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We provide international cost of living and hardship data so that you can create reports online (24X7) using any of the calculators:

Expat Salary: Salary purchasing power parity calculator, for simple cost of living comparison and international salary calculation (e.g. to compare a salary offer).

Cost of Living Comparison: Cost of living allowance calculator, compares cost of living and hardship and calculates a cost of living allowance based on the difference.

International Cost of Living Index: Cost of living index calculator, compares multiple locations to a home base (e.g. international offices compared to HQ).

International Assignment: International assignment management calculator, for global mobility managers who use the build-up approach for detailed international assignment salary and allowance calculations.

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Thailand, Bangkok

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 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.07% for Thailand as at April 2018.

For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Thailand is progressive up to 35%.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Bangkok as at 1 April 2018 is average in comparison to other places in the world.

In Bangkok, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High
2) Clothing: High
3) Communication: Very Low
4) Education: Very Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Average
6) Groceries: High
7) Healthcare: Low
8) Household Accommodation: Average
9) Miscellaneous: Very High
10) Personal Care: Very Low
11) Recreation & Culture: Low
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low
13) Transport: Low

Bangkok is for example 34.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 29.6% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -1.5% cheaper 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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