So you have decided that you will go to Thailand and you are planning to stay at least for a month or two. You chose the island/town/village and now you need a place to stay. There is countless number of options but of course you want something nice, cosy, with a good location and something which will not ruin your monthly budget.
go the easy way
If you travel solo and like to constantly meet new people, stay in a hostel. Some of the hostels nowadays are well equipped. I absolutely loved the one I stayed in Bangkok. It had huge kitchen with cutlery, plates, mugs, fridge, microwave, washing machine and dryer. The best websites for bookings are:
- HostelWorld – you can find dorms from 3 USD per night. The thing is that this website will allow you to book only for 14 days. Good for you, you can pack your stuff and move to some other place after.
- Hostels – the 14 booking day limit is applied here as well.
- WeHostels – this is an app available on Google play or App Store. Not only is this budget-conscious but you can also make friends in advance!
- Airbnb – in order to book a room or the entire place, you need to create an account. You can apply various filters which will help you to get your dream place. This is not time limited although some of the places require min. 3 nights.
- HomeExchange – great option for those who have their own place and whose landlord will not mind that you switch the apartment with a complete strangers. You can basically travel anywhere, live like a local and stay for free.
get in touch with thais
There are few websites where you can find accommodation for a month, 3 months or a year for a fraction of the price you would pay if booking via Agoda or Booking.com.
- Thaiapartment – on this website you can find apartment not only in Bangkok but also in other provinces of Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phuket, Nonthaburi etc.). I did a research and it´s possible to find a cosy studio in BKK with pool and gym for 210 USD per month. You need to add additional charges for water and electricity. Sometimes they will charge you extra for internet and cleaning. The water is usually 6 USD per person per month and less than a dollar per unit for electricity. You will probably not hear back from everyone you tried to reach. I got also few replies saying: come and have a look.
- 9apartment -this website has a poor English translation but you can easily figure out the important stuff. Each listing has a contact form via which you will reach out to the landlord.
- Google – use the old best friend and type serviced aparments Thailand into the search engine. You will get loads plus you can go directly to their website.
If you are not a planning freak, you can easily just book one night in a hostel and spend one day walking around the area and I guarantee you will find a studio. Just in the street we live at the moment are many signs offering monthly rent. Good luck!