The Cost Of Living In Bangkok: A Complete Guide

The Cost Of Living In Bangkok: A Complete Guide

Bangkok is ranked 57th on the list of the global cost of living index. The Thai capital is also known as ‘the great city of angels’ and is the 2nd most visited country in Asia after China. Tourists from all over the world visit Bangkok to explore its beauty and experience its unique culture.

More than 18.7 million expatriates visited the city in the year 2022. There are many reasons for you to choose the city of great angels as your travelling spot. The food is among the best in the world, transport cost is cheap, even weather almost throughout the year, some of the great temples in the world, and friendly people. What more could you want?

Global prices are rising, resultantly affecting the cost of living everywhere. According to EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit), the average world prices have soared by 8 percent. 

In the era of rising prices, the city of Bangkok has dropped by 12 points on the cost of living index. Thus if you are a foreigner and looking to visit Bangkok for Job, Business, study, leisure, or any other purpose; this article will serve as your travel guide. 

When Is The Best Time To Visit Bangkok?

Bangkok has tropical weather. The weather is divided into three seasons. Summer extends from March to June, Monsoon/ Rainy season from July to October, and winter from November to February. 

The Tourists visit throughout the year but the best time to fully explore the beauty of the place is from November to February. The days are cooler and the evenings are pleasant. In these months the city receives less rainfall, and the weather is sunny and mild.

Summer is the best time for you to enjoy the beachside and a boat cruise. The beaches of Bangkok are breathtaking. But keep in mind that the summers can be hot.

When Not To Visit Bangkok?

Review your decision if you are planning to visit the capital of Thailand during Monsoon. The rain comes in torrents and can easily wash out any activity. One activity that can be enjoyed during the rainy season is shopping. 

An Overview Of The Travelling Months

To give you a better idea of when to travel; check the following table.




March to June

30 – 40 degrees


July to October

26 – 34 degrees


November to February

23 – 39 degrees


Kinds Of Living Costs In Bangkok

As an expatriate, the first thing you should consider before travelling to a country is the cost. The costs vary from one country to another country or within cities of the same country. Some cities of the world have higher costs of living while other cities can have lower costs of living. The expenses you can incur while living in Bangkok are,

What Are The Health Care Costs?

The state is running a national healthcare system replicating the universal healthcare model. National health care offers free treatment to all citizens and is so effective that only 10 per cent of people in Thailand have private health insurance. 

The health technology at the hospitals is modern. The staff speak English and most are foreign-qualified. Some of the general health costs in Bangkok are listed below.


Cost In Thai Baht (THB)

Heart Bypass

403,584 to 739,905

Dental Implant


Breast Implant


Knee Replacement


Medical Checkup

3,363 to 28,587

Maternity Package

70,627 to 139,572


84,089 to 114,348

Bacterial Diarrhea

336 to 5,381

Gastric Bypass


Hip Replacement




The above-mentioned health costs are not standard and can vary depending on the hospital you choose and the area in which you live. 

There are no primary care physicians in Bangkok. So you need to see the doctor directly if you have an issue. Keep your health insurance proof or sufficient funds before treatment as it is mandatory. 

Does The Health Care Cover Foreigners too?

Yes, health care is available for you if you are a foreigner but foreigners must have resident status and opt for treatment at the public health care facility to fully avail of the facility. But many foreigners choose to have treatment at a private hospital as they have international health insurance. 

The state has introduced new visa requirements for foreign retirees living in Bangkok to take private health insurance. You can’t get an OA visa if you don’t have private health insurance. The insurance plans must cover a minimum of 40,000 THB for Outdoor patients and 400,000 THB for Indoor patients or hospitalization.

What Are The Cost Of Groceries? 

Groceries shopping can be tricky anywhere in the world. Although, the price hike has a global effect. Grocery shopping is relatively cheaper in Bangkok. Siam Paragon, central one, and terminal 21 are some of the well-known shopping malls where any kind of grocery can be found. While lemon farms, Gourmet markets, Big C, and food land are worth mentioning supermarkets.

On average a family can spend 4,000 THB to 8,000 THB on groceries. The cost of groceries depends on the kinds of things purchased and the market that you choose. 

If you have a limited budget then do choose to buy at local markets. The local markets have cheap prices and offer fresh fruits, vegetables, and other necessities too. 

Some of the stores in Bangkok known for their discounts include Siam Premium Outlet, Tesco Lotus, and Big C. Discounts are offered on a variety of products including rice, frozen foods, pulses, etc. 

Bangkok is dotted with stores like 7/11 and family mart. The stores have all the essentials of everyday life and the prices are low compared to supermarkets and shopping malls. A breakout of groceries with cost in Thai Baht (THB) is given below.


Cost In THB

Rice (0.10kg)


Loaf of white bread (125.0 gm)


Milk (0.25 L)


Onion (0.10 kg)


Tomato (0.20 kg)


Oranges (0.30 kg)


Apples (0.30 kg)


Red meat (0.15 kg)


Cheese (0.10 kg)


Eggs (dozen)


What Are The Costs Of Transportation?

Bangkok has an extensive and affordable public transportation apparatus. The fares are cheap. The mode of transportation includes taxis, buses, boats, sky trains, scooters, etc. Due to cheap transportation, your cost of living in Bangkok won’t be affected much.

  • Buses

Buses are mostly used for commuting as the fares are cheap. Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has innumerable buses and bus stops. There are different kinds of buses and the fares start as low as 10 THB to 25 THB. The Air-Conditioning bus tickets are a little bit expensive. Fare changes on the basis of distance covered. 

Tickets are purchased while on the bus. The buses run from 5 in the morning to 11 at night. Some buses run 24 hours. The bus stop signs are blue.

Bear in mind that the buses can be overcrowded at times, especially at the start and end of office hours. It is also possible that the bus moves slowly during rush hours and traffic congestion. Do your homework and leave plenty of time if you want to reach a meeting in time. 

  • BTS Sky Train, Metro Subway, and Airport Link

Traffic can be messy in Bangkok at times. But don’t panic. We will get you through all the congested traffic. 

The city of great angels offers sky trains, Metro subway, and airport link to swiftly get you to your desired destination. The routes are signal free and without any hiccups. 

  1. BTS Sky Train rides can be fun and cost-effective keeping in mind the traffic of the city. Siam station is the main station of the BTS sky trains that connects the Sukhumvit line and Silom line. The running time of the train is from 6 in the morning till midnight. The departure schedule is after every 10 minutes. But in peak hours it leaves after every 5 minutes. You can get the tickets on the platform.
  2. The ticket ranges between 15 THB to 60 THB, keeping in view the distance covered. 
  3. Metro Subway compared with Sky Train, is not fast-moving. But still, it is very much in use and more than 0.4 million people use the service daily. MRT has two lines i.e. Blue Line and Purple line.
  4. It operates from 6 in the morning till midnight. After every 5 minutes, a bus leaves the station. 
  5. The fares of the bus service are from 13 BHT to 50 BHT. The fares vary depending on the distance covered. Ticketing machines accept small denominations of Thai Baht. Elevators are installed in all the subways.
  6. Airport Link Train is a swift service for those who want to get to the airport. Trains run from 6 in the morning till midnight. It has a single line connecting the city to the airport. 
  • Taxi

Taxi service in Bangkok is quite affordable. An estimated 1,50,000 taxis run on the roads of the city which come in many colors. 

To know if a taxi is available for a ride is to look for the red neon light turned on in front of the car.

An initial two kilometers charge of 35 Baht and 5 Baht per kilometer is added on. But if the taxi gets stuck in the traffic then there will be a surcharge of 2.25 Baht. The passenger will bear the surcharge. 

Try to avoid taking a Taxi during peak hours i.e 7 am – 9 am & 5 am – 8 am. Always use a taxi with a meter.

  • Riverboats 

River boat ride in the Chao Praya is a lifetime experience in Bangkok. It is not only cheap but also saves you the headache of traffic hiccups. The boats let you see the major tourist spots like Wat Arun etc and give you a perfect view of the city. 

The boats have orange and blue flags. One with the orange flag operates between 8 AM – 7 PM. The boat leaves the dock after every 20 minutes. It goes between the central peer and the 30th peer. Boat with blue flag operating time is 9 AM – 6 PM.

Per person ride in the orange boat is 15 Baht. It doesn’t matter how far you ride. As far as the blue boat is concerned, its fare is 59 Baht per person for one ride

  • TUK-TUK Rickshaws 

Tuk-Tuks are a popular ride for people on a limited budget. Tourists enjoy it in particular as it is a unique experience to ride a tuk-tuk. If you are carrying more luggage around, then it is best to use it as it is quite spacious. 

Be cautious when dealing with drivers. At times they can charge you more money than a taxi. Tuk-tuks don’t have standard rates. The fare depends on how good your bargaining skills are.

The city also has app-operated transportation services that include Grab Taxi, Go Bike, and Uber.

  • Renting A Scooter In Bangkok

Renting a scooter to get around the scooter is super fun and extremely affordable. Your cost of renting ranges from 238 THB to 1,523 THB, depending on your choice of scooter and duration.

  • Renting A Bicycle

Bicycle rides are good for health and available at cheap rent. The rent ranges from 68 THB to 339 THB for a full day. A bicycle comes in handy if are interested in exploring the old narrow streets of the city. 

What Are The Petroleum Costs?

Compared with big cities of the world, Bangkok has relatively cheap petroleum prices. 1 liter of petrol costs you 41 THB. If you have your car and use it judiciously. Petroleum will not have much of an effect on your cost of living in Bangkok. 

What Are The Schooling Cost?

Bangkok has a quality education system. Two education systems operate in the country. The one run by the state is called public education. While the other one is run by a private education system. According to a survey, Thailand has the Second most affordable education costs in Asia Pacific for expatriates.  

  • Public Schools 

Public schools in Bangkok offer free education to all Thai children up to the age of 15. Foreign ex-pats can also attend public schools but the prerequisite is they have to speak the Thai language. Some public schools in the Thai capital are associated with the top universities of the world. 

  • Private Schools

The schools are run by Thai nationals. Some of the private schools follow the British or American syllabus of education. The mode of communication in the schools is English. Private schools can cost you 50,000 THB to 1,20,000 THB. 

  • InternationalSchools

International schools in Bangkok can be expensive but the education quality is not compromised. The high school fee ranges between 69,000 THB to 830,900. And the average is around 390,000 THB. While the secondary school/ high school fee costs you 9,275 to 909,000. Thus the average is around 390,000. 

Some of the well-known international schools with fee structures, syllabi, and other details are given below. 

Verso International School

The school is located in Nonthaburi, Bangkok Metropolitan region. American Curriculum is followed. The focus is on innovative learning. The capacity of the school is 1,800 students. 

A student has to go through an enrollment test before getting admission. The application fee is 6000 Baht.  While the admission fee is 250,000 Baht. The application and admission fees are non-refundable.

Class/ Grade

Annual Tuition Fee In Baht

Grade 2


Grade 3


Grade 4-5 


Grade 5-6 


Grade 6-7


Grade 7-8


Grade 9-10


The fee can also be deposited in instalments. However, if you deposit the fee in one payment then you can be discounted. 

International School Bangkok

It is one of the best and oldest international schools located in Nonthaburi, Bangkok Metropolitan Region. American curriculum is taught in the school. The fee ranges from 569,000 to 1,034,000 baht. American curriculum is taught in the school. It runs from kindergarten to Grade 12. 

For the year 2022-23, the application fee is 4,700 baht while the registration fee is 360,000 Baht. Both fees are non-refundable. 

Per semester fee for pre-kindergartens is 284,500 baht. And per year fee is 569,000.

From Grade Kindergartens, the fee ranges between 438,00 Baht per semester and 876,000 yearly.

For Grade 6 to 8, the tuition fee range is 491,500 to 983,000 Baht per semester. Yearly, the fee is 983,000 Baht.

For senior students i.e. grade 9 to 12 the fee is 517,000 or 1,034,000 yearly. 

Grace International School

American curriculum is followed by the school. The tuition fee range is from 176,000 Baht to 269,500. 

It is a chain of schools in Southeast Asia. Primarily the school provides Christian education to foreign workers working in the region. 

The tuition fee for kindergartens is 176,000 Baht. For grade 1 to 6, the fee is 269,500. From grade 7 to 8 the school charges 294,500. While for higher classes, 9 to 11 the fee is 318,500 Baht. 330,500 are charges for grade 12.

As an expatriate do choose your school cautiously keeping in view your budget. You need to keep a fine balance between your budget and the school that you choose for your kid.

Cost Of Higher Education For International Students

Bangkok has 30 universities which shows the commitment of the state of Thailand to education. Universities and colleges in the country are regulated by the ministry of education. 

The city attracts numerous foreign students for pursuing higher education. As the universities offer quality education and a low cost of living. 

Private universities also operate alongside public sector universities, delivering quality education to international students. Universities follow the western semester system.

Fees at private universities are higher than at public universities fees. Factors contributing towards the higher cost are the course chosen, duration, and the university you choose. 

An international student is expected to incur 575,350 THB to 946,678 THB per year. The fee can change depending on your course. For a student, the cost of living in Bangkok is not high compared to other cities of the world. 

Expect to have an average cost of 21,110 THB to 41,400 THB monthly.

What Are The Costs Of a Students Visa?

If you are a student aspiring to study in Thailand, you need to apply for a 1-year Thai student visa. The visa is renewed every year, subsequently. Student visas cost you 2,693 Baht. You need to have the following document to get the student visa.

  • Medical report
  • Security clearance form from your country of origin
  • Health fitness certificate
  • Receipt of payment of visa fee
  • Valid passport with at least six months of validity
  • Letter of acceptance from the university.

The visa processing time is 5 to 10 working days. A foreign student can work 20 hours per week. Besides, the universities offer lucrative scholarships and projects to bright students. 

Housekeeping Costs

You are a foreigner and it is difficult to manage work and home. Don’t worry if you are in Bangkok. Because it is easy to hire a maid at cheap rates to take care of the housekeeping. Generally, the hourly rate for a maid is 270 THB to 450 THB, depending on the location.

On average the maids in Bangkok earn 5,051 Baht to 9,100 Baht per month which is a lot less than other tourist destinations of the world.  

If you want a full-time live-in maid. The charges are from 8,000 THB to  12,000 THB. You have to arrange the maid’s food and living. A live-in maid doesn’t mean the maid will also live in your accommodation. But she can come in the morning and leave in the evening. Mostly the non-thai maids prefer to live in to save on the cost of food and accommodation. 

Facebook groups, and Craigslist can be of assistance in finding you a housemaid. Other agencies like Ayasan, Madawa, Laksong Bangkhae, and millennium maid services can be helpful for you.

Be flexible with the working hours. Otherwise too much work demand or odd hours can never help you hire a maid. 

What Are The Costs Of Entertainment in Bangkok?

Bangkok is famous for its vibrant nightlife and parties. The streets of the capital are hustling and bustling like in the day. There is a lot of entertainment for the expatriates at affordable prices. You can expect to spend 500 THB to 1000 THB on different entertainment in a day. 

  • Cinema Cost

Bangkok has some of the most modern cinemas in the world. The cinemas are in large shopping malls as well as in mini Cineplex. The city has famous cinema chains like Major and SFX. Both show the first premiere of new movies than any other city in Asia.  

The tickets are inexpensive compared to Asian and Western cities. Most cinemas’ ticket range between 250 BHT to 300 BHT. Some cinemas have first-class theatres with tickets starting at 300 THB. A luxury theatre ticket can be more than 1000 THB. 

To let you know, Wednesday is the cheap ticket day where tickets are 50 per cent cheaper than normal days. 

Some of the worth-mentioning cinemas include Major Cineplex, SF Cineplex, House Samyan, and Bangkok screening room.

  • Cost Of Gyms

Bangkok keeps you at your desk for work or you are always looking to eat the sumptuous variety of food offered by the restaurants. Thus making it necessary for you to stay fit. Generally, the fee for one month’s gym membership is 2000 THB.

Some of the best gyms in the city are;

Fitness First

It has two kinds of clubs i.e six platinum and regular. The branches of the gym are all over Bangkok city. The membership fee cost you 2000 THB to 3000 THB depending on whether you choose the regular club or the premium club membership.

Virgin Active BK Pick

This British gym has six branches around the city. Mostly, this gym is located in posh areas. There are no clubs but only one membership. The membership fee for one month is 1000 THB. While for six months the fee is 3,300 THB. 

Fitfac Muaythai Academy Budget Pick

The club focuses on weight loss through Thai boxing. It is a unique merge of fight training with sports science for muscle building and weight loss. Fitfac academy has 9 branches around Bangkok.

Four monthly membership fee is 3,000 THB, Six months fee is 2,500, and a year membership has a fee of 2,290 THB.

We Fitness

We fitness is owned by Vica Poonworaluck who also owns Major Cineplex in Thailand. This gym has 5 branches around the city. It offers two memberships i.e five months and one year. The membership fee for 5 months is 2,900. For 1 year it charges you 2,100 THB. 

  • Museums And Temples Fee

Bangkok is home to spectacular museums and temples. It gives you a chance to peek into the history and culture of the country. The entry fee for the museums and temples is nominal. 

National Museum Of Bangkok

It is the biggest museum in Thailand. The ancient and modern history of the country is wrapped in the museum. Visiting days are Wednesday to Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM. The entry fee is 200 THB.

The Jim Thompson House Museum

This museum shows you all the art culture of Thailand in general and Bangkok in particular. The art center of the museum organizes educational programs, and exhibitions launch publications, and collaborates with cultural institutions. 

The museum remains open for tourists from 10 AM to 6 PM. The entrance fee for adults is 200 THB and 100 THB for less than 22 years of age. 

Wat Pho or Temple Of Reclining Buddha 

Located in Bangkok, it is one of the six temples in the country that are highly regarded. A 46-meter-long Buddha image reclines here. Temple remains open from 8 AM to 6.30 PM. The entrance fee is 200 THB per person. There is no entry fee for children. 

Wat Traimit Or Temple Of The Golden Buddha

The Temple of golden Buddha is located near Bangkok’s Chinatown district on Yaowarat road. The museum remains open from 8 AM till 5 PM on all days except Monday. The entrance fee is 100 THB per person. 

What is the Cost Of Food In Bangkok?

Thai food is one of the best in the world at affordable prices. Variety in Thai food and its cheap prices makes Bangkok a paradise for foodie travelers on a tight budget. Do taste the local Thai food, it is the best in taste and very affordable. 

It is going to cost you 70 THB to 100 THB. But if you eat at high-end restaurants then the cost of food can be anything. Street food in the city is a once in a lifetime experience. Food streets offer food that is fresh and exotic in taste. You can find every kind of food from a variety of soups to grilled meats. 

Thai food is not about meat only. There are vegetarian dishes too that make the food choices wide at an affordable budget. 

Upscale restaurants are very much part of Bangkok’s food life. The prices of food are high in these restaurants but are worth it. Bangkok offers something to everyone who comes looking.

If you are into spicy food, watch out. The Thai spicy is on another level and can make you shed a few spicy tears. 

The average cost of a meal, dessert, and drink is 35 to 100 THB. While the average cost of juices/smoothies is 20 THB to 50 THB. 

Some of the best food street places are yaowarat (Chinatown), Ratchawat market, Charoen Krung, Bang khun non, Talat phlu, etc. All these places are more than affordable. Even if you are on a tight budget still you can eat like a royal.


Cost In THB

500 gr Boneless chicken 


1 liter ( fat milk)


1 dozen eggs


1 kg tomato


500 gm local cheese


1 kg Apple


2 liters coke


1 kg potato


Basic lunch including a drink 


A meal in a fast food restaurant (Big mac or similar)


What Is The Cost Of Rent In Bangkok?

The rents can be high in Bangkok which can increase your cost of living. But still very affordable compared with rents of big cities of the world. Since 2013, the rents have increased by 40 percent. 

Be careful when you choose to rent an apartment. Rent costs can jack up your cost of living. The more you follow the Thai way of living the more you will be able to get the best of the city on your limited budget. 

  • Renting A Basic Room (5,000 – 10,000)

For a singleton, there are rooms available in Bangkok which are called Basic rooms. The room cost you 5,000 THB to 10,000 THB. It has a size of 30 square meters, has its bathroom, essential furniture, and a bathroom with a toilet and shower. A fridge, fan, and kitchen sink are also in place. 

Before renting the room, do check if the air-conditioning is in working form or efficient. The environment of the surrounding must be considered if it is friendly and secure or not. Renting a basic room with a market in the vicinity will be a plus.

The rooms are mostly available in the suburbs of the city like Lad Prao etc. Therefore, you might need a taxi or cover some distance on foot to get to the nearest Skytrain or MRT subway.

  • Renting Better Rooms

Better rooms are studio apartments with rent ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 BHT. It has an area of about 30 square meters. 

The central area of the city like Thong Lor and the artery road of Sukhumvit has many better rooms. MRT subway and Skytrain are within a walking distance. A maid comes to clean your apartment once a week, which is included in the monthly rent, otherwise, you have to pay a monthly salary. The apartments have English-speaking staff.  

Furniture is good quality, Air-conditioning is standard, and Tv and Wifi are also provided. Wifi is free but if not then you may pay 300 to 500 Baht a month. For English language channels, you need to install a segregated cable TV with monthly charges of around 1300 Baht.

  • Renting A Single Bedroom Apartment 

The rent prices vary depending on the location of your accommodation and its size. The main areas of Bangkok like Siam and Sukhumvit have comparatively higher rents. The average rent for a single-bedroom apartment is approximately 27,500 Baht a month. 

  • Renting 2 -3 Bedrooms Apartment

For apartments such as 2 bedrooms or 3 bedrooms, the rent goes as high as 40,000 THB monthly. The apartments which face toward the river Chao Praya are extremely costly for the city standards. In the district of Thonburi, the rent goes up to 50,000 THB a month.  

It is not that rent is evenly high throughout the city. If you are on a tight budget and looking for a relatively cheap apartment, your go-to areas are Phra Khanong, On Nut, and Ari. In these areas, the average rent is up to 15,000 THB monthly. 

Apart from rent, you are also expected to pay an additional cost of security fee, maintenance fee, and cleaning fee.

A General Overview Of Cost Of Rent In Bangkok

Kind Of Apartment

Cost  Of Rent In THB

Small Apartment


Medium Apartment


Large Apartment


What Is The Cost Of Utilities In Bangkok?

Utility cost comes in different forms. The bigger chunk of your utility charges in Bangkok will be electricity charges. 

Electricity Charges

The weather remains hot in most months of the year. Therefore, the  AC is used frequently. If you are a singleton living in a basic room with air-conditioning usage every night. Expect monthly electricity bills of 1300 THB to 1500 THB.

In a Two bedrooms apartment with 2 AC every night, per month bill is going to be around 2000 THB to 2500 THB. To minimize your bill try to operate your AC in time when you need it the most or use a room air-cooler instead of AC. The electricity cost in the city varies depending on where you live and the cost of the agreement with your landlord. 

The bill can be paid at any 7-11 shops that can be found almost everywhere in Bangkok and through QR code mobile banking app.

Water Charges

Domestic water usage doesn’t cost you much. The monthly bill is around 150 THB to 500 THB. A flat rate is also charged by some of the studio apartments or basic rooms which are approximately 250 THB to 500 THB. 

Internet Charges

The internet speed can be sporadic depending on where you use it. If you are used to super fast internet in the west, you may not find the same speed in Bangkok. But it is good enough to help you with your everyday work. 

The three famous internet service providers in Thailand are AIS fiber, TrueOnline, and 3BB. The companies have a reliable and fast internet connection. 

  • AIS Fibre

AIS internet service is powered by FTTH, DSL2, and leased line up to 1 gigabyte with fiber optic which is the modern sensation in the world of the internet. The basic internet package offered by AIS has downloading speed of 100 Mbps. The cost of one month’s basic package is 450 THB. 

With the basic package, you get free 1 GB of mobile data to enable the use of your cell phone for the internet package. The basic package easily operates zoom video calls, Skype calls, and Google meet.

The premium package offered by AIS provides you downloading speed of 200 Mbps. The price package is 1000 THB per month. Besides, you get 10 mobile data and AIS Super wifi. 

  • 3BB

The company covers almost all of the major cities of Thailand, using wired technologies like ADSL2+, FTTH, and Leased lines. A cloud storage service is also provided in limited areas of Bangkok.

3BB offers the following internet packages for one month.

Internet Package

Cost In THB

1 Gbps/ 100 Mbps


1 Gbps/ 500 Mbps


1 Gbps/ 700 Mbps


1 Gbps/ 1 Gbps 


If you are someone who is mostly on the go and needs internet. 3BB offers a basic internet package with a downloading speed of 1Gbps/300 Mbps and 10 GB mobile data. The package price is 700 THB monthly.

  • TrueOnline

Technologies like VDSL2, ADSL2, and leased lines are used for the provision of the internet to a user with speeds up to 1 Gbps. 

The company offers an internet package like GIGATEX Fiber, with downloading speed of 300 Mbps/300 plus 5GB mobile data. The price is 400 THB a month. 

For advanced users, there is a package TrueID Hybrid TV Box offering downloading speed of 1 Gbps/200 Mbps for 900 THB.

Another package has downloading speed of 300 Mbps, 10 GB of mobile data, and an additional 60 minutes of talk time. The package cost you 1000 THB a month. 

SIM Cards Cost

International roaming is expensive in Bangkok. It is advised to use local prepaid SIM cards for making phone calls.

A local SIM card can cost you from 25 THB to 1500 THB with the restriction that you can register only 5 SIM cards in your name. SIM can be purchased at AIS, grocery stores, H&Dtac stores, post offices, and airports.

GSM technology is used in Thailand not CDMA. Nowadays almost all phones support GSM technology.

What Is The Cost Of Travel Insurance In Bangkok?

Travelling to Bangkok is fun but it is important to plan your travel. Travel Insurance needs to be part of your travelling cost to save you from unseen emergencies.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Never think that nothing happens to you while on a trip because emergencies can happen to anyone. It is advisable to pre-book your hotels, flights, and fun activities in Bangkok. As the city has an influx of tourists all around the year. Trip cancellation can reimburse you 100 per cent of the deposit. 

If you opt for ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ insurance, it can reimburse you 75 per cent of the deposit. Such travel insurances are a bit expensive.

Trip Delay Insurances

In case you are travelling to Bangkok from a far-off country. The flight will be a connecting flight instead of a direct one. In such a situation, flight delay is always on the cards. The Trip delay insurance comes in handy. The trip delay benefits can be used for a hotel stay, dining, personal care, etc. 

The best thing is that if you have a pre-planned activity in Bangkok like attending a Thai cultural dance, but you miss it due to a flight delay. Your money will be returned to you upon filing a claim for reimbursement.

Luggage And Personal Belongings Insurance

Bangkok is a busy city with tourists pouring in every day to explore the temples, museums, beaches, and nightlife. Many travellers lose their belonging in the hustle and bustle. 

Pick-pocketing and bag snatching are reported in every tourist place and Bangkok is no exception. Therefore, insurance of luggage and personal belongings is advisable. 

Certain articles are not part of this kind of insurance including cash. The reimbursement is frozen at a certain limit. 

Basic Insurance Package (1,500 THB to 3,000 THB)

The basic insurance package can range from 1,500 THB to 3,000 THB for a week. The basic package covers your outdoor patients’ expenses, emergency evacuation, and repatriation costs. Make sure to settle all the fine details with the service provider before purchasing the package.

Premium Insurance Package (3,000 THB to 5,000 THB)

The premium package can cost you 3,000 THB to 5,000 THB. This package covers vast medical expenses, luggage loss, repatriation costs, trip cancellation, emergency medical evacuation, etc.

Premium Pro Insurance Package (5,000 THB to 10,000 THB)

Premium pro package ranges from 5,000 THB up to 10,000 THB. The package also covers your sports activities like scuba diving, surfing, motor boating, etc apart from regular insurance services.

The cost of the insurance package varies, depending on the duration of your stay, the package you opt for, and the insurance package you select. 

What Is The Cost Of Accommodation In Bangkok?

You are blessed and have the luxury of a budget; there are a lot of luxurious hotels in Bangkok for you to enjoy.

  • Cost of 5-Star Hotels

The price range of 5-star is from 4,500 THB to more than 10,000 THB per night. During peak season from November till February, the price can get doubled. 

Exhilarating 5-star hotel enjoyment can shoot up the prices as high as 15,000 per day. It excludes enjoying the nightlife of Bangkok. If you are used to luxurious 5-star hotels and partying then expect your cost of living in Bangkok to be extraordinary.

Following are the best 5-Star hotels in Bangkok.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the most luxurious hotel in the city located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. It has bars, restaurants, and elegant rooms.

Hansar Bangkok Hotel is located at Ratchadamri. The food is excellent, the staff are English speaking, has a view of Bangkok’s skyline and Lumpini Park. Being located in the central city, the hotel is most visited by travellers. 

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is one of the newest 5-star hotels located next to Siam Paragon, having a nice swimming pool, modern rooms, suites, and a central location making it a popular luxurious hotel. 

  • Cost Of 3 to 4-Star Hotels/ Mid-Range Hotels

Compared with western hotels, mid-range hotels in Bangkok are quite affordable. A middle-class family with a set budget can afford it.

The budget ranges from 2,500 THB to 5,000 THB a day. Your cost of a taxi to travel around the city and eateries is included in the budget. 

A per night stay in a 4-star hotel is 2,000 THB. During peak season the price can get even higher. But generally, you can get a well-furnished hotel for 2000 THB, located in the center of the city. 

If you want to feel at home and crave western food. Expect the price to be somewhere between 300 THB to 300 THB per person.

There are many mid-range hotels in Bangkok but a few of the better known are:

Centre Point Silom Hotel is located within a walking distance from BTS Saphan Taskin. Being located near Taksin Pier, the hotel is at a central point for those who want to explore the city through the Chao Phraya Express boat.

Ramada Hotel is located at Sukhumvit Soi 12, the most popular nightlife district in Bangkok. You can walk from the hotel to enjoy the nightlife. Hotel has a big swimming pool, and a Tuk-Tuk service to take you to BTS station. Overall it is a convenient and affordable choice for tourists.

SSIP Boutique Dhevej Bangkok is situated on Khao San road and grand palace near the Chao Phraya River. The hotel has comfortable single and suite rooms starting at 2,000 THB a night.

  • Cost of Budget/ Cheap Hotels In Bangkok

Bangkok is famous for its backpacking culture. You can have a lot of travel and fun on a tight budget. You might think that Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand which is going to be expensive. But it is the other way around. 

Hone your bargaining skills and live like a local if you are a backpacker and don’t want to be broke.

The budget hotels are mostly located around Khao San road. Per night charges start from 600 THB and go up to 900 THB. One-time meal on the food streets around the hotels can cost you 70 THB to 120 THB.

Some of the famous low-cost hotels are Zhongdee, Loftel 22, 3Howw, Chan Cha La 99, etc.  Price per night starts from 300 to 900 THB. Most hotels have double rooms with shared bathrooms and dorm beds. Wi-Fi usage will cost you extra.

What Is The Cost Of Night Life In Bangkok?

Bangkok has a colorful and vibrant nightlife. It can be truly said that the city never sleeps. The cost of nightlife in the city depends on your choice of drinks and venue. The luxurious rooftop bars are inexpensive compared with the nightlife of cities of the western world. 

Beer cans are available at 7-11 convenience stores at 50 THB. A local brand of Whiskies and rum is also available at 270 THB per bottle. 

Cigarettes are readily available at cheap rates compared with Europe and America. A pack of cigarettes can cost you 100 THB to 140 THB. Due to import duties, Cigars are very expensive. 

The city’s high-end bars and rooftop clubs are relatively expensive. The local brands of beer can cost you 280 THB while imported beer costs approximately 400 THB. The most famous rooftops are Vertigo and Park society. 

What Is The Cost Of Laundry In Bangkok?

Bangkok has hot weather and you will need laundry service frequently. You can’t have a bag full of clothes if you are planning to live for a month in the city. Look for laundry shops in the vicinity and you will find a lot with affordable prices. It is advised not to avail hotel’s laundry service, because the hotel charges more for laundry services. 

The laundry shops charge per kilo. You can have laundry costs from 50 THB to 60 THB. This price includes washing, drying, and folding. Ironing is not included in the package. You have to pay extra for it.  

The laundry shops are dotted all over the city, usually within 100 meters of the hotel you live in. The service is cheap and quick. Drop your clothes at any shop. The shop owner will give you a receipt which you have to produce at the time of collecting clothes. 

You pay per kilo rather than per item. It costs you 50 THB to 60 THB per kilo. The cost may vary depending on your location. Usually, the turnaround is 1 day. But if you want express delivery then charges can go up to 100 THB and you can take away your clothes after 4 hours. The ironing costs an extra 20 THB to 30 THB. 

Tips On Saving The Cost Of Laundry

Coin-operated laundry machines and dryer called Laundromat is common in Bangkok. These can be found outside shops and streets. It can cost you up to 35 THB. It does not matter if you wash a few items or 5 kilos, you will pay 35 THB. 

Backpackers can wash their clothes to cut costs. Get a detergent worth 35 THB, fill the washroom sink with warm water and you got it under control. 

If you are short on time and want laundry. Go to the website of a laundry service, and place your order. An Uber taxi will come to collect the clothes and return them when the service is done. The pick-and-drop is free. It will cost you 50 THB. 

What Is The Cost Of Buying A Car?

For an expatriate, buying a car is not smooth sailing. You have to go through a process to purchase a car. Certain documents are required to enable you to buy a car.

You must have a valid passport. A work permit is also needed if you are doing a job. A salary slip from your employer and 6 monthly bank statement of your transaction will also be required at the time of purchase of the car. Besides, you have to produce a Thai citizen as your guarantee and your valid international driving license.  

Buying a new car can be expensive. It is because of the heavy import duties. A new car can cost you more than 1 million THB. The locally manufactured cars and the used cars can be within your budget. 

A foreigner can easily purchase a used car by producing proof of insurance and a driving license. Bargain hard and go to a reputable car dealer to avoid any scams. 

Comparing the Cost Of Living In Bangkok With Other Cities Of The World

  • The average cost of living in Bangkok is 53 percent cheaper than in London, United Kingdom.


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  • Average Prices in Bangkok are 63 percent cheaper than in New York City, USA.


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  • The average cost of living in Bangkok is 16 percent cheaper than in Shanghai, China


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  • The average cost of living in Bangkok is 45 percent cheaper than in Berlin, Germany.


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  • The average cost of living in Bangkok is 41 percent cheaper than in Canberra, Australia.


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Overall Cost Of Living In Bangkok 

The overall cost of living in Bangkok is cheaper than 72 per cent of cities in the world. 

What Is The Cost Of a Visa In Bangkok?

The visa cost is not high, but still you have to pay. The cost of a single-entry visa per year is 2,000 THB. For a multiple-entry visa, the fee is 3,900 THB.

Short-term visas are cheap compared to long-term visas. The more time you spend in the country the lesser will be the visa fee. 

A tourist’s visa needs renewal after 2 months. The cost is 2,000 THB. But, if you want a new visa then fly out of the country to get another visa.

The fee for the renewal of a Student visa is 1,900 THB. Students are required to renew their visas after every 3 months.

Bear in mind, it is illegal to stay in Bangkok for a long term on a visitor’s visa. If caught doing so, you can get banned permanently from the country. If you want to live in the city for a long then get a proper long-term visa.

The cost of an Elite Visa in the country is 10,000 THB. 

How Much Money Does An Expatriate Need To Live In Bangkok?

Expatriates in Thailand earn a handsome amount of money. Earning can be high or average depending on the nature of your job. Mostly, foreigners earn more than 50,000 THB.

A foreign English teacher earns between 40,000 THB to 70,000 THB. The salary depends on the school and the experience of the teacher.

By Thai standards, earning above 100,000 THB is premium and you can live like a king in Bangkok. You can live in a comfortable 1-2 bedroom apartment which can cost you 15,000 to 30,000 THB per month. You can dine in a decent restaurant for 4 to 8 nights a month and enjoy the nightlife of the city. 

The average salary in the city is approximately 1,500 THB a month. Earning above 50,000 monthly can make you live a decent life in Bangkok. 

What Is The Cost Of Living For A Couple In Bangkok?

Bangkok can be your living place if you have got a job here or want to spend your vacations in the city. Apart from all other expenses, keep 10 to 20 percent extra money for any untoward situation. 

You can buy an apartment but most couples prefer to rent. The apartments are nice and have cheap rents. 

  • Rent

You can expect monthly expenses of around 25,000 THB to 35,000 THB rent for a 2-bedroom to a 3-bedroom apartment. The environment around such apartments is secure and livable. The apartments have facilities like a swimming pool, gym, TV, and convenience store. For maid services, you have to pay extra. 

In the suburbs of the city, the cost goes down from 15,000 THB to 20,000 THB for a 2-bedroom apartment. A single-bedroom apartment can cost you around 10,000 to 13000 THB per month.

  • Utilities 

For a 2-bedroom to 3-bedroom apartments having TV, refrigerator, lights, etc you can expect a monthly cost of 3,000 to THB 4,000 THB. It also includes internet, water, and mobile phone charges. If you use Air conditioning more then your cost of utilities jumps up to 4,500 a month.

  • Groceries 

Groceries cost is easily covered because grocery items are cheap. Western groceries, imported, are also available in the supermarket and malls but the cost is very high. It is advised to use local food and groceries.

Basics including yogurt, milk, bread, fish, chicken, vegetable, snacks, cookies, etc can cast around 7,000 BHT.

  • Eating Out

Being a couple, if you eat at any food street. The local food is not going to cost you more than 70 THB to 100 THB including a drink. 

For food expect a budget of 6,000 THB to 7,000 THB. Within your budget, you can afford to eat out, Thai food, once a day.

What Is The Cost Of Living In Thailand For A Family (4 people)?

For a family of four, you can expect to have expenses of 101,480 THB per month. It includes the charge of living in a decent 2-3 rooms apartment, paying your groceries, electricity bills, and water bills, and dining out with family once a week. 

Living cost depends on your style of living and the locations where you choose to live. If you live in the central city, expect the living expenses to be more than 1,50,000 THB. But living in an apartment in the suburbs of Bangkok and living a thai life can give you live a decent life for less than 10,0000 THB per month. 

What Is The Cost Of Living For A Digital Nomad?

As a digital nomad, if you are looking for a place to move in, Bangkok should be on the list of your top five. It is a popular place for digital nomads. The city offers old temples, Grand palaces, night markets, museums, and affordable and quality health care.

Expect the following cost as a digital nomad looking to move to Bangkok.

  • Food Cost

Food cost varies depending on your eating habits and the place you choose to eat. You can expect to spend 600 THB to 850 THB. But if you want to eat local food then expect your expenses to be 200 THB to 400 THB per day. 

Apart from local food, there are Japanese, Italian, and Mexican restaurants where you can find food of your choice. 

  • Cost Of Nightlife

Spending on nightlife can be expensive if you have fancy bars, rooftop parties, and expensive nightclubs. You can easily spend 7000 THB to 10,000 THB if you party on a lavish nightclub of the city.

  • Cost Of Accommodation 

As a digital nomad, the biggest expense that you can come across in Bangkok is accommodation. Every month you will see a new apartment popping up in the city. Due to the mushroom growth of apartments, the accommodation cost is not high as compared with apartment prices in the west.  

A one-bedroom apartment can cost you around 19,000 THB to 30,000 THB monthly. But if you are looking for cheaper accommodation then in the peripheries you can easily find one costing you 8,000 THB to 10,000 THB per month. 

How To Reduce The Cost Of Living In Bangkok?

Bangkok is not an expensive city to live in when you compare it to the rest of the world’s tourist cities. But, if you don’t have a judicious spending approach, things can quickly get out of hand.

You don’t have to go out of your way and do something extraordinary to reduce your cost of living in Bangkok, your way of living life just needs fine-tuning.

Here are some tips to help you to live within your budget. 

  • Don’t buy unnecessary things

In modern days people are used to buying unnecessary stuff and justify unwanted purchases because it is cheap or on sale. Doing so will evaporate your budget. You can spend hundreds and thousands if you keep spending little every day

If you purchase 2 shirts worth 300 THB. Don’t buy a third one, even if it is at 70 percent sale. 

  • Don’t Use a Taxi Frequently

Public transport is very cheap and easily available. A taxi in Bangkok could cost you more than 100 THB if you are not good at bargaining. On the flip side, a Skytrain, MRT subway, or water taxi will cost you nominal, may less than 30 THB. 

Use a taxi if you are on a tight schedule or emergency. Otherwise use public transport. The merit is mentioned here that Taxis can get caught in traffic congestion on the road. Using public transport will save you time and money.

  • Choose Suburbs of Bangkok For Living

The sub-urban areas of Bangkok are most suitable if you want to reduce your living expenses. Basic rooms are available in suburban areas with a per night stay as low as 50 THB to 80 THB. Besides, there are hostels for bachelors in the city. The hostels are dotted all around the city and you can easily find one.

The hostels offer shared rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens. If you are a backpacker it is best to find a hostel for your stay. 

The areas like Ramkhamhaeng, Lat Prao, Ratchada, Pinklao, Thapra, or Bang Na, etc offer cheap studio apartments. The apartments have a kitchen, bathroom, and balcony for you to enjoy the fresh air. 

  • Eat Local Thai Food

Thailand has the most delicious, exotic, and cheap food for a tourist city. Thailand is famous for its food streets. You will get a variety of food for 50 THB to 70 THB. The food streets are available almost everywhere within 100 to 150 meters of the hotel.

Eating western food at hotels or fast food at Macdonald’s or Pizza Hut can be expensive. You are in Thailand for enjoyment not just to eat. Just forget your native food for a few days and experience the lovely Thai food. Local food is worth every bite.  

  • Cut On The Use Of Air Conditioning

The weather is hot in Thailand and your electricity bill can be very high if you frequently use your air conditioning. Frequent use of this electrical apparatus is not only heavy on your pocket but also the environment. 

If you are not in your room, there is no need to keep your AC turn on. Use it when you feel like you need to cool down and when the temperature is on the higher side. 

Another cost-reducing method could be to use a locally manufactured Air Cooler which can cost 800 THB to 1500 THB. Using a room cooler will reduce the electricity bill by 10 to 40 per cent. 

  • Purchase From The Convenience Stores

Bangkok has a lot of convenience stores. The stores have almost all the necessary things you need in your everyday life. Prices of groceries are affordable. If you buy imported food and other stuff from supermarkets and shopping malls, expect your expenses to be too high.

  • Laundry yourself

Laundry at hotels in Bangkok can be expensive. To reduce the laundry cost, step out of your hotel and find a close by laundry shop. Laundry shops are mostly located within 150 meters of every hotel. Charges are extremely low. Unlike the hotel, the laundry shop charges you per kilo rather than per item.

  • Hone Your Bargaining Skills

Being good at bargaining can save you a lot of money in Bangkok. Being a tourist place, the vendor may ask for higher prices if they figure out you are new to the place. Try to bargain with Taxi drivers, Tuk-Tuk drivers, and shopping streets to get the best prices. If you bargain hard you will save yourself some money.

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Living In Bangkok?

Living in Bangkok is an enriching experience. It has tall buildings, delicious cuisines, and vibrant nightlife. However, the city has certain advantages and disadvantages.


  • Variety In Accommodation

The city has a great variety of accommodations. From expensive hotels in the central city to shared hostel rooms, basic rooms, and condominiums; it never disappoints the expatriates. The city offers something for everyone. 

Per night cost for a singleton renting a basic room per night can be 50 THB TO 70 THB with necessary facilities. 

  • Cheap transportation

Transportation is no issue in Bangkok. The public transport is modern with cheap fares. A sky train, MRT subway, and Riverboat will take you around the city with almost nominal expenses. 

Bus Fare ranges from 10 THB to 25 THB. While the sky train can cost you 20 to 30 THB. Riding a water boat to get the best view of the city is a must for visitors, at a cheap fare. 

  • Thriving Economy

The local economy is thriving with the influx of tourists and opportunities for businesses. If you are planning to stay long in Bangkok and eyeing starting a business, this is a great place.

  • Open Shops 24 Hours

Small shops and convenience stores like 7-11 and Foodland remain open all night and day. If you need anything early morning or late at night. Just go to your nearest shop and you will be able to get what you need.

  • Friendly People 

People all over the country are extremely friendly. They will be ready to help you every time you need it. If a person becomes angry and behaves rudely, Thai people will not react at all. They will just go away quietly without showing emotions.

  • Affordable Healthcare

Bangkok has one of the most affordable healthcare systems in the world. The doctors are well-qualified and speak English. The public hospital provides free health care. Even private health care is affordable compared with the healthcare of the west. 

  • Rich History And Culture

Thai culture is as old as hills. Among the hustling and bustling life of Bangkok, you will find temples, spiritual centers, museums, Jasmine garlands, etc. Thai people love their culture and stick to it. They are welcoming of foreigners. 


  • Messy Traffic

Bangkok has a population of under 12 million. A tourist hotspot coupled with local vehicles can make traffic a headache at times. Traffic congestion is a normal thing in the city. Although, the government is trying to reduce the burden on the roads by introducing sky trains, metros, water taxis, etc. 

  • Expensive Nightlife

Nightlife is one of a kind in Bangkok. But you can’t necessarily enjoy it if you are on a tight budget. The drinks, rooftop parties, and nightclubs can be extremely expensive.

  • Moderate Crime Rate

A moderate crime rate exists in many areas of the city. The areas which lack street lights are reported to have high incidences of mobile and wallet snatching. Although the rate is not on the high side still it is advised to avoid dark and deserted places at night. 

  • Air pollution

The quality of air in the city is not admirable. Burning season and the toxic emission of vehicles deteriorate the quality of air, thus affecting the health of the dwellers. 

  • Food Hygiene 

Food hygiene can be a problem in the city. It is because the food streets and restaurants are extremely crowded. The government’s mechanism for checking the hygiene of restaurants is not up to the mark. 

  • Hot Weather

The weather in Bangkok can be hot. The weather can change and become hot very quickly. You can sweat a lot during the summer. Do carry a bottle of water and rest in a shade for some if you are on a walk to explore the city.

  • Scams 

Scams in the city can’t be ignored. Many foreigners have fallen into computer scams or ATM scams. If you don’t basic knowledge of computers, try to obtain the services of a trustworthy person when making online transactions.

Stay away from using ATMs in unfamiliar places or the ones you suspect. There have been many cases reported of foreigners scammed at ATMs in the city. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Bangkok Safe For Foreigners?

The income disparity is visible in Bangkok. But still, it is extremely safe. The locals are very friendly and welcoming of foreigners. One can safely enjoy the nightlife in the city.

  • Is The Transportation Cheap?

Transport in Bangkok is no problem. Taxis, Sky trains, water taxis, and buses will show you around the city at very affordable prices. 

  • Is Food Expensive?

Food in Bangkok is sumptuous and the good thing is you don’t have to pay much too enjoy to the exotic dishes of the city. 

  • Does Bangkok have ATMs?

ATMs are available all across the city that accepts international cards. But the withdrawal fee can be higher than in most countries. Most restaurants, hotels and retailers accept credit cards like Amex and MasterCard.

  • Can an electrical plug be used?

Bangkok has 220 volts, AC electricity for use. If you are an Australian, you will need to have an international adaptor as you can’t use your normal electrical plugs.

  • Do People understand English?

As an expatriate, you will not have much of a problem communicating with people. People speak enough English to help you understand.

  • Do I need A Car To Move Around?

No, an expatriate does not need a car. As the public transport is good enough to show you around the city at affordable rates. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our article on the cost of living in Bangkok. We hope you found it useful and we wish you the best of luck on your travels.

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