April 11, 2011 10 Comments
When I started really getting serious with this blog a few months ago, I promised myself most of the posts here should have value to someone else other than me. I did not want this to just be a self-serving venue. Well, once in a while, the narcissistic posts come in, but I think most of the times I’ve been true to this principle.
In keeping with this vow, I’ve decided to do something very much like what I did after the KK trip in the hopes of helping out would-be travelers. Below are estimates of the money we invested for the memories that we made on that trip, with the corresponding itinerary that we sort of followed.
DISCLAIMER: Monetary values below are rounded-off based from the expense tally sheet during the time of my trip. For obvious reasons, this could change. My goal is to give everyone a rough idea of how much they should allocate for trips of the same nature. If for some reason you find that values quoted below must not be made available to the public (i.e. hotel rates, discounted packages, etc.), please do not hesitate to contact me so I may act accordingly.
1. For this one I took out all the discretionary costs like food and pasalubong. Adjust your budget accordingly to factor that in. In general, Vietnam has the cheapest cost of living, followed by Cambodia, then finally Thailand.
2. When in Vietnam, carry their local currency, the Vietnam Dong. (Millionaire for a day!) When in Cambodia, bring US Dollars. When in Thailand, have your money exchanged to Thai Baht. We found that with this set-up, transactions were a breeze. Oh, don’t forget your credit card too for unexpected expenses! We didn’t know the airport at Phnom Penh charged a terminal fee, so the CCs definitely helped.
3. Tip, tip, and tip. We’ve been fortunate to have at least one good tour guide experience per country so we didn’t hesitate on voluntarily giving an amount more than what was agreed upon. Think of it as you paying it forward.
4. Travel light! Woohoo! This was one of my accomplishments for this vacation. One backpack and a belt bag for five days and three countries? Ako na!
I hope this helps! Read though the earlier posts if you want more details. (Bawal tamad, ok?) Also, don’t hesitate to sound off in the comments if you have any questions.
This post is dedicated to those who’ve been bugging me for this trip’s itinerary. Yes, that’s you Cha I., Cherry and Kuya Vin. Enjoy!