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BANGKOK 19 August 2019 08:32
flyingtlger

Why are so many expats leaving Thailand?

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14 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

What 'pack of smokes' costs 60 Baht?

For example SMS.

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15 minutes ago, KittenKong said:

Tobacco may be more expensive in the UK but most alcohol is cheaper there than here (I'm talking about supermarket prices, NOT bar prices which have a large service element added to them). And in southern Europe those prices are generally much cheaper than in the UK.

Last time I was in Estonia the prices on beer was cheaper than bottled water in the supermarkets. it was very suprising.

 

11 minutes ago, VocalNeal said:

I know two. Both left because their children needed real education.

That would be a very important consideration for people with children.

 

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In the States, smokes can run between $5 ~ $13 per pack. That's 150 to 400 THB!

And people still smoke!

 

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3 minutes ago, transam said:

But you should be looking at basic living costs like housing, running a car and all the incidentals that folk seem to forget ..In the UK you can't fart without being fined..

I drive for a week every year in the UK and have never been fined. I also did over 12,000 miles in the USA and about 4,000 miles in Europe over the last couple of years and never got fined there either. But that has nothing to do with inflation: it just has to do with sensible driving.

 

Yes, other prices are indeed often higher in the UK: particularly anything that has a large service element. But that wasn't the question. The question was "what prices have increased in Thailand in the last 5 years?" and the answer is as I indicated.

 

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5 minutes ago, Curt1591 said:

In the States, smokes can run between $5 ~ $13 per pack. That's 150 to 400 THB!

And people still smoke!

 

In Australia they are 1,000 baht a pack.

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30 minutes ago, KittenKong said:

Anything involving alcohol or tobacco.

Most restaurant prices.

Almost all imported individual items, with the exception of commodities which have an internationally fixed price.

All the Thai restaurants around me have been selling food at much the same price for the last 10 years.

If they put the prices up, the Thai wouldn't be able to afford to eat in them.

Do you mean foreign owned restaurants, or restaurants catering to foreigners by any chance?

Alcohol and tobacco have on up due to tax rises, I don't think that counts as inflation.

Imported items should have gone down in price, by 30%.

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1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

All the Thai restaurants around me have been selling food at much the same price for the last 10 years.

If they put the prices up, the Thai wouldn't be able to afford to eat in them.

Do you mean foreign owned restaurants, or restaurants catering to foreigners by any chance?

Alcohol and tobacco have on up due to tax rises, I don't think that counts as inflation.

Imported items should have gone down in price, by 30%.

My local noodle shops have gone from 30B to 40B or more over the last few years. The same applies to other similar places. So it's not just farang restaurants.

 

If the price of alcohol or tobacco goes up then I see it as inflation, regardless of why it went up.

 

Imported items should indeed have gone down in price here, but they haven't. With few exceptions they just go up and up.

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