How much does it cost to travel Southeast Asia for 3 weeks?

So my budget for this trip is $3,000. I'm not looking to stay in 5 star hotels, but I'm not looking stay in hostels either so I'm using Airbnb for lodging with a budget at around $45/night for the entire trip.

Plan

  • Bali – 1 week
  • Singapore – 1 week
  • Phuket – 1 week

I got a $850 discount on my flight through my Capital One miles so my flight ended up being around $850. That and lodging costs leaves me about $1,500 for food/entertainment/transport which averages about $75/day. I’m hoping to average around $30/day by using busses, trains, and scooters for transport, and cheap food and entertainment throughout the trip.

Roundtrip Flight

I got a pretty good deal through Google Flights granted there were some long layovers, hence the cheap cost. I might not do this again. Kuala Lumpur airport is great, but I’ve been seeing it a lot. Here’s the itinerary:

San Diego to Bali – Depart June 5th 1:05pm/Arrive June 7th 12pm

  • San Diego to Tokyo – 11 hours with 4 hour layover in Tokyo
  • Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur – 7 hour flight with 4 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuala Lumpur to Denpasar, Bali – 3 hour flight arrive in Denpasar 12pm
    Total Duration: 31.5 hours

Bali to Singapore – Depart June 12th 4:05pm/Arrive June 13th 12:35am

  • Denpasar to Kuala Lumpur – 2.5 hour flight with 4 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuala Lumpur to Singapore – 1.5 hour flight arrive in Singapore at 12:35am
    Total Duration: 8 hours

Singapore to Phuket – Depart June 19th 12:15pm/Arrive June 19th 5:25pm

  • Singapore to Kuala Lumpur – 1 hour flight with 4 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuala Lumpur to Phuket – 1 hour 15 minute flight arrive in Phuket at 5:25pm
    Total Duration: 6 hours

Phukett to San Diego – Depart June 26th 6:05pm/Arrive June 28th 11:05am

  • Phuket to Kuala Lumpur – 1.5 hour flight with 3 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo – 7 hour flight with 10 hour layover in Tokyo
  • Tokyo to San Diego – 10 hour flight arrive in San Diego at 11:05am
    Total Duration: 31.5 hours (ouch)
Flight: $1,579.56
Insurance: $100.00
Capital One Miles Rebate: -$864.59

Flight Total: $814.97

Bali

Category Description Cost
Lodging 6 days/5 nights Airbnb (Boutique Hotel) $143.52
Food/Entertainment Surfing/Food/Drinks for 5 days $235
Transportation Rented a moped for 4 days $25 (about $6 per day!)
Other/Miscellaneous Used credit card to buy food $13.00

Bali Total: $416.52

Singapore

Category Description Cost
Lodging 7 days/6 nights with Airbnb host $380 ($48 per night + cleaning/Airbnb service fee)
Food/Entertainment Food/Zoo/More Food $100.00
Transportation Taxi/Train $50.00
Other/Miscellaneous Used credit card to buy food $7.50

Singapore Total: $537.50

Phuket

Category Description Cost
Lodging 2 bedroom/1 bath for 7 days/6 nights with Airbnb $345 ($48 per night + cleaning/Airbnb service fee)
Food/Entertainment Food all over $40 pop over to these guys.00
Transportation Taxi to and from airport/Scooter for 6 days $50.00
Other/Miscellaneous Cash withdrawal $180.52

Phuket Total: $615.48

Grand Total: $2,401.67