Thailand doesn’t stop at bustling Bangkok markets and a hammock on the beach. Behind the beachside bungalows and luxury spa retreats, you’ll find snapshots of Thai life with aromatic street vendors, tuk tuks, junglestrewn temples and giant Buddhas. Travel to Thailand, and you'll have one of the best experiences of your life.
Around 20 million people in Thailand speak Thai, also known as Siamese. Many locals and everyone who works within the tourism industry will know really good English.
$1 = around 20 Thai Baht (THB).
A better way to work this one out?
100THB is $5.
UTC + 07:00, which means Thailand is 5 hours behind Auckland.
You’ve been waiting for this all your life: The clash of culture and party. You’ll start in the bustling and energetic city of Bangkok,where you can explore Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Then you will be taken through Chiang Mai where you can explore the authentic street foods, before you head into the villages tucked deep into the forests where you will experience the traditional lifestyles of the people of the forest. In no time you’ll be on your way to Koh Phangan, where you will be a part of one of the most exciting parties in the world: the New Moon Party. This will truly be a trip of a lifetime!
A bottle of local Thai beer from a café or shop can cost as little as 40THB (around $2). A Sangsom and soda bucket can cost between 124THB (about $6) to 300THB (about $14) depending on where you find it, and are so strong they're best shared!
Thai street food can cost as little as 50THB (just over $2) and can be every bit as delicious, if not better, than in some restaurants. For a sit-down meal somewhere midrange, expect to pay between 150THB ($7) to 300TBH ($14).
Taxis cost around 5TBH (25 cents) per kilometre, after the initial surcharge. A 10km ride should cost you under 150THB ($7), and from the airport to Khao San Road, expect to pay between 350-530THB ($15-$25). Always ask for the meter to switched on; it's fun to haggle a price before you start the journey, and you'll get a better price.
A 10 hour bus journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on a pretty comfy sleeper coach costs around 500-600THB (or anywhere between $20-$25). A 12-15 hour bus journey from Bangkok to Phuket costs 1000THB (just over $40). Boat trips between islands cost around 500THB ($20).
A basic dorm bed in Bangkok can cost you as little as 125THB (about $6); expect to pay double on the Southern Islands such as Koh Phangan, especially if you're staying there over Full Moon.
For a mid-range room for two people in a hotel or guesthouse, you'll pay upwards of $20. Fancier hotels can cost around $50-80. Book in advance with STA Travel to bag the cheapest rates; we always have awesome Thailand accomodation on offer!