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I am a 54 year old artist moving to CM. I am planning to rent a shophouse and make the shop portion into my studio and live in the house (of course.) I will need a maid to tidy up and clean and to do shopping and to cook. The cooking need to be nothing fancy but Thai is ok with lots of veggies and low sodium. Full time. Live in is possible. What should I expect to pay as a monthly salary.I am looking for a maid without benefits. (live in or not.)

Cooking is a bother not warming up water for tea. I plan to work on a very difficult personal art project that will be very mentally and spiritually taxing and quite imaginative and I will be exhausting myself in it and I have special need of low sodium and low fat diet and very nutritious food. Being free of certain mundane things will enable me to create a very difficult series of paintings for a book and a show.

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Do you speak any Thai ?

At this point the lower cost maid/cooks cost maybe starting at 6000 Bt a month, but don't expect english or much education with them. First of the year the minimum wage goes up to 300 Bt a day

Food is avalable everywhere for less than you can buy the stuff for many times,

Thailands unemployment rate is very very low under 1% so fining and keeping good help at a low wage is hard

a well trained, educated persoan who speaks good english will want 15,000 at least

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It's one thing finding a maid, but one who actually knows how to cook (and can take dietary instructions) is a bit harder. Then you're not in 'Burmese Maid' territory, but you're more looking like hiring a Thai person who has actually worked in a restaurant. So then you're up to 8000 as a start, to make it worthwhile for her. And she still needs to be on board with not just being a cook, but also being a maid. So 8000 may be hard enough. As in the above post, I can easily see that creeping to break 10K

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If you "want to be free of certain mundane things" and not encounter a lot of unexpected things or minor irritations, you will need to be in the 10,000+baht per month range and it is not going to be easy to find someone unless you are very lucky.

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We paid our Burmese (Shan) maid 5,000 a month in our old 3 bedroom house in town, since moving to a bigger property with more rooms, carpets and a bigger yard we have incresed her salary to 7,000 a month, and she has free board and food.

Had many a Thai maid before her, all big dissapointments, and very lazy.

We have also helped our Burmese maid to get her Thai ID card, thanks to the help of "WE women foundation".

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I plan to work on a very difficult personal art project that will be very mentally and spiritually taxing and quite imaginative and I will be exhausting myself in it and I have special need of low sodium and low fat diet and very nutritious food. Being free of certain mundane things will enable me to create a very difficult series of paintings for a book and a show.

You just gotta love these creative folks. biggrin.png Anyway, maids would be found from 3000 baht and upwards.

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We paid our Burmese (Shan) maid 5,000 a month in our old 3 bedroom house in town, since moving to a bigger property with more rooms, carpets and a bigger yard we have incresed her salary to 7,000 a month, and she has free board and food.

Had many a Thai maid before her, all big dissapointments, and very lazy.

We have also helped our Burmese maid to get her Thai ID card, thanks to the help of "WE women foundation".

I hear to watch out for Burmese maids without work permit. To give work to them and to board them can be big trouble. What is the relationship between Thai ID and Thai work permit?

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It's one thing finding a maid, but one who actually knows how to cook (and can take dietary instructions) is a bit harder. Then you're not in 'Burmese Maid' territory, but you're more looking like hiring a Thai person who has actually worked in a restaurant. So then you're up to 8000 as a start, to make it worthwhile for her. And she still needs to be on board with not just being a cook, but also being a maid. So 8000 may be hard enough. As in the above post, I can easily see that creeping to break 10K

I can see that the cook thing might be unrealistic on my budget. I can eat out at the fairly large number of good veggie places. Still confused about what to pay if a person lives in as oppose to out. Living in I am paying room and board. I think that should count but how much. The other thing is that I am a single guy. A live in would be weird . I just don't see how that works with out a GF/wife relationship and I don't want that right now. But for informational purposes. What would be the price difference between living in and living out. Also are there people that are single and have a strictly business relationship with a live in maid with out benefits and can you give me some insight on how that is working out. (Maybe this should be a new topic?)

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Take a cooking course or search around the internet for easy, healthy, creative menus. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing. Have a maid come in 2 or 3 times a week to tidy up the place.

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Take a cooking course or search around the internet for easy, healthy, creative menus. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing. Have a maid come in 2 or 3 times a week to tidy up the place.

That would really be budget friendly. I might start out like that and see if it works. I have taught myself to cook Indian vegan dishes.. I don't find it fun or relaxing though. And I got a lot of "hobby" to do. My last task. I know some people think it is art play rather than art work but being highly creative can be exhausting. Serious artists need support to produce their art. And i am no young chicken anymore. This why i come to LOS to afford one last grand thing.This is my last hurrah before true retirement and art hobby. Still hoping for maid/ cook . I think cleaning every other day is an excellent idea and I can have laundry done once a week. I have to work within my budget. I will get as much info before my feet is on the ground as possible and then let things unfold. My budget is a little flexible but I am shooting for 1500 max USD a month. But I also need a workable studio. Maybe a shophouse in a reasonable neighborhood not too far away from CM center. I want to be upfront so I can get good advice.

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Take a cooking course or search around the internet for easy, healthy, creative menus. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing. Have a maid come in 2 or 3 times a week to tidy up the place.

That would really be budget friendly. I might start out like that and see if it works. I have taught myself to cook Indian vegan dishes.. I don't find it fun or relaxing though. And I got a lot of "hobby" to do. My last task. I know some people think it is art play rather than art work but being highly creative can be exhausting. Serious artists need support to produce their art. And i am no young chicken anymore. This why i come to LOS to afford one last grand thing.This is my last hurrah before true retirement and art hobby. Still hoping for maid/ cook . I think cleaning every other day is an excellent idea and I can have laundry done once a week. I have to work within my budget. I will get as much info before my feet is on the ground as possible and then let things unfold. My budget is a little flexible but I am shooting for 1500 max USD a month. But I also need a workable studio. Maybe a shophouse in a reasonable neighborhood not too far away from CM center. I want to be upfront so I can get good advice.

go live at tacomepai near pai

15 rooms for rent in a beautiful setting. with creative people and i believe good cooks.Very rustic though

if not i can offer you a western standard cottage on 10 rai of land surrounded with lychee trees and singing birds

We have land next to this so my girlfriend could come in and tidy the place up

and yes we can do the low soduim diet to our taste

2 and a half hours North of CM

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Take a cooking course or search around the internet for easy, healthy, creative menus. Cooking can be enjoyable and relaxing. Have a maid come in 2 or 3 times a week to tidy up the place.

That would really be budget friendly. I might start out like that and see if it works. I have taught myself to cook Indian vegan dishes.. I don't find it fun or relaxing though. And I got a lot of "hobby" to do. My last task. I know some people think it is art play rather than art work but being highly creative can be exhausting. Serious artists need support to produce their art. And i am no young chicken anymore. This why i come to LOS to afford one last grand thing.This is my last hurrah before true retirement and art hobby. Still hoping for maid/ cook . I think cleaning every other day is an excellent idea and I can have laundry done once a week. I have to work within my budget. I will get as much info before my feet is on the ground as possible and then let things unfold. My budget is a little flexible but I am shooting for 1500 max USD a month. But I also need a workable studio. Maybe a shophouse in a reasonable neighborhood not too far away from CM center. I want to be upfront so I can get good advice.

go live at tacomepai near pai

15 rooms for rent in a beautiful setting. with creative people and i believe good cooks.Very rustic though

if not i can offer you a western standard cottage on 10 rai of land surrounded with lychee trees and singing birds

We have land next to this so my girlfriend could come in and tidy the place up

and yes we can do the low soduim diet to our taste

2 and a half hours North of CM

Sounds really good. Lets stay in touch. It is still awhile before I come in Oct. thanks.

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No idea on cost but, if I was looking for a live in maid I would definitely start her off as a "live out" maid until I was sure she was right for job.

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We paid our Burmese (Shan) maid 5,000 a month in our old 3 bedroom house in town, since moving to a bigger property with more rooms, carpets and a bigger yard we have incresed her salary to 7,000 a month, and she has free board and food.

Had many a Thai maid before her, all big dissapointments, and very lazy.

We have also helped our Burmese maid to get her Thai ID card, thanks to the help of "WE women foundation".

I hear to watch out for Burmese maids without work permit. To give work to them and to board them can be big trouble. What is the relationship between Thai ID and Thai work permit?

She has one, if you had read my post, and we are in the process of sponsoring her to get a full Thai ID. She is 100 % legal.

Are you?

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