Monday Montage: House Hunt Phuket

This week has been all about finding a house to rent here in Chalong, Phuket, Thailand. We have learned many things about renting in Thailand since our experiences in Hua Hin. For example, we made sure that the house has a water tank large enough to hold enough water to last at least a few days (or twelve). And we wanted the house to be in a location where we can walk to everything we need, it’s the city girl in me. Β And we wanted to do it on our own. Our experience with a rental agency left a bad taste in our mouth and we ended up overpaying for our place in Hua Hin (or so we were told at least).

We rented a car for the past three days and went on the hunt for a house. We drove through the neighborhoods that appealed to us and just started calling the numbers on any house we saw with a for rent sign. I made many phone calls (I honestly thought I had forgotten how to actually make a call on my phone, this was a good reminder that I still can do so), looked through 6 or 7 houses and ended up finding an awesome place and signing the lease papers yesterday! We are moving into our three bedroom, 2 bathroom (hallelujah more than one bathroom!) beautifully furnished house on Saturday. It will be our home base as we travel more this year. More on that in my Wednesday post.

Here are the pictures from this past week. Thank you again for reading and following us here on And Three To Go.

This is how we found houses to look at to rent, just following the signs and calling

This is how we found houses to look at to rent, just following the signs and calling

Driving around near Rawaii, Phuket

Driving around near Rawaii, Phuket

This is a gas pump, you could just pull up and fill up without the hassle of the gas station

This is a gas pump, you could just pull up and fill up without the hassle of the gas station

We found a large second hand store that sells mostly things from hotels and restaurants that have closed down, but I found this among all the furniture, it was a bit creepy. I have no idea what it would be for.

We found a large second hand store that sells mostly things from hotels and restaurants that have closed down, but I found this among all the furniture, it was a bit creepy. I have no idea what it would be for.

The lights on Chalong Pier, Phuket

The lights on Chalong Pier, Phuket

24 thoughts on “Monday Montage: House Hunt Phuket

    • The owners of the house we rented are Australian and Thai, but all the other houses we looked at were Thai owned. I am sure that there were signs for houses for rent in Thai, but we obviously wouldn’t know. πŸ™‚ I am sure that some home owners put their signs in English as foreigners often will pay more for rent (we got a great deal though!)

  1. What a great story of how you found your place! In Germany, you usually HAVE to have an agent and they charge an exorbitant fee for the pleasure of facilitating your lease. We’ve searched for houses to buy in the US this way, but it never occurred to me that you could do it internationally that way. Congrats on your new “home”!

    • Thanks! I always thought an agent was easier, but this house hunt has changed my mind. I think I will be doing it this way from now on (unless we move to Germany… Which you never know, it could happen.)

  2. Well done and congratulations. It sounds like you’ve found a dream home and with two bathrooms too. Sigh! You did an excellent job though as it’s so difficult to find “that place” and in a foreign country even more so as the agents have dollars in their eyes!
    By the way, that thing with the elephant and boy’s head does look creepy. In fact, all shop mannequins do…….!

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