Travel Expenses: Luang Prabang

This was quite an expensive leg of the trip, specially since I took the plane from Bangkok. Living expenses in Luang Prabang isn’t too expensive though.

Luang Prabang 2009
June 8 – 11, 2009
Exchange Rate: US$1 = LAK 8,500
US$1 = Php 48
In THB/LAK In PhP
Air Transfer
Bangkok to Luang Prabang THB 5,795.00 PHP 8,118.47 1
Bangkok Airways

Accommodation
Vilay Guesthouse LAK 180,000.00 PHP 1,016.47 2
Double, fan, ensuite T&B

Transportation
Tuktuk to Vilay LAK 50,000.00 PHP 282.35 3

Food
Meals and snacks LAK 366,000.00 PHP 2,066.82

Miscellaneous
Medicine LAK 20,000.00 PHP 112.94 4
Souvenirs LAK 90,000.00 PHP 508.24 5
Postcard and mailing fees LAK 31,500.00 PHP 177.88
Internet LAK 33,000.00 PHP 186.35 6
Laundry LAK 10,000.00 PHP 56.47

Total PHP 12,526.00


The peso equivalent was computed by dividing the amount in Lao Kip by 8,500 (the dollar conversion rate to kip) then multiplying by 48 (dollar conversion rate to peso)
1 This is quite an expensive flight, specially since I put off buying until I have to leave Manila. But I really wanted to fly direct to Luang Prabang, so I can just make my way down from there.
2 The price given to me was $7 per night for the room. Converted to kip, the owner priced it at 180,000 for three nights.
3 This is my only transportation expense, since I just walk around town
4 Strepsils. Can’t get enough of them.
5 Souvenirs include a keychain, a packet of Lao coffee and a scarf
6 Internet in Laos is 100 kip per minute
Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

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  1. Serene says:

    Hi Nina,

    Great post on Laos!

    Juz wanna to know where did you buy your air-tix (BKK-LPQ) from? Travel agent?
    And is it a one-way or return tix?

    Thanks!

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