Actually I don't wonder. I know.
So if, for example, you were visiting Turkey...would you opt for the cheapest, least safe form of transport just because you "didn't go to Turkey for a western lifestyle"?
And taxi is "western" is it?
No rickshaws in Asia? Isn't a taxi just just a rickshaw with an engine? So the better off Thais switched from rickshaws to taxis. (The even better-off, who I imagine owned their own rickshaw in the past, bought their own cars!) Does that make them less Thai?
Your response would be more credible if you said "I didn't come to Thailand to live a middle class or better lifestyle."
Then you'd at least be acknowedging you are living the life of the poor.
So you live in Bangkok on 25,000 per month supporting a dog and a girlfriend.I completely agree with the OP. I live on 40k a month in Bangkok and easily save 15k of that. Just got back from a weeks travelling down south, and two weeks back in England. On my salary I have more than enough. I understand if people have kids and families to look after then they need more. But I have a dog, a gf and can afford holidays! It just depends on how you value things in life.
Of course, as we've already established, you have chosen to live the life of the poor, so I suppose it's doable.
And let's see...two weeks in UK. Airfare has to be 50,000 baht or more (for one). 50 quid a day (and that's not much or a holiday)? There's another 40,000 or so. Followed by week down south? Had to cost at least 10,000. Can't be much more of that 15,000 a month savings left for a rainy day or retirement...
But good on you. You got the values.