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Budget question, sorry!

Posted by DannyJ on 2/2/2006 at 20:10

How long do you think approx. USD$7000/GBP4000 would last me in SEA in general? To help i'm a 26 year old (27 when i go) british lad, planning on just wondering round SEA for as long as the money lasts, on my way to N.Z. Was wanting to check out Thailand, Cambodia and Laos mainly. Vietnam, Malaysia and China are on the maybe list. Am just wanting to check out the area, maybe visit some off the beaten track places and temples (temples especially), interested in meeting locals and getting to know the place. I'm not really planning on partying, maybe the odd night out here or there?? will be staying in budget accom the whole time and eating local food most of the time and travelling pretty much as cheap as poss, trains + buses etc. Not really a big drinker, although the odd beer is nice, i do like a little spliff now and again as well (lets save the politics for another day, eh?). Will be doing a few 'splurge' things like a Thai cooking course, possibly a trek and maybe spending some time at an Elephant orphanage but nothing to cash flashy.
My starter budget was USD$30 a day??? how does that sound? Thanks for any help in advance! Peace and love, Danny J

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Posted by somtam2000 on 4/2/2006 at 15:19 admin

Hi danny J,
Welcome to Travelfish!

Iwish I'd had 7,000 when I first came out here! If you're aplanning on travelling as you've described above, $30 a day is a pretty generous budget - particularly if you keep the partying and boozing under control you could get away with closer to $20 a day -- particularly in laos.

Bear in mind transportation costs as they can really add up if you're travelling around a lot, but overall I'd say $30 is generous so your 7000 should stretch out to over 200 days....

Have fun!

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Posted by Merlot on 16/2/2006 at 18:54

Sounds like a generous budget to me - £1000 took me through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam for 6 weeks (admittedly 2 years ago but I don't think prices have increased that much) staying in reasonable mid-range guest houses, eating and drinking very well and taking the odd flight when time ran out. Only holiday I have ever had where I did not need to use my credit card! I am back to Laos next month as Luang Prabang is my idea of personal heaven. Best place in the world, particularly if you like temples - allow plenty of time for Laos. China is cheap. I am working here at the moment. Fascinating country and a must if you are over here but be aware that communication is a real problem and 'backpacking travel' outside the main cities is not easy. Have a great trip.

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Posted by wayne on 16/2/2006 at 19:32

I agree with somtam, if you travel on $30 a day you can do pretty much what ever you like as long as you dont party every night. Meaning you can still go on tours or trips, even flights with that $30. As you will have a few days were you will spend only $15 dollars, other days you can spend more. You can even get in a couple of dives in Koh Tao for $30.

Southern Laos that kind of cash can last you a lifetime, with decent bungalows going for $2 a night and a big laos beer for less than a dollar. And local transport cheap.

You can have a ball!

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