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Rebecca Smith
Travel writer and real estate news journalist
Interests: property, music, cricket, football
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My friend won't rent an office or buy a house until he’s checked this. And one of my favourite sportsmen, Sir Geoffrey Boycott, swears it helped cure him of cancer: "People who don't know anything about it say it is rubbish, but it worked for me – I'm alive!", he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at RebeccaJK blog
My clients staying at the 5-star Amanpuri in Phuket’s Surin Beach were a bit disappointed... "We paid for an ocean view, not a super yacht view." I was a bit confused, until I saw this huge boat right outside the resort... It is so big you can hardly see the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at RebeccaJK blog
2012 in Phuket certainly kicked off with a bang. This is a photo taken from my terrace just after midnight... During the holidays I’ve been stuffing myself with turkey, pork pie (a Yorkshire tradition) and lots of chocolate. But being a bit of a workaholic, I couldn't resist keeping an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at RebeccaJK blog
Well, not quite. The ‘Rottweiler’ in question is a security guard. And he really is quite fierce - although I’m pretty sure he’s human. No matter how many times I visit this estate near Layan Beach in Phuket, Thailand he always demands to see my ID. Then he’ll spend ages... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Do you know there is big game in Phuket, Thailand? It's true. You can find wild boar, deer and even ostrich - if you know where to look. I am not making this up. In fact, I know a couple of places you can find it. And the other day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
If you fancy your own private island but can’t decide where, this could be the answer... Project Utopia is a man-made floating island that looks like it would be more at home in a science fiction movie than on the high seas. The island’s diesel powered azimuth thrusters mean it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Yesterday I went to see an apartment near Kamala on the West Coast of Phuket. The owner needs a quick sale, so the price is pretty good. He bought it back in 2003 for 4,000,000 Baht (US$ 127,632). And spent 800,000 Baht (US$ 25,526) on furniture. Now he is asking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
If you’ve ever thought about down-sizing this could be the answer. This modern home is perfect for one person or a happy couple... The 27m3 house has everything you need; a lounge with a table and two chairs, a 1.2 metre-wide double bed, a full size shower and a kitchen.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
I love the local Phuket food. But I never really thought about where it came from until the other day. You see, I read an article by Dr Kosol Tang-Uthai. He's President of the Thai Peranakan Association, also known as Baba-Nyonya. The Baba-Nyonya feel so strongly about their cultural foods,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Today, in the final part of your location guide, let’s take a look at the South East Coast of Phuket, Thailand; Phuket Town and South. You will discover why it is popular, the place in Phuket that’s applied for UNESCO World Heritage Status and why Cape Panwa is a bit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Over two years ago these apartments in Phuket, Thailand were sold for 21,000,000 Baht (US$ 684,935) each. They were bought by a company that was hit hard by the recession. Now the company desperately needs to sell assets to rescue its cash-flow. And it needs to sell fast. So it’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
The owner of this villa needs to sell fast. So he is willing to take less than he paid for it. He paid 14,500,000 Baht (US$ 470,474) in 2010. Today he will let it go for 14,200,000 Baht (US$ 460,740). I know that doesn't sound like a huge saving. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Today let’s take a closer look at property on the North East Coast of Phuket, Thailand; north of Phuket Town. You will discover why it's not as popular as the West. Why it is ideal if you enjoy boating. And what you need to look out for when you buy.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
The Buddhist festival of Loy Kratong is held annually on the full moon of the twelfth month and is celebrated throughout Thailand; this years festival will take place on November 10th. The festival is a time to concentrate on banishing all negative thoughts and emotions and is one of Thailand's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
During the six years that I’ve lived in Phuket, Thailand I have visited just about every property development on the island and got to know all the towns - including the back streets. As you know, it's important to understand a little about the different areas. Find out which places... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Plus your own thirty metres of ocean-front in Phuket, Thailand. And don’t worry about the Poo. Because it is the island you can see in the distance... Koh Poo (Crab Island) is a popular spot for snorkelling. There are only a few villas on the ocean-front in Kata on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
As the old cliché goes - property is all about location, location, location. So here is your guide to what each area of Phuket, Thailand can offer you. To keep it simple I’ve split Phuket into 4 zones: North West Phuket (North of Patong) South West Phuket (Patong and South... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Real estate mogul Donald Trump has sold his property at the Los Angeles Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes for a reported US$7.5 million. Trump first put the mansion on the market in early 2010 for US$12 million. But it failed to attract any buyers. The Apprentice star... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Last week was one of those weeks. You've heard about everything coming in threes. Well, last week that was definitely true... My car wouldn't start, the lighting system in my house broke and, worst of all, the toilets in my house were blocked. I don't remember breaking any mirrors. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Are you interested in making some money? Or getting a 5-star property in Phuket, Thailand at a knock-down price? If you are, maybe you should come and have a look at this villa. It’s at Surin Beach and this is the view… Not bad is it? It looks right across... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
Thailand property developer Sansiri launched their new dCondo project in Phuket last weekend and all 556 units sold in record time. Buyers started queuing at 7am and by 10am everything was gone. This reminds me of the heady days of real estate in Dubai and Spain. It is definitely not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
You may be surprised to hear that Thailand has been chosen as the best country in the world for expats to live in. In the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2011 the Kingdom beat 31 other countries - with 3,385 expats casting their votes. Apparently, Thailand came in top for health... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
But in Thailand I think you need your head examined if you are thinking about taking to the roads on two wheels. Not so here. Because these villas are just 200 metres from Nai Harn Lake in the South of Phuket. And the 2.5Km path around it is ideal for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
I've lived in Phuket, Thailand for almost six years now. During that time I've had a lot of fun exploring the island. So, I thought you might like to hear about a few of my favourite places.Phuket living: Restaurants off the beaten track Places that only locals and a few... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog
If you really want to relax and unwind, is there any better place than Phang Nga Bay just off the East Coast of Phuket? The truth is, some of the best times I’ve spent in Thailand have been cruising around Phang Nga Bay. If you know the East Coast of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at RebeccaJK blog