Phuket Real Estate Market – 1st quarter of 2013

Trends in the real estate market in Thailand and Phuket – 1st quarter of 2013.

Research of hotel business, the market of private homes and apartments. Sales statistics and the number of planned construction projects until 2015.


In 2013, Thailand took the third place in the list of the most attractive real estate markets, amount to one of the largest real estate publications #TheMoveChannel.

The increased interest is due to the overall strengthening of the Asian economies, as well as the coming entry into ASEAN (#Association of Southeast Asian Nations) such countries as China and Japan (presumably in 2015). For today there are of 10 participants, including Thailand, in this commonwealth.

Besides the popularity of Thailand among the citizens of Russia, the expansion of the Asian Union enhances the tourist attraction in Thailand for all members of the ASEAN Commonwealth.

количество туристов в Таиланде за год



Following the economic growth, the foreigners are resettling into Thailand – the number of the capital’s expats increased by almost one third in 2 years and the price of rental housing rose by 3-10%. (#Colliers Market Reports)

Due to the sharp interest increase in the real estate market the Central Bank of Thailand found a significant number of non-sold out condominiums costing less than $ 100 thousand and expressed fears about the impending collapse. To resolve the problem financial institutions has already been ordered to raise collateral for loans from 5-10% of the cost up to 15-20%. (#Arguments and Facts)


Phuket has long been considered the “honeymoon” region for the residents of Korea, China, Malaysia and India. It is the largest island in Thailand with developed infrastructure (airports, hospitals, international schools, shopping malls, a huge number of hotels, restaurants, etc.), roads  are under construction, a new bridge connecting Phuket with the continent has been built.

According to the results of studies of Thai international company #CBRE in 2012 the Phuket airport passenger traffic increased by 16.8% – to 2,408,523, compared with 2011.

Annual growth in passenger traffic Phuket International Airport, 2006-2012 years.

Increase of passengers

arrivals to Phuket

Percentage Increase
2006 846,626 52.0%
2007 1,108,042 30.9%
2008 1,215,805 9.7%
2009 1,168,659 -3.9%
2010 1,679,785 43.7%
2011 2,061,558 22.7%
2012-1 730,667 12.5%
2012-2 485,022 14.7%
2012-3 568,298 17.2%
2012-4 624,536 16.8%

New airport terminal will double passenger traffic by 2015.

Currently, there is an increased interest on the part of citizens of China and Russia. The number of tourists from these countries amounted to 3.5% of the total increase.

Already in the first quarter of 2013 the increase of passenger traffic of Phuket’s airport reached 23.3%, the share of tourists from Russia increased by 43% – 600 million passengers in the first decade.

Phuket’s Hotels Business

The average hotel occupancy rate for the last two years has reached 80 %. A large number of hotels and hotel-type gated communities are under construction on the island.

More than 23 new hotels of middle class will be built the by 2015 , it will increase the total capacity of the sector of hotel business by 23%. Nevertheless, experts in the study of CBRE in #the research of Phuket hotel market are confident that the increase in arriving tourists will be faster than the increase in proposals for their placement in the coming years.

Schedule of rooms occupancy in the hotels of Phuket 2003 – 2012.

динамика заполняемости номеров гостиниц на Пхукете

    • #Investment projects in Phuket: sale and construction of hotels

    Villas, private houses in Phuket

    In the 4th quarter of 2012 62 sales in the segment of private villas were recorded. The sales increased compared to the 3rd quarter of the same year, when 54 houses were sold.

    Most of the transactions occupy homes with a starting price ranging from 5 to 15 million baht . 43 objects in this category were sold in the 4th quarter of 2012, which is almost twice that of the 3rd quarter of the same year, when 27 objects were sold.

    The next category in the number of home sales are those of average cost of 15 to 35 million. Sales in this category showed a slight decline – 14 items in the 4th quarter of 2012 compared with 18 facilities in the 3rd quarter of the same year.

количество построенных домов на Пхукете

Since the beginning of 2013 there is certain activity on the part of developers start new projects.

Increased sales in the segment of private homes and villas from 2011 to 2012 amounted to 19-20% (#CBRE Research)

Condominiums and Apartments

403 apartments were sold in 2012, which shows a 22% increase in sales compared to 2011. Basic price category of these objects are the apartments from 3 to 9 million baht.

The main buyers are the inhabitants of Europe, Russia and Australia, in 2012, buyers from Singapore and Hong Kong became prominent as well.

In 2012, the construction of 96  apartments was completed, which is 3% more than the previous year. By 2014 it is planned to build about 2,000 apartments.

количество построенных на Пхукете квартир

  • The trend of the last year were one-bedroom apartments, two bedroom apartments choice also increased.Average price per square meter for all objects in the segment in 2012 increased to 100,000 baht per square meter, compared with 92 thousand baht per square meter by the end of 2011. (#CBRE Research)


    • #Purchase and registration of apartments in Thailand