The Cost Of Laundry In Chiang Mai

The Cost Of Laundry In Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is hot. And – not to put too fine a point on it – that means you’re likely to change clothes a lot…and will need to launder them!

There are a LOT of options with a variety of cost implications though, so whatever living situation you find yourself in you’re never far away from a laundry solution.

Laundry At Home

The Cost Of Laundry In Chiang Mai

Having a washing machine in your home is less common in Thailand than in most western countries, so the cost to keep on top of your laundry will depend on the type of accommodation you move into. Many modern condos, houses, and even Thai-style homes will include, or have the facility to install, a washing machine. Don’t be surprised to see a machine on a condo balcony or in a home’s outdoor area.

Purchasing a washing machine will likely set you back a similar amount as most western countries. Stores such as Powerbuy and SiamTV have stores around the city and you’ll find washing machines for sale from around 14000 baht.

Laundry detergent can be purchased from any 7Eleven, local convenience store, or from one of the many discount stores, as well as bigger supermarkets at prices similar to most countries. The bigger superstores and discount shops will often sell bulk bags up to 10kg which will obviously pay off in the long run, from around 300 baht.

More convenient 500ml pouches will set you back from 30 baht, and single serve from 5 baht.

If you don’t, or can’t, have laundry facilities in your new home in Chiang Mai, then there are plenty of alternative solutions. Some condo buildings in Chiang Mai have a laundry room, or even an in-house laundry service. The former will require you to only pay for detergent, and in-house services will usually be charged per kilogram of laundry, starting from 30 baht per kilo.

Laundry Services In Chiang Mai

The Cost Of Laundry In Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has no shortage of laundry services that charge per kilo, especially in the popular tourist or expat areas. A variety of hot/cold wash and ironing options are usually available – and often a same-day service – starting at 40 baht per kilo.

Look for the Laundry 40/50/60 baht signs, commonly spotted outside the many hostels or smaller hotels around the city.

Self-Service Washing In Chiang Mai

The Cost Of Laundry In Chiang Mai

If you’re happy to sit with a book or tuck into some street food {link to eating/food costs page?} while your garments are being laundered, then you’ll be pleased to know that self-service washing is alive and kicking in Chiang Mai.

These can range from a row of streetside machines in local neighborhoods, to chains of services such as Otteri or Clean Pro that can offer tables, chairs, and even coffee facilities while you wait. It is not unusual in these to find families, backpackers, or expats having their evening meal, morning coffee, or tapping away on a laptop while their laundry is spinning. It can be quite the communal atmosphere!

Machines come in all sizes and are usually charged depending on their size. The cost ranges from 10 to 60 baht per wash.

The more modern coin-operated laundry facilities will have vending machines for laundry detergent or powder, but there will almost always be a convenience store within a few hundred yards.

They will also often have tumble dryers, with prices starting at 10 baht for a 10-minute cycle. Of course, outside of the heights of rainy season clothing will quickly dry outside thanks to the warm climate you have probably chosen Chiang Mai for!

Like Grandma Used To Do It…

Alternatively, if you’ve been brought up with a washboard and a bar of soap in hand, then water supply to your home is inexpensive. All you’ll need is a good-sized sink, somewhere to hang wet clothes…and a strong pair of hands!

The cost of laundry, albeit not a deal-breaker, is an often-forgotten consideration. To find out more about some of the more influential costs of living in Chiang Mai, check out:

Utility Costs In Chiang Mai

Banking Costs In Chiang Mai

Alcohol And Tobacco Costs In Chiang Mai

Transportation Costs In Chiang Mai

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