If you have decided to stay in Thailand for an extended period of time, whether it would be for vacation or work remotely as a digital nomad, you will need to find an accommodation. For a long term stay, most likely you will want to find an apartment that’s comfortable and affordable. In this article, we will focus on where and how to find apartments for rent in Thailand and how much to rent in Thailand.
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Understanding your rental preference
In the previous article, we have discussed different types of property for long term rental in Thailand. In general, the type of accommodation i.e. condominium, apartment, house, villa, or townhouse and their locations will have a large impact on availability and rental cost. For example, it will be a lot easier to find condominiums and apartments to rent near Bangkok business district. On the other hand, there is a good supply of townhouses or detached houses in the suburbs or other cities like Chiang Mai or Phuket.
Where to find apartments for rent in Thailand
Once you know where you want to live and the type of property you are looking for, the next step is to find a property to rent.
Traditionally, the best way is to get connected and enlist help from property agents. However, if you are not currently in Thailand or new to the country – browsing through listings from online platforms can give you better ideas of apartment for rents and eventually get you in touch with the right property agents/landlords.
We have used a few platforms including:
- DDproperty: www.ddproperty.com/en
- Hipflat: www.hipflat.com
- Living Insider: www.livinginsider.com/en
All platforms are available in both Thai and English, they also allow you to filter buy/rent, type of property, size, location and price range.
Note that the majority of the listings on these platforms are managed by property agents who are hired by landlords to find them tenants. This trend can actually be good for you since 1) you may leverage the agent to find other accommodation if the existing one isn’t to your liking 2) these agents are hired by the landlords so typically you will not need to pay them any fees. We found our apartment after talking to 3 agents who were able to show us 10+ condo/apartment.
From our experience in using the 3 platforms mentioned above, DDproperty and Hipflat have advantages from a user experience standpoint. However, Living Insider offers more / unique filters like filtering for short-term rent and properties which allow pet.
Last but not least, if you are only looking to rent for a month or two, AirBnB is another valid option for finding an apartment/condo for rental.
One of the photos shot during our apartment hunt.
How much to rent apartments in Thailand
Rental in Thailand can vary by a large amount depending on location, size and the kind of property you are looking to rent. For example, monthly rent can be as cheap as THB 3,000 a month all the way to THB 100,000+.
If you already have a preferred location in mind, one way to get a sense of pricing in that area is to use the map feature from DDproperty. This feature will allow you to get a quick sense of price range in the area you are looking for. If you find the area too expensive – one option is to move further out from the city area.
So, how easy is it to find apartments for rent in Thailand?
Finding accommodation when you are new to a country can be quite challenging. You do not know the area well, how safe it is, how’s the neighborhood is like, etc.
Thankfully, technology can help to get you the right information, or get you in touch with the right people who can help you out.
Lastly, if you are unsure about committing to long-term rental (perhaps because you are still overseas) – one option is to find a short term one first then do more work once you are on the ground. This is what we did as well, and this way you can check out other prospects for a longer-term rental in person.
Learn more about living in Thailand through our posts