Volume 15, Issue 07
16 - 31 December 2015
U-Tapao: profitable or not?
U-Tapao airport’s expansion underway
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he new director of U-Tapao airport says that the facility, in process of being dramatically expanded, will be run as a public service entity rather than a facility based on cash surpluses. Rear Admiral Worapol Tongpricha said U-Tapao in Rayong province would operate largely with balanced ledgers, taking in just enough revenue to pay off bills. He added that making a profit had never crossed his mind as that would place higher costs on consumers, namely the general public. The airport, built by the United States during the Vietnam War but now operated by the Royal Thai Navy, is currently undergoing massive refurbishment to cope with the arrival of
almost one million passengers next year compared with 200,000 in 2015. This number is anticipated to become three million a year by 2018. A new passenger terminal and upgraded facilities are expected to be in place by next June. Although U-Tapao handles mostly charter flights, it has recently gained scheduled carriers Thai Air Asia and Kan Airways in addition to long-standing flights by Bangkok Airways. But critics say that there are various impediments which cast doubt on a wholly rosy future. The refurbishment plans are still unclear for ground handling services, airline catering and airport transfer services. Nor does the current development plan include
a cargo terminal. Explaining these reservations, Louis Moser, chairman of the Airline Operators Committee (AOC), said the navy’s insistence that its personnel continue running the airport has raised questions about their ability to deal with the challenges resulting from the expected surge in commercial traffic. The AOC represents 86 international airlines and 26 aviation service providers operating at Suvarnabhumi. Moser added that the navy’s “one airport, two missions” designation for U-Tapao, serving both commercial and military purposes, could be problematical. He was concerned that the ongoing military functions of the Continued on page 2
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airport would take precedence and create difficulties for business airlines. “U-Tapao will probably only be able to attract narrow-body jets and turboprops operated by low-cost carriers and smallscale international route operators,” stated Moser. The AOC has been lobbying the navy to allow professionals, such as the staff of the Airports of Thailand PLC who run Thailand’s six major airports, to organize and operate U-Tapao as well. The navy has also been urged to make the development and operation plans of the airport more visible to the industry and to the public with a view to welcoming greater private sector participation and joint investment. In response, the Royal Thai Navy has stated that U-Tapao’s commercial operations will have different staff from those used for military functions, currently 195 naval personnel rising to 260 once the new terminal is up and running. Rear Admiral Worapol said that deficiencies such as lack of a cargo terminal would be addressed by the construction of two warehouses, each measuring 40x50x17 metres,
U-Tapao’s existing domestic arrival area
which would use navy funding. He added that joint ventures might be used for in-flight catering services, a full-flight pilot training school and the airport’s information technology system. Another question arises from road surface links to the airport. Although Route 331 was widened to four lanes, most tourists still use Sukhumvit Road, consuming more time. The Pattaya Business and Tourism
Association is cooperating with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to coordinate with the Department of Highways to increase the efficiency of the system between U-Tapao and Pattaya. It is expected that the development of the airport will bring many more tourists to Pattaya, resulting in a tripling of annual numbers to around 30 million by the end of the decade. But it is not clear whether a high-speed rail route between
Rayong and Bangkok, being negotiated as a joint Thai and Japanese venture, will include a stop at Pattaya. Even if it does, the current Pattaya railway station near Siam Country Club Road is nowhere near the city centre attractions, the principal hotels or the beaches. A previous plan to link the railway station to downtown areas by means of an overhead electric railway appears to have bitten the dust.
Teens fight with Russian victim Police summoned to Soi Pratumnak found an injured Russian visitor nursing a significant head wound. One of the youths allegedly responsible for the attack, Akkapon Mathonglang, 19, said he and his friends were enjoying a quiet drink with a Russian man when the victim came over and started an argument. Akkapon said he had tried to prevent an outbreak of violence but could not explain how the stranger appeared to have been hit with a hard object.
Sight failure leads to death
The driver of an 18-wheel truck failed to notice a pickup in his path and the resulting accident led to the death of the driver. The truck driver Sakdachai Butawong, 53, admitted
he was driving too fast along Route 36, Banglamung area, and did not notice the pickup had stopped and that the driver was already on the road
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News AirAsia inaugurates four U-Tapao routes Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
Thai AirAsia inaugurates four new routes at once, flying from U-Tapao Airport to Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Singapore and Macau with an average load factor of 80 percent. The airline is confident that U-Tapao is ready to accommodate passengers with the strong support of Pattaya and the Eastern Tourism Authority. The airline celebrates the occasion by giving 60 youths from Chiang Mai and Udon Thani their first ever flight experience, flying them to U-Tapao to visit the HTMS Chakri Naruebet. Rear Admiral Worapol Tongpricha, director of U-Tapao Airport, affirmed the airport is fully ready to receive commercial air travel,
Dr Pichit Kangwolkij, chief executive officer of the Bangkok Hospital Group – Eastern Region, welcomed executives from the King Prajadhipok’s Institute who were observing health services and medical technology at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
especially flights by Air Asia Group, which is currently the main user of the airport’s Terminal 1. Terminal
2 is still undergoing construction to be completed in 2016 and will add the capacity to handle 1,500 more
passengers in each period, allowing the airport to accommodate more travelers a year, in step with Air Asia’s expansion plans with room to welcome further commercial airlines. Air Asia now operates eight flights from the Rayong-area airport: to Kuala Lumpur four times weekly, Nanning three times weekly, Nanchang four times weekly, Singapore seven times weekly, Macau seven times weekly, Chiang Mai 10 times weekly, Udon Thani seven times weekly and Hat Yai four times weekly, all together reaching a total of 46 flights a week.
The airline has stationed two planes permanently at the airport. Passengers traveling to U-Tapao are further offered convenience with Air Asia’s City Transfer service, which provides shuttle connections to three locations; Pattaya (Central Festival), Rayong (Fashion Mall by Laemthong) and Koh Samed. Passengers can book their City Transfer at the same time as their air ticket by choosing their desired origin and destination. For details on the flight schedule and promotions, visit www.airasia.com.
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ONYX multiplies happiness with “Dreams Come True” 2015 Pattaya Review The biggest surprise Was probably the idea of the military authorities to return the beach to the public. This involved reducing the space available to the various vendors and “cramping the style” of those looking for a beach chair and other services. Then, on Wednesdays, there were to be no beach chairs or umbrellas available at all. Still, the regime at Pattaya and Jomtien beaches is said to be liberal compared with the bleak seaside situation in Hua Hin and Phuket. The smallest surprise It was announced that work on the new Sukhumvit underpass had been a little delayed by the autumnal floods which in turn meant that the three-year time limit for the new construction might need to be put back by months. Meanwhile, the traffic queues on the reduced road availability on Sukhumvit have been bad although not so awful as was predicted. Motorists have been most resourceful in getting from north to south whilst avoiding the principal highway. Roll on 2019 or 2020. The ongoing nightmare The huge number of tour buses has certainly clogged Pattaya’s roads, no matter whether they are moving or are parked for the night. Suggestions that the size of tour buses be regulated – some are gigantic to be sure – have been ignored. In 2015 over one million Chinese visitors visited Pattaya. One wonders how many tour buses will be on the roads when that number doubles.
ONY X Hospitality Group continues its annual group corporate social responsibility initiative, “Dreams Come True”, which aims to raise funds and bring a smile to underprivileged children, elderly people and national park rangers with special treats. Throughout December, hotel guests, business partners and hotel team members will have an opportunity to join in the spirit of sharing, by either purchasing small cards that are hung on Christmas trees at all Amari, OZO, Shama and The Mosaic Collection properties across Thailand or purchasing macarons at Oriental Residence Bangkok. Some of the “Dreams Come True” activities include special meals and treats to children at seven Border Patrol Police Schools in
the rural areas, ice cream and food supplies to children and the elderly in Klong Toey (an impoverished area in Bangkok), and donating funds to Freeland’s Surviving Together Programme, which supports
defenders of Thailand’s biodiversity. Furthermore, ONYX is also collecting used children’s books and toys (in good condition and suitable for children aged 5 to 12) at each property.
DreamJobbing and the Tourism Authority of Thailand launch contest
End of freebies 2015 will be the last year in which motorway access to and from Pattaya will be free. From June 2016, there will be a toll plaza to collect fees from all incoming and outgoing vehicles. The idea is to help pay for some of the many road improvement plans which are still under wraps. Meanwhile, a rail network linking Bangkok with Rayong was said to be approved, although the details are still a bit fuzzy. Waste of money The prize will likely go to the much-vaunted Pelican crossings which are dotted around the city in the hope of making traffic more orderly as well as assisting pedestrians wishing to cross the road. Problem is that most of the Pelicans have been switched off or are showing a permanent orange blink which somewhat torpedoes the sense of installing them in the first place. But new pedestrian overpasses are now appearing on Sukhumvit highway. Best surprise The year witnessed a lot of tourists in taxis leaving their luggage or wallets on the back seat. The good news is that, according to press reports, no fewer than six honest taxi drivers managed to return over 250,000 baht to much-relieved customers. But the rewards were more than disappointing. One frustrated taxi driver received a mere 500 baht when returning a bag with goodies worth 80,000 baht. Maybe crime does actually pay. Most obvious weather Pattaya’s perennial drought problem – it was developed originally precisely because it has little rain – was surprisingly relieved by late downpours which continued until the end of November. Whilst the local reservoirs are still only about half-full, 2015 saw the heaviest rainfall in and around the city for many a long year. But the water board says more rain from next April onwards is certainly required if we are to avoid cuts. Most amazing price The prize for the most expensive packet of cigarettes must go to the member of staff in a bar who charged 300 baht for 20 very ordinary cancer sticks. When the customer queried the cost, he was told that the cigarettes were 100 baht but that the remaining 200 baht were necessary for the motorbike taxi driver who drove to the nearest 7-Eleven (in the same street) as it was raining at the time. Oddest crime Must surely have been the local pervert who hid down drains and took photos of women’s underwear as they passed above him. He was discovered when he popped his head up from one of the drain holes and, unluckily for him, was hit in the face by a passing motorbike. Who said there is no justice in Pattaya city?
Opinions expressed in this column are the author’s alone and do not necessarily represent those of Pattaya Today’s management.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and DreamJobbing wants to send two people to the “Land of Smiles” in their new contest called, “What Makes You Smile About Thailand?” All it takes is answering that question in a 60-second video and submitting it to: http://dreamjobbing.com/ ThailandSmiles. The winning video will receive a trip for two to Thailand, including round-trip flights, hotel for seven days, plus US $5,000 in spending money. Applicants can use the video to share their favorite memory or story about the time they’ve spent in Thailand and why they smiled. Is it the monks in saffron robes, the warm Thai people, the food, beaches and hotels or the elephants? Whatever the experience, it should be the focus of each video. The contest closes February 29. Once an applicant has submitted a video, he or she will then share the video with social-media communities using the hashtag #ThailandSmiles, thus creating a buzz around the submission and the contest itself.
Motorbike driver killed in crash One man was killed outright and five people injured after a speeding motorbike hit another motorbike before crashing into a car and hitting another motorbike coming from the opposite direction. The dead man, identified as Piamsak Oobkaew, 20, was said to have died immediately from multiple body injuries.
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New security system at all Thai airports by 2016 by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org
Thailand will introduce a new security procedure, the Advance Passenger Processing System (APPS), at six main international airports beginning December 1. By the end of next year the new system will be in 32 airports nationwide Airports included in the initial stage are Bangkokâ€™s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Mae Fa Luang Chiang Rai International Airports. The move forms part of ongoing improvements to Thailandâ€™s security systems, to ensure that local and international travellers can traverse the kingdomâ€™s main gateways safely. The APPS allows immigration officials to run instant background checks on inbound travellers, based on their passport information. Personal and visa details will be checked against a list of blacklisted or banned individuals. This ensures that any undesirables are stopped
before they officially enter Thailand. It is not expected that the new system will add greatly to immigration queuing times, but the Airpor ts of Thailand PLC (AOT) is thanking passengers in advance for their patience during the first couple of
weeks of implementation as immigration officials train on the new system. It is also believed that the new system will not increase the time it takes to pass through immigration, as passenger details are instantly checked against a database held by the Immigration Department
and blacklisted passengers are immediately flagged. The APPS will be funded by adding 35 baht to the price of all tickets in and out of the Kingdom for all travellers. While the system is in its early stages, Fast-Pass privileges, either from the airlines or AOT will be suspended.
Father Ray Foundation welcomes US ambassador
The Father Ray Foundation and its chief officers turned out in force to welcome the recently-installed US ambassador
to Thailand, Glyn Townsend Davies, as he looked round the many facilities offered for deprived children and young people.
More drain pipes installed
In an attempt to stop flood waters ruining the lives of local community members, Pattaya City workmen installed four extra drain pipes in Soi Sukhumvit 19, Naklua. But they also stated
that one of the main problems occurs when locals drop trash into local canals which then clogs the exit pipes leading to the well-known water chaos.
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News made ready More turtles released into sea Elephants for Father’s Day
Admiral Na Arreenich, commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy, presided over a merit-making ceremony and the release of 989 baby turtles into the sea along with 89,000 other
marine animals. More than 1,500 officials and members of the public attended the event which was held in connection with HM the King’s 88th birthday joys.
Navy hosts marine conservation activity
The director of Nong Nooch, Kampol Tansajja, asked his public relations team to train a 13-year-old Thai elephant to draw a picture of His Majesty the King with his pet dog,Thongdaeng, in preparation for Father’s Day. This year there was no admission fees for families visiting with father. Instead there was a special show featuring 40 elephants, some of which are indeed clever enough to draw pictures with their trunks.
Thai student named best in the UK
Admiral Naris Pratoomsuwan, commander-in-chief of Royal Thai Fleet, organized a marine conservation activity at Thai Island and Sea Natural History Museum, Sattahip in line with HM the King’s recent birthday. Events included coral
breeding, releasing shells, tidying up the beach, planting trees and releasing sea turtles into the ocean. The event was designed to illustrate to the public the importance of protecting the sea and its resources.
Cleanup post Loy Krathong
Trash of more than 100,000 kilos was collected by 120 staff of the Pattaya Cleaning Services Division who set to work
to improve the Pattaya beach area following the Loy Krathong celebrations.
University of Southampton PhD student Dr Amonsak Sawusdee (front row, centre) has been named Best Thai Student in the UK (Environment Category) by the Anglo-Thai Society. Amonsak, from Ocean and Earth Science (OES) at the University, was presented with the award for his study to help return native oysters to UK waters. He joined nine other winners and highly commended students in a ceremony sponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy. The Anglo-Thai Society Educational Awards for Excellence were launched in 2005 and are designed to ‘acknowledge the achievement and excellence of Thai postgraduate students carrying out research at British Universities’. Amonsak will now return to his family and career in Thailand as an assistant professor at Walailak University, taking his expertise in shellfish restoration ecology with him.
Colors of Doi Tung returns to Chiang Rai by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org
The Colors of Doi Tung Festival is returning to transform the mountains of Doi Tung into the highest elevated walking street in Thailand at 1,000 metres above sea level, filled with shops, food, arts and entertainments every weekend from now until January 31, and during the entire week from December 26 to January 3. T h e F e s t i va l re t u r n s after last year’s success, and this year marks “20 Years… t h e M e m or y L ive s On” campaign to commemorate
the anniversary of the passing of Her Royal Highness Somdej Phra Sri Nakarindra Baromraj Chonni (H.R.H. the Princess Mother). Having initiated the Doi Tung Development Project in 1988 and steered it through the first years, the love of the Princess Mother for the people of Doi Tung and their environment continues to inspire. The Colors of Doi Tung makes the hills more vibrant and colorful than ever with exhibitions all around. The main art exhibition, “Wisdom of the Inspirer” by over 20 artists from Art Bridge Chiang
Rai, commemorates the Princess Mother and conveys her vision of man and nature in harmony, presenting an abundance of flowers, forests, and all kinds of animals big and small. A parallel exhibition is the “Photo Exhibition by Little Photographers” by local children who share the beauty and the stories of Doi Tung through their own eyes. Also not to be missed is the Flower Village in the middle of the Mae Fah Luang Garden, displaying its colors through the day and gleaming into the night until 8 pm.
Another highlight is the Hill Tribe Walking Bazaar, showcasing over 50 stalls of traditional food, drinks, and handicrafts of the ethnic minorities who live at Doi Tung. While satisfying the urge to shop, visitors can also foster the entrepreneurial skills of the local residents, following the Princess Mother’s vision to “help them to help themselves” as the ultimate goal of sustainable development. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful performances by the six ethnic minorities in Doi Tung: Akha,
Lahu, Shan, Thai Lue, Lawa, and Chinese. Those who want to try their creativity can join a number of DIY workshops, including ceramic making and painting, painting fabric bags, stitching notebooks, and making traditional Lanna flag or Tung, to be taken home as
souvenirs of this memorable trip. Also available is the exquisite “Dinner in the Garden” amidst the flowers. Advance reservations for the New Year’s Eve dinner is recommended for those planning a visit to Doi Tung for the New Year.
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News Helmets given out to students
Snap Judgment Asia a global power
Officers of Pattaya City Council handed out 1,040 safety helmets to young students at a ceremony held at Sawangboriboon Wittaya School. Students were warned that there were many road casualties, even deaths, every year because of failure to wear the requisite headgear.
Green fashion show at The Bayview Pattaya
The Bayview Pattaya, known for its “green” policies and achievements, held the “Heart of Green, Heart of ASEAN” Fashion Show at the hotel’s The View conference room. The event was aimed to inspire the staff and the audience about what can be done with recycled material. Staff of The Bayview Pattaya, Wave Hotel Pattaya and students of Phothisamphanphitthayakhan School presented ASEAN-themed dresses made out of recyclable material for the fashion show contest.
Models win Fresh Faces
Thirty male and female contestants walked the catwalk in the Fresh Faces Thailand 2015 competition hosted by Pattaya City Hall. The idea was to find international-standard models who can represent Thailand in an international contest to be
held in February next year at Barcelona Fashion Week. The male winner, Rat Rotjana, and the female, Samanta Masuk, both received 50,000 baht, a round trip ticket to Spain and a contract of employment with A1 Models.
There is no doubt that Asia is the fastest-growing region of the world. It is home to 60 percent of the global population and its growth rates show no real signs of abatement. So, economically, One Asia looks set to be the world’s leading power, thanks to the likes of China and India. When you add to this the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community, which is essentially a 10-nation free trade zone beginning to come online next month, it’s clear that the region is on target to be a truly global player and economic powerhouse which could be unmatched for centuries. That is the positive line of thinking, but it’s also true that Asia is far from being the unified One Asia of some commentators’ dream. Many people say that each country has its own vested interests so that the feasibility of a single Asia is a big question mark. An obvious example is the stand-off in the South China Sea between China, which claims 90 percent of it, and various other states (notably the Philippines) who claim parts. There is a strong suspicion in many minds that China’s aim is to control the seaway through which 60 percent of world commerce passes whilst doubling its oil and gas reserves. China has rejected any kind of United Nations arbitration and insists on dealing separately with other countries in dispute. The United States, with its much-vaunted pivot to Asia, has now become involved in challenging the Chinese claims by sending its planes or warships close to the disputed territories, in particular the Spratly Islands. The ongoing disputes between North and South Korea are also a warning that cooperation is not an easy path. The Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a peace treaty, and the technical position is that the two states are still at war. Whilst both North and South Korea pay lip service to the concept of unification, that is no nearer realization today than in the past. It is always possible that the povertystricken North could collapse, but this is a scenario China would not like to see. She has no wish to see American troops, of whom there are 36,000 in South Korea, actually at the Chinese border. What can the European Union tell us about economic and political cooperation? European states were at each others’ throats for centuries. But today the group, in spite of many problems, remains intact, which is surely a feat in itself. The question, of course, is whether the European Union can or will survive. The recent arrival of so many refugees from Africa, Syria and Afghanistan has put an enormous strain on collective decision-taking. Frankly, nobody can predict what the future holds for the EU, although it is likely that much of the bloc will follow whatever policy is favoured by Germany, the economic powerhouse of the union. But there may well be casualties. Recent public opinion polls suggest that most voters in Britain will vote to quit in the referendum scheduled for next year or 2017. Yet it is also the case that the United States brought together many disparate interests and even endured a civil war to create the vibrant state which everyone takes for granted. Indeed, for 20 years after the fall of communism in Russia, the United States was the world’s sole super power, a position now being overtly challenged by the rise of China. Equally, one could count modern India, notwithstanding its problems with Pakistan, which is a successful union of what were once hundreds of princely states and other entities. In other words, the idea of a One Asia has both strong and weak points. What is required most of all is visionary leadership. China along with Japan (if the two can sit down and talk together) could take a leading role and bring in India to balance things out. Once this trio is on the same page, the probability of success multiplies. These countries are already undertaking various developments all across the region with such projects as China’s ambitious One Road, One Belt transport network. There is certainly no guarantee that the future of Asia will be integration. One has only to look at the huge differences between the various countries making up the 10-member ASEAN bloc. Singapore is an economic powerhouse with a safe democracy. Laos is still a largely agricultural country. Myanmar is painfully emerging from military dictatorship, a process which will take years to evolve and could even be aborted by a restless military. Thailand’s political future is far from clear, although she is strategically placed at the very heart of the ASEAN powerhouse. There is no doubt that ASEAN will have its ups and downs in coming years, but then so has the European Union. Maybe it is time for Asia as a whole to find a visionary who could help make the region heard on the world stage as one voice. At present there are no obvious candidates.
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Our Community Graduation at Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities
by Derek Franklin
In May 2013, and again six months later in November, a group of young people arrived in Pattaya from all over the country. They came in wheelchairs, leaning on crutches and sticks, many were missing limbs and they all came to Pattaya for one thing, to learn. They were nervous about what was going to happen to them, for many it was the first time away from their families and the comfort of their local communities, but
the school was about to change their lives. While at the school they would study a variety of subjects, but not only does the school teach a student new skills, it also provides accommodation, three meals a day and medical help, all for free. T w o ye a r s l a t e r , o n the morning of the 4th of December, the students received their graduation certificates. As the name of each student was called to receive
their certificate from Father Michael Picharn Jaiseri, the course they studied on was announced and so was their place of employment. One hundred percent of all those who graduated have a job, not just the lowly paid menial jobs which have traditionally been reserved for people with disabilities, but they have a job where they are treated as equals. Many chose to stay in Pattaya; they have made lots of new friends and are no longer
that ‘poor little disabled kid’ who relies on relatives for everything. They are smart, knowledgeable and have the confidence to go into the workplace and compete with others. More than 3,000 young adults living with a disability have graduated from the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities since it opened its doors in 1984. More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dusit Thani Pattaya visits Phichit Province to perform Krathin religious rites Every year, Dusit Thani Pattaya staff and management is led by GM Chatchawal Supachayanont in performing Krathin religious rites to different upcountry regions. This year, the hotel visited Phichit province to make merit by visiting temples and presenting robes to monks, donating towards renovation of restroom facilities as well as medical equipment to clinics in the area. The annual trip is performed in line with its CSR initiatives along with other activities aimed at helping the less privileged and creating sustainable projects to help ease the lives of the less fortunate.
Redemptorist Center Chapel Catholic Mass Schedule
Daily 06:30 (English) Sunday 08:30 (Thai), 10:00 (English)
Sukhumvit Road KM145 Between North & Central Pattaya Roads
038 422 290 Celebrate Mass in the chapel built by Fr. Ray Brennan
Jomtien United FC to hold charity football tournament Jomtien United Football Club is a non-profit association that consists of a kids section, a senior and an old gentlemen’s team. Currently the association has over 100 members. Since 2013, the club have managed a project for children living in slum-like conditions in addition to a football field. This has resulted in the Pattaya Crocodiles Kids Football team, which now consists of more than 60 children from different nations. The training for those destitute children as well as the necessary facilities and equipment, including football clothing is free. In support of this purpose the club work together with sponsors and for the first time have organized a charity tournament. On Saturday, January
23, Jomtien United Football Club will hold a charity tournament with eight teams participating. Four teams have already registered. The Italian ambassador has already pledged his support and presence for the tournament.
The club would like to invite you to take part in the 8 Aside Football Tournament Charity Event at Jomtien, Soi Watboon Kanchana 5. Entry fee is 10,000 baht per team. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Haven
Children’s Home ChonburiPak Ping Kum Pai and to Kate`s Project Trust – helping the poor and abandoned in the slums of Pattaya. For more details, contact Heiko on 086 158 5472 or Martin on 085 665 8631.
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Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya opening in December 2015
An escape to Pattaya has never been so memorable. Stay with Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya and enjoy impeccable, Swiss-style service with a warm touch of Thai hospitality. Luxuriate in spacious rooms with bold, modern designs, and take full advantage of the hotel’s extensive offerings, which include contemporary dining, a distinctive lagoon-style pool and unbroken access to the idyllic Na Jomtien Beach. With the myriad sites and attractions of Pattaya just minutes away, Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya is sure to become your preferred destination for a revitalising beach escape.
Enjoy the opening rate starting from 4,999 baht ++ inclusive of daily breakfast for two persons. Period of stay is from January 15 to March 31, 2016. Location Ideally situated for leisure, corporate or incentivebased travellers, Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya is located 75 minutes from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, whilst the regional U-Tapao Airport is a mere 20-minute drive away. The hotel lies immediately south of the centre of Pattaya City, within convenient reach of all the sites and attractions that makes Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard so enduringly popular.
Rooms and Amenities Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya offers stylish rooms and comfortable suites. All feature spacious balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, providing panoramic ocean and sunset views. Guest rooms are also equipped with highspeed Wi-Fi, smart TVs, direct-dial phones with voicemail, coffee- and tea-making facilities and in-room safes. Dining and Entertainment Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya serves exquisite cuisine in fun and convivial surroundings. Mornings
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Bangkok Pattaya Hospital Christmas Charity Bazaar Bangkok Hospital Pattaya held the annual Christmas charity bazaar for the year 2015. There were many foundations, schools, organizations that participated in this event with lots of performances on stage and bargains at the stalls. Santa also came early to see all the children who had so much fun and joy. All the revenue generated from the event will go to different charity organisations in Pattaya.
Amari Pattaya kicks off the festive season with Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Amari Pattaya started the most festive season of the year with a special Christmas tree lighting ceremony, led by Richard Gamlin, resident manager. This year, each tree displayed at all lobby areas is beautifully decorated with teddy bears dressed as Santa Claus and Santa Lina. Amari Pattaya will be selling these teddy bears to raise money for charity. The price for one bear is 740 baht and only 1,400 baht for two. The bears will come with a personalised greeting card and the money raised will help make children’s dreams come true at Baan Na Nok Peed Border Patrol Police School in Loei and Baan Na Chumphu Border Patrol Police School in Udon Thani. The children come from underprivileged backgrounds. The special bears are available from now until January 10, 2016 or until stocks last. For more information, call 038 418 418.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Centara Grand Phratamnak Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya General Manager Carl Duggan together with staff turned on the light of the hotel’s Christmas tree. Children from Father Ray Foundation sang Christmas carols and the hotel made a donation of 5,000 baht to the foundation.
Christmas Tree Lighting at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
Area general manager Andre Brulhart turned on the lights of a Christmas tree at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya in the presence of local charity and civic officials. Guests may purchase their own ornaments to complete the decoration of the hotel’s Christmas tree. Proceeds from the ornament sales will go to Father Ray Foundation.
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Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2015 showcases extravagant yachts and updates on luxury trends Organized by Ocean Property Co., Ltd., the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2015 was held on an 18,500sqm site at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya. The fourth annual boat show was set in order to support Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s bold vision to make Thailand a maritime hub of Southeast Asia to support maritime businesses and drive economic growth. Assistant Professor Dr. Chavanee Tongroach, vice minister for Tourism and Sports, presided over the grand opening ceremony along with other government officials. Celebrities and VIP guests were also present at the event. This year’s boat show attracted more than 6,000 Thai and foreign visitors. Featuring an array of toys for the wealthy worth billions of baht, visitors experienced an incredible passion for the sea and water sports. Twenty luxury yachts were showcased at the event, including luxury brands such as Princess, Monte Carlo Yacht 70, Azimut and Cranchi from Italy. Luxury motoryachts; yacht interiors, decorations and accessories; cutting-edge technology; and luxury real estate were also on display. A highlight of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2015 was the official launch of the Ocean Emerald, a luxury superyacht—one of just four identical superyachts in the world. Another highlight was Bakri Cono’s Heliotrope H48, the first solar-assisted luxury catamaran yacht. Get ready to experience this extravagant yacht event next year and enjoy panoramic sea views for four days, from 11 am to 8 pm from November 24-27, 2016 at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya. For more details, visit www. oceanmarinapattayaboatshow.com.
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Pattaya International Fireworks Festival held Part of the profits made by the annual Pattaya International Fireworks Festival this year was given to the Thai Red Cross Society. Four countries provided the fireworks – China, Philippines, Korea and Japan. The concept this year was Colours of the East and presented the story of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
International food and Thai Cuisine Jomtien Bead Road Corner of Soi 8
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Spa Promotions Festive Spa Special at Royal Garden Spa, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Look your best this festive season with a spa special. Experience the award-winning spa designed to provide a retreat from your hectic city schedule. When booking a spa treatment at the regular price, you will get a chance to win: • 500 baht cash voucher • 20 percent discount on a single treatment • aromatic steam (30 minutes) • back and shoulder massage (30 minutes) • mini-facial (30 minutes) For more information and reservations, contact Tel: 038 412 120 ext 1711 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sparkling New You! at Breeze Spa, Amari Pattaya Toast the New Year with a spa treatment and a bottle of bubbly. Treat that special someone this holiday season with the special Bubbly Spa Package! Couples enjoying any of the three-hour treatments will receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Just treating yourself? Go ahead! Breeze Spa also has you covered with a special spa gift set. Try this promotion from now until January 31, 2016 at only 8,000 baht for two. For more information, call 038 418 418 or visit www.breeze-spa.com.
Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa staff compete at talent contest Nine teams of staff at Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa competed in a talent contest with the concept of the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community. Executive Assistant Manager Terapan Chuaprasert presided over the event aimed at encouraging the staff to showcase their talents. There were lots of games and prizes, which everyone enjoyed.
50 years of sartorial success at Jack and Dave’s by Mick and Di Barker
Family and friends gathered at the well-known Jack and Dave’s tailoring emporium recently to congratulate and celebrate 50 years of sartorial success to the company. Champagne glasses were raised and clinked to an enterprise that has stood the test of time within the custom made clothing industry. The creator and founding father of the business was one Damrong, an Indian national born way back in 1939. He immigrated to Thailand with his family in 1947 during the partition period and set up a tailor shop in Paw Daeng, the American Air Base in Korat. In 1976 he moved to Pattaya and established the name we know today, Jack’s International, on Walking Street. Jack and Dave and his two sons joined in the business which thrived and prospered not only in Asia but expanded into Europe and beyond. Today the business is located in the
Khanijou family: Sanjan, Av, Azeez, Jack, Damrong, Thasunee and Karan
attractive Indian By Nature building on Thappraya Road. Jack’s wife, Av, has also created an emporium but to feeding the body rather than clothing is where she focuses on raising the bar of contemporary fine dining Indian style. After sensational canapés and more Champagne the gathering moved downstairs to the Indian By Nature dining room where guests were treated to a gourmet dinner of
Av’s distinctive, innovative cuisine. Many European bespoke tailors have their clothing made by Jack’s International because they value its quality, speed and integrity. Which is why, Jack may tell you, with a wink, that he is the production facility for half of Savile Row. Long may this entrepreneurial couple continue to bring the fine tradition of superior tailoring and the joys of gastronomic cuisine to Pattaya.
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Holiday Inn Pattaya welcomes Energy minister
US ambassador visits Hilton Pattaya
General Anantaporn Kanjanarat (centre), minister of Energy, and Areepong Bhoocha-oom (right), permanent secretary of Ministry of Energy, were warmly welcomed by Kate Gerits, area general manager of Holiday Inn Express Bangkok and general manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya, during annual action plan meeting to enhance knowledge for long-term integrated energy plan held at the hotel.
H.E. Glyn T. Davies (second from left), ambassador of the United States of America to Thailand, and his wife Jacqueline M. Davies (second from right) were welcomed by Hilton Pattaya’s Jean-Philippe De Haes (left), director of Operations, and Phatrarika Phatraprasit (right), director of Business Development, upon their arrival at the hotel.
UNO MAS opens its doors to press at Centara Grand at CentralWorld
Suthikiati Chirathivat (centre), chairman of the Board of Centara Hotels and Resorts, together with Robert F. Maurer-Loeffler (3rd left), group director of Operations – Bangkok and City Hotels, hosted the press opening ceremony of UNO MAS Restaurant at 54th floor, Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.
Amatara Resort & Wellness welcomes Asian superstars
Amatara Resort and Wellness was delighted and honored to welcome some of the brightest stars in Chinese and Hong Kong cinema. The resort hosted legendary film actor Andy Lau, film director, producer and screenwriter Wong Jing (4th left) and Asian superstars Nick Cheung (left), Jacky Cheung (2nd left) and the inimitable Chow Yun-Fat (4th right) for principal photography of their forthcoming international motion picture.
A SEASON OF JOY Thursday, December 24, 2015 Dinner: 6:00-10:00 PM Elements Restaurant
Friday, December 25, 2015 Lunch: 12:00-3:00 PM Elements Restaurant
Thursday, December 31, 2015 Dinner: 7:00 PM-12:30 AM Beachfront
Blue Christmas Dinner Buffet A magical Christmas Eve, with colored decorations, a tree, carols, and the feeling of joy as couples and families gather to celebrate.
Blue Christmas Lunch Buffet Peace and goodwill to all on Christmas Day. Our scrumptious festive spread includes turkey, prime rib of beet, and fresh seafood such as oysters and Alaskan king crab. Plus a caviar station, foie gras station and heaps more.
White New Year’s Eve Party On the soft white sands of our private beach, with the cool sea breezes and the light from the stars, come and enjoy our great White Party and buffet!
Get festive with our turkey carvery, BBQ station, and mountain of fresh seafood! A 5-piece live band plays your favorite Christmas music, and you have the chance to meet Santa!
Your little ones can enjoy food and fun activities at our kid’s corner in Phratamnak Room.
A DJ spins music throughout the evening, and a live band plays from 7:00 PM right through the midnight countdown, when there is our gloripus firework display over Pattaya Bay.
Our 5-piece band returns, and so does Santa!
PER PERSON PER PERSON *Additional THB 1,100++ for free flowing wine is available on Blue Christmas. ©2015 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Sheraton and its logos are the trademarks of Strarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates For full terms and conditions visit sheraton.com/pattaya
THB 3,800++ PER PERSON
*Prices are exclusive of 10% service charge and 7% VAT.
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Mick & Di The Food Lovers
Celebrate the Season ROSSINI @ THE ROYAL CLIFF Antipasti platter
White cod fillet with rocket pesto sauce
Tiramisu, chocolate cake and panna cotta
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and nowhere more so than at the Royal Cliff Hotel. The Christmas trees sparkle and shimmer, the decorations festoon the hotel and there’s magic in the air. This hotel makes every visit a special occasion and although any of their coterie of restaurants would make for a superb seasonal treat we are visiting Rossini, their signature Italian restaurant. Earlier this year Rossini was given an extreme makeover. The space has been rezoned, revitalized and reinvented into one of the classiest classic interiors in Pattaya. The on-trend colours of grey, taupe and tobacco are immediately pleasing and peaceful with the innovative new zoning surprising and unexpected. For instance, there is now a cigar salon where aficionados of these
smokes can now lean back on leather Chesterfield-type sofas and enjoy premier brands from the world’s best houses. A new “wine by the glass” bar sports a huge tabletop wine centric tablet where at a touch all the relevant information on the wines is available. Recommended bottles border the table and a wall of vintage wines invites inspection. Comfy seating is provided for leisurely sipping. The main restaurant sports a private salon for six people, a long table for 10 or so, a terrace for 40 people and masses of comfortable seating either booth style or at wonderful wooden blocked tables; seating can accommodate up to 100 people. The resident band, the “Living Harmony Duo” perform a selection of Mediterranean songs contributing
to the soothing ambiance and contemporary opulence that floods the new Rossini. Chef’s 27 years of culinary experience and his passion for Italian cuisine shines through his menu. The man behind the menu is Massimo Gullota, a Roman born chef with an impeccable pedigree and a contagious enthusiasm for the cuisine of his homeland. Rome adores its pizzas and chef has installed a wood-fired oven from which appear his classic Rome-style pizzas: thin, charred with a crisp crust and sauce laden with a cheesy middle crowned with your favourite toppings and with prices from B.320 they’re a steal. The wine list is a magnificent assemblage of over 1,000 bottles from the old and new worlds. The Royal Cliff prides itself on the
diversity and eminence of their labels which run from the pinnacle of the wine world at half a million baht to around B.1,000 for the likes of the rest of us. They have been awarded Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for 12 years now and continue to explore the world in their quest to maintain vini-supremacy. Even the water menu is something extraordinary, 16 different artisan mineral waters are on offer from Norway to Fiji to the Mediterranean complete with details of their sodium, magnesium and calcium content. Attentive staff escort you to your table and once seated we selected a glass of the elegant Trabocchetto Pecorino (B.230 ++) whilst we perused chef’s menu. It is a delight with dishes from the length and breadth of Italy, with many regional specialities and even one or two from his mother’s native Sicilian soil. We put ourselves in chef’s capable hands and tucked into the straight-from-theoven forcaccio, pizza bread and crispy sticks served with a piquant tomato salsa and one of the best pesto sauces we have tasted in a long while. First up was a platter of fish and vegetable antipasti (B.800++ for two people or single serving B.500++). Crab rested in its scallop shell having been tossed with black garlic and walnuts, sautéed scallops and buttery Fontina cheese made excellent friends, premier smoked salmon had been rolled around creamy Ricotta, a cigar of marinated red pepper revealed an olive pate, a grilled aubergine roll up concealed a slice of Mozzarella with fresh tomato sauce and basil leaves, a mound of crisp fried calamari hid a soft tender centre, and two oblongs of tuna had been flash seared to perfection. Is there a better way to start a meal than with an abundant antipasti platter – the art is alive and well in Chef Massimo’s deft kitchen. For our main courses we had chosen from the “Specials Board”, a white cod fillet with rocket pesto sauce (B.790++) and grilled swordfish with extra virgin olive oil and Sicilian lemon (B.790++). Both dishes were outstanding, the quality of the fish shining like a beacon only to be further enhanced by the deeply intense sauces. Fish and shellfish do play leading roles but meat lovers will
not be disappointed by the selection of meat dishes such as tender braised veal shank in a red wine and vegetable gravy or from the charcoal grill sharing menu for two which offers a combination of Australian Wagyu beef tenderloin, lamb cutlet, cornfed chicken breast and spicy Italian sausage served with grilled vegetables and a red wine mustard sauce (B.1,800++). Lobster lovers should check out the lobster festival which runs throughout the holiday season.
Chef Massimo Gullota
Dessert brought a chocolate cake of extreme, dark intensity enhanced with rock salt and olive oil (B.290) to deepen its exquisite cocoa essence – it was scrumptious. Partnered by a big sugarly pillow of tiramisu soaked in cream and Amaretto and a creamy panna cotta with that delightful and essential mammary wobble. What a treat – please don’t leave without delving into the delights of Rossini’s desserts. To round off a stunning meal we imbibed a glass or two of Limoncello. Chef Massimo pushed all our foodie buttons; his cooking is exquisite and his ingredients lavish and authentic. The evening was a hit from the word go; each course produced a riot of richness and wonderful flavours. This is ingredientled food with emphasis on the traditional but pursued with an individual style. Rossini – The Godfather’s Favourite Royal Cliff Grand Hotel Phra Tamnuk Road, Pattaya Open from 6:30 to 10:30 pm (closed Wednesdays) Tel: 038 250 421 ext 2874-5 www.royalcliff.com
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PULLMAN PATTAYA HOTEL G
Bodega Fever at The Beach Club Bodega Fever is back! Pullman Pattaya have revived this popular Wednesday night event capturing a fiesta party complete with tantalizing tapas, a fruity sangria, wine and a gourmet buffet to capture the tastes and ambiance of a Mediterranean lifestyle. Pullman Pattaya is a beautiful fivestar hotel. On arrival the striking décor of the lobby is impressive, chic and trendy with cascading water features and interesting modern sculptures. We were directed down to The Beach Club and found ourselves at sea level looking out onto two beachfront swimming pools, equipped with mood lighting and chill-out music with the backdrop of a palm fringed beach. Depending on the weather, Bodega Fever is either held al fresco on the beach or in The Beach Club restaurant. This is their all-day dining outlet with masses of seating in either the air-conditioned interior or out on the spacious terrace overlooking their private beach. Here, guests can enjoy a snack in the afternoon sun or gaze at a sunset with a cool cocktail or a glass of Champagne from their unique selection. Wednesday evenings from 7 to 10 pm is the night to enjoy this event. The dynamic sounds of Santos, the Spanish musician, filled the air and the atmosphere was febrile with Mediterranean charisma and enjoyment. We were cordially met by Carlo van Hest, the resident manager, and Sutthipong “Daw” Faiyseela, their public relations manager, who said how excited they were to bring back this Spanish-style evening of wining and dining. Before we tell you about the attractive culinary items we must tell you the very attractive price for this special Spanish buffet party. Hold on to your sombreros – it’s only B.899 net for the full fiesta plus free-flow red and white wine, sangria or draught beer. The setting is chic and glamorous beside the pool; high stooled cocktail tables afford casual dining while the stylish tables and rattan armchairs on the beach provide sinking comfort and elegance. Plates in hand we set forth to taste the European delicacies. First to tempt was the superb selection of cured meats and salads. All the salamis were impeccably sourced, however, the chorizo proved our favourite, it was wonderful, a fiery smoked salami redolent with paprika and cayenne. Shot glasses were packed with juicy marinated vegetables, plus olives and pickles juxtaposed with fat New Zealand
mussels, homemade pate and terrines, stuffed tomatoes, tuna egg mayonnaise and garbanzos dressed with vinaigrette and topped with fish fillets. Molten cheese croquettes and a generous cheese board crammed with eight select cheeses and delicious desserts all vied for our selection. The live paella station was manned by chef behind his paellera glistening with tints of saffron and packed with juicy seafood. The sangria was refreshing, the house wine excellent, the setting perfect and the music evocative of Mediterranean nights. The Beach Club restaurant here at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G offers daily promotions, all at exceedingly reasonable prices. Every Monday evening Chef Wut’s wok cooks up five local Asian dishes served with a multitude of fresh toppings including masala sweet and sour, black pepper, curry and lots more for B.399. Tuesday night is their astounding KORT Night from 6:30 pm till 10 pm (KORT coming from “Knights of the Round Table”) when a gastronomic 4-course set menu is served at B.655 net.
Wednesday night’s promotion is called “Fisherman’s Catch” featuring a range of seafood dishes including lobster, blue river shrimps, tiger prawns and crabs cooked in a myriad of ways. Thursday is Mediterranean Buffet night for B.700 net which brings us to Friday and Saturday evenings when they offer their popular Seafood Buffet at B.988 net or B.1,188 net with half a bottle of wine. This new wave hotel brings cosmopolitan refinement to Pattaya with its cool contemporary concept and its innovative restaurant where out-of-the-box ideas are a constant and their prices kept lower with their “net” pricing. There is always something original happening at this chic beachside eatery, so check out their website to discover daily promotions at value for money prices at one of the most contemporary elegant venues in Pattaya. The Beach Club Pullman Pattaya Hotel G Wongamart Beach, Naklua Road Soi 16 Tel: 038 411 940-8 www.pullmanpattayahotelG.com
The Masquerade Countdown Party at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Come celebrate the New Year at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya as the hotel welcomes 2016 with a Masquerade Gala Dinner and Countdown Party. Enjoy a lavish international buffet featuring Phuket lobster, prawns, oysters, live cooking stations, a wide range of gourmet delicacies along with an extravagant sweet table, inclusive of free flow of soft drinks and one glass of sparkling wine. Additional special beverage packages available along with signature cocktails. Enjoy live music, entertainment, games, lucky draws and much, much more. Gala dinner price is 7,950 baht ++. After-party at Oasis Restaurant and Bar at 999 baht ++ inclusive of three drinks and snack buffet. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.
Celebrate the Festive Season with Amari Pattaya
Amari Pattaya has prepared a grand festive season programme for guests to celebrate the end of 2015 and usher in 2016. For New Year’s Eve, guests may choose from three different equally exciting parties. Colour n’ Rhythm event at the Party Grounds with a gala dinner serving a wonderful array of Asian and international dishes with fireworks display at midnight for 3,800 baht net per person and 1,900 baht per child. Tavern by The Sea Bar and Restaurant is hosting Disco Night Party for only 999 baht net per person and 499 baht per child. Mantra Restaurant and Bar is going big with The Great Gatsby Night for 4,299 baht net per person and a special kid’s set for 2,150 baht, allowing guests to indulge in an exquisite gourmet buffet and of course, a roaring ’20s cocktail to kick off the night. Meanwhile, a special seasonal programme from Mantra Restaurant and Bar begins with a Festive Sunday Brunch on December 20 at 1,690 baht ++, 745 baht ++ per child, and 1,490 baht ++ per person for the wine brunch, followed by a Christmas Eve dinner on December 24 with a Christmas set menu at 2,999 baht ++ per person and 1,500 baht ++ per child. A special Christmas Day Brunch will be offered at 1,999 baht ++ per person and 999 baht ++ per child. A Festive Sunday Brunch will again be held for the last time in 2015 on December 27 for only 1,690 baht ++ per person, 845 baht ++ per child and 1,490 baht ++ per person for the wine brunch. Child price is for 6 to 12 years old.
Blue Christmas Buffets & a White New Year’s Eve Buffet on the beach at Sheraton Pattaya Resort Sheraton Pattaya Resort’s Elements Restaurant is staging a grand festive buffet for dinner on Christmas Eve and lunch on Christmas Day, while New Year’s Eve will see a countdown buffet on the resort’s private beach. The restaurant is using the theme of Blue Christmas. Both events will feature music from a five-piece live band, along with visits from Santa. On Christmas Eve, the dinner buffet has a carving station with a roasted whole turkey and chestnut and raisin stuffing, turkey roll and leg of lamb, and a baked sea bass crusted with seafood. There will also be a BBQ station with a mountain of fresh seafood. Price per person is 2,100 baht ++, and for free-flowing wine there is a supplement of 1,100 baht ++. Christmas Day features a fresh sushi and sashimi bar, and on ice is rock lobster, oysters, tiger prawns, Alaskan king crab and heaps more. A caviar station and a foie gras station are included. A roasted whole turkey and mushroom-stuffed turkey roll are at the carvery, along with prime rib of beef and baked salmon. Kids have their own supervised action with food and fun at the Phratamnak Room. Price per person is 2,300 baht ++, and for freeflowing wine there is a supplement of 1,100 baht++. The theme of the New Year’s Eve countdown party is White, with the buffet being staged on the resort’s private beach. On ice is heaps of seafood including Alaskan king crab, and there is BBQ seafood with all the dips and sauces. Roasted Australian prime rib is served at the carving
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Royal Crystal Christmas: A Frozen Gala Dinner at Royal Cliff Enter the enchanting world of Frozen and celebrate Christmas Eve with the splendor of regal festivity at the poolside of the Royal Wing Suites and Spa from 7 to 10:30 pm. A team of professional chefs has put together a festive eight-course dinner menu containing delectable traditional and contemporary options. Get ready to be charmed by the festive sounds of Christmas carols and the resident live band while experiencing a night full of frosty, family fun for only 3,900 baht ++ per person! For more information or reservations, contact Guest Relations at Tel: 038 250 151 or email email@example.com.
Festive Afternoon Tea at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
Christmas Eve & Night at Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya
Executive Pastry Chef Darren Harding presents a traditional afternoon tea set inspired by the classic European recipes served with a festive twist. Enjoy a selection of sweet and savoury degustation while listening to the live entertainment from a classical duo in the background. Highlights include spinach bread with smoked salmon, caviar and chive sour cream; duck confit with cinnamon apple pie; freshlybaked scones served with homemade clotted cream and jam, as well as traditional Christmas stollen and other sweet delicacies. Available at Hanuman Bar and the Lobby from 2 to 5 pm daily throughout December 2015. Price is 950 baht ++ per person (including a choice of Christmas tea or Christmas drink) with a glass of sparkling wine.
The hotel’s culinary team has created wonderful set menu with a wide variety of international dishes to make your Christmas a memorable evening. The seven-course set menu includes Apple Veloute’, King Crab and Avocado Salad, Foie Gras Terrine, Pacific Cod in Parma Ham, Chilled Watermelon, a choice of Inspired Beef Wellington or Pan-roasted Capon Chicken, and Panna cotta. Price is 1,950 baht ++ per person inclusive of a glass of sparkling or 3,555 baht ++ per couple inclusive of a bottle of red or white wine or sparkling. Available at Twilight Restaurant and Bar on December 24 and 25, 2015 from 6 pm to 12:30 am. Dress code: Smart casual.
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station, the BBQ station includes Wagyu ribeye and rack of lamb, a live cooking station is preparing foie gras, and there is a range of hot dishes including braised short-rib. A DJ spins music throughout the evening, and a live band plays from 7 pm right through the midnight countdown, when there is a glorious firework display over Pattaya Bay. Price per person is 3,800 baht ++.
The enchanted Christmas wine dinner at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya Celebrate a magical night with a premium four-course western set paired with the best wines from Chocalan selected for this festive season on December 25, 2015 from6 to 10 pm at Radius Restaurant. Set menu includes duo crab salad, cappuccino mushroom cream soup and truffle foam,a choice of roasted turkey, duo beef or grilled snow fish, warm raspberry with kirsch topped with vanilla ice cream, and coffee or tea. Price is 1,600 baht net per person. For table reservations, call 038 933 888.
Party at Hilton Pattaya with Festive Dining Packages Hilton Pattaya offers ‘2015 Seasons Festivities by the Sea’, a year-end promotion in celebration of Christmas and the New Year. Christmas celebrations At Drift from Dec. 15-25 guests can enjoy a selection of Christmas delights, including classic pastry and sweet options, and creative seasonal beverages and champagne. At Edge on Christmas Eve, guests can savour dishes from around the world including carved traditional meat, poultry, fresh seafood and a ‘live’ BBQ station. Price is 2,450 baht net per person from 6 to 11 pm. On Christmas Day, soak up the festive spirit with a traditional Christmas lunch featuring dishes from around the world. Price is 2,450 baht net per person from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. At Horizon, guests can celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a three-course set menu, priced at 3,350 baht net per person from 6 to 11 pm. New Year’s Eve and Day celebration Edge will offer an international New Year’s Eve buffet for 4,800 baht net per person and beverage buffet at an additional 3,250 baht per person inclusive of free flow of beer, wine, pouring spirits and sparkling from 6 pm to 1 am. At Drift guests will enjoy a lighter dining option where seats are available at 3,550 baht net per person including free-flow wine, beer and pouring spirits starting at 8 pm.
At Flare, guests will delight in fusion Thai set menu with classic dishes for 2,850 baht net per person, which includes complimentary access to the sun deck for firework viewing. At Horizon, enjoy casual fine dining along with a variety of premium selection cooked live, priced at 10,500 baht net per person from 6 pm. Or public access after 9 pm, enjoy exclusive beverage package at 4,450 baht net per person. New Year Gala Extravaganza at Seaboard Ballroom: Offering a full international buffet, guests can enjoy with a band and spectacular shows from Thailand Got Talent’s finalist The Swan Team, available at 7,150
baht net per person including freeflow wine, beer and pouring spirits from 6 pm to 1 am (children under the age of 10 eat for free, terms and conditions apply). New Year’s Day at Edge: To welcome 2016 with joy, guests can kick-start the New Year with a tempting international lunch buffet from 12:30 to 3:30 pm for 1,150 baht net per person (children below 5 years old dine free and those aged 6 to12 years pay 50 percent of adult price) and wine buffet available at 1,350 baht net. Advance booking is essential. For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000, email Bkkhp_ firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Pattaya.hilton.com.
Celebrate the season of joy with Holiday Inn Pattaya’s special offers Enjoy Christmas Eve buffet at East Coast Kitchen featuring traditional Christmas fare with fresh local BBQ seafood, roast turkey, beef tenderloin, traditional desserts and entertainment throughout the evening from 6 to 10 pm. Price is at 1,490 baht net/person (food only). Kids 5-12 years old priced at 745 baht net/person. Kids less than 5 years eat free! Make the memorable Christmas Day at Café G with special festive lunch from 12 to 3 pm. Savour an international buffet, roast turkey, a seafood station and desserts with the sound of Christmas carols and magic show at only 1,390 baht net/person (food only). Kids 5-12 years old priced at 695 baht net/person. Kids less than 5 years eat free! Seats are limited, advance booking and prepayment are required. Holiday Inn Pattaya also has special food and beverage offers on New Year’s Eve. For more information or reservations, call 038 725 555 or email email@example.com.
Vol. 03 No. 24 | Dec 16-31, 2015
Thailand International MOTOR EXPO “TI-ME” 2015 Thirty-three car brands from 11 countries, 15 motorbikes and scooters from eight countries and 800 vendors of accessories. by John K. Lindgren As the monsoon Editor-in-chief: carsanook.com season ends the annual grand automotive trade exhibition is rolled out as always during the last week of November or first week of December. The Motor Expo 2015 slogan: “New Standards... Thai Vehicles Care About The Earth”. This is to encourage the Thai auto industry to develop in line with the global automotive industry and create new-era vehicles that are economical, clean and safe. In spite of auto sales dropping 14 percent this year Motor Expo organizer Kwanchai Paphatphong stated that 1.5 million visitors are expected to fill the order books with 50,000 bookings for cars and 6,000 for bikes and scooters. Transactions should reach 55 billion baht. This year good news for the visitors using public transport, free shuttle buses to Motor Expo from BTS and MRT stations: Mo Chit, Silom, On Nut and Rangsit Future Park. Furthermore Grab Taxi offering 50 baht discounts with free apps on iOS, Android and Windows. From the floors of the cavernous, aircraft hangar sized 100,000 sqm Challenger Halls 1-3 some 2015 show highlights. Concept vehicles: Honda’s BR-V Prototype aka concept vehicle. Still a show car, but with the strong demand for crossover vehicles (compact SUVs) it looks this trendy 1.5-liter Japanese crossover will hit the showrooms next year. Subaru Viziv 2 Subaru's first diesel electric hybrid crossover. Sporting evocative design of the shootingbrake body style. Powertrain: 1.6-liter turbodiesel and three electric motors. With this concept Subaru seems headed in the right direction. Hyundai Intrado Design concept “Fluidic Sculpture Design 2.0” with new grille design and sharp headlight styling. Power comes from 36 kW Lithium-ion batteries which can be recharged in a few minutes. Range of 600 km. Premium exhibits: BMW 740Li “The ultimate driving machine” the German BMW launched its new full-sized, luxury flagship 7 Series xDrive. Built of carbon-fibre, aluminum and lightweight highstrength steel. The new 7 Series is powered by a 326 hp, 3.0-liter petrol turbo engine. Price: 6.999 million baht. Subaru Levorg Subie's new estate to replace the old Legacy Wagon comes with a 170 hp, 1.6-liter petrol
turbo boxer engine, CVT automatic and Subaru's fabled 4x4 drive system. Price: 2.3 million baht. Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d Imported from Stuttgart, Germany. This premium, cool, compact Merc SUV's motor is a 204 hp, 2.1-liter turbo diesel and a nine-speed automatic plus AWD. Price: 3.799-4.099 million baht. Mazda MX-5 2.0 Mazda's showed off the long-awaited new two-door sports coupe, the fourth-generation MX-5 propelled by a 160 hp, 2.0-liter engine with a six-speed automatic. An iconic roadster, par excellence. Price: 2.7 million baht. Super Premium Lamborghini LP 610-4 Spyder One of the most expensive wheels. After the coupe version the soft top has arrived. For wind in the hair sunset rides. 610 hp, 5.2-liter V10 powerplant, sevenspeed transmission and 4WD. Cost: 36.5 million baht. Entry-level vehicles and a new crossover Mitsubishi Mirage New design tweaks give the Mirage a stronger presence and sense of class with LED headlamps, front bumper integrated grille and a new hood. Plus refreshing styling changes to the spoiler and rear bumper. Bigger 15-inch aluminum wheels add more sportiness. Plus the cool, metallic wine red exterior paint. Price: 383,000 – 567,000 baht. MG 5 The iconic MG born in England as Morris Garage. Today
made in China. The new MG 5 model. A compact four-door saloon with a 1.5-liter, 106 hp petrol engine. Base model price: 649,000 baht. Mazda CX-3 The all-new freestyle crossover SUV from Mazda with two engines: 156 hp, 2.0-liter petrol engine and a clean 1.5-liter diesel pumping out 105 hp. Fuel consumption: circa 16.5 and 23.5 km/liter respectively. Price: 835,000 baht to 1,155,000 baht. Bikes & Scooters: Here a selection of the trendy easy-to-ride Vespa, the premium and robust German BMW Motorrad, the retro British-Indian Royal Enfield, and beastly fast and furious Japanese “Kawa”. Vespa. The easiest of all the two-wheelers to ride and manoeuvre also at slow speeds which is not the case with the big bikes. Tight turns at dead-slow speed on a 750 cc are challenging. The beginner should start with the Vespa LT 125 3Vie. Price: 75,900 baht. A step-through scooter. No straddling. Feet on the floorboard not on the on pegs. Piece of cake to ride.
And now my personal showstopper: Vespa 946 Emporio Armani Special Edition. Price 599,000 baht. The premium robust, sporty Teutonic BMW Motorrad G 310 R. Price circa: 250,000 baht. Originally from England reborn in India the classic retro Royal Enfield Bullet 500 finally in Thailand. Price: 199,900 baht. And the fast and furious “Kawa” or Kawasaki Ninja. Price: 101,900 baht.
AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THAILAND
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (FILM TIE-IN EDITION)
By JOHN HOSKIN 9781909612693
By NATHANIEL PHILBRICK 9780008126834
Thailand’s historical progression has been complex, and although the foundations of national identity – religion and monarchy in particular – were established in the earliest days of statehood dating back to the 13th century, it is only in comparatively recent times that all elements – social, political, cultural and linguistic – have cohered into what is recognizable today as Thai and Thailand. By linking the text to existing landmarks the history provides both an enjoyable read in its own right and a fascinating guide to the monuments and buildings that visitors can see on their travels around the country.
The epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the nineteenth century – and inspiration for ‘Moby-Dick’. When the whaleship Essex set sail from Nantucket in 1819, the unthinkable happened. A mere speck in the vast Paciﬁc ocean – and powerless against the forces of nature – Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale, and her twenty crewmen were forced to take to the open sea in three small boats. Ninety days later only a handful of survivors were rescued – and a terrifying story of desperation, cannibalism and courage was revealed…
Finally, enchanting pretties (presenting the cars and the bikes) an important element of the Motor Expo together with all the new innovative acrobatics, dance routines and improved LED big screen graphics makes the Motor Expo 2015 one of the greatest automotive trade fairs. Buckle Up & Helmet On – Always Stay Alive – Don't Drink & Drive Happy Holidays www.motorexpo.co.th
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Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya opening in December 2015 >> from L1 begin at Twist, an all-day dining venue featuring fresh and healthy cuisine served at communal tables in a warm, friendly environment. T55 brings the urban pulse of New York City to tropical Pattaya, with prime cuts of American-raised beef, an unrivalled wine list and industrial design accents. And for a taste of the good life, the lagoon pool offers some light refreshments to enjoy. The pool bar serves snacks, chilled cocktails and refreshing beverages from its swim-up bar and to the sun loungers positioned on the pool deck. Wellness and Recreation An attractive outdoor lagoon pool lies in the midst of tropical gardens, making this the ideal spot
for a refreshing dip or some relaxing time in the sun. Meanwhile, total rejuvenation is found at the Spa – the ultimate body-and-soul retreat. The indoor and outdoor kids’ club provides a range of activities for younger guests. The hotel also offers a fully equipped fitness centre, water sports facilities and a golf concierge. Furthermore, the hotel can arrange a variety of off-site leisure activities, including island cruises, deep-sea fishing tours, scuba-diving outings and several regional excursions and tours. Conferences and Events Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya is an ideal destination for corporate retreats, weddings and banquet dinners. Facilities include the 500sqm Siam Grand Ballroom, which can be subdivided into Siam Room
I and Siam Room II, for smaller functions. An additional pre-function area and Marina I, II and III meeting rooms are also available. A dedicated team provides tailored services and local insight to ensure guests thoroughly enjoy their experience and make the most of their time in Pattaya.
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Bangkok Airways named CAPA Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year
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City Garden Pratumnak opens its doors Global Top Group celebrated another milestone achievement in their companyâ€™s history with the completion of City Garden Pratumnak. This high-quality and luxurious condominium is the third completed project out of seven developments in the city of Pattaya. The twin 8-storey building with 157 units offers an extensive array of amenities and services: a lobby that offers the ambience of a modern hotel, an 18-meter swimming pool with adjacent Jacuzzi, European-standard sauna and steam room, fully-equipped modern fitness center and a garden around the building.
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A Flash and Boom from the Past! I originally wrote ‘Beachside Village to Boom Town’ 10 years ago, in 2005, for the Asia Pacific edition of Tropical Gardens Magazine. Back then Pattaya was just in its first couple of years of the property development frenzy that has changed the skyline of this once small and quaint fishing village. I thought our readers might enjoy looking back at a time when Pattaya’s property development was in its infancy….enjoy! From a small fishing village almost cut off from the outside world just 40 years ago, Pattaya has become Thailand's most successful beach resort city, attracting holiday seekers from every point on the globe. Over the past 10 years, Pattaya has also attracted a large number of new foreign residents and investors. Within the past two years, its residential property market has soared to a level that has surprised everyone. One of the dominant factors stimulating Pattaya’s high-end property development was the arrival of the international automobile manufacturing industry along the Eastern Seaboard. Starting in the mid-’90s, Ford, General Motors and BMW kick-started what is currently known world-wide as the Little Detroit of the East. Each one of these automobile manufacturers attracted an average of 25 to 35 major international suppliers, all of which set up their own factories and offices in the industrial estates of the Eastern Seaboard. At the beginning of this expat executive invasion, there was a strong need for high-end single family houses and condominium apartment rentals. This, of course, lead to highly inflated rental prices.
It was during this same period that it became evident that expat executives were showing a great interest in renting exotic tropical, modern and Bali-style homes and large, beachfront condominiums. It wasn’t long after this that a number of foreign and Thai designers and developers started building or purchasing detached houses and condominiums as investment properties to be leased out to the many expat families moving into the Pattaya area. The Bubble To truly appreciate the dynamics of the current Pattaya property boom, one must look back to the mid1990s. It was during this period that Thailand’s real-estate business was running red hot; properties in Pattaya couldn’t be built fast enough for the tremendous demand. Thai nationals were spending massive amounts of money on real estate, and the returns were almost immediate. The average Thai consumer didn’t need to know anything about construction quality, interior design or the marketing and sales of property. Prices for land and homes in Pattaya were rising so fast that it seemed you couldn’t lose. The Bust Then the Asian economic crisis hit. In no time the Thai real-estate investment dream had turned into a nightmare. With the exchange rate plunging to well over 50 baht to the dollar by late 1997, and with so many Thai bank loans attached to the US dollar, the banking industry saw a steady stream of non-performing loans from the property sector. Yet, even during the worst days of
by Clayton Wade Managing Director
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the crisis, Pattaya and the entire Eastern Seaboard could barely keep up with the demand among expat executives for high-end single family houses and condominium rentals. Once the exchange rate had stabilized in 1999, more and more foreigners moved here seeking to buy homes to live in. The government helped to support the steady growth in sales of houses and condominiums by reducing the costs of transferring titles. The Boom With the new millennium came a new era — one which would, within a few years, be identified as the Pattaya Property Boom. Less than five years ago, there were six to eight real-estate agencies in Pattaya capable of providing professional property services. Less than five years ago, you couldn’t sell or rent a house or condo if you didn’t advertise in Pattaya’s one English-language newspaper. Today, Pattaya’s leading real-estate magazines have as many as 90 realestate advertisers, and the editors will tell you that between 90 and 120 new real-estate companies have opened shop--90 percent in the last two years. There seems to be at least one new real-estate agency, publication, condo or housing development coming on the market every few weeks! Yes, Pattaya is experiencing unprecedented growth. And the properties are selling. Market Saturation or Just the Beginning? This tremendous investment and construction boom, interestingly enough, started with two very traditional Bali-style show homes at a
Our very special thanks to Clayton Wade, managing director of Pattaya’s Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., for preparing this Pattaya Today column. Clayton Wade is managing director of Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., the Eastern Seaboard’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, and managing director of Premier Land and Development Co., Ltd. Clayton Wade has been running Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., with his wife, Khun Supap, for more than 20 years. He himself has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years, having started his career in the United States where he was licensed and practiced both real estate sales and property management in Seattle, Washington. Wade is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and a CIPS certification instructor
development just south of Pattaya that had collapsed during the crisis. Several local developers — appreciative of the beauty of these homes and the seductive lifestyle associated with them — started designing and building their own Thai/Bali-style homes. With the new millennium, Pattaya saw the advent of a new era of housing style and design available for purchase as private homes. This was accompanied by a major influx of foreigners who were more than ready to purchase them. View Talay Villas and Thabali were two of the most successful Thai/Bali-style developments. They offered the consumer a wonderful tropical lifestyle and proved a huge success, selling quickly. In fact, both developments saw quick investment returns as the prices on these homes rose even as they were being built. Currently, just minutes south of Pattaya towards Bangsarey is the exciting new beachfront community known as Ban Talay. This gorgeous beachfront development features an incredible three story five star clubhouse right on the beach adjacent to their magnificent beachfront estate show home, which is just now being completed and is on the market for 89 million baht. That’s $2,282,051 (2 million U.S. Dollars!) Yes, the Pattaya real estate boom is definitely gaining momentum and the area is full of home seekers, speculators
with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States. He is an instructor with the Thailand Real Estate and Business School (TREBS) and heads the International Marketing Committee as vice president for the Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand. He also is a council member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, the New York-based international research and consulting firm, and is a registered consultant with the Coleman Research Group in Hong Kong. He has been a national panel judge with the Thailand Property Awards for almost 10 years. Having done business successfully in the Eastern Seaboard/Pattaya area for over 20 years, Clayton Wade is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his public speaking and television presentations as well as
and investment entrepreneurs, as the real-estate boom has impressed even the most conservative investors. But is Pattaya overheating? Is this the same scenario the resort experienced in the mid- to late-’90s? The answer rests once again with the consumer, but there’s an important difference. Thailand’s last real-estate boom, the one leading up to the Asian economic crisis of 1997, was driven almost entirely by domestic consumption. But the real-estate investors of Pattaya’s new millennium are coming from abroad, with the lion’s share coming from the United Kingdom! As long as the Thai government maintains a foreigner-friendly posture in the property sector, Thailand shows all the signs of being the next international real-estate hotspot and investment haven, with the potential to take the lead from Spain and Florida both! Yes, Pattaya is very likely to experience continued property sales, but only if the houses and condominiums being built maintain a high standard in their quality of construction and design. Pattaya, the former beachside village, is now a truly international city, with growing interest being shown by foreign investors who will continue to fill the housing demand for years to come.
having written regularly for leading newspapers and magazines (Bangkok Post, Thailand Property Report, Tropical Homes Magazine, Real Estate Magazine Thailand, Big Chilli Magazine, Tattler Magazine, Homes and Condos Magazine, etc.). The American-born entrepreneur is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his many accomplishments in promoting real estate on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard include having been a guest speaker with several of Thailand’s top political and business figures on CNBC’s Managing Asia. Premier Homes is Pattaya’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals. Visit their website at www.premierinternational.com. Clayton Wade may be contacted at +(66) (81) 634-2915 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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City Garden Pratumnak opens its doors
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as the Big Buddha, Pattaya Park, Koh Larn, and other exciting entertainment venues. To mark this event, Global Top Group launched a project completion party to officially open the doors of City Garden Pratumnak. The most attended real estate party in Pattaya has done it again with more than 500 guests participated on a night filled with entertainment, food, drinks and prizes. Hundreds of attendees had the great opportunity to be part
of this successful event and had a closer look on the quality of the five-star luxurious condominium project located in the prestigious Pratumnak Hill.
Grande Caribbean Condo Resort Pattaya now in final phase of completion Blue Sky Group has developed a name for quality and trust in completing their projects in Pattaya. The latest one is the Grande Caribbean Condo Resort Pattaya with the project 90 percent completed on 11.5 rai of land and with 1,064 units. Now, Grande Caribbean is already one of the most famous unique style theme
concept condos in Pattaya. Situated on Thappraya Road between Pattaya and Jomtien, the rate of progress in the construction is truly remarkable. Blue Sky Group project manager Apichart Gulati said the Grand Caribbean is already 96 percent sold including nine commercial shophouse units. Grande Caribbean Condo Resort consists of four
low-rise buildings of eight storeys, which are located around a themed rainforest water park. Each of the one- and two-bedroom apartments (34.5 sqm and 69 sqm) is fully furnished. Separately the 30-storey masterpiece, The Cruz, in addition to the one and two bedroom units, offers additional corner apartments of 93.5 sqm.
Outdoor common area facilities include lush tropical gardens, expansive pools, lagoons, a childrenâ€™s play park, a landscape volcano, grottos, caves, Jacuzzis, island lighthouse and interactive pirate ships. While, other luxurious indoor facilities, which are now fully completed, include game room, fitness centre, steam and sauna room,
kidâ€™s club, library and movie theatre. Apichart added that the deed transfers to the new owners are about to begin in the first quarter of 2016, which illustrates the high degree of public confidence in their projects. The prices at Grande Caribbean remain real value for money, with starting prices at 1.89 million baht.
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Legal & Expat Money
LEGAL ADVICE Bankruptcy
What is bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding involving a person or business that is unable to repay outstanding debts. Under Thai law, bankruptcy is an involuntary act whereby the law causes the assets of a debtor to be distributed among its creditors to repay a portion of outstanding debt. What is secured creditor? Secured creditor means the creditor holding rights over the property of the debtor in the nature of a mortgage, pledge or right of retention, or a creditor possessing preferential rights which can be enforced in the nature of a pledge.
Secured creditors have the most senior protection in bankruptcy, since they have specific assets that provide a sufficient level of reassurance against default risks. Secured creditors generally have the right to repossess or foreclose on the property when the borrower is in default. Is there a certain amount of debt before you can file a petition for bankruptcy? Any creditor owed more than 1 million baht by an individual debtor or more than 2 million baht by a corporate debtor may file a bankruptcy action against such debtor. However, the debtor must first be proven insolvent. How can a debtor be presumed insolvent? It shall be presumed that the debtor is insolvent if any of the following proceedings occur: (1) If the debtor transfers property or rights in the management of his property to others for the benefit of all his creditors, whether such be done within or outside Thailand; (2) If the debtor transfers his assets with dishonest intent or fraud, whether such be done within or outside Thailand;
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(3) If the debtor transfers his property or creates any right over such property which, if the debtor were a bankrupt, would be deemed an act of preference, whether such act be done within or outside Thailand; (4) If the debtor does any of the following things in order to avoid or delay payment of his debt: a. Leaves or remains outside Thailand; b. Leaves the premises in which he has resided, or conceals himself in any premises, or absconds, or closes his place of business; c. Removes assets out of the jurisdiction of the court; d. Consents to a judgment ordering the payment of money which he should not pay; (5) If the debtor has had his property seized under a writ of execution, or there is no property of any kind capable of being seized for the payment of the debt;
(6) If the debtor informs any of his creditors, or the court in any action that he cannot pay his debts; (7) If the debtor submits a proposal for the compromise on his debts to any two or more of his creditors; (8) If the debtor informs any of his creditors that he cannot pay such debt; (9) If the debtor receives demands from his creditor to pay his debt not less than twice, at intervals of not less than 30 days, and does not pay the debt. How long does a bankruptcy stay on my record? An individual who is adjudged to be bankrupt shall be immediately discharged from bankruptcy after the lapse of three years from the date of adjudication by the court. However, if such a person has had a previous bankruptcy within five years, the automatic discharge period will be extended to five years. In cases of dishonest bankrupts, the court may extend the period to 10 years, except in cases of special conditions on the request filed by the official receiver or the bankrupt person. In cases of offense on misappropriation or cheating on borrowings from the public, the automatic discharge period is extended to 10 years.
Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley
Most of us in semi or permanent retirement are reliant to a lesser or greater extent on our remaining nest egg and pension to provide us with an income that will keep the proverbial wolf from the door. Looking back, in recent years, the results of leaving our hardearned cash to the vagaries of the world’s stock market would have sent a shudder through anyone’s spine. Banks are paying next to nothing and, as I’ve already said the markets scare the living daylights out of most investors, so where does that leave those of us that simply require a reasonable return on our investments, without risking the shirt off our back? The funds that have shone brightly throughout the legacy of the financial crisis are those which are now commonly referred to as “non-correlated”, which simply means they are not connected to the stock markets. In real terms, this generally means investments that are in niche sectors, where the demand curve is very strong, at least in the medium term. There are a number of examples of fund managers operating in such sectors and they have shown themselves to be extremely resilient to economic turmoil. Take the example that probably applies to large numbers of expatriates around the world. They have perhaps sold a house in their home country and purchased one abroad and, in addition, have other assets that amount to several hundred thousand pounds/ dollars. Let’s take a test case: Mr. X has a house and 300,000 GBP in cash from savings, forgetting pensions at the moment. Applying those funds to a bank deposit, he is likely, in the current climate, to receive perhaps 1.5 to 2 percent on a fixed term of 6 to12 months, which would result in an income of between 4,500 and 6,000 GBP form his lump sum. As an alternative, the non-correlated funds, available through major international institutions, have conservatively achieved around 5.5 to 6 percent, net of all management costs. That same man has now increased his interest income from perhaps 6,000 GBP per annum to between 16,500 GBP to 18,000 GBP annually. For anyone looking to preserve their capital, whilst still maintaining a decent lifestyle, this is clearly significant. These non-correlated holdings look to operate on a low-risk profile generally resulting in very stable and consistent results. Our feeling is that these particular funds have provided a real alternative for those trying to make their assets work for them, without quaking every time the financial news comes on. In summary, individuals can look further afield than bank deposits to improve returns, for at least a part of their portfolio, without taking one giant leap into the unknown with the stock markets. Important Note - This article contains general information only and is not intended to be taken as specific financial, investment, or tax advice. A personal analysis should always be obtained. Tim Whiteley of IFA International has over 25 years as an IFA, advising international investors and expatriates, both onshore UK, and offshore in Asia. With offices in Bangkok, and regular client visits to Pattaya, IFA specialises in wealth protection services, offshore trusts, QROPS UK pension transfers and QNUPS, creating tailor-made investment solutions for individuals around the world. IFA International does NOT provide discretionary portfolio management, securities advice, forex trading, or local brokerage / insurance products. The services that IFA International Group provides are for international investors and expatriates ONLY and are NOT applicable to local nationals. This is NOT a solicitation to sell or market securities. Questions to the author can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Business News Who is buying international property where? by Adrian Bishop, www.OPP.Today
Every overseas property professional wants to know where the real estate hotspots are around the world, so the Rightmove guide, Who’s Buying Property Where? for 2015/16 makes fascinating reading. In addition, investor demand is rising significantly, with Rightmove seeing overseas inquiries rise by half over the last year. Chris Please, head of Rightmove Overseas, says, “We have seen strong positive growth in the market this year, with enquiries for international properties increasing by 50 percent compared with 2014. That positive momentum is also visible in the record number of survey responses we received, with over 4,000 people taking the time to complete our questionnaire.” The top three countries where buyers aim to purchase property in the next year are Spain, France and Italy. The top three regions are all in Spain, with Andalucía, Murcia and Valencia leading the way, ahead of the Algarve, Portugal, and Languedoc-Roussillon, in France. The 54-page volume 3 of Who’s Buying Property Where? features data on major overseas countries, including age group of buyers, most popular property types, the origin of buyers, top destinations, reason for purchase and average purchase prices. For the most popular countries, more data is provided and there is a word cloud illustrating the main reasons why investors are buying. Aimee Valaitis, Rightmove pricing and product analyst who compiled data for the report, says there are a number of reasons why inquiries have risen by half. “Firstly, the strength of the Sterling compared to the euro in recent months means that buyers can get more for their money. Secondly, the pension changes which came into effect in April allows buyers to have access to more of their pension and some are choosing to buy property
abroad. Finally, the UK election has provided more confidence for buyers.” The report also has a section detailing buyer motivations: location ranks first at 66 percent, price 19 percent, condition of property 7 percent and agent reputation 6 percent. Why is the agent reputation figure not higher? “A lot of buyers looking to purchase a property overseas will be doing so for the first time,” Valaitis answers. “These buyers are likely to have a property in the UK so are used to working with UK agents. Agents in the UK work on behalf of the person selling the property and not the person buying. This is very different to agents overseas who will work with both the seller and the buyer.” She adds that the report reveals interesting trends about the role of technology in buying – 73 percent of buyers say they find property through the internet, 65 percent through overseas agents, 13 percent UK agents, 11 percent exhibitions and 9 percent print – plus the details in the word clouds. Most buyers (85 percent) use desktop computers to search, with half (49 percent) using tablets and third (32 percent) mobiles. “We feel that there are two very surprising findings from this report,” Valaitis adds. “Firstly, the number of buyers using mobile and tablet devices to search for property. Buyers are becoming more tech savvy so it’s import that we also keep up with this as an industry. We need to make sure websites, enquiry forms, etc., are all mobile compatible so we can make the buying process as easy as possible. “Secondly, we feel that the word clouds on the country overview pages perfectly
Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha joins Japan festival Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha showcased its property to expats and tourists seeking accommodations in Sri Racha city at the Sriracha Japan Festival 2015. Organised by the Chonburi Rayong Japanese Association in Thailand (CRJA), Sriracha Japan Festival is one of the most famous colorful and joyful festivals for Japanese living in Eastern Thailand. The event was set up Japanese style imitating the festivals and celebrations in Japan. There were many booths from local businesses as well as Japanese firms in the area to promote its products and services. Citadines Grand Central Sri Racha offered a fun game at its booth for a chance to win its premium collection. All money collected from the game will be donated to the children at Pattaya Redemptorist School for The Blind.
demonstrate the inspiration behind buying a property overseas. These word clouds are the responses from buyers when we asked them what inspired them to buy overseas. Spain = Weather, France = Lifestyle, Italy = Love, Portugal = People and USA = Investment.” The top 10 countries where buyers are looking to purchase a property within the next year are: 1. Spain 2. France 3. Italy 4. Portugal 5. United States of America 6. Cyprus 7. Ireland 8. Greece 9. Turkey 10. Bulgaria The top 10 regions are: 1. Andalucía – Spain 2. Murcia – Spain 3. Valencia – Spain
4. Algarve – Portugal 5. Languedoc-Roussillon – France 6. Islas Canarias – Spain 7. Poitou-Charentes – France 8. Illes Balears – Spain 9. Aquitaine – France 10. Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur – France There were slightly more male buyers taking part (55 percent) and most buyers (41 percent) were aged from 55-64, with 29 percent from 45-54, 19 percent 65-plus, 11 percent from 30-44 and 2 percent under 30. Two-thirds of buyers purchasing in Spain are looking for holiday homes and 68 percent are cash buyers. Half of purchasers want to rent their home out when not in use. In France, 55 percent are buying second homes with 70 percent being cash buyers and 59 percent looking to rent their homes. Sixtyone percent are looking for second homes in Italy, with 59 percent paying cash and 65 percent wanting to rent their property when it is not being used.
THAI operates to Europe as normal
Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI president, said that the European Union’s Aviation Safety Committee meeting last month did not place carriers from Thailand on the restricted list. As such,
the airline will continue to operate regularly scheduled flights to 11 cities in nine European countries. The airline noted that it is prepared to support and cooperate with the Civil
Aviation Administration of Thailand in the recertification of air carriers, and supporting other Thai carriers to raise safety standards in making Thailand’s aviation industry robust.
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Business News Bangkok Airways named CAPA Asia All-New Mazda MX-5 wins Pacific Regional Airline of the Year Car of the Year Japan Bangkok Airways was named CAPA Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year. This award is given to the regional airline that has been the biggest standout strategically, established itself as a leader and demonstrated innovation in the regional aviation sector. Bangkok Airways President Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth (right) received the award from Damian Hickey, Travelport vice president, Asia Pacific, Air Commerce. Bangkok Airways was selected by the judging panel for its impressive track record of profitability even during challenging times and innovative partnership strategy. “Bangkok Airways was the most profitable airline in Thailand in 2014, growing and remaining in the black despite the civil unrest in Bangkok,” said Peter Harbison, chairman of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). “It completed an IPO in November 2014, becoming one of only a few Thai companies to go public in the most difficult of years.” The airline has remained
profitable through the first three quarters of 2015, differentiating itself strategically, continuing to grow, boosted by an expanded partnership portfolio. CAPA noted that Bangkok Airways’ partnership strategy, which focuses on providing domestic and regional international connections with more than 15 foreign carriers, has enabled the airline to grow rapidly in recent years in a short-haul market that has become otherwise
Motor Image unveils two latest models at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2015
Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in Southeast Asia, introduced the all-new Subaru XV and a new model—the Subaru Levorg—at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2015. With the goal of enhancing the previous generation Subaru XV, the all-new Subaru XV offers customers enhanced features that refresh the exterior and upgrades interior features, combining space, comfort and versatility with an improved design. The Subaru Levorg (thinks ‘Legacy’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Touring’) combines the sports
performance of Subaru with the practicality of a wagon. “With a newly developed boxer engine, agile handling and an abundant load space, the Levorg will appeal to the functional, family orientated and adventurous customer who appreciates performance, touring capabilities and ample cargo space,” said Glenn Tan, executive director of Tan Chong International Ltd. For more information on the XV (2.0i: 1,098,000 baht, 2.0i-P: 1,198,000 baht) and the Levorg (2,350,000 baht), go to www. subaru.asia/TH.
dominated by low-cost carriers. Its strategy of owning and operating three airports, including in the popular resort island of Samui, also provides a unique selling point and helps insulate it from competition. Over the last year the airline became the largest foreign airline in Myanmar, reinforcing its strong position in the relatively underserved Indochina region; it is the second largest foreign carrier in Cambodia and Laos.
Mazda Motor Corporation’s all-new Mazda Roadster (known as MX-5 outside Japan) has been named the 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan. The all-new Roadster is the sixth model in Mazda’s new-generation lineup of vehicles that feature the full range of Skyactiv Technology and KODO—Soul of Motion design. This lightweight, open-top, two-seater, front-engine rear-wheel drive sports car is designed for pure Jinba-ittai driving fun.
In redesigning the model, Mazda aimed to further deepen the experience of driving fun and managed to both perfect the driving position and reduce the weight of the car by more than 100 kg. While ensuring that the model would remain a true driver’s car, Mazda engineers were determined to make the vehicle practical enough for daily use, adopting a weatherproof, easy-to-open-and-close top and ensuring enough space in the luggage compartment for two carry-on-sized bags.
NatGeo Russia names Thailand Best Beach Destination by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org
Thailand was named the Best Beach Destination 2015 by National Geographic Traveller Russia, and was also voted the Best Beach Resort via an online poll of 240,000 readers. The magazine, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is published five times per year; it has circulation of 110,000 and a readership of 746,800. It is also available in an iPad version. The National Geographic Traveller Award in Russia has been held already for the fifth time. The uniqueness of this award is the method of voting which is held on
the website www.nat-geo.ru. The award highlights the main trends and preferences of Russians in the
field of tourism and travel. Their opinion influences the magazine’s editorial plans for the next year.
Three destinations in Thailand among 20 most popular in Asia by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Phuket have been voted among the 20 most popular and best value cities in Asia by US travellers, according to TripAdvisor’s TripIndex report. The website’s index aims to help Americans identify destinations that offer the best value by comparing the price of a one-week trip to different Asian cities during high season. It evaluates primary travel expenses including a seven-night hotel stay and average round-trip airfare from the US as well as a year-over-year comparison of the overall costs. In the rankings of the top 20 best value destinations in Asia, Chiang Mai came in fourth, Bangkok seventh and Phuket (Kathu in particular) tenth. The report described Chiang Mai as providing the lowest cost in Thailand by giving a sample price
Songkran celebration in Chiang Mai point of US$1,577 for the total percent year-on-year to US$1,902. one-week trip, representing a 21 The index also stated that travel percent decrease from the previous expenses for popular destinations year. in Asia will have dropped on an Comparable expenses in average of 12 percent year-over-year, Bangkok stood at US$1,680 (9 allowing travellers to save as much as percent lower than last year), while 32 percent on a trip to Asia the next costs in Kathu, Phuket dropped 20 six months.
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(ptmbo-c0015)Business Partner required. 50% share in busy prestigious beachfront bar on Dongtan Beach, Jomtien. 8 bedrooms, bar & restaurant, work permit available, new lease. Call Colin on 084 350 9304 (ptmbo-s0115)For Sale: Guesthouse & Bar. Central location Pattaya. 4-storey, double unit. Large ground floor bar. Large external terrace. Jacuzzi suite. 6 large rental rooms. 1 one-bedroom apartment with large ensuite & separate kitchen (suitable for owner or could rent out). 1 studio apartment for staff. Fully furnished with all bar equipment. 3 + 3 year lease available & no key money. Sale Price: THB 2.3 million. Any reasonable offer considered. Contact Tel: 087 283 5349, Email: email@example.com
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Houses for Sale
(ptmhfs-p0000)House for Sale in Siam Country Club. Land size of 56 Talangwa. Located in Soi Pronprapanimitr, 12/1 Central Pattaya Soi Siam Country Club. Price is 2.9 Million Baht. Call 081 487 5627 for more information. (ptmhfs-r0000)Townhouse for SALE 1.75M Soi Siam Country Club House, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 100 sqm, 2 floors. Call 082 479 1204 (ptmhfs-ao0000) Beautifully located 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house for sale in Casa Jomtien in the heart of Jomtien, just 100 meters from Jomtien Beach. Land size: 72 w2. Price: 10 Mill. Baht. Facilities include communal swimming pool and tennis court. Contact Allan Ottesen on 085 697 8245
Lovely Home and Spacious in Town! Selling Price 6 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/Full Basement with spacious interior of 400 Sqm interior/129 TLW of Land. Fully Furnished including a fully European Kitchen. This will not be on the market very long before it sells! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0855) Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/71 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6600) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 27.5 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5035) Fabulous 5 Bedrooms Lakeside Home! Selling Price 24.95 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 380 TLW, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3346)
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Stunning New 8 Bedroom Beachfront! Selling Price 65 Million Baht, 8 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/850 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6536) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6363) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 TLW, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6686) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 21 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR6075)
Beautiful Home in Ta d a r a w a d i Vi l l a g e For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR5758) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4211)
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Classified Houses for Sale
A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 35 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Phoenix Golf Course Vi l l a s ! S e l l i n g P r i c e 13.950 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/200 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6407) Unique and Spacious Beachside Townhomes! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4516) Magnificent Country Estate Home or Resort for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! Selling Price 43 Million Baht, 7 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 700 Sqm/2 Rai 285 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co.,
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Houses for Rent
(ptmhfr-h0715) OCCASION: Beautiful To w n h o u s e ( S o u t h Pattaya). 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 2 televisions, ADSL, 4 aircondition, garage. Contact: 092 647 1521 Thai Balinese Designed Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 387 Sqm/ 282 TLW, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4606) T h e Aw a r d Wi n n i n g Development Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 260 Sqm/110 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6483) Bangsaray Beach Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/200 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family close to Bangsaray beach and Cartoon Network Water Park. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5961) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 560 Sqm./140TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or
visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5958) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/125 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6902) Nice Rental Home near Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 85,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 420 Sqm/200 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5086) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1601)
Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/98 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2587) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6999)
Condos for Sale
View Talay Building 1B, 13 th Floor Jomtien Side for Lovely Sea Views. 32 sqm studio just been decorated, nice big Euro kitchen, fridge freezer, all matching furniture, big screen TV, new A/C. This condominium is located right near the main Jomtien to Pattaya Road. Ideal for buses and taxis and ideal for renting. Nice big swimming pool, bars and shops. Donâ€™t miss it! For only 1,450,000 baht. In foreign name. Call: 084 529 9939
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House for Sale
Beautifully located 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house for sale in Casa Jomtien in the heart of Jomtien, just 100 meters from Jomtien Beach. Land size: 72 w2. Price: 10 Mill. Baht. Facilities include communal swimming pool and tennis court.
Contact Allan Ottesen on 085-697-8245
Condos for Sale
Porchland Condominium Jomtien 800 Meters to Beach. Lovely 38 sqm, 2nd floor, 1 bedroom, 1 lounge, 1 bathroom unit with beautiful lake views from the balcony. Fully furnished with nice Euro kitchen, fridge freezer, 2 big screen TVs, 2 A/Cs, everything as new. Building only 2 years old, lovely swimming pool, fitness center. Private sale. Only 1,390,000 baht in foreign name. Call Alan: 087 139 1570 Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 200 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. It is a very good value for someone looking for a great beachfront home or a great rental property. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR0359) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3
Bathroom, 282 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5559) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1667) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2
Bathroom, 148 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6662) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4990) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6369) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 14.375 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3990)
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LAND FOR SALE
Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 41,250,000 Million 16 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah. (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 23 Million 31 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0718) Bang Sarey Beach Front Area! Selling Price is 48,000,000 Million 324 Tarang Wah. (PLD0706) Soi Tungklomtanmun Area! Selling Price is 21,000,000 Million 14 Rai. (PLD0964) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya Area! Selling Price is 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai. (PLD0018) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 96,000,000 Million 2 Rai. (PLD0003) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 76 Million 2 Rai. (PLD0004) Soi Chaiyapornvithi Area! Selling Price is 40,000,000 Million 7 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0002) Pratamnak Hill Area! Selling Price is 34 Million 1 Rai. (PLD0978) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 1.7 Million 1 Rai. (PLD0927)
HOUSES FOR SALE Lovely Home and Spacious in Town! Selling Price 6 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/Full Basement with spacious interior of 400 Sqm interior/129 TLW of Land. Fully Furnished including a fully European Kitchen. This will not be on the market very long before it sells! (PR0855) Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/71 TLW. (PR6600) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 27.5 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR5035) Fabulous 5 Bedrooms Lakeside Home! Selling Price 24.95 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 380 TLW. (PR3346) Stunning New 8 Bedroom Beachfront! Selling Price 65 Million Baht, 8 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/850 TLW. (PR6536) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. (PR6363) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 TLW. (PR6686) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 21 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. (PR6075) Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. (PR5758) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 35 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. (PR5052) Phoenix Golf Course Villas! Selling Price 13.950 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR6407) Magnificent Country Estate Home or Resort for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! Selling Price 43 Million Baht, 7 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 700 Sqm/2 Rai 285 TLW. (PR6004) HOUSES FOR RENT Thai Balinese Designed Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 387 Sqm/ 282 TLW. (PR4606) The Award Winning Development Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 260 Sqm/110 TLW. (PR6483) Bangsaray Beach Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/200 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family close to Bangsaray beach and Cartoon Network Water Park. (PR5961) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 560 Sqm./140TLW. (PR5958) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/125 TLW. (PR6902) Nice Rental Home near Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 85,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 420 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR5086) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai. (PR1601) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/98 TLW. (PR2587)
CONDOS FOR SALE
Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 200 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. It is a very good value for someone looking for a great beachfront home or a great rental property. (PR0359) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 Sqm. (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. (PR5559) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm. (PR1667) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm. (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm. (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. (PR4990) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. (PR6369) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 14.375 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. (PR3990) Beachfront Living in Dongtan Area Apartment! Selling Price is 4.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 96 Sqm. (PR6646) Stunning and Gorgeous Pratamanak Area Apartment! Selling Price 6.39 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom. 68 Sqm. (PR4979)
CONDOS FOR RENT
Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 Sqm. (PR5853) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. (PRC084) Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 168 Sqm. (PR0689) Absolutely Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm. (PR1704) The Resort Style Residence Apartment! Rental Price is 65,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 138 Sqm. (PR6896) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Jomtien Beach! Rental Price 120,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) Lovely Apartment with a Nice Sunset & Island Views! Rental Price 75,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 254 Sqm. (PR5338)
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Condos for Sale
Beachfront Living in Dongtan Area Apartment! Selling Price is 4.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 96 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6646) Stunning and Gorgeous Pratamanak Area Apartment! Selling Price 6.39 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom. 68 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4979)
Condos for Rent
(ptmcfr-j1415)Private seaview apartments; beachfront or city location; weekly/ monthly; from 330 THB/night; 092-753 9309; photos: www.jkl53.com Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or
visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5853) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/ Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRC084) Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 168 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0689) Absolutely Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1704) The Resort Style Residence Apartment! Rental Price is 65,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms,
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138 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6896) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Jomtien Beach! Rental Price 120,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6662) Lovely Apartment with a Nice Sunset & Island Views! Rental Price 75,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 254 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5338)
Land for Sale
Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 41,250,000 Million 16 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 23 Million 31 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0718)
Bang Sarey Beach Front Area! Selling Price is 48,000,000 Million 3 2 4 Ta r a n g Wa h F o r appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0706) Soi Tungklomtanmun Area! Selling Price is 21,000,000 Million 14 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0964) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya Area! Selling Price is 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0018) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 96,000,000 Million 2 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0003) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 76 Million 2 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0004) Soi Chaiyapornvithi Area! Selling Price is 40,000,000 Million 7 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com(PLD0002)
16-31 December 2015
Painter to paint our kitchen cupboards and also a carpet fitter to fit a carpet in our bedroom. Tel: 085 084 4270 The Ranch Steak House Requires Manager, Steak Chef, Steak Sous Chef, Pizza Chef, Captain, Bartender, Welcome Staff. Interested call Mr Danny at 081 949 8702 Experienced Sales Person / Customer Service Wanted. We are looking for a female who is interested to work in a property industry. Requirements: Good written and spoken English / Chinese / Russian. Must be customer service-oriented. Must be sales driven, enthusiastic and hardworking. Send CV/Resume to john@ citygardenpattaya.com or call 0903855595.
Vehicles for Sale
To y o t a Ti g e r S p o r t s Cruiser. 4-door truck 2002. Champagne gold over silver. Powered by Toyota 4-litre 24 valve 4 cam V8, runs on LPG or Benzine, with automatic gear box and overdrive, raised suspension, new front and rear shockers, new front and rear stabiliser bars, new 17” alloy wheels. New interior, carpets and headlining. The bodywork is 100% immaculate with no marks, TV with power AMP, chrome roll over bar and much more. This must be the finest available. Looks, goes and sounds awesome. All these for only 340,000 baht. Call 084 529 9939 Beautiful Toyota Camry ’05. Drive only 79,000km. Colour Silver blue. Have many extras, Car look like new… Best price only 280,000 THB. Tel: 087 025 9711.
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16-31 December 2015
Youth Focus Teaching Mathematics through Storytelling
by Ayesha Rahman
As Schiro (2004) suggests, stories should be delivered in a traditional storytelling manner, ‘through eye contact, personal expression, and interaction with the audience, rather than simply read out loud from the book’. Stories always spark interest, assist in memory, and reduce anxiety. They definitely create a comfortable and supportive atmosphere in the classroom, and help to build a rapport between the teacher and her students. Creating interest with a story is an important initial step. Describing a chain of events does engage students; create excitement, mystery or suspense, and motivate
thinking about a particular problem. Stories in which students identify with the heroes also make the lesson more relevant and more vivid. In general, a classroom story
can serve as a purposeful break from the routine. Culturally, oral stories provided a context through which values, beliefs, and knowledge were passed on from one generation to the next.
Christmas Fun & Play at GIS Father Christmas, carols and festive food made up a bumper Christmas Fun Day at Garden International School (GIS). Students, parents and staff came to school on a Saturday for the special event. Wearing festive reds and greens, everyone watched a Christmas-themed show that
featured songs and dances. They then strolled around a variety of stalls that students had set up, which included 'soak the teacher' and a coconut shy. After that, the Friends of Garden and others provided some great snacks and festive food.
What is said above about the different purposes of stories is true for any subject matter, including mathematics. What is special about the use of stories in the mathematics classroom is that they can assist in understanding difficult concepts and ideas, and assist in solving problems. In mathematics, a distinguishing feature of some of the stories is that there is no traditional ‘ending’. That is why some of the stories never end; some do not adhere to the classical structure of beginning, middle, and end. The ‘end’, or conflict resolution, is often turned into student activity; the story evolves into exploration and problem solving. Storytellers, also played by the teachers, are the means by which teaching can be
by Mark Beales
At another Christmas event, Years 1 and 2 staged a fantastic Christmas Play for everyone at GIS. After lots of rehearsing, the students took to the stage to entertain classmates, teachers and parents. Mark Beales is assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School.
constructed into a larger, more understandable structure. Learning mathematics requires an environment that encourages children to think in mathematical terms. There are numerous situations which support counting and comparing magnitudes, grouping and classification, exploring spatial relations, and recognizing patterns and shapes. There are a growing number of studies which provide evidence that the use of mathematics picture books in the early years of schooling can also contribute to the learning and positive attitude of mathematics. Hong (1996) found that children who learnt mathematics-related storybook reading in early years did better in number combination, classification and shape tasks. Picture books provide contexts which enable mathematical concepts, patterns, and problem solving and real-world contexts to be explored. All these will help children to see mathematics as an important part of their daily experiences and provide them with a familiar structure to explore and apply mathematical ideas. Indeed, this could encourage them
to believe in the importance of mathematics and help to build confidence in their own mathematical abilities. These observations from a range of authors suggest that picture books are powerful tools in mathematics teaching as they present mathematical concepts in a way that is relevant and meaningful for children, which in turn makes mathematics much easier to present for teachers and to be understood by children. Other researchers offer support to the claim that story representations have a privileged status in the cognitive system. It is the classroom teacher who is charged with the task of creating the structure of learning experiences of students. Schiro, M. (2004). ‘Oral storytelling and mathematics. Pedagogical and multicultural perspectives.’ Thousand Oaks, NJ: Sage Publications. Hong, H. (1996). ‘Effects of Mathematics Learning through Children's Literature on Math Achievement and Dispositional Outcomes’, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 11(4), pp. 477-494. Ayesha Rahman is Year 1 teacher at Mooltripakdee International School.
16-31 December 2015
This & That
1941 Wolfman better than 2010
Special effects do not make a monster
Universal Studio’s 1941 rendition The Wolfman has rightly won a place in the hearts of all horror movie buffs. Unlike Universal’s Frankenstein and Dracula, both of which are based on nineteenth century novels, there is no literary tradition to the howling wolf monster admirably played by Lon Chaney Junior. It’s strictly Hollywood not Shakespeare. In fact, most of the stuff commonly believed about werewolves – that they are killed only by silver bullets and change from human form only when the moon is full – derive not from any writer but from Curt Siodmak who was the movie’s Hollywood scriptwriter. In later life, Curt often used to joke about how he had created so many widely believed myths. “Even a man who is pure of heart, and says his prayers at night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Notionally set around the second world war in Wales at the fictitious Talbot Castle, although nobody speaks with a Welsh accent, The Wolfman tells the story of Larry Talbot (Chaney) who returns home
from America to claim his inheritance from his father Sir John (Claude Rains). Sir John’s wife is never mentioned but she must have been something of a battleaxe to create the burly Larry in view of Sir John’s genteel and petit stature. The movie gets up on its feet, so to speak, after Larry visits a fairground and gets bitten by a wolf, none other than Bela Lugosi on four legs. In fact, there’s remarkably little horror in the movie – Larry in animal form kills only one guy a gravedigger – but there’s a great sense of atmosphere, convincing makeup by Jack Pierce with his revolutionary yak hair and spirit gum, and a riveting musical score which was to be imitated many times in Universal’s later movies. There’s a convincing performance by Maria Ouspenskaya as the old gypsy who understands all about lycanthropy and tries to bring comfort to the stricken Larry. It’s surprising though that the 1941 version of The Wolfman never actually shows a full moon – the prerequisite in any other werewolf movie for the transformation scenes. Asked
about this omission, Curt Siodmak confessed that so many of his myths had been included in the film that he forgot about this particular one. At the end of the movie, Lawrence Talbot dies but always remember you can’t keep a good monster down. Larry survived to appear in four more films as a wolf and finally got to be a hero in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, saving Lou from a fate worse than death. Well sort of. But it was Lon Chaney Junior who defined in cinema terms what makes werewolves tick until the dreaded remake came out in 2010. Director Joe Johnson had a much bigger budget in 2010 and all the advantages of computerized imagery, but his The Wolfman is inferior in almost any respect. This time the story is set in 1891 rather than c.1940 and Lawrence (Benicio del Toro) again returns home to meet Sir John his dad (played by Anthony Hopkins). The main difference in the new version is that Sir John is a werewolf too and has a fight to the death with his son, both in what look like bear skins, at
the climax of the movie. You could never imagine Claude Rains, the 1940 Sir John, trying to murder his own son. Yet the 2010 version isn’t a patch on the 1941 one. Johnson hasn’t really got much of a clue how to make things frightening. Yes, of course, you see people being torn to bits and heads smitten clean off, but it becomes a bit of a bore after a while. The director seems to sense this and tries to insert a number of scary moments to keep your attention from wandering – a mad child, torture in a mental home, an Indian cook hung upside down. Lamentably, there’s no pace to the movie. Sir John wanders round his lugubrious castle rather like a lost sheep wondering what to do next. Lawrence, who was a Shakespearian actor before taking up lycanthropy, seems to have an American accent which Benicio del Toro spends most of the movie trying to hide. In effect, the viewer spends most of his time glancing at his watch and waiting for the next massacre scene. By contrast the 1941 Wolf-
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More teeth with Benicio del Toro
man is fast moving and full of characterization. Much is made in several scenes of the silver headed cane and its allied symbolism associated with death. But the 2010 rendition scarcely mentions the cane. Apparently, 17 minutes with Max von Sydow dealing with the importance of silver in werewolf legends was cut out prior to release. The director has promised to include the lost scenes in a later director’s cut edition of the DVD, but there’s no sign of that at the moment.
Between 1941 and 2010 there were at least seventeen Hollywood movies which included some reference to wolves and transformation. But only the 2010 version is an actual remake, howbeit with only passing mention of the context of the earlier world war two film. If this is the best that contemporary directors can do, let’s hope they don’t start remaking Frankenstein and Dracula. Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi must be turning in their graves at the very prospect.
16-31 December 2015
This & That
TOP 10 Tea Plantation Attractions in North of Thailand
by Karen Burns, www.UrbaneWomen.com
Discussion: Does Age Gap Matter In A Relationship? In any mature relationship, the highest priority tends to be how compatible we are with our mate. Everyone wants to have a partner that makes them feel understood, appreciated and cared for. And it sometimes happens that you find this kind of compatibility with a person you never would have expected. For example, what if the person you love is a decade or two older (or younger) than you are? While we may think “love conquers all” there are some common issues that couples with wide age gaps face. Read on to discover just what those issues might be. What’s “Normal” In Relationships? Statistics on modern relationships have shown that the majority of people partner with someone who is within three to five years of their own age. But as our society has become more accepting, we have begun to see ever-increasing age gaps in relationships. It’s not uncommon now to see partners with an age difference of 10 to 15 years or even more. What Problems Can Arise For Couples With Wide Age Gaps? One of the most immediate issues for partners with large age differences is that they are at different points in their lives in regards to their careers, family, travel and general experience. If the older partner has experienced many major milestones already, they may not be interested in doing it all over again. For example, a 30-year-old eager to start a family may find it conflicts with their 50-year-old partner who is already raising teenagers from their previous marriage. The idea of starting a second family may or may not be on their “to do” list, and it’s important that both partners opinions are taken into account. The age difference becomes more obvious when you compare major life experiences. That’s why it’s vital that both partners are open about what it is they’re looking for in the relationship from the very beginning.
As the weather is now starting to cool, it is the best time to visit tea plantations in north of Thailand. Have a green vacation with nice scenery and cool mist in the morning. Here are the top popular green tea plantations:
Another common issue is when a couple is mistakenly identified as parent and child. How many times will you be able to ignore it when a waiter talks to your “Dad” instead of you? Will you laugh it off or will you set them straight? Something else to consider: if you are habitually attracted to much older partners, you may have issues that should be addressed before you commit to a relationship. What Are Some Of The Healthy Care Issues That You May Want To Consider? You may not think that the 20-year age gap is that big a deal right now, but as you get older it may turn into a huge consideration. You need to recognize this as something that most likely will affect your life together. The quality of your lifestyle will be impacted by the age and health of your partner. A couple with 20 years of age difference means that one of you will be an active middle aged person, perhaps firmly ensconced in an fulfilling career, while the other is readying for retirement. The older partner may be eager to start traveling and enjoying their golden years; how will that work when the other partner is still working 40-hour weeks with two weeks’ vacation a year? What’s more, while it’s true that “age ain’t nothing but a number”, sooner or later time will have its way. How will you cope when you are no longer a partner and lover but have become your spouse’s full-time healthcare provider? In Closing… Relationships with large age differences can work. Like any other happy partnership it takes devotion, honest communication and lots of work. But if the love is there, it is always worth the effort. For additional information on romance, health, fitness, beauty, skin care, hair care and more, go to www.urbanewomen.com.
Tea plantation at Boon Rawd Farm 1. Tea Plantations at Ban Rak Thai at Mae Hong Son Its location is 1,776 meters above sea level. The village is surrounded by hills and full of trees. The most popular tourist activity is to enjoy tea tasting and eating pork with steamed bread. 2. Boon Rawd Farm or Singha Park at Chiang Rai The farm is a very beautiful agricultural tourist spot. Within the farm is a variety of colorful flowers in the garden. There are more than 600 rai of farmland and tea plantation. Farm tours are available where you can have a panoramic view of the mountains in the northern town or opt for a great dining experience at the restaurant with a 360-degree mountain view. 3. 2000 Tea Plantation at Chiang Mai A small valley but very beautiful with views of mist, strawberry farms and tea plantation. The farms are in step on top of hill. One of the most popular attractions at Doi Ang Khang is a spectacular mist during sunrise within an atmosphere of tea plantations. The 2000 Tea Plantation is located on the lefthand side before Ban Nor Lae. However, there are no signs in the area. You can make inquiries of the locals. 4. Wang Put Tan Tea at Chiang Rai The large tea plantation on Doi Mae Salong’s hillside. From top view, you can touch the beauty of tea plantations along with the highlights of two guardians; golden and silver lions, at the front entrance. Moreover, you can see the largest teapot in the world inside the farm. 5. Lung Dech Tea Plantation at Chiang Mai A tea plantation with tea staircase descending to the foot of the hill. Please don’t forget to taste hot tea of Oolong No. 12, the golden tea with good aroma to calm your day. A beautiful terrace with views of tea plantations, especially in the morning, where the most beautiful mist will greet you. 6. Raming Tea at Chiang Mai The only manufacturer of Thai black tea in Thailand. The finest tea leaves are carefully hand-selected, a delicate process that has occurred for more than a hundred years. In the morning, the area will be covered by mist; the weather is cold all-year round. 7. Hongfu Teas at Chiang Rai One of most popular tea plantations in Thailand located at Doi Mae Salong district of Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai. Enjoy natural panorama of the valley with various kinds of plants and spectacular flowers. 8. Wawee Tea Plantation at Chiang Rai Located at Doi Wawee Hill, Mae Suai, Chiang Rai, there are tea varieties such as traditional local tea, Assam tea, Taiwan's tea; Ching Ching No. 12, No. 13 and Oolong tea which is remarkable because Doi Wawee is the first to grow oolong tea in Thailand. 9. Choui Fong Tea Plantation at Chiang Rai Another top quality tea plantation surrounded by great green atmosphere and filled with large tea plantations. You can enjoy walking around the plantation and can also visit the various tea restaurants of the farm. 10. 101 Tea Plantation at Chiang Rai Another famous tea plantation in Chiang Rai, this farm focuses mainly on producing and selling various kinds of tea. The most popular is Mae Salong tea; Assam tea, Ching Ching No. 12. Enjoy your tea while admiring the tea plantation with a mountain backdrop.
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Local Sports Larry & Ed on top at The Mountain! RACE REPORT
Sandy Stuvik completes the last race of the GP3 Series 2015
Round 9 of the GP3 Series at the modern Yas Marina circuit, famous for its unique architectural design incorporating a luxury hotel situated on the actual circuit, saw Sandy Stuvik racing for Singha Corporation, The Pizza Company, Dacon Inspection Services, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand, and the Sports Authority of Thailand.
Qualifying Sandy – 20th 1:56.936 Ocon – 1st 1:55.491 The GP3 qualifying session got underway in a much hotter Yas Marina circuit. The GP3 Series had opted for a medium compound tyre, meaning that there would be little tyre degradation this weekend. “Qualifying was not how we expected it to go,” said Sandy. "I couldn't get any heat into the front tyres to make them work properly. By the time the front tyres finally came up to temperature the rear tyres were too worn to set a good lap. We have to investigate why this happened as we were looking good on the first set.”
Race 1 Sandy – 17th Kirchhofer – 1st The first race of the weekend for the GP3 Series took place midday on Saturday. The drivers would battle for 18 laps. Sandy noted, “There was very little tyre degradation due to the compound selected by Pirelli which is a shame because saving tyres for the end has been a strong point for me this season. I had a good start but after a few laps I had to battle with a lot of understeer caused by our setup. For tomorrow we've made some big changes and hopefully we can keep a decent pace.”
Race 2 Sandy – 16th Palou – 1st The second and final race of the weekend took place once again at midday, meaning the changes made to the car from yesterday’s race should have a direct effect on the car’s performance in this 14-lap race. “The race was quite processional for me,” Sandy lamented. "I got a decent start but couldn't really make up any ground. There was some battling going on but I felt I didn't really have the pace to be able to fight for a top 10 position unfortunately. The car’s performance was better but there are still some key issues that we have not been able to address this season. Nevertheless, I've learnt a lot about many things this season and will take it with me as experience for the future.” It has been one of the toughest seasons for Sandy Stuvik, but he is now looking forward to the challenge of 2016; we must wait and see what next year brings and Sandy will surely be fighting hard to bring the Thai flag back to the top step of the podium!
Once again we combined with Colin’s Golf Bar for the outing to Mountain Shadow which resulted in a very healthy field of 30 golfers ready to accept the challenge. Departing the Phantom Bar right on time at 8:30 am we arrived at the golf course 43 minutes later to find it quite busy with other societies also booked in, however, we were able to get our first group away 20 minutes ahead of schedule at 9:40 am. The weather was terrific, although hot, and the course in very good shape. We proceeded at a good pace until we caught up with a slow Japanese two-ball, but they soon sped up after we pointed out their slow play. We managed to complete a very enjoyable round in four hours and five minutes. We had two flights with A flight being for handicaps 0 to 16 and B flight for golfers with handicaps of 17 and over and four places in each flight. We also had four nearest the pins on the par threes and longest first putts on hole numbers 9 and 18. It was tight at the top of A flight with two golfers having 36 points and the resultant countback saw Ed Wyckoff (18-point back nine) declared the winner and your writer Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (17-point back nine) in second spot. Another countback was needed to determine third and fourth places with two players on 35 points, and that gave Paul Blackshaw (22-point back nine) third place over Robbie Taylor (17-point back nine) in fourth spot. The B flight was well won by Larry Gibb who finished with 36 points. There were three golfers
by Peter Blackburn
Larry Gibb & Ed Wyckoff on 34 points so another countback was required. The result saw Colin “Donkey” Davis (20-point back nine) finish second and Peter Gangur (18-point back nine and 12 points on the last six holes) in third place with Pete Shaw (18-point back nine and 11 points on the last six holes) finishing fourth. Results: A Flight – 0 to 16 1st – Ed Wyckoff (12) – 36 points 2nd – Peter Blackburn (14) – 36 points 3rd – Paul Blackshaw (13) – 35 points 4th – Robbie Taylor (13) – 35 points B Flight – 17+ 1st – Larry Gibb (23) – 36 points 2nd – Colin Davis (18) – 34 points 3rd – Peter Gangur (22) – 34 points 4th – Pete Shaw (28) – 34 points
NTPs 5th – Peter Blackburn 8th – Tina Orth 15th – Mark Wood 17th – Robbie Taylor LFPs 9th – Mark Wood 18th – Pete Shaw The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low and high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, meeting at the Phantom Bar on Soi Buakhao at 8 am with transport departing at 8:30 am. Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7:30 onwards. For bookings or more information, contact Peter on 080 635 1386 or email to email@example.com.
Max, Kissy and Ebrahim – all smiles! In a week when His Majesty the King and Lindsay Slender shared birthdays, another fine field of 35 headed to Greenwwood, where we were greeted with a pleasant surprise. This fine course has followed the lead of Treasure Hill and reduced the rates (green fee, caddy and cart = 1,150 baht). Well done, Greenwood! Warm welcomes were granted to Paul Hack, Mike Cattillon and Bernie McCart. On the way, all things frivolous were discussed until Kissy Buchanan enlightened us when he mentioned that he asked a bank teller “What guarantees may a Thai bank require”? The reply, “If buying a house we insist you are well endowed”. We played A and C nines, yellow tees, with countbacks required on C. The greens were true and the many deep fairway bunkers continue to make this course pleasurable, though very
challenging. Geri Crilly, Frank Rileyand birthday boy Lindsay swooped their way around the course with gay abandon, however, it was Max Bracegirdle who was all smiles and turned around his recent bad form. Ebrahim and the endowed Kissy were the only others to break their handicaps. Winners: A Grade 0-17 1st Ebrahim (17) 39 pts 2nd Sal Brizzi (5) 35 pts 3rd Stuart Rifkin (16) 34 pts B Grade 18-22 1st Keith Buchanan (18) 38 pts 2nd Frank Riley (19) 36 pts c/b 3rd Roy Dayton (22) 36 pts C Grade 23+ 1st Max Bracegirdle (26) 42 pts 2nd Patrick Poussier (26) 35 pts 3rd Fritz Webber (24) 34 pts c/b
Keith Buchanan, Ebrahim Al-Ansari & Max Bracegirdle
NTPs A3 Max Bracegirdle A6 Cat C3 Harry Houdini C6 Piere Cere Longest 1st Putt: A9 Leo Slager C9 Patrick Poussier D-for gratefully received change from the players and they are thanked for their continued contributions. All ‘D-For’ donations go to the PSC to be directed to projects to assist the needy children of Pattaya. Back at ‘The Swan’, Ricey, Max, JJ and Fred were bid a fond farewell and indeed, to all those who are heading back to their families for the festive season we wish a bon voyage! As per usual a good pot of tucker was provided by The Growling Swan. For some serious golf with a dash of fun, The Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 150 3086. Bowls The Growling Swan also caters to bowl enthusiasts. Bus transport departs The GS on Sundays at 10 am for open grass bowling at The Retreat. Contact Paul Rennison on 084 345 4005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht, so great value for a day out.
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2015 FEI World Jumping Challenge Event No. 2 and No. 3 photos by www.horsemovethailand.com
Porawan Larbtawee with Steven Virata (PHI), Foreign Judge Event No. 3 The recently concluded 2015 FEI World Jumping Challenge Event No. 2 and the Final Event No. 3, with Category A (120-130 cm) and C (100-110 cm), was held at Horseshoe Point Pattaya last November 27-29 and December 4-6 respectively. This is the 37th year that the challenge has been held worldwide, and was created to allow less experienced riders to compete in an international level without leaving their respective countries. The FEI World Jumping Challenge made a big contribution to develop jumping, an equestrian discipline in the Olympics and the most popular of the equestrian sport worldwide. Up to today,
riders who participated in the challenge are showing success in competing in the elite level all over the world. These are the last two events organized in Thailand based on a new three-event format that was introduced this year, instead of only one. The course plans for all the events were designed by Guilherme Jorge (BRA) who will also be the course designer in the Rio Olympics 2016. The foreign judge and president of the Ground Jury for Category A for Event No. 2 was N.Y. Ho (SIN) and for Event No. 3 was Steven Virata (PHI). The Ground juries were President Category C â€“ Phutthihat Sethchaivut (THA) and Member â€“ Zherwin M.
Dhewin Manathanya, Winner of Cat. A, and Pakin Chamswad (THA), Member of the Ground Jury
Natthapatt Sooppapipatt and Dorcha K, Cat. A Rider Acosta, DVM (PHI). President of the Appeals Committee was Pakin Chamswat (THA) and the FEI Veterinarian was Teerapol Chinkangsadarn, DVM (THA). The final of the World Jumping Challenge 2015
will be in Bulgaria; the qualifications for the final will be based on the results of Category A. The Category A in Thailand will also be used as a qualifier for the shortlist of the THA National Team (B) for Show Jumping.
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You & Your Pets Control the mold Garbage and outdoor trash are more than just unsightly—they can also pose a major threat to our fourlegged friends. Veterinarians throughout Thailand handle thousands of cases of animal poisoning resulting from plants, pills and other ingested items every year. But not all pet poisons are so apparent—in fact, one major risk may be lurking where you least expect it: On food. To arm you with potentially life-saving information, be aware of the dangers of moldy food. Food mold, also known as Penicillium spp, is a fungus that grows on aging food. It is often visible to the naked
eye and, if ingested, can make animals sick. While mold on dog food and cat food should certainly be avoided, the real danger occurs when pets get into household trash or eat garbage outside, including compost piles and moldy nuts or fruits that have fallen from trees. Fungal neurotoxins on old food can make your four-legged friend ill. Deadly ill. Common signs that your pet has eaten mold include: • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Muscle tremors • Seizures • Elevated body temperature
Cats for You in Pattaya Symptoms can last 24-48 hours, and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Available treatments are primarily focused on controlling the tremors and keeping the pet cool and hydrated, however, the best way to protect your pets is to not let them eat moldy food at all. Keep an eye on your pets at all times, especially when outside, and avoid leaving them outdoors unattended. If you see your pet eating moldy food, contact your vet to learn the correct action to take. Onset of signs can be very rapid, so if your dog or cat shows symptoms, take him to a veterinary clinic immediately.
Cats for You is a great and much needed service in our area, but Paul and Sandra point out that adopting a cat or kitten is a longterm commitment with costs such as feeding and veterinary fees. Many adopters find it’s a good idea to adopt two animals so that they can enjoy each others’ company as well as yours. Contact Paul and Sandra on 0852875004 or look at their useful website http://cats4youinpattaya.webs.com/
Gracie and kids
For obvious reasons, this family of three lovely cats must go to a home together. They are indoor cats here and so would suit someone in an apartment that allows pets. William and Hazel still suckle off their mum at the age of 6.
This friendly fellow was born disabled but, despite having to wear a nappy, he can scoot around like a Formula One driver. Oreo has to have his nappy changed four times a day but other than this he has no other special needs.
Bill and Ben
You’re probably aware of family health measures, but do you know what issues are important to provide for your pet’s well- being? This Pattaya Today feature may help answer some common questions
Do you like exotic pets? Well if you have opened your home to a turtle, frog, snake, or iguana, be aware that they can carry salmonella, a germ that makes you sick to the stomach. So after touching any of those animals, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If you have young children, it would be better to choose another kind of pet; kids tend to put their fingers in their mouths and are more likely to get sick.
In America, it costs $16,400 (about 575,000 baht) to raise a mediumsize dog to the age of 11.
Going to the Dogs... A man may smile and bid you hail Yet wish you to the devil; But when a good dog wags his tail, You know he's on the level. ~Author Unknown
This handsome pair of brothers has been to a new home once already, but sadly their new owner had to return to England and couldn't keep them. They are both very friendly and playful cats that are neutered and vaccinated – ready to go to a loving new home.
This lovely kitten is one of three lovely sisters, one has already gone to a new home and now we hope someone out there will choose her or her sister soon. They are typical kittens and run and play around the house like crazy things.
Cat Corner Tip Cats Kiss With Their Eyes When your cat is staring at you and delivers a slow blink, she’s actually sending you a kiss, say feline experts. The researchers also determined that when communicating with other cats, the slow blink is a peace sign, meant to put others at ease. But
aimed at a human, this seductive blink shows affection, even love. People can return the love with a long gaze and slow blink to "blow a kiss" back in cat body language. The calming blink works on house cats, feral cats, and even tigers in the wild, according to behaviorists.
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Solution Issue 06 1. In which century was the Battle of Agincourt? 2. Who succeeded Augustus as Roman emperor? 3. Which queen famously headed the Iceni tribe? 4. Who was the last English king to die in battle? 5. Which Italian city state was ruled by the Doge?
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Answers: 1. Fifteenth; 2. Tiberius; 3. Boudicca; 4. Richard the Third; 5. Venice. other
Identify which word is being defined. 1. Definition: The amount a price would be reduced to purchase a commodity of lesser grade. First letter: D Answer: __________ 2. Definition: An award conferred by a college, university, or other postsecondary education institution as official recognition for the successful completion of a program of studies. First letter: D Answer: __________ 3. Definition: The observable emotional condition of an individual at any given time. First letter: A Answer: __________ 4. Definition: An oral (or electronic) transaction involving one party buying a security from another party. First letter: T Answer: __________ 5. Definition: A __________ exists when key personnel from different institutions have substantive involvement in the development and performance of the scientific aspects of a project and the sponsor chooses to make only one award, thereby requiring the lead institution to issue subcontracts or subgrants to the other collaborating institutions. First letter: C Answer: __________
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Answers: 1. Discount; 2. Degree; 3. Affect; 4. Trade; 5. Collaboration.
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