Connect with us

Property

Phuket Property Watch: A whole lotta lanta

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET: As Phuket continues its geared up development drive towards an increasingly urban resort landscape, travellers are looking further afield in a move to get out of the box.

One nearby set of island’s, Koh Lanta, has all the makings of a classic resort destination. West coast sunsets, white sand beaches and the international airport within close proximity. Lanta is made up of a few small islands with a Yai and a Noi framing the story. For practical purposes most tourists know the bigger Koh Lanta Yai which is where the hotel scene is at the forefront.

From a hospitality perspective, two landmark hotel developments which are over a decade old – the luxury Pimalai Resort and Spa and Costa Lanta. The former was able to transpose a Phuket-like luxury pool villa element to the destination and was also able to sell hotel branded villas with great success. While the latter remains a strong design statement by leading Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag that has garnered global accolades for its simplistic yet innovative approach to a resort.

Traditionally, the tourism trade has similar characteristics to Khao Lak and Krabi in that it’s a strong market for Scandinavian snowbirds who flock to the island for extended periods during the winter. There are even dedicated schools set up to accommodate these temporary residents. Of course the gap in seasons has created a very defined high and low season trading climate which is gradually starting to shift.

A key development is the bridge between Lanta Yai and Noi. In the past, travellers have had to take two sets of car ferries between the islands and mainland which has been a strong deterrent to development. In 2011, a bridge between the two islands started development and is expected to complete by the middle part of this year – though a recent visit we took it appears that a delay may occur. Our course there is still one remaining short span to the mainland, but this broader connection is a significant improvement.

The peripheral area south of Krabi is also seeing infrastructure increase with the recent introduction of a new upgrade at Krabi Airport. Another lead indicator is the new Krabi Nakharin International Hospital recent opening which is a step up in medical care for both locals and overseas visitors.

With Phuket busting at the seams, an emerging marine scene is evolving which has been tapped into by Krabi Boat Lagoon who have just completed construction of their first condominium building, and more are on the way. Sales have been buoyant, spurred by an unlikely market – Thai investment buyers from the nearby Southern catchment areas. There is little large-scale property development in the surrounding areas so this sector has responded well to the offering.

By the middle of this year, a new clubhouse will be completed at the facility, and much like the associated Boat Lagoon in Phuket did for the market, the expectation is that a growing critical mass will attract broader interest given Phang Nga Bay’s attractive year round access.

In terms of tourism, Koh Lanta and Krabi are also starting to feel the emerging markets with an onslaught of new direct international flights to the gateway Krabi Airport. Both Chinese and Eastern European travellers are rising and to date there are four Thai airline carriers who fly to the destination domestically.

Speaking to hoteliers on Koh Lanta, for many the past decade has created a sense of speculation that things are not moving fast, but all we have to do is look north of Phuket at the rapid transformation in annual hotel occupancy in Khao Lak and the proof remains that the world is changing. For real estate, there still remains limited offerings and, for now, tourism is the lead industry but again things will shift for the simple reason that the fundamentals of the destination remain strong.

While Koh Lanta may seem a world way, the truth is, it’s getting closer and closer by the day.

Bill Barnett is Managing Director of C9Hotelworks. He can be contacted through: c9hotelworks.com

— Bill Barnett

 

Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Leave a comment below or join the discussion on Thaiger Talk Forums.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Interested in more property news or buying property in Thailand - check out FazWaz today!

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Tourism47 mins ago

300 tourism businesses given SHA Plus certification in Phuket

Chiang Rai52 mins ago

Police warn child pornography is a serious matter after teacher caught downloading clips

Weather1 hour ago

Tropical storm Koguma brings heavy rain to North, Northeast

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Thailand2 hours ago

(Another) poll (also) shows Thais’ lack of confidence in vaccine campaign

Politics3 hours ago

Despite rumours, PM and goverment not planning early election

Thailand3 hours ago

Thai PM not happy with soccer gambling

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Doctors demand the government be more honest about Covid-19

Songkhla4 hours ago

Songkhla officials investigate pricey street lamps

Crime5 hours ago

Illegal casino operator accused of 4 charges including murder

Thailand5 hours ago

Survey shows lack of confidence in Government’s handling of vaccinations

Thailand6 hours ago

Goverment kind of discloses what the secret budget is spent on

Weather6 hours ago

Penis statue works as village sees rain after erection

Eastern Thailand7 hours ago

Man busted for allegedly possessing over 100 marijuana plants, selling marijuana online

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Bangkok parks, salons, tattoo, massage reopen Monday

Tourism8 hours ago

TAT declares Phuket “is ready” to reopen for tourism on July 1

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending