How to find a condo in Bangkok?
- Look around with an Estate Agent (each are experts in different areas)
- Choose one of the many, many empty ones that are around
- Wait a day for it to be cleaned
- Move in- ta dah!
However, us being us, this didn’t happen. I also managed to leave my new sunglasses in one of the condos, only to go back and try and explain in English what I had done. It took about 20 minutes for all parties (me, Will and three Thai staff) to finally understand each other and then there they were, shining in the sunlight in the 19th floor condo. Like long lost treasure…
We have looked around too many condos to count the total exactly. Probably about 25. From huge two bedrooms over-looking the city skyline, to small 1 bedrooms with beautiful pools and yoga rooms. What’s the priority? The swimming pool, the gym, the space, the decor, the location, the second bedroom?
We thought we had found the one- a HUGE two bedroom condo right next to the station that felt like only business men and women could afford to live in a place so stunning- when we so happened to bump into an ex-teacher at my school who I have been emailing for several months. What are the chances? Her and her husband asked us why we were spending so much money when we could get somewhere a little smaller and save for travel etc. You pay for space here, not the decor or even the location really (unless very far out of Bangkok). Spanner in the works is an understatement and the need for a Starbucks in the local shopping mall was essential (they are everywhere here and everyone loves them). So our choice of a 130 sq metre condo halved to a 65 sq metre condo with a huge saving of about £300 per month. It has a rooftop pool and BBQ, gym, concierge, views across the city- what more do we actually need? We are already looking at flights to Phuket in the next few weekends…
The problem with finding a condo here compared to a flat in London is that it is not a ‘dog eat dog’ situation. There are hundreds of condos that are empty, ready to move in within a day. You can negotiate on price and probably get it! You have more time to think, to change your mind, which is bad for us, as we can never make a decision. I often wonder how we managed to do our wedding and go out with such a bang… Also, as newcomers to this life all we can relate to is our idyllic garden flat in Forest Hill, or our big room in a townhouse in Kentish Town. The thought of living in a skyscraper in a modern flat with swimming pools is so alien that nowhere feels ‘right’. We don’t know what ‘right’ is here yet. However, our cosy condo seems pretty fun and we do have a small little room for guests. Anyone want to visit?
We are aiming to move in by Friday, ready for our induction at the weekend. In the meantime, we will continue to try out all the amazing restaurants and cafes there are in this area, race up and down the canals on Klongs (fast canal boats) and walk around with beads of sweat like everybody else in this city- a city that has so far impressed us, despite those busy roads and horrendous traffic!