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S.E Asia for 10 months.....

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Travelling around Asia next year for 10 months not sure if we have enough moeny.....and how easy is it to get a bar job out there?
10 years ago, June 9th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #75586  
Hi All

My boyfriend and I have booked one way flights to Kuala Lumpur, leaving January next year (internal flights sorted out and paid for).

We are trying to be brave, have rented out our flat and moved into my parents place to start saving. We had a few debts to clear first, plus a few unforseen expenses over the last month or two.....we will be saving about £12k (only have insurance to pay for before we go). Does anyone think this is a ridicuously low figure to be taking with us?

We are planning on travelling around Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and South West China, then spending a month or two in Oz with friends (so we wont be paying for accomodation).

We dont really drink alot, have visited Thailand last year and got by quite nicely on £800 for 3 weeks.....with me spending lots on touristy stuff, so I was thinking this would be quite a good amount.....have heard of couples getting by on £600 a month inc accomodation in the cheaper countries spending more time out of the big cities.

We were thinking of maybe getting some bar work or something when we are in S. E. Asia (if we run low on funds), has anyone done this before? I have heard of some people getting free accomodation whilst working.....we really want to see the local life in the countries above....any comments would be really welcome?

Thank you in advance!!

Victoria Reply to this

10 years ago, June 10th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #75690  
Hello Victoria 😊

In S. East Asia I would have an average of 30 Euros per day between you. I havent been to China for several years, but I would guess that you should have 50 Euros per day between you for there. Australia, I would have 70 to 80 Euros per day between you. Then have 100 Euros per month extra for things like visas, replacements etc.

800 British pounds is quite a lot to spend in 3 weeks and not necessary. I was in Thailand with my daugher a couple of years ago. We spend 500 Euros between us in 30 days.

One thing to note: Without a return ticket for your flight to Kuala Lumpa you might have trouble with the airline. They often dont like to let people on flights when they dont have a return ticket. Have all your doccumentation for onward flight ready to show that you intend to travel on for a long time and are not staying in Malaysia.

Mel Reply to this

10 years ago, June 10th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #75702  
Hey Mel

Thanks for your helpful response. We were thinking of around £600/700Euros (but we can go up to £900) per month for most of South East Asia, and then for South West China we were thinking we'd have to spend a little bit more, but as long as we stay out of the big cities it should be cheaper? We were planning on spending our time in China in Yunnan Province, hopefully staying out of the touristy areas.


I know that Australia is more expensive (probably nearly on par with London), but as we have free accomodation I think we could get by on a lot less than 80Euros per day? Would you say 80 Euros per day with accomodation included or just for food etc?

The £800 we spent was alot, we did waste alot of money and got a bit carried away with all the goodies on sale!! 😊

I thought about that when booking the ticket to Kuala Lumpur, and the fact that we only have a one way ticket could be a problem, Id heard about people not being let on to the flight.

We are flying to KL with Air Asia, and I have booked us out going flights with them as well to Cambodia so hopefully this shouldnt be a problem as they can see we have further bookings and plan on leaving the country? Will definately make sure that we have all the itinerarys that Air Asia have sent us when we check in so they can see we have plans to move on.

I have not booked any onwards flights from Cambodia as Ive read that they let you in without proof of leaving....hopefully this is true, otherwise was just thinking of buying some cheap flights out to show we are actually going to be leaving!!

Thanks again, I find money is always the biggest worry what ever you are doing, so its nice to hear how much other people have spent. Reply to this

10 years ago, June 11th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #75871  

Would you say 80 Euros per day with accomodation included or just for food etc?


I think hostel accomodation there would cost 15 to 20 Euros per night each. If you have free accomodation I think you would only need 20 to 40 Euros per day between you. Maybe less even, depending what you do. 😊
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10 years ago, June 11th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #75883  
Thank you! Hopefully wont be spending alot (famous last words!) just want to visit friends and family and chill really.... Reply to this

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