I wish I had left home my sweater and hoodie. I wish I had prepared myself more with a Thai translation App. Also cotton sheets.
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Don't start long term. Do short term places and check things out. Make friends, be brave. Thai's are generally VERY helpful. I was made part of the family quickly.
I searched all the rental sights and settled on a PEACEFUL place short term, through airB&B that spoke English and had a friendly feel. That was a crucial part of the transition. The I made connections and wound up renting long term in the same area in Phuket. Rental agencies and driving in place I was unfamiliar with was stressful and did not avail me a long term home.
Much lower of course! But I do deal with funky factors, not so clean, not so airtight and not so functional.