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Cost of Living in Pattaya

Cost of living here in Pattaya Beach Thailand, is pretty low, if I had to guess I would say it is about 40 to 60 percent of what the cost of living is in California. The biggest discount here is rent, followed closely by food. If a person had to they could get by on 25,000 Baht a month. There are many Thai persons living on less than 10,000 a month, so 25 grand is very doable. Depending on a persons comfort zone I think 40,000 to 60,000Baht is more in line with most westerners lifestyles. Below I will try to summarize cost of basic needs based on my research and personal experience. No two people are going to have the same needs, so this is just going to be a guide at best.

* All amounts are for a full month. All amounts are in Thai Baht. To convert to Dollar to convert to Pound *
Housing
Studios 2,000 very low end to 15,000 plus for luxury sea view studios

Very basic studios can be had at 3,000 to 4,000 these are from 25 to 30 meter square with a very small bathroom and no kitchen but almost all have a small balcony that you can do cooking on. At the higher end will usually include free internet hot water, air conditioning and cooking area. Small studios with sea views will run you from 8,00 to 15,00 depending on the location and quality of the building

One or two bedroom apartment 5,000 to 60,000 plus for luxury digs

One or two bedroom apartments start at 5.000 for say a 50 meters square and can go up to 20,000 to 60,000+ for a luxury flat with a sea view. Almost all will have air con, hot water, and some sort of cooking area. The higher end will have more quality throughout like better bathroom fixtures and quality kitchen appliances and a better kept building.

Houses 2 or 3 bedroom plus, much has to do with the quality of the house and village.

Small houses can actually be found for 5,000 depending on how hard you look and luck. I know of a British couple that landed a beautiful two bedroom house in one of the upper class villages of Pattaya. The only catch is they have to vacate two weeks a during December as that is when the owners come to Thailand and stay there. This type of an arrangement isn't just a one off as many owners live abroad and it is nice to have someone keep an eye on things. Deals like this aren't easy to find but they are out there.

Small two bedroom row houses start off at 5,000 very basic and sometimes without hot water or Air-con and sometimes you may have to put up with allot of noisy neighbors. Price goes up in the better managed villages. On average a three bedroom house in a well kept village will run 15,000 to 40,000 depending on size and quality. Then there the luxury houses in the best villages wit no expense spared on quality these will generally start of at 60,000 and go up from there.

Studio 25 to 30 meters
1,500 very basic no air-con
4,000 air con and hot water
10,000 to 15,000+ luxury with sea view
1 or 2 bedroom apartment
40 to 80 meters
10,000 very basic
15,000 to 25,000 and up for upscale to luxury sea view
House 2 or three bedroom 80 to 300 meters
small house poorly kept village start at 8,000
15,000 to 25,000 larger house in better village.
40,000 and up for top of the line quality village and house

Electricity

The biggest user of electricity in most households is air conditioning. If you never use air con your electric bill could get as low as 200 Baht.. Homes in Thailand are zone cooled, in other words there is an air conditioner for each room. This is much more efficient than cooling the entire house at the same time. If you rent a studio or an apartment you may pay much more for electrical use as the building owner owns your electric meter and he is charging his own rate. This owner charged rate is typically from 6 to 9 Baht per unit which is a Kilowatt hour. The government rate is about 3 and a half Baht per unit. When renting a house or condo you will typically pay the government rate which is something to consider.

very little or no air con
200 to 500
air con sometimes on the hottest days
800 to 1,500
air con most days in a small apartment or studio
3,000
run air con all the time in a medium size house
6,000+ with pool add 5,000 to 10,000 more
 
Internet
Internet has improved immensely and the cost have gone way down over the last few years in Pattaya. There are also many more options these days from using internet from your cell phone to high speed ADSL and cable. Free WIFI is is everywhere from bars and restaurants to beaches and shopping malls. Fact is there is so much free WIFI around that if all you did was check e-mail on your tablet or smart phone you could do all that from your local bar or restaurant. Many apartment buildings also supply free WIFI to their tenants so that is certainly something to consider when shopping around for a place to live..
Some apartment houses have free WIFI. Be sure to ask ahead of time. Lower end fixed line or cable packages, pretty good value if you're not a big user
590 Baht
medium grade service, fast speeds pretty dependable good value
1000 to 1500
Premium service almost rock solid connection and very fast if you must have static IP address this is what you will need. If 100% dependability is what you need then you should also have a backup just incase
2000 to 6000

Food

Food is without a doubt cheaper and in most cases better tasting in Thailand. However imported foods can end up costing much more because of the duty taxes and transportation cost. A typical box of cereal cost almost double in Thailand than in my home country. However if you have an adventurous palate then you can really score some real money savings here while eating some of the best tasting food on the planet. Local meats, vegetables and spices are very cheap. Local ma and pop restaurants are not only inexpensive but also have very delicious meals too. A restaurant that I frequent cooks my meals just how i like and all for less than 60 Baht.

Many of the western dining establishments are represented here in Thailand and Pattaya. One of the more popular ones is McDonalds,. a meal here is only a little more than in the west.

Thai food in food stalls and home cooked, most of the time
Rice is dirt cheap!
2,000 to 3,000
Some western type foods mostly cooked at home
4,500
Thai and Western food in restaurants several times a week
6,000
Very nice restaurants most of the time
10,000 or more

Transportation
Automobiles are not cheap here in Thailand even used ones, but prices are coming down. With the easy credit obtainable by more Thai people and government rebates there are more and more new cars out on the roads these days. This is helping to drive down the price of used cars quite a bit. Most people drive motorbikes as they are cheaper on fuel and you can get around in heavy traffic much faster.
Public transportation is almost everywhere and it is cheap too. Pickup called Baht busses drive around everywhere and go almost everywhere for just a few Baht per passenger. There are also motorbike taxis for point A to point B service, bear in mind motorbikes are dangerous. Big busses are used for longer hauls and are cheap as well, a trip from pattaya to bangkok and back cost only 250 Baht.
Owning and maintaining a car in Thailand cost about the same as it would in the US. Fuel is also about the same also.
Use bat bus only walking is cheap too
500
Combination of using Baht bus and motor bike taxis
500 to 1,000
Own a motor bike includes maintenance
500 to 1,500
Drive a car
2,000 - 6,000+
 
Socializing
Pattaya Beach defiantly has plenty of social life. Thailand much like many SE Asian country's people are very social. People here don't just go home and lock the doors behind them and watch TV like in more developed country's. I very rarely stay at home in the evening, there are just so many little bars and restaurants within walking distance. I have a choice of about 10 places all within 100 Meters of where I live. I have friends from all over the world that I regularly see and have a few beers with. If all I do is have two large beers and dinner my cost is under 175 Baht (about 5 dollars) dinner only is 55 Baht (about 2 dollars).
Drink very moderately most evenings, drink at the cheaper places
1,000 to 3,000
Go out 4 to 7 nights a week
3,000 to 5,000
Go out most nights little re guard for cost
12,000
Go out most nights with full out entertainment
30,000 to 60,000 +

Other Stuff
There are everyday cost that crop up. There would be laundry service, visa cost. and let us not forget health issues. We should all have some sort of insurance or savings put back just in case. That said below are just some numbers but really a bare minimum should be at least 5,000 a month everyone's will be different.
Other

5,000

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