Food prices are comparable to Russian or slightly lower: a liter of milk – 40 THB, a kilo of chicken fillet – 170 THB, a pack of coffee – 100 THB, rice – 40 THB per kilo. A can of beer costs 50-60 THB, a bottle of imported wine – from 600 THB. The cost of local fruits depends on the season. In the evening markets, a couple of ready-made dishes like chicken skewers and pasta cost only 15-20 THB, and this is almost a full meal.
In Pattaya, you can eat cheaply in the food courts of shopping centers, street cafes and at the macaroons. In Phuket, the prices are slightly higher: street food in Patong is 60-70 THB, and meals in a cafe are from 100 THB. The average check in Thai restaurants is 600-700 THB for two without alcohol.1/1
Beaches and entertainment
You can always find the beach for free or go to a beach club, pay for a cocktail and use a sun lounger and umbrella all day. An hour massage session in the salon costs 150-400 THB, a yoga session costs 300-400 THB. For a glass of local beer in a bar, they charge from 100 THB, for a cocktail – from 120 THB. Some establishments offer a “cocktail buffet” – unlimited access to drinks for a certain amount (on average, about 800 THB per person).
There are still many excursions at the resorts: island tours in Pattaya – about 1500 THB, trips to the Angthong Marine Park on Koh Samui – 1900 THB, jeep safari – 1500-1800 THB, sightseeing city tours by minibuses – around 600 THB per person . There are more expensive options: “non-tourist places in Bangkok” will be held for 8,000 THB, and for an individual boat trip in Phuket with fishing, snorkeling and swimming on the islands, they will ask for 44,000 THB.
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What has changed
Firstly, the tourist flow has seriously decreased: in the first half of 2022, about 70 thousand Russian tourists visited Thailand – and before that, 1.5 million came annually. In general, there are few people: regulars claim that they have never seen the streets and beaches of Phuket like this deserted. But this is most likely not for long – experts predict an explosive growth in tourist flow due to the lifting of restrictions. Roads in Thailand have become freer, traffic jams only in the evening in busy areas. There is much less garbage in the sea and on the coast, the water has become transparent even in Pattaya (although there are a lot of jellyfish because of this).
Most restaurants and shops are open, QR codes are not required, but non-contact thermometers are installed at the entrance. Cautious Thais wear masks even on the beaches, although it is allowed to be there without them. In Rawai, Nai Harn, on the legendary Volkin Street in Pattaya, life is in full swing, as before the pandemic, but there are also “frozen” areas like Karon Beach, where many establishments are still closed. Kata Beach now comes to life only in the evening: some cafes and shops open so that tourists attracted by discounts in hotels are not so bored. In some places, they note a sharp increase in prices for housing and services, as well as attempts by hotels to save on food and service. But be that as it may, Thailand is not in danger of losing popularity: according to polls, it is confidently in the top of the best countries to travel after the pandemic.