I stopped by Pranthong Village in Udon Thani in July, 2006, and
talked the sales people then had a look around the project.
Since Pranthong does not have a web site I am making my notes available
here for others to have a look at.
This picture pretty much takes in all of what has been built so far.
Within this area are over 300 homes.
Pranthong Village is a housing
development just outside the Southern end of
the Ring Road in Udon Thani, very close to Maliwan Villa. The area is
only lightly developed at this
time. Although it seems to be way out in the country, Pranthong Village
is about 5 minutes from Big C. You might easily spend that much time
looking for a parking space on an Saturday afternoon. From my meeting
with Maliwan of Maliwan Villa, this section of the Ring Road is
only two lanes at the moment, but
an expansion to a 4 lane "super highway" is planned
in the coming months.
I met two sales ladies and the brother of one of them, he has an
excellent command of spoken English. They explained that all of the
homes were duplexes - two homes under one roof - and each pair was made
of a large unit and a small unit. The larger unit covers about 86
square meters indoors, and the small section covers about 70 square
meters of floor space. While the larger section has a little bit larger
driveway and a little more space outside, and the small section really
doesn't have room for much of an indoor kitchen, but there is a place
for an outdoor Thai style kitchen, and both have a small living area,
two bedrooms, and a single bathroom. The larger unit coes with 40
square meters of outdoor area, and the smaller unit comes with 20
square meters of outdoor area. You would not be installing a tennis
court or swimming pool in these yards.
ADSL is nearby, though it is not clear whether it has yet been rut to
the project. While there are over 300 homes in the project, it is
still very new and only a few homes appeared to be occupied as of this
The price given to me is for a house without a kitchen, and are quite a
bit lower than the prices in the brochure. The larger unit was offered
at 620,000 baht and the smaller unit was offered at 520,000 baht. They
did not mention any special "deals"on offer, so expect to pay several
percent property transfer tax, some amount for a kitchen, curtains and
furniture. Keep in mind that everything is negotiable.
Two sizes fits all
The buildings are all painted a cheerful yellow. Other than some minor
differences, such as the position on the street, the only difference
between the cheerful yellow homes is the size -large or small. This
project is just down the street from Milawan Villa, and while it
appears to feature similar style construction with similar quality,
Village and Milawan Villa are clearly focusing on different markets.
Pranthong Village seems to be a good place for a small, inexpensive
home where you can live in intimate proximity with your neighbors. Some
people will find this small village to be very comfortable.
Prantong Village is just outside the
Southern end of the ring road, about 3 or 4 minutes clockwise from Big
C. it is also pretty close to the airport, though no aircraft
were noted, and in my visit to Milawan Villa, they said that this area
is not in a take off or landing path. Things may change.