Monthly Cost of Living in Thailand December 2017 4

Monthly Cost of Living in Thailand December 2017

Welcome to the December 2017 report on my monthly spend in Thailand.

Total Earned:  112,000 THB

Total Spend:     72,000 THB

Saved / Invested:    40,000 THB


Accommodation – 20,000 THB

My rent for a 2 bedroom place is 20,000 Baht. I am looking to get a cheaper place next year when my contract finishes in February.

My current place is just over 70sq meters which is fantastic. I love having the space to spread out and store things without making the place crowded.

Utility Bills –     3,000 THB

With cooler weather I saved a bit on my electric bill. I did have a much higher water bill though which evened things out.

My other costs include internet, Netflix and AIS mobile phone.


Transport –       5,000 THB

I was really lazy when it came to transport in December. I used a lot of taxis as I was exhausted after working so much. It costs around 250 Baht from my office to home which quickly adds up.

I added 500 Baht to both my BTS and MRT cards which helped me to get around town.


Food –      12,000 THB

I seemed to eat out a lot in December. I only spent 22 days in Bangkok and think I only ate at home once or twice.

Most restaurants I went to charged around 200 Baht. I also went to a couple of nice places near Asok and Terminal 21 which were more expensive.


General Shopping –   2,000 THB

Before heading to the UK for Christmas I went shopping at Union Mall to pickup some warm weather clothes. 2 pairs of jeans and several T-shirts came to 2,000 Baht.

Entertainment –       5,000 THB

A few Christmas parties and events meant going out a few times. This normally meant a bar or somewhere with a few expensive drinks.

I also went twice to the cinema which cost around 300 Baht each time when including popcorn and a drink.


Travel –    10,000 THB

I was in the UK for Christmas for 10 days. I had already paid for my flights so the above was my spending money. I didn’t spend a great deal as I didn’t do too much. Just a couple of drinks and meals and the odd bit of shopping.

I got vouchers for Christmas presents so a lot of other shopping was covered by those.


Others –   15,000 THB

With Christmas coming up I spent some money on presents for family and friends.

Invested –   0THB

I didn’t put anything away in investments this month. I plan to wait until the new year to open a couple of small savings accounts. I also have a scheme through my company starting in April 2018 which will come to around 7,500 Baht a month.

Saved –  40,000 THB

A good month for saving. This will probably be invested next month. I actually had some extra work projects which helped in this section.

Overview – Monthly Cost of Living in Thailand December 2017

December has been manic. I’ve worked a lot, finished a school term and been in the UK. I have a few days in January to relax before work again but feel like I have much to do still!

Hopefully 2018 will start with a good month. I will start looking for new condos to move to which will reduce my cost in accommodation and also travel.


About Richard

28 year old living and working in Bangkok, Thailand since 2013. Running and teaching.

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