Cost of living in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Summary of cost of living in Chiang Mai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,138 (76,838 ฿)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $959 (34,479 ฿)
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.

List of prices in Chiang Mai
Current as of Mar 2024.

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Food Update prices
THB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 176 ฿ ($4.91)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 261 ฿ ($7)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 43 ฿ ($1.19)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 52 ฿ ($1.46)
12 eggs, large 68 ฿ ($1.89)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 40 ฿ ($1.10)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 314 ฿ ($9)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 104 ฿ ($2.90)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 54 ฿ ($1.49)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 56 ฿ ($1.56)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 681 ฿ ($19)
2 liters of coca-cola 45 ฿ ($1.25)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 47 ฿ ($1.32)
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Housing Update prices
THB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 24,757 ฿ ($689)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 17,082 ฿ ($475)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,799 ฿ ($50)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 12,689 ฿ ($353)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,308 ฿ ($203)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 921 ฿ ($26)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 412 ฿ ($11)
40” flat screen tv 12,202 ฿ ($340)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,542 ฿ ($43)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 153 ฿ ($4.27)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 180 ฿ ($5.00)
Clothes Update prices
THB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,932 ฿ ($54)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,108 ฿ ($31)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,751 ฿ ($77)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,323 ฿ ($65)
Transportation Update prices
THB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,119,010 ฿ ($31,136)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 35 ฿ ($0.99)
Monthly ticket public transport 1,057 ฿ ($29)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 513 ฿ ($14)
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Personal Care Update prices
THB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 38 ฿ ($1.05)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 147 ฿ ($4.09)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 633 ฿ ($18)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 110 ฿ ($3.07)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 78 ฿ ($2.16)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 103 ฿ ($2.86)
4 rolls of toilet paper 42 ฿ ($1.16)
Tube of toothpaste 69 ฿ ($1.91)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 195 ฿ ($5.43)
Entertainment Update prices
THB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 565 ฿ ($16)
2 tickets to the movies 361 ฿ ($10)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 825 ฿ ($23)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,298 ฿ ($36)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 148 ฿ ($4.12)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 78 ฿ ($2.17)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 75 ฿ ($2.09)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 17,989 ฿ ($501)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.15 ฿ ($0.03)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,257 ฿ ($35)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 124 ฿ ($3.45)
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 65 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: March 01, 2024

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