Progress of new dual track rail line in Hua Hin (Drone footage)

The construction of new dual track rail line is progressing successfully, and Youtube channel Mike’s Tropical Tech has recently uploaded a drone footage of the new dual rail line progress in Hua Hin. The video showcases the elevated sections of the rail line that goes through Hua Hin centre and passes next to historic Hua Hin train station.

Hua Hin Today reports, that the elevated track will eventually measure some 4 km and will include a new train station, while the trains will travel at around 160km/h. For passengers this means a much lower traveling time from Bangkok to Hua Hin of about 2-3 hours. Currently, the trip from Bangkok to Hua Hin takes between 5 to 6 hours and sometimes longer.

The whole infrastructure project includes 211 km of dual rail line, 40 U-turn bridges and 12 underpasses, which will eventually cost about 34 billion THB.

The new dual track rail line between Hua Hin and Bangkok is expected to be fully operational by 2023.

Hua Hin plans to welcome vaccinated foreign tourists from October 1

Tourism chiefs and local officials held a meeting on Monday 27th April, to formally launch a plan to welcome foreign tourists to Hua Hin from October 1st.

The main goal of the meeting was to include Hua Hin in Thailand’s reopening plans, along with Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya. The idea is to allow vaccinated foreigners to visit Hua Hin without the need to quarantine in a hotel room and the proposals are similar to ‘’SandBox’’ plan originally planned for Phuket.
Under these proposals, the foreign visitors wishing to travel to Hua Hin, would need to show a proof of their vaccination and pass a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival.

There will also be a requirement to download the Thailand Plus mobile app in order to enable contact tracing, prior to arriving to Thailand.

The Hua Hin Today newspaper reports that downtown Hua Hin and Nong Kae district, including Khao Takiab are the targeted areas for proposal. The area covers 86 square kilometres and includes 182 hotels.

While tourists will not be limited to only stay in their hotel rooms, they will be required to only stay in Hua Hin centre or Nong Khae for a minimum of seven days. Once the 7 days is completed, they will be free to travel anywhere in Thailand.

The officials aim is to bring approximately 100,000 foreign tourists to Hua Hin, from the places such as China, Germany, UK, Japan and Scandinavia, which would be worth about 1.2 billion baht to the local economy.

Additionally, the important part for this plan to work is to vaccinate the tourism workers and about 70% of Hua Hin’s population by end of September.

The plans for Hua Hin Recharge will be submitted to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration next month.

Hua Hin set to become an international tourist destination – Great time to invest in the Hua Hin real estate market!

In recent year, Hua Hin has seen a lot of infrastructure improvements. Many of the roads got a new pavement, such as the up-and-coming Hin Lek Fai area of Hua Hin, pictured below. In some areas the road was extended from two to four lanes, and there have been a lot of new development projects taking place.

In particular, the walkovers are being constructed in many areas where the road meets the railway and, in some areas, the local government is constructing new flyovers to improve the connectivity between Hua Hin and Bangkok, as well as other southern regions.

In addition, the further development of the fast speed train and adding a new railway track is well underway, which will ultimately shorten the travel period to Hua Hin and make travelling from Hua Hin to southern part of Thailand more accessible. All these improvements are a clear indicator of Hua Hin’s growth over the recent years and steady increase in demand from expats and local travelers, to both live and visit this beautiful beachfront town.

Last year, a new expansion plans have been announced for further development of the Hua Hin airport to cater the growing demand to visit Hua Hin. The demand has of course been affected by Covid 19 pandemic, however the plan to expand the Hua Hin airport is going forward, despite the current Covid 19 situation. Recently, there was an announcement that Hua Hin airport will not only cater domestic flights, but international flights as well. The said flights are set to connect Hua Hin directly with China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries, Australia and Middle Eastern region. The airport expansion is set to be fully completed during the next 2-3 years. Starting from 2022, Hua Hin airport will operate 2 international flights per day and by 2025 that number is expected to increase to 5 international fights per day. The number of Hua Hin visitors on a yearly basis is expected to increase from 100,000 to more than 1,000,000 visitors per year by the 2025.

With that being said, now is the perfect time to invest in the Hua Hin property market before it becomes known as an international tourist destination. There are some great deals at the moment on Villas for sale, Condos, Commercial properties and Land for sale in Hua Hin and the surrounding areas. Once the infrastructure development plans are completed, and Hua Hin becomes more easily accessible, there is no doubt that the demand for properties in Hua Hin will increase as well.

Is it a good time to visit Thailand during Covid times?

As the rest of the world, Thailand has also got affected with the second wave of Covid-19 virus, which lately got more under control in majority of provinces, making the domestic traveling much more relaxed. With current traveling restriction and mandatory quarantine, many are wondering if its worth it to visit Thailand at the moment?

For travelers who could only visit Thailand for a short-term holiday, it may not be the most convenient and cost-efficient idea, however for those wishing to stay for a longer term, now it may be a great opportunity to visit Thailand.

There are several reasons why visiting Thailand right now, may seem like a good idea. Firstly, the flights to Thailand got significantly cheaper due to impact of Covid 19, some as low as 12,000 THB for a return flight, while average price is about 16,000 THB.

Secondly, the variety of quarantine hotels got much wider and more affordable. Below, you can find the link to the full list of all the quarantine facilities under 40,000 THB, some starting at just 26,000 THB.

Cheapest Thailand ASQ Hotels (under 40K THB): https://thaiest.com/blog/cheapest-thailand-asq-hotels

Thirdly, many of the popular tourist destinations are very peaceful right now and not overcrowded with visitors. In other words, you get to enjoy the most beautiful places and beaches of Thailand, all by yourself.

How to buy or sell a property in Thailand through Power of Attorney document?

Recently, there is a trend of purchasing properties in Thailand sight unseen, due to travelling restrictions influenced by COVID-19, which makes it challenging for some buyers to enter the Kingdom to purchase a property.

Since there are many great deals on the Thai property market now, buyers opt out to capitalize on the opportunity to purchase a retirement, holiday, or an investment property in Thailand.

You are probably wondering how is it possible to purchase a property without visiting the country and why would somebody buy a property sight unseen?

Even though buyers cannot physically inspect the properties themselves, there are still ways to do it virtually, such as through virtual tour by using video calling apps. When doing a video tour with an agent, the buyers can ask questions directly on the spot and request the agent to zoom in or showcase any area of the property they wish to see more closely. Great internet connection is a key to a successful virtual tour to have the best quality virtual viewing.

Once the buyers find what they like and decide to proceed, the question arises; how to transfer or register the property to a buyer’s name?

The answer is simple: Power of Attorney document. Transferring the legal right to buy or sell property for another can be performed by granting power of attorney (POA) to specific individuals or corporations. If someone holds power of attorney, he or she has the legal authority to act in specific ways for another person, such as buying or selling real estate.

Below, the frequently asked questions are outlined on how the Power of Attorney works in Thailand.

What is Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a document in which one person (the principal) appoints another person to act on their behalf as an intermediary agent. This document gives the authority on the representative person to perform certain acts, private affairs, business, or other legal matters on behalf of the principal.

Can a general form of a POA be used in Thai land office transactions?

Buyers and sellers of the property who wish to authorize another person to act on their behalf must full in and sign the power of attorney form, provided by the Land Office. The Land Office Departments in Thailand only accept the official standard Power of Attorney that they issue. For land and houses that document is called Tor Dor 21 and for condominiums it is called Chor 21. Using these forms will ensure that all the right information is provided. The filled in form and a certified copy of persons Id or passport will be presented to the Land Office official.

How to protect yourself in the event of signing the POA?

  • Clearly fill in all the correct details of the property
  • Clearly specify the authorized act and the scope of the power authorized such as buying, selling etc., including any special conditions
  • Ensure a consistent handwriting and ink color, or font if typing.
  • Don’t sign a blank form or partially completed form
  • If possible, have a principal’s fingerprint instead of a signature and two witnesses sign the completed form. If the agent is the principal’s spouse, the principal must sign as a witness and give a written consent

What if principal is out of Thailand before the POA is issued?

The principal must complete the form and legalize/notarize it by signing it at the embassy or consular in the presence of the embassy/consular officer

For how long is the POA valid?

The standard validity of the POA is 3 months from the date of signing.

Can one agent represent both parties at the same time?

An agent can represent both parties at the same time. In that case the principal must specifically clarify in the POA their consent to the agent representing another party.

Do you need to translate your documents to Thai?

All the documents required by the Land Office must be translated to Thai language. Translated documents must first be certified as correct translation of the original document.