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Old 01-02-2013, 03:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cost of Living in Thai

Could you please tell me how much does it cost to live in Thailand.
Not food or booze. You have been here for some time now, your all settled so you have a good idea of how much is needed each month. Thanks guy's
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167,340 baht.
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How many dependents you got, do you eat cheese? Its cheaper here than London we can tell you that, but its a stupid question , do you expect sensible answer dead head?
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Millions of Thai people live on a salary around 10 000 THB/month.
That allows for housing, eating, children and drinking.
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Not including food?

What about your whore bill? (As a for instance for those that indulge, not implying anything about anyone in particular)

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Are you implying something about mevin? here you are bleating about the ducks implications and then 10 mins later your on here using that same description.

Why can't you keep it semi civil?
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No, I'm talking to the OP. He might have that bill to consider, does he use AC or fan. I was not complaining about the Duck at all, I'm complaining about Neo and Buriramboy who have been making numerous and constant references.

Perhaps a morning coffee will help you wake up...
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I took it as a a response to malvins post, for an educator willy you sure can be ambiguous, or maybe I'm just thick and old.
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I'll refrain from commenting mate...
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An awful lot depends on where you live, and how you live. Assuming you don't plan to live the low life in Pattaya, Phuket or Bangkok I'd say 40,000 baht per month is a reasonable estimate.
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An awful lot depends on where you live, and how you live. Assuming you don't plan to live the low life in Pattaya, Phuket or Bangkok I'd say 40,000 baht per month is a reasonable absolute minimum estimate.
Fixed that slightly.
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Money, its all about "money". Doesn't matter where you decide to settle and build your nest, as long as you have lots of dosh.
OP answered his own question elsewhere.
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Millions of Thai people live on a salary around 10 000 THB/month.
That allows for housing, eating, children and drinking.
but 10K baht doesn't go very far and there is always the Thai policy of borrowing and never paying back and the family support structure as well.

10K doesn't get a westerner far at all.
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Electricity is one of the most expensive parts of living in Thailand.

Gas/Diesel for your vehicle isn't cheap either.
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Do you expect to be bangin' bars girls on a regular basis? If so, you need plenty1
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Around Bt 1,000 a day (Bt 30,000/month) would be about right.

That'd include rent Bt 5-8,000/month (long term house lease or budget guest house room), electricity and water.

Food at an average minimum of Bt 100 - 200/day = Bt 3 - 6,000/ month

Transport at Bt 50 -100/day = Bt 1,500 -Bt 3,000/month

Clothes and toiletries etc. about Bt 2,000/month

That's a grand total of between Bt 13.000 - Bt 19,000/ month/ person.

Add to that cost of tobacco, booze and whatever else floats your boat and the sky's the limit.

So, a few drinks, park fees and girls will run you up to Bt 30,000 a month.

Probably the same for a couple with kids (no bar girls or spending it up large on booze etc), but more on food clothes and transport.

School fees? ....I hesitate to think.

That's an estimate for Chiangmai, In the sticks it's a lot cheaper.
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Without dependents 100k baht p/m will have you living comfortably.
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Food at an average minimum
whatever that means

but really, as has been mentioned, your question is a bit stupid

ask yourself, how much does it cost to live where you do?

so the answer can be anything

you can get a room for B2000 a month, a nicer studio place for B5000, or a better place with kitchen etc for B10,000 up

depends on you
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It is a bit like asking how long a piece of string is. I seem to spend pretty much whatever I earn one way or another.
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Could you please tell me how much does it cost to live in Thailand.
According to Thai Immigration, 65,000 Baht per month if retired. Probably a fairly accurate amount unless you go local with food and lodging.
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cost to live in Thailand. Not food or booze.
find yourself a nice ho to live with and cost will only be food and booze
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you can get a room for B2000 a month, a nicer studio place for B5000, or a better place with kitchen etc for B10,000 up

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Could you please tell me how much does it cost to live in Thailand.
If you look around you can get much better deals than that. I recently moved from a nice 2 Bedroom house in Chiang Mai City Center, cost B10,000 a month, to a 6 bedroom house with garden near Big C on the superhighway, costs B3,500 a month. If you live a little outside the city centre areas and look for housing in mainly Thai areas then housing costs can be very low. I'm just about to move back to the UK and am still in shock at the cost of house rental there.

Utility costs are low. Water for washing and showers is generally a couple of hundred baht a month at most. Bottled drinking water is about 200 baht for a months supply. Electricity can be from 500 Baht per month to several thousand baht per month, using air-conditioning is the big expense here. ADSL internet about 600 Baht per month, and some of the world's worst cable TV about 300 to 1200 baht per month. I also pay about 50 Baht per month to have the garbage taken away twice a week. If you have kids then private schools start at about 5,000 Baht per month, the most expensive private schools charge fees on a par with Western private schools. Some state schools are pretty good but shop around and ask lots of questions before making a decision. Locals know which state schools are good so there are always more applications than there are available places.

Of course, how much you need depends on what it is you want. If you just want to live here reasonably comfortably and don't have a family to support then it can be done reasonably well on B30,000 a month. Some of my farang friends are teachers in State Schools and they are on B25,000 Baht a month. They manage but I don't envy them.

If you have a family then you can live a fairly decent life on about B80,000 a month but you won't be able to save much, that's an important consideration if you plan to stay here long term.

Most farangs I know working in business or industry up here in the North and who are local hires and are not at executive level earn between B45,000 and B65,000 per month after tax and they live quite well, private schools for the kids too.

Those who tell you you must have B200,000 baht a month or so either don't live here or are subtly bragging. If you have that much then yes you can have a great life (you could have a good life pretty much anywhere on that income), but you don't actually need that much.

IME anything between B30,000 and B120,000 will get you a reasonable to very comfortable lifestyle outside the most expensive parts of Thailand. Under B30,000 is doable but you will have to live a mostly Thai lifestyle and give up many of your farang comforts. Also remember that those Thais who do live on a low income, somebody mentioned B10,000 per month which sounds about right, generally have a family structure in place where family members help each other and share income. They are also eligible for loans and credit (which they abuse horribly) and you, in general, will not be eligible for most of these.

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I wish, different strokes for different people about half of that we could live in luxury and I have two kids at a private (catholic) school.
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What about your whore bill? (As a for instance for those that indulge, not implying anything about anyone in particular)
Loosing one's virginity isn't cheap.

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Assuming you don't plan to live the low life in Pattaya, Phuket or Bangkok
So what's the high side of that equation?

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Do you expect to be bangin' bars girls on a regular basis?
Of course, why else come?

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Do you expect to be bangin' bars girls on a regular basis?
Never, I'm a happily married man.

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ask yourself, how much does it cost to live where you do?
He knows that already, he's on the dole. He plans to live on the same social welfare program in LOS.

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find yourself a nice ho to live with and cost will only be food and booze
Ah yes, the perfect lifestyle.
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Bob, you mention the cost of rented accommodation in the UK. This is very much determined by the locale and, with the current exchange rate as it is, it can compare favourably with Bangkok, Hua Hin and Pattaya areas, depending of course where you end up.

Out in the provinces and minor city fringes one can easily find decent stuff in the region of 600 -750 which is the going rate for comparable property here in the areas I mentioned. Although the real nigger in the woodpile is that bloody council tax which bears no relation whatsoever to services one gets in return for the average 1,400 one is extorted into paying. The problem with the UK is the cost of essentials which are quite simply too high and it is those together that far and away outweigh the rents in significance. Still, you are getting to live in a decent country.
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