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How much spending money to bring?
« on: December 30, 2019, 12:30:33 pm »
Going for 11-12 days to Thailand. I would like to do a couple of tours and use the ferries, but nothing too fancy. How much $ would you recommend bringing?


  • thunderlips
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • South Korea
Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2019, 12:55:23 pm »
Cash? 300-500. Debit cards and credit cards work there.


  • JNM
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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2019, 02:06:06 pm »
Cash? 300-500. Debit cards and credit cards work there.

I assume you are talking USD?

Be careful with ATMs. I had one in my hotel that took my daily limit in KRW and applied that number in VND... so I couldn’t take out as much as I had hoped to (about 1/20).


  • NorthStar
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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2019, 02:25:42 pm »
11-12 days. 

As of now, $1 = 30.13 baht 

If you want to stay in some dorm like hostel, with 6-10 other people in a room, count on paying between $7-$12 for each night.   It will be high-season and that may not even be enough.  At a minimum, based on your budget, your housing will most likely be 1/3 (and no less) of your costs. 

If you want to eat street food for every meal, then $2-$3 per plate will work. 

Tours will cost you....foreigners are charge double/triple then what the local Thai's pay...count on paying anywhere between $20-$40.  Again it is high-season right now. 

Fun money, whatever that may be for you, could  range between $20-$60 a day (minimum). 

You should take $1000
« Last Edit: December 30, 2019, 02:27:49 pm by NorthStar »


Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2019, 05:46:58 pm »
Cash? 300-500. Debit cards and credit cards work there.

I assume you are talking USD?

Be careful with ATMs. I had one in my hotel that took my daily limit in KRW and applied that number in VND... so I couldn’t take out as much as I had hoped to (about 1/20).

I'll be exchanging KRW to baht. That's good to know though.


Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2019, 05:49:07 pm »
11-12 days. 

As of now, $1 = 30.13 baht 

If you want to stay in some dorm like hostel, with 6-10 other people in a room, count on paying between $7-$12 for each night.   It will be high-season and that may not even be enough.  At a minimum, based on your budget, your housing will most likely be 1/3 (and no less) of your costs. 

If you want to eat street food for every meal, then $2-$3 per plate will work. 

Tours will cost you....foreigners are charge double/triple then what the local Thai's pay...count on paying anywhere between $20-$40.  Again it is high-season right now. 

Fun money, whatever that may be for you, could  range between $20-$60 a day (minimum). 

You should take $1000

I'm planning to book my accommodations online before I leave so don't need to worry about that. I'm just thinking of food/transportation costs. Also planning to go in February - is that still high season? I'm guessing it will be with the Chinese New Year.


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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2019, 06:53:01 pm »
I advised to take $1000...take it or leave it.


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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2019, 08:08:15 pm »
I spent a month in Thailand and it was cheap, cheap, cheap.

$1000 for less than two weeks is more than enough.


  • NorthStar
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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2019, 10:35:49 pm »
I spent a month in Thailand and it was cheap, cheap, cheap.

$1000 for less than two weeks is more than enough.

Yeah, if you want to live like a phucking hobo. 

Thailand is cheap, but not like it was 10 years ago.

Take a $1000...it is a win-win scenario. 


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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2019, 01:46:42 am »
Quote
Take a $1000...it is a win-win scenario.
I think we can all agree on this.


Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2019, 07:01:46 am »
Like I said, accommodations not included - you really think $1000 is necessary for food, transport, etc? That seems like a lot  :laugh: I don't think I could spend that much in good concious...


  • NorthStar
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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2019, 08:04:26 am »
Like I said, accommodations not included - you really think $1000 is necessary for food, transport, etc? That seems like a lot  :laugh: I don't think I could spend that much in good concious...

..whatever.  Do as you will. 


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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2019, 11:17:22 am »
If you plan on staying around your accommodations and just having some funs in the suns, then $500 is possible.  If you plan on entering temples or doing any activities or tours, 900 to 1000.  If you are on a very tight budget stay away from taxis, ubers/grabs, and rickshaws.  Those can be very expensive or if the case of taxis and rickshaws could RIP YOU OFF.  Even if you want to ride a rickshaw for giggles or for snaps, you might do it for a short time for a lot of money.  I had a friend in Thailand who just kept it around his hostel and partied inside the hostel with the other bunk mates and I think he managed to do Thailand for $300 for 4 days. 


Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2019, 11:20:46 am »
let's be serious. it depends on how many working ladies, men, or trans you plan on fornicating with. 


Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2019, 12:54:24 pm »
let's be serious. it depends on how many working ladies, men, or trans you plan on fornicating with. 
That's a big fat zero


Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2019, 12:56:02 pm »
If you plan on staying around your accommodations and just having some funs in the suns, then $500 is possible.  If you plan on entering temples or doing any activities or tours, 900 to 1000.  If you are on a very tight budget stay away from taxis, ubers/grabs, and rickshaws.  Those can be very expensive or if the case of taxis and rickshaws could RIP YOU OFF.  Even if you want to ride a rickshaw for giggles or for snaps, you might do it for a short time for a lot of money.  I had a friend in Thailand who just kept it around his hostel and partied inside the hostel with the other bunk mates and I think he managed to do Thailand for $300 for 4 days. 

Thanks! 


  • Mr C
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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2019, 02:39:43 pm »
If you plan on staying around your accommodations and just having some funs in the suns, then $500 is possible.  If you plan on entering temples or doing any activities or tours, 900 to 1000.  If you are on a very tight budget stay away from taxis, ubers/grabs, and rickshaws.  Those can be very expensive or if the case of taxis and rickshaws could RIP YOU OFF.  Even if you want to ride a rickshaw for giggles or for snaps, you might do it for a short time for a lot of money.  I had a friend in Thailand who just kept it around his hostel and partied inside the hostel with the other bunk mates and I think he managed to do Thailand for $300 for 4 days. 
Well, for values of Thailand that equal "around his hostel and partied inside the hostel with other bunkmates".
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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2020, 08:21:45 am »
Well, for values of Thailand that equal "around his hostel and partied inside the hostel with other bunkmates".

Well I'm not saying I did that LOL I actually went on tours with local guides and visited museums to learn about Thai culture.  But of course that all takes money.  I was just making the suggestion for someone who is trying to stretch little money.  I for one scoff at the idea of hostels but hey if you only have $400 or less, then paying $5 a day and drinking beers from the 7-11 and playing foozball with your hostel mates just might be the only way to make the most of a vacation.  For me, if I did that, I might as well of stayed where I'm at and go out drinking with friends.  Sounds like the same thing basically. 


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Re: How much spending money to bring?
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2020, 05:07:39 pm »
Well I'm not saying I did that LOL I actually went on tours with local guides and visited museums to learn about Thai culture.  But of course that all takes money.  I was just making the suggestion for someone who is trying to stretch little money.  I for one scoff at the idea of hostels but hey if you only have $400 or less, then paying $5 a day and drinking beers from the 7-11 and playing foozball with your hostel mates just might be the only way to make the most of a vacation.  For me, if I did that, I might as well of stayed where I'm at and go out drinking with friends.  Sounds like the same thing basically. 

The climate is the main reason to go in winter.

Warm Foozeball >> Cold Foozeball