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1. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 11y


Any ideas on a daily basic spending budget for SE Asia would be much appreciated. How much roughly for accomodation or a beer etc...Also which would be the cheapest country in the area?

2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Buy Lonely Planet South East Asia on a shoestring and it will answer every question!
Daily spending for acc and food is very cheap depending on where you stay and eat and drink,ie;you can buy bottles of whiskey,5$ in markets and drink it in your room!!!!! and ALL the countries are pretty much the same budget price as you will find out the first time by experience,(mistakes as we all did).
Do you want to pay for entrance fees temples/palaces,etc siteseeing???,do you want to travel by bus(cheapest and best)/plane/minibus/boat and how long have you got on your travels all come in to your question and they only way to answer it is;"Have credit card and GO"!!!
Best time is Jan/Feb;Start Bangkok/Pattaya then Cambodia then Veitnam and back a different route and the Very Best of Luck on "YOUR TRAVELS".

3. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 11y


Cheers for your post, I'm actually waiting to see if a new edition of the lonely planet SE Asia book comes out before I head off as thats happened to me before. I buy the guide book and the next friggen week the new one comes out

So the question still stands, what kind of cash has everybody else spent on a daily budget? Any responses are appreciated, whether your a top-end hotel kinda person or a mattress on the roof person.


4. Posted by jam (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

I'm about to go travelling for four months later this week. I've been working in finance for awhile and have had some awesome business trips...with that said I guess you could say im budgeting towards the mid-high end of a backpacking budget. My budget is about 20 quid a day. Its pretty high but i know my penchant for spending (on booze mainly) and want to have a high budget in case i need to fly back to any place along the way. Additionally, i have alot of mates in some places so accomodation will be sorted. Just so you know high end hotels in Asia are dirt cheap. I paid 20 quid a night to stay at the Ritz Carleton in Kuala keep that in mind too!

So again it depends on how much luxury you want or dont want. Hope that helps.

- Jamil

5. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

I am leaving for a 17-day trip to Thailand (Koh Chang) and Cambodia in a month. There are two of us going, and our trip without any extra market purchases (but including all food, hotels, necessities) is just under $3,000. Our plane tickets after tax were $850 each RT, which is pretty good from the middle of the US.

This is our honeymoon, so we're not going terribly budget, but we're not going all out, either. The most we're paying for a really nice hotel with all the bells and whistles is $50/night, but other places are mostly $20 or under.

Almost all of the accommodations include breakfast, and I budgeted high at $10/person/meal, although I know we're not likely to come anywhere near that on most occasions.

There's a great fellow at with loads of info and a healthy serving of sarcasm included in "reviews" on where to stay, eat, etc., for at least Koh Chang, but he also has a lot of other useful info.

6. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

my budget is 10 pounds per day - Laos cheaper.

Probably the biggest saving you can make is searching for a cheap flight

7. Posted by ashley66 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

my budget for thailand for 2 1/2 months is $25 canadian a day. about 800 baht a day. includes accomodation/food/sightseeing. obviously some days il spend more and others much less. also make sure to have some cushion just in case.

8. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 11y

Cheers for the advice folks, much appreciated.

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

hey scotsman,
By living in the cheapest hotels, eating the cheapest food you should go on for 15 euro (10 pounds??)per day (including all the overland transport). the exception is Malaysia (probable a few euro's more per day). Take care, Wouter

10. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

I've been budgeting for a maximum of 15 pounds a day, and mostly i've been spending nowhere near that. Generally i've been staying in basic places, eating cheaply at local stalls or cheap local restaurants and sticking to public transport, however i have also been mixing this with occasional 'flash-packing' where i've stayed in nice resorts, eaten at posh restaurants and taken vip transport, taxis and even a cheeky flight, and i'm still under my initial budget of 15 pounds a day.

Generally you can expect to spend about 7 pounds a day on a reasonable budget, adding on more for any day trips or travel.

Cheapest country was Laos (which you have to go to), Thailand can be very cheap, although i found Cambodia and Vietnam more expensive than i'd thought (although still cheap).