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  1. Clara Gomes
    December 5, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

    This was such a good read!

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  2. Megan
    October 5, 2018 @ 5:13 pm

    I’m going to SE Asia this spring and I am definitely going to check out Perhentian Islands! That is exactly what I’m looking for during this trip. Great info. Thanks!

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    • dankiteski
      October 7, 2018 @ 8:55 pm

      Hope you have a great time Megan 🙂

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  3. Tony
    October 18, 2018 @ 1:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing. This information will be super useful for me too. I’ll be off to SE Asia in December on a tiny budget. I think I’ll be doing it for a lot less than this 😮 mind you, I’ll be volunteering and will have most of my living costs covered hopefully.

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    • dankiteski
      October 22, 2018 @ 4:10 pm

      Sounds great, Tony. Yeah, if your accommodation is sorted, you’ll probably end up surviving on less than $15 per day 😀 Hope you have a great time

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  4. Bhushavali N
    November 11, 2018 @ 6:59 pm

    Now, that’s interesting! As someone from India, I’m used to so many Europeans and Americans visiting Asian countries in a very small budget. So far, somehow I’ve never bothered to look into the numbers. Interesting to see some actual calculations.
    I’m planning to visit Cambodia. So, its cool to know that its the land of $2 hostels!

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    • dankiteski
      November 11, 2018 @ 11:36 pm

      Thanks, Bhushavali! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the article. I try to keep a count of my costs as it provides good data for my articles 🙂

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  5. Lynne Sarao
    November 11, 2018 @ 7:10 pm

    I cannot believe you did all of this for only $15 a day – that is amazing! The food looks so incredible and it’s really cool that you can get a healthy meal for cheaper than going to a fast food restaurant. Now if only that were true in the US.

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    • dankiteski
      November 11, 2018 @ 11:41 pm

      Yes, that’s only one of the reasons why so many people go backpacking around SE Asia every year! And yes, the food is absolutely amazing (and cheap)

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  6. Kristina
    November 12, 2018 @ 3:10 am

    It always blew my mind how far my money went in Southeast Asia. It’s been a few years since I’ve traveled around there, but good to know you can still get great value! Great tips on how to save money as well. The food there, just to die for. Especially for the price!

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    • dankiteski
      November 12, 2018 @ 10:04 am

      Absolutely, Kristina! Thanks for your comment.

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  7. Annick
    November 12, 2018 @ 3:21 am

    A budget of $15 per day, even in Southeast Asia, is pretty amazing! While I generally don’t go for luxury, I like the privacy of an individual room although I hear some hostels have them too. I always save by eating local or street food – why would I spend more on fast food that I can have at home? Your tips on going where the locals go is a good one. I usually buy alcohol at the supermarket and pre-drink prior to going out. I’m hoping to make it to Southeast Asia at some point and will use these recommendations.

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    • dankiteski
      November 12, 2018 @ 10:04 am

      Thanks for the comment, Annick. Yes, most hostels have individual rooms for which they charge a little more. I hope you make it to Southeast Asia soon! It’ll be an unforgettable trip for sure.

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  8. Anda
    November 12, 2018 @ 3:27 am

    OMG, $2-3/day in a hostel is really very little. I knew food was not expensive there, but I didn’t expect the lodging to be so low. For this kind of money anybody can afford to travel to Southeast Asia. Cambodia and Vietnam are two of the countries I would really love to visit, but so far I didn’t make it to Asia. I live in California and the airfare from here to anywhere in Asia is really expensive, so I didn’t get to check the hotel prices yet. From all you are saying I could probably find very affordable lodging there. Are the accommodations nice for these low prices?

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    • dankiteski
      November 12, 2018 @ 10:03 am

      Thanks for your comment, Anda! Indeed, it’s very cheap to travel around SE Asia. The only expensive thing, as you said, is the flight fare. The cheap accommodation options (2-3$) I mentioned here obviously won’t be fancy but most of them are decent. The only downside is that you would have to share the room with strangers but in most cases, you end up making new friends.

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  9. Sarah Wilson
    November 12, 2018 @ 12:40 pm

    Very good tips here, I lived in South East Asia for 15 years!! Travel as a local, live like a local, eat like a local! What are my saving hacks? In the expensive cities -Singapore etc I house sit. Sign up for offers with Air Asia, travel for virtually nothing. Did you like Laos?

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    • dankiteski
      November 12, 2018 @ 3:42 pm

      Housesitting is a great idea, Sarah! And yes, I absolutely loved Laos.

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  10. Lisa
    November 12, 2018 @ 2:33 pm

    These are some great tips for budget travellers visiting the region. I have to say, I find it cheap overall compared to Europe, so really enjoy visiting. I agree that Singapore is more expensive than Laos, but not so much for me at least.

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    • dankiteski
      November 12, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

      In that case, you must be rich 😀 a lot of locals find Singapore expensive too

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  11. Yukti
    November 12, 2018 @ 5:41 pm

    Wow, you have listed amazing budget-friendly tips for traveling in SouthEast Asia. In $2, you get hostels in Cambodia, sounds like a joke but definitely a great tip on money saving. Local transportation is also cheap as it not more than $15. I would also love to do hot air ballooning in Laos and that too $78 is a great deal.

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  12. Sinjana Ghosh
    November 12, 2018 @ 5:46 pm

    This is a fantastic guide for budget travel in south east asia. Not sure if i’ll be able to convicne my husband into couchsurfing but the hostel options are also great. Singapore is the only costly place here, all other places are way cheaper destinations even after the fact that they are so popular touristic places

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    • dankiteski
      November 13, 2018 @ 9:14 am

      Thanks, Sinjana, I’m glad you liked it.

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