People often ask me how much it costs to live in Bangkok, but this is a little like asking how long a piece of string is. Many Bangkok residents earn under 9,000 baht ($300) a month and they manage to live here on that. Whether you’d also be happy to live here with only that amount to spend is something else altogether. At the other end, there are people that live here that spend $5,000 a month just to rent their condo. So both extremes are possible.

Accommodation

Living Room At Bangkok Condo

Living Room At Bangkok Condo

What I’ll do here is go over my own spending, as that will give you a more realistic idea of what you can get for your money. We live in a 1-bed condo in the Silom area, which is one of Bangkok’s main business districts. The condo is around 50 sqm and has living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and balcony. Within the building there’s also a swimming pool, fitness center and rooftop area. This costs around $900 a month. On top of that there’s usually an extra $130 to pay for high-speed internet, electricity and water. So that’s a total of $1,030 for accommodation.

Typical Kitchen In A 1-Bed Bangkok Condo

Typical Kitchen In A 1-Bed Bangkok Condo

General Spending

Our day to day spending varies, but usually works out at around $1,000 a month. We eat out for lunch every day, and also have coffee at local cafes once or twice a day. We rarely drink, so that saves us a small fortune compared to some people we know. We also don’t have a car, which can be a big expense here. But it’s very easy to get around the city without one, as the public transport system is first class. There is a very modern skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) system, plus taxis, tuk tuks, buses and boats. Many tourists attractions are located around the Chao Phraya River area and are easy to get to by boat.

Food

Eating out in Bangkok can be very cheap or very expensive. Stick to places that the local office workers mostly eat and lunch will usually cost around $1.50. Of course, you can also eat at very fancy restaurants for $100 or more. It all depends on your lifestyle. So eating out every day at lunchtime for a whole month can cost only $45 per person. We shop for fresh produce at the local markets, as this is much cheaper than at the supermarkets, and the produce always seems much fresher. There are markets all over Bangkok.

Getting Around

Getting around Bangkok is also relatively cheap. BTS and MRT tickets start at well under $1 a journey. Boats are usually around $0.50, and buses are even cheaper. You can get to most places in central Bangkok by taxi for under $3.  Tuk tuks are a little more expensive.

Conclusion

You can live very well on around $2,000 per month, but whether that’s another for you is only something that you can decide. If you have less money available you could get a smaller condo or one further out. A small condo near one of the BRT or MRT stations that are further away from the center can cost as little as $200 a month. The further out you are, the cheaper they get.

If you have any specific question, just leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer it.