Explore Your Options with A Move to Thailand

Thailand is a beautiful, fruitful place to call home. Many expats wishing to move to the country seek out luxury homes on ocean front areas where they can relax in the sun, have fun on the water and enjoy every moment of their lives in Thailand. There are numerous condos, apartments and villas for anyone wishing to move to this vibrant country.

Whether you want to move to, Haad Yao or Thongsala, it is important to know what to expect for the move you’re about to make.

Purchasing Property

Property cannot be solely purchased by a foreigner in Thailand. As an expat, you can partner with a citizen of Thailand to buy property together.
The Thai citizen would need to own 51% or more of the property if you buy through a Thai company but this partnership will allow the expat to live on the land that has been purchased.

To find a great home to live in in Thailand, it is essential to speak to a reputable real estate professional to find the best homes available on the market. Without a realtor, it is not always easy to locate a good home.

Renting is an option for expats moving to the area. However, if you’re looking at making this move a long-term one, then renting may not be the ideal option you’re after.

Purchasing a condo or apartment is permitted even when you are not able to purchase the land that the condo sits on. This is because the building is more than 51% Thai owned, allowing you to purchase a small portion of the building for you to live in or even for you to rent to others.

Obtaining a Visa

A visa will be required to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days. The type of visa that will be required depends on the reason for moving into the area. Some of the common visas for expats include, but are not limited too.

  • Non-Immigrant Visa
  • Marriage Visa
  • Retirement Visa
  • Business Visa

For more information regarding the types of visas required for moving to the country, look at the Thai Embassy website.

Shipping Household Goods

Bring your household goods along for the move. There is a rule of “ones” that must be adhered too. When bringing any items with you, there can only be one of that item. For example, one television, one vacuum, one toaster and so on. This is only for items that are used.

Shipping household goods should be done through a reputable shipping company that understands regulations for shipping into Thailand. A forwarding agent can provide the necessary information and arrangements for the shipment.

Bringing Your Vehicle

There are stipulations for shipping one used or new vehicle to Thailand. There are strict regulations that must be adhered too. Finding a professional, knowledgeable shipping company that knows how to handle shipments to Thailand is recommended. There’s many companies who could handle this, and one possibility is A1AutoTransport.

Have these documents ready for shipments being sent to Thailand:

  • Passport
  • Bill of Lading
  • Original and 3 Copies of Import Goods Declaration
  • Commercial and Insurance Invoices
  • Release Order
  • House Certificate and an ID Card for Used Vehicles
  • Import Permit for Used Vehicles
  • Vehicle Registration for Used Vehicles 

By understanding these points, you can feel much more confident in your move to Thailand. Once you arrive to begin your new Thai life, be sure to take plenty of time to explore and find the hidden gems located throughout the country.

Green Activities and Events on Koh Phangan

Over two-thirds of Koh Phangan is made up of untouched rainforests and jungles and many of the island’s shores are pristine, sandy beaches with turquoise waters that stretch out as far as the eye can see. It’s a tropical haven, an exotic sanctuary where true unspoilt beauty prevails, drawing an increasing number of visitors over the years. Travellers are keen to connect with the islands natural beauty, difficult to find elsewhere on the globe.

Preservation is key if the island is to remain an unspoilt gem for years to come. Keeping the island clean and ecologically friendly is a topic that is on everyone’s minds and something that the locals are very passionate about. Subsequently, a number of green initiatives have been launched to encourage everyone who stays on the island to respect this little paradise and make sustainable decisions.

Beach Clean-ups

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Koh Phangan is renowned for its beach parties, especially on Haad Rin’s Sunrise Beach, where thousands of party-goers line the shore for the monthly Full Moon Party. In high season, this coast sees in excess of 30,000 people in one night; the result is often often a build up of rubbish that is scattered across the shoreline, amongst rocks and in the sea. Although the beaches are cleaned straight after the parties, a number of beach clean-ups are organised throughout the year across all the beaches on the island.

One of the groups that organises the beach cleans is the Green Cross, who are also always looking for ways to incorporate sustainable living practices across the island aswell. The event sees both locals and visitors take to the island’s island’s beaches to clear all rubbish and debris, helping to restore Koh Phangan’s famous natural beauty. Participation is huge and even the divers get involved, organising a dive to clear the rubbish hidden under the waves and potentially harming the local marine life.

Green Restaurants and Resorts

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A green initiative currently underway on the Koh Phangan is to transform the bars, restaurants and resorts into environmentally-friendly establishments. There are already a few resorts and yoga schools on board including Lime and Soda, Ocean View Beach Resort and The Yoga Retreat. These venues incorporate self-sustainable practices, growing their own produce, including coconuts, bananas and papaya, to offer to their guests. They also do their part in recycling, keeping their beach areas clean and contributing to the local community by sourcing locally, thus helping farming families. We hope to see more resorts and restaurants take part in this initiative so that eventually, there will only be Eco-friendly establishments on the island.

Eat Co Market

Every Sunday, Eat Co hosts an organic market in Srithanu, on the island’s West coast. The market is aimed at bringing both locals and visitors together to share organic and nutritious food. It’s a buffet-style market, offering up fresh and healthy organic eats, most of which has been grown on the island. It’s a popular weekly event, which contributes to the local community by supporting the local farmers and growers on the island. Through this act of conscious living, they hope to encourage people to participate in other green events and adopt sustainable living practices.

We hope to see more green and sustainable initiatives in force on the island in the years to come. There is a strong community on Koh Phangan who are committed to preserving the island’s natural beauty and we hope to pass this concept on to everyone who comes here. We believe that Koh Phangan should be a clean island and we should protect its natural beauty by every means possible so that we can enjoy it as well as those in generations to come.

Real Estate Outlook for Thailand 2015

It is not surprising that foreign investors are uncertain about investing in Thailand’s real estate market due to the negative publicity it has received recently. The military coup and the tragic case of British tourists murdered on Koh Tao have discouraged people from visiting the Kingdom. The press has even named the country as a ‘dangerous’ destination that should be avoided. But should developers boycott Thailand and look for investment opportunities elsewhere in Asia? Here’s how 2015 looks for Thailand’s real estate market:

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Real estate investment volumes have improved greatly for the first time since the beginning of a prolonged period of political crises and military unrest and show no signs of slowing down. Despite the negative press that Thailand is currently receiving, the real estate sector looks promising for 2015. Now that the country is starting to stabilise, it is starting to look like a much more attractive investment opportunity, set to continue in 2015. The Kingdom has a long history of military coups, with the army having staged 11 since 1932. However, the economy appears unfazed by the political unrest and has grown by an average of 5% annually from 1999 to 2007.

Thailand’s involvement in the AEC in 2015 is expected to have a positive impact on the property market due to the free-flow of trade and services and opening-up of other AEC countries. The Chief Executive Officer of Pace Development, Khun Sorapoj Techakraisri, has stated that once the AEC has been fully implemented in Thailand, momentum will build very quickly and outbound investment will increase exponentially. International firms will look to move their headquarters and production to the country due to the low cost of living, solid worker productivity and ease of access to the rest of the world. In turn, this will lead to an increased demand for commercial and residential space throughout the country – an ideal investment opportunity for foreign investors.

Furthermore, upon joining the AEC, the standards for property developments will improve to keep up with international standards, providing a new appeal for international residents. There are currently very few prestigious properties in Thailand that meet these international level standards. Demand for these will grow throughout the country as more expats look for these properties to rent.

Thailand faces some uncertain times ahead for many of its markets. Although some may take longer to recover from the military coup and devastating negative press the country is receiving on a daily basis, the real estate sector appears to be very much unaffected by these events. Thailand continues to look like a destination of increasingly promising investment opportunities, set to continue in 2015. As a result of the country joining the AEC next year, demand for property is expected to increase, giving property investors and developers a great opportunity for return on investment.

How to Get to Koh Phangan

Located in the cool blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan is an island paradise, consisting of secluded beaches, tropical rainforests, jungles and vast spans of untouched land. The island is growing in relevance and stature, not only in the western world but around the globe. Quickly becoming recognised as an island of opportunity, an increasing number of investors are travelling here, snapping up a great deal for the best return on investment. With a number of efficient and cheap transport options, getting to the island is a breeze.

Air

The fastest method to the island is via air travel from Bangkok. As work on Koh Phangan’s first-ever airport is still to be completed, the airport on the neighbouring island of Koh Samui is closest. Bangkok Air is a popular option, with aircrafts flying into the airport over 40 times a day from destinations all over Southeast Asia. A flight to Koh Samui from Bangkok takes about an hour and costs 3,800+ Baht. The airport is conveniently close to Big Buddha pier, where travellers can catch a boat directly to Koh Phangan after landing.

The regional transport hub of Surat Thani is a little further away, on the mainland. Low-budget flights from carriers including Nok Air, Thai Lion Air and Air Asia fly to and from this airport several times a day. Flights cost approximately 800 – 2500 Baht and flying to Surat Thani provides an economical and quick method of reaching Koh Phangan. After landing, passengers can purchase a bus transfer and ferry ticket, around 500 Baht, to get to the island.

Train

Sleeper Train

 

The State Railway of Thailand offers a comfortable journey from Bangkok to Surat Thani train station. This popular sleeper train service is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike and consists of first- and second-class carriages. The journey takes around 12 hours, so a fresh blanket and pillows are provided for a comfortable ride. The first-class carriages are preferable options with large bunk beds, air conditioning and a personal sink. Second-class sleepers are also welcomed, with spacious beds and a choice of either air conditioning or fan. Once at the railway station, passengers can get a bus transfer to the pier (included in the ticket price) which takes approximately one hour, then catch the ferry to Koh Phangan.

Bus

The most economical transport to Koh Phangan is the bus service from Bangkok. Prices start from 800+ Baht and buses are clean and comfortable, with reclining seats and air conditioning. Passengers catch the bus at 19:00 in Bangkok and are driven directly to Surat Thani pier to catch the first morning boat to Koh Phangan.

Alternatively, travellers can opt for the government bus, transporting passengers from Bangkok all the way to the island. This 24-seat VIP bus leaves Bangkok in the evening, then boards directly onto the Raja ferry at Surat Thani pier to drop passengers off at Koh Phangan’s main town of Thong Sala. This option is slightly more expensive – just over 1200 Baht – but worth the extra money as the buses are modern, comfortable and direct, giving passengers peace of mind as they don’t have to change modes of transport on the journey.

Boat

Boat

 

Passengers who travel by bus, train or plane terminating in Surat Thani or Koh Samui will can catch a boat to complete the last stretch of their journey to Koh Phangan. Luckily, there are a number of boat services that operate daily, leaving from:

  • Surat Thani Pier

The Songserm Express from Chumphon takes approximately three and a half hours to Koh Phangan, although there is only one crossing which leaves at 8am. If this time is not an option, the Lomprayah offers a high-speed crossing, leaving twice daily at 07:30 and 13:00 and costs around 1,000 Baht.

Alternatively, a 50-minute bus ride from here will take passengers to Donsak pier to catch the Raja ferry. This service operates five times daily, with the first boat leaving at 06:30 and the last boat departing at 18:00 and takes approximately three hours to Koh Phangan.

  • Koh Samui

Visible from Koh Phangan, Koh Samui is just a short boat trip away. A number of boat services operate from different piers around the island so passengers can pick a service at their convenience. The high-speed Lomprayah service departs from Nathon pier at 08:00, 12:30 and 17:00 and arrives at Thong Sala pier just 20-30 minutes later. From Bangrak pier, the Seatran Discovery also takes 30 minutes and departs three times daily.

From Koh Samui’s Big Buddha pier, the Haad Rin Queen is the most frequent service to Koh Phangan and is the only boat that terminates in Haad Rin. The journey takes around 50 minutes and departs at 10:30, 13:00, 16:00 and 18:30.

  • From Bangkok

Travellers may choose to catch the boat from Bangkok all the way down to the island. This is possibly the longest journey option and takes a total of 13 – 15 hours, but is also direct. The Lomprayah operates twice a day from Bangkok – at 06:00 and 21:00.

There are a number of travel and tour agents who can offer useful information for booking transport down to Koh Phangan. With numerous options available, it’s simply a case of selecting the one which is most suitable and within budget. Once travellers arrive, they will realise that the journey has been worth it and they can start looking for that perfect investment opportunity.

Difference Between a Condo and an Apartment

Every continent across the globe has adopted its own colloquial term, which is evident in most of their market sectors, including real estate. If you are an overseas trader or investor, you will know that local jargon can be confusing, especially in a country like Thailand. Often, people that are new to the Kingdom, or fresh into the real estate business here, do not know the difference between an apartment and a condo or think they are two separate terms for the same property. However, this is not the case and there are a number of simple differences between the two. Having this knowledge is essential if you are looking to invest in Thailand’s real estate market.

Condo/ Condominium

Condos or condominiums are jointly owned properties – these units are each owned by a different developer. Some owners may choose not to live in their condo and rent it out for a few years, then sell it as the property prices increase. They are usually cheaper to rent than apartments, and the owners are not permitted to put a premium on their bills so tenants can pay for them directly, at trade prices.

When buying a condo, developers have to firstly apply for and receive a condo licence, which means that it can be purchased freehold, even if the buyer is not a Thai national. However, be aware that foreigners can only own 49% of all condominium apartments in Thailand whilst Thai nationals own the other 51%. This means that in especially popular areas, where condos sell very quickly to foreign investors, developers will sometimes offer to lease out the Thai quotas as leaseholds.

Apartment

An apartment in Thailand is a block of units which can be registered in full ownership in the name of a foreign citizen. The building is owned by an individual or company, who then rents out the individual units within for a selected time period. They are usually more expensive to rent than condos per square meter, with utility bills included in the monthly rate and prices varying on location and quality. Be aware that apartments can only be leased out for a maximum of 30 years, with the opportunity to renew it for another 30 years.

Condos and apartments on Koh Phangan

The paradise island of Koh Phangan is the site of many fantastic land opportunities. Buying and leasing in Thailand has been big business, which has attracted thousands of investors over the past 20 years. This industry is still very fresh on Koh Phangan and both land and property has remained remarkably good value in comparison with other destinations in Thailand. Now is a fantastic time to invest as prices are on a steady incline and have enjoyed a 70% increase in just one year. There are currently no condos on the island, instead, villas are a much more popular investment. Due to the low prices for land and unspoilt locations, investors have been drawn here to build their own luxury villas and take advantage of the great market potential of properties on this island.

 

AEC Impact on Real Estate in Thailand

Thailand is at the heart of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – an amalgamation of 10 countries in Asia. Since its formation, this organisation has been catering for the needs of the member countries, in terms of loans, real estate, and services of strategic importance. The organisation is also involved with settling disputes and disagreements amongst the member countries to maintain the peace across the region.

 

Thailand is set to join the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, a kind of European Union for this part of the world. It is causing a great buzz and air of uncertainty across the Kingdom as there are many questions when it comes to its impact on the real estate market. Thailand’s property market is a huge industry that is growing rapidly. Even during the tough turbulences of 2010, many huge deals were closed, illustrating the confidence that investors have in its property sector.

 

The property market is made up of five sectors: industrial, residential, commercial, hospitality and retail, and the implementation of the AEC will most likely impact all of these sectors. However, with the mention of real estate, most people will perceive this to be residential property which may make the public anxious at first, especially with the construction of many new residential properties to accommodate new investors. Chanid Ngowsirimanee, chief executive of Property Perfect, has stated that once the AEC goes into effect in 2015, the residential market for local property firms will expand from 65 million to 600 million. However, this generous oversupply will soon be met by demand once the AEC is implemented.

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The execution of the AEC will open Thailand up to many investors in Asia, meaning that higher standards of property development will be applied. This will create a universal standard across Asia and may lead to an influx of investors who demand only the best standards of property. This will revolutionise real estate in Thailand, leading to high standards of property development and high-quality maintenance which will see ASEAN countries coming together to create a highly competitive economic region, an attractive proposition to investors coming to Thailand.

 

Furthermore, the AEC will open up opportunities for real estate investors in other countries. Investors in Thailand may be interested in moving their property markets to other ASEAN countries including Malaysia, Cambodia and the recently-opened Myanmar. Likewise, investors from other ASEAN countries may view Thailand as a good opportunity to expand their investments. However, this may drive property prices up as more people demand land and property in Thailand.

 

Although no one is completely sure on how the AEC will impact the real estate market in Thailand, it is expected to bring opportunity to the Kingdom. With loosened immigration laws and higher standards for property development, the AEC is predicted to attract increased real estate investment capital over the coming years. It is reasonable to think that Thailand’s real estate market will continue to grow rapidly after the full implementation of the AEC on December 31st 2015 and investors will come thick and fast to invest in this country. It looks as though now is the time to invest in real estate in Thailand.

 

Road Improvements on Koh Phangan

Recently, large sums of money have been invested into improving Koh Phangan’s infrastructure and road network. Due to the island’s mountainous and rocky terrain, the roads have been treacherous in the past, made up of dirt tracks and lined with potholes. After seeing an increasing number of visitors each year, the authorities realised the island’s potential as a tourist destination and commenced a mass road-improvement program. The recent road improvements have made parts of the island, previously rarely visited, much more accessible and thus created more of a sense of community. Lined with palm trees and effervescent wildlife, the new roads make for an exciting drive where you are never too far away from anywhere on the island.

Here’s what’s new on the island:

East

The East of the island has the least coverage in terms of roads due to the steep mountains that dominate this side. The newly-built Thong Nai Pan road has only just been completed this year. What was previously a dirt road with very little paving is now fully concreted and is possibly the best road on the island. Before its renovation, the road would shift after heavy rain, making it impossible to drive down. The road is now wide and modern, accommodating for heavy vehicles and increased traffic. Driving down this road offers some spectacular views of unseen parts of Koh Phangan, including vast canopies of dense jungle and natural rock formations.

New Thong Nai Pan Road

 

Also soon to be completed on Koh Phangan’s East side is the road that will connect to Than Sadet. This road will branch off from the new Thong Nai Pan road and head down to the village, secluded beach and large National Park of Than Sadet. The access to Than Sadet is currently limited due to the dirt road that leads there, although this will soon be replaced with a concrete one.

The Eastern beaches of Haad Yuan and Haad Tien were once only accessible by longtail boat from Haad Rin. A nerve-racking drive in a 4X4 from Haad Rin across a dangerous dirt road over steep mountains and precarious ravines has been a more recent option, although it is not advisable. However, work has begun to construct a new road, replacing the perilous dirt one, which it will allow for a much safer journey to Haad Yuan and Haad Tien, opening access to the stylish resorts, beautiful backdrops and stunning beaches in this part of the island.

South

The new Southern road has also been completed this year. It connects from the Chaloklum road and cuts through dense jungle before climbing a steep hill and finishing in Baan Tai. It offers road users a shortened route where they don’t have to drive to Thong Sala to get to the Eastern parts of the island. There are spectacular views along this route with designated areas to pull-in on each side for people to stop and enjoy the scenery.

North

Koh Phangan’s Northern road network remains quite underdeveloped, although expansion is planned for later this year. There is already a road that travels from East to West following the North coast from Chaloklum to the small beach of Mae Haad and Koh Ma Marine Park. A little further along is the untouched shore of Bottle Beach, currently only accessible by boat. However, there are plans to extend the main road in the North to reach this beach and also link to the other roads on the island.

The flatter, western side of the island already has quality road networks that are regularly maintained. There are three roads – one coastal, one highway, and one “Goldilocks” road in the middle, which connect all the towns and beaches from the Southern town of Thongsala all the way to the most Northern tip of Chaloklum.

The road networks are quickly improving on Koh Phangan with the aim being to build a circular road to connect to all the beaches, similar to Koh Samui’s “ring road”. This will open up a host of opportunity for investors as areas become more accessible and tourists stay longer to explore more of the island.

5th Full Moon Marathon Koh Phangan: 9th August 2014

The Tourism Association Koh Phangan is excited to announce the 5th Koh Phangan Marathon: It will take place on the 9th of August, the night before the second biggest Full Moon Party of the year. For the first time, the run will start in Haad Rin. The full Marathon will bring the runners all around the island, from the south up to Chaloklum in the North and back. There will also be a Quarter Run and a Fun run, which will include a special surprise!

Interested athletes are invited to register for the run on the day of the Marathon. The fee will be 500 THB for the Marathon, 300 THB for the quarter run and 100 THB for the fun run. All participants will receive a t-shirt and a medal. The first 5 to complete the Marathon will also win a prize money of up to 10,000THB!

Marathon Koh Phangan: A challenge for trained runners?

It’s the first time that the Full Moon Marathon will start in Haad Rin so it will lead over the very high and steep mountains between Hatrin and Ban Tai. The run will definitely be a challenge compared to Marathons on flat roads.

The start times are yet to be confirmed but the fun run will likely start in late afternoon or early evening, the quarter run around 10pm and the Marathon at Midnight.

Activities on Koh Phangan

The Full Moon Marathon is another interesting activity on Phangan. While many people still connect the island mainly with party and nightlife activities, there are in fact other things to do and the government is working hard to bring exciting yearly events like this marathon or the Kiteboarding competition to Koh Phangan.

Full Moon Marathon Facts

  • 3 runs: Fun Run (3km), Quarter Run (10km), Marathon
  • Fee: 100/300/500 Baht
  • Starttime Early evening and night
  • Prize: Up to 10,000 Baht, Shirts and Medals for all runners

Koh Phangan Mayor Interview

 

The mayor of Koh Pangan, Mr. Kaaw recently gave a  very informative interview to the website Phanganist. It presents his humble beginnings as a teacher and how his heart belongs to Koh Phangan even though he wasn’t really born in the said place. As the current mayor, he wishes to devote his life to the island for the rest of his remaining life. He also let us know about the  history of how the world-renowned Full Moon Party in Haad Rin was born out of his idea to welcome tourist and travellers. The idea started from a very simple bungalow near the beach to shelter the travellers from the sun and the rain. Mr Kaaw (Prateeb Tuaycharern) allowed and invited the travellers to  gather woods that drifted to the seashore for the purpose of creating a bonfire. It so happened that some visitors wanted to celebrate their last night on Koh Phangan which fell on a full moon, hence it was called Full Moon Party – from the splendor of a few tourists’ presence to now widely proclaimed event.koh-phangan-government

Mr. Kaaw sent a message to the local people of Koh Phangan to make the tourist and travellers feel welcome, safe and happy during their stay on the island. As a matter of fact, he wants every tourist to feel that he is a part of a family. He points out to be respectful to each other and give fair treatment to everyone. Taxi drivers and motorbike rentals should always be fair and honest with their rates and prices to both local and foreign travellers. Mr Kaaw is indeed a very inspiring individual who does not only promote Koh Phangan, but also incorporates the true beauty of the place. After all, Koh Phangan is not just an ordinary tourist spot. It is a gem that entails a rich history of culture and upbringing, an epitome of a what it feels like to be one with nature. Needless to say, he is not the only person who sees Koh Phangan that way. Almost everyone  who has set foot on the island has an inspiring story of his own. Indeed, it is as breathtaking as it could possibly be.

Watch the interview:

Buying Property in Paradise: Tips for the process of buying land in Koh Phangan

koh-phangan-paradise-islandNow is a great time to buy land on Koh Phangan. Property prices are on the rise, and the Baht is at a low exchange rate. This monetary combination plus the arrival of new airport and limited parcels of land make investing in properties in Koh Phangan a great idea.  Besides, then you get to make a second home in our beautiful island paradise or open that little bar on the beach you have always dreamed of.  While all signs point towards the positive of purchasing property now, buying land overseas can be complicated and frustrating. Here at Siam Quality Assets, we want your new purchase to go as smoothly as possible so we have put together a few tips below. Continue reading Buying Property in Paradise: Tips for the process of buying land in Koh Phangan

Why Koh Phangan is much more than the Full Moon Party

My Island of Koh Phangan: 5 Reasons why it is so much more than the Full Moon Party

Koh Phangan is an amazing island with so much to do.  However, most people just know of the island as the host of the Full Moon Parties where gap year tourists descend onto Haad Rin Beach drinking out of buckets.  While this can be fun, there is so much more the island has to offer!  I should know, I have been living and visiting the islands for the past six years! Continue reading Why Koh Phangan is much more than the Full Moon Party

The on-going development of the Gulf islands

Koh Phangan Real Estate: The Gulf islands are developing!The Thai Gulf Islands of Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao have already achieved international recognition for their idyllic beaches, tropical forests and peaceful way of life. But, for those whom are considering purchasing (or have already purchased) Real Estate on the Gulf Islands it is important to be aware of what amenities are currently available and what future developments are underway. Continue reading The on-going development of the Gulf islands

Tropical Villa on Koh Phangan – How to build your 2nd home in Thailand

Tropical Villa Koh Phangan Real EstateThailand is well known for its rich diverse culture, delicious exotic food and picturesque beaches. So, what could be better than procuring your own piece of paradise in Thailand? Judging by the increasing number second homes being built in Thailand every year, it would appear not much!

Why is it, considering the current economic climate, that so many Westerners are deciding now is the opportune moment to build their second home in Thailand? Aside from the obvious personal satisfaction to be gained from owning a tropical villa, holidaymakers and investors alike are discovering the huge potential currently available on the Thai property market. With Thai real estate now a relatively simple process for Westerners to legally acquire, due to an amendment within Thai legislature, in conjunction with remarkable variety and excellent affordability, finding lucrative land or property is easily done. Continue reading Tropical Villa on Koh Phangan – How to build your 2nd home in Thailand

Thailand architects: Finding an architect on Koh Phangan

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Thailand Architects on Koh PhanganRegardless of whether your project will be big or small, expensive or with a small budget, an architect will make everything easier for you and might even improve your original idea. When looking for architects in Thailand, there are some things you should consider.

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The changing Face of Koh Phangan

“With a laid-back lifestyle, increasing infrastructure with banks and a Western Union office in the main town of Thong Sala, as well as a local accident and emergency facility, it is becoming a popular choice for those who aren’t attracted to the rampant commercialism of some of the larger islands in the region. Continue reading The changing Face of Koh Phangan

Activities and Events on Koh Phangan: Phangan Breeze

Update: Pictures of the event can be found here.

Another thrilling event on Koh Phangan: The 2nd annual Kiteboarding competition will take place next weekend September 22nd and 23rd! This 2 days kiteboarding event is not only interesting for people who want to participate. Continue reading Activities and Events on Koh Phangan: Phangan Breeze

Koh Phangan News: The future of the island

When thinking about investing money in a real estate object,

there are not only questions about the property one is thinking about. A dream beachfront villa or an amazing resort isn´t worth a lot if the location where it is built, cannot meet the owner´s requirements. There might be topics about the infrastructure coming to one´s mind, before choosing the perfect place. Continue reading Koh Phangan News: The future of the island