Go to College in Phuket
Jun14

Go to College in Phuket

There are some genuine reasons for foreign students to go Phuket for study: a) The place is very cost effective. b) the courses offered by Thai universities are globally recognized. c) It’s warm and quiet climate gives very comfort for students to be attentive in study. But first, there are some steps to take, in order to go to Thailand for study. The applicant can choose the program of his choice. It is advisable to choose as many programs possible in beginning. In final stage of application, he or she can choose the program of the university where he or she gets selected. Some universities may ask for all original documents along with form, while others approve even Xeroxed or faxed copies of documents. After receiving the letter of admission, the foreign student will be considered as he or she is accepted for the program of the particular university. The letter gives the date from when class will be started and the subjects, and how  she or he is allowed to enroll. Foreign students are allowed to enroll for a minimum of three subjects per semester. There are three things required to apply for a Thailand student visa. 1. Letter of admission. 2. Valid passport. 3. Recent passport size photograph. Once a potential foreign student has these three required things, he may apply for student visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Thai Consulate in his country. If the applicant is already in Thailand with valid tourist visa, he need not to depart from the country to convert it to student visa. But, if he does not have a valid tourist visa, in that case he will have to leave Thailand and apply for student visa from outside of the country. Initially the student visa will be issued for ninety days only. Within ninety days, the student will have register himself with Thai university and pay the corresponding tuition fee for his studies. Once the student completes these two prerequisites, he may get a one year student visa in Thailand without leaving the country. Foreign students in Thailand have responsibilities; not fulfilling them could mean losing their student visa. After the Thailand student visa is issued, the visa holder must notify the government about their location and status every ninety days. This rule is for the safety of the student. The  student must complete a short form and give their current address so that Thai immigration offices can tell where he or she is, at any given...

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General Guide to Phuket Real-Estate
Jun12

General Guide to Phuket Real-Estate

Phuket is a small island off the west coast of Thailand. The natural attractions for Thailand’s largest island are many, including pristine beaches and varied rain forests. Once a small fishing village, it has turned into one of the best tourist and investment destinations of the world. Millions of tourists flock the the beaches every year, creating a very large opportunity for inhabitants with the right mind-set. With a place as beautiful as this, one would start to worry about the luxury hotels and condominiums taking over the breathtaking scenery. Fortunately, officials are doing everything possible to retain the beauty of the island. That’s not to say that the area is without opportunities. Phuket’s real estate industry, especially the luxury residential market, has done very well over the past twenty years and is now at first class standards. The market of Phuket barely noticed the downturn of current economic uncertainty, and supports a rich mixture of cultures. Real estate prices were low to begin with compared to the global market, and because of the current economic state have decreased even more. Combined with the diverse culture and the welcoming nature of the residents, this makes the appeal of Phuket that much greater. The real estate market has spurred growth in other areas as well. Almost anything you could think of doing, can be done in Phuket. Amazing restaurants and small personable shops have sprung up all over the cities of the island. The potential for investment in the area is still amazingly high. Despite the Thai laws to follow when purchasing property, the local intermediaries make the process a fairly simple one. The intermediaries can help with a variety of tasks, such as finding the perfect property, a nice project, or simply negotiating a fair price. They will be there when you need them, and fees are inconsequential because any costs are billed to the seller. The opportunities of Phuket are limitless, from diving, golfing, music, or just real estate investment. Phuket can become your perfect home in just a few short weeks. Whether you are looking for a quiet get-away to relax or a wonderful retirement community with a higher standard of living at a cheaper price, the answer is in...

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Moving to Phuket
Jun10

Moving to Phuket

Phuket is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is situated in Thailand, and is one of the biggest islands in the Indian ocean and off the coast of Thailand. It is 867Kms from Bangkok, and about the size of Singapore. It now gets more than 3 million visitors per year, as it is a fascinating and popular holiday destination. Phuket is known as “pearl of Andaman”. The major part of Phuket is covered with low forested mountains and white sand beaches. It is one of the major attraction for tourists from Thailand, as well as many other Asian countries. With so many activities readily available in Phuket alerady, sight-seeing is still one of the favorite, classic choices. The beauty of beaches and heavenly fresh air attracts the foreigners and tourists for their calm and relaxed life. Phuket’s climate is dominated and dictated by monsoon winds. There are also two distinct seasons: dry, and rainy. Rainy starts from May to October and dry season from November through April. The peak tourist month is December. The people of Phuket are very charming and friendly. There are many group of people residing in Phuket, they mainly consist of Thai, Chinese, Muslim, European, Indian and Arab. Phuket is excellent for its heavenly land infrastructure and high standard of facilities. If you’re looking for a peaceful and calm retirement life, it is better to suggest Phuket, as this place offers the beauty of a tropical island and also all the facilities and amenities of a western country. To settle here you need to be well aware of the legal process, and the steps to take in order to immigrate. There are different types of visa; 30 days, 60 days tourist visa, non immigration visa, and students visa. Additionally, there are various other ways to settle here such as with work permit, permanent residence, or business owner. One of the new options is to take a Thai language course for getting an educational visa; the duration of this course is 5 years. After working out your travel information, all that’s left is the real estate aspect to consider; and whether you plan to own or rent a Phuket home, you’ll find there’s a reason the real-state market in Phuket is so popular right...

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Come to Phuket… To Find a Wife?
Jun04

Come to Phuket… To Find a Wife?

Is Phuket the ideal place to find a good wife? Our answer is yes. Phuket is a beautiful island off the coast of Thailand where you’ll notice a large number of Thai – Western couples. You may notice during your stay, that within schools and playgrounds, there are many children of mixed ethnicity happily playing with local Thai children. A complete generation of culturally diverse children are growing up to be a large asset of Phuket’s tourist industry. The trend of mixed marriage in Phuket has exploded over the last decade. The main reason behind this is Phuket’s tourist trade and readily available sex. Every year more than a million of western tourists visit Phuket and it is natural that some percentage of those people will fall in love with locals, especially since many Thai women are so appealing. But this can not be the only reason behind it; there’s more to it than just physical attraction. The Caribbean, US and Mediterranean attracts millions of tourists but there you will not find so many mixed marriages as you will find in a small place like Phuket. There are many female tourists also in Phuket but few of them prefer to settle there; meanwhile the number of male tourists that prefer to settle in Phuket is countless. So, we can draw a conclusion;  there are many male tourists who really come to Phuket to find a wife than any thing else. Many men are dissatisfied with their experiences of women in their own country. Presently, women have become very confident, assertive and very demanding in the relationship. and they expect a lot from their partners. The more old-fashioned, traditional men really do not like it. They want feminine, devoted wives. But you still cannot apply the same formula for all the men who marry Thai girls and settle in Phuket. They all have their own story. But to make a broad generalisation, you can place these men in three groups. This may happen anywhere in the world but our first group, is men that fall in love in Phuket because the girls are a novelty;  Thai girls are charming and attractive, and mostly, new to the men who love them. The second group of men fall tn love with bargirls; these women work in the sex industry, they know very well how to sell themselves and attract men to them. This group men pick up a bargirl just to have sex and enjoy the holidays but at the end of holidays attachment becomes so strong that he falls in love. The third group of men come prepared to find a...

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Invest in Phuket Real Estate!
Jun02

Invest in Phuket Real Estate!

If you are looking for a secure investment which is lucrative, real estate offers you a fine choice. With the land value constantly increasing, there are very few places around the world where buying a new plot of land is affordable. Phuket in Thailand is one place where you can find plots at reasonable and affordable prices. Several new developments are happening over at the island of Phuket. There is a serious demand for properties at this island and this boom is likely to continue for at least a decade. Highlights of Phuket Fast becoming the ace tourist location of Asia, Phuket despite being a small island has world class facilities. Several schools and hospitals, boasting state of the art amenities have been established in the recent years. To add to these facilities, Phuket prides in having some of the most wonderful and picturesque beaches. There is no scarcity for shopping malls and restaurants. To go along with it is the pleasant and affable neighbourhood that makes you feel at home, any day. Buying Property in Phuket Since the island is rapidly developing, you might have to reserve a particular plot of land in advance. You can finish the formalities for buying the plot within the next 30 days after which you are expected to pay around one fourth of the total cost of the plot. You can pay the rest of the money in instalments. You should complete the payment before your house is constructed, which could be around a year. People land up with great deals where they end up getting the plot by as much as 30% lesser than the original market rate. Investment Returns If you sell the house immediately after the completion of the construction, you can sell it at the market rate. The land value is increasing by 30% each year. You can sell the property after a couple of years for a handsome profit. On the other hand, you can rent the place. You can get around 8 % of your capital each year which is a great return! Phuket has become the first choice for tourists and people who are looking for holiday homes. Now is the right time to get a new property in Phuket and enjoy attractive...

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Phuket: One of the Hottest Gay Destinations in the World!
May31

Phuket: One of the Hottest Gay Destinations in the World!

The Land of Smiles, Thailand is a Mecca for gays. With almost ninety percent of its population following Buddhism, there is not much judgement and certainly no protest against homosexuals. It is advised that westerners conduct some small research into the country’s traditions before going on tours because it may be a bit hard for them to take in all of a sudden. So it is best to prepare. That is, two people of same sex walking down the road holding hands might be taken as a simple friendship but two people of opposite sexes sexually mingling in the public is totally unacceptable. Nudity in public is especially reacted upon by the officials as well as the civilians though what happens behind a closed door is a private matter. Never touch another’s head, as the head is considered to be sacred. Even pointing your feet at someone is considered as an act of dark magic or ill omen. The mood of the trip will be as the traveler chooses. It can be relaxing or active depending upon your own desires. Though the most popular attraction has been the ever active night life. The pubs, boy bars and go-go clubs that have been popping up all over the place are amazing. All these make Phuket one of the hottest gay destinations. But there are places like Koh Samui where you can get the laid back traditional Thailand feel along with a little bit of night life though much more to a lesser degree than that of the cities. Catching a drag performance, visiting a Buddhist temple, and are other gay activities available. You can go on gay tours as well. The best time for a trip to Thailand is between November and February as the rest of the year is unpleasantly hot. While planning your gay vacations, keep in mind that the country offers three separate gay pride festivals. So what is not to like about this place? The food is great, great hangouts and night life and most of all, they don’t judge you or interfere with your “private...

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Pit Stop in Phuket
May24

Pit Stop in Phuket

If you’re planning a day trip to the beautiful island of Phuket in Thailand, be aware now, that although it is possible to enjoy it in 24 hours, you’ll still want to stay a full week to enjoy this  wonderful place. But, what if you have only about a day to spend there? Here is a suggestion: Go through this article and you can be sure that you will not miss the best places and attractions in Phuket. Even if it turns out to be a one day trip, you have to stay somewhere. Look for a hotel in the phuket town. Patong might not be the best option for you especially if your trip is not going to keep you too long in the island. Phuket Town is not as busy as the other places but there are certain great sites that you should see there. Now you have to think about your transportation. Given the limited time you have, you are not going to have enough time to spend with a tour group. In that case you can rent a motorcycle which you can drive all along the city with ease. This also happens to be the cheapest option. Do visit the Wat Chalong temple which is said to be one of the best attractions the island has to offer. There is a 60 meter chedi that would serve as an excellent photographic spot. From there you can go to the hill nearby which has the giant Buddha statue. You will not be disappointed with the hills as they provide breathtaking views that are both romantic and exciting. Promthep cape is the best place in this island for a beautiful sunset. You can go to that place from the hills in less than an hour. Promthep cape attracts hosts of tourists but you won’t feel too overcrowded. When the dinner time comes you should be kicking yourself if you are not hungry! Cycling through the island will definitely give you a voracious appetite which you can handle with a dinner at the national restaurant near Rasada Road circle. You can have a taste of the Thai night life by visiting KorTorMor which is a local club. Wrap up the trip by tasting the street food of Thailand for...

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Your Phuket Visa
May24

Your Phuket Visa

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, located in the Adaman Sea along the west coast of Southern Island. You can enter the island through Phuket International Airport or by traveling through Bangkok. If you are planning on a stay of 60 days or more you have to apply for the visa through the Thai embassy before your arrival. Tourists from visa exemption countries  only require a passport for travel. There are about 40 to 50 countries in this list, but the stay cannot exceed 30 days. Thailand also has bilateral agreements with many countries. Tourists from these countries may be exempt from visa for a period of up to 90 days. It is better to call up any travel agency or consulate office or embassy to get exact, detailed information as to whether or not your country is on that list. The lists on the internet may not be updated. There are also limits on these visa exemptions, for example, in some cases your stay cannot extend 90 days in a 180 day period. If you have arrived on the first of January you can stay for 90 days, then you cannot come back for another 90 days. Visa laws in Phuket used to be a little more liberal, but tourists started taking advantage of the country’s leniency. So Thailand updated their Phuket visa laws in order to bring more stability, and control to the tourist industry, and immigration issues. You can also get visas on arrival from international check points in Phuket. These are issued for only 15 days. They can cost you about 1000 Baht. It’s a good deal if you just plan on stopping by on your way to another vacation destination. In order to receive an ‘on-arrival visa’ of 15 days you need to prove a minimum balance of 10000 baht if you are alone and about 20000 baht if you are with family. They will also check your passports to see your travel plans and check your travel tickets. Resident visas can also be obtained for setting up residence in Phuket. Like in any other country, if you are caught without a visa you can get in serious trouble. You have to go through a lot of hassle to manage and pay a bunch of fines. So if you know that you are going to Phuket it is better to arrange for the visa before arrival. If you are from the exempted countries then don’t worry, go ahead and have...

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Where to find free wireless Internet in Phuket

If you’re on holiday in Phuket or you live on the island, the issue of Internet access will likely come up at some point. There are heaps of Internet cafes dotted all around Phuket, but a lot of people want to access the Internet through their laptops. There are Wi-Fi hotspots around Phuket, but they are few and far between. If you want to access wireless Internet in Phuket, you have a few options. Here are our top 10 places in Phuket to get free wireless Internet. Our first free Wi-Fi spot in Phuket is actually at a bookshop. B2S is located in Central Festival and there are spots where you can sit down and chill out while using the wireless Internet. Siam Indigo is not only a great restaurant, but it’s also a spot where you can hangout and use free Wi-Fi Internet in Phuket Town. Also offering free wireless Internet in Phuket Town is Michael’s Bar, which is one of the most popular drinking spots for tourists in the area. Woody is a legend in Phuket. He’s a computer guru, author of stacks of books and he owns several Sandwich Shoppes that all offer free Wi-Fi. Check out the Sandwich Shoppe in Patong at Aroonsom Plaza, near Andaman Beach Suites. BYD Lofts is a stylish spot for drinks or a meal in Patong. The downstairs area is open air so why not take your laptop along and connect to the free wireless Internet access. Molly Malone’s is a popular pub located on the beach road in Patong. They serve up decent pints, good food and wireless Internet. Staying on the pub tip and in Patong, on Soi Bangla there is Scruffy Murphy’s, an Irish pub that’s lively during the night, but more laid back during the daylight hours, making it a great spot to enjoy the free Wi-Fi connection. Skippers is billed as a sports bar, but it’s a lot more than that. Located at Royal Phuket Marina, Skippers is a swish little establishment with great food and drinks and, of course, free wireless Internet. Grab a seat outside and enjoy the atmosphere at the marina. Liquid Lounge at Surin Beach also offers free Wi-Fi Internet access. As a bar, it’s pretty hip, with regular guest DJ parties and a loyal group of expat patrons. Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to check out Watermark bar and restaurant at Boat Lagoon for more free Wi-Fi in...

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Pearl Cafe in Phuket Town

Ad: 42 Montri Road, Phuket Town. Tel: 076-211044. Email: pearlhkt@loxinfo.co.th VV–V The Pearl Hotel has a long history in Phuket is owned by the same family who own Indigo Pearl resort (Rivet Grill, Rebar). Pearl Hotel isn’t quite the luxury hotel you might expect after seeing Indigo Pearl. It’s not aimed at foreigners, but it seems to be popular with locals and the Chinese. Pearl Cafe isn’t anything too much to get excited about. This Phuket Town restaurant offers a range of dishes, including Thai food, pasta, steaks, pizza and pretty much every other dish you could think of, prepared to reasonably high standards and served at a somewhat lethargic pace. If you’re lucky, you might catch the band ambling through a couple of Thai country classics. There aren’t usually a whole bunch of people in the restaurant, but it’s a charming enough spot to grab dinner and it stays open late. It’s all very local. Pearl Cafe is also a place where you can grab a few drinks at...

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