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Cost of living in Myanmar - 2017

Hello,

Before moving to Myanmar, it is important to investigate the cost of living in the country.

As we did in 2015, we give you the opportunity to share your experience and tell us more about products and services average recorded prices in your town/city/area.

Don’t hesitate to let us know if the cost of living in Myanmar has decreased or increased in the past few years.

Thanks to your help, would-be expatriates will have the opportunity to refine and better prepare their expatriation project.

> How much does it cost to rent an apartment/house in Myanmar? 

> How much do you pay for your public transport tickets (bus, subway, train, tram)?

> Staple food: what do people eat and how much do they pay for basic food like bread, rice or pasta?

>What is your monthly grocery budget?

> How much does it cost to see a physician/doctor/specialist in Myanmar ? 

> What is your children's schooling monthly budget?

> How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

> How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc.?

> How much do you pay for your Internet/phone subscription?

> How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

> How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

> How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

> How much does a gym membership cost in Myanmar? 

Thank you everyone!

Priscilla

Living in Yangon.

How much does it cost to live in Myanmar?

> accommodation prices. Depanding on the area, 8 miles from Downtown can be as low as $300/room. Area about 700 sq ft. In downtown cost at about $700 to $900/700 sq ft. .

> public transportation fares (tube, bus etc ...) There is no tube. Bus stadard rate at MMK300/round ride. Taxi cost about MMK1000/km.

> food prices(per month, how much does it cost you?) It is depends as well. Local food about MMK2000/lunch. Expate dinner cost average MMK6000/dinner.

> health prices (for those who need medical insurance). So far insurance is control by Government.

> eduction prices (if you need to pay). International school range from $1500 to $3500.

> energy prices (oil, electricity) It is fluctuaed. Average Ron92 MK500 to 600. Ron 95 MMK600 to MMK700.

> common bills (Internet, television, telephone, mobile phone).
Internet price I use per month is MMK30,000. There is local internet call Myanmarnet. which s more competitive. Mobile has MPT, Oreedoo, and Telenor. Can check online for more details.

> prices of a good menu in a traditional restaurant. Good food can get from Asia Point Sea View Restaurant. Price are reasonable.

> prices of a beer and or a coffee in a regular pub. Beer at Park Royal is cheap. $4/glass. Plenty Expat hanging around.

> price of the cinema. Local cinema about MMK3000/seat.

Do not hesitate to add items to this list!

Thanks in advance for your participation!!

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Hello everyone,

Here are my answers for the city of Yangon:

How much does it cost to rent an apartment/house in Myanmar?

A really simple apartment of 60 sqm will cost 250/300 USD a month (no air con, no hot water, no lift).

2 bedrooms with air-con, hot water, will cost around 500/700 USD a month.

2 bedrooms with air-con, hot water, lift will cost around 700/1000 USD a month.

A 3 bedrooms condominium, with lift, car park, gym and swimming pool will cost 2000/2500 USD a month or more.

The rent is paid upfront for 6 months or a year.

'Serviced apartments' are even more expensive. A 40 sqm studio will start at 3600 USD a month !


For more information:

websites:

www.realestate-myanmar.com

www.myhomeyangon.com


Facebook groups:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/realestateyangon/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/880369985462630/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/YangonH … talMarket/

For flatshare:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/yangonflatshare/


Serviced apartments and residences:

http://www.sakura-residence-yangon.com/
http://www.shangri-la.com/yangon/shangr … partments/
https://www.goldenhilltower.com/
http://m.lottehotel.com/yangon/en/

How much do you pay for your public transport tickets (bus)?

a bus ticket costs 200 Kyats, which is economical. Most drivers drive unsafely.

Most expats take taxis. Expect to pay in between 2000 and 4000 Kyats.

The App 'Grab' works pretty well and is available mostly everywhere in Yangon. Uber and Oway are also available.


What is your monthly grocery budget?

For a couple in between 200 and 500 USD a month. Local products can be quite cheap, imported products are mostly pricey.


How much does it cost to see a physician/doctor/specialist in Myanmar ?

5/10 USD in a local clinic.
50/80 USD in an international standard clinic.

The 2 favorite international clinics are:

https://yellow.place/en/samitivej-inter … on-myanmar

https://www.internationalsos.com

Good health care is an issue in Myanmar. Every expats should have a really good health insurance. If need of surgery it is much better to go to Bangkok.


How much do you pay for electricity?

10/40 USD a month for an apartment and up to 100/150 USD a month for a huge condominium or house.

For more info about utilities please read my post on the subject: Paying bills in Myanmar.


How much do you pay for your Internet/phone subscription?

As mentioned on the previous post by Simon, 'Myanmar Net' offers competitive pricing. I pay around 40 USD a month for 1,5 Mbps, unlimited data.

The company 'Hi WiFi' offers good services but a bit more expensive.

Prices are evolving really fast.

You can also by 'data packages' from the 3 telecom companies: MPT, Ooreddo et Telenor.

There is no monthly/yearly subscription for mobiles. You can buy prepaid cards almost everywhere.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

5/10 USD for a lunch. It is possible to spend much less.

expresso ?

Around 2 USD.
A sweet milk tea in a local tea shop costs 20 cents.

How much does a gym membership cost in Myanmar? 

around 30/100 USD a month in a local club and much much more in a fancy hotel (10/20 USD for a day pass).


For a nice local gym in Sanchaung:

https://www.facebook.com/BMSFitnessCentre/

Still in Sanchaung:

https://www.facebook.com/TheGymCity/


I hope the information provided will be helpful.

Best,

Marc

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