Neale Goldingay @ Monkey training school in Surat Thani

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Living in Thailand with less than $200 per month.

volunteering in northern thailand

Day 7: Living in Thailand

Today I ended up going over budget, getting caught out at lunch by trying a new place to eat. Itís not often but you will come across places that charge you more just because youíre a westerner. It also does not help if your only Thai is, "give me what you want"

  • Lunch 90 Baht - $3.05
  • Washing 30 Baht - $1.00
  • Groceries 160 Baht - $5.35
Total for the day: 280 Baht $9.40 - Total Remaining: 4,410 Baht



Buddhist retreat Northern Thailand organic farming, volunteering with wwoof Room with internship in the Philippines

Living in Asia on a budget of $200 per month.
There are 3 ways that I know of to live in Asia with $200 or considerably less each month, an employee at 7/11 in Thailand makes $200 a month so technically itís possible for a person to live here with $200 a westerner will find it very hard and I would not recommend even thinking about this option. The other options involve one simple thing "trading your time" for food and accommodation. The main picture today "with the pool" is one of many places you can volunteer at. The best resource is volunteering opportunities on organic farms most accommodations are very basic unlike in the picture and you will be required to work about 6 hrs a day, the rest of the time will be your own.

Another option is something that is just starting to take off, and is an awesome way to transition from 9-5 to living anywhere. Westerners in Asia have figured out many talented people exist in the west who could compliment their business in exchange for accommodation and food, even a little cash in some cases. This type of deal is going to require on your part, that you have some skills, competition for these places is intense.Only one place exists at present to find these types of offerings tropical internships. One of the most recent internships included the "room with a bed and a desk" pictured above.

In the same vain if you have taken my first days recommendation to heart and started making friends before leaving itís a simple transition to be able to barter your time in return for a room anywhere. With the above 2 options, your motives should not be to just save money, both require that you work and work hard, you should look for other reasons for doing them and consider the savings as a bonus.

Neale Goldingay   Continue Reading Day 8: Summary of week one expenses.



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