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Thailand, Bangkok
Overview

Thailand, BangkokBangkok is the capital, largest urban area and primary city of Thailand. Bangkok is the economic centre of Thailand, dominating the country's economy.

Thailand is in South Eastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma. The climate is tropical, rainy, warm, and cloudy.

The official language is Thai. English is widely spoken at major commercial establishments. The main religion is Buddhism.

The economy of Thailand is an emerging economy which is heavily export-dependent, with exports accounting for more than two thirds of gross domestic product (GDP).

Thais have an elaborate code of courtesy and prefer to avoid confrontation. Expatriate business dress is generally a conservative light suit for both men and women.

The security risk for expatriates in Thailand is low overall, but medium in the Burmese and Cambodian border areas, Hat Yai, and Bangkok, and high for the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani. Risks include petty crime, protests, the underlying threat of terrorism and insurgency in the southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani.

The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB).

Private medical facilities are generally good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Many hospitals require guarantee of payment before they will start treatment. Cases of Zika virus and hand, foot and mouth disease have been reported. Dengue fever occurs. Smoke haze and air pollution may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthmatic conditions.

The population of Bangkok is 14.6 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.21% for Thailand as at November 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Thailand is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 35%.


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Bangkok as at 1 November 2019 is high in comparison to other places in the world.

We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Bangkok is as follows:
1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1390. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$23.16, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$2.06, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.89 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$4.96.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1070. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$61, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$99, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$93 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$37.
3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$136. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$23, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.06 per minute.
4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$15300. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$9,889 for Primary School, and USD$11,004 for High School.
5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$2000. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$687, and USD$590 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.
6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$850. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$3.11, 1 kg oranges USD$2.38, 1 head lettuce USD$1.10, 1 kg potatos USD$1.36, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$2.98, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$21.83, 1 dozen large eggs USD$1.91, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.11, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.68, and 1.5 L water USD$0.59.
7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$590. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$48, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,474.
8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2850. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$3,001 in a central location, and USD$1,600 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.
9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$540. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$10.50, while an international newspaper is USD$3.23.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$210. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$17, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$84.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$345. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$8.27, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$73 per month.
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$590. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$2.44, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.59, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.79, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$26.46.
13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$780. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.00, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$46,313.

Bangkok is 31.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 34.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 32.9% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Bangkok is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

The hardship premium for Bangkok for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Bangkok) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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