Neale Goldingay @ Monkey training school in Surat Thani

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During the 31 days:

I will be adding daily examples of costs in Chiang Rai Thailand, pictures and facts, I will also cover the more general aspect's of setting up in Thailand for an extended amount of time from A-Z.
During the course of (31 pages - days) the topics listed below will be covered, with many others.
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Week 1: Summary of Expenses.

sample of $1s worth of fresh vegetables

Day 8: Living in Thailand

Today was essentially a day off and lunch with friends. You may have noticed that many of the daily entries refer to "groceries" I will be covering food in more detail on another day. The main picture today, shows an example of what you get for a single dollar from a local market.

  • Groceries 120 Baht - $4.05
  • Western Lunch and Drinks 245 Baht - $8.25
Total for the day: 365 Baht $12.30 - Total Remaining: 4,045 Baht



Chiang Rai beach Thailand 'river beach' 7th Anual handicraft fair in Chiang Rai sticky rice, chicken and papaya salad

Taking a look back at the week's expenses.
When I first had the idea for this site along with tracking expenses for 31 days on a budget of $400 My initial reaction was that will be a challenge. I was then going to label it as such. I softened on that idea and decided $400 was not that hard.

I normally budget around $600 per month, which I consider to be pretty comfortable. So at the beginning of the month I knew what my normal fixed monthly expenses would be based on previous months: 6,200 Baht, which would leave me around 5,700 for day-to-day things or 185 Baht a day.

This 1st 8 days I have averaged 162 Baht a day not including unforeseen stuff "rear tire" and fixed expenses. A couple of days back I also realized this month is one of only two in the year where I get to do 3 visa extensions in the month another 500 Baht.

With 23 more days to go Iím now going to have to keep my daily expenses around 130 Baht - $4.44
a day to stay on target, which will end up been a challenge of sorts.

Neale Goldingay   Continue Reading Day 9: 5 useful things I brought with me.



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