Food and Accommodation in Bangkok on a Budget (<$25)

#1 Bangkok overview

Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok

Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok


  • It is a buzzing, exotic and humid capital city of Thailand.
  • Well-known for its dynamism, amazing Thai food and friendly locals who keep smiling to you.
  • Surrounded by countless Buddhist temples and monuments.
  • It’s a city with infinite layers and hidden secrets and beauty.
  • Most common spots in Bangkok are Damnoen Floating Market, Suan Luang Rama IX, Bangkok Temples (Temple of Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, Wat Sutat, Wat Arun), Air Force Museum and Dream World.
  • Postcards from Bangkok

#2 Highs and Lows

 Things we liked:

1) Food everywhere – there was never a problem to grab either a quick snack (a bag of tropical fruits for 30 Baht) or a decent plate of Pad Thai (30 Baht for  small portion with egg).

Pad Thai

Egg and chicken Pad Thai


*Pad Thai  is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs/ chicken/ shrimp or fish with some tamarind juice, red chili pepper garnished with crushed peanuts, garlic, chives, pickled turnip, coriander, lime, spicy chili oil, chili powder, vinegar, fish sauce, sugar.

Fresh pineapple

Fresh chopped pineapple


2) Cheap prices – Bangkok as a capital city of Thailand was cheaper than busy Thai islands in terms of food and accommodation.

3) Friendly locals – people kept smiling to us, helped us find the right way when we got lost, they often spoke to us in English.

Thai lady smiling

The Thai lady we met in China Town


4) Weather – the weather in Bangkok was perfect for us – not too hot and not too humid. We didn’t sweat that much either.

Things we didn’t like:

 1) Too busy Khaosan Road– there were so many people drinking, partying and doing some shopping so it was difficult even to pass by the road without pushing people.

Khao San Road at night

Busy Khao San Road at night


2) The chaos on Bangkok’s roads

3) Pushy salesman on Khaosan Road– we kept hearing “Do you want a nice suit?”, “Do you want a tuk tuk?”, “Where are you going sir?” and so on. It’s ok when someone asks you these questions once, but when you hear it 100 times a day, it starts to be frustrating

4) Popular scams- we were not victims, but it was easy to notice that some people simply wanted to scam us and other foreigners. For example a promised “2 hour tuk tuk ride for 5 Baht” cannot be true. Same goes for Ping pong shows, which as we heard, end up with your wallet empty.

Bangkok Roads

Bangkok Roads


#3 Budget details

Budget: Less than $25 per person

Currency: Baht (US$1 = 30 Baht)

Time required: minimum 1 day

Minimum number of people: 1

Our expenses

Accommodation: 150-200 Baht per night for two ($5-$7)

Food:  200-300 Baht ($7-$10)

Transport: 15-60 Baht ($2)

Activities: Walking tour around the city

Total: Less than $25


# 4 Where to sleep

Budget Guest House

Our room in 7 Holder Guest House


1) Type of accommodation: Budget Guest House called 7 Holder Guest House

 Address: 216/2-3 Khaosan Rd., Banglumpoo Bkk 10200, tel.: 6622813682

 Price: 250 Baht per double room or 300 Baht for 3 people in a double room

Pros: Cheap price

Cons: No wi-fi, expensive Internet access (3 Baht per 1 minute) and way too high printing service fees


#5 Where to eat

Spicy Thai salad with peanuts

Spicy Thai salad with peanuts


1) Food: street food

Location: Khaosan Road


  • 30 Baht ($1) per small portion of Pad Thai with egg
  • 50 Baht for Pad Thai with chicken
  • 10 Baht per one spring roll
  • 30 Baht per any portion of tropical fruits
  • 150 Baht per 1 scorpion


Spring rolls

A plate of spring rolls

Thai soup

Thai soup for 30 Baht with fish balls and some pork


2) Food: Chinese food

Location: China Town, 526 Yaowaraj Road, Sumpuntawong

Things to know: Free entrance, there are many local restaurants around, but you can always eat from one of the street vendors

Prices: Between 10 Baht and 30 Baht per meal, fresh squeezed juice for 30 Baht per bottle (pomegranate was our favourite one)

China Town, Bangkok

Looking for some food in China Town

Fresh pomegranate juice in China Town

Fresh pomegranate juice, 30 Baht per bottle

 #6 Things to know and remember

  • Similarly to any other place you need to be careful. However, please be extra careful on or near to Khaosan Road where there’s a lot of tourists who may look to some local individuals as easy way to get rich quick.
  • With majority of visitors enjoying nightlife, it’s important to limit the drinking to an amount which will allow us to go back safely to hotel
  • Never, ever, ever… under any circumstances, do not get involved in anything to do with drugs. Thai law is very serious  about it and Thai police is known for not wanting to hear your explanation. If they find drugs in the backpack of a person you’re travelling with, you are as much in trouble as the other person. Also, a thug on the street who wants to sell you some weed may turn out to be a policeman in civies, you’re in trouble if you accept the offer. Bangkok is a place to stay away from drugs.

#7 Additional info

It’s hard to go to Bangkok and to go for a party. So we did! It was great, we met fantastic people and had quality time. Danced like crazy (mainly Cez) drunk a little (too much) and had blast (until 5 am). We don’t do partying much, but sometimes it’s worth to make an exception. Beers in bars and pubs cost normally 100 Baht and we have not drunk much (can’t tell you exactly, but still within the budget).

Party in Bangkok

Party time!


Bangkok is a massive city. Although this time we didn’t go too far away from Khaosan Road, there’s a lot more Bangkok has to offer. Don’t be shy, go explore and come back to share your experiences with us.


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  • Sam November 15, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Awesome post- Bangkok is our first stop so I will defo use your tips! Thank you x

    • Agness November 15, 2012, 6:58 pm

      That’s awesome. I bet you will love Pad Thai as much as I did and you will probably eat it all the time. The chicken one is the best. Our guesthouse was the cheapest one and we met fantastic people there, so you definitely need to stay there. Can’t wait for your adventures.

  • Leszek November 15, 2012, 8:20 pm

    I agree! Very useful post for first visitors to Bangkok and even Thailand. Cannot stress point #6 enough! We’ve all seen Bridget Jones 2 right? :D
    All the best!

    • Agness November 15, 2012, 8:51 pm

      Cheers. To be honest, I’ve never seen Bridget Jones movie :-( but I’ll soon! I guess it’s related to drugs issue, right?

  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown November 15, 2012, 10:31 pm

    Really informative post! I know I’ll get to Thailand eventually, so I will keep these in mind!

    • Cez November 16, 2012, 4:12 am

      Thanks Rika. When you do come, please share more with us. Thailand is so vast and varied, we’d love to see more ourselves :) Happy travels!

  • Hawk November 16, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Glad to see you are still posting good information even though you are home for Holidays. My daughter and I will be starting our 14 month trip ATW trip next spring and will be in Ecuador May so we were glad you guys are going there next year. We are taking Spanish lessons in Canoa Ecuador then heading down the cost to southern tip. Both of us hope to see you and Cez on the road since we enjoy your blog so much. Good luck to you both.

    • Agness November 16, 2012, 5:17 pm

      That’s so lovely guys! Great plans. I used to study Spanish at the university, loved this language. Hope you are picking it up quickly. I’m working all the time no matter where I am and what I do (Cez as well). Blogging is our passion :). 14 months around the World? Sounds amazing. Maybe we can meet up one day during our travels. We will be travelling in South America next year visiting Eduador. Maybe you can give us some useful tips :).

      Stay safe!

  • Leszek November 16, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Agness, yes it’s about the drug issue. Once you get behind bars there it’s hard to get out I hear. Lots of people tend to forget that as SE Asia is full of opium plantations and many people try. I met 2 travellers who were arrested in Laos by plain clothes policemen for smoking weed, and then they were offered either being transported to Vientiane for trial or paying $500US fine. Obviously they chose the latter.
    I think it’s so easy to forget about point 6 here when you’re travelling, having fun, meeting people etc.

    • Agness November 16, 2012, 5:21 pm

      Thanks for explaining that. Asia is by far the strictest continent when it comes to drug possessing and dealing. If you get caught with any kind of drugs, no matter if it’s soft or not, you will be taken to the prison straight away, you either pay a fine or even get a death penalty. We also met some travel fellows arrested for smoking weed. We stay away from this kind of doggy deals.

  • Callie November 16, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Great overview, guys! Bookmarking this for when I go to Bangkok in a week :)

    • Agness November 16, 2012, 5:22 pm

      Cool. Cez’s going to Bangkok in a few days as well. Maybe you guys can meet up :)

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad November 16, 2012, 4:05 pm

    Great post! I’ve heard Khaosan road is a lot of fun but super busy… and looking at your food pics made me crave Thai food.

    • Agness November 16, 2012, 5:23 pm

      I always crave Thai food :) that’s my favourite food ever! Khao San is way too busy and pretty expensive but that’s the only one place in Bangkok where you can get good deals on accommodation :)

  • Our Dear Lady Expatriate November 18, 2012, 5:56 am

    Great post, as always! Partner In Crime and I are hopefully heading to Bangkok on our next big teaching holiday… love that you’ve given us so many ideas of what to get up to!
    Definitely feeling hungry after checking out your food photos…I’m so excited to dig into the pad thai!

    • Agness November 18, 2012, 10:45 am

      Cheers! Looking at photos of Thai food makes me so hungry, but I’m enjoying some Polish food right now, so it’s not too bad. You will love Bangkok, let us know when you get there, maybe we can meet up ;-)

      • Our Dear Lady Expatriate December 21, 2012, 1:22 pm

        I honestly and truly think we’ll end up meeting up at some point!! Looking forward to it :)

      • Cez December 21, 2012, 2:48 pm

        I’m sure we will! Soon Agness is coming back to Asia and who knows, maybe we’ll meet up even next month. See you then !

      • Our Dear Lady Expatriate December 25, 2012, 6:35 am

        Awesome! Give a shout when you guys are keen to head down to Phnom Penh! We even have an extra bedroom, so you could do it way cheap, couchsurfers style! :)

      • Cez December 25, 2012, 6:39 am

        Thank you Ashley for the invitation. We actually may pop in to PP soon, but nothing certain. It’s basically all up to Agness once she comes back to Asia and I’ll go where she wants to go :D What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

  • Mark Wiens November 18, 2012, 9:21 am

    Hey Agness, great to see you enjoyed your time in Bangkok. I love those little small pineapples, so sweet and juicy!

    • Agness November 18, 2012, 10:46 am

      I know, they are lovely! ;-) so yummy. I used to have a bag of them every morning to boost my energy

  • David @ That Gay Backpacker November 23, 2012, 10:59 pm

    Bangkok is the first stop on my big trip, so this wee guide is going to prove mega-useful – ta!

    • Agness November 24, 2012, 1:15 am

      Our pleasure. Hope you will enjoy BangkoK ;-)

  • Maria Arrilu Quinto November 28, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful tips and information for Travelling in Bangkok.I was planning to Study TESOL with my daughter in Bangkok Can you please inform me,anyone? Im on the tight budget, I only love adventure,to educate myself on many things like food etc.Some kind of business with pleasure.I love to discover things that I didnt know specially looking for what kind of business can I bring home or experimenting new street food and introduce here in my country coz I had a lot of interest of things I love to do.

    • Agness November 28, 2012, 5:14 pm

      What I would advise you to do is to do an online TESOL course and get a job as an English teacher in Bangkok or local towns/cities/villages. Check it out on the Internet. I don’t really know any websites or organisation as I’ve travelled in Thailand, never worked there.

  • crazy sexy fun traveler November 29, 2012, 1:52 pm

    I miss all the chopped fruit from Khao San Road!

    • Agness November 29, 2012, 2:00 pm

      So do we ! :) I’m back in Bangkok in January, can’t wait to have some fruits for my breakfast!

  • Michael Hodson December 1, 2012, 8:29 am

    Ahhhhh, wish I’d had this guide the first few times I rolled through Bangkok. Not an easy city to sort out the first few times. Well done.

    • Agness December 5, 2012, 10:37 am

      You can always get back to the city in the future :):)

  • James Abroad February 1, 2013, 6:57 am

    Love this post!! Will be Thailand later this year and all this information will be put to good use :)

    • Agness February 1, 2013, 9:02 am

      Great to hear that James. Have fun in Thailand :)

  • Pedro - Travel with Pedro April 30, 2013, 10:22 pm

    I Agness, I loved the post! I’m contemplating going to Thailand in May and your posts about the country are very helpful!

    • Agness Walewinder May 1, 2013, 5:01 am

      I’m so glad Pedro you found it interesting and helpful. Enjoy your time in Thailand. I bet it’s gonna be awesome!

  • PassportDave November 6, 2013, 5:30 am

    Good article! Will be in Bangkok for the first time in less than two weeks myself. I am sticking to around $25/day for most of my travels as well. Is it necessary to plan anything out? Can I simply take the rail from BKK into the city center and be able to find everything within budget, or is the cheap stuff hard to find just by walking around? Thanks for the advice and I appreciate all the work you put into this blog!

    • Agness Walewinder November 7, 2013, 10:17 am

      Yes, take the local train from the airport and get to Khao San road, it’s gonna take you some time. When it gets busy in the afternoon it might take up to 2 hours :-/, but you can admire the beauty of Thailand through the window. Once you get to Khao San road you might take a walk around the street and ask for prices and available rooms. I am sure you will find something affordable!


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