Cost of living in Thailand in 2017

Cost of living in Thailand in 2017

The cost of living is one of the main reasons why people move to Thailand. While housing is very affordable, the food can be quite expensive, especially if you are attached to imported foods such as cheese, wine, olives … brand name clothing and cosmetics can be quite expensive too.
But overall, Thailand still ranks as one of the cheapest places to live in South Asia. This article will focus on the cost of living in the capital, Bangkok. Note that if you plan to live in other cities such as Chiang Mai or Khon Kaen, the cost of housing is quite lower than Bangkok. However, food products from supermarkets and entertainment are likely to be slightly more expensive than the capital.

Food :
semi-skimmed milk (1L) 44 ฿
12 eggs – 89 ฿
Cheddar (Mclelland – import from England) – ฿ 275
Chicken Breast 200g – ฿ 59
Loaf of brown bread – 60 Baht ฿
Penne Pasta (500g) – 55 ฿
olive oil (500ml) – ฿ 199
Liter of Pepsi Cola – ฿ 20
Oreos (standard pack) – ฿ 30
Heineken (50 Cl) – ฿ 59
Prices are from Big C supermarkets & Topps

Accommodation:
The following rentals prices are an averages for Bangkok (with reasonable walking distance of condos MRT / BTS.)
Modern 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Condo, 65 Sq m (central Bangkok.) – ฿ 40 to 45.000
Modern 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom 65 Sq m (outside the center.) – ฿ 17 to 20.000
Modern 1 bedroom, 50 Sq m (central Bangkok.) – ฿ 30 to 35.000
Modern 1 bedroom, 40 Sq m (outside the center.) – ฿ 12 to 20.000
Modern Studio 30 Sq m (outside the center.) – ฿ 8,000-9,000
Modern Studio 30 Sq m (central Bangkok. – ฿ 13 to 16.000
Internet – 16 MB (True) – ฿ 799 / month
For more information, please visit the website DDproperty.com

Clothing:
1 pair Levi 501 jeans- ฿ 3790
1 dress was in Topshop – ฿ 3550
1 pair of Nike Air Max ฿ 2,000 / 5,700
1 custom suit – from 3.000 to 8.000 ฿

Transport:
1 liter of super gasoline – ฿ 41
travel in public taxi (8 Km) ฿ 180
monthly train tickets: BTS – ฿ 1100 – MRT – ฿ 1,499

Personal care:
Deodorant, Nivea roll-on, (50ml): ฿ 92
1 box of 16 tampons (Laurie Slim): ฿ 75
Gillette Mach 3 Sensitive (4 blades) 459 ฿
hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz): ฿ 89
tube of toothpaste (Colgate): ฿ 55

Entertainment:
Lunch for 2 (Black Canyon Coffee): 2 cafés, 2 main meals – ฿ 400 Baht
2 adult tickets to the cinema – ฿ 450 / ฿ 550
1 cocktail Downtown Club – ฿ 250
Great cappuccino at Starbucks – ฿ 120
1 beer in a neighborhood bar (500ml or 1pt.) ฿ 100 Baht
1 month prepaid mobile tariff with 3GB (DTAC) – ฿ 399 + vat
1 pack of cigarettes Marlboro – ฿ 90

So how much do you need to live in Thailand a month?

To a standard of living that can be considered as a means, you should expect that kind of monthly expenditure:
– Single male / woman in Bangkok – ฿ 50,000
– Couple in Bangkok – ฿ 75,000
– Couple with baby under 2 years old in Bangkok – ฿ 80,000

This includes rent, food, access to Internet and get out once / twice a week. If you plan to live outside the capital, you might be able to decrease that bill up to 30%. If you plan to live in Koh Samui or Phuket, then you can expect to decrease the Bangkok price of 10-15% depending on your spending habits. However even if you pay your rent cheaper on the islands, eating can be a bit more expensive and you tend to spend more to get out.
A final note on the cost of living in Bangkok.
If you read this post by saying, “I thought that Thailand was cheaper,” do not let those numbers discourage you.
If you do not mind living in a studio apartment of 25 sqm, located a little further from the city, if you agree to make efforts on the left and the usual expenses; you can live with ฿ 20,000 per month. There are a lot of Europeans living in Thailand on such wages.
It’s easier to Thailand to find a balance between reasonable expenses and a fairly high standard of living not to regret his natal country. Thailand has the advantage of being able to adapt to all budgets with infrastructure for the population as developed countries.