Well the search is finally over but the journey for finding a suitable apartment in Bangkok was a bit more arduous than I had initially anticipated. If you are keen on moving to this fun filled, yet slightly sinful city, staying for more than a couple weeks you can get a better feel for the life in a booming Southeast Asian Metropolis. If you are looking to relocate overseas and want to find a cheaper cost of living but one that still has the fun extras (food that doesnt give you dysentery, women in high heels, mega shopping malls, “high speed internet”, and anything else your little Westerner heart desires), Bangkok is an awesome city with a ton to offer.
For me, evaluating where to get an apartment came down to:
-location (less than a 20 minute cab ride to the center)
-access to the BTS (skytrain/metro in Bangkok is key, as the traffic crazy, ie 1-1.5 hour for a 15 minute journey).
-pool (Bangkok is surprisingly hotter than hell and a
utterly fucking filthy bit dirty, so having a pool is a big plus)
-access to street food
-access to bars/nightlife and other health problem causing activities
Price points for a “fully serviced” apartments, which means it is more luxury and they have cleaners etc I found to be like $600-$1000 for a studio or a one bedroom. You can get something less than fully serviced with all the mentioned above but depending on the location it is going to be closer to $500. If you are splitting a place, ie 2 bedroom or more, you can score better deals. Or if you are Thai or have been living in Bangkok for a long time and are reading this, you are probably saying this farang is an is idiot who is getting ripped off. Well to you, all I have to say is, shit.