List of Serviced Apartments in Bangkok: Our Top 7 Picks

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Serviced Apartments in Bangkok

Are you moving to Bangkok and looking for a suitable serviced apartment?

Bangkok is one of the busiest business and tourist cities in Southeast Asia, this is also reflected in the wide choice of serviced apartment companies that operate here.

A serviced apartment represents a flexible option, whether you are planning to travel to Bangkok for business or vacation purposes.

In this article, we list 7 serviced apartment companies and compare them according to their rent span, unit size, minimum duration of stay, location and facilities.

Overview

Benefits of renting a serviced apartment in Bangkok

First of all, serviced apartments are different than traditional apartments, as you don’t have to buy furniture or kitchen appliances, as they come fully furnished and equipped.

Most of serviced apartment providers offer free laundry, housekeeping services, and even the tuk-tuk service. The rent usually includes utility bills such as water and the internet, which means that you don’t need to worry about setting up utility accounts or pay the monthly bills.

Also, in 2018 Thailand government passed a law that, according to many interpretations, makes AirBnB stay illegal when staying less than a month in an apartment.

So, even though the situation is not entirely clear and AirBnB seems to still operate in the country, if you want to make sure that you comply with local laws, you might want to avoid Airbnb.

Besides, if you decide to stay in a serviced apartment owned by a reputable company, you will most likely get a rental contract in both English and Thai language, which is especially handy in case there are any problems.

Also, most of the established companies will not try to keep your deposit without a valid reason. This is not a given when dealing with landlords that only own a few units.

Serviced apartment rents in Bangkok

In this article, we cover serviced apartments with a wide range of prices.

You will find that the rent might vary greatly, from THB 5,000 to THB 180,000 per month, depending on the location and the facilities offered by the building.

According to Numbeo, average rental prices for a “normal” apartment in the city ranges from:

  • THB 21,000 per month for a studio in the city center; THB 10,000 per month outside of center;
  • THB 65,000 per month for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center; THB 29,000 per month outside of center.

Thus, serviced apartment prices are quite competitive in Bangkok.

Note that, when booking a serviced apartment in Bangkok, you will usually get a discount of around 30-50% if you choose to stay for at least one month.

This is also common in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, while in Hong Kong there is no such an opportunity. Continue reading List of Serviced Apartments in Bangkok: Our Top 7 Picks

List of Serviced Apartments in Hanoi: Our Top 6 Picks

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Serviced Apartments in Hanoi

Are you looking for a serviced apartment provider in Hanoi?

In Hanoi, most of the serviced apartment buildings are located near the business districts such as Tay Ho District, Cau Giay, and Hoan Kiem District.

Serviced apartment companies provide a variety of solutions and you should be able to find a suitable one.

In this article, we list 6 serviced apartment companies and compare them according to their rent span, duration of stay, location, amenities, and services.

Overview

Benefits of renting a serviced apartment in Hanoi

Most of the serviced apartment companies in Hanoi offer a short-term stay, from 1 day to 30 days, according to the company. Thus, the first obvious benefit is that, if you don’t want to sign a long-term rental contract, a serviced apartment is probably the best solution for you.

Note that, if you decided to commit for more than a month, as also happens in Ho Chi Minh City, you can get up to a 25-50% discount.

Second, serviced apartment companies are often more familiar with the local regulations. For example, Vietnamese landlords might not be aware that foreigners shall register their address to the local police station; however, a serviced apartment company shall be aware of this regulation and register you with the local police by default.

I still recommend you to confirm that the serviced apartment company of your choice will register you at the local police station, just to avoid any problems.

Besides, a reputable serviced apartment company shall provide a clear rental contract in both English and Vietnamese language. This will make your life much easier, in case there are any problems. Further, when you deal with an established company it’s less likely that they will try to keep your deposit without a valid reason.

Serviced apartment rents in Hanoi

In Hanoi, the normal rent in the city center starts from around VND 8,200,000 per month for a studio, and around VND 16,500,000 for a three-bedroom apartment.

Even if it’s possible to find a serviced apartment advertised for similar prices on real estate listings platforms, in most cases, you will have to deal with either a local landlord that owns as little as a single property, or with an agent that manage properties from multiple landlords.

Conversely, if you want to work with a serviced apartment company that owns the whole building and provide most of the benefits we discussed in the previous section of this article, then you might have to pay a price that is at least 20% higher. Continue reading List of Serviced Apartments in Hanoi: Our Top 6 Picks

List of Serviced Apartments in Ho Chi Minh City: Our Top 7 Picks

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Serviced Apartments in Ho Chi Minh City

Are you looking for a short-term solution in District 1 or a six month stay in Thao Dien?

In Ho Chi Minh City, serviced apartment companies offer a wide range of solutions, and you should then be able to find accommodation that suits your needs.

In this article, we list 7 serviced apartment companies and compare them according to their rent span – both short-term and long-term, minimum duration of stay, location, amenities, and other key factors.

Overview

Benefits of renting a serviced apartment in Ho Chi Minh City

Even though most hotel’s receptionists and waiters can speak good English in Ho Chi Minh City, When it comes to local landlords and agents the situation might be quite different.

Therefore, the first advantage of choosing a serviced apartment is that you will be able to deal with agents and managers that have a good command of the English language.

This is not only important while you are selecting your apartments, but also later on, for instance in case of problems.

Besides, a serviced apartments reputable company shall provide two copies of the rental contract – one in English and one in Vietnamese language, – and, generally speaking, will not try to keep your deposit without a valid reason, once it’s time to leave the apartments.

Another important point is that in Vietnam all foreigners shall register their address to the local police office.

Now, when you stay in a hotel there is no problem, as hotels register you to the local police by default. When dealing with a serviced apartment company, you will normally be in the same situation, as they deal with a large number of foreigner clients, and thus must comply with local regulations.

Conversely, local landlords might not even be aware of such an obligation, which might become a problem for you, especially if you plan to stay in the country for more than a couple of weeks. Continue reading List of Serviced Apartments in Ho Chi Minh City: Our Top 7 Picks

List of Serviced Apartments in Singapore: Our Top 7 Picks

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Serviced Apartments in Singapore

Are you looking for a serviced apartment in Singapore?

Singapore is a well-known hospitality industry city, and there are many serviced apartments today. Whether you are planning to travel to Singapore for business or vacation purposes, a serviced apartment would be a flexible solution.

In this article, we list 7 serviced apartment companies and compare them according to their rent span, unit size, minimum duration of stay, location and facilities.

Overview

Benefits of renting a serviced apartment in Singapore

The first benefit of opting for a serviced apartment is that you don’t need to commit to a 6-12 month rental contract.

This is especially true for Singapore, where it’s possible to find a serviced apartment with a minimum stay as short as 2-6 nights, while in other cities – for example, Hong Kong, the minimum stay is generally set to 30 days.

Another important benefit of serviced apartments is that you won’t have to pay the agent fee, and that utility bills such as water, internet, and others are almost always included in the price.

Even if this might seem a small detail, in a city like Singapore this might save you SGD 150-200 per month.

Finally, service apartments are provided fully furnished and are usually located in a convenient location.

This will save you time both while moving in and during the daily commute to your job. Continue reading List of Serviced Apartments in Singapore: Our Top 7 Picks

How to Invest in Commercial Property in Indonesia: A Complete Guide

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Indonesia has become one of the most interesting investment destinations in Asia. With that said, foreign commercial property buyers have been standing on the sideline due to unfavorable property ownership regulations.

Over the years, the Indonesian government has issued new reforms, but we’ve not seen radical changes. There’s most likely more to come.

That said, navigating the Indonesian real estate market can be a truly daunting task, something we will review in greater detail in this article.

Today, we review the following:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Indonesia?
  • Indonesia’s Commercial Property Market
  • Hotels
  • Office Space
  • Retail Property
  • Industrial Real Estate and Warehouses
  • Car Parks
  • Best Cities to Invest in Commercial Property in Indonesia
  • Commercial Property Taxes

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Indonesia?

Indonesia is infamous for having some of the strictest foreign ownership regulations in Asia. However, regulations differ greatly if you buy property as an individual or through a company.

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How to Invest in Mongolia’s Property Market: By Mongolian Properties

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Mongolia has been one of Asia’s best performers in terms of property rental yields and capital appreciation in the past decade. Yet, it’s still not under many investors’ radar.

At the moment, most attention comes from foreign companies who look for commercial property or housing for expats. With that said, Mongolia is predicted to perform well in the coming years, having one of the fastest growing economies in Asia.

Today, Mongolian Properties helps to explain how it works when buying property in Mongolia. It’s one of the biggest real estate agencies and a reputable developer that has built many projects in the past.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy property in Mongolia?
  • What property types are available to foreigners?
  • How is the real estate market?
  • How is the process when buying property?
  • Can foreigners rent out property in Mongolia?
  • What are the best cities to buy property?
  • What property types should be of interest?
  • How can I transfer funds from Mongolia to overseas?
  • What property taxes do I need to pay?

Can foreigners buy property in Mongolia?

Mongolian property laws are comprehensive and well-drafted with good protection of title and ownership rights. This applies to foreigners as well.

Having a ‘floating freehold’ system, the constitution and other major laws provide both foreign and Mongolian citizens with inalienable freehold rights to immovable property.

There’s no distinction between local and foreign purchasers in the legal system in terms of property rights. Continue reading How to Invest in Mongolia’s Property Market: By Mongolian Properties

List of Serviced Apartments in Hong Kong: Our Top 13 Picks

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Serviced Apartments in Hong Kong

Are you moving to Hong Kong or just looking for a place closer to your new office?

Whether you are looking for flexibility or you don’t have the time to embark on a week of apartment hunting through the alleys of Hong Kong, a serviced apartment might be the solution to your problem.

In this article, we list 13 serviced apartment companies, and compare them according to their rent span, unit size, minimum duration of stay, location and facilities.

Overview

Benefits of renting a serviced apartment in Hong Kong

If you already did a search online, by now you will probably know that the rental market in the city is pretty “scattered”, and it’s often difficult to find a place unless you walk into an agency located in the neighborhood where you plan to live.

Even in that case, you will probably be tied up by a 6-12 months rent contract.

Conversely, if you opt for a serviced apartment, you can choose to commit for only one or two months.

Besides, you will save the agent fee, which is often 50% of one month’s rental, and the deposit won’t usually exceed one’s month rental.

Also, bills are usually included (electricity, water, internet), so the rent might initially look higher than it is. Continue reading List of Serviced Apartments in Hong Kong: Our Top 13 Picks

How to Invest in Commercial Property in Thailand: A Complete Guide

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Thailand is less spoken about when it comes to commercial property investments. Other regional countries, like Singapore and Malaysia, have better foreign ownership regulations with more transparency.

Truth be told, there are not many options available in Thailand, at least not to individual investors. The only exception is if you invest in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS).

With that said, increasingly more foreign companies have started to target Thailand’s commercial property market, including property developers, manufacturers, and co-working space operators.

In this article, we review the following:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Thailand?
  • Thailand’s Commercial Property Market
  • Hotels
  • Office Space
  • Retail Property
  • Industrial Real Estate and Warehouses
  • Car Parks
  • Best Cities to Invest in Commercial Property in Thailand
  • Commercial Property Taxes

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How to Invest in Commercial Property in Korea: A Complete Guide

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Korea’s residential and commercial property markets have seen much investment recently. Locals have started to complain about rising prices and the government impose higher taxes to cool down the market.

Cities like Seoul attracts many investors thanks to preferable ownership regulations, having a strong economy, and bright future outlook.

We see large foreign corporations such as WeWork and Marriott expanding quickly in Korea, trying to grasp market shares.

Yet, before you invest in commercial property here, you must get your feet wet and learn about the market and local regulations first.

In this article, we review the following:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Korea?
  • Buying Property through Companies and Trusts
  • Korea’s Commercial Property Market
  • Hotels
  • Office Space
  • Retail Property
  • Industrial Real Estate and Warehouses
  • Car Parks
  • Best Cities to Buy Commercial Property in Korea
  • Commercial Property Taxes

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Korea?

Foreigners don’t have any particular issues to buy residential or commercial property in Korea. With that said, there are three laws you need to comply with:

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How to Invest in Vietnam’s Stock Market: The Definitive Guide

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The information in this article is meant for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as financial advice.

Vietnam has been the strongest performing market in Southeast Asia recently for numerous reasons.

Naturally, we see an increased interest from foreigners who want to capitalize on its growth and invest in stocks. With that in mind, Vietnam opened up to foreign investors as late as 2015 and still remains highly bureaucratic.

Before you start trading stocks, you need to learn the fundamentals and work with a brokerage firm that can help you get started.

In this article, we review the following:

  • Vietnam Stock Market Overview
  • Stock Exchanges in Vietnam
  • Why You Should Invest in Vietnam’s Stock Market
  • Regulations when Foreigners Invest in Stocks
  • Process when Buying Stocks
  • Case Studies in Vietnam’s Stock Market
  • FAQ

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