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Budget for one month travel from China to Thailand

Posted by Ignas on 24/9/2010 at 13:21

Hello everyone Now I am staying in China (Yunnan province) and before coming back to Europe I want to travel from here to Thailand visiting Laos and Vietnam in one month. I don't have hell a lot of money but I am used to poor conditions, eating a little bit and traveling by local transport, buses trains. So I will not go to night clubs, luxury hotels and so on, but anyway I don't have an idea how much I should take for this trip. Plan is one week in Laos, 1.5 in Vietnam and 1.5 in Thailand. Doe ...

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Buying Kips in Ha Noi possible?

Posted by cloud on 23/9/2010 at 12:27

I am considering spending a couple of days in a mountainous region right after entering Laos through the border Tay Trang/Taichang. It seems there is not any Laos bank in that region and I need to prepare Kips before entering Laos. Is it possible to buy Kips in Ha Noi? If not, how about in Ho Chi Min and Bangkok? ...

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How do you go about saving for your trip.

Posted by svendj on 17/9/2010 at 16:13

Was just wondering how people here are planning to save money for a trip? Do you have a plan figured out that you will be leaving within 6 months or so and need to save X amount of money before that time or do you just keep working, save some money and once you've got enough just go. For this last one: when do you now you have enough to go for a trip, cause you might be thinking that you could get off for 6 months but also that if you keep working a little bit more you can go for a year... what ...

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atm card broken, credit card stolen - and now?

Posted by maria_s on 10/11/2009 at 15:01

hi guys, maybe someone has experienced a similar situation and has any advice. my visacard was stolen in malaysia, which is not that bad because I still had my atm-card and an amex credit card. but now my atm is broken and indonesia amex is widely not accepeted, apart from the fact that getting cash with it is expensive. I will be travelling until january, so I need a long-term solution, a friend joins me in 3 weeks and she could bring me both new visa and atm. but what to do until then? ...

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Cheap international phone call numbers list

Posted by SBE on 11/9/2010 at 18:48

I saw that in the new improved version of TF there's going to be a "lists" option. At first I though oh gawd, what FOR? (Visions of 500 post threads with everyone's idea essential packing lists or "must see" places). But then again I couldn't see any point in Twitter until the Bangkok riots happened either. Anyway, Cranky Carrot had a post about phone charges today and that made me think about one list that I'd quite like to have... cheap codes for international calls from ...

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Booze and other stuff.

Posted by humpdawg on 5/9/2010 at 23:12

Hi all. Heading back over to SE Asia in November with the girlfriend and just want to get an idea of some costs for our budget. We'll be going to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Large or small beer from traveller restaurant/bar/shop Vodka/whiskey bucket Bottle of vodka/sangsom Rice/noodle dish Average beach hut accomodation - nothing fancy like aircon City guesthouse - again nothing fancy Train/boat ticket from Bangkok to Ko Phangan Cheers. ...

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Travellers Cheques in CAD

Posted by mckayb on 30/5/2010 at 04:39

I am heading to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia from June 10 to August 31...So I have just bought a good amount worth of travellers cheques in Canadian dollars. I was going to get them in USD, but I realized I would have to pay twice for the currency conversion (CAD>USD>THB). I figured I could just get them in CAD and avoid being dinged twice. My only concern is that the Canadian dollar will not be recognized in some places especially in rural areas. Have any other Canadians brought traveller ...

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Pre-paid cards

Posted by lanamike on 5/8/2010 at 18:27

Hey Just wondering has anyone used a pre-paid card I was looking at fairfx? Seems like a good idea? ...

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£1800 for s.east asia in october- december?

Posted by newbiedanielle on 5/8/2010 at 05:15

Hi, I'm Danielle and I'm going backpacking solo this year for the first time. My travels beforehand have been limited to Europe, so I'm both terrified and excited! I'm going to visit a friend who is working in S.Korea and leaving there on 4th October. I was planning to do Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand-flying back to England from Bangkok some time in December. However I think I will have about £1800 once I've paid for my flights- is this stretching it a bit thin? It works out to about £ ...

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cheapest Asian country to live?

Posted by teresa7 on 4/7/2010 at 23:14

Hi Which of the asian countries listed on this forum is the cheapest to stay for a month...accomodation and food etc ...and what minimum monthly budget should I make? many thanks! ...

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Cost of living - Thailand

Posted by tommy1305 on 21/7/2010 at 20:28

Hi everyone Hope all is well. . . . . Its been a few years since i was in thailand last .Im heading back in October to the islands for couple weeks for a quick holiday .. .Just wondering would someone who was there recently be update me on the price of the following ?? as im sure its changed since last time .. local beer water/soft drink whiskey bucket boat between islands has food gone up much ? hope to hear from everyone tommytao ...

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cheapest-langkawi or thailand? monthly budget?

Posted by teresa7 on 4/7/2010 at 16:55

Hi joined travelfish today! What is the cheapest monthly budget one can get by in langkawi and thailand? Just need basic room and food and hopefully nearby beach. Could one live on 10.000 -15.000 baht a month in thailand ....or 1000 -1500,- ringett in langkawi a month? Can you suggest the cheapest places in malaysia & thailand to live for a month? many thanks!! ...

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Posted by scl on 22/6/2010 at 10:00

Hello, I'm planning to go all around SE asia for 4 months. I'm planning to use my regular australian debit card, my canadian visa card, and a travel australian bank card. Problem is, it costs so much money to take cash out in the ATM in asia, so I want to use the ATM as least as possible, but I dont want to take out a bunch of money because I dont trust myself with a bunch of cash on me. what is the best way to do it?? and what is a good amount to take out at each time in SE asia??? any help ...

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International Youth Travel Card

Posted by sharpie on 22/6/2010 at 17:04

Hi, We are Australian and will be travelling se asia and china for about a year. We have seen a number of International Youth Travel Cards advertised but are they beneficial for China and se asia? There seem to be a lot of discounts but not really for asian countries. anyone used one? are there student discounts in china? thanks ...

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Nationwide disaster

Posted by appro on 7/3/2010 at 18:24

Most UK travellers know that Nationwide is the best bank account for foreign withdrawals. I received a letter today to say NW are changing my cash card to a new 'cash card plus' card. Great new features - but you can't use it abroad! Nooooo! NW wouldn't let me upgrade to the visa debit card. Bummer! I set off next month on a RTW trip. I need to find an alternative bank account that offers decent rates/low charges on foreign withdrawals. Any ideas? ...

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Using Traveller's Cheques in Thailand and Malaysia

Posted by ambee124 on 18/6/2010 at 19:48

Hello, as title says I'm using traveller's cheques in Thailand and Malaysia and basically wanted to know where are the best places to exchange them? I.e. where am I most likely to get a decent rate? Bank? Exchange Booths? And places to generally avoid exchanging them! Cheers ...

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meagre budget for a month travel advice please

Posted by inqusiseth on 8/6/2010 at 13:47

Hello All, I m a solo backpacker ,Taken a months off to travel around but have a very meagre budget say RT 2700 or Bhat 27000.Dont know what to do with it . I only have confirmed airtickets to n fro from KLIA ( i brought them as they were cheap. Please help me in getting my itinerary done . I was thinking of goin to lesser expensive places like Laos , cambodia or Vietnam but they seem to be lot expensive than thailand or malaysia with long distance spans and no proper trasportation system. ...

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2 people, £6000 4 mounths is this enough??

Posted by chrismcchris on 7/4/2010 at 19:51

hi me and my girlfriend are traveling from thailand through laos vietnam cambodia the thai islands malysia and end up in singapore. we are more than happy to travel and sleep and eat cheap. we do like a good beer or three but wont be hitting the clubs. maybe 1 or 2 flights on the journey is £6000 a reasonable budget for 15 weeks travel?? were both first timers in se asia so any answers would be lotts of help thanks. ...

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List of scams

Posted by Manticore on 31/5/2010 at 22:42

A copy and paste from: Heads up! Travel Picks: Top 10 tourist scams Reuters As weather gets warmer and travel season begins to ramp up, so do the efforts and imaginations of street criminals looking to part tourists from their money. Travel website ( has come up with a list of the top 10 tactics thieves use to scam tourists. "Most of these scams a ...

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My Budget for 4 weeks

Posted by Turf on 1/6/2010 at 07:10

Hi Guys, First of, I just wanted to say a quick thank you to the admin here, and the rest of you guys who have helped me set out an itinerary and plan out a suitable trip. Here is my itinerary, from the 21st June to the 18th July: 1. Arrive in Bangkok on 21st June evening 2. Stay here till the 24th 3. On the 24th, we take the overnight train leaving BKK at 19:30, arriving in Ko Samui at 9:30 am. 4. We go from Ko Samui straight to Ko Phan Ngan by ferry 5. Leave Ko Phan Ngan on 28th to Ko Sa ...

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