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Thailand loses its ‘cheap living’ reputation – Numbeo

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Many of Thailand’s most popular tourist and retiree destinations are becoming the most expensive places in Southeast Asia to settle down, being beaten by Malaysian and Indonesia counterparts.

The cost of living survey was conducted by comparison site Numbeo.

Comparing the region’s top 18 destinations, Numbeo lists Bangkok as the second most expensive city after Singapore.

But Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai aren’t far behind in fourth, fifth and sixth place ahead of Malaysian island Penang in eighth place and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, in ninth place. Third placed Phnom Penh was another surprise coming in with a higher cost of living than the three popular Thai destinations.

The cheapest cities in the cost of living index were Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (14th), Surabaya, Indonesia (15th), Cebu, Philippines (16th), Bandung, Indonesia (17th) and Davao, Philippines (18th).

The survey challenges Thailand’s ambitions to attract more  foreign retirees as even Chiang Mai, a popular choice for long-stay retirees, turns out to be considerably more expensive than cities in Malaysia where  rules for visa and land ownership are much more liberal.

1. Singapore

Four-person family monthly costs: 85,801.01 baht (3,701.04S$) without rent.
A single person monthly costs: 23,955.75 baht (1,033.33S$) without rent.
Cost of living index in Singapore is 58.08% higher than in Chiang Mai.
Cost of living rank 113th out of 438 cities in the world.
Singapore has a cost of living index of 69.38.

2. Bangkok

Four-person family monthly costs: 75,851.11 baht without rent.
A single person monthly costs: 21,017.40 baht without rent.
Cost of living index in Bangkok is 28.97% higher than in Chiang Mai.
Cost of living rank 212th out of 438 cities in the world.
Bangkok has a cost of living index of 56.60.

3. Phnom Penh

Four-person family monthly costs: 62,678.04 baht (1,992.94$) without rent.
A single person monthly costs: 17,607.87 baht (559.87$) without rent.
Cost of living index in Phnom Penh is 7.22% higher than in Chiang Mai.
Cost of living rank 258th out of 438 cities in the world.
Phnom Penh has a cost of living index of 47.06.

4. Pattaya

Four-person family monthly costs: 60,832.93 baht without rent.
A single person monthly costs: 17,124.97 baht without rent.
Cost of living index in Pattaya is 7.45% higher than in Chiang Mai.
Cost of living rank 257th out of 438 cities in the world.
Pattaya has a cost of living index of 47.16.

5. Phuket

Four-person family monthly costs: 59,252.24 baht without rent.
A single person monthly costs: 16,825.81 baht without rent.
Cost of living index in Phuket is 3.47% higher than in Chiang Mai.
Cost of living rank 271st out of 438 cities in the world.
Phuket has a cost of living index of 45.41.

6. Chiang Mai

Four-person family monthly costs: 58,357.60 baht without rent.
A single person monthly costs: 16,248.11 baht without rent.
Cost of living index in Chiang Mai is 22.46% lower than in Bangkok.
Cost of living rank 281st out of 438 cities in the world.
Chiang Mai has a cost of living index of 43.89.

7. Jakarta

Four-person family monthly costs: 58,254.79 baht (25,847,621.44Rp) without rent).
A single person monthly costs: 16,952.60 baht (7,521,858.76Rp) without rent.
Cost of living index in Jakarta is 1.61% lower than in Chiang Mai.
Cost of living rank 285th out of 438 cities in the world.
Jakarta has a cost of living index of 43.18.

8. Penang

Four-person family monthly costs: 55,021.51 baht (7,118.70RM) without rent.
A single person monthly costs: 15,234.92 baht (1,971.10RM) without rent.
Cost of living index in Penang is 2.32% lower than in Chiang Mai.
Cost of living rank 286th out of 438 cities in the world.
Penang has a cost of living index of 42.87.

9. Kuala Lumpur

Four-person family monthly costs: 55,600.29 baht (7,193.59RM) without rent.
A single person monthly costs: 15,596.31 baht (2,017.86RM) without rent.
Cost of living index in Kuala Lumpur is 3.89% lower than in Chiang Mai.
Cost of living rank 291st out of 438 cities in the world.
Kuala Lumpur has a cost of living index of 42.18.

10. Bali

Four-person family monthly costs: 55,857.68 baht (24,784,024.62Rp) without rent.
A single person monthly costs: 15,789.08 baht (7,005,608.83Rp) without rent.
Cost of living index in Bali is 4.50% lower than in Chiang Mai.
Cost of living rank 292th out of 438 cities in the world.
Bali has a cost of living index of 41.92.

Numbeo compares cost of living across all regions by studying factors such as transport, clothes and shoes, sports and leisure activities, markets, food, utilities, rents, and restaurants.Methodology

Cost of Living Index (Excl. Rent) is a relative indicator of consumer goods prices, including groceries, restaurants, transportation and utilities. Cost of Living Index doesn’t include accommodation expenses such as rent or mortgage. If a city has a Cost of Living Index of 120, it means Numbeo estimates it is 20% more expensive than New York (excluding rent).

Rent Index is an estimation of prices of renting apartments in the city compared to New York City. If Rent index is 80, Numbeo estimates that price of rents in that city is on an average 20% less than the price in New York.

Groceries Index is an estimation of grocery prices in the city compared to New York City. To calculate this section, Numbeo uses weights of items in the “Markets” section for each city.

Restaurants Index is a comparison of prices of meals and drinks in restaurants and bars compared to NYC.

Cost of Living Plus Rent Index is an estimation of consumer goods prices including rent comparing to New York City.



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The Islamist suicide bombings that killed 321 people, and injured many others in Sri Lanka at the weekend, are believed to have been carried out in revenge for last month’s attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Fifty people were shot dead on March 15 at two mosques in the South Island, New Zealand city by an avowed white nationalist.

This revelation from the state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene as he spoke to parliament yesterday.

The death toll from the Sunday bomb attacks on churches and up-scale hotels, mostly around the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, is now at 321 with hundreds more wounded and still in hospital.

Wijewardene says the group behind the Sri Lanka bombings was the little-known National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), an extremist Islamist group previously blamed for defacing Buddhist statues.

Police have detained at least 40 people as they investigate the worst act of violence in the country since a civil war ended in Sri Lanka a decade ago.

More than a thousand people gathered yesterday at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of the capital, which was among those hit in the blasts, to pay tribute to the dead.

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A wave of explosions rocked Sri Lanka up-scale hotels and churches on Easter Sunday around the capital Colombo. This is what we know…

• At least 215 people have been confirmed dead with up to 450 more injured in a series of bombings targeting churches holding Easter services and hotels in Sri Lanka. The toll is likely to rise during today or at least become more precise as officials tally information from emergency responders.

• Most of the dead are said to be Sri Lankans, but officials say up to 40 foreigners have lost their lives.

• Three UK nationals and two US-UK dual nationals were among the dead. One Dutch, one Chinese, one Portuguese and two Turkish nationals have been killed, their respective foreign ministries have confirmed.

• There were six initial blasts, at three hotels and three churches, before two more explosions some time later, at a guest house and housing scheme, with two people reported to have been killed at the former. A government minister says the last two blasts appeared to have been carried out by the culprits as they fled from police.

• No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Sri Lanka’s defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene claims the culprits have been identified and were religious extremists. He said suicide bombers were responsible for the majority of the morning’s bombings and that the wave of attacks was the work of a single group.

• Eight people are reported to have been arrested so far.

• The Sri Lankan government has issued a curfew and shut down social media and messaging services to prevent the spread of disinformation.

• Sri Lanka’s PM, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has condemned the “cowardly” attacks and urged people to remain “united and strong”.

• The archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called it “a very sad day” and is urging the government to identify the attackers and “punish them mercilessly because only animals can behave like that”.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ new 88-passenger Mitsubishi Regional Jet is testing the skies just as rivals Embraer and Bombardier are moving to sell off their manufacturing operations for jets with up to 160 seats to Boeing and Airbus.

At stake, particularly in the market for jets with fewer seats, is US$135 billion in sales in the two decades through 2037, according to industry group Japan Aircraft Development.

More cities in Asia and Europe are seeking to link up with each other and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first airliner built in Japan since the 1960s, began certification flights last month in Moses Lake, Washington.

With fewer seats and smaller fuselages, regional jets are a different class of aircraft from larger narrow-body planes such as Boeing’s 737 or Airbus’s A320. The MRJ has a range of about 3,220 kilometres. The seating is 2+2 instead of 3+3 in a small Airbus or Boeing single-aisle jet.

After spending at least US$2 billion over more than a decade, the manufacturer is looking to get its jet certified and start deliveries to launch partner ANA Holdings.

Mitsubishi initially planned test flights in 2012 but blew past that deadline because of production difficulties. Now, the company, which makes ships, nuclear power plants and aerospace components, expects to have the plane ready for customers next year, a timetable that will test the company, said Mitsubishi Aircraft president Hisakazu Mizutani.

Mitsubishi Heavy is not the only Asian manufacturer betting that it can build aircraft cheaper and more efficiently. Commercial Aircraft of China (Comac) has a new regional jet in service, while Korea Aerospace Industries is studying whether to develop a 100-passenger aircraft.

“The aviation market in Asia is expected to grow further in the coming years and there will be demand for these aircraft,” said analyst Lee Dong-heon at Daishin Securities in Seoul.

“The shift in the regional aviation segment we have seen over the last year or so has opened opportunities.”

“The MRJ is fully capable of competing in the market.”

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