BACKPACKER INDEX: US$22.30
Bangkok hotel prices
Doubles from US$40
With a quiet location close to Khaosan Road and Grand Palace, this canal-side boutique hotel offers great value and service.
Doubles from US$79
The Aldephi Suites provides great value in the Sukhumvit (shopping and expat) area, including a welcoming swimming pool.
Beds from US$11/night
This large and very popular hostel is perfectly located near Khosan Road and the main sights, plus excellent reviews and low prices.
It doesn’t always happen this way, but in Bangkok the hotel seasons match the dry and rainy seasons exactly. For mid-range and high-end hotels, the high season in Bangkok is from November through April, and many also have a peak season during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period.
The low season for Bangkok hotels runs during the rainy season, from May through October. For cheaper hotels they might not change the published rates at all during the year, but you’ll be in a better position to bargain for a lower rate during the low season, especially if you are planning on staying more than a couple days.
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Bangkok is truly one of the world’s great cities, and also a bargain for travelers in almost every way. Its busy airport usually has good deals on incoming flights, and once you are here nearly everything is cheap by international standards.
Hotels in Bangkok can be found for next to nothing, but be warned that the absolute bottom end gets you a low standard that isn’t found many other places. Spending a bit more can get you something fairly nice, and things get better and better the more you are able to spend.
The transportation and attractions cost very little as well, so once you are situated you can keep yourself entertained for days on a very low budget. And of course food is not only excellent in Bangkok, but it’s famously cheap as well. Freshly prepared dishes from street stalls can be found all day and well into the night, with meals costing around US$1 and up, and restaurants in the city don’t charge much more for a comfortable seat and good service.
Compared to elsewhere in Southeast Asia, getting drunk here can be expensive, with wine and spirits being particularly steep. Budget-minded party people can save money by buying the first couple of rounds from one of the thousands of mini markets and starting in the hotel or hostel.
Bangkok attraction prices
|Grand Palace||The top attraction in Bangkok is located in the larger Dusit Palace Park complex. Admission fee includes entrance to Vimanmek Mansion on another day.||adults||15.53|
|Wat Pho||This huge temple complex contains the famous Reclining Buddha, among other things.||adults||3.11|
|Wat Arun||Another famous and striking temple that most people visit.||adults||1.55|
|Jim Thompson House||This complex was put together by an American after WWII and houses a great collection of silk and art items. Price includes a tour.||adults||3.11|
|National Museum||This refurbished museum houses great collections of historical Thai arts and craft items.||adults||6.21|
Bangkok Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||9.32 - 13.98|
|Airport train to city center||1.40 - 2.80|
|3km tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok||1.55 - 3.11|
|Skytrain ride in Bangkok||0.47 - 1.61|
|3km taxi ride in Bangkok||1.55 - 2.17|
Bangkok food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Many hotels include breakfast in their rates. Street stalls are easy to find everywhere, but sit-down restaurants charge a lot more.||0.78 - 3.73|
|Budget lunch||Street stalls are easy to find everywhere and serve tasty and (usually) safe meals at all hours. Food courts in shopping areas are also a good budget bet.||1.24 - 6.21|
|Budget dinner||Again, the range here is wide because traditional restaurants aren't nearly as cheap as other street-side options.||1.55 - 7.76|
|Pint of beer||Happy hours are common, but otherwise beer is not the bargain it is elsewhere in SE Asia.||1.86 - 4.66|
|McDonalds Big Mac||So-called meal deals don't add too much to the price, but McDonald's here isn't really a great bargain otherwise.||2.48|
|Pizza||American-style big pizzas are available, though not cheap, and small European-style pizzas are easy to find.||3.73 - 10.87|
|Can of cold beer||There are 7-Elevens on every block, and cold local beers are a relative bargain.||0.78 - 1.24|
|Cup of coffee||Coffee in Thailand is usually made from instant powder and it's relatively expensive.||0.93 - 1.86|
Bangkok Miscellaneous costs
|Bottled water (1.5L)||Bottled drinking water is available everywhere, but some hotels charge far more than little markets next door.||0.47 - 1.09|
|Laundry (backpacker load)||In Bangkok most laundry places charge a set amount for each item, and it adds up to more than in neighboring countries.||3.73 - 6.21|
|Movie||First-run English-language movies are shown with subtitles in many modern theaters around town.||4.35 - 5.59|
|Rum (750ml bottle)||Thailand's cheap local comes in the form of a pretty decent rum, found in several brand names at various supermarkets.||2.80 - 3.73|
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|Airports||Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)|
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As with virtually every other tropical city, Bangkok has two seasons, dry and rainy. It’s hot every day of the year, by most people’s standards, and it’s usually quite humid even during the so-called dry season. The warmest month of the year is April, and it only cools off slightly during the summer due to the frequent cloud cover.
The dry season lasts from November through April, with December and January being known for having virtually no rainfall at all. The rainy season lasts from May through October, and during this period it can come down in sheets, usually for short periods of time. December and January are usually the most comfortable months for visiting, but the city is modern and well suited to its rainfall so visiting any time of the year is okay.
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