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    Survival Guide: How much does it cost to live in Thailand ?
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    Thailand gets a lot of attention as a fantastic travel destination in Southeast Asia; it’s also a great place to call home. The most common questions before moving to a new country include, “How much is it going to cost me?” and, “Is X amount enough each month?” While there are no fixed amounts, we are here to help paint the picture. There are many factors to consider and we’ll cover the basics in this post. So without further ado, here’s a shortlist of common expenses for life in Thailand.

    Let’s get the elephant out of the room. This one gets tricky since there are many options to choose from. And this also depends on where you’re going to live in Thailand, especially in Bangkok. You can find apartments around 10,000 baht, and this is as basic as it gets. This is your standard, modern studio or 1-bedroom unit with air conditioning. This tends to be on the outskirts of the city, but you’ll be surprised by how good it is. If you live alone and don’t need anything too fancy, we’d say this is a great option. The only downside to this is the lack of public transportation, specifically the BTS sky train or the MTR subway. You can find places for cheaper, but we don’t recommend it. At 20,000 baht, this is probably your best option. But if you need more space or a good location, then consider paying 30,000 baht per month. You can spend more on rent if you wish. You can live happily ever after at 50,000 baht or more per month. This has everything you need, from location to size to view. We want to note that either the MRT or BTS should be available at this price point.

    There are three carriers: DTAC, True, and AIS. The cheapest post-paid package you can get starts at around 300-400 baht. This is enough for everyday use if you’re not a heavy user. Free talk time is about 100 minutes while the internet is a limited amount. The average bill every month is 500-700 baht, and most people tend to go for this option. The cost depends on the data and the call time. If you want the best of the best, packages can cost more than 1,000. This gives you unlimited internet/data, hundreds of minutes’ worth of talk time and 5G.

    Now, the cost of food is similar to rent and it’s very subjective. This will vary depending on how you want to spend your money. Eating like a local will be much cheaper than eating out at Western restaurants, and cooking at home will save you a ton of money. Meals at food courts or at street vendors costs no more than 60 baht a dish. Imagine a bowl of noodles or a meat and rice combo (more carbs than protein, of course). There is nothing special about it, but it gets the job done. Mind you, it’ll also be tasty in all it’s Thai cuisine freshness. For restaurants inside an office building or a shopping mall, expect to pay at least 300 baht per meal. At least. Of course, there are fancier options available, to the tune of 1,000 baht per meal. It just depends on your budget.

    If you don’t have a car and plan to live in Bangkok, your primary methods of transportation will be standard taxis, motorbike taxis, the BTS and the MRT. The trains can be expensive if you rely on them every day: it can cost more than 50 baht per trip. But it’s still much cheaper than grabbing a cab. We don’t recommend taking taxis often, as they’ll chew up your expenses. Taxi drivers are notorious for meter rigging and usually expect a tip. Driving a car in Thailand is a good alternative to public transportation, offering more privacy, comfort and convenience. But there are a lot of expenses that come with it, including fuel, tolls, insurance, parking, repairs and tolls. The price of fuel is unpredictable, but it’s around 40 THB per litre on average. Click here for current “oil” prices from PTT.

    For men, the local barber will cost no more than 200. If you’re lucky enough, you can find places cheaper than 100 baht. At nicer places, they will cost between 300-400 baht. Want to go all out? At popular or fancy barbers, it can be at least 500 baht. But you get what you pay for. Anything under 200 baht is going to be your standard buzz cut. Probably the barber will use an unsanitised electric trimmer and you’ll leave the shop looking like you’re ready for boot camp. If you want a more skilled and sanitary hair cut, then you’ll have to seek out one of the few barbers who can actually use a pair of scissors. That will cost you more, but it’s worth it if you want to keep your hair of any length.

    Healthcare in Thailand is big business. Many people come here just for the cheap medications and relatively OTP treatments. But it’s difficult to tell you how much something will cost; it depends on many factors. Annual checkups, for example, only cost a few thousand baht. If you happen to have any accidents, which we hope you don’t, it can cost you a lot. For example, if you have to stay overnight in a private hospital, expect to pay at least 10,000 THB. If you don’t mind the long lines, then a public or government hospitals offer options at a much lower prices. The downside, no pun intended, is it’s good to have someone who can speak Thai with you.

    There are many exercise options in Thailand. Most apartments will have a private gym, so you might not have to spend extra money. If you wish to do so, there are quite a lot of choices. The price varies depending on the quality and quantity of the gym itself. A local place is affordable, only a few thousand baht, but it can be more expensive at a more serious gym. Personal trainers aren’t included.

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    Why Is Thailand so Cheap?

    Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, thanks to its rich culture, delectable cuisine, and sun-kissed beaches. But, aside from the fascinating sights, another significant benefit draws visitors from all over the world. Thailand is also extremely reasonably priced! But why? We listed a few reasons.

    Why is Thailand so cheap?
    Thailand is reasonably priced for the average tourist. Living expenses and day-to-day purchases are significantly lower than in other Western countries. This means you can see sights, eat delicious food, and stay in friendly hotels for a fraction of the price of other popular tourist destinations. We’ll review the costs and expenses of travelling in Thailand to help you budget for your trip.

    Which Place in Thailand is the Cheapest?
    Thailand has numerous cities, villages, and islands that are inexpensive to visit. In general, resort areas and tourist destinations are more expensive in terms of travel costs. But don’t be discouraged; travelling on a budget is still possible in these locations. Bangkok is one of the most affordable big-city destinations for travellers. There are high-end hotels, restaurants, and shops, but plenty of low-cost options exist. You can stay in dorms for a few dollars, eat street food snacks, and buy cheap souvenirs. Chaing Mai, located in northern Thailand, is also known as an inexpensive travel destination. As a popular stop on the backpacker route, this city has many hostels with rooms for less than $5 per night. Head to Krabi to experience the beach without dealing with overpriced resorts and restaurants. You can still enjoy the laid-back vibe and tropical atmosphere without breaking the bank. If island hopping is on your itinerary, there are a few less expensive options where your money will go further. For example, Koh Lanta and Koh Chang are ideal for those who want to experience island life without the inflated prices and crowds of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Samui.

    Average Travel Costs in Thailand
    Thailand is a country that welcomes all types of visitors. You could easily spend thousands of dollars if you want a luxurious vacation. However, Thailand is also a great option if you want to save money while still having a great vacation. You can easily spend $20 to $30 daily if you’re on a backpacker budget. This includes lodging, food, and free activities such as public beaches or walking tours. Budget travellers should budget $50 to $75 per day. You’ll have enough money for activities, drinks, and transportation in addition to a private room in a hotel or dorm. Finally, luxury travellers should spend $200 to $300 daily. You could spend this money on a nice resort, fancy dinners, or private tours and excursions.

    Accommodation Costs
    If you’re on a tight budget, you can easily find lodging in Thailand for a few dollars per night. A bed in a hostel will cost you $5 to $10, while a private room will cost you $10 to $20. You can also stay in a private room in a mid-range hotel for between $20 and $40 per night. Keep in mind that lodging costs more in more exclusive vacation areas. Phuket, Koh Samui, and Koh Phi Phi are all included. Tourists flock to these resort towns in droves. As a result, beach bungalows and five-star resorts can range in price from $200 to $400.

    Food Costs
    Thai cuisine is well-known worldwide, and it doesn’t get any better (or cheaper) than right here in Thailand. Street food reigns supreme no matter where you go. Every hour of the day, vendors sell drinks, snacks, and meals. And in most cases, it’s as good as, if not better, what you’d get at a restaurant. Prices vary depending on the dish, but you should budget $1 for desserts or small snacks, $3 for noodles or soup, and $5 for fresh fish or meat. If you prefer to eat out, you can also eat like a king on a budget. Most vegetarian dishes in a family-run restaurant will cost between $3 and $5, while meat or fish dishes can cost up to $7 or $8. Of course, you can pay Western prices if you eat in upscale or internal restaurants in larger cities like Bangkok or Phuket. Although alcohol is inexpensive by Western standards, it can cost nearly as much as a meal when consumed in a restaurant. This is due to the exorbitantly high alcohol taxation rate. For example, a large bottle of beer will most likely cost around $1 to $2, whereas a glass of wine may cost $3 or $4. Cocktails with imported liquors are expensive, ranging from $6 to $10 in a bar.

    Entertainment Costs
    Setting aside money for fun activities will allow you to take advantage of Thailand’s offers. If you’re in the city, you could take a cooking class or see a live Muay Thai boxing match. Outdoor excursions such as snorkelling, diving, and boating are also available to visitors near the beach. Tours and excursions vary greatly in price and quality depending on where you are. Cheaper is sometimes better, and scams do occur on occasion. Read reviews or research beforehand to ensure you’re getting a good deal. There are also numerous free activities available during your stay. Spend the day at a public beach, hike to the top of a mountain, or take a free city walking tour. Many temples in Thailand are also free and provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the local culture.

    Transportation Costs
    If you plan on travelling across the country, you’ll be relieved to know that transportation is reasonably priced. Thailand has a well-connected rail system that can transport you to various cities. Bangkok to Chiang Mai, for example, is only $15 to $30. (depending on ticket type and class). There are also long-distance coach buses available. While they are not as comfortable as trains, they are less expensive and travel to more countries. Most people in the city travel by taxi, motorcycle, or tuk-tuk. Taxis are the most expensive option, but they are still relatively inexpensive compared to Western prices. A ride around town will cost you between $3 and $8. Traditional taxis are more expensive than motorcycles and tuk-tuks. However, they can also be more dangerous and reckless, particularly during rush hour. Furthermore, there is limited space for people and luggage, so they are unsuitable for groups or families. Bangkok has an overground railway with two lines that run through the city. A one-way ticket will cost approximately 50 cents, while an all-day pass will cost $4.