Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong are the only countries i’ve visit so far. And by far, Hong Kong is the most expensive one.
Around 7-9 months i’ve been saving for that trip. I calculate the budget and got the numbers that i should save within 9 months period. And now i like 3-4 months to save for that upcoming trip. Imagine how tight my budget gonna be. Haha.. Anyway, i want to break down a bit how much exactly cost living in each country.
- Meal: 6$ (around IDR 60k) per meal, in the foodcourt or kopitiam. Sorry, i rarely go to restaurant in Singapore. Dare i say never? My budget just don’t like them.
- Drink: 1,5$ (around IDR 15k) for mineral water. Tips: buy your water in convinience store, you can get the same price for 2 or even 3 bottle!)
- Ice Kacang Durian: 4$.
- Subway: 8$
- MRT: 2$ per trip for medium to long distance. Short distance could get as cheap as 90 cents.
- Bus: 1,4$ for medium to long distance. Short distance could get as low as 90 cents.
- Taxi: 15$ for 20km journey. If i’m not mistaken.
- Hotel: 120$/ double/ day for budget hotel.
- Hostel: 30$/ bed/ day. I always use this option.
Overall, bring 50$ per day to spend your day from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, compliment your day with some uncle ice cream. But no restaurant.
- Meal: 70B (around IDR 28k) per meal, in the foodcourt. Strangely, i found the price for street food is pretty similar with the foodcourt. If so, better take the cleaner one, yes? Restaurant could cost you around 400B for two pax for middle range restaurant.
- Drink: Similar price for juice or colored drink. Actually i kind of forgot mineral water price. Haha.. Been so long.
- Mango sticky rice: 70B.
- Seafood salad: 45B
- MRT: 45B per trip for medium to long distance. Short distance could get as cheap as 15B.
- Bus: 10B. So, so, so cheap till i forget. I got to airport using regular bus for only 30B.
- Taxi: 150B for short to medium range journey. Tips: Do not take taxi unless you know exactly the street and know which way to take as the driver often clueless. Ask for meter or if they refuse, bargain with them. But again, use taxi as your last resort.
- Tuk-tuk: 30B for short to medium range. This is my second option after MRT. But to get the best price you have to bargain.
- Hotel: 2,000B/ double/ day for medium range hotel.
- Hostel: should be cheaper. Never tried it too.
Overall, bring 2,000B per day to spend your day from breakfast, lunch, dinner, gifts, Chatuchak market, MRT’s, snacks, and cute stuffs you found in the mall. That budget should cover it all. Without shop, 1,000B should be fine.
- Meal: 70$ (around IDR 140k) per meal, in small dinner. Unlike Singapore who has sooo many foodcourt, HK fills the street with small dinner like noodle soup, chicken porridge, etc. Tips: since they don’t speak english, just show them picture of food you want to order. Sometimes they put pictures of the food in front of their stall. It’s easier that way.
- Drink: 40$ for lemon tea. Strangely, even the weather is cold, HK people love to drink ice lemon tea drink right in the morning, alongside their hot macaroni soup.
- Street snacks: 30$.
- McD: 90$ per combo meal. Yeah, kind of forgot this one too.
- MRT: 70$ per trip for medium to long distance.
- Bus: should be cheaper from MRT. I didn’t use any bus that time because i am snobb.
- Taxi: i didn’t take taxi as well because i’m not there yet.
- Hotel: 800$/ double room/ day for medium range hotel. And around 30$/ double room/ day for low budget hotel. Pretty far, eh?
- Hostel: could be lower. Never tried it.
Overall, bring 500$ per day to spend your day from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some snacks should cover from this.
Feel free to add in the comment if you want to share your experience too, and happy budgeting!