Since I will be studying in Bangkok the coming two years it will be necessary to find a place there. I would have preferred to stay on campus at Sasin to save on travel time and be able to make full use of the MBA experience, but the price is so absurdly high that it feels like a rip-off and I’ll be the only student living there limiting the whole experience. So when the search for a place to live I quickly noticed there is just too much for offer in Bangkok; the city is huge and even with a limited budget there are thousands of places to choose from. And then my search is only limited to places that are available online and it excludes the thousands of places for rent from local people in small, dark alleys between the rats.
With the amount of apartments for offer I can be picky, and one of the important things when choosing my humble crib for the coming months is limited travel time to Sasin. Besides, the place has to be relatively new, especially keeping in mind the way Thai people maintain apartments – or maintain anything in the country – and be located near a shopping center. One of the places I have stayed before fitted the bill perfectly and last week I was able to move most of my junk into that apartment building.
The reservation of the room was already arranged by email so when I jumped out of the taxi at 21 Living Place I only had to give a copy of my passport and pay a deposit and I was able to move in. Compared to my place in Nakhon Ratchasima this place is small; besides a bathroom and a bedroom there is nothing – no balcony, no living room, no swimming pool, no billiards room, no kitchen, no ballroom, no gym, not even shared ones. The upside of this place though, compared to my old place, is that it is a serviced apartment. So three times a week a maid swipes some of the dust that accumulated in the room under the bed while going through my stuff saving me the effort to clean myself, something I did at least monthly in Nakhon Ratchasima.
After unpacking all my junk it seems there is more than enough closet space available to give everything a spot. Next my assumption that there is a lot of dust under the bed got confirmed when I jumped on the bed for a couple of minutes, to test the bedsprings, something every adult does when moving to a new place, and dust comes flying from underneath it. This gives me the perfect opportunity to go get some groceries at the supermarket on the corner to let the dust settle down again.
So far I have no complaints about the place: my neighbors seem quiet or nobody is living there, there is free wireless internet with decent speeds, and I have a perfect view from the window on a parking garage and a little street where some old guy is doing the dishes every now and then, topless.
The room rent is just above 13,000 baht excluding electricity and water, but at least they do not overcharge for the units used like they do in some other apartments. From the apartment building to Sasin, door-to-door, it takes me about 30-35 minutes by skytrain which is acceptable for me as long as it is not too hot or raining (that promises something for the coming months when the temperature will go up and the raining season will start).
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