Cost of Living Guide – Chiang Mai, Thailand

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One reason why Thailand is such a popular place with expats to retire is that it’s really cheap. Basic costs of living in Chiang Mai are significantly less than those of Australia, Europe or the US. Not surprisingly, an increasing number of retirees are making Thailand, and particularly Chiang Mai, their home.

 

Chiang Mai cost of living

Chiang Mai cost of living – Updated Jan 2013

 

Cost of Living Guide – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Exchange rate Jan 2013  1USD = 30.4050baht THB USD
Accommodation
Furnished 2 bedroom house in good area – monthly rent THB 24323 $800.00
Unfurnished 2 bedroom house in good area – monthly rent THB 18243 $600.00
Furnished 2 bedroom apartment in good area – monthly rent THB 18242 $600.00
Unfurnished 2 bedroom apartment in good area – monthly rent THB 15202 $500.00
Room in shared apartment in good area – monthly rent THB 4560 $150.00
2/3 star hotel – 1 night stay THB 760 $25.00
Food and Drink
Milk 1ltr./2.11pints THB 42.00 $1.38
Butter 500gr./1.10lbs. THB 30.00 $1.00
Plain yoghurt 180gr./6.35oz. THB 30.00 $1.00
Cheese 500gr./1.10lbs. THB 182.00 $6.00
Eggs 12 (large) THB 45.00 $1.50
Bread (white loaf) 1 kg./2.20lbs. THB 42.00 $1.00
Bread Whole (wheat loaf)1 kg./2.20lbs. THB 45.00 $1.50
Rice (long grain) 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 45.00 $1.50
Spaghetti 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 91.00 $3.00
Sugar (white) 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 60.00 $2.00
Flour (white) 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 30.00 $1.00
Cornflakes (packet) 375gr./13.23oz. THB 152.00 $5.00
Coffee (instant) 125gr./4.41oz. THB 91.00 $3.00
Coffee (ground) 500gr./17.63oz./ THB 238.50 $8.00
Tea bags (pack 25) THB 91.00 $3.00
Coca Cola 1lt./2.11pints THB 60.00 $2.00
Mineral water (still) 1lt./2.11pints THB 60.00 $2.00
Mineral water (sparkling) 1lt/2.11pints THB 91.00 $3.00
Orange juice 1lt./2.11pints THB 60.00 $2.00
Margarine 500gr./1.10lbs. THB 60.00 $2.00
Olive oil 1lt./2.11pints THB 182.00 $6.00
Corn oil 1lt./2.11pints THB 91.00 $3.00
Potatoes 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 91.00 $3.00
Onions 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 91.00 $3.00
Tomatoes 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 60.00 $2.00
Lettuce 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 60.00 $2.00
Sprouts 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 60.00 $2.00
Spinach 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 91.00 $3.00
Oranges 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 60.00 $2.00
Apples 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 91.00 $3.00
Bananas 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 60.00 $2.00
Pears 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 152.00 $5.00
Grapes 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 91.00 $3.00
Peas (can) 250gr./8.82oz. THB 91.00 $3.00
Beans (can) 250gr./8.82oz. THB 91.00 $3.00
Whole peeled tomatoes (can) 250gr./8.82oz. THB 91.00 $3.00
Peaches (can) 500gr./17.63oz. THB 152.00 $5.00
Pineapple (can) 500gr./17.63oz. THB 91.00 $3.00
Fresh beef filet 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 119.25 $4.00
Fresh roast beef 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 152.00 $5.00
Fresh minced beef 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 180.00 $6.00
Fresh veal 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 240.00 $8.00
Fresh lamb on bone 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 152.00 $5.00
Lamb chops 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 212.00 $7.00
Pork chops 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 152.00 $5.00
Pork loin 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 150.006 $5.00
Bacon 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 238.50 $8.00
Cooked ham 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 90.004 $3.00
Sausages 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 90.00 $3.00
Chicken (fresh whole) 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 212.00 $7.00
Fresh salmon 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 180.00 $6.00
Fresh cod or similar white fish 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 152.00 $5.00
Shrimps 1kg./2.20lbs. THB 30.00 $1.00
Table salt 500gr./1.10lbs. THB 30.00 $1.00
Black pepper 50gr./1.76oz. THB 180.00 $6.00
Frozen pizza 320gr./11.29oz. THB 212.00 $7.00
Marmalade/jam 370gr./13.05oz. THB 180.00 $6.00
Ice cream 1lt./2.11pints THB 152.00 $5.00
Fresh or frozen apple pie 500gr./1.10lbs. THB 152.00 $5.00
Ketchup 340gr./12oz. THB 120.00 $4.00
Milk chocolate (bar) 100gr./3.52oz. THB 121.00 $4.00
Biscuits (plain) 200gr./7.05oz. THB 90.00 $3.00
Beer (local, can) 0.33lt./11.15oz. THB 30.00 $1.00
Beer (imported, can)0.33lt./11.15oz. THB 30.00 $1.00
Table wine 0.75lt./1.58pints THB 212.00 $7.00
Fine wine 0.75lt./1.58pints THB 270.00 $9.00
Scotch whisky 0.75lt./1.58pints THB 540.00 $18.00
Gin 0.75lt./1.58pints THB 417.37 $14.00
Cognac 0.75lt./1.58pints THB 1,073.24 $36.00
Cigarettes (20 pack, imported) THB 30.00 $1.00
Pipe tobacco 50gr./1.76oz. THB 60.00 $2.00
Household
Laundry detergent 2.5kg./5.51lbs. THB 30.00 $1.00
Dishwashing liquid 500ml./1.58pints THB 60.00 $2.00
Furniture polish 330gr./11.64oz. THB 121.00 $4.00
Insect killer spray 330gr./11.64oz. THB 60.00 $2.00
Shower gel 250ml./8.45oz. THB 60.00 $2.00
Soap (bar)150gr./5.29oz. THB 30.00 $1.00
Toothpaste 120gr./4.24oz. THB 91.00 $3.00
Shampoo 200 ml./6.76oz. THB 91.00 $3.00
Deodorant 50ml./1.69oz. THB 91.00 $3.00
Razors/blades (5 pack) THB 150.00 $5.00
Aspirin (100 tablets) THB 150.00 $5.00
Antibiotics (12) THB 91.00 $3.00
Face cream THB 210.00 $7.00
Men’s shampoo & haircut THB 182.00 $6.00
Women’s shampoo & haircut THB 240.00 $8.00
Utilities
Telephone line (monthly rental) THB 302.00 $10.00
Purchase of low cost Mobile/cell phone THB 604.00 $20.00
3 minute telephone call – home phone THB 30.00 $1.00
3 minute telephone call – mobile/cell phone THB 30.00 $1.00
Monthly energy costs apartment (100sq.m./1076sq.ft.) THB 1824.00 $60.00
Three-course dinner in restaurant THB 300.00 $10.00
Fast-food meal THB 182.00 $6.00
Cup of coffee in bar/cafe THB 60.00 $2.00
Beer in bar THB 60.00 $2.00
Taxi rate per km./0.62 miles THB 91.00 $3.00
City centre bus fare (3km./1.86miles) THB 29.81 $1.00
Car hire (up to 1800cc) daily THB 906.00 $30.00
Fitness club annual fee THB 7510.00 $250.00
Web cafe (30 mins.) THB 30.00 $1.00
Private doctor GP (30 mins) THB 302.00 $10.00
Clothing
Women’s shoes THB 302.00 $10.00
Men’s shoes THB 302.00 $10.00
Pair of jeans THB 906.00 $30.00
Men’s suit THB 3040.00 $100.00
Women’s suit THB 3040.00 $100.00
Men’s shirt THB 604.00 $20.00
Women’s dress THB 745.31 $25.00

 

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