“RETIRE IN THAILAND.” Accessed July 29, 2020. A bottle of local beer (620 ml) in Thailand costs 49 baht, but then you may pay three times that amount for German and other imported beers. If you’re doing visa applications and visa runs, your costs are higher and your ability to stay long-term is also more precarious (Thailand is cracking down on the number of back-to-back visas it will issue). As mentioned in the article prices plummet outside of Bangkok. Although the small beach communities are walkable, it’s often a bit further to get groceries, and you won’t likely live in the downtown areas since the beach communities have gorgeous, quiet communities spread throughout the islands. “Pattaya.” Accessed July 28, 2020. The Info Was Useful And The Hint About Visiting The Thai Embassy Was Good Re.visas. My rent and electricity are bundled together and on average is 20-21,000/ month depending on the time of year. If you normally eat regularly priced meals at mid-priced places, your food expenses should cost no more than 10,000 baht a month. Tourism Authority of Thailand. When all else fails, you’ll just grab a taxi and head across town. I don’t love that they included the cost of running their blog in the expenses as it’s certainly not a universal expense (and my expenses running this blog are half of theirs, so it’s not even accurate to all bloggers), but it’s interesting to note that only $456 of that figure is their rent. Feel free to reach out and suggest a new topic. We go to several local markets during the week and average around 20-300 baht a day for food, fruit, milk, prepared food and such. Though I prefer the cool, dry season, it can be a wonderful place to live year-round. Thailand offers great hospitals and an affordable life. Here’s a little trivia for you: All over the world, 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed by people every day. It costs 499 baht a month for access to various English channels including HBO, FOX Sports, and CNN. For banks, I would head to the expat forums for Thailand: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/ and ask around, they are wonderful sources of information for anyone considering the move. Bangkok transport costs can, for this reason, vary a lot depending on how often you go out and need to use the various forms of transport. “Cost of Living in Chiang Rai.” Accessed July 28, 2020. Thailand has some really wonderful areas! I paid more than the $650 if you average in things I pay for annually, like the US$600 per year expense for my annual travel insurance. For example, you can take the train from Bangkok to Ayuthaya for only 20 baht. With this budget, you can rent a place, eat local food and some special meals at a restaurant, and travel on a budget. It also means that once his condo is paid off, his accommodation cost will significantly decrease. These three factors alone contribute to the massive number of retirees who have known about Thailand for years—it’s no secret to them that your money goes far here. Best of luck :), Sorry if you get two responses from me, I responded to the wrong one at first! Fancier fare like a hotel seafood buffet costs around 1,500 baht per meal. A typical commuting scenario involves taking a motorcycle taxi from your condo to a BTS station, and then taking a BTS to your workplace. Retired expats report minimum monthly expenses above USD $1000 when accounting for different modes of transportation, healthcare costs, food, etc. someone coming in once a week to clean and cook? =) I think there are not more than 20 of them, but it really is, in our opinion, the best hotels and hostels in Chiang Mai. Still I can live in Thailand for about the same cost compared to living in US. In Thailand, I don’t live in fear of getting sick and being buried under more medical debt. Hi Isabel! If I was still working full time that would be different. Living in Thailand comes down to two things: your baseline costs (fixed monthly expenses), and your personal lifestyle, which you add onto the top of those costs. Hello Shannon, Thank you for this great blog info on living in Thailand. There are definitely teaching jobs in Chiang Mai, I have several friends who work as teachers, but it is competitive and you should give yourself time and perhaps time your move to when schools hire new teachers (after breaks maybe, not sure when that is). Most expats in the Thai islands use personal motorbikes. On the other hand, a blogger, Mark Wiens, only spends 6,700 baht a month on his “barebones” living in Bangkok. If you are on a tight budget then you need to consider if and how often you will return to your home country. She was born in Thailand so naturally is a Thai citizen. In this guide, we list all the fundamental costs — from basic necessities like rent, food, and transportation to miscellaneous costs as an expat in Thailand. And if you’re in Chiang Mai, there is a really delicious (one of my favorite in the world) salad restaurants, Salad Concept, on Nimman and their huge fresh salads are only 50b! Many of my friend live similar lifestyles in the region. You can also shell out 7,000 baht a month to get trained by a professional at a Muay Thai gym. Numbeo. Still researching the right spot to live? I would try some of the expat forums (Thai Visa Forum is a good one https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/ ) as someone local might be able to help you! Thank you for the article. Taxis aren’t your only transportation option in Thailand.