Yep. I love a good budget!
I have already declared my love for budgeting in a previous post, so for those following along at home I won’t repeat myself. If you need a re-fresher on how I go about compiling our budgets, or you missed our post on month #1’s budget completely, have a quick look here and here to bring you up to speed!
This month saw us completely change plans AGAIN! I know, I know! You must be asking us why we even bother to plan at this point. Well my friends, I like to plan and prepare, and plans happen to be easily changed! This time it was just not practical to keep to our original plans. Once I got access to all my study materials for the upcoming semester, and it was safe to book all our flights, we found it was wayyyyy too expensive to fly to the Andaman Islands.
So we had to change tactics this time, and decided to check where else we could fly for a bit of island paradise. Using Skyscanner we found the cheapest place to fly to was Bangkok, and with a bit of research we saw that the Gulf of Thailand would have a better chance of enjoying good weather throughout June. Winning!
Here are our totals for our Month in Thailand.
We visited Bangkok, Koh Samui, and Koh Tao.
May 23 to June 22
The exchange rate on June 25, 2016, was 25 rupees to an Aussie dollar.
Total in Baht: 82,686
Total in Australian Dollars: 3,291.44
Average per day in Baht: 2,254.83
Average per day in Australian Dollars: 106
Total in Baht: 12,450
Total in Australian Dollars: 498
(Hotel grounds pictured below)
As always we used this site to book our hotels easily.
Total in Baht: 25,694
Total in Australian Dollars: 1,027.76
(Street Stand pictured below)
Total in Baht: 9,378
Total in Australian Dollars: 375.12
Total in Baht: 200
Total in Australian Dollars: 4
Water and Snacks:
Total in Baht: 2,851
Total in Australian Dollars: 114
(Cheese Indulgence pictured)
(We’ve included our donations, camera gear, snorkeling sets etc in this heading)
Total in Baht: 18,263
Total in Australian Dollars: 730.52
Total in Baht: 13,850
Total in Australian Dollars: 554
This gave us a total of 19 Fun Dives (!!) and One Adventure Dive to qualify Sha to Dive at 30 metres.
(Underwater wonderland pictured)
Once again, if this looks like a tiny amount:
Well, for us, it was way over budget! We happened to get a decent deal on our hotels but at 400 baht (16AUD) this was much more than we were used to paying in India. Athough we found that eating from street stalls was great at first, but eventually we craved a bit more variety and we spent sometimes close to Australian prices for meals. We also drank more on this part of the trip with a couple of big nights out, and beers with meals. We also did a lot of diving and a bit of shopping too.
If this budget looks out of your price range:
Don’t cancel your trip just yet! There are a few ways you could save a bit more. We also purchased some camera gear that wouldn’t be in everyone’s budget, we also bought our own snorkel gear in Bangkok (Pictured above), which turned out to be much more expensive than it would have been on Koh Tao. We did 20 dives, which worked out cheaper than doing a certification course, but if you are fun diving you probably wouldn’t complete as many dives as we did. Of course I splurged out on expensive cheeses as well; maybe a little too often. Oh well! For more ideas on how to spend even less money, check out this guide to budgeting just$10 a day.
Hopefully this budget series helps you guys. We are both loved our Thailand holiday from our holidays. Our time went way too quick, and we missed our little island paradise as soon as we left.Have you been to Thailand? How much did you spend? Let us know how we compare in the comments below!