SouthEast Asia Backpacking 23 Days for P32K ($682) all-in

SouthEast Asia Backpacking 23 Days for P32K ($682) all-in

Related: 20 Budget Travel Tips: South East Asia

Dreams will always be dreams unless you actually do something to achieve it. This is what I always put in my mind everytime I want to achieve something in life.

Five years ago when I was working in Vietnam (I’m no traveler back then), my Filipino friend and officemate invited me to travel to the Cambodia-Vietnam border to check out the casinos (I didn’t gamble) and food there. While waiting in queue at the immigration line, I noticed that there were lots of foreign travelers queued up including their kids. He explained to me that they are “backpacking”. Funny as it may sound, that was the first time I heard that term that relates to traveling. The backpacking that I know of is when you go on a hike (which is also true) or when you go to school. You know, carry your backpack to school? Lol.

Anyways, he further explained that some of them are teaching English from one country to another to sustain their long term travels. For example, they stay in one country, teach English to earn money, then travel while doing that then when the duration of their stay expires, they just travel to the nearest border and exit there. Well of course you all know that teaching English is not the only way to earn money while backpacking.

That time, I was just like, “Ok”. I was never interested on what they’re doing. I also thought, maybe it’s just them that can do that. That also requires lots of money to begin with. So I’ll pass.

Fast forward to some years later, I got bitten by the travel bug. Then I instantly remembered that time in the border. I researched in it, read lots of articles and blogs on traveling South East Asia. Then actually traveled to Thailand and back to Vietnam for 5 days each. But I was hungry for more. 5 days just won’t cut it. Thailand was an instant hit to me and my wife. Then the opportunity came that I can have a one month break from the corporate jungle! I instantly recognized it and booked the flights immediately! We’re going around South East Asia for 23 Days! Yay!

This dream of mine now happened and I would like to share how we did it. It was a great experience and something we will never forget. In this post you will see our budget, itinerary and guides so you can plan yours too.

Our Route

Our route is not the common backpacking route that you see in other guides or blogs. In this trip we skipped Vietnam since 1) I’ve already worked there in HCM last 2011 2) We went back in HCM last 2014 3) I wanted to see other places in Vietnam besides HCM so I’m saving that trip in a different backpacking route sometime in the future, hopefully.

I also always wanted to travel to Singapore and Malaysia before but what’s not letting me do it is because I may have a chance to work in either of the two in the future. But since I accepted a local job again, I told myself, what the heck, let’s just go and explore.

Ours is a combination of Indo-China plus Singapore and Malaysia. Please see route below:

  • Fly to Singapore from Manila
  • Bus to Kuala Lumpur
  • Flew to Phnom Penh
  • Night bus to Siem Reap
  • Siem Reap Bus plus Van combo to Bangkok
  • Flew to Chiang Mai
  • Flew back to Bangkok for Songkran and Final stop
Southeast Asia Backpacking Route

Our Route

There was one thing I regretfully didn’t add here. I wish we could’ve squeezed Batam, Indonesia in the mix too but I’ve already booked our Airbnb stays in Malaysia and SG so it’s a No go. Well, there’s always next time.


In this trip, we wanted to focus more on Thailand so we allotted 14 days in Thailand alone but please note that we didn’t do much temple touring in Thailand as we already did that in our first trip back in 2014.

And we all know Singapore is an expensive country, so we just stayed there for 2 nights. We slept at the airport on the first night since our arrival in Changi is around 12AM lol.

Our 1D 1N in Singapore

You will also notice that there are days that are not activity packed because it’s either we are in the market or food tripping or just simply resting and saving money lol.

Here’s our Itinerary.

Day 0 (March 26)

8:15PM – Depart Manila to SG

11:55PM – Arrive Changi Airport

Sleep at the Airport (Entertainment deck)

Day 1 (March 27)

Click here for our 1D 1N Singapore Budget travel guide

7AM – Raffles Place/Fullerton Hotel vicinity

Merlion Park


The Helix

Marina Bay Sands Hotel vicinity

9AM – Gardens by the Bay

10AM – Chinatown

1130AM – Sri Mariamman Temple

230PM – Airbnb stay at Yishun area

6PM – Dinner at Hawker stalls in Yishun

Day 2 (March 28)

Click here for our 4D 3N Kuala Lumpur Guide

7AM – Travel to Kuala Lumpur (had breakfast in Larkin Terminal)

2PM – Arrive in Airbnb stay in KL

5PM – Go to Petronas Twin Towers and dinner at KLCC mall

730PM – streetfood then rest

Day 3 (March 29)

8AM – Batu Caves

11AM – Lunch at KL Sentral

1230PM – Chinatown  / Central Market

6PM – Rest

Day 4 (March 30)

10AM – Pavilion Mall

12PM – Lunch at Jalan Alor

2PM – Lounge around KLCC Mall

3PM – Tried to get free tickets in Petronas Towers but sadly they weren’t giving anything for free anymore hehe

4PM – Went to an Art Exhibition in KLCC Mall instead

6PM – Rest

Day 5 (March 31)

11AM – Go to KLIA2 airport

Read: Cambodia Budget Travel Guide 4D 3N

3PM – Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

3:55PM – Arrive Phnom Penh

5PM – Check-in Top Banana Hostel dorm

630PM – Streetfood dinner and beer

Day 6 (April 1)

7:30AM – Breakfast along the street

10AM – Killing fields tour

1PM – Tuol Sleng / S21 Genocide Museum

6PM – Riverside

630PM – Streetfood galore at Night market

10PM – Night bus to Siem Reap

Day 7 (April 2)

6AM – Arrive Siem Reap, breakfast, rest a bit in guesthouse lobby

9AM – Wat Preah Prom Rath

10AM – Old Market

11AM – Check-in Rosy Guesthouse

6PM – Dinner at Old Market

7PM – Beer at Pub Street

Day 8 (April 3)

7AM – Start Angkor Wat Tour (Short cycle in Angkor Complex)

1:30PM – Lunch


Day 9 (April 4)

8AM – Capitol Bus to Bangkok

5PM – Arrive Bangkok

Read: Thailand Budget Travel Guide 14D 13N

Check-in Lamphu House in Soi Rambuttri

6PM – Streetfood dinner and explored Soi Rambuttri

Day 10 (April 5)

7AM – Breakfast

8AM – Go to Wat Saket temple (Golden Mount)

7PM – Explore Khao San Road

Day 11 (April 6)

12PM – Go to Platinum Fashion Mall


Day 12 (April 7)

10AM – Go to DMK Airport

1:55PM – Fly to Chiang Mai

3:15PM – Arrive Chiang Mai

5PM – Check-in Julie Guesthouse / Dinner

Day 13 (April 8)

9AM – Go to Wat Doi Suthep Temple

11PM – Hmong Village / Doi Pui Village

530PM – Dinner

Day 14 (April 9)

12PM – Lunch

1PM – Warorot Market

6PM – Saturday Walking street market at Chiang Mai gate

Day 15 (April 10)

10AM – Check-in JJ Guesthouse

4:40PM – Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Phan Tao

6PM – Sunday Walking street market at Thapae gate

Day 16 (April 11)

9AM – Asia Scenic Thai Cooking Class

6PM – Streetfood dinner

Day 17 (April 12)

9AM – Go to Chiang Mai Airport

1:35PM – Fly to Bangkok

3PM – Arrive Bangkok

5PM – Check-in Lee Travel Inn

Day 18 (April 13)

Happy Songkran!

3PM – Lumphini Park

5PM – Water festival at Silom Road

Day 19 (April 14)

11AM – Terminal 21

12PM – Lunch at Terminal 21 Foodcourt (The best Food court ever!)

2PM – Strolled around Siam Paragon and picked up some groceries

4PM – MBK, watched movie (Batman V Superman)

Day 20 (April 15)


Dinner at Terminal 21

Day 21 (April 16)

8AM – Chatuchak Weekend Market

Dinner at Terminal 21 again

7PM – Walked along Soi Cowboy 😀

Day 22 (April 17)

4PM – Went to Silom, Soi Convent for foodtrip

7PM – Walked along Patpong Night Market and clubs 😀

Day 23 (April 18)

9:35AM – Depart to Manila. Bye!


Compared to other backpacking routes, I think ours is more expensive as we needed to fly to SG from Manila then fly from KL to Phnom Penh. Plus we booked a roundtrip flight to Chiang Mai from Bangkok (heard of derailing trains but we could’ve tried the night bus instead).

Anyways, here are the modes of transportation we used to go from one country to another. I will detail the transportation for each country in their separate posts. We carried a 50L and 35L backpacks. Both are allowed as carry-on baggage so we didn’t check it in anymore.

Manila to Singapore

Plane: Cebu Pacific

Fare: P3199.5 each (no check-in baggage)

A little expensive for low promo fare standards because I booked this just 2 months before our trip. As I mentioned earlier, this trip is kind of unexpected.

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Since we stayed in Yishun, we opted to go to Kranji station which is in the same line and 5 stops away.

So go to Kranji station, board the purple orange buses SBS 170. It will drop you at the immigration to exit SG. Fare 1.75 SGD.

Once your passport is stamped, board a bus going to Johor Bahru (SBS 170 or the Yellow bus). Fare 1.5 SGD. Enter Malaysia immigration.

Board SBS 170 again to go to Larkin Terminal to ride a bus to KL or other parts of Malaysia. Fare 1.80 SGD.

In Larkin Terminal, there are lots of buses going to KL. Just choose the cheapest. We paid 30RM each from Larkin to TBS Terminal in KL. Don’t worry, cheaper here doesn’t mean your bus is a hellhole. We rode a nice air-conditioned bus with ample legroom and the driver’s not a speed maniac either.

Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Plane: Air Asia

Fare: P1409.26 each (no check-in baggage)

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Night Bus: Giant Ibis

Fare: 15 USD + 1USD online processing fee

This is a sleeper bus and if you are sure with your date of departure or schedule, then it’s better to book it online so you can reserve your bed. Yes, your bed inside the bus. It was comfortable and they have a decent toilet (Use it only when you really need to). It also gets really cold inside the bus. They do provide blankets but it may not be enough so we put on our jackets while sleeping.

Siem Reap to Bangkok

Bus + Mini-van combo: Capitol Tours (

Fare: 10USD

Travel Time: 9hrs including immigration exit/enter at the border

The Bus was ok, but the mini-van is a little cramped. They have wifi on board though.

At the border, they will give you a sticker. Don’t ever lose that sticker. Stick it on your shirt. After exit in Cambodia (right side), you go to the left side of the Thailand border for immigration entry. Once finished, the Capitol tours staff will look for people with the sticker that was given to you. They will guide you to the terminal near 711 where you will take the van.

If you are planning to take only a bus/van/taxi to Poipet (Cambodia border), then you can just look for a bus/van in the terminal/car park near 711 in Aranyaprathet (Thailand border). I have read guides that you can also hop on a casino bus to Bangkok from here.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Roundtrip)

Plane: Air Asia

Fare:  P3,427.01 each (no check-in baggage)

If you want to lessen your expenses and wouldn’t mind travelling for long hours (I think 10hrs or so), you can also take a night bus from Bangkok and vice versa. Fare ranges from 500 to 600 THB. Almost all guesthouses and hostels offer this. You can just approach the receptionist.

Bangkok to Manila

Plane: Cebu Pacific

Fare:  P4557.11 each (no check-in baggage)

Same reason with our flight to SG. A little expensive for low promo fare standards.


I will detail our accommodations in separate posts for each country. Below is a quick list where we spent our nights.

N = night(s) e.g. 1 night is 1N


1N Changi Airport Entertainment deck – Free

1N Airbnb in Yishun Ave 11 c/o Poh Heng Anthony

  • P958 (for 2) including online airbnb fee
  • Double bed, Fan room, semi-private bathroom
  • Near bus stop. Around 20-30 minutes to city downtown
  • Clean and strong wifi.

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More recommended accommodations:
Beds and Dreams Inn @ Clarke Quay
Dream Lodge

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3N Airbnb in Jalan Enggang c/o Hairuddin

  • P766 (per night for 2) including online airbnb fee
  • Double bed, Air-conditioned, private bathroom
  • 10-15 minutes walk to nearest LRT.
  • Toilet a little old. Strong wifi.

More recommended accommodations in KL:
Backhome KL
Paper Plane Hostel
My Hotel @ Bukit Bintang

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Phnom Penh:

1N Top Banana Guesthouse

  • 5 USD per person per night
  • Dorm bed, Air-conditioned, shared bathroom
  • Nice and clean. Good wifi.
  • Free one beer!

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More recommended accommodations in Phnom Penh:
TeaHouse Asian Urban Hotel
Lovely Jubbly Villa
The Pavilion Hotel

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Siem Reap:

2N Rosy Guesthouse

  • 9USD per night for 2
  • Double bed, fan room, shared bathroom
  • Very hot! Weak wifi in our room.

More recommended accommodations in Siem Reap:
Boutique Cambo Hotel
Siem Reap Pub Hostel
Golden Banana Boutique Hotel

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Bangkok (First 3 nights):

Lamphu Guesthouse (2N)

  • 460 THB per night
  • Twin bed, fan room, shared bathroom
  • Clean but wifi does not reach our room

Lamphu Guesthouse (1N)

  • 700 THB per night
  • Double bed, air-conditioned, private bathroom
  • Clean but wifi does not reach our room

More recommended accommodations in Bangkok:
Pho Hostel
Red lips Hostel
Bed and Butler Hostel
Meet Up Hostel Bangkok

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Chiang Mai:

Julie Guesthouse (3N)

  • 350 THB per night
  • Double bed, fan room, private bathroom
  • Bathroom a little dirty. Weak wifi in our room.
  • Nice food. Ranges from 50-60THB.

JJ Guesthouse (2N)

  • 350 THB per night
  • Double bed, fan room, private bathroom
  • Clean but hotter than Julie Guesthouse but it’s ok. Strong wifi.

More recommended accommodations in Chiang Mai:
I Lanna House Chiangmai
Pak Ping The Cozy Living in Chiangmai
Great Chiangmai Hostel
Sleep Guesthouse

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Bangkok (Last 6 nights):

Lee Travel Inn (4N)

  • 440 THB per night
  • Double bed, fan room, shared bathroom
  • Nice and clean. Strong wifi.

Lee Travel Inn (2N)

  • 560 THB per night
  • Double bed, air-conditioned, private bathroom
  • Nice and clean. Weak wifi in our room (2nd floor).

TIP: If you’re traveling during summer to these countries, then consider booking airconditioned rooms as much as possible. Some hostels and guesthouses’ fan rooms can’t cope up with the heat just like in Rosy Guesthouse in Siem Reap. We felt like we are inside an oven there.


We didn’t book much tours in our trip. Almost all of the places we went to are DIY trips and free (or with cheap entrance fee). Some doesn’t require you to hire a cab/tuktuk because you can just walk to it which we mostly did. I’ll just list below the key places we went to for each country and insert some helpful remarks. Please also note that we didn’t do much “touring” in Bangkok as we already did that in our last travel to the city back in 2014.

I will be creating separate posts for each country for more details. You can also check our Itinerary above for those places.


Raffles Place/Fullerton Hotel vicinity, Merlion Park, Esplanade, The Helix, Marina Bay Sands Hotel vicinity

  • These spots are near to each other and walkable. No entrance fee needed.
  • Alight at Raffles Place MRT station

Merlion Park

Singapore Merlion Park

Gardens by the Bay

  • Free, but there are attractions that requires entrance fees. We went up the OCBC Skyway for 5 SGD per person. You can also book the tickets here.
  • We just walked here from Marina Bay Sands


Petronas Twin Towers

  • Free, but if you want to go up to see the city in the observation deck then it’ll cost you 63.60RM.
  • Alight at KLCC station

Batu Caves

  • Free
  • From KL Sentral, take the KTM Komuter to Batu Caves station (Last station).

Batu Caves

Phnom Penh

Killing Fields and S21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

  • 15USD TukTuk Roundtrip to/from hostel for 2
  • Killing Fields entrance is 6USD each
  • S21 entrance is 3USD each (optional audio guide of 3USD – we didn’t avail)

Siem Reap

Wat Preah Prom Rath

  • Walking distance from our guesthouse.

Angkor Wat/complex Short cycle tour

  • 12USD TukTuk Roundtrip to/from hostel for 2
  • 20USD each entrance to Angkor complex

Angkor Wat


Wat Saket (Golden Mount)

  • 20THB Entrance fee.
  • We walked to/from Soi Rambuttri.
  • 344 steps to go up.

Wat Saket

Songkran Festival

  • Priceless (well, I bought a cute Doraemon watergun for 60THB)
  • We went to Silom Road for the water fight.

Chiang Mai

Wat Doi Suthep

  • Go to Chiang Mai Zoo by songthaew (40THB), songthaew again to Wat Doi Suthep for 40THB. Going back to Chiang Mai city proper is 80 THB from the temple.
  • Entrance fee – 30THB, optional of 20THB for the elevator which we availed lol.
  • 300 steps to go up

Wat Doi Suthep

Doi Pui Village

  • From Wat Doi Suthep, take a songthaew for 60 THB each.
  • Lots of stores here but we love the blackberry fruit the most for 50 THB per cup.
  • There is a “waterfall” with no water. It’s dry since it’s summer time. There are nice flowers in the garden though. 10 THB entrance fee.

Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phan Tao

  • Near Thapae gate and walking distance to each other

Thai Cooking class by Asia Scenic

  • A cooking class, not a tour.
  • 1000 THB for a whole day class in the city. 200 THB for visitor/companion of the student.
  • Highly recommended.

Cooking Class

Book your cooking class with Asia Scenic here.


Oh man, where should I start with this? You know, one of my favourite travellers and food enthusiast is Anthony Bourdain. Love him or hate him, I like his style when it comes to food. But even before I watched his shows, I was already acquainted to the ‘Eat where the locals eat’ style of food tripping back in my first trip abroad in Vietnam. My officemates took me to places where there is good food and cheap as well. That’s where I learned that you don’t even need to go to restaurants to have good food. Just along the sidewalk, you will find the best food you’ve eaten in your whole life.

In this S. East Asia trip, just like in our previous trips, we were also focused on eating and trying different kinds of dishes along the streets, bus terminals, hawker stalls and food courts. There were just times that we have to buy biscuits or bread in convenience stores/street for tomorrow’s breakfast since most of the shops/food carts aren’t open early in the morning. We like to be up early and eat immediately so we need fast access to our food.

So let me just highlight and give some remarks on what are our thoughts on our food trip around S. East Asia. I think I have to create separate posts for this though.


Where else? Hawker stalls of course! Luckily, there are hawker stalls near our accommodation in Yishun. We had an amazing Char Siew Noodle for 4SGD and Roasted Chicken rice for 3SGD. Just eating in these Hawker stalls will let you experience the food and culture of Singapore.

Char Siew Noodle

Char Siew Noodle

Malaysia (KL):

The very first time we tried Malaysian food is in Larkin Bus Terminal. It was a Roti Telur for breakfast for just 2.2 RM! It already includes a big delicious curried chicken breast.

In KL, you can have amazing food in food courts like the ones in KL Sentral, KLCC mall and Central Market. We love their Nasi Gorengs or any of their fried rice dishes! A dish usually cost around 4 to 6RM. Pretty cheap for such delicious dishes. Don’t forget to try their Teh Tarik (hot milk tea) / Teh Sejuk (cold milk tea) too.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

Of course, there are also those mom and pops eateries and streetfoods in the sidewalks of KL. We had the best mee hailam (6RM) just a 3 minutes walk from our accommodation! It is a noodle based dish with vegetables and seafood drenched in dark soy-oyster based sauce. Fantastic dish! For breakfast, lots of vendors are selling Roti Canai, an Indian influenced flatbread where you can dip in curry sauce. Amazing food, so be sure to grab one of those.

Malaysian food is usually spicy but very delicious! Even if you don’t like spicy food, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the taste. Their fried rice dishes are not that spicy anyways especially the Nasi Goreng Cina that is more like a Yang Chow. And if you are looking for pork, you’ll find that they seldom sell pork dishes there as they are predominantly a Muslim country.


In all honesty, we didn’t like Cambodian cuisine that much. Compared to their neighbouring countries Thailand and Vietnam, theirs pale in comparison. Their traditional dishes are good but it’s not amazing or mouth watering.

They have a dish that is similar to Com Tam in Vietnam. It is composed of white rice, grilled pork, fried egg, soup and condiments. It was good and cheap (1USD) but compared to Com Tam, theirs are on a Junior level.

We also tried their traditional Khmer dishes. First in the list is Fish Amok (2.25USD). Again, it’s ok but nothing spectacular about it.

After our Angkor Wat tour, we were very hungry that we just needed to eat somewhere. We found a mom and pop eatery and ordered another set of Khmer dishes. We ordered a Beef Lok Lak (3USD) and Cambodian salad (2.5USD). The Beef Lok Lak is ok but the Cambodian salad weirded us out. The taste is ok but do they really serve it with raw beef? Sorry, it’s the first time we ate raw beef. Anyway, I was so hungry I still managed to finish the whole dish. Wifey just ate “some” veggies but not the beef. Though, I admit, it was a nice experience. This is all part of being a food adventurer.

The saving grace of our food trip in Cambodia was in the Night market (near the river) at Phnom Penh. It was a street food galore! You choose your food from the stalls then you let them cook it while you sit in one of the mats laid there. It was a fun experience though every stall there is no different from one another. But hey, even the locals love it! We love it!

Street food in Phnom Penh’s night market

Cambodia Night Market

And oh, Beer at Pub street in Siem Reap is ridiculously cheap at half a dollar!


I wouldn’t go much into detail here as this needs a separate post. What we love about Thailand is you can almost get delicious food everywhere! Here’s our take on some of the foodie places we went to:

Soi Rambuttri/Khao San Road – Lots of Pad Thai stalls ranging from 30 to 60 TH and eateries offering Thai food in the 40 to 80 THB range. If you had enough of Thai food, then there are several Western restaurants catered to big spenders. You can also check the nearby streets for noodle soups, fruits, etc.

Chiang Mai Walking street night markets – Nice streetfoods there. Lots of variety. Stalls near Chiang Mai gate also offers Thai dishes.

Terminal 21 food court – Oh my, the best ever! Dishes here are very cheap ranging from 25 to 50 THB! And cheap doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious because they are! Lots of variety too. We dined here like 4 or 5 times :D. The food court in MBK is no match to T21 when it comes to price and quality. MBK food ranges from 45 to 100 THB.

Beef noodles in T21 food court

Beef Noodle

Chatuchak Weekend Market – nice variety of streetfood and Thai dishes. There’s always a refreshment stall nearby because it can get very hot during midday!

Soi Convent in Silom – When we went here there’s not much stalls maybe because vendors are still on vacation mode for Songkran. But we still managed to eat some streetfoods like fried shrimp spring rolls and fried chicken with tamarind dipping sauce. We didn’t like Hoi Tod that much though. Just get a pad thai instead.

Of course, there are your trusted mom and pop eateries everywhere. Just take a look at what they offer and if it looks good, then eat it!

Expenses Summary

Here is a summary of our Expenses in our 23 days South East Asia backpacking. Please note that shopping items and souvenirs were not included as this may vary per individual preferences.  Also not included is our travel insurance of P2,358 per person. Food and drinks were shared between the two of us. I will further expand the details of expenses in my separate post for each country.

Please note that I converted the currency to PHP using www.

ExpensesPer PaxTOTAL (2 Pax)
Cebu Pac Airfare (MNL - SG)3199.56399
Philippine Travel Tax16203240
Airbnb (1N)479958
OCBC Skytree ticket173.26346.52
Airbnb (3N)11492298
Air Asia Airfare (KL - PP)1409.262818.52
Top Banana Hostel232.5465
Killing fields entrance fee279558
S21 entrance fee139.5279
Rosy Guesthouse (2N)418.5837
Angkor Wat entrance fee9301860
Alchohol (Beer, cocktail)69.75139.5
Lamphu House (2N)612.071224.14
Wat Saket Tickets26.6153.22
Lamphu House (1N)465.70931.41
AirAsia BKK to CNX Roundtrip3427.016854.02
Julie Guesthouse (3N)5251050
Ticket Doi Suthep39.91579.83
Elevator to go up the temple26.6153.22
Waterfalls ticket13.30526.61
JJ Guesthouse (2N)465.70931.41
Asia Scenic Cooking Class student798.351596.7
Lee Travel Inn (4N)1170.912341.83
Water gun39.91579.83
Lee Travel Inn (2N)745.131490.26
Cebu Pac Airfare (BKK - MNL)4557.119114.22

For 32756.44 per person for 23 days with flights in between, it’s definitely not bad. You can even lower it further by taking the bus to Chiang Mai, squeezing your travel to 10 to 15 days or just doing Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand instead. Also note that we didn’t do much temple hopping in Bangkok since we did that already in 2014 where we visited the Grand Palace and its neighbouring Wats and the Ayutthaya-Bangpa-In Palace combo.

Here is our 20 budget tips on traveling South East Asia.

So that’s it! I hope you liked my guide and please stay tuned for more guides and articles regarding our trip. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comments section below. Thank you for reading!


20 Budget Travel Tips: South East Asia

Singapore Budget Travel Guide 1D 1N

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Budget Travel Guide 4D3N

Cambodia Budget Travel Guide 4D 3N

Thailand Budget Travel Guide 14D 13N

Chiang Mai Cooking Class at Asia Scenic

Our first trip to Thailand (2014)

My First Travel Abroad: Vietnam

Top 10 Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Top 10 Foods to eat in Vietnam!

Airbnb room in Singapore for P885 per night!

He is a programmer by profession but has a soul of a traveler. Aside from his ultimate dream of travelling around the world, he loves to eat, drink, listen to music, talk about aliens and the occasional secret guilty pleasure of singing love songs in videoke. His favorite superpower is to teleport from one place to another. I guess you know why.