Chiang Mai vs Pattaya - Cost of Living Comparison

Chiang Mai Pattaya
🚶 Cost of living one person
$539
$584
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1490
$1736
🏠 One person rent
$249
$279
🏘️ Family rent
$544
$670
🍽️ Food expenses
$201
$218
🚐 Transport expenses
$25.8
$20.3
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$442
$335
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
3 km
32 km
🎓 Higher education
49
31
😀 Quality of life
60
54
🏙️ Population
127K
116K

The cost of living in Chiang Mai is 8% less expensive than in Pattaya. Cities ranked 7993rd and 7535th ($539 vs $584) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 12th and 5th in Thailand.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.8 months in Chiang Mai compared to 0.6 months in Pattaya. Ranked 2nd vs 4th best cities to live in Thailand, and 5180th vs 5910th among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chiang Mai vs Pattaya

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Chiang Mai Pattaya
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$1.5
$2.77
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$13.7
$22.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.5
$5.52
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.69
$1.86
 Cappuccino
$1.57
$1.46
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.51
$0.89
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$269
$332
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$176
$199
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$681
$827
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$418
$541
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$35.8
$35
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$55.1
$53.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$18.5
$18.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.84%
4.92%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1519
$1855
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$846
$1047
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.84
$0.28
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$27.7
$16.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$5.74
$5.37
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.17
$1.19
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.76
$1.55
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.24
$1.21
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.05
$0.88
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.45
$1.49
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$10.9
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.79
$2.15
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.7
$10.6
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.96
$1.97
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$0.88
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.44
$2.03
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$1.39
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.12
$1.1
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.9
$0.9
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.29
$0.27
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.21
$1.14
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.7
$16.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.63
$1.45
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.94
$3.98
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.22
$3.18
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.09
$3.33
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.16
$1.34
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.79
$1.4
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.1
$38.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.1
$4.15
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$17.1
$25.2
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.61
$3.54
👖 Brand Jeans
$55.8
$31.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$64.5
$81.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$362
$294
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$8203
$16566

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Distance City Cost of living
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

Cities near Pattaya

Distance City Cost of living
5.7 km or 3.5 mi Nong Prue
$535
16 km or 9.7 mi Laem Chabang
$534
23 km or 14 mi Chaophraya Surasak
$537
84 km or 52 mi Pu Chao Saming Phrai
$535
85 km or 53 mi Klaeng
$549
85 km or 53 mi Lat Luang
$535
98 km or 61 mi Bangkok
$848
110 km or 68 mi Nonthaburi
$582
110 km or 68 mi Hua Hin
$625
115 km or 72 mi Pak Kret
$532
119 km or 74 mi Rangsit
$485
130 km or 81 mi Tha Khlong
$536
132 km or 82 mi Nakhon Pathom
$401
184 km or 114 mi Ko Chang
$536
237 km or 147 mi Serei Saophoan
$638
250 km or 156 mi Battambang
$540
255 km or 159 mi Myeik
$746
259 km or 161 mi Nakhon Ratchasima
$580
318 km or 198 mi Nakhon Sawan
$479
324 km or 202 mi Siem Reap
$639
340 km or 211 mi Ko Tao
$534
372 km or 231 mi Ko Pha-ngan
$535
383 km or 238 mi Sihanoukville
$870
396 km or 246 mi Ko Samui
$536
435 km or 270 mi Phitsanulok
$420
440 km or 273 mi Khon Kaen
$577
442 km or 275 mi Kampot
$531
450 km or 280 mi Phu Quoc
$510
457 km or 284 mi Surat Thani
$477
464 km or 288 mi Phnom Penh
$850
497 km or 309 mi Ubon Ratchathani
$457
506 km or 314 mi Kampong Cham
$509
508 km or 315 mi Prey Veng
$642
512 km or 318 mi Nakhon Si Thammarat
$496
527 km or 328 mi Mawlamyine
$747
535 km or 333 mi Udon Thani
$468
553 km or 343 mi Stung Treng
$639
561 km or 349 mi Hpa-an
$757
562 km or 349 mi Rach Gia
$521
571 km or 355 mi Long Xuyen
$531