Cost of Living in Phuket, Thailand 2016

Cost of Living in Phuket, Thailand 2016


When one of my favorite bloggers posted recently about the cost of living in Seville, Spain, I thought it would be fun to join in! Much credit to Kemkem at Next Bite of Life, as she let me borrow her great idea for a blog post. You MUST go check out her blog and leave a comment saying I sent you over! I would love to show her how many people went and read her post after mine since she so kindly let me copy her idea.


So here it is:


 **All the amounts are in Thai Baht, which at the time of publishing was about 35 baht/$1 USD**


Cost of Living in Phuket, Thailand – Rent:

Depending on what you want, you could spend anywhere from 10,000 baht a month for a studio condo to 100,000 baht a month for a pool villa with 5 rooms, a live-in maid, butler, and driver.

We pay a little more than 30,000 baht a month for a 2 bedroom villa with two kitchens (one with a dishwasher and an oven!), a gigantic pool, large garden, and a separate guesthouse.

There are quite a few areas of Phuket that one could live, some are more expensive on average than others. We live on the southeast side of the island and love the area.

There are three main divisions of the island with different towns and subdistricts within each of those.

The Three Districts of Phuket:

Finding which one you may like takes some time and research. I would suggest if you do plan on staying in Phuket, trying out a couple of areas and renting places short term until you find the area that you love.


Again this completely depends on what kind of place that you rent. A condo will be cheap as you will probably be using only one a/c and probably not be paying for a pool pump or anything like that. We get our electric bill every month and our amounts vary depending on the time of year, it can be anywhere from 4000-11,000 baht a month depending on how much a/c we have to use.  Electricity is used for everything in houses here: a/c, the water pump, all cooking and baking appliances, and all the usual suspects like fridges and such. It adds up unfortunately.

Our water bill is FREE! We have a well so we don’t pay a water bill.  When we did in our last house, it was around 250 baht a month. Water is fairly inexpensive here (though honestly it probably should be). Mind you that you cannot drink the water here, so drinking water prices are not included in this (they are only about 400 baht a month).

Extra Costs:

We pay an extra 4,500 baht a month for gardeners twice a month and a pool guy twice a week.


Cost of Living in Phuket, Thailand  – Health:

We have an international insurance called MSH from France. We pay about $2500 a year USD, for all three of us. They cover us everywhere for up to 3 months (except America which has a dollar amount that they will not exceed) They are excellent. When I had to have my appendix removed in October, I didn’t have to pay a cent. So different from America and their sickening (no pun intended) overcharging for healthcare.

Outpatient care is not covered by our insurance, but if you go to any of the medical clinics nearby for little issues, you won’t pay more than 2000 baht for a visit and medicine.


Internet and Cable:

We pay 1200 baht monthly for our Fiber internet. Our phone plans (for IPhones mind you) are 499 baht a month, with 4G and 8GB of data a month. Over that and I think it is 99 baht for each GB more.


Cost of Living in Phuket, Thailand  – Transportation:

We own a truck (buying cars here is expensive, so if you can buy one off the island of Phuket, somewhere else in Thailand it will save you lots of money). Petrol/Gas is about 26 baht a liter, so about 130 baht a gallon. We pay about 2000 baht a month for gas, but we drive a lot!

Registration yearly is about 2000 baht and insurance (depending on the coverage you want) is about 8000 baht a year.


Cost of Living in Phuket, Thailand – Beauty:

This is where Phuket, well all of Thailand, really shines!

I get my hair bleached and styled every couple of months for about 4500 baht (but she is AWESOME!!!).

I get pedicures at least once a month for 300 baht.

I get a massage once a month if I can for 500 baht an hour.

Waxing every couple of months costs about 1500 baht.


Cost of Living in Phuket, Thailand – Pet Care

Vet costs are incredibly low here, most vaccinations cost about 300 baht. To get our pup neutered cost 2500 baht (we found out later that was a bit pricey, we could have had it done cheaper at other vet clinics).


Cost of Living in Phuket, Thailand – Food/Entertainment:

Between buying groceries, eating out, and other fun things (wait…are there other fun things besides food?) we spend between 10,000-15,000 a month. But that is not the standard for most people here. I love good food and Chad loves great beers.  Also, I spend a lot of money on good organic produce and goods to make meals at home, which adds up. If you wanted to live on the cheap, you could get excellent little Thai meals at food stalls all around the island for about 80-100 baht a meal.



So there you have it. Mind you, there are so many different ways to live here in Phuket that the cost of living can vary greatly. These are just the costs that I have experienced.

*Disclaimer-I was not asked to review or support any company in this post. Any opinions written in this article are completely my own. *


Think you might want to move to Phuket? Want more information or have any questions? Comment here or send me a private message! 

  16 comments for “Cost of Living in Phuket, Thailand 2016

  1. Sue Slaght
    April 22, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Jenny what great information for someone thinking about moving ot Thailand or spending some extended time. Looks very reasonable.
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    • andthreetogo
      April 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Compared to America, it is very reasonable. I don’t know if I could ever go back. 🙂

  2. kemkem
    April 23, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Wow! You said the prices were comparable, and they are. You guys are getting a great deal with the phone plan. How cool that you have a well also. Isn’t it the greatest thing? 🙂 . I did not realize that the tap water isn’t drinkable..that was the same in Malta. I am so glad you did this. It really will help people looking to move. You know how popular Thailand is as a destination. I feel pretty good about the Spanish prices. It might be worth moving there for the massages and manicures though 🙂 . Thanks for the shout out 🙂 .
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    • andthreetogo
      April 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks for letting me “borrow” your idea. It was fun to take a longer look at how much it costs to live her.
      Yep, the water will make you very sick if you drink it here. Kind of like Mexico’s water I would guess. 🙂

  3. Lani
    April 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Useful post! Wow, I feel like a cheapsake, but I think Phuket is more expensive than Chiang Rai (or Chiang Mai) 😉 Maybe you should include visa fees, too? But overall, I think you did a really great job. Miss living in T-land, so inexpensive. One day I’ll return…
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    • andthreetogo
      April 24, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      It is much more expensive. I have heard that Phuket is the most expensive place to live in Thailand, but I will have to move around to verify that probably. 🙂 Oh yeah, visa fees… hmmm having a work permit and a year-long visa has made me forget about the fees we used to have to pay! Is it much more expensive in SR?

  4. Shelley @Travel-Stained
    April 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I often dream about picking up and moving to Thailand for a few years because of the cost of living. And um…the beaches. 🙂 But only 1 massage a month? At that price, I think I’d be getting one every day…and I must admit that when we’re visiting Thailand, I usually do (*embarassed face)
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    • andthreetogo
      May 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Don’t be embarrassed about that at all! I would have more of them except I just don’t take the time to do so. It’s a sad state of affairs really… How does South Korea compare with the cost of living?

  5. Terri
    April 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    This was fun. I got out my calculator! (Not so good at dividing by 35 in my head…) I read KemKem’s post back when she wrote it too. So it was fun to mentally compare where I live to where she lives then where you live. Definitely the phone/technology and personal care prices are much less! Some of the other things I was actually surprised that I pay less for! Thank you!
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    • andthreetogo
      May 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed it so much when reading Kems that I just had to write one too…
      So is it the electric that’s cheaper? I think we paid less in California than we do here… 🙂

  6. Victoria@ The British Berliner
    April 30, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Lovely post Jenny. And for an expat family, prices are brilliant considering what you would have paid if you had stayed in the US…!

    Yes, Chiang Mai is cheaper than Phuket, but wherever you live, if you have a family, you’re likely to want to uphold a few standards for some comfort and peace of mind. It’s different if you’re single, then a clean bed and a safe area is all that is necessary!

    I live in Berlin and Berlin is extremely cheap…
    As a British person! And also when I was young and single…!

    Now that I’m married, have a tween, and live as an expat rather than as “a traveller,” my standards are as if I were living in England, with an international education / lifestyle to boot. Therefore, the price is cheap and I work much much less hence, all the time to travel about!

    I can’t even imagine living in England without a car, and in Berlin, you can!
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    • andthreetogo
      May 1, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      I feel you. The price of living in California would easily triple the amount that we pay here. It’s so much nicer living the good life in a cheaper place 🙂 would love to read a Berlin edition of these posts… Hint hint haha

  7. Roma
    May 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    It’s so cool to read posts like this! Thanks for sharing. I’ve read ones about Chiang Mai and I think G and I are living SUPER cheaply here in Thailand. I’ll make a post too… one day 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      May 13, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      You really should Roma! I think it is important to see all the ways that people can comfortably live in Phuket. 🙂

  8. ward
    June 17, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Glad I found you. I have been looking for some common sense info without the drama. I have a question about how you go about finding a situation like you have. The real estate searches are confusing, to say the least. I surf, my wife would like to attend a college equivalent. We are looking North of patong or the south end of phuket if I can find a point break. If I have converted correctly, you are at about $1600 monthly for a comfortable situation. Is that correct?

    • June 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Ward!
      Much of it is just driving around and finding an area that you like and looking for the “For Rent” signs on the homes in that area. You can also contact rental agencies in Phuket, I recommend She is great and very helpful. The largest university is in Kathu near the middle of the island and about a 20 minute drive from Patong. But for surfing you may want to live closer to the southwest side of the island. There is not much surfing here except maybe one month a year.
      You can get an amazing pool villa for $1600 US a month easily most places on the island. Good luck!

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