When I first visited Thailand (coming from New Zealand, in 2010), it seemed like the cheapest place on the planet. $1 pad thai? A hotel room for $8 a night? 50c coke zero? This time, having spent the previous few months in Nepal, India, and Cambodia, Thailand actually felt a little expensive! Bus and ferry tickets are pricier there, as is accommodation. We were also lucky enough to meet up with Ahimsa’s sister, Janessa, and our buddy Emma, which meant a little more boozing, and a little less hermit-ing it up in hotel rooms. That said, we hardly paid any entrance fees and did very little shopping, so the overall budget balanced out.
Our accommodation in Thailand ranged from a 240B ($8) double room with fan and shared bathroom in Bangkok to a 750B ($25) room at a resort in Ao Ton Sai.
Meals in Thailand were cheap — $1 for pad thai in Bangkok, and $2-3 for a big ol’ meal in a sit down restaurant. Honestly, a chunk of our ‘food’ budget was actually spent on buckets of booze on Koh Phangan…
Traveling in Thailand was a little more expensive than our previous few countries. Long ferry+bus combo tickets set us back about $20 per person, and ferries between islands were around $10 each.
In Thailand, our ‘miscellaneous’ spending was pretty minimal; we bought a couple of pairs of jandals, a pair of sunglasses, and not much else!
Total: $44.45 together/$22.23 each