Realtors operating in the Thai capital often get asked which districts in Bangkok are the most suitable for expats. The thing is, there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question because lifestyles and expectations are subjective. With that in mind, the short answer has to be that there is no ideal place for an expat to live in Bangkok.
Not All Homes and Neighbourhoods Are Equal
Some people prefer to dwell in high-rise condominiums around busy, vibrant areas like Asoke or Nana, enjoying great city views from living room windows. Others may like the more intimate feel of a low-rise condo or apartment in the city’s quieter parts of town like On Nut.
However, for those expats working in Bangkok’s CBD, location and easy access to their office is imperative. This may mean they have to be practical perhaps more so than picky when looking for accommodation. For them, the Sathorn area is often the preferred location, and Yenakart is a very good choice.
The Yenakart / Sathorn District
Quiet, green, and centrally placed with easy access to Rama 3 Expressway, Rama 4 Road, Sathorn Road, and Narathiwat Road, makes it actually quite difficult to find a more centrally placed location in Bangkok than Yenakart.
It is also important to note that Yenakart has three points of access from Bangkok’s public transportation network. The first and original one, is the Chong Nonsi BTS (Skytrain) station, which is only a five minute drive from the central Yenakart area. Closer still is the Lumpini MRT (Metro) station, located near Q-House Lumpini (a 38-storey office building set on the corner of Sathon and Rama 4 roads). From Q-House, residents can reach most of the condos mentioned in this article within a 15 minute walk. And finally, there’s the more recently opened Yenakart BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) station on the Bangkok BRT line.
Now let’s take a look at the type of accommodation available in Yenakart.
The Resorta Yenakart
Fortunately, Yenakart has a complete range of accommodation on offer, from low-cost studios starting at around 13,000 THB/Mo, to beautiful, spacious three bed condos, renting out for 100,000 THB/Mo and above. However, let’s begin by looking at the smaller, low-cost units on offer at The Resorts Yenakart, located in the Yan Nawa district of Bangkok.
One bedroom units here can be had for as little as 15,000 THB/Mo, but the better furnished, more attractive rooms will be priced up to 18,000 THB/Mo. Resorta Yenakart is a low-rise condominium housing a total of 308 condo units. Some of the condo facilities include:
- Large swimming pool
- Attractive grounds and gardens
- Fitness room
- Sauna / steam room
- Mini Mart
- Reception Area
- Covered Parking
- 24hr security
The Resorta represents great value for those wanting to live in the Bangkok CBD area.
Sathorn Plus Condominiums by Sansiri
Moving up in terms of price are another two fine low-rise condominium buildings: the Sathorn Plus on the Pond and Sathorn Plus by the Garden, both of which are located on the main Yenakart road. These condos are built by Sansiri (one of the largest real estate developers in Thailand) and offer practical living in the Yenakart area.
Some of the typical facilities for each of these Sathorn Plus condos include:
- Car parking
- Fitness room
- Multi-Purpose Room
- Roof-top swimming pool
- Shady garden area
- 24 hour security with CCTV and Security Key Card Access Control
The 50sqm one-bed units at these Sansiri properties rent out for approximately 24,000 THB/Mo at the time of writing, and the studios are slightly cheaper at just 17,000 THB/Mo.
Baan Sirisathorn, Yenakat
Located not far from the two low rise buildings above is Baan Sirisathorn. This is yet another good quality low rise building, providing grade-A living for residents.
As with the other low-rise accommodations in this area, there is a nice feeling of both intimacy and quality about the place. Fitted out with solid wooden floors, powder coated window frames, and top quality fixtures & fittings throughout, these units really are something else.
At the time of writing, the 35sqm studio condos here rent for about 20,000 THB/Mo. A 55sqm one bedroom goes for approximately 30,000 THB/Mo, and the 80sqm two bedroom units for 40,000 THB/Mo. Condo facilities include:
- Reception Area
- Undercover Parking
- Roof-Top Swimming Pool
- Roof-Top Sun Deck
- Roof Top Fitness Studio
- 24 Hour Security
Baan Sirisathorn is a cosy residence and makes for a perfect home for expats working in CBD.
The Lanai Condominium
As mentioned earlier, Yenakart has accommodation to suit a varied selection of tastes, budgets, and requirements. If you like traditional South East Asian styles and oriental architecture, then the Lanai could be the perfect place for you.
This exclusive condominium is an eight story low rise project with just 34 one and two bed units in total. The Lanai offers its tenants a very unusual choice in Bangkok living.
Indisputably a high-end building with a real five star quality feel to the place, the Lanai affords residents with a peaceful, resort style experience, not dissimilar to what you might expect at a luxury retreat in a tropical location such as Samui, Phuket, or even Bali in Indonesia.
The condos at the Lanai are huge, with three bedroom units being over 250sqm. Even the two bedroom units are above 200sqm. Oozing quality and opulence, the Lanai condos are bright, airy, and sophisticated. Facilities include:
- Covered Car Park (2 spaces reserved)
- Fitness Center
- Roof Garden
- Sauna / steam
- Swimming Pool & Deck
- 24 hour Security with CCTV
The moment you enter the lobby, it’s as though you have been transported far away from Bangkok and miraculously set down at a beautiful five star resort along the Andaman Sea or Gulf of Thailand. It is fair to say that this quality residence offers something that no other Bangkok condominium building can.
Obviously all this space, luxury, and hi-so lifestyle comes at a price. With rents in the neighbourhood of around 100,000 THB/Mo for a three bedroom unit, it will only be Bangkok’s high earners who get to reside at the exclusive Lanai Condominium.
As you can see, this little known and often forgotten corner of Bangkok known as Yenakart, actually offers expats a great deal of choice and convenience. With easy access to the BTS Skytrain, MRT Metro, and the Bangkok BRT system, it’s amazing this part of town remains somewhat of a hidden gem. Additionally, those expats who own a car can also easily access Rama 4 road, Rama 3 road, Narathiwat road, Sathorn road, and the Rama 3 Expressway.
Going back to our opening paragraph, where we said there are no districts in Bangkok which are most suitable for expats, perhaps there is after all, and perhaps it’s Yenakart!