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Staying in Thailand for 2 weeks, how much money will I need?

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1. Posted by dunning (Inactive 5 posts) 7y

I'm and an American traveling in Thailand with my girlfried, December 26th to January 7. I was wondering how much money I'll need to have a good time in Thailand. We have all our places to stay already booked. We plan on staying in Bangkok for New Years and then traveling to Chiang Mai.

We would like to have a good time, drink, eat foods that the locals would, and check out some of the Markets.

Just trying to get a base amount that we would spend in total for 2 weeks. How much should we bring? Any help would be appreciated.

2. Posted by Seong (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

If you're just looking at spending money I'd say a minimum of $2000 should keep you and your girlfriend in comfort. Including accommodation (depending on how flash it is) maybe $3000. One of the nice things about Thailand is that you're money will go a long way!

3. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 7y

hi. maybe showing my inexperience here. but when we got off the bus from BKK airport, we of course went to Khao San Road. straight away, a guy in a tuk tuk took us to a place called TaT tourist office, its government run so is trustworthy. we sorted out our time in Thailand from there, and got a really good price. on all the trips we went on people couldnt believe how little we payed for everything we got.

basically, they'd sort out accomodation and flights to chang mai including airport pick ups etc, for very cheap. im not sure how much but less that 200 dollars (hard to work out cuz we had like 5 flights, lots of hostels, trips and taxi pick ups). to say we did it on a budget, we have good accommodation thanks to the Tat Travel, if you like i can get a card and give you their telephone number so when you get there you could atleast compare prices.

on other notes, drinking is really cheap, you can get hammered for next to nothing, or just chill at a bar and be well fed and merry for about $20 at the most (not sure on conversion, 18 months ago and am from UK). i remember you could buy Jack Daniels by the bottle at about $30 at quite a few bars.

In BKK we stayed in a place called the four seasons hostel, literally just round the corner from Khaosan, it was 700bht a night which i think is about $16 a night. that was ok for us. i think meals round the area were like 80-250 bht and the food is so nice out there.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 7y

Quoting dunning

I'm and an American traveling in Thailand with my girlfried, December 26th to January 7. I was wondering how much money I'll need to have a good time in Thailand. We have all our places to stay already booked. We plan on staying in Bangkok for New Years and then traveling to Chiang Mai.

We would like to have a good time, drink, eat foods that the locals would, and check out some of the Markets.

Just trying to get a base amount that we would spend in total for 2 weeks. How much should we bring? Any help would be appreciated.

Since your hotels are already booked all you need is spending money for tours, transportation, restaurants and souvenirs and drinking. So, how much you need really depend on how you spend money. If you usually choose the pricier hotels then you will probably choose the more ritzy expensive restaurants. (Hotels with air, hot water, private toilet and shower plus maid service can be had for around 600 baht on up to 1300 that are not too bad. Cheaper places also available.

If the hotels you have booked are more than 2500 baht per night you will probably be looking for places to spend more money on food, drinks, etc. If you have cheaper digs then you might be more likely to accept eating at cheaper places. Cheaper places to eat at are food courts in malls, small restaurants in supermarkets (Tops and Foodland for instance,) McDonalds and KFC's too! There are lots of small cheap restaurants that you can eat at. In cheap places you can eat a meal for $2 or $3 apiece. Ritzier places the sky is the limit. McDonalds and KFC's are cheaper than back in the US.

If you chose wisely and have a hotel near the Skytrain (Bangkok) you can use that overhead rail service to get around the city. If you are out in the sticks where there is no Skytrain or even the subway you are stuck using the meter taxi cabs. Lucky for you that taxi cabs are cheap if you use the meter only. For meter taxi cabs wave a moving taxi over, parked taxi cabs outside the hotel or bus stations usually want to bargain the price - meter is cheaper! Tuk-tuks are MORE expensive than meter taxi cabs unless you speak Thai. There are scams involving tuk-tuks that you ought to Google up. Google - "Scams in Bangkok" or something like that.

Drinking - you can drink cheap by buying beer and stuff like that at Seven Eleven stores. Next for cheapness are open air beer bars or sidewalk cafe type bars. Ritzy clubs and exclusive resorts may charge 4 or 5 times more than what you pay in a beer bar. So, if you just want to have a beer and relax and watch the tourists walk by use a sidewalk cafe, perhaps on Sukhumvit Road or a nearby beer bar.

You can take an overnight sleeper train on up to Chiang Mai if you want. The sleeper will save you from paying for another night in a hotel in Bangkok. But if your hotel is already booked you may have lost that opportunity.

Travel agencies are the places to go to for tours. Tour company picks you up at your hotel and returns you there at the end of the day/tour. Travel agencies can also book flights to Chiang Mai or even book the train tickets for you too! You can often get a tour the day before for a morning tour and sometimes that morning for an afternoon or evening tour. Works the same for Chiang Mai tours an treks. Buying your tours in Thailand is cheaper than buying your tours from out of Thailand!

For me, I am a cheapie, I stay in cheap hotels (with air and private toilet/bath of course) because I am on a limited budget. I can get by with around $10 a day for food. There are backpackers who get by spending even less. I buy my water from Seven Elevens or supermarkets. For drinking - with a beer in a beer bar around 50 to 90 baht how much you drink is up to you.

Roughly I think you can get by with $1000 for the both of you since your hotels are already paid for. If you are partial to the fancier places to eat and drink at then double that figure. Bring a debit card with you that you can use in an ATM for cash if you spend too much. By the way, use cash for cheap purchases to avoid credit card fraud. Tell your bank that you will overseas or any ATM withdrawal may be denied. For me I can get by with less than $800 for 15 days which pays for food, hotels, booze and transportation and souvenirs, etc.

Have a nice trip.

5. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 7y

how long is a piece of string?

You really can spend as much or as little as you want.

However, I'm a little worried about the question "how much should we BRING"?

The answer could be NOTHING.... In theory you can arrive in Thailand without a single baht to your name and withdraw money on arrival either at an ATM or an exchange bank.

I would suggest you go to your bank and tell them you are going to Thailand[i] and are going to use your ATM and credit cards there. Then find out what the fees are etc...this is by far the most convenient way of using/spending money.
Added to that you might bring some TTs as emergency back up.

Apart from Hotels who offer poor rates, the banks run most of the exchange booths so even at the airport you get a fair rate of exchange.

6. Posted by ozzie b (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

if ur hotels r already booked all you need is around $1500 to $2000 the food and booze r cheap any way