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Sunbelt Asia Weekly Column 13 October 2017

Sunbelt Asia Weekly Column

13 October 2017

Border crossings being limited?

Question 1:
I have heard that you can now only enter Thailand twice per year at land border crossings. This is very limiting for someone like me who enjoys traveling around the region but who is on a budget. Are there any legal ways around this? I roam between Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and Thailand seems to be the most difficult country to enter in the region now, whereas it used to be the easiest.

Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors responds:
There is no particular immigration law or rule which states that foreigners can enter in Thailand only 2 times per year, however individual officers and offices can make a determination on this at the border. The success of crossing the land border in Thailand will depend on several factors: 1. Nationality 2. Amount of previous Thai stamps/visas in a passport 3. Entrance point. According to the solo travellers - "At the moment it is not possible to do a border bounce WITHOUT a visa in the south of Thailand at the Khuan Don border which started today to deny entry without a visa. We don't know if this has a foundation in any new law or Immigration order. The only thing we can say is that you can't enter Thailand at this land border without a visa." 4. Duration between departure and arrival. To feel more secure when crossing a land border in Thailand Sunbelt Asia Legal Advisors suggests obtaining a multiple entry tourist visa at a Thai Embassy or Consulate

Thai airlines are seeking to expand their markets with the lifting of the red flag by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Three low cost carriers, Thai AirAsia X (TAAX), Thai Lion Air (TLA) and NokScoot, told the Bangkok Post that the removal of the red flag will allow the airlines to set plans in motion for expansion into new markets. Thai Air Asia X plans on adding three new Airbus A330-300 wide-body jets to its six-aircraft fleet, and will begin more North Asian routes and new flights to Europe and Australia. Nok Scoot plans on doubling its passenger volume next year to 2 million and will add more routes out of Don Mueang to China, India, Japan and South Korea. The airline is taking delivery of a new aircraft which will allow the airline to increase flights to Tianjin, Tsingtao and Shenyang, as well as launch a new route to Xian, China. The airline currently flies to Nanjing, Qingdao, Dalian, Tianjin and Shenyang in China, and Taipei in Taiwan.

Nearly 27 million foreign tourists visited Thailand from January 1 to October 11, a 5.6 percent climb year on year according to the Minister of Tourism and Sports. The minister reported that during the first 10 months of the year there were 26.9 million foreign arrivals generating 1.37 trillion baht in revenues, a 7.6 percent climb from the same period last year. Chinese tourists remained the highest number of arrivals, with 7.63 million arriving this year and 227,648 traveling to Thailand during the country's Golden Week holiday from October 1 -7. More than 6.15 million Chinese travelled abroad during Golden Week with Thailand, Japan, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam as the top destinations.

Drone users have been ordered to register their drones within the next 90 days or face up to five years in prison and a 100,000 baht fine it was announced by the NBTC which now has jurisdiction since drones use radio frequencies. Currently only 350 drones are registered out of an estimated 50,000 nationwide. Owners will need to provide their names, details of serial numbers of communication devices, and pictures when they register. Drones can be registered at Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and the NBTC headquarters and its 21 provincial offices as well as police stations nationwide. When the registration period ends in January 2018, those who want to import drones must seek permission from NBTC first.

Land prices and concurrently condominium prices continue to rise along Sukhumvit road in Bangkok. Lower Sukhumvit soi 39 to soi 49 saw an 18 percent rise each year in land prices in the period from 2011 - 2017 while lower Soi Thonglor grew 17 percent. The area from Asok to Thong Lor area saw land prices rise 22 percent each year during the same period. Other key sois in the area off Sukhumvit and Soi Thonglor grew 20 percent each year. Condo prices have risen 9 percent each year in the area. The supply of new condos in the area has grown 67 percent each year according to the report from Nexus. The property consultant predicts land prices in the area will grow at least 10 percent each year for the next two years as demand for the area remains high and take up of new developments remains steady.

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Busy fitness center in the heart of Bangkok's CBD

This busy fitness studio offers Pilates, yoga fly, Zumba dance, and a boxing studio in the heart of Bangkok. Surrounded by condos, office buildings in the heart of the central business district the studio has 130 active members and was established in 2015.

Rent on the 285 sqm space is 179,550 baht a month and there are four full-time and two part-time employees with a total monthly payroll of 84,200 baht including commissions. Sales last year reached 6.5 million baht. There are 7 Pilates Reformer machines, twelve Yoga Fly stations, and a room for boxing and Zumba.

The owner is selling as this is not their area of expertise and is looking to sell it to someone who understands the business and is interested in coming in to an already thriving studio with a great location and strong customer base.

ASKING PRICE: 3 million baht (BKK15800)

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Home and garden decor factory, includes land & warehouse in Bangkok

Located in Bangkok, the factory is in the Nhongjok area and manufactures PVC foam board for use in furniture, home and garden décor. The company has been in business for about a year and has been doing very well. Sales last year reached 26 million baht with a 10 million baht profit. The factory is 1900 sqm with a monthly rent of 50,000 baht and a 2 year lease. There are 10 full-time and 10 part-time trained employees in the business, monthly wages are 120,000 baht.

The owner has another business that takes up most of his time and so is wishing to sell the business. The buyer can purchase just the business or can also purchase the warehouse and 4 rai of land near the main road.

ASKING PRICE: 36 million baht 74 million baht including warehouse and land (BKK15795)

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Chic French restaurant in Siam Paragon

This chic new French-apartment style bistro in Siam Paragon opened only this year but has already garnered great reviews for delicious food and a charming atmosphere. Siam Paragon is one of the top luxury shopping malls in Bangkok and known for a variety of great restaurants, and is often a destination just for meals. It's great for those seeking to avoid the traffic but still want delicious home-style French food.

There are 12 staff with a total monthly payroll of 191,800 baht, rent on the 132 sqm space is 435,100 baht a month while sales in the first six months have already reached 7.8 million baht.

The owner is moving overseas and so is selling the business.

ASKING PRICE: 20 million baht (BKK15786)

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Stylish, modern bar near Silom BTS station

Located near the BTS station on Silom road, this chic and modern bar and restaurant is perfect for someone looking for a brand new restaurant on which they can make their own imprint.

The owners fitted this great location out just last year but have since closed the business and moved it to another location. They are looking to sell this fully fitted out restaurant including the lease. The restaurant has 239 sqm of space including a charming outdoor space that proved very popular.

Rent on the space is 75,000 baht a month and the lease is for 3 years. The owners invested 6.5 million baht in fitting up this chic bar and restaurant but because of the other business are selling at an assets sale price.

ASKING PRICE: 5.5 million baht (BKK15791)

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Fitness Center in heart of busy Phuket tourist area

Set in the heart of the top tourist area of Phuket this fitness center has been open for a year and attracts both wealthy tourists staying at the many villas and hotels but also a core of local customers. The local Thai community has provided a strong market for the center as well.

The business includes a limited company that can provide work permits for two people, the business license, and includes all assets including the website and customer list as well as all fitness equipment and the fully fitted out gym. The company uses an accounting firm and a legal consult to manage all finances and legal matters for the company.

The business has been established for one year and has one full time and one part-time employee with a total monthly payroll of 30,000 baht. The lease on the building is 18,000 baht a month and expires in 2025. The owner invested 2.8 million in the business.

The owner is forced to sell as health issues keep him from managing the business full-time. A new owner can step right in and really grow this business even further with marketing and promotion.

ASKING PRICE: 2.5 million baht (BKK15801)

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Long-running construction contracting business in Rayong

This construction contracting business offers services across the board including metal fabrication, insulation, construction and manpower. The company has been in business since 1997 and has earned a good reputation for quality work and has many large companies as customers including those in the gas, oil and chemical fields. This is a good business for someone looking for a turn key business that has a steady stream of customers.

The business is well-run and has 40 experienced full time employees with a total monthly payroll of 900,000 baht. Sales last year reached 50 million baht and net profit is around 10 percent. The company is established in the busy area of Rayong and the 10 rai of land the business is on is included in the sale. The land is market valued at 15 million baht.

The owner is moving back to his home country and so is looking to sell this well-established ongoing business.

ASKING PRICE: 33 million baht (BKK15703)

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Fully licensed well-known English school franchise in Hua Hin

This franchised very popular and successful English Language School is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, some 2 hours south of Bangkok.

The school teaches both English, Thai and most recently Mandarin to individuals, schools and corporate businesses. It works closely with the local department of labour and it is their preferred supplier of English training. They are continuing to expand and will introduce Summer Camps for International Students in January 2018.

Licenced by the Ministry of Education the school is able to provide Education Visa's for International Students and has received a certificate of excellence from their recent inspection.

The business has a licence to train teachers on TEFL courses, an area that could be easily expanded. It employs 5 native English speaking teachers and 2 Thai teachers plus a school manager and 3 admin staff.

No teaching experience is necessary and the handover period would be for up to 2 months in situ and longer if necessary from distance.

Full support is further provided by the Master Franchisor in Bangkok. Potential buyers will have to complete a standard confidentiality agreement before viewing.

ASKING PRICE: 4.5 million baht (BKK15788)

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Long-running popular bar in busy Chiang Mai tourist area

You won't just be purchasing this long-running well-known pub, located in the heart of the busy tourist district of the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, but also property that has grown and will continue to grow in value in this booming city.

The bar and restaurant has earned a reputation for good food and good drinks both with tourists and locals and is well-rated on Trip Advisor for its authentic atmosphere and great location.

Included in the purchase are two units of property covering 4 floors with a total of 400 sqm of area. The restaurant seats 90 people and is fully fitted out. There are 15 staff with a total monthly payroll of 200,000 baht.

The value of the property alone is already 45 million baht. The owner is retiring from the business and so wishes to sell this popular bar.

ASKING PRICE 49 million baht (BKK15793)

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With the opening of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of this year we at Sunrise Tacos see the potential for growth in the region. If you want to be a part of that potential let us know! We already have a branch in Phnom Penh and have added more around Thailand, including our new franchise in Chiang Mai, and are seeking committed, enthusiastic business minded people to join us. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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