Go off season from May to August for exciting discounts
Enjoy spa and massage, prices of which start at Rs. 400
Visit Platinum Fashion Mall for budget shopping at wholesale prices
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Looking for a destination abroad that’s breathtaking but also easy on the pocket? Bangkok is the place for you! Be it its picture-perfect beaches, friendly locals, great food and year-long sunshine, Bangkok has always been, and will remain, a haven for budget travellers. To top it all, there are a plethora of activities on offer, such as water sports, island-hopping tours, and those relaxing massages.
Bangkok has two international airports: the Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Don Muang Airport. Both are regularly served by low-cost carriers from India.
Travel Documents Required:
Passport with 6 months validity
Return flight ticket
Hotel reservation slip
Filled VOA application form
Proof of funds
Boarding card of flight on which you arrive
Passport size photograph
Where to Stay:
Grand Alpine Hotel: Located right in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district of Pratunam, Grand Alpine Hotel offers both Superior and Deluxe rooms at affordable rates.
Tariff: Rs. 1,900 per night | Amenities: Café | Free Wi-Fi | Restaurant | Shared Lounge
Hostels in Khao San: Ideally suited for backpackers, there is a wide range of hostels in Khao San with accommodation available at dirt-cheap prices.
Tariff: Rs. 1,000* per night
What to Do:
Treat Yourself to a Massage: Relaxing your senses the Thai way isn’t as expensive as it sounds. Spa and massage options are readily available in Bangkok starting at Rs. 400*.
Experience Muay Thai: Thais love their traditional boxing and don’t mind spending more than 1000 baht* to catch a bout at Lumpini Stadium. If you too want to experience the roaring spectacles on a budget, head over to the MBK Shopping Centre on a Wednesday evening to watch a bout for free.
Participate in an Aerobics Class: With hundreds of attractions on offer, exploring Bangkok, especially during rush hours, can take its toll on your body. To soothe those aching muscles, head over to the Saranrom Park in the evening and participate in a public aerobics class, without paying any fee.
Where to Eat:
Café Bangrak: Great live music and regular art exhibitions make this small place capture a large crowd each day. Known mostly for its fresh Thai delicacies, Café Bangrak is also popular for great smoothies.
Cost: Meal for 2 costs Rs.1,000* approximately
Opening Hours: 11 am to 11 pm daily
Address: Sala Daeng Silom Road, Silom, Bangkok | Phone: +66-26320256
Mrs. Balbir’s: With spicy Indian curries, including great vegetarian delicacies, such as Navratan Korma and Stuffed Tomato Curry, in its menu, Mrs. Balbir’s is a great place if you are looking for good Indian food during your Bangkok trip.
Cost: Meal for 2 costs Rs. 1,200* approximately
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 11:30 am to 11:30 pm, Closed on Mondays
Shopping: Bangkok is a shopper’s paradise, mostly renowned for its cheap goods. Head over to Platinum Fashion Mall – a wholesale centre where prices are comparatively less than in some other parts of the city. For even better deals, plan your travel to accommodate a weekend in Bangkok and head over to the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Day Trip to Ayutthaya: Spend an additional Rs. 800* to visit the historic city of Ayutthaya by train. After a scenic two-hour train journey, you reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site that has several historically important temples and museums worth exploring.
Dinner Cruise: Take the Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise to enjoy live Thai art and musical performance, Thai classical dance shows, and a great international buffet dinner. All this for around Rs. 2,500*.
Go off-season: Although Bangkok is a year-round destination, if you travel during the summer months from May to August, you can definitely save around 15-20% on your accommodation expenses.
Opt for street food: Check out street food options, instead of finding restaurants, to save a few Bahts.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and book your budget trip to the ‘Venice of the East’ right away!
Anupam is a creative writer by both choice and profession. He loves traveling to places untouched by human populace and interference. Wants to go on a trip to Mars as soon as it’s technically possible. ISRO, do it fast! Are you listening?