How much does a month backpacking in Thailand cost you?
Replies: 25 - Last Post: Oct 20, 2012 8:00 PM Last Post By: alwaystwirling
May 1, 2012 5:26 AM
How much does a month backpacking in Thailand cost you?Hi everyone!
In June, I'm going to Thailand for a month, together with my sister.
We both have onlu 800 dollars for the whole month, so 200 dollars a week, which is around 6332 Thailand Bath.
Of course we're not planning in staying in very luxery hotels, just hostels and stuff like that.
But we DO want to do things like elephant riding, water rafting, going to a Thai Boxing Game, the FMP and stuff like that. Also cultural things and different islands are things we really want to see/do. We just want to do as much as possible in that month in Thailand and get to see as many things!
So I was just wondering, could someone tell me if 800 dollars is enough? I'm a bit worried so I was just wondering what you would think you would need for a month backpacking in Thailand!
Thank you so much in advance!
May 1, 2012 5:56 AM
1Is that $800 each, or for both of you? If it's each, then you might just be able to get by, but it's at the tight end. You certainly don't have enough to really have a good time in terms of excursions or evening entertainment. You'd have to really watch what you spend. If it's $800 for both of you, then you don't have enough.
May 1, 2012 6:56 AM
2It's 'baht', by the way.
And 6000 baht per week is more than possible if you live and eat simply but you won't be able to do much of the touristy stuff as moving from place to place/island to island will cost.
Cheap room fan only in a shared dorm on an island 300-500baht, pay a little more for aircond so 25%-45% of your weekly budget will be just for accommodation. That leaves about 500-600 baht / day for food. Definitely tight budget.
I would save more if possible.
May 1, 2012 7:06 AM
3From the picture, I'm assuming you're female, which is good, as you'll need to share a room- that'll probably be cheaper than individual dorm beds ( not that I'd have a clue about what a dorm bed costs- just guessing ).
Forget the AC, that'll bump up the price.
You'll need to eat at food carts or 7/11, and forget about boozing.
I'd try to get some more money, if only as a back up, and DON'T think that not having travel insurance is OK. A couple of nights in a hospital will exceed your budget.
May 1, 2012 7:06 AM
May 1, 2012 7:11 AM
May 1, 2012 7:43 AM
6800 dollars probably enough for 16 days and then you can enjoy yourself a bit, but as ocean pacific says you'll be miserable counting every satang. We spend about 1500 pounds in a month (2 of us) and thats staying in fan bungalows, ( we usually pay around 600baht) eating well twice a day, with a couple of snorkelling trips, a few items of clothing, laundry, travelling costs, snacks and beers and generally having a few beachside massages, a few days hiring a bike and we dont party alot, maybe 2-3 beers each of an evening is enough for us.
May 1, 2012 8:06 AM
7going to a Thai Boxing Game
with a tight budget, watch for free at a local village/temple festival, or here in Bangkok: http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/bangkok/2011/07/12/sunday-afternoon-muay-thai-in-bangkok/
May 1, 2012 8:09 AM
8#6 We spend about 1500 pounds in a month (2 of us)
Is that between the 2 of you or each? As im going to Thailand next year and plan on spending £1K a month my boyfriend also is wanting to spend around the same so £2K between the 2 of us.
May 1, 2012 8:10 AM
May 1, 2012 8:26 AM
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May 1, 2012 11:06 AM
May 1, 2012 1:53 PM
13agree with all the posters above but will also add that to do a lot of the things you put on your list would require moving around a bit and that will cut quickly into your budget as well.
I know it is not the answer you want to hear, but if I only had $200 per week to spend even in Thailand I would just stay home and keep saving - I am sure it is technically possible to do, but it wold not be much of a vacation even for a backpacker.
May 1, 2012 4:55 PM
14Head straight down to Koh Phangan and find a cheap and cheerful bungalow and set up camp for the month.
Koh Phangan has elephants, boxing and the FMP.
A small budget works best if you dont move about too much. Buying bus, train and/or flight tickets every couple of days soon adds up.
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