Getting an idea of prices in Thailand – Thailand Travel Budget
Thailand Travel Budget In order to give you a better sense of what prices to expect, the travel expenses in Thailand will be broken down into transport, food, Thai tourist visas and accommodation.
Transport in Thailand - Thailand Travel Budget
Not only are transportation expenses relatively low in Thailand but getting around individual cities and even intercity commuting is surprising comfortable, easy and reliable.
In stark contrast to Thailand’s neighboring Myanmar with its unkempt, old roads and somewhat shabby public buses, Thailand is a well-developed tourism and travel hub.
Getting around while exploring individual cities will mostly be via tuk-tuks or motorcycle taxis for short distances; and taxis, buses or the BTS/MRT (elevated and underground train), for longer distances within the various cities.
Tuk-tuks and taxis are scattered throughout Thailand in chaotic abundance and are surprisingly, perhaps as a result of the tourist-novelty factor, often slightly more expensive than regular taxis.
Regular taxi rates start at an affordable THB 30 and if using a metered taxi shouldn’t get too pricy at all. For budget conscious travellers, it’s essential to insist on the meter before stepping into the cool, air-conned interiors; as taxi drivers (especially in Bangkok), frequently try to charge far more than the metered rate to unknowing tourists.
Motorcycle taxis are great for short distances or at times when traffic is congested. Most rates are between THB 45 – THB 145 depending on distance, location and time of day.
In Bangkok a handy and affordable means of exploring the city is via the BTS and MRT, with tickets costing between THB 9 to THB 22 depending on the length of the journey.
In other parts of Thailand, excluding the bustling capital, it is also a great idea to rent a scooter or motorcycle for the day or week and explore the city or town you’re in independently.
This is often a great way to save some pennies and to travel freely without time restraints or without the hassle of bargaining and haggling. Many islands hire scooters out for around THB 220 a day, although it can cost as much as THB 340.
Transport in Thailand – Long distance
Travelling longer distances within Thailand is fortunately both cheap as well as comfortable. There are an abundance of air-conditioned day buses and minivans, as well as over-night buses that transport locals and foreigners between the various cities.
Bus tickets between Bangkok and Chiang Mai or Bangkok and Krabi cost around THB 400 and most journeys shouldn’t cost over THB 700.
Travellers will have the option of deciding between the trade-off of comfort versus expenditure; with bus tickets ranging from regular, to first-class, to VIP.
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Food prices in Thailand
Cost of a visa to Thailand
There are two primary ways for tourists to enter Thailand and as expected the requirements will vary for the citizens of different countries.
By and large, for those coming from developed countries, there will be two predominant methods of entry available for travellers.
The majority of travellers will usually opt for the 30-day free stamp which is offered as an exemption stamp upon arrival into Thailand and is completely free of charge.
This is generally a hassle-free and easy affair if you have flight tickets or e-booking confirmation proving that you have a flight out of Thailand within 30 days of arriving.
Travellers can also extend their stay an additional 7 or 30 days – depending on your passport – at a Thai immigration centre for THB 1,900.
The other option is a tourist visa valid for 60 days that needs to be organized and approved in advance.
This visa is generally payable in your local currency as it’s arranged prior to departure and will therefore vary in price from country to country.
It costs THB 1,000 for 60 days and can be further extended for another 30 days at a Thai immigration office for THB 1,900.
Thailand’s accommodation options vary according to wallet size, taste and locations but as a general rule, accommodation prices are very reasonable and affordable for travellers.
From pricy and luxurious hotels to shabby beach huts to basic, grubby dorm rooms; all budgets are well catered for.
Expect to pay around THB 200 per person for a dorm, THB 600 – THB 1000 in a simple chalet/guesthouse/hotel and around THB 3500 and much higher for a double room in an upmarket hotel. Check hotels and flights to Thailand at chilchill.com
How much to budget to Thailand Trip
The total Thailand travel cost per day for those on a budget but not living ridiculously frugally, can easily be under THB 1000 (USD30), excluding major expenses such as long distance transport.
This includes basic accommodation, low-key restaurants and street food, one or two beers at dinner, transport and tourist attractions on the cheap.
For those on shoestring budgets who are determined to save every penny and are not too perturbed with comfort, you could almost certainly get this daily budget down to THB 700 a day.
To give you a better understanding of the prices and expenses for travelling in Thailand, here is a rough break down of the daily budget of under THB 1000 a day.
- Accommodation – THB 200 to THB 400 per night for a dorm room or per person sharing
- Food – a simple meal in a restaurant with a drink – THB 140. Street food and a drink – THB 60
- Drinks – Local Thai beer bought from a bar or restaurant – THB 80. A beer from 7/11 – THB 40.
- Bottled water – THB 10 – THB 30
- Metered taxis or tuk-tuks – THB 80 – THB 300 depending on distance
- Souvenirs – THB 50 to THB 1000
- Entrance fees – THB 100 – THB 300
- Long distance buses or trains – THB 650 – 1000
- Ferries – THB 200 – THB 700
- Domestic flights – THB 700 – THB 2000
While Thailand, especially Bangkok, definitely has first-class restaurants and plush, swanky hotels, for those wanting to do this multi-faceted country on a budget, Thailand travel costs are pretty affordable and traveling around the country offers decent value for money.
Travel budgeting is possible for those willing to sacrifice luxury for adventure; eat local, street food; stay in basic, fan-rooms or dormitories; and forgo frequent cocktails and massages.
A bit of research and planning ahead of time will also allow you to save on any domestic flights and allow you to be fully informed on what things should cost and how to cut costs.
Thailand is a stunning destination with outstanding natural beauty; rich culture and tradition; smiling locals; and the best part of all of it – it really doesn’t need to break the bank.