To boost tourism in the region, Thailand and the Philippines are to push for a common visa amongst Southeast Asian countries.
The move would see a single visa for all 10 member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Speaking on Friday 23 May, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said Thailand and the Philippines would jointly push for the common
visa when Bangkok assumes the ASEAN chairmanship in July.
In 2007, almost 30 million non-ASEAN tourists visited the 10 countries in the region, which include Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines and Thailand.
But Thailand is the region’s top tourist destination, and Koh Samui is the jewel in the crown, enjoying occupancy rates of over 80% year round.
David Stanley Redfern have a number of properties on the island for those looking for a secure and stable investment. The exclusive modern villas in the Maenam Hills, for example, offer manicured tropical gardens and full resort services.
The villas are just moments away from the famously up market Santiburi Golf and Country Club (which boasts a superb course with sea views and a terrifically indulgent spa), the paradise shores of Maenam Beach. The delightful village of Maenam is also within walking distance of the development, and is home to many sophisticated international and authentic Thai restaurants.
With flight links into Samui from Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and over 20 flights to and from Bangkok every day, Maenam Hills would serve as the ideal luxury home from home for those wishing to travel freely to other countries in the region.
About David Stanley Redfern
David Stanley Redfern Ltd is one of the U.K.’s leading overseas property investment specialists. The reasons for this are an incomparable range of international properties spanning 40 destinations worldwide, and unrivalled customer care, which lasts long after the purchase has been completed. Experienced, professional staff and membership to the overseas property market’s regulatory body: the Association for International Property Professionals, as well as their stringent due diligence procedures gives buyers the confidence that any purchase with David Stanley Redfern is a safe one.
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