How cheap is Thailand
Saving tips for a cheap vacation: How to travel cheaply through Thailand
Compared to other Asian destinations, you can get relatively cheap tickets for your flight to Thailand. Once you've arrived, you definitely want to see and do as much as possible. This can then put a strain on your holiday budget faster than you would like.
Here you can find out how you can keep the costs of your trip to Thailand extremely low without giving up getting to know the country and the people. As a rule of thumb: booking early is half the savings! If you start planning your vacation in 2019 in good time, you can often dust off some great flight bargains.
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Keep track of currency and exchange rates
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB). At the moment you get around 38 THB for 1 EUR. So that you always have the best overview of your expenses on the go, we recommend downloading a currency converter app.
Tip: Flight search on the go with the SWOODOO app
Decide on the right accommodation
You will find hostels, guesthouses, bungalows and hotels in Thailand like a dime a dozen. From spartan to luxurious, you will find quite a few offers in every accommodation class - which room you choose naturally depends entirely on your needs and your budget.
- The cheapest accommodations in Thailand can clearly be found in the Hostel dormitories. If you want to get to know many other travelers on your trip, you are in good hands here.
- Exclusive boutique hotels on the other hand, offer you upscale amenities, but are often the most expensive option for your hotel stay in Thailand.
- Cheaper and still chic, you can stay overnight in one Guesthouse or bungalow. Here you get all the amenities you need for a relaxing holiday - and bungalows are usually just a stone's throw from the beach. What more do you want?!
Rely on cheap means of transport
You also want to travel around within the country, or just get out of the hotel and explore the surrounding area? No problem, because from taxis and tuk tuks to buses and trains to national airlines you have numerous options in Thailand to travel from A to B. Within the city, the taxi is the best option if you want to save money. In contrast to the tuk tuks, the price is calculated here with the taximeter to the exact kilometer. Our tip for bargain hunters: If you don't want to miss the authentic ride in a tuk tuk, you should negotiate a fixed price with the driver beforehand. So you can also get this trip at a bargain price.
In the capital Bangkok, the Skytrain (BTS) and the subway (MRT) are not only the cheapest but also the fastest and most efficient means of transport. A day ticket costs you a mere 120 THB.
For your trip between two cities, we recommend the bus. If you book a ticket for a night journey, you can often get the journey even cheaper - and best of all: you also saved yourself an additional night. For longer routes, it is worth taking a closer look at the offers from airlines such as Air Asia and Nok Air. With SWOODOO you can of course also easily find your domestic flight in Thailand.
Eat well and cheaply
Our tip: Do like the locals and treat yourself to authentic dishes on the street and night markets. You only pay around 50 TBH for a freshly prepared dish. You can find markets and cookshops in almost every city. From 6 p.m. until well into the night you can feast at a budget price.
Your destination is Bangkok? Bangkok, one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans, has most of the food stalls in Chinatown, the old town of Bangkok (Banglamphu) and in the backpacker district on Khao San Road. The best place to quench your thirst is in one of the countless "7-Eleven" shops that you can find all over Thailand. A local beer is available there for a mere 40 TBH.
In Chiang Mai, if you're hungry, stop by the Chang Puak Gate night market or the Sunday Walking Market.
Sightseeing doesn't have to be expensive
Thailand also offers quite a few attractions and sights for holidaymakers on a budget. Of course, you should definitely visit one (or more) temple. The huge temple Wat Pho with its reclining Buddha is a must-see in Bangkok - you have to put about 200 THB on the table to enter. You can browse the famous Chatuchak market for free, enjoy the breathtaking view from Wat Saket (but you need a bit of stamina to climb the 318 steps) or explore Chinatown.
In Chiang Mai, too, you can easily enjoy your vacation days without getting poor. For example, explore the old town with its temples, markets, street food stands and shops. In the middle of green hills you chill at Huay Tung Tao Lake (50 THB) and the most beautiful waterfalls await you in the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park (200 THB, 100 THB for children).
In the south of Thailand, especially underwater fans get their money's worth. However, diving trips are usually quite expensive fun. So you save your wallet if you prefer to sit out. The perfect - and cheaper - alternative is called here: snorkeling. If you've rented a bungalow on the beach, you can simply borrow the right equipment there (most accommodations offer equipment for hire). For larger groups, it is even worth renting a boat (the costs will of course be shared). If you don't feel like exercising, you can of course laze in the sun on the beach without paying a cent.
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