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    my wife and I were unlucky to purchase our tickets before the Lehman Brothers crashed and the whole Western economy took a nosedive. We have our holiday booked for July/August next year, but as I see the Baht/pound exchange rate worsen week by week I am beginning to wonder if our holiday will be worthwhile ....

    We are staying in Thailand for 3 weeks. This year we spent approximately the same time in Thailand and blew away £4000 during that period. With an estimated guess of an exchange rate of 45 baht to the pound come July (based on the expansive fiscal policy the government is planning with tax cuts and more government debts) we would be spending some £6000 if we just did the same things again.

    I do not want to do that so I am thinking of alternatives that would make our holiday enjoyable yet less costly. Hitherto, we have always holidayed in some of these areas, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket or Hua Hin. These will all be fairly pricey.

    Does anyone have any good suggestions for alternative destinations? Not for the whole holiday but just one week maybe to keep costs down. We are already planning to stay 4-5 days in my wife's village as opposed to the normal 2-3 days (I think going beyond 5 days in the village would drive me nuts) However, staying in the village doesn't really save that much as we usually feed and give drinks to everyone who visits which means half the village and if we go on an outing we have to hire a bus to take the whole extended family.

    Would Isarn, Laos or Cambodia be affordable and enjoyable alternative destinations? My wife would like to visit some family in Korat, but what else would there be to do in Korat?

    Any suggestions appreciated.

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    £4000 in 3 weeks! Wow, we usually spend about £2000 and thats buying furniture and bits and bats for the inlaws home. We are going this christmas for three weeks and are taking £1500. I must admit that I am nervous of running out of money but thats all we have.
    We avoid taking internal flights, set a budget of say 800 bht for hotels, watch where you eat, buy chang and not euro beer. When we go to the inlaws, we buy one box of chang and two ltrs of cheap Thai whisky, once its gone thats it!We run our own pick up so we drive everywhere.

    I think the hardest thing is for the wife to say no to herself and to family and friends, to being over generous. The last thing she wants to do, is admit your a bit straped. Da tells me that the British economys down turn is on Thai news everyday, so you may get a sympathy vote.

    Maybe try and scrimp for the first two weeks and if funds allow, blow out on the last!

    Thats my 10 bhts worth ( thats about 50p now ;-) )

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    £4000 is an awful lot of money to spend in 3 weeks. Just spend more sensibly.

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    Maybe set yourself a budget for each week, One thing I have noticed is, if I tell my wife we have for example £2000 she will spend £2000, and if I tell my wife we have £4000 she will spend the £4000, they will spend whatever they have, So maybe before you go out there with your £4000 tell your wife you have say £3000 and she will stick to that budget...

    I have noticed that we spend less on the beach part of our holiday compared to what we spend in Bangkok. So still go to Phuket and Hua Hin and the places you enjoy and have a great time, just be a little more careful with your budget.


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    Thanks for the advice,

    We always do try to set a budget, but after one or two days it usually goes out the window. I have to admit that it's usually me who blows it though as I get bored easily.

    When we're in the village it's usually me who suggests going on a trip to the nearest town - which necessarily always means we have to take 6-7 family members with us, anything else would be rude in my wife's eyes. But I guess economic hardship should be able to restrain me to the hammock for a day of 2 with the chickens and the dogs barking for entertainment.

    Similarly, when we're holidaying I like to stay in a good hotel and eat out often - otherwise what's the point of a holiday?

    Anyways, the advice about doing the same but spending less is certainly right but I also wondered if anyone has suggestions about alternative things to do which would not cost much but would make the holiday more enjoyable?

    Would a week or so touring Isarn be a good idea? And if so what kind of itinerary would anyone suggest? As I said we have family in Korat which could be our starting point - are there any other places we could go to travelling economically on a bus? Are most Isarn towns/cities the same?? Without having been to any yet, I have a prejudice that they are mostly the same. Right or wrong??

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    Similarly, when we're holidaying I like to stay in a good hotel and eat out often - otherwise what's the point of a holiday?
    You can still do that without spending a fortune. It's very easy to find a good hotel room for less than £30 per night.
    If you're offended by any assistance I give, it says far more about you than it does me.

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    <<<<<<<<< Stays Hushin rents a house (detached) 8/10,000 baht a month goes out everyday We do what we want and easliy lives on 3/5,000 baht a wk.

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    Hi stevem,

    How do you manage to rent a house in Hua Hin for 8/10,000 a month if you don't mind me asking?

    Do you know any websites where such rentals can be found or is it more a personal contact you have?

    cheers.

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    Henson try looking on this web site,
    www.huahinafterdark.com/hua-hin-houses-for-rent.htm - 49k -
    dont judge me by my past, I dont live there anymore.

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    Originally posted by db1:
    Henson try looking on this web site,
    www.huahinafterdark.com/hua-hin-houses-for-rent.htm - 49k -
    The cheapest listed there is 26k for a one bed place in Dolphin Bay! I think Steve must be using local contacts?

    Anyway, just checked this which appears to have better deals, primarily as they are not managed by agents, I guess? Its another one of the HHAD portals.

    http://www.classifiedshuahin.com/
    'Tis me

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    Hi Henson, I have a few contacts, but have never used them for myself.
    In May/June this year i rented in Cha am (just outside cha am to be exact)

    I generaly book into guest house first then spend a few days driving down every soi asking.

    From cha am to Huahin there are dozens of Sois that lead to the beach with many detached houses for rent.

    I have never used a house rental shop,and i usualy get the wife to do all the talking/dealing etc.

    The house in Cha am was initialy a new 2 bed 2 shower accomodation with no furniture, but the owner went out and purchased 2 new dble/beds wardrobes and settee.

    I have some pics i can show (if i can work out a way to upload them)

    I used to stay in Bangkwai,500mtres from the beach in a new house, was detatched and very quite 10,000 baht a month.

    There are very good deals to be had you just have to go looking.

    I will get some numbers for you to call + send you some pics either from here or your e/mail add.

    Dont know if you know Bangkwai or not its a small village near the Regent/Tipviman hotels on the beach. i have a lot of friends with bars/restuarants there.

    I think caller knows of it.

    If i can be of any help let me know .

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    Thanks a lot for that Stevem,

    I guess we could try the same regarding the guesthouse and then find cheaper accommodation privately instead of through agencies. Money can definitely be saved like that.

    I any case we will not be planning or booking anything for at least a few months - best to see how the exchange rate situation develops first.

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    I've posted maybe a million times [... content removed by Moderator ...] you have an interesting problem. You want to cut back on your budget and welcome the idea of guesthouses in Hua Hin. Isn't that a bit of a come down for you. Even after a suite at the Hilton in Hua hin, with breakfast and dinner included you'll be left with about 12k baht per day. Unless I was shopping everyday, I'd find it impossible to spend that much. Who wants to shop everyday on holiday, I wouldn't go to thailand to shop every day anyway. Barcelona or Milan maybe but not BKK or Chiang Mai or Hua Hin. Don't you ever sit on a beach and chill out. I love doing that at the Let's Sea with a margarita by my side, laptop in front composing replies to [... content removed by Moderator ...]

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    Duster thats a bit of a naughty post....usually £1000 will last me a months holiday;but I can well believe that any amount can be spent(certainly if the extended family is in tow!)
    Henson..no wonder falangs get taken for walking ATM,s!
    I thought your were a 'poor'teacher too

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    Well, I don't know if the offensive content of duster's post was due to incredulity of the spending of £4000 in some 3 weeks in Thailand.

    I cannot give a full account of our spending nor do I find a need to do so. Included in the cost, however is my wife's donations to her mother's finances, internal flights, a suit I had made in Bangkok, restaurants 1-2 times a day, shopping (the wife), relatives in tow etc., hotels, day trips, alcohol(!) ... it all mounted up. Still, I don't consider the holiday especially extravagant, but you're right sitting at a beach all day is not my preferred way to holiday which is a main reason for increased costs.

    Anyways, the exchange rate will have to dip below 40 baht to the pund before I'll consider cancelling my trip (and in any case that will just be me and my mate not going - my wife will go even if it goes down to 10 baht per pound)

    I appreciate the replies - except for Mr Duster - but not much input in terms of alternative holiday arrangements that could be viable in these poor exchange rate times. Never mind.

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    Hi Henson,

    This adorable little two bedroom house is available in Huai Boi, just north of Saraburi. If you are interested just let me know, I am sure we can come to some arrangement.

    Saraburi? See here, Saraburi





    You can also make use of this jeep if you want to.


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    Hi Henson, I understand what you mean, Money sure does go quickly when one's enjoying themselves, When we go on our annual tip to Thailand we will spend about £4000 in about 5 weeks..

    What do you guys think about this, Would any member be willing to buy say for example £1000 of Baht today and keep it for next years trip, if as they say the Pound could go down even more against the Baht, would anybody do that? I only say this as last year my bother bought £3000 worth of US Dollars when it was $2 / £1.


    Cheers

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    It seems more than likely that the baht will follow the Korean won as the next Asian currency to take a bath.
    I wouldn't worry about next June too much, Henson.

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    Originally posted by Henson:
    Well, I don't know if the offensive content of duster's post was due to incredulity of the spending of £4000 in some 3 weeks in Thailand.
    Well I got close to that inc airfares. But I was young, handsom and free at the time.

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    Henson,

    Cheap week I have had in Thailand (apart from just staying in the village) was one where hired a Toyota (luxury) minibus and driver for less than 2000baht a day (including petrol costs). 10 of us headed from Udon Thani, through Loei to Chiang Mai, then down to Chonburi and back to Udon Thani. Initially we were just going to do across to Chiang Mai and then fly back, but enjoyed stopping off different places and restaurants and minibus had DVD and LCD Panel for watching "Lost" during longer journeys. Found some very cheap and comfortable hotels, in Chonburi we paid for a room for the driver as only 500 baht a night (we had to "force" him into accepting the room as he slept in the minibus by default). Saw lots of great scenery and places and around Chang Mai the driver and minibus were invaluable as saved a fortune in Taxi fares/trip arrangements.

    Having just got back from Euroland where spent over 400Euro in the first 2 days of the holiday without doing much realise how important it is to get to a point where you limit yourself to the maximum you are going to spend in a day and then not exceed this for any single day. Best thing I did was to not use a card to pay for anything, but only for withdrawing cash from ATM. Day 1 ATM 200euros and that went, day 2 ATM 200euros that went, realised for day 3 etc to start cutting back, if I had not had to make the ATM visits could have ended up overlooking how much was being gobbled up

    Doing the minibus trip I also used the internet beforehand to check hotel rates and book hotels. I even booked a hotel from the internet cafe in the hotel to get a vastly cheaper rate than what they wanted at reception

    From my experience it is the internal flights that tend to drain resources quickly, they initially seem cheap, but when you add on more people and do the hotel/taxi trips to/from each airport it can add up to quite a dent in the wallet.

    In the village, if we haven't rented a pick up, we always find a bus or a helpful local to drive us into the local town, do a bit of market shopping, local (cheap) eateries and then bring back lots of produce for barbeques or al fresco meals, works out very cheap, tasty and good fun.

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