January 22nd 2012
Tomorow we start on finding a more permanet place in Thailand along with the summary of week 3.
Day 21: Living in Thailand
Today was our monthly meet for the Chiang Rai Hash Harriers, a lot of major cities worldwide have these groups and it is an awesome way to meet other Expatís. Water in Thailand is dirt cheap $1.00 for a crate of twenty 1 liter bottles No need to worry about been served drinking water at small restaurants, everyone uses bottled water, and the ice is manufactured with the same water and delivered daily.
Total for the day: 135 Baht $4.55 - Total Remaining: 955 Baht
Health and Safety in Thailand.
- Groceries 50 Baht - $1.70
- Water 35 Baht - $1.20
- Hash Harriers Chiang Rai 50 Baht - $1.70
Health care in Thailand is renowned for been some of the best in the world; a whole industry has been built around it here in Thailand with tourists flocking to the country to get work done at a fraction of the cost back in the west. Dental work in Thailand is also significantly cheaper than in the west, to the point that it is cheaper to hop on a plane, take a weekís holiday in Thailand another week for the work and still end up with a total bill considerably cheaper than back home.
Vaccinations for Thailand:
the short of it is you need none, the only exception to this is if you are going to be living for prolonged periods in the jungle or in extremely remote villages, same goes for malaria it does not exist anywhere that comes close to resembling civilization in Thailand "which is about 99%" of Thailand.
If you wish to get vaccinations for whatever reason and you have some time to spare, on arriving in Bangkok you can get them done for a fraction of the cost back home. One of the best travel writers I know "Wes" explains how to save on travel shots
in greater depth.
Health / Travel Insurance, thatís a hard one to suggest or not, the truth is anything simple like a doctors visit, or something minor at a hospital, "a common one is a case of dengue fever
needing a few days in hospital" is going to be so cheap it will make you laugh. Health insurance in Thailand is available and is very cheap around $150 a year with the highest deductible, this will cover any unforeseen accidents that could need major surgery or prolonged periods of hospitalization. Simply put you do not need to purchase anything in the west as it relates to health care in Thailand.
Continue Reading Day 22: Summary of week three expenses.