Cost of living in Thailand

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 204 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 194 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 65 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 51 ฿
12 eggs, large 67 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 49 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 377 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 75 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 45 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 56 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 698 ฿
2 liters of Coca-Cola 34 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 49 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 41,626 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,953 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,893 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 19,791 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 10,879 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,779 ฿
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 488 ฿
40” flat screen TV 12,455 ฿
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,377 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 164 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 231 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,219 ฿
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,682 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,245 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,169 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,708,990 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 29 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 1,284 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 64 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 152 ฿
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 823 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 134 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 85 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 102 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 50 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 58 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 259 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 701 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 385 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,031 ฿
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,463 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 214 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 106 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 102 ฿
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 16,936 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.38 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,136 ฿
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 112 ฿

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 Bangkok 120
2nd Phuket 97
3rd Chaiyaphum 96
4th Pattaya 87
5th Chiang Mai 87
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.

Are you moving to Thailand? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Thailand of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Chiang Mai costs 2,000 ฿ (about 17 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bangkok costs 1,000 ฿ (about 20 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Phuket costs 20,000 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Phuket costs 2,400 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Phuket costs 28 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Phuket costs 609,000 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Phuket costs 1,200 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Phuket costs 2,000 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Phuket costs 12,000 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Phuket costs 300 ฿ (4 days ago)