vientiane
$ 1605
(fair price: $ 1323)
Perth → Vientiane
Perth → Vientiane
Perth → Vientiane
$ 671
(fair price: $ 580)
Manchester → Vientiane
Manchester → Vientiane
Manchester → Vientiane
$ 1087
(fair price: $ 936)

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About the information on the cost of living in Laos

The information about the cost of living in Laos shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Laos updated on 07-11-2019.

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