Vertical Luxury Homes As The New Trend In Inner Bangkok

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The Sathorn neighbourhood in Bangkok includes some of the trendiest hotels in the city including fine restaurants and luxurious serviced apartments. It is without doubt that business hotel in Sathorn is very popular among business travellers who do not want to waste time in traffic because a BTS Skytrain station is just 10 minutes walk away.

Large homes with big backyards are not always the ideal choice for a luxury residence. According to Nexus Property Marketing, location and land costs always factor in during the decision making process. However, there are home buyers that put more emphasis on behaviour and lifestyle because a home will reflect on their identity. In project developments, the factors that are taken into account include suitable property size and limited availability of prime locations.

According to managing director Nalinrat  Chareonsuphong, the luxury home market in inner Bangkok continues to grow with the top preferred locations  in descending order as Sukhumvit (Phrom Phong-Ekamai), Lat Phrao-Kaset Nawamin, Rama IX-Srinakarin-Pattanakarn, Ratchapruek, Sathorn-Rama III, Bang Na and Rama II.

From 2015 up to the first quarter of 2018, 42 luxury projects were introduced to the market by developers with 1,554 units experiencing continuous demand. Since there is limited availability of land and the prices are increasing every year, developers have focused their attention on smaller properties that offer function areas that will satisfactorily meet the requirements of buyers.

Since plots of land are frequently between 29 and 129 square wah, people can expect more vertical houses on the market. The houses will be higher than 15 meters or 4-storeys high. In fact, from 2015 up to the first quarter of 2018, 12 vertical projects have been developed with 94 units. Most of these vertical houses can be found along Sukhumvit area, Lao Phrao-Kaset Nawamin, Bang Na and Rama IX-Pattanakarn-Srinakarin.

Aside from the luxury homes, there is business hotel in Sathorn in a location of convenience. A multitude of attractions are nearby with the BTS Skytrain a short walk away. Reservation is streamlined to ensure efficiency in the booking process. If you book directly through the hotel website, you can expect special packages, discounts on room rates, food and drinks and special offers on spa treatments.

Changes In The Route Of High Speed Railway Project

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Many locals and tourists staying at Holiday Inn in Rayong are ecstatic when it was announced that the new high-speed railway project will be stopping at Rayong’s inner city. Guess it was too early to celebrate as the government decided to change the route of the railway. The high-speed train was originally expected to terminate at the inner city of the province of Rayong. Now, the new point of termination is at U-tapao airport. According to officials, the change was decided due to safety concerns and another factor which is speed development.

EEC Office’s secretary general, Kanit Sangsubhan, said that the government is thinking about the safety of the passengers in case an unfortunate accident is to occur while at the industrial estate of the Map Ta Phut since the train will pass by this point before it finally terminates at Rayong.

Map Ta Phut is found in the Eastern Seaboard with U-tapao on the east and Rayong on the west.

Mr. Kanit added that the government has already decided to move the last station from Rayong to U-tapao airport. With the original plan, the railway will go through the industrial estate of Map Ta Phut which means that the project will face delay due to the requirements needed such as an assessment to see the effect on the environment.

The first phase of the high-speed railway between Bangkok and Rayong was intended to cover four different sections including Phaya Thai to Suvarnabhumi airport link, Bang Sue to Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi to U-tapao airport and Bang Sue to Phaya Thai.

This month is expected for the project to announce its reference terms and bidding might start in the next few months.

Mr. Kanit also clarified that the high-speed project is one of the most essential developments intended to increase the confidence of the investors. There are other projects in line such as the EEC law and the airport expansion of U-tapao. Either way, the railway will bring convenience as passengers can easily travel from Bangkok to Holiday Inn in Rayong or other accommodations they have booked in the area.

Guidelines To Select Good School For Your Children

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The first question in the minds of foreigners planning shifting to Bangkok for work or business purpose is about the quality of education in the country. Education plays an important role in the development of kids and availability of good schools is the main concern for many parents. There are many good international schools in Bangkok. The schools offer quality education along with a lot of other extracurricular activities. The schools are recognized by international bodies like CIS – Council of International Schools, WASC – Western Association of Schools and colleges and Cambridge International Accreditation.

Finding the best international school in Bangkok from the many choices is a tough task for parents. While each school has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, there is no one best school that suits everyone. Parents have to select a school that suits the requirements of their child and has goals matching to theirs.

However parents can these general guidelines while selecting a school for their kids

  • Distance and the time of commute between the home and school. The school should not be too far from the home. Kids get tired during the commute and will not be able to concentrate on the studies.
  • The goals of the school. Parents should match their individual goals with that of the school and select a school that matches with their goals. For example, if parents want the child to excel in co curricular activities along with academics, they have to select an international school in Bangkok that offers equal emphasis to both academics and co curricula’s.
  • They should not follow others blindly. Each child is different and has his or her specific needs. A perfect school for your child should be able to fulfil his needs and encourage him/her to seek excellence.
  • Another important consideration for selecting a school is to see for its accreditations. An ideal international school should be accredited by the major institutions which certify international schools. It is better if the school has two or more accreditations.

These are some of the general pointers that parents should keep in mind while selecting an international school in Bangkok for their children.

Digital Park For The Tech Community In Chon Buri

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Sri Racha is known as a popular hot sauce but the topic here is the town after which it was named for. In this town of Thailand, you will find town home in Sriracha that has better quality than other town homes. From being an unknown fishing village, Sri Racha is now a busy area that is feeling the effects of industrialization and development.

Proposal for a 100-hectare digital park for Chon Buri was unveiled at industry event, Digital Thailand Big Bang Conference. This will herald a major step towards Thailand’s aspirations towards becoming digital. The site that will be predominantly used by digital and technology industries will provide opportunities to 58,000 people who live and work there.

The digital park will be located in Sri Racha district in Chon Buri. Development of the new project will take 10 to 15 years. The project which will be part of the Eastern Economic Corridor special economic zone will include a range of educational and science facilities including a residential community. Digital Park Thailand will support the existing industries, communities, universities and automotive and agricultural sectors.

The proposal also suggests for a direct connection to the proposed high speed rail link and new station in Sri Racha to improve connectivity and significantly boost development. According to the master design plan, various specialist clusters will be built along a central park including a retail and lifestyle hub. Hotels will provide the facilities for meetings, conferences, conventions and exhibitions for the business community.

The Digital Park will be friendly to pedestrians and cyclists and will have access to a public network of local buses connected to the transit system, high speed rail and airports. While the project is being patterned against international best practice for planning technology parks and workplaces, the urban campus will be created in a way that is uniquely Thailand.

Today is the perfect time for people to invest in town home in Sriracha while property prices are have not yet gone too high. Do not miss the opportunity because after a few years, the digital park project will push property prices upwards particularly when a new station for high speed rail is built in Sri Racha.

Vernon’s Central Elementary Affected By Boiler Issues

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The students of Vernon’s Central Elementary would be more than happy to enjoy the advantages of high efficiency boilers, as they went to the school, dressed in heavy and warm clothing, after an announcement by Superintendent Jeff Byrd, Vernon ISD, made an announcement on the 12th of February, Monday, regarding an issue in the school.

Central Elementary’s boiler is out of order since February 12, and students had to attend classes prepared for cold weather as a result. Byrd says that the issue was due to a leak in the school’s boiler system which led to its shutdown.

The boiler issue would, naturally, affect how the day of the school’s students would go, with changes made to their schedule in order to account for the boiler issue. Instead of eating in class, as usual, the students had their breakfast in the school cafeteria, which was kitted out with portable heaters. Following that, the students then headed to Wilbarger Memorial Auditorium for a movie.

Central Elementary Principal Kacy Hunter, says that they had to overhaul the school’s daily schedule for the time being, replacing the study hall, computer time and the extracurricular activities.

The school officials made the changes due to the fact that the school had no heat throughout the night of February 12, which meant that the school might be too cold for the students the following day.

Following their movie watching on the 13th, the students went back to the school for lunch, whilst maintenance workers checked the classrooms in order to make sure that their temperature wasn’t dangerous for the kids.

Principal Byrd says that the school is educating students, but not if it comes at the cost of their safety and security.

Byrd has revealed by the morning of February 13 that a replacement boiler was already on the way to the school, and, if schedule holds, the boiler will be there by February 16, Friday, which will put an end to the discussions about the advantages of high efficiency boilers, and help keep the kids warm.

Byrd encourages the kids to still be dressed in warm clothes, despite the warmer temperatures expected on the 14th and 15th of February.

How To Enjoy Scuba Diving In Thailand?

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You will find the best scuba diving in Thailand along the Andaman Sea, which is at the country’s west. The best dive spots never to miss are in the southwest: Hin Mouang (Purple Rock) and Hin Daeng (Red Rock). Surin and Similan Islands are also best places to go diving.

The best time to visit Thailand is from October till April where the Andaman sea waters are at its best. In March and April, you can observe giant manta rays at the Similans. At Richelieu Rock, you be fortunate to view whale sharks around this time. From May to September, you experience heavy rainfall on the west coast. The marine reserves are closed for diving between May to October to ensure safety. Koh Tao is also another great spot for scuba diving in Thailand, but they can be overcrowded.

Thailand is a tropical country with very clear waters and an average sea temperature of 28oC. The Thai locals are so friendly and welcoming. You will also enjoy the foods served here. You’ll unlikely find an obese Thai, which means their foods are nutritious and delicious. You’ll find a savory watery mouth ever enjoying these delectable dishes.

The Thai government tries to safeguard their coral reefs, and they may close dive sites if required. The authorities impose stringent controls especially in the aquatic national parks. For example, they demand that all boats must be well-kept to the highest standards; no garbage must be thrown overboard; and that feeding of fishes and other aquatic creatures are not allowed. The utmost depth for dives in marine parks is 40 meters and limits three dives per day only. Thailand is known to have 27 marine parks, 10 in the Gulf of Thailand and 17 in the Andaman Sea. These may be great spots to go scuba diving in Thailand and enjoy the water surroundings.

If you are coming to Thailand to enjoy the great waters like a diving experience, it can offer you a lot of things. It has hundreds of islands and a very huge coastline, where you enjoy the reefs, caves, swim-throughs, drifts, wrecks, drop-offs and pinnacles. So book a scuba diving in Thailand experience in advance to enjoy and venture into the sea waters.

NYCHA Developments To Get New Boilers

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An announcement was made by Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding an investment worth $200 million which is going to be used in changing old boilers as well as upgrading the heating systems in 20 different developments under the NYCHA. The plan is set to be completed before 2022. There are many different types of boilers and the ones used by the developments have been considered during the budget allotment.

The funding will be used on sites that require upgrade the most such as those experiencing severe heat and lack of hot water majority of the times. The program aims to replace old boilers and upgrade the heating controls to more modern ones. After the replacements and upgrades are completed, around 45,000 residents will be enjoying the new facilities.

Through the upgrade, NYCHA will be able to save an annual cost of $5 million which is spent on heating costs.

According to de Blasio, this program is similar to the investment they made when they replaced old roofs because it is geared towards solving one of the main problems of the residents of NYCHA. The management expects that thousands of residents will feel the improvement once it is completed. Due to the cold winter which is not like any before it, the old boilers as well as the pipes were subjected to extreme temperature. He added that they are trying to solve the main issues thus they are encouraging their partners, both in the state and federal level, to do similar.

For the fiscal years between 2014 and 2027, De Blasio has pledged to give $2.1 billion for the capital infrastructure of NYCHA while between fiscal years 2014 and 2022, the operations of the agency can expect a funding of $1.6 billion.

Alicka Ampry-Samuel, council member and Committee on Public Housing’s chairman, said that they are praising Mayor de Blasio for his decision and for prioritizing the residents of NYCHA. They recognized that a number of developments are facing challenges especially in different types of boilers and heating system. The $200 million will help them especially now that their funding has been reduced by the federal government.