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    Here are some current farang needs in Thailand and the prices to go along with them. These prices are about a year old, what are the opinion of non-residents?

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    McDonalds combo meal 90 Baht
    KFC combo meal 75 Baht
    Burger King Whopper combo meal 125 Baht
    Can of Pepsi in a store 15 Baht
    2 mile taxi ride 50 Baht
    Fried rice on the street or at restaurant 25 - 35 Baht
    2 pints of drinking water 5 Baht
    35mm Film 85 Baht
    Local call from phone booth (3 minute I think) 1 Baht
    Singha (Thai) beer 10 ounce / 20 ounce at store 35 / 55 Baht
    Heineken beer 10 ounce / 20 ounce at store 40 / 70 Baht
    Jack Daniel's 700 ml bottle 900 Baht
    Serving of fruit 10 Baht
    Bangkok Post & The Nation newspaper 20 Baht
    Package of cheap & expensive noodles 5 / 14 Baht
    Cheap & Expensive men's haircut 50 / 350+ Baht
    Levis 501 jeans 2,350 Baht
    Generic Tylonol 500 mg 10 tablets generic brand 10 Baht
    New release English paperback books 300 - 450 Baht
    New release English hardback books 595 - 995 Baht
    New release movie ticket at theater 100 - 140 Baht
    VHS video / DVD movie rental 30 - 50 Baht
    New release DVD (copied) 100 - 200 baht
    New release DVD (original) 120 - 1,000 baht
    Local phone call (direct phone line / apartment line) 3 / 5 Baht
    4 X 6 digital photo print 3 - 5 baht
    1 litre of 91 octane gasoline 21 baht
    1 litre of diesel fuel 14.59 baht
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    That's what farang who stay in the city run into. First, why would anyone want to eat food farang in Thailand? That stuff is junk food in America, and it seems even junkier in Thailand. Second, staying in Bangkok, Pattaya, and other tourist areas for farang will always be more expensive than staying in the countryside. Finally, it is much easier to get into trouble in the city (you name the malady).

    Once I arrive at my family home north of Kalasin, I pay a total of $1,000 U.S. (40,000 baht) for an entire month. I eat like a king and feed the whole family too. I can go to the big market in Sahatsakhan on the 11th and 25th of every month and buy just about anything I want. I can get anything else in Kalasin or Khon Kaen. I can buy Beer Chang (3 - 0.66 ltr bottles for 100 baht). The market for food is open every day and everything is fresh and inexpensive. But, hey, to each his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (visionchaser45 @ Oct. 24 2004,18:59)]That's what farang who stay in the city run into. First, why would anyone want to eat food farang in Thailand? That stuff is junk food in America, and it seems even junkier in Thailand. Second, staying in Bangkok, Pattaya, and other tourist areas for farang will always be more expensive than staying in the countryside. Finally, it is much easier to get into trouble in the city (you name the malady).

    Once I arrive at my family home north of Kalasin, I pay a total of $1,000 U.S. (40,000 baht) for an entire month. I eat like a king and feed the whole family too. I can go to the big market in Sahatsakhan on the 11th and 25th of every month and buy just about anything I want. I can get anything else in Kalasin or Khon Kaen. I can buy Beer Chang (3 - 1ltr bottles for 100 baht). The market for food is open every day and everything is fresh and inexpensive. But, hey, to each his own.
    1.Never seen Beer Chang sold in 1ltr bottles, are you sure they are not 0.66 litre bottles ?

    2. What comes to living costs , I get 23000thb from my government every month. If I have "sanuk-month", I have to use some of my savings, otherwise it is enough for me to live...

    3. And yes, I want to eat farang food sometimes, even thai food is good. Unfortunately, good farang food is hard to find here in Lampang.

    4. I was in Pty last week and it seemed that things cost three times what they cost here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Never seen Beer Chang sold in 1ltr bottles, are you sure they are not 0.66 litre bottles ?
    You're probably right there. I was just guessing, because I don't actually read the bottles while I'm drinking them.

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    Quote[/b] ]...I want to eat farang food sometimes...
    Like I indicated above, to each his own. I don't even eat food farang when we are in the States. I just don't like the stuff; too much cheese, oil, beef, etc. and not enough rice and greens. Plus, I am a chili fanatic and we grow our own. Food farang is just too oily and bland for my tastes.
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    28 prices and you dicuss 3-4 ?? Come on lol

    Yes I should have mentioned these are BKK prices, not the prices you can find elsewhere in the rural areas. For example the prices on Haircuts is between THB50-300, and in Mukdohan a male haircut is about THB 20.
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    Bus from Bangkok to Sahatsakhan 313 baht
    One chicken 50-60 baht
    One kilo of beef 120 baht
    One kilo of pork 75 baht
    One bottle of coke 10 baht
    One kilo chilis 30 baht
    Catfish 35 baht per kilo
    Papaya 5 kilo for 30 baht
    Bottled water 5 baht
    One buffalo (adult) 16,000 baht
    Sticky rice 200 baht for 16 kilos
    Second-hand motor bike 20,000 - 40,000 baht
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    Gor Gai

    Great topic!

    Stacker, you covered a wide base of Farang needs on that list. I wonder what our other fellow expats think about this... I guess the extent varies with the individual.

    I'd cross out quite a few entries on the list though: all the alcoholic stuff, the film and digital prints, noodles, phone calls from booth (have local cell phone), English books (only language books now, lol), clothing (get new clothes from the US).. gas (driving in Bkk? No way!!) Movies (nah... games instead), Tylenol.

    but every deleted item results in some additional expense of a different kind: Green tea (20 baht); phone card for cell phone (300 baht) , public transport (?), Internet card (~300 baht); games for PC (?);

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    Quote[/b] ]Second-hand motor bike 20,000 - 40,000 baht
    Hmmmm??? Though Stacker didn't say, I thought we are talking about things bought on a regular basis (see list on top).

    I don't see anything wrong with eating Western food in Thailand. I do it occasionally too. Its a nice change, after stuffing myself silly with the local delicacies. Even my Thai friends who've been to the US for half a year, they too ate home (Thai) food, not only what the locals eat.

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    LOL great info Vision and Seeker even more for the list!
    Thank you both, I kinda liked the motor bike, I never coulda guessed that one. I will start new thread on Auto's for my own curiousity. I didn't think about the reality of what you would possibly use the gasoline for lol nice point.

    As for the Western food, my wife cooks Thai food everyday, every meal, and believe me, sometimes you need a change of pace. Once a month We either take the kids for fast food, make Lasagna, or order a pizza. Of course when in Thailand on vacation I never eat Western food, but I am sure if i were to live there it would be nice to get some home flavored food every couple months. If nothing else for the sake of being sentimental.
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    Anyone knows how much it cost to own a house say in chiang mai? And how about starting a cafe business?

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    Houses have about the same value or percieved value based on location nearly anywhere. You can own (following law needs some understanding if you are not citizen) a home for anywhere from THB500,000- whatever you would like to spend. Some homes in CM can easily go above THB16,000,000.

    Business I would have no guess at all.
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