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Laos

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Affordable (between US$25 and US$50 per day)
17 entries for Laos

May 26, 2019

Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane has to be the most laid-back capital I've visited. There's almost no traffic, and you barely see people on the streets. Today I visited several of the city's tourist attractions, which are easy to do by foot. Although pretty, they were quite rundown and not well maintained, compared to its more tourism savvy neighboring countries.

Groceries
Bottled water ₭4,000.00
$0.45
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to "Wat Sisaket" ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to "Ho Phra Keo" Museum ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Food
Lunch at "Kung's Cafe Lao" ₭15,000.00
$1.68
Food
Coffee and pastry at "Bakery by Boris" ₭46,000.00
$5.14
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to "Patuxay" Monument ₭3,000.00
$0.34
Food
Coffee at "Cafe Sinouk" ₭15,000.00
$1.68
Food
Dinner at "Vientiane Night Market" ₭15,000.00
$1.68
Accomodation
Dream Home Hostel ₭50,000.00
$5.58
TOTAL ₭168,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $18.76

May 25, 2019

Vientiane, Laos

I love seeing locals at the night market: chatting with their friends while eating Lao BBQ or popping balloons to get a teddy bear for their girlfriends. It reminds me that this is not a tourist attraction, it's an inside look at their day to day. Today I spent most of my day sitting on a minivan, traveling from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. I'll explore Laos' capital tomorrow, but for now I just want a bed to sleep in.

Groceries
Water refill ₭2,000.00
$0.22
Intercity transport
Minivan to Vientiane ₭150,000.00
$16.75
Groceries
Snacks for ride ₭12,000.00
$1.34
Urban transport
Tuk tuk to hostel ₭30,000.00
$3.35
Food
Dinner at "Phakhao Lao" ₭70,000.00
$7.82
Food
Sweets at "Vientiane Night Market" ₭8,000.00
$0.89
Accomodation
Dream Home Hostel ₭50,000.00
$5.58
TOTAL ₭322,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $35.96

May 24, 2019

Luang Prabang, Laos

Kuang Si waterfalls are absolutely stunning. You know the cliche expression "pictures don't do it justice"? Well, it applies 100% here. The water has a perfect turquoise color, and the rock formations create dozens of small natural infinity pools. I suggest not going with a tour, which usually gives you 2h there. Instead, arrange your own transportation and spend the whole day if possible.

Groceries
Water refill ₭2,000.00
$0.22
Others
Laundry ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Tourist attractions
Van to "Kuang Si waterfalls" (round-trip) ₭25,000.00
$2.79
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to "Kuang Si waterfalls" ₭20,000.00
$2.23
Food
Lunch ₭20,000.00
$2.23
Food
Ice cream at "Laos Buffalo Dairy" ₭15,000.00
$1.68
Food
Dinner at "Luang Prabang Night Market" ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Alcohol
Laos Whiskey and mixer (shared) ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Accomodation
Smile Luang Prabang Hostel ₭45,000.00
$5.03
TOTAL ₭157,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $17.53

May 23, 2019

Luang Prabang, Laos

I woke up very early today to see the sunrise from famous Mount Phousi. We were lucky to get clear skies. Luang Prabang is a very walkable city, so I was able to do most of the touristy things on my list today. We then tried "Sabai" (Lao BBQ) and checked out the bowling alley everyone keeps talking about: it was lots of fun 🎳!

Groceries
Snacks at "Morning Market" ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Groceries
Water refill ₭2,000.00
$0.22
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to "Wat Xieng Thong" ₭20,000.00
$2.23
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to "Wat Sensoukaram" ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Food
Pastry at "Joma Bakery Cafe" ₭9,000.00
$1.01
Tourist attractions
Entrance fee to the "Royal Museum" ₭30,000.00
$3.35
Food
Coffee and pastry at "Le Banneton" ₭19,000.00
$2.12
Others
ATM fee ₭30,000.00
$3.35
Others
Bamboo bridge toll ₭5,000.00
$0.56
Food
Dinner at "Dyen Sabai" ₭50,000.00
$5.58
Alcohol
Beer at "Utopia" ₭15,000.00
$1.68
Urban transport
Tuk tuk to "Bowling Alley" (round-trip) ₭15,000.00
$1.68
Alcohol
Drink at "Bowling Alley" ₭13,000.00
$1.45
Entertainment
Bowling (x2) ₭40,000.00
$4.47
Accomodation
Smile Luang Prabang Hostel ₭45,000.00
$5.03
TOTAL ₭313,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $34.95

May 22, 2019

Luang Prabang, Laos

Day 2 of the slow boat. We left Pak Beng at 9 and got to Luang Prabang around 5:30. The riverside scenery was mostly the same throughout the day, briefly interrupted by small villages with happy kids playing in the river and waving at the boat, or by wild buffalos roaming around the shore. Once in Luang Prabang, a group of travelers I met on the boat and I went to explore the famous night market of the city.

Food
Breakfast ₭20,000.00
$2.23
Groceries
Snacks for the day ₭32,000.00
$3.57
Intercity transport
Slow boat to Luang Prabang ₭110,000.00
$12.28
Urban transport
Tuk tuk to hostel ₭20,000.00
$2.23
Groceries
Bottled water ₭5,000.00
$0.56
Food
Dinner at "Luang Prabang Night Market" ₭15,000.00
$1.68
Food
Pastry ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Alcohol
Beer at "Utopia" ₭15,000.00
$1.68
Accomodation
Smile Luang Prabang Hostel ₭45,000.00
$5.03
TOTAL ₭272,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $30.37

May 21, 2019

Pak Beng, Laos

The 2-day slow boat is one of the most common routes to Luang Prabang, especially for travelers coming from Thailand. It's a local boat, so definitely not the most comfortable one, but a good way to relax, catch up with your book or Netflix series, and meet some other travelers going on the same direction. The first day, the boat gets to Pak Beng, where you spend the night. Pak Beng is a small town that revolves around this boat ride, with cheap accommodation and expensive everything else.

Food
Breakfast ₭20,000.00
$2.23
Groceries
Snacks for the day ₭15,000.00
$1.68
Intercity transport
Slow boat to Pak Beng ₭120,000.00
$13.40
Groceries
Bottled water ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Food
Dinner ₭25,000.00
$2.79
Accomodation
Donevilasuk Hotel ₭50,000.00
$5.58
TOTAL ₭240,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $26.80

May 20, 2019

Nam Kan National Park, Laos

I went from having no zipline experience to ziplining as main means of transportation in these past 3 days. We must have ziplined more than 10 times each day, going in and out of our treehouse, as well as while hiking around the park. We were sad to say goodbye to our home for the past 3 days, and head back to Huay Xai. This is without doubt of the best experience of this trip, maybe even of my entire life.

Luxury activities
Gibbon Experience: Classic tour (day 3/3) €91.67
$99.57
Groceries
Bottled water (x2) ₭10,000.00
$1.12
Food
Dinner ₭15,000.00
$1.68
TOTAL €91.67 + ₭25,000.00
TOTAL (USD) $102.36