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I was watching some political videos on Youtube.  On the side of the page was a video that said, Recommended For You. Big bro is stalking me!

 

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The guy does make some good points.  However, I would not want to live in 5,000 baht apartments and would not want to stay in $15 hotel rooms.  Thats just me.  Also, I dont cook so thats an issue BUT food is pretty cheap all over Thailand ESPECIALLY if you eat local stuff.  

I dont think I am breaking new ground here.  Prices have crept up though. Is a beer still only 125 in nightclubs/discos??  I think its more than that really. These are places I dont and wouldnt frequent though but thats just me.

If I had to scrimp and save to be able to live there, I wouldnt do it.  I have been syaing this for years-if you can its best to keep on foot in each places i.e. one in Thailand and one in Farangland. I know its much easier said than done.  Its taken me years but I am on the verge of doing it......

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The real expense in Thailand now is propelled by the exchange rate, more than anything else. I have been going there for 13 years now and I really don't think prices have risen too much in that time, whether it be for beer, accommodation, p4p or food. The problem is, when I first went it was 72.50 baht to the £sterling, last week this was down to 40.15

Putting that into perspective, if you go into a bar, buy 2 beers, and say 1 ladydrink, outside of happy hours, your bill would likely be around 360 baht, Add in a standard tip, and suddenly it is £10 for a few beers, which is really more than we pay at home. I reckon the ladydrinks are being avoided now in many bars as a result of this, because it is generally 160THB (£4) at most bars for a lady drink

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There are some decent apartments on the east side of Third Road for around 5k. A little out of the way. But with P4P sois now extending to 3rd Road not that far.

I think the Europeans are getting hammered by the exchange rate. However the dollar has dropped 4% since I got here two months ago. Still not as bad as EU but one is never happy to see this. Since I almost never watch/read any news while here I have no idea what is going on with the US dollar.

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20 hours ago, ciobha said:

The real expense in Thailand now is propelled by the exchange rate

 

5 hours ago, xyzzy said:

I think the Europeans are getting hammered by the exchange rate

Its really really bad. Worst in 12 years.  Maybe you won't get hurt so bad on a 2-week holiday, but on a long stay, its ridiculous right now.

Brexit is the main problem, thank you very much. Also , the thai baht is way too strong.

Re: drink prices. You can have a 1/2 litre draft beer,5.2% alcohol for around 120 THB in bars or restaurants here. A bottle of Heineken or Carlsberg about the same.

I never thought drink prices in Thailand would be same as one of the most expensive countries in the west that is Scandinavia.

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On 1/6/2019 at 1:35 PM, ArchieBunker said:

 

I dont think I am breaking new ground here.  Prices have crept up though. Is a beer still only 125 in nightclubs/discos??  I think its more than that really. 

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The guy in the video is underestimating prices to prove a point, Insomnia, Marine, Candyshop etc are all 175 baht for a bottle of beer and have been for a few years.

With a current exchange rate of 40 baht to a pound sterling that's more expensive than at home, plus I don't get pestered for a tip here  

The exchange rate seemed to fluctuate between 50-60 baht to the pound for years then evened out in the low 50's which most people could live with , however after the Brexit vote it dropped overnight by 20% to the low 40's , add that to a recession , constant austerity and insecurity for many in Europe and thats why we don't see many European tourists in Thailand anymore  

 

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I have been watching his vids for a little while now and noticed that all the cheap places to rent that he vlogs about are all quite out of the way and geared  for people with a motorbike like himself as he says that he his only true cost extravagance, so transportation costs from moto taxis will soon add up for those without, unless you  choose to travel all the way to Thailand and  live a hermit existence 

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