The "Other Half" is alive and well and living in Phuket. Prices in this neighborhood range upwards from about a million for a condo, with actual houses, called "Chalet's," starting at more than twice that, prices in dollars, thank you. Five nice restaurants, lots of services, signage in Russian.
Phuket is like Bangkok with beaches, plus a double dose of obscene luxury, with quite a bit of miscellaneous obscenity thrown in for good luck. There were so many rich White people around that my bullshit detector never stopped clicking. I prefer the real Thailand myself.