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Indonesia cost vs Thailand cost?

Posted by steffanmathias on 3/12/2008 at 18:57

I'm debating weather to spend about 21 days of my trip in bali/east java or laos/more of thailand (a little longer on beaches and longer around the central planes), and basically the deciding factor is costs, and seeing as every guide book gives different costs i was wondering if anybody could tell me, based on experience, which is cheaper, indonesia or thailand? Many many many thanks Steffan ...

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Wiing Money from U.S.A. to somene in Chiang Mia

Posted by rgdtynan1 on 3/12/2008 at 05:36

My son is living in Chiang Mia, I want to know what or how to send him money from the U.S.A ...

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Budget for suggested itinerary: THE REGION: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam explorer

Posted by quddus on 11/11/2008 at 01:39

Hello everyone, This will be my first backpacking experience. I would like to know what would be a realistic budget for the suggested itinerary (THE REGION: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam explorer) posted in this website. I am planning to backpack for 5 weeks. Many thanks! ...

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US dollars brand new?

Posted by rob65 on 24/11/2008 at 14:11

I'm starting a 3 weeks journey through Laos. I'll carry US dollars but some of my bucks have a rust spots. They were deposited in a little safe-box for months and some notes are spotted by -red-rust spots. Do you think that Lao banks will accept them? Once I've read that banks in Indonesia accept only US dollars in good condition. Thanks in advance for you reply. ...

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How much money to allocate for transportation in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Veitnam

Posted by quddus on 11/11/2008 at 02:41

Hello everyone, Can anyone give me a good estimate how much I'd be spending in transportation if I cross all four countries? I am looking for the cheapest way to visit all four countries since I'm working with a tight budget Any help is very much appreciated ...

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$1000 for 5 weeks: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam - Feasible???

Posted by quddus on 11/11/2008 at 03:18

Traveling overland, staying in the cheapest guesthouses, eating only for sustenance, tourist visa application at each border. Is this budget realistic for a first time backpacker on tight budget? if not, any suggestion how to work it out? ...

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$3000 US for eight weeks

Posted by josh4321 on 23/10/2008 at 19:11

Do you think $3000 is enough for 60 days. I'm going to be going to northern thailand, thai islands, laos, cambodia and maybe vietnam. I dont want to rough it all the time and I'd like to go scuba diving a few times. Do you think $3000 US dollars is enough ...

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Budget Planning, 2 kiwi girls in need of serious help!

Posted by hjamorrice on 21/10/2008 at 05:48

Hey guys, We're planning on going to Thailand and Cambodia for just over a month from December to beginning of Feb. We're trying to work out our budget, and we've worked out (not experienced backpackers but with use of travelfish) that on average for food, accom, transport etc per day we would spend nz$28, which is THB 593. Is this too much/too less? Is it realistic? We're not looking to be flashpackers or to stay in the lowest of low backpackers either! Any advise would be amazing. Thankyo ...

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Exchange rates

Posted by mic59 on 20/9/2008 at 18:19

A good idea when going overseas is to keep an eye on exchange rates and buy your currency, load your cash passport or whatever when the rate is best. I changed my Australian currency to American as I am going to Thailand and I unfortunately caught the downturn in the Aussie dollar. I bought US$3000 and if I'd got them when the exchange rate was best I would have saved myself about AU$300. ...

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getting post (credit cards) sent over from england to bangkok

Posted by kp1988 on 21/8/2008 at 14:02

Hello. I am really stuck on this matter so any advice would be great. I have a credit arriving to my home address in england in the next couple of days, which i will need sent to me over in bangkok. How does it work, is it possible for me to pick it up from a registered post office? do bangkok have post offices? what is the safest way of me receiving my card? kind regards, kane ...

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US Dollar king?

Posted by doakey on 30/9/2008 at 04:58

Hey, I'm starting in Hanoi from Bangkok flight. Just wondering are USD best for Vietnam are they accepted everywhere? Not sure what to convert into (from euro). cheers ...

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ATMs in Laos

Posted by smartso on 1/7/2008 at 21:10

I know this was up for a little debate before I left so I figured I'd post my findings (I'm sorry if it's a double post, I haven't been on the forums since I departed for my trip). I was in Laos just over 2 weeks ago and I can confirm that there are ATMs in: Luang Prabang Vang Vieng Vientiane Savannakhet I was also told there are working ATMs in Pakse by fellow travelers but I didn't seem them with my own eyes. All of the ATMs accepted my Canadian debit card no problem. There is stil ...

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Flying into South East Asia - Which country to start in?

Posted by kipcasper on 13/9/2008 at 06:36

Hi, I'm hoping to do a bit of traveling next year - hopefully going to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos over a 10-week period. I'll be flying from the UK (preferably Manchester, but can fly from any airport) and don't care which country I start in. What would be the best country to start in (in general terms and cost and availability of flights) and what would be the best order to see the countries in? Thanks in advance for your help. ...

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Canadian Debit Card in Thailand

Posted by CharFlorica on 18/6/2008 at 22:56

Hello, I've been looking through these threads, and I can't entirely seem to find a solid answer about Canadian debit in Thailand. I was wondering whether anyone actually knows of a good card. The bank companies that I have to work with are ATB, CIBC, Royal Bank, Scotia, BMO, HSBC, Christian Credit Union etc. I know that my mastercard has the cirrus symbol on it, but I would rather not solely use that. THanks!! ...

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Using Internet banking while in SE Asia

Posted by daflj on 1/9/2008 at 18:06

Hi all, I'm planning a trip for the first time and am looking at being in SE Asia for approx. 10/11 weeks in mid-March to end May '09. I've been reading this board and am finding it very helpful so feel brave enough now to ask a question :) What are people's feelings about internet banking, and/or booking travel or guesthouses over the internet while travelling? I'm dubious about accessing my account from internet terminals and I'm not comfortable either about the idea of sending my details ...

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5 weeks- RM3500 (1000USD)

Posted by cchcal on 29/8/2008 at 22:52

I'll be traveling around SE Asia with close reference to the suggested itinerary obtained on this very site, albeit with some minor changes. Would 1000USD be sufficient for a 5 week trip to cambodia, laos, vietnam and thailand? Cheers ...

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Using Thai Baht in Luang Prabang

Posted by TonyL on 4/7/2008 at 10:29

Has anybody had recent experience of using baht in LP ? Were they easy to use in better restaurants and was the exchange rate reasonably equitable - say 31 baht to a US$1 approx. I will be in Thailand before Laos and expect to have quite a few baht left over because of having to change fairly high denomination Travellers Cheques there. Rather than change baht back to $US or kip life would be much easier if I could simply use my excess baht in Luang Prabang. Last time I was there it was quite po ...

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Posted by CJHorn85 on 12/5/2008 at 20:30

Hey people, With fuel, food etc etc prices going up, I know its going to be quite difficult to put an accurate price tag on my trip, but any help is much appreciated. I will be in SEA for 71 days this summer (Vietnam - 24 days, Laos - 11 days, Cambodia - 12 days, Thailand - 20 days, Singapore- 4 days). I was wanting to know a rough budget for this? I would like to try and spend no more than £1500 for this whole time, but if I can go lower, thats obviously better. That works out at arou ...

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£2500 enough for 3 months?

Posted by dazm26 on 28/12/2007 at 01:22

Now Xmas is out the way i have one month until i go away to SE ASIA on my own and im just starting to come over with huge excitement quickly followed by a lot of nerves!! I am wondering how best to take my money to SE ASIA, im going to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and am taking about £2500, firstly is this enough im going for 3months???? How do i take my money i have USD in cash to take and i guess the resr in my Natiownide account i now have, should i take any tr ...

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