When it comes to finding accommodation in Thailand there a few common options that people take: Live like a King for a few weeks/months or live cheap and try to stay as long as possible. The choice that you make will usually come down to the amount of time you are planning on staying in Thailand.
For the average Muay Thai vacationer who stays 2 to 4 weeks at training camp in Thailand, your accommodation should be around 10-20 thousand baht for a decent place. If you feel like living it up you can rent an expensive place, but that budget will give you something you will be happy with.
However, if you plan on being in Thailand for 6+ months, you will want to look where you can save money. This guide is designed to give people a realistic expectation on what they can spend on their accommodation while staying in Thailand anywhere from a few weeks to years. While the different situations will vary depending on your location, they overall cost of rent will remain constant.
If you are planning on staying in Thailand then the first thing you will need to consider is your housing expenses. There are 3 different levels of housing that people choose: High end, Med-range, and low end places. Each category of housing has a different price tier that you can select from. The type of accommodation that you choose will depend solely on your length of stay, budget, and expectations. Some people want to stay in lush pads, while others don’t mind sleeping on a mattress floor.
High End Accommodation (Resorts)
Price Range 20,000 – 60,000 Baht ($650-2000 rough estimate)
If you want to have a luxury HOTEL experience in Thailand then you can budget around 60,000 baht or more. This will be your typical hotel that gives you maid service and has nice pool facilities.
If you only have a few weeks in Thailand, this is a great option if you just want to kick your feet back and relax when you aren’t training. Luxury hotels can cost a lot more than this price, but if you look around you can find a decent place for this range. Places in this budget range are going to come with maid service, usually have a pool and nice rooms with wifi and cable tv included.
Accommodations in this price range can be found directly by Agoda.com, Hotel.com or Booking.com. You can also look up some Air B&B places for this price range.
In addition to hotel rooms, you can also rent out a full furnished house in this budget range as well. I know some people come to Thailand with their family of 4-6 and want a house that they can rent. The rates for homes are typically around 50-150 baht per month, depending on the time of year you visit and location.
- Plenty of Hotels to Choose from
- Comes with Pools and Restaurants on site
- Professionally run and pay attention to little details
- Great to relax after training
- Most Expensive option
- Prices can go up a lot in High Season
- Busy during peak times of the year
- Short Term People (2-8 weeks)
- People with no budget restrictions
- People looking for a Muay Thai Vacation
- People who want everything taken care of
Mid-Level Accommodation (Rooms and Bungalows)
Price Range: 10,000 – 20,000 Baht ($350-650 rough estimate)
If you are the typical person coming by yourself for Muay Thai vacation, this mid level option is going to be your best bet. You can rent out a small one bedroom place that comes with a full bathroom and AC for around 12-20 thousand baht per month. If you choose the no AC rooms you can find them even cheaper.
These places are very mixed in terms of what they offer. You can find some mid-level places that have small pools, wifi, and maid service, but generally they are not up to the same standards as the high end resorts and hotels.
Mid-range accommodation options consist of guest houses and bungalows that will range for 10,000-20,000 depending on the season and time of the year you arrive. They aren’t that difficult to find if you ask around or even ask the gym that you plan on visiting for references.
The standard rooms should include wifi, tv, hot showers and a bed. You might get lucky and have a few more options that are added on to the pile. The mid-level accommodation is where most people training muay thai in Thailand will end up staying at. It is the best bang for your buck and it gives you everything you want.
- Ideal accommodation for muay thai students
- Good value for your money
- Usually have AC
- Maid service sometimes included
- Wifi Included
- Not always available in high season because of popularity
- Prices will increase in the high season
- Standard level not as high as resort style accommodation
- Muay Thai students wanting to stay 3 to 12 months in Thailand
- People who are on a budget
- People who don’t mind a few annoyances
- People looking for good value for your money
Low End Accommodation (Thai Style Housing)
Price Range: 3,000 – 8,000 Baht ($100-300 rough estimate)
At the opposite end of the high end accommodation is the Thai style housing that is available for people who are willing to live with locals (12+ months). This accommodation can be difficult to find if you don’t know where to look. You need to recruit the helps of some local friends who can help you find vacant places. The landlords of these housing units usually don’t speak a word of English so it helps to know a bit of Thai.
Your best bet is to talk to a trainer at the gym or a local Thai and ask them where they are staying. Most of the time these places don’t have an AC unit (you can buy one if you want). These are complexes that have 16 units in each building. Most of the time only locals or foreigners with Thai girlfriends live in these places.
The cheapest places are always unfurnished and require you to spend some money upfront if you want to stay there. For about a thousand dollars you can buy a decent bed, TV, and furniture set when you move in. Once you have paid your initially furnishing costs (depends on what you want/need), the ongoing monthly expense is extremely low compared to other accommodation. Due to the upfront cost of furnishing the place, these places are only worth it if you plan on staying long term.
- Cheapest rent available in Thailand
- After initial furnishing expenses you have low ongoing costs
- Pay your own electric and water at local prices
- Usually surrounded by Thai neighbors who don’t speak English
- Landlords usually don’t speak much English or they would have furnished the rooms and charged higher rates
- Difficult to find – you need to know a local to find these places
- Only suitable for long term people who plan on staying for a year or longer
- Long term ex pats who plan on living in Thailand
- People on a very tight budget
- People who want to get the cheapest rents
On Site Aaccommodation
The last option available is on-site accommodation. Gyms that are located in the middle of nowhere will usually require you to stay on site. This means you have to pay whatever rate they charge. For the most part, onsite accommodation will fall in the medium level of prices. 10 to 30 thousand baht will get you into most gyms on site accommodation.
If you are really cheap you can find some gyms that have shared rooms with fans, that cost less. I never stay on site because I like my own space, but this is a good option if you want to meet people while you visit the gym.
Find the right place for you
In order to find the right place for you it is important to ensure that you are looking at the different factors are listed for each type of place. Anyone who is in Thailand for a short few week holiday should make the most out of their experience. Penny pinching is not worth it if you only have a 3 week holiday every year. Go out and enjoy yourself.
If you want to stay in Thailand for as long as possible, plan out your accommodation and see what option is the best for you. The more money you can save on your rent, the more money you will have left over for training, eating and having fun. Even though you might find everything cheap when you first come to Thailand, after a few years your expenses will slowly start to add up.
Planning for the long term will give you options if you decide to stay longer.