My 60 Days Spending Breakdown While Travelling in Thailand + Trip Report

After putting together my spending breakdown while travelling in Thailand, the amount I spent is similar to my 60-day stay in Vietnam. Thailand was a bit more expensive but I also got a lot of health stuff done such as seeing a physio and getting a massage.

This is my second time trying the Digital Nomad lifestyle in Thailand as I went there before back in 2017 and enjoyed my experience. I’d say this trip finally confirmed my 3rd and 4th favourite countries as it has always been a tie between Thailand and Malaysia. I’ll discuss that more in this article.

My first 30 days of spending breakdown while travelling in Thailand

  • Thai Airways SGN-BKK-CNX – 1,890.32 THB ($70.40 CAD) + 8,000 Aeroplan points
  • Airbnb Chiang Mai – 15556.18 THB ($579.35 CAD)
  • SIM card – 1,199,000 THB ($44.65 CAD)
  • ATM Fee – 440 THB ($16.39 CAD)
  • Bank fee – 161.11 THB ($6 CAD)
  • Taxi – 200 THB ($7.45 CAD)
  • Food and groceries – 6,647 THB ($247.55 CAD)
  • Grab – 2,280 THB ($84.91 CAD)
  • Movie – 170 THB ($6.33 CAD)
  • Laundry – 188 THB ($7 CAD)
  • GoGym – 120 THB ($4.47 CAD)
  • Co-Working space -3,883.14 THB ($144.62 CAD)
  • Haircut – 540 THB ($4.47 CAD)
  • AMEX Fee – 149.10 THB ($5.55 CAD)
  • Flight from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur -2,425.14 THB ($90.32 CAD)
  • Physio – 3550 THB ($132.21 CAD)

Total cost of travelling in Thailand with international flights first month

  • 38,978.92 THB ($1,451.67 CAD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Thailand with flights first month

  • 1299.32 THB ($48.39 CAD)

Total cost of travelling in Thailand without international flights first month

  • 37,088.60 THB ($1,381.27 CAD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Thailand without international flights first month

  • 1,236.22 THB ($46.04 CAD)

My first-month spending wasn’t too bad. My biggest expense would be seeing a physio and paying for one month’s use of the co-working space near my apartment in Thailand. I don’t regret going to the co-working space as I was extremely productive; though, I wish I paid as I go instead of paying for the entire 30 days. There were days I didn’t feel like going to the co-working space so I don’t think I got the full value out of it. However, my productivity when I did go there was quite good and I got some solid work done.

I also saw a physio which was a great decision as the lady was extremely good at what she does. My accommodation for my first month was cheaper but had more bugs than my second accommodation.

One thing I didn’t like about Thailand which was the same issue as Vietnam was proper food handling. It wasn’t uncommon for me to experience stomach issues here; though, not as bad as Vietnam.

My second 30 days spending breakdown while travelling in Thailand

  • Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok – 1,436.53 THB ($53.50 CAD) + 8,000 Aeroplan points
  • Flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai – 2,907.90 THB ($108.30 CAD)
  • Airbnb Chiang Mai – 19,608.81 THB ($730.28 CAD)
  • SIM card top-up – 370 THB ($13.78 CAD)
  • Bangkok Metro ticket – 70 THB ($2.61 CAD)
  • Food and groceries – 8,820.50 THB ($328.50 CAD)
  • Grab – 4,311 THB ($160.55 CAD)
  • Movies – 69 THB ($2.57 CAD)
  • Laundry – 290 THB ($10.80 CAD)
  • Physio – 3,083 THB ($114.82 CAD)
  • Massage – 1040 THB ($38.73 CAD)
  • Haircut – 490 THB ($18.25 CAD)
  • GoGym – 302 THB ($11.25 CAD)
  • MMA – 400 THB ($14.90 CAD)
  • Service Fee – 500 THB ($18.62 CAD)
  • Luggage Storage – 300 THB ($11.17 CAD)
  • Airport Shuttle – 300 THB ($11.17 CAD)
  • Bangkok Airways flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok – 2,250 THB ($83.80 CAD)
  • Bangkok accommodations – 3,127.61 ($116.48 CAD)
  • Roundtrip flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok – 4418.08 THB ($164.54 CAD)

Total cost of travelling in Thailand with international flights second month

  • 54,094.74 THB ($2,014.62 CAD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Thailand with flights second month

  • 1,803.05 THB ($67.15 CAD)

Total cost of travelling in Thailand without international flights second month

  • 43,082.03 THB ($1,604.48 CAD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Thailand without international flights second month

  • 1,436 THB ($53.48 CAD)

My second month was a lot more expensive because I also went to Bangkok and stayed there for 3 days. I wanted to do that as I felt like I was going crazy in Chiang Mai from being isolated for so long. I also paid more for my accommodation which was run by the same owner in the same building. It was cleaner, had fewer bugs, and the shower didn’t flood but it did cost around $200 more.

When I finished my Visa run in Kuala Lumpur, I also took part in the Sonkran water gun fight festival upon return which was hilarious.

I also saw a physio and got a massage so the price did add up quite a bit. The biggest expense also came from Grab in Bangkok as it was a lot more expensive there than in Chiang Mai. And of course, paying for staying in a hotel in Bangkok also added to the total cost.

The Grand Total Cost of Living in Thailand for 60 Days

Total cost of travelling in Thailand with international flights

  • 93,073.65 THB ($3,466.29 CAD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Thailand with flights

  • 1551.19 THB ($57.77 CAD)

Total cost of travelling in Thailand without international flights

  • 80,170.63 THB ($2,985.75 CAD)

The average daily cost of travelling in Thailand without international flights

  • 1336.38 THB ($49.77 CAD)

Total points and miles spent while travelling in Thailand

  • Flight to Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok to Chiang Mai (SGN-BKK-CNX) –  8,000 Aeroplan Points
  • Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok (KUL-BKK) – 8,000 Aeroplan Points
  • Vib Best Western Sanam Pao – 8,000 Points

Conclusion

Ultimately, my stay in Thailand was solid. However, I will not miss the pollution and traveller’s diarrhoea from eating unclean food. I think I’m getting too old for staying in beat-up Southeast Asian destinations like Thailand and Vietnam. I still like both locations but more so as a tourist than a digital nomad. After this travel experience, I can firmly say that I like Malaysia more than Thailand.

After staying for 30 days in Thailand, I did a VISA run in Malaysia to renew my 30-day stay. I enjoyed Malaysia immensely and it’s firmly my 3rd favourite country and is no longer tied with Thailand. As of writing this article, I’ve made it to Poland which I will also bump higher than Thailand in my ranking of favourite countries.

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