How much do 4 days in Bangkok as a backpacker cost? A general estimate based on my own spendings that will help you to explore Bangkok on a budget.
Before I flew to Bangkok I looked up how much my four days in Bangkok would cost me. And I was shocked when I saw the daily budget most websites listed. All amounts listed were above 60€ and it is safe to say that this was not my definition of exploring Bangkok on a budget. Therefore I made it my mission to see if I could do everything I wanted to and have a great time for less than 30€ per day. And I can say that I loved my time in the city.
I had bad luck with the weather on the day I wanted to do a day trip, so I ended up staying in the city. Therefore you should add the costs of the trip of your choice to your own budget. But even adding the more expensive tour will keep your daily budget below the 30€ mark.
Be aware of the fact that I spend four nights and four days in Bangkok. I had an early flight to the picturesque Vietnam on my fifth day, so I spend another night close the DMK airport.
The prices in this spending diary are in Thai Baht and in Euro. The exchange rate as of January 2020 is as follows: 100 THB equals 2.97 EUR, 2.54 GBP, 4.80 AUD, or 3.31 USD.
How much do 4 Days in Bangkok on a Budget cost?
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Accommodation: 1000 THB / 30,03€
I honestly loved how the hostels were structured as I felt like I had my own area. It honestly felt like the perfect compromise between the backpacker lifestyle and luxury.
If you explore Bangkok as a female solo traveler I can only recommend both of them to you.
Food and Drinks: 426 THB / 12,79€
If you are looking for a great and affordable restaurant close to Wat Pho, I can only recommend ‘Home Cafe Tha Tien’. It is located on a side street and the prices there are only a small percentage of those you find on the main street.
Transport: 474 THB / 14,24€
Somehow I ended up buying the wrong public transport card. There are two different systems that are not compatible, so check which mode of transportation you will actually use if you decide to buy one of them. During the rush hours the lines at the ticket machines can be quite long, so getting the correct card can save you quite a bit of time.
Entrance: 390 THB / 11,71€
The entrance fee of most temples in Bangkok is rather affordable. Hereby Wat Pho is the most expensive temple, but it is well worth the fee.
Wat Pho: 200 THB
all others temples: free or 40 – 50 THB
Sim Card and Data: 299 THB / 8,98€
I honestly overpaid as there are cheaper options, but I decided to buy a sim card the moment I arrived at the airport. Admittedly I didn’t really really look up how to get to my accommodation so I had to bite the bullet. If you want to explore Bangkok on a budget, it is better to buy one at a supermarket. Knowing which sim card is best for you is definitely one of the things to know before going to Thailand.
Souvenirs: 50 THB / 1,50€
Things I did not do in Bangkok
There are several things I ended up not doing due to the weather. Below you can check out the current prices for these common touristic activities in Bangkok.
Additionally, you should consider doing some non-touristic activities in Bangkok. Most of them are very budget-friendly and you will easily be able to do them for less than 20€ per day.
Grand Palace: 500 THB
I can only advise you to check if the Grand Palace is something you actually want to see as the price is quite high. After exploring a multitude of temples while in Bangkok, I honestly reached the point where I felt “templed out”. And therefore I did not mind skipping it this time around. It tends to be full of people so it is best to arrive there as soon as the Grand Palace opens.
Railway Market & Floating Market Day Trip
It is possible to book a tour that only takes you to one location. Both both the Railway Market and the Floating Market are located west of Bangkok, so it is perfect to combine them. Especially if you want to explore Bangkok on a budget, as the combi trip saves you quite a bit of money. If you book a tour, a combi trip should cost you approx. 25 USD.
Ayutthaya Day Trip: 40 USD
Visiting Ayutthaya is something I really wanted to do. And while I cannot tell you about my own experience, I saw the pictures friends of mine took there. And let me tell you that it looks incredible. Go there if you have the time and tell me all about it!
Bangkok on a Budget: My Spendings
Daily Budget in Bangkok: 660 THB / 19,81€
Total Cost of 4 Days in Bangkok: 2639 THB / 79,25€
Traveling Asia on a Budget
If Bangkok or Thailand are only one part of a longer Asia trip and you should check out my other budget guides. So far this series covers Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Bali. And to my surprise, Bangkok was one of my cheapest destinations in Asia. So please do not let anyone tell you that it is impossible to explore Bangkok on a budget. Doing day trips might raise your daily budget, but it will still be an affordable city.