Office for Rent in Bangkok Information
Bangkok has a wide range of offices for rent near BTS and MRT, and an extensive choice of locations. Prices for offices for rent in Bangkok reflect the locations, access to transport and the grade of office building and facilities.
Office areas in Bangkok are concentrated around the CBD which covers Silom, Sathon, Wireless and Sukhumvit roads. However, there are offices for rent in Bangkok near MRT stations all over town including the Ratchadapisek area. CBRE covers all types of office property in all Bangkok locations from the areas above through to suburban and midtown locations such as Ratchadapisek, Viphavadi-Rangsit, Chaengwattana and Bangna.
Proximity to mass transit systems has become a priority for Bangkok office tenants. There are two existing mass transit systems: the BTS sky train and the MRT subway, which serve primarily the central and midtown locations of Bangkok.
Office locations for rent in Bangkok can be geographically classified into two main regions, which are:
1) Bangkok CBD (Central Business District)
Defined as the area incorporating Silom, Sathorn, Rama IV Road, Ploenchit, Wireless Road, Asoke, and the early Sukhumvit area (Sukhumvit Road up to Soi 24).
1.1 Core CBD
The core CBD includes Silom, Sathon, Wireless and Ratchadamri Road, passing through Rama IV and Ploenchit Road.
1.2 Outer CBD
This area covers the primarily residential areas of Bangkok along the BTS sky train route, specifically the early Sukhumvit area and Asoke up to Sukhumvit Soi 24.
There are a number of suburban and midtown offices for rent in Bangkok. These are popular with companies requiring convenient access to downtown as well as the industrial areas and the airport. Generally, as can be expected, office locations along mass transit routes have become increasingly popular.
Chaengwattana, in the north of Bangkok, is a major government administrative centre.
To the east of the city, close to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, is the Bangna-Trad district. This area not only provides convenient access to the airport, but is also the gateway to the Eastern Seaboard.
Petchaburi Road and Sukhumvit Road extend to the east of Bangkok, with the BTS running along Sukhumvit and the airport link running parallel to Petchaburi. Rama III Road runs along the river, providing good road access to the city centre and easy connections to eastern Bangkok via the Industrial Ring Road. There are many offices for rent near BTS along Sukhumvit Road.
Bangkok offices for rent can be segmented into two core types.
CBRE has developed a grading system and grade A offices for rent in Bangkok have the following characteristics:
There is also a broader class of popular and successful office buildings, which CBRE classifies as grade B offices for rent in Bangkok:
BTS (Bangkok Transit System/SkyTrain)The BTS SkyTrain is a critical transport system in Bangkok, covering much of the city centre and its many commercial, residential and tourist areas. The sky train and subway systems intersect at Silom, Siam, Asoke and near the weekend market, enabling Bangkok’s residents to access a large part of the downtown area. There are many offices for rent in Bangkok near BTS stations and they all provide convenient locations for commuting workers.
MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)The MRT is Bangkok’s first subway or underground system and currently has one line, although various others are being planned. Many offices for rent near MRT are located in the Silom, Sathon, Sukhumvit, and Ratchada areas.
ARL (Airport Rail Link)The ARL is a rapid transit line that connects Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Central Bangkok. The ARL transport system is divided into two lines, a city line and an express line.
BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)The BRT route starts from a new sky train interchange at the Chong Nonsi BTS station along Narathiwas-Ratchanakarin Road and the length of Rama III Road before crossing the river at the Rama III Bridge and ends at the Ratchadapisek-Ratchapreuk Intersection in Thonburi.
ExpresswaysFor drivers, a comprehensive network of expressways cross Bangkok and they are accessed via ramps through toll booths.
BusesBangkok has a comprehensive bus network, consisting of publicly run and private buses. Bus fares are paid to the conductor for each trip. Buses are both air-conditioned and non-air-con. The quality of buses is variable so choose the orange, air-conditioned Euro buses, which are the best in terms of comfort and safety.
Taxis/Tuk TuksBangkok’s taxis and Tuk Tuks are plentiful and relatively cheap. Taxis tend to have meters (although, you may have to ask to have it switched on), while each Tuk Tuk trip requires a negotiation for the fees paid to the driver.
A Bangkok office for rent usually has the following terms and conditions:
Office Lease TermLeases for commercial office space in Bangkok are usually for three years. Options to renew are available. The rental for the renewed lease terms is subject to mutual agreement. It is possible to have an office lease term for longer than three years. However, this requires the lease to be registered, and this incurs costs and taxes.
Basis of MeasurementMost office landlords quote areas on a net lettable basis, measured from the window to the core area including columns but excluding common corridors, washrooms and plant rooms.
DepositOffice deposits are generally for 3 months’ gross rental, non-interest bearing, refundable upon expiry of the lease
Rent-free Fitting Out PeriodThis depends on the size of the Bangkok offices for the rented space leased. For example, a tenant with 1,000 square metres should be able to get a two month rent-free period for fitting out.
In addition to the rent, there will be other costs as detailed below:
ElectricityThe standard rate is 5 - 6 Baht per kilowatt per hour and bills are paid directly to the landlord.
Air-conditioningAlmost all offices for lease have central air conditioning systems; however, there are two common systems used in Bangkok offices. The type affects your occupation costs. If the building uses a water-cooled package, tenants will pay for the electricity consumed by their package units, adding 40-50 Baht per square metre per month to the rental. If the building uses a central chiller system, the landlord absorbs the cost of providing air-conditioning.
Air-conditioning after hours (overtime air-conditioning)Normal office hours at most buildings are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays. If air-conditioning is required outside of these hours, the tenant usually pays a surcharge of 2 - 3 Baht per square metre per hour.
Telephone linesOffice tenants usually apply directly to the telephone service provider for the installation of the lines required, but will pay a non-refundable installation charge to the landlord. Bills are paid directly by the tenant to the telephone company.
Car parkingMost offices for rent in Bangkok have been built to a minimum standard set by the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA). This is one space for every 60 square metres of lettable area. Few Bangkok offices for rent provide a more generous parking provision. Tenants can expect one space free of charge for every 100 square metres of office space leased. Extra spaces can be rented on a monthly basis, if available.
Management Fees, Service Charges and Local Property Tax
These are usually included in the gross rental which is quoted for leased office space. The gross rental will be split between two or three contracts to reduce the landlord’s tax liability.
Up to 60% of the gross rental will be allocated for services or rental of equipment for which 7% VAT (Value Added Tax) is levied. Usually property tax of 12.5% per annum (based on the rental of commercial office space) is paid by the landlord.
Fitting Out CostsThe capital costs of fitting out, including loose furniture but excluding office equipment such as the PABX, will be 15,000 – 20,000 Baht per square metre. Normally, the leased unit will have to be reinstated to its original handover condition upon expiry of the lease.
Office Research and MarketView
As of Q1 2021, the total office supply in Bangkok was 9,256,188 square metres, increasing by 0.3% Q-o-Q and 1.8% Y-o-Y from one newly completed building, WHA Tower, a Grade A office building located in Bangna-Trad area with total space of 25,000 square metres.
There was approximately 1.2 million square metres of office space under construction which are scheduled to be completed from 2021 to the end of 2024, based on what has been publicly announced. However, due to the uncertain market situation, the completion timeline for these future supplies could be adjusted.
The net take-up in Q1 2021 has dropped to the negative level at negative 23,521 square metres, declining by 465.3% Q-o-Q and 207.2% Y-o-Y from the reduction in space from tenants in every submarket. Due to the difficult and uncertain financial situation from COVID-19, new set-up and expansion of space have also been pushed off until the market recovers.
Grade B CBD submarket has seen the highest drop in net take-up at negative 11,642 square metres in this quarter after a total negative take up in 2020 of 25,498 square metres. We believe this is due to tenants in Grade B buildings considered to relocate to Non-CBD locations where rental rates are lower and will soon be better served by the new mass transit lines.
The financial pressure from COVID-19 carried on to 2021 as reduction of occupied space for organizations continued. The second wave that came before the New Year holidays and third wave before Songkran holidays in April 2021 will make economic recovery and level of demand for expansion or new set-up of office space delay further.