Thailand Weekly Vol. 23
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Well, I don’t mean to be a downer, but this definitely isn’t the happiest edition of Thailand Weekly. Some sad news out of Chonburi this past week where there was a big nightclub fire causing 15 fatalities and even more injuries. Thailand roads were also ranked as the 2nd most dangerous in the world in a report that came out earlier this week. In more positive news, there was some interesting data that came out about Bangkok’s popular Lad Phrao neighbourhood, and a local Thai man in Nakhon Ratchasima definitely made a statement about the state of the potholes in his community’s roads.
Lad Phrao Most Desired Neighbourhood In Bangkok
For anyone interested in Bangkok real estate, this story will be of particular interest to you. Kaidee Property, a real estate platform here in Thailand came out and said that Bangkok’s Lad Phrao neighbourhood was the most searched area of the entire city on their platform. Extremely popular amongst Thai people, this is a district about 25-minutes north of the famous Terminal 21 shopping mall in Asok. Lad Phrao serves up convenient public transportation options, a number of large-scale shopping centres, an abundance of local markets, and property price tags that are much lower than what you can find just about anywhere along the popular expat area that is the Sukhumvit corridor. Specific searches that dominated what people were looking for included detached homes for sale that cost no more than 4.5 million baht, and condos for sale in the 1.3 to 1.4 million baht range. From a rental perspective, searches for detached homes priced at 25,000 baht per month and condos priced at 10,000 baht per month were also extremely popular.
The Top 5 most-searched areas in Bangkok are listed below:
The Top 5 most searched property types are also listed below:
Detached House – 110 million page views
Condos – 91.2 million page views
Land – 56.1 million page views
Townhomes – 49.2 million page views
Commercial Properties – 10.3 million page views
Tragic Fire In Chonburi Province - 15 Killed, 38 Injured
There was a horrific fire this past week in the seaside town of Sattahip in Thailand’s Chonburi Province. The tragic incident took place at the Mountain B Nightclub, and as things currently stand, the fire has taken the lives of 15 people with another 38 injured. Eyewitnesses said that they heard two explosions near the DJ booth and saw sparks that ignited the soundproofing foam, with the fire then spreading extremely fast across the highly flammable material. The building was almost completely destroyed and Pol Maj Gen Atthasit Kitjahan said that the establishment didn’t have the proper license to be used as an entertainment venue. It had the permits to operate as an eatery, but was illegally altered. It was also reported that the establishment had no circuit breaker and had just two fire extinguishers in the direct area. The owner of the venue reported to police on Saturday and confessed to all charges against him. This incident has prompted the Deputy Governor of Chonburi to order intense inspections at more than 500 pubs, bars, and clubs in the Pattaya area, and also resulted in Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt ordering nightlife venue safety checks in all 50 of Bangkok’s districts. So far, 83 Bangkok-based nightlife venues have been ordered to suspend operations because of this.
Thailand Travel Tip
There’s a lot of different travel insurance companies out there and often times it’s a pain to find the right one. We get all sorts of emails about this topic from those of you that watch our videos over on Retired Working for You or Best Of Thailand, so I decided to include the company I use in this week’s edition of Thailand Weekly. SafetyWing is a travel insurance company that provides awesome coverage for anyone that lives abroad, but their rates and coverage make it ideal for those vacationing in abroad as well. I think I pay in and around $50/Month for my coverage, and I was impressed with their service when I actually had to make a claim last summer. Everything was taken care of, and I got solid service overall. Signing up takes a couple minutes and is super straightforward, so if you have a trip to Thailand booked (or anywhere for that matter) at any point in the near future, I’d definitely recommend considering them for insurance coverage.
Thailand Roads 2nd Most Dangerous In The World
US-based Zutobi, a drivers education platform has revealed that Thailand is the second most dangerous country drive in, just behind South Africa. The factors measured as part of their annual score include estimated road death rates, maximum motorway speed limits, seat-belt wearing rates, alcohol-related deaths, and blood alcohol concentration limits. Approximately 20,000 people per year are involved in fatal accidents on Thailand’s roads. It’s also worth noting that surprisingly, the Ministry of Transport reported that motorbikes weren’t the number one cause of accidents throughout 2020 and 2021, but instead pickup trucks.
Below is a breakdown of some key road accident stats over the past two years:
Types of Vehicles in Accidents:
Pickup Trucks (37%)
Private and Public Vehicles (27%)
Trucks With at Least 10 Wheels (8%)
Six-Wheel Trucks (6%)
Types of Roads Where Most Accidents Happened:
Straight Roads Without Slope (70%)
Curves Without Slope (13%)
Curves With Slope (8%)
Bridges To Commercial Venues (3%)
Causes of Accidents:
Violation of Speed Limit (78%)
Being Cut In Front by Pedestrians, Vehicles, or Animals (8%)
Falling Asleep Behind Wheel (4%)
Drunk Driving (3%)
Only In Thailand 🇹🇭
This past week, a local man from Nakhon Ratchasima province had enough. He decided to grab his fishing rod and satirically cast it into a massive pot hole that he’s been asking authorities to fix for over 10 years. The giant pothole is located right outside a school and is an obstacle that students face daily, said the ‘fisherman’. Hopefully this viral stunt expedites the road-repairs once and for all. 10 years of waiting is a LONG time!