Tips for Budget Travel in Thailand

Tip 1 – Eat Street Food

Street food is incredibly cheap, delicious and well-made in Thailand. You’ll have some of your best meals

Tip 2 – Find a Place to Sleep in Person

While booking a hostel or hotel online might make you comfortable, get out of your zone and find a local place.

Online booking can seem cheaper and easier, but once you find a place to stay, you can haggle prices and get free upgrades and perks for staying at a local place. If you rather do a free version, you could also try couch surfing at stranger’s homes.

A lot of people may have reservations about the safety of such an arrangement, but the couch-surfing community has developed a trusted reputation, and if you do need a place to sleep and don’t have the money, this is an option and the locals are friendly.

Tip 3 – Shop at a Weekend Market

The local markets are the best place to find great deals on goods, foods, wears, and more. Regardless of which city you’re in, seek out the markets whenever possible, because you truly can’t beat the deals here.

Most of the items you’ll find are a lot more expensive in stores or from daily vendors, but these prices drop as soon as you hit the marketplace. You’ll find yourself surrounded with so many bargain prices that you’ll want to spend over your budget anyway!

Make sure you decide how much you want to spend before entering, because you could blow your daily budget, or more, in this area if you get too carried away.

 while walking around the city and markets.

Staying on budget is important, so eating street food is one of your best options. You’ll want to pick busier stalls since their food has quicker turnaround times, which means the food is fresher and safer to eat.

Tasty street food won’t put a stop on your spending, and you can try many different things for cheap.

Tip 4 – Buy Alcohol at Convenience Stores

Alcohol at bars will be three times as much as convenience store alcohol. At bars, you’ll pay about 30-40 Baht for a local beer, while buying a local beer at a convenience store will only cost you about 3-4.

Stay local in your beverages, even though they do contain more alcohol than US beers, but buying imported drinks will drain your budget with one purchase.

Imported alcohol will cost you anywhere between 50-300+ USD. Avoid buying an imported drink in Thailand, and stick to drinking like the locals.

Tip 5 – Use Public Transportation

Local transportation in Thailand is very cheap if you stick to buses. Taxis and other forms of transportation can get expensive over time, but the public buses are very easy to use and will cost you very little, about 20 cents per ride.

You can even ride a day train for under 1.50 USD, while the night train will cost you about 16 USD. Keep in mind your budget and pick the transportation you need at the time; it’s okay to indulge sometimes!

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