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2 people - €2000 for 3 weeks

  • livethedrea-

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    Going to Thailand for 3 weeks and between us we want to budget around €2000 for the trip. We are hoping to see as much as we can ie Bangkok, trekking up north, the islands and Khao Sk National Park etc.

    From experience, would this be enough??

    Thanks x

    #1 Posted: 31/7/2009 - 04:56

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  • somtam2000

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    Plenty -- especially for budget travel.

    #2 Posted: 31/7/2009 - 07:04

  • BruceMoon

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    I wrote this to another, but it equally applies...

    I don't know the exact details of where/when you are going, what you plan to do, or anything that will define parameters.

    I'll answer your question in a roundabout way, some of which may help.

    It's not a case of how much does it cost, (and hence, how much one
    'needs'). That question depends on where you go, for how long, and what
    you plan on doing.

    Thus, its how much does it cost per day (on average) to travel around
    SE Asia.

    There is no set 'amount' that you must plan for, rather, an amount that
    reflects the sort of lifestyle you want to live while travelling.

    I travel with my wife, and we tend to spend about US$20-25 / day (not
    including costs to get there/back). But, we've been there often and
    know what/how to avoid spending too much where we can get it cheaper. We
    are also what you'd call flashpacker rather than backpacker. That means
    we stay in a better quality of accommodation, tend to choose a more
    expensive diet than a backpacker.

    If You were to to SE Asia as a backpacker, you can easily enjoy yourself
    on around US$20-25/day. But, if you don't want to do it on a lean budget, you could allocate (say) an extra US$5 for yourself. This would also help because you have yet to 'learn the ropes'. I suggest you'll have a great time there if you allocate US$25/day - and will probably come home with money if you allocate US$30/day.

    Travel itself is expensive, staying in a town and renting a pushbike for
    a day to go visit, and eating at streetstalls, the market, etc., will
    be the sort of thing to do to limit expenditure.

    - - - have discussed this matter.

    For general pointers to 'fashion' your travel expenses - go read each
    post at:

    For actual daily travel costs, go to these posts:

    And, then look at some stories at:

    These threads are focussed on Thailand (mainly).

    - - -

    In addition, I suppose there are 2 ways of looking at travel. One, travelling in one's comfort zone merely to see iconic places. Or, two, travelling as an experience to engage with the local culture: which sometimes means roughing it, sometimes means being without English speakers, and almost always produces amazing experiences that can't be 'planned for' or anticipated.

    My advice is to ensure that you plan that there is no more than ONE day
    of travel for EVERY THREE days (ie. out of every 3 days, only one has
    any travel between places in that 3). This is the MINIMUM. If you can
    do 1 in 4, that'll be better.

    Hope this helps.


    #3 Posted: 31/7/2009 - 18:49

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