Cost of living in Thailand

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 201 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 196 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 67 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 52 ฿
12 eggs, large 68 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 51 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 362 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 93 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 44 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 57 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 723 ฿
2 liters of Coca-Cola 35 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 48 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 41,304 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 22,482 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,132 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 20,692 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 10,352 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,678 ฿
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 531 ฿
40” flat screen TV 13,512 ฿
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,362 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 149 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 209 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,352 ฿
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 1,576 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,182 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,883 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,859,760 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 28 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 1,220 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 62 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 167 ฿
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 683 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 113 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 88 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 105 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 45 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 71 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 271 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 733 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 376 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,028 ฿
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,656 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 242 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 108 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 102 ฿
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 16,303 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.13 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 2,242 ฿
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 117 ฿

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 123
2nd Phuket 98
3rd Chaiyaphum 96
4th Chiang Mai 87
5th Pattaya 87
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.

Are you moving to Thailand? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Thailand of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bangkok costs 1,000 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bangkok costs 50,000 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Pattaya costs 10 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Bangkok costs 35 ฿ (5 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Bangkok costs 26 ฿ (5 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Pattaya costs 156 ฿ (5 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bangkok costs 25 ฿ (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bangkok costs 50,000 ฿ (8 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Udon Thani costs 400 ฿ (9 days ago)