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13 minutes ago, bwpage3 said:

Ask people that have actually lived in that area and commuted. That is how. 

 

How many cities have you lived in that were built for 1,000,000 cars and have over 14,000,000 cars? 

 

Now throw in heavy rainfall that floods the streets during monsoon season, road construction, police checkpoints, getting to work and returning from work traffic, and you have an educated answer Google cannot give you.

 

Bangkok is at the top of the most congested traffic in the world.

 

Do a search on Google for 2019 Bangkok Traffic. 

That’s exactly what I’m doing in this forum!  Asking people who know and actually live in the city. And I took their advice and adjusted my plans.

I’m not sure why you have to come into this with such a condescending attitude towards me.

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Anything less than a klick to a station is an easy walk. And a Motocy is 20 baht

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18 hours ago, NewbieInBangkok said:

That’s exactly what I’m doing in this forum!  Asking people who know and actually live in the city. And I took their advice and adjusted my plans.

I’m not sure why you have to come into this with such a condescending attitude towards me.

Your name is Newbie in Bangkok.

 

As a Newbie, you can go on believing Google maps all you want or you can pay attention and learn something valuable.

 

It is not about your personally, this is about you think because Google works in other cities it has all the answers for Bangkok?

 

Did you know that in less than one hour Bangkok streets can fill up with over a foot+ or 2'+ of rain? Any idea what that does when you are trying to commute home?

 

Those answers you are not going to find on Google maps sorry.

 

Look up 2019 Bangkok traffic photos and then you will understand and see what Google is not telling you? Miles of cars stuck bumper to bumper, every single day.

 

And traffic during school hours?

 

Horrid

 

And getting out of the city to play golf and return home?

 

Good luck!

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2 hours ago, bwpage3 said:

Your name is Newbie in Bangkok.

 

As a Newbie, you can go on believing Google maps all you want or you can pay attention and learn something valuable.

 

It is not about your personally, this is about you think because Google works in other cities it has all the answers for Bangkok?

 

Did you know that in less than one hour Bangkok streets can fill up with over a foot+ or 2'+ of rain? Any idea what that does when you are trying to commute home?

 

Those answers you are not going to find on Google maps sorry.

 

Look up 2019 Bangkok traffic photos and then you will understand and see what Google is not telling you? Miles of cars stuck bumper to bumper, every single day.

 

And traffic during school hours?

 

Horrid

 

And getting out of the city to play golf and return home?

 

Good luck!

I have blinkin well listened to the advice given!!!

I only had google maps to go off of before I posted in here.  It was a starting point!  Then I listened to the advice given by all of the other people in this thread (and they were very nice about it too) and readjusted my plans. 

 

I came here because I didn’t know.

I asked.

I got advice.

I changed my search area.

 

So what part of that makes you believe I’m still choosing google maps over what everyone has said? 

 

🤷‍♀️

 

 

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Some nice houses far end of many of the sois from Phrom Phong to Thong Lor. Not sure of the prices Most have 7 baht buses running up and down them. Maybe not the most stylish way to travel, plenty of taxis as well. Condo living is OK if you're used to it, but a house is far better.

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To the OP - Can you give "us" a rough idea of location of your husband's work? (on Google Maps?)

 

I live at The River and love it here.

 

BUT that is because my wife works a 5 minute walk away at ICONSIAM.

 

I would always say live as close as possible to your place of work. Travelling 3 hours a day will wear very thin, very quickly.

 

Traffic can be a nightmare - however, if you husband doesn't mind getting up and leaving early you can easily miss it. (Seems Thais wouldn't dream of arriving an hour before they get paid!) 😉

 

My wife owns a house near the Airport and it is great out there too! A lot more real. Airport Link is fantastic although it does get very busy.

 

On Monday (which was a public holiday - it took us 25 minutes in a taxi to get to The River from near the Airport - but on a normal day if you leave at 6.30am about 40 minutes)

 

I must've looked at 20 condos before we moved here so if you can:

 

1) Give a rough address of your husbands place of work.

2) The list of condos you were provided.

 

As others have said you could rent a great house out in the suburbs - I can't see why your company wouldn't pay?

 

Don't base your whole life about the one or two evening business meals/meetings your husband may have.

 

P.S. What nationality are you? People have different ideas of what makes an "home".

 

If I give London as an example - for the same budget would you live in Mayfair or Notting Hill? Totally different experiences.

 

RAZZ

 

 

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On a final note with regards to budget.

 

There are 1000s of empty condos especially at your price range.

 

I reckon you could probably get a 10-20% reduction - especially for a guaranteed corporate let for a year or two.

 

So you could look at properties in the 120k+ range 😉

 

RAZZ

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21 hours ago, berybert said:

Some nice houses far end of many of the sois from Phrom Phong to Thong Lor. Not sure of the prices Most have 7 baht buses running up and down them. Maybe not the most stylish way to travel, plenty of taxis as well. Condo living is OK if you're used to it, but a house is far better.

Thank you....but tbh we’d prefer a condo.  We currently live on the 31st floor in our current country and love it.

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9 hours ago, RAZZELL said:

On a final note with regards to budget.

 

There are 1000s of empty condos especially at your price range.

 

I reckon you could probably get a 10-20% reduction - especially for a guaranteed corporate let for a year or two.

 

So you could look at properties in the 120k+ range 😉

 

RAZZ

Thank you.  Yes, it did seem like there are lots of condos available.  The sheer breadth of choice has made this all the more difficult to decide.

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Why not book into a serviced apartment for a few weeks and give yourself a bit more time to look around.

 

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Oh and here is a video I watched a while ago. 

Nice looking condo and just where you are now looking. 

 

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9 hours ago, RAZZELL said:

To the OP - Can you give "us" a rough idea of location of your husband's work? (on Google Maps?)

 

I live at The River and love it here.

 

BUT that is because my wife works a 5 minute walk away at ICONSIAM.

 

I would always say live as close as possible to your place of work. Travelling 3 hours a day will wear very thin, very quickly.

 

Traffic can be a nightmare - however, if you husband doesn't mind getting up and leaving early you can easily miss it. (Seems Thais wouldn't dream of arriving an hour before they get paid!) 😉

 

My wife owns a house near the Airport and it is great out there too! A lot more real. Airport Link is fantastic although it does get very busy.

 

On Monday (which was a public holiday - it took us 25 minutes in a taxi to get to The River from near the Airport - but on a normal day if you leave at 6.30am about 40 minutes)

 

I must've looked at 20 condos before we moved here so if you can:

 

1) Give a rough address of your husbands place of work.

2) The list of condos you were provided.

 

As others have said you could rent a great house out in the suburbs - I can't see why your company wouldn't pay?

 

Don't base your whole life about the one or two evening business meals/meetings your husband may have.

 

P.S. What nationality are you? People have different ideas of what makes an "home".

 

If I give London as an example - for the same budget would you live in Mayfair or Notting Hill? Totally different experiences.

 

RAZZ

 

 

His work will be near Siam Amazing Park so I probably gave the wrong idea when I said near the airport.

 

Sadly I think we have to discount The River as the commute would be too long.

 

We’d much rather live in the city despite the commute.  He would too as all of his colleagues live in the Phrom Phong/Thonglor area. They say it’s about a 1-1.5 hour commute by car.  We are used to long commutes - I myself used to commute 2 hours each way using 3 trains.  He used to commute 1.25 hours each way (no traffic) on narrow roads driving himself.  I think he will probably sleep on most of the journey anyway as someone else is driving him in BKK 😂

Hes planning to leave at 6:30am if we live north Thong Lor.  He did say he would be happy to leave for work at 6am so we could live at the river but I took everyone here’s advice and said we should choose Thong Lor or Ekkamai as it would be a shorter commute...much shorter on high traffic days.

 

The list of condos is huge as it’s actually a website for a real estate agency.  They seem to have all the same buildings as Hipflat and the other estate agencies have but they have fewer units in each available.  And they also only have as far down as Ekkamai and a few in Phra Khanong.  We won’t be coming to choose one until November so maybe the choices might change a bit.

Im thinking TL from about Quattro northwards.  If I have to walk or take a taxi to the station it’s not such a priority.  I like painting so I spend a lot of time at home doing that anyway but I do plan to take oil painting lessons and to study Thai language so they will be my only commitments.

 

We have lived in Asia and Several European countries.  We do like being in the city centre and being able to walk to restaurants and cocktail bars but we are not party people. We are used to driving 1-1.5 hours each way to play golf on weekends. 

 

We haven’t lived in London but I’d say I’d prefer Mayfair but would need to live in Notting Hill so as not to have to live in a box 😂

 

Thank you for taking the time to reply 😊

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26 minutes ago, berybert said:

Why not book into a serviced apartment for a few weeks and give yourself a bit more time to look around.

 

We have been told that we need to have the condo decided before we move from our current place as stuff will need to be shipped by both air and ship.  I dunno....maybe corporate company rule or something.  We have been able to do as you suggest in the past but not this time.

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26 minutes ago, berybert said:

Oh and here is a video I watched a while ago. 

Nice looking condo and just where you are now looking. 

 

Yes, I saw that one.  Tbh it kind of put me off that condo as the pool doesn’t look very private or inviting and I don’t want to have to fight for 1 of their 5 loungers 😂. But the lobby looks lovely.  The interior is more important to me than the public areas though as that’s where I’ll be spending much of my time so I guess it depends which units are available and how nicely the owner furnished them.

 

It was very interesting that he negotiated from 60k to 40k though.  

 

I wish more Youtubers did condo videos of larger apartments - they all seem to live in tiny 1 bedroom boxes.  We are way too old for that 😂. But then again, I don’t want to live in a place that has vloggers running around waving cameras in our faces when we are trying to relax at home.  Privacy people 😁

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