Travel budget in Thailand

Thailand: calculate your travel budget

Thailand: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Thailand for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 21 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.3 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 514* (15820 ฿)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 37 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person

Total budget:

$ 1263* (38892 ฿)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 85 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 2406* (74116 ฿)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Thailand in 2020

Cost of living: Thailand VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Thailand in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Thailand by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Thailand compared to the national average.

Cities /Thailand View Details
Koh Phangan 50% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Koh Phangan
Ko Samui 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ko Samui
Krabi - Ao Nang 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Krabi - Ao Nang
Hua Hin 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hua Hin
Pattaya 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Pattaya
Bangkok 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bangkok
Phuket 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Phuket
Chiang Mai 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chiang Mai

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Local prices in Thailand by expense type

Thailand: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Thailand costs 51% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 1.9/person
($ 1.3 to $ 4.9)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 6.5 to $ 26)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 4.9 to $ 8.1)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.3 for 500ml
($ 1.7 to $ 3.9)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 4.9)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1 to $ 3.9)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Thailand: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Thailand costs 61% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 32/night
($ 27 to $ 38)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 26/night
($ 16 to $ 38)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 48/night
($ 27 to $ 82)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 122/night
($ 73 to $ 188)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 248/night
($ 152 to $ 389)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 26/month
($ 18 to $ 35)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 103/month
($ 51 to $ 183)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 76/month
($ 34 to $ 149)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 36/month
($ 20 to $ 64)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 137/month
($ 64 to $ 251)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Thailand: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Thailand costs 29% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 3)

105% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 1 to $ 3.2)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.9)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 20/kg
($ 9.8 to $ 40)

70% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 2.7/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 4.5)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 4.9)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2/kg
($ 1 to $ 3.9)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.6)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.3)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.9)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 10.6/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 21)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Thailand: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Thailand costs 39% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 1.7)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 41/month
($ 27 to $ 53)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.2 to $ 1.3)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 1.2 to $ 1.7)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 24/24hrs
($ 7.2 to $ 127)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Thailand: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Thailand costs 46% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 83/month
($ 49 to $ 139)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 24/month
($ 18 to $ 34)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 492/month
($ 277 to $ 813)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1375
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 284/month
($ 163 to $ 488)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1099
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1188/month
($ 651 to $ 2437)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2203
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 641/month
($ 391 to $ 1138)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1741
Gym
Gym
$ 54/month
($ 30 to $ 98)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 326/month
($ 163 to $ 813)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 952
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 12813/yr
($ 6496 to $ 25980)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16573

Thailand: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Thailand costs 42% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.5/ticket
($ 4.9 to $ 9.8)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 9.8/hr
($ 3.2 to $ 17)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Thailand: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Thailand costs 3% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.5/pack
($ 3.2 to $ 5.3)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 61
($ 21 to $ 98)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 33
($ 14 to $ 63)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 95
($ 59 to $ 131)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 85
($ 34 to $ 138)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 98

Plane ticket budget

London → Phuket
London → Phuket
London → Phuket
$ 741
(fair price: $ 646)
Manchester → Bangkok
Manchester → Bangkok
Manchester → Bangkok
$ 735
(fair price: $ 628)
Los Angeles → Bangkok
Los Angeles  → Bangkok
Los Angeles  → Bangkok
$ 774
(fair price: $ 647)
Manchester → Phuket
Manchester → Phuket
Manchester → Phuket
$ 820
(fair price: $ 738)
Dublin → Bangkok
Dublin → Bangkok
Dublin → Bangkok
$ 691
(fair price: $ 606)
London → Ko Samui
London → Ko Samui
London → Ko Samui
$ 940
(fair price: $ 849)
New York City → Bangkok
New York City → Bangkok
New York City → Bangkok
$ 849
(fair price: $ 686)
London → Bangkok
London → Bangkok
London → Bangkok
$ 733
(fair price: $ 582)
Edinburgh → Bangkok
Edinburgh → Bangkok
Edinburgh → Bangkok
$ 774
(fair price: $ 670)
Toronto (Ontario) → Bangkok
Toronto (Ontario) → Bangkok
Toronto (Ontario) → Bangkok
$ 1054
(fair price: $ 906)
New York City → Phuket
New York City → Phuket
New York City → Phuket
$ 944
(fair price: $ 786)
Los Angeles → Phuket
Los Angeles  → Phuket
Los Angeles  → Phuket
$ 910
(fair price: $ 751)
Dublin → Phuket
Dublin → Phuket
Dublin → Phuket
$ 818
(fair price: $ 738)
Auckland → Bangkok
Auckland → Bangkok
Auckland → Bangkok
$ 872
(fair price: $ 703)
Montreal → Bangkok
Montreal → Bangkok
Montreal → Bangkok
$ 1100
(fair price: $ 943)
London → Chiang Mai
London → Chiang Mai
London → Chiang Mai
$ 776
(fair price: $ 674)
Manchester → Ko Samui
Manchester → Ko Samui
Manchester → Ko Samui
$ 940
(fair price: $ 819)
Edinburgh → Phuket
Edinburgh → Phuket
Edinburgh → Phuket
$ 870
(fair price: $ 781)
Melbourne → Ko Samui
Melbourne → Ko Samui
Melbourne → Ko Samui
$ 915
(fair price: $ 780)
Auckland → Phuket
Auckland → Phuket
Auckland → Phuket
$ 830
(fair price: $ 722)
Perth → Ko Samui
Perth → Ko Samui
Perth → Ko Samui
$ 711
(fair price: $ 612)
Sydney → Ko Samui
Sydney → Ko Samui
Sydney → Ko Samui
$ 897
(fair price: $ 774)
Los Angeles → Chiang Mai
Los Angeles  → Chiang Mai
Los Angeles  → Chiang Mai
$ 1001
(fair price: $ 765)
Manchester → Chiang Mai
Manchester → Chiang Mai
Manchester → Chiang Mai
$ 858
(fair price: $ 768)
New York City → Chiang Mai
New York City → Chiang Mai
New York City → Chiang Mai
$ 1119
(fair price: $ 835)
Toronto (Ontario) → Phuket
Toronto (Ontario) → Phuket
Toronto (Ontario) → Phuket
$ 1479
(fair price: $ 1074)
Sydney → Bangkok
Sydney → Bangkok
Sydney → Bangkok
$ 741
(fair price: $ 569)
Sydney → Chiang Mai
Sydney → Chiang Mai
Sydney → Chiang Mai
$ 722
(fair price: $ 625)
Dublin → Ko Samui
Dublin → Ko Samui
Dublin → Ko Samui
$ 1016
(fair price: $ 911)
Sydney → Phuket
Sydney → Phuket
Sydney → Phuket
$ 747
(fair price: $ 544)
Auckland → Ko Samui
Auckland → Ko Samui
Auckland → Ko Samui
$ 1025
(fair price: $ 934)
Melbourne → Bangkok
Melbourne → Bangkok
Melbourne → Bangkok
$ 714
(fair price: $ 575)
Melbourne → Chiang Mai
Melbourne → Chiang Mai
Melbourne → Chiang Mai
$ 646
(fair price: $ 550)
Perth → Bangkok
Perth → Bangkok
Perth → Bangkok
$ 597
(fair price: $ 493)
Montreal → Phuket
Montreal → Phuket
Montreal → Phuket
$ 1346
(fair price: $ 1130)
Melbourne → Phuket
Melbourne → Phuket
Melbourne → Phuket
$ 635
(fair price: $ 527)
Perth → Chiang Mai
Perth → Chiang Mai
Perth → Chiang Mai
$ 610
(fair price: $ 512)
Toronto (Ontario) → Chiang Mai
Toronto (Ontario) → Chiang Mai
Toronto (Ontario) → Chiang Mai
$ 1818
(fair price: $ 1111)
Edinburgh → Chiang Mai
Edinburgh → Chiang Mai
Edinburgh → Chiang Mai
$ 968
(fair price: $ 882)
Dublin → Chiang Mai
Dublin → Chiang Mai
Dublin → Chiang Mai
$ 900
(fair price: $ 813)
Edinburgh → Ko Samui
Edinburgh → Ko Samui
Edinburgh → Ko Samui
$ 1032
(fair price: $ 950)
New York City → Ko Samui
New York City → Ko Samui
New York City → Ko Samui
$ 1261
(fair price: $ 1094)
Perth → Phuket
Perth → Phuket
Perth → Phuket
$ 544
(fair price: $ 457)
Los Angeles → Ko Samui
Los Angeles  → Ko Samui
Los Angeles  → Ko Samui
$ 1216
(fair price: $ 1071)
Auckland → Chiang Mai
Auckland → Chiang Mai
Auckland → Chiang Mai
$ 1004
(fair price: $ 829)
Toronto (Ontario) → Ko Samui
Toronto (Ontario) → Ko Samui
Toronto (Ontario) → Ko Samui
$ 1512
(fair price: $ 1355)
Montreal → Chiang Mai
Montreal → Chiang Mai
Montreal → Chiang Mai
$ 1432
(fair price: $ 1252)

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About the information on the cost of living in Thailand

The information about the cost of living in Thailand shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Thailand updated on 20-09-2020.

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