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1. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 10y

hi, can some help!!!??? i'll be in thailand in august (hopefully!) for a short time (a few weeks only im afraid) but im not the richest!...how much per day on average do people spend in thailand...how cheap is it? if i slept in hostels, did the odd activity etc. just so i know if i can afford it all!
thanks

2. Posted by Nutburger (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

Hi,
I haven't actually been yet!
But I am planning on going for 2months in the high season and am budgeting for £10-£15p/d. From what I've read it will be enough for basic accomodation,enough food and the odd activity.
Fingers crossed!

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

Hello!!!
I was in Thailand a few months ago and it was the last leg of my RTW so money was running pretty low....I was managing to live on £5 a day towards the end!!!Some days it was a bit tight, but I spent a lot of time on the quieter areas of the west coast Islands where I only paying 100 Baht a night on accomodation!!!Prior to that I was living on a £10 a day budget, but Thailand is cheap so unless you are planning on doing a lot of shopping everyday then its more than enough! On average throughout my time in thailand I was probably spending on average 280 Baht a night on accomodation...found some great cheap food from the street vendors...My greatest find was the 10 Baht Padthai lady!!!Bargain!!!
So I say aim for £10 a day and that includes all accomodation and food and a bit for drinks at night..some days you wont even need that so at least near the end you will have some good shopping money left!!!

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

Quoting redknight5

hi, can some help!!!??? i'll be in thailand in august (hopefully!) for a short time (a few weeks only im afraid) but im not the richest!...how much per day on average do people spend in thailand...how cheap is it? if i slept in hostels, did the odd activity etc. just so i know if i can afford it all!
thanks

Only you know how much money you have to start with. You have to subtract the cost of the airfare first, getting a good price on your flight up front will leave you with more money for travelling later on. Spend some time checking out the different airlines websites for specials to Thailand. Any money you save on air travel can be spent on something you can buy or do in Thailand. If you haven't purchased your plane tickets yet - be flexible - don't be fixed on a particular departure day. Check the prices a few days before and a few days after your "desired" departure date - the price difference could be quite a bit.

Food is pretty cheap in Thailand especially if you can handle eating off the street and not come down with any food poisoning. If you are fussy with what you eat - fried rice will probably be okay (about 30 to 50 baht per serving.) There are lots of restaurants with Western food on the menu too! McDonalds pricing is about half the price as back home. There are lots of supermarkets and Seven Eleven type stores all over Thailand for snacks, water, soft drinks, beer, etc.

Transportation is cheap in Thailand. Busses, trains and even flights are reasonable. Get a copy of the Lonely Planet TG before you go and read up on where to go, what to see, where to eat and where to stay. Plan your points of interest to conserve your transportation money. You don't want to spend a few days in Phuket, then head up to Chiangmai, then back to Hatyai. Plan your moves and conserve money.

Hotels with airconditioning, HW, private toilet/shower, safety box from around 650 baht to 1200 baht in Bangkok. In smaller towns the hotels can be even cheaper. Fan only hotel rooms, even cheaper. Dorm style hostels the cheapest of all. Dorm style hostels offer the least amount of safety for the stuff you leave in your room or on your bunk.

You have to keep a little money aside for emergencies, "must see or do things" that you didn't plan on, or simply just to splurge on "home style goodies!" How much you can spend per day on a hotel will determine what hotels are recommended to you.

You have a lot of time to plan your travels. I don't know what "odd activity" you are planning to do in Thailand to make money there??

Good luck.

5. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 10y

all those replies were so detailed! thanks. i didnt realise it would be quite that cheap!!!!! great. cant wait now, i should be ok for cash after all!!!!
thanks
happy travels to all! :)

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

Just a little tip...be sure to keep 500 baht back for departure tax when you leave Thailand!!!Me, ever disorganised and silly, didnt realise and turned up with my last 440 baht in my pocket having totally maxed out my cards!!!!I say just save save save, the more you have the better then you can buy lots of little treats!!!If not and you just want to get out there, go for it!!have a fab time!

7. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

A coupe of things to remember...
Wherever you are in Thailand there will be a good room for between 500 & 1000 baht so if you need to clean up or anything like that, keep a little cash in reserve.
Take the lonely planet for Thailand it's better informed than R.G. and the L.P. phrase book...get them before you go and read up.
Make sure your guide is recent....prices can shoot up over night with a change of management.
Places like Samui and Koh Chang are getting increasingly pricey. It can be hard finding a hut on the beach for less than 1200 per night....they do still exist though, so ask about. All the popular places incur higher prices. Don’t go for the first thing you see, and if possible plan ahead. Don’t pre-pay for more than a couple of days without seeing the place. That way if it turns out to be a sh*thole, you can move.
Don't be afraid of street food....be very afraid of western food.....it's the best way to get food poisoning here.
You will probably have a day of bad tummy, but that may be more to acclimatisation, booze or jet-lag.
Thais snack all the time....anything from fruit, BBQ chicken, fish, papaya salad will set you back about 20 baht.
If you follow the "farang kee nok" trail...you should survive on £10 per day, but you'll need money for extras like scuba, boats, ents etc...So keep a stash in reserve.
You can use ATMs anywhere so inform your bank before you go and check their fees.....some are really cheap and you get a good rate of exchange.
Don't change too much money in UK you usually get a MUCH better rate here in Thailand.
Travel by bus in Thailand is incredibly cheap. Trains are too if there's one going your way. There’s an overnighter to Surrathani (Samui) from Bkk, 2nd class you get a bunk etc.
Tuk-tuks are usually more expensive than their 4 wheel counterparts, so only use them for the experience.

I'm sorry no real preices but maybe you'll avoid wasting your money...

8. Posted by redknight5 (Full Member 80 posts) 10y

thanks wildfk! great info there, i remember my travelling days in south america....am amazed to have found somewhere even cheaper!!