March 4, 2009 8:59 PM PST
Hello Jordan :)
Vaccinations shouldn't be too much. Everywhere is different, it will definitely be cheapest at the local county health center, but there are plenty of travel health places around as well. You do not need many shots at all for Thailand at all. You DO NOT need malaria medication for Thailand. There has been no malaria there since the 1970s. All in the vaccinations should be <$100. I would get HEP A, HEP B, Tetanus booster (you probably already have) and Thyphoid (your probably have not). I would NOT get Japanese Encephalitis, its a risky vaccine and personally I feel it outweighs the remote risk.
As far as visa's are concerned, I paid $150 for a year long multiple entry visa but I'm sure the price is considerably cheaper for the 60 day tourist visa which is what you should get. While your there you can get an additional 30 day extension in BKK I believe or you can cross the border to Lao and come back and get a 30 day tourist visa. (though rules change all the time)
I highly suggest using this consul for your visa, very easy, and she can answer any questions. I fed ex'ed my passport to her with a return fedex envelope and had my passport back within a couple days.
Julie M. Richardson
Honorary Vice-Consul for the Kingdom of Thailand
c/o Tindall & Foster
600 Travis, Suite 2800
Houston, TX 77002
713-229-0636 Ext. 1107
As far as money is concerned, like PK said, it all depends. If you are traveling around thailand its difficult to say because tourist areas are outragouesly expensive.
While you are in Nong Khai however, it will be cheaper than if you were at home. PK's estimates are somewhat low, I would say $400 bucks a month and your set, You may end up with some left over, everybody is different. You will have enough for housing $100-150, Food $100, and extras (visa run, transportation, train/plane to NK, gifts, fun, etc). Pack very light (I will never take more than a hiking backpack again), Nong Khai has everything you need, they have a Tesco which is basically Walmart.
Last of all don't let yourself get stressed about planning, NK is a very very easy place to live. Its my favorite place in the world. Please feel free to PM me with any questions. :)