I am moving to Thailand in July, very excited, but also a bit overwhelmed! I am interested in what people have to say about living in the different areas of Bangkok..."good" vs. "bad." I will be working at Sukhumvit Rd Soi 49-3, and will have help finding a place to live when I get there, but I am curious to hear what you travelers may have to say. Thanks, and happy travels to you!
Well one thing for sure is that your lifestyle will become MUch more cheaper then where it was if you were in the western part of the world. There is no doubt about that. You can easily be full with just 40 baht or approximately $1. :)
#2 grantroger has been a member since 25/10/2006. Posts: 16
If you'll be working in the Sukhumvit 49 area and you can find a place you like and can afford in that area, I'd definitely recommend living near your work. You'll save heaps of time and avoid tons of stress by not having to fight traffic to get to and from work.
I like that area of town. In decades past, that was the first choice for expats to live. That area is on the skytrain line, which can quickly and easily get you to most of the places you'll go on a regular basis. It is close to Samitivej Hospital, and there are lots of other places to hang nearby. I'd give that my first look once I arrived in Bangkok. Take care.
We lived there for seven years and loved every minute of it... ok, maybe not the minutes when the soi flooded...
We were on Sukhumvit Soi 27, and just recently spend a couple of months on Thong Lo (soi 55). It's a terrific area -- loads of great places to eat and hang out and if you're working in the immediate area you won't have to deal with traffic much for commuting etc.
The downside of Sukhumvit is it is a bit of a foreigner ghetto, but overall itis still very Thai -- just in its own way. Other areas eg - Chinatown, Banglamphu, Silom all have their own pluses and minuses but if you're going to be working in that area, I'd say that's a big reason for living in a similar area.
#4 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,755
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BKK being BKK, IMHO I think that to a large extent where best to live is dictated by traffic congestion and traffic-flows (e.g., directness of routes, one-way streets, expressway entrances and exits) between work and home. You can live 2 miles from work and take an hour in traffic, or live 6 miles and take 20 minutes in traffic.
If your housing budget can handle it, Soi 49 isn't bad and there are several new condos on the main soi. Otherwise, if you're willing to forego taking a car to work, I'd suggest looking for a place within walking distance of almost any Skytrain station because there is a Skytrain station (Thonglor) reasonably close.
You might want also want to consider Soi Ruam Rudee (Ploenchit station), Soi Ekkamai (Ekkamai station), Sukhumvit Soi 8 (Nana station) and the neighborhood around the Emporium (Prom Phong station).
#5 kdang has been a member since 31/5/2005. Posts: 1
Hi, It's been awhile, but I wanted to say thanks for all the input. It's nice to have ideas to start, but as you know, keeping an open mind to the unknown is always a good thing too! I don't want to live in an only "expat" area, and figure I will find a nice mix somewhere near work. On the expat note, I take it that term is just used "loosely?" I looked it up and it seemed to mean that you have denounced your nationality. Just a random thought. 21 days until I leave this island, and then 40 days before I leave the U.S. for 2(+?) years! So I will keep reading the boards and soon enough be living the real thing! Enjoy :)
Like somtam says 'Sukhumvit is it is a bit of a foreigner ghetto' but whever you see that as a downside or a plus depends on what you like. :)
I wouldn't like to stay around sukhumvit for this reason but then at the other extream I have rented an appartment in the Bang Kae area of bangkok (not many foreigners there) with no aircon or flush on the toilet! lol.
Satorn/silom is not far from Sukhumvit might be good alternatives.
Goodluck with the move.