Buying a Bangkok condo: 10 months later
What are the pros and cons of splashing the cash on your own place?
There's a lot to be said for not having to worry about messing up the landlord's sofa, and it's nice to feel like you have a "home" rather than "a nice place to stay" as I had for years before.
The quest to find a condo in Bangkok
How easy is it to buy your own place?
If you plan on being a permanent expat in Bangkok, it makes financial sense to go for buying a place of your own.
The hidden gardens of Bangkok
You'd be surprised how much green there is out there
Finding peaceful, open spaces outside of Bangkok is easy enough, but tranquility within the central areas of the city is near to impossible, unless of course, you know where to look.
What's in a name?
'Everything' say property developers
All around us these days, products and services are branded with care and precision. This is not only done to draw attention, but also to stimulate precise feelings within consumers for whatever product or service is being hawked. It's been proven time and time again that clever branding really does produce positive results in businesses.
Possible effects of ASEAN
It can only be good news for the Bangkok property market
For all its faults (and like any big city, Bangkok has many), Bangkok is geographically in probably the best position to take advantage of the AEC. With links by airplane to almost all of the other nine capitals in 3 hours or a lot less, Bangkok is practically a central hub.
Love at first sight?
Looking for a property is like looking for love
Most people have a certain number of criteria they look for in a perfect partner, and these set of criteria can be related (loosely) to the criteria people use when looking for a place to live.
A palace for one
Quality one-bedroom Bangkok condos and apartments to rent
Not that long ago - 6-7 years in fact - it was actually hard to find a quality, luxurious, but well priced one-bedroom condo within walking distance, or even reasonable motorbike ride of a BTS or MRT station.
An unbeatable investment
Ten reasons to invest in Bangkok real estate
Many people emigrate to other countries looking for opportunity in their lives. They see it as a chance to have a better life than back home. Of course it is an adventure as well and perhaps there is a romantic element linked to their decision, but most expats who become 'permanent' residents of Thailand or Bangkok only do it if their lives are improved in the process.
The changing face of Bangkok
How property developers are playing their part
Like many SE Asian cities, apart from religious monuments such as temples and a few other buildings, there is a virtual free-for-all on development, and very little in the way of protection and preservation. Does this detract from the city in the form of character and beauty? That of course is a matter open to debate.
Wet, wet, wet
Going door to door and staying dry!
We can at least attempt to escape a number of those rainy season downpours by living as close to the BTS and MRT stations as possible, and in fact some of the condominium developers in Bangkok have gone one stage further and actually linked their buildings to a station