A Travellers Guide How To Travel Around Southeast Asia With Only $15 Per Day!
I’m sure that many of you have heard that Southeast Asia is truly beautiful region of the world that offers a lot of sightseeing and entertainment for anyone willing to explore, and even more importantly, it could all be quite cheap. This last ‘trade’ is one of the main reasons how come this part of the world is so popular, especially if you are a backpacker.
Therefore, today we’re going to tell you how can you visit as many countries as possible, in a period of about a couple of months, spending no more than $15 per day. Our research is made out of our own personal experiences, as well as the ones of other people who’d managed to achieve the exact same thing!
So, let’s begin with the accommodation. You’ll be able to save a lot if you aren’t using the usual travel guides’ offers and the usual Internet sites, but stay at your local hosts, and use Couchsurfing. You won’t be staying at luxurious resorts, but trust us, these backpacking hostels will make you feel more than welcome, for no more than $2 or $3 daily.
The place where you’ll be ‘forced’ to spend the biggest amount of money would be Singapore, where even the cheapest places aren’t going below $20 per day, whilst the cheapest accommodations will be in Laos and Vietnam, where you won’t pay more than $2 a day for a hostel room. Usually, travelling throughout 6 or 7 countries in this region in a period of a couple of months, you’ll spend around $200 for accommodation.
Now, when we’re talking about the food, this is probably the best part of the world that offers you some of the most mouth-watering and delicious ‘street specialities’ and it’d be a total shame if you don’t try it, but limit yourself to a restaurant food only. Plus, what travelling experience it would be, if you don’t taste what the locals are consuming on a daily basis, and experience their authentic style of living. I won’t even mention that it’ll also be the most economic way for you to eat, given the quite low living standards of the inhabitants of these countries.
If you decide for Thai food, there’s no way you won’t be satisfied, where an average dish costs around 50 cents, it’s extremely tasty and you’ll also get an abundance of cheap sweets and fruits. Now, when you’ll get to Vietnam, or Laos, the food is even cheaper, just as Cambodia, where you’ll also find super cheap healthy foods as much as you want. Maybe you’ll need to spend a bit more in Malaysia, but trust us, it won’t hurt your budget too much.
When it comes to the transportation, the cheapest way you could pass by is by using the local public transport, that’s also quite convenient and cheap, just like everything we’ve told you so far. This goes double when it comes to the huge cities like Kuala Lumpur, or Bangkok, or Ho Chi Minh (former Saigon), but there’s one thing that’s even better – renting a bike!
This option will allow you to get to know the city first hand like no other. But even if you decide to travel bigger destinations (going West to East, or North to South), trains and busses are also pretty cheap and it won’t cost you more than $10 to $15.
Now, one thing we know everyone’s interested in, is the nightlife! And there’s a good reason for it! Cities like Ho Chi Minh, or Bangkok could offer you so many tempting ‘activities’ it’d be really hard to say no. But, we’ll give you the same advice as we did with the food – don’t try to single out and do what other tourists does, but go where the local people are going, and try doing the same things – it’ll save you a lot of money, and you’ll get (more or less) the same pleasures. One other thing you must always pay attention to is the abundance of pick-pocketers and various street scammers, thus, stay as far as possible from these folks and always keep your senses sharp!
Now, there’s so much more into any of these cities than what we’ve just told you, but those are the basics, when it comes to following the rules to save money. One additional thing we’ll tell you in the end is to always do your research about the place before you go, and remember that staying in hostels always gives you a chance to meet different people from various places, that could become your lifelong friends!
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