how long will £1500 last?

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1. Posted by Acdale (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Those of you that have travelled in SE Asia, how long can £1500 last you out there if you're travelling on a serious budget (but enjoy the odd drink or two!)


2. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It all depends on whether you're travelling on your own, what type of accomadation you stay in, how you travel, whether you do a lot of site seeing, partake in activities such as diving & go out on big nights.

I spent about £2200 for 3 months in SE Asia & I stayed in mainly mid range accomadation $10-15, but that would be split with another person, it also included 5 internal flights, bus/train journeys & some boat trips. We would have beers most nights, but only a couple. If you eat local food you will save heaps!

3. Posted by Acdale (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm happy to stay in big dorms in cheap hostels, eat local food and have the odd big night out but not all the time...

4. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm sure if you're careful you could make £1500 last you around 5 months. Again it depends where you are in SE Asia, Vietnam is mega cheap for everything, Thailand is generally quite cheap, but costs a lot more once you get to the islands. Laos & Cambodia is cheap too. Malaysia can be more expensive, especially for alchol as it is not so widely available, and is highly taxed due to it being a muslim country.

pm me if you need more details of costs in SE Asia.

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 4, 2006 8:13 AM by Laura_B ]

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think Laura gave some good advice. I spent about $500/month on my Feb-March trip and ate in restaurants. In VN you could easily live on $300/month if you eat where locals do and stay in dorms or low end rooms. You could stay in Sihanoukville Cambodia for about $300/month as well. Many rooms in the $5/nite and food is cheap. Thailand can be cheap if you stay in less touristy areas and eat with locals. Your 1,500 should last at least 6 months if you are careful and avoid the bars.

6. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Like everyone says it depends where you stay and how much you do
we are currently spending approx 500pound each a month so that would mean 1500 pound would last 3 months

we always have air con rooms and do a lot of travelling about and eating in good places...

cambodia, vietnam & Laos are the cheapest 3 places, thailand is dearer but malaysia is the most expensive...

personally i'd say cambodia/vietnam are the best value for money

i spent the least in laos as there was little to do apart from read a book..

spent the most in thailand with the shopping and learning to scuba dive...

currently in malaysia and i wouldnt say its value for money at all... its like being at home lol...

7. Posted by TunaOK (Budding Member 107 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you intend to visit Malaysia , a rough guide / idea how much it will cost per day . This is refering to stays in Kuala Lumpur.

Accomodation range from RM 50 per night ( inns and motels)

You can get liqours and beer almost everywhere. It is widely available although we live in a muslim country. In stores , it about RM 7 per can. Price are higher if you are in a club/pub. Almost double.

Food - For less than rm 5 , you can get wholesome local food. This is refering to stall food.

Travelling - Travelling in KL is cheap. But with the heavy traffic and poor bus services in town , i highly suggest you opt for the train and commuters services which is also highly affordable.

if you need more info , you can always PM me :)
Happy Travelling!