Cost of living in Thailand

Summary of cost of living in Thailand

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 87,141 ฿
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 44,375 ฿
  • Cost of living in Thailand is cheaper than in 50% of countries in Asia (6 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Thailand is cheaper than in 56% of countries in the World (48 out of 85)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 194 ฿
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 180 ฿
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 68 ฿
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 52 ฿
12 eggs, large 73 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 39 ฿
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 307 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 86 ฿
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 43 ฿
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 54 ฿
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 761 ฿
2 liters of coca-cola 36 ฿
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 32 ฿
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 40,299 ฿
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 19,671 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,260 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 23,207 ฿
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 11,430 ฿
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,227 ฿
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 530 ฿
40” flat screen tv 9,743 ฿
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,006 ฿
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 187 ฿
Hourly rate for cleaning help 153 ฿
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,334 ฿
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,087 ฿
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,826 ฿
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,105 ฿
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,118,010 ฿
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 29 ฿
Monthly ticket public transport 1,192 ฿
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 156 ฿
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 305 ฿
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 930 ฿
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 197 ฿
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 96 ฿
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 115 ฿
4 rolls of toilet paper 49 ฿
Tube of toothpaste 58 ฿
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 231 ฿
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 624 ฿
2 tickets to the movies 406 ฿
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,678 ฿
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,424 ฿
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 305 ฿
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 114 ฿
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 102 ฿
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 14,474 ฿
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.98 ฿
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,986 ฿
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 120 ฿

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 112
2nd Chaiyaphum 102
3rd Klaeng 71

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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Prices recently added

  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Pattaya costs 200 ฿ (about 4 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Bangkok costs 500 ฿ (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Chiang Mai costs 10,000 ฿ (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Chiang Mai costs 23 ฿ (5 days ago)