Cost of living in Thailand

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 178 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 184 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 61 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 59 ฿
12 eggs, large 76 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 44 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 364 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 110 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 45 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 58 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 771 ฿
2 liters of Coca-Cola 38 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 37 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 38,696 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 21,529 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,295 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 24,739 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 11,571 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,693 ฿
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 625 ฿
40” flat screen TV 12,157 ฿
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,293 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 148 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 121 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,230 ฿
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,170 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,104 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,761 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 991,218 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 28 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 1,130 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 62 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 155 ฿
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 715 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 128 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 103 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 146 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 45 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 86 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 280 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 699 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 360 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,538 ฿
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,410 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 256 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 104 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 99 ฿
iPod nano 16GB 5,583 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.62 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,226 ฿
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 122 ฿

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 98
3rd Phuket 93
4th Pattaya 81
5th Chiang Mai 75
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

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Bangkok costs 500 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Bangkok costs 350 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • Ipod nano 16gb in Chiang Mai costs 1,000 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bangkok costs 30 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Bangkok costs 399 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bangkok costs 40 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Bangkok costs 35 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Bangkok costs 35 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Bangkok costs 1,500 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Bangkok costs 3,500 ฿ (3 days ago)