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Thailand Real Estate Agencies | Short-Long Term Condo Rental | Pattaya | Bangkok | Samui | Phuket

▶ Pattaya Real Estate Rental & Sales Agents

▶ Bangkok Real Estate Rental Agents

▶ Bangkok Full Service City Condominiums | Short & Long Term Rentals

▶ Phuket Real Estate Rental Agents

▶ Koh Samui Real Estate Rental Agents

Notes: The security deposit for a short term rental agreement of up to 6-months is usually 1-2 months rent. Real estate agency fees are paid by the condo owner (landlord). The monthly rental fee does usually not include: Electricity, Water, Internet Access and Phone Service. Properties may be listed with multiple rental agents beause exclusive rights to list a particular condo/villa are not common. Many real estate rental agencies have multi-lingual sales staff on duty.

During the first few years of my stay here, I lived luxuriously, when good consulting work was abundant. All that changed around the 1997 crash, and when I hit rock bottom around the year 2000 (when savings had dwindled to the dangerous level) I learned to live almost as cheaply as any expat ever has here. I've rebounded since then, but my experiences for about a year certainly qualify me to preach what I've practiced.

▶ Cost of Living

How much do you need to live? Add it up yourself:

Rent: Such a wide range here in peoples' preferences, from a one-room room in a Thai apartment block for 3500 THB to 250,000 THB for a large house with a big yard in a nice neighborhood, but most expats rent a highrise condo in the 50,000 to 80,000 THB range

Electricity: if you live in a house, make sure there is insulation in the ceiling.

  • 6,000 THB + for a house with continuous air conditioning, someone home all the time, much more for a large house
  • 3,500 THB + for a large apartment or condo with continuous air conditioning, someone home all the time
  • 200 THB for no air-con, no refrigerator, just fluorescent lights and fans

Water:

  • 100 to 800 baht, depending upon family size, usage, yard watering, etc.

Food:

  • 2000 to 5000 THB = 60 -160 THB per day for "street food" dining out every day, 3 meals per day
  • 10,000 THB + for cooking Western groceries every day, never eating out
  • 30,000 THB + or more for eating out at Western style restaurants every day in the expat areas. Add more for alcohol.

In general, eating out in Thailand at moderately nice places is much cheaper than eating out in western countries. There are good western food restaurants in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Koh Samui, Koh Chang, and other places where foreigners are in high numbers. However, if you like real Thai food, the food courts where Thais go are incredibly cheap. You get a plate of rice with scoops of one or two meat and/or vegetable dishes for 20 to 30 THB.

Taxis are also very cheap in Thailand, and they are metered. The rate starts at 35 THB and goes up slowly. The skytrain and subway start at 10 THB and go up to 50 THB per trip.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019