Hi I'm hoping to get your opinion on my budget if you dont mind.
I am flying into bangkok. spending about 2 weeks in thailand, (Chiang Mai, Pai) then onto Laos, where we are doing the gibbon experience in Huay Xai, and eco trekking in Luang Nam Tha, then to Luang Prabang, then on to vang vieng,vientianne then a flight to Hanoi with a day trip to halong bay, then on to Hoi an, Dalat, Mui Ne, HCMC,Phnom Pen, Ratanakiri, Siem Reap and back to Bangkok.
On the way home again we will be spending two weeks in thailands beaches.
We have no problem staying in the cheapest accomodation, and eating at night markets as often as possible. We would like to do a bit of shopping and a drink sometimes.
Do you think 1300 euro each will be enough for 2 months? or am i being crazy.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 26, 2006, at 9:03 AM by jennygro ]
I took essentually the same trip two months ago but in reverse and without staying on any beaches in Thailand. I always stayed in the cheapest accomodations and ate in night markets a lot, but I still spent the equivalent of about 1200 euro in 6 weeks, so you might end up needing a bit more. I also didn't do the gibbon experience or the eco trekking, which I think cost around 80-120 each depending on their length.
I spend around $600/month while bumping around SEA. You do have to hit the $4-8 rooms and eat with the locals, but it is possible. Just economize when you can and take the hit when it arrives. Some days just cost more than others because of transportion or tours. Take the 'Hahn Cafe' Open tour bus from HaNoi to HCMC, cheaper than 'Sinh Cafe' and OK buses. Avoid TM Brothers, bad buses & bad drivers. Bus overland from HCMC to PP, Sinh Cafe does it for $6 if you walk the border, $12 straight through.
I have photos of some of this trip in may gallery. PM me if you have questions.
You will find that the islands is Thailand are where it will be more expensive particually the islands in the Andaman sea & Koh Samui. Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are cheaper, there are plenty of backpacker options.
Fortunatley the 1300 euro does not include the two weeks on the islands. Yes i think we might need quite a bit more. We are travelling for the year going to Oz and NZ also.we are planning on working hard in oz, but had still hoped to have enough money for about 2 and a half months just in case, and about 1500 euro for the month in NZ.
Please note that your trekking in Luang Namtha ( you will be doing it in the Luang Namtha Biodiversity Conservation Area ) will cost you a bit, depending on the number of days, with USD15 a person for one day upstream trip along Nam Ha River.
As for Cambodia, your trip to Ratanakiri ( I am sure your plan is Yaklom region in Ban Lung ) will also bite your pocket. Your journey from either Stung Treng or Kratie will cost you a bit on transport, unless you share transport ( USD104 at least).The road to Ban Lung is terrible....painfully bumpy! But it is worth a trip..the Tempuan tribal village and the Yaklom Lake, plus the zircon mining village.
hey... i agree you can make this amount work... it will be close. good luck! A.
Im in thailand now and have been here almost a month. Id say no problem. obviously seek out somewhere cheap to stay each night (there are plently of options) and eat with the locals (it's the best food anyway)just be sensible and you'll have a great time.
It is possible, but it'll be tight. If you can take a few hundred more, it will make life a lot easier. I took a similar amount for 2 months in SE asia, but after a while, budgeting on everything started to become a bit of a chore, so I just relaxed a bit more, and for the time I had a bit more money to spend, I had a great time. Just an extra $10 to $15 a day makes a huge difference.
I'm travelling SE Asia and getting by fairly nicely on a very similar budget. The treks can bump it up a bit, but if you shop around, you can find some good cheapies and guesthouses will often give you a discount if you book a trek where you are staying. I did a 2 day, one night for 1400 baht. It's a reasonable budget, definitely. I still enjoy a beer (or two) often and purchase the odd treat!
Not sure on flight prices from Loas to Hanoi though...you may have to grin and bear it and go overland!