Part One: Nichada Thani
I really appreciated where we lived, which was a gated compound/community about 30 km north of BKK called Nichada Thani. I really want to write a little bit about it, because googling for it often leads to snarky comments about Nichada life from posters on Thai Visa and other forums like it, and those sentiments aren't really helpful to familes who might be trying to figure out where they might like to live if they're moving in the Bangkok area. So, without further ado:
Things that I liked about living in Nichada:
- It was green and clean, by Bangkok standards. There were actual sidewalks to walk on, and they were free of vendors selling hair accessories, squid snacks, edible insects, or fake Rolex watches. They weren't full of dozing (or oozing) soi dogs, either. The sidewalks were actually fairly stroller/tricycle friendly for my young kids, which can't be said of a lot of the footpaths in BKK. For my first 2.5 years in Thailand, walking around the lake in Nichada Thani (I don't know if it has an actual name, but I always thought of it as Lake Nichada) was my primary form of exercise, and I enjoyed passing by the gardens of roses, frangipani, bougainvillea, and the other tropical plants on the way. Lots of coconut trees. And I never actually saw a snake, though I often saw snails of an awesomely impressive size!