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1. Posted by 2theD (Inactive 12 posts) 10y

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This post is a bit past overdue, but I have finished my motorbike trip "around Thailand". I planned on 100 days but instead took 96 days (due to my best friend and girlfriends' begging). It took place May 11th, 2004 - August 20th, 2004 with a 5 day necessary break. These were the places I stayed (hotel - price/day) in order:

Kanchanaburi (V&N Guesthouse - 100B)
Singburi (Singburi Hotel - 200B)
Nakhon Sawan (Ngwan Seng Hotel - 120B)
Kamphaeng Phet (Three J Guesthouse - 300B)
Tak (Mae Ping Hotel - 110B)
Mae Sot (Mae Sot Guesthouse - 300B)
Mae Sariang (Mitaree Hotel - 200B)
Mae Sariang (Riverside Guesthouse - 280B)
Mae Hong Son (Panorama Hotel - 250B)
Pai - (Ton Sa Guestghouse - 150B)
Chiang Mai (Namkhong Guesthouse - 100B)
Fang (Chok Thani Hotel - 250B)
Mae Sai (Yunnan Guesthouse - 250B)
Chiang Rai (Pintamorn Guesthouse - 150B)
Phayao (Tharn Thong Hotel - 140B)
Nan (Suchkesom Hotel - 220B)
Phrae (Toongsri Paiboon Hotel - 130B)
Uttaradit (P. Wamit1 Hotel - 170B)
Phitsanulok (Youth Hostel - 120B)
Phetchabun (Sawatdee Bungalow - 250B)
Chaiyaphum (Ratanasiri Hotel - 200B)
Khon Kaen (Europe Guesthouse - 250B)
Loei (Royal Inn Hotel - 250B)
Udon Thani (Sritrtkarn Hotel - 140B)
Nong Khai (Mutmee Guesthouse - 130B)
Khon Kaen (Sansamran Hotel - 150B)
Mahasarakham (Vasu Hotel - 400B)
Roi-et (Bua Taung Hotel - 120B)
Kalasin (Sang Tong Hotel - 200B)
Sakhon Nakhon (Hotel Araya 2 - 180B)
Nakhon Phanom (Windsor Hotel - 250B)
Mukdahan (Sangthai Hotel - 250B)
Yasothon (Yasothon Hotel - 220B)
Ubon Ratchathani (Tokyo Hotel - 200B)
Sisaket (Santisuk Hotel - 150B)
Surin (Sang Tong Hotel - 220B)
Buriram (PND Hotel - 400B)
Khorat (Cathay Hotel - 200B)
Sa Kaeo (Kavee Hotel - 230B)
Chantaburi (Muang Chan Hotel - 230B)
Rayong (Saha Yong Hotel - 200B)
Chanburi (Namchai Hotel - 220B)
Prachinburi (Siinch Somjai Hotel - 120B)
Saraburi (Saraburi Hotel - 230B)
Ayutthaya (Iudea Guesthouse - 150B)
Nakhon Pathom (Siam Hotel - 220B)

All in all I travlled 8,927.5 kilometers and spent 48,220 Baht (or $1159.14 and 5547.3 miles). As my original budget was 500B a day. I managed to come to 497.1B a day. The average consumption of my budget:
40.60% - consumables
33.41% - lodging
07.86% - gasoline
06.03% - misc.
03.62% - phone cards
01.90% - newspapers
01.70% - internet
01.23% - laundry
01.04% - police tickets
00.87% - movies
00.63% - motorbike repairs
00.60% - haircuts
00.26% - bank fees
00.25% - additional fees

On average I spent 19B per liter of 91 petrol (.424B per kilometer). I burned 199.4 liters of gas requiring 74 refills. It turned out to be about 44.77 kilometers per liter or 105.3 miles per gallon. On average I did 92.04 kilometers per day (57.19 miles per day).

It was magical, wet, and memorable. Very little language barriers, no traffic accidents, and a few new friends. However, it pays to know the language, own a motorbike, and be accustomed to traveling the land.

DAMN WAS IT GREAT! I'D NEVER DO IT AGAIN THOUGH!

Mike D.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5579 posts) 10y

Wow, what an amazing post.

Thanks for the insight and especially the breakdown in terms of costs. That's great info to have for anyone planning a Thailand trip! I am sure those percentages can also roughly be used elsewhere in the world for budgetting purposes....

Cheers,

Sam

3. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2787 posts) 9y

Hi Mike, my name is Anne Reinstein and I am traveling to SE Asia for three weeks only. That was a great message you posted there. Anyway, I am backpacking Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in three weeks so I can only hit the main places and move on but I was wondering if you can give me some helpful hints about where to stay and where to go once my friend and I arrive in Bangkok. I dont know if there are special places where backpackers hang out and meet for some info exchange or cab sharing rides.
I do have a lot of questions but I will wait for your reply first before I hit you with all of them (they relate to what to bring, what to leave behind in the hotels, safety, foods, diseases, etc). Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!!

4. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

Amazing ! Indeed ! The highest hotel price per night is 400 Baht.. wow.. wow...

hehehe @ 01.04% - police tickets ...interesting data. I am saving that hotel list really!! It can be very useful for future reference.

Thanks! 2theD

5. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

Oh some more questions. Those are the expenses for one person through to the entire trip, right?

And, did you take pictures along your journey, especially pictures of your motorbike? I am eager to see them

6. Posted by 2theD (Inactive 12 posts) 9y

The expenses were for one person, yes. I'm very proud of the "01.04% - police tickets" for police tickets. The police are jerks. Anyway, I got 225 pictures from the trip including temples, ruins, waterfalls, hot springs, natural phenomena, and friends. BUT I don't have them online yet. I'm typing up my travel journal now. It's a huge task so it's taking a little while. I hope to add stories to it and post it all on my future website with all the pictures. It'll be quite a while until that happens though! I hope it'll be posted before summer starts.

I wish more people read about this cause it was such a great trip. Better than the one Ewan McGregor did on his motorcyle from London to New York. He had sponsers, doctors, a film crew and whatnot. My trip? Just me and what I could carry. Stayin' true.

Mike D.