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  • hoozah

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    say if a person wanted to stay in thailand for a month how much is the average person going to spend? if one liked thailand enough to stay for a year, how much would one be looking at to spend for a year? this is including rent/food/utilities i guess. i've been googling different sites and seeing what people say. some estimate 5000 baht/month others estimate 40,000 baht/month. the figures are pretty skewed.

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    #1 Posted: 26/2/2012 - 18:15

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  • busylizzy

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    I would guess that it depends on whether you want to live like a King or a Pauper. You'll have to describe what kind of living conditions you are looking for. What area of Thailand, an apartment? With WiFi? With Pool?

    Not that I can give specific advice on living costs, but the same questions to whether you are travelling or living there for a year.CrankyCarrot can probably help - but he'll need more info on your expectations.

    #2 Posted: 26/2/2012 - 18:26

  • guava_girl

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    Doubt you can live on 5,000 a month. I would say on average aim at around 12,000 to 15,000 as a minimum. If you drink a lot and like to eat out as opposed to cooking at home than this can double.

    #3 Posted: 26/2/2012 - 18:42

  • goonistik

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    To help you put things in perspective, 5000 baht a month is about 170 baht a day. The minimum wage in Thailand varies from 159 baht to 215 baht per day depending on the area.

    guava girl is about right for 12k to 15k as a minimum starting point.

    #4 Posted: 26/2/2012 - 23:13

  • hoozah

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    Right now I'm saving about $2,400 CND a month. That converts to about 73k baht a month. That's obviously way above 12k-15k. I'd be looking for like a 1-2 bedroom home, with a decent location, food, utilities, internet and a mode of transportation (motor bike?). I'm not looking to live lavishly, just have a life time experience, enjoy the culture, nice weather (it is -40 degrees Celsius here some days) maybe learn the language a bit. The reason I say a 1-2 bedroom is because maybe if i like it enough a family member could fly down for a bit and I'd have the space for them. I'm 22 and I don't drink or party. This would be more of a life/learning experience then a college get away.

    #5 Posted: 27/2/2012 - 22:18

  • hoozah

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    also, i was looking at airplane tickets to fly there for June this summer for 2-3 weeks during my vacation. The prices on kayak are giving me about $2,000 to leave on a monday (round trip). It seems a bit steep for a round trip. Is that normal (flying from Alberta, Canada).

    #6 Posted: 27/2/2012 - 22:21

  • goonistik

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    Try this website.

    http://matrix.itasoftware.com/search.htm

    For flights that long, $2000 seems to be about par for the course but you can do better. Using the ITA website, I think there were deals for CAD 1350 to 1600.

    I think 40K will be plenty. Again, that depends on your activities, the area, and your lifestyle.

    #7 Posted: 28/2/2012 - 00:34

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