Thailand Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Thailand?

How much money will you need for your trip to Thailand? You should plan to spend around ฿780 ($25) per day on your vacation in Thailand, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ฿184 ($5.91) on meals for one day and ฿125 ($4.02) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Thailand for a couple is ฿745 ($24). So, a trip to Thailand for two people for one week costs on average ฿10,922 ($351). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    ฿780
  • One Week Per person
    ฿5,461
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    ฿10,922
  • One Month Per person
    ฿23,405
  • One Week For a couple
    ฿10,922
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    ฿21,845
  • One Month For a couple
    ฿46,811
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A vacation to Thailand for one week usually costs around ฿5,461 for one person. So, a trip to Thailand for two people costs around ฿10,922 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ฿21,845 in Thailand. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Thailand can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.



How expensive is Thailand? How much money do I need for Thailand?

How much does a trip to Thailand cost? Is Thailand expensive? The average Thailand trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Thailand prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Thailand
Average Daily Costs

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The average price for one person for accommodation in Thailand is ฿372. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Thailand is ฿745.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    ฿372
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    ฿745

What did other people spend on Accommodation?

Typical prices for Accommodation in Thailand are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Accommodation prices in Thailand, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Hostel
    ฿171
  • Hotel
    ฿284
  • Promtong Mansion
    ฿1,195
  • Beer
    ฿25
  • Water
    ฿10
  • Boat to Koh Phi Phi
    ฿1,000
  • Entry Park Erawan
    ฿200
  • Crepe
    ฿10

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Food Budget in Thailand
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Thailand can vary, the average cost of food in Thailand is ฿184 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Thailand should cost around ฿73 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Thailand is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    ฿184

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What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Thailand are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Food prices in Thailand, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Lunch for 2
    ฿742
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    ฿550
  • Breakfast for 2
    ฿350
  • Ice Cream
    ฿30
  • Lunch for 2
    ฿140
  • Breakfast for 2
    ฿140
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    ฿215
  • Pancake
    ฿70


Transportation Budget in Thailand
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Thailand is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ฿125 per person, per day, on local transportation in Thailand.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    ฿125

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What did other people spend on Transportation?

Typical prices for Transportation in Thailand are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Transportation prices in Thailand, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Trains to airport
    ฿160
  • Bus to White Temple
    ฿40
  • River Ferry Crossing
    ฿20
  • Minibus- Airport to Chaweng
    ฿120
  • Taxi- Na Thon Pier to Lamai Beach
    ฿420
  • Airport Taxi
    ฿440
  • Gas for Scooter
    ฿110
  • Longboat Taxi from Town
    ฿200


Intercity Transportation Budget in Thailand
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Transportation between cities and towns in Thailand costs an average of ฿368. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.


  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
    ฿368

What did other people spend on Intercity Transportation?

Typical prices for Intercity Transportation in Thailand are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Intercity Transportation prices in Thailand, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Minibus to Hat Yai
    ฿700
  • Train to Kuala Lumpur
    ฿1,088
  • Ferry Tickets to Bankgok (for 2)
    ฿1,600
  • Ferry to Kho Tao (for 2)
    ฿600
  • Taxi boat to pier
    ฿100
  • Taxi boat
    ฿100
  • Bus from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
    ฿100
  • Bus to Krabi
    ฿340

Flights to Thailand

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Entertainment Budget in Thailand
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Thailand typically cost an average of ฿198 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    ฿198

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What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Thailand are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Thailand, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    ฿400
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    ฿100
  • Fish Pedicure
    ฿150
  • Kayak and Snorkel (2)
    ฿100
  • Wat Entrance
    ฿50
  • Temple Entrances (2)
    ฿200
  • Club Cover Charge
    ฿375
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    ฿2,400


Tips and Handouts Budget in Thailand
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Thailand is ฿32 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Thailand is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    ฿32


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Thailand
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Thailand is ฿313.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    ฿313


Alcohol Budget in Thailand
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about ฿87 on alcoholic beverages in Thailand per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    ฿87

What did other people spend on Alcohol?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Thailand are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Alcohol prices in Thailand, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Drinks at Irish Pub (for Two)
    ฿260
  • Cocktails (for Two)
    ฿300
  • Beer
    ฿90
  • Beer
    ฿65
  • Bottle of Wine
    ฿370
  • Beer (2)
    ฿140
  • Banana Daiquiri
    ฿200
  • Mojito Bucket
    ฿500


Water Budget in Thailand
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend ฿18 on bottled water in Thailand per day. The public water in Thailand is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    ฿18

What did other people spend on Water?

Typical prices for Water in Thailand are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Water prices in Thailand, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.


  • Water
    ฿50
  • Mango Shake
    ฿40
  • Coffee
    ฿35
  • Water
    ฿40
  • Coffee
    ฿50
  • Fruit Shake
    ฿90
  • Iced Coffee
    ฿100
  • Two Coffees
    ฿130


Last Updated: Apr 9, 2020
Thailand On a Budget
Thailand Similan Islands, Thailand
Thailand is a world renowned destination for its beaches, mountains, culture, and food. It's at the top of most traveler's wish list, and it's easy to see why it's grown in popularity. Thailand is also a country whose economy and infrastructure is focused on tourism. Because of this, many visitors feel frustrated with the atmosphere and often complain that they feel like walking ATMs. The best way to enjoy your time here is to relax, let things roll off your back, be prepared for frustrations, and make a point of getting outside of the most touristy areas. If you stay around the tourist crowds you'll have only a limited opportunity to see the authentic side of Thailand.

This is easily the most popular country for travelers in Southeast Asia. It has stunning beaches in the south, jungle and culture in the north, and a city filled with night life and activities in Bangkok. If you decide to spend a few days in Bangkok, head to Koh San Road if you're looking to party hard. If you're hoping for some isolated beaches, head south to the national park beaches such as Koh Tarutao, where you'll find few amenities, but equally few people. This is where you'll find one of the few isolated beaches in the country. Whatever you do don't miss trekking in the northern regions in Chiang Mai. This area is rich in culture and beauty. Chiang Mai is also one of the best places to sample Thai food. Food in the area is filled with flavors. Its spicy, but if you order it mild the restaurant often abides.

Due to its popularity, Thailand is one of the more expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia. Even so, the prices are dramatically less than those in western countries and many people find they can linger on the beaches or in the north for weeks on end without breaking their budget. The northern parts of the country are both more cultural and also more affordable. Accommodation and food on the beaches can be much more expensive, and in some places reservations are required as the rooms can fill up quickly. The quality can also be frustratingly poor in some places so do make sure you see the room or read reviews before committing to a place.
At A Glance
  • Because Thailand is one of the more touristy countries in Southeast Asia, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the crowds and the hassle. If you find yourself getting a little frustrated, head to the northern parts of the country where the atmosphere is more relaxed and mellow. The highlands are beautiful and you can have a wonderful cultural experience at a far more affordable price.

  • The food in Thailand is absolutely delicious. It is generally served quite spicy and can overwhelm many people's palates. If you're hoping for a milder variety of a specific dish, ask for it with "no spice." While many locals don't understand the word mild, they do understand "no spice." They usually abide by these instructions, but not always.

  • If you're really enjoying the food in Thailand then consider taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai. These classes often last a full day and they are loads of fun. The teachers keep the classes light and humorous and the food provides a full days worth of meals. You can often arrange classes through your hotel or a local travel agency.

  • Many people use VIP buses to travel around Thailand. These buses are decent in quality but the connections are often poorly thought out and inconvenient. Once a booking agent has your money you are really at their mercy. Consider finding the local bus station and traveling with public buses which are far cheaper and often times more convenient.

  • There are many popular beaches in Thailand with some of the most famous being on Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, and Koh Samui. If you're looking for a more remote and peaceful experience look into any of the national parks around the country. Some have cabins available where you can camp and others have tents available for rent.



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Hitting the beach in Koh Samui?
Top Tourist Attractions
The Grand Palace: This truly is an absolutely grand palace. It is located in Bangkok and is impressive in its size and intricate details. It's bright colors and impressive architecture make it well worth a visit.

Khao Yai National Park: In the northeastern part of the country, this national park is the best spot to see elephants, tigers and a variety of birds. If you're looking to get away from crowded beaches and see some wildlife, this is the best place to go.

Ko Tarutao: This uniquely quiet beach is a great place to enjoy a remote, beautiful, and isolated beach in Thailand. You can camp or stay in one of the cabins available on the island.

Popular Foods
Thai food has grown into one of the most popular Asian cuisines. It's staples include noodles and rice and it is often made from a spicy curry, coconut, and seafood. Tofu is also a popular ingredient in many Thai dishes, and vegetarians want be hard pressed to find meals they can eat.

Pad Thai: Probably the most popular dish in the country, pad thai is a staple dish made with rice noodles, eggs, fish sauce, and peanuts. It's available for very cheap from street vendors, but you'll find the best varieties in restaurants in larger cities. Some varieties can be quite spicy, while others are milder. It's often topped with chicken, prawns, or tofu.

Penang Curry: This is a delicious Thai curry that is generally milder than the green or red curries. It has a rich peanut based sauce and is often served with chicken or beef. It's often served with a side of rice and is available in most restaurants.

Thai Iced Tea: This unique take on iced tea is a very strong tea served with ice and a very sweet condensed milk. It's a great way to break of the spiciness of a dish.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Koh Tarutao, A Secluded Beach in Thailand!

By wanderinggurl
If you've partied a little too hard and need a break on an isolated beach in Thailand, there is actually one left. Head toward the border with Malaysia, hop on a ferry and check out Koh Tarutao. It's a national park with very limited food options, but you'll practically have the beach to yourself.

Renting a Motorbike

By wanderinggurl in Transportation
If you're going to rent a motorbike in Thailand, make sure you check it thoroughly before you head out. As with any rental place anywhere else, make sure the bike is in good shape and make note of any dents or damage. Renting a motorbike is lots of fun, but drive safe and smart!

Take the Local Buses

By Bryan in Intercity Transportation
When traveling from city to city in Thailand, local travel agents will tell you how cheap and how great the tourists buses are. In reality, they are much more expensive than the local buses, and take the same amount of time. The level of service is also sorely lacking on some of the buses. Drivers tend to let passengers off on the side of the highway instead of pulling closer to town centers, even though they advertise that they will take you all the way to your destination. Other times, the quality of the bus will not be the same as the one that you are shown in a photo at the travel agency where you buy your tickets. The local buses are run by the government. They are not always nice, and some are run down. However, they always run on an efficient schedule, clearly state where and when they will stop, and are not pressured to dump you off on the side of the road to make a faster commission. For better service, you pay a lower price. Amazing!

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