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Vol. 8 No. 21  16 - 31 July 2009

Volume 8, Issue 21

16 - 31 July 2009

Government Slashes Pattaya Budget


Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, was recently joined by fellow Pattaya Council Members, Government Officials, business owners and local residents, to welcome the Senate Tourism Committee, led by Mrs. Thanyarat Atchariyachai. This was an opportunity for interested parties to get together and discuss the present tourist crisis and its ramifications for the coming year. Tourism in the city, and indeed the whole of Thailand, has dropped an alarming amount over the last year, due to the closing of the main airport and political problems, the world economic collapse, and most recently, the outbreak of the A(H1N1) Virus. The most important item on the agenda was the Pattaya Budget, allocated from central government, which looks to be getting cut, instead of the increase needed. The meeting focused on the present budget for new projects, which will hopefully revive tourism to the area. Mayor Itthiphol explained that Pattaya has enjoyed

a year on year increase in tourism, until the last twelve months, around 6.5 million tourists were visiting the City each year, bringing billions of baht into the Kingdom. However, the rapid growth of the town brings its own problems, and it is imperative that the City Council plan ways to improve, and maintain, ongoing tourism development, by upgrading and replacing infrastructure. Present, important projects include lighting for the beach area, the completion of the new ‘Railway Road’, and the installation of wind turbines for the Koh Larn Island. With regards to public health, the town can already boast four private and government hospitals in the area together with numerous smaller clinics. Pattaya City Hall is committed to building

another hospital, in the heart of the city, with a cost in the region of 177 million baht. The City has recently finished construction of the 11th Pattaya Government School. To cater to the needs of the tourists, Pattaya can lay claim to over 700 hotels, 1,800 restaurants, 100 bank branches, 10 large department stores and 30 main tourist attractions within the city boundaries, making it a city which can cater to the individual requirements of all tourists. Mayor Itthiphol continued by explaining that even though the City is responsible for bringing in around 7 billion baht to the country,

the allocation from central government, is too small. Even with the huge amount of money generated by the city, the government only calculates its budget based on 200 baht for the population of the town, this does not include the 300,000 Thai residents who have not taken the trouble to register but still live, work, travel, make waste, etc. The state budget allocated to Pattaya for the year 2008 was at 1,700 million baht. However, in 2009, the budget has been reduced to 1,494 million baht, a decrease of 12 percent, with the expectation that in 2010, a further cut of 9.68 percent will bring the annual budget down to 1,350

million baht. A lowering of the budget, at a time when the city needs to invest to attract back the tourists, is making the completion of many important projects impossible.

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U.S. Ambassador Eric G. John, holds reception in Honor of U.S. Independence Day

There has been a long history between our two democratic countries, you cannot help but be optimistic about both our separate, and our shared futures. The United States and Thailand always find ways to overcome challenges, we always find ways to enhance the lives of our peoples, and always find ways to seek out wise leaders. Our national day celebrates both the history of democracy in the United States, and the hope that it offers for the future. The United States of America celebrated the 233rd anniversary of existence as an independent democratic nation. And no better place outside of America to be for this occasion than here in Thailand, since 1833 our

oldest friend in Asia. This event was well attended by foreign diplomats from many countries representatives posted here in Thailand and was well attended by the various government officials here in Thailand. Following this event there were 2 daytime events on the 3rd and 4th of July, with celebrations in which all the various nationalities living or visiting Thailand could attend and enjoy American style barbecues, rides, and shows for the children. by Bobby Brooks

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Marines celebrate 50th Anniversary

Members of the Royal Thai Marine Corps recently celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Corps in celebrations led by Vice-Admiral Suwit Thararoop, Commandant. This year was a special celebration as His Majesty the King had honoured the Corp by presenting them with a ‘Royal Tune Composition’ entitled ‘Royal Marines March’. Mr. Kasit Phirom, Minister of Foreign Affairs, officially opened the day’s celebrations and joined thousands of local residents, and Marine personnel, in paying

tribute to the Royal Lineage, to show awareness of the high respect offered to the King and Queen. The celebrations continued at the Krom Luang Chumphon camp, where participants enjoyed putting together over 5,000 bottles of bio-fertiliser, cleaning up garbage, planting trees in the forest and planting 109 corals in the ocean. A Royal Exhibition was staged to show local residents the many ways in which HM the King helps his people, from farming projects to the Royal music he so dearly loves.

Secy Secy Sports Centre now open

A new sports centre in town is now ready to offer a variety of services to the public. Secy Secy Sports Centre services include Taekwondo, Taekwon Dance (a combination of Taekwondo and Aerobic Dancing) and Thai boxing. Also, they offer

fitness, sauna, health check up, Pattaya jogging sight seeing tour, Thai massage treatment & beauty spa, Thai health food and drinks and much more. Avail of their opening promotion, membership only 750 baht per person per

month, for couples 650 baht each, and if you bring the latest issue of Pattaya Today, pay only 600 baht. Secy Secy Sports Centre is located at the back of Big C South Pattaya. Call 081 550 0885 for more information and other promotions

All about Fish

Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, recently opened a lecture session at City Hall on the subject of fish. The lecture was aimed at providing more knowledge to the general public on the different types of fish and the harm being done to the environment, by people, in ignorance, releasing fish

into unfamiliar natural water sources. Many students and local residents attended the lecture which had been organised by the ‘Natural Environmental Department and the Pattaya Health and Environment Office. The lecture stated that the problems with unnatural

fish being released into our waterways are causing major problems. Suckerfish which have been released, are breeding at an alarming rate, and as predators, they eat/ suck-away the eggs of other fish breeding in the area. The releasing of unfamiliar fish into our waterways is upsetting the fine balance of the ecosystem. by Thaksin

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Prepaid Electricity meter

cannot get an immediate refill for your card, the PEA provides an emergency 50 baht credit built into the machine. Anyone who would like further information or to order a meter can contact the PEA Pattaya Office Accounts Department, weekdays 8.30am – 4.00pm. Or by telephone 8.30am – 4.00pm, 038 221 007, 4.01pm – 8.29am on 038 222 493. In the case that a refill

Deputy Chief Administrator of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), Mr. Narit Srinuan, recently opened a seminar being hosted at the Town in Town Hotel, Pattaya Central Road, with regard to the new ‘Pre-Paid Electric Meters’ that will be in operation, in our area, in the very near future. Mr. Narit explained that the PEA had been developing this service for a number of years, and that it was now ready to begin a pilot project in the Pattaya, Rayong and Chonburi Provinces. The new prepaid electric meters will be available to all types of consumers, residential homes, small businesses and places that require a temporary service. This new service will allow consumers more control on how they pay for their energy requirements.

Once the new meter has been installed, customers will be able to buy credits using a ‘Prepaid Card’ (smart card), consumers can then determine the volume of electricity they are prepared to use. This will hopefully lead to a reduction in wasted power and free consumers from the burden of a large monthly bill. The new meters will also alert the consumer in the case of a leakage within the premises along with power overloads; the meter will display a warning sign and then cut the supply automatically as a safety measure. New users can begin using the new system on the lowest tariff, 300 baht per refill, and the PEA guarantee installation within 24 hours – refunds for old meters are available. In the event that you

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cannot be made immediately; the PEA provides an emergency 50Baht inside so consumers don't have to worry that there will be no electricity if the money in the meter runs out. Anyone who is interested in using the Prepaid Electricity meter can contact the PEA office Pattaya account department during working days between 8.30am - 4 pm, and outside the hours between 4pm - 8.29am. Telephone: 038-221007 and 038-222493 by Nana

Amari's Longest Charity Lychee Cake 2009

Show your mum just how much you love her in metres, from the longest 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 at 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 and Debate Contest, all as part of the fun and entertainment festivities.

After deductions for 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’ Foundation of the Thai Red Cross. The price is only Baht 699 per metre or Baht 60 per slice 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


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Baht for a Better Life Painting Scholarship from Amari

Christ the King High School from England visits the Fr. Ray Day-Care Center

Mr. Wim Fagel, General Manager of Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai, recently presented a 5,000 Baht

scholarship to Sergeant Jumpol Khoonnam, teacher from the Royal Border Police Benjama1 School in Vienghaeng,

Storm Warnings

It was great fun for the little children at the Fr. Ray DayCare Centre when a group of high school students from the 'Christ the King High School' in England came and played their ‘puppet show’ for them. The kids’ napping area turned into a theater, showing the story of ‘The Enormous Radish’ where people and animals together can do the hard task like pulling the giant radish out of the ground when they work together. The children got to wear animal head gear while a student from Christ the King tells the story to which the children act along. The whole room filled with

laughter and joy. The Christ the King High School is raising money for Thai Children’s Trust in England, which in turn, funds Fr. Ray Foundation works. After they leave Pattaya the students will go back sharing their experiences with their fellow students in England and work to raise more money for the children in Pattaya. Seven Students have come from Southport with their school Chaplain – Marie. For all of them it is it is their first visit to Thailand and the first opportunity to meet the under-privileged children at the Fr. Ray Foundation for whom they have been raising money.

Rak Chart Thai Concert

The recent Rak Chart Thai Music Festival (Love Thailand Festival), was a resounding success with hundreds of people turning up to watch the event at Bali Hai Pier. Mr. Soontorn Rattanawaraha, Deputy Governor of Chonburi Provincial Office, together with Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, and Major General Winai Srangsookdee, Commissioner of the 14th Military Division, jointly opened the 5th yearly festival in front of many government and private representatives. Celebrations started early in the morning with a tree plant-

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ing ceremony, and continued to the main event which took place in the evening. Many famous Thai celebrities took part in the concert which really caught the attention of local residents, tourists, and residents from Bangkok and neighbouring Provinces. The show was televised live on Channel 5 Thai Television. The Rak Chart Thai (Love Thailand) project was to honour His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday and to encourage everyone to plant trees in an attempt to raise awareness of the environment and how we can do our bit.

Local Authorities have issued a severe storm warning for the Sattahip and surrounding areas in the coming weeks, a recent storm hit the Sattahip Navy’s Dongtan Beach with waves of over two metres reported. Local fisherman have been warned of the dangers, and when severe weather looks imminent, the authorities will stop the boats from leaving harbour in an attempt to reduce loss of life. If the fishermen are prohibited from taking to the sea, expect to see a high increase in the

price of seafood, where it can still be found. Authorities have issued a warning to tourists and local residents, that in the event of choppy seas they advice you not to swim or travel on the ocean. Should you choose to ignore the recommendations, please be very careful and beware of strong currents. Youngsters, from 10 to 14 years can be found having a great time splashing around in the large waves and having great fun, let’s hope their parents are keeping a close eye on them.

Mother and Child Bonding Program

The Mayor of the Nongprue Municipality, Khun Mai Chaiyanit, recently hosted the 2009 ‘Mother and Child Bonding Program’ at the municipalities Health Park. This year the event was held under the banner of ‘Welcoming a New Member into the Family’. Many different departments were involved in making the event such a success including Mr. Saksit

Yaemsri, Permanent Secretary of Nongprue Municipality, volunteers from the public health office and board members associated with the program. The main objective of the program is to focus on good health and nutrition for both mother and baby. Pregnant women joined new born baby mums and mothers of older children to receive helpful tips and ideas on disease

Chiang Mai, as a prize for a Painting Competition, one of the Amari Rincome Hotel’s 40th Anniversary charity activities, for underprivileged children. Students from the Amari Hotels and Resorts charity project ‘Baht For A Better Life’ Schools sent in their own paintings to take part in the painting competition under the theme of ‘My Dream’. In photo from left to right, Mr. Wim Fagel, General Manager of Amari Rincome

Hotel, Chiang Mai, Sergeant Jumpol Khoonnam, Teacher of Royal Border Police Benjama1 School, Vienghaeng, Chiang Mai, Khun Kaiwala Luangtumma, Executive Secretary, Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai.

Donations Help Flood Victims in Prae Province

With the heavy ongoing rains in the area of Prae Province, HRH Princess Somsawalee Praworaracha Thinaddamart, has organised some very generous, and much needed, funds to help the local communities affected by flooding. Representatives of the Princess, in conjunction with the Thai Red Cross Society, transported 1,550 containers of useful items to the affected areas. Personnel from the Sattahip Navy Academy and Sattahip Budhist Monks gathered to work together at U-Tapao airport to help with the transportation. The containers included such items as instant noodles, rice, dry canned food, clothes,

blankets, towels, medication, mosquito repellent, flashlights, candles, sanitary napkins, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpastes, shampoo, garbage bags, etc. An additional seven containers, with emergency supplies for local Monks caught up in the floods, were also transported. Mrs. Somthawin Yangyoo, Assistant Secretary of the Princess, stated that they had reports of great hardships in two further provinces, Utradit and Sukhothai, who are facing great difficulties as a result of so much rain and flooding, and that they hoped to be able to send further goods, to these regions, in the very near future.

prevention, family support, facing and dealing with problems and general mother and baby care. The Authorities stressed the need for new mums to breast feed babies for a minimum of five months and advice on how to best raise children for the first five years of

their lives. The most colourful and enjoyed activity was a ‘Baby Crawling Race’, where awards were presented to all the babies taking part with a special prize for the winner. As you can imagine, there were a number of huge smiles whilst this event took place.


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Asarnha Bucha in Pattaya

Early in the morning of the 7th July, our reporter attended the Huay Yai Temple, to report on this year’s Asarnha Bucha Day, which in Thailand is a government holiday. The Asarnha Bucha Buddhist Festival takes place a day before the beginning of the Buddhist period for Lent, Wan Kao Pansa. It commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon, in the Deer Park in Benares, and the founding of the Buddhist Sangha. Many Buddhist gathered in the morning to donate offerings to the temple and listen to the sermons. It is another important religious day for the

Thais, where they can take the opportunity to stop doing bad things and improve their Karma. Many take an oath to stop smoking or drinking for the full three month period of lent. On the same morning, many

residents attended the Sanamluang in Bangkok, to make food offerings to 108 Monks. This type of activity is repeated at Temples throughout the whole Kingdom. by Nana

Pop Music Awards 2009 sweeps across Dusit Thani Pattaya This year’s Pop Music Awards have proven to be a huge success and Pattaya City officials could not be more proud of the tremendous turnout at the music event held at the Bali Hai Pier and attended by hundreds upon hundreds of fans. Themed “No Music No Life”, the glitzy ceremony was graced by leading Thai and South Korean artists such as Nam Hyun Joon, Ace Junior or AJ and the sevenmember boy band, 2PM fea-

turing Thai singer Nichkhun Horvejkul. Dusit Thani Pattaya was the host hotel to the South Korean artists who had

drawn fans patiently waiting at the hotel lobby to get a glimpse of their idols. In photo is the popular

Guidelines to Promote Pattaya in 2010 A meeting took place recently at The Zign Hotel, Pattaya, to discuss ideas on how to promote Pattaya in 2010. Mr. Niti Khongkrut, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Pattaya, chaired the meeting with Pattaya City Hall administrators and private business organisations. The meeting looked at ways to promote Pattaya as the ideal holiday location to the Russian, Indian and Middle Eastern markets. Mr. Niti explained that the aim of the meeting was to share ideas and find a

form of marketing they all believed would work in this present climate. They agreed that marketing needs to be focused on the foreign markets, emphasising the

many benefits of travel to Pattaya. It was agreed that the existing marketing of ‘Road Shows and Travel Exhibitions’ would continue for 2010, including the ‘Leisure in Moscow’, the ‘ITB in Berlin’, and the ‘ATM in Dubai’. They would also look at the best way to gain access to the ever increasing Indian market. It was further agreed that further marketing would need to be aimed at the markets of China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan. Further afield Europe and the United States would need further marketing strategy.

Opening of Tuxedo Magic Theatre

The story of Magic Theatre was started from the dream and inspiration of the Tuxedo team, led by Mr. Tuxedo, who gave up his engineering career to be a professional magician. Mr. Tuxedo combined his engineering know-how with in – depth magic study to create and transform magic tricks into mesmerizing magic shows. His achievements include: A First from The Professional Magic Association of Thailand in 2000. Master of International Magic Award from Magic Society of Bangladesh in International Magic Festival 2005 The First Runner – up from Asian Magic Association in The Asian Magic Association Conversation in

2005 and 2008 His resume includes: Magic Theatre of Thailand Builder, International Thai Magician, Under Water Magic Shows, Pocket Book by Magician, Magic School Delivery, On Super Star concert, 2 Times Asian Champion, Hosting of Pattaya International magic Festival After gaining international experiences in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and USA, along with his innate passion in the art of magic, Mr. Tuxedo set up the first world – class magic theatre in Thailand, featuring a full range of magic performances, to share the success he has achieved with Thais and foreigners to enable them to enjoy world-standard magic shows,

to the same high stadard enjoyed by world-wide audience.

South Korean boy band 2PM with Thai singer Nichkhun (2nd left) strike a pose with management and staff of

Dusit Thani Pattaya led by Atchara Boonmak (4th right) of the Executive Office and Oranuch Chantramala (7th

right), Dusit Club Manager before the conclusion of the 2009 Pop Music Awards held in Pattaya City.


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Students in Pattaya with H1N1 Flu

Tree Planting at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

To honour Her Royal Highness Queen Sirikit, on the occasion of Thailand's National Mother's Day on 12th September, a special tree was planted at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens. The management of the Tropical Gardens chose a most auspicious day to hold the event, Asarnha Bucha day on the morning of 7th July. The ceremony started early

in the morning with a parade of nine elephants and drummers all marching with a Srimahapot plant (Ficus Religiosa), to the Khamluang Hall, French Garden Space of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. Monk Wiboonthammabarn, Abbot of Sattahip Temple, was invited to perform a ritual watering of the new tree, before planting, for good fortune. Director of the Gardens,

Husband unintentionally kills wife with shovel

A gruesome discovery was made recently on a piece of empty land near a condo on Central Pattaya Road. The body was discovered, wrapped in three layers of black plastic sacks, of a young woman who it is believed was dumped at the spot at least a week previously, and with no sign of identification. Police officers quickly

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got to work on the investigation, and within 24 hours, had managed to identify the unfortunate woman and charge her murderer. She was identified as Miss Nam-Oy Srimongkhol, aged 40, from the Nakhonsawan province. Her killer, Mr. Boonma Sukprasert, aged 46, from Roi-Et province, was the woman’s boyfriend.

Mr. Kamphol Tansajja, explained that in 2004, a German national, Mrs. Christel, undertook a pilgrimage with an Indonesian teacher. Whilst meditating, she saw three roots of the Srimahapot plant, she prayed and asked that more roots be planted in order for her to be able to take the roots for other Buddhist’s around the world to study. She would only take two roots; one she gave to Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, the other will be planted in Indonesia. Mr. Boonma explained to police officers that he had killed his wife because he could not stand her being a drug addict and spending all their hard earned money on drugs. His only income was earned from collecting garbage, she knew how hard he had to work, however, this would not stop her from spending all his earnings on drugs. Many arguments ensued, until one day, not able to stand it any longer; he unintentionally hit her over the head with a shovel. When he had calmed down, realising that his wife was dead, he panicked, and because he was afraid of the punishment, he tied her up in garbage sacks, and transporting her in his motorbike sidecar, drove to the isolated area and dumped her body in bushes. He confessed to his crime and is due to appear in court in the future. by Nana

On 30th June, 3 students from an International school in the Pattaya area were confirmed infected with influenza A(H1N1). The Burapha English Programme School of Thailand (B.E.S.T.) Pattaya, announced it will be closing until 9th July to avoid the spreading of the virus. It was reported that the children were all from primary 5 level, room D. Speaking to one of the parents, she explained that on the 25th June, her daughter had gone to school as normal, when she was collected at the end of the day, she had a runny nose, a cough and was running a little fever. Seeing no sign of recovery, she took her daughter to the Banglamung Hospital the following morning, where it was confirmed she had the

A(H1N1) Virus. The school and other parents were notified, however, as they were all aware that the dangers from the virus were negligible, no one panicked and measures were taken in a disciplined fashion to stop the spreading of the disease. The school, in conjunction with the parents, decided that

Don't Drink and Run! At 1.30am on 5th July the Pattaya police were informed by the Mamasan of the Crown Night Bar in Soi 8, Pattaya, that a customer refused to pay his bill. Upon arrival the officers were met by Miss Saijai, the Mamasan, who informed them that the man had run away towards the beach. She explained that the man had been drinking in the bar for most of the evening, as the bar was about to close, she gave him his bill of 1,115 baht, but he refused to pay it. She then telephoned the police and the man decided it was time for a quick exit. She gave the officers a description and they went in hot pursuit.

They discovered the man, attempting to drown himself in the sea, and identified him as Mr. Gary William

Donovan, aged 41, from the United Kingdom. Mr. Donovan was very upset, explaining to police that he had a problem with his pregnant wife. The police told the man that they had no interest in

the best course of action was to close the school to enable a thorough cleaning; it opened for business as usual again on the 9th July. The best way to combat the spreading of the disease is through high levels of cleanliness and thorough cleaning of the hands. by Nana his problems, only with why he refused to pay his bill for drinks he had consumed. He explained to the officers, that is was really simple, he did not have any money to pay his bill. The officers tried to get information out of him on his family, so they could be contacted to help, however, at this stage Mr. Donovan refused to cooperate, leaving police with no course of action but to arrest him and take him to the police station. Upon further investigation around the area of Soi 7 and Soi 8 bars, it was discovered that Mr. Donovan makes a habit of drinking all night in bars and then refusing to pay his bills, however, no one in the past has made a report to the police, seems this was his unlucky day.

Wanted Thief Captured

The Pattaya Tourist Police recently held a press conference, to announce the capture of Mr. Atthaphol Sukood (Golf), aged 22, from the Kamphaengphet Province, who is believed to have been hiding out in Pattaya for the last two years. The suspect has three arrest warrants pending from the early part of 2008. The police team revealed that the wanted man had been residing in a rented apartment at Kao Karat Condo’s located in Soi Arunothai, Central Pattaya. The three outstand-

ing warrants, all issued in the to Kamphaengphet province, included charges of theft, and

Golf will be transported back to that province as soon as possible.

At around 7.30pm on 9th July, the Pattaya Police were informed by Officers of the Pattaya Provincial Court that two suspects had escaped from custody at the court. It was revealed that whilst officers were attempting to transfer 43 men and 8 women prisoners from the Pattaya Provincial Court to Nongplalai prison, two of them made

a bid for freedom. They ducked under the truck, and then climbed over the wall running into the Sugar Hut restaurant, which was nearby. It took the team around half an hour before they found one of the escapees, Mr. Ekkayut Promjanya. He was quickly taken back to the court and locked up, it is believed that he would

face further charges the next morning. The other fugitive, Mr. Eknarong Takkaenu, has been thoroughly searched for, however, so far, without success. With his legs tethered with chains, police do not believe he can get very far. An arrest, they believe, is not too far in the future by Nana

Escaped prisoner re-arrested

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Major problems needing immediate action include:Water Supply. There is not enough water to meet demands and alternative treatment and storage facilities must be found before it is too late. U-Tapao Airport. The development of the airport, to allow it to be of international status, is a burning issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

Waste Water Treatment. A better solution for waste water treatment must be implemented to save our ecosystem. Suppression of Serious Crimes. The police are facing an uphill and ever increasing amount of serious crimes within our region. Sufficient employees and technological innovations must be introduced as soon as possible. The Environment. The beach is losing its sand at an alarming rate and a solution must be found and implemented before it is gone altogether. Beaches are what draw tourists to holiday destinations and Pattaya’s must once again be one of the finest in the world.

Mrs. Thanyarat Atchariyachai, stated that the government were aware of the vast decrease in tourism and the many issues that are effecting the city. She, along with her team, are visiting administrations in different cities, to find out first hand the problems they are facing. She will then report back to the government on the best course of action for the future. With regard to Pattaya,

she listened to the many observations and complaints, agreeing that the government has fallen short of its responsibilities to help improve the city as a main destination for world tourism, which in turn, brings in billions of baht to the Thai economy. She stated that Pattaya was not the only tourist destination in Thailand being affected by the recent slump in tourism; Phuket and Changmai have to deal with the same problems of lowering budgets from central government. She assured all those present that her committee would coordinate with the relevant government departments to provide further support and solutions in the near future.


Drug dealers arrested

At 5.30am on 11th July, Police Lieutenant Colonel, Chaiyakrit Thongin, and a team from Chonburi Provincial Police, raided a house in Soi 6 Pratamnak road, with a search warrant, as they suspected an amount of drugs were being kept at the residence. Entering the house the team were met by Mr. Andrew Donald Barber, aged 32, a Canadian national, and Miss Anusara Ronnapimai, aged 24, from Nakhonratchasima province. Upon searching the property, police officers discovered a large amount of drugs, over one hundred thousand baht in cash and a 9mm gun hidden within the property. The drugs haul included 340 grams of cocaine, 61 grams of dry marijuana, 136 grams of rubber marijuana, 160 grams of marijuana seeds (Cannabis seeds), and 8,000 tablets of an unknown drug, which will be tested.

Resort Owner died in Car Accident At 1.30am on 11th July Pattaya police were informed by a good civilian that an accident had occurred in front of the Redemption Centre on Sukhumvit Road in which someone had died. Police arrived at the scene to discover Sawang Rescuers already trying to free the trapped driver from his Toyota Fortuner. The vehicle is believed to have flipped over two or three times before coming to rest. The body was quickly identified as Mr. Thammarat Waiyaket, aged 39; he was pronounced dead at the scene, with a broken neck, arms and legs. His body was taken to the hospital to await collection by his family for burial proceedings. The deceased man was discovered to be quite a

famous businessman, he owned See Fah Resort on Koh Larn Island. Relatives quickly arrived on the scene and explained the events which had led to the unfortunate accident. They told officers that they had been with the deceased and other friends to an entertainment complex on Central Pattaya Road. He had an awful lot to drink and was advised, not to

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drive home in his condition, he ignored all the advice. A witness to the accident, who also reported it to the police, explained that the car had been driving at high speed, overtook a motorcycle, seemed to loose control, and crashed into concrete bollards at the side of the road, before the car flipped over many times before coming to rest.

The Police Colonel explained that police officers had been closely watching the couple since last month. When they believed they had sufficient evidence to make an arrest, they had applied for a search warrant for a property opposite X-Zyte Discoteche on Pattaya Third Road, unfortunately no drugs were discovered. The team continued their investigation until it led them to the house on Pratamnak Road, where they found the above drugs and arrested the two they believed to be behind the business. Police officers also confiscated and took into

evidence, one million baht, which the couple had tried to use to bribe the police officers to drop the charges and turn a blind eye. However, the couple have now been charged with the added offence of trying to

bribe police officers, to add to their possession and dealing narcotics charges. The suspects confessed to all charges and further proceedings will take place. by Somboon

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Murderer Arrested Police recently received a tip off that a man wanted for murder was going to make an appearance on Sukhumvit Road later in the Evening. Police Major Preecha Ruangsri of Na Jomtien Police, although speculative, mounted an operation to capture the murderer should he show up. The suspected man, Mr. Somchai Duangsuk, who had an arrest warrant for murder issued against him on the 8th June 2009, did indeed turn up driving a Yamaha C70 motorcycle with no licence plate. Police officers immediately identified them-

selves and showed the wanted man a copy of the arrest warrant. Mr. Somchai denied all charges but was taken to the police station for further questioning.

Arrested for making false report

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Six Fishermen missing after collision

Six fishermen recently disappeared after their fishing boat was hit by a ship in the Saemsarn area. Navy Personnel were very confused when the owner of the fishing boat, refused any assistance, it turns out he feared the authorities would find out he employed illegal immigrants. At a press conference, Rear Admiral Thaweep Sukpinit, Chief of Staff Marine Army Region 1, informed reporters that two bodies had been discovered, however, four more were still missing. He reported that the owner

of the fishing boat had given false information to rescuers, which had made it impossible to mount a successful rescue operation. One of the missing four bodies was apparently spotted floating in the sea near the area where the crash took place, however, when reporters accompanied a Marine Unit to the reported sighting, the body could not be found. Rescuers believe it had since washed away to another area and they will continue their search for all the missing fishermen.

Member of fraud credit card gang caught The Pattaya Police Station recently had a visit from Mrs. Thawin Puangkham, aged 35, who had a very sad story of being robbed by two Tai men to report. She explained that she had been to the bank and withdrawn 200,000 baht, money her foreign boyfriend had sent to her to pay for their wedding. She left her house, on her motorcycle, collected the money from the bank, and then collected a further 40,000 baht from the Bank of Ayutthaya on South Pattaya Road, to pay to the JJ Pub and Karaoke Bar. As she was driving to the bar, two Thai men forced her to stop her bike and pulling a knife on her, forced her to sit between them whilst they drove her to a deserted area near Soi Boonsamphan temple. Here they searched her and stole the 240,000 baht she had to

pay for the wedding. Here is where her sad story started to fall apart, as police questioned her, she could not repeat the same story twice, and all the details of the robbery were changing on a minute by minute basis. After being caught out in her lies, she eventually confessed that she had not after all been robbed. The truth was that she had spent the money on a Thai boyfriend who works in a karaoke bar, she wanted the police robbery report to show her foreign boyfriend, to account for the missing funds, she obviously could not tell him the truth. Instead of getting a police report that would get her off the hook with the foreign boyfriend, Mrs. Thawin, was arrested and locked up for making a false report. As the old saying goes, ‘be sure your sins will find you out’!!

Drunk drowned in fountain

The Banglamung police recently received a report from a Security Guard at the Mike Orchid Villa Complex, Soi Khao Noy, that he had discovered a dead body in the fountain in front of the village. Police officers and Sawang

Rescuers arrived on the scene to discover the body of a Thai man, laying face down in the fountain; he was identified as Mr. Jamnong Saenghiran, aged 45, from the Janthaburi province. The security guard ex-

On the 8th July, police received a report from the staff at the ‘Yes Boss’ Shop in South Pattaya, that a man had attempted to use a fake credit card to purchase clothing items. As the police arrived, the man, becoming suspicious of being kept waiting too long, and smelling a rat, was on his way out of the shop as the police apprehended him. He was searched and was in possession of a passport in the name of Mr. Treach A gabrah, aged 29, from The Republic of Ghana. However, in his wallet they discovered three credit cards in different names, none of them his. Two City Bank Credit Cards in the names of Jennifer Moore and Daniel Scott, and a Standard Charter Credit Card in the name of Mrs. Sasithorn Chuangsuwan. The owner of the ‘Yes Boss Shop’, informed officers that this suspect had bought items from his shop before, using credit cards, that didn't match the name in the passport. Further evidence was dis-

covered that showed amounts of 13,000, 6,500, 15,000, 65,000 and 67,000 baht being withdrawn from various banks around Pattaya, in the

plained that the deceased man had been a motorbike taxi driver in front of the residence. The man was known as a regular drinker and was often seen in a drunken state around the area. Relatives informed officers that Mr. Jamnong, had left home in the evening at the normal time.The security guard noted the arrival of Mr. Jamnong, and that he had brought a bottle with him to enjoy throughout the evening. On his next return to the front

of the village, it was to discover the dead man floating face down in the fountain. The deceased man's relatives believe he had too much to drink as usual, probably fell asleep, and fell back into the fountain and drowned. As relatives do not believe foul play was the cause of his death, the police have closed the case. The dead man’s body was taken to the Banglamung Hospital to await collection by the family. by Somboon

last month, from ATM machines. Along with a statement from the shop owner and the ATM slips the man was taken to the police station for further questioning. The man is believed to be a member of a ‘Credit Card Fraud Gang’ that has been working in Thailand for a long time. His claiming he does not speak any English, will not stop the police from making further enquiries and hopefully arresting further members of the gang.

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Snatchers Shot

Pattaya Police Officers were recently informed of a couple of youths on a Honda Wave motorcycle, who had only moments earler, snatched a gold necklace from Russian tourists, in front of the Grand Condo on Thappraya Road. The officers quickly radioed through a description of the two, and other officers set up check points around the city. The attending officers, in the mean time, gave chase, and caught up with the culprits on Thepprasit Road. Police expected them to try and escape down one of the Soi’s leading to Sukhumvit Road, and with check points in place, they showed up on Thepprasit Soi 5, (the notorious Soi Jurarat), attempting to make good their escape. Whilst trying to avoid the road block, the two crashed from the motorcycle, and attempted to escape into the forest. At this stage, the two young men, drew guns which they aimed at the officers, in quick reply, the officers

shot the two robbers, one in the back and one in the right shoulder. The two culprits were identified as Mr. Amnart Phuengsuk, aged 20, the motorbike driver, who was shot in the back and Mr. Henry Suetrong, aged 18, the snatcher, who was shot in the right shoulder. Upon searching the two men, police discovered the gold necklace that had been snatched from the Russian couple. The victims, Mr. Lavrenov Roma, aged 24, and his girlfriend, were brought to the location to identify the suspects and press charges. Police have revealed that the two young offenders are well known to the police, with a string of past crimes, for a long period of time. They will await the recovery of the two shot men, before carrying out further interviews. Police believe that the two have been responsible for a number of these types of crimes in our area.

Cat Fight at Soi 7 Beer Bar

Police officers recently received a report that a ‘Cat Fight’ had broken out in a Beer Bar in Soi 7, which had left some girls with injuries. Upon their arrival at the bar the police discovered three injured women, who were still fighting, much to the amusement of tourists and residents, police officers quickly put a stop to it.

The three ladies, Miss Waraporn, aged 25, and Miss Saithong, aged 21, both from the Suphanburi province, along with Miss Salocha, aged 42, were all taken along to the police station to get to the bottom of the situation. In typical Thai women style, the whole incident stemmed from nothing. Miss Salocha, told officers that she


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Boy Drowns on Pattaya Beach

This story is a tragic reminder that we cannot take our eyes of our children for a minute where water is involved. The Pattaya Rescue Services received a report that a young boy, Bee - Weerapat Srisuwan, who had been swimming with friends in the ocean, and being watched over by his father, had apparently disappeared in the ocean. They quickly made their way to the location, close to the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel, on Pattaya Beach Road, and organised a search. The missing boy’s father, Mr. Anusorn Srisuwan, aged 46, from Chonburi Province, explained that he had been keeping an eye on his son as he played on the beach with other kids, they all decided to go into the water for

some fun. A short time later, the father noticed that his son had not come out of the water with the other children. He quickly, with the help of fellow beach patrons, made a search of the immediate area, but being unable to find his son, reported the matter to the emergency services. The Rescue Services found the lifeless body of Bee around 500 metres from the beach, but despite stringent efforts, they were unable to resuscitate the poor boy, he had been in the water, without breathing for too long. Bee’s body was transported to the Pattaya Memorial Hospital to await collection by his family for a funeral to take place. A very sad reminder that we must have eyes up our bottom, to keep our children safe.

Possible Heart-attack At 2pm on 2nd July, Pattaya police were informed that a foreigner had been found dead. Police and a team from Sawang Boriboon arrived at a rented 2 storey townhouse on Pattaya 3rd road to meet with the informant; Mrs. Muay Kasoi, a neighbour who led them inside the house. In the master bedroom, on the second floor, police were shown the body of Mr. Frank Rainer Knittel, aged 65, a German national, lying

beside the bed in his shorts. Mrs. Muay informed the officers that the deceased man had been living in the house for about 3 years, and although he regularly brought home Thai women, he lived alone. Examining the body, police believe he had been dead for between three and four days. There were no signs of foul play and all his belongings seemed to be accounted for. He did, how-

was at the bar drinking with her foreign friend, and his 16 year old son. The two girls persuaded the 16 year old to buy them drinks and when she told them to leave, they slapped her, so she fought back by grabbing a long knife to defend herself. The two young ladies from Suphanburi Province, sustained knife wounds to their foreheads and heads, whilst Miss Salocha, sustained bruises and a cut to he eyebrow. However, the two young ladies denied this is how the argument started. They claim that Miss Salocha, had been a customer in the bar a few days earlier with her friend, when they were presented with the bill at the end of the night, because the bar was closing, she became abusive

and argumentative, although nothing further happened. On the evening of the trouble, Miss Salocha, was back again with her friend, she was in a drunk condition, and was very abusive and looking for trouble. One of the girls admitted that she had slapped Miss Salocha around the face, to try and curb her bad language, at which point, she had took out the long knife from her handbag and attacked the two young ladies. The difference in stories, led to further arguments at the police station and the officers ran out of patience. They shipped the injured ladies off to hospital for treatment, with appointments to return back to the station, for further questioning, when they were all in a cooler frame of mind.

ever, have a lot of medication, including some sexual stimulant drugs around the room, police believe it is possible that Mr. Knittel had a sudden heart attack while

he was alone in the room. Mr. Knittel's body was sent to Bangkok for an autopsy and the German Embassy has been informed. by Nana

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ASEAN ‘AIPA’ comes to Pattaya

Mr. Somphol Wanickpan, Deputy Secretary of the House of Representatives, recently chaired a meeting at the Royal Cliff Hotel, to make preparations for the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), conference, which will take place between the 2nd and 8th August this year, at the Royal Cliff Resort. The mission of the AIPA is to significantly contribute

to the goals and aspirations of the ‘Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ ASEAN, through inter-parliamentary cooperation. Originally formed as an ‘Organisation’ AIPO in September 1977, however, in an attempt to establish a more effective and closely integrated institution, it was transformed from an organisation into an assembly in 2007.

Nongprue Employment Fair

BUSINESS NEWS Amari Hotels and Resorts appoints Group Director of Revenue Management

Mr Peter Henley, President and CEO of Amari Hotels and Resorts, has announced the appointment of Ms Lisa Donald as the new Group Director of Revenue Management for Amari Hotels and Resorts. Ms Donald, an Australian national, brings to the role over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. Since the late 1990’s Ms Donald has specialised in the field of revenue management, working with a variety of clients to assist in developing revenue management culture and to implement revenue strategies. Most recently, she was Vice-President of Client Services with the Cairnhill Group Holdings, in Singapore. Ms Donald holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and completed the Hotel Revenue Management Professional Development Course

at Cornell-Nanyang Institute, Singapore, and certification in Hotel Revenue Management from eCornell – School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Mr Duncan Webb, VicePresident of Sales & Marketing, stated: “We are pleased to welcome Ms Donald to our team and look forward to working with her to build on Amari Hotels and Resorts existing revenue management strategies.”

New TMB bank at Central Festival

Mayor Mai Chaiyanit of the Nongprue Municipality, recently opened an Employment Fair which the government hopes will lead to a increase in the number of jobs available in the area. With the present local, national and international economies in a slump, many companies are finding it very difficult to compete in the international markets. It is hoped that by holding such fairs, businesses looking to employ further workers, will be able to find employees

who meet specific requirements. The fair included representatives from the government, municipality, and both local and national businesses. Upon arrival, prospective employees were required to fill out forms to highlight their qualifications and achievements to the many businesses looking to expand their workforce. The event was a great success, and further Employment Fairs will be held on a regular basis in the future.

UPD and ADM credit facilities and some good deals for their customers. If you have 20,000 baht in your savings account, there are no charges made for any transactions that you do. The official opening was attended by many leading Pattaya City Officials, plus Thailand’s TV star, Sanyar Kunakon.

Computer Training for Teachers

of teaching, with the aid of computer terminals, must be introduced. The program was not only aimed at tracing the fundamentals of computers and the internet, but also, new technological improvements and how to integrate these into the classroom, to enhance the learning experience. The Intel Micro Electronics company have already been responsible for the training of 6 million people worldwide, and it is hoped, that by the year 2011, they will have trained more than 13 million in their study programs. by Nana

recently opened a training program at Banglamung School, Sukhumvit Road, along with Miss Patsara Phurinanthakul, a Senior

Toyota Promotes the Camry Hybrid

Some of the major motor manufacturers are starting to realise that the general public want an alternative to burning all our fossil fuels in an attempt to help combat the effects of global warming. The Toyota Motor Company has taken the wishes of the general public into account with the introduction of their new ‘Green Toyota Camry Hybrid’. They are committed to winning over customer support in their endeavours to provide us with zero emission vehicles. Toyota in conjunction with the Krungthep Thurakit Newspaper, are to organise five ‘Green Energy Conservation’ events, at Khonkaen Province, Chiangmai, Chonburi, Songkhla, and Bangkok, in the near future. His Excellency, Charnchai Chairungruang Industry Minister, officially opened the ‘Thailand Green Move,

Green Energy seminar’, at the Dusit Thani Resort Pattaya on 26th June to promote Toyota's greener factory campaign. He and his team were warmly welcomed by many honourable guests including Deputy Provincial Governor Mr. Songphol Champaphan, Mayor Itthiphol Khunplome of Pattaya, Mr. Sansak Ngamphichet, Chief Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Charnyut Hengtrakool, and former member of Chonburi Hosue of representatives, Mr. Poramet Ngamphichet. The event was attended by hundreds of supporters of green energy who were in full support of the actions being taken by the government, and Toyota, in their endeavours to produce greener products and services. Many felt that the new breed of Hybrid cars, was definitely a step in the right direction

Meeting on Improving Naklua Area When Central-Festival Beach Road opened their new Pattaya branch, they very cleverly positioned all the various banks in one area on one of the higher floors, which was very convenient for their customers. Furthermore, their facilities for expansion has just seen the TMB Bank open a branch here, with full ATM,

Manager of the Educational Department of Intel Micro Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd, Mr. Monchai Kuntheekanok,

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Lecturer of the company’s Intel Teach Program. Intel Micro Electronics aim to help improve the quality of teaching within our schools and increase the learning abilities to students and teachers from around the country. Many administrators and teachers from Region 3 schools attended the conference, under their ‘Getting Started’ Program. They explained to the delegates that the computer industry is changing on a daily basis, and new ways

Pattaya Mayor, Itthiphol Khunplome, recently chaired a very well attended meeting at Pattaya City Hall to discuss how the City, and local residents, can improve the Naklua area, in an attempt to increase the amount of tourists wishing to stay in that area, following the recent plans for the ‘Pattaya Old Town’ event. The ‘Pattaya Old Town’ event has been instigated by Pattaya City Hall in conjunction with representatives from the private business sector and government officials from the Departments of Commerce, Tourism and Sport and of the Interior. The meeting focused on the many unique locations throughout the Naklua area that tourists would find interesting. The meeting looked at the possibility of creating

an area, similar to Walking Street, to hold the event between the 26th September and 2nd of October this year. Streets would be closed to traffic and stalls would be erected to show traditional community enterprises, including traditional noodle shops, old candy store, local merchandise, etc. Three stages would be erected to hold concerts at Lan Pho Naklua, the Fire Department, and another in the garden area of Naklua Public Park. The entire Naklua area would be decorated under the banner of ‘Sea Animals and the Traditional Thai Street’, which it is hoped will bring a happy culture and reflect Thai traditions. All those attending the meeting thought it was a splendid idea and it has now been agreed to proceed with the event.

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Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music is back for its 11th season and will be offering theatregoers a record choice of 16 productions to enjoy during September 7 – October 17, 2009. Since its inception in 1998, the Festival has aimed to bring the best dance and music productions from around the world to Bangkok for theatre lovers to enjoy, and has grown into being the premier cultural event in Thailand with the support and cooperation of its long-standing sponsors. Kicking off the Festival on September 7, 2009 will be the award-winning production of La Traviata, one of Verdi’s most loved operas, performed by the Ekaterinburg Opera Theatre from Russia. This romantic threeact production, with over 150 singers and musicians, will be performed under the baton of one of the most talented and respected conductors in the world today, Mikhail Granovsky from the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. La Traviata will be followed by Puccini’s Tosca and Madame Butterfly on September 9thand 11th, respectively, and all three spectacular opera productions will be performed in

ever appearance in Bangkok is presented by Aerosvit Ukranian Airlines. Another leading contemporary dance company that will be performing in Bangkok for the first time will be the Spellbound Dance Company of Italy, presented by the Embassy of Italy, on September 29th. Their production of Mauro Astolfi’s Carmina Burana cleverly portrays feelings and emotions of the troubled humanity during Medieval Europe. On September 17th, join the performance of Punarnava: To Kathak Anew (loosely translated, New Again), a riveting Indian dance production based on the classical Kathak dance tradition but with all aspects, including music and lights, reinterpreted into a contemporary work. Performed by Kathak Kendra, this world premiere performance is presented by the Embassy of India. Meanwhile, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand will be presenting Moon Water (or Shui Yuei in Chinese) on September 22nd and 23rd. Performed by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre under the creative guidance of Lin Hwai-Min, acclaimed choreographer and recipient of the 2008 International Movimentos Dance Award, a lifetime achievement award from Europe, Moon Water is bound to stun audiences in Bangkok. For the young and youngat-heart, Cinderella on Ice ballet is a must-see production on September 26th and 27th. Performed by the Imperial Ice Stars, produced by Lunchbox Theatrical

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Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music is back!

Italian with subtitles in Thai and English. Apart from these powerful classical operas, music aficionados can enjoy a Symphony Concert by the Ekaterinburg Symphony Orchestra on September 10th conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo, who is renowned for ‘his highly individual, fluid gesture and his strong interpretive and technical technique’, and the energetic music and singers from the double-bill STARCH and Beets Brothers jazz bands presented by the embassy of Switzerland, and the embassy of the Netherlands along with ING Life Limited, respectively, on October 1st. Grammy-nominee Mariza will bring the soulful music of Fado to her fans here through the courtesy of the Embassy of Portugal on October 8th. Dance lovers will also be spoilt for choice. To start, there’s Carmen TV, a two-act modern ballet on September 13th, and La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny), a modern one-act opera-ballet on September 15th. Both productions will be performed by the talented Kiev Modern Opera/Ballet Theatre, and their first

Grand Sole Hotel celebrates first anniversary

The managers and staff at the Grand Sole Hotel on Second Road, recently enjoyed a ceremony to celebrate one year since they were taken over by the TCC Hotels Group in June 2008. Mr. Sansak Ngamphichet, Chief Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, together with Mr. Poramet Ngamphichet former member of the Chonburi House of Representatives, presided over the event, with the hotel's Singaporean manager, Khun Dafney Yuan, welcoming all. Festivities began with nine Monks from Na Jomtien

Charoen Praputthamon Temple, leading the prayers and paying respects and offerings to the Praprom Buddha Statue, followed by a huge party for all the staff and invited guests. The Grand Sole Hotel offers 235 high class rooms and spacious seminar environment for corporate events. The hotel is suffering in the present economic climate, along with every other hotel in the world, but with 30% occupancy and up to 30% discounts offered for long staying visitors (3 – 4 months), things could be a lot worse. They recently

Productions UK, and supported by OOCL and Agility, the stage of the Thailand Cultural Centre will be turned into an ice rink and audience will be enthralled to see the skating moves! For classical ballet lovers, mark your calendars for October 4th and 6th when CP Group is supporting Shanghai National Ballet’s two productions, Romeo & Juliet and La Sylphide. While the Romeo & Juliet production was choreographed by Derek Deane, OBE and former Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, La Sylphide is a rearrangement of the original August Boumonville version by French choreographer Jean-Paul Gravier, a recipient of the National Order of Arts and Letters award from France and former Director of Ballet National du Rhin, in 2002. Furthermore, the Embassy of Spain and ING Life Limited will be presenting Fuego! by the renowned Carmen Mota’s Flamenco Dance Group of Spain. Fuego is Spanish for ‘fire’ and indeed, the production will exude all the fiery rhythms in a contemporary, spectacular staging on October 10th and 11th. To end this year’s Festival with a ‘bang’ on October 16th and 17th, Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, also known as “The Trocks”, from New York, will bring the funniest ballet performance to the stage. The Trocks, consisting of professional male dancers will perform different programmes on each night shows for the whole family not to be missed! Bangkok’s 11th Internation-

Mike Shopping Mall features ‘Buddhist Amulets’

CEO of ‘Mike’s Shopping Mall’ on Second Road, Mr. Surat Mekhawarakul, recently invited many distinguished guests, including Pattya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, to attend the official opening of the stores new ‘Buddha Image Market’, which has taken over the entire fourth floor. contributed to the ‘Free Hotel Rooms’ project, where they offered 9 rooms for free to support this worthwhile campaign by Pattaya City Hall.

Many collectors on the Eastern Seaboard have shown great interest in this new venture and will, in the near future, organise weekend clubs, to share their expertise and interest with regard to the thousands of different amulets available. The opening festivities began with nine Monks praying at a religious ceremony to bless and bring prosperity to the new venture, followed by the many invited guests, browsing the huge display, looking for their favourite amulets.

al Festival of Dance & Music will be held at the Thailand Cultural Centre. It is organized by International Cultural Promotions Ltd. and sponsored by Bangkok Bank Plc, B. Grimm, Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel, King Power Group, Post Publishing Plc, Siam Cement Group, Thai Airways International Plc and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. For details of the Festival program, please visit www. Tickets can be purchased at

ThaiTicketMajor’s call center 02 262 3456, outlets or on Early Bird ticket buyers can enjoy a 10% discount from now until July 31, 2009 for any number of tickets purchased, and from August 1, 2009, the 10% discount will only apply for purchases of 10 tickets or more. Students presenting their ID’s will be entitled to a 20% discount per ticket per performance. Please contact ThaiTicketMajor for purchase conditions.

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TAT LA visits Mantra Restaurant & Bar

AROUND PATTAYA Rockin’ Independence Day

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Los Angeles Office, led by Khun Chanchai Doungjit, Director – Western USA & Latin America (centre), were warmly welcomed at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, by the management of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, including Mr. Simon Dell (1st left), Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms Division, and Khun Dhaninrat Klinhom (1st right), Director of Public Relations, for their fabulous dinner party after a great hotel inspection of the resort’s 5-star Ocean Tower.

On Saturday, 4th July 2009, Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya led by Mr. Laurent Levraud (left) and the band member celebrated the Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July and the national day of the United States. The cafe was decorated with the colors of the American flag: red, white and blue. Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya served the finest authentic American food with a Kick Ass service and great live band performances waiting for you every night. For more information and reservations, please call 038426635.

Ravindra Coffee Body Scrub

Happy Birthday David!

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Dusit International RSO-UK Market on a Fam Trip to Pattaya

Emma Cashmore of Dusit International’s UK Regional Sales Office (5th right) recently led a group of MICE group organizers on a familiarization trip showing them around the resort city and what other attractions Pattaya has to offer to all visitors. The inspection was made possible with the cooperation of Dusit International and Thai Airways. Photo shows all participants in the MICE/Corporate Dusit Family-RSO UK Fam Trip as they were welcomed to Dusit Thani Pattaya by Kiattisub Malahom (far left), hotel Asst. Banquet Manager, Pongsakorn Raksri (2nd left), Director of Convention and Catering; Kei Uchiumi (far right), Director of MICE and Dorrothy Kam (5th left), Director of Sales and Marketing.

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International car rally attracts big crowds

Dusit Thani Pattaya staff and management led by Pramot Sothana (far right), Front Office Manager and Chainarong Pimsiri (back row, 2nd right), Housekeeping Manager were on hand to wish hotel guest Mr. David Eastham from England a happy birthday. The hotel brought a birthday cake and other presents to his room to celebrate the occasion with his wife as part of its gesture of appreciation and relations for all its guests and customers.

Aquarium Experts at Thepprasit Road Pattaya can now boast its own fish aquarium experts at “Pattaya Aquatics” and we are lucky to have the 25-years of expertise from an Englishman, who can build everything from small, slim “In Wall” aquariums to coffee table fish tanks. The “Pattaya Aquatics” giant stand alone (fresh or salt water) aquariums can typically be several metres long, weigh 2- tonnes and hold 1,500 litres of water. Most of their space age tanks are computer controlled, right down to the feeding of your fish, so you can safely leave them unattended, and even use their maintenance contract services.

A chilling experience in a fabulous dinning place, -5 supperclub restaurant & -5 icebar at the Amari Nova Suites provided a unique setting for a TV shoot on behalf of “Give Me 5” program on Channel 5. Famous actress celebrities Tuey-Jarinporn Jonkiat (third from left) and Tai-Chutima Teepanart(fourth from left) with -5 team.

Dusit Thani Pattaya sees a night of fancy masks with PTT Plc

Where’s your coin phone refund Thailand over the last twenty years has hosted some great International Car Rallies, and this year was no exception, with the organisers spreading different events around the region, to keep everyone interested. The Walking Street statuary start ceremony was held in the evening with competitors and city officials present, plus a lot of tourists also joining in as well. “Gremlins” were also there, as the power pole caught fire just as our Mayor Khun Itthiphol Kunplome was making his welcoming speech, but Pattaya’s trusty fire fighters were soon on the scene. Last year’s winner, John from Finland, returned to hand over the huge trophy and also enter the 2009 Rally events.

Dusit Thani Pattaya management welcome Pichai Chunhavajira (left), outgoing chief financial officer of the PTT Public Co. Ltd as he arrives at the hotel to attend the PTT Mask Fancy Night on Wall Street arranged by PTT Plc to wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Seen from left to right: Mr. Chunhavajira, Thidsida Shingrrisri, hotel Director of Rooms and Oranuch Chantramala, Dusit Club Manager. The latest trick in Pattaya (and probably elsewhere) is to jam up the security flap where coin operated telephones refund your change. This is done using small washers or pieces of cardboard, which all seem to be cut from the same blue card, thus indicating that it is an organised operation. Only a few baht for each phone call, but if plenty of phones are tampered with, then a small tidy profit is made daily.

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Mercy Centre gets PILC donation

US War Veterans Celebrate

Pattaya’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) broke away from their normal venue to hold an American Independence Day dinner lunch at the “Lookout Inn” in South Pattaya. Post Commander Al Serrato made an empowering speech, outlining how the USA came to be independent, and went on to remind everyone present that Americans owe their freedom to the ultimate sacrifices made by military personnel, who gave their lives in the cause of freedom for all. This was a gathering of fine people, who had survived, and well understood what it means to give unselfishly in the name of democracy and the privilege of living in a free country.

Sunshine Radio supports local charities The PILC ladies are pictured presenting a cheque to Pastor Dianne Doell from the Pattaya Mercy Centre, at a coffee morning held at the A-One Boat Hotel.

Chinese Combined Cultural Program City Hall’s Mayor Khun Itthiphol Kunplome, received an informative visit from 104.75 ‘Sunshine Radio’ who are running an unusual charity drive for two Amphur Botong schools in their transmission area. While cash donations are acceptable you can also donate your surplus items that these schools may need. ‘Sunshine Radio’ will broadcast a list of items that these schools require, so if you can help out, then do not hesitate to contact them. The recent visit to Pattaya by a Chinese delegation is bringing their Confucius Classroom to the Wittaya School, City Hall and the Sawang Boriboon Foundation. The program includes Chinese teaching and activities, plus Chinese culture and tourism, and even touches on the role of Chinese propaganda. Pictured is our Mayor Khun Itthiphol Kunplom with a memento of the co-operation visit by the Chinese education organisers.

Local USNL Welcomes Sailors

Tourism ‘Think Tanks’ Galore

There are plenty of meetings going on to increase tourist numbers, however, some view it as “shutting the stable door after the horse has fled.” As a large proportion of missing visitors are westerners, it is appropriate that their opinions, likes and dislikes should be sought. Furthermore many retired expats have formerly been high powered players in the tourism industry overseas and they would be certain to have many innovative suggestions.

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Some of the officers from the US Navy recovery ship ‘Safeguard’ were welcomed to Pattaya by the United States Navy League (USNL) at a function held in the New Orleans Café in Soi Pattayaland-2 off South Pattaya’s Beach Road. Having just arrived from many months on active duty the sailors were delighted with the quality of the New Orleans food dishes, commenting - “It was better than we had expected.” These men are “the best of the best,” focusing their work on difficult underwater dive operations, and are often away from their families and loved ones for up to six months at a time.

You can have both hair and brains At a recent (Eastern Seaboard) Real Estate Brokers Association Meeting, some of the men on the committee may have been using the line that balding men make, - “Well you cannot have hair and brains both.” However, President May Watson, proves the men wrong, as she is a very accomplished lady in nearly all fields of business plus also property and legal matters.

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by Peter Lloyd

In my last column I said “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?” We hadn’t even gone to print when I had the answer to my question with three global, Thailand-related bad news headlines. The first concerned a recent prominent trial to be held in secret in Bangkok, which Amnesty International

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I Spoke Too Soon

slammed. The second was the increasing violence in the south with more grisly killings, and the third was about an outrageous scam operating at the airport in Bangkok following the arrest of a British couple for allegedly shoplifting a wallet from a duty free shop. I don’t know if they did or they didn’t actually shoplift, but that isn’t the point. The point is the corruption which followed their arrest. After their arrest they

were held in a hotel and made to pay over 8,000 GBP – about 430,000 Baht

– to bribe the go-between Sri Lankan “interpreter”, who said he had to pay

No Wonder it’s Empty

the police and the prosecutor’s office not to press charges, after which they were free to go a few days later, once the money arrived. When they got back to the UK they went to the papers and their lawyers, protesting their innocence and vowing to sue those responsible. If they were guilty they should have been prosecuted if the evidence was strong enough, but they weren’t. They were scammed instead.

This shoplifting racket seems to have been operating a long time, although previously preying on other foreign nationals about to depart the airport, after having been allegedly caught shoplifting in the duty free shops. The shop has every right to press charges, but the corruption that follows is the problem. The country should be grateful that the scammed Brits have made a fuss, as the authorities can now weed out the bad apples who are bringing global attention on blatant corruption at the airport, and more unwanted bad press around the world.

tive to Pattaya proper. But go down there now and it is a well established, relatively busy commercial centre, with very competitive prices in almost every business outlet. Whilst its expat base has been decimated, mostly by the visa restrictions on long-stayers, I submit that it is more commercially successful than the commercially higher end of the city, as the empty malls on Beach Road, including the excellent looking but mostly tourist-deserted Central, readily attest to. Further, many of the

more absurd, over-conceited, overpriced, expensively over-advertised and over-puffed 5 star real estate developments aimed at foreign buyers have caused the most concern and embarrassment to the city recently, not the cheap charlie developments. Fraud, non-building, going bust, mothballing, you name it, the 5 stars have all done it. And I suspect there will be more “5 star” pain to be gone through yet. If the 5 star developers and their tub-thumpers believe they are winning this battle for Pattaya, it is a pretty hollow victory, their cheers ringing around deserted 5 star developments, empty 5 star condos and silent 5 star malls.

The Battle for Pattaya

The heading of this piece doesn’t refer to the tense standoff between Bangkok and Pattaya police in Soi Diamond recently (strangely unreported in the local media, at the time of writing), when Bangkok police rode into town and stepped on some very big toes, before Soi 9 police rode to the rescue, worrying as that incident was for public safety. That very real turf war shows how hard people are hurting in the hunt for money in these increasingly desperate times. No, this piece is about the formerly hot topic of whether Pattaya was soaring upmarket to 5 star heaven, or staying firmly mired in the seamy sexual services

side of the city. Of course the debate now seems preposterous to

anyone who has witnessed the recent tourist vanishing act, the low quality of many of the new arrivals, the collapse of the real estate market and the moribund state of many

newly-arrived, gawping sub-continental sex tourists crowding round fat freelancers on Walking Street hassling them for sex with them all, when they usually only want to (and often do

anyway, apparently) pay for one person, is a pretty unseemly sight, in a city of many unseemly sights. With the non-appearance of the nicer Russian families and more upmarket tourists, in fact the non-appearance of most tourists, we are, as always, left with much of the lowest common denominator. The detritus from everywhere. And many people are NOT here for any 5 Star Experience unless it involves a bar fine. Where are all the 5 star tourists now? A couple of years ago, the brash, speculative developments of Soi Bukhao and the surrounding area were laughed off as being the Cheap Charlie alterna-

Sometimes I just have to laugh at some of the “Kings New Clothes” news in Thailand, which finds itself uncritically reported on by the press in Pattaya.

The last edition of this paper carried a report of a meeting of the Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (“NAAC”), a serious organization with a serious job to do, which

had called a meeting to warn “local business owners of the dangers of corruption”. Do they know how many businesses know of the dangers (and the real costs) of corruption

in Pattaya? Erm, try about 100%. What about delivering the same speech in places where it needs to be delivered? They’d be run out of town, if they were lucky.

high end commercial developments in the city. The sight of gangs of

Not quite the OK Corral

You Cannot Be Serious Thailand Trading

Always happy to lend a hand to a new business, my missus is in the process of developing a website to trade Thai products globally, having had considerable ebay and internet success in doing the same thing

over the years, but in a less commercially developed way, and usually sourced in Bangkok. She requested me to ask if any of my readers or their relatives have Thailand product shops of any

description in Pattaya, who may need some help in the current times, and who would be interested in discussing her listing their products on her website, at no cost to them. Sourcing products in

Pattaya makes it easier for her than going to Bangkok. As I will be out of the country, as usual, anyone interested can contact her through my email address, and I will pass the emails on. Contact me at

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The Recommendations of the 2008 Economic Review, With Particular Reference to Tourism

Dear Editor I’ve only recently come to Thailand on this, my first visit. Strolling around, I couldn’t help but notice the profusion of small, gaily coloured house-shaped objects on pedestals, resembling bird tables, which abound, and I’m intrigued as to their purpose. Do they have some religious significance? I unfortunately haven’t yet made any Thai friends, who might be able to explain this phenomenon, and the staff at the hotel I’m staying at are singularly unhelpful, or perhaps they just don’t understand my Scottish accent! I wonder whether you’d be good enough to shed some light on the mystery. Yours faithfully, Ms Margaret Dunwoody, Surf Kitchen Hotel, Jomtien Beach. Dear Ms Margaret, There’s no great mystery for us old Thai hands, but I can understand both your curiosity and mystification. They are, in fact, spirit houses. They aren’t Buddhist as such, despite the resemblance of most of them to wats (temples), but are vestiges of a far o l d e r animistic heritage. They are considered by most Thais to be totally necessary for the wellbeing of the inhabitants of the house or apartment. Thais believe they house a series of guardian spirits, or phra phum, who are initially attracted to take up residence in the spirit house by virtue of its beauty and decor and therea ter by daily offerings of drink, food, flowers, and incense. The figurines you see inside are representative of specific spirits of the house, garden, etc., the most important being the ‘place lord’. The spirit houses are proportionate to the size of the building and are inaugurated with ceremonies and blessings by the monks. Without a spirit house, the spirits would take up residence in the house itself, causing dire problems, but with one in place, they bring good luck and ward off e vil influences. Hope that’s reasonably helpful, Margaret. Dear Editor, These Thais really make me laugh with their superstitions and fear of ghosts. It sometimes works to my advantage though ‘cos when my wife’s sister comes to stay she always sleeps in our bed with us ‘cos she’s really frightened of ghosts. I sometimes wind her up by glancing quickly at the corner of the room and gasping as though there’s something there which makes her race into the bedroom and leap into bed. Do you honestly believe in ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night yourself? I think it’s load of garbage. Bert Higgins, Naklua. Dear Bert, Don’t knock it, my man. At least you get to have a very cosy sleeping arrangement, sometimes! Do you remember the English poem that starts “Don’t you laugh when the hearse goes by .... “? – watch your cynicism, mate! I had the misfortune to live in a house where one of the previous inhabitants had been murdered – something I found out later – and there were some decidedly strange happenings in that house; footsteps, raps and overwhelming psychic presences, for example. My wife, for instance, would frequently be asked by neighbours who the woman was that regularly followed her at a distance from the house at night. Needless to say, the person wasn’t flesh and blood, not to my wife, at least. It could well be that the Thais are more psychically attuned than us Westerners and have heightened senses like dogs do. The longer I live here, the less sceptical and more respectful I become.

Dear Editor, I know it’s hackneyed, but I’ve just met this fantastic female and have decided to make a go of it here in Thailand. I’m a bit worried about how I’m going to survive, though. I’m thinking of taking a TEFL training course, but am concerned about stories of bandit organisations, which rip you off and give you certificates that aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Any advice? Barry Leadenhall, Dear Barry, You’re wise to be cautious because there are indeed some unscrupulous individuals out there who don’t deliver what they promise as far as TEFL training is concerned. Firstly, it takes a special person to be able to handle teaching, with all its responsibilities, commitment and,to be frank, a phenomenal amount of knowledge about the structure and usage of English. I know quite a few fledgling teachers who’ve been thrown in at the deep end, having to confront classes of 50+ surly young Thais, after a week’s bare minimum of training. To cope with that scenario, you haveto have a strong classroom presence, have a com prehensive lesson plan, to know exactly what you’re going to teach and how to deliver it. So, only join a bona fide TEFL training organisation, which has a course of 120-30 hours+, sets you up with employment after the course, is recognised by the Thai Ministry of Education (MoE) and accredited by an international organisation, like Cambridge U. or IATQuO, so you can teach elsewhere. You’ll also need a degree as well as a TEFL teaching cert. to get a work permit. And now the MoE is demanding foreigners pass a 20-hour Thai Ethics and Culture Course, as well, and there’s more to come! Log on to and get some vicarious experience. Dear Editor I’ve become extremely interested in Buddhism since coming to Thailand. I gather there are several different forms of the religion. Do you have any more information on this matter? Edward Gates, Jomtien Complex. Dear Edward, There are indeed several forms of Buddhism, two of which are Theravada (teaching of the elders – lesser vehicle) as practised in Thailand and the Mahayana (great vehicle) school practised in Tibet and other countries. The end goal of Theravada is the personal attainment of nirvana and transcendence of the cycle of reincarnation, whereas Mahayana focuses on altruism and renouncing nirvana to come back again and save lesser souls as a Bodhisattva. Check out the local bookshops. Dear Editor I’ve been hearing a lot about the ED visa as a way to stay in Thailand without constantly having to go on visa runs. Do you have any info about it? Paul Gaunt, Soi Nernplubwan. Dear Paul, Yes, there are a number of language schools who can arrange an ED Visa for you here in Pattaya, conveniently some of them advertise in our publications, namely in Pattaya Today and Pattaya Grapevine. Apparently, one has to take a 200-hour Thai language course and the visa comes as part of the package. Check out the relevant ads here and in Pattaya Grapevine.

Key players from Thailand’s major governmental, financial, economic and business sectors contributed to the 2008 Economic Review, just released, in a year which saw the main impact of the US ‘Hamburger Crisis’, global financial tsunami and Thailand’s international image as the Land of Smiles being badly tarnished by the closure of Suvarnabhumi Airport. Overall, though, the consensus was realistic, but positive about the future, with many constructive solutions to the current problems, as long as government stability is restored, soon. Tourism, one of Thailand’s key foreign currency revenue sources, lost an estimated Bt150 billion because of the Suvarnabhumi fiasco, compounded by the global cash crisis, riots and domestic political instability. The tourism industry is expected to recover gradually from the third quarter of 2009 onwards, but if problems persist, tourism will be sluggish for over three years. Another future dilemma, highlighted by the Future of World Travel Report, is the predicted huge global shift in tourism by 2020, because of climate change, with some destinations damaged and others swamped by mass tourism. However, a burgeoning new market is that of senior citizens, which is predicted to rise globally to 1.2 billion in 2025 and 1.84 billion in 2045; the domestic senior citizen market is also considerable. Other suggestions included targeting the youth market and also focusing on medi-tourism, culture and ecotourism, as well as encouraging intra-regional tourism in ASEAN. Governmental Contributions Primarily, the census view was that the Government needs to build stability in terms of safety and confidence for foreign tourists. After that, it should issue stimulus packages aimed at helping the tourist industry through the doldrums, especially for mid-sized and small hoteliers, dependent on loans from increasingly cautious banks, and touristrelated businesses with poor cash flow and high fixed costs; as well as encouraging more aggressive marketing. Weerasak Kohsurat, former Tourism and Sports Minister, stated “To restore confidence, the government also needs to continue developing quality tourism under the policy of facilitation, cleanness and safety. Tourism in communities should be upgraded, with each location being encouraged to develop products based on its unique traditions.” For his part, Suchart Thada-Thamrongvech, ex- Minister of Finance, maintained “In the short and medium terms, the government and related agencies need to take measures to help the tourism industry preserve its workforce. In the long term, continued improvement and development is needed to strengthen the capability of the industry’’. He also said “We need to rebuild confidence in the system, in the country’s rule of law. We need to save, invest in the future and strengthen our competitiveness.” The Hospitality Industry Recently, the high-end hotel market has been badly hit by the drastic re-evaluation and cut backs in global corporate executive travel expenses. This market sector is not expected to recover for at least 12 months, and also faces increasing competition from the serviced apartment sector. According to Chanin Donavanik, CEO of the Dusit Thani Group, only by minimising debts and expanding their customer base will hoteliers stay afloat in 2009. Whereas, Wayne Buckingham, Regional VP for Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts, said if tourism operators study the business cycle, work with new customers, manage costs and carry out refurbishments, they will get back on track. Buckingham also advocates increasing advertising via on-line media, rather than traditional print sources “because 80% of bookings in Thailand now come directly to hotels through the internet, direct calls and tour wholesalers.” Tour Operators For tour operators, who are currently pleading for short term governmental aid to keep their industry afloat, the consensus was that, rather than whining, they must be flexible and adjustable in conceiving their strategies, which should respond quickly to the constantly changing situation, as well as making coherent financial and business plans. The Airline Industry With airlines in Thailand facing increasing competition from neighbours, especially Indonesia and the predicted drastic reduction in long-haul travellers from North American and Europe, largely due to the global economic meltdown, creative innovation and inter-cooperation among airlines is what is needed, according to Bangkok Airways founder, Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, as well as cost cutting and spending reductions. He advocated radical cost control across the board as the key strategy, to include salary cuts, temporary price cutting, and delaying new plane deliveries. He is, however, optimistic that some of the Far West shortfall can be made up from MICE custom from short-haul visitors from Asian locations like Singapore and Hong Kong. Tony Fernandes, the phenomenally successful CEO of budget carrier AirAsia, contends that agencies like the Airports of Thailand Plc, operators of Thailand’s main airports, should take the initiative by adopting a low-cost strategy. This would entail reducing airport service charges for airlines, thus allowing them to cut costs and offer attractive deals to travellers, as well as establishing a terminal dedicated to budget carriers at Suvarnabhumi or using Bangkok’s second airport, Don Mueang. Conclusions As a final recommendation, faced with the potential threat of loss of tourist custom to neighbours in the region, the consensus view advocates fostering greater inter-cooperation among ASEAN and ASEAN + members.

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A Bit on the Side?

We all know that a man thinks of sex every seven seconds and would love nothing more than to have a bit of nookie for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day – in his dreams anyway! However, reality dictates that most men will marry one wife, who will keep him, how shall I say, physically satisfied,

monogamy is generally the accepted paradigm in most of the western world and in most classes of society, and has been for several generations. However, many women hailing from the ‘modern’ world may be surprised to find that there are other ways of doing things when it comes to long-term relationships, and these other ways are generally acceptable, if not always expected, in society, as long as those involved maintain absolute discretion. My first inkling that there were alternatives to the western model was

at least for the first year or two of marriage before children come along and he develops a big beer belly and starts preferring football on the telly instead of a roll in the hay every now and again. Western women expect their men to be both monogamous and faithful, and woe the errant husband

when a divorced English friend, who had married a Bhutanese gentleman, complained that as she had produced three girls, her husband had decided to take a mistress in order to produce a male heir. Now my western friend saw his conduct as completely adulterous and wholly intolerable and therefore saw no alternative to termi-

who wanders off for a bit of afternoon delight with his secretary or any other floozy. He will generally find himself in the divorce courts quicker than you can say ‘heartless bastard, how could you do such a thing!’ with a life-time of alimony to pay. Now this model of

nating the marriage as soon as possible. However, her Bhutanese girl friends thought her behaviour was most odd. They considered the husband’s desire for a male heir was perfectly normal, and, if his current wife wasn’t going to produce one, then he had every right to try again

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with another woman. The fact that he kept ‘the other woman’ well away from his family home, and did not involve her in any way with family number one meant that he was an exemplary husband! Things are also done a little differently here in the Land of Smiles. In the hi-so world some marriages are still arranged by parents to unite two powerful clans. The groom will be marrying the woman with whom he wishes to bear children and the family name is seen as very important to maintaining pure blood-lines. However, on many occasions the newly-weds, after they have produced the appropriate heirs, will then have separate bedrooms, and the man will either be very discreet when he visits high class call-girls, or he will take a mia noi, which can loosely be translated into the western equivalent of ‘mistress’, or ‘kept woman.’ It is not at all uncommon for a powerful Thai man to have a second, but unofficial, wife. She will be set up in a comfortable home and will be financially provided for at all times. If children are produced, they will also be recognised and supported by their father, but they may not have the same rights to his estate as the children born to the first wife. Needless to say, it would not be the done thing for the man to ‘parade’ his mia noi in society, so she will have to accept the fact that she will have a far more ‘invisible’ role. And some wealthy Thai men do not limit themselves to just the one main wife and one mia noi. Some will keep a veritable stable of minor wives and, as long as he can support them all in the manner to which they have become accustomed, then the situ-

ation will be tolerated and a blind eye will be turned by colleagues, friends and even family. Studies have shown that at least 25% of Thai men are indulging in the habit of keeping a mia noi, although perhaps this number may decline in the light of the current turbulent economic times. It appears that most women who become minor wives do so because they are content with being dependent on a man and do not have to work hard to be financially stable. Thai women are known to be both very realistic and extremely practical so might see being a mia noi as a reasonable business transaction: he will provide her with financial security and she will provide him with her company. The women who become mia nois are very different to those who can be found in the ‘entertainment industry’. A significant number are university graduates, so can keep their men en-

tertained through informed conversation and dialogue, as well as offering more

although this is not always socially acceptable in some hi-so families. Things also get very complicated when the mia noi falls in love with her man, and then wants him to divorce wife number one so that she can

physical pleasures. So, all in all, it would appear to be a very convenient arrangement for all involved? Well, probably not. Many of the wives who discover that their husbands have been keeping a ‘bit on the side’ would prefer a divorce,

be the sole object of his affections. And in terms of morality, a Buddhist text states, ‘a man who is not satisfied with one woman and seeks out other women is on the path to decline.’ You can’t say fairer than that, can you?

Being a woman means that I know a thing or two about clothes sizes. Depending on where I’m shopping, I can be an M or an L or even an XL but a swift look with an educated eye will tell me whether or not the item will fit. Now when it comes to t-shirts, tops or frocks, it doesn’t really matter if it’s a little loose here or there, but I draw the line at such random shopping for bras. All decent and educated women know how important it is to get the correct size of bra to avoid spending the day hoiking straps up, or bands down, or generally stuffing the wobbly boobly bits back into ill-fitting cups after you’ve run for the bus. And as I have stayed the same shape for the last umpteen years, and have a practised eye when it comes to bands and cups, I know exactly what will provide me with appropriate support and

cross-my-heart comfort. So I really can do without local sales assistants telling me that size really doesn’t matter. When I ask for a D-cup I am not being vague about it and I have not just pulled some fictitious letter out of

Size does matter!

the hat. D-cup means what D-cup says and that is what I want. But when I am confronted by a young whipper-snapper who clearly wants to make a sale and does not actually possess

the size I require, but, being Thai, won’t admit that there isn’t a D-cup in sight, I do take umbrage. I will not fall for her sales technique as she earnestly states, ‘This ok for you…. It C-cup but bigger so same same, no problem for you!’ and then proceeds to cup her hands and position them ever-so-snugly over my bosom to demonstrate that the cup size would, indeed, fit despite my protestations. Luckily for her my Thai doesn’t stretch to giving jumped up sales girls lectures on the importance of well-fitting underwear which is just as well really, as what would a flat chested Thai girl know about containment and support when she uses her own bra for keeping her clean hankies and spare socks in! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

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Fool in Paradise

Part 2 Taking advice from friends who spend a lot of time in Angeles City, I had booked into Central Park Hotel located just off Fields Avenue right in the centre of the action. A prearranged car was waiting for me at Clark Airport and took me directly to Central Park for 300 pesos. I was told it was only “a couple of minutes’ drive” but it was more like fifteen. Through the car window I was disappointed to see that, in spite of all my complaint letters to the World Health Organisation, Jollibee Restaurants (Philippine competitor to McDonalds) are still open for business. The hotel was fine and the standard room at US$32 per night had everything I required. I should point out that I am familiar with hotels in the Philippines and, in my view, all of them are overpriced compared to Pattaya. A similar room in Pattaya would have set me back no more than 600 baht (US$18). Still, other hotels in Angeles offered ‘budget’ rooms from US$48 to

by Frank Thring

Crossing Pattaya Central Road from the TOT building on the corner, I continued my journey along Third Road towards South Pattaya. On the corner is Thip Cafeteria which advertises cheap prices if you are interested in a small snack. Sticking to the left side of the road, I passed a Postal Service for your EMS, FEDEX, TNT and DHL needs. Handy to know because there is never a place around when you need one. Further on is a new Skynet internet cafe with fast equipment and charging only 30 baht per hour. Pet owners may be familiar with the next section. Dog Station pet shop, Pet Shop & Grooming and the Pattaya

Breakfast Creek Hotel in Brisbane, Australia.) San Miguel beer brewed under license in other countries or served in a can does not taste the same as the stuff brewed and bottled in the Philippines. My thirst satisfied, it was time for a reconnaissance of my near environment. As luck would have it, my good mate, an Angeles resident, just walked into the hotel as I arrived in the foyer. He had already agreed to be my tour guide and show me some of the ‘best’ places. He handed me what was to prove a very important tool during my stay – an umbrella. This was the middle of wet season and when I say ‘wet’ I mean WET. My first impression of the entertainment area was that Fields Avenue reminded me of an extended version of Pattaya’s Soi 6 without the katoeys. Oh, I did see a few Filipino katoeys but there is not enough alcohol in the world to induce a state where you could mistake one for a real woman. They are butt ugly. Think

a three-quarter sized Arnold Schwarzenegger in a short skirt, wearing a wig and warning you, “Asta la vista, baby!” Bars, A Go Go’s and loitering ladies were everywhere. My fear was that I may not be perceived as an incredibly sexy man anymore. But my concerns were unfounded; in Pattaya I have ‘baht appeal’ but in the Philippines I have ‘pesonality’! Touts, vendors and beggars polluted the narrow streets offering three main items: umbrellas, copy DVD’s and copy Viagra. I made a note to check Guinness Book of Records to see if Angeles City held the world record for ‘Most copy Viagra salesmen per square metre’. Either that or they all seemed to pick on me. I can’t understand why. If I actually consumed all the Viagra that was offered me, I’d have a boner lasting into the next millennium. I imagined the Crematorium Director handing my ashes to my next of kin saying, “I’m sorry but there is one large piece still intact. We

tried everything but it just wouldn’t burn!” I was told there is a law prohibiting giving money to beggars, with the threat of a 5,000 peso fine and/ or 18 months jail if you get caught. Personally, I don’t need any pressure to dissuade me as experience has taught me it is never a good idea under any circumstances. Displayed outside most bars was the usual warning: ‘No weapons; No Minors; No Unescorted Ladies; No Cameras; No Cigars’. (Yes, in Angeles smoking is still allowed inside buildings but they do draw the line at cigars.) In the bars themselves, most had ladies packed to the rafters. I know some bar owners in Pattaya who would kill to have just a fraction of the number. One bar, Gecko’s, is only one shophouse wide and about three deep but I counted 60 ladies in attendance; 20 on the narrow stage and the other 40 mingling. There was hardly enough room for customers! For the dancers in the Go

Go Bars there was not a lot of chrome pole hugging but a lot of mirror watching. In Pattaya, a Go Go dancer wearing only a g-string is considered overdressed but in Angeles a g-string is very risque (and risky). All the dancers I saw wore modest bikinis with the added protection of underwear beneath the bottom piece (so I was told). They performed a lot of synchronised dancing which, for the uninitiated, is like synchronised swimming without the water or the excitement. In one bar, when the song ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ came on, I hopped onto the stage to teach the girls to Line Dance. Thankfully I only received slight bruising under one eye and a gravelrash to my shoulder when I hit the pavement outside. That was my first night and quick introduction to Angeles. We only visited four bars then my friend led me back to my hotel just before midnight. Along the way I noticed a pretty girl heading towards us wearing a t-shirt proclaiming, in large letters, “Will Trade Boyfriend for Drink”. Ah, I thought, at least the women haven’t changed. This may not be Pattaya but their mindset is no different. To learn more about this strange enclave in central Luzon, join me next issue for City of Angels (Part 3) as I divulge more of my experiences during my short eight-day visit.

of Soi Chaiyapoon and Soi Buakow and this is followed by a Pattaya landmark. Xzyte Disco is well known and I promised myself a visit one night. I’m letting my hair grow and as soon as it is long enough to make a ponytail, and the day after they install condom vending machines in the Vatican gift shop, I’ll be there. Staying on the left, I passed Fairway Guesthouse & Sports Lounge then Taj – the Taste of India – restaurant offering Indian and Indian-Chinese food. Next is Cherry’s Restaurant which I can personally recommend as I have eaten there before. WI’s Restaurant is next but I haven’t tried it yet. There is a small Thai outdoor market on the right before reaching Soi

Chaiyapoon, with cheap knickknacks, bags and clothing. On the corner with Soi Chaiyapoon is a good and inexpensive Thai seafood restaurant. Opposite is Tony’s Gym and then Boxing Roo beer bar. Should I head into the gym for some pec-toning or stop for a coldie at Boxing Roo? Tough decision. As the name suggests, Boxing Roo opposite the intersection with Soi Lengkee, is an Aussie bar run by mine hosts, Kenny and Greg. Two free pool tables for customers and cheap beer until 6:00pm makes it one of my favourite places to hang out. On Australia Day (26 January), Anzac Day (25 April), Melbourne Cup Day (first Tuesday in November) and football grand final days they usually put on some free tucker and free raffles for punters. You haven’t lived until you’ve won a packet of Kenny’s imported boiled lollies! Chalee Car Rental on the

left has been recommended to me by friends, should I ever need to rent a car. Directly opposite is Boutique Sexy for all your sexy lingerie, leather and fetish needs. It may be coincidental, but I

am about to head to Buffalo Bar, another Pattaya institution. Out of time to report any further this week so join me next time when I join the other buffalo in this well known bar.

City of Angels

US$80 per night. That’s not my definition of ‘budget’! All considered I did well because the staff at Central Park turned out to be friendly and very helpful. I was happy with the choice and would recommend it to other visitors. Each room is equipped with an electronic, programmable safe with clear instructions how to use it. After thirty minutes of trying I was forced to call reception and ask a hotel employee for help. Two seconds later, it was working fine. This was not the safe’s fault – I’m just an idiot. After unpacking and settling into my room I felt the urge to slip into something small, brown and comforting to relieve me of my jet lag. I found it in the fridge. In my humble opinion, San Miguel beer (SMB to the locals) brewed in the Philippines and served from the little brown stubbie bottle is the second best beer in the world. (The best is the XXXX Bitter Ale brewed naturally and poured from a traditional 18-gallon wooden keg set on the bar of the

Animal Health Clinic which follow one after the other. Then comes Relax Vol III Pub and Restaurant (with a live band) followed by Dog Enjoy and Pattaya Parrot pet shops. There was nothing of interest on the right hand side of the road until reaching Soi 21 opposite AO Car Care company. Soi 21 leads to PP Body Massage which is a goldfish bowl – soapy suds place similar to Sabailand on Second Road up near Soi 2. Worth a visit if you’re in the neighbourhood. Next on the left is CoZy Furniture Import & Export opposite another Mityon Honda dealership. A narrow soi leads at an angle to the intersection

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

“Every family has a destiny”, these words of wisdom remind us to do our best to uphold the future of our beloved ones. The destiny of foreigners in Pattaya is different from the destiny of ones in other parts of the country. In Samui or Phuket, many high profile foreign investors buy properties for speculation or conspicuous consumption while most foreigners in Pattaya buy properties for retreat of their families. The speculation for them is the happiness in the sufficiency economy. However, some of them end up in a dilemma where “Hell hath no fury than their women scorned”. There is no legend for the ones who are blind by love. Please use your wisdom instead of heart in the road which may lead you to perdition. “Every child holds

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“Estate Planning” for children who hold our future

the future for its father” can be the contemporary solution for many baby boomers who become fathers in Pattaya. In the world of maternal preponderance, the group of “fathers 4 justice” can be the last crusader who fights against the “gender injustice” in the UK which is paradoxically deemed the mother of world democracy. How about expatriate fathers in Pattaya? Some of them came to see us with tears n their eyes. This social phenomenon should be the alert for all of us to ascertain the most appropriate solution for these unfortunate foreigners. Every constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand 2006 always states clearly that the Kingdom shall strive to promote and protect right and liberty of the people, to pursue UN Charters, International Treaties and Agreements and relationship with other countries. Our Eton and Oxford educated prime minister is very ideally keen on the national reconciliation based upon social diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism. We have never heard any xenophobic policy from this interim government. About the strict implementation of visa regulations, if you are foreign-

ers having Thai legitimate families or over 50 years old, you do not have to be scare of any effects from these visa regulations. We are going to talk about two groups of expatriate fathers. The first group, we focus on foreigners registered marriage with their Thai women. In this case, their children will become legitimate descendents. The marriage under Thai laws can be either registered in Thailand at the District Office, or overseas at the Royal Thai Embassy. However, the overseas marriage can be recognized in Thailand at the District Office. Under the Act on Conflicts of Law, both marriages either in Thailand or overseas with Thai recognition are legally enforceable in Thailand. For the non property right, they are quite equal with their Thai spouses, e.g., guardian right for their children. Some expatriate husbands who have suspicious minds may worry about alimony commitments once they separate in the future. Sir Paul McCartney who is suffering from his most expensive divorce in the UK shows many Brits for his mistake. Some foreigners were advised by their compatriot solicitors to arrange for a prenup-


Listen to Learn

by Ms. Grainne Butler Kindergarten 1 teacher Montessori Children’s Center International

Bilingualism is an asset, and the first language has a continuing and significant role in identity, learning and the acquisition of additional languages. It is widely accepted that bilingualism confers intellectual advantages and the role of the first language in the child’s learning is of great importance. Children need to develop strong foundations in the language that is

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dominant in the home environment, where most children spend most of their time. Home language skills are transferable to new languages and strengthen children’s understanding of language use. Developing and maintaining a home language as the foundation for knowledge about language will support the development of English and should be encouraged. Insistence on an English-only approach to language learning in the home is likely to result in a fragmented development

where the child is denied the opportunity to develop proficiency in either language. The best outcome is for children and their families to have the opportunity to become truly bilingual with all the advantages this can bring. Home languages are also vital for maintaining positive family connections. It is therefore very important to maintain the language of the home, particularly where older family members who care for children do not speak English. Otherwise this may mean that

tial agreement with Thai wives. However, Thai laws do not really accept the concept of prenuptial agreement in other countries as it is clearly mentioned in Section 1465.the Civil and Commercial Code of the Kingdom of Thailand :“Where the husband and wife have not, previous to their marriage, concluded a special agreement concerning heir properties, the relationship between them as regards their properties shall be governed by the provision of this Chapter. Any clause in the prenuptial agreement contrary to public order or good morals, or providing that the relationship between them as regards such properties is to be governed by foreign law shall be voided” In the society of consumerism, women are victimized by the advertising propaganda to burn their money for their conspicuous consumption to keep their face. Grace to His Majesty the King, the doctrine of the “Self Sufficiency Economy” is introduced to save the country from the enemy at our gate which is our “Greed”. Many foreigners become reluctant to put the ownership of property under the name of their Thai wives or common law partners. The

conspicuous consumption seems to be the main culture shock between foreigners who are educated with the strict financial discipline and their Thai wives. Money can devalue the human nature! Can these prudent foreign fathers create a trustee in Thailand for their children? The answer is in Section 1686.- of the Civil and Commercial Code of Thailand :“Trusts created whether directly or indirectly by will or any juristic act producing effect during lifetime or after death shall have no effect whatever” The solution for these foreign fathers is to put the ownership of properties under the name of their children. “My child is just only one month, how can I put the ownership of land under his name?” Can a juvenile own a property? The answer is “Yes” because there is no restriction even your child has a foreign name or double nationality. If you put the ownership of property under the name of your child, you or your Thai wife cannot dispose of that land without the order of the Family Court in Chonburi. It means that your Thai wife cannot go to the Family Court alone without you to get the judicial order to sell the property.

In case that you have not registered marriage with your common law Thai wife, you may register the legitimacy of your child under 6 years old with the Family Court in Chonburi. If your child is over 6 years old, you just go to the District Office with your Thai common law wife. In the worst situation that your Thai common law wife denies to cooperate with you, you will have to sue her in the Family Court to seek for the justice. Once your child is born, you should put your name as a father in a Birth Certificate (Bai Kerd) and house register book (Tabien Ban). The Thai spelling of your name must be full and correct. These documents can be the good evidence for the case in court. If you do not have any evidentiary documents, you may prove your paternity or fatherhood by a forensic science of DNA. It can be the first “Test Case” in Pattaya for “fathers4justice” to prove that “Paternity” is not always weaker than “Maternity”. If you become legitimate father of your child, you may stay for good in Thailand with a family visa by showing a bank account of at least 400,000 baht per year without requirement to register marriage with your common law Thai wife. In addition, you can inherit land from your child if your child predeceases you. Nobody can deny that “Blood is thicker than water!”

eventually they are no longer able to have proper meaningful conversations with each other. Parents who cannot share thoughts and ideas with their children will inevitably lose the ability to shape, guide and influence their lives. Situations where this has happened have been docu-

mented, and shown to have negative social outcomes for communities because children have lacked the guiding hand of their elders. In the Montessori Children’s Center we give children space, time patience and support. With acknowledgement of their skills in their home lan-

guage it gives them the confidence to achieve in English. Children are natural linguists. With support children learning English as a second language will have the best foundation for becoming truly bilingual, with all the intellectual and social benefits this confers.

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Summer Savings at Amor Richard and his team have arranged Great Savings at Amor for you this summer! From May 1 To September 30 they are offering an Early Bird Discount! Enjoy a 20% Discount From 5pm. to 8pm. Also, Financial Crunch Busters Menu . Enjoy this special three course menu from May 1st. to September 30th. For only Baht 280 +10% service. Cream of Tomato Soup, Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Country Vegetable Soup or a, Mixed Salad; Richard’s Famous Meatball Curry with homemade mango chutney and rice, Hungarian Pork Goulash with rice, Chicken Breast Piccata with spaghetti, Fish Cakes with vegetables, tartar sauce and rice croquettes, Pork Fillet (150 grams) with mushroom gravy or pepper sauce, vegetables and potato croquettes or Rib Eye Steak (150 grams) with mushroom gravy or pepper sauce, vegetables and potato croquettes. A Scoop of Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry Ice Cream (Early Bird Discount not applicable). Tel: 038.710.680, Mobile: 081.945.5396, Email:, Pattayaland Soi 3, South Pattaya Decorum 10th Anniversary Decorum Furniture & Decoration celebrates their 10th year anniversary by offering their customers, free design on house and condos. For more information, visit their shop at South Pattaya Road next to Friendship Supermarket or call 038.410.763, 038.420.203 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 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.

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. Try Greg’s Kitchen Cod & Chips Day every Friday. Great value only 299 B. Don’t miss Sunday’s 4 traditional Sunday Roasts (Lamb 299B, Beef 260B, Pork 260B, Half Chicken 260B) with all the trimmings. Also, all day big breakfast at only 199B, Trotters Traders Grand Auction Trotters Traders will be holding their first Grand Auction in aid of Mercy Center on Friday 31st July from midday onwards. Viewings from Tuesday 28th July to Thursday 30th July from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. All items will be considered for auction. If you have anything you wish to donate, either in working condition or not, please deliver to Mercy Center or alternatively contact Peter on 087 605 4044 ( or Mercy Center on 038.734.531. 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 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 Make it a Sunday to remember with the Beni’s Brunch The Beni’s Brunch at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa is the essential event of the weekend. Talented Teppanyaki chefs are ready to entertain you with their juggling and live cooking skills as they dish up an extensive selection of mouth-watering food. In addition, diners can indulge at buffet stations offering an abundance of favorite regional dishes that are the epitome of simplicity, purity and freshness. To make sure you don’t get thirsty, free-flow vodka plus half a bottle of wine per person are included in the package. The price is a great value Baht 1,250++ per person (10% service charge and applicable government tax will be added to your bill). Brunch is served from 11.00 – 15.00 hrs. every Sunday. For more information and reservations please contact 038 412 120. Buy 1 get 1 free! Now at Sheraton Pattaya Resort A new Happy Hours promotion where guests buy one drink and get another identical drink free! Whether to enjoy lush tropical garden while zipping your favourite cocktail at Elements Restaurant (Happy hours start from 4.30 PM – 6.30 PM

daily) or enjoy your drink at Latitude Lounge while counting million of stars in the sky can be a memorable experience (Happy hours start from 5 PM – 7 PM daily). The promotion applies to all drinks sold by the glass, including wines, cocktails, spirits, beers, soft drinks and juices. Price starts only at Baht 140++. For more information please contact 038 259888. Pattaya Backgammon League Meet Up The Pattaya Backgammon League meets up every Saturday at Somboons Restaurant in Jomtien Beach for a tournament. Full Details @ 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 ‘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. 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 Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to pattaya@ 2 days before you wish to start.

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with me in open-air bars with big screens; she said the atmosphere was fun, a mixture of foreigners happy together, not like watching it back in England, where it can turn nasty so easy when we are losing. Torreslegend

Dear Kris & Noi, I’ve just read that Thailand will be showing all the World Cup matches on free TV next year, and that’s great news for me. My wife is not much of a fan, but by spending our holiday in Pattaya, together with a couple of friends, we can enjoy the swimming, sunbathing and general tourist stuff together in the daytime, have a meal together, then me and my mate can watch footy while the ladies go around the shops and do their own thing. In fact, when we were here before during football tournaments, she sometimes enjoyed sitting

The announcement was very welcome news for the millions of Thais, and thousands of expats, who folow football. The extra good news is that the matches will be shown, as they were in previous tournaments, without those annoying advertising interruptions that ruin football-watching on free TV; now let us hope that recordings of matches can also be shown for those who have to miss the live broadcasts. No doubt there will be complaints from expats if the commentaries are only in Thai, and we can only hope that the programmers do something to improve the boring chat sessions, but we

On June 22 and 24, “Creperie Suzette”, a new French Crepe restaurant located in the new shopping center, “The Village”, has received for lunch the students in French language of the Regent school and St. Andrews International School. The purpose of this lunch was to initiate the students at the French Crepe Culinary Tradition. For the first course, Students were invited to fill themselves their galettes with various ingredients as sea food and vegetable. Two other large crepes were served as main and dessert courses. Crepes have retained their popularity for centuries; they can be served as both a main meal and a dessert. Students enjoyed this new experience and promised to come back next year. Galettes and Crepes originated in Brittany, a wild, magical, windswept land, which according to legend,

is the place that King Arthur established the round table. French crepes are basic to Brittany’s gastronomy, more than bread, and evoke a strong sense of history and tradition. Brittany hosts galette and crepe competitions and festivals. A traditional sport is to produce the largest galette in the world. Galettes are made from buckwheat flour with a little salt and water. Buckwheat came to Europe from China and also spread to Eastern Europe where buckwheat blinis are popular. From around the 16th century, buckwheat flour was used in Brittany to make staple bread resembling large thin pancakes. Until about 100 years ago, all crêpes were made from buckwheat flour. They were an inexpensive, nutritious way people could eat a delicious meal. Crepes are made with

should be grateful to the company which is arranging the live broadcasts. And watching matches with an international hotch-potch of viewers is far nicer than being caught between two groups of rival fans, often tanked up and looking for trouble. In fact, it would be a good idea for Pattaya to advertise the resort as an ideal place to watch the World Cup, combining watching all matches free in a friendly atmosphere, with all of Pattaya’s regular attractions. Dear Kris & Noi, I want to send copy DVDs back to the UK. I know my family and friends would love them, as they are cheap and usually the quality is good. I’ll only send a few at a time, I’m not trying to make money from them, it’s just gifts. Would I be breaking the laws of Thailand? Not a Del Boy You most certainly would;

whether sending them as gifts or as a business, it is illegal. These are counterfeit goods, and you are not supposed to buy them, let alone export them on to another country. Of course, we allknow that most of us buy something counterfeit at some time, and we do not think of ourselves as crooks. You are not going to be deported because you are wearing a hooky shirt or carrying a couple of DVDs with smudged labels, but you mustn’t try posting them abroad. Incidentally, the UK customs officers frequently check mail and, if they found them, your relatives or friends would be paid a visit. And of course the same applies to bags, shirts, watches, the full monty of fake goods. Dear Kris & Noi, I was a keen motorcyclist in younger days, but after six months here I have yet to get on one, either as driver or passenger. It’s a shame, as

Vol. 8 No. 21  16 - 31 July 2009 the weather is ideal for it, but there is no way I wish to get involved with the maniacs here. Thai bikers, and some expats, ignore almost all rules, and most don’t bother with safety helmets, especially the passengers. I have even seen police taking their kids to school, two kids and no helmets! Just enforcing the laws would reduce the terrible death toll immensely but the authorities seem to turn a blind eye to all the infringements. Why doesn’t the government instruct the police to simply do their duty and charge people who jump lights, ride recklessly, have no licence, and refuse to wear helmets, with fines that increase for repeats, leading eventually to being banned? And it’s ridiculous how bikes are allowed to carry so many extra passengers—this is extremely dangerous, especially with shopping bags included. Ex-Rider Pete Many experienced expat riders stay off motorbikes here; they realise that the way most Thais, and some expats, act on them is just inviting death

or dismemberment. Laws don’t mean a thing to most bikers; just observe parents carrying a couple of kids and shopping bags, teenagers four-up, young riders obviously underage— and all with barely a helmet in sight. The most scaring sights are passengers holding babies, sometimes one-handed, or letting youngsters stand on the seat. You are right of course, that simply enforcing the laws would reduce accidents, but with regard to extra passengers, you must consider where we are living. Most Thais ride motorcycles because that’s all they can afford, and the bike has to carry people and shopping. It isn’t right, and can be very dangerous, but this is how people have used bikes for a long time, and no doubt will continue to do so. Politicians rely on the votes from the poorer class to gain positions of power, and there isn’t any chance whatsoever that a politician will be brave enough to alienate millions of voters by restricting how they use their motorcycles, however dangerous that usage may be.

French Crepe Culinary Tradition wheat flour, milk and eggs. Traditionally, galettes and crepes are cooked on a wellseasoned griddle called a billig in the Breton dialect. A miniature wooden rake called a rozell (in Basse-Bretagne) is used to spread the batter. A spatula is needed for flipping. The only other necessity is the skill and patience of the cook. Galettes and crepes are amazingly versatile and a good vehicle for all manner of kind tasty fillings. A popular French galette contains ham, cheese and an egg cooked so lightly, “oeuf mirroir” that the yolk spills out deliciously when cut into. Irresistible sweet crepes are filled with jelly, chocolate spread, chocolate chips, various fruits and whipped cream. It’s hard to decide which taste the best! Now traditional French Crepe can be enjoyed at “Creperie Suzette” at The Village Shopping Center.

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Pattaya Sports Club 30th Birthday Summer Party

by Derek Brrok

This was the 30th Birthday Summer Party, and I have to say I was actually quite happy to get there. Some of the people who went have been practicing for this night twice a Year for 30 Years, and they are only the really lucky ones. The rest of us dropped in sometime along the way, we have only done twenty or thirty or forty of these parties. You know life is really hard here in Pattaya, but someone has to do it. During this time The PSC has grown in leaps and bounds from the Original 30 Founding Members to something like 31,000 who have been through the books and about 10,000 of them are still with us. During this time the PSC has gone from it’s original Location, The Tip-Bar in Soi 6, To Caesars Bar on Beach Road, to it’s most famous location, The Cafe Kronborg, before setting up home in it’s present luxurious location. This was a very special night when we honored many of our ‘Special People and we presented very nice Silver Salvers to our remaining ‘Founder Members’ and our ‘Thai Committee’, this was a particularly fine gesture, especially as most of these

persons have been so important in the development of the Club, from where it was 30 Years ago, until Today’s smooth streamlined Organisation. One

taken are of the ‘Real People’ who form the basis of P.S.C. The evening continued with The New P.S.C. President Herbie Ishinaga introducing

Gold winner with presentation Team can only dream !!!. the new Executive Committee. The night started with the Mike Gerrard our Social normal band background Chairman took the night over music and it was noticed that, here and we had some songs in particular the men were by The Barn Jang Jai Orphanage. better dressed than usual, as You will note Bernie Tuppin the new ‘Dress Code’ came who is on the podium who into operation, ‘Smart Casual’ ensued all the singers were in other words no shorts. We well dressed as The E.C. always expect that Ladies to provided nice smart clothes glitter at our Parties and so for the singers. Well done the they continued to do so on choir, Bernie and the outgoing this night, but the men were at E.C. Members, from which last nearly their equal with Bernie after many years is Herbie Ishinaga, The New taking some time off from. President, leading the way, Now Mike is a real along with The Scribe who had professional and he proved his best ‘Bib and Tucker’ on. this when he declared ‘Ladies to Sadly no pictures of the Scribe the Buffet’ and deftly stood exist as he is notoriously to one side to avoid being shy !!. and forgot as the 50+ photos crushed in the stampede. After

a life in Entertainment our Mike knows when to stand to one side, and so he should have as the food was excellent. The Town in Town has provided excellent food year after year and this time was no exception as the outdid themselves.Well done they are exceptional hosts

and we are always pleased with their support to our nights out. Back to the night as Mike showed his versatility by giving us a few songs and as a professional Entertainer it was well appreciated. Then onto the ‘Lucky Draw’ where the

top prize of a gold chain was won by one of our Regulars”. The night was then given over to what parties should be about, dancing and drinking until the small hours, and whilst not a dancer I tried the rest having a day off next day. T.T.F.N.



Silver presentations

Only 80?,I can do it says Arthur

Treasurer and Friends

Beauty at the Party

We’re all nuts

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Pattaya and NYC not so different by Alan S. Brown

Many of us who have resided in Pattaya for a long time have been awed and amazed at some of the peculiar and, sometimes, downright bizarre antics carried on by government officials, local residents, and we expats. So, here I am on my annual sojourn back to my hometown, The Big Apple. I was, smugly, looking forward to something approaching sanity and orderliness. Who was I kidding? If Pattaya is nuts, New York is totally psychotic (partly in a good way; but wherever government officials get involved, just crazy.) Yes, it’s all still here: Broadway (with many great shows including a wonderful revival of West Side Story); the parks (including the newly opened, elevated High Line Park on a defunct railroad), the museums and thousands of bars and restaurants. (Maybe there

aren’t too many chrome pole palaces, but there are plenty of drinking dens for all tastes and persuasions.) If nothing else, I figured I’d escape some of the dreary rainy season torrents for late spring/early summer in New York. I was looking forward to warm days, cool nights and beautiful fauna and flora in bloom. Well I got the latter. However, this June was just about the rainiest in history. It pretty much rained every day of the month. Of course, this kept the temperatures fairly cool, which meant few, if any, beach days, outdoor barbecues and the like. Maybe the scientists got it wrong. We seem to be experiencing global cooling. Then, I thought about how smoothly government works in my city and country: no coups (except in 2000), smoothly run elections ( d o n ’t l a u g h ) a n d , i n general, the efficient wheels of government bureaucracy getting the various jobs and

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After a few years of married life, a man finds that he is unable to perform for his wife. He goes to his doctor, and his doctor tries a few medications, but nothing works. Finally the doctor says to him this is all in your mind, and refers him to a psychiatrist. After a few visits with the psychiatrist, the psychiatrist confesses he can not figure out what is wrong. The psychiatrist decides to refer him to a witch doctor. The witch doctor says, “I can cure this!” He throws some powder on a flame, and there is a flash with billowing blue smoke. The witch doctor says, “This is

tasks done. I was glad not to have to think about yellow, red or blue shirts staging insurrections, closing airports, occupying the seats of government, crashing important international conferences forcing the airlifting out of various

distinguished from business as usual which is normally fairly dysfunctional. In this case they’re frozen into doing nothing. I know. I hear my New York readers thinking: So, what else is new?) The Senate is comprised of sixty elected members from

heads of state and giving my adopted city (Pattaya) and country a black eye. Well, the joke’s on me! The New York State Senate (one of the two legislative bodies of the New York State Legislature; the other is the Assembly) has been dysfunctional for about a month now. (This must be

two political parties: the Democrats and the Republicans. The Democrats had recently gained a majority and, thus, ran the place. Due to intrigue worthy of a Shakespearian tragedy, the esteemed house became split evenly between the two parties. So, who’s to run the place? Well, I sure don’t

Vol. 8 No. 21  16 - 31 July 2009 know and neither do they. For the last several weeks, no work has been done and no laws have been passed. This translates into various important projects not getting funded, crucial legislation not getting passed, etc. In the meantime, the children who wear grownup clothing and try to imitate adults can’t reach a compromise or solution to this enigma of who gets to hold the gavel. The governor can’t seem to make them behave, either. Let’s remember that the current governor was appointed when his predecessor had to resign after getting caught in a sex for pay scandal. Thailand has had its share of well intentioned, but not well thought out schemes that were supposed improve everyday life or encourage tourism. (Remember the ill fated Thai Elite card?) Then, there was the “Social Order” Campaign which was supposed to bring back traditional morals and values and eliminate vice. Bars and entertainment venues are still constrained by unrealistic closing times; and it seems that alcohol is banned 359 out of 365 days for various religious and governmental holidays. This is not how to bring back the tourists during

a global recession, in my opinion. The Big Apple has tried its share of hare brained ideas, as well. When I stepped off the subway and emerged at Times Square, I was shocked and chagrined to see that they had turned part of Broadway into a “walking street.” Had the mayor visited Pattaya and decided that New York had to have its own version of our famous pedestrian flesh pot? Times Square has had many incarnations. Not so many years ago, it was a bit seedy and dangerous. In the 1990’s it became quite sanitized and, some say, “Disneyfied.”This century, it’s been crowded with locals and tourists enjoying the sights, gawking at the lights, taking in shows and patronizing the many bars and restaurants. The streets are clogged with cars, tourist buses and taxis. For better or worse, Times Square has never been a place to sit in the middle of the street in a cheesy lawn chair; taking in some sun and watching the world go by at a leisurely pace. Hopefully, the mayor and his minions will come to their senses and cancel this silly project. So, I guess Pattaya and New York aren’t so different, after all.

powerful healing, but you can only use it once a year. All you have to do is say ‘123’ and it shall rise for as long as you wish.” The guy then asks the witch doctor, “What happens when it’s over?” The witch doctor says, “All you or your partner has to say is ‘1234’ and it will go down. But be warned it will not work again for a full year.” The guy goes home and that night he is ready to surprise his wife with the good news. So, as he is lying in bed with his wife he says “123”, and suddenly he gets a massive erection. With that, his wife turns over and says, “What did you say ‘123’ for?”

Saving Cookies

An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death’s agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands. With labored breath, he leaned against the doorframe, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven. Spread out upon newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man? Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table, landing on his knees in a rumpled posture. His parched lips parted; the wondrous taste of the cookie was already in his mouth; seemingly bringing him back to life. The aged and withered hand, shakingly, made its way to a cookie at the edge of the

table, when it was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife. “Stay out of those,” she said. “They’re for the funeral.”

Pesky Customer

A farang was continually bothering the waiter in a restaurant on Second Road; first, he’d asked that the air conditioning be turned up because he was too hot, then he asked it be turned down because he was too cold, and so on for about half an hour. Surprisingly, the waiter was very patient, walking back and forth and never once getting angry. So finally, a second customer asked why didn’t they just throw out the pest. “Oh I don’t care.” said the waiter with a big Thai smile. “We don’t even have an air conditioner.”

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Baan Talay Pattaya

The True Beachfront Living Baan Talay Pattaya is superbly located directly on one of the most beautiful, private and peaceful beaches of Pattaya. Baan Talay is situated on the Sukhumvit Road and transverses down to the beach, giving stunning sea views to all the houses. The location is surrounded by gloriously rich vegetation, creating a wonderful atmosphere; it is built on a 52 rai land area, with only 68 houses being offered, plus clubhouse with full amenities.

Project Size Situated on a substantially spacious area of 52 rai, however, with only 68 houses, plus 1 clubhouse, it gives the homeowners a feeling of privacy. The width of the beachfront area is approximately 140 metres. The houses are of a tropical style with the emphasis on a well ventilated atmosphere with a combination of modern contemporary design. Facilities The Club house occupies an area of almost 2,000 square metres. It includes a

35 metre swimming pool, a spacious fitness room with modern equipment, steam room, sauna room, conference room and a beachfront BBQ area, providing the residents comfortable and convenient facilities. The project boasts a public park, gardens and canal. Beautiful trees and professional landscaping were an integral part of the design, providing stunning green scenery. For your safety and security, CCTV systems are provided

throughout the premises together with 24 hour security in and around the project. Public Utility System The project’s main road was built 20 metres wide for convenient and safe driving while secondary roads are 16, 12 and 8 metres wide. Water supply is provided by The Provincial Waterworks Authority of Pattaya. Underground electric system is distributed by the Sattahip Welfare Power Plant. While the waste water treatment and separated bio-trash

receptacles are used as land fillers. The water drainage and rain gutting system are separately built on the house premises down to the project’s pond, before being released into the public drainage pipes. Location The location is very accessible, only 163 kilometres from Bangkok and very close to entertainment centres, shopping malls, sports activities and several tourist attractions, including,

Mini Siam, Crocodile Farm, Elephant Village, Nongnooch Tropical Gardens, Silverlake, Pattaya Floating Market, etc. Also, the project is a short drive to public and private hospitals, schools and universities and even public markets. There are 3 types of houses available First, is a tropical type D+ house, 590 square metres living space, 2 floors, with private swimming pool, 3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 1 multi- purpose room, 1 living room, 1 dinning room,

1 fully fitted kitchen, maid’s room and a roof terrace. It is delicately designed with spacious cosy areas, surrounded by beautiful tropical garden where you can enjoy peaceful vacations with your family and friends, an intimate and classy dinner or a private pool party. Second, is the Type E house, 379 square metres living space with private swimming pool, 2 floors with 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, 1

dinning room, a maid’s room and a wide balcony. Type E houses are spacious to provide privacy for a medium size family. Lastly, is the Type F house, with 495 square metres living space, 2 floors, with a private swimming pool and a roof terrace, 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 1 multi-purpose room, 1 living room, 1 dinning room, 1 kitchen and 1 maid’s room. Its C shaped design emphasises the real tropical exclusive paradise with an open and airy space, created to perfectly merge

the natural surrounding with the sea, giving you a feeling that you have your own tropical island paradise from every corner of your new home. Come and visit Baan Talay Pattaya on Sukhumvit Road, nearly opposite Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Gardens. Surely, you will be pleased to discover everything you need

in your dream house. Now, 8 houses available, ready to move in! 2 storey houses with private swimming pools, 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, fully furnished with interiors and landscaped gardens. Price starts at 18.7 million baht. For more information and viewing appointments, call 038 238 660, 038 238 600 or 089 136 5427.

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Vol. 8 No. 21  16 - 31 July 2009 help us live longer. They were taken from two organisms separated by 1.5billion years of evolution. Boffins believe at least 15 are likely to have similar versions in humans. A team from the University of Washington in Seattle thinks affecting their activity could provide a way to slow down ageing and treat age-related conditions.

England will become the most crowded nation in Europe? ENGLAND looks certain to become the most crowded major nation in Europe as a result of a massive influx of migrants. We now lie in third place in the table, behind squashed Malta and packed Holland. But soaring immigration means England could soon rise up the table. The 2005 figures revealed show that there were 387 people per square kilometre in England, but this figure rose last year to 390, and the Office of National Statistics expects it to soar to 464 by 2031. Almost 70% of England’s population boom is a result of immigration. A large share of the rest comes from high birth rates among immigrants. Whitehall experts have previously admitted that Britain’s population could rise from 60m to more than 100m in just over 60 years. BRITISH cities are losing their identity because of the flood of migrants, the Government has admitted. Immigration Minister, Liam Byrne, was speaking at a House of Lords Inquiry into the impact the growing numbers are having. He said “The pace of change has been deeply unsettling. There are deep concerns about lack of integration in some cities”. Security for the Royal Train Security has been stepped up on the Royal train amid fears that it may be an Al Quaeda target. It has been fitted with technology used by British troops in Iraq to detect and jam explosives and will be guarded 365 days a year. Additional cameras and fences have been installed at the railway siding near Milton Keynes where the carriages are stored, A source said “The equipment fitted would disable any attempt to remotely trigger an explosive device.” It is thought the Queen and Prince Charles used the locomotive 15 times in 2008. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said. “The train has been running on 100 per cent bio fuel since last September, and as a result, Prince Charles is going to use it more this year.” British children grow up by age 11 BRITISH youngsters are growing up faster than ever with their childhood ending at the age of 11. More than half of the parents of children allow their offspring to dye their hair or wear make-up by the time they are aged 14. And mums and dads told the survey, carried out by Random House Children’s Books, children became ‘young adults’ at the age of 11. Author Jaqueline Wilson 62 said “Children act like adults at an alarmingly early age”. Hard lessons THE high cost of living is putting teenagers off going to university. One in five parents said their child thought twice about carrying on their education because of the expense. Mark Sismey-Durrant of Icesave, who did research, said. “Levels of student debt are higher than ever.” He said many parents were encouraging their children to fund university courses through loans, while putting cash aside for them for emergencies. Work until you’re 80! PEOPLE may have to go on working into their 80s as a combination of lack of savings, rising living costs and the demise of final salary pension schemes takes its toll. Pension’s provider Friends Provident says many people face poverty stricken retirement. If people want to enjoy old age they have to act quickly, otherwise they will have

to retire five, ten or even fifteen years later than today’s pensioners, if they can afford to retire at all, said Chris Bellers , Pensions Technical Manager at Friends. Over 10 million people in the private sector save nothing into a pension. Basic state pensions in Britain are among the worst in Europe The very rich just got richer by 4% THE VERY rich have got even richer under Labour, according to a think tank. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the income of the wealthiest people in Britain, about one person in 1000, rose by four per cent in eight years. In the same period growth for those on middle incomes was two per cent. People who saw their wealth increase the most have incomes over £350,000 and are nine times more likely to be men than women. They are aged between 45 and 54, live in London and are likely to be bankers, lawyers and accountants. The news comes despite Gordon Brown’s redistributive drive funded by tax rises for the rich. More than one in seven people think they will become millionaires by 2018. About 15 per cent of people expect to make seven figures within a decade and one per cent said they had already hit their milestone, according to a poll of 1,484 people for mobile phone group Orange. However, 75 per cent said they would need more than £1 million to sustain a millionaire’s lifestyle. The new robot is in the news AN ARMY of robots which will work on their own like ants is being developed by scientists. The ‘swarm’ robots could be sent to explore the planet Mars, they could also be used for search and rescue missions in disaster zones. Each will form different shapes with others and become powerful machines. They are being developed as part of a £7 million European project involving 40 scientists. West of England University’s Prof. Alan Winfield said “This is right at the edge of state-of-art robot technology.” Computer a turn off OFFICE workers swear at their computer at least four times a day, making them the most stressful thing to deal with at work. Staff hate them even more than rude colleagues, deadlines or mounting workloads says Cartridge Four pubs a day call last orders NEARLY four British pubs closed down EVERY DAY last year as punters shunned the local to booze at home. New figures reveal closures soared to a staggering 1,409 in 2008, up from 216 in 2007 and 102 in 2006. The British Beer and Pub Association said pubs in town and city centres had been worst affected by spiralling costs, sinking sales, fragile consumer confidence and the smoking ban. A vital part of the British economy and social life is under the most severe strain in decades, said Mr. Rob Hayward Chief of the BBPA Association. Stem cells’ big break SCIENTISTS are developing a way to mend bones and cartilage using a patient’s stem cells. They hope to start clinical trials within two years. Dr. Brendon Noble of Edinburgh University said, “We hope to be able to kick-start the body’s natural healing processes, enabling cells to grow and carry out repairs.” It could help treat conditions such as osteoarthritis and people with badly broken bones. SCIENTISTS have found 25 genes which they say can

Tb cure ‘is close’ BRITISH SCIENTISTS are ‘five to ten years away’, from a tuberculosis cure. In a key breakthrough, University of Leicester experts have isolated the molecules that allow the disease to thrive in blood cells. They say this means a drug to cure the illness can be developed. TB kills two million people every year. It has seen a resurgent in recent years in the West as well as the Third World. Dr. Mark Carr, who has led the ten year research costing £4 million, said “It’s a significant step.” London taxi drivers are the best LONDON taxi drivers have been voted the best in the world. A poll of 3,300 travellers found they provided the best value for money, local knowledge and manners. Bob Oddy, General Secretary of the London Taxi Drivers Association, said, “Our members are trained to the highest standards. Their skill, knowledge and expertise are second to none.” Shanghai has the worst taxis according to the Hotel. com survey. However, London has been voted the dirtiest and most expensive European city; it edged Paris for both titles in poll results. But it was best for nightlife and parks and second only to Paris for shops. Brussels was voted most boring town by the Trip Advisor poll. The cost of a wedding THE AVERAGE cost of a wedding has risen by 12% over the last three years to £19,400. Food and drink is the highest cost at £4,900, followed by the honeymoon at £3,200 and venue hire at £2,200. Couples also expert to spend £1,900 on rings and £1,200 on the wedding dress. The survey by website, also included the cost of the hen and stag nights, estimated at £630. GAY marriages have dropped by 50 per cent in a year. More than 16.000 couples formed a civil partnership in 2007 but in the first half of last year just 4,060 did so, official figures show. Drinking Champagne BRITS were the biggest champagne drinker’s, outside France last year, sinking 39 million bottles. We helped champagne producers in their small corner of north-east France to export a record 150m bottles to 190 countries, up 7.3% on 2008. But we have got a long way to go to catch the French, who downed 188m bottles themselves. The only Champagne market to shrink in 2008 was the USA. Sex before marriage? MORE than two-thirds of Brits say there is nothing wrong with sex before marriage. More than a quarter believe married couples make better parents and only 17% claim it is the man’s job to earn money, British Social Attitudes Survey chief Alison Park said, “Views are becoming more liberal, in 1984 half of people said sex before marriage was wrong.” Tourism revenue ‘will rise by half’ TOURISM revenue in Britain is tipped to soar by more than half over the next decade. It will go up from an estimated £200 billion this year to £330 billion in 2018. The World Travel and Tourism Council say. By then, Britain will be fifth highest, behind the US, China, Japan and Germany. A warning to motorists DRIVING for just 80 minutes without a break can make motorists a danger on the roads Scientists have found that drivers who do not take frequent rest stops have slower reaction times than those who break up long journey, At motorway speeds, the slower reactions of a tired driver could add about 25ft to their stopping distance, New Scientist magazine reported. The research supports campaigns urging drivers to take regular short breaks on long motorway journeys.

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A touch of economic realism needed

Cautious realism seems to have been discarded in favour of rampant optimism, with some Thai sources in danger of over confidently forecasting rapid recovery from the economic depression, worldwide. While Thailand, in tandem with other Asian nations, may pull ahead, beginning to pick up within the next six to seven months; quicker economically than most Western economies, especially the US, which is expected to take a year, at least, Thailand is still firmly tied to foreign tourism and the export market. Exports, which account for over 60% of Thailand’s total economic activity, had a dismal showing in May, displaying a record fall, dropping by 26.6% compared with 2008, to Bt409.5 billion. This trend is likely to continue in the short term, due to less demand and intensifying competition, according to the government. “It is less likely there will be a strong rebound in Thai exports in the near future as demand for imports of raw materials has not picked up yet,” maintained Suara Wilaipich of Standard Chartered Bank. Economic pundit’s opinions on the global scenario are mixed, however; whilst there is encouragement in the fact that the pace of decline of the world’s major economies is slowing, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, with China and India showing parallel signs of easing to the US and Europe, the US Federal Reserve Governor, Kevin Warsh, is still advising caution. He warns that one should not take recent gains across a range of asset prices as proof that the U.S. economy is on the brink of a strong recovery.” The panic’s hasty retreat should not be confused with robust recovery,” he said. A view shared

by Somchai Jitsuchon, Head of the Thailand Development Research Institute’s overall economic development and income distribution activities, who considers it will take the global economy at least two to three years to show improvement. As for the domestic economy, it is unlikely to return to normal until the end of next year, according to Kanit Saengsuphan, Director of the Fiscal Policy Research Institute, and this is largely dependent on how the government’s stimulus package helps the circulation of money in the economic system. The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), however, is confident that the government’s planned injection of Bt1.43 trillion in its second economic stimulus programme will definitely help begin the domestic economy’s recovery later this year, rather than next. Tourism will receive a substantial proportion of the new stimulus package, about Bt71.5 million, as PM Abhisit Vejajjiva has designated tourism as a national priority. The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) estimated 12 million tourist arrivals, this year, however, is seen to be wildly optimistic, especially considering the now rampaging Swine Flu epidemic, rising on average at 100 per day. In June, according to Tosaporn Thepbutr, Deputy -Chairman of the Committee on Tourism and Sports, the number of tourist arrivals dropped from 165,000 in the same period of 2008, to 27,000 in 2009; these diehards coming largely from the Middle East, India, Iran and Hong Kong. For its part, TAT is now re-evaluating its marketing strategy according to how individual countries are perceived to view Thailand. The world is now divided into four

categories: “Ready to Travel” - India, Russia, Indonesia, the Persian Gulf and Scandinavia, who are not sensitive to the Kingdom’s political situation and are solvent; “Potentially Returning Visitors” - most of Europe and the US, who show concern about the political situation and are becoming value-conscious; “Concerned Travellers” - China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia, who are very anxious about Thailand’s political situation and are currently affected by the economic slowdown. “Highly Sensitive Travellers” - Japan, Korea and Taiwan, who are extremely sensitive to Thailand’s political instability and suffering from extreme recession. Juttaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communication, said TAT would work on the less sensitive category markets, focusing on PR, media activities or targeting niche markets, like young people or golfers. “We look also to intensify online marketing for all markets around the world, especially to promote our good value for money through ‘Amazing Thailand, Amazing Value’

Campaign, she said. She continued “We are still perceived as a very welcoming country offering excellent value for money and with a population keen to welcome all visitors. Thailand continues to be on top of the world’s preferred destinations in

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numerous surveys”. Pattaya, where average hotel occupancy has declined sharply from 45-65% last June to only 20%, now, is playing its part, too; adopting a staunch ‘never say die’ approach. TAT and tourism-related operators in the city plan special

travel packages offering discounts of up to 70% and five tourism operators have launched the ‘Pattaya Hi5 Attraction Card’ to draw tourists to the Thai Alangkarn Theatre, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Tiffany’s and the Tuxedo Magic shows.

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Government Faces Criticism Over Its Handling Of Swine Flu Apart from trying to minimise the impact of the Swine flu epidemic, currently sweeping Thailand, with 100 new cases daily, the Government is coming in for fierce criticism over its general handling of the medical crisis. Research from Mexico has contradicted the contention that already chronically ill people are most at risk, saying perfectly healthy individuals have succumbed. It now appears the young are most at risk, followed by the elderly and pregnant women. Thais Really Taken By New Panda Cub. The six-week-old, female panda cub is drawing huge numbers of eager, curious visitors to its newly announced public debut. Keepers at Chiang Mai Zoo were taken by surprise by its actually being born, after they had almost given up hope, despite desperate efforts, including showing its parents a panda sex video. Thais are fascinated by the cub, so much so that half a million entered the competition to name it. Street Elephants to Be Returned To Jungle Street elephants, exploited by their often criminal owners who use them for begging, are to be given a new lease of life by being returned to the wild, instead of risking life and limb in Bangkok’s manic traffic. A foundation, with royal links, is prepared to pay Bt68,000, each, to return them to their native jungle habitats and maverick owners will face fines of Bt35,000 if they attempt to bring elephants into the capital. Adopt a Jumbo In a similar jumbo tale, it seems, private foundations aren’t the only ones who want to relocate elephants, this time to reserves in the countryside. Under an innovative scheme, backed by Bangkok Governor, Sukhumphan Boriphat, you can now adopt an elephant for a mere Bt500,000 and have it shipped off to the forest. Half of Bangkok’s elephant population of 200, have already been relocated. Once in their new homes, the elephants can be trained to search the forest for food. Karen Refugees Find Cold Comfort Across Border Desperate ethnic Karen refugees are streaming across the border at Mae Sot, over 4,000 in the last month, fleeing the intensifying conflict between Karen National Union fighters and the Burmese Army, as well as landmines a nd atrocities, to further burden the Thai authorities with the headache of accommodating them. Places are unavailable in Thai camps, however, and malaria-prone shanty-villages are springing up along the border, where refuge can’t be sought in temples or schools. Abhisit’s Ring Of Steel Abhisit is determined not to allow a repetition of the Pattaya fiasco and will decisively nip any potential protests in the bud at the forthcoming ASEAN triple in Phuket (the 42nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC) and the 16th ASEAN Regional Forum), by establishing a five-kilometre wide cordon sanitaire around the island from July 10-24. The stringent security will be enforced under the Internal Security Act if the cabinet approves it.

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Thailand To Get 1st VIP Airport Terminal Airports of Thailand, overlords of Thailand’s 6 international airports, will allow the ASA Group to establish Thailand’s first world-class fixed base operation (FBO) at Phuket International Airport, providing much needed VIP facilities, including a business centre, tailored solutions for high-end, diplomatic and large aircraft operations, security, aircraft charter, concierge services, over-flight and landing clearances, customs and immigration and limousine transfers and hotel accommodation. The FBO aims to be operational by the end of the summer. Southern Insurgency’s Legacy of Sorrow The five-year Muslim insurgency in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwas, and parts of Songkla Province, especially since the escalation in violence in the area in the last 30 months, has created a bitter harvest, a deep and lasting legacy of heartbreak and despondency, in the form of nearly 3,000 orphans and numerous widows. Pattani has 542 widows, Yala 502, Narathiwat 439 and Songkhla 69. Thailand And Cambodia Up The Ante Over Wat Preah Vihear While Thai Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan is keen to play down any talk of war over the build up of Thai trops near the disputed temple of Preah Vihear, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong is adopting a tough stance, maintaining Cambodian troops are ready to cope with any belligerent situation. Both countries have recently increased their troop numbers in the area, with Thailand’s Second Army Area commander having rotated his troops in readiness for any contingency. Security Forces In South Wounded By Roadside Bomb An eleven-strong foot patrol of soldiers and government-trained defence volunteers patrolling near railway lines in Narathiwat Province were taken by surprise by an insurgents’ booby trap, recently, in the form of small homemade bomb. The bomb exploded at the roadside, blowing the left leg off one of the volunteers and wounding several others. In June, 36 people were killed, including 10 at a Narathiwat mosque, and over 100 injured in other incidents. Joint Venture To Mine Manganese Though relatively rich in natural resources, Thailand sometimes lacks the know-how or capital to fully exploit what it possesses and welcomes the input of foreigners. A case in point is manganese, a recent announcement proclaimed the setting up of a joint venture company, to be called IMC Thailand Manganese Co., by the Indochina Mining Corporation (IMC), and a Thai company, Enter Blessing Co. Ltd., to exploit the manganese deposits in Thailand. US Schools Superintendent Organised Sex Tours In Thailand And Mexico An American suspected paedophile, Albert Rogers, an ex-schools superintendent arrested for organising child sex tours to Mexico, confessed that he was involved in similar antics in Thailand. He purported to be a bona fide travel agent arranging legal adult night tours, visiting cabarets, etc., but was in fact organizing tours that procured children for sex with adults. 200 child-pornography videos were found on his home computer and sexual paraphernalia in his house. GM SE Asia - All Right Jack Although General Motors back home are in dire straits, General Motors’ SE Asia will apparently benefit from the new GM company, largely owned by the U.S. government, and possessing all the former GM’s good assets. GM Rayong, last year produced 104,461 vehicles, though falling demand mean this year only 45, 000

will be produced. It intends investing Bt15 billion in a diesel-engine and one-ton pickup project, producing 100,000 units annually. Nok Fever ‘Infects’ Thailand Everyone it seems is eager to leap on the ‘Nok’ (bird), Noppawan Lertcheewakarn bandwagon. World number one junior tennis ace, Nok, 17, from Chiang Mai, recently won the girls’ singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon and now the Tourism and Sports Ministry is likely to give her a diplomatic passport, as ‘Thai ambassador’ to sports, and government financial support. TV programmes are also clamouring to have her on in their shows. Red Shirts Want A Royal Pardon For Thaksin The Red Shirts would like to collect one million signatures within a month on a petition to His Majesty the King in a bid to gain a pardon for their idol, ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. However, one of the red-shirt leaders, Veera Musigapong, said they’d likely drop the plan if it didn’t reach its target. The man himself, meanwhile, escaped arrest in Kuala Lumpur, by the skin of his teeth, recently; escaping to Fiji. David Carradine Most Likely Asphyxiated Famed Kung Fu movie star David Carradine, who was found dead in his Bangkok hotel closet under mysterious circumstances on June 4, almost certainly died from asphyxiation the latest findings of Thai authorities aver; a verdict that was backed by pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, though said he cannot yet determine whether Carradine’s death was accidental or a homicide. Baden said autoerotic asphyxiation remains a possible cause of death, though he reserves final judgement till all the facts are in. Asia Rather Than Africa The Birthplace Of Primates In a conference in Bangkok, Chris Beard, a paleontologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and a member of the team that found the 38 millionyear-old fossilized primate-like jawbones and teeth in Myanmar said it was likely a common ancestor of humans, monkeys and apes, which had evolved in Asia, rather than Africa. A contention that is likely to upset conventional opinion about evolution (but at the end of the day, that’s all it is, an ‘opinion’). Tourism Down 14.7% On Last Year Tourism figures for the first 4 months of 2009, were down 14.7% on those from the same period last year. This was attributed to political instability and street demos, as well as the global economic downturn, as consumers became more circumspect about spending on leisure and business travel. No mention was made of the Red Shirt riots or the airport closures, however, which obviously had an adverse effect. From an earlier over-optimistic target for 2009, tourist expectations have now been revised to 13.3 million and 14 million for 2010. Thai-Vietnamese Ties Remain Strong Good news for Sattahip Naval Base, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged Thailand to bolster military co-operation for the mutual benefit of both countries. PM Nguyen endorsed continuing joint sea patrols, information exchanges, officer training and co-operation in crime prevention and control. He was also encouraged by the two countries’ inter-cooperation in the economic sphere, trade, investment, culture, education and training and security. He also looks forward to welcoming PM Abhisit to Vietnam, soon. Allegedly The Best Attraction In Thailand Fancy spending a day soaring through the rainforest canopy, leaping Tarzan-like from platforms to treehouses to sky bridges, sliding down zip-lines and cables? Apparently, this was the prerogative of scientists, before, but now anyone can try it. When you’ve finished the acrobatics, you can eat lunch and then go on a 1-hour river or waterfall trek. This eco-friendly pastime is available in Chiang Mai, Samui and soon apparently near here!

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Get ready for inflation and higher interest rates The unprecedented expansion of the money supply could make the ‘70s look benign

by Simon Philbrook Rahm Emanuel was only giving voice to widespread political wisdom when he said that a crisis should never be “wasted.” Crises enable vastly accelerated political agendas and initiatives scarcely conceivable under calmer circumstances. So it goes now. Here we stand more than a year into a grave economic crisis with a projected US budget deficit of 13% of GDP. That’s more than twice the size of the next largest deficit since World War II. And this projected deficit is the culmination of a year when the federal government, at taxpayers’ expense, acquired enormous stakes in the banking, auto, mortgage, health-care and insurance industries. With the crisis, the ill-conceived government reactions, and the ensuing economic downturn, the unfunded liabilities of federal programs -- such as Social Security, civil-service and military pensions, the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, Medicare and Medicaid -- are over the $100 trillion mark. With U.S. GDP and federal tax receipts at about $14 trillion and $2.4 trillion respectively, such a debt all but guarantees higher interest rates, massive tax increases, and partial default on government promises. But as bad as the fiscal picture is, panic-driven monetary policies portend to have even more dire consequences. We can expect rapidly rising prices and much, much

higher interest rates over the next four or five years, and a concomitant deleterious impact on output and employment not unlike the late 1970s. About eight months ago, starting in early September 2008, the Bernanke Fed did an abrupt about-face and radically increased the monetary base -- which is comprised of currency in circulation, member bank reserves held at the Fed, and vault cash -- by a little less than $1 trillion. The Fed controls the monetary base 100% and does so by purchasing and selling assets in the open market. By such a radical move, the Fed signaled a 180-degree shift in its focus from an anti-inflation position to an anti-deflation position.

bank reserves have increased almost 20-fold. Now the cu rencyin-circulation component of the monetary base is a smidgen less than 50% of the monetary base. Yikes! Bank reserves are crucially important because they are the foundation upon which banks are able to expand their liabilities and thereby increase the quantity of money. Banks are required to hold a certain fraction of their liabilities -demand deposits and other checkable deposits -- in reserves held at the Fed or in vault cash. Prior to the huge increase in bank reserves, banks had been constrained from expanding loans by their rserve positions. They weren’t able to inject

The percentage increase in the monetary base is the largest increase in the past 50 years by a factor of 10 (see chart). It is so far outside the realm of our prior experiential base that historical comparisons are rendered difficult if not meaningless. The currency in-circulation component of the monetary base -- which prior to the expansion had comprised 95% of the monetary base -- has risen by a little less than 10%, while

liquidity into the economy, which had been so desperately needed in response to the liquidity crisis that began in 2007 and continued into 2008. But since last September, all of that has changed. Banks now have huge amounts of excess reserves, enabling them to make lots of net new loans. The way a bank or the banking system makes new loans is conceptually pretty simple. Banks

A lot bigger than Wyoming

by Mr Pobaan

My lovely wife, Mrs Pobaan and I have recently returned from a five-day trip to Mae Hong Son. For those of you that consider driving to Rayong a perilous adventure, I can tell you that Mae Hong Son, tucked away as it is right up there in a corner of northern Thailand, is a hell of a lot further from Soi Khao Talo than Rayong. It is all Mrs Pobaan’s idea. ‘Let’s go away for a few days,’ she suggests innocently. ‘Good idea. Where?’ I provide a few maps and the Rough Guide to Thailand and recommend some extensive research into possible holiday destinations over the next few days. Ten minutes elapse. ‘Mae Hong Son. It’s in northern Thailand.’ ‘OK. How far is it?’ We have a map book that has one of those

tables that tell you the distances between places, but Mae Hong Son isn’t one of the places. Mrs Pobaan looks puzzled, tips it on its side and then puts it down. ‘Only about this far,’ she says, holding up her thumb and forefinger about four centimetres apart. ‘Shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, then,’ I respond sarcastically. It’s not an attractive form of humour, but one has to find laughs where one can. Two days of solid driving later, after an overnight stop in Kamphaeng Phet (the birthplace of my beloved: a moment’s reverent silence, please), and having driven over a couple of mountain ranges, occasionally without the benefit of road, we roll into Mae Hong Son. It is the rainy season, not the tourist season. Plus there’s a global recession on. At the

biggest hotel we can find we discover only two other rooms are occupied. They’re a bit reluctant to make us breakfast, since there are so few takers, but they manage to find some fruit, coffee and the sort of toast that’s so lightly toasted that it’s little more than hot bread. Next day we tour the area, visiting villages established by a whole variety of peoples – Karen, Hmong, Lisu and Kuomintang, the latter being a bunch of refugees from the Chinese revolution who now grow tea on the coolish slopes thereabouts. The views are fantastic. The villages are medieval. Everyone we meet is openly friendly and welcoming. They speak English, presumably hoping that things will pick up soon, touristwise. I have many fond memories of the journey, but one of the great stars of the trip for me is the

find an entity that they believe to be credit-worthy that also wants a loan, and in exchange for the new company’s IOU (i.e., loan) the bank opens up a checking account for the customer. For the bank’s sake, the hope is that the interest paid by the borrower more than makes up for the cost and risk of the loan. The recently ball hooed “stress tests” on banks are nothing more than checking how well a bank can weather differing levels of default risk. What’s important for the overall economy, however, is how fast these loans are made and how rapidly the quantity of money increases. For our purposes, money is the sum total of all currency in circulation, bank demand deposits, other checkable deposits, and travellers cheques (economists call this M1). When reserve constraints on banks are removed, it does take the banks time to make new loans. But given sufficient time, they will make enough new loans until they are once again reserve constrained. The expansion of money, given an increase in the monetary base, is inevitable, and will ultimately result in higher inflation and interest rates. In shorter time frames, the expansion of money can also result in higher stock prices, a weaker currency, and increases in commodity prices such as oil and gold. At present, banks are doing just what we would expect them to do. They are making new loans and increasing overall bank liabilities (i.e., money). The 12-month growth rate of M1 is now in the 15% range, and close to its highest level in the past half century. With an increased trust in the overall banking system, the panic demand for money has begun to

and should continue to recede. The dramatic drop in output and employment in the U.S. economy will also reduce the demand for money. Reduced demand for money combined with rapid growth in money is a surefire recipe for inflation and higher interest rates. The higher interest rates themselves will also further reduce the demand for money, thereby exacerbating inflationary pressures. It’s a catch-22. It’s difficult to estimate the magnitude of the inflationary and interest-rate consequences of the Fed’s actions because, frankly, we haven’t ever seen anything like this in the U.S. To date what’s happened is potentially far more inflationary than were the monetary policies of the 1970s, when the prime interest rate peaked at 21.5% and inflation peaked in the low double digits. Gold prices went from $35 per ounce to $850 per ounce, and the dollar collapsed on the foreign exchanges. It wasn’t a pretty picture. Now the Fed can, and I believe should, do what it must to mitigate the inevitable consequences of its unwarranted increase in the monetary base. It should contract the monetary base back to where it otherwise would have been, plus a slight increase geared toward economic expansion. Absent this major contraction in the monetary base, the Fed should increase reserve requirements on member banks to absorb the excess reserves. Given that banks are now paid interest on their reserves and short-term rates are very low, raising reserve requirements should not exact too much of a penalty on the banking system, and the long-term gains of the lessened inflation would many times over warrant whatever short-term costs there might be.

Alas, I doubt very much that the Fed will do what is necessary to guard against future inflation and higher interest rates. If the Fed were to reduce the monetary base by $1 trillion, it would need to sell a net $1 trillion in bonds. This would put the Fed in direct competition with Treasury’s planned issuance of about $2 trillion worth of bonds over the coming 12 months. Failed auctions would become the norm and bond prices would tumble, reflecting a massive oversupply of government bonds. In addition, a rapid contraction of the monetary base as I propose would cause a contraction in bank lending, or at best limited expansion. This is exactly what happened in 2000 and 2001 when the Fed contracted the monetary base the last time. The economy quickly dipped into recession. While the short-term pain of a deepened recession is quite sharp, the longterm consequences of double-digit inflation are devastating. For Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke it’s a Hobson’s choice. For me the issue is how to protect assets for my nieces and nephews. For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable, however, neither Hamptons International Mortgages (Thailand) Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for an errors or omissions in the above article nor bear responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article.

jungle. You have to go through a hell of a lot of forest between here and the north – every inch of the steep mountains is covered with teak, palm, fern, bamboo and banana and, higher up and further north, pine trees. In the folds of the mountains you can experience nature at her most bountiful. It’s like being in Jurassic Park. As the kilometres tick by in their thousands, you are also reminded of the vastness of Thailand. At least that is the thought that I have in my head today as I browse the World Fact Book on the internet. For those unfamiliar with this extraordinary source of information, the World Fact Book is brought to us by those frightfully nice spooks at the CIA. As they say in their introduction, intelligence is made from information, without which a superpower might as well give up and go home. They also helpfully explain that, in the Second World War, following that unfortunate business at Pearl Harbour, the Americans found themselves waging war in some pretty pokey little Pacific islands on which they hadn’t done their

geography homework and about which they consequently knew diddly-squat. The brave marines went ashore, not knowing behind which coconut tree the enemy might be lurking nor from behind which rock a mortar might be lobbed. Memo for being superpower in the future: must swot up on all countries in case we have to invade them. Hence the World Fact Book, which contains every bit of information about every country you can think of that you’d need if you wanted to invade it with the minimum of bodybags. Plus countries you’ve never heard of but, cunningly, the CIA has. And being modern, progressive spooks, those nice chaps at Langley, Virginia have been sharing their information publicly (though, you notice, not their intelligence) since 1975, most recently on the internet. Anyway, with my bum still sore from all that driving to get us home from Mae Hong Son before I got old, I am still musing about how big Thailand is. How can I bring its size to life? What can I compare our country with that will help me understand just how big it is? I turn to the World Fact Book for assistance, and I am not disappointed. Thailand, according to the WFB, is ‘slightly more than twice the size of Wyoming’. Oh, wow! That is big! Not only is Thailand double the size of

Wyoming, it’s actually a little bit bigger even than that, but only a little. Sorry, I’m being sarcastic again. I don’t know about you, but although this might mean something to Yogi Bear and the other half-million or so Wyomingites, comparing our luscious, jungled nation with a whole lot of prairie peopled by an occasional cowboy riding past a big cactus doesn’t really help anyone else. I should have thought it would be much more instructive for visitors to Wyoming (state reptile: the horned toad) to discover that the state is ‘slightly less than half the size of Thailand.’ I recommend to the state governor that such an informative comparison be included in all Wyoming tourist literature henceforth. Kuhn Pobaan’s by-the-way After suffering continued abuse from my beautiful teerak about the amount of space in the fridge dedicated to beer and whisky, I selfsacrificingly venture out to buy another fridge exclusively for the purpose of keeping drinks cold. Today, I open the door of this cool bar and find myself face-to-face with a pig. My wife is performing a religious ceremony that requires a pig’s head as a prop. Email your marital disgruntlements to

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Vol. 8 No. 21  16 - 31 July 2009

Are you in business and enjoy a beer?

Well you will be pleased to know the two do mix... by Dan Cheeseman

It must be tiresome to have the same conversation every week in respect of a flagging local economy resulting in slow business. You will get the ever optomistic pointing out that the sterling is strengthening against the baht ‘which surely marks the start of a growth in tourism’, to the stark pessimist suggesting Pattaya is doomed. Well rest

assured this article will stop here in respects of a fast becoming tired subject. There is always a cycle for business and the economy, it just so happens we are at a particulary low point at present. The point is if you are in business in Pattaya you need to be finding ways of doing business - what ever the state of the economy - and that is only achieved by connecting with your customers. Fact. Don’t

look for excuse or over complicate the issue any further than that. At this point I would like to introduce the Lighthouse Club, a local charity and networking forum held each month, it would also be appropriate to give relevance to the headline of ‘Business and Beer’ because that is where the club finds its point of difference to other advertising channels. Do not mistake the club for a stuffy and artifical group, there is often a stigma attached to the word networking: For a low entry fee (cheaper still if a member at 200 baht) you get free beer, wine and buffet whilst stocks last and a chance to meet key business within real estate and construction. Held on the fourth friday of each month with forthcoming events

confirmed via Mark Thompson on 084 778 3304.

Get your business in front of an influential group in Pattaya! Business such as the Nova group, Town & Country, Northen Thai and Paradise City Property have all seen a real benefit in sponsoring an event. At 15,000 baht you get exceptional value, just look at other advertising vehicles for comparison. For this you get a chance to connect with all these members as sole sponsor; maybe you are a developer or sell something connected with property (such as furniture) - because these are the group you should be influencing and building relations with. You also get media coverage across

the board to get your business into the wider community. Contact Mark for details of available dates to sponsor. As a charity the club donates to Sanuk whom help local orphans: 41,000 baht was raised at the last event which is ever needed for these unfortunate kids. If you have any items you would like to donate to our raffle then please contact Mark - we have had nights donated by hotels, maybe you could offer a set amount of

drinks if you are a bar, endless opportunity for things to donate, so put your thinking cap on and offer something to our next raffle! When you arrive in Thailand you are asked your reason for entrance: Business or Pleasure, well in the Lighthouse Clubs case the answer is both - and both come in abundance. Do come and enjoy a beer at the next event, it could be the best thing to happen to YOUR business in months!

Ask Andy


Vol. 8 No. 21  16 - 31 July 2009

Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Quick Tip Cut your utility bill by adjusting your air conditioner. Setting ACs to the highest comfortable temperature can reduce your energy use 2 to 3 percent for each degree higher.  Silicone Poser Andy, can you please tell me what solvent I can use to remove clear silicone off a glass window? I have scraped off as much as I can, and I have tried soap and water, fingernail polish remover and rubbing alcohol. No luck. Love your advice. Keep on writing. Kevin There is no commercial product on the local market that will do the trick, Kevin. Some chemical companies have developed highly-toxic solvents for industrial use, but their availability is limited and they must be used by qualified professionals only. Two US manufacturers offer gels designed to break down silicone for easy removal. One is McKanica (, which makes Silicone Caulk Removal Gel; the other

is DAP Products (www., manufacturer of Silicone-Be-Gone. I have queried both companies on your behalf but have yet to receive a reply. In the meantime, your best bet may be to continue scraping. Make certain that you use a new, single-edge razor and be prepared to use lots of elbow grease. If it’s silicone caulk that you have been attempting to remove, try using a hairdryer or some other heat-producing device. Heat causes the silicone to become brittle and weaken. Alternately apply heat and gradually cut away the silicone using a razor. Once there is minimal residue left, dampen a corner of a clean rag with mineral spirits and rub directly on the remaining silicone to help remove any residue. Finish with a light overall cleaning of the glass: first sponge with a lightly sudsy solution of mild, liquid dish detergent and water, and then wipe the area with crumpled newspaper dampened with rubbing alcohol. This will help give the glass a great shine, as well as remove the mineral spirits. 

Sound of Music Our once-quiet condo has been blessed with a new neighbor: a very loud bar. The music wails into the wee hours (isn’t there a mandatory curfew on bar operations in Pattaya?) and we can’t get to sleep before 3 or 4 a.m. My complaints to the bar owner and the police have fallen on deaf ears. My only option is to soundproof my condo, or at least our bedroom. Any tips for how to do that inexpensively or easily? Adele It is difficult to actually ‘sound proof’ (as in stop all sound), Adele, but you can reduce the amount of sound. Any sound absorbing material installed in your condo will helpover windows, on the floor, on the walls, etc. Think drapes, carpeting, textured wallpaper. Also consider weather stripping the doors and windows to air seal them to limit how much sound enters. As to your bedroom, add something like acoustical tile material (as used in drop ceilings) on the bedroom door. It doesn’t have to be glued in place;

in fact, loose is better. You could hang it from straps that go up, over, and all the way around each door. Absorbent material on both sides would increase to attenuation of sound energy.  Sun Strokes I want to do some exterior painting around my house, Andy, and daytime is preferable for my schedule. But you have often recommended against painting in direct sunlight. Can you tell me why? Just Al Go ahead and paint during the day, Al, but again not in direct sunlight. Wait until late afternoon, early evening or a day when the sky is overcast (but not threatening rain). The reason is because paint needs to be liquid for a period of time for proper penetration and adhesion after application. Intense heat from the sun can cause the outer layer of the paint film to dry prematurely, which can cause blisters to form.  Screw Loose The screws in my front door are loose and sometimes even fall out. I’ve replaced them, but I guess the weight of the door or constant use causes them to loosen again. Is there anything I can do? Stan This



happens with door hinges and latches, Stan. To resolve it, try using longer screws that will reach sound wood. If the problem is at a latch/ strike plate on the door jam, use 5 cm – 7 cm (2”-3”) screws to anchor it to the studs behind the jamb. If a longer screw won’t do it, and the situation permits, try using a screw that’s a little larger in diameter. The most common fix for simply replacing a stripped screw is to put white glue in the hole and then fill it with toothpicks. Stick a toothpick in the hole, then push the tip to one side to break it off in the hole. Keep adding pieces until the hole is full. Then tap a toothpick’s pointed end into the middle to wedge the pieces tightly. Wipe off any excess glue. When the glue is dry, trim off the protruding ends of the toothpicks with a razor. Drill a pilot hole in the toothpicks and insert the screw. As an alternative to toothpicks, use a wooden golf tee. Note: Don’t overtighten long screws that go into the framing behind the jamb or you might impair the alignment of the door frame.  Wood Eye? We are renovating the entire lobby area of our condotel block and are in danger of exceeding our budget. We have two sound grey-metal desks used by security personnel which we

planned to replace. However in India I have seen metal furniture given a new lease of life by having a wood-effect varnish applied (if this varnish is light to medium, to my eyes, it looks cheap and nasty; a very dark varnish does not). Do you know if there is a varnish available in Thailand which can be applied to metal and then given the appearance of wood? I have looked in a large DIY shop in Pattaya Tai, but they had a very poor selection which all seemed for wood only. Many thanks for all your help over the years. Trevor Sorry to say, Trevor, I know of no quick and easy way to transform metal into wood. It can be done, but it takes time and skill. Basically a ground coat, then several glaze coats, and a protective coat at the end. Making metal look like wood--realistically, no less--is an art. If you are willing to put in the time, there are several books that can help teach you how. Here’s a link that might help: Parry’s Graining & Marbling: B. Rhodes: Books. Then visit paint supply stores or major home stores in search of faux finish products and tools. Such products do exist, but I admit I have not looked for them in Pattaya.

--Handy Andy

So you want to build a house (Part 3 of 3)

See Pattaya Today’s June 16th issue for Part 1 which covers location, finding a builder, financing, construction loans and closing costs and the July 1st issue which covers contracts, planning, designing and allowances.

10. Physical things surrounding a property can have a huge impact on your life. Don’t just shop for a location on sunny days. Get out during downpours and see whether the area is flooded and if neighboring property drains onto the land where you want to build. How heavy is the traffic, both on neighborhood streets plus the route that accesses major roads? 11. Decide on the orientation of your house so you don’t end up with a picture window providing a view of something unsightly or facing west so the hot afternoon sun heats up your house. Weigh the benefits of a view with whether the orientation to get that view will create more problem than it is worth. Consider shading for balconies and

the patio so they are usable. 12. Does the builder include landscaping? You won’t want to move into a home in the center of a dirt pile. If you need the builder to include landscaping so the cost is in the mortgage it will be more expensive than paying a landscaper out of pocket. If you can afford paying for the landscaping direct, leave it out of the contract. Another option: have the builder include an allowance for landscaping so the money is available, and then you arrange the landscaping yourself. Ascertain cost of landscaping BEFORE you sign the contract to build. Landscaping can be very expensive if you want more than grass and a few bushes. At a minimum the builder should include a final rough grade where the ground is ready for a landscaper. Be sure to ask the landscaper to select plants, bushes, trees, etc. that are not only beautiful but require minimal maintenance. 13. When you build in a in a village or planned

sub-division, you absolutely MUST ask for a copy of any covenants and homeowner’s association requirements and dues or reoccurring common costs. Covenants are legal requirements on the title and can specify just about anything from a home’s minimum square feet to what type of mailbox or what color or material the roof is. Homeowners associations can have all kinds of rules and reoccurring dues or maintenance costs. Check it out. 14. Does the contractor include termite treatment by a reputable pest control company who provides you with a certificate or does he do it himself, or not at all? There are termites in Thailand. Even though your home’s superstructure may be concrete there will still be termite food in your house including woodwork, your furniture and books. 15. Although they may be very helpful to you, most real estate companies work for the builder. Some

builders have their own real estate company while others are represented by an independent real estate company, but it is not necessary to negotiate through a real estate company if a builder will work directly with you. Although the construction contract should be in layman’s language without a lot of fine print, it is still good business to have a real estate lawyer look at it. Builders may have a real estate lawyer to help with contracts however it is advisable that you obtain your own lawyer to look out for your interests when signing ANY contract. 16. Unless you have deep pockets it is advisable not to sign a cost-plus contract. A cost-plus contract is a contract where the builder gives you an “estimate” of what the house will cost, then as the house is being built he presents bills to you and you pay him the cost plus a percentage on top of each bill. Rich people may prefer a cost-plus contract so they have total flexibility

in making changes and picking out decorative items without having to make change orders, but this is VERY dangerous for most people’s wallet. Cost-plus is open-ended and can get out of hand resulting in the house exceeding the estimate by thousands of dollars. Get a firm price contract, but keep in mind that you can still go over that price if you make changes, additions or exceed your allowances. 17. As beautiful as they are, unless you can afford a cabana boy think twice before including a swimming pool. They require constant maintenance which translates to time and money. Of course, if you are an avid swimmer, love to lounge around your home all day or host lots of parties, a pool may enhance your lifestyle greatly. When building every decision is an opportunity to create a home that makes your life more enjoyable and hassle free. 18. Once construction starts, don’t pester the builder by nitpicking or being over demanding.

When you select a builder you should have already done your homework and feel confident the home will be built with quality and integrity. If not, you shouldn’t be contracting with that builder. 19. Want to handle the construction yourself? When sub-contractors work for an individual who wants to build their own home they generally added on an extra 10% or more over their usual price because they know they will have to put up with a lot of questions and nitpicking. All things considered, most people eliminate a lot of work and worry and are money ahead when they hire a professional builder. 20. In conclusion, take your time making the land selection, builder selection and in the planning and design stages BEFORE the building process. It will save you considerable money and headaches during construction and the end result will be a home you are proud of and will enjoy living in.

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Vol. 8 No. 21  16 - 31 July 2009

Thailand tigers upset strong Singapore to retain Pattaya cup

by David Paterson

The Thailand Tigers Australian Rules Football team scored their best win in many years to retain the Pattaya Cup last weekend, played in front of an appreciative crowd at Horseshoe Point, Pattaya. Visiting opponents, the Singapore Wombats, would have started “bookies favorites” going into the event after some impressive results in the past 12 months, including their runner-up effort in the 12-team Asia Championships late last year to a strong Dubai outfit. However it was the local side that got off to the best possible start in the hot conditions, when Nathan

fellow midfielders Roger Sefton, Brett Stone, Shane Davy, and captain Jarrad Rexilius. The 2nd quarter was a tougher affair as the Wombats rallied to get themselves back into the match. The Singapore team kicked 4 goals to the Tigers 3 for the quarter to marginally reduce the deficit to 22 points, however the half-time scores could have been a lot closer if not for the rebounding of Tigers debutant Tom Polk. Polk’s defensive work was a highlight of the game, and a great addition to the Tigers backline in the absence of the injured Kevin Hornblower. The second half was a bruising encounter, with

Michael Sammons, as he did in the ANZAC Day fixture last April, starred for the home team in front of goals, kicking his fourth goal for the day to again give the Tigers some breathing room. Then, in fitting tributes to the two departing Tiger players in Brett Stone and Phil Ghasseb, full-back Ghasseb spoiled what looked to be a certain mark against his Singapore opponent to foil their last challenge. The ball then went up the other end of the ground where Stoney snapped cleverly around his body to seal the game for a great Tigers victory. A terrific team performance earned the Tigers their win, however Damien

Three Sisters Golf

by Paul Donahue

Early clouds hinted to rain but none came as the early birds of the Three Sisters Group teed off at the Pattaya Country Club. It being Asa nha Pucha Day the fees were a bit more than the norm particularly for the Weekday members and at 600 Baht for a cart I felt I should be able to drive it home. The clouds hung over the players making play fairly comfortable until the turn when Father Sun came out in full force. On went the sun-block and it seemed that players were hitting as close as possible to shady spots on the fairways. As everyone regrouped back at Caddy Shack II the cards were tallied, Kevin Worl with

Kevin Worl on the left and Arnold Van Der Graaf on the right a handicap of 25 came a recent double heart-stent cruising in with a 41 followed operation as a handicap but by Arnold Van Der Graaf , was roundly booed by all. As also with a handicap of 25, usual Herbie Ishinaga came with a 38. The remainder of through providing some nice the pack came in with 34 on sandwich pork loin slices. down. Coming in last with Other snacks and refreshments a 23, Paul Donahue claimed were in abundance.

Monday Quiz League Thailand Tiger and winner of the Best On Ground award, Damien Hoo, pounces on the ball in the middle of the ground to send the Tiger’s forward again

Kincaid put the Tigers on the board early, goaling only two minutes into the first quarter. The Wombats were able to get a quick reply to level the scores, however the Thailand team, cheered on by the parochial crowd, then piled on 4 unanswered goals to take a 26 point lead into the 1st break. Tigers midfielder Damien Hoo was ripping the Wombats apart with is dashing run from defense and constant delivery into the forward line. He was being well supported by

both teams losing players to injury as they fought to trade goals throughout. Every time the Wombats kicked a goal and seemed to be mounting a challenge, the Thai locals were able to counter and maintain their slender advantage. However the Wombats kept chipping away at the margin, and were able to get within 8 points at one stage. In the last quarter, and in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the Tigers were determined not to let this one slip away. Full-forward

Hoo was the standout player of the day and was awarded the “Best on Ground” medallion by Chairman of the Thailand Tigers ExPlayers Association and former AFL great for Fitzroy, Geoff Everett. Final scores.. Thailand Tigers 11 . 13 . 79. Defeated the Singapore Wombats 10 . 8 . 68 Goal scorers.. Sammons 4, Kincaid 2, Hoo 2, Davy, Polk, Stone. Best Players.. Hoo, Polk, Stone, Sammons, Rexilius, Sefton, Ghasseb.

Golf from Tropical Bert’s

by Derek Brook

Bangpra - Stableford It has been some time since we visited this course so we decided to give it a try. Due to less expensive green fees after 11 am, we all had a bit of a lie-in and a late breakfast at Bert’s. For the eight golfers who attended it was a great day if not a bit warm. The course was in very good condition and even had the appearance of getting ready

for a pro event. For some of us the new green complex on No.10 was an experience and we all decided they need to redo the handicapping of the holes. We did not have any encounters with the monkeys, however an extremely large lizard, mid croc size, was ambling along in front of the 15th green. It soon disappeared into the bush and play continued. Strange things one sees on the courses here.

Back at Bert’s, with some diving into the usual Friday ‘Fish ‘n Chip’ special, along with the pints of Tiger, the scores were recorded and the winners announced. We play every Friday from Bert’s and all are welcome. RESULTS 1st: Steve Hamstad (11) 32pts, winning by count back over, 2nd: Daryl Evans (20) 32pts 3rd: Tom Breslin (23) 31pts

R1Q1: Q: Which stretch of water separates Madagascar from the African mainland? A: Mozambique Channel. W. Tankie and Rising Sun both put Mozambique Straits, and were given one point each. I reckon that the answers are close enough for the full 2 points. Can I also remind markers that one point is only to be given if the question indicates this. One point to both teams. R1Q7: Q: In which European country did Limburger cheese originate? A: Belgium. The Londoner and The Haven both appealed for Holland. From Wikipedia’s article on Limburger: Country of origin Netherlands & Belgium. Two points to both teams. R2Q3: Q: How many different countries have contested the FIFA World Cup final playoff, 1930 to 2006 inclusive? A: 11. The Haven put 10, and wondered which was the other country. According to Wikipedia the teams that have contested the finals are: Brazil (won 5 times, runners up twice), Italy (won 4 times, runners up twice), Germany ( won 3 times, runners up 4 times), Argentina (won twice, runners up twice), Uruguay (won twice), France (won once, runners up once), England (won once), Netherlands (runners up twice), Czechoslovakia (runners up twice), Hungary (runners up twice) and Sweden (runners up once). So 11 in all. R5Q1: Q: What is measured in Phons? A: Loudness. Palmers appealed for “Sound Pressure”. From Wikipedia: The phon was proposed as a unit of perceived loudness level. […] By definition, 1 phon is equal to 1 dBSPL at a frequency of 1 kHz. And according to the Free Dictionary: dBSPL Decibels Sound Pressure Level. Two points to Palmers. R5Q4: Q: If ursine is bear-like, what is suilline? A: Pig-like. Bowling Green appealed for “Porcine”. Although not keeping to the format of the question, I will accept Porcine as it also means pig-like. Two points to Bowling Green. R5Q6: Q: What word is the name of the organ in a bird’s body that grinds the food? A: Gizzard. Rising Sun and Bowling Green appealed for crop. From Wikipedia: A crop is a thin-walled expanded portion of the alimentary tract used for the storage of food prior to digestion that is found in many animals. So a crop only stores the food - appeal denied. R7Q6: Q: From which grape is Asti Spumante distilled? A: Muscat. Cheers appealed for Muscatel. Muscatel is defined by as : 1. A rich sweet wine made from muscat grapes. 2. A muscat grape or raisin. Two points to Cheers. The sheets for the match between Offshore and Legends eventually turned up. Revised scores are indicated above. “Next week’s matches on July 13th (Week 9): Bowling Green vs. Nervous Wreck, Cheers vs. Haven, Offshore vs. Rising Sun, Legends vs. Palmers, W. Tankie vs. Londoner.”


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Softball Swells Up

by Diego Wells

Softball Sunday has grown up recently. Much more avid athletes flock to the Diamond every week, and many even show up for Wednesday 3pm batting and fielding practices. Weekly bowling outings (Tuesdays at 8pm at lanes across from Big C) have added to the comraderie of the fellas. With the new influx of participants a decision had to be made as to how to accommodate everyone and at the same time, increase competition. As our leaders of this wonderful country can attest to, with growth must come change. Last Sunday a preview, 3 team tournament was arranged. Left fielders Mark Reynolds, John Stockton and yours truly were given the role of captains and together drafted their

Perry pitching under a grey sky that eventually washed out the softball action

TUESDAY NIGHT BOWLING FOR SOFTBALLERS. We play at 8pm at Pattaya Plus (across from Big C and 2nd road near north Pattaya), and are always looking for new members teammates. Team Mark and this was much welcomed by Team John played a very tight most of the players. Photos first match which ended in of last week’s action can be an 11-10 victory for Mark’s seen below. boys. Unfortunately, a huge Pattaya softball is now rain and wind storm washed proud to announce that it is out the remaining games. But running a Summer Series the initial game showed that Softball Tournament starting this format can lead to quick, next week. We will organize hotly contested battles, and the ageless athletes into 3 competitive teams, and have each team play a double header of 5 inning games. The winning team will be crowned champion at a favourite bar of the ballers, ensuring that everyone will come out winners. So why not join up, and come out to softball, Wednesday at 3pm for practice, and Sunday at 1pm for the tournament. We Rick Z is the picture of are still looking for a few concentration as he crushes one to left field! good men!

The Bunker

by Mick Ramshaw

Greenwood Geoff Parker returned from his month long stint in Cambodia to come into the clubhouse all smiles thinking he had done enough to win with 38 points. Sadly for Geoff, Gerry Cooney had the best round of the day and took the honours with 39 points. Geoff’s good pal Heath Norriss visiting from Phuket got in the frame too, taking third place one point behind Geoff. Results:

1st Gerry Cooney (hcp 11) 39 points 2nd Geoff Parker (hcp 16) 38 points 3rd Heath Norris (hcp 28) 37 points Near pin winners - Eddie Martin took one and Alan Sullivan won all the other three (playing in the last group!) Phoenix Reg Smart who is in his 70’s has been playing regularly lately and he fancies his chances of winning the golfer of the

Reg Smart winner at Phoenix

month title in July. Well, he certainly got off to a good start winning with a sub par round one shot ahead of Korean golfer Hai Sul Chung. A whole host of golfers finished two over par but it Eddie Martin who came out on top, taking third place after a count back. Results: 1st Reg Smart (hcp 23) nett 71 2nd Hai Sul Chung (hcp 10) nett 72 3rd Eddie Martin (hcp 17) nett 74 Near pin winners - Only three greens hit and the prizes went to Reg, Paul Smith and Alan Sullivan. Bang Pra Playing a Medal round at Bang Pra John McDonald shwed a bit of the form we know he is capable of winning on a count back from Gerry Cooney and the golfer of the month William had to settle for third place three shots behind. Results: 1st John McDonald (hcp 9) nett 70 2nd Gerry Cooney (hcp 12) nett 70 3rd William Macey (hcp 11) nett 73 Near pin winners - William and “John Mac” won one apiece as did Roger Privett and Geoff Hart.

Vol. 8 No. 21  16 - 31 July 2009

Golf from the Café Kronborg

by Peter Blackburn

Bangpakong, Riverside Course – Stableford Once more we were down in numbers and just eight of us headed off in the minibus on the 80 minute drive to Bankpakong. This was to be my first look at this course and I was suitably impressed. We picked a very good time to play it as the Singha Classic is to be played there later this week and the course was in excellent condition. The greens were slick but very true and any golfers straying from the fairways were well advised to “take their medicine” and play the ball back on to the fairway from the long rough with a short iron. I discovered this very early in the game after attempting to hit five and four irons from the rough on the first couple of holes. The weather was kind to us after threatening to rain on a number of occasions and in fact the temperature must have dropped around 10 degrees half way through the round. Thunder and some lightning in the distance convinced The Admiral & I that we would get wet at some stage but there was fortunately not a drop of rain to be seen. If I may be critical of Bangpakong I need to mention the drink prices at the Drink Stops. 45 baht for a can of Coke and 75 baht for a bottle of Gatorade is somewhat “over the top”

Marcel Wittwer in our opinion. Nonetheless the comment that there it was a very enjoyable could not have been much round on a course that was rain lately as the course looked dry but indeed that beautifully prepared. Having just eight players was to change a couple of there was only one flight hours later. We played C & and in first place having just A nines and shortly after returned from a one month commencing the second holiday in Europe was the nine it rained briefly and we colourful Walter Bachli sheltered at a Drink Stop. with 35 points. In second Upon reaching the tee at place with 34 points was the A5 the Admiral suggested consistent Marcel Wittwer we take shelter in the and somehow your scribe conveniently located “Thun(Peter Blackburn) man- derstorm Survival Hut” aged to pick up third place alongside the tee at A5. We prizemoney with 29 points spent the next hour and a (just 11 points on the front bit sheltering from one of the most severe electrical nine). thunderstorms I have Greenwood – Stableford Even our We headed off for experienced. Greenwood at our usual umbrellas were put to the time of 0815 hrs and test as we tried to keep dry in fine although humid under the shelter as the wind conditions we were able was so strong. The fairways to hit off shortly after our were flooded and it was arrival. The Admiral made obvious that the greens would be the same. However, when the storm passed and the water on the fairways and greens rapidly drained away we were able to continue & finish our rounds. The weather did not appear to have much affect on some as there were some fairly good scores considering the conditions. Just one flight due to the small field again and in first place was Mr Consistent himself Marcel Wittwer with 37 points, winning on a countback from another golfer in form, Daryl Evans. Don Richardson continued his good form with 35 points in third place beating Kevin Dinan on a countback who finished fourth. Walter Bachli

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Golf from the Travellers Rest by Barry Hooper

Mod does it again, Just! You may think that I have made a mistake and that the picture this week seems familier. That is because it is the same. Mod and Fergus have been at it again. I made comment last week that I had not been able to report on the exploits of one of our regular lady players Mod Chaviraksa for some time and that she had managed to come to the top of the lists again at the Monday outing to Pattana. Well she is there again this week. Just! By that I mean after a count back thirty-seven at Phoenix on Thursday. The player she tipped down was no other than the boss himself Fergus Brennan who could only manage sixteen on the back nine against Mod’s twenty. But the high scores this week have to go to John Franklin and Ito Akiitoshi on Tuesday at Bangpra. They must have both thought that

a forty pointer was offering them opportunity of a win but not so after count back it was John at the top. The

No play on Monday this week so we move on to the outing to Bangpra on Tuesday the

Thursday’s Winner at Phoenix Mod Chaviraksa with second placed Fergus Brennan other player that suffered this 29th for the last outing by the week was Alan Evans who TRGG in June. got pushed to third on two High Scoring trip this consecutive outings on a row. with two forty pointers John Tuesday and Thursday. Franklin and Ito Akitoshi

at the top of the list (both must have thought that they could win) But John edged it on count back and Alan Evans was pushed to third at thirty-seven. John Hefferman and George Bishop had a count back tussle for forth spot both at thirty six with John just edging it. He also managed two two’s one at the eighth and the another at the twelth to round off what for him was a good day. Thursday 2nd of July. The first visit of the month and yes another of our regular outings to Phoenix (again it was Mountains and Ocean) The course as ever was great. But yet again we had a low level turnout on the day so only two places on offer and these were decided on count back. That lady “Mod” has found her top game again for her second win in two weeks. Just taking it over Fergus with a better back nine and yes in third yet again was Alan Evans

No two’s. They seem to be hard to get at Phoenix these days. Saturday the 4th was back for one of our regular weekend visits to Green Valley Moderate turnout. Places awarded to third with John Franklin pulling off a double win. His first win on Tuesday at Bangpra and then again on the Saturday At Green Valley. Both times with a score of forty. Good golf that. Martin Solberg was second one back at thirty-nine with Ted Senior another one back in third with thirty-eight. Two two’s one from George Robinson and the other from

Martin Solberg Detailed Results for the week – Tuesday 29th at Bangpra John Franklin 40 hc 14 c/b Ito Akitoshi 40 hc 09 c/b Alan Evans 37 hc 24 John Hefferman 36 hc 11 c/b George Bishop 36 hc 14 c/b Thursday 2nd July at Phoenix (Mountain and Ocean) Mod Chaviraksa 37 hc 11 c/b Fergus Brennan 37 hc 09 c/b Alan Evans 34 hc 24 Stuart Rogers 30 hc 11 Saturday 4th July at Green Valley John Franklin 40 hc 13 Martin Solberg 39 hc 19 Ted Senior 38 hc 15 George Robinson 35 hc 11 Fergus Brennan 34 hc 09 c/b

Golf from Tropical Bert’s Mickey Mouse Friday Night

by Thomas Cotton

A sad glop of golfers converged at Bert’s on Tuesday morning for the Michael Jackson Memorial Competition. Bert told us to “beat-it”, so we headed to the course. Several of us were vying for the much admired “Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month” award. In contention were PSC’s Golf Chairman, Perry McNeely with 6 points, Joel Flor, with 6 points and our own correspondent with 3 points. So it promised to be a real “Thriller”. The Navy Course was in good trim and it was a fine day, so there were lots of expectations, except for our correspondent, who was suffering from jet lag, having just arrived from overseas the afternoon prior. There were some marvellous shots, with our own Captain, DB, chipping out of a bunker over a knoll into the cup for a birdie on a par three. Then Don Richardson hit a long iron shot onto the

Craig presenting bag to Perry green only one metre from neither “Black nor White”, the cup and sunk it for since if McNeely came in another birdie. Meanwhile, second, his total monthly our correspondent just points would be 9 to our trudged along, making correspondent’s 8. And as bogies and the odd par, the scorecards came in, no mostly day-dreaming about one had bettered McNeely the Scottish Highlands, from for second place and he had whence he had come. indeed won the coveted So when we got back to the “Alan Bolton Golfer of the clubhouse, our correspondent Month”. Our correspondent was somewhat perplexed had something to mourn, that the other contenders beside Michael’s surprise were congratulating him on demise. scoring 40 points. Indeed, as Back at Bert’s we toasted our Captain, warned, it was our new “Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month” and joined in singing “We Are the World”, paying homage to one whose soul has moon-walked off his mortal coil. Winners A Flight (Hcps 0-18): Perry McNeely 38 pts John Heffernas 36 pts Winners B Flight (Hcps 19 up): TC 40 pts Kevin Dinan 36 pts Near Pins: Scott Dobbins (2), TC, Al Lauri Long Putts: Al Laurie, Kevin Dinan, John Heffernas, Perry McNeely, TC Kevin Dinan

Dart League Results Table

The Rising Sun travelled away to the OK Corral where the Sunshine Boys put on a performance par excellence only dropping one game. I would have liked to report that it was Lance that lost the one game, but alas it wasn’t. The Sunshine Boys also taking the beer. The Pattaya Land derby saw some tight scoring by both teams with both honors resting on the beer leg. Palmers Golf & Country Club was surrounded by a pack of baying girls, all anxious to get a signed photograph of Gorgeous George, this mayhem put the Palmers Crew off their game somewhat, allowing Stan’s Boys & Girls to take all on the beer. The Bun- ker Boys were hosted by Melly’s Crew. After stepping into the dungeon Melly turned the lights off (after issuing his own team with night-vision goggles), Melly’s Crew got to 5-0 before Capt’ Mick found the light switch! The Bunker Boys then taking 3 games before Melly won his singles match to take the game. The Bunker Boys (guarding the light switch) taking the beer. Simon (MB) now leading the highest c/o with 111. Darts Simon. The Coffee Shop Quartet travelled over to the dark side where Team Lucky Time started the evening well by winning the first 5 matches which took the game. Blue Mountain fairing no better in the beer leg, TLT proving to be the thirstier side. It has been reported today that the Dutch Avenger (Alex) has been using an electric floor polisher to clean his trophy shelf! I have received 3 nominations for Player/Celebrity Lookalikes. Chris(RS)/Alf Garnett, Stan & Les (Bunker)/the Wurzels, and Tommy(RS)/Yoda (Stars Wars). With only 3 weeks remaining in the season 3 teams are in the running for the league trophy, can things get any more exciting!!! DARTS

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

Thursday Monday Thursday Monday Thursday

16th 20th 23rd 27th 30th

Phoenix Pattana Phoenix Bangpra Phoenix

Saturday 18th Tuesday 21st Saturday 25th Tuesday 28th Saturday 1st Aug

Green Valley T.B.A. Green Valley Greenwood Green Valley

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attaya by Night issue five hits the streets: After a longer than expected hiatus, the fifth edition of Pattaya by Night made it onto the newsstands at the end of June. As with all previous editions it features some of the best places of nocturnal entertainment in Fun Town. In alphabetical order there are photo spreads featuring Angelwitch (famous for its nightly shows, but also a place where there is a brace of quite alluring ordinary dancing damsels), Baby Dolls (which celebrated its first anniversary under its current owners with a well-attended bash on 11 June), Club Boesche, Club Oasis, Diamond, Heaven Above, Secrets, Sisterz, and Windmill Club. Retailing at 170 baht it is available from outlets such as DK Books in Soi Post Office and on Central Pattaya Road; Pattaya Beach Books (second floor Tops Supermarket on Central Pattaya Road); Jeremy’s bookshop (Soi Diana Inn); the Nana Hotel (Bangkok Soi 4); on the internet at; and through the bars mentioned above as well as a host of other smaller outlets. Don’t bother with Asia Books, Bookazine, or B2S outlets; it’s the kind of magazine with a subject matter they can’t handle. Where do you go to my lovely? When the lights go out in the boozers on the nights when there is a religious holy day or just a bog-standard election, one place that remains open for business is the Pattaya Beer Garden, located at the rear of the raggedlooking beer boozer complex just before the entrance to Walking Street on Beach Road. Overlooking Pattaya Bay and featuring some great music videos covering every era and most genres, the nosh menu is solid and dependable

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with something to suit all tastes. Great place to kick off a night, or just relax and soak up the ambience. Not quite out of the same hands: I recently reported that the New Living Dolls 1 den of the chrome pole (Walking Street) was ‘soon to change hands’. This was the word on the street, but it appears the negotiations for sale fell through due- and I’m sure you will all find this jaw dropping to the avariciousness of the homegrown landlord. Sensing a chance at an easy earn, the rent collector decided his paws needed to be greased to the tune of a seven-figure sum if he was to permit the documentation to proceed. Naturally, not everyone who purchases a bar is completely gullible, and the prospective purchaser is alleged to have baulked at signing on the dotted line. So, the place remains in its original owners hands, at least for the time being. Open for business and busy legs: The 15 beer boozers comprising a new complex on the water side of Walking Street are well and truly up and running, kicking into life in the early part of July. The complex looks much as one would expect: a couple of rows of small, circular bars spaced at intervals with a view of Pattaya Bay at the end. There were enough ladies of wallet-emptying intent to at least entice some punters to pull up a barstool. The bars at the front had customers watching the passing parade on Walking Street. As with any beer boozer complex all an interested customer has to do is wander in and check out the eye candy on offer. He can then decide where he will park his frame based on his perceived attractiveness or allure of the ladies beckoning to him from behind their four-in-a-line games.

Bring lawyers, guns and money: Although I happened to be just 50 metres from the action at the time, I am still not 100 percent certain of precisely what went down just before midnight on Wednesday night 1 July out the front of the Super Baby and Super Girl ogling dens in Soi Diamond. A group of uniformed persons in the employ of Pattaya City Hall had gone into Super Baby and Super Girl. A short time later both places had turned out their lights, turfed out their dancing damsels and floor staff, and pulled down the shutters. First suggestions were that the city employees had raided the two long-established places and found a number of young country maidens in a state of undress performing a show. Given the style of so-called ‘shows’ performed in both places I can only say they are about as erotic as having an ice cube stuck up your clacker by an octogenarian grandmother with Parkinson’s. In fact, the shows have been on the agenda for so long they could almost be classified as ‘cultural’. Unconfirmed -but reasonably reliable- reports suggest Khun Pradid, the well known, liked and respected owner of the two dens, decided to shut them both early of his own volition. This was after one of the uniformed city employees allegedly threatened to close him down when Khun Pradid refused to supply girls for free sexual activities for this man and his friend. Things became quite heated, in a verbal sense, and there were fears the whole episode could lead to physical violence. In the end the situation was defused and I have a feeling we won’t be seeing too much of the city hall brigade darkening the doors of the Super dens in the near future. An early demise: Sad to report the death of Khun Chris, a Thai national and one of Pattaya’s journeyman musicians and singers, at the age of 58. Chris would be well known to anyone who made the Natalie beer boozer a regular stop on a night out. First situated on the beach side of Second Road, the Natalie is now one of the places that makes up the collection of boozers known as the Made in Thailand complex. Chris was known for his raspy vocal cords. He passed away in June. No Russian roulette in here: The dancing damsels in the Las Vegas ogling

den (Soi Yamato) operate in a similar blue vein to the wallet emptiers in places located nearby such as Hot and Cold, Far East Rock and Club Nevada (all in Soi Post Office). While none of the four mentioned could lay claim to having a bevy of gorgeous fondlers, the management in each realise the majority of the their thirst-quenching clientele will be drawn from the ranks of expats and long-term regulars. In other words, the phrase ‘short time’ and ‘upstairs’ will be ranked high on the list of terms used between the hours of opening and closing. The music in each joint is roughly similar, both in pop-rock style and the age of the performing artists. Of the four, three are operated by foreign expats, with Hot and Cold run by a local. They are perfect places for those whose tastes in female company are well and truly laid-back. Joined the discount fray: You know times are challenging when two prominent dens attempt to woo back the early imbibers by offering discounted booze in the hours prior to 10:00pm. Both Living Dolls Showcase and The Dollhouse chrome pole hangouts (Walking Street) now have draught amber fluid in a glass at just 39 baht. For the latter den it is the first time they have been compelled to run a happy hour promotion since the joint was sold by its original owners a couple of years back. Tales from the Crib: This is a third-hand story but given my limited knowledge of the character of the person concerned it would appear quite true. The vast majority of the ladies employed to entertain foreign visitors to the fleshpots of Fun Town have a simple desire: to earn as much money as they can for as little effort as possible. Most government employees in any country in the world have pretty much the same work ethic. The problem of a fast baht for some ladies is compounded when a foreigner wants to talk, and talk, and talk. Why? Apart from the fact he clearly enjoys the sound of his own vocal cords he apparently wants to engage in a Kinsey-like study of each and every female he manages to lure back to his abode. The difficulties of language, accent, and inflection are disregarded as this refugee from the peat bogs chatters incessantly, barely pausing for breath. According to local folklore a woman so ensnared

lasted three days before she ran screaming from his room. She told people nearby, “he never shuts up” and said she didn’t care if the mamasan terminated her employment at the bar where she worked. She should probably have

charged him an hourly rate for incessant chatter. Piece of Pith: There are no people who don’t have experience; but there are people who don’t notice anything about it. (Curt Goetz, writer, 1888–1960)


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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. 3

8 7


6 6





9 1 8

4 2




1 5




5 6


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:

Swinging a cat There’s not always a bid that everyone would agree is right. If there’s more than one way to swing a cat, there are many routes to a good (or bad) contract at the bridge table. You hold ♠ A 5, ♥ 8 6 5, ♦ Q J 6 2, ♣ A 10 9 4, a shade better than your usual hand of crap.

7 7 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.

You hear your partner open one spade against silent opposition and you respond two clubs. Partner next bids two diamonds which you raise to three diamonds. Partner labours on with four diamonds, so what do you do now? Since you had a sound raise to three diamonds, with useful honours, you could accept partner’s

1. Up Led 2. Out Away 3. Slaughter Maid 4. Tram Go 5. Jobs Less 6. Hot Ring 7. High Weight 8. Trench Elope 9. Back Coach 10.Flint Smith

Solution Issue 20

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Form a word from the Jumbled Letters

1. MOP SOUP 2. RATS PAN 3. LUST SIN 4. CID CALF 5. MASS DUE 6. REV ICES 7. MEGA ASS 8. L NOT FAR 9. HI SCYPS 10.O TIN CAN game invitation and go for five diamonds. Is there an alternative? Well, you could bid four spades over partner’s four diamonds. Partner knows you haven’t got three spades in the suit or you would have supported him earlier in the auction. It’s clear you have just two spades but can tolerate that suit. Thus partner has a choice between playing in four spades or five diamonds. There could be 10 tricks but not 11 in

Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... the combined hands. Going back to your initial response, you could in some systems say two no trumps over one spade. This would show 11 or 12 points and a fairly balanced hand. The danger, of course, is that partner has a poor heart like you do. Thus you are risking being slaughtered in that suit in a final contract of three no trumps. The opponents are likely to lead the unbid major in that sort of auction.

ANSWERS 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

Key Out Store Jack Boot Mark Back Pole Part Screw



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Papa David Restaurant No.2

Lighting Up The Dark Side by Mick and Di The Food Lovers Papa David , that wellloved restaurant behind the Hanuman Statue in Jomtien now has another member of their culinary family. This new off-spring is located on Soi Kaotalo on the east side of Sukhumvit Highway. It opened on 12th June and the denizens of this locale are already passing the word that Papa David Restaurant has reached the “dark side”. (A euphemism for this side of the tracks!) This restaurant is deservedly famous for its “round-theworld-breakfasts” and if you haven’t already tried one – it is high time you did! There are gastro-global options ranging from the celebrated super large English (B.160), through Dutch, French,

Swiss, Norwegian, German, Italian, Irish and Belgian. To give you an idea, the Norwegian breakfast features as a focus smoked salmon and creamy scrambled eggs while the French version

offers Camembert cheese and the Belgian style comes with a lean pork loin steak. All come with breakfast trimmings, i.e. orange juice, toast, jam, etc. We think it is a brilliant concept and one that keeps David’s regulars coming back for more globe-trotting choices, especially as they are available all day. Although the menu is packed with hearty English fare there are masses of international favourites. We spotted Holland beef croquettes with French fries, authentic German sausages

(frankfurters or bratwurst) with sauerkraut and sautéed potatoes and many others. The menu is truly eclectic and devised to please the whole assembly of tourists, ex-pats and locals that

frequent David’s restaurants. The Thai menu features over 25 favourite dishes. Best sellers and recommended dishes are their thin crust steak and kidney pies as is the roast beef dinner with all the extras

served with Bisto gravy. (Ah!......Bisto!) Mick always enjoys tucking into a plate of Lincolnshire-style sausages and mash when we visit but on this occasion we had been specially invited to taste the first Papa David pizza to emerge from their brand spanking new oven. We chose the spicy salami with bell peppers (B.210) and it came to our table oozing with molten mozzarella, laden with piquant salami, and tasty peppers, served on a thin crust with the topping reaching the very edge of the wheel. At the moment they are also baking Hawaiian, seafood and marguerite varieties from B.175. Fish and chips are a signature dish here and for B.195 make for a tasty and economical treat. Just as we arrived at Papa David’s the other day a satisfied customer was seen leaving with a takeaway order of ten fish ‘n’ chip servings. What a great idea for a stress-free English-style

dinner party. We can see this restaurant fast becoming the ‘fish-and-chippie-of-choice’ in this area. We should also mention the flavoursome farmer’s bread which is served here. It is delivered daily from Rick’s Bakery and they also have an outlet at the restaurant so this is the place to collect your wholesome baked bread while enjoying David’s fare. Their tasty toasties are great value from B.60. Dessert lovers are catered for with generous portions of apple pie and ice cream or custard, trifle, pancakes with maple syrup or brown sugar and much, much more for the sweet-toothed. Papa David’s will, we are sure, prove to be an essential asset to this new locale. It is an all-round winner of a diner that serves imaginative, quality fare at more than reasonable prices. So, next time you say “where on earth shall we go for breakfast?” just pop down to Soi Khaotalo and select one from Papa David’s global choices. Located opposite Bank of Ayudhya on Soi Khaotalo. Open daily from 9.00 am till 9.00 pm. Full take-away service available (free in Jomtien). Tel: (038) 303 909.

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Dear Food Lovers,

Our family just love fish cakes and it’s the perfect way to get our kids to eat fish! A delicious fish cake recipe would be much appreciated. Regards, Sue. Dear Sue, Yes, you’re absolutely right – fish cakes are the perfect way to introduce fish to the kids without it actually looking too fishy! We would say that the thing about fishcakes is that the fish has to be the main ingredient – otherwise they’d be called potato cakes. This is a fab recipe and there’s no mistaking the lovely pink chunks of salmon.

FISH CAKES INGREDIENTS 350g waxy potatoes 450g salmon fillets 40g butter Zest of 1 lemon 1 handful chopped parsley 2tbs flour 1 egg, beaten 2tbs breadcrumbs Oil for frying METHOD 1. Put the potatoes on to boil and cook the salmon. I use the microwave, but you could just as well poach it in milk. 2. Crush the potatoes gently with the back of a fork, stirring in the butter at the same time. Don’t overdo it; too smooth a mash is the enemy of a good fishcake. 3. Add the flaked, cooked fish, lemon zest and parsley, season and mix well. Now shape into rounds by packing the mixture into a large biscuit cutter. Chill to help them firm up. 4. Roll the fishcakes in the flour, then dip into the egg and, finally, the breadcrumbs until they are evenly covered. 5. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the fishcakes for about five minutes on each side until crisp and golden and warmed through. crisp and golden and warmed through. If you would like to request a recipe, please email

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dining out

Saigon Bistro Wallet Pleasing Vietnamese Cuisine

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers

Saigon Bistro is the baby sister of the acclaimed Le Saigon Restaurant. This latest foodie hotspot is the most recent addition to the coterie of restaurants owned by Khang and Amy Do. It is located on the 6th floor of Central Festival and offers the best in traditional Vietnamese fare from 11.00 am till 11.00 pm.

The interior is contemporary and inviting with cheerful lighting and subtle Asian decor. The extensive Vietnamese menu is incorporated into the table mats for ease of ordering; the seating is comfortable or casual on stools at the window counter. This Asian bistro offers the full gamut of gourmet Vietnamese cuisine. It can be fast and fun with a bowl of noodle soup or long and languid enjoying the exotic

appetisers, rice plates, vermicelli bowls and their world famous house specials. The quality is top notch with exceedingly reasonable prices starting from B.68 and not exceeding B.198. When Mick and I visited we were treated to an array of dishes to sample the scope of this Asian kitchen. We started with the traditional pho ha noi (beef noodle soup) and were blown away. Tender pieces of rare steak floated in an intense and delicious beef stock enhanced with spring onions, herbs and rice vermicelli. For B.98 we couldn’t imagine a more truly delectable or economical any-time treat. This was followed by another house signature dish, chao

BBQ marinated beef and pork balls completed our succession of star dishes. Together with these items, bowls of the freshest, greenest herbs, leaves and vegetables accompanied by chopped chillies, garlic, holy basil, betel leaves, Thai parsley and the tastiest of sauces and sweet vinegar dips complimented and enhanced the unique Vietnamese taste sensations. Rice plates are served with special cubed sirloin steak, grilled lemon grass pork chops, or BBQ shrimp while the vermicelli bowls are topped with char broiled chicken, quick sautéed beef and onions and much more. Lots of tempting noodles are tom. Spiced minced listed together with the shrimp is wrapped around house signature dishe of the sweetest sugar cane a sizzling sirloin steak and lightly grilled. A or fried mackerel fish renowned dish and with fresh salad. Also, one that Saigon Bistro fried soft shell crab execute to perfection. comes sautéed with Next, we tasted bahn onion and bell peppers and cuon a fresh spring their famous marinated roll of minced pork ground beef wrapped in with various perfumed vine leaves. This menu vegetables and mush- just screams out to be exrooms wrapped on hand plored and experienced steamed flour wraps. at prices that will make Another winner and your wallet smile. Do check out the protaste bud sensation. A combo of fried, spicy motional set meals which pork sausage, crab rolls, offer exceptional value. For only B.88 the rice set presents sautéed sirloin steak, salad and soup while for B.98 the noodle version serves a noodle soup with side accompaniments of bean sprouts, herbs and chillies served with fresh, plump spring rolls a sweet chili dip plus salad. Beverages are diverse

from house wine (B.88 by glass), a full contingent of beers, soft drinks, milk and fruit shakes, Vietnamese and Irish coffee, espresso, cappuccino and a selection of specialist teas. Banana split, fried ice cream, French custard and crepes could put a sweet ending to your Saigon Bistro adventure Mick and I heartily recommend this vivacious Vietnamese eatery. We loved the informal atmosphere, friendly service, delicious food and pleasantly affordable prices. Whether you are already a fan or an epicurious diner, Saigon Bistro is the spot for tasty, classic Vietnamese cuisine, especially that fantastic pho beef noodle soup. Located on 6th Floor of Central Festival Pattaya. Open daily from 11.00 am till 11.00 pm. Tel: 033 003 609. P.S. The stunning flag ship Le Saigon Restaurant, 23rd floor of Pattaya Hill Resort serves both European and Vietnamese cuisine. It is presenting a lavish gastronomic 4-course set meal for only B.395 which includes amongst the main courses, beef filet served with a whisky cream sauce or grilled rainbow trout with tarragon sauce, spinach and buttered rice. For a spectacular panoramic view of both Pattaya and Jomtien bays this location is second to none. Open daily except Mondays and Tuesdays from 5.00 pm till late. Tel: (038) 250 329.

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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,, for prices and brochures. Contact us now for your free test ride at your home! (ptfas-h2208)T.V. Table on wheels, black,700 baht. 087 100 5726 or 087 235 6835(Thai) (ptfas-h2208)Baseball Glove, Rawlings 13 inch, brand new for a “lefty” 1800 baht. Tel: 087 100 5726. (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 THB10,000. 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-j2208)BBQ for Sale. 3 burner, oven, USA 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.

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-c2208)Jomtien Plaza Cafe Bar for Sale, Freehold. Good position at entrance to condo units, ground floor only. Seating for approx. 30, terrace area also (this is rent only). Only 2 million baht. Call 084 350 9304 English, 038 303 236 Thai. (ptm-m2108)For Sale Sports Bar. Long established pool, quiz, dart teams. – No time wasters. Contact (ptm-j2208)Restaurant for Sale, Naklua, Wongamat. All equipment included. Surrounded by Hotel & Resorts. 2,800,000 baht. Call Jhonny 085 110 1161. (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. (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. 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 : (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 2.5 million 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: orchid@

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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: 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: craig@ 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: 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 pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Restaurant Building and Land, Pratamnak. 1,000 sqm 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- 038231-931 or E-mail 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, TV-set and sound system are in place. Guests enjoy Thai and international food, the lively ladies and the sea and sunset views from the restaurant with 8m street front. Panoramic sea views also from the 6 rooms (5 are air-conditioned), and the second floor terrace which can also be used by the restaurant and bar. Slow days revenues are about 10k and the best daily revenue was 90k Baht. Financial records will be made available to any serious buyer. Monthly rent is 110,000 Baht, no Key Money required! The current lease term expires 01/2012 and is renewable every three years. A 330,000 Baht security deposit is applicable. Price is 6.5 million Baht. Ref. no. PLB0112. Making your Business our Business. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

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Classified Business Opportunities New

Businesses for Sale 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. - Guest Houses, Hotels, Resorts - Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shop - Massage Parlour, Spa Beauty Salon - Apartment Building, Retail Shops Buying or Selling a Business in Pattaya or Jomtien Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers on 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@

Houses for Sale

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. 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. 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. We have several Owner Finance opportunities! We have houses available with Owner Finance. 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. 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. 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.

Condominiums for Sale

Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 45,000 Baht/sqm, 117 sqm, Type A, Building B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. 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. 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. 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. 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! 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. Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTHPOINT, is sold out! We have a few re-sales on very high floors for 110,000 THB/SQM.

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 E-mail to Expat Music Bar and Restaurant for lease. The 4-storey shop house building is situated on the main road in Jomtien and consists of an air-conditioned bar with Pool Table and large TVset 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 Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Dongtan Beachfront Boutique Hotel Baht 20 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 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 Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

Condominium Project, ground floor commercial space available now. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 5 Shophouses in a row for sale in Jomtien. 150 Meters from the beach. 3.5 Million baht for one shophouse. Great discount if you buy all of them. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

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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 (pta-tk0008)Do you Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. (ptm-p2208)Learn Thai/ English at Home by Experienced Teacher. Personalized and effective learning at your convenience. Tel. 081 945 7241. 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. 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. 038-489225-7 Fax. 038-489-228

House for Sale

(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 kitche n, high security alarm and electric gate. Don’t miss this one!!! 215 TLW. Call 089 607 9850.

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

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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 builtin furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table and equipped with alarm system. For viewing and more details please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Truly 25% discount OFF the original price. Magnificent and Fabulous Beach Side Living at a very low price. You can design and build your own house on the remaining plots. Hurry there are only 10 remaining plots left. Plots range from 520 sqm to 680 sqm. Price starts at 7 Million Baht. Call now at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

Gorgeous Houses for Sale and Investment. Absolutely all brand new houses, in a modern high quality and extremely nice tropical villa project. With underground cables, private pool, furnished. Located in Naklua Area. Only a few minutes away from Pattaya, very convenient, no hassle on driving around the city. Accessible to public transportations. Ready to move in. Price starts from 13 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Fascinating House for Sale at Chateau Dale Village, Thappraya Rd. 496 sq. m, have 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, garden, car park and a private swimming pool. A haven that is so peaceful. Price is only 17.5 Million Baht. For viewing and more information, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale!!! A 2storey 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/

Classified jacuzzi), with built-in thick wooden furniture, garden, parking space. Now price is only 9.5 Million Baht. For details and viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. The Best Low Price Ever. A 3-storey Spectacular Designer Townhouse located near the Royal Cliff Hotel. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with jacuzzi). Top of the line European Kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 5 Million Baht. Great Offer! This townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 Million Baht. Call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. HS1260: 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom bungalow for sale located in east Pattaya close to the Maprachan Lake. Just recently come available with new private pool, 170sqm house and land size 472sqm!! This is priced at 3.5 million for a quick sale. Call us 08-478 08457 or by E-mail: HS1258: This property has just been reduced from 6.5million to 5.999 million!! This property is 3 bedrooms, modern furniture and a fitted European kitchen with all modern appliances, complete with Jacuzzi. Call for more info 084944 2541 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 084780 8457 or by E-mail: HS1261: This property has just been finished located in Bang Sarae with in reach to the beach by only 2 minutes!! The property sits on 500sqm land, 182sqm of living space, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, European kitchen, A/C and inclusive of private swimming pool! Priced at 5.8 million!!! Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Thai Living: Chateau Dale Thabali Villa. Prime location residence, 2 storeys with 124 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 3bed/4bath, private pool. 11.9 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: Baan Natcha Village, Central Pattaya. Nice residence area, 2 storeys with 104 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 2 bed / 2 bath, 1 office, Private Pool. 14.5 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ /

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Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien Beach. Single storey house with 85 sq.wah. 3bed/3bath. 5.2 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. The best deal in Thabali, Chateau Dale ever! This very nice, fully renovated, three bedroom, four bathroom Thabali home is situated in one of the finest villages and locations in Pattaya. Asking price only 10.9 Million Baht! Full financing available, only 2 Million Baht down and payments over 5 years. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038-231-931, 087-0217014 or by Email: or visit our website at

We as Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. have a lot of emergency sales. This is a buyers market and we have dozens of fire sales!!!!!! Millions under the price of the developers!!! Act quick. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. We have a re-sale in a new 5-star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 18 Million Baht, 4 Million under the developer price. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014. We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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Stunning House For only 10.5 Million Baht! Four extra large bedrooms, four Bathrooms with separate Guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool. The house is built on a 1200 m2 plot in the very prestigious area of Phoenix Golf Course. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. The most exiting Estate on the entire Eastern Seaboard for Sale for 150 Million Thai Baht. This 7 Bedroom, 11 Bathroom on 35 Rai of land is one of the most impressive homes you will ever see. Its grounds, water features and landscaping are second to none. If you have the finances to secure a home such as must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Down-payment! Six year Mortgage! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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 comfortable family home. 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


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

House for Rent

(ptm-n2208)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-n2208)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-n2208)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.

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(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. English Speaking Businessman wants person to share 2x 2,500 baht longterm rental on Central Pattaya house. Prefer western man (non-smoker, nondrinker) but may consider others. Phone Richard 086.828.4528, e-mail 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 E-mail : 2 Bed room House East Pattaya- Air conditioned, Furnished, Car park, Garden , Quiet Location off soi. Khaonoi 17,000 baht PM. Office: 038 374 623, Eng: 0811 580 065 www. pattayaoceanproperty. com, E-mail: Luxury House- Pratumnuk 2 bed, 2 bath, Fully Furnished. Beautiful Swimming pool. Internet, Car park, A/C washing M/C. security 60,000 P.M. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 0811 580 065,

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, E-mail:info@ Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien beach. Single storey house. Fully furnished, taxi route. 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: Royal Park Village (Rungrueng) Jomtien Beach, fully furnished, nice residence, fully facility, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. 30,000-35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: View Talay Villas, Jomtien Beach, 1bed /1bath. Fully furnished, Private Pool, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. 25,000-35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: We have house in Thepprasit area for rent (new house) price from 18,000-25,000 THB./M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / www.

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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 Email: 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 pats who are now residing here in Pattaya! Priced at 70,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email:

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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 oday: 038 364-515 / info@ / www. 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 Email: HR1160: This property is 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, European kitchen with appliances, A/C, small garden, ADSL is available and this bungalow is located in east Pattaya at only 17,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: HR0525: Just come available once again at a reduced price and only 1 more available!! 2 storey house, 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 038373966or by E-mail:

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HR1168: This property is located in Eat Pattaya. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, European kitchen with private pool. Priced at 30,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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: 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 www. 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

Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. 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 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

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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

Apartment/Rooms for Rent

( p t m- w 1 9 0 8 ) Aro m d e e 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. Daily rent, 390 baht with aircon. Call 089 938 6022.

Condo for Sale

Ideal 1st Time Buyer. Hagone Condominium Thepprasit Road Soi 10. 32 sqm 5th floor studio, newly decorated with kitchen and furniture. Good location area with restaurants and bars, good facilities swimming pool, restaurant, shop, laundry. Only 590,000 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@ Royal Beach Condominium 200 Metres From Cozy Beach Pratumnak. 38 sqm 9th floor studio, beautifully renovated with quality furniture, LCD TV and more. Nice balcony for beautiful sea views. A lovely room in a prestige area. Fantastic bargain 1.3 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@ 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@

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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, email: 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., 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. Rent 12,000 baht a 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… 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: info@ (ptm-j2208)Northshore, Great Opportunity. 80 sq. metre apartment, 10th floor, south facing, beautifully furnished. Only 5.7 million. 081 720 2586. (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-a2208)Euro Condo for Sale. Internet, pool, walk to Carrefour. French bathroom, wall mirrors, porch with kitchen, fully furnished. 1 studio room, Spanish Condos. 089 098 8531 (Ami), touch_of_, (33 sqm) 1,200,000 baht. (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, pitipity@ See pictures as vedio virtual tour www. 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! (ptcs-0008)Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-984-9700, or e-mail

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(pta-dec0008)Penthouse 720 sqm with a Spectacular Front Sea View. 300 meters from the beach, 5 minutes away from Walking Street. In the best location of Pratamnak Hill. This residence is a 360° unblocked sea view, with a golf and Buddha Hill. Large terrace (240 sqm) with huge Jacuzzi. New modern design concept, 4 beds/baths + maid room. Any room have terrace. Euro style kitchen, living 118 sqm. Fully furnished at high standard. Price exceptional at 41,000 baht/sqm. 29.9 Million Baht. Tel. 081 863 1076. Stylish Condo for Sale at Keang Talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Now for only 1.25 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A Very Nice Condo for Sale. Located at the 3rd flr. of Bangsaray Condominium. Totally renovated and has 2 bedrooms. Price is only 4.2 Million Baht. For more viewing and more information please call us : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale! Condo for only 3 Million Baht. Located at Wong Amart Beach. Luxurious Studio, 53 sqm at high floor, fully furnished with built-in furniture. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

Private Sale Near Jomtien Beach, 2 Balcony, 8th Floor, Corner 45 sq.m. Sea View Studio. Just been completely renovated to very high standard, new furniture, kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, LCD TV, pictures, plants, everything you need. I need a quick sale as I’m going back to UK, hence only 1.5 mil. baht. In Foreign Name. Call Alan 087 139 1570 (Eng.) An Amazing Panoramic view in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya. Located on the 14th flr, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balaconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick sale, only 7 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Fascinating Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in a Low Rise Condominium for Quick Sale!!! For only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with great interior designs, a spacious living area, executively decorated, breath taking sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and accessible to everywhere, good facilities are available. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

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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.

CS1294: This apartment is located in Star Beach in the area of Pratamnak. Euro kitchen, A/C, fully furnished at 70sqm 1 bedroom apartment with a great sea view. Easy access to Jomtien and in foreign quota. Priced at 4 million. Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail: CS1309: the Avenue condo under construction as we speak and will be complete December. 1 bedroom available, come complete with euro kitchen, A/C and located looking over the communal pool on the 8th floor. 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 08-4944 2541 or by Email: CS1314: New studio apartment located in the Residence, Jomtien. 53sqm over looking the grand swimming pool and modernly furnished to a high standard. A must to view! Priced at 3.2 million! Call for more info 081761 3238 or by E-mail: CS1230: Brand new A.D condo studio apartment on the top floor, 32sqm, euro kitchen, fully furnished, A/C with sea views! Available at only 1.55m Offers considered! Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condominium (RimHaad S1), Jomtien Beach, 8th floor, corner room, Original condition.34 sq.m. 1.5 M. THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515 / /

Classified Thai Living: View Talay 2A- 74 sq.m, Foreigner name, 4th floor, For 2.75 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / 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 364515 / / 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/ / www. Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Pattaya side and nice sea view, fully furnished. 48 sq.m, 14th floor, 2.75 M THB., For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: The Avenue Residence, Building C, Pool view on 6th floor, great location. 2.1 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / 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/ / www. Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, 14th floor, 86 sq.m. fully furnished. For 5.8 M.THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / www. 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, Email: theavenueresidence@, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051, 081 921 4508, E-mail:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www., Email: novamiragecondo@

(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. z 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 mil lion two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301. 048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 45,000 Baht/sqm, 117 sqm, Type A, Building B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 11.5 Million Baht… Very high floor ‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for one year. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 2.9 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.3 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/ Month two year guaranteed rental return. The rent is paid every three months in advance. Call Jan at 087021-3170. EMERGENCYSALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘B’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 21 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Special Promotion in La Royalé Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price, starting from 8 Million Baht 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a five-star beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

Northshore Unit for sale! 80 sqm front unit for only 8.9 Million Baht! Buy this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Northshore is the only 5-star Condominium on the Pattaya beach Road. High Floor! This is not the only unit we have for sale……. we have almost all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors….prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy is only one of the many features in this condo. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014 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 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

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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: premier@loxinfo. 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: 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. 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@loxinfo. or visit our website at Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: 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: or visit our website at www. 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 www. 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

(ptm-0309)Royal Park Luxury Serviced Apartments, 5 minute walk from Jomtien Beach: 56-70 sqm. Luxury furnished, one bedroom, large living area with balcony and kitchen, free internet, enjoy our rooftop swimming pool. From 16,000 per month and daily rates. Call 086 111 7414 or check out our website to see the quality of our apartments, www. (ptm-2208)Spanish Place Condo, Central Pattaya. Studio 28 sqm. Fully furnished, a/c 5000 Baht/ month. Tel. 081 945 7241. (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 kitchenlounge, sea balcony, best views in Pattaya, 60” TV, UBC, Wi Fi, 45,000 baht per month, 083 404 5395 Eng, 085 225 6465 Thai (ptm-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: (ptfcr-gh2208)Brand New1BR Condo Adjacent to Avenue Mall and Villa Market. Top floor view, swimming pool and elegant lobby with security. Passcard entry, hardwood floors, dramatic tile bathroom with plate glass. Spacious kitchen, aircon throughout, garage parking and one block to Beach. By Owner 17,000/ mo. English: 089 803 0388 or 038 225 349. 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, email:

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 www.pacpattaya. com, 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. 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: (ptcr-0008)Sale 1,500,000 Baht, Rent 1,000 per night, 5000 per week, 15,000 per month high season. 10,000 baht per month on 1 year contract. Marble Condo with stunning sea view, on 5th floor, fully furnished, in foreign name. 350 meters from sea in quiet, safe coastal village, Baan Amphur, south of Pattaya off Sukhumvit road on the way to Sattahip. Wonderful weekend hideaway next to Ocean Marina harbor, near Phoenix Golf course and Pattaya airpark. Welcome to come see. Free rent for up to two weeks if you decide to buy. This is our residence as well, and we would be pleased to show you the neighborhood. Call me, Lela, at 66 (0) 86-984-9700, or e-mail

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Fax: (038) 374535 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:,

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 084780 8457 or by E-mail: CR1183: 1 Bedroom apartment located in Wongamat area has just been finished to a high standard, fully furnished with free wi-fi internet and fitness center at only 30,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: 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 Email: CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouses, POSSIBLE SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 60,000 P/M view to view pictures or call 084944 2541 or by E-mail: CR0871: 2 bedroom apartment for rent, Wongamat beach area,70 Sq m, Euro kitchen, modern furniture, A/C, LCD TV, from 28,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail:

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CR1182: Studio apartments located in Jomtien close to the beach, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV, brand new renovation with great Prices start at 9,000 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 084944 2541 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 Email: CR1180: Newly renovated 12th Floor sea view apartment, located in Pratamnak on the hill, fully furnished, euro kitchen and only 14,000 per month. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: CR1019: Ground Floor 1 bedroom apartment in View Talay 2A, Located in the center of Jomtien, modern furniture, European kitchen, ADSL. A must to view 25,000 per month. Call for more info before its too late!! 08-17613238 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Thai Living: Pattaya Hill Resort, Jomtien Beach, 40 sq.m, 3rd floor, 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/ /

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 / info@ / www. 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 / www. 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 364515/ / 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.

Classified Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. Only 10,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. View Talay 2 Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! This is a masterpiece in condo design and comfort, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo has a big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht /Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: 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: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. 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 www. Very nice Royal Cliff Two Bedroom Plus Apartment for 55,000 Baht per month! Those that know the ‘Cliff’, know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. Enjoy this two bedroom plus office apartment with fantastic sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.

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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) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month! A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool and roof top pool as well…. what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Royal Cliff ‘C Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month or for sale for 19.9 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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

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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: countryproperty@ , (ptm-n2208)Land Plot for Sale. 200 to 400 sq wah land size on Eastern Star Golf Course: Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364. (ptm-c2308)Bang Saray Hills, Prime Real Estate for Sale by Owner, 2 to 3 rai, spectacular ocean and mountain views, walled, water, 3 phase electric, most exclusive farang area. 2.9 million per rai. 081 295 7236. (ptm-d2108)Land for Sale: Huay Yai 3 Plots Available in this private development at 313 tw, 200 tw and 192 tw. Infrastructure in place with underground facilities and 3 phase electric. Priced to sell at B.8,000/t.wah. Contact: 087 810 3325 (English), 089 748 1693 (Thai) 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@ 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, 1 Rai 200 sq.wah for 2.55 M THB. 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. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ /

Thai Living: land for sale. Bang Sare, Less than 1km. to the beach. 2 Rai 100 sq.wah for 1.9 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / 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@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

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Classified 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to 2 Rai for 27.5 Million Baht /Rai Beach Front near La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 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- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Land for sale next to Siam Country Club Golf Course! 36 Rai perfect for a housing project for 2.1 Million Baht/ Rai. The land is located in a beautiful landscaped area with stunning mountain views. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Two land plots for 1.1 Million Baht/Rai near Mabrachan Lake. 19 and 31 Rai ideal for housing developments as the whole area is already developed with other housing developments. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 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 E-mail to Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Prathamnak Hill (1 Rai up), 21 Rai of beachfront near the Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai of Land on the beach in Bangsaray. Our database contains over a 100 exclusive plots of land in and around Pattaya. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231931 or (01) 634-2915 Email: or visit us online at Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area! 8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 850,000 Baht/Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail 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 buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

Fax: (038) 374535 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 Email 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

Property Wanted

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

Services Provided

(ptm-p2208)Learn Thai/ English at Home by Experienced Teacher. Personalized and effective learning at your convenience. Tel. 081 945 7241. (ptm-p2208)Meditation: Learn how to get beyond the “thinking” mind into a state of conscious relaxation and stress reduction. Tel. 081 945 7241. (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. ( p t m - e 0 0 0 8 ) w w w. p a t Properties in Pattaya and more. Tel: 087 067 0239.

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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 (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.

Classified (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:**.* 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 service Australian and Thai owners WM Renovations – Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 M: 0811 580 065 (Mal) Freelance I.T. Specialist. Services Offered: Data Recovery (accidental format and deletion), Website design and devolopment, Hardware/ Software setup and installation, PC cleaning and maintenance, Free online tech support for minor issues, LAN Configuration, etc. Contact: 087 481 2163, E-mail: 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 oremail p.krittaphon@ 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:

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Fax: (038) 374535 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 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 Englishspeaking Thai lawyer.see ads in PattayaToday. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail

Job Vacancies

(ptfjv-r2208)Sale/Marketing Urgently Required: Salary+Commission: Thai Nationality, able to communicate in English & Thai, Good Attitude, Hardworking, experience preferred but not essential. Contact: 083 773 3210. (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. (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.

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(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. 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 (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-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 lc_pattaya@ (ptfjv-0108)Needed immediately secretary, receptionist, ad sales people and graphic artists for publishing company. Top pay for experienced professionals. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Send resume, CV or inquiries to Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek Part-time and Full-time Teachers to join our team in Pattaya Branch. English Teachers and other Language Teacher, English -Dutch-German-Italian-French -Japanese-Chinese-Russian -Korean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-2500072


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Classified 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.

Vehicles for Sale

(ptm-h2308)Yamaha 1100 Dragstar. 2003, 15,000 km., special paint. 320,000 baht, 087 100 5726. (ptm-c0007)Ford Ranger 4 Door, 4x4, 3.0 Diesel, 2003, silver, loads of extras, full service history, excellent 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-qc0008)Ford Ranger 2002. Manual, 4x4, Foreign owner and maintained. Top up lockable lid. 350,000. Call 081 996 8915. (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-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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Toyota launches the Camry Hybrid in Pattaya

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Fine African Wines from Reni

A very successful wine dinner was held at the Woodland Hotel Suites in North Pattaya recently, and the star of the evening was M/s Reni Hildenbrand, with her prestigious selection of South African wines, which she produces on her own wine and olive estate. Mr. Maurice Bromley, President of the South African Chamber of Commerce Thailand, and Mr. Allan Riddell, who is a consultant from the ‘Board of South African Trade Promotion,’ were largely instrumental in the organisation of this successful event. The Thai distributor Mr. Reinhard Murer, who is the Managing Director of ‘The Wine Cellar’ in both Bangkok and North Pattaya was on hand to assist with the marketing of these fine ‘Hildenbrand’ wines.

Entertaining Duo at Manhattans VIPs from Toyota Motor Thailand and the Ministry of Industry led by Industry Minister H.E. Charnchai Chairungrueng (front row, 3rd left) give the thumbs up for the Thai-assembled Toyota Camry Hybrid introduced to the Pattaya media and car enthusiasts in the resort city. The event was attended by VIPs from various business sectors at the Napalai E Convention Hall of Dusit Thani Pattaya on 26 June 2009.

One of our best international restaurants invites guest musicians once a month on Saturday nights, usually solo or duo performers with an international reputation. A recent jazz night saw the popular duet of saxophone player, Mr. Jeffrey Torres, and his female vocalist M/s Alili, who both thrilled the Manhattan diners with their excellent musical performances. A little bird told us that the big indoor aquariums looked magnificent, because Manager Dave Bowers put on a diving suit and got in with the fish to do some underwater landscaping.

Two Celebrations at ‘Tequila Reef’

The 4th July American Independence Day celebrations were very special at the ‘Tequila Reef’ restaurant in Central Pattaya’s Soi-7, because this great day for the USA was not the only thing that they were grinning about. The American owners have taken the bold step of opening a second identical ‘Tequila Reef’ restaurant within Angeles City in the Philippines. Being slightly bigger than its Pattaya parent, it is doing more business, and is a winner with local American expats and tourists alike.

Vol. 8 No. 21  16 - 31 July 2009

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Rose Wine and Tapas Under the Stars at Amari Orchid Resort and Tower

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The glorious Garden Lounge at Amari Orchid Resort and Tower was the spectacular location for the latest gourmet extravaganza presented by this most prestigious resort. Carefully selected rose wine flowed and a non-stop parade of delicious tapas complimented and soothed the palate. These events are always a delight but this one was especially seductive as the live musicians serenaded the guests and a complimentary neck and shoulder massage relaxed and soothed the senses. The next spectacular wine event has been scheduled for Friday 31st July at Mantra Restaurant in the opulent, oriental Lost Gallery at 18.30 until 20.30. Sauvignon Blanc will be the wine of the night; the tapas will be a non-stop pageant of gourmet delights, the shoulder massages comforting and soothing and the resident band will entertain in their inimitable style. Definitely the place to be. B.500 net/per person and your glass will be bottomless. Advance reservations recommended. All enquiries to (038) 428591.

Bira Pro Car and Truck Racing

Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at Mantra

From left, Khun Ampawan Kuhasak, Social Director, Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Khun Kusuma Yotsamut, Host, “Diplomats in Siam” TV Program, Mr. David Cumming, General Manager, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, H.E. Mr. Nguyen Duy Hung, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mrs. Pham Thi Kim Lien Khun Dhaninrat Klinhom, Director of PR, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower

H.E. Mr. Nguyen Duy Hung, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (3rd right) and his wife, Mrs. Pham Thi Kim Lien (2nd right), were warmly welcomed at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, by Mr. David Cumming, General Manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower. A fabulous dinner party during the TV Program filming of “Diplomats in Siam” took place at Mantra, with smiling faces all round! An exciting day of professional racing at our local Bira Circuit was made even more thrilling when it poured down with rain during both of the final races. Spectacular spin-outs followed by quick thinking race drivers, getting their speedy machines back into the race, was very exciting stuff. While the rain held off for the earlier motorcycle championships, these were no less exciting, with riders clocking maximum speeds under ideal overcast weather conditions. Pictured is a well known Thai celebrity, who visited the races, posing with two of the very pretty Singha promotional ladies.

New Orleans Food and Hildenbrand Wines

Tasty Cajun food and some of the world’s best wines were a feature of awine tasting evening at the ‘New Orleans Café’ in South Pattaya’s Soi Pattayaland-2, and all of the money raised went to local charities. Restaurant owner Mr. Steve Burke, very generously supplied his superb food free of charge, while South African wine maker M/s Reni Hildenbrand donated her fine range of exclusive wines for the event. This is the caring side of Pattaya’s business community that is often not seen, by those who try to vilify our world famous tourist city.

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Pattaya Today for 16th July 2009

Pattaya Today Volume 8 Issue 21  

Pattaya Today for 16th July 2009