Here we go. My budget diaries saga continues as I attempt to travel on a very limited budget. As I expressed in my last budgeting post that covered the south of Thailand and Bangkok, I am piss poor at managing my finances, but I am making a concerted effort to be better with money and so I’m writing down everything that I spend as I gobudget diary.
Across this four weeks, I was in the north of Thailand and Isaan (as well as two days in Vientiane, which I’m including for the sake of keeping this to a round four weeks), and these regions are supposed to be cheaper than the south of Thailand, so I was hopeful about my spending throughout February.

I’ve broken my spending into the following categories: accommodation, transport, food and drink (including alcohol in restaurants), bars and clubs, other entertainment (museums, massages, temples etc…), essentials (haircuts, shampoo, laundry etc…) and miscellaneous (things like mobile phone top-up and computer repairs). So let’s see how I did, eh?

 

Week 1: Chiang Mai 

Accommodation: 1000 Baht; £21.44; $33.65

Transport: 999 Baht; £21.41; $33.62

Food and Drink: 1638 Baht; £35.11; $55.13

Bars and Clubs: 699 Baht; £14.98; $23.52

Other Entertainment: 1710 Baht; £36.66; $57.55

Essentials: 67 Baht; £1.44; $2.25

Miscellaneous: 620 Baht; £13.29; $20.87

Total: 6733 Baht; £144.33; $226.60

 

Week 2: Chiang Mai, Pai, and Lampang

Accommodation: 1500 Baht; £31.92; $50.44

Transport: 533 Baht; £11.94; $17.92

Food and Drink: 1539 Baht; £32.75; $51.75

Bars and Clubs:0 Baht; £0; $0

Other Entertainment: 205 Baht; £4.36; $6.89

Essentials: 148 Baht; £3.15; $4.98

Miscellaneous: 210 Baht; £4.47; $7.06

Total: 4135 Baht; £88.00; $139.04

 

Week 3: Sukhothai and Khon Kaen

Accommodation: 2002 Baht; £43.19; $66.95

Transport: 988 Baht; £21.32; $33.04

Food and Drink: 1727 Baht; £37.26; $57.75

Bars and Clubs: 0 Baht; £0; $0

Other Entertainment: 250 Baht; £5.39; $8.36

Essentials: 60 Baht; £1.29; $2.01

Miscellaneous: 1355 Baht; £29.23; $45.31

Total: 5539 Baht; £137.69; $213.42

 

Week 4: Nong Khai and Vientiane

Accommodation: 2045 Baht; £45.33; $68.91

Transport: 440 Baht; £9.75; $14.83

Food and Drink: 2003 Baht; £44.40; $67.49

Bars and Clubs: 257 Baht; £5.70; $8.66

Other Entertainment: 0 Baht; £0; $0

Essentials: 53 Baht; £1.17; $1.79

Miscellaneous: 1242 Baht; £27.53; $41.85

Total: 6552 Baht; £138.84; $203.52

 

My complete 4 week total is: 23,290 Baht; £503.91; $782.58

Which means that I spent £72.91 less than I did in my previous four weeks – hooray! Here are some of the things that my £503.91 paid for while I was travelling in the north of Thailand and Isaan.

Staying with a Karen hill tribe outside of Chiang Mai.

puppies chiang mai

 

Chatting with monks in Chiang Mai (although this was actually free).

monk chat program

Getting massaged by a prisoner in Chiang Mai.

chiang mai prison products

Running away from hippies in Pai.

rasta sign

Cycling around a bunch of old temples in Sukhothai.

sukhothai 13

Relaxing by the river in Lampang.

wang river lampang

Another great month. Next time we’ll see how far my budget can stretch in Laos. Stay tuned and all that.

 

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