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Submitted on Sep 18, 2018 Useful Info

Monthly budget for Chiang Mai to live comfortably

I've been living in Chiang Mai for about 6 months now, below is a break down of my actual average monthly expenses


Bare essentials (23,000 - 33,000 baht per month)

  • Rent: 15,000 baht
  • This is for a 1 bedroom serviced apartment in central Nimman area
  • Studios, or 1-bedrooms farther out of the city only costs around 6,000
  • Utilities: 1,500 - 3,000 baht
  • This is mostly electricity for A/C usage, water is only 100 baht
  • Wifi is included in the rent
  • Food: 5,000 - 12,000 baht
  • Lower end of this range is based on eating street food almost all the time, which I did in the early on (so each meal average around 80 baht)
  • Eventually all street food all started to taste the same and got really repetitive, so I started eating at actual restaurants in Nimman of different cuisines, which averaged around 200 baht per meal
  • Toiletry: 200-300 baht
  • For things like shampoo, body wash, hand soap, tooth paste
  • Transportation: 650 - 2,000 baht
  • Budget is mostly for Grab (like Uber) and Mobike (bike sharing)
  • Each Grab trip averaged around 80 baht within the city. Mobike was cheap I got a 200-baht subscription for 90 days unlimited rides
  • 98% of time I just walked around. Chiang Mai is a very walkable city
  • Personal grooming: 350 baht
  • Haircut for men including tip
  • Cellphone: 450 baht
  • DTAC had this post-paid plan I used that had 30GB of no speed limit data and 100 minutes of domestic calls every month


Quality of life expenses (13,000 - 32,000 baht per month)

  • Entertainment: 2,000 - 4,000 baht
  • A couple of movies a month at 190 baht for a regular ticket and 400 baht for a VIP ticket
  • Domestic beers (Singha, Chang, Leo) averages around 100 baht per bottle in bars
  • A Muay Thai fight ticket at the Thaphae Boxing Stadium range from 400 baht for just a seat to 1,000 baht for a front row seat with unlimited drinks
  • Regional travels: 9,000 - 25,000
  • Weekend trip to Bangkok will be cheap, that's what the lower end of this range is
  • Upper end of this range is for 1-week trips places like going to Krabi or Koh Samui, or farther out but still relatively cheap places like Malaysia, Laos, or Vietnam
  • Gym: 900-2,000 baht
  • The gym I go to (Gold Hillside Gym) is very cheap, centrally located, air conditioned, and comes fully equipped with lots of free weights, racks, machines, and an open area. I got the 3-month membership for 2,700 in total. It's very popular with expats. I was able to do all the workouts here I did back home
  • The upper end of this range is for MAXX on the 5th floor of Maya. It's a very modern gym but it doesn't have nearly as much free weights as Gold Hillside. It's mostly treadmills
  • Massage: 250 - 1,000 baht
  • Cheapest massage here starts at 200 baht per 1-hour session. Plus 50 baht in tips
  • I usually get 1 per month. But if you want to splurge you can definitely get more expensive ones or do more of them