Linda

Working in Khorat

Monthly Earnings 35,000

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

35,000

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

10,000 - 12,000 provided that no real big issues come up

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

I live in a large 3 bedroom house for 5,000 per month

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

Transportation

9,000

Utility bills

2,500

Food - both restaurants and supermarket shopping

11,000

Nightlife and drinking

500

Books, computers

300

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

I don't really want for anything...(but a trip home ) I live a middle class life.

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

Food and housing

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

To survive 25000, to live over 30,000

Phil's analysis and comment

Linda shares my opinion about the difference between living and surviving - 5,000 baht a month can make all the difference. I haven't been to Khorat in a while but there never strikes me as being very much to spend your money on. I'm not surprised that the nightlife bill only comes to about 500 a month. Linda's transportation bill includes running her very own truck and when it comes to food, she certainly doesn't go hungry. She sounds as though all in all, she lives well. And manages to put a few quid in the bank each month. Nice one


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