Home‎ > ‎Newsflash in detail‎ > ‎

A Newbie's Guide to Getting Settled In Bangkok

posted 9 Jan 2019, 23:33 by Happi Mess   [ updated 10 Jan 2019, 01:27 ]






Key points




Renting a condo: 
Make an appointment with an agent. Let them know what you're looking for. See a selection of condos. Put down a deposit on the one you like. Deposit = 1 month rent. This keeps it from being shown or rented to another party, pending contract drafting and move-in.

"First and last" doesn't exist in Bangkok. Rent is paid in advance and a security deposit, equal to 2 month's rent, which is returned at the end of your lease (minus any damages and outstanding bills). If you're renting a 20k, you'll need 60k to get your foot in the door.

Leases are typically 1 year for condos, otherwise expect a noticeable increase in rent for shorter terms and a very decreased selection.

Disclaimer: REALTOR licensing doesn't exist in Bangkok. You *need* to research your agent. They need to come recommended. They need to work for a legitimate agency. That agency should have a proven track record. Do not give money to someone without a strong reputation.


Setting up internet:
There is a never-ending debate on who is the best internet provider in Bangkok. In my opinion, they're essentially all the same. There's TrueOnline, 3BB, AIS, CS LoxInfo and more. CS probably has the best deal of the bunch. 20Mbps for 450 a month. You just need to give them a call and see if they are able to install in your building.


Paying Your Bills:
If you have rented a condo, all of your bills are paid at 711/Family Mart. Electricity, internet, cable. Everything except your water bill, which you pay directly to your condo office. If you have rented an apartment, you'll pay all your bills to the office.

Many banks also have apps which make bill payment easy.


Getting a maid:
Seekster or DO4YOU. 500 Baht +/- for a 2 hour maid visit. These companies also offer handyman services, in case anything in your condo ever needs repair.


Air Conditioning Maintenance:
Again, Seekster. You want to have your AC serviced at LEAST once every 6 months. This will keep your bills down. Unmaintained ACs are the primary contributing factor to abnormally high electric bills.

Get to know people:
Join the Bangkok Facebook groups. There is a very diverse group of them.

Bangkok Expats - I call this group the "middle ground". You will get answers to your questions AND get trolled into the ground. Be ready for both. Don't whine. Please.

DSBKK - Posts require approval. Group is heavily moderated. If you find yourself regularly offended, go here.

BANGKOK EXPATS - In all caps. Similar to Bangkok Expats.

There are dozens of Bangkok groups that are more tailored to specific things. These 3 are your main.


Fun/Different Things To Do:
Want to learn a martial art, whether for health or fun? Check out Bangkok Fight Lab (Sukhumvit 50) and Elite Training Center Thailand (Sukhumvit 30/1)

Check out Spin & Slice Tennis and Fitness Club (Sukhumvit 50)

Bkk Orchestra Concert at the Park happens on the occasional Sunday. The Bangkok Orchestra performs live in Lumpini Park. Bring bug spray.

FULL METAL DOJO is Thailand's MMA promoter. If you're a fan of UFC or One, you don't want to miss their next event. There is also the Kumite 3000  Prize fighting League.

There is a large comedy scene in Bangkok. Almost every night of the week, you can find live, stand-up comedy at RAW ComedyKhaosan Comedy Club, etc.


Transportation:
Forewarning. Taxis in Bangkok are a nightmare. When looking for a condo, try to stay as close to a BTS or MRT station as possible. Download Grab to your phone to avoid issues. They have a car, bike and taxi service. Use the code GRABBESTLIFE to get ride discounts when signing up.


SIM Cards:
Speaking of phones. Mobile providers in Bangkok are the same as internet but add on dtac. A SIM costs essentially nothing. You need your passport. Go to 711, ask for a SIM, get whichever. True or DTAC. Once you have a number, you can "top-up" by adding 100 Baht or more to your credit. Each provider has it's own mobile data package. You put enough credit on the phone and then enable your choice of package. Each company has it's own app which makes this pretty easy.


Banking:
Kasikorn (K-Bank) have proven themselves to be the most accommodating to foreigners. Bring your passport, lease agreement and a surplus of patience to a branch.


Job hunting: 
If you're a teacher, visit "Ajarn". If you're looking for anything else, visit "JobsDB".


Avoiding Online Scams: 
Never send money to someone selling something in any group via bank transfer or online. Never. Meet in person. Always.


Buying Electronics:
Visit Pantip, Fortune and MBK for phones, computers, games, etc. Both Tesco and Big C I'll also have a selection that will have a warranty. You're gambling when you buy from a market.


This should get you started. If you have any additional questions or things you think should be added to this list, please comment or send a message.

PS: Rent or buy your next home in Bangkok with BKK BestLife Real Estate. All those rumours you hear about real estate in Bangkok? At a minimum, you can avoid all that by doing business with us. And after writing all that out, I think you all can grant me 1 shameless plug. 






credit source


Above article copied from Facebook group Bangkok expats link


Fbk group: Bangkok Expats is a closed group 45,000 

now added to our recommended network groups
last five (5) by latest edits: see all at bottom of page 
Name and urlRegion and group sizeFocus & Target Audience
Bangkok Expats Bangkok / closed 45,000 Expats Bangkok 
TRAVEL ADDICTION fbk / public / 38k / at at 18.12.18 Travel global 
Desperately Seeking Bangkok Bangkok <> 38,000 at 2018.12 Advice / refer? <> all ages 
Life & Travel in 360° World Wide / 800 + at 2018.12 Travel in "360 spherical" photo and video, dedicated group related to popular VEER TVite 
Living in Thailand Thailand <> (closed) 9,000 at 18.12.18 General <> all ages 
Showing 5 items from page approved groups FBK sorted by edit time. View more »



Share this page



http://ow.ly/DizA30nfXl1




share the love gif.gif
valentine-charlie-brown.jpg








Related topics



where you can find Blake 





widget below 
external link  
"Get the most use a Host" > Bangkok PAC Small cost Big Smiles!






New to town?



Be Served 
Get the most use a Host" Local Travel Host Services

Serve yourself > D.I.Y. 
New to town? Bangkok Novice to Advanced, multiple search engines









Buy us a coffee



if you like info, keep us going sponsor a coffee
when I roam around town with a few bags of camera gear, phones and compass I get tired 
in this link you can buy me a coffee and include a message which helps so much

ultimately I prefer support for visit my local charity project 
FSCC Foundation Slum Child Care log of my visits and money raised



Join our Community
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/6QWwu3xcfVG0kc2J6OMbS2NGyIpLN5dblJshIQQocOibZJd2I2usCqD4TxKObLNdqzrMExUfLlT8Vqy-cWHhz7Ggp6qY0_ezPIVCWgn_twWIOPIJHmUzLDVRTCclYhY7Yj8Hbug

Facebook groups Bangkok   
Adventure I Nightlife I Tourism I Models   members 100,000
other stuff: Newsflash I Attractions Bangkok       








Tourism Bangkok
showing last 5 changes see all  Directory Tourism

Industry and ThemeName & URLMain Function
All -> master Index Master Index all tables 
Attractions Bangkok Directory Attractions Bkk all Attractions 
Hospitality Hospitality: Master Index Index 
Markets Markets Bangkok index 
Local Travel Hosts Travel Host Directory Index of local hosts services 
Showing 5 items from page Master Directory Tourism Bangkok sorted by edit time. View more »



Hotels nearby



Recommended: 

Agoda search        













Other stuff












Recommended Events

Approved Events: open page to sort by columns

Event YY.mm.dd / LocationIndustry / ThemeCost (L M H) / Durationwhy goName / link
2019.04.06 Bts Asok Comedy - International Jimmy Carr med -  in 2016 he rocked Bangkok fbk bkk nightlife 
2019.03.04  Comedy low  GLOBAL ROAST BATTLE PHENOMENON--YOUR HOOD'S A JOKE. fbk bpac  
2019.02.21 to 24 Bts Phloen Chit Garden Fair - Nai Lert Flower & Garden Art Fair 2019 low - 150 bt astonishing - heritage home TB events: Nai Lert Park Heritage Home บ้านปาร์คนายเลิศ 
2019.02.16 / Saraburi 9am to 9pm Social: Meet Locals day trip low - day trip activities Thai and Foreigners mixing it up TML: Saraburi hypo 
2019.01.26 / Suk Soi 19 Comedy / 5 star Westin Grand Hotel low international at Westin Grand Hotel Stand up Asia - fbk invite 
2018.12 30 days Dusit Festival - Aoon Ai Rak Warm love Free Thai Costume / heritage Warm love AoonAiRak 
2018.12.19 / Suk Soi 13 Comedy / battle off the best low  huge gig  fbk grp bkk nightlife 
2018.11 to Jan IconSiam Exhibition: History Boats free  New shopping mall IconSiam tb Sri Mahasamut Nov to Jan 
2018.11.28  Photos: Bangkok Histroy   fbk page Happy Bkk tourism 
Showing 9 items from page Approved Events sorted by Event YY.mm.dd / Location. View more »


Places visited  


Where we have been link

why try .. . see places of interest, sort table by any column


Bangkok Hospitality & Tourism

Donate Photos, videos to to our Community Groups

Become a Roaming reporter how it works



News
  • Best Bangkok Tourist river Piers Chao Phraya River Boat ServicesThe Chao Phraya River is a perfect way to travel in Bangkok and to discover and explore many main attractions the big city has to ...
    Posted 26 Feb 2019, 20:42 by Happi Mess
  • 5 popular temples Bangkok share this page  https://linkfox.io/cMvAI in Bangkok. The most famous ones are the Grand Palace with the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho and the reclining Buddha, and the temple ...
    Posted 23 Jan 2019, 02:21 by Happi Mess
  • Dirty Bangkok oh yeah babe 15 Jan 2019 at 08:29 0 commentsWRITER: GARY BOYLEORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: POST REPORTERSBangkok firefighters on Monday 'soaked the sky' with high-pressure fire cannons in front ...
    Posted 17 Jan 2019, 00:28 by Happi Mess
  • A Newbie's Guide to Getting Settled In Bangkok by Blake Sibbitt I Co Owner at BKK BestLife Real EstateKey pointsRenting a condo: Make an appointment with an agent. Let them know what you're looking for ...
    Posted 10 Jan 2019, 01:27 by Happi Mess
  • Warm love Aoon Ai Rak Festival Bangkok Dec 18 to Jan 2019 share this page https://goo.gl/rKDpwjไปคะ!! 🎊A winter festival “Love and Warmth at Winter’s End” Aoon-Ai-Rak is back and open now!!🎉From 9 December 2018 ...
    Posted 16 Dec 2018, 20:43 by Happi Mess
Showing posts 1 - 5 of 225. View more »