5. Pack Light
The last thing you’ll want to be doing is carrying around an extra heavy backpack in the humidity and heat. You can buy anything from home in Thailand and it’ll be cheaper. Don’t over pack on clothes because you will buy a ton from markets.
6. Bring Sunscreen from Home
I take back what I said in my last point…not everything is cheaper in Thailand. Sunscreen is way overpriced so bring it from home to save some extra $$$.
7. Stay in Hostels
One of the best ways to save money backpacking Thailand is to stay in hostels. Hotels are cheap enough that you can splurge if you want to but hostels are definitely the way to go for budget, fun and meeting people.
8. Stay Hydrated
A very important tip. With the heat and all of the drinking make sure you’re drinking enough fluids. 1.5 litre bottles of water are cheap at 7/11, coconut water is sold at road side stands and is amazing for hangovers and fresh fruit juice you’ll find everywhere.
9. Riding Elephants and Tiger Temples – Don’t Do It
The biggest no-no when it comes to Thailand tourism. Be aware of how animals are treated at these establishments…not good at all. You can still see elephants but opt for a sanctuary where they are better-taken care of and no riding is allowed. I recommend Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai.
10. Join Facebook Groups
There are a number of groups on Facebook where people respond pretty fast if you’ve got a question and they’re packed with useful information to help you with your trip to Thailand. Beware that there are some idiots in them.