Die Lebenshaltungskosten in Thailand im Jahr 2021

The cost of living in Thailand in 2021

While it’s an evergreen holiday spot, Thailand also doubles as a popular destination for people looking to move overseas. But why? Warm weather, affordable housing and great cuisine are three of many reasons why expats of all ages are flocking to the Land of Smiles. Continue reading to discover average living costs in Thailand, including how much you’ll need before arriving.          

Moving to Thailand

First the paperwork. Unfortunately, you can’t skip through passport control when you arrive in Thailand. The good news is that getting a visa can be straightforward if you meet the required criteria.

Most people who move to Thailand need a non-immigrant visa (valid for 90 days). These visas are renewable for a year or longer, for the following purposes:

  • Business.
  • Education.
  • Marriage. 

The other reason that non-immigrant visas can be extended is retirement.

Thai retirement visas

The Thai retirement visa is the unofficial name for the “Extension of Stay Based on Retirement” permit. It is an extension of a Non-Immigrant O Visa or Non-Immigrant O-A Visa. To apply for a Thai retirement visa, you’ll need to be at least 50 years old and have either:

  • A deposit of ฿ 800,000 (around £17,500) in a Thai account for two months prior to your application.
  • Proof you have a monthly income of at least ฿ 65,000 (about £1,400), including pension payments.

For more information on Thai retirement visas, check out this useful guide by thaiembassy.com

Need a bank account in Thailand? No problem. Read our guide to opening a bank account if you’re an expat in Thailand. Next, discover the best way to send money to Thailand.

The cost of living in Bangkok

Thailand’s capital and most populous city, Bangkok is best known for its ornate shrines,  vibrant nightlife and delicious street food. But what’s the cost of living in Thailand’s most energetic city? The table below shows the average prices for some amenities in Bangkok, including accommodation and household bills.

1-bed flat p/m (city centre)1-bed flat p/m (outside)One-way bus ticketMonthly utility bills30-day gym membershipMid-range  meal for two
฿ 17,872 (£393)฿ 8,610 (£189)฿ 40 (£0.88p)฿ 2,502 (£55)฿ 1,850 (£41)฿ 800 (£18)

Most figures are rounded up to the nearest pound sterling or Thai baht.

“Bangkok prices” are generally the most expensive in the country. That’s because the city is Thailand’s economic centre and the main tourist hub. Goods and services are priced accordingly.

Fun fact: Although locals call Bangkok “Krung Thep”, it’s a shortened version of:“Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit.”

Did you know that Azimo has partnered with Siam Commercial bank (SCB), one of Thailand’s leading banks? That’s why Azimo can offer instant transfers from Europe to SCB bank accounts. 

The cost of living in Phuket and beyond

There are plenty of living options outside of bustling Bangkok. For example, Chiang Mai is famous for its Buddhist temples and serene surroundings, while Koh Samui is perfect for beaches if surfing and sunbathing is your thing. 

For partygoers, Phuket should be your first port of call – while Lampang is great if you want somewhere less touristy. Alternatively, if you love the idea of living in a quiet fishing village, (just imagine the food), then Hua Hin could be for you.

City1-bed flat p/m (city centre)1-bed flat p/m (outside)One-way bus ticketMonthly utility billsGym membershipMid-range  meal for two
Phuket฿ 12,688(£278)฿ 10,546(£231)฿ 30(£0.66p)฿ 2,238(£49)฿ 1,664(£36)฿ 850(£19)
Hua Hin฿ 16,000(£350)฿ 12,063(£264)฿ 10(£0.22p)฿ 2,405(£53)฿ 1,425(£31)฿ 700(£15)
Chiang Mai฿ 17,872(£391)฿ 8,610(£188)฿ 30(£0.66p)฿ 2,599(£57)฿ 1,370(£30)฿ 600(£13)
Koh Samui฿ 12,571(£275)฿ 8,571(£188)฿ 100(£2)฿ 2,084(£47)฿ 1,600(£35)฿ 800(£18)
Lampang฿ 10,000(£219)฿ 6,000(£131)฿ 80(£1.75p)฿ 1,633(£36)฿ 1,200(£26)฿ 500(£11)

Most figures are rounded up to the nearest pound sterling or Thai baht.

What’s the best place to live in Thailand?

Great question. While there’s no definitive answer, Azimo is happy to make a suggestion. How about the cashew-shaped Koh Tao island

Also known as Turtle Island, Koh Tao is home to a large expat community and some of Thailand’s best diving spots. It’s located 55 km from Koh Samui and boasts a selection of affordable hotels, beach houses and five-star resorts. 

The growing selection of restaurants and nightlife means there’s something for almost every taste. Far from civilization, but still easy to reach, it’s an idyllic tropical paradise.

If that wasn’t enough, the island used to be a hideout for pirates. Koh Tao natives claim that many shipwrecks (and treasures) remain underwater.