We’ve found a home in Bangkok!

Column 02 closeup viewCan’t really think at the moment – too exhausted but I can say that after three days, 16 properties (in which we saw between 2 and 5 suites each,) and revisiting 4 properties, some of them twice and with multiple suites, we have finally decided on one. In the end we were vacillating between two properties, and I’m partly writing this post to cement the commitment.

The property we have decided upon is in Sukhumvit, where many of the expats we are already in touch with live, and is walking distance to a major Skytrain and Subway station (see photo left, the Skytrain is halfway across the bridge, it has just left the station to which we can walk.) Our building is on a street we had driven down on the first day and had stuck in my mind, because of its many little cafes, restaurants, spas and general liveliness, which is something we crave after 18months in the Sydney Suburbs! Not only is it ideally located but it’s pretty, too - dark wood floors (the soft, Japanese kind), and modern furnishings, so what little furniture we will bring will fit in well. Most importantly, after having no view even of our own street in Sydney we now have a wonderful view from every room but the best is from the living room and study – it’s the view in the photo at the top left of this post. I took the photo standing at one of the windows of what will be our living room, and the view is the same from the study - we can’t wait to see it at night!

Exhausted though we are, we are excited and we cannot thank Khun Pat, Khun Pin-Orn and Khun Pattii, from Transpo Asian Tigers , for their endless patience, flexibility and attention to our every question, concern and desire, whether apartment related, or more personal. Also a big thank you to our driver for this week, who has made driving pushing through Bangkok traffic look easy!

I will write a more detailed/helpful post about our home search experience, with tips for other expats and expat wives when we return to Sydney and I have some time.

Tomorrow will be a day of administration (hospital, bank accounts etc.…) and a little more orientation of our new area. Let’s hope we have some energy left to explore on the Saturday we have to ourselves!