hey just looking for a bit of advice and tips for thailand , and if 150,000 baht (£3500 English ) is enough to last 3-4 months hopefully 4 !! I know it's due to how much you skimp out and sleep I'n hostels and cheaper option places , how much is food and drink etc ? I'm looking to travel around quite a bit aswell any suggestions of places you've been or heard of to be good I want to cram In as much as possible but obv live on a budget , any tips are greatly appreciated
[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jul-2011, at 07:23 by back_down_south ]
Are you serious? That's enough for 6 or 7 months by my calc. Why spend all your time in Thailand anyway - there are other countries in the area that are cheaper and really better in many ways.
I use $1K USD per month while in SEA for a rough average. Most spend more, some less. You should have enough for 5 months, 6 if you economize most of the time. Cambodia, VN & Laos will be cheaper than Thailand. With 5-6 months time in SEA, you have enough time/money to visit all 4.
Of course fans rooms are cheaper than a/c, use them when possible. Eat with the locals. My blog covers 'eating street' when we were in Nha Trang. This option is available in basically every city you will visit. Look for the small tables/chairs on the sidewalk after dark. Buses are cheaper than trains, use overnight bus when possible to save 1 night's accommodation. Drink water with meals, not soft drinks or beer. This can save serious money over a 6 month trip. Of course some would rather drink every night and stay fewer days. Your choice.
Now things to do/see. Thailand has many must sees. Certainly the historic places, Ayutthaya, Sukothai should be on your list. Chiang Mai or Chiang Mai for trekking. Krabi area, Koh Samui for some beach time. Cambodia has Angkor Wat, a must see for all that are in the area. VN has several as well. A HaLong Bay tour, SaPa trekking if possible. I would add time in: HaNoi, HCMC, DaLat, historic Hoi An & Hue. Some beach time in Nha Trang, Mui Ne. I leave Laos for others, have not been there.
Good luck with your planning.