Currency

Thai baht (B)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than 1000B

  • Basic guesthouse room: 600–1000B
  • Market/street stall meal: 40–100B
  • Small bottle of beer: 100B
  • Public transport around town: 20–50B

Midrange: 1000–4000B

  • Flashpacker guesthouse or midrange hotel room: 1000–4000B
  • Western lunches and seafood dinner: 150–350B
  • Organised tour or activity: 1000–1500B
  • Motorbike hire: 150–250B

Top end: More than 4000B

  • Boutique hotel room: 4000B
  • Meal at fine-dining restaurant: 350–1000B
  • Private tours: 2000B
  • Car hire: from 800B per day

Bargaining

Thais respect a good haggler. Always let the vendor make the first offer, then ask ‘Can you lower the price?’. This usually results in a discount. Now it’s your turn to make a counter-offer. Always start low, but don’t bargain unless you’re serious about buying. If you’re buying several of an item, you have much more leverage to request and receive a lower price. It helps immeasurably to keep the negotiations relaxed and friendly.

Money

Banks line the main road through town, but for evening and weekend service you'll have to go to the Big C shopping mall along Hwy 23 north of town.