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The low cost of living while teaching in Thailand

Thailand has become a popular destination for tourists. And for good reason; there are miles of shoreline on the Gulf of Thailand, Thai people are infectiously friendly, and the cost of living in Thailand is very affordable.    

Teaching in Thailand – either in an ESL instructor capacity or as a licensed teacher in a private school – is an incredible way to experience firsthand the beauty of Thailand. Teaching overseas in a Thai classroom allows teachers to add valuable global experience to their teaching resume and to make lifelong connections in the international field of education while being paid to live in paradise at a very low cost.

I was curious to see just how low the cost of living in Thailand is, so I pulled some figures from Numbeo. Below are the average prices of products and services in Thailand*:



Meal, inexpensive restaurant


Three-course meal for two people, mid-range restaurant





Domestic beer (0.5 liter bottle)



Chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) – 1 lb.



Bananas – 1 lb.




One-way ticket (local transit)


Monthly transit pass


Taxi – 1 mile


Rent & Utilities


Apartment (1 bedroom) in city center


Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of city centre


Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre


Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of city centre


Basic utilities (electricity, heating, water, garbage) for 915 sq. ft. apartment


*All prices in USD, prices are averages supplied by Numbeo and may not be perfectly accurate
I don’t know about you, but I’m off to Thailand…

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