How to save money in Thailand

Thailand is a pretty cheap country to travel around in compared to many Western countries.

The ‘problem’ with Thailand is that it is so god damn many temptations sneaking around every corner, that you end up spending a lot of money anyways.

Not only that, if you are in the bigger tourists areas you can’t walk 2 meters without someone trying to sell you something, or that there is some kind of business that are selling services or shit you don’t need.

Here are Goodbye Boring Life’s 12 methods of saving money in Thailand.

1: Get to know some local people

You’ll be surprised to see what kind if prices the locals pay for the same services and stuff as you do when you are walking around alone.

Let me give you some ridiculous examples:

  • I once paid 120 baht from Nana BTS station to Terminal 21 in Bangkok with motorbike taxi. When I was with a Thai person some time later I paid 30 baht for the same distance.
  • I paid 600 baht for a guesthouse at Koh Pha Ngan when I came here without knowing anyone. As soon as I got to know a local girl through Thai Cupid at the same island, I paid400 baht for the same guesthouse, AND she picked me up at the pier for free.
  • When you are with a local girl in Bangkok, the taxi drivers will never try to drive you for a fixed price, they will always use the meter without arguing.
  • I once paid 150 baht for a dish at a local restaurant in Phuket. When I was in another, but similar restaurant in Phuket with a Thai girl I only paid 50 baht.

Not only that, if you know a local. They always know where to get good cheap food. You won’t risk being ripped off in the local restaurants and she know how to get from A to B fast, effectively and cheap.

If you went to a local restaurant on Monday with a local girl, and you come back alone on Wednesday, they will still give you the local price.

Some more advanced tricks if you are a complete player like myself: 

Chat up a bunch of girls all around Thailand on Thai Cupid. Some of them will invite you over to their apartment, in other words, free accommodation..! (Btw, if you do this with good girls you are indirectly saying that you want a relationship with them, especially if you have sex with them when you sleep over).

But nothing is stopping you from just disappearing some days later, right? 🙂

I’ve done this a million times and saved a ton of money on accommodation. I once stayed with a girl for 3 weeks in Bangkok, and we had awesome sex every night. She wanted to push the relationship further, but I made it clear that I was not ready for that yet. She still hangs around and I meet her once in a while.  And I always live for free i Bangkok if I want that. 😀

Just be friends

You could also just make it clear from the beginning that you just want to be friends, and not have sex with her, but that is not nearly as fun as the first option. Nothing sucks more than to sleep next to a naked girl with a boner because you didn’t have sex with her, trying to jerk off without waking her up. Trust me, been there, done that.


2: Don’t eat Western Food

Western food is always more expensive than Thai food. Not only that, if you don’t know where to go to eat Western Food, it will probably taste like shit because most Thai people have no idea how to make Western food. This is especially true if you are outside the biggest tourist destinations (that the food taste like shit).

Eat local food. It’s delicious, mostly healthy and dirt cheap!

You can eat your steak when you get back home. 🙂


3: Buy a Thai sim card

Want to use 3G and 4G without getting a million dollar bill when you get home? Sim cards can be bought for 300 baht at almost every 7/11 in Thailand. Remember to bring your passport, or they won’t sell you the sim card.

When your out of credit you can top up at every 7/11 and most of the shopping malls in the phone shops.


4: Take an overnight bus or train

Okay, don’t take the overnight buses. They suck because it is impossible to sleep in a bus. However, the trains are pretty comfy if you take a sleeper train with actual beds. The shaking from the train makes me super sleepy and I sleep like a newborn baby.

That way you save one night at hotel or hostel unless you have a Thai girl to sleep with for free. If you have that, don’t bother with sleeper trains and just jump on a flight.


5: Take out big stacks of money

Every time you take out money in a ATM you have to pay a stupid fee on 200 baht. Those 200 bahts are dinner for 4 days at a local Thai restaurant if you know were to go, or are with a Thai girl.

I usually take out 50.000 baht every time I go to the ATM here. Use ATM’s that are connected to a bank, and always take out in the day time. That way if something happens with the ATM and you don’t get your card back, you can just stroll into the bank and ask them to open the ATM.

If you use an ATM out in nowhere, you will never get that card back.


6: Rent a motorbike

Don't pay for stuff you didn't do!
Don’t pay for stuff you didn’t do!

If you are at places like Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai or any of the islands. Rent a motorbike if you are planning to go around to see stuff. Motorbikes usually costs between 150 to 250 baht per day all over Thailand.

In Phuket for example taxis are expensive as fuck, and you will almost never get a taxi for under 300-400 baht no matter how short you are going.

Just remember to inspect the bike for damages before you leave the shop. Or they might blame you for the damage when you deliver it back. Take pictures of all damages.

Some shops have a paper where they will write down all the scratches and bulks before you go, but I would still take pictures just to be sure.


7: Haggle

If you are a tourist, and happen to be in the tourist areas of Thailand, you will have to pay tourist prices on all the stuff you are going to buy. Most Thais in the tourist areas just see a walking ATM machine when a tourist comes along.

Haggle! The prices are sky-high and don’t be surprised that they have a 600% profit margin on some of the shit they sell. They will probably sell it for a 200% profit margin too! So make sure to haggle like crazy.

8: Don’t leave tips

Thais don’t tip among them self, so why should you? Tips are not expected in Thailand so no one will think bad of you. I know this can sound kind of cheap depending on where you’re from, but this is just another way of saving money.

I just tip in Thailand if the service or the food was fucking outstanding!


9: …aaaand don’t tip the hookers

I know it’s hard to say no when they are coming with that little cute smile and their innocent Bambi eyes asking for a 300 baht tip for the taxi home just after you to shot a massive load straight in their face.

But let’s be real. The deal was 1000 baht, so that’s what she’s getting. She will probably give you a angry face, but why do you care? She’s out of the door in 10 seconds anyway!


10: …or don’t go with hookers at all!

This one might be challenging for a lot of studs out there, but chat up a lot of Thai girls at Thai Cupid before you go Thailand, and have sex with them for free when you arrive Thailand.

This one can save you a shit ton of money if you have the slightest amount of game.


11: Buy the cheapest water in 7/11

There is a million different types of water in 7/11. First time I was in Thailand I didn’t even bother to look at the prices, but you can actually save some money here.

0.5 liters of Evian water costs 50 baht, 0.5 liters of Singha water costs 7 baht. You won’t taste any difference. That is 43 baht saved every time you buy water.

If you drink 4 liters of water per day, you save 344 baht every day! After three weeks in Thailand that is 7224 baht saved (200 $). That is 7.2 hookers in soi 6, Pattaya. 😀


12: Don’t get fined by the Thai police

This one is easier said than done, because if they want money, they will get it somehow. Thai police make very little money and are dependent on money from traffic controls to top up their wages.

Just always remember to wear a helmet, that way they will not stop you if you drive by a random police officer. Also, remember your ID and driving licence if you have one.

If you don’t have helmet, or a licence, or ID, you will probably have to pay them 500 baht per violation. A total of 1500 baht.

Know more ways to save money in Thailand? Write it in the comment section and let everyone know! 😀




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