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Yeti Budgets: Laos

Laos quickly became one of our favorite countries in Asia — and not only because it was ridiculously cheap. We spent the majority of our days there just wandering, enjoying the relaxed pace and beautiful scenery, cycling, and reading. Bliss! Beer was half as expensive (and twice as tasty) as Thai beer, and we each ate our weight in $1.20 baguettes. Overall, our daily spending was the lowest it’s been so far, with the exception of my home-cooking hermit month in Goa.

Yay Laos!

Food: $18.50/day
Like in Thailand, a chunk of our food budget in Laos went towards super cheap beer ($1 for a small bottle, $1.20 – $1.70 for a big ‘un) and happy hour cocktails. The actual food was affordable, too — $1.20 for a giant baguette in Luang Prabang, $2 for a fabulous Indian meal in Nong Khiaw, and $2 – $3 for a big bowl of soup or mock chicken laap at Cuisine D’Or, a rad little vegetarian place in Vientiane.

Snack food is surprisingly expensive (a packet of chips often costs more than a massive baguette), so we had a singularly chip and cookie free few weeks!

Accommodation: $8.50/night
Our room in Muong Ngoi in Northern Laos was one of our cheapest so far — 30,000K/$3.80 for a nice big double room, a private bathroom, and a fantastic balcony. On the other end of the scale, we sprung out for a nice triple in Vientiane (70,000K/$8.75 each). Most of our rooms, unsurprisingly, were somewhere between the two.

Travel: $5.43/day
We made our way around Laos by bus and boat. Some example fares: Vientiane to Vang Vieng by minibus (4hrs) was 40,000K/$5.10. Nong Khiaw to Muong Noi by local boat (1hr) was 25,000K/$3.20.

Miscellaneous: $2.63/day
Miscellaneous expenses include tube rental in Vang Vieng, a pair of jandals for Ahi, and hair dye and sunglasses for me.

Total: $35.06 altogether/$17.53 each (cheaper than India!)

Yeti Budgets: Goa

My five week stint in Goa was a bit wacky, budget-wise — I spent a crazy (for Goa) amount on accommodation, and very little on anything else!  Turns out, if you cook all your meals at home (bliss!), score a free bike from a rad wee Goan dude, and spend your days doing online yoga, cycling around Palolem, and drawing your fingers off, you don’t end up spending a whole lot of cashola!

I only ventured out of Palolem a couple of times, and even then, the bus fare was around 30c.

The cheapest month, by a long shot*!

Food: $3.57/day

Eating out in India is cheap, sure, but cooking is even cheaper. $3.57 a day bought me ridiculous quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables, oats, nuts, chickpeas, lentils, coffee, tea, and eggs. For more on my Goan grocery list, check this out.

F yeah, veggies.

Vegetables at my local grocery store in Canacona. I think those bags of tomatoes went for a whopping 30c.

Travel: 12c/day

While I was in Palolem, I pretty much stayed in Palolem, apart from daily bike rides (did I mention my free bike?) to Canacona.  I ventured out to Madgaon a couple of times, but at 30c per trip, my daily average stayed ridiculously low.

Miscellaneous: $1.15/day

Palolem’s miscellaneous items: pencil case, shampoo and conditioner, laundry soap, sketchbooks…

Accommodation: $10.45

I splashed out on my accommodation, and don’t regret it for a second. Just over $10 a night for a huge, open space, a great kitchen, and even a drawing table! Sweet deal.

Drawing table! Kitchen!

Drawing table! Kitchen!

Total: $15.30/day (It does my wee heart good to know that, if all else fails, I can always go back and live in Palolem for just over $5000 a year. Not the worst back-up plan ever.)

*Note: When I first started thinking about spending a chunk of time in Palolem, I stumbled upon this lovely blog — as cheap as my month felt, Candace did basically the same thing for just over $300! Blimey.