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    Quote Originally Posted by Trumpton
    you'll see thousands of monks who live simple lives that don't revolve around earning and spending money, and they are probably happier than you.
    Other than those roped off areas at the airport, looks like a generally mirthless life. It says something that most choose to not be monks, and enjoy touching girls.

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    the past few years prices came up a lot, probably more than half of what it costs to live in bangkok even in small cities like nakhon sawan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post

    Some of these guys are obviously well paid. The current single aussie pension is approx $400 AUD (B10,000) per week or about 40,000 baht a month.

    I know quite a few people in Thailand on the pension and all tell me they are doing ok and there life is comfortable enough on the pension, They're not living high off the hog but not living badly either.
    Yer,

    But if they ain't got a stash of money in reserve for the bad times they are fuked eh.

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    It's always a wank these cost threads.

    I go through around 60 K per month but that's for everything.

    Rent, costs, plane tickets, road trips every month not giving a fuk about what I spend but not wasting it either.

    If I wanted to I could easily live on half that.

    Depends how ya want to live and how thick ya wallet is.

    Living in this shithouse on an Australian Pension with no real reserve ain't no way to be living.

    Shit storm waiting just around the corner.
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    I reckon we could live off 10K a month if we wanted to, and if the shit really hit the fan, I'd say 5k.

    Wouldn't be any luxuries of course, and would be living a self-sufficient lifestyle.

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    Lived on 52,000 baht a month in Thailand- life was comfortable enough but it was not sustainable if I wanted to retire or by property. Hence the move to Myanmar. I find Mandalay to be somewhat affordable in some areas. I don't have to pay rent but if I did it would be quite a big expense. Apparently the reason for high rents is lack of property and the Chinese buying them and keeping them as an empty investment. I was told that my apartment would be $800,000 to buy- total madness as its pretty run down, dusty and loud.

    Eating out here is very affordable- you can get a decent Western meal for less than $10. Beer is cheap and whiskey even cheaper. Getting around is an issue if you have no transport of your own- I have a Chinese electric scooter for getting around town which I picked up for $400- a real bargain and one of my better buys here.

    Back to my Thai salary- I did manage to save over half of it most months. Again, I had no accommodation costs to worry about. So I guess I could survive in Thailand on around 30,000 if I really had to- hope that never becomes a reality though.

    This will set you back over $4000 a month and they will want a years rent in advance- in Myanmar you prepay for the year
    http://en.house.com.mm/4800-ft-40120..._previous=true

    Suffice to say a lot of these places remain empty!
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    That's a pretty steep price to pay, and then the agents fee of one month.

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    I know old guys out here in Pattaya who get by on around 400 baht a day. They eat on the roadside, walk everywhere, have a bird once a month, live in small bare rooms and drink out the 7/11....its not a life i would want nor they i imagine but when you have little money but are determined to live in the sunshine you have to make sacrifices. To have a decent life out here i reckon you need about 1000 baht a day after you've paid your rent.

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    I am sitting here wondering what I could possibly spend 1000b a day on even 400b is more than my personal average spend. I suppose if you drink, smoke, gamble, pay for a lady every few days and eat in air con restaurants you would need that much but I do none of these things. I have enough clothes so rarely buy new ones so no expense there, soap, shampoo and toothpaste lasts for 2 or 3 months and they are cheap anyway.

    I think I live a reasonable life in a small town doing what I want to do, nice 3 bedroom 3 bathroom 4 air con (which we dont use) house with a large garden for 7000b a month which is considered expensive.

    The Mrs sister lives with us with her 2 girls and she pays a small portion of the expenses. We have 2 cars, 1 4WD, 2 motorbikes and I use my bike to get around town and for excercise.

    We travel a lot have done over 5000km so far this year and will be on the road again at the end of this month, costs a bit more when we travel for the home expenses still have to be paid and fuel is a considerable cost but without doing an audit I suppose we average less than 35,000b a month over a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birding View Post
    I am sitting here wondering what I could possibly spend 1000b a day on even 400b is more than my personal average spend. I suppose if you drink, smoke, gamble, pay for a lady every few days and eat in air con restaurants you would need that much but I do none of these things. I have enough clothes so rarely buy new ones so no expense there, soap, shampoo and toothpaste lasts for 2 or 3 months and they are cheap anyway.

    I think I live a reasonable life in a small town doing what I want to do, nice 3 bedroom 3 bathroom 4 air con (which we dont use) house with a large garden for 7000b a month which is considered expensive.

    The Mrs sister lives with us with her 2 girls and she pays a small portion of the expenses. We have 2 cars, 1 4WD, 2 motorbikes and I use my bike to get around town and for excercise.

    We travel a lot have done over 5000km so far this year and will be on the road again at the end of this month, costs a bit more when we travel for the home expenses still have to be paid and fuel is a considerable cost but without doing an audit I suppose we average less than 35,000b a month over a year.

    There ya go...
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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post

    Living in this shithouse on an Australian Pension with no real reserve ain't no way to be living.
    I'm sure it's a lot more pleasurable, affordable and interesting than living in Australia on a pension.
    Rent, food and beer all cheaper and probably be able to afford a nice piece of street meat at the end of the month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birding View Post
    I am sitting here wondering what I could possibly spend 1000b a day on even 400b is more than my personal average spend. I suppose if you drink, smoke, gamble, pay for a lady every few days and eat in air con restaurants you would need that much but I do none of these things. I have enough clothes so rarely buy new ones so no expense there, soap, shampoo and toothpaste lasts for 2 or 3 months and they are cheap anyway.

    I think I live a reasonable life in a small town doing what I want to do, nice 3 bedroom 3 bathroom 4 air con (which we dont use) house with a large garden for 7000b a month which is considered expensive.

    The Mrs sister lives with us with her 2 girls and she pays a small portion of the expenses. We have 2 cars, 1 4WD, 2 motorbikes and I use my bike to get around town and for excercise.

    We travel a lot have done over 5000km so far this year and will be on the road again at the end of this month, costs a bit more when we travel for the home expenses still have to be paid and fuel is a considerable cost but without doing an audit I suppose we average less than 35,000b a month over a year.
    When i say i think you need 1000 baht a day im talking about living in Pattaya and eating and drinking along side the tourists. Of course you can do it cheaper if you go native

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    I know of people living here on around 500 baht a day for daily expensive. It can be done here no problem. Drinking, etc will change that though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birding View Post
    I am sitting here wondering what I could possibly spend 1000b a day on......

    ........... I suppose we average less than 35,000b a month over a year.
    Err, that's a thousand baht a day.

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    My electric bill is like 5,500/month.

    My rent is 5,500/month.

    We average about 60-70,000/month in Isaan. Only reason I don't spend more is because I'm gone a lot and there really isn't more to spend on.

    Looking to move and budgeting about 100,000/month.

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    Do you drink out a lot? Eat out for western, etc? That seems like a really big budget.

    My wife and I spend about 1,700 US month in Thailand when we travel. Some places cost less some more but this figure includes a lot of island time, Bangok etc that's what we average over several months (this was exhange about 33 baht to the dollar). Includes a fair bit of beer and some alcohol too, about 15,000 or so a month I would guess. Around 55,000 a month all in. Hard to imagine spending that living in Issan

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze
    Do you drink out a lot?
    Nope.

    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze
    Eat out for western, etc?
    Nope.

    But only because it isnt really available in my area. "Drinking out" would be drinking the same shit I would normally drink with buddies at home, but overpriced at a Thai place on a cement table getting chewed on by Mosquitoes. I probably drink less than most on this board.

    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze
    My wife and I spend about 1,700 US month in Thailand when we travel. Some places cost less some more but this figure includes a lot of island time, Bangok etc that's what we average over several months (this was exhange about 33 baht to the dollar). Includes a fair bit of beer and some alcohol too, about 15,000 or so a month I would guess. Around 55,000 a month all in. Hard to imagine spending that living in Issan
    Regular bills. Car payment & associated, motorbike, tops, lazada, alibaba, video games buying stuff we want, traveling around.... I probably spend more some months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by birding View Post
    I am sitting here wondering what I could possibly spend 1000b a day on......

    ........... I suppose we average less than 35,000b a month over a year.
    Err, that's a thousand baht a day.

    That is total expenses including rent, power, water, internet, vehicle expenses and travel not personal expenses as referred to.

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    Chittagong!!

    Hi Ent

    Where in Chittagong do you crash, what do you do there and wat attractions do you find appealling about the place. I lived in Dhaka for a while, and I've always wanted to visit Chittagong!u

    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    Costs me about the same to live in Chiangmai, Chittagong, Darjeeling or Cambo, about 15,000 baht a month, rent included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    My electric bill is like 5,500/month.

    My rent is 5,500/month.

    We average about 60-70,000/month in Isaan. Only reason I don't spend more is because I'm gone a lot and there really isn't more to spend on.

    Looking to move and budgeting about 100,000/month.
    Slick, I am at that, or a little more and am very comfortable. There are many here that would say 100K a month is more than you really need.

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    I probably spend less than 100K baht a month in the US on what is inarguably a pretty comfortable lifestyle. Thailand? I can't even imagine spending that much if I tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post

    Living in this shithouse on an Australian Pension with no real reserve ain't no way to be living.
    I'm sure it's a lot more pleasurable, affordable and interesting than living in Australia on a pension.
    Rent, food and beer all cheaper and probably be able to afford a nice piece of street meat at the end of the month.
    I agree. Where I live in QLD the cheapest rent for a very ordinary one bedroom flat(cheap apartment) is close to 6000 baht per week (26,000 per month) so if you have to rent that leaves you 24000 baht for everything else for a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhaze View Post
    I probably spend less than 100K baht a month in the US on what is inarguably a pretty comfortable lifestyle. Thailand? I can't even imagine spending that much if I tried.
    Are you including rent, car payment, utlites, fuel in that amount, or just fun money. Where exactly do you live this comfortable life in the US for around $3000 a month all in?

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    No car payment. That's a poor investment. I do own three vehicles though. But yes includes everything we spend money on. We actually spend less than that. More like $2500. We eat well, live in a good neighborhood, don't really go out too much though (not much time for it). Includes a couple short vacations a year.

    We don't live in New York or LA, obviously. Numbeo says our cost of living is comparable to the cost of living in a place like Dallas, TX. That sounds about right...

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