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Old 20th June 2016, 03:36 AM
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Here's a couple photos of Kamala Beach the weekend leading up to Songkran - the water holiday. It used to be packed, but, as you can see, it was empty this year.

YAHOO did their street mapping 4 years ago. You can see the main streets now at street level. While many business' have changed, and there's much new construction, it's really helpful. We still have only 2 stop lights!
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@mweiga Thanks for the reply. It's good to know she will fit in (or atleast not stand out).

So you feel that despite the tourism of places like Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui, they are still good places for long term expats? Or is that an advantage? More amenities?

When I lived in Kunming, there were quite a few westerners and it was nice to blend in a bit. Being the only westerner in town is a pain in the ass (atleast in China).
The majority of prospective longer term expatriates probably prefer to settle in and around the main busy urban / tourist / expat areas for the amenities and general convenience , but there are plenty of other rural , quieter and less developed areas where living is very feasible for the perhaps slightly more adventurous. I went for the latter and have never regretted it.

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@Thai Bigfoot Thanks again for sharing. Kamala seems pretty quiet. Perhaps I didn't read carefully enough but what beach regulations were put in place that so drastically reduced the numbers of people on the beach there?

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@Mweiga Every time I have been to Thailand was coming direct from Yunnan, so I always was wowed by how westernized it was in Chiang Mai. Do you feel that places with less tourists are also less likely to have locals who actively dislike westerners? ie. lower chances of being targeted for crime/violence?

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@Mweiga Every time I have been to Thailand was coming direct from Yunnan, so I always was wowed by how westernized it was in Chiang Mai. Do you feel that places with less tourists are also less likely to have locals who actively dislike westerners? ie. lower chances of being targeted for crime/violence?
Yes. I've always found that the local Thais in more rural areas with few westerners living amongst them are extremely friendly and will readily accept you as part of the community , so long as you reciprocate in the same spirit.

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@Thai Bigfoot Thanks again for sharing. Kamala seems pretty quiet. Perhaps I didn't read carefully enough but what beach regulations were put in place that so drastically reduced the numbers of people on the beach there?
The beach is the major attraction for tourists coming to Phuket.
In high season, Kamala would have around 2-3000 tourists a day on it's beach. The sun, swimming, beach side shops, restaurants, night clubs, beach weddings, and bars packed them in. The numbers dropped by 50% in low season.

Two years ago, Phuket Province began eliminating these attractions.

Now, beach chairs w/sun umbrellas aren't allowed. Neither are the small shops, restaurants, and bars. Beach weddings are no longer allowed. Many of the buildings that lined the beach, including the night clubs, have been demolished. All in the name of returning the beaches to their natural beauty.

But, eliminating these things also eliminated the reason why tourists liked the beach, so, they just aren't coming anymore. 2015-2016 high season saw a reduction in tourism by as much as 75%.

Still a great place to live with the low cost, culture, climate, and food. But, since these benefits are available around SE Asia, tourists are going elsewhere.

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@Thai Bigfoot - Very nice looking place... You feel it's quite safe there? Looks very modern and clean.

Can dogs run on the beach? Or would that maybe offend people? Not sure what the expectations are for well-behaved but large dogs.

A place like this... is the pricing they offer "farang" price? Or is this a pretty typical market price?
http://www.siamrealestate.com/detail...a-beach-house/

Thanks kindly for the insight!
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Also relocating to Phuket soon and looking for visa and place to stay. The link you provided is spectacular.....I contacted the agent-apparently reputable agent in Phuket-and was told the property is no anylonger in the market "because the owner decided to move into it himself". I wonder if the property even exists....to good to be true!
perhaps they just choose a few "nice" properties and used them like a bait, to trap newcomers like us.
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