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New to independent travel - I think I'm a Flashpacker!

  • Louise73

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    I'm a 33 year old woman, travelling alone to Thailand and Vietnam for 6 weeks in March - April.

    I'm trying to work out a reasonable budget, for staying in clean a/C rooms, with private shower, hot water.
    Not sure cost of food and travel in these countries but heard it's cheap.

    Does a budget of $50/day, including travel (not internal flights), accomodation, food and day tours sound reasonable. In Thailand I presume I will stay in Mid. range places around 1000 bahts per night.

    Most budget travellers say they do Thailand on $25/day so I figured double it and I should be ok.

    Any opnions if I should increase this amount?

    Tks and have a nice evening

    #1 Posted: 31/1/2006 - 00:08

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  • Louise73

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    I forget to mention that besides $50/day budget, I've also budgeted $220 for tours and treks.


    Will use Visa card for internal flights.

    Tks

    #2 Posted: 31/1/2006 - 02:33

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    $50 a day (I'm assuming you're talking US here) is plenty for a well-fed flashpacker budget. Food in both Vietnam and Thailand is very affordable (and excellent) - your biggest expense will be accommodation and assuming you're not wanting to stay at deluxe hotels your budget is fine. Having a budget of $50 should even allow for the occasional splurge on a particularly nice hotel, or fancy meal.

    Enjoy your trip!

    #3 Posted: 31/1/2006 - 08:07

  • Louise73

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    Good to know.

    Thanks for the advice.

    #4 Posted: 1/2/2006 - 01:55

  • ajlmus

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    $50 is more than plenty. I just returned from 10 days in Thailand; my first trip staying at budget hotels/hostals--I was pleasantly surprised. Suk 11 in Bangkok offer clean, safe, basic single room for 550 baht/day, including continental breakfast. Chiang Mai is similarly inexpensive. I stayed well-fed eating where the locals eat. Tasty noodle soups and rice dishes cost about 35 baht.

    Had a great time.

    #5 Posted: 28/2/2006 - 23:08

  • chrispyrolls

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    Hi,

    As mentioned $50 is plenty for your daily budget - even if you spend the majority on a swanky hotel, you will have a good amount left over for food and drinks... nothin wrong in being a flashpacker either :)

    Day tours would probably be the most expensive items - for example a day trip to halong can range anything from $40 / $50 up... altho you will probably save money along the way which will balance things out.

    have fun

    #6 Posted: 5/2/2010 - 19:52

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