Cost of living in Bangkok

Food and Beverages
Plate of Thai food, some rice and a soft drink at an average small restaurant
40B to 70B
Plate of Thai food and a soft drink on Bangkok’s Khao San road.
100B
Plate of western style food and a soft drink in tourist-orientated restaurant.
150B – 300B
Meal for 2 at a high quality Thai restaurant
300B to 500B
Macdonald’s BigMac Meal – Small/Large
85B/92B
Grilled chicken and sticky rice from a street vendor
20B
Large (630ml) ‘Singha’ beer from a 7-11 store
50B
Small (330ml) ‘Singha’ beer in an average bar
60B to 150B
Small (330ml) ‘Heineken’ beer in 7-11 store
38B – 40B
Small (330ml) ‘Heineken’ beer in a bar
75B – 110B
1 litre of bottled water from a store
6B to 12B
Low-end bottle of wine from a supermarket
450B
Packet of Thai kanom (snacks/sweets)
10B
20 cigarettes (Western brand)
60B
20 cigarettes (Thai brand)
20B
Accommodation
Typical guesthouse room on Khao San Road (small, fan-cooled, shared cold-water bathroom)
150B
Typical 3* hotel room
800B to 1,200B
Typical 5* hotel room
4,000B +
Discounted room at the Oriental Hotel (arguably the world’s best hotel)
US$250 / 10,000B
Luxury apartment (per month)
30,000B +
Central Bangkok apartment with good facilities (per month)
8,000B to 20,000B
Non-central cheap apartment with few/no facilities (per month)
2,000B to 4,000B
Travel in town
Average taxi or tuk-tuk fare around central Bangkok
50-70B
Ordinary / Aircon bus fare
3.5B / 8B – 16B
Average fare on the express boats and canal boats
5 to 10B
Chartering a longtail boat for one hour
400B
Average Skytrain fare
25B
Shopping
Original Western music CD from a department store
450B to 500B
Original Thai music CD from a department store
120B
Pirate software from Panthip Plaza
150B – 200B
Low quality fake Rolex watch
500B
Very high quality fake Rolex watch
6,000B
Cheap T-Shirt
100B
Fake pair of Levi’s
400B
General
Cinema ticket
80B to 120B
Entrance fee to some of the most popular discos/nightclubs (This usually entitles you to 1 or 2 ‘free’ drinks)
300B to 800B
Copy of ‘The Nation‘ or ‘Bangkok Post‘ newspaper
20 – 25B
Asian Wall Street Journal
50B
Cheap haircut
60B
Internet access on a 56K modem, per hour. (from 16 local ISPs)

5B – 20B

Internet access at Internet Cafés or outlets, per hour.
20B – 180B

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