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.