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1. Posted by RobMc (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Hey,

Ive recently just got back from travelling round OZ, and am now planning to go to Thailand at the end of February for around a month.

Been looking at flights and the cheapest place i can find to fly into seems to be Bangkok - around £450 from London. Does this seem about right to any of you that have been there before?

I plan to travel around the country once there, so would be really grateful if anyone could advise on a very approximate budget for the month im there. Ive heard its relatively cheap!

Thanks for listening.

Rob

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

450 GBP sounds about right. From bangkok you could take a few days and go to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I would check out Chang Mei, Krabi, Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Koh Pan Yang (for a full moon party), and Phuket for a few ideas. When I was there in 2003 it was cheap. Street food cost about 20baht, room with a ceiling fan about 250baht (Koh San Road), so depending how budget you want to go is how much you need. I would think you can could by very nicely on about $20USD a day. I would see what others say depending if prices went up.

3. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

Hiya Rob,

I was there 9 months ago and I paid £411 for a direct flight from LHR - BKK on Thai Airways. There were also some Etihad flights via Abu Dhabi for about £380 so you'd probably do better than £450 to fly there - Expedia, Opodo, Travelbag etc etc all have deals on most of the time if you're a bit flexible with dates.

I was away for 3 weeks and in total - including the flight from here to Thailand - spent no more than £1100 and I was totally living it up, eating out all the time, getting beachfront air conditioned bungalows, and so on and so forth. You could very happily survive on £10 a day if you went for budget accommodation - I was probably spending £25 or so per day - there is absolutely no need to spend any more than that.

So - living on a budget you'd probably be looking at around £400 for the month including internal travel costs and things, and if you wanted to live it up it'd be around £1000-£1200.

If it helps I spent my time down south around the andaman and gulf islands. Didn't go to the North but have heard the North is cheaper.

Have a great time!

Chris

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

Cheap hotels - 350 to 400 baht pn
OK Hotels, Air/TV/Hot shower - 600 to 1200 pn
Really nice rooms 1500 plus

Eating out....
Street food 15 to 20 baht
Sit down thai 50 to 150 baht
Euro/Western 100 to 250 baht
Good sea food 300 to 500 per head
Posey Euro-crap 1000 per head
Buying and cooking you own food...why bother!?!?!?!

Sml bottle beer +- 35 baht in bars
Large bottle +- 35 baht in shops

Whisky - (scotch) - 70 to 120 baht per shot....buy a bottle it's cheaper!

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 9y

A lot of the middle eastern airlines have some really good prices at the moment. Look out for flights with gulf air, emirates, etihad, royal jordanian, qatar airlines etc.

I bought a gulf air flight going from Heathrow to Bangkok mid Feb for £422 from travelocity. I've seen cheaper going from Gatwick though.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 9y

Quoting wildfk

Cheap hotels - 350 to 400 baht pn
OK Hotels, Air/TV/Hot shower - 600 to 1200 pn
Really nice rooms 1500 plus

Eating out....
Street food 15 to 20 baht
Sit down thai 50 to 150 baht
Euro/Western 100 to 250 baht
Good sea food 300 to 500 per head
Posey Euro-crap 1000 per head
Buying and cooking you own food...why bother!?!?!?!

Sml bottle beer +- 35 baht in bars
Large bottle +- 35 baht in shops

Whisky - (scotch) - 70 to 120 baht per shot....buy a bottle it's cheaper!

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Good prices. Smaller towns usually have cheaper hotels. You can buy sliced bread or rolls together with some sliced ham or cheese and make some sandwiches for quick meals.

Bring one of those single cup "electric hot water coils" and you can boil water for soup and/or coffee and save a little more money. I even use the "electric coil" at an airport if there is a long layover.

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RobMc

Don't fall in love with a particular departure date. Check the price of flights a few days before and a few days after your desired travel date. Sometimes just a day or two different can be a lot cheaper!

If you intend to fly a lot and collect frequent flyer miles for future flights sometimes paying a little extra for a flight may pay off in the long run if you can use the miles later on.

7. Posted by RobMc (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

Thanks for the responses!

Some great tips there, sounds like an amazing place!

Rob.