PHUKET: Inevitably I have seen a fair amount of unethical and immoral behavior in Phuket connected to my work and the experiences of clients. This, combined with the huge changes in the Phuket business, infrastructure, development and demographics, has led me to conduct a quick mental check on where we stand in Phuket when it comes to morals, and how this relates to one of Phuket’s most important markets – property.
I would like to set out a few examples of some common moral issues and I will leave it to you to draw your own conclusions, based on your own moral compass. There is, as is a common saying in Thailand, no clear ‘right or wrong’.
Foreigners and land
It is quite clear under Thai law that foreigners are generally prohibited from owning land. There is no deception there. The issues that have arisen from this prohibition are that many don’t like the law and try to find ways ‘around’ the problem.
Foreigners can lease land. A Thai corporation can own land, but not solely for the purpose of owning land. Foreigners can own buildings. These have become, I hope, commonly known facts.
Even though it is legal for a Thai person to own property in the UK, for example, I haven’t heard of many Thai people being accused of circumventing any of the rules governing such purchases or holdings.
Yes, historically British governments have taken a different view on foreign property investment and ownership, but the balance of power in Thailand could easily shift if wealthy foreign corporations were simply able to start land banking here.
There are some reforms that could be made along the lines of the Malaysia second home program with some better functions, of that there is no doubt, but some perspective is required about where Thailand is in terms of its development of laws.
Keeping reservation deposits
If there is one way to destroy the market you work in, being unfair to potential buyers, who will clearly discuss their experience with other potential buyers, is a surefire way to contribute to negative impacts on the property market.
For a dozen years, I have seen miscommunication, misunderstanding and unfortunately quite a few cases of immoral unfairness in relation to ‘reservation deposits’.
A reservation deposit for a property is security for a seller against costs incurred by time wasters. If a potential buyer places a reservation deposit and then uses the sellers’ time and their advisers’ time, and simply withdraws without cause, they should lose some money if not all of their reservation deposit, if the amount is fairly small.
However, if a seller has mis-sold something – maybe told the buyer that they are buying ‘freehold’ when the purchase is leasehold, or a variation of leasehold – and the buyer feels uncomfortable about that and wishes to withdraw, then the money should go straight back to the reservation holder.
Further, if the buyer finds out there is an issue with the property, or a serious defect, they should get their money back.
Promises of ‘Free golf course membership’, ‘Access to tennis court’, ‘Discounts at restaurants’, ‘Discounted school fees’, etc, can lead to problems. Golf membership promises can turn into ‘plus green fees and caddy fees and subject to availability’.
Tennis can turn out to be on ‘uncovered courts only.’ Or restaurants that serve ‘subject to restaurant opening times’, when the restaurant is in fact permanently closed. Or a gym room without any machines or air-con. Buyers remember all these small things too.
Honesty on financial position
When you ask to borrow money from somebody, a sensible potential lender will ask if you have enough money, or will have enough money, to pay it back, or the lender will already have confidence you are a good payer.
When it comes to off-the-plan property where sales require large payments from buyers to fund construction, if the developer already owes money to the bank and the payments are a priority, it is unfair to take money from potential buyers without first informing them very clearly that the developer has some debts which must be repaid as part of the financial equation.
I have seen many times situations where buyers are shocked to learn of a registered mortgage against the same title that they thought they were investing in.
It would be great to see more honesty in the world generally, and Phuket is no exception to that wish.
Desmond Hughes has been an owner and operator of his law firm in Thailand for 12 years, and is a Senior Partner at Hughes Krupica law firm www.hugheskrupica.com.
— Desmond Hughes
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com
In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.
But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.
Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.
In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.
The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.
By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.
Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.
You can read the full list HERE.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.
The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.
The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.
Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.
As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.
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