About RaiYai (Thailand Travel Guide)
Welcome to RaiYai. We are glad you stopped by! You are most likely interested in buying real estate in Thailand (or in another Southeast Asian region) or perhaps you are a property developer or real estate agent. In any case, please continue reading below to understand more about RaiYai’s purpose and history.
Overview of RaiYai
RaiYai is not your average property portal. You see, most real estate listing websites are run by a biased agency that chooses to display only the properties they are guaranteed to make commission from. The only other places online you usually find expansive lists of real estate properties are hotel booking websites, or “street guides” that may or may not mention various businesses nearby.
That is where RaiYai comes in. Rather than following the traditional ELS system that is popular in North America, or seeking to create another “booking” site, our team set out to document and categorize every multi-level residential real estate property that Thailand has to offer. Whether for sale or for rent, or even in a developmental stage, you will find it here on RaiYai if it truly exists anywhere in the kingdom!
Why No Traditional Classifieds?
RaiYai first played with the concept of traditional online classified ads, and quickly realized it lacked value, especially in a market such as Thailand.
when – year founded
what – name, information, photos
where – address, map
re: listings vs property profiles … ppl want to live in an attractive place, not necessary whats listed as available at any given minute they logon to a classifeds site esp in thailand
where many owners wont use the internet for marketing
Whenever possible, RaiYai uses the original photographic work produced by our team members, with the goal of contributing unique and accurate documentation of all listings in our database. However, Thailand being a rather large country, we will sometimes make use of certain photos released by other photographers under the Creative Commons, GPL, or other similar free-to-use license. In either case, below you will find our website’s guidelines regarding the editing and distribution of photography.
1. Crop Size - All photos on RaiYai shall be cropped at exactly 780×390 pixels, maintaining a 2:1 ratio.
2. Website Credit - All photos on RaiYai shall be watermarked with our homepage “www.raiyai.com” in the bottom right corner, with 15 pixels of padding on the right side and 10 pixels of padding on the bottom edge. The “Courier New” font family shall be used for this. The font itself should be displayed in perfect white color (#FFFFFF) and should also have a text-shadow (“drop shadow”) of perfect black color (#000000) at a width of 1 pixel, facing directly downward.
3. Photographer Credit - All photos on RaiYai shall be watermarked with the photographer’s full name or nick name, in the bottom left corner, with 15 pixels of padding on the left side and 10 pixels of padding on the bottom edge. The “Courier New” font family shall be used for this. The “Courier New” font family is to be used for this. The font itself should be displayed in perfect white color (#FFFFFF) and should also have a text-shadow (“drop shadow”) of perfect black color (#000000) at a width of 1 pixel, facing directly downward.
4. JPEG Quality - All photos on RaiYai shall be saved in Photoshop at a JPEG quality no less than 70% with the goal of maintaining a file size somewhere between 100kb and 120kb. The “progressive” and “optimized” features should never be used, but “convert to SRGB” should be used. All metadata should be removed from JPEG files before saving.
5. Editing Effects - All photos on RaiYai should undergo a minimum of image manipulation from their original state, especially when produced by members of the RaiYai team. Specifically, images should only be editing using the following Photoshop tools: Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, Shadows/Highlights, Levels, Color Balance, Unsharp Mask.