Cost of Living in Chiang Mai

Summary about cost of living in Chiang Mai:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 50.00 ฿ 40.00-75.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 575.00 ฿ 300.00-700.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 165.00 ฿ 150.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 60.00 ฿ 49.00-80.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 120.00 ฿ 60.00-169.64
Cappuccino (regular) 57.42 ฿ 45.00-70.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 20.44 ฿ 15.00-30.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 11.09 ฿ 6.00-16.96
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 183.47 ฿ 98.42-227.12
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 35.27 ฿ 30.00-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 17.56 ฿ 11.34-22.68
Eggs (12) 49.83 ฿ 36.00-65.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 366.35 ฿ 181.44-453.59
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 49.25 ฿ 27.22-80.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 189.43 ฿ 113.40-362.87
Apples (1 lb) 40.82 ฿ 31.75-45.36
Banana (1 lb) 17.39 ฿ 13.61-22.68
Oranges (1 lb) 25.69 ฿ 15.00-36.29
Tomato (1 lb) 15.34 ฿ 11.34-20.41
Potato (1 lb) 17.49 ฿ 13.61-23.59
Onion (1 lb) 14.82 ฿ 13.61-18.14
Lettuce (1 head) 23.12 ฿ 10.00-40.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 16.22 ฿ 13.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 499.50 ฿ 350.00-600.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 51.53 ฿ 37.00-60.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 86.25 ฿ 50.00-150.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 120.00 ฿ 90.00-120.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 ฿ 20.00-30.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 ฿ 800.00-1,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 37.00 ฿ 30.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 14.48 ฿ 11.27-24.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 200.00 ฿ 200.00-300.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 105.14 ฿ 90.85-132.49
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 655,000.00 ฿ 600,000.00-1,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 948,000.00 ฿ 600,000.00-1,300,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,127.41 ฿ 1,062.50-3,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.46 ฿ 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 616.46 ฿ 499.00-800.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,074.49 ฿ 875.00-1,700.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 156.00 ฿ 60.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 170.00 ฿ 140.00-200.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child ?
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 212,500.00 ฿ 175,000.00-250,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,500.00 ฿ 1,000.00-3,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 725.00 ฿ 600.00-1,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,662.79 ฿ 1,800.00-3,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,736.36 ฿ 1,000.00-2,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,204.82 ฿ 6,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 6,488.09 ฿ 4,000.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 23,642.86 ฿ 15,000.00-35,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 14,511.89 ฿ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,109.62 ฿ 2,508.36-6,967.67
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,972.87 ฿ 1,393.53-4,645.11
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 12,921.86 ฿
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 6.22 4.80-7.00

Prices in Chiang Mai

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Last update: June 2017
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36 Comments so far

#ARMAAN KHAN on Jun 20, 2017 :
#ARMAAN KHAN on Jun 20, 2017 :

MEANS 9016.45 BAHT
#try on May 13, 2017 :
Hi ,
I need nice 1 bedroom Apartment in city center. Can I get it in less than 15000 baht ?
I have 1000$ for month budget to live of. is it enough ?
#Jeannie d on Mar 30, 2017 :
how much does zoloft and abilify cost in chiang mai?
#JD on Jan 15, 2017 :
No way can you get a 1-bedroom apartment for 4000 baht. You CAN get an efficiency apartment, i.e. studio apartment for that but not an apartment with a separate bedroom in central Chiang Mai.
#anon on Jan 12, 2017 :
The price for a mid-range local 1-bedroom apartment is 4000 baht per month in central Chiang Mai. Therefore I don't really agree with the current listing for accommodation. You can definitely get by without having to fork out that much unless you want to live in an expensive area like Ninmanhaemin but in a brand new apartment.
#Anonymous on Dec 28, 2016 :
If you are not talking bollocks tell me where I can get a brand new studio flat for 2200 I would love to know
#Anonymous on Dec 28, 2016 :
Don't know what people are going on about 2200 baht for a studio flat you are nuts I lived here for ages and if u paying. 2200 the place is probably a dive in all honesty
#mark on Nov 11, 2016 :
good afternoon im 57 want to move to chang mai single could i live on £15.000 how long would that last me single flat or apartment in side or outside dont drink a lot and would eat mostly from the markets anyone can help me thanks
#Anonymous on Oct 26, 2016 :
Khun Toi... Please send me information ok? My wife is Thai. We live in the US now but are researching the best place to live... Thanks..
#dimitris niko on Sep 01, 2016 :
this chart here is wrong, thailand and chiang mai its much cheaper those are tourist prices for those doesnt know anything, this is not real thailand picture here. i lived in 2013 in phuket that is way way more expsensive lifestyle with 30000 bhat/month. u can live in CM with 25000 easyyyy. its crazy the rent prices picture here, its totally wrong, those are for tourist expats buildings only not really the local lifestyle
#Raenu on Jan 02, 2016 :
Hello everyone
I am planning to build up 10 rooms longstay at my place for retirees.
My background was an operating room nurse.
Kindly contact me back for any question you need about long stay in Chiang Mai.
Raenu Chaichanan (Toi)
#Terry on Dec 30, 2015 :
I am 67 diabetic man. I am retired and receive $1850.00 per month, but would like to spend no more than $1000 dollars or less per month. also do you know how much health insurance cost. thanks for your help
#john on Sep 20, 2015 :
#steve, you don't know anything. 7,000 for a studio? You obviously have been taken for a ride by the real estate agents. Those are farang/lame dupe over-payer prices. I'm paying 2,200 baht a month for a nice, brand new studio apartment in CM. I've lived in Thailand for many years and know the local prices.
#john on Sep 20, 2015 :
6800 for an apartment? Nonsense. Paid 3500 baht/month for a brand new studio apartment when I lived there. Had air-conditioning and free wifi. You can even pay even less for fan/shell units(~1,000-2,500 a month).
#Jimmyy boy on Aug 07, 2015 :
I have a 1500 pension and need to rent a 2 bedroom apartment / condo/ villa with a maid service.
Is this possible in Chiang Mia?
#Caroline on Jun 17, 2015 :
I am thinking to do a student exchange to Chiang Mai, can someone please help me and tell me more or less how much is the living cost ? on accomodation, food and transport per month in Chiang Mai? I will como como from New Zealand thanks
#GLENN HAFFNER on Mar 30, 2015 :
to carol- you are going to live very well--apartments are cheaper than can survive on 900 usd a month, and save a few dollars. There appears to be a renters market, as opposed to a landlords market, now. good luck and don't worry--my only concern is that the transportation system is poorer than bangkok!!
#Carol on Feb 27, 2015 :
Hi, I am 55 yrs old, with a bad back.i have been seriously looking at chaing mai as a place to retire to. Ihave $ a month guaranteed income from ssi currently. Is this enough to live on?? In a few years i will also be able to collect my Canadian pension, probably not to much, but i will be happy to collect it.
Thank you for any info.
#chaf on Dec 14, 2014 :
new house 3 bedroom 2 bathroom 1 kitchen 2 carpark for rent 185 usd per month

next to maejo university about 20 minute from center of chiangmai city

available in 2015
#Mr.Timothy Baxter on Nov 19, 2014 :
My wife and I are looking for wheel chair accessable living in a smaller town outside of Changmai.We are looking to rent a place for 500 usd per month or less.Can you give us any information?
#Dustin st.louis on Aug 24, 2014 :
I need to make oney for my wife and son iam in canada if I sent 1000$ cash chiang mai could we both 2ork something out profitable?
#Aster Tan on Aug 12, 2014 :
Hi everyone,

I just came back from Chiang Mai on a business trip. I am working on a very interesting project in Chiang Mai. Located 10 mins from the airport. We are going to launch the project for sale in Sept'14. Is a condominium with facilities. Price starts from US$78K or S$99K for 1 bedroom apartment. I am also be arranging a tour to Chiang Mai to view the project. People who are interested to join the tour trip will get special discount for hotel stay by the developer.

Chiang Mai is great place for retirement. Everything is generally very cheap. Daily expenses, transportation, food...People are friendly..Great shopping centre... Brand like Robinson, Espirit, Mango, Guess, Uniqlo, Swarovski, KFC, Swensens Ice Cream, Pizza Hut are all flooding Chiang Mai now...Nice cooling weather during year end...Excellent for mountain hiking...

Anyone who's interested can let me know on more details.

#joe d on Jan 01, 2014 :
Hey gonna be moving to chiang mai, or lower beach area. Looking for low crime, nicer weather in country, very easy going ppl, 420 friendly area, looking to budg
#steve on Oct 12, 2013 :
you can not get a 1 bedroom for 8,000 baht a month, not in Chiang Mai. Studio's rent for about 7,000b a month and 1 bedroom is about 13,000.
#nelson peh on Sep 14, 2013 :
i am planning to move my family to chiangmai. I have 2 children age 7 n 5. Can anyone suggest to me which school is ralatively cheap and teaches in english. Which area is best to live in. Thank you.
#nelson on Sep 14, 2013 :
I am thinking of moving my family (children - 7 and 5 yrs old) to chiangmai. Can anyone suggest which school is ralatively cheap, and teaches in english?
And which area is the best to live in. Buget is @ 50000 bhts p/month..
thank you
#Hylton on Sep 01, 2013 :
I am contemplating retiring in Chaing Mai,I am 51 yrs old. I would be buying a condo and a new vehicle and am budgeting on all of my total living expenses being $1000.00 -$1200 US a month.
I like the odd beer and my needs are simple. I would plan on renting my condo between November through February so I could drive throughout Asia.Do you feel this is achievable.Could you reply via email as well pls. Thanks so much for your articles.
Regards Hylton Smith[New Zealand]
#Greg on Aug 28, 2013 :
Hello all... I'm a 30 year old disabled combat vet on a fixed income of 3500/month US.. how well can I live in a place like Chang mai with that income?
#Gerard on Jul 14, 2013 :
I survive on 36000 baht a month including rent and I am having a ball, in fact most months I save money a I get to know my way around. Chiang Rai is a lot cheaper. Rent in Chiang Rai works out at 94 usd a month for a decent 2 bedroomed place, you just have to have enough money at the start to carry you until you find these places. I don't really drink much and I don't smoke and I socialise the Thai way. Hope all this helps you
#Gerard on Jul 14, 2013 :
Isadora you'll do fine on that money just have a little bit extra for start up costs like a months deposit on a place to live and depending on the supplier a downpayment for your utilities ( this is quiet a common practice in Ireland also). Stay away from the crazy bars, there are lots of bars in Chiang Mai where the more seasoned expats hang out and where you can enjoy a casual drink and meet new friends without the hassle of a drunken crowd ( this is the same everywhere ). I am moving to Mae Sot purely for the convenience of border visa runs and I got a job a a volunteer there also. So I am looking forward to a new experience. Good luck
#Gerard on Jul 14, 2013 :
Hi Peter why don't you stay at home, the noise you speak about from the Temples is part of there culture. You are yet another farang who expects western standards at a cheaper cost, you won't find it here. if you expect a cheaper version of your own country stay at home and find a small town or village to live in, preferably as far away from the rest of us as possible. Chiang Mai and her people are beautiful and fun loving but if you want something more sedate and cheaper try Chiand Rai. Chiang Rai is no doubt the next up and coming expats destination in Thailand. The further south you go ( nearer the beaches) the more expensive it gets but if jungles and mountains are your thing then go north.
#Jazz on Jul 12, 2013 :
A place called home and good for retired at Tao's residence, Chiang Mai THAILAND
Contact Jazz 6683-765-4430 /
#peter on Jul 09, 2013 :
Rain and smog are the two main negatives for Chiang Mai (around March, for the latter, and up to Oct.for the former.

Noise of silly Buddhist temples' dongs and chants and dogs are a pain if you happen to live close-by. Sadly, these are everywhere. I guess monks don't understand the simple notion of not bothering other people!

Prices as described here are quite accurate, though they can be lowered subtantially if you do your own cooking, which can be a bonus, unless you find a decent shop that does NOT add MSG or salt to everything! Buying a 100 cc to 150 cc scooter is worth it at 15,000 to 30,000 BAhts NEW.
#isadora on Jun 18, 2013 :
im planning to move to chiang mai,and would like to know if 40,000 baht a month comfortablw with housing/ food/healthcare and utilities/ dont know how much is healthcare in chiang mai monthly.please provide more info, trying to see my budget.plz e mail me,, thanks,isadora
#Richard on Jun 08, 2013 :
I've been researching retirement and have decided on Chiang Mai. I would appreciate any information concerning my move and any communications such as expat postings. Thanks, Richard Scott