Ah yes, the joy of apartment hunting! If you are reading this article then chances are good you are looking for an apartment or condo in Bangkok to rent. Perhaps you are already in Bangkok living in a hotel or serviced apartment.
Fortunately, finding a suitable place to live in Bangkok is much cheaper and much easier than in most cities in the world. That’s actually one of the great perks of living in Thailand – the cheap costs of accomodation.
I have broken this article series into several topics such as location, apartment type, websites etc, so you can just skip to the topic you like or read everything. Happy hunting!
Location, location, location
The first thing you want to consider when looking for an apartment in Bangkok is location. This is true everywhere, but in Bangkok it gets even more important.
Bangkok is a chaotic city traffic wise. Though people often excaggerate how bad it is, you really don’t want to live far away from were you are going to work, study or hang out. By far, the most important thing in my opinion is to live close to either the Skytrain system (BTS) or the metro (MRT). These two modern systems are great for getting around in Bangkok and they cover most of the city. Some exceptions are if you need to live in Banglamphu or Ramkhamhaeng areas where there is no connection.
So, the first step is narrow your search down to a specific area. If you are going to work in Sukhumvit Asok for example, look for an apartment that is either close to the area itself or not more than 5 Skytrain stations away. Even more important is to look for an apartment that is in within walking distance of the Skytrain or Metro. 1 kilometer (or mile) is considerably longer in Bangkok, when you have to walk outside in the tropical heat on crowded, bad pavements. You can of course choose to live farther away as there will usually be motorcycle taxi’s ready to take you up and down the Soi for a few baht.
Keep an eye out for part 2!
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