Working in Bangkok

Monthly Earnings 34,000

Q1. How much do you earn from teaching per month?


Q2. How much of that can you realistically save per month?

3,000 (but I rarely do)

Q3. How much do you pay for your accommodation and what do you live in exactly (house, apartment, condo)?

I pay 5,500 baht for a two bedroom, two story house near the On-Nut BTS.

Q4. What do you spend a month on the following things?



Utility bills


Food - both restaurants and supermarket shopping


Nightlife and drinking


Books, computers


Q5. How would you summarize your standard of living in one sentence?

Not bad, but buying a fridge or similar appliance finishes my monthly “petty cash”

Q6. What do you consider to be a real 'bargain' here?

DVD Rental- 5 films for seven nights all for only a 100 baht. Amazing Thailand!

Q7. In your opinion, how much money does anyone need to earn here in order to survive?

For a farang? At least 20,000 baht

Phil's analysis and comment

In my opinion 30-35,000 baht a month is the absolute minimum you can survive on in Bangkok so Dan is a nice case study to start off with. He works in the capital and earns 34,000 a month.
He's certainly got things sorted out in the housing department, paying only 5,500 for a house in a great location. I'm guessing that because his utility bill is so low the house either doesn't have air-conditioning or he very rarely switches it on. For me a house without air-con blasting away (at least in one room) is no fun at all. That said, Dan doesn't skimp on his grub, and he's obviously something of a 'taxi man'. With the average cost of a taxi journey being about 80 baht, he must take plenty of cabs. I'm with him all the way on the bus thing. While 500 baht a week spent on nightlife hardly puts him in the Peter Stringfellow category, 3,000 baht a month going into the savings account is a bit worrying. I'm sure Dan would like to build up more of a savings 'cushion' if he could.

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