“How much did the Borneo trip cost you?”
“How did you keep your expenses low?”
These are two questions many of my friends had asked me. This post is an attempt to answer these questions. I hope you find it useful too.
The 11 day trip (from Aug 27 evening flight to Sept 6 evening flight) cost me INR 52018.5 including the visa application, insurance and other expenses that I incurred even before starting the trip. You can download an excel sheet containing the entire list of expenses here.
Most of the planning was done by Adarsh Raju, my good friend. It was indeed his effort that really helped in keeping costs low at the same time not skipping on the good things that Borneo has to offer. So, all credit to him!
At first thought, it might appear not so cheap, but considering the number of things that we did, I think we did fairly well to keep things tight.
- 8 flights, 2 of which were international
- Kuala Lumpur (transit), Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu, Miri (transit) and Mulu covered
- Food, accommodation for all days including stay at places like Sutera lodge atop Mt Kinabalu, Gunung Mulu national park, Unce Tan adventures, etc
- climbing Mt Kinabalu, guide fee, permit
- 4 boat safaris
- 3 forest treks
- 4 cave explorations
- 1 canopy walk
- connecting travel (taxi, boat and bus rides)
- visa, travel insurance, trip related purchases
The flight expenses were INR 23992 and non-flight expenses were INR 28026.
The average cost of acquisition of a Malaysian Ringitt to me was 15.3 INR. Every MYR expense was converted to INR by multiplying by 15.3.
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Given below are a few reports that indicate the expenditure trend. Since the flight expenses are much higher than anything else and skew the report (one bar will be much higher than all of the rest), I have excluded the flight expenses.