Choose a BTS/MRT station you would like to live on
- Look for Tesco/Big C near the station as it will make hauling back groceries easier.
- If you travel a lot, living near the airport might be a good idea.
- Transfers from BTS to MRT is messy, best to live on one line only if you need to travel between 2 primary locations frequently.
- BTS/MRT makes getting around BKK easier. Traffic is hell and nothing beats hell, I mean traffic, like an elevated railway.
- Sure its pricier to live next to a station, but if you really want to find a 10k $350USD cheapo apartment be prepared to walk more or live in a really old condo.
Walk into any condo you like and find the rental office
You don’t need a Thai person to help you with this.
All big, new and clean condos will have a rental office. (You want new & clean right?)
Enquire about prices.
As a general rule you can negotiate $1-2k less than asking price.
If this is too hard! Find a real estate agent to help you… how? There are a couple of apartment rental listing sites for foreigners in BKK. Just enquire on the site (ignore the listings, most are old and havn’t been updated). They will assign you a lovely agent that will drive you around/show you apartments in an area within your price budget. (If you want a recommendation email me and I will introduce you the lovely agent that helped me)
Some ideas of price on the main Sukhumvit Road for a 1 room condo within 10mins walking distance from station.
- Asoke 20-25k
- Thonglo 18-20k
- Onnut 15-18k
Its cheaper to live further down the BTS line away from Siam or to live further down the soi from a station. Incidently, condos tend to get older down the soi.
All the night life action is concentrated in Asoke/Nana or ThongLo/Ekkamai.
Sign a contract
You need at least 1-2 month of bond, and the first month rent is normally paid in advance.
- Electricity is about 900-1500b a month depending on AC usage for a 1 room condo
- Water is 20b a month (ie negligible)
- Internet is 800b a month
- No gas in Bkk