Budgeting for Chiang Mai

For basic cost of living, here are my monthly numbers living 10min. outside of Old City in a local neighborhood. The highest concentration of young expats is in the Nimmanhaemin area, but once you’ve lived here for a year, you tend to leave for cheaper rent and larger spaces. This is me being fabulous on a budget, though I’m not sure how it compares with the Nimman area expats since their cost of living is much higher.

Rent: 2500 THB = 5 bedroom house in Chang Phuak shared with 4 friends (Total is 10K THB, so we vary the prices based on room size 1200-2700THB)

Electricity: Winter/180THB; Hot Season/600-1000THB

Internet: 130 THB (Total is 640THB for house)

Muban Water: 50 THB

Security Guard: 20 THB (mandatory for the community)

Bottled Water Delivery: 40 THB

Household Supplies: 500 THB

Cat Care: 500 THB

Phone: 300 THB

Motorbike Gas: 500 THB

Groceries/Food/Restaurants: 8000 THB (4000THB for shoe-string budget)

Entertainment (Weekend Activities, Alcohol,…more alcohol): 2500 THB

Unexpected expenses (medicine, bike repairs, computer misc., visa): 1500 THB


TOTAL: About 14,000+THB

(Does not include travel adventures or personal shopping)

Originally published February 13, 2013.

About redmudstain

An American Expat in Chiang Mai, Thailand ​ Not willing to settle down just yet - I'm only in my mid-twenties after all - I took a leap across the big big pond and fell onto Thai soil. Well, it was a little less spontaneous than that... ​ After a grueling application process, Princeton in Asia bestowed upon me a one-year fellowship with The Life Skills Development Foundation in Chiang Mai. A renowned child rights non-profit foundation in Northern Thailand, TLSDF is giving me the opportunity to research critical social issues, travel across field sites in the nation's upper regions, converse with the international human rights community and of course, learn Thai! ​ This is my life - the beauty, struggle, culture shock and adventure - in the charming city of Chiang Mai. Blog: https://redmudstain.wordpress.com/ UPDATE: Chiang Mai got me for 2 years!

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