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!
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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.
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.
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.