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The Cost Of Living In Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard

Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (For A Couple)

ExpenseMonthly CostsNotes
MortgageNot included here as too variable.
HOA Fees฿38 per square meterNot included in monthly total. In condo buildings, average maintenance fees ฿38 to ฿42 per square meter. Housing estates can be charged this way or as flat fees. No real average is available.
Property Taxes฿50Property taxes are extremely low.
Transportation฿4,000Using Bolt and Grab (ride-hailing apps), public transport, and taxis. Motorbikes can be rented for ฿6,000 per month.
GasVirtually all buildings use electric appliances for cooking. Very few homes use gas.
Electricity฿2,500
WaterIncluded with electricity.
Cell Phone฿1,400For mobile phone packages with fast internet.
Internet฿700For high-speed fiber optic internet connection.
Household Help฿2,000Monthly fee for once-a-week cleaning.
Entertainment฿5,300Monthly cost for eating out twice a week: ฿2,960 (฿120 to ฿250 per meal).
Monthly cost for drinks twice a week: ฿1,640 (฿70 to ฿100 for a beer; ฿120 for a cocktail).
Movie theater trip twice a month: ฿700 (฿100 to ฿250 per ticket).
Groceries฿15,000Basic items for a couple.
Gym Membership฿1,200
Medical Appointment฿1,000The average rate for an outpatient appointment, like a screening or check-up, is ฿800 to ฿1,200. International hospitals are more expensive than local hospitals. Most expats have insurance that covers inpatient care and pay outpatient out of pocket. If you have a work permit, national health insurance cost would be ฿30.
TOTAL฿33,150

Apartment Or House Rental Budget (For A Couple)

ExpenseMonthly CostsNotes
Rent฿18,000For an 80-square-meter, two-bed condo in Jomtien.
Transportation฿4,000Using Bolt and Grab (ride-hailing apps), public transport, and taxis. Motorbikes can be rented for ฿6,000 per month.
GasVirtually all buildings use electric appliances for cooking. Very few homes use gas.
Electricity฿2,500Including air conditioning.
WaterIncluded with electricity.
Cell Phone฿1,400For mobile phone packages with fast internet.
Internet฿700For high-speed fiber optic internet connection.
Household Help฿2,000Monthly fee for once-a-week cleaning.
Entertainment฿5,300Monthly cost for eating out twice a week: ฿2,960 (฿120 to ฿250 per meal).
Monthly cost for drinks twice a week: ฿1,640 (฿70 to ฿100 for a beer; ฿120 for a cocktail).
Movie theater trip twice a month: ฿700 (฿100 to ฿250 per ticket).
Groceries฿15,000Basic items for a couple.
Gym Membership฿1,200
Medical Appointment฿1,000The average rate for an outpatient appointment, like a screening or check-up, is ฿800 to ฿1,200. International hospitals are more expensive than local hospitals. Most expats have insurance that covers inpatient care and pay outpatient out of pocket. If you have a work permit, national health insurance cost would be ฿30.
TOTAL฿51,100

Penny-Pincher’s Budget (Bare Minimum Costs, For A Couple)

ExpenseMonthly CostsNotes
Rent฿12,000For a 50-square-meter studio on Pratumnak Hill.
Transportation฿1,000Using motorbike taxis and baht buses, plus riding a bicycle.
GasVirtually all buildings use electric appliances for cooking. Very few homes use gas.
Electricity฿1,500Using one air conditioning unit.
WaterIncluded with electricity.
Cell Phone฿700For a good mobile phone plan with fast internet.
Internet฿700For fast internet connection.
Entertainment฿4,000Monthly cost for eating out twice a week: ฿960 (฿120 per meal).
Groceries฿12,000All local-brand items only, shopping markets and local vendors along with grocery stores.
TOTAL฿31,900

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