Imagine being able to visit the Grand Palace, or the Tiger Temple, to be able to freely experience the everyday life there, to go about your business using a tuk-tuk, and to taste the street food. However, our finances often hinder our wishes to experience the cultures of the world. Or do they?
Don’t try to limit yourself into finding a comfortable hotel room. There are places that charge $1000. This is definitely out of the question, though, luckily, these places are not as common as the other kind. If you do your research properly, you can find a location for yourself that charges less than ten dollars a night. Remember to include hostels and private residences in your search. Or, if this is something you are comfortable doing, consider using a couchsurfing community.
Do you need to eat? Of course. Is it necessary to happen at a classy restaurant? Not really. Traveling on a budget does mean eating on a budget as well. We suggest taking to the streets. It is a great way to experience the food that is less influenced by the effects of globalization first-hand. It is fairly easy to have a tasty and filling meal for as little as 50 Thai Bahts, or less than $2. If you forage, you are likely to find good, exotic, and healthy nourishment for less than a dollar.
Visiting the sites can be both enjoyable and frugal.
If your travel plans allow you to travel through Bangkok, make sure you visit the one and only Khao San Road. You are very likely to find backpackers from all over the world here, who, like you, revel in absorbing the spirit, the noise and the people of Thailand. It is by far one of the most interesting places in the world.
If you are traveling on and around the Khao San Road, you will, perhaps, have the good fortune to visit Wat Chana Songkhram. Simple in design, and revered for its age, it is just one of the many temples you can come across in Thailand.
A Word to the Wise
Some of the traveling tips found here were written with backpackers in mind. It is also easy as pie to plan for a family vacation, but the hostels and anything of that nature should be disregarded as potential accommodation. That being said, you can still save a ton of money on food and sites.