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I've only been to thailand once and I stayed in Nonthaburi while I was there. I'm looking to fully move to thailand soon and when I'm looking for a place on renthub I'm completely clueless on where I should look into renting an apartment. https://gyazo.com/81ae87616d2d70d8301ddd12fbf36dff this is what I see on the front page of renthub. My main requirement for a place is having a good Wifi and air conditioning. So if you have any recommendation on the best areas to live in bangkok I'd love to hear why. I am not interested in living in rich areas with high rent cost, I'd like a cheaper rent per month, like 4-8k / month range.

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Did a little checking and the only things I found in your suggested price range are hostels, shared rooms. dormatories. Not sure what you are really interested in. Good luck.

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Id be looking out at Talat Phlu and the stations further out. Tons of condos right on the BTS.

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24 minutes ago, paulbrow said:

Did a little checking and the only things I found in your suggested price range are hostels, shared rooms. dormatories. Not sure what you are really interested in. Good luck.

plenty of condo buildings with large room and own bathroom ... modern with wifi and air-con 3500-6000thb

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Just come and get a cheap hotel for a month or so.  Explore the city and find a neighborhood that appeals to you.  There are many apps available that will help find a room once you know where you want to live.   Keep in mind, any room or apartment you find will require 3 months rent to get started: 2 months security and first month.

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1 hour ago, tonray said:

The real question is what is your preferred lifestyle ? What things are important besides WIFI and AC (which are ubiquitous). What about transportation ? What about Street Food ? What about Shopping ? Do you speak any Thai ? The best thing to do is come for an extended visit (BTW not many first time visitors stay in Nonthaburi !) so you really can experience lifestyle of several different areas. Book a hotel or guesthouse in 3 or 4 different areas, 3 or 4 nights in each and see how you like the surrounding vibe. Nobody can give you sound advice because an area that we like might be horrible to your tastes.

To all these very useful questions I will add

 

I would first like to know why want to move to Bangkok?

Is it for work or for retirement?

If it is for work, given the mega traffic congestion throughout the day, it is better not to stay too far from work unless you want to waste as much time as possible on public transport;
because if driving in Bangkok is  already a big  problem, finding the right parking spot may be very problematic.

And if you use public transport, you will have to spot the n * of buses to take, where take them, where get off ...
The taxi is good, there is airco and you will be alone with the driver who will sometimes give you cold sweats:w00t: .. but much more expensive than the buses; and it won't roll much faster

 

To spend your retirement there, why not?
Not my cup of tea at all, but everyone has different tastes ...:whistling:

Bangkok is an assembly of many cities;
living in one of Lad Phrao’s ones has its charms; stray dogs chatting for a good part of the night with those of the residents who are cloisters behind high walls or fences ...

I stayed for a moment in a soi, the 97 or the 99,I forgot the number .. which ended up almost opposite the BigC of lad Phrao; in addition there is a raised passage for pedestrians; and lots of restaurants at the foot of this walkway.

The rent was nice, around 4,000 baht a month to which must be added , electricity , 

water, fiber subscription ...
and then you will have to pay for the motorsai each time you want to go to the main road, which is often several hundred meters away;
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There is everything in this bigC, even an ice rink and a bowling alley ... and of course a food court;
and every night a night market just in front, ..

and even a golf practice a few dozen meters on the same sidewalk as the bigC

 

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It all depends on your own personal tastes.  Will you be working?  If so find a place near your work site.  Do you workout?  You might want to be near a gym.  Want to run in a park?  Perhaps live near a park.  Being close to the BTS or MRT is great if you don't have a car.  Even if you do have  acar it might be better due to the traffic.  You'll find a lot of condos and apts. in your price range a little further out such as Onnut or Ratchada.  As others have said do some short term rentals in different parts of the city to get a feel if that's what works best for you.  

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As others have said, it really depends what you plan on doing in Bangkok. Best advice is stay as close as possible to the places you'll be visiting regularly. My thing is nightlife - I go out almost every night - so when I lived in a cheapo 5000 baht apartment in Phra Khanong I thought I was getting a great deal, but in reality after utilities it ended up being more like 9000, and when you add in round-trip taxi to nightlife it adds another 6000 a month, and that's not counting wasted time. I did myself a favor and moved to lower sukhumvit - rent is 15k which is about the same overall cost (actually the apartment was way more expensive because it came unfurnished and I had to buy furniture, TV, etc. - condo all is included).

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You can get studios off Oh Nuts and a short mb ride from the Skype train for 5,000b.  In a clean low story building.  I know a girl who has one about 4 minutes to the train.  Just a room and a shower.  She put in a hot plate and microwave.

Doubt anthing in low Sukhumvit but at Oh Nuts going toward Siam for several stops you can find places in your range.  I do not think a new highrise condo though.

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I would rather live in huay kwang, din dang, suttisan than On Nut/Bang Na.  Especially if the numbers of Chinese keeps dipping.  Also a website called myhipflat.

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