How much do YOU spend per month?
Replies: 42 - Last Post: Feb 21, 2013 11:24 PM Last Post By: Railways
Feb 2, 2013 1:57 PM
15Yes your right # 14
It's a big difference from holidays and business.
Fortunately and unfortunatey I will be there this time next week and instead of just business I have 3 mates coming along o naturally I have to show them around plus golf etc so my costs will be quite a bit more with a. Mixture of business and pleasure.
Feb 2, 2013 6:03 PM
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Feb 2, 2013 6:20 PM
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Feb 2, 2013 6:33 PM
20just peeked at the site spade posted. that's not living, that's existing. like the things he can afford to do............go outside.........yep, that is usually free.
*Here are a few random things I do without breaking the budget:
visit a local floating market
meet fellow bloggers
hang out with friends
walk around local Thai markets
go on a trip with a local Thai family for the Songkran festival
discover things like Bangkok’s best fruit shake
devour Bangkok street food*
VIP's dogs have a better life
Feb 2, 2013 7:15 PM
Feb 2, 2013 7:20 PM
22At our current rate of spending here on Koh Samui, we could stay for 3 months for that.
Feb 2, 2013 7:22 PM
Feb 2, 2013 7:32 PM
24in the future, i think it will be 3000 a day, as the little one is no longer little, won't pass as a kid, though we haven't been charged extra yet when checking in. as long as king size bed, not a problem, so far. though we have done suites, and they are much more comfortable, and about the same price as a room with cot/extra bed, which we have never had/booked, as they range from crap, to a mat on the floor. no thanks, i'll just book 2 rooms.
this school break will be interesting, she'll be 14, small for her age, and thais don't really enforce the rules for extras, but think we'll be doing 2 rooms or suites/1 bdrm places, and they usually range about 2000 a night. usually don't spend more than 1000 a day on food and being out.
Feb 3, 2013 2:24 AM
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Feb 3, 2013 9:42 AM
27I used to work on £1,000/month staying mainly in fan rooms but generally nicer places (not super cheap places) and I found that plenty of money and was able to live well, not always go for the cheapest option, use private transport occasionally and go out several times a week. I always came back with money and was never restricting myself.
Nowdays I tend to stay in places with AC which racks the budget up considerably. I was in Phuket over XMas and New Years and spent on average 3000฿ a day which I thought was reasonable given that it was the peak of high season, it's one of the most expensive places in Thailand and that the place I was staying was 2000฿ a night (it was a very nice place). So I was maybe spending 1000฿/day on food and drinks and had several nice meals and good wine. I drove down so spent most of the days heading to different beaches, hiking and mountain biking so cost on tours and transport was zero (apart from a day diving which was 5000฿). (NB: you could do it much cheaper: even over Xmas there were plenty of places in Kata and also old style bungalows in Ao Sane which were 500฿). Ordinarily I'd spend less than half that per day, maybe 1000฿, but that would be staying somewhere nice with AC and having an evening meal in a restaurant with a glass of wine (and this is what I spent in Chumphon and Hua Hin where I stayed overnight on the way there/back)
As I live here my daily outgoings are like LT: bills, bills and more bills. Rent is by far my biggest expense as I have a large place with a garden 5 mins from Lumphini Park which does not come cheap. However, the same money would barely get me a shoebox apartment in Geylang (Singapore's red light district, close to the centre but with poor public transport connections) or a small Victorian terrace in Zone 4 in London. I could never afford to live so centrally and in such a nice place as I do in BK in any other major capital city. On top of that though (per month averaged out over the year):
Car tax and insurance: 2000
Expressway tolls: 2000
So that's about 12,600 on fixed outgoings.
I don't have a TV (haven't done for years and TV highlights here such as Dance Your Fat Away and Thailand's Got Talent are why I stick to music, radio, books and the internet) nor gym membership (I run in Lumphini and cycle in Phra Pradaeng instead).
On top of that I probably spend about 5000 a month on food/groceries (I cook at home a lot as I have a proper kitchen, both of which are unusual here, but I like to know what I'm eating and I also like my Western comfort foods on occasion) and another 12,000/month goes on entertainment but this includes two w/e's away most months and going out for a nice meal followed by drinks in a nice bar if I'm in BK.
So all told about 30,000฿ a month (excl. rent) for which I live in a very comfortable lifestyle, want for nothing and am able to save lots. However kids, school fees and educational standards are going to totally change this situation in a few years time and a move back West at some point is inevitable
Feb 3, 2013 8:26 PM
Feb 6, 2013 10:17 AM
29When they reinstate the PM function I'll let you know. I just can't be bothered with the inevitable "You pay how much?" responses. I am here on a semi-expat package so my financial situation and perks/benefits is not straightforward and I have no inclination to explain the nuances of it on an open forum to total strangers.
In a nutshell it's not bargain basement cheap (you can still get 1 bed places with a Thai style kitchen in Sathorn near soi 1 for less than 10k/mth) but not Metropolitan/Bann Nuntasiri 90k/mnth silly price either (NB - both these latter places start their asking price at 120k for 3 bed bed shoe box half the size of mine: crazy!)
I'm now actually looking at moving to a house in the area, probably round Yenakart or Nang Linchee. I really like Suan Phlu and Nang Linchee: the occassional foreigner, but mainly middle/upper-middle class Thais: it's a nice area, good food options and some lovely houses in the area with a real neighbourhood feel to it.
Total divergence from OP but if you want to see how real Bangkokians live then a night along Suan Plu gives an insight: many of my colleagues live and grew-up round there and they still remember when Naradhiwas Road was a canal, not a road.
Edited by: shikibu on Feb 6, 2013 10:19 AM
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