I got by fairly well on 33k a month, though admittedly my wife was also on 25k, so we had a dual income. We rarely felt skint. To be honest I feel more skint in the UK and I do more hours here than over in LOS.
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Of course the answer is that the Thai market offers the same low cost living that has been in existence for centuries. This low cost of living has effectively caused new enterprises to innovate to offer competitive low prices (25 to 40 baht for a beer, 400 baht and up for a decent hotel room, 30 to 100 baht for a good meal). The low level of government intervention has allowed the market economy to work effectively. The "sin" taxes common in western nations that greatly raise the cost of tobacco products and alcoholic drinks haven't been legislated yet. The Thai State has been able to avoid being drawn into the ever present wars that have bankrupt major nations and enable major tax legislation. The Thai people have not been indoctrinated that it is their right to take as much as they can from the State treasury. That they live in a tropical area and are heavily populated with self sufficient farmers is a major factor. It is what Adam Smith called the invisible hand that causes the Thai people to make good economic choices that are the reason the Thais and foreigners get good value for money in Thailand.
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If you have a wife (not working) and want reasonable accommodation with reasonable furnishings, a vehicle, the ability to save, the ability to travel, the ability to help extended family, the ability to cover the inevitable medical situation for yourself and extended family, a reasonable social life, eat a variety of foods etc. etc. etc. then I'd say 70k in BKK is about the minimum.
...you get what you need.
agreed and with kids even more than that. Hell to go back to the states for a month with a family of four runs me 8 to 10 thousand bucks, and we are doing nothing extravagant.
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Too long like a rolling stone, Too long in exile
Too long in Exile, baby you just arent my friend.
Too long in Exile my friend, Baby you can never go home again.
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