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Vol. 8 No. 19  16 - 30 June 2009

Volume 8, Issue 19

16 - 30 June 2009

Influenza A(H1N1) Outbreak Confirmed in Pattaya

As of 11 June, 2009, 21 instances of the influenza A(H1N1) virus have been confirmed in Pattaya. All 21 cases were among the staff at a single discotheque, so far unnamed. This brings the total number in Thailand, as of going to press, to 46. It also raises Thailand’s position in the WHO table of countries infected, which currently stands at 77, with 27,737 cases confirmed and 31,636 suspected, worldwide. The medical investigations which detected those infected in Pattaya were conducted by the Medical Sciences Department on a sample of 1000 employees of bars, discos and hotels in the city. The reason the investigations were instituted in the first place was because two Taiwanese students who tested positive on their return to Taiwan said they suspected they’d contracted the influenza A (H1N1) virus, either in Bangkok or Pattaya. Accordingly, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Centre notified the Thai authorities, who immediately began medical investigations in both cities. The first student, a 24-yearold on a one-week graduation trip to Thailand with a tour group, was discovered with a temperature of 38.4C on arrival at Taoyuan Inter-

national Airport on Sunday. Another male Taiwanese student also tested positive, while the third, a 23-year-old female student who had visited Thailand separately, was also confirmed virally infected on her return to Taiwan. The Minister of Public Health, Wittaya Kaewparadai, is reported to have said "Personally, I still doubt the three confirmed cases contracted the influenza A in Thailand; however, we have a responsibility to prove whether it's true or not". Initial tests were conducted at the unnamed Pattaya hotel that both male students had stayed at by the Public Health Ministry's Surveillance and Rapid Response Team. Later, Mr. Wittaya and his medical testing team visited Banglamung Hospital on 10 June, to oversee virus control prepara-

tions and have discussions with the hospital administration and the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, Weerawat Kaykhay, about contingency plans and preventative measures to attempt to stem the outbreak. A 30-minute preventative information session was also held at the hospital, and hospital staff and both in- and out-patients were issued with face-masks. The minister, during his discussions with Mr. Weerawat, expressed his opinion that irrespective of whether or not the three Taiwanese had contracted the (H1N1) virus in Thailand, it would have little effect on the tourism industry. He did, however, express his concern that Bangkok's crowded nature and its various means of transport could put it at greater risk than Pattaya of becoming "ground for germ incubation". Meanwhile, a 100-strong

team of the Chonburi Public Health Department were sent to check local residents, to issue preventative equipment, such as face-masks and gels, give preventative information and allay fears concerning the virulence of the virus. This is in accordance with instructions issued by the Minister of Public Health, who is reported to have said "We have to make the public understand that this disease can be treated and the rate of mortality is low”. As another five instances of infection were announced for Bangkok, all but one who had brought the infection back with them from abroad, the minister expressed his disapproval of the many incoming tourists at Suvarnabhumi Airport who were apparently trying to dodge examination by the thermal scanners. Some have been trying to reduce their body temperatures by using antipyretic drugs, or washing their faces in cold water. This comes as 200 Thai students, currently studying in the US under the Work and Travel Project, begin their return home. Of more concern, however, is the domestic contraction of the virus, particularly in the second domestic case which was confirmed recently, an 11-year-old Bangkok private schoolboy, whose mother, also


testing positive despite having displayed no symptoms, was among the five cases announced on June 11. Crucially, neither had been abroad, nor had any contact with those who had. Another 13 suspected cases from the boy’s school are also under surveillance and if their lab-results prove positive, the school will be closed down. It is almost certain that the 21 infected individuals in the Pattaya discotheque also contracted the virus as a result of domestic transmission, which will radically raise the number of those so infected, nationwide.

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NEWS New Chonburi Governor pays visit to Sattahip Naval Base Commandant

After officially taking over his new post as Governor of the Chonburi Province a few months ago, Mr. Senee Jittagasem, recently paid a visit to the Commandant of the Sattahip Naval Base, Vice Admiral Sreewisoot Rataroon. The Governor wished to introduce himself, and his fellow officers to the Vice Admiral, and to discuss such important topics as natural disasters and how to deal with them, tourism, trade, the economy and industrial issues.

A couple of the topics of discussion included the damage being done to the Kromluang Chunporn Park AKA Nongtakian Park, by mindless youngsters. They are causing so much damage a further budget has to be implemented to bring the park back to a level to allow residents an area for walking and relaxing in clean air. They also discussed the problem of the water from the Nongtakian Reservoir, which is highly poisonous and causing the fish to die. The reservoir water is not fit for human consumption and drastic measures must be taken immediately to bring the water supply back to acceptable levels. The Governor blamed the explosion of housing projects as the main contributor to the toxic water. They further discussed the eight containers buried on the sea bed of the ocean and the great interest it has provoked in local residents and tourist alike. They looked at the different possible salvage

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The Royal British Legion at Tropical Bert's

The latest Meeting of The Royal British Legion, Chonburi Branch, Thailand was held at Tropical Bert's in Pattaya at 1600 Hrs on the 29th May 2009. The meeting was pleased to note the attendance of The Branches President, Mr. Graham Macdonald. Mr. Macdonald is also Vice President of The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand and is a stalwart of The Legion. The meeting was called to order by The Vice Chairman, Mr. Malcolm Glenny,and as is usual we started with the Acts of Remembrance. The words of The Kohima Epitaph followed by The Act of Remembrance. The Meeting got underway by the selection of the new

Chairman, and by a unanimous show of hands the new Chairman, Mr. Derek Brook, was voted in. He then took the Chair. Various points followed but of prime interest was a Vote of Thanks to our Founder Chairman, Mr. Middy Campbell MBE, and a presentation to our Standard Bearer, Mr. Richard Holmes, of photo's taken of him. After an Address by the new Chairman the meeting was closed and is usual someone 'Rang The Bell' If you are interested in joining The Royal British Legion, please contact Bert Elson, The Royal British Legion's Secretary at 'Tropical Bert's. Thanks T.T.F.N.

operations open to them and the huge costs involved. They are looking for a way to put everyone’s mind at rest, but without a huge payout for the salvage. They jointly warned all residents and tourists, that

without sufficient knowledge of the containers contents, they should be treated with the highest caution; people should keep their distance, until they have proven not to be dangerous.

Pattaya awarded ‘MICE’ status Recently at Pattaya City Hall a ceremony was held to enable Pattaya City Mayor, Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem, to sign a memorandum from the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), awarding Pattaya ‘MICE’ (meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions) status, TCEB Exhibitions Director, Mrs. Supawan Teerarut, signed the document on behalf of the TCEB. Mr. Ittipol reiterated Pattaya’s commitment to becoming a main hub for transport,

trade and tourism. He stated that with approximately 5 million tourists visiting Pattaya City each year, of which 10% are as a result of MICE meetings and seminars, who

on average spend three times more than normal tourists, this was a very important segment of the industry they need to increase, by offering venues second to none.

Tourist and Volunteer Police Officers may be rewarded At the Delicious Corner Restaurant, Naklua, Police Colonel Somnuek Junget, Banglamung Superintendent and Chairman of Banglamung Police Committee, chaired a meeting with fellow officers with regard to police work in Pattaya City. One of the proposals of the meeting was for providing funds for police officers who lost their lives, or were injured, during the course of duty, a matter which is close to the heart of all serving of-

ficers. It was also proposed that rewards of cash or certificates should be presented to Volunteer and Tourist

Police Officers, for outstanding arrest records and to show appreciation for all their hard work.

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One World for Sharing Club of Pattaya donates glasses

Recently, PSC Charity Chairman Bernie Tuppin along with Khun Nittaya Patimasongkhorh YWCA President and several of her members journeyed to Amata Nakorn to present Eyeglasses to students and teachers at Anuban Utapoa. This presentation was the fourth school that has been assisted by the

Club. On this occasion approximately 60 students and teachers received new prescription lenses at a cost of B200 per set, bringing to 300 the total of children and teachers to benefit from the project. Pattaya Sports Club recently agreed to sponsor this newly formed Club. The


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International Motor Rally to start in Pattaya

The Pattaya City Hall Conference Rooms were the venue recently when Pattaya City Deputy Mayor, Mr. Weerawut Khakai, chaired a meeting to finalise details for the upcoming 21st International Rally of Thailand 2009 motor racing event from June 26th thru 28th which will start this year from Pattaya’s famous Walking Street. The rally will continue over two days through the provinces of Chonburi, Rayong and Chacherngchao, and the cars will cover approximately 1.000km over the

two days in what will be an incredible experience. Mr. Weerawut explained that this would be a great opportunity for Pattaya, they have had permission from the Federation International de L’ Automobile (FIA), to organise the event. Unfortunately, due to the present world economic slump and local political problems, the number of entrants is down on previous years. However, we can still look forward to welcoming drivers and cars from the US, New Zealand, Japan and Thailand.

initiative came from Khun Nittaya Patimasongkhorh who is well known as the President of the local YWCA group; in addition Nittaya is also a director of PSC and serves as an assistant to the Charity Chairman. One World for Sharing has the recognition of City Hall and presently has adopted only one major project that being Sight First.

This project is dedicated to supplying corrective eyewear to students in local schools. The process involves the participation of many people, first of all YWCA ladies visit the Schools accompanied by optical technicians with the latest equipment to test and prescribe lenses for students who have previously been screened by teaching staff as

having problems. While this is happening Dave Anderson [The Eyeglass Guy] is busy back in the USA coordinating the delivery of eyeglass frames that have been donated by the Northern Virginia Lions Recycling Center of Falls Church Virginia USA, these frames along with

others donated locally are then matched with the prescription lenses prepared by local opticians at a heavily discounted price. Pattaya Sports Club now funds the preparation of the prescription lenses and this has enabled the project to move along more rapidly. Continued on page 4


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One World for Sharing Club of Pattaya donates glasses

Dengue Fever awareness event

Pattaya City Mayor, Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem, presided over a recent meeting at the City Hall to highlight the dangers of Dengue Fever and how it can be combated. The event was organised by the Diseases Control Centre, Public Health and Environment Department and Pattaya City Hall. Statistics show that between the 1st January and 15th May this year, the Banglamung District had the second largest reported incidents of Dengue Fever, only beaten by the Sri Racha District, in the province of Chonburi. There have

been 77 reported cases, with one fatality; the current risk factor is 33 to every 100,000 persons. The event was aimed at educating schools and other interested parties in the preventative measures one should take to steer clear of this horrible disease. Information was given out on how to destroy the source of this special mosquito and what to do in the event of becoming sick. It is hoped that the students, teachers and parents, will put the message out to other members of the community. by Nana

Recently our group visited three schools which had previously been screened to present the students and some teachers with their new eyewear. The schools were Baan Sattahip, Rungsit

and Sattahip Wittayakpom in all around 230 students and teachers were presented with their new glasses. On the same day Dave [The Eyeglass Guy] delivered a further 250 frames to ensure that the

Royal Swedish Navy Chief on official visit to Royal Thai Navy

Recently at the Kromluang Chumporn Navy Camp, Sattahip, Vice Admiral Suwit Tararoop, Commandant of Royal Thai Marine Corps, gave a warm welcome to Rear Admiral Anders Lennart Grenstad, Royal Swedish Navy Chief and his entourage during their official visit to Thailand. The Swedish Chief led a group to lay a wreath at the Thai Navy Statue, and discussed naval topics and the unrest in the south at the Navy VIP room. Sweden, a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe, has land borders with Norway

to the West, Finland to the Northeast and to Denmark in the South by way of the Öresund Bridge. At 450,000 km2 (173,746 sq mi), Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union in terms of area and has a total population of over 9.2 million. Sweden has a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government and the chief of state is King Carl XVI Gustaf. The main purpose of this official visit was to maintain the good relationships between the two countries, that have trade and navigation treaties stretching back to 1868.

Pattaya Bay Resort Live Play Laser Tag Arena 2nd Year Anniversary and Sek Loso rock Pattaya

Vol. 8 No. 19  16 - 30 June 2009 programme can continue in the future. To those of us who have been blessed with good eyesight we cannot imagine the difficulty these children have experienced in the past but those with poor vision will realize the benefit that this programme has brought to under privileged kids who could not afford a solution. All in all, a most worthy project.

Golden reefs found at Marine Division Bay

The Commander of the Marine Division, Sattahip, recently received a report from Captain Klaghan Petchmeesree, Commander of Navy 1st Infantry, that whilst he was on a normal patrol near the Marine Division Bay Beach, he came across an unusual sight in the ocean, it appeared to shimmer like gold from below the ocean’s waves. He instructed his diving team to take a closer look and on inspection they found that the coral had changed to a lovely gold colour approximately 70 metres from the beach, quite a sight. He immediately contacted his superior to pass on the discovery. Captain Klaghan, revealed that this was the fourth time such a phenomena had occurred in the same bay. The first time it was observed was

on the 9th June 2005, the year of our King’s 60th Anniversary of his reign, next three years later on the 14th June 2008 and again on the 28th May this year. The Thai’s being a superstitious lot believe this is an auspicious event for the country and that good times will follow. The experts have no idea what could cause the coral to change its colour to gold. The Captain added that he would turn the area into a tourist attraction to encourage tourists to visit the ‘Land of Smiles’ and now ‘Ocean of Gold’. Small boat tours could be arranged to take divers and snorkelers to the area to witness this extraordinary event for themselves, he hoped this would encourage people to return to this country during the world economic slump.

International tour operators wooed by Pattaya TAT

On the evening of the 5th of June, Mr. Kim E. Johanson, and his lovely wife Mrs. Yupin Booskree, both Managing Directors of the Pattaya Bay Resort, welcomed staff, friends and well-wishers to a party to celebrate the hotels second anniversary. The Pattaya Bay Resort is considered to be one of the finest, most modern and affordable, three star hotels in the Pattaya area. Despite only being open for two years and the slump in tourism, they have gone from strength to strength. The hotel is situated on Soi 15, near Second Road, in the heart of the City. The anniversary was also

an occasion to support local charities, all drinks on the night were sold at 50 baht, with all proceeds being donated to a local orphanage and other worthwhile charity groups. There was a beautiful display of classic Thai dancing and an assortment of gourmet treats were available to soak up the ‘Charity Drinks’. Mrs. Yupin explained to our reporter that the Anniversary Party would become an annual event as it was also her birthday. Happy birthday Mrs. Yupin, and our appreciation goes out to you for supporting such worthwhile charities on your special day.

One of Thailand’s most renowned rock singers, Sek Loso, was recently the main attraction at Live Play Laser Tag Arena, when he performed to a delighted crowd at one of the special events organised by the management of the Laser Tag Company. We spoke to Mr. Tim Carr, General Manager of the Arena, who explained that the company will continue to arrange these special live rock festivals for the people of Pattaya. The next event will take place on the 20th June and will feature the well known Tai band ‘Silly

Fools’, it is guaranteed to be a fun packed evening. With tickets priced at only 300 baht, which includes a free drink and an hour laser tag experience, this is a most cost effective night’s entertainment. There will also be VIP tickets available at 1,500 baht, which will enable you to eat and drink as much as you can all evening and rub shoulders with the acts performing. A further 100 baht discount is available to anyone producing a student ID when purchasing a VIP ticket. This is one to put in your diaries.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT), recently held a joint exhibition to encourage tourism to Thailand, the ‘Thailand Travel Mart 2009’ and ‘Amazing Gateway to Mekong’ Exhibitions which were held at the Impact Arena Muangthongtani, The Pattaya TAT Office had a booth at the exhibition where they presented the fun packed image of Pattaya along with local produce available to tourists. The Pattaya TAT managed to coax 35 travel operators

from 12 countries, India, Cambodia, South Korea, Japan, USA, Romania, China, Germany, Australia, Czech Republic, Egypt, and Malaysia, to make the trip back to the City, to check out the new and existing attractions available to visiting tourists. They were served with gourmet treats on their visit and it is hoped that they will go away with a positive image of Pattaya, which hopefully, they will pass onto their many clients. Well done to Pattaya TAT for their initiative.

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Donation to the Ruam Jai San Funn Project in Chiang Rai

NEWS International Australian Rules Football Returns to Pattaya

Tiger's star Saul Morgan kicks a kick away in a recent match against Indonesia in Kanchanaburi. Morgan will be a key player for the Tigers if they are to win against Singapore in Pattaya.

On the 9th June, Khun Esther together with the members of the US Navy League, Peter Thorand, Mike Meesommont GM of Burapha Golf Course, Khun Sirikwhan Eampooga Marketing Officer of the Burapha Golf Course, donated 100,000 baht, given by the Hartmut & Ilse Schneider Foundation for the Ruam Jai San Funn project in Chiang Rai, headed by Khun Rungnapa Surached. The project gives assistance and help to the communities of Hill Tribe people in Chiang Rai area. The tribe takes care of the children and teaches them how to help and work together as a

group, and to keep their family values besides their religion and environmental protection. Also, 6 months ago, the kids received their first school books when Khun Rungnapa brought them to the centre. These projects are much needed in the northern part of Thailand, to avoid the children being exploited in a young age. The US Navy League is proud to be able to help out and will continue do so in the future. We thank the Schneider Foundation and Khun Esther for all their help and support on this project. by Peter Thorand

Pattaya International Fashion Festival 2009

Pattaya City Hall in conjunction with the company ‘Love Media’, recently organised the ‘Pattaya International Fashion Festival 2009’ to support and promote Thai fashion and designers to an international market, also to promote Pattaya as the ‘Fashion Centre’ of the Eastern Seaboard. The event took place on the 6th June at the Fidela Grand Ball Room in the Zign Hotel, and models included ex Miss

Tiffany winners and TV actresses strutting their stuff on the catwalk. The event was presided over by Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipol Khunpluem, and is aimed at giving young Thai designers from 9 colleges selected a chance to show off their work. Everyone agreed it was a huge success and selected designers will go on to compete in the ‘Thai Young Designer Competition 2009’ later in the year.

PATTAYA - The Bangkokbased Thailand Tigers Australian Rules Football Club is bringing the unique code to Pattaya again with a game against one of the region’s strongest teams – Singapore - at Horseshoe Point on June 27. Singapore was unlucky not to be crowned Asian Australian Rules Champions late last year, finishing runner-up in a high-quality 12 team regional championship to Dubai. They will be travelling to Thailand full of confidence with wins over Indonesia and Malaysia recently. The Thailand Tigers are also going into the game with

confidence after an infusion of new players and a big win over Vietnam in the traditional Anzac Day game recently in Kanchanaburi. Tigers’ coach, David Paterson, said the game promises to be a spectacular example of the sport on the spacious and well maintained Horseshoe Point ground. The Tiger’s held their first fixture on the Eastern Seaboard last year and ran out convincing winners against Hong Kong in front of a vocal crowd. “We had a good win against Hong Kong the first time we played in Pattaya but are very mindful that Singapore would be in the top two or

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three Australian Rules teams in Asia right now,” Paterson said. “We have been training pretty solidly and know that this will be one of our toughest home game fixtures for some time, so the game should be pretty fast moving and we hope that our good mix of older players and new recruits can step up for us. “It will be a fantastic showcase for the sport and we are hoping Pattaya can get behind us and get out to the game and support the mighty Tigers.” The Thailand Tigers are inviting all residents and their families of Pattaya to come down to the game at Horse-

shoe Point (Soi Pornprapa 34, just off Pornprapa Road, which is off the Sukhumvit Road) and cheer them on from 1.30pm on Saturday June 27. Shaded seating and a good range of food and beverages will be available during the day. The game will also be the last international match for one of the great Tiger’s, Allan “Hollywood” Sharman. Sharman commenced his Asian Australian Rules Football career as a maverick wingman and after a stint in the forward line, has matured into a hard running defender who opponents find difficult to score against. by Mark Armsden

Businessman donated 20,000,000 Baht Budget to pair of drug sniffing dogs Promote Pattaya Tourism

A recent meeting held at the Pattaya Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TOT), hosted by Mr. Niti Kongkroot, Director of TAT Pattaya Office, discussed ‘Marketing and strategy to combat the falling Tourist Industry in Pattaya’. The meeting was joined by Pattaya City Deputy, Mr. Weerawut Khakai, along with representatives from tour operators, Chonburi Provincial Administration and other concerned parties. Mr. Niti stated that despite the fact that the world economic slump is improving, this is not increasing the number of tourists visiting Pattaya City. He explained that with the world and local economic slumps in conjunction with the recent political problems within Thailand, Pattaya must ‘man all the pumps’ and try and find ways to attract the necessary tourist market back to our beautiful City. Massive discounts within the shopping arena and FREE accommodation are a start, but they have to find other means to attract their tourist back. The Director confirmed that the City had allocated a budget of 10,000,000 baht to kick start the recovery of the tourism sector, and the Chonburi Provisional Administration had pitched in another 10,000,000 baht towards the project. He stated that the first priority was to promote Pattaya to the domestic market within Thailand, offering low cost package tours and

taking a booth at the travel show due to be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. With regard to the international tourists he believed it was imperative to work closely with U-tapao airport, to create low cost package tours for the international market. Let’s hope that we see some positive results from the many endeavours currently in the pipeline.

The Managing Director of CSP Construction, Mr. Tom Coghlan, recently made a rather strange donation to the Huay Yai Police Station, of a couple of black Labrador puppies, which are to be used in the apprehension of drug smugglers and users. Police Lieutenant Colonel Pragob

Saengpring, Chief Inspector of the Station, took possession of the pups on behalf of his staff, and thanked Mr. Tom for his very thoughtful donation. He believed the dogs would be worth their weight in gold in their endeavours to eradicate drugs from the streets.

NEWS Vol. 8 No. 19  16 - 30 June 2009 German bar owner slits Women survives brutal Saga of the of girl in another bar ‘Containers’ continues assault from ex-boyfriend Atthroat around 1.30am on the 3rd enjoying a game of pool in the

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Don’t expect any answers to the saga of the containers buried on the ocean floor in the near future, this is a story that we seem to report on every issue, but with no new news, and this editorial is no exception. The Commander in Chief of the Thai Royal Navy, Admiral Gumtorn Poomhirun, has ordered our local commander, to assist the government in all aspects of the fact finding mission. The Navy has been supporting and co-operating thus far with vessels, manpower, equipment and divers. Due to inconsistencies in the location of the containers, the Navy deployed ‘buoys’, to mark the location. Unfortu-

nately, these seemed to have disappeared, maybe caught up in trawl nets, and the Thai Navy has asked anyone knowing the whereabouts of the buoys, to please return them as soon as possible. A Government Forensic Scientist, Dr Pornthip Rojanasunan, has warned local fishermen and divers that the contents of the containers is still not known, they could contain very toxic chemicals and caution should be observed by keeping away. No doubt we will bring you further news in our next issue, but will we be any closer to finding out the true contents? Stay tuned to find out! by Nana

Construction worker electrocuted

A Thai construction worker, Mr. Boonnum Waewsee, aged 28 from the Nongkhai province, was recently working on a ceiling when he got caught up in high voltage power cables and was electrocuted. His co-workers immediately contacted the police for assistance. Lieutenant Colonel Anon Tummachaigoon,

was dispatched to investigate the report, unfortunately, Mr. Boonnum was pronounced dead on arrival at the Pattaya Memorial Hospital a short time later. A report has been submitted and the unfortunate man’s family have been contacted to collect his body for a funeral. by Nana

A women was recently admitted to the Banglamung Hospital with severe face and head injuries, received at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, hospital staff reported the incident to the police who dispatched, Police Lieutenant Colonel Tailert Luepue, to investigate Arriving at the hospital he was introduced to Mrs. Benjakita Tanachoteburapagij, aged 29, who had been so severely battered around the head and face, her eyes would not open because of the swelling, she was later transferred to the Chonburi Hospital where she could receive specialist medical care. The victim explained to the officer that the previous evening she had been sleeping in her rented room as she was not feeling well. She ignored a loud pounding on the front door as she was too exhausted to open it, however, when the pounding started on the back door, she could no longer ignore it. She dragged herself out of bed and upon opening the door she was confronted by her ex-boyfriend, Mr. Pirut Songsree, aged 25, who she had only been seeing for

two weeks, and she had recently finished the relationship. He forced entry to her room and started to punch her in the face; he then grabbed her head and pounded it on

the concrete floor, all the time trying to get her clothes off so he could have sex. However, as a result of the beating and ill health earlier, she was violently sick on the floor and he stopped the assault and left her in a pool of blood. Police later managed to apprehend the attacker in Soi Boonganjanaram Temple 2, and he was taken to the Dongtan Police Sub-station for questioning. He explained to the officers that he was married to the lady and they had had a heated argument. He got angry and hit her, but certainly did not try to rape her. He was charged with physical assault, however, he could not be charged with rape as there was no actual evidence or eye witnesses.

Indian travel agents check out Pattaya

A group of Indian travel agents recently visited Pattaya with a view to recommending the City to their clients. At a meeting at Pattaya City Hall, Assistant to the City Deputy Chief, Mr. Apichart Puedpun, along with other high ranking city officials welcomed the agents

on their fact finding mission. The number of Indian tourists visiting Pattaya has exploded in recent years, they are now amongst the largest group of tourists. The travel agents arrived from New Delhi to gather information on the basic infrastructure, transportation, safety issues, climate, etc. to pass onto

June, police received a report that a German man had entered the Love Pub Beer Bar on Soi 6, Pattaya 2nd Road, and slit the throat of one of the girls. Police Lieutenant Colonel Supachai Puikumkaew made his way to the bar to investigate the happenings. On arrival he was confronted by a crowd of onlookers, both Thai and foreign, wanting to see what had happened. He made his way through the crowd and was able to get to the victim, Miss Sairoong Boonsomtop, aged 27, on her first day working in the bar, with a 20cm long wound across her neck. The wound was very deep and pouring with blood, she was very lucky that it just missed the main veins. Her fellow workers were in a state of panic over the incident and the young lady was taken to the Pattaya International Hospital, by Baht Bus, for emergency treatment. The police questioned eye witness and fellow worker in the bar, Mrs. Ganokwan Sreesongkram, aged 46, who explained that the young lady had only started working in the bar that day. Before coming to work in the bar, she had experienced a very heated relationship with her German husband, he used to physically assault her on a regular basis. She had recently finished the relationship and was trying to start a new life for herself, hence the new job in a new bar. However, the husband did not seem to accept her decision and had been sending her threatening text messages all day. Prior to the attempted murder, Miss Sairoong had been

bar with a foreign customer. Without warning, Mr. Harry, her ex, approached her from behind, and with no warning

potential clients thinking of travelling to Pattaya. Mr. Apichart, explained to the visitors that tourists had been visiting this city, from all over the world for decades. There is accommodation available in 50,000 rooms, with the addition of International Conference facilities to cater for up to 3,000 delegates at a single conference. Pattaya City also has approximately 500 boats

which can be hired to visit local islands or further afield. However, he had to concede that Pattaya does have its fair share of snatch and run incidents and pickpocket offences, with no sign of a decline, with the present economic climate. He advised potential visitors to be vigilant, not being in the wrong place at the wrong time, is their best security.

or comment, held her neck firmly and slit her throat. He quickly ran from the bar and made his way to the bottom of the Soi where a motorbike taxi was waiting to whisk him away. Mrs. Ganokwan stated that the attacker was the co-owner of the Poppy Beer Bar in Pattaya Soi 6, and was renowned throughout the area as being a drunken bully. She had heard that he was also a very jealous person, the sight of his ex playing pool with another man, had driven him over the edge. The police interviewed the motorbike taxi driver who had intentionally aided the German in his escape and he took them to where he had dropped him off, at the entrance to Soi Naklua 27. Police received information that the man lived in the Roi Lang Apartments, and proceeded to the apartment to make gather further information. They searched the room and found the German mans passport, which showed his real name as Mr. Erik Zodrow, aged 38, the passport was confiscated as evidence. A police report has been made and it is hoped to bring him to justice as soon as possible. by Soombon

Pattaya prepares for Candle Festival

Pattaya City Hall Deputy Mayor, Mr. Wuttana Juntarawaranon, recently chaired a meeting at the Town Hall to discuss the 2009 Candle Festival. Many other city officials and interested parties were in attendance to put forward their thoughts and ideas. The Festival is due to take place on the 3rd and 4th of July, and will include a parade with floats carrying intricate beeswax figures, mostly

representative of the life of Lord Buddha, around the City Centre. The Festival will feature a candle procession, which reflects the devout belief in Buddhism and the rituals associated with the period of Buddhist Lent. The event will take place at 4.30pm on the 3rd, starting at Pattaya Beach Road and proceeding to the Chaimongkon Temple. On the 4th a large candle ceremony will take place at the

Temple. Anyone visiting or living in Pattaya, who has not seen this festival, is in for a treat, come on, make the effort!

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Irishman found dead with belt around his neck

Police officers and a Sawangboriboon Rescue Foundation Team, were recently called to the Spanish Condominium Building 6, located on Central Pattaya Road, after the body of a European man had been discovered hanging in the stairwell. Arriving on the scene, Police Colonel Teerapon Jindaloung, discovered the body of Mr. Alan Michael, aged 33, an Irish national, suspended by a belt between the 3rd and 4th floors. The

rescue team cut him down, however, there was nothing they could do for the unfortunate soul as it seemed he had been dead for approximately 5 hours. There was no sign of a struggle at the scene and the deceased man was still wearing a gold crucifix on a chain, 3 rings on his fingers and his wrist watch. The police questioned, Mrs. Suree Sitiyanggoon, aged 40, who had discovered the body whilst going about her normal cleaning duties.

Truck and motorcycle collide head on, only one winner

In the early hours of June 6th, Police Lieutenant Wutcharapas Kumsook, was informed of a fatal road accident involving a truck and a motorcycle in front of Soi Banglamung 20, near the pedestrian bridge on route 36 coming into Pattaya City, he rushed to the scene with a Sawangboriboon Rescue

Foundation Team. At the location, they discovered the body of an unidentified Thai man, around 40 years, who was wearing a black security uniform. His body was badly scraped, his clothes and shoes torn to pieces and his skull was cracked open, despite a helmet being found close by.

Search for missing diving instructor called off

In an update to a news story from our last issue, the Thai Navy have now stopped their

search for the body of a diving instructor who disappeared nearly a month ago.


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Bar girl stabbed her coworker in self-defence

Earlier in the month the police were called to the Chicky Beer Bar, located at Soi 8, 2nd Road, after a report a bar fight between a couple of the girls, which had left one young lady with severe stab wounds. Arriving on the scene, Police Lieutenant Colonel Roengwit Rukchart, discovered the victim, Miss Darunee Gaewprom, aged 37, who had sustained stab

wounds to her chest, arm and face, and who was bleeding profusely. Co-workers and some of the staff transported her to the Pattaya Memorial Hospital. The other young lady involved in the incident, Miss Suneeporn, who was still under the influence of drink, told her side of the story to police officers. She explained that the two of them used

She explained that she had been appalled to see the body of the European man hanging in the stairwell, after regaining her composure, she notified the authorities. She had no idea if the dead man was staying at the condominium, she had never seen him before. After talking with staff and neighbours, it was discovered that the man had been staying

in room 208 for only a week, and living alone. The police could find nothing suspicious in his room or any motive behind the death. They presume that due to stress and being unhappy, the deceased had decided to kill himself, however, his body has been sent for an autopsy to establish the cause of death. The British Embassy in Bangkok has been notified.

There was no sign of the truck which had been involved in the accident, except for the front bumper of a bronze coloured Toyota Vigo. According to eye witnesses the motorcycle rider was travelling along the road, when he suddenly made a U-turn and started riding on the wrong side of the road. A bronze Toyota truck was travelling at high speed and the two collided head on. The rider of the motorcycle was thrown through the air and landed very heavily in the road, he died instantly, however, the truck driver failed to stop and fled from the scene. A police report has been filed and it is hoped they will discover the truck and its driver in the near future. Mr. Wirut Tiranakornkoon, aged 35, owner and chief instructor of the Diver Evolution Company, disappeared along with a student, whose body was discovered in the first few days of the search. The Thai Royal Navy had utilised both air and sea equipment in their endeavours to find the missing man, along with a ‘Physic and Buddhist Monk’ deployed by the family, however, all have failed to find the missing body. The Buddhist Monk performed a ceremony calling upon the missing mans spirit to reside in a particular rock; this was then taken to the Temple and cremated at a funeral service.

to be best friends, however, over the last few months their relationship had turned sour, and they had been physically fighting on a number of occasions. Earlier in the evening, Miss Darunee, whilst under the influence, had punched her in the face and smacked her round the head with a beer bottle. Miss Suneeporn, who had had enough of the physical abuse, made her way to the authorities and reported the incident to officers at Pattaya Police Station. Upon her return to the bar, Miss Darunee, was mad and upset that she had reported

her and harsh words were exchanged, this as normally happened, turned into a proper fight. Miss Suneeporn, confessed that she had been expecting this outcome and had come prepared, she took out a knife she had earlier concealed, and proceeded to use it on her attacker, she claims in self defence. Police officers arrested Miss Suneeporn, and she was taken to the police station and was charged with premeditated assault and the possibility of further charges including attempted murder. The police investigation continues.

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NEWS Knife attack leaves one man with 20 stab wounds

When Mr. Bird, 30 years old, was confronted by two rivals in Soi Arunothai 2, he ran for his life in an attempt to get away from them, however, they gave chase on a motorcycle and managed to stop him and proceed to attack him in Soi Rubber Plant near Gao Rai Karaoke pub on 3rd Road, Moo 9. Police and a Sawangboriboon Rescue Foundation Team quickly arrived on the scene, where they discovered a still communicative Mr. Bird, despite him being stabbed over 20 times in his arms, back, ribs and torso,

ready to give a description of his two assailants. He explained to the officers the confrontation with Mr. Tone and Mr. Boy, and his failed attempt at escaping, and after receiving emergency medical attention at the scene, he was transferred to the ICU Unit at Banglamung Hospital. A description of the two attackers, who quickly fled the scene after the attack, has been issued, and police have filed a report on the incident. Further investigations will be made to bring the two culprits to justice as soon as possible. by Soombon

Burglar caught being greedy When the owner of the ‘Home Care Cleaning Company’, Mr. Pirote Gasemsuntitum, located on Moo 6 North Pattaya Road, received an alert from his remote security system, that there was a problem at his premises, he quickly made his way to his office with his wife. Upon arrival they discovered that the three locks securing the front door had been broken, and it appeared there may still be someone on the premises. They notified the police who dispatched Police Captain Suntipon Puwadonganok, to investigate. Arriving at the scene with fellow officers, the Police Captain was informed that the offices had been ransacked, and the burglar, who they believed was still inside, had made his way up to the 3rd floor, police cordoned off any escape and went in search of the culprit. On the 3rd floor they discovered, Mr. Tanudgij Tonetan, aged 30, in

possession of a black bag containing tools suitable for his profession. He quickly confessed that he had borrowed a car from a friend, changed the number plate with black scotch tape to hide its identity, and started to patrol the area looking for suitable empty premises to burgle. He used the tools within his bag to force an entry into the building. He got a good haul of a laptop, 2 cameras, a cellular phone and a small amount of cash, which he quickly transferred to his car, and returning to try his luck in the higher levels of the building, he was devastated to see the arrival of the owner and his wife. Hoping everyone would assume he had already left the premises, he made his way up to the top floor in an endeavour to hide, he hadn’t realised he had already been spotted, although we believe the car parked outside with its engine running, may have been a bit of a giveaway.

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Tourist complaints lead to police crackdown

Anyone who spends a lot of time in the prime tourist spots of Pattaya, including Beach Road and Walking Street, will know what a problem the many beggars and illegal hawkers, selling their flowers, movies, etc. can be. After many complaints, Police Colonel Teerapon Jindaluang, Deputy Commander of Chonburi Provincial Police, currently acting as Pattaya Superintendent, along with fellow officers from the Child Protection Agency and Women’s Protection Centre, mounted a crackdown on these illegal workers. The team managed to arrest 20 Cambodians who were hawking flowers, 18 men and 12 women who were using their young children, from 4 months to 15 years, for begging offences. The police also detained 13 young children caught hawking chewing gum, along with 8 photography hawkers and a number of workers using wild animals, including pythons, iguanas, etc. to attract tourists. All arrested were taken to the local police station to face charges. The police informed members of the press that they had received a number of complaints from tourists fed up with the constant

bombardment of street hawkers. After acting on a tip off, police managed to arrange a raid and round up many of the culprits. However, this is not the only problem, many of the children being used are kidnapped from their families, and forced to work the streets of Pattaya. Many of the children told stories to the police of being brought from a house in Banglamung to Pattaya, every evening at 7.00 pm, where they were instructed to spend the whole night selling their wares or begging. They had to earn between 500 and 1,000 baht per evening, which is more than a blue or white collar worker can hope to earn, or they would be beaten, abused or starved. The arrested children will be put into a temporary refuge at the ‘Home for Children and Family Centre’in Banglamung, until their parent’s cases are sorted out. Police described this as an ever increasing problem, being arranged by gangs, and that they will do everything within their power to stamp it out. Any Thai gangs, who are found to be involved in this business, and with smuggling illegal immigrants, will be dealt with by the full force of the law. by Soombon

Police made a search of his car and discovered the stolen items, along with a army uniform, Sergeant Major, 4 bottles of Thai whisky and thousands of baht in cash. The man explained that he lost his job at a local hotel, could not find alternate work, and decided a life of crime was his

only option. He also admitted that he had never served in the military, the uniform was part of his disguise when stopped by police, and this had already worked well on a number of occasions in the past. The burglar was taken to the police station and charged with ‘Night time burglary’

Drunk finds novel way to extinguish fire The police were recently alerted by staff at the Tri Virtue Foundation that a fire had broken out at one of the workers houses in Soi Sugar Factory, Moo 12, and that at least one person was injured. Arriving on the scene, Police Sub-lieutenant Seksuk Atorngijjawut, discovered a small house, close to some containers, which was still smouldering, but which had been entirely covered in dirt. Mystified, the police officer spoke to the home owner, Mr. Somjet Sookyadia, aged 24 from Surin, who explained

the events which had led to the incident. He told officers that he had been out drinking with

friends, when he returned home, his lovely wife was nowhere to be seen, however, he saw the start of a fire in the house. He immediately mounted his bike to get help from his neighbours, unfortunately, being so inebriated, he fell off, seriously hurting his leg. In despair, and seeing a JCB close by, he decided to coat his house with earth to extinguish the fire. As a result of the fire, and his novel way of trying to extinguish it, the house and all its contents were a complete write off.

He believes his wife must have left a candle burning when she left earlier in the evening, this was the cause of the fire, he denied deliberately setting fire to his own home. However, Mr. Pradit, who reported the fire to the police, believes the man was furious that his wife was not home when he returned, and in a fit of temper, set fire to the house to teach her a lesson. He believes the man used the JCB in an attempt to cover up his pyrotechnic shenanigans. A police report has been made and they will endeavour to find out the true facts.

NEWS Ex-cop involved in ‘Road Rage’ English fugitive captured

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Pattaya Police Station recently received a report from a Sawangboriboon Rescue Foundation Volunteer, Mr. Charid Popirom, aged 28, that following a verbal and horn blowing argument with another driver, the man had pulled a gun on him and threatened to kill him and his family. The altercation happened at the traffic lights on Pattaya North Road and the other driver had sped off in the direction of Central Pattaya in his black Toyota Yaris. Police immediately radioed a description of the man and vehicle to officers in the Central Pattaya area, he was quickly apprehended. Upon searching the vehicle of Mr. Nuttapon Winnontapun, aged 41, police discovered a 9mm pistol, fully loaded, under the passenger seat, along with a Police ID Card in the name of Police Lance Corporal Nuttapon Winnontapun, Group Leader of Traffic, Laemchabang Police Station. He claimed he was an ex police officer and allowed to carry a firearm; however, he was arrested and taken to the police station for further questioning. The driver of the first vehicle explained to the police what had happened. He and

his family had been driving towards the traffic lights at North Pattaya Road, when suddenly a motorcycle cut in front of him, causing him to do an emergency stop. As a result, Mr. Nuttapon, travelling closely behind him, also had to hit his brakes hard, making him very angry and causing him to beep his horn repeatedly. He got along side them and after exchanging harsh words, pulled out his pistol and threatened to shoot the driver and his family, claiming he was a police officer and within his right, before speeding off towards Central Pattaya. Mr. Charid, instructed his wife to contact the police after this life threatening experience. At the police station the two men came face to face again and Mr. Nuttapon, apologised profusely for his actions. He did not realise the other driver had been cut up by the motorcycle, however, that was still no excuse for his behaviour. Mr. Charid decided not to press charges, deciding instead to accept the apology. A police report has been filed and it is unlikely to lead to any charges as both parties were happy with the outcome.

Transvestites steal wallet, but lose motorcycle

As Mr. Hossin Fartash, aged 48, an Iranian national, was making his way back to his hotel, close to the, ‘Made in Thailand Market’ on 2nd Road, he was accosted by 2 transvestites, who jumping off their parked motorcycle, offered him a whirlwind romance session in exchange for a little ‘green back’. His rejection of their advances did not stop them throwing their arms around him and acting in a suggestive manor. He managed to disentangle himself, but almost immediately, realised that his wallet, containing

$700, approximately 23,000 baht was missing. He shouted for assistance from passersby, which spooked the transvestites, forcing them to flee the scene, without their motorcycle. Arriving on the scene, a still much shaken Mr. Fatash explained what had happened and gave a description of the two assailants. Police radioed a description to other officers in the area, but to no avail. However, police have confiscated the motorcycle which they believe will quickly lead to the identity of the two robbers.

With an arrest warrant in hand, Police Colonel Anonnut Gamonrut, a Pattaya Immigration Superintendant, along with fellow officers, led an operation to try and arrest a British National, Mr. Patrick Keeley, real name Royston Jones, age 50, at his home in Grange Park Village. Mr. Jones had been charged four years previously in the UK with trying to smuggle two containers of cigarettes into the country, whilst on bail he absconded and made his way to Thailand where he has been living as a fugitive ever since. Police Colonel Anonnut revealed that the

local police had been contacted by the Thai branch of Interpol, on behalf of the UK branch, looking for co-operation in the apprehension of the criminal. When arrested Mr Jones produced a fake passport, in the name of Mr. Keeley, an Irish national, which did not carry his picture and was indeed out of date. He explained that he had been using this document as identification since arriving four years ago. Look like there will be no more running for this particular fugitive for quite some time. by Nana

Banglamung held press conference of drug bust

Taiwanese tour guide robbed A press conference was recently held by Colonel Somnuek Junget, Banglamung Police Superintendent Chonburi, and Police Major Gamon Taweesree, Chief of Crime Suppression, to announce the arrest of six individuals who have been arrested for dealing and using drugs. The first dealer on display was Mr. Song Pingwong, aged 21, who was arrested with 2 bars of marijuana weighing 1.94 kilos and 29 bags of marijuana ready for distribution. Second suspect was Mr. Goson or Kaek Boonmun, aged 56, with two bags of marijuana. Third and fourth were Mr. Narongwit Gaewwichai, aged 30, and Mr. Bundit Tongtup, aged 29, both with one bag of marijuana. Fifth was a drug user Mr. Saichon Daengyaem, aged 32, and lastly Miss Tunya Nunoi, aged 41 (drug dealer) who was arrested with drug paraphernalia. They were all arrested at the abandoned shack near Pattaya Park Hill 2 Village in Nongyai Community, Moo 6. The police Colonel reported that they had received a tip off that Mr. Song was

distributing drugs and had many people working for him. A sting operation was instigated and an undercover police officer arranged to buy two bags of marijuana. Mr. Song was caught red handed with the merchandise behind the Nongyai Temple. Police searched his home where they discovered the bars of marijuana weighing nearly two kilos and the 29 bags ready for distribution. The police also managed to arrest his workers at an abandoned shack near his residence. Mr. Song confessed to his drug trafficking activities and that he had only recently been released from prison after serving jail time for similar offences. Upon his release he could not get and work, so decided to go back to the only trade he was qualified to do. With help from a friend in the Huayyai District, he was quickly back in business, purchasing kilo bars of marijuana at 1,400 baht each. Business was very good and he was making a good income until the police put a stop to his entrepreneurial skills. by Nana

Police recently received a report from a Taiwanese Tour Guide that he had been robbed outside a ‘Family Mart’ store in the middle of Soi Naklua 12, Moo 5, Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaiporn Tongnapiang, from the Banglamung Police Station quickly made his way to the store. The robbed tour operator, Mr. Chen Chien Kun, aged 35, told the officer that he had left the Zign Hotel, on Soi Naklua 12, and hopped onto a motorcycle taxi to go to the nearby Family Mart. He noticed two young men on a motorcycle nearby, but did not pay particular attention, the bike was red and white, the youths seemed to be aged around 15 – 18 years and one wore a blue T-shirt while the other a white one. They appeared very skinny; he suspects they

may be drug addicts. As he entered the store, the passenger suddenly grabbed his shoulder bag and ran back to the motorbike; both youths then disappeared in the direction of Pattaya-Naklua Road. He stated to the police that his bag had contained 25,000 baht, 33,000 Taiwanese Dollars, 2 diamond rings, a Buddhist amulet and his private documentation, a total value of around 200,000 baht. The attending officer immediately issued a description to other officers in the area, but to no avail, they seemed to have disappeared into thin air. CCTV footage from the store has been studied and police have issued a sketch and description of the two youths. They believe an early apprehension of the two is very likely.

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House Construction for low income families in Pattaya

A meeting was held at Pattaya City Town Hall recently to discuss projects which will allow cheaper housing for low income workers. The meeting was chaired by Police Captain Prachai Songsurawet, President of the Low Income Housing Project Subcommittee, along with subcommittee members, advisors and concerned parties. Mrs. Prunnee Limjaroen, Vice President of the Subcommittee and Director of the Social Welfare Division, explained that the new low cost housing projects are springing up all around Pattaya, due mainly to the ever increasing number of residents on low income. There are 130,000 registered residents in the City, but the real number is thought to be closer to 650,000, as only 1 in 6 people living in Pattaya take the time to register. With the ever increasing population driving the cost of housing higher, these special projects are the only way low income workers can afford to buy property. Pattaya City Hall in conjunction with the National

Housing Authority, have joined forces and established the ‘Baan Ua Atorn’ Program (Help each other own homes’, to offer a long term solution to the problem. The joint program have selected 4 areas initially, Naklua, where 2,054, 3-storeybuildings will be erected. Nongnooch Tropical Gardens with 1,340 3-storey residences. Najomtien will boast 4,596 3-storey buildings. Neonpubwan area with the construction of 1,280, 3-storey buildings in construction. However, with the ever increasing number of people coming to live and work in Pattaya, the problems are not expected to be fixed quickly. The Subcommittee have also hired a College Educational Institution, to make a study and offer other solutions to this ever increasing problem, they are to report back to the committee within one year. The object of the Subcommittee is to provide safe community living for everyone.

Pattaya City to hire Advertising Agency

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, along with his Government has allocated a budget of 17,000,000 baht to Pattaya City to help restore the collapsing tourist market. At a recent meeting in Pattaya City, Deputy Mayor, Mr. Weerawut Khakai, along with council members, city officials, tourism officers and concerned citizens, started to put plans into action to revive the flagging tourism market. One of the most favoured points raised was to hire an Advertising Agency, such as GMM Grammy, to promote the city through TV stations, radio, internet and the print media. Any ideas that are finalised will have to work hand in hand with the pres-

ent ‘Pattaya, be our Guest’ Promotion, which is already offering massive discounts throughout the City and 20,000 FREE nights of accommodation. The meeting concluded that organising road shows was a good idea, and they had proved to be effective, however, they alone are not enough. Therefore, the City calls on all residents to give a positive and friendly welcome to visiting tourists, to help put in force a crackdown on crime, and to ensure the City is a pleasant and safe experience for all tourists 24 hours a day. If the local residents help in these matters, Pattaya will be back as a favourite destination in no time.

BUSINESS NEWS Centara wins award for most popular hotel website in Thailand

Dr. Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich (left), Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is presenting the award to Sarawut Tantichote (right), E-Business Manager of Centara Hotels & Resorts. The award presentation ceremony was held at Century Park Hotel.

Centara Hotels & Resorts has the most popular hotel website in Thailand, and that's official. The Thai hotel and resort management company has been presented with the "Most Visited Hotel Site in Thailand" award under the 6th Truehits Web Awards 2008. The award was presented by Dr Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, Minister at the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in a ceremony also attended by Dr Sakarindr Bhumiratana, president of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). Receiving the award during the May 18 ceremony, held at the Century Park Hotel in Bangkok, was Sarawut Tantichote, E-Business Manager of Centara Hotels & Resorts. Visits to Thai websites are monitored and analysed by, the leading web statistic organisation in Thailand, run by Internet Innovation Research Centre Co Ltd, which is supported and budgeted by the Thai government. Centara Hotels & Resorts achieved the highest number of unique visitors amongst

182 hotel members under the Truehits programme, emerging as number one in the hotels and resorts category. Sarawut attributed much of the success of the website to the traffic generated by news of attractive rates and promotions on the group's range of hotels and resorts throughout Thailand. The 6th Truehits Web Awards 2008 were presented to the top 10 most visited websites in Thailand, and to the top sites within specific categories, including hotels and resorts. Centara Hotels & Resorts was founded in 1983 and is owner and/or operator of 18 of 4- and 5- star hotels and resorts throughout Thailand, in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Krabi, Pattaya, Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, Phuket, Trat, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai, Mae Sot, and Udon Thani. The company is currently opening its first overseas property, in the Maldives. For more information or reservations, please contact Tel: 66-2 101 1234 ext. 1 or e-mail to reservations@chr. or visit our website at

Diana Hotel Group wishes fond farewell to the Millennium House

Towards the end of last month the Managing Director of the Diana Hotel Group, Mrs. Sopin Teppajuk, along with fellow management and staff members wished a fond farewell to the Diaba Millennium House after it was recently sold to new owners.

Mr. Nitti Kongkroot, Director of the Tourism Authority of Pattaya, was guest of honour. The Millennium House has been owned and operated by the Diana Group for the last nine years, and with Mrs. Sophin at the helm, it

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Checkers comes to Pattaya

The Tulip House Jomtien was the venue recently for the 5th International Thailand Open Goe (Checkers or Draughts) Tournament press conference, where all those attending enjoyed a lovely meal courtesy of the World Draughts Organisation (FMJD). Tournament organiser and International Referee, Mr. Evert Davelaar, revealed that the FMJD in conjunction with the Tulip House Jomtien, had organised the event in Pattaya to try and boost the

slow season. The entrance fee for competitors is 50 Euros (around $65), and currently there are 40 international players registered to take part, however, only one of them is Thai. There are many cash prizes and trophies up for grabs in the different categories, final cash prizes will depend on the number of entrants, last year the winner picked up a cool 500 Euros. This year will include a special prize for the best Asian player.

UAE and Indian Road shows a great success

A press conference was held recently at Pattaya City Hall, hosted by Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, with regard to the success of the recent road shows help in the United Arab Emirates and India. Also present at the conference were Mr. Nitti Kongkroot, Director of Tourism Authority of Pattaya, and Mr. Rewut Ponelook-in, Vice Chairman of the Chonburi Provincial Administration. Due to the worldwide economic slump and the recent political problems experienced in Thailand, Pattaya is in the midst of tourist meltdown, and drastic measures must be taken immediately to overcome the problems. A recovery plan must be put into operation now, between the public and private sector, to bring the travellers back to the ‘Land of Smiles’. The first road show took place between the 4th thru

13th May in Dubai, at the 16th Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Festival, in an attempt to enlighten potential tourists on the ‘Real Thailand’. With temperatures in that area in the 40-50 Celsius range, many people are looking to get away from the heat from May to September. The ATM is known as the largest tourist exhibition in the Middle East, and the TAT believe they did a fine job in getting the message across. Then the road show moved to India where they received another tremendous welcome. Many visitors to the exhibitions showed enormous enthusiasm for the Pattaya booth, asking many questions and taking away lots of propaganda. Pattaya City and the TAT believe the road shows were a tremendous success and a very positive experience for all those involved.

has gone from strength to strength. It has become a second home to many of the visitors who return year after year. Good news for the employees from the Millennium, all members of staff are being offered alternative employment in one of the group’s other establishments, and will be

positioned where their talents are most suited. Mrs. Sophin took an emotional minute to thank all the staff for their hard work over the years, and with over 200 guests and friends in attendance, who once the formalities were over with tucked into a feast, a splendid time was had by all.

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Chinese tour operators and officials visit Pattaya

A large group of tour operators, journalists and government officials from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), were recently welcomed to Pattaya by Pattaya’s Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem. The 74 representatives, led by Mr. Chaiwut Jareonsook, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Shanghai Office China, was looking at Pattaya as a safe travel destination for the rapidly growing Chinese market. The Chinese Government recently issued a State Order

(550), advising their citizens of possible troubled destinations, where they felt they could easily be swindled or taken advantage of. Pattaya City Hall, with a budget of 3,000,000 baht, brought the Chinese to Pattaya to show them, firsthand, what a wonderful holiday destination it is. China has a huge potential for people visiting Thailand and it is very important that the City proves it is a safe and honourable destination for travellers. by Nana

AREA organises property seminar

The Horseshoe Point Hotel was the venue recently when the ‘Agency for Real Estate Affairs’ (AREA), in association with Kiatnakin Plc and Horseshoe Point Pattaya, organised a seminar on the topic of ‘Property Investment Opportunities in Chonburi-Rayong’. AREA are the largest organisation dealing with property and the property market, they have been conducting property surveys since 1994. They revealed that at the moment there are 426 housing projects in the area, with an estimated 55,462 units currently in construction. Figures reveal that 64% of the housing projects in Chonburi have been sold, but the world economic slump in

conjunction with the recent political problems in Thailand, have shown a sharp decrease in the number of properties being purchased. Vacation homes have been hit the hardest with only 50% sold, with single houses having an average sale price of 11.782 million baht, whilst Condos average around 8.3 million. With the recent world and national problems the tourist market in the region is down significantly, this obviously leads to a drop in house purchases. This year has seen signs of the price of land dropping for the first time in many years; this will lead to a further drop in the price of projects and re-sale properties.

BUSINESS NEWS Amari Hotels and Resorts appoints New General Manager at Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel, Bangkok

Mr Peter Henley, President & CEO of Amari Hotels and Resorts, has announced the appointment of Mr Suphot Prakitjanuruk, as General Manager of Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel, Bangkok. Mr Prakitjanuruk is a Thai national and a graduate in Economics, also holding certification in Yield Management from The Hague. He has amassed over 20 years of experience within the hospitality industry. In 1992, he joined Amari Hotels and Resorts, as Front Office Manager at Amari Boulevard Hotel, Bangkok, and then went on to become General Manager of

St. James Hotel, an Amari Associate Hotel. Mr Prakitjanuruk now oversees the smooth running of Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel, located within close proximity to Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport.

Bangkok Airways launches “Beyond Value” promotion Starting at 4,600 Baht for return ticket with free accommodation

Bangkok Airways recently launched the “Beyond Value” promotion offering airfares plus free accommodation starting from 4,600 Baht for a one-night stay on any domestic routes while the prices for the international routes start at 4,900 Baht. The quoted prices are inclusive of tax, insurance, and fuel surcharge. These prices are valid for trips made within July 31st. This promotion is aimed to promote air travel during the summer months to various destinations of Bangkok Airways including Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Trat (Koh Chang), Phuket, Samui, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Yangon, Ho Chi Minh City, Maldives, Hiroshima, Guilin and Xi’an. The promotion for Maldives, however, ends within June 30th. This all-inclusive promotion adds on value to every purchase of air ticket with a complimentary hotel accommodation on a twin-sharing basis with breakfast and airport transfers. Those opting for Guilin or Xi’an are enti-

tled to a complimentary fourday tour with meals and tour guide. For more information or reservation please contact Fah Thai Holidays at 02-2706699 or 1771 press 3 or visit In addition, Bangkok Airways’ lounges are available to its passengers with no extra charge. Each lounge has a courtesy corner where with a multitude of complimentary snacks and various choices of hot or cold drinks, free internet access and kid’s corner. For Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok Airways’ domestic lounges is located on the 2nd floor, concourse A and the international lounges is located on the 3rd floor, concourse A. FlyerBonus members can also enjoy earning 10 points for a one-way domestic flight, 15 points for a one-way flight within the Indochina, 20 points for routes to China and 25 points for Maldives and Hiroshima. For further information please call 1771 (press 2) or visit our website at

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Happy Birthday Khun Achana


Khun Achana Snitwongse Na Ayudhaya, Managing Director of The Montien Hotel Pattaya, celebrated her birthday with the hotel’s management and staff. Plenty of well wishers were on hand to wish her many happy returns.

No more slip-sliding at Pattaya City Hall

At the entrance to Pattaya City Hall, all the floor tiles have been removed as workers start the preparations for laying a new non-slip surface. Anyone who has previously used the front steps on a wet day would testify as to just how slippery and dangerous they were. Now Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Ittiphol Khunpluem, is practicing more rigorous safety standards that will save a lot of unnecessary accidents and injuries.

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Panorama Fam Trip from Ukraine

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This is our rockin’ welcomes! Band Members of Hard Rock, led by the Director of Operation, Mr. Elyes Ben Brahim (1st from right in upper row) and Director of Business Development, Mr. Patrick Ng (1st from left in upper row), host a familiarization group from Panorama, Ukraine for Hotel inspection at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is a well-known brand in the Ukraine market and so the management is proud to showcase their hotel property and spread the spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll by creating authentic experiences that rock!

Thieves have stolen sections of these trunk lines on Najomtien Road (9 times) in the last two years.

Rice festival at Horseshoe Point

Dancing after dusk

A resurgence in the popularity of traditional and modern dancing, has seen the opening of a Sunday night dance session at the entrance to The Avenue Shopping & Entertainment complex, on South Pattaya’s Second Road. The fun starts around 6.30 pm, and it is free, so both dancers and spectators are welcome to attend.

For the first time the Horseshoe Point Country Club and Resort near Siam Country Club Road staged a big Rice Harvesting Festival, which saw the attendance of many leading dignitaries. This included the Governor of Chonburi, The Nai-Amphur of the Banglamung District, Pattaya’s City Mayor Khun Itthiphol Khunpluem, and a host of other leading officials. This is sure to become an annual event, and reminds people of Thailand’s hard working rural workers, who are the backbone of the Kingdom.

New fast ferry to Hua Hin New Pattaya United hats New Brazilian Grill and Bar Hua Hin is noted for The recent formation of our very own Pattaya United Soccer Club has sparked a great deal of interest, especially with the innovation of some great promotional ideas and clothing. The latest one is a hat shaped like a dolphin, (which is the team emblem), when you squeeze the nose it even talks to you. Our Pattaya United team are putting up some great performances, and at the time of going to print, they are in twelfth position, only losing two times so far in their first season.

TAT New Zealand sets eyes on Pattaya for future golf events

For the first time in Pattaya, is a new Brazilian style restaurant which has opened in front of Central Festival on Pattaya Beach Road, and even features two genuine female Brazilian dancers. Of course, the delicious Brazilian food includes a huge variety of meats on giant skewers, with attentive waitresses on each table to carve it off while you enjoy this new culinary experience.

being a lovely place for a holiday, especially for those with families, but the long road or train trip is definitely a big disadvantage. However, this need no longer is a negative aspect of your trip, as the Thai Living Ferry Company will soon be offering a very fast, high speed ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin every day. The cost should be around 1,200 baht per passenger, and will only take around 3-hours, which sure beats the hell out of a boring 6-hour land trip.

Aqua Square for entertainment

Mosquitoes still a problem

Tony Smith, (second, right) representative from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) New Zealand recently made an inspection visit to Pattaya to promote the resort city as an ideal venue for upcoming golf tours and events. Photo shows Mr. Smith with journalists for NZ golf media as they are welcomed by Tanaphol Rodpinyo (center), Sales Manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya, where they stayed during the visit.

At the recent walk rally meeting at Maha-Tai, Khun Anang and some of the team from the Pattaya Department of Health were in attendance with infected water samples to demonstrate the dangers of mosquito larvae in your water supply. Check your water storages regularly for these deadly pests as they can result in serious diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. Health authorities have additives to treat your water and make it safe to use and drink, so avoid sickness now by visiting one of their offices, including City Hall or Banglamung Offices.

Situated slightly below ground level at the Beach Road entrance of the new Central Festival complex in Central Pattaya is a recently opened, and very popular Aqua-Square entertainment area. With its array of relaxing fountains and greenery, it is also a fine location for simply strolling around and relaxing, plus it’s a great place to stage shows like concerts. Pictured are this Belarus couple, who thought that the fountains were a good picture taking opportunity.

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48 Heroes of Philanthropy

Teacher appreciation day celebrated The Fund Raising Bureau, Thai Red Cross Society led by Mrs. Janprapa Vichitcholchai, Head of Public Relations (2nd left) and Ms. Saifon Angkanawin (far left), presented a bouquet to congratulate Mrs. Kamala Sukosol, President of Siam City Hotels & Resorts (3rd left), on her recognition as one of Forbes Asia’s “48 Heroes of Philanthropy”. Having raised 2 million dollars for various charities through her annual concerts, the selection was given for the creativity in which the funds were raised. Above photo from left, Ms. Saifon, Mrs. Janprapa, Mrs. Kamala and Mrs. Kulrisa Suriyamongkol, Director of Sales, Siam City Hotel. Most Government schools in the greater Pattaya area recently held a teacher appreciation day, which saw students give beautiful floral arrangement gifts to their teachers. Banglamung was a typical example, with students gathering on the big sports ground, before marching into the assembly hall, where they provided music, singing and even made some major speeches. This emphasized the importance of the diligent and dedicated work that our teachers perform in training our younger generation.

Successful property seminar

Fire Knowledge & Evacuation Training Program at Amari

Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, in cooperation with Pattaya Fire Brigade Team, recently organised ‘Annual Fire Knowledge & Evacuation Training Program’ for hotel operational staff, at the Free-standing Aranda Ballroom, at Amari Orchid Resort & Tower. Pictured above with the Amari Orchid Resort & Tower team: Khun Surapol Sawasvichien, Chief of Pattaya Fire Brigade and his training team.

A successful seminar was held at Horseshoe Point by the Agency For Real Estate Affairs (AREA), with over two hundred real estate professionals from Bangkok down to Rayong in attendance. AREA is a private company specialising in statistical information on all types of properties, from business and residential through to shipping facilities and even airports. They have a large real estate school in Bangkok plus a very extensive list of book publications.

Kids in Shopping Season opening

Brancaia Tuscan Wine Dinner at Mantra Restaurant & Bar

Mantra Restaurant & Bar, in collaboration with Casa Pagoda Ltd, recently celebrated a fantastic ‘Brancaia Tuscan Wine Dinner’. Mantra guests were invited to experience Italy in a glass and reveled in a refined evening of gastronomic proportions.

The recent mid-afternoon celebration staged by the new Central Festival complex on Central Pattaya’s Beach Road, was to declare that their new ‘Shopping Season’ was now ready to roll, at a time when a few wet days are the ideal time for some indoor shopping excursions. Leading the show were not only City Hall Officials, but some of Pattaya’s children, in what was a mini talent quest, and a young Bangkok child film star put on a spirited stage show, that really wowed the crowd of onlookers.

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by Peter Lloyd I have been an avid reader of global real estate articles this trip, because I have to sell some of my own in London. There was one article about British buyers of overseas property running into ‘significant difficulty’, with the usual shocking examples of fraud, naivety, risky investments and greed from emerging markets around the world (none from Thailand however), with grim photos of newly-poor investors lamenting huge losses. Then there was a very interesting article in a UK Sunday newspaper which listed Thailand as having the world’s third highest price

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Real Estate recovery?

rises in the first 3 months of this year recording a 2.7% increase (Jersey and Finland with 5.6% and 4% increases were above Thailand). I don’t know how they got their statistics, but let’s assume there is some proof to justify them, however they were collated. Worst performer was Dubai, with a 40% drop in prices, followed by Singapore with 16%, although Ireland didn’t feature in this article, and I know for a fact that the Irish real estate market has been hit very badly, with prices collapsing dramatically. Another survey I read reported US real estate

prices down nearly 20% over the year. To give you an idea of the wild fluctuations in real

I think this one’s on the market

estate agents moods, valuations and outlook in London, I was quoted two different “firm estimates” by the same

Do you really want to hurt me

I was with a mate having my traditional pre-boozing meal of a McDonalds, in Hampstead, London, when two greasy, dodgy-looking blokes started taking photos through the window with long lenses. Vain as I am, I realised they couldn’t be trying to get shots of me in an unguarded moment, so I turned round to see who they were photographing. It was Boy George, the ex Culture Club singer, who had recently been released from prison for the distinctly Pattayaesque crime of having handcuffed and falsely imprisoned a rent boy. I hadn’t recognised him when he came in and walked past me, as he has become

Who Ate All the McDonalds?

supersized on his prison diet, but as he left, he was pursued down the road by these two photographers, who were stalking their prey like hyenas. There was some thing threatening, seedy, and unsavoury about them, but Boy George didn’t seem to mind as I suppose it’s all good publicity for him.

Thailand News

By far the biggest Thailand news covered by foreign media recently was the tragic death in a Bangkok hotel of American actor David Carradine, in what looks like an auto-erotic accident but which his family thought might have been murder. Living in Pattaya we are used to reading about auto-erotic incidents going wrong. Even when there are circumstances surrounding the death which make suicide look unlikely, many people

feel the police will generally call it suicide to close an awkward case, and there isn’t much families can do, because the crime scene has been totally compromised and probably not investigated thoroughly in the first place, as the rapid conclusion of suicide had been reached. But in Carradine’s case, if there are some circumstances suggesting murder, I am sure his family, already asking for FBI help, will not be so

real estate company for the same apartment I wished to sell, over a space of 3 weeks. Incredibly, the second quote

easily shaken off. However, incomprehension and grief can mean families are unwilling to accept the evidence in such high profile, lurid cases. The publication of a death scene photo of the dead man, still bound, in a Thai paper has also been greeted by a storm of revulsion and anger in the US. But again, sadly, living here, we are used to such horrors. Contact me at

was $40,000 higher than the first one, only because people seem to be cheering up about the economy and real estate

prices, and there had been a number of very positive reports on demand, prices and mortgage applications in the UK during the time between quotes, so suddenly everyone was becoming less negative. Similarly, I think it has recently become fashionable (and sensible) to talk down Thailand and its real estate markets, both at home and abroad, especially following the country’s self-inflicted wounds. But with no more bad news being beamed around the world, if it stays like this until high season, we may see an upturn in Pattaya’s real estate fortunes. One factor delaying a

recovery in Pattaya is the big and growing inventory of unsold property here, with a glut of unsold units in many completed developments and in many other developments which are due to complete shortly. However the availability of these units and the willingness of sensible developers to do deals to get rid of them may make Pattaya attractive to buyers again. If the Thai Baht dramatically weakens against the world’s major currencies it may encourage more overseas buyers to invest in Pattaya’s real estate, although I think prices have to fall further, in order to make it more attractive to foreign buyers.

tions, probably because he hadn’t paid for anything himself. If the Tourism Authority of Thailand really wanted to help tourism in the region it could start by campaigning to ban the double tiered pricing system operated shamelessly by many attractions in the region.

I decided a couple of years ago that I would never go to an attraction which charges foreigners more than Thais, nor recommend my friends to visit them. It is an unacceptable practice and it is very bad for business, especially in these straightened times. It should be stopped.

The “Crystal Triangle”

You’ve got to hand it to the boys and girls at The Tourism Authority of Thailand. They have a mountain to climb to attract more tourists, to explain why Thailand is still safe and still offers good value, and they stick at their task well, garnering considerable international publicity by coming up with imaginative phrases, cocktails and other good and bad PR stunts. The latest one to get international press attention was their imaginative rebranding of the area from Bangkok to Koh Samet and down to Kop Chang (including Pattaya of course) as an emerging tourist region called the “Crystal Triangle”, describing it as a “multifaceted region still relatively free of mass tourism”. They then paid (well, he was their guest) some bloke from an Aussie newspaper to come and visit it, and he wrote an interesting, upbeat article about his experience. What I liked most in his article were his comments on Pattaya. When he visited, the beach was spotless, and he obviously hadn’t noticed the double pricing at many of Pattaya’s attrac-

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The Challenges Facing Abhisit Dear Editor, I noticed in your last issue’s ‘News in brief from around Thailand’ that the US National Institutes of Health is going to study Thai prostitutes to find out why so many are contracting AIDS. Why does the US need to come to Thailand to find out such things? Douglas Florence, Jomtien Dear Douglas, If you look again at the item in NI FAT, you’ll notice that the Thai rate of HIV/AIDS in Thailand is proportionately three times that of the U.S. It’s also related to drug-taking, so I would think the U.S. evidently wants to find out exactly why this should beand to put into effect counter-measures in their own country to prevent a similarly high rate. The US is also apparently undertaking a similar study in Venezuela to ascertain why gays there are also so prone to contracting HIV/AIDS. Dear Editor: While in a recent newspaper letter I attacked KFC for animal abuse, I also praised McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC in Canada for improving the conditions of the animals they use for food. But I’m afraid I must retract the praise I gave to McDonald’s. (The other restaurants remain on the “Honor List”) Here’s the story: to its cre it McDonald’s did implement some animal welfare reform. For that reason PETA had stopped attacking them for eight years. But during that time there have been no further improvements and McDonald’s chickens continue to die in the most horrible manner imaginable. In America both KFC and McDonald’s chickens have their legs thrust into metal shackles where they dangle upside-down, are moved by an overhead conveyor and go past a revolving blade which is suppose to cut their throats. Sometimes the blade misses its target and the fully conscious chicken is then dipped into a tank of scalding water to be defeathered. This is why millions of chickens in America each year are boiled alive. McDonald’s own investigation concluded that “controlled atmosphere killing” is the most humane method for killing chickens. Yet McDonald’s refuses to adopt that method which would prevent all this suffering. What’s terribly depressing is that if McDonald’s continues to allow chickens to be killed in such a horrible way, other restaurants will argue if McDonald’s doesn’t have to change why should we? That attitude could reverse most of the progress that has been made in farm animal reform over the years. As for readers who eat at KFC and/or McDonald’s (Don’t feel bad. Until recently I drank co fee at McDonald’s.) please have the human decency not to tell me I’m imposing myself on you by asking you to now take your business elsewhere. After all we’re not the ones who are being boiled alive in scalding water. Agreed? Eric Bahrt, Twin Palms Resort, Beach Road, Central Pattaya Dear Eric, It’s pleasing to have someone write in with a social conscience. I’m sure there are many who would agree totally with your appraisal. Unless the public complains, mega-agricultural concerns and their pu lic consumeroriented portals, worldwide, will no doubt continue their inhumane practices of factory farming and industrialized killing, not to mention contributing to obesity, alleged abuse of the rain forests and paying lower than minimum wages, so as to maximise profits. However, I fear your complaints will fall on deaf ears. Why not batch email all the corporate US HQs of the fast-food conglomerates with your concerns and get your friends to do likewise? Who knows? It might actually have some impact.

Dear Editor, I was fortunate enough to win the Food Lovers Competition a couple of weeks ago. I would like to thank Mick and Di for a great evening at the Balcony Restaurant, North Pattaya, the food was superb and the company of Mick and Di really made the evening , their knowledge of food and wine really is fantastic, it’s no wonder they are great food columnists for the Pattaya Today Newspaper. Once again, thanks Mick and Di and the Pattaya Today Newspaper. P.S.The Norwegian salmon poached in white wine is a must if you visit the Balcony Restaurant. Regards, Colin Wells Jomtien Plaza Jomtien Dear Colin, Congratulations on winning the Food Lover’s Competition and we’re pleased to see you thoroughly enjoyed your prize meal and evening out at the Balcony Restaurant in the congenial company of our renowned gourmets, Mick and Di. I’m sure they enjoyed entertaining you likewise. We’ve passed on your thanks to them, accordingly. Dear Editor, In your last issue there was an article about female and katoey prostitute drug takers and the US National Institutes of Health undertaking a US$178,000 study to find the relationship between drug-taking and HIV/AIDS. I would have thought the relationship was obvious and doesn’t need a massively expensive study to find this out. Drug takers are less willing to use a condom, that’s why they contract AIDS. What’s your opinion? Sincerely, Steve Leamington, Dear Steve, I’m afraid your analysis of the relationship between drugtaking and HIV/AIDS, while maybe right in part is somewhat simplistic, if I may be so bold to categorise it so. Yes, sex-workers, from various interviews over the years, have admitted they need the ‘Dutch courage’ that Yah Bah (amphetamines), for example, gives them, especially to work in Go-Go bars, displaying their wares, or even to go “off” with strangers. There is apparently also considerable reluctance among men, both Thai and farang, to use condoms and in this low season, clients being in such short supply, the sex-workers may well be persuaded to have unprotected sex and thus put themselves at risk HIV/AIDS-wise. The other problem is there are apparently a variety of drugs being used by sex-workers, such as amphetamines, Ice, opium, heroin, cocaine, Ecstasy and ketamin. The effects of these is likely to be very different and therefore to influence behaviour in a variety of ways. The taking of these drugs may also lower the efficacy of the immune system and thus increase the likelihood of contracting HIV/AIDS, which in itself is most infectious in the first few months of contraction, meaning not everyone who has sex with a HIV/AIDS carrier is guaranteed to contract it t hemselves. It is presumably because of these complexities, plus socio-economic factors, that is inducing the U.S. National Institute of Health to undertake such an expensive study. Dear Editor, The whole world seems to be running scared about the Swine flu, which is understandable, but I understand there have only been 4 cases so far in Thailand. What about this chikungunya virus that seems to be spreading like wildfire in the south? I heard over 22,000 people have been infected? Can you tell us more about it? Regards, Rod Yowalsky, Naklua Dear Rod, Yes, the epidemic of Chikungunya Virus that’s afflicting the South does seem to be disturbing. Apparently, the Public Health Ministry is concerned at its rate of spread. However, although there have been 22,276 or more infections to date, the disease doesn’t seem to be life-threatening. Its symptoms are similar to normal flu, with pains in the joints and a high fever. If you’re worried, however, take precautions like wearing a face mask and not travelling by public transport, especially in the confined spaces of long distance buses, or trains.

Although in the recent Assumption University poll Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, earned 70% support from the populace, such high regard is not necessarily shared by all the members of his coalition. His coalition of seven political parties, comprising his own Democratic Party, the Thai Nation Development Party (previously called the CTP), the Bhumjaithai (Thai Pride) Party, the For the Motherland Party, the Thai United Development Party, x and the Friends of Nevin Group, is extremely fragile, with members constantly threatening to renege to join other alliances. Four potential projects look set to either consolidate or fragment this precarious coalition: the rice subsidy programme, 3G telecom, airport transit and now the controversial bus leasing project, not to mention the extremely high loan the premier wants to raise to stimulate the economy. Firstly, as regards the rice subsidy programme, over 200 rice farmers in Chaing Rai Province have already blocked roads there in protest, demanding the government continue the subsidy programme rather than switch to price guarantees instead. This protest, according to Wichian Puanglamchiak, Vice President of the Thai Farmers Association, will spread to the capital, with association representatives from 40 provinces besieging Bangkok in their farm trucks. The premier, however, said the quota of the rice subsidy programme is already full, despite rice in some provinces only just having been harvested. The Rice Policy Committee has been assigned to consider raising the quota and they are hoping to find a solution soon. The scheme to lease 4000 NGV buses at a cost of Bt67 billion, however, has the potential to be far more damaging, with its supporters threatening to quit the coalition unless the PM agrees to it. The legacy of the Samak Sundaravej government, the bus project is commonly regarded as being economically unviable and having great potential for graft and rake-off, particularly in its hyper-expensive daily maintenance costs of over Bt1000 per bus per day. It really puts Abhisit in a Catch 22 predicament, as his coalition partners are determined to see the project succeed, threatening to vote against any future legislation, while almost a quarter of the Senate are threatening to petition for the cabinet’s removal if the project goes forward. If the project does go ahead, it will damage PM Abhisit’s reputation, in addition to estranging several dozen Democratic MPs who might well join Sondhi Limthongkul’s New Politics Party in the approach to the next election, which the PM has said could even be as early as later this year, once the support measures for the economy are substantiated. The old PAD have changed not only their title to the New Politics Party in their bid to become a bona fide political party, but also their shirt colour from yellow to yellow and green; yellow to indicate support for the king and green to represent “clean politics”. Their expressed ambition is to create a new political culture, one which abhors corruption. As such the new party has the potential to leach away members of Abhisit’s coalition and despite their mutual opposition towards Thaksin, the New Politics Party won’t support the Abhisit coalition because they apparently wish to distance themselves from the current Thai political culture. As regards rail services, the Cabinet has just approved the business plan for these, including the December 5 start up of the airport link between Suvarnabhumi Airport and the inner city areas at Makkasan and Phyathai. The initial trial will be for three months and the full service is slated for March. Finally, although there has been dissention in the ranks, PM Abhisit maintains his coalition has sufficient cohesion to pass a borrowing plan and next year’s Bt1.7 trillion budget. That’s in addition to a Bt1.43 trillion budget just approved by Cabinet for a four-year investment plan in infrastructure projects to help bolster the domestic economy and create over two million jobs, as well as a Bt116.7 billion stimulus package intended to arrest this year’s economic decline. We shall see!

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by Bee McConville Now I’m guessing that if you are a female over twenty years of age you will have been on a diet at least once in your life (although what I can’t guess is how successful you were at losing weight!)


Bet You I Can!

point where most normal people will give up, dump the calorie counting cards, hide the scales at the back of the wardrobe and slowly start slipping the chips next to the salad and the mini Mars Bars next to the apple slices. Success in dieting generally works only if it goes with a complete change of life style and a total commitment to developing healthier dietary and

At some time in our lives most of us femme fatales will have joined the ranks of calorie counters, chip ‘n chocolate avoiders, sweet ‘n sticky food rejecters, and naughty but nice renouncers. Some of us will have had the results we worked hard to get and truly deserved, even if just for a few weeks, but some of us will have found ourselves very quickly sliding down the slippery slope of temptation. If we are honest, we have to admit that diets tend to be very easy

exercise habits. However, a new craze seems to be catching on at the moment which makes dieting a little more serious and offers a real incentive to staying on track until the love handles and wobbly tummy have been reduced to nothing more than a memory and a funny photo in the back of the album. This new dietary aid offers more incentive than just getting into that little tight black number that we want to wear to the works do so we can show off in front of all those petite

for the first week or two, particularly if the diet is successful and we can see the pounds dropping off. But as the diet continues over the weeks and the weight loss starts to slow down as you reach the ‘plateau of despond,’ will-power gets weak and restraint becomes almost impossible. This is the

local fillies that half the office men will have hanging off their arms at the buffet table. This clever incentive not so much rewards success as punishes failure, and I mean really punishes, as this inducement actually attacks your bank balance – the more you add to your hips, the more you

lose from your pocket, and who in their right mind wants to risk losing their shopping vouchers? The basic principle of the idea is that you will bet a significant sum of money on the amount of weight you will lose. Not many people mind losing a few pounds (sterling!), baht or dollars, so an amount is set that you really would object to forfeiting. Whilst this arrangement can remain informal, and be organised through friendship groups and work or gym colleagues, two major websites have been set up to take your bets and keep everything official and, thus, more effective. You can make excuses to a friend as to why you didn’t lose any weight this week, but you can’t really coerce a computer screen, can you? The websites, StickK. com and, take your credit card details when you sign up and you state the wait loss you are aiming for. Both sites insist that the weight

loss should be no more than two pounds a week so that irresponsible dieting is discouraged. You negotiate a fixed fee that will be debited from your account if you fail to meet your targets and then you nominate a friend or colleague who will act as a referee (aka snitch) who will be contacted so that your weight loss can be confirmed or denied. You can also allow the website to contact a list of friends informing them that you have failed to lose your weight target for that week. So you are not only punished financially but you are also shamed amongst your peers. And if that is not enough, you can even nominate a charity which supports a cause that you disagree with, and if you fail to meet your weight loss target, the company will send them a donation, at your expense and in your name … aaaahhhhh! With this many incentives, it is easy to see why

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the ‘bet your ass’ approach works, but it has also been studied by researchers at Yale University. In fact, the StickK website was actually launched by two Yale economics professors when it was discovered that people who risked losing money if they failed in their weight loss programmes were more successful in meeting their targets than those who had nothing to lose. What is perhaps surprising, though, is that it took professors to tell us that if we are at risk of losing a stack of money then we will try harder to win a bet – it’s not exactly rocket science is it? Nevertheless, it seems to be working for a considerable number of peo-

ple, and if it translates into healthier life-styles and fewer fatties threatening the health system then it has got to be good news. And for those of you who are not yet prepared to support your desperately weak willpower by using an internet site, you could always

come to some arrangement with your friends. If you can organise a small group of likeminded people who all want to shed a few unwanted lumps and bumps, then bet with each other, and whoever loses the least can pay for Singha Lites all round at the end of the week.

Buy One Get One ……. What?

There is a bit of a promotion going on at my local supermarket but I don’t quite understand it. There are signs all over the place saying ‘buy one get one!’ with lots of exclamation marks and signs written in large, black felt pen. Now call me Little Miss Blonde Bimbo if you like because the promotion is obviously a bit too subtle for me as when I tried it only last week and took two of the items that were clearly in the promotion to the checkout I was charged for each item, at the normal price, with no visible signs of any offer, and we’re not talking Big C here, so I know that the checkout girls are not stupid. I can’t be that dim as I don’t have any trouble when it comes to the offers at Boots. When they say ‘two for the price of one’ then that is exactly what happens – you pick two items off the shelf, take them to the till, and they charge you for only one

but let you take both items out of the store – magic, works like a dream! So what’s with the ‘buy one

of these items, just for a change, and then pay for each of them as usual?’ So where’s the promotion in

get one?’ Does it just mean ‘why don’t you buy two

that and why are there all these exclamation marks

all over the place? Why should I get so excited about buying two packets of biscuits instead of one packet? Where is the promotion in buying two bottles of wine at Baht 396 each under a sign that says ‘buy one get one?’ Is it just a con to get you to buy two things at a time, at no saving whatsoever, rather than just one? Or is it just that there is a word missing in all this? The word ‘free’ never actually appears at the end of the ‘buy one get one’ so are the signs just designed to liven up a boring shelf, and are all the exclamation marks just regarded as decoration to those Thais who don’t understand the English language? Or am I missing the point completely? If you understand this promotion can you please enlighten me by writing answers on a postcard, or two, if you shop at the same supermarket as me……! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

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Fool in Paradise

When I was 11-years-old I won an award at the annual school fete (fair) for my copybook writing. I submitted a one-page immaculately presented essay in the best handwriting I could muster and won the gold ribbon along with a massive 50-cent prize. That represented the pinnacle of my written English expression and it has never been the same since. Years later at university, my lecture notes comprised a series of squiggly black lines incorporating a shorth hand code which only I understood. Later, when transcribing my notes into a more legible format, sometimes even I could not work out what I had written. Finally, the introduction of computers and word processors extinguished my need for a pen and paper altogether and my handwriting declined further to being nothing short of useless. Even though the electronic age may have relegated penmanship to an ancient art form, I never lost my desire to at least be grammatically correct. My handwriting may be illegible but at least I attempt to get the grammar and punctuation more or less

English has surely been dealt by the Internet. I have received full-page e-mails which contained not one capital letter, full stop, comma or apostrophe. The spelling was so appalling I felt like correcting the letter in red and returning it. Instead I simply replied, pointing out where the ‘shift’ keys are on a computer keyboard. Of other e-mails from native English speaking people, few were grammatically correct or contained appropriate punctuation. This is sad because it represents either ignorance or laziness on the part of the writer. The electronic age has contributed significantly to the demise of written English with the main culprits being e-mails and text messaging. Writers seem to be conveying the message they are very busy people and spelling out entire words takes up too much of their valuable time: “c u soon.” “meet u 4 t.” I once received an e-mail saying simply, “u seem to be having a good time – LOL.” For a long time I thought the writer made a typographical error and meant to write ‘LOS’, the acronym for ‘Land of Smiles’. Eventually someone

told me ‘LOL’ was cyberspeak for ‘Lots of Laughs’. I sent another friend a joke and got the reply “5555.” I assumed his cat had accidentally walked across his keyboard. He finally explained it was a code only people familiar with Thailand would understand: the number 5 in Thai is ‘hah’, so ‘5555’ means ‘hah hah hah hah’. Can you believe that? We live in an age when ‘time is money’ and few people appear inclined to spend their precious time constructing legible letters. This is insulting to the recipient because it shows the author felt him or her to be too inconsequential to bother making the letter readable. “They’ll know what I mean.” One of my previous jobs in Australia was to sift through job and promotion applications for government positions. In spite of the skills required for the job or the suitability or qualifications of the applicant, any letter written using poor English went no further than from my desk to the rubbish bin. I would not waste my

“A very I’ve got an idea” brief history of Rotary International

by Chris Gibbins PR Director, Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya “I’ve got an idea” a young lonely lawyer in Chicago, Paul Harris, thought one day 104 years ago. He had decided to invite three people he knew to join him for a meal one evening, in an effort to forge fellowship and make friends. That evening was so successful they agreed to meet regularly and after a while thought they would form a club, so others could join them. As they were rotating their meetings between each others homes and offices they decided to call it a Rotary Club. The Club quickly expanded and this popular idea was copied in other American cities, all called Rotary Clubs and working closely together. Several years later a member in Chicago said, “I’ve got an idea”, why don’t we raise funds to help those less fortunate than ourselves? And so, the Rotary humani-

time reading more than a few lines. Eventually I was recruited to teach people how to prepare a CV and write an eloquent job application. I am thinking of writing a letter to Mr. Bill Gates suggesting he add a hidden program to future versions of his Internet software. Once a user hits the ‘Send’ button for any e-mail, the program performs a spelling and grammar check. If the e-mail is not say 95% correct, a message appears: “Microsoft refuses to send this badly-written e-mail. Please revise and resubmit.” In that one move Mr. Gates could significantly reduce Internet traffic and do more for education than corporal punishment. But English is a fluid language and new words are continually being invented. (I remind Americans that in spite of their best efforts there is still no such word as ‘ain’t’.) Other words fall into disuse. In the 21st Century we would sound pretty silly saying ‘thee’, ‘thou’ and ‘thy’ wouldn’t we? Some words have taken on new meaning. In the 1940’s if you said a man was ‘gay’, you meant he was a happy,

jovial fellow. If you spoke about going ‘surfing’ there had better be an ocean nearby and if you mentioned the ‘web’ your mother would reach for a broom. Nowadays we often imply somthing entirely different. Slang and jargon are more prevalent in everyday speech but not everyone understands the meaning. Here in Pattaya we speak a version of bamboo English. Gone are the conjunctions, prepositions, participles and articles to the extent that what was once a properly formulated sentence is reduced to three words. The overall meaning may still be there but the beauty of the language is missing. It seems English speakers have no compunction in bastardizing their own language for the sake of expedience. I am reminded of something my English teacher once told me. He said that every communication, whether written or verbal, is making a sale. When someone tells you a joke they are trying to ‘sell’ you the humour in that joke. How often do we hear a funny joke messed up by the delivery? The joke-teller failed in his communication and therefore did not make the ‘sale’. By writing this article I am attempting to ‘sell’ my point of view and you may accept all or some of my thoughts depending on how well I do it. That may be something to think about before writing your next e-mail. By the way, this article contains nine deliberate grammatical errors. See if you can spot them.

Secretary of the English speaking Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya, said, “Since I joined Rotary I have made many friends and with my family very much enjoyed the times we’ve spent with people similar to ourselves. The fellowship is great, and I get a fantastic amount of satisfaction in helping those less fortunate than myself. The Club currently has 30 members from ten different countries,

many of the men with Thai or Asian wives and ladies. Please call me on 087 804 3943 or use my e mail address if you want any further information. I shall be pleased to hear from you. Well established, but forever moving forward with the times, modern Rotary welcomes new members, especially those who can say, “I’ve got an idea.”

English R.I.P.

right. I believed Winston Churchill when he said: “Bad grammar is something up with which I will not put.” There is no doubt the demise of spoken English began shortly after the American War of Independence. Without British guidance, post-colonial Americans invented their own words and speech based upon English but with a hint of rebellion. Since then, correct English usage has taken a nosedive through music and the downward spiral accelerated disastrously with popular or ‘pop’ songs. Who can forget one famous Pink Floyd song which began, “We don’t need no education”? Although the song appeared to be nothing more than a protest about the building industry, specifically brick makers, I wrote to Mr. Floyd explaining that if the lyrics were an example of his usual speech pattern, he certainly does. No reply to date. Years later, meaningful spoken English finally reached for the cyanide pill with the advent of ‘rap’ and ‘hip hop’. Enter the Internet. Although modern education must take some of the responsibility, the deathblow to written

tarian efforts were started, also emulated by the other Clubs springing up around the U.S.A. This was when another proud tradition began, and still closely followed today - Rotarians give their time and work freely so any charity project benefits fully from funds raised. There are no huge salaries or lavish expenses being scooped at the expense of the poor and needy. A Club was then formed in Canada, and in 1911 the first European Club opened in Dublin. From here on Clubs were started in many different countries and Rotary slowly became the international organisation it is today. Rotarian Arch C. Klumph said in 1917, “I’ve got an idea”, why don’t we start a fund to address the wants of the disadvantaged around the world? Contributed to by the many Clubs worldwide the Rotary Foundation fund was established, grow-

ing into a multi million dollar entity. In 1985, in conjunction with the World Health Organisation and others the Rotary Foundation set out to completely eradicate polio from all countries, and except

for very small pockets in extremely remote places has now almost achieved that tremendous and ambitious aim, saving countless lives. Although non-sectarian, not in anyway a secret organisation and absolutely non-political, over the years Rotary Clubs have been banned in

various places, for example in Russia and other communist countries, Franco’s Spain and Hitler’s Germany. Happily there are few countries now which will not allow Rotary to function. Today Rotary International is the largest service organisation of its kind in the world, with over 1.2 million members in 32,000 Clubs spread throughout 200 countries. A Rotarian is sure of a warm welcome virtually anywhere in the world. Paul Harris died in 1947, but his original ideals and aspirations are still there, with fellowship being the lynchpin bringing together managerial and professional men and women of all colours and creeds, who practice sound personal and business ethics. Throughout its history Rotary has been molded and honed by such people who have said, “I’ve got an idea.” Lloyd Jones, Membership

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By: Mr. Ponthep Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Mrs.Darunee Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Accountant of WERACHON LAW OFFICE, 315/304, Moo 12 Theppasit Road (Soi 12) Nongprue,Banglamung,Pattaya City, Chonburi 20260, Kingdom of Thailand Tel:(038)304 084,(038) 251 533Fax: (038) 304 027 Mobile: 081 423 4255,089 889 6483, Website:, e-mail:

Nobody can deny that most expats in Pattaya are serious persons who decide to settle down in this city. They have liquidated all properties in their countries to buy a new property in Pattaya. Many people compare Pattaya to a limbo between the devil and deep blue sea. They never care about the “Gross Domestic Product” (GDP) but “Gross Domestic Happiness” (GDH). However, they still have a suspicious mind because of the experience in their countries. As Shakespeare said “Hell hath no fury more than a woman scorn”, these expats become more prudent for their new conjugal life in Pattaya. The expat having a Thai couple either spouse or common law wife or civil union partner is not advised to set up a Thai company to buy a real property. These expats expect for the love and happiness. The reason of investment in a real property is to live with their beloveds. Not many expats care about the uncertainty of Thai laws neither a foreign business law nor constitution. “Love is blind and nobody can negotiate”. However, buying a property from your hard earned money should be the separate issue that you may negotiate. You should not be Romeo who died for his love at

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Love is not negotiable, but property is

the age of seventeenth. All men should be created equal to their conjugal partners. We use a term “partner” which is inclusive for all genders. As it is enshrined in the American Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal, these expats should be also equal to their Thai partners for the property matter. The most popular way to protect these expats is to register a 30-year lease agreement for the land and house they bought for their Thai partners. The leasehold right is different from the ownership or freehold right. However, if you register the 30-year lease with the Land Office, your right to stay in that land and house will not be disturbed by your partner or any third party. Nobody can kick you out of your land and house. How about the option to renew the lease for another 30-year period? This option cannot be used against a third party. You will have to calculate if the 30-year period is enough for you. The disadvantage of using the 30-year lease is that your partner becomes the owner of the land and you are only the lessee. If your partner dies before you, the ownership of the land and house will be conveyed or transferred to his/her heirs. Even you can still live in that land and house but you will not be happy with the new owner. In the worst case scenario, your partner may sell the land and house to a third party. You can solve this problem by asking your partner to have a last will and testament (Pinaikam) to appoint you as a legatee to bequeath or transfer the land and house to you after the death of your partner. There are many controversial

issues that the real heirs can come to challenge once you probate the will in court. The Land Code of Thailand imposes restriction on a foreigner to the ownership of land. The land literally means only a geographical part not a house or building structure. However, the foreigner can inherit the land from his spouse. But spouse under the Land Code means only the marriage between male and female not the same sex marriage or civil union in other countries because Thai laws have not yet recognized the same sex marriage. This is the gender injustice that should be abolished from Thailand which means the land of freedom. If you can negotiate with your partner for the above protection, you will find the real happiness which is free from any dilemma. Everything is impermanent including love. This advice is appropriate only for expats dealing with conjugal partner not business partner or friend. For the different scenario, there are other alternatives to protect your right by either registering a mortgage or setting up a company. You may discuss with your lawyer to find out the most appropriate way to make you happy. In Pattaya, you have to maintain the equilibrium between “Love” and “Property” by just saying “as good as it gets” The Convenient Truth about Property Buyers in Pattaya The property market in Pattaya increasingly becomes a bread and butter not only for many expatriates in Pattaya but also Thais in other parts of the country. People are more interrelated. You may have the best

Thai food and football team in Manchester city. Most expatriate property buyers in Pattaya have a nightmare that Thai laws can be changed overnight and they may lose everything they own. Nobody can comprehensively explain the plethora of laws and regulations besetting all property buyers. However, the enforcement of laws is always tolerant. If the government blindly enforces the laws without studying of the impact, it will definitely create a snow ball effect which is beyond our expectation. The expression “The exception proves the rule” makes us to understand that we will have to see the exception of the law in order to make a judgment if that law is good. There is the good news that the interim government has already withdrawn the controversial draft amendment of the foreign business act. How about the expatriate property buyers in Pattaya? If they set up a company to buy a piece land with the area not more than one rai for the residential purpose, they can still enjoy the tolerance of the laws. No law can be retroactive and detrimental to their rights. Low Profile but High Profit To set up a simple company to own a piece of land with the area not more than one rai is still a preferable solution for many low profile expatriates coming to Pattaya for retirement. These expatriates will not be involved in any conspiracy theory like expatriates in other expensive resorts in the south. In Koh Samui, some expatriates set up 300 companies to buy property. What lies beneath? If you are not involved in

any illegal business, e.g., money laundering, you should set up only a simple company with a clear shareholding structure not involved with other offshore jurisdictions, e.g., British Virgin Islands or BVI. The business activity of this company should not be involved with real estate business in order that the company will not be liable for real estate taxes. The financial statements or balance sheet must be prepared at the end of the year with the English translation in order that you can understand all tax implications. The most important issue is about the Thai shareholders who will hold 51% of shares. You should know all of them quite well in order that you will not be implicated with any conspiracy they may commit. For expatriate property buyers who have a reliable Thai partner or spouse not based on the casual relationship, the ownership structure of land can be alternatively by a 30-year lease agreement with a Thai partner. They can also arrange for a partnership agreement to share 50% with the Thai partner in case of separation. The other tough measure is to arrange for a loan that the Thai partner borrows money from you to buy land. The Thai partner will register a mortgage of

that land to you with the land office. The disadvantage of this measure is that your Thai partner will not be happy because you will have the absolute power on that land. Your Thai partner will not be able to do anything with the land without your consent. No transaction should be dealt through your Thai partner. Whatever ownership structure you will use, you should deal with a developer or owner of the land by yourself by signing a contract and make direct payment to the owner. You may have your own lawyer or Tanai Kwam to assist you without any conflicts of interest. In Pattaya, there are many unlicensed persons professing themselves to be a lawyer or Tanai Kwam. They always call themselves “Legal Advisor”. You just ask a person dealing with you to confirm if he or she is a “Tanai Kwam” and show you a lawyer license issued by the Lawyers Council of Thailand. It is advisable to weight between the pros and cons of the above measures in order that your aim of being happy in Pattaya will not be disturbed by your suspicious mind. For more knowledge about Thai property laws, you may visit our reading room “Just keep yourself low profile with the high profit of happiness”

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Summer Madness at Amor Great savings at Amor this summer! From May 1 to September 30. Early Bird Discount! Enjoy a 20% discount from 5pm. to 8pm. Also, enjoy their Financial Crunch Busters 3 Course Menu for Only Baht 280+(Early Bird discount does not apply). See the menu details at http://www.amorrestaurant. com/crunchbust.html. It’s Mango Season and as in the past they have prepared a delightful selection of Mango Drinks, Main Course Dishes and Desserts. Call 038.710.680 or 081.945.5396 for more info. Benihana calls for Early Birds The Early Bird catches the best deals at Benihana. From now until June 30th 2009, diners who arrive between 17.00-19.00 hrs will benefit from a fantastic Early Bird offer. The package includes a mouth watering Teppanyaki main course, a Benihana salad, Japanese onion soup, steamed rice and green tea! The Early Bird deal is available every day except Fridays and costs just Bath 500++ per person. For more information and reservations please contact 038.412.120. Decorum 10th Anniversary Decorum Furniture & Decoration celebrates their 10th year anniversary by offering their customers, free design on house and condos. For more information, visit their shop at South Pattaya Road next to Friendship Supermarket or call 038.410.763, 038.420.203 Live Jazz at Manhattans Manhattans Restaurant & Bar is the hottest new venue in Pattaya for lovers of great live jazz. Saturday nights in the cocktail bar, customers can enjoy the spontaneous fusion of a jam session featuring a variety of talented local musicians. The entertainment starts at 7.30pm until 11pm. If you are interested to join in call Dave on 087. 137.6 138 or visit Toddler Playgroup Meets every Tuesday and Friday 10am at Wiggle Town on Sukhumvit Rd. For information, call Amber 0850841626 or Kim 087.600.5306 or see Babies Playgroup Meets every Monday and Wednesday at 10am at Wiggle Town on Sukhumvit Rd. For information, call Amber 085.084. 1626 or Kim 087.600.5306 or see Absolut Vodka at Sheraton Latitude Lounge, the contemporary-chic beachside chill-out bar at Sheraton Pattaya Resort, is playing host to a special season of martinis and cocktails made with different varieties of pure and flavoured Absolut vodka, one of the world’s most sophisticated drinks, throughout June 2009. The price is at only THB 300/glass. Come and taste it only at Latitude Lounge – Sheraton Pattaya Resort! For more information or reservation please call 03825 9888 or Email: Jazz Pit Pub Live entertainment every day, except Tuesday, at Jazz Pit Pub featuring Jazz Pit duo Rein on Vocals and Thomas on Guitar. All musicians and jazz singers are welcome every Monday with the

weekly Jam session from 8pm to 12mn. Located on soi 5, beach road Pattaya. Greg’s Kitchen With over 30 years experience, chef Greg Sulis has the very best of British and international cuisine at Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road (just before Bangkok Bank, opposite Soi 6 or Yodsak). Generous portions and top quality menu. Said to be a favourite stopping place for British embassy staff! Try Greg’s Kitchen Light Set Menus (served all day). Great value only 299 B. Located at 2nd Road Opposite Soi 6. Call 081.254.3624 www. The Pattaya Expats Club The original foreigner’s advice forum, with members e-newsletters continuously since 2001. Our motto is: Expats helping Expats - to live legally and safely in Thailand. Our Club, the biggest Expats club in the world, and our website is dedicated to all of us Expats enjoying the good life in Pattaya, and those of you across the world who would like to join us here. Our aim is to provide support for all Pattaya visitors, and for those Expats already lucky enough to be living here. Plus, free helpful information for those of you who are interested in spending time here. When you can, please join us for any of our regular Sunday morning meetings in Pattaya. Email: The Pattaya Information Center It is located at the entrance to ‘The Avenue Pattaya’ shopping complex on Second Road opposite Soi Yamato is open 7 days a week. The Center provides FREE information service to anyone in Pattaya. Visitors to the Center will be able to obtain information about all the tourist attractions, important sights, tours in and around Pattaya, shopping opportunities, entertainment, cinemas and shows, restaurants, hotels and accommodation, sport opportunities, clubs and associations, hospitals and clinics, events and various services on offer with brochures from various businesses and services available in Pattaya. In fact everything you would like to know about Pattaya at a truly one-stop-service Center. Professional people are at hand to provide advice and connect to the 24 hours helpline of the ‘Pattaya Expats Club’ (the biggest foreigner forum in Thailand , meeting every Sunday at 11.30 am). Foreign Police Volunteers (FPV) are also present to assist in any matters that require their help. The Center has the longest Notice Board in Pattaya - 12 meters long! There is a big LED screen showing the latest local TV news and information. Tel.: 081177-5333, Website: Eat To the Beat Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is offering you the best International Buffet Dinner and BBQ on Pattaya Beach. Eat To The Beat - a variety of famous dishes from all over the world. Our

Chef’s special recipe of BBQ sauce Hard Rock Style to rock your world. A whole spit-roasted pig on every Saturdays following with a free-flow of whisky, wines and soft drinks. The only place where you can find a perfect dining experience that have a unique combination of Thai Hospitality and American Party. From 6.30 – 9.30 pm. Sunday to Friday @THB 700++, Saturdays @THB 850++ . Visit www.hardrockhotels. net or call 038.428.755-9 for more information and reservations. Onward with Optimists The Optimist International Club of Thailand is now meeting at Shenanigans, 2nd Road, at The Avenue lifestyle mall. Meeting times noon on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Further information from Drew Noyes on 084 .111.7999 or drewnoyes@ Cafe New Orleans All You Can Eat for 299 baht plus. Sabado night, an evening for Pinoy and friends of Pinoy, at Cafe New Orleans, Pattayaland soi 2, every Saturday night. Filipino food and unlimited soft drinks. Salamat Po!! ‘Hot Rock’ at Hard Rock Hotel The best rate offer from Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. From as low as THB 2294++ per room/ night. Get your gear ready to go and avail of this limited, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya only offer. Enjoy a Rockin’ stay at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya in Deluxe room (Breakfast Excluded). You can rest assured with our best rates guarantee… Just book through For more information, please call reservation centre 038.428.755-9 British embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate in Pattaya. It’s located in the row of shop units immediately outside the Pattaya immigration bureau, Jomtien soi 5, next to the Yingchit money changer and a few steps from the Meesen coffee shop. Office hours 9.00 a.m.-11.30 a.m. weekdays exc. public holidays. El Duo at Cafe The sensational Filipino El Duo appear exclusively at Cafe Royale, Pattayaland three, every Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 pm till late. Regular bar prices and no admission c harges. The area’s most popular duo singers and entertainers. Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to pattaya@prolanguage. 2 days before you wish to start.

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by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: Dear Kris & Noi, Everyone knows that Pattaya is suffering with not many tourists, so airlines, hotels and other tourist businesses are offering special deals to try to get people to come back to Thailand. But the full of themselves Pattaya bar and gogo girls are still overcharging, even asking high prices from the regulars who live here. How greedy, or dumb, can they get? For years they have overcharged and got away with it as there were plenty of people coming here, spending daft money on them, but now money is tight, and people who are ripped off by them won’t return, and they will warn others. Then there will be no customers

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and they will be back in buffalo land, penniless and hungry, and it will be their own fault. Wild Willy

The tourism industry has certainly taken a large downturn, due to the world’s economical woes and Thailand’s self-inflicted damage. It may be a while before people such as young couples and families decide that it has stabilised enough to be a reliable holiday destination. Nevertheless, as long as the airports remain open, rest assured that Frustrated Fred, Horny Hans and Shy Sid will continue to come to Pattaya. They know that it remains the best destination for them to find young, friendly and pretty companions, who are willing to provide the horizontal happiness, albeit only when you have agreed to flash the cash, that they cannot find back home. Then there are the resident mongers who, for all their constant moaning and

bitching about prices, still pay up eventually rather than sit alone at home with a smutty DVD. The girls have a product that punters want and are prepared to pay for, and they will continue to come here because it isn’t expensive, despite what the cheapos claim, and the satisfaction rate is high. Dear Kris & Noi, When we returned from abroad, my wife’s three teenage nieces met us at the airport. I was wearing a sports jacket and slacks and they all remarked how handsome I looked. Then when they saw photos of the wedding we had attended, with me in morning dress, they were positively gushing. Only bar girls have ever called me handsome—it never happened in my own country— and now with ageing fleshy body and fat face, “average bland” is all I can hope for. My wife insists the girls were sincere, not just pander-

Education Art and It’s Importance

by Miss Rikke Gorm Hansen, Preschool A2 Teacher Montessori Children ‘s Center International At MCCI, we have this past term, devoted at lot of our time to individual art work and group art projects. Art, like language or music, is a means of expression. Opportunities for art should always be a part of the classroom environment – not a special event. When the children are able to choose art materials freely, they feel respected and satisfied with their abilities. The teacher can help the children prepare for art – indirectly – through the varied activities of Practical Life and the exploration of the senses, and – directly – by presenting materials and techniques carefully, and by encouraging without judgment. It’s a fact that art is very important to toddlers and younger children. Among other things, art activities

offer training, skill and development in eye-hand coordination. Also, it offers opportunities for self expression and individualism. Some children who do not communicate feelings well through verbal language, music, physical activities or other areas, might be able to express themselves through art. In our school, we all

understand the importance of art work, and we value the many possibilities we have

to express ourselves, open our minds and fill our hearts with joy!

ing to their favourite uncle, so I am wondering if Thais have a different concept of “handsome” in a man? Chubby Well, as they are fond of you, they could have been saying it to make you happy, but remember that they don’t often see men dressed in very smart clothes, and morning dress makes any man look special. But we feel that Thais have a different concept of the word. When they say you look handsome, they don’t mean facially, but that you are dressed well, looking smart, distinguished, prosperous; a responsible man. Enjoy the genuine praise Chubby, it’s far nicer than a bar girl’s come-on line. Dear Kris & Noi, I can understand expats writing in to newspapers with questions about travelling, relationships, culture, double-pricing, just about anything in fact. But I cannot understand why they write in

Vol. 8 No. 19  16 - 30 June 2009 to tell Thais how to run their country. Almost every day in the national, and sometimes local, English-language newspapers there are letters, usually from the same people, criticising Thailand’s political system, government, constitution, elections, businesses, military, police, or education. And of course their comments are usually that the Thais should follow the western way, which is rather ironic, seeing as the major western industrial nations have led the world into financial calamity, and some politicians and businessmen have been exposed for rampant corruption. It’s one thing to voice an opinion, but these contributors drone on in a very condescending way, as if talking to less intelligent beings. Don’t these pompous oafs realise that hardly any Thais read English-language newspapers, so their comments will not have any bearing on how the Thais run their own country? Wendy A newspaper post bag is open for all to contribute, so they are perfectly entitled to send in their letters, however

arrogant and boring they may appear to others. Unfortunately it appears that the national English-language newspapers do not receive much mail, as the letter columns are usually dominated by the same people, Thai and expat. Sometimes the same letter is printed in both newspapers—no doubt the writer invites his friends round to celebrate a doublehit, like getting a hole in one at golf. Few Thais have the desire, or ability, to read articles in English, and those that do are unlikely to heed letter-writers who like to blather on about how things are done much better in the west. They send regular opinionated missives to newspapers, probably believing that their comments count, whereas they are more or less just writing to fellow-expats. If they wrote constantly to their own national newspapers, they would be lucky to have one letter printed, so this is good for their egos. But if they enjoy passing their days bashing away at a keyboard, good luck to them; it’s just our misfortune that newspapers print so many of their screeds.

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Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa organizes painting for Chonburi School for the Deaf

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa employees celebrate the 10th anniversary “Spirit To Serve Our Communities Day” by volunteering time to paint class room to Chonburi School to the Deaf. This effort is part of Marriott International’s worldwide initiative that enlists 146,000 employees from over 3,100 locations in 66 countries to deliver community service through volunteerism. Business leaders from all Marriott brands and businesses have pledged to dedicate a day to helping others during or close to the third week of May. General Manager Somsak Tanruengsri said, “By giving associates the opportunity to give back to their local areas, we carry on our company’s eighty one year history and deep commitment to community involvement. We want to help make Pattaya,

Some time ago, doctors performed the first human face transplant. When I heard about it, I was thrilled. What a wonderful thing it must be to donate one of your organs to a fellow human in need! Of course, they’ve been doing heart, kidney, and liver transplants for years. But the face transplant was a real breakthrough. It was a type of organ transplant hardly dreamed of before.

Chonburi, and every community where Marriott operates, a better place to live and work.” Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Spirit To Serve Our Communities Day has been a key component of Marriott’s company-wide commitment to helping others, called “Spirit To Serve Our Communities.” Marriott aligns community engagement activities under the SERVE platform to focus on five key areas:

Donating the Ultimate Organ

Surveying my pathetic life, I felt a pang of remorse. I’ve never done anything noble, heroic, or self-sacrificing. But perhaps I could redeem myself by donating one of my organs to science. Then they could write on my tombstone, “He may have been a creep, but he left a good organ.” So I did an organ check to select a desirable candidate. My face, of course, was out. Nobody would want it. Even I don’t want it. Nobody ever accuses me of being two-faced, because they know that if I had another face I wouldn’t be wearing the one I’m wearing now. But I soon realized that my other organs have the same problem. They’re all as old as I am, and they’re all ugly. Nobody wants an ugly old organ. Everybody wants bright young pretty ones. How could any organ of mine qualify for a transplant? Suddenly the light dawned. I possess one organ that is unique in majesty, size, and grandeur—an organ any sane person would fight and kill for. (No, it’s not what you’re thinking. That’s very naughty.)

Sacrificing it would not only guarantee my personal redemption; it would also make medical history. So far as I know, this particular type of organ has never been transplanted before. I have an enormous bottom. Nearsighted observers, squin ting as I lumber down the street, often inquire, “Is that an elephant or a humanoid?” Sometimes they exclaim, “Oh! I thought elephants had been banned from the streets of Thailand. There goes a big one.” Yes, it is truly an ample arse, a Brobdingnagian backside, a daunting derriere, a prodigious patootie, a tremendous tush. It earns me much flattery. People assure me that it is my most outstanding feature. It is so voluptuously configured as to inflame the lust of the most frigid of women. But its size, its weight, its sheer colossal breathtaking magnificence cause problems. Trousers made by ordinary tailors are inadequate to encompass its lordly girth; I have to seek out tentmakers. Sidewalks crack, floors cave in, chairs collapse, toilets crumble, and bathroom scales implode when

assaulted by the massive majesty of my pachydermous posterior. Paparazzi swarm to photograph me, strong men gasp, little children cry out in wonder, and women swoon away in erotic convulsions whenever I waddle by. Nevertheless, in a supreme act of selfless renunciation and Christ-like sacrifice, I decided to make medical history. I would volunteer to be the donor in the world’s first butt transplant. I wouldn’t donate the whole thing, of course. I’d need to retain a minimal percentage as ballast in order to walk straight. There is also the question of how much bum you need to take a decent poo. Donating one entire buttock would be unthinkable, for it would throw me off balance and make the pooing process awkward. I mean, how can you take a poo with only one buttock? So I’d have to donate equal portions of each buttock. This would satisfy the demands of equal-rights activists as well as the esthetic need for a pleasing symmetry. It goes without saying that I would require the doctors to sculpt

the remnants into elegant contours that would be irresistibly seductive to women. Who would be the lucky recipient of my sacrifice? Surely there must be lots of skinny people out there who could benefit from butt augmentation surgery. I figured that doctors could liposuck out at least 50% of the fatty tissue and pump it into some scrawny shanked stripling who had spent his entire life yearning for a bigger bum. I did anticipate some problems from the moral guardians of our world; for such an operation would raise moral and ethical issues which would become the subject of fierce theological debate. The Reverend Jerry Falwell would surely disapprove, even though he’s dead. “Another sinful example of human interference in the Divine Order!” he would thunder. “If God wanted Tsow to have a smaller butt and his butt recipient a bigger one, he would’ve made ‘em that way.” Pope Benedict would issue a papal encyclical, De Transplantibus Assorum (“On Tush Transplants”) defining the Catholic Church’s

sulfurous position on this emotionally charged topic. The Chief Rabbi and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem might disagree on many questions, but on this one their thinking would converge. Their only point of contention would be which hell I would be sent to—a Jewish hell (no hotdogs) or a Muslim one (no hotdogs, and no beer, either). Only the Dalai Lama would keep an open mind. “It sounds like fun,” His Holiness would chuckle in his deep voice. “Can I watch?” What was my dismay to discover that there is no demand for this particular organ. “We don’t do butt transplants, sir,” the doctor at one clinic told me crisply. “People don’t want bigger bums. They all want smaller ones.” I was crushed. But the dream lives on. If anybody out there needs butt augmentation surgery, give me a call. Medical glory awaits you. You can contact S. Tsow to arrange for butt augmentation surgery at Be sure to have the donated material checked for harmful viruses beforehand.

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Thankful Knowledge Learning Center “Students Prosperity is our Priority”

True to its vision, the ‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’ offers courses in Thai, foreign languages and Thai culture in a fun, easy and effective way. Learn with their native qualified teachers at reasonable rates and in a friendly environment. Established in 2008, the ‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’ initially began with courses in the Thai, English and Dutch languages. The centre is ideal for tourists and business people who want to study the Thai language and

tutorials in elementary and intermediate Math, Science and Music. With air-conditioned lecture rooms, the centre is the perfect place for learning; the centre’s location is easily accessible on 3rd Road, South Pattaya. It conducts one-onone, private and group sessions at times suitable to your schedule. They have a group of professional Thai and foreign tutors who are experienced and dedicated to giving the best education for local and foreign learners.

languages easier and in a fun and effective way. More than just a learning centre, the ‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’ has also been involved with various activities within the community. In November 2008, the centre participated in the celebration of ‘Loy Krathong Festival’ here in Pattaya, where one of their students, Narin Caroline Noyes, joined the annual Nu Noi Nophamas Contest and was chosen as the ambassador to English and Thai visitors, to

Standing is Glenda Stewart, owner and manager of the ‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’, in one of the centre’s lecture rooms

culture. Also courses for local residents, especially for students who want to learn a foreign language, with Pattaya City being one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, said Glenda Stewart, owner and manager of the ‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’. Aside from their language courses, the centre also teaches

The centre’s language courses include reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as grammar and conversation. At the ‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’, they emphasise student interaction as their approach to teaching languages, they have a wide range of activities which help their students learn

highlight the attractions of the eastern seaboard. Aside from that, the centre also sponsored Pattaya’s High School Musical Extravaganza 2008, held at the Royal Garden Shopping Centre, last December giving 100 hours of free English language lesson as prizes. Having only established last year, the

‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’ has come a long way. The centre is licensed by the Ministry of Education of Thailand and now offers French language lesson as an addition to their other language courses. Also, they offer an ongoing free trial of Thai, English and Dutch lessons held from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For those interested in the free lessons, reservation can be made by calling the learning centre. As a promotion, discounted rates for their language courses are as follows, 100 Baht per hour for group session with minimum of 10 students, 300 Baht per hour for private session comprising of 3 to 4 students, and 500 Baht per hour for one-on-one session. Glenda Stewart, owner and manager of the ‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’, also mentioned that they are currently working on, and will soon launch, the centre’s new website. The website will be designed in such a way that it is accessible to both visitors and students of the learning centre. One of the features of the new website will be the ability for students’ to log in, review their lessons and take online examination to keep track of their progress, even after finishing their language course. The website will also feature information about

Shown are the eager students of the ‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’ after a day’s Thai language lesson

the centre, testimonials, promotional discount and helpful links. Nowadays, many books and CD-ROMs for learning foreign language are readily available in the shops and online; however, this is no substitute for a qualified learning centre. So if you want to begin or improve your language skills, in a fun, easy and effective way, at an afforable price, come

to the ‘Thankful Knowledge Learning Center’ where student’s prosperity is their priority. Check out their website at Thankful Knowledge Learning Center is located at T.K. Apartment, Soi LK Pavilion in South Pattaya. For inquiries, please call 038-724239 or 038-723324 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or email at thankful.

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Thai Business Lady leads the way forward One of the best known and most influential lady business women in Pattaya is Kanlaya Samotong, who is involved in a number of business enterprises including:Pattaya Education and Computer School This was the first school of its kind in Pattaya, founded back in the dark ages in 1992, and legally registered with the ‘Thailand Ministry of Education’ to teach languages and computer skills. The school is supervised by the ‘Ministry’ thus, the premises and operations of the school are monitored on a regular basis, along with inspections ensuring staff are fully qualified and registered. The student certificates issued by the school, on behalf of the

‘Ministry’, are in accordance with tight guidelines, and are recognised as such throughout the whole of Thailand. The school is located on the Jomtien Beach Road, at the Soi Sirita Spa Hotel. Tel 038 – 236 187 email: or Pattaya Cookery School This well known cooking school, situated on the North Pattaya Road was established in 2004, and since then the school has been training and sending out its students to spread the world about the sensational flavours of Thai cuisine. The school, is recognised by The Ministry of Education, and offers cooking courses

9.00am to 20.00pm Tel. 038 371 197-8 Email: admin@pattayacookingschool. com or visit www.pattayacookingschool. com

to all levels in Thai, English and German. With courses to suit every requirement, the small, intimate classes, maximum ten students, ensure a positive and enjoyable learning experience. The courses are mostly conducted in fluent English and recipes have been chosen for their adaptability to the Western kitchen. With the emphasis on teacher demonstrations, followed by hands-on participation by the students, they will have you knocking up a delicious prawn soup, red and green curries, savoury pork salad, steamed fish, fried chicken and stir fried pork in no time at all. I am sure you will agree, these are more than enough dishes to impress

your friends and family at your next dinner. The Professional Thai Cooking Course, is of course, much more rigorous and time consuming, with a full 240 hours of first class instruction to esure a solid grounding for the more dedicated student, in the fabulous flavours available in Thai cuisine. A course for Thai chef’s looking to cook European food is available over 30 hours and foreign students, taking the 20 hour class will receive a diploma of achievement presented by the school. The Pattaya Cooking School is located on North Pattaya Road (just before Tesco/Lotus), and is open from

This enterprising lady is also involved in the Nan Valley Resort, only 16Km from Nan Airport, where you will find 48 rooms which include air conditioning, refrigerators, hot shower, bath and TV with English and Chinese channels. For the more adventurous, tents are available for individuals or groups. The Resort’s restaurant serves a good selection of delicious Thai, Chinese and European food with the emphasis on organic vegetables. There is also a modern meeting hall with facilities for seminars for companies and organisations. This is the ideal venue for holidays, business conventions, honeymoons, sightseeing expeditions and cultural trips. It is conveniently located for the airport at Nan and the whole of the province, as well as a stepping stone to further destinations including Laos,

China and Vietnam. For further information please check out the website at or send your email to nanvalley Tel. 054 682 251-2. Khun Kanlaya is also a

Director of the Best View Housing Development in Pattaya. Located only 600m from the Sukhumvit Road on Soi Chaiyapornwithi 1/1. For further information please call 089 244 2080 (Thai) or 081 576 5383 (English)

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Is buying a home in Pattaya right for you? Count on it

by Khun Dee

If you’re questioning whether or not to buy a home in Pattaya, the answer may seem as easy as neung, sawng, sam (one, two, three). But before doing anything rash, count to sip (ten). We’ll count along with you, in English and Thai, as you ponder the following ten questions: 1-(Neung) Are you sure home ownership is right for you at this point? Many farang visit Pattaya for the first time and decide to remain here, convinced they have stumbled into paradise. Relocating here may be a wise move, but pouring hard-earned funds into a house or condo—and getting locked in—may be premature. If you change your mind six months to a year down the road, it may be difficult to recoup your investment. TIP: Rent a home or apartment until you are absolutely certain you want to stay here for a few years or forever— whichever comes first. 2-(Sawng) Is the purchase of a home the best use of your funds? Many expats find they can live less expensively renting an apartment, a condo or even a house. Beyond which, because it is difficult, at best, for a foreigner to get a home loan, you likely will access personal funds from savings or investments. So consider: Do you have a few million baht in cash you can put into a home? How many rental payments is that? How much of your current investment income will you forfeit if you reallocate those funds to property? TIP: First do the maths. 3-(Sam) How much can you afford? If you’re swimming in nguhn (money) and also want to swim in your own pool, by all means buy that mansion. But if savings and income are limited, think twice before jumping in. Besides the purchase price and reduced investment income, you’ll be facing new monthly obligations (power, water, insurance,

etc.), repair bills, furnishings, decorating costs, and a realm of unforeseen expenses. Also factor in any ongoing and/or existing expenditures: credit cards, health insurance, travel, child support, etc. TIP: Do the maths again. 4-(See) What do you want? Now that you have an idea how much you can spend, it’s time to determine what you want. A house or a condo? Why? What size? How many bedrooms? How many baths? One story or two? Do want a yard? A view? A balcony? A western-style kitchen and bath? TIP: Outline all features of your ideal abode, then determine which particulars are absolute necessities and what you are willing to settle for. 5-(Ha) Where do you want to live? Location, location, location. Those three most important dictates in real estate should be the major consideration when buying any home. Not only for reasons of convenience and lifestyle, but also because it directly influences the future value of your purchase. Think about which part of Pattaya—or Jomtien, or anywhere else--you find most desirable (keeping your price range in mind). Do you want to be near the action? Near the beach? Close to shopping? Near work or school? TIP: Look at your prospective home as an investment. At some future date when you are ready to sell, how attractive will that neighborhood be to prospective buyers? 6-(Hok) Why do you want to purchase a home? Keep in mind that foreigners may not legally purchase property in Thailand. Yes, you may employ legal machinations to circumvent existing constraints, or you may record the sale of the dwelling in the name of your Thai mate. If certain you will be happier, more comfortable or more secure in a place of your own, fine. But if you’re motivated by your significant other pressuring you to do

something you otherwise would not do, maybe you should not do it. Is this an act to prove your love? To provide her with security? Are you buying a house because she wants to move in her mother/kids/cousins? TIP: In the unlikely event that you can get a loan, you will need a co-signer who will guarantee repayment. Have your thee rak cosign on that loan. Then, if she decides to dump you, you can walk away, leaving her to make the balance of payments. (It might be easier just to hand her two million baht and say “Sawadee krup”, thus avoiding the hassles of a home purchase.) 7-(Jet) Do you know the local real estate market well enough to purchase a dwelling on your own? Even if you’ve been here a while, you may not be aware of problems endemic to certain neighborhoods (gangs, traffic, noisy neighbors, poor sewage). You may not know of future projects planned for an area and their impact on property values. Problems with water, power or telephone access. And you may need input on fair market value versus the asking price of your intended purchase. TIP: Find a knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent to help with your search. Get referrals from friends and associates. Interview several agents to find one you are comfortable working with, someone who will answer your questions honestly, identify homes that meet your specifications, and handle all negotiations and paperwork. 8-(Paet) Must you buy a home immediately? It’s not a good idea to rush into such a major purchase. It may preclude due diligence; you may be too influenced by your emotions; your relationship might end next week. TIP: Allow time (up to several months) to see a number of houses or condos so you have a good basis for making a final decision. When you find a home you like, inspect it carefully. Tour the neighborhood and see the house at different times and days to check

traffic patterns, noise levels, and other factors that might affect your decision. 9-(Gow) Can you read and understand the Thai language? Even if you can, odds are you are not an expert in Thai law. Consequently, you cannot be certain what is contained in those myriad documents you will be asked to sign upon committing to your purchase. The seller, agent and your Thai mate can provide rough interpretations, but consider their ulterior motives. TIP: Engage a trusted,

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outside attorney to review all documents before you sign anything. Get referrals from friends, associates or your embassy (not from your agent or soul mate). 10-(Sip) Is your new home everything you thought it was? You’ve made a nominal deposit on your intended purchase, but before you sign a purchase contract and part with the bulk of your hard-earned cash, revisit the premises one last time in the company of a contractor or someone who knows everything about

houses or condos. Check for quality of construction, existing or potential electrical and plumbing problems, roof leaks, infestation, etc. TIP: If the inspection uncovers major defects, now would be a good time to renegotiate with the seller; have him make the repairs or reduce the purchase price to cover your expected costs. BONUS TIPS: On your final walk-through, ask the seller to show you how to operate major systems and appliances, and don’t forget to get the keys. When you move in, change the locks.

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Katoeys Yearn For Gender Recognition Most Thai katoeys apparently are seeking better integration into society. “I wish we would be more accepted in society nowadays. The reason I joined this contest is to tell society that we are human and we think just like normal, real men and real women,” said Miss Tiffany Universe 2009 contender, Kotchakorn Surajan. But what they most want is the right to legally change their gender on ID cards to female in accordance with their appearance. COERR Takes Over Hmong Refugee Camp Following the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) pull out from the Hmong refugee camp in Phetchabun’s Khao Kho district, due to alleged military restrictions, the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees (COERR) will take over their humanitarian ministrations. MSF and the Asian Human Rights Commission are pleading that Thailand and Laos stop returning the Hmong to Laos. Thailand is adamant, however, the repatriation programme will continue and Laos demands the Hmong not be treated as refugees. HIV+ Kids Banned From Schools in Esarn Following the disclosure that some of its charges are HIV+, four children from the Yasothon-based child welfare organisation, Baan Home Hug, have been banned from schools in an unnamed Esarn province. “The ministry’s campaign to educate people on the (HIV/AIDS) issue has failed. Many people, even knowledgeable people like teachers, still lack understanding of this disease,” said Suthasinee Noi-In, Baan Home Hug’s founder, while others said all children, including the HIV-infected, had the right to an education. Booze Ad Restrictions Stringent new alcohol advertising restrictions may soon come into force, following cabinet recommendations. Radio and television commercials for alcoholic drinks will be limited to the late night hours and a ban placed on any display of the products or their packaging, and no encouragements to drink will be allowed. The Public Health Ministry is to demand that alcohol advertisements must contain messages, promoting social values, sound knowledge or cultural enhancement. Over 14% Of Thailand’s Elderly Suffering from Alzheimer’s Currently, an officially estimated 1,000,000 plus of Thailand’s over 7,000,000 elderly citizens are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Consequently, 68 health stations in Bangkok between June 1-5 ran voluntary memory tests for the over 60s. “If we detect any risk from the very beginning, we can work towards the prevention,” said Khunying Uraiwan Sirinupong, Deputy Chairperson of the Thailand Alzheimer’s Foundation. Some attribute the high numbers to previous bad karma!

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Swine Flu Hits Tourism The fear of being infected by influenza A (H1N1) will cause at least 15% of potential future tourists to avoid Thailand (despite there only currently being 10 confirmed cases in the country – at the time of going to press), according to The Thai Travel Agents Association (TTTAA). To date, the drop off totals include 95% of Chinese and Japanese, 50% from Hong Kong, and 30% from Scandinavia; all of whom are paranoid of air travel. TTTAA advocates encouraging domestic tourism to compensate. GM Asia Pacific To Go ‘Green’ In line with the Thai government’s ‘green’ fuel drive, specifically its promotion of ethanol, GM Asia Pacific aims to launch vehicles running on biofuel later this year in Thailand. The vehicles will use the ethanol-based fuels, E85 and E20 (the numbers reflecting the percentage of ethanol) are 40% & 20% cheaper than normal petrol, respectively, and will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as reducing oil demand by an estimated 30%. Sukhothai Promotes Antismoking To mark ‘World No Tobacco Day’, May 31, Sukhothai has announced itself Thailand’s first historic antismoking city and 30 public and private agencies in the city declared their offices smoke-free zones. A prominent health official, Dr Boonterm Tansurat, said the campaign was essentially an attempt to save the lives of 33,110 out of a total of 93,709 of Sukhothai smokers, who run the risk of dying from lung cancer. Panda Cub Born In Chiang Mai A cub was born to panda, Lin Hui, at Chiang Mai Zoo, recently, following artificial insemination; a method only followed in China, Thailand, the US and Japan. The zoo’s director, Thananpat Pongamorn, said “She did not want to get close to caretakers or any other people, but we didn’t know what the problem was”. He said they had no indication that the panda was pregnant. Mother and baby are both healthy. Tattooed Western Body Discovered On Beach A distinctively tattooed Westerner‘s corpse was discovered washed up on Phuket’s Nai Harn Beach, recently. The male body, thought to have been dead for about 7 days, had the tattoo of dragon on his left shoulder, a dolphin on the right and a tiger on the back of his left hand. The body was uninjured, but no causes of death have been ruled out, including murder. Judgement will be made following an autopsy. Sex-Workers Encouraged To Sell Sex To Attend Aids Seminar A sex-workers advocacy group, the Empower Foundation, intends to sell its members’ sexual services to raise money so more can attend the 12th National Seminar on Aids. Chiang Mai sex-workers, for instance, were offering Bt1,000 for short-time and Bt2,000 for long-time, to some 135 customers in the 11 days before the seminar opened. Normally, the Public Health Ministry sponsors 45 spokespersons from each of the 18 networks nationwide, but it’s only prepared to fund 10 this year. Court Bans 72 Games Websites After Pre-Teen Suicide Following the suicide of a 12-year-old Bangkok online gamer whose father forbade him to play Internet games, the Criminal Court has demanded 72 games websites be shut down. Mental health expert, Bundit Sornpaisarn, asserted games addicts aged 12-13, with aggressive mentalities, were more prone to commit suicide than others. Some of the websites to be banned also encourage online-gambling, raking in an estimated Bt100 million plus from online betting per night. Hordes of Chinese Come to Teach the Thais The Thai Ministry of Education welcomed the first of 1,028 Chinese Mandarin-teaching volunteers to Bangkok recently, the largest batch ever. The volunteer teachers will teach at the 1,105 schools and colleges nationwide now running Mandarin courses. Mandarin is becoming increasingly popular in Thailand, which now boasts a total of 400,000 Thai language students learning Mandarin, who

will play a key role in fostering Sino-Thai social, economic, cultural exchanges and friendship. Q1 Unemployment Rates Encouraging The unemployment rates for Q1, 2009, measure up favourably to those in the same period last year, with only 27,717 workers laid off, compared to 55,546. Those industries hardest hit this year were manufacturers of electronics parts, textiles, cars, furniture, and tanners. Samut Prakan, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Bangkok and Chachoengsao experienced the highest layoffs, respectively, which were attributed to business losses, cash-flow problems and a reduction in purchase orders. Rift Widens Down South Once Buddhists and Muslims co-existed harmoniously in Thailand’s Deep South, but with the government’s crackdown, plus the intensifying jihad, the insurgency is now afflicting the very fabric of society, creating unprecedented tensions, suspicion and animosity between the two religious camps. The 3,400 already dead, the majority Muslims, include monks, teachers, shopkeepers and rubber tappers, officials and innocents from all walks of life. “The government fights the insurgents, politicians fight each other and the villagers suffer,” said one villager. Tot Boss Goes All Out for Phuket Phuket’s Regional Tourism of Thailand Director, Sethapan Buddhani, intent on making the island a maritime-sports destination, whilst making valiant efforts to regenerating tourism, is ebullient in his innovative schemes, which include hosting individual Chinese clan reunions; sinking a train offshore, embossed with celebrity handprints in concrete, to complement the existent artificial reef of sunken aircraft; heightened security; extra police; a 5000-capacity conference centre in Phang Nga and an offshore underwater post-box! PM Optimistic About Reducing AIDS PM Abhisit Vejjajiva, presiding over the 12th National Seminar on AIDS in Bangkok, said Thailand should strive to reduce new HIV infections by 50% by 2011. Over the past 20 years, Thailand has had one million cases, with approximately 500,000 fatalities and the same amount still living with HIV. Of new infections, 1 in 4 are male homosexuals, with housewives joining the at-risk groups, constituting 30-40% of new cases. PM Abhisit advocates fidelity to scotch the virus. CHKV Epidemic Afflicts South Chikungunya(CHKV) virus infections in 28 of the Southern provinces have now exceeded 22,276, causing considerable concern to the Ministry of Health. The disease initially causes high fever (40 degC), extreme headaches and a rash, lasting 2-5 days, followed by arthritis-like joint pain, sometimes lasting for months, especially in the elderly. Pregnant women can transmit the virus to their foetuses. The disease is spread by the bite of the striped garden mosquito, active in the day. First Domestic Case of Human-To-Human Swine Flu The first case of domestic human-to-human transmission of the A (H1N1) influenza was recorded recently in Northern Thailand, when a son contracted it from his mother, returning from the USA. Both his parents were infected, but all three have now recovered. The Minister of Health, Witthaya Kaewparadai, is concerned that airport scanning is ineffective, as cases in Thailand have now reached 10, all but one having returned home to Thailand by plane. Kung Fu Icon David Carradine Dies Mysteriously In Bangkok David Carradine, famed Kung Fu screen icon who popularised the martial arts in the West in the early 1970s and 90s as renegade Shaolin monk, nicknamed Grasshopper, was found dead in his suite at Nai Lert Park Hotel, Bangkok on June4. Mystery surrounds his bizarre death, attributed to auto-erotic asphyxiation. Family and associates want to involve the FBI, suspecting a cover up; his lawyer has even surmised the involvement of secret martial arts assassins.

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Are we heading for a second credit crunch?

by Simon Philbrook Independent corporate finance advisers Close Brothers is urging banks and investors in the UK property sector to devise alternative financing solutions in the face of a potential GDP140bn price fall and a GDP125bn debt refinancing bill over the next four years. Going into 2009, it has been calculated that banks are exposed to approximately GDP250 bn of UK commercial property debt, of which 50 per cent needs to be refinanced in the next four years. Close Brothers believes the scale of this issue has not been fully appreciated and is likely to trigger further write-downs and, combined with the impact of a worsening wider economy, a second credit crunch in due course. ‘The commercial property world has not seen a significant downturn since the early 1990s when the financing structures deployed were much simpler and less aggres-

sive,’ say Gareth Davies, a managing director in Close Brothers’ European restructuring and debt advisory group. ‘Banks adopted a strategy of selling assets into a distressed market however; this caused a death spiral with ever decreasing prices. Therefore, alternative solutions to restructure the indebted sector are required this time round, for example debt conversions, new third party investment or partial asset sales.’ Davies says there will be significant risk and difficulty of implementing a consensual funding strategy between the multiple stakeholders in these complex structures. ‘For instance, there will be many differing agendas to align,’ he adds. ‘In addition to enhancing the risk of a restructuring or refinancing failing, secondary market investors will increasingly take advantage by acquiring ransom strips with the aim of exploiting their nuisance value to be refinanced or bought out at a profit further amplifying the problem.’ Today, appetite among banks to write new loans has evaporated, with a corresponding drop in acquisition activity and price depreciation. Close Brothers predicts that by the time the market has

bottomed in late 2009 or early 2010, pricing will have fallen by 50 per cent to 60 per cent, which is more than most other commentators. Close Brothers believes the combined factors of no available debt finance and a limited number of investors with equity to fund acquisitions mean that any property which needs to be sold will only realise distressed values. Based on the assumptions of an average 70 per cent LTV, a 50 per cent price fall from peak to trough, Close Brothers anticipates there will be GDP140bn total unrealised losses on commercial property, split equally between debt and equity. With such a rapid fall off in valuations, most LTV covenants across the sector have been breached already rendering equity investments now worthless. Close Brothers believes, given the number of cases involved, the banks are unlikely to take action on an LTV breach, preferring to either waive the breach or re-set the covenant. However, in 2009 and 2010 there will be more interest and capital payment defaults across the sector as tenants seek to lower costs or go out of business. This will escalate the issue for borrowers because banks

will start to take a much more pro-active stance. Davies says: ‘Whilst in the 1990s banks took possession and sold assets when investments hit difficulties, past experience shows this is not always the optimal strategy. Selling property into a distressed market causes a death spiral of falling prices and ever widening losses on the remaining portfolio. Quite often, however, banks do not want to consolidate property on their balance sheets and therefore they are also reluctant owners.’ One miserable feature of any property downturn is negative equity. 20% of all U.S. residential properties that had a mortgage on them were underwater at the end of 2008, according to a report by First American CoreLogic. That’s more than 8.3 million mortgages compared with 7.6 million three months earlier. It’s a problem that is expected to get worse as home prices continue to fall. “The accelerating share of negative equity, combined with deteriorating economic conditions, means that mortgage risk will continue to increase until home prices and the economy begin to stabilize,” said

Mark Fleming, chief economist of First American CoreLogic, adding “The worrisome issue is not just the severity of negative equity in the ‘sand’ states, but the geographic broadening of negative equity that is expected to occur throughout the year,” he “Sand” states include California, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. More than half of all mortgage borrowers in Nevada were upside down on their loans at the end of the year, although California ranked first in the sheer number of borrowers with negative equity, with more than 1.9 million borrowers in that position. To make matters worse: An additional 2.2 million mortgaged properties throughout the country are approaching negative equity, the report found. These properties are within 5% of being underwater, with home prices still dropping in most areas. Negative equity is “the first requirement for default,” according to Sam Khater, s nior economist for First American CoreLogic, in a phone interview. When you owe more than your home is worth, you’re especially vulnerable to foreclosure.

“If you have equity in your home, you can sell it. You have that selling option. The next condition (for foreclosure) is some sort of household balance sheet problem. “The biggest shock right now is losing your job”, With American non–recourse mortgages system, negative equity owners are apt to be more inclined to just send back the keys. The US government’s much debated mortgage plan is probably little more than a sticking plaster on an amputation. Things could go from bad to much worse for US and western property markets. For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable, however, neither Hamptons International Mortgages (Thailand) Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for an errors or omissions in the above article nor bear responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article

Raimon Land acquires additional 25% stake in “The River” from Lehman Brothers Bangkok Riverside Development Pte Ltd Luxury condominium developer Raimon Land Plc has consolidated its investment in “The River” by acquiring an additional 25% stake in Taksin Hotel Holding Co., Ltd “THH” from Lehman Brothers Bangkok Riverside Development Pte Ltd, and boosts the construction program. THH is a parent company

of Taksin Properties Co., Ltd “TPC”; TPC is the owner of “The River”. The acquisition has resulted in an increase of Raimon Land’s aggregate investment in “The River” from 60% to the current 85% shareholding (74% held directly by Raimon Land and 11% held through “Contemporary Property

Co., Ltd”, a Raimon Land subsidiary). The balance of the shares is held by Raimon Land’s two major shareholders, IFA Hotels & Resorts 3 Ltd and Istithmar FZE, both headquartered in Dubai. The transaction is another step in Raimon Land’s reorganization program which has entailed the refinancing of several loans through local and international sources, the reduction of overhead expenses by 40% and the revitalized focus on existing projects currently under construction, insuring their timely completion and transfer to buyers. Raimon Land Chief Executive Officer, Hubert Viriot, said “the recent acquisition of these additional shares in “The River” is an indication of our long-term commitment to our on-going projects,

as well as our commitment to maintaining the construction schedule of this landmark development”. As a result of the acquisition of Lehman Brothers Bangkok Riverside Development’s stake in “The River”, Raimon Land’s revenue stream for the next three years is expected to increase from Baht 9.0 billion to Baht 12.75 billion. Similarly, the resulting profit sharing from proceeds on the project will increase by 25%. Raimon Land has achieved over Baht 7.7 billion in sales revenue since it launched “The River” 18 months ago, and has sold close to 55% of its overall inventory. Despite the recent economic and political turmoil, sales at the project have continued at a brisk pace. “The River” has

secured a syndicated loan of Baht 5 billion towards the development of the project; participating banks include Standard Chartered Bank, Thailand Military Bank and Siam City Bank. All piling and sub-structure works have been completed and construction on the superstructure commenced early this year. Beginning in mid-August, an aggressive construction program will be implemented with one level rising every six days. Construction progress is on

schedule for completion by quarter four 2011. Raimon Land recently won four awards at the Thailand Property Show 2008: Best Developer, Best Condo Development (Phuket) for The Heights Phuket, Best Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard) for Northpoint and Best Development Website for the second consecutive year for www. (Please visit for updated construction progress.)

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Vol. 8 No. 19  16 - 30 June 2009 suffer from bone marrow cancer, myeloma, which kills almost 2,500 a year. The drug ‘Durg Revlimid’ can boost life expectancy by at least three years, a Glasgow seminar heard, Dr, Steve Schey, of King’s College Hospital, London said. “It’s a major step forward in turning myeloma into a chronic disease rather than a death sentence.”

Is this end of the Labour Party? THOUSANDS of Labour voters will desert Gordon Brown at the next general election if he refuses to hold a referendum on the EU constitution a poll reveals. Almost a quarter of the party’s life-long supporters, 24 per cent, say they will kick the PM in the ballot box unless they get a vote. A Sun survey has revealed that four out of five voters want a say on whether Britain signs a treaty giving more power to Brussels. And half say they will switch to the Tories if Mr. Cameron pledges a referendum if he wins. Trouble at the airports NEARLY 200,000 British travellers a month lost luggage at air ports in the last two years. About 25% more bags go missing in August than in any other month, according to a survey by an insurance firm. January is the best month, with a relatively low 156,000 affected passengers. Figures are set to rise this year because of the baggage chaos at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The number of passports reported missing this year is expected to reach a new high of 268,000 up from 212,000 in 2004. ‘Panglish’, a new world language? ENGLISH as we speak it will disappear and be replacedby a global language called PANGLISH, experts predict.New words are being created as old ones die out, US linguists said. The biggest changes are driven by people learning English as a second language that will create a language ideal for global use by 2300. Save the Planet NEARLY a third of Brits are ignoring calls to save the planet, a new poll has revealed, a massive 11.5 million can’t be bothered to recycle, save energy or drive less. The Government findings came as Ministers are poised to take tougher action to make people adopt greener lifestyles. An American philanthropist Jeremy Grantham has donated a total of £24 million to two London universities to create an institute for climate change research. It is the largest private donation for such studies in the UK, he gave half to the LSE and half to Imperial College Scale of the Century THE fastest growing age group is now among people over 100 years old. There were 9,000 in England and Wales last year, seven out of eight being women. The figure is expected to reach 40,000 by 2031 official statistics show. The number of centenarians has surged rapidly since the 1950s. Survival rates are increasing thanks to better hygiene, diet, housing and living standard. Brits eating out more BRITS will spend more than £43,000 on eating in restaurants during their lifetime. We pay around £59 a month for two meals out, research Halifax bank has revealed. Spokesman Andrew Norton said.”That figure gets even worse when you include takeaways.” Education pays BRITISH education is a more lucrative export than the declining car industry, according to figures. Foreign students learning in Britain helped to boost the value of the education sector to £28 billion in 2003-04. That figure beats exports of food and drink (£9.4 billion) and the automobile industry (£20billiion). SOARING numbers of students from Eastern Europe

are coming here to go to university, as the number of UK undergraduates falls. New figures show the number of Polish students studying in British colleges rose by 56 per cent to 6,770 between 2006 and 2007. There are more Polish students in Britain than those from Spain or Italy, the Higher Education Statistics Agency said. There were also big rises in Lithuanian and Latvian students. Meanwhile a report said population changes would see 70,000 fewer full-time British students over the next decade. Mosques beat Churches MUSLIMS are becoming the UK’s biggest religious group. Figures show that Islam will have the most active followers if current trends continue. The number of Roman Catholic worshippers at Sunday Mass will fall to 679,000 by 2020 while 683,000 Muslims will be praying in mosques on Fridays. The statistics from Christian Research also suggested that over the same period the total of practising Muslims would overtake Church of England members going to Sunday services. Muslim bar a hit ALCOHOL free Islamic pubs are set to spring up across Britain after the success of the first branch. The bosses behind the Halal Inn in Oldham have received offers to open branches of their venue, which offers snooker, darts and food, in Birmingham and London. Co-owner Muzahid Khan said. “We’re shell shocked with the media attention. We’re all exhausted and have had non-stop phone calls.” Testing your eyes A MACHINE that can predict if you will go blind in your 60s by testing your eyes in your 20s is to be launched. The Macuscope screens the macular pigment, the area at the centre of the retina that lets us see fine detail and colour, to pick up early warning signs of age-related muscular degeneration (AMD). Tom Bremridge of The Macular Disease Society said.”We welcome investment by opticians in this equipment.” AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. More than 500,000 people in the UK suffer from it and numbers are expected to soar in the next 25 years. No logging off THE average Briton will spend an astonishing 24 years and eight months of their life sitting in front of a computer. A survey also reveals we spend two hours and 47 minutes on the Internet every day. A spokesman for the poll company said. “The results of this are quite incredible but will serve to demonstrate the importance of the PC in a normal person’s life.” Talking about health...test for hidden heart disease. A URINE test developed by British scientists could detect hidden heart disease. The test now undergoing trials at Glasgow University looks for a specific combination of proteins. Their presence suggests that blood vessels are already in the early stages of decay due to heart disease. Every year, around 270,000 people in Britain suffer a heart attack, and heart disease remains Britain’s biggest killer. Cholesterol and blood pressure checks can provide clues on who is at risk, but there is no simple way to highlight who already has diseased arteries. The new urine test could change that. Live long big ‘C’ pill A NEW one-a-day pill for blood cancer could help victims live longer doctors said last week. More than 20,000 Brits

Lab cells advance SCIENTISTS have created the first part-human part-animal embryos in the UK, it was revealed last month. The embryos which survived for up to three days were made by injecting DNA from human skin cells into eggs from cows. Newcastle University’s experiments were disclosed a month before MP’s debate the future of so-called “Frankenstein” research. The Catholic Church has called such lab work “monstrous” but researchers believe it could lead to cures for conditions including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Fighting prostitution PROSTITUTION could be banned under Government plans to tackle the misery of sex slavery and human trafficking. The move would end the world’s oldest profession for an estimated 80,000 hookers working in Britain. Ministers believe action is urgently needed because of the influx of foreign women who are forced into a life of suffering as sex slaves. Women’s Minister Harriet Harman said the Government is looking at laws in Sweden where paying for sex has already been made illegal. Home Office figures show the number of trafficked women has increased since Labour came to power. In 1998 around 1,420 trafficked women were working as hookers, whereas in 2003, the latest figures available, officials put the number at 4,000. Police believe the true figure could be far higher. Say “NO” to Marriage. MARRIAGE rates have fallen to their lowest level since records began in 1862. Figures show there were 236,980 marriages in 2006, a fall of 4% on the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics. The average age for a first marriage in 2006 was 31.8 for men and 29.7 for women. Since 1992 there have been more civil ceremonies in the UK than religions ones, Religions ceremonies are down 7% since 2005, while divorce rates also fell by 8% compared to 2004. And the number of children living with one parent has almost doubled in 20 years. One in four youngsters lived with a lone parent in 2006 compared with 14% in 2004. But Britain is better off than 20 years ago, despite a widening gap between rich and poor, figures released last week show. Average disposable income rose from £231 a week to £362 in real terms, while net wealth including assets such as property doubled. But the top ten per cent now get four times as much as the bottom ten per cent says a report published by the Office for National Statistics. A warning to internet addicts INTERNET addicts can become mentally ill, a psychiatrist claims. Dr. Jerald Block believes too many hours spent on line, triggers a disorder with symptoms, including anger, tension, depression and losing track of time, He warned the American Journal of Psychiatry “The Internet addiction is resistant to treatment.” British psychiatrists claim up to 10 per cent of users are addicts. The failure of the ‘Immigration Policy’ FOREIGNERS commit one in five murders in Britain. Migrants were to blame for 96 out of 461 homicides in the year ending last April. They were from 28 different countries, and critics are fuming that the Government has failed to protect Brits. Immigration will trigger an explosion of violence in UK towns in 2009, according to most Brits. Two-thirds of people quizzed for a new poll reckon tensions are likely to spark major riots before the year is out. The survey of 1,000 people, commissioned by the BBC to mark the 40th anniversary of Tory MP Enoch Power’s infamous Rivers of Blood speech, revealed that 60% said the UK had too many immigrants Half wanted foreigners to be encouraged to leave, six out of 10 said immigration had made parts of Britain feel like a foreign country. e-mail

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Father Ray Foundation receives a grant from ExxonMobil to attend the Global Women in Management Program

From left to right: Khun Suporntum Mongkolsawadi– Managing Director, Mr.Mike Langcaster –Development Director, Khun Isra Sunthornvipart-Community Relations Advisor of ExxonMobil, Khun Pathum Sukkerd and Father Lawrence Patin

From left to right: Father Lawrence Patin – President of Fr. Ray Foundation, Khun Isra SunthornvipartCommunity Relations Advisor of ExxonMobil, Pathum Sukkerd – Executive Projects Planner

Khun Pathum Sukkerd, Executive Projects Planner at the Fr. Ray Foundation has won a grant to attend the Global Women in Management Workshop in Washington, D.C. from June 8 – July 3 2009. She is being sponsored by ExxonMobil Foundation. The Workshop brings together mid-career women from charity, community and faithbased organizations who are working in development programs at community, sub-national or national levels. Khun Isra Sunthornvipart, Community Relations Advisor of ExxonMobil Limited presented the grant to Khun Pathum at the Fr. Ray Foundation Welcome Center. Father Lawrence Patin, the president of the Fr. Ray Foundation, thanked ExxonMobil for their support and Khun Pathum promised to bring back new ideas on strategy development to help strengthen the management at the Fr. Ray Foundation and to develop its work in the community in Pattaya. In Washington, D.C. Khun Pathum will be representing Thailand and will meet with 26 women leaders from other countries. The workshop will be organized by CEDPA

Left: Father Lawrence Patin – President of Fr. Ray Foundation Middle: Khun Pathum Sukkerd – Executive Projects Planner Right: Mike Lancaster- Development Director

Khun Pathum Sukkerd – Executive Projects Planner at Fr. Ray Foundation, the only woman from Thailand to be attending Global Women in Management, Washington DC

(The Center for Development and Population Activities) a Washington, D.C. -based international non-profit organization working to empower women at all levels of society. The major themes of the workshop are; Dimensions of Leadership, Strategic Communications, Project Management and Fundraising.

From left to right: Khun Isra Sunthornvipart – Community Relations Advisor of ExxonMobil presenting the grant to Khun Pathum Sukkerd of Fr. Ray Foundation

Father Ray Foundation transforming a poor family’s life

The house in North Pattaya, if it can be called a house, measures just three by three meters and is home to three young children who live with their mother. Like many homes around Pattaya where the very poor live, there is no clean running water, no electricity and no proper sanitation. When it rains the water pours into the house as there is no roof, just an old piece of plastic sheet, dirty and ripped. The nearby stream overflows and floods the area and the children are covered in mosquito bites. When they need to go to the toilet the children use the stream or find somewhere in the nearby field. The children spend Nong Yiin’s having her nutritious meal at their days running and playing and having a great Fr. Ray Day Care Center time, they are loved by their mother, but there is a risk of these children contracting a disease or being involved in a fatal accident. This family was recently discovered by the Father Ray Foundation who immediately jumped into action to try to improve the lives of these unfortunate people. Whilst the two older children, an eight year old boy and a five year old girl are attending local schools, the youngest child, a little two year old girl whose name is Yiin is now spending her days at the Fr. Ray Day Care Center, receiving a basic education, nutritious meals, regular health checks and by being in a safe environment she is away from the risks that can befall a child living in these poor conditions. Whilst the little girl is being taken care of at The shack wrapping with plastic sheets

the Fr. Ray Day Care Center, several volunteers from the Fr. Ray Foundation are transforming their little plastic shack into a bricked wall with a real roof that can protect the children from the risk of severe diseases and the toilet where the children can have their proper sanitation. A roof is being built with tiles that used to cover the old Fr. Ray Drop-In Center and which had been donated by the Pattaya International Ladies Club just three years ago. The Father Ray Foundation helps almost 850 children and disabled students who live underthe care of its various projects, and it also has a scholarship programme which assists many children who live with their families in similar poor conditions as these little children. You can get more information about the work of the Father Ray Foundation at

The roof job is done, the house is almost ready to move in.

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Farmer Joe’s Accident

Farmer Joe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company responsible for the accident to court. In court, the trucking company’s lawyer questioned Joe. “Didn’t you say, at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine,’?” asked the lawyer. Joe responded, “Well, there is more to that story. I had just loaded my favorite mule, Bessie, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge eighteen wheeler ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn’t want to move. However, I could hear ol’ Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. “Shortly after the accident, a Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie suffering, so he went over to her. After looking at the mule, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me. He said, “Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her.” “How are you feeling?”

Restricted Fishing

One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book. Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, “Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?” “Reading a book,” she replies, (thinking, “Isn’t that obvious?”) “You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her. “I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.” “Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.” “If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says the woman. “But I haven’t even touched you,” says the game warden. “That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.” “Have a nice day ma’am,” and he left. MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It’s likely she can also think.

I’m having a Bad Day

There’s this guy on a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half-an-hour. Then, this big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down.

College Finals

The poor man starts crying. The truck driver says: “Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t see a man crying.” “No, it’s not that. This day is the worst of my life. First, I fall asleep, and I go late to my office. My boss, outrageous, fires me. When I leave the building, to my car, I found out it was stolen. The police, they say they can do nothing. I get a cab to return home, and when I leave it, I remember I left my wallet and credit cards there. The cab driver just drives away. I go home, and when I get there, I find my wife in bed with the gardener. I leave home, and come to this bar. And when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison...”

At Duke University, there were four sophomores taking Organic Chemistry. They were doing so well on all the quizzes, midterms and labs, etc., that each had an “A” so far for the semester. These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to go up to the University of Virginia and party with some friends there. They had a great time, but after all the hearty partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn’t make it back to Duke until early Monday morning. Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the final and explain to him why they missed it. They explained that they had gone to UVA for the weekend with the plan to come back in time to study, but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn’t have a spare, and couldn’t get help for a long time. As a result, they missed the final. The professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet, and told them to begin. They looked at the first problem, worth five points. It was something simple about free radical formation. “Cool,” they thought at the same time, each one in his separate room, “this is going to be easy.” Each finished the problem and then turned the page. On the second page was written: (For 95 points): Which tire?

How Faithful Is She

Three men died and stood in front of God. God asked the first if he had been faithful to his wife. He admitted to two affairs during his marriage. God gave him a compact car to drive in heaven. The second man admitted to only an affair and was given a midsize car. The third man was asked the same question and said that he had been faithful to his wife until the day he died. God praised him and gave him a big luxury car. A week later the three guys met in a parking lot. The man driving the luxury car began to cry. “What’s the matter?” “I just passed my wife, and she was riding a bike!”

Drunk needs a Push

A man and his wife are awakened at 3 o’clock in the morning by a loud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push. “Not a chance,” says the husband, “it is 3 o’clock in the morning!” He slams the door and returns to bed. “Who was that?” asked his wife. “Just some drunk guy asking for a push,” he answers. “Did you help him?” she asks. “No, I did not, it is 3 o’clock in the morning and it is pouring out there!” “Well, you have a short memory,” says his wife. “Can’t you remember about three months ago when we broke down and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself !” The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pounding rain. He calls out into the dark, “Hello, are you still there?” “Yes” comes back the answer. “Do you still need a push?” calls out the husband. “Yes, please!” comes the reply from the dark. “Where are you?” asks the husband. “Over here on the swing!” replies the drunk.

Remove the Curse An old man goes to the Wizard to ask him if he can remove a “Curse” he has been living with for the last 40 years. The Wizard says “maybe, but you will have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the curse on you.” The old man says without hesitation “I now pronounce you man and wife”.

Life before the computer Memory was something you lost with age An application was for employment A program was a TV show A cursor used profanity A keyboard was a piano A web was a spider’s home A virus was the flu A CD was a bank account A hard drive was a long trip on the road A mouse pad was where a mouse lived And if you had a 3-1/2 inch floppy ..... you just hoped nobody ever found out

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Home at last

by Mr Pobaan

It’s not all chores at Khao Talo Towers. In fact, my faithful life companion Mrs Pobaan and I have just returned from a few enjoyable days in Phuket where we lounged on the beach with our in-laws and two young nephews. During the 12-hour car journey home, insufficiently stimulated mentally by the succession of tailgates that fill my field of view, I pass the time by compiling three messages for those who contributed so richly to our holiday experience. The first is to the council of Phuket town: Sirs and madams, could you please put up some road signs to let drivers know where they’re going? My plea is born of bitter experience, having driven in circles for an hour in your town searching for the road to the aquarium. I don’t know if you’ve ever caged two young boys in a hot car with four stressed adults for an hour

and got lost in a town a bit like Phuket, but if you have you’ll know their enthusiasm for spending the rest of the day pointing at fish ebbs away pretty quickly and takes a dive every time someone says, ‘haven’t we been along this road before?’ Come on, Phuket Council! Lost drivers create traffic and burn unnecessary fuel which can’t be good for our wheezing planet. Mrs Pobaan and I would be pleased to host a delegation from your council at Khao Talo Towers, our unassuming residence on the Hill. Following modest refreshments, we offer to lead a tour of Pattaya road signs to give you the general idea of what’s needed. Please let Mrs Pobaan know of any special dietary requirements. My second message is to the various highway authorities responsible for the 1,100-odd kilometres of road we used to get home from our

southern jaunt: Excellent job, chaps. Not one hold-up the whole way, and the Pobaan jalopy recorded an average of 90km an hour – without exceeding any speed limits including stops for life’s little necessities as defined by the pearl in my oyster, such as noodle soup. Our highways are a wonderful service to the nation and should be a source of great pride for all residents. And lastly, I turn to the hundreds of Vigo drivers we encountered along the way, the guys with towering loads of pineapples or coconuts, pushing down a little on the back suspension, who drive at 60kph in the right hand lane. My simple message to you is: could you please shift over to the left to let the Pobaan limo glide past? - Why would I want to do that? - Because the right-hand lane is for faster traffic. - Also for making U-turns. - Are you making a U-turn?

- Not yet, but I might want to later. - Could you move into the slower lane until you need to make a U-turn? - Mmm. That would involve pulling over into the left-hand lane and then possibly shifting all the way back into the right-hand lane to make the turn. I don’t think it’s going to be worth it. I think I’ll stay here on the right, krap. - Could you go a bit faster? - Not with all these coconuts. So there you have it. No resolution on the slowpickup-in-the-outside-lane problem, and confirmation that Mr Pobaan’s diplomatic and persuasive skills are not unlimited. Mr Pobaan may be a bit slow on the uptake when it comes to snappy dressing or digging the latest vibe, as I think the expression is, but in the use of the internet as a window on the world, he ranks numero uno, at least amongst residents of

Khao Talo Towers, to wit Mrs Pobaan and myself. Researches on the worldwide web reveal that there are more than 20 million vehicles in Thailand and that these machines run around on a total of 180,000km of tarmac. This means that if we all decide to go somewhere at the same time, we’d have about nine metres of road each in which to do it. I’m not suggesting for one moment that we should do this, especially not today as I have to go out later for a couple of items of shopping and I’d prefer not to find Pattaya in worse gridlock than normal. ‘Nine metres. That’s a lot,’ claims my teerak, the love of my life. ‘It is?’ ‘You could make a dress with nine metres. Possibly even a wedding dress. I saw a beautiful cream one in Royal Garden.’ ‘But we’re already married. Why would you want another wedding dress?’ ‘It was so beautiful, ka.’ I feel my point about roads has been submerged in tulle and lace. I’m finding it difficult to breathe. ‘Actually, compared with some countries, we’re a bit snug for road space. If drivers in Japan all took to the highways at the same time, they’d have 17 metres

for each vehicle, and in the vast outbacks of Australia they’d find themselves with a whopping 64 metres of road. ‘ ‘That’s way too much for a wedding dress. But maybe with bridesmaids...’ Losing the will to live, I muse on the smoothness of our journey home. ‘Considering how tight we are for space, it’s amazing how well the traffic flows. Perhaps the dreadful jams in Bangkok reduce the national average of metres for each car. They’re bumper to bumper in Krung Thep. That’s why it’s still OK on the open road in the country, and why we had such a good trip home.’ ‘Could be.’ My beautiful wife still has a dreamy look. I don’t think she’s listening. ‘What did I just say?’ ‘It’s good to be home, ka.’ Kuhn Pobaan’s by-theway When embarking on a 12-hour car journey, don’t put your wallet in the back pocket of your trousers. It takes a surprisingly small amount of loose change to cut off the blood circulation to the right leg, risking numbness, circulatory perambulation and, in the case of large wads of cash, amputation. Email your travel tips to kuhn.pobaan@

TAT’s brave new world of tourism

Pattaya figured prominently in the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) promotion of the attractions of Thailand at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2009, held in Bangkok, which concluded on June 8. The main target of the TAT thrust was the lucrative Indian tourist market, which has long appreciated the multitudinous attractions of Fun City. The Indians are also ready and able to travel, due to having a burgeoning middle class, which still has the necessary funds and the inclination to do so. Also of crucial significance is that the Indians don’t appear to have been put off by the recent bad publicity engendered by the Red riots, political uncertainty and airport closures, or even by the threat of Swine flu, unlike some nations. The TAT thrust was twofold: the corporate sector and the private family tourist; each of which qualified for different incentive schemes. The corporate thrust, spearheaded by

the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), highlighted the lucrative MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention, Exhibition) market, specifically located in five separate zones or “clusters”. Pattaya was paired with Greater Bangkok, and the other four zones were Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai; Nakran Ratchasima and Khiri Khan; Hau Hin and Chan Am, and south of Phuket. All these zones are ready to go in that they all have hotels with MICE facilities already in place. The 23 Perspective Company has also built a website aimed at boosting both tourism and the MICE market on the TAT’s behalf, www.WiKalenda. com ,“The Public Event Calendar”. The website’s content, apart from highlighting tourism and MICE events, will also publicize shows, concerts, sports, seminars, dining, golf, spas and massage, diving, etc; in short, everything relating to the lifestyles of businessmen and tourists. The target audience is the

estimated annual influx of 16 million tourists, plus the 700,000 MICE delegates, especially those from SE Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, North America, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. To return to the Indian private tourist market, customised incentive packages to restore confidence will be promoted at forthcom-

there will be weddings and honeymoons, especially the underwater variety offered at Trat and Phuket. For the shopaholics, special discount schemes will be available for Indian bargain hunters from between 10-80% at the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale from June to August 2009, as well as special services at spas, hotels and restaurants, as

500 boats, and a monorail system, as well as touristfriendly buses, guidebooks in Hindi and an additional 30,000 extra hotel rooms. The Chairman also had a revelation which may come as quite a surprise to our citizenry, namely that Pattaya City Council recently conducted a survey of our citizens to ascertain the attractiveness of a casino, to which

ing trade shows and TAT roadshows in India; these include special deals for medi-tourists as well as Wellness Tourism and spa aficionados. For the normal tourist, eco-tourism, sociocultural-historical tours to ancient sites, and cycling tours feature prominently and catering to newlyweds or those who shortly intend to plight their troths,

well as the eligibility to join the Amazing Video Contest 2009. The Chairman of Pattaya City Council, Tavich Chaiswangvong, revealed the contributions Pattaya is about to make to encourage Indians specifically and tourists in general. These include the proposed marina near Bali Hi Pier to accommodate

75% apparently expressed their approval. One can only assume this survey was conducted among the select few, in camera. Of considerably more significance, however, is that The Beaches will soon be finally going ahead, which Pattaya Today has on the assurance of the project’s CEO, Liakit Dhanji, albeit that the

schedule has changed to build the Water Theme Park first, which will gladden the hearts of both its investors and the avid tourists, who will then have what is reputed to be the most superior tourist attraction in SE Asia. Bangkok, according to Taya Teepsuwan, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, intends to flaunt the attractions of river sightseeing cruises along the Chao Phraya River. The capital will also be offering a discount-rich ‘Bangkok Smiles Card’, giving substantial reductions at shopping, dining, spas, golf and massage venues. Swift transportation will also be facilitated by the Suvarnabhumi Airport-Inner City Link as well as extensions to the Skytrain network. All these various improvements to the tourist facilities in Thailand look like being very positive attractants, which will undoubtedly improve confidence, just so long as there are no repetitions of the recent tourist-off-putting fiascos!

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So You Want to Build a House

Whether you are new to Pattaya or have been living here for quite some time, before you build here are some guidelines that will help assure you of a pleasant experience and a home you will be happy living in. 1. As with most things in life, it’s not a good idea to jump right in without some planning and deliberation. Therefore, if you are new to Pattaya, rent for at least six months and get familiar with your surroundings. If you have already been a renter, this still applies to you since chances are you have been enjoying the many attractions of Pattaya and haven’t given careful consideration to what is important in the building process. Location, location, location: During this six month period determine if you are happy here and want to stay long term. Pattaya is very diverse. Look around and see what location suits your lifestyle best (convenience to work, shopping, leisure activities, medical, schools, amenities

for the kids and family, etc.). Talk to co-workers, your friends, anyone you come in contact with. The house is only one part of what has to fit you (and your family if you have one). You don’t want to make a mistake and build in an area and find out it would have been better if you had built in another location. 2. Renting gives you time to check out different builders. Look at their show homes, determine their level of quality. Ask for references, but don’t just talk to the builder’s references. Go to villages, subdivisions or areas where the builder has built and ask people who are living in his houses how they like them, did they have callbacks, did the builder take care of problems? All new construction can have some problems, or call-backs. You want a builder who will take care of them. 3. Renting gives you time to check out all options on financing. Will you be required to put $XXX down as a deposit

and the builder obtains the construction loan and makes draws from his bank, then your mortgage or final payment pays the builder when the house is complete and you close on the property (same function as buying an existing home), or will you be required to purchase the lot and secure construction financing, the builder builds on your property and he gets paid either on the presentation of bills or at specific stages of construction (i.e.: foundation, basic structure erected, dried in, completion)? This second method can be on a percentage of completion basis or on a $$$ amount basis, spelled out in the contract. Either method of financing the construction has its advantages and disadvantages. Your builder may not offer both methods. Using the first method, where the builder has the financing, if you are not satisfied with the completed house you may refuse to close the

deal, however, acceptable reasons for refusing to close should be spelled out in the contract. If you fail to close because the house design wasn’t what you expected, or you changed your mind, these are not acceptable reasons and you will most likely lose your deposit, maybe even sued and forced to close. If you obtain the construction loan, treat it as YOUR money. You don’t pay interest on the construction loan total, but interest starts accruing on the amount of each draw at the time it is paid out. Using this method, the contract should require the builder to supply you with itemized bills for materials, labor and subcontractor’s invoices for work and materials used on your project. Some banks require the builder to submit the bills directly to them and they pay the builder out of your construction loan. If this is the case, ask your banker if they have som one personally go to the job and inspect the construction to

see if the bills are in fact for work and materials on your house. Even if the bank makes an inspection, it is in your best interest for them to notify you that a draw is being made, what it is paying for, and you should also inspect the house yourself. Remember: You must have sufficient money to close the contract when the house is complete, including the construction interest when you hold the construction loan. IMPORTANT: If you have the construction loan and your contract has the builder making draws which are a percentage of the contract (Example: 10% upon completion of the foundation, 20% upon completion of basic structure, 30% upon drying-in and wall texture, and 40% upon completion), structure it so the final draw upon completion is at least 30% and requires the bank or a building inspector to approve occupancy. Reason: If you are not happy with the construction or notice a major problem the builder is trying to pass on to you,

you have leverage to force corrections if the final payout is substantial. If you only have 5% or 10% to pay at completion an unscrupulous builder may stand fast until you give in because you need to move, don’t want to incur more interest, and don’t want to be out the money you have already paid. Keep the advantage on your side. Just as important, be reasonable. Don’t hold up a builder from closing over petty problems. 4. Scrutinize the banker’s estimate (not the salesperson’s estimate) of ALL closing costs (including construction interest) before signing ANYTHING. Too often buyers are short the required money to close and things get complicated. Also, know what your mortgage interest rate will be and lock it in. Be sure to pick up the July 1st issue of the Pattaya Today newspaper where “So You Want to Build a House” continues with contracts, planning, designing and allowances.

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Ask Andy

Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Quick Tip When drilling though ceramic tile or natural stone, place masking tape over the surface where you plan to drill a hole. The tape not only makes it easier to mark your target (which often is difficult on tile), it also reduces slippage— helping to keep the drill bit in one place.  Mounting Pressure Our house lacks adequate water pressure, Andy. I love a pounding shower and my wife complains there isn’t enough force to properly rinse dishes. Also, it seems to take forever to fill the cloths washer or the bathtub. Is there anything I can do to improve the water pressure? Charles The problem may be minor and easy to correct, Charles. Start by removing the faucet heads and checking the aerator screens to see if they are clogged by sediment. With faucet heads removed, check the water flow. If sufficient, clean out the silt or replace the problem parts. Those are the most common and easiest problems to deal with. The next step would be to look for broken or congested pipes, clogged water heaters, or a defective pressure tank. If those systems are in working order, you might have to install a water pressure booster. They are pricey but ensure a steady stream of water, particularly in homes with old plumbing or with more than one level. Finally, consider whether your water supply lines are too narrow and need to be changed.  Ding Dong I can’t hear my doorbell when visitors come over, Andy. It was once loud and clear but now the sound is faint. Part of the problem is age (mine, not my doorbell’s), because my hearing isn’t as good as it used to be. Is there something I can do to increase the volume of my doorbell, or must I have it replaced? Hua Hin Hal Before replacing the doorbell, Hal, clean it. When the sound of doorbells

or chimes fades, it’s usually because the mechanism is dirty. If dirt, dust, grease, or other foreign elements have coated the clappers or plungers, the ring becomes muffled or muted. So remove the cover from the box inside your home and look for dirt at the points that strike the chimes or bells. Clean it all out using a cotton swab or an old toothbrush dipped in alcohol or lighter fluid.  Slippin’ and a Slidin’ Andy, I have a nice house in Chiang Mai, all cement & tiles, the problem is the bathrooms are dangerously slippery when wet, I’m afraid someone or myself will slide arse up and brake something. I’m currently working in Australia and will be in country July, I have some heavy duty rubber matting I could take with me, but the weight, maybe 7-8 kilos lugging on a plane. Is there another solution, can I buy good quality rubber mats or a paint/sealer ? Thank you for any ideas. Bungalow Bill G’day BB. Forget bringing the heavy rubber matting. There are any number of alternative solutions to your problem. If mats are your first choice, check major retailers and home centers in Chiang Mai. A variety of colorful non-skid bath mats are available and relatively inexpensive. I would opt for non-slip slats made of a rubberlike substance that is mold resistant. Also reasonably priced. Another option is coating your tiles with HG Permanent Anti-Slip; the liquid formula, enough for two bathrooms, sells here for under 500 baht. Finally, you might consider applying non-slip tape or appliqués made specifically for wet surfaces. Tick Off Before relocating to Pattaya I used to dread the return of Spring because it meant the return of ticks as well. No such anticipation here in Pattaya because ticks seem to attack my dog year round. I mentioned it to the vet last week when I took David (my dog) in for a rabies shot and, sure enough, the doctor found three ticks.

He deftly removed them with tweezers. My question is this: is there a better way to get rid of ticks? Bruce in Banglamong There is another way to remove ticks, Bruce. You can decide for yourself if it is better (it may be less painful for your dog, cat or other pet). Apply a few drops of liquid soap to a cotton pad or cotton ball and swab the tick for about 20 seconds. The tick should come out on its own and adhere to the cotton when you lift it away.  Pot and Acid I bought 4 large unglazed terracotta pots to use as plant containers for the terrace. ‘Unglazed’ seems to have been a mistake as over the course of just one year they have become very stained and unsightly. Is there any way that I can restore them to their former glory? Reg in Najomtien The experts seem to agree with your conclusion, Reg: unglazed was a mistake. One of those specialists suggested that after exhausting all methods to get rid of the stains, you might try muriatic acid as a last resort. It’s a dangerous chemical that is used for cleaning hardened cement off of aggregate, and should have the same effect on the discoloration of

your pottery. But first try removing the stains with a concrete-and-grout cleaner containing phosphoric acid; it’s almost as effective and not as hazardous. If you are forced to resort to muriatic acid, take all necessary precautions because it is one of the most dangerous chemicals you can buy. It can damage most anything it touches, including clothing, metal, eyes, and skin, and it

emits a suffocating odor that can quickly burn the lining of the nose, throat and even the lungs. So wear gloves, goggles and respirator. Use outdoors only. Dilute and use according to label directions. Keep ample water and garden lime handy in case of contact with skin or accidental spills. In fact, learn all you can about muriatic acid before attempting to use it. If you elect to give it a try, you

can probably purchase a small quantity from suppliers of concrete or construction supplies, though I have not checked locally. Test the diluted muriatic acid in an inconspicuous area first: apply to a small part of the stain and allow it to be absorbed for a few minutes, then soak overnight with a mixture of baking soda and water. --Handy Andy

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Golf from the Travellers Rest Golf from Tropical Bert’s

by Barry Hooper

He Caught the Bouquet I made mention in my last report that “Alan Evans” was the bridesmaid never the bride after having two second places during the weeks outings. Well this week he must have caught the bride’s bouquet because he had two wins. One of these was a forty pointer at Phoenix on the 4th of June beating Steven Deakin by three. The other being earlier in the week on

Alan Evans not able to get that a first place he does just that. He came out firing on all cylinders to put in a great round of golf produce a thirty-six pointer for first place forcing Ted Senior at thirty four into second spot. Ray Trembath had the same p sition as last week at Emerald third with thirty-three taking it on count back over Eddie Townsend. Roger Wilkinson kept the two’s pot all to himself. Thursday 4th of June Yes another of our

Saturday Winners – Richard Moore, William Smith and Robert Ledlie (inset. The Bride – Alan Evans)

the first June at Bangpra with a thirty-six pointer over Ted Senior’s thirty-four. Congratulations Alan from all at the TRGG – Well Deserved. Were really looking forward to seeing you in your dress. On Monday 1st June for the first outing this month we travelled to Bangpra. A nice course this particularly if you like wildlife. Good turnout and some good golf. A number of our regulars were in the field plus a few new names. That is always nice to see. Well what can you say after commenting about

regular outings to Phoenix (Mountain and Lake The course as always was in great condition and we had an average turnout of quality players. Well blow me down if Alan Evans didn’t do it again. He took the first spot for his second of the week. This time it was with a great forty pointer twenty-one of these coming on the back nine. The nearest to him was Steven Deakin back at thirty-seven in second spot and William Smith a further three back at thirty-four in third and that after a count back over Alun Webber and to crown it Alan also picked up all of the two’s

pot as well. What a great week for him. Saturday the 6th was another trip to our regular weekend venue of Green Valley and the first visit for June. The weather behaved itself again thank goo ness. You can never be sure these days can you and the numbers attending were good including many new faces. It was some of these new names that appeared in the frame on the day. Robert Ledlie who took the top honours with a thirty-nine pointer has played with us before but I have not had opportunity to lay report to his prowess in my reports. Well done Robert. Second was visiting William Smith at thirty-six going one better than his third at Phoenix. Richard Moore a pal of Robert Ledlie’s who comes and visits with us once in a while from Bangkok was third with thirty-two. No two’s on the day so a traditional bell ring took place back at the Travellers Rest. Detailed Results for the week – Monday 1st at Bangpra Alan Evans 36 hc 26 Ted Senior 34 hc 16 Ray Trembath 33 hc 10 c/b Eddie Townsend 33 hc 14 c/b Thursday 4th at Phoenix (mountain and lake) Alan Evans 40 hc 26 Steven Deakin 37 hc 18 William Smith 34 hc 18 c/b Alun Webber 34 hc 23 c/b Saturday 6th June at Green Valley Robert Ledlie 39 hc 23 William Smith 36 hc 18 Richard Moore 32 hc 25 Ray Allison 31 hc 11 c/b Jon Lay 31 hc 12 c/b Steven Deakin 31 hc 18 c/b Rob Herald 31 hc 15 c/b

by Derek Brook

After four weeks with no Friday golf from Tropical Bert’s, two holidays, a rain out,, and the PSC Members Open, it was nice to 10 golfers show up to tackle the demanding Pleasant Valley course. The course was not busy and with the vouchers making booking in a breeze, we were off and completed the round in a little over 4 hours with no waiting time. A threatening thunder cloud loomed large for a bit, but quickly moved off to the northeast and play continued in breezy conditions but without a drop of rain. Other than some patchy grass replacement on some greens, the course was in fine condition even with all the recent rain. After a quick drive back to Bert’s due to light early Friday afternoon traffic, we

Per Olan Baarli, John Swanson, Dick Warberg, Perry McNeely sat down to refreshments Fridays through June and we with chicken wings and look forward to meeting all sandwiches and got on to those who would like to play the prize giving. with us. RESULTS With the wet and breezy conditions the scores were a 1ST Place – Perry McNeebit lower than usual for this ly (15) – 33Points, 2ND Place– Per Olan course but respectable none the less with the Chairman, Baarli (14) – 32Points, on Perry McNeely taking the count back, over, honors. 3RD Place– John Swanson Courses are booked for (20) – 32Points

The Bunker Golf Schedule

Register by 09.30am * Voucher Return scorecards by 1830pm Only* Presentation @ 1900pm. Payout Procedure: 7 golfers or less - Pay 1st and 2nd 8-14 golfers - Pay 1st, 2nd & 3rd 15-17 golfers - Pay 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th 18 golfers or more - 2 Flights - Pay 1st, 2nd & 3rd If rain temporarily stops play payout will occur if 50 pct or more finish the round Players who don’t finish will get a refund (minus transport payment!)

“JUNE” 2009 Golfing Schedule for the TRGG (Please note that this list is provisional and is always subject to alteration) Monday Thursday Monday Thursday Monday

15th 18th 22nd 25th 29th

Bangpra Phoenix Pattana Phoenix Bangpra

Tuesday 16th Laem Chabang Saturday 20th Green Valley Tuesday 23rd Khao Kheow Saturday 27th Green Valley Tuesday 30th T.B.A.

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The Bunker by Mick Ramshaw

Treasure Hill Koji had another fine day again on his last game with The Bunker Boy’s before returning home. Playing Stableford and having been cut two shots he won again, beating William on a count back, both finishing with 35 points and PJ came a close third only one point behind. Results: 1st Koji Yamada (hcp 16) 35 points 2nd William Macey (hcp 13) 35 points 3rd P.J. Redmond (hcp 16) 34 points

Near pin winners - The tough par three’s proved tobe just that today as only two greens were hit. Roger Privett and William sharing the kitty between them.

Bang Pra Japanese glfer Koji Yamada had a steady game at Bang Pra shooting a level par round to take the honours today, Peter Habgood had another good day coming a close second with a one over par score and Mashi took the third spot surprisingly with a very modest nett 77. Results: 1st Koji Yamada (hcp 18)

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nett 72 2nd Peter Habgood (hcp 18) nett 73 3rd Mashi Kaneta (hcp 12) nett 77 Near pin winners - Only two greens were hit on the par three’s, Richard Griffin getting closest on two of them and Peter Habgood claimed the other one. Phoenix Being the low season and with the number of golfer’s declining accordingly there was only one flight at Phoenix on this the first game in June. It was a close finish too with a count back separating Alan Sullivan and Eddie Martin, Alan scoring better on the back nine to just nick it. Peter Habgood was a couple of points behind in third place and Dave Dolle came in fourth with 33 points. Results: 1st Alan Sullivan (hcp 11) 37 points 2nd Eddie Martin (hcp 18) 37 points 3rd Peter Habgood (hcp 18) 35 points 4th Dave Dolle (hcp 8) 33 points Near pin winners - Dave Dolle, Dave Keats, Reg Smart and Peter Habgood.

Golf from the Caddyshack Wednesday Quiz League by Keith

R4Q7 Q: “The Year of the Cat” was a 1976 hit single for which British singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician? A: Al Stewart. For reasons unknown, Rising Sun were marked correct for Cat Stevens. Two points deducted. The Stag’s Head were unable to field a team this week to play the Boxing Roo, so the Boxing Roo win by default. I hope the Stag’s Head will be back in the swing this week! “Next week’s matches June 17th: Derbyshire vs. Bowling Green, Londoner vs. Boxing Roo, Nervous Wreck vs. Stag’s Head, OK Corral vs. Cheers, Palmers vs. Bunker, Rising Sun vs. Shagwell.”

Saturday Game: Week 6 Results: Basketball

by Erwin James Millan

Game 1 Results: Pistols repeat over the Wheelers. The Pistols dispatched the Wheelers team 66-51 at the start of the second round of

eliminations in the on-going Pattaya Commercial League at the Fairtex Basketball courts last June 6, 2009 (Saturday). The local support of Pistols team displays balance attack of scoring opportunity headed by #3

Jomar, #9 Allan, and #41 Jay. Pistols improved their team record to 3-2 while Wheelers still win-less at 0-5 card. Game 2 Results: Davao Gwapings get even with the Sriracha Tigers. The Davao Gwapings has only one thing in mind which is to get even with the Sriracha Tigers when they meet again on the second round. The Davao Gwapings won over the Tigers 62-54 in a hot contested night on the dying minutes of the 4th quarter. The Davao Gwaping improved their record to 4-1 on the top of the team standings. The Tigers drop to 2-3 win-loss card. Sunday Game: Week 6 Results: Basketball ( June 7, 2009, Sunday) Game 1 Results: The Pattaya All-star dominates the Tigers to climb on top of the team standings. The Pattaya All-star team surprised the

MONDAY 25th May Today to start the week off from The Caddyshack golfers was a trip to our closest venue of Phoenix Country Club, the course is probably in the best condition it could be, the weather was very hot with no breeze, with the format for the day to be was Stableford, the competition was a very close fought battle between more than a few of the golfers, in 4th place was Roger Ribbins with 35 points, but the real battle between 3 golfers could only be separated by countback as they all amassed 36 points each,3rd place was Arch Armstrong, 2nd was Don Wilson and the eventual winner was Juenu Gill. WEDNESDAY 27th May Today was a trip North to Crystal Bay, the conditions were hampered with bad weather yet again with heavy rain and storms, with a few of the field not finishing their rounds it left it wide open for the die hard golfers to jump in and finish the round, in 3rd place was Juenu Gill with 30 points, in 2nd place was Graham Beaumont with 32

Archie Armstrong points, the eventual winner players from Ankor House, was Roger Moore with 34 other notable wins went to Graham Beaumont and Ted points. Gardner, the eventual score FRIDAY 29th May Today was a big day for was a win for Ankor House The Caddyshack with their 5 1/2 to 4 1/2, with a few of league matchplay game the games only decided on against Ankor House, The the last. Now this puts both Caddyshack sit just above teams level at the top. In addition to the matchthem on top of the league, the course selected by the play event their was also a Caddyshack was their home Stableford event running for venue of Green Valley. Ankor the rest of the players from House announced a very The Caddyshack, in 3rd strong team of ten players place Alan Beck scored 34 including two players with a points, beating him on countsingle 1 handicap. and their back was Ian Harte also with highest handicapper was only 34 points, the winner of the 17, The Caddyshack could Stableford event was Don not match the strong team but Wilson with a very nice 37 put up a very gallant effort points. All golfers returned to with Archie Armstrong and The Caddyshack and enjoyed Jeff North beating the 2 top some complimentary food.

Tigers to an early jump on the first quarter with a mighty shooting percentage from the field to get the upperhand 32-11 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Tigers stage a comeback on the 3rd period with #6 Prapas leading the way to storm back with 15 pts. alone in the 3rd period and cut the deficit to 15 from as high as 29 points lead by Pattaya All-star in the 3rd period. The All-star team again found it’s shooting range in

the 4th period with # 14 Mojo leading the charge.The tired Tigers could not recover from the big leads of the All-star and fell to 2-4 at the team standings. The Pattaya All-star on the top of the team standings with a 4-1 card. Game 2 Results: Pistols deliver the killer blows to crushed the Gwapings in a lop-sided fashion. The Pistols team got the hot hands from their re-inforcement #1 Tom, #12 Phee, and

#10 Aem and avenged their 1st round lost to the Davao Gwapings enroute to a 120-69 victory last night at the Fairtex Basketball Court. The Davao Gwapings could not find an answer from the Pistols attacked and could not find its range on the early going. The Davao Gwapings absorbed it’s second lost and now 4-2 at the team standing. Pistols improved to 4-2 and grab the second spot on the team standing

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Golf From the Cafe Kronborg

by Derek Brook

Crystal Bay ( Stableford) Yes it is June already and we were at Crystal Bay Resort A & C Nines for a Stableford Event in Two Flights with the cut at Handicap 16. This is another Course that seems to be in financial stress at the present time. All of the pretty gardens from the gate are overgrown and the rough on the Course was quite long, maybe due to the wet conditions of late. But there are a lot of on Course flower beds not being

Mike maintained. However the Course overall is considered good value for money with one to a cart starting on June 15th at 450 Baht. Mike Gosden won the A Flight with 36 points ahead of Paul Avery in second on 32 points and Monte Sykes in third on 31 points. In the B Flight the winner was Koji Yamada with 37 points ahead of Marcel Wittwer in second with 35 points and Brian Gabe in third with 30 points. Thursday The 4th June 2009: Green Valley ( Stableford) I really thought about just changing the

Course and sending in the report for Monday. it gets like that at times as certain Golfers go through their hot patches and become untouchable for a couple of weeks. On this day we were off to Green Valley and as is usual these days with the Vouchers we had a fine turnout. So with a light heart off we went to this Course that is among the top favourite of most players. The big problem we have these days is that it seems to rain every time we play, and despite starting in nice,

that the greens were holding a lot of water and were a bit of a lottery, but we soldiered on. The weather was still a bit spitty and really not too bad. Finished it was just fine to get into a warm shower, and the showers here are just fine, then into one of the many good eating | placers. My favourite as is well known is the German Restaurant, and I usually have my fix, Currywurst, here. The winners as has been said had a familiar ring to their names. The winner of the A Flight, 0 to 17, was

if overcast weather, it was not long before the clouds rolled in and as we, the leading fourball, played the 8th, the downpour started. We managed to finish the 8th and reached cover in the rest stop, but it really howled and the rain crashed down. The green became a waterworld and branches were ripped off trees. In a short while we were joined by the other groups so it became a rather cosy?, crowd. Still the greens were soaked and could not be putted on so we had quite a long break until we proceeded. Underway we soon found

Koji Mike Gosden with 38 points. In second was Mick O’Meara with 35 points and in fourth was Marcel Wittwer with 34 points. In the B Flight the winner was Koji Yamada with 41 points ahead of Joe Vanderwegan in second with 35 points and Graham Buckingham in third with 33 points. Koji will now be playing in the A Flight. Well done. Incidentally, it absolutely hammered it down on the way back, and Rip Van Tom slept through it all.And no, he was not driving, come to think of it though!!!. T.T.F.N.

Golf From Tropical Bert’s

by Derek Brook

Pattana ( Stableford) With the previous week washed out, in effect, this was to be not only a normal Golf day, but the culmination of the Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month for May. This is superb value at present and if there is a better Clubhouse around I

Leading the race for Golfer of the Month was Tom Cotton closely followed by the scribe, and a second by Tom would be enough to see him in. If both failed the rest could creep up on them, and by the end of the C Nine with Tom on 12 points and the scribe on 16 it seemed Tom was out of it, and the scribe had an outside chance.

Ann presents to Tom

have yet to see it and as we arrived we were met with the sight of a super layout ahead. Soon through the changing facilities we were quickly onto the first hole, B1 and as is usual here the first ball went into the water. It of course was not the only one. B1 can be a problem.

The day was really tough with high swirling winds and rain at times. The rain was not too bad but the wind was annoying and it was felt that the final score would not be outstanding. Sat in the Restaurant, and what a superb one it is, we saw the scores come in and

only one good score, and it was not by Tom or I. Still miracles do occur and who knows?. Back at Bert’s the scores were on the doors.The winner with 37 points was Koji, he is always there or about. The person in second was , believe it or not, Tom Cotton with a great 22 points on the back nine. He


beat Paul Sharples into third place on countback and in fourth was Mashi with 32 points who beat the scribe on countback. The Winner of The Alan Bolton Golfer of The Month, for the second Month on the trot, was Tom Cotton. Well done Tom.

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Three Sisters Golf

by Derek Brook

Overcast and threatening did not hinder the gang as they headed out on the turf of the Pattaya Country Club. While the greens were slow due to an accumulation of dew, the course was otherwise in pretty good shape. Teeing off at 6:30 am you rarely get held up due to slow play. The reason for that is that, for the most part, our groups are the first off the tee box. One twosome got off ahead of our group but the last we saw of them they were headed up the Fairway of #2. The great cloudy weather held until hole number 11. The lead group caught the rain. Beginning with a very light sprinkle, but by #12 a serious rain shower began that

Sus Ige on the left with Michael Fischer on the right lasted through #14. Undaunted from the end of May taking by the showers everyone the first week of June. Sus Ige finished and met up at came in with a winning 39 Caddy Shack 2 where Herbie followed by Michael Fischer Ishinaga had the regular and with a 37. The non-winners hot and spicy dogs cooking took out their frustrations on away. A tally of the score the hot dogs and available cards found the same winners beverages.

Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League results table

Stars travelled away to Palmers Golf & Country Club where they found Palmers Crew in a feisty mood, Palmers taking both the honors. Cheers hosted Mee Chew. Melly’s Crew turning up wearing sunglasses due to the bright lights of Pattaya Land, and because of being used to the darkness of Melly’s dungeon. Kenny (MC) apparently slaughtering Stan in their singles match, and then going on to check out the beer for Mee Chew for a second week running. The Posse hosted O’Leary’s Lepracorns, the Posse putting O’Leary’s off their game by filling up the spittoon next to the ocky. The Lepracorns composing themselves, then taking the beer. At a secret location on 3rd Road the Blue Mountain played host to the Rising Sun. Still not coming to terms with losing the beer to Stars last week, the Sunshine Boys lacked their usual darting savvy, resulting in the Coffee Shop Quartet taking both game & beer. It has been reported that Steve is now heavily medicated. Over on the dark side, Team Lucky Time awaited the arrival of the customized golf buggy. The Bunker Boys turned up mob handed and spoiling for a fight. Capt’ Mick had a cunning plan, but so did TLT. In a nail biting, elbow chewing, toe licking (toe licking!!) game, all was square at the break for food. As the beer leg began, the ocky was surrounded by players fidgeting in expectation. After a dodgy start, Team Lucky Time pulled ahead, the leg ending with yours truly checking out the beer to take both the honors for Lucky Time. A very close evening of darts, that could have gone either way. Darts Bunker. Player/Celebrity Lookalikes. I received 2 nominations this week. Bob has a love interest, Bob Palmer/(Gorgeous) George Hamilton. Personally I would be a little worried, the nomination came from a bloke! The 2nd nomination I do not agree with, firstly this person looks nothing like me, and secondly “Mr Potato Head” is not a celebrity

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t’ll be all white on the night: The Diamond ogling den (Soi Diamond) once more has arguably one of the finest dancing lineups in Fun Town, although it could arguably be re-named Silicon Valley. Management has re-started running its popular regular monthly dance contests, a feature of the den since 2003. In June, however, they have decided to try something a little different by staging three theme parties. The first of these took place on Wednesday 10 June and was tagged as simply a ‘white party’. As the name suggests, the theme was white: so partygoers were asked to wear white. On Saturday night 20 June the theme changes colour to ‘black’, so black will be the featured and expected colour, while the final party is on Tuesday 30 June and will be a ‘red’ party. No prizes for guessing the expected colour. Diamond offers a pretty reasonable range when it comes to drinks prices with draught amber at 55 baht all night and most other thirst quenchers just 95 baht. For those who want to open a bottle of liver wasting liquid the price is 2,000 baht, but with free mixers. Back in the sake: Where there’s a closed door leading to an already constructed den of the chrome pole, there will always, so it seems, be potential operators. The times may be a bleakin’ but down in Soi 15 off Walking Street the defunct shell formerly known as Sakura Club 69 has apparently been sold for a reported couple of million baht. From what I understand there are two European owners and they plan to re-open the den and see if they can succeed where others have failed. I wish them good luck,

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because it will take a lot of money and commitment, and some genuine business nous, to stay afloat in these truly tough times. The latest news I have suggests the den will open for business once again on Saturday night 20 June. This will mean there are still 52 dens of the chrome pole operating on or about Walking Street and a total of 77 across the length and breadth of Fun Town. A Gender-confused collection: The Kitten Club/Obsessions ogling den (Pattayaland Soi 2) underwent a complete remodelling a few months back after being forced to close for some misdemeanour or other. While the new layout is more attractive than the previous rabbitwarren incarnation, the overall quality of the dancing damsels is borderline freak show. Apart from the cocks-infrocks brigade, the genuine distaff dancing damsels are a mixed bunch. While a couple are arguably attractive (and given the lighting I think they may well have started life as boys), most are either overweight or just plain frightening, with one who could have had a walk-on part in Night of the Living Dead. Drinks prices are ridiculous for what’s on offer: 150 baht for a liver waster, 139 baht for a lady drink, and 79 baht for draught amber. Perhaps it’s no surprise that while I was in the joint I saw only two other customers. Not worth a cracker unless your tastes run to the gender-confused. Re-arranging the happy hour chairs: The management of the Sisterz ogling den (Walking Street) has once again revamped their happy hour pricing structure with draught Chang retailing at just 38 baht until 10:00PM. The same impost applies for house liver

wasters and lolly water while bottled Tiger, Chang, Singha Light, and cheap Scotch goes off at just 49 baht. Other good value happy hours include Windmill Club (Soi Diamond), where the number of private parts fondlers always seems to be around 30 or more and happy hour runs from 7:00 until 10:00 PM with draught amber fluid at 45 baht and liver wasters just 50 baht. A fourth incarnation: The former Black and White chrome pole palace in the Covent Garden complex in Soi 16 off Walking Street has re-opened under yet another new name: Sin City. Certainly an appropriate moniker. I don’t know whether it’s the same ownership as before or whether the den has yet again been sold. As most regulars to Fun Town will now, the den started off as Babewatch, closed, re-opened with new owners as Taboo, closed yet again, and re-opened as Black and White, again with new owners. From what I can see so far the only people making any money out of the place are the landlords. Filling a gap in the market: The sign says it all really: 15 beer bars for sale. It’s a new complex getting closer to completion by the day on Walking Street, on the waterfront side about 100 metres or so into the thoroughfare heading south. If anyone remembers that dreadful shambles called the Pinky Girls ogling den, then you’ll know the whereabouts of this new setup. As with anything involving nightlife there are bound to be a few people with the collective IQ of a garden gnome prepared to shell out what appears to be a miniscule handful of shekels for a premium spot on the premier tourist street in Pattaya. Some may even make some money. The whole complex should be open in time for the White Elephant season and be ready to accommodate the undoubted hordes who will be flocking to Pattaya for the traditional low (rainy) period. Further down the road the former Gamebird beer boozer is up for lease. Located right at the start of the alley leading to the popular New Living Dolls 1 ogling den, you would think it would be a prime location. That said, I haven’t

seen much evidence of great business success on the site over the years. Even further down the road, but going through Soi Lucky Star, the site of the original Club Insomnia late night boogie barn and the Lam Morrison heavy metal nightclub has been knocked down. Just what will be built on the old site I don’t know. Over on the corner of Soi VC and Pratumnak Road the long-established and formerly quite popular Manhattan Cafe and snooker hall was knocked down a few months ago. It was looking tired and tawdry, but that hasn’t stopped many places from continuing in business over the years. Just what will emerge in its place we’ll have to wait and see. Jazzed up: It looks as though the Goodfellas late night lounge lizard libation joint (Walking Street) has finally worked out what it wants to be. After flirting with the idea of trying to compete with the likes of Lucifers and Club Insomnia in the head-banging stakes, Goodfellas has now settled into a more laid-back operation with a highly competent jazz band as the centrepiece of their entertainment. Considering this is the only place on Walking Street offering this kind of subdued entertainment it should prove a success for those looking for something different, or who want to impress a lady of their nocturnal fantasies. First is certainly not the last: Wandered into the First chrome pole palace (Soi 8) early one evening and what I saw was somewhat surprising. I wasn’t really expecting much and my first impression was of an oversized den, nicely appointed, but lacking character and that hard-to-get ingredient, ambience. By the time I left, admittedly after only one drink, I have to say I thought it wasn’t such a bad place. There’s a happy hour from 7-10:00PM with bottled amber fluid and house liver wasters retailing at just 60 baht; the music is a bit old hat (I think I heard at least two Boney-M tunes), but the really plus side were the numbers and overall quality of the dancing maidens. They range in age from young to veteran status. Shapewise, most were lean and fit, with a couple of standard porkers that every bar seems to keep for those who like

their women of portly dimensions. The mamasan was friendly without being pushy. Definitely worth a visit. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts: More than a few stories have made the mainstream Pattaya news recently regarding men who have accepted libations from the hands of damsels of dubious virtue whom they have just met and were planning to get to ‘know’, in the Biblical sense that is. These thirst quenchers have turned out to pack more punch than a Rocky Marciano left hook, and instead of enjoying a bout of mattress dancing, the walking wallets have woken up with a throbbing big head instead of a satisfied small head.

Naturally, the lady is long gone, as is the contents of the punters wallet. As times get tougher on the financial treadmill, so the needy and the greedy become ever more desperate and cunning. Basically, if you are offered a thirst reliever by a damsel you’ve known for about five minutes pretend to be a true romantic and suggest the pair of you share the liquid together: but make sure she goes first. Either that or tell her you are a descendant of the warriors of Troy and suspect she might have had a bit of Greek in her, so it’s against your cultural mores to accept. Piece of Pith: A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword

by Mr Mick Across


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to 9. Solution on page 46. 7 6

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You would imagine that with such a name this puzzle originated in Japan, but it has been around for many years in the UK. However, the Japanese found an example under the title ‘Number Place’ in an American magazine and translated it as something quite different: su meaning number; doku which translates as single or bachelor. It immediately caught an in Japan, where number puzzles are much more prevalent than word puzzles. Crosswords don’t work well in the Japanese language:

Aces and spaces Some hands, it has to be faced, look stronger than they really are. You hold ♠ A 9 5, ♥ A 6, ♦ A 8 7 2, ♣ A 3. The dealer on your right opens one club and presumably your best bid is to double for take – out. The left hand opponent passes

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The sudoku puzzle reached craze status in Japan in 2004 and the craze spread to the UK through the puzzle pages of national newspapers. The Daily Tetegraph uses the name Sudoku, but you may see it called su doku elsewhere. However, there is no doubt that the word has been adopted into modern parlance, much like’ erossword’. Sudoku is not a mathematical or arithmetical puzzle. It works just as well if the numbers are substituted with letters or some other symbols, but numbers work best.

and your partner replies one spade. Against silent opposition, what do you bid now? This is a hand which many players choose to call “aces and spaces”, that is all four aces without lower honours to promote. In other words, potentially you have a lot of losers. Since your

1. Over Table 2. Timber Age 3. Odd Room 4. Flag Shape 5. Bulls Ball 6. Letter Strong 7. Clothes Play 8. Church Stick 9. Fire Paper 10.Draw Bone


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Form a word from the Jumbled Letters

1. FLUES FC 2. CREATER 3. LETS REW 4. RAIN VAT 5. FIST SAY 6. ZED PULZ 7. ALL VAIN 8. RUN AWAE 9. LEW RINK 10.CHEK SOD partner’s initial response in most systems would mean fewer than 10 points – with more he could have replied at the two level or given a two no trumps reply if the hand was suitable – the best bid may in fact be to pass. Game is extremely unlikely for the reasons cited. It’s also on the cards your partner has a worthless hand and bid only because you forced him to.



Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second To solve the puzzle, each row, column and word, will form two more words. box must contain each of the numbers 1 Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse 4



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Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... The enemy could be setting a trap. It would not be be very naughty to raise partner’s one spade to two spades. Indeed, if your partner is not a regular one and you aren’t sure of his style, by all means sally forth. But if disaster lurks remember the “aces and spaces” rule of thumb. Your hand has four tricks for sure and probably not much else in the offing.

Solution Issue 18 E























































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ANSWERS 1. Black Wit 2. Scatter Storm 3. Peep Jumping 4. Show Hook 5. China House 6. After Fully 7. Air Craft 8. Break Lace 9. Don Stone 10.Grape Cake







































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The Food Loft

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10% Discount for Food Lover’s Readers by Mick and Di The Food Lovers Food Loft @ Central has added another trendy global-style eatery to their bevy of restaurants and Pattaya’s new Central Festival is the stylish new location. They already have four flourishing branches in Bangkok and when Mick and I visited recently we very quickly realised just why this big scale food concept is such a successful and popular destination. We were warmly welcomed by the experienced and courteous assistant manager, Khun Thor whose enthusiasm (and knowledge) of so many international cuisines is impressive. He guided us round the open kitchens and we were blown away by the diversity of choice, quality, freshness and the reasonable prices. The decor is contemporary, chic and comfortable offering seating for 450 people with the option

of waiter assistance or self service. On entering you are presented with a charge card which will then be debited with the requisite amount as you choose your food from the kitchens. Here in Pattaya they include Thai and noodles from The Terrace, Chinese cuisine from Tidbit Treasure, Vietnamese specialities from Dao Vien, Korean dishes from Koreana, Italian pasta and more from Gianni’s, soups and sandwiches courtesy of Bert’s, Indian curries and of course, Central’s own delectable dessert counter. A health bar of fruit and vegetable juices, beers (BOGO promotion on San Miguel B.85), wines and spirits complete this collection of culinary counters. We commenced our meal with a cuttlefish ink black spaghetti dish and a glass of Hardy’s Chardonnay. The seafood sauce was

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Dear Food Lovers,

My new husband’s parents are arriving from the U.K. soon and I would like to cook them a real English roast dinner and thought chicken would be a good one to start with. Have you an easy recipe to help me? Regards Sue Dear Sue, a good idea and roast chicken is always a winner. This recipe is simplicity itself and will definitely give you something to crow about!


excellent the squid, prawns, scallops and mussels having been flash sauteed were tender, juicy and delicious. Fruity virgin olive oil and just a whisper of chilli perfected the taste. The Italian station offers many other pasta dishes, pizzas, salads, lamb osso bucco and much more (prices start at B.140). Next to arrive was our Indian choice of Goan Fish Curry (B.185). A creamy piquant curry studded with chunks of Mackerel and topped with grated ginger making the perfect marriage for the fragrant saffron rice. Tandoori items, Madras prawns, chicken tikka masala and a range of breads complete these spicy specialities from the subcontinent. The famous Korean hors d’oeuvre (kujolp’an) was then beautifully presented. This is a spectacular dish served in the traditional eight-sectioned lacquer tray. Salty carrot, sweetened cucumber, shredded chicken and ham, noodles, slivered egg whites and yolks together with marinated mushrooms surround a stack of pancakes to be filled and dipped into the tangy sauce. A profusion of unusual taste sensations to enjoy and savour and a definite favourite of ours. So many multiple gourmet options here at Food Loft, it really offers a wealth of culinary choices

to suit all palates. This is a concept that is hard to beat; families and friends can all eat together, in one restaurant, indulging in their own personal favourites from around the world. Why not visit soon and discover for yourself the diversity of foods that await you. The Food Loft has kindly offered an introductory 10 percent discount to readers of our column so another good reason to pop in soon. See Khun Thor for information. The Food Loft is located on the third floor of Central Pattaya. Open daily from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm. Credit cards accepted. Tel: (038) 930988 or visit www. Delivery service available in Pattaya and Jomtien area with a minimum order of B.200. B.50 charge per destination with free delivery of orders over B.500. Cash only. Please call for details.

Ingredients 1 chicken 1 lemon Olive oil 2 carrots 2 fennel bulbs A few cloves of garlic 1 glass white wine Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Pierce the lemon a few times and stuff into the chicken cavity. Rub a little oil over the bird and sprinkle with lots of salt and pepper. 2. Roughly chop the vegetables, place in a roasting tin and drizzle with oil. Sit the chicken on top of them and cook for about an hour, or until the juices run clear. 3. Leave the chicken to rest for ten minutes in a warm place. Meanwhile, make the gravy. Spoon off excess fat from the vegetables and add a good glass of white wine. Place the tin on the hob and bring to the boil, scraping off the caramelised bits with a spoon and squishing the vegetables to release all their flavour. Add a little water from any other veg you might be cooking and leave to bubble away until you get a rich gravy Enjoy! If you would like to request a recipe, please email

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dining out

Amigo Restaurant

Macanese Magic

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers It would be a mistake to think that fusion food is only a “nouveau” concept created by the “chefier” restaurants around world. Macau, China has a long history of European and Asian fusion cuisine beginning with its colonisation by the Portuguese in the 16th century. With it’s location on the spice route, both overland and by sea, it resulted in the most amazing and exotic flavours which are typical in its eclectic cuisine. A clash of cultures has conspired to create a heady gastronomic experience; not only did east meet west in the form of China and Portugal’s cuisine, they fell in love and got married! Mick and I have just enjoyed our first Macanese meal and we didn’t even have to travel to China but just to the end of Jomtien Beach Road. The restaurant is called Amigo (owned by a Macau based entrepreneur) and it is huge. It has three V.I.P. dining rooms that seat 10 persons, indoor seating for 180 diners, an extensive terrace, a 15-seater circular bar and a stage for live entertainment all covering an area of 1,200 sq.m. with

a further 3,000 sq. m. of private parking space. Once seated inside (it was too windy for al fresco dining), Xiao Ma the manager presented us with a pleasing glass of Portuguese Vinho Bianco and the menu for our deliberation. Macanese, Portuguese and Thai cuisines are listed with comprehensible descriptions for ease of ordering. There are also pictorial images in the menu and on the wall above the open kitchen area. For starters, we chose a mixed Macao platter (B.180) which consisted of potato bacalao (dried salted cod) croquettes, chicken giblets, spicy Portuguese sausage

and herbed olives. The croquettes were fine although for our palates we would have liked a more pungent bacalao flavouring. We enjoyed the chicken giblets presented in a spicy, tomato sauce

and the Portuguese sausage was delicious, fiery and crisply fried. The other Portuguese elements include the traditional soup of spinach, potato and sausage called caldo verde (B.110), baked mussels with garlic and chilli butter and a tunafish

and red kidney bean salad with an olive oil, coriander and garlic dressing. Probably two of Macau’s most interesting colonial dishes would be African chicken, a concoction of Goan and east African influences, plus their acclaimed fried curry crab. We ordered both and were intrigued by the signature blend of global spicing. The chicken had been fried then blanketed by an intensely piquant nutty mixture (which included peanut butter) resulting in a rich coconut amalgamation. The king crab was succulent and fresh falling from the shell in white, tender chunks and served in a highly spiced curry sauce fragrant with aromatics from the subcontinent with an underpinning of chorizo

flavoured oil. A “ hands on” eating experience rewarded by a superb taste sensation. Other specialities include deep fried pork chop cutlets baked oven fried rice, topped with tomato, cheese and Portuguese sausage, whole baked fish with bell peppers in wine and olive oil, seafood combination brochettes and the famous stir fried bacalao (sun dried and salted cod) baked with onions and served with French fries and eggs. The Thai/Chinese menu is extremely diverse and features many dishes not usually seen outside of China. We then met Chef Philip to thank him for our first Macanese experience. His world-wide expertise was latterly from the renowned Venetian Macao Resort and his knowledge of the cuisine undoubtedly absolute. To complete our evening he presented us with two of the most celebrated Macanese desserts: serradura, a calorierich “sawdust” pudding made with crushed biscuits, cream and condensed milk together with a creme caramel “flan” confection. Both were delectable. For us, visiting Amigo Restaurant was a most rewarding experience. The cuisine is a gastronomic union between two great historic powers and has clearly stood the test of time resulting in a fusion of not only epicurean integrity and ingredients but cooking techniques to rival none. Do visit and experience this delicious food phenomenon for yourself. Amigo Restaurant is located towards the end of Jomtien Beach Road. Government tax but not service applied at present. Tel: (038) 706 558-60. Open 6.00 pm till 1.00 am. Closed Mondays. Credit cards accepted.

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Businesses for Sale Web Design Business for Sale. The business is conveniently located in a shop house in busy South Pattaya. Web design and hosting is the main objective. The necessary equipment to run this business is valued at 600,000 Baht and included in the sale. An own website and a registered Thai Co., Ltd. to support a work permit are also included in the price of 1.1 mill. Baht. The monthly rent is only 16,000 Baht with no Key Money being required! Ref. No. PMI0001. Freehold Guesthouse, Bar and Restaurant. Six-storey shop house, located just 60m from Jomtien Beach. Bar with patio and kitchen on ground floor. Second and third floor have two guest rooms each plus two store rooms. A large apartment sits on each of the three upper floors. Rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned, fully furnished with hot water showers. The business has a friendly atmosphere and a number of repeat guests. Price is 7 million Baht. Ref. No. PGM0002. Restaurant Business for Sale, Jomtien Beach. The 50 seat restaurant sits right on Jomtien Beach Road and can therefore truly be regarded being located at a prime location. More details and impressive financial records will be made available to any serious buyer. Monthly rent is 28,000 Baht, no Key Money is required! Priced at 2.9 million Baht. Ref. No. PRT0111. Business for Sale, Expat Music Bar and Restaurant, Jomtien. The 4-storey shop house building is situated on the main road in Jomtien and consists of an air-conditioned bar with Pool Table and large TV-set plus a spacious patio on the ground level. Monthly rent is 34,400 Baht with no Key Money being required! A security deposit of 120,000 Baht is applicable. The price of 2.9-mill. Baht includes all fixtures, fittings, equipment plus the music stage and kit. Ref. No. PLB0113. Double unit shop house, 6-storeys, freehold. This could make for a great guest house. 200m of Jomtien beach, sea views from the upper floors. Ground floor is a large bar and restaurant. The seven rooms plus a lounge area take up floors 2 to 5. Sixth floor is empty space. With some remodeling, the number of rental rooms can easily be doubled. Massive underground reserve water tank. An active Thai Co., Ltd. is included in the price of 12 million Baht. Ref. No. PHG0106. - Guest Houses, Hotels, Resorts - Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shop - Massage Parlour, Spa Beauty Salon - Apartment Building, Retail Shops - prices start from 370,000 Baht

Houses for Sale

Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/Month for the next two years. We have a re-sale in Phu Tara! Stunning two level designed house on a Rai of land for 29 Million Baht. Most incredible sea views from a designer 4 bedroom home for 19.9 Million Baht! Situated high in the Bangsarey Hills, this gorgeous four bedroom four bathroom home was completely decorated by one of the areas most noted interior designers, which makes it both beautifully appointed as well as being a very comfortable family home. Want a Thaibali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. We Have Several View Talay Villas for Sale from 7.9 Million to 50 Million Baht! Live in one of these highly sought after villas in this exclusive development! Immaculate Beach House next to the Dusit Hotel for sale at 27.5 Million Baht! Each room in this extremely well laid out home has been designed and decorated to a very high standard. The location and sea views are to die for…..this is luxury! An Absolutely Stunning Home For 60 Million Baht! With over 3,000 square meters of living space all done in the finest hardwoods, marble and granite this is a grand and very impressive estate home. The estate has seven master suites and four separate lounge areas with a cinema room, games room and three kitchens all built around an outdoor lounging area and swimming pool. To put it simply, this is luxury!

Condominiums for Sale

Act quick we have the Top-Corner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 226 sqm for 18 million Baht. Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. This must be the best corner unit in town. Also available a 239 sqm View Talay 6 corner on the 22nd floor facing Walking Street for 16 Million Baht. We have a stunning Home in Jomtien Park Villas! Supurb Design and Construction! Three Bedrooms / Two Bathrooms. Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht. (PR3875). Investment Opportunity, Jomtien Beach! 200 sqm design condo in Grand Condotel! Price Lowered from 14.5 to 9.9 Million Baht! Three Bedrooms / Three Bathrooms. Call Now! Central Pattaya Living in View Talay 6!!! Cheapest front corner available with us! One Bedroom / One Bathroom Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 105 sqm. We Have Several Very Nice Jomtien Condos for Sale Starting just under 1 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! View Talay 6 46 sqm beautifully renovated Studio apartment for only 2.1 Million Baht. Just a 50 meter walk to the beach. Panoramic views over the ocean and the Boulevard. We have the best selection of Ananya Condos Available on the Market Today! We have the last two units available on the penthouse floor of Ananya (5th floor, Phase 3) two bedroom, 155 sqm. Ananya the best location on the best beach of Pattaya, Wongamat Beach.

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0307/SLN – Mini Mart – Single ground floor unit located in busy Condo Complex in Central Pattaya. Rent only 4,500 baht per month. Sale Price: 250,000 baht. 0268/SLN – Coffee Shop & Restaurant – Single storey shop house, located in East Pattaya, earning profit. Rent only 4,000 baht per month and Key Money has been pre-paid till May 2010. Sale Price: 850,000 baht. 0306/SLN – Bar with Room – Single 2 storey shop house, located in East Pattaya. Ground floor bar with exterior seating, refurbished to a high standard with bedroom & living room above. Rent 13,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 1 million baht. 0296/SLN – Bakery & Shop – Located in East Pattaya with low rent on the premises. The business specializes in the baking of meat and fruit pies and has built up an excellent reputation with the local bars and restaurants around Pattaya. Sale Price: 1.1 million baht. 0310/SLN – Bar with Rooms – Single, 4 storey shop house located in busy ‘night life’ area of Jomtien. Well laid out ground floor bar with five rental rooms on the upper floors. Rent 25,000 baht per month and Key Money has been paid till Feb. 2010. Sale Price: 1.25 million. 0284/SLN – Hostess Bar with Rooms - You will never see a ‘going concern’ double shop house with 8 rooms in Soi 6 this cheap. Price has been slashed by half. Owner has to return to homeland. Don’t miss this bargain opportunity. Now only 1.4 million baht. 0297/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – Single, three storey shop house located in Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a busy bar with pool table. On the upper floors are 5 rental rooms. Rent only 30,000 baht per month with long lease & No Key Money. Sale Price: 1.5 million baht. 0313/SLN – Bar with Rooms – Single 4 storey shop house, located in busy ‘foot traffic’ Soi, just off Beach Road. Ground floor bar and kitchen with 5 rental rooms on the upper floors. Key Money has been paid till March 2012. Rent only 9,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 1.85 Million baht. 0271/V – Pet Shop – Single storey retail shop, located in North Pattaya. Specialising in the sale of Dogs, Cats, pet foods and accessories. Very profitable. Sale price includes a Limited Company. Sale Price: 2 million baht. 0263/SLN – Hotel & Bar – 15 room hotel with ground floor bar and kitchen. Located in high ‘foot traffic’ area just off Beach Road, South Pattaya. On the upper floors are 15 rental rooms all with en suite bathroom, air-con and personal safety box. Rent only 60,000 per month and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.3 million baht. 0291/SLN – Pub/Restaurant with Rooms – Located in East Pattaya. On the ground floor is a Pub and Restaurant with a large kitchen and seating capacity for 100 customers. On the upper floor there are 3 large rental rooms with separate entrance. Long lease and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.4 million baht. 0308/SLN – Restaurant & Guesthouse – Double, 3 storey shop house, located in busy ‘night life’ area of North Pattaya. Ground floor Restaurant & kitchen with 8 rental rooms on the upper floors. Rent 30,000 baht per month with Key Money every 2 years. Sale Price: 2.75 million baht. 0269/SLN - Bar & Guesthouse - 3 storey double shop house, located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of North Pattaya. Large ground floor bar with external seating area and 7 rental rooms above. The business generates good turnover & profits. Low rent and no Key Money. Sale Price: 4.9 million baht. 0270/SLN - Furniture & Interior Decor shop - Incorporating a retail shop, which also offers interior decor project design for clients. The sale price includes all the stock and a Limited Company which would enable any prospective buyer to obtain 2 foreign work permits. ‘Walk into’ a well established, extremely profitable business. There is also a seperate entrance with 12 rental rooms above the retail shop. Sale Price: 5 million baht. 0300/SLN – Bar – Restaurant & Guesthouse – Double, four storey shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a bar and dining area with modern kitchen facilities. On the upper floors are 16 rental rooms. Included in the sale is a motor cycle rental business. No Key Money and rent is paid annually in advance. Sale Price 7.5 million. 0301/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – Double,, three storey shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. The bar on the ground floor is unique in appearance & décor. Viewing is highly essential. On the upper floors are 7 rental rooms. Rent 55,000 baht per month payable one year in advance and No Key Money. Sale Price: 7.5 million baht. 0293/SLN – Pub & Restaurant - Profitable Pub & Restaurant located on busy main road in East Pattaya with dining facilities for over 50 people.. On the upper floor is the kitchen and 3 bedrooms for employees or the new owner. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings held in a Company name. Sale Price: 12.75 million baht. 0294/SLN – Go Go Bar – Extremely profitable business located in the centre of ‘Walking Street’. Good staff and excellent long lease in place with a fixed rental for the period of the lease. Sale Price: 16.5 million baht. 0247/SLN - Bar/Restaurant and Guesthouse - Located in South Pattaya. Extremely profitable business which the current owner can verify. On the ground floor is a large bar and restaurant. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings. Sale Price: 25 million baht. 0273/SLN – Lawn Bowling Club – Located in East Pattaya on 3 rai of land. 2 International bowling greens, separate bar & restaurant, 5 en suite bedrooms & swimming pool. Foreign ownership in Company name. Viewing highly essential. Sale Price 30 million. 0314/SLN – Wholesale & Retail Supplier of Fine Foods – A 2 million baht registered company established in 2004 supplying a superior range of Fine foods and meat products to hotels, bars & restaurants within the Pattaya area. The Company has an excellent reputation for both customer service and the products they supply. Included in the sale is over 5 million bahts worth of assets and 12 million bahts worth of land and business premises. Proof of funding will be required before full financial details will be released. Sale Price: 32 million baht.

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Thai Living: HOT SALE 8.5 M.THB. Apartment for sale. Soi Arunothai near Carrefour, 5th storey with 20 rooms of apartments, all rooms are fully furnished . For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Corner Commercial Building for sale in popular soi. (Between 2nd rd. and beach rd) for 8.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Freehold East Pattaya Apartment Building 1,760sqm freehold land with 3-storey apartment building, completed in 2007 for sale. Good East Pattaya location, approx. 5-7 minutes from Sukhumvit Road. Built to European standards. Quality furniture and fixtures are worth 3-mill. Baht. 36 en-suite apartments plus 3 one-bedroom apartments are for rent, all with balcony. CCTV, water filter, key-card system, laundry facilities in place. Without advertising, long-term occupancy is already over 50%, plus some rooms are let on short term basis. Net profits in 2008 were over 2-mill. Baht. The property represents an attractive and secure investment. Purchase outright at 26 million Baht. Alternatively, seller offers financing with 35% down and negotiable installments. Ref. no. PHG0144. Making your Business our Business - Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers - 038-231-931 or E-mail to Established Jomtien Restaurant and Bar for Lease Successfully run by one owner for 5 years. 50m from Jomtien beach, busy Soi. Restaurant/bar with Pool Table. Second/third floor have basic rooms with toilet. Monthly rent is Bt.10,000. Key Money 180,000 Baht/year or 500,000 Baht for three years. Price of 2-mill. Baht includes fixtures, fittings, equipment, security deposit of 30,000 Baht and Key Money until August 2009. Ref. no. PLB0092. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

Restaurant and Chalets on Freehold Land 800sqm of valuable Pratamnak land, only 5 minutes walk to the beach. The beautiful main building consists of two stories. On ground level is a tastefully decorated air-conditioned restaurant and kitchen. Terrace with swimming pool. Second level has large function room, bar and 60sqm apartment. Four 40sqm bungalows, nicely furnished and decorated, rented for 20,000 Baht. Monthly. The fine dining restaurant is already a success. Sales price: 21 million Baht. Alternatively, the owner offers financing with 50% down payment and negotiable balance terms. Ref. no. PRT0108. Making your Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Restaurant for lease on Jomtien Beach. Acquire assets worth over 12-mill. Baht for a mere 5.5-mill. and re-open this classy 5-star restaurant with panoramic views. The previous owner has decided to scale down a bit and to let go of this successful enterprise of 5 years. Professional stainless steel kitchen, top-notch equipment, hand-made cutlery, WiFi Internet, CCTV, PoS. Even the eight meter long beach front terrace is cooled. Separate wine bar, three large sea view apartments with balcony, staff rooms. New and renewable 3-year lease contract, monthly rent 50,000 Baht (payable up-front for one year), no Key Money. Ref. no. PHG0123. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Jomtien Beach-Side Restaurant for Lease. The 50 seat restaurant sits right on Jomtien Beach Road and can therefore truly be regarded being located at a prime location. Thai, international and coffee specialties are on the menu. There is a good number of regulars from the apartments on the upper floors and wireless Internet access and second hand books available for sale always pull new guests in. They enjoy panoramic sea views and sunset views from the large terrace. More details and impressive financial records will be made available to any serious buyer. Monthly rent is 28,000 Baht, no Key Money is required. Priced at 2.9 million baht. Ref. no. PRT0111. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers - 038-231-931 or Email to Restaurant Building and Land, Pratamnak. 1,000sqm of valuable Pratamnak land, leveled and walled, only minutes to the beach has become available for sale. It comes with a large, single storey building consisting

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of separated and partially air-conditioned lounges and dining areas, kitchen and 6 en-suite rooms. The freehold price for this property is 13.5 million Baht. The structure was purpose built to be a restaurant but in this location the property could also be used for a residential or condominium d velopment. Ref. no. PRT0109. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers - 038-231-931 or Email to Winner location and set up. Bar, Restaurant and Rooms. This business is open 24/7 and is situated in a prime location, right on Pattaya Beach. A Pool Table, TVset and sound system are in place. Guests enjoy Thai and international food, the lively ladies and the sea and sunset views from the restaurant with 8m street front. Panoramic sea views also from the 6 rooms (5 are air-conditioned), and the second floor terrace which can also be used by the restaurant and bar. Slow days revenues are about 10k and the best daily revenue was 90k Baht. Financial records will be made available to any serious buyer. Monthly rent is 110,000 Baht, no Key Money required! The current lease term expires 01/2012 and is renewable every three years. A 330,000 Baht security deposit is applicable. Price is 6.5 million Baht. Ref. no. PLB0112. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Bar, Restaurant and Guesthouse for Lease Established for three years, ideally located in busy entertainment area in Central Pattaya, 150 meters from Pattaya Beach. Nine large guest rooms, have A/C,

TV, safe, ceiling fan, en-suite with hot water. Occupancy rate above 70%. Additional s/t room. Rooms alone generate enough income to cover overheads of the business. Restaurant/bar seats 45, comes with large flat screen TV, pool table, Internet. CCTV system, own website in place. Monthly rent 30,000 Baht. Lease renewable for a further 2 years again in 06/2010. Key Money until then is included in price of 2.4- mill. Baht. Ref. no. PLB0114. Making your Business our BusinessPremier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Expat Music Bar and Restaurant for lease. The 4-storey shop house building is situated on the main road in Jomtien and consists of an air-conditioned bar with Pool Table and large TV-set plus a spacious patio on the ground level. The second floor has a kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating area plus a music stage for live music sessions. Two rental rooms plus a larger self-contained apartment are on the third and fourth floor. Reasonably priced drinks and the atmosphere here make the business very popular with a good number of regulars. Monthly rent is 34,400 Baht with no Key Money being required! A security deposit of 120,000 Baht is applicable. The price of 2.9-mill. Baht includes all fixtures, fittings, equipment plus the music stage and kit. Ref. no. PRT0112. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Dongtan Beachfront Boutique Hotel Baht 20 million Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@

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Business Opportunities Education & Training #1 Pattaya Publication for Sale Baht 12 million, will pay for itself in one year. Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to New Condominium Project, ground floor commercial space available now. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 5 Shophouses in a row for sale in Jomtien. 150 Meters from the beach. 3.5 Million baht for one shophouse. Great discount if you buy all of them. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

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(ptm-w1808)New 30 Room Apartment House for Sale. Good location at Soi Siam Country Club, Central Pattaya. 3 storey and built on 150 tlw land with chanot. The apartments are rented out already. Monthly income ca. 75000.-baht plus waterelectricity. Sell price 8.5 Mill. Baht only. Call AromdeePropertys 089 938 6022. (ptm-w1808)New Banglamung Country Hill Village, New House 3 Beds, 2 Baths, unit space 57.3 sq.wa – Usable Space 112 Sq.m., price of land & house with private pool 2,399,000 mill. baht without pool 2,199,000 mill. baht. Very nice and quiet location and perfect connection to Sukhumvit Pattaya and highway to BKK. Call Aromdee - Propertys 089 938 6022.

(ptm-g1908)Very Nice House for Sale in Secure Village. 2 or 3 beds, 3 baths, office, very large living area with beautiful furniture, private pool, Euro & Thai kitchen, 4 air con. This house is very light & airy with high ceilings asking 6.3 mil. THB. Owner 087 941 0073. (ptm-b1908)Give Up Sale. Townhouse only 950,000 (firm). Furnished with company, 24 hr security and swimming pool (communal) 038 332 405. (ptm-k0008)Shop House for Sale. New 2 storey shophouse units for sale. Located in Soi Khaotalo 9 (corner with Soi Kao Noi). 2bed/2bath/kitchen/large balcony, land size 24sqwa, 100sqm living space ideal for home and any kind of business. last unit available, quick sale 2.5million ONO. Call 038 413 551 mob.087 132 5600. Soi Siam Country Club, House for Sale. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished with European kitchen, UBC, cable TV. Includes double oven gas cooker and imported furniture from England. 50 sq. wah. 2.5 mil. baht including transfer fee. Payment Negotiable. Call 086 323 3523, 087 134 9669. Great Value “Quick Sale” Stunning Family Bungalow Next To New Golf Course. 9.8 mil negotiable. Very spacious with private swimming pool in large well kept garden. 3 beds, 3 baths and large lounge. Soi Siam Coun-

try Club (only 10 mins from Central Pattaya). Quality furnished throughout, European kitche n, high security alarm and electric gate. Don’t miss this one!!! 215 TLW. Call 089 607 9850. THAIHUS: New 2 storeys house with sea view, 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms, close to Hua Hin city, ready to move in, Price start from 6.5 Million THB. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. We Speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, English and Thai. THAIHUS : New 1 storey house In Hua Hin 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, Ready to move in, Price start from 4.2 Million THB. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. We Speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, English and Thai. Stunning Townhouse for Sale in a Famous Village in Soi Tan-Non. Only 4.8 Million Baht, 25 sq. wah under Thai Name. Have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 w/ jacuzzi) have heater, fully furnished, a very nice living room, dining room, have Euro Kitchen, 4 aircons, 2 balconies, swimming pool, small garden, 2 parking space, playground, maid room, underwater tank, ADSL, Cable, Direct telephone line, 24 hr security, w/ alarm system, maintenance paid already. For viewing and more information please call us: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

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For Quick Sale! Only 11 Million Baht. A spacious and well furnished 90 sq. wah house. Have 3 bedrooms, living room. European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. For viewing, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A Captivating Townhouse is now for Sale for only 5 Million Baht. Located at 378/69 Moo12 Nongprue, Banglamung Chonburi 20260, 20 meters from Royal Cliff Hotel and opposite of Royal Cliff Sports Club. 82 sqm land size, 200 sqm living area w/ garage and balconies. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master w/ jacuzzi), quality fitted Euro Kitchen, amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table and equipped with alarm system. For viewing and more details please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Truly 25% discount OFF the original price. Magnificent and Fabulous Beach Side Living at a very low price. You can design and build your own house on the remaining plots. Hurry there are only 10 remaining plots left. Plots range from 520 sqm to 680 sqm. Price starts at 7 Million Baht. Call now at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Gorgeous Houses for Sale and Investment. Absolutely all brand new houses, in a modern high quality and extremely nice tropical villa project. With underground cables, private pool, furnished. Located in Naklua Area. Only a few minutes away from Pattaya, very convenient, no hassle on driving around the city. Accessible to public transportations. Ready to move in. Price starts from 13 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

Fascinating House for Sale at Chateau Dale Village, Thappraya Rd. 496 sq. m, have 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, garden, car park and a private swimming pool. A haven that is so peaceful. Price is only 17.5 Million Baht. For viewing and more information, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale!!! A 2-storey Brand New House at Banglamung in Soi Water Office. Only 1.5 Km. from Sukhumvit Rd. 250 Talang Wah. Have 5 rooms, kitchen, living room, 3 bathrooms, (1 w/ jacuzzi), with built-in thick wooden furniture, garden, parking space. Now price is only 9.5 Million Baht. For details and viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. The Best Low Price Ever. A 3-storey Spectacular Designer Townhouse located near the Royal Cliff Hotel. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with jacuzzi). Top of the line European Kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 5 Million Baht. Great Offer! This townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 Million Baht. Call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. HS1230: 3 bedrooms and 3 bathroom bungalow for sale located close by to the crocodile farm and with access to the new road on near completion a bonus. This is priced at 2.5 million for a quick sale. Call us 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@


HS1039: This property has just been reduced from 6.5 million to 5.5 million!! This property is 3 bedrooms, very modern furniture and a well fitted European kitchen with all modern appliances, complete with private pool and maids quarters. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HS1253: This property is located in east Pattaya in Greenfield villas 1. Very spacious house of 225sqm consisting of 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, full A/C and partially furnished, ready to move in. Priced at 6.4 million. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: HSSR: This property has just come available in the very exclusive Silk Road project located in east Pattaya. The property sits on 360sqm land, 218sqm of living space, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, fully furnished and inclusive of private swimming pool! Priced at 9.5 million. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Thai Living: HOT SALE, Soi Chaiyapurk 1. Prime location residence, 2 storeys with 172 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 3bed/4bath, private pool. 5.9 M Baht. . For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Baan Suay Mai Ngam, Sukhumvit 89. Nice residence, 1 storey with 50 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 2 bed / 2 bath. Quick Sale for 1.6 M Baht. . For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien Beach. Single storey house with 85 sq.wah. 3bed/3bath. 5.2 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ /

In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. The best deal in Thabali, Chateau Dale ever! This very nice, fully renovated, three bedroom, four bathroom Thabali home is situated in one of the finest villages and locations in Pattaya. Asking price only 10.9 Million Baht! Full financing available, only 2 Million Baht down and payments over 5 years. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038-231-931, 087-021-7014 or by Email: or visit our website at We as Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. have a lot of emergency sales. This is a buyers market and we have dozens of fire sales!!!!!! Millions under the price of the developers!!! Act quick. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We have a re-sale in a new 5-star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 18 Million Baht, 4 Million under the developer price. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014. We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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Stunning House For only 10.5 Million Baht! Four extra large bedrooms, four Bathrooms with separate Guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool. The house is built on a 1200 m2 plot in the very prestigious area of Phoenix Golf Course. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at The most exciting Estate on the entire Eastern Seaboard for Sale for 150 Million Thai Baht. This 7 Bedroom, 11 Bathroom on 35 Rai of land is one of the most impressive homes you will ever see. Its grounds, water features and landscaping are second to none. If you have the finances to secure a home such as must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Downpayment! Six year Mortgage! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht! This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design work is very tasteful. There is not a better address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We have several Owner Finance opportunities! We have houses available with Owner Finance. For more information about the finance call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Want a Fabulous Home in Paradise Villa? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Great home layouts and designs in these spectacular and modern homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number One’ development. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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Beautiful Regent Village four Bedroom, five bathroom Home For Sale at 14 Million Baht! Absolutely stunning interior design. This five bedroom plus home is a must see. Fantastic fully equipped European kitchen and you will love the wonderful landscaping and finishing work, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231 -931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We have houses for sale in the range of 3-130 Million Baht!! We have by far the most listings……examples are houses in Siam Royal View, Paradise Villa 1 and 2, Nagawari, Thabali, Park Villas, View Talay Villas, Little Hill, Phu Tara, etc, etc. We are known for the best listings and the best prices. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

House for Rent

(ptm-n2008) A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Euro-kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 33,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptm-n2008)A Beautiful House for Rent at Pratumnak Hill Soi 5. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Fully furnished, European kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 50,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptm-n2008)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. 25,000 baht/ month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptm-d1908)A Beautiful Twin house 45 Tarang Wah Soi Chiyapruek 2 Jomtien, 2 big bedrooms, 2 bath, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, frigde, TV 42”, internet ADSL (2M pbs), 1 A/C, 24hrs security with CCTV rent only 15,000.-B / month. Please call 083 686 1539. (ptm-no1908)Occasion! New, Beautiful Townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact 081 862 9710.

(ptm-r0609)2 Storey, 3 Bedroom (En-suite 1), 3 Bathroom, fully furnish, with satellite at Panchan Spa Resort, the way to Rayong. Price 25,00040,000 short, long term. Ph. 087 039 9784 Wan or 081 833 5489 Sanoon. (ptm-1808)Na Jomtien New Shophouse Opposite the Beach. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, aircons, internet, electric lock up garage, 4 levels plus rooftop, terrace with spectacular sea views, fully furnished. 18,000 baht per month. Call 089 646 7391. (ptm-a1908)2 Storeys in Pattaya Rungrueng Village. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 air, fully furnished. With parking space. 10,000/months. Contact 085 507 3295. (ptm-a1907)Single Storey House in Eakmongkol 4 Kaotalo. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 air, fully furnished. European kitchen. Parking space for 2 cars. 085 507 3295. (ptm-d1808)Na Jomtien New Shophouse Opposite the Beach. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, aircons, internet, electric lock-up garage, 4 levels plus roof top terrace with spectacular seaviews. Fully furnished 18,000 baht per month. Call 089 646 7391. (ptfhr-ta0008)Furnished Townhouse for Rent. Located at Soi Khao Noi. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Only 5,000 baht per month. Call 080 646 5322. Beautiful Detached Villa Quiet Area, South Pattaya. 4/5 bed, maids quarters. Hi speed internet. Fully furnished garden & 2 Car park. 35,000 Baht P.M. Office: 038 374 623. Eng: 081 158 0065 www.pattayaoceanproperty. com, E-mail: info@pattaya 2 Bed room House East Pattaya- Air conditioned, Furnished, Car park, Garden, Quiet Location off soi. Khaonoi 17,000 baht PM. Office: 038 374 623, Eng: 0811 580 065 www.pattayaoceanproperty. com, E-mail: Luxury House- Pratumnuk 2 bed, 2 bath, Fully Furnished. Beautiful Swimming pool. Internet, Car park, A/C washing M/C. security 60,000 P.M. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 0811 580 065 www.,

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Pratamnuk Town-House 2 bedroom, 2 mins. to Dongtan Beach Modern Furniture and Fittings . Internet Connection, 40,000 baht P.M. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 081 158 0065 www.pattayaoceanproperty. com, Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien beach. Single storey house. Fully furnished, taxi route. 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: Royal Park Village 3(Rungrueng) Jomtien Beach, fully furnished, nice residence, fully facility, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. Thai Living: We have house in Thepprasit area for rent (new house) price from 18,000-25,000THB./M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill, 2-3 bedrooms, 3 storey house. fully furnished, Euro Kitchen, Rent start from 25,000 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / HR1152: An ideal cheap bungalow would suit an elderly couple who like the peace and quiet of Maprachan area. Have 2 beds and European kitchen inclusive of A/C and garden. Only 20,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: HS1039: This property has just been reduced from 40,000 to 35,000!! This property is 3 bedrooms, very modern furniture and a well fitted European kitchen with all modern appliances, complete with private pool and maids quarters. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR0525: Just come available once again at a reduced price!! 2 storey, 3 beds, 3 baths, fully furnished and ready to go with internet available. 20,000P/M. Call for more info 038-373966or by Email: HR0129: Is available with 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom bungalow located in Greenfield villas 2, modern furniture, ADSL and private swimming pool!! Priced at 55,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya

HR1153: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom bungalow located in SP5 Village. Comes fully furnished with euro kitchen and a/c and inclusive of ADSL! New very large house just 40,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR1072: Spacious house for rent (250 Sqm) on SP Village, tastefully decorated, 3 beds, ADSL connected and private swimming pool only 35,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: HRPN: Several small 2 bedroom townhouses located in Pratamnak. Inclusive of furniture, ADSL, UBC, Communal swimming pool and very close to the beach of Pratamnak. Only 25,000!! Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya HR1165: This property is located in Jomtien and not too far from the beach and local supermarkets. Has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished and ideal for the expat family. Priced at 30,000 p/m. Call for more info 084944 2541 or by E-mail: Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier or visit our website at Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Executive Class Rentals In and Around Pattaya from 15,000 – 150,000 Baht per month! A very rare opportunity awaits those discerning home hunters looking for both a luxurious quality home and with it a lifestyle most all would love to have. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Magnificent House in Grange Park Village. Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms for 80,000 Baht per Month! The decoration and design are from a

high standard! This house you really need to see to appreciate its beauty. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormouspool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

Apartment/Rooms for Rent

(ptm-w1708)AromdeeApartments has availability for rent. Fully furnished apartments with balcony, cable, telephone and also private internet lines available. It is quiet and clean with in house laundry and supermarket by European management. Only 5 minutes walk to the Big C and Lotus Supercenter in North Pattaya. Furnished standard apartments 3,000 baht/month. Furnished air conditioned apartments 3,700 baht/month. Call 089 938 6022. (ptm-2407)Carina Mansion. Large fully furnished apartment. 48 sq.m., swimming pool, cable TV, aircon, fridge, sofa, king size bed, wardrobe, kitchen and large bathroom with hot shower. All rooms high speed internet enabled. 500 baht daily and 6,000 baht per month. Best value in town!! Contact 081 829 2285 (English), 081 311 7856 (Thai)

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Baan Suan Lalana Condominium, 84 Sq. M., 5th Floor (Top Floor). Huge balcony for some sea views, 1 bedroom with built-in wardrobes, A/C. 1 living room, fully furnished, A/C. New large kitchen with fridge freezer, 2 LCD, big screen TVs, 2 ceiling fans, etc. Just been furnished and completely refurbished to high standard. 2 big swimming pools, fitness centre, shop, restaurant, lovely gardens, 800 metres Jomtien Beach. All this for only 2.9 mil. baht (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, email: New to the Market and Near the Market!!! 800 meters from Jomtien Beach. A lovely 30 sqm studio on 1st floor, big balcony overlooking garden and swimming pool. Just been renovated with new A/C, new furniture, big screen TV, small kitchen with fridge freezer, etc, etc. You won’t find better. Ideal for 1st time buyer. Only 890,000 BT. (In foreign name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, email: Angket Condominium Jomtien Beach. We have several sea view studios for sale. Starting at only 1 mil. baht. In need of renovation, these are selling fast. Be Quick! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: info@ 2 Big Balconies, Sea Views, 46 Sq. M. Corner Condo, High Floor, Just Been Refurbished to Very High Standards. Euro kitchen, marble floors, fully furnished, big screen LCD TV, fridge freezer, etc. Just 500 meters to Jomtien Beach. Fantastic Bargain, Only 1.5 million baht. (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, email:

Khiang Talay, 15th Floor, 42 Sq. M. Studio, Fantastic Sea Views and Koh Larn Island. Fully furnished, re-tiled floor, etc. A very popular condominium in a very nice area. Close to the beach. Only 1.8 million baht. (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: info@ Cozy Beach Pratumnak Jomtien, 200 Meters from Beach, Two 38 sq.m. Studios, side by side. 6th and 8th floor with sea views in need of renovation. Make 76 sq.m. or sell separate. Excellent opportunity investment in one of the best areas. Only 990,000 baht each. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www., e-mail: info The Residence Jomtien New 52 sq.m. 5th Floor Studio, 800 meters from beach. Euro kitchen, quality furniture, big balcony, huge swimming pool, fitness centre, brand new building. Well under developer’s price, only 2.8 mil. baht. In foreign name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details, e-mail: Angket Jomtien, 8th Floor Studio, 38 sq. m with lovely sea view, just been renovated to high standard, with marble floors, quality kitchen, matching furniture. Everything new. Really must be viewed. Real Bargain of the month. Only 1.3 mil. In Foreign Name. Freehold or rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details, e-mail: info@ Majestic Jomtien 600 meters from Beach. 60 sqm, 4th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 bathroom, kitchen, 2 balcony, fully furnished and renovated. Overlooking swimming pool. Very good price. Only 1.6 mil. Baht. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details, e-mail: info@


Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants… Fantastic bargain. Only 1,350,000 mil. baht. Freehold or rent 12,000 baht per month. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details, email: Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.5 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: info@ (ptm-r0008)Condo 80 SQM. in Nova Atrium. Brand New. Furnished and decorated in high standard. 2 bathrooms, 1 bedroom, 1 big living room with European kitchen bar open. TV, LCD, 2 aircon Daikin. Furniture (Decorum), big terrace. 5 min. away walking “Carrefour” and “Big C”. In new condo with huge swimming pool in tropical garden, fitness room, internet and etc. FIRE SALE. 4 million baht. T. 081 863 1076. (ptm-a2408)ViewTalay 6 Condo-Two Back from Beach Front Side Facing Walking Street. 86 sqm9th floor-Foreign Name4,900,000 Baht Unfurnished Shell 087 145 8491. (ptm-r1908)New Ocean View Condo Jomtien. Great deal! Top floor, corner unit, 100 sqm., for sale by owner. price: 4.9 mil baht. Luxury quality modern interior, brand new tile, nice wood trim, high quality appliances, full kitchen, large balcony, oceanview. Contact randy_jarvis (ptm-g1208)Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 21(top), very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 55 sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition. Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.19 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, pitipity@hotmail. com. See pictures as vedio virtual tour

(ptm-L2108)Northshore Beachfront Condominium, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bath, #2101, 21st Floor, Overlooking Pool and Beach, Facing Walking St., 64 Sq. Mtrs, Fully Luxury Furnished, New Washing Machine, 100% Equipped, Soi 5 and Beach Rd., 7.9 million baht FOREIGN NAME. (Will consider term payments up to 8 months) Realtors Welcome! Gary 089 544 0634. (ptm-L2108)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 10 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street (Units are unfinished shells with electric outlets; bathroom completely finished with tile floor, tile walls, shower, sink, toilet, granite counter tops, lights, etc.). Units available 1804, 1805 and 1806 (18th floor; all 3 side by side); 1906 (19th floor), 2005 (20th floor), 2104 (21st floor), 2205 and 2206 (22nd floor; both side by side). Purchase Option One: Cash 3.0 Million to 3.2 Million Baht Each. Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 600,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 600,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! (ptfcs-1808)New Ocean View Condo Jomtien, Dongtan Beach. 100 square meters, top floor, corner, for sale by owner. price: 4.9 million baht. Luxury quality interior, brand new tile, nice wood trim, high quality appliances. Contact for more details. (ptcs-0008)Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-984-9700, or e-mail :

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(pta-dec0008)Penthouse 720 sqm with a Spectacular Front Sea View. 300 meters from the beach, 5 minutes away from Walking Street. In the best location of Pratamnak Hill. This residence is a 360° unblocked sea view, with a golf and Buddha Hill. Large terrace (240 sqm) with huge Jacuzzi. New modern design concept, 4 beds/baths + maid room. Any room have terrace. Euro style kitchen, living 118 sqm. Fully furnished at high standard. Price exceptional at 41,000 baht/ sqm. 29.9 Million Baht. Tel. 081 863 1076. Stylish Condo for Sale at Keang Talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Now for only 1.25 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A Very Nice Condo for Sale. Located at the 3rd flr. of Bangsaray Condominium. Totally renovated and has 2 bedrooms. Price is only 4.2 Million Baht. For more viewing and more information please call us : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale! Condo for only 3 Million Baht. Located at Wong Amart Beach. Luxurious Studio, 53 sqm at high floor, fully furnished with built-in furniture. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Private Sale Near Jomtien Beach, 2 Balcony, 8th Floor, Corner 45 sq.m. Sea View Studio. Just been completely renovated to very high standard, new furniture, kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, LCD TV, pictures, plants, everything you need. I need a quick sale as I’m going back to UK, hence only 1.5 mil. baht. In Foreign Name. Call Alan 087 139 1570 (Eng.)

An Amazing Panoramic view in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya. Located on the 14th flr, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balaconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick sale, only 7 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Fascinating Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in a Low Rise Condominium for Quick Sale!!! For only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with great interior designs, a spacious living area, executively decorated, breath taking sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and accessible to everywhere, good facilities are available. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Top Quality Beachfront Condominium! In Foreign Name for only 7.9 Million Baht. Have 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, high floor, with superb overlooking view at the ocean and at the pool, 64 sqm, fully furnished, downtown location, Owner financing can arrange (will consider payment terms of up to 8 months). To view, please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. The Perfect Destination. Absolutely brand new project with high standard quality. Feel the cool breeze in the modern tropical villas with only 49 units. There are 3 lovely designs of family home to choose from, with 3 bedrooms, 3 restrooms, underground cabling and with private pool. Being located off Sukhumvit Road, driving to and from Bangkok is so convenient and also without the hassle of driving through the city of Pattaya which is only few minutes away, getting in and out Pattaya is easy with several kinds of public transportation available. Price starts from 12 Million Baht. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

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Great Opportunity for Low Season! Only 5 Units Left!!! For Quick Sale only 3.8 Million Baht. New 5 Star Condominium at Jomtien Area, 96 sqm. Have 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. Slightly furnished, accessible to everywhere. To view, please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Majestic Sea View and Private beach in North Pattaya, Laem-Chabang view, 137 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, big living room, with a large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, unfurnished. Only 12 Million Baht. Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. CS1312: This property we have just listed in Jomtien and is located in the new Residence building. Everything is new inclusive of euro kitchen, A/C, fully furnished at 53sqm studio apartment with a sea view in the distance. Easy access to Jomtien. Priced at 2.9 million. Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail: CSNM: just come available at discount prices starting from 1 million Baht!! Studio and 1 bedroom available, some empty shell and some fully finished inclusive of furniture. An investment not to miss! Call for more info 08-47808457or by E-mail:

CS1311: studio apartment located in a low rise in Jomtien. 28sqm, fully furnished in which case everything is new and never been lived in!! Owner needs to reside back in UK. Only 890,000 O.N.O Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CS1241: This apartment has just been lowered, the price from 3.9 to 3.3million!! It is located in the new Hyde Park buiding! 1 bedroom, 50sqm and modernly furnished to a high standard. A must to view! Call for more info 08-17613238 or by E-mail: CS1230: Brand new A.D condo studio apartment on the top floor, 32sqm and with sea views! Available at only 1.5m Offers considered! Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condominium ( RimHaad S1), Jomtien Beach, 8th floor, corner room, Original condition. 1.5 M.THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: View Talay 2 A- 74 sq.m, Foreigner name, 4th floor, For 2.75 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ /

Classified Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Corner unit, Fully furnished and great sea view, 9 M THB. 165 sqm, duplex unit. 40th floor. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. Thai Living: Jomtien Complex. nice sea view and good location, 68 sqm, high floor, fully furnished. For 2.9 M. THB / unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Hot Sale Metro Jomtien, 54 sqm, great sea view, 34th floor, 2.6 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Pattaya side and nice sea view, fully furnished. 48 sq.m, 14th floor, 2.75 M THB. , For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: The Avenue Residence, Building C, Pool view on 6th floor, great location. 2.1 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / Thai Living: The Trendy Condominium, Bangkok. 66 sq.m, 18th floor, For 5,500,000 M THB , For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, 14th floor, 86 sq.m. fully furnished. For 5.8 M.THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -723 601 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail:, www. Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht/Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, E-mail: (ptm-L2108)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 2 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Units available 2506 and 2507 (25th floor; side by side) and COMPETELY

NEW INSIDE AND TURN KEY FURNISHED. Purchase Option One: Cash 3.6 Million Baht Each, Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 800,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 800,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime,Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/ sqm, Selling Price 45,000 Baht/sqm, 117 sqm, Type A, Building B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 11.5 Million Baht……….. Very high floor ‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for one year. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 2.9 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.3 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month two year guaranteed rental return. The rent is paid every three months in advance. Call Jan at 087-021-3170.

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EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘D’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 20 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Special Promotion in La Royalé Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price, starting from 8 Million Baht 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a five-star beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Northshore Unit for sale! 80 sqm front unit for only 8.9 Million Baht! Buy this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Northshore is the only 5-star Condominium on the Pattaya beach Road. High Floor! This is not the only unit we have for sale……..we have almost all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors…..prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231 -931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy is only one of the many features in this condo. Call Jan for more information. 087-0217014.

Two Bedroom Condo at Jomtien Beach’s Best location for 7.9 Million Baht! This has been very nicely renovated and has two bedrooms two bathrooms all within 126 square meters of comfort and security. Priced to sell, make sure that you see this apartment soon. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 8 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 900,000 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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Northshore Condominium for 8 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase in a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments….. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, ready to move in. A lot of facilities are available, two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court are just examples. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left! Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Gorgeous Sea View Condominium Apartments on Wongamat Beach! Starting as low as 1.8 Million Baht, you may want to take a look at these brand new units that are being completed with beautiful interior designs and will be ready for occupancy very soon. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a few re-sales on very high floors for 110,000 THB/ SQM. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

Condo for Rent

(ptm-0309)Royal Park Luxury Serviced Apartments, Jomtien 56-70sqm luxury furnished, one bedroom, large living area with balcony and kitchen, Free wireless internet, Cable TV in every apartment. Enjoy our rooftop swimming pool from 16,000 per month, call 086 111 7414 or check out our website : (ptm-t2108)Condo to Rent. View Talay 6 Next to Central Festival Shopping Plaza, Deluxe beach front penthouse, 87 sq. mts., Walking St. side. 1 bed, 1 bath, large open plan kitchen- lounge, sea balcony, best views in Pattaya, 60” TV, UBC, Wi Fi, 45,000 baht per month, 083 404 5395 Eng, 085 225 6465 Thai (ptm-b1908)Best Sea View in Pattaya; Pratamnak Hill. Exclusively renovated condo, 2 Minutes to beach! 60m², livingroom, kitchen, separate bedroom, 2TV, 2 Air, 2 ceiling fans, telephone, big balcony with fantastic sea view. Long term: 16,000.--per month. Please call Ben at 087 820 7 710. (ptm-p2008)Yensabai Condotel, 4th fl., fully furnished, 13,000/month. Pay advance 1 year, get 1 month FREE. Swimming pool, security 24 hours, Free internet, ready to move in. Contact 081 762 8379.

Classified (ptm-gl0008)Privately Owned Suite Room at the Hotel in Jomtien for Rent, newly, elegantly and brilliantly renovated, sea view, 24 hours service, safe and convenient. 1 bedroom, 2 toilets, living room, kitchen. Normally 2000 Baht per day but will be negotiable for monthly or yearly rent. Interested call 087 141 2783 or email: Rare Opportunity 1 of Only a Few, 6th Floor (Top Floor) in Majestic Jomtien, 61 sq.m. 1 bedroom with large balcony and en-suite, 1 living room with very large picture windows for excellent Jomtien views. Euro kitchen with breakfast bar. 2 TVs, fully furnished, A/C. This is an original room from new (not converted). Good price, only 12,000/month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www., e-mail: info Majestic Jomtien, 800 Meters from Beach, 32 sqm, 1st floor, big balcony, fully furnished, TV, fridge. Just been renovated. Lovely room. Only 6,500 baht per month. Call Pin 087 150 4845. 500 Meters from Beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, LCD TV, DVD. Rent 15,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: info@ Angket Jomtien, 8th Floor Studio, 38 sq. m with lovely sea view, just been renovated to high standard, with marble floors, quality kitchen, matching furniture. Everything new. Really must be viewed. For rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details, email: Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants. For rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details, email:

(ptcr-0008)Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-984-9700, or e-mail Two Captivating Condos for Rent. Private Beach on North Pattaya, 64 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living room, with balcony, 24 hr security, swimming pool, furnished. For only 25,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Stylish Condo for Rent at Keang Talay(near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Price is 10,000 Baht per month. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Best Quality Beachfront Condo for Rent. Stunning sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 105 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, with large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 35,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A 105 sqm. Superb Condo which has captivating sea view is now for Rent. Furnished, has 2 relaxing bedrooms, 2 cool bathrooms and direct telephone lines. Price is only 28,000 Baht per month. Call now at: : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht / Month, LCD TV, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. 30 % Discount on Daily Rates. Tel: 038 415 304-8, E-mail:, www. Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail:,

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Fax: (038) 374535 CR0388: GREAT VALUE, 82 Sq m 1 bedroom unit, 6th floor in View Talay 2B, Only 20,000 P/M Modern furniture, Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CRNA: 1 Bedroom apartment located in the center of Pattaya, fully furnished with free wifi internet and fitness center at only 25,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1149: just recently come available studio 48sqm in view talay 6, 24th floor beach front apartment with fantastic view of Pattaya bay by day & night! Only 20,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouses, POSSIBLE SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 60,000 P/M view to view pictures or call 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1111: Studio apartments for rent, both long & short term lets, Wongamat beach area,44 Sq m, modern furniture LCD TV, from 15,000 P/M Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya CR1169: 2 bedrooms apartment located in Pratumnak close to the beach, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV, brand new building with great Prices start at 28,000 P/M call 08-494 42541 or by Email : CR1122: 1 bedroom apartment, brand new, 51 Sq m, fully equipped, superb location 5 minutes to Walking Street, reduced price 22,500 B Per month, Call for more info 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: CRGR: New golf range has some brand new apartments for rent all with TV, fully furnished with shower room and use of the communal swimming pool as well as have a pratice at your golf techniques!! Only 8500!! Per mth. Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail:

CR1135: Newly renovated 20th Floor beach front apartment, great sea views, central location, 20,000 per month. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CR1136: Newly renovated 11th Floor 1 bedroom apartment, in Center condo, South Pattaya, 15,000 per month. Call for more info 08-17613238 or by E-mail: Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condominium (RimHaad A1), Jomtien Beach, 50 sq.m, 15th floor, corner room, fully furnished. 10,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / Thai Living: Studio for rent at View Talay 5C, 6th floor Pattaya side. Nice area and easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, fully furnished 18,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / Thai Living: Grand Condotel, Jomtien Beach. Fully furnished and great sea view on 16th floor, 226 sq.m. 1b/1b, Big Balcony, 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Jomtien Complex, Sea View-high floor, Fully furnished. 68 sq.m. 17,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / Thai Living : Ananya Beachfront Condo Naklua soi 4, Building C, 4th floor. Beautiful beachfront unit with fantastic Sea View, huge balcony, 143 sq.m, 2b/2b, fully furnished. 60,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / /

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Thai Living: Studio for rent at View Talay 5C, 18th floor. Nice area and easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, beautiful furnished 15,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ THAIHUS : Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 1 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 27 floor, 96 Sqm. Sea view and full facilities. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent 19,000/month, 1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms Full facilities newly renovated condo, tastefully furnished unit at a reasonable price with full European kitchen. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704.

THAIHUS :Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 2 beds 2 baths 38,000/month, 143 Sqm. uses of the facilities of the 5 star beachfront hotel located next door. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084. 111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

Classified View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. Only 10,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at View Talay 2 Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! This is a masterpiece in condo design and comfort, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo has a big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/Month. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

Beautifully Renovated Three Bedroom Condo in Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Baht per month! Great three bedroom, three bathroom furnished apartment. Ready to move in, this is a great way to live! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Great Two Bedroom Condos for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 Baht per month! We have a number of very nice condominium apartments available for rent in this price range. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Very nice Royal Cliff Two Bedroom Plus Apartment for 55,000 Baht per month! Those that know the ‘Cliff’, know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. Enjoy this two bedroom plus office apartment with fantastic sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,000 Baht per month! What more can you say? If you would like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with the yachts and all….this is your apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, weight training gym, the list goes on and on…..and don’t forget their first class gourmet restaurant with Dim Sum on Sundays! This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total overview of our listings contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month! A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool and roof top pool as well…. what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Royal Cliff ‘C Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month or for sale for 19.9 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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Fax: (038) 374535 Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month or for sale for 7.5 Million Baht! Rent this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many Northshore rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at View Talay V Sea View Condominium for 20,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya! We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

Land for Sale

BANG SARAY THE MOST DESIRED AREA! U-Tapao planned for Pattaya’s International Airport. Unprecedented Mega Projects Starting. Land plots from 300,000 baht. Check our Exclusive Land, Villa & Condo’s. Tel: 081 576 0035, Email: , www. (ptm-n2008)Land Plot for Sale. 200 to 400 sq wah land size on Eastern Star Golf Course: Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364. (ptm-c2308)Bang Saray Hills, Prime Real Estate for Sale by Owner, 2 to 3 rai, spectacular ocean and mountain views, walled, water, 3 phase electric, most exclusive farang area. 2.9 million per rai. 081 295 7236. (ptm-d2108)Land for Sale: Huay Yai 3 Plots Available in this private development at 313 tw, 200 tw and 192 tw. Infrastructure in place with underground facilities and 3 phase electric. Priced to sell at B.8,000/t.wah. Contact: 087 810 3325 (English), 089 748 1693 (Thai)

(ptm-2008)Land for Sale on Highway 36 in Pong Area. 5.77 Rai, 12 million baht. Thai 081 956 2036, Eng. 084 391 5116, 087 149 1080. LS1020: a fair size plot of land at 672sqm surrounded by other houses already, electric, water available, road frontage all around. Priced at 3.5 million O.N.O. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: PL 046: This land is located in the center of the city. Ideal for house or apartment building filled and leveled already. Asking 12 million for 473sqw (1892SQM). Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: Land for Sale. 11 Rai in Jomtien Area, only 10 Million per Rai. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 20 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, only 8 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road and 70 meters from the main road, perfect for small housing project. For quick sale, grab our cheapest offer, only 500,000 Baht per Rai. Nothing cheaper than this! To view please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 4 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, 7.5 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road, next to the main road in soi, perfect idea for a big house suitable not only for a big family, but for small family as well. For quick sale, we’re selling it for only 1.5 Million Baht per Rai. For viewing please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 50 Rai in Boput Area at Samui Island. Best idea for business and investment. For quick sale, only 10.8 Million Baht per Rai. Please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale 7 Rai. 43 Sq. Wah located at Najomtien Soi 8-12, Soi Pinnacle Resort, Opposite of Thai Alangkarn Show, only 350 m. from seaside. Price is only 20,000 per sq. wah (56,800,000 Million Baht). Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398 for details and viewing. For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Thai Living (L163): Soi Siam Country Club, land for sale with 20 Rai-122 sq.wah for 35 M THB. Only 1 km from Sukhumvit Road. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@

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Thai Living: land and house for sale., Bang Sare (Beach side), 2 Rai 105 sq.wah for 2.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Quick Sale Land near Bang sare market, 164 sq.wah sale at 1.79 M THB. 3 km from beach and Sukhumvit Rd. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill Soi 4 (Opposite Star Beach) 207 sq.wah Sale 55,000 THB per sq.wah (N/A) For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ 2 Rai for 27.5 Million Baht/ Rai Beach Front near La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ 32 Rai on a hill near Phoenix Golf Course with nice sea views, ideal for a housing development. 550,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Land for sale next to Siam Country Club Golf Course! 36 Rai perfect for a housing project for 2.1 Million Baht/ Rai. The land is located in a beautiful landscaped area with stunning mountain views. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Two land plots for 1.1 Million Baht/Rai near Mabrachan Lake. 19 and 31 Rai ideal for housing developments

as the whole area is already developed with other housing develo ments. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Prathamnak Hill (1 Rai up), 21 Rai of beachfront near the Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai of Land on the beach in Bangsaray. Our database contains over a 100 exclusive plots of land in and around Pattaya. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231931 or (01) 634-2915 Email: or visit us online at Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area! 8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 850,000 Baht/Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

Classified Incredible 35 Rai of Land perfect for Development includes designs for 160 Unit Condo project 2 Rai lake and area for 20 homes. Priced to sell. Property is in a fast growing area only 10 minutes to the beach and covered in mature coconut treesabsolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht/Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing project this is it! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to FOR INVESTORS……1.5 Rai plot of land for sale on Pratamnak Hill including Building designs, Brochures, Building License, etc, etc. for 32.5 Million Baht including everything you need to start your development. Call Jan at 087-021-3170

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Services Provided

(ptm-e0008) Properties in Pattaya and more. Tel: 087 067 0239. We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, Swimming pool Installations, New kitchens and Bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional service. Australian and Thai owners. WM Renovations - Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 0811 580 065 , E-mail info (ptm-j2108)Storage Lockers for Rent. From 300 baht/mo. Jomtien Plaza. PH 085 275 0987.

(pta-no0008)No 1 Visa behind Carrefour, Central Pattaya. Visa service for Thais to visit abroad, UK, Europe, USA and Australian Visa Specialist. The best affordable professional visa service in Thailand. Over 7 years experience. Taxi to the embassies, cheap airline tickets, travel medical insurance. Tel: 038 360 204, Mobile: 089 246 5980. (ptmsp-1309)Architect Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038. (ptfjv-em1908)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling/ re-cushion, etc. Bought and sold/profit sharing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptm-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379. (ptm-p0409)Eden Massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own place. Thai massage, Oil massage, foot massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) (ptm-p0409)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Do You Have Back Pains, Body Pains, Kidney Problem, High Cholesterol or High Blood? We have cure that are proven by our many cured and satisfied client. Simple, safe & secure treatments come to our health spa for free trial and consultation; pre booking will be highly appreciated. Interested call 038 416 493 or 087 141 2783. Do You Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun, Easy and Effective Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native eligible, professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. *Email: thankful.**.* We speak English, Thai, German & Deustch We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, swimming pool installations, new kitchens and bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional serviceAustralian and Thai owners WM Renovations – Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 M: 0811 580 065 (Mal) Freelance I.T. Specialist. Services Offered: Data Recovery (accidental format and deletion), Website design and devolopment, Hardware/ Software setup and installation, PC cleaning and maintenance, Free online tech support for minor issues, LAN Configuration, etc. Contact: 087 481 2163, E-mail:

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Fax: (038) 374535 Dan One Call Service. Property Services includes general household repairs, air conditioning repairs, swimming pool maintenance, gardening new and maintenance, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, cleaning. General Services includes translation, assistance for Thai driving license, immigration matters, real estate matter, driver for your own car. Call 085 163 5037 or email VDO Present Studio. We can make a presentation as VDO Presentation, Recording, Music VDO, Slide Show or special photograph in expertise skill in photographer. Please contact: Tiwa 086 787 8001 E-mail: Made to Order Cakes and Brownies, characters such as Sponge Bob, Barbie doll, Power Puff Girls, Spiderman, Christmas Bears and etc. Call 089 607 9850. Also, available Chocolate, Banana and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese. Ski Blind. For blinds, sunshade, retractable awning, canopy, folding doors. PVC strip doors, wallpapers, canvas, umbrellas, curtains, partitions, window shutter, and tents. Call Mr. Kiat at 081 307 7732 or e-mail skiblind@hotmail. com. Visit their website www. Renovation Services Carried Out on Condos or Houses. All types of work carried out at a very high standard with very reasonable prices. For quotations call PAC Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng), 087 150 4845 (Thai) If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software and hardware, please phone 086 820 2577 or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng). I will go to service at your place. If you are Looking for a Computer Graphic Designer, Web designer or would like to make some printed matters in reasonable price, please phone 086 820 2577 (Thai) or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng) or e-mail: (ptfsp-0108)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, www. pattaya-secretarial-services. com. Client service 081 550 0885. Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and English-speaking Thai lawyer. see ads in PattayaToday. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084. 111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail

Job Wanted

(ptfjw-w1708)Pretty Thai Girl, good personality, well-educated, trustworthy, honesty, speak English, driving with license looking for part time job as driver, taxi-driver from Pattayaairport or tour guide around Pattaya ,the East of Thailand, pay cheap price per day for more any questions please feel free contact any time at (ptfjw-e1408)Two European / Hungarian/Ladies/35. Looking for a part time job in the day. We have car, we speak English Italian Russian. We are open for every job. Tel 087 067 0239.

Job Vacancies

(ptfjv-pr2008)Sales Manager Required. Foreign national – 100k Baht/month + Based in Bangkok – Multinational Company. Please apply to: (ptfjv-l2008)Locksmith Co., Ltd. is Looking for Technician, 1 position, male, 25-35 years old, must have at least 1 year work experience, can speak, read and write some English. Salary negotiable. With social security. Bring your application form at 380/93 Moo 10, Soi 8, Thepprasit Rd. Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi or fax it on 038 301 026. Call 038 301 025 for more information. (ptfjv-r2008)Sale/Marketing Staff Wanted for a New Radio Station in Pattaya:1. Thai 2.Presentable personality 3.good command of English, communication and interpersonal skills 4.PC literate contact:083 773 3210. Pro Language is language training institute located on Central Pattaya. Now we are seeking Part - time and Full - time Teachers to join our team. Italian Teacher, Russian Teacher and other language teacher. Please call K.Pabhada 038 489 225-7 or

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(ptfjv-s2008)Housekeeper, Companion, Friend. Must speak some English, rich, healthy American, no smoking, no drinking, part or full time. 15,000 baht, easy job, beautiful condo, Jomtien Plaza, near beach, 406/282, 2601 Building A. 038 231 999, phone 9-10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. (ptfjv-em1908)Electronics Company of Game Vending Machines. Thai male with experience with computers. Tasks include repairing and production of vending game machine and a call out service for the vending machines. Also, driving a delivery truck. Must have a driving license. We offer good salary. Contact 081 762 8379.

(ptfjv-em1908)Thai Male with Experience with Pool and Snooker Tables. Tasks include repairing and production of pool and snooker tables and a call out service. Also, driving a delivery truck. Must have a driving license. We offer good salary. Contact 081 762 8379. (ptfjv-em1908)Needed a Handy Man. Call 081 762 8379. (ptfjv-L2008)Wanted Live-in Housekeeper/Companion for Retired English Gentleman. Although age and nationality are not important, advertiser would prefer mature lady 45s/60s. Must be nonsmoker, speak and understand English very well. Please phone 038 421 502. (ptfjv-2008)Wanted Electrician & Plumber, English Speaking. Short term help or advice. Phone George 089 058 4509.

Classified (ptfjv-pa1808)Accounting, 2 Position, women, 20 year up, education higher vocational, can speak English, can use Microsoft office. Electric, 2 Position, man, 20 year up, education higher vocational, can speak English. Profil Architecture and Design Co., Ltd, 143/51 M.12 Thapprasit Road. Banglamung, Chonburi. Tel. 086 721 6900. (ptfjv-co2008)Seeking Reliable Maebaan for Nongplalai. 2 half days per week, Thu & Fr 12 - 17 pm. Experienced cleaning, washing, ironing. Speak some English or German and worked for Foreigner advantage. Phone afternoon 081 810 58 41. (ptfjv-1708) Computer Tutor Wanted. 3 days weekly, one and a half hour sessions in Naklua, pays 350 baht per session. 086 596 0966. Please call, don’t text. (ptfjv-ex2008) Top Car Rental Company in Jomtien Required a Highly Motivated, Educated, 2 Thai lady who speaks good English for sale car salary Start 7,000 Baht. + Commission. Call for Interview Tel. 038 364 461, 038 364 238. (ptfjv-ex1708)New Supermarket Opening Soon. Needs a Thai lady with experience about Supermarkets and can speak English. Call 038 364 238, 081 865 1011.

(ptfjv-l708)Timeshare Wanted: Preferably Alive! Timeshare \”Dogs of War\” Thailand Experienced sales Liners for Jomtien office\”Probably The Best Pay Package in Thailand! Contact Vacation By Design 082 216 7352. Experienced Chef Wanted to Cook European Food in a Well Establish Restaurant. Must be hotel trained. Good wages plus tips for the right person. Call 081 254 3624. (ptfjv-l608)Traditional Thai Puppet Theater (Joelouis) is looking for staff very position for a new restaurant, Male or Female. Now- May 30, 2009 and application at the Traditional Thai Puppet Theater office(Thai Wat City Walk, South Pattaya). Tel: 081 935 4937, 081 376 8596 , 02 252 9683-4 , 02 252 5227-8. Time for contact:10.00-04.00 pm. (ptfjv-l608)IT Solutions Have Vacancies for the Following Staff:- 1. Freelance Sales (Most Provinces), 2. Computer / Network Technicians / Support Engineers, 3. Web Designer / Programmer / Graphic Designer, 4. Control Room Staff (Shift work). All positions require a good command of written and spoken English. Attractive salary and working conditions. Immediate start available to suitable applicants. For further information and to arrange an interview call: 083 540 5220 E-mail: Website:

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Fax: (038) 374535 ( p t m - t e 1 4 0 8 ) Wa n t e d Secretary. Required: Thai female, good in English, basic computer skill. Please apply at or call 086 841 5976. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: Coworkers wanted for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. A Captain with three years experience and a captain’s license. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Crew with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Hostess with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Just Us 2: Room Rental Service at Bang Sare. Thai Staffs: 4 positions for Cooker, Diver & Bar, Maid & Serve and Mechanic

Man. Cooker can cook for Inter & Thai food, must be active, hard working. English speaking for all position required. Good salary & bonus. Contact: Nu 089 143 9787 E-mail:saengduen_s@ (ptm-tl0808)Thaihus Samui: Real Estate Agency in Samui. Thai Staffs: 5 positions for Sales Representative , Assistance Sale, Marketing, Listing Agent and Admin & Book Keeping. Foreigner Sale Manager: Top ability & dynamic are required and sale experience in housing business, active, good relationship. High salary + commission. All prefer 2 years experience up in this business filed and must be able to speak English and have computer skill. Good salary and commission. Call: Wanjira 086 113 0667 (ptm-tl0808)SarSaz: Iranian Restaurant in South Pattaya. Thai Staffs for Cooker, Waiter & Waitress, Female Cleaner and Female Reception. Cooker must be able to cooking for Iranian & Thai food with 2-3 years experience of international restaurant. All must able to speak English and good relationship, active and hard working. High salary + bonus. Call: Kim 086 336 5690 E-mail:kim@

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LC International languages and Computer School is looking for German, Dutch, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese and English speaking teacher. Interested person please call: 038 361 948 - 9 or contact us by lc_pattaya@ (ptfjv-0108)Needed immediately secretary, receptionist, ad sales people and graphic artists for publishing company. Top pay for experienced professionals. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Send resume, CV or inquiries to Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek Part-time and Full-time Teachers to join our team in Pattaya Branch. English Teachers and other Language Teacher, English-Dutch-German-ItalianFrench-Japanese-ChineseRussian-Korean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-250-0072


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Vehicles for Rent

(ptm-y0008) Pattaya Global 2000 Car Rentals. Taxi & car for rent, cheap price. Taxi to airport only 1,200 baht inc. toll fees. Call Yai on 086 323 3523 or email Visit our website at for more info.

Vehicles for Sale

(ptm-c0007)Ford Laser 1.6 GLXi, 4 Door, Automatic 2002 (same size as Toyota Vios) champagne gold, power steering, air conditioning, alloy wheels, electric windows, air bags, CD, alarm etc. Regularly serviced with service book, beautiful unmarked condition. Only 270,000 baht. Falang owned. Call 084 565 7656. (ptm-c0007)Toyota Tiger 3.0 High Output Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, 7 foot high!!! Air bag, ABS, C.D. Huge chrome alloys, loads of extras, 160,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned for 5 years. Immaculate condition. Only 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539.

Classified (ptm-r0007)Volvo S60 Turbo, New Design 2005. 50,000 km, black. Full options. First hand, like new. 1 million baht (new 2,450,000 baht). Tel. 081 863 1076. (ptfvs-m2008)If you’re Looking for a Comfortable Motorbike to Drive in Town and Upcountry, then come and have a look at my black Honda Phantom (200 cc) with full options for a reasonable price of 70,000 baht (negotiable). It can bee seen in Pattaya Naklua. Please Contact Monique mobile 089 129 7898. (ptfcs-d2008)Fast Cash. 4 Bikes,Thinking of selling your motorbike we pay cash on the spot. Quick, easy, hassel free. Call 087 824 0870. (ptfvs-d2008)Yamaha Mio, 1yr old, white, tax, v good condition, 8000km, 30,000 baht. Eng/Thai 081 805 5441. (ptfcs-t1908)2008 Accord 2.4 best model with all options. Gold color with brown leather and new body style. Perfect condition. Cost 1,550,000 baht and selling for 1,200,000 baht. English 087 797 591 Thai 086 217 0040 and English or Thai 084 779 3722. (ptfvs-j1708)Cycling to Angkor Wat from Pattaya in August. Interested? Also, Madone frame/fork 2008, 3000kms, 59 cm as new, cost 56,000 baht, sell 15,000 bt. 089 253 2983 poolcomp01@ (ptm-ro1608)2006 Toyota Hi-Lux Vigo, 3 L diesel, 60 k, 2 x 4 pre runner ,Manual, just serviced, leather interior , 4 door, 550,000 THB or sensible offers! Call 084 780 8457. (ptm-e1608)2005 Mitsubishi G Wagon 2.8 TD. 27.000 km, 530.000. From European owner. Tel: 087 067 0239. (ptm-1608)Honda CRV 2001. Exc. condition, LPG, auto, leather seats, 2 air bags, ABS, 89,000 kms with full service history, insurance. 440,000 Baht ONO. Call Michael 081 343 4851.

(ptfcs-1508)Toyota Fortuner 4x4 2.7 Petrol 2006 Silver. Excellent condition. 1 Foreigner owner. BHT 820,000. Tel 081 8087213, 085 394 5932, 038 429 124-5. (ptfcs-1508)Toyota Fortuner 4x4 2.7 Petrol 2005 Black. Excellent condition. 1 Foreigner owner. BHT 799,000. Tel 081 8087213, 085 394 5932, 038 429 124-5. (ptfcs-v1508)Mazda 3 Top Model Full Option, Black Colour. 8 Airbag ABS. Leather seats. MAX 17 Auto, sunroof, MP3, CD. 70,000 km. 081 862 8846, 038 433 255. Alarm system. For Sale 650,0000 Baht. (ptfvs-je1508)Suzuki Caribean 4 Wheel Drive Jeep. Customized, new Vitara big engine, auto, air, power brakes/ steering. Very low mileage on engine and drive train. Asking 140,000 OBO. See write up at: forum/Customized-SuzukiCaribian-Pattaya-t231013. html&hl=suzuki or call: Lek/ Jeep 086 072 9843 glenp@ (ptfvs-c1508)For Sale 2007 Mitsubishi Triton Plus 2.5 diesel turbo black, 4 door, automatic, only 13,000kms. showroom condition! First to pay me 550,000 baht takes it away! For more information call 081 187 8633(English) (ptfvs-j1508)Honda Click 2007, 2600 Km. Only 26000 Bath. Tel. 087 142 2237. (ptfvs-k0708)Toyota 2003 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto DSL. Only 140,000 ks Only 475,000 offer. 08 600 68 390. (ptfvs-k0708)A Solid Gold Longines Watch and Band, valuation $14,000 – new $20,000. Sell for only $6,000 or swap for jet ski or car or 4 wheel drive. 08 600 68 390. (ptfvs-r0408)2003 Nissan NV Truck with Carryboy. Top-automatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721.

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BHP was the perfect location

The Bangkok Hospital Pattaya was a wonderful venue for the ‘British Chamber of Commerce Thailand’(BCCT) networking evening that was held recently. The hospital did its bit by providing some free medical checkups, including blood pressure testing. The terrace on the 10th floor of the new D-wing, was an ideal place to watch the sun setting over Pattaya, with “KK” and Australian Mathew Fryar pictured doing exactly that.

Thai PM visits Siam City

Pattaya’s first whisky tasting

Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, Vice President of Siam City Hotels & Resorts, welcomed Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on his arrival at the hotel to open the recent “High-Level Ministerial Conference on Freshwater Governance” held at the hotel. Several international environmental experts and government ministers attended the event, which was organized by Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resource.

“Ballantines” the Scottish distillers and blenders of one of the world’s best known premium whiskies, recently held a popular whisky tasting night in the beachfront bar and conference room of Pattaya’s beautiful Sheraton Hotel. Plenty of dedicated whisky tipplers turned up to learn the finer points of judging good whisky, where it was pointed out that “Ballantines”, have won the “World’s Best Distillers Award” in four out of the last five years. Sheraton’s General Manager Mr. Dietmar Koegerl, was the host with Scottish whisky expert Darren Hosie instructing and conducting the whisky tasting.

Manhattans’ host jazz guitarist

Manhattans Restaurant and Bar, one of the hottest venues in town, hosts live jazz sessions every Saturday evening, with a special celebrity jazz night on the first Saturday of the month, which are very much appreciated by enthusiastic patrons. Their customers enjoy the spontaneous fusion of a jam session featuring jazz and blues classics, accompanied by a delightful dinner. This month saw a visit by the famous American jazz guitarist and singer, Mr. Dan Phillips, with the backup of the talented Manhattans’ House Band.

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FOODLAND Food and Drink Party 2009

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This year another prenominal success I WAS delighted in the first week of May to receive an Invitation to the ‘Foodland’ Food and Drink Party for 2009, having spent a very pleasurable couple of hours there last year. Last year included an array of tantalising finger foods that I didn’t think could be matched, but what a lovely surprise, the food this year was even better. Large platters of sweet and savoury items to suit every pallet from fish of every description to a large selection of cold meats. Plenty of hot snacks were also on offer including roast pork and turkey, fried chicken, skewers, ham off the bone, and my favourite, a very tasty doner kebab. A good selection of fine wines were available for sampling along with other cool drinks. Now of course, I have to wait another full year before the next ‘Foodland’ Party, this may be one occasion when I will not mind if time flies. My thanks go out to the Management of the store, many are photographed alongside, for this splendid evening.

Lions Club’s roaring success

The A-One Boat Hotel was recently the centre for a huge ‘Lions Club’ Function, which saw the swearing in of no less than eight new Lions Club Presidents, from various groups in Pattaya, Ban Saeng and Chonburi. It was interesting to note that some clubs are made up almost entirely of ladies. The VIP guest was Thailand’s Khun Kaji Habnanon, who in 2004, was the World President for all of the Lions Clubs.

dusit d2 baraquda Away to Norway Promotion

Invited guests celebrated a gourmet Norwegian food festival recently to coincide with Thai Airways new direct route to Oslo commencing on 15th June 2009. Chef Allan Ho performed his magic on the freshest fish flown in from the cold, clear waters of Norway while a free flow of sparkling wine and Voss, the pure artesian water sourced from Norwegian glaciers refreshed and energised the gastronomic happening. With Dusit D2’s individual panache and the stunning backdrop of the S.E.A. Restaurant the event was an unqualified success.

56 Pattaya Today

Vol. 8 No. 19 ď ´ 16 - 30 June 2009

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Pattaya Today Volume 8 Issue 19  

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Pattaya Today Volume 8 Issue 19  

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