In this article, the author, who goes to Thailand once every six months, will introduce the travel expenses for a trip to Thailand.
I have included the budget and accommodation costs for a 3-night/4-day trip and a 2-night/3-day trip, so please refer to them for reference.
Prices in Thailand are not as cheap as they used to be, but you can still travel cheaper than in Japan! .
Let’s save wisely and enjoy our trip to Thailand at a reasonable price!
★I compared several travel agencies and found that HIS is the cheapest for travel to Thailand. A four-day free plan including airfare (including surcharges), hotel, and breakfast was available from $248. The most popular ones disappear first, so book early! →HIS Thailand Travel
- Total cost for a 4-day/3-night trip to Thailand: 600 dollars per person
- Budget for a 3-day, 2-night trip to Bangkok, Thailand: 500 dollars
- Tours vs. independent travel; HIS makes tours cheaper
- What’s so expensive in Thailand these days?
- Flights to Thailand are 200-300 dollars round trip by LCC
- Hotels in Bangkok are about per room per night
- 30 dollars per person for local transportation in Thailand
- Food for 4 days and 3 nights in Thailand: 40 dollars per person
- per person for souvenirs in Thailand
- Massages cost 36 dollars per person
- Sightseeing in Thailand cost us 18 dollars per person
- The fee we spent at the bar was 14.73 dollars per person
- When it is cheap to travel to Thailand
- You only need to bring 0 with you to Thailand for currency exchange
- 6 points to save money on your trip to Thailand
- Is the new coronavirus safe in Thailand?
- Summary: A trip to Thailand costs 600 dollars per person
Total cost for a 4-day/3-night trip to Thailand: 600 dollars per person
In conclusion, the budget for a 4-day/3-night trip to Thailand is $600 per person.
|Air ticket||300 dollars|
|Food expense||40 dollars|
|Transportation Fee||30 dollars|
|Souvenir money||80 dollars|
|Tourist fare||20 dollars|
|Money spent at the bar||15 dollars|
If you go by LCC, you can get a ticket for around $300 round trip.
In central Bangkok, you can book a twin room for $40-$50 per night, or about $20-$25 per person if you’re staying with two people!
If you eat Thai food at a food court, it costs $2 to $3 per meal. If you eat Thai food at a food court, it will cost you $2 to $3 per meal.
We actually spent $600 per person after 4 days of fun! It’s probably cheaper than a domestic trip!
Budget for a 3-day, 2-night trip to Bangkok, Thailand: 500 dollars
The budget for 3 days and 2 nights is $500. The price of round-trip airfare remains the same, and food and hotel costs are lower than for 4 days and 3 nights.
|Air ticket||320 dollars|
|Food expense||30 dollars|
|Transportation Fee||20 dollars|
|Souvenir money||60 dollars|
|Tourist fare||10 dollars|
I have also been to Bangkok for 3 days and 2 nights, and I still spent a total of $500.
I wasn’t saving that much, so I think that’s an average price.
Tours vs. independent travel; HIS makes tours cheaper
When traveling to Thailand, is it cheaper to go on a tour or travel independently? I’m sure some of you are wondering.
In conclusion, if you can join the cheapest tour from HIS, it is the cheapest.
HIS had a 4-day Bangkok plan for $248, including round-trip airfare (including surcharges), hotel, and breakfast!
If you go with this plan, you can travel to Thailand for 4 days for a total of $500.
I think you should check HIS first, and if the dates don’t work for you, you should consider independent travel.
What’s so expensive in Thailand these days?
When you think of Thailand, you probably have an image of low prices. However, recently, with the economic growth, prices have been going up and up…
I go to Thailand once every six months, and every time I go, the cost of living goes up…
I go to Thailand every six months, and every time I go, the prices go up… However, it is still cheaper than Japan, so I think you can enjoy your trip.
I’ll give you a rough idea of how much it costs.
- A meal at a food court: $2 to $3
- Trendy and trendy cafe: $4
- Fashionable, air-conditioned restaurant: $8-$1,000
- One hour massage: $10-$30
- First ride in a cab: $1.23
I have the impression that restaurants and cafes, especially for tourists, are priced higher and not much different from Japan.
So while traveling, you can save money by making good use of clean but cheap food courts.
From the next chapter, I will explain in detail about travel costs in Thailand, including airfare, hotels, and sightseeing costs.
Flights to Thailand are 200-300 dollars round trip by LCC
LCC is essential to go cheaply
You should expect to pay about $200-$300 for a round-trip ticket on an LCC.
Flight tickets we purchased (for two people)
・Handling fee: $32
・Checked baggage 20kg $46
・4 in-flight meals (round trip x 2 people) $24
The total cost was $319.50 per person.
In terms of the simple ticket price, it was about $260 per person, but with the optional fees and commissions, the total came to about $320.
I think that even if you find a cheap ticket, the total will often be $300 after fees and options.
You can add checked baggage as an option for one person
LCCs do not allow you to check in your luggage unless you have the option of checked baggage. Carry-on baggage is also available, but it is limited to 7 kg per person.
For example, if you are traveling to Thailand with two people, you only need to add one person’s checked baggage option as long as the luggage you are checking in is less than 20kg.
Even if you have two pieces of luggage, as long as the total weight is less than 20 kg, you only need to add the option for one person.
Save money by adding only one person to your checked baggage on the way back
We added the checked baggage option to our return ticket for one person only.
On the way there, we can pack our backpacks, and we’re limited to 7 kg per person in carry-on. .
On the way back, I checked in 20 kilos of checked baggage, which is a bit of a challenge to keep down to 7 kilos, but it’s fine for about 3 nights.
It is a little difficult to keep it to 7 kilos, but it is fine for 3 nights.
How to find an airline ticket
Both of them have Japanese customer support and are safe. I’ve used them many times and have never had any trouble.
Expedia is the world’s largest online travel agency for booking overseas flights and hotels.
It’s like an overseas version of Rakuten Travel.
With a Japanese website and Japanese customer support, you can use it with confidence.
Surprise is a subsidiary of HIS and is a Japanese company.
In terms of customer support, Japanese companies can be used with confidence.
I often use it to book airline tickets because it often deals with cheap airline tickets.
Points to look for cheap airline tickets
If you don’t have a specific date in mind, try searching by week or day in different patterns.
Avoid flights departing on Fridays and Saturdays, as they are expensive.
It is cheaper to depart from Monday to Thursday. It is cheaper to depart on Sunday than Saturday.
The cheapest tickets may not be available on all sites, so check each site such as HIS.
Hotels in Bangkok are about per room per night
The hotel we stayed at cost about $50 per room per night.
Most hotels cost about $50 for a room that is near a train station, in the center of Bangkok, and clean.
It’s about $25 per person per night, so it’s cheaper than hotels in Japan. .
You can stay a bit cheaper if you can walk from the station or in the suburbs of Bangkok.
Hotels we stayed at
・Urban Hotel, $50 per room per night.
・About 5 minutes walk from Silom station.
・Clean rooms and bathrooms.
・Breakfast is included (simple bread, yogurt, juice, etc.)
・The owner lady is very kind.
・Recommended for first time visitors to Bangkok.
Silom was a very convenient place to stay, close to Siam, the center of Bangkok. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to do sightseeing in Bangkok efficiently.
The hotel is also famous for its really high review ratings.
Expedia is recommended for booking.
Recommended sites for individual hotel bookings
We often make our own personal arrangements for hotel reservations.
Here are three sites we use all the time!
We often use Expedia for our hotel bookings.
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.
Women should stay in hotels near train stations
For women traveling to Bangkok, I recommend a hotel close to the train station. Although Bangkok is relatively safe, you never know what kind of trouble a woman might encounter when walking around at night.
Try to stay in a hotel that is as close to the train station as possible, and as close to the main road as possible. soi is a small street with few people on it, and it is often quite dark at night.
30 dollars per person for local transportation in Thailand
The local transportation fee we spent in Thailand was $30 per person.
For a four-day trip, I think $30 is enough to cover the transportation costs.
The bus is a cheap way to get out of the city from Dom An Airport
If you are going to Thailand by LCC, your arrival is at a place called Dom An Airport.
If you want to go out of the airport to the city, the bus is cheap.
You can get to Mo Chit station for 30 baht ($1.06) per person one way. We went to the airport by bus and took a cab on the way back because we had a lot of luggage.
If you take a cab from Bangkok city to the airport, the fare is 420 baht ($14.83) including the expressway fee.
Train is the most convenient way to get around Bangkok
You can get around Bangkok to some extent by train. The following two types of trains will get you to most of the places you want to go.
・Bangkok Skytrain BTS: 16 – 59 baht ($0.56 – $2.06)
・Bangkok Subway MRT: 14-70 baht ($0.49-2.45)
▼ The following article explains in detail how to ride Bangkok’s trains and how much they cost.
Cabs are sometimes cheaper than trains for two or more people.
A 20-minute drive will cost you about 100 baht ($3.50) to take a cab. The first ride is 35 baht ($1.23).
The fare is often the same as the combined fare for two people on the BTS, so it is cheaper and easier to take a cab if there are more than two people.
Just be careful during the morning and evening commute, or when it rains, as Bangkok gets very congested.
Tuk-tuks are surprisingly expensive
When you think of Thailand, you think tuk-tuk! I’m sure there are many people who think so. These tuk-tuks are surprisingly expensive.
You must negotiate the price with the driver before you get in.
We paid 300 baht ($10.59) for a 20-minute drive, but the cab on the way back was 100 baht ($3.55).
You could say that it depends on the negotiation, but I got the impression that Japanese people, who are completely tourists, are only allowed to pay a higher price.
Still, tuk-tuks are a fun and typical Thai vehicle! It’s also good to ride them as a tourist.
You can get to Ayutthaya by local train for 0.70 dollar one way
Many people from Bangkok go to Ayutthaya for sightseeing. You can take a train from Phalambone station to Ayutthaya.
The local train was crazy cheap, costing us 20 baht ($0.70) one way!
What we spent on transportation
・Bus from the airport: $2.11 (30 x 2THB)
・BTS in Bangkok: $17.20 (250THB)
・Return train to Ayutthaya: $2.82 (40 x 2THB)
・Tuk-tuk $10.59 (300THB)
・Motorcycle rental in Ayutthaya: $8.83 (250THB)
・Gasoline: $0.70 (20THB)
・The cab I took in the city cost $10.59 (300THB)
・Cab to the airport: $10.59 (300THB)
・Highway fare: $4.23 (120THB)
Food for 4 days and 3 nights in Thailand: 40 dollars per person
I think you can save a lot of money on food in Thailand if you want to.
For a four-day trip, $40 per person is enough to cover the cost of food.
You can eat at food stalls and food courts for as little as $2 a meal!
However, beautiful restaurants in tourist areas and those listed in the guidebooks are just as expensive as in Japan.
I recommend the food court
If you want to save money, I recommend the food courts in shopping centers. You can eat clean and delicious Thai food.
We go to MBK and the food court at the Terminal 21 shopping center.
▼ You can read more about MBK in the following article.
What we spent on food
・Water: $0.35 (10THB)
・Strawberry milk: $0.88 (25THB)
・Drinks: $2.50 (71THB)
・Pocari $1.40 (40THB)
・Water and Coke 1.40 USD (40THB)
・Drinks and snacks at a convenience store: $2.47 (70THB)
・Fruit juice x 2 $3.78 (107THB)
・Water and snacks $2.64 (75THB)
・Thai tea $3.55 (100THB)
・Mac $9.53 (270THB)
・Water and tea: $4.23 (120THB)
・Food at the MBK food court: $9.89 (280THB)
・Juice and snacks: $2.08 (59THB)
・Lunch: $24.30 (688THB)
・Coconut ice cream $1.40 (40THB)
・Tsukune from the stall: $0.35 (10THB)
・Jelly juice: $1.40 (40THB)
・Lunch in Ayutthaya: $6.88 (195THB)
・Water: $0.45 (13THB)
per person for souvenirs in Thailand
We like to buy groceries, snacks, and cosmetics overseas, so I think we bought a little too much…
But if you are looking forward to shopping in Thailand, it would be fun to set aside $50 to $80.
What we spent on souvenirs
Dress: $10.59 (300THB)
Basket bag $24.73 (700THB)
Celadon baked goods x 2 $20.49 (580THB)
Thai pants x 2 $7.06 (200THB)
Shirt $8.83 (250THB)
Souvenirs of sweets and food from the supermarket $52.39 (1482THB)
Cosmetics at the drugstore: $23.91 (677THB)
▼ The souvenirs we bought in Thailand are listed in the following article.
Massages cost 36 dollars per person
Thailand is massage heaven! A one-hour traditional Thai massage costs about 200 baht ($7.06) at a cheap store.
I went for a massage every day for three days, and the total cost was $36 per person. It’s incomparably cheaper than in Japan.
Massages we paid for in Thailand
Thai traditional massage for 2 people: $19.07 (540THB)
Oil massage for 2 people: $35.33 (1000THB)
Sightseeing in Thailand cost us 18 dollars per person
The cost of sightseeing in Thailand was about $18 per person. In our case, this was for sightseeing in Ayutthaya.
I think most of the sightseeing cost in Bangkok is for temples, so I have listed the entrance fees for the 3 temples for your reference.
Entrance Fees to Bangkok’s 3 Temples
・The Royal Palace in Bangkok: $17.66 (500THB)
・Wat Pho: $7 (200THB)
・Wat Arun 1.76 USD (50THB)
The entrance fee for Wat Pho has increased in 2019.
What we paid for sightseeing
Ayutthaya temple entrance fee x 2 $4.94 (140THB)
Statue ride x 2 $28.26 (800THB)
Photo with the statue x2 $2.82 (80THB)
The fee we spent at the bar was 14.73 dollars per person
There are many rooftop bars in Bangkok. We went to two of them.
・Bayork Sky Hotel: $8.30 (235THB)
・Marriott: $21.19 (600THB)
Even if you have 3 or 4 drinks at a luxury hotel, it will cost you less than $20, so you can easily go there.
When it is cheap to travel to Thailand
If I’m going to Thailand, I want to go when it’s cheap! I’m sure you’ll agree.
Prices for travel to Thailand do not fluctuate much throughout the year.
Thai travel prices do not fluctuate much throughout the year. The price can go up to four to five times the normal price.
- New Year’s Eve
- Golden Week
- Summer vacation
- Summer vacation
- Three consecutive holidays in Japan
It is recommended to avoid consecutive holidays because you can go there at normal rates just by shifting one week from the year-end and New Year holidays and Obon holidays.
You can travel to Thailand in four days, so take two paid days on Saturday and Sunday to get there.
You only need to bring 0 with you to Thailand for currency exchange
You can bring $200 to $300 to spend locally.
There are many stores in Thailand that accept credit cards, so you can pay with your card if you have made a lot of purchases.
The exchange rate is better in Thailand, so just bring some dollars with you. There are many money changers in the city of Bangkok!
6 points to save money on your trip to Thailand
Point 1: Use LCCs
To go to Thailand cheaply, using an LCC is a must. You can cut your travel costs in half just by going by LCC. .
A typical LCC to Thailand is Air Asia. You can get a round trip ticket for about $200.
A round trip ticket on a full carrier costs about $600, so it’s really cheap.
However, LCCs charge an optional fee for everything else except flying. If you add anything as an option, it will cost an additional $50 to $100 on top of the $200 airfare.
・Checked baggage (not carry-on baggage, but checked baggage)
・Drinks such as water and juice
Point 2: Don’t let the long vacations in Japan get in the way
LCCs have many flights and you can usually get a round trip ticket for $200 to $300. There are exceptions, however, such as Obon, New Year’s, and Golden Week holidays, when prices go up due to the large number of Japanese people traveling. .
If you want to go to Thailand cheaply, do not cover those long vacations.
If you want to go to Thailand cheaply, don’t schedule your trip on those long holidays, but if you schedule it on a normal weekend or a three-day weekend, the price won’t be that high.
Point 3: Exchange money locally in Thailand
I exchange money in Thailand, not in Japan. This is because the exchange rate is better when you exchange money in Thailand.
You can exchange money right at the airport when you arrive in Thailand, so you don’t have to worry about it.
Also, there are many banks and places to exchange money in the city, so it is convenient to exchange money in one go in the city.
Point 4: Make good use of the food courts in shopping centers for meals
I’ve often heard that food is cheap in Thailand, but many beautiful restaurants are about the same price as in Japan.
However, if you are afraid of eating at a food stall because you might get sick to your stomach, I recommend you to go to a food court.
Many shopping centers have food courts, where you can eat delicious Thai food for about $2 a meal. .
I often go to food courts in Thailand because they are clean, tasty, and cheap.
Is the new coronavirus safe in Thailand?
※Added on April 21, 2020.※
Some of you are thinking of traveling to Thailand and are worried about coronavirus.
As of April 21, 2020, Thailand has banned all foreigners from entering the country.
On the Thai page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I found the following warning.
Due to the declaration of a state of emergency, the entry of foreigners is prohibited in principle. However, only foreigners with work permits, diplomatic missions, employees of international organizations, government representatives, etc. may enter the country upon presentation of a health certificate (issued within 72 hours of departure) and a letter issued by the Thai Embassy/Consulate General at the place of departure (only for foreigners with work permits).
Currently, Japanese travelers are not allowed to go to Thailand. This rule may change in the future, and will be updated as soon as it does.
Summary: A trip to Thailand costs 600 dollars per person
|Air ticket||320 dollars|
|Food Expense||40 dollars|
|Transportation Fee||27 dollars|
|Souvenir money||82 dollars|
|Tourist fare||18 dollars|
|Money spent at the bar.||14 dollars|
Prices are certainly going up, but you can still travel cheaper than within Japan.
Get creative and make the most of your trip to Thailand!
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