Cost of living in Thailand

Summary of cost of living in Thailand

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 78,113 ฿
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 38,661 ฿
  • Cost of living in Thailand is cheaper than in 50% of countries in Asia (7 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Thailand is cheaper than in 68% of countries in the World (55 out of 81)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 177 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 212 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 51 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 47 ฿
12 eggs, large 70 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 35 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 389 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 88 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 43 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 50 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 721 ฿
2 liters of coca-cola 42 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 41 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 34,610 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 16,720 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,234 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 17,490 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 10,045 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,079 ฿
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 513 ฿
40” flat screen tv 10,212 ฿
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,782 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 167 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 189 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,437 ฿
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,225 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,270 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,034 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 870,859 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 25 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 1,060 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 59 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 225 ฿
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 977 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 145 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 80 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 128 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 51 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 41 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 251 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 644 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 345 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,336 ฿
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,382 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 259 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 113 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 94 ฿
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 13,563 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.00 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,729 ฿
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 118 ฿

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:
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 105
2nd Chaiyaphum 96
3rd Klaeng 66

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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