Archive | June, 2014

Living in Bang Saen

Posted on 28 June 2014 by ABPC

Bang Saen is becoming an increasingly popular place for people to go and live and the place is already a popular spot for tourists, both westerner’s and Thais alike.   The beach area has always been popular and it is quite well located for those wishing to travel to either Pattaya or Bangkok.  The lifestyle is far more relaxed than that it in either Pattaya or Bangkok and really is an excellent place to get away from it all and relax.


Bang Saen is of course far cheaper than many of the other places around and the abundance of seafood makes it particularly attractive to those travelling from Bangkok.  The relaxed atmosphere stretches back from the beach and waterfront area right back into the community.  You can walk along the beach and see the monkeys, view Buddha Hill and really relax with many suggesting that you could comfortably sleep on the beach at night without being disturbed – although this perhaps not recommended!

Condos are becoming more common, indeed they are being built on many spare pieces of land.  Real estate prices are going up rapidly as you would expect in a place with high demand so now is perhaps the time to get on the property ladder down there as the chances are you could make a reasonable profit in a short period of time.   Remember if you are considering this that most of the market is aimed at Thais coming down at the weekends from Bangkok.

Bang Saen is extremely quiet during the week but busy at the weekends.  There are a number of excellent restaurants and the local shops are better and cheaper than in many of the towns close by.  The air is much cleaner than that in either Bangkok or Pattaya although on occasions there can be problems with rubbished getting washed up on the beach.

Although Bang Saen is a beautiful place it can be a little quiet with very little English being spoken.  Both Pattaya and Bangkok are around 40 minutes away with public transport going to both although your own transport is far more beneficial.

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Review of the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya

Posted on 19 June 2014 by ABPC

The Hard Rock Hotel, part of the successful Hard Rock group, is a four star hotel in the Thai coastal city of Pattaya. It is built on the seafront and close to the busy centre of the city, and offers guests a range of amenities including a full-service spa.


The hotel benefits from a truly excellent location in many ways. It faces onto an excellent beach, and is also near to the city centre. As such, guests benefit both from easy access to relaxation by the sea, which will surely be one of the key attractions for most visitors to the area, and from the huge range of amenities that the bustling city offers. Thriving nightlife and a wide range of shops and dining options are the highlights of the latter.

Rooms and Service

Rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel are spacious, comfortable and attractively well-decorated. They also come with an excellent range of in-room amenities. These include refrigerators, plasma televisions with access to satellite channels, and access to either Wi-Fi or high-speed wired internet. However, both kinds of internet access come with a surcharge. This is neither extortionate nor unfair, but the luxurious feel that the hotel gives off does make one almost expect this to be included.

All rooms include a breakfast buffet in the price. They also benefit from 24 hour room service. Staff at all times are friendly, helpful, and polite. Guests who have stayed at the hotel near-unanimously report that service is provided promptly and effectively at all times.


One of the true highlights of the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is the wide range of amenities on offer. The hotel offers two dining facilities serving excellent food at all mealtimes, and a full spa onsite with a range of facial and body treatments. The spa also includes a steam room, a sauna and a health club.

The hotel has an excellent outdoor pool, complete with a poolside bar, and also a children’s pool that younger family members will love. There are also on-site tennis facilities, including the option for tennis lessons. From a more practical standpoint, the hotel also benefits from a range of accessibility facilities for the benefit of disabled guests.



The Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is an excellent place to stay. It has a very wide range of high-quality amenities, in terms of rooms and the hotel as a whole, and offers a comfortable and spacious place to stay. Service is also excellent. The location is fantastic in many regards, but may not be for everyone.


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Housing Development in Huay Yai

Posted on 13 June 2014 by ABPC

Huay Yai is located a little over 10 kilometres from Central Pattaya to the south of Pattaya heading towards Sattahip. You can get there a few ways such as by travelling down the Sukhumvit Road, along the road that runs beside the railway line or, depending on your location from the Highway 36. There are of course other routes but I am sure you could find these quiet, picturesque routes in your free time!

Huay Yai is largely unspoilt at present although does have all the amenities that you would expect in any area of the city. There are plenty of 7 Elevens and markets were you could get your essentials but the drive back into Pattaya is very straight forward. There a number of good restaurants in the area such as The Glasshouse and The View. Nearby is the newly opened Mimosa entertainment complex that has a theatre, shops and shows. Also close by is the floating market that is located on the Sukhumvit Road close to the turn for Huay Yai. Slightly further away is the Cartoon Network water park and Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, both of which are located on the Sukhumvit Road as you head towards Bang Saray. There are also a number of golf courses nearby such as the Phoenix Golf Club which is highly rated by many golf societies.

In Huay Yai itself there are no real condo’s to speak of although there are some in the nearby area of Na Jomtien. There are a number of high quality housing estates such as the Baan Balina villages, Paragon Park and Huay Yai Villas. All of these villages are well built and well maintained, usually coming with private pools and are considerably cheaper than what you would pay for a similar property closer to Central Pattaya. A quality 3 bedroom, 2 bedroom house with private pool in the area starts at around THB4 million although obviously houses without pools are much less. At the top end you may be looking to pay in excess of THB20 million but you will get considerably more for your money than you would in other popular areas.Huay Yai

If you are at all interested in this area please visit our website to see what properties are available and book an appointment with one of our sales professionals to go check them out

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How to get to Koh Chang and what to do!

Posted on 09 June 2014 by ABPC

Koh Chang is a beautiful island in Trat province which is approximately a 4 and half hour drive to the south from Pattaya.  The easiest way to get there by car is by taking the Highway 36 towards Rayong and then picking up the Highway 3 which will take you directly into Trat.  Once you arrive in Trat you would be looking for signposts to Ao Thammachart or Koh Chang Ferry Pier.  The ferries run between 6.30am and 7.00pm.  Minibuses are also available from many places around Bangkok and Pattaya – usually they are very reasonably priced.

Koh Chang Siam

Once you have arrived in Koh Chang you will obviously be looking to explore all the delights that this fantastic island has to offer.  White Sand Beach is one of the most popular areas of Koh Chang and is certainly one of the most picturesque.  As the name would suggest, there are long stretches of white sand and beautiful clear, blue sea waters making this the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break.  The area has a wide selection of restaurants, bars, hotels and shops offering everything that you ever wish for without being of the same level as Pattaya.  Prices range from budget to the high end.

One of the first places that many people head to is the famous 15 Palms Beach Bar which is located in White Sands Beach area.       15 Palms was established in 1999 and is still run by the same original owner who continues to offer great food, cold beers and nightly beach barbeques where you can go and enjoy a romantic sunset looking out to sea.  Food is served from 8am until late and free WiFi is available.  15 Palms has partner companies that can assist you with arranging other trips such as diving excursions or trips to neighbouring islands.

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Another excellent place to visit on the island is Paddy’s Palms which was the island’s first Irish pub which is located just up the hill from White Sands Beach.  The bar and restaurant is on 2 levels and serves an extensive food menu offering both European and Thai specialties.  The bar offers draught Guinness and Kilkenny along with a wide selection of wines, spirits, beers and ciders.  Live sport is shown throughout the bar and Wifi is available.  The staff are friendly and attentive, the surroundings being in a typical Irish style with many of the items coming from the family pub in Kilkenny, Ireland.

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Beaches in Rayong

Posted on 04 June 2014 by ABPC

Rayong is a beautiful province in the South of Thailand. The province is largely made up of beautiful coastal scenes against a backdrop of rolling hills, and a number of islands also form part of Rayong. Combined with a year-round warm climate, this makes the province a perfect destination for a beach holiday. Some of the most notable beaches are:

Hat Sai Kaew
Hat Sai Kaew, or the Diamond Beach, has a length of over a kilometre and many people consider it one of the best beaches in the province. This reputation does mean that it tends to get a little busy, so it might not be the best choice if you want a secluded spot for relaxation. If you want a high-quality beach with a nightlife scene, on the other hand, Hat Sai Kaew is one of the best destinations you are ever likely to find.

Rayong Beach

Hat Sai Thong
Hat Sai Thong, or the Golden Beach, is a wonderful private spot for relaxing by the calm ocean waters. The beach is covered in soft white sand and lined with scenic palm trees on one side and warm, clean sea on the other. It is less busy than Hat Sai Kaew and lacks the buzzing nightlife, but still provides access to plenty of wonderful seafood restaurants.

Hat Sai Thong Beach

Had Mae Rampeung
Had Mae Rampeung is a peaceful beach, yet one that is loved by tourists and locals alike. Though it is a popular beach, it is also the longest in Rayong at roughly 7.5 miles, so there is plenty of space for everyone. The result is a quiet, clean, scenic beach which also forms part of the beautiful Khao Laem Ya-Koh Samet National Park. It is also notable for its very calm waters, making the beach particularly well-suited for families with young children.

Mae Rh

Had Suan Son
Popular with locals but not quite so well-known among tourists, Had Suan Son is a fantastic beach for those who want to relax on the soft sand. The beach is lined by countless palm trees offering pleasant shade during the hotter parts of the day. At the weekend it can be busy because residents of Bangkok frequently travel there for a seaside picnic, but during the week the beach is usually a quiet place away from the crowds. Even when the Bangkok picnickers do flock there at weekends, it is usually possible to find a place to relax.

had suan son

Ao Kai-Laem Tan
A quiet and relatively undiscovered spot, Ao Kai-Laem Tan is a beautiful cape close to the Klaeng District. It is a small, quiet, yet scenic and pleasant place which is just well-known enough to have developed some pleasant amenities. In particular, a nearby fishing village offers some fantastic seafood restaurants that prove consistently popular with those tourists that do know about the area’s charms.

Ao Kai-Laem Tan

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