Bangkok is still a relatively young capital, only established in 1782. Since its foundation Bangkok’s development has accelerated and is now one of the liveliest cities in the world. The city is full of scores of modern high-rise buildings, and on the ground you will find a heady mix of chaos with everything from busy traditional markets to beautiful golden temples, ultra-hip nightclubs and bars along with some of the best shopping in Asia.
Bangkok spans 330 square kilometers with a population of 9 million. This is forty times the population of the second largest city in Thailand, Chiang Mai. Bangkok was built on the Chao Phraya river, and this river runs through the city. The river is frequented by ferries and longtail boats and makes up the backbone of a network of canals, floating markets and waterside temples such as Wat Arun.
Three concentric canals flow eastwards around Ratanakosin (located in the bend of the river). The southern part of the area between the canals is the trading enclave of Chinatown and Indian Pahurat, linked to the old palace by Thanon Charoen Krung. The northern part is characterised by ancient temples and the Democracy Monument. Dusit is beyond the canals to the north and is the the site of many government buildings.
The commercial heart of Bangkok lies to the southeast of Dusit, where modern glass towers and cool marble malls lend big city drama to districts of Silom, Siam Square and Sukhumvit. Bangkok’s climate is made up of three seasons, but is generally warm during the days and nights all year around. The cool season runs from November to February, with temperatures averaging 27 to 31 degrees Celsius. This is the peak tourist season, where prices increase significantly for accommodation. The hot season starts in March and ends in June.
Temperatures can rise to 36 degrees during this time. Education in Bangkok is some of the best in Asia, with international schools catering for all nationalities. Although Thailand some of the most expensive real estate in Southeast Asia, property is reasonably priced when compared to capital cities in Western countries.
The most sought after properties situated along Sukhamvit Road, and within walking distance of the Skytrain allowing residents to avoid traffic congestion. Property located along the Chao Phraya River is also in demand, as well as in the districts of Sathorn, Silom and Lumpini.
There are houses and condominiums to suit every budget in Bangkok. So whether you’re looking for luxurious penthouses, studio apartments, family homes or investment properties with high rental yield, there are great opportunities for you in Bangkok.