Kiplinger, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, ranked Laos first in a list of 10 cheapest countries to visit in 2023.
In the article, the publisher said that despite soaring inflation Laos along with nine other countries namely Turkey, Cambodia, Thailand, Hungary, Costa Rica, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Portugal, and Greece, won’t be too heavy on one’s pockets.
According to the calculations, the average daily expenditure for a traveler in Laos is roughly USD 15, including USD 5 for food, and USD 8 for accommodation.
The cost of airfare is not included in the calculation since that seems to vary a lot depending on what time of the year one is traveling. As Kiplinger states, “Our ranking is based on the average total daily cost you might pay once you reach your destination — including accommodation, food, and the daily cost of living.”
The website also describes Laos as “one of the few countries in the world that haven’t lost its natural beauty to sprawling development” and that it is jam-packed with activities for even jaded tourists, from cooking schools for foodies to climbing hills, exploring caves, and jungle excursions for thrill-seekers and temples galore for those with a more cultural bent.
An article from Condé Nast Traveler last week also listed Nam Et-Phou Louey in Houaphanh province of Laos as one of the ten best safaris in the world.
Laos has recently received widespread international attention after being included in 2023 travel stories by prominent publications such as CNN, National Geographic, Wanderlust, Traveler’s List, and Fodor’s.