Where to live as an expat in Bangkok?
6 November 201722 March 2016
Where to live as an expat?
Being new in Bangkok you might have no idea what to expect when you move. Where would you end up, what are the possibilities? What do houses look like, where do expats live. So many questions and we have all been there.
So let me help you out a little and tell you what possibilities there are, where to live as an expat in Bangkok.
View of the Bangkok skyline
Chao Phraya river.
Most expats live in a (sky rise) Condominium, as do we. I love our amazing view over the city. Before we moved here we were not sure where to live as an expat in Bangkok. Coming from a corner house with a nice garden in the Netherlands we at first thought maybe we should live in a house with a nice garden in Bangkok too. But the weather is just too hot to really enjoy the outside. Further, if you want a decent commute time to the office, you want to live close to either BTS or MRT. And here is where most condominiums are.
If you want a decent commute time to the office, you want to live close to either BTS or MRT.
Living in a condominium means you (mostly) can enjoy all facilities like a swimming pool gym and sometimes even a steam room/sauna (as if you don’t sweat enough outside yet). I sometimes feel really spoiled especially when people come and visit. But even if you don’t use the facilities, almost all condominiums have them so why not enjoy it.
Of course, these luxury places come with a price tag as it will mostly be the expats or weatlhy Thai who can afford to live here. But still compared to other places in Asia or even Europe it is a fair price.
Skyline of Bangkok, showing the variety of accommodations.
2. Serviced apartment
Another option on where to live as an expat in Bangkok is a serviced apartment. It is very much the same as a condominium, only here more service is included in your rent. There is housekeeping, kitchen supplies are provided and even fresh towels and bedsheets. It is more comparable to a hotel only you will agree on a long-term rent. The difference with a condominium is that service apartments are mostly smaller.
End of the BTS line in Bangkok
As I said before it would be lovely to live in a townhouse with a nice garden. Only most townhouses are a little further down the soi (street). Unless you have a motorbike it can be very frustrating to get to the BTS or MRT.
Townhouses are quite affordable for the amount of space you get. Especially if you choose a Thai style house. If you go for more luxury with facilities like a swimming pool and a modern/ western style interior it will cost you a lot more.
It is good to ask yourself what do you feel is most important on where to live as an expat in Bangkok. Think of aspects like do you prefer a big space, a garden, be close to public transport, modern style and go from there.
Unless you have a motorbike it can be very frustrating to get to the BTS or MRT.
4. Shared apartment
If you are moving to Bangkok by yourself and you want to save some costs, it might be an idea to share an apartment. These are mostly big apartments where you have your own room, but share facilities like kitchen and bathroom.
If you are looking for a flatmate, you are more than happy to share this on the Bangkok Expat Girls Facebook page. It can be a nice way to meet new friends too.