Cost of Living in Bangkok – Everything you need to know

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Bangkok is a truly metropolitan city full of contrasts at every turn. It’s easy to fall in love with this city with its unique culture, temples, cuisine, and nightlife. From temples to Go-Go bars to cat cafes, the city has something for everyone. With its affordable public transportation, it’s a great place to live and travel to the rest of Thailand filled with natural beauty.

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Due to its geographic location and connectivity, it’s easy and affordable to travel to other countries in Southeast Asia including Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Indonesia. It’s a wonderful place for the food lovers out there, as mouth-watering food can be found at every corner of the city is unbelievably cheap prices. If any of these sounds tempting, and you’re wondering how much it costs to live in Bangkok, Thailand, read on and find out.

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Accommodation

The first concern while moving to a new country is obviously accommodation. The great thing about Bangkok is, there is something for every budget. You can choose to live in a luxury western style apartment. At the same time, you can also choose to live in a more budget-friendly manner. The rent will also vary from the area of Bangkok you’re living in, as well as the apartment’s proximity to BTS station. It’s best to live within a walking distance from a BTS station, as it will save a lot of money on transportation.

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The Good Life: 20,000-25,000 Baht
You can find a luxurious 1 or 2 bedroom apartment near a BTS station inside the city center within this budget. This apartment may have a swimming pool and gym facilities.

Comfortable Living: 10,000-14,000 Baht
You’re looking at a nice 1 or 2 bedroom apartment outside the city center with this budget.

Budget Living: 4,000-6000 Baht You can rent one room, with attached bathroom and balcony. However, there may not be a private kitchen, and it will be very basic. Even basic apartments in Bangkok are usually very clean and secured.

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Eating out, Entertainment & Recreation

The best thing about Bangkok is the plethora of cheap and tasty street food. You’ll find a local restaurant selling everything from tom yum goons, somtams to coconut ice-creams at incredibly cheap prices. A meal at such a restaurant will cost you 60-120 Baht, while a mid-range, the 3-course dining experience will cost around 800-1600 Baht. Big beers cost around 50 Baht at the local shop, and local liquors like Sangsom or Blend (70cl) is around 220 Baht. A movie ticket will cost you around 250 Bahts.

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A gym membership can cost around 1,200- 3,500 Baht. A free alternative for gyms is public parks with exercise facilities, as well as sports courts such as basketball, skateboard parks, Tai Chi and Sepak Takraw, etc. There’s something for everyone in Bangkok: movies, nightlife, night markets, malls, and parks. And it really depends on your lifestyle and choices how much or how little you will spend in this segment. But below is an estimated cost for eating out and entertainment to get an idea.

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The Good Life: 7,500-8,500 THB
Comfortable Living: 5,000-7000 THB
Budget Living: 3000-5000 THB

Grocery

With a 7/11 in every corner, grocery in Bangkok is cheap and very convenient to shop for. Hence, there will not be much of a difference in luxury or budget living for groceries. A total of 3,500 to 4,500 THB is enough for one person per month.

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Transportation

Bangkok is known for its insane traffic. However, the city has a great public transportation system (BTS and MRT) which can help you reach anywhere within the city very quickly, bypassing all the traffic madness. The Bangkok Mass Transit System, commonly known as the BTS or the Skytrain, is an elevated rapid transit system in Bangkok, Thailand.  

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The Metropolitan Rapid Transit or MRT is a mass rapid transit system serving the Bangkok Metropolitan Region in Thailand. There is also taxis and motorbike taxis. A monthly pass for the BTS Skytrain will cost you 1300 Baht. Taxis are also relatively cheap. A total of 1300 to 2000 Baht is enough for transportation costs if you use public transport, which is the best way to move around the city.

Utilities

The Basic utility cost (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for a one/two-bedroom apartment will range from 1,500-3,500 Baht.

Clothing and Shopping

Shopping is cheap in Bangkok with its many malls and street markets. While branded items might cost you a little extra, a buck will go a long way if you’re willing to shop from street markets like Chatuchak. One of my favorite things to do while in Thailand is exploring the street markets bustling with vendors and customers. You’ll find a cute top or a shirt for 500-800 Baht in an air-conditioned mall. While the sky is the limit when you’re shopping in Bangkok, the following is a good amount for shopping per mont

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The Good Life: 4,500 THB-6,500 THB
Comfortable Living: 3,000-4,000 THB
Budget Living: 1,500-2,000 THB

To sum it all up

So the answer to your question of how much it costs to live in Bangkok is that it varies largely depending on your lifestyle. You can still live like a king on a relatively low budget compared to other cities. And you can also live on a very tight budget if that’s what you’re aiming for

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To summarize, the following is the cost per month for 3 different lifestyles:

Single Person Household:
The Good Life: 40,000 to 50,000 THB
Comfortable Living:
25,000 to 35,000 THB
Budget Living:
15,000 to 22,000 THB


Two-people household:
The Good Life:
65,000 to 75,000 THB
Comfortable Living:
50,000 to 60,000 THB
Budget Living:
35,000- 45,000 THB

Further Calculation

As the cost of living can vary largely depending on lifestyle, and if you’re anything like me, you can use the following website (linked below) to get an even more accurate estimate for living costs in Bangkok, Thailand. I loved this website as it allows you to calculate living costs in a very detailed manner (down to the number of eggs you consume per month).
https://www.numbeo.com/