January 6th 2012
A mistake I made and why you don't have to do the same , along with a snapshot of the days expenses..
Day 5: Living in Thailand
Each month something seems to crop up and today was the day, I had been thinking about replacing the rear tire on the motorbike for a few weeks now, realizing the valve was leaking I took the motorbike to Honda and was informed I needed a new tire also.
Total for the day: 975 Baht $32.75 - Total Remaining: 4,715 Baht
The extras alcohol, cigarettes and the nightlife.
- New tire and Tube 745 Baht - $25.05
- Ice cream for two 120 Baht - $4.00
- Lunch 25 Baht - 85cts
- Groceries 85 Baht - $2.85
Explaining what it is like to live in Thailand with a budget of $400 a month poses some problems if you include alcohol, cigarettes and nights out on the town, as we all have different needs. For this reason they are not included in my daily expenses, nor in the monthly total of $400 an extra $100 per month would allow you to easily go out 2-3 nights a week drinking a couple of beers each time.
Alcohol is cheaper than in the West most bars will allow you to bring your own bottle and just charge for the accompaniments including the ice, Thai whisky will run you around $7.50 a bottle. Imported beers in a bar around $3 Thai beer about $2.50 Adding a small tip is greatly appreciated and considered normal.
Marlboros are about $2.60 the Thai equivalent L&M $1.95 a similar Burmese equivalent 65cts
A lot of bars will have a bell over the counter, ringing it "by accident or not"
and you just bought a round for every one in the bar!
Continue Reading Day 6: My favorite mistake.