Welcome to Hua Hin, Thailand!!
Why is this town rated amongst one of the top favorite places to settle down for foreigners looking for a retirement home or a holiday home?
I myself moved to Hua Hin from Bangkok just about 4 years ago in search of a job. I never had the slightest clue that I would fall in love with this town so much so that 4 years later I would find myself still living here.
Ideally located, Hua Hin is a mere 2.5 hrs drive south of Bangkok city. With all sorts of transportation available (Taxi – bus – Mini-van – domestic flights & soon to come rail link), it is quite easy to move around without spending all day long on the road.
Hua Hin, due to its proximity and Beautifully preserved nature – Royal Residential Palace – Giant lush green mountains- White sandy beaches – Loads of water activities and tourist attractions it has been drawing the attention of big players from Bangkok to invest in improving the infrastructure of this town.
With its year round good climate, developing infrastructure, world class golf courses and welcoming locals, Hua Hin is becoming the premier destination in Thailand for those wanting to make the move.
Hua Hin has grown from a solely tourist destination into one attracting expatriates in increasing numbers. There are an estimated 5,000 foreigners living in Hua Hin today and the numbers are increasing as we speak.
This is an online guide for people considering moving here, we cover all the essential aspects and frequently asked questions about purchasing land as a foreigner in Thailand.
Even though Thai real estate law does not permit a foreigner to own land in Thailand, there are few ways through which you can structure your ownership.
- Leasing the property for 30 Years ++ is one option. This is still quite a popular way for foreigners to retain ownership over the property.
- The other option is that you can also choose to own the property through a Thai limited company holding 90% voting rights with absolute authority. You can maintain authority over the property by appointing yourself as a director of the Thai limited company.
There are few things that you need to look out for as foreign buyers before you put your hard earned money into purchasing a property in Thailand :-
First and foremost, we always advise our clients to verify the type of title deed the land is under and also to verify whether the name on the title deed is of the same person you are buying the land from.
There are more than a few types of title deed on land here in Thailand. “Chanote” is the safest form of title deed for foreigners as the boundaries of the land are exactly measured and certified by the land department.
If you are purchasing land to do development in Hua Hin then as a foreigner you have to make sure you have the right information regarding the building permit, as it varies from plot to plot.
We also encourage our clients to deal with a qualified lawyer who can ensure a smooth transaction. Choose a law firm that is able to get all the necessary information required from the land department (Transfer and tax cost) and also prepare all the proper land documentations for you in English.