Why is Phuket the best destination for property investment?

Property Investment

Sep 12, 2023

Phuket has been long admired for its pristine beaches and picturesque landscape, rightfully earning the title of the “Jewel of the Andaman Sea.” Therefore it does not come as a surprise that thousands of foreigners have decided to stake a claim on a property on this warm and friendly island by exploring Phuket property investment opportunities.

What is it that made them choose Phuket for buying a property? What makes investing in luxury pool villas in Phuket so attractive?

Let’s have a look at the major reasons why Phuket is the best destination for property investment:

Tourism and Tourist Visitation

Being a tropical island with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Phuket attracts over 10 million tourists every year and is listed amongst the top 15 most visited places in the world. As per a report released in 2018 by UN World Tourism Organization, the revenue Thailand generates from tourism is the 4th highest of any country in the world.

In the last 20-30 years, Phuket besides being a holiday destination has become home to thousands of professionals, young families, and retirees with a lot of them buying a property for investment.

Thailand welcomed about 40 million people in 2019, however, with the pandemic hit, travel was badly impacted as nations tightened border controls to contain the coronavirus. With those restrictions easing worldwide Thailand's travel numbers have soared significantly. Over four million visitors arrived in Phuket alone in the first eight months of 2022, generating at least 66 billion baht for this popular island.

By the end of 2023, Phuket is expecting more than 14 million tourists with 200-300 billion baht from tourism. Phuket is now seeing 500,000 - 600,000 foreign arrivals monthly, which accounts to about 80% of the number prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019, while the number of local tourists is at about 85% of pre-Covid levels.

The continuous growth in tourism and foreign residents has contributed to the steady growth in the Phuket property investment market with the most obvious reason being tourism. 

Easy Accessibility with Direct Flights

Phuket has an international airport that makes traveling to and from many countries easy. Phuket Airport has non-stop passenger flights scheduled to 40 destinations in 16 countries including far-flung places like Germany and Australia. It is only a one-and-a-half-hour flight away from Bangkok.

With such easy connectivity, it is no wonder that people from across the world are choosing to make a real estate investment in Phuket.

Affordable Properties

Despite being world-recognized as a popular holiday destination and such attractive long-term demand numbers, affordable pool villas in Phuket have prices that remain well below other major real estate investment markets in the world. These attractive prices make Phuket desirable not only for the capital returns on the investment but also as a destination for expat living or retirement.

Popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, or Greece are much more expensive and prices in the other real estate investment capitals of the world such as Dubai, London, and New York are way beyond affordable. An equivalent freehold condominium property in London would be around 10-15 times more than that in Phuket with a rental yield that would offer a far lower ROI.

Due to its tropical climate and fabulous beaches, Phuket has long been a popular destination for holiday homes attracting both domestic and international property investors on the island for vacation homes, rental property, hospitality establishments, and also those who wish to settle on the island.

The best part about buying a property for investment in Phuket is that you have a holiday home in a really great holiday destination, allowing you to enjoy staying at your property time and again.

In Conclusion

With plenty of appreciation potential, excellent infrastructure, a high standard of living for less, and its ever-increasing popularity, Phuket offers excellent short and long-term property investment opportunities for those who wish to make the most out of their money as they get the best of what life has to offer on this gorgeous island.

If you are looking at buying luxury pool villas in Phuket get in touch with our team at SKHAI to avail the best deals on exquisite properties at some of the most striking locations on the island.