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Cost of living in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai among the highest in ASEAN

Many of the destinations popular with expats and foreign retirees to Thailand are some of the most expensive cities to live in ASEAN.

According to price aggregation website Numbeo, Bangkok is the second most expensive city to live in ASEAN, behind Singapore.

Phuket (4th), Pattaya (6th) and Chiang Mai (8th) also featured in the top 10 of ASEAN cities with the highest cost of living, in Numbeo’s Cost of Living Index for January 2019.

Numbeo claims to be the “world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide”.

Numbeo ranks a location in its Cost of Living Index by analysing a variety of factors such as rent, cost of utilities, food, transportation and more.

The website boasts 4,983,790 prices in 8,819 cities entered by 417,620 contributors around the world.

The website said the monthly costs for a single person to live in Bangkok was 21,017.40฿ without rent.

Chiang Mai, where a single person’s monthly costs are 16,248.11฿ without rent, was found to be cheaper to live than Bangkok.

In Pattaya a single person monthly costs, 16,984.13฿ without rent, while was found to be slightly cheaper than the Eastern Seaboard resort where 16,825.81฿ without rent was a single person monthly costs.

For families, Numbeo said that monthly costs for a four person family in Bangkok was 75,851.11฿ not including rent.

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