Cost of living in Thailand

Summary of cost of living in Thailand

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,950 (99,372 ฿)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,593 (53,665 ฿)
  • Cost of living in Thailand is cheaper than in 55% of countries in Asia (6 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Thailand is cheaper than in 58% of countries in the World (39 out of 67)
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Food
THB USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 105 ฿ ($3.11)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 211 ฿ ($6)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 42 ฿ ($1.25)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 51 ฿ ($1.50)
12 eggs, large 76 ฿ ($2.26)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 43 ฿ ($1.29)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 336 ฿ ($10)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 91 ฿ ($2.70)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 41 ฿ ($1.21)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 59 ฿ ($1.74)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 628 ฿ ($19)
2 liters of coca-cola 44 ฿ ($1.30)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 43 ฿ ($1.28)
Housing
THB USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 53,715 ฿ ($1,595)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 23,789 ฿ ($706)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,832 ฿ ($54)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 17,921 ฿ ($532)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 9,852 ฿ ($292)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 889 ฿ ($26)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 541 ฿ ($16)
40” flat screen tv 10,524 ฿ ($312)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,685 ฿ ($50)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 141 ฿ ($4.19)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 215 ฿ ($6)
Clothes
THB USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,028 ฿ ($60)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,129 ฿ ($34)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,867 ฿ ($85)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,717 ฿ ($81)
Transportation
THB USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,596,240 ฿ ($47,386)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 29 ฿ ($0.85)
Monthly ticket public transport 1,306 ฿ ($39)
Personal Care
THB USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 33 ฿ ($0.98)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 177 ฿ ($5.26)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 1,084 ฿ ($32)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 75 ฿ ($2.22)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 76 ฿ ($2.27)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 106 ฿ ($3.14)
4 rolls of toilet paper 61 ฿ ($1.82)
Tube of toothpaste 57 ฿ ($1.69)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 224 ฿ ($7)
Entertainment
THB USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 613 ฿ ($18)
2 tickets to the movies 406 ฿ ($12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,000 ฿ ($59)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 989 ฿ ($29)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 226 ฿ ($7)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 77 ฿ ($2.30)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 84 ฿ ($2.50)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 21,307 ฿ ($633)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.65 ฿ ($0.05)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,697 ฿ ($50)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 141 ฿ ($4.18)

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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.

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