For peace & quiet, go East !

The East Coast of Phuket always held a special place in my heart,maybe because it was my first home on the island just a little over 9 years ago. The vast green unspoiled tropical nature and the peacefulness are unique to the East Coast and those who have made their homes there can vouch for that. Of course,the East Coast is not for everyone (thank goodness) but if you don’t mind a 15 minute drive to the nearest restaurant or convenient store or 30 minutes to Phuket town then a property on the East Coast is definitely worth considering. Properties in this part of the island are larger because land costs are much cheaper than in the more populous west coast but most importantly it affords you the peace and tranquility to enjoy its natural surroundings. 

Quite a bit has changed on the East Coast in the last few years from after the expansion of a new four lane roadway from the Heroine’s Monument to the Pa Khlok Or Bor Tor offices. Technically when referring to the East Coast, it sorts of begins from the Heroine’s Monument and runs all the way to the Ao Por Marina and past Mission Hills Golf Resort.

Just a few years ago, land on both sides of this new roadway consisted of rubber plantations and secondary jungle. However the land now have been snapped up by local Thai developers and there are more than 10 housing developments completed or under construction, offering homes ranging from THB 1.8 million to THB 5 million. Banks, shops, local markets, a golf driving range and commercial businesses can be found just off the Heroine’s Monument.

Just down four kilometers from the monument is the turnoff for Cape Yamu, home to some of the most luxurious villas in Phuket. Before the year is out a brand new hotel the Point Yamu by Como, managed by the award winning five-star group COMO Hotels & Resorts group based in Singapore. There are several high-end projects on Cape Yamu worth a mention including the ultra luxury Cape Yamu, the Bay and Baan Yamu featuring both condominiums and villas.

The other area worth a mention is the Ao Por area close to the Ao Por Grand Marina. For yachties who want to be close to their boats in the marina, construction has just begun on the Marina Living which will offer 33 high-end condominium units on the waterfront. East Coast Ocean Villas is a 32 unit modern gated community and is a popular residence for local expatriates in that area. The Ao Por ares also has two hotels – the Chandara Resort & Spa and the Supalai Resort & Spa.

The new and up-coming area on the East Coast would have to be the area surrounding the international school, Phuket International Academy (PIA) & Thanyapura Sports & Health Center. Demand for housing in this area has grown steadily and small housing projects as well as individual stand alone villas have been seen mushrooming around the area.   


Article taken from the Phuket News 13th December 2013

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