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Fake banknotes in town Alertness needed over New Year THE Bank of Thailand and science department said that a local police have warned real banknote bears the waterthat counterfeit, high denomi- mark of His Majesty the King nation banknotes have been which can be seen only when spotted in Pattaya and other Thai cities. Nopporn Pramojaney, assistant governor of the Bank of Thailand, urged consumers and businesses to watch out for slightly odd looking notes, especially 500 and 1,000 baht types, over the new year period. He explained that counterfeit currency had increased by 80% this year, perhaps as a consequence of hard economic times. A money dealer displays a wad of Already, nearly 20,000 genuine Thai banknotes fake notes had been confiscated, about two thirds of held up to the light. The picture of the King, the them 1,000 baht denomination with a total face value of over letters and the digits showing 12 million baht. Pattaya police the value on the real note have are warning tourists not to buy an embossed feel. Notes of Thai currency at unauthorised 1,000 baht, 500 baht and 100 dealers or on street corners. baht value have reflective and “Having a wad of fake notes holographic metallic strips. can lead to a lot of problems Banknotes of smaller denomiand a lengthy investigation,” a nations are unlikely to attract the attention of counterfeiters. spokesman said. Police say that forged notes Officers at the forensic

are most likely to be used deliberately at night, particularly in bars and night clubs, petrol stations and convenience stores when staff may be less vigilant. The cruder versions of the fake notes are simply copied with cut edges on a laser printer, but the more sophisticated forgeries are more difficult to spot. The tell tale signs are the paper feeling slightly slippery or the lack of a holographic strip. John Curtis, a south Pattaya bar owner, said a Japanese customer had tried to pay his bill with a fake note that vigilant staff noticed in time. Police were called and it transpired that the foreign tourist had innocently bought a bundle of fake money near the

Cambodian-Thai border post at Pong Nam Ron. The visitor, who was not charged but had to surrender 40,000 fake baht, had already used some of the illegal cash in restaurants without anyone noticing. Much of the fake currency, according to police, originates in Cambodia and some of it is used in drugs transactions and money laundering bypassing all bank transactions. The user of fake banknotes could face a lengthy jail sentence, although police say they are fully aware that some holders are the victims of a scam. Incidentally, it is no defence to say that your fake currency was used to pay for counterfeit goods such as non-copyright clothes, watches or DVDs commonly on sale

Pattaya tourism up and down ALTHOUGH the Tourism Council of Thailand estimates that 3 million tourists won’t be coming to the country this year, the local Pattaya scene has mixed signals. Many bars, hotels and restaurants report income is at least 20% down on

last year and many owners attribute this state of affairs to the airport siege which ended in early December. Several restaurants approached by Pattaya Today said the numbers booking for Christmas and New Year dinners

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in Pattaya. Two wrongs don’t make a right in this particular context! were down markedly on last year. Many entrepreneurs say in particular the Russian tourist boom of recent years has come to a shuddering halt. The Russian stock market has lost half its value this year and Moscow based property shares have fallen as much as 90%. Continued on page 2


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MR. Ittipon Khunpluem, Pattaya City Mayor, Mr. Niti Kongkroot, Director of Pattaya Tourist Authority of Thailand, Mr. Pitak Pradprueng, Secretary of Thailand Car Racing Association, held a press conference to announce the preparations for the upcoming final round of the Thailand Cross Country Rally. Pattaya City, the Tourist Authority of Thailand and Thailand Car Racing Association had organized the event. The race took place from the December 12th thru14th,

Racing Kart drivers makes donation for Bira security guard’s family Recently, the Kart racing community from Laem Bali Hai Easy Kart racing circuit, and Easy Kart Bira Racing circuit presented a donation from many of the drivers to the management of the Bira Racing Circuit to give to the fallen security guards family whose life was lost at Bira circuit during a robbery on the evening of the 3rd of December. Although, the robbers were eventually captured, the family of Mr. Kuhn Somshai Gaewsawang had to deal with the loss of their loved one. This community of racers felt the need to give back something to

2008. The route started from Chonburi to Rayong, which was 480 kilometers in all. Before the race began,

Huge fireworks and 13 bands for New Year Countdown will be luxurious and noisy

the family as K. Somshai, as he was the only person caretaking for his family. The Bira Circuit has been one of the most visible racing circuits in Thailand in recent years and is an important economic impact to the

Chonburi community. In photo from left to right, Jack Lemvard, 2008 Asian Touring Car Champion, Kuhn Meme, Manager Bira Circuit, Bobby Brooks, 1993 SCCA Regional Racing Champion.

PATTAYA city in conjunction with the provincial administration and media organizations

have organized the Pattaya Countdown to celebrate New Year with 7 days and nights of

every car drove around the city to promote the race. The race started at Walking Street and ended at Sukawadee House. fireworks and concerts by Grammy artists. The organizers hope to draw 500,000 visitors and at least 250 million baht in tourist revenue. Mr Wittaya Kunplome, president of the provincial administration organization, said that Pattaya was now a world class resort and was heading to be the number one destination for all Asia. The Pattaya Countdown is to be held at Bali Hai pier from December 25 thru’ new year and will be broadcast by MCOT’s worldwide network link. The thirteen bands include Black Head, Boy Peace Maker, Buddha Bless, Instinct, Pancake, Playground, Slot Machine and many more superstars.

Polio awareness campaign underway THE public health department sponsored a vaccine shot for children under five years in and around the city. Mrs Wannaporn Jaemjamrus. Director, said that polio was a serious infection of the nerves in the spine and resulted in some muscles being permanently destroyed. Therefore, the government was very concerned to publicise the matter as widely as possible. Free jabs will continue at the public health department offices in Soi Bukao until January 14. Continued from page 1

Pattaya tourism up and down But British tourists in Pattaya said their main worry was the fall of the pound against the Thai baht. “Last year,” said Manchester visitor David Price, “I could buy two beers for a pound. This year it’s nearer two pounds for one beer.” He added he was certain that the sluggish property market in Pattaya owed much to the strength of the baht and the weakness of some currencies which put off potential buyers for the time being. On the other hand, there’s no shortage of people extending their visas at the Pattaya immigration bureau. On a typical day, there are 700 customers or thereabouts. One officer said he thought the profile of visitors had changed

More empty deck chairs than this time last year? this year, “There are lots of Authority, “but foreigners now central Europeans, including need to see a few months of Slovakia and Slovenia, and the stable government and signs of Ukraine has held up very well. economic progress before they There’s no shortage either of start spending again.” A survey in the UK has Europeans applying for a one year retirement visa based on shown that most tourists holding 800,000 baht in a Thai stranded by the Bangkok bank account. It’s not all gloom airport debacle will return to the by any manner of means.” Land of Smiles once they are Meanwhile several property convinced that street developers are continuing with demonstrations are a thing of new starts, although they tend the past. “The fear of not to be smaller units or low rise being able to get back to your condos. “The basic confidence own country is the biggest is still there,” says the regional put-off of all,” said one director of the Tourist respondent.


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Thais4LIfe now raises 376,000 baht for charity Approximately 200 teddy bears were donated together with cash for rice for the 2008 appeal organised by Thais4Life in conjunction with Oscar’s bar and Panorama in Pattaya Boyztown and with The Balcony in Bangkok. The bears have gone to the children at Jing Jai orphanage, the Blind School and the Camillian Centre. Also at the “picnic” was Oscar the Thais4Life Bear who has just returned from his travels on P&O Cruises and has clocked up a fantastic 116,383 nautical miles. Later on the evening on December 18, there was a fundraising charity evening compered by Norman Vernon and starring Maisie Trollette, Dolly John and Lucy Lastik. A raffle was held and there was also an auction featuring classic wines, vintage ports and

many other items. Maisie Trollette, pictured centre, then presented Thais4Life’s Vic and David (left and right) with 100,000 baht for Jing Jai orphanage raised in the UK. Altogether 376,000 baht was raised for designated local charities. A special draw for gold later took place with 50 tickets sold at 1,000 baht each. The two prizes were a King’s limited

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edition 50th anniversary 22 carat gold coin worth 30,000 baht and a gold ring. The main prize was won by Mick from Halifax and the ring by Johnny from Ireland. The 14 week sponsored diet by David Kerridge and Barry Kenyon raised 180,000 baht after it was revealed they had jointly lost 25 kilos, mostly by David who more or less signed the pledge for the duration.

Scorpion challenge stings into action Dare devil queen does it again

RIPLEYS Believe It Or Not museum, managed by Minor International Public Company, with strong support from the Thai tourist authority and the Pattaya local authority, introduced Ms Kanchana Ketkaew, or Nong Na, on December 22 who dreams to challenge the Guinness world record to keep a live scorpion

in her mouth longer than any human being (so far she has managed just over two minutes) and secondly to stay the longest time in a glass enclosure with 5,000 stinging scorpions (the current record is 33 days and nights). Nong Na is 39 years old and married to the Centipede King and will be attempting to

overcome all physical and fear boundaries in the bizarre endeavour. She said, “If you thought my previous attempt was intense the new one will make you speechless.” Her health and well being will be monitored by doctors and health professionals throughout the one month plus exercise. The Guinness World Record attempt by Nong Na would not be possible without the generous support of Pattaya city, the tourism authority, the Royal Garden Plaza and the International Food Centre Food Wave, Thai Samsung Electronics, Gim U Seng, Bangkok Airways, Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, Pepsi, Samui Snake Farm and Bangkok Pattaya Hospital. A spokesman for Ripley’s said there is also on display a special Christmas tree covered with 2,000 scorpions.

Laem Chabang Tesco Lotus opens for business ON December 19 Mr Surapon Pongtadsirikoon, governor of Chonburi, presided over the opening of a brand new mall. Mr Somkuan Nokhong, manager of the store, was on hand to welcome the governor, the guests and the shoppers. The new Laem Chabang Tesco Lotus, otherwise known as Harbour Mall, has been constructed with a 500 million baht budget. It has 12,955 square meters and car parking facilities for 4,000 vehicles. The mall features banks, theatres, book stores, drug stores, furniture outlets, food

ad garment retail products etc. It’s located at 4/30, Moo 10, Toongkla, Laem Chabang and

requests to rent space for business is asked to phone 02 797 9000 or fax 02 797 9818.

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Santa now appears on an elephant At the Pinnacle Grand Hotel, Na Jomtien, the Rotary International Club organized the “Charity Saint Nicolaus & Oldies Party” event to raise the funds for the underprivileged children. The members of the club and 50 children from the Children Protection and Welfare Center attended the party. The event was to raise money for the less fortunate, sick, and orphan children. The children enjoyed their meal and

Mayor of Pattaya Celebrates 35th birthday Vacant Chinese miracle doctor found wandering

a magic show. They also received Christmas presents from Santa Claus, who rode an elephant rather than the usual reindeer.

New world record at Nongnooch

Marooned at airport thanks to riots

ON December 15th, 2008, Mr. Ittipon Kunplome, Pattaya City Mayor, celebrated his 35th birthday at his residence located at Saensook Village in Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi. There were many dignitaries attended the birthday party such as Mr. Sontaya Kunplome, former Sports and

Tourism Minister, Mr. Niran Wattasartsatorn, president of the Advisors to Pattaya Mayor, Mr. Mai Chaiyanit, Mayor of Nongprue Municipality, local politicians, and other honorary guests. There was a monkish blessing in the morning and after the meeting the party began.

Green Space Concert at Ocean Marina Yacht Club

OCEAN Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien, Pattaya, Chonburi. Heineken and other companies organized the Heineken Green Space Music Beyond Borders concert featuring both local and international performers. There were modern jazz, bossanova, and reggae by artists from Thailand, Sweden, France and Jamaica. The event

featured Swedish pop band Club 8 with ETC band, French performer Crystal Night, and Jamaican reggae legend Little Roy and his guests – Prince Fatty, Winston Francis and Holly Cook with T-Bone. There were about 2,000 people attended the event which was said to be something of a record.

Pattaya Ladies plan glamorous event Saturday January 17 is shaping up to be a top notch event when the PILC host their “black and white” splendour ball at the Dusit Thani. The evening begins on the vertanda listening to the lively sound of Bangkok Jazz Band “Sharps and Flats”, followed by a lavish meal and buffet and then a DJ and Jazz Band to ensure all feet dance the night away. The purpose of the evening is to raise cash for the PILC welfare team to distribute resources to the many needy causes in 2009. Tickets are on sale at 3,500 baht to include sunset cocktails, a four course dinner, wine and all other drinks on tap and,. Of course, the fabulous entertainment. The theme is “black and white” so be creative and there are prizes for the best dressed. Further information and tickets from Jacinta Chamberlain on 086 997 0671 or Rachel Hoag on 081 782 6118. Auction items on the night include a private French chef to cook for you and five of your friends, a weekend in Hua Hin, a sailing coach at the Royal Varuna yacht club, artwork from local specialists and an antique silver cutlery set valued at 100,000 baht.

Mr. Kampon Tonsatja, Managing Director of Nongnooch Garden revealed that Mr. Jirapuet Sodorn, Sales and Marketing Manager of Nongnuch, had notified him that he had met Mr. Wu Zhenming, aged 61, from China, wandering aimlessly, hopelessly and sadly around U-tapao airport. Yet the airport was no longer to be used as a gateway to depart Thailand owing to the fact that Thailand’s two main airports had been opened and were fully operational. Mr. Wu Zhenming, it transpired, could not leave Thailand because he was short of money to hire a taxi to take him back to Suvarnabhumi airport. The manager then took him back to his place and provided food and shelter for him. Mr. Wu Zhenming said that a paralyzed patient had phoned him from Thailand to China and asked him to come here to heal the patient. Therefore, he decided to get on a plane and had flown with China Southern Airlines; he had arrived Thailand on November 23rd and had gone to the patient’s house,

but found it locked. Hence, he decided to leave Thailand, but the PAD had besieged the airport. As a result, he had hired a cab from the Suvarnabhumi airport to U-tapao airport, and he had only 180 baht left. He had been wandering around the airport until he had met Mr. Jirapuet and was taken to a guesthouse at Nongnooch Garden. After Mr. Kampon had heard a story, he had instructed Mrs. Pattanan Kantisookpan, General Manager of Nongnooch, to reserve a flight back to China and also asked her to give 5,000 baht to Mr. Wu Zhenming. Mr. Kampon had added that Mr. Wu Zhenming specialized in healing paralyzed patients, and he had received a certificate from Public Health Ministry, China. He could heal them by using Chinese herbals and puncturing the patients. He came to Thailand seven years ago to heal a paralyzed patient in Chacherngsao province, and that person was no longer paralyzed. Since then he had become something of a healing legend you might say.

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AT Pattaya City Hall, in Tappraya meeting room, Mr.

Ittipon Khunpluem, Pattaya City Mayor, Mr. Niti

Mr. Kampon Tonsatja, Managing Director of Nongnuch Gardens revealed to a group of reporters that he had had been notified by mahouts that this morning Pangduenpen, an elephant, aged 23, had given birth to a baby boy. Thus, he told the mahouts to relocate Pangduenpen to a 200 rai ranch nearby for her comfort and joy. The baby was named Plai Santisook, which

means “peace” in the English language. Mr. Kampon further stated that a father of Plai Santisook was Plai Bird, aged 30, and owned by Nongnooch Garden. The father had set a world record for elephants by producing the most children in the world. Plai Santisook is his 34th child which is more than most humans could manage beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Beach football kicks off OK

CITY officials presided over Pattaya’s fourth international beach football cup together with Mr Rattachai Soottidechani, president of the committee of sports and tourism in the city.

The event was held from December 16 to 18 and was designed to encourage local people to play sport for their own good health. As they do say, healthy bodies go with healthy minds or vice versa.

Kongkroot, Director of Pattaya Tourist Authority of Thailand, Mr. Pitak Pradprueng, Secretary of Thailand Car Racing Association, had held a press conference to announce the preparations for the upcoming final round of the Thailand Cross Country Rally. Pattaya City, Tourist Authority of Thailand, Pattaya

Office, and Thailand Car Racing Association had organized the event. The race took place from the December 12 th thru14 th , 2008. The route started from Chonburi to Rayong. Before the race began, every car drove around the city to promote the race which started at Walking Street and ended at Sukawadee House.


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Chonburi MPs host a get-together party At the Democrat Party Office, Banglamung, Members of Parliament Pojjanart Kaewpluek, Constituency 2, Chonburi, had held a press conference to announce the get-together event entitled “Inventive Cohesion amongst people of Chonburi”. The event took place on December 14th, 2008, at Banglamung School, Chonburi, started at 4:30 PM to 11:00 PM. M.P. Pojjanart Kaewpluek said that the main purpose of

the event was to get together amongst the people of Chonburi. Therefore, all Chonburi Member of Parliaments had decided to organize the event. There were Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, Democrat party leader, Mr. Suthep Tueksuban, Democrat party secretary, Mr. Banyat Bantadtarn, former Democrat party leader, and party list MPS from Bangkok and other provinces. The food and drinks were free and there were

Anti drink drive campaign gets underway very soon

PATTAYA city authorities cooperated with the police

station to arrange a street parade under the slogan “If

drunk do not drive. Compose yourself before you start.” The parade started in front of Pattaya police station and wound its way along beach road and round the city. The parade was timed to coincide with the end of year festivities which tend to have a lot of serious road accidents and deaths. This is because people are so busy enjoying themselves they fall short of good standards of personal behavior. Police said they wanted to encourage drivers to be sensible but road blocks would be set up to punish those who behaved irresponsibly.

Thai Navy aspires to promote U-Tapao airport REAR Admiral Upper Half Worasak Jannu, Deputy Commander, First Naval Area Command, paid a visit Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem Pattaya City Mayor and Mr. Ronnakit Ekkasing, Pattaya City Deputy Mayor to discuss a strategy to promote U-tapao airport to be known worldwide. Rear Admiral Upper Half Worasak said that the U-tapao was under an administration of the navy and had been a commercial airport for quite some time, but it was still little-known for travelers until the main airports were besieged by PAD. And, there were many

stranded tourists had used the air as a main gateway to depart Thailand. After a situation resumed normal, the Royal Thai Navy had an idea to improve and streamline the whole airport with Pattaya city. The airport

could turn into an international airport. To accomplish this, Pattaya City must promote the airport to foreigners, as well as come up with innovative thinking to draw more airlines to use the airport.


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New Lobby at the Ambassador City

Mr. Pisit Boonchuang, Deputy Governor of Chonburi province, presided over a grand opening of a “new lobby” at the Ambassador City Jomtien

Hotel, Sattahip, Chonburi. Mr. Anusak Rodboonmee welcomed the deputy governor. Hotel staff and dignitaries attended the happy event.

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Medicine cupboards Buddhist monks given to schools take Scruples exam

AT Pattaya City Hall, on behalf of Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital and the PattayaMarina Rotary Club, Mr. Christian Civet-Lobtein, Secretary of Pattaya-Marina Rotary Club and Mr. Benoit Hebting, Committee of Pattaya-Marina Rotary Club donated medicine cupboards to 11 schools in Pattaya. Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, Pattaya City Mayor, re-

ceived the donation on behalf of the 11 schools. Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital and Pattaya-Marina Rotary Club have been doing charity works together, and one of them is to donate items that are needed by students. Thus, the two organizations had decided to donate medicine cupboards to schools, which would be a first aid kit for sick and injured children.

At Watchai Mongkon, South Pattaya, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi, Pratape Kunakorn, Buddhist monk, Assistant to Dean of Region 13, presided over an examination for Buddhist monks. There were 450 monks took this exam at the temple. Due to the end of this year’s semester, the Sanamluang

Dhama Office had set up a date for the examination level A and B of Scruples and Rectitude exam for all Buddhist monks. The date for the test was on December 8th thru 11th, and this year there were about 4,000 monks throughout the region 13 took the test. We don’t know the results yet.

WOW Pattaya Road Show at Central World

Tiffany’s Show organizes the Pattaya Young Talent

AT Pattaya City Hall in VIP room, Pattaya City had signed a contract to borrow 20 million baht from the Government House Saving Bank. Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem signed a contact on behalf of the city of Pattaya. Mrs. Adchara Muengkoom, Pattaya Manager of Government House Saving Bank, acting on behalf of the bank signed the loan contract as a creditor. Mr. Sittipab Muengkoom, Pattaya city district chief, signed as a witness, and other Pattaya city officials did likewise. Mr. Ittipon revealed that

the reason that the city had to take out the loan of 20 million baht this time was to support a pawnshop owned by the city. Due to world economic crisis, many people are short on cash and the pawnshop owned by the local authority did not have enough cash. Therefore the city had to borrow 20 million baht from the bank. Previously, it had borrowed 30 million, so the total loan is 50 million baht. The pawnshop should have enough funds to help people who need cash in exchange for their chattels, especially this imminent holiday season.

AT the lobby of Tiffany‘s Show Pattaya, Chonburi, Miss Alisa Phanthusak, Assistant Managing Director of Tiffany‘s Show, Mrs. Roongtip Sooksreekarn, Mrs. Jinttana Wittana, Mrs. Boobpa Noipasom, and Mr. Chedta Tantraporn held a press conference about the staging of a Pattaya Young Talent 2009 contest, which starts on December 27th, 2009. The Tiffany‘s Show Pattaya

and Pattaya New Sky Group had organized a singing and musical band contest. The participants must be between 12- 18 years of age, and the competition is in 4 categories: Thai folks song, Thai Pop, English Song, and Band competition. The winners will receive a trophy and cash. The purpose to organize this competition is to promote the talents of the Pattaya youth in singing and playing musical instruments. The contest is scheduled December 27 through January 10.

AT the World Trade Center, Bangkok, Mr. Ronnakit Ekkasing, Pattaya City Deputy Mayor, presided over the WOW Pattaya road show. Mr. Niti Kongkroot, Director of Pattaya Tourist Authority of Thailand, hotel operators, tour operators, shoppers, etc attended the event. Tourist Authority of Thailand, Pattaya Center, Pattaya City, and Central World Trade Center, Bangkok, had teamed up to organize the event to promote the city of Pattaya and to attract tourists to visit the city.

The event entitled “Wow Pattaya” brings the city to Central World during December 12th thru 14th, 2008 from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The main purpose of the activity was to draw more Thai tourists to visit Pattaya and to create a good image for the city. The event had been divided to 3 zones. They were Zone Wow Natural, Zone Wow Art and Culture, and Zone Wow Entertainment. The organizers hoped that the event would bring more people to the city.

Early teen gets shot by young racer POLICE Major Winai Horian, Banglamung Police Investigator, Chonburi, had been notified from Banglamung Hospital that a young teenager had been shot and was admitted to the hospital. After receiving the call, the police rushed to the hospital. There in the ICU room, they found Mr. Kacharak or Petch Katwatta, aged 16, in a critical condition. He was shot in the abdomen and soon he was transferred to Chonburi Hospital.

One of his friends told the police that before the incident the injured teen gathered with his friends around 10 people to test the speed of their motorbikes by racing them at route 36 Kratinglai-Rayong. One of the racers, who name was Jack, had took out a gun and played with it, and he accidentally shot Mr. Kacharak. After the shooting, he sped away quickly. The police would try to locate Mr. Jack for the questioning regarding the incident.


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Italian national is Inebriated Belgian crashes to his doom arrested for boy rape

ON December 20, a Belgian tourist fell from the third floor of his hotel and died later of his injuries in hospital. Police went round to the Natural Beach Hotel, Soi 11, Pattaya beach road, and found the body of Patrick Claes, 42, who was still clutching a can of Singha beer. His head was open with a serious wound and he was admitted to Memorial Hospital in a coma and died later. Police examined the man’s

room but found nothing suspicious therein. Hotel staff said Mr Claes had checked into the hotel 2 weeks ago and had a bit of a track record for drunken behavior. On the day of the accidental death, he was drinking on the balcony of his room while several tourists were enjoying themselves below at the pool. Suddenly their good time was interrupted by the sudden crash of a body from above.

Good Samaritans capture snatch thief

POLICE Lieutenant Colonel Sutham Chaosreethong, Deputy Superintendent of Crimes Suppression, Pattaya Police Station, Chonburi, had been notified that good Samaritans had detained a snatch and run suspect behind Yensabai Condo, South Pattaya. At the crime scene, good Samaritans and patrol police

officers had detained the suspect whose name was Mr. Patcharapong Kittipornwiroot aged 18, who lived at Chokechai Village 3 in soi Neonpubwan. He was apprehended with a 2 baht gold necklace and his black and red striped Suzuki Base motorbike. Standing not far from him was a victim, whose name was Miss Jurairat Kiniyom, aged 21, address on

ON December 23 senior police from the children’s and women’s protection centre brought a team to arrest Mr Manniri Massimo, aged 51, as he was walking in the Sunee Plaza area. The charge was that he had raped a boy aged 14 and that the parents had got to know and told the police. Checking his profile, it was discovered that he had been charged six years ago with making a video of himself indulging in lewd behavior with another boy. Police lieutenant colonel Kreetha Tankanarat

stated that the accused man was a chef and travelled on holiday many times to Thailand. He usually stayed at an apartment in Soi Nern Plabwan and drove a motorbike to the beach, sometimes stopping off en route for a beer in the Sunee district. Police believe he had taken boys back to his base and paid them 500 baht post sex to try and ensure their silence. Police are still investigating and will search the man’s room for further evidence of illicit contact with minors.

ID: 585/20 Moo 10, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. Mr. Patcharapong or “Boy”, the culprit, had confessed to his crime. He told the police that he was riding a motorbike with Mr. Kai, who was his accomplice, when they reached the main entrance of Pattaya School Number 8, there they found their victim. They saw Miss Jurairat, who was a passenger, riding a motorbike with her boyfriend. When he had a chance, he grabbed her necklace but she put up strong resistance. Thus, the gold necklace broke into 2 pieces and then they tried to speed away. Unfortunately for them, during their get away, they lost control of the bike and fell off. However, Mr. Kai stood up quickly and dashed off with the motorbike, but Mr. Patcharapog was not that agile. Thus he was detained by the worthy

citizens. He was taken to police for further investigations and the police would try to locate his business associate to bring him to justice behind bars.

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Jutting out pipe kills one motorist

POLICE perforce had to rush to Pattaya Muengmai Village, Soi Chaiyapruke in Jomtien, after a person died suddenly when his motor bike struck a water pipe. The unlucky driver was Mr Pranchai Posree, aged 34, who was lying on the ground with serious head injuries. His green and grey Honda Wave lay nearby with minor damage and, 10 meters away, was a PVC water pipe which had a blood stain on it. The wife of the dead guy Mrs Duangduen was nearby and in a weeping state. She said

that her husband had taken the bike for a washing but she had learned that he had been involved in a fatal accident, devastating news indeed. A witness said that the accident occurred because the plastic pipe was sticking out from the back of a pick up truck, causing massive head injuries and an end to this mortal grind. The police said they had some CCTV footage and would try and find the truck and driver who may have been oblivious to what had transpired behind him.

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British bar owner in suspected bid to die

POLICE rushed to a bar in soi 8 after Ms Chonticha Tongyoo, aged 30 from and from Korat, raised the alarm that her partner Mr Jamie Reeds, a British national, had suspended himself with a belt in what appears to have been a death wish. Fortunately, he was rescued in time and rushed for emergency care to the Memorial hospital’s intensive care unit. Police had rushed to the Biskin Fast Food enterprise and found the man unconscious on the floor with a bruised neck and head wounds. Ms Chontima told concerned investigators that she and her British partner had run the establishment for eight years

but he had increasingly become sensitive about arguments and had threatened to take his own life on more than one occasion. On the day of the near tragedy, they had argued about her drinking habits and the fact the business was losing money. She had gone upstairs and gone to sleep. Later she was awakened by the sound of breaking glass and had found Mr Reeds suspended from a stair rail. She had failed to solve the problem but had called on neighbours who had managed to cut the belt. Police are treating the matter as a suicide bid brought on by jealousy and business difficulties.

Junkie overdosed and met his end in room Transvestite pickpocket can’t believe the arrest

Was he a Samaritan or miscreant fellow?

POLICE were called out to a room in Soi Chaiyapoon after Mr Porntip Taikornburee, aged 25 and from Nakorn Rachasrima, was found in a pool of blood in the bathroom. Searching the room, police discovered 11 amphetamine tablets and even apparatus for taking heroin. A staff member at the apartment block said the guy had rented the room at 8 a.m. for a short time until noon.

However, he failed to appear at the designated check out time and so the staff had taken the liberty of using a spare key to take a peep inside. What he saw was indeed a shock but he composed himself and telephoned the police station. It’s likely that an overdose was the cause of this transfer to another plane of existence but an autopsy will be held to check out the hypothesis.

500,000 baht missing from bank account DUTCH couple Mr Frank Bouwmeester and Mrs Johanna Doom, residents of Pattaya, complained to the police and the media on December 21 that half a million baht had disappeared from their joint bank account. Mrs Doom said she had been a customer at Kasikorn Bank for more than eight years and she had an ATM card with a maximum withdrawal of 20,000 baht a day.

In July she had tried to withdraw cash but a message on the ATM told her there was an error in the pin number code. This happened at more than one outlet, so the couple went to the originating branch and asked for a new card as the old one was ancient history. Whilst they were waiting they asked for a written statement and, horror of horrors, the 500,000 baht mystery

IN the region of soi 5, Second Road, a Finnish national claimed that a transvestite pest had tried to rob him on a baht bus but the cross dresser suggested it was all a terrible mistake. Arriving at the scene, police found the European vacationer had detained the trannie who still had 4,000 baht in his hand. The intended victim Mr Juha Haanpa, aged 37, told investigators of the crime suppression unit that the TV had boarded the same bus, initiated a tedious conversation and then attempted to pick his pocket. The tourist grabbed the miscreant’s wrist and found

4,000 in hand. But Mr Chaiyot Muentamleu, aged 30, told a very different story that the Finn had dropped his cash and that he had stooped down to collect it for him, becoming horrified when accused of attepted theft. This is something he would never dream of. But a witness on the same baht bus Miss Arom Reesaengon, aged 39, confirmed the farang’s story and said the TV’s explanation was a total load of tosh. The evidence was solid enough for the police to send the case to the public prosecutor.

was revealed. Initially bank staff told them that the missing money would be refunded, but this never happened. On December 18, they were informed by officials that the money had been transferred via an ATM, to accounts in Surathani and Kalasin. So far the bank has refused to restore

the cash saying that it was possible the account holder had divulged the pin number to a third party, a claim strongly denied. Mrs Doom said she wanted to publicise the matter as much as possible to draw attention to what she said was a “terrible system”. The matter remains unresolved.


NEWS Expensive night indeed 2 Pakistanis busted for with the beach lady selling sex stimulant

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Cash turns up indelicately in her panties

POLICE Lieutenant Somchai Chaikananukoon, Pattaya Police Crimes Suppression Unit had been notified that a tourist’s property had been stolen from his rented room at Siam Sawasdee Hotel, located on 2nd Road, soi 11, Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. After receiving the call, the police rushed to the scene. At the crime scene, room 203 on 2nd floor, the police found Mr. Slawomir Pawel Muniak, aged 57 from Poland. He told the police that he had picked up a good looking woman from Pattaya Beach Road and taken her back to his hotel room to spend a romantic time together prior to an unspecified horizontal encounter. After he had spent a passionate moment with her, he had fallen asleep. After he woke up, he found that all his value belongings were vanished. They were clothes, cash, and cellular phone, etc. The police asked hotel staff to check the hotel CCTV video footage and they were able to obtain an image of a female suspect who had visited him in his room. The footage image had shown that she had rented another room in the same hotel. The police and the victim went to the room there they found the suspect and her associate. There they discovered Mrs. Yada Oonkeaw, aged 28 of Chachernsao, and Mr. Wichet Hajiasoon, aged 28, of Kaenghangmaew, Chantaburi.

The couple were husband and wife. The police requested to search their room and found the Polish victim’s items in 2 plastic bags. They were LG cell phone, calculator, and some US currency. However, the victim had claimed that the amount of cash that was stolen was more than that. Thus the police had searched Mrs. Yada’s body and found some more concealed in her panties. A female police volunteer asked to check her body thoroughly and found more of the victim’s cash totaling $906 dollars. Mrs. Yada confessed that she had spent a special moment of sorts with the victim. After that had concluded with a sigh, Mr. Slawomir had gone to sleep. While he was in a slumbering state, she had stolen his belongings. Then she called her husband to check into the same hotel in order to hide the stolen items and retrieve them later. Unfortunately, the victim had woken up too soon which is an occupational hazard you might say. She said she needed the money to send back home to her family and to pay off some debts and with the rest they would purchase amphetamines. She had added that they had done this several times before they got busted. They will be charged with conspiring to steal and attempted theft at night which is more serious in law than in the daytime.

Would be burglar gets beaten up

ON December 18, police major Suriya Wariwong was notified that three burglars had broken into a house in Roi Lung Land Village and that one of them had gotten his just desserts. Arriving at the scene in haste, officers found Mr Tanudom

Chanasuek, aged 40 and a motor bike taxi driver, with substantial bleeding and head injuries thanks to being beaten up. In front of the house, investigators found a black and orange striped Honda Wave with some tools commonly

Had a whale of a time prior to arrest

POLICE Major Teerawoot Numanit, Pattaya Tourist Police, and other police officers had arrested Mr. Muhammad Usman, aged 26 and Mr. Shahid Aziz, aged 36 both from Pakistan. They were captured with a full load of sexual enhancement medicine. They were 315 boxes and 95 tablets totaling 1,420 pills worth 400,000 baht. They were apprehended at a Bang Chak gas station located on North Pattaya road. The police revealed that they had received a tip off from their undercover officers that there was a group of Pakistani nationals who sold Viagra products to tourists at South Pattaya and Walking Street. This is absolutely intolerable.

The officers had set up a string operation by luring them to sell the products to their plain clothes agents who had ordered Viagra products worth 60,000 baht from the suspects at Bang Chak gas station on North Pattaya road where they were arrested there with the Viagra products and taken to police station. The two Pakistanis had confessed that they had bought the Viagra from a neighboring country and been selling Viagra to tourists for quite some time, and been making themselves a veritable fortune before they got busted. They were charged with selling unregistered drugs or medicine without license and face the immediate truncation of their lifestyle.

City inspector turned drug dealer it seems

POLICE and volunteers on duty at Soi Chalermprakiat, central Pattaya, were suspicious after a speeding Toyota pickup drove into view as the driver was behaving in a highly suspicious manner. Stopping the vehicle, police found three blue plastic bags of amphetamines hidden under one of the passenger seats which, to tell the truth, is an obvious hiding place. A total of 450 tablets was discovered and a handcuffed journey to the police station became inevitable.

Mr Narongrit Sengrodrat, aged 36 and hailing from Huay Yai, confessed he had worked as an inspector for city hall but was currently on suspension for unprofessional behaviour. As a result he started to purchase the drugs for 150 and sold them for 250 baht at various entertainment spots around the town. As regards the automobile, this belonged to a friend of his who had nothing to do with nefarious activities. He was charged with possession of a type 1 illegal substance.

used for breaking and entering. After receiving medical treatment, Mr Tanudom explained to avid cops that he and some colleagues had decided to break in as they thought nobody was there at the time. However, he realised this supposition was unfounded when a pregnant woman came out of a bathroom

and began to holler like crazy. At this point, her husband Mr Udom Mutaporn and his brother appeared and caused him to see stars in complete oblivion. The male members of the household explained to police they had used force to subdue the guy as they feared he might attack the baby bearing wife.

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The Lakes at Phoenix win environmental award

THE Lakes at Phoenix has been awarded the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval — An Environmental Impact Assessment is “the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made”. They have concurrent site activity prior to main works construction. The contractor has completed the test piling and is currently conducting piling load tests. Electrical cable, data and infrastructure works

has been located underground already to ensure the natural beauty of the golf course living experience. The concrete access road to The Lakes at Phoenix main entranceway is 90% complete with the outstanding works required to construct a bridge across the small concrete Klong adjacent to the new road pending receipt of official approval from the Royal Irrigation Department to cross the Klong. It is anticipated that official approval will be received prior to New Year with the works being completed by the end of January, 2009.

Pattaya attempts to attract more tourist PATTAYA mayor Ittiphol Kunplome chaired a monthly meeting at which local councillors aired their worries about the current downturn in tourist arrivals. He said that the world’s economic problems and the PAD seizure of the airport, with sundry other political issues, had seen a drop off to the tune of 50% in the Pattaya area. This was a very grim scenario and Mr Kunplome himself had checked around the city, day and night, and seen for himself that matters were certainly on the quiet side. However, the city had organised a road show

in Bangkok at Central World with the intention of encouraging more international and domestic visitors to show up here. He said that oner solution, when foreign visitors were thin on the ground, was to entice native Thais to visit the eastern seaboard. The mayor also stated that he had asked the new Democratic prime minister to visit the city, as a morale boosting exercise, and to concentrate national efforts on rebuilding faith and confidence in the country’s tourism industry on which so manmy jobs depended.

The Best of Esarn fair held

Flea market takings are down this year

REPORTERS paid a visit to the Grand Hall flea market, south Pattaya, to see for themselves how trade has dropped off this year. Owing to the world economic crisis, shoppers are fewer this year and they are not much interested in buying new or second hand clothes. One stall holder Mr Saner Promjan, aged 43, said that last year he averaged 40,000 baht a day as an experienced garment seller. This year 10,000 baht was the gloomy average.

Another shop owner Mrs Dang Iamson, aged 38, said she had never had any trouble selling blankets in the past, but this year her takings were down 50%. She added that her own spending profile had nosedived and that luxury purchases and nights out had become a thing of the past. It’s very obvious that everyone must live within their means right now and to hold all heads above the water line until the crisis passes which, eventually, it surely will.

New entertainment school opens in Pattaya

TWO businessmen, who have educational facilities in Bangkok, have just opened the ATC Singing School on Sukhumvit, North Pattaya and near the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. The new school encompasses a very wide ranging curriculum which includes sound recording, dancing and entertainment subjects to name but a few. Behind the ATC school is a

separate modern building with facilities for the study of engineering and other science subjects. The opening evening was attended by leading government officials and business people as well as the students. The new school offers contemporary learning skills and the chance to be fully up to date in diverse curricular fields.

Planning meeting at city hall held

DEPUTY mayor Ronnakit Ekasingh held a press conference on The Best of Esarn (North Eastern) Fair 2008 which took place on December 20 and 21. The event was organised by Pattaya local authority and the Pattaya-Esarn Association. The fair featured live entertain-

ment, Esarn cultural stuff and dances as well as local products and food fort sale. The event took place at Pattaya school number 8, South Pattaya, and attracted fans of Esarn from all over the Chonburi province. After all, many from the north east earn their bread and butter locally in Pattaya.

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Share your history through ‘Photos for the Future’

AS PART of its Asian launch, The History Channel (HISTORY™), which is aired on True Visions Channel Analog 23 or Digital 48, has teamed up with True Visions Plc and the International School Association of Thailand (ISAT) to kickoff the ‘Photos for the Future’ project today nationwide, empowering its viewers to share their histories and become the link between the past, present and future. The aim of Photos for the Future is to create a lasting visual record of life over the past century in Thailand and other countries in Asia. This collection of personal photographs and stories generously ‘donated’ by the public will be kept safe for future generations and made available in an online archive open for public viewing. Whether these photos were taken 80 years ago or just 8 months ago, any photo which tells a story, is welcomed. HISTORY seeks photos that help mark a moment, a period or an event in history – photos that show the changing faces of familiar local streets, fashion trends or customs from generations before. Even photos of your family’s very first television set or car, grandparents’ escapades or your adventures to places and continents far and strange, these moments captured on film may just find their place in the virtual archive of Photos for the Future. “Photos for the Future is an important initiative for the HISTORY channel. It is part of a global campaign that has run successfully in many parts of the world. And we are now launching it in Thailand. We believe that in every home

there are special photographs that hold not just precious sentimental value, but also possibly valuable historical significance. We would like to invite everyone to step up and proudly share their photos together with unique personal stories behind them as part of a collection for future generations. We hope this photo gallery will result in a uniquely Thai photographic tapestry that will be enjoyed for years to come, and look forward to submissions with much anticipation and excitement”, said Louis Boswell, General Manager, AETN All Asia Networks President of ISAT, Ms. Usa Somboon added, “History isn’t something which happens just in text books. Everyone has their own history, and I believe this campaign will also help further enhance family activity, enabling children to learn about ‘history’ in a fun and personal way. ISAT will, therefore, be inviting all our member international schools in Thailand to promote Photos for the Future as an extra curriculum activity”. True Visions will be assisting in publicizing this project through its cable channels. “We are delighted to be part of this worthwhile initiative. As adults, we become so bogged down in our daily working lives that we often forget about the truly precious moments that we should pass on to our children. Photos for the Future will help us revisit those moments, and provide a channel for those treasured and historical moments to be preserved for the future generation”, said Sanguan Saruayjirawat, Senior Marketing Manager of True Visions Plc.

A large number of Thailand’s leading government officials, together with city hall officers and other experts, met for a long discussion about the future planning and development of the greater Pattaya region. Water supplies, education, traffic and crime suppression were high on the agenda, also the future of Ko Larn. Local residents are in favour of the status quo on the island, but many would like to see a controlled development without spoiling the environment.

It was generally agreed that the problems of traffic chaos and crime suppression were currently uppermost in people’s minds. There was no simple solution to either. However, the city’s road widening schemes were continuing apace and plans were afoot to enforce no parking areas with spot fines, most particularly on Pattaya beach road. At the moment, that area was chock-a-block with vehicles clogging a main arterial adjacent to the pavement.


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Raimon Land celebrates the “Topping-Off” of Northpoint Condominium project in Pattaya LUXURY property developer Raimon Land held the topping-off ceremony for its Northpoint project on North Pattaya’s Wongamat Beach on Friday, December 12. The event marks an important milestone at the beachfront development, signifying that the structural work on the 54- and 46-storey towers is now complete, and the project’s construction is on schedule. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations are making excellent progress. The interiors fit-outs include kitchens and wardrobes and the installation teams are working their way up the tower. Pattaya’s skyline has been rising in recent years with a total of twelve buildings in the 30- to 50-storey range, but Northpoint is set to dominate for the foreseeable future with its 205-metre height and soaring 54 stories. Raimon Land Chief Executive

Officer, Nigel Cornick, said: “Our third floor mock-up units in both towers are nearing completion, and will set a new benchmark in Pattaya’s luxury real estate for quality in materials and design, which will be achieved throughout the project.” The units range from studios up to duplex penthouses and exhibit high-quality fit outs such as frameless glass shower enclosures, concealed water heaters and built-in kitchens and wardrobes, as well as cutting-edge Siemens Smart Home remote control systems

that reduce energy consumption and increase safety. Lead construction partner, world-renown conglomerate Bouygues Thai is overseeing the complex, with the excellent completion rate of two floors per week. Bouygues Thai Managing Director, Jean-Marie Verbrugghe, said: “This has been one of the most fulfilling projects we have ever worked on, and our first in Pattaya. We are proud to be a part of the team that is raising the levels of luxury in exclusive

Lee Marine stands out at the Phuket International Marine Expo LEE Marine, the leading yacht sales and service company in Thailand, were pleased to report another successful boatshow for the company who were once again the largest exhibitor at the recent Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX) which took place at the Royal Phuket Marina in early December. This time over 2,000 square metres of air conditioned exhibition hall was available with adjacent berthing for the in water display. This years show saw 88 companies take part with 54 boats on display of which 43 formed the in-water display. Lee Marine had a total of nine boats on display from world leaders Pershing, Riviera, Jeanneau and Crownline. The new Pershing 64 was arguably the ‘stand-out’ boat at the show and drew much attention over the four days. Lee Marine have been the largest single exhibitor at PIMEX since the first show in 2003 and their commitment to maintain a large presence

despite national and global uncertainties shows the importance that they place on having a professionally run event such as PIMEX as a firm fixture on the Thailand nautical calendar. “The show has come a long way since the beginning in 2003 and we view it as an essential showcase for the marine industry in Phuket and beyond. We were pleased with the quality of visitors to this years show, despite a drop in numbers due to travel concerns within Thailand at the time, and we have been busy following up on important leads since”,

remarked Lee Marine GM, Martin Holmes. As potential boat owners are now widening their search to find the best deals available, Lee Marine have seen a noticeable increase in the number of pre-owned boats for sale and enquiries are maintaining high levels. Lee Marine has eleven years of experience in the brokerage market in Asia and employs six full time brokers to ensure an unrivalled level of service to brokerage customers. Andrew de Bruin, Senior Broker for Lee Marine added his comment on the show, “As the only company with brokerage listings at the show, Lee Marine was thrilled at the level of interest shown in pre owned yachts. All sizes, from an entry level power boat to large mega yachts, had good enquiries and the brokers were kept busy giving information on our large selection of listings. We are at present experiencing a huge increase in yachts being listed for sale and also a corresponding increase in

condominiums in the city.” Northpoint’s topping-off ceremony comes as sales for the 376-unit project, launched in November 2006, surged past THB3.23 billion to 64% of its total value on the turnover of 262 condominium units, while reaching 98% of its foreign quota. Mr Cornick added: “This shows that the market remains buoyant despite difficult times, as investors, Thais as well as foreigners, seeking the great outdoor lifestyle offered by Pattaya and the booming Eastern Seaboard know they can achieve strong capital gains and attractive rental returns from high-end residential projects.” In the photo, celebrating the completion of the structure were many key executives involved in the project, including Raimon Land Chairman Mr. Sompoch Intranukul (front left) and Raimon Land Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nigel Cornick (front right). They were also joined by the heroes of the hit Superstar reality TV show, Akara Amatayakul (left) and on the right with Mr. Cornick are Naowarat Yuktanan and Pakaporn Poowapatchim.

clients searching for the right second hand boat. While some customers are holding on to their funds for the time being there are just as many others looking to secure themselves a quality boat at a good price. Overall and excellent boat show for our brokerage department.” Managing Director, Joshua Lee, wrapped up the show with his assessment of the four days and Lee Marine’s involvement, “I was proud to see Lee Marine flying the flag for our dealerships, manufacturers, owners and customers alike. When times are tough, we have to work harder but we will never diminish our commitment to the excellent brands that we represent or, most importantly, our trusted customer base that can see that we are a strong company that means business.” Joshua remained optimistic when asked about the year ahead, “It appears that not only have Lee Marine increased our second hand inventory by 35% over the last three months, we are also up on enquiries! Not to say all sellers and manufacturers aren’t negotiating, they are, but there is a real indication that people are abandoning city life in 2009 in favor of family time aboard a boat. In particular new boat inquiries over 50ft for the Phuket area have been well up this period as apposed to last year”. There have been no forward cancellations of new orders quite the contrary they are up. We suspect 2009 will be a strong year for new yacht sales from all of our represented builders. People are getting better deals and quicker delivery time which is an advantage”.

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A R O U N D PAT TAYA PILC food drops continue Good Samaritans at Utapao

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THE Pattaya Ladies International Club in December continued their food drops on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged in the Pattaya area.

SOMSAK Tanruengsri (3rd right), general manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, and associates showed their spirit to serve by serving snacks to stranded passengers awaiting their flights during the December crisis.

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Well known actor at -5o Supperclub

MAN - Suphakij Tangtatsawas, well-known Actor of Exact & MC recently joined -5o Party by ABSOLUT VODKA at -5o supperclub, Pattaya. He enjoyed the unique party with a signature concept. For more information visits us at www.minus5pattaya.com

Gay festival now Father’s Day at Rock ‘ N ’ Roll Hotel raises 300,000 baht German ambassador at Marriott Resort

HARD Rock Hotel Pattaya recently had celebrated Father’s day with activities at Spa Pool Deck. The Hotel invited old folks from BanBanglamung Social Welfare Development Center for Older Persons and kids from Ban Hin Wong School in Sattahip, Cholburi to join dinner and activities with Hard Rock band member. In addition, all celebrated and light up to His Majesty the King with fireworks at the end.

Rotary installs clean water at school

THE Rotary Club Taksin-Pattaya successfully completed its 90,000 baht clean water project at Pilot Khi School, much to the delight of staff and students.

German ladies at Casa Pascal

THE German speaking ladies club recently held their Christmas dinner and meeting in the top class Casa Pascal restaurant, Second Road, Pattaya.

A WELL attended pre-Christmas street party and concert held in Boyztown, on behalf of Pattaya Gay Festival charities, raised around 300,000 baht. The principal beneficiary is Heartt 2000, the foundation for assisting aids/hiv sufferers in the Chonburi province.

Entertainers gather in charity cash

FROM the left, Lucy Lastik, David Kerridge, Maisie Trollette, Dolly John and Norman Vernon pose for a photo after a truly amazing charity night at Oscar’s Bar.

Celebrities visit Moooore bar and grill

LIna Leenutapong, Rapiphon Vongtongkum Serirat and Kunyarat Pladisai spent an enjoyable evening at Moooore bar and grill sipping cocktails and enjoying great food.

SOMSAK Tanruengsri, general manager of the Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, was honoured to welcome the German ambassador to Thailand, Dr Hanns Shumacher, who was in town to attend a meeting of the Thai-German partnership programme for enterprise competitiveness.

Kids in need treated at Amari

TEN underprivileged children from a rehabilitation foundation were warmly welcomed for a fun and games visit to Amari Orchid and Resort. The hotel’s director of public relations Khun Dhaninrat Klinhom is first right.

Amari hotel managers’ get together

AMARI Hotels and Resorts’ general managers and their executive deputies held their annual meeting at the Busarakam meeting room, Amari Atrium Hotel in Bangkok, followed by dinner and poolside cocktails.


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Hard Rock’s 7 Christmas light up th

GENERAL Kanit Permsub (5th from left) was the main guest of honour at Hard Rock’s annual charity Christmas light up to raise cash for Hinwong School.

Premium wines in Riedel glasses

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Royal Cliff welcomes tennis stars from Russia

THE Royal Cliff Beach Resort recently welcomed Russia’s tennis superstars Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny, winners of the Miami Masters, defeating world no. 1, Rafael Nadal in the final, 6-4 6-2, to claim his second ATP Masters Series title. They are here to participate in a practice camp being held at the Royal Cliff Sports & Fitness Club, a world-class facility of the Resort. The camp is held every year, in which ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) players take part, providing an opportunity for them to warm up and take on their rivals in the upcoming tennis season.

Children’s party at hospital

Kamala Sukosol’s Annual Charity Concert MANTRA Restaurant, in collaboration with Italthai Industrial Company, held a Riedel Masterclass wine tasting and dinner. Group marketing manager for Italthai, Khun Pattira Phuksawan, is first left and Amari Orchid Resort and Tower g/m Dominik Stamm is centre, with other Italthai officials.

The Pattaya Players perform Christmas satire

RECENTLY the Pattaya Players theatrical group held a very amusing Christmas play, which was based on the famous Charles Dickens story of Uncle Scrooge who did not believe in Christmas, but rapidly changed his mind when he was visited by angels who foretold his future. This part was admirably played by Mr Thor Halland, and the cast put on an altered rendition of this famous theatrical play which had the audience in fits of laughter.

Dinner at Indian by Nature

Mr Arup Majumdar, Director of Marketing from Emerson Climate Technologies, hosted 36 of his colleagues to an excellent evening dinner at Indian by Nature.

LOCAL members and friends of various charitable organisations were involved in a day of children’s Christmas celebrations at the Bangkok Pattaya International Hospital, which of course saw a visit by Santa Claus. Many stalls were set up to raise money for charity and the highlight of the day was a dancing display by a large group of Korean visitors, who generously volunteered to put on their great dancing performance.

Twin mini track racing

AN exciting day of saloon car racing was held recently on twin mini race tracks at Bali Hai Pier, and this is a new spectator event to Pattaya. Two drivers race at the same time on identical tracks, which include a small artificial hill, and a large number of very tight turns, over a small course that is less than one hundred metres square. Pictured is race driver Lam from Lampang, giving the OK signal as he approaches the starting grid.

International ladies make plans MEMBERS and friends of the Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) gathered for a final coffee morning meeting for the year, and of course the main topic of discussion was their big upcoming Black & White Ball which will be held on Saturday 17th January at the Dusit Thani Hotel Resort in North Pattaya. Pictured are past president Rosanne with Moya from Ireland, who donated 1,000 Euro.

KHUNYING Priyangsri Watanakun (standing back row 6th left), Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Fund Raising Bureau, Thai Red Cross Society congratulate to Mrs. Kamala Sukosol (standing front row centre), President of Siam City Hotels and Resorts for “Highlights” Kamala Sukosol’s Annual Charity Concert, to Benefit the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, The Thai Red Cross Society at Kamolthip Ballroom, The Siam City Hotel, Bangkok.


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Airport litigation & the rule of law by Peter Lloyd

I READ the new PM, Abhisit’s recent words with great interest: “I would like to correct the failed political system by relying on justice and the rule of law”. The greatest failing in Thai culture, in my opinion, has been the lack of respect for the rule of law. Any law, when it needs to be broken in the interests of self-promotion, greed, loss of face, or simply selfish inconvenience to the common man driving like an idiot on busy roads, is there to be broken. The tourist gloom we are currently in starkly illustrates what happens when the things which seem so acceptable in Thailand are held to account by a more objective international standard. Whether it be military coups, corrupt political dealings, police taking backhanders, protesters closing airports, blocking major roads, shooting people in drunken late night

arguments, fleeing the scene of car accidents, dangerously drunk driving, you name it, it can only be good for Thailand and for Thais if this lack of respect for the rule of law at all levels of society can be changed. While I remain hopeful, I don’t think any new attempt to respect the rule of law will receive more than lip service in a culture which regularly flouts it and is proud to do so. But sometimes international standards and stinging, expensive lawsuits brought in (comparatively) uncorrupt overseas legal jurisdictions can help change a country’s behavior. Take the airport occupation for example. In Thailand the feeling seems to be that the airport problems were over once the protesters left, and it is all best forgotten about. Don’t blame PAD ringleaders or ask why the police and army failed so badly, or of holding government agencies to account.

Meanwhile, around the world, armies of lawyers and accountants are planning to do exactly that, as they comb through the wreckage, calculating losses and working out who to sue. The vast economic damage caused to innocent third parties has to be compensated

Trickling back

to international standards, and they will make sure that someone in Thailand is held accountable. Whilst I applauded the recent news that Thai Airways was going to sue

Baht bus panic WHILST Pattaya slowly became busier leading up to Christmas and New Year, nobody could seriously claim that it was anything but a disappointment, and a worrying sign of the shape of things to come in the city. Promotions aimed at attracting (mostly low end) Thais to the resort do little to alleviate the problems of many hotels and restaurants, which thrive on overseas tourists, but it helped other businesses over the holiday period. In high season I usually leave my car at home and travel by baht bus and motorbike taxi because of parking and road congestion. This high season I have noticed a new form of wild-eyed panic has lit up the usually dull, inexpressive eyes of dopey or drugged up baht bus drivers with a crazed “no passenger” stare. Last week, bang in the middle of the highest high season, on my way home at 2am, in the interests of

research, I decided to get a baht bus back to Jomtien. This was a mistake, as what should be one 5-minute bus ride turned into 30 minutes and FOUR baht buses to get me from Second road to Jomtien Complex.

one eventually stopped for me. But this only took me 150 yards into the dark, passenger-less night, before he also panicked, and executed a U turn to head back into town, without any warning to me. Again I got

Customers (desperately) wanted

The first baht bus took me 20 yards on Second Road, stopped and said “where you go”. I gave my stock answer “I go where you go, Jomtien”, he said “how much” and I exited baht bus number 1. Worry not. Another empty

PAD for something like 20 billion baht in damages, and also Airports of Thailand, who recently announced they would look to sue PAD for their own huge losses, I don’t hold out much hope for any Thai company trying to sue them – or anyone else - in Thailand, where someone

out, this time a little miffed, but also perversely enjoying this late night fiasco, and I waited a few more minutes until another one, my third baht bus, arrived. This one took me to the Thappraya/Thapprasit junction, before turning

influential will whisper to a potential litigator: “what you do, we fix this Thai style. Your lawsuit will bring loss of face to this country, and you won’t win in court”. Nothing will happen, and no LEFT into Thapprasit Road (this has never happened to me in 7 years). So again I got off and remonstrated with the driver, who, in fairness, accepted nothing for the ride, but it still left me short of my destination, as I trudged back to Thappraya Road. Finally, after more minutes waiting, I travelled the short distance home, well over 30 minutes after having started waiting for the first baht bus. This experience, and others in the past couple of weeks, have proved that baht bus panic is setting in, and usually unreliable drivers are even less stable. They just didn’t know what to do to get fares, deviating, panic-stricken from established routes, more aggressively mucking customers around, executing sudden (and more dangerous than usual) U turns and road maneuvers in order to seek out increasingly rare fares. High season to them usually means lucrative private hires from Russians, and they seemed completely unable to deal with the new reality of little money

lessons will be learned about taking responsibility, Thai style. This has happened before, after the tragic Phuket air crash in December 2007. I remember reading that the airline bought off Thai claimants with a settlement which was embarrassingly low by international standards, largely on the basis of irrelevant arguments about Nationalism and promoting Thai unity. The issue of liability and the result of any government enquiries into what went wrong in the Phuket crash, if any were held, seems to have been swept under the carpet. You never read anything about it in the Thai press. An unfortunate accident, bad for tourism, best left forgotten. Now, according to the Bangkok Post, foreigners have launched a wave of lawsuits over this air crash, in the US, for damages to be assessed at proper international standards in a transparent courts system.

In the case of the airport occupation, this international litigation route will be repeated by non-Thai companies, including many of the 100 international airlines damaged by the airport occupation, who are currently considering which parties they should sue. They won’t be mugged or pressured into a Thai Style settlement, and will bring their lawsuits in the US. I suspect the Thai government will end up footing the bill, and so they should, as they ultimately failed as a government, proving unable to stop murderous lawlessness in the capital city; they lost control of the police and the army, they failed to protect Government House and the international airports, and all these failings damaged the economic wellbeing of the country, and its international reputation. The price will have to be paid, and I fear it will be a heavy one.

and fewer fares. I felt sorry for them, but I think this phenomenon will trickle up through local Thai businesses in Pattaya, as well as foreigner owned ones, the difference being foreigners know what to expect. I sincerely hope by the

end of 2009 we enjoy a better economic climate in Thailand and in Pattaya, and that the worst is now behind us, as we limp, shell shocked into a period of rehabilitation and recouperation. Contact me at pattayatoday pete@yahoo.com


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Need to stimulate property market

Where there’s a will Visa issues to the fore I READ the article on wills and allied subjects in the December 1 issue of Pattaya Today, but my own experience was rather more difficult than you suggest. My brother died in 2006 and we are not sure if he had ever made a Thai will – certainly none has ever shown up. However, he was married to a Thai woman who was difficult from start to finish. Indeed, I have a strong suspicion she destroyed my brother’s Thai will but I can’t prove it. However, there was an English will and in that one my brother left his villa in Thailand to me personally. Obviously the Thai wife disputed this and there were several appearances in the Thai court to settle the matter. I spent the best part of a million baht, including air fares, but at the end of the day the Thai wife just sold the villa and disappeared with the proceeds. Both she and my brother were shareholders in the company which theoretically owned the villa which, by the way, was valued at around 10 million baht. We tried to hire a private detective to find the woman, who I believe cheated the rest of the family, but the costs of doing that finally made us give up. My advice to the relatives of expats living in Pattaya is to leave valid copies of all documents in England as well as in Thailand. I am absolutely sure my brother would not have wanted things to turn out this way.

I READ very carefully your explanation of the visa changes in Pattaya Today (December 16), but there are a couple of things I am still unclear about. I intend to go to Vientiane, Laos, in January to apply for a 60 day tourist visa at the Thai embassy there. But am I right in thinking that, on my return, I need to come in at the airport and that, if I come via a land crossing, I will get only 15 days. If so the whole exercise seems rather a waste of time. Also, I have heard that if you enter Thailand by a Malaysian border post, then the 15 days does not apply and you get 30 days. Is that right? Francis Lee

Ed: A Thai court would not accept as valid a will made overseas. Even if a Thai will had turned up, you would almost surely have had to accept that the wife would take at least half the estate. As things are, you are probably wise to have stopped spending money on a fairly pointless exercise.

Ed: No, you are confused. The 15 days rule at border posts applies only to foreigners without a prior visa. If you obtain the 60 day tourist visa in Laos, then you will have a valid, prior visa and any border post will give you 60 days. By the way, this can be extended for 30 more days at any Thai immigration bureau, including Pattaya. And then for a further 7 days but each extension will cost you 1,900 baht. On your last point, Malaysian nationals entering Thailand without a prior visa still receive 30 days at Thai-Malaysian crossing points. But this is a one off exception for Malaysian nationals only under a mutual agreement. Len Smith

Visas for the under 50s

The death of Cleopatra

Name and address supplied

I AM 46 years old and am lucky enough to be of independent means and without the need to take up paid employment. However, I find that my options to live here in Thailand are ruled out as I am not old enough for a retirement visa, am not married to a Thai woman and obviously don’t have a work permit as I’m not in employment. But I read somewhere on the internet about a three year visa to Thailand available in Europe and also an investor’s visa which gives you one year’s residence if you keep three million baht over here. How can I find out more about this? Name and address supplied Ed: You can’t as the investors visa was abolished in 2006 except for existing recipients at that time as long as they keep the visa up to date and valid. Your best course of action is to obtain a multiple entry, one year validity non immigrant visa, in your home country in Europe. This will enable you to stay for 90 days at a time before making a border run or visiting another country by air. You may have to return to Europe once a year to get another non immigrant visa of this type. Once you are 50, and providing the rules remain the same, you will be eligible for the retirement visa here.

Gay partners after death I RECENTLY went through a civil partnership with my Thai male friend in UK and things were sorted out legally on the spot. But I am 72 and concerned what will happen after I die as I have been confirmed a cancer of the spine victim. I have heard that my British relatives can make life very difficult for my Thai partner legally speaking. For example, I wish to be cremated here in Pattaya but my sister and cousin are indicated they want me to be buried in the family plot in Sutton Coldfield. What is the best thing for me to do? Arthur Parkinson Ed: Assuming you die in Thailand, your partner will be able to dispose of your body in accordance with your wishes providing he shows the civil partnership documentation to the embassy. You should also make a will here in Thailand clarifying your wishes and making your partner the sole heir to your estate if any. If you have an estate in UK, you need to take legal advice there.

It strikes me as very unlikely that Cleopatra was murdered by the Roman general Octavian as suggested in your column Riddles of History (December 1). It is true that Octavian murdered several of her relatives, as well as her son Caesarion, but this was common Roman custom after occupation to prevent a native succession. But Cleopatra herself would have been a glittering prize to be taken back to Rome in triumph and in chains. There was no reason for Octavian (later Augustus) to have willed her death at that particular stage and your article doesn’t present any cogent reasons to the contrary. It seems clear to me that Cleopatra killed herself, in accordance with the custom of her Macedonian ancestors, because her plans lay in ruins and her rule clearly at an end. There is nothing remarkable about this as many national leaders in ancient and modern history have done precisely that. Facing defeat on a gigantic scale isn’t easy. There is a common line amongst historians, starting with a near contemporary Strabo, that one or two snakes did the terminal deed and I see no reason to doubt that. I am no expert on snake poisons but your writer’s claim that death by snakebite causes agonies lasting for hours strikes me as bordering on stupidity. Try looking at snake bites on Wikopedia for some fast acting poisons from snakes! Dr John Lavall

NO one in their right mind would deny that these are gloomy days for the Pattaya property market, although there’s still interest in high end luxury homes and apartments as well as the cheaper villas. As we note in our second news story on page one, there are plenty of overseas visitors around but they aren’t necessarily big spenders this year. And some foreign house buyers, who already held assets here in Thai baht, are snapping up some real bargains from owner occupiers understandably anxious to sell. Of course, much of the problem is the world wide recession and not just a question of months of political protest here in Thailand which, fingers crossed, just might be coming to an end. Factors like these give investors and developers cold feet and, when there’s a lack of confidence amongst the big guys, then you can hardly blame the ordinary punter from getting cold feet. Those who thought Pattaya’s property boom in the late nineties and earlier this decade would last indefinitely were wrong. All business trends are cyclical. (It’s irrelevant here but property values in England actually slid throughout the nineteenth century). Whilst some political and economic factors will sort themselves out in due course, provided the new government is on the ball, the government also needs to act to kick start foreign interest in the Thai property market. To restrict the foreign ownership of condominiums in any development to 49% is increasingly anachronistic and even plain daft. Other countries in south east Asia manage perfectly well without this artificial restriction and so should Thailand if only to keep pace with her competitors for foreign cash. Increasing the foreign quota, or abolishing it altogether, would free up more units, boost investment and increase the country’s taxation yield. Leasehold timeframes need government attention so that the 30 year maximum is extended to 60 or, better still, to 99 years. Although some leaseholders and their lawyers claim that renewing 30 year leases (even twice) is fine in Thailand, the reality is that the matter has not yet been tested as virtually no property lease are due for extension yet. But the government could do wonders for the property market by pronouncing once and for all that longer leases are perfectly valid. Incidentally, it would additionally help if Thai banks were more open to offering mortgages to foreigners. Other regional buyers are targeting the same pool of buyers and Thailand is one of the least accommodating countries when it comes to farang loans. The argument that you can’t trust foreigners who might do a “bunk” and leave unpaid debts behind has been overblown. As other countries in south east Asia have discovered, it is perfectly possible to draw up status rules for loans which are perfectly fair to customers and banks alike. It’s often forgotten by the way that the number of foreigners in the country with work permits issued by the Labour office is actually still going up. There are actually some encouraging trends in the international property scene. The cost of global oil and cement which rocketed almost beyond belief earlier this year has now come down to sensible proportions, in fact four year lows. This new reality ought to pave the way for price stability and forward planning in the industry as a whole. But what’s needed too is government action now to prime pump the demand factor which will surely return.


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Repair aging and sun damage skin pixel by pixel, spot by spot

Dr. Nantapat Supapannachart

FIRST, you’ll want to understand why FRAXEL laser technology came about. What physician and their patients wanted was an approach with many benefits of ablative laser skin resurfacing performed with traditional devices, but without downtime, side effects and lengthy recovery period. Hence, the FRAXEL Laser for skin resurfacing was introduced as breakthrough in aesthetic solution. In an FDA-cleared study of FRAXEL treatment of skin around the eyes, patients, investigators and a review panel of promi-

nent expert dermatologists all reported significant improvements in skin texture, wrinkles and skin discolorations such as age spots and sun spots. FRAXEL Laser Treatment produces thousands of tiny but deep columns of treatment in your skin, known as microthermal treatment zones. This treatment eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells. It also penetrates deeply into the dermis. For every microthermal zone, the laser targets and treats intensively, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. This treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once, using the body’s natural healing process to create new, healthy

tissue to replace skin imperfections. Clinical studies suggest that sn effective treatment regime is three to five sessions, spaced about four to seven days apart. However, treatment plans can be very flexible and effective, even spaced by weeks or months if that best meets your needs. By design, each treatment session targets about 15% of the skin surface, depending on the clinical parameters selected. Results are immediate and progressive. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about two or three months. What happens after the treatment? You will experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour and then virtually no discomfort. The skin will have a pinkish

tone for a few days. This is a normal sign that skin is healing deeply. Swelling is minimal and generally resolves in two to three days. You may apply make-up or shave right after the treatment. New epidermal skin develops immediately within 24 hours. This process of skin repair involves bronzing and flaking. You will be advised to use sunscreen at least twice daily to protect your skin from harmful sun exposure during the healing phase and for several months after the treatment. Over the following weeks and months, the body repairs the deeper dermal tissues that have been affected by the FRAXEL Laser Treatment, producing beneficial changes associated with a healthy appearance.

A prosperous new year? Perhaps the following ten helpful tips will help: 1. Don’t shop for at least a month, except for food, that is. The extensive shopping spree you went on before Christmas will have replenished your wardrobe for at least the next six months, and retail therapy is no longer by Bee McConville a recommended cure for post-credit-crunch-festiveTHE presents have been season-depression. 2. Make your own coffee, opened, the wine has been drunk and the turkey leftovers or buy it in small tins from have finally been eaten. New the local store, or buy it from Year’s Resolutions have been the local Thai coffee street made and the detox is well stalls. In fact, do anything under way. Your stomach other than buying it from has been suitably stuffed to Starbucks or Coffee World bursting point, but your wallet where a dailyhabit will set and your bank account are you back over Baht 3,000 well and truly drained and each month. 3. Shop for your food at shrunken. How on earth do you survive the first month or Big C or Lotus rather than two of the New Year and Foodland or Friendship. It’s conserve fiscal energy while not that it’s always cheaper the bank account refills and at these supermarkets as the wallet regains its former much as it’s hard to find anything you really, really health? We all know how the cost of want to eat amongst the living here in the Land of local fare …. pig uterus, chicken Smiles is considerably less feet, fish heads, entrails?! 4. Find an alternative source than in the west, and that our salaries are generally more of protein. Steak, particularly generous than those of our imported steak, is expensive local colleagues. However, andunnecessary so try eating being financially fairly comfort- grubs, bugs and other assorted able often leads to unnecessary tasty insects that you can indulgences and bad spending easily find on Pattaya or habits that we could easily Naklua street stalls after dark contain with a little objective at only B20 a bag. 5. Buy cheap copy DVDs. thinking. And in these leaner times when everyone is having These are not to be confused to tighten their belts as well as with pirated DVDs which are conserve the world’s resources, bad, sneaky copies of the then perhaps it would be latest movies. Copy DVDs are worth taking just a little time to those that have been made of consider how we can reduce films that are already out on waste, save energy and replenish DVD but are much, much the baht content of our piggy cheaper! Remember, copy banks. There’s no reason why DVDs also keep local Thais we can’t organise a detox in employment during these programme for our financial difficult times. 6. Don’t throw those Christlives as well as our physical lives! So where do we start? mas cards away! Cut out the

pictures on the front and stick them on folded, recycled blank card to have ready-made ‘thank-you-for-your-Christmas-card’ cards. Save money as well as trees! 7. Avoid Boots like crazy – their bargains and two-for-one offers are irresistible but a woman can have just so many tubs and bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, moisturiser, body butter, bubble bath, cleanser, exfoliator, hand lotion, massage oil ….. need I say more? 8. Forget Toni and Guy’s and head straight for Lek’s whose salon is conveniently situated behind the market. It might not be quite what you’re used to but she does a mean head massage between shampoos and charges a mere B150 for a wash and blow. The fact that she operates from an open fronted shop-house (no air conditioning) and does not possess a water heater means that you’re conserving copious amounts

of energy as an added bonus. 9. Remember that gym membership you promised yourself as part of your New Year’s Resolution to become a svelte sex goddess with a pert bottom, firm thighs and abs to die for? Well, you don’t actually need a gym in order to get fit. In fact, gyms have a way of slimming down our wallets rather than slimming down our flobby wobbly bits. So just remember that one good sex session can use between 200 – 400 calories and is far more fun than slogging away on a treadmill. And if that doesn’t float your boat then embark upon an early spring cleaning session of the whole house as part of your post-creditcrunch-Christmas-depressionavoidance strategy. 10. Permanently delete the word ‘spa’ from your vocabulary and ‘to do’ list. You absolutely do not need to pay cart-loads of baht to lie in a bath of warm water surrounded by rose petals in order to improve

your health or well-being. A far better alternative is to sign up for a traditional Thai massage at Lek’s friend’s place on the Pattaya-Naklua Road where you can have a ninety

minute session for a mere B250 and they even give you a free cup of herbal tea at the end of it. A bargain if ever there was one! Happy New Year!!!

What’s with the keepie ups???? I HAVE complained about my local motorsai drivers before in terms of age, extreme decrepitude and the dangers of head conkers, but I have yet another gripe that I want to throw in their direction and that is the ridiculous game they play called keepie ups. Now if you are not familiar with this game let me explain that it is normally applied to ball games where you have to keep the ball in the air for as long as possibly by bouncing it off various parts of your body. The term can also be applied to the local sport of sepak takraw which is based on the same principles. So how, you may ask, does it

apply to our ubiquitous motor cycle taxi drivers? Well if you have ever been on one, and in heavy traffic in particular, you may well have noticed how they refuse to put their feet down unless it is absolutely necessary and only after trying every possibly manoeuvre to avoid doing so. Your bog-standard motorcycle taxi driver will wend, wind, weave, wobble, zig zag, lurch, twist, careen, and perform all kinds of gravity defying and space-time continuum manipulations in order to stay upright at zero kilometers per hour whilst waiting for a baht bus to pull out, or for the lights to change from red to green, or to negotiate the back

bumper of any vehicle that appears to be stationary for whatever reason. And our two wheeler transport aficionado friends are unswerving (excuse the pun) in their participation in this obtuse game. From the oldest to the youngest to the sensible female and the reckless young lad, they are nothing if not consistent in refusing to allow shoe soles to meet tarmac no matter what. But what I fail to understand is what is so wrong about putting your feet down when riding on a motorcycle? I mean I actually have a UK motorbike licence and went through the test with the hand signals, emergency stops, and

driving safely and steadily at two miles an hour, but I have absolutely no recollection of any highway code rule that states you are not allowed to put your feet down whilst waiting at a junction or negotiating a stalled noodle cart. So the next time you mount a motorsai just check it out yourself and see how many times your driver engages in this preposterous game. And if you happen to speak Thai, perhaps you would like to ask said driver why s/he is indulging in such puerile behaviour! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie


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depression. It is amazing the stupidity a mind can come up with when it is soaked in alcohol. Besides that, alcohol is a depressant and therefore the last thing someone already in that state needs. Keep off the booze to keep the head clear. Understand that there is no magic formula for recovery, but there are two magic ingredients. The first is good friends and caring family members. If you don’t have any friends or family, go out and find some. What you need is to talk with someone objectively. The practice of “getting it off your chest” actually does work and you will feel a lot better after talking with someone who is a good listener. The second ingredient is time. Whatever the misfortune, time is a great healer and though it might take a week, a month or even a year, the anguish will lessen. Rarely would anybody, having reached a point where suicide looked the best option, not follow through only to find their situation became worse. Life gets better every day. So the love of your life has run off with your best friend.

So what? It is definitely not the end of the world because, looking at it logically, all you’ve really lost is a person unworthy of your friendship and another unworthy of your love. Remember all her bad habits and the things she did that annoyed you? Well, you can add infidelity to her list of faults and smile because your ex-friend has now got to put up with all that. Believe me, you are far better off without both these pests and, in the long run, they’ve done you a favour. Attempting suicide is a crime in some countries, punishable by something far worse than death – being placed under the care of a psychologist until such time as the root cause of your problem is determined. This has got to come under the heading of ‘cruel or unusual punishment’ under the Geneva Convention or some other UN Charter. The court-appointed psychologist will be some pimply-faced kid who has never had a problem in his or her life. After subjecting you to hour upon hour of torturous boring questions, the conclusion will be that your depression had nothing to do with your immediate and obvious problems, but was

more Freudian in nature. You were secretly in love with your mother and hated your father because he refused to buy you that bike for your sixth birthday. Some psychologists say that a failed suicide attempt is a deliberate cry for help. That may be the case, but tying a rope to a twig that has no possible chance of holding your weight or swallowing a bottle of Vitamin C washed down with gin tonic is not a cry for help, it’s an insanity plea. On the other hand, a genuine failed attempt can only make matters worse. Let’s face it, if life has been so cruel or the future looks so bleak that their best option was to end it all - and they failed at that – the only thing changed is they have found something else they suck at. Alternatively, perhaps a failed suicide attempt is a clear message it is not your time yet. Take one guy who tried to hang himself. He read up about hanging, learned how to tie a proper noose and calculated the distance he would need to drop in order to break his neck. He tied the rope to a strong beam, making sure the extended

length would leave his feet about 30cm off the ground. He found a sturdy, wooden bench the exact height required. He stood on the narrow bench, fixed the rope securely around his neck, said his final, “Goodbye, cruel world,” and toppled the bench with his feet. All worked well, to a point. When the 30cm-wide bench tipped over, it fell directly beneath him and lay on its side. He fell, but his feet landed on the edge which then supported his weight. The rope was fully extended and he was balanced on the side of the bench. To continue with his death wish would mean slow strangulation, something he had gone to a lot of trouble to avoid. He had not bothered to handcuff his hands because he assumed his demise would be instantaneous so there was noneed. He tried to reach up and undo the noose but the rope was stretched to the limit and loosening the knot would mean supporting his body weight by his neck. Even standing on tiptoes, he could not extricate his head from the noose. He could have tried to climb the rope and wrap his legs around the beam but when you’re balancing on your toes with a noose around your neck your mind is not thinking clearly. Stuck in this limbo for several hours, someone finally found him and cut him down. He decided it was an omen and went on to live a full and happy life.

A HAPPY New Year to you all. I hope you have all recovered from associated hangovers but if you haven’t, my foolproof hangover cure is

business in the soi but concentrating purely on places of interest. No more counting the 7-Elevens although some may be noted as geographical points of reference. I’m going to start by reporting

(or ends, depending on your viewpoint) as Soi 8 running off Thepprasit Road and I’m not exactly sure where Soi 8 officially ends and Soi 17 begins. Never mind. I should also point out that, unless you are a fitness fanatic, don’t be an idiot and try to walk it as I did. Because most places of appeal are widely separated, it really does require some form of motorised transportation to make the journey comfortable. Not far down Soi 8 from

Robbery (1966). I have seen all apart from the latest of those movies so, if the demeanour of the hostesses at ChicaBoom is anything like the girls depicted in the films, book me in! Next door is Tigglebitties Tavern, a bar with a strange name but everything to offer. This open-air bar, which celebrated its second anniversary on the 9th of December, has a dart board, free pool table for customers and a Happy Hour from 5pm till 8pm during which all beer is 45 baht and spirits are 60 baht.

I liked the pirate theme and the sign which read: ‘The beatings will continue until morale improves’. There are 13 rooms for rent, plenty of off-street parking and the place serves great food at reasonable prices. I couldn’t help noticing that quite a few of the hostesses were well represented in the thorax department. Tigglebitties Tavern is not far from Third Road and where I will leave you for now. See you Up Your Soi in a fortnight (for American readers, that’s two weeks!)

to take one paracetamol when you first wake up followed by a can of full-strength Coke. Never fails to make you feel better. This year, my investigations will be fresh and streamlined. That is to say, I will not be mentioning every building or

on a soi I have never written about before – Soi 17 in South Pattaya. If you don’t know where Soi 17 is, then you are not alone. Put simply, it is a winding street from Thepprasit Road, crossing Third Road and reaching Pattaya Second Road near the VC Hotel. It begins

Thepprasit Road is The Eden Pub and Restaurant just past the Eden Hotel. This pub advertises Happy Hours between 6pm and 8pm daily and a Sunday Buffet from 3pm to 6pm. Next door is The Caddy Shack Inn, a bar and restaurant also offering aircon rooms for

rent. Approximately 800 metres further is the Lion Pub and Restaurant which advertises itself as a “Half Time Bar”. Not quite sure what that means but if they offer thirty-minute sessions at half the price of an hour, that’s all I need. Say no more. Liberty Mansion is next followed by a large open-air Thai market. Two hundred metres later, on the left, is ChicaBoom (bar) and Tigglebitties Tavern (see photo). These bars are hideaways for gentlemen who need a few hours to escape from the rigors of life – and the wife – in a discreet setting. They must be kept secret so please don’t tell anyone. I don’t want to have to kill you. ChicaBoom must cater for retired British headmasters because it advertises a “St Trinian’s Skool Party” every Tuesday where customers receive a ‘free glass of skool punch and a lollipop’ from hostesses attired in ‘sexy school uniforms’. Somebody in there definitely needs to go back to school! For those who don’t know, St Trinian’s was a fictitious, unorthodox, English girls’ school and the setting for a quartet of British comedy films made during the 1950s and 60s: The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954), Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1957), The Pure Hell of St Trinian’s (1960) and The Great St Trinian’s Train

Fool in Paradise ALL too often we read in local newspapers about a foreigner leaping to his doom in Pattaya. It would be easy to become indifferent except for the fact it is deadly serious. World-wide statistics show that rates of suicides and attempted suicides increase around the Christmas and New Year holiday period so, being an amateur psychologist and an interminable know-it-all, I’ve analysed the problem. With a view to passing on a few pointers to any depressed souls among us, I confess some of my advice comes from experience. There were two times in my life when I briefly contemplated suicide. Thankfully, both times I overcame the urge within a couple of minutes. Not wishing to enter any moral or religious debate, in my opinion, there are only two reasons why a mentally stable, physically healthy human being would consider taking his own life: from a broken heart or from a gross

personal failure of some sort. Examples of a broken heart are easy to find with the most recognisable being the result of catching the love of your life in bed with your best friend. An example of a ‘gross personal failure’ would be someone losing all their money in the stock market, a failed business venture, by theft or simply by gambling it all away. The person may feel as if his world has caved in and there is no way out. Guess what? There is always a way out and it does not include doing yourself personal injury. Depressed Americans may rush off to the nearest psychiatrist where, after a year of expensive ‘therapy’, they would be convinced the fault lay firmly with their parents. But sitting in a room with some egg-head with more degrees than a thermometer talking gobbledegook and continually asking, “How does that make you feel?” is not the answer. The first thing the shattered man should do is, if he is a drinker, stop; even if it is only for the duration of his

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Your Soi

by Frank Thring


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2009 the year Pattaya stands still The dream where law and justice prevail

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: www.thaisolicitor.com, e-mail: thai@werachonlawyers.com

IN the era of globalization, we can be spin by the flow of information which becomes a factor affecting our life. Money is the main misery for the ones who see their wealth by only monetary value. We will be released from the misery if we separate the financial crisis from the economy. The world credit crunch and political crisis in Bangkok create panic for some expatriate residents in Pattaya who confusingly combine all information to create the hypothesis which is the nightmare for most of them. The new prime minister who was the classmate of

the mayor of London should be the light we can see at the end of the tunnel. In Thailand, nobody uses the word “diversity” instead of “difference”, it is the priority for the leader who was educated in Eton and Oxford to crusade for the “unity” within “diversity” in our society. The former prime minister, Chuan Leekpai of Democrat Party who is the icon of justice said in 1991 that he could not make all people equally rich but equally under the same law. This may be clearly understood that the new government will use the law and justice as the only means to the reconciliation in our society. However, we always say that law is not equated to justice. The government will not blindly enforce the wording or literal substance of law which may create injustice in our society. Plato always asked his students with the simple question “What is justice?” After brainstorming, he reached the conclusion

that justice is in a just society in which every man is given what he deserves. Justice requires good judgment in the enacting of laws, and in “delivering” the fair application of laws “If either activity is flawed, justice is flawed”.

The supreme law of all civilized countries is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations. The Kingdom of Thailand has adopted this declaration as the supreme law of the country whereby all laws and practice cannot be in contradiction. The doctrine of equality

Montessori Children’s Center International had an early christmas party over 400 parents and guests making it one of our biggest parties ever! The children looked so cute and adorable in their

perform Christmas music from around the world. This year’s theme was Christmas Around the World and each class had their own very special songs to sing and dance. This year we had

costumes chosen especially for their numbers and their parents found it very difficult to stay seated throughout the night taking many photos! The teachers all did a

foreigners could not have the ownership of land. “Justice is truth in action” To prove this maxim, there was an iconic Thai lady standing up for her right during Chuan Leekpai’s government in 1991 by invoking the

“Our destiny can be safe in the hands of these youthful and well-educated leaders”

Education IT Was a Night to Remember… as the children from the Montessori Children’s Center International in Naklua took to the stage to

before the law is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights:“All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination

fantastic job in organizing all the performances and even had time to create their own. Thai dances were performed as well as a Thai Boxing demonstration. Towards the end of the evening, a raffle was held, and a very special guest made an appearance. It was Santa of course! who brought toys for all the good little boys and girls who were present at the party. We wish to thank our hosts, The Long Beach Hotel & Spa for serving a delicious dinner and the beautifully decorated ball room. A big Thank You also goes out to all the teachers and staff who choreographed the night’s events and decorated the stage with Merry Christmas props. Also to all parents who

in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination” Some foreigners may become cynical of the application of law by the misconception that nothing in Thailand is done even it is written. We have the example that before 1999, all Thai women married donated prizes to the year’s raffle, and to all the children of MCCI who did a FANTASTIC JOB at this year’s Christmas Party! Thank you and have a wonderful holiday! MCCI

Universal Declaration of the Human Rights that the practice of the authority who denied her right to own the land is against the human right. She should enjoy her rights as a Thai national even her spouse is a foreigner. The then Democrat government had the executive

order to abolish all restrictions imposed on all Thai women having a foreign spouse. Thank to this iconic lady, now all Thai women can equally enjoy their rights regardless the race and nationality of their spouse. With the exclusive interview with CNN, our new premier minister shows his strong advocacy of law and justice. However, the equality between you and your Thai wife is still like the train that is always late. To answer the question if Pattaya can stand still in 2009, you should find the answer by your heart. If you are still happy here, there should not be any other countries for old men like us. Our youthful and well educated mayor shares the same destiny with our new prime minister whose rise is surrounded by the euphoria with no option of disappointment. Some may say that justice is like a train that is always late. However, you will be able to catch this train at the end of the day. We wish you happiness with peace and justice in Pattaya.


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Be WOWed at Hard Rock Special deluxe room rate of 3,600 baht at Hard Rock, Pattaya, but you get the second night free. Offer valid from January 5 to March 31. Conditions apply. Further information on 038 428 755 or visit www.hardrockhotels.com 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! Charity Club Dinner The Charity Club of Pattaya hosts its 5th dinner and grand draw on Saturday January 24 at All Seasons Hotel in Pattaya. Tickets at 1,600 baht on sale now from Malcolm 0897 441 040 or Christina 0895 454 185 or from charityclubofpatta@yahoo.com Includes free Thai and

international buffet, premium spirits, free flow beer and wine courtesy of The World of Wine. Festive season at Indian by Nature Indian by Nature is celebrating with some new dishes including Akbari Jheegha, flambed at the table; fish trio; Murgh Kashmiri; Pepper chicken masala with Pehawari Naan and Lamb Char MInar. Dine with Indian by Nature and make this holiday special for your loved ones. Isan Flowers in Pattaya A new flower shop has opened in Soi Chalermphrakiat 21, off Soi Bukao. All your flower needs arranged by professionals and at specially discounted prices. Check out their excellent website at www.isanflo wers.com or phone 038 421773. Pascal’s Fantastic Menu Casa Pascal created “Pascal’s Fantastic Menu“, fabulous dishes from his entire career as a chef. It will be added to their existing

PATTAYA TODAY 19 regular A La Carte Menu. Each main course, including amuse bouche and a complimentary appetizer or dessert of your choice, not more than 350 Baht! (No additional charges). Other set menus are at:3 – Courses Menu 420 Baht, 4 – Courses Menu 490 Baht. Also, enjoy this fantastic menu all day long from 11:00 to 23:00. (Except Sunday Brunch & Special Occasion). Call 038 723 660 for more info. Panorama prize draw Panorama bar, Boyztown, is holding its prize draw on Friday January 2 at midnight. Prizes include a gold ring, TV set, mountain bike, hampers, alcoholic drinks selection etc. Further details and draw tickets at Panorama or Funny Boys night club, Boyztown, Pattayaland soi 3. Basketball at Tony’s Mixed age basketball – pick up games. Monday and Wednesday evenings 5 pm – 7 pm or later. Tony’s new top floor gym on 3rd Road at South Pattaya Road, across from fitness centre. Take elevator to 5 th floor, covered and lighted court. Phone 086 596 0966 (Jack). 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. Liam’s Gallery Located on Pratumnak 4, this five storey art gallery has many original paintings, sculptures, antiques etc as well as Liam’s own private art gallery. Exhibitions are on view 10.00 am to 7 pm but closed Mondays. Open house from 6.30 pm every Friday with free wine and snacks. Phone 038 306 172. 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 charges. The area’s most popular duo singers and entertainers. New year at Casa Pascal New year’s eve special menu at Casa Pascal (opposite Marriott Hotel) with all the extras imaginable for 2,950 baht. See all the details on www.restaurantpattaya.com From 7 p.m. and a ala carte menu is also available. Centrepiece is pan fried Alaska scallops

or oven roasted rack of lamb. Reservations on 038 723 660. 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. Krav Maga self defense Learn to defend yourself against attackers with Krav Maga self defence. There are local classes in Pattaya. Details on www.kravmaga thailand.com or phone 085 288 3709. PILC ball postponed Owing to the mourning period for the late Princess, the PILC black and white ball has been postponed until Saturday January 17 2009. All other details remain the same. 3,500 baht per person. Further details from Adene on 08 6149 1771 or Jacinta on 08 6997 0671. Refunds available for those unable to attend in January. Amor Seasonal Menus Amor’s renowned New Year menu has family style service (all you can eat) and can be viewed at www.amorres taurant.com Baht 1,350+. Or phone Richard on 038

710 680 or 081 945 5396. Reservations are recommended for the feast. Special dietary considerations possible – phone Richard in advance. Steps and Rhythm Steps and Rhythm dance academy will hold Salsa workshops at intermediate and beginner level throughout December. 550 baht per person. Further information from Stephanie on 089 544 4842 or visit www.steps-andrhythm.com Also Christmas party with Santa on Sunday December 14 @450 baht. Contact details as above. 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.co.th 2 days before you wish to start. RotaryClubPattayaMarina The Le Club Rotary de Pattaya Marina, the only French speaking Rotary in Asia, “Rendez vous” every Friday 7p.m. at theAmari Ocean Tower Hotel Beach Road, Merlot room. For further information, browse their web site http://www.rcpm.fr or call Mr.Benoit 089 886 5445.


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Private Posts

side) and she has had the intelligence to learn English infinitely better than I will ever learn Thai. Contrary to by Kris & Noi popular belief Thai girls work Do you have a question about in a bar for money, not for fun. customs, culture or life in In fact their stories are often Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi depressingly familiar. They at: PTPrivatePosts@yahoo.com do it almost always because they come from a relatively Dear Kris & Noi, poor family who could not I was gratified to read your afford to pay for their education reply to Jeeves who apparently beyond the age of 13 or 14 gains sexual gratification which means that they have no with Thai hookers “who are too qualifications and their personal dumb to find anything that circumstances (usually a child requires brains or too lazy to and elderly parents to support) attempt proper work” (his now require more money than words, not mine). This says a supermarket will ever pay more about Jeeves than it does them. Jeeves is surely a lonely about the girls and one and emotionally barren wonders what gratification he man who has never bothered to gets from them that a good learn just how hard it is for ‘chak wow’ or blow up doll many Thais living and working can’t (some of them can be very in Thailand. I feel sorry for him. realistic these days). Richard I humbly claim a great deal of experience with bar girls. I It’s always nice to receive a have met many of them in my letter with a positive view on time and almost without farang/bargirl relationships. exception have found them Certainly some girls enter the delightful and great fun to be sex business because they think with. I have fallen in love it’s easy money and a chance to with at least four of them marry or fleece a rich farang, and ended up marrying one of but anyone who actually gets to them. Twelve years later we are know the girls and learn about still married, have two beautiful their backgrounds would agree children (the looks are all on her with you that most girls are

tempted into it by the restrictions and hardships of their backgrounds. Unless they actually spend time in the villages, people from western countries, with state systems that help the poor and unemployed, can never understand what drives a girl into selling her body. However, the Jeeves-type punter is in the minority; most mongers do seem to treat the girls well, and they reciprocate with good service. The happy punters outnumber the surly gits who just want a skinful of booze and a passionless leg-over. There are many other expats like you married to bar girls who became very good wives and mothers, but happy people don’t always bother to write.

It’s 1 year not 90 days Q. I arrived in Thailand in January 2008 and I have a Nonimmigrant visa multiple entry 1 year which does not expire until December 2008 I have just checked my passport and I have a visa stamp for 90 days. But the consulate in my own country said I could stay in Thailand for 1 year!! What does this mean as I am worried? A, Unfortunately I have seen this on numerous occasions: a Non-immigrant visa multiple entry is normally a 1 year validity visa and obtained in your own country from a Thai consulate before you arrive, but the immigration law states you have to leave Thailand every 90 days via the airport or a Cambodian visa run and then you can re-enter immediately as long as your visa is still valid. In your case you have now overstayed your visa for 9 months and my advice is to go to your local Immigration office and point out the mistake and explain this was an oversight and not intentional and in most cases the officer will allow you to pay your overstay and give you a 7 day extension to give you time to exit Thailand on a Cambodian visa run. The reason we see this numerous times is because in most cases when you purchase the visa the rules are not fully explained and most people are still not checking there visa stamp

when they come through the airport.

Tel: 038422131 E - mail: keyvisa@gmail.com

New rules drive me insane Q. I wish to stay in Thailand a further 30 days I have just returned from the Cambodian border on a standard visa run and I have received only 15 days at the border. Yet my friend went to Singapore and returned via Bangkok airport and was given 30 days! Have they made a mistake at the Cambodian border? A. This is not a mistake but a new visa rule recently introduced. If you enter Thailand on a {VOA}, which is a 30 day free visa on arrival, and you wish to go on a Cambodian visa run or cross a border via land you will now only receive 15 days when you re-enter. If you leave Thailand via the airport and re-enter using the airport, and not across land, you will still be given 30 days. This rule does not apply if you have a current in date visa in your passport acquired from outside Thailand e.g. Non-Immigrant visa multiple entry. Please note- Not all nationalities are given 30 days on arrival so please check your visa status before you arrive. Newly enforced rules can be less of a headache if you arrive in Thailand with a prior visa in your passport.

Dear Kris & Noi, I’ve heard expats boasting about how they can speak Thai, and how it makes life easier here, but I can’t see it. In Pattaya English is good enough for most things, and if I need Thai in a situation I just get a girl to do it for me, and it’s not spoken in any other country. And bargirls don’t want farangs to understand their comments about us. Super Joe

Drive legally or not? Q. I have just returned from a disappointing trip to obtain a Thai driving license; they told me because my driving license from my home country is not in English then they cannot accept it even though it has my photograph on it. What can I do? A. Unfortunately this is correct: if they cannot match

No matter how well English is understood around the bars, it’s better to learn at least a little of the local language, as away from the tourist area you will find that English-speaking Thais are scarcer. Many bargirls like to chat in Thai and English with a farang, and private comments will often be in their local dialects anyway. Thais generally appreciate expats who try to learn their language, and will help them. And what happens when you are in a situation where you cannot “just get a girl” to help you—maybe an accident, illness, crime scene? Dear Kris & Noi, With the entire world seeing the airport closures and bombings, tourists unable to leave or arrive, and the lousy exchange rates, Thailand’s tourist industry is shattered for the next few years. The wealthy condo buyers and the families will certainly look elsewhere— there are plenty of choices in the region. But there’s one group that will remain faithful to Thailand—the much-maligned single men, intent on having a happy holiday in Pattaya. I’ll still come here because it’s still the best place to have a great time with lovely,

in her haste she decided to destroy our Thai marriage certificate and left it in shreds, we went to the registrar office in Bangkok and they said they cannot give a copy of our marriage certificate; what can we do? A. This is not an uncommon occurrence. If you require a copy of a marriage certificate you have to go to your local Police station and make a

“30 days on arrival aren’t enough if you want some real fun.” it to your passport then they cannot issue you with a license. You have to have the licence translated in to English and have the translation certified. Some Embassies or consulates will help you with this depending on your nationality. Angry and aggravated Q. My Thai wife and I recently had a little disagreement which I know is unusual but

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report that your marriage certificate has been “mislaid” and they will give you a police report you can then take this to the registry office and they will issue you with a copy marriage certificate. Kids not traveling!! Q. I am an Australian citizen and we have recently submitted a settlement visa application for my Thai wife to

friendly girls in a good and safe nightlife scene, with friendly locals. Perhaps the Thai tourist authorities will not look down their noses at us so much now? Lancelot Thai tourism has been badly hit by recent events, and many people will not consider Thailand for a holiday now. However, once the country has eventually settled down, you may well find that tourists will soon put Thailand back on their holiday lists. Other countries have

live with me inAustralia. When she submitted the relevant documents including her medical report she was informed that her child from a previous marriage, who is not traveling to Australia, will have to under go a medical also. Is this correct? A. We have seen this on numerous occasions. At Key Visa when we help a client with an Australian settlement visa we automatically arrange for the Thai applicant and the Thai children to have the medical at the same time. It is not overly expensive and saves time in the future whether the children are traveling or not. You can obtain the medical application form from the Australian Embassy Bangkok website; the form is called the form 26 and it must be partially completed before attending the visit to the hospital. Refusal at bank Q. I need to open a bank account in Pattaya as I want to send to my Thai girlfriend a regular allowance from the United States. I have tried several banks but all of them have said they need a certificate from the immigration bureau. But when I went to the immigration they said they could not give me a certificate to open a bank account as I only have a 30 day stamp in my passport. How can I get to the bottom of this matter?

suffered far greater setbacks such as terrorism, but still recovered. We also believe that Pattaya will continue to attract the punters looking for naughty fun; as long as the airports are not closed again, political protests are hardly like to deter them. Men and women often look for brief romances when on holiday, and for men coming to Pattaya, satisfaction is almost guaranteed. And a large amount of the money they spend in Pattaya does go directly to the people who need it the most.

A. It’s standard procedure for opening a bank account here to have a prior visa in your passport (60 days or 90 days or better). This is because a 30 day stamp holder is deemed to be a transient without a stable address here. Although you might just find a bank willing to take you with your 30 day stamp and without a certificate of residency, it may be best to obtain a prior visa in the United States before your next trip. Alternatively, don’t forget you can send cash through Western Union or similar agency to your girlfriend. The immigration bureau is aware of the banks’ position. """""" This regular column is written by Darren McGarry, managing director of Key Visa, based in Jomtien at the Hanuman statue and in central Pattaya at soi L.K. Metro. He heads a team of up-to-date consultants advising foreign residents here about their visa status and also clients wishing to take their Thai partners overseas. The questions presented here are typical of those raised at Key Visa on a daily basis but are discussed here only for general information and interest. Neither Key Visa nor Pattaya Today can enter into correspondence or debate about the particular replies in this column.


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by Alan S. Brown

I did. My first stop was TT&T who told me that all the lines were “full” in my area. Next, a visit to CAT, where I was informed that they would not be adding any new lines until the road work was completed on Tappaya Road. I can probably look forward to that auspicious occasion some time in my next life. That basically makes TOT the only game in town; and I’m sure they know it. A technician finally did come and inspected my system. He concluded that the problem was with the “big” cable and another technician would have to come and fix it. After I started wailing and flailing on the floor at the thought of So, what should one do waiting another two weeks when their Internet provider to have the problem resolved, can’t or won’t provide the nice technician agreed service? Logically, one to see if he could fix the might check out the problem himself. As luck competition; which is what would have it, he was

IF there was ever an argument for the merits of competition, TOT would be the poster child for that position. When there is a dearth of viable choices, you get a company like TOT, which basically means a crappy product and little or no service, when needed. TOT may not be the worst company in the world, but if the worst one goes out of business, TOT better watch out. What provoked this little diatribe? The answer is my latest experience in trying to get my high speed Internet to work. (Just calling it high speed ought to get them thrown into the monkey house for gross fraud.) Recently, my broadband Internet service stopped working. The “DSL” light on the router continually flashed instead of staying steady. Although this

happens fairly regularly, nearly two weeks of no service and no response was beyond the pale; even for TOT. Daily phone calls to the service center in Bangkok and the local service center in Chonburi got me nowhere. I even visited the TOT building in Pattaya three times and always got the same response. The lady at the desk would call the Chonburi office and put me on the phone. Another lady would tell me to stay home the next day because a technician will come to my home, “sure.” Needless to say, this was rubbish. When I asked to speak to a supervisor, I was told that there was no supervisor present. This was probably true and would partially account for the shoddy way this disgraceful excuse for a company treats its customers.

I’ve also written and faxed a letter to the President of the company. Maybe, if he can spare some time from drinking coffee or whatever important tasks a president does, he can focus some attention on customer service.

I see from the papers that there’s a new theory about what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. According to the China Youth Daily, an unnamed French scientist believes that it wasn’t a meteorite or a comet that wiped out the dinosaurs. It was their own farting. “The animals, weighing from 80 to 100 tons, would eat…between 130 and 260 kilos of food every day,” the newspaper reports. “They would fart non-stop.”

These emissions contained a high percentage of methane gas. During the dinosaurs’ 100 million years of existence, “the atmosphere of Earth became charged with methane, which finally damaged the ozone layer and brought about great changes in the vegetation.” This caused a food shortage that wiped the dinosaurs out. Readers will chuckle at this titillating theory, but I believe that it has frightening implications for the future of the human race—and, indeed, for all life on our planet. All those millions of enormous dinosaurs farting non-stop for 100 million years must have produced an unimaginable amount of methane. The question is, where did it go? It can’t have evaporated into thin air, and it’s unlikely to have sunk into the ground. There is only one possible answer. It must have risen into the stratosphere. And it’s still up there. Our planet is surrounded by a lethal layer of dinosaur farts. Skeptics will object that if this were true, the astronauts would have noticed it when they went up into space. “Whew,” John Glenn would have gasped. “Houston, we have a problem. I am moving through a layer of gas that smells like… hmmm…dinosaur farts. Boy, do they stink.” When Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon,

he would have said, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind, and I never, never want to go through that layer of dinosaur farts again.” Such skeptics forget that the astronauts wore sealed space helmets connected to their oxygen supply. Thus insulated, they would have been unable to smell the fetid gases. But if you remember John Glenn’s first flight, he saw a shower of sparks swarming about his spacecraft, much like fireflies. Scientists have never been able to explain this phenomenon. Thanks to this new theory, we now have the chilling answer: the “fireflies” were dinosaur farts, crystallized and made visible by the heat of Glenn’s spacecraft. And they’re still up there. Now, presumably the area of celestial flatulence lies just beneath the ozone layer. (For purposes of terminology, let’s call it the fartbelt; or, more scientifically, the fartosphere.) What would happen if the ozone layer began to deteriorate? I’ll tell you what would happen. The fartbelt would be shaken loose from the underside of the ozone layer and would slowly begin to descend. Eventually it would reach ground level. It would cover the Earth and poison the air we breathe. All living creatures would die in horrible convulsions of protracted agony from inhaling the lethal gases.

While I have no personal experience of the smell of dinosaur farts (and wouldn’t Farting Dinosaurs make a great name for a rock band?), I would imagine that they must smell pretty bad. And if fresh dinosaur farts smell bad, just think how bad they will smell after fermenting beneath the ozone layer for millions of years. But we need not despair, for God has provided succor. Our major captains of industry, like the cavalry, have galloped to our rescue. With uncanny prescience, they have provided a protective device to save us from this horror. We all know about the greenhouse gases emitted from our cars and factories. Where do these gases go? Like the dinosaur farts of yore, they naturally rise. So there must be a protective layer of greenhouse gases beneath the fartosphere that holds it up and keeps it in place. You can think of it as a fartshield. So long as we continue to produce greenhouse gases, they will reinforce the fartshield, prevent the descent of the fartosphere, and save us all from certain death. It’s true that the continued production of greenhouse gases will lead to increased global warming. The glaciers and the polar ice caps will melt, coastal areas and island nations will sink beneath the rising seas, lakes and rivers will dry up, vast regions of our planet

successful. I’m connected again, but for how long is anyone’s guess. Is TOT, indeed, the world’s worst company? I’m sure there are worse companies out there. Give me a few months to do some research and I’ll get back to you with their names. As my loyal reader may recall, back in September, I recounted how I was scammed out of almost 150,000 baht as the result of an ATM scam. My ATM card was somehow cloned and the money was withdrawn from a machine in France of all places. Luckily I discovered the dastardly deed the next day, while making a with drawal and noticed that my funds were quite depleted. Following a lengthy (about 100 days) investigation by the authorities at Krung Thai Bank, I am

happy to report that the funds have been returned to my account. Kudos to Khun “Moo,” the officer at the Pattaya branch, who put up with my constant nagging about the progress of the investigation and eventually broke the happy news that my funds were restored. Although the story ended well, my recommendation is to be super vigilant when using ATM or debit cards here, in Pattaya, or anywhere else. There was a lot of grief involved in resolving this situation and since reporting on this, several people have told me that they have also been similarly scammed and did not receive restitution for one reason or another. I hope everyone is recovering well from their holiday revelry and wish all a great New Year.

will turn into deserts, droughts and floods will afflict Asia and Africa, hurricanes and typhoons will devastate our coastal regions, endangered species will be exterminated, billions of people will die. But which would you prefer—to put up with a few minor inconveniences from global warming, or be engulfed in a gaseous sea of dinosaur farts that will kill us all? This proves that U.S. President George W. Bush was right in rejecting the Kyoto Protocol, and in pursuing policies that will encourage the titans of industry to increase the

production of greenhouse gases. Thanks to his courage, and the cooperation of those heroic industrialists, our species, and indeed all life on this planet, will be spared the horrors of a descending fartbelt for many years to come. (Note: Material for this column, accompanied by a fat red envelope, was kindly provided by the George W. Bush Presidential Library, OPEC, and the Association of Carbonemitting Industries. """""""" If you would like to make a stink about this scurrilous fantasy, you can scold the author ats.tsow@ymail.com


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It’s Siam Eastern View luxury executive homes Ideal location and affordable prices at the Lake THERE are certainly a large number of new developments in the choice area of Mabprachan Lake, but the ethos behind Siam Eastern View is probably a unique one. “We intend to build these villas with the prospective buyer in mind,” says Daffodil Developments company director David Isitt. “Siam Eastern View is a 27 rai plot with a choice of bungalow or two storey styles from 290 to 440 square meters and we are endeavouring to ensure each one is up to high European specifications.”

specifications, is also standard together with granite tops. Electric gates, UPVC windows and mosquito screens, garden laid to lawn and a personal swimming pool with Jacuzzi are part of every deal. Proper security, roving patrols and residence alarms complete the facilities of this gated community. David, a down to earth and practical Welshman, met his Thai business partner Veera Ladnongkun about five years ago. Their first project, Lakeside Estates, near

“In our development, for instance, you’ll find the electricity supply is properly earthed, the shell walls are double thick which then allow window sills and skirtingboards come standard as do architraves or the trim around the doors.” He adds that the hot water tanks are in the roof to ensure a plentiful supply whilst guttering and downpipes are part of the deal and not optional extras. The fitted kitchen, again to the best European quality

Mabprachan Lake, was a sellout. “All 17 units were built and sold in two years because we went for spaciousness and value for money,” David recalls. Then the partners built Siam Gardens, next to Siam Country Club (old) golf course, a 28 unit development on just over 16 rai and again almost a complete sell out. There was then a smaller development, Lakeside Court, with six houses and just one left for sale.

So the developers of Siam Eastern View had very substantial and successful experience in the local property market before embarking on their latest venture which is still at the pre-construction stage. The location is convenient to golf courses, international schools and highway 36 with quick connections to both Bangkok and Rayong. Suvarnabhumi airport is around one hour away and downtown Pattaya or Jomtien beach can be reached by car in a matter of minutes. “I think the key to our success,” explains Khun Veera, “is our flexibility. “If you want to change the floor plan or the outside of your villa, that’s no problem. We also offer an allin price according to need. So if you want to set up a company or hold a leaseback arrangement, then our initial price is what you pay. There are no nasty surprises or addons at a later stage.” Prices start at around 7 million baht for the one storey houses at 290 square meters on half a rai of land. Payment structures again are flexible. Thus customers who want to delay transferring foreign cash because of exchange rate concerns can be accommodated

within the rules. For example, on the British pound, there’s a guarantee of a minimum of 60 baht. Mortgages can be arranged subject to status. At the preconstruction stage there are some special offers including a free Fortuner or Yaris for early purchasers. Company director Phudit (Boy) Thanapattum concludes, “Siam Eastern View was created with a vision by both Thai and international businessmen who have a long history of successful developments in and around Pattaya. The development is a high end one with large land sizes and affordable prices setting the standard for luxury living.” David adds “Our aim is to be completely customer orientated so we can meet the needs and requirements of any serious buyer, whether that be changing the size of a bedroom or wanting to reach an accommodation with us on repayment issues.” For more information and a free tour of this or other company achievements, phone 089 0964754 or 087 1383067 (English) or 081 4510987 or 081 4670505 (Thai). The sales office is on Siam Country Club Road, a few shop houses on your right after you take the turning from Sukhumvit Road.


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Royal Ambassador Residence is pure luxury Finalist in the 2008 Thailand Property Award A NEW upmarket residential estate has been launched on the market. Opposite Ambassador City Hotel, about 700 meters into Na Jomthien soi 7, one can find this new development of luxury villas rising nicely amongst Thai ‘yet unspoilt’ natural terrain. This place is well situated in complete privacy and at the same time minutes away from Jomthien Beach, Ocean Marina, Phoenix Golf Course and the exuberant sights and sounds of Pattaya City as well as all the commodities and facilities. Thai-Bali architectural harmonies blend in luxury and style to create this elite residential estate. Boasting 27 pool-villas & club-house, one finds a choice of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom villas on 2 storeys. Every villa comes with a private pool & Jacuzzi, ample tropical gardens, maids’ quarters and garage with automated door. The first phase of the development has been carefully studied to portray the clear vision of the rest of the estate. The infrastructure is all set and ready for the whole project, having the high grade tarmac road

winding towards the project form a reasonable distance, it continues into the estate right till the furthest plot. One can simply admire the way in which the road has been designed in the community featuring a pleasant bend, rather than a simple straight line, and private cull de sacs to reach some of the properties. High tension wires and water drains are all set underground for safety as well as esthetics, and the 2 meter boundary wall surrounding the estate is completely built to have the area fully secure. At the front of the estate, one finds the security guards’ room and the entrance into the estate, blending in tastefully with the backdrop of the office & clubhouse building and the 3 first villas that have been completed purposely to serve as show houses. Standing within this compound of buildings, one can easily experience the full sight of his future neighborhood. Very pleasant architecture defines the skyline of this place and the public spaces & car park are landscaped nicely to complete the first few buildings of

this upcoming elite community. The 2 bedroom villa ‘Amanda’ is built on a plot measuring 404 sq.m. Entering the villa through a peaceful walkway featuring water and tropical plants, the main door opens into the hallway leading to the living room, dining room and kitchen. All the ground floor living space overlooks this splendid pool & Jacuzzi sala featuring classical water spouts and surrounded by

landscaped tropical vegetation. The living room features a wide folding door right onto the pool. The upper floor houses a landing; perfectly set to be used as living space, as well as the master bedroom and the second bedroom with en-suite bathrooms, and balconies overlooking the pool and the gardens. The maids’ quarters including a Thai kitchen are well disguised alongside the laundry terrace and both are accessed through the garage. There is also a second entrance to the villa directly from the garage. The functional building area measures 340 sq.m. The interior design and choice of materials to finish this home have been tastefully selected to blend with the tropical design of the building and at the same time pro-

vide all the modern comforts one would desire to have in a new Thai splendor home. There are 7 villas of this category projected in the estate The 3 bedroom villa ‘Baliya’ features all of the commodities and specifications of ‘Amanda’ yet having more functional space and an extra second bedroom. The master bedroom of this villa houses a very functional walk-in wardrobe and the interior design varies slightly from ‘Amanda’ keeping tradition at the forefront of the design. This villa is built on a plot measuring 408 sq.m and has a functional building area of 360 sq.m. Definitely, it can be categorised as a grand Thai luxury home. There will be 15 villas of this size in the neighborhood. The 4 bedroom villa ‘Cataleeya’ is a tropical masterpiece. Built on a plot measuring 772 sq.m and having a functional building area of 612 sq.m this large home is for the selected few. It features all the specifications of ‘Amanda & ‘Baliya’ in a magnified scenario. The pool & Jacuzzi sala as well as the terraces and landscaping are the focal point from the ground floor living space. Four majestic classical water spouts pour water into the large swimming pool making you experience the setting of a grand oriental masterpiece with sights of fantastic skylines of architecture, and harmony in natural colors. The interiors break the mold from the other two villas and one can instantly notice the modern design features that have been planned for this villa to compliment the tropical architecture in a contemporary luxury

style. Most of the walls on the ground floor have been finished in beautiful glazing, shaping a modern reflective surface manifesting a color scheme that tells a totally different story from ‘Amanda’ & ‘Baliya’. The concept of space in this property is very generous and the layout is absolutely fantastic. On the ground floor one also finds the fourth bedroom which in this case it has been beautifully planned as a study featuring all the contemporary designs of the rest of the house and a rather unusual glass curtain. The upper floor houses a large landing overlooking the hallway and the swimming pool, perfectly set to be used as living space, as well as the master bedroom and the second bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and balconies overlooking the pool and the gardens. The entire upper floor is finished in Makah solid wood flooring blending naturally perfect with modern stainless steel and glass railings. This large villa ‘Cataleeya’ also features a unique Thai massage spa balcony on the upper floor. Truly, a tropical masterpiece! Only 5 of these extravagant villas are planned at

Royal Ambassador Residence. These fine homes present an ultimate lifestyle experience, where in every aspect the traditional oriental designs mould seamlessly with modern comforts, and feature ample tropical gardens & waterways. The quintessential expression of luxurious living at its very finest! The residence offers an office & clubhouse/coffee shop, as well as 24hrs security and closed circuit surveillance. This project is planned on a land measuring 10 rai & 72 sq.wah and is entrusted to Quartect Corporation, a renowned house of architects from Bangkok headed by chief architect Thanongsak Wiboonma. These properties are designed, constructed and finished to high standards and superior quality. Prices start from THB 12.5 million and clients have the option of standard or deluxe interiors. Royal Ambassador Residence, Jomthien, Pattaya, 44 Moo 2, Na-Jomthien soi 7, Sukhumvit Road, Na-Jomthien, Sattaheep, Chonburi 20250, Thailand, Tel: +66 (0)854 870 720, E-mail: info@rar-jomtien.com, www.rar-jomtien.com


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2008 was volatile and 2009 could be similar THAILAND’S property market, heading into 2009, has the double whammy problem of an international financial crisis on the one hand and the legacy of internal political turmoil on the other. Actually, without those traumas, the situation would not be too bad as inflation worldwide is subsiding as the price of commodities such as steel and oil have tumbled in recent months. Here in Thailand, there is a fair prospect that the government’s tax incentives on purchasing property will be extended beyond the spring. If you look back at 2008, it wasn’t all bad news. In the early months of the year the market was sluggish as the price of cement and oil virtually doubled and, here in Thailand, it became clear that the newly elected government wasn’t likely to be steady and firm. Certainly, the latter point turned out to be a chronic understatement – Thailand has had five prime ministers in two years and enough said! But the property market

recovered somewhat in March 2008 as the then government introduced tax incentives which took effect at the end of that month and are still in place. Sales of most property developers, especially lose rise units, did improve considerably

in the second quarter. But all this came to a stuttering halt when political violence broke out and anti-government forces seized Government House in late May. This caused many homebuyers to put off their decision to buy as political uncertainty persisted and many foreigners anyway were not in a mood to buy during troubled times. Sales of 14 major listed developers dropped from an average of 30 billion baht a quarter to 28 billion baht in the second quarter and 25

million in the third quarter. Not even the tax incentives could halt the side and in the summer oil prices peaked at over US$140 a barrel before declining steeply in the autumn. It also became difficult for would be buyers to find mortgages as financial institutions became very cautious about approving loans for property purchase. As a result, more unsellable units were added to the housing stock. Meanwhile, some developers tried to resell to rejected customers lower priced or smaller units or ones which gave a longer time to make the down payments. In spite of rejections and cancellations, there remained a pent up demand, particularly amongst first time buyers who didn’t by and large defer their decision taking. Many developers hoped that the fourth quarter of 2008 would see a property rally, but this certainly failed to materialise. The main reason for the disappointment was the global credit crunch brought on by defaults on sub-prime mortgage

loans in the United States which broke out in the headlines in August. The domino effect then resulted in one financial institution after another going into potential death agonies across much of the world. In Thailand, the credit crunch had the effect of making banks and other financial institutions more and more conservative whilst pulling out of many overseas investments. As a consequence, developers in Thailand have had cause to revise their strategies. Some have downsized their projects or reduced the number of units launched to minimise their exposure to risk. Others

have opted to increase the size of down payments in project finance, whilst still others are monitoring the situation on a day to day basis. Inevitably, in the wake of the US crisis, liquidity is tight and real estate investment by overseas investors has dropped. So the prospects for 2009 remain far from good. Business expansion cannot proceed as it’s very difficult to raise funds. Some new projects, though not all, have been postponed as developers opt to remain on the sidelines. Loan criteria are bound to be stringent on both the demand and the supply side. Those customers remaining are

more interested in finding a bank which will offer them a loan quickly rather than shopping around for the best deal as they used to. Perhaps the only silver lining is that property developers will be stronger as they seek to adjust themselves to the market slowdown. Non professionals or amateurs are likely to be weeded out which should improve the quality for customers in the long term. Those newcomers without a credit record will find it very difficult to obtain project loans, so the days of entering and exiting the market at will are probably over. The ones surviving will be the truly professional ones.


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Bangkok’s recent airport closures worse than tsunami Surapong Techaruwichitr, Vice President of the Thai Hotels Association, maintained the recent PAD Bangkok airport disruption hit Thailand more severely than the 2004 tsunami, with less than 25% of Thai hotel rooms filled, particularly 5-stars. Nine scheduled major conventions have been cancelled, and one million jobs have been lost. The National Economic and Social Development Board assesses the total cost at over Bt137 billion as a direct result of the closures. Airport closures mean halfprice sex in Bangkok It’s a buyer’s market in Bangkok’s Patpong, with sex workers charging Bt800 instead of Bt1-2000 per short time. However, the blockade diverted some tourists who might otherwise never have visited Patpong. “Being stuck for an extra week convinced us to spend time and money on things we wouldn’t have normally – like ping-pong shows,” one US tourist said, who also commiserated saying “They’re hurt so much worse than we are and it just hurts to see.” Airport closure highlights business insecurity The closure of Bangkok’s airport by protestors brought home to investors the uncertainty of doing business in a country that has had 27 prime ministers in the 76 years. Newly

ousted PM, Somchai Wongsawat, declared economic losses during the occupation may amount to Bt100 billion per day. Whereas, Finance Minister, Suchart Thadathamrongvej, said the economy may not expand in 2009, due to the knock on effects of both the global economic crisis and the airport seizures. A prime time to buy in Bangkok? Investment analysts are saying currently Bangkok looks cheap, so it’s time to buy, following one of investing’s most famous clich?s, which states “The time to buy is when there’s blood in the street,” i.e. when chaos reigns, fear is widespread and investors are taking flight, it’s time to do the opposite. This is also the belief of Warren Buffett, who states “be greedy when others are fearful”. To the brave go the rewards. JFCCT keeps faith in Thailand Foreign investors in Thailand are unlikely to pull out, despite the recent turmoil, but it will take approximately one year to restore confidence, according to the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce (JFCCT) in Bangkok. The new PM, Abhisit Vejjajiva, JFCCT suggested, should meet foreign investors posthaste to counter negative perceptions about Thailand. Meanwhile, BOI’s Dr Atchaka Brimble said 2,000 new projects, worth Bt426

billion, have been approved and investment targets would be met for 2008. Bank of Thailand valiantly tries to save the day Amid doom and gloom predictions, when airlines and hotels suffered cancellations, cargo shipments were delayed, stocks fell, Moody’s Investors Service lowered Thailand’s credit outlook and the Thai Baht fell to a 21-month low against the US dollar, the Bank of Thailand, on Dec.3, injected a degree of optimism. It did this by lowering its benchmark interest rate by the most on record, to 2.75 percent, to help revive the economy. Bangkok street gangs may drive foreign investment abroad The lawlessness epitomized by the contending Yellow and Red Shirts encourages street gangs in Bangkok, some business leaders allege. So much so that repeated protests may impel some new investment to other Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. Nandor von der Luehe, Chairman of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand, maintained “Even investors who have known Thailand for a long time are afraid things might get out of hand.” Rayong’s LNG terminal on track PTT PLC is confidently predicting its 5 million tonne/year LNG terminal at Rayong, being built by South Korea’s GS Engineering & Construction Corp., will be complete by 2011 and able to service the Asia Pacific’s increasing gas demands. PTT spokesman, Wuttikorn Stithit, siad “We are in between the Middle East and Far East, with established infrastructure and pipeline systems,” maintaining Thailand aims to become a strategic destination for LNG in the region. UNICEF calls for zone of peace in S. Thailand The United Nations Children’s Fund has recommended a “zone of peace” be set up in the insurgency-ridden South and increased its efforts to aid the area’s children. Children suffered from anxiety, stress and daily privations, as well as being

traumatized by the deaths of adults close to them. Since 2004, Islamic separatists have waged a terror campaign intent on driving out Buddhist residents, killing 3,300, people, of whom 30 were children. Islamic militants ambush 6 in Yala In the seemingly endless war of terror waged by Islamic Thai separatists against the Buddhist minority in Southern Thailand, militants once again struck Yala on Dec1 2, gunning down 3 school guards and wounding another three people, including one woman, outside a primary school. The assailants ambushed the 6 victims from a pick-up truck at 11:30 pm, fleeing at speed immediately afterwards. The condition of the three injured was reported to be critical. Going world-class in Thailand’s golfing paradise. Thailand In Style has compiled a shortlist of some of Thailand’s best golf courses to produce a diverse, rounded and challenging golf experience, featuring 200 worldclass greens and fairways to satisfy its elite golf enthusiasts. Among the foremost chosen were Bangkok’s Thai Country Club, voted Thai best 2001– 2007, Khao Yai National Park’s Kirimaya, Royal Hua Hin, the Grand Dame of Thai golf courses, and one of Tiger Woods’ favourites, Blue Canyon. Bangkok bus fare cuts insufficient campaigner argues Bangkok public transport buses are to reduce their fares by 50 satang for hot buses and one baht for air-conditioned ones from Dec22, due to the fall in the price of diesel. There will also be a fare reduction of 3 satang per kilometer for inter-city buses. However, lower fares campaigner, Boonchai Rungrueangpaisansuk, maintained these fare cuts weren’t nearly enough, especially as most buses now run on natural gas. Biodiversity in Mekong basin threatened by Chinese dams. The Mekong River Basin, covering Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China’s Yunnan

province, is second only to the Amazon in the breadth of its biodiversity. However, three dams already constructed in the Upper Mekong by China, with another nearing completion, and the blasting of Mekong islets’ aquatic breeding grounds to improve river navigation, are putting the habitat of these plants and animals under dire threat according to World Wildlife Fund spokesman, Chavalit Vidthayanond. Greater Mekong “biological treasure trove” Over 1,000 new plant and animal species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong region between 1997-2007, 267 in Thailand, 319 in Vietnam, and 292 in China. A rat thought to have been extinct for 11 million years and a cyanide-laced, shocking pink millipede were among creatures found in what has been called a “biological treasure trove”. The species were all found in the rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River. Canadian sex trafficker led double life John Charles Wrenshall, a Canadian English teacher in Bangkok, was accused of leading a double life by a New Jersey court. His public face was of a dedicated teacher, but in reality, he was running a sex tourism ring, procuring young Thai boys for foreign paedophiles. Evidence is also emerging that he sexually exploited 20 young boys from 1961 to the mid-1980s, and was convicted in 1997 of molesting eight choir boys. AIDS is the leading cause of death in Thailand Because HIV/ AIDS now ranks as the leading cause of death in Thailand, the government recently expanded its universal healthcare system to give immediate access to treatments for around 80,000 HIV-infected patients. Thailand is the first country to guarantee antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to all citizens in need. Foreign ARV drugs manufacturers, like Gilead Sciences and Merck & Co, makers of the HIV treatment drug Atripla, have both expanded Thai sales and dropped the price of their ARV products. Britain’s Kate Moss books into Thai spa to de-stress After a stressful year,

British supermodel, Kate Moss, has booked into an undisclosed five-star Thai medical spa for 7 days over Christmas for a stress management course, with her boyfriend, Jamie Hince, and daughter, Lila Grace. The spa, though to be the exclusive Amanpuri Hotel in Phuket, practises equilibropathy and stringent detox techniques. Kate wants to lose 3 kilograms, forget her problems, cope with her anxiety and completely de-stress. PTTEP charters new rig for Gulf oil exploration PTTEP, Thailand’s national petroleum company, is to charter a state-of-the-art jackup oil rig, PetroJack IV, for 5 years to drill for oil in the Gulf of Thailand, starting at the end of January, 2009. PetroJack IV is a Baker Marine Class Pacific 375 jackup, able to drill high pressure and high temperature wells up to 9,144 metres in 114 metres of water. The rig can accommodate 120 crew. Suvarnabhumi reopens on Dec.5 Suvarnabhumi Airport officially reopened for business on Dec.5 after the week-long closure and flight disruption caused by the PAD Yellow Shirt protestors. The first two airlines to resume operations were Thai Airways International and Cathay Pacific Airways, immediately the airport reopened. However, other airlines staggered their resumption of flights, with Emirates, Qantas and Jet Airways recommencing on Dec.6 and Lufthansa the following day. There was no further news concerning other operators. AirAsia boosts tourism in free ticket campaign Southeast Asia’s leading budget carrier, Air Asia, is offering 100,000 free tickets to Bangkok from Vietnam, Cambodia, Myammar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and China, as well as for flights within Thailand. AirAsia is working in close collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to instil confidence and bring back tourists and business travellers by “reinstating the core message that it is now safe to travel back to the Land of Smiles.”


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Apus Condominium new project in town MR. APICHART Pasitnarit, Managing Director of Apus Condomunium, held a press conference about the new construction of his condominium which would be in soi Yume next to Carefour Shopping Mall. The Apus Condominium is considered to be a big project by any standards. The investment for the project is 560 million baht in the heart of the city. The condominium has 7-storeys, capability for 80 vehicles in the carpark, and 156 units, all in 4 rai area. Prices range from 1.8- 7.5 million baht. The condominium uses high quality materials with modern style design. Customers buying a room will receive 10% discount instantly, a fully furnished kitchen, and a Central voucher worth 10,000- 50,000 baht. More information please call 083-243-0908, 083-244-0908 or visit www.apuscondo.com On Saturday December 20 there was a “Lovers’ free party” which was attended by many real estate professionals, the media and invited guests. A free-flow Thai buffet and a band completed the enjoyable evening. The condo has 2 buildings and the individual units range from 29 to 210 square meters. There is also a separate building for shop units, 11 of them on four storeys, and ranging in size from 4.5 sqm to 16.9 sqm built of glass and attractive conwood.

Tony Malhotra, Wanchol Boontham, Danai Taephanitcharoen with APUS MD Vichapol Srisuriyachai, Akarin Ritthiphanyawong, Mai and Tanwat Chanaphai

Angel Ken & Sky Co., Ltd. managing director Khun Apichart explains the new project during the press conference

The duo serenades the guests at what may be deemed a top property launch of 2008. There’s a special discount of 10% for early bird buyers.


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BASED on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier, it’s arguable that The Birds (1963) is Alfred Hitchcock’s last great masterpiece. In origin it goes back to the 1950s movie The Prodigal where Edmond Purdom is attacked by a huge raven in a pit of human bones, whilst the creature features element of The Birds transfers easily to Jaws – the key to the horror is in the suspense and not in what you actually see. Actually, the visual effects in The Birds are not entirely realistic – particularly on second viewing you can observe that many of the creatures on the telephone wires are stuffed, but not to worry as this was 1963 after all, well before the wonder world of computer enhanced graphics. Whilst most people never think of birds as a threat to human society, you’ll always think of Hitchcock’s movie ever after when faced by a flock of the feathered two legged variety.

Tippi Hedren plays Melanie Daniels, a spoiled and rich socialite who one day bumps into an attractive guy named Mitch (Rod Taylor) in a pet store as he gazes at a pair of lovebirds as a potential present for his younger sister. Melanie decides to surprise the man with the birds but finds she has to travel to Bodega Bay to leave them with him. After she arrives, strange occurrences abound when the birds in town seem to attack the humans for

no good reason, then all hell breaks loose. Certainly the most striking feature of Hitchcock’s direction of The Birds is his ability to create tension and terror

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All hell breaks loose with feathered friends But you never know why they attack without utilizing any traditional score. It seems that his early days in making silent films paid off very well as he creates the proper mood through editing, montage and proper story pacing. If you had never heard of the film, you’d likely think there is no way such a ridiculous premise could be remotely entertaining. Credit Hitch for that: few, if any at the time, would have been able to take such a laughable idea and make it work very well. The cast is solid with Hitch going for a relatively unknown actress in Tippi Hedren, a find from a diet soft drink commercial who caught his eye. Though a relative novice, she is guided well through the difficult bits, mostly utilizing her for reaction shots that don’t require her to show a great deal of emotion other than romantic whimsy, at any rate

until the horrifying finale of bird bombings. Watching the film these days, you are struck by the fact that Hitch does not even unleash his horror film until the second half which today would be unheard of. This is doubtless one reason why the movie works well – the main characters are fully introduced and described before the moments of mortal peril. Most modern audiences are likely to wonder impatiently why the film seems like a romance and a horror film that somehow got mashed together, but the reality is that Hitch as ever is toying with conventions. As with the slightly earlier Psycho, Hitch lulls the audience with a false sense of security: everything seems to be going to plan and then, wham bang, nature decides otherwise pulling the carpet from under us all. Along with

The Book Review The possible founder of Islamic terrorism revealed The Mufti of Jerusalem not to be ignored AMIN al-Husseini isn’t terribly well known these days, but he may have had a chilling influence which is still with us today. This anyway is what David Dalin and John Rothmann would have you believe in their new book Icon of Evil (Random House, around 800 baht) about The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. After the first world war, Palestine became a mandate run by Britain under the League of Nations. In the early 1920s, the high commissioner Herbert Samuel appointed al Husseini as the mufti. Why Samuel should have done this is not made explicit in the book, except to suggest without any real backup that al Husseini had gay relationships with some British diplomats.

Once in power, the mufti led a lifetime crusade against the Jews, firstly opposing their inclusion in the Palestinian homeland, then urging Hitler to gas them and, post 1945, whipping up

middle eastern countries to wipe out the fledgling state of Israel. The mufti finally died in the mid 1970s with his mission unfulfilled.

But he remained until his death president of the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine. We know that the mufti spent the second world war years in Germany and that he met Hitler once. The book claims he was a close associate of Himmler, Eichmann and Ribbentrop, although most of this is supposition. From what we know the nazi leaders, they were not keen on making close friendships with non Europeans in any case. What is certain is that al Husseini acted as nazi Arabic radio propagandist for three years from Berlin and supported the formation of the Bosnian Muslim Waffen SS corps responsible for the murder of thousands of Bosnian Jews. He was

reported by Eichmann’s deputy Dieter Wisliceny to have visited Auschwitz and to have incited systematic extermination. Other claims in this relatively short book are that the Mufti was a tutor to Yasser Arafat (who was in fact a mourner at the mufti’s funeral), knew Saddam Hussein’s uncle very well and maintained links with the Qutb Brotherhood and other early terror groups determined to destroy Israel. So we are invited to accept the thesis that al Husseini was in effect the spiritual godfather of Islamic terror today, including Al Qaeda, suicide bombers and all the rest. Eye opening as the book is, there are several flaws in the testimony. Firstly, there is far too much speculation about the mufti’s thought,

a very untraditional ending, Hitch coyly wipes the slate clean as if to say that everything you came to know doesn’t matter any more. The only thing that matters is the danger here and now. The Birds was maybe the first film that never even tried to explain the outlandish or supernatural behaviour of the subject matter. At the end of the picture, you are no nearer understanding why the birds attack people and

on such a frightening scale. Is there something weird in their diet or is the phenomenon something to do with global warming? As with zombie films – you never really know why and how they come back from the dead – it’s best not to ask too many questions. Hitchcock’s message is to concentrate on extricating yourself from a difficult situation rather than worrying about the cosmic explanations. A wise move that one.

attitudes and beliefs. A more clinical and less ornamented account would have been much wiser. In one silly chapter, the authors actually imagine what would have happened if the Germans would have conquered Britain in the early summer of 1940. They argue that Winston Churchill and others would have been whisked off to Auschwitz even though the place had not in reality yet opened!

really was, considerably weaken the polemical value of the work. The reader feels all the time that he or she is being whipped into submission by authors with a certain political agenda. The reality is that this is a superficial book. The attempts to tie al Husseini to every anti Jewish Arab and Muslim leader on the contemporary scene are frankly ridiculous , whilst the mufti’s own crimes are

Another criticism is that most of the references in the book are from secondary sources, even the quotes from Mein Kampf (hardly the most difficult book to reference) or the most seminal of the events in the book – the conversation with the fuhrer – though it’s true that the translated text of the German minutes of the meeting and the mufti’s diary are in the appendices. These faults, and the persistent repetition of what a dreadful man the mufti

surprisingly glossed over. It would have been much better to have included radio transcripts of his broadcasts or to have documented much more carefully his post 1945 role in whipping up anti-Jewish bigotry. There is certainly scope for another biography of al Husseini which depicts him as an icon of evil if you like, but puts him much more soundly in his historical context and makes much better use of original source material.


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by Simon Philbrook IT’S always been an ass and probably always will be. But, it’s our ass. Most of the time we recognise that there are reasons for laws and that they serve the greater good. Sometimes, however, the rule of law breaks down. Particularly when people in increasingly desperate situations find themselves facing an increasingly unacceptable and unfair rule of law. There are examples of people rising up to take the law into their own hands all over the world lately. In northern China dozens of club-wielding protesters blocked the gates of an agricultural firm. The protesters were both paid and organised by Duan Qijun, the foster son of a 61-year-old employee at the company who had died

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of a heart attack the previous week while at work. The protests prevented staff at the company from entering or leaving, but eventually police intervened, detaining 77 of the protesters. Duan meanwhile escaped and remains at large. Meanwhile, passenger power at Brisbane Domestic Airport resulted in a violent rebellion against QANTAS understaffing. Check-in lines were so long that an elderly woman collapsed and died in-line, which resulted in check-in attendants being slapped, spat at, having to be removed from their posts and one worker collapsing from stress. A female passenger who slapped the male check-in attendant across the face was not allowed to fly with the airline for 24 hours. Just down the road from this a 35 year old man, Michael Benjamin Dugan, chained and padlocked the doors of the Ray White Real Estate Agent at Southport on the Gold Coast, trapping 17 agency employees inside,

in an attempt to get satisfaction in a dispute over a $1400 deposit. Mr Dugan apparently became frustrated over the agent’s apparent reluctance to return his deposit over a two-month period. Mr Dugan was granted bail, but ordered to surrender weapons found at his home including a spear gun and a slingshot. In Sestri Ponente, a small town near Genoa, on Italy’s north-western coast, 18year-old Cristina Balzano, the lead singer in Italian teen gothic metal band, Soul Cry, possibly aided by her 16-year-old brother (the band’s bass player) allegedly stabbed the band’s guitarist dozens of times with a kitchen knife with an 18-cm blade because he did not play well enough at a rehearsal. Genoa-based paper Il Secolo XIX quoted lawyers for Ms Balzano as saying she doesn’t remember anything of the incident. In Britain, people power closed Stansted, London’s leading cheap flights airport, in a manner reminiscent

of the recent closure of Bangkok’s airports by the People’s Alliance for Democracy. Unfortunately, protest group Plane Stupid were only able to shut down Britain’s nastiest airport temporarily, although their protests had more to do with fuel emissions and nothing to do with appallingly high prices and low quality ground service at the Essex abomination. Meanwhile, in the US, a rule of law was flouted by a 70 year old man who madeoff with $ 50 Bn of investors’ funds over a 15 year period under the noses of the authorities. We’ve long complained at the outmoded and outdated rules operated by the SEC which date back 80 years ago to poacher turned gamekeeper Joseph P. Kennedy. Con-sidering the restrictions placed on most US investors which force them to accept mediocrity the US seems to have even more of a share of scams and scandals than its position as the primary global financial centre would justify.

We’ve covered this ground many times before ex-NASDAQ Chairman Bernard Madoff constructed a grand Ponzi scheme and we’ll no doubt cover it again, but suffice to say for now that the regulation provided by responsible custodians and auditors way exceeds the efficiency of that provided by the US (or probably any other government). That, and the irony that for the last few weeks there’s been painstaking debate about throwing $34 Bn of good money after the bad that has already been spent on the US auto industry. Instead, in the last few days we find out that more than that has disappeared from a fund run by an adjunct of a SEC registered broker. MBMG has no exposure to any of the funds managed by Madoff. After conducting due diligence on the funds we decided that they were incompatible with our guidelines, risk process requirements and operational standards.

Anyway, I’m off to get married to my delightful fiancée Deborah, who I have meticulously conducted my own due diligence on for the past 10 years and concluded she is very compatible with my guidelines, risk process requirements and operational standards! Therefore, I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and prosperous New Year and I will be back in 2009. For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on simon@hamptonsthailand.co.th 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

Buying a home in Pattaya? Remember Thailand is same-same but different by Khun Dee PATTAYA’S high season is officially upon us (it says here). It’s again that time of year when tourists from around the globe flock to this seaside resort in unprecedented numbers (or so it is hoped). Many of those visitors will return to their homelands having been smitten by Pattaya’s pleasant weather, party atmosphere, favorable prices, and Thai hospitality. Many others will be even more smitten and simply will not return home. The latter group represents a substantial portion of foreigners who even now are roaming greater Pattaya in search of their new home in paradise. Thousands of foreigners each year become so enamored with Thailand that they forget that this country is dissimilar from their home countries not only in terms of culture and customs but also in terms of laws. More to the point, most visitors know little about the differences between buying property here and back home. If you’re even thinking about buying a house or condo in Thailand, it is vitally important

that you research relevant issues thoroughly before you buy. Thorough advance knowledge will save you money as well as stress now and in the future. While buying a home in Pattaya may appear a simple matter, there are potential problems in respect to legal title, buyer’s remorse, preexisting defects, construction delays and deficiencies, successors, the rights of a Thai spouse, and much more. That is where expert advice plays a key role. Input from sales agents, new acquaintances, and even friends and family who already own property in Pattaya is useful. But counsel from a trusted attorney and professional real estate broker is essential. You need specialists who can help you avoid the above pitfalls and guide you through a realm of other matters—real estate laws, immigration rules and regulations, estate and tax laws, present and future market conditions. Think first, buy later Before searching for your dream home, consider whether it might be more prudent to rent—even if only for a few months or so.

That would give you an opportunity to determine if this casual lifestyle in the sun is right for you. If it’s your intention to maintain your primary residence in your home country and purchase a vacation home in Pattaya, give ample thought not only to the financial implications but also to: - the security of your properties (here and at home) during your absences, - the amount of time you would b e spending in each location, - visa restrictions, - the feasibility of short-term rentals, - health insurance: does your policy cover hospital and medical expenses incurred in a foreign country? Think also about resale. Is it important for you to make a profit when the property is eventually sold? While many local real estate professionals have the experience and training to help you make the best longterm real estate decisions while satisfying your present needs, you should enlist the support of a qualified lawyer for advice on what precautions to take in the event that you or your

partner die in Thailand. Estate planning is an essential element in successfully buying and owning property here since it settles relevant complex legal and financial estate issues in advance, saving time, money and stress. That said, it nevertheless is an excellent time to buy property in Pattaya. Home buyers have opportunities now to negotiate a deal at a favorable price and with some concessions thrown in. In many locations in and around Pattaya, buyers will find a glut of new homes and condos, more motivated sellers of existing homes, and other market conditions that make it a really good time to buy. But enter the market as an informed buyer with eyes wide open. Leave nothing to chance and maintain healthy skepticism. In essence, buyer beware. Is it right for you? While local real estate prices may seem quite reasonable compared with comparable properties back home, not every home is a deal. And while market conditions currently favor buyers, your personal

financial condition is a more important factor in determining if this is the right time for you to buy. Do not allow yourself to become financially stressed beyond your means in order to take advantage of what you perceive to be a steal. In recent years, local property prices have steadily climbed. More recently, they appear to be leveling off, and international financial difficulties have already had an impact on the Thai economy. That, in turn, may soon be reflected in softer real estate values. On the other hand, if you wait for prices to fall you could miss out on a good deal. No one knows with any certainty what future property values will be. If you decide to buy here and now, do it because it’s the right thing to do for you. But first do your homework. Research the home-buying process here. Take advantage of the Internet, local publications, respected real estate agents. And familiarize yourself with the local market. Focus on those neighborhoods or areas that appeal to you and conform to your budget. Whether it’s a new home or resale property, learn the true value of any

property you are considering. Uneducated buyers tend to lowball sellers and ask for too many concessions. That can alienate the seller, especially those who are less motivated. Likewise, knowledge helps prevent you from spending too much. Use a qualified real estate agent who knows the neighborhood and is aware of local market trends and statistics. To keep abreast of prices, see comparables, track sales in your shopping area, peruse Pattaya Today, scour Internet listing and for-sale sites and other sources. Also visit open houses. As a foreigner, it will be difficult to arrange financing for the purchase of a home here. Difficult, but not impossible. If you do not have available cash for the transaction, or if your finances are constrained, you might seek out a real estate agent who has extensive knowledge of money sources and strong relationships with lenders they trust. But having cash in hand will put you at a competitive advantage to negotiate a more favorable purchase price. Finally, it cannot be said too often: buyer beware.


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Thai work permits and farang problems

Never leave home without one! after all pay tax (one hopes) on what they give you – and ONE of the most commonly teaching English to Thais is asked expat questions concerns OK as long as it’s for free. But Thai work permits? Who it all comes down really to needs one and who doesn’t? what the Labour office or the In theory, it’s everyone immigration bureau chooses to who is making cash in the investigate. As the Roman country and even some jurist Cicero wrote, “We have people who aren’t. But we many powers but it’s up to us all know of successful bars which to use.” owned by the Thai wife of The short answer in a foreigner husband who borderline areas is to see a none the less helps out behind friendly Thai lawyer. In the bar or chats to customers a recent case, the lawyer without incurring the wrath advised voluntary teachers of officialdom. So it’s also of English in a school to a question of who you are, obtain a letter from the head and where you perform; it’s teacher confirming no payment not simply a matter of what was being offered or received. But another guy who wanted you are doing. Another confused area is to play the piano in his mate’s voluntary work. If you bar every night was advised are doing something that not to, except on very rare a Thai might be able to do then occasions, lest a Thai piano you could be in trouble. It’s OK player lodge an objection. to be a foreign volunteer A foreign drag queen who policeman, specifically recog- wanted to sing her heart out nised by the authorities and at street parties was told it with an ID card, but not OK was all right as long as the to be a security guard working performance was for charity. for a private company even But let’s assume you if you receive no payment. want to start earning money Writing articles for newspapers here, pay your taxes and do in return even for a paltry everything legally. Firstly, fee might be OK – the owners you will need to show the

by Barry Kenyon

Labour office that you have some expertise in your field. Thus if you want to cook foreign food, then a diploma in frying fish will be useful.

postgraduate in Egyptology whether he can be a successful real estate dealer. That’s a matter for the guy employing you.

If you want to teach with a work permit, you’ll likely need paperwork there too. University degrees in any subject, provided you have the paperwork from overseas, are the most useful of all. Nobody is likely to ask a PhD

Another rule is that the employer or company hiring you must have two million baht in capital for each work permit applied for. If you are setting up your own company that rule still applies and there needs to be at least four

Thais, and sometimes seven, to be employed for each salaried foreigner. Depending on the country of origin, the foreigner will be assumed to be paid up to the tune of 60,000 baht a month for purposes of personal tax. Thai work permits, then, are about paying tax rather than a bland indication that you are doing something worthwhile. After all, it’s money that makes the world go around. Another starting block is that you need a non immigrant “B” visa. Such is most easily obtained in the applicant’s home country, but it’s possible to get in some Pacific rim countries if you take with you to the Thai embassy or consulate proof that you have paid the initial registration fee at the Labour office. So don’t set off to Penang in Malaysia to get your non immigrant “B” without a host of paperwork including company registration papers and audited accounts. Again your friendly lawyer or a competent travel agency can advise you on the details. Once you have the work permit and are safely working in Thailand, the immigration bureau will extend your visa to one year provided you supply the right documents including

the audited accounts which show the company in question has sufficient funds to pay its employees. If the balance sheet shows a loss, initially or later, you may well find the work permit is cancelled and you may well have to leave the country to obtain another visa. If you decide to quit your paid job then you have to visit the Labour office to cancel your permit and fill in the right forms. It’s usually possible at the immigration office to convert the unexpired portion of your visa to stay in Thailand unemployed until it runs out. Finally, there’s the question of what your work permit allows you to do and what it doesn’t. The duties in outline are indeed printed on the personal document you receive. Over the years there have been many prosecutions of foreigners for not holding a work permit but only a handful because they breached the small print in practice. Still, you need to consult your lawyer initially about what precisely you will be doing and the form of words to be used in print. No two working farangs in Thailand will ever be in precisely the same situation. So always take professional advice.


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BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES

The IT Guru by Richard Bunch AS WE are in the midst of the holiday season, stuffed with turkey and maybe looking for something to while away some time, here is something that will set you as a trailblazer and if it all goes horribly wrong, you’ve still got time to return to the status quo. One of the wonders of the world? Maybe not, but Microsoft is now accustomed to releasing their Service Packs to the TechNet Community in various guises before it is finally deployed on the unsuspecting users. Anyway, this seems to work to a large extent and recent Service Pack deployments have gone rather more smoothly. Customer Preview Program, where you can play an integral part in our development process. The latest offering through the Customer Preview Program (CPP) is the Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. This is a traditional service pack release containing all cumulative security updates available since the Windows Vista SP1 released to

March 2008; that said you will need to have SP1 for the product installed as a pre-requisite for installing this Service Pack. The unusual and thus far unique thing about this Service Pack is that it is a single service pack for both client and server operating systems. This is only possible because the code base for Windows Vista is shared with Windows Server 2008. In addition to previously released updates since the launch of Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2 contains changes focused on supporting new types of hardware and adding support for several emerging standards: - Adds Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches - Contains the Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology - Adds the ability to record data on to Bluray media natively within the Windows environment - Adds Windows Mobility Centre / Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi

Configuration and make such things as presentations that much slicker - Enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones Though one of the key things that one will notice in everyday usage a major performance increase. As a TechNet subscriber I have access to this amongst other Microsoft goodies and my notebook was giving me all the signs that it was getting near to time to do a clean install, so with nothing to lose I downloaded and installed the Service Pack. The installation was a breeze and took significantly less time than its predecessor, after the ubiquitous number of restarts that are commonplace during such deployments, the familiar Welcome screen appeared and after logging on, nothing much seemed too different at first glance except that there was a noticeable improvement in load and response times. After looking around the other features I previously mentioned were found and tested out; OK. So for those of you that want to be one step ahead of the Jones’s, and want to try it go ahead, but a always make sure your data and settings are

backed up and if disaster does strike you have the time and knowledge to clear the problem. If you aren’t a TechNet subscriber, you’ll find that it is available in the public domain in the likes of peer-2-peer networks. On a totally different tack, there is an ever increasing number of legitimate websites that are being hacked, in particular the .htaccess file is changed to have mod_rewrite rules which apply to random search engines. Specifically they are currently redirecting to sites that “advertise” antivirus2008, antivirus 2009 and 360 degrees when several search engines try to spider the original site. It is believed these hacks are being conducted via malware that has gained access to your ftp login information. Website owners need to protect their domains/account in the future. The following link http:// www.bleepingcomputer.com/ malware-removal/uninstallantivirus-2009 has easy to follow for the removal of this malware. You will need to do this on any computer that has accessed your site via ftp. This rogue anti-virus software installs malware on your computer that then sends your sensitive data back to a source. This source then hacks your account and installs .htaccess files that redirect to other sites

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for the download of this same rogue anti-virus software. Information on how this virus originated on the web can be found at the following link: http:// www.techpavan.com/2008/07/ 15/google-tips-red-alert-neverconsider-them/ If you do find yourself presented with one of these screens, the best defence under Windows is the CTRL + ALT + DEL key and kill the task! If you need any further information, you’re welcome

to call into my Office located on Sukhumvit Road (next door to Pattaya Today Newspaper). I am also happy to see you personally, but to avoid a wasted journey it is best to telephone me first on 08 3540 5220 as I am often out at client sites these days. Send your questions and to contact me by e-mail itguru@itsthailand.org, you can also visit our website www.itsthailand.org


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Wary About Buying? WHENEVER you invest a large amount of money it is sensible to consider all possibilities. Being wary about buying real estate in today’s market is not surprising. Some people say it is extremely important to be cautious in this time of uncertainty, but when has it NOT been a time of uncertainty? The future is

they purchase it. Usually they have no intention of using the property. They thrive on rising markets. If the rise in market values slows down they sell out and move to another area with no concern for the economic wreckage they have left behind. They are legal thieves. They are the piranhas of the capitalistic

always uncertain, yet through it all real estate has always continued to rise in value. It just rises quicker during some economic periods than in others. Granted, you should always exercise caution when buying real estate. However, when deciding to purchase property one must evaluate the long-term and not fear the short-term

system and offer nothing positive to the overall economy. Their gains are short term and risky. More than likely they are not buying right now. On the other hand, a personal use purchaser will buy because they have a long term use for the property. Pattaya homeowners are people who have decided to retire

speed bumps in the market. In the end, unless you purchase property next to a landfill your property should increase in value. The main consideration is whether you are a speculator or purchasing the property for your own use. Each reason for buying requires a different line of thinking. Speculators consider only one aspect: can they sell a property in a short period of time for more than they paid? Often the property they buy is back on the market shortly after

or live in Thailand because they like the climate, the companionship possibilities, their new, diverse friends and the relaxed lifestyle. They have emotional ties to the property they purchase and help create a stable economy. Unfortunately, some retirees currently fear the local real estate market has slowed down and are concerned about how it will affect their investment in a retirement home. Consider the following: If you are a retirement home purchaser why would you

care about what the market does, sort term or long term? If you plan on living out the remainder of your days in Thailand it behooves you to redirect your thinking and recognize that you are past the time of needing to regard your home or condo as a financial investment. Now is the time to invest in yourself, in a lifestyle which allows you to enjoy your retirement. If you like Pattaya, its nightlife, the golf courses and other diverse activities, the quality of healthcare available plus you have found the condo or home you wish to purchase, why worry about the future of the real estate market? Why consider your home or condo’s investment possibilities? Who is going to benefit from it as an investment; your heirs, your family, your wife or your girlfriend? Isn’t it time you enjoy living the retirement you have always desired? If the market goes down, who cares if your condo is worth less than you paid for it once you pass away as long as YOU enjoyed it? Now is YOUR time to reap the benefits of a comfortable retirement which you have worked for years to acquire. If anything, for personal use buyers now is the best time to buy, in a buyer’s market. Financial experts say; the home you live in should never be viewed in your portfolio as a financial investment like stocks, bonds and other pure investments regardless of whether it appreciates in value and may have tax benefits. The reason is because it is rare that anyone sells their home so they can spend the money or reinvest their profit in another type investment like they would do when selling stocks, bonds or other pure investments. The thought process is not the same. Although you may reinvest money resulting from the sale of your residence in another property most people rarely, if ever, sell or trade off their home and then invest the money other than in another residence.

You certainly wouldn’t do this in your retirement years anyway. Regardless of whether you agree with the experts or not, the truth of the matter is; Pattaya area property will increase in value in future years. Although some real estate markets spike up temporarily, as has happened locally, real estate is generally a long term, slow growth investment. Most of us expats will not be around to worry about how good the market is ten, twenty or thirty years from now. What is important is our quality of

our lives today and for the remainder of our years. Therefore, if you find Thailand, and more specifically the Pattaya Jomtien area, to your liking and wish to retire here, why not purchase a home or condo that will allow you that peace of mind only found when you live in a residence you own. Granted, Thai real estate law doesn’t allow you to outright purchase real estate in fee simple or freehold, but there are legal ways to obtain the quiet enjoyment of your own property.

See a Thai lawyer that specializes in real estate law and get the facts on 30 year leases and other legal options that allow you to control ownership of your property rather than rent. Once you have selected the method of ownership that suits you go out and find that perfect retirement home. There is a fine selection of quality properties for sale in all price ranges. I am confident you will find a home or condo that will satisfy your vision of the perfect retirement.


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Ask Andy Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: askandy@pattayatoday.net Party Time Happy New Year to you and your readers, Andy. I know it’s off topic, but it sure would help around my home on Jan. 1 if you offered some tips on hangovers. Know any cures? I heard that taking an aspirin or eating pasta before going to bed can help. Is that true? Ricky Not true, Ricky. Food has to be in your stomach before you drink to slow your body’s absorption of alcohol. And fat works better than carbs, so start your evening with a steak. As to aspirins, they peak in about four hours, so you’re better off taking them in the morning. The best thing you can do is drink lots of water—a glass between each alcoholic beverage and more at bedtime. As to a cure, there is none other than time. ‘Hair of the dog’ is an old wives’ tale; a morning cocktail only postpones the pain. And coffee just further dehydrates you. """"" Food Facts We do our family’s grocery shopping at supermarkets, Andy, rather than local outdoor markets. To avoid frequent jaunts, we buy as much as we can on each visit. My husband says there’s no problem keeping food around for days or even weeks, but I am concerned about food going bad after a few days. How long can we safely keep fresh foods like meat, fish, fruits and vegetables? Maria Kept cold, beef improves with up to five days, while pork should be eaten within one day. Fresh shellfish and whitefish should be eaten within a few hours of harvesting. In general, fruits and vegetables should be refrigerated at the earliest possible moment, and even so have a shelf life of two weeks or less. """"" Pooch Pests My dog has fleas, Andy. What can I do to get rid of them? Buster’s Dad In this warm climate fleas are a year-round problem for dogs. Pet owners should inspect their animals frequently, using a flea comb

to find and remove them. Between strokes, dip the fine-toothed comb in soapy water to remove fleas. Vacuum your home thoroughly, paying particular attention to areas where your dog sleeps, eats, etc. Then remove the vacuum bag, seal it, and dispose of it immediately outside your home. Follow up with a bath using flea shampoo or just liquid dishwashing detergent. Or apply a commercially available spray, powder or topical solution. To avoid having to repeat the process every few weeks, put a little vinegar in your dog’s water (no more than 1 teaspoon to 1 litre of water). """"" Stall Fracture Hi, Andy. What is the best way to repair a crack in an acrylic and fiberglass shower? Pat Assuming it’s a small crack that isn’t spreading or threatening the integrity of the shower stall, start by scoring the crack to allow adhesive to stick. Then brush the area clean using rubbing alcohol. Once clean and dry, apply sealing paste. When the sealant has hardened, sand it smooth, then buff with buffing compound. """"" Cleaning Up My condo has an acoustic ceiling, Andy, and it appears ready for a cleaning. I want to clean it myself but I am at a loss as to how to do it. Is there anything special I need to know? Lorenzo While acoustic ceilings soak up excess noise, Lorenzo, they also absorb dirt, grease and more. Regular cleaning retains noise absorption and removes odors. If your ceiling is the spray-on type—often referred to as ‘cottage cheese’ or ‘popcorn’ ceiling—you are pretty much limited to vacuuming the dust and cob webs. Stains can be tackled only with a bleaching solution best done professionally. But if you have acoustic tiles, the dirt can be removed by using a dry sponge specially made for surfaces that might be damaged if soaked by water. Use a ladder or clamp the dry sponge to a pole. As the sponge reaches

capacity in one spot, switch to a cleaner part of the sponge; toss the sponge out when it’s totally dirty. Grease, oil and smoke can be removed by the same bleaching method used for cottage cheese ceilings. """"" Brain Freeze What causes that horrible pain behind the eyes when eating ice cream or drinking ice-cold drinks? And can anything be done about it? Rose in Rayong Brain freeze, or ‘ice cream headaches’ happen when something cold touches nerves in the roof of the mouth, triggering blood vessels in the front of your head to stiffen and contract. The constricted blood vessels produce the pain. Try this quick painrelief tip: Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth and rub gingerly to warm it up. Or drink something warm. """"" Dirt Pore Lately I have gotten into doing some work on my car engine, Andy, and I rather enjoy it except that my hands are left with grease and dirt that I just can’t get out of my pores. Is there a solution? Sattahip Seth There are a number of industrial strength hand cleaners on the market, Seth, many of which

are intended for use by auto mechanics and others who do greasy and dirty work. They are particularly effective when used with a good quality hand brush. In the future, before working on your car, rub your hands with shaving cream and do not rinse or wipe; it coats your skin and helps protect pores from the grime. """"" Andy’s Helpers

About a month ago you advised a reader to prime his kitchen walls before finishing with a single coat of paint. I worked as a house painter in a former life and we always applied three coats of paint. Can you tell me why you only suggested one coat? Harlan Sure, Harlan. The reader was asking about painting

over existing paint on his walls. Assuming he was using the same basic kitchen wall color, one coat would suffice. In fact, you could reduce your three-coats to two even on unpainted surfaces that need to be primed if you tint the primer the same shade as your final coat. Thank you for making a good point. —Handy Andy


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PSC 85th Monthly Tournament at Plutaluang by Derek Brook NOW read carefully because even I am not sure I fully understand, and I am only going to tell you once. Normally we have an 18 hole Course and play four Mens Flights and a Ladies Flight. On this day we had 27 holes and we played three different 18 holes. One group played South and East, one group played North and East and one group played North and South. Each group had Three Flights A, B, and C. and the Ladies played North and South and had one Flight but only Winner and Second. The reason for this is that by using this method it was possible to turn out over 165 golfers. Now we all understand, do we not?. Confused, well so were the organisers at times, not Perry though, he knew!!, however if you do not try something different at times, you do not know it will work!!!, and surprisingly it did. To complete the ‘what else can go wrong’ at the Presentation at Shenanigans the microphone did not work and we had a group of presenters calling out the results, and all are reported well the day after but they cannot talk,

Perry with Family and Friends

luckily for us. So how did the day go?, and how did people enjoy it? well the answer to that is ‘Simply Great’ and all who participated had a ball, whether they understood or not. And why not, a great day out, a night at Shenanigans in Jomtien where the food was absolutely excellent and the spectacle of the organisers losing their voices. Great. The day started out as normal with the new higher numbers of hopefuls signing in to play one of the three 18 holes, and then going down to the start. The fun started as the players tried to work out where they were playing and how they were to proceed. Somehow it all worked and I can report that only isolated incidents of the sighting of the ‘Where the ? are we Bird’ took place and only one group played the wrong back nine. However as is usual one of the back nines was invaded by the dreaded 6 ball crowds and as such was rather slow. ‘Good ere innit?”. The answer is yes as the Courses were in fine condition and even I who am not a big fan of the Courses have to admit they were in fine condition. Round over we all relaxed in hot showers, and all were pleased that there were sufficient lockers to go around, fiendish these ‘Military Types’, however there was a shortage of keys for the lockers which were locked. Never mind the ‘Bosses and Staff’ of this fine establishment are always most

helpful and the thanks of PSC goes to them for their kind help. Leaving the Course to have a break before the hard task of eating and drinking at Shenanigans, Jomtien, we at least could smile as Max and Tim beavered away at trying to understand who should win. Rather them than me and generally they were correct. Before we get to the evening venue, we could not put on such a fine day without the special group on Companies and People who Help, such as Perry’s Team, and those who Sponsor. Namely, Shenanigans, Jamesons, Moore Bar and Grill, Diana Group, Green Bottle, Pattaya Driving Range, Moon River, Blue Parrot, Trattoria Italiana, MBMG Insurance, Apex Profound Beauty, Tequila Reef, Cafe New Orleans, Sunset Cafe Restaurant, The Drum and Monkey Bar, Tahitian Queen Rock n’ Roll Bar, Dusit Hotel, The Outback Golf Bar, The Bunker Bar, The Golf Club, Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar, Cafe Kronborg, Phoenix Golf Group, The Beaver Bar, The Caddy Shack Restaurant and Bar,P.J. Pool Bar, The Three Sisters, Pattaya People, Pattaya Mail, Sinto Trading Co, Ltd, and of course Pattaya Sports Club. Special Thanks go to The Shenanigans Publican, Mr Simon Dutton for his solid support. All the players gathered at Shenanigans Jomtien, yes I know, I did not know they existed before, but we all do now, and tucked into

Mickey Mouse Friday night dart league results table

PALMERS Crew departed Soi Yamoto disappointed after losing both game & beer to the Rising Sun. This win by the Rising Sun give them a 1 point lead at the top of the table. Mee Chew paid a visit to the Blue Mountain, drank all of their coffee, ate all of their cakes, and managed a free beer to go along with their game win. The Bunker Boys set up an Air Defense System and prepared to defend the bar against any unfriendly aircraft. The Air Assault Team from Helicopter arrived in their stealth chopper and avoiding the Air Defense weapons the highly trained darters took both game & beer before the Bunker Boys could say “where is that ‘whoop whoop’ noise coming from?” The Posse opened the Corral gates and invited Stars inside, to late to realize, Stars walked straight into an ambush. The sharp shooting Posse out shot Stars to take both game & beer, moving OK Corral up to 2nd place. One of the gunslingers, Slippy Finger Pete managed to miss the board and score a zero not once but twice. Wyatt pistol whipped him, which did Slippy Finger some good as he checked out on the beer. Not to be outdone, the Gov’ of Stars, Ben ‘what way around do you hold these pointy things’ also managed to score a zero. A strange thing happened over on the ‘dark side’ this week. Capt Brucie was spotted prancing around his garden in a thong with a feather duster duct taped to his head. Apparently, similar to the Red Indians doing a ‘rain dance’, Brucie was doing a ‘Mojo dance’ in order to regain Lucky Time’s winning formula! Whatever it was it seemed to work for a while as Lucky Time won the game against Cheers, however Stan’s boys & girls were as thirsty as ever and left the bar with free beer swilling around inside them. The beer win was Stan’s reward for being the Gentleman and giving the bull away in his single’s match against his female opponent Linda (a part time darter) who repaid his kindness by beating him. Darts Linda. And finely, I would like to categorically contradict the rumor that I scored a 3 and was verbally abused by all in the bar!………………………DARTS.

the fine food provided by this establishment. It really was first class and more than enjoyed by all. The on to the presentation, and here we had fun when it was realised the microphone was not working, so of course we all took out turns at shouting the results as all the players gathered around. In fact it was quite cosy. Let me start the results by getting the easy one out of the way. Usually we do not have that many Ladies play but this time we had a record number as far as my memory serves, so we could have a fairly full Flight. As said the Ladies played the North and South and the winner and runner up both had 39 points. So the winner of the Ladies Flight with 39 points was Yui Bietry with Usa Chaiyosit in second place. In the Mens Competition we will start with the winners in the North and South 18 holes. The winner of the A Flight, 0 to 16, was Jeff Wylie with 35 points with Mike Jackson second with 33 points. In the B Flight, 17 to 21, the winner was Brian Blackford with 38 points ahead of Dennis Jaycock in second with 34 points.In the C Flight, 22 to 36 the winner was Leif Linner with 40 points ahead of Jiri Scaba with 30 points. So to the North and East 18 holes and you will see that the handicaps in the Flights were slightly different and were according to the equal split of players in each Flight just on each 18 holes. The winner of the A Flight,

0 to 11, was Kris Krisanajooth with 36 points on countback over Ian Halfpenny in second. The winner of the B Flight, 12 to 16, was Richard Garland with 38 points ahead of Bob Lindberg in second with 34 points, and the winner of the C Flight was Vladamir Ermakov with 40 points ahead of Charles Sheppard in second with 37 points. In our third category we had the South and East 18 holes where the winner of the A Flight, 0 to 15, was Nigel Irvine with 42 points ahead of The PSC Golf Chairman Perry McNeely with 39 points. In the B Flight, 16 to 21, we had our old friend and ‘Golf Organiser’ Tony Duthie the winner with 38 points ahead of Bob Finden in second place on countback. In the C Flight the winner was John Jack Robertson with 34 points ahead of Don Carmody in second with 30 points. Now just to add some glitter to an already ‘Star Bannered Night’ Dave Richardson came along from the Cafe Kronberg, this Bar is in effect the ‘Home’ of Golf in Pattaya for many years and where many signed up to join the PSC. Many ‘Legends’ strode the stage at Caesars’ and then the Cafe Kronborg and we remember two of them Annually at this Tournament with The Dr Sam Trophy for the Best Stableford Winner, this Year Leif Linner with 40 points and The Karl Listlevan Trophy for the Best Gross this Year won by Nigel Irvine with a gross 73. Well played

Perry with the Karl Listlevan Trophy Nigel Irvine with a Gross 73 both and Dave ‘The Admiral. Prize presentation over, and I hope you all understood because it has taken this write up for me to come to grips with it, I hope, we then went into the ‘Lucky Draw’ and a fine night was had by all. I will now rest my Typing Finger. T.T.F.N. TECHNICALS Long Drives Pat Morrissey Ernie Hill (2) Jiri Skaba Chris Balzi Chris Holmes Michael Wiche Bob Finley Moon Chanogara Two’s Gordon Ramsey Paul Smith Bryan James (2) Richard Garland Michael Lefebre Charles Leslie Jeff Wylie Ben Finden Robin Lennon (3) Ian Halfpenny Ron Dalen Graham Beaumont Barry Traynor Reiner Helling Pierre Bietry Anders Pederson Near Pins Imira Goransson Ron Dalen Peter Hammond Don Richardson (2) Britt-Marie Wimmerstedt Brendan Byrne John Swanson Tony Chetland Jeff Wylie Les Charles Robin Lennon (2) Jim Bryan Pierre Bietry Anders Pederson Charles Sheppard Peter Henderson

Golf from Tropical Bert’s by Thomas Cotton ON Tuesday morning, Tropical Bert’s was the place to get a delicious breakfast at a very reasonable price, so there were several ageing and aspiring golfers loading up on calories to meet the day’s challenge. This day the challenge was to be at Treasure Hill Golf and Country Club, which brings to mind the adventure of Tom Sawyer in the Sahara Desert and the parable about the greedy camel driver and the poor dervish. The rich camel driver denied alms to the poor dervish, who knew of a “Treasure Hill” full of gold and jewels which could only be seen by a special ointment, applied to the eyes, possessed of the dervish. The camel driver agreed to split the treasure with the dervish. But after finding and splitting the treasure, the greedy camel driver cajoled the poor dervish into surrendering over his share of the treasure. Unsatisfied still, the camel driver then insisted that the dervish share the magic eye ointment. In spite of the dervish’s warnings, the camel driver applied the ointment to his eyes and was immediately blinded. The dervish

was left with the 100 camels loaded with treasure. Out at Treasure Hill, the air was breezy and the greens were brown as they were undergoing maintenance. As such, landing on

Al Laurie, Mashi, Badger, Pat Morrissey, Colin Cronin them was almost as perilous as landing in bunkers. There were no dervishes to be seen, but several hungry-looking dogs begging for bites. However, the golfers, themselves fattened on Bert’s

breakfast, ignored the hungry dogs and slogged away at their games, hoping that their efforts would be rewarded with treasure back at Tropical Bert’s anon. And for a few, indeed their efforts were rewarded. A Flight (Hcps 1-15): First: Colin Cronin (38 pts) Second: Mashi Kenata (36 pts) Third: Al Laurie (32 pts) B Flight (Hcps 16, up); First: Brian Blackford (36 pts) Second: Pat Morrissey (35 pts) Third: Phil (Badger) Barnsley (33 pts) Near Pins: Jouni Jauhianiew, Mick O’Meara (2), Pat Morrissey, Long Putts: Dick Kerr, Steve Hamstad


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The Golf Club loses a big brother The PSC Christmas Party 2008 THE last couple of weeks this scribe has been in morning for one of the finest individual Pattaya residents he will ever meet. It is time to move on and continue what we do and that’s play golf, we’ll miss you Steve! Monday, 15 Dec, we played Bangpra, what a treat! The stempmeter had to be 12+ and getting on the wrong side of the green was all any of us could talk about until The Glacier (Roger Koehler) walk in with an impressive 37 to quiet us down. He was 4 clear of the field with Rick Zinone in with 33 and Rainer Helling 31. Tuesday, 16 Dec, a weekly join outing with the Outback Bar, we

found the Green Valley course recovering nicely from the Q school preparations. To get a feel for how the big boys would have to play we attempted to play the Blue Tees …some would say it was a mistake forcing us to realize just how good these guys are and how bad we are. That said our high handicappers faired well with Jan von Spellen (21) knocking the course off with a net 71 and Kevin (big and ugly) Hamilton (19) close second with net 72. Big Bob Martin (16) finished third, net 76, with the only single digit player making the podium, Grant Montgomery (8) topping a three way tie at 77 for fourth.

It has become custom for me to comment on specific aspect of the rules of golf that seem to be misunderstood during our rounds. This week’s rule reminder is how to properly drop a ball. Sounds simple enough; hold the ball out so the hand is level with your shoulder then let the little bugger go. No flipping of the wrest, no squatting, no holding the ball higher to get a bigger bounce, and for goodness sakes drop it within the one or two club lengths allowed by the rules. Yes, it is not fair that the tree is then in the way…get over it. Steve once told me that the most unpopular guy in golf is the one, who knows the rules. Such is life!

by Derek Brook THE Christmas Party of Pattaya Sports Club was held at The Asia Pattaya on Wednesday the 17th December 2008 and about 450 happy P.S.C. Members and Friends attended. Indeed so keen to attend were some members that they arrived way early and the doors which were supposed to be opened at 1900 hrs were opened at least 30 minutes early. This is the ‘Prime’ party of the year for P.S.C. and our Social Chairman has been beavering away for many weeks to make it a success so well done Mike. Asia Pattaya is indeed an impressive hotel, and the parking outside was well organised by the staff and each driver was ushered into his slot. Inside the entrance is imposing and the Banquet Hall is large and impressive. Then The President did his speech and said the magic words,’Food is served’. It has to be said that the only real weakness is the shortage of space

Winner of 1 Baht Gold with Mike

to lay out the food and last year this was a major problem, so this year ‘The Social Chairman’, Mike Gerrard, decided to send the people to the Buffet by table rotation. This worked well, except I suppose for the last tables, however there was plenty of food and the quality was excellent so all were able to enjoy the atmosphere and the big spread. There was just about all one could wish for, from Thai Food to Roasts, Beef, Pork, Ham. Turkey etc, to Seafood, Salmon Prawns etc. Really good and well prepared. At this time just a few comments that were made by The Social Chairman. He wished to thank the ‘Girls’ in the P.S.C. Office for their efficiency in the way they handled the Tickets, to Perry McNeely, Tony Oakes, Max Mathews and the two Xmas girls for controlling the entrance. This was probably the best dressed group of Members at a Party for many a year. Also to the Sponsors, P.S.C., Shenanigans, Apex Beauty Parlour, Pattaya Today and The Pattaya Times Newspapers, PJ Golf Simulator at St Andrews, and The San Miguel Company who donated a large amount of San Miguel Light Beer and gave us a couple of pretty girls to distribute it. So the night went on, and after the food we had the ‘Lucky Draw’ where the star prize was to be a 1 Baht

The Bunker Golf Report by Mick

Golf from the Phoenix Tuesday group by Mike Gerrard THE previous week was not worth reporting about due to the airport opening at last and a mass exodus from town occurring. However there was one notable incident. On the par 5 Mountain 2 hole, yours truly recorded a birdie and only used the driver for all four shots. 1st shot was sliced into the trees on the right. 2nd shot was an attempt at a slice around the trees and only scuttled 120 yards along the floor. 3rd shot was 220 yards out against the wind and the driver again put the ball 4 feet from the pin. 4th shot was a put. But after getting there for 3 with only the driver I decided throw caution to the wind and try the put with the driver. In she dropped to the delight of the caddie, but not my opponents. I feel this must be quite unique. if any other players have unique experiences like this let us know. it makes for interesting reading. On to this weeks game and we had a respectable 5 groups out. The weather is perfect at this time

of the year, with blue skies, fresh winds and temperatures that we only dreamed about in our youth back home. Ocean and mountain was our challenge today, and what a challenge. Now the fairways have dried a little and the greens are up to speed there are not many players

can boast playing to their handicap at Phoenix. Back at TOY’S MUSIC BAR (Soi Chaiyapreuk) we all had our first drink free and then shared the balance of the spoils to the lucky winners for today Youthful looking STUART GORDON was the only player to break par today and hence was our victor, with 37 points. In second place with 35 points was the unpronounceable RICHARD TEREZKIVICHE and in third place the Casanova of

Chaiyapreuk, NEIL McALLISTER. ON 34 POINTS. technicals went to MIKE GERRARD, STUART GORDON, GRAHAM DIETRICH and THE LOVABLE Italian with the best pizza’s in town, GIORGIO BACCIOLI. Lucky draw went to newcomer and very handsome young DODD. Note to all PSC MEMBERS. If you wish to play in our Tuesday group you can now enjoy a reduced green fee by being a member of the PSC. If our group is 20 strong or more you only pay 900 baht green fee in the high season. If our group is less than 20 strong you still onlypay 1,000 Baht as a guest of us members. Sadly, and as is usually the case the members fees remain the same. However at this point in time both PERRY McNEELY (the PSC Golf Chairman) and myself are hoping to get even further reductions for PSC members in the future. For further information and to register for our group call me on 087 091 7565. sms.text and Email registration is not acceptable. Verbal contact must be made. You all have a nice Christmas and a happy new year.

Children’s Charity The proceeds from the John Preddy Memorial Tournament was presented to the children’s charity that has been adopted by The Bunker Boy’s at the end of this week. On Thursday the Streetkids from the Drop In Centre visited The Bunker to receive a cash donation and the golfer’s were treated to Christmas Carols sang in very good English by the children who turned up in force. Father Larry received the cash on behalf of the charity and expressed his gratitude to all the golfer’s who participated in the annual tournament. Anyone wishing to get involved in helping these unfortunate children can visit their website www.fr-ray.org (Drop In Centre) and make a donation or call Derek on +66 (0) 852869673. Green Valley Playing a Medal round at Green Valley is always a pleasure but it is even better when the green fees are as inexpensive as the price the Pattaya Sports Club have negotiated! The cut was set at handicap 17 and Hugh O’Donnell thought he had done enough to win the B Flight when he came into the clubhouse with a three under par nett 69 but it wasn’t good enough as Steve Durey came in with a fantastic five under par to take the kitty, PJ Redmond came third a distant five shots behind Hugh. Alan Sullivan got back to winning ways after his recent slump in form to win the A Flight with a three under par ahead of Koji in second place and Mashi in third and yet again Gerry Cooney missed out

on the prizes by losing to Mashi on a count back! Results; A Flight; 1st Alan Sullivan (hcp 13) nett 69 2nd Koji Yamada (hcp 16) nett 70 3rd Mashi Kaneta (hcp 11) nett 72 B Flight; 1st Steve Durey (hcp 21) nett 67 2nd Hugh O’Donnell (hcp 24) nett 69 3rd PJ Redmond (hcp 21) nett 74 Near pin winners - Roy Hughes, Colin Greig, Jack Robertson,Koji Yamada. Khao Kheow Not sure what went on at Khao Kheow today, playing Stableford the scores are usually pretty average, but today Geoff Hart tore the course up winning with 41 points giving the reason that his putter was red hot! “They were going in from everywhere” he said. Trailing five points behind came Colin Greig to finish runner up and one point further back came Gordon Melia to take third place. Results;

Perry and Santas Helpers at Entrance Gold Chain but also in excess of 70,000 Bahts worth of prizes. Mike as usual was the Emcee, however he did get the last Social Chairman, and girls, to volunteer to help with the prize draw. Well done Doug and well done Mike who restrained himself from giving us a song. Probably because he was too interested in watching the Cabaret, yes, dancing girls. Prize draw over it was back to the dancing to the excellent band and the dance floor was full. Great food, super hotel, free drink and lots of beautiful women, what more can a pensioner want at Xmas. Yes I know, Santa to come and fill my Xmas stocking. I suspect many members Xmas stocking are full. Xmas for many is about people having a good time so I concentrated the ‘Pics’ on couples with a few ‘Goldies’ thrown in. A very Merry Xmas and Prosperous 2009 from all at Pattaya Sports Club to all our Members and all our Readers. T.T.F.N.

1st Geoff Hart (hcp 20) 41 points 2nd Colin Greig (hcp 13) 36 points 3rd Gordon Melia (hcp 14) 35 points Near pin winners - Colin Greig, Ken Ellemore, Koji Yamada, William Macey. Bang Pra The higher handicap players like to play Stableford as it gives them a better chance to win and today proved the point with the first three places going to golfer’s with handicaps in the 20’s. Colin Stokes took the honours with 37 points with PJ a close second, Jack Robertson was a couple of points further back in third place and Gerry Cooney playing off handicap 10 came in fourth with 33 points. Results; 1st Colin Stokes (hcp 26) 37 points 2nd PJ Redmond (hcp 21) 36 points 3rd Jack Robertson (hcp 23) 34 points 4therry Cooney (hcp 10) 33 points Near pin winners - Ken Ellemore, William Macey, Frank Nellison, Tony Robbins.


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Golf from the Travellers Rest by Barry Hooper IT HAS to said that the organiser of the TRGG Fergus Brennan has not been on his best game for some time. Many a muttering has been heard in the bar about his form over past weeks. I know for fact that he has made many visits to the driving range in an attempt to get his game back on track. Well the drought is over and he is back with a bang having taken two wins this week. One on Monday the fifteenth at Crystal Bay with a thirty-six and again at Phoenix on Thursday the eighteenth with a very strong forty pointer. Ted Senior also achieved back to back wins in the first and second divisions. At Phoenix Thursday in the second division and then topped that with a first division win on Saturday at Plutaluang. Well done Ted. On a very different note we at the TRGG would like to thank all the management of the courses that we visit for their having recognised a downturn in participating players in this the high season for various reasons. The current economic climate around the world, the bad exchange rates and a downturn in tourism in general being just some of them. For they have now subsequently reduced their prices to us and are thus encouraging more players to turn out. A very refreshing move in these very difficult times. Monday the 15th December Crystal Bay courses B & A A fair turnout on our visit to this great golf course. Just the one division but places given to fifth. As headlined Fergus is back with a win at thirty-six points. One back on thirty-five and second was Terry Worth. Third David Walter thirty-four. Fourth and fifth a count back fight for Chuck Carriere and Eamonn Murtagh with Chuck just edging it. Two’s for Ray Trembath (good to see him back) and Fergus On Tuesday 16th December at

Bangpra we had a very large group participating so two full divisions. The course was in excellent condition and the greens some of the fastest around which showed in the scores a little. Division two (16 up) saw J.J Clarke take third spot at thirty-four. Jack McNamara second at thirty six and a win for Donald Pearson with thirty seven. In Division one (0-15) it was Tony Perry third after a three way count back over Fergus and Danny Wheelan all at thirty-three. Second went to George Robinson with a clear thirty-five. But bettering him by two at thirty-seven was Stuart Rogers for the win. Four twos Brendan Moore, Jack Merrick, Donald Pearson and Andy Turner On Thursday the 18th it was back again for our regular weekly visit to Phoenix (Ocean and Mountain) The entry was again very high. This course is very popular and why shouldn’t it be as it is always in excellent condition. The greens this week in particular were lightning quick and a real test. Two flights and multiple places given per division. Ted Senior took the second division (16 up) with a thirty-seven. Second was Mike Lockwood at thirty-six with Monique Bunce third at thirty-five. Fergus was back again at the top for his second of the week in Division one (0-15) with a great forty points and three clear of second spot Brendan Moore. Third was Danny Whelan. No two’s recorded (the green speed must have had something to do with it I am sure) On Saturday the 20th December we went to Plutaluang We had very good participation and the course was as ever in excellent condition however it was long day of golf with rounds taking up to six hours so it was a very late finish. Two Divisions. Second Division (16 up) had Michael Healy in third at thirty-three. First and second went to count back at thirty-six with Nijole Murtagh just edging out Alan Evans.

Division one (0-15) had Brendan Moore in third after loosing on count back to George Robinson second both at thirty-nine. Ted Senior made the win his own for the second of the week just the one ahead at forty. Two’s – Michael Wilson, Brendan Moore, Peter Morris, Michael Healy. Full Results for the week – Monday 15th December at Crystal Bay (B & A) Fergus Brennan 36 hc 11 Terry Worth 35 hc 14 David Walter 34 hc 12 Chuck Carriere 33 hc 12 c/b Eamon Murtagh 33 hc 18 c/b Two’s – Ray Trembath and Fergus Brennan Tuesday16th December at Bangpra Division One Stuart Rogers 37 hc 11 George Robinson 35 hc 12 Tony Perry 33 hc 14 c/b Fergus Brennan 33 hc 11 c/b Danny Wheelan 32 hc 14 c/b Division Two Donald Pearson 37 hc 33 Jack McNamara 36 hc 21 J.J.Clarke 34 hc 22 Two’s – Brendan Moore, Jack Merrick, Donald Pearson,Andy Turner Thursday 18th December at Phoenix (Mountain & Ocean) Division One Fergus Brennan 40 hc 11 Brendan Moore 37 hc 14 Danny Wheelan 35 hc 14 Ray Trembath 34 hc 09 Division Two Ted Senior 37 hc 16 Mike Lockwood 36 hc 32 Monique Bunce 35 hc 21 Michael Healy 34 hc 16 Two’s – none Saturday 20th December at Plutaluang (South and East) Division One Ted Senior 40 hc 15 George Robinson 39 hc 12 c/b Brendan Moore 49 hc 13 c/b Division Two Nijole Murtagh 36 hc 26 c/b Alan Evans 36 hc 26 c/b Michael Healy 33 hc 16 Two’s – Michael Wilson, Brendan Moore, Peter Morris, Michael Healy.

Golf from Tropical Bert’s by Thomas Cotton A HORDE of winter refugees flocked to Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar Tuesday morning to feast on his famous breakfast and to assemble for departure to the far side of the wide Bangpakong River. Our captain, DB, was excited with our prospects for it was a cool and fine morning. It was rather breezy on the course and the birds were dancing in the zephyrs. The course was a birdie’s paradise as swallows darted too and fro, and fantails spiked their tails in excitement as they spotted tasty-looking flies. Black-headed plover guarded the bank of the

Les Burns, Frank Pilkington, Don Carmody, Peter Whitehead

Bangpakong, whose sculptured tributaries meandered beside the fairways. But amongst the golfers there were few interested in this natural paradise as they were intent upon obtaining winning scores. Back in the clubhouse showers after play, our happy Captain serenaded us with his own personal selection from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma. Sadly, he was slightly off-key and his performance was not universally applauded. Upstairs in the clubhouse restaurant we ordered from the glossy menu, which featured many delicious Japanese dishes. Our captain was especially pleased with the curry rice which he had ordered. We had to wait some time for the other foursomes to finish and then we scurried back along Motorway 7 to Pattaya and Tropical Bert’s where the presentations were to be held. It was difficult to find a seat back in Bert’s, but we all squeezed in to hear our Captain announce the

Brian Downey, Mick O’Meara, DB, Brian MacDonald winners. A Flight (Hcps 0-16): First: Brian MacDonald (42 pts) Second: Brian Downey (38 pts) Third: Derek Brook (37 pts) Fourth: Mick O’Meara (35 pts) B Flight (Hcps 17, up); First: Peter Whitehead (38 pts), on count-back, from Second: Les Burns (38 pts) Third: Frank Pilkington (37 pts). on count-back, from Fourth: Don Carmody (37 pts) Near Pins: DB, Richard Kubicki, Mick O’Meara, Dick Kerr, Bill Knight, Peter Whitehead, Cees Borman Long Putts: Steve Hamstad, Kevin Dunne, Stan Dare, TC

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Golf From The Cafe Kronborg by Derek Brook Treasure Hill ( Stableford) The Treasure Hill Golf and Country Club was the Host to a Stableford Competition in Two Flights with the cut at handicap 18. The Course on the day was in fair shape with the greens being cored and sanded, but the ball was rolling OK. Takeshi Hakozaki won the A Flight on a countback from Paul Huneker, both 35 points. Einar Johannson was third on a countback from Don Richardson in fourth, both 34 points. Kevin Dinan won the B Flight with 36 points ahead of Bjorn Kristian Johannson with 35 points in second. In third was Wayne Koch on a countback from Carol Kubicki, both with 31 points. Near Pin J.C. Lhoste Eric Merlin Locker Phoenix ( Stroke-The Monthly Mug) This Mug gets harder to win at this time of the year, quite simply because more people play. On this day we had 12 Groups so one would think that you had to play really well and shoot a really good score to win, would one not?, well watch this space and find out the surprise truth. At Phoenix it was a really great day, a little windy perhaps, the

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Course was in excellent condition and the greens were fast and tricky. So off we went on the Mountain and Lake Nines, certainly for me the toughest 18 holes here. With none ahead of us for the first nine we were able to zoom ahead and all looked fine, then we caught up with the blockage ahead and slowed down, however we still got around in just under 4 hours, not bad for December. They say it is an ill wind that blows no one any good, for us the turndown means quieter Courses, enough said.

Takeshi We had a late start on the day at Phoenix, so by the time we got back to the Cafe Kronborg it was dark, and the Town was packed. Finally we got there and soon all was ready for the presentation. In the A Flight, 0 to 17, the winner was Mike Sanders with a net 75 on

Brian MacDonald being presented with the Mug by Dave Richardson countback over Neil Allison in second and we also had a countback for third on net 76 with Don Richardson in third and John Dean in fourth with Johan Reynisson just losing out. In the B Flight the winner was Patrick Poussier with a net 74 ahead of Peter Hammond in second on countback. In third was Liu Giu Lin with a net 75 and in fourth was Carole Kubicki with a net 78. So to the big one, and the winner of the Mug was Brian MacDonald with a net 73 which just goes to prove that you only have to do enough to win, and need a little luck because I have seen a net 62 lose on countback. Well done Brian and keep going to Church. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Kevin Dinan Johan Reynisson (2) Patrick Poussier Long Put Bjorn Kristjohannson Carole Kubicki

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ust can’t beat the sleaze: The recent PAD occupation of Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang airports and their subsequent closures all but destroyed whatever chance there was going to be for a reasonable high season. One short story that appeared in the 2 December edition of the Sydney Morning Herald stated, ‘Jennifer Clarke’s honeymoon ended in an “unbelievable nightmare”- she and her husband stranded in the seedy Thai city of Pattaya with 70 other Australians.’ As we all know, the city government have been holding road shows and travel fests and attempting to promote Pattaya as a family destination for years. Clearly, as far as the leading Sydney broadsheet is concerned, Pattaya remains in the sleaze basket. What’s laughable is the honeymooners and the rest of the Aussies were holed up in the Ambassador City Hotel in Jomtien. It’s not exactly sleaze fest central down that way and a short stroll to Walking Street would take about two hours, one-way. There is talk that the one positive to come out of the whole affair is the usage made of U-Tapao airport and the rumours the local government would like to upgrade the place and turn it into Pattaya’s main landing facility. Great idea but I can’t help wondering whether the business clique in Bangkok would allow such a development. After all, were UTapao to be turned into a fully functional gateway for Pattaya visitors, then Bangkok is going to suffer. Where are the punters? More to the present point, as of the middle of December, bar owners across the city are noticing the downturn in customer numbers. Prior to the airport closures there was a noticeable increase in bums on seats in places of entertainment across much of Fun Town. Sadly, the end result has seen a

collapse in overall tourist numbers. Yes, the really good places offering interesting entertainment at reasonable prices are doing well, though many of the owners of these establishments make the point their figures are not what they would call a ‘high season’ turnover. Much of their business appears to come from long-term expats and grizzled regulars. The latter are not in the least deterred by political

because their expectations are not as high as others. Then there are places that seem to defy the laws of economic gravity: that is, the customer base has fallen so low the only way the owners could possibly be afloat is by way of selling 10-percent shares to 30 people, or raiding their savings accounts and trying to trade through in the hope of finding a flicker of light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

FINE PAIR OF IMPORTS: The Diamond ogling den (Soi Diamond) is set to undergo some major changes internally but has been holding a series of dance contests featuring pulchritude from Bangkok. Here are two examples. (Photo by DAK)

turmoil in Thailand from coming back year on year. The average joints are keeping their snouts in the trough, although they are increasingly licking crumbs rather than taking bite-size pieces. The crap places, many run by locals who are happy enough if their profits are in the thousands of baht per month rather than the tens of thousands, just keep on going

The past two years have been tough for almost everyone, apart from the genuinely smart operators. Yet hope always springs nocturnal. In 2007, 13 dens of the chrome pole closed or changed ownership. Among those who died completely were Broadway (Soi BJ), Club Electric Blue Jnr (Soi Diamond), Fantasia Showcase (Soi 15, off Walking Street), and Hot & Cold II (Soi Yamato). The rest were sold off or renamed. In the same year, there were 14 brand new places opened as ogling dens. These included Blue Angel and Silver Star II (both in Soi 7), Blue Lagoon II (Best Friend Complex, Beach Road), Goth (Soi BJ), Club 69, Fun Room, and Rock Girls (all in Soi 15), and Casanovy, Pinky Girls, Sweethearts, and Voodoo (all on Walking Street). In 2008, the economic outlook was bleak. For the first time this decade the number of closures outstripped the number of openings. There were 11 new places that opened, but 15 closed. The new places to appear and

stay on to at least mark the beginning of 2009 were Airport Club, Play Girls, and Utopia (on Walking Street), Mirage and Rocket (Soi Diamond), Misty’s (Soi 15), and Las Vegas (Soi Yamato). Some changed names or styles, but not necessarily owners: Leg’s (Pattayaland Soi 2) and Club Illusion (Soi 14) for example. The closures were places such as Honey Club (Soi Honey Inn), which lasted all of about seven months; Freeway (Pratamnak Road); Popcorn (Pattayaland Soi 2); Highway Star (Beach Road), Magic Palace and Taboo. Even the local government has all but given up on the idea that Pattaya will attract overseas tourists. Their doom and gloom forecasts estimate up to 50 percent less foreigners on the streets in the first half of 2009. So, they have hit the road and are touring Thailand in the hope of attracting Thais to visit Pattaya. Since the locals are not going to spend their baht in chrome pole palaces and beer boozers the prospects for many foreign-run joints are not good. The Best of 2008: If you have read this far and haven’t broken out the razor blades or topped up your glass of Heineken with battery acid then let me change tack onto a more positive note and give praise where I think it is due for those places that shone like beacons in a hailstorm during 2008. With 76 dens of chrome pole iniquity clogging the Fun Town landscape it is impossible to name one standout. For me, the best places combine plenty of dancing damsels, hopefully a few that are head turners, and a sufficient number who are friendly. They offer libations across the board at reasonable prices: not just draught amber at a discount and other thirstquenchers at wallet-raping imposts. Music. Forget it, most of the best places are held to ransom in the throes of car alarm, although some of it is fine and suitable for a number of joints. Management. Who really cares? No offence intended, but while the average punter is happy to make the acquaintance of the owner/ manager, it’s hardly a major tick on the list of reasons to go into a particular den. That said, it is quite noticeable just how many really good places have a very hands-on management who keep a weather eye on their clientele. Let me start with the offWalking Street dens. After all, they are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to attracting the tourist baht as Walking Street is, without doubt, the Fun Town equivalent

of a nightlife Mecca. Here there really is a standout: Club Oasis (corner of Soi Buakhow and Soi Chaiyapoon). There was a brief period earlier in 2008 where it lost a little direction, but over the past few months the numbers and quality of dancing damsels would make 80 percent of Walking Street owners green with envy. Honourable mentions should go to Betty Boup (Soi 6), Sexy (Soi 8), Far East Rock (Soi Post Office; but only during the afternoon), Rodeo Girls (Pattayaland Soi 2), and Champagne (Soi LK Metro). Dens such as Tim (Second Road) and Tahitian Queen (Beach Road) have their moments. This pair are more like regular hangouts for expats, playing very good music for those of a certain vintage, but rarely can they lay claim to having much in the way of quality eye candy. Of Walking Street’s 51 dens I consider up to 30 worthy of at least a visit. I am not going to list all of them here, but my personal top 15, alphabetically by soi or street, are: Angelwitch, Baby Dolls, and What’s Up (all in Soi 15); Gentleman’s Club, Heaven Above, Super Baby, Super Girl, and Windmill (all in Soi Diamond); Happy, New Living Dolls 1, Living Dolls Showcase, Peppermint, and Sisterz (all on, or virtually on, Walking Street), and Club Boesche (Soi 16) and Coyotee’s (Soi Marina Plaza). Of the above 15, I think the places with the friendliest dancers are Baby Dolls, What’s Up, Windmill, and Sisterz. As far as ladies who could be classified as top sorts even if they were dressed in sackcloth and ashes, the pick of the crop on a kilo-for-kilo basis are probably Coyotee’s and Happy.

Here is a suggested itinerary for anyone who has a limited budget but plenty of time and would like to visit the above-mentioned six dens of the chrome pole. Starting at 8:00PM the first stop should be Baby Dolls for a couple of thirst-quenchers. Follow this by wandering around to Happy where happy hour goes on until after 9:00PM. Next up is Windmill, and see if you can score a seat. Drift on down to What’s Up and then onto Sisterz (where libations after 11:00PM are a mere 59 baht). Finally, if it is late enough you could end the night in Coyotee’s where they offer a good happy hour from 1:00AM onwards. It’s a bit of a zigzag, but at least you’ll save money, and have as good a time as any two-week millionaire. News from the front lines: As this is the first column of the new year and times are tough for almost everyone, I decided not to write about the changes both good and bad across the bar scene in Pattaya. There are a couple of places I have visited in recent times that aren’t worth a cracker and others that are almost blatant rip-offs. I am wearing my ‘be nice to endangered beaver’ hat for this issue so will leave any grumbles and adverse comments for the second-half issue of this month. Piece of Pith: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’.” –allegedly attributed to former US President Ronald Reagan, but probably learnt by Pattaya’s first mayor when he greeted a busload of horny American soldiers on rest and recreation from napalming Vietnamese in the Second Indochina War.


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The Bang Saray Club Hosts a langdolt wine tasting event By Mick and Di The Food Lovers THIS charming restaurant lies about 22 kms from Pattaya on the edge of the picturesque fishing village of Bang Saray. The charismatic David Goulden and his charming wife Suwana Viroonchan-Goulden are at the helm to meet and greet their guests in this most appealing establishment. The building is an attractive, breezy club house with private pool, set in tropical gardens overlooking the neighbouring bays, mountains and islands. You would be truly challenged to find a more idyllic setting in which to enjoy a glass or

player from London providing dazzling solo jazz guitar to the assembled company. This was the setting where the Langdolt Wine Company introduced their Romanian and Argentinian wines recently. Surprisingly, Argentina is one of the world’s top five largest wine producing nations. The wines presented at the recent tasting were from the very far north of the country. Here the Salta region produces high quality wine with fine Cabernets, Sauvignons and, especially Torrontes from the Cafavate sub region. A Malbec Viego Vinedo and a Syrah Bodega Privada were

three or a leisurely meal. During the season, on Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtimes, traditional English roasts are on offer in addition to international fare and Thai cuisine. Also on Sundays afternoons, the big comfortable bar accommodates more than a few ex-pat elbows and if you’re lucky you’ll be fortunate enough to be entertained by an ex-studio

presented and proved to be robust, hearty and rich, while the white wines were represented by the celebrated Torrontes Viejo Vinedo; a fragrant white wine, perfumed yet mellow and fruity with plenty of body. Romania is an ancient wine making land. Centuries prior to the Roman occupation and Phoenician trade Romania had a well established wine

culture. Local wine varieties are numerous but today foreign vines have been introduced and are firmly at home in the Romanian vineyards. One of the main wine regions is Dealu Mare and it was from here that the importers introduced a fruity Merlot plus a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon Symphonie. The late Eric Morecombe (UK comedian) once did a sketch about wine tasting. He took a glass of wine, swirled it, sniffed it, took a sip and rolled it round his tongue. Then he gave his considered opinion.: ‘cheeky …with thick ankles’. It has been our staple pronouncement on wine ever since! The Bang Saray Club is now stocking these interesting wines which can be enjoyed with their varied menu. The fish couldn’t be fresher as it comes straight from the bay of Bang Saray delivered personally by the local fishermen. The hot plate sizzlers are a speciality of the house featuring Argentinian beef (B.400) or plump, succulent prawns (B.375). For lovers of Thai food, Chef Nee produces a fine array of spicy dishes which reflect her love of cooking and her use of indigenous produce in her recipes. In a nutshell, The Bang Saray Club is a delightful hideaway destination featuring beautiful views in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Come here to forget your cares and to relax in the appeal of natural

surroundings in a most congenial ambiance. Tel: (038) 436098. Open from lunchtime till 10.00 pm. Closed Mondays. No credit cards accepted. Ample parking. Gentlemen are requested to wear a collared shirt in the restaurant. Turn off Sukhumvit Highway through the arch and go through the mini roundabout until you see a temple on your right. Take the road directly in front of the gates and follow it through until you reach a white wall on your right and a little further on you will see the entrance to the club. Details of the above wines can be obtained from Landolt Co. Tel: Khun Aun on 081 831 2638.

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Vol. 8 No. 8 ! 1 - 15 January 2009

DINING OUT

Cafe Des Amis The New ‘In’ Place in Town

By Mick and Di The Food Lovers NESTLED between Sois 9 and 11 off Thappraya Road is sited this most attractive of restaurants. It resembles a private Thai/Bali cottage with a glowing red exterior, beckoning lighting and a leafy garden. This is the new culinary enterprise of Blue who hails from Bognor Regis where, from an early age, he acquired his fascination with the restaurant business. In the kitchen there are three globally trained chefs led by Chef Mark while Blue, and his wife Pia, fulfill the front of house role of meeting and greeting their diners. As soon as we entered the restaurant we were sold! A snazzy, hospitable bar leads the way into a comfortable, sofa-filled lounge decorated with atmospheric black and

menu was gratifying as it is sensibly concise and to the point allowing the freshness of the produce to be the rationale and not the complexity of the menu. We ordered our meal while relaxing in the lounge and were then shown to our table in the attractive, candle-lit dining area. For appetisers I had chosen the Des Amis wrap (B.220) while Mick elected to try the salad d’escargot (B.220). The snails were lightly butterfried with bacon and served with salad leaves tossed in a tangy vinaigrette. My wrap was in fact a crab cocktail enclosed in a

being served to fellow diners. A bottle of Favori Merlot Reserve 2005 was selected to enjoy with our meal (B.1,245) and it proved an agreeable partner to our selected dishes. Mick chose his main course from the special of the day while I plumped for a creative fish dish from the a la carte menu: sea bass and tagliatelle pasta with a duo of pesto sauces. The (large) fillet of bass rested on a (large) bed of pasta divided into two and each served in a different sauce of tomato and herb plus the original basil pesto. Mick’s

are braised lamb shank, Thai rib-eye (B.455), Australian rib eye or fillet plus an unusual one for fish lovers, blackened salmon served with julienne of vegetables and a spicy tomato relish (B.395). Home made desserts offer summer berry pudding, creme brulee and a French caramalised apple pie. For coffee-cocktail buffs a myriad of designer choices are available fusing caffeine with liquers and spirits for a distinctive conclusion to your meal. Mick and I enjoyed our dining out at Cafe des Amis and wish it every success for the coming

white photos of days gone by in La Belle France. Classic 60’s jazz lightly fills the air and the ambiance is relaxed and pleasing. A perfect setting to enjoy one of the many gourmet bar snacks such as deep fried Camembert, house specialty canapés, BBQ wraps, or salmon fish cakes together with a cocktail or glass of wine from their well-stocked cellar. And so, Mick and I, Martinis in hand, settled down to read the menu whilst nibbling on a spicy amuse bouche of lamb kofta. First glance at the

blanket of crisp iceberg lettuce. Masses of chunky crab meat in a light dressing proved a pleasing palate livener and I enjoyed it immensely. Other starters include homemade chicken liver parfait, Parma ham and mango salad, smoked chicken breast served with julienne of vegetables, moules mariniere (B.195) and a tomato mozzarella pastry tart served with a mixed salad and basil vinaigrette. The crispy duck salad and prawn cocktail appeared to be a popular option and we saw many prawn laden coupes

choice of pan fried calves liver with pancetta was top notch; pink centred (perfectly fried) tender pieces of liver were accompanied by a crunchy selection of fresh vegetables. An excellent dish. By the way, children are welcome here and even have their own menu. Thai food is not overlooked and a selection of over ten favourite dishes is on offer. Come hungry, the portions at Cafe des Amis are sizeable and the plates full to bursting with quality victuals. Other recommended main courses

year and think it is destined to be a favourite leisure location for the city’s glitterati. The concept is spot on, the menu a mixed repertoire with a nod to French inspired cuisine and more than a wink to healthy, fresh food served in an ambiance of informality and cordiality. Cafe Des Amis is situated off Thappraya Hill. Turn down Soi 11 (7-11 on the corner) and it is at the end just round the corner on the left hand side. Open daily from 4.30 pm. Tel: 084 026 4989.

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House for Sale 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. We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12.5 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. 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. The most exiting 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 this.....you must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Down-payment! Six year Mortgage! 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. (Property PR2587) 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. (Property PR2424) Want a Thabali 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! (Property PR2258) 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! (Property PR2152)

Condo for Sale 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. NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 10.5 Million Baht………..Very high floor ‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for two years. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 3.2 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month two year guaranteed rental return. The rent is paid every three months in advance. EMERGENCY SALES!!!!!......Premier Homes has the deals in all the 5-star buildings….. Northshore high floor, 112 sqm for 10.5 Million, Northpoint 37th floor, 103 sqm for 16 Million, Baan Hadd U Thong, 253 sqm for 17.5 Million, Royall Cliff, 250 sqm for 22 Million, La Royale, 106 sqm for 8.1 Million. EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 22 Million Baht! IMAGINE……..88,000 THB/SQM IN ROYAL CLIFF!!!!!!! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views Special Promotion in La Royal 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. View Talay 3A - 195 square meters Jomtien side floor 6, including an extra large balcony unit. Price just 45,000 Baht/sqm bare shell unfinished and furnished at 60,000 Baht/sqm. ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT. Guaranteed Rental Return when finished and furnished. 9% over 1 year to 7% for 3 years. Why is this great deal on offer? Because the seller has no choice. TAKE ADVANTAGE NOW! 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. Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1.8 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy. 42” LCD TV is only one of the many features in this condo. Act quick we have the Top-Corner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 270 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 Several Very Nice View Talay 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 5 High Floor 46 sqm beautifully renovated Studio apartment for only 2.6 Million Baht. Just a 50 meter walk to the beach. Panoramic views over the ocean and the Jomtien Boulevard.

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0276/SLN - Lease for Sale – 3 storey single shop house located in East Pattaya. Ground floor ideal for any small business. On the upper floors are 3 rental rooms. Many extras including kitchen facilities, air – conditioning etc. Rent only 12,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 300,000 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. 0255/SLN – Bar – Located in busy ‘night life’ area of Central Pattaya. Above the bar is a single room with en suite bathroom. Profitable business and easy to manage. Rent only 6,000 baht per month and annual key money of 150,000 baht which has been pre paid till Sept. 2008. Sale Price: 900,000 baht 0254/SLN – Go Go Bar – 4 storey single shop house, located in busy ‘foot traffic’ area of South Pattaya. Monthly rent is 30,000 baht and Key Money has been pre-paid till October 2009. Sale Price: 1.1 million baht. 0199/SLN – Laundry with Rooms above – Busy laundry business located in Central Pattaya. 4 storey single shop house with 3 large studio apartments on the upper floors for rental. Rent only 15,000 per month with Key Money of 60,000 baht per year. Sale Price: 1.5 million baht 0219/SLN – Beer Bar – Extremely profitable beer bar located in busy complex on Beach Road. Owner can verify accounts for last 3 years. Sale Price: 1.8 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. 0282/SLN – Bar with Rooms – 4 storey single shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Jomtien. The ground floor bar has been refurbished to a high standard. On the upper floors are 4 rental rooms and 1 large apartment. The owner has enjoyed good profits over the last 6 months. Long lease and Key Money has been prepaid till April 2010. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht 0286/SLN – Pool Lounge – Profitable business located in Central Pattaya with bar facilities. Currently playing in 3 local leagues. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht. 0284/SLN – Hostess Bar with Rooms - 3 storey, double shop house located in a busy Soi in the heart of the ‘nightlife‘ action. Ground floor bar recently refurbished. Rent 30,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 2.75 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: 2.9 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. 0154/SLN - Restaurant - Well established Restaurant located in North Pattaya - seating capacity for nearly 100 customers. Have enjoyed good profits over the last two years. Key Money has been paid till February 2010 and is transferable. Sale Price: 6.5 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 in excess of 5 million bahts worth of 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: 8 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. 0274/SLN – Restaurant & Bar – Single storey double shop house located in South Pattaya. The lease has been fully paid up till 2023, the next 15 years. There is seating for in excess of 100 diners. Included in the sale is a sound & lighting system for live music. The business is profitable. Sale Price: 14 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. 0238/SLN - Hotel - Located in Central Pattaya. The hotel comprises of 20 guestrooms on 6 floors, which were all totally refurbished during 2007 to a very high standard. There is also an Owner penthouse suite on the top floor. The business has also enjoyed virtual full occupancy since opening in September 2007. Included in the selling price is the land, building and all the fixture and fittings which are in a Company name. Sale Price: 45 million baht.

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Walking Street GO GO Bars.. If you are a serious Investor Looking at Number 1 Go Go Bars, then you need to Call Us. I have listings on top GO GO Bars that are not for sale “But Are”. Investor must qualify for showings. Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PLB0102) Walking street 2nd floor bar. View of the ocean, the road below. Plenty of room to grow sale priced at 950,000 baht. Low upfront deposits of 500,000 with 60,000 baht a month for lease. Call today. Making your Business our Business-Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0123) Don’t take my word for it go to our web site for this once in a lifetime opportunity priced for a quick sale baht 12,500,000 this 5star classy restaurant with an all Stainless steel industrial kitchen that could be guesthouse& restaurant with lounge, very nice rooms upstairs, Dbl shop house Beach front, Views, Views, lease at 60,000 a month can buy the two shop houses next door. Making your Business our BusinessPremier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PLB0099)Another Walking Street Bar Priced to sell 90% inside w/3 pool tables. Large stage for everyone to share entertainment 2,200,000 all deposits paid and included in price for the first 2.5 years Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PLB0095) MAKE PAYMENTS: Very Famous GO GO Bar with 80 seats, 240 sqm, 4 rooms above this well designed floor plan, like nothing else on this very, very popular Soi. For only 8million baht and with a nice size down the owner will consider payments. He has many companies that require his attention… which makes this very busy and profitable bar”, even in low season”, to much work for him…... Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th

(PLM0003) Massage parlor on the back side of Walking Street, 4 star curb appeal, “very, very nice with all new furnishing, updated, renovated, store front location for only 3.3mill. Owner is ready to deal because of recent breakup. Lease is only (6,000), six thousand baht a month. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Jomtien Shop houses 5 of them together with Sea Views priced at only 3.6 million each. When every one else has a price on theirs at 5million, that makes these five a steal, with great sea views. These would make a great Guest house or even a shopping centre with rooms above. Top floors have View of Bangsare. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th. (PSH0108) Shop House in the busiest area of 2nd road, 36millon baht. Looking for a new owner to open a bar and restaurant with guest house. The building is for sale with chanold title. Owner will take everything with him making it easy to renovate at the same time lowers out of pocket expenses. Investors dream. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Koh Samui Resort. One of the world’s most Famous Islands now has a Prestigious Hotel available, at 50million baht for your spot in Paradise. With only five staff members 18 rooms and two retail stores makes it easy to manage All rooms have a 5 star quality, with Tv’s, fridge, Bar A/C. Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Koh Chang Resort. Guys it doesn’t get any better than this. Own a piece of the Rock. To many facilities to list, owner wants to move to Northern Thailand. Making your Business our BusinessPremier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th

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(PHG0017) Guesthouse in an extremely busy location priced to sell at 25 million. This successful business has 4 floors and 14 furnished rooms in a very high demand location. You could have the number one business of any kind with this location. Internet, motorcycle rental bar, restaurant, or retail this is an immediate high volume business for you, call today. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0127) Soi Boukhao single shop house. Five rooms completely furnished. Main Floor waiting for your ideas and marketing strategy. Priced at 6.5million, building included with title/deed. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PLD0537) Land on Suhkumvit Road, Pattaya area. Great exposure for your business. 2 plus rai with a building. Building must be removed. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PFO0001).Deluxe East Pattaya Factory. Two New factory buildings on 6.5 rai, interior has over 3000sqm. Both buildings already leased out for 400,000 thousand baht a month or can relocate. Two story apartment building for staff, a home for owners with swimming pool. Each Factory has luxury rooms on top floor for Managers. Making your Business our Business. Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0124) 600.000 Here is another one of those inexpensive opportunities priced to sell, this laundry and Guesthouse. Rent is only 25,000 a month with your living quarters. Complement your business with Motorcycles and you have a winner. Add a website and you have a real on going concern

with these well designed rooms…should be able to very well here as the ground work is down. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0122) Jomtien walking Street- the best location in Jomtien can be your new business location where your clients can walk to the beach without crossing the road Great beach front views 5rooms with lounge 24million baht and you own the building too. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0113) Want a Fabulous Luxury Hotel, restaurant for only 390 million, “act quickly!”. Great location, Two Go GO Bars & restaurant with spa facilities, not too mention one of the best locations in all Pattaya. Rooms are exceptionally equipped and furnished in a very impressive style with great imagination. Call soon this will not last. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PLB0097) East Pattaya guesthouse and bar & restaurant on very busy road just needs someone that understands marketing. premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0033) This Hotel on Jomtien Beach is being sold under the utmost confidentiality, at 250million baht. Panoramic Sea views on all upper floors. Everything is Brand New yet, you will still enjoy immediate income from long standing client base. Fifty five rooms with Penthouse on top floor for owners or for rent. Forty Seven Staff members help you with your everyday needs. Beach front location, in the busiest area of Jomtien. In the heart of the night life. This is an excellent location for business. You want traffic check this place out. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th


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Business Opportunities Shop houses commercial store fronts for best pricing. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Investors wanted for Commercial Real Estate Ventures. Major Investments over 50million, see what the Public can’t see. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PLB0103) Pattaya, just off Beach Front rd, with 3 sides covered it could be enclosed very easily. Great potential, for this very large bar. Over 80 seats, very large bar area with a very large stage for a live band “closed now”, needs some repairs but, for 550,000 priced way under market value 200,000 deposit 25,000 a month. . Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th

(PLB0092) 10,000 a month on this new Contract. 1,650,000, this is a giveaway at this price. This single shop house bar in a very busy soi off Jomtien beach road you won’t find a deal like this again. The owner has been there making money for the last four years, said he made a lot of money so he can sell for whatever he wants…Let someone else “ have fun”, that is what he said. (PSH009) 10,000 baht a month for this vacant shop house with Views. Needs lots of work in this hallow shell, but with beach views like this…. And the price” My goodness!” it is a steal..! walk to the beach in 2 seconds. Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0126) Beer Bar & Guest House With Two balconies overlooking the bar. Pool table disc jockey both. Flat screen TV, Large Kitchen that isn’t being used 27sqm . Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0117) Very nice Dbl shop house Restaurant, 9rm Guest house w/pool table, 2nd one in on the sub soi with front road coverage. Perfect guesthouse for only 9.5mil @ 15,000 a month. Over 1.5 mill in profit without advertising. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th

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(PHG0116) Five story Double shop house with 10rooms. 22million, “building included”. Very nice restaurant and bar. Over 2.5mil a year in profit. Some financing maybe available Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0114). Mini Mart Store with Guest house on beach front road. The mini mart collects over 600,000 a year in income, making it very easy to weather high and low season. With over 16 rooms w/beach views and a restaurant, Study Cliental, Website, Parking on the street and in the back of the building, your call, but I think this is the one. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0110) Shop House Jomtien Complex. Lower retail store already rented out which creates a positive cash flow for this 4 story building. At 5.2 million it is a steal. The owner has moved to Bangkok.

Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0102) 80 room Resort between Jomtien and Pattaya. 150,000,000 Make an offer, Plenty of room to make this a 5 star. Needs good management that knows what to do with this gem.. Owner wants fast sale. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0107) 150million very private Resort style Spa with Theme park swimming pool. Very large ponds, bridges and Gazebos. Four two bedroom guest homes. Separate building with Theatre, Conference room, Fitness Center. Also included is very large 2 story home. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PRT0098) Get a Pizza this. Pizza parlor with support. Long proven track record @ 2.5 million baht or can finance a new location. Your choice! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th Investors wanted for projects over 100 million baht. If you are one of the few,and looking for real estate ventures, or an on going concerns, call now and find out what is really on the market. All Gold member investors must provide financial statement before viewing, “Non Public listings”. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PLM0002) With Beach front Exposure. Massage Parlor with Views, owners apartment Top floor. Priced to sell 1.5 mill. This dbl shop house is very nice and under priced. Very exciting business opportunity. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY This is a change for the serious investor who is looking to take over a running business with already a guaranteed net income of 20 Million Thai Baht a year with a potential net income of 100 Million Thai Baht a year. Asking price is 150 Million Baht. As the owner wants to keep the sale of his business quiet we can not give more details at this time. For more information please call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th

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Education & Training (pta-tk0008)Do you Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. (ptm-h1208)English Speaking Computer Teacher Wanted for English Man and Thai Wife. Stay 2 days, 1 or 2 or two nights; 370 kms from Pattaya. Comfortable home with all facilities and good food! Must have good references. 089 058 4509 or 084 958 6569 (ptm-h1208)Thinking of Building your Own House/ Swimming Pool? Save 000’s. See and learn from our disasters first! Weekend ‘teach in’ One night for two, full board, European 4-star comfort: 3,500 Baht. Details: 082 161 8563 Learn to Speak, Write and Read Thai ?!! Learn to understand what people are saying around you !! With a professional and experienced Thai teacher. Contact 081 466 7478, 080 635 1769 (pta-0406)TEFL Intercontinental, we are specialist in teacher training, a full 120 hours TEFL certificate course, we offer Guaranteed job & Work permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while you practice teaching for 2 Months. Please contact us at: 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640 (pta-0406)Foreign Ladies: Speak and write ‘Beautiful English’ in the comfort of your own home or office, at your own speed, learning the social or business English you need. Training from English professor now retiring to Pattaya. Tel: 081 838 8163 for first discussion Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038-489-225-7 Fax. 038489-228 www.prolanguage.co.th (pta-0708)PROGRESS Language & Computer School. Thai (Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours- 1-5 Year Student Visa Available)English (General and Business Conversation-Grammar-IELTS

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House for Sale (ptm-c1008)Bargain Opportunity. Luxury Bungalow Completed January 2007. Good location, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, aircon, etc. 24 hours security. Cost 4 million baht will sell for 3 million baht. Parking several cars. Tel. Thai 089 669 1507, Tel. English 085 934 5411 (ptm-t1008)Private Sells Bungalow. 7 rooms, 3 baths, furnished, large outside livingeating area in beautiful garden, swimming pool, double-garage. On 720 sqm land.. THB 3,700,000. 20 km South of Pattaya, off Sukhumvit Rd. Tel. 038 436 998 Thai/English/ German (ptm-m0708)New Home for Sale. Chockchai Garden Home 4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully finished kitchen. Twin Home. 3 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Priced at 2.49 mil. baht. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-m0708)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished with kitchen. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Priced at 1.9 mil. baht.Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-om0708)2-Storey Home (420 sq.m) + Big Office (80 sq.m). Total Land area 200 sq. wah. 4 Bedroom with air condition, 1 library/home theater room, 1 extra room, 5 bathroom, European kitchen, living room, laundry area, spacious garage for 2 cars, with 2 telephone lines. For Sale 10 million baht. Call 081 846 9341 (ptm-d1408)Mabprachan Gardens, representative properties in top Expat location for business on the Eastern Seaboard. Sale and Lease. Call 081 636 9289, www.chevdev.net, agents welcome Royal Ambassador Residence. NaJomtien. 26 unique ThaiBali-style villas with private pool, Jacuzzi, tropical gardens, maids’ quarters and garage (automated door). Two, three and four bedrooms, top-quality built-in furniture, security system. Prices from Bt12.5 million. Phone: 0854 870 720 www.rar-jomtien.com


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House for Sale (ptm-0708)For Sale. Price Reduction. Was 10,900,000, Now 9,500,000. In this buyer’s market, now is a great time to own a lovely home in Pattaya – located on a quiet, tree-lined Soi on the way to Jomtien Beach (Soi Mr. Mac, off Thappraya Rd.). Fully furnished, private pool, wrap-around balcony, waterfall, courtyard parking. Company included in sale. Call: 038 250 308 (ptm-vi0008)High Quality Corner Unit Designer Townhouse. 3 storey of luxury living situated near the Royal Cliff Hotel. 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with Jacuzzi). Quality fitted Euro kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes and some other built in furniture. Furnished including T.V., expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 6 million baht. Special offer, this townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 mil. Baht. Call Now! 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. 11 Million Baht for Quick sale!! This spacious 90 Sq. Wah house is well furnished. 3 bedrooms, living room, European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. To view, please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Lovely Home for Sale & Investment. Absolute brand new houses, in a very nice, high quality and modern 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 through the city. Accessible to public transportation. Ready to move in. Price Starts From 13 Million Baht. For viewing, please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491

(ptm-vi0008)For Quick Sale!! This spacious 90 Sq. Wah house is well furnished. 3 bedrooms, living room, European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. Only 11 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 3345291 or 081 357 7491 (ptm-vi0008)Genuine 25% discount OFF the original price. Luxury & Prestigious Beach Side Living at an unbelievable low price. Design & build your own house on any of the last 10 remaining plots, plots range from 520 sq.m to 680 sqm. Price starts at 7 million baht. Call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 HS1174: 4 bed, 3 bath bungalow, interior size 280 S qm, very clean house, Part furnished, for sale at 5.5 Million. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com HS1152: 3 bed bungalow, on a secure development, a reduced price of 2.8 Million Baht Call for more info 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HS1216: Luxury 1 bedroom villa with private pool, Located in Jomtien, inclusive of full furniture & company, Bargain Price 3.75 Million Baht, Call us 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity property.com HS1214: 2 bedroom villa with private pool, Located in View Talay Villas, 344 Sq m land area, corner plot! 9.75 Million Baht, Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com Lovely home at Eakmongkol village 4 - 92 sqm., 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, European kitchen. Fully furnished, close to Lotus, Big C and Carrefour. Price 1,550,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@pattaya-agency.net

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Lake house - An impressive Villa - located directly on a beautiful lake. U shape house on the land size 880 sqm., 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 1 outdoor bathroom. Basement room for water tank, pool filter system and store room Total area app.264 sqm. Garden design included waterfall and Fish pond. Price 9,750,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@pattayaagency.net Direct Beach Front House – 25 meter to Jomtien Beach. No road between your plot of land and the beach. That is real Beach Front Living. 5 bed rooms, 4 bath rooms, app. 290 sqm total living space, large communal swimming pool, fully furnished and air-con, full European kitchen. Price 12,500,000 Baht (company name already). Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@pattaya-agency.net Two stories house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, european kitchen. Price : 3,700,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@pattaya-agency.net House for Sale at Jomtien location 210 Sq.Wah Two storey, 3 Bedrooms,4 Bathrooms, European kitchen, large living room, Built in furniture, Full Air con ,Hot water, Private swimming pool, Parking car, Hot Price at 7,900,000 baht. Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134741 E-mail : info@nsrethailand.com Townhouse 4 storey for sale at Jomtien location 27 Sq.wah, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living room, Part of furniture, Euro pean Kitchen, parking car, Price at 3,990,000 Baht , for Rent 20,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841 E-mail : info@nsrethailand.com Townhouse one storey corner unit for sale at Raviporn Garden Hill Soi Koatalo 37 Sq.Wah, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living area, European Kitchen, some furniture, air con, Hot water, Garden , Parking car, Security Price at 1,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841 E-mail : info@nsrethailand.com

Private House 2 Storey for sale at Jomtien location near the beach 172 Sq.Wah. 250 Sq.m. 3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Built in furniture, Nice decorated, European kitchen, 5 Air con, and hot water, Large living room, large garden, and Private swimming pool Price at 7,900,000 Baht , Call North Shore real Estate 038303825-6 or e-mail : info@nsre-thailand.com Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill. Prime location residence, newly building, big pool, high standard quality, 3 storey, 3 bed / 3 bath. 6.8 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Quick sale! 1 storey house in Thepprasit soi 5. 2bed/2bath, 68 sq.wah. 3.8 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364 -515/ info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: House for sale at Pheonix Golf, 2 storey house with Bali Style, 5b/5b, 200 sq.wah. Beautiful view by Country land. 6.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ thailiving.net/ww.thailiving.net 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@ csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5star 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com 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@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com 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@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2685) 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Jomtien Park Villas. Superb 3 bedrooms house (all en-suite) with private pool, located near Jomtien Beach. The spacious house is well furnished and comes with built-in kitchen and 3 air cons. Priced at only 15.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Pratumnak Villa. Fantastic house with sea view from the 3rd floor terrace, comprising 4bedrooms, 2 living rooms, kitchen, Jacuzzi, barbeque, 14m private pool, double carport and large garden. Spacious and airy, a dream house in best location. Priced reduced to 21.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Wong Amat. Pool villa with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, close to the beach, built in contemporary Asian style on an 800 sq.m. plot. Price reduced from 16.5 M Baht to 10.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Pratumnak. Small compound of semi-detached pool villas with 2 bedrooms and roof top terrace (with optional Jacuzzi!). Priced at 9.48 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Tropical Villas Located in one of the best Jomtien areas these are 14 villas surrounding a communal pool, all with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, loft-style office, balcony and terrace. The last villa for the old price of 7.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net


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Stunning Beach Houses. Contemporary Asian-style beach houses with breath taking design, direct access to a pristine, rock-free, sandy beach at the exclusive end of Jomtien Beach. Split-level accommodation affords views over the lush tropical garden and the ocean. Set on a guarded private road with exclusive access to the beautiful beach… this is what dreams are made of! PRICE: from 18.2 to 29.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net View Talay Villa. Fully loaded villa on 90 tw (360 sq.m.) of land with double glazed windows, kitchen in sep. room with oven and dish washer, garage with electronic gate, 2 bedrooms en-suite. Ready to move in. Priced at 12.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Absolute Beach Front. Located in a secured compound this is 5 bedrooms beach house, absolute beach front on Jomtien Beach. Price 10.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net

(ptm-n0808)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-n0808)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 & 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. Starts from 25,000 baht/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0908)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-p1008)3 Bedroom House for Rent. 12,000 baht/ month, furnished, East Pattaya (Kratinglai), 5 mins. to city. Phone 081 340 6092, 085 091 6963 (ptm-a0908)2-storey Townhouse: Pattaya Rungreung Village, fully furnished for rent, 8,000/month, and also in Third Road, furnished. For rent, 13,000/month. Contact 085 507 3295

Classified (ptm-gl0008)Townhouse for Rent at Pattaya Tai newly renovated convenient, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, big kitchen w/ car park, . interested email glenda_sstewart@yahoo.com or call 087 141 2783 (ptfhr-0908)Beautiful New House Bang Saray. Air Con, fully furnished, secure village. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, European kitchen. Large lounge with home theatre, outside dining area with built in gas BBQ/kitchen. Minutes from beach. Good neighbours. 20,000 baht per month. Tel. 084 351 1167 English (ptm-vi0008)High Quality Corner Unit Designer Townhouse. 3 storey of luxury living situated near the Royal Cliff Hotel. 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with Jacuzzi). Quality fitted Euro kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes. Furnished including T.V., sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 35,000 baht per month. Call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-om0708)2-Storey Home (420 sq.m) + Big Office (80 sq.m). Total Land area 200 sq. wah. 4 Bedroom with air condition, 1 library/home theater room, 1 extra room, 5 bathroom, European kitchen, living room, laundry area, spacious garage for 2 cars, with 2 telephone lines. For Rent 100,000 baht/month. Call 081 846 9341 (pta-silk0508)Two Houses Available are Plot 30 Blackpepper. 134sq wah, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, with swimming pool for 90,000 baht per month. Long term rental only(minimum 1 year). The other house is plot 34 chilli, 103 sq wah, 3 bed, 3bath, no pool for 65,000 baht. Long term rental only. Both houses are fully furnished. If you need any more information please contact 081 612 7222, email:adam@tara.co.th

Thai Living: Siam Royal View, Khoa Talo. Prime location residence, 3b /3b, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, private pool, 50,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Central Park5, Well maintained village, fully furnished, Jacuzzi, nice residence, fully facility, 3b /3b, a few minutes to City. 40,000 THB/M. (yearly contract) For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ thailiving.net/ww.thailiving.net 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 / info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Rungrueng Park Village, Jomtien. Single storey house with 60 sq.wah. fully furnished, taxi route, 2b/ 2b a few minutes to City. 28,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net HR1089: 3 bed house with private pool in Jomtien, close to beach, all modern furniture included, internet and satellite 50,000 P/M Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com HR1039: East Pattaya, 2 bed, 3 bath, car port, private pool, Euro kitchen ready to go! 35,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com HR1086: 2 storey house for rent, 3 bedroom, 4 baths, 488 sq m of land, located in Pattaya park hill, new reduced price 32,000 Baht P/M Call for more info 038-373966or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity property.com

Fax: (038) 374535 HR1036: Single storey house with private pool, 2 bed, 2 Bath, View Talay Villas bargain rental price only 55,000 P/M, Short term available,Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com HR1095: Bungalow with nice garden in East Pattaya, 3 beds, 3 Bath, fully furnished, Call for more info only 25,000 P/M 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com HR1097: Spacious house for rent (250 Sqm) on SP Village, tastefully decorated, 3 bed, ADSL connected 40,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1118: Mike Orchid village, 3 bed, 2 bath, euro kitchen, communal pool, only 22,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity property.com HR1120: Bungalow for rent, 2 bed, 2 bath, new development, large communal pool, rental price only 15,000 P/M,Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com Executive Apartment for rent 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, at Bannamper location near the beach 101 Sq.m. Fully furnished and nice decorated, European Kitchen, Hot water, Air con, ADSL. communal swimming pool Price at 45,000 Baht per month, Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303 825-6 or 086-3134841 E-mail: info@nsre-thailand.com House for rent at SP Privacy 125 Sq.Wah, one storey house, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European Kitchen, Large living room, fully furnish and decorated, Private swimming pool, Large Garden, Security Price at 45,000 Baht per month including Garden and pool service. Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 E -mail: info@nsre-thailand.com 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com (Property PR3765) 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@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3761) 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3716) 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com


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House for Rent 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com (Property PR3703) 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 enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com (Property PR3700)

Apartment/ Rooms for Rent (ptm-2407)Carina Mansion. Large fully furnished apartment. 48 sq.m., cable TV, aircon, fridge, sofa, king size bed, wardrobe, kitchen and large bathroom with hot shower. All rooms have Wi-Fi, internet. 500 baht daily and 6,000 baht per month. Best value in town!! Our mansion also includes a large restaurant and a bar. www.carina-apartment.com. Contact 081 829 2285 (English), 081 311 7856 (Thai) (ptm-0209)Royal Park Luxury Apartments Near Jomtien Beach. 56-112 sqm. luxurious furnished serviced apartments. 1-3 bedroom, kitchen, large living room, balcony. From 15,000 baht per month. 086 111 7414

Condo for Sale Khiang Talay Condominium, 200 meters from Jomtien’s Finest Beach, 2 x 42 sqm studios, side by side. Original rooms on the 15th floor with lovely sea views and Pattaya Park. Ideal for renovation. Make a 1 bed, 1 living room or

leave separate. Rare opportunity in this very popular condominium. Very cheap price, only 2.6 mil. baht for both. In Foreign Names. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Thiantong Condominium Located on Jomtien Beach Road Just Inside Soi 7, 32 sqm studio, 16th floor (top floor). Fantastic views of the beach front and the islands. Fully furnished, kitchen, A/C. Ideal for taxi route, bars etc. Good letting potential. Only 1,390,000 baht. Freehold (in Foreign name). Be quick!! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com 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 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Bargain of the Month 500 Meters from Beach, 38 sqm, 8th floor studio. Lovely sea views of Jomtien from big balcony. Absolute bargain 990,000 baht. To include new tile floor and shower room. Be Quick!! Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Khiang Talay Condominium, 200 meters from Best Beach Jomtien, 40 sqm, 4th floor, mountain view, beautifully refurbished with ornate ceilings and covings, Euro kitchen, remote A/C. Fully new furnished. Really must be viewed at 1.8 mil. baht. In Foreign Name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com One Million Baht will get you a high floor sea view, 38 sq m studio, 500 meters from Jomtien Beach with Foreign ownership.These Prices Are For Real with no silly gimmicks. Be quick and move in tomorrow! Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com

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Corner Condo 47 sqm, 2 Balcony 16th Floor Unit with the very best sea views of Jomtien beach. Just been renovated to the highest standard with marble floors and shower room, Euro kitchen, new A/C, stone pictures walls, matching furniture, LCD TV, DVD, fridge, microwave etc. You won’t find better anywhere at the price 1,950,000 mil. baht in Foreign name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, now include LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants… Fantastic bargain. Only 1,350,000 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com 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 087 139 1539 (Eng.). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Angket Condominium 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. Now only 1.6 mil. baht. Freehold. Angket will be repainted and refurbished this year with new swimming pool and lobby, therefore prices will rise. Good investment. (In foreigner’s name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656, 080 099 2614 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com

(ptm-ken1308)Condos/ Apartments for Sale. Jomtien Beach Condominium. 65 sq metres, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, fully furnished, good sea views. 4,400,000 baht. Tel 089 213 9006 (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. 3.45 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, pitipity@hotmail.com. See pictures as vedio virtual tour www.chosenmarketing.com/ viewtalay (ptm-L0908)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-L0908)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 3.2 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!

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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 360é 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 50,000 baht/sqm. Tel. for information or a visit 081 863 1076. (ptm-vi0008) For Quick Sale!!! Great Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in Low Rise Condominium for only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with beautiful interior designs, a really spacious living area, executively decorated, magnificent sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and easy access to everywhere, great facilities are available. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Luxurious Beachfront Condo for Sale. Spectacular sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 137 sqm, 1 big bedroom, 2 aircons, 2 bathroom, living room, with a large balcony, direct phone line, 2 flat screen T.Vs Hi-fi system, kitchenette, all built-in with real wood, tastefully and luxuriously furnished and equipped, ready to move in, 24hr security, swimming pool, fully furnished. Price at 15 Million Baht. To view please call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Fantastic Sea View and Private Beach in North Pattaya, Leam-Chabang view, 137 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, big living room, with a large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, unfurnished. Price at 12 Million Baht. Please call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491.

(ptm-k0708)The Best Location in Town Under the Market Price. New five star Condo, 1 Bedroom near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall with Rental guarantee 8% / year with two swimming Pools and Cable TV & Wi-Fi Internet. Welcome agents. Call owner: 086 317 6161 or kacha@kacha.biz (ptm-g0708)42 Sq. Mtr. Condo, Baan Suan Lalana. 2 big pools, lovely gardens, security, top floor, nice views, balcony. 995,000 baht. 087 901 5229 (English), 084 105 4533 (Thai) (ptm-m1008)Absolute Beachfront View Talay 3A Pratumnak Hill. 137 sq. m. corner shell. Foreign ownership, 6.5 million baht. Financing Available, call 083 118 9360, yoda43@aol.com (ptm-j0708)Finance Available. I am selling 3 nice condos in View Talays. Only 1 million baht down & the rest over 5 years. Call 087 803 3329 Studio Condo for Sale. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain view). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Only 1.3 million baht. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 (ptm-g0908)Executive Residence IV, Royal Heights Pratumnak. Luxury 108 sq m, 1 bed en-suite, large balcony, stunning sea and island views, European appliances, built in furniture, large gym, 3 pools, pitch and putt, foreign ownership, 5.95M. Priced lower than developer. 087 941 2677 E-mail: needtoknow@hotmail.co.uk info/photos. (ptm-g0908)Citismart Soi 1 North Pattaya. Luxury 87 sq m, 2 bed 2 bath, large balcony, European appliances, built in furniture, Wi-Fi, keycard access, rooftop pool, 150 metres to beach or Big C, foreign ownership, 6.2M. Priced lower than developer. 087 941 2677 Email: needtoknow@hotmail.co.uk info/photos.

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Condo for Sale (ptm-vi0008)Condo for Quick Sale. Only 3 Million Baht. Located at Wong Amart Beach, Luxurious Studio, 53 sqm, high floor, fully furnished with built-in. To view please call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Only 5 Units Left! Great opportunity for low season. For quick sale only 3.8 Million Baht. New 5 Star Condominium at Jomtien area, 96 sqm. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-conditions, kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. Slightly furnished, accessible to go everywhere. To view please call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)The Ultimate Destination. Absolutely brand new project with high standard quality. Feel the exuberant breeze in the modern tropical villas with only 49 units. There are 3 lovely styles 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 without the hassle of driving through the city of Pattaya which is only few minutes away, and getting in and out Pattaya is easy with several kinds of transportation available. Price started from 12 Million. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)In Foreign Name 7.9 Million Baht. Top Quality Beachfront Condominium, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, high floor, with superb overlooking view at the pool and at the ocean, size 64 sqm, luxuriously fully furnished, downtown location. Owner financing can arrange (will consider payment terms of up to 8 months). For viewing please call 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Wow! What a Great Panoramic View in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya, located on the 14th floor, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick selling, only 7,000,000 Baht. Tel 081 357 7491, 081 357 7491. Please for serious buyers only.

View Talay 5 building C For Sale – this ocaen front tower, studio on 18th floor, full furnished. It’s registered in foreigner ownership. Price : 2,900,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@pattaya-agency.net Keing Talay For sale - 42 sqm. with sea view, fully furnished, forienger ownership. Price : 1,700,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@pattaya-agency.net Condo in Jomtien Soi 16 For Sale – studio on 14th floor, sea view, fully furnished, forienger ownership. Price 1,995,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 362 6976, Email: jomtien@pattayaagency.net Condo in Central Pattaya For Rent and Sale - 64 sqm. on 8th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen, living room, large balcony and nice view, fully furnished. Price : Rent 15,000 Baht per month, Sale 2,200,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@pattaya-agency.net Pattaya Hyde Park 2. Exclusive living on Pratumnak Hill. Foreign ownership. 100% affordable prices. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@pattaya-agency.net Supalai Condominium, 1st Building, Soi Paholyotil 21 or Wipawadee 30 (behind Shinnawat Building 3), Paholyotil Rd., Ladyaow, Chatuchak, Bangkok. Room 83 sq.m. floor 5, pool side view, 2 bedroom with furniture, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 living room. All rooms with air conditioned. Tel. 081 555 8811, 081 938 3498 Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% Deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 First to View Will Buy - New Completed Unit. Pattaya “Down Town” location. 1 Bed- 57.20 sqm, fully furnished 2.8 Million. 2 Bed- 99 sqm, fully furnished 4.8 Million. Call Barry 089 933 3583

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“Trade Up To a Better Lifestyle”. We will “trade in “your property, as part payment on any of our luxury pool villa and condominium projects. Call: Peter 081 982 6145. “Penthouse Style” over looking Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully finished and furnished, best value in town 10,340,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” Pre-Construction discounts and easy payment plans, 150 metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Foreign Ownership, 2 Bedroom Corner Unit. Fully furnished and fitted by a quality developer. Central Pattaya. Special deal for 60 days completion. Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. CS VIC: View Talay 2A, Studio units, 2 available, foreign name High floors, sea views 1.75 Million Baht Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CS1190: Central Pattaya Top floor apartment, new building, 61 Sq m. Nicely decorated, modern kitchen 2.5 Million Baht, Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com CS1115: Central location 40 sq m studio apartment, high floor, fully furnished, Internet & UBC connected already. Only 995,000 call for more info 08-47808457or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity property.com CS0696: Jomtein, Studio units, 2 available, foreign name Top floor, 40 sqm,1.6 Million Baht Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity property.com CS1212: Studio apartment with direct pool access, 55 Sq m ,modernly furnished, High speed internet, Foreign name 3.2 Million Baht, Call for more info 08-17613238 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com Thai Living: Ocean Marina, Type A, B and C, Start from 9 M THB. Both Sattahip/Pattaya side, high floor, empty unit, sea view and marina member. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net Thai Living: North Point, new exclusive project on Wong Ar-mat Beach, great sea view, 67 sq.m. on 17h floor, 9.4 M THB. (Foreigner name). For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net

Thai Living: Hot Sale 2 Units , Jomtien Beach Condo (Rim Haad). BLDG 3A, Pattaya Side. 48 sqm, 3rd floor, For 800,000 M THB per Unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Corner unit, Fully furnished and great sea view, high floor, 10 M THB. 165 sqm, duplex unit. For more information contact us today: 038 364515 / info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Grand Condo. Great View and good location, sea View and large balcony, 3b/ 3b, need renovated, 186 sqm, 11th floor. 9.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: View Talay 6. Side by Sid unit for sale with sea view and good location, 48 +48 sqm on 22nd floor, For 3.2 M. THB / unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Hot Sale Studio, Jomtien Beach Condo (Foreigner name) BLDG S2, (Pattaya Side),16th floor, For 1,400,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, 1b/2b, 102 sqm, Fully furnished and great sea view, 25th floor, 6 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: North Point, popular & exclusive, Corner unit, South tower, great sea view, 133 sq.m. on 36th floor, 22.95 M THB.(Foreigner name). For more information contact us today: 038 364 -515 / info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Quick Sale! View Talay 7. Beach Front Project with Sea View and Great location, 48 sqm, 19th floor, (Pattaya side). For 3.1 M THB, on 21st floor for 3.3 M THB 3. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: View Talay 5C, Near Jomtien beach and nice sea view, 48 sqm, 12th floor, (Foreigner name), 3.2 M THB. , For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ thailiving.net/ www.thailiving.net

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Siam Ocean View. Is a 7storey luxury condominium with 43 units in a prime location on the Pratumnak Hill. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Price from only 3.9 million baht. Contact us www.Thaihus.com Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900 My Pool Villa. Villa with private pool near Regent International School. Alarm system and 24 hour security, close to the beach and price from only 3.79 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us www.Thaihus.com Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900 The Palm Oasis. House for sale with European standard and private swimming pool. House Project is close to Jomtien beach, alarm system and 24 hour security. Price from 7.9 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us www.Thaihus.com Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900 Sea Sky View. The Condo close to the Jomtien beach soi 12. Price only from 3.5 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us www.Thaihus.com Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900 Platinum Suites. Condo for sale, price from 3.41 million baht. The project is in Central Pattaya, close to Carrefour Shopping Center. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us www.Thaihus.com Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900 The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -711017 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail: theavenueresidence@hotmail.com, www.avenue-residence.com 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, Email: novaatrium@hotmail.com, www.novagroupthailand.com Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroup thailand.com, E-mail: novamiragecondo@yahoo.com

(ptm-L0908)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 3.7 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 850,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 850,000 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) Email pappa@csloxinfo.com . 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 pappa@csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Condo for sale at View talay Condo 5 D Jomtien location 48 Sq.m. on the 12 floor. Pattaya Side, Beautiful Sea ,Fully Furnished, European Kitchen, Dining area and Living area, Big Balcony, Communal Swimming Pool. Available now for rent 2,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841 E-mail: info@nsrethailand.com


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Condo for Sale Condo for sale at Jomtien beach condominium Studio 30 Sq.m, on 3 floor 1Bathrooms, European kitchen, Furnished, Air-con, Cable TV, Security 24 hr Priced at 950,000 Baht Farang name Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 E-mail : info@nsre-thailand.com Condo for sale at North Shore Condo on 21 floor 67 Sq.m Naklua side, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bathroom, Living room , big balcony, fully furnished and decorated, European kitchen, Air con, and Hot water. Price at 7,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail : info@nsrethailand.com 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. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2402) 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3091)

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.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project in front of La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 10.5 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 1.1 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Condominium for 32 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase a great 268 square meter unit 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments.... Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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,

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Classified 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2975) 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Investment opportunity! We have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for three years. No work and a steady monthly income! 50sqm for 3.3 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed three year income and 80sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month three year guaranteed rental return. Call Jan at 087-021-7014 Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a re-sale on a very high floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, 103 sqm for 16 Million THB Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3769)

Jomtien Beach Road Spacious apartment with 4 bedrooms an tremendous sea views, 252 sq.m., for only 13.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Ocean Marina You don’t need to have a boat to live here: a 3 bedrooms corner unit with magnificent views over the marina. The building comprises 2 pools (indoor/outdoor), an excellent restaurant, covered car park, etc. You will be impressed by the lobby and then maintenance of Ocean Marina. 178 sq.m. for 12.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net “Starter Apartments”For the first-time buyers or for customers who need just a holiday or weekend home we offer 1 bedrooms apartments from 1.5 M Baht. Very stylish, brand new, nice furniture, with air con and kitchen. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Breathtaking Views Condo shell of 232 sq.m. high over Jomtien with large terrace and balcony. It can be transformed into an exciting high end apartment with 2 or 3 bedrooms. We have done several of these projects and can show them to you. Expect app. 3 M Baht for decoration. Price as it is 12.5 M Baht. . Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net High End 1 bedroom apartment Beautiful 1 bedroom apartment of 67 sq.m. with stunning views from 2 balconies. Exclusively furnished (2 flat screen TVs, 2 ACs, kitchen, built-in wardrobe, etc.) and ready to move in! The

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building is located in Pattaya’s most fashionable area on Pratumnak Hill and offers hotel like service: pool, fitness, sauna, restaurant, cleaning. Priced at 4.6M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Property of the month. Nice 1 bedroom apartment of 56 sq.m. with sea view in a building with hotel-like facilities (restaurant, gym, room service, mini mart). Top location on Pratumnak. Priced at 2.95 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Wong Amat Gorgeous, light and airy 1 bedroom apartment with spectacular sea view. 96 sqm . 2 air cons, phone, fastest ADSL Internet, 42 Inch-TV, Hi-Fi system, kitchenette, large balcony, tastefully and luxuriously furnished and equipped, ready to move in., gym, sauna, garage ... 5.75 Mio. Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Baan Suan LaLaNa Very nice compound just a few hundred meters away from Jomtien beach with 3 pools, restaurant and mini mart. Available are brand new decorated studios for 1.45 Mio. Baht, corner units at 2.6 M Baht and 1 bedroom apartments for 3 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net

Condo for Rent (ptm-n0808)Condo for Rent at Pratamnak Hill Near Cosy Beach & Soi 4. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, fully furnished 15,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920

(ptm-j0808)Ocean Front NaJomtien, 202 sq. meter corner, 10th floor condo. Fully renovated, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, ocean views, 2 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, pool + security, 28,000 baht. Call 086 144 8587 (ptm-gl0008)Condo for Rent in Hotel Jomtien. 1 bedroom, kitchen, living room, close to the beach very convenient & safe newly renovated class and decent. Interested email glenda_sstewart@yahoo.com or call 087 141 2783 (ptm-a1108)Jomtien Beach Condominium. 65 sq. metres, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen. Fully furnished, good sea views. 4,400,000 baht. Call 089 213 9006 (ptm-b0808)Best Sea View in Pattaya: Pratamnak Hill. Exclusively renovated Condo, 2 Minutes to beach, 60 sq. meters, separate bedroom, big balcony with fantastic sea view. Long term: 20.000,- per month. Please call Ben at 087 820 7710. (ptm-vi0008)Studio Condo for Rent. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain view). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Only 10,000 baht per month, long term only. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 (ptm-vi0008)High Quality beachfront Condo for Rent. Amazing sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 105 sqm, 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, living room, with large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 35,000.00 Baht per month. Please call 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491.


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Condo for Rent (ptm-vi0008)Two Breathtaking Condos for Rent. Private beach in North Pattaya, 64 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living room, with balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 25,000 Baht per month. Tel 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht/ Month, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel: 038 415 304-8, Email: novapark@loxinfo.co.th, www.novaparkpattaya.com 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: novaatrium@hotmail.com, www.novagroupthailand.com Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroup thailand.com, E-mail: novamiragecondo@yahoo.com CR0388: GREAT VALUE, 82 Sq m 1 bedroom unit, 6th floor in View Talay 2B, Only 22,000 P/M Modern furniture, Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR 1083: 15th Floor 48 Sq m fully furnished condo in View Talay 5D, great sea views bargain price 18,000 per month Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1093: 1 bedroom top floor apartment in Jomtien, 84 Sq m,fully furnished, sea views, 30,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouse, POSSIBLE SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 95,000 P/M view http:// www.pattaya-property.biz/ index.asp to view pictures or call 08-49442541 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity property.com 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 0847808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com CR0846: 2 bedrooms apartments located in Pratumnak close to the beach, many rooms available, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV Prices start at 45,000 P/M call 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com

CR1122: 1 bedroom apartment, brand new, 51 Sq m, fully equipped, superb location 5 minutes to Walking Street, only 25,000 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com CR1132: 2 bedroom corner unit brand new, 132 Sq m, fully equipped, Located in Wongamat Beach, only 35,000 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity property.com CR1135: Newly renovated 20th Floor beach front apartment, great sea views, central location, 20,000 per month Call for more info 0847808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com CR1136: Newly renovated 11th Floor 1 beroom apartment, in Center condo, South Pattaya, 15,000 per month Call for more info 08-1761 3238 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com Condo for Rent at View Talay 2 B and at Jomtien location, Studio Living area, Air-con, Sea View, Fully furnished, Balcony, Communal swimming pool and 24 hr Security Price for rent start at 10,000 Baht -15,000 Baht per month Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303 825-6 or 086-3134841 E-mail : info@nsre-thailand.com Thai Living: View Talay 5 (D/C), high floor. Easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, tropical living, fully furnished, 2bed / 2 bath, 48,000 – 55,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Duplex unit. Fully furnished and great sea view on 29th floor, 226 sq.m. 3b/3b, Big Balcony, 65,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living : Royal Hill, Great Location to reach of beach, taxi, city and shopping. 35,000 THB/M. 2b/2b, fully furnished. For more information contact us today: 038 364 -515 / info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Jomtien Complex, Sea View, Fully furnished. 67 sq.m. 18,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364 -515 / info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living : Royal Cliff Beach, Building B and C, High floor. Beautiful beachfront unit with fantastic Sea View, huge balcony, 75,000 THB/M. 3b/3b, fully furnished. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ thailiving.net/ www.thailiving.net

Classified Thai Living: Ananya Condo, Na klau soi 16, Beach front living, Studio Type, Fully furnished. 25,000 - 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364 -515 / info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condotel, S2, 64 sq.m. Fully furnished and great view on 6th floor, 28,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net 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 pappa@ csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. 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 pappa@ csloxinfo.com. 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR1362) 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com (Property PR3036) 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Sensational View Talay 5 226 sqm Front Corner Unit Facing Jomtien for 55,000 Baht/Month! Private access to the best beach of Pattaya (Dongtan Beach), On the Baht-Bus route. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and huge balconies. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,00 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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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.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 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! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com

Land for Sale Scared with Stocks & Banks! Invest in Land, Proven Appreciation Year-on-Year! Sea views from 900,000, nr beach from 2.2 million, golf course 2 million, mountain views from 500,000 baht. Tel: 081 576 0035 www.country propertyservices.com (ptm-1408)18, one Rai plots for sale. All plots with own lake water front beside Phoenix Golf course. Cost 4 million/ Rai. Call John 081 919 1120 (ptm-n0807)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-0808)Bang Saray. 2 rai, square, cleared, level, very close beach. 2 rai 6.5 million, 1 rai 3.5 million. 084 105 4533 Thai, 087 901 5229 Eng. Land for Sale in Jomtien Chaiyapruk, 288 sq.wah, with Apartment floor planning Only 900 Meter from Jomtien beach, 12,000 Baht per sq.wah. Price for Sale 3,000,000. MB, Contact Pattaya-Agency –Jomtien Khun Pena : 084 3626945 PL 025 Land located in central Pattaya behind Walking street, great plot for apartments, 272 Sq w, 45 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity property.com PL 037 Land for sale in the Pong area, close to the H/Way 36, 2x 1 Rai plots on separate deeds, easy access road, electric & water available, building permission in place, ready to start! Call for more info 0847808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com PL 031 Land for sale on the Sukhumvit road, great road front exposure , 2 Rai 36 Million Baht, Please call 0849445141 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com PL 033 100 S q w land plot Ideal for house in a quite location off Siam country club. Already in a company name 800,000 THB. Please call 08-49445141 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com Pl 036 Land in Maprachan lake area, already has perimeter wall on 275 Sq w, great mountain views , Thai name, 2.2 million B Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com


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Land for Sale (ptm-vi0008)Land for Sale. 11 Rai in Jomtien area, 10 Million per rai. To view please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Land for Sale. 2 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, 7.5 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road, next to main road in soi, a great idea for big house. Suits not only for big family, but for small family as well. For quick sale, we will dare to sell it at 1.5 Million Baht only. To view please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Land for Sale 20 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, 8 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road and 70 meters from the main road, the best idea for small housing project. For quick sale! Only 500,000 baht per Rai. Nothing’s cheaper than this! To view please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. 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 pappa@ csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Thai Living: Behind Daimond Beach Condo, land for sale with 3 Rai-200 sq.wah for 5.5 M THB. / Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, land for sale with 138 sq.wah for 13 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364 -515/ info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Near new Holly Wood, 385 sq.wah of land for sale at 22 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill (Soi Majestic), land for sale with 2 Rai-202 sq.wah for 55,000 M THB. / Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Chaiyapruk 3, 1 Rai - 34 sq.wah of land for sale at 3.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net Thai Living: Hauy Yai (Not far from Sukhumvit Rd.) land for sale with 1 Rai - 60sq.wah for 1.9 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thai living.net / www.thailiving.net

48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th 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 Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th 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 developments. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th 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.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit us online at www.premier international.com 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- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th 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

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Classified and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th 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 Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th 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

Services Provided (ptm-t0908)We Offer Complete Condo Service from Fitting Out Empty. We offer complete condo service from design and fitting out of empty shell to renovation of bathroom, kitchen, lounge, etc. Very high standard of work at very competitive price. For further information and friendly personal advise, call Khun May 089 776 2679 and you can leave all the work to people you can trust. (ptm-h1208)Thinking of Building your Own House/ Swimming Pool? Save 000’s. See and learn from our disasters first! Weekend ‘teach in’ One night for two, full board, European 4-star comfort: 3,500 Baht. Details: 082 161 8563 (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-1308)Architect Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038 (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) 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, Email: emvals4@gmail.com Pattaya Agency Legal Services. We will professionally provide you in shortly working days and also quick formation offering you of this following: Work Permit/ One Year Visa, Company Registration, Insurance, Accounting, Web Design. Call PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (office: 038 231712) Khun Pascal: 084 362 6989, Email: jomtien@pattayaagency.net We Want to Sell your Property Too – contact us, if you have a property for sale. www.pattaya-agency.net, PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976 Email: jomtien@pattaya-agency.net Pattaya Agency –now with in house Law Office (3 lawyers plus 2 consultants). Advance Legal Group (civil – criminal – notary) in English and German language. Information and contact : www.pattaya-lawyer.com 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 p.krittaphon@yahoo.com 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: pepz11@yahoo.com 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.

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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.skiblind.com 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: info@ssallinone.com (ptfsp-0108)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, w w w. p a t t a y a - s e c r e t a r i a l services.com. Client service 081 550 0885 Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and Englishspeaking 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 pappa@ csloxinfo.com

Job Wanted (ptfjv-0608)Italian Man, 40 y.o. is urgently looking for job as manager, in go-go bars. Michael 085 212 0788

Job Vacancies (ptm-q0908)Wanted Driver. Car Rental Company needs driver with driving license capable of driving around Pattaya and Bangkok. Contact 038 231 694, 081 996 8915

(ptm-h1208)English Speaking Computer Teacher Wanted for English Man and Thai Wife. Stay 2 days, 1 or 2 or two nights; 370 kms from Pattaya. Comfortable home with all facilities and good food! Must have good references. 089 058 4509 or 084 958 6569 (ptfjv-0908)Wanted for Furniture/Decor Showroom Ambience: Sales Person, Interior Designer, Shop Decorator, Graphic Designer, Store Keeper: Male or Female: All positions must be Thai Citizens: Good salary with insurance: Interested call 087 782 3890 Khun Sonia (ptfjv-0908)Required for Travel Agency: Ticketing Sales, Group Handling, Tours & Travel Manager: Must have experience with Galileo/ Amadeus systems, hotel bookings: All positions must be Thai Citizens: Good salary with insurance: Call 081 949 8702 Khun Nani (ptfjv-0908)Required for Renowned Indian Restaurant Alibaba: Waiters, Captains, Bartenders, Hostess: Male or Female: All positions must be Thai Citizens: Good salary with insurance: Interested call 087 782 3890 Khun Bee (ptm-ra0808)Wanted: Office Assistant for Housing Estate in NaJomtien. Required: Thai female, decent English, basic computer skills, can work with foreign manager. Provided: Good salary, room, transportation, commission. Please apply at: info@rar-jomtien.com, or phone 085 487 0720. ( p t m - r a 0 8 0 8 ) Wa n t e d : Gardener and Maid for Housing Estate in NaJomtien. Required: Experienced Thai, couple welcome, can work with foreign manager. Good salary and room provided. Please call 085 487 0720.


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Job Vacancies (ptfjv-0808)Thankful Knowledge Learning Center, 3rd road South Pattaya is looking for eligible, experienced, passionate English teacher to work 30-40 hours a week. More than bilingual will be an advantage. Attractive salary with accommodation. We will provide working permit for the best candidates. Email: thankful.knowledge@gmail.com (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@yahoo.com (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 E-mail: wanjira_uttha@hotmail.com (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 Email:kim@thailiving.net

Classified (ptfjv-0808)Staff Required at Southshore FM 88.5, 1.Sales/ Marketing, 2.Production/ Technical Engineer, 3.Music Programming, 4.Djs, contact: 038 052 049 or 085 355 9528 (pta-0708)Restaurant Manager & Assistant Manager Wanted. Thai or Farang with very good English or French; Experience in Western Style Restaurant; Can work with high turnover customers; Must be very outgoing, motivated and hard working; Great base salary plus bonus. Please email resume to: lesaigonbayview@yahoo.com or send to 329/245 M12 Pattaya Hill Resort 23rd Fl. Pratamnak Rd. Nongpure, Banglamung, Chonburi 20260 (pta-0708)Teacher Wanted for afternoon lessons with 5 year old boy. You should either have English as your mother language or have a degree in English. Call us today 038 364 515. (ptm-0708)URGENT!! Marketing and Sales person Wanted! Thai national, must speak and write English. Good salary and commission. Call 085 277 7900 or send your resume to mikael@thaihus.com (ptfjv-0708)Seeking Reliable MaeBaan in NongPlalai 1 Day per Week 8 Hours, Cleaning Washing (Machine), Ironing. Speaking some English or German and worked for Foreigner Advantage. Phone: after 2 O’Clock PM 081 810 5841 (ptfjv-0708)Aletia Tours Co., Ltd is Looking for Promoter. Requirement: English spoken e-mail:bookingua@ natsolint.com. tel: 089 096 8894. High Salary + %. Contact person: Tatiana (pta-0708)High Salary Plus Commission..!! Top Car Rental in Jomtien required friendly outgoing female. Excellence of both speak and written English. Bachelor’s degree/Vocational Education. Can drive a car and have driving license. Call for interview T.038 252 275, 038 364 268

(pta-0708)Cook /Waitress and Manageress Wanted! For new Coffee shop in Jomtien. Training given, must speak some English. Call for interview 081 865 1011 (pta-0708)New Coffee Shop in Jomtien Needed. Drummer and Guitarist. Both can speak Some English. Call 081 429 1482, 038 364 461 (ptfjv-0708)Looking for Ladies(Mamasang) to Look After a new Jomtien bar. Salary negotiable. Peter 080 641 8264 (pta-lp0508)Wanted Thai Man for Renovation and Designing Company, who can speak fluent English and has basic managerial and computer knowledge. Contact 089 754 6438 (pta-0508)Pattaya Real Estate Office. Sales Receptionist, English Speaking, Female 21 to 35 years. Salary + Bonus. Thai Nationality Only. Call K. Jai after 10 am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200 (pta-0508)Pattaya Real Estate Office. Trainee Sales / Rental person, English Speaking, Female 22–35 Years, experience an advantage. Own Transport required. Salary Plus Commission. Thai Nationality Only. Call Jai for an interview after 10am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200 (ptm-1408)Louis Properties Co., Ltd has vacancies for: 1. Marketing Manager, 25,000 + Bonus, 2 yrs working experience. 2. Sales Representative, 15,000+High Commission, 1 yr experience. 3. Book Keeping/ Manager Assistant/Computer Database, 20,000 + Bonus, 2

Fax: (038) 374535

yr experience. Must be able to speak and write English and Thai and have basic knowledge about computer operations. Also, speaking Russian urgently needed (highest salary and commission). Please send resume to louisproperties@ hotmail.com or call Tony 086 8328 168, 089 585 8666 (ptfjv-0708)Attractive, Educated, Mature (50’s/60’s) live-in housekeeper/companion, for retired English gentleman. Very little housework or cooking. Nationality not important, but must be nonsmoker, speak and understand English very well. Salary rising to 15,000 baht per month. Please phone 038 421 502 (ptfjv-0708)We are a Property Development Company. Urgently looking for sales receptionist staff/Admin female, Thai nationality. Must have good command of English, computer skill, experience in office document. Contact:: Please send CV to nana@ heights-holdings.com

(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 pappa@ csloxinfo.com. (pta-jv0108)Medium Sized Steel-Furniture Production and Export Company in Pattaya searching Thai candidates of both sexes, positioned as a General Manager. Preferably experienced in production related work, structured, cooperative, master good English both written and orally and have average computer skills. Work will be focused on general improvement both in sales and production performance. Personal management, reports and logistics will also be part of this work. Necessary training will be given. Salary up to 50,000 THB/month and possible bonus allocation, ff4805@gmail.com


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Job Vacancies (pta-er2307)Staff Urgently Wanted. Leading Real Estate Brokerage Firm. Sales Staff / Listing Agent / Photographer, Thai national, age 20-35, Good communication skill, Good command of English (writing & speaking), Good attitude & positive, Experience preferably but not necessary, Training provided, Driver’s license. Call for more details 083 120 6042, 083 009 5214 or email your resume, specify position you apply for, and expected salary to cincharoen@exotiq.com (pta-ph2307)Thai All Round Secretary and Website Manager Wanted! Our very busy and successful office is looking for an experienced secretary & web master. English language skills (speaking, reading, writing and typing) are essential and critical to get this job, as well as the self-confidence to use these skills. Basic computer experience is necessary and will also be a part of the job. It is also very Important that you know how to work with foreigners! Please contact us for more information and an interview at 087-021-7014 (Jan Nuyten).

(pta-vj2207)Leading Thai International Construction Company. Looking for top quality personnel for major civil project in Dubai. Excellent salary & career opportunites. Project managers, Construction managers, QA/QC Engineers, AutoCad/Design Engineers, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers. Age 30 – 47 years, good English. Engineer degree. Please send resume to info@ecothaigroup.com. Call 086-8169398 (ptfj-2007)Exciting Projects, Dynamic Company, great salary & bonus schemes are looking for the following positions: 2 Construction Managers (THB 100,000150,000 tax free), 5 Section Managers (THB 60,00080,000), 10 Superintendents/ Supervisors (THB 40,00050,000), 1 team Survey Engineers/Technicians (THB 20,000-40,000), 5 CAD Draughtsman (THB 20,00040,000), 2 Project Planner/Coordinator & 4 Assistants (THB 30,000-50,000), 2 Architects (THB 50,000-100,000). Only those with top ability & dynamic are required. Spoken & written English. Call 087 140 5199 or 086 816 9398 (ptfj-0708)Companion, Friend, Caregiver needed by rich, retired, lonely, healthy American. No smoking or drinking, Thai lady, any age, part time or full time. Massage and cook one meal. 15,000 B. Good job, beautiful condo. Jomtien Plaza, Building A, Apt. 406/282, 2601 Fl . Call 038 231 999 (ptfj-1907)Off-shore Oil & Gas Personnel for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia required. Call ECO Thai Group Co., Ltd., 038 682 097, 087 140 5199 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

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Classified Language Teacher, EnglishDutch-German-Italian-FrenchJapanese-Chinese-RussianKorean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-2500072 www.Prolanguage.co.th

Travel Mc Flight Travel & Visa. Cheapest Air Fares. Promotion BKK-LON, FRA,PAR, ROM, GVA Start from 10,000 O/W 20,100 R/T. Special Promotion on September AMS-BKK-AMS . Start from 570 Euro’s. All the price not include tax. Visa to Europe, Vietnam, Laos, China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia; Ext Hotel Reservation, Scuba Diving, Taxi, Minibus. Tel 038 413 530, 038 724 023, Fax 038 413 540 Email.... Mcflightpattaya@hotmail.com

Motorbikes & Cars for Rent (ptm-t0508)Motorbikes for Rent. Nouvo, Click, Mio. 200 baht day. 1,200 baht week, 4,500 baht month. WILL DELIVER. 086 824 4910 (ptm-s0708)Do You Want to Rent a Car? Neat, reliable Mitsubishi Champ, 4 doors, aircon, well running, radio. Full comprehensive insurance for just 9,500 B/month. Phone 081 835 9923 or stefanalive@gmail.com (ptm-a0708)Joy & May Tour. Car Rent 24 hrs. Service to Bangkok, Airport. Taxi Minibus; Taxi Meter 790B, Private Car 1,190B, Minibus 1,490B not include express way. Call Apple at 083 705 5477, office located at Tops Supermarket Parking Side

Motorbikes & Cars for Sale (ptm-c0008).Isuzu D-Max Cab 4 (4 Door) 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4 X 4 Automatic, 2006/ 7, diamond black metallic with black leather interior, Sony TV, 2000 watt, Hi Fi, 18” alloy wheels, loaded with extras. Top of the range model, 40,000 kms, full agent service history, still under maker’s warranty. Must see 690,000 baht . Call 087 139 1539 (ptfvs-a0708)Hyundai Sonata Auto for Sale. Good conditions. Year 1996. 2.0 litre engine. Power steering. Was 150,000 Bath now is 110,000Bath. Tel: 086 930 4005

(ptfvs-k0708)Toyota 99 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto Diesel. Only 125,000 ks. VGC. Urgent! Only 290,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708)Audi Auto L.P.G. Low ks. VGC 190,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708)Toyota 2005 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto DSL. Only 140,000 ks Only 525,000 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. Topautomatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721 (ptfvs-l0708)In Quite Exceptional Condition. Daewoo Cielo GXL (top of range) 1.5 automatic, 4 door saloon with cavernous boot. 6 months tax, 10 months insurance 145,000 baht O.N.O. Please phone 038 421 502 (ptm-c0008)Quick Sale! Toyota Hi Ace 12 Seater VIP. Mini bus 1998/9, 2.8 litre diesel, 5 speed, power steering, ‘metallic’ blue. Front & rear A.C., front & rear chrome bumpers, side steps, CD, TV, alloy wheels, electric windows. Ideal for golfing, outings etc. Loads of money spent. Service history. Beautiful all around condition! Price now reduced from 340,000 to 290,000 baht. Call 087 150 4845. (ptm-d0608)Honda Super 4 Black 400 cc regular servicing, new tyres, sprockets and chain. Great condition. 50,000 baht. Call 087 013 5770 (ptm-c0007)Toyota Tiger 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, air bag, ABS, C.D. Big alloys, loads of extras, 130,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned. Immaculate condition. 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539

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British ambassador opens Pattaya consulate

British ambassador Quinton Quayle (left) formally opens the Pattaya consulate in the presence of Pattaya immigration bureau police colonel Anonnat Kamolrat

Royal Cliff Wine Club Hosts Stella Wine Gala Dinner

(From left) F& B Manager Royal Cliff Grand Hotel & Spa Mr Choopong Payotorn, The Royal Cliff Grand Hotel & Spa Banqueting Manager Mr. Sakchai Puekkasem, Executive Chef Walter Thenisch Royal Cliff Beach Resort Deputy General Manager and Royal Cliff Wine Club President Mr. Ranjith Chandrasiri, Managing Director of Canpac Beverages Mr. Ekachai Mahaguna, Royal Cliff Beach Resort General Manager Mr Alexander Hauesler

THE Royal Cliff Wine Club, Asia’s leading wine club, recently hosted another very special event - Stellar Wine Gala Dinner featuring wines with stelvin closure, at the Grand Ballroom, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel & Spa, on Friday, 5 December, 2008. The dinner showcased a total of six fabulous wines from the old and new worlds and was complemented by a multi-course gourmet menu masterfully crafted by the culinary experts of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. Canpac Beverages Ltd co-sponsored the Gala Dinner. The main feature of this special event was not the cork, but the lack of one! An overview of the wines was given by the MD of Canpac Beverages, Ekachai Mahaguna, himself. Wine Club President Ranjith Chandrasiri, addressing the members and guests, stated that, at last year’s International Wine Challenge, the world’s biggest competition, the panel of expert wine tasters found that nearly one in 20 of the 11,033 corks pulled from bottles had spoiled or flattened the flavour of the wine they were supposed to protect. Following this discovery, Wine International magazine, the organisers of the competition, held the world’s first comparative tasting of wines sealed with natural corks, synthetic corks, screwcaps and even crown-caps similar to the one used for beer. The result was astonishing. Screwcaps were preferred in 21 out of 40 cases; corks only won once. The Royal Cliff Wine Club is open to a limited number of new memberships. For applications or enquiries, email to: wineclub@royalcliff.com.

Pattaya consular assistant Sasamon Khempookeaw (left), with ambassador Quayle, Banglamung district police chief Somnuk Changate and Barry Kenyon

Barry Kenyon (left), the Pattaya honorary consul, with ambassador Quinton Quayle, and Suppanee and Prempreecha Dibbayawan of Siam Law

HIS Excellency Quinton Quayle, the British ambassador to Thailand and Laos, officially opened the British consulate on December 15. It is located in Jomtien soi 5, just a few doors from the immigration police bureau. In his speech the ambassador said that he personally had taken a keen interest in opening an office in the resort because the foreign Mick & Di Barker, Visa Chimdee, Police colonel Anonnat Kamolrat (left), office statistics showed that H.E. Quinton Quayle and Peter Lloyd Khun Sa and ambassador Quinton Quayle there was an urgent need for the expansion. Guests of honour were police colonel Somnuek Changate, superintendent of Banglamung police station, and police colonel Anonnat Kamolrat, superintendent of Pattaya immigration. Also in attendance were elected members of Pattaya city hall who deputised for the mayor Ittiphol Kunplume who was attending official ceremonies on the occasion of his birthday. The Pattaya consulate is staffed by Barry Kenyon, the honorary consul, and Sasamon Khempookeaw, the consular assistant. The opening hours of the consulate are weekdays 9.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and the main functions of the office are notarial services, letters of guarantee and general guidance about the service in general. Appointments are not necessary.

Grand opening for The Beaches

The night's emcee, Capital TV CEO Raine Grady

The Beaches VP Sales & Marketing George Morgan & CEO Eugene Joannides

Fater & Son, Sam and Andre Machielsen were amongst the guests

Bangsaray Residence Simone with Glenda, Nuan & Jeed enjoy the party

LOCAL real estate brokers and VIP guests were treated to a spectacular showing of just what The Beaches International Resort will construct in the next few years on their vast land holdings north of Bang Saray. From opulent living to affordable entertainment for all, this mega project will be the biggest in S.E Asia, and will employ around 6,000 staff. Likewise their on-site showrooms, located one km. before Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, are a real eye opener, with the central theme being a world class water park. The developer of this huge project is backed by a team of world class executives, who each have many decades of experience behind them.

Siam Polo’s 130th year H.M. Sultan of Pahang and Harald Link

Khun Chaikiri with Khun Nuntinee and Dr. Kris

PATTAYA’S Siam Polo Club, which lies a short distance from the Horseshoe Country Club & Resort, was the venue for a big international polo match recently, when the English team played a combined Asian polo team, made up of horsemen mainly from S.E. Asia. This event was attended by some very important VIP’s, including His Majesty the Sultan of Prahang and several Malaysian Princes, as well as many other high ranking people from the ASEAN region. There was some fine shots made by both teams, but the English team won comfortably. The Thai company of B.Grimm were major sponsors of the contest.

Harprett, Zara, Nicolas and Tina with Naomi

Three of the winning teams with their trophies


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Rimini Italian Seafood now open

Alma & Guido Vietri with Khun Weewantanachai Nakarasin

Charity Club of Pattaya Christina and Malcolm Boden

A toast from business partners Mr Guido Vietri & Khun Weewantanachai Nakarasin with Chef Giovanni

Lorraine, Helmut and Rosie Guest couple Jorrit & Lela Aukes-Niemer Business partners Guido (2nd, front row) & RESTAURANTEUR Guido Vietri, owner of the famous Gian’s Italian restaurant, has Weewantanachai (center) with guets Cliff, Father opened another classy venue in the Na Jomtien location, in front of the Isawanya Hotel Dennis, Paul, Father Worawut & Father Lawrence which is owned by partner and local businessman Khun Weewantanachai Nakarasin. The restaurant’s concept was inspired by Guido’s home town Rimini which is located on the Adriatic Sea and is a popular seaside resort famous for its fishing industry. Hence the name of the new restaurant in Na Jomtien! There’s a priceless view, just 7 meters from the sea, and a gem of a menu where you can enjoy the original taste of Italian seafood in a cosy atmosphere and at an affordable price. Open 7 days a week from 3 p.m. until midnight.

Bayer Thai Co. Ltd. gives back to its employees with some party to remember!

Singers bring Royal Garden alive!

VIP guests Chanansa Sutthithamrungsawat, dep. mayor Wutthisak Rermkijchakarn & Supt. chief of pol. Amphur Nai Sakeaw Kanisorn Yuwawithaya

TKLC Glenda Stewart & English Avenue Tam (4th left) and Patrick (far right) with the senior high level winners

Junior high level grand winner Inthvon Kulma from Phothisamphanphitthayakarn school

Sponsors Pastors Dianne and Fred Doell Judges Apple Thamcharoen, Glenda Main sponsor Thankful Knowledge Learning Stewart and Nancy Clarke Center's staff, friends and supporters CHRISTMAS shoppers at Pattaya’s Royal Garden mall were treated to some very nice entertainment by the more youthful singers in our city. Pattaya’s High School Musical Extravaganza 2008 was divided into junior and senior divisions, with some very acceptable cash prizes for the place getters. The winner of the senior high level was Miss Rujira Ruangpattanawiwat, whilst the junior section was won by Miss Inthvon Kulma, and both students attend Phothisamphanphitthayakarn school. The event were sponsored by Thankful Knowledge Learning Centre, English Avenue, Canadoil Group, Victory Family Church, Apex Profound Beauty, Exotiq Decor, A.P. Interiors, World Gems Collection Co., Ltd. and many more.

Northpoint hosts business party

Three lovely ladies presented the food Executives take time for a round of drinks Neil Hutchison, Gerry Healey, Richard Bell, Jeroen Rozendale and Nigel Cornick The expert organisational skills of the British Chamber of Commerce, Thailand, saw most of Thailand’s chambers of commerce represented at a Christmas party and networking evening in North Pattaya. This was very generously sponsored by one of Thailand’s foremost property developers, the Raimon Land Group, who put on a lavish party at their Northpoint project on an perfect evening. A large number of people attended, with many travelling down from Bangkok, and this included many of the Raimon Land executive team. The event started and finished relatively early, which suited most, as many travelled on to The Beaches grand opening party, at Bang Saray, which happened to be on the same night.

Management award plaques to long-serving employees during the Bayer Thai Company staff party IT WAS not an ordinary annual staff convention that Bayer Thai Company Limited has held recently at the Napalai Convention Hall of Dusit Thani Pattaya. With over 500 management and staff attending, the night proved to be somewhat star-studded as the staff donned the best Hollywood movie costumes in line with the theme, “Movie Costumes Night Party”. Rawat Pornrachagit, general manager of Human Resources Division (North ASEAN) said that the event was held annually and that it always drew quite a tremendous attendance from staff and management who looked forward to the gathering with bated anticipation. Highlights of the night included an extensive international buffet, lucky draw prizes plaques for recognition for long-serving personnel as well as for the best Hollywood movie costumes.


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Pattaya Today is published & edited by Visa Chimdee for Siamese Vision Media Co., Ltd. Printed at Print 87 Co., Ltd. Naklua, Pattaya City. Office : 42/91-93 Sukhumvit Rd. T. Nongprue, Banglamung Pattaya City 20150. Tel: (038) 410-077, (038) 427-391 Fax: (038) 374-535 E-mail : info@pattayatoday.net


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