Another month of travel has come and gone, and as I sit here with a sugary Burmese canned coffee and the AC on high, I’ve come to realize one thing: thank goodness I’m documenting all of this. In the last month, we have flown to Nepal, seen Mount Everest, done a trek, gone back to India overland, flown to Bangkok, celebrated Songkran and flown to Yangon, Myanmar. It took me a few minutes to remember all of that. Most of it seems hazy and I don’t know if I could keep track of it without my travel notes, the travel budget and my travel buddy.
Month 2: March 22- April 21 (Nepal: 17 days, India: 4 days, Bangkok: 5 days, Myanmar: 4 days)
(for a summary on our first month of travel in India, click here.)
Bed bugs: 0!
Mosquito bites, tummy troubles & unexpected power cuts: COUNTLESS
Total spent: (not including flights purchases prior to the trip which came out to about $326 each.)
$1,696.26 together, which is $848.13 each.
- Daily average: $28 each
- Most expensive place: Bangkok for Songkran. We spent almost $200 each in about 5 days, even while trying to limit our spending. In Bangkok, especially during a festival, there are so many temptations and little things to spend money on.
- Cheapest place: Varanasi, India. As with all of India, it is easy to keep a low budget consistently while eating well and sleeping in decent accommodation. While there we averaged $15 a day each.
- Cheapest accommodation: Nepal. We found many double rooms for only $4 a night which were clean and comfortable. Our cheapest was only $1.15 for a night during the Poon Hill Trek. The most expensive places were in Kathmandu for about $5-12 for a double.
- Most expensive accommodation: Myanmar. It seems almost impossible to find anything for under $20 a night for a double room. Most nights we paid $30 which included breakfast.
- Most expensive food: Trekking in Nepal. Up in the mountains even the local food was expensive (for trekkers) averaging $4 each per meal. (A lot for such a poor country).
Costs of Traveling in Nepal
Seventeen days of our second month was spent in Nepal. This ended up being longer than originally planned because for one, it was more laid-back and less hassle than India and two, a strike prevented us from getting a bus to leave as planned.
For most travelers and families, Nepal is a very economical travel destination. While you may be spending more on food, the price of accommodation can offset the cost. Expect to spend much more for excursions such as rafting, paragliding & guided treks.
Typical Prices in Nepal NPR = Nepalese Rupees. $1=86 NPR as of April 2013
A large Everest Beer: 150NPR
A basic double room in a guesthouse: 600NPR
Lunch at a restaurant: 200NPR
Bus from Kathmandu-Pokhara: $10-20
Permit to trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area & mandatory insurance: $50
Paragliding in Pokhara: $60
This was definitely one of the funnest festivals I have experienced. For a whole three days you couldn’t go anywhere while staying completely dry. Of course, on the last day we did escape to a mall for a bit. We cheated.
While staying in a hostel, we partied the first two days away in the Silom district. Foam parties, loud music and super-soakers filled the downtown area. We made friends, started water fights and danced the afternoons away.
For our last two days in there, we packed up and moved to a nice hotel in Bangkok. We cleaned ourselves and rested up to prepare for what would be an intense 10 days in Myanmar!
Until next time! Thanks for following along on this crazy ride!