What To Budget For Thailand

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What To Budget for Thailand

Perhaps the most common question we are asked from travellers from around the world relates to how much money they need to budget for “insert country here”.

Having made sure you’ve budgeted the right amount for your travels is absolutely critical as there is nothing worse than running out of money half way through your trip!

In our first post of what will become on ongoing blog series called “What to Budget” (genius eh?) we present for the first time a detailed breakdown of how much we spent during our travels. As much as reading the big travel books can help you prepare for your travels, we feel that nothing is of better value than having read first hand accounts from other travellers on how much they spent, which is where this series of posts come in.

In this post we detail our spending during our 64 nights in Thailand. In the following category breakdown we provide per day costs and major influencing expenses if any as well as our best advice on how to stay in budget. After reading through this post you will know exactly what to budget for Thailand.

Make sure to check out our sample itineraries for Thailand to make sure you get the most of your trip!

Accommodation

2 weeks in Thailand

This section includes anything spent on accommodation while in the country which could include guesthouses, hostels, hotels, apartments, etc.

Spending Per Day: $4.50 USD per person

Digging Deeper: In Thailand we primarily stayed in private rooms throughout while in both Koh Lanta and Pai we were in a private bungalow.

Budget Advice: You will save a lot of money on accommodations in Thailand if you negotiate the rate face-to-face instead of booking online. Don’t be afraid to try haggling with a few different places you like until you find a price that works for your budget. If you need some quick tips on how to barter while in Thailand check out our post, “How to Haggle Like a Pro”.

Meals

Khao Soi Thailand

This section includes anything we spent on meals, drinks, alcohol and groceries.

Spending Per Day: $12 USD per person

Digging Deeper: In Thailand we primarily ate cheap local food and very occasionally we went out for a nicer meal. We had a few big drinking nights but kept our liquor budget in check.

Budget Advice: Do what the locals do and you’ll save money. Eat where the locals eat and you will save a ton of money on your trip as you can find meals like pad thai for as cheap as one dollar in some places.  Also, many travellers absolutely blow their budgets on partying hard every single night. If that’s what you’ve come to Thailand for that’s fine, but make sure you budget much higher for this category then.

Inner Country Transport

Bus to Sukhothai

This section includes any transport taken to travel within the country such as: buses, trains, flights, rental car/motorbikes (plus petrol).

Spending Per Day: $2 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to bus trips between cities in the country.

Budget Advice: Buses in Thailand are cheap and as far as Southeast Asia goes, they are comfortable and safe. If you have the time, try and overland as much as possible as flying will kill your budget.

Inner City Transport

Bus Chiang Rai

This section includes any transport taken to travel within a city such as: car/motorcycle hire, subway, taxi, & buses

Spending Per Day: $2 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to motorcycle hire with petrol as well as tuk-tuks/taxis within cities.

Budget Advice: Tuk-tuks and taxis are negotiable and make sure to always negotiate the rate up front before getting in. As in every country, if you are going to get scammed or ripped off it’ll probably be by a taxi driver so just be prepared. Check out our post on The Most Common Scams in Southeast Asiabefore leaving on your trip.

Entertainment

Carvings at Sukhothai

This section includes things such as: tours, temples, museums, shows, sporting events.

Spending Per Day: $2.50 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed mostly to scuba diving in Koh Lanta and to a lesser extent, costs for snorkelling tours, museums, shows and national park fees.

Budget Advice: Entertainment is obviously an area that you have a lot of control over. If you are divers like us,  make sure to budget a little higher for this category as you can expect to pay roughly $60 USD per dive.

Laundry/Gifts/Misc.

This section includes anything spent on laundry, gifts, and miscellaneous items.

Spending Per Day: $2 USD per person

Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to laundry and a few souvenirs.

Budget Advice: Of course you have to do laundry as no one likes the stinky kid on the bus. Souvenirs, clothing, etc. is completely up to you but the good thing is everything is cheap and negotiable in Thailand.

Visa

Visa on arrival. No cost for Canadians

The Numbers: Thailand

Total Nights: 64

Total Spent Per Person Per Day: $25 USD

 

We hope you are feeling confident that you can accurately plan your Thai adventure as you should now know exactly what to budget for Thailand based on our own spending.  Don’t forget to check out our other popular post which gives you our best sample itineraries for Thailand!

We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions or comments please send leave us a message as we’d be more than happy to help you out.

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Cheers,

Ross & Alyse

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