Curious about what it’s cost us to travel in Thailand? The south was fantastic, but a little pricey. Bangkok was much easier on the wallet. Check it out.
- May 23 – $53.27
- May 22 – $39.31
- May 21 – $49.06 (a bit of guessing on this one)
- May 20 – $60.91
Full travel day
- May 19 – $32.22 (another guesstimate, to my best recall)
- May 18 – $71.38
- May 17 – $215.94 (booked both bus transport to Bangkok and one-day, four-island trip)
- May 16 – $111.10 (including two-day tuktuk hire)
- May 15 – $113.47 (including minivan and ferry from Krabi to Lanta)
- May 14 – $75.06 (including booking a minivan to Krabi for the following day)
In terms of accommodation, we’ve been staying in private double rooms in guesthouses/hostels. The most expensive: one night at the Nakara Longbeach in Koh Lanta – 1200 baht, or about $48. The least expensive: 350 baht, or about $14, in Hat Yai at the Ladda Guesthouse. For those on a budget, about $15 should be enough for your own room with attached bathroom.
We were spending $1-2 a day on water (1.5 litres can be bought for 13 baht, or as low as 5 baht at one shop in Lanta – the only cheap thing on that island) and up to another $4 on other drinks (T favours Big Gulps from 7/11).
Food could be done for under $5 per person a day if you were on a shoestring in Bangkok, what with 25 baht pad thai, 50 baht noodle/rice dishes, 10 baht spring rolls, 20 baht fruit/fruit shakes, etc. I’d probably double that for Lanta, where you’d be hard pressed to find dishes at the 50 or under price point, at least during this season.
Category-wise, food is shaping up to be our biggest expense. Miscellaneous includes items like toiletries, postcards, and shopping (a few pieces of clothing). Entertainment includes touristy things like our four-island tour, a few drinks in Bangkok, and a shisha (my first one).
However, I’ve left off a couple of expenses from Bangkok, which would otherwise totally skew it: T’s medical expenses, which amount to about $300, and the tattoo he got, which was $200.
If you travel slowly, a $50/day budget for two looks completely doable!