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Cost of Living in Phuket

Comparing with Europe prices are exceptionally low e.g.: 400 Baht - 500 Baht per day life can be quite comfortable
Phuket has a fairly large community of full-time foreigner residents and there are plenty more people who spend half of the year living in Phuket.
Living in Phuket is still much cheaper than living in the West. Living in Phuket in comfortable but modest fashion usually costs around 20,000-40,000 baht a month ($570-1,050; 420-850).
This is a very rough guide to what prices you can expect to pay for your expenses.

Food: Phuket has a wide variety of different types of cuisine available and how much you spend depends on where you go and what you want to eat. The normal prices for Thai people is 40 Baht a meal .

Phone and Internet: Internet caf?s generally charge 20 baht an hour in town and 30 to 60 baht an hour near the beaches. Cheap and used mobile phones cost anywhere from 1,500 baht to 7,000 baht and a SIM card is 200 baht and top-up cards can be found at any convenience store. The rate varies from network to network but is usually around 1 to 5 baht a minute in Thailand .

Getting around: Phuket is a fair-sized island and walking from place to place can take time. The most efficient means of transport is a 125cc motorbike. Motorbike rentals are readily available and cost about 3,000 - 5,000 baht per month.
A motorbike taxi in town costs about 30 to 50 baht and 100 to 150 to the beach. A tuk-tuk from town to the beach costs about 300 baht. Taxi prices go up at night. The songthaew mini buses from town to the beach ply a fixed route for 30 baht but its a very slow ride.

Entertainment: Movies cost 80 to 120 baht for a basic seat, VIP seats at Central (reclining seat with blanket, drinks and popcorn included) are 500 baht. Bowling is 80 baht per game, shoe rental not included. The only discos that charge a cover are in Patong. The cost is 100 baht and includes a drink.

Clothes: There are plenty of open-air markets where you can buy shirts and tops from 100 baht, and jeans for 400 baht. At the more upmarket department stores shirts and T's are 200 to 500 baht and jeans cost 800 to 1,500 for brand names. There are countless tailor shops located all over the island.

Health: A visit to the doctor will cost around 1,000 baht for a simple check-up or consultation. Likewise dental work is extremely cheap, with a cleaning costing around 800 baht. Hospitals in Phuket are up to international standards, with competent doctors and excellent facilities.

Example of Expesnses
Prices will vary depending on the type of establishment and certain things will also vary in price due to time of year, but this should give you a rough idea on what things cost.

1 small soft drink: 8 ~ 13 Baht
1 small can of ice coffee: 12 Baht
1 large ice coffee @ 7-11: 17 Baht
1 1.25 liter bottle of Coke: from 25 Baht
1 1.5 liter bottle of mineral water: 13 Baht
1 liter of fresh orange juice: from 75 Baht
1 kilogram of oranges: 20 ~ 25 Baht
1 small bag of hard candy: 5 ~ 6 Baht
1 large bag of Lays potato chips: 30 Baht
1 small (150 grams) yoghurt: 9 ~ 12 Baht
1 can of tuna (185 grams) in oil: 32 ~ 35 Baht
1 lunch in a non-aircon Thai : 40 ~ 60 Baht
1 lunch in a nicer aircon restaurant (Shopping Malls): 100 ~ 200 Baht
1 lunch set at McDonald's: from 99 Baht (includes sandwich, fries & drink)
1 lunch set for 2 @ The Pizza Company : from 359 Baht
1 haircut (men): from 60 Baht
1 haircut (women): from 120 Baht
1 bottle of shampoo (400 ml): from 69 Baht
1 small (100 ml) Head & Shoulders: 36 Baht
1 Kg of laundry : 30-60 Baht
1 Bangkok Post Newspaper (in English): 25 Baht
1 10-pack Tylenol tablets (500 mg): 8 Baht per pack
1 can of beer : 21 ~ 45 Baht (depending on brand)
1 bottle (30 cl) Sang Som Rum: 95 Baht (made in Thailand)
1 large bottle of Chang Beer: from 33 Baht at the corner shop
1 bottle (70 cl) Balentine Finest Whisky: 515 Baht
1 bottle of beer in a bar: 50 ~ 250 Baht (depending on where you go)
1 new pair of trousers (good enough to wear for work): 450 ~ 750 Baht
1 new long-sleeved shirt: 450 ~ 750 Baht (on sale here & there from 199 Baht)
1 motorbike rental a month : 3,000 ~ 6,000 Baht
1 hour Thail massage : 200 ~ 400 Baht
1 Packet of Marboro cigarettes: 60 Baht .
1 PADI Open Water Certificate: 10,000 Baht .
1 day travel by boat to beautiful island for snorkel: 2,000 Baht .
1 hour Jet Ski : 800 Baht .
ride elephant tour : 1000 ~ 3000 Baht
Sun bed for the day: 50 ~ 100 Baht

Exchange rate : 1 Euro = 48 Baht , 1 US Dollar = 36 Baht , Last update 2006


Muay Thai Camp & Boxing Training in Phuket, Thailand
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