Save up a little cash and have cocktails at the Moon Bar @ the Banyon Tree in Bangkok - Absolutely amazing. even beter beg, borrow or steal some money and have dinner at Vertigo (the restauarant next door) - You'll thank me for it :-)
http://www.banyantree.com/en/bangkok/resort_facilities/dining/vertigo_and_moon_bar about 8 years ago
Get into small towns that are not in your guide books. Look for a pharmacy that will speak English and ask for the local hotel. It will be local, no frills but you'll end up paying a real backpacker price like 160baht a night for 2 of you.
Get out on the street head to the market, especially early morning and drink, eat and don't be shy to say hello to all of the shocked faces. about 8 years ago