The unveiling of Siam Royal View’s new state of the art Koh Chang marina at PIMEX caused a real stir in the yachting community last month. PIMEX, held annually in Phuket, is one of the biggest sailing exhibition events in Asia and attracts yachtsmen and boating enthusiasts from around the world.
In just a few short years it will be possible to speed from Bangkok to Pattaya in under half an hour in the comfort of a high speed train.
Pattaya already has a solid reputation for a buzzing social scene that attracts millions of tourists every year. The month of April sees things move up a notch as the city explodes into a frenzy of water fighting festivities to mark the traditional Thai New Year.
Koh Chang, along with the rest of Thailand, is gearing up for the party of the year; and what better source of entertainment in in the hottest month of the year than engage in a super fun water fight. It’s Songkran time and from the 13th to the 15th of April, Koh Chang will erupt with New Year cheer to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year.
Lovers of an active life are spoilt for choice when it comes to sporting options on Koh Chang. The island boasts a range of activities suitable for children and adults alike, all of which can be enjoyed at low cost and throughout the year.
Klong Son Bay is one of the most beautiful beach spots on the whole of Koh Chang and is located on the northwest tip of Koh Chang. It is the home of our property development project. Klong Son is quite a deep bay, giving good protection from the prevailing winds and ensuring that, for the vast majority of the time, the waters are calm and clear.
White Sand Beach is the busiest tourist location on Koh Chang. The beach stretches for 2.5 kilometres, the majority of which is composed of fine white sand perfect for a tropical seaside holiday. Running parallel to the beach is the main road which is lined with hotels and guesthouses, along with the restaurants, bars, shops and other amenities that you would expect to find on a beach resort catering to international holidaymakers. White Sands is only a ten to fifteen minute drive from the ferry and is the first real indication that Koh Chang is a holiday island.
It has happened all over the world; a quiet area of outstanding natural beauty is discovered by backpackers, written about in travel guides, eulogised over on the internet as a paradise; and then in move the developers. Often in these beauty spots there are few established ground rules for building and in the rush for profit, the initial draw that attracted people is destroyed by untrammelled property development.
How you would configure your luxury beachside villa in Thailand is surely one of the more pleasant conundrums that a person can face. It is one of the facets of buying one a property on our Koh Chang development that clients tell us they most enjoy and deciding how they would like to design the layout of their beachside home is one something that they pay great attention to.
For some people, there is nothing like the thrill of an adrenaline rush you get from extreme sports. Since the 1990’s, extreme sports has seen a massive increase in popularity worldwide and pursuits that were previously the preserve of a few thrill seekers are now opened up for everyone to have a go. In Pattaya there has been a big rise in the provision of these activities in the last couple of years, so this is our list of seven extreme sports and adventure days for tourists and residents to enjoy:
Why Pattaya Property Investment has Huge Future Upside Potential
Traditionally the Thai property market has been dominated by Bangkok and Phuket, but now both these destinations are facing increasing competition from Pattaya on the Eastern seaboard. Pattaya property investment is likely to enter a boom phase as overseas buyers recognise the opportunities offered for both investment returns and enhanced lifestyle in Thailand’s fastest growing city.
Without doubt, Koh Chang's beaches are the island’s biggest attraction, but sometimes it is nice to take a break from the sand and enjoy some of the other attractions that this amazing tropical paradise island has to offer.
This is our list of five things to do in Koh Chang away from the beach
The Royal Thai Navy has sunk a warship in the Gulf of Thailand. Don’t panic, the Kingdom is no under attack from a foreign power; the navy has purposely sunk the decommissioned RTMS Mattapone. After serving the nation faithfully at sea for the past 61 years it will now continue to fulfil a role for King and country by sitting at the bottom of the ocean.
Thailand is one of the world’s favourite retirement destinations with tens of thousands of people every year moving to the Kingdom after finishing their working life. The retirement influx is not just from a small number of countries, they are coming from North America, Western and Eastern Europe and even from other Asian countries - particularly Japan and South Korea.
The year is well and truly underway and the Pattaya events calendar for 2013 is beginning to look as busy as always. As one of Thailand’s most exciting cities, Pattaya hosts a plethora of annual and one-off events every year. The range and style of events on offer in Pattaya is truly astonishing and includes the traditional and modern, sporting and cultural, local and international reflecting the diversity and character of the city.
At this early stage of the year, some dates for some events have yet to be confirmed and no doubt plenty more will be added as we move through the year, but here are some of the highlights to look forward to in Pattaya in 2013.
Chinese New Year is one of the world’s greatest annual festivals celebrated by Chinese communities across the world. It is characterised by a riot of sound and colour, feasting and gift giving and for both participants and observers is a great event to experience. In Thailand, nowhere celebrates Chinese New Year more enthusiastically than Pattaya and 2013 will be no exception so whether you are a resident or visitor to the city, it is an event not to be missed. The date of Chinese New Year varies according to the lunisolar calendar and in 2013, New Year’s Day falls on February 10th - although events in Pattaya will take place over several days. Each New Year is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac and 2013 welcomes in the Year of the Snake.
One of the most dramatic events in Koh Chang’s history was a naval engagement between the forces of the Royal Thai Navy and the Vichy French Navy during WWII. The battle of Koh Chang took place on 17th January 1941 and was actually part of the Franco-Thai War (1940-41) which was fought in an attempt by Thailand to regain territory ceded to France earlier in the colonial era.
Experts are increasingly pointing to Pattaya as one of Thailand’s most exciting rising property markets. The recent economic growth in the city allied to a forward thinking ambitious local government is driving property prices up, resulting in an increasing number of property industry experts predicting big rises in prices in the future.
Pattaya is preparing to welcome the cream of international women’s golf in February when the Honda LPGA comes to town. The annual tournament is one of the Pattaya’s biggest annual sporting events, attracting not just the best of the world’s women golfers but also huge international crowds. This year, the event will be staged at the Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course between February 21st and 24th.
Boat owners, whether they are weekend leisure sailors or round the world cruisers, need somewhere to park their boats when they spend time ashore. When it comes to the Gulf of Thailand, options are definitely limited - which may seem strange as the Gulf offers exceptional sailing opportunities. Generally, the sailing conditions are excellent, the wind good, water clean and there are a myriad of islands and coastal regions to explore and enjoy.