The Kingdom of Thailand ranges from a mountainous north down to the southern Malay Peninsula with numerous iconic islands in the Andaman Sea. It has an emerging, newly industrialised economy mixing manufacturing, agriculture and tourism.
Sixteen million tourists visit Thailand each year, relishing the mix of brash and buzzy cities, jungle-covered islands and expanses of rural beauty. Properties on offer range from city-centre apartments to beachfront villas with hotel-branded holiday homes a growing feature.
Bangkok is the main entry point, a rapidly expanding city of over seven million people. It combines throbbing nightlife and historic Buddhist temples, standout shopping and international businesses. Modern high-rise apartment buildings in Downtown Bangkok give swift access to the city’s excellent facilities with Silom, Sathorn and Sukhumvit all popular residential areas.
Bangkok is a sprawling city and the suburbs of Nonthaburi and Bang Na, within 20 minutes of the centre offer houses on exclusive residential estates. The modern and efficient Bangkok Sky Train serves suburbs to the east and south of the centre where good international schools attract families.
Phuket is the largest of all Thailand’s islands with a good infrastructure including hospitals and the country’s second busiest international airport. The west of Phuket is generally more developed and the busiest.
Long-term residents head away from the somewhat frenetic tourist hotspots of Patong and Kata concentrating instead on hillside homes around Surin and Kamala in the north or the beaches of Kathu or Chalong in the southeast. This is where boats depart for smaller islands in Phang Na Bay.
Chiang Mai in the north one hour by plane from Bangkok is a quiet and rural option with a delightful climate and good facilities.
Hua Hin, a three-hour car journey south of Bangkok, is where the Thai Royal family built their summer palace in the 1920s and today is a lively seaside town providing a charmed quality of life.