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Thailand in general has a lower cost of living than the majority of Western countries, and as with most communities, the costs in outlying areas tend to be lower than the capital (in Thailand's case, Bangkok) or other metropolitan areas.
The following tables indicate the approximate average cost  of commodities and services in Surin Province (as of 2016/2559):

Land



Paddy Outlying areas 20,000 - 35,000 Bht/rai
Within the Amphur boundary 100,000 - 150,000 Bht/rai
Filled paddy (1 metre) Outlying areas 250,000 - 300,000 Bht/rai
Within the Amphur boundary 300,000 - 400,000 Bht/rai
Amphur 800,000 - 1.000,000 Bht/rai
Filled paddy (2 metres) Outlying areas 400,000 - 500,000 Bht/rai
Within the Amphur boundary 500,000 - 600,000 Bht/rai
Amphur 1,000,000 - 1,400,000 Bht/rai
Building land City 3,000,000 - 6,000,000+ Bht/rai

Land fill

Reasonable quality

400 - 450

Bht/wah/m deep

Note: The approximate prices given above are per rai (1,600 sq m) or talang wah (4 sq m)
and are dependent upon many factors such as accessibilty and available services.
Supply and demand also affects the prices significantly.



Transportation



Local bus 100 - 300 stg/km
Long distance bus 80 - 100 stg/km
Long distance bus (VIP) 150 - 200 stg/km

Railway (class 3)

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30

stg/km
Railway (class 2) 100 - 150 stg/km
Railway  (class 1 sleeper) 250 stg/km

Tuk-tuk


25

Bht/km
Sam Law Within the city 20 - 40 Bht
Vehicle hire (pick-up or car) With or without driver 850 - 1,500 Bht/day



Vehicles (buy new)

(Locally assembled)


Fuel Bht/litre (today)
Car (petrol) Basic saloon 500,000 - 700,000 Bht
Superior saloon
800,000 - 1,000,000 Bht

Prestige saloon 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 Bht
Pick-up (diesel) Basic 2 door 450,000 - 500,000 Bht
Basic 2 door extended cab 550,000 - 650,000 Bht
Basic 4 door 650,000 - 850,000 Bht
FWD 2 door extended cab 900,000 - 1,000,000 Bht
FWD 4 door 1,000,000 - 1,200,000 Bht
SUV
Petrol/diesel 2 WD 1,200,000 - 1,500,000 Bht

Petrol/diesel 4 WD
1,400,000 - 1,600,000
Bht


Road Tax:



2 door pick-up (per annum)

4 door pick-up, car or SUV


900 - 1,000

6,000 - 7,000


Bht

Bht


Calculation of road tax is very
complicated based upon
doors/seats/weight/engine size

Insurance:


CTPL (legal requirement)

A1 Insurance (per Bht 100,000 value)

1,000

4,500

Bht

Bht



This is a rough estimate. Please contact
your insurance advisor .



Commodities (Food)







Bread 70 - 85 Bht/kg   Shrimps 100 - 120 Bht/kg
Milk 40 - 50 Bht/litre Prawns 200 - 260 Bht/kg
Eggs 4 - 6 Bht/each Cheese 400 + Bht/kg
Potatoes 45 - 60 Bht/kg Butter 280 - 300 Bht/kg
Onions 30 - 40 Bht/kg Coffee 100 - 110 Bht/100 gm
Beef (local) 250 - 280 Bht/kg Water (unbranded) 2 - 4 Bht/litre
Pork 150 - 190 Bht/kg Water (branded) 6 - 8 Bht/litre
Chicken 100 - 120 Bht/kg Cooking Oil 35 - 60 Bht/litre
White Rice 30 -35 Bht/kg Brown Rice 30 - 35 Bht/kg
Flour 65 - 70
Bht/kg Fish Sauce 18 -20 Bht/litre
Fish 60 - 140 Bht/kg Tinned tomatoes 75 - 80 Bht/kg
Rice noodles 40 - 45 Bht/kg Tinned mushrooms 200 - 210 Bht/kg

Vegetable prices vary extenstively between the seasons therefore have not been included.



Accommodation



Houses to rent (unfurnished) Single room and toilet 1,500 - 1,800 Bht/m
Town house (3 bed) 2,000 - 4,000 Bht/m
Detatched house (3 bed Thai style) 3,500 - 5,500 Bht/m
Detached house (3+ bed, Farang style) 7,000 + Bht/m
Appartments (furnished) Single room and bath/shower 5,000 - 7,000 Bht/m
House building Superior quality (single storey) 13,000 - 16,000 Bht/sq m
Superior quality (two storey) 12,000 - 14,000 Bht/sq m



Utilities




Gas  Bottled (13 kg size) 28 - 32 Bht/kg
Electricity Domestic direct* Service charge (up to 15 amps) 38.22 Bht/m*
Service charge (over 15 amps) 46.16 Bht/m*
0 - 150 kwh/m 3.2484 Bht/Kwh*
151 - 400 kwh/m 4.2218 Bht/Kwh*
401 upwards kwh/m 4.4217 Bht/Kwh*
Current  ft. charge (fuel surcharge) May 2016 -0.3329 Bht/Kwh*
Water Service charge 30 Bht/m*
Useage (minimum charge - Bht50) 11 Bht/cu m*
Sewage Septic tank or cess pit emptying 250 - 300 Bht/tank
Rubbish  Collection 50 Bht/month

* Rates at apartment complexes may
be double these rates or a higher
flat rate.
 

* excluding VAT

Rar file

Television (Satellite)
Truevisions  Platinum Package 2,000.00 Bht/month*
Truevisions Gold Package 1,412.97 Bht/month*
Truevisions Gold Lite Package 590.00 Bht/month*
Truevisions Knowledge Package 340.00 Bht/month*
Internet  (example)
3BB  10 Mb 590.00 Bht/month*
3BB  14 Mb 900.00 Bht/month*
* excluding VAT




Beers (locally brewed)


Bottled beers Wholesale Standard 480 - 500 Bht/case
Premium 600 - 800 Bht/case
Local bar/restaurant (Thai) Standard 40 - 55 Bht/bottle
Premium 60 - 75 Bht/bottle
Local bar/restaurant (Farang) Standard 55 - 65 Bht/bottle
Premium 75 - 95 Bht/bottle
Night club, etc Standard 80 - 120 Bht/bottle
Premium 120 - 150 Bht/bottle
Draft beer Restaurant Standard 120 - 140 Bht/litre
Premium 140 - 160 Bht/litre

The standard brands include Archa, Chang, Leo, Cheers.
The premium brands include Singha, Heineken, Tiger, San Miguel.

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Khmer Barbequed Chicken

First empty the beer Chang bottle. Then half fill the bottle with water and insert into the chicken's rear cavity. The bottle is stood vertically in a bowl and the whole thing covered by a tin box. The box is sealed with clay around the base and a damp sack draped over it. A mound of straw is built over and around the tin box. Then set fire to the straw and in a few minutes, 'barbecued steamed chicken'.




Conversion Tables
Thai Imperial Metric

Measurement of Length

1 kabiet


3/16 inch

5 mm
4 kabiet 1 nieu 3/4 inch 20 mm
12 nieu 1 keub 10 inches 250 mm
2 keub 1 sawk 19 1/2 inches 500 mm
4 sawk 1 wah 6 ft 6 inches 2 metres
20 wah 1 sen 44 yards 40 metres
400 sen 1 yote 10 miles 16 kilometres

Measurement of Surface Area

1 sq wah


4.78 sq yards

4 sq metres
100 sq wah 1 ngan 478 sq yards 400 sq metres
4 ngan 1 rai 2/5 acre 1,600 sq metres

Measurement of Capacity

1 stnd tanan


1 3/4 pints

1 litre
20 stnd tanan 1 stnd sat 4 1/2 gallons 20 litres
50 stnd sat 1 stnd ban 220 gallons 1,000 litres
2 stnd ban 1 stnd  kwien 440 gallons 2,000 litres

Measurement of Rice

1 pikul

 

132 lbs

60 kg
16 pikul 1 coyan 2,133 lbs 968 kg

Measurement of Weight

1 baht

1 tical

1/2 oz (AVDP)

15 gms
4 baht 1 tamlung 2 oz (AVDP) 60 gms
20 tamlung 1 chang 42 oz (AVDP) 1.2 kg
50 chang 1 hap 133 lbs (AVDP) 60 kg



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