How much money you will need to travel in Bangkok per day? Some may say that 50$ is well enough if you don't plan to eat at expensive restaurants and do all exotique stuffs -- but do you know you that can dump the budget down all the way to 10$ (around 320 baht) and blissfully enjoy the city --- both eating and sightseeing?!
In fact, it's rather cheap to travel and live if you go local. Here we have some quick tips that can make help you plan a trip to enjoy the city with less than 10$ a day. And we sure that it will give you the new experience of Bangkok!
Fill Your Tummy
Eating is undoubtedly a big issue. If complimentary breakfasts or dinner is not included with your room, we recommend to go on the street and try local treats
Bangkokers don't usually eat much in the morning, instead they love to buy quick nibs selling from stalls and hawkers found almost everywhere. It's no joke but "Joke" (rice porridge) is a popular dish in the morning. Try "Khao Niew Moo Ping" piping hot grilled pork skewer with sticky rice or sit at local style coffee shop and enjoy with "Pa Tong Koh" (chinese cruller) and soy milk, milk tea or coffee. All of these will give you a quick breakfast stop and will set you back only 25-35 baht -- lots cheaper than breakfast at the hotel.
During the day if you come across street hawkers with chiming bell sound you found the best way to relieve the heat. These hawkers sell coconut ice-cream with Thai style typing that only cost around 20 baht each. Some of them selling chilled fresh cut fruit that is so good in the hot and humid day. You can choose to visit roadside coffeeshop (not cafe thought) and enjoy iced milk tea, coffees or any beverage of your choice. These is yet to include the hard to be found (but nice) old school grocery that have sweetened chrysanthemum tea chilled in the fridge at the front of their store which as cheap as 7 - 10 baht per glass.
For lunchtime, we recommend cheap and delicious "Ran Tam Sang" made to order restaurant which will cost you around 40-45 baht per dish. It usually can be found under a shade by the road with the shop owner cooking stir fried stuffs with wok. "Khao Phad Kraprao Moo" spicy stir-fried pork with sweet basil with rice is the 101 menu for almost every bangkokers, or if you can't stand spicy food, "Khao Pad" fried rice is the choice to go. Noodle Egg Noodle "Bamee" and Meatball Noodle "Kuay Tiew" also a good choice for quick lunch stop.
All you can eat (Moo Kra Tha) is probably the best for what you pay as it only cost you as cheap as 89 bath for a buffet dinner. This kind of restaurant can be found almost everywhere in Thailand and can be easily spotted with large open-air tent with hundreds of table and chairs inside. All you need to do is find a free spotted, order some drinks (not included in buffet) and take take the food you want back to your table and start grilling. One thing to be aware is that the price can be vary from 89 to some hundreds baht depend on each place and the drink can be a bit costly. Current Hot Deals
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From A to B - The Cheapest Choice
Bangkok has skytrain and subway that have a decent coverage of the downtown and business area. But for tourists, this may be not very useful as many of the tourist attraction, especially around the Rattanakosin Island, the Temple of Emerald Buddha and Temple of Dawn are currently not served by these system.
Instead of taking taxi or uber are the better choice, however it'll definitely set you back more than 100 baht per trip. Price wise, you can choose to ride Red buses (non-air conditioned) which is only 6.5 baht per ride or air conditioned buses are available for as cheap as 11-24 baht. It may confuse trying to figure out which bus go where at first, but when you get through this it'll be easy to understand as the back of your hand. If you plan to stay for couple of days, weekly discount pass is available at bus information kiosk for only 100 and 200 baht.
From A to B - Good for Sightseeing
There is another good way of transportation which not only take you to your destination but also good for sightseeing along the way. As bangkok once was called "the Venice of the east" as it had system of canals and river crisscrossing around the city and have some commuter boat connect to major pier along those waterways. For tourist though, if you stay around Bang Rak area and want t connect to the rattanakosin area especially Pak Klong Talad or the Grand Palace, you can ride Chao Phraya Express boat which will cost you nly from 9 - 14 bath. you can see the live of the locals as well as many of the beautiful attractions, including the temple of the down along the way.
For those who stay inn sukhumvit, pratunam, or siam area, there is Klong Saen Saeb Express Boat which runs all the way to the pier near golden mountain and cost from 10 - 20 baht. This Saen Saeb canal still have locals living on the bank and it is a great way to experience the real unseen of bangkok.
Feast the Eyes
The attractions with less expensive admission fee don't mean that they are less beautiful. If you choose to go with 10$ mission, visiting the Temple of Emerald Buddha that you need to pay 500 baht (18 USD) is not the choice.
For 10 times less, you can visit Wat Arun, Wat Sraket (The Golden Mount), Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple) and Wat Traimit (the Golden Buddha) which all cost less than 50 baht to enter. You can save another 100 baht by having a glimpse on the iconic Giant Swing and taking photo with Bangkok's full name monument but not enter the adjoining Wat Suthat. This is yet to includes places you can enjoy with lively vibe of Bangkok without spending a pence, like the flower market "Pak Klong Talad" or the chinatown "Yaowarat Road". If you are on weekend, visiting Chatuchak Weekend Market or JJ Market is also a good choice. Photo from: ShutterStock.com -- Jo Panuwat D, Ksl, UKRID, Nirinstar, Iris79, 2p2play, Gittipong Krutpong, Awinnings