Due Diligence

May 17th, 2010

When buying property in Thailand we highly recommend you use a reputable lawyer, do not under any circumstances try to go it alone as there are so many pitfalls, especially with the spoken and written Thai language interpretations. Foreigners may not own land in Thailand so legal mechanisms are used to overcome this situation and [...]

Seller Tips

May 17th, 2010

Here are some useful tips when wishing to sell your property or land:
Broker terms
Going with the broker that offers a smaller fee for a successful sale is false economy! We all have costs and how can a broker successfully market your property if he makes a very small margin? This means they are not [...]

Holiday Rental Tips

May 16th, 2010

When browsing to find the right holiday rental that suits you out of the huge choice on the internet we suggest that you follow some sensible guide lines:
1. The booking agent are they transparent and give you info on their company, if not don’t!
2. Do they have testimonials from satisfied customers?
3. Do they have Guest [...]

Relocation Information

June 19th, 2014

A comprehensive document on all matters relating to moving to Thailand including:
1. Climate
2. Time
3. Culture
4. Language
5. Religion
6. Public Holidays
7. Thai smile
8. Thai Etiquette
9. Driving in Thailand
10. Tipping
11. Property Service
12. Orientation
13. Lease Provision
14. Land Office
15. Visas
16. Work Permits
17. Bank account set up
18. Company formation
19.  Social security
20. Local lawyers
21.  VAT
22. Tax services
23. Registered [...]

Thailand Relocation Information

March 21st, 2014

Siam Real Estate & Siam Villa Rentals would like to welcome you to Thailand. We hope you and your family will really enjoy this wonderful opportunity to experience life in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Whether you are moving here for retirement, spending time or working there are [...]

Thai Property Laws

March 21st, 2014

Property & Land Ownership Rights
If you are considering buying property in Phuket, the first thing you should know is that under Thai law, foreigners are not allowed to own land. However, foreign nationals do have the right to the ownership of buildings distinct from the land such as condominiums.
Foreign nationals may own:

A unit in a [...]

Purchasing a dream home in Phuket

March 26th, 2013

The Real Estate Industry in Thailand is poorly regulated and this article will assist you in buying property.
Due diligence on title and the property
A property due diligence should always be conducted on the land title and building permit for any structure, and verification of road access should be made. Further, a surveyor should verify [...]

Transfer of Property in Thailand

April 30th, 2012

Property Purchase & Transfer
When you purchase real property, you pay because you want to possess the property you are buying. While there are several preliminary steps, the main event is the transfer of property from the owner or developer to you. Often the contract for the purchase of the property will list [...]

Last Will & Testament

April 30th, 2012

It is strongly recommended that you have a Last Will & Testament prepared in both your home country and in Thailand.  It is not a pleasant thought to think of your demise. However you should plan in advance regarding your estate so the affairs are in order in the unfortunate event [...]

Dowry in Thailand

October 14th, 2011

After the roller coaster ride of what many singles call “dating”, you’ve finally found someone
and are willing to put your single life on a shelf for the rest of your life. But before you both go
through the motions of being together for the rest of your lives, you are faced with one last
dilemma, giving Thai [...]

Phuket new land zoning regulations

August 27th, 2011

A new Thai government planning regulation has been issued for Phuket. Legal firm Baker & McKenzie have issued a summary and analysis of the implications which we are reprinting with permission:
On 7 July 2011, the Ministerial Regulation to Implement the Phuket Province Town Planning Regulation B.E. 2554 (the “2011 Regulation”) was [...]

Renting Property Thailand

July 4th, 2011

Renting a villa or apartment long term is becoming very popular in Thailand especially in resort areas such as Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui. Many would be buyers are deciding to hold off and rent for one year or more while they get to know the area and learn the ways of Thailand without any risk.
Renting [...]

Amity Company: The Thai Company without Thais

June 7th, 2011

The Foreign Business Act (1999) of Thailand (the “Act”) generally restricts foreigners from
engaging in most business activities in Thailand, without special permission as provided by
the Act. Serious violations of the Act by a foreigner or facilitated by a Thai carry significant
criminal penalties. In the case of a Thai limited company, Section 4 of the Act [...]