Rawai is an off-the-beaten-path area of Phuket, located at the south end of the island. This palm-fringed district is much less touristy and is an excellent place to experience some real Thai culture. Rawai is one of the main ports of Phuket and provides many connections to the various surrounding islands. This region has been attracting retirees, artists, Thai and expats not only thanks to its gorgeous beaches but also to its peaceful local atmosphere. The landscape is characterized by its lush coastal hills, that rise steeply and tumble into the Andaman Sea, forming the beautiful Laem Phromthep, the southernmost point of Phuket. Discover the luxury properties of Rawai, which succeeded in remaining untouched and natural.
Investing in Thailand is nowadays a credible option to consider. With a healthy economy, excellent infrastructures, a major tourist attraction, a structured real estate market offering a good quality for its value, a low taxation and a clear law regarding real estate property, the country mixes all the required elements to realize a safe investment.Thanks to the stunning attractiveness of the region, the real estate market in Thailand knows a steady evolution of prices. Patong, Kata and Surin maintains their high level and offers one of the most luxury properties of the region. Due to its strategic location, its high-end infrastructures and its international airport, the island offers unique conditions to invest in an attractive and dynamic area. Facing this fondness, the local real estate has been modeled according to the new demanding inhabitants. The real estate offer perfectly meets the various expectations through different types of investments, from rental to residential, by way of speculative investments. Besides, the occupancy rate of rental properties remains high -around 75%-, which is a good element to know for future investors.
In Thailand, the law considers that a foreigner cannot own a land. The land where is built the property will be rented for a period between 30 and 90 years. Besides, the purchase is made in foreign currency (the bath, which is the Thai currency is not used).
As for the purchase of a condominium, the buyer will receive a "full ownership title" thanks to the "condominium license" but only if the good is legally registered as such.
It is encouraged to contact a professional of the real-estate market in the area to know the different steps of the buying process. It is well advised to be careful of unscrupulous vendors who might propose you a land or even a property he does not own.
Before any purchase, it is also recommended to examine the different legal documents such as the owner of the property, the plans...
The period from May to October corresponds to the rainy season. As Phuket is close to the equator, the effects of the monsoon are reduced even if the sea can be rough.The region enjoys a tropical wet climate with steady and warm temperatures all over the year. During this period, it is not always raining but there are high rainfalls with overcast sky. However, this season can be a nice way to discover the island without the traditional crowds of tourists and benefiting from attractive prices.
From November to April, it is the dry season. The month of March can be the best compromise between crowd and weather : tourists are fewer and prices are cheaper while the monsoon has not starting yet. This period provides an enjoyable climate to take advantage of the dream beaches and discover the stunning landscapes and temperatures are around 30 degrees.
The period from December to February is the best one as the weather is dry, it hardly ever rains, there is a blue sky and temperatures are pleasant and not particularly too much high. However, it also corresponds to the busiest period of the year. Mainly in January and February, hords of tourists arrive in Phuket to discover the stunning island. Prices skyrocket and places are crowded.
Formerly a modest local fishermen village, the Rawai Seafood Market became a very popular and exotic attraction. This is the perfect place to taste local food, such as fish, prawns, crabs, lots of shells and lobster at decent price. Enjoy a unique experience to have fun : order any fish of seafood you like from one site of the road and take it to the restaurant just opposite to have it cooked. Your only challenge will be to select your own fish from one of the many stalls.
When driving south, the left side of the main pier was long known as the "Gypsy Village", where long-established fishermen in precarious houses made a living of fishing, boat chartering and selling shells. The Sea Gypsy Village was said to be home to the oldest inhabitants of Phuket. The Sea Gypsies speak their own unwritten language, which is close to the Malay and was influenced by Thai and they also have their own religion. Experiencing their way of life will be a unique discovery.
Situated at the southnermost point of Phuket island, Promthep Cape became famous for its striking sunsets, with its sugar palm trees, which are the symbol of Phuket. This irresistible spot, thanks to its elevated location and its small islands nearby is a nice place for good old-fashioned sunset pictures. Reaching the end of the cape will provide you a unique panoramic view on the surroundings.
Phuket is the largest island of Thailand and is nowadays considered as one of the most attractive tropical seaside resorts in the world. This jewel of the Indian ocean spreads over 50 kilometers from north to south. Its northern end is linked with the continent thanks to a 600m-long bridge, called the bridge of the Saracens.The main wealths of the island are tourism -as it attracts more than 3 million tourists every year-, its rubber plantations, coconut and fishing. After Bangkok, Phuket is the richest region of Thailand and it enjoys a very diversified population as it welcomes Thais, Chinese, Malays, Europeans and Indians, among others.This dramatic place became famous in the 1970s due to the arrival of hi...