Thailand is the perfect country for any type of holiday. Its islands offer the opportunity to visit beautiful sites, chill by the beach, go shopping, try delicious food, and more. If you want to experience winter, it’s not the place for you, but for everything else it is ideal. This is especially true because it is so cheap. Cost of living in Thailand is generally quite low, and when it comes to travel, you can do more for less.
However, without adequate planning in advance, you can miss out on the best discounts. You end up spending more money than necessary while having to cut your holiday short.
If you’re interested in travelling through Thailand, here are 3 tips that will help you spend so much less.
1. Transport Aggregators
When booking flights to Thailand, you’ll probably use Google’s built-in flight aggregator or one of the many options that come up in a quick search. However, when travelling within Thailand, many people make the mistake of choosing the first thing they find online. It seems impossible to do all the research required to get an affordable but reliable option.
The good news is that there are aggregators like Bookaway that bring together and compare all your land and sea options for travelling within Thailand. Check out these prices for trips from Bangkok to Chiang Mai for example. You’ll find everything you need to know about the modes of transport available, along with amenities, pros and cons, and cost estimates. You can book directly through the website.
2. Visit Local Restaurants
I understand that street food is not for everyone. Even those who regularly eat street food when they’re home might shy away from eating it elsewhere. You don’t know how high the hygiene standards are, and there are way too many stories of travellers getting violently ill from dodgy food stands.
However, that does not mean you should eschew the restaurants where locals eat. On the contrary, at these restaurants, you’ll find the best food at the lowest prices. The problem is that because there are so many Western tourists, so many restaurants are focused on bringing in their money. Even if they aren’t entirely Western restaurants, they have Western sections on the menu and raise their prices slightly.
Find out where the locals go and follow them.
3. Go With A Group
If you can, travel to Thailand with a group of friends. Not only will this make your trip more fun, but you’ll also find yourself spending a lot less. You’ll be able to stay in a cheap villa, rather than paying for a tiny hotel room. And you’ll find yourself making great use of the facilities. Have your own pool party and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself at your convenience and in the knowledge that your property is safe.
Simply stock up on alcohol from a nearby store and get some snacks for good measure. Put on some music and let the atmosphere take over. Instead of struggling to breathe in a crowded bar playing horrible music, you can party on your own terms.