The Price of Things

The Price of Things

Posted on 10. Jan, 2010 by in Thailand

As you can see above, Thailand has a pretty colorful currency! Thai currency is called the Baht. This year the exchange rate has been between 33 to 34 Thai Baht to the US Dollar. Bills come in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are 10, 5, 2, or 1 Baht, and then there are the even smaller Satang. 100 Satang make a Baht, and since they’re worth so little, you don’t see Satang very often anymore.
Now on to the question I was supposed to answer…

Q:

What are the most expensive things to buy in Thailand? What is so inexpensive that you almost giggle each time you buy it knowing that we are paying so much more over here?

A:

Expensive:
Definitely the most expensive things are anything that’s been imported. We can go to certain grocery stores and find almost anything that we would see in the States, but they are much pricier. Although, when you consider how much it would be to mail it, splurging on this end is often the better bet. For example, for Thanksgiving we bought a can of cranberries for roughly $3.
Dairy products are also expensive- cheese, butter, etc. Cheese is one food we’ve come to miss. Beef is expensive as well, especially prime cuts. The dairy and beef that we miss are so expensive here that we wouldn’t enjoy eating it, ’cause we’d be thinking about how much we payed out!
Not that we’re in the market, but actual motorcycles are very expensive, because there is a luxury tax attached to them. Smaller motorbikes are everywhere, and not expensive at all.

Cheap
Cheap things include Thai food (a plate of Pad Thai for $0.70 – $1. It’s probably $8-$10 at your local Thai restaurant), bottled water, tropical fruit, public transportation (24 cents for a bus ride), and housing (especially outside of the city). You can get some clothing for cheap, but you need to be a small statured person :). Most things that are produced in Thailand are pretty cheap… including movies. Yes pirated DVD’s of movies are cheap.

Toss-up
Electronics, appliances, household supplies, etc, are basically the same price as what you can find in the US. Also, if we want to go out for Western food it usually costs about the same as it would at a restaurant at home.

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5 Responses to “The Price of Things”

  1. Jeremy

    10. Jan, 2010

    Love your blog guys keep it coming

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  2. Emily

    10. Jan, 2010

    Hi, we haven’t met, but I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning and I love it a bunch! It probably sounds weird, which is why I haven’t commented until now:) I found it because I went to the WorldBase last February with Eastside, and I was looking for missionary blogs (I was homesick for Thailand!). I’m 17, and will be going back in June. Just wanted to encourage you guys for your last stretch of months! Praying for all that God has for you!

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  3. Brad Ruggles

    13. Jan, 2010

    It’s funny the things you miss when you go without it. Cheese wouldn’t come to mind but I can see what you mean. We’ll have to get a cheese platter and have a cheese party for you guys when you get back! :-)

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  4. April

    13. Jan, 2010

    @Brad- Sounds like a plan!!

    @Emily- Thanks for commenting! We love to know who’s reading our blog. How long will you be in Thailand? Are you coming with a team or on your own?

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  5. Emily

    15. Jan, 2010

    I’ll be going with a high school group from my church again (gary and paula’s home church). We’ll be in Thailand for 10 days, but when I’m in college I would love to serve longer. It’s going to be a great group. I get to see some good friends go that have never been on a mission trip! Thanks for replying, have a wonderful week!

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