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Living in Thailand

Cost of living

This depends a lot on you but, as a guide, it is recommended to budget for at least THB16,000 per month for living expenses.
This includes:

  • Accomodation THB 7000
  • Meals THB 6000
  • Transport THB 1500
  • Utilities (electric, water, telephone) THB 1500

 

Healthcare

Bangkok has a large number of hospitals and medical centers, which include eight of the country's fifteen medical schools. Many hospitals in Bangkok act as tertiary care centers, receiving referrals from distant parts of the country. Lately, especially in the private sector, there has been much growth in medical tourism, with many hospitals providing services specifically catering to foreigners.

 

Lifestyle

Although it is one of Asia's most important cities economically, the urban pace of Bangkok is somewhat relaxed, as the city offers enormous amounts of getaway locations. Most residents tend to stress over the amount of traffic in the city. Peak hours are between 6:30 am to 9:30 am and 4:30pm to 8:00 pm at night on weekdays. Many Bangkokians leave town on weekends to visit seaside resorts such as Hua Hin and Pattaya.

 

Tourism

Thailand is a very famous tourist destination, in fact readers of Travel and Leisure magazine's recent poll rated two destinations in Thailand in the world's top ten, and they are Bangkok, rated at number two and Chiang Mai, rated at number five. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation rated Thailand at number 18 internationally, in terms of arrival of tourist.