Chiang Mai travel budget

Chiang Mai: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Chiang Mai

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 15 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.1 per person
  • $ 4.3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 446* (13930 ฿)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 32 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 6.5 per person
  • $ 5.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 1134* (35434 ฿)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 109 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 10.2 per person
  • $ 10.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 2568* (80262 ฿)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).



Cost of living in Chiang Mai compared to United States in 2022

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Chiang Mai in 2022 is 42% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Chiang Mai in 2022 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Chiang Mai by expense type

Restaurant budget in Chiang Mai

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Chiang Mai is 54% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 1.7/person
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 9.4/person
($ 5.1 to $ 20)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 33
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.1/person
($ 5.1 to $ 7.5)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.4 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 2 to $ 5.1)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.9/cup
($ 1.4 to $ 2.7)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Chiang Mai

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Chiang Mai is 53% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 20/night
($ 11 to $ 35)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 22/night
($ 14 to $ 32)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 42/night
($ 21 to $ 71)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 175/night
($ 73 to $ 305)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 259/night
($ 147 to $ 440)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 18/month
($ 12 to $ 26)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 175/month
($ 41 to $ 352)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 103/month
($ 30 to $ 266)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 32/month
($ 15 to $ 57)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 161/month
($ 84 to $ 321)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Chiang Mai

On average, the price of supermarket food in Chiang Mai is 40% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 3.1)

103% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.4)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.6/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 2.5)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Chicken
Chicken
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 5.4)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.7
Apples
Apples
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 5.1)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.7)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.4 to $ 1.6)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9

Public and private transport budget in Chiang Mai

On average, the price of transport in Chiang Mai is 36% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.1/ticket
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.7
($ 1.1 to $ 3.5)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 24/24hrs
($ 15 to $ 164)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Leisure activity budget in Chiang Mai

On average, budget for leisure activities in Chiang Mai is 63% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 5.1/ticket
($ 4.2 to $ 8.6)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 5.1/hr
($ 5.1 to $ 35)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Chiang Mai

On average, shopping budget in Chiang Mai is 3% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.7/pack
($ 3.5 to $ 5.1)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 76
($ 42 to $ 121)

60% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 28
($ 14 to $ 66)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38

Plane ticket budget

London → Chiang Mai
London → Chiang Mai
London → Chiang Mai
$ 793
(fair price: $ 691)
Manchester → Chiang Mai
Manchester → Chiang Mai
Manchester → Chiang Mai
$ 860
(fair price: $ 762)
Los Angeles → Chiang Mai
Los Angeles  → Chiang Mai
Los Angeles  → Chiang Mai
$ 1005
(fair price: $ 775)
New York City → Chiang Mai
New York City → Chiang Mai
New York City → Chiang Mai
$ 1107
(fair price: $ 841)
Sydney → Chiang Mai
Sydney → Chiang Mai
Sydney → Chiang Mai
$ 725
(fair price: $ 623)
Melbourne → Chiang Mai
Melbourne → Chiang Mai
Melbourne → Chiang Mai
$ 654
(fair price: $ 550)


About this information on the cost of living in Chiang Mai

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

The information about the cost of living in Chiang Mai was updated on 19-01-2022.

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