Thailand is a country that can be enjoyed by independent travelers as long as you are careful about hygiene and rip-offs.
There are not many security issues.
In this article, we have compiled a list of how to make personal arrangements for travel to Thailand, tips for making reservations at a reasonable price, and points to keep in mind.
If you are planning to go to Thailand, this is a must-read for you.
Tours vs. independent travel. It’s cheaper to go to Thailand on your own!
It’s always cheaper to go on an independent trip
If you want to know whether it is cheaper to go to Thailand by tour or independent travel, independent travel is often cheaper. .
If you use LCC, you can book a flight for $200 round trip and a hotel for about $30-$50 per night.
The total cost for 4 days and 3 nights was 600 dollars
In fact, the total cost of my privately arranged trip to Thailand was $600.
- Air ticket $320
- Hotel $78
- Meals: $40
- Transportation: $27
- Transportation $27
- Souvenirs $82
- Sightseeing $18
- Massage $36
- Money spent at the bar $14
Compared to tours, independent travel can always be cheaper.
▼ To learn more about the cost of traveling to Thailand, click here.
During off-season weekdays, tours may be cheaper.
For weekday departures during the off-season, tours may be cheaper.
Many of the HIS cheap tours depart on weekdays, so I recommend them to people who can travel on weekdays.
Some of the tours are quite affordable, so I try to check out the HIS tours once.
If I can’t find anything that fits my schedule and requirements, I try to make my own arrangements.
Thailand is not a safe country, but some precautions are necessary
Thailand is not an unsafe country.
However, if you are unused to Southeast Asia, there are some things you need to be aware of.
- You can’t drink tap water.
→Buy mineral water
- Some food stalls are not hygienic
- Food courts in shopping centers are safe
- Tourist spots are rife with rip-offs
→Check the market price in advance
- Haggling is a must at markets
→Decide for yourself how much you are willing to pay
If you take care of these things, independent travel is not difficult.
Most tourist spots can be reached by train, and if you use the cab dispatch app “Grab,” you will have no trouble getting around.
The first time I went to Thailand, I also went on my own.
[Independent travel to Thailand] How to book and prepare for your trip
Step 1: First, book your airline ticket
Here is a detailed explanation of how to book for independent travel.
Let’s start with booking your airline tickets, which can often be found for $200-$300 round trip on LCCs.
Both of them have Japanese customer support and are reliable. I’ve used them many times and have never had any trouble with them.
Expedia is the world’s largest online travel agency for booking overseas flights and hotels.
It’s like an overseas version of Rakuten Travel.
It has a Japanese language website and Japanese customer support, so you can use it with peace of mind.
There is also a campaign where you can get up to $0 off your hotel bill if you book your flight and hotel together.
Surprise is a subsidiary of HIS, a Japanese It is a Japanese company.
It is a Japanese company, and I feel comfortable using a Japanese company in terms of customer support.
I often use them to book airline tickets because they often offer cheap airline tickets.
A note on LCCs
If this is your first time to travel overseas by LCC, there are some things you should be aware of.
- Checked baggage is charged
- You can’t cancel or change your reservation
Be sure to check before you book, especially since many tickets have charged checked baggage.
Step 2: Book a hotel
Once you have booked your flight tickets, you can proceed to book your hotel.
The center of Bangkok is “Siam”. It has a number of shopping centers and is a major transportation hub.
The closer you are to Siam, the more convenient it is, you can safely assume.
If you look for a map like the one below, you can easily understand the location.
Here are three sites that I use to book hotels. All of them are safe to use.
I often use “Expedia” for hotel reservations.
Expedia has limited sales every day, sometimes 50% off on hotels.
You can find some pretty good deals on hotels, so I tend to book through Expedia!
Booking.com is a website for booking hotels overseas.
The largest number of hotels in the world. .
Booking.com has the largest number of hotels in the world, and has a wealth of reviews, so you can choose a hotel after careful examination.
agoda is a hotel booking site that is strong in Asia.
There are hotels that are not listed on Expedia or Booking.com, so I check them out before I book.
agoda also has a limited sale every day, and I have been able to book a hotel at a very reasonable price.
Recommended Hotels in Bangkok
The Urban House is located in the heart of Bangkok, and I can actually stay there and recommend it quite highly.
It is located in Silom and is quite well located, and it is full of cleanliness and comfort.
The lady who owns the hotel is very kind and I would recommend this hotel for a first time stay in Thailand.
Note: Women are recommended to stay in hotels near train stations
Women are advised to choose a hotel that is not too far from the train station.
If you are a solo female traveler, try to choose a hotel that faces a main street instead of a small street called soi.
The small streets called soi in Thailand are not very crowded.
Step 3: Decide where to go locally
Once you’ve booked your flight and hotel, it’s time to make your plans for the local area.
Step 4: Think about your local transportation
Once you have decided where you want to go, it is time to find out how to get there.
From the airport to the city
From Dom An Airport, where the LCC arrives, there is a bus to Mo Chit.
Please go to the bus station at the airport and take the bus “A1”.
You can always get on without waiting more than 5 minutes. The fare is about 30 baht ($1.00) per person, and you will arrive at Mo Chit in about 20 to 30 minutes.
From Mo Chit, you can transfer to a train and travel anywhere in Bangkok.
Trains are convenient in Bangkok
Bangkok has a well-developed train system, so you can get to most of the tourist spots by train.
You can easily buy a ticket by telling the counter at the station where you are going.
▼ Click here for information on how to take the train in Bangkok.
Grab is cheap and convenient for multiple people.
A single train ride in Bangkok often costs about $1.30 per person.
If you are traveling with more than one person, it may be cheaper to use the Grab cab dispatch app.
Grab is a crazy easy way to get around, so if you want to use it, it’s convenient to download and set it up in Japan.
Note: Don’t take cabs near tourist attractions
Cabs parked near tourist attractions are often ripped off. Please be careful.
Generally, cabs in Thailand use meters.
However, there are some cabs that do not use meters, so be sure to check before you get in.
Also, if you use Grab, you don’t have to worry about being ripped off because the price is fixed in advance.
Step 5: Sign up for a local tour if you need one
If there are places that you find difficult to navigate on your own, take advantage of local tours.
For example, KKday, a website I often use, offers tours to Ayutthaya and the floating market.
This kind of tour is very easy because it takes you to the tourist attractions.
Step 6: Sign up for rental WiFi
When taking the bus or train, being able to use Googlemap is quite convenient.
Use a rental WiFi and make sure your phone is always connected to the Internet. It will make your trip more comfortable.
Step 7: Get travel insurance
Last but not least, don’t forget about travel insurance.
When you go to Thailand, be sure to take out travel insurance. It usually costs about $50 to $100 per person.
However, if you don’t have any problems with this travel insurance, you may feel that it is useless.
Tips to reduce the cost of traveling to Thailand
Apply for it three months before departure
To keep the cost of your trip to Thailand down, it is important to make your reservations three months before departure.
The recommended time is six months to three months before departure.
Airline ticket prices tend to be higher three months in advance.
Also, hotels tend to fill up first, starting with the cheapest and most popular ones, so it’s best to book early.
Avoid Japan’s major holidays
During the Golden Week and New Year holidays, travel costs can be three times higher than normal.
Thailand can be fully enjoyed even if you stay 4 days and 3 nights, so it is recommended to use regular weekends as much as possible.
It is better to avoid three consecutive holidays and make reservations.
For meals, go to food courts for cheap and delicious food
Local food is often the same price as in Japan at trendy restaurants.
However, it takes a lot of courage to go to a local food stall…
For people like that, food courts in shopping centers are recommended.
In particular, the food court in Terminal 21 is inexpensive, and you can get a full meal of Thai food for $2.
You should definitely try it!
Thailand is a country where you can enjoy independent travel
Thailand is a country that you can enjoy on your own as long as you are careful about hygiene and ripping people off.
Please be very careful on your trip, especially if you are not used to Southeast Asia.
Have a great trip!