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

My girlfriend and I are travelling to Thailand in February for six months and are also going to visit Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Vietname, Cambodia and Laos. We will be doing all of our travelling by bus or train. We are willing to stay in the lowest budget hostels and won't be looking to do any shopping, but were wondering what amount of money we will be looking to spend per day? Any help would be appreciated, thank you!

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

I was going through about 20-25USD a day and living it quite OK but that was for one person so if you maybe say $40-45USD a day that would allow you to live pretty well without going over the top.

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

Brigham,
My last trip to SEA was April 08. I spent about $600/month for room/food. Cambodia and VN have $10 fan rooms everywhere you will visit. I am a veggie, but you can keep your daily food costs under $10/day each easily. No beer, as this adds at least $100/month per person. Add transport, tour costs and both of you should be able to stay for $1K/month for VN, Laos & Cam.

Thailand will be more expensive for rooms & transport. Food about the same if you eat veggie or with the locals. Getting $10 rooms in Koh Samui, Koh Tao is not so easy. Same with many other Thai cites. You do have the advantage of 2 sharing a room. This lowers your costs significantly. You should be able to tour SEA for $1.5K/month for both of you while in Thailand. Figure you will need at least $6.5K for your 6 month SEA adventure. Good luck with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Sep-2009, at 20:33 by vegasmike6 ]

4. Posted by malchick (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I got back from Thailand last week, and found everything (accomodation/food in particular) generally quite expensive. We spent approximately 500-700 baht per night, for accomodation at most locations. But then this was because those rooms were AC, fan rooms are alot cheaper I am sure.

5. Posted by C4M (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

I was told that accomodations in Thailand are generally quite cheap. It's a very traveler-friendly place and there are inns all over. $1k/month would more than cover your stay there. Try looking at Discovery Thailand and the Lonely Planet website to see a list of accomodations -snip-

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6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 7y

Quoting mismoorang

I got back from Thailand last week, and found everything (accomodation/food in particular) generally quite expensive. We spent approximately 500-700 baht per night, for accomodation at most locations. But then this was because those rooms were AC, fan rooms are alot cheaper I am sure.

In general, I think Thailand is pretty reasonable priced for hotel, transportation and food expenses in comparison to other countries. Hotels in Bangkok will of course be cheaper than London or New York City but more expensive than some other hotels in the middle of nowhere in Laos or Cambodia. I was just in the Philippines, I can tell you that hotels in Bangkok for the same quality are cheaper than Manila and often offer more! Same for KL, Hong Kong, definitely Tokyo, Seoul and Taiwan -- Bangkok hotels will be cheaper!

How much cheaper for food do you want than 20 to 50 baht for street food? Foodland Supermarket, on Sukhumvit Soi 5, (Took Lae Dee) in store, sit down, restaurant serves Western breakfasts for 62 baht, including coffee, eggs, some kind of meat, juice plus bread and butter! That is less than $2 US. I guess you can purchase your own eggs, cook them yourself if you need something even cheaper! Pattaya has even cheaper Western breakfasts (Boat Bakery for instance.) Even McDonalds and KFC have meals cheaper than what you can find in your own country.

Try to get a decent $20 US (700 baht) hotel room in Taipei or Hong Kong that has air, hot water and private toilet - it won't be easy! I don't think that 500-700 baht is that expensive for a room with air and private facilities. In Bangkok you can take a meter taxi pretty cheap if you only pay the meter fare. Meter taxi rides are cheaper than tuk-tuk rides unless you speak Thai. Bus travel and train travel is reasonably cheap in Thailand and it is usually efficient. Transportation in Thailand is definitely cheaper than what you find in Western countries.

Everything is relative to something else when it comes to being expensive. If you need a hotel room that is cheaper than 500 baht then you have to visit a different city than Bangkok or use a hostel dorm room. You can get some hostel dorm rooms pretty cheap. In Pattaya you can sometimes find hotels with air for around 350-450 baht per night. Also in Pattaya you can get fan only rooms for 150 - 250 baht per night. Transportation in Pattaya is 10 baht per baht bus ride.

Staying in the cheapest crappiest places for six months gets a little old after awhile. Eventually you will want some A/C at night when you are getting "hot and sweaty" or even a hot water shower every now and then. You will also want some food that is closer to what you get in your own home country every now and then. I would have extra money available just to make your life a little more bearable every now and then. Six months is a little long time to travel in Asia on the cheap, you may get tired of going from beach to beach or run out of money or even sick of each other! Maybe having an "open return" ticket might be desirable to a fixed return.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Sep-2009, at 15:34 by karazyal ]