Top 5 Budget Travel Thailand Tips

River ferry in Bangkok Budget Travel Thailand

Budget Travel Thailand

Asia has long been known as a great budget travel destination, but there are some easy ways you can stretch your precious dollar here even more with these budget travel Thailand tips.

Leave a comment below if you have even more tips for saving money in Thailand.

Tip #1:  Don’t Buy Bottled Water

That doesn’t mean drink the tap water. There are  drinking water vending machines located throughout Thailand where you can refill your bottle. Bangkok has tons, especially near the budget backpacker area known as Khao San Road.  And there are plenty located throughout the rest of Thailand as well. Only 1 Baht for 1 litre, and 5 Baht for 5 litres. One US dollar is currently equal to 30 Baht, so that is definitely good value.  This YouTube video shows what they look like.  Sorry, but it’s in Thai…

Tip #2: Take a Taxi

I know what you’re thinking — Thailand is the land of the tuk-tuk.  But if you’re traveling on a budget, a tuk-tuk is not always the best deal.  First of all, they often rip you off.  Second of all, all taxis in Thailand are metered so you know you’re getting charged what the locals do.  I took a tuk-tuk from the Khao San Road district in Bangkok to the train station, and it cost 150 Baht.  I did the same trip in a taxi a few weeks later and it cost 90 Baht.  And it was air-conditioned. Now that’s a better way to budget travel Thailand — a place where the heat and smog can be oppressive.

Tip #3: Ride like a Local

There are a couple of ways to save money by riding like a local:

Tip #3A: Take a Bus

Local buses are cheap in Thailand.  And locals are usually pretty willing to point you in the right direction.  In Bangkok, most buses can get you anywhere for about 24 Baht.

Tip #3B: Take a Boat

Boats are a great way to see Thailand.  And if you’re in Bangkok in particular, they can save you a stack of money.  At only 14 Baht for most destinations along the river, they will happen you stay on your budget.

River ferry in Bangkok Budget Travel Thailand

Tip #4: Eat on the Street

Budget travel Thailand doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself. Thai food is among the best in the world, and the same goes for “street meat”. If you’re into great food, but keen on budget travel, Thailand is a dream come true.  Usually, as long as you can see the street vendor cooking it, you are in the clear.  And if it’s meat you’re after, then make sure you get it very well done.  I usually cut open the meat at its thickest part before I dig in — just to make sure it’s done all the way through. But try to stay away from veggies that look like they have been washed — they’ve probably used tap water.  And ending up in the hospital with some weird stomach bug will surely ruin your budget.

Tip #5: Research Before You Go

Thailand on a budget is easy, but made a lot easier if you do your homework.  Use websites like Agoda or HostelBookers to compare prices on where you want to stay. LateStays.com is another great site for Asia.  They will all give you and excellent idea of what hotels fall within your budget.

We’d like to hear from you!  Do you have any tips for Budget Travel Thailand? 

2 Responses to Top 5 Budget Travel Thailand Tips

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