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10-year visa arrives

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he government has finally agreed the bones of a new 10 year visa which will be introduced nationally in mid-August. Aimed at wealthier retirees who must be at least 50 years old, applicants are required to have 3 million baht in a Thai bank account or 1.8 million in the account and proof of income from abroad of 1.2 million.

Other requirements are medical insurance - outpatient and inpatient cover - from a Thai insurer and a police clearance certificate from your home country. However, the new visa is optional and does not replace the current one year retirement extension which requires only 800,000 baht without the need for insurance or home country

police clearance. The new visa “O/X� will be issued for two separate periods of five years, with unlimited re-entry rights, but with the need to report the Thai address every 90 days the holder spends in Thailand. Any kind of employment, including voluntary work, continues to be outlawed in this new visa. Some details are still

unclear, for example how long in advance of the visa application the cash must be deposited in the bank and whether there are restrictions on the type of account to be used. The details published so far make no mention of the details of proof of Thai address or the controversial TM30 form which has already created Continued on page 4


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News Police unveil den of iniquity

A naked undercover agent was discovered with a prostitute during a raid on Rioja Gentlemen’s Club, according to Narit Niramaiwong, Banglamung district chief. Police also found several foreigners relaxing in a Jacuzzi, some women reportedly available for sexual services, and a club manager, Yardung Tangkwa, who was arrested.

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Katoey robs Iranian; ho hum

Iranian Arman Karimi was reportedly robbed of 5,000 baht by a ladyboy after he rebuffed her offer of sexual services. Arman was approached by “a beautiful woman” and offered sex for 1,000 baht, he said. The tourist agreed and they set off for his hotel on her motorbike. But as he fondled his potential lover, Arman discovered she was a he. Arman said he immediately jumped off the motorbike, whereupon the katoey picked up a beer bottle, demanded the victim’s cash, and sped off into the night.

Mafia shots Mafioso

Tour guide Panchapat Wattanakit, 33, was arrested for stealing 7,000 baht and 400 Chinese yuan from Chinese customers. The victims reported the theft to police, who later learned that Panchapat was not licensed as a tour guide. The suspect said she took the money to pay her debts.

Play money paid for baht-bus ride

A reputed Thai mafia member Rotjanawat Wongjamnong was killed in his family’s home by fellow gang members, according to the victim’s mother. The woman reported that “more than 10 mafia gang members” broke into her house in search of her son, accusing him of stealing a Buddha amulet. The son argued that he took it as payment for money the suspects borrowed from him. Despite pleas from the elderly woman, a gang member shot her son in the mouth, killing him.

Admirer rapes woman

Baht-bus driver Manee Phujula, 63, reported to police that a Middle Eastern man used fake currency to pay his fare. The driver learned that he had been ripped off when he tried to exchange the 20-pound notes at a currency exchange shop.

An unidentified man broke into the apartment of a 34-yearold Thai woman and raped her in bed. Holding a knife to her neck, the rapist told his victim that he was enamored with her had been waiting for the right time to attack her. Police are on it.

Foreign workers arrested

More than 250 foreigners without work permits were arrested when 50 military and police officers raided their living quarters on Thappraya Soi 4. The bulk of those arrested worked in construction, as did Thais living in the same area. The owner of the location was yet to be determined.

Motorbike stolen and recovered

Anucha Ponchom, 31, parked his motorbike on Soi Bongkot in South Pattaya, entered the nearby convenience store, returned to find his motorbike gone. A witness saw 24-year-old Sujinda Sette drive off on the motorbike. Anucha was familiar with the suspect because he often gives him food and money. Police later found stolen bike and suspect on Soi Land Office. Sujinda argued that he did not steal the bike; he borrowed it. and caught the suspect and retrieve the motorbike.

Thai Army invades Pattaya

The Thai Army and more than 100 police officers led by Narit Niramaiwong, Banglamung district chief, raided Pattaya bars and night clubs in search of prostitutes, drugs and underage imbibers. Disappointingly, they found and apprehended only a few minors. But they will be back, they warned, to ensure that owners of nightspots in Pattaya adhere to the rules.


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News Miss Supranational Chonburi visits Venetian Miss Supranational Chonburi is seen during photo shoot at the Venetian Signature Condo Resort Pattaya. Winner of the title on pageant night will represent Chonburi province in the contest for Miss Supranational Thailand.

Pattaya Food and Hoteliers Expo

The 2017 Pattaya Food and Hotelier Expo, July 4 to 6 at CentralFestival Pattaya Beach, will feature a bartender championship and hospitality art competition, in addition to 40 exhibitions of food and beverages and a mini concert. Promoting Thailand’s biggest hospitality

competition were Wuttipol Charoenphol, Pattaya Permanent Secretary, Krit Jiramongkol, president of Food and Beverage Management Association Eastern Region, and Yuparaj Wongdaokul, head of Bartender Club Eastern Region.


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News Huge shortage of Brits?

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10-year visa arrives confusion in expat circles. Our immigration correspondent said, “The 10 year alternative does not have any particular advantages over the old one year extension of stay, apart from abolishing the need to reapply annually. But it may appeal to some richer retirees in their 50s or 60s who will feel the new regulations give them more security.” He added that many aged retirees will find it difficult or impossibly expensive to obtain medical insurance, especially if they have pre-existing conditions. Police clearance certificates in some countries are not easy to obtain. The new visa seeks to broaden the base of foreigners who will have medical insurance, thus arguably reducing the financial burden on Thai public hospitals. A separate proposal, not yet confirmed, is that all short-term, foreign tourists will need travel insurance - although that

is much less comprehensive than full medical cover. If implemented, that would leave the one year extension of stay foreigners - retirees, students and those with a Thai spouse - the only group not requiring some form of insurance. At any rate for now. Our correspondent says that the possession of insurance does not always result in less financial strain on hospitals. Travel insurance basically covers hospitalization for an unforeseen accident but is far from comprehensive for other illnesses. Full medical insurance also has its limitations as it frequently excludes some health problems, discriminates against the elderly for obvious reasons and contains small-print regulations which may result in refusal to cover costs when a claim is made. Pattaya Today will update the details in August when the new 10 year visa is to be launched.

According to UK government sources there are far fewer British nationals visiting Thailand these days. The number per year peaked in 2012 at about one million and has now slumped to under 450,000, or so it is alleged. The claims are made in the annual survey of British behavior abroad which in turn is based on figures of the Thai tourist industry. However, some care must be exercised in believing the slump at its face value. Thai immigration authorities count every arrival at airports or land borders as a “new” person which can be misleading. For example, a foreigner entering Thailand three times in a year would clock up as three “new” arrivals. In the past, many tourists (including Brits) used to make regular trips to the land borders of Thailand to renew their permission to stay even without a prior visa. Some of these visitors thus entered Thailand every single month, after crossing briefly into Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar, and thus appeared in the statistics as 12 arrivals in a calendar year. As is well known, immigration rules have been progressively tightened since the military coup of May 2014. Foreigners without a prior visa and crossing into Thailand by land are now restricted to two entries per calendar year. There is no formal restriction on such arrivals by air, although immigration officers can refuse entry if they believe the visitor is coming too often without

good reason. There is no problem by land or air if the foreigner has a valid and prior double- or multiple-entry visa or an unexpired re-entry permit. In other words, there probably never were a million UK visitors to Thailand every year because of the double, triple or whatever counting of arriving individuals. 450,000 is likely a more accurate total although boosted by expats with one-year visas or work permits who still travel in and out of the country on a regular basis. An immigration source told Pattaya Today that each arrival at land crossings or airports still counts as “plus one” irrespective of previous travel history. But some Pattaya business sources told Pattaya Today that, statistical quirks notwithstanding, there has certainly been a drop in the number of Britons coming to this resort. They point to data from hotels which show increasing total of Asian guests whilst the total of ‘farang’ arrivals drops steadily every year. Bar owners, especially in South Pattaya which was traditionally a British hotspot, said UK nationals were now much less in evidence on Walking Street and in the open bars of Soi Buakhao. The British numbers attending traditionally popular venues, including quiz nights and some expat clubs, are said to be down. The reasons are a matter for speculation but probably include negative international publicity (the Koh Tao murders), the fall in

the value of the pound since last year’s Brexit referendum and the attractions of neighbouring countries. For example, long-stay expats can obtain 10-year visas in Malaysia which include the right to purchase property and to work part-time in certain sectors. Others are lured by the easy visa rules in Cambodia where one-year permissions to stay can be obtained for as little as $300 and little or no paperwork. The relaxation of visa rules in Vietnam, which currently allows UK nationals to stay a month without a prior visa, may also have played a part. Even so, the impact on the local Pattaya economy should not be overstated. The number of retirement visas for European expats, including Brits, has not shown much of a decline. Several bars and restaurants, especially on the “dark side”, the Mabprachan Lake area and in the residential enclaves of South Pattaya, said they were still dependent on the British market. They said the main difference was that Brits were staying for shorter periods. Property experts said that British condominium purchasers and renters were still a significant market force. A Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) source said, “We are still seeing many British tourists in popular resort cities and in Bangkok, but now there are more and more family visitors rather than sole travelers.” This debate is likely to be with us for many years to come.

Nongnooch Fruit Export Gateway

Guests of honor at the Best Fruit Export Gateway in Nongnooch Tropical Garden were Pakathorn Tienchai, governor of Chonburi, Pol. Maj. Gen. Anan Charoenchasri, Pattaya mayor, and Gilles Garachon, French ambassador to Thailand. The event showcases high quality fruits grown by local farmers, offering tastes of mango, longan, durian, pomelo and others.


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News Parker Heads Field for inaugural Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya Ladies European Tour together with Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club and KhonRak Golf Co.,Ltd., in support of Sports Authority of Thailand and Thai LPGA are organizing the inaugural edition of Ladies European Thailand Championship 2017 which will be held July 6 to 9, 2017 at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club, Pattaya –with total purse money of 300,000 euros (appx. 12 million baht) and special hole-in-one prizes. The tournament returns to Thailand after 12 years. LET champion Florentyna Parker will be aiming for back-to-back victories on the Ladies European Tour when she plays here. The 28-year-old Englishwoman, who recently claimed her third title at the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open in Spain, will have plenty of goals when she tees up in the new event. Now in her ninth year on tour, she will be eager to build on her sensational start to the season. Currently lying in third place on the LET order of merit after four appearances, she will need to finish in fourth spot or better in Thailand to overtake the current OOM leader. She will also have a chance to take the lead in the European Solheim Cup rankings as she targets a place on the team in Iowa. Parker said, “I am really looking forward to seeing Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club for the first time and playing in the inaugural Ladies European Thailand Championship. It looks like a stunning place and with a quality field of LET and Thai LPGA players, I am sure that it will be a fantastic new event. “As this is one of the last three events to count for The Solheim Cup, it is also a very exciting tournament for me personally. My goal for the last two years has been to be part of the European team. With a good result in Thailand, I can get very close to confirming my place. In the last tournament that I played on the LET, I won a thrilling play-off, so I am still feeling very confident and I can’t wait to get started in Pattaya.” The tournament will also feature a strong French challenge, with the 2008 order of merit winner Gwladys Nocera relishing a return to Thailand. The 42-year-old holds fond memories of finishing second to Shani Waugh after a play-off at the Thailand Ladies Open, played at Alpine Golf and Sports Club in Bangkok in 2005, during her third season on tour. She has since become one of the leading names in European women’s golf, amassing 14 tournament victories all around the world from 2006-2015, the most recent of which was the LallaMeryem Cup in Morocco. She also holds the all-time LET record for the lowest 72-hole winning total of 29-under-par. Nocera said: “I love Thailand, I’ve been there a couple of times, and each time it’s a real pleasure. Plus, I’m always looking forward to a tournament, I love to compete, so this is one more opportunity for me. The only expectation I have is to enjoy the week and play my best. I’m feeling good, in shape... so let’s have fun!” Among the rising stars in the field is Nuria Iturrios, 21, from Mallorca, who shot to prominence when she won the LallaMeryem Cup as a rookie in early 2016. Currently lying in 17th place on the order of merit

after a solid start to this season, she cannot wait to visit Thailand for the first time and said: “I’m excited to get the chance to go and play there and discover a new place. I know there are some great Thai players, but I don’t know how popular women’s golf is there, so if, with this event, we can help them to make it more visible and bring more players to the game, it would be great.I’ve been recovering from a small injury over the last few weeks, but I think I’m completely recovered now and I hope I can play my best golf and be amongst the last groups on the Sunday.” The other rising stars in the field include Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands, who claimed her first trophy at the Xiamen International Ladies Open in China in October, Annabel Dimmock from England, who finished third in the recent LallaMeryem Cup in Morocco and Jenny Haglund from Sweden, currently the leading first year player on tour after a tied eighth place finish in the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open in Spain. Ladies European Thailand Championship will be live broadcasted through LET media platform covering 573 million households worldwide and domestic broadcasting will be through True Sport 3 HD of True Visions in four days of tournament from 1 to 4 pm Admission ticket is available at ticket booth near public entrance during July 6 to 9 at 100 baht/person/day, free entry for spectators under 18 years old and over 60 years old.

Following our recent coverage of What Happens After Death, here are some topics brought up by readers. CAN A FARANG BE EXECUTOR?  Yes, absolutely no problem with choosing a farang to administer the estate, provided the person or persons are named in the will.  Normally, one executor is enough unless the will is complex.  It is best to ensure that an executor is based, at least part of the year, in Thailand.   WHAT DOES THE EXECUTOR DO?   He or she makes sure the terms of the will are carried out.  This may involve contacting the various parties in touch after the death, attending the Thai court to seek probate (permission to implement), arranging property sale.   WHAT IF THE EXECUTOR DOESN’T SPEAK THAI?  The executor normally appoints a Thai law company to carry out many of the instructions.  For example, the lawyer will accompany you to the probate court and will prepare documents for your signature.  It is not difficult to delegate many of the responsibilities.   WHAT IF THE WILL IS CONTESTED?  Anyone contesting a will, for example a relative who has been excluded, has the right to challenge the will in court.  All parties to the dispute will be heard by the presiding judge who will then make a judgment based on the information he receives.  Because of the need to involve lawyers, these court hearings can end up being very expensive.   MUST A WILL BE IN THAI?  No, but it would be translated into Thai by an accredited translator.  The best wills are probably those which are already in two languages - Thai and English or whatever - when the documentation is first drawn up.  When making a will, draw this to the attention of the lawyer.   HOW MUCH DOES A FUNERAL COST?  Burials are more or less a no-no, but cremations start at around 20,000 baht.  However, this would be in a rural-area temple and be conducted without too many ceremonies.  In city areas, the average cost is about 50,000 baht but much depends on the location and the ceremonies actually requested and carried out.  For an elaborate send-off, 100,000 baht would not be unusual.   WHAT IS THE EMBASSY ROLE?  It is very limited.  The embassy has to issue a letter of release to allow the funeral director to take the body away from the mortuary. The embassy will issue the letter once it is clear that the deceased’s next of kin has been informed.  This is normally a straightforward procedure, but not in every case.   HOW IS THE MORTICIAN CHOSEN?  The executor or the next of kin will normally choose the funeral director.  If necessary, embassies keep their own list.  In Thailand, funeral directors usually offer a very comprehensive service.  There is little for mourners to do except to turn up at the appointed time at the temple.   CAN THE BODY BE SENT OVERSEAS? Yes, there is no problem here unless the will specifically states cremation in Thailand.  Before transportation by air, the body has to be specially treated and placed in a non-traditional coffin used for international flights.  Costs average around 300,000 baht for the whole service to Europe.   IS AN AUTOPSY COMPULSORY? In Thailand, autopsies are conducted at the discretion of the police.  They are routine unless the deceased had a long illness with detailed hospital records.  Autopsies are mostly conducted at the Police Hospital in Bangkok.  Relatives of the deceased can request a second autopsy either in Thailand or overseas.  All autopsies require payment of a fee.


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News Thailand announces 14 Thai tourism favourites as voted by Chinese visitors The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced the 14 most popular tourist attractions and activities as well as medical and wellness services in Thailand among Chinese tourists, as a result of the much anticipated “2017 People’s Choice Awards Thailand Voted

by Chinese Tourists” campaign. H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, deputy prime minister of Thailand, and H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, minister of Tourism and Sports, presided over the “2017 People’s Choice Awards Thailand Voted by Chinese Tourists” ceremony at the Muang Thai GMM Live House, 8th Floor, CentralWorld. The winners of the 2017 People’s Choice Awards Thailand Voted by Chinese Tourists are:

1. Luxury Hotel: Rayavadee Krabi 2. Boutique Hotel: Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort 3. City Hotel: Centara Grand at CentralWorld 4. Beach Hotel: Banyan Tree Samui 5. Airline: Thai Airways International 6. Show and Entertainment: Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives 7. Medical and Wellness Service: Samitivej Hospital 8. Restaurant: Baan Rim Pa Phuket 9. Spa: Let’s Relax Spa 10. Golf Course: Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort 11. Shopping Centre: Emquartier 12. Tourism Activities/ Theme park: Vana Nava Hua Hin 13. Attraction: Pattaya Floating Market 14. Destination: Pattaya The contest was a continuation of a project carried out successfully in 2015 and 2016 to enhance Thailand’s tourism profile and brand image via social media networks, which are frequented by millions of Chinese every day. It also helps support the many Thai tourism products and services seeking more exposure in the Chinese market. TAT organised the voting campaign in partnership with Tencent, which owns a number of Chinese online channels; such as, WeChat (570 million users per day), QZone

(330 million users per day), QQMusic (70 million users per day) and Tencent News (27 million users per day). Chinese who have travelled to Thailand were invited to vote via the website www. peopleschoiceawardsthailand.com between May 26 to June 8, 2017, in 14 categories; such as tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants, medical and wellness services, spas, shopping centres, golf courses, etc. The voting attracted a total of 3.7 million votes, and the publicity given to this activity was estimated to reach an audience of 45 million. They were enticed to participating in the voting activity with a lucky draw prize. The first prize is a five-day holiday for two in Thailand, including return air tickets on Thai Airways International and accommodation. The next five prizes are also return air tickets for two to Thailand on Thai Smile Airways, NokScoot

Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Bangkok Airways and Thai Lion Air. Over 100 other prizes are also being offered including vouchers for accommodation, spa treatments, dining, shows and entertainment, and much more. TAT launched the “People’s Choice Awards Thailand Voted by Chinese Tourists” project in 2015 as The Best of Thailand Awards Voted by Chinese Tourists, and renamed it to the current name in 2016. In its second year, the voting attracted over 3.2 million votes. During the first four months of this year, Thailand welcomed 12 million visitors, spending around 620 billion baht, an increase of 4.71 percent from the same period last year. In this number, 7.5 million came from East Asia generating 308 billion baht. China remained the leading source market at about 3.2 million arrivals, who generated 161 billion baht in tourism revenue.

Thailand Travel Mart 2017 ends successful two-year run in Chiang Mai, moves to Pattaya in 2018 Thailand’s main travel trade show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) has ended a successful two-year run in the Northern capital of Chiang Mai, and will move to the resort city of Pattaya in 2018. The event has given extensive exposure to the rich culture, cuisine and heritage of Northern Thailand and highlighted its overland cross-border proximity to the emerging Mekong region destinations of Lao PDR and Myanmar. The theme “Delivering Unique Experiences” was

designed to be in line with the overall tourism marketing slogan. All the pre and posttours were specially selected to include the spectacular range of Royal Projects, Northern Thai museums, restaurants, community-based products and heritage sites in line with that theme. The event was attended by 423 buyers from 56 countries. Although the main markets of China, India, Russia, Europe and the UK dominated the list, the focus was on buyers from eastern European countries, Latin America and South Africa. Moreover, first-time buyers comprised 47.8 percent of the total.

This year, the show was attended by 362 sellers from Thailand and the neighbouring Mekong countries, the vast majority of whom were small and medium sized hotels and boutique resorts emerging by the dozens all over the country. Giving exposure to these SMEs, most of whom cannot afford to attend the large global travel trade events, is a primary objective of the TTM+. The event also fulfilled another one of its major objectives, viz., to act as a knowledge base to facilitate a better understanding some of the key issues and trends in the global market.

The first knowledgetransfer session was held on the first day, led by Minister Kobkarn on community-based tourism. She was followed by speakers talking on crisis management, culinary tourism and the digital economy. On the second day, the media were briefed on thematic joint press conference ‘CLMVT: Moving towards Shared Prosperity’, especially the growing potential for overland tourism by representatives from five countries including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand as many new cross-border checkpoints make it easier for cars and vehicles to criss-cross the region. On the third day, around 600 participants from travel and tourism training institutes and entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai benefitted from a daylong seminar series by TAT execu tives and some of Thailand’s leading private sector executives on market trends. One of the key highlights of the event was a showcase of indigenous products reflecting the best of Northern Thai culture, arts and heritage.

Superbly designed and elegantly crafted, the exhibits were accompanied in several instances by the artisans offering live demonstrations of their work. Buyers looking for new venues for MICE events also had a chance to check out the Chiang Mai Exhibition and Convention Centre, which is perfect for small and mediumsized events and trade shows. Next year, the event will be held in Pattaya on the Eastern Seaboard, bordering Cambodia. That will allow Thai tourism to highlight its transportation connectivity with its neighbour to the East. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism

Authority of Thailand (TAT), commented, “I would like to thank all the buyers, sellers, media, the local provincial officials and tourism industry of Chiang Mai, and all Ministry and TAT staff and team members for a highly successful event. “The two years of being held in Chiang Mai have given a major boost to travel and tourism in Chiang Mai and will help us better diversify our visitors all around the country and the neighbouring regions. I also believe this has been a great preparatory step towards hosting the prestigious ASEAN Tourism Forum, also at the same venue in January 2018.


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Our Community Students Help Clean Beaches

Emotional case of a Filipino family who tries to save their baby in Thailand

by Mark Beales

Students from Garden International School have carried out a big beach cleanup in Ban Chang. The event for the years 7 to 9 students was part of their PSHE lessons, where they are learning more about how to care for their environment.

As well as collecting rubbish, the students looked out for items that could be recycled, and brought these back to school to help with the recycling efforts. GIS is based in Ban Chang. For more, visit www. gardenrayong.com.

Good drugs – bad drugs Founded in Switzerland in the late nineteenth century, Roche has become one of the world’s leading healthcare companies, employing almost one hundred thousand and producing drugs used in the treatment of cancers, depression, HIV, malaria and epilepsy, to name just a few. In 1971 it opened its first office in Thailand and each year since then the company has supported local Thai charities, big and small. This year the Father Ray Foundation was fortunate to be selected to be Roche’s chosen charity and receive all the proceeds from the annual Roche Children’s Charity Walk. Not only did a large contingent from the company arrive at the Father Ray Foundation, they also organised a wonderful art activity where the children from the Father Ray Center for Children with Special Needs were given a brand-new t-shirt which they then painted. The managing director together with the executive director presented Father Peter, president of the Father Ray Foundation with a cheque for 470,000 baht. A few days later more than 150 children and teenagers from the Foundation, as well as

those living in other charitable o r g a n i z a t i o n s , g a t h e re d together at the Father Ray Children’s Home for a three day - two night camp where the main focus and topic of conversation was drugs, the bad ones. There is a big problem in Thailand with drugs, ya-ba, Ice, methamphetamines, call it what you want, but young people in Thailand are not only taking recreational drugs, they are also becoming addicted. The aim of the camp was to introduce the children to the dangers of taking drugs, no matter how trendy they may be, or how cheap, or if all your friends are taking them. Children from the Children’s Home shared tents with the blind students, teenagers with special needs, students from the vocational school and newly made friends from Baan Jing Jai. They listened to experts, watched videos, heard some real life stories and joined in activities to not only be aware of the dangers of illegal drugs, but activities which increase confidence and self esteem, as well as have a lot of fun. We can only hope that they learned that there is nothing positive or good about taking illegal drugs.

by Derek Franklin

Rejected by every hospital, this young Filipino family had to come in Thailand to seek some help to save their 9-month old baby girl who needs several heart surgeries. Both parents, originally from Philippines, are currently residing in Thailand where they came to find a treatment for Leanne, their daughter, who was diagnosed trisomy 13 and congenital heart disease. Masha Zhigunova, regional division manager at Vejthani hospital in Bangkok, set up a fundraiser to support the family. Me a n w h i l e t h e m u m addressed an open letter to the community : “Leanne is our little princess. Two months after she was born, doctors said she will only have days and maybe weeks to live. Every time she cries, she will turn purple and then stops breathing which once lead her to have her heart completely stopped. If she has another cardiac arrest she may not survive. So that day, the nurses put the Wonder Woman costume on her. Today is her 9 months birthday. Doctors said she might not live to celebrate her first birthday, so we celebrate it every month. Leanne was diagnosed with trisomy 13 and congenital heart

disease. Her condition was not detected during pregnancy until she reached 3 weeks old. She was moved from NICU, ward, PICU, long term care and ICU, and from one hospital to another, but never been home. We contacted all the hospitals that could possibly do the surgery for her but unfortunately they all refused because of her trisomy. Originally from Philippines, our family is permanently residing in the U.A.E but due to finding the proper treatment for Leanne we are currently in Thailand where she has been admitted since the beginning of May. My h u s b a n d s t o p p e d working to focus on taking care of Leanne while I had to go back to work as I have been on leave for more than a year now. Her insurance is running out being in the hospital her whole life and she will still need a series of heart surgeries, a continuous therapy and lifetime medications.” Donate to support baby Leanne: http://www.weeboon. com/en/campaigns/ fundraising-to-save-babyleanne Join and keep in touch with the Weeboon’s community: https://www.facebook. com/weeboonofficial


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Our Community Annual Sports Day by Derek Franklin

In mid June the students at the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities competed in their school’s annual sports competition. F o r t h re e d a y s t h e y participated in numerous sports including athletics, volleyball, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, swimming, petanque and table tennis. At the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games or any major sporting event there is only one 100m race, but in the Paralympics and in competitions for people with disabilities there are many 100m races, all depending on the ability and disability of the

athlete. An athlete with only one leg will not race against another athlete who is using a wheelchair. For many new students at the school, especially those who were born with a severe disability, it was the first time they had ever participated in a race or as a member of a sports team. You could see how nervous they were, and yet when the race started and they realised that all the cheers were for them it didn’t really matter who won. Even those who were last to cross the finish line were awarded one point, giving them all a great sense of achievement. There were many

highlights of the three days, including the four young men, all living with cerebral palsy, who raced for the very first time and could not stop smiling. There was the 18-year-old student who had lost one of his legs at the age of 11, and yet he swims like a fish and won every race he entered. The young lady who broke the record for javelin throwing, and everyone agreed that the final game of the wheelchair basketball competition was the roughest ever played, and it really was. The National Games for the Disabled will be taking place in July in the southern province of Songkhla, and the majority of athletes representing Chonburi province will be from the

Pattaya vocational school. T h e re w i l l b e t e a m s from all 76 provinces of the Kingdom taking part, as well as from Bangkok, and in almost all teams there will be at least one former student from the Pattaya vocational school representing their home province. The school has a long tradition of producing some of the top athletes in the country who have gone on to represent Thailand at the SEA Games, the Asian Games and also the Paralympic Games, always winning more gold, silver and bronze medals that their nondisabled compatriots. More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email info@fr-ray.org

GM Thailand takes action to protect the earth Celebrate World Environment Day by planting 1,100 trees GM Thailand supported World Environment Day by organizing activities related to environment safety and conservation. More than 350 GM Thailand employees and executives participated in tree planting and local fish release activities. The activities are aligned with the company’s purpose and value: to serve and develop community where it lives and operates worldwide. GM is also committed to minimizing the impact of all of its facilities to human health, natural resources and the environment through sustainable strategies implemented internally and externally. “General Motors has always been committed to the environment,” said Amnat Saengjan, GM Thailand vice president of Manufacturing. “This is the third consecutive year we conducted the mangrove replanting project. Collectively, GM Thailand planted over 1,500 mangrove trees which will provide ecological benefits

to environment. However we were eager to do more this year hence we organized CSR biking to plant another 100 Pink Trumpet trees were planted. These activities reiterate GM’s continuing commitment towards a sustainable and green environment. Over the years, GM Thailand has received numerous awards, particularly for its environment, energy and safety management. GM Thailand is the first automotive company in the country to receive the ISO 50001 certification recognizing GM’s commitment to energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in its manufacturing process. GM Thailand is also certified ISO 14001 representing GM’s best-inclass environment management process. In addition, GM Thailand has been named Energy Star by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has achieved the “zero landfill” status for its efficient and responsible process

for recycling or reusing of all normal plant wastes. The theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ for World Environment Day 2017 encouraged GM Thailand to give back to nature and to appreciate its importance. There were two activities organized by GM Thailand starting on June 4 with ‘Bike to Plant’ activity which employees cycled about 12 kilometers to plant 100 Pink Trumpet trees at Nong Pla Lai reservoir in Rayong. On June 11, GM Thailand e m p l oye e s a l s o g o t t h e opportunity to plant 1,000 mangrove trees at Pak Nam Pra Sae, Rayong in an effort

to restore the mangrove forest that is important to ecosystem and the environment. The local fishes were also released to the mangrove forest. GM Thailand’s project has been recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for its contribution in environmental conservation. Mangroves are an important ecosystem on Thailand’s coastal areas, providing environmental and socio-economic benefits. They also help prevent coastal erosion and habitat degradation, support a healthy ecosystem for wildlife, and provide sustainable resources and livelihoods for the coastal populace.


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Joie de Vivre at at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Hotel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection

by John K. Lindgren

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, located on Wong Amat Beach in North Pattaya, is a five-star property and the first truly themed hotel in Thailand with its Lost World-inspired design. The 19-storey hotel features 555 rooms and suites, all facing the ocean, and is centered upon a lush water park that includes pools, waterfalls and a lazy river. The hotel is one of the few in Pattaya that has direct access to its own beach. Beside these things, the resort also offers a wide choice of fitness activities and exercise equipments at its fitness center, LifeStyles. LifeStyles Fitness Center aims to bring you into the world of exercise and level up your physical activity. The resort management team led by General Manager Andre Brulhart, Hotel Manager Wuthisak Pichayagan and Leisure Manager Surachet Pichitchollaphan gave a walkthrough of the facilities available for hotel guests during their stay and health club members at the revamped fitness center. LifeStyles boasts of a new flooring to maintain a good level of hygiene and

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Air Asia’s afternoon flight from BKK touches down at the spick-andspan Tan Son Nhat International Airport, SGN (Saigon) where air travellers are greeted with efficient, smooth immigration and customs procedures. During the 40-minute cab ride to Hotel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection in a torrent of new scooters, vans, sedans and luxury SUVs. More new motor vehicles than I ever recall seeing in Vietnam. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers February 2017, Vietnam may be the fastest-growing of the world’s economies, with a potential annual GDP growth rate of about 5.2 percent which would make its economy the 20thlargest in the world by 2050. There’s a unique forward-moving spirit about Ho Chi Minh City, the “Saigon Buzz”. Vietnam’s largest metropolis with a population of 8 million and maybe half of them younger than 35. Saigon as most locals call their city on the banks of the old Saigon river is where the dynamic growth is seen and felt. New quirky cafés and innovative concept stores popping up everywhere but also restorations of colonial French edifices and modern steel and glass skyscrapers shooting up in the sky. Our emblematic Hotel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection just minutes’ walk from the most iconic French fin-de-

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Swedish National Day Reception in Pattaya by John K. Lindgren photos Varaporn Premsot

H.E. Staffan Herrström, the ambassador of Sweden, and his spouse, Karin Herrström, hosted a reception at Dusit Thani Pattaya to celebrate the Swedish National Day. National Day of Sweden, formerly known as Swedish Flag Day, is celebrated every year on 6th of June. The main purpose of this holiday is to celebrate Swedish independence in memory of when the Sweden Kingdom was founded. The al fresco cocktail reception took place at Dusit Thani Pattya’s The Point, poolside venue with a spectacular sunset over the Bay of Siam as a backdrop. The guest list included Tetra Pak, Volvo, Swedish entrepreneurs, honorary consuls, local Thai business and government people, and international guests. Ambassador Herrström made a speech about why the Swedish National Day is on June 6, explaining the tradition of celebrating this date began 1916 at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in honour of the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, as this was considered the foundation of modern Sweden. Herrström also spoke about the relationship between the two kingdoms and said that Sweden fully supports the government’s Thailand 4.0 and Eastern Economic Corridor projects. He said Sweden applauds Thailand transforming into a digital economy. He also mentioned the environment issue like the problem with the ubiquitous plastic bags. Finally the ambassador expressed how much Swedes enjoy traveling to Thailand, noting that approximately 300,000 Swedes visit Thailand every year, the Eastern Seaboard being one of their favorite destinations. He said the number of Swedish expats is also growing. The retired and the semi-retired escaping the cold, dark and long winters in Sweden. The guests enjoyed delectable Swedish food by Olearys.S.B.D, refreshing cold drinks in Tetra Pak containers, wine and cocktails while listening to Swedish live music performed by Priest Erik Stenberg-Roos, Church of Sweden Phuket.

Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya celebrates 46th birthday Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya celebrated like it’s 1971! On June 14, 1971, two music-loving Americans, Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, opened the first-ever Hard Rock Cafe in London and an iconic brand was born. After Eric Clapton asked to hang his guitar in that location, Tigrett and Morton had a vision to combine music, memorabilia and food for a one-of-a-kind guest experience. To honor the brand’s founders and celebrate its birthday, Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya organized a special luncheon for Pattaya City Environmental Department crews and garbage collectors and public area cleaners in Pattaya. The cafe is aware of the importance of the cleaning workers who work so hard behind the scenes in cleanliness around the city. The event was led by Hard Rock Hotel and Cafe Pattaya General Manager Jorge Carlos Smith together with Director of Human Resource Somsakul Polachan and team members. They took care of all participants, prepared and served Hard Rock Cafe’s Original Legendary® Burger and many more to celebrate the occasion. All burgers were made with the highest quality meats, fresh toppings, savory sauces and rich, melted cheeses. It’s a meal of happiness, served with “Love All Serve All” and a touch of “Taking Time to be Kind”.

events cale ndar FIT AND FUN CHARITY EVENT Date: 6 August 2017, Sunday, 8 am – 6 pm Venue: Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok Activities: Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok invites all health-loving people and fitness fanatics to participate in the Fit and Fun Charity Event where you’ll be put through your paces by the capital’s leading yoga teachers and fitness instructors as well as experiencing a Fit and Fun Health Sharing Class with renowned fitness influencers including Meji Anorma Sarunsikarin, Coach Peng Sathik Thanatuk, author of the “Roo Ngi Pom Pai Nan Laew” (If We Know We Will Get Slim) pocketbook, and Coach Sumet Kanching, an expert in science programmes in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Center (ATCC) in Chonburi Province.

For only 699 baht you can join as many classes as you wish and receive a free T-shirt plus many giveaways. In addition to the many classes on offer you can join the Fit Challenge to test how fit or strong you are with the chance to win many exclusive prizes from the sponsors and also take a stroll around a number of unique market stalls in front of the venue where you can purchase a variety of goods including healthy foods and products.This event is definitely one for the diary and is the perfect opportunity to have an enjoyable day out which is both full of fun and fitness at the same time! For more information: Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok Tel 02 210 8100 ext 7302 Email: adosc@eastingrandsathorn.com or sprmgr@eastingrandsathorn.com


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Latin Notes at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G It was red and black at the most recent Beats N Bites event at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G’s Sunset Lounge. The Latin Notes-themed wine experience was packed with oenophiles, Latin music, Spanish and Mexican food, and of course overflowing wine from SC Bangkok Wine Company. Since its launch in 2015, Beats N Bites has gained a huge following, known for combining the best of music, food and wine. The latest wine tasting featured exciting tempos by Pattaya guitarist and singer/ songwriter Santos and DJ Toey from Bangkok Invaders. Wines from Spain, Chile and Argentina were complemented by an array of Spanish and Mexican hors d’oeuvre prepared by the hotel’s culinary brigade led by Chef Praphan. The event culminated with Pullman Pattaya Hotel G’s first Facebook Live auction, where the guest with the most viewers after a 10-minute live broadcast received a one-night stay in a Deluxe Room with breakfast for two, and two guests received a prized bottle of Finca La Emperatriz Crianza, Rioja.


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Dusit Thani Pattaya marks the birthday of its guardian and protector, Prince Arpakorn

Dusit Thani Pattaya General Nanager Neoh Kean Boon led the staff and management in marking the birthday of Prince Arpakorn, also known as Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon. The hotel team began the commemoration by making merit to the spirit houses in the hotel premises before gathering before his statue where remembrance wreaths from all departments were placed to honor his memory. Prince Arpakorn is highly regarded as the hotel’s patron protector and guardian and the memorial is carried out every year at his monument.

Young chefs impress in The Grandprix Golf Club grants Okura Prestige Bangkok’s lifetime membership to BMW Golf Cup International 2016 culinary initiative winners from Thailand team

The Okura Prestige Bangkok organised a cooking competition on the occasion of the hotel’s five-year anniversary and as part of its “Five Years of Success, Five Months of Sharing” project in which a young Thai chef won a nine-day culinary educational trip to the Hotel Okura Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The hotel invited students studying in the hospitality, kitchen and tourism industries to take part in the competition. After rigorous screening, five finalists were given the opportunity to train for three weeks in the kitchen of Yamazato Japanese Restaurant with Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara. The finalists then demonstrated their culinary skills and presented their chosen dishes at the Judges’ Panel Night where Pitchakorn Ramabut from Dusit Thani College received the winner’s trophy and the highlight prize of an educational trip, valued at more than 100,000 baht.

Grand Prix International PCL led by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow (center) and Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Jaturon Komolmitr (left) granted an honorary lifetime membership of the Grandprix Golf Club, located in Bo Phloi, Kanchanaburi, to the winning Thailand team of BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2016. The team was represented by Krisnan Viravan (2nd left) and Panadda Ariyasajjakul (2nd right) and joined by Krisda Utamote (right), director of Corporate Communications, BMW Group Thailand. BMW Golf Cup International is the world’s largest international tournament series for amateur golfers, including over 100,000 participants from more than 50 countries, playing in more than 800 tournaments around the world. The qualifying round of the BMW Golf Cup International 2017 tournament will see 120 amateur golfers out of 2,400 participants nationwide progress to the national finals in November 2017, which will conclude with the selection of three winning players to represent Thailand at the World Final round in March 2018.

Centara Hotels and Resorts welcome professors and MBA students of Montclair State University

Centara Hotels and Resorts led by David Good (seated, center), vice president of Operations, welcomed professors and MBA students of Montclair State University from New Jersey, USA who were visiting Thailand as part of their education abroad programme. Centara has always supported education for both local and international institutes. The major topics during this session were Centara’s perspective of the tourism and hospitality business, the company marketing strategies, sustainability, and the future of the hotel industry in Thailand.

Miss Grand Thailand 2017 Welcome Ceremony

Nawat Itsaragrisil, president of Miss Grand Thailand 2017, organized a welcome conference for 77 contestants at Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. The contestants from 77 provinces of Thailand were welcomed by hotel management led by General Manager Christophe Geoffroy. Final coronation will be on July 8, 2017, 10:30 pm at BITEC Hall 100.

Local football fans return from 2017 Chevrolet Fan Cup

104th Scientific Meeting of The Centara Grand Beach Resort Dental Association of Thailand and Villas Hua Hin receives

TUI Top Quality Award 2017

Dr. Adirek S. Wongsa (centre), president of The Dental Association of Thailand, presided over the opening ceremony of 104th Scientific Meeting of The Dental Association of Thailand held at Bangkok Convention Centre of Centara Grand at Central World.

Management executives and staff of Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin led by General Manager David Martens (centre) celebrated in the receiving of “TUI Top Quality Award 2017” for best hotel.

Five local, passionate football fans returned from England, where they competed in the 2017 Chevrolet Fan Cup – a one-of-its-kind tournament where fans became “professional” footballers for a day. The residents from Thailand were among 64 fans from 12 countries whose dreams became reality when they walked onto the pitch at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, the “Theatre of Dreams,” and competed in a tournament. The exclusive experience put fans in the boots of Manchester United players, including game-day preparations and the matches.


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F&B Promotions Sweet Tooth Hours

Durian and Mangosteen Dishes

at Pantry, AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa

at Hilton Pattaya

Pantry at AVANI by the beach offers buy one, get one free promotion every day from 6 to 10 pm. Ask for your favourite, be it pastry or cake. For fresh and tasty bites, either dine in the central living space of AVANI Pattaya or dine out.

If durian and mangosteen are your favorite fruits, Hilton Pattaya invites you to experience a variety of menus featuring Thailand’s king and queen of fruits at Flare, Drift and Horizon throughout July. Flare Restaurant on level 15 brings together durian and mangosteen to create special Thai dishes “King and Queen in Curry”, deep-fried tiger prawn in durian and mangosteen red curry, priced at 950 baht nett and “Trio on Shell” that allows you to experience three different tastes in a dish – fresh oyster ceviche, baked mussel with durian and cheese, and seared scallop with mangosteen salad at 550 baht nett. Available every day from 6 to 11 pm. Drift Lobby Lounge and Bar on level 16 introduces light menus and desserts made from durian and mangosteen including Durian and Chicken Sopes with Mangosteen Salsa in Mexican style at 350 baht nett, Durian and Mangosteen Salad at 450 baht nett, Som Tum Durian at 400 baht nett; Durian Crème Brulee, Durian Cheesecake with Mangosteen Jam, Durian and Coconut Custard with Mangosteen and Raspberry Compote, Durian and Mangosteen Paris-Brest at 130 baht nett per piece, and Durian and Mangosteen Sundae at 300 baht nett. Enjoy your favorites every day at from 11am to 11 pm. Indulge in a panoramic view of Pattaya bay at Horizon Rooftop Restaurant and Bar on level 34 while enjoying special creation of the month “Durian-Crusted Barramundi” served together with durian puree, risotto, fresh mangosteen, zucchini, rocket and asparagus at 950 baht nett. Available every day from 6 to 11 pm.

For more information, call 038 412120 or email pattaya@avanihotels.com.

Bigger and better for Asian and Thai buffet at Ginger and Lime, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

The evening dinner buffet at Ginger and Lime has just become even bigger and better with Chef Pinyo adding an array of new dishes to this enormous spread of Thai, Japanese and Asian specials. Served seven evenings a week in the serene gardens of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, with indoor and outdoor seating available, the new buffet is priced at only 888 baht ++. The teppanyaki station has been enlarged to include shrimp, rock lobster, mussels, lamb, chicken and pork, with a delicious choice of savoury and tangy dips. Chefs at the wok fry station are ready with a whole range of fresh ingredients to whisk up whatever you wish, while over at the noodle station the chefs have stewed duck, deepfried pork belly and BBQ pork amongst their attractions. The salad station offers a grand choice of garden-fresh produce, and if you are in the mood for a homemade pizza, head for the deep-fry station. Desserts? The selection is huge, and new on the buffet is crepe Suzette, and deep-fried banana Thai-style. Ginger and Lime Restaurant opens daily from 6 to 11 pm. Call now for reservations at 038 714 981.

Chef Patrizia presents “Pasta a Mano” at La Gritta, Amari Phuket Indulge in La Gritta’s homemade pasta at a special promotion called “Pasta a Mano” in July 2017. Chef Patrizia from Rome, Italy, crafts pasta dishes daily and invites guests to taste five fresh pasta dishes presented in different shapes, various fillers and sauces: Tortelli al foie gras (590 baht ++) Pasta is filled with foie gras as the main ingredient together with chicken breast, fresh Italian herbs, white wine, celery, salt and black pepper. Bombolotti alla carbonara (490 baht ++) Pasta is filled with pecorino and Parmesan cheeses as the main fillers mixed with egg and black pepper.

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

G Session: Neon Nation at The Beach Club Bar, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G The iconic beach party is all set to arrive. Get ready and be prepared to glow with G Session Neon Nation x Absolut at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G! July 15, meet at The Beach Club Bar for a cutting-edge G Session: Neon Nation with an exclusive fire show. Set the mood for a glow-on full moon party with DJ 49, DJ Hammer and DJ B Angel, and amp up the mood with MC Korner. Also, put your smartphone to good use with the social media game on the night and get a chance to win a complimentary night stay at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G and more! Book the VIP Cabana on the beach to enjoy sheer exclusivity. At 4,500 baht net, the Neon Cabana includes one bottle of spirit, six mixers, an ice bucket and party props for five persons. Mark your calendar. The party is on Saturday, July 15, 2017, with free entry, from 7 to 11 pm. Join in your brightest party gear and just be yourself! Free body paint is available. Limited tables and Neon Cabanas! To book now, call 038 411 940-8 or email h7540-re@accor.com.

Lobster Pad Thai at Radius restaurant, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya

Ravioli alla Pizzaiola (490 baht ++) Inside the pasta are mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, cherry tomatoes, and oregano.

Radius restaurant invites you for a special menu, Lobster Pad Thai. Savor the mouthwatering flavours of this all-time favorite dish with a twist. The executive chef has created a menu which brings fresh lobster and Thai noodles in tamarind sauce and served with vegetables and mashed bean for 1,199 baht ++. Radius is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

For more information and reservations, contact 076 340 112, email lagritta@amari.com or visit www.lagritta.com.

For reservations, call 038 933 888 or visit www.capedarapattaya.com.

Agnolotti di funghi (490 baht ++) Pasta is filled with sliced porcini and shitake mushrooms mixed with béchamel sauce. Fagotti di Asparagi e Taleggio (550 baht ++) Pasta is filled with vegetables, mainly asparagus, and taleggio cheese.

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SILVERLAKE WINE AND GRILL An Evening of Wine, Song and Gourmet Food There surely can’t be anyone living in the area who doesn’t know the architectural phenomenon that is Silverlake. A short drive from Pattaya and you could be holidaying in the Tuscan Hills. Silverlake Vineyard was founded in 2002 by Surachai Tangjaitrong and Supansa Nuangpirom on the principle of bringing people together through the passions of the owners’ love of good wine and good music in a beautifully cultivated garden setting. Immersing themselves in the culture of cultivating grapes and winemaking, Silverlake vineyard bears both wine and table grape varieties and boasts the latest winemaking and juicing technology from Italy to promote Thailand as a new-latitude wine region. From the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, to chamber music, classic individual maestros to a Beatle tribute band all these unique sounds have wafted across these hills and most recently the highly charismatic Thai-French virtuoso Yves Baron was to give a musical evening to the delight of the assembled guests. Also known as “Le Tenor”, Yves is a multitalented singer and guitarist who learned to play the classical guitar with maestro Jean-Luc Derhy. The four-course gourmet dinner is to be orchestrated by the well-known Chef Alberto Bruni. Silverlake Rose wine was served on the terrace before we were seated in the imposing restaurant. Pan-seared prawns on a bed of creamed cannellini beans was the appetiser as Yves gave a very spirited rendition of “My Way”. The sweet, succulent prawns were brilliantly teamed with the gentleness of the Italian beans. One of our favourite compositions, “Autumn Leaves” was the chosen song as a Sardinian traditional Fregole Risottate with duck ragout and seasonal chanterelle mushrooms were presented. Fregole are spherical pellets from semolina flour, an unusual pasta rarely seen these days.

Yves Baron and Chef Alberto Bruni

Pan-seared Prawns

Chef Alberto is a man of many talents. Before he rushed to the kitchen to replace his toque and start to cook, he found time to sing a duet of “O Sole Mio” with Yves to rapturous applause of the audience. “Unchained Melody” and “You Are So Beautiful” were the next pieces from Yves’ repertoire sung to the appreciative audience while the main course started to appear from the kitchen. The two options were Australian 150-day G.F. ribeye and oven-baked red snapper. In the interest of this review we ordered one of each to give our appraisal. The red snapper was a big piece of this popular fish cooked to perfection with a crisp, wellcoloured skin and the flesh fell in shards under the fork. Accompanied by pumpkin mash and sauté spinach it was an excellent dish. Mick’s ribeye was a full-sized tranche of topnotch beef accompanied by roasted potatoes and a selection of grilled vegetables. Yves complemented these two plates of fine fare with his performance of “Besame Mucho”

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and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. Cheese was the concluding course to the dinner and what cheese it was; the like never seen before at any dinner we have been to. Chef Alberto is a cheese connoisseur and his knowledge of Italian cheeses is legendary. We were served a pecorino with Chianti, a soft Parmesan, and many other artisanal cheeses which we couldn’t identify. Sufficient to say they were extremely distinctive and a rare treat. Silverlake Wine and Grill is such an extraordinary location and the events that are staged here singular in the extreme. Do check their website for more musical evenings. We think there is another coming up in mid-July. Silverlake Wine and Grill Soi Khao Chee Chan, Bang Saray, Sattahip Open daily 11 am to 9 pm (Sun-Thu), 11 am to 10 pm (Fri-Sat) Tel: 089 896 5166 www.silverlakevineyard.com/ wineandgrill

Fregole Risottate

150-day Rib-eye

Pattaya Seasoning INGREDIENTS 2 oz 1 pc 1 oz 1 oz 1 tsp 1 tsp 0.5 oz

Absolut Vodka fresh strawberry lime juice Monin Rose Syrup strawberry jam blueberry jam Hershey’s Strawberry Flavored Syrup

GARNISH

rosemary sprig

HOW TO MIX

Put all ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake well and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

GLASS TYPE Martini Glass

CATEGORY Cocktail

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WOK N ROK Wok a Find!

This edition’s article is a culinary step back in time. Remember gathering around the table scattered with foil containers and tucking into a Chinese takeaway that someone had wandered down the road to collect (they didn’t deliver in those days). All those sweet-andsour pork balls, the spare ribs, the big fat spring rolls bursting with bean sprouts, ah, nostalgia at its best! Surprisingly, do you know who was the main bell weather in popularizing Chinese food – Billy Butlin! He introduced Chinese restaurants at his holiday camps and his happy campers loved the novelty as much, they went home boasting to their friends, who then wanted to try it, too. It might all have come with chips but hey ho that was how it was in those days. Why am I rambling on? Well, Wok N Rok, formerly of Soi Buakhao have moved to the Corner House, Rompho Market on Jomtien Second Road. Just phone 092 969 4119 – they will deliver – or you can eat it at the Corner House Bar. Within the hour you will be transported back to those gentler times when a bowl of chicken chow mein was the height in culinary sophistication and duck in green pepper and black bean sauce the pinnacle of exotic eating. Rattana is the force behind this operation. Having spent time in Glasgow with her husband, she returned with a charming Scottish accent and all the know-how to cook

Chicken Chow Mein

Aromatic Crispy Duck Pancakes with Hoisin Sauce

INGREDIENTS 85 grams white shrimp (peeled) 30 grams yogurt 30 grams tempura batter 150 grams durian meat 50 grams fille iceberg lettuce 10 grams lemon juice 50 grams green oak lettuce 5 grams salt 50 grams red oak lettuce 5 grams pepper 25 grams baby spinach 1 pc Gala apple 50 grams cherry tomato 1 pc Granny Smith apple 50 grams Sunkist orange meat 50 grams strawberry celery (shredded) 100 grams mangosteen radish (shredded) 10 grams milk crispy durian chips 10 grams bread crumbs Chinese food that UK folk love and has now brought her skills to the shores of Jomtien. We ordered the aromatic crispy duck (1/4) with seven pancakes (B.235). If you have a larger party the ½ size is B.395 with 14 pancakes. Delivery is B.45 in most areas but Mick went down to collect our order as it’s not far from where we live, everything was packaged well and the duck arrived with its crunchy skin on the crackling side. Lots of chopped spring onions and cucumber plus a big container of the requisite hoisin sauce. No

complaints from us, we smeared the pancakes with the sweet plum sauce, stuffed them with crunchy duck and the cool veggies and they were disappearing at a rapid rate. We followed this with a chicken chow mien which is a meal in itself. Oodles of noodles tossed with bean sprouts and veggies and masses of chicken. There’s a set meal (for two) at B.550 which includes that overgreen chicken sweetcorn soup, spare ribs in BBQ sauce, special curry or chicken with black beans, sweetand-sour chicken balls or roast pork and mushrooms plus a two-egg fried rice. Now wouldn’t that hit the spot for walk? The rest of the menu is as evocative; all your remembered favourites are here. Sweet-and-sour king prawns (tick), beef in black pepper (tick), chicken and cashew nuts (tick), roast pork with ginger and sweet onions (tick) and beef chop suey. All dishes are in the B.160/175 range, plus there’s lots more—even chips with curry sauce. What’s your favourite memory of takeaway Chinese food? Do phone Rattana on 092 969 4119 and we’re pretty sure it’s on her comprehensive menu, so why not take a walk down memory lane and order now. Wok N Rok Open six days 4 pm till midnight (closed Sundays) Tel: 092 969 4119 woknrok.com

METHOD Blend yogurt, 50 grams of durian, lemon juice, salt and pepper together. Cut each of the apples into ¼-inch large cubes. Slice the strawberry into rings. Peel the mangosteen and separate the meat into segments. Slice the remaining durian, dip into milk, and coat with bread crumbs. Insert a wooden skewer into each prawn to keep it straight. Dip into tempura batter. Deep-fry the durian and the prawn tempura until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Remove the wooden skewers from the prawns. Mix lettuce, baby spinach, strawberry, diced apple, shredded celery, radish and sprinkle with crispy durian and edible flowers. Add the fried durian and tempura prawns. Serve with durian yogurt dressing.

Sineenart “Nina” Sonikron Specialty: International Cuisine

Full name:

Performing @:

Featured dish:

Spring Rolls

Chicken Sweetcorn Soup

Cold Kitchen, Hilton Pattaya King and Queen Salad

This menu is available at Drift Lobby Lounge & Bar on level 16 of Hilton Pattaya from 6 to 11 pm throughout July only. 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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Understanding Laser Hair Removal When laser hair removal was first introduced, the procedure was limited to those with light skin and dark hair. Dark-skinned individuals could not use these lasers for hair removal because early generation lasers were unable to distinguish between skin pigment and hair follicles, which led to the burning of those with darker skin. Today this by Dr Natnicha Loichuen has all changed. The introduction of the laser line, the CoolGlide NdYAG Laser, has afforded excellent results for a wide range of skin and hair types. Imagine not having to deal with the frequency, expense, and pain of constantly getting rid of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal is the best thing out there for removing unwanted hair. One of the best ways to answer the question “Why use a laser?” is by illustrating why not to use other treatments. • Tweezers, shaving, waxing, and creams usually make your unwanted hair return within a few days. • Electrolysis is too painstaking as it treats one hair follicle at a time. Compared to electrolysis, laser hair removal typically requires fewer treatment sessions, less time per session, and minimal discomfort. • Oral medications have also successfully treated unwanted hair. But oral medications may not be appropriate for everyone. Laser treatment can remove hair from almost all areas of the body, including the face, upper lip, bikini line, and neck area. How does hair growth affect laser hair removal treatments? Every hair goes through three cycles of growth. The hair you can see is either in its active anagen growth cycle (still attached to the hair follicle) or in its inactive catagen phase (already separated from the follicle). Inactive hair will fall out on its own as it has completed its growth cycle and is already disengaged from the follicle. Beneath the surface of the skin are the dormant hair follicles that have not entered a growth cycle. The laser targets the hair you can see, meaning it will remove both the active and inactive hairs. Hair in an active growth cycle will not grow back as the laser will destroy the hair follicle beneath the skin. Inactive hair will be removed, however, it will grow back because the follicle is still intact. As the hair moves through its cycles, repeated sessions are necessary to treat the follicles when they enter the growth phase.

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topical anesthesia can be an option. The appearance of the treated area immediately after the laser session will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of treatment and skin type. Most people return to normal activity right away. How many sessions do I need? The number of sessions depends on various parameters, including the area of the body treated, skin color, coarseness of hair, and gender. Since hair grows in several phases, and laser can only affect the actively growing follicles, several sessions are needed to kill hair in all phases of growth. In general, it is necessary to foresee between three and eight treatment sessions. Coarse dark hair on light skin is easiest to treat. Finer hair and hair on darker skin may require more treatments. Certain areas (notably men’s and women’s faces) may require considerably more treatments to achieve desired results. What is the interval between each session? Usually, treatments are spaced three to 12 weeks apart to start, although the spacing depends upon each individual’s response to treatment. Instead of following an arbitrary schedule, you should wait until you have experienced shedding of the treated hairs, which should take less than a month, and see enough hair come in after the hair-free period to have another treatment. Treatment spacing also depends on the area treated as hair cycles vary based on the body part.

What to expect during the laser hair removal procedure During the procedure, laser light will be delivered through a handheld piece attached to a laser console. Laser treatment itself may cause a slight tingling sensation. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. But because some areas of the body are more sensitive than others,

Ashtanga yoga

7 Years on 7th Month Promotion - 100 units of Botox at 17,777 baht with one-time free laser rejuvenation - RF facelift or CG laser rejuvenation or total radiance facial spa at 1,777 baht per session - Facial spa and eye treatment at 777 baht per session Valid until July 31, 2017 only

For more information and to book a FREE consultation, call Tel: 038 411 190, 038 411 990, 086 329 7372 or visit Nicha Clinic located at 519/8-10 Moo 10 Pattaya 2nd Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya City, Chonburi. Line ID: nichaclinic. Email: nichabeautyandbeyond@gmail.com. Visit www.nichaclinic.com for promotions.

Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga recorded by the sage Vamana Rishi in the Yoga Korunta, an ancient manuscript said to contain lists of many different groupings of asanas, as well as highly original teachings on vinyasa, drishti, bandhas, mudras, and philosophy. The text of the Yoga Korunta was imparted to Sri T. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900s by his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, and was later passed down to Pattabhi Jois during the duration of his studies with Krishnamacharya, beginning in 1927. Since 1948, Pattabhi Jois has been teaching Ashtanga yoga from his yoga shala, the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, according to the sacred tradition of Guru Parampara. Ashtanga yoga literally means “eight-limbed yoga,” as outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of the following eight spiritual practices: Yama: moral codes Niyama: self-purification and study Asana: posture Pranayama: breath control Pratyahara: sense control Dharana: concentration Dhyana: meditation Samadhi: absorption into the Universal Posture: The method for purifying and strengthening the body is called asana. In Ashtanga yoga, asana is grouped into six series. The Primary Series detoxifies and aligns the body. The Intermediate Series purifies the nervous system by opening and clearing the energy channels. The Advanced Series A, B, C, and D integrate the strength and grace of the practice, requiring higher levels of flexibility and humility. Each level is to be fully developed before proceeding to the next, and the sequential order of asanas is to be meticulously followed. Each posture is a preparation for the next, developing the strength and balance required to move further. Without an earnest effort and reverence towards the practice of yama and niyama, however, the practice of asana is of little benefit. Breathing: The breathing technique performed with vinyasa is called ujjayi, which consists of puraka and rechaka. Both the inhale and exhale should be steady and even, the length of the inhale should be the same length as the exhale. Over time, the length and intensity of the inhalation and exhalation should increase, such that the increased stretching of the breath initiates the increased stretching of the body. Long, even breathing also increases the internal fire and strengthens and purifies the nervous system. URBAN HEALTHY CO., LTD. 64/2 Moo 1 Nongprue Soi 1, Nongprue Banglamung, Chonburi Tel: 038 248 079 | www.313trainingstudio.com


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escapades Joie de Vivre at Hotel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection

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siecle architectural landmarks; the Opera House built in 1897, the neo-Romanesque Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, the impressive ochrecolored Central Post Office and by John K. Lindgren the ’60s concrete Soviet-inspired Reunification Palace. This new MGallery hotel comes the with the wow factor. The moment you step in through the massive, tall teak doors you’re immediately immersed in sophisticated art deco interior design. A young, affable concierge team welcoming the guests. The lobby. High-ceilinged marble design with three shining metallic chandeliers, elegant upholstered furniture, Vietnamese objets d’art, oil paintings and the Café des Beaux Arts, not the usual tired hotel lobby coffee shop but a novel chic café that evokes old-world French colonial elegance including a grand concert piano and in-house pianist in the afternoons. Also perfect venue for business lunches or afternoon high tea either indoors or on the shady terrace. True to its name “Art Hotel” this flawless Accor’s property featuring 168 rooms and suites is partly art museum and international five-star boutique hotel. Filled with unique tasteful bric-a-brac, chinoiserie Vietnamienne and contemporary large oil paintings by famous Vietnamese artists.

Le Spa des Artistes

Social Club Restaurant

Our guest room, the spacious club suite on the 9th floor encompasses modern design with distinct colonial style accent. The polished rose wood floors, a sumptuous marble bathroom with an oversizeddeluxe bathtub beside the floor-to-ceiling window. Luxurious comfort with cutting-edge technology including high-speed internet connectivity, flat-screen web TV, delicious Lanvin bathroom amenities. An elegant writing desk, chaise longue, an ottoman and the heavenly king-sized bed with fluffy pillows and cool, cool sheets of Egyptian cotton. On the high floors of MGallery hotel, the Social Club Restaurant and Social Club Rooftop Bar occupy the

Executive Suite

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23rd and 24th floor with panoramic vistas of the Saigon skyline. “Social Club”, what a fitting name for a restaurant. Interior décor by worldclass Japanese design firm Super Potato using wood, glass, fine fabrics and unique lighting fixtures to create an ambiance when wine and dine was an art form and chilled French Champagne (Magnum bottles) was de rigueur. The Social Club’s French chef Anne-Cécile Degenne is the mastermind behind the exquisite gastronomic creations. Service is impeccable and ambiance lively especially during the Happy Hour “The best hour is Happy Hour”, as they say. “HH” daily 5 to 8 pm also at the poolside, top floor al fresco Rooftop Bar with a young energetic house DJ and the state-of-the-art sound system. This is the place to see and to be seen in HCMC, especially on a Friday night. Joie de Vivre guaranteed! Saigon Kitchen. On the 2nd floor, an all-day restaurant serving Vietnamese and Western cuisine. The three open kitchens layout prepare succulent dishes in a stunning interior inspired by Asian street food markets. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime in-between. Saigon Kitchen’s breakfast or “le petit déjeuner” or “the little lunch” as the French call it is lavish. All the stations manned. First freshly pressed juices plus multiple shots of the wellness detoxifying, anti-aging concoctions, followed by perfectly

poached eggs, crispy bacon and local fruits with yogurt and muesli. For Madame the ubiquitous pho, South Vietnam congee, fresh Vietnamese chili and handmade dim sums. I take the delicious butter mini croissants, en chocolate. The mini croissant is the new croissant! I savored seven (units) with strong Vietnamese coffee enough to wash a baby elephant. This is not the le petit déjeuner – this is the MGallery “Grand” le petit déjeuner! Then a late morning postprandial Saigon walk. Off to the War Remnants Museum along tree-lined boulevards. Until you’ll see the dark green US Army M48 tanks, USAF Huey choppers, old fighter jets and heavy, long artillery pieces sitting in front of the museum building. Inside more military hardware; hand grenades, ammunition, pistols, rusty AK-47s and helmets. Also 500 graphic images depicting the horrors of modern warfare. A visit is recommended and you’ll understand why the Vietnamese called this armed conflict from 1955 to 1975 the “American War” not the “Vietnam War!” On the way back to our hotel we pass the Reunification Palace. The famous site of the “Fall of Saigon” April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese “Viet Cong” (Russian made) T-54 Army tank bulldozed through the main iron gate. Nearby is the Dong Khoi Street which the French settlers called Rue Catinat. Running from Notre Dame

Cathedral to the Saigon River. The heart of the old Saigon “the Paris of the East.” Now prime real estate with air-conditioned commercial centers like Vincom Center HCMC’s largest shopping mall with over 250 shops boasting global fashion houses such as American Ralph Lauren, German Hugo Boss and French Hermès. And of course, Louis Vuitton Dong Khoi occupying the super-prime location in the Opera View Building. I leave Madame shopping and return to Hotel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection on the 9th floor. Time to soak my limbs in a Lanvin “Orange Ambre” hot foam bath by the panorama window. And of course, Nespresso coffee shots and Perrier water from the minibar. Joie de Vivre. Next day. Afternoon late checkout. We’re filled with pleasant MGallery sojourn memories as we depart Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon – if you like. Like General MacArthur “I shall return!” (to the Philippines). We shall return to Saigon. Absolutely. Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh City. Daily 15 flights. Flying time only 90 minutes. Thai citizens are entitled to 30-day VOA (Visa on Arrival). There’s never been a better time to visit Vietnam. Trust me! Hotel des Arts Saigon MGallery Collection 76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai District, Ho Chi Minh City Tel: (+84) 839 898 888 Email: h9231@accor.com www.hoteldesartssaigon.com

Hotel Promotion Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya cooks up tasty family holidays with Junior Chef classes and suite stays As part of its commitment to cater to families Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya is offering tempting family stays that include fun, hands-on cooking workshops for kids. Budding cooks learn to prepare three appetizing dishes in small classes of up to six people with expert guidance from one of Mövenpick’s senior chefs. The engaging Junior Chef class introduces children to food preparation skills, kitchen etiquette, how to balance ingredients and how to use seasoning. They also learn about plating food to make it look appetizing. Favourite dishes for the kids to prepare include Thai Glass Noodle Salad, Tic-Tac-Toe – a nutritious Mövenpick Power Bites dish of fish sticks, mashed potato and butternut, and Fluffy Pancakes with banana, velvety chocolate and world-renowned Mövenpick ice cream. The Junior Chef Class is one of the most popular activities in the Junior All Stars programme, which offers active and engaging learning experiences for the whole family. Once the children finish making the food then they can sit down together at the all-day dining restaurant, Twist, to enjoy the 3-course lunch with their parents. The family-focused Junior Chef package accommodates two adults and one child with a choice of two suites. The spacious sea-view Junior Suite and Executive Suite both boast separate living areas and furnished balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows, one or two Smart TVs respectively as well as in-room sound systems, spacious bathrooms and tubs, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The interactive Junior Chef packages include a one-night stay in a Junior Suite (8,900 baht ++) or an

Executive Suite (11,900 baht ++) and are available from now until September 30, 2017, with special family privileges. Suite stays with cooking class, lunch, lounge access and family benefits attract a 2,000 baht net surcharge on Saturday nights and 3,000 baht net surcharge per night on long weekends. For more information or to make a booking, visit www.movenpick.com/pattaya.


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diversions

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upcoming movies at Major Cineplex The Avenue Pattaya SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Release Date July 6, 2017 Lead Actors Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya Director Jon Watts Genre Sci-Fi | Action | Adventure

Release Date July 13, 2017 Lead Actors Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer, Terry Notary Director Matt Reeves Genre Sci-Fi | Action | Adventure | Drama | Thriller

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker is a high school student who lives with his Aunt May in a high-rise in Queens. A bit of a misfit, when he discovers his abilities as Spider-Man, he tries to figure out what to do with his newfound identity as the webslinging superhero. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, he gets advice from Tony Stark on how to become an Avenger. Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero.

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.

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LifeStyles Fitness Center at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya conducted by trained instructors, including aerobics, Zumba, power pump, fitball, TRX and cardio core among others. During the 4F4 (Fit-Fun-Friend-Family) Happiness activity organized by the resort Juraiwan “Maple” Pongmanas held a Zumba dance class while Narawich “Khao-pod” Chandaeng demonstrated a TRX suspension training at the 300-sqm yoga and aerobic studio. Specialized fitness trainers are also on hand to assist you with your fitness goals and guide you on your continuous progress. After workout, there is a changing

room, a shower room, a steam room and a Jacuzzi. Fruits and drinks are on offer to replenish the body with nutrients and stay hydrated. Light snacks are also available at the resort’s Vistas or have a breakfast, midday soup or afternoon tea at Zulu Family Club. Fitness membership benefits include free use of the water park and discounts at the resort’s SPA Cenvaree and food and beverage outlets. For more information, call in today on 038 301 234 ext 4369 and avail of a free class or workout trial.

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Hotel Promotions AVANI Pattaya KAAN Show Package

Think about events, think about Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

A special getaway with dinner and an awe-inspiring new show! Book a special break to watch the spectacular KAAN at the “world’s first levitating theatre”. AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa brings you exclusive access to the show with two Sky seat tickets, along with your round-trip transfers to the theatre. Stay in comfortable style with daily breakfast to start your day. Dine on a tasty Thai set dinner for two at Sala Rim Nam. Let AVANI Pattaya escort you to and from this mesmerising show for a night to remember and look after the details for your seamless show getaway. Prices start from 6,500 baht ++. Package includes: • AVANI Garden View Room (minimum two consecutive nights) • Daily breakfast for two people • Two Sky seat tickets for KAAN show • Round-trip transfers to Singha D’Luck Theatre • Thai set dinner for two at Sala Rim Nam

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya offers a wide choice of versatile convention and meeting rooms to make it particularly attractive to MICE planners, organizers of corporate meetings, and for those individual business travelers. At 1,000 sqm, the Mirage Grand Ballroom is the bigest venue at the resort and capable of accommodating up to 1,200 persons for meetings, private reception banquets, and extensive outdoor functions and receptions. Moreover, the resort reaffirmed full support for service of organizing outings such as parties, wedding ceremony, and conferences all in a relaxed atmosphere, also formal for small event around 10 people or large event, more than 1,000 people. The organizers are fully equipped with a full range of accessories and professional waiter. The menu has a variety of sweet and savory items, expertly selected by the experienced chefs with over 30 years of international food, Thai-Asian food, grilled seafood style, and Brazilian food that impress both Thai and foreign people.

For more information, call 038 412 120 or email pattaya@avanihotels.com.

For more information or table reservations, contact 038 301 234 ext 4173, 4164 or email cmbr@chr.co.th.


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explore

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sky100 presents “Yesterday Once More” Revisit the Colourful Story of Hong Kong on a Journey Through Time As one of the must-see attractions in Hong Kong, sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck offers breathtaking views of the city's skyline, where old and new stand side by side. Now, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), sky100 presents its “Yesterday Once More” promotion from July 22 to September 3. Join on a journey through time! sky100 will showcase what life was like in olden days with iconic local scenes from the past decades: Old Shopping Street: From the east side of the deck, you can admire the towering skyscrapers across Victoria Harbour. Then, as you turn around, you will find yourself standing in front of old tenement buildings and shops with retro signs and mailboxes! There’s even an egg waffle cart and a flour doll stall to take you back to the golden days of the ’70s! Giant Hong Kong Board Game: Before electronic games were widely available, most kids played card games and board games. During leisure time, chess was always a popular choice! sky100 is bringing you a giant revival of a classic board game, so you, your family and friends can play together. Remember to take lots of pictures and selfies – the vibrant backdrop is sure to make every picture a cherished memory! “Our Estate, Our Home”: The north side of sky100 will be transformed into a reimagined public housing estate, including a multi-purpose mahjong cum dining table, oldtime television, vintage radio and cassette player! This special setting will also feature an old-time photo studio and barber shop, offering everyone the opportunity to travel back in time and experience the long-gone lifestyle of the older generation. “Sky Theatre”: Known as the “Eastern Hollywood”, Hong Kong has always been a pioneer of the Chinese movie market, and is still Asia’s leading film production and export base. Ever since the boom in local films in the ’70s and ’80s, watching movies has been a favourite activity for generations of locals. At the unique Sky Theatre, you can immerse yourself in a world of retro hand-painted style movie posters, and colourful handwritten tickets. Don’t miss the chance to revisit the glorious days of Hong Kong’s movie theatres! “Uniquely Red Minibus”: Locals are no strangers to iconic minibuses with their red or green tops. Hustling and bustling throughout Hong Kong, not only are these minibuses one of the most popular forms of transportation, they also play a significant role in Hong Kong’s local culture. Red minibuses stand out for their flexibility as they do not have fixed schedules or routes. Just slap on a destination sign and they can go anywhere! You can find one of these legendary vehicles parked right inside sky100, giving everyone a chance to play driver! “Store 393”: Many locals spent their childhood and teenage years around stores, and now sky100 is bringing those memories back with Store 393. Located 393 metres above sea level, Store 393 will be filled to the brim with nostalgic snacks, drinks and toys. Step into

Spa & Fitness Promotions Dragon fruit and peach blossom provide fragrant theme for Spa Cenvaree package at Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Store 393 and relive your youthful years! There will also be a vintage pillar postbox for you to mail postcards and share the joy of your sky-high experience with family and friends. During the promotion period, children visiting sky100 will also receive a free Sky-high Children’s Paradise booklet inspired by a popular children’s magazine first published in 1953. Beneath its colourful cover you’ll find traditional local games, such as painting exercises, spot the difference and the classic paper-and-pencil game Peaceful War. Parents can now share their childhood experiences with their own children! After taking a trip down memory lane, you can explore Hong Kong with cutting-edge virtual reality technology. Embark on an exciting 360-degree VR journey across the city with sky100’s mobile app: explore local attractions one by one, and see the transformation of Hong Kong island in a 1-mintue animation video at east deck only. sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck 100/F, International Commerce Centre 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong Open Sun-Thu 10 am to 9 pm Fri-Sat 10 am to 10:30 pm www.sky100.com.hk

The months of June and July at Spa Cenvaree in Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya bring the luxurious and sensual touch of dragon fruit and peach blossom, with the Pretty as a Peach spa package. This 120-minute spa journey is priced at 2,595 baht ++, and in addition includes a free Luscious Peach Body Lotion, valued at 450 baht, to take home. Both dragon fruit and peach blossom are naturally rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals, and are packed with other health and beauty benefits. Your journey towards inner tranquillity and outer glowing health begins with a five-minute herbal foot ritual to ease negative energy, and continues with a 30-minute dragon fruit and peach body scrub to remove dead skin cells and revitalise jaded skin. Lie back and inhale the heavenly scent of peach blossom as you are treated to an all-over indulgent body massage, lasting for 60 minutes and designed to stretch tight muscles, release tension and leave you glowing. A 25-minute restorative foot massage eases blocked energy. Your journey ends with refreshing dragon fruit and herbal tea in the relaxation lounge. Spa Cenvaree occupies its own spa village in the water park of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and is open from 9 am to 9 pm. For appointments, contact 038 301 234 ext 4333, email spacenvareecmbr@chr.co.th or visit www.spacenvaree.com.

Discover the perfect you and live a joyful life at LifeStyles on 26, Centara Grand at Central World LifeStyles on 26 of Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World spoils all the heath lovers with exercise programs to help you be fit. Personal training will improve your technical skills, and teach you correctly the suitable exercise program for you. You can choose the package that suits you as follows: Personal Training – 1 hour • 1 session: 1,200 baht • 10 sessions: 10,000 baht Buddy Training (2 people) – 1 hour • 1 session: 1,500 baht • 10 sessions: 13,000 baht Group Training (3 to 5 people) – 1 hour • 1 session: 2,000 baht • 10 sessions: 18,000 baht The exercise will not be boring as the personal trainers will design an exercise program that is fun and unique to your goal. You will see the new you, stronger and healthier you at LifeStyles on 26, located on 26th floor of Centara Grand at Central World. For more information, call 02 100 6299.


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1-15 july 2017

Khun “Neoh” Dusit Thani Pattaya handson general manager by John K. Lindgren

My first meeting with Neoh Kean Boon is at the reception of the Swedish National Day “Sveriges Dag” a formal event which for at least 15 years has always been at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Grand Ball Room. Year after year. “Same procedure as every year”.

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his year the venue is Dusit Thani Pattaya. Chapeau to Dusit Pattaya, Royal Swedish embassy and consulates on their decision to change from the Oriental Grand Dame same old ballroom to a spectacular Pattaya Bay seaside venue "The Point" on top of a miniature peninsula next to the Lagoon Pool. The Point is a magnificent reception/wedding venue which overlooks Pattaya Bay. Reminds me of French Antibes and Cannes on the Mediterranean. The invited Thai and Swedish VIP guests and selected media enjoy a full technicolor sunset with a gentle sea breeze and cocktails, wine and beer accompanied by delectable Swedish and Thai finger food plus Swedish live music. HE Swedish Ambassador to Thailand Staffan Herrström gives a speech and together with his spouse Karin Herrström a toast is proposed to all the guests and the Current Honorary Consuls: Chatchawal Supachayanont (Consulate of Sweden, Pattaya), Victor Sukseree (Consulate of Sweden, Hua Hin) and Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Neoh Kean Boon. Three Dusit Thani general managers are present: Victor of Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Chatchawal former Dusit Thani Pattaya GM and

Neoh present GM. Next day after experiencing the heavenly bed in the luxurious, newly renovated Club Room outfitted with a full range of upgraded amenities, I meet Neoh again. Our interview takes place in the Cascade Restaurant next to the spacious lobby and the outstanding indoor garden atrium with a spectacular high sky-light. Neoh -- “GM” as he is known by hotel management and the staff looks fit and younger than his stated 54 years. The affable Malaysianborn hotel and hospitality veteran, par excellence brings with him three decades of hands-on experience in the city/resort hotel business -restaurant, bar, front office and back office and operations. Born and raised on Penang island George Town, the young and industrious Boon worked in restaurants and bars and in his spare time he completed the esteemed AHMA (American Hotel and Motel Association) correspondence course. “My first front office work experience was in the pre-internet days. Before the computers, passwords, before social media and TripAdvisor,” explains Neoh with a smile. Prior to joining the Dusit International, Boon was director of Food and Beverage at the fiveContinued on page 4/24


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Property

How Lucky Can Thailand Get?

The International REALTORS® Conference and Expo, the Certified International Property Specialist 5-Day Training Course and a FREE National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics course all coming to Bangkok next month! The International Realtors Conference & Expo is coming to Thailand next month with the National Association of Realtors as the strategic partner and the Real Estate Information Center, Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand, Thailand Real Estate Broker Association and Thai Real Estate Association having joined hands to organize the Third International Realtor Conference: Asia-Pacific, the Engine for Global Growth. The August 17 to 22 event will be at Bangkok’s Queen Sirikit National Convention Center and held in-conjunction with the Home Builder and Home Buyers Expo. This event promises to be a dynamic, interactive and valuable opportunity for participants to network with prominent leaders and astute members (property owners, builders, developers, brokers, real estate agents, law and policy makers, government officials and the media) from the global real estate industry. Our goal is to provide an open forum where you can connect with peers and specialists from around the world to exchange ideas, learn from each other, explore future business opportunities and generate working relationships and even partnerships. We also are excited about presenting once again the Certified International Property Specialists 5-Day Training Course (CIPS). This is your great opportunity to expand your real estate knowledge globally. The CIPS curriculum offers hands-on experience in international real estate transactions, as well as five full days of study focusing on the critical aspects of transnational transactions, including: •Currency and exchange rate issues •Cross-cultural relationships •Regional market conditions •Investment performance •Tax issues •And more! Individual course titles are Global Real Estate: Local Markets; the Business of U.S. Real Estate, Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate; Europe and International Real Estate, and the Business of U.S. Real Estate. We are extremely fortunate to again have David Wyant as instructor. He is an international

pathway to professionalism, making sure you understand what separates you, as a Realtor, from other real estate professionals, and hopefully will get your office talking about and living by the Code. Furhad is one of NAR’s most accredited and influential figures. He has been NAR’s federal political coordinator to U.S. Senator Debbie David Wyant Stabenow of Michigan; NAR instructor for CIPS, WCR and REBAC courses; 2013 real estate professional with more chairman of NAR’s Global Business than 25 years in global marketing, Alliances Committee; NAR 2011 branding and strategic sales, and a regional vice president;, 2009 leading member of the NAR at the president's liaison to International institutional level as a CIPS faculty Operations and Second Home Real member. Estate Group; 2007 president of the If that is not enough, David was Michigan Association Of Realtors, recognized by his peers as NAR’s and was voted Michigan's Realtor Realtor of the Year in 2006, and was of the Year as well as the state’s Most CIPS Instructor of the Year in both Active Realtor in Politics. 2009 and 2012. Upon completion of the New The intensive five-day training Member Code of Ethics Orientation program and certification will go a class, participants will be able to: long way in solving the credibility 1. Briefly describe the history of problems facing so many in Thai the Code of Ethics real estate that do not have formal 2. Identify concepts in the education or the certification Preamble to the Code of Ethics required to achieve international 3. Identify the Golden Rule as the recognition. foundations upon which the Code of I audited David’s entire course in Ethics is built Bangkok two years ago, and this time 4. List the major categories of I will be David’s assistant instructor. Articles in the Code of Ethics In addition to the above events 5. Describe the structure of the this August, the National Association Code and its supporting materials of Realtors invites you to participate 6. List Articles of the Code in a free class on the Code of Ethics which are commonly the subject of and Standards of Practices, presented complaints by staff member Furhad Waquad. 7. Describe the concepts of these The Code of Ethics is your commonly cited Articles of the Code 8. Identify possible violations of the Code of Ethics 9. Describe the professional standards enforcement process 10. Describe the bases upon which a procuring cause arbitration claim is decided.

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. clayton@premierinternational.com

So as you can see, this August will be the greatest series of events to date for the Thailand real estate industry. That is why it is so easy to ask, ‘How Lucky Can Furhad Waquad Thailand Get’? Our very special thanks to Clayton Wade, managing director of Pattaya’s Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., for preparing this Pattaya Today column. Clayton Wade is managing director of Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., the Eastern Seaboard’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, and managing director of Premier Land and Development Co., Ltd. Clayton Wade has been running Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., with his wife, Khun Supap, for more than 20 years. He himself has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years, having started his career in the United States where he was licensed and practiced both real estate sales and property management in Seattle, Washington. Wade is a Certified International Property

Who Makes These Events Happen?

Representing the National Association of Realtors for these events are Nancy Suvarnamani, Paul Xumsai and yours truly Clayton Wade. Nancy, NAR’s regional coordinator for Asia Pacific, Australia, UAE and Lebanon, was born in Bangkok. Her father was a major general in the Thai Army, her mother a nurse. After graduating Chiang Mai University in 1974, she relocated to the United States. The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) has been in real estate for more than 24 years, prior to which she was in the corporate arena with several Fortune 500 Nancy Suvarnamani companies. After 15 years of corporate life, she decided to make a change and chose real estate as the catalyst to create an award-winning, highly-successful real estate firm on Michigan Avenue in Chicago's South Loop. Nancy was inducted into the Chicago Association of Realtors Hall of Fame in 2016. Paul Xumsai, CIPS, is the NAR president's liaison to Thailand. As such, he is the key link to associated real estate groups in Thailand. Liaison’s generally are CIPS designees and, ideally, have some knowledge of their designated country's culture and language. Paul is an international real estate broker with more than 15 years’ experience in consulting, marketing, online marketing, and real estate technology. Paul Xumsai At the local level is one of Thailand’s National Association of Realtors representatives, Clayton Wade, CIPS, AIGS, and new NAR board member. Clayton has been in real estate more than 31 years, starting in the United States in 1985. He was licensed and practiced both real estate sales and property management in Seattle. Managing director, Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. Managing director, Premier Land and Development Co., Ltd. Vice president, Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association Instructor, Thailand Real Estate and Business School Instructor, NAR International Property Specialist Training Course Member, NAR board of directors Consultant, Gerson Lehrman Group and Coleman Research Group Judge, Thailand Property Clayton Wade Awards (2006 to 2017)

Specialist (CIPS) and a CIPS certification instructor with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States. He is an instructor with the Thailand Real Estate and Business School (TREBS) and heads the International Marketing Committee as vice president for the Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand. He also is a council member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, the New York-based international research and consulting firm, and is a registered consultant with the Coleman Research Group in Hong Kong. He has been a national panel judge with the Thailand Property Awards for 10 years. Having done business successfully in the Eastern Seaboard/Pattaya area for over 20 years, Clayton Wade is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his public speaking and television presentations as well as

having written regularly for leading newspapers and magazines (Bangkok Post, Thailand Property Report, Tropical Homes Magazine, Real Estate Magazine Thailand, Big Chilli Magazine, Tattler Magazine, Homes and Condos Magazine, etc.). The American-born entrepreneur is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his many accomplishments in promoting real estate on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard include having been a guest speaker with several of Thailand’s top political and business figures on CNBC’s Managing Asia. Premier Homes is Pattaya’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals. Visit their website at www.premierinternational.com. Clayton Wade may be contacted at +(66) (81) 634-2915 or at clayton@premierinternational.com.


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Volume 6

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

Issue 12

1-15 July 2017

by Magna Carta Law Office

Consumer Protection in Thailand The Consumer Protection Act, B.E. 2522 (1979) with the first amendment of this Act, B.E. 2541 (1998) provides the consumer rights as follows: 1. The right to receive correct and sufficient information and descriptions as to the quality of goods and services Consumers have the right to receive information from advertising or labels which is not exaggerated by the business entity, including the right to be informed about sufficient details of goods or services in order to avoid misunderstanding in buying those goods or services. 2. The right to enjoy freedom in the choice of goods or services This means that a consumer can willingly buy goods or service and independently make a decision without any unfair persuasion. 3. The right to safety in the use of goods or services Any goods or services used by a consumer must be in a good condition and quality with the appropriate standard so that there is no harm to the life, body or property of consumers when used according to the instructions and according to the condition of the goods and services. 4. The right to receive a fair contract This is the right to have a fair contract from a business entity. All of the following terms are considered unfair to a consumer, for example, a credit card agreement which has terms, such as a term which allows changes in conditions of the card usage fee, service charge, accrued interest without prior notice, a term which allows a business entity to abolish the contract on credit card usage at any time without any notice to the consumer of reason, and no term which indicates the right of the consumer to cancel a contract. 5. The right to be considered and compensated The consumer has the right to call for compensation from a business entity if the consumer suffers damage caused by the

business entity. The consumer can make a complaint for help and support at the Office of the Consumer Protection Board or relevant agencies. Consumer Protection in Advertising The Consumer Protection Act mentions that an advertisement of goods and services must not contain a statement which is unfair to consumers and it shall not be affected by a method which may be harmful to health, or cause physical or mental harm or annoyance to consumers. The following statements shall be regarded as those which violate this Act: 1. A statement which is false or exaggerated. 2. A statement which will cause misunderstanding about the goods or services. 3. A statement which is directly or indirectly encouraging the commission of an unlawful or immoral act, or which adversely affects the national culture. 4. A statement which will cause disunity or adversely affects the unity among the public. 5. Other statements as prescribed by the Ministerial Regulation as follows: • Advertising of goods or services for which a business entity has a sale and promotion by giving products for free or privileges, gambling or competing for prize rewards must be contained with clear statements, such as regulations, conditions, methods, starting and ending dates, detail of free products, value of free products in total, and any place where consumers receive the free products. • Advertising by blessing

members of the Royal Family and using information about the Monarch must not include details of goods or services in the advertisement. The statement of blessing must be clear without any advertising of goods and services. Trademarks or other details, such as address, website, email, address, telephone numbers, are not allowed. Only the name of the company or the composer is allowed. • Advertising of land, house and condominium by a business entity must contain details, including starting and finishing dates of construction, registered number of land certificates, total area of land, license number of land allocation, name of person who allocates the land, name of land business entity. The time of transferring ownership when the payment has been made according to the conditions of the contract, must also be indicated. A statement must indicate whether any image in the advertisement is real, or is imitated from the original. In the case where the Committee on Advertisement had a reasonable cause to suspect that any statement used in an advertisement is false or exaggerated, the Committee on Advertisement shall have the power to issue an order requiring the advertiser to substantiate the claim. Any businessman who is doubtful whether his advertisement will violate or does not conform to this Act may apply to the Committee on Advertisement for consideration and opinion on such matter before advertising. Reference: A Handbook for Disseminating Knowledge for Consumers – Office of the Consumer Protection Board

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Special Feature Lufthansa Group appointed Stefan Molnar as new General Manager Sales in Thailand

Continued from page 1/21

Khun “Neoh” Dusit Thani Pattaya handson general manager star Equatorial in Penang and executive assistant manager at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa Langkawi. “The GMs in those days were French, Swiss, German and Austrian. Old school. I recall GM Francois Sigrist, Swiss (French speaking). I learned a lot from him. Now he is the GM of Park Royal Penang” says Boon. Thereafter Neoh became the resident manager in Pattaya for three years before moving to Bangkok in 2015 for hotel manager position in Dusit Princess Srinakarin. In 2016,

Neoh returned to Pattaya when promoted to general manager. “We have 457 rooms and suites. Employees 470”, says Neoh. That's an impressive staffto-guest ratio. He adds, “The staff turnover is low. Many employees have worked with us for more than 15 years". Dusit Pattaya is more than a hotel, it's a revered institution located in the gentrified North Pattaya, ultra premium real estate occupying a whopping 13 acres

Club Grand Room

Club Grand Room Bathroom

(35 rai). Gardens in-door and outdoor, beautiful flowers and trees of all sizes. “We have 14 full-time gardeners,” he added. Dusit Thani Pattaya has a strong reputation domestically, regionally and internationally. “Our guest mix Europe: UK, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Russia. And the new Asian guest trend is very strong China, Korea and India”. Corporate, MICE (Meetings Incentives, Conferences, Events) is also important explains GM and adds “We have capacity for 1,500 sit down and 2,500 stand up guests cocktail functions, receptions – We have space”. “Dusit Thani Pattaya is still going strong. Thirty years now. We also do renovations 70 to 80 rooms per year.” Currently the Club Floor wing A is being renovated:. Case in point: Our Club Grand Room one recently renovated guest rooms. Impeccable work! Finally, I ask Neoh Kean Boon how do you keep fit? “I exercise, I run and I bicycle.” I learn that he has participated in King’s Cup Pattaya Marathon and Run for Smiles Charity Run in 2017. It's Friday end of the week, busy times for our hotelier and his team. Pattaya Today Life & Leisure thanks Dusit Thani Pattaya general manager for the most memorable Swedish National Day and great Thai hospitality. DUSIT THANI HOTELS AND RESORTS. Traditional Thai grandeur, a rich heritage and world-renowned hospitality. www.dusit.com/dusitthani/ pattaya/

Stefan Molnar is responsible for all sales and marketing initiatives for the Lufthansa Group Airlines, namely Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa German Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines, in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos since mid-May this year. He succeeds Dirk Grossmann who was in this position for the last six years and he is now the general manager Sales in Moscow. “I am very pleased to announce Stefan Molnar as the new general manager for this dynamic market. At the same time, I would like to express my appreciation for all the great work Dirk Grossmann had accomplished,” said Heiko Brix, senior director sales Southeast Asia and Pacific for Lufthansa Group Airlines. He continued, “With the new management and recently integrated teams in Thailand, Vietnam and the Mekong region, I am confident that the team will continue to deliver the Lufthansa Group success story in this region.” Bringing with him 18 years of industry and 10 years of international experience, Stefan Molnar shared, “I am very happy to take on this new challenge and to continue Dirk Grossmann’s great work together with the team here in Bangkok.” He said, “Lufthansa Group Airlines are strengthening our presence in Thailand and demonstrating our continuous commitment to this market. For example, we are upgrading our

fleet from a Boeing B747-400 to an Airbus A380 in the winter schedule starting end October this year to service the route between Bangkok and Frankfurt. This is an increased capacity of 37 percent to meet the market demand during this season.” Lufthansa is also reintroducing its first class product to Bangkok that comes with the A380 to the customers in Thailand. Eurowings is also operating Phuket/Cologne route twice weekly again in the winter schedule. Besides the Lufthansa Group Airlines, which offer a total of 23 weekly connections from Thailand to Europe, there are also other important Lufthansa Group Business segments present in Thailand, such as LSG Sky Chefs Thailand Ltd., Lufthansa and SWISS Cargo, Lufthansa Global Business Services Bangkok, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Services Thailand Ltd. In total, Lufthansa Group, the leading European aviation group, employs 1,300 employees in Thailand.


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Business News Tata Motors strengthening after sales experience in Thailand Tata Motors (Thailand) Company Limited outlined its commitment to the ongoing customer experience transformation and after sales service in Thailand with the introduction of the “mobile service” offerings. The Tata Mobile Service aims to provide customers with remote basic services and maintenance, as well as emergency roadside assistance. Tata Motors Thailand has further enhanced the Tata Xenon’s vehicle proposition and mounted the Cab-Chassis version with multiple storage lockers, all necessary tools and equipment to carry out comprehensive service and to give it an attractive design – enhancing convenience for Tata’s growing customers. The Tata Xenon’s heavyduty capability and wide cargo space is most suitable to operate as a mobile maintenance vehicle. Tata’s mobile servicing offers customers and commercial vehicle fleets the flexibility of on-site servicing, maintenance and warranty repairs on their premises. Tata’s mobile service program

will initially support the Tata Motors Experience Center in challenging environments and remote locations. Following the pilot, Tata will substantially increase the numbers of mobile service units through all distributors as a service standard for customers and commercial fleets all over the country. Sanjay Mishra, chief executive officer, Tata Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. said,” We’re committed to provide customers with an

unmatched ownership experience and build trust through superior after sales service. Developing Tata Mobile Service and strengthening after sales service is an important strategy for us as it will further drive a comprehensive customer experience towards our products. Tata mobile servicing has been conceived to minimise disruption to customers and fleet operators by reducing vehicle down time, thanks to on-site maintenance work”

Mazda maintains strong momentum May sales rise by 13 percent Mazda Sales (Thailand) Co. Ltd. announced that Mazda sales in May reached almost 4,000 units, growing by 13 per cent compared to the same month last year, with the Mazda2 achieving significant growth of 32 per cent. The sales growth follows Mazda’s efforts in strengthening its sales and after-sales capability, resulting in greater customer confidence. Year-to-date sales (Jan-May) reached 19,729 units, rising by 10 per cent compared the corresponding period last year, thanks to strong tourism and agriculture sectors. Chanchai Trakarnudomsuk, president of Mazda Sales said although May was affected by the monsoon rains, the economic has been promising. “The agriculture sector is really active with the ‘Durian Fever’ which has become a highly popular business. Meanwhile rice, rubber and tapioca is also making strong comebacks. All these positive factors result in higher purchasing power and that helps stimulate the automobile market,” he said. In May, Mazda sold 3,964 units, an increase of 13 per cent compared to 3,522 vehicles sold during the same month last year. The Mazda2 was the top-selling model with 2,490 units (32 per cent growth), followed by the Mazda3 with 466 units (38 per cent growth), CX-3 crossover with 351 units (17 per cent decline), BT-50 PRO pickup with 349 units (32 per cent decline), CX-5 crossover with 304 units (14 per cent decline) and MX-5 roadster with four units. During the first five months of the year, Mazda secured sales of 19,729 units, growing by 10 per cent compared to 17,869 units sold during the same period in 2016. The Mazda2 was also the best-seller with 11,732 units (23 per cent growth), followed by the BT-50 PRO with 2,595 units (1 per cent growth), Mazda3 with 2,269

units (21 per cent growth), CX-3 with 1,748 units (30 per cent decline), CX-5 with 1,376 units (2 per cent growth) and MX-5 with 9 units. Chanchai added that growing Mazda sales reflects the confidence customers have in the Mazda brand. “Whether it’s because of the new technologies such as SkyactivVehicle Dynamics that come with G-Vectoring Control (GVC), or the latest safety and infotainment systems, customers are embracing the Mazda brand more than ever. Mazda is confident that our hard work in developing new and exciting products answers to customers in every segment, and the popularity of Mazda vehicles is growing continuously. We are also modernizing Mazda showrooms and service centers around the country to meet the latest global standards.” In terms of marketing strategy, Thee Permpongpanth, senior marketing director, said although Mazda sales are growing continuously, the company continues to move ahead in reaching more customers through various onlocation activities that could boost sales and strengthen the brand’s premium image. “Recently, Mazda co-hosted the World Environment Day event with the BMA, promoting the theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’. BMA Governor Pol. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang chaired the event, which was attended by a large number of both government and private sectors, who joined in to create awareness in environment protection.” The event was held from June 4 to 8 at Emquartier shopping complex. He said Mazda portrays itself as an auto brand that is environmentally-friendly through the Mazda2 that comes with the latest Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics technology, boasting lower than 100g/km of CO2 emission passing the strict Euro 5 standards.

Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery kick off the tourist mid-year promotion with exciting deals

The exclusive cool deals await tourist shoppers as Siam Paragon, Siam Center, and Siam Discovery, Bangkok’s three major shopping destinations, has just launched the tourist mid-year promotion offering a lot of exciting deals and a rewarding experience until July 31. As the ultimate all-in-oneplace shopping destination and entertainment attraction in Bangkok, Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery offer a truly remarkable experience for all walks of life while inviting tourist shoppers to enjoy exclusive tourist privileges and a wide variety of special offers from tourist mid-year promotion until the end of this July. Simply register “Tourist Card” and receive a complimentary voucher valued at 200 baht to enjoy a world of flavours at My Kitchen located on the 4th Floor, Siam Discovery. My Kitchen offers everyone a new social dining experience with a variety of great taste from five well-known restaurants namely Nara, Kuppadeli, Café Chilli, Man Fu Yuan, Yuzuby Yuutaro and a super chic café Brix Dessert Bar.

Moreover, making your vacation even more fulfilled by spending more to receive a special gift. Just spend a minimum of 5,000 baht, receive a limited edition elephant clutch, while spending a minimum of 10,000 baht, receive a travelling bag and VIZ Titanium member card. Tourist shoppers just present their valid passport at any information counter at Siam Paragon, Siam Center, and Siam Discovery or tourist lounge located on G floor of Siam Paragon for registering “Tourist Card”. Tourist card holders will enjoy up to 30 percent discounts on regularly priced merchandise at participating shops ranging from fashion, beauty, wellness, lifestyle to dining at these three shopping centers. Tourist card holders will be also entitled to up to six percent VAT refund for their purchases at these three locations. Valid until the end of December 2017. Get ready for a great time of shopping and super savings. For more information, visit http://siamparagon.co.th/tourist

Summer Time art exhibition

Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld would like to cordially invite everyone to “Summer Time art exhibition” by Piangkhwuan Kamijn at Sky Lobby, 23rd floor of the hotel until September 23, 10 am to 8 pm, everyday. A part of the total revenue received will be donated to Thai Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Summer Time art exhibition

presents the story of art through the use of various techniques to create art pieces and express the emotions to the audience like reading from her diary. The concept of this exhibition is the fun, sadness, memories and friendship that artists want to convey to the audience through the painting of animals to represents her feelings. For more information or a catalogue, contact 02 100 1234 extension 6753-56.


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Business News BMW Thailand is getting ready Volvo Car Thailand appoints Chris to present BMW 118i M Sport to Wailes as managing director a customer in “The Ultimate JOY Experience” program

BMW Thailand led by Sethipong Anutarasoti (left), general manager marketing, held a special lucky draw to pick the winning BMW customer who receives BMW 118i M Sportvalued at1,999,000 baht, from “The Ultimate JOY Experience” program. The draw was held at the BMW Group Thailand Training Center and was

witnessed by Preecha Biamukda (right) governing officer, senior professional level, Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Interior. The Ultimate JOY Experience program was offered exclusively to BMW owners who registered on www.BMWultimateJOY.com during February 3 to May 15, 2017.

Delta Innovation for Thailand Launch

Delta Electronics (Thailand) Public Company Limited, the world’s leader in power electronics, energy and ICT innovation, by Hsieh Shen-yen, president, presided a press conference on Delta Innovation for Thailand 4.0 to introduce Delta’s new product categories which will energize into Thailand 4.0 goal and in line with Industry 4.0 revolution. Delta’s management team presented the company’s 2017 outlook and major projects, overviews of the

company’s electric vehicle (EV) charging, industrial automation and datacenter infrastructure solutions. The event ended with the launch of three Delta innovations, namely, Delta DC Wallbox for EV charging (25kW), E30 Energy Storage System (ESS) and ASDAMS Robot Controller with DX2100 3G Router. Many guests from various institutions, universities and businesses joined the event at Ballroom 2, S31 Hotel.

Chris Wailes has been working for Volvo Cars for 28 years. He first joined Volvo in 1989 as a car sales executive within a UK Volvo dealership and rapidly became dealer principle before joining Volvo Cars UK from 2001 to 2007 as a regional dealer performance manager. He was responsible for the leadership and performance management of 20 dealerships. From 2008 to 2012, he was UK and European Product and Pricing Manager for Volvo Car Corporation for the delivery of product and offer propositions across all car segments to develop new volume channels and improve performance of 78 percent in just one year. In 2012, as a market manager, he launched the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid car, working hands on with various European markets to establish the product offer, the product positioning and also commercial and technical training. This resulted in the first year’s production volume being sold out prior to the first car being built. In 2013, Wailes was promoted

to Global Product and Carline Performance Director for Volvo Car Group based in GothenburgSweden, responsible for Global carline performance on a country level and for global product from new model launch to lifecycle management as well as being involved with various product launches. In 2015, Wailes was appointed as market area director for Asia Pacific based in Shanghai. He was responsible for all commercial country operations and set up new businesses in Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia and Sri Lanka and two years operational performance growth in existing markets in excess of 20 percent per annum. In his latest position as a market area director for region APeC he had a full scope business responsibility for his markets. Chris’ background is a great asset in his new role. “I have worked in Thailand many times which gives me an understanding of the local automobile market. This is obviously a very challenging and

an exciting job. Volvo has a great potential in being a top-of-mind car brand for Thai people once again. We have many new exciting models coming up in our pipeline which have great Scandinavian design and world-class safety technology. With these undeniable strengths, and the great work Anette and the team have done in 2017, I am confident we can achieve our ambitious growth targets for Thailand," Chris said.

Thailand Mega Fam Trip marks 130 years of Thai-Japanese relations As part of the celebrations to mark the 130th anniversary of Thailand-Japan diplomatic relations, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Thai Airways International (THAI) jointly organised a ‘Thailand Mega FAM Trip’ for 130 leading travel and media representatives from Japan to enjoy unique Thai local experiences in Bangkok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, and Kanchanaburi. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor said, “Thailand and Japan have enjoyed strong diplomatic relations for over a century. Also, Japan is one of Thailand’s top markets, contributing 1.43 million tourists last year. This fam trip will help deepen the understanding of our country through a speciallydesigned itinerary that highlights

beautiful scenery, as well as cultural and historical sites of Thailand.” The Thailand Mega Fam Trip took place last month. Of the total 130 participants, 60 are from travel agencies and the remaining are from print and online media companies as well as public relations agencies. All participants had the chance to visit various important historical sites in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya where over a 1,000 Japanese once lived in a dedicated Japanese settlement over 600 years ago. The village is now one of Ayutthaya’s most-visited attractions by Japanese tourists. Other historical attractions included in the itinerary are Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Wat Mahathat and Wat Chaiwattanaram. Following a meaningful day in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya,

participants choice to visit Buddhist temples and palaces in Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island, or the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi while visiting the JEATH War Museum to learn about some parts of the World War II history, or take a ‘Walking Bangkok’ tour from Hua Lamphong to Yaowarat, followed by a boat ride along the canals in the Pathumwan area. Yuthasak said, “The Thailand Mega FAM Trip offered Japanese travel agents and members of the media new experiences of travelling in Thailand, so that they can share with their clients, readers and followers. We hope that the many great stories and pictures from this trip will help inspire Japanese travellers to choose Thailand as their preferred destination for their future trips.” Earlier this year, TAT also provided special support to the Ayutthaya “Kizuna” Ekiden 2017 – 130th Anniversary of Thailand and Japan Foreign Relationship” long-distance relay running race, which took place on 12 March at the Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya. Also, TAT has recently appointed Nogizaga 46 – a famous idol girl group in Japan, as a Thailand tourism brand ambassador to promote Thai tourism to the Japanese market. In 2017, TAT expect to generate tourism income of around 65.37 billion baht from 1.5 million Japanese travellers to the country.


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Issue 12

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Business News Kempinski announces 120th anniversary offer for Meetings and Events around the globe Value added benefits and an exclusive bonus are offered by Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, for meetings and events booked in one of the hotels around the globe by October 30 with a stay period until end of the year. Meeting bookers may choose two benefits from a list which includes among others a one-hour 120th anniversary welcome cocktail with gourmet bites, one complimentary room for every 12 rooms paid or a permanent coffee and tea station complimentary during the day. In addition, for a minimum spent of EUR 120,000 an upgrade to the most luxurious suite in the hotel will be offered to a VIP attendee. To mark this milestone anniversary, Kempinski rewards any booker who spends a minimum of

EUR 20,000 with a Fitbit watch, for a spend of a minimum of EUR 40,000 with an Iphone 7 and for a spend of a minimum of EUR 60,000 with a two-night stay for two people including limousine transfer, buffet breakfast and suite accomodation in the hotel receiving

‘It’s your Summer’ – Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts launches global campaign

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has launched its global ‘It’s your Summer’ campaign, inviting guests to take advantage of discounts of up to 30 per cent on room rates at more than 80 hotels and resorts globally. The Swiss hospitality firm’s Summer 2017 promotion, which applies to bookings of two nights or more, also offers guests who book their stay online a complimentary US$20 voucher to spend at any participating hotel restaurant. With a vast selection of upscale properties spanning Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts is encouraging travellers to make the most of their

summer and the 30 per cent savings offer by booking multiple stays. “Our portfolio spoils guests for choice, with properties ranging from chic city hotels to beachside resorts in destinations that cover four exciting and diverse continents,” said Paul Mulcahy, senior vice president commercial of Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts. “We operate multiple hotels in many countries and with our Summer 2017 campaign offering value-for-money room rates, it provides travellers with the perfect excuse to book more than one property or holiday to experience all that a destination – or even a region

the event. Today Kempinski manages and operates some of the world’s most iconic hotels, such as the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, the Grand Kempinski Shanghai and the Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul. 2017 also marks the return of Kempinski to the Americas, with the opening of Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, Cuba’s first five-star luxury hotel. Detailled terms and conditions for the 120th anniversary offer are listed in the MICE section of each hotel’s website. For more information about Kempinski 120th Anniversary Offers, contact+66 (0) 2 162 9000 or email sales.siambangkok@ kempinski.com or visit us at https:// www.kempinski.com/en/hotels/ meetings-and-events – has to offer.” The ‘It’s your Summer’ campaign is valid until August 31, 2017. Guests staying with Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts this summer will also have the chance to sample two new initiatives launched by the hospitality firm this year – its global family programme and, at some European properties, an innovative sleep concept. The ‘Mövenpick Family’ programme offers guests travelling with youngsters a range of complimentary benefits including ‘on demand’ baby essentials such as strollers, change tables and bottle warmers; healthy children’s menus; family-friendly services; local activities; and special room discounts. These added extras are available at Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts globally. Guests staying at properties in Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland, can opt for a pioneering personalized sleep experience by booking a new ‘SLEEP individually different’ room. The new rooms feature Mövenpick’s YouBed – hailed as the world’s first spring-system bed with adjustable firmness to suit personal comfort preferences – as well as complimentary amenities including sleep masks, ear plugs, lavender pads and black-out stickers that cover lights on electronic devices. For more information visit: www.movenpick.com/summer.

Centara achieves more gold for green Sustainability is at the heart of Centara Hotels and Resorts operations and is embedded in the corporate culture. Centara’s teams work diligently to reduce their impact on the environment and within local communities. As recognition for the hard work and motivation to continue sustainability initiatives, two more Gold Certifications were awarded by EarthCheck for Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld and Centara Karon Resort Phuket. Other Centara properties also retained Silver Certifications. Centara Gold Certified properties have continued to engage in programmes such as energy, water and waste management since 2008. In April 2017, Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi achieved their 7th year of Earthcheck Gold Certification. Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin and Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui reached their 6th year of Gold Certified. Their “Green Teams” still strive for continual improvement. The “EarthCheck Gold” designation is only conferred after five years of independent assessment and adherence to internationally-recognised, scientific standards. These efforts help inspire stakeholder confidence and drive further organisational improvement, competitive advantage, innovation and growth. At Centara Karon Resort Phuket, the Green Team understands the importance of educating and working with stakeholders, partners and local communities to implement sustainability efforts. Working together with local environment groups, Centara helps increase public awareness for the environment and social responsibility. As part of these initiatives, Centara Karon Resort Phuket supports and educates local schools and communities. To celebrate their first year Gold Certification, the Green Team will repaint the playground of Wat Suwankirikhet School in Karon Province with biodegradable, nontoxic paints that are safer for the environment and students. Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld is the integrated five-star hotel, convention centre and lifestyle complex in the heart Bangkok. They have installed an energy management system throughout the property. In 2016, energy consumption was controlled to 199.6 MJ per guest night which is better than best practice benchmarks of peer properties. Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre has saved 981,867 kwh/year and reduced CO2 emissions to 571 tons/year. To celebrate its Gold achievement, the hotel will launch a Green Meeting Package aligned with ISO 20121

standards for sustainable events management. “As one of Thailand’s leading hospitality groups, it is important to take a leadership role and encourage others to join the effort,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels and Resorts. “These accomplishments motivate our teams as we continue our efforts to bring about positive environmental change while providing our guests with memorable travel experiences.” Centara is also proud to announce that nine properties have retained Silver Certification in 2017: Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok; Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya; Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket; Centara Kata Resort Phuket; Centara Villas Phuket; Centara Villas Samui; Centara

Hotel Hat Yai; Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives; and Centara Ras Fushi Resort and Spa Maldives. Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa Krabi also achieved Bronze Certification as their first year certified programme. “Centara Hotels and Resorts has taken a significant leadership position in sustainability and has shown continued dedication to the EarthCheck program. Achieving EarthCheck Certification is not an easy task. It requires the commitment and ownership from management, staff and suppliers and a willingness to submit reporting to expert scrutiny,” commented Stewart Moore, Chief Executive Officer for EarthCheck. “Congratulations to all 15 Certified properties, in particular Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld and Centara Karon Resort Phuket for being awarded with EarthCheck’s prestigious Gold Certification.” Five more properties are on track to receive Gold Certification in 2018: Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok; Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya; Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket; Centara Kata Resort Phuket; and Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives. Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa Krabi will also be certified Silver for the first time. While Centara Hotels and Resorts continue to make great strides in their sustainability management, they are always exploring new opportunities to improve sustainability, lessen their impact on the environment, and better support local communities.


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Boat for Sale

K a y a k f o r Sa l e . Ne w shipment of Bic Spor t Kayaks. Starting at 14,500 THB and package deals available. Located at Ocean Marina. Call 094 552 0829. 1990 Arriva 24ft Ski/ Offshore Boat For Sale. 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 an all new custom built 454, 420 HP Chevrolete Engine. Bravo 1 Drive. Other features include: New Upholstery, All exterior in As New condition. Original Paint, Less than 100 total hours of use since built, Less than 50 hours on new engine, Galvanized Ta n d e m A x l e s p r u n g trailer, Thai Registration, Windlass Anchor, Complete new wiring and gauges, New Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Roller Rockers, Eldelbrook Manifolds & Rocker Covers. Reduced from US$40,000 for fast sale US$ 35,000. Contact: info@ driftersbeachcafe.com

Business Opportunities

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

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front parking for 20 plus cars. Front complex consists of kitchen, large bar and restaurant plus security room 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.

Services Provided

Magna Carta Law Office can assist you in securing loans from 1 million up through various financial institutions with no credit checks or black marks and no penalty for a bad credit history. All loans are secured against either land or property and we are able to lend you up to 50% of the appraised valuation of your asset.   The funds will be available around 10 days from the start of the application.   Loans can be

for a period of 6 months to 1 year and can be extended for longer if needed. Call either 038-373735 or 081-9833620 to make an appointment. 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.

Education & Training

(pta-tk0008)Do you want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 373 175 or 038 416 493.

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 4.9 million baht. Contact Ruby 082 479 1204 or Nisa 085 272 7557. Luxury Pool Villa For Rent Bang Saray. Detached stylish 320 sqm 3 bedroom pool villa on 500 Tw located in a quiet residential area. Boasting three plus one bedrooms and three plus one bathrooms, incorporating master bedroom suite that has a spiral staircase to first floor multi-purpose room and balcony, fabulous European kitchen with plenty of cupboards and quality appliances, spacious lounge/ dining, large storage room,

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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

Contact: info@driftersbeachcafe.com

the property is also fully air conditioned. Outside of the property there is well presented garden, tropical fish pond at the front of the house, gazebo, various fruit trees and a 5 x 8 meter private swimming pool with waterfall and hot tub and car parking. Call +66 (0)38 250 944 or +66 (0)856 981 023 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)


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Houses for Sale

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)

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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)

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) 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)

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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)

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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) 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)


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Condos for Sale

V N 3 Condo Pattaya. The V N Residence 3 condo has is located in the quiet and peaceful Prathumnak Road Soi 5. The condominium has 53 apartments spread over 7 floors, a basement parking lot, rooftop common area with swimming pool, gym and relaxation area. 3x1 Bedroom condos ONLY 2.79 MB per unit. 60% finance is available subject to terms and conditions. Call +66 (0)38 250 944 or +66 (0)856 981 023 The Cloud Condominium – Pratumnak. 2 Bedrooms 48 Sqm From 4.32 MB. Up To 60% Finance Available (subject to t&c’s). Features Include: 24/7 CCTV & Security, Fire Alarms & Escapes, Smoke Detectors With Sprinkler Systems, Atrium Garden, Infinity

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Pool, Modern Bathroom Facilities, Sky Gym, Sauna & Steam Room, Underground Car Parking, Key Card Entry System. Call +66 (0)38 250 944 or +66 (0)856 981 023 Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 200 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. It is a very good value for someone looking for a great beachfront home or a great rental property. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: 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) 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,

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155 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 (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)

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)

CONDO FOR SALE (Serious buyer only, no agent please) Area: Naklua Condo: Wongamart Tower Room: Duplex with 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms with large balcony (high floor, seaview) Room Area: 67 sqm. Price: 6.8 million baht Transfer: 50/50 Facilities: pool on 37th floor, fitness, car parking, 24 hrs security

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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) 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)

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

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

Land For Sale Bang Saray. Sensational 30 Rai (48,000 sqm ) of prime land located in the area of Bhudda Mountain ( Khao Chi Chan ) Silver Lake Bang Saray. Fast appreciating area with sealed roads and all utilities available. New golf course close by, wineries, new resorts and hotels currently under construction in this beautiful location. Only 30 minutes drive from Central Pattaya with easy access to all major highways to Rayong a n d B a n g k o k . Ut a p a o

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international airport is only a 15 minute drive. A truly breathtaking parcel of land in a prime location that comes up for sale once in a lifetime. Call +66 (0)38 250 944 or +66 (0)856 981 023 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 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 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 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)

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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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Youth Focus IB students celebrate at Hilton by Mark Beales Photos by Ritche Guisona IB students from Garden International School (GIS) have celebrated the end of their examinations – and the end of school – with a special evening at a five-star hotel. GIS’ IB students have now finished their examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma – the world’s leading qualification for 16 to18 year olds. This year’s IB Formal evening was held on May 27 at the Hilton Pattaya. Students arrived dressed in their finest suits and gowns and enjoyed an international/Thai buffet. Speeches were made by GIS Principal Hawtree, IB Coordinator Beales and the IB Form Tutors, Carr and Berry. Berry is the first teacher in the history of GIS to take a tutor group all the way through secondary, from year 7 to year 13. After some great final performances from the talented students, all the IB students made short speeches, thanking their parents and teachers at GIS. The evening ended with the traditional throwing of mortarboards. After graduating with the IB Diploma, these students will head off to various world-class

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universities to study everything from journalism, engineering, medicine and movie-making.

Mark Beales is assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School.

GIS students celebrate at Hilton by Mark Beales Photos by Ritche Guisona

Students from Garden International School (GIS) have celebrated the end of their IGCSE examinations with a special event in Pattaya. The year 11 students have just completed their IGCSEs and marked the occasion with a formal evening at the Hilton Pattaya. The evening began with a welcome speech by IGCSE Coordinator Chris Stokes, and was followed by several polished performances by students. Guests enjoyed an international/Thai buffet. The International General Certificates of Secondary Education (IGCSEs) are run by Cambridge International Examinations; they are the

At Mooltripakdee International School, we offer your child in the “Early Years Foundation Stage” a very special educational approach: A Montessori Education. Very special and rare in Thailand, yet, by no means uncommon in Europe, this method, developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori in 1907, quickly became very famous and popular and soon spread to many western countries. What is Montessori Education? Montessori education is a very child-centered approach. That means, each child is valued as a unique individual. We recognize that children have individual interests, needs and strengths, and that every child learns in a different way and at his own pace. We support our students in becoming active participants, who question the world they live in, seek knowledge, and try to find the answers by themselves. They learn how to learn- a fundamental ability sustainable over a lifetime. ‘Teach me to do it myself!” Maria Montessori understood that if you give

world's leading qualification for 16-year-olds. Many of the year 11 students will continue their education at GIS in August, when they begin studying for the IB Diploma. GIS regularly achieves

results which are well above the global average. For more details, visit www. gardenrayong.com. Mark Beales is assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School.

a child developmentally appropriate materials, and the freedom to follow his interests, he can joyfully teach himself. Children learn best when they can follow their inner motivation and curiosity their “intrinsic desire to learn”. Therefore we provide an environment where students have the freedom in deciding what their focus of learning will be and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions. T h e s e t o o l s a re , a m o n g others, the special Montessori Materials, which are based on self-directed activities and hands-on learning. Montessori Materials Mo n t e s s o r i l e a r n i n g materials are ingeniously designed to allow children to work independently with very little introduction or help. The students are empowered to come into the environment, choose their own work, use it appropriately, and put it away without help. Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori materials. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors. This sensorial experience

gives a child the chance to learn in different ways - suitable to their preferred learning style (visual, aural, physical/ kinesthetic etc.). Learning from ‘Concrete’ to ‘ Abstract’ Montessori materials use real objects and actions to translate abstract ideas into concrete form. For example, abstract things like numbers, shapes, letters or words become concrete by making it visible and touchable. That concrete handson learning builds a solid foundation and lets the child move gracefully into abstract thinking, which fundamentally transforms his learning. What are the benefits for my child? Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become independent, confident and self-directed learners. They are able to think critically and work collaboratively — with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life. Daria Bredow is a Preschool Teacher at Mooltripakdee International School.


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This & That Rethinking Churchill and the Lusitania

Popular Conspiracy Theories On May 7 1915, a German submarine U20 fired one torpedo at the British merchant ship the Lusitania off the coast of southern Ireland and sent her to the bottom in 20 minutes. Amazing as it may appear, some writers actually believe that the sinking was arranged or prompted by the British first lord of the admiralty, none other than Winston Churchill. What we know for sure is that Churchill was warlike. In July 1914, before the outbreak

of the first world war, he mobilized the British home fleet, the greatest assembly of naval power in the history of the world up to that time. He never even brought his order to the attention of the British Cabinet, although prime minister Asquith did give his approval. Once hostilities with Germany were declared, Churchill was thus instrumental in establishing the hunger blockade of German ports which caused around 750,000

people to die of hunger and associated diseases. In terms of efficiency, the blockade was probably the most effective weapon employed on either side in the whole conflict. In terms of international law and convention, it was likely illegal too. Nobody can prove, although several conspiracy theorists have tried, that Churchill arranged for the sinking of the Lusitania. A week before the disaster he wrote to Walter Runciman, president of the board of trade, that it was “most important to attract neutral shipping to our shores, in the hopes especially of embroiling the United States with Germany.” Many highly placed persons in Britain and America certainly believed that the German sinking of the Lusitania would bring America into the war. Over 100 Americans, many of them influential, died in the disaster. Thus Patrick Beesly, in his book Room 40 which is a history of British naval intelligence in world war one, points out that the British admiralty was aware that German U-boat Command had informed U-boat captains at sea of the sailing dates of the Lusitania. Moreover the U20 which was present in the vicinity of Queenstown in the path of the Lusitania had

recently sunk two other ships in the Atlantic. There is no surviving record of any specific warning to the Lusitania from London. She was not even advised to zigzag as a precaution. No destroyer escort was sent to accompany the ship to port, nor were any of the readily available destroyers instructed to hunt for the submarine. In fact, no effective steps were taken to protect the Lusitania. The author Beesly concludes, “Unless and until fresh information comes to light, I am reluctantly driven to the conclusion that there was a conspiracy to put the Lusitania at risk in the hope that an abortive attack would bring the United States into the war.” What cannot be denied is that Churchill’s policies made the sinking quite likely. The Lusitania was a passenger ship loaded with the munitions of war, especially shell casings and ammunition. Churchill had given orders to the captains of merchant ships, including liners, to ram German submarines if they encountered them. The Germans were well aware of this fact and of Churchill’s stated policy objective to get neutral nations embroiled in the conflict. In the midst of this bloody conflict Churchill was most certainly dedicated. Sometimes his hunches worked out well,

for instance the introduction of tanks on to western front battlefields. At other times, he was very wrong indeed, as instanced by his belief that the Turks could be driven out of Gallipoli to facilitate an allied march on the Turkish capital of Constantinople. The Turkish fiasco caused Churchill to be dropped from the British Cabinet, but his reaction was typical. Pointing to maps on the wall he said, “This is what I live for. I care only for the waging of war, the defeat of Germany.” It is, of course, possible that Churchill did not after all have a secret hand in the sinking of the Lusitania. He could not be sure America would enter the war as a result, and indeed she did not do so formally until two years later. To believe that Churchill deliberately sent over a thousand souls to their deaths in the cold waters of

the Atlantic, including many women and children, requires a very strong stomach or a strong dose of cynicism. Nor could anyone know that the huge liner would sink in just 20 minutes. It appears that the torpedo caused a secondary explosion in the engine rooms which tore another great hole in the liner’s hull. Moreover, it is certainly possible that the admiralty underestimated the danger from submarines which were primitive devices in the first world war. The Lusitania was a blueribbon holder for the fastest Atlantic crossing and it may have been assumed that she could simply outrun any submarine trying to track her. Perhaps the U20 simply had a lucky hit on a fast moving ship. Or maybe Churchill planned the whole thing. You pay your money and you take your pick.


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by Elizabeth Smith, www.UrbaneWomen.com

5 Ways To Get Over Your Ex-Boyfriend (In Very Little Or No Time At All!) Gone are the good old days when it was easy to get over your ex-boyfriend. It was actually quite simple: burn their pictures, avoid their hangouts, and sit back and relax watching your favorite movies to block him out of your mind.

Unfortunately, it’s more complicated today, because of social networks like Twitter and Facebook that constantly update what is going on in his life on a regular basis. Your smartphone probably has endless pictures of you and him together, along with your favorite songs. If you have iTunes, you probably have a playlist. All of these things add up to constant reminders that you are no longer together, causing you pain every single day. There are actually five ways that you can overcome all these digital reminders, strategies that will help give you peace of mind really fast. 1. Start Flirting With Other Guys Again More than likely, if you have a lot of social connections, there are probably other guys that you can hang out with. Start flirting with them again, as it will help you to forget the exboyfriend the more you do it. Think of this as a type of freedom, a breaking of the chains. You can now flirt with whoever you want! Call them up, text them, and be sure to tell everyone of them you are now back on the market, and that the other guy is gone.

before he came along. Pretty soon, you’re going to realize how fun life is without him, and how much you really didn’t need him in your life at all. 3. No More Contact

One of the most important things you can do is stop having all contact with this individual all together. It may be difficult, but it’s something you have to do. If they are on your Facebook account, or there is a number on your cell phone, you need to delete it as soon as possible. This includes any type of Internet chat software like Skype. All contact must be severed. 4. Don’t Hang out With His Friends More than likely, you have a lot of friends that are the same as your ex-boyfriend. You need to try to stay away from them as much as possible, making a point to be with your own friends only. When you see his friends, it will only remind you of him. They will try to strike up conversations with you, and that will make it more painful as you remember the relationship that you once had. 5. Remove All Remnants of Your Ex-Boyfriend

2. Start Laughing!

Top 10 music events in Thailand by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

For Thailand’s booming tourism industry, music festivals are quickly joining an impressive list of attractions. Several events boasting famous international artists have debuted the past few years, producing a year-long schedule packed with enough talent to satisfy any visitor’s musical appetite. Many tourism industry pundits say there is more than enough demand, from international travellers and Asian-based expatriates alike, for an ever-expanding festival calendar to eventually become a new tourism driver for Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy. Mystic Valley | Mountain Creek, Khao Yai Mystic Valley takes festival life to another level. Performances run over three days with over 30 international DJs lined up to play on four different stages. This is a destination lifestyle festival music fans will love, especially those who like to camp in national parks. Expect everything from food, pool parties and amazing music nestled in the valley of one’s dreams. Wonderfruit | Siam Country Club, Pattaya In 2014, nobody knew what Wonderfruit was, but now everyone has heard about it. The exotic event is no longer a niche festival, as it celebrates immersive arts, music, family plus wellness and adventure. The ‘Molam Bus’ is a hugely popular Wonderfruit feature that invites attendees to experience the authentic musical culture of Thailand’s famed Northeastern or Isan region. Chang Carnival Electric Circus | Asiatique, Bangkok The trademark green of Chang lights up the Chao Phraya River when the Chang Carnival Electric Circus comes to town. Here are a few things for revellers to look forward to: Superstar DJs ready to ‘Party Rock’ on various stages, ‘Glass Elephant Entrance’ made of 5,000 soda bottles and multiple game stations to satisfy enthusiast revellers. Maya Music Festival | Bang Lamung, Pattaya

One of the hardest things to do after a breakup is to actually start laughing again. If you force yourself to laugh, or do something that makes you laugh, all that sadness will start to melt away. Put in some CDs with comedians that are ripping jokes, or watch movies that are really funny. Go out with friends and have a good time. Anything to get you giggling like you used,

If you happen to have things remaining from the relationship, which could be anything from an old letter, to a ring that he may have given you, you need to get rid of all of these items. Out of sight literally is out of mind. Anything that you see of his will remind you of him and what once was, which is why you need to get rid of all physical items that were from him as soon as you can. Breaking up with someone, especially a boyfriend, is something that can be very difficult to do. Especially if the relationship was strong, you’ll need to do more to try and eliminate him from your thoughts. However, by using the tips that we’ve just shared with you this article, you will be able to completely break free from your ex-boyfriend and get over him (and the past relationship you’ve had with him) in very little or no time at all! For additional information on romance, health, fitness, beauty, skin care, hair care and more, go to www.urbanewomen.com.

where its goal is to take revellers on a roller coaster ride through an intense way of ‘clubbing’. DLDK Thailand 2017 delivered that and promises to give all attendees an unimaginable experience in 2018. Transmission | BITEC, Bangkok

Importing a tried and tested big name festival like Transmission from Prague to Bangkok does not just sound like a good idea, but it turned out to be a perfect one. The seasoned trance music festival celebrated its 10-year anniversary in style by having their first show in Australia during 2016, and followed this success in 2017 by finally bringing Transmission to Thailand. AnotherWorld Festival | Motorsport Land, Bangkok Visitors arriving at AnotherWorld Festival should be there to do more than dance because organisers say it will be an experience whereby all lovers of ‘hardstyle’ (etymology unknown) can truly become immersed in the event. Every attendee is encouraged to ‘dance to the beat of eternity’ and to break rules. Sounds like fun, but remember to stay safe when there. Paradise Island Festival | Chaweng Noi Beach, Koh Samui Billed as the first of its kind arts and music festival on Koh Samui, by all accounts, attendees said the Paradise Island Festival launch event this year was a blast. Next year look forward to more parties, secret after-parties, live painting, cooking classes and amazing food and drinks to again make this festival special. Spacejam Festival | BITEC Bangkok Spacejam is a new music festival organised by the renowned ZAAP team. The festival debuted for the first time in Thailand last May featuring world-class DJs and top-notch artists including Ben Nicky, Emma Hewitt and much more.

This festival really spearheaded the integration of Thai culture and modern day dance music, and the Maya Music Festival continues to grow in strength. The most recent event was lauded by attendees both local and international – all saying how impressive it was. It is definitely one of the top events on Thailand’s festival calendar and rightly so. Don’t Let Daddy Know Thailand | Asiatique, Bangkok Don’t Let Daddy Know (DLDK) Festival first burst onto the music scene in 2012 in Amsterdam. Its popularity quickly allowed it to expand into 13 other cities around the world

Warp Music Festival | Jomtien, Pattaya Warp claims to be Thailand’s first-ever beach EDM festival. The 2017 installment on the private beach of Saisawan Beach Resort in Jomtien was the event’s third edition that extended over two days for the first time. Lineup included DJ 4B, Breathe Caroline, Dyro, Excision and Say My Name. With travellers now attending music festivals based on the overall destination experience, Thailand’s vibrant, rich culture is playing a huge role. It’s another reason why music festivals in Thailand continue to attract more international travellers who just want to dance, dance, dance, the night away, in proper Thai style of course.


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Local Sports Healthy and invigorating – Yacht racing for all Ocean Marina Yacht Club held its monthly racing in perfect conditions. What more can you want other than healthy sunshine and a strong breeze? This super green sport relies only on the wind and sails to provide exhilarating sport for the crew. Unlike the America’s Cup, you do not need to be a super fit athlete to compete. A whole range of ages and personalities turned out for what was a very successful weekend sport, enjoyed by all. Three boats ran in the sports boat class and three in the cruising class. Saturday was a testing day for the sports boats because the organisers set four windward leeward

courses which gave crews very little rest. A prestart routine provides five minutes of jostling for position to get the best start possible. This is usually a very noisy and exciting close quarters dance which can be very stressful for the owners of the boats as crews race by each other with only inches to spare. Then at the gun, away they race looking for the strongest wind and the quickest route to the top mark. Rounding this mark then has crews raising their big, downwind, spinnaker sails which are mostly brightly coloured and provide great shots for any photographers. The next mark is the leeward mark when spinnakers have

to be dropped and boats again head back to the top mark directly upwind. Then another spinnaker set and race back to the finish for a well-earned rest. After 10 minutes and some much needed water to rehydrate, it all happens again. With short distance races, crews have very little time to rest as the rounding marks come up thick and fast. Great to see Nathan, Espen, Doug and Richard on board Wikki being pushed hard by the new team of Thomas, Lucy, Cecile, Keith and Dave, on board Stingray, an identical boat. While Dave, Allen, Peter, Chris, Kev and Stephanie did their best to match these flying machines with their bigger, but less manoeuvrable yacht, Magic. The cruising boats were set longer courses to provide a bit more relaxed racing and even give crew time to enjoy the great scenery and “joie de vivre” that goes with this sport. Racing is nevertheless ultra competitive as every second counts. In two of the day's races, Dan on Tribe and Martin on Nautical Wheeler

finished within one, and then two, seconds of each other. How close is that? Making up the fleet was Jon on Mirabooka. Now Jon might not have the fastest boat around the course but if smiling and having a great time scored points Jon would win hands down every time. And so, after a hard day on the water, crews returned to the marina and then to the beautiful surroundings of the garden restaurant to swop their tales and excuses over a welcome cold beer. Results were quickly distributed, with the usual cheerful banter associated with this great sport. This club has a great bunch The weekend race result: IRC Class

of people who have the ability to fight hard on the water but respect and enjoy each other’s company away from it. After a night’s rest it all started again on Sunday although the organiser’s took pity on some tired-looking crew members and set slightly less stressful races. This did not lessen the intense, competitive spirit, however, and once again crews were able to relax and

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enjoy a much-needed cold beer after two very satisfying days’ competitive sport. Congratulations to team Wikki and team Nautical Wheeler on their welldeserved ‘first in class’ awards. Thanks to Ocean Marina Yacht Club for providing all the on water support needed to run such an event, and all in such magnificent surroundings.

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Stuvik on the podium in Suzuka! Alex leaves The third round of the Blancpain GT Series Asia took place at the legendary Suzuka Circuit in Japan. Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik would have a new teammate this weekend in Nicolas Costa, a Brazilian racing driver and last year's Italian Super GT Champion. During Friday's free practice sessions, Sandy and his teammate familiarized themselves with the famous Suzuka circuit. It would also be VS Racing's first time at the circuit, so the challenge for Sandy would be to set the car up without any previous experience of the Suzuka circuit, and no reference data to rely on. The VSR Lamborghini Huracan GT3 proved to be a difficult beast to tame in the dry, as the pace seemed to be quite far off the front-runners. Qualifying took place on Saturday morning and the overnight changes made to the

car had a decidedly beneficial effect, as Sandy in Qualifying 1 managed to get 4th position for Race 1. Sandy's teammate Costa qualified in 14th position for Race 2. Race 1 took place on Saturday afternoon and Sandy got off to a decent start and managed to maintain his position. A few laps into the race, the Thai driver made a mistake on the exit of the infamous 'Spoon' corner and lost a position to the Mercedes AMG GT3 following close behind. The Thai driver handed over to his Brazilian teammate during the pit window, and the pair would finish the race in 8th position overall, 5th in Silver class. "It was a difficult race, I found it difficult to keep up the pace with the cars around me. We have some work to do if we are to fight with the other cars in the dry conditions. Let's hope for better tomorrow,' Sandy said.

them all in his wake! by Peter Grey

Race 2 on Sunday morning took place with a light drizzle. The VSR duo would start from 14th on the grid, and the opening stint by Costa saw him making up valuable positions in the slippery and difficult conditions, eventually handing the car over to Sandy in 7th position. Sandy stormed out of the pits, eager to make the best of the difficult conditions. The Thai driver quickly gained positions, feeling confident on the wet with his Lamborghini. He fought his way up the 2nd position overall, and leading the Silver class. It would stay that way until the finish flag came out,

meaning would claim his first podium in GTs. 'It's such a great feeling to finally get a podium in GTs, its been a long time coming and to do it here in Suzuka is even more special. Especially as we were looking so strong in Buriram, it's nice to have it confirmed. "Now we are preparing fully for the next race in Fuji, really looking forward to it!' Sandy said. Sandy is supported by The Pizza Company, Singha Corporation, Thai Airways, Thaiwings Travel Agency, 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 Date 19-20 Aug 23-24 Sept 21-22 Oct

Venue Fuji, Japan Shanghai, China Zhejiang, China

Remark Round 7-8 Round 9-10 Round 11-12

KhaoKheow It was 20 golfers that gathered at The Swan, all eager to head out and take on the challenge of KhaoKheow. There had been some rain about but it was obvious that the course had had more than its fair share. No carts on course! We attacked A and C from the white tees, (our two ladies from The Red). Course was in good nick with the greens playing a little slow. Weather was a bit on the hot side and a few of our golfers struggled with the heat as such. Twenty golfers gave us two flights with the divide being 0 to 18 and then 19 plus. A flight saw Alex Field show a clean pair of heels returning an excellent score of 43 points, second went to John Edwards with Mashi taking out third. Second div or B flight went to Ronny Gillett, he returned 33 points with Niall Stuart taking second place with John Anderson coming in third proving a very popular threesome! Results: A-Flight 1st - Alex Field (18) 43

points 2nd - John Edwards (14) 41 points 3rd – Mashi Kaneta (16) 37 points B-Flight 1st - Ron Gillett (34) 33 points 2nd - Niall Stuart (34) 29 points 3rd - John Anderson (28) 29 points NTP’s A3 - John Edwards A5 - Alex Field C3 - Steve Younger C8 - Volker Buley LFP’s A9 – Mashi Kaneta C9 - Lorraine Percy Welcomes went to Ronny Gillett, Rick Spargo and Phil Taylor. We farewelled Volker Buley who was leaving us after a short stay. Travel safe, Volker! 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 0861 503086, 038 413003.


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Wan Wins!

Bob B. conquers Royal Lakeside

by Cassa

3rd – Rona Curungay (18) 30 points Bangpra Twenty seven players made the trek to the 4th – Glenn Smith (27) 27 points Bangpra golf course and were blessed with good weather for today’s round. NTP’S Most of the group took advantage of the 2nd – Mashi “free” vouchers which were sitting on the check8th - Paul Smith 12th - Rona in desk counter. Some players who had already 17th – D-For paid the full price (unaware of the vouchers) rushed back in from the practice putting green and claimed their refund! LFP’s These vouchers presented an unbelievable 9th - Patrick Poussiers price of 350 baht for green fees, caddie and cart 18th - Paul Hack and created an absolute buzz of excited chatter in the locker rooms and out on the course! That was D-FOR the charity dog was passed around until word floated about, some hours later, that by Alex Field and all players and patrons of the in fact the vouchers had to be paid for. Despite Growling Swan are once again thanked for their this, it was still great value at 1,050 baht for all kindness in donating to this worthy cause, which benefits those far less fortunate in and around of the above mentioned. The course was in good condition, however Pattaya. the greens were slow having not been cut due to overnight rains. It was Wan Bainbridge who took home the chocolates with 39 points, followed closely by Cairns visitor George McEwan and his mate Stuart Rifkin with 38 points apiece. Others in the run-down included Nat 35 points, Paul Hack 33 points and Dave Neal 32 points. Back at the Growling Swan, our host Peter Grey apologized to all for the voucher mix up but reiterated that it was still good value for money. Peter went on to welcome We have winners and runners up, L to R Dave Neal, Stuart Dick and Wan Bainbridge and Rifkin, Wan, George Mc Ewan and Michaela Rifkin. then proceeded to farewell Glen Later in the evening Rugby League fans were Gsberts, George McEwan, Marco and Dave delighted when two legends of the game arrived Neal. with a friend of theirs to visit their buddy Steve Younger. Greg (Turtle) Conescu (Australian Results: International hooker) and Wally (Gator) A Grade (0 – 18 Handicap) 1st – George Mcewan (15) 38 points (Count Fullerton Smith (Australian International second Back) rower) were made very welcome and boosted the 2nd – Stuart Rifkin (15) 38 points evenings take considerably! 3rd – Nat (12) 35 points For serious golfing with compulsory sledging, the 4th – Paul Hack (13) 33 points Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at B Grade (19 – 36 Handicap) any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Contact 1st – Wan Bainbridge (29) 39 points Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 2nd – Dave Neal (24) 32 points 1503 086.

Bunker Boys Golf Khao Kheow (yellow tees) An excellent day for golf with a slight breeze and the Khao Kheow course in excellent condition. Playing the C course first followed by the A course. The first hole on C course, the long par 5 is always a severe test especially today for Skinny Newton who managed to put four balls into the water by the time he had reached his playing partner's drives. Still Skinny always perseveres and he completed the 18 holes still smiling, although he lost all three sixes and his bag was 10 balls lighter. The tee was so far back that a drive just past the red tees was considered a good drive. It was good to welcome Nial Glover back and have Takeshi Hakozaki for once forsaking Crystal Bay to join us. It was a good move for him as he took first place beating the ever reliable Geoff Parker. There was a three way count back on 33pts for the other places. However there was more fun back at the M Club as Richard Baldotto with encouragement from the staff regaled us with intimate details of how he should have won if he hadn’t wiped the last four holes and remained on 31 points from hole 14 onwards. The problem poor

by Frank Quinlan

Richard faces is he loses his swing that he found at Kabin Buri day one lost it, day two found it at Khao Kheow then lost it on the 15th can anybody help? Results: 1st - Takeshi Hakozaki (12) 37 points 2nd - Geoff Parker (14) 36 points 3rd - Colin Grieg (9) 33 points cb 4th - Robby Watts (7) 33 points cb Near Pins: Nial Glover, Stuart Brown, Robby Watts and Colin Greig Burapha C and D (blue tees) The day didn’t start too well as our golf organiser missed the turn off and ended up near Bangpra , its really good for us old fellows when our youngest member has a senior moment. They finally rejoined the rest but were now the last flight to tee off. Weather was good and the course in very good condition. It turned out to be a close contest amongst our low markers with Robby Watts (7), Colin Greig (9) and Les Cobban fighting out for the places. In the end

by Dick Warberg Royal Lakeside - St Life is good at Tropical Golf, and just to prove it we treated ourselves to a trip out to Royal Lakeside. A little longer of a drive, but freeway close, and it took on average an hour and ten minutes for everyone to arrive, and that included one wrong turn. So with sunny skies and a nice course waiting, a lucky thirteen golfers met at the tee to swing away. Royal Lakeside is a scoring course. Wide fairways in good condition make sure you usually have a good lie, and that counts for a lot. Don't take the course for granted though, as there is plenty of water to gobble up errant shots, and some of the bunkers are real tough to get out of. Therein lies RL's strategy – luring you into complacency.

To prove it, the scores had a high dispersion. At the top the scores were very good, and even with four places, if you didn't have a “4” at the first part of your Stableford score, your job was to sit and applaud those that did. At the top of the scoring heap Bob Britton (c/h 18), who drove in from Nakhon Nayok just to dominate the rest of the field, earning an amazing 43 points and winning on count-back! Very well done, Bob. It wasn't all that easy though as his score was matched by Daryl Evans (28). Wow, some golfers out there really took advantage. Following Daryl was Brian “Mr. Consistent” Parish (14) who seems to earn 41 points each time we play now. How can 40 points possibly earn last place on the honor roll?

Royal Lakeside Winner Bob Britton and friends That's just what happened to Don Carmody (29). Wow, this group is good! Fairways and greens to all! Best Nine (non winner): Barry Elphick (24 points) and Mashi Kaneta (21).

Mashi and Colm big winners at Crystal Bay by Dick Warberg A Tropical golfers salute to you all. Time for the PSC Tropical golfers to head out to Crystal Bay. Most golfers like a visit there once in a while to help build the ego up and the handicap down. Overall in good condition, Crystal Bay attracted 17 golfers this Friday, including one who came straight from the airport to join us. Dedication! We had a later than usual start, and there was some concern that might force us to deal with the frequent afternoon showers we've had lately, but this day stayed clear. We were assigned the B and C courses (in that order for once) and we got off on time or a bit early. Crystal Bay is in good condition, and seems to be undergoing some maintenance as several work crews were busy around the course. CB could also be called “Stumpland” as there are quite a few headless palm trees around the course. Yet one work crew working on the course was busily chopping down a healthy one. There must be reasons. Crystal Bay is a scoring course, and see how one for sure took extreme advantage. A-Flight (0-17): Recently returned Mashi Kaneta (c/h 17) smashed, destroyed, and intimidated all competition with a stratospheric 44 points! Do you give lessons, Mashi? Next in Colin prevailed to beat Les Cobban by one point and Sean Murphy managed to sneak past Robby into third. As per Monday Poor Richard Baldotto lost his swing again except for one par 3. A very enjoyable days golf on an excellent course. Results: 1st - Colin Greig (9) 36 points 2nd - Les Cobban (8) 35 points 3rd - Sean Murphy (16) 34 points Near Pins: Steve Durey, Nial Glover, Richard Baldotto, Colin Greig Greenwood (white tees) As always the course was in good shape even though the fairways were soft after the heavy rains. The longer handicappers fared better today under the hot and humid conditions with Jimmy Carr beating his handicap by seven shots. Handicapper please note! Welcome back to Thomas Nyborg returning from Denmark where he was able to register as a Pensioner despite his youthful looks. He upset Neil Carter

Crystal Bay Flight Winners Mashi Kaneta (L) and Colm O'Donovan

line came the also recently-returned Takeshi Hakozaki (13) with an excellent 39 points, followed by Brian Parish (13) with 35. Nice playing all. B-Flight (18+): The B-flight scores picked up right where the A's left off, with Colm O'Donovan (21) earning 34 points, followed by Dick Warberg (20) with 33, and Mick Coghlan (22) at 32. Until next time, straight drives to all. Best Nine (non winner): Landis Brooks (17 points) and Paul Sharples (19) the short hole specialist by stealing his near pin. The usual suspects are in the running for golfer of the month with Jimmy Carr a short head in front of Colin Greig and Geoff Parker. Results: 1st - Jimmy Carr (18) 65 net 2nd - Steve Durey (22) 71 3rd - Trevor Priestly (20) 74 Near Pins: Richard Baldotto, Thomas Nyborg, Geoff Parker, Steve Durey


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You & Your Pets Hot enough for you?

Cats for You in Pattaya

Heat’s even worse—and more dangerous—for pets Hot weather is a pet hazard all year round here in Pattaya. And it’s been particularly problematic over the last month or so. Pets with heavy or dark-colored coats and older pets suffer more than most, as do snub-nosed dogs. What to do? Limit exercise to brief periods and only in the shade—including dog walking—and always have cool water available. Heat stroke is the biggest risk, literally causing blood-curdling, organ-damaging disease—often in just a few minutes’ time. Symptoms include excessively loud panting followed by collapse. Treat immediately with water (not cold water), wetting your pet’s tongue, ears and extremities first before wetting the whole pet. Then drive in your air-conditioned car to the nearest animal hospital. But heat stroke is not the only danger. Burnt paw pads and sunburn are similarly threatening. If the soles of your feet burn when you walk on the beach, asphalt

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/

The Triplets

or any other hot surface, imagine how uncomfortable scalding surfaces are for the paws of your dog or cat. Your patio, walkway, and driveway can reach blistering temperatures. Also keep in mind that pale pets with thin fur are susceptible to sunburn and solar-related skin cancer—especially in the tropics (use sunscreen or even a t-shirt). Keep pets indoors in air-conditioned areas as much as possible, particularly at midday. And never leave any animal in a parked vehicle.

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

These lovely kittens have just been rescued from our local temple along with their mum Lucy. The little ones are now about 6 weeks old so by the time you read this article, they can go to new homes: there are one girl and two boys.

Lucy

This lovely mum was rescued from our local temple after someone dumped her and her babies there. She is still feeding her kittens at the moment but, in a few weeks’ time, we will get her neutered ready to go to a new home.

Buzz

This happy fellow was born on Christmas day so he is nearly 6 months old now. It is always harder to find homes for bigger kittens but, as you can see, he is a typical naughty boy. On this occasion we found him in a waste paper bin, but it's is not unusual to find him asleep even in the sink.

Bobbie and Smudge

Dog Bites If another dog—particularly a stray—bites your pet, get it to a vet or animal clinic as soon as possible. Dog bites can deposit a lot of hair, debris and bacteria into the wound. If it’s not cleaned out and treated quickly, the wound can become infected. Even worse, the other dog may have rabies.

Going to the Dogs... To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring—it was peace.

These two lovely friendly sisters have been with us for a few years now and sadly, because they are a little shy of strangers at first, no one has chosen them. It would be lovely for them to go to a new home together as they are happy to be indoor pets if needed. Please give them a chance and a happy new home.

Cat Corner Tip

~Milan Kundera The ability of a cat to find its way home is called “psi-traveling.” Experts think cats either use the angle of the sunlight to find their way or that cats have magnetized cells in their brains that act as compasses. In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the “wagometer,” a device that claims to interpret a dog’s exact mood by measuring the wag of its tail. Horses have five highly-developed senses: taste, touch, hearing, smell and sight. They also have an enigmatic sixth sense: heightened perception, which is very rare in humans.

Hairy Wary If you’ve come to the conclusion that cat hair is not the ultimate accessory—except on a cat—get yourself a good vacuum cleaner with strong suction. All the better if you can find one with a pet-hair attachment (good luck with that). Vacuum floors, chairs, curtains and your cat’s favorite perches. Rub the sticky side of tape over your clothes. Buy pet bedding that’s easy to clean. And if your kitty goes outside, place a washable cushion where she goes in and out to catch muddy paws. It also helps to brush your cat every day, or at least once a week.


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