Backpacking Around Thailand on a Budget
Backpacking around Thailand on a budget is a little harder than in the rest of South East Asia, things have moved up in the world and budgets have gone with it. Backpacking in Asia in general has become more mainstream, But, there are still places to save money and often you’ll get a better deal or experience for it… Bangkok is one of those places, a traveller in the know can get a room and a Thai meal for less than 300b – bang on budget!
If you’ve previously spent any length of time backpacking around Asia but not yet had the good fortune of seeing the exotic sights of Thailand for yourself, you might be in for something of an unpleasant shock upon your arrival when it comes to budgeting, things are getting more and more expensive for the budget traveler and it’s even worth considering Payday loans or short term loans, especially at the end of a trip when the overdraft is looking like the only way to stay away…
With Thailand widely considered to be one of the safest, most accessible, and most visually spectacular locations in South East Asia, it’s easy to see why, if you don’t do your research before leaving the UK, you can end up spending rather more than you’d originally intended. Many people put in the hard yards when it comes to researching the latest travel deals and scouring through all the cheap flights on-line but the research shouldn’t stop there; it’s crucial for anyone considering backpacking the world on a budget to read as many sources as possible prior to departure.
However, as with the majority of popular backpacking destinations around the world, traveling on a budget is far from an impossible feat to achieve and a traveler in the know can expect to pay around 300b for a room and a delicious, authentic Thai meal.
Here are some of the best tips for saving money whilst savouring everything that Thailand has to offer:
Eat and drink at food markets or local restaurants: Don’t be put off straight away by the horror stories you’ve heard about small food markets giving naive tourists awful food poisoning and ruining their trip. The food at the majority of the markets in Thailand’s major cities is fresher than anything served at even the best restaurants in town and the chance to mingle and swap tales with locals and fellow travellers whilst paying a price no sane person could argue with is an experience you shouldn’t miss.
Consider hitch-hiking: Obviously you need to use extreme caution if you decide to hitch-hike and that rule applies to any country you’re travelling in. Most people’s experiences of hitch-hiking are positive but never hitch-hike on your own, especially if you’re female.
Take public transport rather than hire a car: Taxis can be very expensive in Thailand but the buses and trains are relatively comfortable and reliable and if you travel on third class trains, you’ll save a packet, especially over long distances.
Below is a hand picked selection of tips, advice, pictures and our posts about budget travel in Thailand – Hopefully to help you stay on budget and inspire you to travel better.
- Slip Sliding down the Khao San Road
- Bamboo Island Camping
- Getting down to Diving on Koh Tao
- The Buckets of Haad Rin
- The Best Sunset in the World
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