The Land We Are Buying In Thailand


We have narrowed our search for land to build in Thailand for our retirement house down from several options to one particular plot.

Photos Of The Land We Are Buying In Thailand

Here are some pictures of the land we are negotiating to buy for our retirement home:-

The Land We Are Negotiating to Buy

Above, a photo of the land we are negotiating to buy. The house you can see is our neighbour’s house – of course our own house is not built yet. Junction of Main and Access Road

Above is a shot of the junction of the main road and the access road to ‘our’ land.

The Location Of The Land We Want To Buy In Thailand

The land we are looking for is in the of Jangwat (Province ) of  Nakhon Ratchasima – sometimes shortened to Korat. We are not looking in the city of Korat, rather near a small town located on the edge of the Khao Yai National Park about 200 km (124 miles) to the north-east from Bangkok.

These are some of the reasons we like that area of Thailand:-

  • Not to far from Bangkok – about 2 hours drive from Bangkok. This then is not so remote from the big city and because my wife’s daughter lives in Bangkok we will be in easy reach for her to visit us.
  • Being in the hills it is much cooler than Bangkok or other favourite places like the resorts in the south of Thailand. (Phuket,  koh Samui, Krabi)
  • The countryside is very pleasant – my wife hates cities.
  • On the other hand, being an up-and-coming area for rich Bangkok business people to have a second home away from the heat of the city, there are plenty of amenities like large Tesco Lotus supermarkets, restaurants and other facilities.

Cost of Buying Land In Thailand

After some negotiation the land (1 Rai) shown above was offered to us for 1 million Baht. That’s 1,000,000 Baht for 1 Rai.
These are some of the features of the land we are trying to buy:-
  • The land, as you can, see is cleared ready for building.
  • It is an up and coming popular location with other houses nearby. This is good for several reasons. First the land will appreciate in value over the years, and second the presence of other houses makes it far safer than a remote plot. beacuse the land is in a ‘residential’ area there is good infrastructure for services in place. (See below)
  • It is close to a metalled main road and the access from the main road is in place and short.
  • Electricity and water supplies are readily available.
  • Cable Broadband Internet is availabe.
  • The land has a Chanoht. This is very valuable and important. A Chanoht is a Land Deed or legal document certifying ownership of the land. There are several types of land deed in Thailand and this is the top level. It is perfectly safe to buy land with a Chanoht, ;ess so with other land deeds. because this is such an important subject I will devote a whole page on the subject of Thai Land Deeds.

Thai Land Measurement Units

If you don’t know how big one Rai is then here is a page devoted to explaining Thai Land Measurement Units

Other Land Plots For Sale

Before settling on the land I have shown you above, we considered other plots of land for sale in that area of Thailand.

Land For Sale In Thailand, Plot No. 2

One plot of land of 2 Rai was offered at 1.5 million Baht. That’s 1,500,000 Baht for 2 Rai, working out at 0.15 million (750,000) Baht per Rai. But the level of title deed for this land was not clear. Also the land was remote from other houses, a long way from a main road, had no utility connections and was full of small trees. Not really what we were looking for.

Land For Sale In Thailand, Plots No. 3 and 4.

Here is a picture of a land deed indicating the various plots of land for sale:-

Plots of Land Available To Buy

Above, a photo of the document showing two plots of land (brown colour) for sale in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

These were two adjacent plots of land for sale. The land title deed was what is called a Nor Sor Saam (3) Gaw, which is one down from a Chanoht. Whereas a Chanoht is a certificate of ownership, a Nor Sor 3 Gaw is not. A Nor Sor 3 Gaw is a certificate indicating the exact shape of the land and grants the person named on it the right to use the land. But it does not state that the land actually belongs to that person. The access road was not made up and the land again was covered in small trees. there were not utility connections, although water and electricity was available in the area. These plots were on offer at 1.3 million Baht.

Here is a picture of the  Nor Sor 3 Gaw for one of the plots of land for sale:-

Nor Sor 3 Gaw Plot of Land 3

Above, an actual Thai Land deed, Nor Sor 3 Gaw in this case showing a plot of  land for sale in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

How To Find Land For Sale In Thailand

Here are some tips about how we went about locating land for sale in Thailand.

Learn How to Buy Land and Build a House in Thailand

At my side every day when I am doing anything about buying land, building (or designing) our retirement home, or looking for or buying land in Thailand is the book How to Buy Land and Build a House in Thailand by Philip Bryce, seen below:-

How To buy Land And Build A House In Thailand This book is a mine of useful information. This is where I learn’t all about Thai Title Deeds, what a Chanoht and Nor Sor 3 Gaw is plus countless other pieces of essential information. I even used it when making the drawing of the house we want to build in Thailand.

Rather than go on about how indispensable the book is for anyone wishing to buy land and build a house in Thailand I would suggest that you learn more about the book here.


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