The cost of living in Thailand is lower than many parts of the world and with favourable exchange value provide more spending money for the currency exchanged. The cost of an accommodation can be as low as EUR 15 per room per night for a guest house accommodation. Food court meal and drink at a shopping mall can cost around EUR 2 per meal. A one day pass for the MRT (metro) and BTS (sky train) cost around EUR 3 for an unlimited one day pass. Public train to other province is also a cheaper alternative to travel outside Bangkok. This could start from EUR 1 one way. Chiangmai to the north and Surat Thani to the south offers overnight train with air-conditioned carriage from EUR 15 one way. This would save one night accommodation as it would be spent on the train. There are also low cost airlines with regular flight schedule that operates between Bangkok and other tourist destinations countrywide.
The peak season between 20 December to 10 January, the cost of accommodation would be at its highest. Beach and island destinations such as Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Koh Chang, Koh Phang Ngan, and Koh Samui impose a compulsory gala dinner for guests staying during Christmas Eve (24 December) and New Year’s Eve (31 December). This price will include a special theme gala dinner with live music and fire work display.