If you will be spending a month or more in Bangkok, Thailand, for business or leisure, a serviced apartment with a month to month lease is a great option and much cheaper than comparable hotels. During the three summers I spent living in Bangkok, I stayed in two different serviced apartments. I enjoyed both of them and would recommend each for different purposes and budgets.
Baan Rim Sathorn
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22 Soi Sathorn 13 Intersection 6 South Sathorn Rd. Bangkok, Thailand
I lived here when I was interning at the U.S. Embassy Bangkok and it was a great fit for that time. When I moved to Bangkok, I did not know anyone. My closest connection was a former college classmate’s former high school exchange student. Housing was not provided or arranged, so I was on my own.
I actually found this apartment online before heading to Thailand. When I arrived in Bangkok, I stayed at a hotel and went to Baan Rim Sathorn to check it out the next morning. I was very happy with the neighborhood, security, living conditions, and price, so I signed a three month lease.
Located behind the St. Louis Hospital, within close walking distance of the Surasak BTS station, Baan Rim Sathorn features 32 studio apartments with or without a balcony.
If you are staying between 1-6 months, rent is 9,900 baht per month or approximately $284 USD, plus utility costs.
If you are staying between 6-12 months, rent is 9,300 baht per month or approximately $267 USD, plus utility costs.
A private security guard is posted downstairs 24/7 and the neighborhood was in a safe, residential area. Each room included a large open bedroom, a small kitchenette (fridge, microwave, dishes, counter space, and sink), and a full on-suite bathroom.
Room service included a thorough room clean every three days. Basic pillow and linens were provided. I brought my own towel and purchased another after arriving.
Overall, my stay at the Baan Rim Sathorn provided comfortable living conditions for a great price and it was well-positioned for an easy commute to work in the heart of Bangkok.
One of my favorite memories of living there was an elderly man who often sat on a bench that I passed on my way to the BTS station. He spoke limited English, but every morning he would say “Good Morning, Madame,” and every day on my way home he said, “Good Evening, Madame.”
The Narathiwas Residence Sathorn Bangkok
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379 Narathiwas Soi 24, Sathupradit, Chongnonsee, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
The second serviced apartment I stayed at in Bangkok was the Narathiwas Residence. The first time I lived here, I stayed for 3 months and the second time, I stayed for about a month and a half. My stay was provided by my employer.
I can honestly say that my stay here was a major factor in my desire to return to live in Bangkok. Even though I wasn’t able to stay as long as I would have liked to, it was a wonderful experience. The staff is incredibly helpful in arranging taxis, responding to any maintenance issues, and even teaching some Thai phrases. One day on a trip out of the city, I couldn’t remember if I left my curling iron on or not and called the front desk. They happily checked for me and I was able to not dwell on it.
Located in the Chongnonsee area, the Narathiwas Residence features serviced 1-3 bedroom apartment options, a fitness center, 2 pools (1 covered infinity pool and 1 uncovered outdoor pool), a restaurant, laundry services, a business center, and excellent service. Room service includes daily room cleaning and towel replacement, and sheet changing every few days.
A fantastic breakfast buffet is available every morning in the ground floor restaurant. Breakfast includes an omelet bar, pancakes, French toast, breakfast meats, pastries, fried rice, curries, fresh fruit, fresh juice, coffee, tea and more.
When you arrive at the entrance of Narathiwas Residence on Narathiwas Soi 24, you will see a Starbucks store nestled into garden greenery and several restaurants and elegant spas nearby. Central Plaza Rama 3 shopping center is conveniently located within walking distance of the residence. It is not near much night life (besides a night market on Rama 3), but I prefer to live in a more residential area, away from noisy bar scenes. It’s easy enough to travel to these areas, by public transportation or taxi, when you want to go.
The Narathiwas Residence is a bit of a far walk from the Chongnonsee BTS station, but shuttle service is provided at regular intervals 7 days per week. There is also a bus stop very close to the residence that can bring you to the BTS station.
Room rates vary depending on size and length of stay. For a one bedroom apartment lease of 1-5 months, the rate is approximately 42,990 baht or $1,230 USD (this includes rent, daily room service, daily breakfast buffet, and use of all facilities). Leasing a one bedroom apartment for 6-12 months is approximately 39,990 baht or $1,140 USD.
Overall, if you are going to be in Bangkok for at least a couple weeks to a month or more and this is within your budget, I really recommend a stay at the Narathiwas Residence.
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