Is Thailand Expensive?
Southeast Asia is one of the most affordable travel destinations in the world, in particular, Thailand. So the short answer to the question of "Is Thailand expensive to visit?" is...no!
Of course, it depends on whether you want to travel frugally or if you want to indulge yourself in luxury! But no matter how you travel, you can get a LOT for your money in Thailand compared to many of the other countries in the world, with relatively cheap living and travel costs.
Here we outline what you can expect to get for your money when it comes to flights, food, transport, sightseeing and accommodation. Your choices can affect how expensive Thailand is to visit, but you can definitely go on a smaller budget than you might expect!
Cost of Flights to Thailand
Estimated expense: US $113 - $550 for a return ticket
When it comes to visiting Thailand, it’s quite likely that the cost of your flight will take up a large chunk of your entire trip budget, as once you’re there living expenses are very low!
Obviously, costs of flights differ across airlines. Time of year, location and ticket class will also alter the cost of your flights. It can be helpful to take this into consideration when planning the costs of visiting Thailand.
The list below gives you an idea of what you can expect to pay for a flight ticket from some major cities during their cheapest month:
New York to Suvarnabhumi Airport: $200-530 USD
London to Suvarnabhumi Airport: £150-480 GBP
Sydney to Suvarnabhumi Airport: $196- 549 AUD
Vancouver to Suvarnabhumi Airport: $320-790 CAN
If you don’t mind a bit of research, you can save yourself some money by looking for error fares and special deals.
It’s also worthwhile to know that Bangkok’s international airport, Suvarnabhumi is the cheapest one to fly into the country.
Cost of Food in Thailand
Estimated expense: US $4 - $25/day
Trying the local cuisine is one of the most exciting parts about traveling to a new country, right? The range of affordable food in Thailand certainly doesn’t disappoint!
Thailand has an interesting, diverse, and quite frankly mouth-watering spread of food and beverages on offer, from refreshing iced coffees and Thai rolled ice cream to basil chicken and Panang (peanut) curry, there is so much delicious food to enjoy here.
And the best bit? It’s also super cheap! Some of the best food you can get in Thailand is also the cheapest. There are food stalls on pretty much every street corner and markets dedicated to delicious food alone, making your trip to Thailand as inexpensive as possible.
Here’s an example of some of the most popular food in Thailand and their costs:
Pad Thai with chicken: around $1
Thai curries: $1 – $3.50
Meal at a local restaurant: $3 – $5
Eating the local food is always the most inexpensive option. As soon as you start ordering Western-style dishes, the price will start to go up. But even these meals are super cheap compared to what you’re probably used to paying - making a vacation to Thailand on a budget completely possible!
Of course there are also many more upmarket, well respected restaurants and bars which will be more expensive but you’re guaranteed to have a luxurious experience.
Cost of Travel in Thailand
Estimated expense: US $1 – $60/day
Thailand is affordable in terms of travel prices. Bangkok in particular is very well connected and there are many different modes of public transport available for tourists; even the three-wheeled Tuk Tuk!
The train system has extensive coverage of the country, connecting nearly all of its cities and tourist destinations. The train offers a comfortable and scenic way to travel for tourists, but it is rather slow.
A train ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai could cost you roughly US $20 – 60 (first class), which isn’t much considering the distance. The train is wonderful if you want to take in the Thai landscape over long distances, but for shorter distances, the bus or taxi is a more convenient option.
Thailand’s bus system is also highly developed. A number of the smaller cities have bus schedules that allow for long distance travel to other cities and attractions within the country. With a range of ways to get around and access lots of different locations, traveling in Thailand doesn’t have to be an expensive business!
Taxis and tuk tuks are also very accessible all over Thailand and are a very easy way to get around, despite the traffic in Bangkok! Just remember to make sure the taxi meter is on before you start your journey! The cost of travel in Thailand is accessible to everyone, so whatever your budget, you can be sure you’ll be able to get around safely and cheaply.
Cost of Sightseeing in Thailand
Estimated expense: US $1.50 – $65/day
Thailand is an extremely versatile country, with the North and the South of the country being completely different, but equally as interesting! Wherever you are in the country, there will be heaps of amazing sightseeing opportunities, at affordable prices.
There are tons of cool temples to visit as well as colorful and extravagant markets and more! Again, price will depend on the particular activity you’re doing with some costing more than others, but in general most activities are very affordable. The cost of a Thailand vacation doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can still visit some amazing places!
Here’s some estimate costs for some awesome Thailand activities:
White Temple of Northern Thailand: $1.50
Museum of Death: $6.50
The Grand Palace: $15
A great way to make the most of all the incredible activities on offer is to book an all inclusive tour. This ensures you won’t miss anything out, and means you don’t have to worry about logistics!
We run tours in Bangkok, tours in Phuket, tours in Chiang Mai and tours in Krabi. All of our tours in Thailand are all inclusive, meaning you don’t have to worry about paying for any added extras and you get a friendly local tour guide to show you around and share their local knowledge with you!
Cost of Accommodation in Thailand
Estimated expense: US $10 – $120/day
This country, compared to other holiday destinations, has incredibly reasonable rates, whether you’re a backpacker, Airbnb enthusiast or full-on luxury traveler! The cost of accommodation in Thailand accommodates for all budgets so you don’t need to worry about having too small a budget.
If it’s luxury you’re after, accommodation will obviously be a bit more expensive (although still great value for money). If you want to keep your Thailand budget tighter, hostels, beach bungalows, and Airbnbs are the way to go.
If you’re on a budget, Thailand is dotted with hostels across its thriving cities. You can expect to pay anywhere from $6 per night for a bed to $80 for a private 2-sleeper room.
If you’re more of a lone wolf than a social creature, then Airbnb might be for you. Some people are also just the self-catering type, which means a flat with a kitchen is where it’s at. Airbnb prices can also vary depending on the scale of comfort you are looking for and the location. You could expect to spend between $30 and $110 per night.
Hotels are definitely the most expensive option but also the most luxurious! And, just because they are more expensive than hostels and Airbnbs doesn’t mean they are super expensive in general.
In fact, for those who are looking for all the bells and whistles of accommodation, hotels could be first choice. Think swimming pools, refreshing designer cocktails, room service, and fresh towels. A night’s stay in a Thailand hotel can range from $60 to $500 or higher, depending on the level of luxury. All in all, the cost of accommodation in Thailand can depend on how you want to live during your stay, but can be very inexpensive if you have a smaller budget.
So, how expensive is Thailand? It’s actually super affordable! Flights might be fairly pricey, depending on the time of year and where you’re flying from. But once you’re there, you can get so much for your money!
So, if you’re on a budget this is the perfect destination for you! Equally, if you fancy splashing out and living in luxury for a while, you’re sure to get the most for your money in the ‘Land of Smiles’.
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