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1. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 8y

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how much would i need to travel thailand for a month......

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

Depends one when, where, how, and with whom you are going.
High season, especially around Christmas and New Year is more expensive for accommodation than in the off season.
The North and less touristy areas are cheaper than popular beach resorts.
Public buses are cheaper than trains and planes.
And sharing a room with a travel partner is much much cheaper than having to pay for a hotel on your own which is often the same price.
In my case, my girlfriend and I on three past trips used to budget between 1000-1200 baht a day ($31-37US) for the two of us together. These trips were always in the low season between April and June. We always traveled using the cheapest form of transport, ate as locally as possible, and hung out at the cheaper beaches like Tao and Lanta.
Over this past Christmas/NY I went with a group of friends (sometimes sharing a room, sometimes alone) to Phuket and Samui and I was just barely able to keep my budget at 1000 baht/day for myself.

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

Hi,

If you're on a shoestring budget, then US$15 a day is the minimum you should go. Although US$12 a day is possible, it will require some extra penny-pinching. Otherwise, US$30 should be pretty comfortable in Thailand. :)

4. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 8y

on i should say ill be im in scotland so how much in pounds..i dnt want to hav 2 be penny pinching

5. Posted by lodesafun (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

Both answers above are very good answers

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

ok, so let's say not totally budget, but not totally comfortable, i.e. bus and train rides rather than plane rides, and reasonably priced (but not the cheapest) guesthouses rather than hotels. I would say US$20, which is about £10-£12. :)

7. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

Since not everyone works in pounds, it's probably best to expect a response in Thai baht, which is what you'll be using and what you'll be budgeting on a daily basis, or whatever currency the answerer thinks in. But you can very easily convert the answers to pounds using a website converter like www.xe.com.

If you don't want to be penny pinching, then I would say budget 1000 baht/day. That should be plenty, and you'll probably have lots left over for souvenirs. But it depends on what comfort level you require.
Everyone has their own priority when it comes to what they like to spend their money on, but for me I like to save money by staying in really cheap accommodations. The way I see it, I don't actaully spend a whole lot of time in my room when I'm traveling, so as long as a got a bed, a lock on the door, and the place is clean enough, then it's fine by me. That gives me more money for sightseeing and good food, which is always cheap enough to keep my budget well under 1000/day. Others however, require much more comfortable accommodation with AC, private bath, and more decor than a white wall. Their budget will be significantly higher than mine would be. If you want to drink alot, then your budget will increase dramatically because beer at bars is relatively expensive. You can save money buy buying your alcohol at 711. Western food is also quite a bit more expensive than Thai food. So really, everyone spends a different amount in Thailand (or anywhere) and it's hard to give a good budget without knowing your needs. Of the 8 of us together on my last trip, I spent only 1000/day, but most budgeted around 1500/day and a couple of the group easily spend 2500-3000 baht/day, getting massages everyday, renting scooters everyday, eating only western food, and drinking way more than myself.

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 8y

Quoting colinmc

how much would i need to travel thailand for a month......

No one budget fits every traveler! Some travelers are content with staying in dorms and sharing toilets and showers with lots of other people! Other travelers want a private hotel room with in room toilets/showers. Some travelers want air conditioning and some can do with a fan only. Up to you!

You can use this currency conversion link to figure out how much things cost in your currency.

http://www.nwa.com/travel/world/currency.html

Since this may be the "trip of a lifetime" I would try to go in some style! I usually get by with 1000 baht a day (includes hotels, meals and other stuff) but at times I do spend close to 2000 baht when necessary.

Often you can go cheap on your food. Lots of Seven Eleven type stores, modern supermarkets with "off the shelf" fixings for sandwiches or can food. Many supermarkets like Tops and Foodland often have in store lunch counters. Street food is cheap too, lots of McDonalds and KFC's available all over. I especially like "all you can eat" breakfast options, I can fill up enough to last all day!

Like previously mentioned, hotels are a little more expensive during the high season. High season is when it gets cold in the U.S. and N. Europe. Late November to the end of January have the highest prices. Cheapest is around the end of June through to the beginning of October.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on May 11, 2008, at 5:27 AM by karazyal ]

9. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 8y

thanks guys i have a very good idea now of how much i will take going to try and take around £50 per day about 3000baht, since this is my 1st time traveling id like to not have a worry and do everything possible and live in good conditions.

10. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 8y

How much does a Scotsman need to get by in Thailand? this is a joke ...right?

All the same you could break it down into component charges...

backpacker accom 200 to300 baht

room with shower 3 to 400 baht

room with TV air etc plus pool 800 to 2000 baht

food .street food noodles 15 to 30 baht

BBQ bits / Som tam / deep fried 20/50 baht

sit down and eat rice 40 to 60 baht

Thai restaurant 60 to 100 baht per dish.

Local transport multiples of 10 baht

Beer
Chang (yuk!) Singha etc - 35 to 100 baht depending on the establishment

woman? - up to you!

[ Edit: Edited on May 11, 2008, at 7:23 PM by wildfk ]