How much do we spend in Bangkok – average budget for family

By tradition, I will write our monthly spending in the next city, on This time, this is Bangkok. We have not lived here before. Despite, that this is the capital, you can live here more budget than in the resorts, just everything as usual depends on the preferences of a particular person. In this wintering is not a budget we live on, therefore this mini-financial The report should not be considered as a living wage for Bangkok, it is rather the average standard of living.

To make it more objective and understandable, let’s set “initial conditions “. We rented a two-bedroom apartment in the city center (apartment 1, apartment 2), moved around the city mostly only by taxi, we ate at home and in the nearest cafes, not spending much time to search cheap. It is also worth considering that came to us my mother, and we were already three adults.

The content of the article

  • 1 Our spending in Bangkok
    • 1.1 Housing
    • 1.2 Food
    • 1.3 Moves
    • 1.4 Internet and communication
    • 1.5 Other
    • 1.6 total
  • 2 How much money is needed in Bangkok and how to cut spending

Our spending in Bangkok

In Bangkok, we lived 3 months, so we went through a period arrangement (which is different for everyone in price), and therefore There will be some average costs without taking into account the first purchases of the type multicookers, any basins, pots and other things.

For example, how much we spent on two in Chiang Mai and on Phuket, and for three with a child on Samui.


  • Apartment with two bedrooms (in fact, three-bedroom) 22000-25000 baht
  • Electricity: 2000-2500 baht, air conditioning worked on 12-14 hours a day, plus electric stove.
  • Water: 250-300 baht.
  • Internet: 700 baht.
  • Purchase of household goods: 1000-2000 baht. Mostly large expenses only at the beginning, then already the little things at all.

Receipts for payment of email, water and the Internet Receipts for payment of email, water and the Internet

Receipts for payment of e-wa, water and the Internet


Our meal took about 19,000-23,000 baht, that is, less than It was on Samui, although one adult was added. The reason is they began to cook more at home, or rather grandmother began to cook for us. By This amount is approximately such a deal (here it’s too long each month to write):

  • Supermarkets: 9,000-13,000 baht.
  • 7/11: 500-2500 baht.
  • Thai cafes and street food: 4000-5000 baht.
  • Fresh juice Egor: 500-1500 baht. Egor is the only thing drank with pleasure, so it is pomegranate juice, in BKK it stands on street 40-50 baht bottle. If a bottle a day, here comes out 1500 baht
  • Water: 200-1000 baht. At one time they bought water, then switched to water mats.
  • Market: 1500-3500 baht.


  • Taxi and subway: 3000 baht. This is mainly a taxi because fast, and convenient, and cheap. We had at least 4 trips to a week

Internet and communication

  • 3G internet: 700 baht.
  • Mobile connection: 500 baht.


  • Baby: 1000-4000 baht (diapers, toys, clothes). The main part went to toys and clothes in the first month.
  • Clothes to Darya: 1500-3000 baht. No matter how difficult it is for me understand, but we have a constant item of expenditure.
  • Massage: 800-1000 baht (4 sessions of 200-250 baht).


As a result, it turns out about 53,000-65,000 baht in month. This is slightly smaller than on Samui due to the fact that in Bangkok we did not rent a car, although the apartment we had was more expensive.

Of course, we have other expenses, such as classes Egor, but writing them in a similar budget does not make sense at all. Even such a simplified layout is very subjective.

How much money do you need in Bangkok and how to cut spending

To make the post more useful, I’ll add my own ideas for those who want to save. In my opinion, to live in Bangkok, you need somewhere 20-25 thousand baht minimum, well, and the upper threshold is infinity :)

I already wrote how to rent an apartment in Bangkok, where he cited examples different housing at different prices. So if you don’t need a center cities (although here you can live for 5-10 thousand baht), and do not need a large area and a few rooms, then you calmly keep within 5-15 thousand baht And on the outskirts of 15 thousand will be quite large apartment. If suddenly you need to find a hotel in Bangkok, search and convenient to choose RoomGuru, this is a service where you can compare prices on hotels in different booking systems. I stayed at Bangkok many times and in different hotels. I will not give links to all my reviews, I will give only a few. Nasa Vegas – convenient for stops near the airport and metro, Rajata is a good place to overnight stay near Khao San, S3 Residense is located in the center next to the park.

With food here, everything is the same as in the rest of Thailand. If you will be mainly purchased in the markets and supermarkets, and cook at home, then a family of three people will be able to eat for 10-20 thousand per month. Naturally, we are not talking about buying expensive European products. Or, as an option, you will need to look for cheap cafes with a price per serving of not more than 50 baht, and better still less. It is worth considering that in the center there are few markets, and cafes are often expensive, Cheap ones should be looked at in small lanes, and not on the main the street.

You can move around Bangkok by metro / buses, or you can taxi (taxi in bangkok). And if you are two or three, then cheaper It is already obtained by taxi, but only on the counter. For that i Bangkok and love, then you can not have your car or rented, public transport is very developed (buses are generally penny stand). Well, if you have time, you can walk a lot.

Probably the most embarrassing moment is a snake in Cambodia, because it takes a whole day. But this procedure is almost in all cities are unpleasant and long, for you will not live right next to by the border. That is, it is possible, but it suits everyone. In Bangkok there is several companies that carry in vizaran to the border and back, it is worth 2000 baht per person. Depending on the chosen scheme (each stamp month or life on tourist visas), there will be different costs.

P.S. The main kind of told, the rest is all individually.

Life hacking 1 – how to buy a good insurance

Choosing insurance is now unrealistically difficult, therefore, to help everyone travelers, I make a rating. To do this, constantly monitor forums, I study insurance contracts and use insurance by myself.

Insurance Rating

Life hacking 2 – how to find a hotel 20% cheaper

First, choose a hotel on Booking. They have a good base offers, but the prices are NOT the best! The same hotel is often possible find 20% cheaper in other systems through the RoomGuru service.

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