This post was updated in June 2020.
Thailand is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia and a popular destination for all types of travelers. This isn’t surprising as Thailand has a lot going for it like friendly people, tropical beaches, delicious food, and rich heritage.
If you are like me and like doing a little research before traveling to a country, you are probably interested in the approximate Thailand trip cost. Personally, I was very interested in how much money we would need to travel around Thailand.
It turned out that, despite being a tourist destination for many years, travel in Thailand is still pretty cheap! Or at least it can be, it all depends on your personal preference and choices.
You can go all out, stay in fancy 5-star hotels and resorts and go on interesting organized tours with private transport. Or you can travel Thailand on a budget, and eat cheap (but delicious) street food and stay at budget (but quality) hotels and hostels.
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Thailand trip budget
- Thailand trip budget
- How much is a trip to Thailand?
- How to travel Thailand on a budget?
- Thailand travel budget: important facts and figures
- Thailand budget travel tips
- Daily travel expenses in Thailand
- 1. How much does accommodation cost in Thailand?
- 2. How much does transportation cost in Thailand?
- 3. How much does food costs in Thailand?
- 4. Things to do in Thailand: how much do they cost?
- Travel cost per day in Thailand: in conclusion
How much is a trip to Thailand?
In this Thailand budget article, you can find all our Thailand expenses. So if you are wondering how much money to bring to Thailand for your trip, this is the perfect post for you!
During our first trip to Thailand, we spent approximately 2200THB / €60 / $67 per day as a couple. We traveled to Thailand on a backpacker budget and tried to keep our expenses as low as possible.
During our second trip to Thailand, our budget was higher. We stayed at several 4 and 5-star hotels and did a couple of organized tours. I wasn’t as precise in budget keeping as during our first trip, but my estimate was that our daily average was closer to 3500THB / €100 / $107.
So is Thailand cheap or expensive? It can be both, but it’s up to you and the choices you make! In the infographic below you can find more detailed information about the cost of a trip to Thailand.
How to travel Thailand on a budget?
This infographic is based on the daily budget in Thailand of our first trip (the budget backpacker trip). Our expenses are divided between accommodation, transport, food and drinks, and activities.
So if you are wondering how much money to take to Thailand for 10 days, you’ll find the answer below…
Thailand travel budget: important facts and figures
- I traveled around Thailand with my husband, all expenses are for the two of us together.
- During our first trip to Thailand, we spent 10 days in the country.
- I quote prices in Thai Baht as well as € and $. When we were in Thailand, €1 was around 37THB and $1 around 33THB, but as the exchange rate varies this might be a little different now.
- In total, we spent 22220 THB (€600/$670) in the 10 days we were Thailand. As such, our Thailand travel budget per day comes down to an average of 2222THB (€60/$67) and includes almost all expenses in Thailand. Please note that flights to Thailand are not included in the budget.
- Also, as with my budget breakdowns for the Philippines and Malaysia, I excluded the costs for scuba diving. I feel this would not be a fair representation of the average cost per day in Thailand. Diving is (relatively) expensive and not everyone will go diving in Thailand, therefore, I excluded these costs from the Thailand budget.
Thailand budget travel tips
When planning a Thailand budget trip, your total Thailand travel costs all depend on your way of traveling.
In general, the slower you travel, the lower your average daily costs. Street food is cheaper than European food or eating in restaurants. Drinking alcohol will increase your Thailand budget per day. Tuktuks and taxis are more expensive than public transport. And so on.
This budget breakdown includes 2 flights, and even though they were very cheap flights it still increased the average daily costs. Also, despite our backpacker budget, during the last two nights of our trip, we stayed at the fancy Tarna Align resort on the tropical island Koh Tao.
This was by far the most expensive accommodation of our 5-month trip, however, it was worth every bath because we wanted to end our trip in style. And who doesn’t like a semi-private pool with a beautiful view…
Daily travel expenses in Thailand
Our Thailand travel expenses fall into 4 categories:
- Accommodation: 39% of our daily travel costs
- Transportation: 20% of our daily travel costs
- Food&Drinks: 39% of our daily travel costs
- Paid activities: 2% oof our daily travel costs
1. How much does accommodation cost in Thailand?
Of the 10 days, I spent in Thailand I only slept in hotels for 8 nights. I spent one night on the boat from Koh Tao to Surat Thani and allocated these costs to transport.
On my last day in Thailand, I took a flight home in the middle of the night so we didn’t have accommodation costs for that night either.
I stayed at 5 different hotels and spent 850THB / €23 / $25,50 on accommodation an average travel day. The total amount we spent on accommodation was 8500THB / €230 / $255.
In the table below you can find 3 of the 5 hotels, I stayed at. I only included the places I recommend, so I haven’t included the 2 hotels I would not return to myself.
|Location||Hotel||Price per night||Book via||Book via|
|Bangkok||Au Bon hostel||€16/$18||Agoda||Booking|
|Koh Tao||Jomthong Guesthouse||€23/$26||Agoda||Booking|
|Koh Tao||Tarna Align resort||€88/$98||Agoda||Booking|
2. How much does transportation cost in Thailand?
Transport in Thailand is cheap and generally well organized. We traveled by plane, bus, train and tuktuk.
Our average transportation costs were 450THB(€12/$14) per day and the total cost of transport was 4500THB (€120/$140).
3. How much does food costs in Thailand?
Food in Thailand was the cheapest in Southeast Asia. Malaysian food was also a bargain, but nothing beats a delicious place of Pad Thai for 35 Baht!
On an average day, we spent 870THB (€23,60/$26) on food and drinks. Our total costs for food and drinks were 8700THB (€236/$260).
4. Things to do in Thailand: how much do they cost?
As I mentioned above, I didn’t include the costs for the Advanced PADI Open Water Course I did on Koh Tao. Besides diving, our only paid activities in Thailand were a visit to Wat Pho, home to the famous Reclining Buddha and going to a movie at the SF cinema.
The entrance fee for Wat Pho was 100THB per person and the SF Cinema at Terminal 21 was 160THB per ticket.
We did many more activities, such as exploring Bangkok and Chiang Mai, but these were all free!
Our average activity costs per day were 52THB (€1,40/$1,50), the total for activities comes down 520THB (€14/$15).