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Cost of Living in ThailandCost of living in Thailand

If you are thinking of immigrating to Thailand, surely you would like to get an idea as to how it may affect your standard of living. The Thai Immigration Office estimates that a foreigner living in Thailand requires a monthly income of approximately 65,000 Thai Baht. Although I would not want to contradict this estimate, I would also add however, that I know of many foreigners living in Thailand on a variety of different amounts. A person's lifestyle as well as their living requirements represents a far more reliable measure of the amount a person needs to live in Thailand.

Since even Thailand is suffering from a noticeable price increase of even the most essential necessities, combined with the unfavorable exchange rates of western currencies, life in Thailand has become substantially more expensive for westerners these last few years.

  • Exchange rate JAN 2011: 40.27
  • Exchange rate APR 2015: 34.27

Cost of Living in Thailand

 

JAN 2011
Baht

APR 2015
Baht

Wohnkosten

 

 

Long term rental apartment (1 room) with air-conditioning
Water/monthly
Electric/monthly

4000
100
600

6000
200
800

Long term rental house with air-conditioning
Maintenance,
Water/monthly (with Garden)
Electric/monthly

12 000
500
300-450
1000-3000

15 000
500
300-450
1250-3750

Gas/kg

12

 

ADSL-Internet/monthly

590

590

Cabel-TV/year

5 000

5 000

Car-costs

 

 

Motor vehicle insurance/year - Honda Jazz

18 000

 

Motor vehicle tax/year - Honda Jazz

1 6840

1 680

Gasohol 91
Gasohol 95
E20
Diesel
NGV

32
35
31
30
8

27
28
25
25
13

Gas price ptt Bangkok

 

[mehr]

Health insurance and Visa

 

 

Example age 60 years old

51 600

68 340

Visagebühren - auf Monat umgerechnet

160

160

Food

 

 

5 kg Rice

95-230

100-230

Potatos/kg

45

35

500g Spaghetti

49

66

Papaya/kg

45

35

Apples/kg

86

97

Bananas/kg

30

26

Tomatoes/kg

40

18

Cauliflower/kg

35

82

Onions/kg

25

23

Cooking oil/l

47

55

Fish sauce/600ml

21

26

Sugar/kg

34

23

Flour/kg

49

42

Vienna sausages/100g

36

47

Meat-sausage/100g

34

43

Sliced cold cuts /100g

36

43

Presssack/100g

38

40

Sliced ham/100g

42

57

Black Forest ham/100g

64

89

Salami/100g

60

85

Chicken-wings/kg

130

159

Beef/kg

305

585

Pork/kg

180

190

Chops/kg

165

285

Gouda cheese/kg

470

470

Edam cheese/kg

520

455

Camenbert/250g

199

 

Butter/225g

76

86

Margarine/250g

85

96

Eggs/10 Pieces

50-60

50-60

Fresh milk/1l

43

45

Long life boxed milk/1l

39

44

Canned-milk 385g

19

21

Jam/340g

133

145

Nutella/375g

149

185

Honey/500g

246

175

Sour dough bread/320g

78

99

Instant coffee/200g

485

390

Coffee 125g

120

143

Teabags/100 Pieces

166

207

Chocolate/100g

74

84

Cola/1l

16

16

Fanta/1l

16

16

Orange juice/1l

81

87

Alcoholic beverages - Cigarettes

 

 

Beer/630ml

45

55

French wine /700ml

350

490

Cigarettes/20 Pieces

58

 

Household cleaner

 

 

Laundry detergent/1kg

43

54

Dish soap/1l

49

46

Body care

 

 

Soap/100g

11

13

Shampoo/1l

325

290

Toothpaste

48

60

Toilet paper/24 rolls

129

107

Farang restaurants

 

 

Soup, main-food, dessert

165-195

 

Thai food

80-155

 

Soda water

45

 

Cola

40

 

Orange juice

45

 

Beer

50-65

 

Thai restaurants

 

 

Thai food

45-80

 

Sodawasser

20

 

Cola, Sprite, Coffee

25

 

Beer

50-55

 

-APR 2015-

  • 500 Euros a month
    income would necessitate a very modest lifestyle and would certainly not include owning a car. Frequent visits to European restaurants or other evening entertainment would not be feasible. Nevertheless an interesting lifestyle is possible, but only if one is willing or able to live without many of the creature comforts associated with a western lifestyle.
     
  • 1000 euros a month
    allows for somewhat more financial freedom in what one can do.
     
  • Any amount above 1500 euros a month
    provides a relatively comfortable lifestyle.
     

Of course, anything above the amounts suggested is possible. For example, it is no problem to rent a house for 100 000 Baht per month. Luxury obviously knows no limits.
 

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Data is provided without guarantee!
All information represents my own personal opinion.

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