When the Buddha said that the only certainty is change, he might have had Bangkok in mind, with its industrious turning of the wheel of construction, demolition and renovation.
The house next door has been sold, and the new owners are going to renovate. Since these are townhouses, it’s going to be very noisy for the neighbours. When a guy over the road did up his house it took over a year to finish, and I’m assuming a similar time frame for next door. Also, some buildings in the next alley are soon to be demolished and a condo built.
Time for this quiet-loving rat to jump ship.
We’ve considered leaving Bangkok entirely, but we haven’t tried life in the suburbs, so that’s what we’re going to do. We can get a detached house with a garden, and all attendant giant centipedes, for less than we’re paying here. I’ve started looking — not too far out, and not too far from the trains, but I’m willing to live beyond comfortable walking distance from a station as long as we’re near a street with passing taxis and/or baht buses (covered pickup trucks that serve as local public transport). Which opens up a lot of options, so I’m trying to see this as a chance to find a really nice place to live — for a couple of years at last, then we’ll see.