My costs start at Bangkok airport and include:
- Taxi from Don Muang Airport to Bangpli
- 26 nights in Bangpli
- Taxi from Bangpli to Don Muang Airport
I was, effectively, BACKPACKING in Bangpli and living more cheaply than a GRANDPAcker would. I have made price adjustments accordingly so that GRANDPAckers get a more accurate picture of their likely costs.
For more information, read my post on Bangpli.
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MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON Backpacking COSTS:
The main reasons why I was living so cheaply were:
- My Sananwan Palace room was so cheap
- Without really knowing it, I was eating very cheaply
- As I was away from the Tourist Traps, my evening beers were also cheap
When you’ve got those 3 things covered… you’ve got your basic Costs Of Living covered… well, you do if you’re me anyway.
Food: A typical breakfast was Fried Egg Noodles (THB30) or a Noodle Soup (THB25). Every other day, I would probably miss lunch and grab a Snickers for THB20 – when I did eat it was no more than THB50. A typical dinner was some sort of curry with rice or a selection out at the Hawker stalls (THB100 – at the most).
And, even though I was in and out of Bangkok every day at a cost of THB164 / day (which was as much as I was spending on food and drinks each day), my Cost Of Existence was still very low.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was NZ$27 / US$20 / €19 / £14. This put a ‘cheap and cheerful’ roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day in a ‘local cafe’ or ‘hawker centre’, and paid for my refreshments.
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were NZ$53 / US$40 / €37 / £26.
I spent very little of those LIVING funds. Some of the funds were spent on transport between KL, Melaka, and Penang. The majority was spent on Beer and Rum.
I had a bit of fun on top of that and stocked up at the markets on lots of clothes that I needed but, even then, only managed to spend a total of THB1016 / day.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at NZ$43 / US$32 / €30 / £21 per day. On that budget I found myself getting a bit bored though and should, probably, have ‘splashed out’ a bit more… but there wasn’t really anything to ‘splash out’ on.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Accommodation: You should be able to get a similar room with hot water shower for THB400 / night.
Transport: GRANDPAckers will need to catch a Songteow to the main road, then a public bus to the Skytrain station, and the Skytrain into city centre. And would need to return home the same way.
Food: GRANDPAckers would eat a little bit better than I did. I have also increased costs to account for the costs of Fruit Drinks and Juices that I didn’t bother buying.
After making such adjustments, the ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers would have been about THB829 / NZ$35 / US$26 / €24 / £17 per day.
This would have given GRANDPAckers about THB1,000 per day to LIVE on (i.e. 56% of their GRANDPAcking budget would have been available for LIVING).
This is HEAPS; with that money you could:
- Upgrade your Dinner for 2 and eat in one of the best Restaurants (and still have THB100s left)
- Drink 15 large beers
- Buy lots of personal ‘luxuries’ in the local store
- Have a good day shopping in the markets
Having such funds available day after day means that every day is a good day.
I was ‘too sensible’ with my expenditure and ended up being ‘too frugal’. In hindsight, I could have spent the MYR90 on better accommodation but, to be honest, I wouldn’t have benefited much from it… it wouldn’t have given me a better location and it wouldn’t have contributed to me having a better time.
I wanted for nothing and did everything that I wanted to do.
If I had spent all of my resultant ‘LIVING funds’, I would have been living very very comfortably.
HOWEVER, would I recommend Bangpli to GRANDPAckers? No. Only go there for a couple of days or so if you are in transit and need to be near the new Bangkok Airport.
Would I recommend living anywhere in the outskirts of Bangkok based on my Bangpli experience? No. This is just scrimping and saving for the sake of it… it’s not much better than “existing”…
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