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Following the success of Walden Asoke launched in March this year, and now 90% sold, the Habitat Group is launching its second city centre luxury low rise condominium under the Walden brand – Walden Sukhumvit 39.

Developed under the concept of “Low Rise, High Living”, the 950 million baht development embraces nature in its design. With end-users and investors in mind, Walden Sukhumvit 39 is located in the most expensive rental area of Bangkok, Sukhumvit, where rates reach 1,000 baht per sqm/ month, and yields for Walden Sukhumvit 39 owners are expected to reach 5% per year.

“High-end condominiums continue to grow in popularity attracting both Thai and international buyers, as well as investors. With Grade A locations scarce, especially along Sukhumvit Road and the BTS route, land prices are at a premium, which in turn has meant prices for condominiums in Sukhumvit 39 have grow exponentially over the past five years (2014-2018), from 160,000 baht/ sqm to 275,000 baht/ sqm,” said Mr. Chanin Vanijwongse, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat Group

Sukhumvit is a popular residential area with condominiums commanding high rents and occupancy, Sukhumvit 39 itself a popular Japanese community home to 100,000 families and approximately 250,000 people.

Identifying an opportunity to create a unique, luxury low rise condominium in the heart of Bangkok, Habitat Group launch Walden Sukhumvit 39 on 0-3-22 rai of land in soi Sukhumvit 39. An eight floor condominium with a total of 116 units comprising One Bedroom (95 units) from 34.56 – 45.77 sqm, Two Bedroom (14 units) ranging from 53.25 – 59.44 sqm, and Loft Garden (7 units) which are two-storey two bedroom configurations covering 60.53 sqm, construction will start Q2 2019 and is expected to be complete and with units ready-to-move-in, in Q2 2021. Prices start from 5.9 million baht.

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“Sukhumvit is a high potential location. It is not only a good location for living but it’s also an important business centre that’s surround by facilities including five-star hotels, office buildings, shopping malls, tourist destinations, hospitals, schools and universities. Located in Phrom Phong area of Bangkok, close to the Phrom Phong BTS station, Emquartier and Emporium malls, and Samitivej Hospital, Walden Sukhumvit 39 offers privacy and convenience in the heart of Bangkok,” added Mr. Chanin.

Walden Sukhumvit 39’s target market is 70% investor and 30% owner-user. Monthly rental rates are expected to be 30,000-60,000 baht per month, depending on unit size, with an average yield of 5% per year, compared to condominiums in the inner Sukhumvit area which average yields of approximately 3% per year.

Highlights of the development include a luxurious design, privacy and natural surrounds. Extensive green trees onsite will provide shade and cool for both the outdoor facilities and indoor areas, while each unit has a spacious, airy design with room functionality that can be adjusted to owners’ lifestyles.

The expansive rooftop facilities include separate adult and children swimming pools, jacuzzi and Onzen, as well as a sky terrace and communal spaces for family activities, a BBQ corner, and a playground, giving Walden Sukhumvit 39 a resort feel in the city. Water features, lobby and fitness center round out the facilities.

Complementing the natural feel and lush landscaping of Walden Sukhumvit 39 is technology and innovation. Automated Parking provides a convenient parking solution for car-owners while “Walden Privilege” allows residents to shop and order home delivery, take-away food, pay bills and manage house cleaning on a tablet.

“We are confident that Walden Sukhumvit 39 will be well received by customers due to its location and high investment potential that will deliver strong rental returns and long term asset gain. There is high demand from Thai and expatriates looking to reside in the area, especially Japanese and Chinese, as well as investors – these are our main target group. Our hospitality arm, Habitat Hospitality, will manage the properties and facilitate rent for owners, ensuring yields are high, and we expect investors to profit from Walden Sukhumvit 39 with a 3-5% capital gain yearly,” concluded Mr. Chanin.

Habitat Group will host two exclusive booking days on 22 and 23 September where interested buyers can visit the show unit at Habitat Group’s Sales Gallery. For more information, visit www.habitatgroup.co.th or call 02-168-8266.

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1 killed, 20 injured in gas pipe explosion in Samut Prakan

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A gas pipe explosion at a Samut Prakan industrial site killed 1 and injured 20 others. Flames burst in the air and those at homes in the province’s Bang Bo district fled the area. At this time, there’s been 1 confirmed death, an elderly bedridden woman, but Thai media reports there could be another death.

Around 40 to 50 fire engines were called to the scene to extinguish the fire at the site near Wat Preng Ratbanrung on Thepparat-Lat Krabang Road. The mayor of the tambon Preng administration organisation reported the incident in a broadcast on the traffic radio station JS100.

The gas pipe that exploded leads to the large-scale Asia Industrial Estate Suvarnabhumi, according to the senior executive vice president of PTT’s gas business unit.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Government lifts Bangkok’s State of Emergency

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Bangkok’s State of Emergency has been lifted, according to a statement published in the Royal Gazette, making it official. The order, banning large public gatherings, and censoring critical media commentary, was imposed last Thursday morning by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, leading to the breaking up a protest and the arrests of a number of activists.

“The current violent situation that led to the announcement of the severe situation has eased and ended to a situation in which government officials and state agencies can enforce the regular laws.”

Protesters ignored the orders and rallies only grew over the past week. The recent series of protests started on Wednesday, October 14 at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument. The demonstration happened to be at the same day and the same route as a royal motorcade, causing complications as well as a clash between the royal supporters and the protesters calling on reform.

Protesters walked to the Government House and intended to set up camp for a few days to put pressure on Prayut to resign. The protest was broken up at 4am the next morning after the prime minister issued the state of emergency. More than 20 activists were arrested, many faced charges of violating the emergency measures.

Despite the government orders, there have been rallies everyday. The emergency order also banned content on websites and social media considered to be a “threat to national security.” Some Thai media outlets covering the protests were under fire, and some authorities tired to suspend them under the emergency order. The court dismissed the requests to block those media companies, saying the Thai Constitution does not give the court power to shutdown media platforms.

SOURCE: Reuters

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Negative Covid-19 results for first group on the Special Tourist Visa

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Surely, the most anticipated and followed tourists ever to grace Thailand’s shores. All 39 visitors who flew in from China this week on the new Special Tourist Visa have tested negative for Covid-19. While it’s a small group, they’re the first foreign tourists to arrive since travel restrictions were imposed in late-March.

More international tourists are expected to arrive next week under the auspices of the new Special Tourist Visa. If there are no positive Covid-19 cases in the first groups, the government says they could start to lift restrictions, like cutting down the mandatory quarantine period, or allowing more applicants under the STV.

2 more groups travelling from China are expected to arrive next week on October 26 and 27, according to the tourism and sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. Another group of travellers from Scandinavian countries are expected to arrive in November.

Reopening borders to foreign tourists has been a concern for some about the potential spread of the coronavirus, even though tourists are required to go through a 14 day quarantine period before travelling in the country. Phiphat says those entering Thailand on the Special Tourist Visa are only those from areas declared free of Covid-19 for at least a month.

“Europe now faces a second wave… The Tourism and Sports Foreign ministries will allow tourists from low-risk cities with zero new cases for more than 30 days.”

If there continues to be no positive Covid-19 cases from those on the Special Tourist Visa, Phiphat says they government could implement a more relaxed quarantine. Health officials have talked about cutting the quarantine down to 10 days and possibly just a week. Phiphat says they would first need approval from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

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