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11. Posted by sepilokfui (Budding Member 75 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Totally agree with Sheds and I think Sarah has been the smart traveller - In SEA, the best & tasty food is 99% on the street. Don't waste your money anyway else.

12. Posted by chaboy (Inactive 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting N1U9F8C7

Thanks for your help both of you!

dlovallo1, I forgot to put that actually.

The countries i am visiting in SEA are:

Malaysia - 15 Days
Thailand - 60 Days
Laos - 15 Days
Cambodia - 15 Days
Vietnam - 30 Days

Hi, I think you are really on a tight budget. But I think you are going to survive these countries with 600 pounds. Let me dissect it for you

Malaysia - You need at least 40 Ringgit per day for food; Accommodation varies depending on your location, you may want to look for budget hotel. Hotels in Putrajaya for instance will charge you 100 ringgit up.

Thailand - You need at least 100 Baht per day for food; Accommodation varies but it is usually cheap, you may find 3 start hotels in Bangkok for 1000 Baht per night or look for a backpacker room for 300-500 Baht per night. Some travel agents offer rooms like this, you just have to ask.

Laos, Cambodia Vietnam- It's very cheap in these countries even cheaper than Thailand. So you do the computations.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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15. Posted by delanaloo (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I agree with the folks who said to eat street stall food!
I spent almost 6 months in SA Asia last year (Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore & Indonesia) and averaged $35 US per day - not including scuba diving. So you could do it on your budget, but it will be a little tight.

I love street food!! The few times I decided to splurge and take myself out to a nice restaurant I was so disappointed (except for the Bermuda & Onion in Kuala Lumpur - fabulous Italian food for when you need a fix). Just choose whichever stall has the longest line, that means that the locals think it has the best food and that the food turns over quickly and has less chance of growing icky things.

I didn't stay in the absolute cheapest possible places since a couple of dollars more can get you a lot more comfort! Rooms ranged for $1.45 in Cambodia to $900 bht on Koh Phi Phi. There are not many hostels except for in Malaysia (I recommend the Back Home in KL) so if you have someone to split room costs with it will help (I did not). I took a couple of fun day tours, ate well on the street and chose the bigger more comfortable buses. Buses are a great bargain in SE Asia and very comfortable. But try not to get a strictly tourist bus - ie. anything that leaves from or arrives at Koh San Road.

Oh, I see that you are going to Malaysia first, then Thailand. Are you up on the new (as of last year) visa rules? if you enter Thailand by land (easy to do from Penang) you will get only a 2 week visa on arrival. If you fly into the country you get a 30 day I think. but if you go to a handy tour office in Malaysia they can process a 60 day visa for you for just a couple of dollars. Things may have changed, but make sure you know the current rules so that you don't have to spend money making a visa run.

A couple of other things I learned
-Bring lots of sunscreen. If you run out in Thailand, it will cost you more than a night in your fabulous beach bungalow.
-Cambodia basically runs on the US dollar. Don't be like me and arrive, go to the ATM, and punch in that you want 20,000 reil. Because it WILL spit out $2,000 US dollars!!!
-Don't have a strict schedule, you will find places you like and want to stay longer as well as ones you can't wait to leave.

have fun! I wish I were going back!

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17. Posted by ns347 (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

ignore these people, malaysia is super cheap, especially penang. I had nice meals in Penang for like 2-4 US dollars. Accomodations werent too bad. KL was a bit expensive though, but still super cheap compared to singapore. still 20 euros a day is a little tight, but it can be done.

18. Posted by dear.dru (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

$35 a day in thailand or cambodia is ALOT. I can't speak about the south of Thailand but anywhere not connected to a beach is really cheap. Only once did I have to pay 200 baht for a room; mostly 150 or less. Street food is the way to go, especially away from the touristy areas, though even there spending a dollar per meal will get you by. The only thing gained by spending 300 or 400 baht a night is a private bathroom, maybe wi-fi which might be a plus.
Cambodia is really cheap. Right now I am staying in a $3 room and it's perfectly fine: clean and safe.
Travel is the area that can eat into your budget. Trains in Thailand are reasonably cheap, especially third class. Even the 2nd class upper sleeper can be around $25 though on long hauls. Buses can be cheap if you don't take the tourist ones and instead shop around, take the state buses. But if you go diving, trekking, ziplining, elephant training etc you will need money.
Things like beer and coffee can be as expensive as you may be paying back home, even from a convenience store.
I wouldn't worry if you have this budget though.
Have fun!

P.s. a package of cambros in cambodia is 25 cents

19. Posted by wonderboy (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I spent two months travelling South East Asia and I spent £500 per month on food, accom, travel withing SE Asia. The only place I didn't go was the south of Thailand.

So your budget seems fine.

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