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1. Posted by eits (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

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Hey everyone,
my girlfriend and I have been thinking of a place to visit this summer for at least 2 months. How much should we budget for the both of us in Thailand, mostly backpacking and staying in cheap places? We're thinking more 'tropical and adventure' than 'busy city'.

Thank you,

Rob

2. Posted by jokar (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y

Hi Rob,

Thailand is quite a cheap place to be, a general, safe budget guideline would be US$15 per person per day if you go for all the cheapest alternatives. This covers food, accommodation and transport (excluding flights only). Recreational activities and shopping are add-ons. As long as you keep out of Bangkok (well, it has relatively cheap shopping compared to Malaysia and Singapore), it will be pretty much "tropical and adventure", to varying degrees.

2 months should be enough for you to cover the whole of Thailand, depending on how long you spend at each place. I would recommend crossing over to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia though, instead of just staying in Thailand alone. If you would like, I have a very rough itinerary for traveling the whole of mainland Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, no Myanmar) in 6 weeks that I had planned for this year, but am no longer able to go due to various reasons. You could use it as a rough reference for you trip. Do message me if you are interested. :)

3. Posted by ekay (Full Member 23 posts) 8y

Hi Eits,

Post #2 generally sums up your questions. Begin your conquest of Thailand in Bangkok, head to the islands in the south, go up north and then to Laos thru the Chiangmai/Chiangrai route to the Chiangkhong border town with Laos. From here take a boat, traveling the Mekong river to Luang Prabang. Once your travel route is proceeding smoothly, the chances of you spending extras (criss-crossing) on transportation and lodgings will be minimized.
While you are in Chiangrai, and to help you to save and expand your cultural knowledge of Thailand, we volunteer to teach conversation Thai and home cooking lessons.
We are a family of three residing in Chiangrai, northern Thailand. Any travelers passing through and are keen to learn some conversational Thai, home cooking and at the same time wants to experience the inside-out of the Thai culture and lifestyle in a rice farming village but with the comfort of running water, a seating flush toilet and a furnished bedroom. To see and experience the local areas can be done at cost. Feel free to post here or PM me of your interest but share out the food cost.

4. Posted by niCCe1982 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hello Rob.

After spendign about a month in Thailand an 2 and a half weeks on Koh Tao I can tell you it's cheap and you'll love it. But I feel I need to give you a fair warning about Koh Tao. I recommed it but don't expect paradise. You can read about it in my blog at www.niklastravels.blogspot.com. Cheap yes, you can get a Bungalow with a fan for 9000THB per month and with A/C for 15000 and up. Two persones eat breakfast,lunch and dinner for about 1000THB depending on what you eat and what you drink with your meal. Beer is 35THB a bottle if you buy it at a 7/11 and in a restaurant from 50 to 100 THB. Water is about 20THB per liter, depending on the brand. Evian beeing the most expensive at 60THB for a bottle (1liter). I recommened you have a budget of 2000€ about 3000 US Dollars per person for two months. depending on how much shopping your planning to do. If you wan't for ex. tailor meda suits there price is about 5000THB per suit. Including one shirt an one tie. The price isn't exact becouse of diffrences in materials and cuts. But it's an estimate. Your budget is also depending on what you plan to do there if your going to dive I can recommed you a few places, if you want to take a course in diving like PADI Open Water Diver it's a 3 day course and costs about 10000THB incl. book,scubagear rental and some dive resorts even have free accomodation for divers, some resorts have breakfast included. But if you choose to go to Koh Tao. I recommend you take bungalow at a resort called DD- Hut for like a week and then you go exploring the island asking around for a good deal on a Diving package including Accomodation, and make sure the place also rents motorbikes so you can negotiate a good package deal that includes most of what you want. At DD Huts you can get Accomodation and a motorbike. for a good price. The girl in charge of the bikes is fanatic ;) about her bikes and she has some really nice "vespas" 125CC yamahas. Well anyway hope that this was helpful and enjoy your stay in Thailand...

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 16, 2008, at 2:02 AM by niCCe1982 ]

5. Posted by niCCe1982 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Quoting jokar

Hi Rob,

Thailand is quite a cheap place to be, a general, safe budget guideline would be US$15 per person per day if you go for all the cheapest alternatives. This covers food, accommodation and transport (excluding flights only). Recreational activities and shopping are add-ons. As long as you keep out of Bangkok (well, it has relatively cheap shopping compared to Malaysia and Singapore), it will be pretty much "tropical and adventure", to varying degrees.

2 months should be enough for you to cover the whole of Thailand, depending on how long you spend at each place. I would recommend crossing over to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia though, instead of just staying in Thailand alone. If you would like, I have a very rough itinerary for traveling the whole of mainland Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, no Myanmar) in 6 weeks that I had planned for this year, but am no longer able to go due to various reasons. You could use it as a rough reference for you trip. Do message me if you are interested. :)

I'd have to add to your safe guideline that a good and safe budget would be about 30 US dollars per person per day, becouse it can take a while to find the cheapest places to eat and stay. DO NOT THINK FOR A SECOND THAT YOU'LL GET EVERYTHING CHEAP A EASY. I recommmend you book in advance a place to stay for the first couple of days. On the second start looking around for the cheaper places.

6. Posted by jokar (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y

Quoting niCCe1982

I'd have to add to your safe guideline that a good and safe budget would be about 30 US dollars per person per day, becouse it can take a while to find the cheapest places to eat and stay. DO NOT THINK FOR A SECOND THAT YOU'LL GET EVERYTHING CHEAP A EASY.

At the end of the day, it's really what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. So far on my trips I've managed to keep to a budget of US$10 - 15 a day. Of course, this takes some effort, and may mean a bit more walking around, but that's part of where the adventure lies.

In terms of accommodation, a good idea is to have a list of accommodation that you're already considering, and instead of turning up unannounced, give them a call when you get off the bus / plane / boat. Saves you a lot of energy, especially in popular cities and towns. Food-wise, the cheapest is usually the local food.

So US$15 is possible, but definitely not the most comfortable option. Depending on preferences, you may want to go with niCCe1982's recommendation.

7. Posted by dar egan (Budding Member 67 posts) 8y

hi all,i would recommend $50 a day for accomodation,food,beer and doing stuff like excursions,massages and simple things like washing your clothes especially around the islands which are a good bit pricier than the mainland.thailand is cheap but it's getting dearer all the time.you don't always want to stay in $8 rooms coz alot of them can be a bit dirty and not maintaned to a decent standard and no aircon that time of year would be tough going!