How Much Did We Spend in China?

Overall score (Dan) = B
Overall score (Jocelyn) = C

Total days = 13 nights, 14 days
Total cost = $1,943
Cost per day = $139 / day
Flight costs = $540 one-way from Delhi
Cities visited: Yangshuo, Guilin, Xi’An, Beijing (also including Hong Kong and Macao in this report)

Summary

Our previous experience with Chinese tourists in other countries led us to believe that entering their country would prove hazardous to our sanity due to their overzealous line jumping, lack of personal space, and their love of traveling around on large tour buses where 50 of them get out and ruin whatever tourist attraction they arrive at with their pushiness and loud talking. Our sentiments were echoed by a recent New York Times article:

How Much Did We Spend in Nepal?

Overall score (Dan) = C-
Overall score (Jocelyn) = D

Total days = 6 nights, 7 days
Total cost = $914
Cost per day = $131 / day
Flight costs = $170 one-way from Delhi
Cities visited: Pokhara, Kathmandu (trekked through three small villages)

Summary

Nepal quickly jumped to one of our favorite countries we’ve visited on the entire trip even though most of our time was spent trekking. We flew from Delhi to Kathmandu and caught another flight to Pokhara which is the second largest city in the country – where we stayed one night before starting our four day, three night trek through the Himalayan foothills and Nepal countryside.

How Much Did We Spend in India?

Overall score (Dan) = A
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B

Total days = 8 nights, 9 days
Total cost = $813
Cost per day = $91 / day
Flight costs = $540 one-way from Bangkok
Cities visited: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi

Summary

India will have the largest population in the world within five years when it overtakes China. It currently has 1.3 billion people, and the World Health Organization estimates that 1/3rd of the poorest people on the planet live in India. It’s a country where the “haves” have always had, and the “have nots” live in a desolate poverty almost unimaginable – where the caste system is still firmly in place which makes the genetic lottery one of the best indicators of wealth.

India is a country rich in history and culture, with numerous world religions calling it their birthplace; where peasants still make annual or once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimages to the most sacred Hindu river – the Ganges, and where time moves, but daily life maintains traditions that are millenniums old.

How Much Did We Spend in Myanmar?

Myanmar Spending Summary

Overall score (Dan) = C
Overall score (Jocelyn) = C

Total days = 6 nights, 7 days
Total cost = $1,182
Cost per day = $169 / day
Flight costs = $450 R/T from Bangkok
Cities visited: Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan

Summary

Myanmar or Burma; regardless of the name, it’s a place I never thought I’d visit. In fact, if we traveled three years ago (before 2010) we wouldn’t have been able to visit because the military regime had the country closed down. Now they’re embracing the outside world while trying to hold on to their history and culture – which unfortunately includes massive amounts of corruption, cronyism, and a general non-chalante attitude towards the welfare of its own citizens.

How Much Did We Spend in Thailand?

Thailand Spending Summary
Overall score (Dan) = A
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B
Total days = 24 nights, 25 days
Total cost = $1,916
Cost per day = $76.6 / day
Flight costs = none, took train in from Malaysia
Cities visited: Krabi, Railay Beach, Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai

Summary

Thailand is the most visited country in all of Southeast Asia, and they have the tourist infrastructure to prove it. It’s very easy to travel around and a great place to get acclimated to the craziness of SE Asia.