Going Around Thailand On A Shoestring Budget
Thailand is one of the hotspots for backpack traveler around the world due to the cheap rates and the gorgeous sceneries. The awesome 24/7 summer weather, beautiful beaches and natural wonders, great food for cheap and the budgeting conveniences make it a target for anyone who wants a quick getaway without having to pull up savings.
In the recent years, mostly due to the huge influxes of tourists, the rates for rooftop resturant in Bangkok has gone up a lot but you can still find a place for around 10 to 30 bucks a night. With the increased prices you get more comfort and amenities so do not get scared to cough up some of the notes for staying at a nice place. If you’re staying anywhere the main cities or the expensive resort islands it will cost around 20 dollars a night with breakfast included.
Satisfying your food cravings
Although you will not be able to grab some food at one of the great Italian restaurant spots around town, you can get a decent local meal for deals as cheap at a dollar or two. Tasty street food along with the local favorites tend to be cheaper but when around the more tourist filled areas, you can get charged the ‘foreigner’ prices for the food (which is a bit more than the rate for the locals and goes up to 3 to 5 dollars a meal).
If you want to have a really fancy meal, then book/ reserve a Italian restaurant sukhumvit and get there right before sunset.
Entrance fees and entertainment fees
Usually rides and parks have entrance fees that go around 5 bucks a piece and the best sites almost always have this charge. So take cash with you when you are going to attractions. Depending on the more famous places to visit this entrance fees can escalate to 20 dollars a site. Always take some extra because you might have to make additional purchases when you see some stuff you might want to buy.
If you want to kick up your legs and chill with a beer on a hammock, then be ready to pay around 2 bucks for a beer and 4 bucks for cocktails. Depending on the area you are at the rates fluctuate, and the size of the beer can also have a say in the amount of money you have to pay. Buying from the local market will be cheaper than getting it from the place you are staying at. Beware that most of the cocktails are made with cheaper spirits while the Mekhong whiskey costs only 2 dollars at most bars. Tipping is usually done by tourists in the areas but is not considered a must-do. But always consider what you would expect if you were on the other person’s shoes. Unless they are hired personnel working for a company, most people at the more rural areas have to rely on tourism alone to make ends meet.