Living in Thailand on $400 a month

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I have done the sums and I am pretty sure I could live here on the interest I get from my savings in the bank back home. I would have to give up a lot of things, such as beer (I would love to give it up but dont think its going to happen!), eating out at western food places (could maybe manage a KFC once in a while as you can get a meal for 90b).

Here it is then.

My rent – 9000b / $270 / £180 a month for a 60 square meter 1 bedroom apartment (not a studio, separate bedroom with aircon) 3 minutes walking distance from the beach and 20 minutes walking distance to town.


Bills – My last bill was 1660b / £33.50 / $50 for the month which included 7mb wifi, water (75b a month) and electricity for the rest.

Food – to live for $400, you would have to buy all your food from the market and cook at home. Its going to give you something to do at least! If you get your own food, you will also be able to eat western style food as well as its much cheaper to cook this than eat out unlike thai food which is probably cheaper to eat out than make your own – I think I could live in the UK of £25 a month for food if I shopped in Netto – are those baked beans still 7p a tin? I am putting this monthly cost down at 1200b / $37.5.


Entertainment – well, there is not a lot left out of the $400 I am afraid! At the moment, we stand at just over $350 which leaves 55b a day from the $400 – I think you would spend this in no time buying the odd snack, transport or mobile phone credit – but if you only want to go out once a week and do not need any of the above, then you have got 385b a week for entertainment. Where I live, you could get yourself over 7 big bottles of beer or maybe an evening in a bar? – in Hua Hin, on soi 80, it is possible to drink for 40b a bottle for a small beer – almost 9 small beers – that’s more than enough for me! I’d say it would be better having 2 nights in a bar having 4 bottles or 5 bottles a night.


The other cost is your VISA! Yeah, the old visa need to be considered – and depending on how old you are, then the more it is going to cost – cheapest one though would be a retirement visa if you are over 50, or educational visa is you are under 50.

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2 thoughts on “Living in Thailand on $400 a month

  1. FightLiveShare

    If you are serious about living off $400 then you cannot do it paying 9,000 baht a month on rent. That is just silly.

    55baht a day for entertainment/travel/random expenses is just not feasible unless you are a hermit (and if you are then why bother coming to live at Thailand in the first place?)

    The budget is not practical at all. You can live off 400-500 a month in Thailand but you need a REALISTIC budget and plan. Obvious place to start is forgetting your 9k rent and looking at somewhere around 4-5k. My budget is a lot higher than 400 and I rent a place for 7k.

    Your budget is “Surviving” in Thailand, not “Living”

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