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Backpacking trough Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. HELP!

Posted by earthrider on 25/9/2007 at 17:10


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My best friend and I am tracking from Bankok to Hanoi, June next year...we are going trough Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.. All the hostels/hotels and transportation coast are already payes, but we are on a tight budget!! So, here comes my question:

How much shold we budget a day in each country? This is for food, dring and souvenirs.. although we are carrying al over luggage so there wil probably not be to many souvenirs eigther...

Al answers welcome!!!!

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Posted by Bee on 25/9/2007 at 18:53

In Thailand, in general, you can find cheap but good quality Thai food all over the country. The cheapest dish is about 1 US dollar (or less) per portion. The price depends on location. If you buy food from a food vendor on footpath, you pay less than in a restaurant. If you buy food in an aircon-restaurant, of course, it is more expensive. If you go to a tourist destination, like Phuket, cost of living is more expensive than the other areas.
The main food in Thailand is rice. Noodles are also very popular. If the hotels you are staying in provide breakfast, 3 USD per day is effortable for 2 meals plus water.
About sovenirs, depends on what you want to buy. Try to avoid buying them from the tourist areas.

Have a nice trip

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Posted by Lother on 26/9/2007 at 01:40

Cambodia is in my opinion a little more expensive for a traveler, but there too you can find local food for less than $1, and more foreigner oriented places have dishes for $1.50-3.

So if transport and accommodation is already paid for, it really depends on the amount you drink and the souvenirs you buy, but if you want to go cheap, $5 should be enough for food, even in Phnom Penh. Siem Reap is generally more expensive obviously, and Battambang seemed particularly cheap to me.

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Posted by rakhee2108 on 26/9/2007 at 03:28

If you budget $18USD (£9) per day for accommodation,transport and food, this should be plenty, especially since June is low season. The cost of food and drink alone is very little, esp if you eat at local places - no more than $4-5USD per day.

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Posted by pongsakorn on 26/9/2007 at 07:42

sawasdee ( hello 0

if you are really on a tight budget , then i think booking a hotel is not important , CHEAP plenty of guest house are in thailand , Laos , and vietnam.

12 USD a night you can get a proper clean room and you might be lucky enough to get an aircon room too.. and sure you can get even cheaper price..

I don t know where you are from and what you are interest the most about this region , unbeaten track would be in laos , trip will be more ISOLATED and hardcore when you get closer to chinese border , China can be access from both Laos and Vietnam with a valid chinese visa, a train from hanoi( capital city of Vietnam to capital city of china also available )

recommended route Bangkok - cambodia ( via Koh kong ) - Hochimin ( vietnam)- through up by land arround 1000 km ++ - Hanoi - Loas- vientien -Lung prabang -chanig rai(thailand) by boat on river khong and Bangkok

Or go by land up to Hanoi and low cost air fly back to bangkok before heading south of thailand and malaysia for los cost airline in this region

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