Five Ways to Save Money Backpacking in Thailand

Thailand is one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, and for good reason too! From pristine beaches in the south, busy city life in Bangkok to the natural beauty of the northern regions, what’s not to love? A true backpacker’s paradise, travellers are constantly on the lookout for different ways to save an extra buck or two. Here are five different ideas that may just help you extend your adventures in this vibrant and beautiful country…

1. Couchsurf

If you haven’t already joined the Couchsurfing community, then you may just want to start! A social networking program that connects hosts with travellers and offers them a place to crash for usually up to a few nights at absolutely no cost at all. This is not just an excellent way to save some money but it also gives you a chance to meet some amazing and generous people.

2. Eat Street Food

It’s no secret that Thailand is world famous for their amazing cuisine and delectable dishes. One of the best ways to save some money while backpacking is to eat mainly from street stalls. Much cheaper and just as delicious as any other fancy restaurant or café that will charge you triple. Street food is hands down the way to go in Thailand.

3. Stay in Hostels

Nearly every backpacker knows that hostels are the cheapest type of paid accommodation out there. Though the south of Thailand in Phuket tends to be a little pricier, the northern regions like Chiang Mai offer rooms starting at just $3 per night! This is also a great way to meet other travelers and make some friends along the way!

4. Avoid Touristy Areas & Tours

Thailand is well aware of the amount of visitors they lure in every year and although extremely friendly, they’re constantly looking for ways to make an extra baht or two…who isn’t? Instead of taking the city, temple or boat tours, save money by heading out on your own or hire a tuk-tuk driver to take you around for the day. Avoid shopping or eating in places like Patong Beach in Phuket where the prices seem to skyrocket.

5. Use Buses & Trains Instead of Planes

Though Thailand itself is a rather small country, many travelers decide they would rather hop on a quick Air Asia flight to go from Phuket to Bangkok or Bangkok to Chiang Mai instead of endure the 8-12 hour bus rides. However, the buses and trains are actually pretty comfortable and almost always air conditioned, not to mention a whole lot cheaper. If you want to save even more money, head out on a night train where you can kill two birds with one stone saving money on both transport and accommodation for a night.

Do you have any great tips for saving money whilst backpacking in Thailand or any other country? Let us know in the comments!

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