It was my first trip abroad and the first destination was Bangkok, Thailand, “The Land of Smiles”. The total amount of times I have left Manitoba in my lifetime amounted to less than the number of fingers on my hands. I was excited for the trip, yet a little anxious to head out alone on my first trip to unknown land.
The initial plan was to stay in Bangkok for a week and then travel north up to Chiang Mai, then eventually make my way south to the Islands. But my plans changed before I could even think twice about it. I did not take into account the time it would take for me to adapt to the new environment. As a result, I stayed in Bangkok for 24 days before deciding it was finally time to move onto my next destination.
There was a slight learning curve on my little excursion abroad. In hindsight, I could have spent a little more wisely or haggled a little bit more. Here is a quick summary of my costs on my 24 days in Bangkok.
ACCOMMODATIONS ==> $738.10 CAD.
FOOD & DRINK ==> $355.35 CAD.
PHONE & COMMUNICATIONS ==> $21.00 CAD.
TRANSPORTATION ==> $69.75 CAD.
RANDOM EXPENSES ==> $712.50 CAD.
I learned It is best to use cash abroad rather early in the trip, mainly due to trial and error. Most places don’t have credit/debit and you can get better deals with cash. ATMs / credit card fees add up quickly. And there is a slimmer chance of someone stealing your card information.
Everything will be shown in Canadian Dollars, but here was the exchange rate at the time of landing.
** Bangkok Skyline from Baiyoke Sky Tower. **
I probably could have saved quite a bit or money if I just put a little time into planning. For example purchasing my plane ticket earlier, but hey I am a spur of the moment kind of person. So I was off within the week I decided I was going to leave for Bangkok.
I looked for the best prices available at the time on Skyscanner and purchased my ticket on Cathay Pacific. It was a 30+ hour adventure with an 8-hour layover in Vancouver and a 3-hour layover in Hong Kong.
The total price for a one-way ticket to Bangkok ==> $800.00 CAD.
During my stay in Bangkok, I lived in 3 different locations. All within a 10-min walk from the Oh Nut Skyline Station for easy access to the rest of the city. Should have probably stayed in hostels the whole trip to save a pretty penny.
** Large Shrines located near Central World Mega Mall. **
QUI HOTEL BANGKOK ==> $378.85 ==> 9-NIGHT STAY ==> 4/5 Stars.
BEDROOM BOUTIQUE HOTEL ==> $258.25 ==> 6-NIGHT STAY ==> 3/5 Stars.
SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT ==> $0.00 ==> 1-NIGHT STAY ==> ??? / Stars.
A review of each accommodation I stayed at will be posted in the near future, but for now a rating of my experience at each accommodation, based on value, location and cleanliness.
Total expenses for 23-24 nights of accommodations in Bangkok totaled roughly ==> $738.10 CAD.
FOOD & DRINK
An assortment of different cuisines tried on my stay in Bangkok. Chinese, Japanese, Cambodian, Middle Eastern and of course Thai. The food courts were very different from the west. Everything is cooked on the spot, delicious and relatively inexpensive.
** Ramen Menu in Japanes Restaurant in Bangkok. **
Restaurants on the other hand were hit and miss. Personally, I gravitated towards Japanese cuisine. And if all else failed there was always McDonald’s and 7-eleven. With one located on almost every other street corner and opened the wee hours of the night. It was a great place to grab a cold drink and a snack after midnight.
Total amount of money spent on food and drink ==> $355.25 CAD.
PHONE & COMMUNICATIONS
Roaming charges are expensive, especially when you come from in the Great White North. Luckily Bangkok has wifi access in most areas, which was a surprise to me. There signals from the towers were also very reliable.
There are three major cell phone / data providers in Bangkok, with reliable and reasonably data plans.
For a 30-Day Pre-Paid Unlimited 4G Data Plan from the company D-Tac ==> $21.00 CAD.
A plethora of transportation options, such as tuk-tuks, transit, taxis, subway, skytrain and motorbikes. My main method of transportation was the BTS Skytrain, which allowed access to the majority of the city.
** Major Skytrain Station, Siam Station. **
Total transportation costs ==> $69.75 CAD.
Random expenses, things that I didn’t bother put into their own category since they were one-offs. This includes things such as entry fees, souvenirs, clothes, laundry, souvenirs, gifts and the like.
Don’t know why I spent so much in this category, most likely because I wasn’t watching what I was spending.
The total amount of random purchases made amounted to ==> $712.50 CAD.
I spent a total of 24 days and 23 nights in Bangkok, Thailand. In hindsight I should have probably watched what I spent more wisely. Something to think about on my next trip out.
The grand total on my first trip to The Land of Smiles ==> $2,696.60 CAD.
** T&T Supermarket Food Court. **
If you are enjoying reading this, please let me know in the comments below. There are plenty more budget breakdowns in the weeks to come. Until then, Thanks again and enjoy you day!