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How Much Does it Cost to Visit Thailand Budget, Tips & Prices

How Much Does it Cost to Visit Thailand: Budget, Tips & Prices

Thailand is a beautiful destination with many offerings you can explore on all sorts of budgets! As someone with constant wanderlust, I know how travelling hits the wallet hard, and I also understand that some things are worth the extra penny.

So, in this post, I’ll share some things I’ve learned through my travels to help you plan the perfect budget for your trip. I’ll also cover the breakdown of costs so you’ll know what to expect when travelling to Thailand. 

Furthermore, I’ll even give tips to help you stretch your budget further without sacrificing the quality of your experience. Let’s get started!

How much do you need to travel Thailand?

How much do you need to travel Thailand
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From transportation to accommodation, food, and activities, expenses can add up quickly, and it’s essential to budget wisely to ensure you can make the most of your time without overspending.

When travelling in Thailand, the general budget can range from ฿850 to ฿1,300 per day for budget backpackers, ฿1,700 to ฿2,700 per day for mid-range travellers, to ฿5,100 to ฿10,200 or more per day for luxury travellers. 

However, actual costs may vary depending on location, time of year, and personal preferences.

In general, Thailand is a budget-friendly destination, and travellers can expect to spend an average of 2,500 THB to 5,700 THB per day on accommodation, food, and transportation.

Type of TravellerAverage Budget per Day
Budget Backpacker850 to 1,300 THB
Mid-range Traveller1,700 to 2,700 THB
Luxury Traveller5,100 to 10,200 THB or more
NOTE: Prices vary depending on the time of year you visit and the length of your trip.

1. Backpacker Budget

Backpacker Budget
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For those travelling on a shoestring, the average daily budget in Thailand can range from 850 THB to 1,300 THB per day. 

This can cover a bed in a hostel or guesthouse, meals from street vendors or local restaurants, and transportation by public bus or train. 

Keep in mind that this budget may not include activities like tours or excursions.

Average CostCoverage
Accommodation170 THB – 510 THB or 680 THB – 1020 THB per night A dorm bed in a hostel, or a night in a budget hotel room
Food and Drink170 THB – 340 THB per day Street food and local restaurants
Transportation30 THB – 340 THB per dayLocal transportation
Activities170 THB – 680 THB per dayEntry fees to temples and museums, or outdoor activities like hiking

2. Mid-Range Budget

Mid-Range Budget
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If you’re looking for more comfort and amenities, a mid-range budget of 1,700 THB to 3,400 THB per day in Thailand can provide you with a comfortable stay in a mid-range hotel or private guesthouse, meals in restaurants, and transportation by taxi or tuk-tuk. 

This budget can also cover some tours and activities!

Average CostCoverage
Accommodation1,020 THB – 1,700 THB per night A mid-range hotel or private room in a hostel
Food and Drink510 THB – 1,020 THB per day Meals at restaurants and cafes
Transportation340 THB – 680 THB per dayLocal transportation or long-distance buses/trains
Activities680 THB – 1,700 THB per dayTours, activities, and admission fees to attractions

3. Luxury Traveler Budget

Luxury Traveler Budget
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Thailand tourists who are looking for a high-end experience should have a daily budget of 5,100 THB to 10,200 THB. This can cover luxurious accommodation in 5-star hotels, fine dining experiences, private tours, and transportation by private car or luxury train. 

Keep in mind that activities like spa treatments and private yacht charters can add to the overall cost.

Average CostCoverage
Accommodation3,400 THB – 17,000 THB per night Luxury hotel or resort
Food and Drink1,700 THB – 3,400 THB per day Meals at high-end restaurants and bars
Transportation1,700 THB – 3,400 THB per day Private transportation or flights
Activities3,400 THB – 10,200 THB per dayLuxury tours, spa treatments, and other exclusive experiences.

Breakdown of Thailand Travel Costs

Breakdown of Thailand Travel Costs
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From accommodation costs and food expenses to transportation fees, I’ll share a breakdown of what you can expect to spend in Thailand. By understanding these, you can plan ahead and make informed decisions on how to allocate your funds.

So, let’s dive into the breakdown of Thailand’s cost and get you ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Land of Smiles.

1. Transportation Costs in Thailand

1. Getting to Thailand by Air

Getting to Thailand by Air
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The cost of airfare to Thailand will vary depending on your point of origin, time of year, and the airline. 

Generally, the cost of flights from countries from North America or Europe, such as the United Kingdom, France, Canada, or the United States, can range from 13,600 THB to 34,000 THB round trip. 

On the other hand, flights from other Asian countries are generally cheaper.

You can expect to pay between 1,700 THB to 10,200 THB for a one-way flight from popular Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines to Thailand. 

Budget airlines such as AirAsia and Scoot tend to offer cheaper options, while full-service airlines like Thai Airways and Garuda Indonesia may be more expensive.

2. Getting to Thailand by Land

Getting to Thailand by Land
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If you’re coming from a neighbouring country, you can travel to Thailand by land. Popular routes include crossing the border from Cambodia, Laos, or Malaysia. 

The cost will vary depending on the distance and mode of transportation, but expect to pay around 680 THB to 1,800 THB for a one-way bus or train ticket.

However, prices can be higher for premium or VIP class tickets, which offer more comfort and amenities.

Place of DeparturePrice
Laos600 THB – 680 THB
Cambodia1050 THB – 1090 THB
Malaysia1,200 THB – 1,800 THB

3. Public Transport in Thailand

Public Transport in Thailand
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Thailand has an extensive public transportation system, which includes buses, trains, and tuk-tuks. The cost of public transport varies depending on the mode of transportation and distance. 

Transportation ModeAverage Cost
Bangkok Bus20 THB – 70 THB
Bangkok Skytrain16 THB – 59 THB
Bangkok Subway16 THB – 42 THB
Tuk-Tuk30 THB – 170 THB
Songthaew10 THB – 30 THB
Chiang Mai Songthaew20 THB – 60 THB
Chiang Mai Tuk-Tuk60 THB – 150 THB
Ferry20 THB – 150 THB
Train20 THB – 200 THB
NOTE: The actual cost may vary depending on the distance of your trip, time of day, and location in Thailand.

4. Long Journeys

Long Journeys
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If you’re travelling long distances within Thailand, you have a few options. Domestic flights are the fastest but also the most expensive option, with fares ranging from 1,020 THB to 3,400 THB depending on the distance.

Trains are a more budget-friendly option, with fares ranging from 340 THB to 1,020 THB depending on the class and distance. 

Buses are the cheapest option, with fares ranging from 170 THB to 680 THB depending on the bus company and the total distance.

5. Short Journeys

Short Journeys
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For short journeys within cities or towns, walking or using local transport is usually the best option. 

Tuk-tuks are popular in cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and can be affordable for short journeys.

In Bangkok, the BTS Skytrain and MRT subway system are efficient and affordable ways to get around the city, with fares ranging from 30 THB to 70 THB depending on the distance.

2. Cost of Foods and Drinks in Thailand

1. Street Food

Street Food
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Street food is a popular and affordable option in Thailand. Prices can vary depending on what you order and where you are, but generally, a typical street food meal will cost between 10 THB to 150 THB. 

Some popular street food items include pad thai, fried rice, and skewered meats.

Street FoodAverage Cost 
Pad Thai60 THB – 80 THB
Som Tam (Papaya Salad)60 THB – 105 THB
Grilled Pork Skewers10 THB – 20 THB
Chicken Satay10 THB – 20 THB
Fried Rice30 THB – 50 THB
Tom Yum Soup50 THB – 150 THB
Mango Sticky Rice30 THB – 50 THB
Khanom Krok (Coconut Pancake)20 THB – 30 THB
Roti (Thai Pancake)20 THB – 40 THB
Grilled Chicken40 THB – 60 THB
NOTE: The prices listed above are estimates and may vary depending on the location, time of day, and vendor.

2. Buying Groceries

Buying Groceries
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If you’re on a budget, buying groceries at a local market or supermarket is a good way to save money. A week’s worth of groceries can cost anywhere from 1,000 THB to 1,700 THB, depending on what you buy and where you shop.

Grocery ItemAverage Cost
Rice (1kg)25 THB – 50 THB
Chicken Breast (1kg)80 THB – 120 THB
Ground Pork (1kg)80 THB – 100 THB
Eggs (1 tray)100 THB – 120 THB
Fresh Vegetables10 THB – 40 THB (per kg) 
Fresh Fruit20 THB – 80 THB (per kg)
Bread (loaf)25 THB – 50 THB
Milk (1L)35 THB – 60 THB
Bottled Water (1.5L)10 THB – 20 THB
Instant Noodles5 THB – 10 THB
NOTE: The prices listed above are estimates and may vary depending on the location and store.

3. Eating at Local Restaurant

Eating at Local Restaurant
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Local restaurants in Thailand serve traditional Thai dishes at reasonable prices. A meal at a local restaurant can cost anywhere from 70 THB to 340 THB, depending on what you order and where you are.

Menu ItemAverage Cost
Pad Thai60 THB – 80 THB
Green Curry70 THB – 100 THB
Massaman Curry70 THB – 100 THB
Tom Yum Soup50 THB – 150 THB
Som Tum (Papaya Salad)30 THB – 50 THB
Fried Rice40 THB – 70 THB
Khao Soi (Curry Noodles)50 THB – 80 THB
Grilled Chicken70 THB – 120 THB
Sticky Rice with Mango30 THB – 50 THB
NOTE: The prices listed above are estimates and may vary depending on the location and restaurant.

4. Eating at Fancy Restaurant

Eating at Fancy Restaurant
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Fine dining restaurants in Thailand serve international cuisine and are generally more expensive than local restaurants. Prices can range from 680 THB to 1,700 THB or more for a meal.

ItemEstimated Cost 
Appetisers250 THB – 500 THB
Main Course500 THB – 1,500 THB
Desserts200 THB – 400 THB
Wine1,500 THB – 3,000 THB (per bottle)
Cocktails300 THB – 500 THB (per drink)
Total Cost per Person
1,500 THB – 3,500 THB

5. Drinking in Thailand

Drinking in Thailand
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Alcohol is relatively inexpensive in Thailand. A beer can cost anywhere from 70 THB to 100 THB at a bar or restaurant, while a bottle of liquor can cost around 680 THB. 

Drinking at nightclubs or high-end bars can be more expensive, with prices ranging from 170 THB to 340 THB per drink.

Alcoholic DrinkAverage Cost 
Chang Beer60 THB – 80 THB
Singha Beer60 THB – 90 THB
Leo Beer55 THB – 75 THB
Tiger Beer70 THB – 90 THB
Heineken Beer80 THB – 120 THB
Whiskey (e.g. Red Label, Black Label)150 THB – 600 THB
Rum (e.g. Sangsom)80 THB – 120 THB
Vodka (e.g. Smirnoff)100 THB – 150 THB
Gin (e.g. Gordons)120 THB – 180 THB
Cocktails (e.g. Mojito, Margarita)150 THB – 250 THB

3. Costs for Accommodations in Thailand

1. Hostel

Costs for Accommodations in Thailand - Hostel
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Hostels are a popular and affordable option for budget travellers in Thailand. Generally, a dorm bed in a hostel can cost between 250 THB and 1000 THB per night.

Here’s a table for the average costs per night of popular cheap hostels in Thailand:

Hostel NameLocationAverage Cost per Night
Slumber Party HostelBangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phangan250 THB – 500 THB
Bed Station HostelBangkok355 THB – 500 THB
Box Hostel N CafeChiang Mai500 THB – 700 THB
Bodega HostelBangkok, Phuket500 THB – 1000 THB
NapPark HostelBangkok400 THB – 800 THB
The Common HostelChiang Mai400 THB – 500 THB
NOTE: Prices may vary depending on the season and availability.

2. Guest House/Cheap Hotel

Costs for Accommodations in Thailand - Guest House or Cheap Hotel
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Guest houses and cheap hotels offer basic accommodations at affordable prices. Commonly, a room in a guest house or cheap hotel can cost between 400 THB and 1000 THB per night.

The table below shows the average prices per night for commonly visited low-cost hotels in Thailand.

Hotel NameLocationAverage Cost per Night 
Lub d Bangkok SiamBangkok750 THB – 1,250 THB
Nappark Hostel @ Khao SanBangkok600 THB – 700 THB
Cozy Inn Chiang MaiChiang Mai500 THB – 700 THB
Eco Resort Chiang MaiChiang Mai450 THB – 700 THB
Beehive Phuket Old TownPhuket300 THB – 650 THB
Pure Phuket Residence HotelPhuket450 THB – 550 THB
The White Pearl HotelKrabi500 THB – 700 THB
NOTE: The average cost per night is based on the low to mid-season rates and may vary depending on the time of year, availability, and other factors. These prices are also subject to change without notice.

3. Mid-Range Hotels

Costs for Accommodations in Thailand - Mid-Range Hostels
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Speaking from my own encounters, mid-range hotels in Thailand are a great option if you’re looking for more amenities and comfort compared to budget accommodations. 

These hotels typically offer a wide range of facilities and services, including a swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, and 24-hour room service. 

The rooms are also much more spacious and comfortable, complete with air conditioning, comfortable bedding, and a private bathroom with basic toiletries.

On average, you can expect to pay between 1,000 THB and 3,000 THB per night for a room in a mid-range hotel. 

In Bangkok, for example, mid-range hotels can cost anywhere from 1,300 THB to 2,700 THB per night, while in Chiang Mai, the price range is usually between 1,000 THB and 2,000 THB per night.

To give you an idea, here’s the average rates for popular mid-range hotels in Thailand:

Hotel NameLocationAverage Cost per Night 
Livotel Hotel Lat Phrao 130Bangkok400 THB – 700 THB
Cross Vibe Bangkok SukhumvitBangkok1,800 THB – 2,500 THB
De Lanna Hotel Chiang MaiChiang Mai1,600 THB – 1,700 THB
The Wing Boutique Hotel Chiang MaiChiang Mai1,000 THB – 1,500 THB
Ratana Apart-HotelPhuket900 THB – 1,000 THB
The Malika Hotel Phuket1,000 THB – 1,300 THB
The Rizin Hotel & ResidencesChonburi1,000 THB – 1,300 THB
NOTE: The average cost per night is calculated based on low to mid-season rates and is subject to change without prior notice, depending on several factors such as availability, time of year, and other such considerations.

4. Luxury Hotels

Costs for Accommodations in Thailand Luxury Hotels
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Luxury hotels in Thailand are known for their opulent facilities, top-notch services, and exceptional comfort. 

These high-end hotels offer an array of luxurious amenities such as butler service, private infinity pools, gourmet dining, spa treatments, and personalised attention to guests.

On average, a room in a luxury hotel can cost 3,400 THB or more per night. 

Moreover, the prices can go up significantly, especially for high-end properties located in major tourist hotspots like Bangkok, Phuket, and Koh Samui. 

Some luxury hotels in these destinations can cost several hundred dollars per night, and even reach prices in the thousands.

Hotel NameLocationAverage Cost per Night 
Mandarin OrientalBangkok25,000 THB – 65,000 THB
Four Seasons ResortChiang Mai30,000 THB – 400,000 THB
St. Regis BangkokBangkok9,000 THB – 400,000 THB
Rosewood BangkokBangkok11,000 THB – 14,000 THB
Banyan Tree SamuiKoh Samui6,000 THB – 20,000 THB
Trisara PhuketPhuket25,000 THB – 140,000 THB
AmanpuriPhuket30,000 THB – 60,000 THB
RayavadeeKrabi18,000 THB – 1000,000 THB
NOTE: The rates mentioned are an average of the low to mid-season prices and may vary based on factors such as seasonal demand, availability, and other similar factors.

Costs of Activities in Thailand

Costs of Activities in Thailand
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Thailand has a wide range of activities to offer, from visiting temples and historical sites to outdoor adventures like trekking and island hopping. 

Prices can vary depending on what you do and where you are, but generally, here are some costs to consider:

  • Visiting temples and historical sites: Entrance fees to temples and historical sites can range from 30 THB to 340 THB.
  • Outdoor activities like trekking, snorkelling, and island hopping: These can cost between 70 THB to 1,700 THB or more, depending on the activity and location.
  • Nightlife activities, like clubbing and bar hopping, can cost between 340 THB and 1,000 THB or more, depending on the venue and location.

How to Save Money and Lower Your Thailand Travel Costs

How to Save Money and Lower Your Thailand Travel Costs
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While Thailand is known for being an affordable country, the costs can still add up quickly, especially if you’re not careful with your spending. 

However, with a few simple strategies, you can easily lower your Thailand costs and save money without compromising on the quality of your experience! 

Here are some of the top budget travel tips for visiting Thailand:

Travel during the low season: Travelling during the low season (May-October) can save you money on flights, accommodation, and activities.

Use public transport: Public transport is cheap and reliable in Thailand, so consider using buses, trains, and local taxis instead of hiring a private car or taking a taxi.

Eat street food: Street food is cheap and delicious in Thailand, so try to eat at local markets and street stalls to save money on food.

Stay in budget accommodations: Hostels, guest houses, and budget hotels are affordable options for accommodation in Thailand.

Negotiate prices: Negotiating prices is common in Thailand, especially at local markets and street stalls, so don’t be afraid to haggle to get a better deal.

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