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Daily budget advice for Asia/Australasia

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1. Posted by KScott (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone

I'm at the planning stage of my RTW trip and I was wondering if any of you could supply me with approx daily budgets (minimum/maximum would also be useful) for the following countries:

Sri Lanka
New Zealand

I would be staying in guesthouses/ hostel dorms, eating from street vendors etc, basically living as cheaply as possible,

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by KScott (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

By the way I should add that I'm English so if you could give me the budget in £'s that would be awesome :-)

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you wanted to live comfortably everywhere with the occasional luxury, you could set your budget as follows:

Asia $25US (except Japan where $35US)
Australia/NZ $40US-$50US depending on where and what you want to do.

In Asia you could get by a lot cheaper than that on days you did very little except walk around town and even on some days you did some stuff. Like in Vietnam you could have a very good day out in Nha Trang doing this island hopping tour and staying in a budget hotel for less than $20US. You can get the bus making numerous stop overs

I think £'s is about $2US for every 1£ at the moment so that'd be 12.5£ in Asia except Japan where it'd be 17.5£. Australia/NZ that would be 20£. You would probably be able to do the math if I am wrong with what the $US-£ rate is at the moment.

Do note though that this is on the upper end of the backpacker budget
except in Australia/NZ where that is about mid range, so if you didn't have this much set aside you shouldn't panic because you could still get by relatively comfortably on $20US a day in most places in South East Asia as long as you don't wish to stay in mid-expensive range hotels.

In Australia depending on where you go, what you want to see and do the budget could be considerably higher than 20£-25£. Like for example if you wanted a 2 day tour to the Bungle Bungles (well worth seeing) you are looking at about 150£ for the very cheapest tour but most would be considerably more just for the basic tour without any extras. In New Zealand if you wanted to do any activities especially in Queenstown that budget would also be exceeded by a lot.

In Nepal I haven't been, but I have heard that if you want to climb Mount Everest like just up to Base Camp then you'll be forking out a fair bit more. India can be dirt cheap, but you will probably start ripping your hair out and wanting to leave after a couple of weeks due to them men being arrogant arseholes who consider a white male an easy target for ripping you off, conning you, and charging you 3 or 4 times the proper rate. I don't think I found 1 honest Indian Male out of the millions that I saw in my time in India. If they told you a place was over there to the left, it'd probably be straight ahead or to the right, if you asked where a hotel was they'd usually take you to a hotel but it wouldn't be the one you asked about and then they'd ask for a commission from the hotel and probably ask for some money from you. If you agree on a price of 30 rupees for a cycle rickshaw you'll get to the destination and then it will be 60 rupees because it was a long way even though they knew it was going to be. You get a taxi from the airport, you prepay the fee to avoid the ripoffs, then you reach the destination and "that will be 100 rupees extra because it was a long way". That being said even the rip off price by India standards is usually cheap by England standard. For example a 600ml bottle of coke was about 20-22 rupees on the street but the airport price was 30 rupees. You get to London and the price at Tesco meant you could have almost got 3 bottles at the airport price or 4 bottles at the street price for the same price of one at the supermarket in London. Those are just a few things you'll have to look forward to when in India.

Have a great trip.

4. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 415 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In China, you should budget about 10-15 pounds/night for hotels. Don't be afraid to bargain fiercely: nobody but foreign tourists pay the posted prices. Food is not at all expensive, if you go to smaller restaurants: 2-3 pounds will get you a really nice dinner. Taxis: 1 pound or less within city limits, except in Beijing and Shanghai, and to the airport. Buses are cheaper, of course. Many sites, such as The Forbidden City, are quite expensive, though: up to 15 pounds entrance fee. Altogether, you should budget about 20-30 pounds/day, plus train tickets (which are fairly cheap).

Travelling in Hong Kong and Macau, however, costs as much as Western Europe.

Are you planning to go to South Korea? I'd recommend budgeting 50-60 pounds/day there. Maybe more. There are ferries from Qingdao, Dalian and Tianjin to Incheon, South Korea (near Seoul), and there are ferries from Busan, S. Korea to Japan: it's a lot cheaper than flying, and more fun.

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Beijing must've gone up a load since I was there in mid 2005! That budget must be for a person wishing to be on a mid price range budget and not a backpacker budget. I only paid something like 4-5 dollars US so about 2-3 £'s for a dorm bed in a hostel which was in the mid price range, which was reasonable quality and had cheap tours to the Jinshaling-Simatai day hike along the Great Wall. I just checked out hostel world and the prices for dorm rooms on there still range from 2.26 £'s-the obscene prices that are considerably more expensive than even London (33.47 £'s) but a lot of hostels listed are less than £5 a night. So if you stay in the cheap hostels it can still be done for way cheaper than 10-15 £'s a night for accommodation even in Beijing. I lived it up quite a bit in Beijing by going on a number of tours and getting around by taxi most places even to the far out of the CBD attractions (apart from the Great Wall) and still wouldn't have gone through 20-30pounds a day on most days seeing I stayed in a cheap hostel. I suppose if you go when the olympics are on things will rise a lot more in price.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 24, 2007, at 3:54 PM by aharrold45 ]

6. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 415 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I said 'hotel', but if you want to stay in a dorm bed at a hostel, of course you can go for less. The problem with many hostels is they're far from the sites, and you can spend a lot on taxis. It all depends on how cheaply you want- or need- to travel, I guess.

When I'm in Beijing (about twice a year) I like to stay at one of the reasonably priced small hotels off of Wangfujing Street, which are about 180-220 yuan/night (12-15 pounds). Wangfujing itself is very touristy, but it's close to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen, some hutongs, etc. There's also a good foreign language bookstore there, a nice Beijing duck restaurant, and Starbucks. Of course, if you really want to go first class in Beijing or Shanghai, you can spend a small fortune.