More than 16 million tourists visit Thailand every year, making it a major holiday destination in Southeast Asia. Not surprisingly, the country was ranked 11th in the Travellers’ Choice 25 Best Global Destinations in 2018, as it is one of the most impressive destinations in the world with so much to offer. From beautiful tropical beaches to stunning culture to lush vegetation and the most delicious dishes – there is something for everyone in Thailand. With the magic that comes with exploring this wonderful destination, one thinks it has to be expensive. But travelers can visit the country on a limited budget and still experience its charms. Here’s how you can explore Thailand on a budget.
How much does it cost to explore Thailand?
Many tourists visiting Thailand have different goals and expectations. Some people come here for camping or backpacking, while others just enjoy the luxury. Therefore, the amount a person spends on a vacation in Thailand depends on the reason for their trip. The average cost of accommodation is $32, food is $31/day, transportation is $12, entertainment is $18, and tip is about $3 per day. In places like Thailand, tourists will find luxury accommodation alongside budget-friendly accommodation — like hostels and some five-star hotels on the same street. Crazy? That’s Thailand! They are actually sold by the same supplier!
Save on accommodation when exploring Thailand
It is possible to stay in Thailand on a budget and there are many options. All one needs to do is do some research first and choose a more affordable neighborhood during their stay.
Couchsurfing is one way to save money on accommodation. Not familiar with this? Couch-surfing is a website that connects travelers and locals to stay in their accommodation for free! This allows tourists to keep costs down, interact with locals, and make good memories in Thailand.
Another way to save money on accommodation is to stay in a hotel instead of a hotel. While lodges are mostly used by backpackers across the country, they are a perfect choice for Thai tourists on a budget. Not only are they cheap; hotels allow travelers to have an authentic Thai travel experience. One can always make up for the lack of facilities in hotels by experiencing Thai culture and meeting new people.
- Hotel prices in Thailand: Average $3 per night
One does not have to share a room with other sweaty travelers, although this helps keep costs down. Visitors can enter a bunch of private rooms for an average of $30 per room. Plus, with other hotels and rooms in Thailand charging $5 or less per night, there’s room for a bargain if you’re planning to stay in one place for a week or a month.
Aside from couchsurfing, another cheaper and perhaps cheapest option is to live in a monastery. Most people never consider this when traveling to Thailand, but it’s a perfect way to keep your travel costs down. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to stay at these monasteries as they are always open to tourists. As long as travelers can follow all the rules of the monastery, and possibly help with some household chores, they can stay for as long as they need.
where to eat on a budget
Travelers can save a lot of money by eating local food at street stalls and restaurants. good news? Thailand is full of quirky food stalls that can save travelers some money on a budget. Sure, there are a bunch of fancy restaurants and sit-ins that might appeal to tourists, given their appearance, but one can only enjoy authentic Thai food at street stalls and eateries. Of all the authentic treats to enjoy local Thai food, Pad See Eiw is the most popular – just like Pasta with Meatballs and other delicacies. Other authentic dishes on the streets of Thailand are; Kluay Tod, a delicious snack made from small bananas and coconut; and Khao Kha Moo, a delicious pork dish.
Affordable Holiday Activities
Attend a free concert at Lumpini Park
You can enjoy a lifetime free holiday experience at Lumpini Park. Visitors can enjoy the wonderful performance of the famous Bangkok Symphony Orchestra at Lumpini Park. Sometimes called a “concert in the park,” this wonderful show takes place every Sunday — best experienced at a picnic or on a mat, perhaps in a group.
- Place: Lumpini Park, Lumpini, Third Bay Area, Bangkok, Thailand
- cost: free
- Visiting time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Explore the National Museum
The National Museum is the perfect place for history buffs looking to stay in Thailand on a budget. Featuring some of the best collections of art and artifacts reflecting beautiful Thai culture, this place guarantees an amazing historical tourism experience in the country. The National Museum, built in the 18th century, showcases a wide range of Thai art and has different rooms showing different historical moments. Isn’t that enough to provide an experience of a lifetime? This place is truly magical, especially when looking for some historical information.
- Place: Na Phra That Alley, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- cost: 200 baht
- Visiting time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Experience Thai nightlife on Koh Phangan
On a budget trip to Thailand, one cannot miss the opportunity to witness its nightlife, and the best experience is on Koh Phangan. Regarded as Thailand’s party hotspot, Koh Phangan is a famous location for different party spaces, bars and clubs, making the entire island one of the most dynamic budget holiday destinations. At this point, many bars and party venues are offering travelers free admission.
- Place: Koh Phangan District, Surat Thani, Thailand
- cost: 500 baht
- Visiting time: 6:30pm to 7:00am
Tourists have a variety of options for a vacation to Thailand on a budget. In addition to the mentioned places to explore, tourists can also snorkel on Koh Tao – thanks to the wide variety of beautiful marine life to explore. You can also experience Thailand’s amazing natural parks including Kaeng, Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park and Kaen Krachan National Park.