Bangkok is an incredible city with distinct neighborhoods to suit all tastes, preferences, and budgets. However, the capital city of Thailand is very big and can be overwhelming for expatriates who want to relocate to the city. Luxury travelers tend to flock to Sukhumvit or Sathorn and backpackers usually go to Khao San Road, but where should you stay if you’re planning to live in Bangkok for an extended period of time? Deciding where to live is usually a personal decision determined by your situation and preferences. Some people choose to live near their workplace, others decide to live in a peaceful area. Whatever your preference is, here are some of the best places for you to live in Bangkok.

Sathorn

Sathorn is the perfect place for people who wish to live in a premium, luxurious accommodation. Located close to the heart of Bangkok, living in Sathorn will allow you to enjoy the finer things in life. You can find numerous upscale accommodations in this area, many of which are condominiums that offer modern comforts and conveniences. It’s very easy to find accommodation with Western amenities. Most condominiums also offer swimming pools and gyms. Sathorn is filled with amazing food, with a great balance of local street foods and expensive restaurants. It has a vibrant nightlife, including great bars and clubs. It is also located near Lumpini Park, which is a beautiful green area with pretty lakes and wide paths. Lumpini Park provides a sweet escape from the busy city life.

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Sukhumvit

This area offers great nightlife, numerous hotels, and popular restaurants. Recently, it has become one of the sought after places in Bangkok to buy real estate since the prices are currently on an upward trend. The demand for homes in this area is very high, especially since it has the BTS Skytrain network service Sukhumvit (BTS ASOK), which makes it easy for residents to travel around Bangkok. There are also has a handful of quiet cafés and luxurious spas for some peaceful retreats that allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. One thing you should note is that accommodation in this area tends to come with a high price tag.

Ari

Located a little outside of the city center, Ari is becoming an ex-pat hub in Bangkok. It is a little quieter and cleaner than some other areas in Bangkok. The area also has a more local feel and easy access to the center of Bangkok. Most ex-pats who live here are families because of the great bars and amazing restaurants. You can also find some great coffee shops to hang out with friends after work. There is an array of shops selling numerous Western food that will help any Western ex-pat feel a little more at home. 

Thonglor

Thonglor is a trendy area that appeals to both long-term ex-pats and tourists. This part of Bangkok is said to be one of the best places to eat in Thailand thanks to its huge choice of places to eat. Living in this area means living close to classy bars, upscale restaurants offering Thai and international dishes, flashy malls, and designer boutiques. It is an ideal place to live for people who love the great nightlife, amazing meals, and incredible shopping experiences. Being one of the trendiest areas in Bangkok, expect to pay a premium for a property here.

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Victory Monument

Those who want to live in a lively part of Bangkok should definitely choose Victory Monument. It has various apartments to suit different tastes and budgets. You can choose between apartments providing Western amenities or apartments that offer a more traditional Thai living. You will find numerous street vendors, market stalls, and restaurants selling a combination of Thai and international cuisine. There are also a few bars for you to unwind after work.

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Phra Khanong

If you are looking for low rental prices, Phra Khanong should be on top of your list. The area is packed with ex-pats who like to live in a house rather than a condo or apartment. However, you will still find numerous serviced apartments and condo’s if you don’t want to live in a house. The people who live in this neighborhood are mainly Thais, but there is also a big ex-pat community. Phra Khanong has easy access to major commercial areas in Bangkok due to its location along the BTS Skytrain route.  

Udom Suk

Udom Suk is a peaceful neighborhood with a local feel. Located within Bangkok’s central business district, the area attracts both locals and tourists. The area is mainly filled with Thai restaurants and street food stalls, making it an ideal place for people who want to indulge in true Thai life. You can also find many massage shops to unwind at and the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center to see various shows.