My expenses in Thailand

12 nights (Bangkok, Ko Lanta, and Ko Phi Phi)

I use a combination of Wunderlist, Google Sheets and the app Money Lover to track my expenses while on the road. They’re grouped under either of the following 6 categories: Accommodation, Food, Transportation, Sightseeing & Activities, Supermarket, or Personal.

The numbers used in calculation are in Thailand’s official currency, Thai Baht ฿.
 Here’s an overview of what my Thailand expenses were like:

I spent the most on Accommodation and Food (What was I eating?). The expenses under Personal are little indulgences that helped me unwind; they include entries like organic coconut oil, foot massage, and dark chocolate. Most of them could be avoided on a stricter budget but only the insane forego a foot massage when in Thailand.

Let’s break it down

Return flight from Dubai to Bangkok = THB 15,707
Visa on Arrival = THB 1,000

FOOD = THB 6,313
Most expensive
Dinner (veg green curry, white rice, long island iced tea) @ Soi 11, Bangkok for ฿450
Cheapest
Sausage cuts & Ice-cream for ฿23

ACCOMMODATION = THB 6,870
Most expensive
Deluxe Villa in Residences Suvarnabhumi Hotel, Bangkok for ฿1,300/night
Cheapest
Lemonade Hotel in Ko Lanta (splitting a triple room three-ways) for ฿300/person/night

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES = THB 4,920
Most expensive
Thai Cooking Class in Ko Lanta for ฿1,600pp
Cheapest
Full-day bicycle rental for ฿120

TRANSPORTATION = THB 2,262
Most expensive
Bus from Krabi to Ko Lanta ฿350
Cheapest
Local train from DMK Airport to Hua Lamphong, Bangkok ฿5

PERSONAL = THB 3,190
Most expensive
Umbrella, organic coconut oil, body scrub for ฿760
Cheapest
Powder brush & brow scissors ฿170

SUPERMARKET = THB 2,060
Most expensive
Snacks and essentials (toiletries) ฿790
Cheapest
Water and ice-lolly ฿50

12 nights in Thailand
THB 25,615

AED 2,705

I was travelling with friends and our days were filled with activities that shapes most tourists’ holidays. To give you an idea of what to budget for, here’s what a day’s expenses (approx.) for an average vacationer would look like:

MRT fare one-way: ฿25 (you’d take at least three of these in a day)
If an MRT trip is combined with BTS, a one-way: ฿40
Lunch: ฿200
Foot massage: ฿280
Ferry one-way: ฿14
7/11: ฿30 – ฿150
Dinner and a drink: ฿250 – ฿400

To the above, add your chosen:
Tourist-site entrance fees;
Accommodation (ours cost ฿300 pp/n for a triple room via AirBnB)

Bicycle Rent: ฿120
Lunch: ฿180 – ฿250
7/11: ฿30 – ฿150
Dinner and a drink: ฿350- ฿400

To the above, add your chosen:
Island hopping tours: ฿600 – ฿1,000, Cooking class: ฿1,600;
Accommodation (we paid ฿300 pp/n for a triple room in a hotel)


I hope this cost breakdown and my trip diaries help you make that decision to go visit Thailand.
If only for the cheap and excellent massages, the delicious food, and the welcoming people.

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