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1. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y

Hi am thinking of going the Philippines in a few weeks am gonna be in Vietnam and Laos first , my budget for VN and Laos is $70 a day , i know thats plenty for them countries but am a bit worried about the Philippines as ive heard its a bit more expensive . How far will $70 a day get me .I like a drink and like to enjoy myself am not bothered about scuba or anythink like that , i just want to relax on beaches socialise get drunk and basically just chill and have a good time .

2. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y

Anyone ????????

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

$70 a day in the philippines is plenty!!!! I usually spend about $10 per day not including hotel. It is about $10 per night for a decent hostel/small hotel. A beer is about $0.60 in the right bars, or a bit more expensive in the touristy bars. A meal will probably be about $2 although you can get meals a lot cheaper than that. A bus journey that lasts about 5 hours will cost about $4. Th Philippines is very cheap. Have a great time. When will you be there and where do you think you are going? I will be back in September for a month in Bacolod. It is not a touristy city but the island of Negros (and the surrounding islands of the Visayers) are great with amazing beaches etc.

4. Posted by wershwie (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y


Here's a rough range of costs here:

Food: $1.5-$6 per dish
Drinks: $0.70-$5 per drink (sodas, beers, cocktails)
Rooms: $12-$60 a night
Flights: $85-$230 for roundtrip domestic flights
Bus trips: $3-$25 for one-way trips out-of town (Batangas, Baguio, Sorsogon, etc)
Transpo: $10 tops per day, if you're taking a taxi around town

There you go, applicable both in the islands and within Metro Manila. :) Lemme know if you have more questions. We can also meet up when you're in town, let a local buy you a drink. :)

5. Posted by Marsh (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

$40 per day will be plenty. Unless you partake in Western activities such as PADI diving courses etc, its all cheap.
Accommodation is probably more expensive in the Philippines, but that is still cheap.
Beer from the Sari Sari stores is ultra cheap, but you'll need a fridge in your room, and you have to take the bottles back each time you fill up.

6. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y

Thanks guys , i`ll be there about july for about 3 weeks . wershwie yeah a beer would be great ;) .. Can any of you recommend a fair priced guest house in Manila . Also is there any type of backpacker areas there to start off my trip so i can find my feet . Whats the weather like in July also i know its rain season but how much rain do you get that time of year ??

7. Posted by Marsh (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

The Ermita area in Manila should have the cheapest accomm options.
As for rain, it'll probably bucket down most afternoons for an hour or so, then fine up.
Gives you a chance to have an early beer, or afternoon siesta.
Forgot to mention, if you stay on the beach and are comfortable with only fan cooled room and a sea breeze, then you will save around $8 per night as a/c runs on imported fuel and costs heaps.

8. Posted by wershwie (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y

A beer it is, then! Or more, even! Ahaha ;P

Wow, I'm expecting a few travelers in July. That pretty interesting. :)

You might wanna try FRIENDLY'S GUESTHOUSE in Malate. That's where most backpackers stay, and it's pretty much near the other famous sights to see while you're in town. I've checked it out before and they have decent rooms and a very relaxing common area.

My Swiss friends stayed in a guesthouse along Adriatico street, a bit farther from the bars and restaurants. I'll try to get the name of the place, but it seemed really nice. Was basically an ancestral house converted into a hostel of sorts, and they have a small pool, too :)

9. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y

Thanks guys , yeah ive heard of the friendly guest house somone else i knoe recomended it , is it close to bars and night life ?? also how cheap is it to get to Boracay and are the prices the same there ? and also am flying home from Vietnam can i get a visa in the Philippines easy .

10. Posted by wershwie (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y

Yup, Friendly's Guesthouse is right smack in the middle of nightlife. :)

I posted the price range for flights, and Boracay is within that range. You can check schedules at or prices and skeds at Check out flights to CATICLAN, that's the airport nearest to Boracay