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Friday, February 10, 2017

Philippines 6 day Budget trip under 47k (USD700) all inclusive- Expense Guide!

I recently returned from a 6 day trip to Philippines. While the main ticket was booked 9 months earlier in an Air Asia sale, rest of the plan was finalized only about 2 weeks before travel, as there were some uncertainties. I stayed at some of the cheapest hostels, managed without a check-in bag and roamed around as much as I could during my day visit. If you’re considering visiting the Philippines and need some idea on how much various things would cost, below is the expense break up of my trip. This is the cheapest I could manage. If you plan for more luxuries your cost will go up. I will write more posts over next few weeks explaining places I visited and other details based on my experience in Manila, Cebu and Palawan.
Philippines 6 day trip under INR 50k all inclusive- Expense Guide.
(Note; Approx 700 USD. 1 USD= 50 PHP approx)
#
Category
Description
Amount
Amount in INR*
Remarks
1
Flight
Chennai-Manila Return

15286
Booked 9 months earlier, hand bag only
2

Manila-Puerto Princessa return
5670 PHP
8500
Booked 2 weeks earlier
3

Manila- Cebu return
3449 PHP
5170
Booked 2 weeks earlier *1
4
Stay
Hostel in Manila, 1 night
450 PHP
700
1, River Central
5

Hostel in Puerto Princessa, 2 nights
800 PHP
1200
TreeHouse Inn
6

Hostel in Manila, 1 night
1165 PHP
1800
Jovielle, includes breakfast and airport transfer
7

Hostel in Cebu
465 PHP
700
The StopOver Hostel
8
Site-seeing
Underwater caves with lunch
1500 PHP
2225
List price 1800 PHP, 20% discount
9

Firefly watching with dinner
1100 PHP
1600
Got some 10% discount
10

100 caves entry fee
450 PHP
700

11
Local Transport
Bike rental in Puerto Princessa, 3 days
2000 PHP
3000

12

Fuel for bike
250 PHP
375

13

Approx amount spent on 5-6 taxi hires
800 PHP
1200

14

Money spent on bus/jeepney/MRT rides
200 PHP
300
Approx
15
Food
Approx for 5 days, including fruits, coconut, water etc

1200 PHP
1800

16
Misc
Visa
-
-
(Free entry based on US visa)
17

Puerto Princesa airport departure fee
200 PHP
300
In addition to ticket fare
18

Food purchase in airport/ in-flight
INR, MYR, PHP
1200
Approx
19

Chennai airport local transport

220

20

ATM cash withdrawal cost
200 PHP
300

21

Entry fee San pedro fort Cebu
30 PHP
45



Total

46621 INR

*I have used an easy to calculate 1 PHP= 1.5 INR conversion. Actual rate is little less at about 1.4 to 1.45 after factoring conversion fee etc.

Add Rs 6000 for Chennai-Manila sector if you plan to take upto 20kg check in bag. Few k more for other domestic flights.

Manila Puerto Princesa and Manila Cebu was booked last minute. I could have saved considerably here if I had finalized my plans few months earlier.

*1: I feel the visit to Cebu could have been either avoided (I could have spent one more day in Palawan itself) OR I could have booked return ticket from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur to Chennai, instead of Cebu-Manila, Manila-KL and KL-MAA. If you can plan well, either enter or exit via one of the island cities other than Manila, so that you don't have to fly in and out of Manila multiple times unnecessarily. 

I have used hostels. You can try couch surfing or AirBnB etc for even cheaper options- but if you need a more luxurious stay, factor higher budget

It was not easy to get Indian veg food in Philippines. I managed with fruits, tender coconut, cup noodles and stuff like that. A proper meal in mid range restaurant will bump up your spending.

I was fortunate enough to have a US Visa which got me free on arrival visa for Philippines. If you don't have US/UK/Singapore visa you will need some more spending on visa processing.

Stay tuned for more posts from Philippines.
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12 comments :

Tales of Travelling Sisters said...

Good, detailed information on budget travelling to Philippines! :)

R Niranjan Das said...

This is quite a helpful post, Shrinidhi. Thanks for sharing.

divsi said...

Fabulous break up explaining costs and breaking the misconception that traveling abroad is too expensive! Looking forward to more on Philippines :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Divsi- Yes, it is not as expensive as people think.

@Niranjan Das- Thanks & welcome

@Hema- THanks

Chill Karo Yaar Pooja Bhatt said...

This post looks Petty cash Account Sheet which shows you the Exact details of the travel Itinerary : That is petty Pocket Friendly as well !

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Pooja

Sapna said...

Superb post with precise details.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Sapna

Soumya Nambiar said...

I love this breakup. So precise. Waiting for more posts about Philippines.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Soumya

Yes,more posts coming soon.

Vikram Suryawanshi said...

I must say that this is a Very helpful post. I was literally planning my trip while reading this!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@vikram- Great Have a nice trip