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Kamala:

Kamala Beach is located five minutes south of Surin beach and about fifteen minutes north of Patong. If you approach Kamala from Patong the road winds its way up through the hills to the Khao Panther pass, 303 am (990 ft) above sea level, offering magnificent views in both directions, including Pa tong Bay and Kampala Bay. The Bay itself is about 2.5 km north to south and is lined by caesarians trees on the northern half and coconut palms and sugar palms on the southern half. Over the last two to three years, the landscape of Kamala has changed significantly due to the popularity of the place as a residential community and seaside holiday resort. Many new (smaller) resorts and hotels have opened along the beach road, and more in the secluded areas on the smaller southern beach, like the Kamala Bay Terrace Resort or the Kamala Beach Estate.

From a property perspective, Kamala Beach is very popular residential community. Many foreign investors have bought free-standing homes in Kamala ranging in price from 2 million to 30 million baht. Kamala has a lot to offer because the area has always been owned by local villages and their release of land for development has been sporadic and in smaller lots. As the land has gradually been sold most of the development has been for residential purposes.

Kamala Beach Phuket

Kamala Beach

As consequence, the area remains relatively quite and not exposed to the commercialization of other districts witnessing major tourism growth such as Patong or for that matter Karon and Kata.

There is a lot to choose from in Kamala between do it yourself housing to those within a gated communities. Take your pick between: ocean views / plantation views / estate views or lake views its all in Kamala. Property projects include: Kamala Regent, designed for people who prefer to purchase for investment and / or for short-term vacationing or long-term living. The property consists with 6 villas, 79 condominiums, 10 guest rooms for daily rental and an on-site gourmet restaurant / bar. with prices starting from around 5 million baht.

Kamala is no stranger to luxury and hot off the press, are the View Point Residences, which offer 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments - part of the Andara Villas Residential Development. This newer development features full seaview apartments and boutique hotel services and rental management possibilities. A host of 5-star facilities such as swimming pool, world class dining and spa, fully equipped fitness room are all at your service. spacious designs with an entire floor devoted to sheer luxury and privacy. The total area exceeds 400 sqm. the size of many villas in Phuket with four bedrooms and a private 13m pool

In spite of the large entertainment Park in the north - Phuket Fantasea, the valley even today retains its small fishing village atmosphere.

If you live here you can expect a relaxed pace, shop from mom and pop general stores, enjoy local restaurants and bars.

Patong:

Patong Beach Phuket

Patong Beach

Does anyone familiar with Phuket need an introduction to Patong?

Patong has a unique character all its own. It is the most commercially developed spots on the island. Patong Beach is really set-up as a holiday town with many hotels, resorts and guesthouses. Traffic and road congestion are commonplace and the whole feel is more commercial. Most locals have an agenda and business is what's on their mind.

Do you want to invest here? This of course depends on your priorities and what you are looking for from a real estate perspective. If you want to be close to the action and want something you can rent out during the high season or year-round, (on a long term basis) then yes, Patong should be considered.

Rental and contruction rates here tend to be middle to upper tiers - and the perfect example of this are the recent opening of the five star, luxury villa development with absolute ocean frontages, an off-shoot of Villa Santi development - being the Patong Sunset Villas. Along similar lines, and the sibling of these newer presidgeous villas are the very respectiable and superb villas that reside on the upper level of the Villa Santi (Indo-Chine Development) being the Ocean View Villas already complete with panorama views over Patong Bay.

Also at the northern end of Patong Bay is the Bay Cliff - an apartment development of 50 over units including 1 and 2 bedrooms and Penthouses from 7 million baht.

Homes are not of the caliber of Cherngtalay or Surin Beach and building and construction quality is questionable. In spite of this, there are some very attractive deals around and it pays to do a little research before making that commitment to buy. At the lower end of the pricing scale you can pick up a resale unit at the Sai Yuan Apartments whose value for money price commences from around 5 million baht for a decent 100 m2 - 2 bedroom, close to the Phuket's Simon Cabaret.

Few property developers have completed projects in the area and there are many individual owners now advertising a resale at prices ranging from 1 - 20 million baht. Expect to find apartments, condominiums, duplex homes, town homes and to a lesser extent freestanding houses. If you're looking for a good price the Patong Condominium - the big building smack bang in center of Patong will at some point have a condominium available for sale or even the Phuket Palace Condominiums, on the T junction road heading out of Patong to Karon.

For those not familiar with Patong Beach - it is the one of the most famous of Phuket's beaches and attracts the highest concentration of tourists. Located on the west coast of Phuket, it extends 4 km north to south. The bay itself is crescent shaped and the beach it quite well protected being situated a long way from the headland. The entire area is surrounded by lush green mountains all around. The beach offers many spots to suntan and the sand is powdery and the water quite clean in spite of the fact that it is one of the most trafficked beaches on the island.

Hotels, resorts, guesthouses, restaurants, shops and bars appealing to all tastes line the promenade on beach road. This beach is not recommended for those in search of solitude, but definitely suitable for the young or the middle aged looking for a lively place to hang out, shop or even party. There are a wide variety of Beer bars, Tech Clubs, Cabaret shows and go-go bars. Patong also has a very lively gay scene, concentrated near the Paradise complex of Rath-U-thit Road in front of Royal Paradise Hotel.

Karon:

Karon sits in a valley between Patong in the north and Kata in the south - and is surrounded by rolling hills and mountains. The beach itself is the second longest in Phuket, with white sands but does not offer very much in terms of shade. If you can imagine a sand dune beach ? you can imagine something of Karon.

In places the swimming here is best during high season from November through May when the sea is claim. Caution is advised during the low season and it is not recommended to swim, as there are strong currents, high seas and tidal rips just off the shoreline. The beach promenade is set back about 300 meters and runs parallel with the road, offering an invigorating morning or evening walk. At the southern end of the beach you can snorkel around the rocks and gradually make your way around the headland. There is also good snorkeling, in the far north, past the village of Karon.

If you are looking for uninterrupted ocean views, Karon beach is the place for you. The recently launched contemporary styled Movenpick Residence are a terrific investment and lifestyle home situated directly on the beach front in Karon. These superb apartments will be incorporated into the management program of a major hotel operator. Owners can look forward to handsome returns on their investment and 60 days usage time to boot.

Over the last few years, Karon has been developed as a tourism area with many hotels, resorts, guesthouses and the like. Although it is not nearly as busy as Patong - it still has a lot to offer holiday maker's in terms of restaurants, local corner stores and souvenir shops. The central focus where you can find a much commercialization is at either end of the beach (north or south) although lately more people have set up shop near the newly branded Hilton Phuket Arcadia Hotel.

Not too far from the Hilton Arcadia and just out side the highstreet area going on the road south toward Kata is the development know as Karon Hill Condominiums just 5 minutes from the entertainment, nightlife and the beaches of Karon, Kata and Kata Noi. Most of these luxury apartments afford ocean views, and the development is set on a gently sloping hill on 7 Rai of land, (approx. 3 acres), the project comprises of 3 magnificent, modern 7 story buildings containing only 156 units in total

Further down the road toward the Kata Beach end of Karon you'll find Karon View Apartments. These apartments were conceptualized by Italian designer - Studio Tecnico Architetti Rubelli e Gussago - whose professional experience involves the design and development of residential projects in the Lake Garda area of Italy. Offered are 1-2 bedrooms luxury seaview units with average size range from 59 Sq.m. 122 Sq.m., with price starting at just under 4 million baht and the project will have 79 units, built around 8 separte buildings consisting of 1, 2 & 3 floors surrounded by a big common area pool.

Kata:

Kata Beach Phuket

Kata Beach

Of Phuket's highly developed beaches (Patong, Karon and Kata), Kata is probably the quietest. Palms and rocket trees line the beachfront promenade providing a very relaxing shady area. Swimming is very good here especially in the high season and the waters are calm and clear.

When sitting on the beach, the views around you are quite spectacular over the surrounding bay and headland. Club Med Resort occupies the entire beachfront and in some ways preserves the ascetics of the environment due to its low-rise buildings and beachfront location. Along the beach you won't find a mish mash orgy of hotels, resorts and guesthouses - making this an attractive area to relax and enjoy.

Kata beach is safe for swimming because the waters are shallow and one can splash around quite a ways out, before being in any danger. The middle section of the beach is the most prone to riptides in low season, so should be approached with care.

During high season, windsurfing at Kata can be positively electrifying, although beware of the ubiquitous long tail tour boats that ply the waters. At both ends of the beach you'll find a variety of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops and believe it or not - Indian tailors, ever ready to cut a suit right on the beachfront!

From a real estate perspective, Kata has a lot to offer just by virtue of the fact that it's smaller and more private. Pockets of development that have taken place are at either ends of the beach including "the Aspasia " in the north - a luxurious condominium development Kata Gardens and The Heights - offering high-end luxury ocean view apartments. Also in the south between Kata and Kata Noi are "Baan Kata" - a high-end villa development, which has since been sold, Kata Gardens ? moderately priced 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and a now defunct project called Katadaman - condominiums with great ocean views.

Nai Harn:

Nai Harn Be
ach Phuket

Nai Harn Beach

One of Phuket's most beautiful beaches spanning approx. 4 kms North to South, offers shallow clear waters that are ideal for swimming almost throughout the year, except during the rainy season of July ? October when high waves and strong currents prevail.

Around the beachfront you can find a number of small restaurants serving cold drinks and great Thai food at very reasonable prices.

For yachts this is the perfect anchorage (for most of the year) being a protected bay affording spectacular scenery and calm seas. It's here that the King's Cup yearly Regatta takes place. During this time you can see the boats competing against each other and also have a chance to take a closer look at them. (Bring your binoculars) One notable development worthy of mention is the Sands - which is an apartment development only five minutes from the beach and offers management and rental programs to maximize the return on your investment.

Not too many international property developers situate themselves here. This is partly due to the fact that the villagers own most of the land in much of Nai Harn and release small tranches rather then large parcels at anyone time. The property development boom that's taken place here of late mirrors much of that which has taken place in Kamala.

You can find many individual (freestanding) homes built for residential purposes, as it is an ideal residential community against a backdrop of shady green rubber trees. Many westerns have made their homes in the area attracted by the quite and village atmosphere. Property prices range anywhere between 5 - 25 million baht, some catering to western standards some not.

Property developments in the area include the Sands a completed apartment/condominium project and Nai Harn Baan Bua - offering large 3 - 5 bedroom residential homes and pool in an estate community


 
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