How much does it cost to travel in Thailand?
Well, of course, it all depends on the way of travelling, but I hope this can be used as orientation.
Generally speaking, I found Bangkok to be more expensive than the north, specially for the accommodation (I did not go to the south, which I heard is expensive as well).
I spent 9 days in Thailand in December 2014. I was in mainly in Bangkok and Chiang Rai and spent the last day in Chiang Khong. This is what I spent:
- Visa: no visa necessary, 30 days for free.
- Basic expenses: 169,13 euros (18,79 euros/ day)
- Visits and extra expenses: 16,85 euros
Basic expenses include: accommodation, food, transport (except international flights), phone, bank commissions and other basic stuff as toiletries.
Total for basic expenses: 169,13 euros, that is 18,79 euros/ day
- Bangkok: 25,05 euros/day
- Chiang Rai: 13,97 euros/day
- Chiang Khong: 13,02 euros/day
Change rate: 1 euro = 39 baht approx
Way of traveling and examples of prices:
- Accommodation: I always slept in guesthouses.
- Average: 334 baht/ day
- Bangkok, private room with shared bathroom: 550 baht
- Chiang Rai, dorm: 180 baht
- Chiang Khong, private room with shared bathroom: 300 baht
- Transport: I travelled mainly by local public transport (bus, train, ferry) and sometimes by tuk tuk. For less than 2km I used to walk.
- average: 164 baht/ day
- Bangkok: bus 6,5 baht, metro 18-30 baht, skytrain 30-50 baht, ferry 15 baht
- Night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, 2nd class: 790 baht
- Green bus (AC), 3h approx: 185 baht
- Local bus (non AC), 2 hours and a half: 65 baht
- Food: I usually ate in local restaurants or bought food in the market/ supermarket/ small shops.
- average: 143 baht/ day
- main dish in a local restaurant: 30 to 100 baht
- bottle of water: 10-15 baht
- Phone (DTAC Happy tourist): 449 baht for the SIM card, calls and 1,5Gb of 4G data valid 10 days.
- Bank commissions: Thai banks charge 180 baht to foreign cards for getting money in an ATM.
Visits and extra expenses
Total for visits and extra expenses: 16,85 euros
Visits include the tickets to Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace (500 baht for both) and Wat Pho (100 baht).
Extra expenses include everything else which is not really necessary (as postcards and stamps).
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