managed to save only 4000 euros for my 6 month trip to SEA. I have already bought my ticket, insurance etc. Was just wondering how tight it'll be. I'll be going to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
I'm travelling alone and will be staying in dorms wherever possible. Because I'm travelling for 6 months I'd like so stay a bit longer in some places to cut down on transportation costs. I'll try to eat street food as often as possible, but every now and then I'll prob eat a (cheap) western meal.
I know the Thai islands are more expensive but was wondering if anyone knows a 'cheaper' island with nice beaches. I will have the occasional beer ;-p but don't have the urge to party every night. Have done enough of that in my previous travels ;-)
I'll be leaving in 2 weeks time and I believe it's lowseason so the prices (hopefully) be cheaper.. is that true? I will be doing Angkor Wat and some snorkeling and an elephant ride... I do want to have a good time and not watch the pennies every minute!
I was also wondering if anyone knew what the prices in Indonesia (not Kuta/Bali) are like compared to SEA. I saw some cheap flight with Air Asia....
So what are your thoughts on the budget? I know it'll be tight but will I have to starve myself ;-(
Thanks for any replies!
#1 ozzigirl has been a member since 6/1/2009. Posts: 1
No need to starve yourself, that amount of money, for budget travel, should be fine.
Cheapish islands -- Ko Pha Ngan remains very cheap (on the less popular beaches) otherwise Ko Lanta, Ko Jum and Ko-Chang (in Ranong province, not the popular one near Cambodia) all have cheap digs.
Outside of Bali, Indonesia is generally cheaper than Thailand.
That's a little better that 20 Euro per day. I'd think you could live reasonably comfortably on that. Like you said, staying longer in places will help you cut down on transportation costs. You can often get an acccommodation discount for longer stays as well (or get breakfast or a free bicycle hire included, for example).
I imagine that over a six-month trip you'll also wind up meeting and at least temporarily travelling with lots of different people too. We've done that on our trips, and it helps save money by sharing the costs of rooms, etc.
Also, like you said, travelling off-season will save you money as will visiting off-the-beaten-path places rather than the most popular places. Your best source of up-to-the-minute info and money-saving tips will be your fellow travellers.
I thought Indonesia was quite cheap compared to Thailand and excellent value, particularly on delicious food and Bintang brand beer.
Have fun on your trip. Sorry we'll miss you. We'd have bought you a beer! Cheers.
That's a tight, but doable, budget. Isaan is a pretty inexpensive part of Thailand, so kicking around here is cheap. But you haven't left yourself with a lot of money to actually do anything. You have enough to cover food and lodging though.
#4 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
I spend 6 months in SEA every year and that's about my budget too. It is doable. I find staying put for a while really helps cut down on costs. in addition to cutting transportation costs you can often get a discount for long term stays.
Indonesia tends to be cheaper than Thailand, has more islands to chose from, some of the best snorkelling in the world AND it's not rainy season there at this time of year...but I see it's not on your list!