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Living in Thailand on 30,000B a month

  • somtam2000

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    Ajarn.com (a website for English teachers) has an excellent post that follows a guy living on under 30,000B a month in Bangkok.

    It's interesting particularly because (a) the guy's diet is terrible and if he'd planned his food a bit better he could have saved a bit more; and (b) it wasn't actually all that hard -- boring yes, but not hard.

    Certainly brought back memories of when I was being paid 140B an hour to teach English at AUA in Bangkok!

    Anyway, well worth a look -- the full story is here: http://www.ajarn.com/Banter/30kamonth.htm

    You can see another similar piece here:
    How much do I need to live in Bangkok

    Soooo, if you're done travelling and feel like hanging out for a bit -- there's some costs for you!

    #1 Posted: 7/7/2009 - 20:22

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  • MADMAC

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    I have a wife and daughter and help support my wifes' family. But we own the house - so no rent. I live on about 75,000 baht a month - and I live VERY good. Have a maid, a laundry service, get a massage three times a week, go out to dinner daily.

    #2 Posted: 8/7/2009 - 00:30

  • DLuek

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    This is straying off the subject of Bangkok, but I've been comparing teaching English in Vietnam to Thailand, and it seems like Thailand is financially not a good option in comparison. In Thailand, average salaries are just above average living expenses. Some how, in Vietnam salaries are really high - between U$10 to $20/hour - and of course living expenses are among the cheapest in Asia. So while it's possible to save upwards of U$800 or more per month in Vietnam, it seems one would be lucky to save U$100 a month in Thailand. Who knew? Vietnam is right below Taiwan, Japan and South Korea for, financially speaking, best place to teach in Asia.

    #3 Posted: 8/7/2009 - 01:04

  • Thaiman

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    Have just read the piece on Ajarn.com and found it pretty interesting.He did really well for a young bloke but I'm sure he could have done better,food wise.As Somtam says his diet is terrible.More fruit and vegetables and less Western food would have seen a fair saving.And as for cigarettes,well[better not say too much].Can understand the grog and going out.
    Gives a pretty good insight as to what can be done on not too much money.Hope too retire in Thailand,not Bangkok though, so anything like this is useful.

    #4 Posted: 21/7/2009 - 16:09

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