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Expat' Good Plans : THAILAND


Take the (bi-color) taxi to move around (very unexpensive). !! No receipts are given by Bangkok taxi drivers (better have it prepared yourself and have him sign)!!

Inside Nichada:
Single house, 4 beds - Baht 120,000 to 300,000
Townhouse, 3/4 beds - Baht 50,000 to 60,000
Apartment, 4 beds - Baht 65,000 to 125,000
Apartment, 3 beds - Baht 50,000 to 60,000
In Chaengwattana:
Single house, 4 beds - Baht 60,000, depending on the size of the land
Single house, 3 beds - Baht 55,000
Townhouse, 3/4 beds - Baht 30,000
Apartment, 3 beds - Baht 45,000 to 90,000, depending on location & quality

Electricity : around
Water and gaz :
Internet 56k : around
Bills payment :
Bank account :
DON'T drink water tap, buy mineral water
Foreigner : 'Farang '
Advice when you buy : bargain systematically, try what you buy and check the guaranty
English unequaly spoken

Quite funny to heat annoucements in ... German at the airport. No comment.

English Teacher (Secondary School) (based on Council Exchange Australia) : 10,000 Baht per month + advantages

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Where to buy ?

MBK Shopping Center
A bit of everything
Next to the Siam Square stop on Sky Train.
MBK Bangkok




Many shops around there

PANTIP Computer Center
Computer parts, software, copies, DVD ...
On Petchaburi near the Amari Watergate Hotel




Amarin Plaza Shopping Center
Sogo Department Store, Japanese-style supermarket, jewelry, shoes and fashion shops. A Starbucks on the ground floor.
Near the Meridian Hotel and the Chidlom stop on Skytrain, at the corner of Ploenchit/Sukhumvit Road and Ratchadamri Road

A large French-style hypermarket on Rama IV at the end of Sukhmvit Soi 24

Central Department Store Chidlom
Excellent large department store, along the lines of Bloomingdales in New York or Harrods in London. A very nice Starbucks on the ground floor and a trendy Greyhound Cafe on the 3rd floor. Along Ploenchit/Sukhumvit Road near the Chidlom Stop on Sky Train opposite Soi Langsuan)

Chatuchak Weekend Market
One of the world's largest "flea markets". Over 8,600 stalls and vendors spread across 28 acres, selling to over 200,000 people on Saturday and Sunday from 7AM to 6PM. Stop on the Sky Train, Mo Chit, at the very end of the line

6 floors of shops, bookstores, cafes, UA Cinemas and a European-style gourmet food market.
Sukhumvit near Soi 24 and Phrom Phong Sky Train stop which has a ramp leading straight in

Foodland Supermarkets
Big supermarkets with Thai, Japanese, Chinese and American/European selection. Open 24 hours.
One on Sukhumvit opposite Soi 63 aka Ekami and the other just off Sukhumvit near Soi 5

Gaysorn Plaza Shopping
Upmarket shopping . Thai Craft Museum Shop on the 2nd floor. Near Le Meridien Hotel with a large Planet Hollywood sign in front at the corner of Ploenchit/Sukhumvit Road and Ratchadamri Road

Lotus Super Center Klong Toey
Food, hardware, office supplies, appliances and everything else. Open 24 hours a day. One hundred check-out cashiers in a line to the horizon.
Off Sukhumvit near Soi 24 on Rama IV

Peninsula Plaza Shopping Center
Upmarket and more expensive than most other places in Bangkok. Galeries Lafayette Department Store. Luxury goods.
Between the Hyatt Erawan and the Regent Hotels on Ratchadamri Road just off Ploenchit/Sukhumvit Road

Department store with a very good Thai supermarket and food court in the basement.
Near the Delta Grand Hotel and the Asoke stop on the Sky Train on Sukhumvit Road near Soi 19)

World Trade Center
Isetan and Zen Central Japanese-style Department Storesnd restaurants,some top-quality cinemas, Tower Records.
Along Sukhumvit & Ploenchit at intersection of Ratchadamri Road)


Where to eat ?



Where to go out ?

The discos all have bars and usually a limited food menu....the action usually starts around Midnight
egal closing time is at 2:00pm

RCA (Royal City Avenue)
Soi Sunwichai
A huge street of bar-disco-no-farang hangout after 10:00pm. 30+ Bars/Discos/Music Restaurants along a kilometer.

CM2 (Novotel Siam Square)
Upscale bar-disco for expatsInternational Pop Music/Bands

For those who like:
- Patpong
- Nana area
- Soi Cowboy
Nothing much to say about that.

Bossy 2000
A youngish crowd but great new Thai bands
At the end of Sukhumvit Soi 55 aka Thonglor just before New Petchaburi Road

Dance Fever
Along Ratchadaphisek Road next to the Hollywood Disco,
Mostly Thai, Thai bands.

Disco Bowling
On Friday and Saturday nights starting at 10PM at the Brunswick RCA Entertainment Bowling Center located above the 24 hour Topps Supermarket on Royal City Avenue.

Featured Disco
Starting at Midnight, a thousand Thai hipsters rock out with Thai Pop Bands & a Crew of Wacky Back-up Dancers.
Along Ratchadaphisek Road

This place gets going when the Patpong bars finish. A mix of young upscale Thais, resident Expats young and old, Isan bargirls who know how to dance and a few accidental tourists. Techno.
Off Silom Road at 76/1 Patpong 1

Expats with money and an assorted group of Armani-dressed Asian gangster-types from Hong Kong and Taiwan make this an interesting observation deck although the music and ambiance aren't as hot as some other spots
Next to Pegasus off Sukhumvit Soi 23 at Soi Prasanmit.

Singers, large disco, mainly upscale Thai and business guys from various parts of Asia and a few "in-the-know" Expats.
In the basement of the Emerald Hotel along Ratchadaphisek Road

Techno Disco with lots of Laser Lights. One of the centers of Bangkok Trend. Along Sukhumvit Soi 26

Where stay ?

Serviced Apartments (managed by Accor)
Corporate rate : Superior Studio 2000 Baths NET / night (including the 17% taxes and breakfast)




The 'German Island'. No comment.

Where to stay ?



What to do?