Travel budget and cost of living in Thailand how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Thailand

Thailand: calculate your travel budget

Thailand: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Thailand for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 19 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.5 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 494* (14714 ฿)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 33 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person
  • $ 6.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 1192* (35532 ฿)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 80 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 7.9 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 2250* (67074 ฿)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Thailand in 2019

Cost of living: Thailand VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Thailand in 2019 is 38% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Thailand in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Thailand by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Thailand compared to the national average.

Cities /Thailand View Details
Bangkok 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bangkok
Krabi - Ao Nang 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Krabi - Ao Nang
Prachin Buri 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Prachin Buri
Chanthaburi 15% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chanthaburi
Ko Samui 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ko Samui
Phuket 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Phuket
Pattaya 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Pattaya
Chiang Mai 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chiang Mai

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Local prices in Thailand by expense type

Restaurant budget in Thailand

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Thailand costs 50% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2/person
($ 1.7 to $ 3.3)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 11/person
($ 6.8 to $ 17)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 5 to $ 8.5)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.4 for 500ml
($ 1.7 to $ 3.3)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 2 to $ 4.8)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Thailand

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Thailand costs 59% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 26/night
($ 20 to $ 30)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 23/night
($ 15 to $ 35)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 44/night
($ 23 to $ 76)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 116/night
($ 66 to $ 193)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 253/night
($ 146 to $ 420)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 24/month
($ 17 to $ 34)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 102/month
($ 44 to $ 202)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 77/month
($ 33 to $ 161)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 35/month
($ 18 to $ 61)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 165/month
($ 73 to $ 327)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Thailand

On average, the price of supermarket food in Thailand costs 26% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 3)

109% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 1.7)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.4)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.7/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 22/kg
($ 12 to $ 35)

85% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 2.7/kg
($ 2 to $ 4.1)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 4.3)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 6.8 to $ 17)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Thailand

On average, the price of transport in Thailand costs 45% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 1.3)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 36/month
($ 27 to $ 45)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.4/km
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 1.2 to $ 1.2)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 23/24hrs
($ 7.2 to $ 119)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Thailand

On average, the cost of housing in Thailand costs 46% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 81/month
($ 41 to $ 136)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 26/month
($ 17 to $ 35)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 467/month
($ 237 to $ 845)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 278/month
($ 136 to $ 507)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1284/month
($ 609 to $ 2364)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 691/month
($ 339 to $ 1182)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 59/month
($ 35 to $ 98)

51% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 274/month
($ 136 to $ 677)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 10751/yr
($ 5064 to $ 20255)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Thailand

On average, budget for leisure activities in Thailand costs 40% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.8/ticket
($ 5 to $ 8.5)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 10.6/hr
($ 5 to $ 17)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Thailand

On average, shopping budget in Thailand is essentially the same as in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.4/pack
($ 3.3 to $ 5)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 60
($ 35 to $ 101)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 35
($ 17 to $ 61)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 102
($ 69 to $ 143)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 84
($ 52 to $ 136)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Bangkok
New York City → Bangkok
New York City → Bangkok
$ 846
(fair price: $ 753)
Los Angeles → Bangkok
Los Angeles  → Bangkok
Los Angeles  → Bangkok
$ 772
(fair price: $ 695)
Manchester → Phuket
Manchester → Phuket
Manchester → Phuket
$ 862
(fair price: $ 782)
London → Ko Samui
London → Ko Samui
London → Ko Samui
$ 989
(fair price: $ 903)
Dublin → Bangkok
Dublin → Bangkok
Dublin → Bangkok
$ 700
(fair price: $ 642)
Manchester → Bangkok
Manchester → Bangkok
Manchester → Bangkok
$ 784
(fair price: $ 691)
Edinburgh → Bangkok
Edinburgh → Bangkok
Edinburgh → Bangkok
$ 789
(fair price: $ 715)
London → Phuket
London → Phuket
London → Phuket
$ 760
(fair price: $ 649)
Toronto (Ontario) → Bangkok
Toronto (Ontario) → Bangkok
Toronto (Ontario) → Bangkok
$ 971
(fair price: $ 841)
Dublin → Phuket
Dublin → Phuket
Dublin → Phuket
$ 819
(fair price: $ 747)
New York City → Phuket
New York City → Phuket
New York City → Phuket
$ 996
(fair price: $ 851)
Los Angeles → Phuket
Los Angeles  → Phuket
Los Angeles  → Phuket
$ 979
(fair price: $ 836)
Montreal → Bangkok
Montreal → Bangkok
Montreal → Bangkok
$ 1094
(fair price: $ 938)
Manchester → Ko Samui
Manchester → Ko Samui
Manchester → Ko Samui
$ 1084
(fair price: $ 967)
Edinburgh → Phuket
Edinburgh → Phuket
Edinburgh → Phuket
$ 898
(fair price: $ 794)
London → Bangkok
London → Bangkok
London → Bangkok
$ 708
(fair price: $ 599)
Toronto (Ontario) → Phuket
Toronto (Ontario) → Phuket
Toronto (Ontario) → Phuket
$ 1480
(fair price: $ 1020)
Dublin → Ko Samui
Dublin → Ko Samui
Dublin → Ko Samui
$ 1111
(fair price: $ 946)
London → Chiang Mai
London → Chiang Mai
London → Chiang Mai
$ 741
(fair price: $ 665)
Montreal → Phuket
Montreal → Phuket
Montreal → Phuket
$ 1298
(fair price: $ 1072)
Los Angeles → Chiang Mai
Los Angeles  → Chiang Mai
Los Angeles  → Chiang Mai
$ 1022
(fair price: $ 848)
New York City → Chiang Mai
New York City → Chiang Mai
New York City → Chiang Mai
$ 1249
(fair price: $ 948)
Manchester → Chiang Mai
Manchester → Chiang Mai
Manchester → Chiang Mai
$ 941
(fair price: $ 854)
Los Angeles → Ko Samui
Los Angeles  → Ko Samui
Los Angeles  → Ko Samui
$ 1281
(fair price: $ 1175)
Auckland → Ko Samui
Auckland → Ko Samui
Auckland → Ko Samui
$ 1087
(fair price: $ 998)
Perth → Ko Samui
Perth → Ko Samui
Perth → Ko Samui
$ 704
(fair price: $ 625)
Perth → Phuket
Perth → Phuket
Perth → Phuket
$ 518
(fair price: $ 444)
Auckland → Phuket
Auckland → Phuket
Auckland → Phuket
$ 875
(fair price: $ 744)

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About the information on the cost of living in Thailand

The information about the cost of living in Thailand shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Thailand updated on 17-05-2019.

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