Monthly Cost of Living in Thailand June 2017
Welcome to the June 2017 report on my monthly spend in Thailand.
Total Earned: 71,500 THB
Total Spend: 58,000 THB
Saved: 13,500 THB
Accommodation – 20,000 THB
The 2 bedroom condo I live in with my girlfriend costs 20,000 Baht a month to rent. Among my friends I pay the highest rent by a considerable amount but there is a good reason for this. For 20K I get 75sq meters of space and a second bedroom which we use as an office / music room. We also have a room in a brand new, modern condo and I would say it is a similar standard to a 4 star hotel.
Looking at the places I lived in in the past and others available in central Bangkok at the same price I consider my condo a bargain for the quality. For those who argue it is a high proportion of my salary I would argue that I have a great place with kitchen, living room and sports club which means I don’t need to go out so often.
Utility Bills – 3,500 THB
I spent 1,500 on the electric bill this month as I spent quite a lot of time at home. We normally leave the AC on a few hours each night and I put it on during the day sometimes too. I could probably save a few hundred baht by using it less but it isn’t worth it.
My phone and internet package comes through AIS and is around 1,200 a month in total. I top this up with the full Netflix package (440THB) to give me lots of movies and series to watch at home whilst working.
Finally my water bill is 240 Baht which is actually quite expensive here. I’ll put that down to my girlfriend spending an eternity in the shower everyday….
Transport – 2,500 THB
I spend quite a bit on transport as I take taxis to work and use the MRT quite frequently. I am hoping that they will bring out a transport pass for Bangkok which includes all the MRT and BTS lines along with buses as I think it will save me a lot of money and encourage me to use public transport more often than taxis.
I do take the odd bus, especially when just popping to the supermarket and at 13 baht a time it is pretty good value. As I only moved to this area a couple of months ago I am still trying to figure out all the routes and see where I can get to.
Food – 15,000 THB
Every month I seem to spend a lot on food. From going out, eating street food and supermarket shopping I never dip below 10k a month.
This month’s bill of 15k includes going out and drinking too. I tend to eat out 3 or 4 times a week and spend on average 400 Baht a time.
When I read comments online of people who spend 4 or 5,000 a month on food I struggle to think how they could really survive. The thought of eating 40 baht street dishes every day scares me and wouldn’t be how I chose to live my life. A lot of people say they aren’t prepared to pay 400 Baht for a meal in a western restaurant here but I think it isn’t good to compare it to street food prices.
I have been trying to make use of my new kitchen and as such make a visit to Tesco Lotus every week to buy a few basic ingredients. Cooking pasta, salads and the occasional fry-up in my place it fantastic.
General Shopping – 4,500 THB
I bought some new clothes this month from Uni-Qlo which set me back 1,500 Baht. I find it quite hard to buy clothes here as most things are either crap quality or crazy expensive. In the end I often go to AIIZ or Uni-Qlo as they seem to be somewhere in the middle although I must admit Uni-Qlo are overpriced for a few items.
I did a run to Watson Pharmacy to pick up toiletries and they always have a sale on which means I buy in bulk. I usually only have to go in there every 3 months or so.
After this I picked up a few bits and pieces for the home such as air fresheners which we get from Bath and Body Works
Entertainment – 2,500 THB
A couple of trips to the cinema this month meant an outlay of 1,000 baht when you add on popcorn and drinks. I also had a couple of nights out including a colleagues leaving do at a craft beer place.
The other form of entertainment I had was going to the driving range to hit some golf balls. I hadn’t played in a long time so it was nice to get out there. For 300 Baht I got round trip taxi, 100 balls and a couple of bottles of water- it’s so cheap here!
Travel – 0 THB
I didn’t travel this month or pay for any future trips so there is nothing to add here.
Others – 10,000 THB
I had to pay out for a few extras in June. The first which is a constant is my month Fitness First dues which work out at just over 2,000 Baht.
Next up in the UK it was Father’s Day so I sent my Dad a voucher to use. It is also my Mum’s birthday in June so I paid towards a few things for her.
Finally I have to repay my UK student loan , which at the moment is around 2,000 Baht a month.
Saved – 13,500 THB
A good amount of money saved this month which will go towards my holiday in September. In order to save I use two bank accounts in Thailand. The first I get paid into and then I transfer spending money into a second account. I also use a KTC credit card for day to day purchases to get reward points to use at cinemas, shops, hotels and restaurants.
Overview – Monthly Cost of Living in Thailand June 2017
A quiet month as I worked an awful lot so next month I should have a good number to post here ( I get paid a month in arrears). I didn’t go out too often other than for a leaving do and a couple of beers after work.
My girlfriend started and quit a new job this month which involved her working early mornings so I was often at home watching TV or playing video games. As she will be back on normal working hours in July I expect that we will do more together and go out to a few places.
This month I started cutting back on the number of hours I worked online as I found I was getting headaches and my eyes were hurting. I also feel that having more office based hours gave me more social interaction and is something which I prefer. I still feel there is good money to be made online but in the future I will pick and choose more carefully then online teaching work I accept.