Money Saving Tip #1: Negotiate with your taxi or tuk tuk drivers on price! Some are willing to accomodate 50-100 baht drop in price depending on the distance.
Keep in mind that we traveled to Thailand during the most expensive time of year: Christmas. This is peak season in the region and the prices of flights to/from Thailand as well as within Thailand reflected this.
Food & Drinks
For 14 days worth of meals, drinks, and other small goodies, we spent a total of $325 for 2 people.
For breakfast, we kept it light and simple: fruit and coffee.
For lunch and dinner, we ate at both local restaurants and cheap street food. Occasionally, we treated ourselves to a dessert or two every now and then because how could you not eat sticky mango rice when you’re there?! We also spent $340 on a fine dining meal in Koh Samui but this was not reflective in our cost breakdown since it is a special meal that you don’t need to eat if you’re visiting Thailand.
As for drinks, we only drank non-alcoholic drinks. We don’t drink alcohol, we saved a lot of money. Regardless, alcohol is still cheap in Thailand so if you have a desire to drink, it won’t break your wallet! Unless you’re a tank…but no judgement here! 🙂
Tours & Activites
We did a total of 5 tours and activities and spent $520 for 2 people.
However, we opted for more expensive tours in Thailand (i.e. national parks). These drove up our costs in this category but we thought the experience was worth the money. If you opt for less expensive tours and activities, then your level of spending in this category will be much less than ours.
We spent a total of $215 for 2 people on miscellaneous items. These include souvenirs, massages, mani/pedi, and other little small things we bought here and there.
We couldn’t resist pampering ourselves and got 5 massages during our 2-week trip in Thailand 🙂
Grand Total for 2 Weeks in Thailand
All in all, our trip to Thailand for 2 weeks was totally affordable. We spent $68 per day per person on transportation, food and drinks, accommodations, tours and activities, and miscellaneous items. Not to shabby if you ask us!
|Food & Drinks||$325|
|Tours & Activities||$520|
|GRAND TOTAL||$1, 916|
|TOTAL PER PERSON||$958|
|COST PER DAY PER PERSON||$68|
Yikes! I think that’s a lot for Thailand. What can I do to bring down this cost?
Remember that we traveled to Thailand during peak season so many things will be significantly more expensive than off-season. Traveling during off or shoulder season is one of the best ways to significantly cut down on costs. To further drive down costs, you can choose more budget-friendly tours and activities, consume little to no alcohol, and/or stay at hostels.