Laos – Costs & Essential Information

I had no idea what to expect in Laos, after reading the UK travel advice and learning that Laos is still one of the few remaining communist countries, I was a little apprehensive. Sean and I both agree that Laos has been the most pleasant surprise we’ve had while traveling.

This small country has completely won our hearts, it’s the perfect blend of history, culture, landscapes and nature. All at a much more peaceful pace than it’s Asian neighbours.


Laos is really good if you’re on a budget, we stayed in some really good hotels and ate at some pretty good restaurants, our average daily spend was £52 between both of us, including accommodation, food, transport and everything else.

Getting Around:

Buses are the way to go in Laos, you generally have three options, 1) a VIP Coach which is slow but cheaper than the alternative, 2) a tourist mini bus which is more expensive but a lot faster, 3) a sleeping bus, we never tried this but heard lots of nightmare stories about how uncomfortable they can be.


UK passport holders can get a visa on arrival for $36 (USD only), fill in the form and attach a passport photo then wait around 15 minutes for your passport to be returned. It was a lot simpler than the Cambodian visa on arrival.


At the time of writing (March 2018) there are no specific vaccinations and malaria is only present in certain areas, check the NHS website for the latest malaria risk area map, click HERE.


The currency in Laos is the Laotian Kip although USD can be used in a lot of the hotels and major tourist attractions. ATM’s are really easy to find although a few did reject my UK issued MasterCard. Exchange rates in March 2018 below:

£1 (GBP) = ₭11,700

$1 (USD) = ₭8,311

€1 (EUR) = ₭10,245

Our Itinerary:

We spent 3 nights in Vientiane, 4 nights in Vang Vieng and 4 nights in Luang Prabang, though I would have spent forever in Luang Prabang if I could.

Hope you found this useful.


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