I flew directly to Krabi via Kuala Lumpur (KL).
Starting with a couple of days in Krabi, I headed up the coast to Ranong on the public aircon bus (7 hours), took the speed boat out to Koh Phayam (30 mins), stayed 2 weeks in Koh Phayam, returned to Ranong by speedboat, caught the public aircon bus down to Khao Lak (4 hours), stayed in Khao Lak a few days, then caught the public aircon bus back to Krabi for a couple more nights before flying back to KL.
For more information, read my post on Khao Lak.
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Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.
Please Note: I do not include transport costs to and from Krabi.
Accommodation: On the island, typical accommodation was a Bungalow 10m from the beach with double bed, front deck, hammock, and cold shower. In the towns / cities typical accommodation was a Double Room with en suite or shared hot shower.
Food: Typical food for the day would be about THB390.
- Breakfast: Fried eggs on toast (THB60-80), coffee (THB30-35), large water (THB30-35) = THB135 average
- Lunch: Tom Yum Gai (THB60-80), White Rice (THB25-30), large water (THB30-35) = THB130
- Dinner: Something for about THB60-THB80, juice (THB50-60) = THB125 average
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was NZ$53 / US$40 / €37 / £27. This put a reasonable roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day in a ‘reasonably priced’ restaurant, and paid for my refreshments.
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were NZ$27 / US$20 / €19 / £13.
I spent most of these ‘LIVING Funds’ on beer but easily managed to keep within budget.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at NZ$68 / US$51 / €47 / £34 per day.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Accommodation: GRANDPAckers should easily be able to find a decent Double Room (or Bungalow on Koh Phayam) for THB500 / night. However, in Khao Lak, a budget of THB750 / night is more realistic.
Transport: I need transport full time because of my GRANDPAcking duties. GRANDPAckers would get by with short term rentals. GRANDPAckers would also catch the cheaper ‘slow’ ferry to Koh Phayam and use taxis on the island.
Communications & Fees: GRANDPAckers would get by on a cheaper SIMcard package with less Data.
Food: There were no significant savings to be made.
After making such adjustments, the ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers would have been about NZ$57 / US$42 / €40 / £28 per day.
This would have given you THB539 per day to LIVE on (i.e. 20% of their GRANDPAcking budget would have been available for LIVING).
This does not sound like much, but with that money you could:
- Eat Dinner for 2 in one of the best Restaurants (and still have money left)
- Drink 9 large beers
- Rent 2 scooter for a day (inclusive of petrol) and go on a day trip
- Have 10Kgs of your clothes laundered
- Buy lots of personal ‘luxuries’ in the village store
Having such funds available day after day means that every day is a good day.
I was ‘sensible’ with my expenditure without ever being ‘too frugal’.
I wanted for nothing and did everything that I wanted to do – including a few ‘big nights out’ with friends.
If I had spent all of my resultant ‘LIVING funds’, I would have been living very comfortably.
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