Hellooooo, 2015! I’ve been looking forward to writing this month-end summary. I didn’t write one for November 2014 because I only started traveling during the last week. However, December was absolutely amazing. I got used to the backpacking life, met great people on the road, found some towns that I’d love to return to someday. I realized that, while I may have a down day every once in a while, they seldom last longer than a day, and thus I don’t have to worry about it. I’m not going to do a December recap so soon after my reflection post on 2014, so let’s just get on to some figures!
Countries visited: 2 – Cambodia, Laos
Cities/towns visited: 11 – Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Koh Rong, Kampot, Kompong Cham, Stung Treng, Don Det, Pakse, Vientiane
Types of transportation taken: 13 –
Best experience: Learning how to ride a motorbike in Kampot, Cambodia and getting lost in the surrounding countryside
Worst experience: Feeling cheated during the Cambodia-Laos border crossing
Favorite food: Coffee shakes at Noy’s Fruit Heaven in Vientiane. Strong, sweet, and the perfect creamy texture.
Total spendings for December 2014: $790.27*
Average per day: $25.49
(* This number doesn’t equal the sum of all those individual categories, I think because of conversion rates between the Laotian kip and US dollar.)
I’m pretty impressed by how well I managed to stay under my budget of $30 per day. Sticking to overland transportation kept the cost of that movement down, while accommodation in this part of Southeast Asia is really that ridiculously cheap. In some places I was even able to get my own bungalow with an attached private bathroom for $5. If I don’t partake in any organized activities when I’m staying put in one place, I easily keep under my daily budget.
I’m moving through Laos at a steadier pace than I thought, so I doubt that I’ll spend a full month here. After Laos, I’ll be moving into northern Thailand, and I’m thinking of doing a little different at the end of January, before heading to southern Thailand in February. We shall see, I suppose!