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1. Posted by SamCh (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

SamCh has indicated that this thread is about Thailand

I'm looking to see how long $4000 USD to Thailand/Cambodia/Laos will last?

I'll be flying out end of May. Tickets/insurance/equipment not in the equation the $4000 is for things like food/lodging/visas/buses ect.

Bare bones travel here, I'd like to go as long as possible. Maybe camp in a tent here and there to save some $$$.

At least 6 months? Maybe more?

I know I could go 6 months easy in US on 4k as long as I didn't have to pay rent.

2. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive 76 posts) 7y

Hi

Are you travelling alone (ie the $4,000 is just for your own costs) ?. If you are then I would suggest that in Thailand if you were to travel around the country, then you should budget on:

accommodation $10/night
food/drink $8-$10/day
travel(buses/trains/songthaews) $30/week

Accommodation:
based upon reasonable quality B&B's, low grade hotels & homestays, you will be able to save a little money by living in a tent on occasions, but this is pretty much as cheap as it gets.

Food/Drink:
this is based upon 3x meals a day, basic stuff (not all noodles !) + either water, or the luxury of an occasional coke !. Typically would be either Pad Thai, Spicy Pork Salad, Fried Rice, BBQ Chicken & Sticky Rice or similar.

Travel:
based upon you moving location approximately once a week, with local travel only being taken on Songthaews(red/yellow pick-ups with canopies & bench-seats) these are the very cheapest method of getting around, mixed in with lots of walking !!. Travelling between the destinations would be by cheapest bus or trains (where possible). Visa runs are NOT included, you would need to ensure you are near relevant border to do as cheaply as possible.

Visas:
If you intend to visit Thailand for longer than 60 days, then you need to get a "Tourist Visa" which will allow 60 days, then you can do a couple of "visa runs" which would give you a further 15days each, so 90 days is relatively easy to achieve.

If you were in Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia the overall costs would be very similar, as there economies are on a par with that of Thailand, with the exception of the beach areas, which will be cheaper in the other countries as their tourism trade is not as developed as that in Thailand !!.

SO based upon all of the above, I would suggest that your $4,000 budget would stretch as long as 6 months + a little further by saving additionally wherever you can.

Good Luck

Regards

Kevin:)

3. Posted by SamCh (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

Quoting KevinRB

Hi

Are you travelling alone (ie the $4,000 is just for your own costs) ?. If you are then I would suggest that in Thailand if you were to travel around the country, then you should budget on:

accommodation $10/night
food/drink $8-$10/day
travel(buses/trains/songthaews) $30/week

Accommodation:
based upon reasonable quality B&B's, low grade hotels & homestays, you will be able to save a little money by living in a tent on occasions, but this is pretty much as cheap as it gets.

Food/Drink:
this is based upon 3x meals a day, basic stuff (not all noodles !) + either water, or the luxury of an occasional coke !. Typically would be either Pad Thai, Spicy Pork Salad, Fried Rice, BBQ Chicken & Sticky Rice or similar.

Travel:
based upon you moving location approximately once a week, with local travel only being taken on Songthaews(red/yellow pick-ups with canopies & bench-seats) these are the very cheapest method of getting around, mixed in with lots of walking !!. Travelling between the destinations would be by cheapest bus or trains (where possible). Visa runs are NOT included, you would need to ensure you are near relevant border to do as cheaply as possible.

Visas:
If you intend to visit Thailand for longer than 60 days, then you need to get a "Tourist Visa" which will allow 60 days, then you can do a couple of "visa runs" which would give you a further 15days each, so 90 days is relatively easy to achieve.

If you were in Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia the overall costs would be very similar, as there economies are on a par with that of Thailand, with the exception of the beach areas, which will be cheaper in the other countries as their tourism trade is not as developed as that in Thailand !!.

SO based upon all of the above, I would suggest that your $4,000 budget would stretch as long as 6 months + a little further by saving additionally wherever you can.

Good Luck

Regards

Kevin:)

Thanks for the info.

This should help out quite a bit for budgeting.

-Sam

4. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 7y

In short $4000 USD probably equates to about 4-6 months depending on the activates you do. If you aim for 6 months that will give you about $24 per day budget.

Forget camping its not a realistic option. Accommodation in guesthouses and 2 ** hotels is very cheap. On average about $10 - $15 per night.

JD

5. Posted by SamCh (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

Quoting jadeverell

In short $4000 USD probably equates to about 4-6 months depending on the activates you do. If you aim for 6 months that will give you about $24 per day budget.

Forget camping its not a realistic option. Accommodation in guesthouses and 2 ** hotels is very cheap. On average about $10 - $15 per night.

JD

I was thinking if I was in an area with a remote beach type deal. I did the same along the California coast. It was the best.

Doable?

I'd like to do some high country backpacking but I'm a little nervous about poisonous/deadly stuff. More along the lines of not knowing what to look out for. That and any large animals that might be a danger.

6. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

If you really wanna scrimp on accommodation and put in a wee bit effort to scout around a bit theres plenty 3 to 5 dollar rooms in most places. The most expensive "city" on that trail is Luang Prabang, about 7 to 10 dollars a night - book early! once the boat docks in from Chiang kong in the evening its rush hour in LPB and chances are if you dont already have a room you're not likely to find a (cheap) one. Also Vietnam may be a bit more expensive, around that price range for Hanoi/Saigon but much cheaper outside the main cities.

IMO 20 dollars a day is realistic, 25 is travelling in reasonable comfort already, with the occasional taxi ride and restaurant meal.

But so far ive yet to see or hear about anyone camping in SEA, except for trekking expeditions etc...