Best Areas to Search for Apartments in Bangkok
Finding an a apartment in Bangkok can be both an exciting adventure and a arduous challenge. There are thousands of condos and apartments for rent in Bangkok and you may well find yourself overwhelmed by your options, laving your hardest decision choosing which area of the city to call home.
The are many districts and neighbourhoods in Bangkok to choose from and like living in any major city in the world location can be of the crucial to your lifestyle, work and socializing. A few early questions you need to ask yourself are:
Do I need to be based in a downtown area?
How close to work do I need to be?
Do I want to be near a park or gym?
How close to an MRT or BTS line station do I need to be?
How can I avoid the chaotic Bangkok traffic?!
Once you have an answer for these you can start to look at individual areas and see what they have to offer you. Here are a few of the most popular neighbourhoods of Bangkok and a taste of their vibe and highlights.
Nana & Asok
Perhaps best thought of as the international centre of Bangkok, Nana and Asoke are extremely vibrant and lively areas of upper Sukhumvit Road, with a very diverse community.
During the day the main road is lined with street markets selling everything from clothes to gadgets, counterfeit goods to ornaments and souvenirs, not to mention lots and lots of delicious street food to suit just about every palate. Here you’ll also find a wealth of restaurants offering almost every cuisine imaginable. By night things are taken up another notch as Sukhumvit Road and many of its side sois host some of the best nightlife in Southeast Asia, from neon light gogo bars, to hi-so nightclubs with international DJs, and lots of places to grab a beer or a game of pool in-between.
This is true fast-paced, downtown living, but at a cost, you can expect condos here to be at the upper end of the price scale, though there are still lots of affordable apartments to be found.
Phrom Phong, Thong Lor & Ekkamai
Further down Sukhumvit Road you’ll find Phrom Phong, Thong Lor and Ekkamai, all of which are very clean, modern and trendy areas, with very much a cosmopolitan vibe.
Apartments here still tend to be quite expensive, especially if you are looking for something on or close to Sukhumvit Road, but things soon get cheaper as you travel down the side sois. Malls, parks, international hospitals and school are all here, and while young and single expats and professionals might be more attracted to the energetic Nana and Asoke areas, the neighbourhoods around Phrom Phong, Thong Lor and Ekkamai are far more attractive to middle-to-upper class families.
Silom & Sathorn
The Silom and Sathorn areas of the capital are equally as cosmopolitan and international as areas of upper Sukhumvit, but while Nana and Asoke are fine examples of Bangkok’s claims to be a city that never sleeps, the wild nightlife and chaotic markets of Silom and Sathorn are centralized around the upper end of Silom Road.
Sathorn is generally seen as Bangkok’s financial district and by day you can expect to see the streets busy with suited office works and tourists looking for their respective embassy. Things are also more spacious and as soon as you turn off the main streets into the smaller sois there’s a lot less hustle and bustle here, though it also lacks some of the exoticism and charm that you get along Sukhumvit Road. This is a good area for those looking to be seconds away from the throbbing heart of the city, while experiencing a somewhat more chilled and sophisticated vibe.
Ari and Victory Monument
Ari and Victory monument are characterized by their network of busy side streets, great transport links, and excellent street food.
Somewhat less sophisticated and modern than areas previously mention, here you’ll still find lots going on. While areas of downtown Bangkok to the south are characterized by huge malls, giant offices and hotels, ad lots of late night entertainment, the Ari area is more about family businesses, quaint shops, cool cafes and live music venues, and lots of apartments. For those not on a huge budget this is a great place to enjoy Bangkok life without breaking the bank.
Other notable areas of Bangkok
Phra Khanong, On Nut BTS, Udom Suk are all on Sukhumvit Road and the BTS line making them a great option not needing to be in the heart of the action and wanting some value for money. Communities are less cosmopolitan around this area of Sukhumvit, but it’s still inner city living and if you are located near one of the many BTS stations you are only a few minutes away from the bright lights of the capital.
If you want to try a more local area of Bangkok apartments tend to get very cheap, and you can start to look at more space and luxury for a fraction of the cost in downtown Bangkok. Try areas such as Ramkhamhaeng, Ratchada, Lat Prao, Chatuchak, and Bang Na.