Thailand 3D2N: A Travel Guide on a Budget

Thailand was our entry point when we went backpacking in four countries – Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia – for 9 days, by train, bus, and boat.
NOTE: This itinerary is a part of our 9 Days Backpacking covering Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. How we did it? Check it out on this article.
THAILAND BUDGET: ₱3000+ each or $60+ each
INCLUSIONS: Food, Accommodation, Transportation, Entrance Fees
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People would always mention that traveling is expensive. Yes, it could be expensive but with proper budgeting and planning, you could make your vacation or travel a worthy one without spending outside the pocket. Thailand is one of the cheapest countries in the world and with rich culture, off the beaten paths, history, and arts, it’s apparently one of the most visited countries in the world.

Here’s our itinerary for 3D2N in Thailand before heading to Malaysia.

Day 1 of Thailand 3D2N

Cost per person
12:30 AM Arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) (GMT + 7)
Note: We stayed at the airport and spent the night until 6 am.
Bought Thailand 4G Sim: 49 Baht
6:00 am: Went to Super Rich (money changer) to exchange Peso to Baht – located on the ground floor of the airport
7:00 am: Train to Phaya Thai station 45 baht each Train
8:00 am – 2:00 pm: Walking tour! Most places are just a walk away Walk
Democracy Monument
Loha Prasat Thailand 3d2n
Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple)
Wat Sunthorn
Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount) 20 Baht each Entrance Fee
Wat Ratcha Natdaram Worawihan
Xuantianshangdi Temple
Grand Palace (we didn’t go inside because we need to go to our hotel)
Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Ratchapradit
City Pillar Shrine Lak Muang
3:00 PM Tuktuk ride to Hua Lamphong Station 100 Baht Tuktuk
Hua Lamphong to Sutthisan station 39 Baht each Train
Navigated and checked in to L.A. Tower Hotel
Sutthisan Station to Hua Lamphong: 39 Baht Train
Hua Lamphong to Sutthisan: 39 Baht Train
Short story: I found out I lost my GoPro with me when we were in the station on the way to Sutthisan. So I went back to Hua Lamphong to check if I left it somewhere there. I’ve gone through all the stops we had and found nothing. Luckily, it was at the ticket counter and they gave it back to me! Apparently, I left it after inquiring about our possible tickets to Padang Besar for Malaysia. Thank goodness!
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: We had a dinner courtesy of Mexicano Restaurante Authentico – sumptuous meals here! You should try this! Don’t forget to reserve your seats for dinner!
Sutthisan Station to Sukhumvit 25 Baht Train
Sukhumvit to Sutthisan 25 Baht Train
11:00 PM Back to hotel. Rest and sleep.
Total Cost for FOOD 303 baht for TWO people

Day 2 of Thailand 3D2N

11:00 am – 5:00 pm: Yes, we started our day at 11 am. LOL
Sutthisan to Hua Lamphong 38 Baht
Metered taxi to Wat Arun from Hua Lamphong 105 Baht Taxi
Wat Pho 100 Baht Entrance Fee
Wat Arun 50 Baht Entrance Fee
Chao Phraya River Ferry river crossing  – we had it twice 4 Baht one way
6:00 PM
Metered Taxi to Hua Lamphong from Wat Pho 65 Baht Taxi
Hua Lamphong to Sutthisan 39 baht Train
7:00 PM Back at the hotel for swimming
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm:
Sutthisan to Hua Lamphong 39 Baht Train
Metered taxi from Hua Lamphong to Khao San Road 65 Baht Taxi
Taxi to Hua Lamphong from Khao San Road 60 Baht Taxi
Hua Lamphong to Sutthisan 39 baht Train
11:00 pm: Back at the hotel
Total Cost for FOOD 449.5 for TWO people

Day 3 of Thailand 3D2N

9:00 am – 11:30 am: We bought some items in the market
Sutthisan to Chatuchak 23 Baht Train
Chatuchak Market
Chatuchak Park
11:30 am – 12:00 pm:
Chatuchak to Sutthisan 23 Baht Train
Check out at L.A. Tower Hotel
12:00pm – 3:00 pm: thailand 3d2n
Sutthisan to Hua Lamphong 39 Baht Train
Booked ticket and waited for the train to Malaysia
3:10 PM  Departure of sleeper train to Padang Besar, Malaysia
Total Cost for FOOD 315 Baht for TWO people

Note: Exchange rate was around 1.37 PHP – 1.45 PHP = 1 THB

10 Thailand Travel Tips

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1. Eat like a local. The best way to save money is to eat like a local in Thailand. By this, I mean eat street foods, local foods, desserts, and drinks.
2. Do more research on places to go and what to do in Thailand. You’ll find that there are even more things not mentioned here.


READ: Thailand 5D4N Travel Itinerary | 3 CITIES FOR ONLY 9K PHP 

3. Accommodations in Thailand are cheaper than in the Philippines. Imagine the hotel we have booked. That was only ₱750 per night with complete amenities such as swimming pool, king-size bed, hot and cold shower, etc. Read the full review for L.A. Tower Hotel.
4. Taxis are cheaper than Tuk-tuk. Tuk-tuks are only for the experience, not everyday commute (at least for us).
5. Make use of the happy hour (if you are a drinker/beer lover). We are not, so we didn’t utilize this but is always a good thing to remember.
6. Don’t book tours. It’s more fun when you discover a place yourself. The temples we’ve seen are the results of a long walk and visit along the streets.
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7. Use Google Maps or application, this will definitely help in navigating a place. This is how we knew where to go and explored parts of Bangkok.
8. Exchange your peso to baht at the Suvarnabhumi airport. On the ground floor of the airport, Super Rich money changer is located and they have the highest peso to baht exchange rates. Opens at 5 am.
9. Buy a 4G Sim card at the airport (711 Store) for data and map navigation in case you don’t have offline maps. Make sure your phone is “open line” or avail the Pinoy Traveler Unlimited Data Sim Card by Benjie Pineda.
10. One way to save money on accommodation that you may not have heard of is a timeshare resale rental. Timeshares can be rented from existing owners online at significantly discounted prices. Sometimes as little as $100 for a whole week! Whatever you do, don’t buy the timeshare though. You’ll need to use the services of a timeshare exit company such as Wesley Financial Group if you do, and they aren’t cheap!
There still are many places and temples to visit in Thailand. I think we have walked more than 10,000 steps on our first day and for me, it was a great way to start our Bangkok tour.
Tell you what, Google Maps was our best friend during that time.
We really don’t have any ideas about where to go on the first day. I just said that we go at we find. We walked with our bags strapped on so it was like an extra challenge. We even walked at non-familiar places like the inside streets with residential houses just to make a shortcut. It was crazy and fun!

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[READ: 15 Cheapest and Best Hostels in Bangkok, Thailand]

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