Hi just for info on day 3 of our trip and our budgeted 1000 baht per day (there are 3 of us), is proving a bit tight if you (like us) enjoy a couple of beers with your meal. Average cost of a dish is between 100Baht (street stalls) or 140 to 250 baht) in a basic restaurant. Beer is between 70 and 120 b a bottle!
Theses are Pattaya pricesm leaving today for Koh Samet - lets see if any cheaper!
#1 lampyclip has been a member since 3/10/2009. Posts: 5
ah....dunno where you are eating on the street in Pattaya...100 baht for anything from a vendor is very expensive.
Restaurant prices also seem very expensive. What the hell are you eating?
If those are the prices you are getting in Pattaya, don't expect Koh Samet to be any cheaper...
#2 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180
I've only passed through Pattaya, not stayed there, but those meal prices are high - even for a tourist district. Are you eating crab or steak every meal?
If you're over budget, it should be easy to cut down on costs by eating real Thai food. Something like phad thai or phad kaprow gai (basil chicken) shouldn't be much more than 50B -- even in a basic restaurant that has an English menu!
Is the 1,000 baht per day for the three of you just for meals or your total budget?
Like the others have suggested, you can save money and still get fantastic, authentic food by being a bit careful about where you eat. We often look for the noodle shops that are a few blocks inland from the beaches and more touristed areas. That's where the locals and the workers eat. You should be able to get food and drink for significantly less than you've been paying. On Samet that is going to mean eating in hole-in-the-wall places in town and not along the beach.
Another easy way to save cash is to buy beer at 7-11's and other quickie marts rather than at restaurants. Look for specials on a particular brand that may be on offer at different shops - you'll save even more. Cheers.
Not eating lobster & steak, just basic fish/seafood to be grilled immediately...
Now in Koh samet and effectively prices much the same for beachside restos, but found a great 'backstreet' just near the entrance tonational park. (if your back is to the guard post, 7Eleven to your left, this is just a few yards further down on the right, just beside the beautiful golden buddah) its called 'Chilli', run by a swede but great authentic thai food served in european portions, so be carefull not to over order Average dish is 60Bht. Weather is great by the way!!!
#5 lampyclip has been a member since 3/10/2009. Posts: 5
well, obviously if you are eating fresh fish/seafood it's gonna be a little more expensive than eating chicken or pork with rice...
#6 furneburner has been a member since 5/9/2009. Posts: 180