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Different Types of Properties Available for Purchase in Phuket

A recent survey on residential projects in Phuket conducted recently has shown that there are currently 23,340 units available on the island. The survey on Phuket real estate was conducted by Government Housing Bank Real Estate’s Data Center whose Director Mr. Samma Keetasin, told a media house that there was a total of 9,940 house units, 1,280 bungalows, 4,430 National Housing Authority condominium units, 720 National Housing Authority house units Read the rest “Different Types of Properties Available for Purchase in Phuket”

Willy Thuan on Life as an Expat in Phuket

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A photographer and blogger by choice and a web director by profession; meet Willy Thuan, the French expat living in Phuket as he speaks to Holiday Home Times in an exclusive interview about his professional career, his blog and most importantly about life in Phuket. But before we go to the interview, we would also like to thank Willy who has been kind to share some of the Read the rest “Willy Thuan on Life as an Expat in Phuket”

A perfect blend of traditional cuisine in modern times – Thailand

 

Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely Thai. Originally, Thai cooking reflected the characteristics of a waterborne lifestyle, aquatic animals, plants and herbs were major ingredients. Large chunks of meat were eschewed. Subsequent influences introduced the use of sizeable chunks to Thai cooking.

With their Buddhist background, Thais shunned the use of large animals in big chunks. Big cuts Read the rest “A perfect blend of traditional cuisine in modern times – Thailand”

Greg Miller on Life as an Expat in Thailand’s Chiang Mai City

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The journey of an entrepreneur and restaurateur from San Francisco to Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai; meet Greg Miller as he speaks to Holiday Home Times in an exclusive interview about life in this culturally rich city, his blog and what expats can look forward to in Thailand.

The interview…

Please tell us something about your background – personal and professional.
I had owned and operated small businesses for Read the rest “Greg Miller on Life as an Expat in Thailand’s Chiang Mai City”

10 Tips while buying International Property

When we live in Singapore or Dubai or Hong Kong, periodically we keep getting invitations to international property exhibitions. Invariably the posters for these exhibitions have white sand beaches, blue sea, beautiful tastefully decorated apartments with sea views and beautiful families frolicking on the beach. I must admit it is tempting there is no doubt about it – buying international property can be a very good investment and can also Read the rest “10 Tips while buying International Property”

Oceanic Management Group’s Kata Ocean View Condominiums and Villa Neptune

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Very recently it won the “Best Property Single Unit Thailand 2012-2013” at the International Property Award Asia Pacific recently and was earlier nominated for Best Phuket Condo and Best Developer Website in the 2009-2010 edition of the Thailand Property Awards. This go to show the success of Oceanic Management Group who has been involved in developing private residential properties, including apartments, condominium units and private villas on the island Read the rest “Oceanic Management Group’s Kata Ocean View Condominiums and Villa Neptune”

Phanason Group’s latest offering – Phanason The Park Condominium in Patong

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After more than a decade in business and launching more than 20 successful projects, Bangkok-based Phanason Group has yet again released details of its latest project, The Park Condominium, on Nanai Road in Patong, which will go on pre-sales launch from July 1 to 15.

In the later part of 2011, the Group entered the high-end residential property market on Phuket after eight years in the affordable segment of Read the rest “Phanason Group’s latest offering – Phanason The Park Condominium in Patong”

Baan Mandala villas and Condominiums – luxury living in Phuket

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Baan Mandala Condominiums Co. Ltd’s two developments just 350 meters from Bang Tao Beach and three minutes to the famed Laguna area are today regarded as one of the best developments in Phuket. The location of the developments is just minutes away from a host of internationally renowned hotels like the Sheraton, Dusit Thani and Banyan Tree and also the Laguna golf course and chic Surin Beach.

With two Read the rest “Baan Mandala villas and Condominiums – luxury living in Phuket”

Luxurious Bluepoint Condos, Phuket designed by Paul Raff Studio

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The recent achievement of Bluepoint Developments Co. Ltd. of winning two prestigious awards at The Asia Pacific Property Awards 2012, brings us to its boutique condominium project in Patong overlooking the Patong Beach and the Andaman Sea and located in one of the last available sea view plots on Phuket’s western coastline.

THE TEAM:

Before we go into the details of the project let us have a look at Read the rest “Luxurious Bluepoint Condos, Phuket designed by Paul Raff Studio”

A basic guide to Thai cuisine – Thai curry and ingredients for Thai cooking

Thai food is one of the most popular cuisine and is a preferred choice by many. Thai cuisine is a culinary delight with the use of a lot of local ingredients. It is generally spicy and has many herbs and spices. The reason being that the Thais like spicy food and also the spices are considered to have a lot of medicinal benefits.  Thais rarely eat alone and everyone shares Read the rest “A basic guide to Thai cuisine – Thai curry and ingredients for Thai cooking”

La Reserve Residences – Royal Phuket Marina’s new offerings of 1, 2 BHK condos

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Launched in March 2012, by Royal Phuket Marina Residential Development, La Reserve Residences consists of a 40-unit, two-building condo offering of deluxe one and two-bedroom condos within the Royal Phuket Marina development. The condos feature sophisticated interiors fusing tropical modernity with lavish yet functional design elements to provide all the privacy and space one needs to live in style.

Each building features its own rooftop sky pool allowing residents Read the rest “La Reserve Residences – Royal Phuket Marina’s new offerings of 1, 2 BHK condos”

Sansiri – overview of the developer and its projects in Phuket

With the entry of Sansiri Public Company Limited in Phuket’s real estate market in 2011, the company has successfully launched four projects which have been sold out within days. Its first development in Phuket, named dCondo Kathu, with 556 units sold out within half-a-day. After the launch of Sansiri’s second dCondo development, dCondo Kathu-Patong, comprising 653 units, the company has very recently launched yet another condo development called, dcondo Creek, Read the rest “Sansiri – overview of the developer and its projects in Phuket”

A private island home in The Village at Coconut Island, Phuket

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Located off the lush and largely unspoiled east coast of Phuket overlooking the Phang Nga Bay, The Village at Coconut Island is Phuket’s ultimate tropical retreat boasting traditional, yet modern villas and suites hidden amongst the lush tropical foliage, thus presenting a truly relaxing and peaceful luxury resort life for the intending buyer and traveler alike. These Luxury private pool villas and Jacuzzi suites are set in Read the rest “A private island home in The Village at Coconut Island, Phuket”

The Lofts at Laguna Village, Phuket – Thailand


Completed in August 2011, the Lofts at Laguna Village are loft-style apartments, featuring a contemporary, sleek design, positioned within the heart of Laguna Village, surrounded by lush landscaping and manicured grounds. Ideally located near the clear, warm waters of the Andaman Sea and the 8-kilometre stretch of white sand that defines Bang Tao Beach, the lofts at Laguna Village is located within Laguna Village, a gorgeous community of luxury homes Read the rest “The Lofts at Laguna Village, Phuket – Thailand”

Royal Phuket Marina and it’s developer Gulu Lalvani – a fantastic addition to Phuket Real Estate

It all started in 1992 when Gulu Lalvani, the owner of Britain’s Binatone Telecom Group, forayed into the real estate market of Phuket. But it was perhaps a year before that when Mr Lalvani’s passion for sailing took him to Phuket that gave him the idea of Royal Phuket Marina. Today, his company, plays a major role in Phuket’s high-end property market, having developed the Royal Phuket Marina on the Read the rest “Royal Phuket Marina and it’s developer Gulu Lalvani – a fantastic addition to Phuket Real Estate”

Laguna Phuket – The best gated community in Phuket, buying options and some history

With Michael Ayling, who ran the show for Laguna Phuket for almost a decade, making way for a new chief of this seven-resort Phuket sanctuary early this month, I felt it a good time to do a recap of the development which is considered as a pioneer development in Phuket’s real estate scenario, starting with its genesis as a tin mine wasteland in the 1980s.

EARLY DAYS:
Laguna Resorts & Read the rest “Laguna Phuket – The best gated community in Phuket, buying options and some history”

Obtaining a Thailand Work Permit (Thai Work Permit)

Obtaining a Thailand Work Permit (Thai Work Permit)

Thailand work permitContrary to what most people assume, Thailand does not issue a Work Visa. What it issues is a business visa or “B” visa. While this visa does not give you the right to work in the country, it however gives you the option to apply for a work permit. So basically, before you can apply or be issued with a work permit you must first have a non-immigrant visa, which Read the rest “Obtaining a Thailand Work Permit (Thai Work Permit)”

Foreign nationals retiring in Thailand – rules

Foreign nationals retiring in Thailand – rules

Koh Tao beach in ThailandThailand has been a traditional retirement destination for many, particularly nationals from European nations, owing to its good climate, generally foreigner-friendly laws and comparatively low cost of living. So if you have decided to retire in Thailand here are some pointers you need to bear in mind:

While traveling to Thailand just requires a tourist visa which is easy to avail, to stay here for an extended period of time Read the rest “Foreign nationals retiring in Thailand – rules”

‘Thailand real estate still presents opportunities for investors’

One of the biggest property investment companies in Asia has voiced its confidence in the Thai real estate market and also added that the country continues to offer attractive opportunities to buyers.

Pacific Star Group’s country manager for Thailand Pritpal Singh has said that his firm remains optimistic about the future of the Thailand’s property sector.

“Despite the political uncertainty of the last few years, our view is that the Read the rest “‘Thailand real estate still presents opportunities for investors’”

‘Pattaya consolidates position as Asia’s top holiday home destination’

Pattaya is showing great promise with both local and foreign buyers purchasing in this holiday-home market. Due to its close proximity to Bangkok, easy reach of Suvarnabhumi International Airport and great facilities, the city has become an increasingly popular choice for holiday-home buyers, says Rajneeporn Bishop, head of residential agency at Jones Lang LaSalle in Bangkok and Pattaya.

In addition, a growing number of Thais are buying condominiums in Pattaya Read the rest “‘Pattaya consolidates position as Asia’s top holiday home destination’”