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Winner and losers – TPP got trumped

During the election campaign, Trump blasted international trade deals, tapping into a deep well of popular anger over the effects of globalization. Now, President-elect Trump’s first victim could be the TPP that he slammed as a “disaster done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country.” China will probably emerge the biggest winner from the demise of […] Read More

Retire in Thailand

If you are reading this, chances are you are already sold on the idea of retiring in the “Land of Smiles”. Why here? Lower of cost of living – food, entertainment, transport, medical, etc. Better quality of life. Beautiful beaches. Great food. And for many who came and have never left, a key reason is […] Read More

Amidst a slowing economy, Thailand retains spot as world’s top medical tourism destination

Thailand attracted an estimated 1.8 – 2.5 million international patients in 2015*. Many of these patients stayed on afterward for a holiday, either in Bangkok or at one of the country’s beach resorts. More than one in three foreigners treated at Bumrungrad are from the Gulf states. While stubbornly low oil prices have led to […] Read More

Transit extensions, AEC likely to boost Thailand (esp Bangkok) property rental market

Transit extensions, AEC likely to boost Thailand property rental market “Bangkok property-rental market will be able to grow this year mainly thanks to the extension of mass-transit lines and the inflows of foreign investment” : Kiatnakin Bank Dr Piyasak Manason, the bank’s senior vice president and head of its industrial and economic research department, said […] Read More

Thailand is top tourist destination for mainland Chinese, overtaking South Korea in 2015

Thailand continues to be a magnet for mainlanders, attracting more Chinese tourists as South Korea draws fewer. The mainland sent 7.9 million people to Thailand in 2015, an annual increase of 70 percent to become the top country destination ahead of Korea, which had 2 percent fewer arrivals, and Japan, where visitors more than doubled […] Read More

Duplex condos in Bangkok

Many dream about living in two-storey duplexes amidst an urban setting. A relatively new phenomenon in Bangkok’s property market, duplexes are still a rarity. Think duplex, think St Regis luxury residences where a duplex penthouse presents the ultimate urban living, complete with a private swimming pool and personal garden. A quick google search will show […] Read More

Retire in Thailand … ranked #7 in World’s Best Places to Retire

The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2016 … Thailand ranked #7, again top 10 in yet another survey:

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Kra Canal: Golden opportunity or commercially unviable?

extracted from ChannelNewsAsia, Singapore The idea of digging a shipping canal through southern Thailand is not new, but it is gaining currency again because of China’s One Belt and One Road initiative. However there is stiff opposition to the Kra Canal project.  BANGKOK: The Kra Canal has been making headlines in Thailand again after reports […] Read More

Thai Cabinet approved tax, fee cuts for home buyers to 0.01%

To revitalize Thailand’s property industry, the government recently approved a series of economic measures including such incentives as cuts in the housing transfer fee to 0.01% from 2%, and slashing mortgage fees to 0.01% from 1%, applicable till April 2016. Buyers of homes costing less than 3 million baht have an extra incentive as 20% of the price tag […] Read More

Bangkok condo prices expected to rise > 10%, driven by new land appraisal prices

With sales rate for all Bangkok condominiums during the first half of 2015 standing at 88 percent, the average condominium price across Bangkok rose by 6 percent from the end of last year to approximately THB 101,500 per sqm. As Bangkok condominium prices rose consecutively during the past several years, rental rates were not reflective […] Read More