Here are 5 ways to save when travelling on a budget in Thailand:
- Eat Local: You should always try to eat at local spots, normally a good indicator of a cheap and tasty restaurant is seeing a lot of Thai’s eating, you are sure to save a lot of money this way and get to taste some of the best food. Don’t worry if you don’t speak the language! Thai’s are some of the nicest and most welcoming people that I have ever met.
- Don’t book to far in advance: AirBnb, hostelworld, sawadee and booking.com are all great resources, but beware! Some of the best deals are found by walking around and asking for the prices, they are not typically advertised on the outside so walk-in and check it out! You will be pleasantly surprised. I do suggest however to book your first night in a new city just to be safe and then explore from there.
- Take local transportation: You will save on transportation if you plan a route on your own. Most booking agencies will take a big commission and typically put everything on one bill without a breakdown. It might be a few dollars here and there, but when you put it all together it adds up! You can use google maps to plan almost any trip.
- Get a local SIM card: This will avoid making unnecessary stops and making small purchases at bars and cafés just to connect to wifi. A SIM card will cost about 20$ for a month and about 3G’s of data, I don’t suggest doing data intensive things with your data but simple things like checking emails, maps and bookings will save you time and money.
- Negotiate: When doing simple things like taking cabs, shopping or booking for a group it is always important to try to negotiate a little. But keep in mind to be fair and keep in mind that a dollar here goes much further here than back home.