Bangkok has now become the second most expensive city to live in within ASEAN, losing only to Singapore. Phuket, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai have also made their way onto the top 10 list of most expensive cities to live in ASEAN.
Numbeo has reported the list of cities in ASEAN with the highest cost of living in 2019 on January of the year. Numbeo is the largest database with data contributed from citizens of the world. Numbeo concludes their cost of living information based on housing prices, health care database, average food costs, and more. The website currently has 4,973,632 prices in 8,812 cities from all over the world.
Thailand is known for its cheap food and cheap living expenses, but today this is not so true in Bangkok. The average cost of living for one person in Bangkok is 21,000 THB, the cost of housing or rent is not included in this number. For a family of 4 people living in Bangkok, the average is at 75,800 THB, this number does not include rent or housing costs.
The average cost of a one bedroom apartment in Bangkok is at 21,400 THB per month, thinking about renting or buying a house in the middle of Bangkok is almost impossible, unless you have enough savings to save you from debt in the future.
The highest affected factor in the average living cost is the increased cost of food in Bangkok. When dining outside, the average price for a meal is 80 THB. A dish of food may seem cheap with an average of 40 to 60 THB in street foods, but when you add other costs such as water and appetizers, the cost comes to an average of 80 THB, and this is for what we consider as an “affordable” meal.
Furthermore, Phuket, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai have also made its way onto the top 10 highest cost of living cities in ASEAN. The average cost of living in Phuket, not including rent or housing cost is 18,000 THB per month, Pattaya follows with 17,000 THB per month, and Chiang Mai is at an average of 16,000 THB per month.
The most expensive city in Asia to live in is currently Tokyo, Japan. The average cost of living of a normal working citizen is 35,000 THB not including the rent or housing costs. The winner of them all for the most expensive city in the world to live in goes to Basel, Switzerland. The average cost of living in Basel is at an average of 49,400 THB per month not including rent or housing costs.
FB Caption: The average cost of living for one person in Bangkok is 21,000 THB, the cost of housing or rent is not included in this number.