Some of my readers have requested more information on living in Thailand, especially if it is possible to live on the average teachers salary. In this post I will outline my average monthly expenditure. Please bear in mind that I am involved with a steady girlfriend and I don’t drink or smoke.
Thailand is, arguably, one of the cheapest places in the world to live. Your average teaching salary will ensure a very comfortable lifestyle, provided you don’t go bar and girl crazy. The average foreign teacher earns a very good salary, if you compare it to other Thai workers, and should be able to save quite a bit at the end of each month. I myself earn 35000 Baht a month and I am usually able to save about 10000 Baht of that, provided nothing extraordinary crops up. A person should not compare a local wage with what teachers are earning in other countries. Money goes much further here than say, for example, Korea or Japan.
Below is a breakdown of my average monthly expenditure:
|Utilities (water, electricity, internet)||1000|
|Groceries (Detergent, clothing etc.)||5000|
|Entertainment (DVD rental, outings etc.)||5000|
If I were single and just wanted to survive, my expenditure would be as follows:
|Utilities (water, electricity, laundry)||1000|
Please note that this chart only covers the bare essentials, that a single guy would need, to survive. i.e. Work, eat and sleep.
When you first arrive in Thailand, your expenditure will probably be much higher. As you learn the local ways, you will notice that you are able to save thousands. People who say they could not live on less than 100000 Baht, a month, are the ones who have become too accustomed to their western lifestyles. Be flexible, follow the locals and you will never be stressed about money, even on a teachers salary.