How Much Does Laos Really Cost? $25 Per Day!


How Much is our finance series, meant to tell you how much you should—and shouldn't—spend on the road."

If you're looking for amazing scenery and a truly local experience, look no further than Laos. The cheapest country in SE Asia doesn't leave much to be desired when it comes to landscapes and views, but you'll have to be okay without a beach. We spent a little over three weeks in this slow-paced and languid country. At $25.59 a day, we could have spent a lot more—time, that is!


Note: our accommodation in Laos was sometimes "rustic," which meant no fan, but we always had private baths and opted for water-view bungalows when available. The guesthouses in Laos were by far the nicest for the money in SE Asia.

Here's just a taste of what you can experience for $25 a day in Laos:


Interested in reading more about traveling cheap in Laos? Check out our destination pages, Laos itinerary, and top tips for budget travel in Laos.

If you have any tips for backpacking Laos, leave a comment!


If you read our About Us page, you know that we're not your typical backpackers. Leaving our beautiful San Francisco loft and Lina's designer shoe collection behind didn't mean we'd revert to the way we traveled (or lived) when we were 17. So even if our trip looks cheap, know that you could spend a lot less. Most backpackers do!