Jun 21, 2014
As I have many times before, I am poor, hahaha But that does not stop me from traveling! I should be using my money to pay for other things, but I sometimes use it to travel. But I find ways to make it as cheap as possible, without having to sacrifice our safety or comfort. So how do I do it? Here's how:
- For both trips, we bought our tickets during the P1 seat sale of Cebu Pacific. I paid no more than P3,500 per person for Manila-Siam Reap and Ho Chi Minh-Manila round trip tickets. I think regular fares are around P11k to P12k per person. Our February 2012 tickets were bought in March 2011, and our February 2014 tickets were bought around March-April of 2013. Yes, we have almost a year to save for our pocket money.
- I signed-up with Agoda and looked for the cheapest hotel possible, with free airport transfers and breakfast. Since we will arrive at night, free hotel transfers means a lot of savings. And eating a heavy breakfast means savings since we loaded up, and forego lunch.
- I booked our Tuktuk with the Tuktuk drivers themselves so I can haggle with them. They cost more when you book through your hotel.
- I made a detailed itinerary and places to visit, so that I can show it to the Tuktuk driver, and maybe get a discount since we wouldn't be taking a full tour, just the more beautiful ones to avoid being 'templed-out'. That means seeing too many temples that they become one big blur of temples, and forgetting the more memorable ones.
- We decided to get a one-day pass only and maximize the whole day. We only paid $20 for a day pass instead of $40 for a 3-day pass. We loaded up during breakfast and had sandwiches while touring. We also brought our own water from the hotel because they cost more at the Angkor complex.
- We also alternated between eating in good, local restaurants and street food, both for variety and for savings. We get to everything from a $10-dollar dish to a $0.50 street grub.
There are a lot more ways to save, as long as you know how to stretch your budget. Always research the places that you will visit, and read about other people's experience. I think I only spent $250 on my first time in these places, and $350 on the next. The difference is for pasalubong, hahahaha. Not bad for almost a week of travel, right?
Next post: Siam Reap itinerary.