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Ok ppl, one more Q Smile

I know India and Thai are cheap, and also I know Japan is really expensive (even I heard, there are some cheap hostels in Tokyo)…

I’m intersted in Traveling to some City, or even exploring the hole country, if I would have money, in Asia (now in september). I’ll probably go febraury/march to India & Thai bcs some of my friends are going, and bcs in September in those areas are monsunes. Can you compare me and give me a prices (mostly for accomondation, but also food, nightlife, museums) for Bejing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, maybe even Kuala Lumpur and Singapure, in comparing to those 2 (India/Thai as cheap and Japan as expensive) or even better some European Cities/Countries.

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India has become expensive between 2005 and now. Beijing is still the most reasonable city out there. KL and Singapore are also quite reasonable but again depends on which city you are comparing this with.
 
My comparison is between NY, London and other cities.

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Tnx Wink

I have few more Qs

Is Seul expensive like Tokyo and Osaka?

What are the prices for the cheapest accomondation in Bejing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto, Seul? Smth. like hostels… are there?

If I want to vist Japan and Korea or Japan and China together, what’s the cheapest way to fly if u are flying from Europe? To get multi-airline ticket or take some Japanese or Chinese budget airline?

How long is the train/bus from Bejing to Shanghai and from Tokyo to Osaka? And what’s cheaper Bus or Train?

Tnx in advance Wink

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Cannot really say on most of the countries except Beijing and Tokyo. Not sure what your budget allows.
 
If you stay in a Chinese speaking hotel in Beijing, then the fares are substantially cheaper than the US type of hotels. What is the range of prices you are looking for?
Tokyo is extremely expensive. Again stay in a japanese speaking hotels.
 
Bus trip I have heard is about 8-10 hours but never traveled on bus in China to Sanghai. It is going to be cheaper than the trains but you are better off asking the Chinese folks by you.

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I’m looking fwd to prices like in European Hostels, but or little bit more… I heard form some hostel(s) in Japan that (forgot the neame, and the area, but now it’s the youngsters area of Tokyo), where are prices around 20-25e per night…

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If you have backpacked across Western Europe, you will be surprised how INexpensive Tokyo is compared to London or Paris.  You can easily get a hostel bed for under USD$30 a night.  I stayed at a 4-bed dorm in Asakusa that is within 5-minute walk to a subway station and Asakusa Cannon (Sensoji temple) for about 2600 yen.  Plus, there are cheap places to eat in Tokyo as well like Yoshinoya and some other noodle and curry houses (under $5).  There is a really cheap kaiten-zushi restaurant (sushi on a conveyor belt) in Shibuya for about 105 yen (around 85 cents) a plate containing 2 sushi.  10 plates and you will feel really stuffed.  The museums and temples are inexpensive as well (usually around USD$3-7)  The only thing expensive about Japan is train travel so make sure you get a railpass if you will be traveling around quite a bit.

Beijing and Shanghai are much cheaper than Tokyo and HK is cheaper as well (but not by much).  I have never paid more than $10 for a bed or a room outside Japan (except in HK and Singapore which is around $20).  You can easily get a really clean, air-conditioned room with attached bathroom and cable/satellite TV for about USD$10 and under in Southeast Asia (cheaper if you are traveling with someone).  Food is cheap as well.  I usually pay around USD3-5 on a sit-down restaurant and less than a dollar if on a food stall.  Food in Singapore is cheap as well if you eat at a hawker stall which is clean.  You can eat roast duck with fried rice for about SGD3.50 at a hawker stall in Singapore.  Kuala Lumpur is slightly cheaper than Singapore and Bangkok is definitely cheaper than Kuala Lumpur.

Train from Tokyo to Osaka is about 2.5 hours by shinkansen while Beijing to Shanghai is about 12 hours by train.

You can check out the prices and availability of hostels in Asia over at www.hostelasia.com.

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heymikey, awesome ifo man im starting to research for my next backpacking trip next summer and i think im heading to thailand cuz it looks amazing and its cheap haha. i was wondering how much things would cost in thai too so thanks for a great reply
 
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hey cody, yeah thailand is really cheap and of all the countries in Asia that I’ve been to, thailand was my favorite.  Dorm beds are usually $10 and under a night although that depends on where you stay.  Bangkok is of course more expensive than, say, Chiang Mai or Kanchanaburi.  Some remote places in SE Asia such as Cambodia and rural parts of Thailand do not have hostels mainly because the guesthouses are so cheap that there is no point for travelers to stay in a hostel.  In some islands such as Koh Phi Phi (which is really beautiful and I highly recommend it), it will be much harder to get some cheap accommodation.  If you are planning on going to a full moon party, you better arrive in Koh Phangan several days before because the closer you get, the less likely you’ll find somewhere to stay.  As for transportation, visit Seat61 for train travel around Thailand, although for some places, travel by bus or mini-vans is sometimes better which you can buy at your hostel/guesthouse.  Or better yet, check out Air Asia, Tiger Airways, or NokAir for really cheap airfares within SE Asia.  These are the Asian equivalents of EuroJet and RyanAir.  Food is really cheap as well.  Just like what I said in my other posts, I usually pay around $3-5 on a family-run sit-down restaurant and less than a dollar on a food stall (just use your common sense to spot whether it is clean or not).  Sometimes, I splurge a little on food like when I decided to eat in an all-you-can-eat buffet in Ao Nang (Krabi) consisting of grilled chicken, kebabs,  bbq beef, pasta, salads, potatoes, etc. for like USD$7.  Oh by the way, since you are white, you will most likely be charged much higher than what the normal price is for most stuff so prepare to haggle.