How Much is our finance series, meant to tell you how much you should--and shouldn't--spend on the road.
Thailand is SE Asia's original budget destination and even though bungalows are no longer $5/night, it's still damn cheap! Street food is abundant and safe, guesthouses and accommodation are of a high value meaning you often end up with a pool, and animal encounters are plentiful.
Don't get me wrong--you could spend a ton of money in Thailand, but traveling in Thailand on a budget is easy, and pretty enjoyable.
Here's just a taste of what you can experience for $28 a day in Thailand--and it's a lot more than the two IMAX tickets that money can buy you in America!
- The crazy mall life and nightlife in Bangkok, where whiskey buckets are cheaper the more whiskey they have
- Unique World War II history and waterfalls full of locals in Kanchanaburi
- Delicious street food and fruit smoothies, all for less than US$1 a pop
- A trek for wild elephants in Khao Yai National Park
- Nonwild elephants walking into bars
- Crumbling stupas and temples in the ancient cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai
- The craziest train ride of your life
- A really wet kiss from an elephant who likes to paint
- A cuddle from a baby tiger who needs to be bottle-fed
- Life on an organic farm run by a former monk
If you have any tips for backpacking Thailand, leave a comment!
If you read our About Us page, you know that we're not your typical backpackers. Leaving our beautiful San Francisco loft and Lina's designer shoe collection behind didn't mean we'd revert to the way we traveled (or lived) when we were 17. So even if our trip looks cheap, know that you could spend a lot less. Most backpackers do!