Looking to spend a month in Thailand during February. Doing BKK, Chiang Mai, and islands. How much am I looking to budget for expenses? I'm good with hostels and ground transport is ok. What would be the best way to travel around the country given the length of my stay? Thanks!
#1 molocono has been a member since 6/9/2010. Posts: 24
during my last trip (Dec '09-Jan '10) i averaged about US $30-$35 per day for the four weeks i was travelling by myself. that was about 1200 baht/day back then; it would only be 1000 baht a day or so now with current exchange rates.
anyway, that was what i'd called Flashpacker-level accommodation at about 350-400 baht per day out of Bangkok and 600 baht a day or so in Bangkok; first-class air con buses when available and second-class air con when not available, and overnight sleeper trains for long-haul trips, like BKK to Chiang Mai and BKK to down south.
(for shorter-haul trips, the bus will likely be your best choice. they are cheap, plentiful, and usually pretty good for the shorter trips)
that budget included a mix of off-the-street noodles meals and some nice sit-down meals, daily internet, a beer or two, and a few massages every week. if you've got more money, you could easily add in tours and extra massages and more beer or whatever too.
hope that helps. have fun. cheers.
exacto, that's exactly the same trip I'm envisioning. Thanks for the info!
#3 molocono has been a member since 6/9/2010. Posts: 24
Should I book my accommodations in advance...or try to get something when I arrive then?
#4 molocono has been a member since 6/9/2010. Posts: 24
this question comes up quite a bit, so if you have a look around on the message board, you'll find lots of good ideas on when to book ahead and when not to.
personally, i typically only book ahead for the first night or two in country, particularly after a long-haul flight, or if i know i'll be arriving after dark.
apart from that however, i usually don't book ahead unless there is a specific place where i want to stay. plus, many really good backpacker-style places don't take reservations anyway, so you couldn't book ahead even if you wanted.
what you can do to reduce the chore of finding a place once you arrive is to do a bit of research, determine in which part of town (in Chiang Mai, for example) or which beach on which island you'd like to stay. then select two or three options that look pretty good to you from the descriptions and visitor feedback, and head there first. works for me anyway.