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This money I am able to invest in always having good food at home, which is where a lot of my money goes.
I used to spend a fair bit on the gym, until I found one for less than 2 quid a year.
For example, we live within walking distance of a tube station, and have the luxury of a restaurant on site at our condo block.
That said, my apartment is a few stops out of central Bangkok – mainly because I wouldn’t want to live in Sukhumvit – but the money we save allows us to take regular holidays and stay in nice hotels. I don’t drink or smoke, so I save money on buying beer and fags.
I did some pre-research on two cost of living sites, but I found them to be pretty off the mark, particularly when it came to housing.
That said, one took the average across the whole of Thailand, which again isn’t that useful.
But overall, Thailand still ranks as one of the cheapest places to live in SE Asia.
Overall, I still find it cheaper than Laos, Malaysia and Cambodia.
m (4 stops to central – ฿17-20,000– Modern 1 bed, 50 Sq.
If you’re smart, though, you can make cut backs doing things like buying an Internet phone package and tethering to your computer to save money on home WIFI.
You can buy fruit in bulk from the market instead of buying daily from stalls, or choose to take the Baht bus instead of taxis.
Please note that as with any country, supermarkets are competitive and pricing varies for different items, albeit by a few Baht.
The following condo rental prices are averages based on a pool of property listings for Bangkok, and on condos within walking distance to an MRT/BTS station.– Modern 2 Bed 2 Bath Condo, 65 Sq.