Working in Samut Prakarn

Monthly Earnings 52,000

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


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


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

My rent is 7250 a month. I share a two bedroom apartment with a friend. It has a kitchen, two bathrooms, lounge, dining room, two bedrooms and a study + entrance hall.

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



Utility bills


Food - both restaurants and supermarket shopping


Nightlife and drinking

5,000 - 8,000

Books, computers


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

I live very comfortably, but do worry about lack of financial security in the future.

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

Food and clothes

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

For foreigners who are used to western standards of living I would estimate about 40,000 in Bangkok and 30,000 in rural areas

Phil's analysis and comment

I like the look of Graeme's numbers - I really do. It sounds like he lives in a really nice place, he spends quite a bit on the pleasures in life and he still sticks 10-15,000 in the bank every month. Like many teachers, Graeme worries about financial security in the future but if he's living for the now, then he's sure enjoying himself. I disagree with his inferring that 40,000 baht salaries will see you living in a shoebox. Again, it depends on your priorities.

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