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    Living expences in "cheap" cities?

    Hello. I plan to stay in Thailand three to four months this year.

    I am not a big spender, plan to make breakfast and lunch my self, and I am not trowing money away in girlie bars. At least not more than needed :-D

    I wonder how much (in Bath, Eoros or US dollars) is need per month if rent is excluded. In other words... Do you think its possible to manage for 35.000 Bath in towns like Mae Sot, Hat Yai, Renong, Chiang Rai, Ubon or Udon Thani?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Just have a bath every day and you'll be fine...

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    If your a young handsome bloke with a big cock and the gift of the gab you can shack up in a pad with noi or lek . 35000 baht a month is probably do able but you will be miserable, depending on your habits, drinking in bars every night would soon add up, if your young enough you could drink Lao Khao . it works for somtamslap

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    Depends what you want to do, where you stay, what transport you want to use, what you want to eat and drink. And what you are willing to pay young, or not so young, ladies or boys or something in between for their company short or long time. And for christ sake dont go silly over any of them, buffalo's rarely get sick.

    The places you mention are less expensive than say BKK but again it depends, for instance if you want to eat European food it will cost you, even Thai food in an air-con restaurant will cost. If you are happy with Thai food from small roadside places you will usually get away with less than 50 baht for a good feed.
    If you get around on Song tau's it will cost you between 8 and 10 baht for each ride, if you use taxis it will cost, in places you may even be ripped off.

    Accommodation depends on what you want, can be anything from a small room with a hard bed and not much else for 1000 Baht a month or a flash condo for 100,000 Bath a month.

    If you drink, smoke and want to frequent bars your costs will go way up.

    Yes you can live fairly quietly on 35,000 bath a month even if you want to travel round a bit using buses and staying in cheap hotels.

    learn a few Thai words before you come plenty of sites for that and read about the place on as many sites as you can find but dont believe everything you read there are some terrible lies told at times.

    Note : "Baht" is the currency a bath is what some of the posters on here have every 2 months or so, fortunately the smell is turned off on this site.

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    35K a month is quite doable. You can afford roughly 5K rent and to run a motosai out of that. You'll be no worse off than many westerners living in humble circumstances, probably better off. You'll need to adjust to a mostly Thai diet, or most of your dosh will go on food. It's cheaper to eat lunch at local market/ noodle joint than prepare your own at home frankly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    35K a month is quite doable. You can afford roughly 5K rent and to run a motosai out of that. You'll be no worse off than many westerners living in humble circumstances, probably better off. You'll need to adjust to a mostly Thai diet, or most of your dosh will go on food. It's cheaper to eat lunch at local market/ noodle joint than prepare your own at home frankly.
    Thank you for a nice reply :-D

    The 35.000 is after the rent is paid. I am not a day and night drinker, and I am an "old hand" i Asia. I have no plans of a 24 X 7 hired girlfriend. I love thai food and I was thinking when I wrote about breakfast that some people would mention its cheaper to bye it on the street or at a local market. Breakfast can be many thing. Coffee, oatmeal porrige, a half pineapple and boiled eggs, nothing of that is expensive. I would use a local night market a lot. Also because I love that kind of places.

    I am used to take care of my self, writing, reading, doing exercises, jogging etc. One of the expences could be a membership to a Gym. I have had that in Thailand before, more than 10 years a go though. Was it 1500 Bath a month? I cant remember.

    35.000 a month is around 1.100 Bath a day, for food and drinks (three big beers a day) Membership to a Gym, Internet to Smartphone, massage ++ once a week etc.

    Thanks. Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by elsen
    (three big beers a day)
    There's your largest single expense. Consider switching to Thai Whisky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    35K a month is quite doable. You can afford roughly 5K rent and to run a motosai out of that. You'll be no worse off than many westerners living in humble circumstances, probably better off. You'll need to adjust to a mostly Thai diet, or most of your dosh will go on food. It's cheaper to eat lunch at local market/ noodle joint than prepare your own at home frankly.
    Thank you for a nice reply :-D

    The 35.000 is after the rent is paid. I am not a day and night drinker, and I am an "old hand" i Asia. I have no plans of a 24 X 7 hired girlfriend. I love thai food and I was thinking when I wrote about breakfast that some people would mention its cheaper to bye it on the street or at a local market. Breakfast can be many thing. Coffee, oatmeal porrige, a half pineapple and boiled eggs, nothing of that is expensive. I would use a local night market a lot. Also because I love that kind of places.

    I am used to take care of my self, writing, reading, doing exercises, jogging etc. One of the expences could be a membership to a Gym. I have had that in Thailand before, more than 10 years a go though. Was it 1500 Bath a month? I cant remember.

    35.000 a month is around 1.100 Bath a day, for food and drinks (three big beers a day) Membership to a Gym, Internet to Smartphone, massage ++ once a week etc.

    Thanks. Cheers
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    You can do all that at home mate
    But il give you that you will more than survive on that money
    Have fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by elsen
    doing exercises, jogging etc. One of the expences could be a membership to a Gym.

    No need.

    Not only is masturbation free, it's fookin mint.

    And unless your hand touched a bog seat that a shifter had sat on, it's probably aids free.

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    In a previous life I've done it on 40,000. By choice. 'Cos that's all I needed.

    Out on the piss Monday , Wednesday, Saturday other nights not so much. Just reading and recovery.

    Depending on your visa don't forget to factor in the travel out of the country.

    I never went to shopping mall food courts but there are lots and , not my idea, large hospitals have cafeterias that are inexpensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by elsen
    doing exercises, jogging etc. One of the expences could be a membership to a Gym.

    No need.

    Not only is masturbation free, it's fookin mint.

    And unless your hand touched a bog seat that a shifter had sat on, it's probably aids free.
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    I wonder if there has been any improvent during your journey to post 14,163. We are different. I would rather take care of my body and soul, than make 14.163 "speciel" post.

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    Don't take offence. Withnall is an extremely keen wanker. He also fucks rodents on occasion.


    Quote Originally Posted by elsen
    Do you think its possible to manage for 35.000
    In answer to your question: Yes, with ease.

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    Everything depends on you, the lifestyle you wish to live and what you want from that lifestyle.

    Excluding rent and water/ electric bills, you can live happily for 35,000 a month and save 15,000 if you are in the wilds of Isaan. Ride a bike instead of drive a car, use the local transport and buy from the local markets rather than supermarkets and you could save even more. What is more, you will probably appreciate the 3 months and get along with thd locals far more as well.

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    Dont need a Gym, most places have free exercise gear, find it get out early and use it before the day gets hot.

    Keep off motorbikes they are the best way to get yourself injured or killed. Over 70% of road deaths in this country involve motorbikes.

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    Just recently I meet an older lady in Bali.

    She has been living in Cambodia on a very strict budget because she lost all her shit in Australia and moved to Cambodia because she could not afford to live in Australia.

    Has just enough money to go back to AUD once a year and then it was back to Cambodia.

    No health Insurance no fok all.

    No fookin way to live, not for me anyway. Each night she had enough money for one large long neck of beer. ???

    Living on a strict budget is bolliks, at certain times one finds costs arise that need additional input.
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    Onya Tez- I'm sure you're rolling in the sorta dosh that only an aussie firemans pension can afford.
    But the question was how well can you live in cheap old Isaan on a 35K monthly budget, in this case after rent. Quite comfortably, actually.

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    ^

    Yes I agree, Issan is cheap as chips innit.

    Can easily survive on 35 K if nothing major happens Medical wise.

    Of course people say they are not worried about that but they may just well be when the shit goes down.

    Anyway Mate,

    You should be well cashed up given your Hi-flying past as a business person in Hong Kong Eh.

    I don't Draw a pension by the way, just rip out a wedge when I need it.

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    So realistically what would one pay for health insurance.

    I have not looked into it as I dont have the need.

    That is the clincher for many I would imagine if a person was to leave their country of origin for a longer period of time.

    I get it that not all play by the rules and that many are gambling they remain healthy. I'd bet on that anyway. If I were a gambler that is.

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    OP mentioned Mae Sot which is a good option. Can save even more money by renting a bicycle or for a long stay, buying one. It'd be good exercise too. I see plenty of farangs and even Thais riding around town on them.

    Traffic is always very light and never yet saw anyone riding/driving against the traffic or on pavements. Lots of one-way streets in the centre of town.

    Not much to see there but very relaxing. Most everywhere shuts at around 8pm though.

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    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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    I know a school teacher Farang gets around 22000 Bt per mont in a salary in Isaan.
    And they manage

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    It's doable alright.
    My rent is low Bt2,500/month including internet, power and water for an a nice apartment, very private, lots of room, big garden, out of town.

    Food at an average of Bt 8,000/mth, fruit and veges at the fresh market and assorted nuts and grains, a bit of meat and fish, yoghurt, milk, cheese, coffee, street food and occasional freakouts, beer a spliff or two.

    The rest goes on clothes, toiletries and transport, by song teaw or pushbike or car.
    My needs are few, I'm very content and indulge in painting, ceramics, sculpture, gardening, exercise and aikido, all cheap and easy stuff.

    I don't watch TV, thank keraist, or stupid movies, nor buy sex, rarely go to a pub,..there are better things in life to get on with.
    Travel and visas get covered by savings from my pension, same as health insurance and any other unexpected costs.

    That's Thailand. Darjeeling, no garden, but the same cosrs roughly, rent a bit higher. Chittagong, is very cheap, and the garden well, it's a bloody jungle.
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    Too late to reply.



    Elsen flounced.

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    Or he got buggered.

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    Sheesh, maybe he felt sprung.

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