Is Thailand expensive? What can I buy with 100 $
100$ is ca. 3000 Thai Baht. I show you what you can afford if you have a budget of 3000 Baht a day.
A lot of people ask me how much money do I need in Thailand
This question is not easy to answer. Everybody has a different lifestyle and different needs to satisfy. In Thailand, you can live on a quite low budget or you can spend an endless amount of money.
At times I have spent more than 10’000 for a night out. Drinks and especially inviting friends can eat up your budget quite quickly. Last week we, the two of us, went for a short trip holiday about 150km away from home. We spent around 4000 Baht a day and that included everything.
Here at home, I get along with an average of just about 300 Baht a day. Where I live I can live with a pocket money of 30 Baht a day and my wife prepares food for about 200 Baht for all three of us.
3000 Baht per day and person I would say is a good average budget for you who want to enjoy a nice relaxed holiday.
Let’s say you arrive at Phuket airport in the morning and want to stay somewhere at the beach on the island for three weeks. If you do not already have a hotel booked I suggest you find a not expensive guesthouse at the beach of your choice and pay for one night, just to get rid of your luggage and take a shower before you go out exploring.
- Airport- Patong beach transfer Mini Bus 180 Baht/pers. Taxi 800 Baht
- Resort one night one room for at least two ppl. 1000-1200 Baht
- Lunch easy Thai take away 1 pers. 50-100 Baht
- Motorbike rent 1-2 pers per day 300-350 Baht
- Dinner in average restaurant 1 pers. 200-500 Baht
If you travel alone total 1730-2950 Baht
Two ppl., each 1080-1775 Baht
You see, even on the first day you have some Baht left to spend on things like snacks, beer, sodas, ice creams or a bit of nightlife.
Check out for a better accommodation.
There are loads of apartments or small houses for rent. You best rent for a month, that is the best deal. Prices can range from as little as 8-10`000 Baht a month for a one-room app. to maybe 15-20’000 for a small house with kitchen, living room, bedroom, and porch or front garden.
These are not very luxurious accommodations and you will need to get your own dishes and stuff but all these offers are furnished and you will have a fridge, TV and air condition.
You have to bargain for a good price, don’t be shy but reasonable. Probably you will meet Thai people who want to help you find a place to stay, they don’t do that for free. I would ask in restaurants or bars, also Thai people but with a job, everyone knows places or at least knows people that know places to stay.
There are many agencies where you also can get a picture of what is available. Do not rush with this research, you will spend your vacation in that place and a significant amount of your holiday money.
Places, where there are lots of tourists, attract all kinds of people, try to be a bit skeptical at first and don’t believe everything you are told. Thai people do normally not actually steal your money or stuff but they have no problems with overcharging high end if someone is not careful.
Why do I need 100$ a day if all this is so inexpensive?
Thailand is a country where you get invited to spend your money in every second building. Everything you want, you have to pay for, here.
You are having holidays and want to enjoy yourself, that is very easy in Thailand and you have lots of time to spend, no work, and everything you do will cost a little bit of money.
Example: Jet Ski, 20 min. 800 Baht Oil Massage 1 hour 400 Baht High sea fishing a day about 2500 Baht/pers. or a trip with a Longtail Boat all day 1200-1800 Baht/pers. Beauty salon dying your long hair can cost around 2000 Baht
Nightlife can cost you quickly a leg and an arm if you are not careful
Some places in Thailand are very concentrated on nightlife. Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya just to call a few. There you have everything from eating, drinking to shows, karaoke, and animation, games and music, dance or just PARTY. If you decide to enjoy a night of this kind of entertainment you should expect to easily spend 2000 baht or more.
Shopping your daily stuff
Most people use the convenient way of shopping in the many 7Elevens on every corner in Thailand. Better deals you find in the smaller privately owned shops all over. Beer, coke, cigarets and almost everything you get in different small shops owned by Thai people. They all have a different range of articles, so you might need to look a bit longer to find what you need.
Some price examples
(prices are changing with time, don’t blame me, please.)
Coke, 0.5 lit 12-15 Baht Water small bottle 10-15 Baht Snacks big bag 20 Baht Beer big bottle 55-70 Baht Cigarets domestic 60-80 Baht Cigarets foreign 80-100 Baht Whiskey big bottle domestic 250-400 Baht Whiskey big foreign 1000-1300 Baht my tobacco big bag 30 Baht cheap dangerous rice whiskey big bottle 110 Baht Bread slices big bag 37 Baht Burger in 7/11, 30-50 Baht Gas for bike 45 Baht/lit. Diesel 36 Baht/lit. Shirts from 150 Baht up Shorts from 150 Baht up Flip-Flop from 100 Baht up Credit for mobile Internet by Truemove from 89 Baht a week Internet shop 1 Baht a min. Pizza ca. 400 Baht Thai fast food 30-50 Baht Fruit 30-80 Baht/kg. Veggies 30-40 Baht/kg. Pork meat 140-160 Baht/kg. Farmed fish 70-100 Baht/kg.
All prices and cost vary very much depending on where and when you are in Thailand. See more best time to visit.
Thanks, Rob, a great video.
What I wanted to add, is, if you come here often you better open a bank account here in Thailand. The Banks offer that very easily, maybe take a Thai friend with but I did that a long time ago, before I really started living here. Then you can send money per e-banking from your bank at home to the bank account here and like that you have the cheapest deal. You use the Thai bank card at the ATM and get a charge of 20 Baht.
Other than that, the man is right on all points.
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