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Koh Phangan's Full Moon Party

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

 

The Full Moon party occurs once every month, and of course on the day of the Full Moon. The party is located on one of Thailand's touristy islands called Koh Phangan. The party attracts people from neighboring islands as well as from around the world. It is the one party you don't want to miss. It is known as the all night beach party located on Haad Rin Road. One can easily arrive to Koh Phangan by taking a ferry, which is available at just about every corner of the island.

The party attracts thousands of visitors every time where people gather to have the night they will never forget. The party basically starts at 6 pm and ends at 7 am the next day. People, ages 16-35, come and gather for a night of dancing, drinking, and more dancing. During the course of the party people have fun by skipping rope that is lit on fire, doing the limbo, dancing on picnic tables, and rocking out to the various DJ booths along the beach. During the party one can easily, get off the beach and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants on Haad Rin Road.

This party is something on a checklist to do.

To learn more about the Full Moon party and its upcoming dates, click here

A weekend In Koh Samui

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

 

Located off the east coast of Thailand, Koh Samui is the second largest island after Phuket and attracts over 1.5 million tourists a year. It is a gorgeous place with natural resources, coral reefs, beaches, and coconut trees.

Koh Samui is a great getaway island as it is only an hour flight from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. The island has beaches on the north, south, east and western regions. One of Koh Samui’s largest, most infamous and popular beaches located on the eastern coast is called Chaweng Beach. There, you will find countless hotels and resorts, restaurants and bars. The beach is approximately 7 kilometers long and white sand lines the beach. On Chaweng and in other areas of the island, you can rent a motorcycle just about anywhere and see all of the wonderful sites like temples, gorgeous views, rock formations, and much more. During the day, people usually go boating, diving, snorkeling, and even jet skiing.

Samui is definitely a great place to go with your family and friends to just kick back and relax. Young people can do countless daily activities and at night, everyone can enjoy the miraculous bars and clubs along Mango Street in Chaweng.

MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty is pleased to share with you the second edition of the MasterCard Global Destination Cities index. The report which places respectively Paris, France 2nd and Bangkok, Thailand, 3rd on their list of Global Top 20 Destination Cities by international visitors, also shows that "despite sluggish economic growth around the world, the number of people traveling abroad continues to increase". 

To read the full report, please click on the image below.

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Sourcehttp://newsroom.mastercard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MasterCard_Global_Destination_Cities_Index_2012.pdf

Koh Samet

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

 

Koh Samet is one of the many islands surrounding Thailand and is located off the coastline of the Thai province of Rayong, about 220 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. The island received its name from a tree that is found throughout the island, called the Cajeput Tree, as the Thai word for this tree is samet.

Only a couple hours away from the crazy city of Bangkok, one can go with friends and family to a peaceful getaway island. Lots of local residents from Bangkok, in addition to tourists frequently visit this island, as it is conveniently close by to Bangkok’s financial districts. Arriving to the island is quite easy as one can either go by car, or bus, on a three and a half hour drive, to the small Ban Phe local port. From there one can take a slow hour and a half long cruise to the island or half hour speedboat ride to your destination on the island.

 


The island itself is said to be in the shape of a “t”, where it is about 7 kilometers long and about 4 kilometers wide. Most of the beaches lie along the eastern side with many resorts, hotels and countless restaurants and bars.

One of the most famous beaches along the island is Hat Sai Kaeo, which is literally translated as Crystal Sand Beach. During the day, on any beach, family and friends can participate in countless activities like windsurfing, snorkeling, banana boating, scuba diving, massage, boat trips, fishing, beach sports, and sun tanning. The beaches are filled with night activities as well where family and friends can sit down to a nice dinner while watching fire shows.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Koh Samet is a great choice! 


 


A Weekend In Pattaya

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

Located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, the city of Pattaya is filled with beaches, lights, restaurants, bars, and countless five star hotels. Situated just 165 kilometers outside of Bangkok, Pattaya is a major tourist hot spot for people from all over the world. The city is yuppie and colorful, and the fun never ends.

For centuries, Pattaya was considered to be a fishing village, but in the early 1960’s, that all changed when a group of Vietnam servicemen came there for relaxation purposes. What was once considered a quite, undisturbed, isolated city, became one of the most visited, most popular beach resorts that attracts more than 4 million people every year.

A trip to Pattaya is a real experience and one of the most attractive aspects of it, is the fact that, within an hour of leaving Bangkok - which is a major city, with a large population, filled with taxis, and subways (basically the New York city of Thailand) - one can come to a peaceful and serene environment. Pattaya is the complete opposite of Bangkok. Bangkok has offices and lots of traffic, where Pattaya is a one-stop beach resort, where one can just drop everything, grab a lounge chair on the beach, and watch the sunset while meditating.

The touristy area of Pattaya is broken down into five parts. There are three main roads: North Pattaya road, Central Pattaya road, and South Pattaya road. Then of course, there is the infamous Pattaya Beach road, obviously along the Beach, and finally towards the southwest, there is the well-known Walking Street.

The three main roads are filled with bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, vendors, flea markets, hotels, and massage parlors. The whole day, people are eating, going out with friends, having a couple drinks, and receiving some of the best massages, for a very reasonable price.

The beach road is of course, the precious gem that makes Pattaya what it is. In the main area of Pattaya where the beach-front runs about two miles long, one is able to either soak in the sun or just sit back and relax under an umbrella while enjoying a coconut cocktail. The beach is gorgeous, offering many activities including parasailing, jet skiing, banana boating, boat tours, and even wake boarding. It is a great place to bring your family for a long weekend and enjoy everything Pattaya has to offer for an affordable, and most importantly, an enjoyable experience.


The final trademark, and heavily visited tourist attraction in Pattaya, is the infamous Walking Street. It is located at the southwest end of the beachfront. The street runs for about 1 kilometer and is jam-packed with bars, clubs, restaurants, and tourists. Many people enjoy coming here to sit down at a heavily populated bar, and sing along to some of the famous American music that was popular in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

KSI Realty’s Recommended Spots:

If you are staying for a weekend in Pattaya, we advise you to book a room at the Hilton, a beautiful hotel located on the beach.

Looking to wine and dine at one of the most delicious restaurants in Pattaya, then try Beef Eater Pattaya along one of the main roads.

A perfect outing in Pattaya would not be complete without an hour long Thai massage in one of the city’s numerous massage parlors along the North Pattaya road.

 

Investing in Boutique Hotels

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

In recent years, international businessmen and groups have turned to a new type of real estate investment: the Boutique Hotels.

Boutique Hotels offer highly personalized services to their demanding and sophisticated clientele, a state-of-the art environment as well as unique amenities. Because they are generally smaller than typical hotels, they can offer customized travel accommodations and adapt their offer to specific lifestyles, making their guests feel "at home" when traveling abroad. 

Kijner & Sons International Realty gives you the main reasons why you should consider investing in a Boutique Hotel:

> Tourism is a major economic drive and represents a solid percentage of a country's GDP. For example, Tourism revenues for Thailand are on the rise and contributing to about 6% of the country's GDP (1) while the tourism industry in Costa Rica accounts for $2.2 billion per year, making it the most visited nation in the Central American region, with two million foreign visitors in 2008 (2). As for Florida, one of the world first tourism destinations, preliminary estimates for the second quarter of 2011 show an estimated 21.2 million travelers visited the Sunshine State, a 6.9% increase from the same period in 2010 (3)

> The emergence of a new wealthy middle class from developing countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). According to a recent survey published during the 2010 World Trade Market Show in London, nationals of the BRIC zone were the leaders in worldwide tourism. They are eager to spend their money abroad and travel for leisure to distant countries (4). Indeed, "Chinese nationals spent more than US$15 billion on tourism abroad in 2002, and US$19.1 billion in 2004"(5). As pointed out in a recent article by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, "The number of tourists from China grew nearly 33 percent during the first quarter of 2011, compared to the same period last year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. By 2015, the number of Chinese visitors is expected to reach 2,350,000 per year"(6).

> There is a growing overall demand for Boutique Hotels as travelers are looking for more tailored services whether they are going on a vacation or business trip. Traveling is more and more seen as an experience and a lifestyle where discovering a new country and its culture starts with the hotel, people are staying at. It is thus crucial for hotel owners to set their hotel apart as potential guests have a handful of possible accommodations to choose from nowadays, especially with the many Internet offers available daily. Discerning travelers will choose their hotel based on a variety of criteria that go beyond its location and the size of the room. Owners of Boutique Hotels have to be trendsetters and offer their guests the unexpected. For example, they will get a famous French or Italian fashion designer involved in the construction of the hotel (some even ask for each bedroom to be uniquely designed, adding different features and amenities), set a "theme" to cater to a specific clientele and its hobbies, thus offering services and activities based accordingly, hire a renown chef for the hotel's restaurant, add a fancy spa, a golf practice, a dance studio or a library, offer concierge services that go beyond the usual and expected...

> Boutique Hotels provide investors with good rate of return as they usually target wealthier travelers who are willing to pay to get luxury amenities and a customized experience. 

> Because of their usually smaller size and "lighter" management structure, operating costs of Boutique Hotels tend to be less than those of larger chain hotels. Some Boutique Hotels are family-run businesses, with local staff and using local products whether being for the rooms, the spa or the restaurant. 

Looking to invest in Boutique Hotels in Thailand or in Costa Rica? Here are some of our current listings:

Beach Front Boutique Hotel 
Koh Phangan, Thailand
$4,362,411

           

Beach & Casino Hotel
Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
$13,000,000

           

Hotel and Restaurant
Playa Nosara, Costa Rica
$3,500,000

Hotel, Restaurant & Lake
San Vito, Costa Rica
$1,200,000


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For more information on commercial real estate opportunities in Florida, Costa Rica or Thailand, contact us at info@kijner.com.

To preview some of our current Boutique Hotels for sale in Thailand and Costa Rica, click here

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Sources

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Thailand

(2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica

(3) http://media.visitflorida.org/news/news.php?id=204

(4) http://fr.rian.ru/world/20101108/187811496.html

(5) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_China

(6) http://www.adventuretravelnews.com/china-travel-trade-barometer-guides-u-s-travel-pros-to-chinese-market

 

Why Costa Rica is a great place to invest in 2011

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

1) Costa Rica has low cost of living and property taxes. Property taxes are typically 0.25% of the property value. 

2) In Costa Rica there are highly affordable land and home prices. Construction costs are also cheaper than in the United States and for the same construction quality, it typically costs $50/sq ft and up depending on materials and finishing details.

3) In Costa Rica, there is no restriction to property ownership by foreigners.

4) Costa Rica has one of the highest levels of foreign direct investment per capita in Latin America.

5) Costa Rica benefits from strong foreign investments thanks to the country's political and economic stability, high education levels and various governmental fiscal incentives offered in the free-trade zones. No wonder, more and more foreign companies are opening branches in Costa Rica.

6) Costa Rica has an inexpensive and excellent social health care system.

7) Costa Rica welcomes foreigners and over 50,000 Americans are already calling this green paradise home.

8) Costa Rica enjoys stable economic growth (more than 3% in 2010). Although agriculture and tourism are still the backbone of the country’s economy, high value added goods and services, including microchips, have further bolstered exports. In deed, Costa Rica is often referred as the “Silicon Valley of Central America” and in terms of estimated GDP, agriculture represented 6.3%, industry 22.9% and services, 70.8% in 2010. 

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Sources

CIA World Factbook
http://www.kijner.com/Q-A-Costa-Rica

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