Budget Travel Ideas in BangkokEdit This
Bangkok is one of the most highly visited cities in the world and with good reason - it's a great location to visit on a budget. Teeming with both cheap lodging and inexpensive food and entertainment, Bangkok is one of the best destinations for budget travel in the world.
Budget Transportation in Bangkok
While you have to ride a tuk tuk (taxi) at least once while in Bangkok, riding
one as your sole means of transportation wears on the budget quickly. The MRT
and bus system are the best ways to travel throughout the city for cheap.
Budget Accommodations in Bangkok
Thailand’s commitment to hospitality shines in its accommodations. There are numerous guest houses throughout the city that offer not only decent lodging, but in most cases a nice restaurant as well. Most guesthouses are run by families and can add some great experiences to your trip that you would not get otherwise.
Khao San Road is a popular destination for budget travelers and backpackers, and the location of many of the city’s budget accommodations. However, this area can be very loud at night with lots of bars and people outside late. If you want something a little quieter, look for lodging situated at least a couple streets off the main road.
Budget Food and Drink in Bangkok
The easiest way to stay on a tight budget in Bangkok is to not eat
Western food, as it is some of the most expensive in the city. There are
roadside stalls throughout the city that offer delicious homemade foods that
you can try for your entire stay and not get bored. From noodles to som tum
(papaya salad) to pad Thai, all the tastiest of Thai food can be purchased
right on the street, or in small family-run restaurants throughout the city.
Wash it down with a chilled bottle of Chang Beer and you have the meal of a
In Thailand, as well as most of Southeast Asia, bartering is a way of
life for purchasing many goods and services. When shopping at markets and
anywhere that the price is not written down (like in a restaurant), it's up
for negotiation. Being aware of this and working to get the best deal is a
useful skill for any budget traveler.
Bangkok is a great place to explore on the cheap. Many deals are waiting for the savvy traveler – it's just a matter of stepping outside of the norm and exploring this great city.