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1. Posted by Drexel (Full Member 39 posts) 11y

G'Day People,

I've been lurking here for a number of weeks gathering tips and putting together details for my end of year holiday. I plan on spending a few days in Japan and Hong Kong and then spending the bulk of my trip (2 months) in Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia.

As with most backpackers my budget is a bit of a concern and I have budgeted $65 Australian a day including accomodation. Do you think this will be enough or can I expect to be eating bread and water for most of my trip? :)

Any help and advice on both budget and things to do/see would be greatly appreciated.

cheers,

Daz

2. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

I think in Japan you might be stretching it but the rest of your trip this should be plenty... are you travelling alone or with others because sharing the price of accomodation usually helps to work through any budget concerns...

3. Posted by Drexel (Full Member 39 posts) 11y

My stay in Japan and Hong Kong are only for a few days due to budget concerns and I'll be travelling alone but I'm not scared to slum it a bit if it means saving some money!

4. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

Quoting Drexel

G'Day People,

I've been lurking here for a number of weeks gathering tips and putting together details for my end of year holiday. I plan on spending a few days in Japan and Hong Kong and then spending the bulk of my trip (2 months) in Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia.

As with most backpackers my budget is a bit of a concern and I have budgeted $65 Australian a day including accomodation. Do you think this will be enough or can I expect to be eating bread and water for most of my trip? :)

Any help and advice on both budget and things to do/see would be greatly appreciated.

cheers,

Daz

65 oz dollars is definitely plentiful for thailand, cambodia, indonesia, havent been to the philippines but i cant see it been way of. spending about 75 oz dollars between the two of us on average in the countries i've just mentioned. japan and hong kong i've heard is a a whole new level.

oh happy dayz

5. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 11y

i was staying with friends in japan and still spent $70 US a day on everything. a tip would be to never eat dinner while in japan. food is real good tho. lunch portions are large and cheap(er) when compared to dinner. only about 700-800 yen for lunch (dinners usually start around 2500 yen).

have fun in asia - i want to go back already.

james

6. Posted by damo22 (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

HK really isn't that expensive. It's a bit more pricey than mainland China but not as bad as people make out. When I was there I kept well within HK$300 almost everyday - including rent.

7. Posted by breccan (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

You could get by on $65 a day in Japan, but you wouldn't get to do much. Even in Tokyo, you can find crappy hotels (a very small tatami room with a futon on the floor and one bathroom in the entire place) for under $30, and you don't always have to buy dinners in restaurants. You can eat combini (convenience store)food, of which there are some semi-decent options! Not like in North America. You can ride the subway unlimited for under $10 a day which is enough to keep you entertained for quite a while.

8. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

Here's a bit of info on Thailand…

Firstly, check what kind of visa you get on entering Thailand. It is usually a 1 month one issued on arrival. I once heard that Aussies might only get a 2 week one!?!?!. this means you'll have to leave the country to renew it...literally a stroll over the border and back. You can get longer ones from embassies or consulates outside Thailand.

As for budget you should get between 25 and 30 baht to the A$1.00. changing money in Thailand is OK and you usually get a better rate than at home.

Eat street food...it's remarkably safe and you can get a big bowl of noodles for 20 to 30 baht. satay and kebabs are OK too. Pok - Pok (Papaya Salad) is spicy and savoury and 20 baht - ask for "Som Tam Thai not spicy"! Try sweet mango and sticky coconut rice - heaven in a tub!!! All this costs about a dollar to dollar fifty a throw. I'm not a fan of the fried insects....
All the little sidewalk sit-down places are similarly cheap and delicious.
sea food is cheap too.
If you get food poisoning to any great extent it’s most likely to come from the western food or buffets in the hotels or the US fast food chains....Thais are not culturally inclined towards chill serve and refrigeration.

As for accommodation….
Hotels with double bed, shower (hot?) and fan or air start at around 300 baht. If you want a beach room in the main town on Koh Samui, you won’t get a lot of change from 2000 baht. There are still back-packer budget hotels on most of the islands but they are increasingly hard to find as beach front property values continue to spiral.

All in all if you budget at A$10.00 per night you should be OK but leave a little in your budget for an up-market room now and then.

Booze - Bottle of 100 pipers whiskey - 330 baht. Red Label 750 baht - (you can buy a bottle and leave it behind the bar for tomorrow)
Big bottle of beer 35 to 80 baht depending on the bar or shop.
Main brands Chang (yuk!) or Singah (quite nice).

Transport: - buses a very, very cheap and go everywhere. Trains are nice especially the sleepers, and not too much either…e.g. to Chiang Mai or Bkk to Samui (Surrathani). Air travel is reasonable too except where air Bangkok have a monopoly, such as flights to Ankhor Wat 9 to12000 rtn and Koh Samui (7500 rtn?)from Bangkok.
minibuses offer a could compromise, with air-con and video they run to almost any destination and can be booked from any travel agent, they will usually collect you from your hotel too.

So to conclude, I can’t see you having any problems in Thailand on $65.00 a day. just bear in mind that the more rural and more away from the island hot-spots the cheaper it gets.

9. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

I would also recommend taking government run buses rather then tourist buses. They are cheaper, better run & don't wait around to go until they're jam packed full!

I took the bus from the Cambodian border back to Bangkok, it was 200 baht for a lovely air conditioned bus & they provided us with water & a snack.

Another way you can budget is to do some bartering. You maybe able to barter for your hotel/hostel room if they don't seem full.

Good luck & have fun!

10. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

Laura B...do you mean haggle rather than barter? My experience is that bartering (exchanging goods for goods) really only works in very rural regions and then you need to bring appropriate stuff. If you mean haggle (trying to negotiate a lower price) please try, but be aware that Thailand is not noted for being very good at this. In some situations this can be very unproductive, especially if you are too aggressivve or dismissive. I've spent my life haggling (and bartering) and still do all over Thailand but bve carefull...this is not the same as India or Morocco.