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budget for 5 months?

Posted by bullred1 on 3/11/2012 at 18:59

Hello everybody, Looking for some advice. I'm planning a trip to SE Asia for 5 months next year (April- September). And trying to find out what budget would be possible. Just checked some similar posts, but hardly found anything suitable exactly for me. Countries I would travel: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. At the moment with tickets in my hand I have £4000 for travel spendings. Is that enough for a shoestring budget travel? By the way, I would stay i ...

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Thai bank account

Posted by littletimmy on 29/9/2012 at 10:47

Hi is it worth opening a Thai bank account when traveling S.E.A? I'll be in thailand for the first 2months, then probably a month in each of the others. This will avoid the high bank charges encountered by using a UK card and get me a much better exchange rate too when i deposit cash. I understand there the initial risk from airport to bank but its one i'm prepared to take. Also i should imagine using a thai account will have cheaper atm charges in the other SEA counties then a weestern card? O ...

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What is the best way to carry and spend my cash when travelling

Posted by chelsealear on 26/9/2012 at 09:12

I am planning an extended trip to South East Asia, Sri Lanka and India in December for a year and am quite confused about the best way to carry and spend my cash. I am from the UK and have obviously saved lots of money to go with but I don't know what the most cost effective way to spend it is as all the different percentages and charges are quite overwhelming. I have looked into getting a prepaid worldwide passport Travelex card or a Prepaid Caxton card and that way I can withdraw at Ma ...

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Budget Help :(

Posted by HollyN on 7/9/2012 at 01:57

I plan on travelling for 15 in SEA with a friend, we have a budget of £10,000.. however, £2000 is for flights and an Orangutan tour, £2000 is for a dive course/ living expe/ food. accomodation in Malapascua and £3000 is to get in to Australia after on a working holiday Visa. So, all in all, leaves us £3000 for 15 weeks of travel, 4 days Singapore just over 2 weeks Bali 6 weeks doing Cambodia/ Laos/ Thailand 3 weeks Philippines 1 weeks maybe kota kinabalu 4 days Kuala Lumpa Is thi ...

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Currency Conversion Table: GBP, USD, VND, LAK, KHR, THB

Posted by AndyPandy on 22/8/2012 at 04:16

Hi all, I asked a friend of mine to help me put together a breakdown of USD and UK currency conversions into the 4 currencies in SE Asia. I hope you find it as useful as I'm sure I will!!!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/75403582@N00/7836944700/sizes/o/ Best wishes, Andy x ...

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Laos Kip for sale

Posted by hollaws on 15/4/2012 at 05:11

I have just returned from Laos to find that I cannot change my considerable amount of Laos Kip (2.442,000K, approx £210). Back as no agent deals in Kip. As it is also impossible to buy Kip before you get to Laos, perhaps someone might want to but the money from me. I live in east London if anyone is interested! ...

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Currencies and amounts to take for 5 weeks in SE Asia

Posted by Nixxypie on 18/7/2011 at 19:32

Hi, myself and one other female friend are travelling to Thailand and Cambodia for 5 weeks next month. We plan on spending about 1 week in Cambodia and the rest in Thailand. For obvious reasons we do not want to carry large amounts of cash around with us, and I am taking a credit card which offers free withdrawls and perfect exchange rate so I can withdraw more money while I'm out there. My question is how much do you recommed I take to get me started? I was planning on taking £200 of Thai Bah ...

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Budget for ten weeks

Posted by cat723 on 16/8/2012 at 02:44

Hi, I'm going to be traveling around South East Asia for ten weeks beginning late September and I'm just trying to sort out my budget and hidden costs. I have my flights to and from Thailand and my travel insurance already covered. I have not booked any internal travel as hope to do this mainly by land as budget as possible when I am there, and will book budget accom my whole way through. I do however want to go to Myanmar and know that I can only enter via air. I'm not planning on doing tou ...

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Using Pre-paid card in SEA?

Posted by Winstan on 3/1/2012 at 09:08

Looking to leave towards end of Jan , Anybody used these before when travelling care to share please , I have a fewaccounts , RBS, NatWest and Santander , all basic accounts in UK , but looked on travel supermarket and they don’t seem like the best option. . I have moneyin bank and cash I want to spend unto £4000 (3000cash) on traveling. But i can’tget a credit card as I don’t qualify so pre-paid I think is the way to go. I don’t no which one to go for they all seem similar (Freedom, ST ...

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WARNING! (especially rookies)

Posted by mmcphee7117 on 12/7/2011 at 02:11

I'm passing along some information I discovered today when i went to my bank. First off, I'm using ATM cards and a little bit of emergency cash for my traveling. I went to my bank to split my accounts into two in case one card is lost and I discovered my bank (as do many others in the U.S.) block certain countries due to fraud. This means they block all ATM transactions with your card in any of the countries on the list. On my banks list is Malaysia and Thailand (two countries I will be spen ...

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How to best manage my money while in Cambodia?

Posted by CoraBora on 10/6/2012 at 18:37

Hello All, First, let me thank all that have contributed to previous posts on this issue! I have been doing some research and still find myself confused. I am traveling solo to Cambodia from USA in a couple of months. I am concerned about how to best secure my money, and manage it while there. I have looked at the Visa Travel card although was unable to find charges for using while abroad. I also still have enough time to open a banking acct with a provider that doesn't charge a lot. I also have ...

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Change Euros to US$ now?

Posted by billytheliar on 26/5/2012 at 06:13

Should I change my Euros to US dollars now? Planning a trip Oct.-Nov.to SE Asia, and not quite sure how it will be then (exchange rates). As everything I read is quoted in US dollars, I don΄t necessarily want to travel on a budget 20% (or 30%) lower than originally calculated. Any suggestions? ...

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Saving money with a student card

Posted by FishUdders on 5/1/2012 at 15:12

Hello, I am travelling to SE Asia and a couple of other countries in a few months. I know that with an international student card you can save a fair amount of money on many attractions, however... I am no longer a student. Does anyone have any ideas or experience of getting a student card despite not being a student. Or is anyone aware of any other internationally recognised cards that could save a bit of money on the attractions. Thanks a lot. ...

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AUD $4000 spending?

Posted by bcp2004 on 20/4/2012 at 23:16

Hi, I am leaving for southeast Asia with a mate around Christmas (i know its early but i want to be organised). I am traveling to Indonesia - Thailand - Vietnam - Cambodia (hopefully) - Loas, the trip should take around 65 days. I was wondering how much i should budget? i am thinking around $4000; $60 a day, will this cover food accommodation and a fair few drinks - not including flights? I am a bit sketchy about the accommodation, will $20 each, so $40 get me and my mate decent accommodation in ...

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$10,000 for 6 months?

Posted by SPUD on 20/4/2012 at 21:53

I'm planning a solo trip to SEA but am still unsure for how long. I'm interested in traveling in Thailand, Loas, Cambodia and Vietnam. My plan is to quit my job and sell all my stuff. My budget after flight should be around $10,000 USD with the items being sold used as small savings for after i return. I pretty much just want to lounge around instead of constantly moving around seeing every sight possible. Staying in one place for 2+ weeks if i feel like it. No party/club or fine dining and OK ...

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Money in SE ASIA in general

Posted by dazm26 on 28/12/2007 at 01:21

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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Cheap ways to call home?

Posted by SimonD on 5/2/2009 at 06:17

I was in India over christmas, and when I got home I had a 400$ phone bill waiting for me. Sure, you don't need to call your girlfriend everyday, and sure, it's not everytime you are going to India, that you get stuck in New Delhi for days, trying to book a new ticket via phone. I learned that the hard way I guess. That being said, I would really like to stay in touch with friends, family and girlfriends on my three month trip to Asia. But with danish companies prices, I'm desperate for an a ...

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Budget SEA

Posted by Nienke on 6/3/2012 at 06:42

Hi, We are a married couple who want to travel long time from Moskow with the Transmongolian train to Beijng all the way down to New Zealand. We already are saving every penny and I'm busy making a budget and I really need some help. Below you will find the country, the time and the daily budget for the two of us excluding flights and visas 3 months China - $65 2 weeks Tibet - $60 1 month Nepal - $40 3 months India - $40 1 months Myanmar - $40 1,5 months Vietnam - $40 excluding transport due to ...

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NZ Credit cards

Posted by shambles on 20/2/2012 at 19:17

I'm currently doing research into credit cards/debit cards. Are there any Kiwi's here who can recommend a cheap option? At the moment most seem to charge $5 Atm fee plus 2.5% pluse the local banks atm fees? Am I missing something, Is there anything cheaper than this Thanks in advance ...

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Buying traveller cheques in Bangkok

Posted by firewok on 19/2/2012 at 08:34

Hi. I'm gonna spend 3 months in SE Asia, and I'd like to have a few traveller cheques. However in my home country I find some difficulties to buy them. So I'd like to know if it's feasible for a tourist to buy them in Bangkok. Is it an easy task? Do I need any special paperwork? Thanks in advance! ...

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