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Cheap living - travelling alone - 21 year old male.

Posted by twistedsignal on 22/3/2013 at 11:12

Hi all,

So I have decided to sell everything I own, leave my job, re home my dog to go travelling around South East Asia - starting with Thailand.

Trying to work out how cheaply I can budget for on day to day living. The cheaper the better - not bothered on hostel quality - still looking to spend money going out?

I am looking to find out how cheap I an get hostels for around Khao San Road to begin with.

How much does price vary when travelling to the southern islands and else where in Thailand.

I am 21, male and from the UK - looking to go early next year some time.

Many thanks guys for any tips / help etc :).

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Posted by somtam2000 on 23/3/2013 at 17:38 admin

You can travel in Thailand fairly reliably for $30 per day, less if you are careful with your money. The more you travel the higher your costs will be. You'll get a cheap room around Khao San Road for 200-300 baht -- sometimes less.

The islands vary tremendously in price, but Ko Pha Ngan has the most comprehensive selection of cheapy huts. Ko Chang Noi also good in this regard.


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Posted by captainbkk on 24/3/2013 at 03:21

1. change MINDset- its a very hard thing for youngies like you, but the real cheap deals are NOT on the www.Ooff!
2.some of the lowest prices available NOW around KSR;dorm 100 bt, room 120 bt. NOT in hoStels=these prey on folks like you with that preset mindset
Food: bami soup 10 bt, rice+omelet 15 bt, good plates of rice/meat/vegs: 30 bt.
FREE: drinking water, many red buses (incl to DMK=not the big BKK, but there is even a free shuttle bus between the 2.
Use computer: 8 bt/hr (with long time ticket).
3. be VERY aware of how long you can legally stay and do inform yourself about the ways around etc.
However, my extended expreience with young Brits- white skin, overexposed pink flesh, is that NOOne is ever able to withhold from the alco and the Thai girls- and that will cost you much, much more. Also the nosedive of your money will wreak havoc- the THB is rising by the day.

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Posted by MADMAC on 24/3/2013 at 22:46

"Also the nosedive of your money will wreak havoc- the THB is rising by the day."

Most annoying.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 24/3/2013 at 23:38

Ksr is a disappointment. I wouldn't even bother going there. The islands around Thailand are real nice but you need to book for a 1 week or longer to get a good deal on a decent room. They have 300 baht shacks but they aren't much good.

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Posted by MADMAC on 25/3/2013 at 02:36

OK, you didn't specify how long you plan to stay out here or even why you're really coming. Just want a change of pace or what?

If you aren't bent on "travelling around", then you can rent a room with hot shower and wifi for 3,000 a month no problem in any of the provinces in the Northeast. That's 100 baht a day. Pick a place like Nong Khai and you can make an easy visa run to Laos when you need to. You would also be saving on bus fare, because you wouldn't be taking buses all over the place. So it depends on why you are coming.

"is that NO one is ever able to withhold from the alco and the Thai girls."

Minus the monks and the gay guys, this is largely true. Nookie costs money here most of the time. Fact of life in SEA (although my son is an exception to that rule so maybe you are too). So you should factor that in. You've got to be realistic.

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