Phuket Property: Location, Location, Location - Part 3 - Page 2
Published: November 15, 2011 at 10:54 am
Phang Nga Bay just off the East Coast is one of my favourite places. It is a national park, full of incredible wildlife, caves and deserted beaches. If you own a boat you have all this on your doorstep. Phuket's marinas are all on the East Coast as the seas on the West Coast are too rough in the wet season. The oldest and furthest north is Yacht Haven, which opened in the late 1980’s.
Since then another three have been built; Boat Lagoon, Royal Phuket Marina and Ao Por Grand Marina.Royal Phuket Marina and Boat Lagoon are the most developed with shops, bars and restaurants. Boat Lagoon also has full service facilities and a dry-dock. Retail and residential areas are planned for Ao Por Grand Marina - but these could be a few years away.
North East infrastructure and amenities
Unless you live at Boat Lagoon or Royal Phuket Marina it’s unlikely you’ll find the North East very convenient. Limited development means there is a shortage of amenities and you will have to drive to pick up anything you need, sometimes fairly long distances. You won't find any large supermarkets and the smaller mini-marts are limited and basic. Restaurants are confined mainly to local roadside shacks and a small number of independent hotels.
What kind of property can you find here?
There isn't a huge choice of property on the East Coast. Most is located around Ao Por, on Cape Yamu, or at Royal Phuket Marina and Boat Lagoon. As land is less expensive, villas in the North East usually have larger plots than those on the West, particularly at the upper end of the market. Most have good views of Phang Nga Bay and some have their own waterfront. If you’d prefer an apartment, there are a number of small developments in Ao Por which are also worth considering. You can also find property on some of the islands off the North East Coast. Koh Yao Noi, for example, has some independent resorts and a few branded hotel developments.Continued on the next page