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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed/basic guesthouse room: 150–800B
  • Street-stall meals: 150–300B
  • One or two of the big-hitter sights: 500–600B
  • Getting around on public transport: 20–100B
  • Flashpacker guesthouse or midrange hotel room: 800–1500B
  • Street and restaurant meals: 500–1000B
  • Most, if not all, of the big sights: 500–1000B
  • Getting around with public transport and occasional taxis: 100–300B
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique hotel room: 4000B
  • Fine dining: 1500–3000B
  • Private tours from: 1000B
  • Getting around in taxis: 300–800B

Most places deal only with cash. Some foreign credit cards are accepted in high-end establishments.


Tipping is not generally expected in Thailand, though it is appreciated. The exception is loose change from a large restaurant bill – if a meal costs 488B and you pay with a 500B note, some Thais will leave the 12B change. At many hotel restaurants or other upmarket eateries, a 10% service charge will be added to your bill.