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Volume 8, Issue 20

1 - 15 July 2009

Pattaya City Launches New Campaign

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in conjunction with Pattaya City Hall and Chonburi Provincial Administration Organisation are arranging a new promotion to try and boost tourism to our suffering market, the ‘Visit Pattaya, Discounts Everywhere’ Campaign. This new program is hoping to help in the endeavours to resolve the huge reductions in Pattaya tourism which have occurred since the world economic collapse, the recent political problems, including the closure of the main airport, cancelation of the ASEAN Summit, and most recently, the negative reports with regard to the A (N1H1) virus. Although the virus has been discovered within Pattaya, its bark is far worse than its bite. All the troubles that have faced Pattaya over the last year, have contributed to the bad reputation, totally undeserved, that the city now has to combat. An extravaganza press conference was held on the 18th June at the Siam Paragon in Bangkok, to announce to the nation and internationally the many special offers awaiting travellers to our beautiful city. The promotion is aimed at rebuilding the image of Pattaya,

and Thailand as a whole, to both local and international travellers and to let them know that despite media coverage, Pattaya is, and has always been, a safe place to spend valuable vacation time. Pattaya City is in desperate need of an influx of travellers, and of course their bulging wallets, to help turnaround a very difficult low season. We also need to set the groundwork now, to ensure tourism returns again for the high season. The recent lull in tourism in the city has affected people from every walk of life from the poorest to the richest. The new campaign is to be jointly funded by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Chonburi Provisional Administration, Pattaya City Hall and the Ministry of Tourism and Sport. They are hoping that the new campaign, along with the other measures already in the pipeline, will have a positive impact in both the immediate and long term. International arrivals have reportedly dropped by 30 per cent so far this year, due to the global economic downturn that reduced the number of high-end travellers, as well as political turbulence at home and the outbreak of type-A (H1N1) influenza.

Looking at ways to increae 'Medical Tourism' Travel operators say that only hotels are operating with lower cheaper packages will help Thai- occupancy. In order to survive, land regain tourists at a time when some hotels are cutting room

Border Visa Runs Limited The Thai immigration department nationally has announced that visitors to Thailand without a prior visa can enter via a land border post only four times in a six months period. The rule apparently applies to entry at any land border with Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos or Burma. Since last December, visitors without a prior visa to Thailand have received only a two weeks stamp at these crossing points but initially there was no restriction on the number of trips made.

The restriction on the number of border trips is said to have been introduced because some visitors are “living” in Thailand and renewing their stamps by taking a visa trip every fortnight or so. An immigration spokesman said that there were visas available for people wanting to stay long term but the 15 days permission was not one of them. If an immigration officer at the border notices that a foreigner has already made four trips out and in, he will ad-


rates by 40-70 per cent, while others are offering one free night or additional services for paid stays of at least two nights.

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vise the person that they can be stamped out a fifth time but must re-enter Thailand by air. However, it is not thought that there are a large number of foreigners using the visa run to the border so many times. The new rule does not apply to flights in and out of Thailand for which there is no limit. Nor does it apply to holders on prior tourist or non-immigrant visas who enter Thailand by a land route. The regulation applies only and exclusively to foreigners entering Thailand by a land crossing and receiving a fortnight’s stamp on arrival.

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The new campaign will not happen on its own, and Pattaya City Hall along with the other organisations sees the need for quick, effective measures, to make the program a success. They are in the throes of appointing a board to oversee the campaign, employ experts from the fields of public relations and promotions to give advice and expertise and produce high quality media packs for distribution throughout the world’s travel organisations. Maybe we can also do our bit,

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Facts and objectives about the new Campaign To rehabilitate Pattaya Tourism

v vTo stimulate both the National and International Travel Markets vTo encourage more regular visitors to the town vTo encourage an increase in the earnings for Thai workers and


vTo re-build the damaged image of Pattaya City vTo increase the number of products generated for the

tourist industry

vTo encourage visitors of all ages vTo increase the number of ‘Medical’ vacationers

why not send an email to friends in other countries, telling them of our excellent city and the huge amount of activities we can pursue in constant safety?

Even if they are not thinking of travelling themselves, they may know someone who is looking for a fabulous holiday destination, we know there is no better.

Mobile pet grooming now in Pattaya Has anyone lately noticed the strange looking white RV truck rolling around the streets of Pattaya? Decked all in white, with paw prints running up the side of it. Yes indeed, this is Pattaya’s first ever mobile dog and pet grooming van! Inspired by huge mobile pet grooming industries in many western countries, this new service has now come to Pattaya. Humorously called You Stinky Dog! (, this service is the ultimate in convenience for

discerning pet owners. Fully outfitted with warm water, hydro-spa, clipping table, fluff dryers, shampoos and all sorts of other treatments,

You Stinky Dog! is sure to make dog and pet care easier than ever! Be warned though, your dog might not want to come home!

Pattaya's Big Cleaning Day

Recently the Governor of Chonburi, Senee Jitkasem, together with Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol, and Pattaya Council Members, Government Officials and workers from the Pattaya and Chonburi municipalities, took part in a ‘Big Cleaning Day, in the area of Walking Street. The cleaning day was an endeavour by officials to educate residents on how best to combat the threat of disease, especially with the recent H1N1 Swine Flu Virus. It focused on how to maintain good health and personal hygiene in a bid to combat any diseases. The team of cleaners scrubbed their way through the streets where most of Pattaya’s

world famous entertainment venues can be found, around Walking Street and surrounding roads. The officials were quite a spectacle, with their big boots and large scrubbing brushes, much to the amuse-

Scholarship Presentations by the Rotary Club of Pattaya Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, recently chaired a meeting to make presentations of scholarships on behalf of the Rotary Club

of Pattaya. The event which took place at the City Hall is an annual event arranged by the Rotary Club, this year however,

ment of local residents, business owners and tourists. Onlookers were also entertained by famous Thai celebrities who encouraged them to join in and help with the cleaning operation. All in all, the day was a great success. they have been even more generous, in an attempt to combat some of the hardships brought about by the recent political problems and Swine Flu Virus. The fantastic generosity of the Rotary Club is a reward to the young students who have worked very hard to achieve a certain level to qualify. In the future their ability to further their education will allow them to become more beneficial to their country. The Rotary Club sees the importance to educate our young for the future, and in an attempt to help, they have for many years made these scholarships available to the most deserving and needy children.

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Swedish paedophile caught

Pattaya City looking to protect sea users The Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, Mr. Ronnagit Ekkasing, recently chaired a meeting to discuss the possibility of Pattaya City passing its own Maritime Transport Services Act to cover Pattaya’s ocean. In attendance were representatives from the Marine Department, Pattaya and Banglamung Police Officers, Tourist Police, Business Operators and other interested parties. The Deputy Mayor explained that Pattaya has an ongoing problem with the water transport services offered around the area, and that a new, Pattaya Maritime Act, was needed to close the loop holes that some operators are presently exploiting. The new Act would eliminate any confusion and demand that all operators follow strict

guidelines on safety. Pattaya Marine Rescue Officers in conjunction with

Pattaya City Hall lawyers will write a rough draft to be brought back to the meeting at a later date. All those attending agreed to set up a committee to oversee the new act, and once it has been passed, to ensure it is upheld and punish those who refuse to implement the new policies. by Thaksin

Pattaya City look to the problems of the disabled

Pattya City Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, who is also the Chairman of the ‘Persons with Disabilities Committee’, recently held a meeting at Pattaya City Hall, with other committee members and interested parties. The meeting was designed to look at ways to turn the philosophies of the committee into reality, especially in the very competitive job market. The committee is looking at ways to improve the quality of life of Pattaya’s disabled community, to more

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involve them in the day to day life of the community and to live their lives to the fullest. They should not be segregated, solely because they are disabled. Pattaya City Hall will set up a centre for the disabled at the Pattaya Indoor Stadium and Sports Centre in the near future. The centre will focus on physical education to combat disabilities, with experts from the United States bringing the latest technologies to help and train those afflicted.

Chonburi provincial police officers together with officials from the Child and Women Protection Division, recently obtained an arrest warrant, issued by Pattaya Provincial Court, for the arrest of a suspected paedophile. Mr. Johan Sven-Ove Tanglars, aged 36, a resident of Pattaya, was suspected of repeatedly bringing young boys to his house for sexual purposes. Police Major General Koson Puawet, disclosed that the parents of a 13 year old boy had made a report regarding the actions of the suspected Swede, he apparently mislead the young boy into going to his house, where he performed sexual acts with the unsuspecting teenager. After receiving the report, police officers mounted a sting operation to watch the accused movements around the town. He was observed

visiting Soi Sunee and making contact with men to arrange the delivery of young boys to his home in Soi Bonkai, South Pattaya. The Police Major General further stated that in the hours leading to the arrest of Mr. Tanglars, a Thai man had been apprehended, impersonating a police officer, and trying to extort money from paedophiles around the town. Upon his arrest, Mr. Tanglars admitted that he had been supposedly arrested by the undercover police officer in the past, he had been taken to an unknown apartment near the railway lines in South Pattaya, and the officers demanded 300,000 baht from him, to make the problem go away. He could only lay his hands on 90,000 baht, and the officers were kind enough to accept this and let him go free. Police officers showed

Issue on the Homeless in Pattaya

At a meeting at Pattaya City Hall, chaired by Deputy Mayor, Khun Ronnakit Ekkasing, the problem of the beggars and hawkers along Walking Street and other tourist areas was up for discussion. Mr. Suntorn Kangsirikul, Chairman of the Walking Street Community, stated that they were still receiving a tremendous amount of complaints from tourists, fed up to the teeth, with the continuous harassment from these vendors, with no apparent action being taken by police officers to stop it. The Deputy Mayor explained that this topic had been brought to the attention of the City Hall on numerous occasions, however, despite the best actions of the Town Hall and Police, no sooner had they cleared the problem, when miraculously, they all reappeared, and this has been an ongoing problem for many years. The Deputy Mayor went on to explain that they had now managed to arrange co-op-

eration between the Pattaya Police, Tourist Police, Volunteer Police and Immigration Officers, he believed that in the near future the problem would be dealt with. At the meeting a ‘Powerpoint’ presentation showed video footage of the problems, which are not helping the already badly damaged image of Pattaya City. It causes a negative effect on businesses and residents who work in the city. For Pattaya to regain its good image the Deputy Mayor admitted that a solution to the problem must be found. He is confident that with the new initiative, the problem will soon be a thing of the past. By working together, the police and residents can help to clean up this ever increasing problem. The Deputy Mayor concluded with the observation that most of the children begging are part of organised gangs; we must take the initiative and find the culprits responsible for this heartbreak.

The Paradise of South Pattaya Naattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek (Joe Louis) Considered the worldfamous tourist city for over 40 years, Pattaya offers a variety of relaxation, such as the beautiful beaches, the luxury hotels, the restaurant, the nightclubs and shopping malls. Moreover, Pattaya has become a popular spot where many world’s activities and events are held continuously each year. Being one of the largest centers of tourism in Thailand, Pattaya has welcomed for over 4 million foreign visitors. While the foreigners choose Pattaya as one of their popular tourist destinations, many Thai people consider Pattaya as the city that cannot provide them the right place

to relax for their family. Accordingly, Nattayasala Hun Lakorn Lex (Joe Louis), the world famous traditional Thai puppet theater located in Suanlum Night Bazaar Bangkok, has opened another branch as the cultural tourism in the city and also giving more choice for both Thai and foreign tourists. Constructed on the best location of Pattaya in Thaiwat City Walk, another branch of Naattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek (Joe Louis) will enchant you with many Thai cultural heritages in the cultural square such as the elegant Thai performing arts, the traditional Thai puppet performances, the unique Thai restaurant and

Mr. Tanglars a photo of the arrested Thai man; he confirmed that he was indeed one of the bogus undercover police officers who arrested him earlier in the month. Both men have been taken to the Pattaya Police Station to await further investigation results.

University giving back to the community

Two representatives from the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University Pattaya Campus, Mrs. Puttaranit Supagijgoson and Mrs. Jiraporn Pectharut, led a party, 50 strong, to implement their ‘Bringing Happiness to Younger Brothers and Sisters’ Project, at the Huaiyai School, Banglamung. The University believes in a policy of ‘giving back to the community’, they encourage students to organise a community related project to help build their teamwork skills, and give back to the community through goods or services. On their recent visit

to the school, the university students provided teaching and study materials for their young brothers and sisters. They were also able to offer scholarships to the less fortunate students along with sports equipment and cash for lunch projects. It was a reminder to the less fortunate children that they have not been forgotten or abandoned by society. The project is aimed at helping the young ones obtain good personal qualities and strong minds, to hopefully take them through the rest of their school days and onto life in the future.

Referendum on City structure and infrastructure a priority In endeavours to cope with the rising population and better serve the tourist sector, Pattaya City Hall recently held a meeting with residents, officials from the town hall and representatives from the Banglamung District, Nongprue Municipality, Pong Municipality, Nongplalai Municipality, Najomtien, and Huay Yai Municipality. Pattaya City Deputy Mayor, Mr. Ronnakij Ekkasing, announced that the city had hired a private company to conduct research into the present City structure and how it can be improved to the benefit of residents and tourists alike. He admitted that in the past the voices of resident’s wishes had not

always been heard, he has pledged to change this, and when the final study from the company is presented, he will arrange a City Referendum. He believes this will give everyone an opportunity to have their voice heard and a say in the direction the City takes in the future. This is only one of the ways the City is endeavouring to take policy decisions away from politicians and putting them in the hands of the people who count. With the publishing of the report’s findings, a new strategy will be planned, the referendum will take place, and still, any resident will have 90 days to lodge objections to any of the proposals.

the Thai live music bands. In addition to unique and exciting daily performances, Naattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek (Joe Louis) will also organize annually the Thai Festivals and many other activities. Another highlight inside the square of culture is the building which was designed in the style of the Thai mythical forest and decorated by the animated flying nymph models and the waterfall. With the refined and unique creation, Naattayasala Hun

Lakorn Lek (Joe Louis) can comparably be “The Paradise of South Pattaya” Naattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek (Joe Louis) now open daily from 17.00 pm. – 01.00 am and the official open ceremony will be held on 9th July 2009. Additionally, Naattayasala Hun Lakorn Lek (Joe Louis) is now offering the job vacancies available for over 70 positions. For more information, please contact at 038 – 488 073 -4 or www.

NEWS Pattaya looking for young Pattaya Sports Club donates over THB 250,000 Tourist Ambassadors to Father Ray Foundation

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Pattaya City Mayor, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, held a press conference recently to announce the start of a new competition, ‘Pattaya Young Tourism Ambassador’, at the Pattaya Central Festival, North Pattaya location. Also in attendance at the press conference were Mr. Jed Sopispongsatorn, Managing Director of Horseshoes Point, Mrs. Teeraporn Jitnawa, General Manager of Pattaya Central Festival, and Mr.Bernie Tuppin, of the Pattaya Mail Mike Frankin Memorial Charity Golf Tournament. Pattaya City has been recognised as one of the world’s most favoured holiday destinations for decades, as well as a new home town for the many foreigners who opt to take up permanent residence in the ‘Fun filled Capitol of the World’. Along with the foreigners, both retired and working, Thai nationals from ever part of the Kingdom decide to make Pattaya their new home. However, the rate amongst indigenous-born residents has fallen drastically, and sadly, many locals have little knowledge of their chosen home town. Drastic measures are required to educate locals on their town and

its origins. Hence, the 2009 Pattaya Young Tourism Ambassador’ Competition. Pattaya City Hall in conjunction with the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TOT), are organising the competition to promote Pattaya to its own residents, by supplying accurate information about the town. Currently there are 90 students enrolled in the competition, they have been split into 30 teams, each of three persons. Before the first round the young entrants will have to attend special training camps which will fill them to bursting with news and facts on the City of Pattaya. Each team, in the first round, which will be held on the 1st July at Pattaya City Hall, will have to take a written test on their knowledge of the town, including its history, geography, tourism, economy, etc. and make a presentation on why they should be chosen to represent this cosmopolitan landmark. From the first round a total of 10 teams, 30 students, will be chosen to make it through to the next round. The eventual winner will receive a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of 25,000 baht.

Katesiri Beauty School organises Sports Day

Pattaya Sports Club is donating THB 255,360 to Father Ray Foundation to build a ‘Sala’ at the Fr. Ray Children’s Village which currently is home to 33 children who have been rescued from streets of Pattaya. Mr. Bernie Tuppin, Charity Chairman of the Pattaya Sports Club (PSC) presented the first installment to Fr. Lawrence Patin, the president of Fr. Ray Foundation on Saturday, 6th June at their Club House which is located on Pattaya 3rd Road. Pattaya Sports Club makes substantial donations to charities that house, feed, and take care of the essential needs of orphans and so much more. The ‘multi-purposed Sala’ at the Village will provide the children with a much needed facility for their evening activities when they return from school. At weekends, groups of children will be able to develop their skills in music and arts also they can use the Sala for rehearsals and meetings. The Sala is sited next to a range of new play equipments recently donated by Rotary Club of JomtienPattaya, together this facility provides exciting opportunity for the children very close to their homes. Fr. Ray Children’s Village opened its first four houses in 2008 and is currently

The Director of the Katesiri Beauty School, Pattaya, recently presided over a fun filled sports day on Jomtien Beach, opposite Soi 8. 60 Students began the activities by a quick clean of the beach area, picking up cans, plastic bags, rubbish, etc. that had been discarded by unthinking, or uncaring visitors to the area. Then the fun began, with the students split into either the blue or pink team, and

students. The Katesiri Beauty School was established in Pattaya in 2003 to train to the highest level students who would like a career as a beautician. The school is not solely an establishment of education, they are part of the community, where one of their priorities has been to offer free haircuts to underprivileged children and low income workers. It is the only school in the East Region to have been presented with the ‘Best School’ award from the Ministry of Education. The Katesiri Beauty School, is located on Soi 16 behind Tukcom, with opening hours between 9.00am and 3.00pm. Further information can be obtained at the school, or by telephoning 038-424-048 or check out their website at www.

taking part in a tug-of-war, throwing water balloons and a relay race, to name a few. However, the highlight of the afternoon was a competition where students had to close their eyes and then put on make-up, the screams of laughter from students and spectators could be heard for miles. The main purpose of the event was to promote a healthy lifestyle, teamwork and a building of relationships between fellow

raising money to building another four houses later this year. In the long term Fr. Ray Foundation hopes to build a total of twenty houses at the Village, which will eventu-

ally become home for around 160 children. Each house has its own ‘house’s Mother and an Auntie’ who give these

very needy children love and a home of their own, often for the first time in their short lives.


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Anti-Corrupt Thailand

Performance Meeting on Local Administration

Governor of the Chonburi Provence, Senee Jitkasem, recently chaired a meeting with government

officials involved in the administration of government policies in the Eastern Grand Palace District. The meeting

was attended by Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, Banglamung District Chief Officer, Mr. Mongkhol Kittikhunnathamchaiyakul and government officials from local administration departments. The Governor raised the importance of transparency in all local administrative departments, to gain the trust of local residents, and show a zero tolerance to the unfair use of government power. At the meeting tips were given in order to raise awareness of ‘Morality’ in the workplace and enlighten government officials on the key guidelines set down by the Ministry of the Interior.

The Pattaya-Phuket Amateur Ryder Cup 2009 Recently at Pattaya City Hall, members of the Sattaya Golf Association presented trophies to the winners in the Pattaya-Phuket Amateur Ryder Cup 2009 tournament. Former President of the Sattaya Golf Association, Police Sub-Lieutenant Somchai Thongsuk, carried out the presentations. Launched in 1996, this bi-annual event takes place alternately in Pattaya and Phuket, this year’s venue was the Phuket Country Club. The Tournament’s concept was to promote tourism to both seaside cities and to create closer bonds between the Thai and foreign golfers from each resort. A presentation was also made to Pattaya City Mayor

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At a meeting held at the Aisawan Resort & Spa Pattaya recently, officials from the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), met with local business owners in an attempt to warn of the dangers of corruption in the day to day workplace. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Parnthep Klanarongran of NACC, who explained that the 2009 budget was being utilised to mount a campaign through the four provinces of Thailand under the theme ‘Transparent Business – AntiCorruption in Thailand’. It is an endeavour to educate persons at all levels in business the seriousness and dangers of corruption in the workplace, and the negative effect it has

on the Kingdom. The provinces that are to be focused on in the Eastern Seaboard are Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trad, Chachoengsao, Pracheenburi, and Srakaew. Corruption within business in these areas has seen an alarming increase in recent years and the new program is hoping to put an end to the acceptability of corruption in business. Further information along

Thai Encyclopaedias from HM King Bhumibol

Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, recent-

ly started the presentation of encyclopaedias (Volume 33),

with prevention and an understanding of the types of corruption in the workplace where discussed at the meeting and it was announced that anyone needing more information or assistance will be attended to immediately. An open session enabled those attending the meeting to voice their opinions and make suggestions on how the problem can be combated. by Nana to representatives of schools from area 3 Chonburi, which includes Banglamung, Siracha, Sattahip and the Pattaya areas. The presentation which took place at City Hall, was in conjunction with the Lions Club, District 310C, who obtained royal permission from HM King Bhumibol's, to increase the number of encyclopaedias being presented. The Lions Club have been involved in this program on an annual basis, this is one of the ways the Lion’s Club supports the local community.

5th Rak Chart (Love Thailand) Concert

Itthiphol, on behalf of the association, to form even closer bonds between the golfing association and City Hall. Victor’s at this year’s event was the ‘Golf Shadow’ Ryder Team winning 4 points to 3.

Khun Nowwarat Chantramporn, Manager of the winning team, handing over the trophy and Khun Samran Sawasdichai, President of Sattaya Golf Pattaya, handing over souvenirs.

On the 22nd of June Deputy Mayor Khun Ronnakit Ekkasing, took great pleasure in welcoming the Deputy Governor of Chonburi, Mr. Suthorn Rattanawaraha, along with other high ranking City and Provincial officers and representatives from the Armed Forces, to the preparation meeting to arrange the 5th Rak Chart (Love Thailand) Concert. For a number of years the Thai Military have been committed to a campaign of recovering Thai wildlife and forest areas in honour of His Majesty the King. The campaign also hopes to raise awareness of the importance of recovering forestry for local residents. On this occasion they have decided to

concentrate on the province of Chonburi as the destination for their activities. The first part of their activities involved a program to plant trees in honour of the King, with the co-operation of government officials and local residents. The tree planting ceremony took place on Saturday 27th June, between 1-2pm in the area of Klong Bang Prong – Angsila, where 500 trees were

planted. The second part of the activities was held later in the evening at Bali Hai Pier, where a Rak Chart (Love Thailand) Concert, was held between 5 and 10pm. Many famous Thai singers performed at the concert and there was an abundance of stalls offering everything imaginable, including free haircuts and an exhibition on forest conservation.

Suspected Fake Monks Questioned Police and Municipals Officers from Pattaya City Hall were recently called to a small self-built home on land beside the Big C Supermarket in South Pattaya, by residents concerned that fake Monks had built the property from the proceeds of merit making. On arrival at the location they discovered the four, Nikorn Chinputuno, aged 60, from Srakaew Province, Satsarn Prasoot, aged 50, from Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Phasuk Kitpimol, aged

53, from Nongkhai Province, and Thongmee Kanutiko, aged 62, from Chaiyaphoom Province. The four told police officers that they were indeed Monks, on a pilgrimage from the countryside, and deciding to stay a while in Pattaya City. They claimed that they found it easier to live outside of the Temple, it was easier to get food offerings in the mornings. They claim to discreetly take food offerings in front of Wat Chaimongkhol Temple, South

Pattaya, before returning to their little house to eat. They insisted that they are real Monks, and have been living in the house for two months already. However, residents in the neighbourhood have made complaints and insist the Monks are fake, as they act in an inappropriate manner. The police officers escorted the Monks to the Wat Chaimongkhol Temple, to meet the Abbot, and leave him to decide their fate.

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Human Trafficking in Pattaya

Officers from the Centre for the Protection of Women and Children, together with ‘Teacher Jar’, successfully tracked down a gang suspected of kidnapping children, locking them up in secure rooms in Pattaya, before sending them out onto the streets as beggars and sellers of counterfeit goods and flowers. The tam managed to track down, Mr. Lek, aged 25, a Cambodian National, at the local Kwai Klang Muang Market, Thepprasit Road, after a tip off that he was selling illegal counterfeit DVD’s at the market. After further investigation it was revealed that Mr. Lek was also involved in human trafficking. It was confirmed that he repeatedly brought women with small children into the country to use in his other business of begging and selling goods around the town, especially on Walking Street. Police revealed that Mr. Lek and his friend had been apprehended in May 2009 for the same type of business, they were both deported back to Cambodia. However, Mr. Lek confessed in fluent Thai, that he knew many short-cuts around the borders, and had had little trouble immediately

returning to Thailand, he had been doing the same thing for the past ten years. The capture of Mr. Lek, led to further arrests including Mr. Sommai a Thai national who resided at a rented apartment on Thepprasit road, and Miss Au aged 22 who was of mixed race, half Cambodian-Vietnamese, as she attempted to escape by car. The police made her take them to the location where they believed the children were being held, a room located in Soi Bongkot, however, they only discovered a lot of children’s clothing for infants from one to three years. Miss Au claimed the clothing belonged to her friend’s baby, but the police will make their own enquiries. The police officers know that the women and children are being held in a secret location and will do everything within their power to locate and assist the unfortunate victims. by Nana


Bag Snatchers Arrested

In the early hours of the 22nd June, Pattaya Police Officers were informed that local residents had managed to detain two culprits who had attempted to snatch a bag from a young lady, in front of the Taihee Temple on Central Pattaya Road. The police quickly arrived on the scene to discover a crowd of irate residents detaining the two robbers, Mr. Teerapong Chuenarom, aged 18, and Mr. Suriyon Khiaosa-Ard, aged 21, both from Pattaya. The victim of the attempted robbery, Miss Pranida Chaisa from Khonkaen province, explained that she had come out with her boyfriend to get food to take back to their room

to eat. They were waiting in front of a food stall, when suddenly the culprits, arriving on a motorcycle, snatched her bag and attempted to flee. She shouted for help from passersby and the quick reactions of some local residents, managed to stop the two from escaping. The young lady was indeed very lucky, her bag contained around 500 Australian Dollars, 1,000 baht, two mobile phones and her private documentation. Both men confessed to the attempted bag snatching and were taken to the Pattaya Police Station for further questioning and to await their day in court. by Somboon

Drugs party busted

Family Mart Shoplifters Apprehended

Three Italian tourists and one Thai lady were recently apprehended for holding a

drugs party, after a tip off to police informing them of the location in a rented apart-

One Year Old Buffalo Saved

Police Lieutenant Colonel Samran Khamwattana of Pattaya Police Station, was informed that two men had been detained by local residents, after they attempted to steal goods from a Family Mart store located in Soi Korphai, South Pattaya Road. The store manager, Miss Natthakarn Rakpakawong, aged 32, discovered the two youths with instant noodles, body lotion, face powder, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and other food items, a total value of 700 baht. With the help of local residents she managed to detain the two individuals until police officers arrived. Upon questioning the two youths, Mr. Chatchai Moonra,

aged 19, and Mr. Thanongsak Kaew-Im, aged 20, admitted the theft. When asked if this was their first offence, they confessed that they had only recently been released from prison, after serving one and a half years, for a bag snatching offence. They have been trying to take the right path, by trying to find work, however, without success. When they got so hungry they could stand it no longer, they stole food and necessary items to stay alive. The police officers felt pity for the two boy’s stories, however, theft is theft, and with the wishes from the store owners that charges be pressed, they had no alternative but to arrest and detain the two individuals.

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A story with a happy ending. At around 8.30 in the morning recently a Sawang Rescue Team were summoned to the Mabprachan Reservoir where a young buffalo, approximately one year old was in urgent need of help. Rescuers arrived and were met by Mr. Ubol Paengsong, aged 55, caretaker of the Best View Village, who had telephoned for assistance, he led them to the distressed animal. The poor buffalo had apparently been left out on his own the previous night, in the darkness he had fallen into a storm drain system and could not get out. The team quickly gave the poor animal some water and food and attempted to calm him down. The 50cm x 50cm storm

drain proved an impossible obstacle to rescue the animal from and heavy machinery, a JCB, had to be brought in to create a larger exit for

the animal. However, after a very stressful night and six hours of hard work by the emergency team, they finally managed to free the poor animal. Once free and without a backward glance, the young buffalo took to his heels, free to go back and play in the fields.

ment in Soi Bongkot, South Pattaya Road. On arrival at the rooms, shortly after midnight on the 22nd June, police discovered many pairs of shoes outside the room and loud music from inside. Police suspected that there was many people inside and were surprised to discover only the four of them. An amount of the drugs ‘Ice’ and marijuana was discovered, along with drug taking equipment. The four suspects were taken to the Pattaya Police Station for further questioning.

At the station the Italians were identified as Mr. Davide Miglioreno, aged 38, Mr. Davide Tomasi, aged 28, and Mr. Caroselli Loca, aged 31. The woman was identified as Miss Orawan Chuminmorn, aged 24, from Chiangmai, who had earlier in the evening been taken from a bar to enjoy an evening of drugs and partying. All four confessed to taking the drugs which they had bought earlier in the evening from a vendor in Walking Street. They will now have to await their day in court.

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Mysterious Murder on Koh Larn Island

A jet-ski operator was recently found dead, wearing only his underwear and a pink mosquito net outside a Thai fast food restaurant, on the Hard Tian Beach, Koh Larn Island. Police officers and medical team made their way to the location, however, the man, only known by his nickname of Chian, aged around 35, had been dead for at least two days, and was found laying face down in the sand. The restaurant owner, Mrs. Chanthana Puaksa-ard, aged 62, who found the body and alerted police, explained that she opens her restaurant at 6.60 each morning and stays open to late in the evening. Upon opening this morning she made the gruesome discovery and immediately notified the police.

The dead man was working for a well known business man, Mr. Anan, who explained to police that Chian had been working for him for the past seven years, he hired out the jet-ski’s owned by Mr. Anan and slept near them at night for security. The place where the victim slept was only about 100 metres from where his body was discovered. Mr. Anan informed the police that he had never known the real name or surname of Chian, only that he was from Cambodia. He had no idea who could hold a grudge against the dead man or anybody who would like to see him hurt or dead. The police will make a thorough investigation and hopefully the murderer will be brought to justice in the near future.


Disturbed German commits suicide

Police were recently notified by Mrs. Daorung Saowaphan, aged 36, that he German husband, Mr. Karl Klaus Hofmeister, aged 70, had committed suicide at the home in the Jomtien area. Police arrived on the scene to discover the body of Mr. Karl, laying naked on the bed with a bullet hole in his head, his ‘Smith and WXXXX .38’ revolver was discovered close by and there was gunshot residue on his left hand. He had died instantly from the gunshot. As police officers inspected the scene, the deceased’s wife became so distraught she had to be transferred to the local hospital for treatment against shock and suspected heart problems. Once recovered sufficiently police were able to question her on the lead up to the

suicide. She explained that her husband had suffered badly with ‘gout’ for over 20 years, he had been taking medication until the beginning of this year when doctors had to take him off because of an overdose of medication. She also explained that recently her husband had been visiting many hospitals, he seemed very stressed and anxious about the arrival of his son-in-law for no reason, and hospital staff believed he had the start of mental problems. She also disclosed to officers that her husband had attempted to commit suicide on the 18th May this year, he had taken 30 sleeping tablets, however, he was luckily found by the family and taken to hospital in time to save him. On the day that he shot

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Narrow escape with house fire

Nongprue Firefighters were recently called out to a house fire on the Thanyawan Park Village, Soi Khao Noy. When they arrived at the location, they discovered a single storey house with small supermarket in the front room. The fire-fighters were directed to the rear of the house, the kitchen area, where the fire was burning fiercely, it took two fire trucks almost 20 minutes, to bring the blaze under control. Police officers arrived on the scene to make a report of the incident and spoke to the home owner, Mrs. Rat Scotter, aged 46. She informed the officers that earlier that day

she had placed syrup on the stove to warm, forgetting all about it, she went out shopping. She presumes that the syrup dried out and caught fire starting the blaze. She returned home from her shopping trip to see black smoke pouring from the back of the house, she quickly sought help from neighbours, who notified the fire brigade. Fortunately the house was not badly damaged, her gas stove, refrigerator, TV, AirConditioning unit and a few items of kitchen ware were destroyed, approximately 100,000 baht in value, however, it could have been much worse.

himself, he told his wife he was going to take a shower whilst she watched TV, next thing she heard was the gun shot.

Mr. Hofmeister's body has been sent to the hospital for an autopsy and the German Embassy has been informed. by Nana

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Horrific suicide Tragic car accident at famous hotel

One of Pattaya’s best known hotels was recently the venue for a suicide. The hotel located on Second Road, requested the attendance of a police officer after one of their guests Mr. Itthi Tewanmornpakdee, aged 32, from Bangkok, and who worked for a famous company who imports air-conditioning units, leapt to his death in the early hours of the morning, shortly before dawn. Even at this early hour of the day a large crowd of onlookers had accumulated and after the police had forced a way through they discovered the man laying face up on the road near the entrance to the hotel. He was in a very bad condition and had obviously dropped from a high level. Police discovered from the staff that the man had been staying on the 8th floor of the hotel for the last two nights; police officers made a

thorough inspection of the scene, but could see no sign of foul play. Within his bedroom they did discover two containers filled with medication and the dead man’s mobile phone, these items were taken in as evidence and the man’s body was transferred to the hospital for an autopsy. A bell-boy at the hotel, Mr. Sayan Promchart aged 27, was able to shed a little light on the event for police officers. He informed the officers that just as he was about to walk out of the hotel entrance, the body slammed into the road a few inches in front of him, he screamed in fright and then immediately informed the police. He believed the body must have fallen from at least the eighth floor. Finger prints have been taken at the scene and the police investigation will run its course.

In the early hours of the morning recently, Police Lieutenant Colonel Samai Somjit, from the Huay Yai Police Station, was informed of a fatal road accident which had taken place at the Klong Ta Huan Bridge, near the 331 Road, in the hills around the Huay Yai District. Arriving on the scene with a Sawang Boriboon Rescue Team, the police officer discovered a bronze Toyota Corolla car, upside down in bushes beside the road. Trapped within the vehicle was the driver, Mr. Sitthichoke Nakornpakdee aged 28 from Na Jomtien, who was

covered in blood and with severe head trauma, he was pronounced dead at the scene. It took emergency workers and lot of time and specialist equipment to be able to free the body, before taking it to a local hospital, to await collection by his family. Upon investigation, the police officer found substantial damage at the beginning of the bridge, giving the impression that the driver had approached at high speed, lost control, probably due to the poor street lighting, and crashed over the bridge before landing in bushes at the side of the road.

Illegal immigrants found

Turkish tourist drugged and robbed

Beaten orphan presses charges against her carer

A thirteen year old girl recently made a report to the police that she had been brutally beaten for most of her life. Police officers immediately notified the Centre for the Protection of Women and Children, who arranged for her to be taken to the Banglamung Hospital for a medical examination. The young girl in question has brought the charges against, by Mrs. Supattra Kerddee, aged 54, owner of Kru Wan Children's Home located in Soi Lablae, Noenplabwan road. She tells of a harrowing story that begins with her not knowing who her parents were, she vaguely remembers her grandfather who had to leave her in the care of Mrs. Supattra at her old premises in Soi Roi-Lang, Pattaya-Naklua road, sadly once he had passed away, there was no one to visit her or check on her well being.

After the passing of her grandfather the young girl explains that she was put to work cleaning around the house and caring for the smaller children that were left by their parents at the nursery each day. If her work was not up to scratch or she did anything wrong, she states that Mrs. Supattra would beat her and attack her with scissors, a hammer, and even force her to eat mouthfuls of red hot peppers, or burn her with scolding hot water as punishment. The continuous abuse that she suffered at the hands of Mrs. Supattra, have left her poor body badly scarred. The young girl continues with her story of slavery at the hands of Mrs. Supattra. She claims that a neighbour of the accused, very upset at the way the young girl was being abused, arranged for her to secretly go and stay with her relatives in Krabi. Mrs.

The Pattaya Tourist Police recently captured a Thai national who was transporting illegal Burmese workers in Thailand. The arrest took place after the police received a report that many illegal workers were being employed in the Pratamnak Hill area as construction workers. The police officers stopped Mr. Prajob Jaidee aged 48 from the Suphanburi province, in front of the Down Town Hotel, Pratamnak road, as he was about to drive away in his Mitsubishi Triton pick-up truck with 16 people on the back. Upon questioning, all the workers, 12 men and 4 women, admitted that they were here illegally and had no paperwork, they were transported to the Pattaya Police Station for further questioning.

At the station, the driver, Mr. Prajob, confessed that he had arranged to have the workers brought illegally into the country to work in the construction business. He had a place that they were staying in at Central Pattaya and he had been about to take them back there when they were stopped. He told police officers that he was in the process of applying for all their legal paperwork and work permits, but as of this date, the paperwork had not been completed. Police officers explained to him that the Burmese workers were not allowed to work until all the paperwork had been completed. The workers will be shipped back to Burma, whilst Mr. Prajob will have to wait and see what punishment the Thai Authorities believe he deserves.

Supattra, found out where she was and who had helped her, she threatened to report the neighbour for kidnapping unless the young girl was returned at once. In desperation on her return, the young girl made one last bid for freedom; she managed to escape the house and made her way to the police station, to see if they could help at all.

The hospital medical staff confirmed that the young girl had bad scars on her arms and legs and fresh wounds from where she had recently been beaten. The young girl was taken into care to start a treatment of physical and physiological rehabilitation. Mrs. Supattra has been visited by authorities who will consider what actions are required.

A Pattaya, ‘Lady of the Night’, managed to drug and rob a Turkish tourist for almost a hundred thousand Baht before fleeing. Pattaya Police Station received a report that a Turkish tourist Mr. Kadir Yalcinkaya aged 52, who was staying at a Hotel in Pattaya Second Road, had been drugged and robbed by his female company of the night. Arriving at the scene with a Sawang Rescue Team, Police Officers found Mr. Yalcinkaya, in a rather intoxicated condition being helped to get dressed by friends. Hotel staff explained to the police that the man had returned to his room at approximately 10.00pm the previous evening, he brought with him a young lady who they believed he had arranged a ‘whirlwind romance’. At around half past twelve the young lady came rushing past the reception area and

out into the night. Not believing she was merely popping out for a little late night shopping, the security staff rang Mr. Yalcinkaya’s room to see if everything was ok. He answered in a sleepy voice that he had been drugged and robbed and needed immediate help. Hotel staff telephoned the local police station. Hotel policy dictates that any young ladies, escorting their gentlemen friends up to their rooms, must leave their identification card at reception, this young lady was no exception. Mr. Yalcinkaya, explained to officers that the women had taken 800 euros in cash and two mobile phones, around 100,000 baht in total. Will the police manage to catch her? Probably as Miss Uraiwan Thongdeejaroen, aged 25, from the Chachoengsao province, left her identification card at reception. Police are now looking to see if she can be apprehended.


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Valuation: It’s more than just a numbers game! Colliers International appoints a new Associate Director

Colliers International Thailand – a leading provider of property knowledge solutions, has strengthened its services in Thailand with the appointment of a new Associate Director and head of the Consultancy & Valuation department, Nicholas Brown. Colliers International Thailand believes that successful property decisions rely on competent and impartial consultancy combined with an accurate and reliable valuation. This is even more important in the midst of a global economic crisis, where a failure to understand the market or manage business assets effectively can have significant on-going consequences, as Thailand experienced following the crash of 1997. Valuation also plays an important role in the financial markets, not only in the pric-

ing of funds or as a function of secured lending and due diligence investigations but also in the convergence of International Financial Reporting Standards. It therefore, directly or in-directly, underpins many of the decisions made by those who invest in, occupy or develop property. The Consultancy & Valuation department understands the importance of providing not just a number but a comprehensive valuation report covering all matters relevant to the client. Their experience covers all commercial and residential property types, including specialist assets such as hotels, golf and country clubs and government institutions; they provide advice to all sectors of the market, including completed properties for investment or

owner occupation and also development projects and vacant land. Nicholas is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and joins from the UK, where he worked in the property sector for the previous eight years. He joins an experienced team in Thailand that includes three key valuers, two Chartered Surveyors and a member of the International Valuation Standards Board. Colliers International Thailand believe that the expertise within their Consultancy & Valuation department means

that they can render services of the highest national and international standards but with the added advantage of a detailed understanding of the local market. After all, the company’s tagline is “Our Knowledge is your Property”. In photo are Nicholas Brown, Associate Director of Consultancy & Valuation (2nd from right), Thanussorn Aukkrararerksaponk, Consultancy & Valuation Manager (1st from right), Paunpana Darachai, Consultancy & Valuation Manager (1st from left), Napatr Tienchutima, Consultancy & Valuation Manager (2nd from left).

Centara Karon Resort Phuket voted No 1 in Scandinavian poll Centara Karon Resort Phuket has been voted the number one resort in the world for guest satisfaction, and Centara Kata Resort Phuket has been voted number three under the same category by customers of leading Scandinavian leisure travel group TUI Nordic. The two Phuket resorts are part of Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel management company. TUI conducted a survey of

THE PATTAYA SPORTS CLUB is pleased to announce that the 2009 Summer party, which commemorates the 30th year anniversary of the PSC, will take place at the TOWN IN TOWN HOTEL on WEDNESDAY 8th JULY 2009. Doors will be opened at 7.00pm Tickets are available exclusively at the PSC CLUBHOUSE on 3rd road. Tickets are limited to 1 per member and 1 per members guest. The members tickets are free and the guests tickets are 900 Baht.Children under 14 will be charged 300 Baht. Members applying for their own ticket and their guests ticket must show their current, valid membership card. A strict dress code will be in operation on the evening and anyone wearing shorts and vest style tops will NOT be allowed into the ballroom. Everything to include food, drinks, entertainment and the lucky draw (est. value in excess of 100.000 Baht) is completely free after you have entered. With the exception of 3 tables reserved for VIP GUESTS No other tables or chairs in the room can be reserved or saved for late arrivals. Part of the evening will be devoted to a presentation to founder members and local government officials. We will also be treated to a special performance from the children's choir of BAAN JING JAI SCHOOL, which is one of the charity recipients this year. The TOWN IN TOWN HOTEL have offered a special overnight stay rate of 900 Baht per room for our guests. This will include American breakfast and covers 1 or two persons for the above price inclusive. If you require overnight accommodation please contact the hotel direct and quote the PSC SUMMER PARTY, along with your ticket number. Their number for reservations is: 038 426352-4. For further enquiries contact either the PATTAYA SPORTS CLUB or MIKE GERRARD (Social Chairman) direct on 087 091 7565

its customers by asking them to complete a questionnaire on properties at which they had stayed. The results were then evaluated, with the score for Centara Karon Resort Phuket during 2008 placing it at number one in the world, and Centara Kata Resort Phuket being placed at number three. Both properties are within TUI Nordic’s “Blue Hotels”, a brand the company uses to highlight its preferred properties. TUI Nordic consists of three businesses, namely a scheduled airline, a charter airline, and a tour operator, mainly selling overseas holidays to Scandinavians. The

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Phyathai Sriracha Hospital

The Directors of the Phyathai Sriracha Hospital recently held a press conference to announce the improvements they have made to the hospital and their plans for ensuring the highest level of patient care in the future. We are all aware of the present economic situation, and the effect it is having on Pattaya and the rest of the world, with this in mind the Phyathai Sriracha Hospital, have committed to maintaining existing charges for

medical care and medications, wherever possible, despite large increases passed onto them by their suppliers. The hospital has embarked on a ‘Green Drive’, endeavouring to function more environmentally friendly to help the planet and ease recourses. They offer the best care to both Thai’s and foreigners from their hospital in Siracha, which is much more convenient than their previous closest hospital in Bangkok.

company is a subsidiary of TUI PLC (UK), whose travel arm operates in approximately 180 countries worldwide and serves more than 30 million customers in over 25 source markets. Centara Karon Resort Phuket is a modern mid-rise resort divided into four resort zones catering to individuals, families, couples, and discerning travellers, all zones having panoramic views of Karon Beach and the lush hinterland of hills behind. The resort has three swimming pools, and a sports centre with a host of recreational activities including two floodlit ten-

nis courts, fully equipped gymnasium, snooker and darts. SPA Cenvaree offers a full range of treatments and therapies. Centara Kata Resort Phuket enjoys a picturesque location at Kata Beach and is ideal for family leisure trips, offering the option of self-catering facilities. Amongst the attractions are three swimming pools, a children’s club, and SPA Cenvaree. For more information or reservations, please contact Tel: 66-2 101 1234 ext. 1 or e-mail to reservations@chr. or visit our website at

‘Northern Thai’ expand into Angeles City Ceo of ‘Northern Thai Real Estate Group’, Mr. John Seymour, has recently taken the company International by opening a new branch in Angeles City in the Philippines. John has seen an opening for a more professional service in this country and has opened spacious, modern offices around the site of the ‘US Clark Airforce Base’. He employs both expat and local Philippine staff and sees great potential in this area for future property development.

TICA and TCEB bring local buyers to Pattaya

The Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau

(TCEB) have jointly organized a Familiarization Trip to Pattaya in a bid to promote the tourist resort to local buyers

who also participated in the event. The familiarization trip was held at Dusit Thani Pattaya through the cooperation of N.S. Travel and Tours Co., Ltd. Photo shows all participants with the hotel’s Director of Rooms, Thidsida Shingrissri (seated, 7th from right) after a site inspection that concluded at the five-star resort’s extended terrace, The Point overlooking the Gulf of Siam.

SunBurn: August Cocktail of the Month @ ICE

Dreaming of long hot summer days, lying by the pool, dipping your toes in the cool water and a fabulous cocktail in hand? You’re sure to love the new SunBurn cocktail at ICE – it’s a definite must-try experience! Calling all cocktail lovers this August! Sip, recline, relax... Over ice, add vodka, tequila and cranberry juice – Stir ‘n’ Serve! Check out this stunning looker at ICE Bar, the chilled out bar of Ocean Tower @ Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, on the North Beach Road. Call 038 418 418 for more details.

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Five prestigious service Mantra Restaurant & Bar received Thailand’s awards for Pattaya Best Restaurant Award Marriott Resort & Spa

Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Pattaya, received a 2009 Thailand’s Best Restaurants award from THAILAND TATLER. Khun Niti Konggrut and Khun Thongyoo Suphavittayakorn congratulated the team at Mantra Restaurant & Bar recently. In photo from left Khun Ratsiri Eamdee, Mantra Hostess, Khun Dhaninrat Klinhom,

Director of PR, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Mr. Simon Dell, Executive Assistant Manager, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Khun Niti Konggrut, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Pattaya Office, Khun Thongyoo Suphavittayakorn, Committee Member, Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), Khun Saowanee Musiktong, Mantra Hostess.

Dusit Thani Pattaya appoints a new Director for MICE Dusit Thani Pattaya has recently appointed Kei Uchiumi as the new Director for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE). Mr. Uchiumi’s experience in the hospitality business started with Dusit Thani Bangkok, the flagship hotel of Dusit International, where his two-year stint (2006-2008) as a Sales Manager for the Japanese market led to his promotion as Senior Sales Manager in December last year. Not long after, Dusit Thani Pattaya took him on to handle the MICE market both in Thailand and overseas. His experience in the tourism industry goes back to travel agencies and hotels in France (where he spent a year pursuing part of his education), Japan and Thailand. His strengths lie in marketing re-

Managers who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, made extraordinary contributions to the business, and have made and influenced decisions that protect and perpetuate Marriott's ‘spirit to serve’ culture. Mr. J.W. Marriott, Jr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International Inc., praised and thanked all Marriott staff for their commitment over the past year. He said: “Through challenging economic times, increased competition, natural disasters and the like, you have continued to accomplish excellent results. Thank you for your continued hard work and we look forward to our continued success.”

Travel industry previews Pattaya’s new Lost World theme resort search, sales planning and analysis with concrete strategies and ability to build strong relationship with the MICE segment. Willing to accept challenges in the face of the current slowdown in travel and hospitality business, Mr. Uchiumi will also ensure the five-star resort’s MICE stronghold in Pattaya and the whole Eastern Seaboard is securely maintained.

Amari’s Longest Charity Lychee Cake On the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, in conjunction with Central Center Pattaya, The Royal Project and Pattaya City Hall, proudly present the world’s longest lychee cake at 77 metres. This event will be held @ Central Center Pattaya, from 8th – 12th August 2009 from 10.00 - 21.00hrs. There will also be a product exhibition by The Royal Project, exciting shows on stage from students of various Pattaya Schools, traditional Thai music Contest, Debate Contest, all part of the fun and entertainment festivities. After deduction of costs, all funds raised will be donated to the ‘Baht for a Better Life’ charity, helping children from underprivileged backgrounds and to The Friends in Need (of ‘Pa’) Volunteers’

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa has won a clutch of top awards at this year’s Marriott Lodging’s Full Service Awards. The winners are chosen from among all the managed and franchised Marriott property in the world and staff at Pattaya Marriott were delighted to be named as winners in five of the 13 categories. The awards to Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa included the Spirit To Serve Our Guests Award, the Customer Excellence Award, the Problem Experience Improvement Award, Problem Resolution Award and the Staff Service Excellence Award. Full Service Awards are designed to recognize General

Foundation of the Thai Red Cross. The price is only Baht 699 per metre or Baht 60 per piece of this delicious cake. Place your order now and Amari Orchid Resort & Tower will deliver this delicious cake, nicely packaged, to your office in Pattaya, at the beginning of August. The cake is a great gift not only for your mum, but everyone will appreciate it and the proceeds go to a very worthy cause. To place an order or obtain more info, call +66(0) 38 418 418, email an enquiry, website orchid.

DusitD2 baraquda pattaya’s talents wins Mixologist Awards Suthikiati Chirathivat, Chairman of the Executive Board Central Plaza Hotel Public Company Limited (CENTEL), recently hosted 50 leading members of the travel industry for a preview of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, the first themed beach resort in Pattaya, which is scheduled to be soft-opened on July 27 this year. The visitors were from travel agencies and the media who were attending Thailand Travel Mart 2009, which was held at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok from June 3 to 7, and were travelling as guests of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Centara Hotels & Resorts hosted the visitors at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya for one night so they could experience and preview this Lost World theme resort, which stands on the origi-

nal beachfront land of the Central Wong Amat Beach Resort. A 5-star property, the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya features 555 rooms and suites, all facing the ocean. Designed as a destination resort hotel, it will offer exciting specialty restaurants and bars, and feature a large and versatile convention centre with a ballroom that can hold up to 1,200 people. The Lost World theme will include an extensive water park including swimming pools, lazy river, waterfalls and other aquatic activities. The SPA Cenvaree oceanfront village will offer a luxurious venue for traditional aromatherapy and therapeutic massages and treatments together with the resort’s pedicure and manicure salon, yoga, and meditation sala.

Ms. Ruetairat Pongmate (kae) mixing her “Finalandia D2” drink and Mr. Nattapol Wongchan (Pik) mixing the hotel’s signature “baraquda”

Two talented bartenders from Deep bar at dusitD2 baraquda pattaya, Mr. Nattapol Wongchan and Ms. Ruetairat Pongmate, scored awards, 1st and 2nd ranking, at the Finlandia Vodka Cup Thailand 2009 (Eastern) Championship. The bartending contest was held in June 2009 at Imsomnia Club, Pattaya. Nattapol and Ruetairat competed against 23 bartenders, receiving the high scores for their performances and skills in the Bartending Flair and Classic Skills category. They received favorable comments from the judges when mixed the hotel’s signature “baraquda” and specially cre-

ated cocktail “Finlandia D2.” Both of them will represent Eastern Thailand while attending the National Championship Bartending Contest in Bangkok on 6 July 2009. The Finlandia Vodka Cup Thailand 2009 was organized by Brown-Forman Thailand, L.L.C. Co Ltd, the sole importer of Finlandia Vodka in Thailand. The competition comes under the International Finlandia Vodka Cup 2009 in Finland. One of Thailand’s most anticipated bartender competitions, the event attracted bartenders from the many leading hotels on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand.

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BMW give the automotive lowdown


At a recent meeting of the ‘Eastern Seaboard Automotive Focus Group’, Mr. Klaus Kinzelmann, Procurement Manager for BMW Asia, gave an interesting synopsis on the world automotive industry. He spoke on such topics as BMW not going with hydrogen powered vehicles, but with the concept of environmentally friendly ‘E-Vehicles’ (high performance electric cars). He also spoke about the huge loans that had been made to GMH and Ford, and that this may not turn out to be the right answer.

Institute to reform politics

Prime Minister Abhisit has assigned a private institute to look at ways present political policies can be reformed, a good idea, with the events that have taken place throughout the Kingdom over the last year. The reforms will look into politics, economy and the fees charged by lawyers throughout the country. Of course, there are those in positions of power, who will not welcome a change to how they conduct their business.

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Famous Author returns to Expat Club

The world famous author, Mr. Jerry Hopkins, well known for his popular books and biographies of ‘Life’s Rich and Famous’, recently held the audience captivated at a meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club which meets at Henry J. Beans each Sunday morning. After decades of writing he can boast such biographies as the actress Rachel Welsh, American Jim Morgan and the ‘Country and Western’ Singer Wilie Nelson. Jerry advised aspiring writers, that these days you will need an established agent to break into the publishing market, however, self publishing may very well be a better way to go. The Internet has made it much harder to get an offer from a publisher, but much easier to publish and promote your own publication.

Dusit Thani Pattaya supports World No-Tobacco Day 2009 Hua-Hin High Speed Ferry

Mamma Mia, here we go again!

Looking for a unique, exciting venue to celebrate Mother’s Day, this year? Look no further! Mantra has an appealing menu, awe-inspiring architecture and a great atmosphere – everything Mum deserves! Why not treat her to a Mother’s Day to remember with a creative set menu… Say a ‘Fabulous Happy Mother’s Day’ in style, with flair, at Mantra! Mother’s Day Set Menu @ 1,500Baht+ per person, including a bouquet of flowers for mum! For more info and reservation, contact 038.429.591 or email an enquiry & be sure to visit

In support of the World No Tobacco Day 2009, Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont destroys a giant and symbolic cigarette to the cheer of the hotel management and staff who participated in hotel games and sports competitions to mark the occasion. This year, the theme of World No Tobacco Day is “Tobacco Health Warnings” with emphasis given on the picture warnings seen on cigarette packs to remind smokers of the risks of smoking and convince them to quit. The five-star resort initiates the campaign every year as part of its contribution to society’s health awareness programs.

Founder’s Day Celebration

Silvia’s winning map Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya led by Mr. Laurent Levraud (center) gave a rockin’ welcome to the legendary rock band “Stone Metal Fire” as they ‘rock’ on stage in conjunction with our celebration of Hard Rock Cafe Founder’s Day. The first Hard Rock Cafe was opened in London on the same date in the year 1971.

“Duthchie Boy” at Amari Nova Suites

One of the members of Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC), Silvia Berra, has produced, what many believe, is the most comprehensive map of Pattaya and other cities within the region. Sylvia is a very accomplished Brazilian engineer, leading to her attention to detail, which places her maps in a league of their own. Through local outlets including Bookazine, DKBookshop, Best Supermarket and Canterbury Tales Cafe, Sylvia has managed to sell in excess of 2,000 of her maps over the last couple of years. With an incredible 200 baht per map sold, a percentage goes directly to the ladies favourite charity. PILC have received donations of 350,000 baht from Sylvia, which they have put to good use within their large range of supported charities.

The chilling experience in a fabulous dinning place, -5 supperclub restaurant & -5 icebar at Amari Nova Suites provided a unique setting for a TV shoot on behalf of “Bang Bang Boom” program on Bang Bang Channel Cable TV. In photo is the famous singer celebrity, “Duthchie Boy” Tehchin Chayuti (Third from left) with -5 team.

Many believed it would never happen, however, the new Pattaya to Hua-Hin ‘High Speed Ferry’, has finally made it into the water after two years of meticulous preparations by the Swedish owners. The new ‘Thai Living Ferry Co’ craft, aptly named ‘Imagine’, will be licensed to carry up to one hundred passengers, after it has passed its sea trials which are now taking place. The new daily service is due to start this month, hold onto your hat when making the trip.

Cocktail party for long term guests Many new friendships were formed recently when the management of the ‘Amari Nova Suite’ staged a cocktail party for their long term residents. This, the first such event, took place around their luxurious rooftop swimming pool area, and was the ideal opportunity for long term residents to get to know one another, rather than the uncomfortable passing of time when in the elevators. The new General Manager of the complex, Michael, along with his new Sales Director Atchira, took great pleasure in hosting this get together.

Quantum Science hits town A Japanese / German manufactured pendent can usually help cure and eradicate many ailments according to a long list of people who have tried and believe in the product. People who have used it claim they have had incredible results in both improved health and general well being. Practical demonstrations, held within Pattaya, have amazed people with the results. Pictured is Khun Somkiat, from South Pattaya who attests to the many benefits of wearing his ‘Quantum Pendent’, which is manufactured using ‘Nano’ technology, known to produce what is known as ‘Scala Energy’.

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Dusit Thani Pattaya joins World Environment Day 2009 celebrations

YWCA receives a prize

The Pattaya Branch of the ‘Young Women’s Christian Association’ recently received a prize for the biggest representation of any club, at the installation of three new president’s of three of Pattaya’s leading Rotary Clubs. No matter the occasion, the good ladies of the YWCA are always on hand to give a helping hand, and carry out their excellent charity work throughout the year. Pictured are YWCA ladies ‘Apple’ and ‘Nittaya’ who receive the prize for the biggest club attendance.

Congratulations Dieter! The city of Pattaya marked the 2009 World Environment Day with activities aimed to stimulate public awareness on the ways and means of protecting Mother Earth. Pattaya City officials invited different sectors of the society as well as local media to document each organization’s initiatives in conserving the environment. The event was held 5 June at the Nong Yai Temple off Sukumvhit Road. Dusit Thani Pattaya donated recycled materials such as computers, TV sets and other appliances and shared its contributions towards the conservation of natural resources. The five-star resort has many times been awarded recognitions for its relentless efforts to being environmentally-friendly, adhering to the smoke-free policy and strict in-house programs and policies towards environment protection and conservation.

ISE Graduation Ceremony

Dieter H. Precourt, Past President (2003-2004) of the Rotary Club of Taksin Pattaya and Assistant Governor (2006-2007) was awarded as the first Honorary Member of the German speaking Rotary Club Phoenix Pattaya at the Amari Resort & Tower.

BHP donates

The senior class of the International School Eastern Seaboard (ISE), joined in a group picture on their graduation ceremony, Class of 2009 at the Cattaleya Ballroom, The Montien Hotel, Pattaya. Bangkok Hospital Pattaya’s head of International Marketing Department Neil Maniquiz (left), together with Ariya Chatsri (right), provided surgical masks and useful information on 2009 new-strain influenza to Pattaya Tourist Police Officer Pol.Capt. Suprapan Phothiphirom(center). It will be used for public healthcare and education for Pattaya residents.

Call that an office? At a recent get together of the Real Estate Brokers Association Eastern Seaboard (REBA-ES), after the meeting was over, everybody was enjoying a well earned drink. John Seymour, Vice President and CEO of ‘Northern Thai Real Estate Group’, entertained those assembled with an assortment of real estate magazines and property details from Angeles City in the Philippines. The level of professionalism in Angeles City is a far cry from what we have come to expect in Pattaya, and both brokerage offices and promotional material were of a very sub-standard quality. Not one to miss an opportunity, John has decided to expand the Northern Thai Real Estate Group, with new offices opening in Angeles City very soon, no doubt he will be showing the other real estate businesses how it should be done.

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14 Pattaya Today

by Peter Lloyd

I’m finally back in Thailand, after two months in the UK, and, for all the family and friends, the good times and comparative luxuries I enjoyed on my travels, I couldn’t wait to return to Thailand. As I said in a recent column, the rain, the cold, miserable weather, the grey clouds and the tube strikes, the generally depressing, grey aura smothering everything in the UK in what passed for early summer, made for a depressing trip. Luckily that mood immediately evaporated when I got back to Thailand. Tasting the humid air after a rainstorm, and feeling the heat of the midday sun as I walked out of the airport terminal happily reminded me I was home.

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Coming Back to Thailand

Unfortunately, I knew I was back in Thailand a little before that, as we walked through the terminal towards our taxi driver who was waiting for us as arranged. Suddenly some dodgy looking customs man and his mate pulled us aside for a “security search”. This was my first indication that all must not be well in the land of the skim and the scam, if I’m being hit up at the airport past the immigration counters, in full public view by customs. They took us aside and I noted another Thai/farang couple also being shaken down by customs at the same spot. He said to me: “Do you smoke”? I thought “how dare you, I’m 100% heterosexual”, until I realised he was one of the infamous

He and his mate immediately let us go, as they hurried to stop another Thai/farang couple on their way out of the airport. If this is all these jokers have to do at the airport they should be sacked, as

than air travellers sneaking in a few more packets of fags and an extra litre of booze, which is all they cared about. In fact they should be spending their time checking on the illegal import of

right now. Some readers will have longer memories than I do, but in my seven low seasons here I have never seen things this bad. All business people, Thais

on the next high season that I can only think it will be a disappointment. In Europe, Russia and the USA, many people are worrying about keeping their homes or their jobs,

is no longer seen as the land of smiles by people abroad. The airport closure was devastating, and it seems to have stuck in the minds of people more than the ASEAN summit invasion and the insurrection and gunfights in Bangkok, both of which probably affected the country’s tourism image regionally more than it did globally. Bad news about suspected dodgy dealing on some of Pattaya’s big developments, the H1N1 virus in Pattaya, the border skirmishes with Cambodia, the escalating problems in the South, even the drunken Aussie woman nicking a beer mat in Phuket and being put in the cells have all been well publicised globally. What Thailand really needs is to keep its head down, with a year of no bad news, and to keep itself out of the world’s headlines for a while. Is that possible? I live in hope, for the country’s tourism industry and for Pattaya’s

cigarette shakedown crew. I confidently replied no, and when he asked did I have alcohol and (bizarrely) I didn’t, he looked totally crestfallen

the impression they create to an arriving passenger is appalling. Surely there must be more important substances being smuggled into and out of the country

Bangkok Airport: Almost more planes than people

African ivory, as Thailand was recently berated as the worst country in the world for ivory smuggling, which is then used for carving tourist artefacts. Maybe they weren’t real customs officers, as they were operating in the passenger terminal, not the secure airside area. I should have asked for ID but I was too knackered. I will next time. And just to remind me that this truly was Thailand, when we met our driver, my wife had to sit in the front with him until we cleared the airport because he said that police have increased their apparently illegal roadblocks on the airport exit road, to shake down private cars picking up arriving passengers, no matter how legitimate they are.

The previous time I arrived in Thailand my driver was skimmed at one of these roadblocks, and it looked shameful. Times are hard, there are more egregious scams going on all over the place, so nobody probably cares. But the country looks worse for it to arriving tourists, so someone should care and should do something about it. The only worse place for airport misbehaviour in my travelling experience was in Cairo a few years ago, when a rough looking, machine gun-toting security guard “psssst” me a couple of times before menacingly approaching me to ask for baksheesh whilst casually holding his gun in my general direction. Er, I paid.

future. Mind you, I love living in Pattaya in low season. Walking at low-tide, along surprisingly deserted beaches, meeting friends in bars without a mass of pi**edup tourists in them, no traffic jams, no queues, not much hassle, fast service

in quiet restaurants; it’s great, and I suspect that is why people who really know the city will keep coming back in low season for great holidays. Paradoxically, I’d just like to see more of them. Contact me at

Coming Back to Pattaya

Since returning to Pattaya, I have been out for a couple of nights on Walking Street. It may be an exaggeration to say that I have seen more life on a butcher’s slab, but you get my gist. I was struck by the sight of some notable, expensively fitted out discos having closed, and an increase in the number of beer bars either empty, closed or up for sale. The dramatic reduction in foot traffic and bums on seats also surprised me, as did someone who has built 15 new beer bars for sale on the sea side of Walking Street. Great timing. A walk along Jomtien or Pattaya beach will bring home how little business beachside operators are doing; even Thais aren’t arriving at the weekend in the numbers they were in the good times. I also heard that major shopping centres in the town have slashed their rents, which doesn’t surprise me because they are lonely places to walk around

Russians Missing in Jomtien Shock

and foreigners, across the whole commercial spectrum have said the same thing. If high season is not dramatically ‘high’ on tourist arrivals, a lot of businesses will go under in the next 12 months. People cannot keep putting money into loss-making businesses without hope of an imminent recovery. So much is being pinned

and putting food on the table, not where to go on holiday or where to buy a condo. The weakening but still-high Baht is putting people off travelling here for holidays and investment, and air tickets remain overpriced, even when they can’t fill planes to come here. Unfortunately, Thailand

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The Muslim Insurgency in the South Intensifies Dear Editor, A friend of mine is concerned about his degree, namely that it’s a forgery. He was told by his last school that he needed a degree for his work permit and they implied they didn’t mind where he got it from. Now he’s started applying for new teaching jobs and has heard rumours that one can be deported if found to have false documents. Do you know if this is so? Basil Franks, Bang Saray Dear Basil, Yes, I’m afraid this is so, if the school or Education Ministry run checks. People discovered to have false documentation run the risk of being arrested, tried and then deported. However, not everywhere is as stringent as Bangkok in carrying out documentation checks; I’m told Chonburi Province is not so rigorous. There is the other option of obtaining an ED Visa, which usually entails enrolling for a course of Thai lessons. Whilst it won’t be the same as a work permit in that you can’t work full time, it does allow you to work part time, presumably for a school or language school that doesn’t require full disclosure of documentation. Dear Editor, I know some might think me foolish for falling for the “gem scam”, which I unfortunately did, when I bought what I thought were real gems from “gem salesmen” on Jomtien Beach and I even saw notices about gem scams in Bangkok, but the stones I was sold looked so genuine and they were so comparatively cheap I didn’t see how I could go wrong, till I found out they were just coloured glass. Warn your readers so they don’t make the same mistake. Sincerely, Clive Chauvenon, Jomtien. Dear Clive, I’m told making such mistakes is easily done in Thailand, Burma and Cambodia, where these unscrupulous con-merchants operate. They probably even showed you how the gems could scratch glass as proof of their genuineness, right? Believe me, even gem experts can make mistakes. I believe the only way to be sure is to have chemical tests done and in future don’t buy from beach vendors, no matter how sincere they appear. Dear Editor, I was fortunate to narrowly escape being scammed by ‘black money’ con artists in Bangkok recently and would like to warn others about this scam. I met two black men who invited me back to their hotel telling me they had something there that was to our mutual advantage. After treating me to a free meal, they took me to their room and produced a suitcase full to the brim with blackcoloured money, which they told me so coloured to fool customs and bandits. They then took 3 black banknotes, put them in a tray, and produced a vial of liquid which they poured over them and lo and behold they turned into 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills. They then told me they would give me US$400,000 if I could go to my bank and withdraw US$10,000 in Thai baht and give it to them in exchange so they could buy more of the “magic” fluid. I told them that sadly I didn’t have that sort of money and said I was sorry to have wasted their time. I felt I was lucky to have escaped so lightly, but others might not be so lucky. Regards, Steve Johnson, South Pattaya. Dear Steve, Thanks for informing our readers about the magic ‘black money’ scam. There do seem to be many scam merchants around from the Black Continent with all kinds of wily schemes to deprive the naive of their funds. Recently, in the UK, there was a huge scam perpetrated by a Nigerian gang on the British Government, whereby they repeatedly sent disguised asylum seekers and other claimants for social security, using the identities of dead villagers from their home village. They cheated the British Government out of a phenomenal amount of money, before being caught. It’s best to be on your guard everywhere you go and remember you rarely get anything for nothing.

Dear Editor, I’m told it’s now necessary to have police clearance to work in a school, to prevent paedophiles and criminals becoming teachers. Do you know if this is the case and if so how do you go about getting clearance? Yours faithfully, Terry Smith, Dear Terry, Whilst I understand police clearance is not yet mandatory to apply for a teaching post, it might be as well to gain police clearance because it will almost certainly be necessary in the future as it is, for instance, in the UK. If you are currently resident in Thailand, you can apply to: the Police Clearance Service Center, Special Branch, Royal Thai Police, Building 24, Royal Thai Police Headquarters, Rama 1, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. Or E-mail them at - You will need to submit the following: a) a certified photocopy of passport b) document(s) which proves that applicant has worked or resided in Thailand. c) a certified photocopy of Thai work permit (if available) d) two photographs (1 inch by 2 inches) e) three sets of fingerprints., together with the official seal and signature of the official taking the fingerprints; f) a sufficiently large envelope with pre-paid stamps (for applicants residing in Thailand) with applicant’s address to mail certificates back to the applicant. Presumably the police carry out a check to see if you have a criminal record in Thailand and then post all the necessary documentation back to the applicant, with the clearance certificate (always assuming one has committed no crime). Dear Editor, I appreciate that this may not be your domain, but as a notebook user, I’m worried about rumors circulating that Microsoft is going to quit supporting Windows XP users when it introduces Windows 7, later this year. Sincerely, Franklin D. MacGregor Jnr. Address withheld. Dear Franklin, Fear not, for you and other stalwart XP users, Microsoft has promised to continue producing Windows XP for at least a year following the official launch of its new operating system, Windows 7 in 2010. This means support for XP should continue even longer. Apparently, Microsoft is committed to a specific brand of notebook that shall be nameless, which is engineered to make the best use of XP. However, I’d seriously consider changing to Windows 7 when it does eventually come out if your CPU and RAM can take it. Dear Editor, I live near Sattahip and have the misfortune to get my mains water from Sattahip Water Company. I have lived all over the globe and have never before come across a water supplier that gives such abysmal service. They think nothing of discontinuing the water supply to the area with no notice whatsoever and they do so continuously. They also don’t deliver a water bill for 2 months sometimes and then get heavy when you don’t pay immediately, threatening to cut you off! We are lucky enough have a well, but I pity the poor folks that have to rely totally on the local water supplier, especially in this really hot weather. Regards, Georges Le Blanc, Sattahip Dear Georges, I commiserate with you. We also have had many water problems in the past, here in Pattaya. Thankfully, things are not so bad at present. However, I think you’ll agree, we farang all too often apply Western standards to Thai providers without them having the same levels of experience, efficiency or manpower. All you can really do is complain to the management and buy a large water container for emergencies.

That the Muslim insurgency in the 29 provinces of Southern Thailand has turned on its grass-roots support with a vengeance was proved conclusively by the attack on June 8 on 50 Muslim worshippers in Cho-ai-rong mosque, Narathiwat Province, killing 11, including the Imam, and wounding 14 others, with another 36 people killed and over 100 wounded in other terrorist incidents in the region during June. The insurgency, which flared up five years ago, has so far been responsible for the deaths of 3,700 people, a mere stone’s throw away from some of Thailand’s most popular beach resorts. Now, it has been revealed in a report published on June 22, by the International Crisis Group, that the National Revolutionary Front-Coordinate (NRF) insurgency group is recruiting an estimated 1,800-3,000 fighter from over 100,000 students in Southern Thailand’s Islamic school system. This in a week when Al Qaeda announced it would use Pakistan’s nuclear weapons against the United States, given the chance. “God willing, the nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans and the Mujahedeen would take them and use them against the Americans,” Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the leader of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, declared in an interview on Al Jazeera TV. Not that the Thai-Muslim insurgents are accused of having any ties to Al Qaeda, according to the International Crisis Group, who describe the insurgents as a home-grown movement of Malay Muslim mlitants seeking independence from Thailand. Their recruiters “appeal to Malay nationalism and the oppression of Malay Muslims by Buddhist Thai rulers” rather than invoking a universal Islamic state or a global jihad. However, the insurgents use many of the same methods in their recruitment, like oath-taking, indoctrination and military training, as other jihadist groups, so realistically it can only be a matter of time before they fall in with the Al Qaeda terrorist network. Significantly, al-Yazid stated the strategy of Al Qaeda is to open “new fronts in a manner that achieves the interests of Islam and Muslims and by increasing military operations that drain the enemy financially”. The Crisis Group report, based on 16 months of interviews with anonymous religious teachers and students involved in underground activities, describing the NRF recruitment methods in Islamic schools, asserts “Recruiters invite those who seem promising devout Muslims of good character who are moved by a history of oppression, mistreatment and the idea of armed jihad to join extracurricular indoctrination programs in mosques or disguised as football training”. The recruitment is surreptitious, going on under the noses of school administrators, teachers and students, many of whom are oblivious. A recruitment pamphlet discovered in a raid by security forces is couched in emotional terms - “Our land is crying and calling and waiting for independence and fraternity. We have been treated as second-class citizens or like children of slaves.” The insurgent recruitment drive is encouraged by reports of torture by the Thai military, disappearances and extrajudicial killings. A Muslim legal group cited 74 reports of torture of detainees between June 2007 and April 2008. However, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban was quick to dismiss any Thai military involvement in the recent mosque massacre and an Army spokesman asserted the insurgents “are trying to make it look like the attackers are the authorities, because Muslims would apparently not shoot inside a mosque. But it’s impossible that it is the work of the military”. Ironically, the Democrat Party has a firm standing in the region, but so far has not made headway in curbing the violence. The state of emergency existing in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala Provinces since July 2005 gives security forces sweeping powers of search and seizure and virtual immunity from prosecution, although the premier has now vowed to end the measures and investigate claims of civil rights abuses by the military. Abhisit’s government has tried to change the traditional communitybased Islamic schools, where teaching is frequently in Malay, but has met lethal resistance. Over the past five years, 115 school teachers and education officials have been killed and 200 schools burned. The victims of these and other attacks on government officials and troops are often Buddhists, but over half those killed have been Muslims, many accused by the insurgents of being collaborators or spies for the Thai government.

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LEGAL corner today

Squatter’s Rights Possession is a misery

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

Lord Buddha taught us that our misery comes from the possession. The nirvana is in the state of emptiness where there is no possession. He perhaps pointed at the birds flying in the sky and asked you the simple question “Who feed them?” The above metaphoric approach always enlightens us to live with prudence to think about your mind which is the greatest asset to reach the state of happiness. The kingdom of heaven or state of nirvana

can be in the city surrounded by the devil and deep blue sea like Pattaya. The possession of property of many foreigners in Pattaya is mainly for their family. It is different from other high profile resorts where the possession is for the conspicuous consumption. It is the reason why Pattaya is not really affected by the world credit crunch. Even the Land Code of Thailand imposes the restriction that foreigners cannot have the ownership of freehold right of the land. However, the possession right is separated from the ownership. Some foreigners put the ownership under the name of their wife which sometimes is not spouse. These foreigners just want to have the involvement as a leverage that their wife will not easily go to a casino in Cambodia and sellthe property for a cheap price. Many foreigners lose the ownership of their property once they are blind by love not by the law. The

squatter’s rights in this article are the right of a third party to acquire title to real property by adverse

Thailand adopts this concept in Section 1382. Of the Civil and Commercial Code:-

Imagine there’s no possession

possession, or by prescription of public lands. The concept of adverse possession in the common law countries is the process by which title to another’s real property is acquired without compensation, by holding the property in a manner that conflicts with the true owner’s rights for a specific period


“Where a person has, for an interrupted period of ten years in case of an immovable property, or five years in case of movable property, peacefully and openly possessed a property belonging to another, with the intention to be its owner, has acquired the ownership of it” In this article, we are

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going to talk only about the land and building which are collectively called the immovable or real property. The factors that a third party can acquire the ownership of the real property belonging to another person by the adverse possession for a period of ten years are:1) The third party enters into the real property with the manner of possession not as the lessee or dependent. 2) The ownership of the real property must belong to another person with the title document, i.e., a land title deed (Cha Nod). The third party must openly and peacefully possess the real property not by using force or intimidation. 3) The third party must openly possess the real property with the intention to be its owner. The prescription period of ten years to acquire the ownership by the adverse possession under Section 1382 of the Civil and Commercial Code is applied only to the land with the title document which is a land title deed or “Chanod”. In case of other documents which are called the “Bare Hand Land”

or “Tee Din Mua Plao”, the period of acquire the ownership by a third party can be even only one year under Section 1375 of the Civil and Commercial Code.:“Where a possessor is unlawfully deprived of possession, he is entitled to have it returned, unless the other party has over the property by a better right which would entitle him to claim its back from the possessor. An action for the recovery of possession must be entered within one year from the time of dispossession” Many foreigners may say that Thai law is too complicated and not fair to them. We just want you to be legal minded to use your wisdom to seek justice in this country. The details of the case and surrounding circumstances should be individually studied by the qualified Thai lawyer who always hand their real professional license on the wall. To solve all legal problems, you will have to use your wisdom to open the door of justice which will be opened only for the one who knocks.

Just a Trip to the Beach? The location of a school often provides the opportunity for a broad range of learning, both planned and incidental, spanning subjects as diverse as English, science, geography, history, art and cultural studies. This week the children in one preschool class took a trip to the beach and the children were encouraged to look around them and talk about what they could see; from the very obvious, such as sand and water, to landmarks, such as the children’s condo buildings, hotels, an island and Pattaya Park’s tower. Through this the children were learning valuable language skills and vocabulary and enhancing their geographical knowledge. On their return to the classroom the children were shown a variety of postcards from around Thailand and the discussion included questions about where the children lived and places they had visited, here and

overseas. They were then asked to draw their own postcard depicting something they had seen on their trip to the beach. On the back the children attempted to write their names, stuck their addresses and then

the tide was low, the focus of the trip was science and the children had the opportunity to look for animal life. They turned up empty shells, cuttlefish bones, crabs’ claws, the remains of a sea urchin, hermit crabs, sea

‘I can see an island’

took their postcard to the post box to post. Through this activity the children were able to practice their pencil work and handwriting and the postcards, when they arrive at home, will hopefully give the children an opportunity to recount their visit to the beach to their parents or carers at home. On another occasion, when

snails and tiny clams. These were taken back to the classroom for the day and though the animals had to be returned to their homes later in the day, the shells and other artifacts provided starting points for art and craft work and stimulated interest in non fiction books depicting the animals they were before they died.

Mini aquarium

Look what I’ve found!

Looking out to sea

Does anybody live here?

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Fool in Paradise

Part 1 Being the holder of so much power, i.e. writing stories for a great metropolitan newspaper, I have taken it upon myself to use the opportunity to help out my fellow man. My Mission Statement is simple: “Always tell the truth and ensure to impart knowledge or reliable information.” In spite of telling a couple of porkies now and then, I am certain my Nobel Prize and/or nomination for Sainthood is just a matter of time. On this occasion the subject is my recent overseas trip which may be of interest to anyone who has not undertaken this particular journey before. It may also be of interest to those who have done it, simply to compare experiences. I know many expats in Pattaya like to go on holiday from time to time. Many travel to Cambodia because it is close and easy to get to, and I have written a few articles already about my trips around that particular country. A growing number of Pattaya residents are

by Frank Thring

Time to check out somewhere I have never investigated before. It is not exactly secret (slight exaggeration last issue) and it is not difficult to find. A friend pointed out there were new developments (bars) and he suggested I give it atry. When people think of Pattaya Third Road they usually mean the section between South Pattaya and Central Pattaya because that is where all the action is. But Third Road continues up to Pattaya North Road where, coincidentally, I will begin my stroll. I discovered this section of road is very ‘sporty’ and would be of great interest to a fishing/ golfing type who is considering marriage to his pet poodle. Read on to find out why. From the Honda dealership on the corner of Pattaya North Road, it was not

Some told me they had flown with Cebu Pacific before and it was not the most reliable airline in terms of cancelling flights without notice. They advised me to keep checking my booking and call the airline on the day of expected departure to make certain the plane was still going. Then I checked blogs on the Internet and many gave Cebu Pacific a poor report card. One guy actually arrived at Bangkok airport to be told his flight had been cancelled and he was rebooked for the following day on a flight to Manila. When he protested that he didn’t want to go to Manila, he was told he would be taken by bus from Manila airport to Angeles. That sort of defeated the purpose of flying into Clark in the first place. Three weeks before my scheduled, confirmed flight I rechecked my booking on the Net. All seemed well until I checked the dates. Instead of leaving on the 4th, the date had mysteriously changed to the 6th. The return flight had also

been put back by two days. The company had my e-mail address and phone number and I could not believe I had not been notified. Other people may have found this change inconvenient due to prior commitments however I had no pressing engagements for the rest of the year and thus plenty of time on my hands. The two day delay actually worked in my favour. I had to mentally apologise to the airline a week before my original departure date because I did receive a phone call informing me of the change. On the day of departure I once again checked my booking via the Internet to ensure there was no last minute hiccough. After receiving the ‘All Clear’ I caught the bus from Pattaya North bus station which, for 200 baht, is my preferred means of transport to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Bell Transport has large, new buses – with seat belts! – and we arrived at the Departure gates a comfortable 90 minutes later. Cebu Pacific check-in is at Counter P and the process was quick

and easy. Passport Control was equally so and I casually strolled through the Duty Free shopping gauntlet towards Departure Gate E. Will somebody please explain why almost everything sold through airport ‘Duty Free’ appears to be more expensive than if you purchased it from a supermarket and paid the bloody tax? Upon reaching Gate E, a Burger King near Gate F drew me inexplicably towards it and, like a deer caught in the headlights, I found myself staring up at the menu. Holy cow! Who moved the decimal point? Last minute hunger overrode my pennypinching and I sat for a quick snack. Departure time from Bangkok was 3:25pm with the plane scheduled to arrive at Clark at 7:40pm local time due to the one hour time difference. This was a ‘no frills’ flight which meant exactly that: zero. No television, no headphones, nothing to read and any food or drinks, including water, had to be paid for in Philippine pesos. I had no pesos on

me so I simply bit the bullet and stared out the window for three hours. I have another question: Why do people feel it compulsory to use the aircraft’s toilets on such a short flight? I swear, of the 120 passengers on that flight, 119 of them used the toilet twice during the trip. The pilot’s announcement that he was commencing our descent triggered an explosion of bladder disorders and 119 people took to the aisle and lined up. Am I the only one on this planet with bladder control? Aircraft toilets are not the most spacious of places and make me claustrophobic so I always use the facilities at the airport before boarding. Is that too difficult? We landed at a rain-soaked ClarkAir Force Base (official name: Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) right on time. The ‘Arrivals’ area is not the most lavish of places and I would like to write about the facilities but there weren’t any. Two Passport Control counters and one Baggage Claim carousel; that was it. Interesting to note that my little friend was with me again. I have an invisible travelling companion who accompanies me around the world purely to ensure my bag is the last one placed on the carousel. Most passengers had left the building before I recovered my meagre possessions. … to be continued.

surprising encounter was Dance Studio School where you can learn ballet, jazz, Thai Classical and Latin dances to impress the ladies in Tony’s Disco. Personally, I just buy them a drink. Next door is the well-stocked Pattaya City Golf shop. At the traffic lights, the soi on the left leads to Batong Fishing Park which a friend of mine used to frequent. You can sit, drink and fish all day and either release your catch or take it home at a price per kilo. I have some serious questions: Fishermen tell me it is no use fishing in windy weather because fish do not bite when the wind is up. Firstly, how do the fish know? And secondly, why does it make them not hungry? The Green Chilli restaurant and bar is next then a short walk later is another fishing park right on the roadside.

I could not see a name displayed. I soon came to the Good Golf Shop and I presume their merchandise is much better than their English. The sign says: “The most cheapest price of golf equipments in Pattaya.” Back on the right is another golf shop called simply ‘The Golf Shop’ while on the left is the four floors of the Third Road Snooker Club. The Achilles Spa and Massage is on the right followed by Diary Wedding Professional. Remember I said this road “would be of great interest to a fishing/ golfing type who is considering marriage to his pet poodle”? Well, after a spot of fishing and a round of golf, Precious can be pampered at Dog Paradise while you attend your dance class. Then you can both come to the wedding professionals to be outfitted for the big event. All in the one street. Finally I reached my goal, my reason for selecting this part of Third Road and the primary purpose of the whole

exercise. On the left and not far from the Central Road intersection is Venus Lounge Gentleman’s Club which I have been told is worth investigation, so I crossed the road in eagre anticipation. They wouldn’t let me in. When I asked the guard at the gate why, he simply pointed to the word

‘Gentleman’ inthe sign and gave me a disdainful look. Only kidding! In fact, the place was temporarily closed for some reason and I was told to come back tomorrow. Never mind. I’ll let you know next issue before I continue along Third Road to South Pattaya Road.

City of Angels

heading further afield to the Philippines or, more specifically, Angeles City. I have lived in the Philippines on and off for two years so I am familiar with the country but I never made it toAngeles. I drove past it a few times but never actually stopped for a look around. Finally, friends convinced me to make the effort and sweetened the deal by telling me that really cheap flights were available through Cebu Pacific Airlines which flies direct from Bangkok to Clark, the airport near Angeles City. I checked on the Internet and, sure enough, there was a ‘special promotion’ on offer if I booked before 31 March and completed my travel before 31 December. The one-way price was an unbelievable 792 baht. I booked over the Net and the return fare, including surcharges and taxes, came to just under 2,500 baht. Confirmed. Over the next fortnight I told friends about my amazing deal but, strangely, they were not overly excited.

long before I passed La Luna Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant. As a lover of Italian food, it is on my list of places to try. Across the street is ‘The Girls’ bar, disco or club. It wasn’t open at the time but the word ‘Coyote’ drew my attention. Next on the right is the huge aircraft hanger housing Thai Massage Center and SaiSiam Spa Aroma Massage School followed by the Pattaya Driving Range and the Pattaya Sports Club. Opposite, a soi leads to Diana Garden Resort and Diana Golf Club and Driving Range. Staying on the left I was intrigued by a shop called Dog Paradise which sold everything a pampered pooch could ever need. You wouldn’t believe the stuff they had to make Fido feel like a king. I can’t believe there are people out there who actually buy it. Across on the right another

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by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: Dear Kris & Noi, I would just like to ask what’s up in Pattaya? I have read the news and it says that the place is a ghost town, clubs, restaurants closed, in other words it is virtually empty. I visit Pattaya and Jomtien every summer before going back to the States and would like to this time, but from what I have seen on the net, it is not a good idea to visit. If you would, please give me a real update so I can come on down to visit. I certainly would appreciate any good news. I thank you for your time and wish you a great day. Alex

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There are certainly fewer tourists here, which means hard times for some businesses, and you will find that some restaurants, bars and agogos have closed down. Conversely, there are also new bar complexes being constructed, ready for the good times that may, or may not, return soon. But business worries are not your concern, and rest assured you can still have a great time. Fewer tourists means more hotel vacancies, so you may find some good deals by trawling the internet. Good food is available everywhere, as always, and even if your favourite bar or gogo has disappeared, there are still hundreds more to choose from. If you seek female company, the nubile asset-strippers will be even more eager to meet you now, with fewer prospective customers around. Pattaya is nowhere near a ghost town and there’s ample entertainment for everyone; in your

Manhattans Early Dining Menu Manhattans Restaurant & Bar have extended the hours of their popular Early Dining Menu to 5pm - 7.30pm. Co-owner, Dave Bowers explains that the decision was made after many requests from regular customers who sometimes found it difficult to get there early. He explains “The Early Dining Menu is a great way for people to enjoy a very wide variety of 5 star cuisine and excellent service at really unbeatable value. We offer a choice of 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 sinfully delicious desserts. Our 2 course meal is only 795 baht and a full 3 course meal is only 895 baht. We change our Early Dining Menu regularly to give our customers a fantastic variety throughout the year.” Orders must be placed before 7.30pm after which diners can savour the excellent cuisine at leisure. Another wonderful incentive to try the Early Dining Menu is; book a table of 4 or more and receive a Free bottle of house wine. To view the current early dining selection visit Call 038 259 790 to book a table. Also don’t forget another great service from Manhattans, complimentary transportation in their luxury vehicles in the Pattaya, Jomtien and Naklua area. Toddler Playgroup Meets every Tuesday and Friday 10am at Wiggle Town on Sukhumvit Rd. For information, call Amber 0850841626 or Kim 087.600.5306 or see

words Alex, come on down. Dear Kris & Noi, I enjoy having two girls staying with me at times in my condo and no, I’m not bragging. I’m no way a sexual Rambo; I just think it is more fun with two girls. I sometimes barfine them for several days, and we become good friends, they clean the condo and sometimes cook for me too. Now I would like to take two special girls away on holiday to the north, and staying at good quality hotels. What would the reaction be at the hotels when I arrive with two ladies accompanying me? I shall book a room for three adults, but am worried that they would refuse to let me have two ladies in the room, as I’ve heard that some people have been turned away. I don’t want to long term barfine the two and then have to send one back again, and putting them in different rooms would spoil the effect. Mr. Greedy Babies Playgroup Meets every Monday and Wednesday at 10am at Wiggle Town on Sukhumvit Rd. For information, call Amber 085. 084.1626 or Kim 087.600.5306 or see www.wiggle-towncom. Jazz Pit Pub Live entertainment every day, except Tuesday, at Jazz Pit Pub featuring Jazz Pit duo Rein on Vocals and Thomas on Guitar. All musicians and jazz singers are welcome every Monday with the weekly Jam session from 8pm to 12mn. Located on soi 5, beach road Pattaya. Greg’s Kitchen With over 30 years experience, chef Greg Sulis has the very best of British and international cuisine at Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road (just before Bangkok Bank, opposite Soi 6 or Yodsak). Generous portions and top quality menu. Said to be a favourite stopping place for British embassy staff! Try Greg’s Kitchen Light Set Menus (served all day). Great value only 299 B. Located at 2nd Road Opposite Soi 6. Call 081.254.3624 www. Maine Lobster at Mantra They’ve travelled a long way, to put on a repeat performance, this August, at Mantra Restaurant & Bar. Harvested daily from the cold waters off the rocky coast, Maine lobster is an exquisite delight, especially when served Mantra style! Throughout August, experience magnificently creative recipes with the sweet, succulent

One girl would be allowed without problem, as you are booking for three adults, but some hotels may balk at allowing a second girl to join you. This would be mainly for security reasons, although some higher class hotels also may not like their other guests to see a farang cavorting with two companions. Select a few hotels, then just call or e-mail them and explain your requirements. You will probably find a hotel that will accept your reservation but if not, why not book an apartment for your holiday? Two girls, long barfines, classy holiday for them—good luck to you, spread the happiness! Dear Kris & Noi, I agree with your comments about Thais respecting a well-dressed man. I’ve been partaking of the sweet offerings from Pattaya ladies for a number of years and I’ve found that presenting a decent

taste of Maine lobster from the different creative Mantra kitchens, fresh from the tank. Simply delicious! You are sure to be back for more. For more info and reservation, contact 038.429.591 or email an enquiry & be sure to visit Pattaya Backgammon League Meet Up The Pattaya Backgammon League meets up every Saturday at Somboons Restaurant in Jomtien Beach for a tournament. Full Details @ The Pattaya Expats Club The original foreigner’s advice forum, with members e-newsletters continuously since 2001. Our motto is: Expats helping Expats - to live legally and safely in Thailand. Our Club, the biggest Expats club in the world, and our website www.pattayaexpatsclub. info is dedicated to all of us Expats enjoying the good life in Pattaya, and those of you across the world who would like to join us here. Our aim is to provide support for all Pattaya visitors, and for those Expats already lucky enough to be living here. Plus, free helpful information for those of you who are interested in spending time here. When you can, please join us for any of our regular Sunday morning meetings in Pattaya. Email: contact@pattayaexpatsclub. info The Pattaya Information Center It is located at the entrance to ‘The Avenue Pattaya’ shopping complex on Second Road, opens 7 days a week. The Center provides FREE information service to anyone in Pattaya. Visitors to the Center will be able to obtain information about all the tourist attractions, important sights, tours in and around

Vol. 8 No. 20  1 - 15 July 2009 appearance provides many benefits from them, both in selection and performance. I’m not a snob, as my friends would hopefully confirm, but many expats hanging around Pattaya nightlife look very scruffy and grubby, which you don’t see so much in Bangkok. You don’t have to wear expensive clothes to look smart, just fresh shirt and trousers, and clean shoes, even sports shoes or proper sandals. Normal requirements for an evening out you would think, but apparently not for Pattaya’s bar dwellers, whose choice of clothing is geared towards “sweaty-shabby”. I don’t have Harrison Ford’s looks, just share his age, but the nicer ladies do seem to be happier in my company than with some of the scruff bags they often have to deal with. Beau Brummel Harsh words indeed for your fellow expats, but unfortunately true in some cases. Pattaya expats often claim that, as they are in a holiday resort, they can

be more relaxed in clothing choice than in Bangkok. This argument is valid of course, for daytime at least, but it doesn’t excuse the often scruffy state of the clothing worn, or the sight of some expats going shirtless around shops, shopping malls and supermarkets, even restaurants. Having a barechested body dripping perspiration close to the food does tend to blunt the appetite. Some mongers seem to wear the same clothes from daytime to bedtime, which in a hot climate such as ours is gruesome, if not for them then for people who come within close range. Of course these people can still get a girl if they want, as money talks, but they will usually get a low-level performance. If the punter can’t make an effort to make himself presentable, a girl won’t feel inclined to pull out all the stops to give him value for money. A well-groomed customer will surely fare better—a little effort pays dividends, as granddad often said.

Pattaya, shopping opportunities, entertainment, cinemas and shows, restaurants, hotels and accommodation, sport opportunities, clubs and associations, hospitals and clinics, events and various services on offer with brochures from various businesses and services available in Pattaya. Professional people are at hand to provide advice and connect to the 24 hours helpline of the ‘Pattaya Expats Club’, meeting every Sunday at 11.30 am). Foreign Police Volunteers (FPV) are also present to assist in any matters that require their help. Tel.: 08-1177-5333, info@ Website: Onward with Optimists The Optimist International Club of Thailand is now meeting at Shenanigans, 2nd Road, at The Avenue lifestyle mall. Meeting times noon on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Further information from Drew Noyes on 084 .111.7999 or drewnoyes@ Wine Tasting at Cafe New Orleans Cafe New Orleans together with Rayong Ladies Circle, Burapha Ladies Community and Pattaya International Ladies Club, cordially invite you to an exclusive wine tasting evening of the South African Hildenbrand wines brought to you by the Wine Cellar accompanied by delicious snacks and a copy of their international secrets cook book. On Thursday, July 2 at 7.30 pm. 500 baht per person, Spaces are limited, so make your reservation now! Call Kavita on 087.618.5117 or Maike on 081.923.8028 ‘Hot Rock’ at Hard Rock Hotel The best rate offer from Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. From as low as THB 2294++

per room/night. Get your gear ready to go and avail of this limited, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya only offer. Enjoy a Rockin’ stay at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya in Deluxe room (Breakfast Excluded). You can rest assured with our best rates guarantee… Just book through For more information, please call reservation centre 038.428.755-9 British embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate in Pattaya. It’s located in the row of shop units immediately outside the Pattaya immigration bureau, Jomtien soi 5, next to the Yingchit money changer and a few steps from the Meesen coffee shop. Office hours 9.00 a.m.-11.30 a.m. weekdays exc. public holidays. El Duo at Cafe The sensational Filipino El Duo appear exclusively at Cafe Royale, Pattayaland three, every Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 pm till late. Regular bar prices and no admission charges. The area’s most popular duo singers and entertainers. Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to 2 days before you wish to start.

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Damage Control

Dr.Nantapat Supapannachart

If God had to give a woman wrinkles, He might at least have put them on the soles of her feet. Ninon de L’Enclos Sad fact of life: wrinkles happen as we age. If you are too young or too scared to go under the knife, the good news is that there are solutions to wrinkles that are relatively painless and risk free; and require no down time, fillers or Botox. There are three categories of fillers- temporary, semi permanent and permanent. Temporary Fillers: Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. This group of materials is 100% biodegradable. There are so many brand names; most of them are now USFDA

by Bee McConville Do you have children? If yes, did you spend a considerable amount of time thinking about producing offspring, or did it just seem a perfectly natural thing to do? Did you plan your babies or did you leave it all to nature? If you don’t have children, is this because you haven’t got around to it, haven’t found an appropriate father, are far too young to think about that sort of thing or because you want babies, but not just yet? Or is it that you have deliberately planned not to have a child in your life? Having children, for those responsible parents among us, is a huge, life changing commitment and many of us are sure that we made the right decision. However, there are growing numbers of professional women (and men) who are now making the decision not to have children. Unfortunately, this is still a bit of a taboo area and people who opt not to procreate are still regarded by a majority of their peers as selfish, ego-centric and positively abnormal! A member of the Anglican clergy has even gone so far as to say, ‘Married couples who see having children as

approved because they are so safe. The newer ones are easier to inject, which leaves less bruising and swelling, they also last longer. They usually last between 8 and 12 months. Collagen. Has been around since the mid 1970’s to soften lines around the mouth, augment lips and erase acne scars. Collagen is a natural protein found in the human body supporting the joints, bones, ligaments, and skin. Injectable collagen is often derived from cows, so a small percentage of people are allergic to it; therefore it is necessary to do an allergy test before you use it. Hyaluronic Acid. Because of its safety (it is a basic component of the human skin) and the potential longevity of its effects, (effective for about 6 to 9 months) it has become one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments today. Unlike other procedures that fill in the wrinkles, hyaluronic acid lets the skin cells ‘float’ making it suitable for deep wrinkles that occur around

the mouth and in the cheeks. Semi-Permanent Fillers A mixture of hyaluronic and plastic beads, not yet USFDA approved for the general population. They last longer than temporary fillers, three to five years, but there is a higher chance of forming lumps and bumps, or of having an allergic reaction. They are not recommended for the lips, if it goes wrong it could look really ugly. Permanent Fillers. The third group, permanent fillers, includes silicon and Aquamid. This group is becoming popular, but the problem is the possibility of migration, moving to another area or lumpiness in the injected area. Also you can’t remove it, so if you don’t like it you are stuck with it. Basically I don’t recommend this group unless there is no other option. Botox. Is a protein toxin produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. Injected in small amounts into the body,

it makes muscles relax and lines disappear. Botox injections began as a treatment for spasms and swinging-eyes in the 1950’s, then doctors noticed that a side effect was that it relaxed wrinkles. After further studies they started using it for beauty around 1989. It is effective in treating expression areas, crow’s feet, eyebrows, forehead, frown and laughter lines. One of the most recent developments are the ‘Botox lift,’ shaping the face, lifting the eyebrows, smoothing the skin texture and minimising pores, and the ‘Neferatiti Lift,’ named after the famous Egyptian Queen, renowned for her beautiful long neck. Botox is injected to counteract the action of the neck muscle pulling down the face. This makes the jaw look sharper and tighter. It is good for 3 to 6 months and can be repeated. So are short-term wrinkle solutions the way to go? If you are still young or want to avoid pain and long recovery time, then the answer is yes!

Bye Bye Baby!

‘optional extras’ are self-indulgent … having children is fundamental to marriage.’ We may be in the 21st century but some people’s attitudes are still rooted way back in the Dark Ages when women became the possession of their husbands on marriage and after which they were condemned to spend the rest of their fertile years bearing children that they possibly didn’t even want. It may be surprising, but there are still hordes of females in the world who consider their childless sisters to be ‘letting the side down’ or ‘not yet in touch with their inner mother-self.’ A generation ago any married woman who failed to produce at least one child was considered an object of pity, and this is still the case in many developing countries where childless women are regarded with either suspicion or sympathy. However, if we step away from the Dark Ages and the developing world for a moment and look more objectively at the issue, then why should women automatically want to have children when they have settled on a partner? Admittedly, marriage followed by babies is the still accepted norm for women, but what about those couples who are having a good time with each other, have an interesting and fulfilling life style, enjoy travel and who have committed themselves to a good career? Why give it all up for a baby when

you are not actually that interested in having any? What, exactly, is wrong with a woman deciding that she has better things to do with her life than to spend it at the beck and call of some cute little bundle of plumpness? If we look at the statistics, it can be seen that more and more women are making the decision to spend their time on things other than children, and this decision is becoming increasingly easier to make: among women born in the UK in 1946, only nine per cent remained childless; of those born in 1952, 16 per cent are childless; for those born twenty years later, in 1972, that figure has grown to 25 per cent. And this percentage is growing exponentially. With more women in the work force and finan cially independent, andwith contraception being cheap and readily avaiable, independence and childlessness are becoming an atractive alternative to settling down to family life for the next eighteen years or so. So maybe we should not be chastising our sisters for thinking the previously unthinkable, and instead we should be praising them for making a very bold and brave decision that many believe goes against female natural instinct. Instead of assuming that all women have got loudly ticking body clocks that start to ring the baby alarm as we approach our

mid-thirties, we might choose to recognise in a positive light the post-modern women who have optedfor clocks that may well be ticking, but which have the alarms well and truly switched off. Instead of viewing the choice as a negative ‘egocentric’ one, why can we not regard it as a positive step on the road to improving our environment? Nobody can deny that there are enough people on this planet and, if you are not a maternal sort of person, then why add to the overcrowding just to placate those who cannot think beyond women as being merely baby producers. Instead of constantly focusing on those celebrities who are intent on adding high numbers of adopted babies to their shopping carts, why don’t we start praising those who are quietly refusing to join the baby club and are more than happy with their own company? And we can start the ball rolling by using the term ‘child-free’ rather than the far more pejorative term child-less! Top Ten Child-free Celebrities 1. Florence Nightingale 2. Dolly Parton 3. Helen Mirren 4. Winona Ryder 5. Toyah Wilcox 6. Kylie Minogue 7. Condoleezza Rice 8. Oprah Winfrey 9. Renee Zellweger 10. Stevie Nicks

Wouldn’t be seen dead!

Now like the majority of people in the Land of Smiles I often find myself doing my weekly household shopping in Big C. When it comes to bleach, assorted tin milk and noodle multi-packs this particular supermarket does the business. However, it’s not quite up to the business in other departments. I mean take clothes for example. I often find myself having a casal browse through the t-shirts, shorts, skirts and other fripperies section but I can honestly say, hand on heart, that there is absolutely nothing that I would dare to be seen in. I mean who on earth are their designers? Some of the clothes look like they have been taken from a young child’s drawing of a frock which has a big lacy collar, a large fake rose (nonremovable) and extraordinarily puffy sleeves! I mean, I can’t imagine a Thai female wearing such a creation – even a pregnant one! Then there are the blouses, which are often ok except for what appears to be an insane, added after-thought. For instance, there was a rather nice, soft shirt on display the other day and it would have been perfectly wearable apart from the fact that someone had decided to add a strange sort of pocket effect to the front of the garment which rendered it totally daft looking and thus unwearable. And if you are not put off by the style disasters, then there is the

weird colour choice. I mean t-shirts are generally hard to wreck, but when a rather pleasant turquoise is teamed up with not only a violent orange, but also with an added dash of poo brown then the whole effect is, quite frankly, totally sartorially challenged. And then there is the shoe section … oh please don’t get me started on the shoes! You can smell the plastic from the electrical goods aisle and the closest that any foot apparel has been to a cow hide is the mildly amusing cartoon of a mad cow that can be found on some of the more colourful flip flops. And then there is all that awful shiny underwear with sticky nylon gussets – nylon would you believe? In a tropical country! I can’t even begin to imagine how sticky some people’s crotches are with all that non-breathable, non-natural fibre crushed against their sweaty bits and bobs. Now I have nothing against cheap clothes in themselves, I mean, I have actually shopped in Primark and am not too ashamed to admit it, but cheap should not necessarily translate into weird and non-wearable, should it? So come on Big C, get your act together, sack your current design team (if you actually have one) and get busy on making some normal clothes! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie


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Pattaya VFW post builds Mercy Center canopy

by Kavita Lamba

On June 11, 2009, members of E.S. Hamilton Post 9876 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States took part in a dedication ceremony for a large canopy built at Pattaya’s Mercy Center children’s shelter to allow the children to move directly from their home to school busses in the parking lot without getting rained on. The children previously had to run through portions of the Center’s buildings but were still soaked with rain for several yards before they could board a bus. The Mercy Center is situated in Soi Nong Yai in a building which used to be a diamond cutting factory. Due to the generous donations of

various organizations within Pattaya and abroad, different areas of the building has undergone renovation. The aim of the Mercy Center is to bring hope to those in need and so ultimately, the desire is to have areas within the building where the underprivileged can be involved in livelihood projects, enabling them to work and earn an income. There is still much to do, so any donation to help with these renovations is greatly appreciated. The contributions to build the canopy came from individual American war veterans and a generous gift from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Pattaya. Al Serrato, the VFW Post Commander, presented a plaque to Reverend Fred Doell, Director of

the Mercy Center, which was mounted under the canopy near the entrance. The plaque notes the local Post’s gift and carries the registered logo of the VFW. Other VFW members in attendance at the dedication ceremony included J.J. Karwacki, Eric Larson, Don Ratcliff and Bill Kelley. Membership in the VFW is open to any American veteran who has served overseas during an American war. Pattaya Post 9876 enjoys a membership of 380, the largest VFW Post in Thailand, and meets at the Hog’s Breath Saloon on the second Tuesday of each month. Further details may be found at www.vfwpost or by calling 038 423-462.

our motto “Take time to be Kind - Kids wanna rock” played host to 35 under privileged kids (31 orphans from Myanmar and 4 from Thailand- construction workers children by spreading our spirit of ‘Rock and Roll’ to them to experience. The day started for the “Kids wanna Rock” with the

welcoming by Hard Rock Band Member’s lead by Laurent Levraud, (Hard Rock Cafe Manager) with a sumptuous lunch hosted for the kids at 12.30 p.m. at “The Mezz” Hard Rock Cafe. At 3.00 p.m, the Opening Ceremony begin with a welcome speech by Mr. George Hazard, General Manager of

Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya Celebrates Founder’s Day

by Nattaporn Ketudat Marketing Communications Department Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya

The first Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) opened its doors to the public on June 14, 1971 in London, England. Founded by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, two enterprising and music-loving Americans, HRC was an instant hit, attracting customers with its first-rated, ‘Love All Serve All’ concept by creating authentic experiences with rock ‘n’ roll music and sensibility. In conjunction with our Founder’s Day celebration, on the 13th June 2009, Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya with

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya and the ‘sawing’ of the golden ribbon to mark the opening of our ‘Save the Planet’ project which is cleaning the Pattaya Beach. Band Members of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya and orphans gathered up to clean the beach starting from the beach opposite the Hard

Rock Café right up to Pattaya Klang road. This ‘Save our Planet’ project resulted in beautification of the beach and the amount of garbage collected is enormous ranging from empty plastic bag to empty beer bottles. Later on… these orphans were treated to fun filled

activities and games which were specially created by our Rock Agents at our Hard Rock pool. After a Fun day… the kids were treated to a buffet dinner and leaving everyone with a good feeling and memories of the best Founder’s Day Celebration ever of Hard Rock Café Pattaya.

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Honesty is the best policy?

by Alan S. Brown

According to a recent article in the New York Times, Indonesia “is pressing ahead in its long-running anti corruption campaign by opening up cashier free ‘honesty cafes’ across the archipelago.” Almost 7500 of these cafes have opened so far. Designed to foster honesty and discourage the culture of corruption, many of these establishments are located near schools and offices. Run on the “honor system,” patrons simply settle up their charges by depositing the money in an unguarded plastic box. It’s been working out pretty well except for one school administrator who had been woofing down snacks without paying for them. At least the students were honest. The hope is to instill honesty in the young and encourage workers to change their corrupt ways. I think that this system would be great for Pattaya. It should work really well here, since we’re all aware that corruption is virtually unknown in the land of smiles. All tourist businesses, including restaurants and especially bars should work on this system. Not only

Oh, my God. Would you look at the one in the pink panties. The tits! The ass! The face! Oh, my God. Oh, my God. That one’s a gottahave. If I don’t get that one tonight, I am going to die. Oops, she’s looking my way. Give her a big smile, charm her ass off.

would there be no cashiers or staff collecting the check-bins, but customers would pay what they thought their meal or service was worth. Of course, there might be a few abusers of the

deposit your largesse in the plastic bin; and for you Cheap Charlies: if you get caught dipping into the box and trying to remove the cash, scorpions at the bottom will bite off your

imbibing den or chrome pole palace. Actually, we already have a modified version of this idea. When you’ve finished your horizontal calisthenics with the new friend you met at the local go-go

system. Some miscreants might enjoy a fabulous steak dinner at Manhattan’s Steak House, for instance, and decide to leave one hundred baht for their meal and wine. On the other hand, those who got into the spirit of this scheme, could reward great food and good service with a payment far greater than face value. There are so many little holes-inthe-walls that people swear serve the best ________. (You fill in the blank.) Why not reward the friendly service and delicious food with double the check-bin amount? (Oh, I forgot. They call that tipping, don’t they?)Just

fingers. You know who you are. If your accommodations at your hotel or guest house are up to the promised standard, you can pay accordingly. If housekeeping neglects to change your sheets, the front desk forgets to give you a wake up call or the room resembles a cell at the Bangkok Hilton rather than the soon to open Hilton at Central Festival Mall, Pattaya Beach, maybe they should pay you for the indignity of staying at their establishment. Think of the possibilities of this system. You could pay what you want for watered down drinks in your favorite

emporium, his or her tip is supposedly “up to you.” Great service gets a great tip; so the theory goes. On the other hand, “I don’t do this and I can’t do that,” rates a lower remuneration. However, if you try to be cheap about it, your friend may express her indignation, with a scowl, verbally or, in some cases, with more extreme measures. (Did you ever notice how many farangs, in various states of undress, end up “falling” off the balcony of their condos?; or getting “accidently” electrocuted when the hair dryer falls into the bathtub, with the “girlfriend” standing by showing great shock

and grief?) Under the new “honesty” system, the customer would deposit the “tip” into a closed container which the service worker could only open once he or she left the premises. The customer could then bolt the door or hide under the bed. There’s no reason why the “honesty” policy couldn’t be applied to public services as well. You weren’t satisfied with the songteaw driver’s driving abilities? Give him one baht. After he smashes your head in with an iron bar, you can give the doctor at Memorial Hospital a large remittance for sewing you up and stopping the bleeding. Maybe the motorcycle driver who got you home in one piece and didn’t cause your heart to migrate to your throat due to extreme speeding, hairpin turns and sudden, screeching stops rates a generous remittance. Is a re-entry visa really worth one thousand baht? Just pay what you want. The friendly folks at the Immigration Office will understand. However, you may encounter a little problem at the airport when you try to re-enter the country.

Actually, “pay what you want” plans have been in place in many cities for years. For example, major museums in New York, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art have pay what you wish policies, although they have a “suggested” fee. Many Cheap Charlies (myself included) have been known to sheepishly plunk down a dollar or two, a fraction of the suggested price, and skulk past the entrance counter, trying to avoid eye contact with the ticket seller. Even Broadway shows, about to close, have tried this desperate ploy to stave off the inevitable. Of course, the “honesty” plan can only work if people are honest about it. You’ve got to be fair and leave the proper amount for your product or service. If quality goods and services are provided, leave a commensurate payment in the bin. Well, they claim the system is working in Indonesia. I can sell you a bridge that connects the NYC boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. On the other hand, the powers that be have come up with so many hare brained schemes to revive tourism, who says they won’t try this?

Flash her another smile. There, that did it, she’s smiling back. My God, she’s got lovely teeth. Well, it didn’t take long for her to fall for me. She may be a virgin, but tonight, if everything works out right, ole Hallie’s mighty love organ is going to give her a real education, heh-hehheh. He’s smiling again. The more he smiles, the uglier he looks. My Buddha, he’s got such awful teeth! OK, put a good face on it, smile back. Ugh! I hate myself at times like this. Why couldn’t I have been born rich? OK, I’ll signal her to come over, motion that I’m going to buy her a coke. Ah, good, she’s nodding and smiling. Oooooo, this one is going to be gooooood. I can hardly wait. Uh-oh, he’s signaling me to come over. He’s going to buy me a kolah! I’m doomed! Oops, the mamasan is watching and giving me the evil eye. OK, smile back, nod, put on a good show. Oh, this is going to be horrible. I wish I were dead. Well, where is she? She’s

been off the stage for a good ten minutes now. Did she go to the bathroom, or what? I can’t see where she went, it’s so dark back there. I don’t ever want to leave this toilet. I want to hide here forever, just to keep away from him. But there’s no getting away from it, I’ve got to go back out. The mama-san knows what’s going on, and she’ll kill me if I rob her of another bar fine. Ah, here she comes. Oh, good, she’s coming right towards me. Jesus, she looks even better up close. She’s smiling at me! Smile back, make a seat for her. Here she comes, and here we go. OK, there he is, so walk toward him, put on a good face, smile a bit. My Buddha! He looks even uglier up close. He’s smiling back. Oh, he’s so fat and old and ugly I can’t believe it. He’s moving aside to make room for me. Here we go. “What’s your name, sweetheart?” “Boo, kha.” “My name’s Harold. I’m from Chicago. Where do you come from, Boo?” “Petchabun, kha.” “How old are you, sweetheart?” “Twenny-one, kha.” “I’m sixty-three. Still strong though, ha-ha.”

“Hallo wery young. Not like Boo. Boo old woman arready.” “Not Hallo. Harold. H-AR-O-L-D, Harold.” “Hallo.” “Boo. You go with me tonight?” “Fir’t you buy Boo kolah. Then you pay bar fine. Sik hunnit baht.” “Right. OK. One kolah for Boo.” Well, I guess I’ve got her hooked. She seems pretty eager to go with me. I never can figure these girls out. They think we’re young and they’re old, and it’s the other way around. I guess the Thais just have a different way of thinking about men and women and age. No matter how old a guy gets, they still think he’s young. It’s a man’s world, all right. Boy, am I going to give her a good pounding. Thank God for Viagra. My steel-hard mammoth member will plunge again and again into the warm wet recesses of her writhing, spermstarved womb. In her mounting frenzy she will claw my back in passion and scream my name in joy. I will propel her to new heights of orgasmic ecstasy. I am doomed. I am doomed. I am doomed.


Oh, my Buddha. Would you look at that one over on the left. Old. Fat. Bald. Ugly. Probably no money, either. What sins did I commit in my past lives, that I should always wind up being taken home by such losers? He looks like Grandfather Nok, the dirty old village drunk back in Petchabun, always stinking of Mekhong and grabbing the little girls. I hope he doesn’t try to take me home. Oops, he’s looking my way. Oh, shit, he’s smiling. There, she sees me. A little nervousness there, a little uncertainty. She’s shy, all right. Poor kid is probably overwhelmed at seeing a cosmopolitan guy like me. I bet the only guys she’s ever met before are goofy little Esarn farmboys riding buffaloes. She must be new to the game, she looks so young. She’s probably still a virgin, for Christ’s sake. Ugh! He’s even uglier when he smiles. Yellow, broken teeth, and probably bad breath to boot. Would you look at the beer gut on him! Oh, I wish the German was here to save me from

him. The German was so good. Dieter. So young and strong and handsome, and with a great big buffalo between his legs to keep my pussy purring. I was so happy with him, the month we spent together in Samui. I wonder what he’s doing now. Probably back home in Munich, fucking his fat, ugly wife. Or Sweden. He was good, too. Lars. Why couldn’t he be here to save me from this one? Or Denmark, or Australia, the guy from Sydney. And Russia, and Francais, and Italy, Roberto from Milano. They all made me so happy. So much money they gave me, and jewelry, and clothes, and plenty of good fucking, too. But this one—! It must be my bad luck. If he wants me, I’m stuck. The mamasan is already mad at me for turning down the one last night. I can’t afford to get fired. The rent is due, my son needs money for school fees—there’s no way around it, I need the money. It’s a slow night, and this one is the only one in the bar. If he wants me, I don’t have any choice.

S. Tsow can be scolded for writing such filth at s.tsow@ .

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Pool Fencing – Protect Your Children and Pets

There is probably nothing in the world more relaxing than a quick dip in the pool on those long lazy sunny afternoons, we enjoy so many of in Thailand. You will usually find that homes with swimming pools are often easier to rent out on a long or short term rental agreement, and they will command premium resale values compared with homes with no pools. As a result, a simple estimate has

ages of 1 and 4. If your child or grandchild is within this age group, the possibility of such a tragedy occurring should not be ignored and you should take immediate action to protect your loved ones. As soon as your child is able to crawl it is in immediate danger, it is important to prevent them from gaining access to your pool area unless specifically supervised by yourself. In many western countries, this issue is serious enough to warrant a legal requirement for pool safety fencing. Alas, standards in Thailand have not kept pace. To address this serious safety issue, The Pool Doctors (Thailand) is pleased to announce the launch of their

by even the most motivated of toddlers. While one occasionally does see some type of pool barrier around pools in Thailand, there are two unique features of pool safety fencing. First, the fence gate has been specifically designed with children in mind. It cannot be opened by a toddler; it can only be opened by a full sized adult who must pull up on a high mounted safety latch. The gate is also self-closing and self-latching, which removes the potential for forgetting to close and latch the gate. The second, and perhaps the most appealing feature of pool safety fencing now being installed by The Pool

You must be aware of the potentially hazardous properties of a pool. The majority of the parents involved in child drowning were responsible people who thought it could never happen to their family. They were careful and had close supervision over their children. So we are literally talking about people who could live next door to you. A recent study in the USA makes for some interesting statistics. The results might help you to better understand why drowning is still the number one killer for children 1 to 4 years of age. Who was in charge of supervision at the time of drowning?

determined that there are at least several thousand private residential pools in the greater Pattaya and East Pattaya area. What is surprising to note however, is that 99% of these pools are not properly protected against accidental drowning of children or loved pets. Statistically speaking, drowning is the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age. Studies show that 95% of paediatric drowning occurs with children between the

latest product – removable pool safety fencing. Designed specifically to provide an access barrier to the pool for toddlers, young children, and your pets, pool safety fencing has proven itself to be the safest and most convenient form of child pool protection. It is quickly installed around the pool perimeter, and protects the family and pets from accidental pool drowning. It is constructed from high quality material which cannot be climbed, or circumvented

Doctors is, that the fence is completely removable in seconds. This is a big plus when the homeowner wants to host a party or BBQ around the pool. The fence can be removed and then reinstalled in seconds with no tools or other complicated procedure. This is a great advantage over other fixed type fencing, which often cannot be removed when moving home. Pool safety fencing is also 96% transparent, having little if no impact on the view of the pool.

 69 percent of the accidents occurred while one or both parents were responsible for supervision.  10 percent were adults other than the parents.  14 percent were sitters.  7 percent siblings What was the location of the pool drowning?  65 percent were in a pool owned by the child’s family.  22 percent at a relatives  11 percent happened at a neighbour’s. Drowning happens quickly and without warning. There

is no cry for help. 77 percent of the children had been seen 5 minutes or less before being missed and subsequently discovered in the pool. Where were they last seen?  46 percent WERE LAST SEEN IN THE HOUSE prior to being found in the pool. Of these, 15 percent were thought to be sleeping.  23 percent were last seen in the yard, porch or patio, not in the pool area. That’s a total of 69 percent that were thought not to be in the pool area.  31 percent were last seen in the pool or pool area. What activity was the person responsible for supervision involved in at the time of drowning?

 39 percent were doing chores.  18 percent socializing.  9 percent were busy on the telephone. The suddenness of this type of accident and the results it yields is devastating to anyone it touches. According to the owner of The Pool Doctors, “as a new father, I have decided to offer this product in Thailand simply out of my own need. The pool is the last thing that I need to or worry about at this time. I feel strongly that this product fills a huge gap when it comes to the safety of residential and commercial pools in Thailand.” The Pool Doctors (Thailand) can be reached at

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Britons are living at a crazy pace BRITONS are racing through life and will suffer meltdown if they do not change their habits, says a new report, and psychologists are warning life in the fast lane could have serious detrimental effects unless people slow down. The study by Virgin Media showed 17% spent their monthly pay in the first week of the month, 1 in 5 people ate their evening meal in ten minutes or less, and almost a third spent under 20 minutes having sex. Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James warned “Britons are living at a crazy pace. There is a real danger people are heading for meltdown unless we slow down and realise there are only so many hours a day to get everything done”. Britons top credit list BRITONS have twice as many credit cards as people in any other country in Western Europe. The average Brit had 1.4 credit cards in his wallet by 2009, twice that of second place Norway, where they have just 0.7 each. Only one in every 16 cards in Germany is a credit card, says market analyst Datamonitor. Britons owed £54.93 billion on cards by the end of last year, according to Banks of England figures. Report author Andrew Fabricius said “UK consumers enjoy the flexibility of paying over a long time”. Talking about money INFLATION is much higher than the official figures, claims investment firm Alliance Trust. Its own survey shows that the elderly are hardest hit because higher feed and utility bills take up such a big slice of their income. The under-30s fare best because they benefit most from the falling prices of clothes and electronic gadgets. However, as many of us suspect, all ages are experiencing inflation higher than the official 2.5% figure. Nearly two million people who retire before April 2010 face poverty in their old age, a pensioners group warned. Men currently need 44 years of NI contributions and women need 39 years in order to qualify for a full basic state pension. But from April 6, 2010 the Government is reducing this to30 years for both. Britain is less house-proud BRITAIN is less house-proud than they used to be, a report claims today. They clean their homes on average three times per week, down from 3.2 times in 2000. The figure which is predicted to fall to 2.8 times by 2011, compares with four times a week in Italy and 3.8 in Spain, says Datamonitor. It adds this maybe because homes now have hardwood or laminate flooring. Visa fingerprinting MORE than 6,000 potential illegal immigrants have been identified by a scheme to fingerprint visa applicants, the visa service said. Fingerprinting is part of the process to obtain a British visa in just under half of the countries of the world; it is planned that fingerprints and photographs will be mandatory. Children as young as six, could be ushered into private booths and fingerprinted at European borders if plans being drawn up by Brussels are approved. Under the proposal for automatic border controls, travellers would swipe their passport and have fingerprints scanned. With a good match a second gate would open, allowing the traveller to cross. Otherwise a border guard would process the passenger manually. Nearly 800,000 East Europeans have applied to work in

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the UK since joining the EU in May 2004. The statistics, for the eight former Soviet countries, including Poland, did not cover self-employed workers. In addition 30,570 Bulgarians and Romanians who joined the EU in 2007 have work permit. Just over 89,000 of the migrants claim child benefit and 51,500 tax credits. The Home Office claimed asylum applications were at their lowest for 14 years and it deports a failed asylum seeker ‘every eight minutes.’ Learning a foreign language ONE IN three children is learning a second language before their fifth birthday, a report claims. Parents are pushing tots to speak a foreign tongue, believing it will help their future career. French is the most popular language followed by Spanish and German, says the survey by TV channel Cartoonito. It also says 61 languages are now being spoken in Britain’s schools. Dancing in school DANCING lessons in schools received a £5.5 million boost from the Government. The cash will pay for six music and dance centres, and ministers want all schools in England to have qualified dance teachers following a recommendation by Royal Opera House boss Tony Hall in a report. “Strictly Come Dancing has already increased the number of pupils taking dance”. Mr. Hall said “Dance offers so much to young people”. Pocket Money BRITISH children earn almost £700 million pocket money a year doing odd jobs. They each make an average £45.60 every month with babysitting the top money spinner. Washing cars is the next most popular job followed by doing the washing up and tidying the house. Steve Shore of Abbey Banking, who did the poll, said “As well as giving children a boost to pocket money, this is a great way for parents to show them the value of money.” Children are overweight MORE than 177 million children around the world are overweight or obese figures reveal. The World Health Organisation also predicted that by 2015, 2.3 billion over-15s will be overweight. As the statistics were unveiled Consumers International and the International Obesity Task Force launched a drive to ban cartoon characters from junk food ads. They also want no gifts in children’s takeaway. Richard Lloyd of CI. said “We need to act now.” Graduates still working NEARLY a quarter of graduates are still work in bars, cafes and other low level jobs, several years after leaving university, a report claimed last week. The Higher Education Statistics Agency found 23 percent not in ‘graduate jobs’, three years after completing their courses. Media or business graduates were among the least likely to find suitable employment. Billion high blood pressure sufferers THE NUMBER of people around the world with high blood pressure is expected to soar past the billion mark in the next 20 years, it was claimed. In developed countries, the lifetime risk of developing high blood pressure is now more than 90 percent according to experts.

An editorial in THE LANCET said the estimated number of adults with high blood pressure was 972 million worldwide in 2000. A high blood pressure reading is one that exceeds 140/90 mm of mercury. High blood pressure is a major factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. It is associated with obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Poor lifestyle and lack of compliance with effective treatments were identified as obstacles in the way of tackling the condition. Many people wrongly believed that high blood pressure was a disease that could be cured. THE LANCET added, Patients prescribed blood pressure-lowering treatments often stopped taking the drugs when their blood pressure fell. Meth rise crime fear BRITAIN could be facing a crystal meth crime wave. Use of the cheap highly addictive class A drug may be as widespread as crack cocaine by 2012 reports the Association of Chief Police Officers. Since the UK’s first methamphetamine factory was uncovered in 2005, another 19 have been found. And the rise in making the possible killer -which gives a massive high but has side effects, including violence is ‘alarming’. A warning against gambling fraud BETTING biometrics could soon offer protection against gambling fraud. Software has been developed that tries to match someone’s style of play to his account. According to its developers, by analysing the way someone plays poker and other gambling games, it is possible to identify him to an accuracy of 80 per cent Will the old save the earth? THE PLANET’S future is in the hands of the middle, aged, according to a new survey of eco-friendly Brits. It found 98 percent of 45 to 54-year-olds try to save energy, compared to only 11 percent of 16 to 24-yearolds Cruise holiday by 2012 Two million Brits will go on cruise holiday by 2012 after a 12 percent rise last year, experts predict. Most Brits would choose an Italian partner for a holiday romance a poll has revealed. Men and women would both fancy flings with Latin lovers, followed by fellow Brits. The Irish came third for women, while men plumped for Far Eastern girls. The US was the top destination for a fling, with France second and the UK third, the Continental Research survey found. Hotels in Britain HOTELS in Britain are the most expensive in Europe, with prices up 12 per cent in the past year, research has revealed. A room for one night in Britain now cost an average of £106. Norway and Switzerland were joint second most expensive in Europe with an average price of £99 a night. Bargain-hunting tourists should try the Baltic state, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, where rooms cost an average of £59, making them the cheapest countries in the price index English people buying abroad The number of English people buying property abroad has increased by 60 per cent in five years according to a new study from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) More than 129,000 people bought a property abroad in 2000/2001 and this number rose to 211,000 last year. Sixty per cent of the buyers are aged between 45 and 64 and only 38 per cent of people in this age group, own rather than rent a property in England. Fifty-four percent of second homeowners say their main motivation for buying was to own a holiday or retirement home. The figures show a continuing interest in buying abroad. People are venturing away from traditional favourites such as Spain and Italy. New areas such as Bulgaria, Cape Verde and Bahrain have all become very popular in recent years, with British buyers snapping up second homes at prices that are all cheap by British standards.

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New ‘Sedona’ Development raises the benchmark!

We were recently delighted to receive an invitation from ‘Benchmark Property Consultants’, (Contact Gareth or Mary on 038 304 133 info@ the exclusive agent for the new ‘Sedona Villas’ Development, to attend the official launching of the village. The new development is situated a short distance from the Mabprachan Reservoir, and is approached along a very pretty road with beautiful houses and vegetation. My colleague and myself were so impressed, we went back two days later, with the wives, to show them how the other half live! I think the first thing that springs to mind when you first enter the show house, stepping along a pathway of floating stepping stones over a long water feature, and entering the property, is one of ‘space’. You enter a large open plan area that includes a good sized lounge, dining. TV area and openplan American kitchen. My wife’s observation of the kitchen says it all “It’s a kitchen to die for, with every imaginable gadget

A huge pool area with ‘Sala’ in the background incidentally all the developers, who explained bedrooms are next to the that he personally oversees pool area with double every part of the construc-

The master bedroom and en-suite bathroom are the height of luxury including ceramic hob, doors leading out. The tion from the first digging built in oven and micro- master bedroom and bath- of footings to the last coat wave, American style room have to be seen to be of paint. fridge, drinking water believed, pure luxury, no There is a very large 2 car garage with automatic door, and including two large built in storage areas, and a separate guest bedroom with en-suite that could double up as a changing room for you

Entrance to the property (includes large 2 car garage) not shown purification system, lots of expense has been sparred cupboards and workspace, in any part of the construcand my personal favourite, tion, and the attention to a built in dishwasher.” detail and finishing, has All the bedroom ac- to be the best I have seen commodation is accessed in Thailand. We spoke to through the living area, Mitch, one of the owner/

The open-plan kitchen hides a multitude of gadgets

pool parties. At the far end of the pool is a large ‘Sala’ with more than enough space to build a small bar and set up your BBQ. Back inside you have a further two very good sized bedrooms with built in wardrobes and magnificent en-suites, plus an extra

guest bathroom and good sized home office. This is a house that you could move into tomorrow, you would not want to make, or need to make any changes. We could not think of anything they had forgotten, even down to the fitted alarm system. As you have probably

realised this is a property that one falls in love with at first sight, my second sight was, however, no different. I’m hoping that enough people read this article, pop out there and buy a property, and Mitch gives me the ‘Show house’ as a thank you. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

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Rural Thailand to Get Broadband Gilat Satellite Networks is to provide CAT Telecom with a Gilat SkyEdge II broadband satellite network giving optimal technical and cost-effective bandwidth efficiency for rural areas throughout Thailand. Country dwellers, nationwide, will get telephony and broadband Internet access at public call offices. The new network will deliver high-quality voice, broadband data and video services for diverse customers, including businesses, rural networks, cellular backhaul and government network applications over the long-term. Burmese Military Using Rape as Terror Weapon As over 4,000 Karen refugees stream across the Thai-Burmese border at Mae Sot, trying to escape the relentless Burmese military campaign to defeat the Karen National Union insurgents, reports are filtering out of rape and murder by Burmese government troops. An eight-month pregnant 18-year-old and a 17-year-old girl were two victims in what is described as systematic rape used as a weapon to terrorize border-dwelling ethnic people, with 125 instances of sexual violence reported between 1988 and 2004. Tourism Industry Complaints Pm Abhisit has designated tourism a national priority, devoting up to Bt71.5 million to revive the industry, currently reeling under the effects of worldwide economic recession, internal political instability and the H1N1 flu outbreak. Travel professionals complain, however, that banks are lending selectively, only to profitable business, whilst TAT is only performing public relations. Key nations, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, are also staying away because of recession and concern at Thailand’s political situation. 25 of Taiwan’s swine flu cases contracted in Thailand, Taiwan’s Central Epidemics Command Centre maintains 25 of Taiwan’s swine flu cases were contracted in Thailand; others caught the virus in the United States,Australia and the Philippines. Over a dozen members of student graduation tour groups tested positive for H1N1 on their return from Thailand. Although Taiwan is not planning to ban travel to Thailand, tourists from Taiwan have fallen by 20% compared to 2008 because of the H1N1 outbreak. Thailand’s Online Lottery Ready to Go Thailand’s online lottery is now potentially fully operational and could start within 45-60 days from mid-June, according to Government Lottery Office (GLO) Director, Wanchai Surakul. The logistics need to be ironed out first, with the ex-officio chairman of the GLO board, Sathit Limpongphan, the new Permanent Secretary for Finance. After that it will be legally ratified by Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij and then go before the GLO board for final discussion.

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Coalition Good Through 2009 The fragile government coalition should see this year out, according to Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart, despite the relentless political ambitions of the Bhum Jai Thai Party, currently lobbying for the controversial NGV bus leasing project. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, however, said he will bow to fate if it transpires that the Democrats cannot work with certain coalition partners. PM Abhisit said his priority is the necessity to solve the country’s problems. US Trafficking in Persons Report Criticizes and Praises Thailand In its “Trafficking in Persons Report”, the US government labelled Thailand both a victim and source of exploitation of human trafficking - “modern-day slavery” - but credited the government with making determined efforts to combat it. It criticises the Thais for trafficking and exploiting Burmese, Chinese, and Cambodian women for sex and slave-type labour. But it also criticises the US, Canada, Bahrain, Denmark and Brunei for exploiting Thai male and female labour and Thai women in the sex trade. Filipino Leg-Shaking Gang Busted A 10-strong, Filipino “leg-shaking gang” who mainly prey on tourists, largely in the Silom and Bang Rak areas, have been arrested in Bangkok. One ploy was to grab victims in cafes by the leg in a bag-dropping pretence or a staged fight, before escaping, usually by taxi, with victims’ valuables. They have also lured tourists to gambling dens, stunned victims with an electric shock device, and given them psychedelic drugs. Economy Showing Signs of Improvement PM Abhisit maintains the worst of the slump is over. The improving situation has doubtless been helped by the distribution of approximately 80% of the government’s first economic stimulus package, which he considers the quickest and most beneficial way to aid economic recovery. Although the economy may contract 3-5% this year, PM Abhisit predicts 1-2% expansion next year, with the stimulus package’s second phase injecting over Bt1.5 trillion into mega-projects to create many new jobs. 16000 Sign Anti-Dam Petition In an amazing display of people power, over 16,000 have signed a petition to dissuade governments from building 11 hydro-electric plants along the River Mekong. 11 dams are proposed along the lower Mekong: 7 in Laos, 2 at the Laos- Thailand border and 2 more in Cambodia. Although the hydro-electric schemes would increase economic prosperity, they will destroy the fragile ecosystems, fisheries and other aquatic wildlife and the livelihoods of thousands of people. Students Hospitalized After Eating Poisonous Snack Thirty hungry students from Chaiyaphum thought they’d have a quick snack of some seeds they found. The only problem was that they had no idea of the nature of their snack. It turned out the seeds were Physic seeds (Jatropha curcas), which are poisonous. All but one were soon discharged from hospital after doctors detoxified them, but the unlucky one had eaten 20 seeds and was kept in for close observation. Woman Teacher Shot Dead In Yala Militants in Yala Province have resumed killing Buddhist teachers, whom they accuse of indoctrinating students. This time, a female teacher riding her motorcycle to Ban Pormeng School was gunned down. Because of the incident, the management of five schools in Raman district decided to close their establishments for three days as a token of respect for the dead staff member and the safety of their other staff and school children. Brits Lost In National Park for Eight Hours An adventurous British couple, Paul Davidson, 35, and Lisa Wiwi, 32, out trekking in the Nopparat Thara Beach National Park, managed to lose their way, but as luck would have it, they had a mobile phone handy. Assuming their rescue would take but a jiffy, they phoned the Amari Vogue

Resort Hotel where they were staying. Although the hotel contacted park officials, immediately, they took eight hours to find the lost tourists! Thailand - World’s Fifth Largest Trader In Illegal Ivory Thailand has been accused by TRAFFIC, which monitors trade in wildlife, of allowing a larger trade in illegal ivory, than either Japan or China, ranking fifth worst, worldwide. Tens of thousands of items, from expensive religious carvings to cheap bangles, belt buckles and knife handles are being sold at hundreds of locations, from five-star hotels to Bangkok’s Chatuchak weekend market. Items are crafted mainly in workshops in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Thailand’s Drivers Going Green Thailand’s drivers, particularly in Bangkok, are making a concerted effort to go green, having converted or bought over 40,000 natural-gas-burning cars and trucks over the past six months, with estimates of over 330,000 by 2012. Conversion costs an average of Bt60,000, consisting of engine modification and installing one or more CNG storage tanks in the boots, over two days. Specialist converters, Super Central Gas Co, are currently making 800 conversions a month. House of Representatives Pass Bt400 Billion Loan Bill The House of Representatives gave a vote of confidence to PM Abhisit’s government, recently, by swiftly passing the government’s controversial bill authorising it to raise Bt400 billion in loans to stimulate the economy. The opposition MPs weren’t too enthusiastic, however, voting with their feet after the first reading and refused to join a special House committee to be appointed to vet the bill. In three readings, voting registered 247:0, 239:1 and 244:0. NPP Adopt Swastika as Official Logo In early June, the leaders of the New Politics Party (NPP), successors to the PAD, apart from reverting to the 1970’s colours of yellow-and-green, adopted a somewhat controversial new logo — the swastika. Originally a good luck symbol, venerated in Eastern religions ranging from Hinduism and Jainism to Buddhism, the clockwise-rotating version of the symbol was commandeered by Adolf Hitler, who turned it into the unofficial logo for genocide and racial hatred. Thailand Wants Joint-Custody of Wat Preah Vihear Thailand is to propose that the World Heritage Committee should give joint-custody to both Thailand and Cambodia of the ancient Khmer temple, Wat Preah Vihear, on the border of Si Sa Ket Province. PM Abhisit maintains World Heritage sites are meant to preserve culture and history, allowing tourists to see and admire them, rather than being a source of conflict, as has resulted from Cambodia’s sole supervision of the wat. US to Pressurize Thai Government to Stop Hmong Repatriation Thirty-one US Congress members have asked US Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton to appeal directly to PM Abhisit and the Royal Thai Army to halt the repatriation of Hmong refugees to Laos and allow external access to the Huai Nam Khao Camp. The Hmong earned the animosity of the communist Laos government by fighting alongside the US in Vietnam. Hmong refugees who sought sanctuary in Thailand tell of murder, gang-rape and malnutrition inflicted by Laotian forces. Government Not Quite So Popular Survey Finds PM Abhisit Vejjajiva’s popularity is waning slightly, according to a recent Bangkok University survey to assess popular satisfaction with the government’s six-month performance. The premier rated highest for international relations, followed by social and then economic issues. Government popularity is likely to improve, apparently, by successfully tackling economic problems, resolving agriculture price issues, solving corruption problems and working more transparently, as well as by working faster and more decisively.

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Five things that could de-rail the recovery

by Simon Philbrook Though leading indicators are undeniably improving, MBMG Group believe there are still plenty of things that could de-rail this recovery. One: the world could hit a mountain of hyper-inflation World governments have been aggressively fighting deflation but it could be inflation that actually de-rails the recovery. MBMG highlight the threat that inflation could dampen world growth, particularly as commodity prices are already on the rise again. We share with the author of Black Swans, Nassim Taleb, the fear that the monetary interventions by governments around the world will ultimately lead to instability in global prices. Last week Taleb said: ‘Policymakers have no control over the outcome of their actions. The plane they are flying will either hit the mountain, which is hyperinflation, or crash in the ocean, which is deflation. There is a chance of the pilot hitting the runway. But if he’s not skilled, it’s less than he thinks.’

Our view is that policymakers will leave rates low for too long and hit the mountain. We think if anything it will take too long to turn off the taps. It is not in the interests of the authorities to increase funding costs by raising costs to borrow. We would also highlight rising commodity prices, coupled with rising bond yields, as a major threat to consumer spending and demand over the longer term. People are taking a more optimistic view on the economic recovery, particularly in the Far East and China, which has caused demand for raw materials and fuel to pick up. There has been a lot of speculation about the oil price, which is quite dangerous. The higher the oil price rises, the less consumers have in their pockets to spend. There is also the threat of higher commodity prices feeding through to cause inflation to increase significantly, which could be a concern as real income and money supply growth would be squeezed. Although inflation figures could pick up later this year, commodities prices would need to rise substantially to make us concerned. A slowdown in money supply growth would represent a greater threat to a global economic recovery. Two: government money could run out soon MBMG do not see commodity

price rises and the inflationary threat as a major challenge to the recovery process. We are not expecting the oil price to return to its highs of just under $150 last year, arguing that this was driven up by mad speculators and that global growth is no longer high enough to justify a return to such levels. We do, however, highlight growing fiscal deficits, particularly in the US, as a major concern. General recovery is dependent on what will happen in the US. There are signs that things are improving but there are enormous debt problems. At some point Barack Obama’s huge fiscal stimulus will have to be withdrawn. In the UK, we are particularly concerned about the government’s growing deficit. A new government will face the task of massively cutting back government borrowing through higher taxes and/or spending cuts, which we argue will take demand out of the economy. Three: the west could not get to share in the recovery Even as the United States and its European followers try to address the fiscal deficit it is facing the threat that much more of the recovery will take place in the East. MBMG describe this process as global growth rebalancing. Imbalances have been around for an awfully

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by Mr Pobaan

We all have things we hate doing. ‘Why don’t you fix that cupboard in the bathroom?’ enquires Mrs Pobaan, my teerak, not for the first time. ‘I’ll get around to it. There are so many things I have to do. I’ll fix the cupboard soon.’ The truth is, there are things I need to do that I want to do even less than fixing the cupboard in the bathroom, and chief among these, pulsating at the top of my to-do list like a throbbing toothache, is going to the dentist. But getting me to go to the dentist is not on Mrs Pobaan’s nag list, so the pressure I feel to get it over with is entirely self-generated. The voices in my head battle it out. ‘I need to go to the dentist.’ ‘Why? I hate going to the dentist.’ ‘But I haven’t been for a

couple of years and I’m sure I can feel a cavity.’ ‘It’ll be OK for a bit. Besides, they’re my teeth, so I can decide what to do about them.’ ‘But I don’t want my gnashers to drop out and become a toothless old codger, do I?’ ‘No, I suppose not.’ So today I fix the bathroom cupboard and, grasping the bull by the horns, also go to the dentist. And it has been a good day. These are two statements that, to the Pobaan mind, are not normally compatible. I do not like going to the dentist. Frankly, I’d rather have my teeth drilled than go to the dentist. And there we have it - the dread of the tooth doctor is ingrained in the very idiom of our language. It’s not just the pain. It’s being told that whatever is wrong with my teeth is my own fault, and being told it

in a way that suggests I am a naughty child. ‘We’re not brushing as effectively as we should, are we?’ ‘Perhaps we should floss more regularly.’ ‘Of course, we must expect enamel wear/ staining/ cavities if we insist on continuing to enjoy fruit juice/ red wine/ ice cream.’ ‘We’, of course, means ‘me’. I’m being treated like a child by someone who has no parental authority over me – he’s younger than me for a start! - and so exerts his power by appealing to my feelings of guilt, shame and inadequacy. That’s why I don’t like going to the dentist. It’s not the pain. Let them drill each tooth without anaesthetic until my bared nerves are jangling in agony and the whine of the drill crowds my ears like a million hungry mosquitoes. Bring on the pain, but please cut out the patronising disapproval of my lifestyle choices.

long time and there is a need to rebalance. There is the problem that excess savings in China have been funding excess deficits in the UK and the US with cheap money. We understand China is expanding and rebalancing its domestic economy, which will have benign repercussions for the rest of the world, but the dear old US and UK will have to tighten their belts. We also highlight the substantial amounts of government debt coming onto the markets in the US and UK. This combined with rising bond yields and a potential investors’ strike could represent a major threat to economic recovery. Also, we pose question marks over whether export dependent economies will increase consumption and imports. When Chinese officials speak about restructuring their economy away from export-led growth what they sometimes seem to mean is that China will keep its trade surplus at around 10% of GDP. Furthermore, the same mercantilist approach in Germany and we expect the current account surplus there to shrink marginally from 6.4% of GDP in 2008 to 5.2% in 2014. Four: another crisis could come from Europe MBMG believe that if Germany does not use fiscal and monetary stimulus

to reduce its current surplus, it could result in another financial crisis in the Eurozone and central Europe, de-railing the wider recovery. A potential crisis could be precipitated by rising unemployment in the German industrial heartland, combined with deleveraging in central Europe and a potential loss of sovereign status by weaker government borrowers on the periphery of the Eurozone. Whether this will result in an Asian or Lehman-style crisis will depend on whether German and EU leaders can agree credible collective guarantees for weaker European players. At present, the market spreads on sovereign bonds imply that such guarantees are almost certain, first from the IMF, then from the European Investment Bank and ultimately from the German government itself. And the markets may well be right, since it is clearly in the interests of the German government to prevent a European financial crisis. But then, it was clearly in the interests of the US government to guarantee the obligations of Fannie Mae and prevent the bankruptcy of Lehman – and we all know what happened next. Five: bond yields could force up rates too early MBMG also point to rising bond yields in the UK and US as a potential

threat to a global economic recovery. This factor not only makes it difficult for central banks and governments to keep interest rates low, but also threatens to make mortgages more expensive, so sub-prime sufferers could then be trapped once again. The likelihood would be that property prices would continue to slide. That, in turn will hurt the banks and so the recovery would be curtailed. Furthermore, rising bond yield’s tendency to make mortgage financing less affordable could dampen a bounce in the property market, particularly in the US. Combined with rising oil prices, rising bond yields could put consumers under further pressure and choke signs of an economic recovery. For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on simon@ 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.

With that as background, you can imagine the leaden feet that today carry me towards the dental surgery. Have you noticed how many dentists there are on Pattaya Tai? Lots. Down the road in Wat Chai market they are selling sweets, fruit juices and sugary drinks. Here, the dentists lurk, their signs encouraging us to SMILE and so reveal our crooked dentition, our stained enamel and our cavities, the raw materials of what to the dental profession is big business. I inch towards the door of a surgery which has the word ‘smile’ in its title. Once over the threshold, in the killing zone, I am captive. There is no escape. Then the world is turned upside down. A charming receptionist takes a few meagre details from me and tells me to relax, indicating a pink sofa. Within moments, and too quickly to allow me to have second thoughts, I am whisked into a booth in which are all the usual items of torture equipment, plus a diminutive dentist and her assistant.

She starts with a couple of jokes. I am unnerved. She oozes me into the chair. I am disarmed. She takes a look into my mouth without laughing, frowning or tuttutting. She asks me what I want her to do. ‘What do you recommend?’ I hear myself asking. ‘Well, you have a number of cavities.’ She actually states the number, but I know, gentle reader, that you will understand if I maintain a modicum of medical confidentiality by not revealing the extent of my dental decay in this column. ‘What should we do about them?’ ‘Fill them!’ she cries zealously, bending to her task. ‘Won’t take long. No need for an injection.’ ‘Pardon? No anaesthetic injection?’ ‘No. It won’t hurt. Maybe nit noy.’ ‘Jep nit noy? Jing jing?’ ‘Jing jing. Take forty minutes.’ Exactly forty minutes later, I am being asked to rinse. My dentist strips off her mask to give me a bit of face-to-face reassurance, finishes with a couple more jokes and shows me to the credit card area where the damage is minimal. Walking on air back along the pavement, I try to recall how I’ve felt previously on

leaving dentists’ clinics covered in sweat, half my mouth numb, with a bottom lip as big as a mango and drooling saliva down my shirtfront. And with a seriously inconvenienced credit card languishing in my wallet. This time I am pain-free, bits of my teeth have been restored that only now I realise have been missing, I haven’t been talked down to, lectured or patronised and I still have enough cash left to keep myself alive until payday. Kuhn Pobaan’s by-the-way We have ordered a few plants to create what Mrs Pobaan calls ‘the jungle look’ in the grounds of Khao Talo Towers and I am prompted to wonder why they make flower pots potty-shaped, rather than tapering. ‘Because they look nicer,’ offers my darling in explanation. ‘But if you buy a plant in a potty-shaped pot, it’s jolly difficult to get it out. It would be easier if it tapered out towards the top.’ ‘You can always smash the pot,’ my lovely wife suggests. ‘What’s the point of making it look nice if you have to break it?’ I question in riposte, but she has gone indoors to cook the lunch. Your observations to, please.

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P. & N. Poolshop was formed in 2005 by Phillip & Nittaya. Philip worked as a competent building contractor for 20 years, mostly building private propert-ies including swimming pools. Now, he’s the company’s director, sales, swimming pool design, pool construction supervisor, quantity surveyor and pool structural engineer. While Nittaya used to be a photographer before she became the company’s director, administration, purchasing officer and pool maintenance supervisor. Many residents and property developers in and around Pattaya are benefiting from Phillip’s many years of experience, expertise and knowledge in swimming pool design, build and maintenance. Questions asked by many readers What can be done to prevent tile grout from continuously becoming discolored and breaking down ? Dear readers, The only and best solution is to not have grout, recently our company solved this problem for one of our valued customers, Gene who has a home and a pool in soi Yu-Mai, Pattaya Central. We removed all of Genes pool tiles, prepared

the rendered surface, and applied a tanking compound to the rendered surface. We then applied a sand wash finish to the

complete pool shell. (No tiles No grout No problem) Here are the photos of the finished pool, (looks good doesn’t it) Yes There Is Water In The Pool, Very Clear Isnt It

For those who are considering building a pool then not only the above is less problematic it also is a massive cost saving. A saving of 50,000.00 TB. Would be saved on a 10 x 5 meter pool. Gene would welcome anyone to visit his pool and discuss the ease of taking care and maintenance of his newly renovated pool Simply make an appointment via me Philip 081-0044-971

How to keep your finances from imploding

by Craig Taunton I’ve been talking a lot lately about how our some of the largest world economies are on a collision course with fiscal disaster. We’re borrowing money like crazy. We’re spending trillions we don’t have. Our budget deficits are exploding, with red ink spewing as far as the eye can see! During normal conditions, you have a good grasp on expectations of how markets relate to each other and how one market might respond to certain conditions relative to another. With this information you can build a diverse portfolio that gives you a level of protection against vulnerabilities in individual markets or securities. But in times of crisis, these historical relationships can go awry. And the current crisis has exposed the shock risk of this diversification philosophy. No region, nor market, was spared. According to the IMF,

Fed Chairman Bernanke’s projection of a recovery toward the end of the year is taking the absolute best case scenario and here’s why… There have been three other recessions in the past fifty years that share the two key features of this recession: 1. Global synchronization — in globally-synchronized recessions there is an absence of global trade, a typical crutch for ailing economies to lean on. This time around a whopping 65 percent of world economies are in a recession, and global trade has taken a header. 2. Financial crisis — In recessions associated with a financial crisis, the recoveries are slower because households are in saving mode, so demand is weak. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the personal savings rate in the U.S. is now more than 4 percent, the highest this decade and it’s likely headed higher. Meanwhile, in the United States the Federal Reserve is adding more and more garbage to its balance sheet every week. It’s trying to

reinflate the last bubble by pumping massive amounts of money into the economy and slashing interest rates to the bone. And it’s expanding its tentacles into every corner of the credit markets. This is undermining the Fed’s independence and virtually guaranteeing that future rate decisions will be compromised by politics. Look, we can’t control everything the world powers do, but we can take steps to keep our finances from imploding so here are a couple of suggestions to prepare you for tough times ahead... Step 1: Save More The governments are doing all they can to destroy your savings by driving interest rates to practically zero, it’s making it so your ultrasafe funds can’t generate much of anything in interest. You can do one of two things: 1. Get involved with some offshore bonds or savings vehicles that can potentially provide you with higher returns whilst locking your money in for the short to medium term.

2. Increase the amount of money you save to offset the loss of future interest income. This isn’t the fun way to confront the assault on your savings. It takes dedication and a willingness to tone down your discretionary spending. But it’ll help fortify your balance sheet against the risk of a deeper economic recession — and give you the peace of mind so many folks are lacking today. The bottom line is we can’t keep living beyond our means as countries — or individuals — without consequences, no matter what those economists keep telling us. Step 2: Borrow Smart I’ll be the first to acknowledge that savings can’t fund every purchase you need to make. Sometimes, you’re just going to have to borrow money. But here too, you have to make sure you don’t keep piling on more and more debt ... spending more and more money you don’t have ... and demonstrating zero concern for the potential consequences. If you run your cards up

to or near their credit limits, or you max out your home equity line of credit, chances are it’ll hurt your credit score. That, in turn, will lead to a re-evaluation of your creditworthiness. It’ll prompt existing creditors to cut your credit lines and new potential creditors to shy away. They might even offer you less money or charge you higher interest rates. Nowhere did borrowing get more out of control in recent years than in the mortgage arena. Borrowers let their appetites get the better of them. They borrowed too much money to buy too much house on too risky terms. As a result, foreclosure rates are exploding higher and people’s financial lives are being ruined. Simply put: If you can’t qualify for a 30-year fixed, fully amortizing mortgage ... save up for a down payment of at least 5 percent or 10 percent ... and restrict yourself to a monthly principal, interest, tax, and insurance payment that eats up no more than 28 percent of your gross monthly income then you

should not be buying a home! Greedy bankers will always try to find a way to subvert these rules so they can pad their own pockets. Don’t take the bait! The same goes for loading your home up with other debt, such as second mortgages and equity lines of credit. These tools can have practical uses — such as home improvement, where the money you’re borrowing can possibly help increase the home’s value. But charging pizzas or trips to Caribbean with equity from your house is a sure-fire way to get yourself into serious debt trouble, especially in a market where home prices are still tumbling. I know this may not be exactly what you want to hear ... but hear it you must. Because in these days of fiscal insanity, the best thing we as individuals can do is take charge of our own finances — before they take charge of us! Questions to the author can be directed to Craig Taunton of Haswell Pellant by emailing ctaunton@

Ask Andy


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Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Quick Tip Here’s an idea to help you keep track of unused paint. After you have applied that final coat and before you’ve resealed the can, paint a line around the outside of the can at the paint level. Later this will let you know at a glance both the exact color of the paint and how much paint is left—without having to open the sealed can.  Chrome Groan Dear Andy, my chrome bathroom fixtures, both in the sink and the shower, are dull and cloudy. Store-bought cleansers only seem to make them worse. Is there anything I can do to restore their luster? Genevieve in Sri Racha Sure, Genevieve. After cleaning your bathroom with those store-bought products, give your chrome fixtures a sparkle by making a paste of baking soda and dishwashing

liquid. Apply this to the chrome and rub clean with a cloth. As an alternative, you can wipe on a shine using warm white vinegar. One more bathroom cleaning tip: To clean stains from chrome as well as tile, rub the unsightly spots with baby oil (mineral oil). Follow up by wiping down with a soft cloth for a lint free shine. In the future, keep in mind that if chrome fixtures are not properly and routinely maintained, they can become dull and cloudy.  Rained Out When it rains it is very difficult and sometimes not at all possible to insert the key to unlock the outside door to my house, Andy. What would cause this? Is it a lubrication issue? Ole in Pattaya It may well be a lubrication issue, Ole, but do not use anything like oil or WD40. Those lubricants will just collect grit and

dirt which, over time, will get gummy. Instead, get a small tube of powdered graphite from a lock shop or hardware store. Apply the graphite to the lock and a little on the key, then insert the key in the lock and turn.  Tile Tips We recently purchased a house that has a concrete floor, much of which is covered in worn linoleum. I would like to install a tile floor, Andy, and want your advice on whether doing it myself is a good idea. If so, how do I do it? Jason, Rayong Yes you can, Jason, but it’s a lot of work. Remember, labor is affordable here in Pattaya, so you might want to hire a professional. On the other hand, if you have the time and enjoy a challenge, you must know what items you will need and exactly how to do it. In essence, you will need the tiles, of course, as well as adhesive, heavy-

duty drill with paddle bit, measuring tape, knee pads (optional), notched floor trowel, grout, several large (20-liter) buckets, squeegee or grout sponge with handle, and probably a tile cutter. Space here allows only for general guidelines on how to install tile. First, ensure that the floor is level. If not, fill in any holes or dents with quick-drying cement, and let it dry for at least 24 hours. Then chip away any old mortar and thoroughly clean the surface. Remove any trim or fixtures around the wall at floor level. If there are any doors, make sure there will be enough clearance. Then clean the floor again. (Dirt is a no-no.) Make a diagram of exactly how you want the tiles, then pinpoint the exact center of the room and begin placing tiles, working your way out from the center of the room to the walls. That will allow you to use mostly whole tiles so you only have to cut those that will be placed along the wall edges. Now, using a heavy-duty drill with a paddle bit, mix mortar according to package instructions until it has the consistency of peanut butter. Prepare small batches as you go because the mixture

hardens quickly. [Warning: wear safety glasses when mixing mortar.] Use a notched floor trowel to scoop out a glob of mortar and spread a thin layer evenly across the floor using the flat side. Once the area is covered, flip the trowel and use the grooved side to spread it at a 45degree angle. When the mortar is dry, spread a thin layer of tile adhesive on the back side of the tile, then set it in place (do not slide it). Repeat with remaining tiles. Use spacers to maintain constant grout lines if you prefer, but it’s usually fine just to eyeball it. When all whole tiles have been placed, if you have a space that requires a cut tile, measure the dimensions and use a tile cutter to form the proper shape. When finished, mix grout to a frozen-yogurt consistency (a little grout goes a long way). You want the grout to fall into spaces between the tiles and still be easy to spread. Pour out some grout, then spread it around with a grout float making sure there are no gaps or bubbles. Scrape off any excess by wiping diagonally across the tiles. Follow the scraping with a wet sponge, having a bucket filled with water

on hand to wash out the excess. Andy’s Helpers I was interested in your Andy question about dog ticks and think a follow up might be useful. Our two dogs live outside and were inundated with ticks, literally hundreds. It was a major problem as the ticks would be all around the house, inside and out. As fast as we removed the ticks from our dogs they would return. Our vet recommended using a liquid product called Frontline on the dogs, and Biticol in our yard. Our pet shop had Frontline but not Biticol. Instead they suggested something called “Dermak” (written in Thai with the word MAX in English). Frontline is applied to the dog’s back and within a couple of days it spreads through the body, kills off ticks and provides further protection for a month. Then we sprayed the Dermak outside the house and wherever the dogs tended to lay (carport, pathway). Now, weeks later, the dogs are tickfree, and there are no new ticks in or around the house. Chris

--Handy Andy

So You Want to Build a House (part 2 of 3)

See Pattaya Today’s June 16th issue for Part 1 which covers location, finding a builder, financing, construction loans and closing costs. 5. Once you decide to build, see if the builder’s contract has a call-back policy written in the contract. Most problems with any newly constructed building will happen within the first 30 days. Quality builder’s take care of “emergency” problems right away (water leaks, electrical problems, etc.). For miscellaneous little glitches, keep a list of smaller non-emergency problems that arise and the builder can come back after 30 days and fix them all at one time. Beyond that, a good builder backs quality construction with a warranty for one year using the same criteria (returning immediately for any emergency and all little glitches will be taken care of at one time at the end of the year). Once you choose a builder, if this is not offered ask that it be added to the contract.

6. While you are shopping around for the best area to build you can still keep an eye out for existing homes or newly built homes that fits your needs. You might find one that is cheaper than building. As a bonus, while looking at them you may get ideas for your new custom home. 7. Decide up front what you want. Write out what I call a dream sheet. If married, the husband and wife should independently write down the things they personally want in a home, then get together and come up with one list (dream sheet) they both approve. At that point take your dream sheet to a designer, architect or builder so they have the criteria to design and price your custom home. Time is money. If you don’t make a dream sheet first and are not certain what you want your design fees may get expensive. Worse yet, any changes you make when the house it being built can be very expensive. Floor space costs money,

and most people find it difficult to visualize the size of a room from a drawing. Don’t arbitrarily increase the sizes of rooms from just looking at a floor plan. When you make up your dream sheet don’t make vague requests like, “We want a big master bedroom.” What is big to you is subject to interpretation. You may end up getting a huge bedroom with wasted space. Measure your current bedroom. Let’s say it is 12’ x 14’ and it is too small, but it would be adequate for your furniture if it was 14’ x 16’. Write 14’ x 16’ on your dream sheet and do this exercise for every room in the house. Specify closet sizes, window sizes, kitchen needs etc. Specifying the requirements and amenities of a room can be as simple or detailed as you want. A kitchen may require great detail. A child’s bedroom may not. Regardless, make your changes “on paper” with your designer so you minimize or eliminate the

possibility of expensive changes once you have started construction. 8. When selecting a floor plan, keep the following in mind: It is generally cheaper than designing a home from scratch when the builder has a floor plan that comes close to what you want and he allows you to make design changes to it. If the builder’s plan includes elevation drawings or a model home you will have a good idea what your custom home will look like when it is finished. If you design a home from scratch you won’t have this advantage, so ask for elevation drawings, 3D drawings if possible, and perhaps even some interior drawings of special rooms like the living room, kitchen, master bath, etc. Remember: Make changes BEFORE you sign a construction contract and know how much each change will add or deduct to the price. 9. Know the quality of materials and equipment

the builder is including and have it specified in writing in the contract. There are many differences in the quality of toilets, sinks, faucets, cabinets, countertops, floor coverings (carpet, ceramic tile, linoleum, wood, etc.), air conditioners, windows, roofing, foundations, insulation, and virtually everything that will go into the construction of your home. Get these items selected before signing the contract and have them included in the contract. If the contract specifies allowances for specific items, do some shopping BEFORE you sign the contract to make sure the allowances are adequate. The base price of a home can be kept lower when the allowances are only sufficient for basic quality items. You will have to pay any overages if you select more costly items. Example: The contract includes a 10,000 baht allowance for light fixtures, but when you select light fixtures they total 30,000 baht. You will

have to pay the extra 20,000 baht. That is fair, but it is in your best interest to set a reasonable allowance in the contract BEFORE you sign it. Also, have it in writing what is included in each allowance. A door bell system may be included in the lighting allowance. If the builder gives you an allowance for landscaping in the amount of 15,000 baht, that may only get you a fine grade of the yard plus grass seed. If you also want shrubs, flowers and trees, landscaping costs will escalate. Investigate what each allowance will realistically buy and adjust them accordingly prior to signing the construction contract. Be sure to pick up the July 16th issue of Pattaya Today for the final guidelines of “So You Want to Build a House” which includes physical concerns, house orientation, landscaping, covenants and homeowner’s associations, legal help, cost-plus contracts, swimming pools and trusting your builder.

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Vol. 8 No. 20  1- 15 July 2009

Golf from the Caddyshack Pattaya Commercial Basketball League (Aft 6th Season)

by Keith

Good turn out for Monday competition at Plutaluang, Its has being quite a long time since the Caddy Shack played at the course, this may be the reason why four groups played the South, North, courses and the last two groups played South, and East, Or it could be that Greg’ Richie,s Caddy was advising Greg that every one was on South and East. She was very pretty though and was forgiven instantly. Also due to half the field having navigation problems they were taken from the short list of new navy recruits. Never mind the competition was split in two, with prizes for more competitors. The deal Plutaluang are currently giving is excellent ,with the price including buggy Just over 1000 Baht. All three courses conditions were given good reports, so much so that it was decided the Caddy Shack would book the course again on the 26th of June. Listed below are the two group winners, group B were the ones that went the wrong way we think but back at the Caddyshack the debate continued way into the night but was all in good taste. Group A winners 1st Ben Findon 35 points 2nd Helmut Hebstreit 33 points winning on count back 3rd Roger Moore 33 points Group B Winners 1st Ted Gardner 37 points winning on count back

by Erwin James Millan

Jeff North And Fridays winner roger moore 2nd Greg Richie 37 points FRIDAY 19th 3rd Peter Henderson 35 1st. Roger Moore 39pts points 2nd Dave Strange 39pts Today was a good turn out 3rd Jeff North 36pts of golfers to play St Andrews Today’s golf was golf course, I don’t think Greenwood golf course, I have ever heard a bad today’s tee positions were word on the condition of to be proved as tougher this golf course and that still than normal with them stands today, the usual story stretched back a long way, is that its not easy to play, the but this did not phase a few views are some of the best of the golfers with Roger seen on a golf course so the Moore putting in a round reports back were all positive of a saint with 39 points, especially from Jeff North Dave Strang fresh back from who put together another Tasmania put up a sterling superb round of 37 points to performance with his new take 1st place, in 2nd was clubs to also get 39 points, our American friend Ted it was also suggested that Gardner with 36 points, in 3rd he gets a new outfit as well, place was the very consistent in 3rd place was Jeff (radar) Roger Moore with 35 points North who hit every fairway and 4th place was Don in regulation and only had Wilson with 34 points, on the 19 putts, so god only knows day the Birdie 2,so pot was what happened between shared with Emmet White those shots. All together it fresh back from a short spell was a very enjoyable days from Ireland and Greg Richie golf with some good topics who managed to play the on the day aired back at The same course as the others Caddyshack over a couple of today so well done for that. cool beers.

Pattaya All-Star wins AFT 6th Season League Crown (Fairtex Sports Basketball Complex): The Pattaya AllStar team bags the Pattaya Commercial Basketball League Title at the expense of the fighting Davao Gwapings 60-48 in a jump pack crowd last night at the Fairtex Basketball Arena. It was a hot fight and tight exchange of baskets on the early goings of the first half of the championship with the scores peg at 23-19 in favor of the Pattaya All-star. The two teams traded basket until the 3rd quarter with #14 Mojo waxing hot to lead the All-stars to a 37-30 lead at the end of the third quarter. At the start of the 4th quarter, #21 Jefjef of the Davao Gwapings try to carries his team to keep in pace with the Pattaya All-star by providing clutch baskets down the stretch and move the Davao team to an inch closer at 43-41. From where it was closed and expected to be a down to the wire ending, the Pattaya All-star launch a string of 3 point shots from #10 “FunnyMan” Joker and #5 “Highleaper” Nong to give the All-star a breathing lead at 52-42 with 5 minutes left in the game. The Davao Gwapings could not stop the rampaging

Pattaya All-star down the 4 minutes mark wiith #9 “Silent Assasin” Nap orchestrating the play for #1 Kelly, #14 Mojo, and #3 Mhel as contributor to maintain their lead to 12 pts. The Davao Gwapings launch a last ditch rally on back to back 3’s by #20 the “Spark Triggerman” Ewee but the time is not on their side as the time is dwindling down to the 2 last minutes of play. At the closing minutes all Davao could do is to kill the clock by fouling and sending the Pattaya All-star to the free throw line and end the score at 60-48. On the earlier match, the Sriracha roaring Tigers claimed the 3rd place spot by defeating the Pistols team 47-42. The trio Tigers combo of #6 Prapas, #8 Lei, and #41 Thai carries the Tigers offense to clogged down the Pistols. The Pistol crew led by #3 Jomar and #13 the “Veteran” Bong carries the cudgels for their team but could not finished off the Tigers assault in the 4th quarter. Champion Team : Pattaya All-Star Players: Nap, Mhel, Paul, Blake, Mojo, Nong, Joker, Kelly, JR, Mike, Raymond, Erwin, Ric-Ric 2nd Place Team : Davao Gwapings Players: Vengie, James, Jordan, Weiss, Off, Atoy, Ewee, Kim, Jefjef, Jonald, Ondong, JB, Yao

3rd Place Team : Sriracha Tigers 6th Season Mvp : #11 BLAKE Wallin ( Pattaya All-Star) Finals Mvp : #14 Mojo ( Pattaya All-Star) Mythical Team: 1. #12 Weiss ( Davao Gwapings) 2. #14 Mojo (Pattaya AllStar) 3. #1 Tom ( Pistols) 4. #11 Blake ( Pattaya AllStar) 5. #6 Prapas (Sriracha Tigers) Best Defensive Player : #3 Mhel Y. (Pattaya All-Star) Sportsmanship Award : #11 Gerry ( Foster Wheelers Congratulations to all the winners, for all the Participating Teams, Players, Referees, Commitees, and Sponsors On Their Contribution To The Success Of The Pattaya Commercial Basketball League..Many Thanks. Special Thanks to our SponsorS/Teams/Communities: Pattaya Today AftChonburi (President, Officials, and Tita Flor) Wheelers, Sriracha Tigers, Pistols, Davao Gwapings, and Pattaya All-Star Fairtex Fans (Pattaya And Especially From Sriracha) Pattaya Communities Families Friends Eastern Trophies/ Medals (Sriracha) See You All On Next Basketball 7th Season..

Wednesday Quiz League Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League results table

R2Q7 Q: Which Vietnamese bay features thousands of limestone isles in various sizes and shapes? A: Ha Long Bay. Bowling Green appealed for “Hang Dong Bay”. Sorry, Bowling Green, you were close, but not close enough! R3Q8 Q: Which African player reached number one in the Official World Golf Rankings in the mid-1990s? A: Nick Price. The Londoner appealed for Ernie Els of South Africa. Els was never no. 1 in the year-end rankings (unlike Nick Price who was year-end no. 1 in 1994). However he did reach no. 1 for 1 week on June 22 1997, and again for 4 weeks on April 12 1998, and once more for 4 weeks on May 17 1998 (info from Wikipedia). Because the question didn’t specify year-end no. 1, I will accept Els. Two points to The Londoner, Derbyshire, Bowling Green, Cheers, OK Corral, Palmers, The Bunker and Nervous Wreck. The Stag’s Head now seem to have dropped out of the quiz, so all teams please note that if they are due to play them they will now have a “bye” and awarded an automatic 3 points. I have recalculated previous matches to take this into consideration. Ian. “Next week’s matches July 1st: Derbyshire vs. Cheers, OK Corral vs. Nervous Wreck, Palmers vs. Boxing Roo, Rising Sun vs. Bunker, Shagwell vs. Bowling Green, Londoner bye.”

Stars is making a late run for the league title by winning their 2nd game of the season against Cheers. High on the game victory, Stars also took the beer. Stan said “I’ll get my coat”. At a secret location on 3rd Road, the Coffee Shop Quartet hosted the Palmers Crew, Blue Mountain taking both the honors. The customized golf buggy was spotted holding traffic up as it made its way to the OK Corral. The spittoon filling Posse no match for the club swinging Bunker Boys. The Bunker taking game and beer. O’Leary’s Lepracorns were held hostage in Melly’s dungeon and forced to drink beer. Melly’s Crew took the game with the Lepracorns fighting back to win the free beer. Lucky Time was hosted by the Rising Sun (and St Johns Ambulance). The Sunshine Boys were up for it big style (not sure what the street name for the drug is called), and before you could say “Lance is crap at darts” they had 5 * on the board against Lucky Times 0 *. Lucky Time with true Bulldog Spirit fought back, the score sat at 6-5 to the RS with one match remaining. If Lance could win his singles match it would be ‘Goodnight Ladies’ to LT. You know when you say something that you later regret, well that was Lance, Welsh Ian taking the match to leave all on the beer. St Johns medics bandaged Steve’s hand after he had bitten his finger nails down to the second knuckle, and the beer leg began. The Sunshine Boys outplaying Team LT (I think there was something dodgy in the sandwiches) and checked out to take both the honors. Lucky Time and the Bunker now share the league lead, with Mee Chew, the Rising Sun, and Blue Mountain snapping at their heels. Player/Celebrity Lookalike: 2 nominations this week, Melly/Ronnie Barker, and Steve(RS)/Rigsby (Rising Damp). On a final note, I want to know who keeps e-mailing me adverts for hair restorer?


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Three Sisters Golf The Bunker

by Derek Brook

A good turnout and mother nature held the rain this June 23rd. The clouds looded fearful but they held up for the entire 18 holes. The same could not be said for the Greens Keeper who totally soaked the first12 greens. The greens were so wet that players had to take relief for their putts. Other than that the course was freshly mowed and the men were nice enought to shut off the week-whackers while the players putted. Back at Caddy Shack 2 the cards were in and Bill Thompson lead the pack with a firm 41. Herbie

by Mick Ramshaw

Bill Thompson on the left with Bob Benda on the right Ishinaga and Bob Benda both bies 18. Herbie furnished the showed up with 37’s but on usual dogs and snacks and a count back, Bob took it with variety of liquid refreshment a 19 on the back nine to Her- was on hand.

Golf from the Travellers Rest

by Barry Hooper

Rod Continues where he Left Off Last week I made mention of a player called Rod Crosswell who had a division win on the Monday an outright win on the Tuesday and followed this with two third places on the Thursday and Saturday. Well he had obviously not finished because he came out with all his guns blazing this Monday to win at Pattana and storm the field by a clear ten points with a score of forty-two leaving George Bishop in his wake back at thirty-two in second spot. He followed that up with a position on the team win the following day Tuesday

Senior. Rod also posted a two along with George Bishop. In division two Alun Webber took top honours also with thirty-two and just the one up on Ron Gillett in second spot. William Smith held third with a thirty pointer. Just two two’s from George Bishop and Rod Crosswell who both rang the bell back at the TRGG Tuesday 16th of June was a trip to St Andrews. Change of format to a four ball scramble on the day with Fergus Brennan, Rod Cresswell, Peter Evans and Ray Allison taking the top spot with fifty nine point nine net over David Allison, Rob Herald, Bob Cannon and Keith Huxtable with sixty one point one.

Saturday Winners – Michael Moreton and Len Hardingham Inset – Rod Crosswell

at the four-ball scramble at St. Andrews along with Fergus Brennan, Peter Evans and Ray Allison. Congratulations Rod. On Monday 15th June we travelled back to Pattana for the second Monday visit in a row playing courses A & B A very nice course this and found yet again to be in very good condition and a very good turnout on the day so two divisions. It obviously suited Rod Crosswell’s style of play as he took the field in division one by a clear ten points at forty two. Second was George Bishop at thirty-two winning on the count back over Ray Trembath and Ted

Thursday 18th of June Yet another of our regular outings to Phoenix (Lakes and Ocean) The course as ever in great condition and we had a excellent turnout of good quality players so two divisions were played. Keith Huxtable really found his form and piled in a great thirty-eight pointer to make division one his own by just one point over David Jeffrey. Third was Ray Trembath who could not find his winning form from the previous week. Division two had Dick Stewart at the top with thirty-five and a clear four points up on second placed Terence Winter at thirty-

one with Alun Webber just the one back in third at thirty. Only one two and that belonged to that man again Rod Crosswell. Saturday the 20th was another trip to our regular weekend venue of Green Valley but this time with only a small entrant listing. But this did not deter some good gold being played. Mike Moreton could only manage a third at this course last week but he improved dramatically this week to take top honours with a thirty-five pointer and one clear of Len Hardingham. Fergus was third after a three way count back over Ron Gillett and Terence Winter all at thirty-two. No two’s so the traditional bell ring for all back at the Travellers Rest for the presentation. Detailed Results for the week – Monday 15th at Pattana Division One Rod Crosswell 42 hc 17 George Bishop 32 hc 14 c/b Ray Trembath 32 hc 09 c/b Division Two Alun Webberl 32 hc 23 Ron Gillett 31 hc 36 William Smith 30 hc 18 Tuesday 16th at St Andrew’s - Four Ball Scramble 1st Fergus Brennan, Rod Crosswell, Peter Evans and Ray Allison 59.9 2nd David Allison, Rob Herald, Bob Cannon, Keith Huxtable. 61.1 Thursday 18th at Phoenix (Lakes and Ocean) Division One Keith Huxtable 38 hc 12 David Jeffrey 37 hc 10 Ray Trembath 36 hc 09 Rod Crosswell 33 hc 14 Division Two Dick Stewart 35 hc 21 Terence Winter 31 hc 18 Alun Webberl 30 hc 23 Alan Evans 29 hc 24 Saturday 13th June at Green Valley Michael Moreton 35 hc 24 Len Hardingham 34 hc 18 Fergus Brennan 32 hc 09 c/b Ron Gillett 32 hc 33 c/b Terence Winter 32 hc 18 c/b

Mountain Shadow William Macey took the lead in the race for the golfer of the month title by winning with 38 points. Reg Smart seems to be getting over his recent illness, came into the clubhouse with 33 points to take second place and the minor placings were decided on a count back, Alan Sullivan just beating “Scoby” (who made a welcome return to the golf course) into third place. Results: 1st William Macey (hcp 13) 38 points 2nd Reg Smart (hcp 23) 33 points 3rd Alan Sullivan (hcp 10) 30 points 4th Richard “Scoby” (hcp 14) 30 points Near pin winners - Reg Smart, P.J, Alan Sullivan and William. Greenwood Peter Habgood closed the gap on William at the top of the golfer of the month table by winning at Emerald with a superb five under par round.

Dave Keats had a good round too, taking runner up spot with a sub par round and Gary Austing beat Richard Griffin (who had a fine level par round) on a count back to take the third place. Results: 1st Peter Habgood (hcp 18) nett 67 2nd Dave Keats (hcp 27) nett 71 3rd Gary Austin (hcp 16) nett 72 4th Richard Griffin (hcp 0) nett 72 Near pin winners - Only three greens were hit again so the technical prizes went to Peter Habgood, Gerry

Cooney and Richard Griffin. Emerald Richard Griffin had a very good round of golf today but his 35 points playing off scratch wasn’t enough as Mashi took the honours, beating Jim Wooler on a count back, both scoring 38 points. Richard took some consolation by winning one of the technical prizes instead. Results: 1st Mashi Kaneta (hcp 13) 38 points 2nd Jim Wooler (hcp 22) 38 points 3rd Richard Griffin (hcp 0) 35 points Near pin winners - Richard Griffin won one and two went to Alan Sullivan with nobody hitting the 13th green.

Peter Habgood - winner at Greenwood

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Jimmy Returns to His Field of Dreams and Wins the Double

by Perry McNeely

Over the last 2 weeks of Pattaya Softball it has been good to see a lot of old faces, back in familiar places. With the return of Robin, Robert, Jim-Bob, Jason, Sam, Alan and the grand man himself, Jimmy, softball has started to sizzle again. The bats have been swinging harder, while the defense has been more ferocious. Overall, the games have been more competitive and exciting. But what truly makes it magic for us at softball when the old guard returns is the crazy arguments about rules that give us young guys a welcomed rest. So thanks again, senior citizens of softball, for coming back and again impressing us with your argumentative skills. Pattaya softball would

not be the same with out you old curmudgeons. We are extremely happy to see you all back on the diamond a little bit slower physically, but as verbally abusive as always! The double header on June 7th was captained by Perry and Alan. Alan’s team consisted of Nick, Shawn, Scotty, Rick H. and Z., John S and CF, Ernie, Phil and Josh, looked stronger on paper. Of course, that proved meaningless as Alan’s team lost both games of the double header to Perry’s crew. Perry’s team was led offensively by the big bat of Jason (who was named MVP of the day on his triumphant return to softball), Diego, Mark, Sam and newbies Steven, and Ben. Perry led the defensive squad by pitching rainbows and crazily spun strikes to Alan’s

Perry smacks Phil’s pitch to center, with Rick at SS and Ernie and LCF ready to make the play

bewildered hitters. Recently returned Robert was solid at first, while John E. did a great job at second, and Rocky made some key catches in right field. For box scores of the two games, see below. The week of June 14th saw the triumphant return of Jimmy! His bat was not at his best, but his pitching and fielding were fantastic, and he got himself on the team that won both games of the double header (and that was enough to earn him the day’s MVP). Jimmy’s team beat Diego’s Dogs by a score of 13 to 9 in the first game, and 10 to 8 in the nail biting back end of the double header. Game 2 of the day was the most hotly contested game of the two weeks. It saw some strong defense, huge hits, and was a dog fight until the end. In the top of the first, the Dogs jumped out to a 3 run lead with a homer from Diego scoring Perry and Shawn. Jimmy’s boys countered with doubles from Ernie, Rick H, and John S. to tie the game. Diego’s Dogs scored 3 more in the second on hits from Ben, Rocky, Rick Z, and Nick. But Jimmy’s team kept scratching and clawing at the lead, scoring one in the second and third inning, and close the gap at 6 -5. The Dogs went scoreless in

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Golf From Tropical Bert’s

by Thomas Cotton

After a week’s hiatus, the serious golfers converged on Tropical Bert’s to get their rides to Greenwood, a course far out of Pattaya, but for some reason or other favoured highly by the golfers. The weather was quite fine, perhaps a little muggy to start, but then cooling slightly as a breeze came. The field was exotically arrayed with golfers from Hawaii and Guam. Considerable coughing and wheezing amongst the golfers caused concerns that many had contracted the dreaded G1N1 golfer’s flu, or maybe it was just a bunch of old men with colds and smokers’ cough. At the half-way point some of the golfers had to drop-out due to non-specific syndromes, while the others just slogged away, facing their afflictions

the third and fourth, and saw themselves down 7-6 as they batted in the fifth. Another solo homerun from Diego tied the game, and strong singles from Steven, John E, and Nick gave them a 8 to 7 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. The bats of Jimmy’s team awoke then, batting through the order and scoring 3 crucial runs, on hits from Robin, Jimmy, and Joe to go to the last inning up 10 -8. The Dogs fought hard in the last, and got 2 runners aboard with two out and Shawn up to bat. The play of the game ensued, as Shawn hit one deep to left field, knowing that a hit would tie the game. John Stockton got a great jump on the ball and was under it early, ready to make the catch. Paying homage to the 20/20 Cricket

Golf From the Cafe Kronborg

by Peter Blackburn

Monday, June 15, Treasure Hill – Stableford We headed off right on time from the Kronborg with typical Military precision at 0815 (as per usual thanks to The Admiral) and in just under an hour arrived at Treasure Hill on a perfect day for golf. As usual the course was in excellent condition with the exception of a couple of greens which will certainly benefit from a touch of “rolling”. The scores reflected the weather and conditions as 4 golfers played to their handicap or better in a field of 15. The A Flight (0-17) was won by Marcel Wittwer with 37 points, Martin Philips was second with 36 points and in third place with 33 points was Keith Murray from Gosnells Golf Club in Perth, Australia. The winner of B Flight (17+) was Joe Vander-

Joe Vanderwegan

Mick O’meara, Joel Flor, Steve Hamstad, Perry McNeely shirt with bursting stars. with defiance. Winners A Flight (Hcps The player of the moment was Stan Dare, who for 0-18): Perry McNeely 40 pts perhaps the first time in Derek Brook 35 pts living memory bettered his Steve Hamstad 31 pts, handicap. Sadly, our correspondent was not in Stan’s on count-back from Mick foursome and is unable to O’Meara Winners B Flight (Hcps recount the details of his achievement. Stan must have 19 up): TC 38 pts, on count-back, had some premonition that this day was to be special, for from Joel Flor 38 pts the photo shows that he was Stan Dare 37 pts adorned in a dazzling black

Peter Habgood - winner at Greenwood World Cup, he threw off his a Sunday afternoon. We glove and made the final out start play at 1pm and the fun barehanded. Scouts from all doesn’t stop until we finish the top 10 Cricketing nations both games of the double are sure to be on the diamond header (usually around 4:30 next week looking for much pm). For directions to the needed talent. field, please see Perry or John The Pattaya Softball boys CF at the Pattaya Sports Club, wish to extend an invitation or email me at igolfwells@ to all battered and bruised Hopefully, we former athletes, who enjoy will see you out there soon. being on a ball diamond on By: Diego Wells.

wegan with a great score of 40 points and as seems to be the norm for golfers nearing the end of their holiday he is hitting form before he returns to Belgium at the end of the week. In second place was Nigel Perry with a steady 36 points and also just about at the end of his vacation. Daryl Evans took out the prize money for third place with 32 points. Thursday, June 18, Phoenix – Stroke – Kronborg Monthly Mug On another perfect day we

Daryl Evans Receives His Monthly Mug made the short trip to Phoenix and the first group got away at around 0930 after waiting for a couple of groups to tee off. Unfortunately the group immediately in front of our first group were painfully slow and and just into the second nine they had fallen a hole and a half behind the group in front of them. A quick word to one of the

Marcel Wittwe course Marshalls from The Admiral resulted in them being “chatted” but it had little effect. There was a fair amount of wind around than usual for this course but it resulted in conditions being not as hot as it would have been. Some had trouble reading the greens and the 4 handicapper from Gosnells in Perth had 41 putts but still shot 76 off the stick. The winner of the Kronborg Monthly Mug with a great score of net 68 was Daryl Evans. This was Daryl’s first Monthly Mug win and capped off a good week for him. In second place was Peter Blackburn with net 71, third place with net 72 was Keith Murray playing his last game before returning to Perth and in fourth place was the consistent Joe Vanderwegan with a net 73.

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he third and final round: For anyone who appreciates a great sporting contest, particularly if it involves men carrying a cylindrical ball and trying to run through opposition with both brute strength and bloody ignorance, as well as occasional flashes of intelligence, then get down to the Boxing Roo beer boozer (Third Road, opposite Soi LK) about 5:00PM on Wednesday afternoon 8 July for the third and final game in the State of Origin rugby league series. The usual free pizza will be served as the New South Wales Blues (aka superstars) clash for the third time this year with the Queensland Maroons (aka sociopathic rejects). No prizes for guessing who I support. Dropped off again: While it can justifiably lay claim to having a great selection of video-linked rock and roll music, the Tim ogling den (Second Road) has once again reverted to having a crew of extremely average chrome pole molesters. The last time I wrote about the joint I couldn’t believe the quality of the dancing damsels; it seems this must have been an aberration, and the place has once again settled into mediocrity as far as its distaff collection is concerned. What is on offer is not helped in a visual sense by the revolting orange skirts worn by the dancers. I imagine the eponymous Tim forgot her eyeglasses when out shopping for new dancing attire; either that or the material was available at a serious discount (like: free). Nothing has changed as far as the serving wenches come hostesses is concerned: they all seem to be drawn from a pool of former prison warders, truck drivers, Olympic power lifters, and apprentice nightclub bouncers. Psst…wanna buy a bar?

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Just keep your eyes and ears open and it’s almost impossible not to come stumbling across an amazing number of joints offering nightlife entertainment for sale. Of course it doesn’t mean they are all failing to make a profit, although the shophouses with the shutters down do tend to find turning a profit a bit difficult. Among those I’ve noted that are up for grabs include the Legs ogling den (Pattayaland Soi 2). It was remodelled and downsized earlier this year and has had a sign out front offering it for sale for some time now. Further down the same soi, the closed Popcorn den is for sale or rent. Not sure what’s happening about the former Bubbles/Crystals chrome pole palace in the same benighted street. It was being suggested it would re-open as a distaff dancing den yet again after failing as a pink palace but those plans appear to have been shelved. As for beer boozers it’s almost open season. Pick an area, especially around Soi’s 7 and 8, and you could pick up a dozen or more places for not very much money. What a deal: Sauntering the length of Walking Street in the hours after sunset could almost be akin to running the gauntlet. Lining the street are loads of attractive ladies attired in the garb of their respective places of employment busily thrusting pieces of coloured paper into the hands of passers-by. These bits of future confetti have inscribed on them all kinds of thirst quenching deals. For example, the soon-to-changehands (or so I’m told) New Living Dolls 1 ogling den offers a free drink: a choice of Tiger draught amber fluid or glass of Thai rotgut. The Shark Club has a buy one get one free offer as does the X-Zone chrome pole establishment (Soi 16, off

Walking Street), but only on the same drink, be it a house liver waster or Thai rotgut. On a different line the Goodfellas late night boogie barn has people handing out nicely-printed full colour flyers that inform potential customers they have a Latino night on Friday’s and on Saturday nights it’s Disco time with material from the 70s and 80s as well as something they describe as ‘the coolest House remixes’. Still smells the same: I have to confess I was shocked in a nice way on a recent visit to the Champion chrome pole palace (Walking Street). Having not been in for an eon, the first thing I noticed were the new bar tables, upholstered bench seating, and long, straight dancing stage. The work may well have been done months ago. That said, the pungent aroma for which Champion is known remains, albeit less of an assault on the olfactory senses than in the past. The den now opens at 8:00PM with a happy hour offering most thirst relievers at just 45 baht. Although there were only about 20 molesters of the chrome pole working, the overall standard has definitely improved in terms of age and looks. The main stage features five or six ladies for whom clothes are clearly not required, while the table dancers are more demurely attired in very short see-through skirts and white shirts minus the buttons. Not great, but certainly an improvement on the previous collection of old-age pensioners and over-used minge flashers that used to be characteristic of Champion. A snappy marsupial: Given its good location at the top end of Walking Street and it’s favourable rental terms it’s no surprise the Beavers ogling den stays in business even though it’s not a place I can honestly say I like. With liver wasters at a ridiculous 125 baht and only 15-25 dancers (albeit in a what is a narrow den) there’s not much to really get the juices flowing. Forget the crap spelling: The last time I wrote about the Casnovy ogling den (Walking Street) I was less than impressed. Being fully aware of just how quickly bars can change, either for the better or worse, I decided to check it out later in the evening and was pleasantly surprised. A very clearly Thai-run operation, there were enough ladies of dubious virtue on the main

stage and scattered about the various tables to give a glaucoma sufferer a week’s worth of eyeball exercise. The music is standard car alarm, of course, but with over 30 dancers in what is an average-sized bar it looks busy. The damsels are hardly a pro-active lot; getting a smile or any kind of recognition out of many of them looked akin to pulling teeth, or a face. Perhaps that’s why the place had less than a Baker’s dozen in terms of bums on seats. The preferred discounted libation is, as one might expect, the draught amber nectar, in this place going off at 60 baht a glass. Lady drinks are 110 baht. Worth a look later in the evening. My Biblical reference: One of my most fervent followers, who appears to hang on every word I have ever written (queue the music from the TV series The Night Stalker), rightly pointed out the ‘Are we living in the end times?’ Biblical-style question I asked in my last column for this newspaper I had previously used in the Pattaya Trader magazine back in July last year. Guilty as charged your honour, and it’s good to know someone is taking careful note of everything I pen, although the phrase ‘get a life’ does flash across my addled brain. Nonetheless, a recent evening spent on research (also referred to by the cognoscenti as ‘perving’) in a number of dens of the chrome pole, simply confirms the desperately precarious position of the nightlife business in Fun Town. In each of the six places my team of avid researchers entered it was patently obvious that in at least four cases it was doubtful if they would be able to declare a profit at the end of the night. As one bar manager pointed out, a third of the people wandering the streets looked to be of Middle Eastern extraction, another third had the look of happy families about them, while the remaining third were potential customers. The wallet emptiers I spoke with in each place simply confirmed what I could see with my own eyes: customers are thin on the ground, and this is just the beginning of low season. The Chattering Classes: Apropos of absolutely nothing, I was ambling through the arcade running parallel to Soi Diana Inn near the Papagayo overdressed dancing den and had to chuckle when I came

across four coyote dancing damsels all in a line talking animatedly on their mobile phones. Obviously they were between dancing sets and all sounded as if they were checking on the whereabouts of their male Thai paramours.

None of the girls looked as though they were happy with the way their conversations were going. Piece of Pith: The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy

by Mr Mick Across

Fortnightly Crossword Down

7. Who axed partly played a cruel trick. (4) 8. Is this where and when a good friendship started? (10) 9. Despite repeated call for action this bird is still very dead (4) 10. Be very wary if he calls you as a tasty dish, he is not a vegetarian! (8) 11. Rubbish! (3) 12. This cannot be bettered! (4) 13. This is far from private! (6) 14. The reply when asked if French leave had been taken? (3) 15. A loud noise in front of your ear can make you afraid. (4) 16. An intoxicating red drink that should be left! (4) 17. Allow to rent? (3) 18. Picture move is in motion! (6) 20. Now looking back adding a short thank you is informative. (4) 22. One the whole this is the least. (3) 23. A region like this can be very dry. (8) 25. Formal wear for a card player? (4) 26. Lack of a decent ambit for a union person will produce this. (10) 27. Sadly looking back it’s green food without the end (4)

1. So more stirred around, still not happy? (6) 2. Appears he has stopped moving stuff out of the country, not so! (8) 3. A singularly heavy weight nothing to us, but tedious! (10) 4. Shortly, but sounds repeatedly continuous. (4) 5. As big as it gets on earth. (6) 6. Comes around regularly. (6) 10. Sounds as though a nobleman has gone down in the world many, many times. (9) 13. Putting off sending a letter? (10) 16. Is being placed on this a prize for a short pedal East? (8) 18. This is where you can come to a dead end! (6) 19. A leafy matrix. (6) 21 Rail about getting TB, become a group member. (6) 24. Casting in an easterly direction by ear. (4)

Sudoku Puzzle

Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second To solve the puzzle, each row, column and word, will form two more words. box must contain each of the numbers 1 to Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse 9. Solution on page 42. 4 8 2



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

A competitive auction The dealer on your left opens one club and your partner doubles. The next player passes and you have to decide what to do holding ♠ 9 8 7 2, ♥ A 10 6 3, ♦ A 7, ♣ 7 4 3. Your hand is too weak to jump overcall and indicate to your partner that a game is likely. On

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

the other hand, you have to be ready to join a competitive auction. So you have to bid one spade and see how the auction develops. If the left hand opponent overcalls with, say, two clubs, your partner might raise in spades and you have found a fit. But if your partner remains silent over the two clubs

1. Don Stone 2. Drop Law 3. Drug Keeper 4. Lumber Knife 5. Jack Leg 6. Book Down 7. Come Stage 8. Flag Cat 9. Ram Ridge 10.Cork Driver

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1. LED A BET 2. GO CLONE 3. SAT DREW 4. HARDY NT 5. FUR L HUT 6. SACK JAS 7. I ROB CAC 8. A CAT LIP 9. TED PEEL 10.PER TARN intervention, then you should bid two hearts. This should indicate to partner that you have a modest hand – remember you did not jump overcall at the start – but have at least four cards in each of the major suits. Note that if your first response is one heart, rather than one spade, you are caught out if the opponent calls two clubs. You would now have to call two spades, forcing partner to climb to

Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... three hearts if he needs to rescue you. When you are not sure of the situation – and partner’s initial double could describe a range of hands from modest to excellent – you have to be cautious and give partner the maximum number of options. It would be a mistake for you initially on call one heart simply on the grounds you have the ace in that suit and not in spades.

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Drifter’s Beach Cafe Pizzas on the Seashore

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers

This laid-back beach cafe is as friendly as it is atmospheric. Set on the fantastic stretch of beach at Na Jomtien it is the perfect place to take it easy, enjoy a pizza and an icy beer or glass of wine or two while watching a rainbow sunset and listening to the coolest sounds. This perfect beach is peaceful and pleasing; a quiet fishing village populated by locals, residents and lucky tourists who enjoy the tranquility of nature and the easy pace of informal diversions. Mick and I have been coming to this beach bar for some time. It has been operating for about six

ambiance oozes with camaraderie and cheer. Drifter’s is primarily a water sports bar and they are great supporters of the local clubs such as Amara’s Watersports and are more than happy to assist in advice and launches from their beach frontage. Kite boarders, Hobie cat enthusiasts, wake boarders and SUP enthusiasts can all be on hand to advise on the local conditions and the fantastic unspoilt island destinations that make up this incomparable area. This is the place to re-kindle your love of the ocean, learn new techniques and chat with like-minded boat buffs. Gulf Charters (renowned international yacht trainers) have a strong connection

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Dear Food Lovers,

My children used to love my mother’s Shepherd’s Pie recipe. I haven’t made it in years and a special recipe from you would be much appreciated and be sure to please the whole family. Many thanks in advance. Pat. Dear Pat, here’s a rather unconventional recipe we came across recently. It uses ketchup rather than the more traditional tomato puree but either would be good. Do hope it hits the spot!

wood and topped with the best quality ingredients. Recently, Mick and I enjoyed a selection of the varieties whilst imbibing a glass or two. We can recommend all of them but our particular favourites were the Anchovy

rendezvous. Whether you go to enjoy the sun drenched sands, the turquoise ocean, a Tequila sunrise and a taco snack or a beer; this is the place to stop drifting a while and take time out to wind down and listen to the ocean.

Shepherd’s Pie (Serves four) Ingredients 500g minced lamb 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 large carrot, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 glass red wine 300ml leftover gravy or stock 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp tomato ketchup Mashed potato for topping years now and has firmly established its identity as the social spot on the beach to meet friends, enjoy its unique food and music, beach your craft, chill out and enjoy the good life. Australian managed with the lovely Mon in charge of the bar and food the

and friendship with Drifter’s Beach Bar so much so that many to call it their honourary club house! The food here is perfect for casual beach-side dining. Italian thin crust pizzas are freshly baked in their wood-fired oven fueled with the finest Gum Tree

2 (olives, capers, anchovies and mozzarella), Gorgonzola e pepperoni and perversely the Vegetarian with extra salami! (Prices start from B.230 and there are over 17 varieties). The cold cut platter is a tasty order and we loved the nachos which come crisp and crunchy from the oven and come topped with zinging jalapeño chillies. For heartier fare a plate of refried beans or a nourishing portion of chilli con carne with their speciality “Mexican Madness” chilli sauce served with freshly baked tortilla chips, sour cream and cheese would make for a restorative repast. Plans are in hand to include pasta, bruchettas and burgers on the menu. Drifter’s is a popular venue for private beach parties, functions and boating events. Talk to them about customising your own happening on their roof top dining terrace which makes for a spectacular locale from which to enjoy the stunning sunsets. This beach bar/cafe is a gem of a neighbourhood

Tel: 08 1619 8626. Open daily (except Mondays) from 1.00 pm till 10.00 pm (ish). Two/three bedroom beach front apartments available for rent. Visit for more information Gulf Charters Sailing School go to www. and information on Amara Watersports on To get there from Pattaya: take the U-turn (on Sukhunvit Road) just before Ambassador City, and then follow the signs to Pinnacle Hotel. Continue on the road past the hotel and the Drifter Bar is on your left.

METHOD 1. Fry the mince for ten minutes (or about two if using leftover lamb), remove and add the onions, carrots and garlic, with more oil if needed. Fry for another five minutes, stirring frequently. 2. Add the wine and scrape the bits off the bottom of the pan. Boil until the liquid has almost all evaporated, add the chicken stock or gravy. Bring to boil, then add the cooked mince, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. 3. Set on a gentle simmer and cook for about an hour, or until the sauce has thickened. 4. Make enough mashed potato to cover the mince, and bake in oven for half an hour at 180C/gas 4. If you would like to request a recipe, please email

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Tapastic! by Mick and Di The Food Lovers We receive many restaurant recommendations and although we always follow up and check them out it is not always a given that we publish our visit. However, Natan’s is one of those “finds” that happily we discover from time to time. They have been open for 7 months now and already have their regulars and devotees. In fact, during our visit one customer told us (honestly!) that he cried “tears of joy” over the chocolate mousse the first time he tasted it! The menu describes Natan’s as a “Thai and French cosy food bar” which depicts it well but it is more than that. The decor is subdued Asian style with interesting lighting, swirling fans and decorative objects from Chiang Mai plus a welcoming bar area. When we visited it was a lively rendezvous with spirited French nationals enjoying “bon temps”. The menu is a very nice combination of predominantly Mediterranean tapas, French-inspired cuisine and Thai favourites. In fact, there are over

thirty tasty tapas to tempt the taste buds: from French, Iberian and Italian salamis through tortillas, mussels farcies, bruschettas, garlic fried mushrooms, calamari, garlic prawns, an assortment of speciality cheeses and much, much more with prices starting at B.90. To open the proceedings, Mick chose Parma ham and asparagus while I opted for the warm goat’s cheese salad. A word of advice! Probably best not to eat for a week before coming to Natan’s! The portions are humungous and we were defeated in finishing even half of the servings.

Perfectly cooked fresh, green asparagus were individually wrapped in excellent Parma ham. The pungent warm goat’s cheese (served on toasted bread) rested on vibrant salad leaves and tomatoes coated in a fruity, tangy vinaigrette dressing. A Parmesan cheese shaker

(and virgin olive oil) are included with the condiments and a sprinkling of this quickly added yet another dimension to the Parma ham experience. The chef then surprised

us with a (huge) portion of the house signature salmon tartare. Chopped raw salmon had been skillfully combined with onions, lime juice, herbs, olive oil and walnuts to produce an orb of the most delicate and delicious fish fancy we have tasted in a long while. A star of a dish and we urge you to try it. Main courses range from the house fillet de boeuf with their celebrated pepper sauce (B.310), lamb chops, pork fillet mignon with bacon and mushroom sauce (B.280) to duck breast in balsamic vinegar and seafood in Provencale sauce. We ordered the chicken musmus and the recommended salmon fillet which was served with butter and lime and Natan’s sensational sauce. The chicken pieces were drenched in a creamy shallot/mushroom/Dijon mustard emulsion and

served with super crispy almost fondant brittle French fries and salad. Natan’s sauce of capers, carrots and onions sparkled and zinged atop of soft, succulent salmon fillets served with an unusual chunky mashed potato. We were drinking a carafe of the house South African Cabernet Sauvignon which was decidedly quaffable and married well with the profusion of flavours (half litre B.285). Over two dozen popular Thai dishes conclude the menu and we spotted many recipes not always seen on the standard fare of Thai food. For a lighter snack baguette sandwiches are offered with a ham and cheese omelet, salami or a house minced beef filling. The desserts, as we previously mentioned, come highly recommended and do watch out for a dramaric strawberry soup which is made during the season to the delight of Natan’s diners. Good quality produce at affordable prices served in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere is a spot on formula for success. We gave the restaurant a big tick from us and are convinced that once the word is out Natan’s will become a popular leisure destination and an enduring foodie hotspot in the Jomtien locale. Natan’s is located on Thappraya Road. Left hand side on the next block down from Papa Davids. Open daily from 3.00 pm till midnight except Sundays. Tel: (038) 251 250. Email: natans2008@

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Articles for Sale

Quick & Easy. We buy/sell used goods. We pay instant CASH. TVs, HiFis, Watches, Jewelry, Sporting Goods, Cameras, Musical Instruments, Phones, CD Players, Electrical Appliances & more. Home/office clearances. Large item pickup. All goods must be in working condition. Bring your I.D. Visit our 300m2 store 2nd Floor Pattaya Klang. Tel 038 488 240 Fax 038 488 249

(ptm-2208)Mobility Scooters -Free test ride at your home! Portable mobility scooters, latest models. Full service from Thailand’s mobility scooter specialist. Call 081 875 0860 or 02 964 8405-07,, info@ for prices and brochures. Contact us now for your free test ride at your home! (ptfas-k2108)Pioneer XVDV515 Surround Sound DVD receiver and wireless speaker system. No wires to rear speakers. Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS and Pro Logic. Offers over THB 10,000. Phone Ken on 081 825 3145. (ptfas-c2108)Air Con 2nd Hand, 18,000 BTU, Samsung, 15,000.- and air con 1st hand, conceal ceiling type, Daikin, 30,000 BTU, 45,000.-. price include installation in Pattaya. Call to 089 406 7878. (ptfas-c2108)Massif Wooden Round Table, diameter 1.0m, for only 2,000.-, Call 089 406 7878. (ptfas-c2108)4-Doors, Large Stainless Steel Fridge ‘Sanden Intercool’, like new, only short time used, now 39,000.-. Cake display ‘sanden intercool’, like brand new, only short time used, now 36,000.-. Call 089 406 7878. (ptfas-j2108)Sony 40” LCD TV, Big Refrigerator 15 Cubic, front load washing machine, big microwave, two sectional couches, new queen bed, carpets, desk, wooden file cabinet, printer, fans, kitchenware. All one year new, half price. 086 846 3200. (ptfas-f2108)TV 50” Toshiba for Sale. Mint conditions, wheels for easy shifting. VCR, DVD connection. 15.000 bottom price. Tel. 081 153 2087 Thai-English

(ptfas-k2108)Krups Orchestro Espresso Coffee Machine Automatic bean to cup espresso, cappuccino and latte to coffee shop quality. Cost new THB43,000 will sell for THB12,000 or near offer please call 081 825 3145. (ptfas-d2008)Nokia N96 brand new unopened box, black, 16gb 15,000 baht. Also, N95 ex con 9,000 baht, Eng/Thai 081 805 5441. (ptfas-p2008)Olympus Flash FL-36R. Purchased in error in Bangkok for 3 weeks ago for 9100 Baht. Sale for 7100 Baht. Phone 038 233 501 or 085 698 2096. (ptfas-j2008)BBQ for Sale. 3 burner, oven, temperature gauge, cast iron plate and grill, stainless steel trolley, Baht 20,000. 081 376 1773.

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(ptfaw-j2308)Wanted: I Need Some Teak Wood Furniture for my Home display cabinet, TV stand, end tables, coffee table, bookcase - good condition, fair price. Please email me at:, or phone 087 009 3837.

Pets and Vets

(ptfpv-g1708)Animal Lover Needed to Take Care of Very Gentle Medium Size Dog occasional weekends and twice a year for one month. First time will be between the middle of May and the middle of June. 150 Baht per day. Telephone George on 038 251 794, or mobile 084 783 7098.

Boats for Sale

(ptm-m1908)2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck, 260 HP, 26 ft., 1.9 mil. baht. 2004 Sea Ray 260 SD, air/gen/320 HP, 28 ft. 2.95 mil. baht. Contact 081 831 1600. (ptbs-a1508)Jet Ski for Sale. Sea Doo RXP 2005. Color Green/Black at 270,000 baht (can negotiate). Tel. 087 617 9115. (ptm-1108)Paddle on Lake Mabprachan on Your Own. 9-foot single-person canoe for only 2,000 baht. Paddle and life jacket included. Call Les at 087 136 5925. (ptm-0508)For Sale Imported Cruiser Boat Regal Commodore from US – 29 feet, 320 HP. Many option – GPS – Fish Finder – Hot water – Toilet – Shower etc. – Correct Price. Tel. 085 225 4037.

Classified Boats & Marine Wanted

(ptfbw-k1508)Outboard Motors Second Hand 200 to 300 H.P. For export. No problem. Cash paid immediately. PH 086 006 8390.

Business Opportunities

(ptfjv-em1908)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling/ recushion etc Bought and sold/profit charing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptm-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call : 081 762 8379. (ptm-w1808)New 30 Room Apartment House for Sale. Good location at Soi Siam Country Club, Central Pattaya. 3 storey and built on 150 tlw land with chanot. The apartments are rented out already. Monthly income ca. 75000.-baht plus water-electricity. Sell price 7.5 Mill. Baht only. Call Aromdee- Propertys 089 938 6022. (ptm-m2108)For Sale Sports Bar. Long established pool, quiz, dart teams. – No time wasters. Contact mprc01@ (ptm-j2208)Restaurant for Sale, Naklua, Wongamat. All equipment included. Surrounded by Hotel & Resorts. 2,800,000 baht. Call Jhonny 085 110 1161. (ptm-to0008)Go Go Bar for Sale. Located right on Walking Street. Great opportunity to own a busy Go Go Bar. Excellent terms. Long term lease, long term fixed rent, fully operational. Seats 120 happy customers. Multiple stages, changing room/storage/office. Asking price 5,500,000 Baht. Call 080 637 7400 Now! Cafe/Restaurant, Great Location on Thappraya Rd. Jomtien. Full size Kitchen, Office & 4 rooms above. New fit out, nothing to spend. Owner returning to UK. Urgent sale. Price reduced from 1.5mb to 750,000 bht. Pattaya Ocean Property. M. 081 158 0065, Office 038 374 623. Beer Bar. Air Conditioned plus Beer Garden 4 TV’s with cable, Internet, Located off Soi Buakhao. Rent 17,500 p.m. 3 year Lease. High Profit Popular Bar, 2.2mb. Pattaya Ocean Property, M. 081 158 0065, Office 038 374 623. (ptfbo-0008)Massage Business for Sale Behind Tukcom South Pattaya. 600,000 baht. Call Khun Mina 081 782 9821, 085 221 1108.

(ptm-2108)Final Reduction Bar, Restaurant, Swimming Pool. Large garden. With 2 bed accommodation. Pool table and mini gym. Million bt. spent on refurb. 5+5 contract with reasonable rent. Due to ill health now must sell. Hence only 950,000 bt well under half price. Last chance. Eng 086 148 7705, Thai 084 926 4627. Leading English Magazine Publication FOR SALE in Pattaya. Leading English Magazine in Pattaya for 7 years now is up For Sale! Staff in place and very low cost production makes this an ideal business for the right person. Health conditions forces the owner to sell this profitable publication. Particulars of purchase price and details will be given to serious inquiries. Contact James at 081 000 8192 or Email : jordygwaping@ (ptm-k0008)Shop House for Sale. New 2 storey shophouse units for sale. Located in Soi Khaotalo 9 (corner with Soi Kao Noi). 2bed/2bath/kitchen/large balcony, land size 24sqwa, 100sqm living space ideal for home and any kind of business. last unit available, quick sale 2.5million ONO. Call 038 413 551 mob.087 132 5600. A serious ‘hands on’ investor requires a 50% share in a running, successful, well renovated and maintained 15 - 25 room guesthouse/ hotel in a good location. Up to date accounts must be available. All replies treated with complete confidence. Email to – Two office spaces for rent located on the 4th floor of a low rise building along Sukhumvit Road, in between South and Central Pattaya, 20 meters after Spanish Condo. Both spaces have toilet, unfurnished. The first one is 36 sqm., price is only 7,200 baht per month and the other one is 64 sqm. and the price is only 12,800 baht per month (FOR LONG TERM LEASE ONLY). Accessible to public transportation. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Two Shops are Available for Rent. Good business opportunity at the excellent locations, nearby hotel lobby area at Ocean Tower & Garden Wing in Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, North Pattaya. Please call for more information at 038 418 418 ext. 701 (Ms. Supanee, Executive office) or email:

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Fax: (038) 374535 WE SELL GOING CONCERNS! If You Want Expert Professional Advice on Buying or Selling a Business in Pattaya TSBA Have a large selection of businesses available. Call Craig 087 077 0475 Bar /Guest House – Located in central Pattaya, there are 16 rooms a well stocked bar with pool table and included in the price are 20 motorbikes. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@ Pizza – An opportunity to purchase Pattaya most successful pizza delivery business. This business has been running many years and has always shown great profits. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Cleaning services - A rare opportunity to purchase Pattaya leading cleaning company. This company has been running many years and has many existing contracts. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Bar – Located in central Pattaya, this double shop house bar is priced to sell. There is a pool table and kitchen with accommodation for staff. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: BS1029: A great investment opportunity for someone looking for a bar/guesthouse to run. This property is on a 3 year + lease agreement and located in the Metro area(very busy). No key money and has 12 rooms available for rent which are rented. 5 million O.N.O. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Thai Living: HOT SALE 8.5 M.THB. Apartment for sale. Soi Arunothai near Carrefour, 5th storey with 20 rooms of apartments, all rooms are fully furnished . For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: Corner Commercial Building for sale in popular soi. (Between 2nd rd. and beach rd) for 8.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/ bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month.

Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084. 111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Freehold East Pattaya Apartment Building 1,760sqm freehold land with 3-storey apartment building, completed in 2007 for sale. Good East Pattaya location, approx. 5-7 minutes from Sukhumvit Road. Built to European standards. Quality furniture and fixtures are worth 3-mill. Baht. 36 en-suite apartments plus 3 one-bedroom apartments are for rent, all with balcony. CCTV, water filter, key-card system, laundry facilities in place. Without advertising, long-term occupancy is already over 50%, plus some rooms are let on short term basis. Net profits in 2008 were over 2-mill. Baht. The property represents an attractive and secure investment. Purchase outright at 26 million Baht. Alternatively, seller offers financing with 35% down and negotiable installments. Ref. no. PHG0144. Making your Business our BusinessCall Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Established Jomtien Restaurant and Bar for Lease Successfully run by one owner for 5 years. 50m from Jomtien beach, busy Soi. Restaurant/bar with Pool Table. Second/third floor have basic rooms with toilet. Monthly rent is Bt.10,000. Key Money 180,000 Baht/ year or 500,000 Baht for three years. Price of 2-mill. Baht includes fixtures, fittings, equipment, security deposit of 30,000 Baht and Key Money until August 2009. Ref. no. PLB0092. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

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

Houses for Sale

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

Condominiums for Sale

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

Restaurant and Chalets on Freehold Land 800sqm of valuable Pratamnak land, only 5 minutes walk to the beach. The beautiful main building consists of two stories. On ground level is a tastefully decorated air-conditioned restaurant and kitchen. Terrace with swimming pool. Second level has large function room, bar and 60sqm apartment. Four 40sqm bungalows, nicely furnished and decorated, rented for 20,000 Baht. Monthly. The fine dining restaurant is already a success. Sales price: 21 million Baht. Alternatively, the owner offers financing with 50% down payment and negotiable balance terms. Ref. no. PRT0108. Making your Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Restaurant for lease on Jomtien Beach. Acquire assets worth over 12-mill. Baht for a mere 5.5-mill. and re-open this classy 5-star restaurant with panoramic views. The previous owner has decided to scale down a bit and to let go of this successful enterprise of 5 years. Professional stainless steel kitchen, top-notch equipment, hand-made cutlery, WiFi Internet, CCTV, PoS. Even the eight meter long beach front terrace is cooled. Separate wine bar, three large sea view apartments with balcony, staff rooms. New and renewable 3-year lease contract, monthly rent 50,000 Baht (payable up-front for one year), no Key Money. Ref. no. PHG0123. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Jomtien Beach-Side Restaurant for Lease. The 50 seat restaurant sits right on Jomtien Beach Road and can therefore truly be regarded being located at a prime location. Thai, international and coffee specialties are on the menu. There is a good number of regulars from the apartments on the upper floors and wireless Internet access and second hand books available for sale always pull new guests in. They enjoy panoramic sea views and sunset views from the large terrace. More details and impressive financial records will be made available to any serious buyer. Monthly rent is 28,000 Baht, no Key Money is required. Priced at 2.9 million baht. Ref. no. PRT0111. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

Restaurant Building and Land, Pratamnak. 1,000sqm of valuable Pratamnak land, leveled and walled, only minutes to the beach has become available for sale. It comes with a large, single storey building consisting of separated and partially air-conditioned lounges and dining areas, kitchen and 6 en-suite rooms. The freehold price for this property is 13.5 million Baht. The structure was purpose built to be a restaurant but in this location the property could also be used for a residential or condominium development. Ref. no. PRT0109. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Winner location and set up. Bar, Restaurant and Rooms. This business is open 24/7 and is situated in a prime location, right on Pattaya Beach. A Pool Table, TVset and sound system are in place. Guests enjoy Thai and international food, the lively ladies and the sea and sunset views from the restaurant with 8m street front. Panoramic sea views also from the 6 rooms (5 are air-conditioned), and the second floor terrace which can also be used by the restaurant and bar. Slow days revenues are about 10k and the best daily revenue was 90k Baht. Financial records will be made available to any serious buyer. Monthly rent is 110,000 Baht, no Key Money required! The current lease term expires 01/2012 and is renewable every three years. A 330,000 Baht security deposit is applicable. Price is 6.5 million Baht. Ref. no. PLB0112. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Bar, Restaurant and Guesthouse for Lease Established for three years, ideally located in busy entertainment area in Central Pattaya, 150 meters from Pattaya Beach. Nine large guest rooms, have A/C, TV, safe, ceiling fan, en-suite with hot water. Occupancy rate above 70%. Additional s/t room. Rooms alone generate enough income to cover overheads of the business. Restaurant/bar seats 45, comes with large flat screen TV, pool table, Internet. CCTV system, own website in place. Monthly rent 30,000 Baht. Lease renewable for a further 2 years again in 06/2010. Key Money until then is included in price of 2.4- mill. Baht. Ref. no. PLB0114. Making your Business our BusinessPremier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

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Expat Music Bar and Restaurant for lease. The 4-storey shop house building is situated on the main road in Jomtien and consists of an air-conditioned bar with Pool Table and large TV-set plus a spacious patio on the ground level. The second floor has a kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating area plus a music stage for live music sessions. Two rental rooms plus a larger self-contained apartment are on the third and fourth floor. Reasonably priced drinks and the atmosphere here make the business very popular with a good number of regulars. Monthly rent is 34,400 Baht with no Key Money being required! A security deposit of 120,000 Baht is applicable. The price of 2.9-mill. Baht includes all fixtures, fittings, equipment plus the music stage and kit. Ref. no. PRT0112. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Dongtan Beachfront Boutique Hotel Baht 20 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to #1 Pattaya Publication for Sale Baht 12 million, will pay for itself in one year. Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to New Condominium Project, ground floor commercial space available now. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

5 Shophouses in a row for sale in Jomtien. 150 Meters from the beach. 3.5 Million baht for one shophouse. Great discount if you buy all of them. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

Education & Training

(ptm-s2408)Thai, English and German Lessons! Bored from learning Languages conventional style? Want fast success for daily conversation? With us you can learn it for your needs, comfortable in your own home. For a free trial lesson please call 089 602 2272 or Email to timeforlearning@ (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. 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.

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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. 038-489-228

House for Sale

(ptm-w1808)New Banglamung Country Hill Village, New House 3 Beds, 2 Baths, unit space 57.3 sq.wa – Usable Space 112 Sq.m., price of land & house with private pool 2,399,000 mill. baht without pool 2,199,000 mill. baht. Very nice and quiet location and perfect connection to Sukhumvit Pattaya and highway to BKK. Call AromdeePropertys 089 938 6022. (ptm-c2108)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-k0008)Shop House for Sale. New 2 storey shophouse units for sale. Located in Soi Khaotalo 9 (corner with Soi Kao Noi). 2bed/2bath/kitchen/large balcony, land size 24sqwa, 100sqm living space ideal for home and any kind of business. last unit available, quick sale 2.5million ONO. Call 038 413 551 mob.087 132 5600. Soi Siam Country Club, House for Sale. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished with European kitchen, UBC, cable TV. Includes double oven gas cooker and imported furniture from England. 50 sq. wah. 2.5 mil. baht including transfer fee. Payment Negotiable. Call 086 323 3523, 087 134 9669. Great Value “Quick Sale” Stunning Family Bungalow Next To New Golf Course. 9.8 mil negotiable. Very spacious with private swimming pool in large well kept garden. 3 beds, 3 baths and large lounge. Soi Siam Country Club (only 10 mins from Central Pattaya). Quality furnished throughout, European kitchen, high security alarm and electric gate. Don’t miss this one!!! 215 TLW. Call 089 607 9850.


THAIHUS: New 2 storeys house with sea view, 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms, close to Hua Hin city, ready to move in, Price start from 6.5 Million THB. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. We Speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, English and Thai. THAIHUS : New 1 storey house In Hua Hin 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, Ready to move in, Price start from 4.2 Million THB. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. We Speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, English and Thai. Stunning Townhouse for Sale in a Famous Village in Soi Tan-Non. Only 4.8 Million Baht, 25 sq. wah under Thai Name. Have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 w/ jacuzzi) have heater, fully furnished, a very nice living room, dining room, have Euro Kitchen, 4 aircons, 2 balconies, swimming pool, small garden, 2 parking space, playground, maid room, underwater tank, ADSL, Cable, Direct telephone line, 24 hr security, w/ alarm system, maintenance paid already. For viewing and more information please call us: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

For Quick Sale! Only 11 Million Baht. A spacious and well furnished 90 sq. wah house. Have 3 bedrooms, living room. European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. For viewing, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A Captivating Townhouse is now for Sale for only 5 Million Baht. Located at 378/69 Moo12 Nongprue, Banglamung Chonburi 20260, 20 meters from Royal Cliff Hotel and opposite of Royal Cliff Sports Club. 82 sqm land size, 200 sqm living area w/ garage and balconies. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master w/ jacuzzi), quality fitted Euro Kitchen, amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table and equipped with alarm system. For viewing and more details please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Truly 25% discount OFF the original price. Magnificent and Fabulous

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Beach Side Living at a very low price. You can design and build your own house on the remaining plots. Hurry there are only 10 remaining plots left. Plots range from 520 sqm to 680 sqm. Price starts at 7 Million Baht. Call now at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Gorgeous Houses for Sale and Investment. Absolutely all brand new houses, in a modern high quality and extremely nice tropical villa project. With underground cables, private pool, furnished. Located in Naklua Area. Only a few minutes away from Pattaya, very convenient, no hassle on driving around the city. Accessible to public transportations. Ready to move in. Price starts from 13 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

Fascinating House for Sale at Chateau Dale Village, Thappraya Rd. 496 sq. m, have 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, garden, car park and a private swimming pool. A haven that is so peaceful. Price is only 17.5 Million Baht. For viewing and more information, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale!!! A 2-storey Brand New House at Banglamung in Soi Water Office. Only 1.5 Km. from Sukhumvit Rd. 250 Talang Wah. Have 5 rooms, kitchen, living room, 3 bathrooms, (1 w/ jacuzzi), with built-in thick wooden furniture, garden, parking space. Now price is only 9.5 Million Baht. For details and viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

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The Best Low Price Ever. A 3-storey Spectacular Designer Townhouse located near the Royal Cliff Hotel. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with jacuzzi). Top of the line European Kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes and other builtin furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 5 Million Baht. Great Offer! This townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 Million Baht. Call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. HS1230: 3 bedrooms and 3 bathroom bungalow for sale located close by to the crocodile farm and with access to the new road on near completion a bonus. This is priced at 2.5 million for a quick sale. Call us 08-4780 8457 or by Email : HS1039: This property has just been reduced from 6.5million to 5.5 million!! This property is 3 bedrooms, very modern furniture and a well fitted European kitchen with all modern appliances, complete with private pool and maids quarters. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HS1254: This property is located in View Talay Villas. A compact little holiday home for you and the family or as an investment to rent out on short term would be ideal, full A/C and full furniture, ready to move in. Priced at 8.9 million. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail:

HSSR: This property has just come available in the very exclusive Silk Road project located in east Pattaya. The property sits on 360sqm land, 218sqm of living space, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, fully furnished and inclusive of private swimming pool! Priced at 9.5 million. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Thai Living: HOT SALE, Soi Chaiyapurk 1. Prime location residence, 2 storeys with 172 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 3bed/4bath, private pool. 5.9 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: Baan Suay Mai Ngam, Sukhumvit 89. Nice residence, 1 storey with 50 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 2 bed / 2 bath. Quick Sale for 1.6 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien Beach. Single storey house with 85 sq.wah. 3bed/3bath. 5.2 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / 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 Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.


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. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We have a re-sale in Phu Tara! Stunning two level designed house on a Rai of land for 29 Million Baht. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014. 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 c omfortable family home. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email : premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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. Call the

Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Several 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! For appointment and private showing call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht! This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design work is very tasteful. There is not a better address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We have several Owner Finance opportunities! We have houses available with Owner Finance. For more information about the finance call the Premier Homes

Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Want a Fabulous Home in Paradise Villa? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Great home layouts and designs in these spectacular and modern homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number One’ development. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at We have houses for sale in the range of 3-130 Million Baht!! We have by far the most listings……examples are houses in Siam Royal View, Paradise Villa 1 and 2, Nagawari, Thabali, Park Villas, View Talay Villas, Little Hill, Phu Tara, etc, etc. We are known for the best listings and the best prices. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.

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(ptm-n2008)A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Euro-kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 33,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptm-n2008)A Beautiful House for Rent at Pratumnak Hill Soi 5. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Fully furnished, European kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 50,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptm-n2008)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. 25,000 baht/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptm-r0609)2 Storey, 3 Bedroom (En-suite 1), 3 Bathroom, fully furnish, with satellite at Panchan Spa Resort, the way to Rayong. Price 25,000-40,000 short, long term. Ph. 087 039 9784 Wan or 081 833 5489 Sanoon. (ptm-a2108)2 Storeys in Pattaya Rungrueng Village. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 air, fully furnished. With parking space. 10,000/months. Contact 085 507 3295. (ptm-a2107)Single Storey House in Eakmongkol 4 Kaotalo. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 air, fully furnished. European kitchen. Parking space for 2 cars. 085 507 3295. (ptfhr-ta0008)Furnished Townhouse for Rent. Located at Soi Khao Noi. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Only 5,000 baht per month. Call 080 646 5322. Beautiful Detached Villa Quiet Area, South Pattaya. 4/5 bed, maids quarters. Hi speed internet. Fully furnished garden & 2 Car park. 35,000 Baht P.M. Office: 038 374 623. Eng: 081 158 0065 Email : 2 Bed room House East Pattaya- Air conditioned, Furnished, Car park, Garden, Quiet Location off soi. Khaonoi 17,000 baht PM. Office: 038 374 623, Eng: 0811 580 065, Email:

Luxury House- Pratumnuk 2 bed, 2 bath, Fully Furnished. Beautiful Swimming pool. Internet, Car park, A/C washing M/C. security 60,000 P.M. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 0811 580 065, Pratamnuk Town-House 2 bedroom, 2 mins. to Dongtan Beach Modern Furniture and Fittings. Internet Connection, 40,000 baht P.M. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien beach. Single storey house. Fully furnished, taxi route. 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/info@ / Thai Living: Royal Park Village 3(Rungrueng) Jomtien Beach, fully furnished, nice residence, fully facility, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / Thai Living: We have house in Thepprasit area for rent (new house) price from 18,000-25,000THB./M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill, 2-3 bedrooms, 3 storey house. fully furnished, Euro Kitchen, Rent start from 25,000 - 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364515 / / HR1163: An ideal cheap bungalow located in east pattaya with 3 bedrooms and private swimming pool and European kitchen inclusive of A/C and garden. Only 17,000!!! What are you waiting for??? P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail:

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HS1039: This property has just been reduced from 40,000 to 35,000!! This property is 3 bedrooms, very modern furniture and a well fitted European kitchen with all modern appliances, complete with private pool and maids quarters. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR0525: Just come available once again at a reduced price!! 2 storey, 3 beds, 3 baths, fully furnished and ready to go with internet available. Hurry before this one goes too! 20,000P/M. Call for more info 038-373 966 or by E-mail: pattaya HR0129: Is available with 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom bungalow located in Greenfield villas 2, modern furniture, ADSL and private swimming pool!! Priced at 50,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: HR1153: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom bungalow located in SP5 Village Comes fully furnished with euro kitchen and a/c and inclusive of ADSL! New very large house just 40,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR1169: This house has just recently come available again. Consists of 2 bedroom and 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, euro kitchen and ready to move in. The property is located in east Pattaya with very good communal features priced at 22,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: HR1170: This property is located in the Jomtien area. It is a 2 storey Thai/ Bali house inclusive of large garden and private swimming pool with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, ADSL connected already. An ideal property for the ex pat who is now residing here in Pattaya! Priced at 70,000 p/m Call for more info 0849442541 or by E-mail:

HR1165: This property is located in Jomtien and not too far from the beach and local supermarkets. Has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished and ideal for the expat family. Priced at 30,000 p/m Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: HR1167: This property is located just of the third road of Pattaya and sits in a small village. It is 2 storey property with 2 bedrooms, fully furnished and inclusive of Euro kitchen. A must to view for the price here in central Pattaya at 22,000 p/m Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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

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: or visit our website at www. 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. or visit our website at

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(ptm-w1808)Aromdee Apartments has availability for rent. Fully furnished apartments with balcony, cable, telephone and also private internet lines available. It is quiet and clean with in house laundry and supermarket by European management. Only 5 minutes walk to the Big C and Lotus Supercenter in North Pattaya. Furnished standard apartments 3,000 baht/month. Furnished air conditioned apartments 3,700 baht/month. Call 089 938 6022.

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

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


Majestic Jomtien 600 meters from Beach. 60 sqm, 4th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 bathroom, kitchen, 2 balcony, fully furnished and renovated. Overlooking swimming pool. Very good price. Only 1.6 mil. Baht. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details, e-mail: Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants. Fantastic bargain. Only 1,350,000 mil. baht. Freehold or rent 12,000 baht per month. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www., e-mail: Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.5 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail : (ptm-a2308) New Luxurious Condos on Pratamnak Hill. Price starts at 4.2 mill. (84 sq.m.). Foreigner name! We got in-house finance! (20% when sign contract, 20% when move in and last 60% spread across 5 yr) 0% interest! Please call ALF at 087 135 8196. (ptm-r0008)Condo 80 SQM. in Nova Atrium. Brand New. Furnished and decorated in high standard. 2 bathrooms, 1 bedroom, 1 big living room with European kitchen bar open. TV, LCD, 2 aircon Daikin. Furniture (Decorum), big terrace. 5 min. away walking “Carrefour” and “Big C”. In new condo with huge swimming pool in tropical garden, fitness room, internet and etc. FIRE SALE. 4 million baht. T. 081 863 1076.

(ptm-a2408)ViewTalay 6 Condo-Two Back from Beach Front Side Facing Walking Street. 86 sqm9th floor-Foreign Name4,900,000 Baht Unfurnished Shell 087 145 8491. (ptm-g1208)Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 21(top), very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 55 sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition. Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.19 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, See pictures as vedio virtual tour viewtalay (ptm-L2108)Northshore Beachfront Condominium, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bath, #2101, 21st Floor, Overlooking Pool and Beach, Facing Walking St., 64 Sq. Mtrs, Fully Luxury Furnished, New Washing Machine,100% Equipped, Soi 5 and Beach Rd., 7.9 million baht FOREIGN NAME. (Will consider term payments up to 8 months) Realtors Welcome! Gary 089 544 0634. (ptm-L2108)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 10 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street (Units are unfinished shells with electric outlets; bathroom completely finished with tile floor, tile walls, shower, sink, toilet, granite counter tops, lights, etc.). Units available 1804, 1805 and 1806 (18th floor; all 3 side by side); 1906 (19th floor), 2005 (20th floor), 2104 (21st floor), 2205 and 2206 (22nd floor; both side by side). Purchase Option One: Cash 3.0 Million to 3.2 Million Baht Each. Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 600,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 600,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome!

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(ptcs-0008)Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-9849700, or e-mail lelaaukes@ (pta-dec0008)Penthouse 720 sqm with a Spectacular Front Sea View. 300 meters from the beach, 5 minutes away from Walking Street. In the best location of Pratamnak Hill. This residence is a 360° unblocked sea view, with a golf and Buddha Hill. Large terrace (240 sqm) with huge Jacuzzi. New modern design concept, 4 beds/ baths + maid room. Any room have terrace. Euro style kitchen, living 118 sqm. Fully furnished at high standard. Price exceptional at 41,000 baht/sqm. 29.9 Million Baht. Tel. 081 863 1076. Stylish Condo for Sale at Keang Talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Now for only 1.25 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

A Very Nice Condo for Sale. Located at the 3rd flr. of Bangsaray Condominium. Totally renovated and has 2 bedrooms. Price is only 4.2 Million Baht. For more viewing and more information please call us : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale! Condo for only 3 Million Baht. Located at Wong Amart Beach. Luxurious Studio, 53 sqm at high floor, fully furnished with built-in furniture. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Private Sale Near Jomtien Beach, 2 Balcony, 8th Floor, Corner 45 sq.m. Sea View Studio. Just been completely renovated to very high standard, new furniture, kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, LCD TV, pictures, plants, everything you need. I need a quick sale as I’m going back to UK, hence only 1.5 mil. baht. In Foreign Name. Call Alan 087 139 1570 (Eng.) An Amazing Panoramic view in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya. Located on the 14th flr, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balaconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick sale, only 7 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY.

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Fascinating Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in a Low Rise Condominium for Quick Sale!!! For only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with great interior designs, a spacious living area, executively decorated, breath taking sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and accessible to everywhere, good facilities are available. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Top Quality Beachfront Condominium! In Foreign Name for only 7.9 Million Baht. Have 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, high floor, with superb overlooking view at the ocean and at the pool, 64 sqm, fully furnished, downtown location, Owner financing can arrange (will consider payment terms of up to 8 months). To view, please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. The Perfect Destination. Absolutely brand new project with high standard quality. Feel the cool breeze in the modern tropical villas with only 49 units. There are 3 lovely designs of family home to choose from, with 3 bedrooms, 3 restrooms, underground cabling and with private pool. Being located off Sukhumvit Road, driving to and from Bangkok is so convenient and also without the hassle of driving through the city of

Pattaya which is only few minutes away, getting in and out Pattaya is easy with several kinds of public transportation available. Price starts from 12 Million Baht. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Great Opportunity for Low Season! Only 5 Units Left!!! For Quick Sale only 3.8 Million Baht. New 5 Star Condominium at Jomtien Area, 96 sqm. Have 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. Slightly furnished, accessible to everywhere. To view, please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Majestic Sea View and Private beach in North Pattaya, Laem-Chabang view, 137 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, big living room, with a large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, unfurnished. Only 12 Million Baht. Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. CS1312: This property we have just listed in Jomtien and is located in the new Residence building. Everything is new inclusive of euro kitchen, A/C, fully furnished at 53sqm studio apartment with a sea view in the distance. Easy access to Jomtien. Priced at 2.9 million. Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail:

Classified CSNM: just come available at discount prices starting from 1 million Baht!! Studio and 1 bedroom available, some empty shell and some fully finished inclusive of furniture. An investment not to miss! Call for more info 08-47808457or by E-mail: CS1311: studio apartment located in a low rise in Jomtien. 28sqm, fully furnished in which case everything is new and never been lived in!! Owner needs to reside back in UK. Only 890,000 O.N.O. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CS1241: This apartment has just been lowered, the price from 3.9 to 3.3million!! It is located in the new Hyde Park buiding! 1 bedroom, 50sqm and modernly furnished to a high standard. A must to view! Call for more info 08-17613238 or by Email: CS1230: Brand new A.D condo studio apartment on the top floor, 32sqm and with sea views! Available at only 1.5m Offers considered! Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condominium ( RimHaad S1), Jomtien Beach, 8th floor, corner room, Original condition. 1.5 M.THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / Thai Living: View Talay 2A- 74 sq.m, Foreigner name, 4th floor, For 2.75 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Corner unit, Fully furnished and great sea view, 9 M THB. 165 sqm, duplex unit. 40th floor. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Jomtien Complex. nice sea view and good location, 68 sqm, high floor, fully furnished. For 2.9 M. THB / unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Hot Sale Metro Jomtien, 54 sqm, great sea view, 34th floor, 2.6 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Pattaya side and nice sea view, fully furnished. 48 sq.m, 14th floor, 2.75 M THB. , For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ /

Thai Living: The Avenue Residence, Building C, Pool view on 6th floor, great location. 2.1 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / Thai Living: The Trendy Condominium, Bangkok. 66 sq.m, 18th floor, For 5,500,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, 14th floor, 86 sq.m. fully furnished .For 5.8 M.THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -723 601 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail:, www. Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail: novaatrium@, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, E-mail: (ptm-L2108)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 2 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Units available 2506 and 2507 (25th floor; side by side) and COMPETELY NEW INSIDE AND TURN KEY FURNISHED. Purchase Option One: Cash 3.6 Million Baht Each, Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 800,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 800,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand ba-ht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime,Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

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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 TescoLotus 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@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Act quick we have the Top-Corner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 226 sqm for 18 million Baht. Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. This must be the best corner unit in town. Also available a 239 sqm View Talay 6 corner on the 22nd floor facing Walking Street for 16 Million Baht. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. We have a stunning Home in Jomtien Park Villas! Supurb Design and Construction! Three Bedrooms /Two Bathrooms. Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht. (PR3875) Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. Investment Opportunity, Jomtien Beach! 200 sqm design condo in Grand Condotel! Price Lowered from 14.5 to 9.9 Million Baht! Three Bedrooms / Three Bathrooms. Call Now! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.

Central Pattaya Living in View Talay 6!!! Cheapest front corner available with us! One Bedroom / One Bathroom Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 105 sqm. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We Have Several Very Nice Jomtien Condos for Sale Starting just under 1 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at View Talay 6 46 sqm beautifully renovated Studio apartment for only 2.1 Million Baht. Just a 50 meter walk to the beach. Panoramic views over the ocean and the Boulevard. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www.

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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: or visit our website at Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 8 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 900,000 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Condominium for 8 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase in a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be

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

Classified 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. or visit our website at Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a few re-sales on very high floors for 110,000 THB/ SQM. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Condo for Rent

(ptm-0309)Royal Park Luxury Serviced Apartments, Jomtien 56-70sqm luxury furnished, one bedroom, large living area with balcony and kitchen. Free wireless internet, Cable TV in every apartment. Enjoy our rooftop swimming pool. Daily and weekly rentals. 16,000 per month, call 086 111 7414 or check out our website : (ptm-t2008)Fantastic Studio with Beautiful View. Sky Beach Condo’s Wongamat Beach, North Pattaya. Beautiful view---top floor 41, on the beach with beautiful pool, kitchen area with beautiful furniture. Long Term (year) = Bt. 15400 @ month. 084 6666 532. (ptm-t2108)Condo to Rent. View Talay 6 Next to Central Festival Shopping Plaza, Deluxe beach front penthouse, 87 sq. mts., Walking St. side. 1 bed, 1 bath, large open plan kitchen- lounge, sea balcony, best views in Pattaya, 60” TV, UBC, Wi Fi, 45,000 baht per month, 083 404 5395 Eng, 085 225 6465 Thai ( p t m - p 2 0 0 8 ) Ye n s a b a i Condotel, 4th fl., fully furnished, 13,000/month. Pay advance 1 year, get 1 month FREE. Swimming pool, security 24 hours, Free internet, ready to move in. Contact 081 762 8379.

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

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Fax: (038) 374535 (ptcr-0008)Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-9849700, or e-mail lelaaukes@ Two Captivating Condos for Rent. Private Beach on North Pattaya, 64 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living room, with balcony, 24 hr security, swimming pool, furnished. For only 25,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Stylish Condo for Rent at Keang Talay(near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Price is 10,000 Baht per month. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Best Quality Beachfront Condo for Rent. Stunning sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 105 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, with large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 35,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A 105 sqm. Superb Condo which has captivating sea view is now for Rent. Furnished, has 2 relaxing bedrooms, 2 cool bathrooms and direct telephone lines. Price is only 28,000 Baht per month. Call now at: : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht / Month, LCD TV, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. 30 % Discount on Daily Rates. Tel: 038 415 304-8, E-mail:, 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@, CR1185: This property is located on the top floor of View Talay 2. It is a 41sqm studio apartment that is fully furnished and has some great views of Pattaya. Only 15,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: CR1183: 1 Bedroom apartment located in Wongamat area has just been finished to a high standard, fully furnished with free wifi internet and fitness center at only 30,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CR1184: Just recently come available 2 bedroom apartment is located in Sky beach on the 11th floor, with fantastic view of Koh Larn island. It has also just recently been refurbished too. Only 45,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouses, POSSIBLE SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 60,000 P/M view http:// index.asp to view pictures or call 08-49442541 or by E-mail:

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CR1111: Studio apartments for rent, both long & short term lets, Wongamat beach area,44 Sq m, modern furniture LCD TV, from 15,000 P/M Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: CR1169: 2 bedrooms apartment located in Pratumnak close to the beach, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV, brand new building with great Prices start at 28,000 P/M call 08 -49442541 or by E-mail: CR1122: 1 bedroom apartment, brand new, 51 Sq m, fully equipped, superb location 5 minutes to Walking Street, reduced price 22,500 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CRGR: New golf range has some brand new apartments for rent all with TV, fully furnished with shower room and use of the communal swimming pool as well as have a pratice at your golf techniques!! Only 7000!! Per mth call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1135: Newly renovated 20th Floor beach front apartment, great sea views, central location, 20,000 per month Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CR1136: Newly renovated 11th Floor 1 bedroom apartment, in Center condo, South Pattaya, 15,000 per month Call for more info 08-17613238 or by E-mail:

Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condominium (RimHaad A1), Jomtien Beach, 50 sq.m, 15th floor, corner room, fully furnished. 10,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364515 / / Thai Living: Studio for rent at View Talay 5C, 6th floor Pattaya side. Nice area and easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, fully furnished 18,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: Grand Condotel, Jomtien Beach. Fully furnished and great sea view on 16th floor, 226 sq.m. 1b/1b, Big Balcony, 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Jomtien Complex, Sea View-high floor, Fully furnished. 68 sq.m. 17,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ Thai Living : Ananya Beachfront Condo Naklua soi 4, Building C, 4th floor. Beautiful beachfront unit with fantastic Sea View, huge balcony, 143 sq.m, 2b/2b, fully furnished. 60,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Studio for rent at View Talay 5C, 18th floor. Nice area and easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, beautiful furnished 15,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www.

Classified THAIHUS : Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 1 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 27 floor, 96 Sqm. Sea view and full facilities. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent 19,000/month, 1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms Full facilities newly renovated condo, tastefully furnished unit at a reasonable price with full European kitchen. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 2 beds 2 baths 38,000/month, 143 Sqm. uses of the facilities of the 5 star beachfront hotel located next door. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@ 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. or visit our website at View Talay 2 Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! This is a masterpiece in condo design and comfort, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo has a big balcony with oceanview and stunning furniture. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/ Month. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Beautifully Renovated Three Bedroom Condo in Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Baht per month! Great three bedroom, three bathroom furnished apartment. Ready to move in, this is a great way to live! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Great Two Bedroom Condos for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 Baht per month! We have a number of very nice condominium apartments available for rent in this price range. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Very nice Royal Cliff Two Bedroom Plus Apartment for 55,000 Baht per month! Those that know the ‘Cliff’, know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. Enjoy this two bedroom plus office apartment with fantastic sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,000 Baht per month! What more can you say? If you would like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with the yachts and all….this is your apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, weight training gym, the list goes on and on…..and don’t forget their first class gourmet restaurant with Dim Sum on Sundays! This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total overview of our listings contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month! A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool and roof top pool as well…. what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Royal Cliff ‘C Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month or for sale for 19.9 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month or for sale for 7.5 Million Baht! Rent this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many Northshore

rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. 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. or visit our website at We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya! We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Land for Sale

BANG SARAY THE MOST DESIRED AREA! U-Tapao planned for Pattaya’s International Airport. Unprecedented Mega Projects Starting. Land plots from 300,000 baht. Check our Exclusive Land, Villa & Condo’s. Tel: 081 576 0035, Email: , (ptm-n2008)Land Plot for Sale. 200 to 400 sq wah land size on Eastern Star Golf Course: Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364.

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(ptm-c2308)Bang Saray Hills, Prime Real Estate for Sale by Owner, 2 to 3 rai, spectacular ocean and mountain views, walled, water, 3 phase electric, most exclusive farang area. 2.9 million per rai. 081 295 7236. (ptm-d2108)Land for Sale: Huay Yai 3 Plots Available in this private development at 313 tw, 200 tw and 192 tw. Infrastructure in place with underground facilities and 3 phase electric. Priced to sell at B.8,000/t.wah. Contact: 087 810 3325 (English), 089 748 1693 (Thai) (ptm-2008)Land for Sale on Highway 36 in Pong Area. 5.77 Rai, 12 million baht. Thai 081 956 2036, Eng. 084 391 5116, 087 149 1080. LS1020: a fair size plot of land at 672sqm surrounded by other houses already, electric, water available, road frontage all around. Priced at 3.5 million O.N.O. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: PL 046: This land is located in the center of the city. Ideal for house or apartment building filled and leveled already. Asking 12 million for 473sqw (1892SQM). Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Land for Sale. 11 Rai in Jomtien Area, only 10 Million per Rai. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 20 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, only 8 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road and 70 meters from the main road, perfect for small housing project. For quick sale, grab our cheapest offer, only 500,000 Baht per Rai. Nothing cheaper than this! To view please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 4 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, 7.5 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road, next to the main road in soi, perfect idea for a big house suitable not only for a big family, but for small family as well. For quick sale, we’re selling it for only 1.5 Million Baht per Rai. For viewing please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

Land for Sale. 50 Rai in Boput Area at Samui Island. Best idea for business and investment. For quick sale, only 10.8 Million Baht per Rai. Please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale 7 Rai. 43 Sq. Wah located at Najomtien Soi 8-12, Soi Pinnacle Resort, Opposite of Thai Alangkarn Show, only 350 m. from seaside. Price is only 20,000 per sq. wah (56,800,000 Million Baht). Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398 for details and viewing. For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Thai Living (L163): Soi Siam Country Club, land for sale with 20 Rai-122 sq.wah for 35 M THB. Only 1 km from Sukhumvit Road. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: land and house for sale., Bang Sare (Beach side), 2 Rai 105 sq.wah for 2.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / Thai Living: Quick Sale Land near Bang sare market, 164 sq.wah sale at 1.79 M THB. 3 km from beach and Sukhumvit Rd. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill Soi 4 (Opposite Star Beach) 207 sq.wah Sale 55,000 THB per sq.wah (N/A) For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

Classified 2 Rai for 27.5 Million Baht/ Rai Beach Front near La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to 32 Rai on a hill near Phoenix Golf Course with nice sea views, ideal for a housing development. 550,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Land for sale next to Siam Country Club Golf Course! 36 Rai perfect for a housing project for 2.1 Million Baht/ Rai. The land is located in a beautiful landscaped area with stunning mountain views. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Two land plots for 1.1 Million Baht/Rai near Mabrachan Lake. 19 and 31 Rai ideal for housing developments as the whole area is already developed with other housing developments. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Prathamnak Hill (1 Rai up), 21 Rai of beachfront near the Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai of Land on the beach in Bangsaray. Our database contains over a 100 exclusive plots of land in and around Pattaya. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231-931 or (01) 6342915 Email: or visit us online at Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area! 8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 850,000 Baht/Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to 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 trees-absolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buycall to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development LandBaht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to 2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht /Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing project this is it! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to FOR INVESTORS……1.5 Rai plot of land for sale on Pratamnak Hill including Building designs, Brochures, Building License, etc, etc. for 32.5 Million Baht including everything you need to start your development. Call Jan at 087-021-3170.

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THAIHUS : Properties urgently wanted for rent in Pattaya and Jomtien areas: Call us today at (Eng) 085 277 7900, (Thai) 087 973 9704 or send email to

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(ptm-vp0109)Visas Plus – births, marriage, certified translations, passport renewal, English first language, 038 757 527, 087 804 3943. Next door British Consulate Jomtien Soi 5. Lloyds Co., Ltd. (ptfsp-0008)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, Client service 081 550 0885.

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Fax: (038) 374535 (ptm-e0008) Properties in Pattaya and more. Tel: 087 067 0239. We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, Swimming pool Installations, New kitchens and Bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional service. Australian and Thai owners. WM Renovations - Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 0811 580 065 , E-mail info@ (ptm-j2108)Storage Lockers for Rent. From 300 baht/ mo. Jomtien Plaza. PH 085 275 0987. (pta-no0008)No 1 Visa behind Carrefour, Central Pattaya. Visa service for Thais to visit abroad, UK, Europe, USA and Australian Visa Specialist. The best affordable professional visa service in Thailand. Over 7 years experience. Taxi to the embassies, cheap airline tickets, travel medical insurance. Tel: 038 360 204, Mobile: 089 246 5980. ( p t m s p - 1 3 0 9 ) A rc h i t e c t Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038. (ptfjv-em1908)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling /re-cushion, etc. Bought and sold/profit sharing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptm-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379. (ptm-p0409)Eden Massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own place. Thai massage, Oil massage, foot massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) (ptm-p0409)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Do You Have Back Pains, Body Pains, Kidney Problem, High Cholesterol or High Blood? We have cure that are proven by our many cured and satisfied client. Simple, safe & secure treatments come to our health spa for free trial and consultation; pre booking will be highly appreciated. Interested call 038 416 493 or 087 141 2783. Do You Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun, Easy and Effective Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native eligible, professional

teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. *Email: thankful.knowledge@gmail. com**.* We speak English, Thai, German & Deustch We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, swimming pool installations, new kitchens and bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional serviceAustralian and Thai owners WM Renovations – Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 M: 0811 580 065 (Mal) Freelance I.T. Specialist. Services Offered: Data Recovery (accidental format and deletion), Website design and devolopment, Hardware/ Software setup and installation, PC cleaning and maintenance, Free online tech support for minor issues, LAN Configuration, etc. Contact: 087 481 2163, Email: 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 e-mail VDO Present Studio. We can make a presentation as VDO Presentation, Recording, Music VDO, Slide Show or special photograph in expertise skill in photographer. Please contact: Tiwa 086 787 8001 E-mail: Made to Order Cakes and Brownies, characters such as Sponge Bob, Barbie doll, Power Puff Girls, Spiderman, Christmas Bears and etc. Call 089 607 9850. Also, available Chocolate, Banana and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese. Ski Blind. For blinds, sunshade, retractable awning, canopy, folding doors. PVC strip doors, wallpapers, canvas, umbrellas, curtains, partitions, window shutter, and tents. Call Mr. Kiat at 081 307 7732 or e-mail skiblind@ Visit their website

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Services Provided

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:

Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and English-speaking Thai lawyer.see ads in PattayaToday. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084. 111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail

Job Vacancies

(ptfjv-pt0008)A Local English Language Newspaper, Urgently Needs Sales Representatives. Great salary and high commission. Applicants must be Thai, outgoing & confident, fluent in English, computer literate, university/college educated, presentable and hard working. Call 038 410 077.

Classified (ptfjv-n2108)Receptionist Wanted. Must be able to speak and write English. Computer skill, working time start at 11.00 a.m. 5 days a week Mon- Fri, Jomtien location. Call 038 233 367, 038 232 272. (ptfjv-pr2108)English Checker Required. Native English speaker or Philippines National. Location: Laem Chabang. Full time position. Please apply to: smanager34 (ptfjv-so2108)2 Positions for Sales Representatives. Male or female, aged 25-40, Diploma degree or bachelor’s degree, can speak English and use computer, experience minimum 3 years on selling property. Team work, good personality, can work on Saturdays and Sundays, have commission. Call 02 712 5222, 038 405 111, 081 918 4888. (ptfjv-g2108)Experienced Chef Wanted to Cook European Food in a Well Establish Restaurant. Must be hotel trained. Good wages plus tips for the right person. Call 081 254 3624. (ptfjv-b2108)I am Looking for a House Maid for cleaning, washing and cooking. You must be good speak English or German. Phone: 089 249 5485.

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

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Fax: (038) 374535 (ptfjv-s2008)Housekeeper, Companion, Friend. Must speak some English, rich, healthy American, no smoking, no drinking, part or full time. 15,000 baht, easy job, beautiful condo, Jomtien Plaza, near beach, 406/282, 2601 Building A. 038 231 999, phone 9-10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. (ptfjv-em1908)Electronics Company of Game Vending Machines. Thai male with experience with computers. Tasks include repairing and production of vending game machine and a call out service for the vending machines. Also, driving a delivery truck. Must have a driving license. We offer good salary. Contact 081 762 8379. (ptfjv-em1908)Thai Male with Experience with Pool and Snooker Tables. Tasks include repairing and production of pool and snooker tables and a call out service. Also, driving a delivery truck. Must have a driving license. We offer good salary. Contact 081 762 8379. (ptfjv-em1908)Needed a Handy Man. Call 081 762 8379.

(ptfjv-L2008)Wanted Livein Housekeeper/Companion for Retired English Gentleman. Although age and nationality are not important, advertiser would prefer mature lady 45s/60s. Must be non-smoker, speak and understand English very well. Please phone 038 421 502. (ptfjv-2008)Wanted Electrician & Plumber, English Speaking. Short term help or advice. Phone George 089 058 4509. (ptfjv-pa1808)Accounting, 2 Position, women, 20 year up, education higher vocational, can speak English, can use Microsoft office. Electric, 2 Position, man, 20 year up, education higher vocational, can speak English. Profil Architecture and Design Co., Ltd, 143/51 M.12 Thapprasit Road. Banglamung, Chonburi. Tel. 086 721 6900. (ptfjv-co2008)Seeking Reliable Maebaan for Nongplalai. 2 half days per week, Thu & Fr 12 - 17 pm. Experienced cleaning, washing, ironing. Speak some English or German and worked for Foreigner advantage. Phone afternoon 081 810 58 41.

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Classified Vehicles for Sale

Job Vacancies

(ptfjv-ex2008) Top Car Rental Company in Jomtien Required a Highly Motivated, Educated, 2 Thai lady who speaks good English for sale car salary Start 7,000 Baht. + Commission. Call for Interview Tel. 038 364 461, 038 364 238. (ptfjv-ex1708)New Supermarket Opening Soon. Needs a Thai lady with experience about Supermarkets and can speak English. Call 038 364 238, 081 865 1011. (ptfjv-l608)Traditional Thai Puppet Theater (Joelouis) is looking for staff very position for a new restaurant, Male or Female. Now- May 30, 2009 and application at the Traditional Thai Puppet Theater office(Thai Wat City Walk, South Pattaya). Tel: 081 935 4937, 081 376 8596, 02 252 9683-4, 02 252 5227-8. Time for contact:10.00-04.00 pm. (ptm-te1408)Wanted Secretary. Required: Thai female, good in English, basic computer skill. Please apply at info@ or call 086 841 5976. LC International languages and Computer School is looking for German, Dutch, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese and English speaking teacher. Interested person please call: 038 361 948 - 9 or contact us by (ptfjv-0108)Needed immediately secretary, receptionist, ad sales people and graphic artists for publishing company. Top pay for experienced professionals. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Send resume, CV or inquiries to

Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek Part-time and Full-time Teachers to join our team in Pattaya Branch. English Teachers and other Language Teacher, English-Dutch-German-ItalianFrench-Japanese-ChineseRussian-Korean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-250-0072


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....

Vehicles for Rent

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

(ptm-c0007)Ford Ranger 4 Door, 4x4, 3.0 Diesel, 2003, silver, loads of extras, full service history, exce lent all round condition. Farang owned. Must see at 390,000 baht. Private Sale 087 139 1570. (ptm-c0007)First to See Will Buy! Ford Laser 1.6 GLXi, 4 Door, Automatic 2002 (same size as Toyota Vios) champagne gold, power steering, air conditioning, alloy wheels, electric windows, air bags, CD, alarm etc. Regularly serviced with service book, beautiful unmarked condition. Only 270,000 baht. Falang owned. Call 084 565 7656. (ptm-c0007)Awesome Vehicle on Sale. Toyota Tiger 3.0 High Output Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, 7 foot high!!! Air bag, ABS, C.D. Huge chrome alloys, loads of extras, 160,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned for 5 years. Immaculate condition. Only 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539 (ptm-r0007)Volvo S60 Turbo, New Design 2005. 50,000 km, black. Full options. First hand, like new. 1 million baht (new 2,450,000 baht). Tel. 081 863 1076. (ptfvs-l2208)Almost Unbelievable – Daewoo Nexia 1.5 GL. 5 door automatic. Please do not confuse this car with any other offered under 250,000 Baht. Although it is almost 10 years old, it has covered only 60,000 kms (37,000 miles) and is in superb condition. Full year’s road tax, 6 months best insurance. Just had full service 145,000 Baht. First come, will buy 038 421 502. (ptfvs-k2408)Automatic Opel Corsa 4 Door, all power, Falang lady owner, immaculate, low kms. Just replaced transmission cost 22,000 B. Must sell, returning overseas. Recently paid 125,000 + transmission, 147,000 Baht. Will sacrifice for only 99,000 or offer. 086 006 8390 Kevin or Marina. (ptfvs-m2008) If you’re Looking for a Comfortable Motorbike to Drive in Town and Upcountry, then come and have a look at my black Honda Phantom (200 cc) with full options for a reasonable price of 70,000 baht (negotiable). It can bee seen in Pattaya Naklua. Please Contact Monique mobile 089 129 7898. (ptfcs-d2008)Fast Cash. 4 Bikes, Thinking of selling your motorbike we pay cash on the spot. Quick, easy, hassel free. Call 087 824 0870. (ptfvs-d2108)Yamaha Mio, 1yr old, 9,000km, white, tax, v good condition. 28,000baht. Eng/Thai 081 805 5441.

(ptfcs-t1908)2008 Accord 2.4 best model with all options. Gold color with brown leather and new body style. Perfect condition. Cost 1,550,000 baht and selling for 1,200,000 baht. English 087 797 591 Thai 086 217 0040 and English or Thai 084 779 3722. (ptfvs-j1708)Cycling to Angkor Wat from Pattaya in August. Interested? Also, Madone frame/fork 2008, 3000kms, 59 cm as new, cost 56,000 baht, sell 15,000 bt. 089 253 2983 poolcomp01@ (ptm-e1608)2005 Mitsubishi G Wagon 2.8 TD. 27.000 km, 530.000. From European owner. Tel: 087 067 0239. (ptm-1608)Honda CRV 2001. Exc. condition, LPG, auto, leather seats, 2 air bags, ABS, 89,000 kms with full service history, insurance. 440,000 Baht ONO. Call Michael 081 343 4851. (ptfcs-1508)Toyota Fortuner 4x4 2.7 Petrol 2006 Silver. Excellent condition. 1 Foreigner owner. BHT 820,000. Tel 081 8087213, 085 394 5932, 038 429 124-5. (ptfcs-1508)Toyota Fortuner 4x4 2.7 Petrol 2005 Black. Excellent condition. 1 Foreigner owner. BHT 799,000. Tel 081 8087213, 085 394 5932, 038 429 124-5. (ptfcs-v1508)Mazda 3 Top Model Full Option, Black Colour. 8 Airbag ABS. Leather seats. MAX 17 Auto, sunroof, MP3, CD. 70,000 km. 081 862 8846, 038 433 255. Alarm system. For Sale 650,0000 Baht. (ptfvs-je1508)Suzuki Caribean 4 Wheel Drive Jeep. Customized, new Vitara big engine, auto, air, power brakes/steering. Very low mileage on engine and drive train. Asking 140,000 OBO. See write up at: http://www. or call: Lek/Jeep 086 072 9843 (ptfvs-c1508)For Sale 2007 Mitsubishi Triton Plus 2.5 diesel turbo black, 4 door, automatic, only 13,000kms. showroom condition! First to pay me 550,000 baht takes it away! For more information call 081 187 8633(English) (ptfvs-j1508)Honda Click 2007, 2600 Km. Only 26000 Bath. Tel. 087 142 2237. (ptfvs-k0708)Toyota 2003 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto DSL. Only 140,000 ks Only 475,000 offer. 08 600 68 390. (ptfvs-k0708)A Solid Gold Longines Watch and Band, valuation $14,000 – new $20,000. Sell for only $6,000 or swap for jet ski or car or 4 wheel drive. 08 600 68 390. (ptfvs-r0408)2003 Nissan NV Truck with Carryboy. Top-automatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721.

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Peter at Pet-Hot offers FREE Lunch to ‘Grapevine’ Readers

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Royal-Varuna Host Austcham

The Australian Chamber of Commerce Thailand, (known as AustCham) was very pleased with their Sundowner Meeting held at Jomtien’s Royal Varuna Yacht Club. The event was sponsored by the Ticon Company Group, with a little added help from the new Thailand World of Wine Company, who provided free tasting of their excellent range of imported wines. The gentle breezes blowing in from the Gulf of Thailand made this a most memorable evening.

Filipino basketball finals We recently had the great pleasure of being invited along to the birthday party of Peter from the Pet-Hot Restaurant and bar, situated on the 332 Road near Sattahip. A very enjoyable evening was had by all, whilst enjoying a drink in the tranquil setting, watching one of the many music plasma TV’ around the bar and restaurant area and sampling the food of their very reasonable menu. Peter and his wife Malai, (pictured), are so confident that you will keep returning to eat at their establishment; they made ‘Pattaya Grapevine’ Readers an unbelievable offer in the June edition. FREE lunch, their signature dish, Smoked Chicken Salad with Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, toast and butter, available through June and July (only one coupon per couple). Anyone who didn’t get their copy of the June magazine, with the coupon, is invited to pick one up from our offices on the Sukhumvit Road. We are sure you will be impressed.

The Fairtex fitness and sporting complex on Pattaya North Road were once again the hosts for the Association of Filipinos in Thailand Pattaya Cup 2009, which saw some very good basketball. In the semi-finals the Sriracha Tigers gained third place, while the final match was won by the Pattaya All Stars in an exciting finish against the Davao Gwapings. The Pattaya All Stars displayed more accurate goal scoring, and took home the winner’s trophy that was donated by the main sponsors; - our very own Pattaya Today newspaper.

Birthday for Kaodet Newspaper

The well established Kaodet Thai Newspaper recently celebrated its birthday with a special party held at the Townin-Town Hotel. The celebrations saw the attendance of Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, along with other leading business people from the region. Many exclaimed that it seemed like only yesterday that Kaodet, first braved the streets to publish their first newspaper.

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Three Rotary installations

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Japanese Cocktail Networking Night at Mantra A recent dinner held at the Royal Cliff Grand Ballroom, which was full to capacity, was to mark the installation of three new presidents to their Rotary Clubs within our region. New Presidents included, Helmut Buchberger for the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya, Peter Schlageter for the Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard, and Robert Denzel was elected for a second term as the President of the Rotary Club of Thaksin-Pattaya. District Governor Mr. Peter Malhotra played a prominent part in proceedings, as did other past office bearers including past presidents Toy Ryser and Brendan Kelly.

BCCT Night at Royal Cliff

The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) held a very well attended networking evening in the Promenade Lounge at the Royal-Cliff Resort Hotel recently. The event was sponsored by the Royal Cliff group and one of the world’s leading executive recruitment companies Brooklands Executives Ltd., who are based in London, but also have branches in other countries around the world. With heavy rain outdoors, everyone stayed on late and had a most enjoyable evening with many new business connections being made.

Sedona’s Up-Market Villas

A splendid launch party was recently held for the official opening of the Sedona Villas project in the vicinity of Lake Mabprachan, within close proximity of the International Regents School. These up-market villas are individually built on large 800 square metre land plots, with residences of up to 500 square metres. They feature large private swimming pools for each residence, and one visitor commented to our reporter that the quality of these residences was the best he had seen in Thailand. The Thai/American developers are assisted by Gareth De Silva and his team from Pattaya’s ‘Benchmark Property Brokers’ on Jomtien’s Thepprasit Road.

From Left, Khun Ampawan Kuhasak, Social Director, Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Ms. Makiko Matsushita, Japanese Assistant Manager, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Mr. Ikuhiro Sakaguchi, Assistant General Manager, Daikin Compressor Industries LTD, Takeru Kojima, Production, Monotukuri Kyouka, DAIKIN Group, Mr. David Cumming, General Manager, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Mr. Sadanao Kurokawan, Assistant General Manager, Daikin Compressor Industries LTD, Mr. Naoto Sekida, Director, Daikin Compressor Industries LTD, Ms. Yogo Agatahita, Japanese Assistant Manager, Mantra Restaurant & Bar

Mr. David Cumming, General Manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, warmly welcomed more than 35 Japanese businessmen from the Eastern region, during the fantastic ‘Japanese Cocktail Networking Night’ at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Pattaya.

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Pattaya Today for 1st July 2009

Pattaya Today Volume 8 Issue 20  

Pattaya Today for 1st July 2009