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Bangsaray. Idyllic beaches, tropical retreat. But where is it?

Tanutam Thawan

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Ever heard of Bangsaray? It’s about 20 kilometres south of ‘Sin City’, Pattaya, and, so far has seemed to retain much of its charm. Remember Pattaya wasn’t much more than a haphazard fishing village 40 years ago (it might be argued that it’s not a fishing village any more but still haphazard).

20 kilometres appears to make a large difference and you can leave the glitz and bar girls of Pattaya behind whilst still within reach of Pattaya and the capital when you need your ‘city’ fix.

Bangsaray’s appeal appears to rest on plenty of natural attractions and lifestyle opportunities. With golf courses, alone, 20 nearby courses rank among the top PGA courses in Thailand. The local municipality has also been quite forward thinking with bike, running and hiking routes in the area. There aren’t a lot of tall buildings and large touristy developments in Bangsaray – you’re much more likely to find locals and smaller beachside restaurants.

Thailand has already made the Eastern Economic Corridor a ‘thing’ with a 20 year strategy to make it the country’s most significant economic driver for the Thai economy. Nearby Rayong and Chonburi are already big manufacturing centres. The Thai government says that 1.5 trillion baht ($43 billion) is slated for infrastructure projects, including the expansion of the U-Tapao International Airport and the construction of a high-speed railway between Bangkok and nearby Rayong.

U-Tapao International Airport has already had an upgrade and is attracting more direct flights into the region without people having to do the 2-2.5 hour road trip from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Property-report.com reports that beachfront land in Bangsaray has increased by as much as 225 percent over the last 15 years.

“A 3-rai beachfront parcel now lists at about 30 million baht per rai, compared with 7 – 8 million baht back in 2002,” says Clayton Wade, MD of Pattaya-based real estate agency Premier Homes.

“This is one of the most positive aspects of Bangsaray’s rise as a boutique resort hot spot,” Clayton says.

“Land prices in Pattaya, Jomtien and Na Jomtien went up even higher over the same period but Bangsaray hung in there with some very attractive land price increases.”

“I predicted in 2007 that Bangsaray would evolve from a sleepy fishing village image to a top Thailand boutique resort in 10 years. Well, it’s been 10 years and we haven’t quite gotten there yet but Bangsaray is well on its way.”

Read more about Bangsaray and property  developments there HERE.

- Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Pattaya: 19th SingSiam war games in the Gulf of Thailand

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Military exercises are taking place in the northern Gulf of Thailand between Sattahip and Koh Samui.

Col. Anthony Lee, commander of Singapore’s 188th Squadron, and Rear Adm. Thawatchai Muangkham, commander of the Thai Frigate Squadron, were on site for the 19th war games at the Sattahip Naval Base.

“The SingSiam games give Thai forces a chance to improve their strength and strategic training, including how to detect submarines, battle on the surface and defend air attacks. It also teaches the crews to cooperate with foreign allies,” said Rear Adm. Thawatchai Muangkham.

Ships and aircraft used included the Super Lynx Helicopter, DoMier 228 aircraft, F-27 MK 200 striker aircraft and the RSS Vigour, RSS Sovereignty and more. This year’s war games included aviation assault and support, defense at sea, target shooting, inspections, rescue missions at sea in the air, coordination, disaster prevention and more.

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Four crew plucked out of the water after freight ship sinks in Gulf of Thailand

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Four crew members of a freight ship that sank near Koh Si Chang in Chon Buri province late on Wednesday were rescued, officials said.

Phithak Watanapongpaisal, director of the marine traffic and safety of Laem Chabang deep sea port, said his centre was alerted at 11.40pm that the Phattara Marine 6 boat with 72 containers had sank near Koh Thai Ta Muen, which is located south of Koh Si Chang.

Phithak said the four crew members were plucked out of the waters shortly after the accident and rescuers managed to retrieve 20 out of 72 containers. He said it might take three days to retrieve all the containers.

Scuba divers have plugged the oil tank of the boat to prevent leakage, he added. The accident occurred after the ship had left Laem Chabang and was heading to Bangkok Port.

STORY: The Nation

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Two more Chinese airlines flying into Pattaya

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More Chinese airlines heading to Thailand. This time they’re adding services to the eastern seaboard.

Two Chinese airlines are headed to U-tapao airport, 36 km south of Pattaya.

Donghai Airlines is flying from Wanzhou to U-tapao, while Kunming Airlines is launching a service from Kunming this July.

Donghai Airlines is already flying three times a week to U-tapao (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) using Boeing 737-800 series aircraft.

Wanzhou city is on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in China with a population of a round 1,75 million residents. Wanchou district borders Sichuan to the northwest and Hubei to the southeast.

Owned by Sichuan Airlines, Donghai Airlines is also expanding with a flight to Darwin, Australia as well as U-tapao in Rayong, Thailand. The airline is aiming to expand its fleet to 120 aircraft by 2025, including Boeing 787 Dreamliners, additional Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Meanwhile, Kunming Airlines is adding its U-tapao service effective July 1, four times a week.

The flights are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and geared to the holiday package market in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.

Partly owned by Shenzhen Airlines, Kunming Airlines already flies from Kunming to Hat Yai.

Yunnan  is the closest Chinese province to Thailand sharing a border with northwest Laos near the town of Luang Namtha. The Chinese province was a founding member of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Tourism Working Group along with five countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

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