Thailand knocks it out the park when it comes to family, couple and well… everyone holidays. How? It’s got an exciting mix of tropical jungles, sandy beaches and colour-popping temples. Want to visit this hotspot, but don’t have money to burn? You’re in luck. Thailand’s one of the world’s most budget-friendly destinations, so you don’t need to be an A-lister to check off the country’s best bits. From street-food stalls to national parks, here are our top tips for how to do Thailand on a budget…
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Stay at a purse-pinching SuneoClub hotel
SuneoClub hotels are all about getting more bang for your buck – or baht – so you can leave those wallet worries at home on a stay here. With an activity list from A-Z, plus indoor play zones for the kids, they don’t skimp on facilities, either. All of our SuneoClub hotels come with a dose of All Inclusive sparkle, too – so your meals and drinks are all part of the package. If you check into a spot like Arinara Bangtao Beach Resort in Phuket, you’ll not only get a big pool – perfect for little ones to splash about in – but a king-sized beach right on your doorstep, too.
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Eat authentic street food at the local markets
When you’re not tucking into grub at your hotel – SuneoClub hotels are known for cranking the buffet up a notch with live cooking stations – the local markets are your go-to. Here, you’ll find some of the country’s hidden gems. We’re talking fresh fruit, veg and spicy condiments used in traditional cooking. The food’s super cheap and you can try tasty street food, like noodle soups, fiery curries and Pad Thai – stir-fried noodles with chicken, prawns or tofu. Keep your eyes peeled for Thai sweets, such as kanom krok – grilled coconut pancakes. Where can you find it all? The world’s largest market in Bangkok, Chatuchak Weekend Market, is a great start – it’s got over 5,000 stalls over 35 acres.
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Tick off the time-stamped temples
Thailand’s bursting with free things to do. You can tick off temples like Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat and Wat Patum Wanaran in Bangkok, go hiking in the mountainous north or make tracks for the tree-blanketed national parks. Khao Lak flaunts Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park, home to sandy beaches, dome-shaped mountains and tropical forests. You can look out for flying lemur and brightly coloured butterflies here. Water your thing? Island hopping and Thailand go together like tuk tuks and Bangkok. Hop on a boat, for a small cost, to the Similan Islands. You can snorkel to hidden coves there, kick back on the sandy beaches or take obligatory selfies at Donald Duck Bay. The best bit? It’s free. Just pack your cossie, suncream and your snorkel…
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