Thursday, September 15, 2011

How Much We Spent in 3 Countries, 4 Cities and 5 Days

 
From the beginning, we had established that we would travel on the cheap.  We started with our airline tickets by booking promo fares months in advance. Thank you Cebu Pacific! We also said no to check-in baggage.

We scouted budget hostels for lodging. We sought out street and home-cooked meals. (But alas, we still ended up paying too much than expected in Vietnam - of all places! More on this later.)

Our original budget was around  PHP 12,000 each (PHP24,000 total).

We ended up spending half of that - without feeling that we short-changed ourselves on this trip.

I attribute this to (1) Over-estimation of costs,  (2) Impulse decisions to forego certain "must-see" tourist destination due to energy level constraints, (3) General mutual inclination to take in the sights, smells and sounds that are within reasonable walking radius of our place of lodging.


I dutifully jot down every expense as the paper bills slipped out of our hands so as not to break my head remembering everything later. Rates are for two people.
HO CHI MINH
VietnamCOST (VND)COST (PHP)
9-SepTaxi150,000311.19
Lunch156000323.61
Water28,00058.08
Banana Snack40,00082.98
Coconut Drink40,00082.98
Dinner190000394.14
Bus to PP380,000788.28
10-SepLodging (2 nights)600,000                1,244.60
Lunch100,000207.44
TOTAL1,684,000                3,493.35


PHNOM PENH
Cambodia
COST (USD)COST (PHP)
10-SepTuktuk                  2.00 86.42
Bus to Siem Reap               20.00 864.2
Snack                 4.00 172.84
SIEM REAP
CambodiaDinner                 4.50 194.45
Water                 1.00 43.21
Beer + Snacks                 4.00 172.84
11-SepBreakfast                 5.00                    216.05
Angkor Wat Pass               40.00                 1,728.40
Tuktuk               15.00                    648.15
Water                 4.00 172.84
Dinner                 7.50                    324.08
Beer + Snacks                 7.50                    324.08
Lodging (2 nights)               24.00                 1,037.04
Bus to Bangkok               16.00                    691.36
12-SepWater                 0.50                      21.61
Toothpaste                 0.50                      21.61
Snack                 0.75                      32.41
Breakfast                 3.50                    151.24
Shawl                 1.00                      43.21
Snacks                 1.00                      43.21
TOTAL             161.75                 6,989.22
BANGKOK
ThailandCOST (THB)COST (PHP)
Lunch             115.00 163.42
Dinner             140.00 198.95
Pasalubong (J&D)             110.00 156.31
Beer              180.00 255.59
13-SepLodging  (1 night)             500.00 709.97
Airport Bus             240.00 340.78
Breakfast             230.00 326.58
Fruitshakes               60.00 85.19
Beer             150.00 212.99
Dinner             572.00 812.77
TOTAL          2,297.00 3,262.55
GRAND TOTAL in Php           13,745.12

Divided by 2, so G-third and I spent this much each.
             6,872.56



O-Ha! Highlights of the trip, coming soon!

2 comments:

Mrs O said...

No waaay!!! That's sooo cool! I'm wondering how I can half our household budget... HAHAHA! Miss you!

thediplomaticwife said...

OMG hindi ko to kayaaaaa! Luxury traveler si TD! Haha! Ako naman shopping traveler! =P Patay! Gosh this is inspiring me! We are currently so up to our necks on credit card bills!