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.
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!