THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDE
Thailand is the most popular tourist destination in South-East Asia. According to a 2019 study, Bangkok is the world’s most visited city.
Starting from plush cities and vibrant nightlife to ethereal beaches and lip-smacking cuisines, this country has a lot on offer. Best of all, it's pocket-friendly. You can travel well, without having to spend a lot of money. The only thing you'll be needing is a detailed Thailand travel guide. The only objective of this travelogue is to help you explore this amazing nation like a pro on a budget.
So, let's delve in!
Though it was a sudden decision, I thoroughly enjoyed my six days stay at the Royal Kingdom of Thailand. I have shared my experiences in complete detail to make it the best Thailand travel guide online. The goal is to highlight everything you need to know about traveling to Thailand in detail. Seriously, I had no attention to make an international trip in 2019. It all started on 8th June 2019, when I was desperately seeking ways to escape the sultry weather of Kolkata, spending hours browsing the net during the weekends, looking for places that are easy on pockets, with lots of excitement on offer. After hours of browsing, I decided to make a trip to Meghalaya. It was more or less a final decision until my inner self pinged me, "Hey, why don't you get your passport stamped for the first time?'
My conscious self replied, "are you out of your mind?" - you can't afford it right now! Moreover, you don't have enough leaves" A prolonged conflict between my conscious and subconscious mind was born. Ultimately, I gave in to my sub-conscious mind and started looking for the most budget-friendly yet an exciting foreign destination. Thailand was an obvious option! I started reading blogs and Thailand travel guides to plan a Thailand trip from India. Honestly, I didn't find any credible information for budget travelers like me.
One after the other, I started reading the blogs. Little did I realize that two hours have passed by, and my mom was calling me for lunch. By the time I finished it, Thailand had already started creating impressions in mind. I could feel the cars honking on a busy Bangkok road, the winds blowing at a sparsely populated Thailand beach, and Pattaya's exotic nightlife. I decided to make a trip to the Royal Kingdom; however, Thailand travel cost was a cause of worry.
Chapter 1: The Preparation
Thailand Travel Guide From India
The same evening, I called up one of my school friends and asked whether he would like to accompany me. The moment I asked him, he said, "Yes, let's go!". We both were excited to get our passport stamped for the first time. I spent the rest of the evening on booking tickets. As a part of the Thailand travel guide for Indian tourists, I'd always advise you to opt for budget airlines. It hardly takes a few hours to reach Bangkok, so you'll not get any chance to enjoy luxury, even if you buy a business class ticket. 😛
Our travel itinerary - Kolkata - Bangkok - Phuket - Bangkok - Pattaya - Bangkok - Kolkata. Direct flights from Phuket to Pattaya are usually expensive, so we skipped that option. Instead, we decided to avail the bus from Bangkok to Pattaya, which generally takes 2 to 2 hours and 30 minutes. From 9th, our wait for SpiceJet Flight SG83 started. Our scheduled departure was August 14th, 12:10 A.M. (local time), and arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport was scheduled at 4:10 A.M. (local time), the same day. Our flight to Phuket from Bangkok was scheduled for 14th, 10 P.M. And, Phuket to Bangkok was scheduled for 18th, 6 A.M. We decided not to avail the bus route since it takes around 14 hours to reach Phuket city from Bangkok, and we just had three days. If you’ve a week-long leave, it’s best to avail the bus route. It’s inexpensive, as well as comfortable.
Note: Domestic flights in Thailand often get canceled. So, it's best to keep track online. Our flight to Phuket was postponed by 30 minutes; we received a message from Air Asia a couple of days earlier, though. Remember to buy round-trip tickets for any international trip. Otherwise, the airline will charge you extra. I firmly believe the booking sites store the browser cache, to track visitors and change the ticket fare accordingly. We made that mistake! Our ticket to Bangkok from Kolkata on a Spicejet flight was INR 6000 each. Round-trip would have been just over 12000. On the contrary, we had to pay 14.5k per person. Our return ticket was in Indigo A320 on 19th August.
Tip: Make sure to pay for Check-in baggage allowance while booking the tickets if your luggage exceeds 7 Kg, which obviously will! The displayed fare allows you to carry only 7 Kg hand baggage.
Thai Currency Conversion and Accommodation
The next thing we had to do was plan our budget and convert our currency. On reading multiple blogs, we found our Thailand travel cost will be around 35,000 (approx 500 USD), including flight fare. In the next weekend, we went to a currency exchange center, located in Central Kolkata and had our currency converted to U.S. dollars (R N Dutt & Son ( P ) Limited) - you'll get the address on Google. We switched near to INR 25000 to USD (approx 350 USD).
I had to break in my savings, but I thought, "isn't it a lifetime opportunity?" Obviously, it is!
We decided to use our cards in case we fall short of 10000 - 15000 (approx 200 USD) in Thailand. Now, here was a mistake we made, and I would like to mention that as a critical Thailand travel advisory.
- Never take your local currency and plan on converting at the airport, or in the city, unless you're a U.S. citizen. The exchange rate for INR to Baht, in our case, was not decent. Apart from the USD and Euro, most currencies are not readily convertible.
- There is no need to carry U.S. dollars; for better exchange rates. If you're not from the U.S. or Europe, you'll end up paying exchange fees twice - first from your local currency to USD, and then from USD to Baht in Thailand. The best thing to do is convert your currency directly to Baht in any currency exchange center in your city. If Thai Baht is not available, then opt for U.S. dollars. So, it would have been better if we had directly converted INR to Baht.
- Try not to use your card as much as possible. If you withdraw cash, you'll be charged an additional amount for every transaction. We were charged 220 Baht (INR 500 or 6.5 USD).
Note: When we visited - 1 USD was more or less equivalent to 30 Baht, and 1 Baht was near about 2.25 INR.
The next thing we had to worry about was accommodation. HostelWorld, Booking.com, and Airbnb are Messiahs for budget travelers like us. After hours of discussion and comparison, we booked our stay in Bangkok for the first day. We booked two beds in a dormitory at Bodega Social Hostel, Bangkok (just to take some rest and keep our luggage) from HostelWorld. Next, we booked a room at Sleepy Station, Phuket for 3 nights, and two beds at a dorm at Jomtien Hostel, Pattaya from the same platform.
Remember: Your card must support international transactions for online bookings.
After it was done, we waited for the day to arrive, with a heart full of excitement and anxiety.
Here's a link to book the Hostels where we planned to stay at. I personally approve all three -
Best Time of The Year to Travel to Thailand
You must be thinking why 14th August when we had so much time earlier, or even after that? Well, the reason s simple! We could attend our office on 13th, take a leave on 14th, and 15th is a Holiday (Independence Day). Then, leave on 16th, and then we have a weekend. So, we could manage the entire trip with just 2 deductions from our leave calendar.
You need to be very accurate with planning when you're doing a full-time job unless you want to get fired. Lol!!!!
Now, you might be thinking, "what is the best time to travel to Thailand?" Well, to be honest, you can visit Thailand throughout the year. Still, if you ask me when to travel to Thailand, I’d say the best time to go is during the cold and dry season, which is between November and early April. This is the time when you can truly enjoy the vibrant beaches and clear water of the vast Andaman Sea. However, remember that this is the peak time, and the cost for most adventure activities, like Paragliding and JetSki, will also be high.
If you're a budget traveler and want to avoid the crowd as well, then July to mid-August is best! It is also the cheapest time to travel to Thailand. Post that, it's monsoon, and you may end up staying at your hotel/ hostel throughout the day due to bad weather. Most importantly, the waters are not clear, and the islands too remain wet. I’d not recommend you to visit during that time.
Thailand Packing List
Here are a few things that you must not forget to carry during your trip to Thailand -
- Slip-on Shoes -Thailand experiences a warm and humid climate most of the year. So, instead of wearing fully-covered shoes such as hiking boots or strappy sandals, it's best to wear slip-on.
- Water Bottle - A 500 mL bottle of water costs around 15 Baht (INR 35 or 0.4 USD). On the contrary, if you bring your bottle, you can fill it up just for a few cents.
- Sunscreen -Owing to the weather, Sunscreen is a necessary thing to pack. Take it as a crucial Thailand travel guide and make sure to include it in your backpack.
- Rain Jacket - If you're traveling between late-June to October, then don't forget to carry this. Thailand experiences monsoon during this period, and you don't want to get wet due to a sudden outburst, right? We took it on our trip, and it perfectly served its purpose in Phuket.
- Warm Weather Clothes -Be prepared to face a humid climate in Thailand. So, if you’re wondering, “what to wear in Thailand trip?” - the answer is simple! Carry 3 - 4 shirts, 2 - 3 pairs of shorts, and swimsuit for a weeklong trip.
- Bathing Suit or Quick-Dry Towel - I bet you’ll struggle to control the urge of diving into the clear water of Thailand beaches. So, don't forget to carry a quick-dry towel and a bathing suit.
- Hiking Shoes - If Northern Thailand is in your itinerary, A pair of Hiking shoes are a must. The northern part offers exciting opportunities to hike and explore the jungle.
Some other things that you must carry -
- A Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- A razor or trimmer.
- A bottle of shampoo and shower gel.
I promise I will write an exhaustive blog on the ultimate Thailand packing list soon and elaborate on this Thailand travel guide.
Bonus Tip: Carry a sufficient quantity of dry fruits and biscuits, unless you're ready to spend a few bucks whenever you're hungry.
Essential Mobile Apps for Thailand Travel
Now that you know the essential things to carry, let me provide a list of necessary mobile apps for Thailand travel. After all, the only goal of this Thailand travel blog is to help you plan your trip without much hassle.
- Google Maps - There is no need for me to explain the importance of Google Maps in an unknown land, I guess. It'll help you in finding your hotel/ hostel and finding your route to a particular destination.
- Google Translator - Google translator will help you decipher the local language, to some extent. Remember: English won’t help you much, as most people there don’t understand it.
- HostelWorld/ Booking.com/ Airbnb - These apps are an absolute necessity for budget-travelers. You’ll need these to show your booking confirmation at the reception, or even to book a room or dorm throughout Thailand.
- Grab -Grab is similar to Uber. You'll have several options to choose, including taxi, car, or a car that can accommodate up to seven people.
- XE Currency - Converting your currency to Baht can be an issue unless you know the exact exchange rate. This is when X.E. currency can help you out! This app gives accurate information about exchange rates. You can also use it to keep track of your spending.
After we were done with buying the necessary things and installing the apps, we started waiting for 14th August (this was probably the longest two months in my 25 years of life). 😛
Finally, the day arrived!
Chapter 2: Bangkok - The City of Angels
Thailand Travel Visa Cost and Thailand Travel SIM Card
We landed at Suvarnabhumi International Airport exactly at 4:10 A.M. The moment the flight touched the ground, I experienced a sudden adrenaline rush through my nerves. A sense of joy and success was making me feel intensely happy. However, that didn't last for long, as we had to worry about the Visa. Thailand offers Visa on arrival to many countries; luckily, India is among them. You can check here whether you can apply for same (Thailand also allows 64 countries to enter under the visa exemption rule). We sailed our way to the Visa on Arrival counter, only to find out that we need two copies of photograph with white background and of a specific size (check the official site). You'll find lots of payphone type studios at the airport to get your photo clicked. It took us 200 Baht (INR 450 or 6 USD) for four copies of photograph. Expensive, right? Yeah, it is!! But, there's no option when you're not carrying!
Note: Thailand often waives the visa fee for Chinese and Indian nationals, to attract tourists. In 2019, it was from April to October. So, we didn’t have to pay for it! Check the official site for the exact information. Otherwise, the Thailand travel visa cost when we visited was 2000 Thai Baht (approx 4600 INR or 60 USD).
Here’s what you need to carry for getting your passport stamped -
- A valid passport.
Your return flight ticket.
Hotel/ hostel booking confirmation mail throughout your stay.
2 copies of photograph.
A duly filled visa application form (available at the airport); just don’t forget to carry a pen 😛
The Visa on arrival is a tedious process. We had to stand in the queue for 3 hours. Once it was done, we were on cloud nine. A sense of joy and success occupied our minds - yes, we have done it!
Note: Thailand tourist visa allows you to stay for 14 days. If you wish to stay longer, you’ll have to spend a week at Cambodia, Laos, or Vietnam, and then come back and re-apply for another 14 days.
The next thing we had to think about was the Thailand travel sim card. You'll find lots of options at the airport, with more or less similar pricing and plans. We opted for True Move - a major telco operator in Thailand. The clear reason behind choosing True Move was its seamless connectivity. I read reviews online and it perfectly did justice to its fame. We watched YouTube videos and communicated through local calls, WhatsApp calls, and even video calls to India, guess what? There wasn't any lag or buffering. They charged us 300 Baht each (INR 650 or 9 USD). The SIM had a validity of 7 days, with 1 G.B. of 4G internet and 50 Baht worth talk-time. I'd recommend you to opt for it without any second doubt.
Tip: Always get a part of your currency converted to Baht after landing, if you’re not carrying Baht. You’ll be needing this to pay for the photographs, SIM, Visa fee, and taxi fare. We converted around 50 USD (1500 Thai Baht approx).
The Bangkok Safari World
Next, we boarded a taxi to head to our hostel, enjoying the beauty and posh ambiance of the city, and also experiencing the thrill of getting to know a new culture and meeting new people. We checked in around 12 in the noon. They asked us to wait for a couple of hours, as all the dorms were booked. Now, who'd like to stay indoors in the capital? The Bangkok Safari World was an obvious destination.
Note: The Safari World Bangkok ticket price is 1200 Baht per person (INR 2700 or 37 USD). And, don’t forget to carry plenty of water, as you’ll frequently feel thirsty.
We spent the entire afternoon exploring the sanctuary. I was mesmerized to see the effort the Thai Government has put in to ensure the well-being of the animals. You'll like the bird, orangutan, and dolphin shows. The dolphin show, in particular, will etch a deep mark in your mind. I always knew Dolphins are intelligent, but I didn’t believe until I witnessed the show. When in Thailand, don't forget to miss it! I will recommend it in this Thailand travel guide. The Jungle Safari on an air-conditioned bus was also exciting! I have never had the chance to witness herds of deer, flock of swan, group of bears, tigers, and lion at such proximity. To top it all, the lush green ambiance surrounding the entire park took me miles away from the daily hustle and bustle of city life. I thoroughly enjoyed it! After all, we travel to satisfy the thirst of our inner-self, right?
By the time we finished exploring, it was 5 P.M. The sun was still shining brightly. We booked a Grab to return to our hostel. Our flight to Phuket was scheduled to depart at 10:30 from Don Mueang International Airport.
Tip: Make sure you have enough time wherever you plan to go within Bangkok. The streets remain bombarded with traffic 24/7. Else, pay an additional 180 - 200 Baht (INR 400 - 450 or 5 - 6 USD) and ask the driver to take you through the highway. Also, don't forget to try Bangkok street food.
Chapter 3: The Majestic Phuket Island and City
Phuket, Thailand Travel Guide
We reached Phuket City around 12:10 A.M. Our hostel was an hour drive from the airport, and again Grab was the savior! We checked-in around 1:30 and dozed off almost immediately. 48-hours of constant traveling had drained all the energy. We woke up at 11 A.M and decided to explore the city. Exploring new places and spending my holidays the local way excites me the most. In Phuket, You'd find lots of locals offering their two-wheelers on rent. We took a Yamaha scooter on rent for 3 days. We had to pay 450 Baht (INR 1000 or 14 USD). The charge per day varies between 150 Baht (INR 320 or 4,4 USD) to 200 Baht (INR750 or 5.5 USD) per day, depending on the type of bike or scooter you choose.
Tip: Renting a two-wheeler will help you save a lot of money on transportation, and I'd highlight it as an important Phuket, Thailand travel guide.
Note: You'll have to show your driving license. No matter from which country you belong, you'll have to provide a Xerox copy of your license. Also, we had to pay an additional 2000 Baht (INR 4500 or 60 USD) as a deposit fee, which was refundable once we return the scooter. Depositing passports will also do the job. Since we were short on budget, we decided to keep our passport. Don't worry; your passport will be safe with a hundred others.
P.S: Charges and Procedures may vary.
Pristine Beaches, Exotic Nightlife, and Authentic Street Food
The hilly roads and almost a traffic-free city gave us the first sense of joy. On navigating Google Map, we found that ‘Kata Beach’ is nearest to our location. The white-sand beaches, Mighty Andaman Sea, and a vibrant ambiance touched my heart almost immediately. The beach was filled with Chinese, Indian, and Korean tourists. We stayed there for half an hour and decided to visit the most popular beach in Phuket City - the Patong Beach.
The Patong Beach, with its surreal beauty and a large coastline, will never fail to excite your motor neurons. Starting from jetski and paragliding to surfing and banana boat rides, you'll find a wide range of things to do in Phuket. And If you're fond of landscape photography, then Patong Beach has a lot on offer! I loved witnessing the ethereal view of the sea and the hills of Phuket - the view of the distant point where the sea and mountain embraced each other outpoured my soul with happiness. The only thought that came into my mind was, probably, humans are the only species in nature that can’t co-exist peacefully, while this art is well-known to others.
Our next destination was 'Bangla Road.' This is where you'll find the best nightclubs and restaurants in the city. If you ask me “what to do in Phuket”, I’ll definitely advice you to visit it. Located just opposite to the Patong Beach, this is a great place for party-freaks and foodies. The entrance to the road is marked by a gate with letters inscribed in Thai, stating that it's one of those places in Phuket that had to face the wrath of Mother Nature during the 2004 Tsunami. With a heart full of excitement (and a little nervousness too), we started exploring one of the most happening places in Phuket City. Surrounded by nightclubs, bars, strip clubs, and restaurants on all sides, the Bangla Road has something on offer for everyone. Don't be surprised; you'd find Indian restaurants too. The ping pong shows, girls dancing at the bars, shopping centers, authentic Thai street food, and Indian and Mughlai restaurants will not fail to exhilarate you. It's simply an amazing place to enjoy nightlife and drinks with good food and music. I will definitely recommend you to visit this place in this Thailand travel guide.
Tip: If you're planning to enter one of the strip clubs, I'd advise you to keep your guards on. Though they claim that the show is free, the charge for drinks is at least two to three times higher than the actual price. Additionally, you'd have a tough time distinguishing between females and shemales. So, always ask clearly before entering.
Mai Khao Beach
I have an innate weakness for off-beat destinations. The Mai Khao Beach in Phuket hardly comes into the limelight, but I'll recommend you to visit as one of the Thailand travel tips. It's located in the outskirts of Phuket City and was around 25 Kms drive from our Hostel. It almost took us one and a half hours to reach there. Nearly every beach in Thailand remains packed with tourists, but this one was an exception! The pristine beach touched my heart the moment I set my foot on it. The broad coastline and gusting winds coupled with a calm and serene ambiance sent goosebumps through my spines. It felt like I have rediscovered myself in such proximity to Nature. Time flew by, and I went on gazing the beauty of the beach, only to be interrupted by my partner an hour later. It had started raining, and we decided to retrace our steps. If you enjoy witnessing mother Nature in all her glory away from the hustle-bustle of city life, then I'd recommend you to visit this ethereal beach. We spent the rest of the day enjoying Thai street food and exploring a few pubs near our hostel.
James Bond Island Travel Guide
We decided to indulge ourselves in some adventurous activities on our fourth day. And, what could have been a better option than James Bond Island.
Chapter 4: Bangkok Again
A Doleful Decision
We reached Bangkok at 7:30 in the morning. Not a single calorie of energy was left in us. We barely had the energy to walk. All the fun in Phuket had drained our energy. My partner advised me to skip Pattaya for this time, as we seriously lacked the energy to travel for another two and a half hours. With a heavy heart, I agreed.
Tip: Always keep a day as a buffer, unless you're not in a hurry. We didn't have much time, so there was no other option. If you don't have any plans to visit Northern Thailand, then I guess 7 to 8 days are just fine to explore most parts. We could hardly manage 6! 🙁
We decided to book two dorms and take rest for the day. We booked two dorms at Once Again Hostel from HostelWorld, and a Grab to reach there. At the reception, we were asked to wait for a couple of hours. We had our complimentary breakfast and waited for them to hand over the key. Unfortunately, we had to wait until lunchtime.
Bangkok City Travel Guide
That afternoon, we explored the city, while in the evening we went shopping at MBK Center. On the way, we decided to avail a TukTuk and then Skytrain. How could we've missed those when in Bangkok?
Tip: Never forget to bargain with the TukTuk driver, as they often tend to overcharge foreign tourists.
Here are a few places you can choose to visit in Bangkok -
- Wat Arun - Enjoy the stunning temples and museums.
- Wat Pho - Witness the world-renowned reclining Budhha.
- Chao Phraya River- Witness the breathtaking view of the river with the city as a backdrop.
- Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World- Enjoy the beautiful marine life.
- Bangkok National Museum- Get a sneak-peek into the country's rich history.
- Siam Park City- Have a gala time at Bangkok's largest theme park.
- Siam Serpentarium- Experience a sudden adrenaline rush at the snake park.
- Khao San Road- Enjoy the flavor of the nightlife of Bangkok.
- Soi Cowboy- Grab a drink at Bangkok's famous bars.
- Nana Plaza- Enjoy Bangkok’s adult nightlife.
I’ll write an exhaustive blog about the best places to visit in Bangkok soon!
We returned to our hostel around 12 A.M and set our alarms at 4. Our flight was scheduled at 7. It'll take around 1 hour to reach the airport, considering Bangkok's traffic, it's better not to take the risk.
Note: You'll have to pay an additional charge to your bank if you use your card. We had to pay an additional 220 Baht for every transaction we made at MBK Center. This rate is the sole discretion of the bank and will vary, depending on the bank, and currency.
I hope you too had an exciting virtual trip to Thailand. Yes, we couldn't manage to visit a lot of exciting places, Phi Phi Islands and Chiang Mai to name a few. The moment I set foot in my city, I promised myself to visit this awesome nation again. I deeply regret not visiting the Northern parts of Thailand. Overall, I had a trip of my life and looking forward to experiencing more such thrills.
P.S.: If you've 10 - 12 days' leave, make sure to include the Northern provinces in your itinerary, Chiang Mai to be precise. This mountainous city, founded in the 13th century, will take you back in time and mesmerize you with its brilliant architectures.
Some Additional Thailand Travel Tips
Thailand has a lot on offer. Before concluding this Thailand travel guide, I thought of sharing some more tips and information, based on my research and experiences.
So, here it goes -
Some Other Fun Activities to Indulge in Thailand
- A Tour to Grand Palace and Wat Pho
Built at the end of the 18th century by King Rama I, this ancient architecture will surely mesmerize you! The palace is the official residence of the current monarch, though he doesn't reside here anymore. With lots of temples, (including Wat Pra Kaeo, which houses the 15th-century Emerald Buddha), it has something for everyone! Located just a kilometer away from the palace, The golden reclining Budhha statue is definitely worth the visit.
- Visit Ayutthaya
Keen to delve deep into Thailand's rich culture and heritage? Then, Ayutthaya is where you must visit! Include this in your Thailand travel itinerary and experience Thai rural life at its best.
- Enjoy the Tropical Islands
After all, we all plan to visit Thailand for its amazing tropical islands, right? Some islands that attract maximum tourists are - Ko Samet, Ko Taruato, Ko Lanta, Ko Phi Phi, Phuket, the Similan Islands, and Ko Samui, Ko Chang, Ko Tao, Ko Jum, Ko Lipe.
- Go Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
A trip to Thailand is incomplete without scuba diving and Snorkeling. Don't pre-book, just go to any of the islands and bargain on the spot, unless it's from a trusted online travel site. It'll cost you somewhere between 3500 to 4000 Baht (INR 9500 or 120 USD).
- Go Jungle Trekking
There are a lot of trekking opportunities in the Northern part of Thailand. Opt for a longer one, or consult your hotel/ hostel before booking, as they offer some of the best and pocket-friendly deals.
- Visit Khao SOK National Park
If you enjoy wildlife, trekking, hiking, and camping, you simply can’t afford to miss the Khao SOK National Park.
- Experience the Full Moon Party
Who doesn't know about the full moon party in Thailand? The beaches get filled with people selling alcohol and fire dancers putting on shows. If you're a party freak, make sure to attend it at one of these beaches.
- Plan a Trip to the Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle is the point where Mekong River and Ruak River intersects. Take a boat, head to the Golden Triangle, and witness the stunning statues of Lord Budhha.
- Shop at the Floating Markets
Thailand has a lot of markets. However, the floating markets grab maximum attention. The most popular ones are Damnoen Saduak, in Ratchaburi, and the Taling Chan Weekend Floating Market in Bangkok.
Thailand Travel Cost
Thailand is one of the cheapest international tourist hotspots. The North particularly is cheaper. You'll find cheap hostels and guesthouses from as low as 400 Baht (around INR 950 or 15 USD) per night in cities like Bangkok and Chaing Mai, and 300 Baht (around INR 700 or 10 USD) per night in the countryside. On the islands, expect to pay a little higher, around 600 Baht (INR 1400 or 19USD) per night. And if you don't have any problems with staying at dormitories, you'll just have to pay 150 - 200 Baht per night (around INR 450 or 7 USD). Airbnb, Booking.com, and HostelWorld are becoming increasingly popular in Thailand, so use these apps to its fullest.
Speaking of food, Thailand street food is available from just 40 Baht (INR 90 or 1.2 USD). On average, you'll just have to spend around 150 to 200 Baht per day (INR 350 - 400 or 4.5 - 6 USD) on meals. And if you're interested in fancy seafood, you'll get that as well. It'll cost you something between 80 to 150 Baht (INR 180 - 350 or 2.5 - 4.5 USD per plate at the street shops.
Now coming to activities, day tours may cost you around 500 to 1500 Baht (INR 1200 - 3500 or 15 to 50 USD), depending on the type of activity you indulge in. Jungle trekking may cost you around 1300 to 1600 Baht (INR 3000 - 3700 or 40 - 50 USD) per day. On average, 1000 to 1200 Baht (INR 2400 to 2800 or 30 to 40 USD) per day is a decent Thailand travel cost. And if you’re planning your stay at the islands, expect it to rise up to 1500 Baht per day (3500 INR or 50 USD).
Note: I have given all the estimations, considering you’ll be staying at a budget hotel or hostel, and will be having Thai street food.
Tip: Don't forget to bargain, as they often tend to overcharge foreign tourists.
Thailand Travel Tips to Save a few Bucks
If you’re tight on budget, here’s a Thailand travel guide that’ll help you to save a few bucks -
- Lead Life the Thai Way - Avail local buses, eat Thai street food and drink local beer. Buses will charge you as little as 8 THB (INR 20 or 0.25 USD). Metered and motorbike taxes are also cheap. I'd recommend you to avail Grab, local buses, and BTS Skytrain. Don't forget to experience the TukTuk though. For inter-state travels, avail trains if you've sufficient time, else airplanes operated by local companies, such as AirAsia.
- Stay in Hostels or Couchsurf - Couchsurf is a platform that connects tourists to locals who're willing to host them for a few days, without any charge. It's basically a community that encourages international travel. If you use it, you'll save a ton of money. Otherwise, HostelWorld, Airbnb, and Booking.com are always there to help you out!
- Buy Drinks at 7-Eleven - 7-Eleven is a retail food mart spread across Thailand. Being a permanent brick and mortar store, you'll be charged as per the MRP, contrary to restaurants and bars.
Here was my complete Thailand travel blog. Now, you probably know how to plan a Thailand trip from India or any other county.
I’ve included every possible Thailand travel advisory to ensure you have a safe and happy trip to this fantastic nation. Don't forget to share your thoughts and experiences, and obviously, share the guide if you've liked it!
P:S: All cost estimations have been provided according to conversion rates in Aug 2019, so kindly plan your trip according to the current rate.