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Money and costs

Kips (₭)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated June 28, 2017 6:40AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Cheap guesthouse room: US$3–10
  • Local meals and street eats: US$1–2
  • Local buses: US$2–3 per 100km
  • Air-con hotel room: US$15–50
  • Decent local restaurant meal: US$5–10
  • Local tour guide per day: US$25
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$50–500
  • Gastronomic meal with drinks: US$15–50
  • 4WD rental per day: US$60–120

The official national currency in Laos is the Lao kip (K). Although only kip is legally negotiable in everyday transactions, in reality three currencies are used for commerce: kip, Thai baht (B) and US dollars (US$).


Tipping is not customary in Laos except in tourist-oriented restaurants, where 10% of the bill is appreciated, but only if a service charge hasn't already been added.