Sufficient budget/visa in Bangkok

#1 May 3rd, 2014, 11:22
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Hey Indiamikers! I'm Leaving for India in a couple of weeks. Flying first to Bangkok too apply for an visa there, since I live far from Oslo here in Norway the visa-process would be more much more expensive if applying abroad then home. (Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world).

Does anyone have any experience with getting an India visa in Bangkok?

My second question is about my budget. I have around 10 000 dollars too spend in 10 months. (Going to Nepal and Sri Lanka as well, no trekking in Nepal). So that would be around a 1000 dollars a month, this is included flight costs and the visas. Do you anyone with travel experience in India believe this is sufficient? I'm a backpacker so I will travel as cheap as possible and stay in guest houses/dorms whenever I can.
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I meant the opposite when explaining why I'm going to Bangkok too apply for the visa than here in Norway!
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Originally Posted by Oleets View Post So that would be around a 1000 dollars a month, this is included flight costs and the visas.
I do not know what is the standard of comfort you are used to ? Given that you are in Bergen, which also ain't cheap, So if you can tell me what you spend when you go out to a pub or restaurant, it will give us an idea.

Your airfares+visas will cost you about $1500** all told. So you have about $8500 to work with.


[**Norwegian is selling tickets at a throwaway prices, so who knows, it might be less.]
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If I go to an ordinary restaurant (which I never do as a student) I would probably spend 50-60 dollars for a course, a beer would be 10-15 dollars. Since Bergen is a student town alcohol is relatively cheap here, and you can find beer for just 5-7 dollars on certain bars. My tickets are already paid for, got my ticket to Bangkok for just 200 dollars, so happy about that.

I've been backpacking in SEA before, and I have no problem staying at dorms, eating street food, taking local buses etc etc, the only important thing too me is that the bed is bug-free and that it's feels clean.
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which also ain't cheap, So if you can tell me what you spend when you go out to a pub or restaurant, it will give us an idea.

I don't see why it's relevant though.
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Originally Posted by Oleets View Post I don't see why it's relevant though.
Because it gives one an idea as to what a person's comfort level is, how much threshold of pain and ego he/she can endure on long trips. I can tell you stories of your country-cousins who did over-estimated their endurance and under-estimated the budget.

I think you can manage on $30-35/day-night in India if you stick to basic hotels. Take your Student ID, and see if gets you some discount in trains in India (I know irrespective of nationality, senior citizens get discounts in India)

If you plan carefully, you can reduce the costs of flying to minimum. I will leave the Thailand budgeting out as I presume you have already backpacked there.
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Ohh, I understand. I thought you asked about the general price level in Norway, I didn't understand why you asked
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Originally Posted by Oleets View Post Ohh, I understand. I thought you asked about the general price level in Norway, I didn't understand why you asked
I know the price level in your town, and also in Sandnessjoen. If you said, my beer bill is XYZ, and average food is ABC, it gives one an idea
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Take your Student ID, and see if gets you some discount in trains in India (I know irrespective of nationality, senior citizens get discounts in India)
Students that are not studying in Indian Educational institutions are not eligible for any discounts. Students may get a discounts at some hostels like those of YMCA though.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Students that are not studying in Indian Educational institutions are not eligible for any discounts. Students may get a discounts at some hostels like those of YMCA though.
Thanks N.d for clarifying !

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