Cost of living in Thailand

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 171 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 181 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 57 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 58 ฿
12 eggs, large 73 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 42 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 373 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 90 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 42 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 57 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 693 ฿
2 liters of Coca-Cola 37 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 36 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 36,938 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 19,319 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,139 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 22,499 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 10,890 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,671 ฿
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 625 ฿
40” flat screen TV 12,724 ฿
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,110 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 129 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 91 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,232 ฿
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,224 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,166 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,979 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 936,310 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 28 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 1,061 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 84 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 145 ฿
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 506 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 158 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 121 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 144 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 50 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 61 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 236 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 591 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 358 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 907 ฿
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,240 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 222 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 97 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 103 ฿
iPod nano 16GB 5,583 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.64 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,018 ฿
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 109
2nd Chaiyaphum 102
3rd Phuket 101
4th Pattaya 90
5th Chiang Mai 82
6th Klaeng 71

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

  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Pattaya costs 100 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Pattaya costs 75 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Pattaya costs 80 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Pattaya costs 140 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Pattaya costs 140 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Pattaya costs 500 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Pattaya costs 10 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Pattaya costs 26 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Pattaya costs 1,200 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Pattaya costs 550 ฿ (about 15 hours ago)