This is a summary of all our travel expenses for the 29 nights / 30 days we spent in Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore during April / May 2014. We flew into Phuket, Thailand and out of Singapore (these flights are not included in this report) and made our way south by means of boats, busses and trains.
We found it easy enough to make this journey including both border crossings with flexible travel plans and no fixed itinerary. The weather treated us well for most of our journey although one should carefully consider the shoulder season which can affect the availability of some ferry crossings.
We would consider both Thailand and Malaysia to be good budget destinations, while Singapore can be considerably more expensive. If you travel slower, you will be able to reduce your expenses by up to 20-25% by getting long stay discounts, preparing food for yourself and reducing your overall travel expenses. If you stay away from the tourist hot spot areas and travel to more remote undiscovered areas, this will also reduce your spending significantly. There are so many absolute gems off the typical tourist trail which are well worth exploring. Travelling from island to island in both Thailand and Malaysia is a fun experience and a convenient way to get around, but these costs do tend to add up quickly.
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(Note that the following spending does not include our main flights to Thailand and back home from Singapore.)