Hello there, im new to the forum and am seeking a little advice about Thailand as me and 2 friends are hopefully going at the beginning of january.
First and foremost we are all very much budget travellers and would like to stay as long as possible (if were enjoying it)so im curious as to how much we could get by on in a typical day excluding accomodation. So basically food, drink and everyday items and fares. What is a reasonable daily price if we 'scrimp and save'. And how much might we expect to pay for dining out and alcoohol etc. ??
Secondly, at one point we hope to hit the beaches, however to be honest we would like to find somewhere less spoilt and more tranquil and relaxing. The quieter the better. Am i just dreaming or is there actually anywhere in Thailand where we could find deserted beaches and things like that (maybe kayak to them) where we can just lounge around in our own peace of paradise?? (Again i may be dreaming but one can but dream lol ) Ill leave it at that for now. Hope to hear from someone soon. The more insight the better as we are all very nevous Thanks in advance
As a Thai, I can live happily on about 300 Baht (5-6 pounds) a day, but it turned to be difficult for me to provide you with advice when you included alcohol in your question. First, I don't drink, so I don't know how much people pay for it. The expense on this is the key element to turn it up high or to stay in budget, depending on how much and what kind of the drink you prefer.
You can find cheap hotel or youth house for less than 400 Baht (around 6 pounds) a night, twin room.
Youth houses like this one should also be a choice:
You can survive fair food and drink with 100 Baht for a meal.
About deserted beaches and things where you can just lounge around in our own peace of paradise...... please let me know when you find one here (no offense). My Mom told me we used to have empty beaches with seashells all over and only a few people know about those places... but that might be before the time I was born... now everywhere we go, there are people... people invented quiet places, .... invite friends, hold parties, get wild, tell more people to come.. hold more parties, demand for luxurious life styles.. there come fancy restaurants and resorts... then some go find new place... spoil it and so on... things go on in circle like this until we almost have no quiet places left. Or if there are some left, .. those who want to preserve them would keep secret.....
Hi Chada, i found your post particularly helpful. I was wondering if 15000-20000 bahts would be enough to stay in Thailand for 28 days and if so, could you estimate how much it is likely to cost given that I am not going to spend crazily and let's assume that I have a special discount on my accommidation at 5000 b for 28 days and if not i'm willing to stay in perhaps the cheapest of hotels etc. I noted that visa-exeption is permitted if one had 10000+ bahts to pay for living expenses (provided one was a citizen of one of the 29 countries listed).. so i assume based on this, what i've learnt and from friends living there that abt 18000 would be sufficient.. my friends, though, aren't sure - could you give me your estimate? thanks
ps - i'm leaving for thailand in october
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If you want less crowded beaches, don't go to Phuket, Phi Phi, Krabi, Samui. Koh Tao or Khao Lak.
Go to Trang or Koh Chang.
Let's estimate it on the worse situation, say you have B15,000 and the air ticket, visa and travel insurance have been paid for.
B5,000 for accommodation will bring up the remaining of B10,000.
B80 for each meal, costs B240 a day. That's only for food and soft drink. That makes 7,840 Baht for 28 days already. You will have a bit higher than 2,000 Baht left with you. Transportation, only from and to the airport to hotels in town will be around 500 (about 250 or more for each trip). Now you have B1,500+. That may cover day-to-day expense, but you have to stay still without moving. Going places you have to pay for transportation and, sometimes, entrance tickets. To travel and see places in details, I think you need far more than that. It's better to have extra amount with you in case anything happens. Better save more and plan for the next few years to travel more comfortably.
Thx Chada - It's strange to think that my friends and I thought that I could live on that amount
Well, here's some additional information.. I am meeting some friends when I arrive there, who I will tour(etc) with and one particular friend who I will be spending a lot of time with. Assuming that I have 22000-25000 b, I will be ok, wont I? :p
As you said with 15000 b I wouldn't be able go anywhere after a lot of other expenses were accounted for - what if I, say, had 22000 b? that leaves me an extra 7000 b.. I wont be touring and travelling all the time - would this amount be closely enough? I realise that I should take more (i would take as much as possible) but I've planned to go at this time and it's also most convenient for my friends and I.. Actually I originally planned to take more, but i ended up having to use some of it and my friends insisted that i had enough..
Thanks for your advice - but really a few more years? 555
PS - i'll be in bangkok and samutprakarn mostly if not all of the time. i wont be using taxi, i'll travel by bus, sky train and motorcycle.
(240x28 is 6720.. but we will estimate that 7840 covers some other things that i wanna buy)
How about checking this out?
And I just found this now:
thx so much Chada, they really helped
i'm leaving in 1 week - so exciting