Thailand is a popular destination for those looking for affordable, but enjoyable holidays. Airlines have recently discounted their prices and accommodation can also be found at reduced rates. Hotels and resorts offer full or half board and villa owners are slashing prices for last minute deals.
Another way to keep the price down on holiday is to hire a car. Although this seems like a large expense, it actually means you can do independent trips around the island and enjoy cultural activities without having to join an expensive day tour. For example, driving to the elephant trekking and paying for a family to go on a hour long ride is much cheaper than an entire elephant trekking trip which includes transport and lunch.
Visiting local temples and fairs is also an inexpensive way to spend a day out. These are often crowded with locals and provide a great insight into Thai culture. Children in particular love the fairs with cheap rides, games and toys for sale. Tasty food is also available on market stalls for only a few baht, which means you can relax into a wonderful holiday without worrying too much about the bottom line.