Cost of living in Thailand

Summary of cost of living in Thailand

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 98,758 ฿
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 56,816 ฿
  • Cost of living in Thailand is cheaper than in 56% of countries in Asia (9 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Thailand is cheaper than in 66% of countries in the World (61 out of 92)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 111 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 217 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 46 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 52 ฿
12 eggs, large 87 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 48 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 323 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 92 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 43 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 59 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 693 ฿
2 liters of coca-cola 41 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 44 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 57,282 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 28,062 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,057 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 21,873 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 11,347 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,293 ฿
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 532 ฿
40” flat screen tv 10,018 ฿
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,143 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 122 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 179 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,044 ฿
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,117 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,939 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,696 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 903,605 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 34 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 1,331 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 45 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 204 ฿
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 813 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 150 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 89 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 113 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 85 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 67 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 249 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 697 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 393 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,279 ฿
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,142 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 292 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 84 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 92 ฿
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 20,363 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.71 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,703 ฿
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 135 ฿

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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.

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  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Hua Hin costs 100 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Hua Hin costs 120 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Hua Hin costs 200 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Hua Hin costs 150 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Hua Hin costs 70 ฿ (4 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Bangkok costs 24,000 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Bangkok costs 4,000 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Bangkok costs 40 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Bangkok costs 4,000 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bangkok costs 400 ฿ (7 days ago)

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