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1. Posted by TrineKvist (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

What would a normal daily budget, or any budget at all, be for the following places
- South Thailand
- Northern Thailand
- Laos
- Cambodia
- Vietnam
- Malaysia

And how much would I spend on traveling between different places?

I'm in SEA from the start of February until the middle of April, starting in Thailand and ending up in Kuala Lumpur (traveling home with air Asia).

My plan is to live cheap, not do too much shopping and not partying every night (but there will be a bit of partying, just not every night)

And can anyone recommend any special places to see, and things to do?
I'm planning to both relax at the beach, see the sights and have some small adventures, like hiking and snorkeling/diving :)

2. Posted by Sense.Asia (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Vietnam: you may spend 30-40USD / day included hostel, food and travelling (assuming you join the tour everyday).
Joining budget daily tour may cost from 15-20 usd/day with food and accommodation included too.


[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Everybody spends money on what is important to them. Some are willing spend over $50/day for a room because they want a nice hotel. Many on TP, includung me, save money on accomm. by staying in under $10/nite rooms, spending our money elsewhere.

Most places in SEA you can stay in fan rooms for appox. $10/nite. Add another $10 for food/drink and you have a rough budget of $600/month for the basics. I would allow $800-1,000/month to include transport/tours. Bus travel in SEA is pretty cheap, so the $1K/month budget will include all transport expenses.

In Cambodia, after seeing Angkor, I would get some beach time in Sihanoukville. Warm clear water, cheap place to stay and fun. In VN, you should hit several beaches, perhaps Mui Ne, but most definitely Nha Trang. Great public beach running for miles right across the street from the hotels. Bay tour is fun/cheap. Hoi An is an interesting city, walking tour of the historic district, My Son ruins close by, has a beach as well.

Thailand has many great beaches, but I suggest the Krabi area because it is very pretty, cheaper than Phuket or Samui, has diving/kayaking/clkimbing.

My blog covers VN & Sihanoukville, Pattaya, my photos cover VN, Cam. Thailand. Good luck with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Aug-2009, at 10:31 by vegasmike6 ]

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 7y

Malaysia will be the most expensive country for you, and the three Indochinese states will be the cheapest.

5. Posted by Looosey (Budding Member 34 posts) 7y

I did a very similar trip to you 2.5 years ago and I went with a budget of £20 per day ($40 USD) and this was more than enough for accommodation, travel, food and a little partying ;)

I found the Islands in Thailand a little more expensive than everywhere else (oh, KL is a pricer too), but I still managed to stick within my budget at most times.

Obviously prices will have gone up since I have been there so you will have to allow for this.

Enjoy your trip - you will have a great time!

6. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

Ive just spent 3 months in Vietnam . I had $50 a day paying for 2 of us and we was comfortable on that budget .

7. Posted by TrineKvist (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Thanks for all the replies, you've been great :)

So if I've done the correct maths I'll be able to spend a bit over 2 months in SEA with around usd 4100? This is or more is what I think I'm able to save up for my time in SEA :)

And have anyone got any experience with airAsia? Is it an okey airline? I've seen the prices so i don't expect too much:)

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting TrineKvist

Thanks for all the replies, you've been great :)
And have anyone got any experience with airAsia? Is it an okey airline? I've seen the prices so i don't expect too much:)

I flew Air Asia: BKK-HAN. Basic no frills airline. It left on time and I was satisfied with the flight. I will use them again. You pay extra for everything, so bring your own snacks or pay once on board.