Many people arriving in Thailand are doing so as part of a world tour, and this will be just one stop on their journey. They will often be trying to budget their money and the great news is that there is plenty of opportunity for discount travel. Thailand is a relatively cheap country if you are prepared to eat local food and don’t party too hard. If you know where to look, you will also see opportunities to receive discounts on many activities and trips.
The first place you will need to look for discounts is in the free local tourist magazines. These are available in almost all of the popular locations. They not only provide a useful guide to whatever area you are staying with maps and places to see, but they almost always are full of vouchers and special offers. If you want to party on a budget you will find all the places that offer happy hours, or other discounted drinks. You can also find special deals on meals and all the prominent tourist attractions. In places like Pattaya you can get special deals which mean that you can visit a few of the local attractions for at a cheaper rate as part of a package.
If you know how to haggle then you can really get things cheaper in Thailand. Be warned though, it is only really appropriate to haggle in markets where the prices are not in display. If you go into your local Tesco Supermarket and try to haggle they might call security. The night market in Chiang Mai is a great place to haggle and get a discount. Here you will find plenty of local crafts and souvenirs. It is possible to bargain sellers down to up to fifty percent of the original asking price.
If you are looking for discount flights and tours then the place to go to is the Khao San Road in Bangkok. This is the most popular tourist are in the city and is full of travel agencies all competing for your business for tours within Thailand and elsewhere in the region. If you have the time to shop around you will find some great bargains so don’t accept the first price that you are offered.
These days the best place for bargains for Thailand and elsewhere in the world is on the internet. Hotels and even guest houses will offer a special discounted rate if you book online. You will also find that the cheapest flight deals are available online. If you arrive in a tourist area it is often advisable to book your room from a local internet cafe rather than the hotel itself.
If you are travelling the world on a budget then you will find that your money can go a lot further in Thailand. It is actually possible to spend relatively little money, but still have a great time. On some of the islands it is possible to live on as little as a few US dollars a day.