Best Condo in Bangkok / Living in Lower Sukhumvit?
The Trendy condominium
I like to do a 50/50 mix of dating and red light nightlife, so the best area of Bangkok for me to live at is around Asok / Nana, somewhere on lower Sukhumvit between Soi 4 to 23.
I recently finished a year lease at the Trendy Condominium on Soi 13. Next door are Hyde condo and 15 Residences which are more upscale.
Trendy is cheaper and still pretty nice especially the pool and gym. I paid 15000 baht rent ($440) a month for a ~40sqm studio with a washing machine. I got all of my 2 month deposit back the day I left.
For the price, gym, central location and things to do it’s one of the best condos in Bangkok to live IMO.
Where to Live in Bangkok
Some Bangkok expats dislike lower Sukhumvit because of the prostitutes on the streets, transgenders grabbing you, Africans selling drugs, other touts, sexpats, taxis refusing the meter more often, etc.
They prefer to live in Phrom Phong or Thong Lo a few km to the East, 1 or 2 skytrain (BTS) stops away.
It’s like Makati vs the BGC in Manila, suddenly it becomes a cleaner, more hipster area with fancier bars and clubs and little mongering when you move 15 – 20 mins out.
Double bed / desk
I understand why some expats like it in those places, but for me Thong Lo and the Fort would be a bit dull as a single guy. Although Thong Lo at least has some soapies.
If I had a live-in girlfriend I might stay in those suburbs.
Around Soi 13 – 15 is equidistant from Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy, so you can walk to two red light districts full of gogo bars and beer bars.
Then Soi 11 – 12 is hooker disco central (Levels, Insanity, Climax recently closed but is looking for a new location). Also Thermae freelancer bar is on the corner of 15.
I could walk to most places I wanted to go, the BTS and MRT (underground) are right there for going further, and no need to use taxis anyway as it’s easy to get an Uber.
For dating, as long as you aren’t right on Soi 4 or 23 Thai girls aren’t going to wonder what you’re doing living in Sukhumvit in this area.
There are plenty of non P4P nightlife spots (they love Oskar on Soi 11) there’s Terminal 21 mall, the huge Benjakiti park and lake, Above Eleven sky bar, fancy international restaurants etc.
Just come off as a nice guy, not your stereotypical sexpat, which is what this blog is all about. Perhaps say you like all the western food in the area. They won’t suspect a thing!
Washing machine / kitchen
They also interlink at Siam and Silom but those are more like shopping and business centres.
Best Condo in Bangkok
Trendy is the best condo in Bangkok I’ve stayed in so far, although does have some drawbacks. The year before Trendy I stayed in Lat Phrao at Supalai Park condo for 10k, best gym and sports facilities I’ve seen, but far from red light districts.
Pull ups / cable crossover
My theory living there was to occasionally go to the Thai gogo scene around Soi Inthamara in Saphan Khwai.
I didn’t realise you could live bang smack in the middle of Sukhumvit for ~15k baht in a modern apartment but then I found Trendy. Actually cheaper than you’ll usually pay in Thong Lo (20k+).
Trendy Condominium Review
It’s a condo not an apartment so each room has a different owner and the price varies.
It depending on the furnishings and floor (Trendy has 17 floors). I saw listings online for 13000 but they were a few years old.
The five rooms an agent showed me were all 15k or 16k. Maybe you can find 14k.
Exhausted walking from Soi 4
You can find listings and agents by Googling site:prakard.com Trendy condo Soi 13. Here’s an example.
Usually one month rent is paid in advance with two months deposit, and you pay the utility bills at 7/11 or the room owner adds it to rent. They get sent to your mailbox.
Outside area to hang clothes but no real balcony
It’s government rate electricity so it’s cheap, about 4 baht / unit. Not like apartments that set their own rate of 6b / unit or worse.
I use air con all the time when I’m in the room and averaged about 2000 baht a month.
Lots of space
There are some units on Airbnb for daily / weekly / monthly rental, around $40 / day.
Sign up via this blog if you’re new for $35 off then Google site:airbnb.com Trendy Condo Soi 13.
There are signs in the lifts saying no rentals under 30 days are allowed by law but friends have still stayed there a few days, no ones going to ask you any questions.
It’s possible to find 3 – 6 month contracts on Prakard if you shop around and ask agents but they will increase the rent cost a bit more than a one year contract.
Safe in the wardrobe
You can install your own private wifi at Trendy condo. Go to the True shop on the 6th floor of Terminal 21, take your passport and address and book an installation date. $20-30 / month.
Mobile 3G (before installing wifi)
Then a technician turns up 1 – 2 days later and installs your wifi. Before that put unlimited 3G on your cellphone and tether it to laptop.
Trendy is attached to the UK visa centre, where Brits renew their passports in Bangkok. So there’s a few restaurants and coffee shops as part of the same complex, like a mini mall.
You can take girls to your condo through that mall, up the escalator to floor 1A then find the lifts. No security, open 8am to 10pm.
Just like Gramercy Residences in Manila with the Century City mall entrance.
Even if you walk through the ground floor entrance usually they don’t say anything, or at most just ask for the girls ID and your room number.
Sometimes you can still get through to floor 1A after 10pm via the other entrance if the security guards are asleep or not there.
Couch broke after a year of this
If you have a vehicle there’s no checks if you come in through the car park with a girl on the 2nd floor.
The rooms aren’t amazing, it’s a bit of an old building so there are flakes in the paintwork, some old furnishings, but it was comfortable enough for me.
Some rooms have those small cockroaches you get across Asia, it depends if your neighbours cook.
There’s also two Indian restaurants downstairs of Trendy and the smell wafts through to the lobby. If you don’t leave food out and use bug spray it’s ok. I also put my trash in the freezer.
Thai girls think it’s funny
They’re pretty big studios, some one bedroom units too. They usually have LCD TV, washing machine, microwave, fridge, desk etc depending on the owner.
All have hot shower, bathtub, air con, double bed.
Mine didn’t have an oven, stove or extractor fan, most won’t that’s quite rare in Thailand condos because streetfood is so good. But you could buy one.
It just had a small kitchenette with sink.
Dresser / wardrobe
It’s one of those condos where you need a keycard to use the lift. CCTV on each floor.
Up to 50lb
Annoyingly you have to use the keycard to go the ground floor so have to walk girls to the lift, unless it’s during the day when they can use floor 1A which doesn’t require it. Makes no sense.
Not quite as good as Supalai Park but Trendy gym is better than most condo gyms. Open 7am – 9pm.
There’s a bench press, barbell, 300lb in weight plates up to 45lb, dumbbells up to 50lb, pull up bar, cable crossover, lat pulldown.
Some hotties doing cardio on the treadmill / cycle / step machines or using the Zumba ball, it’s air conditioned and you can perve on girls in the pool while working out.
Very big, not that deep though. Separate kids pool area and lots of sun loungers. Open 7am – 9pm.
Some garden spaces to either side. Free water machine. Both pool and gym are often empty.
Kids pool area
There’s a cheap food court in the attached visa centre / mall (‘Trendy building’ it’s called), for the office workers but anyone can go in.
Then there’s Terminal 21 food court on the 5th floor (‘Pier 21’), some pics of the food on Dante’s living in Bangkok a month for $980 post here.
Can see Hyde condo across the street
Topsmarket nearby has a 24 hr food court. The supermarket is 24 hrs too, some ladyboys hang out there and followed me in the toilets to offer me a blowjob once.
Foodland on Soi 5 also has both a 24 hr supermarket and restaurant.
The Great Punjab downstairs has an unlimited Indian buffet for 250 baht, amazing value. Or Charcoal Tandoor at the Fraser Suites Hotel is one of the best Indian restaurants in BKK.
There’s also an omelette lady who sets up a stall outside Trendy condo. 10 baht per omelette.
As well as Charcoal Tandoor restaurant, Oskar, Above Eleven skybar and Benjakiti park, I also like Moom Muum Park restaurant 5th floor of Terminal 21. Try to book the sofa booths by the window.
There’s a cinema on the 6th floor of Terminal 21 too.
Trendy (left) and Hyde (right)
On Benjakiti lake you can hire duck loveboats or rowboats for about a dollar. Or bike around the ~1 mile cycle track on rented cycles. Some pull up bars, dip bars and outdoor gym equipment there too.
Emporium mall, EmQuartier, and Benjasiri park are just one BTS stop away.
As well as Nana, Cowboy and Thermae right outside Trendy is a strip of massage parlors linking Soi 13 to Soi 11. All those do special massage, you can walk in and bang sometimes for 1000 baht if you get lucky.
Or 1000 plus 300 for the room, or a few girls only do handjobs. You can walk past them everytime you go to Villa Market, another supermarket nearby. There’s a legit massage place in Trendy itself.
There’s the five Bangkok blowjob bars all a short walk from Trendy, and Soi 7 beergarden has some freelancers, as does the whole road between Soi 4 and 23.
Soi 22 beer bars and massages nearby too, and Soi 33 nuru massage places like MITU.
Laundry downstairs if you don’t have a washing machine, three hairdressers (Zahara salon opposite is the best), and lots of random shops, coffee, etc.
There’s Sportsman Bar too right next door which shows all UFC fights and major sports events, opens early if necessary. Tons of large TV screens and pool tables.
The friendly African guys hang out at the start of Soi 13 selling weed and crack but I never used those guys they charge too much. It’s nice to hear hello bro how are you everytime I walk past them though.
There’s a rooftop of Trendy where you can go up through the fire exit stairs, not sure you’re supposed to but it’s cool to chill on and take pics.
Cute korean girl
Overall it’s one of the best condos in Bangkok if you’re looking for cheap, central, mix of dating and hookers, and a pretty decent room.
If you want even fancier there’s 15 residences or Hyde on the same street, rooms go for 20 – 25k baht there, and they’re on Airbnb too.
Zumba / mats
No bargirls minded the short walk to Trendy from Nana or Cowboy and dating site girls were happy to meet at Terminal 21.
The area might not be for you, some other good Bangkok condos friends stayed at are Noble Remix, Keyne, Ivy Thonglor, Rhythm Ratchada, Blocs 77, The Base On Nut, and I used to stay at Symphony Bang Chak.
Couch finally broke
Nana Plaza top left on the map 800m away, Soi Cowboy bottom right about the same.
Also near Kasalong, Som’s Haven, Dr BJ’s (Wood Bar), Levels, Sugar, Insanity, two BTS stations, an MRT station, Foodland, Topsmarket, Robinson’s, Health Land (massage), and Terminal 21.
Middle – top
- Trendy Condominium on Google maps