Focus on Samui Island

Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand, is the Kingdom’s third-largest island and a popular holiday destination for tourists from around the world. Previously, the island’s top income-earner was its abundant coconut plantations. But tourism has taken the economic lead over agriculture, with many 3- to 5-star resorts lining the island’s beaches and cliffs. Flights from Bangkok take about an hour, which is roughly the same amount of time that it takes to circumnavigate Samui by car along its winding and hilly coast road. Much of the tourist and property development is along the coastal areas, with the greater part of the island’s hinterland given over to forest and plantation crops.
The island’s infrastructure has improved in line with its tourist and property markets. There is now an international hospital, and a large supermarket chain. Santiburi, the island’s first golf course, is soon to be joined by an 18-hole international course in the hills behind Lamai, and rumours abound of plans for marina. The island’s roads—once the bane of many visitors—have been substantially improved, with one-way systems installed on the busier sections, and expansion to four lanes easing congestion on the hills.
The principal tourist areas of the island are around the beaches of Chaweng and Lamai, on the east coast. Here, the shanty bungalow operations and beachfront bars and restaurants have been predominantly replaced by luxury 4-and 5 star hotel resorts over the last 15 years.
Within the last few years, Samui has seen much growth in its market for luxury homes—the island’s splendid beaches and long high season making it an ideal place for retirement or an extended vacation. Several developments are currently underway, offering a wide selection of views, facilities and prices. Much of this development is along the northern stretch of the island — near Maenam and Bophut beaches — and upon the hilly northeast peninsula, a few minutes from Samui Airport. There are also luxury villa operations near the 5-star Le Meridien resort at Taling Ngam.



Focus on Phuket Island

A tropical island similar in size to Singapore, Phuket is much more than just a spectacular holiday destination — it is now home to literally thousands of expats who have found the tropical climate, stunning vistas and international standard facilities very much to their liking.
There’s a wealth of recent and new property development on the island, with a wide range of choices, from 10,000 baht-a-month rentals to multimillion-dollar sea view villas. Much of this development has taken particular care to blend in with the outstanding natural scenery, complementing, rather than blighting, the environment.
Phuket’s tourism development has also brought many advantages to expats who have made Phuket their home, with international restaurants of all varieties, multiplex cinemas, supermarkets and department stores to guarantee that all the comforts of home are at hand. The island’s tropical climate means residents can enjoy Phuket’s championship golf courses, tennis courts, acclaimed sailing and diving grounds, exciting watersports and natural wonders all year around.
Phuket’s state-of-the-art telecommunications, world-class schools and hospitals, and its
international airport, with direct flights to major Asian and European capitals, make moving a business or family to paradise an absolute pleasure, which is why so many have decided that Phuket makes the ideal home.
Much of the high-end development for the international market over the last 20 years has been along Phuket’s western coastline, particularly between Bangtao and Patong, and near to the island’s most popular tourist beaches and resorts. However, with land prices along this stretch now very high, developers have begun to look at other areas of the island. Of particular note are the recent announcements of new million-dollar home developments in Kata, Chalong, and Cape Panwa. Large, expansive developments are also planned for the east coast, overlooking scenically magnificent Phang Nga Bay.

Samui Ang Thong Island Hopping

Ang Thong
          A short boat ride from Koh Samui, Ang Thonq (meaning ‘golden bowl’), occupies almost 250 sq. kilometers and includes 50 sq kilometers of limestone islands. Most of the islands are close to each other making a breathtaking panorama of a forest rising from the sea. Within Ang Thong, there is an impressive amount of wildlife—including dolphins—living in the sea.
          Under the sea, caves in many of the islands have intriguing rock formations. The beaches are surrounded with excellent coral reefs which make for perfect swimming and snorkeling. Here is where you can find elephant tusk coral, brain coral, and stagshorn coral reefs. Wildlife found inhabiting these reefs includes; butterfly fish, angelfish, parrotfish, stingrays, grouper and even black tip shark.

          Alt the 40 of set islands are of differentsizes and shapes/most of them in verdant tropicaFfeeit after their distinguishing such as ftoh.Wua Ta Lap’   ( Sleeping Cow island) and ‘Keh Sam Sao’ (Three Pillar island).

          Of all of them, Mae Ko (stand (the Mother Island) is a must visit; Here a perfectfy calm emerald seawater take lies in the middle of the island, encircled by limestone cliffs; an underground tunnel connects it with the sea outside, You can also climb from the Ang Thong National Marine Park to the edge of the iake for a rewarding and spectacular view across the whole park.

          The best time for visiting Ang Thong is between February and April Although the temperature is quite hot, the seas are cairn and suitable for sailing. During monsoon season (from November to December) the Gulf of Thailand experiences high winds and big waves. Traveling to Ang Thong National Park, Surat Than) Province is not safe and the park is closed at this time.

          The most common method of getting there is to join a tour boat taking 40-50 people, with lunch on board. Or else you can take speedboat tours, which also provides snorkeiing. The best way is to put together a group of friends to hire a boat and explore the islands and beaches in your own time. Hundreds of beaches here in the archipelago are deserted. So get a boat and find your own secret beach away from the madding crowds.

Phuket Island Dreaming

Phuket Island Dreaming

island dreaming
          Jumeirah Private Island Phuket lies less than 500m off Phuket, at the entrance to Phang Nga Bay. Managed by the Dubai-based international hospitality group Jumeirah, the 32ha resort will offer luxury private residential villas, a 5-star Jumeirah Resort & Spa, a superyacht marina accommodating 10m to 70m vessels, and the invitation-only Phuket Private Island Yacht Club.
         Developed by TGR Group Asia — which has more than 100 years of combined experience working with leading global construction companies, and a successful track record extending across three continents—he project is scheduled for completion in 2009/2010. Plans are to raise the bar regarding levels of luxury, privacy and security in Asia-Pacific, and the team has commissioned some of the world’s top contractors and professionals, including Baker Tilly Thailand; Bovis Lend Lease; Bishop International; Johnson, Stokes and Master; Connell Wagner; WATG; A49 Design; and Hirsch Bedner.
Greater expectations
          Just one year after setting a 12 billion baht target, Raimon Land’s “The River”, a high-rise project right on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River opposite the Shangri-La Hotel, has attracted 45 percent of that amount. First sales, within just three days of release in March of last year, went for an unprecedented 150,000 baht per square metre. Another 311 condominiums have been sold at an average price of 130,000 baht per square metre for a total of 5.6 billion baht in sales.
          Nigel Cornick, CEO of Raimon Land, sees this as a very positive sign for Thailand’s luxury property market.
Creating a lifestyle
          Royal Phuket Marina, set on 30ha, is set to become a world-class “luxury lifestyle marina”. With 300 berthsforyachts of upto 30m and 400 luxurywaterfront villas, penthouses and condominiums, the marina ranks among Asia’s premier boating hubs. It also offers a luxury lifestyle community, complete with its own spa, recreational facilities and fisherman’s wharf boardwalk complete with fine restaurants, cafes and boutiques styled after leading international marina resorts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
          Following the successful sale of luxury condos and penthouses in Phase One, Royal Phuket Marina is now selling “Aquaminium” condominium units that include private, internal berths for boats and a collection of eight palatial “Royal Villas”, each with up to five bedrooms, private swimming pools and doorstep moorings. The premium villa at RPM, Grand Villa was recently put on the market in December at US$10 million. The main five-bedroom villa has four guest villas that surround the 25m swimming pool, and features a private 70m boat berth.