I’ve been keeping a very basic spreadsheet on how much money we are spending per day so we can track our expenses and make sure we have enough money for the entire trip. The spreadsheet just tracks meals, transport, lodging, tourist activities and misc stuff (like visas, etc). This does not include any expenses back home (like health insurance, etc). We have a separate fund for that.
We are currently averaging about $60/day. Our cheapest day so far in Thailand was about $29. Our most expensive was $202, thanks to the cost of two visas for Vietnam. Most days are in the $30-$40 range.
Of that, $10 usually goes for the lodging (we seemed to have found a comfort zone at 350 bath/night). We spend a little less than $10 on food and drink per day and because we seem to be traveling a lot from city to city, we spend a little more than that on transportation and about the same on tourist activites. So in other words, it is a pretty even split on costs.
If you just sat still in Thailand, you could easily live in a nice place, eat very good food and even participate in some activites for like $25/day…per couple! I single person could live for even less, obviously. And you could of course save a lot more money if you rented a room for a week or month.
Laos should be even cheaper, but I think the accomodations will be a little bit rougher as well. Vietnam would be cheaper too, but we’re traveling in 3 star hotels and flying a lot because we are on a set schedule with my parents so that will probably be much higher.
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