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Cost of Living in Chiang Mai

Summary about cost of living in Chiang Mai:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 50.00 ฿ 40.00-60.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 550.00 ฿ 300.00-800.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 170.00 ฿ 150.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 70.00 ฿ 50.00-85.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 120.00 ฿ 65.00-170.00
Cappuccino (regular) 53.50 ฿ 40.00-71.76
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 20.45 ฿ 12.00-35.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 9.08 ฿ 6.00-14.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 237.29 ฿ 166.56-347.31
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 34.74 ฿ 29.03-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 18.85 ฿ 14.00-32.83
Eggs (regular) (12) 46.20 ฿ 35.00-70.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 249.48 ฿ 181.44-272.16
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 45.23 ฿ 27.22-68.04
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 185.22 ฿ 136.08-226.80
Apples (1 lb) 46.70 ฿ 27.22-68.04
Banana (1 lb) 9.07 ฿ 6.80-15.00
Oranges (1 lb) 24.95 ฿ 18.14-40.82
Tomato (1 lb) 17.24 ฿ 9.07-36.29
Potato (1 lb) 17.51 ฿ 13.61-25.40
Onion (1 lb) 12.85 ฿ 9.07-18.14
Lettuce (1 head) 16.75 ฿ 10.00-25.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 18.23 ฿ 10.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 600.00 ฿ 400.00-650.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 51.36 ฿ 40.00-65.66
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 73.83 ฿ 60.00-120.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 120.00 ฿ 105.00-145.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 30.00 ฿ 20.00-30.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 ฿
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 50.00 ฿ 30.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 32.19 ฿ 16.09-56.33
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 200.00 ฿ 200.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 113.88 ฿ 98.42-147.63
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 900,000.00 ฿ 660,000.00-2,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 750,000.00 ฿ 600,000.00-850,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,569.77 ฿ 800.00-2,550.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.45 ฿ 1.00-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 700.00 ฿ 500.00-984.90
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 979.99 ฿ 800.00-1,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 413.33 ฿ 40.00-1,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 150.00 ฿ 120.00-180.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 5,916.67 ฿ 4,000.00-20,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 265,833.33 ฿ 140,000.00-500,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,966.67 ฿ 700.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 700.00 ฿ 500.00-1,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,793.53 ฿ 1,500.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,616.67 ฿ 800.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,520.53 ฿ 6,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,250.00 ฿ 4,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 22,730.77 ฿ 18,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 15,250.00 ฿ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 6,812.83 ฿ 4,180.60-10,219.25
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,109.62 ฿ 3,716.09-5,574.14
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 14,136.63 ฿
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.00 3.00-6.00

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Last update: December 2018
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33 Comments so far

#Tim on Nov 22, 2018 :
Hi Eric. Not sure who you were responding to. Maybe the entire string. I'm guessing your are young (20's maybe) and don't have health insurance. You are young and maybe haven't experienced a lot of the comforts that an older retiree either has gotten used to or is in need of due to their older age. My comments and perspective were from someone in their 60's that has gotten used to some of the nicer things in life like living in a place that has more than one room and not having to eat street food every day to adhere to a low budget.

Maybe a young person can live on $1000 or less over there since they live on a shoe-string budget, live in a tiny room and don't pay health insurance. A lot of us don't want to live on a shoe-string budget as a retiree. So, if you consider you'd be paying hundreds of dollars a month for health insurance as a retiree and more and more each year as you get older it adds up. That is a major reason for an older person to stay in the US as they have Medicare to help a lot with their health bills. You need to look at things thru the eyes of every age category and not just a millennial.

Yes, cooking at home is something I would do. Steaming a lot of cheap vegetables would indeed be both healthy and cost efficient.

I'm curious of your perspective on the rat, roach and mosquito issues. Have you experienced much with any of them? can I ask how old you are. It'll help me understand your comments better.
#Erik on Nov 22, 2018 :
I lived in Chiang Mai for two years from 2016-2018. Don't listen to the people on here saying it's even close to expensive. It's really not and can be done on $1,000 or less per month very easily.

"I will get tired Thai food. That must mean I need to go to expensive western restaurants every day. I also need a luxurious condo that fits my high western standards. This all adds up! It's almost as much as I was paying in the US!"

Oh were you living in a condo with a pool in the city center of a big city in the US? Oh were you eating out every day in the US? No. Not even close.

Sure, western restaurants do cost more ($6-10 per meal). But....gee, I don't know, maybe cook at home? Comparing a life where you eat at out everyday to one where you'd mostly cook at home is ridiculous. Simply put, you can live REASONABLY for a very cheap price here. Think eating locally or cooking western food at home, renting a decent place, and going to western restaurants a few times a week. This is still very nice living by the way.

If you expect to live like a king here, then yeah you might pay an amount that's equal to a frugal life in the US. But then you're comparing Apples and Oranges.
#Tim on Nov 21, 2018 :
Abe - I agree with you 100%. Prices in CM are headed higher and you never know how the exchange rate will change between the dollar and baht. It could be a blessing to folks retiring/living there from the US or a curse. I plan on visiting next year but have several friends who have lived there for many years. What you say about "low quality" in building is spot on according to my friends there. I had one friend tell me about how bad the termites are there. She said a friend of hers was visiting a friend and leaned on the kitchen counter and it collapsed. Caution when buying a home or condo there.

It's true that you can go to one of the food courts in the malls or grocery stores or even the street vendors and have a good meal for $2 but that's Thai food. It's good but do you really want it every meal? If not then you have to pay far more for a western meal.

All the rules there related to checking in with immigration is a lot to deal with in my opinion. You have to notify them every time you move and check in every 90 days to verify your address. Chiang Mai is no longer "true" Thailand as it's been overtaken by retirees from other countries and digital nomads. Just go to youtube and look at the night life. All you see are white people other than the Thai's working in the establishments.

I planned on living over there but now the costs are going up so much it would be cheaper to live in the USA and for many reasons Abe mentions.

Also, you have to deal with possible malaria and other mosquito transmitted diseases. Now, Has anyone talked about the huge population of RATS there? Google it and see the throngs of rats eating out of the plastic trash bags that establishments leave outside that are picked up in the early morning hours. Then one friend mentioned how her and her husband were eating dinner when a rat fell from the ceiling landing on their table and jumping on her husband while escaping. Then the owner and his Thai wife came over and looked up and saw a large snake up where the rat just fells from. NICE!!

Oh, and I heard about the cockroach problem there. Off the charts.

Abe has it right. Maybe VISIT Thailand but if you think living there long term is a good idea then think again. Just my two cents.
#Abe on Nov 18, 2018 :
I was working in Shanghai for years before deciding to move to Thailand. Wherever I looked downtown BK or CM that catered even remotely to foreigners, the prices rivaled those back home for me (US). I hired a local guide for a weekend. We looked at over TWO DOZEN apartments and efficiencies. They were all claustrophobic and, as someone else here has already said, low (construction, maintenance) quality. Yet they would have cost me the same as a mid-ranged 1-bedroom in the US Midwest. No way was I going to pay a comparable amount to live in Thailand as what I'd pay back home where I have far more autonomy, understand the legal system reasonably well, and am entitled to live wherever I want for as long as I want. I think a lot of these cost comparison guides don't take into effect the explosive increases in costs of living due to, as someone else said below, wealthy expats pouring into Thailand, driving costs up just the same way it's happening in our own countries.

By the time there's a large ex-pat scene somewhere, costs have significantly gone up. And by the time the wealthy investors arrive, game over. Thailand is fast becoming just that. I've also lived throughout Europe, North Africa, and South America and found the same trends there. Costa Rica/Panama/Morocco/Poland ... cheap. Nope! Not anymore. Add in the headaches with all the bureaucracy (not to mention the nearly universal unofficial perceived-rich-expat-taxes/fees) involved, returning home can be a bargain in comparison.
#Berni on Oct 08, 2018 :
A midrange, 3-course meal for 2 persons can be had for 500 baht - IF you eat Thai food.
However, if you prefer to eat western food, eg. Italian or French, your bill will be 1,200 baht and up.
#Berni on Oct 08, 2018 :
IMHO, the indicated rent prices for 1-bed-room-apartments might be misleading, because it is a comparison between pears and apples.
1) You cannot compare Thai construction quality wit European standards. As a result, even a 10 year old building can be totally worn out, not at least due to bad maintenance.
2) There are a lot of new condo buildings. However, most developers tend to build 1-BR-condos in shoebox-sizes, 34-42 sqm. I think, a good average for those is 14,000 baht monthly, based on a 1-year contract. A 75 sqm 1-BR will cost at least 20,000 baht.
3) Rental rates tend to rise further, due to a lot of China mainland expats with pockets full of money.
#Berni on Oct 08, 2018 :
Hi Mariana,
officially, you will need a work permit to work in a hotel in reception/bar. There are lot of Thai, you are competing with, speaking sufficient English. I assume, the average salary will be 20,000 baht in CM. IMHO, most hotels will shy away from the red tape for the work permit, if it is only for such an low level job.
In other tourist places in Thailand, you will also often observe Filipinas to cover English at the reception, working often without work permit and applying for an Education Visa, because the Thai salaries are higher than their salaries in Philippines.
#Mariana on Jun 15, 2018 :
Hi everybody.
Im preparing myself to move from London to Thailand, Chiang Mai.
I will have for beginning around £1500 till I will find a job . I would like to work in hotel on reception or in the bar.
Can please you guys write me into email what you think .If money will be enough for beginning or I should save more? And its easy for European to find a work?
Thank you for all tips and ideas.
Mariana
#Chris on Apr 22, 2018 :
John, at 5K a month, you would be able to live VERY comfortably in any place in Southeast Asia, except for maybe Singapore, where you would just be comfortable.
#John on Apr 09, 2018 :
I have a 5K+ monthly income. If I am reading all these stories correctly I should be able to rent a nice country house and live comfortable. I 79 years of age and don't drink alcohol,smoke or gamble. I would like to learn another culture. I served in the USAF in Tachikawa, Japan from 1957-1959 and loved the place. The air force didn't care about love and sent me to El Paso,Texas (talk about a bummer).

I would be looking to hire an English speaking live-in housekeeper closer to my age than a youngster. However I could make an exception If she were to need occasional help. I would more than willing to hire a part timer to work her sick days and heavy cleaning days and suchlike. I figure I could eat out or buy ahead and eat in on the big holidays.

I hope this doesn't read like I think I know it all or expect that I have it mentally programed to have it all my way. I do expect to compromise on some particulars.

Please give me a realistic answer (US style) to my question, am I tinking about this in the right way or what?
#Anonymous on Nov 06, 2017 :
2500 up to 6000 bahts is the price for Levis in a fancy and expensive shopping centers.
#dan on Nov 05, 2017 :
Is Chiang mai safe for falang, is nongkhai better?
#Archibald Tuttle on Oct 30, 2017 :
"1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,500.00 ฿"
Can anyone confirm this? It seems outrageous for CM.
A pair of blue jeans ("or similar") has got to be way lower than 2500 baht.
#Admin on Sep 05, 2017 :
Matjaz, individual costs are much different. I.e. in Chiang Mai you can eat street food, but if you want western food it is more expensive. Similar in supermarkets. We have a model to calculate basket of goods and services more based on western foods, that's why that basket looks more expensive than it usually is (but can be even more expensive, depending of your lifestyles).
#Matjaz on Sep 01, 2017 :
I love this website but I am not sure if data for Chiang Mai are correct, for example:

A single person monthly costs: 440.71€ without rent
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 335.66 €

This is not possible because no one would survive. I was in Chiang Mai twice and it is not possible that family of 4 would spend 1,600 EUR per month.

I think this data is wrong, Chiang Mai is much cheaper.
#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.
Regards,
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 bangkok.you 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 $17oo.us 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