Cost of Living in Thailand

Trip Start Jan 08, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

"That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest." Henry David Thoreau

The following is a guide to the costs of various things in Thailand.

I will add more to the list as I see prices.

It is just a guide. There are lots of different prices depending on where you are in Thailand and also lots of different items. In Thailand there is a huge variety of food, there are many different kinds of rice for example with different prices.

(29 - 30 Thai Baht is about Australian $1 and
39 - 40 Thai Baht is about US$1)

LIST OF PRICES IN LOCAL THAI SHOPS (the housing prices refer to outer suburban Bangkok)

Smiles - free

Mangoes - 35 Baht per kilo

Petrol - 26 Baht per litre

Watermelon - 25 Baht

Haircut - 50 Baht

Rent (1 room apartment) - 2000 Baht per month

Rent (3 bedroom house) - 5000 Baht per month

5 litre of drinking water - 3 Baht

Rice - 340 Baht per 15kg

New 4 wheel drive, 4 door Toyota Hilux - 700 000 Baht

New 125 ltr motorcycle - 60 000 Baht

10 Chicken eggs - 26 Baht

Loaf of bread - 27 Baht

Our monthly electricity bill - about 250 Baht

600ml of coke put in a plastic bag with ice and straw - 13 Baht

A 3 bedroom town house in outer Bangkok - 1 to 1.5 million Baht

Use of Gym in Suan Serithai - free

Afternoon aerobics almost anywhere in Thailand - free

1 hour facial - 300 Baht

1 kg of Tiger Prawns - 200 Baht

1 kg of Prawns - 150 Baht

Wedding dress - 5500 Baht

More smiles - free

7 kg clothes washing machine - 2700 Baht

Dental check up and clean (for me)- 400 Baht

Clean and fluoride treatment (for Vava)- 500 Baht

2 Fillings (for Vava) - 600 Baht or 300 Baht each

I went to the place where I brought my motorbike today as it wasn't feeling very well. They serviced the bike, changed the oil and oil filter, cleaned up the spark plug and checked a few other things, all as soon as I arrived (with no booking) - cost 241 Baht.

Elephant - 300 000 Baht

Cow - 10 000 Baht

School books for 1 year for Alif at private school - 3431 Baht

School fees for Alif at private school (for 1 term out of 2 term year) -8500 Baht

School books for 1 year for Vava at Government school - 180 Baht

Insurance for Vava for 1 year at government school - 150 Baht.

School is "free" in Thailand, although after books, uniforms and insurance and some excursions it probably costs 1000 baht per year - which is perhaps equivilant to 2 hours work in Australia. Kids are fed lunch at school free. If anyone wants to spend 2 hours of their money to send a Thai kid to school for a year please let me know. Although it is very cheap, some families cannot afford this and they would appreciate your help. I can send your money to people who can ensure it is used to educate Thai kids (or Burmese refugee kids)

Hmmm, sending Alif to a private school - I could send about 15 other kids to school for that. It is clearly wrong, but it is the best thing for Alif at the moment as he gets much more attention. We'll do it for a year and think again.

1 hour Thai massage in Chiang Mai - 150 Baht

Going to the movies in Bangkok - 80 to 120 Baht

Hiring movies in Bangkok - 2 for 60 Baht and get one free. Is that 20 or 30 Baht each?

Tailor made pants for my wedding - 880 Baht

Two plumbers to come and fix / install a new tap (about 2 hours of work) - 200 Baht

A 6 socket power board with safety fuse - 119 Baht

Officially adopting my kids, Alif and Vava via the Thai adoption government body thing - free;

but as I am an Australian I would also have to do the same through the Australian government first which would cost in excess of 350 000 Baht (more than 3 years of Kanchana's wages) and would be unlikely to succeed as I live no where, have no job and no money.
In Thailand, there is a GST and people pay up to 5% in income tax. For that they get a range of services from the government. Not all the government services are perfect but often they are pretty good.
In Australia there is a GST and people pay up to 49% of their wage to the government in tax. In exchange for this, you may apply to pay more to the government to get some service from the government but don't hold your breath. No wonder I don't live there.

A 2 hour, professional Thai massage at the flash sporty complex near the Mall Bangkapi - 300 Baht.

Kanchana crashed the car into a fruit vendor the other day. The fruit vendor was on his bike / stall riding up the wrong side of the road and he was at fault. We could have contacted the insurance company and made him pay but; a) Kanchana was on her way to do a presentation that she'd spent many late nights preparing for, and b)the man was a poor fruit salesman, he obviously didn't have much money and he just lost all his fruit and his shop was now broken. So we agreed to give him 2000 Baht to fix his bike / cart. He was happy with that. Since then we have searched for a place to get our car fixed. It needs a new bumper, grate, and bonnent. Eventually, after some much higher quotes, Kanchana found a place that'd do it for 6500 Baht. We dropped it off on Saturday afternoon and should be able to pick it up on Monday. Hmmm, it is a good price, but I am starting to run out of money.

AU$1 is now consistently around 28 Baht.

On my current plan, an SMS within Thailand is 2 Baht and international is 5 Baht.  A 10 min overseas call cost 185 Baht.  The plan costs me 299 Baht per month and gives free calls in Thailand between 7am and 5pm.  My last monthly bill was 1473.40 Baht (which seems quite high).

Lately nurses have been checking blood pressure for free in the park near my house early each Sunday morning.

Kanchana brought new prescription glasses (frames and lenses that go darker in the sunlight) for 1400 Baht
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