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Cost of Living in Phuket

Summary about cost of living in Phuket:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 100.00 ฿ 60.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 550.00 ฿ 400.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 200.00 ฿ 180.00-300.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 80.00 ฿ 60.00-90.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 100.00 ฿ 90.00-120.00
Cappuccino (regular) 75.56 ฿ 50.00-120.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 20.50 ฿ 12.00-50.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 13.85 ฿ 8.00-30.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 261.19 ฿ 170.34-340.69
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 40.82 ฿ 27.22-58.97
Rice (white), (1 lb) 17.39 ฿ 11.34-45.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 65.00 ฿ 50.00-75.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 396.89 ฿ 136.08-453.59
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 41.55 ฿ 36.29-49.90
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 154.22 ฿ 113.40-226.80
Apples (1 lb) 31.75 ฿ 24.95-40.82
Banana (1 lb) 11.34 ฿ 6.80-15.88
Oranges (1 lb) 26.46 ฿ 15.88-36.29
Tomato (1 lb) 13.61 ฿ 9.07-15.88
Potato (1 lb) 15.88 ฿ 11.34-36.29
Onion (1 lb) 12.34 ฿ 9.07-17.69
Lettuce (1 head) 20.00 ฿ 20.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 15.60 ฿ 12.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 800.00 ฿ 500.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 62.50 ฿ 60.00-70.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 88.33 ฿ 55.00-120.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 120.00 ฿ 120.00-145.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 30.00 ฿ 30.00-50.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 0.00 ฿
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 200.00 ฿ 50.00-200.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 56.33 ฿ 40.23-64.37
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 450.00 ฿ 300.00-600.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 117.35 ฿ 105.99-147.63
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 600,000.00 ฿ 575,000.00-609,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 783,000.00 ฿ 700,000.00-850,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,854.86 ฿ 2,000.00-5,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.92 ฿ 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 756.13 ฿ 530.00-1,200.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,627.78 ฿ 1,000.00-2,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 300.00 ฿ 100.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 ฿ 200.00-300.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 15,400.00 ฿ 11,666.67-20,833.33
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 346,666.67 ฿ 200,000.00-500,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,500.00 ฿ 800.00-2,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,066.67 ฿ 250.00-1,600.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,000.00 ฿ 1,500.00-4,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,757.14 ฿ 1,500.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,500.00 ฿ 5,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,960.14 ฿ 4,787.40-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 30,214.29 ฿ 7,979.00-45,457.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 18,300.00 ฿ 6,383.20-35,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 7,277.34 ฿ 2,999.98-9,290.23
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,948.35 ฿ 2,787.07-7,432.18
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 23,909.09 ฿
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.94 5.00-8.50

Prices in Phuket

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Last update: January 2019
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8 Comments so far

#cj on Jan 13, 2019 :
Phuket is more expensive for good reason. It is the most popular island destination in Thailand and offers tourists an incredible range of facilities/activities/cosmopolitation/etc.etc.
Any island tourist centre in the world that has-it-all will be more expensive.
The usual reasons apply as root cause, expensive real estate and greedy land lords which cause the domino effect on prices right down to the tiniest thing.
#BangTaoBeach on Dec 17, 2018 :
Phuket is very expensive for most items in terms of dining out in a decent to nice restaurant. Wine, cheese, Salami, Avocados etc...are down right way over the top expensive. Beer bought from the market is (San Miguel Light) costs $1.21 for a 11.5 ounce bottle compared to 61 cents for Bud or Coors Light in California when you buy a 36 pack of 12 ounce cans or bottles. If you want to eat inexpensively stick to small off the beaten track Thai restaurants. If you go out to eat in Bandon Road in Cherng Talay and Boat Avenue you will be paying states prices for a meal, especially at Boat Avenue. Villa Market is more expensive than a super market in California. Best to forget about things you crave from back home.

Where you will save money is on rent, utilities, mobile phone use. You can find a decent 3 bedroom relatively close to the beach for under $600. I pay 15,650 Baht a month for a 3 bedroom, two bath home 2 kilometers from the beach on a large piece of land with a jungle behind my backyard. Phuket is the most expensive province in Thailand for sure. But if you take your time you can find some deals on accommodation/rent.
#Anonymous on Sep 27, 2018 :
Heads up!

Phuket is the most expensive province in Thailand.
And the more tourists,the more costly your trip or living expenses will be in Phuket.
#Chris C on Jul 06, 2018 :
People who commented things are more expensive are getting sucked into tourist traps. Things are super cheap (even cheaper) if you find out where the locals eat, shop, etc...

If you expect to get off a plane and stay for 5 days and go to a popular tourist spot and eat where all the tourists eat,you're going to pay tourist price- like those who commented.

I see people pay $3 for a meal I can get for $1.25 a block away.
#Koran on Apr 16, 2018 :
The prices are the same or less as shown above, you can easily get a bargain if you're not afraid to negotiate, for example when we arrived they said that a taxi ride from the airport to Patong would be 3200 baht, but after a little talk we got one for 800 baht. And a meal is usually something like 200 baht in a medium nice restaurant, but if you want to eat the tastiest food ever, then I'd recommend going to the night markets, there you can get rice or noodles with whatever meat you want, a pancake or ice cream for dessert and a coconut or any other fruit shake for 50, 60 and 35 baht respectively, and it will be the tastiest food from your whole trip.

Also alcohol in stores is pretty cheap, like 32 baht for a beer, but in bars and clubs - not so much, from 70 baht to 220 baht. And you can get cigarettes for around 60 bahts, menthol ones a little bit above a 100 bahts.
#Alex on Aug 11, 2017 :
For 2 People in restoran 50e ist just normal??? Avgust 7 2017
#James on Feb 18, 2017 :
Way more expensive now.
850-1000b from airport to patong
80-100b for beer in bar
150-200b for beet in club
300b for a meal
#Kerry Goodman on Feb 08, 2017 :
We went to Phuket in January, and trust me,most things are more expensive.
Was very dissapointed..