What are the best places to visit in Thailand in a limited budget?
University student wants to travel in Thailand in late December to end of January.
There are a lot of places in Thailand perfect for budget travelers. Most places that are considered expensive by Thai standards still offer an excellent value for food and hotels.
For instance in Bangkok, in the Khao San Road area and the Pratunam district you'll find restaurants and hawker stands serving rice dishes around $1.25 a plate. No tipping is necessary and drinking water is around .10 cents if not free. Even the more touristy districts like Silom and Sukhumvit has a lot of cheap noodle and rice hawker stands. Stay away from the air conditioned restaurants and you'll save loads of money.
So if Bangkok is the most expensive city in Thailand the other popular tourist destinations are much more manageable when it comes to money. I would say Phuket is the second expensive city, but just like Bangkok, you can still find cheap eats and decent priced budget accommodation.
If you are from Europe or the U.S. everything will seem cheap in Thailand. Even Bangkok offers cheap food, especially if you are willing to try street fare/food courts. Don't be deceived thinking that cheap = not delicious....
I'd recommend the North Eastern, Isaan region of Thailand. Here everything will be as cheap as you can imagine. Plus you'll get a real cultural feel of the place where not so many tourists venture when visiting Thailand. Bus travel is cheap and a 10 hour journey will cost you about 400baht. Food is delicious and cheap, and budget accommodation won't cost the world, however it varies in standards.
If your looking for the beach, Koh Samet is probably one of the cheaper options and this is where many local Thais take their weekends and vacations. It's also close to Bangkok so you won't have to spend much travelling there!
However the typical trodden path to the south can also be very cheap if you spend a little time looking for budget accommodation and are willing to eat street food often. On Koh Phangan and Koh Tao for example you should get rooms for about 250baht a night. It'll be basic but you can spend your money on better things, like scuba diving! In these places however there are many tempting, potentially expensive ventures to spend your money on - be warned!
I hope this helps. If you need any more ideas just ask.
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