Cost Breakdown: 28 Days in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia was probably one of the most inexpensive places I have ever traveled. Although we didn’t choose the cheapest way to travel through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, I still managed to only spend approximately $3,427.22 for 28 days in Southeast Asia.

If you are looking to spend less on a trip to SEA, you can easily cut costs by doing the following:

  • Stay in dorm rooms in every location you visit
  • Eat mainly street food or food from the grocery store and markets
  • Take the bus or train between countries instead of flying
  • Opt for less organized tours while there

*Note: All prices listed were my portion of the trip. There were 2 people on this trip, therefore these prices may defer or have a single person supplement if traveling alone. All prices are in USD and are approximate. 


*Note: taxis that we took between places and from the airports were all included within the spending money amount below

Flight from Canada to Bangkok and Bangkok to Canada 
$1,131.00/each (roundtrip)

Internal Flights
$610.91/each (one-way)

Sleeper Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
$19.00/each (2nd class)

TOTAL: $1,760.91/each


Bangkok, Thailand (Lub.d Siem Square)
Length: 3 nights
Room: Private double room with ensuite & 4 bed female dorm (we stayed here twice)
Price: FREE – We found Instagram contests to enter leading up to our trip and lucked out by winning 3 nights free!

Chiang Mai, Thailand (Hug Hostel)
Length: 3 nights
Room: 4 bed female dorm
Price: $35.45/each

Luang Prabang, Laos (Liberty Guesthouse)
Length: 3 nights
Room: Superior double bed private ensuite room
Price: $30.60/each

Hanoi, Vietnam (Little Hanoi Hostel)
Length: 3 nights
Room: Private twin room
Price: $30.00/each

Krabi, Thailand (Pak-Up Hostel)
Length: 1 night
Room: Deluxe 10 bed female dorm
Price: $16.20/each
*Note: We ended up paying less then the above price for this hostel because they messed up our reservation and we were in a mixed dorm instead

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand (Phi Phi Dream)
Length: 3 nights

Room: Standard private room with AC
Price: $61.34/each

Siem Reap, Cambodia (Mad Monkey Hostel)
Length: 4 nights
Room: Private twin standard room with AC
Price: $44.00/each

Ao Nang, Thailand (Havet House)
Length: 2 nights
Room: Standard 4 bed mixed dorm
Price: $12.27/each

TOTAL: $229.86/each


Chiang Mai, Thailand
Elephant Nature Park (2 day/1 night)

Earth Eco Tour – Ziplining, White Water Rafting & Bamboo Rafting (Day Trip)

Luang Prabang, Laos
Banana Boat Tours – Temples, Bears & Waterfalls (Day Trip)

Hanoi, Vietnam
Halong Bay Tour – Kangaroo Cafe (2 day/1 night)

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand 
Island Tour (Day Trip)

Maya Bay Sleep Aboard (2 days/1 night)

TOTAL: $521.00/each

Spending Money

This total cost includes food, shopping, entrance into attractions and transportation in taxis at each destination. Keep in mind that I also did my Christmas shopping there, and we did not eat the cheapest way possible, so this price could easily come down.

TOTAL: $915.45

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    April 25, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Have you been to the Philippines yet? Heading to Cebu and looking for some insider info!

    • Reply
      April 25, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Hey Alexa! Unfortunately I haven’t. It’s on my list, so let me know how it is.

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    November 3, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I’m thinking about planning a trip to Thailand so I’ve been ready through your blogs from there. You mentioned you won an instagram contest and got to stay somewhere for free for three nights…how did you find a contest like that???

    • Reply
      November 4, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Hi Taylor! To be honest, my sister just happened to be following a few places like Hostel World and other hosteling database websites and just happened to see it in her feed. It was pure luck. Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

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