Top Places to Rent or Buy in Bangkok
Bangkok, like any international metropolis, has a number of select and desirable neighborhoods that the newcomer would be wise to acquaint themselves with. The key considerations apart from the vicinity energy and atmosphere are usually traffic and transport. The former gets you home but the latter gets you out quicker. The major thoroughfares such as Sukhumvit, Sathorn and Rama IV have been written up in a previous article, but this post will focus on the hip places to live and reside in or close by.
Thonglor or Sukhumvit 55 has a long established reputation as the number one residential area and even lately a playground for the young and wealthy from older families. The side Soi’s still have massive residential properties that are rarely up for sale or rent so the newcomer will need to acquaint themselves with condominiums and older apartments.
Once upon a time, Thonglor had all the flavours of Bangkok stretching from High Society wedding shops, to Mercedes dealers and Chinese shop houses selling Cow Man Gai chicken or Land Crab Chinese specials.
These days the Chinese shop houses are being renovated for funky bars and bistro type restaurants, but if you look off the main Thonglor drag, there’s still charming discoveries to be made and a range of bars that cater to the young urban set as well as coffee houses and even urban recreation and remote office working stations for the restless digerati.
Many would disagree with Chinatown as a desirable destination because its maze-like road network is jam packed during the day with a cacophony of scooters and motorbikes zipping in and out of the densely packed traffic.
There are few condominiums and the local’s take a little bit of getting used to. However as evening draws on Chinatown takes on a magical effect with its night markets and uniquely Asian flavor. If you’re not going to be spending much time in the home during the day, Chinatown can be a wonderful place to live in and lots of fun to be around during the weekend.
Chinatowns proximity to Kao San Road and the Eastern side of the city opens up a type of living that is not for everyone but appeals to those who are prepared to rent an older house or slightly dilapidated floor above a shop. The markets and river aren’t too far and it really does feel like an extraordinary experience to live in for the most jaded, but hard core Asian lover.
By the Chaophraya River
There are probably few better experiences than waking up beside the Chao Phraya River on an early misty morning as the fully laden rice barges make their way south from the Northern reaches of Thailand. There’s something truly magical about this coiled female entity winding its way through the chaos that is Bangkok during the day and magic that is Bangkok at night through to dawn.
Most of the properties and Condominiums are on the Southern side as the Northern side is populated largely with hotels and Royal land estates, but if you can find a place to live by this ancient river, all other considerations are put aside to experience something that words can never fully capture.