Cost of living in Thailand

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 196 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 166 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 55 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 45 ฿
12 eggs, large 68 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 39 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 515 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 54 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 36 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 49 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 523 ฿
2 liters of Coca-Cola 28 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 31 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 39,019 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,305 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,191 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 18,579 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 11,256 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,383 ฿
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 407 ฿
40” flat screen TV 9,953 ฿
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,719 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 126 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 201 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,775 ฿
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 944 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,351 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,704 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 972,872 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 28 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 914 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 63 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 127 ฿
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 673 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 83 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 80 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 74 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 39 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 43 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 217 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 510 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 379 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,345 ฿
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 952 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 157 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 84 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 83 ฿
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,126 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 4.45 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,170 ฿
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 81 ฿

Map of Cost of Living in Thailand

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This map shows only the top cities in Thailand. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Thailand

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Phuket 100
2nd Chaiyaphum 95
3rd Pattaya 88
4th Bangkok 87
5th Chiang Mai 78
6th Klaeng 67

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bangkok costs 145 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bangkok costs 220 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Bangkok costs 250 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Bangkok costs 18,000 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Bangkok costs 900 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Bangkok costs 65 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Bangkok costs 105 ฿ (5 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Bangkok costs 245 ฿ (5 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Bangkok costs 1,500 ฿ (5 days ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 1 liter in Bangkok costs 270 ฿ (5 days ago)