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1. Posted by Traveloid (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Me and a friend are looking to do 6 months across Asia next year.

The countries we want to visit (in order) are...

Malaysia
Thailand (south and Bangkok)
Cambodia
Vietnam
Laos
Thailand (north)
Flight to Hong Kong
China
Tibet
Nepal
India

before flying home from India.

What sort of budget should I look to save for? I do like to go out and have a drink but every night till 4am! I'm not a big shopper and I dont mind staying in 'budget' accomodation all the time.

I was thinking a budget of £125 a week would be enough, this would cover my accomodation, food, drink and travel plus the odd payment for a trip or a visa. It would hopefully allow me to spend enough to have a good time but not too much so that I'm on an early flight home.

What are the opinions of the well-travelled folk on here?

2. Posted by Traveloid (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Seems there's no way to edit my initial post...

I meant I DONT go out every night boozing until the early hours! :)

3. Posted by Goatherd (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Me and my girlfirend are also looking at doing this trip, but in reverse order. our budget looks like we're gonna have 250 a week between us. it will be interesting to see what those who have done it think to this.

apart from the flight to hong kong, will you be travelling overland? and your flights there and back will be sorted separately?

we've only just really started to discuss the plans so any advice would be appreciated.

4. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 7y

hey There

Me and my boyfriend have been in SE Asia for 7 months now and are averaging £1000 a month for both of us so your £125 and £250 a month sound ok. We've visited Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos so far. Some countries you spend slightly more but then you save in others so this is an average over 7 months for all the above.

This includes everything.. buses (local and long distance), visas, shopping (we have spent quite a lot!), posting the stuff home again!, food, accommodation etc etc. So far we have travelled by bus everywhere but will be flying soon when we reach Indonesia but again we expect the flight money to come out of the £1000 as you can get flights for about the price of a bus anyway.

We do budget as much as we can and generally stay in the chepest room we can find. We don't go out drinking every night but we have had a few party nights but can generally afford one beer a night if we are in a nice place.. like an island by the sea! If we can't afford beer though, like here in Malaysia it's around RM10 a bottle (just under £2) we go without.

I hope this helps anyway.

Have a fab trip.

Sophie

5. Posted by Traveloid (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Quoting Goatherd

Me and my girlfirend are also looking at doing this trip, but in reverse order. our budget looks like we're gonna have 250 a week between us. it will be interesting to see what those who have done it think to this.

apart from the flight to hong kong, will you be travelling overland? and your flights there and back will be sorted separately?

we've only just really started to discuss the plans so any advice would be appreciated.

The main reason why I decided on that order was because I'm pretty set on these months next year (Feb - Aug) and can't really budge on them. Going the way I'm going means I'll avoid all of the countries respective monsoon seasons (except India).

Yeah except for a cheap Air Asia flight from Bangkok to HK it will all be done overland.

I'm flying to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia again actually. Us folk in the UK are lucky enough to have had a long-haul 'budget' Air Asia route introduced from London Stansted to Kuala Lumpur. Flight out there has cost £154. You don't get any food or in-flight entertainment but I can live with it at that price!!

Hope this helps. :)

6. Posted by Traveloid (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Quoting sofe1978

hey There

Me and my boyfriend have been in SE Asia for 7 months now and are averaging £1000 a month for both of us so your £125 and £250 a month sound ok. We've visited Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos so far. Some countries you spend slightly more but then you save in others so this is an average over 7 months for all the above.

This includes everything.. buses (local and long distance), visas, shopping (we have spent quite a lot!), posting the stuff home again!, food, accommodation etc etc. So far we have travelled by bus everywhere but will be flying soon when we reach Indonesia but again we expect the flight money to come out of the £1000 as you can get flights for about the price of a bus anyway.

We do budget as much as we can and generally stay in the chepest room we can find. We don't go out drinking every night but we have had a few party nights but can generally afford one beer a night if we are in a nice place.. like an island by the sea! If we can't afford beer though, like here in Malaysia it's around RM10 a bottle (just under £2) we go without.

I hope this helps anyway.

Have a fab trip.

Sophie

Thanks for that Sophie, massive help and puts my mind at rest to some degree! :)

I probably won't be spending much time in Malaysia so the extra costs there shouldn't be much of an issue!

Does anyone have any experience in recent times of how much money I'd need for two months in China?

From reading Lonely Planet it seems my main expense would be my train/bus fares (£25 for example from Shanghai to Beijing). To be honest I aim to spend as little time in the big three (Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong) as I can...enough to see them and everything but not long enough to break the bank!!

Some of the prices I've seen quoted for Shanghai are more expensive than London!!

7. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 7y

Se Asia is a lot cheaper than that! We are currently spending about $15 US a day. Less than 10 pounds a day. Less than 70 pounds a week. 100 pounds a week should do you as you sound pretty sensible! Keep tab of what you're spending in a little note book. We find that really helpful.

Thats without travelling costs. Travel on the bus is pretty cheap, however getting a taxi to the station with the bloody tuky tuky drivers costs a fortune. 5 minutes with mr tukytuky will cost you a couple dollors and the 5 hr bus is only $5!

You'll need the money you save for china. Very expensive

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jul-2009, at 03:45 by trainrider ]

8. Posted by daveid (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Thats a bit like saying how long is a piece of string.......

9. Posted by Traveloid (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Quoting trainrider

Se Asia is a lot cheaper than that! We are currently spending about $15 US a day. Less than 10 pounds a day. Less than 70 pounds a week. 100 pounds a week should do you as you sound pretty sensible! Keep tab of what you're spending in a little note book. We find that really helpful.

Thats without travelling costs. Travel on the bus is pretty cheap, however getting a taxi to the station with the bloody tuky tuky drivers costs a fortune. 5 minutes with mr tukytuky will cost you a couple dollors and the 5 hr bus is only $5!

You'll need the money you save for china. Very expensive

Thanks for that, I assume you mainly stick to pretty simple meals then or stuff from street stalls? (which I have no problem doing)

I suppose it might make things a little more expensive if I'm going in February/March which I've read is the 'high' season.

10. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 7y

No, we re not sticking to street food. It is of course the cheapest & a lot of the time the best! However you can eat in a restaurant for 60p to a pound upwards if You go for veggy fried rice/egg for instance. Add shrimp or squid & it should be about 1pound20 to 2pound.

We re spending about 2 to 4 pound a day on food i guess.

Not sure about high season. Only accomadation I would imagine & U should always haggle, they kind of expect it really. We re in Hoi an, vietnam now & its the first time that we haven't been able to haggle the price down! As there seems to be more people than rooms!