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1. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 10y

hows it didling folks??

Just wandering how much i would need to budget for 9 weeks! im travellin to thailand, cambodia, vietnam, laos in june/august 06... i dont hav a credit card... was thinkin bout takin £1000 over in $ travellers cheques..??

will this be enough.. im gonna be tryin to stay low budget as possible! :o)

Thanks andy

any help/advice wud be greatly appreciated!

:)

2. Posted by CharmWay (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

Hi, I think $1000 is not enough, just enough to spend in about 1 country.

3. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

You could get away with £1000 for 9 weeks but you would have to watch every penny. I dont think you'd enjoy the trip that much because you'll be always watching the cash. Try and take more if you can, if you cant, then you'll just have to make do. Good luck!

4. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 10y

Am in the same boat,i could not think of how much to take .
Am gonna take £2000 for 3 months,i think this should be plenty for a 3 month trip as long as i dont blow it all on beer and scuber diving

5. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 10y

nice one.. cheers guys.. right .. cos id been budgettin for about £15/$25 a day.. so that is too little? wot do ya reccomend? £1500? i suppose thats gonna be loads.. but i dont hav a credit card.. does a swithch/maestro work out there to anyones knowledge?

Cheers once again

Andyroooooooo

6. Posted by Looosey (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

I'm pretty much in the same boat as I am travelling to SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia) for aprox 3 months in November and the biggest problem I have had is working out how much money I will need, or at least how much I can get by on.

From reading other posts I have heard that some travellers have got by on as little as $15 a day, but I imagine this would be getting by on a shoestring.

I have worked out my budget and am giving myself £20 daily for my travels which will work out as aprox £1'800 for the 3 month trip.

I am hoping that this will be adequate and also that I will be able to treat myself to the odd night on the booze whilst sticking to my budget!

If anyone feels that I am being totally unrealistic please let me know!!!:)

7. Posted by jess_capri (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

Hi Guys,

I travelled through vietnam and thailand for six weeks in 2004 and after the costs of flights from austrlia i spent only $2000 AUS and had a fantastic time. Mind you i shared a room with three friends so that may have been a bit cheaper but all the rooms we had were massive anyway. Food isn't that expensive - just choose where you eat. Accomodation starts at about $3 US a night and goes up from there. Tours and everything touristy is still relatively inexpensive compared to elsewhere in the world. I tried to be really frugal in the first week or so then thought i was only going to be here once and then spent as much as i liked to an extent and still only spent $2000 for the whole six weeks (this included a internal flight in vietnam). Hope this helps. And have a great trip,

Jess

8. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 10y

Quoting Andyroo

nice one.. cheers guys.. right .. cos id been budgettin for about £15/$25 a day.. so that is too little? wot do ya reccomend? £1500? i suppose thats gonna be loads.. but i dont hav a credit card.. does a swithch/maestro work out there to anyones knowledge?

I would say take more than what you need. You don't want to be there and miss out on fun things to do because you haven't got the money to do it! My boyfriend and I were in Thailand in Feb on holiday for a month and spent £1,200 (which works out at £20 a day each) but this was out drinking every night until 4am and not worrying about cost. We could have cut down a lot and done it more on the cheap, so I would say £15 a day would probably be ok.

As to the switch/maestro, I think they might work I'm not too sure. If you have time, open a Nationwide bank account, the debit card they give you can be used abroad with no charge, usually it's a 1%-1.5% charge everytime you withdraw money abroad. I only ever take my debit card with me now, I don't bother with Travellers Cheques at all.

Donna

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

Switch/maestro should work at most ATM's in Asia.

Travellers cheques are good for places like Lao, I didn't see any international ATM's out there. Cambodia now has some in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap which even give dollars! Not sure about the rest of Cambodia though so you may find travellers cheques useful in remote areas. Vietnam had plenty of ATM's, less so in Hoi An & Nha Trang had to walk around to find them. Thailand probably had the most ATM's, it was really easy to get money out.

If you loose your debit card & get it stolen, travellers cheques are a god send.

10. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 10y

Quoting CharmWay

Hi, I think $1000 is not enough, just enough to spend in about 1 country.

alright buddy.. i didnt say $1000 i said £1,000 which is $1,800.. about. (i think :))

Ive budgetted now for £20 a day.. which i think is a lot (but u cant be too careful), and for 63 days that comes up with £1,290 = $2,338... im thinking of taking upto £1,000 in ($)travellers cheques... and gettin about £200 in cash in dollars??

or is that too much to hav on ya.. i'l split it up definetly!.. ive been to me bank and can use the atms in Vietnam at the ANZ Bank??.. but the percentage (which i think is around 2%) on each transaction might take quite a bit of me pennies??

Hehe.. i think im on the right track.. thanks donna and laura, uve been an awesome help!!

andy :)