I've been traveling through Vietnam for the past 3.5 months, working from my laptop most days and seeing some sights on others. My plan is to spend June in Cambodia, and then I had planned on getting to Bangkok after that and probably find an apartment there for at least two months so I could get more work done without always being in small hotel rooms.
I've been to Bangkok before and I'm not overly worried about the current craziness, but still I think there might be a better place for me to go anyway.
So I'm wondering if any Thailand experts have any suggestions for an alternative?
Things I really want:
-Monthly apartment, hopefully less than US$600/month, with a kitchen and A/C
-Solid internet connection
-Nearby food market
Would also be nice:
-Near the beach, or non-steamy weather
-At least a few local expats or tourists at a nearby bar
-Convenient airport or border for possible visa runs
Any ideas? I've read about Pattaya and that sounds okay, but the sex-trade stuff makes it sound a bit over the top.
600 a month - man, you can rent a nice place for that kind of money. At least out in the provincial capitals. I would actually look at Udon Thani. It has a fairly large expat scene, some decent restaraunts, is close to Laos for a visa run... and it's pretty compact.
My friend had a place on the beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan for around U$500/mo. Furnished, 2 bedrooms, wi-fi, AND a scooter! It was right on Ao Manao. Looked great, but he said the cockney landlord was a bit of a freak. Low-key town with an ex-pat scene, great scenery, and superb seafood.
Thanks MADMAC and Tilapia,
Those both look like very good possibilities based on what I'm reading. I might end up doing the beach one first and then trying the other one after a visa refresh in Laos, or the other way around.
I've seen that apartments that resemble hotel rooms often start around $300/month or even under, and I'm willing to pay more for a place with a proper kitchen and a desk and chair for working. This is all really good news based on what I'm looking for.
If anyone else has any other suggestions I'd still appreciate it. I might end up trying several different places over time.