How much do YOU spend per month?
Replies: 42 - Last Post: Feb 21, 2013 11:24 PM Last Post By: Railways
Feb 1, 2013 2:47 PM
How much do YOU spend per month?This isn't about how much I should budget for but instead how much YOU personally spend in one month in Thailand? I'd like to see how it all compares.
Personally I spend around £1,300 or 60,000B. I don't live the life of luxury, around 500-700B on accommodation, mix of cheap street / local food and Western, drink a lot, party a few times a week, don't worry too much about budget and saving pennies, if I want something I buy it (within reason), go on dates 2-3 times a week (where I often might be expected to pick up the tab, not always) and spend too much on internet access (last time I worked out it was about 200B a day x that by the 5 months I was there and it's huge!).
I don't tend to do too many activities or touristy things as I've done them all before and travel to only select places that I want to see (been a few times already) so spend most of my time in BKK where it's more expensive.
What about you?
Feb 1, 2013 3:40 PM
Feb 1, 2013 3:58 PM
2I have found chiang rai very cheap in comparison to the south.
I like you don't budget but the size of my wallet varies from trip to trip
If I am up there with the mrs shei always shouting the family and friends meals etc.So say I get ten thousand baht out that could last me a couple of weeks because I'm not the one with the hand in the pocket.
However I will be up there ext week with three mates minus the wife and there will golf fishing taking them on a few tours so eating and drinking out everyday so the 10 thousand will go pretty quick because I will also be taking family and friends for dinner.
It also depends on where you eat to.There are some great eateries in chiang rai and it depends on what style you prefer on the night as like everywhere there swish restaurants or basic restaurants with top food at a lower price.
Yeah I dont get the 200 baht a day either.Even if I use the Internet cafe it's only 25 to 30 baht an hour but there's heaps of free wifi around.
Feb 1, 2013 6:10 PM
3I was in Bangkok recently for a few days but I'm curious as to what people would spend in a month. Mark Wiens (Refer to link) says he only spends about $285 per month so if you remove his accommodation costs and add yours then it should give you a reasonable monthly total.
I based my accommodations costs on 600 baht a night so my monthly costs should be around $800 using his figures.
Feb 1, 2013 6:38 PM
Feb 1, 2013 8:33 PM
Feb 1, 2013 10:51 PM
6I can't comment because I live here, but I recall spending about 40,000 baht a month going back several years when I was a tourist. Now, the bills are what get me!
Rent = 6,000
Electricity = 1,200
Water = 120
True Visions = 1,500
Phone / iPad Plan = 1,200
Car = 9,000
Internet = 300
Total = 17,835
That doesn't include food, gas, or beer! I still manage to save a few baht from my salary. It could be worse. The car payment is a killer and new addition, but cars don't lose value here like they do in the west, so it is more like an investment.
Feb 1, 2013 11:59 PM
7I'm also shocked at the 200 baht a day internet - are you using internet cafes? We use DTAC when we are in Thailand and get one of their packages, even the monthly unlimited one is only 899 baht or the daily rate is 49 baht. Then again if you don't have a laptop with you then it's useless.
I'd say budget wise for the two of us for a month we spend around £1200 - sometimes more, sometimes less depending on where we are. But we don't really drink, so if we did drink, the budget would go up a lot!
Feb 2, 2013 12:27 AM
Feb 2, 2013 1:31 AM
9We spend about 120,000B per month. I have friends who spend triple that, and others who spend 1/3rd of that. Depends on your lifestyle. Luckily, here in Thailand, you have a choice!!
Feb 2, 2013 4:08 AM
10I-san obviously, so much cheaper than bkk. house/car/mb paid for, family of 3 adult appetites, and we usually keep in betwee 30-40 baht. private school for little one.
don't drink/smoke/chase........ :-) my spending
Feb 2, 2013 4:11 AM
Feb 2, 2013 9:12 AM
Feb 2, 2013 1:25 PM
13The hotel I stayed in last time didn't have internet and I had no laptop or smart phone to use WiFi anyway. It was 100B per hour in the cafe I used and super fast (unlike the 20-40B per hour places that were so slow) so it wasn't 'several' hours per day just 2 and the reason is because I wasn't on holiday as such (I was there for 5 months mostly in BKK) and I had things to do online.
When you're on 'holiday' for 5 months you certainly don't do touristy stuff every day, trust me.
I based my accommodations costs on 600 baht a night so my monthly costs should be around $800 using his figures. http://migrationology.com/2011/07/cost-of-living-in-bangkok-thailand/
I wouldn't base your figures on this guys figures. I came across his site a few weeks ago, he claims he's living like a VIP for $285 a month. Trust me he isn't living like a VIP at all he's actually slumming it, just read the article. He shares an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok with various people, they don't have proper beds just mattresses on the floor, he can only eat street food 3x a day, he only spends 700B per month on entertainment and going out which I believe consists of drinking a few changs with friends once a month and basically can't afford to spend any more money on anything other than transport and essentials.
Does that sound like VIP living to you? Not to me. The idea of living in Thailand is surely to be able to live a better lifestyle than you can afford at home, not worse.
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