Let’s face it, for most Westerners Thailand is already considered a fairly cheap place to travel around. The best Thai food in the Country is not only delicious, it’s also usually only a third of the cost of restaurant meals in most other parts of the world. The Hotels and Guesthouses here are both comfortable and affordable and the various forms of transport are usually not too expensive. Tourists traveling through Thailand usually don’t worry too much about spending money but for some travelers it can be a concern. Backpackers who travel around the world often need to budget. Even in Countries like Thailand, where prices are far from exorbitant, it is sometimes necessary to pinch a few pennies.
Here are just a few handy tips for travelers who are in need of budgeting, as well as for those who don’t really need to budget at all, but are still tight with money nonetheless.
Street food vendors in Thailand are always cheap, but some are cheaper than others. Vendors that are closer to main roads are usually more expensive. Go for a stroll down a small out of the way soi to find cheaper goods.
There are couch surfing websites on the net where you can arrange free accommodation and there are also Thai Monasteries where you can stay for free too, provided you abide by their rules. As far as paid accommodation goes, Cheap hostels can be found here and there in the Tourist areas of most Cities and Towns. Fan rooms are usually a lot cheaper than rooms with Air Conditioning. Booking.com provides a useful list of places that are affordable in Thailand.
Travel by train is usually the cheapest way to travel long distance. Prices vary widely, depending on which class you choose to travel in. 3rd class is the cheapest way to get around by train. Buses are usually cheap too, unless you catch a VIP bus. Local buses are the best way to get around if you’re on a shoestring budget. They travel all across the country and sometimes they even have air-conditioning.