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Bangkok among the cheapest cities for expats to relocate to, new study claims

 

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Bangkok has been ranked among the cheapest cities in the world for expats to relocate to, according to a new study.

 

The study, conducted by furnished apartment search engine site Nestpick, analysed the initial costs involved in moving to 80 of the most in demand cities from around the world.

 

Costs included visa fees, food, transport, rent, phone and internet for the first month of relocation.

 

The study found that a move to Bangkok costs €949.44 (approx 35,800 baht) in the first month, ranking the Thai capital in 62nd spot out of the 80 cities included in study.

 

According to Nestpick, expats relocating to Bangkok can expect to pay €68.42 (2,580 THB) on visa fees, €376.00 (14,182 THB) on rent, €15.06 (568 THB) on internet, €17.84 (672 THB) on phone, €440.27 (16596 THB) on food and €31.85 (1201 THB) on transport.

 

“The world has never been more accessible than it is right now to those seeking out employment opportunities, cultural exchanges or remote working hubs. In the last few years especially, we’ve seen trends that more people than ever are relocating to far-flung destinations which have rapidly digitalized. It’s now equally as possible to find 4G on a beach as it is in a built-up city,” said Ömer Kücükdere, Managing Director of Nestpick.

 

“The cost of living is often a huge factor for those looking to move, with the initial month almost always incurring extra costs due to potential visa applications”.

 

Thailand was found to have the shortest visa processing time at just 2 days, with Auckland at 381 days having the longest.

 

Overall, Dubai was found to be the most expensive city to relocate, with expats spending on a total of €3,632.65 in the first month. Auckland (€3,420.14) and San Francisco (€3,216.00), were ranked second and third most expensive, respectively.

 

The cheapest city to relocate to was Cairo where the first month would cost you on average just €560.41. This was followed by Bangalore (€633.71) and Bucharest (€644.26).

 

Regionally, Kuala Lumpur (€865.79) and Jakarta (€897.53) were found to be cheaper than Bangkok for foreigners to relocate.

 
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15k baht for rent. Must be staying far away from bts and tiny rooms. Even single bedrooms on popular projects cost at least 20k.

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The beauty of bangkok is its cheap or as expensive as you want it to be except real estate which has exploded skyward in price. 

 

The Q condo Nana bts selling $1 to 5 million USA DOLLARS!! 

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compared to metro manila, bangkok is significantly more expensive.

prices are numerically on par for many things, however the peso is worth 1.6 ++ to the baht.

bouncing between both on a regular basis makes it very clear which is the cheaper option.

Bangkok wins hands down for lifestyle and atmosphere however.

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I was waiting for a NZer to come on to refute the Auckland thing. 381 days for a visa application? Surely not?

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2 hours ago, ezzra said:

True, BKK is cheaper place to live compare to other cities but you also have to take into account other factors such as safety, quality of living, ease of interaction with the population, environmental issues, traffic condition and so on... Thailand is great place to live in some respects but lacking in others..

That's why it's cheap. Most expats don't want it to change but change is happening. Our soi near Nana bts got completely ripped up and brand new concrete Rd installed with massive drains every 15 meters on both sides of the street. 

There are other side sois getting the same treatment 

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Exploding the real estate prices that encourage and lead to  overdevelopping housings in Thailand, will ultimately burst the bubble at one point.

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

Thailand was found to have the shortest visa processing time at just 2 days, with Auckland at 381 days having the longest.

 

Hahahaha... This is total b****cks! Even in neighbouring countries you can get a visa within 2 minutes (Laos, Cambodia...). Vietnam is, basically, visa-free, and you can obtain a visa same-day for most Asian countries at their embassies in Bangkok. Visas for Cambodia, Australia, etc., can actually be applied for online, with processing only taking minutes. Only Thai embassies need 2 days for a simple tourist visa. 

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6 hours ago, DoctorG said:

I was waiting for a NZer to come on to refute the Auckland thing. 381 days for a visa application? Surely not?

I'm travelling there next year. Will I have to wait 381 days at the airport for my visa stamp? 😛

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