|Monthly Budget for Training Muay Thai and MMA|
Strict Budget - Cheapest Possible per month
Monthly Training - Muay Thai and MMA - 9,000 baht ($300US)
Accommodation: Fan Room with Shared Bathroom - 5,500 baht ($185US)
Breakfast - Eggs, Omelette or Oatmeal with Fruit - 40baht per meal x 30 = 1,200 baht ($40US)
Lunch - Thai Food - Chicken Basil with Rice, Fried Rice Chicken, Mixed Veggies with Chicken and Rice 50 baht x 30 = 1,500 baht ($50US)
Dinner - Chicken, Broccoli and Brown Rice - 100 baht per meal x 30 = 3,000 baht ($100US)
Drinks - Only Water which you refill yourself from 10 liter jugs - 80 baht ($2.65US)
Entertainment - Visit temples, the big buddah, relax on the beaches, go hiking, sneak into a resorts pool, play board games, watch TV and DVDs, internet - all free.
Total Cost for Month for Training on a Strict Budget - 20,280 baht - $676US Dollars
*You can save $133 a month by paying for 20 classes per month instead of unlimited, which will be good for 1 class a day, 5 days week and training on your own on your off time. New total: $543 a month.
Photo of my basic fan room at Phuket Top Team
So yes, it is possible to live super cheap out here in Thailand which is what I've been doing for the past three years now on and off. After reading the book by Tim Ferris, "The 4-Hour Workweek" I decided that for the cost of one month's rent alone back in Los Angeles, I could live, train and eat out here, I made the move.
However, here are common add ons that will eat into your budget: Some of them are necessary to live and others are out of convenience and comfort.
Pharmacy - Ibuprofen, Muscle Relaxers, Pain Killers, Anti Biotic Cream, Tiger Balm, and Re-hydration Powders (powdered Gatorade) 570 baht a month on average. $19US
Motorbike Rental - If you want to get around the island you'll most likely rent a scooter. Learn to ride a semi-automatic (manual) and save yourself tons of money, it only takes a few days to get used to. 2,000 baht a month for a manual, 3,500 for an automatic. $67-$117US a month. (Prices are current as of June 6th 2011 but are a bit higher if you rent through some gyms)
Tips on motorbikes: What Thai's call Manual bikes are actually semi-automatic since there is no clutch. If you are staying for three months or more, it is much cheaper to buy a 2nd hand motorbike because you can sell it when you leave for roughly the same as you paid for it. Buy a Honda Wave, Honda Dream, or a Suzuki Swift for easy repairs and resale for about 10,000baht $334US and sell it for 8,000-10,000baht when you leave.
Typical Honda Wave Motorbike Semi-Automatic (scooter)
Massages - If you are in Thailand and you are pushing your boxing in Muay Thai and MMA, you really should treat yourself at least once a week to a Thai Massage. Prices range from 150 baht an hour if you go to local places, and up to 300 baht an hour at Phuket Spa, where you get to use their steam room, jacuzzi, and swimming pool for free. $5US - $10US per hour.
Movie Theater/Cinema - The theaters in Thailand are very nice, play new western movies in english (with thai subs) and are much cheaper than back home. On Wednesdays it's even cheaper at only 80 baht, normal price is 140 baht. $2.65-$4.65
Actual Comfortable Budget per month including Training, Accommodation, Food, and Extras - 24,110 baht per month including weekly massages, movies, and a motorbike. $804 US Dollars.
|Patong's Bangla Road - The Las Vegas of Thailand|
Taxi - 100 baht there, and 500 baht return, as going there you'll be in a big group but coming back you'll usually be solo or with one other person. $20US
Motorbike Accident - If you think you'll save money driving there, you have a big chance of getting into an accident, even if you only have one or two drinks. 20,000 baht or more. $666US.
Alcohol - Drinks are much cheaper in Thailand than back home. But if you compare it to food it's actually really expensive and it's terrible for your training. 60baht per drink $2US.
Strippers, Bar Girls, Whores - If you're a single guy, drinking in Patong, after spending all week with a bunch of dudes in a house training, you spending 2,000 baht won't seem like such a bad idea. $67US.
Actual Monthly Cost if you go to Patong once a week - 35,710baht (1,191US Dollars)
So even with going crazy every weekend, it's still relatively cheap to eat, sleep, train, and have fun in Thailand. But if you're serious about training and getting in shape, I'd suggest you make a pact to yourself to not go to Patong until the last week before you leave, which is what I'm going to try to do.
Update: I made a pact to myself not to drink while training. You lose an entire week's worth of gains every time you spend a night drinking, when I'm here to train, I'm here to train.
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