With its rich culture, vibrant economy, and low cost of living, Thailand is a great place for expats. Among the many attractive areas in the country, Bangkok’s healthy condominium market and lively financial hub make it a great city for expats who are planning to work and live in Thailand.
Whether you are moving to Bangkok for work, retirement, or simply because you want to experience living there, knowing the best areas for expats will help you quickly and easily find a house or apartment to rent. Narrow down your search in these areas:
Sometimes spelled “Aree”, this area in Bangkok can be best described as a blend of the old and the new. It offers the charm of living in a quieter and more peaceful neighborhood while having the busy city just a quick SkyTrain ride away. Ari also offers an abundant number of good places to eat, from upscale restaurants to affordable street food trucks.
If you want to live in a suburban area, Nonthaburi is a top choice. It is easily accessible from the Bangkok city center by bus or boat but offers a less hurried and more of a community atmosphere. If you have your family living in Bangkok with you, Nonthaburi can provide a more low-key and laid-back feel that will be good for kids.
For the single expat moving to Bangkok to work in the city and enjoy the busy social life it has to offer, Sathorn is a top pick. Sathorn has seen a lot of growth in development recently and new office buildings, grocery stores, bars, and restaurants continue to pop up regularly. It is also a relatively green part of the city, providing a good mix of concrete jungle and garden. Although there’s a good range of upscale hotels and high-rise buildings, Sathorn also offers lots of schools and big family units, making it popular among expats with kids.
If living right smack in the busy central business district is what you’re looking for, head to Silom and you’d find a good range of condominium buildings where many expats live in. Known as the financial district of Bangkok, Silom offers a lot of restaurants, shopping malls, BTS Skytrain and MRT connections, and even popular tourist attractions.
Wildly popular among expats, Sukhumvit is often the first area that comes to mind for expat living in Bangkok. As they say in Bangkok, Sukhumvit is a farang (expat) area. The Sukhumvit road is the longest road, not just in Bangkok, but in Thailand. In fact, the Sukhumvit area can be divided into three: Lower Sukhumvit, which is from BTS Nana to BTS Asok; middle Sukhumvit, which is from BTS Phrom Phong to BTS Ekkamai; and upper Sukhumvit, which is from BTS Phra Khanong to BTS Udom Suk. No matter which specific area in Sukhumvit, you’d find a good number of restaurants, bars, shopping malls, and condominium buildings.
Ready to move to Bangkok? Check out some condo for rent in Sukhumvit, Sathorn, and other areas.