March was another whirlwind month through South East Asia. We had 6 nights left in Malaysia and then headed into Thailand for 20 nights before finishing the month in Cambodia. During our time in these three countries we traveled by ferry (George Town to Langkawi, Langkawi to Ko Lipe, Ko Lipe to AoNang), bus, taxi, plane, subway and motorbike. We took a flight from Krabi to Chiang Mai and then had to take an unplanned flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok when the night train was full. Our 3rd flight of the month was from Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia which we are glad we did since immigration and customs was a breeze compared to what others have experienced crossing by land.
We stayed every night in a hotel this month, which felt a little odd. Our accommodations worked out to be $44.67 a night, cheap for American standards, but relatively high for South East Asia. We definitely could have stayed much cheaper, but we value our comfort and have a certain list of amenities which include strong wifi, good quiet location close to food, cleanliness, hot shower, and air conditioning. With Simone easily getting eaten alive by mosquitos a no bug policy is also high on the list. With the exception of 5 nights (2 hotels) every hotel we stayed at fit the bill and exceeded our expectations. It would be much cheaper to stay in hostels, even in a private room (which we have tried) but the vibe just isn’t us.
Food and Drinks for this month came in relatively cheap at just $14.52 a day for the 2 of us. Again cheap for eating every meal out by American standards, but actually quite high for SE Asia! We love to eat though and didn’t hold back! A big issue we found was having to eat in restaurants as opposed to grabbing dirt-cheap street food since Simone is a vegetarian. A meal in a restaurant is easily double the price of that on the street. Another issue was being surrounded by amazing food and wanting to try everything!
We purchased our standard souvenirs in each country as well as a few other items in Thailand that we just couldn’t pass up. We did indulge in a few massages and really enjoyed each of them, a real treat that we have included in the Other category.
Our activities this month included a trip to a fruit farm, a snorkeling and kayaking trip, 3 cooking classes, a national park entry, the Royal Palace entry, our Angkor Wat 3 day pass, additional temples and a museum as well as a day trip to Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. We did a lot this month and don’t regret a single activity, even the snorkeling trip that wasn’t quite what we expected. Jason also did a full day of diving in Koh Lanta for $200, that total is not included in our expenses listed here. Daily total for March comes in at $111.77.
Our Monthly Expenses:
|Transportation (Ferries, Motorbike, MotoTaxi, Bus, Taxi, 3 flights, Subway)||
|Accommodations (Hotels 31 Nights)||
|Food and Drinks||
|Souvenirs (Patches, Books, Bags, Ornaments)||
|Other (Massages, Package Home, Tips)||
|Necessities (Bug Spray, Laundry, Sunscreen, Visas)||
|Activities (Fruit Farm, Kayak/Snorkel, Cooking Classes, Palace, Temples)||