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|01-02-2013, 04:30 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
|01-02-2013, 05:33 AM||#7 (permalink)|
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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...
|01-02-2013, 06:06 AM||#10 (permalink)|
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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.
|01-02-2013, 06:08 AM||#11 (permalink)|
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|01-02-2013, 06:32 AM||#12 (permalink)|
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|01-02-2013, 06:40 AM||#13 (permalink)|
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10K doesn't get a westerner far at all.
|01-02-2013, 07:30 AM||#16 (permalink)|
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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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|01-02-2013, 08:35 AM||#18 (permalink)|
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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|01-02-2013, 10:01 AM||#20 (permalink)|
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|01-02-2013, 10:06 AM||#22 (permalink)|
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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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|01-02-2013, 10:52 AM||#24 (permalink)|
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|01-02-2013, 11:09 AM||#25 (permalink)|
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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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