Krabi Province is a popular holiday destination lying on the south-west coast of Thailand, along the shores of the Andaman Sea. As infrastructure develops here, investment in real estate and holiday homes is on the increase. If you are interested in buying property in Krabi, this site will guide you through the house-buying process.
NEW ON THE SITE : 16/07/08: Two new monthly columns! Property Clinic: Our very own property doctor, Robert C. Reynolds, answers your questions. This month: buying land with a company. Also new this month, Property Case Study: we interview real people who have moved to Krabi about their experience.|
Key points to consider before investing in real estate in Krabi
What's on offer It is crucial to understand that property development in Krabi is still a fledgling business compared with the wealthier western province of Phuket. Condominiums, which are straightforward for a foreigner to buy, do not yet exist here; and housing projects are, for the most part, small-scale and often unimaginative. If your home is important in itself - rather than just somewhere allowing you to live in this sunny climate - you may want to consider getting a property custom-designed for you on a piece of land. Further info: Krabi Property Listings / Choosing where to live in Krabi.
Know your rights Before entering into the business of buying a home in Thailand, it is essential that you know what you are (or, more usually, what you are not) entitled to own as a foreigner here. Independent legal advice, from a qualified lawyer, and preferably in your own language, will be key to a successful purchase. Our introduction to your rights when buying property as a foreigner in Thailand covers some of these issues.
Learn from those who went before Despite educating yourself, it is still possible to fall prey to shysters, or just inexperienced developers who do not have a proper legal set-up etc. (we know, we have heard hundreds of stories over the past few years!). Please take the time to read our guide to common scams and pitfalls when buying a villa in Krabi - it may save you some heartache down the line.
Patience, patience If you are in a hurry to buy a house, you should probably look elsewhere. Krabi is not the kind of place where things get done quickly and patience - buckets of it - will be required in the buying or building of your holiday home. Compromise is another word you will need to be comfortable with: although most western standard materials are available in Phuket, many builders here do not know how to use them properly, but things are changing - slowly.
If you're happy with these considerations, then welcome to Krabi! You're ready to read on with our guide to expat living in Krabi (taken from the Your Krabi website).
Above: Railay Beach (west) - although most property in Krabi is not on the beach, places like this are never far away
R E S O U R C E S > > >
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Intro to your property rights
UPDATE! Your new property rights as a company owner
Land titles 101
The price of land in Krabi
Krabi Property Clinic: your questions answered
SCAMS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
Common pitfalls when buying real estate in Krabi
Beware of bogus agents!
CHOOSING A PROPERTY
Where to buy your home: a guide to the different areas
The Krabi holiday home checklist
Self-build or off-plan?
Focus on Had Yao: Krabi's next big thing?
DESIGN & INTERIORS
Design tips from a Krabi architect
Creating a modern Thai-style interior
Planning a tropical garden
Should you install a swimming pool?
SHORT STAYS AND RENTAL PROPERTY
Renting a house in Krabi: a guide to the different types of houses available, prices, and where to look
Long term hotel stays
LIVING IN KRABI
Case study: retiring to Krabi
Expat life in Krabi
(Practicalities for the long-term resident)
Expat testimonials: moving to Krabi - how was it for you?
KRABI PROPERTY LISTINGS
Homes and land for sale and rent in Krabi
Krabi property news - new developments, infrastructure etc.
WHO WE ARE('nt)
Krabi Property is not a real estate agent - we do not sell houses, land, or property of any kind, nor are we affiliated with anyone who does. We provide the only honest and independent information about the housing scene and the legal process of property purchase in the Krabi area, because we are not trying to sell you anything. Though you will find listings of Krabi villa projects and developments on our site, these are paid for as normal advertising and we do not receive any commission or kickbacks for sales. Finally, we regret that we cannot provide help for individual customers; those interested in property purchase should contact our advertisers directly, not us. More about us.
More from our partner sites - for your complete guide to Krabi Province:
Your Krabi (Ao Nang, Krabi Town, Railay and the mainland coast)
Phi Phi Islands Guide
Lanta Islands Guide