Bangkok is definitely one of the most affordable capital cities in the world. Whether you've planned for a short-term or a long-term stay, accommodation is priced reasonably and often seems relatively cheap compared to similar places in Europe or America.
It's not uncommon to find a decent place to stay for only 300 to 400 baht ($10-$12) a night. These places usually include a hot shower, clean sheets and air conditioning. By shopping around, you can often find a place that includes breakfast with your room rental.
If you prefer the luxury and comfort of a four- or five-star hotel, you will probably enjoy the prices in Bangkok as well. At around 4,000-6,000 baht per night, your stay in Bangkok will be a comfortable and affordable trip.
Getting around Bangkok also is affordable and pretty easy, especially if you use public transportation. Although the BTS, MRT and Chao Phraya Express can get quite busy at times, dealing with the crowds is worth it if you are on a tight budget. Buses are ultra cheap but can take longer due to traffic and high concentrations of people.
The cost to ride on any public transportation starts at free, on designated red city buses, and tops out at 52 baht for select destinations on the skytrain and subway systems.
If crowded trains, buses and boats aren't your thing, you can always opt for tuk-tuks and taxis, which require less hassle but more money. Depending on your destination, taking a taxi during rush hour is not always wise. Short trips during heavy traffic times can often take one or two hours. Plan your trips during times when people are not going to or coming from work or traveling in and out of the city during holidays. Expect tuk tuk prices to start around 50 to 75 baht. Taxis should always turn on their meters, which start at an initial fee of 35 baht.