Southeast Asia Backpacking: Cost Of Travel Overview (2015)

June 23, 2015

JUMP TO: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, MalaysiaIndonesia, Philippines, Myanmar

Railay Beach, Thailand

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s cheapest regions to travel, and its popularity with backpackers is no coincidence. Not everywhere in Southeast Asia is equally inexpensive however, which is worth keeping in mind when budgeting your trip.

Instead of just relying on my own notes from my travels, I thought it would be more meaningful to collect some additional data. Since the price of accommodation is often a good indicator for prices in general, I gathered pricing info on hostel dorm beds and budget-range rooms for every country in Southeast Asia. I’ve taken a sample of 50 prices from booking sites for each country, making sure to select enough places within that country to be broadly representative, and calculated averages using these numbers. For Thailand, I’ve split this exercise into two parts, northern and southern Thailand, just to show how prices between these parts of the country can be dramatically different—as really nowadays there are ‘two Thailands’ due to the south attracting much more mass tourism.

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Additional cost information comes from sites like Priceoftravel.com and Expatistan and from my own notes (I went on two long-term backpacking trips in the region, in 2013 and in 2015.)

The suggested daily budgets are very rough, and this always depends on your specific travel style. This post assumes that you are a backpacker willing to sleep in fan-only rooms (without A/C), use mostly overland transportation, get food in local restaurants, and generally avoid resorts or other luxury options.

All local prices converted to USD for easy comparisons.


Thailand

In a nutshell: cheap in the north, expensive in the south. Gradually becoming more upmarket

Thailand has long been known as a backpacker mecca, and it used to be one of the cheapest places to travel in the world. Things have changed a little over the years, however. There is a clear cost difference between northern and southern Thailand; if you are anywhere near a beach, expect to spend at least twice as much as the other Thai regions further inland.

Hostel dorm bed average (NORTH): $5.85
* Northern sample includes Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai and other nearby regions.

Hostel dorm bed average (SOUTH): $10.55
* Southern sample includes Bangkok and anything south of the capital, including both of the Thai island groups, and all of the popular beach destinations.

Basic private room, fan with shared bathroom (NORTH): $7.69

Basic private room, fan with shared bathroom (SOUTH): $13.21

Suggested Backpacker Budget: $30 a day (north) or $45 a day (south)

While affordable accommodation remains widely available in Thailand, the average for southern Thailand does hide some of the higher prices in specific touristy areas. In Bangkok you can get a dorm bed for as little as $7 if you look around (and are okay with something extremely basic), but most of the more modern and reputable hostels here charge around $13 to $15 a night. Places like Koh Phi Phi or Koh Phangang are more expensive than elsewhere (the latter particularly around the time of the Full Moon Party). These places are also very sensitive to seasonality—accommodation prices here can easily double in high season.

Transportation and food are generally very affordable in Thailand: an average local meal will cost around $2 to $5, mostly depending on whether you’re getting this from a street vendor or in a sit-down restaurant.

A lot of tours and activities are typically priced in the $10 – 20 range. For instance, half a day of cooking classes in Chiang Mai might cost you $15 – 20. Visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok costs around $15 (beware, very crowded unless you go in early morning). A day of caving or trekking with a guide in northern Thailand will set you back somewhere between $15 and $25.

The suggested backpacker budget assumes big-ticket adventure activities are not included. If you want to get SCUBA Open Water certified on Koh Tao it’s about $300 for instance, or if you want to learn rock climbing in Railay/Krabi expect to pay about $200 for a 3-day course.

Thailand backpacking guide »


Laos

In a nutshell: very inexpensive

Laos is well and truly one of the cheapest countries to travel, and most travellers will not bat an eyelash at the prices here. The country is inexpensive pretty much across the board: average prices are just a tad higher within the UNESCO world heritage city of Luang Prabang, but the difference is negligible.

Remarkably, at one time in Laos I was paying just $4 a night for a dorm bed, which got my daily spending close to about $20 (including three meals a day, some sightseeing, and a few beers in the evening). Entrance fees to parks and temples are typically in the single digit dollars, and meals are comfortably in the $2 – $5 range. A good rule of thumb for transportation cost is that you’ll spend about a dollar per hour in a bus, so a 10 hour overnight bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane will cost somewhere around $10.

The most expensive activity I can remember paying for was the 2-day slow boat from Thailand to Luang Prabang, a very popular way to enter the country which costs about $40. (Actually, I also went hot air ballooning in Vang Vieng for $80, but this expense was an extreme outlier—and my fellow travellers a thought I was crazy for spending this much for a half-hour experience!)

Hostel dorm bed average: $5.72

Basic private room average: $10.52

Suggested Backpacker Budget: $20 to $25 a day

Laos backpacking guide »


Vietnam

In a nutshell: very inexpensive

Good news for Vietnam as well: travelling here is, indeed, very inexpensive. Vietnam also happens to be a street food paradise, arguably even more so than Thailand, and so if you want you can end up spending very little money on food. Eating pho noodles might get samey after a while, but it is definitely cheap and delicious.

Entry fees to museums and national parks are typically low and rarely more than a dollar or two. Transportation is similarly cheap, though Vietnam is notorious for being quite scammy so always be sure to insist on the meter in taxis and make sure people are charging you a correct amount. 

The biggest purchases for Vietnam are likely to be your entry visa, which costs about $40 if you get it in one of the neighbouring countries, and a tour of the Ha Long Bay (which is on most people’s itineraries if they go to the north). A 2-day Ha Long Bay cruise costs about $40 – $60 depending on the tour agency and your level of comfort to be expected on the boat. 

Hostel dorm bed average: $6.88

Basic private room average: $9.15

Suggested Backpacker Budget: $20 to $25 a day

Vietnam backpacking guide »


Cambodia

In a nutshell: very inexpensive

Another very inexpensive destination where it’s possible to travel on a true shoestring budget. Your biggest single expense is likely to be your entry ticket to the temple complex of Angkor Wat. This costs $20 for a 1-day pass or $40 for a 3-day pass. (Spending more than one day at the site is often recommended as there’s a lot to explore there.) Hiring a tuk-tuk for a day to take you around the different temples at Angkor Wat might cost around $15.

Entry fees to museums are typically in the low single digit dollars. For instance, the entry fee to the Killing Fields memorial is about $2.

Street food options are a bit more limited here than in other countries, so you may have to hit up restaurants a little more often.

Hostel dorm bed average: $5.99

Basic private room average: $8.84

Suggested Backpacker Budget: $20 to $25 a day

Cambodia backpacking guide »


Singapore

In a nutshell: expect Western prices

The city state of Singapore is, by far, the most expensive destination in Southeast Asia. Its economy is highly developed and prices are similar to those in Western countries.

If you are there for just a day or two, it is still possible to survive on a backpacker budget. Transportation doesn’t have to cost much, with manageable distances and a superb metro system (tickets typically costing a few US dollars). While cost of living is sky-high in Singapore, food can be found very cheaply at so-called Hawker Centers, which are essentially big food courts where you can find all sorts of Asian food.

Singapore gets more expensive depending on how much sightseeing or activities you do. Its famous zoo costs $25 to enter (and more if you want to go on the night safari). The popular retreat of Sentosa Island is essentially a resort and theme park along with a casino, shopping malls and hotels. Another popular attraction is to go up the Marina Bay Sands building and see the infinity pool there with a view of the city, though this costs $20 and a drink up here is not going to come cheap. Read more: Things To Do In Singapore On A Budget.

Hostel dorm bed average: $17.34

Basic private room average: $23.10

Suggested Backpacker Budget: depends hugely, but about $40 – $60 a day if you’re not just transiting through


Malaysia

In a nutshell: has an odd reputation for being the ‘most expensive’ in the region. Perhaps this is true for mid or high-end tourism. It’s actually good value for backpackers—provided you don’t party much.

People keep claiming that Malaysia is expensive. It’s true that thanks to oil revenues it’s more developed than most of its neighboring countries, and the standard of living is generally higher. But as a traveller, I have not noticed hugely different prices at all. Accommodation, food and transportation are all within the range you would expect for Southeast Asia—similar to Indonesia or Thailand, for instance.

Accommodation in Malaysia can in fact be great value: a lot of the hostels are very modern and equipped with A/C, yet still charge under $10 a night. Malaysia can be a true food paradise as well, especially if you hit up the food courts or hawker centers where you can enjoy all kinds of delicious Malay, Indian, Chinese and Burmese dishes for prices in the $2 – $4 range.

One expense that is significantly higher than elsewhere is alcohol, as this is taxed heavily in this Muslim country. Perhaps this is why people keep saying Malaysia is expensive? If you plan to drink a lot, maybe Malaysia won’t be your favorite place. (Due to a different tax regime, alcohol is typically cheaper in the Sabah region on Borneo.)

While the costs overall are not so dramatic, if you go all out with adventure activities on Malaysian Borneo things might still add up over time. Climbing Mount Kinabalu as part of a guided trek is around $100. A 2-day jungle river expedition in Kinabatangan park costs around $90.

Hostel dorm bed average: $7.47

Basic private room average: $10.21

Suggested Backpacker Budget: $35 – $40 a day


Indonesia

In a nutshell: has gotten a lot more pricey; be aware of changes to entry park fees. Check recent prices and not from a few years ago.

Indonesia used to be known as the ultimate cheapie in the region but it is now actually a bit more expensive than mainland Southeast Asia.

You can still find very low prices if you go to rural and off-the-beaten-track regions such as Flores, Sulawesi and Sumatra, but if you’re anywhere on the tourist trail expect prices to be higher. Bali, and specifically south Bali (e.g. Kuta, Seminyak and Legian) is by far the most expensive area, and some restaurants and hotels charge essentially Western prices here. But it’s a myth that Bali as a whole has to break the bank, and as soon as you get out of the main tourist center in the south, it becomes very much a budget destination. (See also: A Day In Bali For Less Than $25.)

Entry fees for national parks and heritage sites went up massively in 2014. You used to be able to enter national parks or visit the temples such as Borobodur or Prambanan for several dollars a pop, but this is now possible only for domestic Indonesian tourists. Prices have gone up as much as 1000% for foreigners and typically you now need to fork out $10 – $15 to visit such sites. Entry tickets are also no longer reusable: for instance, you used to be able to buy a ticket for Komodo National Park once and use it for a week but this is no longer the case; this is an annoyance particularly for scuba divers if they wish to dive here on multiple days. Note that entry fees can be as much as double on Sundays. Basically, any site that’s run by the government is a lot more costly now.

Some tours in Indonesia can be tough on your wallet by Southeast Asian standards. For instance, a 3-day tour of the Bromo and Ijen volcanos on Java will cost about $130 once you’ve factored in all the add-ons you need to buy (extra fees for a jeep ride, guide, etc.). A multi-day boat trip from Lombok to Labuan Bajo (a popular trip with backpackers) similarly costs about $140. This seems pricy if you consider that two full days on a boat in the Mekong in Laos costs about $40, or two days sailing around Ha Long Bay in Vietnam costs roughly that amount as well.

Hostel dorm bed average: $9.58

Basic private room average: $13.16

Suggested Backpacker Budget: about $35 a day

Indonesia backpacking guide »


Philippines

Accommodation in the Philippines is a little more expensive than on the Southeast Asia mainland. The good news however is that food, drinks, transportation and other basic travel costs are very low and in line with the rest of the region, and so the savvy traveller will be able to get by on $30 a day or less.

Entry fees to parks, wilflife santuaries, caves, and so on are typically in the $1 – $4 range. The most I spent on an entry fee was at the Puerto Princessa Underground River in Sabang, which was about $10. Guided tours and treks are all reasonably priced – aroud $10 to $15 for a day’s activities. A day of island hoping around El Nido is about $10.

One thing to keep in mind is that seeing different parts of The Philippines probably means flying around a bunch. The daily backpacker budgets on this page generally assume overland travel only, but since the Philippines is a huge collection of islands, going cheaply overland is not always possible. Ferries between the islands can be impractically slow, so most people end up booking a few domestic flights to speed things along. If you want to hop around between, say, Luzon, Palawan, and Cebu or Bohol you need to factor in a handful of domestic one-way flights in your budget. Fortunately AirAsia and other budget carriers operate in the country, and you can fly from Cebu City to Manila for as little as $26. If you’re spending a month in the Philippines and hitting up different areas, expect to add maybe $150 for flights to your monthly expenses.

The Philippines can be more pricey in two particular areas. The Metro Manila capital area is expectedly a little more expensive; you might not want to spend much time here anyway as it’s a largely chaotic and unappealing city. Borocay is the country’s main beach resort area and has considerably higher prices than anywhere else (and, in my  opinion, can be skipped in favor of more relaxed and authentic beach paradises, of which there are countless). The rural provinces of the Philippines are all very affordable on a Western budget.

Hostel dorm bed average: $9.82

Basic private room average: $12.42

Suggested Backpacker Budget: about $35 a day

Philippines backpacking guide »


Myanmar

Myanmar is a bit of an odd duck in this list. The country became more widely accessible only as recently as 2012, and prior to this saw very few international visitors. As such there’s a dearth of accommodation, particularly in the budget range, which means you have to shell out a little bit more for a room. There are actually few if any hostels around, so the dorm bed prices you find listed on booking sites are often actually for small rooms. If you are travelling alone, you will be paying a premium in Myanmar, as it’s much better to share rooms.

With now a steady influx of pioneering tourists going to Myanmar, the availability of hostels and hotel rooms is likely to catch up in the next couple of years. But for now expect accommodation to cost a bit more (and be sure to book ahead especially in high season as a lot of places get fully booked).

While accommodation is more expensive, this is offset somewhat by the primitive state of the tourism industry and a general lack of tourist pricing (this surely won’t last forever, though). Taxi drivers will actually take you to places at local fare, and you won’t get charged extra for entry fees just for being a foreigner.

Hostel dorm bed average: $14.17

Basic private room average: $18.21

Suggested Backpacker Budget: $35 – $40 a day

Myanmar backpacking guide »

39 comments

  1. Comment by Travelguru

    Travelguru Reply November 7, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Thailand 7 $ for a bed in a host?el ! You can get single rooms on Khao San for 200 baht (even 120 baht) and there are rooms for 100 baht for a dormitory. So nowhere near 7 $, more 3 US$.And Chiang Mai is supposedly even cheaper.

  2. Comment by kris

    kris Reply October 30, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    mate, this is one of the most detailed and accurate info that i have seen about back packing. very well written and thank you for your writting.

  3. Comment by Laura

    Laura Reply October 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hi Marek,

    Do you have any info on getting visas?

    I’m pretty confused and don’t really know where to start.

    Cheers,
    Laura

  4. Comment by Cici

    Cici Reply October 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Hi.
    When you say your budjet is like 35-40 us dollars a day .. does that include the travelling from country to country or is that an additional cost. I’m trying to figure out how much I need to save for 4 months in se.a

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply October 6, 2016 at 11:26 am

      That budget takes into account local overland travel (e.g. buses and trains)

  5. Comment by Hayley

    Hayley Reply September 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Amazing amount of info – thanks for sharing your experience!

  6. Comment by Melissa

    Melissa Reply September 18, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Hi Marek!, Awesome article, thank you very much for your research. I wanted to ask you, have you been in China? I would like to know the prices compared to South East Asia

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply September 22, 2016 at 10:59 am

      I’ve not yet been to China unfortunately. Searching on booking sites for accommodation costs and looking on sites like Price of Travel might help.

  7. Comment by Fabio

    Fabio Reply August 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I’m looking to travel around SE Asia in January 2017 from the UK for approx. 2 months. I was thinking of starting in Philippines and finishing in Thailand. could you give me any advice on which is the best country route to take on a budget.

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply August 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Since it’s such a spread out archipelago many routes are possible in the Philippines – have a look at my Philippines page for more. From Manila you could fly into Bangkok, go north in Thailand to explore the area in Chiang Mai, then head back south to the Thai beaches and islands (most people like to put some beach time near the end of their trip).

  8. Comment by Tania Mukherjee

    Tania Mukherjee Reply August 9, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Excellent information, I was thinking about visiting Cambodia and Vietnam on a shoestring budget and this just answered many of my questions. I am from India and have only been to Nepal other than India; not much acquainted with hostel accommodation. Hence I have a question: If we are two people visiting Cambodia and Vietnam,does it make much sense in booking dorm beds(Since we will have to pay for 2 beds)? It looks like booking a private basic room is a better option. Are 2 people allowed in one single private room? Not sure if I expressed myself well.

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply August 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Sharing a room between 2 people will unusuall be equal or cheaper to getting dorms, so that certainly makes sense.

  9. Comment by Nicola Royle

    Nicola Royle Reply June 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Hey Marek,

    I’m planning my backpacking route at the moment and would like to go from Bangkok into Cambodia from there, Vietnam, Laos and then go back into North Thailand for Chaing Mai, then through the crossing into Myanmar. However, I heard the multi-entry visa is very expensive? Are backpackers who usually take this route happy to pay this extra cost? Is it just me being tight with my money? lol

    Any advice?

    Thankyou 🙂

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply June 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Not sure which country you’re from (as things can be different depending on your passport), but instead of a multi-entry visa for Thailand you could just get a visa-on-arrival twice.

  10. Comment by Lauren

    Lauren Reply June 10, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Hey Marek,

    Fantastic article! My boyfriend and I are traveling to Southeast Asia this September and I am in the process of figuring out our budget. This article is very helpful so thank you for posting! I do have a question for you regarding accommodation; if it is a couple, would you say that the price would be the same for each individual or would you say it would be slightly cheaper?

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply June 10, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Yes as a couple, travel costs will be slightly cheaper. It’s easier to share certain costs, for instance transportation. 🙂

  11. Comment by Anna

    Anna Reply April 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Hey, really useful post here! Loved the way you broke down and explained all the prices in the different countries. Super useful, Thanks! 🙂

  12. Comment by Maddie

    Maddie Reply March 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Hey Marek. I love this post! My boyfriend and I are finding it extremely helpful as we plan for our trip to Southeast Asia this summer. One question though: When you say “$25 per day” or “$35 per day” as a suggested backpacker budget, does that figure include the cost of a night at a hostel, or are you recommending $25, $35, etc. in addition to the costs of accommodation? Thanks for taking the time to share all of this info. 🙂

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply March 27, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Hey Maddie, glad you’re finding this post is useful! That per-day figure is meant to include all your daily expenses, e.g. accommodation, transportation, food, sightseeing, etc. (However, I’m not counting any one-time expenses you might make before travelling, for instance for travel insurance, visas, buying a new backpack, etc.)

  13. Comment by Gabi

    Gabi Reply March 20, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Hi Marek! This is awesome!! Now I feel my nerd research before travelling is not at all alone! Lots of work for me to process all this info though! So thanks a lot for saving me heaps of time.

  14. Comment by Tham WL

    Tham WL Reply March 18, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Superb article, in fact your comprehensive reviews and helpful tips have inspired to to undertake a backpacking trip around my own backyard of Southeast Asia at the end of the year.

    Just a very minor point to note after reading your article, when I was reading this part on Singapore:

    “Prices are essentially similar to those in the developed world.”

    I can’t help but feel as if Singapore is being regarded as a third world country simply because of its geographical location. Singapore IS part of the developed world, in fact the most recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) continues to place Singapore as the most expensive city in the world to live in. Singapore’s GDP also trumps most countries within the Western Europe as well as the Americas.

    Nevertheless, it was a excellent article! I hope that you don’t take offence with my overzealous patriotic remarks, do continue to post on your travels!

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply March 18, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Hi Tham. Oh dear, I must not have had my coffee before writing that sentence. Thanks for correcting me – you’re totally right of course and I’ll amend the post soon. 🙂

  15. Comment by jason carter

    jason carter Reply February 19, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    great post, very useful thanks. i never went to the adamant coast only the gulf coast of thailand and didn’t find it too expensive other than diving or a heavy nights drinking. my top tip is stick to drinking buckets when out or buy bottles of sangsom from the 7/11 and use it to make some new buddy in your hostel before you go out. always a winner.

  16. Comment by Emma morley

    Emma morley Reply February 13, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Great article really helpful, thank you. Shame somebody decided to use it as a platform for a racist rant. Your response summed it up perfectly. Please keep the updates coming, has really helped my travels

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply February 14, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Emma, I appreciate your positive feedback! 🙂

  17. Comment by yuyazz

    yuyazz Reply February 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Hello
    i’m sorry but i really need to write on maximum english blogs because after 6 months of travel in South East Asia, it is my duty to prevent the maximum person from countries such england or australia
    Everywhere we went, thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Burma, Malaysia, and Laos, we encountered the same type of travelers, loud, arrogant, completely disrespectful of other travelers and local poeple or places..A on several occasions we had to change guesthouse to find a more quiet place, especially away from you english people.
    You have a tendency to shout rather than speak, to make noise, in couple or group, always acting as if you were alone in earth..Even if you know that the owner of the guest house sleeps just next door, even if his childrens have to sleep to go at school the next morning, it will not matter, you continue until late at night yelling like pigs, in total disrespect of your neighbors .I therefore ask you this: learn to respect your neighbors, cease to believe you higher because the whole world must understand you and speak your language when you do not speak any other language except yours..the local bad feel towards overseas is due in large part to your behavior..Vang Vieng but the Thai islands are the best examples of your behavior incredibly bad.English women love to put almost naked, where the local dress head to toe in all sacred places or elsewhere, you English women you absolutely not respect the modesty of local people, in bikini everywhere..we thing that you really behave badly, the whole world hates you for that, but you don’t care and continue..if ever someone notice it to you, you laugh..You, English, you must to know it, please, SHUT UP, and respect local cultures and your neighbors..your culture based on easy friendship, nudity in public places, and “shouting” must stop!!!.Please be respectful and forget your huge egos!!! … you are the shame of Western europe to abroad …you have to know and to behave in consequence please..if some of you think that i’m exagerating, just look and listen, everywhere in South asia, and certainly everywhere in the world..you are in holidays, ok..but maybe your neighbors or the local people around you are NOT in holidays!!!
    -so 1 : be quiet
    -2 : stop wearing bikinis and show your muscles to the whole world..
    if people comme here to read these comments, be advise that you are not really appreciated in the world…especially because of young travellers who just care about themselves, and just think about making party…
    I had no bad idea about english or autralian before, not at all..now after six month travelling, i just hate you, and can’t stand anymore your fucking behaviour..

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply February 3, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      If you want to make a point about how people should be respectful when they travel you are free to do so. But keep it mind that (ironically) your comment is devoid of respect itself. Generalising about entire nationalities so aggressively is not the right way to talk about this, whatever your specific experiences may have been.

    • Comment by Bridget

      Bridget Reply February 11, 2016 at 2:01 am

      hello Yuyazz. not every one from western countires are like that. you are only seeing the party chasing, overgrown children who have affluent parents that provide them with a trip of a lifetime before paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to send them to college. My family is not like that. my neighbors are not like that. And when we travel there this spirng, we would not act like that. hope you keep in mind there are mis-behaviors everywhere.

    • Comment by Juraj

      Juraj Reply April 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Hi yuyazz,

      You demand respect for other cultures and yet your vitriolic post is full of hatred and disrespect towards English and Australian tourists.

      I understand that you may have had some negative experience but that gives you no right to throw everyone in the same category.

      Also, I am not sure what problem you have with swimwear or young people enjoying themselves.

  18. Comment by Leslie

    Leslie Reply January 14, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Hi Marek. Love this post, the comparative numbers are really helpful. Do you include travel insurance or getting TO the country in your numbers?

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply January 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Thanks! I’m only counting day-to-day costs in this post, not including up front investments like flight, insurance or equipment.

  19. Comment by Oliver Mortimer

    Oliver Mortimer Reply January 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Great article, Myself and my girlfriend are travelling on the 10th of February for 167 days. We will be going to Thailand Laos Malaysia Indonesia and Cambodia. We will be taking with us just over 9000 euro and have our flights booked travel insurance bought and vaccinations done.

    I’m wondering if you think this will be enough money? We would like to see and do as much as we can and will be mostly eating street food but will be staying in our own rooms and not in dorms.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply January 14, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Hmmm translated to around 800 EUR/month per person it might be a bit tight – the usual recommendation is around 900 or 1000 EUR a month. That’s without knowing your exact travel style though, so it’s always hard to say. If you watch your spending you will probably be OK though. Keep an eye on your budget in southern Thailand or the touristy parts of Bali as the euros can flow more quickly here – maybe go elsewhere for beaches (e.g. Cambodia) as it’ll be much cheaper. If you share basic fan-only (non AC) rooms your accommodation shouldn’t be any more expensive than dorm beds.

    • Comment by Marek

      Marek Reply December 29, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      That’s a fantastic breakdown. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Comment by joey

    joey Reply December 17, 2015 at 10:02 am

    manila is the worse traffic in the world and hotel in tourist area are expensive.. i recommend vietnam or cambodia..

  21. Comment by Georgijus

    Georgijus Reply October 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you for the information specially that you didn’t hide the date when you post it 🙂

  22. Comment by Adi

    Adi Reply October 12, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Very useful!! Thank you very very much! 🙂

  23. Comment by Surf Me Geek

    Surf Me Geek Reply July 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Nice collection. It may useful specially for me. Thank you

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