The best $20 I've ever spent in...

The best $20 I've ever spent in... Bangkok

    • Sawasdee from Bangkok! One of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, Bangkok is popular with everyone from backpackers, couples looking for a romantic city escape to families. It’s an easy stopover for other Asian destinations and the city itself has lots to offer from the friendly people, lip-smacking food, beautiful Buddhist temples to the rocking nightlife. Known as the City of Angels by locals, Bangkok is a delicious blend of the East and the West, the modern and the exotic, the sinner and the saint. It’s easy to get cheap stuff in Bangkok, but you also have to watch out for tourist traps and misleading deals. That’s why, we’ve got real travellers to share their money-savvy secrets right from the streets of Bangkok. Here’s our list of the best things to do in Bangkok for only $20! And like any smart traveller, don’t forget to book travel insurance for Thailand before you leave.


  • Stunning views from the Sky Bar by Lebua 

    “Top of the world!”

    Bangkok has heaps of sky bars with gorgeous views of the city, but Lebua (from The Hangover fame) is one of the most popular ones, with locals as well as tourists. No wonder that it’s usually busy and it’s a good idea to get there a little early to catch the sunset. Of course it’s expensive for a night of drinking but it’s totally worth going up there and soak up the stunning sight of the river and city lights while sipping on a beer, which would set you back by about $13 plus taxes.
    Author: George Lee

  • Traditional Thai massage

    “Perfect way to destress!”

    A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without a traditional Thai massage. You’ll find a million massage places all over the city but just beware that not all massage parlours are equally good and some might just be a bit seedy. Depending on where you’re staying, check with a local on the best option nearby. It’s the best way to relax after all that drinking, partying and shopping in Bangkok and costs only about $12-$20 for an hour, unless you’re going to a fancy hotel.
    Author: Anna Goodwin

  • Chatuchak Market

    “Perfect for a taste of local culture!”

    Bangkok’s famous weekend market is a shopper’s delight because you’ll find all sorts of interesting knick knacks, clothing, accessories, handicrafts and home decorations that you’ll be tempted to buy. This will also be a good test for your bargaining skills because as a foreigner you’re likely to be quoted a high price. Don’t expect to buy a fortune with $20, but it’s definitely a good experience for anyone who wants to explore the local culture.  
    Author: Angela Brown

  • MBK for cheap shopping

    “Find the most amazing bargains!”

    If you’re taking the Skytrain, get on the MRT line and get off at the National Stadium stop to go to MBK. Towards the end of the third floor, you’ll find a number of small stalls selling clothes at really cheap prices. Some of these clothes are export rejects, but the quality is actually quite good and price tag is totally worth it. You’ll easily find great T-shirts for under $10!
    Author: Maggie Melo

  • Seafood Market at Sukhumvit 

    “The best of Thai food!”

    This one’s for the foodies - the Seafood Market at Sukhumvit Soi 24 is an absolute must-do! You can shop for the seafood and get it cooked according to your preferences. Personal recommendations - get the prawns and ask for Tom Yum soup or pick up the red snapper and ask them to prepare it with Thai sauce. Yum! Word of caution: If you’re not used to spicy food then let them know in advance because Thai preparations can use generous amounts of spices.   
    Author: Stephanie Griffin