Don't believe the prices on here for an apartment. 686 usd/month refers to an apartment in a high class condo, right in the city centre and seconds away from the BTS(train station).
Just remember this, people working at supermarkets make 2 usd/per hour. If you want to live like a local, then you can save a lot of money.
If you don't mind a 5-10 minute walk from the BTS, then you can easily get a one bedroom apartment for 300 USD per month, in a high class condo, plus with free golf cart service to the BTS station.
I have literally gone to a restaurant to pay 8 USD for a meal, when the exact dish was available on the street for only 1 USD and tastes much better. I ate out everyday and went partying a couple of times a week, and my total monthly expenses was still under 1000 usd.
-Gyms are fucking expensive in Thailand. Expect to pay at least 60 USD/month for the gym, which is crazy when you consider the average wage in Thailand is 15 usd/per day.
-Vitamins and supplements cost double the price than what you would get at home. Thais do not take supplements. Maybe only foreigners and really rich Thais.
People spending 1500 USD per month must be eating steak daily and hanging out at places meant for foreigners.
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Beautiful island. Lots of mellow nightlife spots and cafe's. Too bad there's a serial killer murdering young women a few times a year. Seriously though, look into the Koh Tao murders over the last few years. Women raped and murdered. They blame it on Burmese workers but nobody believes this. More likely it's local mafia children running the island. It's only a matter of time before the next crime. Sucks because I loved the place. Cheapest spot in the world to get your diving certification.
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I've lived in Pattaya for 10 of my 19 years in Thailand. I am an old guy not paying sex workers for sex. If you don't want to see the nasty bits, don't go to those places. If you want to chillout, eat fresh seafood and enjoy blistering internet speeds, then welcome. Every morning when I wake up Pattaya is better than it was when I went to sleep. If you want to have some real city life, BKK is just 2 hours away. Some of you youngsters sure are prudes.
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Samui is Thailand's second most popular island for tourists, after Phuket. The main areas are Chaweng and Lamai. Chaweng used to be more backpacker and trashy (like Bali's Kuta) but is now rapidly developing into a real clean town. Since 2014, it now has a giant air-conditioned Central World mall, an increasing number of coffee places, good restaurants and more upscale hotels and resorts.
Lamai Beach used to be the more clean and laidback area but is now deteriorating. The beaches are still okay but the streets are now filled with sex bars and bad restaurants. Worse, prices in Lamai are often higher than in Chaweng due to less competition.
The preferrable spot to stay in Ko Samui now is the more mellow South Chaweng.
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A really great island. One week before the full moon party it's full of tourists, and a great place to be single. After the party, it empties out completely except for locals, couples and expats. You don't need to go to the party and if it's not your thing you won't really notice. Still lots to do if you have a scooter and make some friends. It's not as touristic as Samui or Koh Tao. A scooter is absolutely necessary. If you can't drive you'll need a friend who can. There's a small nomad community and a couple of co working spaces. Overall it's a lovely island with many different scenes.
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I was skeptical but have really enjoyed it.
It's considered a growing 'hipster capital' of Thailand, after Chiang Mai, with its easy access to Bangkok for wealthy weekenders on breaks, and the opening of Seenspace, a massive hotel + food and drink emporium. Train to Bangkok is older and slower, but avoids traffic. There are plenty of mini-buses and taxis plying the route as well. Figure 4 hours door to door.
It's blissfully free of digital nomads (even though there is a coworking space and plenty of coffee shops) has great grocery stores, a few clean malls if you need that stuff, and some of the best seafood in Thailand. My advice is to stay south of the main strip of hotels in the quiet, and charming, Khao Takiap area or even farther south in the village of Khao Tao.
Some nice condos/Airbnbs (monthly rental only), great walking beaches, and cheap seafood restaurants filled mostly with polite, older Euros and Thai families on vacation. Also tons of random expat owned venues like a petanque bar, or a German bakery, or Southern USA BBQ spot.
Unlike Phuket or Pattaya the sex trafficking is not as overt. You mostly see older, beer-fattened Australians/Brits with their middle-aged Thai wives.
Overall, highly recommended if you like Thailand but want to try something different. And can eat your weight in crab.
Scooter is a must have, as there is a taxi mafia that forces the Grab drivers to pick up in weird places (mostly 7/11 parking lots instead of in front of wherever you are).
Really amazing national park about an hour south with waterfalls, caves, cave temples, and the largest protected wetland in Thailand (tons of birds). 1. 5 hours west is a national forest/waterfall where you can still see wild elephants on the roads (not the slave labor elephants like you see in Chiang Mai).
I'd recommend coming in the 'rainy' season. By quirk of geography (mountains to the west) it gets much, much less rain than similarly located areas in the wet season.
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