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dallen52

What's your cost of living here in Thailand?

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35 pages in and still going.  I think the last one made it to 42.

 

While there is always good info posted the bottom line is that every single one of us is different and how we live our lives, our different expectations, needs and wants will significantly affect the COL. 

 

I wish someone would do a comprehensive poll then the Mods could  pin it for all folks to look at.  At least there would be an average of sorts for some folks to look at.

 

For me, my COL ranges between 40 to 50k baht a month and my wife and I live quite comfortably. That said, We did build a house up front before moving here so we have no monthly rent or mortgage to annoy us and our property tax is 45bht ?

 

 

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5 minutes ago, JAFO said:

35 pages in and still going.  I think the last one made it to 42.

 

While there is always good info posted the bottom line is that every single one of us is different and how we live our lives, our different expectations, needs and wants will significantly affect the COL. 

 

I wish someone would do a comprehensive poll then the Mods could  pin it for all folks to look at.  At least there would be an average of sorts for some folks to look at.

 

For me, my COL ranges between 40 to 50k baht a month and my wife and I live quite comfortably. That said, We did build a house up front before moving here so we have no monthly rent or mortgage to annoy us and our property tax is 45bht ?

 

 

 These type of thread defy pining because the situation is fluid and is dependent on many variables such as exchange rates , inflation,. employment opportunities etc. 

But it is really very simple . Labor is still relatively  inexpensive in LOS , so all things dependant on local labor would be more affordable and all things imported would be more expensive and of less quality than back home do to scale of markets.

  So as you said, If you have your house build and furnished , your car paid for (as we also have) and a decent (modest) income.

,life can be very easy in LOS.

I am still working in the west (back and forth every year) but when In Thailand we barely spend the same as you. when we fully retire there next spring , I expect to bank more than half of my pension.

 So my advice to those wanting to live here(assuming you are married to a Thai).

Do your time in the west, save some money, while working build the house , and litle by  litle furnish it  , buy the car , and if your lifestyle is not extravagant , life will be good.

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8 hours ago, Naam said:

and what do i do with the 15k Baht/month these shoeboxes create after 3 years? use them to pay for my electricity bill?

are you operating a strip mall??  152 sq mt PEA bill for me is less than 2K a month.

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1 hour ago, TunnelRat69 said:
10 hours ago, Naam said:

and what do i do with the 15k Baht/month these shoeboxes create after 3 years? use them to pay for my electricity bill?

are you operating a strip mall??  152 sq mt PEA bill for me is less than 2K a month.

600m² for me means an average of 14k Baht/month; ~10-12k cool season / ~18-20k hot season. aircon share cool season ~40%, hot season ~60%.

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2 minutes ago, JAFO said:

Absolutely and let's not forget the mixed bag of folks who have different exchange rates and pension pay outs.

 

I am from the US and planned this all pretty well.  I figured if we worked and built our house, furnished it, bought our cars that 40 to 50k baht would be "fun" money and it has been.  

 

If we wanted to live very basic our COL could easily be 25k baht being we have no debt.  

 Same here, proper planning is the key.!!!

Also from the US, Started planning for our Thailand escape a long time ago. We purchased the property to build on ten years ago for a song from someone who needed the money, and left it along, a litle by litle developed the property, build a perimeter wall build a modest house for a couple of million baht, and slowly purchasing furniture and major appliances, and car  from  work bonuses , tax returns and other winfalls. Now debt free, money in the bank and life is sweet.

IMO Preparation is the secret to success . 

Currently debating if I should sell the house in the US and invest the proceed in a relatively safe investment vehicle , for easy liquidation. Or rent the house and have the proceeds invested .

  I like having the house in case of repatriation need,  but not sure about the hassle of being a landlord, and wife being able to navigate the sale process after I am gone.

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38 minutes ago, sirineou said:

 Same here, proper planning is the key.!!!

Also from the US, Started planning for our Thailand escape a long time ago. We purchased the property to build on ten years ago for a song from someone who needed the money, and left it along, a litle by litle developed the property, build a perimeter wall build a modest house for a couple of million baht, and slowly purchasing furniture and major appliances, and car  from  work bonuses , tax returns and other winfalls. Now debt free, money in the bank and life is sweet.

IMO Preparation is the secret to success . 

Currently debating if I should sell the house in the US and invest the proceed in a relatively safe investment vehicle , for easy liquidation. Or rent the house and have the proceeds invested .

  I like having the house in case of repatriation need,  but not sure about the hassle of being a landlord, and wife being able to navigate the sale process after I am gone.

We appear to have followed similar paths.  

 

Wife was already given land and house in Northern Thailand.  We bought the big piece of land next to it and then a small lot in front. This while we worked in the US. I designed and drew up plans for our house. A few trips back and forth and 3 or so million baht later we had our house built. 

 

I liquidated all assets in the US because my wife and I agreed if we moved back to the states( She is a US Citizen) that we wanted to be able to land anywhere and we have no issues renting.  I felt having a place and dealing with renters was a pain and we wanted mobility and no burdens the big plus was I got to enjoy that one time tax exemption on selling my house so it was all upside.

 

Now life is just as we planned it generally speaking and to the thread content our COL is low 

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Not the "how long is a piece of string" thread. 

 

Hot topic, but not something generic. I know people living in Thailand for 30,000 baht per month and appear content. I also know people living on 300,000 baht per month and can't make ends meet. Go figure. 

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When I lived and worked in the United States, I lived in what was considered to be a "low cost of living" state. Now that I am retired, I live on much less with the same or better lifestyle. I have no need of a car because of cheap public transportation. That alone cuts down on many expenses. I spend about ten thousand baht a month (300 usd) on rent, about 1500 a month on electricity, 1000 baht on wifi, less than 1000 baht a month on water. There is really no place in the United States that you can live as cheaply. These costs are offset somewhat by the high coat of imported foods. If you watch your spending and eat mostly Thai food, you can live very cheaply here. My rent would drop by about 3000 baht a month if I moved farther away from the beach.  Always an option here.

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On 8/26/2018 at 1:43 PM, Naam said:

600m² for me means an average of 14k Baht/month; ~10-12k cool season / ~18-20k hot season. aircon share cool season ~40%, hot season ~60%.

:post-4641-1156694083::sorry:  

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KhunFred said:

less than 1000 baht a month on water."

 

Yikes!  Someone must be pocketing a nice tidy monthly bonus if you bill is even close to B1000.

I'm single, live alone on a large studio in Bangkok.  Showers twice daily, several loads of laundry a week in a 7kg top loader,  Potable water delivered once a month.  All in, including potable is less than B200/mo. 

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On 8/22/2018 at 9:19 PM, BritManToo said:

I would prefer my daughters not to be working in an occupation that makes them sex toys/objects for men.

You certainly seem to have no compunction about making sex toys/objects of other men's daughters according to your posts in a concurrently running topic. 

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16 hours ago, dddave said:

KhunFred said:

less than 1000 baht a month on water."

 

Yikes!  Someone must be pocketing a nice tidy monthly bonus if you bill is even close to B1000.

I'm single, live alone on a large studio in Bangkok.  Showers twice daily, several loads of laundry a week in a 7kg top loader,  Potable water delivered once a month.  All in, including potable is less than B200/mo. 

You are correct. My water bill is around 200 baht per month. I had a temporary lapse of memory. That happens to us old gits. ?

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