Do Not Invest in a Beachfront Villa in Thailand
1. Natural Disasters
It doesn’t take the biggest storm in the world to send sand and
debris flying all over the beach and into your property. This is a minor
problem when compared to what can really happen to your beautiful villa if a
real natural calamity hits. Extreme tides can easily sweep past the estimated
high tide mark and get into your property, but a tsunami or typhoon would be
catastrophic. The waves from these disasters can do incredible damage to any structure in these cases and there is no recourse at this point. Can you imagine owning a luxury beach villa in Thailand after the 2011 floods? Developing your property further inland will spare you from these risks.
2. Erosion and Uncertainty
Beaches are made up of sand, which tends to be shaped by the winds and tides of the sea. It is very common to find sand erosion affecting the foundations of villas that have been standing for decades. The sand starts to move from the beach into the ocean and this process does not reverse. Beach erosion is a natural process that can be slowed down or minimized by man-made techniques such as beach dredging (removing sand from the sea and placing it on the beach) but eventually nature always wins. There are no guarantees as to when a beach will begin to erode, so owning a beachfront property is always an exercise in uncertainty. Nevertheless, there isn’t extensive research on beach real estate in Thailand, so you won’t have access to this kind of information.
3. Climate Change
Whether you believe in climate change or not, it is an indisputable fact that sea levels are rising. The rising sea levels are, in fact, a major contributor to beach erosion and this gradual rise will soon be obvious for all to see. Climate change, as the name indicates, is bringing all kinds of crazy weather patterns to the whole world. Off-season rain has become more common in Thailand and violent storms are becoming more intense. Beachfront properties are constantly buffeted with these storms, which doesn’t help with maintenance or resale value. Thailand beach property is also susceptible to this looming threat.
4. Zoning Laws and Building Limitations
The laws in Thailand regarding developing property on the beach is very strict. To ensure that the natural environment is not disturbed by beach real estate in Thailand, the authorities have drafted numerous laws. Properties that are closer to the water must follow more guidelines and they are limited in more ways. Restrictions on height, property area and the proximity to other properties are stricter for these developments.
5. Go for the Optimal Location
It is much better to own property slightly deeper inland to avoid these issues. You don’t need the uncertainty and stress that a beach property in Thailand brings. The easier zoning laws mean you can enjoy more space and better developments and the rising sea levels have a longer road to travel to reach you. All KASA developments are within one kilometer of the sea and our engineers and contractors lay out each of our properties for a gorgeous sea view. You can have the best of both worlds with an uncompromised luxury villa that has been crafted to your vision and you’ll still be near the sea.
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