How high can we go?


Dear Hillary,

No problems at this end, just an observation.  The cost of living in Thailand has been going up alarmingly.  Compared to when I was in Thailand 12 months ago, it seems as if everything has gone up at least 50 percent, and some items even more.  Little roadside stalls that used to sell a decent plate of food for 20-25 baht are now charging 35-40 baht for the same dish.  Even the items in the local fresh market are becoming expensive.  How do you see this going when the AEC comes into being in 2015?


Dear Kevin,

I do agree with you, Kevin, but there’s nothing you and I can do about it.  Every country seems to be going in the same direction.  Rents are up, cost of houses is up, gasoline and diesel is up, bus fares are up.  As far as the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) is concerned, will it really happen.  I don’t know, my Petal, I really don’t know, but I am the wrong one to ask.  Speak to someone in the Chambers of Commerce.  In the meantime keep reading the Dining Out column and get information on cheap eats!

  • Jerry S

    Pretty basic math will tell you the percentages of things going up. For example, a small bag of rice went up 16% percent in one day. I blame it on the minimum daily wage increase. What the heh’, I will get a 1% increase in my pension January.

  • Rand

    Hi Hillary,
    I hear of many farangs that claim they have been cheated and lied to by Thai girls. I have been married for 7 years to an ex bar girl. She was 26 and I was 63 when we were married. We live in the U.S.. She just passed her citizenship test. I speak pretty good thai and now she speaks excellent english.

    We have had a happy life and do many things together. We plan on moving to Thailand in a few years. I have visited Thailand about 25 times since 2004.

    I thought it would be nice for farangs who are looking for a wife to hear a positive story. They must remember that men fall in love very easily and rapidly, whereas Thai girls take some time to experience the same emotion.