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House hunting can be a very stressful process. However, house hunting in a foreign country with a foreign language of which you know not how to understand (yet) is a very daunting process without a doubt. Now, you might house hunt or even apartment hunt or maybe condominium hunt for a whole variety of reasons, be it relocation due to work or spouse or impulse, or maybe just for the sake of a sound investment, it doesn’t matter. Whatever the reasons are to look at properties in Bangkok, it can be quite a trying experience, especially when you decided not to hire properties agents or counselors, nor know anyone in the city to consult.
Without further ado, let us move on the functionality of this article. Its sole purpose is to guide everyone and anyone who finds the property market in Bangkok daunting. In starting a search for a place for you to call home, one has to always ask the first essential question –
“Which area of town is suitable for me?”
In answering this question, you will have to determine you own wants. Do you want to live in an area of town where the night never sleeps and is always alive? Would you mind the noise? Or do you want to stay in a quieter area of town, but still has easy and convenient access to downtown? Or do you prefer to stay entirely out of town, out in the suburbs where there is more peace, calm and quiet? Would you mind the longer distance of commuting to work then? Of course, distance to work and conveniences is also a contributing factor here. Do bear in mind that Bangkok has a terrible traffic system and traffic jams are often long and hideous. Once you have decided, stand firm on it and bear that in mind for it would make it easier for you to narrow down areas in which you see a huge possibility of you staying there.
Next, “Which type of abode would I prefer?”
In Bangkok, a variety of apartments and condominiums can be found in addition to service apartments that are pretty common downtown. You also have a choice of houses or townhouses or housing estates. These are the common types of abode that are easily found in Bangkok. Once again, knowing what you want help narrows down the choices that you have, giving you a clearer picture.
Moving on, “What is my budget?”
That alone, is a very important factor in deciding which property for you to obtain as well.
Now that we have established the three general questions to be asked before one embarks on property hunting in Bangkok, the next thing you will need to know are the areas that are around in Bangkok. However, since Bangkok has 50 districts under it, you will definitely take some time to get a clear picture of it. Bangkok is subdivided into 50 districts, also known as khet and sometimes called amphoe. Below is a map of all the districts in Bangkok and the smaller map contained within it is Central Bangkok, also known as Bangkok’s Central Business District.
Generally, Bangkok as a whole can be broken down into two categories, the Central Business District and the suburbs.
That being said, it is only natural of one to assume that Central Business District would be all noise and hustle and bustle, and crowds of tourist day in day out. Although most young people and couples prefer to be in downtown while the older ones and those with family prefers the suburb’s life due to the disturbance of noise and activities in downtown, however with appropriate budget and a good knowledge of the area, you are able to find some charming quiet little place in midst of all the hustle bustle. A space of your own peace and serenity while stepping out just one foot would lead you straight into the pulse of the city. The great thing about finding such a place is that you don’t need to face the accursed traffic on a daily basis. The city’s well connected with Sky Train, also known as Bangkok Transit System (BTS). Again, at the end of the day, it is you choice, your wants.
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