Cost of Living in Bangkok 2017

How much does it cost to live in Bangkok in 2017?

For the entire month of January I have jotted down every baht I spent and I’ve documented it all below.

Cost of living in Bangkok 2017
In the month of January I spent 42,252฿ (excluding visa and health insurance costs).

Here is the breakdown below of my living costs in Thong Lo, Bangkok.

Please note that my lifestyle in Bangkok is very chilled. I focus on exercise, work, socializing and eating well. The following breakdown is not of a partygoer or someone who is going out 2-3 per week drinking.

You can also read an older article where I lived in Bangkok on $770 month in 2016.

Rent – 24,200฿

My biggest cost is rent.

I pay 24,200฿ per month after bills for a 1-bed room apartment in Thong Lo.

  • Rent – 22,00฿
  • Electric and water – 1,400฿
  • True Wifi – 800฿

The condo has a pool, amazing view and a small gym. I am walking distance to my gym, massages, several western supermarkets, clubs, bars and public transport.

The same condo in On Nut or further out would cost you 15,000฿.

The reason I choose to stay here is because of convenience.

The BTS has become a sardine can with people pushing up against each other, and as I love to cook (see food costs below) I want to be next to Tops and Villa.

All my friends live in the area too, so it makes playing football or meeting up very easy.

I also have around 10-20 people visit me per year (I have friends brag) and living in Thong Lo makes it easier for hosting them.

Food – 10,804฿

My next biggest expense is food.

If I decided to do all my shopping at the Big C or Tesco Lotus my food budget would be half of what it is now.

However, I think the quality of food there isn’t great and I prefer to use western alternatives like Paleo Robbie.

Paleo Robbie

Once a month I’ll place an order at their online grocery for fish, beef, nut butter and chicken. The order usually comes to around 4,000฿ and that will last me 3-4 weeks.

Everyday stuff like eggs, milk, fruit and veg I pop to Villa, Tops or Foodland.

I choose not to eat street food for the reasons I’ve mentioned before, and am happy to pay more for quality produce.

Bangkok fruits

Avocados I buy from Bangkok Fruits, very cheap and very good value (440฿/KG).

Entertainment – 3,781฿

Entertainment involves any of the following:

I had two people visit me in January and it’s why my entertainment costs are ‘so high‘.

I use quote marks because while for me that number is high, most people between the age of 25-30 are spending 10,000฿+ on entertainment each month, many spending more on drinking than their rent as I did when I first moved here.

craft beer

I think I went out around 5 times in January and didn’t get bottle service anywhere as we went to bars mostly.

Getting bottle service as a group is going to start off at around 1,500฿ each.

No hookers or blow in January sadly for me, although my friends who came got lucky:

hookers in bangkok hotel

Gym and football – 2,350฿

This includes my monthly gym membership and football which I play once per week.

Football in Bangkok

If you’re living in lower Sukhumvit you’ll be spending around 2,000฿ per month or more on a gym membership.

Head to On-nut or Tony’s Gym on soi 19 if you want something cheap.

Eating out 540฿

I don’t eat street food and when I eat it’s usually with my boys while we drink so most of the eating out has been merged with entrainment.

This 540฿ came from eating directly after playing football or when I couldn’t be bothered to cook.

prawns

I’m on a bit of a diet too as part of the New Year New Me thing and it’s why eating out is so low. I’m spending 4,000฿ or more a month on eating out usually.

Travel – 310฿

I live in Thong Lo so there’s very little need for me to spend too much on travel.

Most places I visit on a daily basis are walking distance, and it’s only 10฿ motorcycle to the end of the soi.

I remember when I lived in On-nut and I’d used to spend 2,000-3,000b in travel per month, sometimes it’s worth paying a little more for location to save on travel.

  • Bro-tip: Download Uber, it works like a charm in Bangkok.

Misc – 367฿

I spent 367฿ on random stuff like toilet paper, soap and stuff.

100฿ of the spend was for phone credit. I don’t buy a monthly package because when I’m outside I don’t want to be checking my Facebook newsfeed or emails every 10 minutes.

Is this how much it costs to live in Bangkok in 2017?

Yes and no.

It costs 42,000฿ per month to live in Thailand if your lifestyle is similar to mine.

A typical week for me is going to the gym 5 times per week to play badminton or squash, football once a week, a massage here or there and spending time reading or working.

I don’t really go to clubs that often (been there done that) and instead save it for my visa runs. The last two visa runs I did were to Singapore and Taiwan, both weren’t cheap and are not included in the living costs.

Singapore

This week I’m going to Manila too which will cost me around 15,000-25,000฿.

I like to keep my lifestyle simple and healthy nowadays when living in Bangkok, and use the visa runs as a means to ‘let my hair down’.

If you love to party, bang Thai hookers or meet girls on Thai Cupid, then you could easily be spending 75,000฿+ per month.

On the other hand if you lived in a non-central area and cooked your own food, I think it is possible to live in Bangkok on 20,000฿ per month – not that I’d want to.

Visit the islands for a weekend and you’ll be spending 7,000฿+ for that mini holiday. When I add up all the costs I think my

When I add up all the costs I think my digital nomad life in Bangkok is closer to 60,000฿/month on average when factoring in holidays, visa costs and insurance.

How much are you spending per month living in Bangkok in 2017?

12 thoughts on “Cost of Living in Bangkok 2017

  1. Andy
    2 February, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I’m spending 50k Baht ‘ish a month. Living near Suk Soi 22. My shopping eating quite similar to yours.(I drink quite a lot, but am reducing my intake for both health and cost reasons).

    I am not a gym person, but many days I walk 6 or 7 km, most days about 4km, so no costs there (in fact some savings on taxis etc).

    Just had 2 years living in a condo that I owned, a luxury because it’s the first time in my life that I’ve not paid rent (I hate paying rent!!). I pay 15k Baht a month for rent, but the landlord charges 7 Baht per unit for electric & 500 for water, total rip-off I know. However, I’m moving to Hua Hin in March for the same deal at 8,500 Baht a month, all-up.

    I’ve been unemployed (oil industry) for 2 years now. I am currently studying online for a Diploma, exams in the UK in July.

    I’m a longterm expat, here since ’98. I also holidayed here 3 times in ’85 & ’86.

    I am 52 now, will give it till next year on the jobs front, then think about heading back to the UK, I would still have some money behind me.

    I still love living in Thailand, but don’t get the same “buzz” out of it that I used to when younger, (every night!!).

    1. 3 February, 2017 at 3:35 am

      The 500b for water, was the hotel called House By the Pond by chance? Hua Hin is nice and very cheap, I like Bangkok too much to leave though, maybe in 3-4 years.

    2. Kez
      10 February, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Can I ask why you moved out of your own condo to rent? If you sold, why?

      I ask because I sometimes consider buying a condo in Bangkok.

  2. Max
    3 February, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Harvie,

    How often do you do visa runs? Is it necessary to do it every month (30 days) or? This seems quite a big cost if you do it often.

    1. 3 February, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Every 90 days on a tourist visa or you can pay $14,000 for a 5 year visa.

  3. Max
    5 February, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Got it thanks.

    Btw, for visa run you must exit country, or you can do it at border?

    1. 5 February, 2017 at 4:42 am

      It’s getting harder to do a border hop now, before it was easy not any more.

  4. uwot
    6 February, 2017 at 5:51 am

    jesus thats cheap

    I pay 50k ish a month living pretty much in monk mode… and my rent is half of yours

    though this weekend a friend was in town and I ended up blowin 6k baht on booze and hookers *dont judge me*

  5. Skully
    7 February, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    This budget is only realistic if you spend your time inside on your computer,dont drink, and dont get hookers. I spend about 150-200k a month averaged over the past 4 years. This covers some fun nights out in nana/cowboy, soapys, and some bottles at clubs. I dont go out every night maybe 10 nights a month.

    I have a 20k a month condo near nana. I eat good food. No transport costs either outside of when i want a good soapy. I do pay transport for my freebies i pull from the internet. I mix regular girls with my hookers to save cash. I wish I could afford to go out more but i just cant. I also save on condoms as i refuse to use them with any girls.

  6. 9 February, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I managed to last 10 weeks from 19/09/2016 to 29/11/2016 before running out of cash again! I should really take note of Harvies expenditures or my friends in BKK. I managed to blow around £5000 or 250,000 baht in 10 weeks, not sure on what really, blow (yes), getting blown (yes), hookers (yes), alcohol (yes). I even sold my website for $4000, this is included in £5000 spent, I did buy a new phone and a pair of Converse, so not completely wasted 555

    Next time I’ll be more sensible, first of all, need to generate income from 3 new websites and rank them on the first page of Google. Winter in the UK is an excellent way of getting things done 555

  7. poointheloo
    10 March, 2017 at 7:13 am

    why are indians such cheapskates?

    1. 10 March, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Ask Thai girls, they will know.

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