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Urban Living

Many families and individuals find themselves questioning the advantages of rural versus urban living.
The quality of life is one of the central issues to consider in any comparison between rural versus urban living. While a case can be made for either location as being the best place to live, it is worthwhile to consider how these two options, rural versus urban, are similar and different.

Important factors such as employment is usually a primary concern when making the choice, especially in Thailand. A lot of people call Thailand the one city country, with almost everything of importance being centred in or around Bangkok. Many attempts by Thai central government have been made to encourage educational institutes and industry to move out of Bangkok, recently to the eastern seaboard. While Bangkok’s cramped conditions do seem to have improved in recent years, development outside of Bangkok does still need to be done, to further relieve the pressure on the current capital city.

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There are a number of positive as well as negative factors that contribute to the overall quality of life in urban areas and if there is any general statement to be made about urban living, it is that there is a great deal of diversity and choice. In urban areas, there are many more choices people can make about a number of aspects of their daily lives. For example, in urban areas, you are likely to be able to find many different types of food and this could lead to overall greater health since there could be a greater diversity in diet. In addition, those in urban areas enjoy the opportunity to take in any number of cultural or social events as they have a large list to choose from. As a result they have the opportunity to be more cultured and are more likely to encounter those from other class, cultural, and ethnic groups.

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Negatives could include pollution and time wasted in traffic jams. Bangkok’s notorious traffic jams which can be as thick at 5pm, as they are at 11pm. Rush hour has a new meaning in this part of the world, where jammed traffic every evening can be an 8 hour exercise. Recent improvements to mass transportation have improved the situation, with construction of the Bangkok BTS Skytrain, and MRT Underground train. These are a start, but currently they don’t service a wide enough area. But at least everyone can now commute around the central business districts (CBD), namely between Silom and Sukhumvit with ease.

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Let’s hope the new change in government will be committed to extending both the BTS Skytrain, and MRA Underground train in all directions, so more and more people can benefit, not just those living in the nucleus of the city.

Posted by Nods33 17:10 Archived in Thailand Tagged thailand tours thai vip international concierge

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