I have been to Thailand this January, and I was quite happy with the country. I'm planning to go there again for a longer trip, for about 2-3 months.
I did some research on Apartments, but in terms of their charging pattern, I have a few questions and preferably some tips/hints will be much appreciated.
- How much a normal Fan apartment, somewhat near the MRT/BTS costs? I did some research first, and I could find apartments ranging from 2,000 THB to 20,000 THB. I'm looking for a calm one, with a bathroom, and with furniture (a bed, cupboard or some closet, a table, a chair)
- How do they usually pay for utilities? I found that water and electricity costs 18 and 7 THB respectively per unit. What are the usual billing unit in Thailand ? (In my country, 1 cubic meter of water is a unit, and as for electricity, 1 kWh is a unit).
- How safe it is to stay in an apartment ? I have a travel insurance, and some emergency fund. If I stay legally, are there anything I must worry about?
- I love their street food for dinner but how long-term staying people get their meals? I'm not looking for western food. Is it reliable to eat street food everyday?
- Are there any taxes or any other compulsory payments for long term stays?
I know there is an expatriates site in SE network but I'm not really looking to settle down there, marry a Thai or work there. I am a freelancer, working all over the Internet and my money will stay in bank account in my country and I will pull occasionally from a thai bank. I already have a bank account there (Savings account - pass book + Visa debit).
I'm aware that prices are different in North (cheaper) and south is expensive. I'm looking for somewhere nearby Bangkok city, so kindly note I am looking for something more relevant to Bangkok. I will be in Chiang Mai and the southern Krabi for some time but I'll be paying the 3 month cost for the apartment.