Cost of Living in Phuket

Summary about cost of living in Phuket, Thailand:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 110.00 ฿ 50.00-180.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 945.00 ฿ 600.00-1,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 250.00 ฿ 220.00-300.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 75.00 ฿ 50.00-120.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 140.00 ฿ 80.00-199.00
Cappuccino (regular) 81.00 ฿ 55.00-100.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 27.02 ฿ 15.00-40.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 16.13 ฿ 10.00-30.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 213.24 ฿ 162.77-340.69
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 43.20 ฿ 28.12-90.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 15.67 ฿ 9.07-36.29
Eggs (regular) (12) 49.00 ฿ 36.00-66.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 261.33 ฿ 113.40-680.39
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 28.69 ฿ 18.14-40.82
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 145.91 ฿ 72.57-226.80
Apples (1 lb) 37.56 ฿ 22.68-54.43
Banana (1 lb) 16.18 ฿ 13.61-27.22
Oranges (1 lb) 29.85 ฿ 22.68-38.56
Tomato (1 lb) 20.87 ฿ 9.98-34.02
Potato (1 lb) 17.95 ฿ 9.07-27.22
Onion (1 lb) 16.98 ฿ 9.07-24.95
Lettuce (1 head) 25.62 ฿ 10.00-45.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 16.22 ฿ 12.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 650.00 ฿ 500.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 51.95 ฿ 37.88-60.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 85.71 ฿ 60.00-150.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 135.00 ฿ 100.00-150.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 30.00 ฿ 20.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 0.00 ฿ 0.00-0.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 42.50 ฿ 35.00-200.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 60.35 ฿ 16.09-96.56
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 300.00 ฿ 120.00-500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 169.09 ฿ 149.11-185.49
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,200,000.00 ฿ 1,000,000.00-1,200,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 800,000.00 ฿ 700,000.00-1,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,728.75 ฿ 1,500.00-4,250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.88 ฿ 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 587.25 ฿ 450.00-800.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,652.75 ฿ 625.00-3,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 420.00 ฿ 300.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 ฿ 180.00-350.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 15,000.00 ฿ 10,416.67-20,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 316,666.67 ฿ 250,000.00-400,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,083.33 ฿ 600.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,093.75 ฿ 500.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,125.00 ฿ 2,500.00-4,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,714.29 ฿ 1,500.00-3,500.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 11,000.00 ฿ 7,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,277.55 ฿ 7,000.00-15,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 35,500.00 ฿ 25,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 24,375.00 ฿ 15,000.00-40,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,445.06 ฿ 6,967.67-13,935.34
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,348.32 ฿ 5,574.14-7,896.69
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 16,500.00 ฿
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.82 2.50-6.60

Prices in Phuket

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8 Comments so far
Cameron on Dec 07, 2019:
Woundering if 2400 canadian or 1800 us funds is enough to live per month in pahkuet
Anonymous on Aug 05, 2019:
How many years ago was this survey done?!
Phuket prices for food and taxi are way more expensive than shown on this inaccurate website.
The Phuket tourism industry in its greed is pricing itself out of the tourist holiday destination market. Tourism numbers are down in Patong; locals in the tourist industry are telling me the same.
Having stayed in Patong and Old Phuket Town, for three weeks in 2019, I will be now be heading to alternative less expensive, better value destinations in the future, i.e Philippines, Cambodia.
Bill on May 24, 2019:
I live in Phuket, Chalong area (east side). Bought a really nice house in the Land & House community (where the Patong hotel owners live). 2-story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, with a yard cost 4.4 million baht. To me it was a steal. If you live like a local, which I like to try and do, eating at roadside stands (that have a lot of locals eating there) will set you back about 300 baht a day. If you want to eat like a Westerner, you will pay for it; especially when it come to cheese. If you want to vacation here, get an AirBnB on the east side of the island. Rent a motorbike; it only takes 20-30min to drive over to the west side beaches. East side has plenty to offer in restaurants and shopping.
Steve on Feb 17, 2019:
Was in Phuket last February, stayed for 1 night at a small hotel for what seemed to me to be well from the beach....was not what it was advertised to be, then the next am, no electricity ... staff didn't seem to care.... I immediately went searching for another place and found 1 about 1/2 block off the beach...rented a scooter (ps, I'm 69, in good shape) and had a great time. I'm not what i consider rich, but i can travel reasonably well and just live off my dividend and social security income. i ate generally at restaurants, although not all the time. My scooter was used every day and I drove all over; found an out of the way beach bar which i went to about 3 days of my stay.....drove down roads not well travelled, a dirt track and then a walk down to a bouldered beach (I'm talking boulders 12 feet high). A long steep walk by the way. Didn't have the courage to get into the water, wasn't because of the current, but the boulders on the beach were covered with barnacles and while I could easily jump in, i was not sure if I could get out without getting all cut up. Phuket was just part of my 2 month stay in Thailand and Cambodia. The beach club noted above was fairly expensive. Massage locations everywhere 3,000 baht, some good some bad. i drink mostly beer and water during the daytime; at night look for a place that might serve a good red wine (expensive) as in state side expensive. Not sure what it would cost to live there for an extended period of time. The small hotel i stayed at was owned by a couple from Korea, it was well kept and maintained and i spoke to them regularly. About 900 baht per day, probably could have negotiated it down, but it would have been just for the negotiation of the was worth it. I sometime have this illusion of living in Thailand, but then again, wonder if it would be for me. i'd need to have golf clubs and have access to a golf club, where I could play a few time a week.
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.