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1. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

My boyfriend and i are going thailand for 21 days next year in july...

I have bought tickets... just saving spending money up for accomo, travel, and food and trinkets.... we have said £20 a day each... we will be doing cheap hostels and food from markets....... is this MORE than enough ...too much for both of us?>

what is a ball part figure for us to aim for each a day?

£20 each a day = £40 a day combined

or

£20 for both = £20 a day

We are on a budget....but i need to be sensible for emergenceys

thanks

2. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Quoting bagpuss34

My boyfriend and i are going thailand for 21 days next year in july...

I have bought tickets... just saving spending money up for accomo, travel, and food and trinkets.... we have said £20 a day each... we will be doing cheap hostels and food from markets....... is this MORE than enough ...too much for both of us?>

what is a ball park figure for us to aim for each a day?

£20 each a day = £40 a day combined

or

£20 for both = £20 a day

We are on a budget....but i need to be sensible for emergenceys

thanks

Well for one thing you can never have "too much" money available. And it is a good idea to have a credit card available to use in case of an emergency. People get sick and sometimes one or both of you may have to go back to the UK quickly to respond to some problem at home. Credit cards have their own problems too, some have high ATM fees (overseas) so you want to avoid small purchases in stores or shops where you incur fees as high as the purchase and also open your self to potential fraud by exposing your card number too often.

Here is a link to a currency converter if you haven't got one:

http://www.currencysource.com/?gclid=CKuNpbqX3oYCFSV6Ggodm1qd4w#

If I used this converter right you have a combined total of 2700 baht available per day. Accomodation with A/C, hot water, private toilet/bath and safety box for storing money and valuables will be somewhere between 650 baht to 1200 baht. Fan only (non air, maybe no hot water) even cheaper. Dorm style rooms, shared toilets, shared showers (less security and privacy) still cheaper.

Smaller towns and cities like Pattaya and Chiangmai may have air con rooms even cheaper. If you travel during July your plane tickets are usually a little higher than in the spring or fall - but the hotel rooms are slightly cheaper in Thailand.

Even if you go for an air conditioned room (assuming both of you will be in the same room) for around 1000 baht this will give you 1700 for transportation and tourist junk. Bus service is cheap in Thailand. When you do buy your bus ticket get it directly from the bus station to avoid rip-offs. Don't put any valuables in your checked in bag. Keep important stuff with you at your seat, esp. money, camera and passport.

Read up on Thailand and plan your visit in some logical order. You don't want to waste time and money travelling North and then travel back South to see something else. Get a map and see where your interests take you.

Plane tickets within Thailand are much cheaper than back home. Many travel agencies have a whole menu of available flights, some on discount airlines.

If you eat some of your food from street vendors and small cheap restaurants you can spread your money out a little. Keep in mind, places like McDonalds are half the price you pay back home.

To answer your original question can you do it, yes I think you can - if you don't splurge too much. You do have to budget your money to pay for your transportation. Co-mingling your spending money may present problems if one of your has no head for figures. I would avoid buying big pieces of tourist junk that you have to lug around all the time. If you want to buy a sourvenir for family buy a cheap T-shirt (you can use the T-shirt to wrap breakables in.)

Good luck, go for it!

3. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

£20 a day each should be find. I am going to that area soon on about £15. £10 each would be hard and would limit you a bit too much.

4. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

Cool...ill start saving for £20 a day and ill let boyfy know to do the same..

When i was laos it was so cheap it was unreal!! not the same for thailand then? ;-(

Thanks for advce xx

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

Quoting bagpuss34

Cool...ill start saving for £20 a day and ill let boyfy know to do the same..

When i was laos it was so cheap it was unreal!! not the same for thailand then? ;-(

Thanks for advce xx

It depends where you are in Thailand. Bangkok accomodation is a little more expensive, but food, beers, transport etc. can be quite cheap in the right places of course. The Andaman Islands are probably the most expensive parts, especially Phuket. Chiang Mai and the north are quite cheap. The gulf of Thailand islands are quite cheap, apart from Samui maybe.

Diving, drinking lots of alcohol, flights, shopping etc. will make Thailand expensive, but if you're willing to take a bus, eat like the locals, stay in guesthouses etc. your money will go far.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Bagpuss

I think £20 per day will be enough, between u.
Aim to spend that much, per day, on accomodation, food and transport.
It is of course sensible, to have a little extra money, for emergencies. Keep whatever extra money u have, over the budget amount for these, or your next trip or whatever else, if no emergencies happen.
Remember the airport tax. U will have to pay 500B, if u leave Thailand, by plane.

Mel

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello again Bagpuss

Just looking at your above post about Laos.

Here are the recommended budgets for Laos and Thailand, from the latest SE Asia on a Shoestring book.

Thailand.
11 to 15 US dollars per day.

Laos
20 US dollars per day.

Mel

8. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

eakk now i am confused......

Could my boyfriend and i find accomodation, food and travel on £20 a day for both of us?? or is it £20 each a day?

I will be going to phuket for a week and travelling around there, then travel up to north thailand for a week, maybe do a 3 day trek... then backpack back down to bangkok, stopping along the way....eating like locals....cheap taking buses and trains... then maybe 4 days in bangkok.... then off home...

I head the visa is like 100 baht... and 500 baht to get out....

Thanks ;-) xx

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Bagpuss

A thirty day visa for Thailand is free, for UK citizens, and u will get one, at the airport, when u enter Thailand.
U will have to pay 500B(around 15 US dollars) departure tax, on your way out of Thailand, if u are flying out.

Here is an example of costs in Thailand, as stated, in the SE Asia on a Shoestring book.
Guesthouse in Bangkok 5 to 10 US dollars per night.
4 hour bus ride 2.50 to 5 US dollars
Rice and curry 75 cents US.

I will look up some information on prices, in Phukett, and post them here later. Phukett may be more expensive, than other parts of Thailand, because it is heavily touristed.

Mel

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Bagpuss

I read about Phuket.
The best value for money place to stay, is Phuket town.
1 euros = 41B
Here are some of the prices i read about.
The cheapest place to stay in Phuket town is 120B per night, for a double room. However, the double rooms there, generally cost 300 to 400B per night.
Local buses to get around the town cost around 10B a ride.
There are plenty of cheap places to eat.
Buses go from the town, to the beaches. These buses are also reasonably priced.
Any specific questions, just ask and i will try my best to find the info.

Mel