Bangkok city center has been making a move Eastwards since the Bangkok International airport opened in Suvarnabhumi in 2006. In 2010 the long awaited Bangkok Airport Link opened, linking Phayathai BTS station to Suvarnabhumi airport, with further links at the Asoke area and Phetchaburi to the Makkasan airport link station.
With the movement East has come of course the movement of Bangkok apartments and condos to follow and enhance the trend. Also with the opening of 5 new BTS stations from On Nut to Bearing, the East areas of Bangkok have received a major boost, both in residential properties and retail.
Starting toward the middle of Sukhumvit at Ekamai BTS station, there has recently been a development in the opening of the Gateway shopping mall in 2012. The Gateway shopping mall is Japanese in concept and although it houses a supermarket, regular fast-food outlets such as KFC and regular franchised shops, it does certainly have a Japanese theme. With plenty of Japanese restaurants and shops selling Japanese style products.
Also in the Ekamai area there is a cinema, Bangkok medi-plex offering cosmetic and dental surgeries and more cafes and restaurants. And of course the regulars who use these facilities all live nearby in the condos and apartments.
One such popular condo is located on the same street as the Gateway shopping mall and is Tree 42 condominium.
| The Tree 42 condominium offers both 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom unit and is housed in a very stylish and modern condominium to suit the modern Bangkok urbanite. Only a few minutes’ walk from both the Gateway mall, Ekamai BTS station and the Bangkok medi-plex, it is ideally situated to offer a range of convenient shops, activities and access to commuting around the rest of the city.
The Tree 42 condominium of course also has a swimming pool, fitness room, car parking and 24hr security to further convenience the residents.
Across the main Sukhumvit road from the Tree 42 condo, is The Hive condominium really does offer great value for expats that want to rent in the East of the city or the central area of Sukhumvit road.
| With the same access to both Ekamai BTS station, the surrounding shopping malls and the cinema, The Hive Ekamai is an excellent choice for a couple or young family. The Hive condominium, despite being new offers large 1br and 2br units, unusual for a condominium opened up in the last 2-3 years.
The Hive condominium is also fairly luxurious and has some very nice fixtures and fittings as befits one of Sansiri’s luxurious products.
Moving further down the line towards Bang Na and Bearing we find the huge and highly impressive Megamall Bang Na. A huge shopping complex, the Megamall Bang na as the name suggests houses an immense number and volume retail outlets. A real boon to the Bang Na and Eastern suburbs of Bangkok, the Megamall Bang Na houses the world’s largest Ikea furniture shop.
As with many shopping centers in Bangkok, the Megamall Bangna also has a whole host of eateries, restaurants, cafes and bars, so a trip the Megamall Bang Na can involve a lot more than a simple trip to the shops.
| For those wishing to live on Bang Na, bust still enjoy the convenience of both the BTS and the city center lifestyle, Cityhome in Udomsuk offers an excellent low-cost value for money living experience. Only a few minutes walk from Udomsuk BTS station, Cityhome condominium has Studio, 1br and 2br units housed in this modern and convenient condominium.
So if you want to take advantage of the exciting new shopping destinations in the Eastern districts of Bangkok, there are plenty of excellent new Bangkok condominiums and apartments in which to live. It is then just a matter of you selecting which property best suits your budget an your lifestyle.