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 Bangkok travel budget per day 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 succeeded and while being able to say that I loved my time in the city.
The prices in this guide of Bangkok vacation costs 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 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€
Finding the best local food on your own can be a struggle, but it is also a good option to maintain a low Bangkok travel budget. You can grab some street food or ask locals which places they recommend. They will know the best and most affordable places.
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€
Entrance: 390 THB / 11,71€
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 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€
I buy a magnet wherever I go and finding one away from Khao San Road was a real struggle. So if you want touristy souvenirs it is the best location.
Bangkok Travel Budget: Costs of 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 Bangkok Travel Budget
Daily Budget in Bangkok: 660 THB / 19,81€
Total Cost of 4 Days in Bangkok: 2639 THB / 79,25€
Exploring Asia on a Budget
To my surprise, Bangkok was one of the cheapest destinations I visited in Asia. So please do not let anyone tell you that it is impossible to explore Bangkok on a budget or that your Bangkok travel budget has to be astronomic. Doing day trips might raise your daily budget in Bangkok, but it can still be an affordable city trip.
Planning a trip soon? Check out these useful websites and resources that I use to plan my own adventures
Infographic: Bangkok Travel Budget
Roundup: Bangkok Travel Budget
It is possible to explore Bangkok and a relatively small budget without missing out on all the amazing things you can do in the city. If you want to minimize the Bangkok vacation cost of your city trip, you just have to look for restaurants that are around the corner of popular attractions instead of right in front of them and book a cheaper place to stay. You will spend your time outside of the room anyway, so opting for a good hostel does not take away from your experience.
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