The Real Thailand: How Much Will You Need To Spend On Your Trip?
Thailand has seen an increasing popularity when it comes to being a holiday destination, and actually appeals to many different people. It is not hard to see why when you learn that Thailand is home to sunshine and amazing food, as well as being very reasonable when it comes to how much things cost. That means that the country can be the perfect place for those who are looking for a five class escape, and those who are happy with basic hostel accommodation.
How much money you will need to spend is completely up to you, but it is possible to experience the ‘real’ Thailand on any budget. However, it can be helpful to have a bit of guidance just to get you thinking about it a bit further…
So, what should you budget?
The answer to this really depends on what type of trip you are planning. For example, backpackers are usually able to get by on THB 600-700 per day (outside of Bangkok), which grows to about 1,500 baht for those who want to stay somewhere a little bit nicer. Full out luxury can be bought for approximately 10,000 baht per day, which is roughly equivalent to £200. These rough budgets should cover all of the essentials including food, accommodation, and local transport connections. However, excursions will need to be factored in as every traveller has different aspirations.
What is the best way to pay?
Many people would not recommend travelling with lots of money on your person, or leaving it in your place of accommodation. That is why travellers tend to use the ATMs that are available in Thailand’s cities as they are an easy way to withdraw Thai baht. Credit cards can be used in popular resorts and the cities, but you will need to have cash handy when staying in family run guesthouses, restaurants, or doing excursions.
It is worth noting that you won’t need to use up too much of your allocated budget on tipping as it is not actually a necessity like in many other countries. However it is a nice gesture to leave loose change if you have received some after paying for a service such as a meal. Some restaurants may add a service charge to your bill, so you would not be expected to leave any more in this event.
How can you save money in Thailand?
Perhaps one of the best ways to save money in Thailand, as well as getting an authentic experience, is to eat street food and local cuisine. You will be able to discover the best places to go by budgeting to have a private tour in Thailand by a local. Once they show you the area once, you will be able to go back whenever you like with insider knowledge.
It also pays to go to the villages and towns rather than sticking to the major resorts and cities. Not only will the prices be lower but you will also get a much better insight to daily life in Thailand. Yet if you do want to see a city on your trip, try Chiang Mai instead of Bangkok and you will instantly save a bit of cash – and you will be able to see hundreds of temples!