Checking your local environment, and understanding local culture, is a vital part of any personal due diligence before buying or renting any Thailand property.
This issue has made headlines in the Thai media following a complaint about noise emanating from a Buddhist temple located adjacent to a new property development.
A complaint about the noise from the traditional temple bell ringing was made by a tenant at the StarView development on Rama 3 (pictured left), according to media reports.
Rental rates for a two-bedroom 77 sqm unit at the three-year-old river view property start from around THB 40,000 per month, rising to more than THB 120,000 per month for a three-bedroom unit measuring 160 sqm in size.
It was reported the bell was being rung between 3am and 4am, and that the issue has stirred a significant amount of online debate.
The Bangkok Governor has now ordered all 50 district offices to brainstorm a solution to the matter of bell ringing by temples following the noise complaint that waa filed with the Bang Ko Laem District Office concerning Wat Sai (pictured right).
It was reported that the tradition of temple bell ringing must be preserved.
Bangkok Governor, Police General Assawin Kwanmuang, noted that temples have long served as community centres, and the ringing of temple bells is considered a time-honored tradition.
He has instructed all 50 district offices to handle the matter, but also urged them to build understanding among citizens regarding the necessity of bell ringing at temples.
Bang Ko Laem District Director, Anan Kaiphan, met with Wat Sai Abbot Phra Preecha Bunnasilo to address the request in response to the online reaction, and said that the temple it can go about its practices as usual.
Before buying or renting any property in Thailand you should visit your intended home at least three times. These should be at completely different times of the day and night.
This is to ensure you fully understand things like traffic levels, noise levels and the availability of local amenities throughout the week.