Chiang Mai vs Thimphu - Cost of Living Comparison

Chiang Mai Thimphu
🚶 Cost of living one person
$539
$499
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1490
$1097
🏠 One person rent
$249
$218
🏘️ Family rent
$544
$327
🍽️ Food expenses
$201
$198
🚐 Transport expenses
$25.8
$18.6
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$442
$376
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
3 km
22 km
🎓 Higher education
49
5
😀 Quality of life
60
35
🏙️ Population
127K
104K

The cost of living in Chiang Mai is 8% more expensive than in Thimphu. Cities ranked 7993rd and 8336th ($539 vs $499) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 12th and 1st in Thailand and Bhutan, respectively. Check Thailand vs Bhutan comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.8 months in Chiang Mai compared to 0.8 months in Thimphu. Chiang Mai ranked 2nd best city to live in Thailand vs Thimphu ranked 2nd in Bhutan, while ranked 5180th and 7839th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Chiang Mai vs Thimphu

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Chiang Mai Thimphu
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$1.5
$3.47
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$13.7
$19.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.5
$3.66
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.69
$5.56
 Cappuccino
$1.57
$1.63
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.51
$0.46
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$269
$231
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$176
$141
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$681
$316
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$418
$231
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$35.8
$35.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$55.1
$54.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$18.5
$23.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.84%
10.89%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1519
$2051
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$846
$126
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.84
$1.25
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$27.7
$22.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$5.74
$2.34
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.17
$0.95
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.76
$0.91
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.24
$0.68
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.05
$0.68
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.45
$1.77
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$15.7
$5.54
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.79
$3.91
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.7
$4.77
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.96
$2.66
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$1.41
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.44
$2.84
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.23
$0.86
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.12
$0.54
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.9
$0.74
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.29
$0.23
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.21
$1.07
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13.7
$7.46
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.63
$0.94
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.94
$6.75
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.22
$1.73
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.09
$3.6
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.16
$1.29
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.79
$0.67
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$31.1
$50.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$4.1
$3.39
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$17.1
$37.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$3.61
$3.53
👖 Brand Jeans
$55.8
$29.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$64.5
$52.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$362
$45
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$8203
$811

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$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
22 km or 14 mi Paro
$492
147 km or 91 mi Siliguri
$375
196 km or 122 mi Rangpur
$355
203 km or 126 mi Saidpur
$373
211 km or 131 mi Shigatse
$667
214 km or 133 mi Damak
$302
257 km or 159 mi Raiganj
$337
257 km or 160 mi Guwahati
$376
258 km or 160 mi Biratnagar
$352
259 km or 161 mi Dispur
$359
266 km or 166 mi Balurghat
$336
280 km or 174 mi Lhasa
$891
287 km or 178 mi Purnia
$368
294 km or 183 mi Bogra
$365
308 km or 191 mi Shillong
$303
313 km or 195 mi Malda
$339
313 km or 195 mi Mymensingh
$343
350 km or 217 mi Saharsa
$336
360 km or 224 mi Bhagalpur
$284
362 km or 225 mi Rajshahi
$303
364 km or 226 mi Sylhet
$333
377 km or 234 mi Janakpur
$335
401 km or 249 mi Berhampore
$338
413 km or 257 mi Narsingdi
$297
418 km or 260 mi Brahmanbaria
$335
421 km or 262 mi Kathmandu
$435
424 km or 264 mi Lalitpur
$445
426 km or 265 mi Dhaka
$484
438 km or 272 mi Agartala
$324
439 km or 273 mi Narayanganj
$382
444 km or 276 mi Muzaffarpur
$250
454 km or 282 mi Hetauda
$322
468 km or 291 mi Krishnanagar
$348
474 km or 295 mi Birgunj
$307
482 km or 299 mi Jessore
$314
486 km or 302 mi Shantipur
$335
493 km or 306 mi Patna
$408
495 km or 308 mi Durgapur
$329
500 km or 311 mi Asansol
$312
502 km or 312 mi Kulti
$342