Travelling to Thailand? Here’s How to Reduce the Costs

Are you headed to Thailand in the future, but worried about the costs racking up when you’re there? It’s understandable you’d want to try to ensure costs are as low as possible on your travels, so here are some handy tips and advice when it comes to reducing the costs of travel when you head out there.

 Travel in Low Season

The best way for cost-saving is to take a trip during Thai low season. This is generally in September to October, when the rainy season is in full swing. Bangkok experiences an average rainfall of 31.5cm during this period, but remains hot (by our standards) with a maximum temperature of 32 degrees.

Unsurprisingly, with this factor taken into account, there are a considerable amount fewer tourists travelling to the region during this period of the year. This means you won’t only experience cheaper prices, but also more freedom to do what you want when you’re there.

Working Out Insurance

Getting travel insurance is one of the best ways of ensuring you won’t be forced to fork out extortionate prices when you head overseas. The insurance itself is never cheap though – and leaves some to even feel a bit conned when they get back in one piece (as grateful as they are for that).

Prices can reach as high as the thousands when it comes to medical expenses in Thailand though, so it’s critical you make sure you get covered before heading out. Failing to do so could be disastrous to your wallet.

Oddly enough, in some cases it’s actually cheaper to purchase annual cover for your insurance than single trip cover. Family and couples plans also help make things easier for you if you ever intend to head off with a group.

Stay Clear of Tourist Traps

Not everything will or should cost you a fortune when you’re heading off to Thailand. There are a series of tourist areas, particularly in regions like Phuket and KoSamui, which boost the prices during peak seasons.

Do your research and find areas which offer similar experiences for far more reasonable prices. Places like UbonRatchathani are perfect for this, as they offer an amazing blend of culture and fun for incredibly affordable prices.

Cook Your Own Meals

You can purchase food for dirt-cheap prices across Thailand, with a standard home-cooked meal there having the potential to cost as little as 50p. While it certainly won’t cost much more to eat out (roughly four times as much), this is a clever alternative for anyone looking to save some cash.

Chicken and rice, along with a simple sauce, is easily attainable from local stores for relative pittance – with this serving as more than enough nutrition to get you through the day in good nick.

Don’t Be Afraid to Haggle

It might not be something which comes naturally to you, but it’s always a good strategy to try to haggle down from whatever the original starting price of an item is. You may not save a fortune doing this, but every penny really does help when it comes to costs overseas.

It’s fairly simple to successfully pull this technique off. Just start drastically low, and allow a price to be raised three or four times by the vendor. By the time they’re satisfied, you’ll still get a decent deal – thanks to your initial massive devaluation.

When travelling to Thailand there are several clever ways you can save on costs. Follow the advice we’ve laid out here and you’ll soon find you can save a good wallop on most of the different factors which go into a holiday.

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17 Comments

  1. T-Nicole Johnson
    March 30, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    This is wonderful tips for traveling to Thailand…I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the food in Thailand.

  2. March 27, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Friends who come back from Thailand always tell me about how necessary it is to haggle. I reckon we would love to go during rainy season – 32 degrees sounds just perfect!

  3. March 27, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    This is a great post, we’re heading to thailand post christmas this year. I love the place and we’re hoping to go exploring with the kids.

  4. fashion-mommy
    March 27, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Great ideas, I’ve been to Thailand twice and it is amazing, and yes to haggling, you can get so many bargains.

  5. francesca
    March 26, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Yes yes yes I haggle anywhere I go!!! sometimes I find they boost the price up if they know you’re on holiday!

  6. March 26, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I think it is so important to have travel insurance, when we are travelling abroad . Cooking your own meals is a great idea.

  7. March 25, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    These are great tips for reducing the cost of visiting Thailand. I personally think it is so important to have travel insurance. You never know what could happen on holiday and not having insurance could cost you thousands.

  8. March 25, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I would love to visit Thailand one day. It look so beautiful. Thank you for this really useful post. xx

  9. March 25, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Going out of season can help with the costs of everything, plus you’ll get a more authentic experience x

  10. Bec Boop
    March 25, 2017 / 11:28 am

    This is a really useful post! I’d love to visit Thailand one day.

  11. Jemma
    March 25, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Some great tips and advice, I’d love to visit Thailand someday

  12. March 25, 2017 / 10:04 am

    I have never been to Thailand before but I want to go one day, some great tips here

  13. Always Carry On.
    March 24, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I’ve never been to Thailand, but it is on my list – will need to investigate more before booking!!

  14. Melanie Williams
    March 24, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Thank you hun for sharing this, some top tips here 🙂 x

  15. Nayna Kanabar
    March 24, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    This is a really useful post with lots of good advise.I would love to visit Thailand in the near future.

  16. March 24, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    what a journey this would be i would love to visit sometime

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