Top 5 Things To Do On A Budget In Thailand

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Formerly known as Siam, the Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand is a known tourist destination for several reasons. First and foremost are its famous beaches and unspoiled nature, tropical habitats.

Apart from that, it’s also home to well-preserved cultures and traditions, which can be experienced via its many temples, artefacts, indigenous arts and crafts, as well as its world-famous cuisine.


Finding accommodation in Thailand’s rural areas is simple enough. However, in Bangkok’s 50 districts, this is where it can get rather confusing. Thankfully, we have explored some of the most tourist-friendly districts in the Thai capital. There’s the Bangkok Riverside if you want the most romantic views of the nearby temples. Meanwhile, Sukhumvit Area is there if you’re looking to shop ‘til you drop. But for those on a budget, check out the Khao Sao or Banglamphu Area.

The cost? £4 to £5 for a dorm room or £8 for a double room at Khao Sao’s Zee Thai Hostel, one of the newest tourist-friendly establishments in the area. It comes with a rooftop area for socialising and drinking, free laundry services, and fast, free WiFi.

Personally, we loved this hostel as it provides a great place to meet other travellers!


A number of airlines that operate via London Heathrow regularly make flights to Thailand’s numerous international airports. Whether you’re looking for a direct flight or connecting flights that will take you to this Southeast Asian country, there’s no shortage of options.

The cost? £300 is more or less the usual cost of a ticket to Thailand. But before you book one, make sure to check out the country’s visa laws to see whether or not you have all the requirements to stay for however long you want to.

Check out Skyscanner for the best prices.


Thailand’s public transportation system is plentiful, but not very well-planned out. Tuk-tuks, motorised tricycles, are comfortable enough to ride, but the songthaew (modified trucks) may be a challenge at first. Check out the BTS train and the MRT Metro for the quickest rides around Bangkok. It's a good idea to learn some basic Thai if you want to negotiate prices with taxis.

And if you want a more familiar experience, both Grab and Uber have already set up operations in the country. Uber is the main way we travel around!

The sites

Visit an elephant sanctuary

We all know how cruel it is to ride elephants in any country, so you should avoid this type of activity, but that doesn't mean you can't see elephants! There are lots of elephant sanctuary located across the country which rehome and care for abandoned and sick elephants. We visited one in Hua Hin known as the elephant foundation.

TOP TIP: If you want to bathe with the elephants, then Chiang Mai is where you can show these gentle beasts some love.

Wat Rong Khun

One look at “The White Temple” will tell you why this contemporary Buddhist attraction is popular despite being in a country that’s known for its ancient sites. Wat Rong Khun combines traditional religious architecture with an all-white modern aesthetic, allowing the intricate designs to pop and creating an almost surreal environment.

TOP TIP: Find this unique temple at Chiang Rai, a town that’s often skipped over by tourists. It nonetheless offers many interesting beaches, treks, and its own relaxed culture.

Whilst you are in the area, you may as well check out the amazing "blue" temple too!


Get away from the masses of tourists by visiting Khanom on the southern shore of mainland Thailand. Catch tai-chi and yoga classes from the masters, sample the local cuisine at Hat Nai Phlao beach, and if you’re into beach camping, head on over to Ao Thang Yi beach.

TOP TIP: March and September are the ideal times to visit the rare pink dolphins that make their home in the waters near this Thai district.

Wat Pho

Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is where you’ll find the famed 46-meter long statue that represents the Buddha’s passing into Nirvana. Apart from housing this breathtaking piece of religious art, this temple is also where you’ll find the Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School, which is the birthplace of the unique Thai massage practice.

TOP TIP: Put this temple at the last leg of your all-day exploration of Thailand so you can cap things off with a relaxing massage. Wat Pho itself is usually open from 8 am to 5 pm, and the entrance is just 100 baht.

Don't forget to dress moderately when around sacred temples.


This part of northern Thailand boasts two different national parks. Khao Kao National Park is where you’ll find Asian golden cats, wild elephants, mouse deer, and the famed slow loris. Meanwhile, Nam Nao National Park is home to leopards, black bears, sun bears, and tigers. These beautiful creatures are free to roam the many waterfalls, mountain ranges, forests, and rivers of Phetchabun.

TOP TIP: Make sure you bring a good camera with you. Thailand’s temples are doubtless beautiful, but nothing compares to the natural beauty of the land and its inhabitants, which you’re going to want to take pictures of.

Something Different?

Get yourself a Sak Yant Tattoo

It's unique and it's cheap. Bradley got his tattoo (his only one!) done in Bangkok and it's the cheapest and most unique tattoo you can ever get. He has a whole guide to it here.

Thai Glamping

While the country is known for being a prime budget destination, there’s also no shortage of luxury options available. In a feature by Lottoland they reveal that the average 5-night adventure package for two people will set you back around €2103 or £1876.19 per night. These tours include boating on the Mekong River, bathing elephants, spa treatments, and sleeping in luxury tent accommodations — which sound like a priceless, once-in-a-lifetime experience. So if you have the cash, you can set up the perfect honeymoon adventure in Thailand.

For other ways to save money when travelling, check out this post on 7 Ways to Travel Affordably and Comfortably.

Whatever you decide to do in Thailand, you will have an AMAZING time!

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