Chiang Mai Street Food Tour
Get Your Guide
We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!
Thailand has long had a reputation of being a paradise for backpackers, where you can sleep, eat and unwind on a tight budget. More recently, though, the country has unveiled a luxury side and it now woos upmarket tourists with 5-star hotels and fine dining restaurants.
Whatever type of traveller you are, you'll find a lot of prices in Thailand to be between 35 and 70% lower than in Australia.
Prices are exclusive of flights and hotels as you've (hopefully) already sorted these out. If not, you can check out flight deals to the country here and search for hotel accommodation to suit your budget at Hotels Finder.
Debit and credit cards are becoming more widely accepted across Thailand, but it's still best to have a decent amount of cash on you for paying for things at local markets and in smaller restaurants and shops.
Most travellers take a small amount of their home country's currency (around $50–$100) over to Thailand with them and exchange it for Thai baht when they arrive.
They then top up their budget with money from ATMs. However, some cards charge quite a bit for withdrawals, so it's worth shopping around for the right card.
In Bangkok taxi fares start at 35 baht (just over a dollar). After the first two kilometres the fare starts to go up by about two baht a kilometre. A taxi from the airport to the city is about 400-500 baht.
Tuk tuks offer an alternative to a taxi ride. These are automatic rickshaws that typically fit two passengers. Short journeys cost about 30 baht, but you must negotiate a fare before you get in.
Scooters are cheaper to hire, but be aware that they're more dangerous to drive. You can usually hire one for about 1,344 baht ($56) a week.
Whether you have the budget of a prince or a pauper, you'll not go hungry in Thailand. If your purse strings are tight, you can pick up a bowl of street food soup or noodles for 30 baht (around $1). A meal in a basic Thai restaurant will cost you between 90 and 150 baht ($4–$6).
You'll find the cost of food increases when you're in more touristy areas. A 3-course meal at a fine dining restaurant overlooking the sea in Koh Samui, for example, can set up back as much as 1,360 baht ($56).
Alcohol can also be pricey in Thailand. Buy a beer from a 7-Eleven and you'll pay between $2 and $3. Order a beer in a hotel and you can pay up to $7.
If you're one to tick off must-do food experience in a city, street food is something not to miss in Thailand and tours can help you find the best of the best. Bangkok's towering skyscrapers are also home to rooftop bars and buffets, and while they may cost a bit more than the average meal they come with unrivalled views of the city.
Get Your Guide
Get Your Guide
Get Your Guide
As with any destination, you can spend a little on sightseeing or you can spend a lot. A tour to The Bridge over the River Kwai will set you back a little over $80 while a trip to see the floating markets from Bangkok will cost a little over $50. If you're after an elephant experience, sanctuary visits will set you back about $100 per day, while island hopping tours in Thailand's south will be less than $30.
Get Your Guide
Get Your Guide
Three networks operate in Thailand: dtac, AIS and TrueMove. AIS is the largest provider and tourists can buy prepaid SIMs called 1–2 Call and You from spots like Bangkok Airport.
You need to show your passport when you buy a SIM card. In terms of cost, you'll be looking at paying about $10 for a SIM that lasts a week.
You can also pre-purchase SIM cards before you leave home.
It doesn't matter if you're splashing the cash or travelling on a shoestring, you can have a great trip to Thailand.
Backpackers should budget 800–1,200 baht a day ($35–$50) to cover the costs of hostel rooms, street food meals, a couple of drinks and a spot of sightseeing.
Holiday makers looking for a touch more luxury should budget 1,800–3,000 baht ($75–$125) a day to cover nice hotels, gourmet meals and cocktails.
Exchange rate is approximate, obtained from xe.com on 11 November 2018
It's common to have a few different bank accounts that each have a different purpose. Here's how you may benefit from having multiple bank accounts and the traps to avoid.
Here's where to go in Sydney for authentic Thai cuisine, Buddhist temples and market shopping, to be just about transported to the streets of Thailand.
A simple guide on how to start budgeting for your upcoming trip.
On this episode of the Pocket Money podcast, we explore the relationship between our travel habits and our wallets, plus so much more.
School-up on how much money you’ll need to save to pay for a trip to Fiji, from food costs to sightseeing.
Your USA trip can cost anywhere from AUD$64 - $323 a day, depending on your travel style. Expert tips on what to expect for food, transport and more so you can save some extra cash.
Budget before your trip with these top tips for how much spending money you’ll need while in Japan.
You'll need to allow for anywhere between $19-$100 a day, depending on your travel style. We tell you exactly how much money you need for Bali based on your type of travel, level of luxury and more, so you’ll land knowing what to expect.
Find out how much everything from beer to sightseeing costs when you’re travelling in Europe.
Tempted by Thailand? Don’t book your getaway without checking out our list of holiday package specialists as well as the top deals to this tropical paradise.
finder.com.au is one of Australia's leading comparison websites. We compare from a wide set of banks, insurers and product issuers. We value our editorial independence and follow editorial guidelines.
finder.com.au has access to track details from the product issuers listed on our sites. Although we provide information on the products offered by a wide range of issuers, we don't cover every available product or service.
Please note that the information published on our site should not be construed as personal advice and does not consider your personal needs and circumstances. While our site will provide you with factual information and general advice to help you make better decisions, it isn't a substitute for professional advice. You should consider whether the products or services featured on our site are appropriate for your needs. If you're unsure about anything, seek professional advice before you apply for any product or commit to any plan.
Products marked as 'Promoted' or 'Advertisement' are prominently displayed either as a result of a commercial advertising arrangement or to highlight a particular product, provider or feature. Finder may receive remuneration from the Provider if you click on the related link, purchase or enquire about the product. Finder's decision to show a 'promoted' product is neither a recommendation that the product is appropriate for you nor an indication that the product is the best in its category. We encourage you to use the tools and information we provide to compare your options.
Where our site links to particular products or displays 'Go to site' buttons, we may receive a commission, referral fee or payment when you click on those buttons or apply for a product. You can learn more about how we make money here.
When products are grouped in a table or list, the order in which they are initially sorted may be influenced by a range of factors including price, fees and discounts; commercial partnerships; product features; and brand popularity. We provide tools so you can sort and filter these lists to highlight features that matter to you.
We try to take an open and transparent approach and provide a broad-based comparison service. However, you should be aware that while we are an independently owned service, our comparison service does not include all providers or all products available in the market.
Some product issuers may provide products or offer services through multiple brands, associated companies or different labelling arrangements. This can make it difficult for consumers to compare alternatives or identify the companies behind the products. However, we aim to provide information to enable consumers to understand these issues.
Providing or obtaining an estimated insurance quote through us does not guarantee you can get the insurance. Acceptance by insurance companies is based on things like occupation, health and lifestyle. By providing you with the ability to apply for a credit card or loan, we are not guaranteeing that your application will be approved. Your application for credit products is subject to the Provider's terms and conditions as well as their application and lending criteria.