January 18th 2012
Learning the language is it needed? Where and how to learn Thai, along with the daily expenses.
Day 17: Living in Thailand
Today saw me making the half day round trip up to Burma to get another 14 day extension. I kind of like been forced to get out on the bike for a half day every few weeks, It helps me remember just how beautiful this country is.
Total for the day: 635 Baht $21.35 - Total Remaining: 2,365 Baht
Taking a look back at the second week's expenses.
- Bi weekly Visa excemption 500 Baht - 16.80
- Gas to go to Mae Sai 100 Baht - $3.35
- Lunch 35 Baht - $1.20
Since the last weekly report I have spent a total of 1680 Baht - $56.50 in 9 days including another trip to the border, which is $20 all on its own.
During this time I have been able to get a trip in to the movies, an hours massage and a little western food at MacDonaldís including eating out nearly once daily. One evening I also prepared a shrimp and pasta dinner at home for two.
The reason for highlighting these things is, even though 9 days only cost me $37 for day-to-day stuff you are not living on rice and chicken twice daily, even with this minimal budget, for myself I find that Iím only doing a little less here than I was back in the States. Even though my cost of living is only 15% of what it was.
These last 9 days saw me average just 120 Baht daily just inside the 130 Baht needed to finish the month on target, with 14 days left and 1765 Baht remaining for daily stuff not including another border run on the last day. I need to stay around 125 Baht daily $4.25
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