Cost of Living in Bangkok

Summary about cost of living in Bangkok, Thailand:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 70.00 ฿ 50.00-170.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 ฿ 500.00-1,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 199.50 ฿ 150.00-249.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 72.50 ฿ 50.00-120.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 140.00 ฿ 100.00-200.00
Cappuccino (regular) 71.62 ฿ 35.00-120.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 19.80 ฿ 15.00-35.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 9.37 ฿ 7.00-15.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 184.43 ฿ 132.49-340.69
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 39.15 ฿ 27.22-72.57
Rice (white), (1 lb) 18.82 ฿ 11.34-40.82
Eggs (regular) (12) 63.33 ฿ 36.00-84.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 299.53 ฿ 136.08-1,133.98
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 36.85 ฿ 20.41-56.70
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 139.60 ฿ 68.04-230.00
Apples (1 lb) 49.03 ฿ 22.68-81.65
Banana (1 lb) 23.62 ฿ 4.54-50.00
Oranges (1 lb) 31.01 ฿ 13.61-68.04
Tomato (1 lb) 21.79 ฿ 9.07-45.36
Potato (1 lb) 19.48 ฿ 9.07-36.29
Onion (1 lb) 18.31 ฿ 13.15-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 37.73 ฿ 15.00-60.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 16.12 ฿ 12.00-25.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 650.00 ฿ 300.00-900.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 60.81 ฿ 45.00-78.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 104.56 ฿ 60.00-150.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 145.00 ฿ 90.00-160.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 37.00 ฿ 25.00-59.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,300.00 ฿ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 35.00 ฿ 35.00-35.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 62.76 ฿ 48.28-80.47
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 140.00 ฿ 100.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 104.54 ฿ 83.28-132.49
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,800,000.00 ฿ 1,500,000.00-2,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 891,636.36 ฿ 850,000.00-950,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,819.41 ฿ 1,700.00-4,250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.85 ฿ 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 573.12 ฿ 350.00-900.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,063.41 ฿ 1,166.67-3,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 286.36 ฿ 150.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 220.00 ฿ 160.00-300.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 10,801.28 ฿ 5,000.00-25,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 543,374.19 ฿ 300,000.00-950,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,804.21 ฿ 800.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,097.82 ฿ 500.00-1,900.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,018.75 ฿ 2,000.00-4,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,680.30 ฿ 1,500.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 18,769.23 ฿ 12,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 9,106.06 ฿ 6,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 68,703.70 ฿ 40,000.00-100,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 29,052.63 ฿ 15,000.00-50,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 15,929.84 ฿ 11,148.27-23,225.57
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 7,316.85 ฿ 5,109.62-10,219.25
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 23,886.92 ฿
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.34 3.50-7.00

Prices in Bangkok

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95 Comments so far
Hum on Jul 02, 2021:
I want to know me and my wife and our 2 year kid. What will be the monthly expense of living . We don't need to bear rent ,utilities. If we cook food in home and send our child to normal school. What will be the monthly expense.
Anonymous on Feb 23, 2021:
Looks like us Chinese need to invade your country.But haven't we already? Thailand owes so much money to China we already own it.Bow to your new master the CCP.
Y on Feb 21, 2021:
Dear Henrique,

If you cook yourself and did not eat out at all. I think 15,000 THB is a plenty room for really great ingredients.
If it was include transportations+bills(because you said your rent only 10,000 THB I guess it is not include water and electricity), you have budget only 500THB per day for food,transportation,bills. I don’t think it was enough.

You should not pay your rent above 30% of your income. It will be shortage cashflow later and you are going into debt. I think you should looking for a cheaper apartment and using park for running instead. I heard that in soi Rangnam(near Ratchathewi) there are dorms for first jobber around 6,000-8,000 BAHT per month. and it is very close to Victory Monument BTS station. In case you might want to find others job have a nicer pay and require you to travel to work.

About your plan to do your work at co-working space, I think you should not go it will cause you too much money to stay there. I don’t know others will be like me or not but I feel I should buy food to stay there every 2 hours, if I stay there all day, sometime it cost me almost 700 THB for only 6 hours.

You should stay and do your work at your dorm and brew your coffee yourself. You get a nicer coffee, cheaper price per cup and more private place. If you want some noisy surrounding just open youtube and search coffee playlist.

Please keep in mind stay at your home to save money because 25,000 THB included all basic needs is very tight in my opinion(eat regular cook food not instant noodle everyday).

Tips: you go to supermarket looking for clearance staple products e.g. eegs. It was discount 50% if you not mind not fresh eggs(I do so). I don’t know where you going to live just check where you live nearby but now, I see Tops market in silom complex and Tops central world regular have clearance eggs. You can get 10 eggs with half price. It can keep in refrigerator for 1-2 week after the expire label. Nice source of protein for a cheap price.

Do not for get your visa fee and ticket to flight back your home. Too many expense to think of. Please carefully list what you need for basic needs and calculate.

I hope my comment help you.

Best regards,
Henrique on Feb 16, 2021:
Hey guys. I was reading the comments bellow and it really gave me and idea of the cost of living in Bangkok. I was an exchange student in NakhonSawan 2014/2015 and I want to come back to live in Bangkok now. Me and my girlfriend want to move by middle of next year to Bangkok, nowadays we make around 12k baht each (25k total/month). We are looking at some apartments costing arround 10k baht and we found some good option. My question is, is it possible to live nowadays in Bangkok with 15k baht for two people not including rent? We are young so we don't mind cutting off some fancier stuff, but for transportating, food and day to day costs would 15k be enought for us? The apartments we looked all have gym so that's not included aswell but we might need a coworking space to do our work.
Anonymous on Feb 09, 2021:
Thailand economy has never been stable and since few if any tourists are visiting anymore there isn't an ecomomy.The Thailand government built its economy primarily around tourism Pattaya is just one example of that. The Thailand government cannot absorb the fallout of giving money and food to many millions of citizens because they admitted it more than once. Then there's the king of Thailand who personally moved to Berlin almost one year ago taking 45 billion usd with him. His entire family is with him in Berlin. The king doesn't have any desire for returning to Thailand and he won't. People on here talk about things that make zero sense at all. The Thailand government has mismanaged the economy but what else is new? They've always done that from day one. Don't take my word for it though but instead drive around Bangkok and look at the mansions government officials live in. They're annual salaries don't match their dwellings or vehicles they drive. I wonder where all of that money came from? If you're asking yourselves that question you are totally lost. Thailand doesn't have an economy anymore but don't take my word for it though. Just drive around Thailand and look at all of the empty streets full of closed businesses permanently and there's your answer.
Y on Feb 09, 2021:
Dear Amee,

Glad to hear that’s my advice was helpful. Now, I am cooking for my husband’s lunch as well. He spend cash on hand only 30 THB/day in silom area because I prepare every meals and snacks for him to take with.

Moreover, if you want to save more in Thailand you have to use Shoppee or Lazada app every double date e.g. 12.12. The brand will have a huge discount for their product and free shipping.But don’t over stock just buy for 1 month because they will have promotion every month. You do not want to sink your money with household products too much. You might have a room for changing brand as well if you love to try new things.

Best regards,
Anonymous on feb 1
Anonymous on Feb 04, 2021:
Hello Amee you're welcome for the honest information. Highlighting guaranteed monthly salary are things most people overlook, not saying you do though. A good friend of mine was working in London and accepted a salary amount with a prominent employer in Bangkok several years ago.Her salary was supposed to be 115k baht monthly for a two year contract to be an IT tech.However when she arrived two weeks later the employer said 73k monthly is the maximum monthly salary offered by the company.Just remember if your future employer refuses to send you a copy of a guaranteed salary proposal not signed then run away don't walk away.It must be signed by a ceo of the company with the date signed plus notarized in Bangkok.Your full name and title must accompany the legal document as well.As a result she refused the employers offer of 73k baht. But she found a different IT position that paid 115k baht per month when looking in Bangkok.
Anonymous on Feb 03, 2021:
Hi Anonymous, Thank you for such a detailed response. Really appreciate all the tips that you've shared. Amee
Anonymous on Feb 03, 2021:
I got out of Bangkok just in time before mandatory lockdown in 2020 and I'm glad I did.Although unfortunate for many people corona has shown how mismanaged Thai government is concerning the welfare of its citizens and the lack thereof intentionally.The majority of people in Thailand are good people but even they question decisions Thai government makes.I read some things on here about people living in Bangkok and I truly wish them well with their endeavors but this is just the beginning of the end for Thailands attraction to many worldwide.Things are bad right now and even though eastern Thailand has returned to somewhat normalsy the businesses in Eastern Thailand small and large cannot bail out the rest of thailands economic problems for years to come.It was hard for me to get my wife and children out of Thailand especially since we are from Bangkok. Leaving relatives behind was and is especially hard too.But our families encouraged us to leave before things got out of hand so we did.
Anonymous on Feb 02, 2021:

The cost of living varies depending upon many things lifestyle, areas lived, single or with a family to support. Bangkok will be much higher on everything than anywhere else in Thailand that's a given.But after living and working in Bangkok 6 years I decided to leave Thailand as a single person. Yes I was making on average 85k monthly and I lived well.But I moved to Malaysia which was on average half of what it costs in Bangkok for a better quality of life.Infrastructer and the transportation system matters to me.But other than that Bangkok was just fine.
Anonymous on Feb 01, 2021:
Dear Anonymous,

I think 60,000 is enough for cover rent, monthly expenses, utilities, travel, entertainment etc. for 4 people in family if you are the only source income and you will live paycheck by paycheck(maybe in debt later on when bills pile up).I don’t think it is enough to save money and send back home.

I live in Thailand. My husband (me as a stay at home wife without a kid) earn more than that but barely save money because we live next to silom(CBD area)(20,000 baht per month only for a studio 30s qr.meter) for living near my husband workplace(walk for only 2 blocks).We spend avg. on food per day only 600 baht(2 person cooking healthy food and including eat-out occasionally).I have to cook almost every meal (except for lunch) clean and try everything to reduce cost of living e.g. change light bulb to led and hanging clothes instead of using dryer.

If you are single. 60,000 baht is a great deal. You can hire someone to clean your room once a week or use laundry service. But for 2 people I am not sure about saving but you will have a moderate life for sure.if you are a family of 4 want to have a big place and try to spend less on rent which mean you live far from city and must have a car which is a lot of expense on transportation(you can live far but near BTS line as well this might be a good strategy).I think you must have a real plan on spending money, meal prep is a must.

Oh,I saw expats near Sukhumwit (mostly Japanese) their company pay for their tuition fee for the kids. Don’t forget to ask about that. I guess you are from India, eating vegetarian food is an option for reduce avg. spending on food.If you work near Sukhumwit you can live near Thonglor as well. A condominium with a deep entrance may help reduce the rent. Or place near the BTS line but more far from Sukhumwit 32 is more cheaper.
Anonymous on Jan 30, 2021:
Hi Anonymous, Thank you for the info and your suggestion. Would 60,000 baht be enough to cover rent, monthly expenses, utilities, travel, entertainment etc.
Anonymous on Jan 28, 2021:
Hi Amee you're welcome 60,000 baht each month net would be an excellent salary with your qualifications. However agree upon a written salary emailed to you instead of a verbal offer. If it's verbal chances are the amount would be closer to 26,000 baht each month.It's against the law to offer a person a written salary amount and then change the amount when they arrive. Once again though most everything is shut off in Bangkok and throughout Thailand. I know because I live in Bangkok.
Amee on Jan 27, 2021:
Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for your response. This is a job that is being offered by a company. I've cleared all the interview rounds, final salary discussion is due this week. If I don't get my kids here, what is the best salary that I should negotiate for, to live a decent life and save money to send back home.
Anonymous on Jan 27, 2021:
AMEE I hate to burst your bubble but the unemployment rate is 73.2% just in Bangkok and higher unemployment outside of Bangkok. Schools have been shutdown since March 2020.The Thailand government has decided to keep the entire country locked down until April 2022 depending upon evaluations.There's no HR needed no work. I live in Bangkok where I'm from.
Amee on Jan 26, 2021:
As a Senior program Manager, HR, how much salary should I ask for? I'm moving from Bangalore to Bangkok. We are 2 adults and 2 kids studying in the 9th grade.
Anonymous on Jan 20, 2021:
Thailand can kiss their tourist industry bye bye forever.Tourists remember the hell the Thailand government put them through getting visas way before covid19 ever happened.Ok time to enjoy your scalding soup with rice, bye losers.
Anonymous on Jan 11, 2021:
Second wave of covid19 plus the enhanced strain even more infectious found in Bangkok from the UK.There have been 33,000 new cases of covid19 and 287 deaths in just 4 days. It looks like Thailand won't be accepting tourists any time soon.
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2020:
The Thailand government is grasping at straws without any solutions to revamping tourism,because there's none anymore. For the longest time the Thailand government was so abrasive towards foreigners contributing to the economy like British Australians U S citizens etc.Basically the Thailand government changed regulations so often no foreigners could cope with it anymore.Thailand government was kicking foreigners out even if they owned homes or thriving businesses in Thailand being forced to leave the Thailand government kept homes and businesses owned by foreigners.
Few if any tourists will return for obvious reasons.
RandomThai on Oct 27, 2020:
Just a quick tricks, all mobile carrier / ISP has so-called "Retention Plan"
It is literally 50% off the normal plan if you trying to switch to other provider.

Take mine mobile plan. I use prepaid. 0.5 THB/min voice.
My plan is 349 THB for 20GB(Unlimit with fup)/300Mins of Voice

My internet cable plan is ~450THB
- FTTH 500/500 Mbps (with dynamic Public IP)
- Unlimited Mobile Data (speed capped at 10Mbps)
- 24 channels of TV

If you really want to run on the budget, there is a sim call Sim Thep ("ซิมลูกเทพ") which is unlimited data prepaid sim with discounted price. There are several plans for that tho. The best one, IMO, is 200THB / a month of the unlimited data capped at 10Mbps.
With that speed, you can watch FHD YouTube/Netflix but please do not 12-months prepaid one unless you are 100% sure on your signal coverage.
Ray on Jun 30, 2020:
Did not read some items correctly .... the mobile 160Baht was True plan per month. Rent a room 1500baht per week in my area one bedroom. Monthly net salary for most Thais in my locality 300-500 baht per day. I am retired so don't work in Thailand.
Anonymous on Jun 08, 2020:
Lady price is Bangkok is very very expensive now, the price has almost doubled since 2014.

So in order to prevent from being ripped off of the outrageous lady price in Bangkok, people should go to very cheap lady destinations such as Colombia, Vanezuela, India, Malaysia etc where you can get a lady for short time for as low as 5 US dollars, exactly what's happening in Colombia whereas you would need to pay at least 100 US for short time with a bad-attitude Bangkok gogo girl, not worthy at all.

Rip-off Bangkok should not be in your lady destinations anymore unlike 10 years ago. Stretch your money for as much as 10 times by choosing cheaper lady destinations.
Alex on May 30, 2020:
What is the Thailand tax system for expat working there? How many percent of our salary monthly
Jill A Rau on May 08, 2020:
Hello, I would like to retire in Bangkok and I will have a dog and 20,000 baht a month. It's just me. Can I do this? I like to drink and mostly eat good, cheap vegetarian food. Please let me know. Thanks, Jill
Tyler on May 03, 2020:
I have a bachelor degree and would like to find a job in Bangkok that has a decent pay but I don't have any connection there.
I'm from Malaysia and have a good command in English, Chinese and Malay, is it possible to get a job there and live moderately?

Can someone advise me or is it possible to get some connections for me to become an expat/foreigner working there?
Honk on Apr 14, 2020:
I’m on 125k hkd which is roughly 600k thb /month. How many pad thais can I get after expenses being paid?
JWNY on Apr 10, 2020:
Regarding transportation. There are some factors to consider:

Private motor car. Cost of using the toll highways can be quite costly. This can range from THB25-100 per trip depending on location and distance

For the train transportation, again a further distance would cost more. THB40, is definitely not the average per trip in Central Bangkok
Fou on Feb 24, 2020:
Hi guys
I would like to ask about salary in Bangkok .Working in hotel or restaurant Tex....
Anonymous on Feb 17, 2020:
My observations on the cost of living here after staying here 5 years.

Rent - 10-20KTHB/month for a small studio/1 bedroom near a train station, if you want a large western style apartment downtown you are looking at 30K+.

Transport - Taxis are still cheap with the starting fee 35 baht. The BTS/MRT lines are expanding and reach a lot of areas in the city now, so if you can deal with a long commute you can save money by travelling further down the lines to the cheaper areas. This all depends on where you work, generally I recommend closer to your work the better, BKK rush hours are to be avoided if possible.

Food - The good thing about BKK is you can eat for 150 Baht a day or 15000 Baht a day if you want. Thai street food & food courts get you a decent meal and are affordable. There a lot of Western food options now but you may pay a premium for it.

Entertainment - This depends on you, if you are happy to stay home and watch Netflix, cook your own food etc you can save money. Alcohol is not that cheap, especially if you like imported beer/wine.

Travel - Travel within Thailand and SEA in general is affordable with many low cost airlines, but I f you want to fly home to your own country once a year this could take a whole chunk out of your savings.

Other - Health insurance, visas, setup costs. If you are moving here for work and the company takes of all this then it will be much easier and cheaper.


50,000/Month - This is a decent salary to survive, have a bit of fun and save a bit
75,000/Month - You will be more comfortable and live a better lifestyle
100,000/month - What you should be aiming for if you want to stay here long term, save money and be able to afford flights/travel home etc.
Anonymous on Jan 20, 2020:
For living in Bangkok:

45000 baht/month to get by.
60,000 baht/month is good.
Anything over 70,000 baht a month is great.

If you live like Thai people, It is possible to live on much less than the above amounts.
Most Thais live on less than half the money foreigners make.
Anonymous on Jan 20, 2020:
The company that I’ve got offered will pay me 50000B a month. Is it possible to save 30000B up every month? I don’t really need any fancy.
jake on Jan 20, 2020:
got offer 44k, is it enough for live in bangkok ?
Mr w on Jan 13, 2020:
#arda with that money your whole family can live there very nice wealthy western style life :)
Arda on Dec 09, 2019:
I have just received an offer to work in Bangkok for an international company, and they offered me 121k BHT (gross).
Is this considered a good offer and will I be able to live a decent life style there? And how much would that be after tax?
Land of frowns on Nov 25, 2019:
Not many happy smiling faces anymore.
The only reason you will get a smile from a Thai it's because they are thinking about how much money they can get from you.
Bangkok's air is full of toxic fumes.
You gave been warned.
Anonymous on Oct 04, 2019:
Yukti Mukdawijitra, a Thammasat University anthropology professor, observes that the idea that light skin is good and dark skin is bad is "embedded in Thai culture"

-Purnell, Newley (2013-10-31). "Images Spark Racism Debate in Thailand". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
Anonymous on Oct 04, 2019:
Racism holds back economy as society ages:

The above link is for an article from the 'Bangkok Post' newspaper, written by SANITSUDA EKACHAI.
Anonymous on Oct 02, 2019:
Before moving here,please make sure that you can tolerate racism.Thai people openly make fun of everybody who has darker skin,while they've forgetten about their own color of skin!
Gossiping everyday is also a part of Thai culture.
Lying and cheating is everyday life for Thais.
Yes,maybe a very small number of Thais are more civilized and don't follow others,as they know what is going on.
And yes,I understand Thai language and all the above are only facts,witnessed by me for over than 10 years of living in Thailand.
I was told about these before moving here,but I didn't believe it, as my toxic positivity didn't let me.
Now it is your call.Believe it or make your own mistake.
Sam on Sep 03, 2019:
I live in Bangkok for over a year now and here is my summary costs in average:
- Rental: 15k 32sqm condo living in city center at 4-star condo. Great value and quality for money.
- Transportation: 2k BTS train station is 5 minutes away from where I live. I occasionally take taxis if I'm too lazy and it's hot. I also take motorbike taxis.
- Food: 6k including both local and western food. I also go have Middle Eastern, Mexican and Japanese every weekend so I'm enjoying my dishes.
- Grocery: 3k 7-11 & Family Marts are very affordable and I shop at imported markets once every month.
- Bills: Electricity ~1.5k - Water ~60 & Internet ~650
- Entertainment: Limitless. Depends what you do :)

Overall. You can live by with ~30-35k per month.
Anonymous on Aug 30, 2019:
Any man who'd date a Thai woman doesn't have a spine.
Anonymous on Aug 09, 2019:
Who'd want to live in Thailand anyway not me because one brief visit was enough for me.
A nony mouse on Jul 14, 2019:
Oh my god the Anonymous comments below confuse yearly and monthly salary CONSTANTLY. Silly.

40k per month is a native salary. Expat with western education maybe 70k. Foreign specialist in ANY field can expect at least 100k and an good and easy life in the bangkok metropolitan area, assuming you work for an international company.
Anonymous on May 30, 2019:
Minimum salary for foreigners is not true that is 1,114,995 most of foreign companies are BOI hence they have no minimum salary as the foreign workers are considered "consultants" and as such have no minimum salary
Anonymous on May 17, 2019:
Thai women like all Asians look alike sawed off at 5' 112 lbs black eyes and hair.Wear one out grab another fresh one.Its like never changing girlfriends,a bonus.Life is good in Thai for me ahhhh.
Anonymous on Apr 20, 2019:
To Anonymous April 20 The figures quoted are from the Thai government website.
Anonymous on Apr 20, 2019:
To Anonymous April 20 I posted the 2019 requirements for annual salary.Didn't you read them? It used to be 800,000 BAHT per year but the Thai government changed that as of January 1, 2019.$35,000 USD = 1,114,995 BAHT annually.
Anonymous on Apr 20, 2019:
Can anyone provide any articles on this minimum annually salary?
Anonymous on Apr 11, 2019:
#Roger Ian Tonge. Furthermore no companies in Thailand are allowed to offer employment to any foreigners less than 1,114,995 BAHT annually.Thats part of the new requirements as well.
Anonymous on Apr 11, 2019:
# Roger Ian Tonge As of January 1,2019 the Thailand government changed its requirements for foreigners to live in Thailand.The current requirements are as follows.1,114,995 BAHT per year = $35,000 USD.Many retired foreigners are leaving Thailand because they cannot meet the requirements.The raise in requirements are due to alot of investments by the Chinese government throughout Thailand.
Roger Ian Tonge on Apr 11, 2019:
Minimum Immigration department is 800,000 per year,NOT per month as in Anonymous' post below
Anonymous on Apr 02, 2019:
# MISHU 70,000 BAHT will get you a very comfortable life in Bangkok. Unfortunately the minimum requirements to live in Bangkok is 800,000 BAHT per month.Although 70,000 BAHT is a good salary especially since the locals normally make $650 USD per month.The government will verify the minimum of 800,000 BAHT per month for anyone no matter what country you come from.They have a prestage area where they verify the minimum funds per month required.If you don't have enough per month they'll send you on the plane out of Bangkok.The Thai government is very strict and the monthly amounts are likely to change soon to be higher.Hope my accurate information helps.
Mishu on Mar 28, 2019:
#Anonymous: Sorry, I meant to say 70k baht per month :)Could you please let me know if this is a good deal or not? Many thanks :)
Anonymous on Mar 27, 2019:
#Mishu 70,000 BAHT per year is nothing.Basically that's $2,195 USD per year.Honestly it'd take at least $1,800 USD minimum per month to live in Bangkok.Does the employer hate you?LOL That doesn't even meet the Thai government requirements of minimum 800,000 BAHT per month income to stay there.
Mishu on Mar 24, 2019:
Hi there.
I have recently received an offer to work în Bangkok for 70000 baht per year. I will come with my wife. Îs this offer below or above average? Can I expect to have a normal life, and save some money as well?
Sapan on Mar 12, 2019:
Hey. I just got an offer from Bangkok and it's 75k B. I am with my family. How much I can save there. I am vegetarian guy
Rahul on Mar 07, 2019:
I'm single guy living in BKK as and expat and I'm sharing my monthly expenses:

1. Rent: 15000 thb (I living near nana bts, Bangkok city center, 50sq ft studio apartment)
2. Electricity: 1500-2000thb
3. Water: 80-120thb
4. Public transport: I only use BTS, for work and to travel on the weekend: 2500thb (Depends where you office is. If your office is 10-15 stations away, it can go to 4500)
5. Utility shopping: 2000 thb
6. Movies (that's very important for me), I watch movie every weekend: 1000-1200 thb (terminal 21 has 240 thb ticket)
7. Food (this includes, water, breakfast, lunch dinner, fruits etc): 12000 thb
8. Wifi: 650 thb
9. Medical insurance: 3000 thb

Total: 37730-38470

And this doesn't include places you go on weekend, and fee and any extra shopping you do.
That's the most basic amount you might need.
However, you can save a lot in transportation, by keeping your condo near your office
Having meal at inexpensive places, I don't have those places near my condo :) plus I love to spend money on my food.
And this also doesn't include income tax, depending on your salary slab.
You can also save money by renting condo at little inexpensive places like udom suk, on nut. You can get the same condo at 5000 less

So, I believe you at least need 40K, to have a normal life here and still have a little bit of savings.
Jacob on Feb 18, 2019:
I am living in BKK now for over a month. And here are my observations,

1. 25000 is enough for a single person if you don't live a very Western life, because Western goods ajd services are expensive.

2. If you wat at high end places every second, you need at least 70k to make some saving

3. You can have a studio apartment in city center at 15k

If you want to move to BKK and you're salary is less than 50k, you got to live little strictly to make Saving but if you can think twice before doing shopping, then you can have a comfortable life
Ngoc on Feb 03, 2019:
I got an offer of 36000BHT monthly before deduction and all the living expense I have to pay myself. Will that be enough for the basic single life?
Anonymous on Jan 30, 2019:
Lived in Thailand for 12 years. The prices mostly reflected in the comments are if you want to live like a rich farang. There are many, many nice places to live that cost at most 30k baht month.
ีu on Jan 27, 2019:
this is bullshit
I got paid 48.5k when I was in Bkk (Apr 18) saved 30k a month and traveled aboard twice a year.
rent 10k at Lumpini place Rama 9 - waking distance to MRT
transport 400 baht
Phone AIS 4 GB internet 250 baht
electricity never over 800 baht, AC on every night
Linny on Dec 21, 2018:
Hi Jacob
Will you get more offer from a company? such as the cost of accomodation , transportation , foods
However , if you did not get more so for somebody is enough but somebody is not enough up to the life of person. If you like go to bar every night or go out to another city every weekend, I guess it is not enough.
Jacob on Dec 02, 2018:
Hey, I will be moving to be BKK this Jan and my salary will be 60k THB in-hand. Will that be enough? And what kind of life some expat can live this amount?
Anonymous on Sep 04, 2018:
A salary offered to you up to 40,000 baht a month in Thailand is just to get by.
What does it exactly mean?
1.You won't be able to save money.
2.You can't afford trips in Thailand.
3.You can't pay hospital bills with the basic medical insurance that Thai employers might offer.
4.You can't afford a plane ticket to fly back home.
5 The 'fun' you can afford on 'some' weekends is eating fast food and paying for taxi.
Don't compare Thai people's income with yours.That is a trap employers use to lure foreign employees.A western person can't live like an office worker in Thailand who makes 15,000 baht a month.Thai people don't have your expenses like visa fees,traveling to the west,hospital bills like yours,eating western food,expensive local trips,and FYI most Thais don't have savings.
You will hear some foreigners swearing that they can save a few thousand baht a month with a salary of 40,000 baht/ month.
But what is the point in living in Thailand when they live like a beach bum?
Anonymous on Aug 03, 2018:
The price of condo in the city is now between 200,000 baht-300,000 baht per square meter. The price is increasing gradually.
BKKFarang on Jun 26, 2018:
@#rush on Apr 24, 2018 :You can NOT rent out your apartment/condo on a short term basis. Daily or weekly renting out is prohibited by law. A local agent is not necessary, if you can handle the paperwork by yourself.
Anonymous on Jun 22, 2018:
Apartment in the city in Bangkok, its price per squate meter is 200,000-250,000 baht.
Linny on May 04, 2018:
Hi Rush for 2 bed 2 bath condo in Platinum area rent around 40,000 THB/month for Size 79 sqm. , rent around 42,000 THB/month for Size 84 sqm. and rent around 53,000 THB/month for Size 90 sqm .
Anonymous on May 04, 2018:
Thailand is like a begger country forcing traveller passing through Thailand in transit to apply for a visa on arrival which costs a whooping 2000 bath which can be used to purchase 4 flight ticket of going from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.

Transit traveller like my 70 years old mum just need to stay at the Bangkok airport just for 3 hours to join her connecting flight but the begger staff at the airport didn't allow her where she was to join her connecting flight even after a heated argument and eventually shamelessly forced her out of the immigration to apply for a ripoff visa on arrival of 2000 bath unnecessarily and she entered the immigration immediately again to join her connecting flight. She was very tired and was almost late for her connecting flight as applying the ripoff visa wasted a lot of her time as well.

So easily the Bangkok airport ripped my mum off 2000 baths as well as her energy just to contribute the ripoff visa fee to Thailand just for being in transit for 3 hours even with already arranged confirmed connecting flight to her final destination.

My mum travelled all over the world but this is the first time being ripped off deliberately by Thailand airport and she has never encountered such a dishonest country like Thailand throughout her whole life.

Right now my mum is afraid to travel to the ripoff land Thailand.

So Thailand is truly a RIPOFF nation tourist should be aware of.
Anonymous on May 01, 2018:
According to to news below that 60% of the expats people surveyed saying it has become either somewhat or very difficult to afford living in Thailand over the last 12 months

Thaivisa Survey: Half Of Expats Have Considered Leaving Thailand In The Last Year
Anonymous on Apr 29, 2018:
Tourist Ripoff or tourist double price is not acceptable to humble Taiwan government which must be learnt by Thailand where tourist Ripoff is a norm practiced shamelessly by both Thailand government and many places such as ATM withdrawal fee as much as 200 bath for tourists, double entrance fee, raising arrival visa fee from 500 baht to current 2000 baht, frequent dishonest cheating, etc.
Visa fee should not be regarded as a big business to the extent of not willing to offer visa waiver to qualified region like Taiwan, etc.
Money first is the current wrong policy instead of the people first policy in the previous democracy government.

Taxi driver apologizes for overcharging
rush on Apr 24, 2018:
Hey Guys,
I'm looking to buy an apartment in Makkasan or Pratunam area and I have a few concerns. Reasons behind the purchase is mostly as an investment property and my family and I visit Bangkok twice a year and we always stay in Makkasan area with access to shopping and plenty of street food. Whenever we're not using the apartment I want it to be rented out.
I was told that renting out on a daily basis should be done in self while renting out on the long term will be done by an agent. If I get help form a local and rent the place what would be the appropriate salary for them??
Also, what would be the approximate rate for 2 bed 2 bath condo say at Manhattan Chidlom or Platinum Condo??
Please advice
Anonymous on Apr 23, 2018:
Rape paradise in Thailand prison
Government must ensure justice prevail in prison territory controlled by the government itself.
Raper in prison must be given a death sentence to prevent further violation of justice right under government territory

Charity worker feared being raped in 40-day Thai prison nightmare
Sonu S. Naik on Apr 21, 2018:
Dear All,

I have been offered a salary of 30000 THB. Accomodation , VISA, insurance & Flight tickets are offered by company. I continued to get my home base salary seperately as i am going on deputation for 1 year.

The above metioned 30000 THB is for meal & other stuff. DO you think if i am able to save something ?
Kridtapas Y. on Apr 13, 2018:
For Those who want to move to Bangkok.
you can find information on Facebook groups.


or website
Kap on Mar 10, 2018:
Hi All,
I got offer from a big IT Farm with 80,000THB salary. I am planning to move Bangkok with my wife. Need help to find some good Apartments/Place to live.
My monthly budget is 12,000THB. Please share some infos.
Anonymous on Feb 26, 2018:
My salary is 35,000 baht/month, before any deductions. I am single. is it posible living at Bangkok?
Anonymous on Feb 22, 2018:
My offer salary id 40000 THB, is it possible to live in Bangkok with this salary.
I am single and don't have a lavish life but I want to save at least 10000THB per month.
is it possible?
Anonymous on Feb 13, 2018:
#Anonymous on Oct 31, 2017 :
If you are a single westerner,a salary of:

1. 40,000 is ok to get by. ----> The minimum legal salary for Westerners is 50,000 (monthly) so unless you're working illegally you should get more than 40K.
2. 50,000 is average.
3. 60,000 or higher is good.
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2018:
I read somewhere, before I decide to live abroad, I should visit that place a few times a year before I decide to move there. Looking for input to where to start to visit within part of Bangkok. Near subway or rail station will be ideal.
Arthorn Sornsamdaeng on Jan 12, 2018:
Hi Nick

your 31k (Thai baht?) is good if you get free apartment and transpiration and meal.
cause these three things are high cost in Bangkok if you bare for a month.
but you have to watch about Social Health Insurance you have to hold at least 1 book.
cause the price for health in Thailand is quite higher.
Arthorn Sornsamdaeng on Jan 12, 2018:
#Thomas J Smith on Nov 11, 2017 :
Thomas your salary is very high (80,000-120,000baht) to live in Bangkok easily, and so happy.
(our minimum wage is 9300thb (281.81usd) (egg is 0.09usd per piece), but you know who get this
minimum salary can even keep money to buy car or land.
if you live in neighbor city, the cost living is less than that. but more peaceful.
Bangkok suitable for traveling, but not suit for living long (just my opinion)
Linny on Jan 03, 2018:
Hi Nick

yes that is a good offer and your salary be appropriate.
Nick on Dec 28, 2017:

I got offer for 31k / month as a base salary. The company will provide transportation, accommodation, even meal. Is it a good offer?
Linny on Dec 20, 2017:
Hi I am Linny and I am Thai, live in Bangkok too

# HDS can you tell me how do you want to stay for a long time and how many people will stay near Rama3?

#Anonymous for 3 years Senior Architect in IT/Telecom industry will get 40K-54K per month but you are expected 70k-100k per month and I think you and your family can live in Bangkok but you should choose the school because have many the private school for KG around 450k-520k per year

#Thomas J Smith I don't know what do you work but salary 80k-120k per month be high and you can live in Bangkok be comfortably.
HDS on Dec 05, 2017:
I am planning to move bangkok this month, can anyone advise me place for stay where i can find indian plp (expect little india) something near rama 3
Anonymous on Nov 16, 2017:
what should be expected salary for 13 years Senior Architect in IT/Telecom industry ? What is the cost of living with family(Wife+Child(4 years). KG school and thereafter ? Day to Day expenses,Accommodation etc.
Thomas J Smith on Nov 11, 2017:
I am thinking of moving to Bangkok. I have a range of 80000 to 120000 bhat.Will I do well on that?
Anonymous on Oct 31, 2017:
If you are a single westerner,a salary of:

1. 40,000 is ok to get by.
2. 50,000 is average.
3. 60,000 or higher is good.

These are the facts that are easier to understand after the 'honeymoon period' is over.
Madhusudhan on Oct 12, 2017:
Hi i am madhu,
i got an opportunity to work in Bangkok. Salary is 55000 THB. planning to move with my family (ie. Self +Wife). i am vegtarian. i would like to know, what could be the monthly expenses on a/c of Food/Accommodation.
How much i an save in THB.
Sam on Sep 03, 2017:
His Elham
40,000 THB is quite a good salary to begin with. You can get an apartment for almosthe 10,000 & 10,000 would be more than enough for food & grover.
Bangkok is a very safe city for girls. You have to chose an area where most expats are residing i.e. Silom, Sukhumvit, Lumpini Park, etc.
I am sure you will enjoy your stay. Cheers
Frederick Frey on Aug 24, 2017:
Would love to find companies working with poly Lycra, manufacturing sports clothing accessories in Bangkok area.
suluger on Aug 16, 2017:
How much is the average monthly salary of a Design Architect to be based in Bangkok Thailand..? and if i would accept the offer there, can the salary afford to rent a house or room only. I would like to understand for i know there will be big difference in the salary and as well as the cost of living between Bangkok, Thailand and Doha, Qatar.

Thanks. and I hope to hear some information from you all.
Elham on Aug 14, 2017:
Hi there
I'm planning to work in Bangkok from October 2017.I will be paid 40.000THB per month.I'm question is that can I afford expenses of rent,transportation, food,etc.?
And how is the security and comfort of bangkok for a 30 year alone girl??
Martin on Jul 30, 2017:
The price for meals are way under what they should be.
Inexpensive restaurant at 60b, well what do we classify as restaurant and where? My lunch is 55b and that is on a plastic chair outside next to a food truck in central bangkok. For me the word "restaurant" should include ac.
80-90b for the food court, still not a restaurant in my mind. I would say 120-160b for something that looks and feel as a restaurant.

For the next one, three-course meal at 700b for 2 people. I don't know if it's a translation error or people didn't read it properly but 700 is way to little.
Again it's down to what you classify as a restaurant. But if you are looking for 3-course I'm thinking at least AC, waiter and the option to order wine.
For a midrange restaurant I would say 1600b and even that is a bit low. For comparison I just had a lunch buffe for 2 people at 752b and that was with 40% discount. And it was a midrange buffe place.
Anonymous on Jul 06, 2017:
I agree with comment #58 (May 24,2017) that 8,000 THB would be a better average apartment price.

"Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 20,580.60 ฿" is certainly not a representative price considering that 15000 THB is already a very high price.