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How to plan a budget vacation in thailand

Published by Abhinav Goel on June 2, 2019 June 2, 2019

Planning an International Trip seems like a big task, especially if its your first. This post is going to simplify it all for you.

Planning a trip to Thailand or any international destination for that matter involves a lot of research. A lot of questions need to be answered before you start making your bookings-

  1. What is the process to get a Thailand Visa? How much is it going to cost?
  2. Is holidaying in Thailand cheap or expensive? Well its much cheaper compared to what it costs in the west.
  3. What is the best time to go?
  4. What should be the length of your trip?
  5. Which cities / destinations you should cover?
  6. How to divide days between different cities/ destinations? Then you always worry if the number of days you have reserved for a particular destination is enough to explore it all.
  7. How to commute within these cities? How much is it going to cost?
  8. What are the attractions and things to do in these cities/ destinations? How much is it going to cost?
  9. What’s the food like? Is Vegetarian or Vegan food available? What are the places to eat?
  10. What are the local tourist scams? How to save yourself from them?
  11. What are the local etiquette? Of-course you do not want to offend anyone in a foreign land.
  12. What to pack?

And then Bookings- Flights and Hotels are a question in themselves.

  1. Which Airlines are cheap? Do they offer a good Service?
  2. Where to book Hotels? Which hotels to book?

Everything has been answered for you in this blog and associated blogs.

Here are the five basic steps towards planning your Thailand Trip:

  1. Decide the length of your trip based on your budget and destinations to be covered.
  2. Book your Flights.
  3. Book your Hotels.
  4. Exchange your currency.
  5. Get a Visa

This Video will detail these five basic steps to you (English and Hindi languages have been used in the video):

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This video lists the top and must-do attractions in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket:

Best time to Visit, Destinations, Attractions and Things to do, Transportation, Food, Scams, budget snapshot and other general tips have been detailed in this post Thailand Travel Guide: Things to do in Thailand & More.

How to plan a budget vacation in thailand

Thailand is one of the most budget-friendly countries in the world. If you’re travelling on a shoestring, you’ll want to read on to find out how to make your hard earnt pennies go that much further.

How to save money?

There are a few basic rules to saving money in the Land of Smiles, being somewhat prepared and planning in advance is likely going to set you in good stead. For example, research how you will travel from Chiang Mai to that full moon party on Koh Phangan, and book in advance to ensure you get the best and cheapest deal possible. Likewise, it’s important to plan your route so you are not backtracking or zigzagging about the country, this will not only save you money but also save you time.

How to plan a budget vacation in thailand

Eating on a budget

There is some truth in the old adage “when in Rome” particularly when it comes to eating. You’ll save a lot by committing to only eating at local street-side stalls and restaurants. Eating Western food will see your funds deplete at a much faster rate, as you’ll likely pay at least three times more than what you would for a local dish. Breakfast is often offered at guesthouses as part of the per night rate, make sure to take advantage of things like free breakfasts, water and snacks. If you are travelling with friends or mingling with fellow travellers, combine your resources and eat like locals by sharing a selection of dishes together. Not only is this economically beneficial, this will also enable you to try different things.

Sleeping on a budget

Cheap accommodation options are readily available in Thailand, even in Bangkok, you just need to do your research and stay in more affordable neighbourhoods. A lot of people assume that travelling on a budget means you’ll be bunked up in dorm rooms with 20 other sweaty and snoring travellers, but this is not the case in Thailand where a simple private room is still obtainable for 150 baht ($4.5 USD) per night. If you are planning to stay in one place for a while, bargain for a cheaper weekly or monthly rate.

How to plan a budget vacation in thailand

Free and non-expensive activities

There are plenty of free and non-expensive activities to partake in. Most bars across Thailand do not charge a cover charge so you’re at liberty to turn up, order a cheap or free drink and enjoy live music. If you do enjoy the odd tipple, buy local beers like Leo or Singha or opt for going in on a SangSom bucket set. There is a reason locals are often seen drinking local rum and it’s not because of its “superior” taste.

Thailand is famous for its markets which are an ideal place to replace any clothes or travel gear at rock bottom prices. Markets are also a great place for cheap meals, the dishes available will change regionally depending on if you are in northern or southern Thailand or anywhere in between. Temples are usually free to visit and are a great place to spend a few hours.

How to plan a budget vacation in thailand

If you are looking for exercise options join in a communal outdoor fitness class, these are not only a great way to mingle with locals they are also often free or on a donation basis. Another fantastic free exercise option is to explore Thailand’s fabulous and diverse National Parks. Go hiking in the mountainous north, explore breathtaking caves, or snorkel and dive the azure waters in the south, there are plenty of options to embrace Thailand’s natural beauty at a very low cost!

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Vacations are a great way to break out of a rut, an opportunity to have a good time and experience something new; however, they’re generally expensive. Whether you’re trying to eke out a trip on a small budget or planning something luxurious, you’re always going to want to get the most you can with your money. A lot goes into a vacation, so planning can be complex. That also means there are a plethora of ways to save.

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Hi, I will be going to Bangkok in 2 weeks on my own and was just hoping to get some advice and tips for while I am out there, as I am finding it overwhelming already and I am not even out there yet (confidence issues)

Is there any major things I should know beforehand?

I will be going on a slight budget so need to spend wisely and as I’m pretty much going into the unknown, was hoping to get some tips for this.

Also, I am hoping to make friends along the way (travellers and local) and wondered if this is an easy thing to do in Bangkok. As stated above, confidence issues make things really hard for me to do, hence the crazy idea to go to Bangkok completely alone.

And also, if anyone has any experience with getting a Sak Yant it would be great to know how you went about this as I’m really wanting to have one done.

Looking forward to hear some replies

Hello Ryrypop and welcome to the solo forum.

Things you should know before you go. As no one here knows what level of knowledge you already have for your destination, I’d suggest the following:

1. Get some good guide books, like Lonely Planet or Rough Guides. They are comprehensive, have maps, and will cover all the main topics ( entry visa’s requirements, possible jabs’, transport options, etc). Knowledge will give you confidence.

2. Once you have a rough route planned out, use the destination pages here in trip advisor for up to date information about costs, potential festival dates, and reviews of everything from accommodation to local day tours. The individual forums are extremely helpful, especially in answering any questions you may have.

3. Currency. to plan your spending and make your money go further, it’s useful to convert your home currency into the destination currency. There are loads of web based currency conversion sites. There may be fluctuations in currenct rates between now and when you take your trip. so add a bit of leeway.

4. As your flight is long haul, expect to be tired and confused when you arrive! It would be prudent to get accommodation booked at least for the first night. That way you can get your bearings without worrying about where you’re going to find a bed for the night.

5. If you are moving to other places within Thailand, you may want to plan your transport options before you go. How you get there (trains.ferries,flights) will depend on your route. Again good guide books and the Thailand forums will be extremely useful.

6. I’d suggest you pack light, get your travel insurance before you go, and check with the local forums for the current prices of sim cards.

Hope you have a great time!

I just came back from Thailand a few weeks ago. Maybe it’s just me, I visited Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket but only Phuket was interesting. I honestly don’t understand why some people love Bangkok or Chiang, unless they are really into Buddhism.

I didn’t go to Thailand alone, but I’ve made numerous solo trips within the U.S. Sadly, I haven’t made any friends on the way, except for some friendly conversations. If you plan to travel alone, you should probably be prepared to be alone all the way.

There were a ton of single male foreign travellers in Thailand, many of them tried to hook up with thai girls. I wasn’t entirely sure whether they were looking for a date or a prostitute. Sex tourism in Thailand is not legal, but quite popular in Chiang Mai and parts of Bangkok. If you travel solo(assuming you are white male), the chances are local prostitutes at the bar will perceive you as potential customer. Be careful.

Book your hotel, airfare, etc beforehand so you will have a very good estimate of how much you are going to spend. Street food in Thailand are very cheap, but the food safety is a concern. In most restaurants, the price per entree is low, sometimes incredibly low, but the portion could be very small. I and my girlfriend usually ended up paying for more than 1000+ Bahts for one meal. It’s still cheap by western standard, but not as dirt cheap as some travellers claim.

What kind of confidence issue do you have specifically? While it’s possible that you may or may not enjoy solo travel, you are going to be on vacation and have some fun. The bottom line is that Thailand is safe as long as you apply common sense. You will be fine.

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Hi, I will be going to Bangkok in 2 weeks on my own and was just hoping to get some advice and tips for while I am out there, as I am finding it overwhelming already and I am not even out there yet (confidence issues)

Is there any major things I should know beforehand?

I will be going on a slight budget so need to spend wisely and as I’m pretty much going into the unknown, was hoping to get some tips for this.

Also, I am hoping to make friends along the way (travellers and local) and wondered if this is an easy thing to do in Bangkok. As stated above, confidence issues make things really hard for me to do, hence the crazy idea to go to Bangkok completely alone.

And also, if anyone has any experience with getting a Sak Yant it would be great to know how you went about this as I’m really wanting to have one done.

Looking forward to hear some replies

Hello Ryrypop and welcome to the solo forum.

Things you should know before you go. As no one here knows what level of knowledge you already have for your destination, I’d suggest the following:

1. Get some good guide books, like Lonely Planet or Rough Guides. They are comprehensive, have maps, and will cover all the main topics ( entry visa’s requirements, possible jabs’, transport options, etc). Knowledge will give you confidence.

2. Once you have a rough route planned out, use the destination pages here in trip advisor for up to date information about costs, potential festival dates, and reviews of everything from accommodation to local day tours. The individual forums are extremely helpful, especially in answering any questions you may have.

3. Currency. to plan your spending and make your money go further, it’s useful to convert your home currency into the destination currency. There are loads of web based currency conversion sites. There may be fluctuations in currenct rates between now and when you take your trip. so add a bit of leeway.

4. As your flight is long haul, expect to be tired and confused when you arrive! It would be prudent to get accommodation booked at least for the first night. That way you can get your bearings without worrying about where you’re going to find a bed for the night.

5. If you are moving to other places within Thailand, you may want to plan your transport options before you go. How you get there (trains.ferries,flights) will depend on your route. Again good guide books and the Thailand forums will be extremely useful.

6. I’d suggest you pack light, get your travel insurance before you go, and check with the local forums for the current prices of sim cards.

Hope you have a great time!

I just came back from Thailand a few weeks ago. Maybe it’s just me, I visited Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket but only Phuket was interesting. I honestly don’t understand why some people love Bangkok or Chiang, unless they are really into Buddhism.

I didn’t go to Thailand alone, but I’ve made numerous solo trips within the U.S. Sadly, I haven’t made any friends on the way, except for some friendly conversations. If you plan to travel alone, you should probably be prepared to be alone all the way.

There were a ton of single male foreign travellers in Thailand, many of them tried to hook up with thai girls. I wasn’t entirely sure whether they were looking for a date or a prostitute. Sex tourism in Thailand is not legal, but quite popular in Chiang Mai and parts of Bangkok. If you travel solo(assuming you are white male), the chances are local prostitutes at the bar will perceive you as potential customer. Be careful.

Book your hotel, airfare, etc beforehand so you will have a very good estimate of how much you are going to spend. Street food in Thailand are very cheap, but the food safety is a concern. In most restaurants, the price per entree is low, sometimes incredibly low, but the portion could be very small. I and my girlfriend usually ended up paying for more than 1000+ Bahts for one meal. It’s still cheap by western standard, but not as dirt cheap as some travellers claim.

What kind of confidence issue do you have specifically? While it’s possible that you may or may not enjoy solo travel, you are going to be on vacation and have some fun. The bottom line is that Thailand is safe as long as you apply common sense. You will be fine.

December 5, 2019

Thailand is a beautiful and exotic country full of wondrous sceneries. Contrary to some people’s common beliefs, Thailand is not that expensive to get to and you can easily have a nice vacation there for a low cost. If you’re travelling to Thailand for the first time and are concerned about how much you’ll be spending there, worry not. You can fully experience Thailand’s beauty for a very low cost. It is one of the few countries where you can easily stick to a tight budget and still have a great time.

How to plan a budget vacation in thailand

Choose Low-Cost Travel Seasons

If you’re a first-time traveler, then you should know that travelling in certain seasons can be way cheaper than in others. Summer seasons are usually pretty expensive, especially during the times of school holidays. Also, Christmas and New Year are high times for travelers which makes flight prices skyrocket. Consider travelling during less busy months when everyone else is busy at work or school. Not only will you be saving so much money on flights and accommodation, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the touristic venues without having to wait in long queues or among the many crowds. Check flight and accommodation prices online frequently, so you’d know when is an estimated best time for you.

Planning Your Accommodation

Where you’ll stay during your trip is a key factor in determining your budget. Thailand is great for having quality accommodation for really cheap prices. If you’re on a really tight budget, then you might want to consider staying in a hostel; Bodega Hostels will offer you that mix of great accommodation and the chance to meet people from different backgrounds and locations from around the world. Hostels were made for nomads on a budget whose sole purpose is to explore different cultures. If you want cheap accommodation, but on a slightly higher budget, you will find different ratings of hotels for really cheap prices as well around city centers.

How to Eat on a Budget

When you visit a country like Thailand, you wouldn’t want to miss out on indulging yourself with their aromatic comfort food. Food, in general, is quite cheap in Thailand. But to save yourself even more money and stick to your financial plan, you may want to consider having more street food than that of restaurants. Local street food will allow you to fully experience the taste of Thailand, communicate with the locals and, of course, save money.

Visit Weekend Markets

Travelling to Thailand will most certainly be an unforgettable journey. And to help you keep those memories, you will probably want to get a few souvenirs. Going to the local markets where vendors release most of their goods on weekends is your best shout if you want to keep it simple, authentic and pretty cheap. There are usually pretty great deals in those markets that cannot possibly be matched anywhere else. Before you go, make sure you set yourself an expenditure limit so that you don’t lose track of your budget and end up spending more than you should.

Planning Your Commute

Just like everything else in Thailand, transportation is also pretty cheap, especially if you decide to depend more on public transportation than on taxis. Consider sticking to buses for your daily local commute to be able to save cash and explore new aspects of the city. You may also consider renting a bike. This is a very cheap option and it’ll keep you energetic and allow you to discover even more parts of the country as you’d be in control of where to go and when to stop.

Plan Cheap or Free Activities

There are so many activities and sightseeing tours that you can do in Thailand for little or no money at all. Do some online research before you travel to discover nearby locations where you can spend the least amount of money. Consider visiting parks, beach sites, small towns, and all the things that you can go on foot or explore using a bike. Those locations will hold the most culture and help you immerse yourself in the full Thai experience.

How to plan a budget vacation in thailand

Travelling on a low budget and backpacking can be extremely enjoyable. Those experiences could allow you to explore the location you’re visiting on a much deeper level. Countries like Thailand are among the best to visit with a low budget and where you can still have a great time discovering an exotic piece of the globe. All you need to do is plan ahead, set your financial limits and try new things.

Last Updated: March 13, 2021 References Approved

This article was co-authored by Greg Guiteras. Greg Guiteras is the CEO of Lorraine Travel, LLC, one of the largest privately-owned travel management companies in Florida founded in 1948. With over 34 years of experience, Greg’s specialties are in corporate travel management, sales and marketing, contract negotiations, strategic partnerships, and luxury hotel sales. Greg holds a BS in Marketing from Florida State University. Greg has also created WhataHotel!, a website offering exclusive perks on hotel bookings, and CabinMate, an app that matches single cruise travelers with potential cabin matches “in the same boat” to avoid traveling solo on a cruise.

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For those who haven’t yet ventured to Southeast Asia’s “Land of Smiles,” the prospect of planning a trip is understandably intimidating: Thailand is larger than the state of California and has 76 very different provinces, each with a distinct personality. So where do you even begin? Start by tossing out that dense guidebook. Here, a simplified explanation of the country’s four main regions—and what to do once you get there.

Best for . . . animal lovers

Visit: Chiang Mai
A tranquil alternative to bustling Bangkok, Thailand’s mountainous northern capital is an animal lover’s paradise, with elephant sanctuaries, tiger temples, and even a “nocturnal zoo” night safari.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
The five-star property is everything you’d expect from a Four Seasons—meticulous attention to detail, cushy accommodations, and over-the-top service—but it’s also decidedly authentic. Pavilion-style suites overlook sweeping rice paddies, and an on-site cooking school teaches would-be chefs the intricacies of Northern Thai cuisine.

Do: Patara Elephant Farm
There are plenty of camps to choose from in Northern Thailand, but few are as highly regarded as Patara, where participants are paired with their own dedicated elephant for the day. You’ll learn how to feed, bathe, and communicate with your animal under the tutelage of an experienced trainer; plus, a staff photographer captures the journey, leaving you with a library of Instagram-worthy snaps to take home.

Best for . . . outdoorsy types

Visit: Nakhon Ratchasima
Known for its mind-numbingly spicy food, the region isn’t much of a tourist mecca, but quaint rural villages and lush rice farms showcase Thai culture in its purest form.

Stay: Muthi Maya
If you’re longing for that middle-of-nowhere vibe but don’t want to sacrifice comfort—or a strong Wi-Fi signal—head to Muthi Maya. The bucolic 30-villa retreat is nestled within Khao Yai National Park, and nature-centric excursions (like trekking to the Haew Suwat waterfall) can be arranged by helpful hotel staff.

Do: Sri Thai Silk
In the same way that Italy is known for fine leather and Provence for fragrant lavender, Thailand is a haven for handwoven silk. The most varied selection can be found at Sri Thai Silk; be sure to leave plenty of extra room in your luggage.

Best for . . . city slickers

Visit: Bangkok
Thailand’s capital—situated along the Chao Phraya River—is sensory overload in the best way possible. Nearly everywhere you turn, you’ll find street vendors hawking hot plates of pad thai, tuk-tuks whizzing hurriedly past and statuesque temples looming overhead.

Stay: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
When you step foot into the hotel’s lobby, you’ll be greeted by a live orchestra and the scent of exotic flowers—400,000, to be exact—wafting through the air. The Oriental (as locals call it) is grand in every sense of the word, earning the property a reputation as Bangkok’s grande dame. Over the course of its storied 140-year history, the hotel has hosted an impressive roster of A-list guests, ranging from politicians (George H. W. Bush) to Hollywood starlets (Audrey Hepburn).

Do: Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Visiting a Buddhist temple is ostensibly a rite of passage for Thailand first-timers, and while The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most renowned, it can also be an overwhelming experience: The temple sees more than 8 million visitors annually. Wat Pho, on the other hand, has all the trappings of a traditional Buddhist temple and a fraction of the foot traffic.

Best for . . . sun worshippers

Visit: Phuket
There’s a reason why so many backpackers visit Southern Thailand and never leave. The postcard-perfect beaches and turquoise Andaman Sea will tempt you to make island-hopping your full-time job.

Stay: Sri Panwa
Grab a daybed at Sri Panwa’s rooftop lounge for sunset and you’ll notice that the guests have one thing in common: They’re all impossibly chic. Fashion editors, celebrities, and Bangkok’s “high-so” (the Thai term for “high society”) flock to Sri Panwa, where you can choose to “see and be seen” or enjoy complete seclusion in a cliffside suite.