Bangkok Apartment Hunt

Over the last week I was able to take a load of pictures about food, people, scenes in Bangkok and more. And sure, these and their stories I would like to share with you. Unfortunately in the same time I am completely occupied by the hunt for an apartment (or better condo) here in Bangkok. Despite my prior investigation this went somewhat different from what I expected.

One of the reasons for the oh-so-different prospects on the Bangkok real-estate market is the booming economy in Asia. This should be great for the Thai people – and it is – at least for those who own property. A major part of the roaring prices (and sadly inflation) is real estate. Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul are known for this development – Bangkok not so much – at least not to me.

Another reason is the fact, that you have to decide between old and new… new, like finished yesterday and old means it looks really really old… and the difference in fact matters….

In Europe a certain amount of people looking for real-estate are in love with buildings over a hundred years old. But these are solid build to last time which they did over two world wars and a passed century. Here a building with 10-20 year can look like three times that age and in addition you can be afraid of the possibly collapsing ceiling over your head… ok, a little exaggeration at this point is allowed 😉 …. but still, as a European I am baffled by the different standards of the buildings on the market.

Also many of the somewhat older buildings, have pretty much similar prices to the new ones. And those that are significantly cheaper – don´t even bother to see them – a waste of time in all cases I encountered so far.

In the end the price levels you encounter here for an apartment or condo are hard to believe and often not worth it.

But no worries mate (or hakuna matata), the skyline is filled with new developments. In different parts of the huge 12 mio people metropolis you encounter even different skylines. They lure you with rooftop gardens and breathtaking views, swimming pools and fancy modern gyms. Still the price levels you encounter on the journey to get a roof over you head are shocking and impressive. Even people with a huge budget cannot afford all of them – nor can your humble traveling and writing foodie.

Bangkok at night with the spectacular skylines of Rajprasong, Chidlom and Sukhumvit with Lumphini Park in the center viewed from the Sathorn-Silom CBD - (c) creative commons.

So the hunt will go on… it will even further absorb my strength and time for a while longer.

To overcome this period of food-post-deprivation I would like to share a few sights I collected so far. Enjoy!

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8 Responses to Bangkok Apartment Hunt

  1. rakhshanda says:

    i’d recommend the Somerset Park Suan Plu at Bangkok. stayed there twice. liked it.

  2. Jame Sanocki says:

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  3. Will Sonnenfeld says:

    I have been reading your posts regularly. I need to say that you are doing a fantastic job. Please keep up the great work.

  4. vincentinparis says:

    Would you mind sharing the results of your search? Neighborhoods, amenities, prices, even specific buildings, and of course proximity to food, markets and restaurants?

    I might soon be in the market for a condo too. Thanks so much!

  5. vincentinparis says:

    As I am randomly reading your posts, I see where you ended up – on your Paragon delivery receipt! Do you like the neighborhood, the building?

    • ixo says:

      haha, long story and even if I did not like the neighborhood in the beginning (or in general) I got used to the perks over there.
      In the end the choice was a practical decision. I can recommend it in parts in other parts not!!! For instance, I don´t have my deposit back from the place I rented – since today. It is a pity but quite common…
      If I would live in Bangkok for longer I would prefer a nice part of Silom over the whole Sukhumvit any time… but that is personal preference I assume and a dear friend of mine does not agree at all with this.
      For a limited number of months you have a different perspective than in the long run.

      • vincentinparis says:

        How long were you in Bangkok?

        I can understand the appeal of Sathorn or Silom, but I think I want something a little more urban like Phrom Phong or Thong Lo.

  6. Steven says:

    Great reviews mr ED and excellent pictures!! I ve been reading yr website with the greatest interest!

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