Saturday, March 7, 2009


If you are planning to stay in Thailand for awhile, you should probably rent one of the many apartments that are here.

If you want to rent one of the Thailand apartments such as on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok, you should expect that the apartments between Soi 3 and Soi 55 will have the most expensive rents. Their rents can go as high as 80,000 baht (about 2,000 dollars a month). They are definitely for Americans who are upper middle class. A middle class American if he is working for an American company in Thailand could definitely afford one of these apartments. These Thailand apartments are out of reach for most Thais.

After Soi 55 on Sukhumvit, a person can expect to the cheaper rents. On Soi 71, you can rent a Thailand apartment for 1,500 baht (about 30 dollars) a month. This is where Thais mostly can afford to rent apartments on Sukhumvit. An American teacher would find that he can afford to rent an apartment.

Overall, as far as apartments in Bangkok, Thailand, the rule of thumb is that the further you get from Sukhumvit Road, the cheaper the apartments. There are still some apartments that are expensive outside of Sukhumvit, but mostly, they are cheaper. On Phahon Yothin Road, about 20 km from Sukhumvit Road, you can easily find Thailand apartments that are 3,000 to 5,000 baht a month (about 75 to 150 dollars a month).

What are the best locations for apartments in Bangkok, Thailand? Sukhumvit Road is good because it is on the BTS Skytrain. Ratchadapshiek Road has become one of the best since the subway has opened. Victory Monument is one of the best locations since it is near the Skytrain. Half the buses in Bangkok also grow through Victory Monument. Victory Monument is one of the major bus stops and a lot of buses. Victory Monument does have apartments that have reasonable rents. If you are looking for a good location and cheap rent, Victory Monument is the best place to go. If you don't care about price, then Sukhumvit is probably the place for you.

One of the things that you should definitely know about renting Thailand apartments is that once you rent an apartment here, your days of privacy are over. The apartment staff will watch you like a hawk and they will talk about every move that you make. If you get a girlfriend, they will know about it. If you are bringing prostitutes, they will know about it. The problem is that they will not keep secret about it. If you get a new girlfriend and you have been known to bringing prostitutes, they will openly tell your new girlfriend. For all you know, they could be telling strangers on the street about your activities. The best thing that you could do is not bring prostitutes to your apartment. You should pay the extra expense of going to a hotel because there is no way that the apartment staff is going to keep your secrets.