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Renting Or Purchasing Apartments In Phuket

May 18, 2008
Many people who visit Phuket annually have even chosen to purchase apartments in Phuket and rent them out the rest of the year when they are not on holiday. Small Phuket apartments or condominiums are a good choice for those who won't be spending much time in their apartment or are not interested in the upkeep of a house, villa or bungalow.

Condominiums not as readily available as low star Thai type apartments, but there are some available in Phuket. Apartments in Phuket are plentiful, so there's sure to be something to suit your taste in terms of design, size, location and price.

Renting an apartment in Phuket

It's easy to find an apartment rental in Phuket by checking local newspaper listings for the Post and the Gazette. You can view apartments for rent by going directly to the developers like Patong Harbor View or others.

Apartment rentals can start from a few thousand baht a month for an unfurnished studio all the way up to the tens of thousands for furnished sea view apartment or penthouses in resort style complexes or even hotel. Contracts are usually for long-term rentals of three to six months or more but you can also find apartments for one or two months, or even weekly depending on the season.

Of course, apartments in residential parts of the island and without a sea view will be much cheaper. It's best to decide ahead of time what your needs are and how long you will be staying, as well as your budget. For example, if you are planning on staying long, you will probably want a unit with a kitchen.

But, if you are only staying for a short-term, you may want to find a place that is fully furnished and caters to a certain level of luxury. If you are not going to hire a motorbike or car, you'll want to rent an apartment within walking distance of a main road so you can catch a tuk tuk or motorbike taxi. You can also rent your own motorbike to avoid this problem if your motorbike skills are expert level to take one Phuket's rugged terrain.

Purchasing apartments in Phuket

Foreigners can purchase an apartment or condominium freehold in Phuket if 51 per cent of the units in the building are Thai-owned. If all the freehold apartments available to foreigners have been purchased, you can still lease an apartment for 30 years with two possible 30-year extensions. This makes apartments an ideal choice for those who want to buy something in Phuket, but are not prepared to deal with setting up a company. Additionally, Phuket apartments are more secure and easier to maintain since they don't include gardens. Many people also enjoy the social life an apartment complex offers through its common areas and facilities. It's fun to stay in an apartment with so many different nationalities and kinds of people under one roof.

Apartments in Phuket can range from basic flats to luxurious apartments with full facilities and property management. The buyers of most of these properties are only permitted a short 30 to 60-day stay each year, which may suit your needs if you only holiday on the island and want a good return on your investment. Prices of apartments can range from a very basic studio apartment for about 2 million baht to nice apartments in Patong and other popular areas for up to 30 million baht.
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