How Much Things Cost in Thailand

To give you a better idea of how much everything is going to cost, we've listed some essential things you might need on your holiday like accomodation, transport, food and more.

All the prices we've quoted in this article are in New Zealand dollars but you can visit our currency converter to find out what the exchange rate is between the NZD and THB.

Before you head to Thailand, learn about:

  • Is it expensive to visit Thailand?
  • How much you need to bring to Thailand
  • The cost of food
  • Accomodation

Is it Expensive to Visit Thailand?

When it comes to travelling in Thailand, there is a big difference between there and New Zealand. Let's have a look at the cost difference between some food and activities in Thailand and New Zealand:


Australia vs Thailand

In this table, we have a comparison of some things you might do in Thailand. The prices are approximate, and can change between different cities in Thailand.

Expense Cost in NZ Cost in Thailand
Breakfast with Coffee $15 NZD $10 NZD
1 full day of public transport $2-12 NZD $3 NZD
Full priced Movie ticket $12 NZD $10 NZD
Museum Entry $28 NZD $0-8 NZD
A pint of beer $9 NZD $4 NZD

To find the best place to buy THB, you can read our guide here.

How much money do I need to bring?

The answer to this question really depends on the type of holiday you're planning. Will you be backpacking and staying in hostels? Will you be living it up at a fancy hotel? If you want to do it on a budget, you easily can or you can splurge and go on a luxury holiday.

Either way, you would have noticed that the cost of living in Thailand is much lower than in Australia, which probably explains why it is such a popular destination. It all depends on what you're doing, where you're staying, and how long you're planning to travel.

Here we have listed an estimate of what you'd need, per person, per day depending on your holiday.

Budget holiday: $25 - $60 NZD

Middle of the range holiday:  $50 to $170 NZD

Luxury holiday: At least $200 NZD

How much does food cost in Thailand?

Food is a pretty important part of a holiday, and a great way to get to know a country. Especially somewhere like Thailand where there is delicious food to try on every corner. In Thailand, you can really decide how much you want to spend on food everyday. You could get by on as little as $5 NZD or if you're fine dining you could spend a lot more! Below we've listed some general prices for eating and drinking out, and the cost of some other bits and bobs.

Eating out:

  • Breakfast: $5 - $15  NZD
  • Lunch: $5 - $20 NZD
  • Dinner: $5 - $40 NZD


  • Coffee: $2.50 NZD
  • Beer: $2 - $10 NZD
  • Glass of wine: $2 - $15 NZD

Some other examples:

  • Big Mac meal: $6.50 NZD
  • Bottle of Wine: $2 - $30 NZD
  • Bottled water: $0.50 NZD
  • Cocktails: $5 NZD+
  • Food tour: $40 to $100 NZD


You can really be flexible about how much you spend on accomodation when you get to Thailand. If you're keeping it low key and don't want to spend much, there are hostels, or you could live it up! Because you'll saving on a lot of other aspects of your holiday you might find that you want to splurge on accomodation. And if you're travelling in a group, there are some excellent options for staying in villas.  Below are some rough guides to how much you can expect to pay.

Accomodation on a budget, like hostels cost about $5 to $30 NZD a night.

Mid-range accomodation like a double room in a 3 star hotel will probably cost between $25 and $200 NZD a night.

A double luxury hotel room will cost from $200 NZD up to as much as you're willing to spend per night.

6 person villa $300 NZD+ per night.

Using the following sites will give you an even better idea of how much the accomodation you're after will cost you.

Oscar Murray
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Last updated
March 8th, 2021