Monthly archives: May 2015


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APRIL 2015: OVERVIEW: 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 My costs end at Don Muang airport (where I catch my flight to Siem Reap booking through CHEAPFLIGHTS.COM). 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. CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Bangpli. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this […]

Bangpli – Thailand – GRANDPAcking Costs



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MAY 2015: Click here to read our Cambodia Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: For more background on Sihanoukville (‘Snooky’), please read this. I decided that central Snooky wasn’t for me. I wanted to find a ‘decent’ beach location and also get out to at least one unspoilt island. To that end, I picked on Koh Ta Kiev as my first target island. I was advised in Kampot not to try and get there in 1 day but to stay at least 1 night in Otres Beach (where you catch the ferry to the island). That suited me fine as I had also […]

Otres Beach – Cambodia – Information



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FEBRUARY 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start and end in Ranong. I spent the whole 14 nights in a Beach Bungalow on Aow Yai Beach. CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Koh Phayam. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: ACTUAL COSTS: Accommodation: Typical accommodation was a Bungalow 20m from the beach with double bed, front deck, hammock, and COLD WATER shower. Food: Typical food for the day would be about THB315. Breakfast: Fried […]

Koh Phayam – Thailand – GRANDPAcking Costs



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MAY 2015: OVERVIEW: I caught a MiniBus from Phnom Penh directly to Kampot. I spent the whole 15 nights in the central area of Kampot (in and around the Old Market). CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Kampot. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: ACTUAL COSTS: Please Note: I include transport costs in and out of Kampot under LIVING costs. Accommodation: Typical accommodation was a Double Room with […]

Kampot – Cambodia – GRANDPAcking Costs



Kep - Waterfront
MAY 2015: Click here to read our Cambodia Retirement Review. GETTING THERE: I was booked in for 2 weeks in Kampot. My plans for Cambodia included a couple of weeks in Kep before moving north to Sihanoukville (‘Snooky’). As Kampot and Kep are only about 20km apart, I decided to rent a scooter from where I was staying (the Vibola Guesthouse) and take a day trip down to Kep to “suss it out’. It was an easy ride down National Highway 3; that makes the road sound like a motorway… believe me, it is not. The traffic was very ‘light’ and not […]

Kep – Cambodia – Information



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MAY 2015: Click here to read our Retirement Review. VIVE LA FRANCE: Thank you France. Thank you for creating this little town in Cambodia with its French colonial heritage, beautiful riverside setting and cafe culture spilling out onto the streets. Oh… how different this feels from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Unlike many other places in Cambodia, Kampot has not been built on the sex tourism industry. It feels cleaner, safer, more decent, and much more inviting. GETTING THERE: I caught the 8am Giant Ibis Minibus from Phnom Penh directly to Kampot. I booked the Minibus at my Hotel and […]

Kampot – Cambodia – Information