Our time in the U.S. was 3 months of unrelenting sticker shock! From groceries to gas to housing we find the states to be really expensive.
It’s good to be back in Thailand and we find we are able to live comfortably. This seems like a good time to share what that looks like for us.
We’ve created a budget that allows for basic necessities, fun, savings, emergencies and travel.
I’m covering the basic necessities and fun in this post. This is our approximate monthly budget:
Rent: 10,000 Baht ($325)
We found a lovely studio apartment in a neighborhood that we love. Its simple, clean and has lovely common areas, a pool and a gym. Although paid separately, I’ve included the cost of electricity and water in this amount.
Food: 12,000 Baht ($400)
We eat very well and pretty healthily here. There are lots of restaurants, local markets and we are in walking distance from two major grocery stores.
Transportation: 3,800 Baht ($125)
Most of this is for our scooter rental. There are also affordable local busses, songteaws and Grab.
Phone and Internet Service: 1,500 Baht ($50)
This is for great cell service on two phones and high speed internet.
Entertainment: 4,600 Baht ($150)
We have found this to be more than enough to cover movies, meals out with friends and short excursions.
So our total budget is around 32,000 baht… just over $1000! One of the many reasons we love Thailand.