The Top Five Ways to Save Money in Bangkok


by Thomas Truong, Volunteer at The Yard Hostel

If you are traveling to Thailand for the first time, then we’ve come up with several tricks for you to getting around Bangkok and save money. This resource intends to cover food, transportation, and accommodation.  We hope that you read this and enjoy your time in Bangkok!



Tip # 1: Ride the BTS Skytrain

The BTS Skytrain, which is the name of Bangkok’s train system, runs from 06.00 a.m. – midnight and you can purchase a ticket from the machines near the gates. Note that currently, payment can only be made by coins, but change is given at the service desks. The current fares are 15 – 52 baht for a single journey, depending on number of zones you cross. A Day Pass is 130 baht.


Below, you will see a map of the train stops to help you travel around Bangkok easily and affordably. To save money, you can also purchase a 7-day or 30-day Rabbit (e-money) Card, with which you can travel an unlimited distance on the train.


Tip #2: Exchange Your Currency at These Locations for the Best Rates

By going to currency exchange businesses with the lowest rates, you will save money for your time in Bangkok. You will find multiple businesses for currency exchange throughout the city. Please remember to bring your passport every time you want to do this.



Super Rich International Exchange: Most travelers in Bangkok go to this exchange company to save money and trade their home currency for Thai baht bills. Vasu Exchange Bangkok: This is another strong option to SuperRich that provides lower exchange rates than Thai and International banks. (Lower exchange rates means that you will save money.)



Vasu operates Mon to Fri 09:00 – 18:00 (closed on Sundays) and is located at 133-133/1 Sukhumvit Road Soi 7/1. You can find it near the BTS Nana Station.



Tip #3: Visit Food Courts and Eat Street Food

There are many ways to save money by eating at food courts and street food vendors throughout Bangkok. But if you are searching for a relaxed atmosphere, then look no further than the Ari neighborhood. You’ll find a street food scene on Soi Ari all day everyday. On the weekends, you can find the best range of food and drink, ranging from raw, fresh squeezed juices, to all types of traditional Thai dishes.



Tip #4: Skip the Hotel Airport Transfer

Don’t take the hotel’s airport shuttle, because it’ll cost more than taking a metered taxi. For roughly 300 baht, you’ll be able to take a taxi or Grab car to the airport from downtown Bangkok. However, make sure to inform the driver that you don’t want to take the highway.



If you want to save money and find the most affordable way to get to the airport, you could take the Airport Link.



Tip # 5: Stay at a hostel

Because hostels are more cost efficient than a hotel, we recommend you explore this option. If you are looking for an experience away from the tourist crowds of Khao Sarn Road, then the Yard, which is our hostel located in Ari, is a strong choice. Our neighborhood will provide you with a hipster experience filled with boutiques, fantastic eateries, all within easy reach of the all the popular attractions.



If you are curious as to what our hostel The Yard is all about, head over here to learn more about us.



Let us know in the comments what you would do with the extra money you save and have a happy travel 🙂




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