Monday, October 1, 2012

Bangkok Budget and Takeaway Thoughts & Tips

Bangkok is pretty cheap... IF you won’t shop. Teeeeheeee.

Food is glorious. Shopping is an experience, even for a non-shopper.

Everybody is here to shop
The table of our expenses EXCLUDING shopping. 

THAILAND EXPENSES
 BHT

Food from gas station during trip
         15.00
Taxi fare from Khao San to Hua Lamphong - 100
         50.00
Train from Hua Lamphong to Silom
         18.00
         45.00
Accomodation: Sunflower Place, twin room - 890, 4 nights
    1,780.00
Hostel deposit: refundable upon check-out
       200.00
Deposit refund
     (200.00)


Day 10: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Breakfast meal and drink
         55.00
Train from Sala Daeng to Mo Chit Station
         40.00
Shopping Damage
 Secret!
Red Snapper Restaurant dinner - 380
       190.00
Meiji Drink from 7-11
         10.00



Breakfast meal and drink
         65.00
Train from Sala Daeng to Central Pier
         25.00
Boat ride to N9 Tha Chang
         15.00
Entrance Fee of Grand Palace
       400.00
Wat Pho/ Reclining Buddha
       100.00
Very late lunch with drink
         75.00
Ferry back to Central Pier
         15.00
BTS back to sala Daeng
         25.00
Random 7-11 snacks and light dinner
         81.00


Day 12: DIY Ayutthaya

Train from Sala Daeng to Victory Monument Station
         25.00
Van ride to Ayutthaya
         60.00
Tuktuk rental for 4 hours - 700 (we haggled)
       350.00
Various entrance fees in Ayutthaya
         90.00
Ovaltine Shake in Ayuttaya
         30.00
Van back to BKK
         60.00
Train back to Sala Daeng
         25.00
Dinner
         40.00
Patpong Market Shopping Damage
Secret


Day 13: MBK Shopping/ Fly Out Date

Breakfast meal and drink
         55.00
Food Shopping in Lalai Sap Market
 Secret
Shopping bag
         90.00
Train to National Stadium
         25.00
MBK Shopping Experience
 Secret
Lunch
         70.00
BTS going back to Sala Daeng
         25.00
BTS to Pha Naiya
         25.00
Airport link
         45.00
Airport food: Meiji drink (again)
         12.00
Airport food: Waffle
         30.00
Airport snack: Pistachio
       120.00
Total Expenses in BHT
   4,181.00
Exchange Rate (USD to BHT)
           1.40
Total Expenses in PHP
   5,853.40

I'll keep my shopping expenses a secret.:P

Same experience riding the MRT


  • Exchange your PHP to BHT while in the Philippines. Looking back, there are favorable exchange rates from PHP to BHT. We converted PHP to USD, then USD to BHT. Hence, I used 1.40 as the exchange rate, even though the real exchange rate is somewhere around 1.30.
  • Bring lots of Baht! The markets in Bangkok offer really nice stuff with an Asian flair. Some merchants accept credit cards, some don't.
  • From Silom Station, allow 1 hour and 30 minutes of commute going to Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport (a mouthful). We had backpacks, so it was quite manageable. If you have luggage bags, there are some escalators and elevators in the stations (I’m not sure if they are all working though)
  • Eat streetfood! I don't like spicy food, but I was able to enjoy other non-spicy Thai dishes. 
  • Haggle when you shop.
  • In shopping malls and MRT/BTS exit stations, take pictures of the maps. Just playback the map in your camera when you are lost.
  • Don't point your feet at the image of Buddha. Watch out. 
  • Dress appropriately if you will visit the Grand Palace. I knew this, I thought my leggings would be enough. Hindi pala.
  • Thank you in Thai: man = kob kun krab,woman = kob kun kaa

I'll be back someday, with more Baht for shopping. Hehehe. 

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