Cost For One Month In Thailand with Kids!

Another month has passed for us in Chiang Mai and it is time to share the numbers with you!

cost for one month in Thailand with kids

What was the cost of one month in Thailand with kids?

October 2014 – Under Budget!
Actual Oct_2014_detailed_costs (2)

As you know, we are very open with our budget and share with you are actual costs.  We try to stick to our $3000 (ish) per month budget.  Sometimes we are over, most of the time spot on, but this time we were under!  We even made an expensive purchase and did it!

Actual Oct_2014_detailed_costs


Analysis of our Actual Costs for one month in Thailand with kids


    • We actually rented a car for a couple of days for our trip to Pai.  Again, we worked out the math and it was just better and almost the same price to rent a car vs. taking the mini bus.  We do like our freedom and being able to stop and explore.
    • We also took full advantage of the local red trucks (Songthaews).  They stopped treating us like tourists and deviating from the standard 20 Baht per person fare, once we started saying our destinations in Thai.

Food & Household Supplies

  • This one is a little tricky.  As I have mentioned before, this is a cash culture.  However, we do have a kitchen and we do cook!  We have a few small grocery stores we frequent every few days.  Each has something the other doesn’t, so we make our rounds.  They all accept credit cards, so this makes us happy and it is super easy for me to keep track of things.
  • We had fewer supplies this month as we are pretty settled in our apartment.  In fact, we are leaving and trying to give the few things we purchased away.
  • We did eat out a bit more often and many times at the western places.  Mexican is our favorite and we just love it at Miguel’s.


  • Another tricky one!  I know exactly how much cash we start with each month, how much we withdraw, and how much we have left at the end.  We do the math and all cash, excluding eating out, is considered miscellaneous.
  • This was the month prior to my mom coming to visit.  There were a few things from the USA, that we wanted her to bring along, so we made some extra purchases.  One of those items was a replacement laptop for Anya.  Our laptops are all 2 1/2 years old.  Her laptop battery no longer held a charge and the power brick stopped working.  Luckily, she and I both had the same brand, so she could use my power cord.  That was less than optimal, so we decided it was worth it to just get her a new laptop.  Thanks for bringing it Gma Bev!


  • I know what you are thinking, “Why do they have travel when they always travel?” Next time, I am going to rethink this.  Since we were in an apartment most of the time and using it as a home base, I chose to keep it this go round.  I just didn’t want to muddy the water on the cost of an apartment and have people think it was higher than it actually is.
  • In October we took a 3 day road trip to Pai and also had a “staycation” on the other side of Chiang Mai.
    Pai Thailand Collage

US Storage

  • This is a set fee at $146 a month.  The only reason we have this cost is because there were certain items we felt we couldn’t live without.  I sure hope when we ever return to the US, that we still feel the same about those items.  They are costing us a fortune!  If you are leaving your home country to travel for 1+years, just get rid of your stuff!


  • This is my favorite, because it is so cheap!
    • Internet – in our complex the fee is 350 baht ($11) for one computer or 500 baht ($15) for two.  We are of course 4, so our monthly cost for internet is $30.
    • Our pay as you go phone and data costs run us about $12-$15 each.  So about $25-$30 in total for 2 phones.  We have 2 smart phones and we purchased SIM cards for each.  The SIM cards were about $3 each.  The kids use my mobile data to keep up with their friends in Spain via social media.
    • Skype – This is about $10 – $15 a month.  We need to make those calls to the USA and this is the easiest way for us to do so.


  • Rent is 23,000 Baht ($720 depending on exchange rate) a month.  The utilities are what can fluctuate based on usage.
  • Water runs about $4 a month.
  • Electricity We have been doing pretty good with the electric, as the weather has cooled slightly.
  • Satellite TV – 300 baht a month ($10)

Okay, there you have it!  Our money has been spent and we are sharing it all with you. We do hope it helps you out, so please feel free to let us know if it does.  It is TONS of work to do this, so feedback is much appreciated.

Next month we are on the move, so we will be tracking our expenses differently.  Anya will be the expense tracker in the family (with a little help from me).  This is great for her math skills, so it should be fun.  We have created a shared Google doc worksheet for her to use.  We will adjust the categories slightly and look forward to seeing how it all works out.

We also share our costs for the first two months in Chiang Mai.

Thailand Budget 2 MonthsDo you want to know how much it is for bread or eggs?  Don’t forget to check out the Cost of everyday things in Chiang Mai as well.
Cost of Living Chiang Mai Thailand

What to do in Chiang Mai!

We also have a very all inclusive list of Things to do in Chiang Mai with kids or without.  This also includes our expenses living in Chiang Mai, where to eat and places to stay in Chiang Mai.
Things to do in Chiang Mai, a Family Friendly Chiang Mai Guide


10 thoughts on “Cost For One Month In Thailand with Kids!

  1. Hi Heidi,
    Great post, you guys are living my dream… I wish my family was up for such an adventure around the world… instead we do travel a lot but mainly on holidays or expat; not travelers. 🙁
    I am looking forward to read your adventures.
    All the best in your travels.

    • Hi Laly. Aw thanks so much. Come along and live the dream with us. Either via the computer or in real life. It is amazing, but not for everyone. There is nothing wrong with traveling on holiday and vacations here and there. Heck it doesn’t even need to be international. Just get out and explore beyond the comfort zone. Learn, Grow and Enjoy.

      Let us know if there are any quesitons we can answer or anyway we can help you find something. So glad you stopped by and let us konw you were reading.

  2. very helpful blog as we are traveling during this year with our 2 kids. Thailand is on our list of places to go. Will keep following your blog.

  3. I looooove your finance posts! It is fascinating to see how much things cost in other countries. Thank you for taking the time to post it all. Can’t wait to see your adventures with Gma Bev!

    • Thanks Joni. I love doing them, so glad you enjoy reading them. Loas is even cheaper than Thailand, so we will share that next month. 🙂 Let us know if you have any questions.

  4. Yay for being under budget! It’s awesome when that happens, especially with the new laptop.

    Your Skype expense seems kinda high to me, though. I pay $30 a year for unlimited voice calls to North American numbers and another $30 a year to get my own phone number that people can call. Maybe this is an area where you can save by changing your phone plan?

    • Hey Deia, I just do more of a pay as you go with Skype. I never even looked into a yearly plan. I guess I am going to hop on that right away. Thanks so much for the tip!

  5. You’re paying $146 for storage every month?!

    If you want to, I can drop by, inventory what you have there (to remind you) and start selling some of the stuff on Craigslist. Then send you the money by PayPal, or something like that.

    Just let me know 🙂

    • That is very sweet of you, but at this point it is just the cost of travel. Of course the original plan was to be gone a year to 18 months, so we didn’t mind the cost. Now that it has been nearly 2 1/2 years, the price of storage keeps rising. We have decided we will just go with it and deal with it one day. I know it is crazy, but no one else can go through it for us. It would cost more to fly back and deal with it too. We thank you for the offer!

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