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1. Posted by Clairabell (Budding Member 17 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

I am hoping some more experienced people could give me some advice on budget for my trip. We are off to south east Asia in September, funds are pretty tight and I was wondering how much is just enough!

The plan is a circular route
Thailand (Islands - to Bangkok) - 3 weeks
Cambodia - 2 weeks/ month
Vietnam - 3 weeks
Laos - 3 weeks
Thailand (North) 3 weeks

Then we will fly to OZ and start our new life for a year (where we will work, so no budget info is needed for this leg of the journey)

While in Asia we plan to stay in cheap accommodation, with a few days in mid-range when we are tired. We will eat from markets and self cater with a few treat evenings at restaurants. Overall we want to do it on the cheap and cheerful side, so how much cash do people think we will need to budget?

All advice would be gratefully received



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

This has been asked/answered many times on TP. Check through the older posts and you will spot SEA budgets discussed thoroughly. I will give you my budget in a PM.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5674 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

And I can remember that aharrold and myself answered this thread as well...being somewhere in the range of 15-30 dollar depending on wether you visit a lot of things and spend some money on transport as well. Where is that thread?

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello Clairabell

Here are the recommended daily budgets, from the SE Asia on a Shoestring book.

11 to 15 US dollars per day
The islands are more expensive, than many other parts of Thailand. But the suggested budget is a good average. That was my experience, from travelling in Thailand.

15 to 20 US dollars per day

23 US dollars per day

20 US dollars per day


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

I would say I spent a lot less in Vietnam compared to Thailand, Cambodia & Laos. Vietnam to me was mega cheap for everything!

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5674 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Actually, I wouldn't know exactly the amount of money I'd spend on one day. I know the average cost of a trip, but it's always possible to travel cheaper

7. Posted by Clairabell (Budding Member 17 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Thanks for the breakdown of what I could expect to spend in each country; I had only received umbrella figures previously.



8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5674 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Not to be offensive, but is it so important to know the exact amount of money you'll need for a day (instead of kind of umbrella amount like you say)? Doesn't it spoil a little bit, or does it give sattisfaction?
I have never had the problem of a very tight budget, so maybe that explains my question. I have travelled though with some people who had a tight budget, and it irritated the hell out of me. I mean, I really don't want to spend too much money, but for me, asking at the next hotel for an extra dollar less, and then on a regular basis about everything, spoils a little bit of fun travelling.
So once more...not to be offensive, just very curious about the subject and so on...;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 27, 2007, at 7:59 AM by Utrecht ]

9. Posted by Clairabell (Budding Member 17 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


No offense taken about the budget issue. I suppose I needed the reassurance of a more exact breakdown to confirm that I can actually afford to set off!

I have been working hard to save cash and still only have a pitence. Some days I feel a little panicked that we wont be able to afford the trip so having these figures is like a safety line that makes this whole journey we are planning much more a reality.

We will have to be slightly boring while traveling about our budget and thinking carefully about where we spend our money. However, I've had to be like that this last 4 months while saving for the trip and I know some of my friends must be sick of my saying " I can't afford it"/ "Can't we go somewhere cheaper".

I am sure that once we are on the road I will relax because I'll be there doing it and this wont turn into another instance of, "oh better wait until next year when I have saved more cash". This is my first journey and I have no frame of reference so the advice from you guys on the forum has been invaluable. Reading guide books is fine but chatting with others has be more helpful.

I am sorry if I asked a redundant question, promise to try not to do it again:



10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5674 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Clairabell for your answer.
If I can give you just one tip: if you stay in a town/city and are not planning to travel too much for a couple of days or visit too much expensive museums, try to get a nice accomodation. Part of the fun of travel is some great hotels for small prices, not being hostels. That are the most friendly and charming places to stay, well for me they are. And in the countries you go to, eating is so cheap, just avoid restaurants and so, food from the street is good and if you drink a can of coke a day, your stomach will be fine as well.
Cheers and enjoy! Michael