Laos is often referred to as the unspoilt heart of Asia, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s sparsely populated, mountainous, and has more trees than people, making it a haven for adventurers with a penchant for outdoor activities like trekking, climbing, cycling, kayaking, zip-lining and hot air ballooning. And of course these are all a total bargain in this verdant paradise. Average daily cost per person: 252,193 Laotian Kip or £23 ($28).
Past travelers have spent, in average £9 ($11) on meals for one day. Some typical Laotian dishes to try are Green Papaya Salad (Tam Mak Hoong), Steamed Fish (Mok Pa), Crispy Rice Salad (Naem Khao Tod) or Wet Noodles (Khao Piak Sen). The food can be spicy but not as much as Thai food.
The price per person for one night is usually £9 ($11) in hotels or hostels, but the best accommodation in Laos for budget travelers is in the form of Guest Houses that generally offer a selection of different rooms (with fan, air-con, double or single) and cost about £3.30 ($4) a night.
You don’t need to spend much a day to see plenty of things. Here are some cool activities to try out:
– 3-day travel on a Mekong Riverboat – Definitely to add to your Laos bucket list – The cheapest tour we found was £31 ($38).
– Tubing in Vang Vieng – You can rent an inner tube in town for £5.70 ($7 USD) which includes a three-kilometer tuk-tuk ride to the start of the tubing route.
– Entrance to UNESCO World Heritage temple of Wat Phu – £3.30 ($4).
– Access on Don Khon island (to see the waterfall) – £2.40 ($3).