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Tourist's Guide to Budget-Friendly Holiday in Thailand

Translator

Najla Nur Fauziyah

Editor

Laila Afifa

18 June 2024 20:06 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThailand is known for being a cost-effective destination for tourists all over the world. This country offers sandy beaches, rich cultural heritage, delicious cuisine, and lively nightlife. However, during the peak of the summer holidays, Thailand can be quite costly. But worry not, since there are several strategies to avoid spending too much money on your Thailand vacation. Here are 10 tips for a budget-friendly holiday in Thailand.

1. Choose accommodation on the city outskirts

Bangkok is a popular area for tourists, so accommodation in the city can be quite expensive. For a cheaper stay, look for accommodation around the Old City, along the river, or in the Greater Bangkok district. Don’t stay near tourist attractions, but ones close to BTS and MRT for easier access to public transport. 

2. Avoid taxis and use the bus

Taxis at tourist attractions can be expensive, especially during rush hour, when it rains, or if you’re heading to popular destinations. So instead of taxis, choose MRT or BTS if you are in Bangkok. But please note that this mode of transportation is busy during rush hour.

If you want it to be even cheaper, take the bus. However, the routes can be quite complicated.

3. Traveling during low season

Thailand is very busy in the summer but tends to be quieter between April to May and July to September, the perfect times to book your flights and hotels. April to May are the hottest months, so pack sunscreen and a portable fan, while July to September is the rainy season, which makes outings more difficult.

4. Eat like the locals 

Local food stalls are usually located at the end of the road with menus in Thai language. The prices tend to be cheaper, for example, krapow with rice and a fried egg on top costs around THB 60 (around Rp27,000). Street food is also the right choice to try as many foods as you like.

5. Shop at stores that display price tags

Many shops in Thailand do not put price tags on their products, which often indicates that they are about to give different prices to different people. Sometimes, the prices are more expensive than the market price. So, be careful while shopping in Thailand and choose shops that clearly display their price tag.

6. Bargain for a tuk-tuk ride

Riding a tuk-tuk is a must-have experience for those visiting Thailand for the first time. This three-wheeled vehicle is an exciting choice for traveling, but make sure the drivers are charging you reasonable prices. Haggling over prices is common for tuk-tuk rides.

7. Visit free tourist attractions

There are many free places to visit in Thailand. In Bangkok, take a stroll in the parks (Lumphini Park, Benjakitti Park, Chatuchak Park), or visit museums (Bangkok Arts and Culture Center, Bangkok National Museum, Erawan Museum). Large temples charge cheap tickets, but many small temples can be visited for free. The famous Wat Saket can be visited for free, but you will be charged THB 50 or Rp22,000 if you want to climb the Golden Mount. Outside Bangkok, visiting Jomtien Beach and the Big Buddha Temple in Pattaya also does not cost anything, as well as visiting beaches in the southern area of Pattaya.

8. Take advantage of happy hour to experience the nightlife

Thailand's nightlife is famous for being lively. If you want to enjoy the atmosphere on a budget, take advantage of happy hour to enjoy a glass of beer.

9. Snacks at 7-Eleven

7-Eleven stores are spread throughout Thailand and offer economical snacks and cheap products. 

10. Take the night train

Trains are a cheaper alternative to plane tickets when traveling domestically in Thailand. Additionally, the price is cheaper if you travel at night. 

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