Chiang Mai vs Medan - Cost of Living Comparison

Chiang Mai Medan
🚶 Cost of living one person
$539
$504
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1490
$1348
🏠 One person rent
$249
$192
🏘️ Family rent
$544
$385
🍽️ Food expenses
$201
$214
🚐 Transport expenses
$25.8
$37.5
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$442
$314
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
3 km
12 km
🎓 Higher education
49
46
😀 Quality of life
60
45
🏙️ Population
127K
2.11M

The cost of living in Chiang Mai is 7% more expensive than in Medan. Cities ranked 7993rd and 8292nd ($539 vs $504) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 12th and 24th in Thailand and Indonesia, respectively. Check Thailand vs Indonesia comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.8 months in Chiang Mai compared to 0.6 months in Medan. Chiang Mai ranked 2nd best city to live in Thailand vs Medan ranked 15th in Indonesia, while ranked 5180th and 6588th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chiang Mai vs Medan

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Chiang Mai Medan
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$1.5
$1.8
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$13.7
$13
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.5
$3.3
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.69
$4.49
 Cappuccino
$1.57
$2.75
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.51
$0.67
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$269
$262
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$176
$124
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$681
$410
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$418
$311
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$35.8
$25.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$55.1
$39.8
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$18.5
$15.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.84%
9.53%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1519
$2052
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$846
$900
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.84
$0.34
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$27.7
$8.05
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$5.74
$3.97
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.17
$0.55
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.76
$1.39
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.24
$1.26
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.05
$1.26
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.45
$1.21
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$7.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.79
$2.63
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.7
$6.85
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.96
$2.3
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$0.96
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.44
$1.09
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$0.65
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.12
$0.89
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.9
$1.73
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.29
$0.29
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.21
$1.06
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.7
$38.8
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.63
$2.24
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.94
$1.23
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.22
$2.22
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.09
$2.68
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.16
$0.92
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.79
$0.84
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.1
$24.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.1
$3.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$17.1
$16.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.61
$2.92
👖 Brand Jeans
$55.8
$45.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$64.5
$77.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$362
$100
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$8203
$11332

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86 km or 53 mi Pai
$533
153 km or 95 mi Chiang Rai
$498
255 km or 158 mi Hpa-an
$757
258 km or 160 mi Phitsanulok
$420
294 km or 183 mi Mawlamyine
$747
306 km or 190 mi Taunggyi
$755
308 km or 191 mi Bago
$744
317 km or 197 mi Naypyidaw
$790
353 km or 219 mi Luang Prabang
$801
363 km or 226 mi Nakhon Sawan
$479
365 km or 227 mi Vang Vieng
$833
373 km or 232 mi Yangon
$869
392 km or 244 mi Vientiane
$905
404 km or 251 mi Jinghong
$658
426 km or 265 mi Udon Thani
$468
466 km or 289 mi Mandalay
$790
485 km or 301 mi Khon Kaen
$577
489 km or 304 mi Pu'er
$712
503 km or 313 mi Pathein
$787
537 km or 334 mi Nakhon Ratchasima
$580
545 km or 339 mi Monywa
$755
551 km or 342 mi Tha Khlong
$536
561 km or 349 mi Rangsit
$485
564 km or 351 mi Nakhon Pathom
$401
566 km or 352 mi Pak Kret
$532
571 km or 355 mi Nonthaburi
$582
578 km or 359 mi Lincang
$708
584 km or 363 mi Bangkok
$848
597 km or 371 mi Pu Chao Saming Phrai
$535
597 km or 371 mi Lat Luang
$535
634 km or 394 mi Thakhek
$846
641 km or 398 mi Sa Pa
$504
656 km or 407 mi Sittwe
$737
666 km or 414 mi Chaophraya Surasak
$537
667 km or 415 mi Laem Chabang
$534
681 km or 423 mi Pattaya
$584
685 km or 426 mi Nong Prue
$535
699 km or 435 mi Hua Hin
$625
704 km or 438 mi Baoshan
$711
707 km or 439 mi Vinh
$514

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Distance City Cost of living
21 km or 13 mi Binjai
$462
67 km or 41 mi Tebing Tinggi
$489
90 km or 56 mi Pematangsiantar
$322
119 km or 74 mi Langsa
$490
148 km or 92 mi Tanjungbalai
$488
238 km or 148 mi Lhokseumawe
$488
264 km or 164 mi Teluk Intan
$533
264 km or 164 mi Taiping
$552
264 km or 164 mi Padangsidempuan
$493
268 km or 166 mi George Town
$510
269 km or 167 mi Butterworth
$518
286 km or 178 mi Ipoh
$561
298 km or 185 mi Sungai Petani
$526
307 km or 191 mi Gunungsitoli
$486
317 km or 197 mi Klang
$591
322 km or 200 mi Ko Lipe
$534
324 km or 201 mi Langkawi
$498
325 km or 202 mi Shah Alam
$635
331 km or 206 mi Alor Setar
$508
332 km or 206 mi Subang Jaya
$642
332 km or 206 mi Petaling Jaya
$625
341 km or 212 mi Kuala Lumpur
$694
342 km or 212 mi Cyberjaya
$450
345 km or 215 mi Putrajaya
$495
352 km or 219 mi Kangar
$486
378 km or 235 mi Seremban
$547
381 km or 237 mi Dumai
$493
422 km or 262 mi Hat Yai
$548
426 km or 265 mi Banda Aceh
$462
431 km or 268 mi Malacca
$530
445 km or 277 mi Ko Lanta
$536
466 km or 289 mi Pekanbaru
$562
468 km or 291 mi Muar
$552
470 km or 292 mi Phuket
$637
483 km or 300 mi Kota Bharu
$460
487 km or 303 mi Ao Nang
$661
489 km or 304 mi Krabi
$543
515 km or 320 mi Batu Pahat
$527
518 km or 322 mi Kuantan
$541
529 km or 329 mi Kuala Terengganu
$416