One Month Living in Bangkok for $980
I am not doing very well at reaching my $1,500 a month allowed budget but I guess that is OK. Pattaya came in $350ish under and now Bangkok comes in $500 under.
37 baht ($1) Chicken cashew nut & rice meal @ Terminal 21 food court
A few notes, once again I do not count any travel costs in this so no plane ticket, no taxi to the airport, this is a budget for what I would spend if I lived there. I did include a 500 baht ($14) fan I bought, of course I wouldn’t have to buy one each month, but I still included it.
Also I had a UTI that basically took me out of action for 2 weeks. So maybe I would have spent more had I not gotten that. On the other hand I did pay 3200 baht ($90) for a soapy massage which I wouldn’t do again, and I got way more bj’s then I needed when I was clear of the UTI.
I am quite surprised at how little I spent, and while I have ripped on Thailand pretty hard throughout my stay I must say that being able to live walking distance from the nicest malls in the capital city for this little is a huge plus.
Condo In Bangkok For $361
My rent was 12,000 baht ($337) and I was walking distance from Soi Cowboy, Emporium Mall, and Terminal 21 mall. Boom! Thanks jspill for that tip. It was a serviced apartment called Liberty Place on Sukhumvit Soi 22. Just watch out for the crazy front desk lady.
My electric and water combined was only 850 baht ($24), and even though there were signs up saying 500 baht room clean charge on check out they didn’t do it. Buying a fan is a great way to save on AC, even if only in town for a month it is far more worth it to buy one and throw it out then to just use extra AC.
Food – $267
This is the one that really surprises me because it definitely felt like I was spending a lot more. Particularly once I got the UTI a week in I started to spend more on food since I wasn’t spending anything on entertainment.
There were some things I found really good about the food in Bangkok, and others that I didn’t like as much. Starting with the good the pastries are so much better in Pattaya and Bangkok then they are in Phils.
I probably had 20 danishes from the Tops bakery and they were excellent. They would go on 2 for the price of 1 around 7pm and I took MAJOR advantage of this.
Coconut, duck and noodles for $2
Tops is located under the Robinsons department store that is right next to Terminal 21. There is a really good cheap foodcourt down there where I ate for around $3. You can get a shrimp omelet and rice for 40 baht ($1.10), and then some random chicken dish to go with it. Great value.
The main place I ate was probably at Palm Restaurant on Soi 18. Once I realized that the lunch menu was a bit cheaper then the day menu I was going there for lunch and getting take out often. Their 90 baht pad thai is the best pad thai I had in Thailand (but not as good as a pad thai in Angeles City hehe.)
Another great deal I took advantage of was that Pizza Connection on Soi 20 right near Sukhumvit had buy 1 take 1 pizza’s all through the month I stayed there. I think the promotion is done now but I am not sure. At 290 baht ($8) for one 13inch it was decent value. But 2 for 290 baht was excellent value.
There was also a place in Terminal 21 where I got spaghetti and meatballs and was able to get 2 meals out of it, though there really weren’t enough noodles for 2 so I had to get a big ciabatta from Tops Bakery.
Then on floor 5 of Terminal 21 there’s a big food court with cheap dishes, perfect for cheap ThaiCupid dates.
Overall the food was good but not great, finding good places to eat was pretty hard, and lots of the places near Sukumvhit were quite expensive for Asia. Granted I was looking in the biggest touristy area in the capital city…..
If I lived there long term this would probably be closer to $250 as I hope I wouldn’t eat danishes and desserts so often. But while I was around some good ones I wanted to take advantage.
Entertainment – $304
That 3200 baht soapie was by far the most I have paid in Asia. It was actually more than twice as much as I have ever paid before. Considering that the hot girls at Nataree don’t do body to body massage before the bang I would not repeat. Also Nataree got shut down shortly after, but jspill had a good time at MITU nuru massage on soi 33.
Outside of that the only things I paid for were 700 baht ($20) BJ’s at the various blowjob bars or massage shops around town. I got a 3 my first week, then did the soapie and realized I had a UTI.
Long term if I lived there I would probably get maybe 12 BJ’s from the bars a month and then hopefully have a few freebie dates that would cost in the $5-$10 range. So $300 a month is pretty representative of what it would be.
Then again I was quite bored there with nothing to do and the BJ bars were quite tempting, might be hard to only head there 12 times a month :). Of course many guys that go here will spend a lot more in the Gogos and freelancer bars but I don’t usually go into them.
jspill snapped this pic in Crazy House gogo, Soi Cowboy
Taking a dancer home to bang from a gogo bar will set you back about 700 baht barfine, 2500 short time, and a 170 lady drink to butter her up. Total $95. I prefer the BJ bars.
Random Stuff I Bought In Bangkok
I spent about 500 baht on internet, 400 for my month of mobile 4G, then I had to add on an extra 2GB once my 4.5GB ran out. I had Wifi at my place but it sucked half the time so I had to use the mobile data to work.
I also went to an internet cafe to download some stuff because my Wifi was crap that day and I really wanted to watch it. Internet cafe was 50 baht an hour, in Philippines it is generally 20 pesos ($0.4) an hour (again baht is stronger then peso, so that is an even bigger difference then it appears.)
The fan was $14, and I had to buy some small stuff like soap and a toothbrush. The soap was 27 baht and that was the cheapest bar! In the Philippines you can get bars for 12 pesos :(.
The UTI meds cost me $12, another small annoyance about Thailand is you have to buy a full box of pills even if you only need a few. I know this is how it works in most places around the world, but in the Philippines you can buy by the pill.
Total cost of living in Bangkok about $980 for the month.
As much as I dislike about Thailand I can’t complain about living in a place where I could spend under $1,000 in my first month while being as centrally located as I was.
Particularly when there are many BJ bars I can walk to in 15 minutes and get a very good BJ for $20ish. If you would have told me that was possible before I left the western world I would have snap hopped on a plane.
I still don’t think I will ever live in Thailand because certain parts about it annoy me, but I am sure I could enjoy my time there if I did.