Now on the market for sale, 2.5 hours from Bangkok airport, halfway between the villages Ban Phe and Laem Mae Phim and 20 minutes from the fairy island Koh Samet, you will find CET – Center of Excellence Thailand. This stunning 4 rai (6400m2) resort complex is situated just 100m from Chackpong beach, one of the best beaches between Bangkok and Cambodia. The first building behind the golden gates is the impressive ”Thai Castle”, a unique 1500m2 creation with luxurious rooms and spacious wrap around terraces. There are 8 bedrooms and 3 apartments in this building as well as kitchens, sitting rooms and bathrooms. The Thai style buildings are all surrounded by lush gardens with a mixture of coconut palms and fruit trees (banana, mango, papaya, etc.). Beyond the castle there is one 3 bedroom house (110 m2) and three 6 bedroom buildings (230 m2) all luxuriously built, and like the castle all with a unique quality. These individual 6 bedroom houses all have fully equipped kitchens, dining rooms, upstairs and downstairs lounges and terraces over looking the gardens. The property boasts a total of 33 bedrooms with more than 70 beds. As well as the accommodation buildings there is a designated conference building to comfortably seat up to 50 people. To facilitate relaxation and enjoyment of the property there is a beautiful swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a tennis court, a field for boule, small football pitch, volleyball court, shuffle board, table tennis, fitness room and a playground for children. The ground also has ample space for future construction. Within 250m of the property there are several small Thai restaurants, a grocery shop and a number of small places for fruit, etc. The tranquil local beach offers several kilometers of walks along pristine beaches, clear of salesmen but with many small restaurants and massage shops to help you enjoy you stay in the area. Of the coast there are many lovely islands for snorkling and fishing including the popular Koh Samet, which can be reached by speed boat in just 15 minutes. All together a place as close to heaven as possible! According to the head of Marriott International (who recently opened a hotel 2 kilometers from CET) this area will be one of the most attractive in Asia in the near future. It is with deep regret that we have to sell now but we hope to find someone who will love the property as much as we have. The purchase could also be done by taking over the shares in the company. THE BAN PHE – MAE PHIM AREA Looking to the future, in keeping with other major cities around the world, it is likely that more and more people working in the city of Bangkok might make their main home in the Mae Phim area and commute to a city condo or rental apartment during the week, thus avoiding expensive Bangkok homes and taking advantage of the cheaper prices and electing for a more affordable and spacious luxury countryside home by the ocean. Such has been the case for many of the big cities around the world where prices in the city have risen to heights which prevent many from owning a decent sized detached family home, and there’s no reason to suspect that the same will not be true to some degree in the case of Bangkok. Another factor which could boost the ease and speed of commuting to and from the capital city and from the new international airport is the plan a new high speed rail link between Rayong and Bangkok and the plan for the new railway from Beijing over Laos, and which will pass through Thailand close to this area. The high speed trains from Bangkok will travel at up to 250kmph, reaching Rayong within about an hour from Bangkok. Estimated at some 170 billion Thai baht it is one of four high speed rail links planned for Thailand, the others being Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Nong Kai border with Laos, and Bangkok to Hua Hin. Although costly, Deputy Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan considers such new high speed rail links as an important element of Thailand’s infrastructure which will be of great benefit overall to the nation’s economy, in respect of which such links must be built. Detailed feasibility studies will soon be conducted, with the hope that bids for the construction of the new rail links will be tendered early next year, such that the Rayong rail link project could be completed before the end of the decade. Although it’s yet several years away, the new rail link will facilitate and expedite travel from Bangkok and the new international airport to the Eastern Seaboard, and provide a definite boost to the Rayong area, and the plans for such alone will already be a factor which is being considered by savvy investors in land and property in the area. The new coastal highway from Laem Mae Phim to Trat is still underway, with much of the new road now complete from Mae Phim to Laem Sing near Chanthaburi, and only the bridge between Prasere and Laem Son across the river south of Klaeng to be completed as the final link in the chain. Once complete it will be that much easier to reach the Mae Phim area from other resorts along the coast to the east, and vice versa, and this will be of benefit to tourism in the area and to those who wish to travel the new scenic route. With the dramatic rise in land prices for land near the ocean, the increasing demand from wealthy foreigners and Thais, the completion of the new coastal highway, fast road connections to the new international airport and to Bangkok and the future prospect of a new high speed rail link, it’s a sure fire bet that the prices of land with house will follow this upward trend when the true market value of rising land prices is taken into full account. Price 89 Million Thai Baht.