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South East Asia for 4-5 months

Posted by brandonjames123 on 19/6/2013 at 02:17

I am planning a 4-5 month trip to South East Asia + 2 weeks in England and 2 weeks in Turkey

My flight is Booked for the 16 of September
I estimate I'll have $10,000 at the least and around $12,000 at the most I have already taken care of flights, passports, initial visa, travel gear etc.

Will it be enough considering I'd like to spend:

4 weeks in Vietnam
4 weeks in Thiland
2-3 weeks in Laos
2-3 weeks in Cambodia
4 weeks in Japan
4 weeks in China
what do you reckon Would be the lest I could spend in this time frame but still enjoy my trip with enough money left over to go see family members in England and Turkey

Thanks in advance for any answers I get !

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Posted by amnicoll on 19/6/2013 at 09:58

it all depends on you - what sort of accomodation, street food or resturants, cocktail bars or local bars, sightseeing and entry costs. Do some homework for each of the countries and get some idea of costs and then refine your questions.

from what I hear Japan is a lot more expensive than the other countries you list

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Posted by brandonjames123 on 9/7/2013 at 20:29

Thank You for your reply !

I've just started to get into all the research on each place and I think it will be do able !
Japan looks quite expensive .... but I really want to see it !!

I will be backpacking through most of the countries so I'll try to stay in backpackers, eat street food but hopefully do a fair bit of sightseeing

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Posted by exacto on 9/7/2013 at 22:25

Hi Brandon,

I typically spend about US $50 per day in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia travelling at the Flashpacker level. That means slightly better rooms, food, and transport than the average backpacker experience. But prices are rising and exchange rates are falling. Even so, if you aren't spending too much on beers and such, I'd say you'll have plenty of cash for the southeast Asia portion.

As amnicoll says, Japan is pretty expensive, but if you save during the southeast Asia portion, stay in modest dorm-style places, and eat prefab food from 7-11s, you can do it. You might consider less time in Japan because it really is that expensive. Maybe you can check out couch surfing or similar site to see if you can score free places to stay while in Japan. The up side is that Japan has lots of parks, gardens, and other free stuff to enjoy while you are there.

I'd be interested to hear more about the Turkey portion of the trip too. You said you'll be visiting family? Where are they and where else do you plan to visit in Turkey? Cheers.

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Posted by brandonjames123 on 10/7/2013 at 04:54

Hi !! exacto

yeah It all depends on how I feel each day some nights i'll do basic accomodation and others I would like to stay somewhere nice where can relax a bit more. I'm not fussy at all food wise I love asian foods (hot, spicy anything really) so that shouldn't be a problem ! although i'm not a massive drinker I wouldnt mind the odd night out if I meet a few people ....

Yeah everyone is saying japan will be quite pricey ! But i'm willing to spend a little less in other places so that I can enjoy myself there ( I have family in Thailand and vietnam so ill save a bit staying with them for a few nights)

Yeah I have family and a few friends in Istanbul so I'll spend most of my time there not sure where i'll be heading around Turkey but I'll be sure to keep you guys updated on it

thanks for your reply !

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