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4 Things Travellers Should Know about Costs in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From her exotic jungles that adventure-loving tourists crave for, to the bustling city of Bangkok, which hosts about 10% of the country’s population, to her more 35,000 famous temples, a visit to Thailand is one you wouldn’t forget in a hurry. To make your visit memorable, before you sign up with any of the many Thailand tours, you might want to know the costs of services and products in Thailand.

1. Accommodation

How much you spend on accommodation depends on your budget. If you are a backpacker who plans to stay for an extended period, you might want to book a basic guesthouse, which will set you back about $30, give or take. Middle range accommodation costs between $30 to $125 per night while high-end cost anywhere from $125 and above per night. The beautiful thing with Thailand is she has options for everyone. From basic guesthouses to 5-star hotels that cater for high-end clientele, you will find a place to stay that is within your budget.

2. Food Costs

Thailand food is one of the most famous international cuisines. You will find Thai food in almost any country. However, if you are not having it in Thailand, you are probably getting a raw deal; and here’s why. A stroll on the streets of Bangkok will powerfully remind you of the fragrances and flavours that make Thailand food so irresistible, and diverse. From a juicy piece of grilled pork impaled on a stick to a fiery serving of ‘Tom Yum’ soup, Thailand offers an inexhaustible menu featuring delicious foods. Depending on where you are having your meals, you can expect to pay from $1.25 to $3.50 at a market or street food stall. You will definitely pay more at the established restaurants and hotels. For instance, Western lunches and seafood costs between $5 to $11 at mid-range establishments, and $5 to $32 at top-end establishments.

3. Drinks

A small bottle of beer will cost you anywhere from $3.00. The exact amount depends on the location of the establishment or the class of the hotel you are staying in. If you enjoy your cup of coffee, you can get one in Thailand at between 83 cents and $1.50 depending on mug size and flavour. You will pay more at a Starbucks outlet. To stay hydrated, you will need to drinks lots of water. A 1.5-litre bottle of water costs 50 cents at any of the 7-eleven shops all over Thailand. For fresh fruit juices, you will spend up to $1 per bottle. If you want to learn more, you may find more information at Thailand Tours.

4. Transport

Modes of transportation in Thailand are as diverse as the country itself. From motorbikes, tuk-tuks, car hire, ferry, rail, MRT buses, you will find a convenient means of transport. Expect to pay 0.63 cents to $1 for public transport rides. Tuk Tuk and motorbike prices vary, as the operator will be seeking to make the most they can from you. Always negotiate and make sure they use the meter instead of giving you an estimate, which is what they love to do. For instance, a motorbike should cost between $5 to $8, while a car hire could be anywhere from $25 per day. If you are travelling with a tour group organized by one of the many Thailand tours, $31 to $47 would be reasonable.

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