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Now a “mobile� visa!

Houses of Parliament Thai applicants for UK visas now have a further, if expensive, choice about how to process their paperwork. They no longer need to visit the embassy in Bangkok provided they enroll for the outsourced VFS Global On-Demand Mobile Visa Service in connection with their planned visit. The new service, originally launched six weeks ago, allows applicants to schedule their dates and their personal venue for the visa application and for

biometric data collection. There is no need to join the queue at the Bangkok application centre and the whole process can be completed in Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket or anywhere else in Thailand. The processed documents are sent to and from VFS by courier mail, and three days notice is needed to activate the procedure and pay the fees online. Feedback so far is that the new service is useful for groups applying to visit the UK, such as student tours or

business men and women, while the cost is prohibitive for individuals. The minimum cost is around 51,000 baht for up to five applications, including singles, with a further 10,000 baht to pay for each group member over five. The ordinary fee for a standard visa to UK is around 5,000 baht. The new mobile visa service is available for all except the long-term student visa which requires a full interview. Continued on page 4


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News Wallet stolen from parked truck

The window of a pick-up truck was smashed while the vehicle owner was having dinner. Warutchai Nantasurasak said he parked his truck in the restaurant’s parking area, opposite Soi Naklua 16/2, and when he returned to his car found that a window had been broken and his wallet with about 10,000 baht had been stolen.

Neighborly assault

Russian woman injured at police station

German catches katoey thief

A Russian woman was injured when she kicked the glass door of the investigation room at the Pattaya Police station. The shattered glass injured the leg of the tourist, Vlada Cal, 35, who was sent to Pattaya Memorial Hospital. Vlada’s husband had been arrested for drunk driving. When Vlada arrived and insisted on seeing her husband, she was told to return the following day during visiting hours. She seemingly did not understand, became upset and kicked out the glass door. Police will be inviting her again for further questioning and possible charges.

German tourist Broschart Thomas, 59, was riding on a baht bus with his girlfriend and a German friend. As they passed the Dolphin roundabout in North Pattaya, another passenger, transgender Penphet Supaphat, sat beside Thomas and began to hold and hug him. When Thomas grabbed the katoey’s hand, he found it contained 1,200-baht stolen from the German’s pocket. Thomas escorted his new friend to the police station where Penphet confessed.

Famous Thai boxer mom robbed

The driver of a motorcycle taxi pulled up to two pedestrians and struck one of them in the head with a gun. Tika Pachoomlek, 29, said he and a friend were walking home in South Pattaya when a motorcycle approached and the driver shouted at them, then suddenly pulled a gun and hit Tika on the head. Not coincidentally, the assailant lives in the same apartment building as Tika, and had been shouting at him for several days. Police identified the suspect as Nantawut Changmai and later apprehended him in his room where they found a gun. It was determined to be a BB gun. The suspect admitted the allegations, claiming Tika had been shouting at him as well.

Cambodian-Thai conflict

Two gangs got into a brawl in Naklua where police found an injured man identified as 24-year-old Uthai Sangthong bleeding on the ground. He was sent to Banglamung Hospital. Witnesses said that Uthai was drinking with Thai friends, including one who worked in the pub where a Cambodian gang member also worked. After work, the Cambodian raced the engine of his motorcycle, and the Thais asked him to stop the loud noise. The offended Cambodian summoned his gang who assaulted the Thais with knives and sticks. Police are checking CCTV footage to identify the suspects.

Family Mart robbed

A man wearing a helmet and carrying a knife demanded cash from the register at a Family Mart. Employees said that the thief poked a knife at them, took 1,500 baht, and drove away on a motorbike. Police are reviewing the store’s CCTV footage. Pranee Klinmee, mother of famous Thai boxer Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee, was accosted by two unidentified men on motorcycle who stole more than 10,000 baht from the woman and her cousin. According to Pranee, she and her cousin were riding a motorcycle to Soi Nernplubwan after watching a Muay Thai fight when they were stopped by two men with guns. The men took their personal belongings and fled.

One Pattaya molester caught

Gold necklace snatched from Chinese tourist

Chinese tourist Yingjee Tao was relieved of his 100,000-baht gold necklace by a thief in North Pattaya. He said he was sitting behind a motorcycle taxi driver when another motorcycle drove by and the driver snatched his necklace.

One of the men seen in a video sexually molesting a girl in Pattaya during Songkran was caught by police. The suspect, Jiraphat Krasaesathien, was taken to Pattaya Mayor Pol Maj Gen Anan Charoenchasri and Chief of Police Pol. Col. Apichai Krobpetch. At a press conference, Jiraphat acknowledged that he was indeed one of the men in the video but denied that he molested the girl. Further investigation was ordered by Region 2 Police Chief Chitti Rodbangyang, noting that the incident was bad for the city’s reputation. Police continue their search for a second suspect, 24-year-old Itthipol Sumontha.


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News A Journey of music and dance by Derek Franklin The International Folk Dance Ensemble from the United States will be giving one single performance here in Pattaya as part of their 2017 tour of Southeast Asia. For more than six decades the group, which is based at Brigham Young University in the state of Utah, have p e r f o r m e d a l l ov e r t h e United States, as well as many countries around the world and their current show highlights traditional dancing from many nations. The name of their current show is ‘Journey’ and the 90-minute performance will take the audience on a journey of music and dance from the USA, Haiti, China, Ukraine, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Hungary, Romania, Mexico, Indonesia and Ireland.

The one and only Pattaya performance will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, May 6, at Alcazar Theatre, located on Pattaya Second Road, and the show will start at 1:30 pm. Prices are from 500 baht

up to 2,000 baht for VIP seats and can be purchased at the Father Ray Foundation on Sukhumvit Road; all proceeds from the performance will be donated to the Education Fund at the Father Ray Foundation.


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News Continued from page 1

Now a “mobile” visa!

Bangkok remains top destination for street food by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

Tower Bridge UK ambassador Brian Davidson said, “The new initiative further enhances the services offered by the embassy to make Britain more easily accessible to their Thai friends and partners.” A similar system is already in use in China and India for British visa applications, according to internet sources. Because those countries are much larger than Thailand, there is a potential market from those who would have a long and difficult journey to visit the processing centre in person. An international school located near Pattaya is believed to be considering the new mobile option to avoid a large group visiting Bangkok to hand in the paperwork for a holiday trip and having their fingerprints taken there. A spokesman said anyone interested should send an email to ukviodmvbkk@vfsglobal.com to register an interest and to receive the full instructions. He added that each application costs about double the cost by the traditional route, but avoids travel costs and the inconvenience of using the VFS processing centre in Bangkok.

But British expats hoping to obtain a visa for their Thai partner said the mobile visa option was simply too expensive for individuals. “Nobody I know is going to pay over 50,000 baht just to avoid going to Bangkok to hand in a single file,” said one, “it’s just a bridge too far.” Another pointed out that the new procedure was not a fast-track option. “You still have to pay an extra fee if you want an answer in three days.” Commentators say that the outsourcing of some British embassy services in recent years has led to an emphasis on profit-making and revenue collection as the most important factor. What concerns many Thailand-based visitors and expats is the perceived reduction of front-line services for Brits with a personal problem. They point, for example, to the closure of provincial consulates in Thailand at a time when other European embassies seem to be expanding theirs. British embassy spokespersons argue that resources need to be centralized to concentrate on the most needy cases.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to assure all international tourists and travellers that Bangkok remains a top destination for street food. This is in light of recent articles in the Thai and international press, stating that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is to ban food stalls from Bangkok’s main streets. TAT has contacted the BMA and found that while there are measures in place to control food vendors and enforce current regulations, there is no outright ban on the sale of street food. In fact, the BMA appreciates that food vendors are a vital part of the city’s identity and helped Bangkok be listed by CNN as one of the 23 best cities in the world for street food. BMA has said that it will be providing support and advice to the city’s street food vendors to help them raise hygienic standards, improve food safety, and adhere to proper waste

management procedures. To ensure the safety and convenience of all road users and pedestrians, BMA is enforcing measures regarding sidewalk and road obstructions and is working with the Metropolitan Police Bureau and its Traffic Division, to see that vital walkways are clear of the food carts, chairs and umbrellas used by many street food vendors in the city. This means that in Bangkok’s busiest areas, vendors have been required to move to designated zones and nearby markets to operate. Popular tourist streets, such as Chinatown’s Yaowarat and Khao San Roads, will not be affected. But these areas will receive special attention to ensure international hygienic standards are met by the vendors. To this end and pending government approval, the BMA intends to implement the following measures:

The taste of the town! “The 10th Bangkok Grand Wine Tasting will be held on July 7, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok,” said Joe Sriwarin, president of the Wine Professionals’ Services Limited. Bangkok Grand Wine Tasting was established by Wine Today Magazine in 2008 and is still the biggest and most elaborate wine professional event in Thailand, where overseas boutique

wine producers and importers exhibit their wines and offer tasting to 1,000 wine professionals, sommeliers, F&B professionals and high-end wine lovers. In 2012 Wine Today ceased publication because the government banned all print media alcohol advertising and allowed wine promotion to be held only behind closed doors.

• T o i n t r o d u c e u n i v e r s a l hygienic standard practices for food preparation and service, and strictly enforce these measures. • To ensure personnel attend BMA training programmes on food safety and pass tests before they are licenced. BMA will enforce measures regarding waste management and the cleaning of bowls and utensils used by customers. Despite strict laws on alcohol and wine promotions, the wine importing business is flourishing because Bangkok has become the number one tourist destination and Thailand will receive 35 million visitors this year. “We’ve seen the volume of wine double when compared to the past 10 years with more wine importers, more fine-dining, even more Michelin Star concept restaurants, more wine bars, wine shops and duty free shops are opening at border crossings as well as international airports all over Thailand,” added Sriwarin. “Geographically, Thailand is the center of Southeast Asia mainland where with tourism becoming the number one industry, wine is an important part of the luxury lifestyle among 35 million visitors. With wine consumption increasingly popular among Thais, with more Italian restaurants and eateries than all the neighboring countries combined, this also helps in growing the wine trade. Bangkok is definitely becoming the Southeast Asia’s mainland’s wine hub, from here we can travel to Malaysia’s capital in the south, Myanmar in the north, Laos in the northeast, Cambodia and Vietnam in the east, all within one hour airtime, and with borders connected to four countries, this helps make wines transporting become easier and faster. “We are very pleased to be hosting the 10th Bangkok Grand Wine Tasting at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok again. Overseas wine owners, winemakers and representatives will be happy to learn that if they book the exhibition spaces and stay at the five-star property, special packages await them. The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is located in the heart of Bangkok.


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News Get down on the floor at Dance’17 Hard Rock Pattaya Hard Rock Pattaya together with Boss Studio Dance are calling talented dancers from all corners of the Kingdom to compete in Dance’17 Hard Rock Pattaya on May 6, 2017. For the sixth year running, the challenge is on for boys and girls of any age and nationality to compete either solo or in team. There are four dance categories: Popping 1 on 1 Battle, Freestyle 2 on 2 Battle, B-Boy 5 on 5 Battle, and Team Performance Dance (2-8 persons). Whether it’s breakdancing, body-poppin’, jazz, contemporary, Latin, samba, salsa or others – you just name it and dance! Apply until May 2, 2017. To read all rules, regulations, how to apply and prizes, go to goo.gl/ Z2rEtl. On top of cash prizes and honorable trophies, the winners of all categories will be appointed as

50-YEAR LEASES The government is mulling the likelihood that 50-year leases (rather than 30 maximum) will be introduced soon, thus enabling foreigners to have more control over their property for a longer time. Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines already offer 50year leases to foreign investors. But Laos and Indonesia restrict the law to 30 years.

ambassadors of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya and spread the spirit of rock by having the opportunity to participate in all initiatives in the whole year hosted by the hotel such as Founder’s Day, Songkran and Wan Lai celebration, hotel and cafe anniversary celebration, charity

fundraiser, and many more. The competition is open to the public, no entrance fee! For more information, call 038 428 755, email to vibemgr.pty@ hardrockhotels.net or visit pattaya. hardrockhotels.net or facebook.com/ HardRockHotelPattaya.

Hilton Pattaya wins two prestigious awards from Luxury Travel Guide 2017 Hilton Pattaya has been named ‘Luxury Hotel of the Year 2017’ and its Horizon rooftop restaurant and bar also received ‘Sea View Restaurant of the Year 2017’ from Luxury Travel Guide Asia and Australasia Awards 2017. Luxury Travel Guide Awards is established to celebrate excellence across all businesses in travel and tourism industry from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through transfer service companies around the globe. The team of experts searches for qualified companies in each continent, focusing on innovation and design, rooms and facilities, gastronomic achievements, and service excellence. Unique by design and centrally located, Hilton Pattaya rises 34 levels above CentralFestival Pattaya Beach, Southeast Asia’s largest beachfront shopping complex, providing spectacular views north and south over Pattaya City and the Gulf of Thailand. The hotel includes 302 guest rooms – all with sea views from private balconies, and two floors of state-of-the-art meeting facilities

WINDING DOWN Paul and Sandra, of Cats4You, based in east Pattaya, have achieved so much in caring for and rehoming literally hundreds of abandoned felines in the greater Pattaya area. They are now getting ready to return to UK. They have done, and continue to do, a first-rate job and – when they do leave – will be sorely missed. CAMBODIAN BANKS A reader asks how easy is it to open a Cambodian bank account. Normally you need a one-year visa, but some Cambodian banks will allow tourists to have a current account if they can prove they are regular visitors. Try ANZ or ABA for starters; best if you use a private address rather than a hotel base. CAMBODIAN VISAS Last year, the Cambodian government promised the introduction of a three-year tourist visa. But silence has reigned since then.  A similar story with the 10-year Thai visa for aliens which, some say, could replace the well-known retirement visa. We are told that there is no breaking news on either promise. DRIVING AND DRINK  The massively increased police presence at night and all those flashing lights at spot-check venues in Pattaya have certainly had an effect on the number of drivers caught over the limit. Consumption in excess of one beer or one weak gin and tonic could well see the green light on the machine turn to red. Then big problems!

with business centre, luxury spa, restaurants, bars and award-winning Horizon rooftop restaurant and bar, which features uninterrupted 270-degree view of Pattaya bay. At Horizon, guests can enjoy premium

delicious dishes and favorite cocktail while indulging the fantastic view of skyline on the rooftop with excellent service. For more information, call 038 253 000 or visit pattaya.hilton.com.

WHA Group renews Chonburi FC sponsorship Hemaraj Land and Development P LC , a s u b s i d i a r y o f W H A Corporation PCL, has renewed its sponsorship of Chonburi FC for the 10th consecutive year to promote sports and enhance health among the youth and to maintain its full support for the local community. Preeprem Malasit (4th right, second row), Hemaraj advisor, pledged Hemaraj’s sponsorship at the Bang Sai Chonburi Stadium in the presence of Chonburi FC club officials and team players.

VISA FEEDBACK Thais who unsuccessfully apply for a foreign visa are treated in different ways by various embassies. The British give you a personal statement outlining the perceived weaknesses, the Canadians send you a pro forma with appropriate boxes ticked, but the Americans offer no feedback whatsoever. That kind of silence breeds arrogance in officials.

FRIENDSHIP STRIKES AGAIN A reader asks where she can find tahini or sesame paste, an important ingredient in the making of hummus. Friendship supermarket on South Road has turned up trumps again and you can find the paste in the aisle, prominently displayed next to the nuts and amongst the jams. INFLATION RESTRAINED Contrary to received wisdom, some prices in Pattaya have not risen in over 10 years. If you shop around you can still obtain a photocopy for two baht a page and the monthly charge for city hall’s refuse collection has been 40 baht a month for as long as anybody can remember. Foot massages have even got cheaper of late with 150 baht becoming common. FIRST TRAFFIC LIGHTS To settle an argument, where was the first set of traffic lights installed in Pattaya? Well, it was on Sukhumvit Road at the junction with North Road as long ago as 1982. The rest of the resort in those far-off days was entirely traffic lights-free as well as never knowing what a traffic jam was like.


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News Emirates makes traveling together more affordable and fun

Songkran 2017 spurred over 45 billion baht in spending in Thailand by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

Traveling together is certainly more fun, and now, thanks to special discounts on Emirates airfares when making group bookings of two to nine passengers, it’s even more affordable. Emirates customers who purchase tickets from April 19 to May 9 will be able to take advantage of fantastic fares on all of Emirates’ most popular destinations, including London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong. The special airfares are valid for travel from April 24 to December 15, and only available for group bookings of up to nine passengers. Special return fares to Hong Kong start from 4,465 baht for Economy Class, and from12,380 baht for Business Class. Other special return fares are included in the table below. Destinations Economy Class Business Class starting from starting from Hong Kong 4,465 baht 12,380 baht Dubai 7,590 baht 43,650 baht Amsterdam 10,265 baht 59,495 baht New York 10,480 baht 104,760 baht London 10,915 baht 61,245 baht Paris 11,350 baht 74,205 baht Boston 17,460 baht 104,140 baht Los Angeles 18,115 baht 95,160 baht Johannesburg 19,635 baht 87,300 baht Madrid 20,080 baht 90,925 baht Emirates operates seven flights per day from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Dubai International Airport, six of which are via the iconic Emirates Airbus A380 and one flight via Boeing 777. Airfares are not inclusive of airport taxes and surcharge. Fares may vary slightly depending on exchange rate fluctuations. Terms and conditions apply. To book flight tickets, visit www.emirates.com/th or visit your preferred travel agent.

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale returns as Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) much anticipated annual Amazing Thailand Grand Sale campaign, which has been held successfully for 18 consecutive years, will return this year as the ‘Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017’ and will be held from June 1 to July 31, 2017, in cities nationwide. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor, said, “This year the campaign has been renamed to reflect the positive image and to strengthen the recognition of Thailand as a leading shopping and dining paradise in Asia. This is especially as cities across Thailand have seen new developments and facilities opening up to serve the shopping and dining enthusiasts.” Under the Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 campaign, partners and participating outlets will be

offering special promotions and steep discounts to encourage foreign travellers to enjoy shopping, dining, entertaining, and travelling within Thailand throughout the two-month period. Yuthasak added, “The campaign is organised during the ‘Green Season’ so there is no better time to come to Thailand if you are a serious shopper. We have a wide range of tourism products and travel services from every region joining this campaign. This campaign will ensure to all visitors that Thailand will continue being a leading ‘preferred destination’ for every visitor to Thailand”. Among the campaign partners include major credit cards – Visa International, MasterCard, UnionPay, and JCB, department stores and shopping malls nationwide, leading airlines, the Thai

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says the total economic impact of spending during the Songkran 2017 holiday was 45.428 billion baht (USD 1.3 billion*), representing a 14.40 per cent increase over the same period last year. In addition, several destinations nationwide were reportedly recording noticeable tourism growth during the Thai New Year period. During the Songkran 2017 holiday period from April 11-17, Thailand attracted 695,894 international tourists and generated about 36.941 billion baht (USD 1 billion), up 10.9 per cent and 16.40 per cent, respectively. Meanwhile, domestic tourism resulted in 3.03 million trips and 8.487 billion baht (USD 242 million) revenue up 3.36 per cent and 6.45 per cent, respectively. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organised and supported celebrations of Songkran 2017 in 14

destinations nationwide. They are Bangkok, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Ayutthaya, Songkhla (Hat Yai), Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Nong Khai, Samut Prakarn, Suphanburi, Nakhon Phanom, Lampang, and Sukhothai. H E K o b k a r n Wattanavrangkul, minister of Tourism and Sports, personally joined the Songkran 2017 celebrations in Khon Kaen, Ayutthaya, and Chon Buri. In Khon Kaen, she also took part in setting a new record for the “human wave” activity, covering a one-kilometre-long strip on Khao Neao Road. The activity, which started in 2009 to symbolise unity, attracted 100,000 revellers on the first day (April 13), increased to over 120,000 revellers on the second day and concluded with 135,271 participants on the last day. It involved three rounds of human waves created with the participants jumping from the ground with hands raised high and sitting down immediately. In Ayutthaya, Kobkarn said

the Songkran 2017 activities at the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ayutthaya Historical Park were joined by many Thai and foreign tourists. On the last day of the one-week long holiday (April 17), the minister joined the traditional Sand Pagoda Ceremony on Lai Day in Bangsaen, Chon Buri, with the highlight being the building of sand pagodas – one of the traditional aspects of Songkran. In addition, Kobkarn said, “With 41 per cent of domestic trips going into 14 destinations where Songkran 2 0 1 7 c e l e b r a t i o n s we re organised by the ministry in collaboration with the TAT, that means Thais spent on accommodation, food and transport, thus supported local businesses. This makes us proud for being able to entice Thais to travel domestically.” Based on the ministry’s preliminary data, of the 3.03 million domestic trips during

April 11-17, 2017, a total of 1.25 million trips took place in the 14 destinations, a growth of 5.61 per cent when compared to the same period in 2016. The total economic impact totalled 5.15 billion baht (+7.86 per cent), or 61 per cent of total domestic tourism revenue generated during the Thai New Year 2017. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor, said, “I was delighted to see many international tourists joining the Thai people in celebrating Songkran 2017 in the unique Thai ways. The Thai New Year is a time when family comes first, respect is paid to seniors, and people visit the temples to take part in traditional ceremonies. It’s all these beautiful aspects that make Thai culture unique and charming, and make Thailand one of the world’s most unique tourist destinations.” *Currency converter: 35 baht / USD 1

Rival real estate firms go head to head in the Full Metal Dojo Kingdom Co Ltd, which runs Full Metal Dojo (FMD), Asia’s favourite MMA promotion, has announced an innovative new sponsorship deal that pits two rival real estate firms up against one another in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Competing realtors Siam Real Estate and BKK BestLife Real Estate will compete on Full Metal Dojo’s Facebook page in a series of posts where online fans will vote on the most ‘baller’ property in various Bangkok hotspots, as represented by the two agencies. The winners will receive points for each round won, as the online battle intensifies. Kingdom Co Ltd will also make their own selfie videos at both agencies’ properties, hosted by larger than life FMD president and Fox Sports Asia

pundit, Jon Nutt. This innovative approach to real estate PR is sure to attract interest from FMD’s core live audience of highearning locals and expats in the Thai capital, which has a booming condominium market. Bangkok last year reestablished itself as the most visited city in the world, and an affordable hub for expats and property investors alike. Over 16,000 condominium units were launched in Bangkok in Q4 of 2016, the highest in three years. The deal will also expand the two firms’ market reach through FMD’s huge international following, with more than 150,000 fans tuning in to their last event via Facebook live. Kingdom Co Ltd has long pushed

Hotels Associations, Thai Restaurants Association, Thai Spa Association, and a lot more. The campaign is also aimed at boosting intra-regional tourism and strengthen the position of Thailand as a regional travel hub. There will be sales promotion activities to take place at commercial bordering towns in every region nationwide, particularly in the

country’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which include Mae Sot district in Tak province, Mueang district in Khon Kaen province, Aranyaprathet district in Sa Kaeo province, and Hat Yai district in Songkhla province. For more information, visit www. thailandshoppingparadise. com and www.facebook.com/ thailandshoppingparadise.

international tourism in its home of Thailand, promoting the nation as a both as a top holiday destination and the world’s best place to train in martial arts on a cost-per-value basis. Siam Real Estate’s Patrick Lusted stated, “We at Siam Real Estate have been very impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm that FMD have brought to their industry and promoting Thailand and all local businesses as a whole. We are delighted to be able to be given the opportunity to team up and look forward to facing off against the spirited BKK BestLife.” BKK BestLife Real Estate founder Blake Sibbit said of the deal, “I’ve been a huge fan of FMD since their inception and the work they’ve put in to promote Bangkok and Thailand to the world. We’re extremely honoured to join the ranks alongside their other amazing sponsors. Siam Real Estate has been a leading name in Thailand for over a decade. We hope they prove to be a worthy opponent.” Full Metal Dojo has carved a name for itself in the MMA world, with its innovative branding, its Fightclub-esque MMA events in Bangkok

nightclubs, constant video and graphic content creation and original approach to PR and sponsorship. Kingdom Co Ltd pioneered the concept of rival brands sponsoring the Red and Blue Corners last year with two of Bangkok’s leading hotel chains, Movenpick Hotels and Resorts and Four Points by Sheraton. The deal was shortlisted for ‘Best Sponsorship of a Sport, Team or Event of the Year in Thailand’ at the SPIA Asia 2016 Sports Industry Awards. Full Metal Dojo’s previous event also saw Red and Blue Corner sponsorship from competing MMA apparel firms, Amnig and Kongwear. The concept goes against the usual sponsorship code of exclusivity, but goes straight to the very ethos of respectful sporting competition, mirroring the respect always shown by Mixed Martial Artists at the end of their bouts. Full Metal Dojo (FMD) is Thailand’s top MMA Promotion, featuring the best up-and-coming Thai and international MMA fighters in the region.


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Our Community akyra Manor Chiang Mai Hilton Pattaya celebrates launches signature activities Earth Day by planting trees to reconnect guests with elephant conservation Chiang Mai’s most progressive boutique hotel is investing in the future of the Asian elephant

akyra Manor Chiang Mai has launched a new Elephant Day Care Package for its guests to enjoy, which involves a day trip to the northern Thai capital’s hospital for elephants -operated by Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE), followed by a visit to Elephant Parade Land - creative home of the world-famous Elephant Parade. The signature morning at FAE Hospital visit will give guests the chance to develop a deeper connection with Thailand’s revered elephants – plus an understanding of the medical and wellbeing treatments provided by FAE’s expert staff. The hospital’s activities generally fall into three categories: hospital inpatient treatments, outpatients, and mobile veterinary services. The FAE hospital has treated 794 inpatients and 1,058 outpatients over the last 24 years, and the average

treatment rate breaks down to approximately 206 cases per year. This year alone, the hospital has already treated 47 cases The signature afternoon at Elephant Parade Land adds to the unique appeal of this akyra Signature activity as guests then visit the creative home of the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues in aid of elephant conservation. Visitors will enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the production studio to see acclaimed artists at work creating elaborately decorated elephant statues. They can then wander through the vibrant elephant statue garden filled with colorful life-size baby elephant statues painted by artists, brands and celebrities. Elephant Parade Land also houses a museum, fun fact wall and elephant library with an attached movie room showing short films that highlight

the importance of elephant conservation. In June this year, akyra Manor Chiang Mai will add its support to the project with a fundraising event and the installation of a colourful elephant parade statue on the terrace of the hotel’s popular RISE rooftop bar. Anchalika Kijkanakorn, founder and managing director of Akaryn Hotel Group said, “We wanted to introduce an alternative to the elephant trekking tours normally offered in Thailand and to raise awareness of the need to protect and respect these wonderful creatures. The FAE hospital treats every type of elephant – from calves to senior-adults, bulls and cows- and we are delighted to be doing something practical to raise awareness of their work and the challenges they held elephants to overcome.” Mike Spits, founder of Elephant Parade added, “At FAE hospital, it’s easy to see how Mosha the elephant and this special place captured my father’s and my heart ten years ago to inspire Elephant Parade. Under Khun Soraida Salwala and the veterinary team, the hospital carries out pioneering work and has treated over 4,600 sick and injured elephants.” “We look forward to welcoming people to Elephant Parade Land – and the opportunity for them to visit both destinations

Hilton Pattaya, led by Montree Sattham, director of Human Resources, and team members planted homegrown vegetables on the hotel’s rooftop. The activity was organized to raise awareness of environment saving from the team and encourage them by building healthy habits during Earth Day. Hilton Pattaya’s management team realized the importance of environment and the impact of environmental degradation to human living. Tree planting is one of easy ways to absorb carbon dioxide, grow the forest and increase green space in urban area.The homegrown vegetable is an extended part of its bespoke hydroponic farm that launched last year.

Blood drive at Centra Maris Jomtien Centra BY Centara Maris Resort Jomtien will be organizing their third blood drive in co-operation with The Thai Red Cross Society. The blood campaign will be on May 2, from 9am to 12 noon at Centra by Centra Maris Resort Jomtien. For more information and hotel d i re c t i o n , c o n t a c t 0 3 8 103333. in a single day will give them a fuller picture of the authentic Elephant Parade story. Together we can raise awareness of the conservation issues the elephant faces and at Elephant Parade will invest in the future of the elephant through the charity projects we support,” he added. The Elephant Day Care Package runs from 8 am to 4 pm and costs 3,900 baht net/person (minimum two person). For more information visit: www.theakyra.com/ chiang-mai or email: rsvn. akmc@theakyra.com


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Irish Society of Pattaya Pattaya is home to a large expatriate Irish community. Our city also hosts the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Southeast Asia, and there are numerous Irish bars, many authentic, and others not so. The Irish Embassy in Bangkok has only been opened a few years, and HE Brendan Rogers, ambassador at the embassy, has visited Pattaya on many occasions, most recently to lead the parade on March 17. The Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok has a growing membership of local Thai and Irish business people who have an interest in the development of business ties between Ireland and Thailand. N ow there is a ne w organisation, located here in our city and whose founding members recently held their first inaugural and official meeting at the Tara Court Hotel. The Irish Society of Pattaya was formed by a group of expats, not all from the Emerald Isle, but who have an

interest in either the local expat community or connections to Ireland. The aims of the Irish Society of Pattaya are numerous. It wants to promote Irish culture and sport, not only with the parade on March 17, but also to introduce sporting events, organised in conjunction with the Gaelic Athletic Association. It also hopes to raise funds to cover the cost of bringing Irish cultural groups to Pattaya.

Another objective is to raise awareness and muchneeded funds for local charities, not only those with an Irish connection, but those who are in need of support. The society’s website, not yet up and running, will offer advice to tourists to Pattaya, as well as to those who are thinking of making Pattaya a more permanent home. It will also be able to offer basic advice on the official aspects of living in Thailand. However, it will not become an official

by Derek Franklin

‘consulate by the sea’, but a place that can point you in the right direction. The Irish Society of Pattaya will one day be seeking to be recognised officially by the embassy in Bangkok, and also, if possible, by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. From little acorns do big oak trees grow, and the Irish Society of Pattaya will hopefully grow with the support of the expat communities here in Pattaya.

WTTC tourism leaders show support for Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’ About 100 attendees from the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit in Bangkok will plant more than 300 mangrove trees in Bang Krachao, Bangkok’s ‘green lung’ across the Chao Phraya River from Klong Toey, to draw attention to environmental issues and the continuous pressure to develop the area. The greening effort on April 28 is part of the global Tourism Cares non-profit initiative, which unites tourism industry members to give back to local communities and is held in close collaboration with the WTTC. “I think WTTC tourism leaders will be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful 16 km of orchards, canals and rural walkways that we have on the doorstep of downtown Bangkok,” said Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA V e n t u re s , a s u s t a i n a b l e tourism facilitator company which was chosen by Tourism

Cares to organise a green event after the summit. “Bang Krachao is Bangkok’s last oasis of calm, home to hundreds of bird and plant species. The pressure to pave it over in the name of ‘development’ is immense. We should keep it green. Our tree planting is a small step in that direction,” said Niemeijer. There is a three-year s c h e m e w i t h t h e R oy a l Forestry Department, Kasetsart University and petroleum company PTT to enhance public green spaces

and ensure at least 60 percent of the area remains green. However, changing Bangkok lifestyles and developers offering to pay around 24 million baht (US$700,000) for an 80 x 80 metre plot of land mean that pressure to sell is immense. Increasing numbers of the Thai capital’s walkers, cyclists and kayakers use Bang Krachao as a convenient escape to nature, a five-minute ferry ride from Bangkok. The eco-friendly solar powered Bangkok Tree House hotel

in eastern Bang Krachao is indicative of how sustainable tourism is now popular in the area and could help keep Bang Krachao mostly green. WTTC members will inspect the area first hand on Friday. “It will be an important day,” said Gerald Lawless, WTTC chairman. “One where we can personally demonstrate and inspire others by showing we are hands on, caring and engaged and leaving a positive contribution to the city of Bangkok.”


Pattaya Today's lifestyle, travel and culture guide

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Grilled Mahi Mahi with Romesco Sauce

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Atlantis Restaurant Holiday Inn Pattaya organizes the first at Centara Azure Urban enjoyment in the heart of Pattaya City Farmers’ Market Atlantis Restaurant

by Mick & Di Barker

Way back in 1983, Thailand’s leading retail group, Central Group of Companies, formed Central Hotels and Resorts and in the same year opened its first property in the developing northern suburbs of Bangkok. The company’s meteoric growth has resulted in its establishing a network of deluxe and first-class properties nationwide. There are now 43 properties in Thailand, 33 in operation and 10 under development. The very latest hotel to join the company’s hospitality portfolio in Pattaya is Centara Azure Hotel. This stunning city hotel lies to the east of The Avenue and to the west of the bright lights of Soi Buakhaow. For urbanite visitors and tourists the location puts them within walking distance of scores of restaurants, fitness centres, bowling and a stateof-the-art cinema.

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Centara Azure Hotel Pattaya

Holiday Inn Pattaya held its first Farmers’ Market at Havana Bar and Terrazzo, located in front of the hotel on Beach Road. This market is open to everyone who likes to shop locally for organic products, spends time with the family on Saturday, enjoys sampling and shopping or simply wishes to have some great food with family or friends at a reasonable price, a coffee and a glass of wine. All of those in attendance enjoyed being able to sample to varying products, including fresh organic vegetables, herbs, homemade foods, freshly baked breads, organic beauty products, jewelry, homemade pies, sausage roll and pastries, organic cheese, Sloane’s bacon sausage and lasagna. The kids had a great time as well with a kids’ activity and a swim in the pool at Terrazzo while others enjoyed a cold drink and bite to eat. The Farmers’ Market will be held regularly on the second Saturday of every month. The next market will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. For more information or to book a table for lunch call 038 725 555 or email to fb.admin@holidayinn-pattaya.com.


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J Jetrin’s exclusive miniconcert

eve n ts c a le n d a r TOP OF THE GULF REGATTA 2017 Date: 4-8 May 2017, Thursday-Monday Venue: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Na Jomtien Beach, Pattaya Km157

Wim N.M. Fagel (2nd left), general manager of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, welcomed Thai singer Jetrin Wattanasin (centre) at his exclusive mini-concert at the Lobby Lounge of the hotel.

Centara Hotels and Resorts receives Outstanding Organization Award

“When a man loves a woman” art exhibition

Activities: A festival of fun on and off the water, the 13th edition of Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina will welcome a diverse range of boats: Optimists competing in the Thailand Optimist National Championships, dinghies, one-design Platus racing in the Platu Coronation Cup, multihulls, and keelboats made up of strong cruising and IRC fleets including the TP52's. For more information: Email: info@topofthegulfregatta.com www.topofthegulfregatta.com

HOLIDAY INN PATTAYA FARMERS’ MARKET Date: 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August, Saturday, 10 am – 3:30 pm Venue: Havana Bar and Terrazzo Restaurant, Holiday Inn Pattaya

Police General Adul Saengsingkaew (centre), minister of Social Development and Human Security, presented the Outstanding Organization Award to Centara’s representative, Pattara Jongcharoenkulchai (3rd right), vice president Human Resources of Centara Hotels and Resorts, on National Seniors Day 2017. The award recognizes the hotel’s ongoing project supporting the elderly. The event was held at the Grand Diamond Ballroom, Impact Muang Thong Thani.

Supatra Chirathivat (centre), senior vice president for Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibilities of Centara Hotels and Resorts, presided over the opening ceremony of “When a man loves a woman” art exhibition by artists Palut Marod (3rd from left), Sorayut Duangjai (3rd from right), and Thanaporn Nartwanitchayakul (2nd from right) at Sky Lobby Lounge, Centara Grand at CentralWorld. Some proceeds will be donated to Friends of Women Foundation.

Songkran celebrations across Thailand Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok observes Songkran tradition

Songkran day at Centara Hotel Hat Yai

Activities: Holiday Inn Pattaya Farmers’ Market will be held regularly on the second Saturday of every month. The market will feature an abundance of fresh produce including organic products for people who love to live healthy. Enjoy testing, buying and sharing wholesome food products and have some fun with your family and friends. Kids will have a great time as well with kids’ activities and bring the swimmers along so they can have a swim in the pool at Terrazzo for free. Free entry. For more information: Holiday Inn Pattaya Tel: 038 725 555 Email: fb.admin@holidayinn-pattaya.com

ROAD TO GOLDEN AXE MUSIC FESTIVAL NELLY LIVE IN BANGKOK Date: 17 May 2017, Wednesday Venue: Muang Thai GMM Live House, Central World

Dr Ronnachit Mahattanapreut (3rd right), senior vice president for Finance and Administration at Centara Hotels and Resorts, along with Pattara Jongcharoenkulchai (centre), vice president of Human Resources at Centara Hotels and Resorts, and Wim N.M. Fagel (3rd left), general manager of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, conducted the traditional Rod Nam Dum Hua ceremony for Songkran festival at Sala Thai, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok.

Amari Phuket team celebrates Thai New Year Amari Phuket team celebrated the Songkran Festival, or Thai New Year, 2017 with the Thai traditional ceremony, “Rod Nam Dam Hua”, by pouring fragrant water onto the palms of the members of senior management as a gesture of humility and to ask for blessings. Moreover, there was a special activity for which the team members arranged a little market with small food stalls to present and sell their Thai handmade product.

Activities: Stay tune for the first live performance in Thailand by Nelly, the all-time favorite Grammy Awards winner! The biggest star of Y2K is coming to Thailand along with his top chart songs such as "Just a dream", "Gone", "Body on me", "Ride with me" and also the all-time favorite "Dilemma". This event is probably one of the events that the true hip-hop and R&B fans couldn't miss!

Manoon Wutti, general manager of Centara Hotel Hat Yai, held a water-pouring ceremony where hotel staff asked for blessings from senior management on Songkran day to continue to preserve the Thai tradition.

For more information: Thai Ticket Major Tel: 02 262 3456 www.thaiticketmajor.com

RIVER KWAI TROPHY ADVENTURE RACE Date: 27 May 2017, Saturday Venue: Felix River Kwai Resort, Kanchanaburi Activities: The 12th edition of the most popular and largest adventure race in Southeast Asia, 3 to 8 hours of wilderness adventure racing, will consist of over 200 international teams of two (male, female and mixed) running, mountain biking, swimming and kayaking their way through challenging scenic trails exploring the mountains, farmlands, jungles of Thailand and the historic Kwai valley. For more information: AMA Tel: 02 252 1764-6 Email: info@active-asia.com www.ama-events.com


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Get-together business lunch with Pattaya City Hall at Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya led by Dmitry Chernyshev, general manager, and Adul Trichit, Human Resources manager, hosted a special get-together business lunch for the mayor of Pattaya City, Police Major General Anan Charoenchasri, and Pattaya City Hall team at the hotel’s Big Fish restaurant followed by a hotel tour.

AVANI Pattaya pays a visit Blood drive at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya to the mayor of Pattaya

Somsak Tanruengsri (2nd right), general manager of AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa, and his team paid a visit to Pattaya Mayor Police Major General Anan Charoenchasri, wishing him a very Happy Songkran.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya led by Andre Brulhart (centre), general manager, along with management and staff joined the blood drive held at Utopia suite for Thai Red Cross as part of the hotel’s CSR activity.

Hotel Baraquda Pattaya Siam@Siam Design Hotel MGallery by Sofitel welcomes Pattaya welcomes first Miss Universe 2005 Korean media fam trip

Hotel Baraquda Pattaya MGallery by Sofitel, led by Cluster General Manager Jagan Lacsher (right) together with Hotel Manager Wanichaya Kietdamrongwong (centre), gave a warm welcome to former Miss Universe Natalie Glebova (2nd from left) and her family during their stay at the hotel to celebrate her daughter Maya’s first birthday.

Dmitry Chernyshev, general manager of Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya, welcomed the first Korean media fam trip during their stay at the hotel. The trip was organized by Siam@Siam Design Hotels and Resorts to create brand awareness among Korean travelers by inviting famous bloggers and influencers to experience hotel facilities in both Bangkok and Pattaya properties.


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The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, funky Molam live at Hard Rock Café Pattaya

Songkran celebrations at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Hard Rock Café Pattaya celebrated the Thai New Year with the worldwide acclaimed The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band and their unique funky Molam sounds. On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band performed on stage at Hard Rock Café Pattaya. They brought the music like Isan Dancehall and Molam to an international audience, a perfect musical mixture between traditional Northeastern-Thai Molam and funky music. Throughout the duration of the concert, everyone enjoyed dancing and jumping along closely with the Molam band. It was an unforgettable night of funky Molam beats. Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya celebrated and welcomed Thai New Year with many activities organized for guests and families during Songkran festival. The resort held a traditional water pouring ceremony, “Rod Nam Dam Hua”, where hotel staff poured water on the hands of management to pay respect and ask for blessings. The ceremony was led by General Manager Andre Brulhart with the presence of Gerd Steeb, honorary advisor of board committee of Centara Hotels and Resorts. Management gave staff best wishes for prosperous life throughout the entire year of 2017. Also, GM Andre Brulhart along with the management, hotel staff and guests participated in Tak-Bat, a Buddhist merit by offering food to monks. Kids enjoyed playing lots of games at the main pool and a big foam party commenced at the beach lawn.

Hilton Pattaya celebrates Songkran Festival

Dusit Thani Pattaya holds traditional Songkran celebration

Centra Maris celebrates Thai New Year

The staff and management of Dusit Thani Pattaya celebrated the first day of the Songkran Festival on April 13 by holding traditional almsgiving to the monks from the Jittapawan Temple off Sukumvhit Road in Pattaya before a merit-making ceremony attended by both hotel guests and employees. Photo shows the hotel staff led by GM Neoh Kean Boon (middle row, 4th left) after the pouring of scented water over elders’ hands ritual that formed part of the celebration.

Wan Lai Songkran Party at Hard Rock Pattaya Hilton Pattaya led by Rudolf Troestler, general manager, together with team members celebrated Thai New Year, Songkran Festival, by pouring scented water to a Buddha statue. Moreover, team members also poured the water to management team and elders to pay respect, apologize and receive a New Year blessing for good wish and luck.

Chaiphun Thongsuthum, general manager of Centra by Centara Maris Resort Jomtien, led his team and valued guests in presenting food and gifts to monks to receive blessing for Thai New Year.

Ramayana Water Park Pattaya celebrates Songkran Festival with live music and fun activities The biggest water park in Thailand, Ramayana Water Park Pattaya, celebrated Songkran Festival with a great “Wet Songkran Party”. Ramayana Water Park Pattaya brought a lot of famous DJs to deliver a variety of fun music and held special concerts by famous artists Getsunova and Burin from afternoon until 1 am. The event attracted the attention of both Thais and foreigners who joined the party tremendously.

This year’s Wan Lai Party at Hard Rock Café Pattaya was easily the wettest, most fun and most entertaining Wan Lai party in town. The party took place at the Café Moon Deck, starting at 2 pm and wrapping up at 7 pm. The line-up included special DJs and rock bands such as UR Boy TJ, who has popularized a number of songs, including “Wai-Rai”, “Khao-Gorn” and his newest hit “MaiYak-Fung”. Leaving the best to last, this year Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya organized the biggest Pattaya beachside pool party ever, kicking off at 7 pm until late. The line-up included DJ Ian, DJ Benz and Antonio SAX, DJ D-Kut, DJ Nana and Caucasian B2B Raydiculous. Throughout the day everyone had a great time, whether it was in front of the Café grooving to the tunes or in the foam listening to the hottest DJs in town. Get down, get wet and see you again next year!


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Bangkok International Fashion Week 2017 It is a phenomenal event in Thai fashion industry when Thai designers and 36 leading fashion brands join together to showcase their creations as part of Bangkok International Fashion Week 2017, featuring a whole new dimension of fashion phenomena thanks to the cooperation with three top shopping centers including Siam Paragon, Siam Center, and Siam Discovery. Bangkok International Fashion Week 2017 welcomed two rising new brands including KANAPOT AUNSORN founded by Kanapot Aunsorn, and VINN PATARARIN created by two designers: Vinn Chokkhatiwat and Patararin Pongprasit. The two brands presented their own collections as well as the fashion creations by students from eight leading universities. All of the collections have won praise and widespread acclaim.

Townhouse, a new hangout spot from Hong Kong, opens at Siam Paragon David Cheung, CEO of Gaia Group, and Mayuree Chaipromprasith, executive of Siam Paragon, organized the launch of a high-end restaurant, Townhouse, a new hangout spot from Hong Kong opening for the first time in Thailand. The restaurant is open from 10 am to midnight. The launching event was an exclusive party that invited guests to experience the mysterious allure of Townhouse. The event was joined by celebrities such as Machida Techapaibul, Piyarat Kaljareuk, Promporn Yuvaves, Suwadee Puengboonpra, Nandhamalee Bhirombhakdi, Pijj Bunyapana and Nattavut Trivisvavet at The Gourmet Garden, G floor, North Wing, Siam Paragon. The ambience has an authentic Townhouse vibe. Guests hobnobbed and enjoyed the special meal – a fusion of traditional Asian food with a Western twist, complemented with premium cocktails. Lively music filled the air, played by DJ Pan Kasidit Kanchanaran. A flair bartender show was met with great enthusiasm, followed by an exclusive surprise Crème Brulee torched at the table for each guest. This marks another successful milestone for Gaia Group’s expansion in Southeast Asia.

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok celebrates 120th anniversary of Kempinski Travel in Style Kempinski Hotels celebrates 120 years of delivering rich and meaningful experiences to its guests with “Ignite the Night”, a series of festivities designed to enchant and delight guests, as Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group marks this milestone anniversary. Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok celebrates the hotel group’s 120th anniversary with a series of special events throughout the year that reflect the brand’s unique European flair. On April 8, 2017 the celebrations began with “Ignite the Night” – a candle-lighting ritual in the lavish lobby of the hotel where 36 uniformed staff lit up the hotel’s beautiful flower centrepiece as a symbol of the celebration. Opera singers provided an appropriate musical accompaniment as guests enjoyed a complimentary glass of bubbly. The 120th anniversary celebrations will also see the launch of the Kempinski Travel in Style Competition, offering the chance to win an exclusive 10-night trip for two people, in three Kempinski hotels, including flights, limousine transfers and suite accommodation.


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The Food Lovers

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WHISKY SOUR

Norwegian Salmon Black Tiger Prawn Salad

Chocolate Truffle Gelato

Atlantis Restaurant at Centara Azure

INGREDIENTS 1.5 oz 1 oz 1 oz ½ part

Urban enjoyment in the heart of Pattaya City

GARNISH

maraschino cherry

HOW TO MIX

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

>> from L1 Mick and I were invited to visit their flagship restaurant and all-day dining outlet Atlantis recently and were so impressed not only with the friendliness of all the staff but the spectacular aqua-décor of the huge column aquarium that dominates the centre of the restaurant. We sat right by this fishy entertainment and the sheer variety and number of the exotic fish kept us amused all evening. We opened with a more than generous Black Tiger Prawn Salad (B.250). Big, fleshy BBQ prawns were stacked atop a technicolour salad of cherry tomatoes, chopped mangos and coriander and flashed with Balsamic dressing. Fresh, tasty and vibrant, it made the ideal starter. The kitchen also prepares a Classic Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad with garlic confit and house-made pesto sauce that would also have fitted the bill nicely (B.210). For a healthy delicious lunchtime snack, the menu offers some interesting wraps and sandwiches. The Indonesian Chicken Wrap (B.185) highlights grilled, marinated chicken with lettuce, peanut salsa and shavings of shallots and cucumber

or the big house signature Ciabatta Club (B.250) is full to bursting with chicken, crispy bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and coated with garlic mayo. Their Classic Beef Burger (B.250) or Jalapeno Popper (B.290) for that extra kick were popular choices on the night we were there, as were their beer (Singha) battered fish and chips (B.180) with potato wedges. The Thai menu is a gratifying mix of the very best gourmet versions of the traditional dishes. For instance, the Geang Massaman showcases 24 hours braised best beef with onions and potatoes and scented with cinnamon and star anise. While the Tom Yum offers a choice of three versions using Tiger Prawns (B.320), Chicken (B.180) or Tofu (B.160). The herb-infused broth has been charged with galangal and lemongrass and treated to the added element of roasted chilli oil. We were then served a bowl of spaghetti pesto with garlic bread (B.180) which we enjoyed, especially the house-made sauce. All pasta dishes are handmade and cut and can be ordered with their variety of sauces with spaghetti, penne or

bourbon whisky lime juice simple syrup egg white (according to local laws & HACCP standards)

tagliatelle. This was followed by roasted Norwegian salmon served with a very well made Béarnaise sauce. Beef lovers would be well served with the Australian tenderloin coming in at 200 grams, being seasoned with Himalayan pink salt and black pepper and served for a very reasonable B.400. Other main courses include schnitzel, pepper pork tenderloin, Australian pepper steak and lots of other very competitively priced meat dishes. For the sweetest ending we chose a chocolate truffle gelato accompanied by fresh kiwi fruit and chocolate sauce, don’t miss it. Centara Azure is an extremely stylish modern hotel set in the heart of Pattaya City. Design features (especially the aquarium column) are stunning, the staff professional and friendly and the kitchen is dedicated to producing excellent cuisine with deluxe creative touches. Atlantis Restaurant Centara Azure Hotel Pattaya Soi Buakhaow 15, Pattaya Tel: 033 083 333 E-mail: cap@chr.co.th www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centara/ cap/

GLASS TYPE Rocks glass

CATEGORY Cocktail

Available at

Havana Bar, Terrazzo and Rooftop Terrace, Holiday Inn Pattaya

MIXOLOGIST

Pravit Nalapalad

SIGNATURE DRINK Mojito

FAVORITE SPIRIT Absolut Vodka


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NATAN’S: A Culinary Charmer!

At the nerve centre of this popular restaurant in Jomtien is the eponymous Natan and his partner Christophe who both manage to indefatigably manage the front of house hospitality and also produce the multilingual cuisine that leaves this contemporary kitchen. Combining their individual skills and patriotic penchants, the menu sings with Francophile and Thai dishes with a whole raft of international dishes in between. The restaurant really is a pleasing space in which to while away some hours. There’s a leafy terrace, a pleasing colour palate and flattering lighting. The bar has a life of its own and was pleasantly buzzing when Mick and I visited recently as was the restaurant area, confirming that Natan’s has surely carved out a special niche for itself. The restaurant exudes coziness and bonhomie with a tried and tested menu featuring strong influences from Italy and Spain and a prolific listing of everyone’s favourite starters including mussels in wine and cream, home-made soups, avocado and shrimp cocktail, crab and shrimp cocktail, hot goat’s cheese salad (B.250), tiger prawns in garlic butter with a whisky flambé (B.340), cheese plates, charcuterie selections, and vibrant salads. Totally enough to make a tapas style dinner and many diners come here for exactly that culinary experience. The “Specials Board” shines through daily with exciting dishes, the likes of beef Charolais bourguignon (B.370), grouper fish fillet with pink pepper, chicken and scampi fricassee, filet mignon de porc and bacon, entrecote maitre d’hotel and much more to really please all tastes. The wine list has been personally selected by Christophe with some excellent choices with an eye not only to quality but also to please every pocket. We were drinking a crisp, fresh white gris at B.1,109 from Gerard Bertrand who is a leading winegrower and owner of flagship estates in the terroirs of LanguedocRoussillon. Our dinner perfectly commenced with a present from the chef of a creamy, rich foie gras accompanied by a fresh tomato salsa and toast. The signature foie gras terrine was outstanding, rich, silky and meltingly

Skewer of river prawns and fish

delicious (it is listed on the menu at B.450). The cocktail of crab, prawns and avocado had a moreish opulence with lashings of fresh crab meat, plump sweet prawns jumbled with creamy avocado and dressed with a classic Marie Rose sauce while Mick’s frogs’ legs were chubby, fleshy limbs served with a mixed salad garnish. Excellent dishes both, and from the sounds of the satisfied customers around us, we were all en route to culinary happiness. The wine list offers some interesting labels from Spain, Australia and France with prices starting at around B.900, or the house carafe for B.330. New wines are being introduced regularly with this month’s promotion highlighting an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon from Minga Creek. Priced at B.790 for one bottle or B.1,390 for two, it’s quite a bargain. There’s also a Champagne Lombard Brut from Epernay on offer for B.1,995. Mick and I chose our main courses from the “Specials”, fresh sea bass with mustard sauce and chicken and scampi fricassee for Mick. The mustard sauce was ambrosial, buttery with a kick of mustard and complemented the bass perfectly, while the chicken and scampi made good friends in their creamy sauce, making for the original French comfort food. The Thai cuisine here comes highly recommended. From the deep-fried whole fish smothered in sweet and sour sauce to the fiery jungle curry with chicken or pork through squid fried with salted egg to the ever sought-after tom yam kung they are all here on this menu numbering

Les Patrons, Christophe and Natan

more than 25 in total. To finish, diners drool over these desserts. On a previous occasion when we ate at Natan’s a customer told us that the first time he sampled the chocolate mousse he cried tears of joy! Really, he said that! So how can you leave without trying it? It arrives in a pool of strawberry coulis wearing a tiny gold leaf tiara. An intensely erotic experience for all chocolate lovers! Another must try is a French specialty dessert called ‘omelette a la Norvegienne’ (better known to us as baked Alaska). This is flambéed with cognac for the sweetest indulgence. If you love a profiterole you must try them here. They are filled with rich vanilla ice cream and accompanied by an immoral chocolate sauce for a taste of dessert heaven. Thai-French culinary ‘entente cordiale’ just oozes from this cordial gastrobar/bistro. Memorable morsels abound whether you are ordering from the interesting tapas menu or going for the full 3-course a la carte experience. To sum up, Natan’s offers mouth-watering dishes at walletfriendly prices. It is the sort of local gem beloved by those in the know. No wonder it is such a favourite of the folk either living or holidaying in Jomtien. Do visit. Natan’s Thappraya Road, Jomtien (left-hand side between Jomtien’s new Second Road and the beach) Open daily from 5 pm till midnight (closed Sundays) Tel: 038 251 250 Email: natans2008@hotmail.com No credit cards accepted

Hotel Promotions AVANI Family Package Your loved ones deserve the best. Treat them to an unforgettable getaway of sun, sea and sandat AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa. Spend time together by the pool or try new flavours together in the hotel’s restaurants. Little ones eat for free. Prices start from 5,500 baht ++. Package includes: • AVANI Garden View Room. Minimum two consecutive nights • Daily breakfast for two people • A visit to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum for two people • Kids eat for free from the kids menu when dining with parents at Garden Cafe or Benihana Valid from now until May 31, 2017. For more information, call 038 412 120, email pattaya@avanihotels.com or visit www.avanihotels.com.

Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok promotes Wedding Dream Package The experienced wedding consultants at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok will help you plan and fulfill the most important day of your life with their Wedding Dream Package. Designed for cocktail, Thai and Western buffet, or Chinese set menu style weddings, the package will help you create an elegant occasion your family and guests will remember. Included are a bridal bouquet, multi-tiered cake, ice carving, floral decoration, blessing book, dinner voucher at any of the hotel’s restaurants, one-night stay in a premium deluxe suite room, and many other benefits. Prices start from 190,000 baht ++ and the package is valid from now until December 30, 2017. Complete attention to every detail is what makes a wedding truly special. The hotel’s team is ready to help you every step of the way.

Signature Frogs' Legs

Sea Bass with Mustard Sauce

For more information, contact 02 541 1234 ext 4210 or email CGLBcatering@chr.co.th.


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F&B Promotions Experience Hot and Spicy Taste of Chili Dishes

Pattaya’s Best Seafood Platter

at Hilton Pattaya

Pattaya is renowned for fresh seafood. The Manao Bar culinary team have created an oceanic bounty, brimming with Phuket lobster, tiger prawns, river prawns, rock lobster, mussels, blue crab and sea bass fillets. Served with baked potatoes, spicy seafood sauce and homemade tartar sauce. Priced at 4,250 baht ++.

Spice up your summer with a wide selection of hot and spicy dishes from Drift, Shore, Flare and Horizon throughout the month of May. Drift Lobby Lounge and Bar on level 16 introduces a new experience of spicy desserts; Chocolate and Chili Tart, Chocolate and Chili Brownie at 130 baht nett per piece, Spicy Szechuan Crème Brulee at 130 baht nett and Banana Split with Chili Laced Chocolate Sauce and Brownie at 300 baht nett. Besides sweet and spicy desserts, are you ready to try the hottest burger and salad? Double Chili Cheeseburger, homemade beef burger mixed with three kinds of chili at 450 baht nett and Red Hot Pepper Chili Salad with Soft Shell Crab at 450 baht nett. Available every day from 11 am to 11 pm. Beat the heat beside the pool with a savory appetizer Chili Jah, crab stuffed chili served with roasted chili dipping sauce and prawn crackers at 250 baht nett. Available every day at Shore Bar on level 16 from 9 am to 8 pm. Flare Restaurant on level 15 presents authentic taste of Thai cuisine, Sweet Chili Baked Sea Bass, baked sea bass in banana leaf with sweet chili sauce at 950 baht nett and Four Seasons which includes four types of chili dipping sauce or namprik, roasted green pepper sauce, minced pork and tomato sauce, seafood sauce and sweet chili sauce served together with fried fish, pork rind, northern Thai sausage and boiled egg at 400 baht nett. Available from 6 to 10:30 pm.

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Romesco Sauce

at Manao Bar, AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa

For more information and reservations, contact 038 412 120 or email pattaya@avanihotels.com.

Discover a true Luxembourger “Baiser de Mousse” at Zing, Centara Grand at CentralWorld If you like macarons, you have to try one of these. Zing Bakery, Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld may be the only place in Thailand you will find a true Luxembourger “Baiser de Mousse,” the delicate, Swiss-style macaron that is smaller and lighter than others. Zing makes them with an airy almond meringue, filled with light and fresh buttercream. Choose from a daily fresh selection for only 25 baht ++ each or a gift box of 12 at 250 ++. Anyone who has tasted the Luxembourger will not be able to resist! It may be the best macaron you ever tasted.

INGREDIENTS Romesco Sauce Recipe 130 grams mahi mahi 250 grams seared tomato 50 grams corn 7.5 grams tomato paste 10 grams onion 12.5 grams roasted garlic 5 grams cumin seed 75 grams roasted capsicum 3 grams parsley 5 grams chopped parsley 5 grams green pepper 5 grams dry chili 5 grams red capsicum 25 grams almond 1 gram paprika powder 25 grams bread 5 grams fennel 15 ml rose vinegar 5 grams radish salt and pepper to taste 3 grams tarragon 50 grams romesco sauce salt and pepper to taste

For more information, contact 02 100 1234 ext 6485.

Grand Cru Chocolate Decadence – 120th Anniversary Cake at Hanuman Bar, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Horizon Rooftop Restaurant and Bar on level 34 offers a stunning panoramic view of Pattaya bay with the special chili dish Grilled Mahi Mahi with Romesco Sauce served with stir-fried corn at 850 baht nett. Available every day from 6 to 11 pm.

Hanuman Bar presents a one-of-a-kind anniversary cake, available from April 10, 2017 to January 31, 2018. This beautiful anniversary cake is made with the finest chocolate from Madagascar. The crunchiness of the praline feuilletine excites the palate and adds texture to this magnificent creation. The anniversary cake comes in two sizes: Petit is priced at 150 baht ++, while Grande is available for order in advance (minimum 48 hours) and is priced at 1,500 baht ++.

For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000 or bkkhp_fb@hilton.com or pattaya.hilton.com.

For more information, call 02 162 9000 or email hanumanbar.siambangkok@kempinski.com.

METHOD 1. Make romesco sauce by blending seared tomato, tomato paste, roasted garlic, roasted capsicum, chopped parsley, dry chili, almond, and bread then season with rose vinegar, salt and pepper. 2. Marinate mahi mahi with salt and pepper then grill until cooked. 3. Stir-fry corn, onion, cumin, green pepper, red capsicum and parsley then season with salt, pepper and paprika. 4. Plate with romesco sauce, grilled mahi mahi and stir-fried corn then garnish with fennel, radish and tarragon.

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Families celebrate an egg-straordinary Easter at Royal Cliff’s Funtasea Easter Wonderland Party

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Royal Cliff Hotels Group brought Easter joy to both young and old alike with its Funtasea Easter Wonderland Party at Panorama – Dramatic Atmosphere. The event saw an array of entertainment such as fun face painting, exciting candy hunt and creative colouring activities. Parents and their little ones took part in feeding live animals from adorable bunnies and little

piglets to delightful guinea pigs and tiny hedgehogs. They also decorated delectable bunny cookies and painted colorful Easter eggs. The event was filled with non-stop fun, laughter and cheers. Thrilling games, delicious food, creative entertainment, upbeat dance tunes, fun lucky draw, and special Easter goodies made the event egg-straordinary.

Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, Hilton Pattaya Grilled Mahi Mahi with Romesco Sauce

This menu is available at Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar on level 34 of Hilton Pattaya in the month of May only from 6 to 11 pm. Hilton Pattaya is located at 333/101 Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya Chonburi. Tel: 038 253 000 www.pattaya.hilton.com


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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Chokes by Rory Coughlan

Triangle Choke from Guard The triangle choke is one of the signature submissions in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It works from white belt all the way to the highest levels of mixed martial arts and international competition, both gi and no-gi. The triangle choke teaches you how to use your legs to attack and choke your opponent. It is the primary threat from the bottom when you’re confronted with a larger, stronger opponent or a superior wrestler whom you are unable to reverse and obtain the top position. The triangle choke is very versatile and can be set up many different ways from the different guards. First you’ll learn how to correctly perform the mechanics of the basic triangle choke and in the future, you will discover that many different roads lead there. Attacking the triangle when the opponent has a strong posture. Posture is the best defence against the triangle and if you are attacking the triangle while your opponent has a strong defence then your success rate will be low. Cross Collar Choke from Guard The cross collar grip is the starting point for your sweeps and other attacks from the guard. The basic collar and sleeve grip is how you base your closed guard strategy. It is the starting point for all of your other guard attack combinations, including the previous two techniques. It teaches you how to use your grip to control your opponent’s head and break their posture down. This was Helio Gracie’s favourite attack from the guard and he memorably choked a Japanese challenger unconscious with this technique in an old black and white match in Brazil. Not getting the first hand deep enough in the collar. Instead reach way deep into the collar, and ‘grab the tag’ at the back of the opponent’s neck.

Spa Promotion Fly and Dance your way to health and fitness with new Yoga Fly and Zumba classes at LifeStyles on 26, Centara Grand at CentralWorld

Rear Naked Choke This is the quintessential submission of BJJ. The rear mount is most dominant position in the jiu-jitsu positional hierarchy and this is the best submission from the back. The rear naked choke or “mata leon / lion killer” is the best technique to employ against larger, stronger opponents and especially in a self-defence situation. Additionally the RNC is statistically the most successful submission in UFC history. Helio Gracie famously said that very strong opponent’s might continue to fight even with a broken arm, so he preferred the choke as his favourite submission, and if that’s not enough for you then one of the best grapplers of modern times, Marcelo Garcia, specializes in this submission. If it’s good enough for him it’s good enough for you! Trying to choke over the opponent’s chin is a mistake. You must slide your choking arm under the chin and deep into the neck.

URBAN HEALTHY CO., LTD. 64/2 Moo 1 Nongprue Soi 1, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi Tel: 038 248 079 www.313trainingstudio.com

Say bye to boring conventional workouts at LifeStyles Fitness Centre on the 26th floor, Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld with two of the most popular fitness classes Yoga Fly and Zumba. Have you exhausted yourself by running on that treadmill at the gym every day? Try out Yoga Fly and have fun ‘flying’ during these challenging Yoga Fly classes. You will have the opportunity to increase fitness level of strength, flexibility and satisfy your sense of adventure whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi. More importantly, you will have a genuine yogic experience: the union of mind, body, breath and intention. Yoga Fly class is available on Mondays from 7:45 to 8:45 pm. If you need exercise but hate exercise, dancing may be the right answer. Zumba is essentially a dance fitness party, but it is also a great introduction to aerobic workout. Classes incorporate Latin style dances with other moves from popular genre. You do not have to know how to dance. You will use your whole body to keep your heart rate up and burnout calories. It is healthy and fun! Zumba classes are now available on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Thursdays from 8 to 9 pm. Special offers for non-member! Price: 400 baht per session. Or save by buying 10 sessions for 3,500 baht or 20 sessions for 6,000 baht. For more information and advance bookings, call 02 100 6299.


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diversions music / new release Harry Styles (self-titled album)

Harry Styles is the upcoming eponymous debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Harry Styles, set to be released on May 12, 2017, through Erskine and Columbia Records. Following Harry Styles' five-year stint with English-Irish band One Direction, it was confirmed that Styles had left the group's management and had begun a solo career path, becoming the first band member to do so after Zayn Malik's departure. On March 31, 2017, Styles revealed the cover art and name of the first single from the album through Instagram, "Sign of the Times", which was released on April 7. The album name and track list were revealed on April 13. 1. Meet Me in the Hallway 6. Only Angel 2. Sign of the Times 7. Kiwi 3. Carolina 8. Ever Since New York 4. Two Ghosts 9. Woman 5. Sweet Creature 10. From the Dining Table

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Discover the new TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, the 2017 smartwatch from TAG Heuer. Make your own online, check price and discover all features. The TAG Heuer Connected watch has been manufactured in collaboration with top partners Google and Intel, bringing the best of both worlds: Swiss luxury watchmaking and Silicon Valley Technology. Water-resistant to 50 m, your watch is protected from splashes and will still work even in the shallow waters. Built-in GPS means it automatically tracks your location, wherever life takes you. 4,000 ways to craft a custom TAG Heuer watch face, tailored to your style. Select your 3-Hand, GMT or one, two or three counter Chronograph as your starting point, and the rest is up to you. Price starts at 1,650 US dollars.

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upcoming movies at Major Cineplex The Avenue Pattaya KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

Release Date Lead Actors Director Genre

May 11, 2017 Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law Guy Ritchie Action | Adventure

The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword's influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind. He joins the rebellion and a shadowy young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to understand the magic weapon, deal with his demons and unite the people to defeat the dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown to become king.

ALIEN: COVENANT

Release Date May 11, 2017 Lead Actors Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, James Franco Director Ridley Scott Genre Sci-Fi | Thriller The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

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The new iPad

Qube Tents

Apple updated its most popular-sized iPad, featuring a brighter 9.7-inch Retina display and best-in-class performance at its most affordable price ever, starting at 12,500 baht. Designed for unmatched portability and ease of use, along with incredible performance and all-day battery life, iPad is the world’s most popular tablet and the primary computing device for millions of customers around the world. Through the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for iPad, customers can do even more, from learning to code with Swift Playgrounds and reading books on the large screen to boosting productivity through Microsoft Office and using multitasking features like Split Screen.

Qube is a quick pitching modular camping tent (under two minutes) that you can stand up in across the range from the twoperson, three-person to the four-person and is as easy to pack down as set up so you won't need to be an expert in origami to get it back in the bag. These 7-foot high Qube tents can be linked together using a universal tunnel system so you can build your own bespoke camping set up with your friends and family. It comes with a solar panel and battery pack, which has a USB port to charge your devices. Inside there’s a black lining to stop daylight waking you up. Prices start around 300 pounds.

Samsung The Frame TV Teased at CES 2017, The Frame was curated with an artful approach meant to elevate any room or viewing environment. Based on new innovative technology, The Frame looks like a picture frame hanging on a wall when ‘Art Mode’ is on. Instead of fading to black like a conventional TV, The Frame’s display transforms into a work of art, letting the users select custom-designed digital art pieces. With more than 100 art pieces in 10 different categories – including landscape, architecture, wildlife, action, drawing and more – to choose

from, it is sure to please every design preference. Paired with the numerous options for art layouts and colors, as well as customizable accessory options including interchangeable bezels and an optional Studio Stand, it truly complements the user’s living space. Furthermore, The Frame is outfitted with Samsung’s new Invisible Connection and No Gap Wall-mount, allowing users to hang it virtually anywhere because it can blend seamlessly into any living space without unsightly cables or wires. The Frame will be available in the US this spring.


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Hotel Promotions Go on an adventure with Amari’s Super Saver packages in Buriram, Phuket or Krabi Go on an adventure with Amari for your next escape. Whether it’s catching a sporting event, cycling past archaeology sites or exploring the underwater world, Amari invites travellers to join in the fun with super saver packages at destinations such as Buriram, Phuket and Krabi.

KERRY HOTEL Hong Kong Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong opened last April 28 along the shoreline of Hung Hom Bay on Victoria Harbour. The new 16-storey hotel is the first to open on the Kowloon waterfront since 1995 and will inspire lifestyle pursuits with its outdoor living spaces, distinctive dining options, business and meeting services, as well as family activities. The fourth Hong Kong property of the luxury hotel group Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is centrally located with 546 rooms and will be the city’s first urban resort. Arrival Experience Upon arrival in the lobby, guests will be welcomed by remarkable views of the waterfront through a curved glass window that soars eight metres high and spans a width of 80 metres. The lobby opens onto a vast outdoor garden with topiary hedges. Adding to the stylish decor is a 50-metre Turkish onyx marble wall leading to the Grand Staircase and Grand Ballroom. Guestrooms and Suites Over 60 percent of the hotel’s guestrooms feature panoramic views of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island skyline. Starting from 42 square metres for a Deluxe Sea View Room to 294 metres in the Presidential Suite, each guestroom is configured with contemporary comforts in mind and includes a custom-built open closet, complimentary mini-bar choices upon arrival, Internet Protocol Television with free videos on demand and bespoke lighting pendants infused with subtle Asian references. The Club, a 300-square-metre lounge, provides guests staying on dedicated floors with personalised services and amenities. An e-concierge attends to guests’ needs both inside and outside of the hotel. Restaurants and Bar Unique to Hong Kong, all five of

the hotel’s restaurants as well as its bar offer outdoor landscaped terraces overlooking Victoria Harbour – the perfect backdrop for the city’s newest dining destination. Hung Tong, the hotel’s signature restaurant, honours Hong Kong’s past while creating a modern experience of Chinese cuisine. Inspired by the 19th century shipyards that once dominated the Hung Hom Bay neighbourhood, red brick walls evoke the feeling of “old Hong Kong” and are complemented by traditional metal gates, wooden vents, vintageinspired chairs and tinted glass pendants. The all-day dining restaurant, Big Bay Café, takes guests on a global culinary experience with seven individual pavilions dedicated to specific cooking methods and local and international cuisines. Aside from the buffet, diners can opt for lighter fare at the Grab n’ Go Cart at the restaurant’s entrance, where fresh pastries, deluxe sandwiches and premium coffee will be made daily for takeaway. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating. While enjoying the Lobby Lounge’s menu that features Asianinspired cocktails, homemade soft drinks and reinterpretations of some of Hong Kong’s favourite and nostalgic dishes, guests can relax in surroundings furnished in soft hues of mauve, bronze and mineral grey accented by beige and boticino classico marble. From the 270-degree wraparound terrace at Red Sugar, the hotel’s bar, sweeping views of Hong Kong’s skyline adds to the vibrancy of the place when it transforms in the early evening with live music. Dockyard brings international culinary talents together under one roof. Open from mid-morning to late night, it caters to every palate and craving at affordable pricing. With its own app for iOS and Android, Dockyard brings a modern convenience to diners enabling users

to browse purveyors, menus, order food and drinks, and pay. Meetings and Events Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong is home to the city’s largest pillar-less hotel ballroom and 17 beautifully appointed event spaces. At an impressive 1,756 square metres, the Grand Ballroom can accommodate over 1,000 guests for a banquet and is ornately decorated with nearly 20,000 overhanging rock crystals. The venue is equipped with Hong Kong’s largest LED wall measuring 15.4-metres wide by 4.3-metres high. Another adaptable function space – the Hung Hom Ballroom, at 1,125 square metres, is dressed in hand-painted wall-coverings embellished in an artisanal gold patina. Both ballrooms are capable of hosting conferences, weddings and special occasions and cleverly integrate indoor and outdoor space, with terraces offering uninterrupted views of Hong Kong’s skyline. Recreation Overlooking Victoria Harbour, Base Camp Kerry Sports goes beyond the typical hotel fitness facility and extends an active lifestyle beyond the hotel’s doors with outdoor activities including running clubs. Operating 24 hours a day, Base Camp includes a wide selection of fitness equipment, a 25-metre outdoor infinity swimming pool which is heated in winter, Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna and spa facilities. In keeping with the hotel’s myriad leisure pursuits The Bay Area Guide, created by Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, will allow guests to rediscover the city’s history and food culture trails along the shore of Hung Hom Bay. Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay Kowloon, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3069 9988 (toll-free) Email: reservations.khhk@thekerryhotels.com www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry

Amari Buriram United Situated at approximately a 50-minute flight or four-hour drive from Bangkok, Amari Buriram United, Thailand’s only football-themed hotel, is offering its Super Saver package with rates starting from 2,758 baht ++ per night for a minimum two-night stay. The package is available until August 31, 2017, and includes breakfast for two, a Thai set dinner at Kick Off restaurant, early check-in at 10 am, late check-out until 3 pm and mountain bicycle rentals at only 100 baht for three hours of adventure . For more information and to make reservations, visit https://goo.gl/93eBim. Amari Phuket Choose Amari Phuket as your base, with rates starting at 4,714 baht +++ per night for a minimum three-night stay, including breakfast for two, a round-trip transfer from the airport, an authentic Thai set menu dinner at Rim Talay restaurant, and late check-out until 4 pm. The package is available until December 15, 2017. For more information and to make reservations, visit https://goo.gl/PckOM8. Amari Vogue Krabi With elegant Lanna-inspired architecture and a beautiful garden setting, Amari Vogue Krabi offers guests a special package starting from 5,130 baht ++ per night for a minimum three-night stay. Available until March 31, 2018, the package includes a daily breakfast for two, a round-trip transfer from the airport and complimentary access to the hotel’s kayaks. For more information and to make reservations, visit https://goo.gl/ZK8jVW.

Exclusive rate for 5th anniversary at The Okura Prestige Bangkok The Okura Prestige Bangkok celebrates its 5th anniversary in May 2017 and to mark this auspicious occasion the hotel is offering exclusive rates starting from 5,555 baht ++ for a single occupancy per night in a Deluxe room. Book a Club room category or higher to enjoy unlimited access to the Okura Club Lounge. Special privileges include: - Express check-in and check-out - Personalised concierge services - Evening cocktails and snacks from 5:30 to 7:30 pm - All-day refreshments, including a Japanese tea corner and fresh fruits - Soft drinks and beers in your refreshment cabinet replenished once daily - High-speed internet access - Complimentary blockbuster movies, and much more The 5th anniversary exclusive offer is available for bookings during May 7 to 14, 2017 and for stays from May 7 to September 30, 2017. Full prepayment is required at time of booking, which is non-refundable. For more information and to make reservations, call 02 687 9000 or visit www.okurabangkok.com.

Fabulous Weddings in the Garden at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok

Deluxe Sea View

Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok offers a special wedding in the garden package starting from 190,000 baht ++ which includes all wedding necessities plus an additional host of added benefits for bridal parties. The package is available for reservation from now until December 30, 2017. The ceremonies and receptions will be held outside the hotel in the lush and ornate garden. Amongst the tropical surroundings you will also find the uniquely beautiful Sala Thai that will be the perfect backdrop for any event. Wedding in the Garden Package is inclusive of flowers and floral decorations including bridal bouquets, a magnificent multi-tiered cake, scenic backdrops with bride and groom’s names, a complimentary luxurious dinner at one of the hotel’s grand restaurants and a complimentary one-night stay in a Honeymoon Suite inclusive breakfast.

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For reservations, contact 02 541 1234 ext 4210 or email CGLBcatering@chr.co.th.


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Bangkok International

by John K. Lindgren

Motor Show – “BIMS” 2017

BIMS 38th Edition Pulls In 1.6 Million Visitors. Order Books Filled with 36,000 Units From budget subcompact Suzuki Celerio at 363,000 baht to ultra prestigious Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé sticker price a cool 46.5 million baht. Year 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of BIMS also known as "The Bangkok International Motor Show". One of the biggest annual Southeast Asian automotive events traditionally kicking off during the hot season March/April at Challenger Hall Impact Muang Thong Thani.

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lways packed. Always exciting. Always busy. On the Press/Media Day yours truly attended the countless press conferences, drank 600 cups of strong coffee, collected press kits and goodie bags, brochures and walked 500 hundred miles on bright red carpets under megawatts of LED lights. It's all about: Kicking the tires slammin' the doors and checking out the "pretties", the attractive presenters. I LOVE THE MOTOR SHOW! This year's 12-day automotive exhibition and sales extravaganza from March 29 to April 9 impressed the visitors with 32 passenger car and pickup brands plus 10 motorcycle marques as well as a sea of aftermarket accessories. Many auto manufacturers focused on alternative energy vehicles with plugin hybrids, low-emission vehicles and electric vehicle concepts. In the rarified, ultra high-end segment the Aston Martin marque (featured in several James Bond movies) revealed the Vanquish S in glossy piano black, making its Asia

Pacific debut. Another legendary nameplate: Rolls-Royce a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW since 1998. "RR" made its Southeast Asia debut at the show with Wraith Black Badge and the Phantom Drophead Coupé (drop dead gorgeous) sticker price: 46.5 million baht, only. In the center of the exhibition hall the Audi booth attracted a large number of crowds. The German premium Ingolstadt headquartered Audi has made a strong come back with a new importer and distributor:

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Meister Technik Co, Ltd also known as Audi Thailand introducing many new models for the Thai market. A comprehensive selection including the brand new Audi Q2 compact luxury crossover, Audi A5 Coupé. Also the bigger Audi Q5 SUV which made its ASEAN debut here at the Bangkok 2017 Motor Show. The Audi lineup of sedans, coupés and SUVs filled the sales consultants' order books. A total 184 bookings beating Volvo (140) Continued on page 4/24

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Property Sansiri confident of Pattaya’s real estate revival Sales to Thais and foreigners rising steadily Sansiri Public Company Limited is confident of continued demand for holiday homes by Thai and foreign customers in Pattaya as the resort city remains one of the preferred tourist destinations in the country resulting in increased interest among investors in this venerable holiday city. The 2016 overall sales growth over the previous year among Thai and foreign customers in the condominium and single house markets, or the rental market, was as much as 80 percent, especially for condominiums. The most preferred locations are right on the beaches or those with the view of the beaches on the famous Pattaya Beach stretching from North Pattaya to South Pattaya, or on Wong-amat Beach that promotes tranquility and privacy. (Information from Research and Development Department of Plus Property Co., Ltd. shows the revival rate of the market from 3 percent to 80 percent, from the overall supply of 56,953 units, while the beachside properties also were found to be selling well, likewise, at about 80 percent on average)

Uthai Uthaisangsuk, senior executive vice president – Business Development and Project Development Division (High Rise), Sansiri Public Company Limited, elaborated on the information, “The overall market projection for 2017 should be interesting for real estate developers, as the impressive growth trend in Pattaya from 2016 is still gaining momentum. This may be due to the fact that Pattaya is a highpotential seaside resort city that has always been popular among Thais and foreigners, although Pattaya tourism has had a setback due to the drop in the number of Russian tourists that used to make up the majority of visitors to Pattaya. “However, it is notable that the demand for beach-side developments has grown substantially among Thais and foreigners of other nationalities, such as the Chinese, whose presence in Pattaya grew by 31 percent. Currently, the Wong-amat location is strongly coming into focus due to its private and tranquil location with as much as 85 percent of the total supply sold in the 95,000-120,000-baht-

per-square-metre range. The most popular are the one-bedroom units with floor areas of from 40 to 55 square metres. This is because these mid-size units can accommodate more people and can more readily fulfill the needs of renters.” Where Sansiri projects are concerned, “THE BASE Central Pattaya”, the condominium under “THE BASE” brand in central Pattaya on the high-potential Pattaya Second Road, racked up 100-percent sales very quickly in 2013. Since its completion as scheduled in 2016, customers have continuously taken the transfer of ownership – 66 percent of Thai owners and 34 percent of foreign owners. The ratio between own domicile and to release for rent is about 30:70, with the good rental yield of 7 percent and the resale price appreciating by 15-20 percent – a satisfying return for investors. Meanwhile, the high-end “Baan Plai Had by Sansiri” condominium project shows a sales figure of 95 percent with 80 percent being Thai customers and 20 percent foreigners. The ratio between own domicile and

SM Proper Plus to launch new projects Ekarath Champa, CEO of SM Proper Plus, plans to open new projects with estimated value of 1.245 billion baht in Nakorn Panom province, both detached houses and condominiums. According to the economic growth trend and border trade investment promotion area, this will be the location of the third Thai-Laos friendship bridge, along with the near future rail system connected with China, Vietnam and Laos, Nakorn Panom seemed to be foreseen as the fruitful futuristic investment city. Phongsak Plianpadung, SMPP managing director, remarks that their current project, Valerie Office Center project, is the first high end office center in Theparak road at KM 7.5. This business area is located near the Suvarnabhumi airport, surrounded with industry hubs, big shopping centers, international school, hospitals and the government’s future projects such as mass transit i.e. yellow sky train - Sridan and the Kanchanapisek express way (eastern ring road). The Valerie office center, first phase is located on a seven-rai, 17-ngan, 11-square wah land, consists of five floors with 17 office centers. The building exterior was inspired by Renaissance design, a mixture of British and modern classic style which reflects the modernity and elegance of European style. For the interior, it’s a

combination of modern classic and luxurious style. The security system sets with full CCTV camera and 24-hour security guard service operates. While, indoor facilities, consist of VRV air conditioned, touchscreen elevator system, LED lighting system, instant high-speed internet platform for office center, CCTV with10 cameras. Each building area ranges from 107 to 145.5 square wah. Price starts at 52,000,000 to 67,500,000 baht. For more information, contact Valerie office center, Theparak at 02 040 8900 to 2 or visit their website at valerie.smproperplus.com.

THE BASE Central Pattaya to release for rent is about 60:40. From early in 2017, Sansiri has included both “Baan Plai Had by Sansiri” and “THE BASE Central Pattaya” projects in the “Holiday Homes” campaign to support the demand for holiday homes in the resort city during the high season. The campaign rounds up condominium projects and ready-to-move-in single-house projects in five famous resort cities together. The special promotion specially at “Baan Plai Had by Sansiri” is for the completely furnished three-bedroom unit with sea view priced only at 14.99 million baht. The campaign is receiving great interest among the customers who have the full confidence in Sansiri’s brand and quality.

“We expect that the real estate market in Pattaya will continue to grow, particularly at locations on the beach or those with good sea views. The higher project development cost and the limitations in land availability that would reflect on the cost of investment have resulted in the investment in ready-to-move-in condominiums becoming the holiday homes of choice. Another reason is their good selling prices because of the attractive sales promotion. Another factor is the actual units are ready for inspection before any decision is made – a big contrast to other new projects where uncertainties abound. This is a clear competitive advantage in the real estate business at present,” Uthai concluded.


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Volume 6

Legal Advice L E G A L A DV I C E

Issue 08

1-15 may 2017

by Magna Carta Law Office

OFF-PLAN PROPERTY INVESTMENT What does “off-plan” property purchase mean? “Off-plan” purchase is the purchase of a property which has not been built yet or that does not actually exist or is currently under construction at the time the contract is signed, and the decision to buy is made with only the location and proposed building plans are available for assessment. What are the benefits of buying off-plan properties? Buying off-the-plan is one of the easiest ways to acquire a property. Most property developers offer very attractive payment terms allowing you to pay a small deposit which may be settled in several flexible terms and the balance of the purchase price does not need to be paid until the property has been built which provides buyers with time to plan their finances.  Buyers who purchase in the early phase of a development can have the opportunity to choose the best units which, in time, offer highest capital appreciation, and will also generate the greatest rental incomes. Generally, the prices of offplan properties are usually very competitive and can be locked at the market price as of the contract date. Properties appreciate in value between the period of buying off the plan to the date the project is completed. Properties purchased closer to completion will be more expensive than those purchased early because as the demand rises

and more units are sold, the prices of all the remaining units also increases. What are the risks involved in buying off-plan properties? l Buying a property that you cannot physically see or inspect is already a significant risk. This means that when signing the contract, the buyers need to rely on floor plans and images so the buyer does not know exactly the quality and how the property will look when the construction is finished. l One of the biggest risks in buying off-plan properties are project delays. Or in a worstcase scenario, the developer goes bankrupt before completion so there would be a possibility that the project and contract could be cancelled. Some property developers do not have their own funds but instead source funds from the buyers and financial institutions. l Sometimes a developer may not have received pre-approval. The design or dimensions of the property may change to achieve EIA and

committee approval. l It is possible that after the property has been constructed, the valuation of the property may be worth less than what you paid. How to avoid the risks? Investors are advised to take extra precautions before finalizing any transactions. Due diligence is a useful tool for estimating the status of a prospective project and the developer which significantly helps to reduce the risks involved in buying a property that has not been built yet. Legal advice must be obtained before signing any document or paying any money. The need for thorough detailed due diligence is recommended to begin prior to the signing of a binding contract. It is recommended that you have a lawyer in Thailand to review the contract drafted by the seller to ensure it is prepared with proper terms and conditions that meets the standard terms as required by relevant laws and confirm that the contract does not contain terms of any hidden cost and drawbacks.   It is essential to be aware of any pending or potential legal action involving the property and to make sure that the developer has all of the required permits and legal documentations for a project that is not yet built. The necessary title and background investigations provide the initial basis to confirm any safe purchase and ensure that both parties deal with each other fairly. The failure to conduct the necessary safeguard usually results in terrible consequences such as serious financial and legal distress on the part of the buyer. 

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Volume 6

Issue 08

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and Lexus (116) orders respectively. But, Mercedes-Benz (2,090) bookings and BMW (1,273) are still far ahead. However, both 'Benz' and 'Bee-Emm' have local assembly CKD (Completely Knocked Down) while Audi motor cars are (Completely Built Up) CBU or wholly imported. Audi is back! Carrying the strong slogan: "Vorsprung durch Technik", meaning "Advancement through Technology". The revered Stuttgart 'threepointed star' Mercedes-Benz, with its impressive customer lounge serving potential buyers premium German beer and Chilean Chardonnay and delicious canapés launched the new E-Class Coupé loaded with advanced driver assist features. Mercedes-Benz motto: "The Best or Nothing" The Munich based arch-rival BMW's (Bayerische Motoren Werke) modern designer lounge boasted savoury catering from the five-star Peninsula Hotel. 'Beemer' booth highlights: The new 5 Series and the plug-in hybrid version of the 7-Series. The adjacent MINI concept display area showed off the Countryman and Clubman both outstanding, souped-up John Cooper Works (JCW) editions. The Japanese Honda always one of the most popular and bestselling brands at the motor show displayed two important new models: the all-new Honda CR-V Diesel and the new cool Honda Civic 5-door, hatchback. Both models made their ASEAN debuts. The 1.6-liter turbo diesel Honda compact SUV attracted a lot of media attention being the first-ever Honda diesel launched in Thailand. The 1,600-cc turbo oil burner promises excellent fuel economy and tons of torque. Price for the new top-spec of the CR-V diesel 1.699 million baht. Market leader Toyota Thailand – no new product this year. But, facelifted (minor-model change) versions and attractive sales promotions helped Toyota maintain its leadership in the mass-market segment. Toyota also presented a concept vehicle: FCV Plus, a 2+2 powered by a fuel cell stack that converts hydrogen into water. Innovation is the future. A motor show without concept vehicles is no motor show! More concept cars: Nissan, showed its SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) vehicle featuring the world’s first Bioethanol Electric Power system, and Mitsubishi booth highlighted the MiEV Evolution III concept electric race car that took part in the North American Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The iconic Italian luxury sports car Maserati "Una Bella Macchina", also with a new importer, revealed its completely new crossover, the

powerful and stylish Levante, which competes against the already established Teutonic SUV's Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X5. The motorbike booths and bikerchick pretties draw huge crowds of onlookers. Especially the big bikes: The American legendary HarleyDavidson with its latest models and the Italian scooter Vespa, built in Vietnam imported and distributed by Vespiario Thailand Co, Ltd. Among the electric vehicles tricycles and electric golf 1,019 orders, mainly from H Sem Motor Company. Whether you're a car, bike or accessory lover, petrol head, boy racer, Sunday driver – or just looking for an affordable family car, Bangkok International Motor Show will never disappoint you. Admission fee: 100 baht. Less than the price of one cine/multiplex movie ticket.

"Safe Driving & Safe Riding. Remember: Always Buckle Up and Helmet On" In French: "Au Volant La Vue C'est Vie"


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Volume 6

Issue 08

1-15 may 2017

Business News International developer Sunplay Asia appoints Phornphun Phornprapah as company chairperson

The Board of Directors at Sunplay Asia, the developers behind the expansive new residential community on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, Sunplay Bangsaray, have endorsed Phornphun Phornprapah as company chairperson. A well-respected business figure in Thailand, Phornprapah holds senior roles in several other large Thai companies, including Siam Motors Co, Ltd (Nissan), Siam Country Club Co, Ltd and its affiliates, and

Siam At Chonburi Co, Ltd, owning company of the five-star Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya. She is an independent director of Seamico Securities Plc, where she sits on the Audit and Risk Management Committee, and also owns a shareholding in the Siam@Siam Hotel Group. Phornprapah’s family is a significant shareholder in Sunplay Asia and has longstanding interests in the area that surrounds the Sunplay Bangsaray development. Commenting on her interest in the project, she said, “We truly believe that this part of Thailand is a wonderful place to enjoy an active and fulfilling lifestyle in one’s mature years. The advantages are numerous with a safe and clean living environment, excellent visa arrangements to support second home investments and clear price advantages when compared to other parts of Asia.” “All these factors combine to ensure that Thailand maintains

and builds on its well-established reputation as one of the world’s top 10 retirement destinations,” Phornprapah added. Sunplay Bangsaray extends across 28 hectares of ocean view land within a private gated development located just 90 minutes’ drive from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The residential resort community offers residents and investors a choice of 70 freehold condominiums, 50 Pool Villas, several large luxury residences, and The Sunplay Club, an exclusive private residents’ facility designed to offer a stylish, relaxing environment with an onsite deli and café, expansive pool and poolside bar, fine dining restaurant and well stocked wine cellar. The estate features jogging and biking trails along its lakeside pathways and is a short drive to world-class golf courses, marinas, dining and retail attractions. Sunplay Asia’s signature First Class Concierge service will offer residents

THAI and Bangkok Airways enter code-share agreement Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), led by Acting President Usanee Sangsingkeo, and Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited, led by President Puttipong PrasarttongOsoth, signed a code-share agreement at THAI’s Head Office to strengthen their respective route networks, to facilitate commercial sales, and to improve passenger convenience in flight connections between the two air carriers. Usanee Sangsingkeo (second from left) said that THAI and Bangkok Airways have had a good long-standing relationship for more than 20 years. The two air carriers entered into an interline agreement in 2003, which made it possible for passengers to purchase air tickets and conveniently travel on connecting flights between THAI and Bangkok Airways, which help

to boost commercial sales for both airlines. The agreement between THAI and Bangkok Airways has further developed into a codeshare agreement in order to better facilitate expansion in the area of commercial sales and increase passenger convenience on more flights that connect between the two air carriers. This also helps strengthen the Thai airline industry, supports the Thai economy, increases tourist arrivals into the country, and elevates Thailand as the aviation hub of ASEAN. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth (second from right) said that Bangkok Airways continually works towards making product and service improvements for maximum passenger satisfaction. Building code-share agreements with leading international airlines is to increase its capacity through the route network

and sales. What is most important is to make travel convenient for passengers traveling inbound from destinations across the world and to connect them to various final destinations operated by the airline. Currently, the company has entered into code-share agreements with 22 leading air carriers worldwide. Bangkok Airways has taken the important step to enter a code-share agreement with THAI which is the national carrier, a leading international airline with international service standards, and operates to 61 destinations across the world and Bangkok Airways’ current network covers more than 12 domestic and 16 international destinations with strong connections to ASEAN countries and the airline continues to expand its route network. This cooperation will help to strengthen the relationship between both airlines as well as their respective networks, successively elevating the quality of service for Thai air carriers, which supports Thailand as the aviation hub of ASEAN. The code-share agreement will be on the following routes: Flights Operated by Bangkok Airways 1. Domestic flights on 10 routes: roundtrip flights on the route Bangkok-Samui, BangkokChiang Mai, Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Krabi,

personalised access to a wide range of activities and attractions. Chris Delaney, managing director of Sunplay Asia, said, “We are delighted to have Phornphun’s support. She knows the area very well and will enable Sunplay’s cooperation with area attractions like the Siam Country Club, Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya to become even stronger. We expect many Thai investors to eventually become part of the Sunplay community and Phornphun is particularly keen to offer her guidance with regard to integrating a true sense of Thainess into this development, as well as in Sunplay Asia’s future projects.”

Sunplay Bangsaray is located within easy access of the fast expanding U-Tapao International Airport, which has been dubbed Thailand’s third international transport hub. Major improvements to the main highway from the Thai capital to the coast are also underway, and a planned high-speed rail link between Bangkok and Pattaya will further reduce travel time. Sunplay Asia has received EIA approval and construction begins in May 2017. Sunplay The Heights Condominiums and The Sunplay Club are scheduled for completion in the second half of 2018. Prices range from USD 250,000 to 1 million.

Hospitality veteran Lyle Lewis joins Conrad Koh Samui as general manager Conrad Koh Samui has newly appointed Lyle Lewis as general manager for the resort. Lyle moves from Conrad Maldives Rangali Island where he was previously the general manager for the property located in the Indian Ocean and will now be responsible for overseeing of management and operations at Conrad Koh Samui. Commenting on the appointment, Daniel Welk, vice president of Operations – Luxury, Asia Pacific, said, “With a vast experience in hospitality, Lyle will ensure that smart luxury guests to Conrad Koh Samui will enjoy the exceptional inspired experiences that the Conrad brand has always been renowned for, connecting them to the local culture of destination Thailand.” With a career spanning more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, Lyle brings with him a wealth of experience to Conrad Bangkok-Lampang, BangkokSukhothai, Bangkok-Trat, Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son, and SamuiPhuket. 2. International flights on 4 routes: roundtrip flights on the route Bangkok-Danang (Vietnam), Bangkok-Luang Prabang (Laos), Bangkok-Maldives (Malé), and Bangkok-Siem Reap (Cambodia). Flights Operated by THAI Roundtrip international flight on the route Bangkok-Singapore

Koh Samui. Lyle joined Hilton in 2014 as general manager for Conrad Maldives Rangali Island following an impressive career in hotel and regional level management. He has worked for many world-renowned hospitality brands assuming numerous positions including the vice president of Operations in Asia Pacific with Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific. and other future routes are being considered. For more information, reservations and ticketing, passengers may visit www.thaiairways.com or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel: 02 356 1111 or through travel agents across Thailand. Passengers may also visit www. bangkokair.com or call the Bangkok Airways Call Center by calling 1771 24 hours a day (at a service charge of 3 baht nationwide, for landline calls only).


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Volume 6

Issue 08

1-15 may 2017

Business News Jamie’s Italian Siam Discovery Record turnout projected for TTM joins with Food Panda 2017 in Chiang Mai by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

The Thailand Travel Mart 2017 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2017) is on track to report a record turnout of buyers when it is held between June 14-16, 2017 in the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC). To be held for the second time

in the northern capital of Thailand, the show has already reported a registration (closure date March 23) of 480 buyers from 64 countries and 354 sellers from Thailand and the GMS countries. As of April 11, 2017, the largest contingent of buyers for TTM+ 2017 are Europe (182), East Asia (137), ASEAN (42), America (38), Oceania (29), the Middle East (11), and Thailand (41). Although final numbers will be established closer to the actual date, so far it is the highest turnout ever, well above the 343 buyers in 2016 and the 440 buyers in 2008. The registration of 354 sellers is also higher than the 342 recorded in 2016. The sellers comprise hotels and resorts (272), tour operators and travel agents (30), GMS (14), entertainment (11), sustainable tourism (8), associations (6), NTOs (5), transportation (4), and other travel services (4). Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “This is a clear indication of the high level of interest in Thailand and Northern Thailand in particular. We are now finalising some very interesting events, activities and tours for the buyers which I am sure will go a long way towards helping them better promote Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand to their clients.” Now in its 16th consecutive year, this year’s TTM+ will be held under the theme concept, “Delivering

Unique Experiences”. The event will be opened on June 14 at 1:30 to 2 pm followed by the forum for Sellers and Buyers and then Local Tourism Product Presentation. The trade show will be held June 1417 at the CMECC. In the evening of June 14, the welcome reception will be held at CMECC. On June 15, a “Lanna Night” reception will be hosted

by the Upper Northern Provincial Cluster. The “TTM+ 2017: Thank You Party” will be held on June 16 at CMECC. The decision to maintain Chiang Mai as the venue of the TTM+ for the second consecutive year was designed to ensure that buyers and media get yet another chance to explore the many unique emerging cultural and natural attractions of North Thailand and the border countries of Myanmar and Lao PDR. It is also part of the TAT’s strategy to better balance the distribution of visitors nationwide. Although the vast majority of visitors head for Thai beach resorts along the southern and eastern coastlines, the future potential lies in the North and Northeast Thailand region, which is set to offer its connecting routes to the neighbouring countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. In the first quarter of 2017, Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged to 9.2 million, generating nearly 5 million Thai baht, up by 2 and 7 percent, respectively over the same period of 2016. Amongst these numbers, visitors from Southeast Asia were up by 18 percent followed by the Americas (+14 percent), Europe (+8 percent), the Middle East (+7 percent), ASEAN (+3 percent), and Africa (+2 percent). For more information, check out www.thailandtravelmartplus.com.

Jamie’s Italian Siam Discovery announced that it will launch a food delivery service alongside foodpanda – a popular and reliable food delivery team. Simply place your orders at www.foodpanda.co.th or on “foodpanda” mobile application and enjoy delicious Italian food delivered directly to you anywhere in Bangkok! A 40-baht delivery fee will be charged per order. Sarah Smith, general manager of Jamie’s Italian Siam Discovery, says, “Jamie’s Italian Siam Discovery proudly presents our food delivery service, directly delivered to customers in Bangkok. We have joined forces with “foodpanda”, who are renowned for their food delivery service in Bangkok. We are going to launch our delivery service, allowing those who want to keep dry to enjoy Jamie’s Italian food at home. This is a great opportunity for those who haven’t been able to visit the restaurant to try our delicious Italian comfort food, without leaving their home or office.” Jamie’s Italian Siam Discovery strives to source only the best freerange, higher-welfare meat and sustainable and ethically produced ingredients. All the recipes are Italian classics with a Jamie twist. The restaurant will also work closely with Thai farmers and suppliers to showcase local produce.

Jamie’s Italian team to give you a taste of Italian home cooking wherever you are. Enjoy antipasti and appetisers, including ultimate garlic bread, tomato bruschetta, primavera bruschetta, roasted carrot and avocado salad, and porcini arancini. Customers can also choose from a delicious selection of pasta and pizzas – think sausage casarecce, tagliatelle Bolognese, prawn linguine, penne arrabbiata, Margherita pizza, Gennaro’s Italian sausage pizza, funghi pizza, Italian hot pizza, and the Parma pizza. For mains or sides, customers can enjoy chicken al mattone, classic super food salad and the Jamie’s Italian Caesar salad. Plus, you can add delicious sides to your meal, from crispy polenta chips to spicy fries, rainbow slaw, and rocket salad.

To finish, you can even order something sweet – try the epic chocolate brownie, raspberry rippled pavlova and tiramisù. Don’t forget to try special drinks like Italian lemonade and Italian sodas. Jamie’s Italian Siam Discovery and foodpanda are ready to serve you incredible Italian food made with the best ingredients – visit the website www.foodpanda.co.th or the foodpanda mobile application. A 40-baht additional delivery charge will be required per one-time order. Those who want to enjoy a fulloption dining experience are invited to Jamie’s Italian Siam Discovery on G floor, Siam Discovery. The restaurant opens every day from 12 to 10 pm. Bookings are available at www.jamiesitalian.co.th or call 02 255 5222.

Amadeus boosts Scoot’s and Tigerair’s international reach with new partnership

agency channel is an effective way to reach business travellers, and the agreement with Amadeus is essential for our business. Over the years, our partnership has helped extend our brand reach through an unrivalled global network of travel agencies, and we look forward to more success.” Hazem Hussein, executive vice president, Airline Group, Amadeus Asia Pacific, Russia, Turkey and CIS, said,“We believe the travel agency channel plays an important role in an LCC’s distribution strategy, and our partnership with Scoot and Tigerair reaffirms that. We’re thrilled these airlines have renewed their confidence in us to deliver the reach they want to the customer segments they wish to target, and we look forward to supporting their growth. For Amadeus-connected travel agents, these agreements further our commitment to delivering the best range of options to cater to the needs of their travellers. The appetite for budget travel keeps growing, and we’re making sure travel agents are well-equipped to serve it.” More than 90 LCC and Hybrid carriers work with Amadeus, and 80 percent of total global LCC and Hybrid seats are available in their system today. Amadeus saw bookings of this segment in 2016 grow 15 percent over the previous year.

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Scoot and Amadeus announced the renewal of their distribution partnership, ensuring that the airline’s fares and inventory continue to be available to Amadeus’ global network of travel agencies. Tigerair, which is expected to come under the Scoot brand this year, likewise joins Scoot in making its content available through Amadeus under a new agreement. More and more low-cost carriers (LCCs) are looking to expand their presence with international travellers and better target the corporate traveller segment, and it is easy to see why. By 2020, Asia Pacific is forecast to receive over 657 million international visitors, and the region is the world’s biggest and fastest

growing market for business travel, traditionally a more lucrative segment for airlines than leisure travellers. Travel agencies are an effective and efficient way for airlines to connect with these travellers, and Amadeus offers LCCs like Scoot and Tigerair access to the world’s widest network of travel agents. At the same time, partnerships like these give travel agencies more affordable options to address demand from a growing population of budgetconscious travellers. Trevor Spinks, head of Sales and Distribution, Scoot, said, “We have a great range of products and services for the corporate travel segment, and capturing a wider share of this market is important. The travel


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Volume 6

Issue 08

1-15 may 2017

Business News Thailand to launch MICHELIN Guide Bangkok to promote tourism by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has entered into a partnership with Michelin Travel Partner to publish a Bangkok edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide. The aim is to allow food lovers to explore Thailand’s culinary scene, raise the profile of Thai restaurants and boost the economy. The first guide is expected to be released by the end of 2017. The Michelin Guide Bangkok is to be released in a bilingual Thai and English edition and will be available in a print and digital version. The Guide will be jointly promoted by TAT and is projected to boost overall food spending per head of tourists in Thailand by 10 per cent. Bangkok will be the focus of the first Thailand based Michelin Guide, with restaurants and eateries from other Thai destinations to be included in later editions. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor, said, “Everyone knows that the Michelin Guides are ideal books for

international food lovers. We hope that this partnership between TAT and Michelin will boost high-quality tourism in Thailand, while helping visitors get more out of Thailand’s rich culinary scene. The Guide will also inspire local restaurants to improve their quality and raise the bar in terms of gastronomic excellence”. Lionel Dantiacq, president and managing director (East Asia and Australia) of the Michelin Group, said, “Bangkok is one of the world’s culinary capitals, offering amazing cuisine, from fine dining from renowned international chefs to small family-owned eateries. The Kingdom’s food also has a long, rich heritage which enhances the pleasure of tourists travelling.” The Michelin Guides have

been published in Europe for more than a century and now cover 28 countries. The reviews are put together by anonymous inspectors who use time-tested methods to ensure international standards of excellence. A restaurant is then judged for: quality of ingredients; flair and skill in preparation and combining flavours; the chef’s personality as revealed through the cuisine, and value for money and consistency of standards. Providing a showcase of gourmet dining around the world, the Michelin Guides highlight the culinary dynamism of a country, as well as new trends and emerging young chefs. In addition the Guides contribute to the prestige of the local gastronomy, thereby making cities and countries more attractive to tourists.

Qatar Airways unveils ‘QSuite’ – a revolutionary new ‘first in business class’ experience Qatar Airways hosted a standside reveal and a packed press conference to unveil its highly anticipated and revolutionary new Business Class experience to the world’s media and travel trade leaders. Ushering in a never-before-seen standard in Business Class travel, the customisable private suites, named QSuite, introduce a host of firsts to Premium Class travel, reshaping expectations for global business travellers. The new seat design was first unveiled moments before the airline’s annual press conference at a spectacular reveal ceremony, on the opening day of the ITB Berlin exhibition, at the Qatar Airways stand. QSuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allows colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and

socialise together. These new features provide the ultimate customisable travel experience that enables passengers to create an environment that suits their own unique needs. Each seat is crafted with thoughtful and luxurious details such as hand-stitched Italian leather and satin rose gold finishing, bringing an unprecedented level of luxury, privacy and style to Qatar Airways’ Business Class offering. To further complement the customisable on-board seating experience that passengers will now enjoy, Qatar Airways is also launching a new food and beverage concept, introducing a menu that offers a host of new dining choices. In addition to the existing decadent ‘dine on demand’ service, the new Business

Class menu will now offer a selection of snack ‘sharing dishes’ available throughout the flight, allowing travellers to turn dining at 35,000 feet into a social experience. A wake-up Express Breakfast will also be available for those who choose to sleep a little longer by making the most of the ‘Do Not Disturb’ option available on the door of their private QSuite. This extensive and ground-breaking refresh comes as the airline celebrates its 20th year of operations marking two decades of growth, industry leadership and innovation. The new QSuite concept will be retrofitted on to the existing Qatar Airways fleet starting from June 2017, at an estimated rate of one aircraft a month.

Manulife’s biggest agency distribution global event held at PEACH The award-winning Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH) was recently the chosen venue for Manulife’s biggest agency distribution global event, the Manulife MDRT PEAK Convention 2017. More than 1,500 delegates, 32 international speakers and VIPs from across Asia headed to the prestigious event where they participated in insightful networking sessions for four days and three nights. A special gala dinner was held during the award recognition ceremony for Manulife’s top agents where delegates experienced an exceptional buffet dinner prepared by Royal Cliff’s award winning culinary team and enjoyed amazing entertainment from various performers.

The convention is the 2nd collaboration of Manulife and Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) which was meant to be an educational platform to help build the skills and knowledge of the company’s high-performing advisors and sales professionals in the financial services industry. As a sign of its commitment to MDRT, the leading Canadabased financial services group, successfully planned and hosted its biggest agency distribution event ever globally inside Pattaya’s world-renowned convention facility, PEACH. “I want to thank everyone at PEACH for all the support you have provided during the planning and execution of our PEAK Convention. Your service was extraordinary. Well done.” Patrice Gaucher,

the regional team leader of Manulife Insurance (Thailand) Public Co., Ltd said. “Our team was so impressed and grateful with the way everything was handled. All this would not have been possible without the quick action, flexibility and solution-focused mindset of the Royal Cliff and PEACH team.” Ma. Teresita Santiago, account manager of 100 Rivers – the event organizer said, “Thank you very much for your attention, assistance and advice during the event’s planning and execution. It was a pleasure working with you and your team and we look forward to more collaborations in the future.” “Our event was a resounding success! We

chose the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and PEACH for their exceptional state of the art facilities and amazing service. We were impressed with the warm hospitality we received and the amazing cuisine we experienced. Our delegates also enjoyed the convenience of staying right across from the convention center as it was such an easy walk from our hotel rooms to the different venues” said Damri Vechaton, executive of Manulife Insurance (Thailand) Public Co., Ltd. “The whole team was very responsive to our needs and their attention to detail in every aspect of our event was evident. As we had a lot of things that we needed to get done, the superb staff went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a memorable experience for

all of us. We appreciate the first-class customer service delivered by the sales and operations team and greatly admire their professionalism. As a premier meeting and event destination in Thailand, we look forward to work with Royal Cliff and PEACH again for our future events!”, he added. Manulife membership

of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) rose consecutively each year. MDRT represents the elite of financial services professionals from around the world and is recognized as a benchmark in the global financial industry for its high levels of productivity, professionalism and customer service.


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STARS RESORT (near Pheonix Golf Course) for sale or rent. Ideal as a private club, tourist, golf or retirement centre. A secluded resort with a swimming pool and eight villas set in tropical gardens all with en suite and resort front parking for 20 plus cars. Front complex consists of kitchen, large bar and restaurant plus security room

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with CCTV and cameras. First floor comprises 2 luxury owners apartments and a newly refurbished 60.sq m. room for use as a private sauna, Jacuzzi or massage facility. Land total 2200 sq m. and total built space 1600 sq m. 15 km to Pattaya and 10 km to Bang Saray plus 7 golf courses within 20 mins. Available freehold direct from the owner. Sports Club Expansion. Necessitates slashing price by 20%. Now 14.5 Million plus transfer costs or leasehold at 1.8 million baht ingoing and agreed monthly rental plus legal costs. Call 084 867 7299 Private club/meeting point for rent. 2,000 sq m garden bar/restaurant, road access, parking for 200 motorbikes or 25 cars as a club, pool, darts including 4 luxury rooms could be massage, Jacuzzi and space for band - no passing traffic - quiet ideal gay nights - any offers or suggestions – located at Phoenix Golf – Call 084 867 7299 (ptmbo-sn1315)Ice cream shop with external seating for customers at a major tourist attraction in Pattaya. The business is easy to run and maintain. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm. Sale Price: THB 450,000. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email: sven.tbac@ gmail.com

( p t m b o - s n 1 3 1 5 ) Bar & Guesthouse for sale in Central Pattaya. New lease available 3 + 3 years & NO KEY Money. Security deposit on the lease THB 200,000. Large ground floor bar tastefully decorated with separate Jacuzzi suite, 6 large rental rooms (all with air con, en suite bathroom, balcony and furnishings), small office, laundry room, large staff sleeping quarters/studio apartment and a 65 sqm one bedroom top floor apartment with its own kitchen and large en suite bathroom. Separate rear entrance to gain access to rental rooms. Priced to sell. Sale Price: THB 1.7 million. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email: sven.tbac@gmail.com (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-sn1115)Resort for Sale. A beautiful resort set in over 2 Rai of land in a tranquil area of Pattaya, but within 20 minutes drive of the town centre. The resort comprises of 9 (nine) chalets, a swimming pool, a large clubhouse/bar/restaurant with full kitchen facilities and seating for over 100 customers + 2 staff rooms. The land is leasehold with 11 years still remaining. The lease has been registered in a company name at the land office. The land rent is paid annually and is fixed for the full term of the lease at an exceptional rate. There is room for expansion and building permits can be obtained to build a further 9 chalets. This is a rare business opportunity and viewing is highly recommended. The business comes with a limited company. Sale Price: THB 7.80 million. Owner Finance Available. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349, Email: sven.tbac@ gmail.com.

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Service for set-up company, accounting, balance sheet, visa, work permit, application of social security. Contact Korawit Accounting Co., Ltd. 084 754 4214 Nattakit Construction Renovation Company. Need office, home, garden, swimming pool improvements? Very reliable contractor, high quality standard job with reasonable price. Please call 038 373 145 (English), 086 831 8879 or 087 509 0102 (Thai) PAC Co., Ltd. Can renovate your condo at a very reasonable price with very good standard of work. Ring 087 139 1539 for estimates Eng, 087 150 4845 Thai If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software or hardware, please phone 0868202577 or 0972549072 (Thai &Eng). I will go to service at your place.

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Houses for Sale

Single-Storey House for Sale. Floor area is 352 sq.m, land area is 185.5 sq. wah, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, maids room, utility office, semi-furnished, private swimming pool, large access roads, located in a very quiet development, underground utility water and electric. House and land is owned in company name. Company balance sheets are all up to date. House is unoccupied and can be completed in a few days. The house has been for sale at 7.5 million baht. However, it has now dropped to 5.5 million baht. Contact Ruby 082 479 1204 or Nisa 085 272 7557. 2-Storey House for Sale. Floor area is 352 sq.m, land area is 211.2 sq. wah, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, maids room, utility office, semi-furnished, private swimming pool, large access roads, located in a very quiet development, underground utility water and electric. House and land is owned in company name. Company balance sheets are all up to date. House is unoccupied and can be completed in a few days. Original selling price 9.5 million baht. However, owing to the owner relocating back to the UK and the low GBP Pound against the Thai baht, the

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price now reduced to 6.5 million baht. Contact Ruby 082 479 1204 or Nisa 085 272 7557. House for Sale. Land Area: 198 Talangwah, 4 bedrooms with A/C, 4 bathrooms with hot water, one Jacuzzi, 2 living rooms, dining room, office room, 9 Airconditioning u n i t s , Eu r o p e a n s t y l e kitchen, separate bar, salt water swimming pool with outdoor shower, picnic area and verandah by the pool, fully furnished, double pane windows throughout, solar water heater for kitchen and bathrooms, alarm and CCTV, automatic outdoor lights, remote control gate. Government water and well water for the pool and garden. Minimum 50% down payment and 7% year interest on the balance for two years. 14 Million Baht. Call 094 557 3013 Spacious Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Selling price is 9.5 million baht. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and 164 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon 135 Tarang Wah (540 sq/mts). 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 (PR2567) Quality Phoenix Gold Golf Club Home! Live the life at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. Selling price is 22 million baht. Spacious 4 bedroom/4 bathroom with 420 square meters of interior space and 220 tarang wah of landscaped gardens. 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 (PR3644) Two Homes One Great Price! Selling Price 6.4 Million Baht 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/Full Basement with spacious interior of 270 Sqm interior/132 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 (PR6422) Gre a t D e a l Ho m e i n Huayyai! Selling Price 6.99 Million Baht, 5+1

Bedrooms/3+2 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/169 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 (PR7018) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 2 5 Mi l l i o n Ba h t , 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Se l l i n g 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5035) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 2 0 Mi l l i o n Ba h t , 5 + 1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 R a i / 6 6 0 Sq m . Fo r 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 (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: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR6075)


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The house has been for sale at 7.5 Million Baht. However, it has now dropped to

Floor Area: 352 square meters Land Area: 185.5 square wah 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Maids room / utility office Private swimming pool Large access roads Located in a very quiet development Undergound Utility Water & Electric House and land is owned in company name Company Balance Sheets are all up to date House is unoccupied and can be completed in a few days

Houses for Sale

Beautiful Private Home Village For Sale! Selling Price 16,000,000 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3+1 Bathrooms, 111 TLW/289 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. (PR1158) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 26 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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 R a i / 3 6 0 Sq m . Fo r 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. (PR4211)

Original Selling Price was 9.5M Baht. However, owing to the owner relocating back to the UK and the low GBP Pound against the Thai Baht,

Floor Area: 352 square meters Land Area: 211.2 square wah 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Maids room / utility office Private swimming pool Large access roads Located in a very quiet development Undergound Utility Water & Electric House and land is owned in company name Company Balance Sheets are all up to date House is unoccupied and can be completed in a few days

A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 27 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Wat Yan & Bangsaray Are Home Villas For Sale! Selling Price 5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 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 (PR1154) Un i q u e a n d Sp a c i o u s 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4516) Ma g n i f i c e n t C o u n t r y 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., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6004)

Houses for Rent

Siam Countr y Family Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/130 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 (PR6276) Beautiful Private Home For Rent! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 370 Sqm/188 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 (PR5695) Reasonable and Well Priced Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/149 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 (PR3451) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 380 Sqm./125TLW. 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 (PR5614) Beautiful Modern Style Home! Rental Price 85,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm/115 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 (PR6507) Large Rental Home near Town! Rental Price 88,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/187 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 (PR1168) 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1601)

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Spacious Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Rental Price 50,000 baht. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and 164 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon 135 Tarang Wah (540 sq/mts). 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 (PR2567) 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 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6999)

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. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier

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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 (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: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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 (PR1896) 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)


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Condos for Sale

Sp a c i o u s 1 B e d r o o m Pratamnak Hill Condo! Selling Price 2.95 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 39 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 (PR3478) Sa n c t u a r y C o n d o f o r Sale ! Selling Price 11.765 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 149 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 (PR2548) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 235 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 (PR4468) 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) Luxury Wongamat Beach Area Condo! Selling Price 27.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 155 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate

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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 (PR1871) 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6369) Gorgeous Sea View! Selling Price is 10.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 68 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 (PR2507) B e a c h f ro n t L i v i n g i n Jomtien Condo! Selling Price is 11.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 142 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 (PR2185) 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 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4979)

1990 Arriva 24ft Ski/ Offshore Boat Forsale

This is 1 of 200 24ft Arriva’s (sports division of Bayliner) built. There are 5 of these imported to Thailand in the late 90’s. This boat is fully restored with a all new custom built 454, 420 HP Chevrolete Engine. Bravo 1 Drive. Other features include: • New Upolstry • All exterior in As New condition. Original Paint • Less than 100 total hours of use since built • Less than 50 hours on new engine • Galvenised Tandem Axle sprung trailer • Thai Registration • Windlass Anchor • Complete new wiring and gauges • New Aluminium Cylinder Heads, Roller Rockers, Eldelbrook Manifolds & Rocker Covers

Reduced from US$40,000 for fast sale

US$ 35,000

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Condos for Rent

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: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRC084) Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 45,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 99 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 (PR1255) Beachfront Apartment.... Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 49,000 Baht/ Mo n t h , 1 B e d r o o m / 1 Bathroom, 80 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 (PR6284) G o r g e o u s Pe n t h o u s e Jomtien Beachfront Condominium! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 200 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 (PR0359) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Wongamat Beach! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/ Month, 1 Bedroom/ 1 Bathroom, 68 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 (PR6793)

LAND FOR SALE

Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 57,490,000 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 37.8 Million for 31 Rai 161 Tarang Wah. (PLD0718) Bang Sarey Beach Front Area! Selling Price is 48,000,000 Million 324 Tarang Wah. (PLD0706) Koh Chang Area! Selling Price is 8,500,000 Million 83 TLW. (PLD1012) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya Area! Selling Price is 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai. (PLD0018) Jomtien Second Road Area! Selling Price is 96,080,000 Million 30 Rai 10 TLW. (PLD1010) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 76 Million 2 Rai. (PLD0004) Na Jomtien – Bangsaray Area! Selling Price is 28,000,000 Million 1 Rai. (PLD1011) Pratamnak Hill Area! Selling Price is 34 Million 1 Rai. (PLD0978) Na Jomtien – Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 21.5 Million 2 Rai. (PLD0013) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 60 Million 343 TLW. (PLD0983) Na Jomtien Beach Area! Selling Price is 22.078 Million 122 TLW. (PLD0988) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 135 Million 1 Rai 346 Tarang Wah. (PLD0987)

HOUSES FOR SALE

Spacious Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Selling price is 9.5 million baht. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and 164 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon 135 Tarang Wah (540 sq/mts). (PR2567) Quality Phoenix Gold Golf Club Home! Live the life at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. Selling price is 22 million baht. Spacious 4 bedroom/4 bathroom with 420 square meters of interior space and 220 tarang wah of landscaped gardens. (PR3644) Two Homes One Great Price! Selling Price 6.4 Million Baht 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/Full Basement with spacious interior of 270 Sqm interior/132 TLW of Land. Fully Furnished including a fully European Kitchen. This will not be on the market very long before it sells! (PR6422) Great Deal Home in Huayyai! Selling Price 6.99 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/3+2 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/169 TLW. (PR7018) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 25 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) 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 Private Home Village For Sale! Selling Price 16,000,000 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3+1 Bathrooms, 111 TLW/289 Sqm. (PR1158) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 26 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 27 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. (PR5052) Wat Yan & Bangsaray Are Home Villas For Sale! Selling Price 5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm. (PR1154) 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. (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. (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. (PR6004)

HOUSES FOR RENT

Siam Country Family Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/130 TLW, (PR6276) Beautiful Private Home For Rent! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 370 Sqm/188 TLW. (PR5695) Reasonable and Well Priced Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/149 TLW. (PR3451) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 380 Sqm./125TLW. (PR5614) Beautiful Modern Style Home! Rental Price 85,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm/115 TLW. (PR6507) Large Rental Home near Town! Rental Price 88,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/187 TLW. (PR1168) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai. (PR1601) Spacious Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Rental Price 50,000 baht. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and 164 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon 135 Tarang Wah (540 sq/mts). (PR2567) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 TLW. (PR6999)

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. (PR1896) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm. (PR1667) Spacious 1 Bedroom Pratamnak Hill Condo! Selling Price 2.95 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 39 Sqm. (PR3478) Sanctuary Condo for Sale ! Selling Price 11.765 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 149 Sqm. (PR2548) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 235 Sqm. (PR4468) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. (PR5075) Luxury Wongamat Beach Area Condo! Selling Price 27.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 155 Sqm. (PR1871) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. (PR6369) Gorgeous Sea View! Selling Price is 10.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 68 Sqm. (PR2507) Beachfront Living in Jomtien Condo! Selling Price is 11.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 142 Sqm. (PR2185) 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 45,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 99 Sqm. (PR1255) Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 49,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 80 Sqm. (PR6284) Gorgeous Penthouse Jomtien Beachfront Condominium! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm. (PR0359) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Wongamat Beach! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/ Month, 1 Bedroom/ 1 Bathroom, 68 Sqm, (PR6793) Condo with Gorgeous Interior Design! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 153 Sqm. (PR1866)

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Condos for Rent

081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Se l l i n g Price is 37.8 Million for 31 Rai 161 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 (PLD0718) Bang Sarey Beach Front A re a ! S e l l i n g Pr i c e i s 48,000,000 Million 324 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 (PLD0706) Koh Chang Area! Selling Price is 8,500,000 Million 83 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 (PLD1012) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya A re a ! S e l l i n g Pr i c e i s 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and

Condo with Gorgeous Interior Design! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 153 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 (PR1866)

Apartment for Rent

Beachfront Apartment for Long Term Rent. 4th and 5th floors, 3 bedroom, 220 sq/m, 25 meters to the Beach 40,000 baht/month. Na Jomtien Penninsula. Contact via email for more details info@driftersbeachcafe. com

Land for Sale

Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 57,490,000 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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

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081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0018) Jomtien Second Road Area! Selling Price is 96,080,000 Million 30 Rai 10 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 (PLD1010) 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 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0004) Na Jomtien – Bangsaray A re a ! S e l l i n g Pr i c e i s 28,000,000 Million 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD1011) Pratamnak Hill Area! Selling Price is 34 Million 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0978) Na Jomtien – Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 21.5 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0013) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 60 Million 343 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate

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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 (PLD0983) Na Jomtien Beach Area! Selling Price is 22.078 Million 122 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 (PLD0988) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 135 Million 1 Rai 346 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 (PLD0987)

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Vehicles for Sale

Honda Jazz i-DSI Silver Metallic 2005 Urgent. With ABS & Airbags Satin Silver, cylinders: 4 cylinders, drive: rwd, fuel: gas, odometer : 189400, paint color: silver, size: compact, title status: clean, transmission: automatic. Interior is very clean with minor wear and tear on some plastic parts. Remote controlled lock/ alarm system (2 remotes for the 2 set of keys). Call 085 632 1545 Ford Ranger Auto 2007. Ford Ranger, automatic, 2007, 4 doors, silver, 143000 km for sale 279,000 baht. Call 0971315638 or 0890980329. (ptmvfs-0716)Ford Fiesta Auto 2015. Only 8,600 km. Price 425,000. Consider PX. PCX 150 and cash. Mobile 086 102 5400

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Youth Focus Songkran celebrations at GIS by Mark Beales Students and staff from Garden International School (GIS) took part in a Songkran celebration to mark the new Thai year. It was a great way to end the term with traditional Thai games and, of course, some

water splashing! Also, students paid respects to their teachers as part of a traditional Thai ceremony. Thanks to the Thai department for organising this event. Mark Beales is IB coordinator and assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School.

Why? by Tim Swihart

As Mick Jagger so eloquently intoned years ago, ‘I can’t get no satisfaction!’ Why did that unpretentious sentiment seem to resonate with an entire generation (and seems to continue to resonate today)? Perhaps one simple word – motivation. We’re motivated to get some kind of satisfaction out of life and frustrated when we cannot. Motivation is necessary in all aspects of life. Without it, the human race would become extinct. Unsurprisingly, it also plays a foundational role in learning. Various psychologists have experimented with motivation to understand the importance of its role in learning and have divided it into two categories – extrinsic and intrinsic. The champion of Behaviorism, BF Skinner, stressed external factors, through his theory of operant conditioning, as important to motivating and shaping behavior and, thus, learning. Simply put, operant conditioning is the attempt to modify behavior through the use of positive and negative reinforcement. Through operant conditioning, an individual makes an association between a particular behavior and a consequence. Through the application of positive and negative reinforcement as the consequence of a voluntary behavior on the part of the student, the student learns. That learning is reinforced (or motivated) through external stimuli, both negative and positive. External, or extrinsic, motivation can be particularly effective in classroom management, which is an important tool for creating a conducive learning environment. Regardless of how effective extrinsic motivation may be in

managing the class to provide focus and an optimal learning environment for the student, there are those who have taken issue with this approach as the most effective means of motivation and learning, specifically constructivists.

Constructivists, who perhaps see their champion as Piaget, see learning as constructed from within the learner. Hence, the most effective motivation to learn, for the constructivist, is intrinsic in nature. Constructivists see intrinsic motivation as much more effective in learning because it does not depend on exterior forces or rewards to sustain the learning. The learner devotes attention to something which captures the curiosity because it is interesting, different and mysteriously unknown. The learner continues to pursue the ‘something’ until it is resolved, solved or the curiosity is satisfied. The learner will persist out of the need for inner satisfaction. Constructivists see this as a

stronger means of motivation because it does not depend on exterior rewards but selfsatisfaction. While intrinsic motivation may be the more powerful in regards to learning, it is not always possible to utilize it in the classroom. Extrinsic motivation has a place in learning because sometimes there is learning material that may not excite the learner, but mastery of that material is necessary for further learning to take place. Use of interesting and entertaining videos on the subject, games for fun or competition based on having mastered the subject, and allowing the students to choose how to approach the subject (such as role plays, visual displays or debates) are extrinsic motivators that can possibly tweak the intrinsic motivators to kick in. Therefore, I use extrinsic motivation as a tool to stimulate intrinsic motivation when necessary. Both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation have their advantages and need not be exclusive in their application. In my Year 7 class at MIS, I have used both and have found both to be effective in engaging the student in learning when applied as the learning situation dictates. My hope is that when my students leave my class, they don’t start to sing along with Mr Jagger! Tim Swihart is a Year 7 teacher at Mooltripakdee International School, Pattaya.


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This & That Is Kim Jong-il really dead?

Popular Conspiracy Theories When reports surfaced just before Christmas that North Korea’s “Dear Leader” had suffered a fatal heart attack aboard his luxury train, conspiracy theorists were having a field day within minutes of the breaking news. Several internet sites claimed that Kim Jong-il was still alive but had been exiled by rogue elements of the North Korean military angry about his alleged, recent deal with the United States to suspend uranium enrichment. So where is Kim now and

who is that guy surrounded by red roses in the glass coffin? One idea has Kim already spilling his nuclear secrets at a secret location in Kansas, USA, where he managed to flee one step ahead of his wannabe killers from the North Korean military. Another suggests he may be at a secret location on a Pacific island learning pottery and hand-weaving with another man very lucky to be alive, one Osama bin Laden. By the way, no problem about the guy in the glass

Doubts persist about heart attack coffin. Plenty of look-alike Kims knocking around. Even a Japanese professor wrote a book a couple of years ago arguing that Kim Jong-il had actually died in 2003 and had been replaced by look-alikes ever since. One of these replacements had apparently fled to Japan and contacted the Japanese professor as he was sick of the lies. Unfortunately, this defector was killed in a car accident and thus unable to verify the rumours. Nobody should be surprised that Dear Leader has given rise to stories galore since his alleged death. The North Korean government itself claimed that there was a double sunset on the day Kim was born in 1942 (it may have been 1941) and an unusually

red sky together with odd movements in a volcano on the day he allegedly suffered the fatal seizure. During his life, it’s said that Kim once sacked one of his spokesmen for stupidly suggesting that his boss had achieved five holes-in-one on a first-ever round of golf. The successor spokesman corrected the mistake – the tally had been eight holes-in-one. No wonder Tiger Woods is jealous. Of all the nonsense produced about Kim Jongil the most believable is the idea that his death was stagemanaged. The news that the world’s last true communist dictator had dropped off his perch was disclosed by a state television announcer who said Kim had died on a moving train at 8.30 a.m. during an inspection and guidance tour around the country. But questions were raised over the official version by Won Sei-hoon, head of South Korea’s intelligence service, who said surveillance footage revealed that the dictator’s personal train on which he allegedly died did not move

over the weekend. In any case, Kim was famous for his nocturnal lifestyle and usually got up around noon. So the authorities may have wanted to stage-manage the death: to create the myth that Kim collapsed from strain whilst working rather than snoozing in bed in his palace. Given that North Korea often tells lies – about the socalled repeated famines or the South Korean warship sinking last year – it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that a few details of Dear Leader’s death were fabricated to give a much better impression and to ease the succession for his son Kim Jong-un. Indeed, governments anywhere often lie about the death of their leader. The nazi radio station claimed that Hitler died fighting the Russians in his bunker whereas the truth was much more cowardly. The Libyan transitional government initially claimed colonel Gaddafi was not murdered by his enemies. We know differently now thanks to the video footage. Although the international press speculation following

Kim’s death was that the succession was far from sure, it has become plain that the 29 year old Kim Jong-un was always more in control than originally thought. Whilst his earlier promotion to four star general had been mocked earlier, Kim Jong-un ordered all units to halt military exercises and return to barracks as news of his father’s death was announced. “This example showed the younger man’s complete control over the military,” said South Korea’s official Yonhap news agency. What is clear beyond a shadow of a doubt is that the world has to face another dose of the Kim family medicine.


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This & That Your Pattaya Horrorscope

by www.UrbaneWomen.com

How To Make A Marriage Last A Lifetime Most of us go into marriage with the promise to stay together “…’til death do us part.” Unfortunately, staying together turns out to be harder than many people imagine, and divorce rates have skyrocketed.

But your marriage doesn’t have to be another statistic, if both parties are willing to do what it takes to make it work. Life-long happiness is possible if you remember these 10 key points: 1. It’s Not Just A Contract While a pre-nup can be important, focus on your marriage as a commitment, not simply a contract. The idea that marriages can be easily dissolved makes us less likely to stick around when things get hard – but there needs to be a pledge from both partners to work together through problems and not give up. 2. No Relationship Is Perfect Relationships are imperfect things – it’s the ability to accept growth and change that makes it worthwhile. Sometimes, your partner is going to disappoint you, such is life. If you’re expecting the perfect relationship, you’re going to live a life of disappointment and pain. Joy is found in creating a strong marriage despite the imperfections. 3. Don’t Badmouth The In-Laws No matter how much your mother-in-law gets on your nerves, never badmouth her to him – she will always be his mother. The goal should be respectful and supportive relationships, but if that’s not possible, minimize contact as much as you can. 4. Stop Being So Negative! One of the quickest ways to destroy a relationship is with constant negativity. Instead of complaining and criticizing, try asking your spouse to do what you want. When you make a request, you often get what you ask for; make a complaint, you get an argument in return. 5. Don’t Shut Down Communication

In a healthy relationship, both partners need to not only be able to express how they feel, they need to be able to really listen to the other. If these aren’t skills the two of you have, couples therapy can help you learn to communicate better with each other.

6. Make Time For Each Other

The strongest couples are those that spend quality time together. Weekly date nights, either out or at home and doing fun things together, are the things that help strengthen the bonds of your relationship. Always make time to do things together. 7. Speaking Of Perfection… Your man is never going to be the perfect husband (just like – believe it or not! – you’ll never be the perfect wife). Adapt to his imperfections, learn to accept him and love him the way he is, just like he loves you the way you are. 8. Give Love Unconditionally There’s an old saying that marriage has to be a 50/50 deal – but instead of thinking that way, why not just agree to give 100 percent, no matter what? Conflict happens when people feel unappreciated, or as if they aren’t receiving as much as they give. Instead, look for ways to give to your partner without expecting anything in return. True love gives unconditionally. 9. Talk. Really Talk. Between work and kids, it can be hard to find a moment to have a conversation, and it seems like most of what we talk about revolves around chores, carpools and what’s for dinner. The happiest couples are those that spend time talking about their hopes and dreams, their fears and feelings. Those deep conversations turn into trust, by building a sense of security. There is no stronger bond than that of being able to truly express yourself openly, knowing that you’ll be accepted by your partner no matter what. 10. Appreciate Your Spouse

Every day, let your partner know just how much you appreciate having him in your life. Never let your partner feel taken for granted. For additional information on romance, health, fitness, beauty, skin care, hair care and more, go to www. urbanewomen.com.

by Professor Blunt

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(Jan23-Feb22)  Aquarius The stars say you are likely to

be put under pressure at the weekend to do something you loathe. Do be on your guard against this sort of pressure especially if it involves removing your intimate clothing.  You just can’t trust anybody these days.  On Wednesday there are indications that you may be offered a way of making extra money.  You must turn this down promptly as being a pimp doesn’t qualify for a work permit. Pisces (Feb23-Mar22)  Like most Pisceans you tend to smell rather a lot, especially under the arms.  There isn’t much you can do about this but you must avoid old-time dancing and all-in wrestling lest you stink the place out.  It’s just a matter of being sensible.  You may be on your guard lest love costs you financially.  Thus do not speak to any strangers in bars after midnight as they are invariably filled with prostitutes. Aries (Mar23-Apr22)  It’s odd to think of you as a ram as your problem right now is likely to be limpness in the nether regions.  This is a common problem for those born under this sign just after their birthday on an annual basis.  You could always try a prostate massage as advertised on the TV but this may pose a problem, if you don’t know what a prostate is.  Because you are thick you think every word beginning “pros” suggests indecency. Taurus (Apr23-May22)  Like all bulls you are a tremendous bore when in the company of others.  Waiting for you to crack a joke is like dropping a flower down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.  Nobody wants to speak to you.  Even if you put a sea-shell to your ear you get the busy signal.  We suggest you start visiting internet cafes as nobody there will be remotely interested in your tedious twaddle. Gemini (May23-Jun22)  Like nearly all Geminis you are out of work and likely to stay that way.  However, there is nothing to stop you marketing what you have.  Geminis tend to have unusual characteristics such as an interest in the burial urns of prehistoric Italy.  However, don’t put this down on your application to be a Thai cook as death and food make poor allies.  Before having sex, check your finger nails which are usually filthy. Cancer (June23-Jul22)  Mussolini was born under the sign of Cancer and like him you are overbearing, selfish, disgusting and fat.  Tomorrow the stars predict you won’t be able to part from somebody you have just met.  However, don’t get overly excited as it may a policeman with a pair of handcuffs.  The only thing we can suggest to improve your evenings is to join a quiz team.  They are desperate for anyone in the low season.

by Madam Zyra

(Jul23-Aug22) It’s rather a  Leo laugh to think of you as a Leader since about the only success you ever had in the leadership stakes was to be the first to get out of a smoke-filled building some years ago.  However, today is a day when you’ll get lots of opportunities to meet new people, even though this may be whilst you are stuck in a long queue in the post office.  Moan, moan, moan is all you ever today. Virgo (Aug23-Sep22) You are a very dense person and your personal morals leave much to be desired.  If you were ever a virgin it must have been in a previous life.  If someone advises you to stick to your guns or to call the shots you instantly produce a revolver which proves you are dangerous as well as thick in the head.  Your sex life is too morbid to write about here.  Suffice it to say that bar girls say they have a headache when you offer yourself. Libra (Sep23-Oct22) Lord Nelson was a Libra and, like him, you have very unfortunate tendencies.  We all know that Nelson’s last wish was to be kissed by a member of his own sex.  As the Milky Way is unusually dry at the moment, love and romance are forecast for you which is difficult to interpret.  It probably means you will be watching a pornographic DVD or reading about someone’s downfall in one of the British Sunday papers. Scorpio (Oct23-Nov22)  Captain Smith of the Titanic was a Scorpio and look what happened to him.  You simply have to accept that your future is as black as the ace of spades.  Remember that purchasing a product which promises the impossible will lead to complete and utter disappointment.  For example, if you buy a hair restorer to cure baldness remember that new hairs may grow only in your ears and nose.  Sagittarius (Nov23-Dec22)  Someone you least expect will be dishonest with you today.  For example, if you give a friendly tramp 50 baht and offer him a 1,000 baht note, he may well give you change for a 500 baht note.  This shows you are completely stupid as you fail to ask why a tramp would have so much money to start with.  You may have to make a decision which isn’t universally popular such as letting out a rude noise on a crowded baht bus. Capricorn (Dec23-Jan22)  Do not take responsibility for something you did not do.  This is particularly important if it is suggested you robbed a bank or are in charge of a brothel.  A matter which is financial and legal as well as being to do with health may well confront you on Thursday.  If this proves to be a hospital bill for an operation you did not have then call a lawyer very quickly.  Saturday will see your prospects improve but not enough to make any difference.


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Local Sports Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik in the points on GT3 debut

The inaugural race of the Blancpain GT Series Asia took place at Sepang in Malaysia on weekend of April 8-9 and Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik was eager to begin the new season in his Vincenzo Sospiri Racing supported Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Partnering Sandy this season is Martin Kodrić, an official Lamborghini Junior Driver. The pair, one of the youngest in the Series, entered the Silver Cup class, the second largest category in the bumper field of 30 cars. After three days of testing and free practice, two frenetic qualifying sessions of 15 minutes each took place on Saturday morning. Stuvik went out in Q1, a session which was red-flagged twice, once at the halfway point and again with two minutes left. The session was not restarted leaving Stuvik in 8th place overall, 5th in class. Kodrić took over for Q2 which saw an almost identical situation with an unwelcome red at the halfway point. Further improvements were impossible when the session restarted and Kodrić qualified in 13th place overall, again 5th in class. Stuvik took the start for race one and behind him a start-line accident brought out the safety car which neutralised the race for four laps. The track went green on lap five and much of the first part of the race was spent with the top six fighting their way past Liu's Ferrari. The number 86 Audi was the first to get ahead and the eventual race winner streaked off into the distance creating a gap which proved unbeatable. On lap nine Stuvik passed the Ferrari to move into 5th and started chasing down Gounon's Porsche. The pit window opened and on lap 13 VSR called Stuvik in to hand over to Kodrić. When the pit window closed and the race settled down the Croatian found himself down in 10th place. His pace during his stint allowed him to pick off Date May 20-21 May 24-25 Aug 19-20 Sept 23-24 Oct 21-22

two places and he spent his last laps defending 8th from a train of Audi's. Kodrić lined up on the grid for Sunday's race in 11th place and after making a good start ran wide in turn three and was forced to return to the pits to have grass removed from the front radiator. He rejoined the race still on the lead lap but over a minute and a half behind the leading cars. With no safety car to bunch up the field there was little to be done in the hour long race except show the potential pace of the car. Kodrić was soon one of the fastest men on the

track and quickly caught and passed the GT4 cars as he fought to close up on the GT3 pack. On lap 15 he pitted to hand the Lamborghini over to Stuvik who continued to push hard as he reeled in the back of the pack. When the chequered flag came out the Thai driver had come back up to 16th place overall, 7th in the Silver Cup. The points earned in both races have left the drivers in 5th place in the Silver Cup standings. The next race will be a special one for Sandy as it will take place in his home country, at the Buriram International Circuit, on May 20-21. Sandy is supported by The Pizza Company, Singha Corporation, Thai Airways, Dacon Inspection Services, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Sports Authority of Thailand, and the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand.

2017 Blancpain Asia Series Calendar Venue Remark Chang, Thailand Round 3-4 Suzuka, Japan Round 5-6 Fuji, Japan Round 7-8 Shanghai, China Round 9-10 Zhejiang, China Round 11-12

Tony Cook hits the big time

by Peter Grey

Tony Cook (right) with Lorraine Percy Again the numbers are still down and I have to say Songkran is certainly the main reason for this. Anyways we had an eager bunch of boys and girls keen to get out and have a hit at Greenwood CC. We played A and B nines, from the white tees, as usual the course was in great condition, the fairways gave a bit of run whilst the greens played as they normally do on this great course. The weather was quite warm (as it should be this time of year) with no rain is sight but, as the day got longer the lack of breeze made it somewhat uncomfortable. On the return to The Swan we greeted many red faces and that had nothing to do with scores, more to do with lack of sunblock. Many slept the journey home. With a small field we were to play 1 Division only which made the day very competitive. It was Tony Cook who came up trumps returning a score of 36 points. He tipped out Alex Field via the countback system. Third home was Peter Bailey finding his way to the

podium yet again on this trip. Winners 1st Tony Cook (27) 36 pts 2nd Alex Field (16) 36 pts on a countback 3rd Peter Bailey (16) 33 pts

Greetings, reader! Did you miss us? The Songkran break is over, people are slowly filtering back into town or emerging from hibernation, and it’s time to get back to the golf. Ahhh... if only all that water had been saved for the golf courses. After the “What did you do during Songkran?” conversations, 19 golfers saddled up and headed out. Our return to golf was to Crystal Bay. Yes, start on an easier one. We were assigned

by Steve Ellison

Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees 1st – Alan Rothwell (7) 40 points 2nd – Peter LeNoury (14) 38 points T-3rd – Dave Ferris (19) 36 points T-3rd – Mark Wood (12) 36 points It is an abbreviated writeup for the results this week as Songkran takes us up to Khao Yai, so all the results from the trip will be posted next week. We had the course all to ourselves today and with decent weather it was truly

up on the back nine but one thing is for sure, summer is here! Scores were on the low side today as playing from the whites at the 6,300-yard mark was a big ask from the lads in this weather. With the vouchers, we had a good rate at 1,100 baht for the green fees. One topic of conversation coming back in the van was how good the greens were here today, and overall the course was in very good shape. The last par-3 is our regular near pin prize and it was Tom Cody who got the closest.

NTP’s A2 D-For A6 D-For B2 D-For B5 Keith Buchanan Long First Putt A9 Tony Cook B9 Tony Cook Back at The Growling Swan, with no welcomes we said farewell to Tommy Gress who joined us for the first time. To say he had a good time would be an understatement. We wish you well and hope you travel safely! 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.

Bob Watson amazing at Crystal Bay by Derek Brook

Rothwell looks ready!

the B and C courses. Some people hadn't seen the B course before or often, and it’s probably the most scenic and difficult of the three. The course overall was in good to excellent condition. At least Crystal Bay knows to leave some grass on the fairways. Greens were quite acceptable. The day was rather hot, but an earlier tee time helped avoid some of it. After a layoff you would think the scores would be worse than usual. You would be wrong. Scores

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Phoenix Gold – Stableford – White Tees 1st – David Deira (20) 34 points 2nd – Masao Ishikawa (19) 32 points 3rd – Paul Fritsch (28) 30 points Boy was it hot out there today. A slight breeze picked

Thirty points were all that were needed for third spot today, and Paul Fritsch was surprised to hear Capt. Phil call his name for some handsome man tickets. At the 32-point number, it was senior member Masao “Ishi” Ishikawa taking sole second place. Our buddy from South Africa is back in town and Dave Deira was the winner today. Nice shootin’ mate, no fading on the back nine for you! The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and located in the heart of Pattaya on Soi LK Metro. We broadcast all PGA, EPL, UFC, NFL, MLB and NHL games live. Our kitchen is open from 7 am to 10:30 pm with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www. golfclubpattaya.com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook. com/golfclubpattaya. All handicaps welcome.

were quite good and unless you shot well clear of your handicap your job was to sit and clap. What to say about Bob Watson? Awesome, amazing, bow down to thee ubergolfer! Bob won the day with 42 points off his minuscule 7 handicap. Those good with math will realize Bob shot 73, a single lipped out putt over par. Those who normally gripe about winners by saying “But look at his handicap” go mute. There was more excellent golf. Big Steve Truelove (c/h

9) was right in the mix with 40 points, followed by Nigel Perry (24) and Dick Warberg (21) with 39 points each. Finally John Davis (14) got the final call on countback with 38 points. Wow. Maybe a layoff is good once in a while. We also celebrated Lek's birthday! Lek is the owner of the BJ's Holiday Lodge, the Tropical Golfers call home. Near Pins: Tom Herrington, Barry Elphick, Mick Coghlan, Gerd Riedler Best Nines (non-winner): Derek Brook, Mick Coghlan

millionaire’s golf. Even the ride out was not so bad as they are getting on with the repairs to highway 36, so a 35-minute trip is fine. Mark Wood and Dave Ferris had to share third place with 36. Peter LeNoury had a great round and finished with 38 on the card. Alan Rothwell was the best of the day and his 40 points, shooting off a 7 handicap, was well earned. Looks like Alan is getting ready for our Songkran getaway to Khao Yai. He has won our Man of the Mountain competition twice already, so is he peaking at the right time? Looks like his back troubles are in check, as he also takes the Caddy Smile near pin for good measure.


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Local Sports Songran Getaway to Khao Yai by Frank Quinlan

Forrest Hills, Stableford (blue tees) 1st Mashi Keneta (16) 33 pts 2nd Les Cobban (8) 33 pts 3rd Geoff Parker (14) 33 pts Near Pins: Jimmy Carr, Lee Butler (2) Many years ago Bonnie Tyler sang the song, “I was lost in France”. If she had been around today she may have changed the words to "I was lost in Khao Yai". This was the case for Frank and Les who didn’t make it to the first game of our tour, even with sat nav they had to concede defeat. To be fair, the Sir James course is tricky to find. This is a beautiful layout, but there were a few issues with the greens, slow and bumpy and in need of a mower. Scoring was on the low side with only three players reaching 33 points, the placings decided on countback. There were many hard luck stories and cases of what might have been but these never make it to the score sheet. Overall a very pleasant day’s golf devoid of those pesky little black flies that cause so much annoyance on the Pattaya courses. Khao Yai Golf Club, Stableford (blue tees) 1st Mike Brett (17) 37 pts 2nd Geoff Parker (14) 35 pts 3rd Jimmy Carr (18) 35 pts Near Pins: Les Hall (2), Mike Brett, Mashi Keneta Nestled amongst the mountains of the National Park, Khao Yai Golf Club must surely be the most picturesque course in Thailand. Designed by the Golden Bear, it has some of Jack’s best design work on display. A peculiar feature of the course is the bunkering; red/orange sand is very different, even the course dogs that frequent them are the same colours.  In keeping with the quality of the course, the standard of golf was much improved with the exception of a two shot penalty incurred by both Jimmy Carr and Geoff Parker for playing each other’s ball on a closing hole. Both ended up with 35 points taking second and third places

on countback. Mike Brett took first place with 37 points, 22 on the back nine. Mashi generously donated a Titleist golf tog bag to the winner of the day. Longest drive of the day went to Frank Quinlan, not on the course but on the way to the course. It seems Frank is destined to be dogged by sat nav problems on this tour. Rancho Charnvee, Stableford (yellow tees) 1st Les Hall (24) 34 pts 2nd Geoff Parker (14) 33 pts 3rd Les Cobban (8) 32 pts Near Pins: Mashi Keneta (2), Mike Brett, Jimmy Carr With Frank having difficulty in finding the golf courses he decided to follow the  organizer Geoff only to arrive at the course via the runway of the local airport. Dodging aeroplanes is somewhat unusual as opposed to cars and motorcycles on the roads. The clubhouse was of a very high standard and the view out from there was visually stunning, including a lake with a cabin cruiser moored in the middle. The course promised a very good playing surface, however, as we went around we encountered a variety of conditions, pristine in places and disappointingly shabby in others. Some greens had just been cored and sanded, others had been done a few weeks prior and the remainder still to be done meant an ever-changing putting challenge. To add to this we had also a variety of weather conditions. Starting out in bright sunshine, for a few holes the wind got very strong, and eventually gave way to rain which luckily was very light and brief, and we finished as we started in bright sunshine again. Scoring was mediocre at best; Les Hall took the chocolates with a modest 34 points. Panorama Golf Club, Stableford (white tees) 1st Gerry Cooney (15) 37 pts 2nd Jimmy Carr (18) 35 pts 3rd Mark Stanley (9) 33 pts   Near Pins: Gerry Cooney, Mike Brett, Geoff Parker

Songkran Getaway tour participants Today started out bad and went downhill from there. Over breakfast Mashi and Gerry Garcia decided not to participate any further and set off back to Pattaya. Frank’s bad back didn’t respond to pharmaceutical intervention so he was sidelined also. This left two groups of four to contest the days play. We received a concession rate of 1,000 baht all in as the course was under maintenance, this was Thai speak for coring and sanding the greens. This was not our biggest problem. By any measure this is a tight challenging course, but today it was as dry as the Gobi desert with dry withered grass on hard pan fairways. Anywhere off the fairways was severely punished which resulted in low scores for most, however, none of this mattered to Gerry Cooney who sailed home with a very good 37 points. The rest of the scores are best ignored to avoid embarrassment.

from Khao Yai, and to Highway 7 following golf. Little was known about this course so it was a case of take what comes. A green fee of 1,000 baht suggested it might be a reasonable course and as it turned out that’s what we got. A wide open course with well-positioned fairway bunkers, and good quality greens, however, anything too wayward was appropriately punished. A good watering would improve the course enormously. Our numbers were reduced to six players plus one guest, 7-year-old Tina Butler with a swing to die for. Tina got two parr’s off the ladies tees, an excellent result from one so young. It may come to pass that we have to change our name to The Bunker Boys and Girls. The winner of the day was dad Lee who after some difficulties throughout the week found his mojo and recorded a score of 36 followed in second place by Michael Brett with 34 beating Mark Stanley on countback.

Thanont Golf, Stableford (white tees) 1st Lee Butler (20) 36 pts 2nd Mike Brett (17) 34 pts 3rd Mark Stanley (9) 34 pts Near Pins: Mike Brett, Lee Butler For the last game of our Songkran tour, it was decided to choose a course much closer to Pattaya to reduce fatigue for drivers after four games in a row, so we choose a course in southeast suburbs of Bangkok. Thanont Golf Course was chosen due to ease of access from the highway

Tour overall result The winner for the week was the ever consistent Jimmy Carr who, despite not winning any day, maintained a sufficiently high standard to claim the prize of three sleeves of Calloway balls donated by Mashi. Second and third went to Michael Brett and Geoff Parker. In future, if we undertake a five-day tour it has been suggested that we take a day out in the middle for relaxation and recreation, after five days in a row fatigue becomes significant.

Fred Graham Man of the Mountain 2017 by Steve Ellison

This is the ninth year we have ventured up to Khao Yai province and based ourselves in the town of Pak Chong to escape the madness of a Pattaya Songkran. Overall, we had a great trip as usual, albeit a hotter one than normal. We can usually count on it being a few degrees cooler up there (75 minutes north of Bangkok) but this trip was a hot one. We stayed at the Hill Hotel which is convenient, being right in town so the ladies on our trip were not isolated. I noticed all rooms had new air conditioners and management advised all hallway carpets were being tiled this summer. The swimming pool is the biggest in town! There is a new restaurant called Moosse that is just to the right 80 yards after you leave the hotel that we were all very happy with. Thursday was just a travel day so we had a leisurely three hour 45 minute drive up including two breaks. Friday was our first comp day at Rancho Charnvee and when Gary and Steve finally

found the course, we teed off. Even our caddies mentioned pin placements were wicked but the course was in great shape. Last year it was bone dry but now is back to the lush greens we are used to here. Michael Winterburn won the day with 36 points and Alan Rothwell was right behind with 34. Alan has won this twice before but recent back issues may be a problem. That night we all met up with our darksider buddies from The Players Lounge for some nosh down at the Rim Tarn Inn, and let’s just say the beer and wine were certainly flowing freely. Saturday was optional golf at Bonanza and with a Songkran weekend promo of 1,350 with buggy how could you say no? The course was empty and in beautiful shape. Sunday was our second comp day and the venue was the Seve Ballesteros - designed Mountain Creek. This was voted the least favourite course of our trip and it was supposedly redesigned but you could hardly notice. Alan

Rothwell and Fred Graham shared the win with each on 35 and Phil Smedley struggled for third with 30. Monday was our third comp day and Panorama was the venue. This is a lovely parkland course with some dramatic elevation changes and as the name may indicate, some stunning views. Fred Graham waltzed through here with a winning 39 points and great to see our new friend Rita Zoebeli come in tied for second with the Muscles from Brussels Frank Tordeur at the 37 point mark. We fully expect to report Rita shooting her age in no time! Tuesday was a rest day for some and an optional golf day for others. Some went to the fabulous Toscana Valley and others returned to the Bonanza they enjoyed so much on Saturday. Toscana was great but there is still a lot of construction going on all around the golf course as the multi-million baht housing project is well under way. You just wouldn’t believe the size of some of those houses! It

The Songkran Gang poolside is by far the biggest five-star golf resort development in Thailand. The project is owned by Green Valley and thanks go to Khun Nirand for getting us our tee times at this exclusive golfing destination. The last round of the trip was saved for the incredible Khao Yai Golf Club. This is a Jack Nicklaus golf design and it is spectacular both in layout and the setting. Voted the best course of the trip, K.Y.G.C. also had the best scores. It also blessed us with the coolest weather as overcast skies brought down the temperature to a very comfortable afternoon out there. It was moving day for some of the punters and this was the only day we had our lads hit the 40 mark. Europe was

represented by Walter Baechli and Frank Tordeur who got things together in a big way with each of them hitting 40 points. It was our Aussie mate Fred Graham who cleaned up today and 42 points was his winning score. Our man of the mountain tour is based on the three best scores out of the four comp rounds played so at the end of it all it was a bit of a surprise to see Fred Graham pull through with a total of 110 combined points for his first winning Cowboy hat! It was that final 42 point round that put Freddie in contention and end up with a victory. Fred Birch had one of the near pins but Michael Winterburn was all over those par-3s and scooped all the

other three near pins! Thanks to all who joined up with us for a great week’s holiday to the mountains of Khao Yai for another Songkran getaway. The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and located in the heart of Pattaya on Soi L.K. Metro. We broadcast all PGA, EPL, UFC, NFL, MLB and NHL games live. Our kitchen is open from 7 am to 10:30 pm with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 or see www. golfclubpattaya.com and for more information mail to pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook. com/golfclubpattaya... all handicaps welcome.


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You & Your Pets Toilet training for pet owners Thinking back over the years, some readers might recall when the term “toilet water” was synonymous with cologne or perfume. Today, however, the term may refer to the liquid routinely lapped up by your dog—or very daring cat. A common habit, no doubt, but is it sanitary? If you keep a spotlessly clean toilet bowl, you may think it is no problem for your pet to drink from it. On the other hand, what products do you use to keep the bowl spotless? Are those products safe for pets? Have you ever wondered whether it’s safe for your dog or cat to drink that blue water meant to keep your toilet bowl clean? Or even to nibble on those discs or tablets that many people commonly put in the bowls? In essence, consuming any cleaning agents can be hazardous to your pet. However, drinking only small amounts and in the diluted form of toilet water, the threat is negligible. The animal might suffer some mild upset. If taken in larger quantities, you can give your pet a small amount of milk or fresh water to further dilute the mixture. If symptoms are more severe than mild stomach upset,

contact your vet. Also contact your vet if you see your pet eating any cleaning agents or chewing on those colored discs or tablets that go into the toilet. Many of these products cause burns in the mouth, throat and digestive tract. And use caution if you take your pet to visit other homes where hazardous chemicals might be used. Note also that the water quality in your toilet may not be the same as from your kitchen tap, particularly if you do not have a whole-house water filtration system. Even if the water feeding your toilet is sanitized, remember that the toilet itself is a breeding ground for bacteria and germs that could potentially make your pet sick. Gastrointestinal upset could result from stagnant, bacteriafilled toilet water. Beyond the threat of ingesting contaminated water, pets are at risk of falling into—and being unable to climb out of—the toilet bowl. Smaller pets are most vulnerable. If they climb up to investigate the water in the toilet bowl they could easily fall in, putting them at risk of becoming trapped, injured or even drowning depending on their size and the level of water in

the bowl. Sure, most such hazards are remote, but how inconvenient is it to keep a watchful eye on your pets and to make a habit of keeping the lid down? While you’re at it, consider replacing drinking bowls with a pet water fountain to encourage your dog or cat to drink fresh running water.

Cats for You in Pattaya 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/

Wilber

This handsome boy was rescued as a kitten with his 3 brothers and sisters. Sadly he was sick for quite a while and so missed the opportunity to get a new home unlike his siblings. As you can see he is grown up now and still waiting to be chosen.

Smudge

This friendly but shy girl has been with us for a few years now. She just loves helping in the garden or with the chores! Smudge's best friend is her sister Bobbie Bobtail who is also shown in this article and it would be nice to find them a home together.

James

James is a fine looking fellow who is friendly and loving but quite shy with strangers at first. He loves running and playing in the garden and his favorite hobby is teasing the girls here. A new home with an outside area for him would be ideal.

Some tips to help provide for your pet’s well-being. Bobby-Bobtail

Fractures (broken bones) If your dog takes a severe fall or your cat is hit by a car, there’s a chance that the pet may suffer a fractured bone. If so, muzzle the animal any way possible. Use a standard muzzle if you have one; otherwise tie a towel or other cloth around the pet’s muzzle. Do what you can to prevent the animal from biting you. To transport your injured pet to a veterinarian, secure him to a board

This friendly soul has been with us for a few years now, she was always a bit shy when people came to visit but seems to have come out of her shell over the last few months. She is happy to be an indoor cat too so would be ideal for a secure apartment.

or other firm surface using a blanket or whatever is available—a throw rug, article of clothing, towel, etc. as a stretcher, securing the animal to the board with a blanket, towel or throw rug. You can attempt to set the fracture with a homemade splint, but remember that a badly-placed splint may cause more harm than good. If in doubt, leave the bandaging and splinting to the vet.

Cat Corner Tip

Going to the Dogs... Life is like a dog sled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.

~Lewis Grizzard

Jaguars frequently get high by eating hallucinogenic roots, which also increases their senses and improves their hunting skills. The grief suffered after a pet dog dies can be the same as that experienced after the death of a person. The most popular pedigreed cat is the Persian cat, followed by the Main Coon cat and the Siamese cat.

When choosing a cat food, check the label to ensure that all ingredients are healthy for your cat and that the food meets his minimum nutritional needs. You can ignore terms like "gourmet," "premium," "super-premium," and "natural," which have no standard definition. If still in doubt about choosing the right food, ask your veterinarian for a recommendation. Once you've made your choice, let your cat do a taste test. If your cat likes the food and doesn't have any gastrointestinal upsets (such as diarrhea) after eating, you've chosen well. However, if your cat doesn't like the food, you need to be prepared to offer options. Cats often will go on hunger strikes rather than eat something they don't like, and that can lead to liver failure and death. If you need to switch from one food to another, introduce the new food gradually, in small amounts over a week. This helps prevent your cat from rejecting the new food outright and lessens the risk of upsetting your kitty's stomach.


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Games

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Identify which word is being defined. 1. Definition: Promote: contribute to the progress or growth of; “I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom”. First letter: E Answer: __________

7. Definition: — to travel to a place that is not well known to find out more about it. First letter: E Answer: __________

2. Definition: An element of an alphabet. In a broad sense, includes elements of syllabaries and ideographs. (2) Informative property of characters that are used to write words. First letter: L Answer: __________

8. Definition: Excessively: to an excessive degree; “_____ big”. First letter: T Answer: __________

6. Definition: Detected or perceived by the sense of hearing; “a conversation _____ through the wall”. First letter: H Answer: __________

10. Definition: The state of the atmosphere at a specific time and with respect to its effect on life and human activities. It is the short-term variations of the atmosphere, as opposed to the long-term, or climatic, changes. It is often referred to in terms of brightness, cloudiness, humidity, precipitation, temperature, visibility, and wind. First letter: W Answer: __________

Answers: 1. Encourage; 2. Letter; 3.

5. Definition: A window, window element, or icon that is currently affected by keyboard and mouse input. _____ windows are differentiated from other windows on the workspace by a distinctive title bar color or shade. An _____ window element is indicated by a highlight or selection cursor. First letter: A Answer: __________

9. Definition: The laws relating to all kinds of boats (except those moved by oars). The laws concern property, crew, safety on board, transportation of goods and passengers, wrecks, harbours, etc. First letter: S Answer: __________

Remain; 4. Mostly; 5. Active; 6. Heard; 7.

4. Definition: Largely: in large part; mainly or chiefly. First letter: M Answer: __________

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Explore; 8. Too; 9. Shipping; 10. Weather.

3. Definition: Stay: stay the same; _____ in a certain state. First letter: R Answer: __________

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