Travel budget in Laos

Laos: calculate your travel budget

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.
  • $ 7.2 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 492* (4003510 ₭)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 37 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 5.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1927* (15696422 ₭)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 82 per person
  • $ 11 per person

Total budget:

$ 4117* (33546590 ₭)

* 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 2020

Cost of living: Laos VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Laos in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Luang Prabang
Thakhek 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Thakhek
Vang Vieng 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Vang Vieng

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Local prices in Laos by expense type

Laos: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Laos costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.3/person
($ 1.9 to $ 5.5)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 8.8 to $ 17)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.7/person
($ 5.5 to $ 8.8)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.3 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 3.3)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.9/cup
($ 1.7 to $ 3.3)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.2/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1/bottle
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Laos: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Laos costs 61% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 21/night
($ 18 to $ 23)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 27/night
($ 18 to $ 33)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 35 to $ 64)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 91/night
($ 67 to $ 120)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 226/night
($ 114 to $ 391)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 18/month
($ 12 to $ 24)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 175/month
($ 93 to $ 230)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 65/month
($ 41 to $ 103)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 27/month
($ 23 to $ 34)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 137/month
($ 72 to $ 243)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Laos: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Laos is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2.9/litre
($ 2.2 to $ 4.7)

204% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.4/500g
($ 1.7 to $ 3.3)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.4/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 4.4)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 35/kg
($ 23 to $ 47)

183% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.8/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 4.4)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 4.4/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 5.5)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.6/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 3.3)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 2.3)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 1.4/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 2.3)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 16/kg
($ 12 to $ 21)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Laos: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Laos is 12% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 4.9/month
( $ 4.9)

94% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 5.3/km
($ 4.4 to $ 5.5)

187% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.3
($ 2 to $ 3.3)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 46/24hrs
($ 29 to $ 82)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Laos: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Laos costs 28% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 136/month
($ 95 to $ 223)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 78/month
($ 36 to $ 250)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 734/month
($ 610 to $ 886)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1501
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 369/month
($ 216 to $ 554)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1204
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1246/month
($ 1107 to $ 2544)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2433
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 886/month
($ 554 to $ 1991)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1912
Gym
Gym
$ 69/month
($ 26 to $ 114)

58% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 241/month
($ 112 to $ 333)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1054
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6638/yr
($ 5530 to $ 7742)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18546

Laos: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Laos costs 39% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.5/ticket
($ 5.5 to $ 6.7)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 14/hr
($ 12 to $ 17)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Laos: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Laos is 10% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.3/pack
($ 2.5 to $ 5)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 78
($ 67 to $ 90)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 54
( $ 54)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 128
($ 90 to $ 167)

53% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 82
( $ 82)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

Sydney → Vientiane
Sydney → Vientiane
Sydney → Vientiane
$ 697
(fair price: $ 587)
London → Vientiane
London → Vientiane
London → Vientiane
$ 876
(fair price: $ 792)
Melbourne → Vientiane
Melbourne → Vientiane
Melbourne → Vientiane
$ 670
(fair price: $ 535)
London → Luang Prabang
London → Luang Prabang
London → Luang Prabang
$ 910
(fair price: $ 823)
Los Angeles → Vientiane
Los Angeles  → Vientiane
Los Angeles  → Vientiane
$ 1236
(fair price: $ 937)
New York City → Vientiane
New York City → Vientiane
New York City → Vientiane
$ 1345
(fair price: $ 1083)
Perth → Vientiane
Perth → Vientiane
Perth → Vientiane
$ 673
(fair price: $ 566)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vientiane
Toronto (Ontario) → Vientiane
Toronto (Ontario) → Vientiane
$ 1577
(fair price: $ 1310)
Manchester → Vientiane
Manchester → Vientiane
Manchester → Vientiane
$ 1119
(fair price: $ 948)
Montreal → Vientiane
Montreal → Vientiane
Montreal → Vientiane
$ 1640
(fair price: $ 1375)
Dublin → Vientiane
Dublin → Vientiane
Dublin → Vientiane
$ 1044
(fair price: $ 900)
Auckland → Vientiane
Auckland → Vientiane
Auckland → Vientiane
$ 1075
(fair price: $ 938)

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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 05-04-2020.

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