Everyday life prices in detail, to get an idea of the cost of living in Thailand before a trip or expatriation project: food, accommodation, entertainment.
Life was cheap in Thailand, but today, with the rise of baht, we can no longer enjoy it as much as before.
Nevertheless, Thailand remains a country where the cost of living is low compared to the West.
And you can still live there for less if you avoid the tourist areas and eat in the restaurants where the Thai people go.
Prices vary from one region to another, feel free to make corrections or updates using the comments below the article.
Cost of living in Thailand: grocery store
Average water bottle: 5 baht
Mineral water 1.5 liters: 15 baht
Fruit juice 1.5 liters: 70 baht
Bottle of milk 1 liter: 55 baht
Water in a 20-liter bottle: 20 baht (the set point for the first bottle is 100 baht)
Ice cube bag in mini-market: 5 to 10 baht
Coke, Pepsi, Fanta, and other soda: 20 baht (updated 2017)
Beer in a can: 40 to 70 baht (updated 2017)
Large beer bottle: depending on the brand, from 25 to 90 baht
Half bottle of Sang Som rum Som: 140 baht
Instant noodle package: 6 to 20 baht
One packet of chips of average size = 20 baht
A bottle of vitamin drink with caffeine (M150, Red bull…) = 10 baht
Small bag of biscuit = 5 baht
One canned Camembert = 200 baht
Waterproof (rain protection made of fine plastic) = 15 baht
12 eggs = 50 baht (updated 2017)
Cost of living in Thailand: tobacco and cigarettes
Brown rolling tobacco: from 5 baht
Rolling cigarette paper sheet (without glue): 1 baht
Marlboro cigarette: 125 baht/package (updated 2017)
LM Cigarette: 85 baht/package (updated 2017)
Krong Thip: 96 baht
Mild Seven cigarette: 95 baht
You can also buy cigarettes by the unit.
Miscellaneous living costs
For each withdrawal at an ATM, you will have to pay a tax of 200 baht
Film screening at the MBK: 200 baht
Introductory diving session: 2000 baht
Cyber coffee: 15 to 30 baht/hour
Tips in Thailand
It is not in the habits of the country except in chic places, massage parlors, trendy bars, and karaoke.
Example of a tip you can leave if you are satisfied with the service:
In a restaurant: 10/20 baht
In the taxi: they often say they don’t have the change to get more
At the hotel 10 to 20 baht for the baggage handler and the maid
After a massage: 40 to 50 baht
For a guide: 50 to 100 baht for a short visit.
For a woman in karaoke who sit with you to discuss and serve drinks: 100 to 200 baht
Cost of living in Thailand: Thai massage
In tourist areas like Koh Samui massages price between 600 and 1000 baht.
In other places:
200 to 300 baht per hour for a foot or body massage
from 300 baht to more for an oil massage
Tips: it is customary if the massage has been well done, to leave a tip of about 40/50 baht to the masseuse.
See also: Thai Massage, Nuad Bo Rarn
Cost of living at the coffee
All the drinks below are between 50 and 80 baht minimum in tourist areas, but of better quality too.
Coffee, hot or iced chocolate: 20 to 60 baht
Fruit juice in a blender: 25 to 60 baht
Green tea, lemon or other: 15 to 40 baht
Cost of living in Thailand: restaurant
Meal, drink in:
A street food restaurant: from 40 baht/per (updated 2018)
A small Thai restaurant: 90 baht/per
A foreign restaurant: 200 to 400 baht/per
Water bottle: 15 to 30 baht
Coke and other soda: 10 to 20 baht
Beer bottle: 35 to 60 baht
Beer can: 40 baht
Noodle soup: 15 to 30 baht
A simple dish with rice or noodle: from 25 to 50 baht
Thai specialty dish: 30 to 80 baht
Western meal: 80 to 400 baht
A Thai pizza (mayonnaise replaces cheese): from 70 baht
A Western pizza: from 150 baht
Kebab: 60 baht
Lasagna dish: 150 baht
McDo: 90 baht
A plate of French fries: 70 to 90 baht
Cost of living: bars-restaurants-concert, karaoke, kaafe
A Kaafe is an establishment where singers take turns singing and where you can buy a flower necklace from the artist of your choice.
Usually, if we buy a flower necklace, the singer will come and sit at our table for a talk.
A large bottle of beer: Count from 140 to 200 baht (updated 2017)
Bucket with ice cubes: 20 baht
A karaoke song: 5 to 10 baht
A necklace offered to the singer: 20 baht (often sold by 5, 100 baht, therefore)
The glass provided to an attendant: 30 to 150 baht
The dish (aperitif and others): 70 to 250 baht
Hotel, guest-house, camping
The comfort and hygiene of low-cost hotels are random.
I have sometimes paid 200 baht for a large modern room with a small lounge and TV in a small town.
Superior category hotels: between 2500 baht and 4000 baht/room
Medium category hotels: between 400 baht and 1000 baht/room
Cheap hotels: between 150 baht and 350 baht/room
Guest-house: between 150 baht and 600 baht
A camping place in the national parks: 60 bahts/night (rental of camping equipment: 300 bahts/night)
The easiest way to find out the price of a hotel is to go directly to an online reservation site:
You can compare the largest travel sites in a single search to find the best hotel offers with Hotellook.com
Cost of living in Thailand: renting an apartment or house
The low prices displayed are those found in most of the country, in tourist areas and some large cities it is much more expensive, as in Bangkok.
Rental in provincial and village cities
Furnished garage-style apartment (in Thai: hong teou) with kitchenette, bathroom (room with Turkish toilet and tap, shower bowl container for the first prices): from 1500 to 4000 baht.
Small apartment with TV (cable), air conditioning, from 3000 baht, there are many very comfortable from 4000/5000 baht.
House in town: from 3000 baht for a Thai-style house, from 5000 baht for a house more adapted to Western comfort
Country house: from 1500 for a straightforward home and 2500 baht for a simple house with garden, from 4000 baht for a house equipped in the West (sink, shower, kitchenette, air conditioning).
Accommodation in Bangkok
Apartment without extra, without air conditioning, in a building: around 3500 to 6500 baht per month.
Small furnished and equipped apartment: between 5000 and 10 000 baht per month
To get an idea of the price of housing in Bangkok to see this site: thaiapartment.com
Water bill in Thailand
From 60 to 300 baht.
The cost of water has always been meager, it was even free when a certain level not exceeded, but it was non-potable water since water treatment is evolving in many regions, prices are rising.
Electricity costs in Thailand
300/400 baht per month for a small consumption without air conditioning.
More than 1000 baht with air conditioning.
(Electricity scams are frequent and easy for Thai people to organize with the guy who comes to read the meter, be careful not to pay for your neighbors)
Cost of living in Thailand: Telephone and internet
Fixed: 109 Baht / month + communication
ADSL internet subscription: from 590 baht
Unlimited 3G Internet, 5 GB: 980 baht
Mobile phone: from 1000 baht
The prepaid SIM card: 300 bahts
Refills cost 50, 100, 150, 150, 300, or 500 baht
National call: 3 baht/minute
International call: 7 baht/minute
To send a postcard: the price is 20 – 25 baht
To send a parcel or document urgently with EMS (3/5 days to Europe): 1100 baht for the first kilo then 250 baht for each additional kilo.
Thai course: 120 hours + One-year student visa = 17000 to 25000 Bahts (the visa extension to be done every three months costs 1900 Bahts)
Foreign school: 250,000 baht/year per child
International schools: between 2,000 and 20,000 euros per year
Cost of living in Thailand: transport
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The average price of transport in Thailand
Songtaew (pickup taxi): 10 to 30 Bahts, more than 50 Bahts for private use
Motorcycle taxi: between 20 and 100 Bahts (travel in a medium city, more expensive in Bangkok)
Tuk-tuk: An average trip costs 40 to 100 baht
Taxi: 35 baht for the first two kilometers then 4.5 baht for each subsequent kilometer (an additional 1.3 baht/minute is added in case of waiting or congestion)
Average travel in Bangkok: less than 100 baht
Private taxi: from 150 baht
Bangkok Airport to Khao San Road: 300 – 400 baht
A ticket costs between 16 and 41 baht depending on the distance of the journey
The price of a ticket is from 10 to 40 baht depending on the length of the trip
Regular buses (not air-conditioned) cost in the 10 bahts
Air-conditioned buses cost in the 24 fixed bahts
Minibusses require in the 20 flat-rate bahts
The average rate is between 1 and 2 baht per kilometer driven.
Ex: Bangkok Chiang Mai trip in first class: 750 baht
Bangkok – Chiang Mai: 1300 baht in first-class; 550 to 850 baht in second class
Bangkok – Surathani: 1200 baht in first-class; 500 to 800 baht in second class
Thailand Rail Pass: 3000 bahts/adult; 1500 bahts/child
Renting a motorcycle
From 150/200 baht per day for a scooter
About 600 baht for a Honda CB 400 motorcycle
Fuel for a motorbike
From 120 to 200 baht
Buy a motorcycle
From 3000 baht (old used vehicle)
Between 15000 and 25000 baht, you can find good used motorcycles that you can sell without too much loss if you have to go back.
Motorcycle insurance + sticker: 400 bahts/year
Technical inspection: 100 bahts/year
Rent a car
From 1000 baht per day
Buy a car
From 70,000 baht (second-hand)
Insurance: 18000 baht/year
Sticker: 1513 baht/year
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