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Budget

Swindon, United...
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Budget

Hi I'm looking into visiting Khao lak in October for two weeks I would like to book b&b as I like to try different restaurants. I'd like to try a few excursions whilst there elephant trekking, bamboo rafting etc. How much spending money would I need just for food drink and excursions roughly just to be comfortable

norwich
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32 reviews
1. Re: Budget

Hi ,if you google smile restaurant and look at his menu it would give you a rough idea of food prices,as it is probably the best restaurant in Khao lak it is a little more expensive than most. You could also do this with your trips you are thinking about.

You could get 10 different people on here all telling you a different budget requirement depending on whether you want to eat lobster and super large king prawns every night the same applies with drinks on whether you want 2 or 3 tipples or 10 pints with chasers.

Decent wine tends to be on the very expensive side of things due I believe to something like a 400% tax surcharge on it.

Leicester, United...
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2. Re: Budget

Minimum food & drink only, Thb 1,000 per person per day. That is living carefully, frugally.

Where you go from there is anybody's guess, sorry.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
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3. Re: Budget

"Minimum food & drink only, Thb 1,000 per person per day. That is living carefully, frugally."

We stay in Khao Lak for 4 to 5 months every year High Season, dine at the wide range of restaurants there, Thai and other cuisines, carefully and, even for pensioners not too frugally, including weekly at Smile, our favourite, mentioned by NB1 and one of the most expensive and 1000 baht per day per person for lunch and dinner with drinks is not at all frugal. It is too high!

To be more specific, at local Thai restaurants, where lunch and dinner menus are mostly the same, starter 60-80 baht, main 100-150 baht, king prawns and full fish upto 200 baht, small beer 50-80 baht, large 80 - 120 baht, glass of wine 100-150 baht, cocktails 90-150 baht. We probably average 500-600 baht for lunch for two and dinner 800-1000 baht for two. So 1300-1600 baht for 2 per day. Some days more when we splash out on pizzas and steaks and less at the many food stalls that are now increasing in number as Khao Lak develops a more local community feel. On Bang Niang Market, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays you can dine very well on street food and some beers for about 300 baht for two while people watching.

Excursions are very competitive and better booked when you arrive. A day snorkel tour to the Similan or Surin Islands if you visit after 15th October when they open, anything from 1800-2750 baht each, elephant trek arranged with a local taxi driver about 1200 baht each, Khao Sok National Park day tour (including an elephant trek and canoe ride on the river) 2750 baht each.

Hope this helps.

Sydney Australia
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89 reviews
4. Re: Budget

We budget AUD$1,000 for two weeks for the two of us for food transfers and tours. And that is normally spending at least half our stay at NTBR1 where brekkie isn't included. KL is great so many good cheap places to eat. You will only eat at one place as expensive as Smile and that is Smile. It is well worth the visit we usually do it twice.

Khao Lak, Thailand
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19 posts
5. Re: Budget

Blessed with a tailor who made my pockets deep and congenitally short arms the pair of us spend about 1000 baht a day between us on food and medicinal alcohol.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
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6. Re: Budget

"You will only eat at one place as expensive as Smile and that is Smile. "

You obviously don't go to restaurants serving Aussie steak! LOL

Sydney Australia
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7. Re: Budget

Alan, plenty of Aussie steak back home, far better alternative options in KL. In addition to the great Thai food options on offer we can't find better Italian (pizza & pasta) or Mexican than we have found in KL.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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for Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park
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8. Re: Budget

Pity Joe's Steakhouse closes in Wet Season. It would be a great taste of home for Aussies missing great and reasonably priced steaks.

Gosport, United...
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9. Re: Budget

Amie. Have a look at Walkers Inn in Bang La On. We paid 600 baht for a big double ensuite with a balcony, room No.5. Breakfast was extra, but there's plenty of inexpensive choices on the menu.

Andy a down to earth Yarkshiremen, who runs the place with his Thai family has loads of local knowledge.

On the main highway, only 5 minutes walk from the beach, and is at the southern edge of the town.

If we went back to the Khao Lak area [which we won't] then we'd head straight to Walkers.

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