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Posted by marianwarren on 5/7/2006 at 11:26

Dear Somtam

What US$ budget per day would you suggest for 3 people (sharing a room), for 67 days visiting Thailand, Laos and Cambodia? We are buying discovery passes for Bankok - Chiang Mai: Vientiene - Pakse: Phomn Penh - Siem Reap so that cost is outside the budget. We would like to splurge on a few nights at Sala Phae but am happy with backpacker type accomodation as we don't require a/c, tv or minibars.

Am loosely following your suggested itineraries for North/South Laos and Cambodia and would like to spend some time on Ko Chang before heading back to Bangkok.

Thanks for your assistance


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Posted by somtam2000 on 5/7/2006 at 17:11 admin

Sorry about the delay in answering this -- I had to wait for the Travelfish-super-computer to warm up...

Budgets are sooo difficult to estimate, but here's a guestimate:

Your main cost will be accommodation as you've already looked after your flights.

Bear in mind the following are averages -- your rooms will be more expensive in Bangkok than say Ayutthaya -- I've tried to work that into the equation.

In Thailand, about 500B-700B (US$12-17)
In Laos, about US$10
In Cambodia about $12-15

You could certainly bring the average down quite a bit by staying in cheaper places, but personally I've found paying a little more when sharing with two others really pays off in terms of comfort and not wanting to kill each other at the end of week one.

For food, it depends on where you'll be eating, again in my experience I tend to eat all three meals out -- breakfast at a street stall, lunch at a bigger street stall/small shopfront and dinner at a restaurant and I'd average out at about $9 a day in Thailand on food and slightly less in Cambodia and Laos -- say $7 apiece (bear in mind I tend to order a lot and eat some of each dish, so if you eat more sensibly them me you'll save money)

Beer - the absolute budget killer! Laos and Cambodia $1 beers are the norm, in Thailand $1.00-2.00 depending on how snobby you are about beer.

Transport - mostly nominal as you're flying all the long legs.

So with all my waffle deleted, we have:

Accommodation (for the group)
Thailand say $15
Laos $10
Cambodia say $13

Food (each/for the group)
Thailand $9/$27
Laos $7/$21
Cambodia $7/$21

For a total of:

Thailand $42 a day
Laos $31 a day
Cambodia $34 a day

Then I'd round those up to cover incidentals, minor transport stuff, site admissions etc to:

Thailand $50 a day
Laos $35 a day
Cambodia $38 a day

Apply the above to how you've aportioned your trip and you should have a rough idea. I forgot to mention the pass for Angkor -- don't forget that!

As a trio you'll probably spend less on food as you may order dinner to share (Thai style) so it will cost less...

Other's may have some better tips as at least one of the Travelfish regulars is on the road at the moment and may have some figures to share ;-)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 5/7/2006 at 17:12 admin

Having just re-read it (something I should have done before posting it) my accommodation estimates for Laos and Cambodia are a bit high - you could probable get away with $6-7 in each country without too much trouble...

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Posted by marianwarren on 5/7/2006 at 17:34


Thank you! I will need a day or so to digest the calculations, but this has been sooo! much help. I have posted exacto for his insights - a very sharp knife in the block - sling him some bucks methinks. And thank you for scraping the cerebellum.

You make this stuff so easy. many many thanks.


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Posted by ozdan on 11/12/2006 at 07:13

So, Im thinking my planned budget of AUD $50 ($35 USD) per day per person (x 2 people) should be fine?

Looking at about 4-5 months from Singapore to Hanoi (via Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia)

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Posted by exacto on 11/12/2006 at 11:26


I'd say your AUD $50 per day should hold up quite nicely, particularly over a long trip like that where you've got the time to take trains and buses instead of flying from place to place. We spent roughly that much per person per day this past June and July, and that was at a comfy flashpacker level. The longer you stay, the better deals you can get on accomodation, etc. Four to five months? I'm eating my heart out! Have fun.

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Posted by Joana on 12/12/2006 at 19:52

Hi Somtam. I am going to thailand by myself, for a month (25/12-23/01). I´d like to travel to Laos and Cambodia too. I was thinking to stay 3 days in Luang Prabang, after go to Siem Reap( How???), stay for 3 days, and come back to Thailand. I´d like to go to the south, for to dive, and I will take an airplane ticket to Bangkok, I think it is better by Pucket for to come back home.
I have many questions:
The time is enough? I have to reservate the rooms? I will have problems with the VISA? Discovery passes will be good for this trip? Airplane or bus for Laos and Cambodia??
Thanks a lot,

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Posted by ozdan on 20/12/2006 at 08:44

Thanks Exacto!

Im looking to go in the low season too so thats a nice comparison. I want to be able to spend a night somewhere nicer occasionally, so that makes me feel confident that I will have plenty of cash.

4-5 months - cant wait! Its just the thought of coming home unemployed that worries me slightly, but I cant have it all!!!

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Posted by deemaa on 22/12/2006 at 03:36

By way of comparison after plane fare, for our thirty day stay in Thailand, my wife and I budgeted $60 Can. a day....that's food, lodging, transport and incidentals. In no way did we do without and were very comfortable. We returned $50 dollars over budget....not too bad. Peace Jim

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