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AUGUST 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start in Padang Bai, Bali and include: A fastboat from Padang Bai to Nusa Lembongan 8 nights / 9 days in Nusa Lembongan 6 days of scooter rental (including petrol) 8Gb of fast Mobile Data A fastboat to Sanur, Bali (including transport to my Kuta, Bali hotel) N.B. I was in Nusa Lembongan in High Season so I was paying ‘top dollar’ for everything. Although this may have made some difference to my costs, given the costs that I negotiated and what I did, I don’t think that those differences ended up being significant. CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on […]

Nusa Lembongan – Indonesia – GRANDPAcking Costs


Kratie - Lake Fisherboys
JUNE 2015: AU REVOIR OTRES BEACH: When you have stayed in the same place for 2 weeks or more, the locals are starting to get to know you and who you really are. Friendships are developing. A ‘cosiness’ starts to envelop you. Invariably, it becomes easy to just stay where you are and stop moving on. But that is not what I am here to do. There is always a certain amount of sadness when I leave somewhere like Otres Beach and the friends that I have made. However, I learnt something about myself at Otres Beach. I learnt a […]

Snooky to Stung Treng – Cambodia – By Bus



APRIL 2015: Click here to read our Retirement Review. ARRIVAL: I used CHEAPFLIGHTS.COM to book a flight from Bangkok directly to Siem Reap International airport. The flight took 1 hour and we landed at 2:30pm. Arrival cards were not given out in flight. Instead we were given 3 forms as we disembarked the aircraft. This meant that everyone was competing for the limited writing table space outside the customs hall. The 3 forms were (a) an arrival / departure card (b) a customs declaration and (c) a declaration about your general health. A lot of information needed to be triplicated across […]

Siem Reap – Cambodia – Information


MARCH 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start at Kuala Lumpur airport and include: Travel from KL to Melaka 8 nights in Melaka Flight from Melaka to Penang 12 nights in Penang My costs end at Penang airport (where I catch my flight to Bangkok). CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Penang. 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: MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON BACKPACKING COSTS: Accommodation: I was unable to find suitable […]

Penang – Malaysia – GRANDPAcking Costs



FEBRUARY 2015: OVERVIEW: 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. CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Khao […]

Andaman Coast – Thailand – GRANDPAcking Costs


DECEMBER 2014: Click here to read our Retirement Review. CROSS REFERENCES: Click here to read about my arrival in Gili Air and to get more information. TRANSPORT: There are no motorised vehicles allowed on the island. You have 3 basic options: walk, bicycle, or catch a horse-drawn taxicab. There are lots of bicycles and rentals are easy to find and fairly reasonably priced at about 35k per day. The island chiefs and ‘entrepreneurs’ are comparatively well off now and you are starting to see electric scooters on the island. These can be ridden by kids as young as 8 and can […]

Gili Air – Indonesia – Information



DECEMBER 2014: Click here to read our Retirement Review. THE FAST BOAT: My arrival in Bali went without any problems. I was given two prices: As promised, the minicab picked me up from my hotel in Kuta Bali at 07:00 on the dot. We spent another 20 minutes picking up others from other hotels until all 8 seats were taken. The drive from Kuta was uneventful and we arrived at Padang Bai at 08:40. There were just over 30 minutes to wait at Padang Bai; Which would have been plenty to sit down in one of the waterfront Warungs to […]

Gili Air – Indonesia – Arrival


DECEMBER 2014: What Is The Best Way to Get Money Whilst Overseas? Here is a practical review of your Travel Money options… THE OPTIONS: Between commissions, Credit Card surcharges, ATM Fees and other expenses, you will almost always have to pay a little extra for the privilege of exchanging one currency for another. When it comes to taking money overseas, the options are: Cash Traveller’s Cheques Credit Card ATM Card Debit Card Travel Card MY SUMMARY: There’s a lot of advice on the internet. CANSTAR do a pretty good job comparing both Credit Cards Per Se as well as NZ Rewards Cards. I’ve had […]

Travel Money Review