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Newsletter 161 – February 2018

In June of last year I reported on two projects that were in the news. The Bridge to the island and the proposed new roundabout in Nathon. Well not surprisingly the proposal for a bridge has disappeared into the mists of time although no doubt someone in years to come will bring it up again. The Roundabout however is happening.  Driving south out of Nathon this is being constructed at the cross roads junction for the Samui Government Hospital and the Provincial Water Works. The traffic lights were removed some weeks ago and traffic flowed very well without them. Recently ...
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NEWSLETTER No 160 – JANUARY 2018

First of all of course may we all here at Ko Samui Properties wish you a very Happy New Year. There are basically three sets of regulations which apply to development on Koh Samui. They are the City Planning Ministerial Regulation BE 2549 (2006) which relates to zoning, the Beach Land Regulations according to the Building Control Act and the more recent Environmental Regulations 2014 which put further restrictions on what can be built at certain heights above sea level.   The Zoning of Samui is shown in the above image. The large green area which covers most of the ...
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NEWSLETTER No 159 – DECEMBER 2017

We have all had computer problems I suspect and they always happen at the worst  possible time. That is why this months Newsletter is fashionably late. Essentially I lost all my data, all my email addresses and emails. It has taken me a week to get back what I can and luckily the Newsletter mailing list is kept off site by Mail Chimp. The basic Newsletter was mostly recoverable but not my usual preamble and I am a week behind in my work of maintaining the web site and dealing with inquiries and inspecting new properties etc. So this is ...
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KSP Newsletter 158 – November 2017

Five years ago I wrote about the risk of a Tsunami hitting Samui and recently for some reason that topic has come up for discussion again, so I have been doing some research to see if anything has changed or there is new evidence or studies to suggest anything different. There has still been nothing specific to Koh Samui and no new studies relating to the possibility of a tsunami in the Gulf of Thailand. An article in The Nation in December last year stated that “THAILAND is unlikely to be affected by another deadly tsunami any time soon according to an earthquake expert ...
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Newsletter No 157 – October 2017

Today is the beginning of the Chinese Golden Week. Three days of paid holiday are given, and the surrounding weekends are re-arranged so that workers in Chinese companies always have seven continuous days of holiday. These national holidays were first started by the government for the PRC's National Day in 1999 and are primarily intended to help expand the domestic tourism market and improve the national standard of living, as well as allowing people to make long-distance family visits. It is forecast that half a billion people will travel during this period, mostly within China but over 6 million are expected to travel abroad ...
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NEWSLETTER No 156 – SEPTEMBER 2017

I am not, and have never pretended to be, an economist and I have a deep distrust of them as their predictions invariably prove wrong. But even I can see a ten year economic cycle especially in the world of real estate where I have been most closely involved over the past ….many years. This tends for obvious reasons to parallel the state of the world economies. I recall starting work in Abu Dhabi with a responsibility for a good sized real estate portfolio spread across the whole of the USA. This was in 1988 which was a year after ...
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KSP Newsletter No: 155 August 2017

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW LANDLINE TELEPHONE NUMBERS 077 951 620 and 077 951 621 and FAX 077 951 622  We keep hearing a great deal about the Chinese buying in Samui but I am not seeing much direct evidence of this in the re-sale market although there are indications that Chinese developers are buying land with a view to developing for the Chinese market.  Juwai.com is one of the largest Chinese agents offering real estate to Chinese buyers and they have just issued their latest report on trends in that market.  Outbound Chinese investment in real estate has increased dramatically ...
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KSP Newsletter No: 154 July 2017

I have been trying to follow up on the new water pipeline being laid from the mainland to Samui. I mentioned this is in my July Newsletter last year following a visit to the East Water desalination plant in Plai Laem. Since then it has been possible to see the barges laying the pipeline. Taken from Notice to Mariners for the area the line of the pipeline is shown on this chart extract. More on this as information becomes available. Chart courtesy of https://webapp.navionics.com   This is an extremely interesting and useful web site which covers the whole world. If ...
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KSP Newsletter No: 153 June 2017

Oh dear! Here we go again. Let’s have a bridge to Samui. See the article below. I cannot believe this man is serious. Apart from the fact that the money could be far better used to improve the infrastructure on the island there are major errors of logic in the argument. For one, he suggests that businesses would continue to use the ferries, but why would they unless the Toll for the bridge was exorbitant – no one should think for a minute that if this ever did come to pass, that it would be free. This came up about five years ago when ...
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KSP Newsletter No: 152 May 2017

In February last year my Newsletter was about the way in which Land Papers are surveyed throughout Thailand with reference to the seven base stations in Chonburi, Srisakhet, Uthaithani, Lampang, Chomphon, Phuket and Pattani. This being the basic reference frame of GPS Stations in Thailand. There are then a total of 18 First Order Stations around the country which form the Primary Network of GPS Stations. There are then a further 692 GPS Secondary Network Stations.          How do you recognise these stations? I have been following a web blog “Changwat, Amphoe, Tambon” and the writer recently included ...
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