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  1. Tricia Jun 15, 2010 3:28 PM

    I live in Playa del Carmen Mexico and I have friends that pay $300 a month for rent. Its just a 1 room place with a fridge and cook top and sink with a bathroom and shower. Not great but its 4-5 blocks from the beach so its pretty good. I spend $30-$40 a week on food. You can walk everywhere because the place is small. I have cel phone and it costs me about $40 a month pay as you go. So I say it is possible to live here for $500 as long as you dont party and eat out much.

  2. Brad Jun 16, 2010 1:56 PM

    Agree with Medellin, Columbia. Beauty place to be and not so expensive. But NO ONE mentioned Bolivia? La Paz....? OMG go take a look! Cheap and the locals are pretty much reclined. I loved it there.

  3. liveanlearn Jun 16, 2010 5:04 PM

    my family was thinking about moving to new zealand!! Has anyone from the us moved out there if so what was/is your experience ?? thanks

  4. liveanlearn Jun 16, 2010 6:26 PM

    i meant to say how was/is your experience..oh and if there is any other places around the country other than the usa that anyone want to share that would be greatly appreciated :)

  5. Penis LOver Jun 17, 2010 10:23 AM

    PEnis BONER I WANT TO LIVE IN A BONER IN COSTA RICA WHILE OPERATING THAT SURFBOARD METH LAB.....WITH MY PENIS LIKE A BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Penis LOver Jun 17, 2010 10:24 AM

    PEnis BONER I WANT TO LIVE IN A BONER IN COSTA RICA WHILE OPERATING THAT SURFBOARD METH LAB.....WITH MY PENIS LIKE A BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Bertram Zuluwazi Jun 17, 2010 12:05 PM

    Try Zimbabwe! Great fun!

  8. Retired Jun 18, 2010 12:36 AM

    The guy that wrote this piece is half right and half wrong...Maybe after he married a local Thai and finished all the residency requirements, him and his wife "may" be able to slide by on $500.00 a month, but it would be tough..Very tough...I'm retired and living in the Philippines, married and living like a King on $800.00 a month, but it took getting married and about three years of hard work and sacrifice to to be comfortable at that income level...Having a wife makes things go much smoother to stretch your dollars-Filipina's are masters at finances..We managed to take out a long term lease on a two bedroom apartment (40 years) at a fixed rate of $100.00 a month..Spent three years remodeling it (P300,000), now we have a wonderful place to live cheap for the rest of our lives (no children) and the owners get double their monthly income on the unit before the lease agreement and a modernized unit to pass to their children when we kick the bucket...Consider the Philippines-I have been here over 7 years and love it!..If you do-Come here with the right attitude though and you will be treated right..Cheers

  9. TEE Jun 18, 2010 8:59 PM

    There is no such word as "firstly"; possibly
    the writer meant "first"? Yeah, that's a
    tough one.

    FYI... Firstly is an adjective
    -defined as before anything else.

    Before you criticise the article at least make sure your correct.

  10. tee Jun 19, 2010 2:14 AM

    Im an expat living in a small beach town on the gulf coast of Thailand, Cha-am to-be-exact. The place is one of the cheaper places to live when it comes to living on the coast. I pay 300 dollars per month for a nice house on the beach, I do have a good deal and many others can pay twice that. This would leave me with $200 or 6600 baht for the month. Power is 600 baht, gas for your scooter is 4-500 baht per month, scooter costs 40,000 baht. If I spend only 100 baht per day on food, that makes 3000 baht per month, but I would starve and life without a cold beer would not be worth living. But, toss in the beer budget of 3 per day where I can sit and enjoy them, 150 baht for the 3 or about 4000 baht per month. Now, do you want to go somewhere for a holiday? Eat something nice, do something other than sitting all day...the list goes on but your $500 dollars sure doesn't!

  11. www.wtifelt.com Jun 19, 2010 8:23 AM

    what about calcutta

  12. allan Jun 19, 2010 11:32 AM

    I live in Panama, and I wish it could be cheaper... it takes a minimum of $1500 per mo., to live here in a western fashion. Crime is a problem as gringoes can get killed here and there is little police investigation done... but yet Panama is still the safest in Latin America... Costa Rica is dangerous as we always have foreigners coming over here to Panama after a short while in Tico Land. You always have to deal, probably in any country you are in, a double standard of expenses if you are a foreigner, esp. an American. Americans are always regarded as very rich and very generous compared to the cheapskates from Euro-land. You need a "friend at the factory" here to navigate reasonable prices and treatment. The middle class here, what there is of it, are very nice people. You will never be accepted except for what you are... a Gringo... but it is not so bad getting ripped off a little bit here when you compare to the politicos in the USA extorting trillions of tax dollars and then stealing your wealth or savings by inflating the currency in which it is worth less everyday.

    Do your homework. I think the Phils is a trashcan as it is way overpopulated there with one of the worst gov'ts in the world. Just MO on that. But Panama/ Latin America is first hand experience

  13. world best places Jun 19, 2010 11:33 AM

    I like about this info the cheapest places to live in the world 500 a month. But I think if price that for me is expensive because I'm is poor he he he,

  14. poseidon Jun 20, 2010 5:36 PM

    what about moldovia?

  15. Guest Jun 21, 2010 8:20 AM

    A whole lot of misinformation by the posters here!
    I'm moving to Thailand the first of July and I will have a new studio apartment in Pattaya off the beach but within walking distance for 11,000 baht per month or roughly $325. That includes a balcony, electric, water and DSL. It also has 24 hr security. Good health insurance is available through bupa (Thai Blue Cross/Blue Shield) or other providers for $100 per month.
    The Thais do not pay $200 per month for a hovel by any means! The low end fan rooms start around 1,500 baht ($45 ) per month plus utilities. For $200 per month plus utilities you can find an austere but functional Western standard room. If you are careful and use a fan more than the aircon electric and water will be under $50 per month.

  16. Mike Snyder Jun 21, 2010 2:16 PM

    I lived in Belize in the early '70s when it was possible to live comfortably on fifteen or twenty dollars a day. To suggest that it can be done comfortably today is absurd. Why waste people's time with such worthless nonsense?

  17. Mark Jun 23, 2010 10:22 AM

    Im looking to go to Sri Lanka for up to 6 months. Does anyone know of cheap accomodation preferebly near a beach. My girlfriend and I dont mind not having anything luxurious we just want to get away from the husstle and busstle for a few months.

  18. avatar letsgo Jun 23, 2010 1:37 PM

    Delano is an option in the San Joaquin Valley of California, you can find farm work there, table grapes are the big industry, the harvest lasts for several months....if you can stand the heat and the long hours you can live there cheap and save some money!

  19. Guest Jun 24, 2010 2:15 PM

    In the Philippines it's cheaper and People are Friendly.

  20. Travel Dude Jun 24, 2010 3:21 PM

    Anyone live in Peru? I lived in the captial, Lima and it is hard to get by on $500 per month but there is no problem living in the smaller cities in Peru (Piura, Tacna etc...) on only $500. Peruvians are the most friendly Latin Americans and love gringos...(besides the people from Central America)

  21. Travel Dude Jun 24, 2010 3:31 PM

    Check out Awesome thread Oct 9, 2009 5:47 PM

    He is completely CORRECT about buying properity overseas....he makes a great point....why lay out $70/80,000 on a properity that only costs $250 per month to rent.

    I am an American and don't feel secure about buying properity here in the USA....

  22. guest Jun 24, 2010 8:44 PM

    In many parts of Eastern Europe people make around 200 euros a month and "get by." I'd rather live in some sh*t Balkan country than some sh*t Asian country.

  23. Erik Jun 26, 2010 1:58 PM

    I agree with most of the responders- the guy who wrote this "article" (meaning piece of rubbisu)- is a complete Idiot!

  24. DickFace Jun 26, 2010 3:49 PM

    Whoever wrote this is clueless.

  25. Kelvin Jun 26, 2010 7:56 PM

    Anyone can "live on" $500 per month in a third world country....$500 is (in most third world locations) is 3 or 4 times the minium wage but most want the same lifestyle (like in the USA and western Europe)....that would be impossible on $500.

  26. pococonuts Jun 27, 2010 4:38 AM

    Manila philippines is on the list of the cheapest cities to live... search it in google...
    It is even far cheaper if you live in the philippine provinces.
    As to safety, Mindanao (where muslim extremist exists) is not a good place.
    You could choose between negros island, cebu or bohol...

  27. Brad Jun 28, 2010 12:13 AM

    I have been to thailand 3 times now.... and plan to move there forever, if i can ever sell my last couple of homes..... and yes,,, you can live in Bangkok for under $500 / month.... my GF is now renting a 1 bed 1 bath with small kitchette for less than $200/month,,,, and i plan on buying a 400 sq. ft. condo about 2km from the BTS for under $9,000 U.S. money. I also stayed the first time there at a great hotel 1minute from the BTS and 2 minutes from the MLK mall and Siam Paragon Mall for only $18 a nite.... it was very clean and extremely safe everywhere i walked. I just hope Thaksin would just stay as far away from that country as possible!!!! LOL!

  28. Name Jun 28, 2010 4:28 AM

    Dont about a cheap country but don't waste your money going to Australia its 1 of the most expensive countries in the world. Cigarettes $ 20 + a pack Alcohol about $40 a bottle 700ml and a unit $400 + a week.

  29. poobear Jun 28, 2010 4:16 PM

    marry a foreighner and own your own place sell up move in with her/him job done stop criticising and getting angry over facts you have looked up and realise everywhere in the world has a different way of ife if you havnt lived it and done it NOT in a tourist area you dont know ecuador cost me less than 5 dollars a day if i lived there with a local it would have been eiven cheaper visas are a bitch everywhere haha u all so pissed you cant go nowhere hahaha but then have a go for your rubbish income and lack of assests greed will make you unhappy hot country elsewhere or not

  30. Geoff Jun 28, 2010 6:53 PM

    >>For $200 per month plus utilities you can find an austere but functional Western standard room

  31. Sista Minuten Jun 29, 2010 12:49 AM

    Wow seems that this article is not that correct according to all the answers

  32. Mike Jun 29, 2010 11:21 AM

    I have a friend who lives in Chiang Mai and has for several years. He is retired from California. He live quite well, rents a very nice appartment ($550 oer month utilities included)eats out 3 times a day and has no shortage of girlfriends. He allows himself $1.500 dollars a month and rarely spends more than $1,200 a month total. I will be there to visit him in September again.

  33. guest Jun 29, 2010 2:45 PM

    Delano is an armpit of California - why would you EVER suggest someone live there? It is filthy

  34. Travel Dude Jun 29, 2010 4:08 PM

    Mike, yes we know that you friend doesn't spend nore than $1200 per month in Chiang Mai but the TOPIC FOR THIS FORUM IS "PLACES TO LIVE IN THE WORLD AT $500 PER MONTH"....not $1200.

  35. Guest Jun 29, 2010 8:58 PM

    I live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on less than $500 a month... my apartment costs $150 (with cleaner, aircon, hot water) in a central location, food is around $6 a day, even when eating 'foreigner foods', I rent a motorcycle for $60 a month, and the rest goes on general spending, travel insurance, visas etc

  36. Very Cheap Jun 30, 2010 2:01 AM

    $500 is more than enough to live in small cities of China.

  37. tassie Jul 1, 2010 3:28 AM

    ok. I undrstand everything is cheap but what is the average salury and are you able to save too ?? ??

  38. tassie Jul 1, 2010 3:31 AM

    ok. I undrstand everything is cheap but what is the average salury and are you able to save too ?? ??

  39. Guest Jul 2, 2010 4:13 AM

    Chitral, a beautiful hill station with the oldest preserved culture of KAFIRISTAN in the northern area of Pakistan is perhapes the cheapest. Some may fear some trouble with warlike situation but it is peaceful and has nothing like war or insecurity.
    Cost is about 500 rupees (7 dollars perday) or 200-300 dollars per month wcich include a reasonable hotel with 2 meals and a breakfast.
    The beauty is absolutely stunning. PTDC can be contacted for assistance and better resorts at much cheaper rates. People are extremely friendly, hospitable and aire fares , car rental one of the cheapest in the world. Telecommunication very good. Please try.

  40. Ingrida Jul 2, 2010 6:16 PM

    You are welcome in Europe-Lithuania! Nice place to stay almost for free, enjoying genuine nature, perfect relaxing saunas, spa services ,very friendly people in the countryside. just let me know and i will give you hints how to find here a real heaven and lots of possitive fun. missingrida@hotmail.com

  41. jimmy Jul 3, 2010 1:24 AM

    I am a retired US MARINES living here in the Philippines. I invite you to spend your retirement years here in Olongapo where the beaches are abundant. I live like a King here and I can afford to avail my 2 housemaid to help me in my household chores. We have American Legion and VFW post here and the communication language is no problem because the filipinos speak good english. So come live your retirement year here in the Barrio where plenty of americans, german, swiss.japanese, koreans nationals live. $500 is ok to live here. By the way I am receiving $3000 retirenemt pension from Uncle Sam. Thats why I live like a King here.

  42. come2philippines Jul 4, 2010 1:18 PM

    Actually i can verify that Philippines is in fact a cheap place to live. You can rent a good house here in Manila (for cheap stay away from Makati) for about $200 a month! or a fully furnished condo in somewhere like Vito Cruz, Manila for about $300

  43. Xeres Jul 4, 2010 5:06 PM

    I know many people who live in London for $600 dollars, its not easy because London is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

    So if its possible to live on $600 a month in London, why is not possible to live in all those places mentioned in the article for $500 a month?

    Of course if you can't get by without the essential stuff like a swimming pool in the back garden, girls, beer, cigarettes etc then obviously $500 a month is not enough

    I lived in Philippines for $200 a month very easily, I shared a house and the food was very cheap and I actually ate better than I do in the UK. It was great I can't wait to go back. $500 dollars month and I'd be living like a king!

  44. Rahul Jul 7, 2010 6:15 AM

    What about India ??
    2 ltr pepsi = $ 1.25
    McDonalds Veg Burger = 1.15 dollars
    Chinese food (1 time meal for 1 person)= 3 dollars at 3 star hotel

  45. rashid Jul 7, 2010 5:02 PM

    Ethiopia, prices haven't changed much in 30 years. Currency was devalued. Rated as the lowest cost city in Africa. Hotels, a little rough, are ~$4. $500 a month? No, but not much more.

  46. Allan Jul 9, 2010 9:57 PM

    Hi
    Your article about the cost of living in Thailand and I am sure other places is NONSENSE!
    Due to the Bank Fiasco and 5% inflation one now gets 48 Baht to the UK pound....before 70 Baht!
    So in 6 years the cost here is 70% higher.
    It is very expensive...more than te UK!
    Get your facts updated!

  47. Allan Jul 9, 2010 10:01 PM

    All nonsense....Thai Baht rate to the pound is 48 ...was 70 !
    Inflation 5%.
    So in six years the rise is 70% if you use money from the UK ( or worse from the US )
    No doubt other places are the same.

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  49. Dog Jul 12, 2010 4:17 PM

    I managed to stay in Bali for 5 weeks, living in "decent" accomidation, I mean you only sleep there right? You don't sit in your 1 bed apartment/room reading books and watching tv... you go out! I ate out every night in resturants and drank plenty of booze and I done all this on:



    £300 (this was in 2005)

  50. Misanthrope Jul 12, 2010 10:58 PM

    You want to live in a place for under 500 USD a month? Live in the USA. The house across the street is about 1000 sq ft and last year 14 welfare people moved in. They get a $1000 a month voucher from HUD for the rent, they get $236 a month per person for food, have free medical care(medicaid), make extra money by stealing clothing and electronics selling door to door in the neighborhood. "Your wife looks like a size 2, I just happen to have this leather coat in a size 2".
    The two youngest girls were both pregnant when they moved in and have now pooped their babies out. The babies immediately went on SSI because there was a chance that their unknown Daddies might have worked and (God forbid) paid taxes at one time in their life. Every other word out of their mouths is, you's racist! The older man that lives there just pulls it out and urinates on the side of the garage when elementary school kids are walking by.

    GET THE PICTURE!

    You think England is bad?

  51. Norbert Jul 13, 2010 1:08 AM

    It would be tough to live on $ 500. a month in Costa Rica. CR actually is pretty expensive compared to other countries in Central America. Just got back from Nicaragua; there you can live on $ 500. a month.

  52. Belpoor Jul 15, 2010 8:37 PM

    I agree with Norbert. Costa Rica has been played out. Too costly and Panama is following CR....when a country gets fill of gringos...prices go up. Nicaragua is a bargain...so is Guatemala.

  53. macfly157 Jul 16, 2010 1:31 PM

    Callookan province near quezzon city next to parangay river kalamansiyan rd was the cheapest place in philippines that we spent me and my wife our honeymoon, but travelling everyday with trikes (bikes) only a few cents of dollar or euro.Thanks for everyone there for they hospitality our vacation last august 07-23 august.

  54. fred Jul 17, 2010 11:25 PM

    Thailand is a nice place to vist as a tourist, everyone is smiling at you and saying what ever you want to hear, and as long as you are pouring your money into, the organised crime ei. Taxis,(car and Bike), pubs, clubs, brothels, street markets, tour guides,tuorist industry in general, etc... all is fine.
    as soon as you want to veer from that and try to do something for your self eg... live there or heaven forbid, try to purchace some land and build a house... they will gladly tell you any lie under the sun to get your money....but when you start building and then try to start living there then the problems start.If you dont have a leagal lease agreement for the property you will loose the property and your money and no one will help you to get it back.
    Also if you have problem with a thai eg... motor vehicle accident or verbal disagreement of any kind, if the police are involved, and regardless if you are 100% in the right. The police will always side with the Thai and make you pay conpensation on the spot.
    If you want to live in Thailand you need to do a lot of home work.....dont belive the web sites and dont ever belive what a Thai tells you.

  55. Dan Jul 20, 2010 5:34 AM

    Well, why not i suggest you guys to visit Malaysia, It's a really nice place. Really, i have visited Sarawak which is located at the eastern part of Malaysia. well the place is great indeed. Food cost around 2 bucks per meal and it taste great. People are nice to talk to . I spend my night talking to the local people while enjoying my beers. There's a beaches as well. 2 hours ride from the city. where we had BBQ with the local, I'd enjoyed both of the the food , fresh air and we spent the midnight talking about almost everything. There are no communication barrier, Most of them can communicate in English.

  56. guest Jul 22, 2010 7:25 AM

    Just live in a yurt or teepee in the closest forrest, grow your own fruit, nuts, and vegetables, raise small livestock like chickens. Get your clothing given to you by salvatian army. Travel by bicycle, stay fit and healthy.
    Thats the cheap life.

    The costs of living you state in this review of destination is extreamly misleading.

  57. Tom Jul 25, 2010 2:31 AM

    Hey u are way oof the mark abt costs and visa reqs for Thialnd....last eight years here ...its not cheap

  58. monika Jul 25, 2010 10:53 AM

    it is very good for everyone want to work in thailand. i hope everyone to enjoy to work in thailand. bye bye

  59. Vinnie Jul 25, 2010 1:21 PM

    Just spent a week in Thai. and then a week in Cambodia, for those of you that want to live there, its great for you-move "NOW". For the rest, everything sucks, if you own a home it has to be in a security compound (house arrest) Medical, if you want anything above diy, you buy your doctor, food markets a step above road kill, I'll take road kill, at least its fresh. Don't let the civil wars or gangs bother you, once they take everything from you, they leave you alone.
    ENJOY YOUR MOVE, I WOULD HELP, BUT BUSY THAT WEEKEND......xx Vinnie

  60. Vinnie Jul 25, 2010 1:24 PM

    Just spent a week in Thai. and then a week in Cambodia, for those of you that want to live there, its great for you-move "NOW". For the rest, everything sucks, if you own a home it has to be in a security compound (house arrest) Medical, if you want anything above diy, you buy your doctor, food markets a step above road kill, I'll take road kill, at least its fresh. Don't let the civil wars or gangs bother you, once they take everything from you, they leave you alone.
    ENJOY YOUR MOVE, I WOULD HELP, BUT BUSY THAT WEEKEND......xx Vinnie

  61. shirley shaner Jul 25, 2010 2:32 PM

    i'm moving to ghana and can't wait building houses in these countries is a lot cheaper than renting i'm being forced to move since the stock market fell i'm to old to wait and i'm building for 37000 get 3 bdrms. 2&1/2 baths and swiming pool with guard fence of corse can't wait to get there no credit so everything is paid up front i will finally lean to live on budget

  62. shirley shaner Jul 25, 2010 2:33 PM

    i'm moving to ghana and can't wait building houses in these countries is a lot cheaper than renting i'm being forced to move since the stock market fell i'm to old to wait and i'm building for 37000 get 3 bdrms. 2&1/2 baths and swiming pool with guard fence of corse can't wait to get there no credit so everything is paid up front i will finally lean to live on budget

  63. conner Jul 26, 2010 12:02 AM

    Most of the places people are ranting about being too expensive have been ruined by Americans and Europeans who want to live cheap by exployting poor people. Then they get upset when prices go up and they're disappointed when things aren't as good as expected. If you want malls and material things just stay at home. Try being poor, and see if you wouldn't take advantage of tourists flashing their money around. Don't you think Coasta Ricans have lost the ability to afford housing in their own country because of outsiders.

  64. NovaScotian Jul 27, 2010 4:02 AM

    Baddeck in Cape Breton Island, apt rent is about $500. Food is reg. price unless you work at the resorts or restaurants, then it's cheap for good meals. Cape Breton is easily one of the nicest places in the world and it should be marketed better.

  65. robs Jul 30, 2010 4:40 AM

    go to kerala,in India.If you are from another country,they will treat to like Kings & Queens.But be careful when it gets dark.

  66. WAYNE Jul 31, 2010 4:48 AM

    Erm - seems no-one is capable of living without beer ?? I live in Prague as a teacher where I earn US$1200 a month. Many colleagues live on half that but they have to flat share with other teachers. Beer here is the best in the world and remarkably cheap. My biggest expenses are apartment - internet - metro/tram pass. If you enjoy free things you can do it. If you want to be raging all night every night, stay at home! I've been here three years and the sight of the city still excites me. And the super-models on every tram each morning are a bonus!

  67. guest Jul 31, 2010 9:44 PM

    I've lived in Costa Rica for over a year now and the cost of living has tripled since I first arrived. On average, the cost of living goes up about 30% a year for gringos. Many people are leaving.

  68. john Aug 1, 2010 11:00 PM

    I have been to all these places and can do $500 a month easy. Most people I know need all the usual fixes like booze, cigs, drugs etc. I don't have any of those problems just a surf and skin diving addiction. To make it even easier buy a boat and anchor for free and catch dinner. Anything is possible you just have to get off your spoiled, lazy western world, drug addicted asses and live life right.

  69. Mattyjy2k Aug 2, 2010 8:31 PM

    I would say Philippines all the way.
    Im from England and I have an apartment there in Davao that im going back to in a few weeks time.
    And I lived in the Philippines for more than 3 years.
    The prices listed are about right for Davao and its a beautiful place. Almost everybody speaks English and for $2 you can get a taxi almost anywhere, and rent a 2 bed apartment in a quite a nice area for about $130 a month. San mig beer is less then $1 a bottle out in the bars. You can stay for up to 2 years if you pay visa extensions of about $100 every couple of months and then you only have to leave the country for a day and then you can come back and start again with the visas.
    Of course if you were to send $1000 you could have more luxury but you can still live a really wonderful life there for under $500.
    I have done it so know that its true.

  70. senseoflife Aug 3, 2010 7:00 PM

    Hi there!
    I'ts so easy to spend these money anywhere in this world, my question is where i can earn 500euro?
    I have 2 job's and i still can't reach 500.

  71. stuckiinrussia Aug 4, 2010 8:32 AM

    "Colombia also has lots of places where you can live with less than $500USD. Colombia is pretty much better than Costa Rica."

    are you frickin kidding me? my mom's from there and she won't even let me go. that's one of the most dangerous places to live; drug wars, sex slave trade

    i mean come on...

  72. collete Aug 4, 2010 11:14 PM

    why india is not included? because the people got bad odors?

  73. dude Aug 5, 2010 5:29 PM

    Lived in Costa Rica for a year and bought property and sold it...
    This article is totally inaccurate.

  74. Deano Aug 7, 2010 1:56 PM

    I live thar in Philippines, but I spend close to $700 most of time per month, 3 bedroom house $250, food $300, taxii $50, misc $100, rat poison and traps $25, mosquita spray $5, cock roach spray $5, cable and tele $20, internet $5, water $3, electric $50, occasional nite out $100, I live very cheaply here.......thanks

  75. guest Aug 7, 2010 3:43 PM

    After years of running drugs between Belize and NY state, my friend retired, and lives in both. His Belize experience is not all that nice, since he's afraid to spend much time outside in Belize after getting mugged. How irronic for a guy who at one time was a large criminal himself.

  76. briancowan Aug 9, 2010 10:21 PM

    IM LIVING IN THAILAND THE WRITER WAS CORRECT. $500 a month easily. THESE CRITICS MAY LIVE HERE, BUT HAVENT LOOKED. $150MONTHFOR A BATCHELOR SUITE.WESTERN TOILET, CLEAN, STREET FOOD, RICE CHICK, OR PIG, 75C. COOK ROOM, BUY POT, FRY PAN,COUTER TOP GAS RING,ELEC. KETTLE, COST$35. BAMBOO TABLE TO PUT EVERYTHING ON $6. BEER SHOP$160 FOR A DOUBLE-BIG ONE-GO TO BEACH RENT CHAIR UMBRELLA$1.50.-- ENJOY--. PATTAYA AND MOST OTHER PLACES. VISIT SMALL TOWNS NOT SPEAK THAI HAVE FUN MAKING YOURSELF UNDERSTOOD SOME ONE NEARBY SPEAK ENGLISH, AND THEY LOVE YOU AND YOUR MONEY. YOU ARE THE KING. MOST TOWNS VERY SAFE AND USUALLY HAVE HOSPITAL NOT TOO FAR AWAY, UNLESS YOU NEED BYPASS SURGERY THEIR OK. I BUY A CASE OF BEER EQUIVILANT TO 24 FOR $11.ARCHER BEER, JUST SAVED YOU A FORTUNE. I BUILT A HOUSE 2 BED BUNGALOW WESTERN STYLE FOR $12,000 MANY FOLK BUY BEER SHOP, SIT ON PICNIC TABLE OUTSIDE, USE IT LIKE A BAR AT SHOP PRICES. MANY TOWNS HAVE HOTELS WITH GOOD ROOMS FOR $11 TO 15. I KEEP A FAMILY OF 5 INCLUDING MY BEER EASILY FOR$800. DONT TELL ME THIS IS BULLS--T. YOU HAVE TO LOOK. NOT BELIEVE EMAIL ME AT THAIBIGMAX$HOTMAIL.COM TAKE CARE BRIAN.

  77. The Educator Aug 11, 2010 3:25 AM

    "I speak both languages and will tell you that they charge the Franges double."

    You speak Thai so fluently that you can't even spell "Farang" properly...idiot!!!

  78. JKA Aug 11, 2010 11:33 AM

    i have been to these places, and find you to be trying to drive people away from the places really cheap to live. for example... i live in mexico, on the carribean coast. with my wife and daughter, i have a 3 bedroom house with a/c, hot water, telephone, internet, cable, and corner stores out the but (unlike the places mentioned) i pay 160 for rent a month and live on 600 (but we are three people) i lived for 200 a month in a house that was out of the way inland, but things are more expensive the closer to water... unless you go to rio lagartos, my brother rents a nice house for 70 usd a month and there you can do with 200 more and be just fine.. and if you like seafood you can live real good for 200 lobster and shrimp good... not to mention gruper. and weeds only 10 buck an once.. un mexican weed aint that bad ignorants chumps
    peace

  79. thomas Aug 13, 2010 4:13 AM

    i have lived in thialand for over 10 years and believe me when i tell you it is no longer (CHEAP)petrol as gone from 12 baht a litre to 38 baht pork chicken and vegetables and fruit have all more than doubled,rice is three times more than 2 years ago,a small beer 2 pounds,coca cola 1 pound,the north is still cheaper than the south,but the south is more expensive than europe,i paid 6 pounds for a burgher in huo hin and 3 pounds for a coke,so dont come to thialand thinking its still a cheap country,its not anymore.

  80. Norris Aug 13, 2010 4:53 PM

    Lets be serious, if you want to live anywhere on $500 you must be living in la la land, and first off why would anyone who is from the USA or Canada want to live like that? To be realistic I would budget $1000 minimum per month or sightly more. This way you have plenty of room to spend and work out a decent budget. I am sure over the course of 6 months you will surely shave that amount down, but if you go thinking you can live out the remaining days of your life on $500 thats not realistic at all.
    Second point why would any foreigner want to live on such a tight budget anyways?

  81. Rupole Aug 13, 2010 8:17 PM

    I can't believe that Thailand is still being touted / considered as a retirement destination, given (a) the political instability (b) the byzantine and ever-changing immigration rules (c) the xenophobic attitudes of the locals , and (d) the cost of living if you wish to keep any aspects of your First-World lifestyle and not live like a lower-class Thai.



    And to the poster who proclaimed that Thailand is 'safe', I say nonsense. The country has the third highest death-by-firearm rate in the world, and according to recent figures from the UK Foreign Office for more deaths of UK citizens abroad than any other country - and 10% of all murders. A staggering statistic when you consider that Thailand only accounts for 0.6% of outward tourism from the UK. I believe the statistics are very similar for Australians and Americans.

  82. el perro Aug 14, 2010 5:11 AM

    I have not been in the cheapest places of Thailand since 2005, but at the time I lived few months for a 1 dollar day at Lanta Island. Basic bungalow was 20 cents, water 10 cents, rice with meat 0,20 cents.

    Very basic life and did this only because at the time I was on very tight budget.

    So this was 30 dollar a month living 15 years ago! Even if the prices are 10 times more you may live there much less than 500 dollars a month.

  83. GuruTravel Aug 14, 2010 12:04 PM

    I live in Indonesia, and it is easy to live for less than 500 a month, even in Jakarta. If you want to live like you live in the US, SE Asia is expensive, for me, I spend less 250 USD a month here, all in.

    1) House 70 USD
    2) Food 3 USD a day about 90 USD a month
    3) Household items, including utilities 30 bucks.
    4) Transport 10 dollars (gas for motorcycle)
    5) Internet, 15 dollars
    6) Cell, 5 bucks a month
    7) Maid, 30 dollars a month

    Do I spend MORE, sure. Do I HAVE TO spend MORE? No way... and I live in a gated community here, so out in the kampungs you can get by with HALF this.

    People who complain that 500 USD is not enough to live on in SE Asia, 1) Don't know the local language, and are getting ripped off and laughed at, 2) Are living a Western lifestyle, or 3) Full of it.

  84. David Aug 14, 2010 1:30 PM

    GuruTravel-

    I don't believe 70usd a month for rent is available in Jakarta or most major SE Asian cities...my research tells me its more like 300 a month and up for an apartment.

    The other parts of Indonesia are much cheaper... correct.


    Please, please point me in the right direction of where you pay 70usd a month.

    Thanks,

    David

  85. Chan Aug 15, 2010 7:26 PM

    1200 USD a month to live well in the provinces of the Philippines. 500? Not possible unless you want to live in the squatters area.

  86. Chan Aug 15, 2010 7:29 PM

    If you are a westerner, you will pay more, period. It does not matter HOW you live...you will be charged more, unless you marry a filipina and have her buy everything. Like I said...1200 a month there is plenty, even being charged more.

  87. olivia Aug 16, 2010 4:33 AM

    cool and quite place.

  88. olivia Aug 16, 2010 4:37 AM

    cool and quite place.

    *******************

    olivia

  89. amicus Aug 18, 2010 9:33 PM

    can an ole' guy jump in here? have read many of the posts on this site, and must conclude that many of you must be uneducated, dope-smoking, "burnouts," or, "misfits." the lack of civility in this country is precisely one of the reasons so many well educated young and old people alike, want to leave. (don't get me started on the political situation here.) many or most, love this country but hate the corruption in government.

    if one at any age had any ambition or drive, the subject of living on $500 a month would not be an issue.

    strongly suspect that many of the people who posted comments here (cept maybe our foreign friends), are liars and tail twisters, who just looking to get a, "rise," out of someone. many of the folks can't spell, or even use the english language correctly.

    some can't even speak or write in complete sentences; or, express themselves without trying to be, "cute," or using foul language.

    not a world traveler by any means, but it is a FACT that it would be difficult to live on $500 a month in: mexico, costa rica, or the carribean. been there, tried that!

    here's a novel idea: why not get a job and/or a good education so that when you do retire, just trying to, "get by," won't be an issue.

    if you travel abroad and are as rude and uncouth as some of you seem to be with your posts here, is it any wonder that some foreigners don't care much for westerners?

    we'd all better mend our ways, because, the, 'big dog is going down," and we all may need to find a decent place to escape, to live, and survive. capitalism doesn't work without morality. the events of the past three years has demonstrated that.

    The indians, chinese, and even mexicans (when they are trained properly), are some of the brightest and most resourceful people that i have every encountered.

    on the other hand, our, "white trash," elements are among the low-life's of the western world.
    they are immoral, lazy, and preditory. beer, dope, sex, and scamming someone - - anyone, is all that seems to motivate them.

    for those of you that fit this profile, my advice is to, "stay home," and don't take your values, morals, and, "sickness," abroad. you can stay in the states and live on $500 a month - - as some here have testified. please! and in a language that some of you only understand: don't take your," shit," abroad, and keep your, "punk ass," at home - - even if you must camp out under the bridge.

    if you can't make it here, what makes you think you can live and make it abroad? get a grip on reality!

  90. Guest Aug 18, 2010 10:38 PM

    Excellent post! I would definetely change some of the numbers/places though. For example, Costa Rica was nice ten years ago. Nicaragua is the new Costa Rica, nice beaches, super cheap. But very informative overall thanks!

  91. benoit Aug 22, 2010 8:00 AM

    i am french i love philippines...that's all

  92. Alan Aug 23, 2010 6:09 AM

    I lived in Chang Rai off & on for 3 years. I found a brand new, furnished bdrm. apt. for $35 dollars a month, & after a few months, I located a beautiful 2 bdrm., 2 full baths, kitchen, family room with a full bar, and a large tiled & covered patio, deck, and carport. The monthly rent was $150 bucks. Lunch was $1 dollar at an all you can eat hotel, & dinner usually cost a buck and a half for fresh fried chicken & fruits. fully furnished home in the country just 10 mins. to the down town area. It sat on 10 Rai with great views.

  93. Chethanguthal Aug 23, 2010 8:11 AM

    u can stay with 50$, dont always think abt US r UK, think of other countries too.

  94. Thailand Guru Aug 24, 2010 5:46 AM

    Well let me set the record straight - im in Thailand now and have lived here for 6 years. YOU CAN live for 500 bucks a month sure - Infact i probably do.
    But if its beer and women and travel every weekend. Nope you cannot....

    Heres my maths - and i live middle class
    rent 3 bedroom house per month 350 USD

    Food and Bills per months 150 USD

    Ah... what about beer women beer women and island hopping? I dont do any of these things cos i live here and its boring to me now...

    There is your facts... now get your suitcase packed and leave the rat race behind...
    Peace!

  95. Faruque Aug 25, 2010 12:05 AM

    Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh, with the longest stretch of sandy beach in the world, is also another destination to live, very affordable.

  96. Faruque Aug 25, 2010 12:18 AM

    Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh, with the longest sandy beach in the world, is also a great and enexpensive place to live. great food, tropical weather, water sports.

  97. Guest Aug 25, 2010 8:21 AM

    Bali cheap? Easily the most expensive place in all South East Asia. Not really a travellers destination, maybe for a weeks rest between Java and Lombok.

    Anyone whos thinking about travelling, ignore this air conditioned idiot. Ignore the guide books, eat the local food and (gasp!) wash your teeth using the local water supply.

  98. Jordan Aug 25, 2010 8:37 AM

    Amicus "The indians, chinese, and even mexicans (when they are trained properly), are some of the brightest and most resourceful people that i have every encountered."

    Wow, you ignorant f**k! many of your paragraphs were annoying but this is easily the most!

    Cant you understand that for some people its about quality of life? I, and alot of other people, would rather struggle by on $500 a month in paradise than do something I'd hate, saving up all my life for that f-ing condo in Florida.

    You came in here looking to be the voice of reason and expereince, yet youve easily produced one of the dumbest, most ignorant and outright offensive posts.

  99. matia Aug 25, 2010 9:24 AM

    it really depends how are you used to live where you already are
    i just spent a year in norway with less than 500$ a month but could afford restorants and cinema
    and then there are people who think that would be few even in india
    ok, i dont smoke tobbacco and never sit for a beer
    darjeeling india is nice
    three years ago i was renting a perfect room for 80$ a month but it didnt have kitchen, so i had to rent only kitchen a couple of minutes walk for another 20$ with gas included
    there are millions ways to cut the expenses without losing much conformities, people live in cars, boats, people stay in sheratons etc
    it really depends, i kept moving from country to country my whole childhood and still but primarily using english and ive never been to country in which you cant find a rent for 100$, good rent for 200$ and very fancy thing for 300$, if youre a bit more crazy and less naive than a regular american backpacker
    prices for thailand that people find normal are crazily expensive
    30$ for chang mai is a good deal if you get kitchen, a really good deal, not more
    now is the author able i dont know?
    but its sure posible
    thailand is one of the most expensive places in asia but still much cheaper than poland
    and in warszava you can rent a perfect apartment for 100$ if you know how, or you can find the same good one for 400$

  100. matia Aug 25, 2010 9:28 AM

    it really depends how are you used to live where you already are
    i just spent a year in norway with less than 500$ a month but could afford restorants and cinema
    and then there are people who think that would be few even in india
    ok, i dont smoke tobbacco and never sit for a beer
    darjeeling india is nice
    three years ago i was renting a perfect room for 80$ a month but it didnt have kitchen, so i had to rent only kitchen a couple of minutes walk for another 20$ with gas included
    there are millions ways to cut the expenses without losing much conformities, people live in cars, boats, people stay in sheratons etc
    it really depends, i kept moving from country to country my whole childhood and still but primarily using english and ive never been to country in which you cant find a rent for 100$, good rent for 200$ and very fancy thing for 300$, if youre a bit more crazy and less naive than a regular american backpacker
    prices for thailand that people find normal are crazily expensive
    30$ for chang mai is a good deal if you get kitchen, a really good deal, not more
    now is the author able i dont know?
    but its sure posible
    thailand is one of the most expensive places in asia but still much cheaper than poland
    and in warszava you can rent a perfect apartment for 100$ if you know how, or you can find the same good one for 400$

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