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post Jan 24 2008, 05:21 PM
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Hi all, I'm after advice as to how much money I need to take for a 3month trip to SE Asia. I'll brak this up into 3 parts and hopefully someone can advise me as to how much they think it will all cost.

Month 1
I'm planning to spend a few days in bangkok lookign around and partying. Then I'll plan to head over to Cambodia to do a quick trip aound Siam Riep and back to bangkok. From there I planm to head down to the islands (koh samui, koh pagnan and Koh tao) for maybe a week before heading over land to phuket and island hopping around Koh kradan and maybe a couple of others in that area.

Month 2
A few days in kuala lumpur to look around, see batu caves etc. Then possible over to the perhenthian islands to relax for a week. Then travel down to singapore for a few days befroe flying over to Borneo to climb mt Kinabalu and visit the orangutan reserve.

Month 3
I plan to spend the last month in Indonesia just surfing, fishing and living on the beach as much as possible. Hopefully moving around a little to say Lombok or Sumatra.

All accomodation will be pretty basic, but with air con I hope. Quite happy to spend most nights in hostels or huts as long as I can have to odd day somewhere a bit nicer. How much would you suggest? I'm a first time traveller and would appreciate any adivce from people with experience!
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post Jan 25 2008, 02:54 AM
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pretty hard to give a figure, but i'd plan a minimum of 750quid per month, and probably up to 1,500quid... not that you'll definitely spend that much, but it gives you a buffer.

i'm assuming you're not including flights to and from home. it'd be a lot less if you weren't skipping around so much, as travel is probably the biggest spend for you. there are cheap ways of getting about, but they'll cut into your time, unless you enjoy overnight trains, and 12 hour bus journeys (i like the first, hate the second).
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post Jan 25 2008, 04:32 AM
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I spent 500/month living in the cheapest accommodation I could find, eating what I wanted and drinking too much every night. I was also zipping around here there and everywhere as well. Didn't stay in a single place with air-con though.

Fly to Kota Kinabalu from KL with Air Asia as it is dirt cheap and they have loads of flights daily (at least 6). Climbing Mt Kinabalu is a mission but worth it smile.gif

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post Jan 25 2008, 12:40 PM
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Many thanks for the advice guys. All very much appreciated!
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