What it Cost to Travel Laos for a One Month Vacation for Two

Our goal with BoBo & ChiChi is to figure out ways to make people realize that they absolutely can start traveling the world, or planning their dream getaway, or epic adventure RIGHT NOW. We don’t always know how to say it but we are learning along the way.

In this post we want to share with you an epic month long adventure through Southern Laos, that only cost two of us on average $50 a day or $25 a person. This is to get you out of thinking you need tons of money to go on a vacation.

Imagine how awesome that is to have a month long vacation chasing waterfalls, exploring caves, motorbiking across a country or doing whatever you want for less than the price of your monthly rent.

Thakhek Laos

An Epic Adventure Awaits

It’s a lot easier than you would think. The biggest hurdle is changing your location. That’s why we headed out to S.E. Asia, a place where your dollar can get you far. The country we are highlighting for our first budget breakdown is Laos.

Don Det Bungalows

Ballin with a $5 Bungalow

The first stop of our month long adventure in Southern Laos was a Backpackers Paradise called Don Det located in 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don). Laos is a landlocked country but the mighty Mekong River runs through it and is so big that there are islands inside of the river. This quiet little island is a perfect getaway with $5 bungalows with wifi and hot water (sometimes hot), delicious food, and two breathtaking waterfalls. Some may also enjoy the easily attainable and affordable marijuana sold just about everywhere.

We stayed here a week January 29th – Feb 4th for a total of $329.03 cents. An average of $47 a day. Our biggest expenses were food and the cost of getting to and leaving the islands. Can you imagine taking a week long vacation with your best friend and the two of you eating out for every meal and only spending $200 in the states? That’s 3 meals a day, 7 days a week for two people. A total of 42 meals totaling $200.41 or $4.77 a dish. We could have even eaten cheaper if we wanted too. The proof is in the pudding check out the expenses below.

Southern Laos Budget Breakdown
2015/1/31Business CheckingTravelHotelsBungalowCashUSD-5.00
2015/2/1Business CheckingTravelHotelsBungalowCashUSD-5.00
2015/2/2Business CheckingTravelHotelsBungalowCashUSD-5.00
2015/2/3Business CheckingTravelHotelsBungalowCashUSD-5.00
2015/2/4Business CheckingTravelHotelsBungalowCashUSD-5.00
2015/2/4Business CheckingFoodDinnerKing KongCashUSD-5.62cake
2015/2/4Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-8.632 beer Beef basil egg rice Spring rolls
2015/2/4Business CheckingFoodBeveragesRestaurantCashUSD-3.002 beer
2015/2/4Business CheckingTransportationBusBusCashUSD-12.502 tickets to champasok
2015/2/4Business CheckingVacationBike rentalCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/4Business CheckingFoodLunchMama and papaCashUSD-8.25Kebab Rice pudding 2 beer
2015/2/4Business CheckingFoodBreakfastKing KongCashUSD-7.752 coffee Omlete and roll Fried eggs and toast
2015/2/3Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-9.00
2015/2/3Business CheckingFoodLunchPool barCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/3Business CheckingEntertainmentGamesKing KongCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/3Business CheckingFoodBreakfastMama and papaCashUSD-5.752 coffee 2 eggs with hash brown
2015/2/2Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-2.66
2015/2/2Business CheckingFoodDinnerCrazy geckoCashUSD-10.50
2015/2/2Business CheckingFoodLunchMama and papaCashUSD-7.75Pumpkin gnocchi Beef burger Beer
2015/2/2Business CheckingPersonalSelf ImprovementKhan hom bungalowCashUSD-3.753 kilo of laundry
2015/2/2Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-3.752 fried eggs with baguette 2 coffee
2015/2/1Business CheckingFoodDinnerCrazy geckoCashUSD-10.75Curry wth chicken Egg beef basil Beer Lao 2
2015/2/1Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMarketCashUSD-1.88Water Beer
2015/2/1Business CheckingPersonalMarketCashUSD-3.12Sarong
2015/2/1Business CheckingFoodBeveragesPool barCashUSD-1.88Beer
2015/2/1Business CheckingVacationPool barCashUSD-6.25Entrance to pool
2015/2/1Business CheckingFoodLunchPool restaurantCashUSD-6.872 sticky rice Chicken curry Veggie lentil curry
2015/2/1Business CheckingFoodBeveragesPool barCashUSD-3.752 beer Lao
2015/2/1Personal CheckingFoodBreakfastBreakfastCashUSD-5.00
2015/1/31Business CheckingFoodDinnerKing KongCashUSD-6.25Burger
2015/1/31Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-7.50Pizza Salad Beer
2015/1/31Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-6.12Veggie curry Chicken curry Beer Lao
2015/1/31Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-1.25Water Energy drink
2015/1/31Business CheckingTravelDon khoneCashUSD-8.75Admission for 2
2015/1/31Business CheckingTransportationRiverside restaurantCashUSD-2.502 bikes
2015/1/31Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRiverside restaurantCashUSD-4.75
2015/1/30Business CheckingFoodLunchKing KongCashUSD-2.50Baguette
2015/1/30Business CheckingEntertainmentGamesKing KongCashUSD-6.25Scott poker
2015/1/30Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-5.003 beer Lao Water Lao hat
2015/1/30Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-7.75Curry beef Basil beef Beer Lao
2015/1/30Business CheckingFoodLunchKing KongCashUSD-9.25
2015/1/30Business CheckingTravelHotelsBungalowCashUSD-12.502 nights
2015/1/30Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-3.752 baguettes with eggs 2 coffee
2015/1/29Business CheckingFoodBeveragesRestaurantCashUSD-2.502 banana coconut shake
2015/1/29Business CheckingPersonalMarketCashUSD-14.00Bug spray Toilet Paper Toothpaste Headlamp
2015/1/29Business CheckingPersonalMedicalPharmacyCashUSD-10.00Medicine
2015/1/29Business CheckingFoodDinnerIndian restaurantCashUSD-5.75Chicken tikka masala Rice 2 garlic naan
2015/1/29Business CheckingFoodBeveragesSunset bungalowCashUSD-5.003 beerlao Spring rolls
2015/1/29Business CheckingFoodBeveragesRestaurantCashUSD-1.60Beer lap
2015/1/29Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMarketCashUSD-2.40Beer Lao Water
2015/1/29Business CheckingFoodLunchWaterfallCashUSD-10.00Curry Basil chicken Beer
2015/1/29Business CheckingVacationDon johnCashUSD-9.00Admission for 2
2015/1/29Business CheckingVacationBike rentalCashUSD-2.50
2015/1/29Business CheckingFoodBreakfastMr noCashUSD-6.25Pho Egg baguette 2 coffee


A Beautiful Sunset in Champasak

After relaxing in 4,000 islands we headed up north to Champasak. A tiny town that boasts stunning mountain and riverfront backdrops as well as Wat Phu. Which is one of the best preserved Angkor Wat sites in the world. The town is extremely cheap, safe, and quiet. If you have ever visited Angkor Wat you know how amazing these temples are, but you also know how crowded these places can get. Champasak is practically a ghost town in a beautiful countryside.


Wat Phou Amidst the Mountains

We were in Champasak February 5th-8th and spent a total of $201.99 here. You can see the overview and total breakdown below if you’d like. But again most (over 50%) of it is food. The other major expenses are getting to Champasak and leaving. Transportation is almost always one of the biggest expenses you will have. That is why we like to travel slow and recommend that for other travelers who have the time. Check out some stunning images of Wat Phou here.

Southern Laos Budget Breakdown
2015/2/5Business CheckingTravelHotelsBungalowCashUSD-5.00
2015/2/6Business CheckingMiscAtm feeCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/7Business CheckingMiscAtm feeCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/8Business CheckingMiscAtm feeCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/8Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMarketCashUSD-2.002 beer
2015/2/8Business CheckingFoodDinnerIndian restaurantCashUSD-8.00Saffron rice Garlic naan Prata bread 2 chicken tikka masala
2015/2/8Business CheckingFoodLunchPizza placeCashUSD-13.87Pizza Baguette with jam 3 beer
2015/2/8Business CheckingTransportationBusBusCashUSD-17.502 tickets from pakse to tad lo
2015/2/8Business CheckingHouseholdSuppliesGrocery storeCashUSD-4.25Face wash Body wash Energy drink Soda water
2015/2/8Business CheckingFoodMarketCashUSD-3.12Coconut candy
2015/2/8Business CheckingFoodLunchNoodle placeCashUSD-3.00Big beef pho
2015/2/8Business CheckingTravelHotelsLakham guesthouse pakseCashUSD-7.501 night
2015/2/8Business CheckingTransportationBusBusCashUSD-5.002 tickets to pakse
2015/2/8Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-3.872 fried eggs 2 baguette 1 coffee
2015/2/7Business CheckingTravelHotelsGuesthouseCashUSD-12.502 nights
2015/2/7Business CheckingEntertainmentGamesFestivalCashUSD-0.75
2015/2/7Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-8.13Sticky rice Basil chicken Grilled pork with potatoes
2015/2/7Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-2.502 beer Lao gold
2015/2/7Business CheckingFoodGuesthouseCashUSD-16.25Breakfast Lunch Drinks 2 bread 2 fried eggs 2 fruit shake Tea Coffee 4 beer 2 chicken sandwich Papaya salad
2015/2/6Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-13.00Beef curry Beef laap Sticky rice 2 beer Lao
2015/2/6Business CheckingTravelWat phouCashUSD-12.50Admission for 2
2015/2/6Business CheckingTransportationParkingCashUSD-0.62Park motorbike at wat phou
2015/2/6Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-7.75Chicken basil Sticky rice Fresh spring rolls Beer
2015/2/6Business CheckingFoodBeveragesRestaurantCashUSD-1.88Beer
2015/2/6Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-2.75
2015/2/6Business CheckingTransportationMotorbike rentalCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/6Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-4.502 coffee 2 eggs baguette
2015/2/5Business CheckingVacationBike rentalCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/5Business CheckingTravelHotelsGuesthouseCashUSD-5.00
2015/2/5Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-9.382 chicken curry 1 sticky rice 2 beer Lao
2015/2/5Business CheckingTransportationBoatCashUSD-3.752 tickets to champasok
2015/2/5Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-0.87Snack
2015/2/5Business CheckingVacationAtmCashUSD-2.50Few
2015/2/5Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-4.252 coffee 2 egg sandwich

After a couple days of catching up on some R&R in Champsak, it was time to really begin the adventure by getting motorbikes and completing the Bolaven Plateau Loop in search of waterfalls.

Southern Laos Budget Breakdown


The Bolaven Plateau loop is 200-400km (depending on your time frame) ride through the middle of nowhere in Laos. On this epic motorbike ride of freedom we saw ethnic tribes that smoke tobacco out of banana leaves, tasted some of the best coffee in the world at Jhai Coffee Plantation in Paksong, where waterfalls flow like champagne, and if you made time visit the 15 waterfalls on Tad Yauisca!

Katu Bamboo Bong

Katu Woman Smoking Bamboo Bong

There are not too many places in the world where you can rent a motorbike and get a nice hotel and still spend an average of $48 a day. Imagine trying that at home. There’s no away you could afford an adventure of this magnitude for under $50 a day at home.

In addition we spent a lot of extra time doing this loop. We made two different three day trips to a tranquil waterfall ridden town of Tad Lo. We also lost a day because in Pakse I lost my camera charger and had to rent a motorbike to go back to Pakse and buy a new one for almost $50 :(. We stayed in Tad Lo the second time because we just really wanted to relax our bones after our ride and hated the town of Pakse. So you can actually spend less money and time here if your schedule doesn’t allow which can save you some money as well.

Bolaven Plateau Loop

Tad Fane Waterfall over 100 Meters tall!

Like previously you can see our budget breakdown overview as well as the nitty gritty details itemizing every penny we spent doing the Bolaven Plateau loop in the tabs below.

Southern Laos Budget Breakdown
2015/2/20Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-10.002 curry with rice 2 beer
2015/2/20Business CheckingTravelHotelsGuesthouseCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/20Business CheckingFoodBus stopCashUSD-2.122 spring roll Pepsi Scotty toilet break
2015/2/20Business CheckingTransportationBusBusCashUSD-22.50To savanahket
2015/2/20Business CheckingFoodBreakfastSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-3.752 fried eggs 2 bread 1 tea 1 coffee
2015/2/19Business CheckingFoodDinnerSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-3.75Fries 2 beer
2015/2/19Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-6.40Veggie pad Thai Beef fried rice 2 beer
2015/2/19Business CheckingFoodLunchSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-6.882 chicken curry 1 sticky rice 1 fresh spring rolls 1 coffee
2015/2/19Business CheckingFoodBeveragesSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-0.63Lao tea
2015/2/19Business CheckingTravelHotelsSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-8.75
2015/2/18Business CheckingFoodBeveragesSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-1.252 coca cola
2015/2/19Business CheckingFoodBreakfastSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-3.752 fried eggs 2 bread Tea Coffee
2015/2/19Business CheckingPersonalSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-5.00Laundry
2015/2/18Business CheckingTravelHotelsSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-8.75
2015/2/18Business CheckingFoodDinnerMama and papaCashUSD-6.632 pork curry 2 sticky rice 2 water
2015/2/18Business CheckingTransportationBusBusCashUSD-0.002 tickets from tat lo to savanahket
2015/2/18Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-0.88Big water
2015/2/18Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-2.502 pho
2015/2/18Business CheckingFoodMarketCashUSD-1.88Ice cream
2015/2/18Business CheckingFoodBreakfastSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-3.752 fried eggs 2 bread 2 coffee
2015/2/17Business CheckingFoodBeveragesSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-0.63Banana shake
2015/2/17Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-1.25Lao Lao
2015/2/17Business CheckingFoodDinnerTim guesthouseCashUSD-10.632 beef curry 1 sticky rice 1 beer 1 large water
2015/2/17Business CheckingTravelHotelsSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-8.75
2015/2/17Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-3.25
2015/2/17Business CheckingFoodBeveragesSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-1.25Beer
2015/2/17Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-6.252 pork rice egg basil 2 beer Lao
2015/2/16Business CheckingFoodBeveragesRestaurantCashUSD-4.383 beer 1 big water
2015/2/16Business CheckingFoodDinnerGuesthouseCashUSD-6.88Fried rice Fried noodle Fried egg Beer
2015/2/16Business CheckingVacationHotelsHomestayCashUSD-8.75Tent Beer Lao
2015/2/16Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/16Business CheckingFoodBeveragesJhai coffeeCashUSD-7.504 cups of arabica
2015/2/16Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-3.752 pork rice basil with egg
2015/2/15Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-11.25Chicken curry Rice Lap chicken 2 beer
2015/2/15Business CheckingVacationWaterfallCashUSD-1.88Admission and parking
2015/2/15Business CheckingVacationWaterfallCashUSD-1.63Admission and parking
2015/2/15Business CheckingTravelHotelsGuesthouseCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/15Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-5.88Chicken masala Rice 2 indian bread
2015/2/15Business CheckingFoodBreakfastJhai coffeeCashUSD-12.504 cups of coffee 2 muesli
2015/2/14Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-7.502 fried rice 2 beer
2015/2/14Business CheckingTravelHotelsGuesthouseCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/14Business CheckingVacationTad fane resortCashUSD-1.63Admission and parking
2015/2/14Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-1.25Big water
2015/2/14Business CheckingVacationWaterfallCashUSD-2.88Admission Motorbike parking
2015/2/14Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/14Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-5.002 fried rice chicken Beer
2015/2/14Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-2.002 can of beer
2015/2/14Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-1.25
2015/2/14Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-1.25
2015/2/14Personal CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-1.87
2015/2/14Business CheckingFoodBeveragesGas stopCashUSD-1.252 red bull
2015/2/14Business CheckingFoodBreakfastStreet vendorCashUSD-2.50Baguette with laughing cow Bun me 2 orange yogurt
2015/2/13Business CheckingTravelHotelsGuesthouseCashUSD-7.50
2015/2/13Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-23.872 meat 3 beer Lao 2 beer Lao gold Ice cream
2015/2/13Business CheckingTransportationRepair shopCashUSD-0.00Chain repair on motorbike
2015/2/13Business CheckingMiscMartCashUSD-4.25Lotion Beer Chips
2015/2/13Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-5.632 pho 2 can of beer
2015/2/13Business CheckingFoodBeveragesRestaurantCashUSD-1.25Beer
2015/2/13Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/13Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-3.752 pho
2015/2/12Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMarketCashUSD-1.25Beer
2015/2/12Business CheckingTravelHotelsGuesthouseCashUSD-8.25
2015/2/12Business CheckingPersonalMedicalPharmacyCashUSD-5.00Ciprofloxacin Conditioner Toothpaste Water
2015/2/12Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-8.752 lap with rice and fried egg 2 beer
2015/2/17Business CheckingTravelSabai sabaiCashUSD-10.00Motorbike rental
2015/2/16Business CheckingTravelSabai sabaiCashUSD-10.00Motorbike rental
2015/2/15Business CheckingTravelSabai sabaiCashUSD-10.00Motorbike rental
2015/2/14Business CheckingTravelSabai sabaiCashUSD-10.00Motorbike rental
2015/2/13Business CheckingTravelSabai sabaiCashUSD-10.00Motorbike rental
2015/2/12Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-1.25Beer
2015/2/12Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-5.60
2015/2/12Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-3.752 pho
2015/2/12Business CheckingTravelSabai sabaiCashUSD-10.00Motorbike rental
2015/2/12Business CheckingFoodBreakfastSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-3.752 fried eggs 2 baguettes 1 coffee 1 water
2015/2/11Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/11Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMarketCashUSD-1.00Red bull Water
2015/2/11Business CheckingFoodBreakfastSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-3.752 coffee 2 fried eggs 2 baguette
2015/2/10Business CheckingFoodDinnerMama papsCashUSD-8.37Sticky rice Spicy chicken Pork curry Beer
2015/2/10Business CheckingFoodBeveragesSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-2.502 beer
2015/2/11Business CheckingVacationTour guideCashUSD-40.00Including lunch 3 waterfall 4 villages Coffee plantation
2015/2/10Personal CheckingElectronicsCameraElectronics storeCashUSD-43.00Charger
2015/2/10Business CheckingFoodLunchLakham guesthouse pakseCashUSD-1.60
2015/2/10Personal CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/10Business CheckingFoodBeveragesSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-1.25Beer
2015/2/10Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-2.50Megan lunch Fresh spring rolls
2015/2/10Business CheckingTransportationMotorbike rentalCashUSD-11.25
2015/2/10Business CheckingFoodBreakfastSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-1.87Scott breakfast Coffee Fried eggs Baguette
2015/2/10Business CheckingFoodBreakfastSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-1.25Megan breakfast Fried eggs Bread
2015/2/9Business CheckingFoodDinnerSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-3.75Noodle soup with beef Fried rice with beef
2015/2/9Business CheckingUtilitiesPhoneSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-1.25Phone call
2015/2/9Business CheckingFoodBeveragesSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-1.25Beer
2015/2/9Business CheckingPersonalSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-3.12Laundry Water
2015/2/9Business CheckingFoodLunchSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-8.75Chicken laap Fresh spring rolls Sticky rice 2 beer
2015/2/11Business CheckingTravelHotelsSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-8.33
2015/2/10Business CheckingTravelHotelsSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-8.33
2015/2/9Business CheckingTravelHotelsSipaserth bungalowCashUSD-8.33
2015/2/9Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-3.752 egg sandwich

Our 6 days of riding through the Bolaven Plateau was a blast that left us hungry for more. So we ventured further up north to Thakhek and did another motorbike loop. This time we were riding through majestic mountains that we could vividly imagine dinosaurs must have once roamed. It was the backdrop for the Thakhek Cave Quest, a total of different 5 caves.

Southern Laos Budget Breakdown

Road to Kong Lo

Finally it was time for the beast, the grandaddy of caves. Kong Lor Cave. The last leg of our trip was a 180km motorbike ride to literally the middle of nowhere through some of the most breathtaking scenery we’ve ever seen. After almost losing my keys while taking photos, we were getting close to the Mac-Daddy of caves in Laos. After resting our bones we headed north to explore the infamous Kong Lor cave.

Thakhek LaosWe took a 45 minute boat ride through the dark as night cave that had us on the edge of our chairs the entire time. For just $12 that boat ride was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. It was time to head for the road and make our way over the border to Thailand.

We had some other less noteworthy stops on this leg of the trip. Not mentioned is other activities in Thakhek, two days in Savannakhet, and leaving for Thailand. But we still ended up spending under $50 a day and you can see through our photos and posts what it was able to afford us. An adventure of a lifetime that is unbelievably attainable. You don’t need to be rich to have your dream getaway, maybe just change the location a bit. There are beautiful places all over the world yearning to be explored.

Here is a breakdown for this leg of the trip. There are a lot more expenses for bus travel and rentals than we mentioned above, but they are less noteworthy places.Not mentioned is other activities in Thakhek, two days in Savannakhet, and leaving for Thailand but the expenses are. If you want to know all the nitty gritty details just click the tab on the right for the itemized breakdown.

Southern Laos Budget Breakdown
2015/2/25Business CheckingMiscMartCashUSD-0.66Coconut candy
2015/2/25Business CheckingMiscPharmacyCashUSD-2.30Toothpaste 2 toothbrush
2015/2/25Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-9.67Pad Thai Pad kapow 2 Chang
2015/2/25Business CheckingTransportationTaxi/CabTuk tukCashUSD-1.60
2015/2/25Business CheckingTravelHotelsHotelCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/25Business CheckingTransportationTaxi/CabTuk tukCashUSD-3.75
2015/2/25Business CheckingTransportationBusBusCashUSD-5.00To Thailand
2015/2/25Business CheckingFoodLunchInithrACashUSD-7.50Pizza
2015/2/25Business CheckingMiscMartCashUSD-2.50Gas Beer
2015/2/25Business CheckingMiscMotorbike friendCashUSD-6.25Ride to repair
2015/2/25Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-1.25Beer
2015/2/25Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/25Business CheckingFoodBreakfastChanntha guesthouseCashUSD-4.502 fried eggs with toast Tea coffee
2015/2/24Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-6.502 fried eggs with bacon and toast (bercon) Beer Lao
2015/2/24Business CheckingVacationKonglor caveCashUSD-15.88
2015/2/24Business CheckingTravelHotelsChanntha guesthouseCashUSD-7.50
2015/2/24Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-10.38Sticky rice Pork bbq Fried egg Fried rice 2 beer
2015/2/24Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMarketCashUSD-1.60Pepsi and chips
2015/2/24Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-1.25
2015/2/23Business CheckingFoodBeveragesMartCashUSD-3.00
2015/2/24Business CheckingAutoGasolineGas stopCashUSD-2.50
2015/2/24Business CheckingFoodBreakfastResturantCashUSD-6.25Museli 2 yogurt Tea coffee
2015/2/23Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurant.CashUSD-13.63Hot pot
2015/2/23Business CheckingVacationCave feeCashUSD-5.00
2015/2/23Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-5.632 pho Big water Small beer 2 coconut drink
2015/2/23Business CheckingVacationBuddha caveCashUSD-2.25
2015/2/25Business CheckingTransportationMotorbike rentalCashUSD-12.50
2015/2/24Business CheckingTransportationMotorbike rentalCashUSD-12.50
2015/2/23Business CheckingTransportationMotorbike rentalCashUSD-12.50
2015/2/23Business CheckingTravelHotelsThakhek travel lodgeCashUSD-12.50
2015/2/23Business CheckingFoodBreakfastThakhek travel lodgeCashUSD-6.50American breakfast Lemongrass tea Muesli and yogurt
2015/2/22Business CheckingFoodDinnerThakhek travel lodgeCashUSD-6.88Pork lap Chicken curry Sticky rice Beer
2015/2/22Business CheckingFoodLunchThakhek travel lodgeCashUSD-6.252 chicken with basil Sticky rice 2 beer
2015/2/22Business CheckingTravelHotelsThakhek travel lodgeCashUSD-12.50
2015/2/22Business CheckingTransportationTaxi/CabTuk tukCashUSD-1.88
2015/2/22Business CheckingTransportationBusBusCashUSD-7.50Tickets to thakhek
2015/2/22Business CheckingFoodMarketCashUSD-3.00Snacks for bus Water Coffee
2015/2/22Business CheckingTransportationTaxi/CabTuk tukCashUSD-1.88To bus stop
2015/2/22Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-3.752 pho
2015/2/21Business CheckingFoodDinnerRestaurantCashUSD-12.25Pizza Beer Bread
2015/2/21Business CheckingPersonalSelf ImprovementMassageCashUSD-12.502 one hour body massage
2015/2/21Business CheckingFoodLunchRestaurantCashUSD-10.63
2015/2/21Business CheckingTransportationMotorbike rentalCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/21Business CheckingTravelHotelsGuesthouseCashUSD-10.00
2015/2/21Business CheckingFoodBreakfastRestaurantCashUSD-6.252 omelette 1 bread with jam 1 tea 2 coffee

Not only was this an amazing month long adventure with my best friend, but this once in a life time journey only cost a whopping total of $1,414.65 for us both combined! That’s $50 a day for a couple. Imagine doing something like this at home! The cost would be outrageous. This is why we want to encourage people all over to get out there and travel. The vacation of your lifetime is more attainable than you think!

Falang River View in Laos


The biggest expenses are food and travel. You need to eat, so the best way to make your money last longer is to travel slow because the slower you can afford to travel, the cheaper it will be.
Bolaven Plateau Loop


If you are planning a trip to Laos you may want to read the 4 Must See Sites for your Southern Laos Itinerary. If your ever in any of these areas and have any questions, leave them in the comments below or message us on facebook. We want you to have the best time possible.

Need more inspiration? Check out this post on backpacking Laos for everything you need to know before your trip.

Southern Laos Budget Breakdown

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Scott Herder

Scott has been traveling with his Fiancé Megan since 2014. Prefers slow travel, beer, spicy food, and motorbikes. When Scott isn't thinking about travel he is either shooting hyperlapse or speaking about hyperlapse photography at international conferences.I love travelling and learning. Currently trying to learn how to take better photographs, use this website, and begin travelling the world. Life goals to have Anthony Bourdain's job and travel through India on a motorbike!

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  • Janet

    So well written! Love it.

  • Stacy Clark

    Awesome that you are traveling and documenting it so others can too.

    • Thanks Stacy! We are hoping to inspire others to travel. Thankyou for the kind comment!

  • This is a great resource. I’m just starting to cobble together my thoughts for a longish-term trip to Asia and it’s nice to have something to refer to.

    • Thanks Freeariana, we are working on our budget breakdowns for 2 weeks in Thailands Islands, a month in Thailand, Northern Laos and Cambodia too give budgets for all our travels.

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  • HannahESmith

    Great post! One question, where in your graphs do you account for accommodation?

    • Hannah, this was before we understood how to use the app super well and we put it down in notes as hotel but it showed up in our phone as vacation.

  • Andrew Wyatt

    Awesome breakdown guys, we visited in 2014 and spent about 6 weeks there in total, the Bolaven Plateau was pretty special, and of course it’s such a cheap country! We spent just over $44 per day for a couple. 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment Andrew! Nice job on the budget. It’s always eye opening and super rewarding to realize you can do some truly amazing things like travel without having to spend a lot. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Ron Chester

    These are the costs after you arrived in Laos, right? But you also had a plane flight from your home to Southeast Asia? Our roundtrip flights from San Francisco to Bangkok are about $1,000 per person. They are the most expensive part of our travels in Thailand, by far.

    • Ron, yes and no. We got a job in Korea that paid for our flights to and from LAX to Seoul. Instead of using our flight to go home, we used it to go to Thailand. So our initial flight to the area was part of our contract. We then planned to spend 6 months in S.E. Asia traveling it all by buses and some local flights where the price difference was tens of dollars. Our goal was to finish in Vietnam and get a job there. Flights are definitely the most expensive part. Hope you are enjoying the trip and eating lots of great food!

      • Ron Chester

        I see, nice to have a job that covers the flight costs! I just thought I would mention it, as the premise of the story was to “make people realize that they absolutely can start traveling the world, or planning their dream getaway, or epic adventure RIGHT NOW,” but there was no mention of that most expensive part. People would figure that out pretty fast, of course. I have always stayed in Thailand for about seven weeks each trip, which amortizes the cost over a longer time. We have now visited 33 of the 76 provinces during five trips in three+ years, always driving cars, so we see everything close up and on our own schedule. There is still so much for us to see and learn . . . yes, eating great food along the way!

        • It definitely is nice to have a job that covered that flight. We worked it into our plan. We talk about it more on our blog, how we moved to S. Korea to save money and specifically chose S. Korea because of the low cost of living, high wage, ability to travel through the country much like you explain you do in Thailand and yes, get those flights taken care of was a part of the pacakage 🙂 So we still stand strongly behind the fact that they absolutely can start RIGHT NOW! I encourage anyone who wants to travel, but doens’t know how to start to move abroad and see if it is a fit for them. If it is, awesome! Continue. If not, then you tried for a year and you can resume your previous life.

          Congrats on being able to travel through Thailand so intimately. That is one of the things we enjoy a lot through this lifestyle. Keep up the fun Ron!