Cost of Living in Bangkok

Summary of cost of living in Bangkok, Thailand:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.17 $ 1.44-7.20
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 28.81 $ 17.29-57.62
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.76 $ 4.61-7.20
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.30 $ 1.44-4.32
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.32 $ 2.88-7.20
Cappuccino (regular) 2.28 $ 1.01-4.32
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.58 $ 0.43-1.15
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.33 $ 0.20-0.58
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.47 $ 4.69-9.92
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.57 $ 0.78-3.92
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.69 $ 0.39-1.28
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.99 $ 1.38-2.83
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8.02 $ 3.27-15.68
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.54 $ 0.78-2.29
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.59 $ 3.27-11.57
Apples (1 lb) 1.36 $ 0.52-2.09
Banana (1 lb) 0.62 $ 0.39-1.31
Oranges (1 lb) 0.90 $ 0.46-1.69
Tomato (1 lb) 0.70 $ 0.28-1.05
Potato (1 lb) 0.74 $ 0.28-1.31
Onion (1 lb) 0.61 $ 0.39-1.05
Lettuce (1 head) 1.19 $ 0.58-2.16
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.47 $ 0.29-0.63
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.17 $ 11.52-28.81
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.68 $ 1.15-2.59
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.86 $ 1.44-4.61
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.32 $ 3.46-4.93
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.28 $ 0.86-1.73
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 37.45 $ 34.57-83.55
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.01 $ 1.01-1.15
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.83 $ 1.62-2.32
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5.33 $ 2.88-7.20
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.31 $ 3.82-4.80
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 57,620.28 $ 49,268.02-63,382.31
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,172.70 $ 24,488.62-27,369.63
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 78.13 $ 57.62-163.26
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.05 $ 0.03-0.09
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 15.56 $ 11.52-23.05
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 57.14 $ 28.81-100.84
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.40 $ 5.76-14.41
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.63 $ 5.76-11.52
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 561.76 $ 230.48-1,200.42
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,523.28 $ 8,643.04-25,929.13
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 55.66 $ 21.61-100.84
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.83 $ 17.29-57.62
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 98.01 $ 57.62-158.46
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 99.06 $ 57.62-172.86
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 649.31 $ 432.15-1,008.35
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 306.21 $ 187.27-432.15
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,877.48 $ 1,152.41-2,881.01
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 968.53 $ 576.20-1,440.51
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 523.87 $ 401.48-802.96
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 240.89 $ 214.12-267.65
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 649.22 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.84 3.50-7.50

Prices in Bangkok

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Last update: May 2023
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57 Comments so far
Anonymous on May 25, 2023:
I dont think 22k THB fairly represent comfortable standard of living. I personally spend around 150k just for me and my 2 dogs.
Anonymous on Apr 24, 2023:
You and your wife has a problem if you guys cant survive with 240k. Thats like 7k USD a month. You guys need a lesson in finance.
Anonymous on Apr 03, 2023:
240k thb would be enough to live in the ghetto per month not recommended.Together my wife and I made 635k thb per month barely scraping by.
Anonymous on Mar 27, 2023:
I have an offer of 240k THB per month before tax. Moving in Bangkok with spouse and kid going in 3rd standard. He need to enroll in international school.

Health Insurance, life insurance, and one round trip per year is additional from above mentioned salary.

Would this salary good enough for family of 3 where looking for decent savings per month.
Anonymous on Mar 23, 2023:
I have the option to work remotely as Senior Java Developer from Thailand (as employee on contract with the local company of my employer based in Bangkok). Net Salary after Tax: 146100 THB monthly (something around 2.0-2.2 mio gross per year).

Can I afford a good standard of living with this salary? Is this a competitive salary for a Senior Deveoper?
James on Feb 28, 2023:
Rent in prime area for a good 1 bedroom apartment 45-60 sqm: 40k-60k.
Rent in prime area for a more budget 1 bedroom apartment 45-60 sqm: 25k to 40k.
Rent in a less prime inner BKK area with good access to metro for a budget small studio apartment 30-40 sqm: 12k to 20k.
Utility: Living alone is about 2k-4k. Family of 3 cost about 5k-10k.
Internet: 600-800 THB.
Phone bill: 600-1,000 THB
Budget restaurant: Usually less than 250 THB per meal. Plenty of selection to choose from.
Mid range restaurant for 2: 1,200-2,000 THB per meal.
Groceries: Milk, meat, fruit and vegetables with comparable quality to Europe would cost about 2 times more in BKK. Lesser quality groceries are still quite expensive.
Transportation: Less than 60 THB one way metro ticket. But mostly goes to only prime area. Bus coverage and bus condition are very poor.
Taxi: Less than 200 THB unless you need to travel more than 15-20 km.
Car price: Generally cost roughly twice as expensive compare to the US. Parts are very expensive too.
Non electronic import goods: Hefty tax and mark up.
Electronics: A bit cheaper compare to Europe and almost as cheap as the US.
Tuition fee for a good international school: Cost about 500k to 1 million THB per year.
Salary: Pre tax mean income for the BKK locals according to Thai government is 14k THB per month. Expats on average earn much higher.
Limo on Nov 15, 2022:
Family with one child 6 month old ( wife doesn’t work)
Rent 27-30k baht for 50 sqm
Eletricity bill 5-6k
Take out food around 700-1000 baht
In restaurants 1000-1200
Cleaner for 3 hrs 600-700
Grocery for a week just a basic not fancy one 4000 baht
Mostly working from home , dont have big spending on transportation its around 1000 1500 baht per months
Hard to find good tomato
Anonymous on Nov 01, 2022:
You are financially broke is why you've lived in Bangkok 20 years.Wifey controls your money.You've taken pay for play to a whole new level.
Anonymous on Aug 02, 2022:
Lived in Bangkok for 20 years.. can't imagine living anywhere else..
Dont listen to all the cry babies below...
Anonymous on Jul 17, 2022:
I cannot ever imagine living in Thailand. Once my flight landed enroute,to another country. Being layed over at the Bangkok airport two hours was enough for me.

I made sure my flights didn't land in Thailand anymore over the years though during my travels abroad.
Jason on Jul 04, 2022:
Whatever you see on a restaurant menu, add 17% service charge plus VAT. How they get away with such a mis-leading pricing system is beyond me. I used to eat out 2-3x each week. Now i will either cook or buy from very local restaurants. The foreign brands, tourist ones i will stay well away from. Absolute rip off prices then some have the cheek to add 17% whilst paying their workers 500thb a day.
CATHERINE on May 11, 2022:
I was offered a salary of 117,000 Baht per month. Is this a decent salary? How much would I be able to save a month from this?
Thiago on Mar 04, 2022:
Hi everyone. Me and my wife are thinking about to spend some time (probably 6 months) in Bangkok. I work remotely for a israeli company and i receive my money in dollars. My current salary is around 1600 dollars per month (around 52,000 baht). Is it enough to live in Bangkok including eating out (non expensive food), traveling to visit other countries (low cost trips), etc?
Greg on Oct 11, 2021:
Hey. I'm not sure who covers this. I'm a single guy from USA on Pension. What about an interpreter in Bangkok? How much for like a whole day, 8 hours?
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.
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.