Thailand is a very cheap place to travel, which is just one of many reasons that makes it so much fun! Your personal spending on the trip will include your food, drinks, shopping, entertainment and any activities outside of those included your FNEZ adventure.
For the entirety of our 20 Day Thailand Trip -- "A Dose of Paradise", we would recommend a budget of $700 - $1300. Any travel budget will fluctuate between personalities, so ask yourself: "What type of traveller are you?"
The Hippie: Brings about $700-$900 for the 20 days. Eats local food, bargains well at the market, finds good prices on drinks and picks, and chooses their optional activities wisely! Often likely to continue travelling after their FNEZ trip is complete.
The Backpacker: $900-$1200 spending money. A bit more frivolous, but is aware of their budget. Takes in most activities they are interested in, without going too extravagant. Likes to party, but always looking for a good deal.
The Rock Star: $1300 - $1600: Not too worried about their budget, they'll do almost everything, including lavish amounts of shopping and partying often. There won't be too much holding them back from activities, as this is their trip and don't want to let anything pass them by.
To help you work out your budget, here are some examples to give you an idea what you will be spending in Thailand.
Food and Drink:
Typical Thai Meal at a Restaurant: $2 - $5
Green Curry Chicken $3.50 - $4.50 (includes a plate of rice)
Pad Thai w/ Seafood $2 - $3
Fresh fish/seafood meal $4 - $7
Pad Thai from Street Vendor: $1
Western Meal: $6
Half a Fresh-Cut Pineapple: $0.30
Fruit Shake / Iced Coffee: $1-$2
Can of Coke: $0.60
Big Beer at 7/11: $1.80
Big Bottle of Whiskey at 7/11: $7 - $10
Big Bottle of Water: $0.50
Big Beer at Bar/Club: $3
Fruity Cocktail: $3
Whiskey Bucket (Giant Cocktail): $8
Entertainment & Activities:
All Day Snorkel Trip w/ lunch: $20
Rock-climbing/Repelling, Full Day: $23
Muay Thai Lessons: $8.50
Fun Dive (Already Certified) – $82
Discover Dive without pool –$112
Discover Diver with pool – $145
"Open Water" PADI Lifetime Certification – $485
River Tubing, w/ transport - $10
Cooking Class, 5 dishes - $26
Muay Thai Fights, Admission - $8
Yoga – $8
Bungee Jumping – $50 (1st Jump), $33(Jumps after)
Ziplining – $46
Shopping & Miscellaneous:
Designer label jeans $15 - $20
Designer shoes: $15 - $40
T-shirts: $3 - $5
1 Hour Thai Massage: $6 - $10
Laundry Service: $1/kg