Thailand has long been in the eyes of travelers and a popular destination for couples and family but even more so for backpackers who want a Bangkok budget trip. After all, the capital of Thailand has something for everyone—fiery delectable cuisine, grand and historic temples, grand palaces, lively markets and more.

We all know traveling in Bangkok is cheap. But trust us, you can make it even cheaper. And if you are traveling cheaper, you can stay longer at that destination or explore other places with the money you saved. 

Here’s our Bangkok budget trip blog to guide you!

Typical Costs

Average cost of food – In Bangkok, street food can be bought for as low as THB 30 – 40 for each meal. Buying fresh fruit or Thai iced tea will cost around THB 20. Semi-formal eateries start at THB 50 for each dinner while Western nourishment starts at around THB 100 and go as high as you need! Make your Bangkok budget itinerary possible by not spending on too expensive food.

Pocket WiFi – Travelers nowadays rely on the Internet when traveling. The portable WiFi is very useful to navigate the places you plan to visit or for updating your social media. You can avail portable WiFi in various travel agency websites or at the airport for as low as THB 55 per day.

Transportation – City transports can be exceptionally crowded, but they are helpful and economical. For only THB 150, you can already travel to almost all the places in the city. If you take a cab from the air terminal to the city center it will cost you around THB 500 while a Metro is around THB 20. Traveling by taxis is very expensive. It is cheaper to travel by SkyTrain or Metro, they cost around THB 15 – 50 for a one-way ticket. Tuktuk is also a must-try transportation experience but it’s quite expensive. Before you ride a tuktuk, make sure to know the distance of your destination and close a deal with the driver first as they can increase their rates!


Hotels – Hotels in prime locations can cost up to THB 3,000 per night. But you can find better value for money accommodation in town. ZEN Rooms provides rooms that are not only affordable but are also clean, have free fast WiFi, air-condition, and friendly staff. ZEN rates start from THB 480 per night. Choose ZEN Rooms and you’re guaranteed a comfortable Bangkok budget trip!

Money-Saving Tips

Here are some ways to save money on your trip to Bangkok. Just stick to local areas and not travel too much in western influenced places. Below are some simple tips to save money while in Bangkok:

Eat from the street stalls – Food from road vendors in Thailand is very cheap and you will love it as well. A local dish would cost around THB 30. Not just is it the best food around, it’s the least expensive!

Use public transportation – Your Bangkok budget itinerary will come to life if you utilize the public transport and BTS frameworks as much as you can to get wherever you have to go in Bangkok. To spare cash, you can do likewise. Public transport may just cost THB 10 while the same distance in taxi may cost you THB 120 minimum.

Take the waterway – Travelling in Bangkok can be expensive but you can move around parts of the city faster by taking waterways which is less expensive than taxis or the Sky Train. It usually costs anywhere between THB 5 – 15.

Top Things Do in Bangkok

Floating Market – The floating market is a must-visit location of Bangkok which is located outside the city and can be reached easily. Public buses are leaving from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to Damnoen Saduak every 40 minutes from 6am. Fare is around THB 50 one way. The tours start early in the morning and mostly takes up to half a day. It’s an incredible spot for photography and eating local dishes. However, the products sold in the floating market are double (and sometimes triple) the price from the ones outside it. It’s not a practical option for a Bangkok budget trip to shop in the floating market.

Khao San Road – Khao San Road is known as the Bangkok backpacker central. Here, you can discover nightlife, awesome shopping malls, and the cheapest food!

Shopping – Bangkok has such a large number of shopping centers. Bangkok has all that you could ever require and at awesome costs. Some of the places to go for cheap stuff are Pantip for cheap hardware, MBK for cheap knockoffs and Platinum for cheap, stylish garments.

Your Bangkok travel budget doesn’t have to be too much as long as you know the basics and follow our Bangkok budget trip blog.

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