Thailand is often referred to as the Land of Smiles, something a budget has never been described as, but there’s no smiles without a budget. Whether you plan on heading to Songkran (an awesome water festival), a full moon party or you just want to relax and unwind, Thailand is the place to be.
But how much does it cost to travel to Thailand and where do I start my budget?
Budgeting is hard, so we’ve made it a little easier for you with some tips and tricks.
What goes into a travel budget?
Everybody’s budget is different and depending on how long you’re travelling for and the level of comfort you want to have, your budget is going to vary quite a bit. But there are a few inescapable expenses that find themselves in pretty much every travel budget ever.
Because Australia is an island isolated from pretty much every other country, unless you’ve got a propeller on your flippers you’re looking at spending a bit of your hard earned Aussie dollars on a plane to Thailand. You can breathe a bit of a sigh of relief though, because unlike Europe, a flight to Bangers is only going to steal about 8 hours from your precious holiday time fund. Getting around Thailand is fairly easy, with Bangkok having a great metro system and a never ending supply of tuk-tuks but if you want to see more of the country you will need to fork out on some internal flights or train tickets.
Another country where the AUD goes much further even though the THB has strengthened in recent years. You can score yourself a pretty schmick hotel for around $50 a day and if you want to go next level, you can really get the rockstar treatment for a lot less than you would back home.
Does the sound of beautiful roast duck, veggies and rice with a dessert of sticky mango with coconut rice for less than $5 get your motor running? Thailand is a foodies paradise with amazing street food vendors mixed with restaurants and the ubiquitous Maccas to give you the option of pretty much anything your heart desires.
If things like hiking, scuba diving, motor biking and general exploring are your jam, then Thailand is going to be right up your alley. There are plenty of free things to do in Thailand but also plenty that are going to stack up on the budget. Make sure you do your research and add in and book some things before you go to make it easier to budget.
Thailand is home to some of the best scuba diving in the south and best motorbike rides in the north, so travel insurance is a must have. Make sure you research the right insurance policy that will cover you for all the activities you’re planning to do. Most insurance policies won’t cover you for motorcycle accidents if you don’t have a valid bike licence at home so be cautious of that. Don’t forget any immunisations you might be behind on too, especially if you plan on heading to some of the more rural areas.
Is there a way to easily calculate my holiday budget?
Of course there is friend! This is 2019 and you shouldn’t have to have to add everything up in your head like some kind of Neanderthal! That’s why we’ve created the borderline magic holiday budget calculator using Numbeo data and our exchange rates, so we can translate your budget into any currency with the click of a button.
It’s that easy even my Grandma could do it. Try it out below!