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    Is Bangkok really that cheap? Our cost of living compared to the world

    I was just reading this and thought it was interesting. How the cost of living in Bangkok compares to these cities. Accurate?

    Really good comparisons for people living/working in Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, and London.


    Is Bangkok really that cheap? Our cost of living compared to the world | BK Magazine Online

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    Does anyone really pay 400 baht for a haircut?

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    ^I pay way more, but then again I get my hair dyed and all that jazz. lol. I do it in Bangkok as well.

    Great article I thought for some perspective. Moving to Bangkok soon, so trying to learn as much about the cost of living as possible. Cheers VN.

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    If you are moving here many things are more expensive than you may imagine. Anything imported. If you wear glasses get some new ones before you come.

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    ^And food costs will go up once she gets there and starts depleting stocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    If you are moving here many things are more expensive than you may imagine. Anything imported. If you wear glasses get some new ones before you come.
    Thanks vn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    If you are moving here many things are more expensive than you may imagine. Anything imported. If you wear glasses get some new ones before you come.
    If you wear glasses, buy them online.

    https://www.zennioptical.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    If you wear glasses, buy them online.

    https://www.zennioptical.com/
    I ordered glasses from this mob and they were shite.

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    ^Cool, thanks. I don't wear glasses, but I'm sure it can be helpful to others.

    The cost of Starbucks in Thailand? Higher than all of the above mentioned countries! Wow! And I thought Starbucks was expensive here in Shanghai. lol.

    I see the rents are very low in Bangkok in the area I will live compared to Shanghai.. very big difference. Rents are crazy reasonable in Bangkok for a studio or 1 bedroom a bit out of center.

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    If you like wine and to eat reasonably good quality imported food in civilised surroundings either at home or in decent restaurants and to drink imported beers then Bangkok is expensive.

    Thai produce in most Thai outlets is distinctly average in quality and their ersatz European produce is universally shite and over priced for what you get. Thai produce is simply a vehicle for indulging in their fetish for balancing taste and little else so it's cheap. Quality beef, pork, chicken and lamb for their own taste is irrelevant to most Thai and is quite redundant in their culture - if you are going to swamp everything in garlic, chilis, fish sauce and soy/oyster sauce then what's the point, eh?

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    You seem to love it, unless someone nicks your sausages

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    ^^^ be careful where the wind takes you. There are very few public toilets in Bangkok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thailandbound View Post
    Rents are crazy reasonable
    Christ on a bike, it's fucking painful reading this shite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    ^^^ be careful where the wind takes you. There are very few public toilets in Bangkok.
    ^BULLOCKS!
    Last edited by TuskegeeBen; 28-04-2018 at 04:16 PM.

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    Re: The costs of living in Bangkok, vis-a-vis, other major cities in Asia? PLEASE!

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    Regarding Seekingasylum's Post #10 ~

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    Quality beef, pork, chicken and lamb for their own taste is irrelevant to most Thai
    there is some truth in that, but for me the biggest drawback of thai meat and farmed fish and seafood produce are the poisons in the way of antibiotics and growth hormones that they are fed with, likewise thai fruit and vegetables with their unacceptable levels of the pesticides that they are regularly sprayed with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuskegeeBen View Post
    Re: The costs of living in Bangkok, vis-a-vis, other major cities in Asia? PLEASE!
    That would be the more astute comparative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thailandbound View Post
    ^I pay way more, but then again I get my hair dyed and all that jazz. lol. I do it in Bangkok as well.

    Great article I thought for some perspective. Moving to Bangkok soon, so trying to learn as much about the cost of living as possible. Cheers VN.
    FYI~ Goto Amazon, purchase a copy of the book "Money Number One", by A.B. Thistlewaite. Read it (thoroughly), believe it, and live by it. Then your farang life will be a true "walk through the LOS park.

    Otherwise,.......... you'll be setting yourself-up, to be taught some very bitter, historically farang lessons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Sleep in the Wat
    5 baht liter of water per day
    Fast for a month you knpw you want to , flush out all that chinagal

    You'll feel like a new woman I always do
    Avoid flange, flangs and anyone who says dahlink

    There may be big ops for shrewdshunters and sturdy operators in scheme whitening, ask Dickie

    You'll feel rigt at home thousands of Chinese will be there to grate you at the aerodrome.

    If you need hair colouring anywhere downtown will turn you 50 Hades of gray

    There are a few plces not to cut corners
    used bfs condoms or elastic bands are seldom prudent.

    I always need a full Brazilian and a long white you may happy with a full Canadian and a long wait.

    The tip top cream of eligible bachelors are at On Nuts when not saucisse smuggin'

    Finally bring your own poutine, gasmask

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/env...llution-crisis

    I was comparing the pollution today in Shanghai to Bangkok's.. 122 AQI (which is low for Shanghai) and 27 for Bangkok. I think the pollution won't be much of a problem for me after what I've experienced in China.. but yes, I realize it is getting worse in Bangkok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuskegeeBen View Post
    FYI~ Goto Amazon, purchase a copy of the book "Money Number One", by A.B. Thistlewaite. Read it (thoroughly), believe it, and live by it. Then your farang life will be a true "walk through the LOS park. Otherwise,.......... you'll be setting yourself-up, to be taught some very bitter farang lessons.
    Duly noted, will take a look, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuskegeeBen View Post
    FYI~ Goto Amazon, purchase a copy of the book "Money Number One", by A.B. Thistlewaite. Read it (thoroughly), believe it, and live by it. Then your farang life will be a true "walk through the LOS park.

    Otherwise,.......... you'll be setting yourself-up, to be taught some very bitter, historically farang lessons.
    I've come to the odd conclusion that you must be the author of this obscure [and mostly mythological] edition, as you've noted the tome numerous instances already.
    Clever round about promotion, A.B.....

    Writings of such sort are usually based upon very limited exposure and experience [broader sense] and more on fancied cultural stereotype.
    Those with real connected tissue might always suspect such grandiose and false literary makings.

    As in: Full-o-shit.

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