Living in Bangkok Areas Guide

You’d better believe it: Bangkok is a large city! It sprawls over 5,986 square kilometres, and that is 800 square kilometres larger than New York City’s five boroughs. The centre of business, finance, education, and government for the whole country, it is the magnet drawing people from all of the provinces, for a variety of reasons. As of this writing, Bangkok’s total population is around ten million inhabitants. There are at least 350,000 to 400,000 foreign inhabitants of Bangkok. However, exact figures are impossible to compile for either Thais or non-Thais.

It wasn’t always like this. Most of the world’s big cities gradually increased in size over the course of many years and so were able to plan for more people, more services and better infrastructure.

There was urban planning for such things as mass transportation and zoning into residential, commercial and industrial areas. Not so with Bangkok. Long-time expats remember the Bangkok of a mere forty years ago with no high-rises taller than six or seven storeys. Much of the city was green. One ‘old hand’ recalls Sukhumvit Road as a two-lane country road with a canal on either side providing flood drainage. Sukhumvit residents of the 1950s and early 1960s thought of going ‘downtown’ as a journey from the country to city. In the city what few cars there were vied for space on the roads with the electric tram system that ran through the much of what is now the ‘centre’ Even before the end of trams, the rickshaws had already disappeared.

So imagine, if you can, the explosive growth from that picture just a few decades ago to the Bangkok of today. If you live in this wonderful, overwhelming, bewildering, exotic, and sometimes infuriating city, remember that wherever you came from probably had 100 or more years to deal with what Bangkok has had to face in less than a middle-aged person’s lifetime.

With that glimpse of what Bangkok used to be, lets look at what the ‘Big Mango’ is today.

Where is downtown in Bangkok ?

Like the American city, Los Angeles, Bangkok is really a batch of suburbs and villages without a clearly defined centre to cluster around. In the past, each one had a particularity, a unity of its parts, such as Baan Batr where monk’s bowls (batr) are hammered into shape and prepared for sale for a man’s ordination. Not so far away is an area still called the Fireworks village, but for reason you might guess, it’s not there anymore.

The so-called Thieves Market was where, once upon a time, you could recover your stolen TV set. Nearby is the village dedicated to the gong and bell trade, with cast Buddha and deva images on display, as well. That, at least, is still there.

The major avenues – as opposed to lanes, which are called Sois wind through the city. In older parts of town, each may be lined with shops selling the same goods: electrical goods and motoring accessories on Vorachak Road, gold shops on Charoenkung Road. On either side of the new avenues – built up on an attempt to avoid traffic jams or to open up empty areas of the city – you may find auto dealer’s displays, cinemas, restaurants, office buildings, banks, insurance companies, and shopping centres.

Areas of Bangkok

South of Bangkok: Sathorn and Silom
Over the years, expats tended to cluster in certain areas of the city, either along major avenues or in small lanes just off these avenues. The oldest area was that along Sathorn Road, two parallel roadways separated by a shallow canal. In former years this was ‘Embassy Row’ and also had many substantial, beautiful colonial-style homes with walls guarding their lush gardens. The Khlong itself was lined with splendid mahogany trees, and, while the carriageways were very narrow, it had a pleasant tropical ambience. Nowadays it’s an urban nightmare.

The mahogany trees where unceremoniously butchered overnight and, one by one, those beautiful, wide, verandah-circled houses were bulldozed, to be replaced by high-rise offices.

Parallel to Sathorn-with high-rise buildings, bank headquarters, jewellery factories, and sales facilities-lies Silom Road. Formerly called Windmill Road because of a large windmill that used to be located there, it is now an avenue dedicated to commerce. Off Silom is the world-famous Patpong Road, a short, privately-owned street lined with bars and populated with people in the dance, drink and short-time sex business; their clients; or the curious ‘just looking over the merchandise’ types. Many people believe that the authorities should close down this or that establishment for violations of public morality and for giving Thailand a bad name abroad. Whatever you think of the sex trade there, it’s fun to shop at the night market, which is interspersed between the go-go bars and spills out onto the Silom Road pavements.

Near the River

Along both sides of the Chao Phraya River you will find a wealth of places to explore. This is the area where some of Bangkok’s expensive hotels are to be found, the Oriental among the most famous. There are shopping malls and riverside restaurants galore. Expensive condominium high-rises go up regularly. Sathorn, Silom and Surawongse all end at Charoenkrung Road (or New Road), which runs parallel to the river on the Bangkok side. The largest and oldest of the post offies is here. Nearby is Chinatown, or Yaowarat, which definitely deserves wandering through.
If you go up Charoenkrung Road – towards the higher soi numbers leading off it- you will be in the area of Bangkok called Yannawa. This area is becoming more developed, with the new expressway and mass transit system running through it. Rama III, Chan Road, and others have many new high-rise office buildings and residential blocks, and several banks have built their headquarters in this area. Foreigners are moving to Yannawa in large numbers, as transportation to the city centre becomes harder.

The area where the river bulges and loops has a well-known district called Banglampoo. This area of backpackers’ guesthouses and restaurants, and also many shops and markets catering to those with low budgets or with economy on thier minds.

West of Bangkok: The Road Zones

One park of the city, fortunately still relatively untouched by major changes, is Dusit. The central feature here is what used to be the royal family’s summer palace, Wang Chitrlada. In the early years of this century, Chitrlada Palace was considered to lie so far out of the city as to be rural.

What to consider before moving to Bangkok

It’s no secret that we love Bangkok, and that’s one of the reasons we love helping people start their lives here. But there are definitely some things to bear in mind as you’re weighing up a move to this most distinctive of cities.

The heat
It hits you like an oven door swinging open and in the rainy season it can feel like you’re living in a bowl of tom yum soup. Unsurprisingly, the soaring mercury (and the three months of relentless monsoon) affects the Bangkok lifestyle in a big way. Most noticeably, the pace is much slower. Even in the big city bustle, people move, make decisions and do business at a much more leisurely pace than in cooler climes. Though it can be frustrating at first, this sabai sabai attitude is contagious and you find yourself relaxing and adapting soon enough. The upside is that seasonal affective disorder is out the window and you can leave your winter wardrobe behind. That being said, it’s worth packing a sweater for days spent shopping in the mall or for trips to the cinema; public places are big on AC, which may or may not stand for Arctic Conditions.

The food
Thais are deeply (and rightly) proud of their national cuisine. They of all the Asian nations have nailed the perfect balance of sweet, sour, spicy and bitter and every dish is a taste sensation. Usually food is ordered for the table so everyone shares and tries a little of everything. Most Thai food is made to order so if you’re not built for the hot stuff, you can ask for fewer chilies. And while everyone has a story about someone getting sick from street food, cases are rarer than you’d expect; don’t rule it out. It’s fresh and quick and one of the remaining few ways you can save money in Bangkok – if you want to stick to western food, expect to pay near to the same prices as home.

The religion
Thailand is a Buddhist country and while Bangkok is fairly liberal, most of the general principles are observed in society. Thai people dress relatively conservatively, which can be baffling to westerners melting in the heat and gasping for a pair of shorts and a flimsy top. While drinking is welcome (to the point of encouragement) most of the year round, Buddhist holidays are dry. Generally speaking, the overriding concept of karma is respected, and though there are always a few exceptions, if you keep your wits about you, it’s a fairly safe city inhabited by trustworthy people.

The spectrum
With Bangkok developing at a breakneck rate, it’s easy to forget that Thailand is still a developing country. As such, some of its inhabitants aren’t as fortunate as others and the chasm between rich and poor is staggering and often shocking. While shiny malls and high rise offices pop up seemingly daily, there is still a slum community; and while the public transport system is clean and efficient, pollution is still a big problem.

The traffic
There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting at a red light, which turns green and then red again and never moving once. Traffic in Bangkok is terrible and there’s no getting round it. Actually, there is. There are two metro systems, one underground and one overhead, which cover almost all of downtown, and motorbike taxis weave through the jams to get you to your destination in no time.

Having mulled these things over, there are the more practical issues to consider, like visas, paperwork, finding schools, making contacts, getting all your stuff shipped and finding a place to live. Luckily, we’re here to help with all that.

So, what do you think?

Choosing your perfect home in Bangkok

So you’ve decided to make the move to sunny Bangkok. First of all, congratulations – great decision. Second, you’re in the right place. Here at Sukhumvit Condos, we’ve got the lowdown on not only the best rental properties in the city, but also all the on-the-ground knowledge to help you choose your perfect home.

So what is there to consider? Beyond the obvious – how many bedrooms and bathrooms you’re after, and your realistic monthly budget – it’s a good idea to create a checklist of your priorities to tick off during the house hunt.

What kind of property are you dreaming of?
Property-wise, Bangkok is booming and there’s a good chance if you can conceive it, it’s out there. So, do you want a spacious ground floor flat with a garden, or a condo on the 40th floor with a view from the balcony? Do you want something with a little character and history, or a brand new shiny penthouse with a gleaming kitchen that’s never been used? Think about what sort of amenities are important to you. While a lot of properties in Bangkok have a gym and or a pool, size and conditions vary. Are you looking for somewhere with 24-hour security, or a laundry service?

What kind of neighbourhood do you want to call home?
For many, it all comes down to location, location, location. Bangkok’s got it all, so where do you want to be?

Victory monument and Phaya Thai are great for transport links and have a distinctly local feel with beer gardens, street markets and live music spots on every corner. Further north, in leafy Ari, find safe streets, more space and a suburban, small town feel with all the convenience of the centre of town just a BTS ride away.

Over towards the river, Charoenkrung and Chinatown are packed with characterful little gems like shophouses with high ceilings and wrought iron balconies; and on the other side, find a little peace and quiet, away from that big city chaos.

Perhaps the hustle and bustle is right up your street, in which case, nestle yourself amongst the big name hotels and palatial malls in Siam and its surroundings.

Off every BTS stop along Sukhumvit road, from Phloen Chit to On Nut is a neighbourhood with its own, distinct character, from the restaurants and clubs near Nana, to the trendy bars of Thong Lo, to the hidden hipster spots of Ekkamai and Phra Kanong.

And then there’s Silom where night markets, street food and a burgeoning bar scene stand side by side with the central business district. Meanwhile, just a block away, south of Sathorn road, the quiet, labyrinthine leafy streets have a family friendly, residential feel.

Draw up that list and hit our database of more than 2,000 great properties across town, and start narrowing down to find your dream pad. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch; our brains are yours for the picking.

Moving to Bangkok? Here’s what to pack

Moving is stressful, moving to another country is even worse and moving to a country in the midst of developing Southeast Asia may seem downright daunting. Preparing to live in an entirely different climate, culture and environment is a huge task and it’s hard to know where to start. Luckily, with Sukhumvit Condos, you’ve got an on-the-ground team to help out.

First of all: breathe. It’s important to reassure you that while Thailand is undoubtedly a developing country, Bangkok is leaps and bounds ahead of many of the outlying provinces. And while things aren’t perfect, there’s more on offer here than you might think and in many ways, life is actually objectively easier here than in many western cities. For example, you can use any number of apps to deliver food from your favourite restaurants around town, directly to your door, 24 hours a day. Not so very third-world, eh?

Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city that prides itself on convenience and service. So, aside from a very few items you may want the moment you step off the plane, and those irreplaceable items with sentimental value that you can’t live without, there’s very little you might need that you can’t buy here.

From the pharmacy
Medicines for which you would need a prescription at home can usually be obtained easily, over the counter from reputable pharmacies. However, the preference for and availability of antibiotics makes it harder to get the multivitamins or cold and flu sachets you might usually reach for before you head to the doctor. As for cosmetics, the department stores stock a huge range of international brands; though when it comes to toiletries, things can be a little trickier. Thanks to the Asian preference for pale skin, many skin care products and even deodorants have whitening agents. For the same reason, sun bathing is not a popular activity among locals and sunblock is more expensive than you might expect; as for fake tan? Forget it!

Stock the fridge
Basic groceries are a cinch and getting your fresh fruit and veggies from the market can be a real adventure, but if you’re pressed for time, the supermarkets are convenient and comprehensive. Many stock imported brands, which, although more expensive, will generally satisfy your homesick cravings. Having said that, some familiar brands have been altered for local tastes. Ketchup and baked beans, for example, are often much sweeter than you might be used to. As for chocolate, even Snickers and Kit Kats are modified so as not to melt so quickly in the heat, so they taste a little different.

Keep yourself entertained
Bookworms, relax; there are a number of chain and independent bookstores with a great range of English language books. But it can be handy to invest in a Kindle or similar if you’re after specific titles. On that note, most gadgets will convert easily with a standard adaptor plug, available at the airport or in many 7-Elevens, though it’s always worth checking the voltage, to be sure.

Outfits and ensembles
When it comes to packing your wardrobe, obviously be aware that your outfits for city living will be different from your island holiday get-up. Thailand is hot but in the city, you’ll find yourself in arctic air conditioning a lot of the time. Bring a capsule wardrobe to cover all occasions and remember, most of your favourite high street and designer brands are here, not to mention countless street, night and weekend markets where you can pick up bits and pieces to refresh your look. It should be noted that it is harder (but not impossible) for gents to find shoes bigger than a UK size 10 and for ladies to find bras larger than a D cup.

To sum up, when organising your suitcases or container shipments for the move to Bangkok: bring just your essentials and favourites and be prepared for some minor adjustments.

For more tips, stay tuned to the blog and if you have any questions about our comprehensive shipping and moving service, get in touch.

How to have a Thai dinner in a Thai Restaurant

Whether you are eating Thai food in the Land of Smiles, or going out to a Thai restaurant back in the States, the dining experience is enhanced knowing and using proper Thai dining etiquette and ordering correctly.   First, know the basic foundation of Thai food:  There are four seasonings — salty, spicy, sour and sweet — and you will want to order various dishes that ensure a balance of flavors and textures.

The concept of Western dining and Thai dining are completely different.  In a European or American restaurant, meals usually consist of a starter, then a salad, usually accompanied with lots of fresh bread, followed by the main course and ending with a desert.  Each person orders as an individual, and rarely is food shared.  In Thailand, however, there is no such thing as a “starter” and there is no dish that belongs to any one person.  To Thais, all dishes are to be shared.

n Thailand, a formal dinner would include a soup (which is served at the same time as all other dishes) or a spicy curry.  If there is a curry, most would put the curry on top of the rice.  There are many different types of curries, some mild and some very spicy.  For Americans looking for non-spicy food, Yellow curry is usually the most mild of the curries.  (See Comparing the Different Thai Curries).

For a formal Thai dinner, there would be several stir fried dishes, usually vegetables combined with chicken or pork (beef is not widely used in Thailand, and not particularly recommended).  A center piece dish of a grilled fish is usually included.

There is often a tangy salad, like Som Tam (spicy Papaya Salad) and a noodle dish (Pad Se Ew) which often combines vegetables and meat or seafood.  Most Thai salads are called “Yum” (as in Yum Talay for a Seafood Salad), but the word Yum actually refers to a dressing made up of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and chilies.  Light and acidic, Yum works as a palate cleanser between other foods.

Deserts are sweet and light, which often include sweet sticky rice and coconut as the primary ingredients (sweet sticky rice and fresh mango with coconut milk is a standard).

All the dishes (except the desert) will usually be placed on the table at the same time and eaten in no particular order.  If not all dishes arrive to the table together (perhaps the grilled fish takes a longer time), it is customary for Thais to eat whatever comes to the table as it arrives.

Rice is an essential element of Thai food.  In fact, the Thai word “to eat”, is Gin Kao, which literallytranslates to “eat rice”.  Rice should be flavorful, and most Thai restaurants will serve quality Jasmine rice which has a special taste and smell reminiscent of Thailand.  Often there will be brown, black or red rice available (especially in Northern Thailand) or a often a mixture of these styles of rice.  These are especially flavorful and I recommend them whenever it is are available.

The number of people seated at the table determines the number of dishes ordered.  All dishes are shared and enjoyed together.  The more people the better, which allows everyone to sample a greater number of dishes and have more variety of flavors and textures.  Thais will eat very slowly, enjoy the food, conversations, laughter and company.

Each person at the table will be given a plate and a soup bowl, and the waitress will give each a serving of rice.  That is about the extent of the food serving from the waitress, after that everyone is expected to add a small amount from the various dishes on the table.  Someone at the table will ladle some soup in the individual bowls, and each person takes just a small portion of whatever appeals to them at the table.  Savior one distinct flavor, and then move on to another flavor.  Thais like to pick at food, helping themselves to the various dishes one serving spoon amount at a time.  Take your time and try everything.

When ordering in a Thai restaurant, don’t forget to specify your desired spice level, as neglecting to do so may leave your mouth burning. Remember that Thais eat their food extremely spicy, so don’t be too brave when ordering (unless chilies are a regular part of your diet). “Medium spicy” is probably “hot” for most Americans. “Mild to medium” may be a safer bet for Americans traveling to Thailand and not ready for the typically high spice foods of Thailand. For Americans traveling to Thailand and not ready for the typical high spice, it is good to learn the phrase, Mai Phet, which translates into “no spice” as an instruction to give to the Thai waitress, and then it will be only slightly spicy Unless you are much prepared physically for a huge Spice level, never order anything from the menu in Thailand that says it may be spicy, like a “Spicy Grilled Tuna”. If you are that rare kind of person that loves spice, Phet Mach translates to a lot of spice.  And for regular folks, Phet Nit Noi, means a little spice.

Served with the courses are spicy sauces, the most common one in Thailand being Nampla Prik, which is a mixture of fish sauce with chopped green chili peppers and a touch of lime juice.  This kicks up the spice level a lot.  A red chili garlic sauce is also usually provided that is much more tolerable for Westerners. Sauces are often served in tiny little bowls next to your plate.

Whenever I visit a new Thai restaurant, I always ask the server to recommend at least one dish which the chef does particularly well. This way you’ll be certain to sample the best of what that establishment has to offer. Also, it’s a good way to try out dishes you may never otherwise order for yourself.

When eating, always wait for the host, usually the biggest noodle at the table (and the one who is going to pick up the entire tab) to invite you to help yourself before jumping in. When you’re finished there’s no need to place your utensils together, but leaving food on your plate may indicate you didn’t find the food tasty, which is always a big concern in Thailand.

Finally, the billCheck Bin. This is always left for the wealthiest or most important person to pick up. If that happens to be you, then take it as a compliment.   A meal is cheap in Thailand, even if there were 10 mouths to feed, it won’t break the bank. They aren’t being rude; this is simply the way Thais gain respect by looking after the stomachs of the less fortunate.  There should never be any discussion about the bill.  If one person takes it and covers the cost, there should be no protest because in a sense it would be insulting the host.  Payment of the bill should be done discreetly.

If You are Vegetarian or do not eat Wheat and Other Diet Restrictions

Look tofu dishes on the menu. If none are listed, ask which dishes can be made vegetarian. Be sure to specify “no meat” when ordering, even if the description of your chosen dish does not list meat. Thais often use small amounts of meat and/or seafood when preparing their dishes.  There are always vegetarian dishes available in a Thai restaurant, because it is simply leaving off an element of the dish.

Also, for those wanting no wheat gluten, understand that most soy sauce (which is often used in Thai stir fried cooking) usually contains wheat.  Those allergic to Wheat should specify “no soy sauce” in the cooking.  Other than that, there is seldom any wheat products used in Thai food.

MSG unfortunately is often used in Thai cooking.  It is a flavor enhancer, and sometimes when a Westerner has a non-MSG meal, they think it is “flavorless”.  Actually, their palate is used to the MSG (used most heavily in Chinese restaurants) and they are simply missing that enhancement.  However, MSG is not good for health, as it is like salt  on steroids.  Some Thai restaurants in the West promote that they do not use MSG, and for those concerned about healthy eatting, these restaurants need to be encouraged.

Also, many Thai dishes contain Peanuts, and if there are allergies with this, you must tell the waitress.  One main Thai dish, Param, is primarily peanuts, but also other dishes may have a small amount of peanut sauce added.  Most Thai chefs are used to cutting out peanuts in meals (this is fairly common) and as long as they are told about it, this can accommodated easily.

What to Drink

Nothing goes better with spicy Thai food than a cold, light lager, especially on a hot day (that’s almost everyday in Thailand).   If you like beer, ask your server for an authentic Thai brew like Chang or Singha. Thai beer is not up the standard of a good European beer — often Thai beer uses rice hops, for instance — but it is definitely “drinkable”.

Tiger Beer, brewed in Singapore is my favorite beer taste in Thailand.

If you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, try Thai lime soda, made from key limes. Alternatively, water and green tea accompany most Thai meals.  If a restaurant in Thailand may be a bit “iffy” in the sanitation area, it would be wise to have water with no ice.  Water served in every restaurant would be bottled water, but the ice may not be.

In my humble opinion, a good wine is an essential part of a meal.  In Thailand, it is not easy to get a good wine, however.  Import duties for wine are very stiff, and coupled with shipping costs,  the best wine (which I am totally convinced originates from Northern California) are rare and expensive, and even just decent wine is high priced.  There is more wine available from Western Australia and Chile, but it is also rather expensive for the fairly mediocre wines from those areas.  European wines are available but expensive.  There is wine produced in Thailand (they have their own wine producing areas), but the quality has yet to mature, and most seasoned wine drinkers would reject it.  To have a good wine for dinner in Thailand, it is best to bring wine from your own collection brought in by suitcase.

In the US and in Europe, Thai restaurants usually have a good selection, but it is important to get the right varietal to pair with Thai food.  Traditionally, it has been accepted that white sweet wines, such as Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and off-dry to sweet German and Austrian wines are best to accompany the spiciness of Thai foods.  Another good pairing would be a light dry Sauvignon Blanc.

But there can be such a variety of tastes in Thai food that often other wines go well.  Red wines are being more accepted as a good compliment to Thai food, but they should be on the light-side.  A heavy Burgundy that is perfect for a Western beef steak would never pair well with Thai food, which tends to be light.  My recommendation for a red wine for Thai food would be Pinot Noir.

Actually, while I am not generally fond of Sparkling Wines (i.e., Champagne), some of the best Thai chefs claim that these wines are the very best for Thai food.   Sparkling wines tend to have a lightness and sweetness to pair extremely well with spicy Thai dishes.

In Thailand, Scotch Whiskey and American rye whiskeys are popular and many Thais will bring a bottle from home to go with dinner in a restaurant.  Johnnie Walker, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, and Chevis Regal are considered prestigious and popular, and actually make ideal gifts to Thai people from visiting Americans.

The Spoon & Fork

Thai people generally use a Spoon and Fork to eat.  There are no knives on the table, but it is not necessary to use one with Thai food in any case.  Chopsticks are used only with noodles (which is considered “Street Food” and is usually just for lunch).  In remote areas of the Thai Northeast in Isaan, many eat primarily with their fingers.  The generally accepted story is that all people in Thailand at one time used fingers for eating, similar to how food is eaten in India.

In the later part of the nineteenth century, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) as part of his Westernizing process (to avoid threats of colonization), had a big European style feast prepared in to observe Western dining habits and utensils.  All the Europeans in the City (which were primarily missionaries) were invited to the palace for the feast, and the main purpose for the King was to observe their dining etiquette.   After his observations, he decreed that the Thai people shall use European utensils for dining, but he (wisely) decreed that Thai people have no need for a knife.  The use of the Spoon and Fork evolved into the way Thai people use them now, and it is considered polite to use them in the correct way.   The Fork is held in the Left Hand, and the Spoon in the Right.  Use the Fork to push food onto the Spoon.  Avoid eating with the Fork, as Thais consider this to be crude.

Don’t ask your restaurant server for chopsticks.  If they are needed for a noodle dish, your waitress would bring them to you with the dish.  I am afraid many Americans typically ask for chopsticks out of a stereotype they may have about Asian people, and this is unfortunate.  Always the Thai waitress will comply and bring the chopsticks if requested, but it sends a message to the Thai staff about the patron.  The exception to this would be for Chinese or Japanese diners who are only accustomed to eating with the chopsticks, and it is well understood by Thai restaurant staff.

Some Important Thai Phrases to know for Dinner

In any good Thai restaurant in Thailand or anywhere else in the world, you would be greeted by the waitress saying “Sawadee Ka“, with her hands folded on her chest with a slight bow.  An acknowledgement with a simple nod of the head, and a krup (or ka from a female) response is always appreciated.

For sure you will be asked during the meal, “Alloy Mai?” (Is it delicious?) — or more precisely is would be Arroy Mai? with a trill of the r’s.  Answer back “Alloy Alloy” or “Alloy Mach” (It is delicious, and it is very delicious).  After the meal, you will be asked, “Im Mai?” (Are you full?}.  The answer is “Im”.

Meals are always an important part of Thai culture, and it is important to be polite at all times during dining.  End the meal with “Kan Khun Krap” (Thank you, coming from a male speaker) or “Kan Khun Ka” (Thank you, coming from a female speaker), with hands together at chest level.

Alcove 10 Tonglor and Alcove 49 Sukhumvit Condominiums Bangkok

Alcove 10

The Alcove Thonglor 10, a freehold condominium on Sukhumvit road, is created to fulfill urban exclusive living lifestyle. The 23-storey building contains both compact units and luxury executive penthouses. Impressive modern decoration built with high-quality materials and touched with attentive design. The privilege you deserve.

The Alcove Thonglor 10 is the third project of Saminaro Group, developed under Saminaro (Tonglor 10) Co., Ltd. It will be the first high-rise condominium in the neighborhood; therefore the building will become a landmark of the corner of Thonglor Soi 10 and Ekkamai Road and the residents can enjoy panoramic view 360 degree around the site. Each unit has a wide glass window; especially 3-bedroom type has a 16-meter wide window.

Alcove 49

The Alcove 49 is situated just 200 meters from the main Sukhumvit Road and considered to be fairly close to the public transport system and the BTS skytrain. The location is also linked to several major roads such as Sukhumvit, Rama IV, Petchaburi, and the expressway leading to the Suvarnnabhumi Airport.Alcove 10

This condominium project has been designed very modern with the intention to capture the buyers in the new generation, those in the age 25-35 group. This group includes single men/ women or combined-income couple. The target is also young people prepare to get married and thinking of buying a home to start their married life. We assume their first priority will be a downtown home close to work and yes, a public transport such as the BTS which can get them to work in less than half an hour.

Based on the sales figures (90%), The Alcove 49 is an attractive residential project even for investment purpose. It gives buyers a chance to gain rental fee if they will not use for their personal purposes. The project offers excellent services such as 24-hour security, fitness center, swimming pool, and roof-top garden. The 48-unit exclusively adds another plus point whereby residents feel less dense compared to high-rise condominium. Each unit is designed very modern with suitable size and functional usage of space.


Samirano Group, known as one of the fastest growing real estate development company in Bangkok, firstly started business in textile industry as Textela Ltd., Partnership in 1995. The company was wholesaler and retailer of embroidery and laces which were exported to other countries such as Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Philippines and Panama.

Along with running textile business, the directors also invested in real estate property. The income derived from house and condominium investments were satisfactory. This prompted the directors of company shift from its textile business to property development where the future seemed to be promising. Therefore, since 2005, Samirano Group was formed to separate the core business of textile from property development business.

After accomplished with the first project, a serviced apartment in Thonglor 23, Samirano Group has appointed Nexus Property Consultants Co., Ltd as its development and marketing consultants for two condominium projects, the Alcove Sukhumvit 49 and the Alcove Thonglor 10. Both projects sold 80% of the total units within 6 months after launching.

After the continual success, Samirano Group expands the business into hotel sector. The Alcove Hiptique is located on Sukhumvit 13 and will be operated by international management, Best Western (USA).