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Traveling Thailand Doesn’t Cost a Lot

Updated on May 3, 2012
Wat Phra - One of many Wats (temples) in Thailand
Wat Phra - One of many Wats (temples) in Thailand

When it comes to going on holidays, there are a lot of places to go and a lot of places to see. One of the big factors is going to be your budget and where you can afford to get to. That said, one of the biggest expenses can be the airfare – sometimes you will pay more to get to your destination than you will for accommodation and food.

Travel to Thailand

This is definitely true of my recent trip to Thailand. I got a deal on airfare to Thailand as I was flying on my credit card points. Even then, as I was travelling from Canada, I paid $900 for taxes and other assorted airport fees. While my accommodation was included in the tours in Thailand I took, in talking to other travelers as well as the places we stayed, accommodation definitely was a smaller portion of the fee. We stayed in one place that was rather nice and considered a resort and it was only $15 a night! Accommodation in larger centers definitely cost more but nothing like back home.

Costs in Thailand

One of the greatest things about traveling Thailand was how cheap food was. You could get a meal in a restaurant for about 5 bucks per dish. If you wanted to eat from street vendors, you could easily get a good meal for a dollar. Personally, I didn’t each much from the street vendors other than fruit or shakes, those that I talked to had no issue with their street food. Our guide took us to a street restaurant one night – it was on the sidewalk at night but when going by the next morning there was no sign it had ever been there.

Shopping in Thailand

And of course, the shopping! Of course, shopping is a totally optional thing and how much you spend is up to you. I have not itemized out my shopping from my spending list as it is all together. But, I don’t think I spent much more than about 50 dollars on the various souvenirs that I brought home. You could buy a pretty paper fan for a dollar and even have it painted by hand for another dollar or two depending on the pattern you wanted. Postcards were less than a quarter but about 50 cents to mail back to North America. I think some of the most expensive items I bought were magnets which ranged from a dollar up to five dollars. Souvenir t-shirts were a dollar or two and I saw these pants called “fisherman’s pants” that were four or five dollars. One lady on my tour didn’t even bother packing clothing as she knew that clothing would be cheap and she bought a new wardrobe!

All in all, traveling Thailand is a cheap place to be, once you arrive. Even a twelve hour train ride, in a sleeper berth, cost $30!


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    • SKCandles profile image

      SKCandles 5 years ago from Canada

      I didn't realize it was quite that inexpensive either. My guidebooks did indicate it though but I wasn't sure.

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      PageC 5 years ago

      Sounds so exotic! I had no idea it was so inexpensive either. Definitely worth looking in to.

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      mommytalks 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      My dad was stationed in Thailand and I have always wanted to travel day.... :)

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      Danielle McGaw 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Wow - I had no idea it was so inexpensive. Maybe one day I will finally get there. :)

    • SKCandles profile image

      SKCandles 5 years ago from Canada

      It was great! I was there a month but I was ready to come home. Within a week or two though, I was ready to go back :)

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      Joan King 5 years ago

      Sounds like a great place to visit. Two of my friends visited for a few months and I think they would have stayed permanently if the could have.