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Unlike my sole sister Chichi, who spent hours, days even, poring through websites and online resources to research and set her budget in preparation for her challenge, I did almost nothing for mine. I just looked up some places I wanted to see and stuff I wanted to do like check out a floating market and chill on some island in the southern part of Thailand. I certainly was not going spend a fortune in one of the World's Biggest Outdoor Weekend Market or temple hop like the last trip I spent in Chiang Mai for the Songkran.

A few things that I had going for me though was that I was going to Bangkok with 2 other friends, Leah and Carlo, so I could share some costs like cab rides and hotel stays. Plus Carlo had been to Bangkok numerous times so he could certainly share some tips to get around the city for cheap. Another advantage was that Mr. G, an Aussie friend I met at a winefest in Germany was going to be on the island of Koh Samui during the time I planned to visit so I could 'surf his couch'. (more on this later...)


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So, without further ado, here's the lowdown on the costs I incurred during my 9 day trip to Thailand: 


The GRAND TOTAL is at 6,582.80 PHP (roughly 149.60 USD) which is well under the 8K challenge!

Did I just hear someone scream 'EPIC WIN!!!' ?

Well, before I take credit for such a feat, I gotta remind you of the fine print. I did agree to include the hotel stay in Bangkok for 3 nights at 1890PHP (42USD) and Ayutthaya Day Tour for 1785.87PHP (40USD). Which brings the GRAND TOTAL up to 10,258.67PHP (roughly 233.15 USD)! That's 2258.67PHP more than what I had anticipated to spend!



Pfffttt.. That's the sound of my burst bubble. I was really intent on winning. I really thought I could make the 8K limit. But I had a few distractions along the way. I did not plan on going to the Full Moon Party when I initially agreed to the challenge. But because I was just a boat's ride away, and I had always wondered what the experience would be like, I went with some friends anyway. There were also some DIY tours I went on by myself which made things a bit more expensive. And yes, my sole sister Chichi, I lacked in planning and foresight (and those wicked excel sheets you use to meticulously plan your trips ahead). I should have done more research before I picked a random amount to spend on a trip that I haven't even been on before...

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Having said all that, I don't regret a single satang I spent in Thailand. I savored the food, the adventures, the people I've met, the new found experiences like they were the last morsels of my sticky rice with mango on my last night in Khao San Road. Everything was a learning experience I could store in a mental Rolodex somewhere in preparation for the next backpacking trip.

So how did I manage to spend just a little over 10,000 PHP on a 9 day trip to Thailand? I promise to share some travel secrets and discoveries with you this weekend. Maybe we'll learn a thing or two from each other.

But before that, I'm posting some snapshots from the trip. Next on the Thailand series, I'll let you in on the 5 Things That Made Me Go Ahhhhh in Ah-mazing Thailand.


Until the next trip,
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Sole Sister Lois


*Credit goes to Nina for inspiring me to account for this trip using her Indo Expense Sheet.

12 Responses so far.

  1. ChiChi says:

    LOL at my infamously wicked excel sheets! I couldn't have done a more organized and detailed excel sheet. Clap clap!
    So...both sole sisters are epic failure? Nope, we just chose live for the moment vs overcoming the challenge.
    Good job, sole sis!

  2. give me that challenge! ahaha the important thing is that you 'experienced' thailand

  3. Laarniツ says:

    Beautiful pictures, as usual! :)

  4. Lois says:

    hey Chichi, you know I wrote this post with you in mind right? i love that we are so different in terms of planning our travels. Thanks for the thumbs up and I look forward to more 'wicked' adventures with you, sole sistah!

  5. Lois says:

    Hey james! Yeah, I think you might have a better chance at this challenge. Wanna take it on? Maybe we can do a collab soon. Glad to run into another blogger and CSer! CS rocks!

  6. Lois says:

    Hey arnigoddess! Just added your blog to the roll. thanks for the compliment. I do my best ;-)

  7. collab sounds great! lemme know

  8. Lois says:

    Hey JJ, Since you've been wanting to take on some challenges of ours, we're brewing another one within the month. Perhaps you can take this on. It will just be in the metro. Details soon...

  9. nina says:

    Hey, 10K for 9 days isn't so bad ;)

  10. Lois says:

    Thanks for the boost nina! We need it as we're doing more challenges in the coming months. You inspire us with your blog.

  11. Laarniツ says:

    Beautiful pictures, as usual! :)

  12. ChiChi says:

    LOL at my infamously wicked excel sheets! I couldn't have done a more organized and detailed excel sheet. Clap clap!
    So...both sole sisters are epic failure? Nope, we just chose live for the moment vs overcoming the challenge.
    Good job, sole sis!

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