This is a run down of my total cost of spending whilst living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I wanted to share with you my total spending to give you a better idea of what’s possible with a limited budget in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Here is an outline of my monthly costs:
Baan Thai, Nimman area
1 Room private Condo, Furnished with duvet set, Cable TV, Fridge, power shower
Cost per month: 5,800 Baht (£115)
Bills (Electric and water): 400 Baht (£8)
Swimming pool: Included with the rent
4 x tickets cinema – 80 Baht each (Wednesday late night showing)
total: 320 Baht (£6.40)
Internet and phone contract
One month in room high speed broadband – 600 Baht (£12)
One month 3GB 4G data bundle with Dtac – 400 Baht (£8)
One month City wifi subscription – 80 Baht (£2)
Toilet paper, Toothpaste, Shower Gel, Qtips – 120 Baht (£2.40)
Every meal in Thailand mostly comes with free filter water, sometimes ice is included. Since my apartment doesn’t have a kitchen and eating out is both fresh and affordable I eat out each day.
30 x Thai Breakfast (Noodle, pork, soup, egg) at my morning place 40 Baht – 1,200 (£24)
30 x One Lunch Dish at Maya basement floor 50 Baht – 1,500 Baht (£30)
30 x One Rice or Noodle meat set dish at a variety of places around town 50 baht – 1,500 Baht (£30)
I don’t drink alcohol any more or go out to night clubs so this section is low for me
30 x fresh black coffee in a bag from my coffee guy every morning 25 Baht each – 750 Baht (£15)
30 x Seven11 can of either black coffee or Sparkling water each day 12 Bhat each – 360 Baht (£7.15)
Tap water is not drinkable but you can buy filtrated water for 5 baht per litre to re-fill bottles at pump stations.
1 x pack of 6 liter water bottle – 50 Baht (£1)
4 x 6 litre refill of bottles at pump station 5 Bhat – 20 Baht (£0.40)
4 x Pick up and drop off Dry cleaning service – 80 Baht – 320 Baht (£6.40)
1 x cab ride from the airport to the city – 150 Baht (£3)
10 x Tuk Tuk Rides 50 Bhat each – 500 Baht (10)
Total cost of one month Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Fitness: included in rent
Internet and phone bills: 1,080
General supplies: 120
City transport: 650
Total cost per Month in Chiang Mai: 14,110 Baht (£280)
When you consider that I eat out 3 times a day, live in a fancy condo with a swimming pool and use a dry cleaning service once a week, Chiang Mai is outstanding value for money.
If you’re looking for a location for a long term stay-cation Chiang Mai, Thailand is spot on for your needs, it has the best of both worlds.
Never had any problems at all with the local police or with crime, I feel safe here (Maybe because I don’t ride a motorbike this is why internationals often get fined by police for motorbike reasons).
Food is great
The food is fresh local and healthy, I’ve never eaten so great, Northern Thai food is outstanding and wonderful to eat, each dish never gets boring.
The internet is fantastic, and fast, my phone contract gives me a 4G connection for peanuts, always feel connected, wifi almost everywhere.
Thailand is awesome!
And most importantly, Thai people are extremely friendly and it’s a wonderful country to visit with lots to explore, you will never get bored.
When you look at the big picture Chiang Mai has it all: Quality of life – low cost of living – speed of internet connection – outstanding food – safety – easy flight access = Possibly the best place to live in the world?
When you consider how many digital nomads/expats have started to call Chiang Mai home, you can’t blame them at all.
Thank you for reading my blog post about the monthly cost of living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I hope you found it useful and I hope you will consider to visit Chaing Mai in the Close future!