Where to Live Cheaply in Bangkok for Dating Thai Girls | Supalai Park
I recently lived at Supalai Park condo on Phahon Yothin Soi 21. In the Ladprao area of Bangkok, it’s a good place for a digital nomad to live if you:
- Prefer normal girls with jobs / university girls / mostly use online dating for free hookups
- Don’t need to be that close to hooker bars / nightclubs
- Mostly stay in and work online and do the digital nomad thing
- Are interested in sports, gym, healthy living etc.
The condo is right at the entrance of the soi
On Phahon Yothin Soi 21, it’s 1km from the MRT station. From there the 8 stops to Sukhumvit takes 30 mins. A taxi home from Sukhumvit late at night without traffic costs 100 Baht, a little over 10km.
Car park and walkway
So while it’s not crazy from the farang red light districts you might not like it if you want to hit up Nana or Cowboy several times a week. Some bargirls will complain ‘far’ when they hear Ladprao. There is the Thai Gogo scene nearby though in Saphan Khwai.
If you’re going to places like RCA or Khao San to hit on normal girls it’s a lot better located for that. It’s close to JJ Green too where tons of local Thai girls hang out (Chatuchak Park weekend market bars).
Ground floor swimming pool
Studios are 8,500-11,000 Baht depending on how nice the furnishings are. I paid 8,500 ($240) the first year, then 10,000 in a different room the next year. Both were 44 sqm on the 26th floor. So ~$300 after bills.
My first room, 8500 Baht
One, two and three bedroom units are also available for around 14k – 27k ($400 – $760).
Some rooms can be rented for 1-6 months at a higher price, it’s rarer though, and usually the 60 sqm one bedrooms – for example 18k for one month. Most studio unit owners want a one year lease. Units sell for around 2 million Baht.
A Thaifriendly date
There are English speaking agents downstairs who can show you all the available rooms and tell you if you any do short term contracts. And there’s another Thai agent running a Facebook page, he speaks less English but posts lots of pics of room and prices.
My second room, 10000 Baht
Or check the Prakard subforum for Supalai, with Google translate.
Power rack, leg press, cardio machines
The best thing about Supalai Park is the 11th floor sports centre, which includes:
- Gym with squat rack, bench press, free weights up to 50lb, leg press, pull up bar, yoga classes
- Tennis & Squash courts
- Running track / Punching bag
Row machine and curl bar by the yoga room
The gym/pool is 30 Baht a time to use for residents and open to the public at a higher membership fee. They’re mostly empty though, especially on weekday afternoons, so I pretty much had the place to myself while people were at work.
There’s also a go-karting race track across the road. Good for a date.
View of the pool from first room
Dating Thai Girls
Supalai Park condo is walking distance to three major malls all with cinemas – Central Ladprao, Union Mall, and The Avenue Ratchayothin. Tons of Thai girls flock to the area for cheap clothes shopping. Lots of buffet places, international restaurants etc. to take a date to.
View of the tennis courts from second room
It’s also near Kasetsart university, and fairly close to others like Thammasat / Ramkamhaeng / Rangsit so you’ll see a lot of students.
Most of the farang that live around this area tend to be English teachers or other long-term expats. Not many tourists or sexpats (especially now I moved out).
Korean buffet with a ThaiCupid date
Food / Supermarkets
There are 3 restaurants in the complex – one at the base at each of the three towers – that deliver healthy Thai food to your door for no charge, and 2-3 more on the main road by the 7/11.
Rooms have a small kitchenette
There’s a Tesco Lotus nearby and a Villa Market by Major Ratchayothin. Central Ladprao has a Topsmarket.
It’s a 50 Baht cab ride to Huay Khwang night market for a soapy massage and Issan food.
The running / cycling track and punchbag
The building is set up for True internet, you take your passport to the True shop at Central Ladprao, fill in the forms then a technician comes over to install your private wifi line. $25/month for a 20Mbps connection.
Mobile 3G works fine, as with anywhere in central Bangkok.
Ratchada road has heavy traffic during rush hour, if you work online at home and wake up mid-afternoon that’s not a problem though. The 15 min walk to the MRT can get a bit annoying. Bike taxis are 25 Baht.
There’s a massage place in the building too
The building is over 10 years old and some rooms will be a bit rundown, some cracks in the paintwork, etc. It’s not as ‘hiso’ as more modern complexes in say, Thong Lo, or the nearby M Ladprao. I got lucky to find a room with nice furnishings.
A less nicely furnished room
As said if you are going out clubbing at places like Insanity, Climax, Shock 39, etc. it might take a few taxis before one agrees to take you home, and girls might moan ‘glai maak maak’.
I really liked Supalai especially for the gym, room service food and having girls come over. $300/month condos like this are one of the best things about living in Thailand. In the Philippines a similar apartment would be around 50% more and less square metres.
At the moment I don’t see any listing for daily rentals on Airbnb but you can check there for other Bangkok apartments short term. There are some for Supalai Cute, a similar condo.