Food and Drinks Costs in Thailand
The average person spends about 100 euros every month on grocery items and raw food sources like fruits and vegetables. Eating in a restaurant can be cheap or expensive depending on the location and this can be budgeted though finding the right places. Foreign cuisines tend to be priced higher compared to other local restaurants in the area with the same ambiance and service. A dinner for four in a middle class restaurant can cost only around 40 to 50 euros. There are also a number of expensive restaurants in major cities like Bangkok that charge up to several hundred euros per meal.Locally produced food and drinks are very affordable. One can spend less than 100 euros a month if purchasing in community markets and fish ports. Rice is one type of food with several varieties. The price would depend on the quality and kind. Meat products are pork and beef along with poultry, eggs and seafood like tuna, marlin and squid. Thailand has several locally produced fruits and vegetables all-year round and all these come at very low prices. Prices however can increase in bigger cities, delis and supermarkets.
Housing Costs in Thailand
Renting an apartment will cost around 100 to 200 euros per month. The usual setting includes a private toilet and bath, one bedroom and a living room. The space expatriates get for their money is actually reasonable. There are also condominium units which include two or more rooms, two or more toilet and baths, a general swimming pool and other amenities.
Prices will increase as more privileges and services come with the rental. Most expatriates prefer to live downtown in a nice condominium while others enjoy renting a house by the beach. Beach house rentals are less expensive although there are resorts which can charge up to 100 euros a night. Another option is purchasing a luxury villa, as prices have been favorable especially in Phuket. Electricity and water will cost around 100 euros every month.
Prices of clothing and accessories are relative to the brand and quality. There are night markets and flea shops all over cities where expatriates can find very cheap pairs of jeans, batik, hats, bags and footwear. The quality of course may not be as good compared to the ones sold in department stores and shopping centers.