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budget for south-east asia and india... PLEASE help!!

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1. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello. I'm heading off on my travels in 8 weeks and so don't have too much more time to save money. i now have an idea of how much money i'll be taking away with me and basically want to have an idea how long i'll be able to travel for.

the first leg of my trip is 5-6 months in se asia, and i reckon to need about £300-350 per month, i.e. £10-12 per day, on average. does that sound ok to people? or will i perhaps need more. that budget is very much averaged out... i realise that some days i will drink loads of beer, or stay somewhere fancy, or learn to dive, or buy a huge wooden elephant. i have some money stashed away for that kind of thing!! I'm trying to figure out a basic daily budget... will £10 be enough per day in thailand, laos, cambodia and vietnam?

then im off to india for as long as my money holds out, hopefully six months. by then, moneywise, i should have around about £200-250 per month. is this enough? i plan to spend two months in tamil nadu, kerala and goa. then head north through mumbai, into rajasthan, onto delhi, shimla etc. right up into himachal pradesh. after that, probably agra and varanasi, and back to calcutta.

Sorry this is a bit long-winded. if anyone makes it this far and has any suggestions, ideas or concrete "i spent this much here etc..." advice please let me know.

cheers, blimey i'm excited about this trip,


2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

10 pounds daily in se asia is more than enough

3. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm heading out to se asia in 4 weeks and I figure $20-25/day CDN should get me by. For India I am budgeting a little less - maybe $15 - 20/day CDN. China I am discovering in my research isn't as much of a bargain as I thought it was going to be but still relatively inexpensive when compared to NA or Europe.

4. Posted by jess23 (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

im sure your budget is definitely enough. just rem to bargain. dun easily settle for any price they give you. bargain hard n you save quite some money that way. ive taken short trips to thailand, cambodia n vietnam. beautiful pple you find there. if you r going to north vietnam, try to visit sapa n do some trekking. wonderful scenery.
gee, im so excited for you. im sure u will fully enjoy your trip! gd luck!

5. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

cheers jess23. im enjoying the joey22 and jess23 thing! im sure i will enjoy my trip immensely, and yep i will visit sapa and northern vietnam! cant wait! bye, joey22

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


just to give you an idea of prices in Vietnam at the current exchange rate of 1 pound to 28,000 dong:

Beer typically will cost you about 20,000 dong.
A decent meal will cost between 20,000 and 40,000 dong

You can get an open but ticket from HCMC to Hanoi, where you can stop off at Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Da Nang for 20 US dollars.

Most organised day trips from Ho Chi Minh City (Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta) you should be able to get for less than 10 dollars US.

Accommodation is cheap as well, not sure how much the hostels are but you can get a decent hotel for $20 US.

Thailand is pretty similar, only slightly more expensive.

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

'daveh' stays in some plush digs compared to where I stayed. I was in VN for a month and never spent more than $10 for a night's accomadation. In HCMC I had an a/c room with cable TV for $10 and never spent that much again. Most were $5-7 and quite acceptable. Most of the rooms in Cambodia are under $10/night as well if you stay in the BP areas. In Siem Reap there are dozens of GHs that are under $10, same with Sihanoukville. Phnom Penh has the Capitol GH and Narin's GH at $5/night. Thailand is a bit more expensive, but research your LP guide and talk to your fellow travellers and you will stay under your daily budget. Have a great trip.

8. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

you're quite correct Mike. In Saigon i have stayed in 2 hotels in the last 2 weeks. One of them was only $8 US a night and was simple, but clean and had cable and was a few doors down from Allez Boo called the Orient (i think in Le Duam street). I also stayed in Que Huong 3 which is the hotel directly attached to Allez Boo and is quite pricey for HCMC. I'm now in Nha Trang paying $12 US for a hotel and it is pretty decent too. If you're on a tight budget you can certainly find accommodation for $5 around Pham Ngo Lao.