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Thailand will Continue to be Amongst the Leaders in Investment Growth

Thailand is considered to be one of the largest growth areas in Asia -a true emerging market. The country has recently attracted significant foreign investment and has become one of the Asian economic leaders. Real estate experts predict that Thailand will continue to be amongst the leaders in investment growth. A list of favorable factors support this belief:

According to the Bank of Thailand, there will be no significant knock-on effect from the downturn in the US economy.

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Real estate, Thailand, the Philippines and high-yield bonds are well-performing strong investments

If you are looking to invest, you might be wondering what are the top performing funds? We can answer that. Using data from research firm Lipper, we list the best funds available in Hong Kong, ranked by returns net of fees, over the 12 months to February.

The findings can be summed up thus: real estate, Thailand, Philippines and high-yield bonds have all performed well, but gold has been a disaster.

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Saturday, 04 May 2013 22:25

How to Buy Property in Thailand

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One of only limited ways to buy property in Thailand is to set up a company in Thailand and then purchase the property. So, how is this done and what are the costs, issues and hassles involved ?

One way to buy land in Thailand is to become the principal investor in a Thai export orientated business that is Board of Investment approves. This allows you to own up to 1600m2 of land. You can also own the same amount of land with investment of 40m baht for a minimum number of years or obtain Thai Residency.

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Friday, 03 May 2013 18:04

Crime and Safety in Thailand

Crime and Safety in Thailand

Tips for Ex-Pats

Thailand is considered to be a relatively safe place to live as instances of violent crime are low when compared to some western countries. However, there are common problems and scams which expats should be aware of. As with all countries there are dangerous areas which should be avoided and visitors should be wary in tourist areas as crimes such as bag snatching and pick-pocketing do occur.

Much of the advice given is common sense and many people would take the same precautions no matter where they are.The police in Thailand are considered to be very helpful, particularly when dealing with expats. In addition to the usual police force there is a department which deals specifically with tourists.

Thailand Makes UNDPs List of 'high achievers' in East Asia

The UNDP 2013 "Human Development Report" explaining Thailand’s receipt of the High Achievers award, attributes their achievements to strong national commitments to better public health and education services, innovative poverty eradication programmes and strategic engagement with the world economy.

The report notes that Thailand's success holds lessons for less developed economies, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Countries endowed with arable land can continue to create stable jobs in agriculture, which occurred in Thailand, whose employment pattern of the 1960s is comparable to that of many Sub-Saharan African countries today.

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Sunday, 07 April 2013 07:52

The Reasons of Expats Moved to Thailand

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Determining exact figures for the expat population in Thailand is not easy. Most figures are estimates, but there are certainly hundreds of thousands who are living legally in the country. These are from all over Asia, Europe and the US. There are few resources which represent an official census in Thailand so it is hard to keep track of the population.

Bangkok is one of the most popular areas for expats, mainly because there are plenty of work opportunities. The city has a great deal going on for expats and the cost of living is very low there. Other areas of the country such as Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket also have many expats living there. However, it is not only the busy areas which are attractive to expats.

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2013 is expected to be a golden year for the hotel industry in Thailand, with a parade of new openings in major tourism provinces thanks to improved political stability, which has created a better investment climate, and the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) single market in 2015.

According to data released by the Thai Hotels Association (THA), an estimated 3,919 new rooms, mainly four- and five-stars, will be added to the market during the course of the year.

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Belgium Strengthen Cooperation With Thailand As Asean Hub

As Thailand become an Asean hub in 2015, Belgium sees great potential in this country.In this March, Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe will lead a team of about 100 top businessmen from his country to help strengthen economic cooperation with Thailand.

Belgian Ambassador to Thailand Marc Michielsen said the Kingdom was in the perfect position geographically to become an Asean hub in terms of business and logistics, and many businesses wanted to use the country as a springboard to penetrate the region once the Asean Economic Community kicks off in 2015.

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The hotel-management company based in Singapore,SilverNeedle Hospitality Group is raising its business profile and looks to bigger role in Asia, especially Southeast Asia, by using Thailand as a base to expand its network in neighbouring nations.

Over the next five years, the group hopes to have 100 properties in Asia to operate under two concepts of city and luxury boutique hotels. And this year, it hopes to sign deals to operate eight to 10 properties, said Iqbal Jumabhoy, the group's chief executive officer.

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…..unless the land is on government-approved industrial estates. Under the 1999 amendment to the Land Code Act, foreigners who invest a minimum of 40 million Baht (approximately US$1.2 million) are permitted to buy up to 1,600 square meters of land for residential use with the permission of the Ministry of Interior. If the required land is not used as a residence within two years from the date of acquisition and registration, the Ministry has the power to dispose of the land. Petroleum concessionaires may own land necessary for their activities.

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