Cost of living in Thailand

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 183 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 185 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 60 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 59 ฿
12 eggs, large 75 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 48 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 333 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 109 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 46 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 59 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 776 ฿
2 liters of Coca-Cola 36 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 42 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 39,718 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,901 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,325 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 23,402 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 11,229 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,649 ฿
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 596 ฿
40” flat screen TV 12,831 ฿
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,182 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 160 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 138 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,436 ฿
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,415 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,243 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,568 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 990,312 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 27 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 1,172 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 57 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 118 ฿
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 671 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 106 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 99 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 146 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 40 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 74 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 268 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 742 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 362 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,569 ฿
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,512 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 253 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 102 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 95 ฿
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 15,078 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.58 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,167 ฿
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 120 ฿

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 108
2nd Chaiyaphum 93
3rd Phuket 90
4th Pattaya 81
5th Chiang Mai 72
6th Klaeng 68

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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bangkok costs 50,825 ฿ (about 21 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Pattaya costs 120 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Pattaya costs 200 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Pattaya costs 1,500 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Pattaya costs 500 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Pattaya costs 600 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Pattaya costs 200 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Pattaya costs 200 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Pattaya costs 20 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Pattaya costs 1,700 ฿ (2 days ago)