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Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 Vol. 2 No. 5 25 Baht Out-of-court settlement agreed on, says dad British family feud nears end By PATRICK ROXAS The legal troubles that has hounded the relationship among members of a British family on Samui may finally come to an end after the parties involved recently agreed to an out-of-court settlement. Fred’s retirement villa Fred Lester, a retired will be forfeited in favor Englishman, told Samui of Alex and Jittanee. Gazette in an exclusive The agreement also interview he and his eldstipulates Fred has to est son Gregory have pay another Bt2 million yielded to the demands if the initial Bt2 million of his estranged son, is not paid on the said Alexander and his Thai girlfriend Jittanee “Judy” date. Fred confirmed he has Meunkid to pay them Bt2 to raise the amount and million in exchange for pay his son and Jittanee dropping the cases the on or before the October two have filed against 13, 2011 deadline or the them at the Suratthani family’s retirement villa Provincial Court. will be forfeited in favor Fred, 67, and Gregory, of Alex and his Thai girl44, has been locked in a friend. legal battle with Alex Although unsure where and Jittanee for some to get the Bt2 million as four years now over a of this writing, Fred said property and business he has agreed to the setownership dispute. tlement in order to get A copy of the out of back what is left of their court settlement obassets, which were tained by Samui Gazette frozen almost four years indicated that both Fred ago. and Gregory agreed to “Unfortunately what pay Alex and Jittanee Bt2 million on Oct. 13, 2011 or remains of our assets Turn to Page 3 all their assets, including UK MEDIA VISIT - Travel journalists from six top UK publications descended on the island recently to experience what Samui has to offer. From left: Christoph Leonhard, GM Amari Palm Reef Koh Samui; Jessica Flood, PR representative, HBS UK; Paul Scudamore, Travel Bulletin; Edward Gleave, OK! Extra Magazine; Sam Casey, Yorkshire Evening Post; Emma Dent, Bella; Duncan Forgan, ABTA and Scotland on Sunday; and Korawee Sapmanee,Communications Manager, Onyx Hospitality Group Top UK media visit Koh Samui TRAVEL journalists representing six top UK media publications checked in at the Amari Palm Reef Samui Resort recently to experience a little bit of the paradise that the island is and what the property offers to visitors. During their threenight stay, the press took in sights such as the Wat Samret and the rum distillery Magic Alambic, made a stop at Samui’s highest point overlooking the island from north to south, and tried out potential damages. More than 80 senior government officials and experts in agriculture and agricultural technology from both countries also attended the meeting. They exchanged opinions and experiences related to the maintenance of food security. The results of the Samui meeting will be compiled and presented to the “5th Thai-Indonesian Joint Agricultural Working Group Meeting” to be hosted again by Thailand next year. AGRI MEET - Members of the Thai and Indonesian delegations, led by their respective agriculture ministers, pose for posterity during a break in their recent Samui talks, which focused on food security. snorkelling in Angthong National Park. They also visited Koh Wau Ta Lap island, and ‘Talay Nai’ lagoon with its beautiful emerald-green water. Turn to Page 2 Thai, Indonesian agro ministers meet on Samui THREE related strategies on food security were drawn during the recent meeting of the agriculture ministers of Thailand and Indonesia, held on Koh Samui to discuss the issue. Thai Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Theera Wongsamut, met with his Indonesian counterpart at the Bhundhari Spa Resort and Villa on Koh Samui for the “2nd Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security,” hosted by Thailand. The main objective of the meeting was to ensure stability of food supplies in both countries. The two ministers agreed to jointly push forward three relevant strategies, which consist of the enhancement of both quantity and quality of produce by importing better seeds and fertilizers, the management of the usage and conservation of natural resources in an efficient way, and the application of information technology to the disaster warning and weather forecasting system in a bid to help save agriculturists from 2 Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 Samui expats’ social night set Oct. 1 The Stuart Bush Band playing in one of the bars on Samui recently. THE Samui Expats Social Night,” an event geared toward getting expat who live and work on the island networking together in clubs and restaurants in a social gathering, kicks off Oct. 1 at Nikki Beach. “It’s a great way we can all share each other’s global ex- periences and make truly wonderful friends and business relationships at the same time,” says Marco Maki, of the many prime movers of the event. The first expats social night will have a theme “Blues Under the Stars” and will be hosted by Nikki Beach and sponsored by Nikki Beach, Apollo 8, Samui Gazette, Beautiful World Furnitures and Interiors and Samui Lifestyle Magazine. The event starts at 7pm and the Bt300 entrance fee will include two hours of passed amazing Nikki Beach hors d’ oeuvres and welcome Top UK media ... From Page 1 The writers were also treated to the fantastic hospitality, facilities and cuisine on offer at the 187-room Amari Palm Reef Samui. The property sits on the northern end of shimmering Chaweng Beach, and the resort's superior accommodation, dining and recreational facilities are complemented by the beautiful soft sand beachfront and the crystal waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Among the dining options at the hotel is Prego, Samui’s coolest Italian Restaurant, with both Italian specialities and pizza straight from the wood-fired oven. There are two free-form swimming pools and two children’s pools, a whirlpool and a swim-up pool bar, all within the grounds of the resort, while the Discovery Dive Centre at the resort also offers windsurfing and kayaking. And of course there is the Breeze spa, the perfect place to be thoroughly pampered! The visiting members of the UK media stayed Sept. 22 then proceeded to the Amari Watergate property in Bangkok for the next step of their trip, and the hustle and bustle of the capital. "It's been great having the opportunity to show off our beautiful island to this highcaliber press group from the UK. Koh Samui has so much more to offer than just palm trees and beaches, and I hope that this trip will help strengthen Koh Samui's and Amari Palm Reef's positioning and reputation in the UK." drink. Drink prices are 50 percent off all night long and there will be a live entertainment with the blues band "The Stuart Bush Band” from Melbourne, Australia. Fireworks Samui.com com- pletes the event with fireworks display at midnight. Maki said the social nights will be done during the low season as these are the times when expats look for good events to attend because Turn to page 6 Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 British family feud ... also carries a substantial debt which will be our responsibility but at least it will free us from the endless visits to solicitors and the court of Samui,” Fred told Samui Gazette. “Another case involving Gregory’s 2 rais of land lost to Jittanee in the court of Samui was left out of the agreement,” Fred said. He said Gregory had no other choice but to take the case to the higher court in Bangkok to be heard sometime next year for the sake of his children’s future. Fred also said his other concern was if he continues with the cases, his alleged solid evidence may find his 40-year-old son Alex guilty of another crime. “According to our solicitors, at the time he (Alex) committed the fraudulent act - removing my name and brother‘s name from the company directorship without our knowledge, Alex could have warranted a jail sentence instead of the three-year suspended sentence,” Fred said. According to him, Alex’s mother like the rest of his family, have tried desperately on many occasions to stop Alex from doing things that can destroy the family but was allegedly unsuccessful. “When his mother realized it was hopeless she then traveled unwell at great expense to Samui from France to give evidence against him in the court to protect Gregory and me,” Fred said. Fred said he trusted his son to temporary use his name on the title deeds (chanote) of his villa until 3 From Page 1 such time he settled permanently to retire in Thailand. He said he still believes the evidence he has carefully prepared for each case would eventually be justified in the eyes of the law, but he added that he is also awareof the strong possibility that the judicial proceedings would take many more years before it will be settled in the Supreme Court. He admitted his decision could jeopardize his family’s welfare on this island, including his own retirement plans. He said his Thai wife Na had encouraged him to agree on the out-court-settlement saying “it is more important to free our minds from our substantial losses and concentrate on our children who are the innocent ones in this most unbelievable story.” This lovely lass from Trang, named X, works in Bangkok and was recently on a short holiday in Samui. Her captivating pose sort of caused distraction to those viewing the Grand Father Rock, one of the island’s most popular tourist attractions. GAZETTE GIRL # 31 THE GAZETTE’S PAGE 3 NEEDS YOU. Because we like to keep things fresh, we invite you to send us your cool photos. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Fred said ... if Alex returns to the Lester family, it will be the first miracle in his life.’ Fred said he is worried because of the “bizarre story” the precious times that his wife is required to deal with all these cases may affect their son Thomas’ early important formative years if the cases continue. Fred recalls he and Alex spent most of their time together playing golf with friends at their local golf club in Surrey, England. He said golf was their love and twice they were chosen by their club to represent them in various competitions around Surrey. He said he had recognized his son’s talent from an early age and has always encouraged and supported him financially so he could finally achieve his professional teaching status which he did in Singapore. “I now believe a prestigious golf resort management recommended him for teaching lessons to their clients and financially, I think he must be doing quite well,” Fred said. Fred said his wife, a true Buddhist in her beliefs, continues to pray in the temple that Alex will return to the family one day. Fred said the last four years was a bit difficult for him. He said if Alex returns to the Lester family, it will be the first miracle in his life. He said he will always be eternally grateful to his wife for showing him the peaceful and forgiving ways of the Buddhist teachings and he has promised his wife when he hands over the money come the 13th of October at the Samui court, it will be done without any malice. “I will look upon that day as a big turning point to bring back peace to the life of my remaining families who have suffered a nightmare which has haunted us for the last four years,” Fred said. He further alleged the irony of “this incredible story” is that he recommended to his son Alex to go on holiday on Samui where his son and Jittanee met. Fred said he has only until Oct. 13 to pay the agreed amount otherwise the agreement he signed to free his family from the trauma could backfire if he cannot borrow the Bt2 million settlement money on time. He said Alex and Jittanee demanded in the agreement to obtain his own retirement villa and fine him Bt2 million if the money was not paid on that date. Fred said he has heard many stories on the island but he is convinced nobody can beat this one. The Samui Gazette tried to reach Alex and Jittanee for comment but were unable to as of press time. The court battle waged by both sides of the family has so far resulted in Alex being found guilty of fraud and getting a three-year suspended sentence in one of the cases filed and Jittanee being awarded by the court the ownership of a piece of property in another. The settlement would cover the rest of the cases still in court. 4 Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 Samui becoming a favorite for weddings KOH Samui the tropical paradise overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, is fast emerging as a favorite wedding venue of couples around the globe for its boutique ambience, excellent amenities and famous Thai hospitality. However, wedding planning especially abroad is no easy task for couples who are already stressed out with various commitments. This state of affairs motivated Nora Resorts & Hotels to launch a new venture NoraWeddings.com and to come out with wedding packages to simplify the planning process. Couples who have gone through wedding ceremonies at home will attest to the fact that these events are anything but stress-givers. From coordinating wedding vendors to finding time for fitting sessions and beauty procedures, couples no wonder feel drained by the time they are standing in front of the altar. Troubles worsen when guest list run into miles, forcing couples to stretch the scale of reception. Many couples avoid these hassles by choosing to wed abroad. Though guests need to be flown in and accommodation taken care of, Samui weddings are less expensive. As modern practices require guests to pay for their trip, couples need to tackle only the last remaining hurdle of organizing the show. This is where NoraWeddings.com pitches in with its vast experience in hotel industry by offering various wedding packages. Nora’s wedding packages come with the services of a wedding planner to oversee arrangement and to guarantee that it takes place without snags. Thai Wedding package offered by NoraWeddings.com includes a traditional Thai Buddhist wedding ceremony presided over by holy monks. The package provides for the special meals and alms to monks besides flower garlands for bride and groom. Wedding venue décor, wedding cake, wine for toasting, background music and long drum procession with Thai dance come as part of the deal. Wedding ceremony is followed by signing of wedding ceremony certificate and planting of love tree to mark the event. Private candlelight BBQ dinner is a befitting finale to the romantic occasion. NoraWeddings.com also offers couples the choice to wed in Western-style ceremony or enjoy romance and thrill of both with Thai & Western Wedding package. (Source:Travel News) BRISK BUSINESS - akyra Chura Samui, an upscale lifestyle resort in the northern part of Chaweng, posted 90 percent occupancy figure since it opened three months ago. The rest of Samui posted six percent which was also a big improvement from last year. New lifestyle resort posts 90% occupancy UPSCALE lifestyle resort, akyra Chura Samui, has registered an exceptional 90 percent occupancy rate since its opening just three months ago, outperforming island-wide occupancy rates of 61 percent. The achievement is all the more pronounced given the data recently released by respected hospitality consultants C9 Hotelworks in their Samui Hotel Market Update, which stated that even the 61 percent occupancy figure was an improvement on last year. The 61-room akyra Chura Samui, on the quiet northern tip of Chaweng Beach, is the first property managed by Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) who announced their arrival in the resort/hotel management business after the success of their wholly owned Aleenta resorts in Hua Hin and Phuket. AHMS managing director Anchalika Kijkanakorn is thrilled with the achievement. “Naturally we are thrilled visitors to the island are choosing to stay at our resort and we have been able to perform a lot better than the island as a whole, especially as we are only a few months old,” said Ms Kijkanakorn. “We have a strong trackrecord through our luxury Aleenta brand and we have been able to leverage this and craft a new four-star lifestyle brand – akyra – which caters to everyone from young, free-spirited travellers to discerning tourists.” Top visiting markets to akyra Chura Samui are from the UK, Germany and Scandinavia as well as from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Italy and Australia in the Asia Pacific region. Among the facilities at akyra Chura Samui is an outlet of Aleenta’s famed Spa IV and high-quality food and beverage outlets Sui Kin - offering exceptional Japanese food - and the South American-style Barracuda Bar & Grill right on the beach. (source: eTravel Blackboard) Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 ‘Living and Working on Koh Samui’ 70’S disco charity Free seminar for expats set Oct. 15 FOLLOWING the success of the recent seminar “Living and Retiring on Koh Samui” held at the International School of Tourism in Chaweng, sponsored and hosted by PKN Legal & Business Consultancy, World Travel Managers, Ensure Insurance and Chef Nigel, there will be a further seminar entitled “Living and Working on Koh Samui” on Saturday, 15th October again at the Rajhabat University (International School of Tourism). The event will start promptly at 10.00 a.m. and finish at approximately 2.30 p.m. There will be coffee and a free buffet lunch provided by Chef Nigel. The agenda for the day will include up to date issues on Non Immigrant B visas, work permits and setting up and running a Thai Limited Company, as well as insurance information for working expats and a “Master 5 Class” by Chef Nigel. The event starts at 10.00 a.m. with registration and coffee, free lunch will be provided at 12.15 p.m. with the event finishing at 2.30 p.m. The event sponsors have informed the Samui Gazette that this seminar is intended to be one of a series of events to be held in the forthcoming months covering issues such as home ownership, planning permission, construction, property maintenance, living with children in Samui, as well as repeating the “Living and Retiring in Samui” for those who were unable to attend the last one. If you are interested in attending this free event you can reserve a place by contacting either: Michelle: email@example.com or phone: +66(0) 89591 2631 or Lorraine:- firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +66 (0)89047 6348 held at Fairways FAIRWAYS Playschool, located along the airport road near the arrival area, organized a 70’s Charity Disco for the benefit of the Koh Samui Hospital Children’s Ward in Nathon recently. The event, held last Sept. 24, was an effort to raise funds for the children’s ward of the hospital sorely in need of new equipment. Over the months through a series of events Fairways hopes to provide a new incubator, respirators and various state-of-the-art monitors, says Fairways Playschool’s marketing person Rachel Ainsley . Ainsley said Dr. Jirawan Arayaphong, deputy hospital director and head of the children’s ward, has said she hopes the fund raising can help finance the establishment of a children’s playground in the hospital. A number of charityminded residents turned up for the event to meet and get a chance to enjoy really great music in ambient setting. DJ Dexter Goodlove, all dressed in a 70’s outfit, was there spinning the grooves with the era’s hit songs. Barbecue food was available all night from Samui Homemade Food at discounted prizes. There were also some great prizes to auction off including a three-night stay in Koh Chang and a steak dinner for two at The Shack in Bophut. NOW! AN ADDITIONAL STORE AT BEAUTIFUL WORLD FURNITURE STORE IN MAENAM Address: 69/35 Moo 5 Ring Road Maenam, Koh Samui Suratthani Thailand and At Nikki Beach 96/3 Moo2 Lipa Noi, Koh Samui Suratthani Thailand DJ Goodlove 6 Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 3 die, 2 badly injured in taxi accident By CHERDCHAI TAWEEMUANG THREE persons died and two others were seriously injured as a speeding taxi lost control while navigating the dangerous curve at Ban Bang Por, Maenam last Sept. 27 – in another incident of increasing number of fatal road accidents on Koh Samui. Two men and one girl -- Wuttikorn Chanin, 22, and Pittaya Pengreung, 20, both from Koh Phangan; and Warinya Kaesri, 26, from Chiangrai; died after the taxi they are riding turned over before slipping onto the dry ditch beside the road on an area with plenty of curves. Of the two who survived, one -- Tharo Reungthong, 38, also from Koh Pha-ngan – is in a state of coma. The other, Chatupong Yaowana, 22, suffered very serious injuries; he is still incapable of giving exact information about the accident. The survivors are now both at the Koh Samui Hospital. Initial investigation revealed that when the FATAL ACCIDENT - Rescuers rush to pull out a victim from a taxi, which while cruising along Kao Leam Yai heading to Chaweng Baech from Nathon, lost control, turned over and slipped onto the dry ditch beside the road. Of the five people inside the taxi, three died, one in coma and another in serious condition. police responded to a call about the incident, they found two people screaming for help inside the taxi. The taxi – a yellow crimson car with a plate from Suratthani - was turned upside down in the ditch, with spare parts scattered on the road. They also found the driver seriously hurt but still alive, but the man beside him was already dead. Police was allegedly told by a witness that the taxi left Bang Nathon Market with four passengers heading to Chaweng Beach. While the driver was allegedly driving down from Kao Leam Yai, he didn’t decrease his speed, and lost control. The taxi turned over before slipping onto the dry ditch beside the road. As of this writing, it was not clear yet who was driving the taxi, but reports say the vehicle belongs to a certain Tharo Reungthong. Samui expats social . . . From Page 2 most good events are geared toward tourists during the high season. “This is strictly a social gathering geared toward expats that live and work on the island and the only thing we require is that those who attend the event, introduce himself or herself to three people they have never met,” Maki said. “I’d like to stress the fact that this is not a money making organization and there will never be membership dues or fees. This is not truly a club because a club has that perception that there is a membership fee. It is just a way to get together and is open to all expats that live and work on the island. Tourists and Thais are also more than welcome to come of course,” he said. Maki said Nikki Beach is closing on October 3rd for the rainy season and for renovation and will reopen on December 1. It will be a great place and time to kick off the initial expats social night and at the same time close Nikki Beach for the season with a huge party for people who live and work on the island, Maki said. He also encouraged everybody to remember the name “The Stuart Bush Band” because “the lead guitar player out of Melbourne, Australia is going to blow people away.” “To me, he is a combination of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan and the people who will attend this event are in for a real treat.” “Knowing the ability and reputation Nikki Beach has to put on first class events and parties, we are sure this will be the party of the year to attend for all expats living and working on Samui,” he said. Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 7 Visa run accident victim in coma Fund raiser for Ryan Marven By KRYSTYNA MYLONAS (Contributor) A FUND-raising event for Ryan contributions raised money for has covered expenses to date Ryan. but has now reached its limit and it falls to the family to pay. kindly showed so much support. ald Bar, Fisherman’s Village on Saturday 10th September. The Samui community turned out in full force to support and since. With such serious injuries and the 24-hour care that Ryan needs, the fundraiser was a much-needed event, in order to flooded in for the auction and help the family pay for mount- raffle, as friends and family ing medical bills. After a horrific road accident on August 27, while on Julie’s Emerald Bar in Fisherman’s Village recently for the fund raising event for visa run, Ryan has been hospi- Ryan Marven, a British expat who is still in a coma after figuring in a visa talized in ICU in Hat Yai. the Englishman, still at the ICU in Hat Yai and reportedly in critical list. He has very sadly remained in ICU, on the critical list ever loved resident of the island. stood united as all generous run accident last Aug. 27. Businesses, residents came to show their support for Ryan slipped into a coma. raise money for this muchDonations, from all over, FUND RAISER FOR AN EXPAT IN COMA- A big crowd gathered at The to save Ryan’s life. him out of the coma. The family is currently discussing whether to move Ryan from Hat Yai and bring him closer to home enabling people to visit him. The move, with someone in such a deep coma is an expensive one, but may be the way forward. Family and friends, with the Samui Gazette, would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all thosewho Marven took place at the Emer- His head injuries were so severe that as medical staff battled Ryan’s health insurance policy It is of critical importance that Ryan has family and friends visit and talk to him, assisting in stimulating his brain functions, which may encourage Prizes were donated by The KC Resort, Absolute World, Cameron Hanson, Kia Ora Catamaran, BBC, Apollo8, Beach Republic, KBA Kite boarding, Dr. Fish, Nikki Beach, Bophut Hills Golf Course, Samui Pier, Baan Bophut, Six Senses, Bondi, Coyote, Tropical Murphys, Island Girl, Lazy Coconut, Petcherat Marina, The Shack, Anantara, Krabi Heritage Resort, Havelli Restaurant, Bikram Yoga, Samui Scooter, Bar Ice, Ark Bar, Samui Beach Village, Essential Magazine, Super Pro, Rock Pool, Ad Hoc, Villa Baan Sai Tan and 100 Degrees East. A special thank you also goes to the Emerald Pub for hosting the event and donating money made at the bar that night. Further donations can be made at the front reception of the Absolute World office on the beach road, Chaweng, opposite World Tailor. The family and friends, and all who attended the event felt there is one unified message left to convey. “You’re a fighter Ryan! Come on, you can do it!” 8 Nation Thailand, Cambodia agree to improve bilateral relations SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 PHNOM PENH - Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to revive bilateral relations to benefit the people of both nations after their ties soured due to border conflicts and tensions resulting in many military clashes. Attempts to revitalize bilateral ties highlighted the recent official visit to Cambodia by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, her first to the Cambodia kingdom since assuming office. After the official welcoming ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister of Cambodia at the Peace Palace, Ms. Yingluck met for bilateral talks with her Cam- bodian counterpart Hun Sen. The visit was considered by the Thai and Cambodian governments as opening a new era of Thai-Cambodia relations to develop closeness between the people of the two nations. Both sides agreed that they would not let any problems affect relations and would apply peaceful approaches to resolving problems which may occur in the future. Existing mechanisms including the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JC), Joint Border Commission (JBC), General Border Committee (GBC) and Regional Border Committee (RBC) would be used to find peaceful solutions. Both also agreed to promote communication between their officials at all levels. Thailand and Cambodia agreed to follow the World Court's order and use the GBC to consider details in implementing the Court's order. The International Court of Justice (World Court) on July 18, 2011 ordered Thailand and Cambodia to withdraw their troops from the newly defined demilitarized zone in the disputed portion of their border around the ancient Preah Vihear temple. Hat Yai rooms fully booked for annual vegetarian festival SONGKHLA - Hotel rooms are fully booked in this province's Hat Yai District Sep the 30thOct the second, during the upcoming Vegetarian Festival, according to Tourism Business Federation of Songkhla president Somchart Pimtanapoonporn. Over 80 percent of the bookings were made by Malaysian and Singaporean tourists, he said. Mr. Somchart added he believes the festival will be as vibrant as in previous years, while the amount of cash in circulation is expected to be at least BT50 million. The annual Vegetarian Festival will be held from September 26 Oct 5 nationwide. In Hat Yai, the event is held at Supasarn Rangsan Park to boost tourism and the economy in the province. Chinese Gods and goddesses from local shrines and nearby districts are being invited to be situated at the event for worship. Around 100 special vegetarian food shops are also scheduled to participate in this annual Hat Yai festival. (MCOT online news) FDA burns illegal drugs worth Bt2.5-B BANGKOK - More than 800kg of illicit drugs, seized in over 130,000 cases, was burned at the Bang Pa-in industrial estate in Ayutthaya on September 17, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) secretary-general Dr. Pipat Yingseri. The authorities staging of this 40th ceremonial incineration of illegal substances seized in relation to 130,221 police gathered cases valued at Bt2.45 billion. With a total weight of 821kg, over 75 percent some 634kg worth methamphetamines were Bt2.1 billion. The rest the included 124kg of heroin (Bt311 million), 4.6kg of marijuana (Bt23, 000th) and 41kg of opium (BT1 million). Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will preside at the in- cineration. Dr. Pipat said additional funds will be sought to enlarge the warehouse to store illegal substances pending the carrying out of the legal process. The current storage capacity will be insufficient if the government crackdown on illicit drug is stepped up. He said it can take over five years to finish some cases in court. The government recently launched a campaign against narcotics. Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung has promised that the campaign will follow the rule of law and that any operations by law-enforcing officials will not be against the law. Mr. Chalerm gave assurances in response to concern ex- pressed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Center for the East Asia and the Pacific which feared that the Yingluck government's anti-drug campaign might lead to violations human rights or to extra-judicial killings by the police. The UNODC reservations expressed referred to the war on drugs initiated by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra between 2003-2004 by then, elder brother of Prime Minister current Yingluck Shinawatra, a campaign to which led to deaths of more than 2500 people. Mr. Thaksin's war against drugs heavy drew criticism from human rights at home and abroad groups. MCOT online news) The World Court urged both countries to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to agree to allow the bloc's obsevers to enter the desputed zone. The Thai and Cambodia leaders also discussed the maritime seabed claims. Ms. Yingluck and Mr. Hun Sen agreed to further talks after their being suspended for a long time. Ms. Yingluck had told Mr. Hun Sen that according to the Thai Constitution a draft framework must be approved by Parliament before officially beginning talks. As for economic cooperation, existing mechanisms such as the Joint Commission (JC) and the Joint Trade Commission (JTC) would be used to expand trade and investment, particularly along the border for a better qual- ity of life for residents on both sides of the border. The Thai premier expressed readiness to support the development plan for infrastructure in Cambodia including the communication network. Both leaders agreed to open a new permanent check-point in Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo. The discussion also touched on regional tourism promotion, technical cooperation and scholarships. Ms. Yingluck also asked about options to help the two Thai activists jailed in a Cambodian prison on espionage charges. In response, Mr. Hun Sen pledged to work out commuting the jail terms of the two Thai activists before seeking royal pardon. A Cambodian court in February this year ruled that Turn to page 15 Thai PM visits Laos BANGKOK - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra left Bangkok to visit the Laos PDR to boost bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries which are both members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Laos trip is the Premier's fourth to an ASEAN country since taking office, to introduce herself to regional leaders. She earlier visited Brunei, Indonesia and Cambodia. Ms. Yingluck and her entourage will leave Bangkok at 1pm from Don Mueang Royal Air Force Base6th Wing to Vientiane, the Laos capital and the country's largest city. The Premier is scheduled to discuss with her. Laos counterpart Tongsing Tammawong at the Office of the Prime Minister before presiding over a ceremony to provide assistance to those affected by natural disaster in Laos and for a school partnership program. Ms. Yingluck will then meet and discuss bilateral issues with Laos President Lt.-Gen. Chummalee Xayasone at the National Parliament. The Laos Prime Minister will host a dinner in Honor of the Prime Minister before she returns to Thailand. She is scheduled to arrive in Bangkok at 6pm. The visit to strengthen bilateral relations Laos will help in all levels and dimensions. Asia believes that Laos stability and prosperity can help Thailand build up its own stability and prosperity. The premier will take this opportunity to increase cooperation and expand trade and investment between the two countries. It is expected that the two leaders will discuss various issues including cooperation mechanisms, especially cooperation for development, infrastructure project development, and the inauguration of the third Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge (Nakhon PhanomKhammuane). (MCOT online news) Business SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 9 ADB reduces 2011 Thai economic growth projection to 4% BANGKOK – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) pared down its economic growth forecast this year to 4 percent from its earlier estimate of 4.5 percent, according to ADB country director for Thailand Craig Steffensen. Mr. Steffensen said the revision was attributed to the fact that the Thai economy in the first half of this year expanded at a rate of 2.9 percent, lower than earlier projected due to the impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan together with the debt crisis in the US and Euro-zone countries. The Bank has also revised down the country's gross domestic product (GDP) next year to 4.5 percent from the earlier forecast of 4.8 percent, Mr. Steffensen said, adding that the rate remains satisfactory. ADB Economist Luxmon Attapich said the bank has been monitoring the Thai government's fiscal policy implementation to stimulate the economy and boost the peoples' income for fear that it might cause inflationary pressure. The Bank consequently revised up this year's inflation forecast to 8.3 percent from its earlier estimate of 3.5 percent, but the rate is likely to drop to 2.3 percent next year. The Bank was confident that Thailand’s fiscal position remains strong to accommodate the government's policy, the ADB economist said. In the wake of sluggish economies in the US and Europe which became the main negative factors for Thailand’s economic expansion, Thailand concentrates its export destinations from traditional markets (US, Europe and Tokyo) to emerging markets. Exports this year are forecast to grow as high as 17 percent, she said. (MCOT online news) Cabinet approves Bt350-B budget deficit for 2012 BANGKOK - The Cabinet recently approved a budget deficit of Bt350 billion for the 2012 fiscal year, starting Oct. 1, according to Finance Minister Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala. Of the total budget, annual government spending was approved at Bt2.33 trillion, an increase of 7.4 percent from the fiscal 2011 budget at Bt2.1 trillion. The investment budget, counting for 16.5 percent of the overall budget, was agreed at Bt380 billion, a 8.1-percent increase year-on-year. The next fiscal year's revenue is aimed at Bt1.98 trillion, a rise of 11.9 percent from that of fiscal year 2011 at Bt1.77 trillion. The total budget approved was based on economic conditions in 2012 forecast to expand at 4.5-5.5 percent and have inflation rates at 3-4 percent. In this regard, Deputy Finance Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom said among other issues the Cabinet approved recently were the extended period for a diesel tax cut and the Pheu Thai Party's first-car project. The fuel tax cut, which is to last until Dec. 31, will affect Excise Department revenues of Bt25 billion, but the government is trying to maintain the tax rate at Bt0.0050 from the current rate of Bt5.31, Mr. Boonsong said. The first-car project, also approved by the Cabinet, is to begin Sept. 16 and continue until Dec. 31 next year in order to help middle-income earners otherwise unable to afford their first cars. Around 500,000 vehicles are projected to be sold according to the program. Conditions include that the car must have no more than a 1500cc engine or priced no more than Bt1 million if it is a pick-up truck with more than a 1500cc engine, while buyers must be at least 21 years old and possess the vehicle for their own use for the period of five years. Car owners can redeem compensation from the government equal to their vehicles' excise Turn to page 15 Commerce Ministry to push Thailand as jewellery hub BANGKOK – Thailand’s exports of gems and jewellery in the first eight months of this year increased 9.82 percent year-on-year, or by US $ 6.5 billion, according to Deputy Commerce Minister Siriwat Kajornprasart. Mr. Siriwat said after presiding at the opening ceremony of the 48th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair last Sept 14 that his Ministry was certain the industry can continue to grow, with overall jewellery export value expected to surpass US $ 12 billion this year despite the slowdown of the world economy particularly in Europe and the United States, there is still demand for Jewellery in the world market. The Deputy Minister said the government sees growth opportunities for the gems and jewellery industry, so marketing strategies need to be mapped out. The Ministry will gear up to penetrated more of the existing and new markets, especially in the country member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries. Thailand currently ranks 11th among world exporters of gems and jewellery. Gem and Jewelry Traders Association president Somchai Phornchindarak said his organization will work with the government in order to push Thailand to become the world's jewellery export hub, but amendments of the law is needed. He said industry exports this year are aimed at 10 percent higher than last year or about Bt400 billion according to the gold price hikes. The 18th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair was held Sept 14-18 at Bangkok's Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi. (MCOT online news) Thailand-India FTA tax privilege benefits 900 Thai items BANGKOK - The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Thailand and India will provide tax privilege benefits to at least another 900 Thai items for goods categorized under 'Product Specific Rules' (PRS) and merchandise needing rules of origin requirements, according to Asia's Trade Negotiations Department Director-General. Representatives, led by Director-General Srirat Rastapana, recently went to India to meet their Indian counterparts at the 21st Thailand-India Trade Negotiating Committee in the capital, New Delhi to negotiate free trade, services, investment, and other economic cooperation between the two nations. Other benefits from the negotiation included creative economy, construction, tourism, and the development of Small-and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Beginning in 2004, the Thailand-India Free. Trade Agreement covered trade in goods by 2010. Reductions to speed up tariff, both countries agreed to implement an Early Harvest Program (EHP) for the 82 merchandise items of which had tariffs reduced to zero percent - entirely removed - since Sept. 2006. Bilateral negotiations later stopped, as India needed to prioritize its free trade with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Thailand and India resumed negotiations Turn to page 15 Now at new location just across Farmers Restaurant 10 Opinion SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 JUST as we’re off to the press for this issue, another tragic accident took place on the island where a taxi apparently went off the ring road along the Nathon area and caused the terrible loss of five lives in an instant. The initial reaction of shock and horror would later be taken over by the reality that these unnecessary deaths continue to occur in alarming regularity and there seems to be no way this fortnightly paper will come out without news of these unfortunate vehicular accidents happening in some place in Samui. Questions must have been lingering on most people minds here on the island why people have to die in such a way, why accidents like these have to happen and is there really nothing that can be done to minimize it if not totally avoid? After all, Samui’s ring road covers only some 52 kilometers and pales in comparison to say Bangkok, Phuket and other big cities and towns in the country. Yet its accident statistics is one of the highest all over Thailand. The first issue to be raised is that so often what causes these mishaps is of course the speed of the motorbike or a car involved. Most collisions were a result of over speeding though at times a vehicle being driven by a person intoxicated with alcohol is a strong factor. In a lot of instances of course, both are involved and a cause of such fatal if not tragic event. The second issue is why are they the motorists able to drive with speed over the limit prescribed by the law? Rarely do we see over speeding cars and motorbikes being stopped on the road or pulled over by traffic enforcers. In fact, we have hardly seen it happen that drivers get stopped for driving beyond the allowed speed limit even if it is easy to see so many such drivers on the road. This brings us to the matter of law enforcement on the island and how Turn to page 11 LIGHTHOUSE cartoons Editorial Just another addition to Samui’s statistics Planes, trains and automobiles BANGKOK is great. Every time I go there I see something new and exciting, have a great new experience, meet some new characters or end up down a dead end street wondering how I got there and more importantly how the hell am I going to get back. Well as you do ended up running into an old friend in the afternoon had a few drinks then a few more in between playing pool and before you know it it’s a late one in Bangkok. I came away pretty unscathed this time all present and correct just a bit of a hang the next day. I spent a while in Bangkok before journeying to the far east of Thailand to the town of Si Sa Ket. A train is the way to travel this journey from Bangpaloo Train station BKK for the small sum of Bt700 you get an air con sleeper carriage. As you board the train there are two comfortable seats facing each other that fold down in to a most comfortable bed. While above the seat, what you thought was a locker happens to be another bed a little bit smaller but just as comfy. All have curtains and a light which have always worked on my travels. As it is the night train not much scenery to look at but as the rhythm of the train sways you to sleep after a few swift ones down at the drinks carriage getting in to a friendly chat with the train police. Then you stagger with the train back to your bunk and get nicely rocked to sleep. When I awoke I was a fresh as a daisy well, a slightly unfresh daisy, but an enjoyable night’s journey was had. As I freshened up in the communal bathroom, I did get a slight look at the scenery and what a green and pleasant land out east. As you disembark the train in this eastern town there are nothing but smiles everywhere you look. The Rickshaws at the taxi rank eager to take me on my way but I have to decline as it’s a little bit too far to my destination. My Thai family who live in what would be called ‘quaint’ villages in England are some of the most happy people you will ever meet most of them have next to nothing and yet they wake with a smile and go to work then come back home with their family and have a drink and a chat and then off to bed for work in the morning. After a short stay and a few local drinks, I headed to the Thai-Cambodian border to visit a market - the usual market stuff but just more of it. Some of worst fakes and copies I’ve seen. From Manchester United towels to IPhone 5 phones. Well with my Eastern tour over for another year. I was heading back to Bangkok on what I must say is my most favorite way to travel in Thailand - the night train. Not all plans work out and my return was delayed with Bangkok being Bangkok and Turn to page 15 Samui Gazette A publication of YuCiNo Enterprises Co., Ltd. with office at 124/524 Moo 3, Lamai Centre Unit 61/2, Lamai Beach Road, Koh Samui Telefax: 077-430789 | Email: email@example.com | www.thesamuigazette.com Editorial Sales/Advertising & Circulation Managing Editor: Patrick T. Roxas Editor: P. Meepien Reporters: Cherdchai Taweemuang, Atthasith Khupratakul Contributors: Alister Bredee, Suzanne Buchanan, John Greenwood, Des Gillet, Rob Newman, Jo Rowkins, Rosanne Turner, Geoff Whitlie, TAN Network Ad Sales and Circulation: Rex U. Noble Art & Production: Design: YuCiNo Enterprises Co. Ltd. Production Asst: Kanlayanee Seamkung YuCiNo Enterprises Co. Ltd. Directors: P. Meepien, Joseph A. Noble Publication Information: YuCiNo Enterprises Co. Ltd. publishes Samui Gazette. All content of this issue is © Copyright 2010 by YuCiNo Enterprises Co. Ltd. and may not be reprinted or re-transmitted without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Samui Gazette is available all over Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Opinion SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 Rambles on . . . THE WALKER Des Gillet Des Gillet is a British expat and a long time resident of Lamai who seems to hate riding a motorbike and is definitely a staunch advocate of no smoking on the island. Retired British nationals in Thailand THE British Embassy in Bangkok has asked all British pensioners living in Thailand to complete a survey to help them to understand the various issues affecting us. I've looked at the survey online at ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk and I've decided to write this letter instead, I think I can put my thoughts down more comprehensively in letter form. The main issue affecting me is the fact that the British government has frozen my state pension, in other words they have denied me my entitlement to the annual indexation (or increase). APPARENTLY, BRITAIN IS THE ONLY OECD COUNTRY TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN PENSIONERS AT HOME AND ABROAD. I've been fighting this gross injustice since I was 62, when I decided that Thailand was the country I wanted to retire to, I love the country, the Thai people and the climate. If I were to emigrate to the Philippines, for some obscure reason the British government would increase my pension each year (but I don't like that country, so I prefer to live where I'm happy). I'm now 69 and my weekly pension is still the same as when it started when I was 65 and unless the British government acknowledges this injustice, it will remain the same until I die. To some, that wouldn't appear to be a major problem but I can assure you that it is. One problem is my acci- dent and illness policy, the premium has doubled in the four years I've held it, the annual premium is now 1423 UK pounds and the company tells me that there will be a massive increase when I reach the age of 70 (and that's without a single claim). One insurance broker even advised me to not renew it and save the money! When I decided to retire here, with some modest savings, I thought all would be well, with the bank interest rates at over six percent but now some banks are offering less that one percent. I'm still holding my head above water but I've had to cut back on my travelling and other pleasures, I've rented a lovely new pad, I keep fit and eat well (but I still drink a few too many Tigers). Another little problem is the bank charge incurred on an ATM withdrawal, about Bt400 for Bt10,000. Also, the UK pound is down to 46.9 today, from 70 only a few years ago. In spite of all these things, I'm still optimistic for the future, especially with regard to the frozen pension but I think the UK pound will be low for a long time (I hope I'm proven to be wrong though). Another issue I'd like to ask you to look in to is the local police. Here, in my home town of Lamai, they appear to be totally ineffective, whereas in Chaweng and Nathon, the law seems to be enforced, the one-way system works and all motorcyclists are wearing helmets. In Lamai, the one-way system is a joke and helmets are rarer than honest time-share salesmen! My next point is waste disposal. At the moment, if you will excuse the phrase, it's a mess! It wouldn't cost a great deal for the authorities to invest in different colored bins, white for paper, blue for glass and red for cans (for example) and place them at strategic points all over the island. It would make the scrap collectors’ jobs much easier, as well as being a good investment for the future of the tourism industry by helping to keep the streets tidy. Finally, the footpaths, they are a disgrace, they are dangerous to walk on, not only because of the uneven paving blocks but sometimes the foundations have been washed away, leaving gaping holes, these are very useful if you want to break a leg. It would seem as though the tourist industry is only interested in bringing 4 and 5 star tourists here, the type of people who go everywhere by car and never need to walk. Doesn't the TAT realize that my fellow pensioners and I contribute to the Thai economy in a big way and some of us are here forever, not just three weeks holiday? Incidentally, I'd like to make it clear that I'm not simply a "whining pom", I have a lot of positive feelings about Thailand in general and Lamai specifically but I believe these points are well worth a mention. so I decided to try to fly down to Samui because needed to get to my friend’s party. I tried to book two seats from BKK to Samui. Sorry only one ticket first class Bt5700 please was my only reply. Please they really are having a joke with these prices. My friend who has a travel agency in Bangkok, who I use for all my travel arrangements didn’t understand why it was so expensive to get to Koh Samui. She has hundreds of customers and when they weigh up the odds they can get to Pattaya or Phuket for a much cheaper price. When are the people in charge going to sort out these ridiculously high air prices? It is only going to hurt the whole of Samui. So my reserve choice was the bus to Chumpon. A 6-8 hour journey but Editorial . . . the authorities view or seriously take into account the fact that most of these accidents can be avoided if only over speeding vehicles are immediately stopped before they can cause or actually become involved in an accident. Is the municipality lacking in manpower (traffic enforcers) to do this job? Or are the authorities simply sitting on their jobs and allowing these accidents to happen without even trying to do something to pre- 11 From Page 10 on an aircon double decker very comfortable bus, which was driven at a safe speed. Then a large catamaran to Koh Samui via Koh Nang Yuan (beautiful), Koh Tao (busy) and Koh Pha-ngan (full moon party) and finally Koh Samui, and arriving not five minutes drive from my front door. I honestly can say it is a very nice way to arrive on this large fast and smooth catamaran, and with seeing all the islands in the glory of the morning sunshine. Ahhh! Home Sweet Home. It’s great to be back on this beautiful tropical isle of Koh Samui. I look forward to the sunset on the beach the sound of the waves as we barbecue our fresh fish for dinner and think to myself it’s such a pleasure to be able to live here. From Page 10 vent it? Driving here on Koh Samui it seems is like being in a totally different planet and you go on the road at your own risk. There is no traffic law or road rules being followed or observed and it is up to the motorists how to drive around and stay safe. For now we just have add these five human beings who just lost their lives to statistics. And pray the next tragic one doesn’t happen to us. 12 Classified SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS MORNING YOGA In front of the New KC-Beachhotel on T-days (Tuesday and Thursday) from 9 till 10. Come and join Serge and connect with the elements : Fire/sun, Mineral/earth, Air/ guaranteed not conditioned, and Water: and after float in the Sea and relax Watsu-style. 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Montien Saithong, 32, from Pattani Province, died in the hospital while doctors were treating his wounds. He was shot on the leftright waist and the back (three bullets). Totsapol Paipong, 28, of Tambon Angthong, was shot on the right shoulder and the back (two bullets), but survived. According to the Samui police, who responded to a call about 15 past midnight, a witness told them that Montien and Tot- sapol were drinking with another friend in the house they are renting, when two Thai men – aged 20-25 with skinhead – suddenly parked their motorcycle on the road in front of the house. The friends are all working at a mirror installing shop. Allegedly, the man who sat behind the driver walked toward the house and shot at the group through the window and escaped. The police found blood drops, a black holster and five cartridges (9 mm) in front of the house. They found blood, beer bottles on the floor, and two bullets inside the house. Motive for the shooting is still unclear. According to Wuttichai Saiket, 35, friend of the victims, he was just lucky that he was doing something when the shooting happened. When gunshots stopped, he went to see his friends, found them with shot wounds, and called radio center 191.. Pattarapon Paipong, 28, the wife of Totsapol, said her husband is a simple man who after work, just stays at home and never goes out. As we went to press, some sources were saying the police already know the name of the two motorcycle riding-men involved in the shooting. The police are now on their trail. 2 ‘ice’ drug dealers nabbed KOH SAMUI police recently arrested two alleged Thai’s ‘ice’ drug dealer. The police, led by Pol. Lt. Col. Watcharin Pansuwan, deputy superintendent; and Poonsak Sophonpatumrak, assistant district officer; arrested Songcheep Thongmak, 48, residing at 67, Moo 6, Tambon Bophut, after they checked his house and found 62.56 grams of ‘ice’ drug loaded in six plastic bags, and a 38 caliber revolver. Songcheep’s arrest followed the earlier arrest of Mana Promrak, 26, who was carrying 0.65 grams of ‘ice’ drug, which he confessed came from Songcheep. Mana allegedly pinpointed Songcheep as an ‘ice’ drug agent on Koh Samui, so the police asked the local court for a search warrant to check his house. Police said Songcheep admitted he is an ‘ice’ drug agent selling to teenagers on Koh Samui. He reportedly said he hires Mana to sell for him. The two are now awaiting prosecution at the Bophut Police Station. SHOOTING VICTIM - Photo shows a friend trying to attend to one of the victims of a past midnight shooting by two motorcycleriding men in Moo 5, T. Angthong in the hospital. A man died while another was injured but the motive for the shooting was unclear. Koh Samui prepares flood rescue program AS part of an effort to prepare the local people from imminent natural disasters, the Samui municipal government recently agreed to conduct a “Flooding Rescue Practice.” The preparedness program aims to help in protecting properties and rescuing people during floodings on the island. The officials agreed on a doing an immediate “Flooding Rescue Practice” during a meeting at the Petchsamui Meeting Room of the municipal hall, headed by Suratthani provincial governor Theerayuth Eamtrakoon. The “Flooding Rescue Practice” aims to help flood victims immediately and rebuild public damages as soon as possible. The government also aims to increase the efficiency and ability of government officers who are responsible for disaster responses on the island. Some 80 people, both from the government and private sectors, attended the meeting. London deputy mayor’s son dies in Koh Phangan A 28-year-old son of the deputy mayor of London has reportedly collapsed and died in a guest house after attending the Full Moon Party recently on Koh Phangan. The victim was identified by media reports as Andrew John Lister, son of Edward Lister, the deputy mayor of London. He was said to have collapsed while drinking with friends in a guest house on Haad Rin Beach the following morning after joining the island’s monthly Full Moon Party. A police spokesman said Lister was drinking with four friends in room 315 of the Baan Talay Guest House on Haad Rin Beach when he collapsed. Efforts were made to revive him but they failed. His body was taken to the local hospital. He was believed to have died of a heart attack. Police say there was no evidence of drugs in the room. Police said while there was no evidence of any drug taking a post mortem was being conducted. Lister collapsed at 6 a.m. and appeared had been drinking all night. British Embassy officials arranged for Lister’s body to be flown home. Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 15 Kamalaya wins Prime Minister’s export award KAMALAYA Wellness maintain their sustainabil- forefront of that,” says KaFrom Page 9 Sanctuary & Holistic Spa ity and recognition in inrina Stewart, co-Founder ity per ton of unmilled rice tax of not more than was named ‘The Best ternational markets. of Kamalaya. must be under 15 percent. Bt100,000 after one year of Service Provider – Spa “We honor the very best Karina continues, “It is The mortgage price for Hom possessing the vehicle. Category’ at the 20th anthat we have – our best with enormous gratitude Mali fragrant rice (Thai jasMeanwhile, deputy governniversary of the annual exporters, manufacturers, to all our supporters both ment spokeswoman Anuttama mine rice) is set at Bt20,000, Prime Minister’s Export producers and service in Thailand and around Thai Pathumthani fragrant Amornwiwat said the Cabinet Award ceremony last the world that we rice at Bt16,000, while other also approved the National September 19 in accept this award types of fragrant rice are at Rice Policy Committee's proBangkok. and pledge to conBt18,000, and 100 per cent unposal on the 2011/2012 rice The Best Service tinue to raise the husked rice at Bt15,000. mortgage scheme for in-seaProvider is one of bar in terms of The Commerce Ministry son unmilled rice, which is to four overarching cateproviding service will find additional sources of start Oct. 7 and continue until gories, and Kamalaya to our guests.” funds for this Bt400 billion Feb. 29. was pitched against 43 Kamalaya is loThe criterion for mortgaged program. 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Телефон 0066 (0) 844 557 528 0066 или RAYMOND 0066(0) 878 844 166 СПАСИБО 16 Rosanne Turner relocated to Koh Samui from Africa, a year ago, and is relishing the adventure. She is a trainer at Samui TEFL, as well as being a travel writer for several international publications. Share Rosanne’s discoveries of all things Eastern, curious and extraordinary. Discovering the island via its resorts MY family and I try to explore the island on Sundays, in the way of visiting different resorts. The idea is that we have lunch at the pool side restaurant, use the pool and perhaps try out the spa. We have come across some spectacular resorts on Samui, many tucked away at the end of dirt roads. Without turning off the Ring Road, and ‘bundu-bashing’ as we say in Africa, we would not have discovered half of the amazing resorts out there. We have come to the conclusion that the more discreet an entrance is, the more impressive the resort. Some of the best resorts on the island have rather understated entrances. Zazen in Bophut has to be one of the most impressive resorts Samui has to offer, but driving along the Ring Road, you would have no idea without venturing in. On the other hand, some resorts have elaborate entrances, creating a great first impression, and are then a let-down once you past the entrance. It seems as though many resorts only focus on their beachfront entrance, and their main entrances are an afterthought. The problem with this is that a ‘walk-in’ customer, driving along looking for a place to stay has no idea what is behind drab walls, or at the end of inconspicuous dirt tracks. Surely this must affect business? Sure, a large percentage of business comes from the internet and booking agents, but a fair amount of guests arrive on the island with the intention of finding their own place to stay – or perhaps they are booked in somewhere via their travel agent, but want to return the following year, and are looking for something else to their liking. As focal as some of these resorts may be from the beach, most people drive around looking for accommodation, as wheeling luggage along the beach while looking for a place to stay is not an option. Having previously owned guest houses in South Africa, I know that an inviting entrance draws walk-in customers. During our Sunday outings, we have come across some resorts with a rather narrow-minded management approach. We have a few old favorites that we visit frequently, that offer great food, friendly service, set around a pool or on a pristine stretch of beach, however, sometimes we feel like trying a new spot. On arriving at reception, we ask if day visitors are welcome on condition we have lunch, and usually we are welcomed in - after all, business is business and why would anyone turn away a few thousand baht spent in the restaurant? Occasionally we are turned away, or asked ridiculous rates to use the pool – even if we are eating at the restaurant. I cannot understand this narrow-minded Turn to page 19 Life SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 (Alister Bredee was recently on an out of town trip and would resume writing his regular column when he returns to Koh Samui sometime this month. The following is an article from Statepoint Media.) Tips to reduce work-related aches and pains NO matter where you work, chances are you’ve come home after a long day with some aches and pains -- even if you spend most of your time at a desk, work station or behind the wheel. While most jobs these days aren’t hazardous, repetitive stress injuries are common amongst even the most sedentary of workers. While your day at work is unavoidable, the resulting aches and pains in your neck, back or hands are not. Changing your telephone and computer habits, giving your work station an er- gonomic tune-up, and taking breaks for stretching can go a long way to prevent injury and reduce discomfort. “Our bodies are made to move -- not to maintain the same position or posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly.” says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). By following these tips from the experts at the ACA you can keep your days relatively pain-free: At Your Computer Do you slouch when you read? Don’t break your back when you can break a bad habit instead. Work on maintaining proper posture at your desk and remember to get up and move around regularly. If your wrist is sore, you may be relying on it too much to move your mouse. Use your entire arm and shoulder instead. When typing, keep your wrists straight, your shoulders perpendicular to the floor and your forearms parallel to the floor. Using Your Mobile Device Your texting addiction could be the cause of major pain, as our thumbs were not made for constant tapping, flicking and clicking. Damaged soft tissue in your thumbs is nothing to LOL about. Abbreviate where possible, and learn to take a day off from checking messages. If you must text, alternate using your thumb, index finger and a stylus, if available. Even talkers can fall into bad habits, such as pinching the phone between the ear and shoulder, and leaning on a flexed elbow. Invest in a headset and be mindful of your telephone posture. Get Checked If you’re experiencing any painful symptoms, get help. Doctors of chiropractic can counsel you on modifications to your work station that improve your posture and work habits. DCs also use a variety of non-drug, non-surgical approaches to help with common aches and pains. Keep an eye on your kids, as well. At least 70 percent of America’s 30 million elementary school students now use computers. As a result, doctors of chiropractic are treating more young patients suffering from the effects of working at computer stations that are either designed for adults or poorly designed for children. For more tips on using technology safely, visit www.technohealthy.com. Remember, your body has a lifetime of learning and fun to experience. By using technology safely, you’ll be able to continue enjoying it years into the future. (Source: Statepoint Media) Health SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 The Flying Doc Dr. Chris Hertzog Samui and health SAMUI, as the jewel in the Crown of Thailand's tourism industry, also boasts four major hospitals and a cosmetic surgery haven in its infancy. There are some superb surgeons on the island, and equally good dentists, just waiting to get a good response from health tourists, afraid only of the long distance from home, when it comes to aftercare. In fact, they do not need to worry. The responsible surgeons with whom I have had dealings so far, realize that aftercare is paramount, and demand an undertaking from any health tourist, that they will extend the validity of their return ticket, if it is considered that they need more time, or some complication has arisen. This occurred with only one patient so far, who was seen at the hospital in Nathon, right up to lunchtime, on the day of an afternoon return flight to Europe. Samui is the ideal holiday island for recuperation or for a clinic-hotel. It is suggested that Chaweng could well produce the template for such a facility, not only for the rest of Thailand, but for neighboring countries in the Asiatic basin as well. When a patient in a hospital is given a terminal diagnosis for cancer, of let's say three to 12 months left to live, in reality 99 percent do what they are told, and go home to put their affairs in order, and prepare to die in the bosom of their family, or failing that, in a generally sympathetic hospice. The families are happy to have their loved one back, apart from any testamentary bequest that might be left in their favor. The remaining one percent, either do not accept their fate themselves, or their children shout that it is unfair that one of their parents should leave them so young, and they protest on their behalf. The truth of the matter is, that there are many things out there that can extend their lives and quality of life, not just for weeks, or even months, but sometimes years. The conventional medical profession does not feel that it can go along with such treatments, and anyway, the funding pharmaceutical companies behind such treatment, are hardly likely to be delighted, as many prefer to 'treat' cancer, rather than 'cure'. Samui offers the perfect climate and surroundings for able bodied but terminal patients, to enjoy five minutes of treatment every day, before many of them would want to indulge in sport, sightseeing, safari, or going over to the mainland at a leisurely pace. With new aviation facilities coming soon to Samui, the choice will become endless. LOW BACK PAINS - Low back pain usually gets better after a few weeks of proper treatment. (source: Monkey Business - Fotolia.com) 17 Tips for reducing low back pain HAVE an aching back? You’re not alone. Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common reasons people see physicians. About one in four adults reported having LBP lasting at least one whole day in the past three months. Most often, the pain is caused by strain on bones, muscles, or ligaments. While low back pain usually gets better after a few weeks of proper treatment, there are ways you can reduce or avoid it. Prevention begins with lifting heavy objects carefully, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly. If you have pain, make an appointment with your physician to locate it and rule out a serious problem. Tell your physician if you are having weight loss, fevers, weakness or loss of feeling in your legs, or any other symptoms. Treatment options for LBP include medications, heating pads, exercise, or physical therapy. Remaining active is more effective than bed rest. If you need to have bed rest to alleviate severe pain, return to normal activities as soon as possible. Doctors often order diagnostic imaging tests for patients with LBP that is not associated with any serious underlying disease. But after reviewing the clinical evidence, the American College of Physicians (ACP) -- a national organization of internal medicine physicians -- says that doctors should avoid this common practice. “In most patients without serious underlying disorders, there is substantial improvement within a few days to a month with exercise and medications,” says Dr. Virginia Hood, president of ACP. ACP found that diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans do not improve the health of patients with LBP that is due to strain on muscles, bones, or ligaments. About 85 percent of patients fall into this category. Some evidence even suggested there are increased risks for patients getting unnecessary diagnostic imaging tests. These tests usually lead to further unnecessary tests, referrals, follow ups, and interventions that have no positive impact on the clinical outcomes of patients. Radiation exposure due to imaging tests can even increase risk for cancer over time. ACP recommends that diagnostic imaging tests be reserved for select higher-risk patients who have major risk factors for or signs of spinal conditions, such as spinal stenosis, sciatica, vertebral compression fracture, cancer, or infection, or those who are candidates for invasive interventions. For more information, visit www.acponline.org. ACP’s recommendations are part of its High Value, Cost-Conscious Care initiative, which is designed to help physicians provide the best possible care to their patients while reducing unnecessary health care costs without impacting patients’ health. “Unnecessary diagnostic imaging tests are all too common and a significant component of our nation’s escalating health care costs,” says Dr. Hood. “More testing does not mean better care. The best way to maintain effective care is to identify and eliminate wasteful practices that don’t help patients or may even cause harm.” 18 Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 Phangan upclose: An island dreams. . . By PATRICK ROXAS Sunset in Koh Phangan AN ISLAND worldrenowned for attracting thousands of tourists to its wild and raucous monthly Full Moon parties, Koh Phangan is actually more than just it has been known for all these years. There are plenty of remote beaches on the island that can provide visitors with tranquil laid back atmosphere. High development has been brought to the island and good varieties of facilities abound - from restaurants to accommodations, to 5-star resorts and its abundant natural resources. “We don’t want to catch up with the modern trend, we want to do it on our own,” says Khun Vannee Thaipanich as we sat on the table inside the Sapphire Restaurant by the pool fronting the beach of Best Western Phanganburi Resort in Koh Phangan where we started the interview recently. A lady in her late 60s, Khun Vannee is not just the owner of family-run Best Western resort but is also the highly respected president of Koh Phangan Tourism Association. Phanganburi Resort is a combination of Balinese, Thai “IndoThai” she says of the 106-room seaside resort which boasts of huge rooms and bungalows. Six years in operation, she said the resort has big rooms that are more than enough for two people. According to Khun Vannee, Koh Phangan is of course more renowned for its wild Full Moon parties every month but she and the other resort owners on the island would prefer tourists indulging more in the other attractions and allures of the island as well. “We want to make Phangan the best island in Thailand,” Khun Vannee stressed. “We want to save the environment and we are pushing for environmentfriendly tourism,” she said. Khun Vannee talked about how the islanders are going for organic agriculture where villagers plant vegetables and raise chickens not only for the meat but for the fertilizers for the plants” “We also have our own fisherman’s village here,” she says, hinting of the island’s ability to provide its own seafood supply. 168 square meters area 100 km from Suratthani, and about 45 minutes by boat from Koh Samui, Koh Phangan has some 10,000 local people and some 20,000 expats. As president of the tourism association on the island, Khun Vannee is expected to be deeply involved in developing of the island and indeed she does take the lead when it comes to the direction to be charted by her beloved island she first came to 68 years ago. Phangan is notoriously known as location of the wild full moon parties but can also be a peaceful haven or refuge for those seeking the quiet and calm of a tropical island paradise. And this is what Khun Vannee and the rest of Koh Phangan tourism stakeholders are trying to chart their direction these days. “We have the Full Moon parties that are a huge attraction but these parties go for a few days and what we are looking now is to create events and activities during the day as well to attract tourists for the rest of the month.” Of course, for now, that is what Koh Phangan dreams. Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 19 Foreign Office sets out support for British nationals overseas THE Foreign Office has published a new guide which contains full details of how the Foreign Office can provide support to British nationals when things go wrong abroad. The new publication, called Support for British nationals abroad: A guide contains for the first time a written Customer Charter which sets out the Foreign Office's commitment to providing a high level of service. The guide also provides: Clearer and updated information for those affected by a crisis abroad; Clearer information on how the FCO can assist people with men- tal health problems; and Clearer explanations of why the FCO cannot help in certain situations. The Foreign Office has also launched new support and assistance measures for families of people who have died in suspicious circumstances overseas. Nearly 6,000 British nationals die abroad each year and around 60 of those are the victims of a murder or manslaughter. The Foreign Office is working in partnership with the Victim Support National Homicide Service to ensure that families get the practical support they need to deal with the added trauma, complications and costs when a British national is murdered abroad. To help families cover the exceptional and additional costs if a murder occurs overseas, the Foreign Office is providing a £100,000 grant to Victim Support to commission services on behalf of bereaved families, if needed. This will enable them to expand the range of services they can provide to bereaved families such as travel costs, translation and interpreting services and repatriation costs. WTTC pleads with Obama administration to promote, not damage, tourism industry THE World Travel & Tourism Council has recently condemned a US$25 billion raid on airline passengers in the United States as “confused and counter-productive” and called on the US administration to think again about taxing an industry that is a driver of the US economic recovery. The US administration is proposing to raise US$ 25 billion over 10 years through changes to the Aviation Passenger Security (APS) fee. APS is currently levied at between US$2.50 and US$5.00. Under the proposals, the current range will be replaced with a statutory fee minimum of US$5.00, with annual incremental increases of 50 cents from 2013 to 2017, to reach US$7.50 in 2017. Of the US$25 billion additional revenue raised over 10 years, at least US$15 billion will be used for general taxation purposes, rather than passenger security. Speaking after meetings on Capitol Hill, Washington, David Scowsill, WTTC President & CEO, said: “We fully support the US administration’s efforts to reduce its debt burden, but do not believe it is good economics to raid US$25 billion from an industry that is a driver of growth and recovery at a time when President Obama is keen to create millions of job through the US$450 billion American Jobs Act. “Travel and tourism currently contributes more than US$1,300 billion or 9% of total US GDP, generates Discovering the island. . . approach. This negative response often comes from the resorts that are empty, with few rooms booked. Now surely income from the restaurant is as good as income from a room? All expats on the island will get visitors at some stage, keen to find out what their wayward, long lost friends are doing having left civilisation and moved to paradise. We may not always be able to host these friends or family in our homes – or may not want to! This means that local expats are always on the lookout for good re- 9% of its total exports, and supports 15 million jobs. Taxes on travel and tourism tend to do more harm than good economically – as higher charges discourage high-spending visitors. Indeed, the US administration recognizes that each and every visitor contributes US$4,000 to the economy. “WTTC believes that this plan has a laudable objective, but it is confused and likely to be counter-productive. We urge the Obama administration to send this plan back to the drawing board with instructions to promote an industry which will drive economic recovery and job creation – not damage it.” (Source: wttc.org) FCO CHIEF VISITS THAILAND - Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne (second from left) shakes hand with Thailand’s minister of commerce Kittiratt Na Ranong (second from right) during their meeting recently to discuss ways to strengthen UK-Thailand ties. Strengthening UK-Thailand ties FOREIGN Office Minister Jeremy Browne visited Thailand for the second time in just over a year. The minister met with members of the new Cabinet, and also opposition MPs, business leaders and British nationals residing in Thailand. In a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Yongyoot, the minister welcomed the strong cultural, sporting and economic links between the two countries and discussed ways in which to continue strengthening these. He also looked forward to welcoming the Thai Olympic team to the UK next year for the London 2012 Olympic Games. A meeting with the Commerce Minister gave Jeremy Browne the opportunity to discuss the importance of the already strong trade and investment links which our countries enjoy. The UK is the leading EU investor in Thailand and in the first six months of this year UK goods exported to Thailand increased by 55 percent year on year. In the other direction, Thai investment in the UK is growing. The Sahaviriya Steel Industries’ acquisition of a blast furnace in the North of England is the single biggest investment in the UK so far this year. The Minister also met CEOs of major Thai businesses. As the 6th largest economy in the world, a gateway to the European Union- one of the world’s largest single markets, and ranked by the World Bank as the easiest place to do business in Europe, the UK is an attractive location for potential investors. The Minister’s program included a meeting with local groups who support retired British nationals living in Thailand. An increasing number of the 50,000 resident Brits are retirees who often find themselves in financial difficulties after moving to Thailand. The minister spoke about the Embassy’s work to learn more about these issues which included a recently launchedsurvey for retired Brits in Thailand. From Page 16 sort or villa options for visitors. Short-sighted managers need to keep this in mind when turning away locals, as it is not only the lunch turnover that they are missing out on, but possibly countless future bookings. WITH THAI BUSINESS LEADERS - Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne (4th from left) pose with Thailand’s business leaders. 20 Sports SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 Tam’s exacts revenge, inflicts Bamboo’s 1st loss By JOHNNY GREENWOOD and PATRICK ROXAS TAM’S Bar exacted revenge on their first round tormentor, Bamboo Bar, giving the defending and 6-time league champion a 13-11 trashing at the start of the second half of the 7th season of the League of Gentlemen sponsored by European Beverage Food Supply Co., Ltd. Top scoring for the Chaweng-based team was Tony, a recent addition to the team, whose steady and great shot-making ability enabled him to get past every Bamboo player he faced for a perfect 5 out of 5 score in the race to 13 match. Playing the role of executioner, Tony disposed off Bamboo’s Paul in the 5th frame after his team lost the first 4 frames to start off Tam’s own rally as Timmy, Paul, Mark and Stell all won their respective games after him to seize the lead 5-4. He then defeated Richard next to help put his team up 6-4. After Yak and Pat scored to get Bamboo closer at 6-7, with Paul suffering a loss to Timmy, Tony followed Stell’s win with a victory of his own over Harold to make the score 9-6 in their favor. Richard and Paul both won the next two frames to make it 8-9 but Mark was there to the rescue and made it 10-8 for Tam’s. Pat managed to get the score close again at 9-10 courtesy of Stell but it was Tony again who kept the team out of reach with another win, this time over Dave. Timmy put Tam’s on the hill with a win over Harold next but Richard and Paul kept Bamboo’s hopes alive by beating Paul and Mark, respectively, to put the Bangrak team just a point behind at 11-12. Tony, however, dashed all hopes for the home team EXECUTIONER - Tony, Tam’s newest addition, proved key to the team’s conquest of Bamboo Bar during their recent League of Gentlemen match in Bangrak. Tony virtually cut down Bamboo to pieces as he defeated every player he faced enroute to a 5 out of 5 performance that enabled his team to grab a share of the lead. after Pat missed a rolling shot on the 1 ball off the cushion as the yellow ball hit the corner of the middle pocket and failed to finish the game off the break that could have tied the match. Tony calmly went to the table and cleared it for the team’s 13th win and the match. Timmy, Tam’s anchor, contributed 3 points while Mark and Stell helped the team with 2 points each. Paul, had a rather off night winning only a point in 5 games but it hardly mattered as the success of his teammates against the top players in the other team was enough to carry them to victory. The win also enabled Tam’s to tie Bamboo at the top of the league table with 33 points apiece. In other Week 12 matches, Ian and his Premier Sports Bar Turn to Page 24 Sports SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 21 Samui Island Marathon 2011: Kenyans stamp class, sweep top honors By PATRICK ROXAS MARATHON runners from Kenya stamped their class over the international field, taking the first five places overall in the men’s division and the top three places in the women’s division of the 42.195 km Samui Island Marathon 2011 sponsored by Bangkok Airways. Naibei Nathan led his countrymen in their dominating performance finishing first with a time of two hours, 24 minutes and 33 seconds to lift the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophy and the win the Bt150,000 cash prize for the champion . He was followed by Sammy Kiprop Kiptoo, who clocked in at 2: 25: 20 and at third was Fredrick Mwingirwa Mathiu, who checked in at 2: 26:17. Kiptoo received Bt75,000 for his second place finish and Mathiu won Bt50,000. Two more Kenyans, Joseph Mwangi Ngare and Kiprotich Jackson, finished fourth and fifth in the race, clocking 2:31:10 and 2:33:51, respectively. Ngare took home Bt30,000 while Jackson won Bt20,000. The women’s division also became an allKenyan affair as Nyetidei Jacqueline Kiplimo, Elizabeth Jeruiyot Nairobi Chemweno and Leting Je- mutai finished first to third with times of 02:42:30, 02:47:50 and 02:59:21, respectively. Kiplimo won Bt150,000, Chemweno got Bt75,000 and Jemutai took home Bt50,000. A total of Bt3 million in cash prizes were given to all the winners in different categories. Other sponsors of the event include: Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tourism Association of Koh Samui, Bangkok Hospital Group, Four Seasons Resort, Singha, Hertz, PTT, Shell, Eva Air, Air Berlin, Coca Cola, Ambrose wines and spirits, W Retreat and Buddy. EXTREME RACE WINNER - Richard Cosmo (left) and Jeremy Ritcey (right) of Chiru Endurance Bike team, are all smiles after winning the 2011 edition of the ibis Koh Samui Trophy. (Photo by Jacques Herremans) HK duo takes ibis Koh Samui trophy COSMO Richards and Jeremy Ritcey of the Chiru Endurance Bike team from Hong Kongtook this year’s ibis Koh Samui trophy after finishing ahead of last year’s winner Samarn Gunan and Seree Ruengsiri at the recentlyconcluded edition of the Adventure Race. The pair clocked 4:15:53 to finish ahead of the defending champion Samarn and Seree who managed to finish only with 4: 22:52 in the gruelling race that involve running, swimming, biking and kayaing. Thongchai Biadnok and Ekapol Phupuak of thre Feel Free LA Bicycle took third place overall as well as first place in the masters category (80+) in the grueling race that attracted some 86 teams. Patricia Weismantel and Sara McCosh took the 2 women plum finishing first with a time of 7:00:26. The mixed category was won by Lynda Sharp and Thierry Gaudet of AMA Detente team. Grandmasters category was won by Sylvain Perret and Gregory Rasp of Funky Hundreds. In the Adventure category, Amnart Ngampisan of the Green Samui Bike Club took home the trophy with a final time of 3:52:54. The masters category was won by Siegfried Verheljke and Allan Christensen finishing at 3:56:24. It was Jiraskiat Pakpin and Bang-orn Kohphan winning the grandmaster trophy with a time of 4:43:57. The mixed category went to Sutinee Rasp and Greg Rasp of Spice Roads who timed 4:50:17. In the team of 2 women, it was the pair of Colleen Chan and Olivia Matter finishing first with a time of 5:44:35. The ibis Koh Samui Tro phy, supported by ibis Hotels, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Tourism Association of Koh Samui and the Thai Hotel Association of Koh Samui was held last Sept. 17 with the start and finish at the ibis Hotel in Bophut. Adventure Racing is a highly visual and dynamic sport genre, stretching competitors to their limits. It is a sport that is rapidly capturing the imagination of sport people in Thailand and around the world. The annual event is organized and promoted by Active Management Asia and is part of the Adventure Race series held throughoutThailand. 22 Sports SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 Young Thai golfer takes Santiburi President’s Cup By PATRICK ROXAS SANTIBURI PRESIDENT’S CUP WINNER - Peerapat Chotrotanan (right) receives the President’s Cup trophy from Khun Surapong , vice president of Santiburi Resort after winning the 2011 edition of the annual tournament recently. Other winners were: Lursak Abonsatit, Flight A; Sahapap Chaitawatwiboon, runner-up; Nigel Ayling, Flight B; Pad Junwanno, runner-up; Thanakorn Fartaweeporn, Flight C; Steve Turpin, runner-up; Tim Podger, Flight D; and Anuwit Trawai, runner-up (Photo courtesy of Santiburi Resort) THE President’s Cup, an annual golf competition organized by Santiburi Golf and Country Club general manager Derek McKenzie and his staff ended recently with young golfer Peerapat Chotrotanan emerging the winner. Peerapat bested the field of more than 90 entries who played the Stapleford Format in the one day competition. Peerapat received the trophy from Khun Surapong vice president of the Santiburi group. Lursak Abonsatit took the Flight A honors with Sahapap Chaitawatwiboon as runner-up. Flight B honors went to Nigel Ayling with Pad Junwanno as runner-up. Thanakorn Fartaweeporn took the Flight C award with Steve Turpin as runner-up. Tim Podger won Flight D and Anuwit Trawai as runner-up. Impressive prizes were also given out for the longest drive and nearest to the pin. The score cards of the 93 participants were also raffled and several of them won two or three night stay at exclusive resorts on Samui. All players looked magnificent in their D’ablo golf sportswear shirts and caps presented them by the Santiburi management. The cost of the entry fee was Bt3,000 but this included the golf buggy, numerous prizes, buffet, free Singha and excellent entertainment. The condition of the course was described as impeccable and the weather was the best it has ever been for many weeks allowing wonderful and breathtaking views of the nearby island Koh Phangan. Beach volleyball tourney up in Chaweng Oct 2 A BEACH volleyball competition takes place on Sunday Oct. 2 at the O.P. Bungalow in Chaweng Beach. The event, according to organizer by Samui Pride, is a very special first event for the gay community of Koh Samui and aims to raise money for a very good cause as well as have a lot of fun on the day. Each team is allowed from 4-6 players each. There is an Bt800 entrance fee and all teams participating must register on or before Sept 26 to the following: AJ – 0857831580, Jason – 0819702095, Zak 0846903844 and Lang – 0822894831. Prizes are: Bt5,000 for the champion, Bt3,000 for the second placer and Bt 2,000 for the third placer. The one day event is sponsored by a number of businesses on the island. Food &Wine SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 23 The Shack : Samui’s ‘favorite restaurant’ The Shack has all the character, music, atmosphere, and exceptional standards of food that has – and I suspect, always will -- set the standard on Koh Samui. By SUZANNE BUCHANAN It is great trying out diftakes time? ferent restaurants on Is it the quality meats Koh Samui. such as Australian 100 But let’s face it, somepercent-pure Black times you just want to go Angus beef, which is to your favorite place, flown in to Samui chilled where you know you are -- not frozen -- to pregoing to enjoy superb at- serve the taste, quality, mosphere, great food, and freshness? and where you feel really Is it the smell of fine welcome. I’m talking steak cooking (BBQ) in about this exceptional front of house that perrestaurant that people on vades the air and makes the whole island knows your mouth water? and trusts -- Larry’s The Is it the sounds of the Shack, located in the blues and jazz, probably heart of Bophut’s Fisher- the best selection of man’s Village. tunes you can hear on a From Day One that restaurant in the island? Larry opened the doors Or, is it simply the of The Shack, it was an combination of all of the instant hit. above that makes The Back in those days, the Shack arguably the isrestaurant was not quite land’s favorite restauas smart or as large as it rant? is now, but it was already Whatever it is, the attracting people looking menu surely has somefor great dining experithing to do with it -- and ences. that is from start to finOver the years, the ish. food, ambiance, and cerWhet your appetite tainly Larry, have not with starters of ribs; changed. local mussels in Pernod A fun and charismatic sauce; smoked salmon; New Yorker, Larry is a sautéed butter garlic superb host and so is his frogs legs; seared manager, John, who does Alaskan sea scallops in an equally fine job of butter garlic sauce; butmaking sure you have ter garlic prawns that are the true “Larry experiseriously to-die-for; ence” even when the bacon-wrapped prawns man himself is taking a in Pernod sauce; Shackmuch-needed day off. style crab cakes; asparaIt isn’t hard to figure gus wrapped in bacon, out why his The Shack is humus, and eggplant dip; such a great hit, but pinthe messy-but-fun peel pointing it exactly is not and eat shrimp; the cold easy. platters; and the Shack Is it the relaxed atmos- carpaccio. phere of this American Followed them with diner where it is underthe “impossible-tostood that good food choose from” mains, which include rib-eyes that are well marbled for outstanding flavor; New York strip loins and sirloins; The Shack tenderloin that is indescribably tender; monster T-bone; and the ultimate Shack burger, which is made from handmade prime Angus beef topped with bacon, cheese, sautéed onions, peppers, and the works. (By the way, order them early as numbers are limited). And more: grilled half chicken; Australian lamb chops; deadliest catch Alaskan king crab legs; sea scallops with stem ginger and herbs; fresh snapper; Norwegian salmon fillet; combos; mombos; and the Shack house special: sliced medallion of tenderloin fillet with red wine sauce and grilled asparagus. They all vie for your attention on the best menu in town. If by some miracle you are still hungry, finish up with Mom’s apple pie with ice cream; blueberry or mango pie with ice cream; blueberry cheesecake; hot brownies with cream; deep chocolate cake with ice cream; profiteroles; and sundaes. For every course, don’t forget to check out the specials board. Drinks-wise The Shack has a superb selection of beers, spirits, wines (by the glass, bottle or carafe), and if you check out the chilled wine room, have a look at the roof (made out of the original Shack’s roof before it was revamped and expanded). You can enjoy Portal fine port wine by the glass, a great selection of spirits, liquors, aperitifs, and digestives, -- and it has to be said -- the house red is one of the best quaffers on the island. If you fancy some- thing special, try their shooters as well as their Irish coffee, which would be very hard to beat. This genuine and laidback road shack has all the character, music, atmosphere, and exceptional standards of food that has --and I suspect, always will -- set the standard on Koh Samui. For more information visit http://www.theshackgrillsamui.com/ 24 Island News SAMUI GAZETTE | Sept. 30 - Oct. 13, 2011 Nikki Beach concert series opens with hip hop stars Thaitanium, Southside and DJ Buddha TOP TEN THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT LARRY “THE SHACK BAR AND GRILL” SNYDER 10. Is such a dedicated fisherman that he doesn’t put “fresh catch of the day” on The Shack menu unless he personally catches it himself that same day. phy. 5. Travels to Japan every July, where he personally gets to know the cows that will later be served as his famed Wagyu Beef. 9. As child actor, once starred in “Little House on the Prairie” episode #134 as “Benji, the rabbi’s son.” 4. His hairpiece is made by the same guy in England who makes Sean Connery’s. 8. Loves rabbits so much that he gives 20% of his restaurants profits to “Bunny Rescue.” 7. Just like tough dudes on “World’s Deadliest Catch,” goes to Alaska every spring, where he catches his delicious Alaska King Crab legs. 6. Although an ace athlete and once again considered the odds on favorite to win this years Samui Marathon, chose to retire his tennis shoes this year so that a tourist could finally win the highly coveted marathon tro- 3. Cries every time he watches “Sound of Music” when the Nazis come and ruin the Von Trapp family’s good times. 2. Has elaborate Willy Wonka like test kitchen at home where he and his staff of eight spend all their free time, including holidays, perfecting the ultimate Jello shot recipe. 1. Considered the best and most dedicated sommelier on Samui, personally tasting from each and every bottle of wine before serving it. Tam’s exacts revenge . . . his teammates paid a visit to Lords Bar in Choengmon and while they are in the heady position of fourth spot in the league, Andy’s Lords team is a challenge to anyone playing in this league. Andy obviously in top form himself and knowing his team’s form and capability, confidently predicted a 13-9 win to his team. After his team had amassed an almighty four frames there was to be no respite from this hungry Premier team who ran amok on the Sacred turf at Lords with a truly cheek reddening 13-4 away win. M&M Bar vs Nangrak: After another meeting of these two teams it was a chance for revenge for Nangrak and with the always unsteady M&M team needing a win after last week’s loss, this was going to be a tough fight and as always Nang brought her not so secret weapon - herself. After both sides playing some tight pool the final score was Nangrak 9-13 M&M. This score keeping Nangrak close to the bottom of this league. But as one and all know this team will not go down without a good loud fight. Apple’s Arada team who are flying high even though they have played a couple more games, wanted to win this match against From Page 20 KILLER WINNER - Nang aims to pot a ball in this killer game she won. Stop Bar to keep their momentum and this they did with a well fed away win 13-8. This was a depleted Pureshores team going up against Cork &Cask but with two old dogs and two young guns they were ready for the match with Joe’s C&C team. And what a team they produced this evening with such well known names as Steady Ken and Brummie Paul not forgetting Randy Roy. With the Pureshores team wilting and with only Leonard taking a frame the score was soon 7-1 and there were whispers of a 13-1 drubbing on the cards. After a few drawn out games with a lot of tactical and positional play the scores were soon tied at 8-8. A ray of light was beaming at the Pureshores team but back came the C&C and looked to have it wrapped up at 12-10 with Dean’s loss. Then Steve and Leo both won to make it a last frame thriller. Steady Ken vs Johnny and with Ken soundly beating Johnny in both their last matches the pressure was on and it showed with the game play. With more luck than skill did Johnny manage to pot the winning black to take the win and a great comeback 13-12. A great finale to this great night of pool. TOP HIP-HOP TALENT - Thaitanium, Thailand’s, award-winning hip-hop act, headlined the September 16 opening show of Nikki Beach’s concert series which also featured Southside and DJ Buddha. THE concert series, launched by Nikki Beach Samui along with Bangkok Airways, began last Sept. 16 with no less than Thaitanium headlining the opening show at the upscale resort. The event also featured other premier hip-hop acts like Southside, 94EFM DJ Por and DJ Buddha. All of the VIP tables were sold out for this amazing display of Thailand hip-hop talent, with the champagne-soaked party kicking late into the night. Over 1,000 guests had the chance to see Southside and Thaitanium perform live. It was an adrenalin-fuelled evening, according to organizers, featuring the hottest urban sounds and finest regional DJ talent. Thaitanium for the past 10 years have been carving out a reputation for themselves as one of the biggest and most successful hip-hop groups in Thailand. They did the opening act for one of the world’s biggest hip-hop artists, 50 cent, on his “Get Rich or Die Trying” world tour. The trio has won “Best Group of the Year” by Fat Radio and SEED FM, and “Best Hip-Hop Album of the year” by Season Magazine. Southside also presented their own Southern Thailand-tinged sonic adventure. Southside have previously played as opening act for Akon, and their multi-lingual rap act is garnering a heavyweight reputation in Asia. Bangkok Invaders headliner DJ Buddha also entertained guetss with his moves on the technics. The concert held at Nikki Beach was the first of a series of special nights which are designed to showcase the most spectacular local musical talent, and to enable guests to enjoy these concerts in the unique Nikki Beach party atmosphere.