CHANOTE : from the land title documents issued by the Thailand Land Department only the Nor. Sor. 4 Jor or Chanote is a true land ownership title deed.
The N.S.4.Jor or Chanote is a certificate of true ownership for land and the only true ownership land title deed. Land held under Chanotes are accurately surveyed and GPS plotted in relation to a national survey grid and marked by unique numbered marker posts set in the ground. Chanote titles are found in the more developed areas of Thailand. Legal acts (sale) do not have to be published. There are no general restrictions on the use and the land can be sub-divided.
NOTE : in some areas of Thailand full land deeds have been issued in a land reform programme but contain restrictions such as the right to sell the land within a period of time of issuance ownership rights (e.g. not having the right to sell or encumber the land within a period of 10 years).
NOTE : The land area as stated in the Chanote should be accurate, however, with the right connections it could have been manipulated. E.g. a Chanote states 3 Rai but the actual size after a private survey turns out to be 2 Rai. Land prices are usually expressed in Thai baht per Rai or for smaller plots Thai baht per Wah. The sale and purchase agreement will (when it is upgraded between the sale and transfer) include something like ‘the size of the land appearing on the Chanote shall be final and the purchase price shall be adjusted pro-rata with the area appearing on the Chanote’. You simply pay for more land than you get. Irregularities in the issuing of land-right documents showed there were land-right documents for about 200,000 rai where the Samui island only has 150,000 rai (July 19 2006).