Costs of living in Thailand 2015

Costs of living in Thailand 2015
Sometimes people ask me how much it costs to live in Thailand. Well that all depends of course how you spend your money. Some people spend a lot of money on entertainment or holidays or do buy expensive cars & motorbikes. But lets start with the simple things in life. For all postings about Costs of Living in Thailand click HERE (since 2012).

I am living in Khon Kaen city together with my wife and our cat. Although my wife has her own income there are some things that I pay. And for that I consider it "my costs of living in Thailand".

Housing + Cable TV + Garbage collection
We live in a free standing house with 2 floors and 3 bedrooms & bath-rooms. We have 2 air-cons but only use the one in our bedroom when we are sleeping. In the living-room we use a ceiling fan. This price did not change in the past 5 years. But in the first 5 years living in Thailand I did spend much less on housing and utility costs as now. Total = 11.350 THB / month.


Utility costs
Water (170 THB), Electricity (1.300 THB), TV + Internet (800 THB), Gas (58 THB)
Electricity and Gas are a bit more expensive as last year. Total = 2.328 THB / month

The maid
Once a week, 6 hours per day. = 1.600 THB / month

Transport
We have 1 small motorbike, 1 big motorbike and 1 car. Costs per year ....
Tax (100+100+6.145= 6.345 THB), Compulsory insurance (345+645+645= 1.635 THB)
Full insurance (12.000 + 10.000= 22.000 THB), Maintenance (1.000+5.000+8.500= 14.500 THB)
Total = 3.706 THB / month

You could wonder if you would also include the costs of buying (write-off). In the first 5 years living in Thailand I did not have a car or motorbike. So I did not spend so much on travel, cars / motorbike or gasoline. My transport was in those days limited to bus and songtheauw.

Gasoline
Gasoline is a part of the costs of transport, but as I like to travel a lot by car and motorbike a part of this costs could also be seen as "entertainment". My wife goes daily on her motorbike. So this are the gasoline costs of 1 car, 1 big motorbike and 1 small motorbike. This has become cheaper as last year, due to the lower gasoline price. Total = 6.000 THB / month

Travel / Holidays
As said I like to travel and stay in hotels. Sometimes cheap, sometimes not cheap. Most times we / I go by car or motorbike, sometime we / I fly. So this is for hotels and air-fare. Total = 5.000 THB / month.

Medical insurance
Good (international) healthcare insurance for me and my wife. Due to my age this has become much more expensive as last year. In the first 5 years living in Thailand I think this was less as the half of the costs. Total = 15.000 THB / month

Food + Drinks + Other households
For 2 persons Breakfast, Lunch for 90% at home, Dinner for about 70% at home. Our style of food is a 60/40 mix of Thai & Western food. This is excluded food & drinks out of our home. Costs of this have become more expensive as last year. In the first 5 years living in Thailand I did eat & drink for 90% in simple "restaurants". Total = 10.000 THB / month

Telephone costs
Post paid telephone with unlimited internet for 1 person. This has become cheaper as last year. Total = 400 THB / month

Staying here legally
Yes I could stay here on a 'extension of stay" and not leave the country, then it would cost me 1.900 THB per year. But I choose to travel and just get an visa. Costs for this have been the same in the past 5 years. Total = 417 THB / Month

Entertainment
As in having a drink and dinner. Costs of this have become more expensive as last year. In the first 5 years in Thailand I did spend much more on this as now. Total = 5.000 THB / month

Shopping
Like cloths, telephone, shoes, camera, laptop, printer, bicycle, jacket, helmet, furniture, etc.
Here I am making a big guess as I actually do not have a clue. I think it is actually on the low side. Costs of this have become more expensive as last year. In the first 5 years living in Thailand I did spend much less on this. Total = 6.000 THB / month

Total
Life in Thailand has become a bit more expensive as last year. This costs are exclusive the costs of going home once every 2 years. It also is exclusive of costs for buying things like car, motorbike or a house. All together I think I did spend the first 5 years living in Thailand a little bit less per month, let's say 50.000 THB but I did spend it very different as now. But life was much cheaper due to the better exchange rate. So actually at the moment I think my life now is almost twice as expensive as the first 5 years living in Thailand. Total = 66.800 THB / month.

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