6. Possibilities are all your tours will be with a bunch of Indian families leaving you with less opportunities to befriend travelers from any other countries.
7. If food is your concern, do not expect a travel agency to handle that either. Breakfast is complimentary in most accommodations. Not many travel packages will cover your lunches and dinners. Water is scarcely available on the entire island nation. Small water bottle each is provided at your hotel room for the whole day and one complimentary water bottle if you are part of a day tour. Beyond which you are expected to buy. Drinking water is definitely costly.
8. Travel agents differ from location to location and you may end up trying to communicate and co-ordinate with many people. You will book from an Indian agency who will only share the contacts you need to communicate with at each location.
So, now that you know what to expect from your travel agency, here are a few tips to ditch the travel agency offering packages for a budget friendly Thailand tour.
1) It would be wiser to plan your itinerary about the number of days you would like to spend in a particular destination. Pre-book your flights and accommodations accordingly. Off season travel will cost you less on tickets and even help avoid crowds.
2) If you are a first timer in Bangkok and not in the city only for its maddening parties, you would want to explore the Thai Heritage buildings, Palaces and Wats. Spot the nearest BTS Skytrain station from your accommodation and reach there by walk or a tuktuk. BTS trains are very well connected. Get down at Saphan Taksin and walk towards the Sathorn Pier where you can buy your tickets for the ferry boat. The hop-in hop-out boat from here takes through the Chao Phyara river across various important tourist spots. Buying a full day pass would be useful and economic to explore on your own pace and hop in and out whenever and wherever required. Note - You need to pay separate entry fees at each attraction.