Ultimate Guide To Finding An Apartment In Bangkok

I felt an article on finding apartments in Bangkok was long overdue. As you may already know from living in Thailand and hunting apartments, there is nothing harder than a big black cock finding a quality apartment to rent in Bangkok – fast.

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With the lack of information on the Internet and the fact many of us cannot read Thai, finding the best condos in Bangkok can be tough. The streets are a total cluster fuck and you end up wasting even days with very little to show for it.

So how do you find a sickening condo or apartment in Bangkok?

Airbnb in Thailand

Do not use Airbnb to find long-term apartments in Thailand unless you don’t mind being ripped a new ass hole. From what I see, apartments that cost 13,000 baht a month are put up for 3-4x that on Airbnb.

Airbnb in Bangkok is only good for three things:

  1. Short-term stays (less than 3 weeks)
  2. Contacting users to find out the name of their condo, then going there yourself
  3. Banging sloots

Airbnb users in Bangkok are not going to tell you the name of their apartment if you just ask, so you need to get smart. Mention that you want to stay there for 10 days and would love to know more about the area to do research online. After a few back and forth messages, ask for the condo name because you want to tell your friend in Bangkok where you will be staying there.

Easy game.

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Lots of people are making $$$ from renting out their apartments on Airbnb in Thailand, perhaps a good money making idea?

You can find the best Airbnb rentals in Bangkok here.

Bangkok apartment groups on Facebook

There are several Facebook groups where agents list rooms on a daily basis, they include:

Bangkok Apartments & Condos For Rent

Bangkok – Take Over My Lease – Short Term Rentals – Space Sharing

BANGKOK CONDO FINDERS

These are a mix of agents listing apartments and expats who want to leave early and need someone to take over their lease. Just be careful when you post here, as you will get people spamming you with apartment details.

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Finding apartments in Bangkok on Facebook is a good way to start your condo search. Rather than looking for condos, you let the condos come to you.

Pro-tip: Use these groups with caution, it’s believed that some agents have fake profiles and comment on their own listings to get a faster sale:
condo bangkok

Getting yourself a private Realtor agent

Your budget really needs to be over 15,000 baht if you want to get yourself a bangkok real estate agent. They will drive you around Bangkok from apartment to apartment for free. They work on commission, once you find an apartment you like and sign the contract, they usually earn your first month’s rent.

The good thing about these agents is they do the hard work for you. The downside is there are a lot of scammy people who will add a few extra thousand to the price because you’re white.

Where to find agents? Facebook is your best bet, join a couple of Bangkok expats groups and ask around on there. You can try contacting agencies who offer apartments but they usually won’t set anything up till you enter the country.

Check out:

Be careful when looking to drop 20,000 or more, some of these sites may have higher markup prices.

How to find condos in Bangkok that are under 10,000 baht

Cheap apartments in Thailand are hard to find. Given their low price, agents don’t bother with them. The buildings are usually owned by privately and Thais don’t do a great job at promoting stuff, online marketing in the real estate industry is still a mystery.

You won’t find updated websites, Facebook Pages or anything online for cheap condos in Bangkok.

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Your best bet is to walk along the Sois and look yourself. I have stayed in several apartments in Bangkok for under 10,000 baht, all of which I found myself or was told by a friend.

You can see the whole list here.

Pro-tip: Go to the bottom of a Soi and ask the motorcycle driver to take you to every condo in the Soi. They have been working on that street for years and know every apartment complex there is. For example, Soi 49 is huge and there are 10-30 older apartments that you will NEVER FIND alone.

You will need a translator, so take a Thai girl with you. Hire the motorcycle driver for an hour and pay them 100-200 baht, this is a better use of your time than to walk down each Soi and side street. It will take you the best part of a day to do this in Soi 49 alone.

Thai bar girls will find the cheapest condos in Bangkok

Thai hookers have an awesome knack for finding the cheapest Bangkok apartments in the best locations. As they all work near Soi Cowboy and Nana, most live in Thai style apartments between Asoke and On-nut.

Seriously, go and have a word on your next mongering trip to Soi 23 and ask about.

Hire someone to do the research for you

It’s a pain in the ass finding Bangkok condos online. Even the newest apartments don’t have websites, and when they do, there’s no option to choose English. Websites I like to use are:

Most of them are in Thai, so there is little point in going on there yourself. Jump on Elance and pay some Thai $10-$20 to do the work for you. Tell them your requirements and for them to find 10 apartments that match your needs. Else jump on Thai Friendly and find a good Thai girl to do it for you.

You want the address, contact number and pictures. Be careful when on Craiglist, a lot of shady people on there who want your money before you see the room.

You can also find a list of apartments and telephone numbers at the following websites:

Finding short-time rentals is hard in Bangkok

A lot of you savages will only be here for a few months, and finding good quality apartments in Bangkok for 1-3 months without paying a premium is hard. Nobody wants to give you a room because that’s double the paperwork, cleaning and hassle for when you leave and they have to find someone else.

You can contact hotels or hostels and ask for 2-6 month discounts but they usually won’t give you anything work taking advantage of. There’s a few places like Aravinda Bangkok and iPremium that offer good short-term rates, but as I said, they are few and far between.

Aravinda Bangkok website states a 1 month stay is 12,000 baht a month, but you can get that down to 10,000 baht if you email them and stay longer than 2 months.

Serviced apartments in Bangkok

Serviced apartments in Bangkok are not cheap. Anything half decent is going to cost you at least 25,000 baht a month. Here are some serviced apartments and condos in Bangkok I know about:

Serviced apartments in Bangkok

To find more, click here. I never advise people to stay in serviced apartments in Bangkok because they are expensive, but if money is not an issue – this is where I would stay.

How you pay utilities

In most places, you will pay your water, electronic and Internet bill separately. If you rent directly from the landlord you will be playing government rates for electricity which is 4.6 baht or something like that per unit. Renting a room from a hotel or a private owned building will usually be between 6-9 baht.

Water is 16-20 units.

You also need to pay for Internet. If you rent from a landlord you will need to take out a 6 or 12 month contract. This will usually be around 750 baht a month for good WiFi. Hotels may give you free WiFi but private owned buildings will usually charge a fee. Expect to pay anywhere between 300-700 baht and some will let you install your own Internet line.

Expect to spend the following each month:

  • Internet – 600 baht per month
  • Water – 200 baht per month
  • Electric – 700-2,000 baht per month (depends on aircon use age)

That is based on a 35 sq meter room. Internet speed in Thailand is very good, most condos I’ve stayed in have great speeds (20mb).

Pro-tip: If Internet is important to you, ask the people in the building who they use and whether it’s any good. Most condos have great Internet but there are a select few that provide a constant drop in connection.

How does the deposit work?

You usually play the 2+1 method. This means you pay two months deposit up front as security, and the first month’s rent to move in. So if your monthly rent is 10,000 baht per month, you will pay 30,000 baht on the move in date.

You will be returned the two month’s deposit when you leave. There have been stories in the past where people have not been given their deposit (friends of mine), but I’ve never had a problem. If you break your contract early they will most likely keep your cash.

Pro-tip: Make sure to put a clause in your contract allowing you to sub-let your room, so if you have to leave you can find someone else to take over your room to get your deposit back. Also check your room and take photos of anything that is already damaged to ensure they don’t take it out of your deposit.

Don’t pay for anything that needs fixing

Back in Farangland, when sometimes goes wrong the landlord will come and fix it. In Thailand this is not always the case. For example, if your fridge or washing machine stops working through no fault of your own, the Thai landlord may ask you to pay for a new one.

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Why do this they do this? I think it’s because they think we are pushovers, as we don’t really have a leg to stand on (they will take out security deposit), but you should never pay for anything that breaks. If there’s a leak or busted pipe, get them to fix it.

I’ve never faced this problem. Once my balcony door came off when I opened it because I underestimated the strength of my biceps. The landlord sent someone over to fix it – no dramas. On the flip side, if you’re moving into a condo that has no or very little furniture, some landlords will let you buy desks, chairs and reimburse you later from the deposit.

Cliffs: don’t do a deal with a shitty landlord. It’s kind of hard to know if a landlord is good or not, finding one from word of mouth is best. I also find privately owned buildings have great landlords that will fix everything.

What can you get for 10,000 baht in Bangkok these days?

Personally, I think the price of apartments in Bangkok are way too expensive. Compared to the average salary in Thailand, the price of a meal or Bangkok taxi, Bangkok condo prices in a good area are super expensive. Don’t expect to find anything close to a BTS stop for under 10,000 baht.

To completely contradict myself, here’s where I was staying earlier in the year, this cost me 10,500 baht per month:

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While the room is small (30 sq meter studio), everything was brand spanking new, and I had a proper stove (2 in fact), balcony, gym and laundry room. I could see BTS Thong Lo from my balcony, and it took me 3 minutes to walk there

Obviously you want to know the name of this condo but I cannot tell you because there is a 50% chance I will be back here later in the year. Don’t want the Internet trolls to get me (sorry guys!)

There is still a lot of value to be had if you bother to make an effort in finding a good bangkok condo. What do you guys think? What is your process into finding an apartment when you move to Bangkok, and did you lol at the punch line in the first paragraph? Leave a comment or go fuck yourself as always.

For some off-topic apartment reading, I recently came across Haraldbaldr travel blog, and he discussed how he lost 500k investing in a property in Bangkok. It’s a great read!

Ps: If you’re thinking about moving to Thailand and need help, check out my Thai friend’s website here, she may be able to help you out.

16 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide To Finding An Apartment In Bangkok

  1. Pascal
    31 May, 2015 at 4:47 am

    the bkk rental market is just awful i spent 2 weeks running around the city and did not find anything that i liked that was affordable and would allow a monthly rental. most places want 6 month minimum or if they do short term are complete ratholes.

    even here in the phils I had no problem finding such a place! (though admittedly through recommendation of a friend)

    btw I recognize the apartment, tempted to reveal location 😛

  2. Pat
    31 May, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Back in the day we just walked along Ramkamhaeng Road to Petchaburi Road down the sois asking at the offices of any place that looked ok
    Checked out about 15 places and settled on Kanchana apartment next to Foodland got 6 months contract and then another 6.

    Wasn’t the most luxury gaff at 3400 a month and our tiny balcony backed onto the main rail line, at first the noise was a pain, but after a month we never noticed.

    Also from the outside it looked like a four storey office building. Which I liked….Usual scenario, small minimart, sleeping security guard with ”his” soi dog & cat
    what swung it was the office staff were very nice and spoke good english, many of those smaller sized studio buildings have staff only speaking Thai (duh…)

    Roomfinder.com was the best site back then but they didn’t reply to emails

  3. nRon
    31 May, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    http://www.sitaraplace.com
    I’ve stayed here a few times over the years, as have a few friends as recently as Dec. 2014. Pros= managed by nice Indian Couple with excellent English, 10-20k per month, willing to do weekly/monthly and or long term. Rooms, Kitchenette, bathroom,and Bed comfy and clean. No construction or traffic noise! On site easy access coin op laundry machines and drycleaners available. Ok location @ Rachadaphisek Soi 3, loads of great street food, 10 min. max walk to MRT Phra Ram 9/ Fortune Mall (Tesco)/ Central Plaza Grand Rama 9. Cons= No Pool, No Gym, Soi does get flooded during wet season. Rooms and balcony are the normal smallish @ 30sqm.
    http://www.housebythepond.com
    Another place I’ve stayed at a few times. Very friendly/helpful staff with excellent English. Not the greatest value at 17.5k/month but will also do short term weekly/daily rates. Pros= rooms are good size at 36 sqm, free wifi, wonky but usable old gym, Best feature is the roof top pool and deck that’s open 24/7 to you and your visitors/guests! So long as your quiet and don’t disturb anyone I’ve entertained a dozen friends at a time till 3-4 am 😉 Cons= depending on which building your in and what side, the soi can be noisy due to traffic cutting through from soi 22&16 . Beds are not that great, buildings are showing their age. Soi does get messy during the hard rains.
    If your only needing a month or less I’d stay at a hotel. I like the area from Asoke to soi 24.
    http://www.darjellingboutique.com
    This a nice little place right off Sukhumvit next door to the Exchange Tower. I’ve booked in person for 1000 cash/night and also through Agoda at a bit more due to service charges. Pros= Rooms are only 25sqm but nice, beds is fantastic! Cool bathroom with peek-aboo shower widow (you’ll laugh if you stay here 😉 ) Great Location 20m walk through drive way/parking lot to Sukhumvit, 3 minute walk to Asoke BTS/MRT Terminal 21, lots of great food within walking distance. Starbucks, (inside Exchange Tower). <10 min walk to Food land around the corner on soi 16. Cons= No pool or gym ;( No self coin op laundry machines.
    http://ballys-studio.com
    Another reasonably priced hotel, Ball's Studio Suites. Pros= Very nice staff, large rooms with excellent bathrooms, fantastic comfy beds and modern well maintained facilities! Was very quiet but not sure about current construction in that area? Nice roof top pool and sunbathing deck! Cons= Pool closes at night ;( , a bit of a haul from Sukhumvit and gets pretty wet (minor flooding on soi 20) during the rains. Never booked directly but through Agoda was about 1000 bt /night.

    1. 31 May, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Cracking comment Ron, good enough to be it’s own article! The first place looks like great value for the monthly rates listed on their website.

      1. nRon
        1 June, 2015 at 1:46 pm

        yeah it’s a solid place for the money. Especially if your just getting intown and need a reliable, safe home base that you can arrange online prior to departing!

    2. thibault
      1 June, 2015 at 1:56 am

      ah darjeeling boutique hotel.
      secure the non windowed room. its less expensive and as convenient.
      in fact, even more. who needs all the noise, insects, and that bloody sun who is awake when we sleep, when in nightlife mode? better live in a bunker, it makes a very cute love nest….
      for some reasons, humans think they need to have a useless access to the exterior, just to tease them into thinking they are not trapped. bullshit, if there is a fire, you wont jump from a high floor anyway.
      and yes, that shower , typical in swingers place…saw that in cap dagde france. i never close the curtains. girls are shy of course, they dont want you to see them nude in the middle of a night of crazy sex.

      1. 1 June, 2015 at 8:37 am

        Lol good point, but having a windows makes me feel sane.

        1. nRon
          1 June, 2015 at 1:55 pm

          I’ve never stayed in the bunkers before! But back then I still smoked and being a Californian we NEVER smoke indoors so I needed the window! Oddly enough the building is only 5 or 7 floors and the rooms along the rear ( facing NorthWest) , are butted up against a wall that defines the Exchange Towers parking lot exit onto Suk. So there is no direct sun light or view of anything nice. But I really liked the fishbowl shower!

  4. Andrew
    1 June, 2015 at 5:27 am

    When I first came here last year, my new boss told me on my first day of work to just walk around the Silom area to try and find an apartment. I met a motorbike taxi driver who spoke good English and he showed me some decent places. I ended up picking a decent sized studio apartment at Silom-surawong condominium. It’s just a few minutes walk to Saladeng or Chong Nonsi bts stations. It’s 10000 baht a month, plus 900 baht for security (I’m not sure if this is something most places charge?) and water is cheap at 60 baht a month. Overall it’s an ok place but I think I am getting charged more for being a white person.

    Harvie did you ever look for any condos around the Silom/Sathorn area? As I plan to move to a new place when my lease ends and I like the location here. I find Silom has a more chilled out vibe than Sukhumvit. Nice blog btw.

    1. 1 June, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Hey Andrew, that’s the first time I heard of a ‘security’ fee mate, sounds odd and perhaps you are paying extra. I have never looked for an apartment in Sliom, only ever Sukhumvit.

  5. 2 June, 2015 at 5:27 am

    ur a cheeky kunt mate i swear, recognise those bedsheets from years back in the On Nut rape dungeon http://afarangabroad.com/2013/07/cheap-aparments-in-bangkok.html

  6. that1dude
    2 June, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Hey! Been reading your blog for a while now and as I am getting ready for my trip later this summer. Love it bro! Keeps me excited for Thailand!

    Great article, but I think I’ll stick with AirBnB. Reasons 1. and 3. That’s enough for me ;D found some great places in Sukhumvit.

    1. Michael
      28 September, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      hey dude,

      did you have any hassles bringing girls back to the AirBnb, I have read some comments that they won’t allow girls in. Want to make sure all is cool before I book. where did ya stay and was it ok

      Robbo

      1. 28 September, 2016 at 2:17 pm

        I’ll be making a new post about Airbnb soon to give you the low down.

        1. Michael Robinson
          29 September, 2016 at 8:02 am

          that would be great Harvie,

          looking forward to the post

          Robbo

  7. 6 June, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Good tips there. I agree the best option is just hitting the Sois with your Thai girlfriend to find the deals. Going alone will drive you crazy.

    I’ll share a few of my rat hole hide outs. Both under 10,000 per month, close to the trains and accept month to month.

    This place is close enough to Asoke BTS.
    http://www.thaiapartment.com/apartment/baan-porntip-3545#.U5xCUrnlqt4

    This one is walking distance to Lumpini MRT. http://www.agoda.com/the-blooms-residence/hotel/bangkok-th.html?cid=1647320

    The places you posted look nicer but they’re farther out. It’s all a trade off I guess.

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