Apartments, Condos, and Houses for Rent near the BTS Skytrain
The BTS skytrain serves all our CBD zones A thru E, and is shown in dark blue. There are two lines. The Silom BTS skytrain line goes from the river (bottom left) up to end at Ploenchit. The Sukhumvit BTS skytrain line goes down Sukhumvit from the right side, and continues past Ploenchit and then way up north.
Zones B, C, and D are the Sukhumvit zones of apartments and condominiums for rent zones, though there are houses there, too.
Zone E is the Silom and Sathorn zone of apartments and condominiums for rent, though there are some houses in zone E off Sathorn, too.
Zone A is at the junction of the two above areas, has only highrises, and is a premium area in some ways.
There are some expats who find homes up the BTS skytrain northwest of these zones, but they are a small minority. There isn't much of an expat community up there. It's old, long established neighborhoods and commercial areas, for the most part. There are many old standalone houses up there mixed in with a smattering of highrise apartment or condominium buildings, many to expat specifications, but most of the area is old Thai commercial and residential establishments which fill up the base existence of that region. It has its own charm in some places, if you are that kind of expat.
Expats who work north of Bangkok and must commute by car, but who want to live near the skytrain, will often choose this area because it is along the Vipawadi-Rangsit Road and elevated highway, which runs almost parallel to the northern part of the Skytrain line, offset by a small distance. This reduces the amount of time from the daily commute quite a bit compared to entering the city center expressway interchanges and especially migrating thru traffic in the city center.
The Ari aka Aree station region is an ecclectic area with a few very nice condominiums and apartments, a considerable number of expats, and a nice shopping mall beside it with a Villa Market. It's a far cry from Sukhumvit in environment and conveniences, but only about 20 minutes away by the BTS skytrain and on the same line with no transfer station.
The BTS Skytrain follows Phahonyothin Road, ending at Chatuchak / Mochit just before the Vipawadi-Rangsit highway crosses with Phahonyothin Road. There are many office buildings around that intersection and along nearby Ratchadapisek Road, so there are several nice modern highrise residential buildings in that area. However, the MRTA Subway better serves that area, and people often just take the subway to the "Sukhumvit" station (the interchange station with the Asok BTS skytrain station.)
For all zones in the city center, the skytrain is usually the fastest way to get around during rush hour traffic. However, you should also consider the time and effort to get to/from the skytrain stations, and the trains are often packed by the time they get a few stations down the line. Some of these considerations are discussed on the Thailand Guru page on the BTS Skytrain in Bangkok.
The BTS Skytrain website by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority Public Company Limited gives more information, such as about bus transfers, rates, and so on.
There is also a subway which goes under Rama 4 Rd. and then turns up Asoke and north into Thai suburbs, but there are few foreigners who choose to live up the subway route. The subway goes thru mainly old crowded Thai areas.
Keep in mind that the first phases of the skytrain and subway were constructed along heavily congested roads, in an effort to reduce traffic and to give commuters a much faster alternative. The skytrain and subway were not built for the convenience of commutes in spacious suburbs. The skytrain goes above, and the subway goes below, some of the roads with the heaviest traffic in Bangkok.
Extensions into the spacious suburbs are under construction, with elevated platforms already complete in many areas. However, as of 2015, we are still years away from opening of most extensions. Creating the platform for the train is just the first step. There still need to be stations and all sorts of track electronic and physical infrastructure emplaced. You can also see on new lines that the elevated platforms are completed for some segments before they are completed on other segments.
When considering the future extensions of the skytrain, it's a bit too early to be thinking of renting on that basis, but you might want to buy a condo out there before the new skytrain line is complete.
Some of the suburban zones for which this website states there is no skytrain will have one in the future. However, until we get within months of opening time, we will continue to ignore the future extensions for the most part. We suggest you also be wary of oversells of those areas. If you want to know the opening date, you'd best check an objective and authoritative source.
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