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samui phangan • BUYING 购买 • RENOVATING 翻新

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Architects Talk Thai Temple Architecture

建筑师会谈 泰国寺庙建筑

Island Home

Home Decorating Projects

海岛之家 家居装饰项目

DUNE Hills

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INVESTMENT VALUE AND OPPORTUNITY

Italian Pizzeria for Sale in Bang Por Ref. CS07

Price: 2.6M THB

• Inside area 160 Sqm | Outside area 70 Sqm • 50 comfortably seated • Kitchen fully equipped as restaurant as well • Good TripAdvisor positioning • Rental agreement till 2022 and easy renewal • Company Ltd with 3 Work Permits available

Nice Resort for Sale in Taling Ngam Ref: No

Price: 13.5M THB

• Plot of 1600 Sqm | Roughly 800 Sqm built • Easy access on a public road • 16 Standard Room | 3 houses | Communal swimming pool • Fully equipped bar and restaurant | Storage, laundry • Chanote and company with 2 Work Permits available

Hot Sale 3 Bedroom Pool Villa in Hua Thanon Ref: VS04

Price: 8M THB

• Built area 360 sqm | Land plot 830 sqm • 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 floors • Private swimming pool and parking area • Suggestive sea view and jungle view • Easy access by private road • Chanote land title

Hot Rental Promotion in Hua Thanon

Ref: VR01

Price: 45K THB

• 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms • Floor plan 200 sqm| 2 storey • Amazing communal garden and swimming pool area • Very quiet and private location • Easy access by private road • High speed Wi-Fi and CCTV system

Luxury 2 Bedroom Apartment for Rent in Laem Set Ref: AR03

Daily Price: 3.5K THB

• 144 Sqm suite with balcony • Located in a luxury residence • Stunning sea view • 3 communal swimming pools • Gym, kids room, Spa, bar and restaurant • Available 1st and 4th floor suites

Blue Building Co. Ltd., Lamai Tel. Marco +66 (0) 828 195 815, www.samuiblueproperty.com, Email: hill@samuibluebuilding.com


EDITOR'S LETTER Welcome to our Samui Phangan Real Estate Magazine Edition 89 December January 2020, one of the favourite times of the year on Koh Samui for both business and tourists. This is also the exact time of year that I first arrived on Samui, 27 years ago. Been asked a few times recently about “My Story” and how long I’ve actually been living and working in Thailand. Well after leaving the British Army and living in Germany I had a pretty good job and lifestyle. For our annual big holiday Thailand was chosen as the destination and we landed in Phuket. Great place and we liked it but friends had advised us to make sure we visited Koh Samui, telling us tales of an amazing tropical island a little bit off the beaten track. Well a crazy minibus ride took us over and it was love at first site. It seemed to be a dream come true and it wasn’t long before our thoughts were moving rapidly from coming back soon to actually moving here. Which we did 3 months later, moving into a beach bungalow in Chaweng Noi. I completed all my diving courses with Tim and Brian from The Dive Shop and starting working as a Divemaster then Instructor. And yes, it was different then, Samui was still the little-known secret and there were no traffic problems and no developments and the only shopping choices were local owned supermarkets. The nearest big superstore was Big C in Surathani, which meant a ferry ride and a full day’s trip to get there and back. I loved those days and I do miss that Samui. Progress was imminent and slowly but surely Samui became well known and with Bangkok Airways beautiful tropical airport very easily reachable. Now it is one of the most famous tropical islands in the whole world. The quiet secret island is gone but progress does have advantages with beautiful developments, fantastic shopping opportunities and 5 star hospitals and infrastructure that we all need. So yes, I do miss the old island but the new Samui metropolis has so much more to offer, just turn the pages to see how beautiful it would be to live here. Living & Loving Samui CJG Paton-Smith

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编者注: 欢迎阅读《苏梅岛帕岸岛房地产杂志》第89期,12月和1月是苏梅岛一年中最受 商务人士和游客欢迎的时期之一。这也是27年前我第一次来到苏梅岛的确切时 间。最近常常被人问及“我的故事”以及我在泰国实际生活和工作了多久。 离开英国军队并住在德国后,我的工作和生活方式都非常好。在一年一度的长 假期中,泰国被我们选为了目的地。我们降落在普吉岛,是一个很棒的地方, 我们都很喜欢它。但是朋友们建议我们再参观一下苏梅岛,并向我们讲述了一 个人迹罕至的神奇热带岛屿的故事。好吧,疯狂的小巴之旅把我们带了过来, 那是一见钟情。这似乎像是一个不真实梦成为了现实,不久之后,我们的思想迅 速地从梦境中回来,真正搬到这里。三个月后,我们搬进了查汶海滩的一个海 滩平房。我与潜水店的Tim和Brian一起完成了所有潜水课程,然后开始担任潜水 店长和教练。是的,那时的苏梅和现在不一样,是鲜为人知的秘密,没有交通 问题,也没有开发,唯一的购物选择是当地的超市。最近的大型超市是素叻他尼 (Surathani)的Big C,这意味着要坐渡轮和一整天的往返旅程。我爱那段时光,也很怀念那样的苏梅。如今的苏 梅发展迫在眉睫,虽进展缓慢,但值得肯定的是苏梅岛如今已广为人知,搭乘曼谷航空美丽的热带苏梅国际机场 就能轻松直达苏梅。那个安静神秘的岛屿已经消失了,它已成为是全世界最著名的热带岛屿之一。但是进步确实 有优势,因为美丽的发展,绝佳的购物机会以及我们都需要的五星级医疗设备和基础设施。所以,是的,我的确 想念旧岛,但新的苏梅岛都会有更多的选择,只要翻看一下页,您就能知道住在这里会有多美! 苏梅岛的生活与爱 帕顿 史密斯

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Island Home How to Plan and Start a Home Decorating Project

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Outdoor Living Heat Resistant plants

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realty in focus 26

Architects Talk Wat a Thai Temple

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Legal Buzz An Introduction to TM30

36 Property Report Off-Plan Condominium Mortgage Finance 40

Property Design Custom Doors

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Hot Property Luxury Weddings at Koh Koon

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Developer In-View DUNE Hills Sea view & Private Pool Villas by KASA Development

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Green Scene Solar PV

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Island Scoop Flavours of the Island: Pla Pla at Four Seasons Resort

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Koh Samui Map

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Living on Koh Samui

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Koh Phangan Map

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Living on Koh Phangan

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Land Title Deeds

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Tips for Starting the Biz English

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Tips for Starting the Biz Chinese

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Tips for Starting the Biz German

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Tips for Starting the Biz Russian

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Tips for Starting the Biz French

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Building Regulations

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Villa Rentals

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Exclusive 5 bedroom seaview villa in Chaweng Noi • • • • •

400 sq.m completed villa 766 sq.m land Extra space of 250 sq.m with seaview to be completed underneath the villa as a 3 bedroom apartment with private pool Possibility to rent out separately to maximise return on investment 5 mins drive to Chaweng Noi beach

Price: 35 Million THB 4 bedroom seaview villa in Bang Rak • • • •

Stunning seaviews Part of a successful development Walking distance to beach, restaurants Great rental returns

Price: 15.9 Million THB

M: +66 (0) 83 182 5430, +66 (0) 89 591 9009 www.samuipropertycentre.com Samui Property Centre Co., Ltd. 124/27 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani


Santi Peak Villas are nestled within idyllic surroundings of beautiful swaying green palms and enjoy outstanding views over sky blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The estate is comprised of over 3 bespoke pool villas, ranging from 2-bedroom residences of 163 sqm to 3-bedroom residence of 210 sqm.

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Inspired by the mesmerizing view of the ocean and the stunning green surroundings, Santi Peak Villas architects vision of an open space comfortable living area and a humble home design with modern look as well as luxurious touch was the goal. The resulting creation are homes that give the ultimate serenity and tranquility with a desired sense of luxury and super comfortable living spaces. The homes are fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass walls to maximize integration with the surrounding nature and to absorb the flow of air and light creating the ultimate in open living spaces. The infinity edge swimming pool with built in Jacuzzi come as standard with each villa.

Short Facts: • Starting at just 8,240,000 THB • Stunning sea views of Gulf of Thailand. • Infinity edge swimming pool • Built in Jacuzzi & terrace. • Floor-to-ceiling glass walls • Walking distance to Bang Por Beach. • Sound investment, yielding 7-12%. • Premium quality construction. • Professional property management.

Contact: English, Czech, Slovak: +66 879 110 221, German, French, Dutch: +66 812 713 178, Thai: +66 892 244 491 info@santipeakvillas.com, santipeakvillas.com samui phangan real estate 

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Villa Malouna

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Baan Hansa

Villa Thansamaay

Villa Akira

Villa Orchid

Baan Capo

Villa Riva

Secret Beach

Lemongrass Residence

Villa Danisa

Vista Azul

www.luxuryvillasamui.com, www.luxuryvillaphuket.net (Samui-Phuket), Email: rentals@luxuryvillasamui.com 1/36 Moo 6, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand 84320 Tel: +66 (0) 77 484 634


EXCEPTIONAL EXCEPTIONALLUXURY LUXURYPROPERTIES PROPERTIES FOR FORSALE SALE

Bophut Hills | Bouguinvillea Luxury Villa Bophut Hills | Bouguinvillea Luxury Villa

SalePrice: Price:39M 39MTHB THB 波普山 波普山| |豪华别墅 豪华别墅 Sale

5 Large ensuite bedrooms with built-in wardrobes| Independant | Independantstudio studio ensuite bedrooms with built-in wardrobes .5.Large A very large living dining room with viewstotodie diefor for .A.very large living && dining room with views . Quietneighborhood neighborhood with a feeling privacy . Quiet with a feeling ofof privacy .Hillside,side,Crystal Crystal clear white pool pooldining diningsala sala .Hill clear white pool && pool . Beautifullydesigned designed immense landscapedgardens gardens . Beautifully immense landscaped .Land1,464 1,464 Internal area 485 m2 .Land m2m2 && Internal area 485 m2

Bophut Hills | Banyan Villas Sale Price: 18M THB Bophut Hills | Banyan Villas Sale Price: 18M THB 3 Bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes & private live-in maids quarters. 3 Bedrooms with walk-inroom wardrobes & private live-in maids Large living & dining with Phangan & mountains seaquarters. views. Large living & dining Infinity pool & poolroom diningwith salaPhangan & mountains sea views. Infinity & parking pool dining sala gate Underpool cover and electric Under coverproperty parking garden and electric gate terraces Beautiful and larges Beautiful property garden and larges Land: 549 m2 & Internal area: 485terraces m2 Land: 549 m2 & Internal area: 485 m2

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5间带嵌入式衣橱的大型套房卧室|| 独立工作室 独立工作室 ..5间带嵌入式衣橱的大型套房卧室 一个非常宽敞的客厅和餐厅,可尽享美景 ..一个非常宽敞的客厅和餐厅,可尽享美景 安静的社区,隐秘度高 ...安静的社区,隐秘度高 在半山上,水晶般清澈的白色泳池和用餐凉亭 ..在半山上,水晶般清澈的白色泳池和用餐凉亭 设计精美的巨大园景花园 ..设计精美的巨大园景花园 土地面积;1,464平方米 1,464平方米& &建筑面积485平方米 建筑面积485平方米 .土地面积;

波普山| 榕树别墅 售价:一千八百万泰铢 波普山| 榕树别墅 售价:一千八百万泰铢

.3间带步入式衣柜和私人住家女佣房。 .3间带步入式衣柜和私人住家女佣房。 .大型客厅和餐厅,可欣赏到帕岸岛和山脉的海景。 .大型客厅和餐厅,可欣赏到帕岸岛和山脉的海景。 .无边泳池和泳池用餐凉亭 .无边泳池和泳池用餐凉亭 .地下停车场和电动门 .地下停车场和电动门 .美丽的物业花园和大型露台 .美丽的物业花园和大型露台 .土地面积:549平方米& 建筑面积:485平方米 .土地面积:549平方米& 建筑面积:485平方米

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EXCEPTIONALLUXURY LUXURYPROPERTIES PROPERTIES EXCEPTIONAL FOR SALE FOR SALE

Ban Rack Sale Rack SalePrice: Price:26M 26MTHB THB Appartment Appartment Building Building--Investement InvestementProperty Property Amazing Amazing sea sea views viewsappartments appartmentsbuilding buildingininBan BanRack Rack An Investmment Investmment property propertyof of12 12bedrooms bedroomssplit splitover over33units units (Single (Single owner owner Only). Only).External Externalparking parkingfor for44cars, cars,shared sharedpool. pool. Under Under Construction Construction--completion completionwith-in with-in88months. months. Land Land 551 551 m2 m2 & & Internal Internalarea area782 782m2 m2 BEACH BEACH LAND LAND

石头之家 石头之家 公寓楼-投资房产 公寓楼-投资房产

售价:两千六百万泰铢 售价:两千六百万泰铢

石头之家令人惊叹的海景公寓建筑 石头之家令人惊叹的海景公寓建筑 12间卧室的投资房产,分为3个单元 12间卧室的投资房产,分为3个单元 (仅限单个业主) 外部停车场可停4辆车,共用游泳池。 (仅限单个业主) 外部停车场可停4辆车,共用游泳池。 正在建设中-8个月内完成。 正在建设中-8个月内完成。 土地551平方米 内部面积782平方米 土地551平方米& & 内部面积782平方米

BEACH BEACHLAND LAND

Ban Rack | Beach Land Sale Price:70M THB / PLOT Sale Price:70M THB / PLOT Ban Rack | Beach Land 2 Beach Plots 2 Beach Plots Exceptional Beach Land of 2.72 Rai (1.25 Rai each + Shared access) Exceptional Beach Land views of 2.72ofRai (1.25 Rai + Shared access) The land boasts stunning Phangan and each accross Ban Rack The to land stunning views of Phangan and accross Ban Rack Bay Bigboasts Buddha. Bay land to Big Buddha. The / beach is exclusively accessed through its own private and The landroad. / beach is exclusively accessed through its own private and secured secured road. **For more information on the concept design, please contact us... **For more information on the concept design, please contact us...

CONCEPT DESIGN CONCEPT DESIGN 售价:七千万泰铢/块 售价:七千万泰铢/块

石头之家 | 海滩土地 石头之家 | 海滩土地 2块海滩地块 2块海滩地块 优质的海滩地,面积为2.72 莱(每块1.25 莱 +共享权限)

优质的海滩地,面积为2.72 莱(每块1.25 莱 +共享权限) 这片土地拥有帕岸岛和整个班架的壮丽景色 这片土地拥有帕岸岛和整个班架的壮丽景色 从海湾到大佛。 从海湾到大佛。 土地/海滩只能由其私人通道通过。 土地/海滩只能由其私人通道通过。

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inside & out | architect's talk

Wat a Thai Temple Thai temples, known as wats, are very distinctive. The word wat actually means a school, but is used only to refer to temple complexes. The Phutthawat is what we think of when we see the word temple. It is where all of the main religious buildings are contained. The Sanghawat is the living area for the monks. With over 30,000 in the country and 400 in Bangkok alone there’s always a new one to discover. But understanding the meaning of their design and architecture helps to appreciate their beauty even more. Buddhist temples usually feature steep, multi-tiered and richly ornamented roofs, with carved serpents, fierce-looking guardian statues, murals and a lot of course lots of gold. The temples are often compounds of buildings each with a specific function, and some are practically mini-cities, home to hundreds of monks. Here’s what to look out for:


Images of Buddha The heart of any temple, you’ll find Buddha rendered in different artistic styles, poses and materials. The Emerald Buddha, a 66cm statue carved from green jade atop a gold altar in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok’s Grand Palace, is the most sacred shrine in Thailand. Carved in the 14th century, the statue is regarded as a key national symbol. It spent over 200 years in Laos, before being returned to Bangkok in triumph by King Rama I in 1784. It’s dressed in costumes for each season of the year. Bangkok’s biggest and oldest temple, Wat Pho, is the home of the Reclining Buddha, a gold leaf-covered statue of Buddha lying on his side over 15 meters high and 46 meters long. Check out his feet, where panels depict 108 symbols of Buddha, from flowers and dancers to tigers. At Bangkok’s Wat Traimit, you’ll find the Golden Buddha, a three-meter high statue in solid gold, weighing over five tons. Hidden in plaster for protection, the 700-year-old statue was only revealed to be made of gold in 1957, when an accident cracked its shell. Vihara This is the part of the temple where important Buddha images are housed. Chedi A chedi, or stupa, is a conical or bell-shaped structure adorned with gold but usually made from stuccotopped brick or laterite underneath. It will usually contain either a relic believed to be from the Buddha, like a bone, or the ashes of deceased royalty or monks. Temples always have at least one chedi as a homage to Buddha, but often they have many. Chedi come in many styles, ranging from domes—a style borrowed from Sri Lanka—to square or octagonal shapes in northern Thailand, to corn-cob shapes called prang, typical of Cambodia’s Khmer temples like Angkor Wat. A 73-meter four-sided prang at Bangkok’s Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun, is covered with a mosaic of Chinese pottery fragments with decorative motifs. Nagas Nagas are mythical serpents that guarded Buddha during his meditation in the forest in northern India, and often appear on handrails at temple entrances. You’ll also see nagas decorating temple roofs, the tail at the roof peak and the body winding down to the head, rising at the roof edge. Yakshas Giant warrior guardians that ward off evil spirits, these ferocious-looking statues have faces painted in wild colors, with fangs, wide-open eyes, and bodies that are a riot of decoration. The yakshas at Wat Big Buddha are certainly worth seeing with great photo opportunities. Lotus A symbol of religious perfection and transcendence, the lotus flower most often appears as the throne Buddha sits on, meditating in the lotus position. The lotus often adorns temple gates and posts, veranda columns and chedi spires built in the 13th century, when Sukhothai was Thailand’s capital. The heart of every person is like an unopened lotus, which blooms after reaching enlightenment, according to Buddhism. Ubosot The holiest prayer room in the temple, where monks are ordained. It’s not connected to other buildings, and is marked off by eight stones with a similarity to bodhi leaves (Buddha achieved enlightenment under a bodhi tree).

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How to Plan

and Start a Home Decorating Project This is going to be exciting, but where to start? Ask yourself, are you after a simple refresh or an entirely new look for your home? Either way you are going to need a plan...and a budget. The easiest option and the cheapest is to give your home a new lick of paint. If your furniture is modern go for a neutral colour, if it is oldie worldly go for a colour of which there are infinite choices, and of course, you can mix your own colours. You can choose a colour from something decorative like cushion covers or a favourite art piece and use hues of it on the walls, in patterns, on upholstery and in the accessories. Decide on your budget and commit your ideas to paper. Planning is everything. This is an important stage so do not rush it. Making a plan, is a lot of fun

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and gives you the opportunity to change your mind or adjust your plan at a later stage. Include a mood board (Mood boards are a visual collage to illustrate the style you wish to pursue). A mood board will help you to identify the style elements first and bring them into your space. Your mood board should include a colour palette, materials, and a concept that defines your style. Do online research (Pinterest is a great resource), and go through magazines to find ideas. Collect pictures together on a board to see if they work. Get up to date with the latest trends. Expand your ideas by exploring a new way of setting up the room. You may end up liking a style you never thought of before.


If you are feeling overwhelmed at the beginning start with either the colour scheme or a piece of art or furniture you want to feature and select the decorating choices around one of these. This will help you to focus on what is most important to you and what you really want in your home. Remember too, it should be about comfort for you and your family unless you are producing a show house to be photographed for the latest interior design magazine. Oriental Living and Loft have a vast collection of high-end fabrics such as Jim Thompson as well as Sunbrella outdoor fabrics in an array of vibrant colours. Explore more at Oriental Living. A new experience of home decorating is waiting for you there.

"Photos by Wachara Kireewong /Â www.wacharakireewongphotography.com"

Adrian Rawle ORIENTAL LIVING & LOFT BY ORIENTAL LIVING Tel: +66(0)77-247675 +66(0)77-423877 info@oriental-living.net www.oriental-living.net


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Staghorn Fern

Great Plants for that HOT Tropical Garden There’s a tropical plant to suit every garden in Samui and I’ve compiled a list of some of our tropical plants which will thrive in hot climates. Hot climates can be a challenge for the gardener, unless you want to grow a rock garden or cactus!

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Bromeliad

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Bromeliads (Urn Plant) these are ornamental plants with beautiful flowers, slow-growing, easy to care for, and drought-resistant. They do well both where there is a lot and a moderate amount of sunlight. If one gets a lot of sun, the leaves become more and more colourful. Bromeliads give off oxygen during the night and absorb carbon dioxide, making them especially good to have inside especially the bedroom.

Staghorn Fern (Climbing bird’s nest fern) this fern has climbing roots and thick, green leaves covered with fuzzy hair. The leaf ends fork, resembling a stag’s antlers. For their beautiful and unusual shapes, and their moisturizing quality, they’re often used as ornamental plants. Fan palm (Palas Payung): the standout feature of the fan palm is its wide, spreading leaves, resembling folding fans. It can reach four meters in height. But be careful the leaves end in sharp, thorny points.

Hardy Gingers & Heliconia's Heliconias are an integral part of any tropical garden design. The form great back drops and screens with the large upright leaves. Most tolerate full sun which makes the large heliconias great for creating some shade for smaller under-story plants.

Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) Beautiful Ginger with large white and pink flowers and lush tropical foliage. Full sun to part shade. Fairly drought hardy. Heat hardy with enough water.

lobster-claws (Heliconia-Rostrata) Heliconia Rostrata (also known as hanging lobster claw or false bird of paradise) is a plant that has downwardfacing flowers, the flowers thus providing a source of nectar to birds, especially the hummingbird. Because of its unique heat hardy characteristics, it is often used in tropical gardens.

Heliconia Strawberries & Cream (Heliconia Psittacorum) Another beautiful small Heliconia for tropical gardens. It is suitable for full sun to part shade, heat tolerant and drought tolerant (although it looks best with regular watering). Flowers are stunning and brighten any garden heavy on foliage. Flowers for many months at a time.

Canna Indica (Cannaceae) Any Canna is a fantastic addition to your garden, every single Canna flower is a work of art, absolutely stunning. Canna indica is one of the toughest Canna's around, and is suitable for full sun to part shade positions. Very heat tolerant. Looks best with regular watering, but is very drought tolerant also.

Canna indica

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An Introduction to TM30 and how it affects foreign tourists and long-term foreign residents. Many foreigners who regularly visit or reside in Koh Samui or Koh Phangnan would now have heard about TM30 and the reporting requirements placed upon landlords and foreign visitors; both tourists and long-term residents. Foreign visitors who are not yet aware of TM30 must be aware of it and comply with the obligations which it places upon landlords and foreign residents. This article explains TM30 reporting requirements, how it affects different types of visitors and explains the consequences of failing to comply. What is TM30? TM30 is a section of Thai Immigration law that relates to the reporting of the whereabouts of foreign nationals in Thailand. The law places an obligation upon the owner of a property to register all foreign nationals who reside at their property to the local immigration department. The TM30 law has been enforced in relation to hotels and guesthouses for many years, however, in the wake of the increased risks of terrorism in the world and as a means to better target persons who flaunt the immigration laws, the enforcement of the law has now been expanded to include foreigners who reside at properties other than hotels and guesthouses. Who is covered by the TM30 reporting requirement? All foreign visitors to Thailand are subject to TM30 requirements. In other words, anyone who offers accommodation must register their foreign guests to the immigration department within 24 hours of their guest’s arrival at the accommodation. Every guest must be reported not just the person named on the booking. For example, a family of four with two minor children must all be registered, including the children, regardless of the children’s age.

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The vast majority of international visitors who reside exclusively at hotels and guesthouses during their stay in Thailand do not have any active obligation to comply with TM30 reporting requirements because the hotel or guest house is legally obliged to deal with TM30 reporting on their behalf. Foreign visitors residing at hotels and guesthouses, simply provide their original passport to the hotel staff upon check-in and the hotel complies with the relevant reporting requirements. Of course, not all visitors to Thailand reside in hotels or guesthouses and these types of foreign visitors are caught by the wider enforcement of the TM30 law. Accordingly, foreign visitors who reside in their own home, a private house, apartment or condominium; whether the home of a family member or friend are now obliged to make arrangements to ensure that they are in compliance with their TM30 reporting responsibilities. Who Is Responsible for reporting? Ostensibly, it is the responsibility of the owner of the property to register the foreign person(s) residing at their property with the local immigration department within 24 hours of their arrival at the property. If the foreigner is also the owner of the property, the owner is required to report themselves to the local immigration department within 24 hours of arrival at their own property. Even a foreigner who stays in a hotel for one night or travels overseas (even for just one day) must be re-registered with the local immigration department within 24 hours of returning to their principal residence. Fines of up to 1,600 Thai Baht can be imposed against property owners for every instance of non-registration of a foreign guest. Notwithstanding that it is ultimately the property owner’s responsibility to comply with the reporting obligation, it can often be the foreign resident who suffers the consequences of not having been reported. Often the owner of the property will not be aware that their foreign tenant or guest had travelled and may simply refuse to pay any accrued fines. The immigration office may refuse to renew long term visas if any outstanding fines are unpaid and therefore, it is ultimately the foreign resident who may suffer the consequences of the property owner failing to report them. How Can a Private Home/Apartment/ Condominium Owner report? There are essentially three way for a home owner to register their foreign guests: •

On-Line Registration System; The Property Owner applies for a username and password and registers each guest within 24 hours of arrival. Whilst this may appear to be the most convenient means of complying, the On-Line registration system can be temperamental and prone to crashing.

Registration in Person; The TM30 form can be downloaded, completed by the home owner and then filed in person at the local immigration office;

Registration by Foreign Tenant/ Foreign Guest; The foreigner can complete the TM30 form and then file it in person with the local immigration office. The foreigner will also need the written approval of the property owner to register themselves on behalf of the property owner.

It is advisable for all foreign persons who are currently not complying with their TM30 obligations to immediately take steps to comply to avoid fines and difficulties in renewing long term visa.

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TM30简介及其对外国游客和长期外国居民的影响。 现在,许多经常来苏梅岛或帕岸岛旅游或居住的外国 人现在已经听说过TM30以及对房东和外国访客的报告 要求;游客和长期居民。尚未了解TM30的外国访客必 须了解TM30并遵守其对房东和外国居民的义务。本文 将介绍TM30报告要求,它如何影响不同类型的访问 者,并说明了不遵守其要求的后果。 什么是TM30? TM30是泰国移民法的一部分,涉及报告外国人在泰国 的踪迹。法律规定,房产所有人有义务将居住在其房 产中的所有外国公民登记到当地移民局。TM30法律已 经针对酒店和旅馆执行了多年,但是,随着世界上恐 怖主义风险的增加以及更好作为移民法律的标榜,该 法律的执行现在已扩大到包括居住在酒店和旅馆以外 的外国人的民宿。

对于每次未登记外国客人的情况,可能对业主处以最 高1600泰铢的罚款。 尽管最终承担报告义务的是房产所有者的责任,但经 常有外国居民因为没有履行义务而遭到罚款。通常, 房产的所有者不会知道他们的外国房客或客人曾出境 旅行过,而可能只是拒绝支付任何罚款。如果罚款未 结清,移民局很有可能拒绝给‘该外国居民办理长期 签证的续签,因此,最终归外国居民可能会间接遭受 房产所有人不报告的后果。 私人住宅/公寓/公寓业主如何报告? 房主基本上可以通过三种方式登记其外国客人: •

在线登记系统;业主申请用户名和密码,并在客 人抵达后24小时内为每位客人登记。尽管这似 乎是最方便的合规方法,但在线登记系统可能会 很滞后,容易崩溃。

亲自登记;可以下载TM30表格,由房主填写, 然后亲自到当地移民局提交;

外国房客/外国客人登记;外国人可以填写TM30 表格,然后亲自向当地移民局提交。外国人还需 要获得房产所有人的书面批准才能代表房产所有 人进行登记。

TM30报告要求涵盖哪些人? 所有来泰国的外国游客都必须遵守TM30的要求。换句 话说,任何提供住宿的人都必须在他们的客人到达住 宿地的24小时内将其外国客人登记到移民局。必须上 报到每个客人,而不仅仅只是预定住宿的人。例如, 一个有两个未成年子女的四口之家必须全部登记,包 括子女,无论子女年龄大小。 绝大多数在泰国逗留期间仅居住在酒店和宾馆的国际 游客没有任何义务遵守TM30报告要求,因为酒店或宾 馆在法律上有义务代表他们处理TM30报告。住在酒店 和宾馆的外国游客,只需在办理入住手续时向酒店工 作人员提供护照原件,酒店会处理相关报告要求。 当然,并非所有来泰国的游客都居住在酒店或宾馆 中,而这些类型的外国游客会更广泛地被TM30法律执 行者关注。因此,居住在自己的房屋,私人住宅,公 寓或公寓的外国游客,无论是家庭成员还是朋友的 家,现在都有义务作出安排,确保他们遵守TM 30的 报告责任。 谁负责报告? 从表面上看,房产所有人有责任在居住在其房产中的 外国人在抵达该财产后24小时内向当地移民局登记。 如果外国人也是该房产的所有者,则所有者也必须在 抵达其财产后的24小时内向当地移民局报告。即使是 在酒店住了一晚或出国旅行(甚至只有一天)的外国 人,也必须在返回其主要住所后的24小时内向当地移 民局重新登记。

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对于目前尚未履行其TM30义务的外国人,建议立即采 取措施遵守该规定,以避免罚款和续签长期签证带来 的困难。


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Off-Plan

Condominium Mortgage Finance As Thailand continues to reach out, aiming for an upgrade into a high income class country, with deep links into expanding Chinese and Asian transportation networks, residential and condominium development continues to grow at an increased pace. Just when things appear to be slowing, all of a sudden a steady flow of new condo development launches take place aiming to set new standards on existing high end projects. Whether the big city of Bangkok or, the nearest seaside towns such as Pattaya/Jomtien or, Hua Hin, projects continue to spring up. When it comes to financing such properties, particularly for foreigners, Thailand holds a restriction which makes it difficult for easy local baht mortgage finance. The major hurdle is a requirement of having to remit money from overseas to buy condominiums (specific to foreigners) or at-least, make sure a currency exchange takes place from international currency to THB, in order for local banks to make a Foreign Exchange Transaction Form (FET). This paperwork is used to show the land office on the day of property transfer and almost always is required, to allow a foreigner to own the title deed of a freehold condominium unit. Now, if a local bank attempts to lend THB under Mort-

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gage Finance terms and the proceeds are to be used to “purchase” a condominium, the land office will still require FET paperwork, so where does the paperwork come from IF the foreigner is using local THB to finance the purchase…? One solution to this conundrum is to obtain short term bridge finance from overseas or even finance from friends using foreign currency. These foreign currency funds are than used to purchase the condominium then, after the property transfer has taken place, obtain a cash-back/refinance loan depositing money onto a local Thai bank account then, remit back overseas or, to the friends again to repay any short term bridge finance used to purchase in the first place, all just to satisfy the FET requirement. A little bit of work involved of course however, for those truly determined to own a condominium unit in Thailand, does present an option for what limited other ideas are available. If one chooses to go with the above solution, than it is likely when buying an off-plan condominium, adequate planning goes into the initial stages to make sure mortgage finance will be available upon completion. Most lenders would tend to wait or hold off until a


project is finished before giving a full loan approval with contract since why would a lender approve a mortgage loan, when there is not even a spade in the ground yet to start construction and zero security yet high risk. There has however in the past, been one lender who would consider off-plan projects and even off-plan “Memorandum of Understanding to borrow” contracts, to allow some kind of pre-approval and planning. The most recent off-plan memorandum required a condominium to at-least be 50% finished although preferably closer to 80%/90% and then, a memorandum could be agreed. The idea is that a buyer of an off-plan project who was half way through off-plan installments or, when the project was nearing completion (within around 1 year), could gain some kind of initial approval of how much finance could be arranged upon completion. This way, overseas currency bridge finance talks could begin to take place as early as possible. Typically, a mortgage loan amount could be agreed in principal based on present work circumstances for up to 12 months or even slightly longer and then when it comes near to the actual mortgage date, paperwork updated just to check no major changes and with a final third party valuation carried out to ensure the value is in line with the actual purchase price or more. This way, when the time comes to final payment, adequate time and planning was done beforehand to bring money into Thailand then, within 1 or 2 days after the property transfer takes place, a refinance is carried out to give the money back so the buyer can repay any short term bridge loan. At MBK Guarantee Co., Ltd., part of the MBK Shopping Center in Bangkok, we have been producing off-plan memorandum loan contracts intermittently for almost 10 years and whilst various changes over the years have been implemented, we always strive to make sure some kind of solution is available where possible to finance a condominium unit. Typically off-plan contracts require a slightly higher than usual 3.5% set up fee paid up-front, with 2% refundable upon mortgage draw down providing within 12 months from loan approval. If require longer than 12 months loan approval, a further 2% set up maybe required for each year required. Interest rates are based on present day terms and could change over the off-plan period however at the time of writing, an interest rate of 8.65% (Kasikorn Bank MLR + 2.4% would be applied). Loan terms are for up to 10 years or aged 70, which-ever comes first. Both local and overseas income can be used to approve a loan. Maximum loan size is usually up to 60% of the valuation and would depend on the board’s preference and appetite to lend on any particular project. A low floor car park view with much noise may

be only 30% loan to value or could even be rejected altogether since might offer lower liquidity. Finally, as we are now in the December addition, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Samui Phangan Real Estate Magazine as always, for another year of opportunity writing a column in our favourite Thailand tropical islands real estate magazine. The team both past and present are a pleasure to work with. Furthermore, I would like to express my thanks to you, the readers, for continually engaging to make sure the magazine gets coverage around the islands and of course, in the airport lounges which makes for great reading when there is time to spare. Hopefully you may have found some interesting parts of text through the year or perhaps even dabbled into some crypto currency upon reading some of the articles. Certainly the Ripple (XRP) mention in October seemed to play out ok, with up to around 30% profit if sold the recent top which would have covered 3 years’ worth of mortgage interest! ​​ further information on how to "Finance Property & For Condos in Thailand", or a link to a Thailand Condo Finance Map with pre-approved projects ready to lend which may give a benchmark indication on what kind of finance is available on other projects, please feel free to email stuart@mbkg.co.th OR, call 66 (0) 81278 5382 OR, Line ID stuartmaxwellfoulkes, I shall than be happy to assist. For Chinese native speaking, please contact Rose on +66 (0) 95 648 2913 WeChat ID: rose215620 or email jie@mbkg.co.th

Season’s Greetings to All May 2020 be both a Healthy and Prosperous One. See you in the New Year

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期房公寓贷款融资 目前泰国正努力发展与中国以及其他亚洲国家的交通往来,并希望能够进一步成为高收入的国家, 住宅及公寓的 发展速度也呈增长趋势。正当大家都以为市场趋于缓慢时,突然之间新的公寓不断涌出,似乎要挑战现有高端公 寓的水准。无论是像曼谷这样的大都市,还是附近的海滨城市例如芭提雅/中天,亦或者是华欣,新的项目都在 以惊人的速度崛起。 当讨论到将这些房产进行融资时,特别是对于外国人而言,泰国的一些相关规定使得贷款融资相对困难。 主要的 问题在于购买公寓的款项需要从海外汇入泰国(仅针对外国人),或者至少需要将外币兑换成泰铢,这样本地银 行才能开具外汇证明(FET)。 这项文件需要在土地厅办理过户的当天出示,以允许外国人合法持有公寓的永久所 有权。 现在,如果一个泰国本地的银行试图以泰铢形式对外放贷,且该贷款用于“购买”公寓,土地局仍会要求提供FET 文件,那么问题来了,如果用泰铢购买公寓,那么外汇证明文件要从哪来呢…? 解决这个问题的方法之一是通过短期的海外过桥融资或者也可以向朋友以外币形式短暂借款。然后这些外币汇款 便可以用于购买公寓,在过户完成后再申请抵押贷款/再融资,并将放款至本地泰国账户的泰铢再次汇到海外, 以偿还之前的短期借款,这一切都仅是为了满足外汇证明的要求。这整个流程确实要花费些时间,但是对于那些 真心想要在泰国拥有自己房产的人们来说,这也不失为一种操作方式。 选择以上方式的人很有可能是购买了期房公寓,期望以充分的准备来确保在公寓交付时能够获得抵押贷款融资。 大部分贷方公司都倾向于等到项目竣工再批准贷款以及签署贷款合约,因为没有完工,甚至是还没有开建的项目, 明显有着很高的风险。然而在过去,确实有一贷方公司愿意考虑给期房项目贷款,甚至可签署“借款合作备忘录” ,以此来预先批准贷款。 期房贷款协议备忘录要求公寓至少完工50%,不过更倾向于80%/90%,然后便可获批该协议备忘录。该协议备忘 录的作用在于针对那些购买了期房公寓的买家,他们或许已支付部分房款,也可能项目接近竣工(一年之内), 这可以对项目竣工时贷款额的数额提供一些初期预估。这样一来,海外短期过桥融资就可以尽早的开始。通常, 贷款额度可以先根据现有的项目进展而预定下来,并有效期长达12个月,有时可能会更长一点。然后在临近房款 日期前,提交部分更新的文件以确保没什么大的改变,同时也会有第三方公司前去验房并提供一份评估报告,用 于确定和真实的购买价格没有太大差别。 这样,当到了支付尾款时,前期已有充分的时间准备,使得尾款已汇入 泰国,在房产过户后的一两天,便可以进行再融资并获得抵押贷款用于偿还之前的短期过桥融资。 MBK Guarantee公司,位于曼谷的MBK 购物商场内,在过去近10年内一直间歇性的提供期房贷款协议备忘录。 无论这其间有多少变化,我们总会努力找到可行的办法以确保公寓贷款。通常期房贷款协议会要求相对稍高一点 的预付费用,也就是3.5%。 这笔款项会在贷款登记日(贷款获批后12个月以内)之后退还2%. 如果需要超过12个 月的期限,有可能会要求再支付2%的延期费用。该类型贷款的年利率会根据当下的情况而定,并在项目仍是期房 的阶段内有可能变动。不过在写这篇文章时,当下的年利率为8.65% (开泰银行的MLR+2.4%)。 贷款期限最高至 10年或是申请年龄最高可达70岁,视情况而定。泰国境内或海外收入皆可作为支持贷款的申请的文件。贷款额最 高可达评估价值的60%, 并同时取决于董事会对项目的喜好及分析。一个位于低层面向停车场,且噪音较大的公 寓有可能只会获批30%的贷款额,甚至会由于其低流动性的原因而被拒绝贷款。 最后,12月将至,我希望借此机会感谢Samui Phangan房地产杂志,能够让我又一年在这个海滨城市最受欢迎的 房产杂志上发表文章。 无论过去还是现在,我都和这个团队有着非常愉快的合作。除此之外,我也希望借此文章 表达对读者的感谢,能够一如既往的支持这个杂志。 希望你们都能在这份杂志中找到你们喜欢的内容,甚至有可 能是我过去发表的虚拟货币相关文章。显然根据之前10月份的文章,XRP虚拟币表现良好,若能在最近的高点的售 出,那已经有30%的收益了,这可相当3年的贷款利息! ​​ 更多信息关于 ”在泰地产及公寓融资“,或是需要“泰国公寓融资地图”的链接,请发送邮件至stuart@mbkg.co.th ,或者致电66 (0) 81278 5382 ,也可联系 Line ID stuartmaxwellfoulkes, 我将乐于回答和协助您的各项问题。 中文咨询请发送邮件至jie@mbkg.co.th, 或者致电 66(0)956482913, 或者通过微信rose215620

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Custom Doors


Doors are realistically speaking the gateway to your home. There are also one of the first to be seen and interacted with, meaning this is the first impression your home will make. Standard Doors are available from all construction shops and DIY centres but this means you are buying bulk made doors and generally speaking they are of a certain size. So, if you’re in the middle of designing your home and you’re looking for that extra tall, oversized or specially made door, where are you going to go? Rudi from Rudi Windows and Doors has a complete factory in Ban Taling Nam using imported craftsman machinery from Austria. With over 20 years of experience in building kitchens, windows and doors Rudi can help you with the design and building that extra special portal for your home.

"MADE IN KOH SAMUI"

Contact Rudi Heuler 134/5 moo1, Namuang, Koh Samui, Thailand. 84140. 081-893-4936 Rudi.window.door@hotmail.com

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Koh Koon Wedding When most people think of an island wedding, thoughts of white sandy beaches and lapping shores comes instantly to mind - however with it’s unique Meditteranean inspired architecture and sweeping gardens Koh Koon has earned a position among the luxury villas on Koh Samui as one of the best for a luxurious hilltop wedding. Whether you choose to get married on the yoga deck, shaded by swaying palms and a beautiful tree or on the wooden poolside deck, there is no escaping the stunning views that Koh Koon has to offer.  The gardens are fantastic for a shaded cocktail hour - a great place for games, and the perfect place to create a magical chillout area for guests when they just want to rest their dancing feet. 

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With some of the best staff on the island, you and your guests will be looked after from the minute you step through the door till they wave you off as the newly weds. Being so high on the clifftop you really will be dining under the stars and with a sweeping lawn that stretches over flagstone steps, your entrance to dinner can be a photographers dream, especially when accompanied by exploding white canons to guide your way down. Luxury Wedding Samui has become known as one of the leading wedding companies on the stunning island of Koh Samui - with a portfolio that can rival any tropical island for a destination wedding, we have everything and anything that you are looking for.  We also work with the best and personally selected event planners, alongside our own Wedding and Events team, Koh Koon really is one of the best Luxury Villas on Koh Samui to have your special day. www.luxuryvillasamui.com www.luxuryvillaphuket.net www.luxuryweddingsamui.com (Samui-Phuket), Email: rentals@luxuryvillasamui.com 1/36 Moo 6, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand 84320 Tel: +66 (0) 77 484 634

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What Type of Solar PV System Suits You? Kunini has been in the Solar Business for many years, we get asked all sorts of questions and get asked to quote for Solar PV Systems without even getting to talk directly with the customer. This generally comes about because the customer has had prior advice or thinks they need such and such system after doing their own research. But, that can lead to a mismatch between what is needed and what's been specified and have a detrimental effect on system type and cost.   The best solution is to have Kunini carry out a Free Solar Survey, this survey and consultation helps us find out your needs and to see what system would work best for you and your premises.  In this article I outline the different systems available for residential or domestic installations, the benefits of each and current regulations. We don't claim to know everything there is to know about Solar PV Systems but we do know a lot more than most.

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Solar PV Selection

There are three types of systems that get specified; On Grid, Off Grid, Hybrid. On-Grid Solar PV Systems - on-grid systems are connected to the utility, in Thailand that’s either the PEA (provincial electrical authority) or the MEA (metropolitan electrical authority). With these systems they will only work if there is a utility connection. If there is a power outage then your Solar PV System will shut down to protect workers working on the line (regulation). You will not be able to use your rooftop Solar PV during these times. These systems are low maintenance once installed and are good for customers with a high daytime power demand. Off-Grid Solar PV Systems - off-grid systems are mainly for rural installations, we do not do many of these as its not generally called for here in Thailand. Off-grid systems require a series of batteries to provide power for the installation and will also require some form of generator to keep the batteries charged during low sun days. These systems require a fair bit of maintenance and understanding of the various components. Solar Hybrid Systems - hybrid systems are a combination of the above two systems and are becoming mainstream, especially with the introduction of Lithium type batteries. These systems have a utility connection but do not shut down when the grid is down because they have batteries connected and keeping the system online. With these systems you can use your Solar PV Array during daytime power outages. You can use your batteries at night to reduce your dependency on the grid therefore reducing your monthly power bill and you have the battery capacity for emergency loads. The Sun charges your batteries during the day or if not enough sun (due to bad weather etc.) from the utility so you will always have power in your home.

What System Best Suits Your Needs? The selection of a Solar PV System comes down to your needs, what do you need a Solar PV System for; saving energy, being independent from the grid, having an emergency power supply? Depending on your needs and your budget you can then select the right system for you.

Benefits.. If you stay home most of the day and power outages are rare, you have an AC running, maybe a pool pump, refrigerators, washing machine and some lights and you objective is to reduce your monthly power bills then maybe an on-grid system will suit your needs.. If, taking the above scenario into account, but power outages are frequent and you need constant power for your work then a Solar Hybrid system would be better..

If you live remotely and are a bit of a ‘tech’ then maybe you can set up an off-grid system.. It all depends on your needs. On Grid systems are the most cost effective and there is a Feed in Tariff Scheme available (not so easy to apply for and the benefits are not that attractive), but if you main goal is to reduce your monthly power bill then this would be the best option. Off Grid systems would work out the most expensive due to component parts and the required additional power supply like a generator. Hybrid systems with Lithium Batteries are the most efficient but the costs are still fairly high, but you can always start small and add on more batteries as required..

What A Solar Survey Consists Of..

During a Solar Survey, Kunini the following questions are asked and assessed; Customers requirements, needs etc.. monthly power bills (over three months) Utility power supply - meter amperage and single or three phase Location of Distribution Board or Consumer Unit Possible location / space available for Solar Inverter / Batteries etc.. Typical Loads - draft load schedule (during daytime for on-grid), (back-up requirement for hybrid) Roof Type - pitch, tiles, flat, concrete, metal sheet, others. Roof size, how many sqm?   Roof Orientation Roof Structure (when applying for permits this information is required) Roof Accessibility (sometimes we need a crane or lift to access the roof) Once we have answers to the above questions we can then design a suitable system for the customer and come back to them with options. 

Solar PV System Installation..

A typical 5kW Solar PV System takes about two days to install. The installation time depends on the system size and type, the roof type and sometimes, location. Kunini ensures that the system is installed to professional standards with the best equipment that complies with local regulations. Kunini’s Solar Installers (supervisor level) are certified by the PEA for electrical installations, this also covers Solar PV installations. All of our team receive annual Safety Training (certification), and Safety - Working at Heights (certification), ensuring that your system is installed to the highest standard. Contact us for more information; Kunini Electrical & Solar EPC Services Email: info@kunini.com Mobile: 0818921992 FB: www.facebook.com/KUNINI.ELECTRICAL Web: www.kunini.com


Flavours of the Island Pla Pla at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

New menu featuring “0 kilometre” seafood and premium cuts of meat A tribute to the ocean’s bounty and inspired by the wispiness of the island life, Pla Pla (meaning “fish” in Thai) at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui presents an all-new menu, highlighted by “0 kilometre” seafood and premium cuts of meat. “The southern coast of Thailand is dotted with small hamlets, where the locals make a living on the riches of the ocean and their farmlands,” explains Ivo Benidio, the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine, whose love for seafood is firmly rooted in his Portuguese upbringing. “Nothing that makes me happier than supporting the locals by using the ingredients that make their livelihood!” “We are 20 metres away from the sea” Located on the beach, with sweeping views of the Gulf of Thailand, Pla Pla’s Thai sandstone walls and floors provide a dramatic contrast to the steel-blue and silver décor that defines the restaurant’s ambience. “It is the perfect setting for a beachside lunch or dinner, where you can taking it all in,” shares Ivo. “Certified, premium meat is our promise” Ivo’s goals while curating the new menu at Pla Pla were to evaluate the nutritional value of the food, the environmental impact, and maximum use of organic produce. While the seafood is sourced locally, Ivo focuses on bringing the best cuts of meat from across the region. “We have to have the best of what we can get. For example, grass fed beef, Australian lamb rack, free-range chicken from Chiang Mai and Iberco pork from Spain – all from the certified suppliers,” adds Ivo. “Our coconuts are grown in the Resort” Koh Samui is known as “coconut island” and the Resort itself is nestled in an orchard of 856 coconut trees, tended to by a team of 40 gardeners, who handpick coconuts used in the signature coconut risotto on the menu. “My Italian Executive Chef Renato Rizzi and Director of Food and Beverage Simone Cerea were quite suspicious when I suggested a coconut based risotto,” smiles Ivo, “But I think it turned out alright, infused with a perfect flavours of the island – coconuts and lobster!”

In addition to coconuts, the flowers and cress used in the garnishes are also grown in the Resort. “Most of the produce is organic, including butter” At dinnertime, the restaurant is engulfed in a tempting aroma of Isigny PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) butter, exclusively made from the milk of Isigny terroir, reared by the ocean where the pastures are full of mineral salts and trace elements. “This natural bounty can be found in the milk of this terroir, which add an unmistakable aroma, suppleness and colour, giving every dish at Pla Pla a unique texture and taste,” says the chef, sharing his trade secrets. “The menu takes you on a spice trail” From coriander to turmeric, and Jamaican berries and cumin, the menu highlights spices and influences from around the world. “We use juniper berries to give the beef reduction a berry flavour while the chicken piri piri is a combination of smoked paprika, bay leaf, whiskey and chillies. You’ll find the definitive flavour of five spice in the suckling pig roast!” “We use modern and traditional cooking techniques” Using a combination of techniques, Ivo’s menu is a culmination of experiences from his years of training across the world, in the kitchens of master chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants. While the 72-hour slow-cooked short rib is cooked sous vide to preserve the juiciness of the meat, the blue crab salad add freshness with pomegranate, Peruvian avocado causa (puree), finger lime and osetra caviar. “My favourite, though, is one from my childhood,” smiles Ivo, “It’s the clay pot cod fish that was made by my grandma. Cod fish, or bacalhau as we call it back home, is one of, if not the main ingredients in Portuguese cuisine. Grandma would cook the whole fish for a family lunch. The aroma that wafts through the room when the clay pot opens takes me right back to those memorable meals with her. The secret of this dish is to ensure the balance of saltiness of the cod fish with the rest of the ingredients – it has to be au point, and of course, cooked with love - a lot of love!” Pla Pla is open for lunch on all days and dinner on selected days as per theme nights dinner; contact concierge team for the schedule.


10 Questions for Pla Pla’s Chef de Cuisine Ivo Benidio The mastermind behind the new menu at Pla Pla at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Ivo Benidio showcases his diverse culinary skills through a nuanced menu featuring “0 kilometre” seafood and premium cuts of meat.   What is Pla Pla to you? Pla Pla is where the best ingredients of the sea and land come together in a relaxing beachfront ambience. It is a culmination of coastal cuisines and spices from across the world. Give us three words to describe Pla Pla. Exclusive – surrounded by a breath-taking landscape and ocean views. Detailed – every dish has a story and a reason for being. Locally-sourced – we have created a relationship with local partners to deliver on our promise of “0 kilometre seafood,” and work with ingredients that are grown exclusively for us. What are the most common cooking techniques used in the restaurant? We focus on grilling and sous vide - sous vide allows us to preserve all nutrients and texture of the produce, while grilling brings a touch of smokiness and added flavour to the dishes. What are your favourite dishes from the menu? Chicken Piri-Piri : This is a traditional Portuguese dish and one of my grandma’s recipes. I’ve added a twist and serve it with a flavourful sun chokes puree to balance the spiciness of the sauce, beetroot puree to bring a smoky taste and organic heirloom carrots glazed for sweetness. Coconut Risotto: We use locally-sourced lobsters for this dish. Our risotto cooking method follows the traditional recipe with shallots, rice and white wine and some fumet. To finish, we use Isigny PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) butter - exclusively made from the milk of Isigny terroir - coconut milk, 24 months Parmigiano reggiano cheese and a few drops of chimichurri oil (traditional Argentinean sauce made of parsley, garlic, oregano, olive oil and smoked chili). We top it up with our succulent, soft and pink lobster and a cracker made with sago (used often in Thai desserts) and flowers grown in the resort. Blue Crab Salad: The natural saltiness of the blue crab mixed with fresh vegetables and herbs is a perfect complement for a day at the ocean. We top it up with osetra caviar and finger lime produced by farmers in Nathon, Koh Samui. To garnish this dish we serve a crispy soft shell crab (very common on the island rocks) and avocado causa (traditional Peruvian mashed and freshly deseeded pomegranate).

In what way has your past experience influenced your menu? Working with Michelin star chefs taught me rigor, attention to detail, creativity and most importantly, professionalism. Working in these high profile environments is challenging, but it makes you grow and when planning your own menus, your positive attitude with your team, applying new techniques and making people excited about your food comes naturally. Any restaurant recommendations in Koh Samui? I am a big fan of street food so every time (well most of the time!) I see a food stall, I stop and give it a try. I find that it is the only way to taste authentic food, no matter where I am. The Thai sausages on the way to Lamai are pretty good; you should give the BBQ chicken stall in Nathon a try – make sure you get there between 6:00 and 8:00 am! What are your hobbies? Cycling, biking, diving – takes up most of my free time and fuels my creativity. What experiences in your life have led to where you are today? My family faced many challenges when we were growing up and those experiences taught me that if you don’t fight for something you truly believe in, no one else will. I am grateful to my parents who took up the challenge and made me who I am today. What do you want to create, more than anything else in life? I would love to have my own food truck and serve my favourite food on the go. If we asked your friends, what is one thing they’d say is most different about you? That I am passionate, honest and straight-forward! CONTACT Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui 219 Moo 5, Angthong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140, Thailand  TEL:  66 (0)77 243 000  RSVN: 66 (0)2 207-8900  FAX:  66 (0)77 243 002  E-mail:  plapla.kohsamui@fourseasons.com    Website: www.fourseasons.com/kohsamui

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When it comes to lighting the cigar, some people still prefer to light the cigar with a long matchstick or a piece of burning cedar although that only works in a place with absolutely no draft. An ordinary lighter works just as well; just be aware that normal BIC lighters aren’t built for burning the 20-30 seconds needed to get a cigar going, so try to get your hands on a jet lighter instead; these also work in drafty conditions. When you travel, remember that you are not allowed to bring any kind of lighter onto an airplane, and some airlines also consider a cigar cutter a knife, and it should therefore be relegated to your luggage and not your carry-on.

n our previous articles, we have covered cigar countries, wrappers and vitolas (sizes); factors which accounts for perhaps 50 % of the taste experience. Like wine and whisky, however, the specific terroir (soil) of the farm, as well as the blender’s taste accounts for at least another 50 % of the taste. Therefore, you will occasionally encounter a strong Dominican Churchill or a mild and smooth Nicaraguan Robusto; both going counter to the perceived taste profiles of the countries and sizes in question. Therefore, I shall in the following give you my taste profiles of ten very different cigars; some readily available here in Thailand, some in Duty Free, and some may require a bit of detective work – but all are worthwhile smokes! – and some aren’t ridiculously expensive either. irst, however, let’s identify the main tastes of cigars: These are in no particular order: Wood, Cedar, Hay, Leather, Earth, Grass, Barbecue, Salt, Pepper, Chilli, Spices, Nuts (hazel, almond, walnut), Berries, Flowers, Perfume, Mint and Citrus. Occasionally, you will also encounter the taste of “baking” or toast - that is the particular taste of toast with varying degrees of “burn” - from lightly toasted to burnt black. None of these tastes are mutually exclusive, although a peppery and flowery stick would be somewhat unconventional. One taste you would want to avoid, however, is oil or tar, because that usually indicates that the oils of the tobacco leaves in the cigar have been overheated and are running. Look at the foot of the cigar - is there a dark, moist spot that rubs off as an oily residue on your finger if you rub it? If so, cut off a quarter inch or so, and continue smoking. If the sour taste and oily smudge persists, put down the cigar! The oily residue is pure nicotine and tar, and in addition to tasting horribly, it may make you quite ill!

inally, a word about how to prepare and smoke the cigar: Cut about 1/8 of an inch (1/2 if it is a torpedo) of the cigar, and try to draw some air through it - if there is only a mild resistance, you have cut enough; if the draw is highly restricted, cut off some more, and perhaps “massage” the cigar to loosen the leaves a bit. Some people prefer a puncher - a small sharpened circular thingy that cuts a hole through the cap. Finally, if you have neither a cutter nor a puncher, you can cut the top of the cigar with your nail - and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that method.

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Also, never, EVER use a Zippo or other kind of gas- And without further ado, it is time for my own list of online lighter – they char too much of the foot of my favourite cigars in my humidor right now: the cigar, and the gasoline fumes seep into the cigar making it unsmokeable. Finally: In our hot country, remember never to leave you lighter in direct sunlight or in your car, or you may be in for a nasty surprise ...

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hen lighting the cigar, don’t let the visible flame touch the foot of the cigar, but rather keep the cigar half inch above the flame while slowly rotating the cigar in your hand. If you use a jet lighter, you don’t have to puff the cigar; just keep the flame near the foot of the cigar while turning it in your hand for 20-30 seconds until the foot is a nice orange. Should you need to puff the cigar to get it going, puff lightly in and then out with more force. This will create a kind of flame-thrower effect, so be careful of eyebrows, nearby pets, people, hair and so on ...

Perdomo Lot 23 Maduro

Body: Medium-Full Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Maduro Leaf: Nicaraguan Look & Feel: A beautiful dark brown Maduro wrapper with few discernible veins. Relatively tightly packed with little give. 1/3: Toasting the end gives off a smell a bit like roasted chestnuts. Perfect draw despite the relatively hard-packed tobacco. The first puffs give a bit of the same taste + some dark chocolate and coffee flavours in addition to some burnt wood (hickory?). I must admit already now that the normal Lot 23 is one of my go-to cigars, and the Maduro version doesn’t disappoint either. It simply makes my mouth water like an intense, full coffee, or a top-notch 85% chocolate would do! 2/3: Dark chocolate, leather and wood galore. 3/3: A great cigar - wonderful all the way to the nub.

When you have the cigar going, puff a couple of times, roll the smoke around in your mouth to savour the taste, and breathe it out again. If you retro-hale or let the smoke out of your nose, you will notice a number of additional tastes that you might not otherwise experience. Remember: Cigars are Score: 92 not for inhaling – you smoke them for the taste, not Typical Price: 800 Baht the hit. Also, the nicotine hit from a cigar is significantly higher in a cigar, so should you inhale, you will go green in the face rather quickly. Should you, however, feel dizzy or nauseous, put down the cigar and drink plenty of water, and it will pass quickly. Aging Room 356ii Mezzo If you experience headaches that originate at the lower back of the neck, feeling like a clothes hanger Body: Light-Medium is tightening your neck muscles, you have also Origin: Dominican Republic had too much nicotine – put down the cigar, drink Wrapper and Leaf: Dominican Habano Ligero lots of water, and no more smoking that day. Look and Feel: A nice, slightly knobby and reddish-brown If, however, you follow the advise given to me from a wrapper with a few dominant veins. Feels tightly packed. young, female cigar curator from New Jersey: Suck, 1/3: An easy draw opens up to a mellow and slightly sweet Blow and don’t swallow (sic!), all should be good. taste with hints of toast, nuts and hay. Perfect companion Try to save the band of the cigar, put it in a small with coffee. diary with notes about the time of tasting, price, 2/3: I am duly impressed! After an hour’s smoking, I chip off 2 and tasting notes. Try to notice how your taste pref- very firm inches of ash, and I enter the 2nd part, where toast erence changes according to the time of day, what and leather prevails, and a slight hint of sweet pepper enters you drink, what you have eaten before smoking the mix. and so on, and you’ll be surprised how your taste 3/3: I have to remove the band before I chip off yet another changes according to these factors. And remember, 1.5 inches and enter the third, which is mostly peppery with a chili ‘zest’ on the tip of my tongue. A delightful cigar that that what is a good cigar to others, may not be a offers more than 2 hours of enjoyment! good cigar to you – and there is no right and wrong; only what is right for YOU! Score: 92 Typical Price: 900 Baht


Padron 3000 Maduro

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Body: Medium-Full Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro Leaf: Nicaraguan

Body: Light Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Sumatra Leaf: Nicaraguan

Look & Feel: An almost velvety dark-brown wrapper with clear veins and quite little give to the touch. It feels a bit heavy for its size. 1/3: Perfect draw. An immediate flavour-bomb full of dark, dark chocolate and a spicy BBQ rub with a tinge of sweetness. THIS is how a Maduro should taste! 2/3: I can confidently ash roughly an inch of the dark-grey ash at a time. The 2nd has a dry BBQ rub to it. 3/3: It gets a bit of a hard nicotine-hit in the 3rd, although tastewise it is still in full chocolate/BBQ territory. This IS one of the best Maduros available! It doesn’t surprise you, but it delivers every single time!

Look & Feel: An almost hard, medium-dark wrapper with few discernible veines. 1/3: Perfect draw, light grey and firm ash. Has a nice ‘middleof-the-road’ kind of cigar taste. A bit of chocolate and nutmeg and a sweet, floral BBQ’esque finish. 2/3: It is a nice middle-of-the road smoke with some herby and floral tones. The ash is a dark-grey and relatively firm. If the stick has been allowed to rest at a nice humidity for some months, it gets a syrupy sweetness, adding and extra point. 3/3: It remains linear and consistant with some floral notes. If the stick is a bit on the dry side, a slight hint of harshness creeps in, but not uncomfortably so. However, if it is well moisturised, the syrupy sweetness lingers till the very end.

‘Score: 93 Typical Price: 950 Baht

CAO Mx2 Body: Medium Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Broadleaf Connecticut Maduro Leaf: Brazilian Maduro Look & Feel: A Teak-brown wrapper with a ‘solidity’ to it, and some delicate, perceivable veins. The cigar is tightly packed with almost no give. Weighty. 1/3: Draw is slightly restricted, but not unpleasantly so. The first puffs give off notes of firewood, ground coffee, dark chocolate and some hickory sweetness. Also some blackberries. Lovely! 2/3: A firm, dark-grey ash in 1-inch flicks belate an impeccable roll. Draw remains a little restricted. It gains some additional hazelnut or honey-like sweetness, whilst the coffee grows a bit more dominant. 3/3: The sweetness and hickory stays throughout. The Toro is even better than the Robusto! Score: 91 Typical Price: 800 Baht

Score: 89 Typical Price: 500 Baht

Asylum 13 Ogre Barber Pole Body: Medium Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Maduro and Candela Leaf: Honduran Look & Feel: Barber pole wrapper with a slightly oily feel and some discernible veins. Very beautifully made. Wrapper smells of chocolate and berries. Feels a bit heavy for its size. 1/3: Pre-light gives a sweet taste, a bit like prunes. Very smooth and creamy with a sweetness like a good non-acidic coffee. Some nice firewood too. 2/3: This is a slow-burning cigar. Some berries and a sweetspice nuttiness creeps in. Is still amazingly creamy. Reminds me of a perfect cappuccino made with a proper coffee bean. 3/3: It gets a bit spicier towards the end, and is an altogether great smoke through and through - and it doesn’t require 3+ hours of puffing like it’s bigger 7x70 sibling. Score: 91 Typical Price: 1,000 Baht


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Oliva V Melanio

Body: Medium-Full Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Dominican Habano Oscuro Leaf: Nicaraguan Look & Feel: A beautiful teak-brown wrapper with almost invisible veins. Almost no give to the touch. 1/3: Cool, creamy smoke, with ample notes of cedar, dark wood and a hint of very dark chocolate. Nutty and a slightly floral note as well. 2/3: In the 2nd, some toast and Umami is added to the mix and the dark chocolate fades into the background. Some herbal BBQ on the exhale. Still very creamy. 3/3: Despite the primary notes of chocolate, it gets a certain peppery tinge towards the end. I think I’ll let it rest in the humidor so the humidity can get down a notch.

Body: Full Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Sumatra Leaf: Jalappa

Score: 94 Typical Price: 1,500 Baht

Gran Habano Persian King Tiger Body: Medium Origin: Honduras Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro Leaf: Nicaragua and Honduras Look & Feel: The wrapper is medium-brown and quite smooth to the touch, but with a somewhat rustique look. The foot is capped with 1/2 inch of a Connecticut wrapper. The cigar is surprisingly heavy for its size. 1/3: The first 5 puffs are surprisingly easy considering the enclosed cap and the dense packing of the tobacco, and they are full of a sweet nuttiness with an almost maple-like tinge. As the Connecticut foot is turned to ash, a more pronounced pure tobacco taste rears its head, although still a tad on the sweet side. Hazelnut, morning dew, and a roll in the hay. 2/3: The 2nd gives off ample of smoke, which is nutty and floral with a hint of moist cedar or sandalwood. 3/3: It becomes decidedly floral towards the end and with a touch of crisp toast - an utter delight! Score: 92 Typical Price: 900 Baht

Look & Feel: A beautiful, smooth mahogany-brown wrapper with almost invisible veins and a velvety feel. 1/3: Lots of smoke and taste from the first puff with notes of dark oak, roasted coffee and cocoa. 2/3: The cigar mellows out a bit in the 2nd and it gets notes of sweet hickory too. The dark-grey ash is a tad flaky. 3/3: In the 3rd, it still has some of the dark oak, but chocolate and hickory is gone. Due to its vitola, it gets a bit peppery towards the end. It is a good cigar, but it becomes epic in a larger vitola like a Toro or Churchill. I can’t get myself to put it down before it burns my fingers, though. Score: 94 - it is best in the bigger violas. Typical Price: 1,500 Baht

Davidoff Nicaragua Medium-Full Body Origin: Dominican Rep. Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado Leaf: Jalappa from Esteli Look and Feel: A nice light-brown wrapper with a few prominent veins. It is tightly rolled and heavy, with very little give to the touch. 1/3: This cigar is waaaay more complex than any other Davidoffs I’ve tried. It manages to be creamy, smooth AND with tons of flavour at the same time. There’s hazelnuts, dark chocolate cake, freshly roasted coffee, some firewood and a pinch of cinamon ... Smoking this cigar without paying attention would be a sin! 2/3: A perfect 1.5 inch light grey ash drops into the ash tray. The taste is very constant into the 2nd, but gains a little bit of sweet spice. I also detect something like fresh-baked bread. 3/3: Perfect, tasty and consistent all the way to the nub :) Score: 94 Typical Price: 1,900 Baht


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LIVING IN KOH SAMUI

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Despite being only 230km2 Koh Samui is one of the world’s top holiday destinations, pulling in tourists from across the globe... so popular in fact that people often don’t want to leave! The beautiful beaches, laidback lifestyle and plentiful amenities are just a few of the attractions that inspire people to pick up house and relocate to this idyllic island. Whether you are considering a permanent move or a holiday home, Koh Samui has plenty of exciting real estate opportunities to be snapped up. Attracting 1million+ visitors annually, Koh Samui is unique in that it appeals to a large variety of tourists including young back-packers, families, couples and high-end luxury travelers - as such the island takes on multiple personalities providing a considerable offering of accommodation, entertainment, shopping and dining. This can prove advantageous to those wishing to move as although one area might not suit there is bound to be a contrasting locality relatively close by. Samui bridges island life and comfortable western living perfectly, allowing residents to benefit from the relaxed ‘barefoot’ atmosphere whilst also indulging in their expected home comforts. The island has developed considerably over the years and now boasts a full range of service amenities and facilities. When it comes to ease of living the island boasts a good range of shopping facilities with Tesco, Makro, Big C and Tops supermarkets. Frequent 7-Elevens, Family Marts and Tesco Express make day-to-day shopping easy as well as the numerous fresh markets in each

area offering reasonably priced local cuisine alongside fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and fish. The retail market in Samui has shown considerable expansion over the last few years - most notably in the form of the recently opened Central Festival Shopping mall showcasing a delightful mix of local crafts and entertainment beside high end shopping and dining experiences. The mall caters to all budgets from designer fashion brands like Jim Thompson and Jaeger to high street brands such as Uniqlo and Aiiz. The Central World department store stocks international brands in clothes, accessories, toiletries and electronics. Chaweng, Bophut and Lamai also have busy shopping high-streets; Bophut in particular boasts an eclectic mix of boutique and luxury stores, most prominently in the newly built and stylish ‘The Wharf’ Shopping area. Known internationally for its comprehensive list of fine dining experiences and involvement of top class chefs, Samui is the first stop for many foodies exploring Thailand. The island hosts a plethora of 5 star dining establishments boasting top-class wine selections, artfully created dishes and opulent surroundings. Fortunately, not all eating experiences need pull so heavily on the purse strings, Samui offers a range to suit all budgets from boutique bistro’s, casual dining and, not forgetting, the impressive selection of local Thai restaurants offering a more affordable eating experience. Koh Samui is also a forerunner in the health food market, with many businesses successfully promoting specialised dining including raw, vegan and gluten free options. samui phangan real estate 

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As with dining, the nightlife in Samui is diverse and works hard to cover all bases and preferences. Long-standing sophisticated beach clubs like Beach Republic and Nikki Beach serve top class food and beverages in chic poolside surroundings. For a livelier scene the bustling Chaweng high street, with it’s all-night bars and clubs attracts flocks of young travelers every night and regularly hosts international DJs and performers. Bophut’s small cobbled streets brimming with boutique bars and beachside restaurants is the perfect retreat for laid back, upmarket cocktail sipping. Lamai lies somewhere in between the two, appealing to both families and young people in search of a slightly less intense night out. Lipa Noi is favoured for romantic getaways, offering a secluded, yet still well catered option. Finally, displaying a delightful ramshackle charm, Nathon is a glimpse into a more authentic Thai residential experience away from the tourist route. For families moving to Koh Samui there is a wide choice of well-established nurseries and schools. International School Samui (ISS), Oonrack, Panyadee the British International Scool or Lamai International School provide reliable, internationally accredited education of high standard mostly following the English National Curriculum. There are a growing range of clubs and weekend activities available around the island to keep everyone in the family busy, including sporting clubs such as: football, dance, ju jitsu and horse riding and also more relaxed family days out at Coco Splash or Pink Elephant amusement park. Koh Samui is now easily very accessible both from within and outside Thailand; flights arrive and depart direct to Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur and there are also two ferry piers serving the mainland. With this ease of access and so much on offer, Koh Samui has now become as much a place to live as it is a place to visit. It is a multi-faceted residential island with an enviable range of services and facilities to choose from, all of which combine to provide ‘Samuians’ with the perfect long-stay or permanent residence. With regard to real estate on Koh Samui, traditionally development on the island has been more abundant on the Northern and Eastern coasts mostly due to the proximity of busier towns, golf courses and of course the airport. These areas are significantly lucrative in terms of rental potential, and currently the most secure in terms of resale, as most tourists and buyers are still focusing on this part of the island. However, over the past few years the west coast has seen accelerated development, including a number of luxury hotels and resorts, so would certainly present an exciting opportunity for purchasers. While buying property in a foreign country is always going to be a big jump, investors in Samui can feel secure that they are investing in a rising market with solid foundations. As property offerings continue to improve in terms of scope and quality, Samui has attracted purchasers internationally, most numerous originating from China, Russia and the Middle East. Virtually all investors have seen their investment increase in value – capital appreciation varying from 15-20% annually or up to 90-100% from the launch of a project to transfer of title! The range of properties on offer has also diversified greatly, while once thai style villas and lower lying land was the main option now there is an ever growing number of western style condominium buildings, townhouses and luxury mountain villas. The rise in real estate has ensured that the property sector is soundly supported by professional services, such as English speaking lawyers; reliable real estate corporations; quality construction companies and efficient building suppliers. However it is still important to choose carefully and consider legal requirements at the time – please see back pages for more details on upto-date requirements. It is highly suggested that you speak with a qualified agent first if you do desire to invest in the island.

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LIVING IN KOH PHANGAN

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Are you a discerning traveller? Wish to relax? Want to be active? Yearning for the element of balance? Then you need to look no further than incredible Koh Phangan where you will find meditation, yoga, saunas, detox and wellness centres to Muay Thai boxing, kayaking, wakeboarding, kite surfing, beach volleyball, paddle boarding, zip lining, elephant trekking, archery, diving, snorkelling, wave riding, free diving, horse riding, trekking trails, hiking trails, mountain biking, rock climbing and fine dining all at your fingertips. Koh Phangan, accessible via boat/catamaran from mainland Suratthani or a short ferry ride from Koh Samui, may be synonymous for the Full Moon Party contained at the southern most tip of the island, however, Koh Samui's pretty little sister has so much more to offer for all discerning tastes and budgets. Blessed with an abundance of waterfalls, the most famous of which must be Than Sadet Waterfall visited many times by the revered Great Rama V who left his royal seal engraved on a rock which can still be seen to this day. The late and beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej (also known as Rama IX - as he was the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty) had also visited Koh Phangan thus this island holds a spiritual connection to the Thai nation and tourists alike.

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Buddhist Monks realised Koh Phangan's tranquillity and spiritual importance and subsequently settled in Wat Phu Khao Noi just outside of the main town of Thong Sala as one of the first temples on the island. Within an area of approximately 167km2 with over 70% being unspoilt mountainous and tropical forest many more temples are nestled coherently within the islands natural flora and fauna offering a feast for the eyes of all visitors. Koh Phangan being relatively undiscovered and undeveloped still has the postcard perfect secluded deserted beach coves awaiting discovery via the traditional mode of transport, the long tail boat or for the more intrepid explorer by hike. You truly feel that you are the first to leave a footprint! In that vein Koh Phangan's beauty is emerging as an attractive destination for weddings and events. Due to Koh Phangan's granite structure, there are several small mountains where it's possible to trek/hike. The highest being Khao Raa at over 600m above sea level taking 2-3 hours to realise the summit. There is a bounty of wildlife from monkeys, wild boar, exotic reptiles to stunning birds of paradise not forgetting the spectacular coral reefs that envelop the plentiful bays where the amazing underwater world is accessible for snorkelers and divers equally.


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Luxurious chartered yachts circumnavigate this idyllic isle daily. Soaking up the bountiful canopy from off shore then anchoring to witness a stunning sunset that Mother Nature delivers time and time again. Koh Phangan, situated within the Gulf of Thailand in the province of Suratthani is the centre of the Samui Archepelago. Shouldering Koh Samui and Koh Tao it is not only “worth a visit” it is an essential enhancement to your Kingdom Of Thailand visit. The versatility found on the island of Koh Phangan is a draw to visitors of all walks and ages. The original back packers of yesteryear have now grown up and are the new breed of diverse visitor, with their families, who are investing in this slice of paradise. Image Courtesy of Kerry Manning

Found predominantly in the more relaxed north and west of Koh Phangan you will see a more authentic Thailand with top end luxury villas aesthetically constructed and enhanced by the native flora and dramatic landscape. An integration that is refreshing and in keeping with traditional Thai styles and values to which a certain clientele look for.

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The indigenous populace continue to harvest cashew nuts, coconuts, squid and fish however there is a harmonic co-dependence between the local and expat communities, unlike neighbouring islands, a balance that is invigorating to witness. Benefiting from the creature comforts of a Makro, Big C, Tesco Lotus Supermarkets, Home Mart, Home Pro, a choice of delicatessens plus fine dining, Koh Phangan is moving forward at a slow but steady pace. The island of Koh Phangan is a phenomenally special destination, some would say a national treasure. It is surely a gem in the Gulf of Thailand. samui phangan real estate 

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LAND TITLE DEEDS IN THAILAND There are two main types of land ownership in Thailand which we should explain

RIGHTS OF POSSESSION Firstly there is the right of possession, for example, land that has been used by a family for generations to the benefit of the land and they have possession rights of the land under the civil and commercial code. Such titles are Sor Kor 1,Tor Bor 5 , 6 or Sor Por Gor 4. These titles basically are only family possession rights and generally only used for farming. These titles can not be bought or sold and no building rights or legal acts would be allowed on the land. I do know of cases where families being in possession of certain pieces of land for generations have been able to upgrade them to regular land title deeds but this is not generally the case and any serious investor would not normally give any credibility to these titles of possession.

RIGHTS OF OWNERSHIP Usually we are looking for land title deeds giving right of ownership not possession. Here there are basically three title deeds:- Chanote, Nor Sor 3 and Nor Sor 3 Gor. The most sought after titles are the Chanote and the Nor Sor 3 Gor as both these titles have legal documents of Rights of Ownership and can be sub-divided into smaller plots and planning permission and any such legal acts can be carried out immediately on the land.The only difference with the Nor Sor 3 is that although legal documents are issued for the land it has not been accurately surveyed which can lead to problems in verifying actual land area. And if any legal act is to take place on this land it must be published for at least 30 days. As we have been saying all the way through if it is not clear 100%, seek the advice of a legal professional in this field, as there are also many other issues that are important to consider such as servitude, access and rights of way.

LAND MEASUREMENT & SURVEY Land in Thailand is measured in Rai, Ngan and Talang Wah. • 1 Wah= 4 sqm • 1 Ngan= 100 Wah or 400 sqm • 4 Ngan= 1 Rai or 1600 sqm In comparison to Western Standards: • 2.50 Rai= 1 Acre • 6.25 Rai= 1 Hectare

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TIPS FOR STARTING A NEW BUSINESS Are you planning to start your own business for the first time in Thailand? If so, we hope this useful information will help put your business on the right track. The simplest and easiest sort of company for foreigners to form with a small business is a Thai Limited Company. In Thailand, a Limited Company is a company with up to 100 shareholders, who share the same business purpose and is formed with a Capital divided into equal shares.

GETTING STARTED To set up a company, you must first have the memorandum that can be acquired at the registration office. To properly register, you are required to provide the authorities with details of your company and list a minimum of three shareholders (who can either be Thai or foreign nationals or both). At least seven days after you first approach the department, you can call a shareholder’s meeting to reach an agreement on the purpose of your business and set up the company’s operational rules. Having agreed on the purpose of your business, you can then apply for business registration at the same department. If you cannot agree on company rules, you can refer to those stated in the Civil and Commercial Code’s partnership and companies section.

SHARES Besides the issues of business registration, you must also make sure that your company’s shares are worth no less than 5 baht each. These shares can be transferred or even sold if the company has no regulations on this matter. Every shareholder must be given a share certificate, a document that guarantees their status as a shareholder. Should anyone wish to transfer their shares to another party; they have to fill in the share transfer form that confirms the deal between the transferor and transferee. The company also has to have in its possession a register of shareholders that contains a record of all the company’s shareholders. The book is evidence that will identify the company’s shareholders.

SHAREHOLDERS AND CHAIRPERSON A Limited Company’s shareholders can be either Thai or foreign nationals or both, but the percentage of shares held by foreign national plays a significant role in determining the nationality of your company, which may impose serious limitations on the company’s rights, such as landownership. If less than 49% of your company’s shares are held by foreigners, your company is considered a Thai company.

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However, if foreign nationals hold more than 49% of the shares, your company is a foreign company. The significant differences between Thai and foreign companies operating in Thailand lie in their rights to buy and own properties or other businesses. It is therefore important, especially for those in real estate and development businesses, to know and remember that unless your company is Thai, you are restricted in the ability to possess and obtain land and property in this country without an exemption granted by the government. Foreign companies are also restricted to certain activities and to proceed with certain operations the company will have to apply for permission from the government. In such instances, applications will be considered case by case. They will also face tough scrutiny and strict restrictions on their right to operate and ability to run their business. These companies will be treated in the same way as foreign nationals seeking jobs in Thailand. If you are registered as a Thai company, you are automatically granted the right to purchase and own properties and other business and will be treated the same way as a Thai citizen. However, according to new legislation that has recently come into effect, the Land Department’s staff are now required to thoroughly investigate your Thai shareholders’ sources of income. Thai shareholders in a company wishing to purchase properties in Thailand have to declare their income and provide the authorities with evidence that proves their ability to co-invest with other foreign shareholders in the same company. Only those successful in convincing the authorities are granted the right to purchase and possess land. Companies with approval from the Land Department can then proceed with their applications for land title deeds or other certificates of use and possession.

LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER A company limited has to have its own board of directors to act on behalf of the company. This panel will, however, act under the regulations and agreements approved by the shareholders. Appointing directors or removing any of them requires shareholders approval. At the end of the company’s financial year, within five months, it shall be the duty of the company to present the balance sheet to the Department of Business Development (DBD). If your company fails to present the balance sheet, the company will be fined up to 50,000 baht and the company’s board of directors may also be fined up to 50,000 baht. If the committee refuses to pay the fine, the police can appeal to the court for a warrant and file a lawsuit against the resilient parties. Withdrawal of the company’s business registration is also another penalty the company may face, should they not provide the authorities with the necessary statement. Information courtesy of Khun Surin Puangpakdee Senior Lawyer NSP&Laws Firm +66 077 458 204

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the legal arena  l  building regulations

BUILDING REGULATIONS ON KOH SAMUI In order to build on Koh Samui you must first obtain a building permit from the municipality office and your building must meet certain requirements, depending on the location of the land on which you wish to build. There are 4 defined areas for land depending on its distance from the beach. (See diagram on opposite page)

STAGE 1. Land up to 10 Meters from the beach. The law states that no construction is permitted within this area.

STAGE 2. Land up to 50 Meters from the beach. Within this area you are permitted to construct a single storey building only It’s height cannot exceed 6 Meters (including the roof) and the building cannot exceed the maximum allowed area of 75 Square Meters.

STAGE 3. Land up to 200 Meters from the beach. Within this area you are permitted to build up to a maximum height of 12 Meters (including the roof). The maximum allowed size is 2000 Square Meters.

STAGE 4. Land located more than 200 Meters from the beach. Within this area, building of up to 12 Meters in height (including the roof) can be constructed.

In addition, all buildings must now be constructed with peaked roofs, flat roofs are no longer permitted.

Information courtesy of Manit Tajew (Senior Lawyer Miklaw Associates)

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ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS ON KOH SAMUI AND KOH PHANGAN There are defined areas relative to the distance above sea-level (i.e., reference to height above sea rather than set-back from shore-line), pursuant to the Regulations of Resource and Environment, 30th May 2557 (2014) (“Environmental Regulations”). Level 1 - Land less than 80 metres above sea level. In general, no additional rules apply in this level, subject to rules relating to hotels (50 percent of hotel land area must be left un-built on and “green”), residential projects consisting of 10+ units (must have water and waste treatment facilities), in addition to rules relating to water-dams, golf courses and airports. Level 2 - Land between 80 – 140 metres above sea level. Within this level, a single family home may be constructed on land that is 100 square wah or greater (if the land is less than 100 square wah, construction is prohibited). Structures cannot exceed 6 metres in height and must leave 50 percent of the land un-built on and “green; must have an architectural design based on traditional Thai, tropical or local aesthetics; must have a roof consisting of 80 percent of the total building area, and that matches the natural surroundings; and must include an approved water-drainage system, to prevent flooding. Level 3 – Land greater than 140 metres above sea-level. Within this level, the same rules apply as in Level 2; and in addition, structures in Level 3 cannot exceed 90 square metres. Slope Rules In all levels mentioned, where the land has a slope of between 35-50 degrees, only a single family home is permitted, which cannot exceed 6 metres in height and 80 square metres in area, and which must leave 75 percent of the land un-built on (50 percent of the un-built land area must be “green” with native trees). Furthermore, the land area must be 120 square wah or greater, otherwise construction is prohibited. If the slope is greater than 50 metres, construction is likewise prohibited. Information courtesy of Jeffrey Martin of Limcharoen Legal www.Limcharoen.com

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realty in focus  l  villa rentals

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illa rental is fast becoming the preferred holiday accommodation option for a vast majority of vacationers to Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Renting a villa as a family or group of friends can prove far more economical in the long run than hotel accommodation and can afford you the luxury and privacy you seek on a holiday without breaking the bank. For longer term lets, there is a multitude of options from private owners to agent lets ranging from basic to 6 star luxury – all you need to do is spend some time finding the right villa for your long-term living needs. Holiday villas are generally fully furnished and include a full western kitchen with appliances, towels and bed linens, water and electricity and will normally include a maid service who will come once or more a week to change linen and tidy the villa, as well as a maintenance person to take care of the gardens and pool if included. There are a host of other optional services on offer such as a private chef, babysitting, pre-arrival shopping, laundry, driver or car hire, butler, island tours, personal training, massage and spa treatments, Thai cooking lessons...simply do your research and ask lots of questions when selecting your villa to see what is available to you during your stay. If booking your villa from outside of Thailand, it may be wise to use one of the more established

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and recognised agents to ensure you are getting what you pay for. While it may seem cheaper to go directly through the home-owner, agencies usually have representatives in Samui and Phangan who can advocate on your behalf. That can include minor repairs or even moving you to another property if you’re not satisfied with your original choice. That’s something that the owner can’t help you with. Prices can vary greatly depending on the location of the villa (closer to the beach or beach-front means you will pay for the access and view!), the size/bedroom numbers, the facilities, services and the standard of the villa - with several levels of luxury available! There are hundreds of villas available on the islands starting from basic, mid-level, luxury and beyond – it’s truly reliant on your budget and your requirements - either way, you will not be stuck for choice. Generally a deposit of 50% or more is required to secure the villa of your choice prior to your holiday and the remainder paid in full upon arrival, this may vary from agent to agent. Read the rental agreement very carefully to make sure you understand what’s provided as well as any and all conditions, exclusions, inclusions, costs and penalties. When you decide on the ideal holiday villa to suit your needs, you can relish in the fact that you will enjoy privacy, space and of course the beautiful tropical surrounds of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Happy holidaying!


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Villa Letting agents ADVANCE INTER DEVELOPMENT............. 077 231 625

NIRVANA Villa...............................info@nirvana-villa.com

Argus Asia Villa ................................. 081 978 3712

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Blue Building....................................... 082 819 5815

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EVER ASIA ENTERPRISES....................... 093 575 4757

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SAMUI ESCAPES....................................... 077 425 136

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KALARA INTERNATIONAL PROPERTIES..... 077 246 100

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Koh Phangan Luxury Villas.................. 077 374 354

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Silk........................................................... 077 423 766

KOH SAMUI PROPERTIES......................... 077 484 770

THE SEA.................................................... 077 960 567

LUXURY VILLAS AND HOMES................... 077 427 648

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Vauban Real Estate Samui.................. 077 963 146

LUXURY VILLAS SIAM............................. 087 922 8381

Villa Maya............................................... 077 417 113

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ISLAND CONTACTS PROPERTY DEVELOPERS/ ESTATE AGENTS 10 STARS REAL ESTATE...................................... 086 273 1117 ADVANCE INTER DEVELOPMENTS .....................077 231 625 Ample samui.......................................................096 979 6442 ANAMAYA SAMUI.................................................... 077 417 113 ANGTHONG APARTMENTS....................................077 430 326 Asia Luxury Properties................................092 276 1889 ANGTHONG SUNSET SEAVIEW VILLAS.............089 972 1539 APOLLO BEACH CLUB ........................................085 906 2630 AQUALINA SAMUI.................................................081 837 6001 Ariya Samui.........................................................062 686 2888 AZUR SAMUI.........................................................098 050 2120 BAAN FAA SAI BY ANGTHONG HILLS...................086 256 555 BAAN RAK TALAY ................................................. 077 430 326 BAN TAI ESTATE...................................................094 598 8475 Ban Tai Seaview Land.....................................092 276 1889 Baan Sabai Samui Villas................................094 649 4713 BAANSUAY LAND & HOUSE..................................077 426 967 BAMBUH................................................................086 061 4280 BAN SWEET COCONUT.......................................089 500 9800 BASE DEVELOPMENTS.........................................077 961 762 BAVARIA VILLAS ................................................. 083 590 6190 Bay Residence Koh Phangan ..................... 086 074 9219 BEACH REPUBLIC................................................ 089 011 9538 BLUE BUILDING PROPERTY ..............................082 819 5815 BLUE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION .................... 087 046 1314 BLUE SEA RESIDENCE .......................................083 593 3967 BONDI AUSSIE BAR & GRILL ..............................084 630 4676 CALLISTO LUXURY VILLAS.................................081 893 5996 CD&P......................................................................081 924 9574 CENTURY 21 ZAZEN PROPERTIES....................093 580 3072 CHAWENG BAYVIEW RESORT...........................077 414 071-5 CHAWENG COVE BEACH RESORT......................077 422 509 C VIEW VILLAS.....................................................091 786 3998 DHEVATARA PROPERTY........................................077 430 326 Dream Villa........................................................098 040 0956 Dune Hills..........................................................092 979 2099 ECO REAL ESTATE ASIA........................................077 961 991 EMERALD RESIDENCE........................................081 903 8003 EVER ASIA ENTERPRISES..................................093 575 4757 EXCLUSIVE VILLA . ..............................................084 708 1501 HILLSIDE VILLAGE...............................................081 903 8003 HOLLYWOOD VILLA..............................................083 396 0244 HORIZON HOMES...................................................077 417 005 HORIZON Residence...........................................077 417 005 Infinity Residences & Resort Koh Samui.....077 914 050 IVL Property........................................................ 077 417 113 JLL..........................................................................081 806 8852 Kasa Development..........................................092 979 2099 KOH PHANGAN LUXURY VILLAS..........................077 374 354 KOH PHANGAN HOLIDAY HOMES......................087 898 3918 KOH SAMUI LAND & HOME..................................089 474 1837 KOH SAMUI PROPERTIES.....................................077 951 620 KALARA INTERNATIONAL PROPERTIES..............077 246 100 KIRIKAYAN...............................................................077 247 867 LOTUS TERRACES...............................................089 972 3043 LUXURY LIVING KOH SAMUI...............................091 034 3808

LUXURY VILLAS AND HOMES...............................077 427 648 LUXURY VILLA SAMUI..........................................084 842 7506 LUXURY VILLAS SIAM..........................................087 922 8381 LUXURY PROPERTIES KOH SAMUI......................077 423 503 MANDALAY BEACH VILLAS.................................093 878 2824 MANDALAY SAMUI DEVELOPMENTS ................093 745 0566 Marina Bay Samui.............................................098 742 6760 MINI GOLF.............................................................081 787 9148 NARESH..................................................................077 426 944 NAUTILUS.............................................................082 427 4888 Nature Architects.........................................063 592 8956 NIRVANA Villa.... ..................................info@nirvana-villa.com OCEANS VIEW RESIDENCE..................................077 423 503 OCEAN 11 BEACH FRONT RESIDENCE.............089 813 5715 OCEANIS SAMUI.....................................................077 423 503 OVERSEAS PROPERTY PORTFOLIO ................080 535 1725 ONYX REALTY . ....................................................093 878 2824 PALM CREEK RESIDENCE...................................081 374 0014 PALM GROUP ASIA...............................................085 795 9393 PANORAMA GROUP SAMUI.................................083 597 8633 PEARL PROPERTY...............................................081 370 2480 PHATHONG RESIDENCE.....................................089 813 5715 PLUMERIA PLACE..................................................077 430 043 REMAX ISLAND REAL ESTATE ...........................080 041 0420 REPLAY SAMUI ..................................................... 077 448 201 RESOTEL GROUP INTERNATIONAL...................081 737 3076 SAMRAN GARDENS.............................................089 474 1837 SAMUI BURI BEACH RESORT............................077 447 275-9 Samui Emerald Villas....................................098 437 5231 SAMUI ESCAPES PROPERTY MANAGEMENT..... 077 245 136 SAMUI EXOTIC PROPERTIES................................077 484 962 SAMUI Living Company....................................093 697 6647 SAMUI PHANGNAN PROPERTIES.......................081 979 0679 SAMUI PROPERTY INVESTMENTS.....................087 886 6437 SAMUI PROPERTY CENTRE . .............................083 182 5430 Samujana ........................................................... 061 201 1170 SAGE LAND & HOUSE..........................................089 016 9750 SAMUI RESOTEL BEACH RESORT.......................077 422 374 SAMUI BE ONE CO., LTD...................................... 077 960 560 SAMUI BEACH VILLAGE.........................................077 430 326 SAMUI DIAMOND PROPERTIES..........................087 895 4132 Samui Prestige Homes...................................065 586 6580 SAMUJANA............................................................080 886 4226 SAITARN SAMUI....................................................094 805 7799 Seanado Property & Management...........062 686 2888 SHAnti Samui......................................................092 470 4817 SIAM IMMO COMPANY.........................................081 850 6475 SINTHORANEE PROPERTY...................................077 414 222 SKYPIA SAMUI......................................................098 742 6760 Solar City..........................................................095 361 4559


STEJ’Y PROPERTIES AND DEVELOPERS.........095 739 6170 SUNWAY VILLAS...................................................091 043 7977 TALING NGAM TROPICAL VILLA..........................089 651 0302 TANAPA HOME......................................................086 944 0476 THE BAY SAMUI.................................................... 084 111 7500 The Green Place Residence........................093 574 8735 THE ROYAL MOUNTAIN........................................081 956 1636 THE SEA KOH SAMUI.............................................077 961 982 THE SEASONS......................................................080 776 5822 Thong Lang Villa.............................................062 895 9924 THONG NAI PAN ESTATE.....................................083 391 8159 TROPICAL HOME.................................................082 179 3933 VANAYA LUXE PRIVATE VILLAS..........................093 745 0566 Vauban Real Estate Samui..............................077 963 146 VERANO RESIDENCE..........................................083 182 5430 VERTICOLOR SAMUI . ...........................................077 914 000 Villa Maya............................................................. 077 417 113 VILLA TAWAN........................................................094 598 8475 X2 RESIDENCES...................................................082 495 2525

GARDEN & LANDSCAPE BOTANICAL DESIGNS LANDSCAPING...............084 315 9742

KITCHEN HARDWARE FRANKE KITCHENS................................................02 236 9777 HAFELE...................................................................077 423 580 IKON KITCHEN......................................................061 549 7855 IPM SAMUI.............................................................081 894 4093 ONE STOP SOLUTIONS.......................................081 893 4935 RS VENTURE.......................................................02 662 3571-3 Rudi Windows & Doors...................................084 355 500 CP POOL..................................................................077 234 410 DESJOYAUX............................................................077 247 588 JD POOLS................................................................077 427 356 PARADISE POOL INTERIORS.......085 863 9729 / 062 223 1546 POOL & SHADE.......................................................077 423 460 TSP POOLS.............................................................077 234 034

LEGAL SERVICES

DESIGN SERVICES

Accounting Services....................................098 017 0587 LIMCHAROEN LEGAL...........................................093 575 9675 BLUMENTHAL RICHTER & SUMET.......................077 231 732 CHARNDELL DISPUTE MANAGEMENT................02 514 9170 DFDL Legal & Tax.................................................077 960 757 MANIT & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICE...................094 795 7777 NAI ANDREW PARK..............................................081 830 4462 NSP & LAWS FIRM..................................................077 458 204 SUKHOTHAI INTER LAW........................................077 430 642 VITTAYA BUSINESS LAW OFFICE ........................077 484 470

Archi Studio......................................................089 972 2445 ORCHID HOUSE DESIGN & INTERIORS . ..........091 159 9673 Samui Aerial Mapping.....................................090 158 3501 SAMUI GRAPEVINE..............................................080 620 9964 SIL ARCHITECTS..................................................083 690 9700 THAI REVIVAL DESIGN.........................................089 612 0684 WEB MARKETING AND RESERVATIONS............089 866 4515

LIGHTING SYSTEMS CREATIVE SYSTEM PROJECTS . ...................... 080 698 6811 JMAN LTEK LED-LIGHTING................................. 081 893 5996 AV INSTALLATION SYSTEM.................................089 971 5775

HOME & DECOR ASIA HOME FURNITURE......................................093 637 3838 CERA......................................................................084 648 5333 Cocoon Home Decoration & Design.........080 345 3015 Happy + Co..........................................................091 159 9673 I.P.M. SAMUI..........................................................081 894 4093 Loft by oriental living...................................077 247 675 ONE STOP SOLUTIONS.......................................081 893 4935 NUTTARAT DECORATE .........................................077 920 266 ORchId house Design & interiors . ..........091 159 9673 ORIENTAL LIVING...................................................077 247 675 Pure Samui.........................................................092 652 4248 rudi windows & doors..................................081 893 4936 SLEEP NAKED............................................. www.sleepnaked.hk SURAT BAANSAUY...............................................081 691 1719 SUNFLEX ASIA...................................................... 077 414 412

PHOTOGRAPHER ANNE SOPHIE SAMUIPICS..................................080 102 9791 CHRONOS DYNAMICS.........................................081 894 4513 CLAUDIO / FANTASYATWORK.COM . .................087 270 4972 cut productions.............................................080 102 9791 HELICAM AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY.....................089 874 7464 ORIENTAL LIVING...................................................077 247 675 Professional Photographer ...................099 307 1740 Samui Aerial Mapping.....................................090 158 3501 SKY PIXELS...........................................................080 102 9791

ENGINEERING SERVICES EASTERN TECHNICAL ENGINEERING

077 295 316

HOME SERVICES ADEPT ASIA...........................................................081 978 3712 AUTOMATIC GATE................................................081 892 1066 BY Home Renovation.......................................086 950 2291 CERIS LAFARGE ROOFING...................................02 586 5600 ECO PEST CONTROL...........................................085 791 2496 EUROPEAN RAIN GUTTERING..............................077 423 073 FAR THAWEE PORN............................................077 245 570-1 INFINITY HOME MANAGEMENT............................077 426 608 NITE STONE............................................................077 247 769

SECURITY SYSTEMS

ODOR CLEAN........................................................087 976 9589

B-SMART SYSTEMS...............................................077 248 362 CREATIVE SYSTEM PROJECTS . ...................... 080 698 6811

ONE STOP SOLUTIONS.......................................081 893 4935

AUDIO VISUAL INTERIOR DESIGN AV INSTALLATION SYSTEM.................................089 971 5775 AVIVA........................................................................02 685 3676 CREATIVE SYSTEM PROJECTS . ...................... 080 698 6811

SAMUI squeaky clean windows..................087 013 7650 SEARA SPORTS......................................................076 355 040 SUNFLEX ASIA........................................................077 414 412 Termite Tech..................................................... 095 428 1121 THE STONE DOCTOR..........................................087 282 4930 The Clean Team................................................064 415 9439


FINANCE SERVICE

OTHER

GFS AUSTRALASIA...............................................085 795 9393

BANGKOK AIRWAYS . .........................................077 422 512-9

MBK GUARANTEE................................................081 278 5382

BLUECHIP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY..........089 651 0020 FIREWORKS SAMUI.............................................087 263 4371

INSURANCE SERVICES CT TRADING INSURANCE.....................................038 420 618 ENSURE ASIA..........................................................077 417 015

PROJECT MANAGEMENT ADEPT ASIA...........................................................081 978 3712 DMA........................................................................085 790 1520 RS BUILT . ............................................................086 271 0156 SAMUI ARCHITECT.............................................. 085 782 1852 SIL ARCHITECTS..................................................083 690 9700 STERLING CONSTRUCTION THAILAND.............085 233 9630

KLIK ASIA...............................................................089 866 4515 SAMUI RESCUE..............................077 421 444/087 263 4371 TESCO LOTUS........................................................077 245 400 TS-TEAK.................................................................081893 4935

LEISURE SAMUI 100 DEGREES EAST DIVE CENTER.....................077 245 396 BLOOD DONORS KOH SAMUI....... .......blooddonorskohsamui.com castaway guesthouse.................................. 081 968 5811 celes beachfront resort............................077 900 999 CHANTARA JUNK BOAT.......................................087 064 3126 Escape break......................................................077 458 100

Nature Architects.........................................063 592 8956

health republic.................................................077 458 200

CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SAMUI...................077 484 548

Kupu kupu Phangan..........................................077 377 384

Nature Architects.........................................063 592 8956 ADEPT ASIA...........................................................081 978 3712 BLUE BUILDING...................................................... 077 430 411 EXIM STUDIO..........................................................02 934 7921 KOH SAMUI CONSTRUCTION.............................089 510 2040 Luxury VILLAS & HOMES....................................077 430 326 PALM CONSTRUCTION..........................................077 961 991 P&W CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT.................077 238 182 RS BUILT . ............................................................086 271 0156 SEA B.C...................................................................077 960 584 STERLING CONSTRUCTION THAILAND . ..........085 233 9630 TROPICAL BUILDERS.............................................077 602 262

MAINTENANCE SERVICE ADEPT ASIA...........................................................081 978 3712 MANAGING SAMUI..................................................077 430 010 SQUEAKY CLEAN WINDOWS..............................087 013 7650 The Clean Team................................................064 415 9439

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MAGNOLIA SPA.......................................................077 601 133 Merchant Gourmet Samui’s Premier Food Service......061 919 1717

MINI GOLF CHOENG MON...................................081 787 9148 MOBY DICK IRISH BAR........................................081 892 1990 OCEAN 11 BEACH FRONT RESTAURANT............077 245 134 OCEANS ELITE CHARTERS...................................077 427 244 Panviman Resort Koh Phangan...................077 445 101 Prego Restaurant...........................................077 300 317 RAJDHEVEE CLINIC...............................................077 430 702 Stack Burger ...................................................077 915 222 THAILAND LEARNING CENTRE .........................086 625 2546 TROPICAL MURPHYS.............................................077 413 614 WECI & COMPUTER INSTITUTE............................077 233 101 ZAZEN BOUTIQUE RESORT & SPA.......................077 430 345


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