Foreign buyers are returning to Thailand’s property market. In the third quarter of 2016, enquiries for Thai real estate on surged 15 per cent compared to the previous quarter.

Bangkok remains one of the central targets for investors, with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute highlighting the capital as the eighth best for investment prospects in the Asia-Pacific market, behind Bangalore, Mumbai, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Jakarta. With rents and capital values climbing steadily, the city offers strong long-term prospects, both for investors seeking yield and high-end buyers looking for wealth preservation and lifestyle opportunities.

Away from Bangkok, though, foreign investors are torn between two destinations: Pattaya and Phuket.

According to, Chinese buyers are mainly focused on Bangkok and Pattaya, with the area rising from 209 to 100 on the portal’s Chinese Purchasing Intent Index, generating twice as many buyer leads as the Thai capital. On, Chon Buri (home to Pattaya) makes up one in five enquiries for Thai property.

In’s most recent Hotspots Index, Pattaya was also the only Thailand location in the 50 most searched-for locations, holding onto its 18th place ranking.

However, Phuket has also proven highly attractive, with the tourist favourite making up 52 per cent of Thailand-related enquiries in Q3 2016, the highest of any region in the country.

How can buyers pick between each area’s white sand beaches, clear blue waters and lush landscapes? The difference between searching for property in Pattaya and enquiring about property in Phuket may simply be a matter of available supply on the market. We pit the two hotspots head-to-head with some of the area’s finest luxury homes:

1. Patong, Phuket – 5 Bed Villa

Asking Price: $1,500,000

This luxury five-bedroom villa overlooks Kalim and Patong Bay. Located in a resort with all hotel facilities, the property is the perfect investment to generate both rental income and capital growth.

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2. Ko Maphrao, Phuket – 4 Bed Villa

Asking Price: $708,007

This private villa on Koh Maprao sits on a total plot of 1 Rai, with 400 square metres of living space in the main property. With beach frontage of 20 square metres, this is a rare chance to buy a private property on pristine beachfront for just 25 million baht.

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3. Pattaya, Chon Buri – 3 Bed House

Asking Price: $1,416,014

If you are looking for something near the beach, this three-bed house is a dream come true, offering 480 square metres of living space just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Pattaya coast.

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4. Pattaya, Chon Buri – 2 Bed Condo

Asking Price: $1,982,419

This prime two-bed condo in Pratumnak’s Peak Towers has exactly the breathtaking view you would expect, from the rural landscape and luscious swimming pool to the nearby sea.

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5. Pattaya, Chon Buri – 6 Bed House

Asking Price: $1,557,615

Close to the town as well as the beach, this perfectly positioned villa is equally well proportioned, with full furnishings, a balcony, private pool and a Jacuzzi.

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