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December 2019

Abandoned Chalong view villas

Another one of my "Abandoned buildings" collection. I actually visited this quite well known location when I visited the Phuravarna.. The Abandoned Retreat.

Originally this complex was the brainchild by Gary Ebsen, a long time Phuket resident and director of Eco–Cool Thai Homes, a company that has won several awards for building energy–efficient homes, set about creating affordable freehold condominiums in a modern resort atmosphere with stunning panoramic views of historic Chalong Bay and the offshore islands.

Using his experience and contacts he focused on the long over–looked but currently booming Chalong Circle area and located a choice 2.5 Rai (1 acre) plot of land within easy walking distance to the shops and restaurants of the Chalong Pier. This is where Chalong Bay Condominiums had to be!

Sadly the same story is so common here, the non transfer of ownership deeds, because of "problems with repaying bank loans" left many investors out of pocket and only getting a 60% refund on their money. The project was abandoned and recent reports from the Thai journals suggest that the land and property is going up for auction.

One can't help thinking... "Buyer beware!"

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This is Phuravarna.. The Abandoned Retreat

Some of you may know I have a love of exploring old abandoned and unfinished buildings.

This video is dedicated to my new explorer friend Celeste Hanson, who without her knowledge of this place I would never have found.

I can see that it would have made a beautiful calm, peaceful and relaxing retreat in the Island of Phuket. Sadly it seems that it either ran out of money or possible investors. either way it stands as an example of what could have been. You will see what I mean when you watch it!

It was an idea to build the resort with villas…the owner was playing dirty with investors so they pulled off investments…that was around ten years ago…I believe that this property still has some serious legal issues

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