Thonglor vs Ekkamai: Which is the Best Neighborhood for Expats to Live In?

Amid the uncertainties of China’s ‘Zero-COVID’ policy, a captivating opportunity emerges for Mainland Chinese seeking overseas residences to hedge against future pandemics and economic risks. The desire to shield their families is a driving force, igniting a surging demand for residences that promise not only a dwelling but also comfort and security.  

As we take a closer look at the mainland Chinese demographic, we find that 61% of them are looking to international real estate for more than just investment – they are seeking a place to call home or retire. Additionally, 83% aspire to offer their children international education for broader global exposure. Thailand emerges as an enticing option, offering luxurious family-centric homes complemented by hotel-like amenities, premium medical facilities, and esteemed international schools nearby. These options often come at accessible price points compared to their Chinese counterparts. Shenzhen-based marketing manager Jenny Yan points out that “Thailand’s real estate is remarkably affordable – even more so than dwellings nestled in third-tier Chinese locales. Luxury residences are priced at approximately 2 million yuan, while apartments are just a quarter of that sum. 

Now, you might be wondering, where is the best neighborhood to live in Bangkok? Embarking on the quest for the perfect expat enclave, we venture into two iconic districts of Bangkok: Thonglor and Ekkamai. Each holds a distinct allure, promising an exceptional lifestyle that resonates with expats seeking the epitome of comfort and convenience. 

Two-Bedroom Unit at The Strand Thonglor 

Enter Thonglor, Bangkok’s pulsating urban hub where a dynamic blend of trendy bars, cafes, gourmet restaurants, and electrifying nightlife awaits, accompanied by shopping havens such as the Commons, Emporium, Terminal 21, and Gateway. Leading hospitals, Sukhumvit Hospital and Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, stand ready to offer quality healthcare. Amid this vibrant tapestry, The Strand Thonglor stands tall, a beacon of luxurious living spanning 30 stories. Offering an array of world-class amenities – from refined dining and a clandestine speakeasy bar to versatile business spaces and The Strand Park – it embodies urban luxury. Located just a 1-minute walk from the Thonglor BTS Station, and providing two convenient road access to Thonglor Sukhumvit Soi 55 and 57, it captures the essence of connectivity. This landmark residence, a joint venture between Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC) and Eden Estate Corporation, boasts a 30-year warranty, a testament to unwavering commitment to excellence in design and craftsmanship. 

The Clubhouse at The Strand Thonglor 

Picture a realm of everyday opulence, akin to a perpetual 5-star hotel experience. Upon arrival, automated parking and EV charging cater to the eco-conscious, while a dedicated 24/7 security service ensures tranquility. Inside, units are thoughtfully equipped with an ERV circulation system, soaring 3-meter-high ceilings, and fully equipped kitchens featuring top-tier appliances, catering to culinary enthusiasts. Venture to the 6th floor, a paradise for families, housing a playroom, tutor room, and family lounge for cherished moments. On the 27th floor, wellness takes center stage, with inviting pools, a serene fitness and meditation space, and a sauna for ultimate relaxation. Yet, the pièce de résistance lies atop – the rooftop, a haven boasting a captivating putting green and a BBQ area, setting the stage for unforgettable gatherings. 

The Strand Thonglor offers a range of move-in-ready units and turnkey options, creating a seamless transition for homeowners and an enticing proposition for investors. With estimated gross rental yields of up to 5%, and current rental rates ranging from THB 1200 to THB 1500 per sqm, it becomes a compelling choice for those seeking investment potential or a secure family haven. 

Two-Bedroom Unit at The Strand Thonglor 

Next, let’s explore  Ekkamai, a perennial favorite among expatriates for its vibrant nightlife and an array of dining and shopping destinations. Amid this bustling tapestry stands Mulberry Grove Sukhumvit, an architectural marvel crafted by the esteemed Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC). This landmark condominium project offers not just a home but an elevated way of life, an urban symphony where sophistication meets convenience. 

Location reigns supreme at Mulberry Grove Sukhumvit, strategically situated on the main road, directly in front of BTS Ekkamai Station, a mere 250m away. Residents will also find St. Andrew International School, one of Bangkok’s most reputable international schools, conveniently positioned just across the road.  Sukhumvit Hospital is a stone’s throw away, while Bangkok Medical Center stands at a convenient 500m distance, ensuring accessible healthcare. Essential daily conveniences are catered to by the Gateway Department Store, a mere 350m away. For a more indulgent shopping experience, the EM District beckons, home to iconic luxury malls like The Emporium and EmQuartier, with EmSphere poised to elevate the retail scene even further in October 2023. 

Sky High Gym/Fitness Studio at Mulberry Grove Sukhumvit 

Sukhumvit delivers an immersive living experience that captivates both expats and locals alike. Mulberry Grove Sukhumvit embraces the ethos of multi-intergenerational living, featuring units designed for versatile layouts, high ceilings, and a multipurpose nook, catering to the diverse needs of families. The condominium units range from 47 sqm to 241.5 sqm, showcasing adaptable spaces that can evolve with each family’s changing lifestyle. Safety and quality are paramount at Mulberry Grove Sukhumvit, and the presence of intelligent security robots underscores a commitment to safeguarding your loved ones. 

Family bonding thrives in Mulberry Grove Sukhumvit, with shared facilities designed to foster connections. From courtyards for tranquil mornings to wellness zones for rejuvenation, every facet is thoughtfully designed to enhance family life. The 32nd floor beckons with its Infinity Sky pool, Hydrotherapy pool, and Thermal pool, ensuring holistic well-being for all ages. A private spa and sauna provide the perfect retreat after a rejuvenating workout. Even afternoon tea after a pool session is a complimentary delight. 

Mulberry Grove Sukhumvit presents a limited selection of units, ideal for families aspiring to live together harmoniously. With enticing new launch promos available, this is your opportunity to embrace a refined urban lifestyle. Whether you’re an investor seeking promising prospects or a family seeking a secure haven, Mulberry Grove Sukhumvit is a compelling choice. 

Kid’s Pool at The Strand Thonglor 

Intriguingly distinct yet equally compelling, Thonglor and Ekkamai beckon expatriates with promises of a lifestyle that surpasses expectations. As we navigate these two remarkable neighborhoods, the choice ultimately rests in your hands – where will you decide? 

Experience the allure of Thonglor and Ekkamai firsthand at our upcoming event. If you’re eager to explore Bangkok’s best luxury landmark residences, this is an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss!  

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