How expensive is Bangkok?

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  1. Terry_w

    Terry_w Lawyer, Tax Adviser and Mortgage broker Business Member

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    Bangkok can be cheap in some aspects but very expensive as well.

    Here are some examples:

    I just paid aud$24 for a Whopper meal at the airport.
    A bottle of water $3.50 at airport or 35c in seven11.

    Hotels from $50 for a basic room. $200 for the Marriott or holiday inn type.

    Meals prob $10 at a restaurant.
    Local type plastic chair restaurant meals prob $3.

    Beer in a bar $6

    Massage $15 for a foot massage for about an hour

    Milk and dairy products are more expensive than as Australiai as is wine.

    Apartments from $100k for a 23 sq m size. Prob $500k for a larger place in a decent area.

    Etc
     
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    Yup.
    And then there are the healthcare costs, road tolls and the odd bribe. Individually these costs are much cheaper than Oz but you sure pay them a lot and It all adds up.

    PS all the cheap eats are in the basement of the airport near the train.
     
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    Airports have a monopoly so you'll always pay a premium in them for food/drinks etc.

    Thailand is not a cheap country anymore, especially with the strong baht. I remember I was paying 6,000 baht a month for my first apartment when I moved there which was about $200 back then. I later paid 3.5m baht for a 66m2 condo but the exchange rate was about 27-28 baht, now it's 20-21 baht to the AUD.

    The country now discourages people from staying there long term with their stupid visa rules. A lot of people are now going to Vietnam and Philippines instead of Thailand.
     
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    That foot massage. Is that $15 for both or just one. Knowing my luck the masseuse would try and double the price on me. In the end I'll probably be spending about $150 before getting kicked out.
     
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    Yes the food court on ground floor where all the airport staff eat is the place to go.
     
  6. Terry_w

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    I went to the apartments of two locals one was paying 3,000b per month which is about $150 for a studio and the other 7,000b or $350 for a one bedroom. So there are still cheap ones to be found in Bangkok.

    Upcountry is cheaper, much cheaper.
     
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    Terry_w Lawyer, Tax Adviser and Mortgage broker Business Member

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    It was worded 'foot' so it might have been one.
     
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    My gf was paying 2,000 baht a month for her apartment but very basic, no air con
     
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    you are well travelled enough to know that every is expensive at airports, especially western/franchised food in asian countries
     
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    @datto is prone to exaggeration or he can't read a tape measure. :oops:
     
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    $30/he is highway robbery.
     
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    do u intent to earn money in australia and live in thailand? or retire in bangkok ?

    australians complain cookie cutter apartment in sydney melbourne too small, but goes to bangkok, its okay ?

    logic ?
     
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  14. Terry_w

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    Thailand is my second home.

    I don't know any Aussies who complain about small apartments here but think it's ok in Bangkok. I wouldn't want to stay in one too long. I can only tolerate Bangkok for short periods and then need to get out.
     
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    LOL. Many years ago I had one of those beachside massages by a lady when in Bali.
    As soon as she started, a swarm of other ladies descended on the scene, and before you know it, I had a pedicure and manicure as well, but I stood my ground and resisted the urge to get the fake tattoo and braided hair. ;)
    I forget the total cost of the massage, I think the price rocketed up from about AUD$3.00 to about AUD$10 for a good hour.
     
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    and youve been getting manicures and pedicures ever since ?;)
     
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    and fake tattoos :D
    (I weakened on the pedicure and manicure because I know they needed the work..plus; they were very cute ;)).
     
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    I prefer to give my business to the uglier ones because they would find it harder to get customers

    Just as well because as a foreigner you will find it nearly impossible to stay longer than 30 days before the Thais kick you out the country
     
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    Not so. You can get a 90 day tourist visa or even longer visas
     
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