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Thai law is different if you buy a condominium (an apartment) or a house. This article focuses on buying a house and leasing land.
In general (with a few exceptions) foreigners cannot buy land in Thailand as the law is today. But the law has the opportunity for foreigners to lease the land on which a house is built. The house itself can be legally owned by foreigners.
There are no special rules regarding foreigners who purchase a new house. A normal contract will be signed and the buyer will be the owner of the house. Regarding the land plot on which the house is built, the law has the opportunity to create a 30 years lease agreement, which can be extended with another 30 years. The lease contract is being registered in the Land Office so the owner can be sure that during the agreed lease period nothing can happen to his house and that he alone has the land at his disposal.
It is, however, possible to create some special agreements between seller and buyer.
Such a contract agrees that the buyer at any time during the lease period can:
– Present another person as a leaser, who gets a new contract of 30+30 years. The agreed payment from the new leaser goes to the previous leaser less a one-time fee of 100,000 THB.
– Present a buyer, who according to Thai law can own the land. The agreed payment from the new owner goes to the leaser less a one-time fee of 100,000 THB.
The person who leases the land therefore has the same advantages as an owner when it comes to the added value of the land over the years. At the same time he has some further advantages that he wouldn’t have as an owner, for example that the land is protected against creditors if the contract has been agreed with one person, and the land is protected in case of a divorce. Furthermore, the leaser has the right to at anytime present a person who will take over the contract in case of the leaser’s death.
But in this area there are different agreements with different consequences for the leaser, so it is important that the leaser gets advice from professionals and also is careful with the details in the lease contract and the person who he leases from.
The overhead expenses when registering a lease contract are 1% of the agreed lease amount. When buying a house on a leased land plot there are no rules about a statement from the bank that the money has been transferred from another country into Thailand. The Land Office will register the house in the owner’s name and he only needs to present a valid passport and a valid entry stamp or a valid visa.
A lease agreement will be registered on the property document (in Thai called the Chanot). There are also ways to ensure that the person who owns the land plot and leases it to the leaser cannot sell the land to others.
The above is for information purposes only and we don’t guarantee its accuracy in any specific case. This information can therefore only be used as a general guideline.
Every property has it’s own map with a precise position, details are either in the description or will be sent to you within one day after booking is accepted.
Once you have booked an accommodation with us, you will receive a contract by email. You have to pay half of the rental cost within 8 days, and the remaining on site at the house or bank-transfer. It is important that you send a copy of the payment to us by mail. This will make it easier for our office, since the bank-routines are different in Thailand. When you arrive, you will pay the balance to our staff, or pay at the bank or PayPal. Here in Thailand, cash handling is still common.
The address of your stay and further check-in info will be provided by the owner soon after your booking is confirmed.
Easiest way to get to Rayong from the airport is by taxi. There is a booking form on the website where you enter your arrival at the airport and flight number. It is important that you inform how many bags you have, and how many persons you are. A regular car costs 2500 thb and a mini-car costs 3500 thb. When you arrive at the baggage belt, it simplifies the driver if you text an sms to the number you received at the confirmation, saying that you are there, since it makes it easier for them to know when you are expected to arrive at meeting point 3. When you get out of customs you go to the right and there you will meet your driver with a sign with your name at meeting point 3.
The Swedish school has organized a school bus from Mae Ramphung Beach to the school in Ban Phe. We have had several families who have chosen to stay for a long time and have their children in Swedish school. We have used the school for many years. The school also opens up for Swedish / Finnish children with Finnish speaking help once a week.
Electricity is included up to 10% of the rental cost. In addition to that consumption, 6 thb per kilowatt hour and 5 thb per cubic charge are charged.
There are sheets and towels cleaned when you arrive. It is up to you to clean during your stay, this can be done by ordering from visitrayong.com, or through the reception of your resort. Please bring your own beach towels.
Visit the front desk and explain the problems you’re experiencing, and they will help you. We have employed staff who manages the gardens, the pools and solves any problems regarding the accommodation
Pharmacies are in many places, the closest from the VIP Chain Resort, located on the second parallel road from Beach Rd. Turn onto the gravel road for VIP Condochain until you reach the next major road. Pharmacy is located to the right and mini Tesco left.
Internet is not as stable as you might be used to, it has it’s moments when internet is down…
One option might be to buy an internet dongle with associated prepaid card, or buy your own SIM card and share from your phone (this option is almost always up and running), at the moment (spring 2017) such an option would cost around 800 THB for 25 GB, valid for one month.
There are many restaurants that have free wi-fi. On both of our resorts it is possible to buy the Internet and connect to our hot-spot, or use free internet in the public areas near the pool and restaurant.
If you do not have a beneficial phone-deal from your home-country, we recommend that you buy a prepaid card for calls within Thailand. This can be purchased at 7-Eleven, and many other places in Ban Phe and Rayong. We recommend “1-2-Call AIS” and “True move”, where the 4G deals works nicely most of the time, although the amount of GigaByte may not be the best for movie-streaming, it is perfectly ok for streaming music and checking EMail.
In Ban Phe there are many opticians where you can buy both glasses and contact-lenses.
There are several opticians around the main street of Ban Phe, and also in Rayong.
There are plenty of hairdressers, at different prices, just look for the typical spinning paint roller.
If you have the misfortune to need to go to hospital, there is a very good hospital in Rayong called the Bangkok-Rayong Hospital, where you get fantastic quality healthcare. If you are hospitalized you even can choose room-category aa in a hotel (of course there is a cost for this, but far from the cost in western hospitals). Do not forget to be insured for illness and accident before leaving your country just in case disaster strikes.
The care is very quick and thorough, even a little bit too thorough since they want to earn money on anything you might suffer from.
There are plenty of dentists in Rayong. One dentist we recommend, is opposite of Laemthong in Rayong.
There are several German restaurants in the area that also serve Thai food. Along the Mae Rampung Beach road you will find Mikel’s restaurant.
Here is what we think Ban Phes best beef burger, in the evening it’s full bar-life, similar to Mikels. There are a number of bars in the vicinity.
One of the classic German restaurants here in the area is the Weena restaurant that serves huge portions in a nice garden setting that is amazing.
A short distance from this restaurant lies Pom’s corner, which serves German and Thai food and is a new favorite with high quality food.
There are more and more French-owned restaurants serving both meat dishes and pizza.
Please see our map of Rayong with several exposed restaurant favorites. click
We Swedes are a big tourist group here in Thailand and this also applies here in Rayong / Ban phe. There are several Swedish restaurants in the area serving meatballs, meat with mushroom sauce etc.
Some examples include Oleary’s S.B D, Yellow Wagon, Nois Cafe and Thai-Nordic Restaurant located on Mae Ramphung Beach Rd, near our resort Sea Sand Sun.
Please see our map of Rayong, with several exposed restaurant favorites.click
It is easy to find good, nice restaurants and chill in seafood as the Thai themselves do. They order in many dishes set in the middle of the table, then enjoy the food together. Shrimp, crab, grilled fish …. Keep in mind that the food may be well-spiced, so if you are sensitive ask Pet noi for safety, which means a little strong, or may be pet (not strong).
Along the beach between the aquarium and the fish market there are several really good fish restaurants, where Ban Talay (home to the sea) is a favorite. In the evening, Ban Phe changes and the food carts roll out, the chairs are set up and Spartan restaurants open. Genuine Thai food.
Outside the entrance to VIP Chain Resort, Pama’s serves good Thai food and some European dishes, good food and free beach chairs at the beach. Going a few minutes to the right from the resort you will find Thanom kitchen which is one of the most famous and popular restaurants on Mae Ramphung beach. European food and Thai food are served at the beach or restaurant.
Within the shopping malls you will find most often a so-called Food court where many Thai eaters eat when they shop cheap. Here you do not usually pay with cash, but pay with a card that you re-pick with any amount.
You will find more restaurants in our popular map of Rayong and Ban phe.click
Japanese food is very popular with the Thai themselves, you can even buy sushi in the markets. You will find most of the Japanese restaurants inside Rayong and the various shopping places ..
Some examples are Fuji, and Ya-yoi that have slightly lower prices. Inside Ban Phe there are several Korean Barbeques where you can eat how much you want for a cheap money.
The most popular is open evening and is not far from Big C (Ban Phe). . You will find more restaurants in our popular map of Rayong and Ban phe.click
There are several really nice restaurants in the area, most of them located in Rayong. A strong recommendation is to go to the hotel Kameo and eat their evening buffet which contains the most missing in Thailand. Steak .. Mondays and Thursdays is the buffet, otherwise a la carte. The sister hotel, Kantary Bay, on Rayong beach serves lunch buffet on wednesdays and sundays, was previously very high quality but has lately deteriorated.
Tamnanpar or Classic Forest as many call the restaurant is a must when in Ban phe. The environment is amazing and the food is good. Do not forget to check out the toilets, which have won the world toilet champion chip on several occasions.
See also Google map page
Yes there are a number of shops. Big C, Makro in Ban Phe and Tesco supermarket (not huge, but has all essential needs).
Inside Rayong is the big Tesco, a few minutes away from the bus station and market, also you have tops in Central Plaza, and Big C in Laemthong, and also next to Central Plaza.
Ban Phe has a new Makro store (here is almost everything that might be needed) before Tesco Lotus inside the village, where Suan Son Beach begins, Big C is on the other end of Ban Phe (closer to Mae Raemphung beach). A small mini Tesco only a short distance from Condochain VIP and VIP Chain Resort.
Big C is a major retailer that is in Rayong and Ban Phe. They have slightly lower prices than Tesco, there is food, clothing, housewares, appliances and technology gadgets (two stores in Rayong). Do you have your own car or order a taxi there is the big Makro worth a visit, located at Road nr 3, outside of Rayong. This Makro is where restaurant owners buy food to their restaurants. Lower prices and very good quality meat
In Ban Phe there is not much shopping, it is a small village with small shops and some groceries.
Inside Rayong there are major department stores and shopping centers, the most popular are Laemthong and Central Plaza.
If you are really serious about shopping, we recommend to go to Pattaya or perhaps spend your last days in Bangkok.
Take a look at our map over Ban Phe and Rayong to see what kind of shopping that you can do. A recommendation is the Friday night market near Tesco Lotus in Rayong, here you can find a lot of stuff!
There are two tailors near Novotel hotel.
There are plenty of taxi cars at the airport. Unfortunately, usually they have trouble finding Rayong. The easiest way is to have a pre-booked taxi, where the chauffaeur stands with a sign at the airport and meet up. It is a venue that is to the right when you leave the customs. (Meeting Point 3). It takes about 2.5 hours to Rayong and the car stops 1 time (if you want) so you can shop a little and stretch your legs. Price for regular car THB 2500 and 3500 for the mini-van when booked directly from Chamms taxi, it is cheaper to take a taxi directly and negotiate (around 2000 THB), but we assume no responsibility. This booking is strictly between you and Chamm, we take no responsibility, all payments go directly without intermediaries to Chamm and his driver. When booking via Chamm however, we have the knowledge when you arrive, and can help when things go wrong …
We have made a form for booking taxis, push the button to get there, or book directly with Chamm (phone +66 (0) 87-741 22 46).
There are local providers everywhere. Make sure you get a helmet when you rent, also make sure the moped / motorcycle is insured.
For your own safety’s sake and to avoid being stopped by the police (cost 200 bath if you get caught without a helmet). According to Thai law a valid driving license has to be used, you may use an international driving license (otherwise you might be fined 200 THB).
It is the law that the driver wears a helmet, of course, we recommend everyone to wear a helmet.
Most of our customers choose to rent from Chamm since he holds a high service level to you as a customer and will help if there is any problems, he can also help you with taxis. You can reach him at telephone number 087-741 22 46
With songtaew you can comfortably look around in the area.
The dark-blue song-taew goes from Mae RamPhueng beach to Rayong Bus-terminal.
It is easy to get to Rayong or to Mae Raemphung with the blue buses, sometimes they come every half hour, sometimes every hour, sometimes not at all (cost 25 bath, you pay when you leave the “bus”)
In order to stop a songtaew, it’s just to wave, and they will stay and pick you up.
There is also a minibus from Ban Phe to Pattaya, as well as from Rayong bus-station to many other places, including Bangkok
In Ban Phe and Rayong you can find taxis and motorcycle-taxis.
If you want a taxi from Mae Rampung Beach, it is recommended that you call and order before. Inside Ban Phe there are taxis at the large Seven-Eleven in front of the pier where boats go to Koh Samed. Inside Rayong there is taxis outside Laemthong and at the bus station. It is also possible to negotiate with the Song taow’s outside Laemthong for a private drive home. Cost is about 300-350 THB to Mae raemphueng beach.
Most often, the taxi journeys here in Rayong are pre-booked and the price is agreed with the driver, so you do not need to tip if you do not want to. If the taxi has a taxi-meter just round up depending on the length of the ride. When you go for a taxi in Bangkok, Bangkok requires a driver to use his taximeter.
West of Ban Phe there is the Mae Rampung Beach, east of Ban Phe to Mae Phim there is at first the Suan Son Beach.
After Suan son beach it will be no other beaches until you arrive at Mae Phim, only private beaches near the hotels and resorts. Mae Rampung Beach is becoming more and more popular because of the wide long beach, and also the central location. Easy to get to the provincial town of Rayong and the village of Ban Phe.
– Emergency call 1669
– Police High way 1193
– Police Hotline 191
– Tourist Police 0 3865 5420, 1155
– Police station Rayong City 0 3861 1200, 0 3861 1111
– Banphe Police Station 0 3865 1803
– Tourist office 0 3865 5420, 038 664 585
– Bangkok Hospital 0 3892 1999
– Rayong Hospital (public hospital) 0 3861 1147, 0 3861 7453 alt 60
– Thai hitta.se 1113
– Immigration Office 0 3868 4544
Just visit your local Thai embassy and apply for the period you are about to stay.
Thais are generally very open and receive tourists. Here in Rayong, it’s still quite un-touristed and you meet the real Thailand ..
It is not in the nature of Thai to tell others what is right and wrong, but they assume that you have the respect to behave like you behave in your own country and that you respect their customs. This also applies to how to dress.
You take off the shoes before entering a temple. The feet are considered unclean and must not be turned against people, Buddha figures or temples. The foot should be on the ground. You should not touch Buddha statues or historical monuments. It is also not allowed to photograph everywhere. Therefore, it is important that you pay attention to where this is allowed. You should also not touch or pose in front of Buddha figures.
In Thailand, it is considered unworthy not to be able to master your feelings. That is, you as a tourist should not show anger or be upset. With a smile you will come a long way, here in Thailand!
You should not touch a Thai head because the hair is considered holy.
In addition, you should wear appropriate clothes that do not show too much skin in public areas. In temples, both men and women should wear clothes that also cover the shoulders and knees. Please put on something instead of bikini or swimwear when you go and eat lunch at a restaurant
To get the latest recommendations regarding vaccinations, contact your doctor or vaccination center for current information regarding necessary vaccinations, or other disease prevention. You can also read more at www.vaccination.nu
Rayong is one of the most sunny places in Thailand during the summer.
The rainy season usually begins in June and ends in October. Rain showers may occur, usually at night. However, the rain showers do not last for too long to re-break and let the sun come back. It’s also an experience to experience a really hot monsoon rain and when it’s raining it’s raining hot water.
Thailand and Europe has around 220 volts in their power-outlets. Usually you can use your regular contacts, but there are also different sockets and an adapter is recommended.