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Investment in Ho Chi Minh’s property

Posted by pakin On July - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Vietnam’s new residential housing law implemented on 1st July 2015 allows foreigners to buy properties in the country. This, coupled with infrastructure development such as the metro (MRT) system in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), new international airport by year 2025, and the Regeneration of Thu Thiem – the new CBD – “Pudong” of HCMC, will contribute to upside in HCMC’s property market. If you are considering investing in HCMC properties but are not familiar with the city, this is a great opportunity for you to learn from a local expert.

Ho Chi Minh Citys property Investment Seminar

By Golden Emperor Properties

Date: Saturday 5th Aug, 2016
Time:  2 PM – 4 PM
Venue: Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel  (Room: Montathip3)
Cost: Free
Register online:

Topics to be covered at the seminar:

  1. Understanding Vietnam’s new residential housing law for foreigners (i.e. who are eligible to purchase, what are the restrictions, and whether one can purchase under one’s own name or a company, etc.).
    2. The impact of the new (MRT) Metro Lines, new airport and regeneration of Thu Thiem (The new CBD- “Pudong” area of HCMC), on the HCMC property market.
    3. Investment hotspots in HCMC: an analysis of various locales within the city will be provided with a summary of the investment favourites.
    4. Updates on the current HCMC property market including an economic impact study.
    5. Relevant procedures and costs for property investments in HCMC.
    6. Infrastructure developments in HCMC and their impacts on the property market.
    7. Vietnam property market trends and forecast.
    8. Capital gains and exit procedures for HCMC property investments.
    9. Tips for first time buyers.


In the footsteps of King Rama IX

Posted by pakin On July - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A main reason for Thais to visit Lausanne, the French-speaking city on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, is because it is where the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej spent 18 years of his life, from 1933 to 1951.

The capital of Vaud state, Lausanne is part of the “In The Footsteps Of HM King Rama IX” themed trip, initiated by Kuoni travel agency and hosted by Switzerland Tourism Organisation and Swiss Airlines. The idea is to strengthen relationships between Thailand and Switzerland.

Known as the University City, Lausanne is home to 144,000 people of which 42% are foreigners, said Ellis Pagani, a local guide.

“Lausanne is not a big city,” she said. The city was built on slopes made by three hills and two rivers. It faces Lake Geneva and it takes a 40-minute boat trip to get to Évian in France, which is on the other side. Many French workers crossed the lake to work in Lausanne because the city has a stable economy, Pagani added.

Lausanne is a “dynamic, open and multicultural city” where people from many parts of the world come to work, live or study, she said.

“This is the strength of Lausanne because local people are open-minded. Newcomers give new ideas as they bring with them their cultures, languages and religions. Together we can learn new things,” said the guide, who was born in the Netherlands and has lived in Lausanne for 30 years.

THE RAINY season in Thailand is in full swing and the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum has once again laid out its welcome mat of picturesque pink Siam tulips that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Part of the Phang Hoei mountain range, the province’s Sai Thong National Park is a popular destination among trekkers in July and August with stunning waterfalls and majestic views from the vantage points joining the colourful carpet of flowers known in Thai as dok krachiao.

“We focus on safety and want visitors be impressed. We actively encourage travellers to help conserve nature and not damage flowers or other plants.”

A four-wheel pickup is on hand to bring travellers up the mountain and the organised tour has us trekking for two-and-a-half hours to explore the world of Siam tulips carpeting more than 1,000 rai of grassland.

Just a short walk from the meeting point, Pha Ham Hod offers a magnificent panorama of green spread over Phraya Lae and Wichianburi sub-districts. Up here though, at an altitude of 867 metres, it’s foggy and visitors are queuing to sit on the edge of the cliff and pretend that they’re riding on a fluffy cloud.

Our trip to Chaiyaphum ends with a visit to Wat Sila Art where we pay respect to the sacred carved stone Buddha statues. We also enjoy a meal at Don La Nam restaurant, which is famous for its delectable fish dishes. Here we receive a warm welcome from its owner Daranee Pattirupanon, who takes time out to show us how to prepare Chaiyaphum’s favourite pickled fish dish Maam Kee Pla.

Trang’s inland treasures

Posted by pakin On April - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Beyond the beaches, the old walled town teems with historical and cultural charms

WHILE MOST of the travellers arriving in Trang quickly find a perch on the beach or head straight to the boats to go diving in the Andaman Sea, the tranquil town itself offers all sorts of landlubber delights.

Trang was a thriving trading hub in the days when it was known as Muang Thub Thieng, a port established by Chinese merchants.

In the days of the Sumatra-based Melayu Kingdom between 600 and 1200 AD, vessels docked there laden with kerosene for lamps and ingredients for making pastry. When they departed, they were filled with locally grown pepper.

In 1899 the area became the first place where rubber was planted in Siam. A man called Phraya Ratsadanupradit Mahison Phakdi brought the saplings from Malaya and built up an export business.