Cost of living in Thailand

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 192 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 191 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 70 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 54 ฿
12 eggs, large 69 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 49 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 371 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 95 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 49 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 57 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 786 ฿
2 liters of Coca-Cola 36 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 45 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 40,227 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,464 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,136 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 20,877 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 10,541 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,640 ฿
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 547 ฿
40” flat screen TV 12,549 ฿
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,317 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 161 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 235 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,296 ฿
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,518 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,130 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 3,100 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,465,540 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 28 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 1,151 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 58 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 142 ฿
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 854 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 113 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 86 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 111 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 42 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 74 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 271 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 784 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 379 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,964 ฿
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,586 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 244 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 105 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 97 ฿
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 15,534 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 17 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,059 ฿
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 118 ฿

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 116
2nd Chaiyaphum 94
3rd Phuket 93
4th Pattaya 87
5th Chiang Mai 83
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?

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Recent Prices Added

  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Bangkok costs 160 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Bangkok costs 200 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Bangkok costs 300 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Bangkok costs 300 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Bangkok costs 50 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • 12 rolls of toilet paper in Bangkok costs 66 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Bangkok costs 80 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Bangkok costs 94 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bangkok costs 20 ฿ (7 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Bangkok costs 35 ฿ (7 days ago)