What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

Household help is quite affordable and many expats have full time mae baans (household helpers: literal translation is house mother) to clean their homes, cook food, or watch their children. The going rate is around 120 baht an hour (approximately $4), although that doesn't include 13th month bonus, etc. It can be a bit more challenging to find a mae baan who speaks good English. There is a great service called Bliss run by an American woman. She will match a mae baan to your needs whether its once a week house cleaning or everyday service and will take care of all the translation. - Mar 2019

Domestic help is widely available. Salaries among expatriates range from US$150 to US$300 per month. Thais pay their staff less and work them more. - May 2007

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