Thailand Travel Tips for Planning Your Trip to Thailand
With its lush jungles, famed beaches, world-class diving, amazing food, and cheap prices, Thailand attracts visitors from all walks of life. You can find cheap guesthouses and $10,000 a night resorts in this country – sometimes even next to each other. Travel through Thailand is really easy. The country is a well-worn destination on the backpacking trail and everything is convenient and easy. Though well on the map, there are still good destinations to visit away from the tourist masses and prices. Overall, Thailand speaks for itself. It’s so well-known around the world that when you hear the name, you already think about beaches, beauty, jungles, and food. And your thoughts are dead on.
Accommodation – Thailand is very cheap, though the north is far cheaper than Bangkok and the islands. You can find cheap guest houses for as little $7 USD per night in cities and $4 USD per night in the countryside. On the islands or for a nicer room with air-con, expect to pay $17 USD and up per night. Basic bungalows cost the same. Hotels start at around $40 USD per night and go up from there. Big resorts on the islands start at $50 USD per night for a bungalow on the beach. Suk 11 Guesthouse (Bangkok), Chada Guesthouse (Bangkok), Julies (Chiang Mai), Kodchasri B&B (Chiang Mai), Pooh’s (Ko Lipe), Greenhouse (Khao Yai) are the best companies to use for accommodations.
Food – Food is really cheap in Thailand. Street food costs as little as $0.65 USD per meal, though on average you’ll spent about $1 – 1.50 per meal if you eat on the street. If you eat local food you can eat for around $3.50-5 USD a day. Western dishes cost between $5-10 USD, though they can be higher in the fancier western establishments. Isao Sushi (Bangkok), Catalana Tapas (Bangkok), Om Ganesh Indian (Ko Phangan), Dada Kafe (Chiang Mai) are four of my favorite restaurants.