Bangkok Podcast: Bangkok Apartments

2017-10-18T21:48:02+07:00September 5th, 2010|Bangkok Podcast Season 1, Expat Experiences|6 Comments

Bangkok Podcast 17: Finding an apartment in Bangkok

Landing in Bangkok, finding a job and fitting into a new life isn’t easy, but finding the right apartment is often the most challenging thing to do. With a city as big as Bangkok, it can be a confusing, frustrating and tiring experience. On this episode, Tony and Greg talk about the nuances of finding the right apartment and the shortcuts they’ve taken in the past to explore the housing market and what it offers. They also give a few tips on what to look for on your search, as many of the ‘little details’ of renting here are not the same as they are in your home country.

Tony also talks about his continuing lucky streak with taxi drivers and the money they keep returning to him, while Greg remembers a particular ride when a taxi driver thought a tip that was 110% of the fare seemed appropriate.

Show Links:

Thai-FAQ Video: Finding an apartment in Bangkok

Amazing Properties

K.T. Guest House Bangkok

Nomsapp Mansion next to Villa Market


  1. Brook September 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    It’s also a good idea, if you have any, to bring along a Thai friend. After recently moving to BKK and finding a house that we liked, when meeting the home owner, she mysteriously raised the price nearly 4,000 Baht /month after seeing our white skin… Luckily a Thai friend was with us to make sure the price remained the same.

    Not all of Thailand is like this, but much like your talk about Taxi drivers taking advantage of Farangs, a few extra thousand Baht over the course of a year I’m sure is tempting for those who are renting their property. This is especially smart if you can’t speak Thai all that well…

  2. Jules September 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I suggest finding an apt. on a dead end street in Bangkok. Really cuts down on the traffic noise.

  3. Jared @ ny city apartments November 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I agree that finding an apartment is cumbersome task, but getting the right dwelling is even more exigent

  4. Matt January 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Love all of the podcasts. But I do have one question you did the podcast on apt. in BKK I think you should do one also for people like me that would rather have an apt for my time spent there that is only for a month at a time. I vactation there for about 25 days and hotels are reasonable where i have stayed but I have also looked into some apts but I do not know enough about the 1 month leases to actually lease one for the month. I would really appreciate it if there was one for the “long vacation” podcast. Khoob Khun Krub

    By the way Tony I am also a Happa Japanese German living in the USA

    • Tony January 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Hey Matt,

      Most apartments I’ve found will usually rent for 3 months but this being Thailand I’m sure you can find some who will rent for less time, however expect the rent to be higher. I would just start approaching landlords and ask them if they’ll do it.

      Too cool that you’re a hafu! You’ll have to meet Jay when you’re here and we can start our own club!

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