I just got back from a wonderful honeymoon on the island of Koh Phangan. It was a really amazing two weeks and we really enjoyed ourselves but we did it on a budget. We had a very simple wedding and stayed in budget, yet cute, places everywhere we went. We didn't go on any fun tours or go shopping. We didn't even really drink minus some champagne and a bottle of vodka we bought at Big C and brought with us. Yet somehow, between the wedding, travel and everything we spent about 2,000 US dollars. That's a lot of money to me. ALOT. More than I make in a month. And we did everything on the cheap. Turns out, Thailand is not so cheap for vacation if your making the currency. I tried to enjoy my vacation, and I did, but every time I had a coke and it was double the price I would spend at 7/11, I died a little bit inside.
Before coming to Thailand, I never thought it would be expensive here. After traveling in Vietnam, we arrived and I was aghast our first night trying to find a cheap place to stay and compared to what you would get in Vietnam, it was much more, or much less in our case (a lumpy mattress next to a bumping club for the more than a cute bungalow on the beach, seriously!?) Yeah you can live cheaply in Thailand, many people do it, including me now. But it is almost more common for people to live much like they do in my home country, paying the same prices and living a very materialistic lifestyle.