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Provincial land prices double as big developers go upcountry
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PHUKET: The expansion by leading property firms of their investment in the provinces during the course of last year has resulted in land prices doubling in many areas.

The main provinces and areas subject to the expansion drive are Rayong, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Phuket, Pattaya, Hat Yai and Khao Yai.

Preecha Ariyanon, managing director of Term Sup Group, a developer in Rayong, said the price of land along the province’s Sukhumvit Road had increased from an average of 20 million baht per rai (0.16 hectare) two years ago to 40mn baht now.

Land in Pluak Deang district has also doubled in the same period, to an average of 10 mn baht per rai.

Local developers are, however, able to compete with the property companies from Bangkok that have expanded into the province, as they had acquired their land before prices started to surge, he said.

For example, Term Sup Group holds more than 4,000 rai in Rayong province, which is valued at an average cost that is still below 20mn baht per rai.

As a result, the company can develop residential projects at a lower cost than new competitors in the local market.

Yesterday, the company introduced a 1 billion baht condominium project, the Wisdom Grandiose Condo, comprising 330 keys, with units priced from 1.6 million baht.

The units will each have 30 sqm of utility space.

Term Sup Group also plans a townhouse project worth between 1.6bn and 2bn baht as its next launch, Preecha added.

Rayong province has recently seen the launch of 10 condominium projects with a combined 1,000 units, worth 4bn baht in total.

One of the projects is a development by Sansiri, which has launched the 600mn baht condo, Nernpra, which will have 328 units.

Low-rise housing is another new market for listed property firms expanding their investment in Rayong.

The Confidence, a subsidiary of Quality Houses, has introduced the 660mn baht Casa Seaside Rayong detached-housing project, while Lalin Property has launched a similar project worth 600mn baht.

Udon Thani province has also seen land prices rising sharply, from an average of 20mn per rai on Pho Sri Road two years ago to between 30mn and 40mn baht now.

This is down to leading developers Sansiri, Asian Property Development, LPN Development, Land & Houses and Supalai all having shown interest in expanding their investments in the province.

Meanwhile, land prices in Phuket and Songkhla have also soared from 2010 levels due to rising residential demand, said Business Housing Association president Issara Boonyoung.

The average price in Phuket rose from 20mn baht per rai to 40mn baht during the period, which like other examples noted, was due to a number of Bangkok and local property firms expanding their investments in the province, he said.

Thanawat Poolsil, president of the Songkhla Real Estate Association, said demand for the development of residential projects was focused on two Songkhla districts: Hat Yai and Sadao.

The price of land in Hat Yai has risen by an average of 10 per cent a year and is now about 50mn baht per rai, while Sadao district has witnessed a similar annual rise to 10mn baht, he said.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Road deaths

4 people drown after SUV careers into canal in Chon Buri

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4 people died after a driver allegedly hit a curb and lost control of her Toyota Fortuner SUV, running it off the road and into a Chon Buri canal.

The driver, 38 year old Sukanya from Bangkok, survived and told police she was driving 6 friends from Bangkok to Rai Lak Thong, a subdistrict in Chon Buri. She says the road was dark and she was unfamiliar with the area. She hit a curb, breaking through the road barrier and overturning the car. The SUV then slid into the a Phanat Nikhom district canal.

The water in the canal was high due to the weekend storm. The driver and 2 others were able to get out through the window, but the others – 1 man and 3 women – drowned in the submerged vehicle. By the time rescue workers arrived and pulled the bodies out of the car, they were dead.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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5 protesters to be charged over a rally in front of the Thai Army’s headquarters

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With impeccable timing, Nang Loeng police have summoned 5 protest leaders to appear before the Special Prosecutor’s Office at the Dusit District Court in Bangkok. They will be formally charged over their roles in a protest in front of the Army’s headquarters on July 20. At the time it followed an online exchange from an Army official criticising the students who had been protesting at the Democracy Monument days before.

The protest targeted Colonel Nusra Vorapatratorn, deputy spokesperson of the Army. Posting on her Facebook page about the Saturday protest, the Colonel said that rally’s participants should “focus on doing their jobs rather than joining the protest.” The Colonel later deleted the social media post.

Another army spokesman, Colonel Winthai Suvaree, spoke to the media at the time and stated that Nusra “had expressed her personal opinion” and that “she is no longer the deputy spokesperson”.

After protesting outside the Army over the contents of the post, 5 protest leaders face official charges of “violating the Emergency Decree, the Traffic Act and use of loudspeakers in public without permission. The 5 protagonists facing charges are human rights lawyer Anon Nampa, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Piyarath “Toto” Jongthep, Suwanna Tarnlek and Panupong Jardnok (Mike Rayong).

All 5 deny the charges and say they will defend their roles in court.

The charges follow a weekend of protests, with up to some 30,000 people gathering in the Bangkok rain to rally against the government and confirm a 10-point manifesto which includes demands to reform Thai politics and the country’s monarchy. Specially the demands include the dissolution of the Thai parliament, standing down of the current PM and a new constitution to replace the 2017 Thai charter.

Today the Fine Arts Department has also says it will file charges of “trespassing on an archaeological site” after protesters yesterday embedded a symbolic brass plaque to replace another plaque that dates back to the 1932 Siam Revolution (when a bloodless coup overthrew the ‘absolute monarchy’ in Thailand). That plaque mysteriously disappeared in 2017.

The protesters responded this afternoon by saying that Sanam Luang is not an archaeological site, but a “public space for recreation and for vendors and hawkers”.

Following on from the support of the crowd over the weekend, the protesters are planning to stage another protest in front of Parliament this Thursday. A House debate on constitutional amendments is due to start this Wednesday.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Thailand Post to upcycle parcel boxes into furniture for Border Patrol Police School

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The Thailand Post is going to turn its parcel cardboard boxes and paper envelopes into tables and chairs for students at the Border Patrol Police School. The postal service says they’ve already received 10,000 kilograms of used boxes and envelopes for the upcycling project.

People can send used parcel boxes and envelopes back to Thailand Post to be collected for the furniture project. President of the postal service Korkij Danchaivichit says discounts and promotions are offered through the 9.9 online shopping campaign which promotes the reuse of the packages. He says some local online marketers have already hopped on board.

“It is a win-win situation for all… First of all, suppliers use compostable paper parcels that are eco-friendly; also 9.9 online shopping enhances the economy, and finally, we (Post Office) get to collect the reusable paper parcels and turn them into furniture to supply schools.”

The campaign ends on October 31. Korkij says he’d like to invite more people, online retailers and businesses to send back their used parcel boxes and envelopes.

SOURCES:Xinhua| Nation Thailand

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