Hi all i am just trying to work out a good budget to stick to and need some help please? Bangkok -> 2/3 nights Southern Thai islands/koh phi phi --> Had Yai (town on the border wih Malaysia) --> Penang --> Kuala Lumpur --> Singapore
No one price for every traveler! Some travelers only stay in 3 star to 5 star places and eat in fancy restaurants. Other travelers stay in cheap dorms or hostels and eat street food. Probably most of us are somewhere in the middle.
You can find cheap places to stay at in Thailand and places that will cost 6000 baht per night - where do you usually fall in at? Based on travel you have done to other countries, how much did you budget per day for that place?
For a new country that I visit I usually figure out how much I want to spend per day and then get the hotel that does not exceed that budget. Even in Bangkok you can get a place with air that starts around 600 baht, including private toilet. These cheap rooms in Bangkok may be small and even sometimes with "no window" or no view rooms.
So, figure out how much you can afford to spend per day and then ask for hotels that do not exceed that price.
#3 sirhalberd has been a member since 30/12/2007. Posts: 295
From the top of my head (ie without research), Malaysia is about 30% more expensive than Thailand.
Posts re: travel costs are (in no order):
Each of these posts will give you some ideas as to how to budget & save unnecessary costs.
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June is the wet season, so ideas of magnificent sunny beaches with tanned ladies may need to be rethought...
The route you suggest is pretty boring in that there are few cultural highlights, and the places you mention tend to focus more on cities than culture (which may be your aim).
If you wanted to reduce costs, try and do things away from the cities (as much as possible) and look for some of the 'less travelled' places.
Travelfish has much info if you've time to look.
Hi cheers i have looked and some info and now re thought my route and i hopeing this will flow ok!
Bangkok 19 june stay 3 nights>kanchanaburi > sangkhlaburi > champhon > ko tao > ko pha ngan full moon party > ko samui > krabi islands hopping koh phi phi > panang > kuala lumpar > singapore flying out 1 augs?
That sounds much better. At Kanchanaburi , try and get to Hellfire Pass (I suggest it does more than any other place in the area to 'explain' just how hard life would have been at that time.
Also, the nearby waterfall should be really in full flow then. If so, then at least a night at Kanchanaburi will be needed. Are you including the morning floating market on the way from BKK to Kanchanaburi?
If you can get to Malacca (south of KL) you'll see a different side of Malaysia. You can take a bus there, and the bus trip to Jahore Bahru also connects - it's just a matter of taking the (frequent) bus across the straights to Singapore.
Hi yes will defo be planing on a trip to the floating market if its the one im thinking about i think i have been there on a holiday a few years back now! its getting close now so just planing the last few things like travel money etc have work out a budget £700 for my six weeks stay
i am thinking of a prepaid mastercard called caxton fx global traveller no atms fees!! all i am open to any ideas please?
Sadly, there ARE ATM fees in SE Asia. Go to:
Also, 700 quid over 6 weeks (or 900 Baht / day) sounds like a challenge. Try looking at:
This second link refers to costs. I don't know when it was written, but costs have increased greatly over the past 3 or 4 years.
You seem more drawn to historical sites and beaches (nothing wrong with that of course). I love the northeast because I really like the people out here - but it's not for everyone. You could certainly get by on 1,200 baht our here no problem at all.
#10 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Well, as an example of where I live (Mukdahan), there are two hotels in the 350 baht a night and less that are clean and have AC. Food will set you back about 30-40 baht a meal if you eat cheap (night market especially, very inexpensive). If you eat at a pricier restaraunt (there are some nice ones on the Mekong) about 150 if you throw in a large beer. So with food and lodging, say 600 a day. That doesn't include anything for recreation of course. Or bus fares, which will cost about 50 baht to get to the next province. Massage is 100 baht an hour. I get three a week.
So yeah, you can do it under 1,000 but you aren't leaving yourself money for wine, women, song and other things that most of us find essential on the open road.
#12 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957