Cost of Living in Bangkok, Thailand

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 51.85
Rent Index: 23.72
Groceries Index: 56.75
Restaurants Index: 25.66
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 38.15
Local Purchasing Power: 62.42

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 50.00 ฿
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 ฿
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 150.00 ฿
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 70.00 ฿
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 110.00 ฿
Cappuccino (regular) 66.03 ฿
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 18.28 ฿
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 9.22 ฿
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 49.92 ฿
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 41.27 ฿
Rice (white), (1kg) 52.78 ฿
Eggs (12) 56.25 ฿
Local Cheese (1kg) 575.00 ฿
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 126.00 ฿
Apples (1kg) 98.99 ฿
Oranges (1kg) 72.44 ฿
Tomato (1kg) 51.44 ฿
Potato (1kg) 64.00 ฿
Lettuce (1 head) 40.00 ฿
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 15.67 ฿
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 600.00 ฿
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 54.44 ฿
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 83.33 ฿
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 92.00 ฿
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 25.00 ฿
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 ฿
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 35.00 ฿
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 7.06 ฿
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 110.00 ฿
Gasoline (1 liter) 36.89 ฿
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 775,000.00 ฿
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 3,677.89 ฿
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.71 ฿
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 659.71 ฿
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,866.67 ฿
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 358.33 ฿
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 180.00 ฿
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,677.78 ฿
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,555.00 ฿
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 3,200.00 ฿
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 2,750.00 ฿
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 16,884.28 ฿
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,750.00 ฿
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 51,678.57 ฿
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 25,846.15 ฿
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 114,500.00 ฿
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 68,750.00 ฿
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 25,745.50 ฿
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 6.12

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Last update: March, 2015

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31 Comments so far

#GLENN HAFFNER on Mar 30, 2015 :
for lynette smith---my advise is to do plenty of research on line. apartments are cheaper the further away you go from the bts sky train.-what is your age and job skills?--you can survive on 16000- 20000 thb a month, but this very survival money!
#Lynnette Smith on Mar 02, 2015 :
I want to move to Bangkok. But I am poor. Any advice?
#Mallesham on Feb 03, 2015 :
Hi Friends, I want to move to Bangkok to work in Rayong Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (RAIST)University. So any one could help me how much approximate room rent per month (For me, my wife and my daughter) near RAIST and approximate cost of living for average living in Bangkok. I will get ~70000 Thai Baht per month, is it reasonable salary?
Thank you in advance.
#Young Thai Employee on Jan 09, 2015 :
I would like to add some info on the income.
The minimum salary for a bachelor's degree graduate is THB15,000 a month.
However, for a decent company, the graduate the income after tax is THB30,000-THB50,000 (including bonus)

You starting salary might be low but some company give a bonus of 6 months, in other words you are getting paid 18 months salary in one year. So you should ask about the average bonus a company give in a year before calculating your annual net salary.
#goodlook on Jan 06, 2015 :
We have nice ,cheap , quiet , clean apartment for short term rental.

Studio 18 sqm = 1-5 months / THB 4,600
Studio 21 sqm = 1-5 months / THB 5,600

Studio 18 sqm = 6 months / THB 3,600
Studio 21 sqm = 6 months / THB 4,600

We are close to local fresh and night market, skytrain, and shopping mall
Easy to find many types of vehicles : taxi, motor bike taxi, two rows bus..
If you are interested to get more details. Please add me Line ID is imaylook. Thank you :)
#Manan on Nov 12, 2014 :
What will be approximate cost of decent living for a couple and one child. Not super luxurious but more than just decent. Or imagine a living in an apartment around 25K in Bangalore India, what will be the same kind of living cost in Bangkok.
#Indio on Oct 24, 2014 :
Hi to all!

I am offered a job in Bangkok. They are offering me 60,000THB per month. I will pay everything room, transportation, food etc.

I am single at mid 30's. Do you think they offer reasonable? Will I survive with savings or break even?

Thank you in advance....Please help!
#Ambuj on Aug 26, 2014 :
I am geetin a oppertutiny to work in a Restaurant in Bangkok. They are oofer me 40000 Bhatt. company also provide me Food , accomodation, and transpotation. pl, let me guide this is a good package and how much can i save it. I am a single person.
#Oliver on Aug 20, 2014 :
Though apartment rent is very reasonably priced, the electric is exorbitant. Apartment owner pays about 3.7 thai baht for kilowatt hour, then more than doubles to the renters for 8 thai baht per kilowatt hour. Selling the electric for such high increases hurts the Thais and the Foreigners. Maybe the Generals should take a look at this scam..
#Asia Internship Programme on Jul 08, 2014 :
Doing an internship in Thailand is most exciting experience. We provide the accommodation, transportation, health insurance and if is there require we have a service for visa too. If you decided to do an internship in Bangkok, which is cost really cheap. Of course monthly cost depends on your expenses. However 300 USD will be enough to live in Bangkok. And probably if you want to see more things cost will increase.

Good Luck :)

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#John Ban on Jul 04, 2014 :
I am from India and I want to open a holiday home consisting 5 to 6 rooms where peoples can go and stay their comfortably from India and if they want they can also cook themselves. I want to know everything regardng this. So that I can send our friends, relatives, office friend etc. to that place. I also want to know the price of essestial commodities, electrcity charges, medical expenes, transport, local bus, taxi, doctor's fees. etc.

#Pierre on Jun 14, 2014 :
Can someone help with rental amount for a two bed room apartment in Soi 57...tks
#PN on Apr 06, 2014 :
I'll say the cost of living a decent life here is about 30000 baht per month (everything included) but of course it also depend on where you will be staying during the time, nothing fancy with less than 30000 baht per month but you can definitely survive.
#Soumya Dev on Apr 01, 2014 :
HI, I am getting an offer for a position in Bangkok for 1,900,000 Baht per annum. My office is located in Sukhumvit, and would want to stay in the same area. I am planning to shift with my wife and 2 year old son. Can you let me know if the package is good enough for a family to live a good lifestyle (not lavish) in Bangkok
#Arif Momin on Mar 11, 2014 :
Please tell an approximate figure for an average living per month in Bangkok including room rent, food and other necessities. Is 1,45,000Baht/month a good earning to survive in Bangkok?
#shally on Feb 21, 2014 :
Buy apartment not that cheap too .. insome city centers likes asok, chitlom about 7000-8000 USD per sqm or more .. in Silom Lumphni park area about 5000 USD per sqm..other a little bit far place with metro about 3000 USD per sqm . Not that cheap. This ad makes bkk too cheap. Don't forget you are foreigners , you can not living with local Thai people. You won't suit there.narrow, dirty ,crowded area .and taxis always charge charge and charge . 1000 Europe dollar , just enough for living without high quality
#shally on Feb 21, 2014 :
Food not that cheap .. street food ok , 40-50 baht with small size super small size .. but in restraunt not that price . Western food about 400 baht per plate , Japanese food about 300 baht per set ( small size too ). But if you don't mind about the fly, rats and filthy air ,you can get cheaper street food
#Hukku Jan Chan on Feb 01, 2014 :
My salary is same as my Room Rent and other expenditure. No saving..... :)
#Jin Peng Chan on Jan 17, 2014 :
No ..depends what quality you want in Bkk.. I ve been here for 4 years . But most of my friends who living here forlong time. They don't think its veep cheap than Europe. A little cheap only . Ok . If you , two person living in a one bed room condominium in the city .which close to sky train . it would cost 800 USD or above . And about 200 USD you can get. Just a small room or no air with semi furniture like that .but but. Most of the owner they charge two times your bill from water electric. For transportation? Two stations 23 baht. Ok ? More longer more expensive.if you transfer to another line ,pay again ! Anyway.don't think its very cheap in Bkk. Not so different with your hometown country .
#Pinkmoon on Nov 28, 2013 :
I've been living in BKK for the last 6 months, and I am amazed at how accurate the data is here for the city. Despite the tremendous variations in budgets and lifestyles, the cost of renting is correctly reflected in the figures. However, the variations are incredible in BKK. I personally know people who pay 5,000 for a room, and at the other end 125,000 for a two-bed luxury apartment. I think 20,000 is a very good ball-park figure.
#homakov on Oct 21, 2013 :
that's not true! i rent decent studio with 1 year contract for 15k/month in city centre, near Asok, and this is minimum for good place. All rooms for <10k are shady
#Tanisha on Oct 20, 2013 :
the expenses seem more than that of in Malaysia.
#Donald Yeow on Oct 19, 2013 :
Rent in Bangkok is cheap, if you get 1000 euro, equal thai baht 40000 baht, is about to stay at bangkok with air condition room for single is about 6000-8000 baht in sukhumvit area.
food here about 35-40 baht per meal, starbucks coffee 120-160 baht.

consider south east asia top five standard living country.

which means still cheaper than Malaysia, Singapore and Laos.
#O_K_ on Oct 14, 2013 :
Roberta, I might have an internship in bangkok too. 1000euro per month. (per caso sei del polimi? :D )
#Roberta on Sep 13, 2013 :
Hi, I d like to ask if 1000 euros per month is a decent salary to live with in Bangkok. I have never been in Thailand but I might be moving there for an internship, therefore since the salary will be the one indicated I would like to know if it will allow me to live well and without asking further money to family. Thanks!!
#Len Langway on Jul 20, 2013 :
Wife and I have visited Thailand twice and definitely plan to retire there (Bangkok or Chiang Mai) within the next 2 years. This web page have been extremely helpful! Thank you.

Len & Veronica Langway
#Coisa on Jul 08, 2013 :
Somethings are a little wrong...
For example a simple 1 bedroom apartment you can get for about 3000 TBH/month
#Dougie on Jul 02, 2013 :
There is much varioation to rent in Thailand. And most Thais who make the average salary either live with family or have roommates. Also, The most common apartment type is a studio, which can be as low as 4000 baht in the city center, for a fan only room. Outside the city center, on can get a small furnished apartment with A/C for 5-8000, and for around 10,000 baht, one can get a pretty decent place. You can also rent 2-4 bedroom townhouses for 10,000 baht. The trick is to have a Thai friend or speak Thai yourself, then you can find good deals. Places catering to foreigners are typically more expensive than places of equal quality catering primarily to Thais.
#d on May 06, 2013 :
so rent is the same price as salary!
#Dr.Sitthinath Sanpanich on Jul 02, 2012 :
The best month to visit Bangkok is every month.(Amazing all year round)

Currency in Bangkok is Thai Baht

1 THB = 1.75435 INR
Thai Baht Indian Rupee

Hope you enjoy Bangkok, Thailand
#Simon Lasrado on Jun 21, 2012 :
Please tell me which is the best month to visit Bangkok and what is the currency in Bangkok and what is the value of it to Indian Rupee?

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