Phuket pads: Escape to Coconut Island paradise

Phuket pads: Escape to Coconut Island paradise

PHUKET: A rare opportunity is presenting itself on Koh Maprao, or Coconut Island, in the form of a piece of private, pristine beach front featuring a luxury, tropical villa ready for the taking. The essence of Asian simplicity is captured by this Balinese style villa, isolated on the enchanting beach front on Coconut Island, which is off the east coast of Phuket. Not part of an estate or development, this villa creates the perfect degree of seclusion, yet is still near Phuket’s finest amenities and outstanding cuisine, with floating restaurants just 10 minutes away. Relax on the home’s comfortable, furnished veranda an

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 | 02:00 PM

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Heritage tourism on Phuket

Heritage tourism on Phuket

PHUKET: While Phuket has become a leading mass tourism destination and Thailand’s second market after Bangkok, travel specialists and local businesses are digging deep into the island’s rich culture and history to satisfy a growing demand from high-end visitors seeking immersive experiences on the island. The local Baba culture provides one such source of inspiration for those wanting to venture beyond the confines of the luxury resorts and spas. Straits Chinese, locally known as “Baba” or “Peranakan” settled in Phuket in the 19th century, drawn by opportunities in the island’s then fledgling tin mining industry. P

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | 02:00 PM

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Property Watch: Tourism’s disruptive behavior

Property Watch: Tourism’s disruptive behavior

PHUKET: As the island rains have drenched the collective spiritual well-being of Phuket’s hotels and property people, a little step into the reality zone could be needed. There is little doubt that the months of May and June – well, throw in September – remain agonizing for those in the trade. I came to live here in 2000 and year in and year out, it’s pretty much the same line, though the faces, places and perhaps haircuts have changed. Typically the online rant goes, ‘I’ve never seen the island this quiet. Folks I know have moved to (insert Chiang Mai, Vietnam, Cambodia or any other flavor of the month). It’s all

Monday, July 6, 2015 | 04:00 PM

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Business Buzz: How to promote a sales funnel successfully

Business Buzz: How to promote a sales funnel successfully

PHUKET: We have now covered how to prepare the marketing and sales process. The next part, crucial to any success, is getting the message out to the target market. It does not matter how good your product, customer service or social media presence is if nobody knows you exist. There are so many choices with social media these days that it can be quite a daunting step, but the easiest way is to just start. The internet and social media are enemies to a perfectionist, so you are far better getting on with it and improving as you go, than trying to have the perfect solution. When looking to promote your business, different s

Monday, July 6, 2015 | 10:00 AM

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Finance: Before bidding: Take stock of eBay stock

Finance: Before bidding: Take stock of eBay stock

PHUKET: While you are probably familiar with eBay as a great place for deals on everything imaginable, you might not be familiar with the large cap internet auction stock as an investment. However, there are some compelling reasons why investors should be taking a closer look at the stock right now. For starters, and at the end of last September, eBay announced it would create two independent public companies, eBay and PayPal, in the second half of this year. Investors with a long memory will remember that PayPal had gone public in February 2002 at a price of USD$13 per share to raise $70.2 million; but just a few months

Monday, July 6, 2015 | 06:00 AM

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Phuket Pads: Winter birds looking to cash in on Phuket property market

Phuket Pads: Winter birds looking to cash in on Phuket property market

PHUKET: More and more resorts and hotels in Phuket are offering excellent guaranteed rental returns for properties that buyers are looking to use themselves for only a short period each year. The rest of the year, the property is expected to generate rental income for its owners. This week’s property offers exactly that. Priced at 52 million baht, this one of six exclusive units at the high-end Laguna resort complex also offers the owner 60 days’ use per year free of charge at any time, including during high season. It also offers a net average rental return of 1.12mn baht per year. For many Phuket buyers, acquiring a un

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 02:00 PM

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