Cost of living in Thailand

Summary of cost of living in Thailand

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,786 (97,432 ฿)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,388 (48,554 ฿)
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Food
THB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 199 ฿ ($5.70)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 259 ฿ ($7)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 60 ฿ ($1.71)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 60 ฿ ($1.71)
12 eggs, large 86 ฿ ($2.47)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 54 ฿ ($1.53)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 384 ฿ ($11)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 93 ฿ ($2.65)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 76 ฿ ($2.18)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 59 ฿ ($1.70)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 745 ฿ ($21)
2 liters of coca-cola 45 ฿ ($1.30)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 39 ฿ ($1.11)
Housing
THB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 38,026 ฿ ($1,087)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 26,061 ฿ ($745)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,389 ฿ ($68)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 25,778 ฿ ($737)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 11,367 ฿ ($325)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,725 ฿ ($49)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 527 ฿ ($15)
40” flat screen tv 10,707 ฿ ($306)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,230 ฿ ($64)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 206 ฿ ($5.89)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 266 ฿ ($8)
Clothes
THB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,570 ฿ ($45)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 967 ฿ ($28)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,590 ฿ ($74)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,835 ฿ ($81)
Transportation
THB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 806,246 ฿ ($23,054)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 39 ฿ ($1.11)
Monthly ticket public transport 2,607 ฿ ($75)
Personal Care
THB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 64 ฿ ($1.83)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 158 ฿ ($4.51)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 801 ฿ ($23)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 175 ฿ ($4.99)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 93 ฿ ($2.65)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 140 ฿ ($4.00)
4 rolls of toilet paper 60 ฿ ($1.71)
Tube of toothpaste 63 ฿ ($1.80)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 219 ฿ ($6)
Entertainment
THB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 661 ฿ ($19)
2 tickets to the movies 379 ฿ ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,600 ฿ ($74)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,687 ฿ ($48)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 316 ฿ ($9)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 91 ฿ ($2.62)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 97 ฿ ($2.77)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 28,714 ฿ ($821)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.66 ฿ ($0.05)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,674 ฿ ($48)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 138 ฿ ($3.95)

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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:
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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.

Prices recently added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Bangkok costs 1,100 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • 1 ticket to the theater (best available seats) in Bangkok costs 500 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Bangkok costs 200 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Bangkok costs 500 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • 12 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Bangkok costs 60 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Bangkok costs 39 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Bangkok costs 1,100 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Bangkok costs 250 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Bangkok costs 1,500 ฿ (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Bangkok costs 10,000 ฿ (1 day ago)

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