Aside from its Insta-worthy beaches that everyone has added to their bucket lists, Thailand is a beautiful country that should be appreciated for its culture as well as its scenery. Everything about Thailand is exotic to travelers from the sights and sounds to its regional cuisine, and the best part? It usually comes at a pretty affordable rate for those planning a budget.
The toughest part about sticking to a budget will be deciding where to spend that money since there's so much to experience in such a country. The good news is that $100 USD is quite a solid amount to start with per day in Thailand, and this is what it will get travelers while they're there.
Trying Thailand's Food On $100 USD/Day
Right off the bat, according to Money, the best place to go for an affordable Thailand visit is Phuket. This is where USD will travel the furthest and it's one of the cheapest cities in the country for travelers, in nearly every aspect. To start, we first need to know the conversation rate.
- Conversion Rate: $100 USD equals 3,554 Thai baht
While this might not mean much now, this should put into perspective how far that will travel: $17 USD equates to roughly 600 baht, which is the same price as an expensive silk scarf or covering. So, not only is it enough to purchase high-quality goods, but it'll also be more than enough to spend on food per day. According to Budget Your Trip, the average cost of meals per day in Thailand is 481 baht. Since $100 USD equals 3,554 baht, this means that a traveler can probably get about seven full days of meals in Thailand if they stick to a budget. This could include trying street foods, opting for local restaurants rather than high-end dining establishments, and scoping out the grocery store for ready-made meals or cooking dinner at the hotel or rental. With the average meal being priced at about 198 baht per person per day, this is more than doable for a week-long vacation.
Pro tip: Thailand is home to some incredible street foods that should not be missed; not only are they delicious, but they'll fit perfectly within a budget.
Accommodations On A Budget In Thailand
When it comes to finding affordable lodging accommodations in Thailand, this will come down to where travelers choose to stay. As stated before, Phuket is very affordable to most travelers with plenty of options depending on one's budget. The pricier, higher-end accommodations can be found closer to the city in Bangkok, so those should probably be left out when determining a Thailand budget. Chiang Mai is a great alternative for those who wish to explore Bangkok but don't have it in the budget to stay within the city limits. The best way to do this is to arrange an overnight train trip into the city while making Chiang Mai a traveler's home base for the duration of the vacation.
Occasionally, it's even cheaper to stay in Chiang Mai as opposed to Phuket, depending on the time of the year. In order to avoid the peak season costs, travelers could opt to stay during the off-season which will afford them a bit more in the way of what can be spent on accommodations. The cheapest option (as with any country) is a hostel; on average, one night in a hostel for one person is roughly 1,000 baht. In USD, that's well under $100 and a traveler could afford to spend a full $100 on three nights, with some extra baht left over. Combined with food costs - which are usually well under 1,000 baht or $30 USD - and travelers can afford to fill an itinerary with a budget of $100/day.
Tips For Saving Even More Money
Some of the biggest costs for any traveler are food and transportation. In order to cut down on these, travelers might want to consider opting for street foods. Thailand is home to some of the best food in the world, and many dishes are simple and are quite affordable.
Those who opt to stay in a hostel or go with a rental such as Airbnb or another rental service are also in luck. More often than not, the neighborhood one is staying in has its own local food hub. This means that a good, affordable meal might be right around the corner without a person even realizing it - don't be afraid to ask hosts or the front desk for suggestions! Additionally, relying on transportation methods such as walking, bycicles, or scooters can be a huge help when it comes to cutting down the costs of a taxi or public transportation.