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SE Asia in 8 months on budget?

Posted by sallyissxc on 21/1/2011 at 09:59

hey all,
just couriouse to weather i can travel SE asia in 8 or more months spending 1 month in each country roughly, i have about AU$15,000 do you think this will be enough if i live pretty cheaply? also if im only spending 1 to 2 months in each country site seeing and not working do i still need a visa for each country or is a visa just if you plan to work? might be a silly question just a new traveller and leave next month so needing some answers. any help or suggestions would be muchly appreciated? :-)

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Posted by mooball on 23/1/2011 at 11:53 TF writer

If you're a new traveller, it might take a little while to discover what style of accommodation and transport suits your style. If you're able to handle cheaper accommodation, public transport and local food, $15000 could easily last 18 months in SE Asia. Splash out a little on activities like riding elephants and white water rafting, eat the occasional western meal and use tourist transport, $15000 will last the 8 months and probably no longer.

I spent $20 per day in Burma last year and approximately $40-50 per day in Bali recently. My Bali journey included a hire car for most of the time, usually one western meal per day, a range of activities like volcano treks, a bit of shopping and mobile internet throughout the island. I lived quite well.

$15k will be easily enough if you find a travel groove that is cheap.

Visas are required in many countries in Asia, but a visa when you enter the country is usually given by the immigration officials. That is, quite often you just book a ticket to a country, pay money to the immigration people when you land and you're on your way. It is best, though, to check out the requirements of the country you are visiting before departing as some countries will not allow you to enter without a pre-purchased visa. EG Burma.

Happy travels!

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Posted by travellingsarah on 23/1/2011 at 17:35 TF writer

$15,000 sounds plenty to me. We travelled for 7 months (2 of us) and spent a lot less than that - and we're not budget travelers. It's a bit more expensive when you're traveling alone because of the cost of accommodation and lack of single beds but I don't see that you'll have a problem unless you like living the high life!

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Posted by sallyissxc on 28/1/2011 at 13:57

thanks for the advice guys that was realy helpful, realy appreciate it, sorry took me ages to right back ive been on my dads farm for almost a week no reception or any suggestions where i shoud stay when i arrive in depinsar bali? some where fairly cheap and some where where i can walk and catch transport and thats close to site seeing that wont cost anythink? sal:-)

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Posted by mooball on 28/1/2011 at 15:14 TF writer

My advice would be to look at the travelfish accommodation guide for Kuta here.

If you're still stuck, Taman Ayu II and Waringin are my picks!

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Posted by MADMAC on 28/1/2011 at 15:42

The big budget eaters here are women and booze. I would assume the first is not an issue for you ("romance" for you will almost definitely be free), so unless you're a serious drinker, I would think 15,000 Australian should be fine. The visa issue should be clear now... have a great trip.

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Posted by sallyissxc on 1/2/2011 at 11:33

wow awsome as thanks everyone, i am getting very excited now its cuming up close, any suggestions where i should go in idonesia good places to see and do, cheap oviously but apart from bali where else is good? i wanna go hiking and snorkle and visit places off the beaten track abit, i want a real adventure? any suggestions? :-)

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Posted by robk on 3/2/2011 at 18:33

Hello, sounds like you have plenty of spends for your trip depending on what your actually going for... If your a budget traveller then you will have far to much but if you want to go and live the dream and are prepared to spend the lot you could have the time of your life .... Regarding kuta ve not been there for two years but I stayed on poppies lane 2 at BENEYASA BEACH INN it was clean,basic n central to nightlife n close to the beach it has a small clean pool n was approx. £7 a night with breakfast .... Hope thts some. Help ..., we spent 3 weeks on Bali n travelled around it including a visit to the gili islands lots of suffers there it's worth spending 3 weeks there.

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