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20 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THAILAND

20-Interesting-Facts-About-Thailand1. Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free.” It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.

2. Thailand is home to the world’s largest gold Buddha, the largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant, the longest single-span suspension bridge, and the world’s tallest hotel

3. In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice.

4. The world’s smallest mammal, the Craseonycteris thonglongyai (the bumble bat), is found in Thailand

5. Medicine man Hoo Sateow from Thailand has the world’s documented longest hair at 16′ 11″ long

6. In 1996, two rare “diamond-eyed cats,” Phet and Ploy, were married in a lavish $16,241 Thai wedding, the most expensive pet wedding in the world.

7. In 1999, 30 vets worked to heal a 38-year-old cow elephants’ foot, which had been destroyed when she stepped on a landmine in Thailand. It set the record for the largest number of vets in one procedure.

8. In 1999, a group of 282 skydivers set the record for the largest number of skydivers in a free-fall formation above Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. They held the link for 7.11 seconds.

9. The world’s largest Christmas log cake was made in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 25, 1997. The cake weighed 5,071 lbs. and reached 27′ 6″. It was later cut into 19, 212 portions

10.Thailand set the record for the longest catwalk on April 9, 2010. The catwalk was 1,584 meters long and was part of the Pattaya International Fashion Week

11. Thailand is home to the world’s hairiest child, Supatra “Nat” Sasuphan.

12. The full name of Bangkok is- Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. It means “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest. Bangkok is a great city to visit because of its rich culture and diverse history. Tourists wishing to explore a city that is well known and highly recommended should check out Bangkok. The vivacious street life and interesting architecture makes this city a “must see”. Be sure to book your Bangkok hotel in the heart of the city. By centrally booking your hotel allows you to have convenient access to multiple restaurants and entertainment. There is a good reason that Bangkok was recently named, “World’s Best City”. If you are looking to discover a vibrant city in Asia, this is the place to see.

13 The Thai alphabet has 32 vowels and 44 consonants.

14. One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand.
More than 1,500 species of orchids grow wild in Thai forests. Thailand is the world’s number one orchid exporter.

15. Siamese cats are native to Thailand. In Thai they are called wichen-maat, meaning “moon diamond.” A 14th-century book of Thai poems describes 23 types of Siamese cats; today only six breeds are left. Giving a pair of Si Sawat cats (a type of Siamese cats) to a bride is supposed to bring good luck to the marriage.

16. Thailand is home to what may be the world’s longest snake, the reticulated python. The largest one ever found stretched over 33 feet (10 m) from end to end.

17. Thailand is home to the world’s longest poisonous snake, the king cobra. The cobra can reach more than 18 feet long, and one bite from it can kill an elephant.

18. Swiftlet nests are made from strands of saliva from the male swiftlet bird. Swiftlet nests collected from Thai caves can fetch more than $900 per pound. It is one of the world’s most coveted and expensive food items.

19. The Mekong River, which forms part of Thailand’s eastern border, supports more than 1,300 species of fish. It holds some of the world’s largest freshwater fish, including a giant catfish which can reach nearly 10 feet long and weigh as much as 660 lbs.

20. One of Thailand’s most curious creatures is the mudskipper, which is a fish that is capable of walking on land and climbing trees. It uses its fins to “walk” and can absorb oxygen through its skin and lining in its mouth. It spends most of its time out of the water, eating the algae in tidal pools.

CENTARA GRAND PRATUMNAK IS LOCATED ON PRATUMNAK SOI 5

Centara-Grand-PratumnakRemarkably, Tulip Group seems to have grown out of nothing in the last few years, looking at them now it is truly amazing and hard to believe. According to my research Tulip Group has now become the leading developer in Pattaya, the company is in a class of its own, shaping the future of Pattaya with its many unique projects. Kobi Elbaz is the person that has to carry the burden of being in charge of Tulip Group, after all it is an enormous responsibility – for your information both he and the Harilela Group are also partners in many of Nova Group’s projects.

This is a nine-storey low-rise boutique hotel with 161 rooms and suites. There will also be a Spa Cenvaree, a fitness centre and a swimming pool. The Spa Cenvaree will be the third in Pattaya, the first Spa Cenvaree is at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and the second Spa Cenvaree is at Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya, Centara Boutique Collection in Central Pattaya. The rooms will be appointed with amazing marble flooring and some of the most expensive interior fittings ever seen in a hotel. This hotel will attract clients looking for a 5-star property and personal 5-star service. The hotel will focus on providing a superior service.

HOW TO BUY PROPERTY IN THAILAND

how-to-buy-property-in-thailandnoneWanting to buy a villa or condo in Thailand but not certain as to how this is done. Well here you will find the basic breakdown of what needs to be done and how to buy property or any real estate in Thailand.

Select A Property Agent

Since you will be looking for property in a foreign country you need expert local assistance. The agent knows how to communicate in Thai and they’re familiar with the geographical area. The agent will save you valuable time in selecting and showing you the property in your price range that meets your needs.

Purchasing directly from the developer isn’t going to save you money as compared to buying it from agent. A quality property for sale in Thailand is generally offered at a fixed price by the Seller. The best benefit of using a property agent is that they will act as a liaison between you and the Seller. They will obtain a fair price for you and act on your behalf to represent your best interests throughout the entire process.

Legal Planning

Remember that you are spending part of your life savings to acquire this property and you must carefully plan your steps in the process. You need to know the correct legal process in Thailand for the foreigner to acquire property. Before you sign any deposit agreement or contract, you should sit down with a lawyer or solicitor to discuss the legal process.

THE NAME PATTAYA EVOLVED FROM THE MARCH OF PHRAYA TAK (LATER KING TAKSIN)

The-name-Pattaya-evolveThe name Pattaya evolved from the march of Phraya Tak (later King Taksin) and his army from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi, which took place before the fall of the former capital to the Burmese invaders in 1767.

When his army arrived at the vicinity of what is now Pattaya, Phraya Tak encountered the troops of a local leader named Nai Klom, who tried to intercept him. When the two met face to face, Nai Klom was impressed by Phraya Tak’s dignified manner and his army’s strict discipline. He surrendered without a fight and joined his forces. The place the armies confronted each other was thereafter known as ‘Thap Phraya’, which means the Army of the Phraya. This later became Pattaya, the name of the wind blowing from the southwest to the northeast at the beginning of the rainy season.

Pattaya remained a small fishing village until the 1960s. Then American servicemen during the Vietnam War began arriving in Pattaya for rest and relaxation. Pattaya developed into a popular beach resort; now greatly expanded, it attracts over 4 million visitors a year. Fishermens’ huts along the beach were replaced by resort hotels and retail stores, including Asia’s largest beachfront shopping mall, the CentralFestival Pattaya Beach Mall and hotel (Hilton) situated on Beach Rd in central Pattaya.

Pattaya City’ used to be a simple small fishing village. It is situated in Naklua Sub district, Banglamoong District in Chonburi. It was about 30 kilometers from the city center of Chonburi. Its physical geography occupied a 3-kilometer-long-lined white coast surrounding in a semi-circle-curved gulf which was included the other 3-kilometer area of Na Jom Tian. With the attractive beautiful glittering sea water and the rhythms of the moving waves crashing into the shore has impressed anyone who came and visited Pattaya. Later in 1956 the government had established Tambon Naklua as Naklua Sanitation District where most people were living outside the area. Until 1964 (47 years ago) Naklua Sanitation Districted had been expanded the area which covered from Naklua to south Pattaya with 22.2 square kilometers of the area.

SANDS CONDO LUXURY COMES AS STANDARD

sands-condoLocated on Pratamnak Soi 5, nestled in a quiet up market residential area next to Pratamnak Beach.

Consisting of 27 floors of contemporary apartments looking onto a palm-fringed secluded beach.

Design focuses on Quality and Style combined with a fantastic location.

All these factors make Sands the perfect choice

Luxury 6m high entrance leading into 5 star lobby reception

Incorporating a 12 Floor atrium

15th Floor, 368 sqm. panoramic sea view pool deck

Featuring a 20m x 8m pool and Jacuzzi

Pool Bar and Restaurant

Fitness, conditioning room and Sauna

4 High speed elevators

24 hour security and video surveillance

Card security lifts and room entry

Ample Secure Parking – Wi-fi and Cable TV

BANGPRA GOLF CLUB IS THE ONE OF THE OLDEST GOLF COURSE IN THAILAND

Bangpra-Golf-ClubBangpra Golf Club is the one of the oldest golf course in Thailand constructed at the age of Marshal P.Piboonsongkram and Royal Irrigation Department on a total area of 550 rai. Bangpra Golf was transferred to National Lottery Bureau during the age of Marshal Sarit Thanarat. Although Bangpra Golf originally occupied only 9 golf holes, Marshal Sarit assigned Lieutenant General Jitt Suntranon to be responsible for further construction of more 9 golf holes. He also assigned Tourism Authority of Thailand with Lieutenant General Chalermchai Jaruwat, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand at that time, to improve Bangpra Golf. Due to this improvement, Bangpra Golf became well-known and widely accepted from golfers and foreign pro as the challenging golf yard with the most difficult green to putt in Thailand. (The alias of Bangpra Golf in that time was Master Killer Yard) Japanese, in particular, like to play at Bangpra Golf, their favorite golf yard, very much. After Colonel Somchai Hirankij took the position of new Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, there’re several changes occurred at Bangpra Golf. private companies. Japan Golf Promotion Co., Ltd. had shared investment and improved clubhouse, hotel, and yard layout to become more modern while successfully maintain the distinctive parts of Bangpra Golf which are the pleasant nature and the challenging green to “putt” until 1 January 2005. Then Orbs Inc Company Limited has taken over the business and changed the golf yard’s name to “Bangpra Golf Club”. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary in 2007, the company has improved all of 18 holes and clubhouse to be more elegant for Thai and foreign golfers. Bangpra Golf offers modern clubhouse for service 150 customers. Foods at Bangpra Golf also play a significant part of this yard too. Our recommended menus are roasted pork sparerib in red sauce, chicken rice, and ox tongue stew. Located at ground floor of clubhouse are the locker room with 260 lockers. For golfers who would like to stay the night, Bangpra Golf offers diverse types of hotel rooms including suite room, twin room, and single room in total of 94 rooms to service golfers and every people. We provide elegant hotel rooms decorated with classic Japanese style along with internet service and driving range. Apart from a partial view of golf yard, you will be significantly impressed with the beautiful scenes of Bangpra reservoir, Bangpra sea village, and Seechung Island located in the middle of the ocean.

THE GRANDE CARIBBEAN CONDO RESORT IN THE THAI COASTAL CITY OF PATTAYA

the-grande-caribbean-condo-resortThe Grande Caribbean Condo Resort in the Thai coastal city of Pattaya recently achieved an 80 percent sales record, although the THB1.6 billion (USD 49.3 million) complex will not open its doors until 2015.

Located on Thappraya Road, owners will be a stone’s throw away from the best attractions and entertainment the city has to offer. Grande Caribbean’s 24-hour public transit will give owners a greater opportunity to explore shops and restaurants as well as Jomtien beach.

The Blue Sky project, which launched in Q2 2012, is composed of four low-rise buildings that reach eight stories and one high-rise building that reaches 30 stories. Each low-rise building is named after different Caribbean islands (Antigua, Barbados, Curacao and Dominic) and the high-rise building has been named The Cruz.

Onsite amenities include a 2,000 sqm pool and a tropical waterfall grotto. The Cruz also functions as a common space with a fitness centre, game room, conference room, library, children’s playroom, theatre and a rainforest garden.

Grande Caribbean is the latest project of Thai-owned private real estate development company Blue Sky. The group aims to give owners a lifestyle that is a step above the 15,000 other condominium units that are launched every year in Pattaya. “We’re not just selling a condo, we’re selling a resort lifestyle experience,” Blue Sky project manager Apichart Gulati said.

Prices start at THB1.89 million (USD 58,405) for a 34.5 sqm one-bedroom unit, which comes fully furnished with high-end electronic brands such as Samsung and American Standard. Each low-rise building includes unique pool access units for between THB3.2 million (USD 98,887) and THB3.5 million (USD108,158), while The Cruz also features select units with 270 degree views of the sea or mountains starting from THB5.3 million (USD 163,782).

The vast majority of owners intend to use their unit as a residence, while approximately 35 percent will use their unit for investment purposes.

CONDO MARKET IN PATTAYA STILL CONTINUES TO GROW

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The pattaya property is currently broadening and the upward trend is projected to continue over the coming years, according to the 12th version of the “Condo Focus Thailand” report from home developer Raimon Land.

The company anticipates to see strong activity mostly in the inland metropolitan location, which provides certain benefits that compensate for the lack of views or natural beauty. Beachfront locations are likely to see high need from buyers able to manage them, but at the same time Raimon Land forecasts healthy development in the number of developments developed to draw in residents or people with restricted budget plans. Projects on the beachfront will continue to bring in buyers in the luxury and high-end sector, nonetheless the supply will be restricted due to the lack of land offered.

Designers are likely to prefer systems in the rate range in between 1 million baht and 3 million baht to bump into the needs of the progressively affluent domestic workforce. Purchasers are projected to mostly seek one-bedroom devices of around 40 square metres, although the price per square metre is set to increase further. Inland devices without sea-views will sell well thanks to various other advantages like proximity to shopping centres and offices.

In order to avoid the market heating up, condo unit developers in the low and mid-segments could tighten their buying requirements by requesting greater booking costs or deposits, for instance. But with a typical take-up rate of about 50 %, Raimon Land states that this may not happen for a while.

TREETOPS DEVELOPER TOUTS 50% SALES AT AGENT PARTY

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The Boutique Group of Companies, recipient of a winner’s award at the 2012 Thailand Property Awards for the innovative Rain Hill retail development in Bangkok, marked the halfway point for sales of its Treetops Condominium on Pratamnak Hill in Pattaya with a party for area estate agents.

Prab Thakral, managing director of the Boutique Group, welcomed guests to the Treetops sales office next to the Sugar Hut Resort on Thappraya Road May I7.

Treetops Condominium was launched in November last year, offering 252 units split over 12 floors. Floor plans include studio and one-bedroom layouts ranging from 24-69 sq. meters, including comer units with views of Pattaya Bay. Prices start at 1.3 million Baht. All units are fully furnished and amenities include infinity pool, fitness center, barbecue area and security systems.

“The excellent location of the project, located at the highest point of Pratamnak Hill, near the Pattaya Courthouse and Big Buddha Hill and Jomtien Beach, has seen a strong uptake from buyers since the launch of the project and we have also received continuous interests from customers wanting seaside residences at economical prices”, Prab said. To celebrate having already achieved 50% sales in the project, the developers are offering a special promotion with buyers able to select one of five free gifts including an iPad Mini, an iPhone 5, 1-year free maintenance, free transfer fee, or a 1-year Education Visa.

Treetops Pattaya will begin construction at the end of 2013 with completion set for 2014.

More information and photos about Treetops Pattaya.

ZIRE WONGAMAT – AN ART OF DESIRE

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It is agreeable that the city of Pattaya has become one of the world’s most vivid travel destinations and is considered ‘paradise’ for all travellers from all walks of life. The ability to live and own a piece of the grand travel destination is core definition of becoming a part of a remarkable locale. Zire Wongamat is aspired to introduce a new, unmatchable vertical living experience that exemplifies the definition modern dwelling.

The modern two-tower condominium is situated on more than 5 rai of land, and is only 90 minutes from downtown Bangkok. Experience first-hand the vastness of the Gulf of Thailand and dwell with the very essence of nature that radiates among the landscaped green space.

More information about Zire Wongamat.