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21 March 2008 :: 14:03:11 pm 3953

Pattaya’s Norwegian Viking Village

A Scandinavian Style Home-from-Home. Norway Viking Holdings is essentially a holiday village project located on 10,000 sq. metres of prime land in the tropical countryside just outside the Pattaya boundaries. However, an arranged taxi service whisks you to Central Pattaya, or the beach in approximately nine minutes. However, when the new highway link to the Rayong Road and the motorway network is completed, this will reduce the access time to Pattaya to between three to five minutes.
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Pattaya, the 21st of March 2008 [Pattaya Daily News]: The Norway Viking project features detached and linked homes, low-rise apartments and shop houses in four phases:

1. the Small Viking Phase comprising 10 linked homes, perfect for those who value an easily managed accommodation;

2. the Big Viking Phase comprising 13 detached homes for those whose priority is both privacy and spaciousness;

3. the High Viking Phase features 35 low–rise apartments for those who don’t feel the need of a garden;

4. the Business Viking Phase situated in the High Viking apartment complex with five commercial shop houses.


All accommodation features Euro-style kitchens with gas hob, fully-tiled floors, sliding exterior doors and windows, made of white aluminium, with painted interior doors.

The village welcomes families, couples and singles, for whom the village is a veritable home-from-home. There is a purchase inducement of two free air tickets of up to Bht100,000 available for those who actually buy property. The developer, Øystein Landro, is looking mainly for two categories of buyer: long-term resident investors and holiday investors who are prepared to buy-to-let, relying on the on-site management team to handle the rental of their properties when they are away.


The community atmosphere is particularly attractive to Scandinavians who appreciate the cosiness of living among their compatriots; however, this will also appeal to UK citizens, who are Norway Viking’s other target market, and who won’t feel out of place as the majority of Scandinavians speak English. Currently, there are a small number of family residents, but most of the houses and apartments have been sold to short-term holiday makers.

The project has been an overwhelming success, with 65 percent of the accommodation having already been sold in two years to discerning buyers. The developer’s marketing strategy is to concentrate on the Internet as he has found this the most productive method. He also has an extensive agent network currently established throughout Norway and Bulgaria, which is soon to be extended to other Nordic countries and the UK.

Freehold leases are currently available on a 30-year renewable basis. The prospect of high capital returns on one’s investment is a major inducement to purchase. The projected doubling of land prices in the Pattaya area and imminent completion of the highway link will further increase the strong likelihood of value appreciation and high returns for those wishing to invest in the short-term with a view to selling at a later date. The final completion of the village project will be within the year, when ancillary amenities such as restaurant, laundry, hair dressing and massage salons and mini-marts will be in place to give comprehensive services to the occupants, further reducing the necessity of residents having to venture further afield.

At present, the facilities include landscaping, three sources of water, meaning one will never run dry, small coffee bar-cum-restaurant, laundry, swimming pool, cheap direct dialling to Nordic countries and the UK, wireless internet throughout and satellite, multi-channel TV. The apartment complex will have a roof garden and jacuzzis. The project is gated with surrounding walls and 24/7 manned security, including a special neighbourhood watch scheme for unattended homes, so residents may rest assured as far as safety is concerned.

A variety of furnishing packages are available so that purchasers don’t have the headache of having to search Pattaya to furnish their residences. Purchase of any of the furnishing packages entitles you to a free kitchen package, which includes everything you need for cooking, drinking and dining.

The architectural style is Scandinavian minimalist with clean lines, extensive balconies and open plan interiors. The accommodation is of three types: town houses, single houses and condominiums.

Plot sizes for the town houses range from 83-105 sq.metres, the houses coming equipped with two bedrooms and two fitted bathrooms at a price of Bht2,380,000. There are two 9000 Btu air-conditioned rooms, featuring one 9000 and one 12000 units.


The plot size for the single houses is 230 sq.metres. The houses feature four bedrooms and two fitted bathrooms at a price of Bht3 million.


The houses have a large balcony, a large living area, and dining room, with two air-conditioners. Optional extras include a 3×6 metre swimming pool with a depth range of 1.6 to 80 cms.(Bht350,000) or jacuzzi (Bht250,000).


The condominiums range from 63-65 sq.metres at a cost of Bt1,770,000 and one small condo of 36 sq.metres for Bt1,170,000. They either have one or two bedrooms, and a very large living area with roofed balcony and fitted bathroom. The camaraderie of the community will mean that one needn’t face the loneliness of living in isolation, but will give one the assurance of making new friends and enjoying a full social life should one so wish, or the privacy of a more reclusive retreat if this is more to your taste.

All told, the properties on the Viking Village 1 represent exceptional value for money, with prospects of a high return on one’s investment. The village is ideal for those wishing to enjoy the best of both worlds: rural tranquillity, but with easy access to all the myriad amenities of Pattaya, the city of variety. The village will also be ideally placed to take advantage of both the soon to be completed new highway link and the projected high-speed rail link, which will cut travelling time to Bangkok and its two international airports to approximately 45 minutes.

The developer, Øystein Landro, is very optimistic about the prospects of Pattaya, which is destined to go more up-market and become more family oriented. The location of 22+ first class golf courses in the area, the construction of an increasing number of superb shopping malls and fine dining restaurants, coupled with the imminent erection of more high-end hospitality venues, to add to those already here; all means that Pattaya will truly take its place as Thailand’s prime tourist resort. Inevitably, this will have the knock-on effect of increasing the value of property investments to add further to the feel-good factor of living or holidaying in a tropical paradise.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Business News

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