I will be in SE Asia in March-June'ish, and am wondering how much daily I will be spending. I have read travel guides over and over again, but I think I would trust a budget coming from someone who was recently there, instead of a book that is guessing/using knowledge from a different time period perhaps. Any experienced SE Asia travellers care to tell me how much daily I will probably be spending?
You will get a whole range of answers, all which will be correct for that traveller. Many factors come into play; Do you want an a/c room or can you get by with a fan? Will you eat where locals eat or insist on eating 'western' most meals? Do you smoke/drink? Will you fly between major cities or take ground transport? Can you travel with locals or need the a/c train/bus? Each answer will effect your daily expenditure.
I will give you the low end answer, others can chime in with their budget. A non smoking, non drinking, veggie diet person (me), can get by on $15/day in SEA. Many fan rooms in SEA are in the $5-8 range. Easy to do in VN and Cambodia, not as easy in Singapore and Thailand. In BKK, Pattaya, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai area, yes, fan rooms are available under $10. Not as easy to find in Phuket or Samui. If you 'eat street' often and where locals eat, many meals will be $1-2. I stay under $5/day for all meals almost everyday. Now you add your transport costs and you have a rough idea of the minimum you will need. Say $500/month for room, food, sightseeing. Add transport and you will a rough idea of your expenses.
Thanks Mike! That makes me re-think my original guesses. I was thinking like $900 US per month. I am definately planning on going the cheapest way possible. Give me cold showers and oven-like rooms without fans every day!
I just want to stay for as long as possible, but also go as soon as possible, since I have not saved up enough to go yet.
Anybody else want to share their daily SEA budget?
You will be able to live fairly well for $900 a month. Vietnam and Cambodia i found to be cheaper than Thailand for food, beer and accommodation. A beer in Vietnam costs about $1, and you can eat really well for a few dollars a day. Once you get away from the big cities then you will find your costs go down. Around the islands in Thailand you pay less than what you pay in Bangkok for just about everything. It's always impossible to answer the "how much will i spend" question because everybody has different spending habits, but i agree with Mike that if you're really trying to do it on the cheap then $500 will get you by.
I spent $572 travelling through Cambodia, Laos, East Thailand (one month) recently...food, accommodation, transport, well...a bit of nightlife, beer, cigarettes...
I'm planning a 3 month Se Asia trip from November to February. I have planned $5000 USD for once I'm there. I've already bought my ticket there. I am most definitely a frugal traveller, but I'd like to have something set aside for emergencies, maybe a side trip to the Andaman Islands. IS this a feasable amount?