Is Thailand Really That Cheap?

Posted By Trav


“How can you guys afford to travel so much?!”

We get it all the time. And it’s really not a big secret.

We spend a lot of our time in cheap destinations like Thailand.

“But come on, Thailand can’t really be that cheap

Oh, but it is.

Today Heather and I lay it all out. How much we’re paying for accommodation, meals, drinks, transportation, and activities during our time in Thailand. You really can eat for a $1, and you really can stay in a nice place for $20 a night. We share all that and much, much more in today’s episode.

If you’re looking to travel, but it’s just “to expensive” have a listen and see how much a vacation in Thailand will really cost you!

Have you been to Thailand? Let us know how much YOU were spending on things like food & activities to give everyone some social proof that Thailand really is that cheap.

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In This Episode:

  • When booking in Thailand, don’t book it all online.
  • During the high season make sure to book ahead.
  • Regardless of where you get it, beer is cheaper than the states.
  • Yes, you can eat dinner for $1.
  • Renting a scooter for a steal.
  • Budget airlines in the region.
  • Always haggle. Always.
  • There’s tons of fun stuff to do for cheap.

and much more!

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  1. Kurt says:

    What’s the name (or location) of the coffee shop in Chiang Mai that you raved about?

    1. Heather Sherry says:

      The cafe is called Akha Ama and it is north of the old city in Chiang Mai. It is some of the best coffee I’ve had in the world. Check it out!

      1. Kurt says:

        Excellent! Thanks Heather. We were in Chiang Mai a couple months ago and loved it. Definitely want to do an extended trip like you guys are doing now!

        One of our favorite meals was at a little mom+pop restaurant called Andaman Kitchen (on Ratchamanka, across from Anodard Hotel). Still having dreams about the pad thai there. Give it a shot if you get a chance :-)


        1. Trav says:

          @Kurt- We certainly will. I’ve been looking for some killer pad thai, so may head there tomorrow. Thanks for the rec.

  2. Ricardo says:

    Thank you for the great podcast. I can not wait to visit Thailand next month. You both are a great resource. I would never even dreamed about going to these places. I will be there for about 3 weeks.
    I do thank you for making this trip a reality for my and my family.

    1. Trav says:

      @Ricardo- Well, I’m super excited to be able to be your inspiration to Thailand. You can’t go wrong heading there, you’ll love it (plus, it’s cheap!)

  3. Brandon says:

    Hi. Love the podcast. What is the name of the teak building restaurant you talked about in the podcast?

    1. Trav says:

      @Brandon – It’s called Dash and it’s in the old city of Chiang Mai. You can check out all our Chiang Mai recommendations here:

      Chiang Mai Travel Guide

  4. Alex Nguyen says:

    Hi there, I’m Alex.
    I totally agree with you that Thailand is really cheap.
    I love shopping in Thailand, it’s crazy :)
    You should choose Thailand for the first time travel to Asia.
    But I faced some problems when I went to Thailand for the first time, since some stuffs are hard to find here, you should thoroughly prepare before going to Thailand.
    Here some tips to pack for Thailand, from my own experiences, https://blog.inspitrip.com/3293/what-to-pack-for-thailand/
    Hope it could help you out!

  5. Hi,

    Thanks for the fun story telling on your experiences in Thailand!
    I forgot the name of Trav’s favourite restaurant in Chiang Mai? I cannot remember it.

    Franne Van den Bossche

    1. Trav says:

      @Frann – It is Khao Soi Mae Sai. It even has a Tripadvisor page now that makes it easier to find.

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