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Ballpark budget by rglossop on 18 May 2005 2:27pm

I'm planning a 6 month trip to China and SE Asia Oct-Apr and was wondering if any of you good folks out there could give me a rough idea of what I can expect to spend (in-country only, I've looked into flights, insurance, jabs, etc). I'll be flying in and out of Shanghai or Hong Kong and probably spending about a month each in China, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, travelling overland, no particular itinerary as yet.

I'll probably go trekking for a week or two, have a couple of beach weeks somewhere lively along the way, and wouldn't mind a trip up the Yangtze. Apart from that I'll be living fairly cheaply, local trains/buses(/boats?), maybe the odd taxi thrown in when my knees start to creak, local food, hostels or budget hotels, a few beers here and there (and hopefully the odd bit of heavy partying!).

I've had a whizz round the Lonely Planet site, and put together a tentative budget but it would be nice to reality check it. I know it'll only be ballpark, but what can I expect to spend per week, on average?

Any info gratefully received, cheers...
Re: Ballpark budget by harvey123 on 18 May 2005 3:02pm
hi i cant give you hardly info but i did live in hong~kong for awhile .. Mao shan to be precise ...
the food of the street sellers stalls is very cheap .. if you go into a supermarket (sunshine plaza) you will obviously pay alot more i had a huge craving for Doritos but i ended up paying about £3 for them (but i was desperate!!) the weird thing is that you can buy a pair of womens shoes for the same price .. also watch out the little stall holders dont rip you off as they will see that you are a traveller .. The open air markets are fantastic experience ~ so they are a must .. pretty crap info but hey .. i know 'Jf' has been travelling around china from what he has said so he could probably do alot better! Many people dont visit this section and head straight for the 'blathering on' section so you may get more replies there..
Re: Ballpark budget by pashley on 15 July 2005 4:46am
I'm living in Fuzhou, a fairly prosperous coastal city in China Places like Shanghai would be a lot more expensive, smaller or less prosperous cities somewhat less

Not sure about hotels, since I don't use then much Paid aout $400 HK last time I was in Hong Kong for a fairly nice place, Imperial on Nathan Road, clean but plain Friends visiting Fuzhou paid 150 RMB for decent modern hotel I have seen as low as 50 in other towns

A bowl of noodles is 2 to 4 RMB, full meal 10 if vegetarian, 20 with a meat dish

Not counting apartment, I spend about 2000 RMB a month living in fairly high style -- most meals in restaurants, take taxis everywhere, generally don't worry about money.

Of course, this does not include wasting money. If you want to gamble, visit prostitutes or drink in trendy bars, you can easily spend many times that.
Re: Ballpark budget by Ken Dunn on 15 July 2005 3:47pm
I'd budget on £1000 per month excluding excursions.
Oops, make that £1500 to include "the few beers and heavy partying"!

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