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budget for 3.5 months in s.e.a.

Posted by JessicaBenson3 on 2/7/2010 at 03:12

My boyfriend and I are spendig the fall in southeast asia. We will be there sept 1st through december 21st. I have to admit, I'm getting a little nervous about our budget. Realistically between the two of us we should be there with about
$7000. Will this be enough? We travel light and don't need super nice accomodations. Any advice would be amazing. I just want to be prepared as well as possible, mostly just so when we arrive the stress will be gone and we'll have a fabulous time. Thanks!

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Posted by appro on 2/7/2010 at 11:39

I'm assuming that figure doesn't include flights?

If so, based on say 105 days, this works out at $33 a day each. We spent $30 each in Thailand (north), about $20-25 in Laos (Laos is cheap regarding living costs, but transport costs added up) and we're currently spending about $15 a day in Cambodia.

We stay in decent places (lots of air con at first, fan rooms now) and eat well. Booze is the budget killer - particularly in Thailand. Watch that carefully. Southern Thailand will be more expensive - not sure exactly yet as we're going there in a couple of weeks. Also, if you plan to do lots of activities (trekking, boat rides, elephants, etc) then the cost for these can add up.

But, you're budget should be fine if you keep an eye on it (it's higher than my budget).

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 2/7/2010 at 15:11

That's about 60USD (or 2000 Thai baht)/day which is a comfortable budget for decent rooms/bungalows and restaurant meals plus a few beers. Being a couple cuts down on accommodation compared to two singles, most nicer rooms being based on double occupancy anyway. You'll see a fair amount of variation pricewise between north and south Thailand (for example) - here in Chiang Mai you can get a very good guesthouse room with aircon/tv/and maybe even a fridge for about 500-800 baht, but down south on the likes of Phuket/PhiPhi you can double it for the same standard. So stay in cheaper places on higher priced resort beaches and splash out a bit in the cheaper spots. Transport will be mostly by bus which is dirt cheap and you have enough time no need for regional flights although even that can be done economically on budget carriers like Air Asia.

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Posted by brummie1985 on 5/7/2010 at 19:47


I'm glad you posted this. I am a Female solo traveller aged 24 and I will travelling SE ASIA between the 3rd of Sept and 22nd of Dec, I didnt have a clue about my budget, so this is great thanks.

Carmen x

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