Bangkok on a Budget
Your guide to enjoying Bangkok on less than $ 100 a day. On a budget does not mean less fun or compromising on the good stuff. Let us show you.
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Bangkok is a city that has something for everyone. From Pub Crawls, to Nature trails, Massages to Shopping, you name it, they have it. 

My husband and I traveled to Thailand last month and spent a few days in Bangkok. We spent approximately INR 2000 / USD 25 a night for a pretty decent hotel. Since we're both vegetarians, we ate mostly at Indian restaurants, each cost us around INR 1200 / 12-15 USD. Starbucks coffee cost us around INR 400 / USD 5.

To commute, we used BTS and our legs ;) Our unlimited day pass cost us INR 300 / USD 3.5 per head. Since BTS and other rails are well connected across the city, we could easily commute from one end of the city to another. 

You could literally do a whole day in Bangkok within INR 8000/ USD 100, lets see :

Hotel / Stay 🏨 - INR 2000/ USD 25 

Food  😋 - INR 1200 / USD 15 x 3 meals = INR 3700 / USD 45

BTS Card 🚅 - INR 300 / USD 3.5 x 2 persons = INR 600 / USD 7 

Coffee ☕- INR 400 / USD 5 x 2 persons = INR 800/ USD 10 

Total = INR 7100 / USD 87 You still have about USD 13 for entry tickets or souvenir shopping. 

As you can see, no aspect of the trip has been compromised, you still stay in private hotel rooms, have a decent budget for meals and some left over change. 

Of course if you choose to stay in hostels then your daily budget could go a lot lower. This guide calculates cost for a private room in a gorgeous hotel with all amenities. 

Stays 

Hotel Ordinary Bangkok
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Excellent place to stay in the city. Very economical. 2 mins from Ratchaprarop ARL, 5 mins from Indian restaurants and core shopping areas like Pratunam Plaza and Indira Square. Well equipped, cute compact rooms, A 24/7 Social Kitchen that offers unlimited coffee and Instant Noodles, Unlimited water and an in-house café. Cost us INR 2500/- a night for two.
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The Cottage Suvarnabhumi
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Close to the airport, Spacious rooms with a balcony, Pool, Excellent service, Luggage Storage, Breakfast included. Great place to stay between flights Cost us INR 1998/- a night for two.
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Shopping

One simply cannot come to Bangkok and not go shopping. 

Chatuchak Weekend Market
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With over 15000 shops divided in about 25-30 sections, offering Food, Clothing, Fashion accessories, Footwear, Plants, Essential Oils, Upholstery and more, this is Asia's largest shopping market. Come here with Sunscreen, Water, Cap, Cash and a lot of energy. Obviously there's a whole lot of walking.
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Pratunam Night Market
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Find dirt-cheap but great quality clothing and accessories here. Don't be intimidated by the crowd and be confident when bargaining.
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The Platinum Fashion Mall
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Economical like Pratunam market, in a mall. With greater choices and items.
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JODD FAIRS Rama 9
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Thailand is known for its night markets, and this is one you should not miss. From cute souvenirs, to finger licking delish bites - they have it all.
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Terminal 21
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Gorgeous mall with range of stores for all shopping needs. The architecture is noteworthy as each level of the mall is designed to resemble a specific city, such as San Francisco, London, Hong Kong etc. They also have distress sales on the lower ground floor and you can grab a pair of original Steve Maddens for as low as USD 20.
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Things to Do

As we said before, there's something for everyone, depends on what you want to make of your trip. We explored Nature in Krabi, Pubs and Islands in Phuket so left Bangkok for Shopping. Here's some of our recommendations - 

ICONSIAM
@DeeCeeMini
Whether or not you decide to shop here, be sure to give this mall a visit. The architecture and shops here are worth seeing. You can get here either by Train or by Water. The journey and the destination, both are quite worth it.
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Bubble in the Forest Cafe
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This beautiful cafe must be on your list, for its aesthetics and views. And maybe a little for its food. #veryinstagrammable
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Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
@DeeCeeMini
UNESCO World Heritage site, MUST VISIT, especially if you're into Art and History
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Safari World
@DeeCeeMini
Animal love >>>>>>>>>>
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Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan
@DeeCeeMini
Temples are an integral part of the Thai culture, so try and visit at least one during your trip. You'll surely appreciate the beauty and calm.
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Food & Drink 

If you're a vegan, Indian restaurants are a great place to eat. Quite a lot of Indian dishes are naturally vegan and delicious. As for my fellow Indians, you're in for a treat. We were pleasantly surprised by the delish food we found. 

Madras Darbar Indian Restaurant
@DeeCeeMini
Excellent spot for when you're craving some South Indian food, their chutney is absolutely on point too. We loved having brekkie here
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Maa Pure Vegetarian Indian Restaurant
@DeeCeeMini
Decent Indian food, located right inside Indira Square, quick stop for hunger pangs while shopping.
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Sunrise Tacos at Terminal 21
@DeeCeeMini
Absolutely delicious Mexican food with umpteen Vegetarian and Vegan options. The taco pizza and hot sauce were to die for.
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Amritsr Restaurant Sukhumvit Soi 22 - IndianRestaurant in Bangkok
@DeeCeeMini
One of the best Indian restaurants in Thailand. We visited their branch in Phuket and the food was phenomenal. Take it from an Indian, its rare to find such amazing North Indian food in certain parts of India too. Must have - Aloo Paratha, Aloo Tikki Chaat, Pani Puri All of the above dishes are vegan too, just skip the curd.
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Saravana Bhavan
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Highly rated and known for its authentic South Indian food.
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Cafes

James Boulangerie
@DeeCeeMini
Famous for their sweet cream croissants, this place is a nice stop when visiting Icon Siam. Located on the 6th floor, they offer a range of desserts and food items. The Croissant with Vanilla swirl is quite delicious and instagrammable. If you love desserts, don't skip this place.
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CHATA Specialty Coffee
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Breakfast Story Asok
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Zurich Bread Cafe Charoen Krung
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Their Crisp coconut rolls are to die for.
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STOCKROOM
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Massages

When in Thailand, Spa is a must! Here are a few options ranging from economical to luxe. Take your pick

Oasis Spa (Sukhumvit 31)
@DeeCeeMini
Luxe
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Suk Sarrn Massage & Spa Sukhumvit 28 - Phrom Phong
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Mid - range
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Forest Massage & Spa Onsen (Thonglor)
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Premium
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Chivana massage 泰国按摩医生有经验的专业知识
@DeeCeeMini
Economical. What we loved about this place is that they will also send a masseuse to your hotel so you can enjoy a massage in the comfort of your own room and fall asleep right after they leave. They come well prepared with all required items. Note - Essential to add this here, they are professional spa.
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Anantara Spa
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Luxe
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Commute 

When in Bangkok, we highly recommend using the BTS which is their local train system. We recommend you book a hotel near a station which will make your commute very simple. 

They have a few different types of rails, all of which are interconnected so if you're up for a little walking, you can basically get to any corner of the city via these. 

They are :

- BTS : Bangkok Mass Transit System,

- ARL : Airport Rail Link 

- MRT : Metropolitan Rapid Transit

Some Useful Tips 

1. Use ARL if you land at Suvarnabhumi airport to get to your hotel and save up on the exorbitant Taxi prices.

2. Beware of Taxi mafia, its a real thing in Thailand. Which causes taxi prices to soar up. 

3. If BTS is not an option, use apps like Grab and Gojek to get Taxis/Bike Taxis. They are reliable apps like uber and will connect you to nearby drivers and charge a fixed fare. 

4. Almost all hotels offer FREE luggage storage, ask them before you spend huge amounts on storage lockers. 

5. Learning a few Thai words will take you a long way. Not only it is courteous, but will also win you brownie points. 

While there's obviously a lot more to do, see and eat in Bangkok, doing everything at once can be extremely overwhelming. Thus we have curated this short guide with top places that we loved in the city. 

Should you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out to us. Happy travels. ✈️

We greatly appreciate your support as a reader and your engagement fuels our commitment to providing quality content. If you found our guide helpful, we kindly invite you to consider sharing it within your circles. Your thoughtful reviews also play a pivotal role in assisting others to discover the guidance they seek. Should you wish to contribute further, leaving a tip would be a gesture of immense encouragement. Thank you for being a part of our community and for helping us foster a network.

You may also like - 

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Hello all you wonderful people !!! We are DeeCeeMini; DeeCee a.k.a Divyakumar, a spirited explorer whose dreams of traversing the globe were momentarily put on hold by life's responsibilities. And Mini a.k.a Manali, a globe-trotting enthusiast who has already left footprints in several captivating countries. Our love conquered all obstacles, and now, our wanderlust is unstoppable! Finally, we're on the road, hand in hand, making every moment count. From thrilling escapades to quiet getaways, our trips have been a total hoot! Meeting new people, learning languages, and immersing ourselves in diverse cultures is our what keeps us going. And now, we're here to spill all the secrets that will help you curate your perfect vacation ! We're super stoked to share our ultimate travel guides with all of you! Packed with insider tips and personal experiences, and an honest picture of what to expect. Stay tuned for an absolute blast of fantastic travel content coming your way. Get ready to fuel your wanderlust and make travel dreams a reality. 🌎✈️
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Bangkok on a Budget
Your guide to enjoying Bangkok on less than $ 100 a day. On a budget does not mean less fun or compromising on the good stuff. Let us show you.
27 Places • 3 Saves • ago
Free

Bangkok is a city that has something for everyone. From Pub Crawls, to Nature trails, Massages to Shopping, you name it, they have it. 

My husband and I traveled to Thailand last month and spent a few days in Bangkok. We spent approximately INR 2000 / USD 25 a night for a pretty decent hotel. Since we're both vegetarians, we ate mostly at Indian restaurants, each cost us around INR 1200 / 12-15 USD. Starbucks coffee cost us around INR 400 / USD 5.

To commute, we used BTS and our legs ;) Our unlimited day pass cost us INR 300 / USD 3.5 per head. Since BTS and other rails are well connected across the city, we could easily commute from one end of the city to another. 

You could literally do a whole day in Bangkok within INR 8000/ USD 100, lets see :

Hotel / Stay 🏨 - INR 2000/ USD 25 

Food  😋 - INR 1200 / USD 15 x 3 meals = INR 3700 / USD 45

BTS Card 🚅 - INR 300 / USD 3.5 x 2 persons = INR 600 / USD 7 

Coffee ☕- INR 400 / USD 5 x 2 persons = INR 800/ USD 10 

Total = INR 7100 / USD 87 You still have about USD 13 for entry tickets or souvenir shopping. 

As you can see, no aspect of the trip has been compromised, you still stay in private hotel rooms, have a decent budget for meals and some left over change. 

Of course if you choose to stay in hostels then your daily budget could go a lot lower. This guide calculates cost for a private room in a gorgeous hotel with all amenities. 

Stays 

Hotel Ordinary Bangkok
@DeeCeeMini
Excellent place to stay in the city. Very economical. 2 mins from Ratchaprarop ARL, 5 mins from Indian restaurants and core shopping areas like Pratunam Plaza and Indira Square. Well equipped, cute compact rooms, A 24/7 Social Kitchen that offers unlimited coffee and Instant Noodles, Unlimited water and an in-house café. Cost us INR 2500/- a night for two.
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The Cottage Suvarnabhumi
@DeeCeeMini
Close to the airport, Spacious rooms with a balcony, Pool, Excellent service, Luggage Storage, Breakfast included. Great place to stay between flights Cost us INR 1998/- a night for two.
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Shopping

One simply cannot come to Bangkok and not go shopping. 

Chatuchak Weekend Market
@DeeCeeMini
With over 15000 shops divided in about 25-30 sections, offering Food, Clothing, Fashion accessories, Footwear, Plants, Essential Oils, Upholstery and more, this is Asia's largest shopping market. Come here with Sunscreen, Water, Cap, Cash and a lot of energy. Obviously there's a whole lot of walking.
Add to
Details
Pratunam Night Market
@DeeCeeMini
Find dirt-cheap but great quality clothing and accessories here. Don't be intimidated by the crowd and be confident when bargaining.
Add to
Details
The Platinum Fashion Mall
@DeeCeeMini
Economical like Pratunam market, in a mall. With greater choices and items.
Add to
Details
JODD FAIRS Rama 9
@DeeCeeMini
Thailand is known for its night markets, and this is one you should not miss. From cute souvenirs, to finger licking delish bites - they have it all.
Add to
Details
Terminal 21
@DeeCeeMini
Gorgeous mall with range of stores for all shopping needs. The architecture is noteworthy as each level of the mall is designed to resemble a specific city, such as San Francisco, London, Hong Kong etc. They also have distress sales on the lower ground floor and you can grab a pair of original Steve Maddens for as low as USD 20.
Add to
Details

Things to Do

As we said before, there's something for everyone, depends on what you want to make of your trip. We explored Nature in Krabi, Pubs and Islands in Phuket so left Bangkok for Shopping. Here's some of our recommendations - 

ICONSIAM
@DeeCeeMini
Whether or not you decide to shop here, be sure to give this mall a visit. The architecture and shops here are worth seeing. You can get here either by Train or by Water. The journey and the destination, both are quite worth it.
Add to
Details
Bubble in the Forest Cafe
@DeeCeeMini
This beautiful cafe must be on your list, for its aesthetics and views. And maybe a little for its food. #veryinstagrammable
Add to
Details
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
@DeeCeeMini
UNESCO World Heritage site, MUST VISIT, especially if you're into Art and History
Add to
Details
Safari World
@DeeCeeMini
Animal love >>>>>>>>>>
Add to
Details
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan
@DeeCeeMini
Temples are an integral part of the Thai culture, so try and visit at least one during your trip. You'll surely appreciate the beauty and calm.
Add to
Details

Food & Drink 

If you're a vegan, Indian restaurants are a great place to eat. Quite a lot of Indian dishes are naturally vegan and delicious. As for my fellow Indians, you're in for a treat. We were pleasantly surprised by the delish food we found. 

Madras Darbar Indian Restaurant
@DeeCeeMini
Excellent spot for when you're craving some South Indian food, their chutney is absolutely on point too. We loved having brekkie here
Add to
Details
Maa Pure Vegetarian Indian Restaurant
@DeeCeeMini
Decent Indian food, located right inside Indira Square, quick stop for hunger pangs while shopping.
Add to
Details
Sunrise Tacos at Terminal 21
@DeeCeeMini
Absolutely delicious Mexican food with umpteen Vegetarian and Vegan options. The taco pizza and hot sauce were to die for.
Add to
Details
Amritsr Restaurant Sukhumvit Soi 22 - IndianRestaurant in Bangkok
@DeeCeeMini
One of the best Indian restaurants in Thailand. We visited their branch in Phuket and the food was phenomenal. Take it from an Indian, its rare to find such amazing North Indian food in certain parts of India too. Must have - Aloo Paratha, Aloo Tikki Chaat, Pani Puri All of the above dishes are vegan too, just skip the curd.
Add to
Details
Saravana Bhavan
@DeeCeeMini
Highly rated and known for its authentic South Indian food.
Add to
Details

Cafes

James Boulangerie
@DeeCeeMini
Famous for their sweet cream croissants, this place is a nice stop when visiting Icon Siam. Located on the 6th floor, they offer a range of desserts and food items. The Croissant with Vanilla swirl is quite delicious and instagrammable. If you love desserts, don't skip this place.
Add to
Details
CHATA Specialty Coffee
@DeeCeeMini
Add to
Details
Breakfast Story Asok
@DeeCeeMini
Add to
Details
Zurich Bread Cafe Charoen Krung
@DeeCeeMini
Their Crisp coconut rolls are to die for.
Add to
Details
STOCKROOM
@DeeCeeMini
Add to
Details

Massages

When in Thailand, Spa is a must! Here are a few options ranging from economical to luxe. Take your pick

Oasis Spa (Sukhumvit 31)
@DeeCeeMini
Luxe
Add to
Details
Suk Sarrn Massage & Spa Sukhumvit 28 - Phrom Phong
@DeeCeeMini
Mid - range
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Forest Massage & Spa Onsen (Thonglor)
@DeeCeeMini
Premium
Add to
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Chivana massage 泰国按摩医生有经验的专业知识
@DeeCeeMini
Economical. What we loved about this place is that they will also send a masseuse to your hotel so you can enjoy a massage in the comfort of your own room and fall asleep right after they leave. They come well prepared with all required items. Note - Essential to add this here, they are professional spa.
Add to
Details
Anantara Spa
@DeeCeeMini
Luxe
Add to
Details

Commute 

When in Bangkok, we highly recommend using the BTS which is their local train system. We recommend you book a hotel near a station which will make your commute very simple. 

They have a few different types of rails, all of which are interconnected so if you're up for a little walking, you can basically get to any corner of the city via these. 

They are :

- BTS : Bangkok Mass Transit System,

- ARL : Airport Rail Link 

- MRT : Metropolitan Rapid Transit

Some Useful Tips 

1. Use ARL if you land at Suvarnabhumi airport to get to your hotel and save up on the exorbitant Taxi prices.

2. Beware of Taxi mafia, its a real thing in Thailand. Which causes taxi prices to soar up. 

3. If BTS is not an option, use apps like Grab and Gojek to get Taxis/Bike Taxis. They are reliable apps like uber and will connect you to nearby drivers and charge a fixed fare. 

4. Almost all hotels offer FREE luggage storage, ask them before you spend huge amounts on storage lockers. 

5. Learning a few Thai words will take you a long way. Not only it is courteous, but will also win you brownie points. 

While there's obviously a lot more to do, see and eat in Bangkok, doing everything at once can be extremely overwhelming. Thus we have curated this short guide with top places that we loved in the city. 

Should you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out to us. Happy travels. ✈️

We greatly appreciate your support as a reader and your engagement fuels our commitment to providing quality content. If you found our guide helpful, we kindly invite you to consider sharing it within your circles. Your thoughtful reviews also play a pivotal role in assisting others to discover the guidance they seek. Should you wish to contribute further, leaving a tip would be a gesture of immense encouragement. Thank you for being a part of our community and for helping us foster a network.

You may also like - 

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CURATED BY
Hello all you wonderful people !!! We are DeeCeeMini; DeeCee a.k.a Divyakumar, a spirited explorer whose dreams of traversing the globe were momentarily put on hold by life's responsibilities. And Mini a.k.a Manali, a globe-trotting enthusiast who has already left footprints in several captivating countries. Our love conquered all obstacles, and now, our wanderlust is unstoppable! Finally, we're on the road, hand in hand, making every moment count. From thrilling escapades to quiet getaways, our trips have been a total hoot! Meeting new people, learning languages, and immersing ourselves in diverse cultures is our what keeps us going. And now, we're here to spill all the secrets that will help you curate your perfect vacation ! We're super stoked to share our ultimate travel guides with all of you! Packed with insider tips and personal experiences, and an honest picture of what to expect. Stay tuned for an absolute blast of fantastic travel content coming your way. Get ready to fuel your wanderlust and make travel dreams a reality. 🌎✈️
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