Thursday, June 2, 2011

Finding cheap apartments in Bangkok

Whether you are coming to live in Bangkok or is already living here but wants to find a cheaper apartment, here are some tips for you.

If you are coming for the first time, the best way is to book a month stay in an affordable hostel around the city. Search for hostels which are along the BTS line so you will not have a hard time going around considering its world-class traffic. Accommodations which are too close to the BTS are a bit more expensive than others so you might wanna opt for those located about 20-30 minutes walk. It can be a good way to exercise as well if you aren't settled enough yet to regularly go to the gym.

A month or so will give you enough time to explore the city and decide which area you would like most to settle. Once you sign a contract in any apartments in Bangkok, you cannot leave unless the number of months specified for you to live there is over or you will pay for those months to compensate. Hence, it's better to be sure that you will like the place before affixing your signature. 

The internet may not be the best place to search for apartments too if you really want the cheaper ones. What we did before was choose the area and devoted a whole day to visit every apartment there, inspect the place and compare the rates. The cheap ones don't usually advertise online. My friend's place for instance is located  along Rang Nam Road but his only cost 5000 THB a month!