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Flights finally paid for, Now my budget...

Posted by potta_boro on 3/6/2011 at 00:32

Hey ive just booked my flights for me and my girlfriend for august 10th (excited!!!) this is our first time out of europe and backpacking.. We are looking to go for around 14 weeks and will be visiting Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia (spending half the time in Thailand) Im looking to have a budget of around £3500 for us both (ooops that doesnt sound enough already) Just want anyones advise on if this will be enough, will we struggle, will we have to limit our options/travel?? also it would be ap ...

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Using ATM's in SouthEast Asia.

Posted by potta_boro on 27/6/2011 at 21:54

Just a quick one, ive been looking through different websites trying to find the best/cheapest card to use (england) whilst travelling with no luck! i dont really want to use credit cards or travellers cheques, so a bit of help would be nice, as its starting to annoy me. My bank Halifax have told me not to use my debit card because they charge a fortune for overseas cash withdrawals. Thanks ...

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Using YOUR cash in SE Asia

Posted by BruceMoon on 10/9/2009 at 16:59

This ‘post’ is about costs and charges to access YOUR cash when in SE Asia. There is much discussion on this topic here on TF, but often the contributions are embedded in various posts. I try here to ‘pull’ all the ideas together, and provide an overview (to the best of my knowledge and also using the contributions here on TF as information). It appears there are some fundamentals about using YOUR cash. Your home country 1/. cash withdrawal Some banks charge a fee to w ...

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Caxton Currency Card

Posted by andrea13 on 16/6/2011 at 00:16

Hi all, I hurriedly bought a Caxton FX Currency Card (Global Traveller) for my visit to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia in July, as I was panicking about money. However I've found out it only holds GBP/US Dollars, so i guess I'll be hit by the ATM exchange rate every time? Any thoughts on whether its worth taking, maybe just for Cambodia? I dont want to use my hsbc card but I'm so confused by it all! Thanks alot for any advice A ...

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Keeping the expences as low as possible

Posted by vivalabene on 16/6/2011 at 14:35

Hey there, I´m Ben from Germany and I plan on travelling through the TF countries. I went Backpacking before but not in Asia. I will go for 15 weeks so I will just focus on the very highlights. I know there are many posts here about Budget but I couldn´t find one that fits my profile. I don´t need a room with air con and I don´t mind if I share a room with up to 20 people. I will almost only travel overland and always 3rd or 2nd class if possible. I don´t need american food. I´ll be fine ...

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Tip for currency exchange in Koh Samui

Posted by brijesh_82 on 25/5/2011 at 16:39

I have planned a trip to Koh Samui in June. I would be transiting through Bangkok. Could anyone please suggest the best option to exchange my US dollars for Thai Bhats. Should I do it in Bangkok airport or wait till I get to Samui ...

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6 months in south east asia

Posted by walshie89 on 6/9/2010 at 22:13

Hi guys, I have been reading this website almost non-stop but this is the first time I have ever posted anything, so please be nice! Sorry if there is already another thread like this but I couldn't locate one if there is.... Basically me and a friend are planning on going out to S.E.A. for 6 months at the end of January next year. We want to do 2 months in Thailand, 1 month in Laos, 1 month in Vietnam, a week in Malaysia before a final month in Indonesia. We would then head back to Bangkok be ...

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MONEY WORRIES WHILST TRAVELLING!!

Posted by potta_boro on 3/5/2011 at 04:53

Hey Basically i would really like to no a rough estimate on how much money in GB£ i would need for between 8-10 weeks travelling through Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, I plan on staying in pretty average Guesthouses/Hostels and not splashing the cash on foods (expensive restaurants) but also i want to do a few activities along the way eg. Trekking with elephants. Appreciate it people. Mick 23.Male ...

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Currency

Posted by azsha6617 on 1/5/2011 at 01:52

As a first time traveler and lone female I am in need of some suggestions. With all the credit card fraud and not to mention bunch of different fees/interest i'm thinking emergency only. What is the safest way for me to carry around my funds? What really are the odds of getting robbed?? haha I don't plan on being drunken idiot. Should i really just lock up my pack and attach it to something immobile in the hostel (of course with no valuables)? Thanks ...

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Fee free UK debit card in Thailand / Laos / Cambodia?

Posted by Jeromeo on 26/6/2009 at 00:58

Hello all! Advice please... I'm due to fly into Bangkok in September to spend two months travelling through Thailand, Cambodia and Laos before heading over to Oz, NZ and Fiji. I'm trying to figure out which one of the UK banks let you withdraw money, or use it for transactions, for free (or at least the cheapest one out there). Any ideas? I'm with Lloyds TSB currently and they charge a percentage of the transaction plus a fee for withdrawing the money. There's got to be better out there ...

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MinMax tour

Posted by GilbertMcDonald on 24/11/2010 at 07:08

Planning a trip in April are these guys legit? ...

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Help with budget!!

Posted by papaju on 22/2/2011 at 23:13

Hi, i need help figuring out a budget! im going to vietnam for 2 week, laos for a few days and Thailand for 2 weeks how much will i need for each country? including accommodation etc ...

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Exchanging USD/HKD cash funds vs With-drawing from ATM/Bank Machine

Posted by ryder80 on 23/4/2011 at 21:39

Hi, currently in thailand right now, and running low on funds, wondering what's more cost effective. exchanging USD and/or HKD cash bills, or with-drawing from the ATM or Bank machines via Bank card, as I have an account with HSBC in Hong Kong, and i guess the result would be the same when going to another country in SE Asia as well..... thanks. ...

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budget for 1 month travel

Posted by hennac0518 on 19/4/2011 at 14:37

I am planning to travel throughout SE Asia with a friend for 1 month in November. we definitely want to do thailand and vietnam, but not sure where else to go. my friend wants to go to Bali, but im not sure...Any ideas? Also, I keep reading that your average daily budget is from $20-$35 a day. I know that doesnt include airfare, but is that supposed to include sleeping accomodations, food, drink etc..? Is $2000 for 1 month enough? ...

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Travellers cheques LAOS- can you get US dollars in cash as well as kip in LP?

Posted by keithmartine on 31/12/2008 at 03:56

Travellers cheques- can you get US dollars in cash as well as kip in LP? I know the latest travelfish guide says you can and its the most up to date but other sources say only kip will be cashed. We are taking majority of cash in US$ but wanted back up - but would like to know asap as we organise our funds in the next few days. Are safety boxes in guest houses reliable? Also what does everyone do when they go to herbal sauna or waterfalls for a dip? Is it simply get a decent waterpr ...

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Bank cards

Posted by jonny_lewis7 on 7/4/2011 at 05:25

After a fair bit of looking around, I have (possibly) landed on taking the Halifax Clarity credit card (Mastercard), and a Nationwide FlexAccount debit card for my 5 month jolly in SE Asia. UK members' opinions and experiences? Are these good options, or are there others I should take a look at before making a final decision? ...

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Using a travel money card while travelling round Asia

Posted by siquick on 7/3/2011 at 20:19

Hi guys, Just wondering if any one has any experience on using a Money Card whilst on their trip? Just trying to suss out the best way to access money while we are on the move These are the kind of cards I mean http://www.gocompare.compareprepaid.co.uk/travel_main.html Cheers Si ...

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65 000 baht 6-8 weeks

Posted by Kennethlarsen on 25/2/2011 at 21:56

Will i come far with that amount of money, and will that be enough to visit laos/kambodia aswell? im landing in bankok ...

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Budgeting for 6 weeks - Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

Posted by ltran on 21/2/2011 at 15:06

Hey everyone! My boyfriend and I are planning to spend about 6 weeks between the 3 countries. I know it's not as much time as I would like, but I think we can manage. I am a bit worried about our budget. We already have accommodations for our Vietnam portion of our trip but how much do you think we need for the rest of it? We have already decided that we are busing to Phnom Penh and than taking a train to Bangkok. In terms of accommodations and food, how much would you think is enough? Any ...

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Travel agency warning- UNSEEN

Posted by blpratt on 14/1/2009 at 19:29

I just posted a response to someone's trip planning query, but I'll post a topic here as well: Please avoid Unseen Travel near Khao San in Bangkok, they charge at least double the price and most hotels and guesthouses we've talked to in order to change undesirable reservations have blacklisted them and no longer book through their agency. Just a heads up. ...

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