What's the cost of meals drinks etc in Thailand,planning Bangkok and phuket.
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The cost of food and drinks depends a lot on what and where you eat. At a market or a cheap food court a single Thai dish can cost as little as 30 baht and in the hot climate it can be a quite sufficient meal all by itself. You will pay a premium for eating non-Thai food (Western, Japanese, Indian, etc.). You will also pay more if you eat in air-conditioned premises in general and a posh shopping mall in particular - they must cover the cost of electricity and higher rents somehow. A dish in a normal sit-down restaurant will cost 100-200 baht. Today had a smallish tenderloin steak with a very small pile of raisin rice and salad for 188 baht. In a fancy Bangkok rooftop restaurant a dinner will cost you 4000 baht or more.
A cup of coffee made from freshly ground beans can cost 25 baht at a street stall and 90 baht in a high-end shopping mall. A tourist restaurant often will charge for a 33cl bottle of beer as much as a restaurant serving mostly Thais will charge for a 66cl bottle. A disco or a-go-go bar may charge more than twice as much for the same bottle of beer.
The alcohol taxes were increased in September and it is not yet clear how much this will change the prices in retail and in bars. Imported brands are quite a bit more expensive than domestic ones. Compared to Europe wine is relatively much more expensive than beer and liquor. A 33cl bottle or can of local beer will cost about 30 baht in a shop. Bars won't go below that but I have enjoyed palatable draft beer at 55 baht per glass.Edited: 03 October 2013, 16:55
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