Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ekkamon Mansion

Ekkamon Mansion offer daily and monthly room rental. Equipped with airconditioning, cable TV, refregerator, kingsize bed, closet and balcony, electric shower inside bathroom in Soi PHang Nga 2 (behind Metropole Hotel). Close to shopping center like Phuket Square, Phuket Expo, Bus terminal to other provinces. Tel : +6676 230074, 66818929191

Buddy Samui Boutique Hotel

Reward yourself and Stay with us at Buddy Samui Boutique Hotel

Newly Opening !

Buddy Samui Boutique Hotel (Buddy Lamai Beach), the luxurious boutique style hotel is conveniently situated on Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, a region known for its spectacular natural beauty along the south of Thailand where are most visited by foreign tourists.

The Buddy Samui Boutique Hotel is conveniently situated on the prized location within the famous "Lamai Beach", approximately a fifty minutes flight South of Bangkok and twenty five minutes transportation from Samui Airport.

The hotel designed brand new Buddy Boutique Hotel, commanding a charming beach front location of Lamai Beach, Koh Samui. Our Hotel management ensures that your stay will be memorable and enjoyable whether it is family vacation or a romantic tropical gateway.

The hotel features over 133 rooms and essential services under 6 colonial styles with wooden decorated and architectures in an open combines sumptuous comfort facilities with wondrous traditional boutique style.

Awaiting guests to our luxurious accommodation, all spacious rooms with private balconies offering panoramic sea views and set within beach front easily access to the white sand Lamai Beach.

Buddy Samui has plenty of parking and easy accessible by public and just across the street. Buddy Samui Boutique Hotel is formally opened in 2008.

Buddy Samui Boutique Hotel desiring the luxurious and comfort hotel provides well-appointed guest rooms, delightfully welcome to a range of dining and entertainment such as "Chom Lay Restaurant" the perfect venue to relax and taste our menu, serving a variety of Thai, International Cuisine and the selection of Fresh Seafood combines the gentle breeze on the beach.

As well as our born and raise with predator instinct "Shark Bar" with its spacious sea front wooden deck and a large scale second swimming pool.

From the moment arrival to the hotel, you are comfortably inspired to our "Shopping Plaza", one of the largest and the most spectacular on Lamai Beach provides functionalities to comfort you throughout staying with us.

Our fitness centre offers a relaxed environment to work out and relax yourself with all fitness equipment and our supportive staff await to assist.

Special Offer for our guests
** Free use Hotel Fitness Center **
** Free Hotel Shuttle Bus to Chaweng Beach **

Buddy Samui Boutique Hotel
173/41 Robkoh Road, Maret, Koh Samui Suratthani 84310 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 77 458 560 upto 5 Fax: +66 (0) 77 458 555
Website: http://www.buddysamui.com
E-mail: booking@buddysamui.com

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pizza In Pattaya?

Pizza In Pattaya?

By: Lawrence Westfall

Can you really get pizza in Pattaya, Thailand? Absolutely. Is it any good? Superb! Does this sound strange to you? It shouldn’t. Some of the finest chefs in the world have made their homes in Thailand and have set up shop cooking some of the finest cuisine in the world.

I love Thai food and eat my share of rice and noodles with all the other spicy goodies that go along with them, but I also like to sample food from around the world. Pattaya is the perfect place to do this.

You can go to Don Joe’s on Walking Street for an excellent pizza, The Sportsman Club for a superb �oeFull English” breakfast, or to the Big Horn restaurant for a 1 Kilogram steak.

If you have a craving for American food, it is readily available at Bob’s BBQ and also at the New Orleans Café �" ribs that will make your mouth water all the way home.

German, Swiss and Belgian foods are readily available too. It seems like there is another fine restaurant every 10 feet in Pattaya. Mexican food can be had at the Tequila Reef and also at the Blue Parrot. You would never know that you are in Thailand with all the fine choices at these great restaurants.

And, if it is seafood that you crave, just walk along Beach Road or Walking Street and you will find quite a few restaurants with seafood on ice or swimming around waiting for you to make your catch. King’s Seafood is one of the better restaurants with excellent tiger prawns and a beautiful view of the Gulf of Siam.

So, don’t go to Thailand if you are planning on losing any weight. Go there to have a great vacation and a fine sampling of some of the culinary arts of Asia.

Article Source:http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Pizza-In-Pattaya-/98015

About the Author:
Larry Westfall is the owner of - Pattaya-Crazy �" Newbies Guide to Pattaya

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Getting To Pattaya The Right Way

You can travel to Pattaya by car, bus, van, or even fly. Yes, I am not kidding you can fly to Pattaya.

Car: 147 km. from Bangkok, you can drive to Pattaya in less than two hours by heading southeast through Sukhumvit Road (yeah, same same with The Emporium located). Taking Bangna Trat Highway and then cross the Bang Pakong River to Choburi by pass to get to Sukhumvit Highway. Alternatively, you can catch a taxi to Pattaya at a cost of 1000 Baths to 1500 Baths (depends on your negotiation skill).

Bus: Depart from Ekamai Bus Terminal every 20-40 minutes. Just buy a ticket (128 Baths) for the next departure The journey spends two to two and a half hour. Getting to Ekamai Bus Terminal is easy, just take BTS and get off at Ekamai Station.

Van: Take vans from the Khao San area and expect the journey to take two hours (400 Bahts)

Train: If you have mush time, the train is a good option. Take a single daily first class from Hualampong Train Station at 6.50 am which arrives in Pattaya at 10.18 am. Take subway and get off at Hualampong Station.

Fyl: There is no flights from Bangkok to Pattaya but if you are in Phuket or Koh Samui take flights operated by Bangkok Aiways from Phuket and Koh Samui to O-Tapao airport whici is 30 km south of Pattaya. Please visit www.bangkokair.com for more info.

Living in Bangkok Condominiums

Living in Bangkok Condominiums

By: Wantanee Khamkongkaew

Located in central part of the country along the low flat plain of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is the largest as well as the capital city of Thailand. The cultural, educational, and political center of Thailand, Bangkok is one of the top tourist destinations in southeastern Asia, with a range of fabulous attractions such as Chitralada, Royal Grand Palace, Erawan Shrine, the temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, the Bangkok National Museum, and the Bangkok University Art Gallery.

Apart from being a popular vacation spot, Bangkok is considered the backbone of the country's economy. For instance, the Stock Exchange of Thailand is located in Bangkok. Further, a large number of commercial banks and financial institutions have been headquartered in the city. Further, the cost of living in condominium is exceptionally low.

Above all, when compared to other Asian cities, Bangkok is a safe place to live in. Perhaps for these reasons, people prefer to live in Bangkok. Living in Bangkok is not only a great way for tourists to discover the great attractions of the place but also an excellent choice for those who want to settle here permanently, since it is strategically located center to almost all prominent Asian countries.

Like any other Asian cities, Bangkok provides a range of accommodation options to choose from, such as, budget villas and bungalows, single detached homes, and luxury apartments and flats coupled with a host of peerless amenities and facilities. Along these accommodation options, condominiums are also considered a great choice to live in Bangkok. But, this type of accommodation is quite different from other accommodation types.

A specialty of condominiums is that they possess dual nature, ie, a condo owner has full control over his unit. But, the owner is required to share the cost and expenses incurred for the common facilities of the property, like passageways and lobbies. In the case of condominiums, the owners are required to follow the rules and regulations formulated by condominium association. Nowadays, condominium units found here matches with the design and style of those units in some of the hi-fi Asian cities like Singapore and Hong Kong.

Depending upon the budget, lifestyle, tastes and requirements of the people, a multitude of condo units are now available in Bangkok. Some of the most popular forms of condominiums available in the city are apartment, townhouses, and single detached homes. No matter it is of any type, a condo unit in Bangkok mostly comes with comfortable bedrooms with adjustable beds, expansive living rooms, fully equipped kitchen with superb dining area, and sophisticated bath area with uninterrupted water supply.

In luxury type condominium units, facilities such as parking areas, fitness room coupled with gym facilities, laundry, Jacuzzi, separated male and female saunas, pools, and meeting rooms are included. Additionally, many of the condominium properties come attached with areas exclusively for children like kids pool and playground. Mostly, luxury condo units are located in such posh areas of the city as Sukhumvit, Sathora, and the Central Lumpini areas.

Living in a Bangkok condominium offers a host of benefits. One of the major advantages is that it is affordable. You can become a part of the unique community by living in a condominium in Bangkok. Low maintenance is another prime benefit of Bangkok condominiums. Advantages also include safety, as there are a lot of people around, there may not be chances for theft and robbery.

Above all, condominium life allows you to utilize a range of facilities such as pool, library, and elevators. Apart from these, condominiums are considered a long term investment. Understanding the importance as well as the benefits of Bangkok condominiums, many foreigners now invest in condo units. Further, a condominium is the only type of asset that can be legally owned by a foreigner in the country. Even a special law has been formulated for purchase of condominiums, known as the Condominium Act of Thailand (1999.)

With a myriad of real estate consultants, realtors and property builders in the scenario, buying or renting a condo unit in Bangkok is no longer a tedious process. In addition, since many of them have them have their own websites with details regarding the nature of the property, expected price or rent, amenities available and pictures of the condominium, buying or leasing a condo unit has now become quite convenient.

Article Source: http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Living-in-Bangkok-Condominiums/230374

About the Author:
Wantanee K. is an independent author evaluating and commenting on leading International Property Consultants in Thailand, especially CB Richard Ellis.

Getting Around Chiangmai

Getting Around Chiangmai

Sam-Lor (Pedaled Tricycle)

Sam-Lor is suitable for short distances. Taking Sam-Lor costs 20 Baths – 30 Baths per person for a short ride. The fare may go as high as 40Baths – 50 Baths for longer trips.

Tuk-Tuk (A motorized Sam-Lor)

Wan to go faster than Sam-Lor? Try traveling in Chiangmai by taking Tuk-Tuk. Prices are not standard so you need a good negotiation skill.

Song-Taew (Red Pick-Up Cab)

Song-Taew is the most common transportation method in Chiangmai. They are covered pick up trucks where passengers sit on back benches (look for the red one). It is recommended to ask the driver where it is going before boarding. It costs 15 Bahts per person if there are other passengers. If not, tell the driver where you are heading to and let prove how good your negotiation is.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Koi Restaurant

Koi Restaurant

Following its sisters in LA and NY, Koi Restaurant has brought BKK’s its international Japanese dining experience. The restaurant has everything for a smashing night out. Enjoy fine Japanese cuisine like eel and avocado rolls or indulge yourself with its signature dish – steamed Chilean Sea Bass with ginger, shitake and a touch of spice. If you like tempura, try Creamy Rock shrimp tempura.

If you are not concerned with dietary, finish your memorable dining experience with a mouthwatering desert like Molten Chocolate cake. The restaurant is located at Sukhumvit soi 20. Take BTS to Asoke station and walk to the soi around 10 minutes.

Captain Hook Resort, Koh Kood

Captain Hook resort is located on Klong Yai Kee Beach , Koh Kood. Koh Kood is the farthest island from the coast of Trat. The resort is decorated with natural materials. You can choose to stay in an Air-Con Bungalow or a VIP Sea view Bungalow which is more luxurious.

Each room is prepared to offer you a timeless romantic holiday by the sea. What I really like the resort is that a bathroom has been complemented by a real garden section with an open roof where you can talking a bath in a tropical.

There is an international restaurant serving up a big selection of delicacies and drinks to stimulate your taste buds.

Some of activities you can enjoy during your vacation at the resort are taking a kayak journey out into the sea, hiking to Klong Yai Kee Waterfall, diving and a private beach is only meters away.

Currently the resort is offering special packages for 3 Days 2 Nights at a cost of 6,800 baht per person for an Air-Con Bungalow or 8,800 for a VIP Sea view Bungalow

Luxurious and comfortable, the resort is the perfect place to getaway and enjoys the sea. The resort is beautifully landscaped and the location is very quite and private (perfect for chill out). The resort offers me the highest standard of privacy, comfort and within the grounds there is a secret hideaway beach. Captain hook Resort is a place where you can have the most memorable moments.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Condo Life@ Sukhumvit 65 for sale

For sale 2,330,000
1 Bedroom , 1 Bathroom
30 sq.m, Swimming pool , Garden Security
Closed to BTS: Phrakanong Stattion (5 minutes)
Fully Furnished.Ready to move-in next year. The building is located on to main

Please contact shinboon@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Why Buy a Condo in Hua Hin?

Based on my own experience of living and operating an Real Estate Agency in Hua Hin for nearly 5 years; and having built my own house and many others for our clients, if I had to do it all over again, I would most likely recommend my clients to buy a condo over a house. Why you may ask?

For one, over 90% of projects I've heard about encounter some sort of building issues somewhere along the line i.e. low building standards, untrained contractors, delay in work and therefore late delivery of finished product, lack of guarantee on construction quality, and many more.

But before I present my obviously biased opinion, let's look at the Pros and Cons of buying a house vs condo.


- Larger Living space
- Private Garden
- Pets allowed
- Easier to do Renovations

- More remote location
- Can feel less spacious
- Difficulties in transportation
- Slower Re-sale


- Likely to be more centrally located
- Can be more spacious even with smaller total area
- Better Security
- Easier Re-sale

- No private land or garden
- No private car port
- Possibly noisier
- Actual living space smaller
- No pets
- Restrictions in Renovations

The main obstacle for many foreign buyers is the language barrier. When you buy a house you are really on your own unless you have a Thai wife or girlfriend who can do some translation for you and even then it can be a hurdle to be understood. Most condo buildings have office staff who speak adequate English and help attend to tenants, home owners and guests.

If you are planning to buy a house and only live in Thailand part of the year, you will need to find a property management company to take care of your garden, pool, pay bills, cleaning and possibly to rent it out. This is a higher cost vs maintaining a condo.

If you want a quick return in investment, I'd say that condominiums are a better option since they rent easier due to better location, facilities, security and in-house maintenance.

Lastly and most importantly, the main reason why I advise foreigners to buy a freehold condo in Hua Hin is simply because, a foreigner cannot own land legally. Basically, you can only lease the land on which your house is built for 30 years with an option to renew the lease for another 30 years. I don't know about you but when I spend a couple of million baht on a property, I want it to be mine for a much longer time than 60 years!

By Maddy Barber

If you are thinking of buying, selling or renting Hua Hin property, be sure to log onto this Hua Hin real estate agency site for updated listings, invaluable information and advise.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/finance-articles/why-buy-a-condo-in-hua-hin-415389.html

la a natu - Bed & Bakery

Not far from the heart of Hua Hin, la anu tu is located at Khao ka Loke, Pranburi where you can spoil yourself for a getwasy. With 10 exclusive accommodation inspired by Thai-Lao architecture and local artworks blend with visionary contemporary design, the hotel is categorized into Tropical Village, Tropical Cottage and Loft Suite. 

Tropical Villages & Cottages
This spacious end Tropical Villages & Cottages are constructed natural furnishings and equipped with essential amenities. Inspired by the Lao-song thatch-roofed house style and fisherman's house the cottages offer you natural comfy living.

Loft Suites
These spectacular duplex suites with luxurious natural décor are structured with separate living room, two bathrooms and your private Jacuzzi. This seaside cottage offers you a spectacular full panoramic sea view.


Enjoy your vacation with a 'Chocolate Pool' – a roof-top swimming pool overlooking sea and rice-fields or arrange you a small private at the resort. Last but not least and you should not miss is the resort‘s homemade Bakery. Try the resort’s signature bakery like Carrot Cake Ma-Toom (Bale) Cake Banana Nut Bread and Young Coconut Mousse Cake with afternoon tea.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Top 10 Things to Do and See in Krabi Thailand

With so many activities that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy, Krabi has framed itself as a laid-back resort
destination where the emphasis falls on comfort and relaxation instead of on high-energy parties. The natural landscape is accentuated by limestone outcroppings known as karsts that pop up all over the countryside. With abundant plant life and beautiful coral reefs, there's plenty to explore while you're staying here.

Exploring the archipelago
One of the most remarkable ways to experience the limestone rock formations and spectacular beaches is to take a daytrip from one island to another. Many tour guides offer organised daytrips to the highlights of the archipelago, which are worth it and a chance to break away from the crowds of the mainland resort. For the more independent explorer, sea kayaks can be rented for trips out to some of the nearest small islands. A boat day trip to Phi Phi is a must too!

Than Bok Khoranie National Park
If you have a tent and would like a place to set up camp, consider heading out to Than Bok Khorani National Park, a secluded place with no concrete accommodation but an abundance of plant species culminating in a very picturesque pond surrounded by gardenias and apocynaceae. The park also boasts several limestone caves and some lovely mangrove forests. Many visit on a day trip from Phuket.

Rock climbing
Many rock climbing outfitters in Krabi also give lessons at various skill levels to help you improve your rock climbing abilities. The limestone cliffs and unique stone formations have helped Krabi carve out a global reputation among rock climbing circles. Ton Sai is the first stop for most climbers, as it’s the most frequented climbed spot in the area. Other climbing outings to more secluded areas are easily arranged with the help of climbing outfitters.

Koh Lanta Marine National Park
The sea gypsies, or Chai Leh, still live and work on the island of Koh Lanta—now a marine national park. For centuries they have practiced their own form of spirit worship and spoken their own distinct language. This island also has the region's standard fare of beautiful beaches, unique rock formations and stunning coral reefs for exploration. Some of the rainforest on this island is virtually untouched and remains protected. Visitors can rent bungalows and stay a while. It’s also connected to Phi Phi island by ferry.

Shell Fossil Cemetery
Thirty five million years ago, the site of Ban Laem Pho Cape was an enormous freshwater swamp that hosted millions of small snails. The remains of these creatures formed a fossilised composite that has grown almost 16 inches thick. This huge slab has become one of Krabi's most popular attractions and can be reached via a 10-mile drive from the town of Krabi.

Krabi nightlife
Ao Nang Beach resort area is the primary tourist hub of Krabi, with Krabi Town itself not offering a whole lot to out-of-towners except for a glimpse of everyday life for the locals. While not quite as exciting as Phuket, in the resort area you'll find bars and restaurants whose doors remain open past midnight, though you'll be hard-pressed to find any exhilarating parties or discotheques. Instead, this is a more family-oriented holiday spot with some nice restaurants and a relaxed, quiet atmosphere.

Scuba diving
The official diving season in Krabi is from November to Mach, though the conditions are hospitable all year round and divers are here at every time of the year. Snorkelling is also a great way to get a view of the coral reefs. Diving companies on the mainland can get you certified as a diver and will also arrange diving trips out to all of the best reefs in the surrounding area. The diving at Phi Phi is especially good.

Bikes can be rented in the Ao Nang resort area, and a cycling loop that heads out of town guides cyclist through the limestone rock formations that dot the landscape. The road curves through old villages and groves of coconut trees, and riders can stretch this spectacular route into as much as 15 or 20 miles of biking.

Railay Beach
Railay Beach may be the region's most unique coastal area, with its crescent shaped coastline that's cut off from the mainland by huge outcroppings of rock. Only accessible by boat, you can charter a vessel to drop you off for a daytrip to Phra Nang, a sacred enshrined cave, or for an overnight stay in one of the resorts that lay claim to these peaceful beaches. Even the beaches at Phuket don’t even compete!

Daytrip to Wat Tham Seua
Wat Tham Seua is the largest temple in Krabi, and its name means Tiger Cave Temple. It's literally tucked into the limestone cliffs of Ao Luk Thanu mountain range, and the Buddhist monks that live and worship here do so in the caves themselves. The highlight of this temple is 'Buddha's footprint', located at the summit of a 1,272-step climb, a point that affords wonderful views of the countryside spreading in every direction.

Author: Andy Burrows

About the Author:

Andy Burrows is a web writer and frequent visitor to Thailand, for more on Krabi online he suggests;
Everything you need to known about Krabi
Gallery of pictures on Krabi

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/travel-tips-articles/top-10-things-to-do-and-see-in-krabi-thailand-121502.html

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Singapore V Bangkok

Singapore has seen an unprecendented boom in property prices within the last 18 months and whilst there are those amongst you who will not see an obvious comparison between the Lion City and The City of Angels; there are nevertheless, some things that do deserve comparison. Bangkok's concentration of sought after condiminium developments has until recently largely been centred around Sukhumvit and Ploenchit but despite concerns over transport the Chao Phraya river has now become an area of high interest. Likewise one of the most expensive condiminium projects undertaken in Singapore has been at the mouth of the river.

It is obvious to me why buyers should be looking to these locations. Not necessarily the people who want or need to be in the centre of everything and close to their workplace but the wider circle of buyers, those who wish to own a property in a Capital city as a stopover or those who do not need to be at the business centre of the city. The life of a river is ever moving, particularly in Bangkok where the river is still very much a working river and a hive of activity that never appears dull. Why therefore should a prospective condominium buyer not want to have as his window this great living canvas?

I can recall when London first opened up the great River Thames to residential development and the huge Victorian warehouses were first converted into apartments, and where the riverside did not suit warehouse conversion; modern tower blocks rose in their place. Many thought that the old dockside areas would never be seen as desirable places to live and again there were concerns about transport, however, now multi-million dollar penthouses are common place. This scenario has been repeated all over the world from Chicago to Cologne to CapeTown.

So why compare Bangkok to Singapore?
Because in the price of real estate there is no comparison. Current per square metre selling prices of similar type developments run at about four times the price in Singapore. Yet Singapore is still seen as an attractive proposition to the real estate investor Take a look at a copy of the Straits Times in particular the Sunday edition and see how many real estate agents there are. Now compare two similar ground breaking projects; One Shenton in Singapore and The River in Bangkok. One Shenton had a very successful launch and is being built to a very high specification employing all of the latest technology and positioned overlooking the Straits. The River is a fabulous twintower project designed by Hans Brouwer and being developed by Raimon Land located directly on the river, as the name suggests, next to The Peninsular and opposite The Shangri-La and Oriental Hotels. Both projects have stunning views yet prices of The River start at about 115,000 baht per square metre, a fraction of the prices now being asked for similar apartments at One Shenton. Little wonder The River's launch has been one of the most successful in Bangkok's history. It is also worthy of note that much of the interest in The River has come from overseas.Perhaps, at last, the investors are realising that in terms of capital growth Bangkok's riverside offers much greater potential. There are of course those investors that still see Thailand as a potential risk. Once their doubts are put aside, just watch the prices, like the towers, go sky high!

Author: David Wade Author Ranking Blue

About the Author:

A professional property valuer and surveyor, has over 25 years experience in real estate in the UK and Europe.
Phuket Property

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/real-estate-articles/singapore-v-bangkok-581804.html

Monday, November 24, 2008

Buy a Property in Bangkok the Recommended Way

Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the whole world and more and more people who visit it are willing to buy a property in Bangkok.

Foreigners who are interested in Bangkok real estate investing must be familiar with property laws in Thailand, if they do not want to have an unpleasant surprise. Anyone can buy a unit in a condominium, but foreigners cannot own free land and houses. According to a Thai rule, foreigners can buy only a certain percentage from the total area of the condominium, in a proportion that does not exceed 49% of all the units in the condominium. A local real estate agent can tell you if you fulfill the necessary conditions in order to buy a unit of a condominium or rent a property in Bangkok.

You can make a good idea about the local market if you resort to an experienced local agent, who knows his or her business. Thus, you will not have to worry about any failure of your Bangkok real estate investing, since such an investment
will bring you the expected long-term profit. The commercial real estates have exploded these last years and Bangkok real estate investing can turn out to be tricky, if you do not have a well-thought plan. Anyone can rent a property in Bangkok, but the success of the investment does not offer a guarantee as long as a team of experts has not advised you.

Bangkok real estate investing is not only about buying or renting the desired property in Bangkok. Apart from the money that you will spend on renting or buying, there will also be other operating expenses. The maintenance fee of the property you buy or rent faces charging by the month. The owners will decide the amount of money to pay. Furthermore, if you own a property in Bangkok, you will have to pay a property tax that varies according to the estimated value of the property.

Finding a licensed Bangkok property Real Estate Agent is not an easy task, because, just like in other cities, there are always many unauthorized agents who are looking forward to trick you into buying their inadequately constructed properties. Before you buy a property in Bangkok, it is very important to verify that the agency has a license and that they come with good recommendations. Remember that the success of your Bangkok real estate investing lies in his /her hands and you should not shy away from asking for recommendations.

In addition, it is also recommended to consult with a local attorney about possible pitfalls as well as other miscellaneous laws that are applicable to foreigners. For those foreigners wanting to buy a property in Bangkok, it is also pertinent to check out the new areas that are developing quickly. For instance, the train transportations (BTS) is quickly being developed and cause the real estate to increase quite rapidly in areas that were not popular before. Bangkok is a place that is worth investing in, but do not expect any short-term profitable results. In the end, the money you have spent on the property will pay off – you only need to start with a long-term goal.

Author: Amelie Mag

About the Author:

We can provide you with the best alternatives when it comes to Bangkok real estate investing. Solicit the skill of a professional Buy a Property in Bangkok and you will find the worth of your investment.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/finance-articles/buy-a-property-in-bangkok-the-recommended-way-256881.html

Expats in Bangkok and Their Living Requirements

Bangkok, known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon in Thai, is the capital as well as the cultural and commercial center of Thailand. Bangkok is situated on the Chao Phraya River Delta, about 40 km from the Gulf of Thailand, in the central region of the country. With a population of about seven million people, Bangkok is the city where the majority of expatriates in Thailand are based.

In other words, about 25% of the city's population is expatriates. Many of them are working, while some are retired or tourists on a long term vacation. Majority of the expats in Bangkok are westerners including Americans, British, and Germans. Most of them primarily work in foreign-owned and managed companies. A good number of Japanese expats can also be seen here, of which many of them work in Japanese legal firms in the city.

Expats living and working in Bangkok also include a lot number of people from other Asian destinations, such as, China, Indonesia, Korea, and Philippines. Many of them work as teachers and some in export sections in order to communicate with foreign customers. In short, it is no wonder that why Bangkok is regarded as the most diverse of all the Asian cities.

One of the prime reasons why many foreigners prefer to relocate and stay here for a long period is due to its affordable cost of living. Housing and daily consumer items plus food items are relatively cheap in Bangkok. However, cost of living in the city depends on your income. For a corporate executive working in the city with a salary of more than 150,000 baht per month or teacher with salary of about 35,000 baht per month can comfortably live here.

Middle class community with 10,000-20,000 baht a month can also live well here. For instance, an apartment studio coupled with facilities including furniture, phone, cable, and hot water are available for rent for 5,000-7,500 per month. Likewise, two-storied townhouses can be availed for rent for just 5000 baht a month. But, the rent of an apartment or a single detached with high-end facilities may go up to 10,000-20,000 baht per month. It may be even higher if you are well-heeled enough to choose a top-end condominium or serviced apartment with a rent between 25,000-100,000 baht.

Since many foreigners consider Bangkok as a destination to spend their retirement life, majority of expats are now showing interest in investing in Bangkok's property market. However, there are certain restrictions for foreigners who are interest in investing in property market. A foreigner can own a land or house in Thailand through a registered Thai company, provided he owns more than 39% of company's share.

Likewise, an expat can own land or house in the country through his Thai spouse. In other cases, an expat can lease land for 30 years, with a choice to extend it for another 30 years, of which the first 30 years are guaranteed since they are registered with the Land Department. However, there are fewer restrictions for owning a condominium in Thailand. In other words, condominium is the only type of asset that can be legally owned by a foreigner in the country.

When comes to food, everything from traditional Thai and seafood cuisines to exquisite Chinese and French cuisines are available. Eating or buying food from hawker stalls or a food court in the shopping centers is exceptionally cheap. There are also options for those who want to dine sumptuous dishes within luxurious comforts, in the form of international fast food restaurants or top-class eateries located within most sophisticated hotels. But, it may be expensive. Then also the bill would be lower when compared to similar restaurants in America or Europe.

The prices of other food stuffs are also relatively cheap. For instance, a can of coke is just 14 Baht. A loaf of bread can be bought for 25 Baht and a bottle of milk for 10 baht. Similarly many westerners' items including cornflakes, Tescos, pasta, jams, cheese, and bacon are available at big supermarkets and that too at local prices.

Of the expats in Bangkok, majority of them live in the city's Central Business District (CBD), the Silom sub-district, or on or close to the Sukhumvit-Phloenchit Rd. Some of the expats also live in the suburbs of Bangkok where economical housing options are available. Almost, every western country has an embassy in the city, including the Australian Chamber and the American Chamber.

Likewise, many organizations and business firms are here to provide visa services. In order to ensure high standard of treatment, many world-class hospital function here such as Bangkok General Hospital and Bamrungrad. Above all, a plenty of organizations operate here for the expats living in Bangkok, such as, the European Young Professionals Society and Hash House Harriers.

Author: Wantanee Khamkongkaew

About the Author:

Wantanee K. is an independent author evaluating and commenting on leading International Property Consultants in Thailand, especially CB Richard Ellis.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Mu Koh Poda

Situated south of Ao Nang, 8 kilometres offshore, Mu Ko Poda is fringed by clear waters, and offers white sandy beaches, as well as, pristine coral reefs. This is why it is a year-round attraction and an excellent place for fishing because it is not affected so much by the monsoon. Mu Ko Poda can be reached within 25 minutes by boat from Ao Nang. Many noteworthy islands like Ko Thap, Ko Mo, Ko Hua Khwan, and Ko Kai are situated nearby. A beautiful sandy beach, connecting these islands, is visible at low tide.


Oriental Hotel Bangkok Thailand

Before we begin, know that our goal is to give you as much useful information as we can fit on our page.

Oriental lodge Bangkok in Bangkok is a part of the sophisticated official Oriental lodge group. The hotel is one of the splendid and sophisticated five star hotels of the city. The lodge skin in the Institutional saver 2004 World's Best lodges slope for its tasteful accommodations and tailored military. The masss and facilities provided by the hotel are praiseworthy and of a very high worth. The fifteen storey hotel looks amazing from a detach.

setting of Oriental lodge Bangkok in Bangkok is said to be a very picturesque one. The hotel stands beside Chao Phraya brook and witnesses the most lively city life of Bangkok. The hotel is in close proximity to a number of main attractions which contain the majestic Palace, The Wat Pho Temple, the Patpong night sell and the Siam shopping field. It is also very close to the ruins of Ayutthaya. The custom region of Bangkok deceit just next to the hotel. The international airport is a few miles away whilst the skytrain stations and the bus and taxi station are a few yards away from the hotel. hence this exotic accommodation is superior by both custom and leisure tourists.

extent Facilities at Oriental lodge Bangkok in Bangkok is regarded to be one of the best in the city. The hotel has a aggregate of 396 stabbingly furnished guestquarters. The quarters are equipped with hi tech gadgets like the television, IDD telephones, minuscule bar refrigerator, work oppose with internet connection, CD player with a tiny CD store, in-area nontoxic, air conditioning and hairdryer. The area overhaul is operational twenty four hours and you can also purpose the secret butler overhaul.

The options of Dining at Oriental lodge Bangkok in Bangkok are mixed. The hotel has eight restaurants and a bar to entertain the guests. Le Normandie is the signature restaurant of the specializing in French food and seafood. noble Jim serves brilliant sushi and sashimi dishes. Sala Rim Naam serves Thai food whilst The tableware House specializes in Cantonese delicacies. Ciao is a conventional Italian buffet and Verandah lets you bouquet the Asian and western cuisines. The cause's recline serves sandwiches, cakes and Tea. The rattan bar is one of the incident and legendary bars of Bangkok.

business and Conference at Oriental lodge Bangkok in Bangkok is a accepted business at the hotel. The issue nucleus and gathering quarters are roomy and fine. They can accommodate a gigantic congregation of people together. They are equipped with all kinds of hi tech gadgets like the LCD projector and the internet connection with a part screen.

As we take a closer look, keep in mind all of the useful and important information that we have learned so far.

The options of Dining at Oriental lodge Bangkok in Bangkok are mixed. The hotel has eight restaurants and a bar to entertain the guests. Le Normandie is the signature restaurant of the specializing in French food and seafood. noble Jim serves brilliant sushi and sashimi dishes. Sala Rim Naam serves Thai food whilst The tableware House specializes in Cantonese delicacies. Ciao is a conventional Italian buffet and Verandah lets you bouquet the Asian and western cuisines. The cause's recline serves sandwiches, cakes and Tea. The rattan bar is one of the incident and legendary bars of Bangkok.

selling and Conference at Oriental lodge Bangkok in Bangkok is a accepted event at the hotel. The contract crux and summit quarters are drudgery and complete. They can accommodate a vast congregation of people together. They are equipped with all kinds of hi tech gadgets like the LCD projector and the internet connection with a distinct examine.

The facilities of condition and Recreation at Oriental lodge Bangkok in Bangkok are amazing. The spa of the hotel is said to be one of the most stunning in the world. There is also a vigor crux, a swimming puddle and a beauty store.

Other services and military at Oriental lodge Bangkok in Bangkok are central and diverse. The hotel has a currency replace defy, a tour defy, habitual laundry and dry cleaning military, babysitting military, 24 hour checkup flair, and disabled facilities.

If you thoroughly examine each part that we have discussed, you will see a common thread of which to explore.

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Condo one special price from 45,000 baht/sq.m

Just got email from my friend who works at Sansiri

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Lad Prao 15 - 50,000 Baht/Sq.m
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rent a House in Bangkok

When I first moved to Bangkok, I rented an apartment like most newcomers to Bangkok do, but as I became more familiar with my new home town, I decided to be a little more adventurous and rented a house. Having lived in houses over the past five years now, I’ve found that renting a house in Bangkok not only offers more space and privacy, often it is also much better value compared to apartment living. More often than not, it is also a cheaper option (per square metre) compared to renting an apartment or condo, which are getting smaller in size these days! If you enjoy wide open spaces, appreciate some green in your life - a garden perhaps, have pets, a large family or simply want to maximize your budget, consider renting a house instead.

Another advantage in renting a house is, apartments tend to put a high surcharge on your electricity and water bills. Many apartments have a minimum charge of 1000 bht for water alone. That is a significant amount considering my water bill never cost me over 500 bht living in a house with a family of 5, and we do A LOT of washing! Electricity can be anything between 5 – 7 baht per unit compared to the actual 3.75 baht charged by the MEA. Living in a house can save you up to half your utility bills compared to living in an apartment, and believe me it is A LOT of difference!

Thailand is cheap!

As you may already know, Thailand (more accurately, “Bangkok”) is not the cheap haven many foreigners once thought it to be, especially when it comes to housing. Property prices and rental have gone up considerably and that’s the way it goes everywhere around the world. The very same 2 bedroom unit I rented 5 years ago (in Silom) has gone up by 30% in rental and hardly any refurbishment has been done to it since! “That’s ridiculous” you say and believe it or not, I agree! But hey, I don’t make the prices and if you think agents benefit from that higher commission, that’s only true when clients actually think these houses are worth the price and that isn’t always the case.

Renting a house in Sukhumvit, Silom or Sathorn.

If you are looking to rent a house in the the Sukhumvit, Silom or Sathorn area, then the very minimum rental you are looking at is 30,000 bht for a BASIC 3 bedroom house. Even then, they are few and far between in that range, and more often than not are above 15 years old, with dark parquet flooring and lots of wooden built-ins which many people find dark and depressing.

Most people prefer something a little brighter and contemporary. That would mean newer houses between 1 – 5 years old and these start around 45,000 bht. Depending on the location, size, décor, facilities etc. these can go up to anything from 150,000 – 250,000 baht per month. For that price, please do not accept anything less than a spectacular, resort-like villa with a private pool!

No, but seriously, you do get what you pay for so be realistic when it comes to expectations and budget. If you want something new and modern but lack the budget, then move further away from the city centre. Which also means further away from the BTS line. Unfortunately, we cannot have it all and something’s gotta give.

Generally, if you go further towards the end of the BTS line and beyond i.e. Mo Chit, Phayathai, Phrakanong, On Nut, Bangna, Srinakarin, Rangsit etc. prices drop significantly and you get much better deals which are sometimes worth the extra time commuting.

Is it possible to find a house for 15,000 bht?

Not many agencies deal with houses below 25,000 bht. Just search the various property website in Thailand and you will see that the minimum range for houses are 25,000 - 30,000 bht, where the search usually returns 0 - 5 results. Several reasons for that:

1) There are a lot less decent and rentable houses at < 25,000 bht than there are at say, 50,000 bht.

2) If there is, it is usually way out of town, far from any BTS/MRT station.

3) Most people want to live in town, close to the city centre, CBD or near a BTS/MRT station.

4) Apart from location, houses below 25,000 bht are usually older (thus old fashioned) and not very well-maintained, which makes it very hard to rent.

5) If a house is nice and decent with an asking rent of 25,000 bht or less, some agents mark it up!

Thus, it’s hard to find nice, decent houses at 25,000 bht or less…

Regardless, there are plenty of cheap houses as low as 12,000 bht for rent, but remember, and I stress again - you get what you pay for! And most 12,000 bht houses I’ve seen are usually in serious need of repair and maintenance, and the really nice ones are located way out in whoop whoop district.

I don’t care as long as rent is cheap. Where do I look?

Again, you won’t find any agents to help you there and finding that perfect yet cheap and nice house is undoubtedly the hardest step. It usually takes months of driving around moo baan after moo baan, which would mean having your own transport and knowing your way around.

The word “Moo Baan” translates to “village” in Thai, but the term “housing estate” would be far more accurate. These usually have a guard posted at the entrance and are situated all over Bangkok. These houses usually offer much better value than stand alone houses, and are a good place for the house hunter to start his/her search. Try areas like On Nut between Sukhumvit 77 – 103, Bangna, Rangsit, Ramintra, Phayathai, Mo chit etc.

Concerns and other issues

1) Security
Honestly, I know of many farangs, including myself who have lived in single houses and existed peacefully without any disturbances or trouble for years. I also do not know anyone who has been burgled personally because they were living in a house. Do you?
If you are considering renting a house and security is a main concern, rent a house in popular areas like Sukhumvit, Silom and Sathorn where there are many nearby apartments and condos with security. That way, you can benefit from the dense security in the neighbourhood.
Another option would be to opt for houses or townhouse within a “moo baan.” There are plenty around and majority of them have tight 24 hour security. Common sense would also tell me to explore the neighbourhood a little and have a chat with shopkeepers and a neighbour who might be willing to share some information with you. I’m sure you’ll have no problems getting a friendly neighbour to spill the beans on the house, its previous tenants and probably things you don’t need to know about your landlord. Welcome to Thailand!

2) Air conditioners
Check to see how many rooms have air-conditioning; and how old the air-conditioners are. If you are looking at an older house, chances are it will have those big, old blocks that rumble every time you turn them on. These old air-conditioners consume a lot more energy than a new one, and would greatly increase your electricity bills. It is also unlikely that the landlord will install new air-conditioners for you unless they are completely dead (even then they will always try to revive the monster before even considering replacing it), so make sure that they are serviced and cleaned before you move in or if you got a good deal on the rent, invest in some new airconditioners!

3) Water Pressure
Now this is important. Always check that there is a water pump. Then check the water pressure on the upper floors to make sure the pump has enough power to deliver a decent jet of shower. I’ve learnt from experience that size does not necessarily mean power when it comes to a water pump, and sometimes a 2nd pump needs to be installed to ensure constant deliverance of water into the house.

4) Telephone lines
Again, from experience it is in your best interest to check the phone lines to make sure that 1) you have one and 2) it is working, because some areas (and this includes many areas in the Sukhumvit, Silom and Sathorn) do not have anymore available numbers and you will have to join a looong waiting list to apply for a new one. Also, older houses above 10 years old tend to be on the old, analog system which when faulty, cannot be replaced unless the whole area is re-cabled. No telephone lines = no internet. You don’t ever want to be caught in that situation!

5) Maintenance
Houses within a secured compound will have what they call “moo baan fee” or “community fee” which goes into the maintenance of the estate i.e. security, pool and garden maintenance etc. This is usually included in the asking rent. However, if you try negotiating on the rent, then more often than not, the landlord will exclude this from the rent and make you pay for it, so check to see what your rent includes when you are signing the contract. This ranges between 20 - 45 bht per square metre. Thus, the larger your house the more you pay! I currently pay 3,500 baht per month for my “moo baan fee” (I got a 5000 bht reduction in rent, so it works out) and we have 24 hour security, a well-maintained common garden and a superb pool that is regularly cleaned, so I am happy.

At Bangkok Finder, we specialize in properties for rent. Home rental is our only business and that gives us all the time in the world to help find you that perfect house within your budget when you move to Bangkok. Our website http://www.bangkokfinder.com features hundreds of houses and apartments for rent, and is updated daily with quality rental homes. Our negotiators have long established relationships with landlords, which means you will always pay the best rate when we negotiate for you.

Author: Maddy Barber

About the Author:

Maddy Barber is founder of a professional property rental agency specializing in houses for rent in Bangkok. She has helped hundreds of expats and locals alike find their dream homes and her website http://www.bangkokfinder.com is updated daily with hundreds of properties, including apartments and condos for rent. It also features a popular blog packed full of useful information for those new to Thailand. Her staff speaks English, Thai and Chinese.

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Monday, November 17, 2008


Shopping Tips

Department stores and a number of shops in Bangkok have fixed prices, but at most of others bargaining is acceptable and expected; some department stores will even offer a discount on expensive items like jewellery and fine furniture. No fixed rules can be given on the process depending as it does on the bargainer’s skill and the shopkeeper’s mood, but the final price may be reduced as much as 30% to that first quoted. An important point to keep in mind is that Thais admire good manners and a sense of humour and tend to be put off by a loss of temper. Providing you have the time, a good general rule is to make a survey of several shops selling the sort of items you want before coming to a final decision.

The Jewel Fest Club

Jewellery and gemstones from Thailand are also a favourite item for many visitors to the kingdom. Their beauty, quality craftmanship and reasonable price have earned Thai precious and semi-precious stones a worldwide reputation. Yet occasionally, there have been visitors who complained about the action of few unethical jewellers who persuaded them to purchase jewellery at an unreasonable price.

Through the cooperation of the Thai Gem and Jewellery Traders Association (TGJTA) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Jewel Fest Club has been established, bringing about 100 leading jewellery manufacturers and wholesalers. The club’s aim to offer quality products at reasonable prices with a money-back guarantee if buyers are not completely satisfied with their purchases.

When you purchase an item of jewellery from a store that is clearly identified as a member of the Jewel Fest Club, your purchase will be duly recorded, and a certificate detailing your purchase will be issued. Not only does this certificate of authenticity clearly state the nature and price of your purchase, it also guarantees your refund should you wish to return the purchase. Contact The Jewel Fest Club at Tel: 0 2630 1390-7, Fax: 0 2630 1398-9, or visit website : www.jewelfest.com.

Packing and Shipping Services

Thanks to the ever-increasing number of tourists coming to Thailand, most shops are experienced at shipping abroad and will attend to all the documents such as insurance, customs and necessary permits. The Central Post Office also offers a parcel-wrapping service for those who want to make small shipments themselves. For larger items or bulk shipments, there are several Bangkok companies who specialise in such matters.

VAT Refund

Visitors entering the Kingdom on tourist visas are entitled to refunds of the 7% value-added tax (VAT) paid on goods purchased at shops and department stores displaying “VAT Refund for Tourists” signs. The refund may be claimed if the claimed amounts in all P.P.10’s have been totaled 5,000 baht or over. Tourist is eligible to receive P.P.10 form when the total purchase of 2,000 baht or over is made from the same store on the same date. Before checking in at the international airport (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Utapao), tourist must show your purchases, completed P.P.10 form and tax invoices to the Customs Officer for inspection. Certain luxury goods must be shown to an excise official. Refunds may be in bank draft form or credited to a credit card. For more information, please contact the VAT Refund for Tourists Office, Tel: 0 2272 9388, 0 2272 8195-8 or www.rd.go.th/vrt/engindex.html

Procedure on VAT Refund for Tourists
At the store
1. Shop at stores displaying "VAT Refund for Tourists" sign.
2. Spend at least 2,000 baht per store per day.
3. Present your passport and ask for a P.P.10 form (VAT Refund Application Form) immediately on the purchase date.
4. The total value of purchases (per person) as combined from all P.P.10's shall be at least 5,000 baht before you are eligible to claim a VAT refund.
At the airport
5. Let the Custom Officers check the purchased goods before you check in and have them sign all P.P.10's on the departure date.
6. Bring all P.P.10's and original tax invoices to claim your VAT refund at the VAT Refund Office after the Immigration Checkpoint.
7. Jewelry, gold ornaments, watches, glasses and pens, of which the value is 10,000 baht or over, shall be re-inspected at the VAT Refund Office again.
8. The purchased goods are required to be taken out of the country within 60 days since the purchase date through the International Airports.

Where to shop in Bangkok

Shopping in Bangkok is not limited to one or two major streets, but offers many areas throughout the city affording ample choice and easy access. The following is just a selection of some of the principal shopping districts.

  • Ploenchit-Ratchaprasong
    Top department stores and luxury shopping malls are concentrated in the area, namely central, Sogo, Gaysorn Plaza, Isetan, Zen, Amarin Plaza, Peninsula Plaza, All of which together make the largest shopping promenade in Bangkok. Furthermore, the Central World Plaza and Narayana Phand Pavillion, host the official handicraft centre selling items from all parts of the country. Ratchaprasong intersection is the gateway to several shopping areas such as Ploenchit-Sukhumvit, Siam Square-Mah Boon Krong, Silom and Pratunam-Phetchaburi.
  • Silom-Surawong-Patpong
    Silom Road is the main artery of Bangkok’s commercial heart and is paralleled by Surawong road, while Patpong runs crosswise between the two. In addition to housing dozens of specialist shops and boutiques representing all the major buys, this area also boasts many branches of well-known retailers and several shopping plazas. Street stalls also abound, most notably at Patpong’s famous night market
  • Silom-Mahesak-New road
    Silom leads into New Road which parallel the Chao Phraya River, and notable shopping opportunities include gems and jewellery stores (Mahesak road is a gem trading centre), Oriental Plaza and River City shopping complex.
  • Sukhumvit
    Like Silom, Sukhumvit is one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares, and the long road is lined with shops, boutiques and modern shopping plazas ranging from Soi 3 (Nana Nua) up to Soi 63 (Ekamai). Most shops and restaurants are concentrated between Soi 3 and Soi 21 (Asoke) and along shortcuts between Asoke and Ekamai.
  • Chinatown
    Centre on Yaowarat Road and Sampheng Lane, Bangkok’s Chinatown offers a profusion or gold shops as well as two nearby traditional shopping places, Ban Mo Jewellery Street and Phahurat ClothMarket.
  • Bang Lamphu
    Situated close to the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bang Lamphu has a lively market where clothing is a popular buy.
  • Pratunam-Phetchaburi
    A highlight in the distinct is Pratunam market, one of Bangkok’s biggest centres for ready-to-wear clothing.
  • Baiyoke Tower
    Located next to Bangkok’s tallest hotel building, Baiyoke Tower is one of the city’s renowned garment centres.
  • Nailert Market
    Situated close to Pratunum Market, Nai Lert Market is one of many shopping areas in Bangkok where you can buy just about everything from clothing to handicrafts.
  • Bo-Be Market
    Situated close to Bangkok Railway Station, Bo-be is one of the city’s renowned ready-to-wear clothing centres, both wholesale and retail.
  • Bangkok International Airport
    Centre for an extensive range of shops offering a full selection of Thailand’s top buys.
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market
    Located adjacent to Chatuchak Park, the weekend market, open on Saturday and Sunday, is a Bangkok landmark where you can buy just about everything from clothing to potted plants and everything in between—a paradise for browsers and bargain-hunters alike. Chatuchak Weekend Market also offers items of furniture and home decor. It is also where professional and amateur art-lovers and artists meet.

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu
Erected by the first governor of Mae Hong Son, this temple reflects the strong influence of the Burmese. The highlights of this attraction are the two lavishly decorated pagodas. Also, this hilltop temple affords an exceptional aerial view of the city and surrounding mountains and valleys.


How to get the best returns from your Bangkok Property.

If you are investing in property and you want to sell or rent it out to get the best returns you should be aware of demand for properties in prime locations of Bangkok is still high particularly for units near mass-transit routes. Premium properties make good investments as many expatriates relocating to Thailand need residences within walking distance of the Skytrain or subway. So, where to find such buyers?

Try listing you premium property with premium agents whose majority of their clients are expat in Thailand and highly educated professional Thai. Agents who market properties on different quality channels to maximize the exposure of properties to premium buyers. Agents who have professional sales teams facilitate premium buyers to visit your property and also offer you concrete suggestions for improving the chances of a sale.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Dara Samui Beach Resort Spa Hotel Koh Samui Island

We hope that you finish this article having learned at least a little bit of new information. If so, then we have done our job.

The Island of Koh Samui deception on the gulf of Thailand. It is renowned for its ssidey vegetation. The island with its beaches, bays, capes and brilliant beautiful beauty is a must reside for travelers. If you want to like your reside in Koh Samui you should reside the Chaweng Islands which is the highest island of Koh Samui. You will get good accommodation at the Dara Samui shore route and Spa lodge in Koh Samui Island.

Dara Samui shoreline choice and Spa lodge in Koh Samui Island is a paradise on earth. The hotel provides comfort and luxury to the guests who come here for whole relaxation of both tend and body. The setting of Dara Samui shoreline choice and Spa lodge in Koh Samui Island is very strategic. The hotel is sited very pivotally on the foremost beach of Thailand. This pivotal site enables the guests to not only tour curved the city of Koh Samui but also take part in lot of beach activities as well.

The convenient extent Facilities at Dara Samui shoreline choice and Spa lodge in Koh Samui Island present a relaxed and comfortable halt to the guests. There are three foremost window types at Dara Samui shoreline choice and Spa lodge in Koh Samui Island. You have the decision of choosing from advanced windows, Villas and sumptuous suites at the hotel.

The Dara Samui shore route and Spa lodge in Koh Samui Island is a five star hotel. The lodge military and navy at Dara Samui shore route and Spa lodge in Koh Samui comprise assorted activities for recreation. You can relax while receiving a rubdown at the Dara Samui Spa. You can like the tang therapy at the Spa along with other traditional practices worn for medicinal. anyway the hotel also has an exotic dining place for the guests. The restaurants assist Lanna sea food in open air.

The Dara Samui seaside choice and Spa lodge in Koh Samui follows the traditional practices of Thailand. This hotel is not only elegant in its architectural panache but also has International management panel of Thai, American and European nationalists to take control of the guests.

From what you have read so far, determine if this article has answered any of the questions that you had on this complicated subject.

The Dara Samui coast route and Spa lodge in Koh Samui Island is a five star hotel. The lodge navy and military at Dara Samui coast route and Spa lodge in Koh Samui comprise countless activities for recreation. You can relax while receiving a rubdown at the Dara Samui Spa. You can have the tang therapy at the Spa along with other traditional practices worn for curative. moreover the hotel also has an exotic dining freedom for the guests. The restaurants provide Lanna sea food in open air.

The Dara Samui coast route and Spa lodge in Koh Samui follows the traditional practices of Thailand. This hotel is not only elegant in its architectural fashion but also has International management bunch of Thai, American and European nationalists to take tending of the guests.

hence among the other lodges in Koh Samui Island in Thailand Dara Samui seaside choice and Spa lodge tenders a good profit for the money. Of all the lodges in Thailand, the lodges in Koh Samui tenders the best army to International guests.

If you have found our database of information on this subject useful, read some of our other topics as well.

Author: Maypopup

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Tips for Investing in Bangkok Real Estate

Investing in real estate is something that promises you great returns on your investment. Of the many countries, Bangkok is considered to be one of the best places to make a real estate investment as real estate here is affordable. With different types of Bangkok condos, Bangkok apartments and Bangkok service apartments for you to choose from for your investment, you find making the right choice to be rather difficult.

Basically, foreigners are apprehensive to make investments in Bangkok as foreigners are not permitted to make investments in real estate in Bangkok. However Bangkok condos have grown increasingly popular in foreigners to Bangkok. The main reason for this popularity in Bangkok condos is that it is legal as a foreigner to buy Bangkok condos.

There are some benefits to buying Bangkok condos where the main benefit is that it can draw a monthly paycheck for you. This benefit is not only provided with your investment in Bangkok condos, but also for investments made in Bangkok apartments. Not only can you buy Bangkok condos and Bangkok apartments as an investment, you can also buy it for you to live in.

Whatever the reason may be for your buying Bangkok condos and Bangkok apartments, it is very important that you do sufficient research on it. It would be better if you enlisted the help of a lawyer for guidance on making your investment. With the help of the lawyer, you will be able to follow all legality issues related to making an investment in Bangkok.

Even if you are interested in building your own Bangkok condos complex, with the help of a lawyer, you will be able to find the best developer for the project. You can also find out more about a developer with the help of the lawyer to ensure that you get maximum satisfaction and profit with your Bangkok condos.

In addition to Bangkok condos and Bangkok apartments, the commercial expansion in Bangkok over the past few years has led to an increased popularity in Bangkok serviced apartments. These Bangkok services apartments are more popular amongst frequent travelers, business executives in Bangkok for a short stay, families making a trip to Bangkok and for those looking for a base before shifting to Bangkok for good.

Some of the Bangkok serviced apartments offer services similar to those available in top class hotels while others offer the comforts you expect from your home. You may find a fully equipped kitchen, individual lounge and dining room areas and other conveniences to create a home away from home experience when in Bangkok.

You can book Bangkok serviced apartments for a single night or for 12 months and this booking may be made on the same day, or perhaps months in advance. The greatest advantage of Bangkok serviced apartments over Bangkok condos and Bangkok apartments is that it offers the best of accommodation in its rooms and facilities. Of course, this comes at a price, which proves to be worth it over the course of time.

Author: Irfan Faruki

About the Author:

At Bangkok Condos & Apartments you will find Bangkok Condos, Bangkok
and Bangkok Serviced Apartments for rent and sale in and
around Bangkok

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Becasue I Like It

If you are crazy about vintage watches like me and you are looking some reliable vintage watches stores in Bangkok. I recommend " Because I Like It" located at the third floor Siam Center. I got Omega Speed Master Moon Watch cal.861 circa 1971 from the shop at very good price and very good condition.

Look for the owner" Mr. Pete" (he is very very nice0 and you will get full of knowledge about watches and may be you get some new old stock watches produced from 1940-1970 like Rolex, Omega, Hauer, Breitling and Zenith. He specializes in second hand chrono, vintage chrono , Omega, Rolex. pockte and character watches. Getting there is easy just catch BTS and go to Siam Center, get off at Siam Station.

Getting The Most Of Your Phuket Second Home Purchase

It's a well known fact; we just don't have the time we would like to spend at our second holiday home or apartment. So how do we get the most out of our Phuket holiday home purchase? Here are a few great tips and tricks to get the most out of your holiday home, apartment, condo or villa.

Visiting your Phuket real estate in shoulder season when the weather is still good but there aren't many tourists is a great way to get a few extra weeks of use out of your Phuket apartment or condo. Most likely, unless you found someone to rent the unit out all year round, the apartment will be vacant because of the under supply in high season and the oversupply in low season. This is a wonderful time to use your apartment while still keeping it available for high season rental. Months that are good shoulder are May and November.

Another great way to maximize your purchase is if you get a long term renter to let them stay all year round and rent an inexpensive bungalow if your visit is less than one month. Many people believe that they have to stay in their unit or their personal Phuket condo because it's theirs and that's the reason they bought it. Most project owners have a tough time getting a low season renter so if you get one let them rent your unit and see if the project owner will put you up in a similar unit while on your stay on the island. Never kick out a long term renter just because you want to stay a few weeks in your own personal unit.

Another great way to get time in your condo if to talk with the project owners to find out when the slowest times of the year are and try to plan your visits during the very slow periods. The reason for this is not only will things be cheaper like food but also thing like motorcycle or car rental will also be lower. Many airlines also discount flights during this time and there are many last minute specials for travel. Many people who do not live on the island full time don't realize that there are many low season discounts like on food, entrainment car rental and even some tours. Low season tourists like many Chinese and Indians are now visiting Phuket on low season group tours.

In summary, visiting Phuket during off season and leaving your Phuket rental profitable in high season will allow you more time in your Phuket apartment or home and save you money.

Author: Scott Riefler

About the Author:

Scott Riefler is an expert in dealing with Phuket Real Estate and finance related matters. He has written several informative articles on topics like mortgage, home refinancing, real estate loans and real estate insurance. He regularly contributes articles to web guides on real estate and home refinancing. You can sign up for my newsletter at: Phuket apartments

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Foreign Ownership Rules for Condos in Bangkok

Owning a condominium, or, condo unit, is regarded as the easiest as well as the most practical way for foreigners to acquire a property in Bangkok. In other words, condo is perhaps the biggest and most favored investment option for foreigners who prefer to stay in Bangkok.

Purchasing a condo in Bangkok is comparatively cheap in contrast to other Asian cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. When it costs billions of dollars for a typical condominium unit in cities like Hong Kong and Singapore, you can easily own a condominium complete with luxurious bedrooms and facilities such as swimming pool, for just around $700,000.

However, condominium investment in Bangkok is mostly based on the spot where it is located as well as the convenient transportation. For instance, condominium complexes located in such posh areas as central business district (CBD), BTS, and MRT stations are much sought after.

Since they can considerably cut down the transportation cost and can eliminate the chaos of traveling to and fro your work place, condos located close to Skytrain and subway routes are also of great demand. Likewise, condominium units near strategic shopping areas including Sathorn, Silom, Sukhumvit areas, and Rama III areas are also much preferred by the foreigners.

Depending upon the buyers' taste, budget, and choice of location, condominium units in Bangkok come in a myriad of options such as small studios, three-bedroom complexes, and penthouses. Majority of the condo property found in the city's areas like Sathorn and Sukhumvit, and vary in size between 55 to 60 sqm and 75 to 80 sqm. For investors seeking luxurious condominiums, then a myriad of high-end choices are available in the form of three-bedroom units, ranging in size between 100 sqm to 120 sqm and 140 sqm to 200 sqm.

When comes to prices, the cost of a condo unit in prime areas such as Silom and Sukhumvit are about Bt100, 000 per square meter. Investing in these strategic locations have high resale value, and can also fetch you good income in the form of rent. The prices are even higher for condominiums located in areas including Soi Langsuan and Wireless, Rajdamri or Sathorn roads, which is up to about Bt200, 000 per square meter. The demand for condominium is at its peak now in the capital city. Nowadays, many investors, both foreigners and locals, purchase condos in Bangkok pre-build.

According to certain records, foreign investors have been accounted for about 15% of all condo units bought and sold last year in Bangkok. Factors such as low rates on mortgages, excess liquidity in the financial and banking system and tremendous boom in stock market have led many foreigners to invest in condominiums in Bangkok.

Above all, the laws pertaining to owning a condominium is quite simple and liberal when compared to other Asian cities. In other words, a condominium or condo is the only type of property that can be legally purchased by a foreigner in Thailand. The only restriction for a foreigner to purchase a condo is that a foreigner can normally acquire up to, but not exceeding 49% of a condo property.

However, in order to qualify for condominium ownership or buy a condo unit in Thailand, it is mandatory for the foreigners to meet any of the five criteria put forward by the Condominium Act B.E 2535 (1992) such as:

- To possess a residence permit
- A foreigner with the permit to stay in Thailand according to the Investment Promotion Law
- Foreigner who is able to bring in the entire money for purchasing the condominium unit in the country in foreign currency
- Foreign juristic entity with BOI privileges in the country
- Foreign juristic person possessing some land right as per stated in the Land Code
In addition, there are certain requirements for purchasing a condominium in Thailand, such as, the foreigner must have a bank account in the country and a copy of the foreigners' passport showing an immigration stamp that he or she is in the country at the time of the purchase of a condominium.

Mostly, foreigners own a condominium unit in the city by bringing in 100% of funds for the purchase of condo unit in foreign currency. Further, it is necessary that funds that have been used for the purchase of condominium are correctly recorded on a Foreign Exchange Transaction Form, which is a bank account issued by the bank on receiving foreign currency into your bank account in the country. It is also important to state in the Foreign Exchange Transaction Form that the remittance has been solely made for the purchase of a condominium in Thailand.

A plethora of property builders and realtors are in the scenario to find you a condominium unit that goes with your requirements. Today, many of them have their own sites on the web, inclusive detailed description on property, digital photos of the property, detailed floor plan, and a location map. This in turn allows you to easily select a condominium according to your taste and pocket.

Author: Wantanee Khamkongkaew

About the Author:

Wantanee K. is an independent author evaluating and commenting on leading International Property Consultants in Thailand, especially CB Richard Ellis.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Selected Properties of The Month: Life Condo

Each month (if poosible) I will select properties for your consideration. This month I recommend Life Condominiums as the best value properties for either investment or residency.

Located within walking distance, less than 300 meters, to the mass transit lines, the condominiums offer you fully furnished units with sumptuous bedrooms, luxury living area and excellent bathrooms. Available from studios to 2 bedrooms, size starting from 30-62 sqm.

The projects are available to choose from huge range of Bangkok’s prime locations of Bangkok – Sukhumvit 65, Sathorn 10, Phaholyothin 18, Ratchada-Ladprao – and many more locations available which all of them are worth the prices compared with there locations. So I rate the projects as the best value property at the best locations and at reasonable prices for either investment or residency. If you are interetsed in Life Condo, please contact real estate agents near you.

What you should buy in Sukhothai

Thung Luang Terra Cotta

Gold and Silver Ornaments Ancient-looking gold and silver products of Si Satchanalai district are entirely hand-made by distinguished skilled workers.

Sangkhalok Ceramics

Sangkhalok ceramics are best bought newly made since they are as beautiful as the original.

Hat Siao Fabric

Hat Siao is a village in Si Satchanalai disrict. It is famous for handwoven cloth. Hat Siao fabric comes with an embossed-end, done by people who are the descendants of Thai Phuan who migrated from Laos. The fabric is available in many shops in Si Satchanalai.

Fried Peanuts

Fried peanuts of Si Samrong district, also called 200-year fried peanuts are a tribute to a technique which has been inherited for many generations.