living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand – Retire on $1,000


Via: Huffington Post / Live and Invest Overseas

Rent: $400
Basic groceries for a couple: $250
Electricity: $35
Water: $5
Gas: $5
Cable: $20
Internet: $20
Landline phone: $10
Entertainment: $250
Total: $1,000


personal thought:

I have a much different distribution than shown here, but the $1,000 is not unreasonable for the listed items.


However, my costs are several hundred MORE each month because I have FULL MEDICAL INSURANCE (physician, hospitpal, and meds).

More than a few old geezer expats feel they can ‘pay as you go’ for medical costs (physican, hospital, and meds).

Well fine, but do you have enough to pay, gawd forbid, for a hip replacement or a coronary bypass?

Many DO, but for those who DON’T are truly f’d if something catestrophic happens!


I think if you ‘plan for the worst, hope for the best’ you will love your retirement in the ‘Rose of the North’, Chiang Mai, Thailand.



June 20, 2013 - Posted by | cost of living | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I appreciate you writing this post, I was some what familiar with this subject.
    It’s always good learning unusual concepts.

    Comment by Chiang Mai Luxury Apartments | April 12, 2014 | Reply

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