It wasn’t the same a few years ago as it is now. Because the price of flights has kept falling there’s been more and more people traveling across the other side of the world to go on holiday. They realized there was far off lands that were very cheap as soon as you stepped off the plane and the only hard thing was getting to them. No country is a better example of this than Thailand, which also happens to be one of the most visited countries for people in search of a special holiday they won’t forget.
When you land in Bangkok everything it is affordable. When you climb into the north of the country it’s even cheaper and it’s almost a joke that you can live with so little money. The same can’t be said about the lovely Thai Islands down in the south because although they’re cheap compared to other places in the world it still doesn’t let every family live like royalty after they’ve paid for their flight. There are a few tricks you can use and it will allow you to get more bang for your buck, so we’ll go over them today just in-case you ever decide to give the islands a try.
Try to decide where you’re going to be spending most of your time before you arrive. I know you will maybe travel around, but if you spend most of your days lying by the beach then rent your bungalow where you’ll spend most of your time. You could decide to be smart and save a few dollars on accommodation by staying somewhere else, but what you’ll find is by adding taxis onto the cost of your cheaper accommodation you will end up paying more anyway. Just choose your base where you will spend the most time.
When restaurant staff go to the market in the morning to pick-up their food it’s not like the foreign restaurants go somewhere else to get a better quality of meat. They all go to the same place and the only difference between a meal in each place is the price. Look where the locals are going to eat because you can guarantee those restaurants will serve cheap and tasty food, otherwise nobody would eat there. You don’t need to eat there all the time, but if you’re trying to save some cash it’s an option.
You’ll obviously know about haggling at the market and how you get a cheaper price, but you must be comfortable haggling for more when you’re on the islands since the prices are artificially inflated because people know some tourists have a lot of money to spend. Taxis are the big one and if you don’t watch out you can get taken for a ride in more ways than one. Sometimes you feel you’re back at home when you get quoted a fare and unless you’re desperate you should get out and try to find another one.
Watch out for scams
They have a lovely tourist scam going on at the islands and it has to do with renting a jet ski. You get one for a cheap price and have some fun with it in the water, but as soon as you try to hand it in there’s a mysterious dent in it and you end up having to pay hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. It’s no small scam by one person and the local mafia is likely behind them all in the local area. You won’t get any help from the ‘police’ if they even show up, so please just stay away from them and save your money.
Jennifer Bean planned her last holiday with Whitebeach Holidays and she had a lovely experience. She refers all her family and friends to plan just one holiday with them to know the difference.