Cost of living in Thailand

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 181 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 166 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 60 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 47 ฿
12 eggs, large 68 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 42 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 549 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 74 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 36 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 51 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 628 ฿
2 liters of Coca-Cola 30 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 35 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 38,471 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,313 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,045 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 20,081 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 11,392 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,149 ฿
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 463 ฿
40” flat screen TV 10,786 ฿
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,391 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 133 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 158 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,871 ฿
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 952 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,502 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,963 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 854,626 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 29 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 854 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 55 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 124 ฿
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 782 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 85 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 86 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 79 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 44 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 50 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 236 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 565 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 358 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,556 ฿
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,170 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 188 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 89 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 95 ฿
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 14,550 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.49 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,510 ฿
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 87 ฿

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:
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 104
2nd Chaiyaphum 99
3rd Pattaya 92
4th Bangkok 89
5th Chiang Mai 84
6th Klaeng 69

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?

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Prices recently added

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Pattaya costs 100,000 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Pattaya costs 100 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Pattaya costs 250 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Pattaya costs 1,600 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Pattaya costs 900 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Pattaya costs 120 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Pattaya costs 70 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Pattaya costs 150 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Pattaya costs 600 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Pattaya costs 26 ฿ (3 days ago)