Chiang Mai vs Shanghai - Cost of Living Comparison

Chiang Mai Shanghai
🚶 Cost of living one person
$539
$1413
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1490
$4223
🏠 One person rent
$249
$783
🏘️ Family rent
$544
$1826
🍽️ Food expenses
$201
$347
🚐 Transport expenses
$25.8
$111
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$442
$1372
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
3 km
13 km
🎓 Higher education
49
100
😀 Quality of life
60
77
🏙️ Population
127K
24.9M

The cost of living in Chiang Mai is 62% less expensive than in Shanghai. Cities ranked 7993rd and 2914th ($539 vs $1413) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 12th and 5th in Thailand and China, respectively. Check Thailand vs China comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.8 months in Chiang Mai compared to 1 months in Shanghai. Chiang Mai ranked 2nd best city to live in Thailand vs Shanghai ranked 4th in China, while ranked 5180th and 525th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chiang Mai vs Shanghai

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Chiang Mai Shanghai
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$1.5
$6.14
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$13.7
$48.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.5
$6.01
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.69
$2.68
 Cappuccino
$1.57
$4.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.51
$0.56
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$269
$1078
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$176
$633
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$681
$2745
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$418
$1493
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$35.8
$41.8
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$55.1
$63.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$18.5
$18.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.84%
5.13%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1519
$18571
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$846
$9787
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.84
$0.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$27.7
$30.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$5.74
$6.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.17
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.76
$2.83
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.24
$2.68
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.05
$1.97
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.45
$2.86
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$18.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.79
$5.29
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.7
$13.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.96
$2.41
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$1.68
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.44
$2.29
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$1.7
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.12
$0.99
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.9
$1.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.29
$0.48
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.21
$1.6
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.7
$17
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.63
$0.99
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.94
$3.94
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.22
$4.59
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.09
$5.53
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.16
$1.55
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.79
$2.61
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.1
$66.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.1
$9.04
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$17.1
$135
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.61
$18.5
👖 Brand Jeans
$55.8
$78.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$64.5
$108
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$362
$1377
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$8203
$27661

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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

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Distance City Cost of living
9.4 km or 5.8 mi Pudong
$759
47 km or 29 mi Taicang
$677
53 km or 33 mi Kunshan
$699
74 km or 46 mi Qidong
$677
82 km or 51 mi Suzhou
$921
82 km or 51 mi Jiaxing
$730
85 km or 53 mi Haimen
$673
88 km or 55 mi Changshu
$689
106 km or 66 mi Nantong
$1047
117 km or 73 mi Zhangjiagang
$686
121 km or 75 mi Wuxi
$861
135 km or 84 mi Huzhou
$720
141 km or 87 mi Jiangyin
$681
142 km or 88 mi Zhoushan
$680
144 km or 89 mi Ningbo
$809
148 km or 92 mi Jingjiang
$665
155 km or 96 mi Shaoxing
$745
158 km or 98 mi Yixing
$678
159 km or 99 mi Changzhou
$782
160 km or 100 mi Rugao
$682
161 km or 100 mi Hangzhou
$882
177 km or 110 mi Taixing
$678
179 km or 111 mi Hai'an
$669
191 km or 119 mi Liyang
$666
197 km or 122 mi Yangzhong
$649
198 km or 123 mi Guangde
$657
201 km or 125 mi Danyang
$669
208 km or 129 mi Taizhou
$696
217 km or 135 mi Dongtai
$675
223 km or 139 mi Zhenjiang
$588
235 km or 146 mi Yangzhou
$709
236 km or 146 mi Jurong
$664
244 km or 152 mi Ningguo
$651
246 km or 153 mi Yiwu
$696
250 km or 155 mi Xinghua
$682
250 km or 156 mi Yizheng
$660
259 km or 161 mi Linhai
$675
260 km or 161 mi Xuancheng
$732
262 km or 163 mi Gaoyou
$669
274 km or 170 mi Nanjing
$817