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1. Posted by jdsteven (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Yo everyone

I will be in thailand for 20 days in february and i was wondering if anyone could reccomend a likely budget. I am happy to stay in cheap hostels every now and then but i would also like to treat myself to some decent hotels etc (i will be staying with 2 other friends)

I would like to go to bangkok, krabi, koh sumai, phuket and those islands like phi phi, i would like to do a bit of shopping etc.

so do you guys think $1000 Australian Dollars is sufficient for this?

any feedback would be appreciated , thanks

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting jdsteven

Yo everyone

I will be in thailand for 20 days in february and i was wondering if anyone could reccomend a likely budget. I am happy to stay in cheap hostels every now and then but i would also like to treat myself to some decent hotels etc (i will be staying with 2 other friends)

I would like to go to bangkok, krabi, koh sumai, phuket and those islands like phi phi, i would like to do a bit of shopping etc.

so do you guys think $1000 Australian Dollars is sufficient for this?

any feedback would be appreciated , thanks

Does this AUS $1000 include the cost of plane fare? Is the $1000 per person or for all three people?

Hotels and food are pretty cheap compared to Australia, you can get a pretty good hotel for a low price. Even the McDonalds hamburger places are cheaper. There are lots of supermarkets and Seven Eleven's where you can purchase water, beer, bread, and snacks and save money over restaurant prices. If you pack one of those electric travel coils you will be able to heat water for coffee, tea or soup and save a little money. Laundry service is pretty cheap too! Some hotels offer "all you can eat" buffets for a cheap price, good way to load up on fruits and vegetables and lots of coffee.

At the minimum you should figure on around 1200 baht per day for food and hotel. You should be able to find hotels for 600 to 900 baht per night. In this price range you should be able to find a basic hotel with A/C, HW, TV, private bathroom, and security box. Fan only hotel rooms even cheaper. Pick up a Lonely Planet Travel Guide for some hotel selections.

If there will be three people in the same hotel room you probably could move up to a better place. Don't be surprised if the hotel asks a little extra money for the third person since you will be using more hot water and towels. Sometimes they can provide a fold up bed. Also don't be surprised if the hotels DON'T want extra people sharing rooms because they think you will will raise hell and disturb other customers and wreck stuff.

The rest of your money will be taken up by transportation and buying stuff. Bus travel is pretty cheap and reasonably efficient. Trains are pretty good too! In Bangkok find a hotel near the Skytrain to make it easier to get around town. When you use a taxi in Bangkok tell the driver to use the meter, it will be cheaper than bargaining.

If the 1000 Aus dollars includes air you will end up eating a lot of rice and water and staying in fan only hotel rooms.

3. Posted by jdsteven (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

yo

yeh the $1000 AUD is the amount of spending money we have each- flights have already been paid for.

thanks for the previous response

So if every few nights we stay in a real cheap hostel, we will be able to afford alright hotels for most nights? ie. rooms with fans, pools, meals etc?

transport is another factor- do u think we could include bus fares, ferry fares etc into our budget. thanks a lot

4. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

I think youhave more than enough money and you will totally be able to enjoy at lot of shopping and stay in nice hotels! We were spending around £5-£10....we were spending on average around 250B per night on decent enough places!!!!Food is super cheap....sometimes you get like Padthai for 10B on the street!!!you can do it as cheap as you like, but you have a fair enount of cash for 20 days so you should be able to indulge in lots of shopping!

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting jdsteven

yo

yeh the $1000 AUD is the amount of spending money we have each- flights have already been paid for.

thanks for the previous response

So if every few nights we stay in a real cheap hostel, we will be able to afford alright hotels for most nights? ie. rooms with fans, pools, meals etc?

transport is another factor- do u think we could include bus fares, ferry fares etc into our budget. thanks a lot

First get a newspaper or check the internet to find out what the current Thai baht to Aus $ rate is!

If you are sharing the hotel rooms you should be able to have an AirCon room almost every night! (Pools - that would depend on the hotel you choose.) Each person would be paying one third of the cost of the hotel room, right? Unless of course you piss your money away on dumb things.

Bus travel is pretty cheap, trains too! You have to hold a little back for emergencies that may come up too. You should be able to make it okay. Let the first half or third of your trip be a guage to determine how well you are sticking to your budget. If you find out that you are going through the money real fast you have to go with the fan room hotels or cheaper hostels.

Someone should have a credit card just in case someone gets hurt or ends up in real trouble.