Not only street food, attraction and nature that cause attention to tourist, but also cost of living. In Thailand, you can live here comfortably for a month with the same amount you can stay for a week in Singapore. This fact makes Thailand a popular place to visit. If you’ve been craving for traveling while you want to save money or you want somewhere to put down some temporary roots, Thailand might be the place for you.
In this article, I am going to show you the basic cost of living in Thailand.
How much does it cost to live in Thailand?
It is certain that the cost of living depends on location and individual lifestyle, however, I am sure that Thailand is one of the options that will help you save more. You can live on less than 20,000 baht per month if you want. However, normally it costs an average of around 20,000 – 30,000 baht.
In the centre of Bangkok is slightly more expensive as the capital of Thailand offers shopping malls and exclusive restaurants. If you move to the outside of the centre, you can save more.
The cost of living in the south of Thailand can be very expensive if you live on the island as the food seems to be the most expensive on the island.
So, I am going to talk about the breakdown of the cost of living in Thailand that should help you get a better idea of what to expect.
Accommodation – Cost of Living in Thailand
The cost of accommodation depends on the location and type of accommodation. According to hotels.com, the average of daily accommodation of popular tourist attractions in Thailand is at 1,751 – 3,940 baht (depends on location).
The cheaper price can be found in the suburb while the centre of the cities can be very expensive. The most expensive is probably in Bangkok.
You may rent a flat in a condominium, there is a variety of types for you to choose. But the cheapest are studios with the average of 5,000 – 20,000 baht per month while other types may cost more.
Thailand offers various of transportations but I think BTS or underground MRT station might be the best option in Bangkok since it can save both money and time.
Motorcycle taxi starts at 10 baht, while taxi starts at 35 baht and thereafter 2 baht for the first 2 km then 2 baht per km after that. So, motorcycle taxi might be a better option for the traffic here.
Songthaew is a small pick-up truck that comprised of 2 rows of seats at the back end of the vehicle. This costs 10 baht to get from one side of a town to the other. Like Songthaew, there is also a bus. You will find a variety of buses in Thailand but the cheapest option will cost 8 baht and will not cost too much more than that.
As with everything, the cost depends on your lifestyle. Your food budget can be very low if you have most of your meals at local vendors. On the other hand, it can be expensive if you have western food, fine dining and international cuisines. But you might be here for local food, right? I am sure you’ll be surprised with Thai food prices.
The cost of Thai dishes can be as low as 30 baht. For the range of simple food, prices start from 30 – 50 baht.
There are various street foods at a very cheap price in Thailand. You’ll be very enjoyable if you are a food lover. You might want to try some grilled meat or barbecue at 10 baht per skewer. Fruits are very cheap too. A small bag of fruit costs 20 – 30 baht.
Alcohol and drinks
You may have a local brand to spend less on because an imported brand is kind of expensive. The cheapest is a local beer that costs around 40 baht.
For a coffee drinker, you might be happy because you can find a very cheap cup of coffee. It will cost you 20 baht from the street vendor while coffee in the convenience store usually costs around 50 – 200 baht
Smoothies are also very popular in Thailand, it costs 20 – 50 baht from street vendors. And like the other, it’ll costs more in the cafe.
Finally, these are just some basic costs of living in Thailand and it certainly depends on individual lifestyle. This part of Thailand together with other amazing things in Thailand will make you delighted when it’s time to visit here in Thailand.