Where to Stay in Thailand on a Budget

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When booking my trips, I have the toughest time choosing the accommodation. Since we were traveling long term we didn’t want to break the budget but also didn’t want to stay in hostels. Thankfully South East Asia is very affordable, giving us a lot more choices when choosing where to stay! Below are the places we stayed in Thailand on a budget, each a really positive experience!

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Bangkok is known to be a little more expensive than the rest of Thailand. We chose to stay at the Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok. Our room and the service was nice, but it was in China town. Because it was not in the city center per say, it made it more difficult for us to get cabs to bring us here at a fair price. Many even said they didn’t know the area which really meant they didn’t feel like driving us here. With that said, my recommendation is to actually spend a little more and stay close to the city center unless you really want to be in Chinatown. For this accommodation, we paid about $36 USD a night.

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Chiang Mai

When staying in Chiang Mai, we wanted to stay in the trendier part of town. We found the cutest Boutique Hotel in Nimmanhemin called the Nimman Hotel. We were in walking distance to trendy food spots and cafes with high-speed wifi! This hotel cost us about $40 USD a night. This could change since they are doing renovations, but we had an amazing stay here!

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If you plan to stay in Chiang Mai for a month or more, renting an apartment is your best bet! We planned to stay for one month, so we went apartment hunting while staying at Nimman Hotel. The best way to apartment search is to always do it in person. After checking out multiple buildings, we chose the Pattita Apartment building. They had good wifi and the rooms and building were very clean and close to all! For our 1 bedroom suite, it came about to be about $400 USD a month excluding electric and water (didn’t come out to be too much). Honestly, we really did splurge on the apartment cost because we loved the room so much. You can definitely find a cheaper option that is still really nice in the Nimmanhemin area. What we really liked about this building is that they let you book for one month and when we wanted to leave early, they refunded us the remaining time. Also, the time of the year definitely changes prices, so keep in mind if you are visiting during low or high season. Our visit was in April which is considered the low season.



Krabi is where we had the most fun in Thailand. Mainly because we were finally at the beach after a super long New York winter! We stayed at Kokotel Krabi Ao Nang. This was a cute spot just a short walk from the famous Ao Nang beach! There are outside bars across the street and plenty of stores and food. At the beach, you will find plenty of long tail boats bringing you to Railay Beach! We got this hotel for about $30 USD a night and it included free breakfast. The breakfast was ok, but it wasn’t our favorite. Kokotel had a rooftop pool which was also nice. Overall a fantastic stay with a wonderful location!

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This covers the places we stayed in Thailand on a budget. We had a comfortable stay at each place and overall had an amazing time in Thailand! If you found this post on ” Where to Stay in Thailand on a Budget “, please share/pin it! For more guides on Thailand, including a full guide to Chiang Mai, Volunteering with elephants and the top temples to see, click here!

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Sam Opp is a New Yorker based in Raleigh, NC. She is a travel writer and content creator who loves traveling, photography, coffee, and pizza. When she's not traveling, you can find her cuddling with her pup, Marley

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