Peru Backpacking Budget

Peru backpacking budget

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Daily Travel Costs in Peru on a Shoestring Budget

US$25 | 85 Peruvian Sol

Peru is overall a cheap country to visit even by South America standards. Staying in one place, you can probably get by on as little as $15/day with plenty of real budget accommodation while eating out in local restaurants is also great value. However there are a few reasons why Peru is a bit more expensive than Bolivia for example or the cheapest countries in Asia or Africa.

Firstly the size of the country means you will spend a lot of time travelling around particularly if you are looking to go all the way from the Northern border with Ecuador all the way down into Bolivia or Chile. The lack of budget airlines means travelling by bus is the only realistic option for shoestring travellers and although they aren’t expensive on a per km or per hour basis, you will need to spend several days on a bus to travel through the entire country and costs do add up.

Average costs are perhaps a bit cheaper than Ecuador but it is 5 times as big so unless you just focus on one part of the country you are likely to be working on a similar budget. The second budget breaker in Peru is the world famous Machu Picchu, which is very expensive to visit. Although it is entirely possible to go to Peru and not go there (there are many other great Incan sites to visit), the majority of travellers do go there and if you opt for one of the more expensive trips to it then you may struggle to stick to our overall Peru backpacking budget of $25/day.

See where Peru ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.

Backpacking costs in all South American countries


More Comfortable Peru Backpacker Budget

US$40 | 135 Peruvian Sol

If you are doing a big trip in South America and have a certain timeframe for it, you might want to budget a bit more for Peru and maybe skip some of the less interesting parts of the country by taking a flight. Most of the main points of interest are in the South of the country with the likes of Cuzco and Arequipa among the more interesting cities to visit compared to Lima or the ones in the North.

By budgeting for $40/day you can probably afford to skip a large portion of the country and well over 24 hours of travelling on buses by taking a domestic flight or if you are just visiting the South, you could probably take a flight from Lima to Cuzco rather than the never-ending bus route. You could probably also do one of the longer hikes up to Machu Picchu.


Sample Prices in Peru

Flight from Lima to Cuzco (1 hour 20 minutes) – 260 Soles ($80)

Bus from Cuzco to Arequipa (11 hours) – from 30 Soles ($9)

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant – 10 Soles ($3)

Large local beer in a cheap bar or restaurant – 5 Soles ($1.50)

Dorm bed in Cuzco – from 15 Soles/night ($4.50)

Budget private double or twin – 30 Soles/night ($9)

Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu – 128 Soles* ($40)

*this is purely to enter & doesn’t include the considerable cost of getting there.


Money

Currency – Peruvian Sol

£1 = 4.80 Sol

€1 = 3.78 Sol

US$1 = 3.33 Sol

(All exchange rates are correct as of June 2016)


MFT Recommends

Stay at Vallecito Backpackers in Arequipa for great value dorm beds and excellent staff.


street art in Peru

street art in Huachipa, Peru (via El DecertorCC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


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If you’ve been to Peru recently, please let everyone know your typical daily costs by commenting below 😉


This article was published in June 2016.

Get our Backpackers Guide to South America 2017-2018  for a full overview of budget travel in the region.


Singapore Backpacking Budget

Singapore Backpacking Budget

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Daily Travel Costs in Singapore on a Shoestring Budget

US$45 | 60 Singapore Dollars

Singapore has a reputation for being a very expensive place and that is true to an extent although it depends on what kind of trip you want to have. Certainly it is far more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia with most things costing at least double what you find in other countries in the region. Certainly alcohol is very expensive and if you’re visiting the city-state as part of a trip in SE Asia on a small budget, you’d be wise to save your partying for other places. Our suggested Singapore backpacking budget of $45/day will disappear in a couple of hours if you decide to go out to one of the many swanky clubs and bars but you can probably afford one night out if you are there for 3 or 4 days on this budget.

However Singapore does have one or two advantages for the budget traveller. The main one being that it is basically just a city and you won’t spend any money going from town to town like in other countries. Travelling around Singapore is relatively cheap and if you choose a hostel in a good location, you can see a lot of it on foot. Picking a hostel with self-catering facilities will also help cut your costs considerably as eating out two or three times a day will take up a big chunk of this budget.

One of the main attractions to Singapore is shopping though and there is an almost nonsensical amount of mega shopping malls to spend your money in. Our budget of $45/day is by no means unrealistic for your every day needs and a bit of sightseeing but clearly doesn’t allow for much shopping so you might want to set another $100 or more aside if you are looking to hit the malls.

See where Singapore ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.

Backpacking costs in all Southeast Asian countries


More Comfortable Singapore Backpacker Budget

US$70 | 95 Singapore Dollars

Singapore isn’t really designed for shoestring travellers and to really make the most of it and experience the best of its cuisine, nightlife and attractions you might want to set aside something more in the region of $70/day plus. Even the airport is full of tempting ways to spend your money but given you only need a few days to really experience Singapore perhaps it’s worth budgeting a bit higher and then saving up in places where it is easier to travel on a shoestring.


Sample Prices in Singapore

(all prices are in Singapore Dollars)

One way ticket on local transport – S$1.30-2

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant – S$12

Large beer in a bar/restaurant – S$8

Dorm bed – from S$15/night

Budget private double or twin room – from S$35/night

1 Day pass at Universal Studios – S$74


Money

Currency – Singapore Dollar

£1 = 1.96 SGD

€1 = 1.54 SGD

US$1 = 1.36 SGD

(All exchange rates are correct as of June 2016)


MFT Recommends

There are lots of hostels in Singapore but most of the cheap ones are pretty bad. Coziee Lodge is one of the few that consistently gets good reviews and it’s not surprising with beds in 4 bed dorms going for as little as S$18 while standards of cleanliness are high and the location is a convenient one for exploring the city.


street art in Singapore

street art in Singapore (via Les HalnesCC BY 2.0)


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If you’ve been to Singapore recently, please let everyone know your typical daily costs by commenting below 😉


This article was published in June 2016.

Get our Backpackers Guide to Southeast Asia 2017-2018 for a summary of budget travel in the region.


Sri Lanka Backpacking Budget

Sri Lanka Backpacking Budget

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Daily Travel Costs in Sri Lanka on a Shoestring Budget

US$25 | 3700 Sri Lankan Rupees

Most travellers in Sri Lanka have been or are going to go to India so it’s useful to compare it to the cost of travel in India. The general consensus seems to be that Sri Lanka is marginally more expensive than India but not by an enormous margin. One of the reasons for that is that Sri Lanka hasn’t traditionally been viewed as a big backpacker destination and as such doesn’t really have as much to cater for them. For example budget hostels with dorm beds are less plentiful so you may end up spending a slightly more on accommodation in Sri Lanka. The cost of other things is fairly similar although entrance fees to major sites do also tend to be higher. A realistic Sri Lanka backpacking budget might therefore be considered to be around $25.

See where Sri Lanka ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.


More Comfortable Sri Lanka Backpacker Budget

US$35 | 5000 Sri Lankan Rupees

Sri Lanka does have a big tourist industry so there are lots of things that cost a little bit more that might get you tempted to stray from a shoestring budget. For $35 you can stay in better places on the nicer beaches and eat in some really very good restaurants. It will also allow you to visit more sites and temples, a few of which have ridiculously high entrance fees, which most tourists in the country won’t think twice about paying but budget travellers might find them to be a real nuisance.


Sample Prices in Sri Lanka

Train from Colombo to Kandy (4 hours) – $2 for 2nd class seat, $4 for 1st class AC seat

Dorm bed in budget hostel – from $5

Cheap private twin or double room – from $10

Meal in a budget restaurant – $2

3 course meal in a decent restaurant (mid-range) – $6

Large local beer in a bar/restaurant – $1.50

Entrance to the Sigiriya Rock – 4200 LKR ($28)


Money

Currency – Sri Lankan Rupee

£1 = 216 Rupees

€1 = 165 Rupees

US$1 = 148 Rupees

(All exchange rates are correct as of June 2016)


MFT Recommends

Get some travel insurance! World Nomads specialise in providing cover for backpackers.


street art in Galle, Sri Lanka

street art in Galle, Sri Lanka (via KenC1983CC BY-ND 2.0)


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This article was published in June 2016.


Thailand Backpacking Budget

Thailand Backpacking Budget

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Daily Travel Costs in Thailand on a Shoestring Budget

US$25 | 900 Thai Baht

How much money you need to travel in Thailand depends on who you speak to and how you travel. The main problem here is that large numbers of ‘travellers’ in Thailand are in reality on little more than an extended holiday and most spend well in excess of $25 per day, a large percentage of which goes on partying. Sure the party culture is big in Thailand and it’s hard to avoid unless you really find yourself off the beaten track. Even though alcohol is cheap, if you’re going out partying late every single night then you can’t expect to get by on so little.

However that is not to say it is not possible. As you will see from our sample prices below, you can still find some incredibly cheap accommodation and food. Our suggested Thailand backpacking budget of $25 per day will require a little discipline given temptation is all around but it should be enough to cover budget accommodation, eating out in local restaurants, street stalls or places that are obviously geared to backpackers and a bit of partying with the odd extra daytime activity thrown in. If you’re really sensible or are a non-drinker then you can probably get by on even less.

It is also worth noting there is a great deal of regional variation in prices. If you spend more time in the North, you will find it as cheap as anywhere in Southeast Asia or the world for that matter. Bangkok and the touristy South is more expensive.

See where Thailand ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.

Backpacking costs in all Southeast Asian countries.


More Comfortable Thailand Backpacker Budget

US$40 | 1450 Thai Baht

These days $40 per day is becoming more the norm, particularly in the South of Thailand, which has islands that are now more like Ibiza than the secret paradise they once were. With US$40 per day, you can certainly afford to go out partying every night and will have a bit more for extra excursions and trips. It should be pointed out that if your intention is to do a diving course or something major of that ilk, you are still likely to need extra funds.


Sample Prices in Thailand

Flight from Krabi to Bangkok (1 hour 20 mins) – from $18 with Thai Lion Air including hold baggage

Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai (about 12 hours) – $30 AC sleeper, $20 AC seat, $9 Non AC seat

Large Chang Beer in cheap restaurant/bar – 60-80 Baht (roughly $2)

Pad thai in street stall or cheap restaurant – 40-80 Baht ($1-2)

Dorm bed in Bangkok – from 150 Baht (roughly $4)

1 hour massage (traditional thai or oil) – 300-400 Baht ($8-11)

Basic beach bungalow in Koh Phangan – from 200 Baht (only away from the main backpacker beach)


Money

Currency – Thai Baht

£1 = 52 THB

€1 = 40 THB

US$1 = 36 THB

(All exchange rates are correct as of June 2016)


MFT Recommends

The Aris Hostel, Bangkok, a stones throw from the Khao San Road, the world’s biggest backpacker hub.


street art in bangkok

street art in Bangkok, Thailand (via Cody YantisCC BY-NC 2.0)


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If you’ve been to Thailand recently, please let everyone know your typical daily costs by commenting below 😉


This article was published in June 2016

Get our Backpackers Guide to Southeast Asia 2017-2018 for an overview of budget travel in the region.


Backpacking Budget for Central America

Central America Backpacking Budget

This page suggests typical shoestring travel costs and recommends a possible backpacking budget for Central America.

backpackers map of central america

(Map of Central America from wikitravel, can be re-used under CC BY-SA 3.0)

Daily Travel Costs in Central America

$20/day : Nicaragua

$25/day : Guatemala, El Salvador

$30/day : Honduras

$35/day : Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba*, Mexico*

$45/day : Belize

*Not technically part of Central America but popular stops with travellers in the region.

This is based on travelling on the cheap by staying in hostel dorms or basic rooms where it’s cheaper to do so and by using local chicken buses which are a fun if slow way to get around the region. It allows for the odd activity each day but nothing like expensive diving courses or multi-day treks which will add to the cost of your trip. If you have travelled in the region recently and have a different idea of what typical expenses might be then please use the comments section below to let us and more importantly other travellers know. The budget allows for a bit of partying and but you will struggle to stick to this if you are looking to drink and go out every night.

Some travellers combine Central America with a few days or weeks in the United States, which is considerably more expensive. Read our USA backpacking budget for more.

Monthly Backpacking budget for Central America

Based on these costs, a typical total backpacking budget for a trip around Central America might be something like this:

1 month – £740, €850, $900

2 months – £1480, €1700, $1800

3 months – £2220, €2550, $2700

All figures are based on exchange rates correct as of January 2017. If you’re unsure, use dollars as a base and convert it to your currency at current exchange rates.

Touristy areas of Mexico or places such as the Bay Islands in Honduras are more expensive so avoid them if you are worried about funds running out. If you decide to visit Cuba, then the cost of getting there can also add quite a bit to your overall expenses so this budget is primarily based on travel in mainland Central America only.

Please note this does NOT include the cost of flights to/from the region, any visas/vaccinations or travel insurance. These things are impossible factor in as they are dependent on your nationality and where you are coming from but can quite easily double your total budget for the trip.

Read our Central America budget travel overview.


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How much did travel in Central America cost you?

If you have travelled recently in the region then please use the comments section below to share with us your experiences of backpacking costs in Central America. Everyone travels differently so there will never be a definitive right budget for each country but the more people who comment, the easier it is for us to keep this page as accurate as possible. Thanks!


 This page was last updated in January 2017.


Backpacking Budget for Europe

Europe Backpacking Budget

On this page you will find estimated daily travel costs for different countries in Europe which will hopefully help you decide upon a realistic backpacking budget for Europe.

Backpackers Guide to Europe

(Map of Europe from wikitravel, can be re-used under CC BY-SA 3.0)

The common consensus in pretty much every so-called backpackers guide to Europe is that it is an expensive place to travel in and that is mostly true. However there are ways to get around for much less. Firstly the continent is small and transport is fast. By making use of special deals on budget airlines or by fully taking advantage of a European railpass, you can see quite a lot for less than you might think. By and large Eastern Europe still represents really good value and has much more going on than you might imagine. However Scandinavia and much of Western Europe (especially capital cities) are extremely expensive so you will need a fair amount saved up before embarking on a lengthy backpacking trip around Europe.

Daily Travel Costs in Europe

To do a long trip in Europe you need substantial savings before you set out. The general rule here is that the West is expensive and the East is cheap but the gap is narrowing. Here’s a rough idea of a daily shoestring travel budget (in Euros which is the currency in a large chunk of the continent) in various European countries.

€20/day : Albania

€25/day : Bulgaria, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Morocco*

€30/day : Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey

€35/day : Slovakia, Estonia, Russia

€40/day :Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece

€45/day : Spain, Israel*

€50/day:Germany, Cyprus,

€55/day : Ireland, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, UK

€60/day : France

€65/day : Finland, Sweden, Denmark

€70/day : Iceland

€75/day : Norway

€80/day : Switzerland

*not in Europe but easy connections to the continent

These figures are based on staying in hostel dorms and steering clear of fancy restaurants and bars in favour of hostel kitchens and cheapish establishments.

As of January 2017, one Euro is worth – US$1.05 | £0.86 | 1.44 AUD | 123 YEN | 1265 WON | 1.33 CAD

Monthly Backpacking Budget for Europe

The cost of your whole trip will clearly hugely depend on what part of Europe you go. Head East or focus on a small area of Western Europe and spend longer in each destination if you’re on a very tight budget. A benchmark figure for your day-to-day travel costs on a long trip in Europe might average out to around €50/day. A realistic shoestring backpacking budget for Europe, not including flights to/from the region or travel insurance is therefore around:

1 month – €1500, £1290, $1575

2 months – €3000, £2580, $3150

3 months – €4500, £3870, $4725

(All exchange rates are as of January 2017 but the European economy is quite volatile and they do change regularly so use Euros as the base and convert to your own currency at current rates for a better estimate of what you need).

This a pretty rough estimate though and it ultimately depends on you and what your spending habits are like. If you spend a week shopping in Milan and are constantly hitting glamorous nightspots then you could probably double it and then some. Live like a monk and it will be a bit less than what is quoted but not by much.

Read more about the continent in a Europe budget travel overview.


Tips for keeping costs down whilst Travelling in Europe

backpacking budget for Europe

1) Couchsurfing is very common and saves on accommodation which is typically very expensive and can easily take up at least a third of your daily expenditure in most countries. Use Booking.com to sort out beds or rooms in hostels in advance as the better places often sell out particularly at the weekend. Booking in advance, online is the norm in Europe.

2) If you want to visit Southern countries, particularly coastal destinations in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece then consider visiting outside of the high season (mid-July to late August) and your costs will probably be less.

3) You might want to consider getting a railpass if you want to travel around a lot. For flights easyjet and ryanair are the cheapest of the many budget airlines and often flying is cheaper then getting a bus or train.

4) You can often find short-term work in hostels as you travel which might be a good idea if you’re on a longer trip.


The Cost of Travel in Other Regions

South America | Central America | Southeast Asia


How much did travel in Europe cost you?

If you have travelled recently in the region then please use the comments section below to share with us your experiences of backpacking costs in any European countries you visited. There are so many countries in Europe, it is hard to keep tabs on changing prices in every one so your comments really do help keep this page as accurate as possible. Thanks!


This page was last updated in January 2017.


 

Backpacking Budget for South America

Backpacking Budget for South America

This page aims to give you a rough idea of what a typical backpacking budget for South America might be.

south america map

(Map of South America from wikitravel, can be re-used under CC BY-SA 3.0)

South America is on the whole, budget-friendly and certainly much cheaper than North America and Europe but that said travel costs can easily mount up. Countries like Brazil are developing quickly and as a result prices are going up. It is also a very large region so trying to see it all is both time-consuming and expensive. Even relatively short-distance airfares are high here so unless you fancy hitch-hiking, buses and coaches are pretty much the only way to get around.

Get our Backpackers Guide to South America 2017-2018  for more detailed info on the region.

Daily Travel Costs in South America

$20/day or less : Bolivia

$25/day : Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay

$30/day : Colombia

$40/day : Uruguay

$45/day : Chile, Argentina

$50/day : Brazil

As you can see there’s quite a wide variety between countries so calculating a Latin America travel budget can be difficult. Over the years of running this site, we’ve had various people disagreeing with these figures. Some say Peru or Colombia are far cheaper than Ecuador but bare in mind that although the cost food/accommodation may be similar or even less, you will spend much more on transport in the bigger countries like Peru, Colombia, Argentina or Chile as the destinations are far further away from each other. Ecuador is much more compact with just a few hours on a bus and only a few US Dollars separating most of the popular travel destinations.

On a similar kind of note, prices in Uruguay are comparable to anything you’ll find in Brazil or Argentina and can soar to Western European levels in places but the country is small so again you won’t be spending any extra money on flights or expensive long-distance coaches. If you’re really short on funds but still want to visit these countries, it might be worth getting your hands on Will Hatton’s guide called How to travel on $10 a day.

French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana are on the expensive end of the scale but they are so small, visitors often go for a specific purpose rather than on a general trip around the country so we haven’t factored them in. In Venezuela, there is something like 4 different exchange rates so it can vary from being absurdly cheap to extremely expensive depending which one you can get. The country is suffering from a severe economic crisis right now with violent crime rife so it’s probably not the best time to go in any case.

Also it’s well worth noting that prices can really sky-rocket around real tourist hotspots like Rio de Janeiro, Machu Picchu and the natural wonders of Patagonia. A trip to Machu Picchu alone can easily blow your Peru budget in just a few days.

Therefore please take these figures as a guide and not as the definitive answer as everyone and every trip is different.

Monthly Backpacking budget for South America

1 month – £820,  €950, $1000

2 months – £1640, €1900, $2000

3 months – £2460, €2850, $3000

4 months – £3280, €3800, $4000

5 months – £4100, €4750, $5000

6 months – £4920, €5700, $6000

(Exchange rates are correct as of Janaury 2017. Use Dollars as a base and convert it to your currency on current exchange rates if you’re reading this much further in the future)

A figure of $1000 per month is a reasonable starting point for a shoestring budget for the region. Visit predominantly the Andean region of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia and you can get by on less. Spend more time in the South of the continent or Brazil and you will probably need more than this.

As mentioned earlier actual transport costs are quite high so longer trips or ones that involve visiting only a few countries will give you better value for money. If you want to get by on a cheaper budget, it’s possible but you’ll have to consider hitch-hiking/camping/couchsurfing etc. which on the whole are viable options, especially in the more expensive countries, which is handy.

Remember there will still be extra expenses on top of this in terms of sorting out flights to/from the region. Many travellers opt to head there via USA with Miami a popular stop and home to some of the better value flights to South American countries, particularly Colombia. Read our backpacking budget for the USA to find out costs there.

The cost of vaccinations, visas and travel insurance are also not included in these figures. The last part is often quite expensive. We recommend World Nomads as they specialise in dealing with backpacker trips.

Read our South America budget travel overview for more on the region.


The Cost of Travel in Other Regions

Southeast Asia | Central America | Europe


How much did travel in South America cost you?

If you have travelled recently in South America then please use the comments section below to share with us your experiences of backpacking costs in the region. Budgets really do vary considerably amongst travellers so there will never be a definitively right figure for each country but the more people who comment, the easier it is for us to keep this page as accurate as possible. Thanks!


 This page was last updated in January 2017.


Backpacking Budget for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Backpacking Budget

This page aims to give you a rough idea of what a typical shoestring backpacking budget for Southeast Asia might be.

southeast asia

(Map of Southeast Asia from wikitravel, can be re-used under CC BY-SA 3.0)

Daily Travel Costs in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is one of the cheapest parts of the world to travel in and your money really can go a long way! Here’s an idea of shoestring travel costs in South East Asian countries. Click on the links for more detailed info on each country including a shoestring & more comfortable backpacker budget as well as sample prices for thing like buses, beds and beers:

$20/day : Cambodia, LaosVietnam

$25/day : Thailand, Malaysia, IndonesiaMyanmar

$30/day : The Philippines

$45/day : Singapore

(The US Dollar is the reserve currency in most countries and often accepted)

These figures are all based on staying in cheap hostels and eating/drinking in budget or local restaurants and bars. It allows for a bit of partying but if you’re going out getting drunk almost every night you will end up spending more than this!

There are big regional variations in some countries particularly Malaysia and Indonesia. Away from Java and Bali, Indonesia is as cheap as anywhere in the region but the large amount of travelling needed to get around and the island nature of the country makes it a bit more expensive to travel around. Mainland Malaysia although much richer and more developed is cheaper than Malaysian Borneo for the traveller due to the poor infrastructure in Borneo which makes life more complicated and more expensive for getting around.

Monthly Backpacking Budget for Southeast Asia

A realistic shoestring monthly backpacking budget for Southeast Asia, allowing for a few connecting flights in the region but not your main flight to/from SE Asia is therefore around:

1 month – £660, €760, $800

2 months – £1320, €1520, $1600

3 months – £1980, €2280, $2400

4 months – £2640, €3040, $3200

5 months – £3300, €3800, $4000

6 months – £3960, €4560, $4800

(Exchange rates are correct as of January 2017. Use Dollars as a guide & convert to your currency on current exchange rates if in doubt.)

This is still designed as a shoestring budget and if you don’t have experience of travelling on the cheap you might want to allow for a little more. If you wish to go to the Philippines or parts of Indonesia that will require extra flights, you might want to increase it a little bit too. Everywhere else is accessible by land or short ferries and getting around in the region is typically very cheap. Think $1-2/hour of travel if you take the cheapest available option. If you’re just visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and/or Vietnam then you can get by on a bit less if you’re smart but these countries have a big backpacker party scene which can eat away into any travel budget.

Remember there are still going to be quite a few extra expenses on top of this in terms of sorting out flights to/from the region, vaccinations and travel insurance. The latter can be quite costly but is important. We recommend World Nomads for excellent travel insurance packages for backpackers.


More on Budget Travel in SE Asia

Get our Backpackers Guide to Southeast Asia 2017-2018 for an overview of budget travel in the region.


The Cost of Travel in Other Regions

South America | Central America | Europe


How much did travel in Southeast Asia cost you?

If you have travelled recently in the region then please use the comments section below to share with us your experiences of backpacking costs in SE Asia. Budgets really do vary considerably amongst travellers here so there will never be a definitive right figure for each country but the more people who comment, the easier it is for us to keep this page as accurate as possible. Thanks!


 This page was last updated in January 2017.