Champasak

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.[tab_nav type=”two-up” float=”none”][tab_nav_item active=”true” title=”Overview”][tab_nav_item title=”Itemized Breakdown”][/tab_nav][tabs][tab active=”true”]Southern Laos Budget Breakdown[/tab][tab]

Date Type Category Subcategory Vendor Payment Currency Amount Note Receipt
2015/1/31 Business Checking Travel Hotels Bungalow Cash USD -5.00    
2015/2/1 Business Checking Travel Hotels Bungalow Cash USD -5.00    
2015/2/2 Business Checking Travel Hotels Bungalow Cash USD -5.00    
2015/2/3 Business Checking Travel Hotels Bungalow Cash USD -5.00    
2015/2/4 Business Checking Travel Hotels Bungalow Cash USD -5.00    
2015/2/4 Business Checking Food Dinner King Kong Cash USD -5.62 cake  
2015/2/4 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -8.63 2 beer Beef basil egg rice Spring rolls  
2015/2/4 Business Checking Food Beverages Restaurant Cash USD -3.00 2 beer  
2015/2/4 Business Checking Transportation Bus Bus Cash USD -12.50 2 tickets to champasok  
2015/2/4 Business Checking Vacation   Bike rental Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/4 Business Checking Food Lunch Mama and papa Cash USD -8.25 Kebab Rice pudding 2 beer  
2015/2/4 Business Checking Food Breakfast King Kong Cash USD -7.75 2 coffee Omlete and roll Fried eggs and toast  
2015/2/3 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -9.00    
2015/2/3 Business Checking Food Lunch Pool bar Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/3 Business Checking Entertainment Games King Kong Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/3 Business Checking Food Breakfast Mama and papa Cash USD -5.75 2 coffee 2 eggs with hash brown  
2015/2/2 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -2.66    
2015/2/2 Business Checking Food Dinner Crazy gecko Cash USD -10.50    
2015/2/2 Business Checking Food Lunch Mama and papa Cash USD -7.75 Pumpkin gnocchi Beef burger Beer  
2015/2/2 Business Checking Personal Self Improvement Khan hom bungalow Cash USD -3.75 3 kilo of laundry  
2015/2/2 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -3.75 2 fried eggs with baguette 2 coffee  
2015/2/1 Business Checking Food Dinner Crazy gecko Cash USD -10.75 Curry wth chicken Egg beef basil Beer Lao 2  
2015/2/1 Business Checking Food Beverages Market Cash USD -1.88 Water Beer  
2015/2/1 Business Checking Personal   Market Cash USD -3.12 Sarong  
2015/2/1 Business Checking Food Beverages Pool bar Cash USD -1.88 Beer  
2015/2/1 Business Checking Vacation   Pool bar Cash USD -6.25 Entrance to pool  
2015/2/1 Business Checking Food Lunch Pool restaurant Cash USD -6.87 2 sticky rice Chicken curry Veggie lentil curry  
2015/2/1 Business Checking Food Beverages Pool bar Cash USD -3.75 2 beer Lao  
2015/2/1 Personal Checking Food Breakfast Breakfast Cash USD -5.00    
2015/1/31 Business Checking Food Dinner King Kong Cash USD -6.25 Burger  
2015/1/31 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -7.50 Pizza Salad Beer  
2015/1/31 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -6.12 Veggie curry Chicken curry Beer Lao  
2015/1/31 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -1.25 Water Energy drink  
2015/1/31 Business Checking Travel   Don khone Cash USD -8.75 Admission for 2  
2015/1/31 Business Checking Transportation   Riverside restaurant Cash USD -2.50 2 bikes  
2015/1/31 Business Checking Food Breakfast Riverside restaurant Cash USD -4.75    
2015/1/30 Business Checking Food Lunch King Kong Cash USD -2.50 Baguette  
2015/1/30 Business Checking Entertainment Games King Kong Cash USD -6.25 Scott poker  
2015/1/30 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -5.00 3 beer Lao Water Lao hat  
2015/1/30 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -7.75 Curry beef Basil beef Beer Lao  
2015/1/30 Business Checking Food Lunch King Kong Cash USD -9.25    
2015/1/30 Business Checking Travel Hotels Bungalow Cash USD -12.50 2 nights  
2015/1/30 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -3.75 2 baguettes with eggs 2 coffee  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Food Beverages Restaurant Cash USD -2.50 2 banana coconut shake  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Personal   Market Cash USD -14.00 Bug spray Toilet Paper Toothpaste Headlamp  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Personal Medical Pharmacy Cash USD -10.00 Medicine  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Food Dinner Indian restaurant Cash USD -5.75 Chicken tikka masala Rice 2 garlic naan  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Food Beverages Sunset bungalow Cash USD -5.00 3 beerlao Spring rolls  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Food Beverages Restaurant Cash USD -1.60 Beer lap  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Food Beverages Market Cash USD -2.40 Beer Lao Water  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Food Lunch Waterfall Cash USD -10.00 Curry Basil chicken Beer  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Vacation   Don john Cash USD -9.00 Admission for 2  
2015/1/29 Business Checking Vacation   Bike rental Cash USD -2.50    
2015/1/29 Business Checking Food Breakfast Mr no Cash USD -6.25 Pho Egg baguette 2 coffee  
            Total -329.03    

 

Champasak
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.

Champasak
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. 

Date Type Category Subcategory Vendor Payment Currency Amount Note Receipt
2015/2/5 Business Checking Travel Hotels Bungalow Cash USD -5.00    
2015/2/6 Business Checking Misc   Atm fee Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/7 Business Checking Misc   Atm fee Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/8 Business Checking Misc   Atm fee Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/8 Business Checking Food Beverages Market Cash USD -2.00 2 beer  
2015/2/8 Business Checking Food Dinner Indian restaurant Cash USD -8.00 Saffron rice Garlic naan Prata bread 2 chicken tikka masala  
2015/2/8 Business Checking Food Lunch Pizza place Cash USD -13.87 Pizza Baguette with jam 3 beer  
2015/2/8 Business Checking Transportation Bus Bus Cash USD -17.50 2 tickets from pakse to tad lo  
2015/2/8 Business Checking Household Supplies Grocery store Cash USD -4.25 Face wash Body wash Energy drink Soda water  
2015/2/8 Business Checking Food   Market Cash USD -3.12 Coconut candy  
2015/2/8 Business Checking Food Lunch Noodle place Cash USD -3.00 Big beef pho  
2015/2/8 Business Checking Travel Hotels Lakham guesthouse pakse Cash USD -7.50 1 night  
2015/2/8 Business Checking Transportation Bus Bus Cash USD -5.00 2 tickets to pakse  
2015/2/8 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -3.87 2 fried eggs 2 baguette 1 coffee  
2015/2/7 Business Checking Travel Hotels Guesthouse Cash USD -12.50 2 nights  
2015/2/7 Business Checking Entertainment Games Festival Cash USD -0.75    
2015/2/7 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -8.13 Sticky rice Basil chicken Grilled pork with potatoes  
2015/2/7 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -2.50 2 beer Lao gold  
2015/2/7 Business Checking Food   Guesthouse Cash USD -16.25 Breakfast Lunch Drinks 2 bread 2 fried eggs 2 fruit shake Tea Coffee 4 beer 2 chicken sandwich Papaya salad  
2015/2/6 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -13.00 Beef curry Beef laap Sticky rice 2 beer Lao  
2015/2/6 Business Checking Travel   Wat phou Cash USD -12.50 Admission for 2  
2015/2/6 Business Checking Transportation   Parking Cash USD -0.62 Park motorbike at wat phou  
2015/2/6 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -7.75 Chicken basil Sticky rice Fresh spring rolls Beer  
2015/2/6 Business Checking Food Beverages Restaurant Cash USD -1.88 Beer  
2015/2/6 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -2.75    
2015/2/6 Business Checking Transportation   Motorbike rental Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/6 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -4.50 2 coffee 2 eggs baguette  
2015/2/5 Business Checking Vacation   Bike rental Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/5 Business Checking Travel Hotels Guesthouse Cash USD -5.00    
2015/2/5 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -9.38 2 chicken curry 1 sticky rice 2 beer Lao  
2015/2/5 Business Checking Transportation   Boat Cash USD -3.75 2 tickets to champasok  
2015/2/5 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -0.87 Snack  
2015/2/5 Business Checking Vacation   Atm Cash USD -2.50 Few  
2015/2/5 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -4.25 2 coffee 2 egg sandwich  
            Total -201.99    

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
OUR STEEL HORSE AND ALL OUR BELONGINGS FOR A WEEK.

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

Date Type Category Subcategory Vendor Payment Currency Amount Note Receipt
2015/2/20 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -10.00 2 curry with rice 2 beer  
2015/2/20 Business Checking Travel Hotels Guesthouse Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/20 Business Checking Food   Bus stop Cash USD -2.12 2 spring roll Pepsi Scotty toilet break  
2015/2/20 Business Checking Transportation Bus Bus Cash USD -22.50 To savanahket  
2015/2/20 Business Checking Food Breakfast Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -3.75 2 fried eggs 2 bread 1 tea 1 coffee  
2015/2/19 Business Checking Food Dinner Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -3.75 Fries 2 beer  
2015/2/19 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -6.40 Veggie pad Thai Beef fried rice 2 beer  
2015/2/19 Business Checking Food Lunch Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -6.88 2 chicken curry 1 sticky rice 1 fresh spring rolls 1 coffee  
2015/2/19 Business Checking Food Beverages Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -0.63 Lao tea  
2015/2/19 Business Checking Travel Hotels Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -8.75    
2015/2/18 Business Checking Food Beverages Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -1.25 2 coca cola  
2015/2/19 Business Checking Food Breakfast Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -3.75 2 fried eggs 2 bread Tea Coffee  
2015/2/19 Business Checking Personal   Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -5.00 Laundry  
2015/2/18 Business Checking Travel Hotels Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -8.75    
2015/2/18 Business Checking Food Dinner Mama and papa Cash USD -6.63 2 pork curry 2 sticky rice 2 water  
2015/2/18 Business Checking Transportation Bus Bus Cash USD -0.00 2 tickets from tat lo to savanahket  
2015/2/18 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -0.88 Big water  
2015/2/18 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -2.50 2 pho  
2015/2/18 Business Checking Food   Market Cash USD -1.88 Ice cream  
2015/2/18 Business Checking Food Breakfast Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -3.75 2 fried eggs 2 bread 2 coffee  
2015/2/17 Business Checking Food Beverages Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -0.63 Banana shake  
2015/2/17 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -1.25 Lao Lao  
2015/2/17 Business Checking Food Dinner Tim guesthouse Cash USD -10.63 2 beef curry 1 sticky rice 1 beer 1 large water  
2015/2/17 Business Checking Travel Hotels Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -8.75    
2015/2/17 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -3.25    
2015/2/17 Business Checking Food Beverages Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -1.25 Beer  
2015/2/17 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -6.25 2 pork rice egg basil 2 beer Lao  
2015/2/16 Business Checking Food Beverages Restaurant Cash USD -4.38 3 beer 1 big water  
2015/2/16 Business Checking Food Dinner Guesthouse Cash USD -6.88 Fried rice Fried noodle Fried egg Beer  
2015/2/16 Business Checking Vacation Hotels Homestay Cash USD -8.75 Tent Beer Lao  
2015/2/16 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/16 Business Checking Food Beverages Jhai coffee Cash USD -7.50 4 cups of arabica  
2015/2/16 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -3.75 2 pork rice basil with egg  
2015/2/15 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -11.25 Chicken curry Rice Lap chicken 2 beer  
2015/2/15 Business Checking Vacation   Waterfall Cash USD -1.88 Admission and parking  
2015/2/15 Business Checking Vacation   Waterfall Cash USD -1.63 Admission and parking  
2015/2/15 Business Checking Travel Hotels Guesthouse Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/15 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -5.88 Chicken masala Rice 2 indian bread  
2015/2/15 Business Checking Food Breakfast Jhai coffee Cash USD -12.50 4 cups of coffee 2 muesli  
2015/2/14 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -7.50 2 fried rice 2 beer  
2015/2/14 Business Checking Travel Hotels Guesthouse Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/14 Business Checking Vacation   Tad fane resort Cash USD -1.63 Admission and parking  
2015/2/14 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -1.25 Big water  
2015/2/14 Business Checking Vacation   Waterfall Cash USD -2.88 Admission Motorbike parking  
2015/2/14 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/14 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -5.00 2 fried rice chicken Beer  
2015/2/14 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -2.00 2 can of beer  
2015/2/14 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -1.25    
2015/2/14 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -1.25    
2015/2/14 Personal Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -1.87    
2015/2/14 Business Checking Food Beverages Gas stop Cash USD -1.25 2 red bull  
2015/2/14 Business Checking Food Breakfast Street vendor Cash USD -2.50 Baguette with laughing cow Bun me 2 orange yogurt  
2015/2/13 Business Checking Travel Hotels Guesthouse Cash USD -7.50    
2015/2/13 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -23.87 2 meat 3 beer Lao 2 beer Lao gold Ice cream  
2015/2/13 Business Checking Transportation   Repair shop Cash USD -0.00 Chain repair on motorbike  
2015/2/13 Business Checking Misc   Mart Cash USD -4.25 Lotion Beer Chips  
2015/2/13 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -5.63 2 pho 2 can of beer  
2015/2/13 Business Checking Food Beverages Restaurant Cash USD -1.25 Beer  
2015/2/13 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/13 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -3.75 2 pho  
2015/2/12 Business Checking Food Beverages Market Cash USD -1.25 Beer  
2015/2/12 Business Checking Travel Hotels Guesthouse Cash USD -8.25    
2015/2/12 Business Checking Personal Medical Pharmacy Cash USD -5.00 Ciprofloxacin Conditioner Toothpaste Water  
2015/2/12 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -8.75 2 lap with rice and fried egg 2 beer  
2015/2/17 Business Checking Travel   Sabai sabai Cash USD -10.00 Motorbike rental  
2015/2/16 Business Checking Travel   Sabai sabai Cash USD -10.00 Motorbike rental  
2015/2/15 Business Checking Travel   Sabai sabai Cash USD -10.00 Motorbike rental  
2015/2/14 Business Checking Travel   Sabai sabai Cash USD -10.00 Motorbike rental  
2015/2/13 Business Checking Travel   Sabai sabai Cash USD -10.00 Motorbike rental  
2015/2/12 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -1.25 Beer  
2015/2/12 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -5.60    
2015/2/12 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -3.75 2 pho  
2015/2/12 Business Checking Travel   Sabai sabai Cash USD -10.00 Motorbike rental  
2015/2/12 Business Checking Food Breakfast Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -3.75 2 fried eggs 2 baguettes 1 coffee 1 water  
2015/2/11 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/11 Business Checking Food Beverages Market Cash USD -1.00 Red bull Water  
2015/2/11 Business Checking Food Breakfast Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -3.75 2 coffee 2 fried eggs 2 baguette  
2015/2/10 Business Checking Food Dinner Mama paps Cash USD -8.37 Sticky rice Spicy chicken Pork curry Beer  
2015/2/10 Business Checking Food Beverages Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -2.50 2 beer  
2015/2/11 Business Checking Vacation   Tour guide Cash USD -40.00 Including lunch 3 waterfall 4 villages Coffee plantation  
2015/2/10 Personal Checking Electronics Camera Electronics store Cash USD -43.00 Charger  
2015/2/10 Business Checking Food Lunch Lakham guesthouse pakse Cash USD -1.60    
2015/2/10 Personal Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/10 Business Checking Food Beverages Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -1.25 Beer  
2015/2/10 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -2.50 Megan lunch Fresh spring rolls  
2015/2/10 Business Checking Transportation   Motorbike rental Cash USD -11.25    
2015/2/10 Business Checking Food Breakfast Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -1.87 Scott breakfast Coffee Fried eggs Baguette  
2015/2/10 Business Checking Food Breakfast Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -1.25 Megan breakfast Fried eggs Bread  
2015/2/9 Business Checking Food Dinner Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -3.75 Noodle soup with beef Fried rice with beef  
2015/2/9 Business Checking Utilities Phone Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -1.25 Phone call  
2015/2/9 Business Checking Food Beverages Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -1.25 Beer  
2015/2/9 Business Checking Personal   Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -3.12 Laundry Water  
2015/2/9 Business Checking Food Lunch Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -8.75 Chicken laap Fresh spring rolls Sticky rice 2 beer  
2015/2/11 Business Checking Travel Hotels Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -8.33    
2015/2/10 Business Checking Travel Hotels Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -8.33    
2015/2/9 Business Checking Travel Hotels Sipaserth bungalow Cash USD -8.33    
2015/2/9 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -3.75 2 egg sandwich  
            Total -583.01    

[/tab][/tabs][text_output]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.

Date Type Category Subcategory Vendor Payment Currency Amount Note Receipt
2015/2/25 Business Checking Misc   Mart Cash USD -0.66 Coconut candy  
2015/2/25 Business Checking Misc   Pharmacy Cash USD -2.30 Toothpaste 2 toothbrush  
2015/2/25 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -9.67 Pad Thai Pad kapow 2 Chang  
2015/2/25 Business Checking Transportation Taxi/Cab Tuk tuk Cash USD -1.60    
2015/2/25 Business Checking Travel Hotels Hotel Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/25 Business Checking Transportation Taxi/Cab Tuk tuk Cash USD -3.75    
2015/2/25 Business Checking Transportation Bus Bus Cash USD -5.00 To Thailand  
2015/2/25 Business Checking Food Lunch InithrA Cash USD -7.50 Pizza  
2015/2/25 Business Checking Misc   Mart Cash USD -2.50 Gas Beer  
2015/2/25 Business Checking Misc   Motorbike friend Cash USD -6.25 Ride to repair  
2015/2/25 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -1.25 Beer  
2015/2/25 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/25 Business Checking Food Breakfast Channtha guesthouse Cash USD -4.50 2 fried eggs with toast Tea coffee  
2015/2/24 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -6.50 2 fried eggs with bacon and toast (bercon) Beer Lao  
2015/2/24 Business Checking Vacation   Konglor cave Cash USD -15.88    
2015/2/24 Business Checking Travel Hotels Channtha guesthouse Cash USD -7.50    
2015/2/24 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -10.38 Sticky rice Pork bbq Fried egg Fried rice 2 beer  
2015/2/24 Business Checking Food Beverages Market Cash USD -1.60 Pepsi and chips  
2015/2/24 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -1.25    
2015/2/23 Business Checking Food Beverages Mart Cash USD -3.00    
2015/2/24 Business Checking Auto Gasoline Gas stop Cash USD -2.50    
2015/2/24 Business Checking Food Breakfast Resturant Cash USD -6.25 Museli 2 yogurt Tea coffee  
2015/2/23 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant. Cash USD -13.63 Hot pot  
2015/2/23 Business Checking Vacation   Cave fee Cash USD -5.00    
2015/2/23 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -5.63 2 pho Big water Small beer 2 coconut drink  
2015/2/23 Business Checking Vacation   Buddha cave Cash USD -2.25    
2015/2/25 Business Checking Transportation   Motorbike rental Cash USD -12.50    
2015/2/24 Business Checking Transportation   Motorbike rental Cash USD -12.50    
2015/2/23 Business Checking Transportation   Motorbike rental Cash USD -12.50    
2015/2/23 Business Checking Travel Hotels Thakhek travel lodge Cash USD -12.50    
2015/2/23 Business Checking Food Breakfast Thakhek travel lodge Cash USD -6.50 American breakfast Lemongrass tea Muesli and yogurt  
2015/2/22 Business Checking Food Dinner Thakhek travel lodge Cash USD -6.88 Pork lap Chicken curry Sticky rice Beer  
2015/2/22 Business Checking Food Lunch Thakhek travel lodge Cash USD -6.25 2 chicken with basil Sticky rice 2 beer  
2015/2/22 Business Checking Travel Hotels Thakhek travel lodge Cash USD -12.50    
2015/2/22 Business Checking Transportation Taxi/Cab Tuk tuk Cash USD -1.88    
2015/2/22 Business Checking Transportation Bus Bus Cash USD -7.50 Tickets to thakhek  
2015/2/22 Business Checking Food   Market Cash USD -3.00 Snacks for bus Water Coffee  
2015/2/22 Business Checking Transportation Taxi/Cab Tuk tuk Cash USD -1.88 To bus stop  
2015/2/22 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -3.75 2 pho  
2015/2/21 Business Checking Food Dinner Restaurant Cash USD -12.25 Pizza Beer Bread  
2015/2/21 Business Checking Personal Self Improvement Massage Cash USD -12.50 2 one hour body massage  
2015/2/21 Business Checking Food Lunch Restaurant Cash USD -10.63    
2015/2/21 Business Checking Transportation   Motorbike rental Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/21 Business Checking Travel Hotels Guesthouse Cash USD -10.00    
2015/2/21 Business Checking Food Breakfast Restaurant Cash USD -6.25 2 omelette 1 bread with jam 1 tea 2 coffee  
            Total -300.62    

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
Total Budget Spent

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