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Newbie going for the big one

Posted by Organicjerk on 10/10/2011 at 22:06

Hello Everyone!

I'm a relative newbie traveler (second time to Thailand, First to other SEAsian countries)
who is taking 3 months starting next week to do "the big one" http://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/thailand-indochina-tour1.

Does anyone have any words of wisdom for me? Will anyone be in the area and want to meet up?

It seems very daunting but I've been reading and I will be gong with a carefree attitude. My budget right now stands at around 7,000 USD, so I hope that is enough.

Also, I'm rather worried about the flooding and how it will affect my trip. I'm not sure how to assess it.

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Posted by MADMAC on 10/10/2011 at 23:21

Don't worry about the flooding. You can always work around it.

7,000 is a little light, so take it easy on the women and the booze.

Have a good time.

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Posted by Organicjerk on 10/10/2011 at 23:57

Tight, but doable? Should I reconsider?

What would comfortable 3 month budget be?

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Posted by altmtl on 11/10/2011 at 00:06

My budget for 3 months is aprox, 30 - 40$ per day :)

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Posted by Organicjerk on 11/10/2011 at 00:14

That is about what I figured, leaving me at around 4,000 USD

Putting down 15-20 USD on Hotel expenses (I may try a few hostels but I'm not depending on them), and eating really cheaply, I was thinking I would be OK.

Although I'm sure that there are things that I'm missing. Especially with the chaos that may be ensuing with the flooding

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Posted by altmtl on 11/10/2011 at 02:21

My total is aprox $5000 including airfare, insurance and new backpack, My last trip to Asia, which included the Philippines was $7000 for 5 months. You can find reasonable rooms for 300 - 350 baht with private bathroom... some days will cost more, others less depending on how frequently you move.

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Posted by MADMAC on 11/10/2011 at 16:25

"Especially with the chaos that may be ensuing with the flooding"

It floods somewhere here every year. And floods recede quite quickly. The Mekong has flooded it's bank three out of the four years I have lived on it - it's normal. This year's been a bit more excessive, but it's not biblical or anything. Don't sweat it.

The two big budget eaters are booze woman. Be disciplined in those two areas, and you should be OK with seven grand.

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Posted by altmtl on 11/10/2011 at 19:59

Booze is cheap, so are the women, not a problem - :P

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Posted by MADMAC on 11/10/2011 at 20:17

With his budget it is. Everything is relative, so here booze and women are relatively cheap. But when going on the cheap already...

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Posted by nerja on 10/11/2011 at 15:23

Cheap women can get very expensive sometimes...

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Posted by MADMAC on 11/11/2011 at 11:49

nerja
Perhaps, but expensive women are expensive all the time.

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