Bangkapi and Minburi are fairly spacious outer suburbs, with housing villages comprised of spacious and nice homes. Bangkapi was a Thai middle to upper class region in the 1970s to 1990s, and continues to grow, mixing brand new with medium age housing.
No skytrain or subway, though the Ramkamhaeng route is planned
The Bangkapi-Minburi region has a great number of diverse housing estates. It's way beyond the scope of this website to cover them, and I suggest you get a good real estate agent or guide. A link further down on this page gives a list of sample houses in this area covered by my own real estate agency. (I did my first real estate work in this area around the year 2000 but quickly expanded and started focusing a lot more on other areas.)
People who work in industrial areas to the north and east often settle down in Bangkapi or Minburi, or else in another suburb in Pathum Thani to the north which is more on the edge. In fact, some people who work in eastern seaboard industrial zones come out setting up a home here in Bangkok, taking the Chonburi Motorway to work. If your tastes in home environment in the eastern seaboard regions is unsatisfied, then you may want to compare transit times between home and work from Bangkapi or Minburi, or else to Bang Na which is close to the city center, or else to the north in Rangsit - Pathum Thani which is more on the edge of Bangkok but much closer to the old Don Mueang Airport.
If you want to live in Bangkok and commute to outer industrial estates, then some of the industrial estates of interest include Chachoengsao, Lad Krabang (aka Lardkrabang Industrial Estate), Bangchan Industrial Estate, Gemopolis Industrial Estate in Sukhaphiban, Wellgrow Industrial Estate, Alpha Technopolis Bonded Warehouse or Free Trade Zone, and Gateway City Industrial Estate.
The eastern ring road provides a quick link between the Bang Na port region and the Bang Pa-In Ayutthaya industrial estates, whereby Bangkapi and Minburi are located in-between the two right on the ring road. Therefore, many people who work in these areas live in Minburi or Bangkapi.
The new Suvarnabhumi International Airport, to open in 2006 in order to serve the eastern seaboard and eastern Bangkok, is located in-between Bangkapi-Minburi and Bang Na.
The Chonburi Motorway, which is the smoothest and quickest route to Rayong, Pattaya, and some industrial parts of Chonburi, intersects the eastern ring road right in-between Bangkapi-Minburi and the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport. This region has many nice places to live, and we expect this to be one of the best areas in terms of appreciation of property value in years to come.
kkBkk.com has a list of properties in the Bangkapi-Minburi suburban region of Bangkok.
You can see my previous Bangkapi housing village at Sammakorn Housing Village and contact me if you'd like a tour by someone intimately familiar with the area. Sammakorn is a mix of old and new, and there are many similar housing villages nearby. However, this is a throwback to the 1990s and early 2000s, and there are now many other, newer neighborhoods which expats prefer. Nonetheless, this one has a lot of unique charm.
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