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Published on Mar 3, 2012
Robert is an Australian businessman who 'escaped' to Thailand for 'retirement'. Rob avoided Isan, where many of the Expats' new wives are from (see my book, "Lady of Isan," also translated into German and Italian at ThaiSunset.com or Amazon.com) by building a spacious Australian home at Takuapa 1,000 km away on the Andaman Sea in Southwest Thailand -- cool, picturesque, on a mountain stream, but still in the tropics. Khao Lak, the holiday resort on the ocean, is 20 minutes away, Phuket a scenic drive of just over one hour.
The French impressionist painter, Claude Monet, would have had a field day here, adding misty mountains and a river to his series of water lilies, London Bridges and Parliament Buildings. Morning fog and dew hiding the mountains, the light and moods changing every hour , flocks of white cranes flying over the river in the evening... you can set your watch by it... in a regular flight pattern like jets on autopilot, day after day. Nature all around you. You don't get that in Chiang Mai, Pattaya or Phuket. Rob found it.
He has 30+ acres in oil palms for income... prices are rising in tandem with the food and energy indexes, and the currency Thai baht has been very stable . Locals want to buy his property, never mind the great house he built, featuring 400 square meters living area incl. garage, a guest suite, a powerful solar energy system, his own private fresh water wells... and what great drinking water rich in vital minerals it is! And the scenery. And virtually not a soul in sight; highly unusual for Thailand! But still only 10 minutes away from restaurants, shopping, a regional hospital, cross-country public transportation, river fishing, ocean fishing villages and... the Andaman Sea of the great Indian Ocean with its sandy beaches and crystal clear water! The world-famous scuba-diving paradise of the Similan Islands is only a few miles off-shore!
A businessman's property is always for sale if the offer is right. Still, the price is still only a third of what it would be in Australia, Canada, the US, Western Europe, Australia or NZ. In three to four years from now , having enjoyed it all around, Rob intends to sell the farm and place and move on to a new project, possibly in Northern Thailand, Burma, or who knows when and where. That's just the type of guy he is. Never to rest, but enjoying himself fully as he moves along.
Enjoy the show, and do add your comments or contact me. My commission among friends on the sale is only 3 ½ percent... plus an evening on the town. It's all there.
Michael Schemmann ThaiSunset.com -- thaisunset[at]gmail.com 01 March 2012