If your main reason for your travel is to get to know other cultures more and to understand the way of life in other countries, you sure won’t go wrong in choosing Thailand vacations. While in this place, you can achieve your goal without spending much. You just have to go ‘native’ and your vacation will not be that expensive. A little research about the place before planning your itinerary will help a lot. Here are some of the tips that will help you conquer this amazing country without spending a fortune:
1. Travel during low or off-peak season.
Exploring Thailand during off-peak seasons can give you up to 25% savings on your accommodation budget. You also have a big chance of getting low or discounted airfare and best tour packages. You don’t have to worry about your vacation being spoiled by the rain because the weather in this country is very reasonable in most times of the year.
2. Choose long hauls from one point to another by riding a bus or a train rather than a plane.
From Bangkok, you can reach some tourist spots by traveling on a bus or a train. This will surely trim down your budget because this means of transportation really come cheap.
3. Dine-in cheap restaurants.
In Thailand, the cheaper the food is, the better. Surprising, isn’t it? This is because expensive restaurants in this country usually offer Western food that doesn’t have great taste. So better yet look for a small, cheap, and clean family restaurant that can provide you with tasty meals.
4. Avoid doing overseas calls when you’re in Thailand.
It can be extremely expensive to make overseas calls from Thailand. If you really need to have constant communications with someone else outside the country, you can save on communications cost by just purchasing a cheap cellular phone with prepaid SIM card or use the services of Internet and Telephone Centers. The cheapest alternative is to ask the person you’re calling to be the one to contact you instead.
5. Practice your price negotiation skills.
In most tourist spots in Thailand, you really need to have excellent price negotiation skills if you want to get savings. Price bargaining is usually accepted in islands that are less touristy. Don’t be ashamed to try negotiating the price of everything you want to buy. This isn’t an embarrassing behavior in such a country, after all.
6. Do evening entertainment the Thai way.
One way to complete your vacation is to have a shot of Thailand’s nightlife and entertainment. There are lots of inexpensive Thai restaurants with live bands and cheap beer and food. During winter, outdoor beer gardens are common. Despite their modern movie theaters, watching movies in Thailand is very much cheaper. If you don’t like the idea of having a bottle of beer, you can just choose to walk around the city and take photos of the night market.
If you’ve done extensive research about the place, or your friends have given you some tips, you should also try not to get organized tours throughout your Thailand vacations. This won’t only give you a chance to explore Thailand your own way; it can also help you save a few bucks.