Life on Sukhumvit Soi 4
Now, we know that many of you worry about us “suffering” on the travelers’ trail. Perhaps, you fear that we are wasting away in a nightmarish, insect-infested hotel-shack. We’ve definitely been there. While true adventure travel will necessitate some of that “suffering,” well-planned budget travel can be far more comfortable than you might imagine.
Knowing in advance that we wanted to spend some time in Bangkok, we decided to rent an apartment. A look at Craig’s List, some quick calls, a day’s worth of searching, and some last-minute negotiating landed us a nice little apartment in Sukhumvit Soi 4. Those of you who know Bangkok might be screaming in horror, “Isn’t that Nana?” Don’t worry, we’re well beyond the Nana bar scene in a pocket of green along a khlong backed by skyscrapers.
Our apartment is a spotless, air-conditioned one-bedroom with cable television and wireless high-speed Internet. We have a kitchenette with a large refrigerator, microwave and toaster oven. The bathroom is pristine with plenty of steaming hot water – not that you really need that when it’s 95 degrees outside. But what we do need is our beautiful pool backed by a cute little gazebo where we can sip tea at night with the friendly family that runs the place.
In fact, the family who owns the building is a major attraction. Every now and then, they treat the apartment residents to a pool-side barbecue (we’ve already been to two) where we can mix and mingle and get to know each other. The family is extremely helpful, yet never intrusive – perfect for us.
So how much does all this cost?
We are paying $600 a month, which includes rent, cable, high-speed Internet, water, and weekly maid service. Electricity is extra. Is this cheap for Bangkok? Not really. You can get a much cheaper apartment here, but we wanted to find something quickly and we had to make sure we had high-speed Internet, so we could get some work done. Additionally, we are located in central Bangkok near the Skytrain, just three stops from MBK and Siam Square.
Although we generally try to pay less for accommodation, the kitchenette helps reduce food costs which allows us to live in much nicer accommodation while keeping to a reasonable budget. So keep that in mind while planning your next trip abroad. Sometimes, an apartment is the perfect solution for those who want to stick to one location.
For more information, you can contact Mrs. Ning at My View.