How much does winter in Thailand cost entirely - our wintering experience

In the conclusion of our first winter in Thailand, I would like to share figures. So how are we keeping budgetthen it’s easy to calculate how much money was spent from November 2010 to April 2011. Those who are going to go to Thailand for the winter, it may be useful.

But I warn you right away. Whenever you see such calculations, consider specific needs, specific people. So how can you live, and much cheaper, and much more expensive. In particular, in the winter of 2013, we lived on completely different money ...

The content of the article

To begin with, our needs

There are only two of us. We do not like party and nightlife. We do not drink and do not smoke, and in addition also vegetarians. Already it allows us to spend less money, not only for the winter in Thailand, and in general.

When we lived in Chiang Mai it was enough for us studio apartment, since we have few things and there is no need to have a large area. True, we later lived in two roomand the last few months house in phuket. Regarding furniture, our main requirement was to have a table and two chairs for the workplace.

Sweet winter in thailand


Sweet winter in thailand

We like to eat in Thai cafeswhich means cheap food. In supermarkets, we did not buy imported products for Europeans, which are more expensive than in Europe.

We didn’t travel all daywinters in Thailand. We rather treated it as if we were living at home, working, so our trips were of short duration (we left for the weekend, for a week, combined with a visa-run). For all the time we managed to live in Chiang Mai and Phuket, visit Pai, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai, Nong Khai, Pattaya, as well as in Malaysia and Laos.

Our winter spending in Thailand

(!) All budgets are for 2011, now most likely everything has become a bit more expensive.

All these figures are written at the rate of two people. If you go alone or in another composition, you will need to reduce or increase the amount.

To compare spending per month:

How much do we spend on living in Thailand in Chiang Mai
How much do we spend on living in Phuket in Thailand

First, the most significant item of expenditure is the flight Moscow-Bangkok. We spent 25,500 rubles on tickets to Thai rubles and 25,500 rubles on return tickets.

In total for 6 months of life in Thailand with all the trips, it took two of us - 131500 rubles, excluding personal expenses, such as clothes, equipment, gifts to Russia and others.

Spending on all months:

November 16000 rub. (Chiang Mai)
December 14500 rub. (Chiang Mai) + 17300 rubles for a trip to Malaysia (tickets, accommodation, excursions)
January 16400 rub. (Chiang Mai and a trip to Pai, Chiang Saen)
February 23000 rub. (Chiang Mai, trip to Pai, travel to Phuket, with a stop in Sukhothai, Laos, Nong Khai, Pattaya)
March 24300 rub. (Phuket Island)
April 20,000 rubles. (Phuket Island)

131500 + 51000 = 182500 rub for all (accommodation + flight)


If you divide this amount by 6 months, you get 30,500 rubles a month for a family of two people. This amount is standard for many in Moscow.

It is the flight that makes its own adjustments to the savings. Hence the conclusion - it is necessary to go to Thailand not just for the winter, but for the longest possible term. The longer you live, the cheaper Thailand is for you, especially for rental housing. And also, there is such a moment, if you fly (that there, that back) is not in season, then air tickets can come out at absolutely ridiculous prices. Tickets I advise you to look at and, we regularly use them ourselves.

Those to whom this amount does not seem lifting, I hastenplease, if you live in one place and travel to a minimum, as well as, for example, stop living in Chiang Mai, Phuket Town, or less tourist islands, the amount will drop dramatically. If you are just going to rest for a short time, then this layout is more suitable for you at prices - How much to take money to Thailand on vacation.

Links to other posts about our financial calculations, as well as other topics of interest to independent travelers, you can see in the FAQ Winter in Thailand. If you have questions, first of all look there.

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