A bit of background information about Muang Thong Thani
Muang Thong Thani is officially called a large housing estate. However it is very much more than that now. Muang Thong Thani (or MTT) is a town outside of Bangkok.
It was developed by Bangkok Land PLC in 1989 to be a upper-middle class suburb of Bangkok. However due to the financial crisis of 1997 development was put on hold until the economy rebounded.
Development was given a major boost however since Impact Arena (the second biggest exhibition & convention center in Asia) was built in early 2000 as the remaining land in it’s vicinity has been developed rapidly.
Muang Thong Thani became even more popular with potential residents and businesses when it was unaffected in the severe floods of 2011 which inundated many surrounding areas.
Muang Thong Thani is within easy reach of Bangkok. The best way to get to MTT is to go by car. If you take the highway (a toll road) it will only take you 30 minutes to get from MTT to the centre of Bangkok.
You can also get a bus to and from Bangkok. These buses were primarily setup to go to the nearby Impact Arena, however once there you can easily take a taxi or walk to your destination. Taxi’s in Thailand are cheap and in plentiful supply. Most buses for Muang Thong Thani go to Mochit Skytrain (BTS) and Victory Monument BTS station.
Bangkok vs. Muang Thong Thani
Another advantage of living in Muang Thong Thani is the spacious living. Being on the outskirts of Bangkok may mean easy access, but it also means more space to live in.
One of the hazards of living in Bangkok is the cluttered living conditions that is present in any major city. Muang Thong Thani gives you affordable living with a better environment to boot. If you decide to buy a house or a condominium you will notice the difference immediately.
Convenient living circumstances
Muang Thong Thani also boasts all the convenience of a major city within its radius. There are a plethora of restaurants to choose from, ranging from Korean, Chinese, Western and of course Thai cuisine, with more on the way.
Nearby on Chaeng Wattana road you will find the four leading supermarkets in Thailand in close proximity to each other. There is a new mall right in the centre of MTT which has all the shops you would expect to see in a city centre.
Muang Thong Thani is also family friendly, with many housing estates that cater for families as well as international schools in and around the immediate area. The restaurants and bars serve families as much as anyone else. The Impact arena offers plenty of attractions as well.
Muang Thong Thani a great alternative for living in center Bangkok
Traffic in Muang Thong Thani is very low when compared to Bangkok. The roads are frequently empty and are easily negotiable compared to Bangkok center.
The roads were designed this way in order to ease congestion during events at the Impact arenas.
Space & fresh air
Muang Thong Thani does not suffer from pollution that it’s big neighbour does. This is partly due to the low traffic, but also due to no factories and open spaces.
Open spaces allow the air to flow, unlike Bangkok where it can be muggy. As a result, MTT is an ideal environment for raising a family or living in a healthier living space.
Condominium rental prices are a lot lower than Bangkok, starting as low as 3000THB for a simple studio.
Right now is the ideal time to rent or buy in MTT, as the facilities grow in the surrounding areas then the prices will surely go up, but MTT’s main advantage will always be to undercut Bangkok property and rental prices.