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iyionic Apr 5th, 2018 11:18 AM

Singapore/Hong Kong/Taiwan - how much spending money?
Hello! I am going to visit Asia in October for two weeks! I'm visiting Singapore for three days, Taiwan for three and Hong Kong for six! I'm just wondering how much money I will need per day (excluding accommodation). I realize these are very expensive places so I am somewhat prepared! I don't drink alcohol, I don't like going clubbing and I will eat anywhere which is reasonable, I am also going to Macau for the night but I probably won't gamble more than 50. Thanks for the help!

MmePerdu Apr 5th, 2018 01:34 PM

This falls into the "how long is a piece of string" category, everyone's answer is different. I suggest you bring a debit card to extract cash from ATMs as you need it and credit cards to pay for things that can be paid that way. Then you only have to behave as you normally would and not worry about exactly how much you'll be spending at any given time. It's how I travel, I'm a conservative spender and it always turns out just fine.

kja Apr 5th, 2018 06:01 PM

MmePerdu has given you good advice! Another thing you can do: Consult any decent guidebook, which will give you estimates of the costs of certain basic things.

MmePerdu Apr 5th, 2018 07:33 PM

Originally Posted by kja (Post 16707880)
MmePerdu has given you good advice! Another thing you can do: Consult any decent guidebook, which will give you estimates of the costs of certain basic things.

Yes, good idea but be aware of the publication date of any guide you consult. Find the date and add a year for the time it takes to publish. So a guide that says 2016, for instance, was likely researched & written in 2015. A couple of years can make a difference in what things cost so just be aware.

kja Apr 5th, 2018 07:58 PM

More good advice from MmePerdu!

thursdaysd Apr 5th, 2018 08:57 PM

The costs on the Lonely Planet website should be more current.

crellston Apr 5th, 2018 09:30 PM

Like Thursdaysd, I find the Lonely Planet site to be very helpful. The easiest way to find the relevant country it is to just google travel costs in xxxxx . Here is the link for Taiwan:

We were recently in Taiwan and found that the the LP site gave a reasonable accurate reflection of costs. Food was cheap and excellent. Street food markets are fantastic and a great place if on a budget and you could eat well for 5. Also there are buffet type restaurants on every street where you can get decent meal for around the same or even less. I recall paying around 20 for a fantastic meal at Din Tai Fung, the renowned dim sum restaurant in Taipei 101.

A few years since I have been in HK or Singapore but they are very expensive places. I think you would probably have to multiply the equivalent restaurant meal in either of those places by a factor of 3 or 4.

jacketwatch Apr 6th, 2018 01:49 AM

Singapore is very expensive. However there are several food courts or hawker centers where good food can be had for reasonable prices. In fact two places were awarded Michelin stars a few mos. ago.

Then if you like Indian food go to little India where numerous restaurants are located.

Try Chinatown too. Plenty of places to eat reasonably.

jacketwatch Apr 6th, 2018 01:54 AM

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