Travel Expenses: Thailand and Singapore 2006

Updated 17 June 2006

Let’s start off with the most painful one – the post trip accounting.

Sans my shopping expenses, I managed to stay within my estimated budget. I had a couple of expenses that I didn’t allocate for: Internet and laundry. However, since I got a free and loaded ez-link card in Singapore and decided to skip Sentosa in favor of shopping, my actual expenses was almost US$100 below my estimate. Unfortunately, if we don’t count the Singapore estimates and expenses altogether, I went over my Thailand budget by US$60.

And it’s a whole different story if you add in the amount I spent shopping.

Thailand & Singapore Budget
Estimate in US$ Estimate in PhP Actual in US$ Actual in PhP
(US$ 1 = Php 54) (US$ 1 = Php 51.50)
Air Transport $ 371.89 Php 20,082.00 $ 414.37 Php 21,339.94
Land Transport $ 89.11 Php 4,812.00 $ 92.00 Php 4,738.04
Daily Transport Allowance $ 105.83 Php 5,715.00 $ 37.84 Php 1,948.70
Accomodation $ 120.45 Php 6,504.16 $ 143.28 Php 7,378.89
Food Allowance $ 239.44 Php 12,930.00 $ 142.20 Php 7,323.05
Miscellaneous A* $ 130.44 Php 7,044.00 $ 112.69 Php 5,803.32
Miscellaneous B** $ 0.00 Php 0.00 $ 24.41 Php 1,257.10
Travel Insurance*** $ 34.00 Php 1,836.00 $ 34.00 Php 1,757.11
International Roaming $ 37.04 Php 2,000.00 $ 31.07 Php 1,600.00
TOTAL $ 1,128.21 Php 60,923.16 $ 1,031.85 Php 53,146.15
* Temple admission fees, dinner cruise, cooking class, snorkeling trip
** Internet & laundry
*** Amount is for 18 insured days. I was in Thailand for 10 days, 8 days in Singapore.
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Thailand Only
Estimate in US$ Estimate in PhP Actual in US$ Actual in PhP
(US$ 1 = Php 54) (US$ 1 = Php 51.50)
Air Transport $ 371.89 Php 20,082.00 $ 414.37 Php 21,339.94
Land Transport $ 89.11 Php 4,812.00 $ 92.00 Php 4,738.04
Daily Transport Allowance $ 41.67 Php 2,250.00 $ 37.84 Php 1,948.70
Accomodation $ 120.45 Php 6,504.16 $ 143.28 Php 7,378.89
Food Allowance $ 111.11 Php 6,000.00 $ 91.61 Php 4,717.70
Miscellaneous A* $ 116.39 Php 6,285.00 $ 112.69 Php 5,803.32
Miscellaneous B** $ 0.00 Php 0.00 $ 24.41 Php 1,257.10
Travel Insurance*** $ 34.00 Php 1,836.00 $ 34.00 Php 1,757.11
International Roaming $ 37.04 Php 2,000.00 $ 31.07 Php 1,600.00
TOTAL $ 921.65 Php 49,769.16 $ 981.26 Php 50,540.80
* Temple admission fees, dinner cruise, cooking class, snorkeling trip
** Internet & laundry
*** Amount is for 18 insured days. I was in Thailand for 10 days, 8 days in Singapore.

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 3 Comments
  1. Kyameel says:

    Ei, It’s nice to know that you stayed within budget — not considering the shopping splurge of course ;).

    The accounting part IS the most painful if not trickiest. But it’s worth it.

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