Cost of living 2019 in Thailand

Hello everyone,

As we usually do each year, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Thailand.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Thailand will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand? How about buying an apartment or a house in Thailand?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Thailand?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

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

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and 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 Thailand?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

Newcomers will have a very different cost structure from someone who is more established.  In rural Chiang Rai we spend as much as we did in Bangkok but the money goes to different things.  Expats up here are generally much older, retired and many live on very modest pensions, struggling to make ends meet and qualify for visas.  Bangkok is a very different demographic.

Housing costs vary too much in my experience to provide an answer to this question.  Everything depends on your budget, location, age and marital status.  Since nobody else has said anything I will jump in  to start things off and give you my numbers as a way of showing how different things can be for different people.

I seldom use public transport (only when visiting Bangkok) and the price varies by distance and mode of transport.  My preference is the Skytrain where I buy a pass and top it up as needed, usually 300 to 500 baht.

Bread and rice prices vary a lot depending on the quality and kind you are buying.  I have bought anything from a 45 baht croissant to a specialty loaf of Quinoa bread from the owner of a restaurant we like, for 400 baht.

I don’t really keep track of grocery costs and we eat a mix of Thai and Western.

Except for a physical every five years or so I don’t visit health specialists but I imagine the price varies by hospital and specialty.

I don’t have health insurance or children, so those questions don’t apply.

I usually put 1000 baht into at least one of our cars once a week.

Electricity can run anywhere from 2500 to 4500 baht for me.

Mobile phone bill for two phones was 1400 baht last month.

Internet was 738 baht last month for fiberoptic.

I normally pay around 100 baht for a double espresso when out but at home I make my own espresso.  My favorite beans these days are 170 baht per 250 gram bag and that will last me maybe five days.  Of course that does not include the cost of the grinder and espresso machine.

Can’t remember the last time I went to the cinema.  I prefer to download HD movies and watch them at home on a 65 inch curved QLED.

We presently pay 50 baht per visit to our favorite gym in Chiang Rai but we have had memberships in Bangkok which were up to  6000 per month.

We have pets and a maid which are not cheap but you didn't ask about that.

Yea, Rent / housing can be as low or high as people want.

We use Songthaew as public transport here in Bang Saen, Cost is 10-15-20 baht per person.

Mini Van to Bangkok is 100 baht per person.

The Chonburi Taxi (Cover our area) all use fix price.
None use the meters.
Start price is 200 baht for a trip, And go up if longer distance.
We use them once per month when we do big shopping.
I think it is around 40-50 baht more that if it is was possible to use the taxi meter.

The green fiber Toast bread big packed is 37 baht.
Pepsi Max 1.45L 26 baht (If not on discount)

We buy fresh vegetables and fruit at our local market 300-350 baht 2 times per month.
30 Egg size 0 (Big size) is 93-97 baht.

We have cable internet 30/5 Mbit, TV packed, Mobil packed that have free unlimited 4G & 3G, Free Wi Fi, and 500 or 600 minute free talk time, This my wife use.
It is nearly 1.100 baht for all that per month.

I normal dont use phone as i dislike them, But after my mother back home have become more sick and have problem turn on her computer for us to talk over the internet.
I call home 2 times per month for 20-30 minutes, Price is 5 baht per minute.

Yesterday we was in Bangkok for my checkup on my back at military hospital i use for that, To see Doctor and make new appointment, Price 25 baht, Not sure why, As it normal cost 50 baht.

When i use Burapha University Hospital here in Bang Saen it is 100 baht to the hospital plus what i need.

Food can be cheap and good, Or cost a arm and a leg :-)

We eat at street, for 2 people with 1 water, 1 cola is a little under 100 baht total.
Food center and so on, Is up to the area, But around 140-200 baht i say for 2 people.
Restaurant can again be high or low, We normal eat at "Thai restaurant" so the price is more the fair i think.

As we eat 95-99% Thai / Asian food, I am not sure about food price in foreigner restaurant, Beside i do think it is overprice, And the food is not as good as in Thai / Asian Restaurant, In my opinion.

Kindly.

Hello expats, mods and those who're planning "the big move",

           How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand? How about buying an apartment or a house in Thailand?

We live in a rented house that was only available after the area got hit by a flood and the banker moved out. A bathroom in the master bedroom, a nice big house with a great carport, covered by some plants/ trees. Only 4,000 baht/month is dirt cheap. Even the very little “shoeboxes” are now around 3, to 3,500 baht cold.

  I can't afford it to buy a house, but two million baht would buy you a great houxsse here, if you've got the land already.

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

I’ve got my own truck, motorcycle and a motorbike. Living in an area in the lower northeast, I might spend around 5,000- 7,000 baht for gasoline and repairs.

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?
We often eat out, but healthy food isn’t cheap and I’d say 10,000 baht with drinks for one month for a couple.

What is your monthly budget for groceries?
That depends on our eating out habit, but usually around 3,000 baht.

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Thailand?
I’m covered by the Thai social security and all, including medicine is free. They’ll start this month to charge a 120-baht hospital fee.

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?
I only pay 438 baht, but it’s only possible when you’ve paid into the Thai SS for a longer period of time.

How much does childcare cost on average per month?
It depends, our 20-year-old son has insurance to see a doctor and his education at a college is cheap, but not really the best to go for. These technical colleges are more a place to keep the kids off the road, education is almost non-existent there.

What is your child's schooling budget per month?
Per year, perhaps 15,000 baht with clothes. But in an EP at a primary school, you'll look at around 65,000 baht/year, at a high school with an EP around 70,000 baht.

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
I need around 1,800 baht for my Mitsu Diesel L 200 ( already a classic now with 20 years) for a full tank that takes me around 500 km.

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?
Electric is always around 1,200 baht even when we’re not using air-conditioners. Water’s always around 400 baht.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?
I don’t have a phone subscription, my Fiber AIS highspeed Internet with 125 Mbps down and 60 Mbps upload speed is 760 baht/ month.
How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
A good one is between 40 and 70 baht.

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
A ticket for an adult is between 150 and 400 baht, depending on location.

How much does a gym membership cost in Thailand?
Around 700 baht per month, I can go swimming at our big pool at school for only 10 baht, because I’m working there.

I live in the suburbs of Bangkok. I am single, no car, no kids, don't drink.  I stay "budget-minded" and live quite comfortably on 25,000 Baht per month which leaves me enough of my pension to travel- both internationally and domestically, on a whim.

Hi Priscilla,
I will answer you in English because it is the most "recognized" way to communicate with all members of this site!
But we could also speak French, that we speak on Mauritius, which you are from and even try Creole so tasty for the children of Voltaire.
If you are not a call center but a Mauritian woman who likes to communicate with people who go to discover countries different from those of their origin, it is perhaps to know something else that this existence contigented by the economy they had at home!
The economy was at the service of human beings before, today, it is the human being who is at the service of the economy ...
So perhaps we could share on this reality that the world can be global without being ruled by Western finance, that the whole planet is not yet enslaved to consumption as the only value in existence, that money is not the goal of people's lives ...
What matter is it to learn about a "budget" to live, inflation, the cost of living ...
If you settle in a country like Thailand, it is not to play the rich thanks to the difference of exchange rate and remuneration ... it is also to stop being subjected to all these essential material contingencies in all countries and find a way of life that is not that of the Yankee dream!
Ok, most readers have already classified me in the small radius of utopian idealists, ecologists moreover ...
Forty years ago, during my first trips to Thailand, money was not common ... people were still bartering a lot, property ownership was not as cluttering as today ...
Certainly The "country of the smiles" has changed a lot, even its King is not the same, but all regions, all Thai citizens have not suffered in the same way the economic evolution ... and what you call the "costs of living" remain very different in Thailand depending on the region you have chosen, the lifestyle, and your interests in life ...
Which means that apart from Bangkok megalopolis, which in order to survive its fever and its pollution requires budgets similar to those of big cities of the global world, you can in Thailand shape your choice of existence, without being limited by the money only ...
Of course you have to insure a minimum capital in order to be able to receive a retirement visa ... but beyond that, you can perfectly live with Us $ 500.- per month than us $ 5.000.-, it depends on your way of life , what you define as your needs, your existential ambitions ...
For those who come to work ... I fear that they are forced to the urban "mode" , and that in these conditions they are forced to accept uncompromising remuneration with other large cities of the "global economic miracle" that I have experimented
That's it Priscilla, thank you for reading me to the end, if you're still here!
Econometrics, statistics, graphs are not good indicators of life ... they determine the values that have the criteria of quantity ... maybe this is not life ...  above all, the quality of life is what everyone is looking for ... and I'm sure there are many people who came to Thailand for that!

Thank you for the A2A

Sharing my experience:

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand? How about buying an apartment or a house in Thailand?

I stay in a condo developed by the IDEO group in the Klongsan area. It is a near a BTS station. It is a studio about 25sqm. Rent is THB15,000 a  month. I have to pay water and electricity charges separately. If you would like to buy this unit, I understand the price ranges from THB3-5 million

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

I use mostly the BTS. I usually buy a stored credit of 15 trips which currently cost THB465.

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

I don't cook a lot or eat much at home. From my observation these items are not very expensive and easily available at any local supermarket or convenience store

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

For a single who doesn't cook and eat out a lot - i only spend a lot on bottled water. Less than THB2K a month

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Thailand?

Thus far I've been to the hospital on two occasions for a bad stomach. Price range is about THB2K - 5K. This is the Samitivej hospital at Thonburi. Sometimes my medical card provided by my company picks up the tab.

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

Basic cover starts from about THB30K a year. You can get it from most Life and Non-Life Insurers locally

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

Not applicable

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

Not applicable

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

Not applicable - i do not drive

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

Electricity about THB3K a month. i switch the air condition on 20 hours at least a day

Water about THB250 a month. I am a heavy user that hogs the bathroom for half an hour showers. Don't judge me

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

i use AIS for both. I think I pay about THB2K for both combined

that gets me about 7Gb high speed mobile internet for my phone. At home speed is at maximum 100mbps. This package also includes a playbox where i have access to HBO and some other movie channels

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

i eat with colleagues locally in the area, usually between THB35-100. This is a combination of street food or local food courts

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

I am not a big coffee drinker but expect to pay between THB50-100 for each cup in normal cafes

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

On weekends these can cost about THB250 - 300 depending on the cinema. I understand it may be cheaper at non-peak hours but i am unsure of the details due to my inability to read Thai advertisements

How much does a gym membership cost in Thailand?

For a decent and reputable gym size with modern equipment, i would say at least THB2K - THB4K  a month. I am fortunate to just use the gym in my condominium

Hope the above helps

It depends on how well you want to live. if you want budget your stay you can get a decent apartment for about 10-15000 baht a month. I have a house so its about a 28000 baht per month. my power bill was about 3000 baht a month and that was using the air conditioner quit a bit. water is cheap about 100 baht a month. you can rent a car for about 10000 baht a month insurance is included with that. gas about 4000 a month. you can eat expensive or cheap. I like to mix that up a little soup a few nights a week and a nice dinner once in a while. so in Canadian money $2000 a month will do if you go on a budget and you can live quite well. hope that helps.

As others have noted, there is a huge variation, depending on the lifestyle you choose. Sharing my own experience:

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand? How about buying an apartment or a house in Thailand?

I own a condo in Bangkok. It is an older building, now termed "classic", and at about THB35m is comparatively cheap for a 236sqm apartment.

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

I use Grab, taxis, the BTS. I do not keep a record of how much it costs, but a Grab Car Plus from my condo in Sathorn to Central Childlom is THB190 and by taxi about THB70.

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?


Good quality Bavarian bread from Central Food Hall is THB90 per loaf. Pasta not sure.

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

For 2 of us, who rarely eat out, we spend about THB50-60k per month all in including alcohol.

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Thailand?

Doctor visit costs around THB300-500 without any medication, specialist attention, at BNH in Sathorn.

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

I do not have health insurance.

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

Not applicable

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

Not applicable

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

Not applicable

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

Electricity about THB9K a month. I have air conditioning on 22 hours at least a day

Water about THB420 a month.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

About THB2K for both combined

At home speed is at maximum 100mbps and I have it from both True and TOT.

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

Not applicable

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

Not applicable

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

Not applicable

How much does a gym membership cost in Thailand?

Not applicable. I use gym and pool (every day) in the condo.

I have added:

How much to hire a part time maid?

Currently a huge bone of contention. My maid of 5 years left at the end of October and I have been trying out maids from 2 different maid agencies, Ayasan (fee THB4,000) and Kiidu (fee THB7,900). Candidates have by and large been pretty unqualified and are looking for half day (4 1/2 to 5 hours) packages of about THB10,000 per month. Both agencies do not properly vet their candidates, so when the requirement is "English speaking" and "Thai", invariably they are neither. I prefer Thai over non-Thai because of visa issues. Again, both agencies seem to pay scant attention to this. Obtaining proper references is also sorely lacking; one maid stole from my desk drawer on the one day in the month when we were both out. She had to be dismissed a few days later, when I discovered it.

Hope the above helps

Living in Hua Hin since more than 3 years,  I find that some everyday expenses have changed a lot irrespective of a terrible currency change rate from Euro to Baht.

A nice pool villa - and that is what many  farangs expect , if they choose Hua Hin - costs between 30.000 up to 60.000 , depending on size and location.

Electricity around  2.500,- , if air con is not running permanently, water incl. pool and garden is not more than 300,- a month.

Food and drinks incl. a daily glass of wine and thai- european mix takes about 15.000,- .

A medium sized car cost about 3000 -  4000 baht tax per year,  premium insurance between 9000 - 12000, depending on car and engine.

Please be conscious that cars are very expensive, specially European cars are double priced due to import taxes .

Fuel for one month ( 12500 km per year ) is around 1.200 - 1.400,- (Diesel)

Visa extension incl. a trip to Bangkok with overnight stay is about 8.000 baht.

A visit in a typical Thai restaurant , lunch or dinner incl. water and beer is seldom more than 400,- , but excellent Thai food provided.

Internet (high Speed 16.000) is quiet cheap at 690,- incl. Thai TV, German TV at 990,- per month  is ok.

Using  2 mobile phones will take 1.000,- per month  for daily use.

After all I spend 60.000 - 70.000 baht per month, no medical costs or other unexpected happenings included.

I am sure there might be a cheaper way to live in Thailand, but after 45 years of  working and stress I don't want to renounce any of the above mentioned.






Priscilla :

Hello everyone,

As we usually do each year, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Thailand.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Thailand will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand? How about buying an apartment or a house in Thailand?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Thailand?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your cars fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and 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 Thailand?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

I don’t live like the typical expat in Thailand does, so take these answers with a grain of salt:

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand?   
- I pay 3000 baht per month for a two-story home on 7 rai of forest land.

How about buying an apartment or a house in Thailand?
- N/A

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
- There is no public transportation where I live.

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?
- Individual item prices vary, as they do anywhere.  I spend approximately 150 baht per day on food and beverages.

What is your monthly budget for groceries?
- I don’t have a budget per se, but I likely spend about 4 to 5,000 baht per month on food and beverages.

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Thailand?
- That needs to be far more specific.  However, I recently had my teeth clean and got a dental x-ray (in Bangkok) for 4,000 baht.

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?
- N/A

How much does childcare cost on average per month?
- N/A

What is your child's schooling budget per month?
- N/A

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
- I ride motorbikes.  A standard 125cc bike costs about 80-100 baht to fill.

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?
- My electricity bill averages approximately 300 baht per month.  Water avererages about 20 baht per month.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?
- Internet and phone combined as 1 package.  Unlimited 4G at 42mbps with 650 minutes of talk time per month is 1,200 baht per month.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
- N/A

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
- 30 baht.

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
- N/A

How much does a gym membership cost in Thailand?
-  Varies greatly.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand? How about buying an apartment or a house in Thailand?


Rent is very cheap here but it depends what you're looking for.  1 br condo around 30 sqm, with  kitchen , 24h security , and swimming pool can be found for as low as 6000 baht per month. But on average , for a central location near BTS in Bangkok, you pay 10-15000 baht.  Chiang Mai is a lot cheaper, from 5000 - 10k.
A townhouse is more spacious and a lot cheaper , but no security and pool, from 4000 and up.


How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

I pay 10-15 baht for the local bus to almost anywhere in BKK , but if you want to avoid the traffic , your only option is the BTS and MRT. Fares from 20 to 50 baht per ride, depending on the distance. Taxis are cheap in Bangkok , as long as the driver use the meter, 40 to 200 baht most places.


How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

Locally produced food is very cheap, anything imported can be very expensive in Thailand , more than your home country because of the heavy taxes here. You can get along fine on a 10k budget on food and drinks, but again it's depending on your lifestyle.

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

Around 10-12k baht

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Thailand?

A visit to the doctor in a private hospital can be anything from a few hundred baht up to 2-3000 baht for a specialist visit. I always recommend insurance.

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

Yearly insurance for me is 18k baht. Only cover hospitals inside Thailand.

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

Not sure, do not have kids.


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

I own an Eco Nissan car on E20 gas, around 24 baht for a litre . So around 950 baht for full tank.

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

Electricity bill varies from 800 baht to 1500 baht for a small condo 30 sqm. If you use the aircon on 24 hours the bill can increase up to 3000 baht before you know it.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

Internet today is fibre in most places. Prices start from 600 baht up to 1200 depending on the speed. Same with smart phones , from 500 and up monthly.

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

Any food is cheap in Thailand, just visit your nearest street stall and pay 30 baht for fried rice.

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

A good cup of coffee made from real beans is 50 to 100 baht. Instant coffee from 20 baht.

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

Cinema ticket from 80 baht and up.

How much does a gym membership cost in Thailand?

Not sure , but not cheap.

My col costs have not gone up the last year.I have no house rental as I own the house which I bought and have rights on it for the next 25 years.Been in it for 5 years.Am now 75 and can renew at 100 to 130 if required.Had a stroke 14 years ago so I need bit of luck to reach 130. Electricity is 4.3 Baht per unit mine about 2700 pm. with aircons on (inverter type)
Water about 120 THB at 5 Baht per kilolitre.I have a borehole and irrigation in the garden as a hobby the electricity bill for that is about 30 THB per month.
I allow a poor farmer to use the water and gave him piping to his vegetable lands.
He pays the rest
I give him 30 Baht calculated on my use in hours.
Have vehicle  and house and accident insurance 22 K THB per annum about 2 K per month
Food  about 5 K per month as i eat the food made by my wife on contract for the preschool kids
Fuel for the car about 900 B per week.
Service of car about 800 B per month if divided by 12
Medical in my home country 4 thousand Baht per month
Two bi annual medical here at the military Hosp 4000 Baht per annum.
Restaurants about 2000 B per month.
Plane ticket home per annum about 20 K B per annum
Cloths negligible maybe 2000 per annum and more for the GF about 6 k.
We live in a very rural area
Annual service of aircon 2000 B
Internet Fibre  TOT 9624B pa  or 802 B per month 124/50
Laundry 120 B per week don't have to iron etc
Maid in house once a week 350B
Gardener 600 per month.
Plants etc 1000B per month including rice husks and compos
My labour unfortunately free in house eg washing dishes, making bed, cleaning up after the dogs with their hair
Annual travelling 30K B per annum to coast or beach as they call it.
Repairs to house 1000 B per month to keep house in good shape.
Exercise on bicycle free travelling in the little village.
Buying milk at the 7/11 while riding bicycle 50B per day 5 days a week
I am addicted to milk for the last 75 years,have not started smoking yet.
Wine free (have friends who own wine farms),bring from wine farms in home country,dont ask how!!
Steak ,Lamb rack,at Makro 1000B per month.
Chronic medicine  Statins and blood pressure medication free from home country on medical there.
Dogs annual injections  rabies etc 600B per annum
Steak and pork for dogs 500 B per month
A very irritable wife when dogs sleep on the bed and lick her face. Priceless
Bathing the dogs in the Farang bath and they then jump on the bed all wet and a very upset wife, not priceless
For those of you who want to add up you welcome

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Cost of living 2019 in Thailand

Hello,

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Thailand?
It varies a lot from your standard and the location in Country.
However consider that THB is at the moment very high compared to USD or €.
From few thousand bahts to several hundred thousand bahts.

How about buying an apartment or a house in Thailand?
I did, an apartment in Condo can be owned by a foreigner, which is not the case for a house.

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
Actually, I am not using it a lot, but for a car van or pickup taxi, it is by the distance can be 10 baht for a short trip in town, and up to 1000 baht for a long distance in car van.


How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?
Rice is cheap, unless you look for imported from India, but usually sold by bag of 5kg or more.
Bread French baguette is around 60 baht, Italian pastas can be less than 100 bahts.
Noodle depends on the model.

What is your monthly budget for groceries?
I did not calculate, I prefer to enjoy life.

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Thailand?
It can be cheap for a rural generalist, but he may sell a lot of useless medicine... And the diagnostic might be good or not.
A good doctor in a good hospital will be a little bit more expensive but do health has a price?
À specialist can be expensive or reasonable depending on the speciality and location.
It is still much less expensive than other places in Europe or in America, and easily covered by a complement travel insurance.

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?
I am French and it is part of the salary deductions.

How much does childcare cost on average per month?
Don't know.

What is your child's schooling budget per month?
No child at school.

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
800THB for around 35 liters.

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?
I pay around 2000 THB per month in a three bedroom villa, includes air-conditioning.
Water is much cheaper, few hundred bahts not every month.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?
300mbps 4G, (supposed to be!!), no limit is around 1500 baht for one month.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
Can be 40 to 65 baht on the food market, unless I cook European food which is more expensive.

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
35 to 45 baht, unless I drink it from my own expresso machine which is a lot cheaper, mainly if you take the coffee in your luggage.

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
I don't go, but for a good live show you could pay from 400 to 1000 baht.

How much does a gym membership cost in Thailand?
I don't know.

In Isaan country, there is almost nothing to buy, so the spending is limited... and that's the point.

Why come live in a rural village and spend as much as in Bangkok or London?

After all, we are in Buddhist land, and Buddhism is all about moderation...save for the local monks, that is...

Having said that, the basics (food, gas for the car, soap, toothpaste and so on) are covered with about 10,000 baht per month.

Add to that about 1,250 baht for electricity, which includes aircon turn on in the bedroom every night, and 750 baht for fiber optic wifi.

More significant are the expenses for visa, health and car insurances, car maintenance, which on a monthly basis amount to 5,000 baht.

Finally, there are the leisure expenses (restaurant, cinema, unneccesary clothes and accessories...) which I have considerably reduced, and which are by far the most dangerous for anyone's budget.

“Why come live in a rural village and spend as much as in Bangkok or London?“

Not everything is about cost, for me it’s more about lifestyle and proximity to nature and beauty. I still enjoy comfort and nice things, even though I live 55 km from Chiangrai.

I've lived in Bangkok since November last year. I don't work but have a modest income from letting my property in South London. I moved to Bangkok to help my wife look after her parents and to recovery from a broken shoulder injury as my surgeon said hot climate would help healing process. My observations are that rent, utility bills are reasonable. I don't pay rent here as we own our condo in central Bangkok. Food is another matter. I like home comforts such as cheddar cheese, ham, sausages, nuttella, bread but if it's the decent imported stuff then you pay 2 to 4 times the price. I find most locally produced cakes, sausages,  bread are inferior quality yet are still quite expensive for what it is. Chocolate is really expensive as well.

Jobs are paid very low here. Most job adverts discrimate. Employers want someone aged 20 - 35 tops with a degree as a must. The salaries are pathetic in comparison to the UK. If you are aged over 35 and want a job in Bangkok don't bother, you're waisting your time unless you want to do teaching but again the salary is pathetic compared to the UK.

Health is one of the most important things to consider here. If you don't have decent health insurance and get sick it could well end up costing you an absolute fortune.

I've lived in Bangkok since November last year. I don't work but have a modest income from letting my property in South London. I moved to Bangkok to help my wife look after her parents and to recovery from a broken shoulder injury as my surgeon said hot climate would help healing process. My observations are that rent, utility bills are reasonable. I don't pay rent here as we own our condo in central Bangkok. Food is another matter. I like home comforts such as cheddar cheese, ham, sausages, nuttella, bread but if it's the decent imported stuff then you pay 2 to 4 times the price. I find most locally produced cakes, sausages,  bread are inferior quality yet are still quite expensive for what it is. Chocolate is really expensive as well.

Jobs are paid very low here. Most job adverts discrimate. Employers want someone aged 20 - 35 tops with a degree as a must. The salaries are pathetic in comparison to the UK. If you are aged over 35 and want a job in Bangkok don't bother, you're waisting your time unless you want to do teaching but again the salary is pathetic compared to the UK.

Health is one of the most important things to consider here. If you don't have decent health insurance and get sick it could well end up costing you an absolute fortune.

Hi Barry, you a one of a few that make sense in what you write in these post. I have just turned 70, I am happily married to a beautiful Thai lady. I am now building a home about 2 hours drive from Chiang Mai. I have noticed in your post health and accident insurance is it possible for you to give me the name of the insurance that you are covered by.
Regards Barry Tewes.

Hi Barry,

Good luck with the house building. I've been to Chiang Mai once years ago and the scenery was spectacular. I haven't taken out health insurance yet as I'm going to give it a year before deciding on staying here permently or returning to the UK. On speaking to some friends they have advised that AXA PPP Healthcare is one of the best insurance cover policies. You can get cheaper ones but apparently it's risky as people have had problems being reimbursed when it comes to claims time.

Regards

Adam

Thanks for the advice Adam I have sent that company and a number of others that I have seen advertised asking for quotes. Bob Taylor who has lived in Thailand for many years said he has never had a problem with AA Insurance based in Hua Hin. He had a heart attack a few years back, he is ok now and the policy did not change.

Advice everyone to enquire with Cigna Global. cignaglobal_customer.care[at]cigna.com
Do not confuse it with local Cigna for Thai citizens.
One of the best  only for expats and economical insurers i have had and you can walk out of hospital without a single bath to pay. Pick up is by ambulance if need be and paid for. They cover you globally which means travel insurance anyway.
All local Thai insurers never pay full claim and their policies have tony room rates and surgical covers wereas the international covers are in a million dollor viz 30 million thb up wards so nothing to pay ever with zero deductibe.
As well you can restrict only for Thailand and home country cover as well as 45 days in any visiting country and get quotes as cheap as $130-150 / month only.

"In Isaan country, there is almost nothing to buy, so the spending is limited... and that's the point.

Why come live in a rural village and spend as much as in Bangkok or London?"

   Isaan country? Isaan covers 33 % of Thailand's area.  Why is spending limited if you can go shopping at a macro, Big-C, Tesco Lotis, etc.. you can find them in all provinces now, perhaps a bit driving involved that can be a bit different to your daily- perhaps boring- life.

   Why come to a rural area and spend as much money as in Bangkok, or London? Maybe to have a decent place with decent people, less, or not pollution, no traffic jams, better people and nice scenery.

  That's the point, not all people who live in rural areas are broke. It's a "way of life", nothing else.

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