It is challenging to live in a 1st World Country these days.
Rising costs, stagnating wages/salaries, and over-regulation take a toll on your ability to seek better wellness in your life.
Why should you consider Thailand as an alternate country to live?
Pricing in Thailand is significantly lower than in Western countries. Compared to Australia, Bangkok's rental costs are up to 62% lower, with dining pricing up to 89% lower. Maximizing your purchasing power provides financial longevity and a better lifestyle. Choosing Thai cities as Burriam and Khon Kaen offer an additional 50-75% rental savings compared to Bangkok.
Recently I took a two month trip back to Sydney with my Thai girlfriend, after a six-year stay in Thailand.
I want to share why that visit should help shape why you must consider looking for a better lifestyle for yourself and future-proof your wellbeing.
I run several Internet-based businesses, drop-shipping online products, some affiliate websites, and I have a small-team SEO business. Because of these businesses, I've always chosen inner-city living for meetings and better Internet speeds.
|Sydney $AU (Thai ฿)||Bangkok $AU (Thai ฿)||Difference|
|Apartment / Condo||$2,820 p/m (64,000 ฿)||$1,060 p/m (24,000 ฿)||-62.50 %|
|Electric||$230 p/m (5,300 ฿)||$66 p/m (1,500 ฿)||-71.30 %|
|Internet||$80 p/m (1800 ฿)||$37 p/m (850 ฿)||-53.75 %|
|Mobile / Cell Phone||$35 p/m (800 ฿)||$23 p/m (530 ฿)||-34.30 %|
|Total -||$3,165 p/m (71,600 ฿)||$1,186 p/m (26,800 ฿)||-62.50 %|
Living in Thailand extends my financial longevity by more than double 62.5% ( and that's just for rent and basic utilities).
The gaps don't just stop there, though.
How do you measure the value disparity when it comes to quality, speed, and service?
Once you've enjoyed what Thailand has to offer, coming back to Sydney was like devolving to the stone-age.
My Thai girlfriend and I eat out every meal; Thailand is a take-out country so dining out is the norm. Thai people love fresh food and produce. Most Thai people live in small single rooms, so they love to eat out with friends and family.
We're in the same habit, partly because of the food smell and avoiding the preparation and clean-up. But it's just a better experience when eating out with other people.
Plus, freshly cooked meals in Thailand are ridiculously inexpensive.
|Restaurants||Sydney $AU (Thai ฿)||Bangkok $AU (Thai ฿)||Difference|
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||18.00 A$ (407.10 ฿)||3.10 A$ (70.00 ฿)||-82.81 %|
|Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course||100.00 A$ (2,261.68 ฿)||36.72 A$ (830.56 ฿)||-63.28 %|
|McMeal at McDonald's (or Equivalent Combo Meal)||12.00 A$ (271.40 ฿)||7.96 A$ (180.00 ฿)||-33.68 %|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||8.00 A$ (180.93 ฿)||3.10 A$ (70.00 ฿)||-61.31 %|
|Cappuccino (regular)||4.18 A$ (94.56 ฿)||2.95 A$ (66.64 ฿)||-29.53 %|
|Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)||3.16 A$ (71.48 ฿)||0.79 A$ (17.82 ฿)||-75.07 %|
|Water (0.33 liter bottle)||2.70 A$ (61.06 ฿)||0.38 A$ (8.66 ฿)||-85.81 %|
My girlfriend and I always look for new food places to eat. Well, she does more than me; I reap the benefits lol.
While the Numbeo clearly shows food is more than 60% cheaper than eating out in Sydney, the reality is even larger.
Most Thai people opt for outdoor dining in makeshift local restaurants, eateries built by locals and run by locals. Meal pricing is considerably cheaper.
An example below is a meal for two people.
Compared to Sydney, Thailand is 89% cheaper for meals.
I'll reiterate; there's no reason to ever cook at home, in "The Land of Smiles."
Sydney differs significantly from Bangkok when it comes to transportation and getting yourself around the place.
Bangkok has a comprehensive, cheap, and extensive public transport system. The MRT and BTS rail systems are world-class and affordable for the masses. These transportation networks are also extremely clean and always on time.
But there are times when it is more economical to grab a taxi ride.
|Taxi Rates||Sydney $AU (Thai ฿)||Bangkok $AU (Thai ฿)|
|Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)||4.00 A$ (90.47 ฿)||1.55 A$ (35.00 ฿)||-61.31 %|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)||56.68 A$ (1,281.92 ฿)||5.31 A$ (120.00 ฿)||-90.64 %|
The majority of times, I've used the Grab app in Bangkok. Clean and efficient service, plus polite and friendly drivers. As an average, most fares around Bangkok run me out to $AU8 (180 ฿) - there is simply no reason for me to consider owning a car here.
Sydney is overpriced in comparison.
My girlfriend had never been to Australia before.
I wanted to give her a memorable experience. I decided to spend a week at Hamilton Island, comparable to our recent Phi Phi Island weeks holiday.
|Hamilton Island - $AU (Thai ฿)||Phi Phi Island - $AU (Thai ฿)||Difference|
|Accomodation||$3360 (75,098 ฿) - 7 nights inc breakfast||$2015 (45,500 ฿) - 7 nights inc breakfast||-40.00 %|
|Flights||$843 (18,942 ฿) – return flights for 2 people||$232 (5,240 ฿) – return flights for 2 people||-72.50 %|
|Total -||$4203 (93,950 ฿)||$2247 (50,227 ฿)||-46.53 %|
The Phi Phi Island holiday was still 46% cheaper than Australia's Hamilton Island. But the comparisons don't just stop there.
There are several crucial caveats to remember in this comparison:-
Thailand is jam-packed with beaches and low-cost resorts and bungalows than the tourist-havens such as Phi Phi Island.
Ko Lan near Pattaya is a short bus ride from Bangkok. The island is a favourite with local Thai people and has many hidden beaches, away from the crowds. Seven nights in a bungalow sitting over the top of the water runs at $AU860 (19,200 baht) or half the Phi Phi price.
A short plane flight can get you to an oceanfront resort at Thung Wua Laen Beach, near Chumphon. $AU470 (10,500 baht) for seven nights, including breakfast.
You are now seven times better off, financially, than Hamilton Island.
Maximize your holiday time.
More time away means enriching your experiences and maximizing a better lifestyle. Smart ex-pats choose to live in Thailand.
Both Bangkok (1,569 km² and 8.281 million people) and Sydney (12,368 km² and 5.23 million people) are busy sprawling capital cities.
After we settled into our Sydney apartment, my girlfriend asked, "Why are Australians so rude?".
That question is at the heart of the mental cost of living in Thailand.
While both countries appear to be full of the hustle and bustle, only one brings a calming nature. My girlfriend commented she was always being pushed, shoved, and jostled as she walked along the street or queueing.
Thai people never do this; they will wait patiently or slow their walking pace to match the person in front.
Despite Bangkok having 3 million more people, Sydney feels more chaotic and disconnected.
Thai people have a sense of calm.
Never discount your peace of mind when it comes to building a better life for yourself. I'd choose Bangkok over Sydney, any day of the week.
Australia is a doctor's heaven and also the bane of the country's population.
Unfortunately, my girlfriend forgot to take her supply of birth control pills for our two-month Australian visit.
You can't buy 'The Pill' over the counter in Australia, as you can easily do in Thailand. We needed to head off to the local Doctor and hand over $70 for a medication prescription. Don't get me started on how Australian doctors are compensated but check out why Thailand is a cost-effective country for medical procedures.
|Sydney $AU (Thai ฿)||Bangkok $AU (Thai ฿)||Difference|
|Two month supply of birth control pills||$60 (1,350 ฿)||$31.00 (700 ฿)|
|Doctor visit?||Yes - $70 (1,600 ฿) for GP visit and prescription||Not required|
|Total -||$130 (2,950 ฿)||$31.00 (700 ฿)||-76.15 %|
My Thai girlfriend nearly choked when I told her the high price of her pills lol.
Even the low cost for birth control brings you a richer quality of life in Thailand.
|Coronary Angioplasty||28200 $||4200 $||-85 %|
|Heart Bypass||123000 $||15000 $||-87 %|
|Hip Replacement||40364 $||17000 $||-58 %|
|Gastric Bypass||25000 $||16800 $||-33 %|
|Hysterectomy||15400 $||3650 $||-76 %|
|Lasik (2 eyes)||4000 $||2310 $||-42 %|
|Dental Implant||2500 $||1720 $||-31 %|
|Breast Implant||6400 $||3500 $||-45 %|
When the time comes that you need professional, cost-effective medical treatments and procedures, you'll be thankful you chose to live in Thailand.
Before you contemplate dating a Thai woman, have you given thought to your long-term financial prospects and how they play out as you get older?
For many people, moving to a strange and foreign country is a daunting prospect. It's a necessity for other people if they hope to 'live large,' 'live long,' and find an extraordinarily compliant Thai girl.
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Author: Martin Cooney
Enjoying Life in Asia/Pacific
Hi, my name is Martin. I have many friends in and traveled throughout the Asia/Pacific regions for the past 17 years. I am passionate in helping others with my insight and past adventures.
I hope you enjoy the stories I write and take a little something away from them. I've contributed to over 160 posts on travel, dating, marriage and relationships.