Thai, 29 years old, sales executive

1. What’s the average earnings and basic living costs of food?

Average salary 22 000 ฿/month $633
Milk, 1 liter 60 ฿ $2
Chicken, 1 kg 100 ฿ $3
Pork, 1 kg 150 ฿ $4
Eggs, 30 pieces 89 ฿ $3
Rice, 5 kg 149 ฿ $4
Oranges, 1 kg 60 ฿ $2

2. What celebrations and festivals do you have in your country?

  • Songkran (New Year)
  • Loykratong
  • Children’s day
  • Teacher’s day
  • Father’s day
  • Mother’s day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Many religious celebrations

3. What’s the weather like in your country?

Winter December – January 26°C
Summer February – May 32°C
Raining season June – November 32°C

4. What’s the local cuisine and the dish of the day?

  • Tom yam kung (soup)
  • Somtam (salad)
  • Kap khao (minced meat with basil)
  • Durian

5. What expectations do you have for your grandchildren?

I wish my grandchildren to speak 5 languages, have lots of talents (in math, with computers, in sport, music). I want them to be healthy, strong, be able to do everything they plan, work not for money but for pleasure.

6. How did you furnish and design your place? Is your house big/small?

Town house

2 floors, 2 toilet rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 living room.

7. Is there anything unique created with people’s hands in this country?

  • Fabric with a colourful pattern made from candle wax
  • Silk shirts, skirts, pants
  • Bags, wallets made from silk and dried vegetables
  • Pottery, toys
  • Perfume from local herbs

8. What pension are you entitled to in this country?

Ordinary people 600 ฿/month $17
Former military 5 000 – 10 000 ฿/month $144-288

9. How much would I be expected to pay for the following: land, house, apartment?

Apartments in Bangkok 2-4 million ฿ $58 000 – 115 000
Apartments in Bangkok near BTS, MRT 4-6 million ฿ $115 000 – 173 000
A house in a village not far from Bangkok 1 million ฿ $29 000
Land in Uttaradit 200 000 ฿ $5 800

10. How much would I be expected to pay for an apartment + energy bills + internet + other utilities monthly?

Town house near Bangkok

Rental price 5 000 ฿/month $144
Electricity 2 000 ฿/month $58
Water supply 600 ฿/month $17

Apartments in Bangkok

Rental price 4 000 ฿/month $115
Electricity 2 500 ฿/month $72
Water supply 100 ฿/month $3

11. What expectations do you hope to achieve for the future?

  • I want to have 10 apartments not far from BTS, MRT to rent them out
  • Live in a village
  • Open my own mini market shop
  • Buy land to open a market there
  • To have a fruit and vegetable garden to eat fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Have opportunities to travel
  • Learn “Digital Marketing”