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Vol. 8 No. 11  16 - 28 February 2009

Volume 8, Issue 11

16 - 28 February 2009

Pattaya City Planning Drastic Road Changes

Recently, Pattaya City, traffic police, community members, and traffic experts held a meeting regarding traffic problems, particularly on North Pattaya road, Central Pattaya road and South Pattaya road. Suggestions were also made at the meeting to ease traffic flow, by changing from 1 way to 2 way some streets and allowing vehicles to park on the left or right hand side on odd and even dates One of the new 2 way Streets will start from the Dolphin traffic circle, where traffic light will be installed and pass Tiffany’s, Alcazar and Pattaya International Hospital until it reaches Tops supermarket intersection at Central Pattaya, there it will be forced to turn left. Owing to the large amount of traffic as many drivers park their vehicles on the side of the road, particularly on 3rd road from Bali Hai pier to soi 17, and South Pattaya

Mayor Khun Ittiphol demonstrates the way ahead Intersection to Chai Mon- city will allow vehicles to be gkon temple intersection, parked on the left side on odd along with the heavy traffic dates and the right side on in rush-hour and high vol- even dates. Despite the fact that there ume establishments such as banks, Tuk Com, and Pattaya has been no survey to ask the School number 8, it has been public’s opinion, nor a referdecided to allow parking on endum, the city will go ahead different sides of the street on and use the 2 ways system as odd or even days, which will a pilot project. The street signs and road hopefully ease the traffic flow. From Pattaya 3rd road in- signs will get a new coat of tersection to Watchai Mong- paint to ease the problems kon 2nd road intersection, the with the changeover for


drivers and pedestrians, all of which will hopefully reduce road accidents, as well as easing traffic congestion. One of the major factors which causes traffic congestion and road accidents is the fact that many drivers do not respect the traffic laws, for example, drinking and driving, illegal parking, running red light, speeding, racing, etc. Thus, the traffic laws will be strictly enforced, and any illegal driving activities performed by offenders will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Continued on page 2

More progress made at the U-Tapao airport Work is now in hand to seek a budget from city hall in April 2009 to upgrade all the facilities at U-Tapao international airport near Sattahip. The Pattaya mayor and rear admiral

of the navy Surapon Aisanon have been in detailed discussions to upgrade the facility to international standards and to handle a much greater number of tourists. Continued on page 4

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Pattaya City Plans Drastic Road Changes The city will inform the public at least 30 days before the new system comes into effect and its proposed

Vol. 8 No. 11  16 - 28 February 2009 date will be in March 2009. Despite the fact that this is a new scheme to reduce traffic congestion in the city, they hope that it will indeed increase the volume of traffic. Nevertheless, if there is a problem, the project must be reconsidered, but if it works out, the system will be in

place permanently. Nevertheless, if drivers obey traffic laws and traffic laws are strictly enforced, it will reduce traffic jams and road accidents without a shadow of doubt and the system can only work as long as people follow it. by Nana

Elide Fire Ball fire extinguisher lavishly praised worldwide At Siam Safety Premier Co., ltd, Banglamung, Chonburi. Mr. Alongkorn Polaboot, Deputy Minister of Commerce Ministry and Mr. Panawatnan Kraimart, inventor of Elide Fire Ball, held a press conference of the Elide Fire Ball, which is an invention to put out a blaze. Chairman of Public Disaster Relief Volunteer Association of Thailand, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior officials, and honorary guests attended the event. Mr. Panawatnan said that he got the idea to invent the Elide Fire Ball owing to a fire incident that occurred at the Royal Jomtien Hotel. The Elide Fire Ball is a fire extinguishing ball, which is a ball shaped fire extinguisher. Simply thrown into a fire, it will activate within 3-10 seconds (upon fire activat-

ed) and effectively disperse fire-extinguishing chemicals. When a fire occurs and no one is present, fire extinguishing ball will self-activate when it comes into contact with fire and give a loud noise as a fire alarm. Because of this feature, it can be placed in any fire prone area such as above electrical circuit breaker or in a kitchen. There is no need to face the dangers of the fire. No inspection and maintenance are required for the product life span of 5 years.

Siam Safety Premier Co., ltd. (ssp) is the only leading manufactory of the fire extinguishing ball product in Thailand. The product has won so many awards in Thailand and overseas for example the Best Product of 2003 from the Nation newspaper, the New Millennium Award 2003 from the Editorial Office Trade Leader’s Club, the International Quality Crown Award 2004 from England, the Gold Medal Award, the Semi Grand Prize from South Korea, etc.

Building Control Act strictly enforced to protect lives and properties

At Pattaya City Hall, Mr. Pisit Bunchuang, the Chonburi Deputy Governor, chaired a meeting regarding safety regulations at bars and restaurants. Mr. Mongkon Thamkittikoon, Banglamung District Chief, Mr. Ronnakit Ekasing, Pattaya Deputy Mayor, Chonburi Public Works officials, bar and restaurant operators, and all concerned parties attended the meeting Mr. Sumet Sara-aporn, Chonburi Public Works Official, said that the purpose of this meeting was to discuss safety regulations of the entertainment venues and dining places to protect the loss of life to customers and staff, as well as the property. According to the Building Control Act, smoke detectors,

fire alarms, and emergency lighting must be installed; fire extinguishers must be available and fully functional at all time, and there must be fire exits. All commercial places which have an area over 200 square meters and have 2-storeys or more must purchase fire insurance, and the buildings must be inspected thoroughly yearly and every 5 years for a major

Pattaya City Mobile Unit helps the underprivileged At Nongyai temple, Pattaya, Mr. Woottisak Rermkitjakarn, Pattaya City Deputy Mayor, presided over the Pattaya City Mobile Unit project at Nongyai community. Mr. Wattana Jantanawaranon, Pattaya Deputy Mayor, city councilors, and city officials were the guests of honor at the event, who then

proceeded to hand out bags of rice to the underprivileged. Pattaya city has set up the Pattaya City Mobile Unit project to aid the less fortunate and to promote the works of the city. The mobile unit provides free haircuts, physical examinations, dental examinations, hands out birth control pills and condoms,

inspection. Mr. Pisit Bunchuang said that the policy must be strictly enforced to prevent another tragedy to occur. There should not be a Santika Pub incident again, which killed 62 persons when the fire broke out on New Year’s Eve. The business operators must comply with the Building Control Act or risk the loss of their business license. gives vaccine shots to pets, exchanges recycled garbage with eggs, taking complaints, advising citizens regarding taxes, laws, property, etc, as well as selling products made by community members in Pattaya city. The Pattaya City Mobile Unit is supported by Ketsiri Beauty School, Pattaya Law Office, Pattaya Community, the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities, and Banglamung Hospital.

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Preparation meeting to hand out diplomas to graduate students

at Pattaya School Number 5, Mr. Ittipon Khunpluem, Pattaya City Mayor, chaired a meeting with school administrators to discuss handing out diplomas for students who graduated in the year 2008. There were 861 kindergarten children and 982 junior high school students. A graduation ceremony is scheduled for March 24th, 2009 at Pattaya Indoor Stadium, soi Chaiyapruek 2: in the morning for the kindergarten children and in the afternoon for junior high school students.

The meeting also discussed training 40 teachers to become Boy Scout leaders, who will be the first group to be trained, as

well as making the announcement that Pattaya School 11 will be open this year. by Nana

PTT Pattaya Open tennis a smash hit with the tennis stars The US$220,000 PTT Pattaya Open, part of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour opens a new chapter in the history of women’s tennis in Thailand. The tournament, which has been upgraded to be part of the “international series” which played at the Dusit Thani, Pattaya from 7 – 15 February 2009 has attracted the strongest ever line-up of tennis stars in the 18 year history of the tournament. Leading the parade of stars are two Russian players, Vera Zvonareva currently ranked No 5 in the world and Nadia Petrova who is ranked at No 10. They are supported by the three hottest teenage stars in women’s tennis today, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark,

ranked no 13 in the world, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who is ranked No 15 and Dominika Cibulkova of the Slovak Republic currently ranked no 18 in the world. Besides the five top 20 stars, there are also two former champions in the tournament, Shahar Peer of Israel, the 2006 champion and Sybille Bammer of Austria, the 2007 champion. Other well known international stars are Japanese icon Kimiko Date Krumm and India’s Sania Mirza. Leading the Thai challenge are Tammarine Tanasugarn, currently ranked no 41 in the world and world no 1 junior champion Noppawan Lertcheewakarn. To meet the standards for the new international series, there

have been several improvements made to the venue, with the addition of a fourth court on-site, improved lighting, expanded stadium capacity and better facilities for officials, the players and the media.

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Volunteer traffic inspectors certified

At the meeting room in Pattaya city hall, Mr Sittipap Muengkoom, deputy chief, handed out certificates

of competence to 20 city inspectors who completed a course of training with flair and distinction.

Excessive drinking caused elderly German to drown in the ocean

Old Wooden shrine just refuses to be burned down

Ghostly tale of the baby and the lottery sellers

Nasty minded and probably illegal lottery bookmakers and sales staff hired arsonists to try and burn down a shrine, in fact a fig tree, in the Plutaluang district. But all attempts to start a conflagration failed even though a tree is obviously made of wood to the best of our knowledge. The lottery people were angry that this shrine was used by the general public to try and guess the lottery numbers which would turn out to be lucky winners. The tree was always full of food and drink – an attempt to please the residing spirit – and visitors used their ingenuity to detect the lucky numbers which appeared pinned or painted from time to time. A resident of the area Mr Rod Jamnaj, aged 74, told reporters he knew the legend of the tree and the shrine very

well. Many years ago the corpse of an infant had been laid to rest there and, as a result, there had been many road accidents at the very spot on the main road. The superstition grew and drivers even pipped their horn as a sign of respect as they drove past to prevent their engines blowing up. Another tradition was that local residents visited the shrine to pay their respects and honour the supernatural element there and, in return, found lucky lottery numbers. Who or what put the numbers there we can only guess. But local lottery retailers became angry that people were always asking for the same numbers or were trying to cheat the system by the intervention of the some ghost or other. So they tried to end the matter in fire. But without success.

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More progress made at the U-Tapao airport

The likely measures include purchasing new equipment, remodelling and expanding current buildings to deal more effectively with passenger services and bureaucratic requirements. At present the airport can handle only 400 passengers per day which is not a good showing. The closure of both Bangkok airports last year during the street demonstrations indicated the need for alternative facilities and the idea was mooted to reclas-

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sify U-Tapao as an international airport on a true scale. The consent of the Royal Thai Navy is required for all changes as they own the premises. Another suggestion has been to transfer ownership to Pattaya City authorities.

At 2.00 p.m. on February 5th, 2009, Police Lieutenant Colonel Anan Tammachaikoon, Pattaya Police Stataion, Chonburi, received a report that the body of a European man had been found on the beach behind the Cosy Hotel, Moo 12, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. After receiving the report, the police and the Sawangboriboon paramedic team arrived at the scene. There a crowd of Thai and foreign onlookers, who were curious to know what had happened with the body who turned out to be Mr. Hifons Beyer, aged 72, German national, wearing only blue swimming trunks. There was no sign of a struggle or foul play and it appeared he had been dead for about an

hour. Mrs. Somkid Tongbo, aged 39, a member of staff at Tokyo Beer Bar in soi 9, told the police that the victim was a regular customer and had stayed at the Green hotel in room 112 on the 2nd floor since January 28th, 2009. Before the tragic incident occurred, the victim and his friend came to drink at her bar and the dead man excused himself to go swimming in the ocean where he met his death. Police presume the deceased was old, not so healthy, with excessive drinking. Whilst swimming in the ocean he got cramp, which could be the cause of death. Nevertheless, his body was sent to hospital for an autopsy and the German Embassy has been informed regarding the incident.

First bed race hits Pattaya’s streets

Sunday 8th February promised to be a new experience for Pattaya, not very often you can say that! 1,000s of people lined the streets on Beach Road and Walking Street to observe the first ever Pattaya Bed race organised in partnership between the Rotary Club and Pattaya City Hall. Starting at the Royal Garden Plaza and finishing at Bali Hai, the atmosphere was electric as participants from local bars, clubs, community groups and businesses joined together to entertain the crowds, although it did seem that most of the participants were more interested in entertaining themselves, whilst raising money for this very worthwhile organisation. Nobody seemed to know where the Charity Bed Race originated. Most people’s money went on England, I don’t

know why. But it has captured the imagination of fundraisers all over the world including the U.S.A., UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to name a few. The idea is for a team of up to 6 members, who must dress as outrageously as possible it would seem, to push their spectacularly decorated beds through the course as strangely as possible. Prizes are not only awarded for the quickest, but also for the most outrageous and most spectacular bed NOT finishing the race. Let’s hope that after the success of this year’s race, this event will become part of Pattaya’s yearly diary. Our congratulations go out to all the contestants and our thanks to the Rotary Club and Pattaya City Hall for bringing a large grin to many faces in these difficult times.

The inspectors, all volunteers without pay or favour, will be on duty at various schools in the area at the time of the day when the kid are coming and going. They will be there to supervise the heavy traffic and to ensure the children can cross the road without any danger to life and limb. There were 104 applicants to take on these important voluntary duties of social distinction but only 20 passed the examination. The others,

it seems, simply did not know enough about the subject or got confused in the test.

The Engines revved up in style for bike week

City hall officials, tourist bigwigs and the Burapa motorcycle clan held a press conference about bike week which was scheduled for the weekend February 13 – 15. This was the 6th such event and was designed to attract bikers and to increase visitor

arrivals in the city. Amongst the attractions were cowboy shows, elegant and vintage cars, folk dancing and rock concerts from Thai superstars. There were 5,000 bikers in town for the extravaganza although they did not all rev up at the same time.

Monk found guilty of gross misconduct with woman disrobed immediately

At 11:00 p.m. on February 4th, 2009, Banglamung Police Station received a report from residents that a monk had brought females into a rented room at Baankaew Pubpa apartment room number 14 located at 104/15. Moo 10, soi Boonsampan temple 12 (Khao Talo), Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. After receiving the report, the police arrived at the location. At the room, the police found the monk named Pra Niwat Titiyano or Mr. Niwat Saeboon, aged 30 with a young female named Mrs. Chom Chuenchom, aged 33, Cambodian national, who claimed that she was the monk’s devotee. The monk said that his room was a holy place and it was a place that he performed a ritual to get rid of bad luck by sprinkling holy water on the head to transcend magic powers to

protect the persons. Nevertheless, the police officers requested for identification, and found out that he was ordained at Bangmuang temple, Watsai, Nakornsawan. After checking his identification, the police requested to search the premises. The found 5 cellular phones of which 2 of them had adult movie clips, and another 2 had pictures of Pra Niwat and Mrs. Chom and many other females all taken together, which indicated serious misconduct for a monk. After questioning the 2 of them, they confessed that they had been establishing passionate affairs for 2 months. He was taken to Nongprue temple to be disrobe and forced to leave the priesthood by a senior monk and, Mrs. Chom was charged with entering Thailand illegally.

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Peach Hosts Money Expo Pattaya 2009

Over 45,000 visitors attended the Money Expo Pattaya 2009, held 6-8 February in the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. A huge success, the event produced over 19 billion baht worth of transactions by over 22,000 individuals. The visitor numbers and transaction figures surpassed all expectations.

The 3 day event was officially opened by the Finance Minister, H. E. Korn Chatikavanij. He was accompanied by Mr. Santi Wiriyanrungsarit, editor of the Money & Banking Journal, who had conceived of the event. Many VIPs and celebrities attended the first day celebrations, including Governor of Chonburi, Mr Surapol Pongtadsirikul and Pattaya Mayor Mr. Itthipol Khunplume.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) held a “SET in the City Zone” for the first time this year. According to Ms. Sopawadee Lertmanaschai, SET chief marketing officer, market and post-trade services, “Chonburi accounts for 32% of the eastern seaboard’s deposits, and it has the highest securities trading volume as well.” Pattaya City has the highest gross domestic product in the region. The Money Expo event joined the SET with commercial banks in order to enhance the public’s abilities in personal financial planning and inform them of investment alternatives. Participating banks included Bangkok Bank, Thai Farmer’s (K) Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Bank of Ayudhaya, Thai Military Bank, Siam City Bank, Bank Thai, Government Saving Bank, Gov-

ernment Housing Bank. Other participating organizations included Ayudhaya Auto Lease Co. Ltd., AEON Thana Sinsap Co. Ltd. and Muang Thai Life Assurance, The Revenue Department, The Office of Insurance Commission and Sinsulp Bangkok Commercial Co. Ltd. In the photo from left to right, Royal Cliff Executive Director Mr. Vathanai Vathanakul, Director of Sales and Marketing, Mrs. Sunisa Yusanonde, Mr. Santi Viriyarungsarit, Editor-inChief of Money & Banking Magazine and H.E. Mr. Korn Chatikavanij, Minister of Finance for Thailand, celebrating the opening of MONEY EXPO PATTAYA 2009, held 6-9 February at the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH), a world class convention facility of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.

Heavy traffic in soi Wong Amart caused by construction vehicles There are complaints from local residents in soi Wong Amart, Naklua, soi 18, Moo 5, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. The residents are complaining that due largely to the construction of condominiums, hotels, and buildings in the soi, the volume of traffic has been increasing and causing traffic

congestion. Many vehicles are parked on both sides of the road from the entrance to the end of the soi, and most them are owned by people who work at the construction sites. Not only the automobiles are causing heavy traffic but also food merchants who set up their stalls along the soi.

After the residents filed a grievance to the city, Mr. Ronnakit Ekkasing, Pattaya City Deputy Mayor and Pattaya Traffic Police Officers arrived at the location to find out the truth about the soi. They found that there were many vehicles in that

soi and talked to the management teams from various companies asking them to alleviate traffic by not bringing so many vehicles, and to not park them for too long or they will face severe punishment from traffic police. Let’s hope they fully cooperate.

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NEWS Vol. 8 No. 11  16 - 28 February 2009 Monkey girl’s appearance Banglamung police was due to bad karma give advice on firearms

Reporters received a report that there was a young girl who has the appearance and behavior of a monkey. Her name is Benyapa Sookmak or Nong Pin, aged 2 and a half. Her father is Mr. Sinchai Sookmak, aged 27 and mother is Mrs. Mayuree Bootnok, aged 20, who are temporary clerks at the municipality of Sattahip, Chonburi. After receiving the report, the reporters arrived at the location. They met Mrs. Mayuree who was holding Nong Pin in front of her rented room. The reporter asked the mother how Nong pin was so extraordinary compared with other children at her age. She explained that Nong Pin could not speak, liked to swing and hang from things, walk on tip-toe, and could not stay put. She took her daughter to a day nursery but she had been rejected without reason. She had become popular amongst her family and neighbors due to her appearance and behaviour. Many people think she looks adorable and they give her toys and munchies. Mrs. Mayuree had revealed that she carried Nong Pin only 7 months. She gave birth at Sattahip Hospital, Putaluang, Chonburi. The infant weighed only 1

kilogram, her head was as small as a fist, skin was withered, and she had thin hair. Despite the fact she looked weak, she was a healthy child. After only 2 days, her neck got stronger rapidly. On her second birthday, the family had taken her to worship grandfather Ee, a deity, and gave her daughter to be his stepdaughter. When they brought her back from the temple that day, they let her sit on the ground and she started to totter and was able to take baby steps and finally walk. It was a miracle that she could walk and her story became the talk of Sattahip. Mrs. Mayuree further stated that some authorities said that the reason her daughter looks looked odd was due to law of karma, which is a result of one's past deeds. She said that Nong Pin’s grandfather used to hunt and kill monkeys, gibbons, and langurs. It is believed that karma has made Nong Pin the way she is. The child’s grandparents are still alive and love Nong Pin very much. The grandfather has promised not to be unkind to animals ever again.

Banglamung enforcing new internet law

At Pariyattham building at Chaimongkon temple, Mr. Mongkon Thammakittikoon, Banglamung District Chief, chaired a meeting with internet shop owners and karaoke shop owners to inform them of the new movies and video act of 2009 and other related laws. Mr. Mongkon said that according to the Ministry of Interior, every province must

enforce movies and video act of 2009. This new law will protect children and prevent them from entering those premises, as well as punishing store owners severely for allowing them to use services. The new internet law bars youngsters under 18 from useing the internet shop at night time. Mind you, this has been tried before.

AT a meeting on the 4th floor of Banglamung Police Station, Chonburi, Police Colonel Somnuek Janket, Banglamung Superintendent and Police Lieutenant Colonel Pramote Ngampradit, Deputy Superintendent of Investigation and Enquiry, chaired a meeting with other officers to draw up plans to prevent banks and gold shops from being robbed due to crime. Banks, gold shops, gas sta-

tion, and residence buildings are occurring very often these days. Suggestions were made at the meeting that the stores should install CCTV, hire security guards, automatic door, and the owners of the shop, excluding the banks, should have their own firearms to protect their property and themselves. They will be trained how to use firearms properly from experienced police officers.

Oil smugglers busted in by Marine Police Division 5

Police Major General Misakwan Buala, Chief of Marine Police Division, and Police Colonel Pinij Sirichai, Superintendent of Marine Police Division 5, received a tip-off that there would be oil smuggling going on at Pramong port, Development Project, (Banglamung canal). After receiving the tipoff, Police Major General Misakwan had instructed Police Lieutenant Colonel Chayapon Yaiying, Police Investigator of Marine Police Division 5 to capture the culprits. Police arrived at the port and found a big oil vessel named Suwannapoom which was transferring gasoline to an 18-wheel white Hino delivery truck license plate 81-9688 Chonburi. The police identified themselves and arrested a truck driver, whose name was Mr. Satit Wongsaroj, aged 42, address on ID: 143/70 Moo 4, Huaykrapi, Chonburi and a boatswain named Mr. Direk Kaewsai, aged 40, address on ID: 36 Moo 6, Baansuanmai Sookkasem, Wongkailas, Sukothai, and another sailor named Mr. Yongyoot Puchong, aged 22, address on ID: 83, Municipality 5, Kloong, Chantaburi. The ship, delivery truck and bunker oil were all confiscated and collected as evidence.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Chayapon revealed that the policy of the Marine Police Division is to suppress oil smuggling and the police had received a tip-off about this unlawful operation. Therefore, they were able to capture the perpetrators thanks to their secret sources of information. They had learned later that the ship carried 30,000 liters of oil of which 10,000 litres had been transfered to the truck which left 20,000 liters remaining. Mr. Satit confessed that he had hired a man to sail to Kholoy, Sri racha area to get the smuggled oil and transfer it to the truck then deliver to his client. He was charged with possession of products without paying the authorised tax. He was taken to Banglamung Police Station for further investigation. Marine Police Division is responsible for ensuring the safety of water users, enforcing laws relating to water traffic, preventing crime on vessels, banks and shores, providing search and rescue services, and allowing the police to reach locations not easily accessible from land. It is also responsible for coastal security, conservation law enforcement, immigration and smuggling patrols and diving search operations.

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Police give donations Raja Maritime School’s 10th anniversary to the disabled-needy

At Pattaya Police Station, Police Colonel Sarayoot Sa-ngawnpokai, Pattaya Police Superintendent and Foreign Police Volunteers Group 5 donated necessity items to Karoonyawet Banglamung Home for the Disabled to the value of 19,000 baht.

Police Colonel Sarayoot revealed that this donation was a new year present from Pattaya Police Station to people in need, especially the disabled and the less fortunate. Also, it wanted to change people’s idea that police never give cash to charity. In fact they do.

Navy Officers trained to disperse protestors

Captain Noppadon Panyachome, Director of Royal Thai Navy Security Department, ordered 225 navy officers to train in crowd dispersal at a soccer field at Samnakkraton School, Bangchang, Rayong. The purpose of the training exercise was to prepare the officers in case any protesting crowd get out of control and creating mahem in the streets. The training focused on new tactics to disperse mobs without destroying property or injuring any human beings.

A mass rally against the government is protected by the constitution and, as long as the crowd protests in peace, there will be no loss of lives nor any public property damaged. If matters turn violent that may be different. Nevertheless, there should be professionaly trained officials to disperse the crowd in case they are out of control and this training would definitely enhance the skills of those trained who would thus be ready to do the job if needed.

Press conference for the Honda LPGA 2009

At the Siam Country Club's Plantation Course, Pattaya, Mr. Pitak Puettisasikorn, Managing Director of Honda Automobile (Thailand), Mrs. Surang Prempree, Managing Director of Channel 7, and Mr. Prasertchai Porn-

prapa, Managing Director of Siam Country Club's Plantation, held a press conference for the forthcoming Honda Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) Thailand 2009 golf tournament. The Honda Ladies Profes-

Raja Maritime School, located on South Pattaya Road, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the school, when local officials and dignitaries attended the ceremony. The event started with 9 Buddhist monks chanting the liturgies for good luck and prosperity for the staff, students and the school

generally. After the religious ceremony, the honorary guests toured the exhibition of school’s past, present, and future. The Raja Maritime School was officially opened on January 24th, 1999 and offers maritime courses and training for those who wish to work in the maritime industry.

Statues of the dead almost killed sculptor

A navy man who was a gifted sculptor was commissioned to make 2 sculptures of sentries to be erected in front of Pramaha Jetsadaratchao Marine Division, Royal Thai Marine Corps. While he was making the sculptures, he wanted them to look more human so had performed a ritual to call on the dead soldiers’ spirit to take up residence. After calling the spirits, it seemed like bad luck had descended on him

and his beloved wife -- they had been cursed ever since. For example, he slipped and fell twice and almost died of his injuries. His wife’s middle finger was cut off by a coconut grater machine in an unrelated incident. This paranormal tale had been revealed by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Pramote Wantong, aged 45, and Mrs. Junjira Wantong, the wife, aged 41, who lived at Sattahip, Ban-

sional Golfers Association (LPGA) 2009 was scheduled to take place on February 26th thru March 1st, 2009 at the Siam Country Club's Plantation Course, Pattaya, Chonburi. The golf course was designed by SchmidtCurley Inc, and the contest is a 72-hole, stroke play event. Female Superstars from the LPGA Tour are led by Lorena Ochoa, Yani Tseng (2), Paula Creamer (3), Suzann Pettersen (4), Helen Alfredsson (6), Cristie Kerr (7), Angela Stanford (8), Karrie Webb (9) Seon Hwa Lee

(10), Se Ri Pak, Inbee Park, Morgan Pressel, Juli Inkster, Jeong Jang, Laura Davies, Ai Miyazato, Christina Kim, Russamee 'Russy' Gulyanamitta, Stacy Prammanasudh etc. The prize money for this golf tournament is $1.45 million or about 50 million baht. Ticket prices for Thursday and Friday are 200 baht. Saturday and Sunday 400 baht. Under 18s and over 60s can attend the event for free. Golf fans can purchase tickets at

glamung, Chonburi. They said that after the ill omens kept plaguing them, they decided to seek advice from a Brahma priest. The priest told them to perform another ritual to ask for forgiveness from the guardian spirits and offer food and beverages to them. Khun Pramote admitted he had performed a ritual to call on solders’ spirit to possess his statutes in order to make them look and feel human and he did not tell any one about his ritual. While he was asleep, he dreamt of a dead man who was a seaman from North East named Rapee. His wife, for her part, began sleep walking and talking to unseen guests. In the morn-

ing, she turned on her coconut grater machine and her middle finger was cut off due to a malfunction of the engine or some interference by the supernatural. Khun Pramote then slipped and fell twice in the bathroom and each time almost killed himself. Khun Pramote said that he was a self-taught sculptor and never even attended school for this subject. He further stated that he might have made mistakes during his ritual to invite the spirits of the dead to possess his statues. However, after apologizing to the spirits in the ritual suggested by the priest, all matters had returned to normal. Thank goodness for that.

Pattaya music festival now back after a break Pattaya deputy mayor Weerawut Kharkai chaired a planning meeting to pave the way for the musical event on February 20 thru’ 22 at various locations throughout the city. The Thai tourist authority had allocated 20 million baht in funds to spend on high quality Thai and international singers to perform in front of the masses. The music festival did

not occur last year, so after a 12 months break, this year the centres will be at Bali Hai pier, sois 4-6 on beach road and the area in front of Central Festival. The provincial administration organisation of Chonburi has also kicked in 10 million baht to ensure the whole thing is a wow event for young and old enthusiasts of music in all its styles and glory.

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Police Captain Pratipat Poomlee, Pattaya police investigator of the Dongtan Substation, was notified that a European man had been found dead in a bush behind Jomtien Rim Hard Condominium located at 350/64 Moo. 12, Jomtien Beach Road. Police Captain Pratipat had informed his superiors regarding the incident and the Sawangboriboon paramedic rescue personnel and Banglamung medical team were notified. At the scene, they found the body of the European man in a bush behind ‘A’ building of the Jomtien Condo lying face down on the ground. He was around 40-45, chubby, wearing a gray short-sleeved T-shirt and light blue shorts. When the rescue team turned his body over, they found many of his bones were broken and his stomach was ripped open, a macabre sight indeed. It was estimated he had been dead for about 7 hours. Next to his body there was a pair of flip-flops, brand Adda. At time of the discovery, there was no identification or evidence of

who he was. Police then thoroughly inspected the building of the Jomtien Rim Hard Condominium, which was a 16-storey building including a roof-deck. On the 14th floor they found a Marlboro cigarette butt on the stair of the fire exit which matched up with the precise location where the body was discovered. Police presumed he might indeed have fallen from this spot. Police Colonel Sarayoot Sa-ngwanpoka said that after questioning the condo staff and security guards, nobody knew who the dead man was whether he was a resident, visitor, or trespasser. Police presumed that he might have been smoking on the balcony and accidentally fell or committed suicide. However, it would be unwise to draw firm conclusions from these presumptions. Thus, his body has been sent to a forensic lab at the Police Hospital for an autopsy and further investigations must be carried out to find the cause of the unpleasant demise.

Sadistic Hotheads use baseball in vicious attack

Police Lieutenant Colonel Pongsawas Wongwan, Pattaya Police Investigator, received a report of a fatal accident between a motorbike and delivery truck in which one man died instantly in soi 15 behind the Welcome Plaza Hotel on Second Road. After receiving the report, the police contacted Sawangboriboon paramedic team and arrived at the accident scene. At the scene, they found the body of an 18-year man, a student at Thai Ito Technology School, who took a part-time job after school as a food deliverer for WOW Delivery Company. His body faced up and his neck was broken. Next to his body was a blue and black striped Honda Wave motorbike license plate NGTR 297 Chonburi. Not too far from the motorbike and the body of the young man, there was a blue Toyota Sport Rider pick-up truck license plate KT 6701 Chonburi, a right fender damaged after crashing into into another vehicle. The truck driver was Mrs. Nittiya Jones, aged 44 and living in Naklua, who was waiting to be questioned by police officers. She said that while she was driving her

vehicle, all of a sudden there was a motorbike behind her pick-up truck travelling at high speeds and trying to overtake her. But there was a delivery truck coming in the opposite direction which caused a collision with the big truck. Thus the motor bike boy died instantly with a loud thud. She added that this tragic accident was not her fault and she offered full cooperation to the police. The delivery truck driver that crushed the body of the young man had fled the scene after the accident. It was discovered shortly afterwards and was Hino truck license plate 837565 Chonburi, which was owned by Pattana-Homchuen Compan. The truck driver was detained by good Samaritans who saw the incident. He was Mr. Suchon Mongkontae, aged 38, and residing in Banglamung. He told the police that he was driving the truck to pick up soil for bulldozing and he did not know or feel a thing. Nevertheless, the police did not believe his story. He was taken to the police station and will be charged with causing a hit and run accident and reckless driving.

Food poisoning turns into domestic violence

Jomtien based police officers heard the devastating news that a victim was in a critical condition after being viciously assaulted by three thugs. Investigators rushed to the area in front of the Jomtien Garden Hotel where they found out that one of the attackers had been apprehended by an Egyptian passer-by Afef Elghonemi. The unfortunate victim, Taweesak Nuansree, aged 27 and a watch seller, was found to have a battered body and a broken hand and was rushed to the Memorial Hospital by Sawangboriboon volunteers.

The broken baseball bat was found nearby in a blooded condition. The hothead who was under arrest, 22 year old Akkarapong Ong-ad, said that he and his bully friends had decided to teach the watch seller a lesson he would not forget after he had pulled a gun on them in a previous feuding incident. Police are now actively pursuing the other two culprits with the nicknames Nok and Jiab. This is just the sort of incident that Pattaya certainly does not need at the moment.

Crime suppression unit officers sallied forth in force after finding out that the apartment house behind the Toongrad temple had become a scene of horrendous doom. Miss Kanja and Mr Pirot, a paired couple, were rushed to Banglamung hospital as both were in a very blood-

ied condition. They were followed there by investigators but they failed to find out much as both victims were asleep. Later, however, Miss Kanja said that she, her boyfriend and some friends had been having a drink in front of the apartment. One thing led to another and

Police Lance Corporal Jun Sreebantao, a Group Leader of Crime Prevention and Suppression, Pattaya Police Station received a report that there was a snatch and run crime in soi Taengmo, Central Pattaya and a suspect was heading to the Holiday Mansion Hotel. At the scene, officers found a female victim who was still deeply shocked by the incident. She was Mrs. Tanaporn Kajun, aged 29. She told the police officers that she worked at Thomas Bar in soi Diana Inn and she was going back to Petchaboon to see her children and give them some money. She was on the phone talking to her folks about her coming home, suddenly there was someone walking behind her who put his arm around her neck and snatched her cell phone before running away.

She saw the suspect heading to the Holiday Mansion Hotel and started to holler for help. The police and good Samaritans had blockaded the area and were able to detain the culprit with 1 Nokia cell phone still in his possession He was immediately taken to Pattaya police station for questioning. He said his name was Mr. Wasan Sreela-ong, aged 22 from Buriram. He confessed that he committed the crime owing to the fact he was a victim of circumstances. He had been unemployed for quite some time and his girlfriend had dumped him due to his being out of money. He explained he was very sorry for acting like a fool. Nonetheless, he will be charged with attempted theft and will face consequences of his unmeritorious conduct.

Handbag grabbed with losses of 200,000 baht

The Tukcom building in South Pattaya Road was the setting for a particularly expensive smash and grab raid when Miss Pornkaew Mongkolkitt, aged 31, and her British husband, Brian Fewtrell, were sitting peacefully on their motorbike when an awful thing happened. Two teenagers, dressed in black, appeared out of nowhere on their own motorbike and succeeded in grabbing the woman’s handbag in a snatch. Inside was a diamond necklace valued at 70,000 baht, a diamond ring of a similar monetary order, 20,000 baht in cash and a

mobile phone and sundry documents. They then sped away in the direction of Sukhumvit and disappeared in spite of police attempts to radio ahead to colleagues and block off likely exits. The bereft couple explained that the jewelry was custom made and all the more important and sentimental for that. Mr Fewtrell ran an import and export jewelry business in UK. It’s a possibility that the couple were targeted for an attack after the villains had done research into their wealthy circumstances, but nothing is for sure in this sort of inquiry.

everyone became rather drunk which led to a heated argument about nothing in particular. There was also a dispute about some food which had been served and which might have been past its sell-by date. Eventually the party of joy did break up, but an hour later it seems that one disillusioned party

goer came back with a gun and shot both the host and the hostess. The mystery man then hopped back on his motor bike and disappeared into the night long before the police could do anything about it. Inquiries are continuing and, in the name of peace and order, let’s hope there’s a good result.

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Speed transporter is busted by cops

Police Senior Sergeant Major Wiyarat Manassa, Chief of Crimes suppression and prevention, Banglamung Police Station led police officers and volunteers to perform a routine check in the soi Siam Country Club in front of Mea La Plapao Restaurant. They found a transvestite gentleman on a green Mio Yamaha motorbike license plate KYT 592 acting suspiciously and requested to search his vehicle and body. After a thorough search of the suspect and his motorbike, they found 6 packets

of white methamphetamine or ice in his shirt’s pocket and 6 grams in weight. The suspect’s name was Mr. Nachakorn Wriyapokagoon, aged 21. He said that he was out of work so took an unlawful job as a drugs transporter to make a living. After each delivery he would get 4,000 baht from Mr. Mac who was his employer but he did not know his real name. He was taken to Banglamung Police Station for further investigation to find out who Mr. Mac is. He was then charged with distribution of illegal substances.

Four pickpockets caught by Good Samaritans


Illegal workers are busted at tailors’ shop

Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaiyadit Panyameunsakoon, Chief of Chonburi Provisional Transnational Crime Suppression Center, received a tip-off that there were illegal migrants working in Pattaya and especially in Walking Street. After receiving the tip-off, Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaiyadit led his team to search stores in the Walking Street area. They found 5 illegal workers at a tailoring shop. They were 2 Indians, whose names were Mr. Mr.Kishore Jethanand, aged 33 and Mr. Rohit, aged 25. The other three were Burmese. They were Mr. Nan, aged 30, Mr. Asoke, aged 22, and Mr. Raj, aged 31. Nevertheless, the owner of the store managed to escape from the police as he had received a friendly

tip that the fuzz were on the way. Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaiyadit said that, according to Government and Royal Thai Police Bureau’s policy, illegal migrants and illegal workers must be rounded up as they are bad news. Recently, many Ronhinsas had entered the country illegally and caused all sorts of problems. Despite the fact that Indians, Pakistanis, Burmese, etc are good workers and cheaper than Thai laborers, they have to obtain proper documents to work legally in Thailand or they will be arrested. The guys in this case will be charged with working without permits and some of them will be charged with entering the country illegally. This is a typical case of human unhappiness.

Drunk girl performs exotic dance in her birthday suit

Police Lieutenant Colonel Sutham Chaosreethong, Pattaya Police Deputy Superintendent of Crimes Supression Unit, Chonburi, received a report that a group of pickpockets were under detention by good Samaritans on 2nd road near soi Pattaya Land in front of Thai Military Bank, South Pattaya. After receiving the report, the police arrived at the scene. At the scene, there was Mr. Roy Trank Askuik Mobilenro, who was a victim, and good Samaritans were detaining 4 pickpockets. They were Miss Sunisa Juntaro, aged 18, Miss Sanet Keowsa-ad, aged 42, Miss Da (alias name), aged 14, and Mrs. Sunan Keowsa-ad, aged 39. They lived in inner city in soi 5, Tepprasit road, Jomtein. The police found 1 amphetamine in a pocket shirt of Miss Da and equipment for taking drugs. They also found a wallet which had 1,140 baht and an ATM card. They were taken to police station and the police performed urine tests on them and the results turned out to be positive for all of

them. Mr. Roy told the police that he was taking a baht bus to return to his hotel in South Pattaya area. When the bus reached soi Pattaya Land, 2nd road, the group of suspects got on the bus. They sat next to him and initiated a conversation and while he was not aware one of them reached into his pants pocket to grab his wallet. He realized what had happened to him and started to shout for help. The gang of 4 were then apprehended by good Samaritans who luckily happened to be nearby. Although they were caught red-handed, they denied all the charges and Miss Sunan Keowsa-add challenged the police to prove they were wrongdoers. Police Lieutenant Colonel Chanapat Nawaluk, Pattaya Deputy Superintendent of Investigation, told the reporters that pickpocket phenomenon was a prolonged problem for Pattaya City. A gang of pickpockets usually has 4-5 members and Miss Sunan Keowsa-ad is very notorious and her gang even has its own call sign “Gang Fam-

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Police Sergeant Major Anucha Puekngam, Chief of Crime Suppression and Prevention, Pattaya Police

Station, Chonburi, arrested Miss Kanokwan Yubua, aged 22, while she was dancing naked in front of Happiness

Stars beer bar in soi 7. She was taken to the police station with a bar cashier named Mrs. Nichapat Tanapoomchai. Miss Kanokwan confessed to the naked exotic dance and explained she did it because she was under the influence of alcohol and did not mean to hurt anybody. She just wanted to have fun. Mrs. Nichapat, the cashier, said that she ran a respectable business and she never had a strategy to tell her female staff to perform stark naked dances to lure clients

Baht bus surprisingly bursts into flames Mr. Pichit Kriakkutan, Chief of Sawangrojjanatham paramedic rescue team at Sattahip, received a report from a doughty citizen that there was a baht bus which had burst into flames on Sukumwit road, Plutaluang. He then contacted the municipality of Sattahip for the fire trucks which were sent to the scene to put out the fire. It took firefighters 20 minutes to subdue the ily soi 5”. Their victims are mostly foreigners and when they were caught the police could not find the evidence on Miss Sunan, who is the leader of the gang. Nevertheless, they will be charged with conspiring theft at night time and being in possession of illegal substances.

conflagration. The estimated loss is 150,000 baht. Mr. Sumet Intachai, aged 24, a baht bus driver from Sattahip, Chonburi, told investigators that he was driving an orange Nissan Big M baht bus license number 10-2084 Rayong from Bangchang, Rayong

to drop off passengers in Sattahip. When his baht bus reached Moo 7, Plutaluang, he detected a smell of burning from the truck’s engine and decided to stop the vehicle. He then asked his 17 year old girlfriend, Miss Junpen Janto, and 2 passengers to get off the bus for their own

to the beer bar. Anyway Miss Kanokwan was just another customer and not her employee. She was a regular at the bar. Miss Kanokwan had performed the exotic dance in her birthday suit several times in the past and had not desisted even when ordered to do so by a distraught management. Nonetheless, the police charged Mrs. Nichapat with selling booze after regular hours, whilst Miss Kanokwan was charged with performing a lewd act in public. safety as the bus used NGV gas. Within minutes the baht bus was engulfed in flames. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the awful incident. Mr. Sumet said that he rented the bus for 500 baht a day from Mr. Narong Chumchue, aged 58, who lived in Ban Chang. Before the incident, he took the pick-up truck to repair the AC compressor at a shop in Banchang, Rayong. Mr. Narong Chumchue, the owner of the baht bus, came to check out his vehicle after receiving the disturbing news. He said that he owned 3 baht buses and all of them used NGV gas as alternative fuel and none of them had ever burst in flames. He suspected that the fire was caused by an electric short circuit due to poor work from fixing the AC compressor.

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Gambling den operated illegal slot machines at the Avenue Mall

Police Lieutenant Colonel Passakorn Thaikit, Chief of Chonburi Investigator, Police Lieutenant Colonel Sutham Chowsreetong and Pattaya Deputy Superintendent of Crimes Suppression Unit led a police team to storm the Mario Land store, located on a 2nd floor of the Avenue Shopping Mall, Pattaya, Chonburi, which was operating illegal slot machines. They found 20 illegal slot machines, 20 gamblers, and 3 male staff. The staff were Mr. Wittaya Wapa, aged 20, address on ID: 15/41 Moo 13, Ladprao, Bangkok, Mr. Supoj Wantamas, aged 22, address on ID: 30 Moo 10, Tako, Huaytalaeng, Nakon Rachasrima, and Mr. Sirichai Petch-oh, aged 25, address on ID: 57 Moo 3, Huaypra, Dontoom, Nakornpathom. They told

the police that they were just workers and it was nothing to do with them. The staff and 20 gamblers were taken to the police station for questioning. Police Lieutenant Colonel Passakorn revealed to the press that he had received a tip-off that there were many illegal slot machines located at the Game Zone on the second floor on 2nd road, Pattaya. Each day a large number of staff who worked at the Avenue mall came to play the slot machines. Next to the ticket selling booth of the theater, there was a secret door with access to the gambling den for playing the illegal slot machines. The machines are worth around 2 million baht and further investigation is underway to find the owner of the machines. by Somboon


Nobody injured as teens shoot at police volunteers

At 12:10 a.m. on February 3rd, 2009, Police Lieutenant Colonel Sutham Chowsreetong, Pattaya Deputy Superintendent of the Crimes Suppression Unit, instructed police officers and police volunteers to set up a check point to search for illegal drugs and firearms at the main entrance of soi Yensabai, Prathamnak road, South Pattaya. While they were performing their routine checks, there were 2 motorbikes ridden by teenagers. The first motorbike was a purple Yamaha Mio ridden by a male and female, license plate NGBS 666 Chonburi, and the other motorbike was a black Yamaha Fino license plate 947 Rayong. When they were getting close to the check point, the youths acted

suspiciously and the officers waved at them to stop their vehicles, but the Yamaha Mio did not stop but tried to flee the check point. They police and police volunteers were trying to blockade him, when he pulled out his gun and shot twice from close range towards the police. The police were indeed very fortunate that they could duck the bullets and everyone remained unharmed. The shooter was shortly afterwards captured with a .38 millimeter with 6 bullets loaded in a chamber of which 2 had been fired earlier. The 3 youngsters were immediately detained with the gun and taken to the police station. They were Mr. Somporn Purijan, aged 23, address on ID: 107 Moo 8, Nonetong, Baanpue, Udontani, Miss Tassanee Boonchaisong, aged 23, address on ID: 272 Moo 2, Adomporn, Paorai, Nongkhai, and Mr. Prasit Aksorntong, aged 20 address on ID: 73/4 Noentong, Banpue, Udontani. The 2 young males were under the influence of alcohol while answering the questions from the officers. Miss Tassanee, Mr. Somporn’s girlfriend, who was sober, told the police that they were coming from Rayong to see their friends at

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Burglar received 2,000 baht to break-in hotel and stole valuable items worth 700,000 baht

At 4:00 a.m. on February 4th, 2009, Police Lieutenant Colonel Suwan Oon-anan, Chief of Pattaya Tourist Police, Chonburi, held a press conference after capturing Mr. Nakorn Manorangsreemorakot, a burglar, who was a former plumber at the hotel. Aged 37, address on ID: 11/102 Moo 1, Takai, Chacherngchao, he was presented to the press with his breaking-in tools such as pincer, screwdriver, cutter, to name a few and his vehicle, a gray Honda Sonic motorbike license plate KTS 295 Chonburi. He was charged with attempted theft at night and trespassing at night. He was found with 2 amphetamines, which enabled him to receive another charge of possession of illegal substances class 1 (amphetamine). The burglar was apprehended at the California Hotel located on Pratamnak road, Moo Nong Nooch garden and were heading to see Mr. Somporn’s sister at Laemchabang, she had no clue that Mr. Somporn had a pistol on him. The police released Miss Tassanee but still detained the 2 young men for further questioning. They were charged with possession of firearms without a permit.

10, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. The tourist police told the press that they had received a report from Mr. Pat Wongwan, aged 46, Manager of the hotel, that on January 27th thru 30th, 2009, an uninvited guest broke into the hotel during a remodeling period. The most unwelcome intruder took 7 TV sets, 6 refrigerators, 9 air conditioners, 2 microwaves, and other value items worth in excess of 700,000 baht. After receiving the report, the tourist police officers staked out a parking lot at the hotel until they saw a suspect ride a motorbike with his break-in equipment and arrested him immediately. Mr. Nakorn confessed to the officers, but claimed he was hired by Mrs. Noke, a former hotel manager and the hotel owner’s ex-wife. He was asked to come to the hotel to take valuable things and deliver them to her house in Petchaboon province. He thought that the stolen items belonged to Mrs. Noke, and he had received only 2,000 baht for the break-in, and about the 2 amphetamines, his boss gave them to him as a bonus. Further investigation is underway to find Mrs. Noke and bring her to justice as soon as possible.

Snatch and Run most heinous crime occurred again to Indian couple At 12:25 a.m. on February 4th, 2009, Police Major Kriangkraiwoot Buakla, Pattaya Police Investigator, Chonburi, was notified that a snatch and run crime had taken place causing 2 victims to crash off their motorbike and receive injuries. The incident occured in front of Pattaya School number 4 located on Sukhumwit road, North Pattaya, Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. After receiving the call, the police and Sawangboriboon rushed to the scene. At the crime scene, they found 2 victims, Mr. Mukehs Jain, aged 61 and Mrs. Sandosh Jain, aged 61, both from India. The victims were given first aid at the scene of the accident. They told the police officers that while they were riding their motorbike

downtown, suddenly, there were 2 young men riding along with them and one of the culprits grabbed her handbag which contained 2,000 US dollars inside along with important documents. The upset caused them to lose control of their motorbike and they both landed heavily on the ground. They did not

know the thieves’ motorbike brand or color. They were taken to the Pattaya Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. The police tried to locate the young criminals but all to no avail. Nonetheless, they will try to do their best to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

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Dusit Thani Pattaya appoints a new Assistant Director of Sales for Corporate Market

Dusit Thani Pattaya has appointed Nammon Kajornsook for the position of Assistant Director of Sales with focus on the corporate segment of the market. The 30-year old is a graduate of Bangkok University (Thailand) where she finished Tourism and Hotel Studies has worked for five years in the hospitality industry and began her early career in the Front Office before she decided to branch out into Sales for several resorts and hotels in Pattaya, Koh Chang, Koh Samui. Her extensive experience in Sales has given her the chance to work closely with travel agents from both local and overseas offices. Before joining Dusit Thani Pattaya, she was the Assistant

Director of Sales for a golf resort spa. Based in Bangkok, Ms Kajornsook will be taking care of the corporate segment to bring home business from an expansive sector ranging from finance, insurance, construction, electronic, automobile to petrochemical, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, consumer products as well as education and special programs from agencies such as the United Nations.

Grand opening for Nongyai Community Herbal Sauna Center


Krung Thai bank opens new branch

Centara Hotels & Resorts unveils unique "Lost World" themes Weerawut Kharkai, Pattaya city deputy mayor, presided over the formal opening of the latest branch opening of Krung Thai bank in Central Festival, Pattaya Beach Road. The managing director of Central Festival, Saran Tantijamnan, was in attendance with other honourable guests. Krung Thai as a group has been going strong since 1966 with the general aim of

continually enhancing its services to the public and the government sector. It says it is in effect the “convenience bank”. The new branch is open 11.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. seven days a week and is on the fourth floor of the new lifestyle mall. The branch manager Boonsong Jittrarach is very experienced in banking and will be on hand to supervise the services and to be ready with a cheery smile.

Under Water World selling tickets online

at Nongyai Community Center, Nongyai temple, located on Sukhumwit road, North Pattaya, Banglamung, Chonburi, Mr. Weerawat Khakai, Pattaya City Deputy Mayor, presided over the grand opening of the Nongyai Community Herbal Sauna Center. Pattaya city officials and city councillors were the guests of honor. Mrs. Panyee Tongnak, Chairwoman of Nongyai Community and

community members welcomed the honored guests. The Nongyai Community Herbal Sauna Center is located at Nongyai temple’s premises and open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. The center uses a sauna with Thai herbs to improve health and to heal the sick with a service cost of only 100 baht. Interested persons should call 038-416-170 or 086828-6537. by Nana

Dusit Thani Pattaya names a new Director of Sales for Leisure

With its ambition to expand its scope and presence in the leisure market, Dusit Thani Pattaya has recently appointed Weerasak Boontia as its new Director of Sales for Leisure. His passion for the hotel profession goes back to his university days when he worked in Reservations and Sales while studying. His ten-year hospitality experience has taken him through a number of prestigious fivestar hotels in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Boontia’s strength lies in Sales and he is particularly noted for his ability to closely monitor all matters pertaining to competitor hotels, forecast future travel patterns and trends, maintain maximum exposure in the Travel Trade Sector to ensure sales for the hotel and its products, among others. One

of his objectives is to maximize the hotel’s market share within Pattaya and its neighboring cities. Prior to joining Dusit Thani Pattaya, Mr. Boontia worked as the Director of Sales at one of the leading hotels in Bangkok. In 2004, he finished his Master of Arts in Marketing Communications at St. John University in Bangkok and soon after began a full-time career in the hotel industry.

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On February 5th, 2009, at Under Water World, Pattaya, a press conference was held to inform about the online ticket booking service available through its own website at, which is the first online ticket booking in Thailand. Due to Velentine’s Day, a special promotion for this month is a Love Photo Contest where 2 persons pay only 500 baht and can have their picture taken.

The couple can summit their photo for the Love Photo Contest and have a chance to win prizes. The first couple to book tickets online were presented to the press, Mrs. Pattama Krongsheep, aged 25 and Mr. Ekkarach Taotong, aged 24, received a free pass from the Under Water World. The second couple, Mrs. Suriya Sompong aged 28 and Mr. Khoon Yoottapong, aged 27, received a voucher from California Wow Fitness.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is set to debut an exciting and innovative Themed Resort Hotel in Pattaya that will raise the bar for hospitality service standards in the resort. The new 5 stars Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, the first truly Themed Hotel in Pattaya, will welcome its first guests in August 2009. With the design based on an exciting 'Lost World' theme, the stunning and ground breaking architecture of the Resort will create a truly unique guest experience. All rooms at the 18 storey, 555 room hotel will face the ocean and will incorporate natural wood and stone effects, which together with artfully selected furnishings will immediately immerse guests in the "Lost World" experience.

Reflecting the atmosphere and positioning of the Resort, the extensive range of accommodation options includes Family rooms with a separate, themed children's bedroom complete with bunk-beds, Duplex suites and a large number of Club Mirage rooms. Whilst the style and furnishings of the accommodation are in keeping with the exciting theme of the Resort, all rooms and suites are equipped with the latest technology and all the comforts of a 5 star hotel - ensuring that guests have the best of all worlds! For reservations and further information contact the Reservations office on 02 769 1234 ext 6675-6676 or e-mail or see the website www.

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Chinese Rock!


George Hazard, General Manager (Center) and the management team of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya rolls out their experience in a colorful celebration to usher the Chinese New Year of the Ox with a Lion Dance ceremony and blessings around the hotel.

Honeymoon by the sea for film Chinese film stars

Chinese celebrities Zhang Qian and Dicky Cheung met doing a TV series and, after a marriage in Manila, spent their honeymoon at Dusit Thani in Pattaya. Dicky is best known for his Black Panther warrior movies and has a passion for Kung Fu. The couple are shown here with Pramot Sothana, front office manager, and Dorothy Kam, director of sales and marketing at the hotel.

Standing above the rest!

Cranswick Wines reflect the very best of Australian winemaking, with grapes sourced from selected vineyards across the country, demonstrating a contemporary elegance. To mark the occasion, Superchef Supachai has created a fantastic menu to marry perfectly with the selected wines. Experience the expert flavours of Cranswick on 26th March and revel in a refined evening of gastronomic proportions! Priced at 2,950 Baht+ person. For reservations and more info, contact +66 (0) 3842 9591.

House of Hindu Goddess Parvati open for ones in needs

A Hindu ritual ceremony was performed at Soi Nernplubwan to invite emperor gods to possess human bodies. The devotees who attended the event believe that the Hindu Goddess Parvati is a goddess of hope, she aids people when they are facing difficulties and makes their wishes come true. Ones who are in despair, despondent, melancholy, full of grief, or sadness will come to her and their life, love, and work will be improved. Anyone who is interested in having a commutation with the god and the goddess via human body, please telephone 081572-5503. And good luck to you all.

Year of the Ox at Marco Polo

Mrs Achana Snitwongse Na Arudhaya, managing director of Montien Hotel, ushers in Chinese new year at the hotel’s Marco Polo restaurant with VIP guest performers.

Mike’s celebrates Chinese New Year

At Mike Shopping Mall’s parking lot on 2nd road, Pattaya City, Mr. Surat Mekawarakoon, Chairman of Mike Business Group, presided over the Chinese New Year ceremony to celebrate the year of the Ox. The event started with a dragon dance and Chinese acrobats to entertain the shoppers. Mrs. Suntana Mekawarakoon, Mr. Surat’s mother, handed out red envelopes which contained cash to young children. For the adults, there were many special offers and shopping discounts.

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Charity Club raises nearly 500,000 baht

The Charity Club of Pattaya recently held its charity gala dinner at All Season’s Hotel, Pattaya, and raised 470,038 baht in a capacity filled room. The money will be used for a variety of charitable projects, including those devoted to helping children with special needs.

Japanese media visit Pattaya

Dusit Thani Pattaya recently welcomed representatives of the Japanese media from Tokyo and other Japanese cities, together with the Thai tourist authority, to promote the eastern seaboard to Japanese tourists.

Engagement on Makha Puja Day

Hospital donates Mercy provisions

The Bangkok Hospital Pattaya’s international marketing division led by Neil Maniquiz and Janya Rattanaliam visited the Mercy Center with welcome donations of food for the children.

Senior citizens register to receive financial and medical aid

Social Welfare Department, Pattaya City, registered persons 60 years of age and over, who were not able to help themselves, in order to give them financial and medical aid. They can also borrow money up to 30,000 baht. In order to receive financial and medical aid, a person must be over 60 years, and he/she must reside in the city of Pattaya, an ID and a house registration book must be presented to the officials. Every senior citizen was very pleased with this service despite the fact it was not a huge amount of money. Since January 15th, 2009, 400 senior citizens had registered so far.

Mr Rattipong Kanenin, DJ & PR of floating market and Ms Preamprach Laohawirot, a car magazine columnist, were engaged on Makha Puja Day at the floating market where the couple met. They decided to celebrate their engagement on this famous Buddha day to give them good luck and happy relationship. Offering of food to the monks were also held on the same day to commemorate the special day.

Mayor hands awards to Little Chinese Girl

Ittiphol Khunplume, Pattaya mayor, was present to hand out the certificates to the winners of the Miss Little Chinese Girl pageant. This had been organised by the city authorities to celebrate the Year of the Ox with fun activities in late January during Chinese New Year. There were performers from the seven regions of China with dragon dances, operas, acrobat demonstrations and the like. The Little Chinese Girl competition was aimed to find the most adorable and talented child from 30 contestants. The winner was Jarinya Jaroenporn, aged 8 and attending Sawangboriboon elementary school. She received 6,000 baht in prize money as well as a sash and a trophy for keepsakes.

AROUND PATTAYA Hard Rock promotes Donation from Montien

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with Kellogg’s

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya cooperated with Kellogg’s Thailand to promote the Sawasdee Pattaya Package. Here, Hotel general manager George Hazard (left) and Kellogg’s senior market manager Matee Kavewongsunthorn are shown at Tops Supermarket, Central Chidlom.

Joey Boy at Moooore Bar & Grill

Famous rap artist, Joey Boy recently visited Moooore Bar & Grill in Pattaya on 2nd Road. Joey Boy knows how to chill out and whenever he is in town Moooore Bar & Grill is the place to be for a great night out. The popular rapper enjoyed a great selection of food and drinks late into the night accompanied by some of his attractive celebrity friends.

Regular lunch is held at Huay Hai junior school

The Rotary Club of Pattaya Marina has been providing lunch for the youngsters at Huay Yai school now for a couple of years and the regular events are as popular as ever.

Achana Snitwongse Na Ayudhaya, Managing Director of The Montien Hotel, Pattaya recently the hosted lunch and donated stationery and other supplies to Wat-Nong-Poog School in Burirum Provincial.

“Un Dos Tres” Mexican Fiesta at Hard Rock Cafe

The 1st Mexican Fiesta Party was recently held at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya on the 30th January 2009. With Full decoration in Mexican style and all the Cafe team in Mexican dress… the night was all about Mexican food, Fun & Fiesta. From the tacos to the tequila and a lot of promotions from Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya waiting for you to enjoy the night with your favorite band playing live on the stage. Don’t forget to join our next “Un Dos Tres” Mexican Fiesta on Friday 27th February 2009. Laurent Levraud, Cafe manager, is shown here first right.

Large press thank you party by Central

Central Group held a lavish thank you party for the local media at Sutangrak restaurant, Jomtien beach, following the great publicity given to the opening of Central Festival on Beach Road in Pattaya.

Queen’s Cup 2009

The football match held at the sports ground at Nongprue municipality was between Pattaya United and The Marine FC. The first half of the game was won by Marine led by Piyapong Kuldilok, but in the second half Pattaya United scored well courtesy of Khun Pravit and Piyapol Bantaow which put them firmly in the lead at the close of play. The next scheduled match will be between Pattaya United and BEC Tero.

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Cambodia diving dramas

by Peter Lloyd

to react, but when I did I was aware that I was now embroiled in a crab on man underwater punch up in a cloud of sand, flailing arms and red snapping pincers.

to discontinue its attack, and moodily retreated, as I swam away laughing hysterically. Crabs that size can cut you through to the bone if they catch you right, so I was

for over an hour. This current usually takes divers close inshore, but this day it took us quite far out, and we watched as the dive boat searched for us in all the wrong places. It couldn’t see us in the water as the dive guide didn’t have a big red inflatable safety balloon, and we were drifting out to open sea very far from the boat. People onboard couldn’t hear us shouting and whistling to it, as the boat had its compressor running, and nobody thought we would be so far away, so they weren’t looking in our direction. After a while, the boat gave up and sailed off thinking we might have gone a different route and disappeared out of sight around an island. At this stage we had been in the water and exposed to the sun for over an hour

I have just got back from a seriously adventurous diving trip to Sihanoukville, Cambodia. I don’t know anyone else who has dived there, but perhaps I now know why, as we had faulty equipment on every dive and air leaks in all the equipment, as well as two unusual experiences, one which saw us left behind in the water for hours after a dive, and the other saw me scrapping with a giant crab underwater. On the first day I spotted easily the largest crab I have ever seen underwater. It had a body the size of a large dinner plate. Half-submerged in sand, it looked dead as I swam up to it, and when I went to take a photo at point blank range, it suddenly exploded into life, launching at me with its long red pincers. I was so shocked it took me a moment

The combative crab came again, jumping from the sandy floor to try to catch onto my knee, which it did, but it couldn’t get a good grip, so it just left two deep red welts on either side of my leg. Luckily it then decided

very lucky. The next day we had a far more serious problem. We did a relatively new dive, a drift dive, (following an underwater current) which took us for over a kilometer underwater, and were down

In my first ever column for this paper, in 2003, I wrote that promoting the new Thailand Elite card was like flogging the rotting carcass of a dead, stinking horse. It really didn’t add up, there was bound to be a scam somewhere, and the recent announcements that the scheme is to be abandoned, and links to a Singapore bank account are to be investigated, came as no surprise. Nor did the miniscule number of

card buyers. The government hoped for 1 million card members but ended up with maybe 2,500, and many of these were given free to celebrities and bigwigs to promote the scheme. A misleading suggestion that card holders would be able to own land inflated sales, and once that myth was put to bed, the number of buyers plummeted, and recent horrendous losses have forced the new

government to abandon the ill-thought out scheme completely, and admirably look at ways of compensating card holders. My first column about the cards saw the editor called into Pattaya police station to be told by one of the senior policemen that they didn’t like my comments or my tone, and that I should show a bit more respect to the brainchild of their then leader Thaksin. This incident

was a useful and an early lesson, making me realize how widely-read Pattaya Today was. It also taught me to be a bit more careful in my epithets and in chucking round my ill-expressed opinions, as you never knew who is reading them. Still, it’s nice to know I was eventually proved right, and that, even after all these years, I can still write about it in my column.

Cambodia is a world leader is unusual signage. Two of my favourite billboards in rural areas warn people not to electrocute fish, with a helpful illustration of Cambodians doing exactly that (just in case you didn’t know how, this helps), and another warns people not to catch fish with hand grenades or dynamite. With the irony and good (or ill) timing which often accompanies writing this column, I took the accompanying photo in Cambodia outside a bar in Sihanoukville, as it seemed astonishing to me that a venue

had to tell patrons not to bring hand grenades in with them. HAND GRENADES! Unfortunately, since I took this photo and decided to write about it, the whole issue took a turn for the serious when, in Thailand recently, a teenage cretin actually took an M-26 hand grenade to a temple party in Isaan and hurled it into a group of his rivals, killing seven people and wounding 100, who were happily dancing at the time. Proving that sometimes maybe you really do need these signs.

A close encounter of a non-dangerous kind

The Demise of Thailand Elite

Grenade photo article

Don’t Do It

after surfacing, and I could see we were drifting out to open sea. There were fairly rough waves ahead of us, which would make it even harder for the boat to see three small bobbing heads in the water, so I told the dive guide I was making for the nearest shoreline, where we could get into calmer water, get out on the rocks, have higher visibility, have a rest from floating/treading water, and get out of the sun. He stupidly thought we should stay in the water and wait, presumably because he didn’t want his dive buddies to take the piss if we beached ourselves, but by now I didn’t care what he thought, as this was getting to be more about personal safty and not diving, so me and my friend gradually made our way towards a nearby island, and he reluctantly followed.

After another half an hour swimming, we beached ourselves, completely knackered. We lay on the rocks, took off our equipment and started to work out what we would do next, if the boat didn’t come back for us. Finally, fully 2 hours after we had finished diving, having had an hour and a half floating and swimming in the sea to get to safety, the boat finally spotted us, waving on the rocks. Had we followed the guide’s advice we may never have been found, as the boat had no clue where we were or where we would have drifted in open sea. But that apart, it was certainly an interesting trip to a very undeveloped dive destination, and I will go back for more later in the year. I also have some pertinent observations on Sihanoukville versus Pattaya for my next column.

TV Violence – Ahead of the Curve

In my last column I criticized Thai TV stations for airing what basically amount to snuff videos, repeatedly and pointlessly showing grisly murders caught on CCTV cameras on prime time news programmes, filling impressionable young minds with real images of murderous

acts of violence served up as TV entertainment. I was pleased to see a storm of criticism in the Thai and English-speaking press after my column appeared, saying exactly the same thing. Not before time. Contact me at

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A changing tourist profile Cable TV problems again

Breakthrough with KFC

I am a Naklua resident and have today found out, once again, that Banglamung TV has succeeded in being able to put a stop to other cable TV companies operating near them. Previously they were able to stop a rival company, Sophon, and now it’s a new provider Thipmannee TV. In my opinion Banglamung operates only 65 poor quality channels whereas Sophon has more than 80 and Thipmannee 90 without the daily problems of loss of signal or diminished picture. They are also cheaper. If you come into Naklua these days you will see more and more True Vision satellite dishes on people’s apartment roofs or houses simply because people don’t want the monopoly provider. I hope the city’s regulators note how unfair the current situation is without proper competition. Naklua Mark

Often people tell me that it’s not immoral to eat animals as they don’t have to suffer much. Aside from the fact that it’s impossible to slaughter billions of land and sea animals every year without suffering, I further question the meat eater’s sincerity and honesty when they eat at KFC – one of the worst animal abusers in the world. In USA, KFC chickens have their beaks burned off by hot irons and without anaesthesia, live in such crowded conditions that they cannot spread their wings and are systematically starved as this is supposed to make them lay more eggs. They are even given growth hormones which ultimately cripple them and are often boiled alive in scalding water. But I do have a piece of good news as regards KFC. Canada KFC has committed itself to phasing out all suppliers who don’t use “controlled atmosphere killing”, the most humane method of killing which would at any rate save chickens from being boiled alive. The company will also monitor suppliers to try and reduce the incidence of broken bones and other injuries and will endeavour to phase out the use of growth promoting drugs and allow more space for the birds. Unfortunately KFC in America continues to thumb its nose at the civilised world and are even upset about the Canadian decision. So if any of you meat eaters out there care about animals, then remeber that whenever you give business to KFC in Thailand, you are in fact helping KFC America. Eric Bahrt

Daredevils and death

Two things intrigue me and nobody seems to have even tried to explain them. If the roadworks are ever finished between the flyover up Thappraya Road and on past the statue in Jomtien, it won’t make any difference to the bottleneck at Pattaya. Even now everything comes to a halt outsides the VC hotel at many times of the day and I can’t see that changing any time soon. There is a new flyover on Sukhumvit Road which turns to the right and abruptly finishes in mid air. Nobody seems to know where it will eventually go as there isn’t a road on the right to link to it.They were joking on local radio when someone suggested it was going to be a ski slope and another person thought it might be a bungee jump which enables participants to dice with death. Another theory is that Evil Kanevil’s son is now living in Pattaya and is about to open a daredevil motorbike school. Boy are they going to be in trouble when they take off at the top as there are quite a few houses to fly over and no sign of them being knocked down. Am I being disrespectful in thinking there are quite a lot of Mr Beans working at Pattaya city hall? RW

The highway of death As most people who stay in Pattaya well know, the number of traffic accidents here is truly awful. Not a day goes by but that some unfortunate is seriously injured or killed, usually on a motorbike. The police and city hall are both well aware of the scandalous statistics but, apart from the odd meeting, nothing ever seems to happen to help the situation. I am referring in particular to the “New” road adjoining the railway line on the far side of Sukhumvit. Although this road has been operational for many months, there have been no attempts by the authorities to set up proper controls at the junctions. There are precious few overhead lights and no road markings for most of the way. I use the road quite regularly and can attest to the number of accidents and near misses which occur on a near daily basis. In almost every case the problem is the crossover junctions. I appreciate city hall is short of funds, but surely some painted white lines would not cost a fortune in order to show who has the right of way. Another cheap solution might be flashing orange lights which, as elsewhere in Pattaya, would warn drivers of an approaching hazard. The road in question is fast becoming the highway of death and I do think that action by city hall is long overdue. Adam

Sex on the menu

I was interested to read in Pete’s Peregrinations About Norway’s introduction of a law that criminalises paying for sex at home or abroad. Norway is usually forward thinking, but this is surely a gigantic step backwards which exacerbates the folly of trying to outlaw the illegal sex trade. Many psychologists believe that using legislation to stigmatise sex, as basic a need as eating or sleeping, has led to endemic violence, perversion and sexual obsession. In fact a similar law was championed by a governor who turned out to be a big payer! Anti sex trade laws also lead to an underground trade with people indulging in trafficking and worse. In Thailand the sex trade is technically illegal but is tolerated. There is no shortage of voluntary workers in the country and neither would there be anywhere else. That would not mean a descent into immorality and sex workers can in fact be more moral in real terms, and kinder, than any self righteousbigot Pete speculates that UK might follow Norway’s example but I doubt that. The British do not blush about sex these days and my own guess, if Norway’s lead extended to Britain, would be that sinners would simply surrender to the Plod back home and merrily confess a sinful transgression. My message to Thailand is that it shouldn’t try to impress the West by copying its unrealistic moral values which in truth disguise perversion breeding sexual oppression. The pedophiles caught here were not created here. Finally, I thank your reader Jack Tighe for his comments about my book Pattaya: The Good, The Bad and The Other. Tony Crossley

The raw data from the Thai tourist authority strongly suggests that overseas visitors are returning to Thailand with some predictions suggesting 2009 may well be a bumper year on the arrivals front. Those who have reason to visit the Pattaya immigration office will have noticed that it’s been full to overflowing in recent weeks. Although many businesses report disappointment with their takings in the allegedly high season, many of the four and five star hotels report a steady pickup of bookings since the beginning of the year. Some of the improvement in overseas arrivals reflects the “new” markets of eastern Europe and Asia. Thus there has been a jump in the numbers of Ukrainians coming on holiday to Pattaya although they receive only 15 days on arrival at the airport (not 30 like many other countries) and often wish to extend their stay by the further week allowed at Thai immigration offices. Another market which is expanding is the Middle East, whilst the number of Russian nationals seeking one year retirement visas is also growing. The Chinese do not yet appear to have returned in big numbers since the chaos of the airport closures in late November and December. It is this market that the Thai government talked of stimulating by the waiver of visa fees for three months. However, at the time of writing, no details have been forthcoming. It may be that the waiver will in fact be partial and apply only to selected countries, especially those producing large numbers of “package” holidaymakers. As regards traditional markets, the picture remains mixed. It may be that the number of French and American tourists has held up very well, but the number of British visitors has declined. Doubtless, this is because the value of the pound has been shrinking against most currencies and especially the US dollar. This has a knock on effect in Thailand as a British pound currently buys only about 50 baht. As one Brit put it, “I used to buy two beers for a pound, now it’s the other way round.” On the other hand, the number of Brits wanting to retire here has shown no reduction. Some are currently trying to switch from the retirement visa to the family visa, in cases where the foreigner is married to a Thai national, as the cash or pension thresholds are somewhat lower for the latter group. Others, who have cause to return to the UK once a year in any event, are reverting to multiple entry, non immigrant visas which are available at some of the Thai consulates in Britain. So, all in all, the worst fears of the prophets of doom for the Thai tourist industry in 2009 appear to be ill-founded. After a hiatus at the end of the year, overseas visitors are coming back howbeit a little more slowly than they used to. What the government could do now to encourage the trend is to stick to its promise to abolish all visa fees for a three month period. No “ifs and buts” just do it please.

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by Bee McConville A long time ago a rather good-looking Spanish boyfriend of mine told me that you could always tell an English woman by her shoes. He didn’t elaborate on this but he didn’t really need to; I knew exactly what he meant (and at the time I was wearing what I thought were a rather lovely pair of beige corduroy wedges, which clearly didn’t impress the boyfriend as much as they impressed me). But just look at women’s feet on a Saturday afternoon in the High Street and you will see what Antonio was alluding to: cheap, plastic, frayed, worn, tacky, inappropriate and tasteless are a few words that spring to mind. I might add at this point that it is the same in Thailand – just look at the footwear of locals and visitors alike wandering around Big C or Mike’s Mall and you


Typical Women

will see a similar array of unattractive footwear, so I don’t actually think English women have a monopoly on bad shoes. However, if English women are known for their tawdry choice of shoes, then what other things might be typical for an English woman. And, for that matter, what do we regard as typical stereotypes

for other women around the world? Being English myself I can confidently identify a few of our less-than-lovely female national traits due to personal experience and an observant

eye. For starters, English women, whether high class or chav-like will always have at least one comfy cardigan in their wardrobe. This is to be toted around permanently through the summer months in case it turns a bit nippy whilst out at the shops, pub or nightclub. I have tried to explain the need for a cardigan, umbrella and scarf during the English summer to my Thai friends but they consistently find the issue baffling. Other than the ubiquitous cardi and, perhaps, the tramp stamp tattoo, English women share very few commonalities as they then split along class lines. In the upper class case you have the typical English rose who wears twin sets and seed pearls and indulges in afternoon tea supped from china cups after she has gone to look at her gee gees and shared an arf arf joke with the servants. At the other end of the spectrum you have the less well-bred female who can be found in the gutter in the early hours of Sunday morning decked out in dried vomit and assorted traces of last night’s biryani and B52s. Rather than using an arf arf sort of vocabulary this lesser lady

will pepper her conversation with innit effin effin innit exclamations and is, more often than not, up for a bit of slap and tickle with any drunken lothario who can grab a quick snog off her. But then Thai society also breaks down along the same class stereotype lines, with your hi-so puying being elegant, respectable, well-spoken, modestly dressed and knowing her place, whereas her societal opposite will be busy rubbing herself up a metal pole in a bar somewhere in the lesser sois off Beach Road shouting out to passing men and commenting coarsely on up-coming sexual delights. Unfortunately, the more negative Thai female stereotype, held by luckless losers in the western world, means that some less than intelligent men visiting Thailand for the first time will assume that all Thai ladies fit the ‘fun-loving-gaggin-for-itbar-girl’ mould and are fair game for a bloke on the pull. It’s interesting to note that Japanese women also fall into the same two stereotypical categories: they are either the petite, quiet, obedient woman back home who waits patiently for the salaryman husband

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to come home after sixteen hours at work followed by a session in the karaoke bar, or they are the fully made up geishas well versed in the arts of love and other performing arts. However, there doesn’t seem to be the same strong female stereotype for either the Chinese, Taiwanese or Korean women, none of whom

Pusan the insulted lady could well punch his lights out before you could say ‘kim chi.’ No doubt society around the world will continue to view certain nationalities and cultural traits as stereotypes regardless of whether it is politically correct or not, or even realistic for that matter, and men will continue to view our local lovelies through

seem to bring out the same ‘fascination of the exotic’ for the inexperienced western male. I haven’t heard of a naïve young man visiting Shanghai or Beijing and mistaking the local ladies for women of easy virtue, and I am sure that if he were to make that mistake in Seoul or

unrealistically exotic lenses. So maybe it’s time that we ladies started to stereotype our men-folk along similar lines, although identifying our English lesser halves as either being well versed in the art of love or of being calm, cool and inscrutable strikes me as eminently laughable!!

Taking the Pith

Now a friend of mine thought that a pomelo would make a great gift, or at least that’s what he said as he handed me the large fruit with the words, ‘I saw this on a stall by the side of the road and thought of you.’ Clearly he hadn’t a clue about either gift-giving or pomelos as if he’d bothered to take just a tiny moment to apply a bit of brain power he would have known that pomelos do not make great gifts unless you are playing the ‘white elephant’ trick and want to tie you gift receiver to hours of high risk knife activity and pith removal. What he clearly didn’t understand, no doubt from never having actually tried to attempt the task himself, is that pomelos are absolute bastards to de-skin which is why most people who work for a living tend to buy them ready-peeled and conveniently separated so that all you have to do is unwrap the plastic and pop the pieces into your mouth. Now I have really, actually peeled my own pomelo but it is something you do only once in your life and is way up there with plucking your own organic chicken, making puff

pastry and shelling uncooked shrimps – you only do it once and then realise very quickly that it’s much better for your sanity to pay a little bit extra to have someone else do the job for you. So in case you don’t know, let me tell you about pomelos – first, don’t be fooled into thinking they are just a large grapefruit and can be peeled with a sharp thumb nail. No, you need a really

you. And when you have successfully removed most of the pith, because you can never get it all off, you have to very carefully remove each segment from its neighbour with which it really doesn’t want to get detached. And then there’s the thick membrane which has to be removed, without all the little fruit bits falling out …. So all this

sharp knife just to pierce the leathery and unforgiving outer layer. But that is just the beginning as once you are through to the inner layer then a sharp knife (which by now has been blunted anyway) doesn’t really offer much help with the thickness of the pith that greets

might explain why I still have that bloody gift of a pomelo sitting like a slowly deflating football at the back of my fridge ……. I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

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Fool in Paradise of Pattaya holds us Aussies in the highest regard? To understand why, it is necessary to learn a few things about Australia. Australia is situated at the arse-end of nowhere. We are geographically isolated from Europe and the Americas and kept from joining Asia by Indonesia and Malaysia who hate our guts. On the positive side, being so far away from everyone we can say what we like and nobody gives a gnat’s bum. The surrounding oceans form our natural defences and we maintain an army of sharks for added protection. It is illegal to kill a shark in Australian waters. A little known fact is that genetic scientists in a secret laboratory near Bondi are attempting to cross-breed Great White Sharks with Pit Bulls in an effort to dissuade potential illegal Kiwi immigrants from swimming across the Tasman Sea. As a nation our favourite hobbies are beer, football,

drinking and talking about sex. As a contributor to the world economy, we actually don’t do anything. We are so nondescript that if it wasn’t for Errol Flynn, Mel Gibson, Paul Hogan and Kylie what’sher-name, the rest of the planet wouldn’t know we existed. The one thing we do produce is extraordinary sports men and women. (You have to admit, our Olympic medal tally falling just behind the likes of the US, Russia, England and China is not a bad effort for a small, impoverished country!) But Australians are inveterate travellers. There is no place too primitive, desolate or deplorable we won’t visit. If you want to know where any sleaze-pit in the world is, just ask an Aussie. Chances are we’ve either been there or built it. And we’re inoffensive tourists, with none of the American arrogance or British snobbery to cause friction with the natives. Down-to-earth and friendly, we have no time for preten-

tious people or braggarts. An Australian at a black-tie cocktail party is like a fish out of water. He would much prefer to be on the beach slurping cold beer from a can with a few of his mates. This inherent lack of pomp actually got us into trouble some years ago when the then Australian Prime Minister, Paul Keating, visited England to meet Queen Elizabeth II. In what was only a friendly, polite Aussie gesture, he lightly placed his hand on the Queen’s lower back to indicate she should walk ahead of him. Apparently, this was not something you should do, and the British tabloids had a field day with headlines such as: ‘Paul goes the grope!’ Back in Oz we couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. Here in Pattaya, Aussies fit in much better than they do at Buckingham Palace. Our love of the bars is obvious and I suspect part of the reason we get along so well with the Bar Hostesses is that, as good a story as they can tell, we can tell them better. I have known some Australians who could tell the biggest, boldfaced lies imaginable and leave their audience awestruck. Without giving away too many secrets, the way to tell if an Aussie is spinning porkies is exactly the same strategy used for the bar girls; assume they are lying until it is proven otherwise.

fying them all. Soon after the Siam Commercial Bank is a Starbucks and small McDonalds McCafe which is open 24 hours. A little further on I can recommend Tip’s Restaurant as a place serving nice, inexpensive food. Just past the junction with Soi 13/4, a.k.a. Soi Pattayaland 2, is Baywatch Restaurant which is also good but no, I can’t guarantee Pamela Anderson will serve you. The next soi off to the right is Soi 13/3, a.k.a. Soi Pattayaland 1, heading off to Second Road. Just past that is the Best Friend Beer Bar complex which has been around forever. If the 16 open Beer Bars and Thai boxing ring are not enough, there is The Blue Lagoon A Go Go Bar situated right at the back of the complex for anyone in need of scantilyclad ladies and airconditioning. Good bar. Not far away is the brand new Baywalk Residence shopping mall/arcade leading through to Second Road. Out front is Pan Pan Ristorante Gelateria (Italian pizzeria) while inside is Spices Authentic Indian Cuisine, Your Bar (a nicelypresented Beer Bar) and Pattaya Beer House with its large open-air beer garden advertised as the “Best Beer Restaurant in Pattaya”. This is where I became intrigued. Can anyone tell me what the hellthis (see photo) is? It looks like something out of the

Flintstones and I’m not even sure if it’s finished yet. If it is finished, I don’t know what purpose it serves. Maybe a restaurant? A bar? What was the architect smoking? Pattaya City Walk, also very new, runs adjacent to Baywalk Residence and contains more small kiosk-style tourist shops down the centre. For decades, Royal Garden Shopping Plaza (‘loyen’ to the locals) has been the most easily recognisable and wellknown landmark in Central Pattaya but on my recent visit I noticed things are changing.

The market shops occupying the ground floor concourse are gone and the mall is now deserted. It is as if a giant vacuum cleaner went through the place and sucked them all up. The movie cinema complex on the second floor is gone and been replaced by an expanded Ripley’s Believe it or Not, including Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s gift shop and Ripley’s Moving Theatre. Believe it or not, that’s where I’ll call it a day. Join me again next time when we’ll find out why Royal Garden is undergoing this metamorphosis.

The Aussies in Pattaya

Writing this column for many years now, I have sometimes been accused of concentrating too much on the bar scene of Pattaya and the ladies employed therein. I make no apologies for that because it was the original intention of the column to relate relationship tales – the good, the bad, the funny and the not so funny – to show that none of us are unique or alone. Whatever we’ve done, someone else has done it as well. Since many of the sadder tales were drawn from my own personal experience, it was comforting to learn via feedback from readers that others had screwed up in similar grand style. I cannot stop writing about the bar girls because I love them all – from the just-offthe-bus farmer’s-daughter to the consummate professional who will greet you, sniff the air, then tell you that you have two 1,000 baht notes, three 100 baht notes and two 20’s in your right short’s

My apologies to my loyal reader for the absence of this column last issue. I couldn’t get out trudging the streets due to an attack of sciatica which, as anyone who has had it can tell you, is a real pain in the arse. This week I began my saunter along the Beach Road promenade at The Pier complex of Beer Bars at the southern end just outside Walking Street. With a dozen or so bars to choose from, both upstairs and downstairs, plus nightly Thai boxing shows, this area

pocket before she walks away in disgust. One criticism I thought was a fair comment came from such a bar girl who said I should write about the farang as well, since they too have good and bad sides. After all, she said, not everything was the lady’s fault. I agree. Regular readers will realize I am Australian and, as such, claim the right to call a spade a spade and make the odd joke at someone else’s expense. It is a characteristic of Aussies that we clown around and appear to be insulting when in fact the descriptive language we use is meant as a term of endearment rather than to be derogatory. For instance, if an Australian calls someone a ‘bastard’, he is not necessarily being offensive. It depends on the tone, of course, with a high tone, rising tone or falling tone actually rendering the word a compliment. Spoken in a low tone, the word reverts to its dictionary meaning and implies the Aussie may not be happy

has always been popular with the late evening tourist crowd. My personal preference is for the Pattaya Beer Garden, situated at the end of a short walk past the Beer Bars out over the ocean. This is both a restaurant and ‘freelancer bar’, that is to say no ladies are employed to entertain male customers but single ladies are welcome to sit and be available should a customer be interested. No bar fines. What I love about this place is the view from the tables out over

with the person in question. But we like to use colourful language and kid around. If you are ever in a social setting with an Aussie and he speaks seriously to you, it probably means he doesn’t like you. In terms of numbers, Australians don’t make up a high proportion of Pattaya’s visitors or expat population, but we Aussie males are definitely the sexiest. I’m not saying that because the ladies keep telling me I am a sexy man as I walk down the sois. I only believe half of them anyway. No, I’m saying it because the ladies I actually meet say that, in relative terms, they love Australians. Whenever I’m asked, “Where you come from?” and I answer, “Australia,” their beautiful eyes light up and they smile sincerely, “Oh, I like man Australia. I not like man America,” or “I love Australia. Not like man from England.” What else can I conclude except that the feline population

the water. Great place to watch the sun go down (lomantic?) and the booze and food is not out of my price range. Next on the ocean side is a well-situated water treatment plant and the Pattaya Tourist Service Center (sic) office which marks the end as far as the beach side of the road is concerned. The right hand side is an elongated tourist shopping Mecca with hundreds of small souvenir shops to catch the eye but I am not going to bore you by identi-

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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:

Now it is a time for most of you to pay the maintenance fees for your condominium. Some may pay without any question. However, we come across many owners who are abused by the unscrupulous developer or management team of the condominium. These owners share the same revolutionary ideology with the American who would not pay tax without representation. The concept of the condominium is quite democratic for all owners to share the ownership in common in which each owner has both separate ownership of a unit and a common interest in the common areas. The common areas are the piece of land where the condominium is

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The hammer of justice against the abusive interim manager under the new condominium law located including other areas quite obsolete but you still have which are for the common to know because it is widely usage of all owners. Each used by all Thai lawyers. The juristic person means owner will have a title deed (Chanote) for his unit and the artificial person or legal also the House Register Book entity which is created by law (Tabien Baan). In one con- and given certain legal rights dominium project, not more and duties of a human being. than 49% of the total private If you understand the concept areas can be owned by foreigners. There are many foreigners setting up a Thai limited company to own the unit which exceed the restriction of 49%. If you own a condominium unit either by yourself or company, you will always enjoy the equal protection under the “Justice will not fall from the sky” laws of the Kingdom of Thailand. However, the of the “Condominium Juristic knowledge of laws is always Person”, you will understand behind the closed door of that the developer will have justice which must be broken to hand over the ownership to all co-owners upon the day by your wisdom. The first condominium the condominium project is act was enacted in 1979 registered with the Land Office. while in Europe it was quite However, the developer may common in ancient Rome. still own some unsold units. However, many Europeans The condominium is comuse the word apartment in- parable to a state with soverstead of condominium which eign power which belongs may cause a legal dilemma. to all owners. The rights Once you are solicited by a and duties of all owners are developer or broker, you will governed by the by-laws or have to ensure that the building constitution which cannot you will buy is the “Condo- be in contradictory with the minium Building” or “Arkan Condominium Act causing Chood” not “Apartment” prejudice to all owners. or “Tee Pak Arsai Ruam”. The management of the The condominium has a legal condominium will be controlled status of a “Juristic Person” by the condominium board or “Nitibukon”. This term is or committee consisting of

3-5 owners who are selected by the general meeting of co-owners which can be held annually or on specific occasion. The Manager will also be selected accordingly to handle all routine activities for collective upkeep and development of the property. Money is a misery Upon the registration of the condominium project or juristic person with the Land Office, the developer always appoint the interim director to handle the first stage of the condominium management. The by-laws will also be registered. Normally, most developers will use a standard form which will be easily accepted by the Land Office. What we should worry is about the management of the sinking fund which can be arbitrarily used by the manager. Many corruptive interim managers end up in a prison. Section 42.- of the Condominium Act 1979 (amended 2008) requires the Manager to call the First General Meeting of co-owners within six months from the registration date of the condominium project or juristic person with the Land Office . The main agenda will be:1) Election of the condominium board consisting of 3-5 persons from the co-owners or their spouses

2) Consideration for approval or rejection of the By-Laws The General Meeting of co-owner must have ¼ of all co-owners attending the meeting to constitute the quorum. The resolution in the meeting must be passed by a majority vote. Absolute power corrupts absolutely Some interim managers who were appointed by the developer may enjoy making their money from their power and intentionally ignore to call the First General Meeting for many years. The new amendments to the Condominium Act imposes penalty for these abusive managers. 1) The manager will have to prepare the monthly accounting report for all incomes and expenses for the collective upkeep. This report must be shown in the office of the Condominium Juristic Person for inspection of all co-owners (Section 36 (5)). Any manager who fails to prepare this accounting report will be punished with the maximum penalty fine of 50,000 baht or 500 baht per day. The punishment can be the ground for impeachment of this manager. 2) The manager who fails to call the First General Meeting of co-owners within six months according to Section 42 will be punished for the maximum penalty fine of 5,000 baht under Section 69. To call the meeting, the

manager will have to give the copies of the by-laws and other details in the agenda for all co-owners to study at least seven days before the meeting. If you can prove that the interim manager embezzles or siphon the sinking fund, the bigger hammer can be used to stop this unscrupulous behavior. Section 353 of the Penal Code “Whoever, being entrusted with the management of a property belonging to the other person, or of which the other person is a co-owner, dishonestly does an act contrary to his duty by any means whatever so as to cause damage to the benefit on account of being a property of such other person, shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding three years or fine not exceeding six thousand baht, or both” As we always say that in Pattaya you have to be wise like a serpent but not harmless like a dove. The power of knowledge will always set you free from any dilemma in this land. The unity of co-owners will make your demand strong. Please bear in mind that even though we all came from the diversified background, but, all of us belong to the same “Band of Brothers”.

Education Chinese New Year Celebration at the Montessori School

by Miss Rikke – Head teacher – PA2

At MCCI, we had a wonderful and very colorful Chinese New Year celebration. All students and teachers were

Facts about Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year – also called the Spring Festival – is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is often referred to as the

Teachers and students at the Chinese New Year party

dressed up in traditional Chinese costumes, we had a parade, Chinese sweets and of course the traditional dragon dance.

Lunar Festival, especially by people in mainland China and Taiwan. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the

first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Day. Chinese New Year is celebrated in all countries with a Chinese population. Actually, the second largest Chinese New Year Festival in the world is to be found in Lodon, England which has a great number of Chinese inhabitants. MCCI would like to say thank you to all the parents for participating in this very special day. The children really enjoyed themselves; especially the parade, where they were allowed to make as much noise as possible and had a lot of fun. After the mid-term break, which is only two weeks away, the next upcoming event will be our annual Sports Day. So Parents, be ready to cheer on this very specialday – a day we’re all practicing for and looking forward to.

Pre-school A2 showing their colorful Chinese costumes

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Mexican fiesta at Hard Rock Don’t forget to join the next Un Dos Tres Mexican Fiesta at Hard Rock Cafe on Friday February 27. With full decoration in Mexican style and all the Cafe team in Mexican dress, the night is all about Mexican food, fun and fiesta. Cheers to the tacos and the tequilas. Tel 038 428 755. North Star Library On February 26 at 15.00 hours, Dr Mario will talk on International Relations and Foreign Policy in the Competitive Global Context. Admission is free. Dr Mario is on the staff of Asian University and gives a monthly lecture at North Star library. Manhattans early dining Throughout February, choose from four starters, four mains and four desserts all for 895 baht inc. (795 baht for two courses). Suggestions include baked goat’s cheese and herb quiche, chicken & pepper kebab, grilled sirloin steak, pan fried pork tenderloin, chocolate brownie with ice cream. Phone 038 259 790 or visit for all the details. Mojito magic at Sheraton Enjoy the definitive Cuban highball and some scintillating surprises. A shot of rum or tequila and some fruity liqueur, juiced up the long way with refreshing fresh mint and crushed ice. Every Monday at Latitude Lounge from 240 baht++. Sheraton Pattaya Resort. Pattaya Players The next dinner theatre event will be held at the Minus 5 Supper Club on Fri 27 and Sat 28 February. Tickets are 1,000 baht and can be purchased by phoning Jacinta on 08 6997 0678 or by email at Exhibitions at Opium Gallery Inspirations From My Friends Spirit Exhibition until February 28 (Narong Wannasa): contact Alan on 0850 847947. New Ecologies Exhibition (at Sheraton Resort Pattaya) until April 25: contact at Sheraton 038 259 888. Choral group starts Two expats living in the Pattaya-Jomtien area are now forming a choral group for both fun and performances. Contact Len on 087 783 5079 or email him at praglenus@ as all interested are welcome. LPGA upcoming event The Honda Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association

(LPGA) Thailand event will be held from February 26 to March 1 at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Plantation. Over 60 leading professional women golfers compete over 72 holes, including Lorena Ochoa and Paula Creamer. Preparations are underway at Dusit Thani and golf fanatics won’t want to miss Honda LPGA 2009. New Ecologies art expo A contemporary art exhibition comes to Pattaya at the Sheraton Pattaya Resort, in conjunction with Gallery Opium and art critic Brian Curtin, January 29 to April 25. Themes include globalisation, rapid development, capitalization, cultural identity, political instability etc. Contact Brian Curtin on 089 163 8102 or Alan Kirkland Roath on 038 303040. New Ecologies challenges our perceptions of what’s going on. Be WOWed at Hard Rock Special deluxe room rate of 3,600 baht at Hard Rock, Pattaya, but you get the second night free. Offer valid from January 5 to March 31. Conditions apply. Further information on 038 428 755 or visit www.hardrockhotels. com 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 Cafe New Orleans All You Can Eat for 299 baht plus. Sabado night, an evening for Pinoy and friends of Pinoy, at Cafe New Orleans, Pattayaland soi 2, every Saturday night. Filipino food and unlimited soft drinks. Salamat Poo!! Greg’s Kitchen With over 30 years experience, chef Greg Sulis has the very best of British and international cuisine at Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road (just before Bangkok Bank, opposite Soi 6 or Yodsak). Generous portions and top quality menu. Said to be a favourite stopping place for British embassy staff! Basketball at Tony’s Mixed age basketball – pick up games. Monday and Wednesday evenings 5 pm – 7 pm or later. Tony’s new top floor gym on 3rd Road at South Pattaya Road, across from fitness centre. Take elevator to 5th floor, covered and lighted court. Phone 086 596 0966 (Jack).

British embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate in Pattaya. It’s located in the row of shop units immediately outside the Pattaya immigration bureau, Jomtien soi 5, next to the Yingchit money changer and a few steps from the Meesen coffee shop. Office hours 9.00 a.m.11.30 a.m. weekdays exc. public holidays. Liam’s Gallery Located on Pratumnak 4, this five storey art gallery has many original paintings, sculptures, antiques etc as well as Liam’s own private art gallery. Exhibitions are on view 10.00 am to 7 pm but closed Mondays. Open house from 6.30 pm every Friday with free wine and snacks. Phone 038 306 172. El Duo at Cafe The sensational Filipino El Duo appear exclusively at Cafe Royale, Pattayaland three, every Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 pm till late. Regular bar prices and no admission charges. The area’s most popular duo singers and entertainers. Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles.

There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to 2 days before you wish to start. Nuttawat Sitti On Sunday February 22 (7.30 – 8.30 pm), preceded by Happy Hour from 5 p.m. around Pool area, Nuttawat Sitti and friends will present site specific-contemporary dancing performance with moving image. Tickets 350 baht per person at Sheraton Hotel Pattaya or from Gallery Opium Pattaya. Indian by Nature 5th anniversary March 7 2009. With thanks to all patrons over the years, there’s a celebratory dinner for two at only 1,500 baht for two persons to mark the milestone at Indian by Nature. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 038 364656 (after 4 pm) or on 0818629452 or 0892053020 or 081588 4453. The Spotted Dick A new eatery in town, offering English style pub grub as well as Thai food, massage by blind masseurs and free Wi-Fi to diners. Don’t forget to try their Indian corner (very good curries and all day bumper breakfast). Located in Paniadchang Soi 11 (soi immediately opposite far entrance to Carrefour on Soi Yume) or phone 038 410 626.

New fair-trade jewellery products for Pattaya

The development of a new fair-trade jewellery cooperation for Pattaya got off to a flying start last week as Leah Cypert, from American Organisation ‘Eternal

ticed a need for small organizations to work alongside the underprivileged, be they from the slums, or refugees, or women who have been trafficked or women in prostitution. Often they have turned to income generation

tre, Pattaya Slum Ministries, Glory Hut, True Friends Church, Gerald Khoo World Harvest Foundation, Wings of Love, and Rak Puen HIV Home all came to learn how to make the range of jewellery that Eternal Thread sells

like financial management, literacy, computer skills etc. Sandy Trepiccione, Director of the Glory Hut said ‘This is a fantastic way for us to help the people we work with who often have nothing, but want to help

Threads’, trained local charities on how to start the co-op and make the jewellery. Leah has previously been involved with World Concern in Bangkok, helping train government school teachers and organizations in Pattaya in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. She no-

projects making things such as jewelry, candles, cards or other handicrafts, but often had a hard time marketing the products and ultimately; the projects didn’t seem to bring in a sustainable living wage for them. Organizations such as the MERCY Centre, Tamar Cen-

through its website, which will also be sold locally in Pattaya. These charities can now work with the underprivileged people and provide them with the skills so that they are able to make a living for themselves. They are also looking to offer training to give new skills in areas

themselves to get out of poverty.’ For further information on buying these products locally or if you would like to help by providing finance to start these projects, please contact Lucy Watkins at lucy.watkins.mercy@gmail. com.

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by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: Dear Kris & Noi, I’m sure that there must be laws against riding motorbike pillion sidesaddle, but every day you can see females, from very young to very ancient, riding this way. I would think it’s dangerous but they always look so comfortable! Most of the young college girls have one hand holding books and the other holding a mobile to the ear, yakking away completely oblivious to the driver weaving in and out of traffic. How onearth do these ladies manage to look so comfortable and safe in such a precarious position? Some expat barflies say they learn by riding buffaloes in the fields when young, but there must be more than that to it. By the way, I’m not alone in hoping that the young ladies continue riding this way, as they look so damned cute! Caribbean Seeing as how city-born

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females are just as adept as their rural counterparts at the side-saddle technique, the buffalo-training theory doesn’t really hold water. With the huge motorcycle usage in Thailand, Thais learn how to ride side saddle from a young age, but we believe it’s mainly down to the Thai body structure, which tends to be more flexible than western bodies. Take a look at Thai men and women, even the elderly, when they squat on their haunches; their feet are flat on the ground, whereas western people generally have to lean forward with heels raised. As for the girls looking cute, Thais sit more straight-backed than westerners, and the girls don’t slouch, giving them a graceful look when sitting. So, full marks for cuteness, and also full marks for stupidity as, like the majority of pillion riders, you rarely see them wearing safety helmets.

Dear Kris & Noi, As a nine year resident I have to say that the quality of expat visitors has gone dowhill badly in recent years. I’m not some arrogant rich git who doesn’t want to mix with the lower classes, I’m just the average expat

who likes to have a good time without upsetting other people, dress decently when out, and be friendly to the Thais I meet in everyday life, and I’ve never had any bother, either with Thais or fellow expats. But some of the people visiting now are just thugs. Instead of coming here for a good time with all the delights that Pattaya offers, they are loud and abusive in shops, treat the Thais badly, and seem only to want to get drunk and fight with everyone. Pattaya is trying to promote an upmarket image, but quality tourists won’t come here on repeat visits uless the authorities deal with these thugs. Taking their money and letting them do what they want is a short-sighted policy. Billericay Dicky

Pattaya has always attracted various levels of tourists, and trouble making yobs are not a new phenomenon to the area, but many long term resident expats will agree with you that their numbers have increased. You must appreciate that any late night entertainment area, with bars, booze and birds catering for thousands of punters, mainly men, from

The odd crash mystery of Amelia Earhart in 1937 Still debated after seventy years of research

The mystery of Amelia Earhart has captured the imagination of young and old ever since she disappeared on July 2 1937 on her flight over the Pacific which would have completed her around the world flight – the longest ever attempted by a woman. From her earliest days she was hooked on flying and her passion led her to break several flight records of the time and to become a public celebrity. After leaving Lae, New Guinea, the 2,500 mile Pacific crossing was the most dangerous part of her flight. The US coast guard cutter Itasca was standing off Howland Island for several days to act as a radio contact for her. Radio communications

in the area were very poor and the Itasca was overwhelmed with commercial radio traffic as a result of the celebrated flight. She and her navigator Fred Noonan left with 1,100

gallons of fuel, good for around 24 hours of flight (the flight should have been 19 hours), but it was noted that the plane was heavy on take-off and only just managed to get off the

runway. The intended destination was Howland Island, a tiny piece of land 2,500 miles away, and the last positive position report was about 800 miles into the flight. After that nothing is sure. A popular theory is that a combination of weather and equipment failure forced Amelia to use more fuel than expected and to come into Howland Island too far north. Storms and headwinds forced the plane to climb ever higher. There was perfunctory communication with the Itasca but she was apparently unable to hear the ship’s radio controller guide her in and she had left her morse code equipment behind. Both she and her navigator had

different countries and cultures, will have some aggravation at times. However, it does seem that some people come here with the sole intention of looking for trouble: bad behaviour in shops and restaurants, bullying people in bars, abusing the girls, and picking fights. Nevertheless, they are still in the minority and most tourists will visit Pattaya without encountering any bother from these obnoxious Neanderthals. But we do agree that authorities should be stricter with them, as peaceful residents and tourists shouldn’t have to tolerate their antics. Maybe a couple of nights in the slammer and deportation would soon put the message out.

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Dear Kris & Noi, I wrote to you some months ago, asking if it was worthwhile continuing to learn to read and write Thai. You encouraged me to continue and I am really pleased that I did. It has been hard work, andtaken many hours of study, but now I can actually read Thai magazines (very slowly!), and understand some of the television news readers. My teacher and her husband have taken me out and insisted that I speak Thai as much as possible,

read the Thai menus and order our food. As a bonus for my effort, I have met a very nice girl and we have been going out for a few weeks. She hardly speaks any English and her parents none at all, so it wouldn’t have beenpossible without me speaking Thai. And I must say that I feel more comfortable living here now, knowing I can manage to get around even when English isn’t understood or written. Eager Beaver Full marks for sticking to it and making such good progress—you’ve obviously

had a very good teacher too. Being able to communicate well with the locals gives you a completely different perspective on Thailand and the Thais. Thais do usually enjoy talking with a farang who has taken the trouble to learn some of their language, so don’t worry when you make mistakes and they laugh—just laugh along with them and try again. Having a nice girlfriend who doesn’t speak English ensures that your language skills will improve even more, and the lessons are very enjoyable too.

a poor understanding of the importance of radio transmissions. The plane’s radio direction finder was malfunctioning and a crash into the sea became inevitable. But another theory, championed by the international group for historic aircraft recovery, has a very different view of what happened to Amelia and her navigator. The society believes that the aircraft landed successfully on the reef flat at Nikumaroro Island at near low tide on the smooth stretch of coral just north of the SS Norwich City, a ship that ran aground there in 1929. A telegram dated July 3 1937 to the US secretary of state reveals that on the evening of July 2 the radio station on the island of Nauru (which had heard Earhart’s transmissions the night before) heard “Fairly strong signals, speech not intelligible, no hum of plane in background, but voice similar to that emitted from the plane in flight last night.” The signals were heard on 6210 kilocycles, the frequency to which Earhart said she was switching in her 08.43 transmission. Early settlers on Nikumaroro tell of an airplane wreck seen in 1940, long before any possibility of world war two activity. The wreckage is

said to have been located on a reef near “where the waves break” and just north of the shipwreck. In 1991, an expedition found shoe fragments which experts dated to the mid 1930s and most likely coming from a woman’s blucher oxford shoe. Photographs taken of the pilot before the flight show her to be wearing this type of footwear. However, Amelia took a size 6 and the experts concluded the shoe fragments were from a bigger shoe, perhaps size nine. Bones were also found at the spot by a researcher in 1940. The sewere sent to be analysed but the results maintained they were the remains of a stocky European or half-caste and definitely a male. But a re examination in 1997 concluded that the bones were more likly female than male and that the woman was white and around 5 feet 5 inches tall, all of which could apply to the missing flyer. Both theories – and there are others including the

notion that she survived into the war and was captured by the Japanese – claim to have some evidence to support them but there is a low level of certainty. The notion that bad weather and faulty equipment were to blame is indeed a “common

sense” explanation although it tends to assume that the pilot and the navigator were very ignorant of safety issues even though both were experienced. The idea that the plane crashed on a reef is not backed by conclusive proof although the telegram evidence is a strong point. It’s likely that we shall never be absolutely sure what happened to this early female pioneer of aviation.

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Twenty-first century prices; eighteenth century service

by Alan S. Brown

Telephone Company of Thailand. For English press 16433789zax409782jjqqt. (Four disconnects and thirty minutes later) Telephone Company of Thailand, Can I help you? I don’t know. Can you? Probably not, but what’s your problem, anyway? My Internet hasn’t worked for three months now. Three months ago, your technician came and checked my line and said that the signal was “very bad; no good; kaput; broken; mai dee. Another technician will come and fix line.” So, I called and called and called. Finally, yesterday, the same technician came again. He checked my line again. Guess what he said? “Signal no good, very bad, kaput, broken, mai dee. Another technician will come and fix big line tomorrow.” OK. Technician will come tomorrow, sure, no problem, and fix big line.

History will record that the greatest challenge ever faced by U.S. President Barack Obama was not the collapsing economy, nor international terrorism, nor nuclear rogue states, nor even global warming. In the third year of his first term, a far greater threat suddenly loomed: the First Date. (Scene: The Oval Office, 2011. President Obama has summoned Rocco and Igor, the most ruthless covert operatives from the Really, Really Secret Service, for a hush-hush assignment.) Obama: Guys, my

But, that’s what you tell me every time I call. So, why do you keep calling? OK. He come tomorrow. (Hangs up.) A week and many calls

later—still no technician. Now, phone line is out as well as Internet. Telephone Company of Thailand, can I help you? Yes. I have called many times. I haven’t had Internet for over three months. Now, my phone doesn’t work either. We have problem with big

cable. It go boom. Big short. Now, we have to fix. Oh, I see. So, when will my phone service be back on? Oh. Not long. It should be on by next month; maybe the month after. And what about my problem with the Internet? Crazy farang. How can you have Internet if you don’t have a phone line? Why do you waste my time with silly questions? Yes, I understand. But, I meant…when will you the fix original problem that I’ve been calling about since last year? Oh, now we’re all backed up because big cable go boom. Technician can’t come for long time. At Telephone Company of Thailand building in Central Pattaya… I didn’t receive a bill this month. So, I thought I’d come in and pay and keep up to date. Yes, you owe big money for ADSL Internet and phone service. Why didn’t

you pay on time? You never sent me the bill. That’s your problem You pay on time or we cut off your service. Which service would you cut off? My Internet, which hasn’t worked for three months or my telephone which is now also out of service for the foreseeable future. Security! No. No. Never mind. I’ll pay my bill. Do you want to pay for next month too? Sure. Why not? I might as well pay ahead for the services I won’t receive anyway Aren’t you going to give me a discount as I’ve had no Internet for three months and now my phone doesn’t work either? Hey. Big cable go boom. Not our fault. You pay. Well, is it my fault? If you don’t give me service, why do I have to pay? If every customer that gets bad service no pay bill, then we wouldn’t have any money. Then, how

could we keep our service up to our present sub standards? Well, you have a point. Did it ever occur to you to try to

improve the service? Now, mister, you’re being unreasonable. That’s not how we operate. We give you crappy service that doesn’t work most of the time; and you pay up every month. We may not be good at providing phone service or an ADSL signal, or even sending out the bill on time; but, we’re excellent at cutting you off if you don’t pay on time. To myself: As long as I’m

Obama’s Greatest Challenge

older daughter Malia has a 13-year-old classmate named Tommy. He’s asked her for a date—wants to take her to a movie. Of course, it’ll be in the White House private theater, hence under maximum security and continual surveillance. But I want you to grill this little deviant and find out what his intentions are toward my daughter. Rocco: Yes, sir. May we waterboard, sir? Obama: Negative. There is to be no physical evidence of your ministrations. I want you to vet the movie, too. Make sure it’s a Walt Disney classic—“Snow White,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Dumbo,” or the like. None of this “Friday the Thirteenth” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” stuff. Igor: “Bambi” OK, sir? Obama: “Bambi” will be fine. Oh, and guys, off the record… Rocco: Yes, sir? Obama: On this one you can ignore the Geneva Convention. (Scene: In a top-secret location, a long-neglected torture chamber formerly nicknamed the CheneyRumsfeld Nutcracker Suite. The entire chamber is painted black. Rusting chains and manacles adorn the walls; faded bloodstains mar the floor. A searchlight blazes into the eyes of a frightened 13-year-old boy, who is wired to electrodes and strapped into an ancient electric chair. From behind a one-way glass wall, their

voices electronically muffled and distorted, Rocco and Igor begin their fiendish work.) Rocco: Do not be afraid. If you answer our questions truthfully and completely, you will not be harmed… much. Tommy (sobbing in terror): I want to go home! I want my mother! Igor: Emotional outbursts will get you nowhere. Resistance is futile. Tell us what your intentions are toward the First Daughter. Tommy (his voice cracking): I don’t have any intentions! I just want to see a movie with her. Rocco: Do not lie to us! WHAT ARE YOUR INTENTIONS TOWARD THE FIRST DAUGHTER? Tommy: Just to see a movie! Honest! Rocco: Give the filthy pervert a few volts, Attila. Igor: I hear you, Genghis. (Pulls a lever. Tommy receives a mild electric shock.) Tommy: Waaaahhh! (Sobbing hysterically.) Just the movie! Just the movie! I swear it! Rocco: We have more powerful instruments of persuasion at our disposal. The lash, the rack, the iron maiden—even crucifixion is not beyond our means. TELL US YOUR INTENTIONS! Tommy (hysterically): OK, OK, I’ll confess! (Blubbering.) I want to see a movie and—and maybe also eat some popcorn.

Igor: See, Genghis? I told you the little monster was hiding something. He wants to eat popcorn! Shall I zap him again? Maybe a quadruple jolt this time? Rocco: This one is a hardened criminal, Attila. But a double jolt should suffice to break him. Or maybe we should start pulling out his fingernails. Igor: You are too soft, Genghis. That’s not enough for an animal like him. A maximum jolt of 10,000 volts ought to do the trick. Plus we should extract all his teeth and perhaps commence the skinning process. Tommy (screaming): No! No! I just want to take her to a movie! Rocco: Listen, you vicious little sociopath! I note that you have many zits. We have a zit gouger that will leave craters the size of golf balls in your skin. Thus disfigured for life, you will never dare show your face on Leno or Letterman. Tommy (wailing): I’ve told you everything! I swear! Igor: I think the crusher may bring him around. You know, the machine that squeezes him like an orange till his eyeballs pop out. Tommy (screaming hysterically): No! No! I want to go home! Please let me go home! I swear I’ll never try to date anybody ever again! No more movies! No more popcorn! Rocco: Don’t try to trick us, vermin scum! We know you’ll go to Bob Woodward

and Thomas L. Friedman and tell them everything we’ve done to you. Tommy: I won’t! I swear I won’t! Igor: I know his type, Genghis. The slimy little rodent will go straight to Fox News. Maybe even to Rush Limbaugh. Tommy: No! No! I swear! My lips are sealed! Scout’s honor! Rocco: Ooooo! Did you hear that, Attila? He has sworn the ultimate oath, the unbreakable oath, the oath beside which all other oaths pale into insignificance. All right, perv, we’ll send you home. But if you ever dare

here, I might as well use their Internet café to check my email, as I can’t do that at home. How much is it to use the Internet café? Oh, for you we have special price. You pay thirty baht for ten minutes. You know, since it’s your fault that I have to use the Internet café, as you haven’t provided me service for over three months, you might at least let me useyour Internet café for free. What, you crazy! Security! OK. Never mind. Here’s thirty baht. Wow. This café has such fast Internet. How come, I can’t get Internet at home and yours works so well in your office? Oh. We use CAT Internet Service. Telephone Company of Thailand no good. Terrible. The preceding conversations were fictional. (Or, were they?) Any resemblance to a real company at the intersection of Third and Central Roads is purely coincidental. to breathe a word of this to anybody, or even mention the word “movie” to the First Daughter again, we’ll track you down and exterminate you like the cockroach you are. Tommy: I promise! I swear! (Scene: The Oval Office, later.) Rocco: Mr. President, the threat to your daughter has been neutralized. Obama: Excellent work, guys. This is change I can believe in. I hope you’ll both still be working for us when Sasha comes of age. S. Tsow can be flamed at, except when he’s eavesdropping on the goings-on at the CheneyRumsfeld Nutcracker Suite.

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Central Festival Pattaya Beach opens with a BANG!

Friday 23rd January saw the opening of the much awaited Central Festival Pattaya Beach Complex in

guests, together with an abundance of entertainments for all ages and a spectacular fireworks

It is hoped that with the prestige of hosting Asia’s largest beachfront lifestyle complex, it will

association with the first Pattaya Mardi Gras. Any of you who attended the opening, or attempted to get within 2Km of the new resort on the 23rd, will be in no doubt that the opening was a resounding success. I do not know how many people turned up for the opening, but I do know that their 2,000 strong car park was completely full and having parked on the top floor it took me two and a half hours to get out, of course, as the opening event had finished, everyone was trying to leave at exactly the same time, unfortunately for me, as I was at the rear of the queue! With entertainments from Live bands, famous DJ’s, dancers and celebrity

display it would seem that the100 million baht launch budget was put to good use! But a little bit more about the new shopping complex itself and a few words from the owners; the new mall is unique with its 100 meter wide front with spectacular views over Pattaya bay and boasting over 220,000 square meter of retail therapy for the little woman in your life! With over 200 leading international retailers including a variety of the best pattaya restaurants and a large food hall, plus ten pin bowling and cinema, the new mall certainly has something to offer people of all ages.

help to enhance the image of Pattaya to tourists around the world whilst attracting the big spending jet set, especially when the Hilton Group opens its new

in Pattaya’s potential as a hub of the Eastern region, covering areas like economy, tourism and the ability to offer services across the country. The city is also a hub in transportation and communications. As a city whose economy and industry are constantly growing, investors, both local and foreign, are pouring exponentially increasing amounts of investment into Pattaya. The city has the potential to become Thailand’s premium tourist spot. We believe that Central Festival Pattaya Beach will be able to attract more upmarket customers to Pattaya. With its worldclass architecture and the wide range of premium shops and restaurants, Central Festival Pattaya Beach will become the

hotel in the complex in the third quarter of 2010. Khun Kobchai Chirathivat, President and CEO of CPN, said “CPN believes

leading shopping complex and will be the newest, largest and most vibrant premium lifestyle centre in the Eastern Region.”

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Pattaya Agency One Stop Shop

by Peter Read

This month I had the great pleasure of meeting Pascal Zollinger one of the partners in the ‘Pattaya Agency’ based at 131/158 Soi Chayapruck 1, Jomtien and Soi 33, Naklua. Pascal, a Swiss, who speaks English, German, French and Thai has been coming to Thailand for many years and finally made the move permanently 18 months ago with the intention of taking things a lot easier and maybe working a few hours a day. As with many ex-pats who have made the move, the dream turned out very diffeently and Pascal now oversees three different businesses and works 10-12 hours each day. With a background in the world of advertising, private banking and working for a large real

estate company Pascal could not have been better qualified for taking on his new venture, Pattaya Agency.

houses, businesses, condos, etc. to find your dream home, to preparing all the contracts and paperwork required to make

up to offer help, advice and legal services to the general public, including visas, work permits, property and business transactions, etc. to name but a few. As well as the agency and law practice Pascal has recently started an IT company offering a full range of web and computer based services from web design, programming, maintenance and professional database design. Pascal has a real thirst for life which is quite infectious. He loves living in Thailand and told Pascal Zollinger and Peter Read our reporter, “I feel Pascal and his business a purchase hassle free every week in Thailand partner Joerg, have com- and with the help of their is like living a fortnight in bined their experience two in-house lawyers, Europe, it is so exciting and skills to offer property who are members of the and intensive, I love it”. purchasers in Thailand ‘Advance Legal Group’ When we asked about a ‘One stop shop’, with and the help of their 14 the present world and all the buyers and the professional staff at their local climate Pascal had sellers needs catered two offices. the following observafor under one roof. From Of course, with this tions, “Of course business sorting through their great team in place the in Pattaya is not as large portfolio of land, company is superbly set busy as it was when I

first arrived, but it has changed with the types of properties buyers are looking for, before everyone wanted a property between 5 and 10

have a steady stream of quality clients, and with our plans to open another two or three offices in Thailand in the not too distant future, we believe

Staff hard at work in their Jomtien office

million baht, now they are looking below 5 million or above 10, but properties are still selling”. He continued, “We are fortunate that we work very closely with half a dozen property agents in Europe, one in Russia and another in Australia, so we always

in Pattaya and Thailand for the future”. My thanks to Pascal for taking the time out of his busy day to speak to us. To take advantage of the many services available through the ‘Pattaya Agency’ please telephone the office on 038 231 712 or email jomtien@

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The Asian investment property market turns down in second half as sentiment fades The effects of the global financial market upheaval and the deflating world economy slowed Asian investment property markets significantly during the second half of 2008. The unprecedented events of the past six months have eroded investor, occupier, consumer and overall business confidence, resulting in falling property prices and reduced investment activity, along with declining retail spending and external trade across the region, according to CB Richard Ellis’ Asia Investment Market View Report for the second half of 2008. With banks adopting a conservative approach towards lending for property acquisition, the Asian investment market suffered from record low investment volume in the July – December period as prospective buyers delayed acquisitions until the market shows signs of stabilizing. Investors and lenders re-assessed their appetite for risk as raising capital proved to be an increasingly difficult task amid a widespread correction in property prices. While valuations in Thailand have not fallen at the rate seen in other Asian markets, few transactions were concluded during this period, as buyers and sellers opted to remain on the sidelines in view of global

financial worries and local political uncertainty. The period saw buyer and seller expectations widen with many purchasers hoping for distressed assets to come onto the market and sellers unwilling to drop prices below a certain level. “In recent weeks, we have seen an increasing availability of land for sale within Bangkok’s CBD. Some investors are freeing up cash as they expect other property assets, including revenuegenerating buildings, to come onto the market in the coming months,” states Ms. Kulwadee Sawangsri, Director of Investment & Land Services at CB Richard Ellis Thailand. “It appears that land prices peaked in 2008, and landowners who do not plan to develop their land in the near future are now considering selling those plots.” “The situation in Thailand is very different to many other Asian countries, and cannot be compared to the difficulties we faced in 1997. The debt levels on existing, completed buildings are much lower this time. In the office and retail sectors, there is limited future supply under construction.” Things were worse in Singapore, where the S$3.93 billion investment volume recorded during the review

period brought the 2008 total to just S$17.84 billion, 70% down on the S$54.02 billion recorded in 2007. In Japan, a number of institutional funds aborted planned property acquisitions as the credit crunch compelled many developers to consolidate while a rising number of real estate firms were forced to seek bankruptcy protection. Investor confidence in Hong Kong was shaken by the escalation of the global financial turmoil with potential purchasers displaying a cautionary attitude towards buying property as worries over potential layoffs and bankruptcies dominated the headlines. The investment market in China suffered from dampened investor sentiment, prolonged negotiations, aborted deals and reduced prices during the second half of the year as the Chinese economy slowed. In South Korea, there were a number of transactions involving office buildings as foreign investors exited the local real estate market. Investor sentiment and business confidence has deteriorated significantly, and the stock of commercial property available for sale has increased as institutional investors offload real estate from their portfolios in order to shore-up liquidity.

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Redshirts get uppity Redshirts demonstrated outside Government House, Feb1, demanding new elections. When the PM refused to meet their demands, saying “This is not the time for the dissolution of parliament – people want the government to go ahead with administering the country,” the Redshirts next began demanding the sacking of foreign minister Kasit Piromya, a key supporter of the airport hijackings and other members of the PDA, who they want punished, failing which, they will protest again on Feb15 Carnage at Isarn pop festival Certain renegade teenage gang members hurled a grenade into a thronged pop concert at Sirimonglol Temple in Nong Bua Lamphu Province, Isarn, killing three people and injuring 40 others. Police attributed this outrage to rivalry between two gangs, which has previously erupted in violence, but never to this extent. Police arrested one suspect and will continue their investigations. Second grenade attack on same day in Isarn Meanwhile, in the same Isarn province, on the same day, another similar grenade incident claimed the lives of eight people and wounded 27 others during an outdoor celebration next to a Buddhist temple. Apparently, one of three men in a drunken brawl hurled a hand grenade into a field where hundreds were celebrating the completion of a new temple pavilion with dancing and folk music. Two suspects have been arrested. Malaysian’s novel success When his furniture business failed in Hat Yai, an enterprising Malaysian, Zulkifli Mohammed Radzi, took a novel step into uncharted waters, running a halal “suki” (steamboat) restaurant and also breeding leeches for medicinal use, neither of which he had done before. Malaysian tourists on shopping frenzies now partake of his halal food, while US, Malaysian, and Singaporean pharmaceutical companies buy dried leeches and leech powder, which are processed at his farm. Brit swinger party organizer arrested in Bangkok British citizen, Christian Arthur Richards, was arrested, in the company of 23 participants, including his wife, in a Bangkok hotel on 5Feb, for organizing ‘swingers’ parties in both Bangkok and Pattaya among consenting adults, none of whom were prostitutes. Richards and his Thai wife have apparently been organizing over 100 such parties for more than three years. The fee for participation in the swinging sessions was Bt3,000 per couple. Son of former Miss Thailand sentenced to 10 years imprisonment A Bangkok Phrakanong Court sentenced Kanpitak Pachimsawas, 21, son of former Miss Thailand, to 15 years ‘ imprisonment, later changed to 10 years, charged with

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premeditated-murder due to his aggressive driving, which killed one and injured three others. He had he ploughed into a Bangkok bus queue, after arguing with a bus driver. His parents pleaded in mitigation that their son suffered from a mental condition, preventing him from being able to control himself under stress. Bumrungrad Hospital acclaimed as Thailand’s most innovative company Bangkok‘s prestigious Bumrungrad International Hospital has won “Thailand’s Most Innovative Company” award, based on performance, innovation, internal processes and management. The event, the first of its kind, was organized by Chulalongkorn University’s School of Business. Bumrungrad International Hospital has already gained several accolades this year, including top medical tourism destination, top Thai company for quality of products and services and excellence in information technology . PM refuses to bail out foreign carmakers Prime Minister Abhist Vejjajiva has refused to help bail out struggling foreign carmakers in Thailand. This particularly hit cash-strapped General Motors, which had asked the Thai government for help in paying for a new factory and expanded production in the country. As an alternative, the PM wants to help Thai consumers by providing financing for GM vehicles. Meanwhile, Toyota,Thailand, announced plans to make further job cuts after already giving 300 voluntary retirement. Angelina Jolie pleads for government to help refugees Angelina Jolie, the globetrotting U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, is asking the Thai government to grant Myanmar refugees in Northern Thailand greater freedom. She was apparently appalled over the plight of over 1000 Myanmar boat-people who the Thai navy had cast adrift at sea in unseaworthy boats, without food or water, and was determined to exert pressure on Thailand to help the 111,000 registered refugees, living in nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, who are effectively not allowed outside the camps. Striking Phuket workers paralyze Laguna hotels Striking workers at six hotels of the Laguna Group in Phuket have finally ended a three-day strike that effectively paralyzed the prestigious resort properties, forcing the company to relocate irate tourist guests to alternative accommodation. The workers were protesting over the management’s decision to cancel proposed pay rises and cut annual bonuses, due to falling tourist numbers and general operating losses. The resort has already been hard hit by the Bangkok airport closures. Thai Pirates massacred Vietnamese boat people in 1980’s It is emerging into the public domain, from UN sources, that during the 1980’s, boatloads of Vietnamese boat people, escaping from persecution in communist led Vietnam, were slaughtered by Thai pirates in the Gulf of Thailand, using machetes, knives and guns to massacre these refugees, including women and children. Although the Thai government of the time was aware of these outrages, few of the murderous pirates were ever brought to justice. Thailand maintains hard stance on refugee boat people Despite media claims to the contrary, including from CNN, which alleges direct access to Thai military sources supporting allegations of abuse to Rohingya immigrants on islands off the Thai coast, by Thai military personnel, the Thai government is continuing to deny claims it is abusing Rohingya immigrants. Furthermore, Suthep Thaugsuban, the Thai deputy prime minister, has told media sources that not only does Thailand not intend to grant asylum to members of the ethnic group who fled Myanmar, but that any Rohingya refuges arriving in Thailand by boat will be returned to Myanmar. Yala bomb blasts two A paramilitary trooper and a civilian were injured on Feb4. by an insurgent bomb attack in Yala. The assailants detonated a bomb hidden in a rubbish bin in front of a convenience store in the city, damaging its windows, while the trooper was conducting a search for bombs suspected of being hidden in motorbikes nearby. The seriously injured victims were rushed to hospital and are recovering.

Cobra Gold multinational military exercises celebrate 28th anniversary The 28th annual Cobra Gold multinational military exercises involving the forces representing Thailand, the United States, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia has started in Chiang Mai province, before being conducted elsewhere in Thailand. U.S. military spokesman, James F. Entwistle, declared that Cobra Gold, the most visible and largest military cooperative effort in the Pacific region, was unparalleled in preparing their respective militaries for the real-world priorities of peace support, stability and reconstruction, humanitarian assistance and combat operations. Tourism in South badly hit by insurgency The once-lucrative and vibrant tourist industry in the ThaiMuslim provinces of Satun, Yala, Narathiwat, Songkhla and Pattani, which are dependent on Malaysian tourists, faces ‘near collapse’ because of the continued insurgency and conflict. Southern Thailand is considered a security risk for travellers, especially those from Malaysia, whose numbers have halved over the course of the insurgency. The number of other tourists, apart from those who come for the entertainment in Sungai Golok and Haadyai, has also been hard hit. Property experts want more government aid Property experts are currently urging the government to launch further measures to revive the market by attracting more foreign investors and boosting the low-income segment, despite the stimulus package of tax allowances announced for the sector on Jan20. New mortgages are expected to decline from Bt 210 billion last year to Bt200 billion this year, because of the fall in purchasing power. However, confidence is expected to increase if the government acts soon. Thaksin still optimistic of return Former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, increasingly harassed by not being able to find a haven, has not given up hope of being able to return to power here. This, despite the Damoclean two-year prison sentence hanging over his head, compounded by his inability to access the $3 billion assets frozen by the Thai authorities. He’s still popular among the poor, especially in Esarn, though, and has been infiltrating the Pheu Thai Party, by placing his relatives in prominent positions. UN concerned over recent increase in opium production in Golden Triangle The UN and local authorities are concerned that the recent drop in opium production in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam has gone into reverse, increases having been noticed in both Myanmar and Thailand. Efforts by the Thai royal family to persuade hill tribes in Northern Thailand to switch cultivation away from opium towards vegetables coffee and macadamia nuts were successful, but the drug barons have started producing Yah Bah – methamphetamine – instead. Two Thai women charged with duping drug mules Two Thai women drug dealers were recently charged in Bangkok with duping impoverished Isarn women, drawn to the capital in search of work, into unknowingly transporting cocaine into India and China. The victims, amounting to around 54, some of whom have received death sentences, were under the mistaken impression they were going to arranged marriages with African men and didn’t question the contents of the bags they were given. Global tsunami begins to bite Thailand As the Thai Central Bank forecast that the economy is likely to enter its first recession in a decade, Thailand’s fourth- largest publicly traded company, Siam Cement PLC, declared a loss of Bt3.48 billion in Q4,2008, compared with a profit of Bt5.77 billion in the same period a year previously. This loss, the company’s largest in 8 years, was deemed the result of the global tsunami and its impact on regional sales, plus a substantial decline in commodity prices. US paedophile snared through girlfriend American paedophile, Darren Ray Castleberry, was eventually tracked down on Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station, after leading lawmen a merry dance halfway across the globe, via the US, Kuwait, Turkey, Armenia , Uzbekistan and finally, Thailand. Ironically, it was Castleberry’s girlfriend who gave him away as authorities tracked her across Germany, South Korea and her second visit to Thailand, where she was put under surveillance and eventually caught meeting Castleberry at Hua Lamphong.

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New Properties

Possibility of lifting foreign property restrictions Democrats have a history of enlightenment

2009 has started off politically in a way nobody envisaged even three months ago: the former opposition Democratic party in office under prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who has already given encouraging signals by stating he wants to stimulate the Thai property market which has been dawdling since the American sub-prime mortgage crisis set off a chain reaction of financial problems round the globe.

units could be transferred to foreign purchasers. The legislation went on to specify that, at the end of the five year period, units sold to foreigners or transferred between foreigners, could continue to be in foreign ownership even though the 49% rule might have been breached. In 1999 the whole point of these proposed changes was to stimulate the property market by encouraging

The last time the Democrats were in power in a coalition led by prime minister Chuan Leekpai, 1997 to 2001, and before the advent to the premiership of one Thaksin Shinawatra, the party had placed a number of measures on the table which were designed to stimulate the property sector as it was then. Thus the Condominium Act Number 3, put forward in

foreign investment in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial meltdown, a situation not identical to today by any stretch of imagination but with some similarities. Both periods see property developers calling out for investors. In both 1999 and in 2008 the economy is sluggish and the government is searching for solutions to kick start the property sector.

1999 by the then director of the department of land, stipulated that the foreign quota in a condominium could exceed the 49% ceiling during a set five year period – provided it met certain conditions. Thus the condominium building needed to comprise more than 40 units, be situated in metropolitan Bangkok or Pattaya and occupy not more than 5 rai of land. It also had to be registered for at least one year before

There are two sets of proposals which would quickly attract foreign capital without risk to Thai sensibilities – to raise the condominium quota beyond 49% and to allow 60 or 90 year leases on residential property and villas in replacement of the current 30 years. Neither proposal means that foreigners would actually be able to buy land outright, a suggestion which in the real world is not a viable possibility what-

ever its proponents might argue. Pent up demand for condominium units is seen in many parts of the country. It’s estimated that there are 20 projects in Pattaya, 35 in Phuket and 10 in Bangkok which have filled up their 49% foreign quota. Increasing the quota to satisfy the demand would inject billions of baht into the economy and help to sustain the market’s long term growth during a time of lacklustre domestic demand by Thais. A further point is that the government would further benefit from tax revenues through additional sales and new registrations. It would also help if banks were encouraged to provide mortgages to qualifying foreigners, subject to status, such as those holding long term work permits. Farangs are currently hemmed in by restrictions to purchase funds from overseas and personally finance the entire transaction from the beginning. In uncertain times, it’s important for governments to be both forward looking and innovative. Other countries in south east Asia have introduced policies to attract foreign investment. There are long leases in Vietnam and China and the possibility of outright purchase of residentiald wellings in Malaysia and Indonesia and even in parts of Singapore. Even Cambodia is thinking of amending its property legislation to allow more foreign ownership, although it will likely take several years yet to introduce significant changes there. Thailand remains an attractive opportunity for many foreigners, including the “new” markets of eastern Europe, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union block. Now is the time for forward planning in the land of smiles. (This article is based in part on a piece by Nigel Cornick, chief executive of Raimon Land, which appeared in the Bangkok Post on February 1 under the heading “New Government Offers Optimism.”)

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Life after death and the Examination Between Two Worlds offers a view

What will happen after death? The 1944 Warner Brothers movie Between Two Worlds suggests that we all wake up, as it were, on a rather eerie cruise liner with others who shuffled off this moral coil at about the same time. It takes some time for all to realise they are actually dead and then the Examiner comes aboard to tell you whither lies your destination, heaven or hell or something in between. The movie rather reflects the misery of Britain during the second world war, although the play on which it’s based was written as early as 1923, and is unremitting in its exposure of human faults

and frailties. But it’s also fascinating in its fanciful treatment of death and made all the more magical by the alluring music of Korngold which provides a truly haunting refrain. The movie starts off when a group of would be travellers to America from Britain are killed outright by a bomb dropped by a nazi plane. The passing souls find themselves on board a very odd ship which is sparsely furnished and staffed by only one steward who says passengers need not pay for anything, even a gin and tonic. They are joined by two would be suicides who have turned on the gas in their London apart-

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ment, a youngish pianist and his adoring wife. Each of the passengers has some phobia or frustration which gnaws at them uneasily as the reality dawns that they are dead souls en route to the great beyond, whatever that turns out to be. The point of the story though is that the resolution or resignation of their personal ills is finally accomplished by the Examiner who comes aboard to inform them of their individual fate. The performances are generally good. Paul Henreid and Eleanor Parker are the romantic would be suicides who are actually called back to earthly life at the end of the picture, having learned their lesson that you should not try to throw away your life. Henreid is a professional piano player who has lost his touch and decides to end it all. Parker follows him as she is deeply in love. Both characters are important in the plot as they find out first they are “between two worlds” and try their best to help the other passengers come to terms with their ee-

rie plight. Edmund Gwenn makes the lovable steward Scrubby who has to sail endlessly as an escort to the dead because he too was once a suicide. His role in the movie is to reassure the passengers, try to keep them calm and to offer words of cold comfort as and when appropriate. “There is nothing to fear here, life goes on just the same as before ... until the Examination.” Scrubby knows his place, never gets upset but in the end is the one who pleads with the Examiner to let the wanna be suicides return to planet Earth. Sydney Greenstreet is amiably rigid as the Examiner, bedecked in clerical collar and wearing a huge white suit in which to deliver the judgment to all and sundry. Greenstreet’s secret was to play every part – his movie career began when he was 61 – more or less the same way and yet he succeeded in appearing to be fresh and different in each of his 20 or so movies. In this movie, he informs us that each person creates for himself or herself


The untold history of the common potato

How the spud has influenced us all From the first nomads travelling down the coast of the Americas nearly 15,000 years ago to the contemporary uses of potato starch in industrialising China, from the gold tomatoes at Tiwanaku in Bolivia, the muddy ones in Ireland and those grown in China for MacDonald’s chips, via the early days of the Royal Society, Mrs Beeton, Charles Darwin, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Chairman Mao in the mapping out of the potato saga, the story is never dull. Before domestication in the Andean hills, the high alkaloid content of potatoes made them poisonous to humans. But since then these perfectly formed bundles of nutrition – naturally fat free and consisting mainly of energy giving carbohydrates (but also containing protein, vitamin C and potassium) – have been growing safely and cheaply underground in almost any weather and

soil conditions, helping to fuel the industrial revolution and population explosions. But the efficiency and versatility of the potato have also led to over-reliance and tragedy in the face of disease, most devastatingly

to the arrival in Europe where the spud became part of our gastronomic and social fabric. The UN’s international year of the potato was in 2008 and, as the global population swells and famine remains a con-

during the Irish great hunger of the 19th century. John Reader (The Untold History of the Potato, Vintage Books) follows the thread of the potato’s history through the tapestry of human times, from the origins and evolution

stant risk and environmental sustainability becomes ever more crucial, Reader asks what the role of the potato may be in the future. “Propitious Esculent” is a highly readable exploration of the biology, history

and social influence of our most humble yet adaptable foodstuff. There are more than 160 wild potato species and the first cultivated, edible ones probably appeared in Peru about 4,000 years ago. The spud first appeared in Europe at two independent instances: around 1570 in Spain and some twenty years later in England. But the large scale cultivation of the crop began only in the nineteenth century. Initially the potato was used as a medicinal plant and grown largely by pharmacists. Merchants and kings by the eighteenth century were encouraging production to increase the amount of food available. But the potato had to get used to different climatic conditions, compared with South America, and it took a lot of breeding before mass production could begin in earnest. It was realised that there was a need for new resis-

a heaven or a hell. “We never interfere, not in matters of this sort.” Although most of the characters are offered heaven or a training programme for selfimprovement, two are despatched to the nether regions. George Coulouris is properly evil as the English millionaire who realises too late that he has worshipped money and trodden all over people in the past 30 years to get to the top. He walks solemnly to the launch which will take him to hell after a brave but unsuccessful attempt to defend his record in front of the Examiner. Isobel Elson plays a married woman who has figuratively tortured her husband in life by continually humiliating him and is punished by being consigned to a luxurious castle where nobody ever visits, even her husband. “What’s the point of possessions if you can’t show them to anyone?” she asks pointedly. Well quite so madam. As she begins her new and eternal life of abject loneliness, she turns back to the Examiner and utters, “You

swine!” It’s perhaps the most memorable line in the whole movie. Seldom seen these days, except sometimes on Turner Classic Movies, Between Two Worlds manages to offer a view of what happens after death without ever taking itself too seriously. You always know you are watching a movie, but the dialogue keeps you on your toes as the interaction between the passengers on the odd ocean liner gets increasingly dramatic as they wait for the final judgment in the form of the Examiner. But the real point is that we all judge ourselves in the final analysis. “There are no secrets up here,” announces Sydney Greenstreet in his headmaster like fashion.

tance genes against pests and diseases and the 20th century brought about the use of a large population of wild and cultivated potato species from South America for backcrossings into European varieties. The potatoes of today in Europe are largely the result of the intensive breeding programmes of the nineteenth century which have led to improved traits such as disease resistance and tolerance to environmental diversity. The countries with the highest per capita consumption of potatoes these days are the former members of the USSR, but the versatility of the potato is indeed world wide. In parts of Latin America, the potato is the primary ingredient in most

in shepherd’s pie, bubble and squeak and “mashit tatties” in Scotland. In Britain as a whole the most prized species are “new potatoes”, especially from Jersey, which have their own protected designation of origin. Most European countries also have their own dishes and in Italy the spud makes a type of pasta called gnocchi. The significance of the potato has spread even to art. It is represented in the art of the Andes and, in the 19th century, numerous images of potato harvesting appeared in paintings. Van Gogh’s The Potato Eaters portrays a family eating potatoes. It should also be noted that the potato can also be a threat to human health even today. Potato crisps are commonly

dishes and in Ecuador is the staple diet. In UK, potatoes form part of the traditional fish and chips whilst roast potatoes are most likely to be served on Sundays. Mashed potatoes crop up frequently

held responsible for high cholesterol and heart attacks. So the humble spud may be said to be a key to the salvation of the human race and also a threat to their health in every continent.

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Global Liquidity Update and MBMG’s Prospects For 2009 (Part 2)

by Simon Philbrook The Solution What needs to be done? Capacity must be filled by more demand, or scrapped altogether, and funding needs to be made more sustainable, both in terms of amount and duration. Essentially this means: (a) more fiscal spending and lower interest rates to create demand; (b) rising unemployment to remove supply, and (c) greater Central Bank liquidity injections, by all countries, over a long period to help fill the funding gap and so offset forced de-leveraging. The scale of recent de-leveraging has been awesome. In speed, if not yet in scale, it has proved faster than 1990s Japan. The US financial system has rapidly de-leveraged already. Others need to follow the US lead, while it also remains problematic whether even this awesome US de-leveraging is itself enough? Low profitability together with fragile funding make this crisis unusual, and much more like what investors saw in America in the 1930s; Japan in the 1990s, and even more frequently across the Emerging Markets. The eerie similarity is that Japan’s ageing demographic profile is some 10-15 years ahead of today’s America; a nearidentical gap to that between the two nations’ respective stock market peaks. Yet we still favour the Emerging Market example, partly because policy errors worsened the plight of 1930s America and 1990s Japan, but partly because the profile of asset prices

looks more similar even if the stage is Wall Street not San Paulo. ‘Typical’ emerging market crises see around a two-thirds drop in share prices; a 4-6 month consolidation period, followed by a sharp rally when share prices roughly double. (Note this still leaves them wellbelow their earlier peaks). The monetary cavalry are charging. Judging from our monthly indexes of Global Liquidity supply, the World is now awash with cash. Yet set against this there remain unusually high cash needs from continuing deleveraging. Global Liquidity supply shifted higher again in November, with our index (range 0%-100%) hitting 76.3% from 64.6% in October. Central Bank liquidity jumped to 77.3%, its highest value since 2003 and well -above the measly score of 35.4% recorded as recently as August 2008. Two other sub-indexes are worth noting. First, our index of foreign flows, itself a barometer of the confidence of international capital, skidded to 38.7% or a virtual free-fall since its March 2008 peak. Second, privatesector liquidity, a measure of the cash accumulation of households and corporations picked up to 86.5% and appears to belie all evidence of the liquidity crisis. In short, liquidity is out there but it is not being spent. We estimate liquidity demand from the asset holding behaviour of investors: the more willingly they hold risk assets, the less we infer that they need cash. In a recent report, we noted that throughout history (we used data going back to the 1920s) cash demands have swelled at times to extraordnary heights.

Yet these ‘panics’ proved short-lived, lasting months not years. The few exceptions were always periods where the consumer price level de-stabilised, rising rapidly as inflation took off or skidding downwards into a deflation. Do we, today, face either of these bogeys: inflation or deflation? Unquestionably, Central Banks are easing, often aggressively, but this need not necessarily prove inflationary at the consumer price level. Indeed, with huge prevailing amounts of excess capacity, it is doubtful whether any industries have pricing power. On the other hand, the rising gold price warns that Central Banks are already starting to create monetary inflation via currency devaluation. Thus, we figure that the next couple of years will see the combination of monetary inflation and cost deflation. This will cause large changes in relative prices, but also make it tricky to figure out whether consumer prices ought to be inflating, deflating or staying roughly where they are. The mid -1930s and mid-1970s both saw similar episodes of monetary inflation. Between 1932-36 gold rose by 68.5% in US dollar terms and US consumer prices drifted higher by 8.5% one year later. More dramatically, over the 197181 period US dollar gold rocketed by 1,027.5% and US consumer prices leapt by 129.4%. In both cases, the gold/consumer price multiplier was 8:1. Also, currency volatility jumped. In the 1970s, the key crossrate shifted from DM3.65/ US$ to DM1.82/US$ by 1980 – a halving in the dollar’s value. In the 1930s, for example, the British

pound moved from FF1.24/£ in 1930 to FF0.74/£ in 1935 and back to FF1.77/£ by 1940 – a 67% rise followed by a 58% drop in the Franc. Extreme paper currency volatility and extreme relative price movements are what we should expect, and not necessarily either consumer price inflation or consumer price deflation. Who is leading the lending? The standard monetary view among others is that Central Banks set interest rates and commercial banks and other financial intermediaries satisfy the resulting demand for liquidity through increased or decreased lending activity. Recently, this World has been turned upside down, with markets grabbing control of interest rates and Central Banks instead supplying funds. Thus, it has suddenly become the vogue to talk about ‘quantitative easing’. All now want to discuss ‘liquidity’. Our liquidity research has argued that there is always a critical liquidity dimension to monetary conditions. For us, Central Banks always had control of the ‘money tap’ and the market unequivocally set interest rates. Today, the two important questions are: (1) How much are the different Central Banks engaged in quantitative easing? And (2), what effect will ‘quantitative easing’ have? All the major Central Banks are now quantitatively easing, but some are doing so more than others and only one, the US Fed, is close to ‘flooding the system’ with liquidity. Unquestionably, US liquidity is leading the way in all respects. The Fed is ‘looser’ in terms of ‘quantitative ease’; the American private sector more cash generative, while foreign

procurement adjustments kick in; and changes in staff moral and potential job losses. The media keeps talking of declines from double digit growth to those less than 3%. If you are still sustaining positive figures, then that is not something to be worried about. The real concern is the rate of decline and what to do about it. It is not a time for knee jerk reactions, yet for those who remain undecided on what strategy to take, time will be a costly thief. Any revenues you have, will shrink quickly. It is time for reflection, communication, planning and adjustment. Those who are able and willing to commit to the long term, with their current

resources will be the survivors. A combined strategy of reduced and reallocated

your strategies by asking the right questions of suppliers, customers, finance and strategic

resources; with an open and inquiring communications strategy is paramount. Optimise

partners and most importantly employees. Get ideas and answers to your probing

Pattaya Today7/29 29 PATTAYA TODAY PROPERTY inflows have collapsed by more. Fed liquidity hit a staggering 94.1% in November, or a figure essentially three-times bigger than the miserable August 2008 reading of 31.4%. Most investors do not realise that the Fed reverted (inadvertently?) to a tight stance in late-summer, although many now remain concerned that the Fed’s latest actions will fail despite the confidence exuded by Chairman Bernanke. Bernanke, a longtime student of the Depression, is convinced that quantitative easing will work. We agree. Parallels with deflation-hit Japan do not compare like-with-like, and although US policymakers have made errors in the past two years, they are of a different magnitude to the errors made in 1930s America and 1990s Japan. A key point is that Japan allegedly pursued ‘quantitative easing’ from 1999, but in reality the BoJ failed to inject excess liquidity and instead targeted zero interest rates. On top, Japan’s banking system lost deposits to both cash hoards, i.e. ‘mattress money’, and to the postal savings system, events that reduced the financial system’s credit multiplier. Some commentators have worried that US banks are simply building up cash reserves at the Fed, but ignore the fact that these are an alternative and ‘safer’ way to hold cash, compared to the declining balances in the funds market. Equally, Japan did not enjoy expanding bank credit and accelerating bank deposits and money supply. In short, unlike the two previous examples of deflation, US banks at least retain the confidence of savers and borrowers. Two regions that still trouble us are the Emerging Markets and the UK. However we try to measure the Bank of England, our indexes show ‘quantitative tightness’. Latest data record an index of 17.2% for UK Central Bank liquidity,

which compares to 54.7% for the ECB. Even if we ‘bend the rules’ and look at end - month data, we can still only muster an index of 26.1% and anyway by this time the ECB was even further ahead. We figure our numbers, which are calculated in exactly the same way as for all other 75 economies we cover, are correct if nothing else because they closely correlate with faltering CBI business confidence a few months hence. Emerging market liquidity is skidding across the board. In many ways this is to be expected because World economic slowdowns hit trade and FDI, and consequently forex reserves and, thus, domestic credit growth (which largely consists of monetised inflows and outflows). Both Foreign and Central Bank liquidity have lately been hard hit. Private sector liquidity is rolling over, but admittedly from high levels. Chinese liquidity fell slightly again in November but within the total foreign liquidity slid and domestic liquidity picked up a tad. There is so far no evidence of the promised and much-flagged monetary easing by the PBoC. Like wise the Reserve Bank of India tightened liquidity once again in November, pushing our index down to a lowly 30.1% from its staggering reading of 96.8% at end-2007. For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on simon@ The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable, however, neither Hamptons International Mortgages (Thailand) Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for an errors or omissions in the above article nor bear responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article

Who will survive in tough times?

by Lisa Wall

As time passes and the world slides into economic doldrums, we all wait with baited breath to see when we will hit the bottom. Crystal balls don’t work and the media won’t do much for your business’s future. In our region, industries which will be hit the hardest are auto, consumer and electronic manufacturing sectors and retail and hospitality. Many of these businesses have sustained superb levels of growth over the last decade. The challenges facing businesses in Pattaya are shared with those all over the world. They are a loss of revenue from major trading partners; flat or declining growth rates; temporary increases in inventory costs until production and

questions at all levels before you act. Who knows what ideas you can come up with to survive? No communication leads to people making ill-informed assumptions about your business. You need to understand what you have and how you can bend it to fit. Employees might rather face less hours each week than outright job losses. Voluntary up-skilling of staff and cross-training in downtimes can be beneficial for everyone. Take the time to document and analyse your business and really understand where your money goes and what it returns. Is your business too diversified which is making it hard to sustain all areas? If so, ask the employees if they would like

to buy out that portion of the business you no longer want to run, This might be preferred, rather than having no job. Don’t panic and forget about customer service, while you are cost cutting. It is here that the smallest input provides the greatest return. Pick up the phone and ask how your customers are. It is virtually free with today’s technology. Government fiscal policies will take a long time to kick in. It is a long ride ahead, so you’ll need to take your own action to survive, inertia will kill you. Your customers will be watching so be warned; sustainability and the environment will still be hot topics in the future. Your customers are your future.

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Look for home-buying deals as high season ebbs

by Khun Dee

Prospective home buyers take note: this may be the ideal time of year to go shopping for a home. Inventories of unsold condos and houses are at recent highs as we approach the tail end of a lackluster high season that produced fewer property sales than anticipated. Many home-owners are eager to sell now before the fast-approaching hot season puts a further chill on realestate sales. Furthemore, most tourists are returning or already have returned to their home countries Consequently, there are and will be fewer prospective buyers here to support the asking prices on the thousands of housing units that are available. It’s time to deal. House hunting here is like— and unlike--similar undertakings back home. It is similar to the extent that location is the most important factor to keep in mind. Beyond that, you must be clear on exactly what you want in a home, determine how much you can afford to spend, and

by Richard Bunch Q. Firstly I look forward to reading your column when I get my copy of Pattaya Today. I have recently had a bit of a scare and know that you will be able to give me some sound advice. I have carried a USB flash drive around with me for years now, but last week I somehow lost it, this worried me as I have a lot of sensitive information; passwords and the like as well as some rather sensitive photographs. Fortunately it was found when I had the car valeted, so in this case I had a lucky escape and fortunately no harm was done. Needless to say I am not carrying it around at the moment. Can you recommend a way for me to protect my data? Thanks Andy G. A. I am sure you are not alone in this; you did indeed have a lucky escape! Those USB flash drives are so handy and since they are now available in large capacities even more useful and provide us with even more space for us to cram with

select a reputable real estate agent with whom you will enjoy working. Dissimilarly, here you will find substantially lower prices on houses and condos, a blatant absence of regulatory control of the real estate trade, and the need to be cautious before making a commitment. It is important that you keep a cool head each step of the way and particularly when making important decisions. First and foremost, be realistic when reflecting on whether Pattaya is the right place for you to live. If you decide that it is, make a list a list of what you need and want in a residence. Do you want a house, a condo or a townhouse? How many rooms? What size? What features? Swimming pool? Garage? Etc. Zero in on the features you must have, would like to have, definitely do not want and would prefer not to have. Your goal is to find the right home without falling in love with one that doesn’t suit your needs. Once you know what you want, determine what you

often sensitive information. It probably isn’t until an event such as yours that makes us realise just what we are carrying around with us. Any unprotected data on these devices is potentially a disaster waiting to happen. Fortunately there are a number of methods you can adopt for protection. These come as both hardware / physical and software solutions. The physical solution is normally in the form of a combination lock that protects the male USB connection. These come either integral with the drive or as a retro-fit on an existing drive. Whilst this may seem an easy solution, it makes the drives somewhat cumbersome and heavier, in my opinion detracting from their intended purpose, also bear in mind that these drives are getting smaller and smaller physically whist storage capacities are increasing. I strongly favour a software solution, here too there are many different products to choose from, some drives come pre-installed

can afford. Put another way: how much do you want to spend? Most foreigners have the wherewithal to buy bigger or better homes here, but generally there is little need to own the biggest or the best. You can purchase a condo for under a million baht or a house for more than 20 million. It’s up to you to establish a price range based on your individual financial situation, on your housing needs, and on location. If you have spent a great deal of time in Pattaya and know where you would like to live, fine; focus your search in that neighborhood. If not, spend a few days touring the city—north to south, east to west. Distinguish the features of each area; note the advantages and disadvantages, proximity to schools, shopping, entertainment, public transportation. Once you’ve isolated several locales you like, learn more about the infrastructure of those areas, what municipal services are/are not available; quality of neighbors; etc. Armed with such vital

information as what you want to buy , how much you want to spend, and where you want to live, it’s time to contact a real estate agent. Remember, no home is perfect, especially many of the older homes on the local market. Unfortunately, when buying a home here, it’s caveat emptor. There are no laws requiring home sellers to disclose defects small or large. There are no home inspectors to help you uncover flaws in construction or shortcomings in the operating systems. There is no recourse if you suffer buyer’s remorse or post-closing enlighte ment. When you find a home that meets your needs and ‘feels’ right to you, talk to your agent about making an offer. Remember, the decision is yours alone. In the end, identifying the ideal home often is as much an emotional decision as it is a rational one. Your choice probably will not be based simply on the home meeting the items on your list. You like a given home not only because it meets all your criteria, but

The IT Guru

with proprietary software but if this isn’t the case or you prefer to use a software of your choice then there are commercial offerings like Folder Crypto Password and Folder Lock but my personal favourite TrueCrypt www.truecrypt. org which is free Open Source software and the one I will give you more information on. TrueCrypt can be installed on a variety of platforms currently these are Windows Vista and XP, Mac OS X, and Linux. It creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk. It can encrypt an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive. In Traveler Mode, the TrueCrypt software doesn’t need to be installed on the host PC, the only proviso is that Administrative privileges are needed to run in this mode, as it needs to load a device driver. If for operational reasons Administrtor privileges cannot be granted then a system administrator can install the TrueCrypt software on the PC thus enabling any user to access encrypted files on the USB drive. Using the utility within

the software it is a breeze to set up the USB drive in Traveler Mode. With pre-boot authentication it is able to encrypt a partition or drive where Windows OS is installed. TrueCrypt does what it claims and provides real-time (on-the-fly) encryption with little or no impact on performance. TrueCrypt provides two levels of security; hidden volume and hidden operating system. In addition, TrueCrypt volumes cannot be identified from any normal data. It offers a number of different encryption algorithms such as AES256, Serpent and Twofish. In addition to this it offers keyfiles, these essentially are used in conjunction with a password for even greater security. I am certain that you will find this piece of software excellent for the purpose and very easy to use. Whilst on the subject of USB drives, if you find one of these drives that someone has ‘lost’, although it may be tempting to put this in your PC to see what is on it, do try to resist the temptation as these could have viruses and other malware on them that could expose your system to risk. There have been

also because it appeals to you. It’s a good fit. It feels right. A home that complies with your list of essentials but somehow feels wrong to you is a home to avoid. Likewise, walk away from the home you fall in love even though it might lack important essentials on your list. If you find what you think is your dream home, examine the premises inside and out as best you can and, preferably, with the assistance of one or two experts you trust--a contractor, architect, electrician, plumber, carpenter or other building-related professional. You will find flaws. Keep your cool and negotiate with the seller for a lower price to reflect the estimated cost of repairs, or insist that the seller perform the repairs as a condition of sale. But don’t expect too much. It’s not unusual here for new owners to take care of some–if not all–repairs them selves. Don’t let the seller’s refusal to do a small repair kill the deal on a home you truly love.

On the other hand, don’t fall so much in love with the house that you’ll buy it no matter what needs to be done--unless you’re sure you can handle it emotionally and financially. Decide what type of repairs you can realistically tackle, then stick with your decision. And don’t become overly fond of the seller either. He or she may be nice, but do not develop a friendship during negotiations. You do not want to take the chance that hurt feelings or differences of opinion might undermine the buying process. If you really hit it off with the seller, approach a friendship after the close. Finally, it’s important that your agent accompany you every step of the way. Not only in identifying the ideal house that meets your financial and emotional requirements, but right through to negotiating the deal, finalizing and filing the paper work, and presenting you with the keys to your new home in paradise.

reported incidents where these have been deliberately planted in companies to install malware to steal sensitive information. If you run a company, it is worth reminding your employees of best practice with regard to these devices and the dangers that these drives can display. Whist encrypting the data won’t stop an employee stealing information, it will protect against the careless and forgetful! If you need any further

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

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It’s a real labour of love: many volunteers help build new Kingdom Hall

by BPW

Scaffolding, cement, hard hats, dust masks and elbow grease. A work-site at Soi Khaotalo/ Soi 4 has all the markings of a traditional construction job, with one exception - all of the 30-plus work crew are volunteers. “Absolutely everyone,” said project foreman Sataya Pongsri. “This is 100 percent volunteer work.” “One person doesn’t take credit,” Pongsri said, “It’s completely a joint effort.” Similar to an old-fashion barn raising, (that many of us from foreigners are use to) many of Jehovah’s Witnesses are known to come together to build their houses of worship, called Kingdom Halls. It is a most sincere effort on their part and one that gives them personal satisfaction and at the same times pleases their God. The new building in Pattaya, including finish work inside and out, landscaping with all the trimmings, will be completed by volunteers. “Hiring a general contractor, plumbers, electricians, and the typical professional staff to do the same work, would increase the cost of our Kingdom Hall a tremendous amount,” noted minister, Vito Bonventre, an Elder, serving the English congregation here in Pattaya. He is also, the on-site spokesman. Instead of hiring out, church members, (referred to as publishers) some of whom have experience in construction

and others who are complete novices, agree to meet to do the work gratis. And not everybody is driving nails or plastering walls. Some are sweeping, picking-up trash,

with the Pattaya congregation. Elder Joe Butler commented: “It’s kind of what you might call, organized chaos,” he said of the construction site. “Everyone knows their job,

Just a few finishing touches

preparing meals, bringing water to the workers, painting and a variety of other tasks, that are found at a typical worksite. “You might say, that many hands make the load light,” said one volunteer from Bangkok. A food service staff serve the volunteers a hearty lunch and snacks through-out the day. “As hard as people work, no one seems to lose weight. The food is that good,” said Aaw Lowe, a Jehovah’s Witness sister who lives in Jomtien and serves in the English congregation. “As construction is continuing, it is extremely important that we all conduct ourselves in an orderly and professional manner. The building is in the midst of a residential area, where our neighbors live right next to us,” said Fred Baars, an Elder

their time slot, and when they have to be here. Everything just goes together in a nice succession.” Although Jehovah’s Witnesses are serious about their faith, they enjoy the fun and camaraderi that seem to surface when one of their Kingdom Halls are being built. “Our Kingdom Halls are simple in design but very practical for our spiritual needs. The most important thing is not the building but the lessons taught inside,” said Elder Vito. Elder Vito continued: “The Kingdom Hall when completed will be a very functional building and a tribute to our great God, Jehovah.” Psalms 83:18 Joe Lowe, a member of the Pattaya congregation and a retiree from America said: “Jehovah’s Witnesses encourage

all honest-hearted people, that are desirous of learning more about the Bible, for those folks to get in touch with one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for a free, home Bible study.” Construction began on October 15, 2008 and will be completed by February 15-20, 2009. Their first meeting will be the 27th of February at 7:00 P.M. Even though this meeting is not the official dedication service where the public is invited. But as always, all of our meetings are open to the public and are encourage to attend to see why Jehovah’s Witnesses are different. Our meetings are always free. No collection plate is ever passed at any of our meetings! Note: Jehovah’s Witnesses are best known for “witnessing or evangelizing from door-todoor telling people about God and His Kingdom; while at the same time offering magazines, books, tracts, etc. etc. All of their publications are free of charge. Their services are also unique. Along with songs and prayers, they have a public talk by a different speaker each sunday, whereas the speaker encourages people to follow along with him with their Bibles. They also have other meetings through-out the week. Elder Vito 60, who with his wife Diane 62, have over 100 years of combined years of service to Jehovah, and at the same time preaching the “good news”

throughout the world. “We started out, both the wife and I very early in life proclaiming God’s message of living forever in a paradise new earth. We will continue to bring this good news to people who will listen. After all, didn’t Jesus give the command to do, exactly that at Matthew 24:14, said Elder Vito. ‘And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.’ “Jehovah’s Witnesses differ from other Christian faiths

it says: ‘But my Father is greater than I am.’ “ A lady once said to me as I knocked on her door, “I don’t want to talk to you people because you people don’t believe in Jesus.” “That’s not so,” I answered. “We believe that Jesus was God’s first born in Heaven and that he came to earth to do His Father’s will. We, (Jehovah’s Witnesses) do not still think of Him as that little baby lying in a manger. But we view and honor Him as what He truly is; a reigning King in Heaven, along side His Father, Jehovah God!”

Brother Vito & Diane, just checking up on the days progress

in that they believe; that Jesus Christ was a perfect, sinless man, who was the first creation of God, and next in command after God,” (Colossians 1:15) so stated Elder Vito. “Many Christians, however, believe that God and Jesus are one and the same, said Elder Vito. “According to the Bible at John 14:28, they are not the same, for

said Elder Vito. If anyone would like to contact the Jehovah’s Witnesses, they can do so at: Directions: From Sukhumvit, go down Soi Khaotalo to Soi 4 (2nd street on right) turn right, and proceed down Soi 4 (approx. 100-200 meters to Soi 1 or Soi 2, turn left and you will see the new Kingdom hall

Visiting Artist James Kennedy at Asian University Abstract artist James Kennedy and ceramist Bob Bachler of Surface Gallery and Atelier, New Hampton, visited the Multimedia department of Asian university on 11 February. The audience included multimedia and other students as well as a group of ladies from a local art

club. Welcomed by Liberal Arts Dean Robert, James gave a presentation about some of his work, and with Bob, he gave some of his views on art and life as an artist. As well as their individual works, they showed some of their collaborative work, each using each other’s

skills to enhance a piece. Surface Library in New Hampton is not only their gallery but also their workshop, so visitors can see James and Bob at work. They are also encouraged to touch exhibits, and get to know the art that is on display. Some of James’ earlier works

were clearly influenced by Turner, but he explained that all life experiences change their art. The current holiday in Thailand has exposed them not only to classical Thai art (in many forms) and architecture, but also to the nature

of Thailand, fruits, sunsets, coral forms etc. When asked about making a living through art, James explained that some compromise was sometimes necessary, especially if works are specially commissioned by a

customer. There is more about their work at After a lively question and discussion session, James ended by saying that art is about sharing: food for thought for the students who were there.

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Limiting your losses Although residing in Pattaya should be relaxing and enjoyable there is one component of the fun formula that can be quite disconcerting; leaving your home, apartment or condo unattended. Even in buildings with security or in gated communities, occasionally there is a burglary. Although the possibility of it happening may be minor, if your residence gets burgled it can be devastating. Making deterring preparations prior to leaving helps provide peace of mind. It may be difficult to totally prevent a burglary but you can reduce the risk. The Basics: Lock doors and windows, window bars, perimeter walls, steel gates, burglar alarm, a friend or neighbor watching your residence and living in a gated village are all deterrents, but if a burglar is determined a sledge hammer against your home’s exterior wall or roof will gain access. If we assume nothing will totally prevent a professional burglar from gaining access, reduce your chances of a serious loss. Since most burglars are not expert safe crackers, install a securely anchored safe. Most burglars travel light and prefer small items of valuable that are light and easy to carry. This includes your cash,

cameras, mobile phone, laptop computer, gold chains, jewelry and other small light weight high value items. Your safe should be sized to hold these items. Burglars want to get in and out quickly and know where most people leave theirvaluables; even those special hiding places you think are clever like hiding jewelry in your freezer. When they enter your residence they can efficiently be in and out in a matter of minutes, therefore, anything done that slows them down will help save your valuables. The following recommendations should keep your losses to a minimum other than repairing the damage from the break-in. Basic deterrents – Slow the

burglar down and make your property less attractive as a target: 1.Install exterior door dead bolt locks. 2. Install a heavy sliding deadbolt that accommodates a padlock on the rear door. 3. Install exterior door and window bars, but make bedroom units hinged (but lockable) for egress in case of a fire. 4. Wall and gate your property – slows a burglar plus limits what can be carried away. 5. If installing a burglar

alarm weigh the cost against how large a loss you may incur. 6. Have a friend or neighbor watch out after your home. Cutting your losses: Assuming your residence can be broken into no matter what you have done, do things that will limit any losses. 1. Install a safe large enough to store your valuables plus can be securely mounted preferably imbedded in concrete. Never rely on a free standing safe that can be carried off. 2. Install a second safe. Why? Remember, your object is to slow the burglar down. Having two safes will do two things. A. If the robber finds one safe, they may not look further thinking it is the only safe in the house. Remember, they want to get in andout quickly. B. Having two safes allows you to divide up your valuables. If the robber is successful breaking into one safe, chances are you will still have the contents of the other one. 3. Install a safe large enough to accommodate your laptop computer and other items larger than cash or jewelry. 4. Always keep computer back-up disks in your safe. When leaving for a long time remove your PC’s computer HD and store it in your safe. If you do not know how to

remove your hard drive, take your computer to a computer shop and have them install a HD drawer that allows you to easily remove your Hard Drive. Alternatively, purchase an external HD that can be easily disconnected and stored securely. 5. If you are leaving a vehicle behind, never leave anything of value in it. 6. Purchase inexpensive jewelry that has the look of quality but is actually gold plated jewelry with fake stones and leave a ring and a necklace on your bedroom dresser at all times. In addition leave a bit of cash, perhaps 1,000 Baht in several small bills. Remember, the burglar

wants to get in and out quickly and break-ins are often at night when it is hard to see. If all your real valuables are locked in a safe he will opt for the quick-take and grab the fake jewelry and bit of cash and run. This is a cheap idea that may help you save a bigger loss. One last important word of caution: Don’t think you have to be away for an extended period of time for a burglary to happen. Many foreigners, especially those with businesses, get into a routine of times when they are away from their homes. Example: a golfer who has a habit of teeing off at 8 a.m. on certain days of the week. Your routine is being observed by someone. Your

neighbors know your habits, and so do those who would burglarize your residence. Prevention of a burglary is a daily concern, not just when you take a vacation. The bottom line: a burglary can happen anytime, and we all get complacent. The best prevention is to establish a lockdown procedure for when you leave your house. Make sure all doors and gates are secure and keep all your valuables in your safe unless you are using them. Do not leave things of value out where they can be easily taken when you are not at home. You can’t totally prevent a robbery, but you can certainly limit your losses.


Vol. 8 No. 11  16 - 28 February 2009

Ask Andy

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Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Car Jack Rather than a question, Andy, I would like to offer some advice to your readers based on a recent experience. My wife and I were going to visit her family outside of Ubon when our car broke down in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere. I have no mechanical skills or knowledge, and our mobile phones had no signal. We tried to flag down passing vehicles on that desolate road at that time of night until finally a kind old Thai man in an old pick-up stopped. He tried the ignition, touched some things in the engine, then said in Thai to my Thai wife, “No problem, where are your tools?” She said we did not have so much as a screwdriver, so we three climbed into the pick-up and drove to a service station 30 minutes out of the old man’s way (where he refused to accept any money for his kindness). A mechanic took us back to our car and--with just a wrench and some tape-repaired the engine problem within 5 minutes. The lesson I learned and want to share with your readers is: when driving outside of cities, always carry tools in the car—at least a wrench, screwdriver, flashlight and tape. Jack in Jomtien Good advice, Jack, to which I would add that all drivers--in urban and rural areas alike--would be wise to carry an emergency kit that includes such essentials as an adjustable +wrench, pliers, several screwdrivers (various sizes of slotted and Phillips head), duct tape, flashlight, road flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, tire inflator, first aid kit, and water.  Hammer Head I do a good deal of repair work around the house, Khun Andy, and I also enjoy making things like cabinets, basic furniture, etc., which is where I sometimes have a problem. When hammering nails into wood for furniture, the hammer often slips off the nail head and scars or otherwise damages the wood. Any suggestions? Sam on Soi 16

One thing you might try, Sam, is getting some course sandpaper or a metal file and score the face of the hammer. The rougher surface of the hammer head will allow it to get a better grip on the nail as you strike it, thereby reducing slippage.  Odor Eaters We go home to Luga in Russia next week after four months in Pattaya. Now we take travel bags from storage they stink very bad. Keep open two or three days already but still have smell very bad. How can we do? Lesta from Luga Just letting the suitcases air out is a good idea, Lesta, but it sounds like you might need to use odor absorbers. Look for products that contain zeolite. Sprinkle zeolite on a towel, place inside your luggage and zip it up. The odor will be gone the next day. Zeolite is a natural mineral that adsorbs moisture, fumes, chemicals and odors. It comes from volcanic ash, and is all natural. It works for years. In fact, zeolite granules can be recharged simply by placing them out in the sun for 6 hours. I haven’t looked for zeolite here, but in the past I have found it in pet shops and home improvement stores. As an alternative, you might try activated charcoal. This works on the same principal as the zeolite. Just make sure the charcoal does not come in direct contact with your luggage or, in addition to removing odors, you will be removing charcoal stains as well. Activated charcoal usually is found in pet shops, home improvement and hardware stores.  Crack Up A large building is under construction next to my house, Andy. Yesterday, in what appears to have been a freak accident, a dumpster on the third level toppled over pouring a half ton of gravel over the side. Some of the flying rocks hit my windows, breaking one or two and cracking quite a few. I’ve covered

the broken windows, but I’m stuck with a number of cracked windows until the errant construction company replaces them or reimburses me for costs. My question to you is: what do I do about the cracked windows in the meantime? Vic If the glass is not actually broken but only cracked— and therefore still firmly fixed and secure in the window frames, you can get by temporarily by painting over it with a thin coat of clear shellac. That will help reinforce the now vulnerable glass while still allowing visibility.  Eau de Toilette For the last few days there has been a small pool of water on the floor around my toilet. I can’t see where the water is coming from. Can you point me in the right direction for locating the source and repairing the problem? Dana A few days is too long to have water on the floor around your toilet, Dana. You need to fix the problem right away so moisture doesn’t damage your sub-floor. To locate the source of the leak, start by looking for cracks in the toilet and the tank. If either item

is cracked it must be replaced. In fact, unless your toilet is fairly new, consider getting a whole new set—toilet bowl and tank; this will eliminate potential problems associated with trying to find a tank that matches the old bowl. But if you don’t find any cracks, check all connections—the tank bolts,

the ballcock mounting nut and supply tube coupling nut. Make sure that everything is tight. If it is, you may need to replace the washers. Sometimes water around the base of a toilet is caused by a wax ring that no longer seals. If leaking occurs during or after a flush, replace the wax ring. One final thought: if moisture is dripping from

the exterior of the tank, that’s probably just condensation. You can fix it by installing a toilet liner kit—a foam panel placed inside the tank. To install it, shut off the water, then drain and clean the inside of the tank. Cut the panels to fit your toilet and attach to the tank. --Handy Andy

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Vol. 8 No. 10  1- 15 February 2009

Bartley’s Bonanza Day PSC Golf at Tropical Bert’s by Mike Gerrard Yet another month passes by in paradise whilst we hear that snow is falling all around Europe and especially London. Luvvly Jubbly. Our small, but high quality group of happy golfers set off to tackle the LAKES and OCEAN course today with a fair sky and a nice cooling breeze. Just perfect weather this time of the year. Newcomers, BARRY WOODS, JOE STRANKS, BRIAN NEAVE and JOHN WALSH were welcomed to the fold and how they were impressed by the condition of the hallowed turf of PHOENIX GOLF CLUB. The first Tuesday of the month is our usual stroke play competition for the sponsored prize donated by TOY’S MUSIC BAR (SOI CHAIYAPREUK) today there was a lovely bottle of quality red wine up for grabs. Big JOHN BARTLEY at last hit a bit of form and returned a net 68 (H/cap 20) to claim 1st place which was the wine and a bit of cash. In second place was the ever consistent, GARY BLACKBURNE net 72 (H/cap 6) with yours truly claiming 3rd place with a net 75 (H/cap 14). Back at TOY’S

MUSIC BAR we all enjoyed the traditional first beer free whilst I, with the aid of Gary and Graham worked out all the scores. Today we decided to award a token prize of 2 golf balls the best net score based on the 36 handicap rule. This went to BARRY WOODS who returned a score of net 71. Technicals went to, GARY BLACKBURNE, GRAHAM DIETRICH, who would have had two if the canny Scot MATT ANDERSON had not have knocked him off Lakes 7 hole, and JOE STRANKS. This left only 4 other players with a chance to win the token lucky draw golf ball, which was claimed by JOHN WALSH. Just one more item left and we thank GIORGIO BACCIOLI for his donated food and beverage voucher worth 500 Baht at TRATTATORIA

RESTAURANT on Jomtien hill, which went into an open draw for everyone who returned to the presentation. Guess what. When your luck is in, it’s really in. big JOHN BARTLEY’S name came of the draw yet again. There you go, you pays your money and you takes your chances. Next week we go back to Stapleford play at 12.00 Noon. Call me (Mike Gerrard) on 087 091 7565 if you would like to join in the fun. We meet at 11.00am in the changing room with the draw taking place at 11.30 sharp. Non Phoenix members can enjoy a special green fee rate of only 1,000 Baht plus caddy, if there are less than 20 payers, but should we exceed 20 players guests can gain a further 100 Baht reduction on production of your PSC membership card.

Top turnout leads to terrific triple header

The last Sunday of Softball for January 2009 saw the biggest array of beer bellied athletes yet. They were eager to shag fly balls, smack singles, soar around the bases, and of course, have a cold ale and argue about rules and umpires decisions. Over 40 softball hasbeens or never wases, made the trek to Jomtiem. The league organizers decided to reward their loyalty by adding a game and playing a triple header. Each of the three games went down to the wire and were fiercely competitive affairs. It was truly a magical day of softball out on Jimmy’s field of dreams. Game 1 saw JJ’s Juvenile Pears(a tribute to their captain’s youthful physique that he has maintained since puberty) perform strongly for two innings. Led by key crunching singles from Scott, Spot, and damaging doubles by the fleet footed Ernie and the ever sun tanning Mark, the Pears managed to score 4 runs. Not to be outdone, the Prehistoric Hotheads (named in honor of Peters temper, and Perry’s less then sporting pitching tactics) fought back

with base hits from Rocky, Mikey, John E, Norm and Rick to erase the deficit. It was a tight, defensive battle (thanks in large part to the strong breeze blowing into the infield) until the end With the game tied in the bottom of the fifth, John Mchugh legged out a double, Scotty singled him to third, and Phil’s bloop single knocked him in. Final score Pears 6- Hot heads 5. Game two was an action packed affair. The source of much of the action was the sexagenarian speed demon Peter, who definitely forgot to take his happy pills in the morning. He suffered the worst in a bone crunching play where he ran into Scotty on a rundown at third and got a bearhug tackle from his close friend and opponent. Just one inning later, a close play at third base went against his team, and he was ready to fight JJ over the apparent biased call. Luckily both JJ and Peter realized that they are both so far over the hill that they can no longer see its peek, and they calmed down, shook hands and sipped some suds together and discussed an evening rendezvous at

Boyztown. In real softball action, the rookie John G from jolly old England, used his wheels to score two runs and help the Prehistoric Hotheads keep their cool. John Stockton was strong with his glove, while Mikey and Josh had hot bats. In another tight contest, the Hotheads eventually prevailed, by a score of 6 to 5. Game three was the eagerly anticipated rubber match. Both teams were anxious to prove they were kings of the mound in game 3. The cunning octogenarian Perry, used his pitching trickery to perfection, intentionally walking the Pears best hitters John Mchugh and Mark, to essentially kill, what was to that point, an enjoyable afternoon at the ballpark. In turn, Mark instructed Phil never to throw another pitch to Perry as long as he lives, and softball had soured into snoozeball. It was the first time the idea of intentional walking has been able to ooze its ugly puss filled head into Pattaya softball. In case you are new to the game, an intentional walk in beer league softball is akin to

by Derek Brook St Andrews ( Stableford) Amazing how the years go by when you are ‘Mature’ and sure enough we are now at the end of the month in the year 2009, Wow. Still, crying into my beer will not slow the Calendar down, so it’s back to the golf grindstone for the year ahead. Where did we go, well one of the better Courses, St Andrews, it is a little up market but if you want something different it is highly recommended, especially if you are below the recommended maximum of handicap 18.

A Flight winners sloped in certain areas. The Mashi Kenata with 36 points slow greens actually stopped ahead of Gavin Kelly with some of the excess roll of the 35 points in second. In third ball, but not all. was Richard Kubicki with 34 It was a long day with the points and in fourth was Scott Course backed up especially Dobbins with 33 points.

B Flight winners

The Scribe presented to Steve Hamstad as he had his Alan Bolton Shirt on

My players do not mind what handicap they are and some of the higher handicappers like the Course because it is a little kind to those who do not hit the ball a long way. Some of the brighter stars who do hit it a long way fall into trouble if they are a bit off line, yes too far can be big trouble. Onto the Course and it being so high the wind was a big factor and so were the greens, they were very slow but of course they are a bit gimmicky being so viciously

on the front nine. At the first par 3 there were at least three groups waiting, still that was a reason to have a chat and to smell the roses. Round over it was into a warm shower, yes the water was hot, then it was into the Old German Restaurant for a quick ‘Currywurst’ and back on the road to Tropical Bert’s and the presentation. It’s always good to be back to Bert’s and on this night all quickly gathered for the presentation. In the A Flight, 0 to 14, the winner was ever steady

giving a lobotomy to a patient who is suffering a slight headache. Since these buzz killing antics didn’t arrive until the sixth inning, as the scribe I have decided to only count the first five innings of the ball game. The final game was another tight struggle, but in the end, the difference was defence. The Pears team, led by Spot at short stop, Ernie and John in leftfield and strong armed Scotty at third shut the Prehistoric Hotheads out on 3 of the 5 innings. Final score, JJ’s Pears 6, Hotheads 3. All in all, it was a great day at the diamond. The beverages were flowing, sausages and burgers were barbequing, and the boys of Pattaya were enjoying the grand old game of Softball. All pseudo athletes are welcomed to join in on the fun, so see you on the field next Sunday. Still living the dream, Diego Wells

Box Scores for Sunday January 31, 2009 Game 1

In the B Flight the winner was Les Charles with 34 points ahead of Brian Gage in second on countback. In third was Koji Yamada with 33 points and in fourth was Bill Knight with 30 points. So to the winner of the Alan Bolton Golfer of The Month, and the winner after a fine month was Steve Hamstad. Well done Steve. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Mashi, Kinya Akiyama Mick O’Meara Roger McGary Long Put John Roberts Alex Kazazis.

Game 2

Starting line ups and positions for the triple header

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Three Sisters Golf

Paul Kraft on the left, Bill Thompson on the right

Talk about blind shots, the first two groups off at the Pattaya Country Club were hitting into a fairway they could only see about 30 yards of. Once again caddies had to call one another to insure the lead group was not met by flying little white balls. By the time the first group reached the 2nd hole the fog pretty much lifted and players only had to contend with wet greens. It is not a warm feeling to watch a rooster tail come up from your putt.

The sun finally poked through and it was a great day for golf. The groups re-formed back at Caddy Shack II where Herbie had provided both regular and spicy sausages. As the cards were reviewed, Paul Kraft came in with a 41 while Bill Thompson came in second with a 39. Several players came in late but none could match the winning scores. The vagaries of the game were discussed among the players with the help of several San Miguel Lites.”

Vol. 8 No. 10  1 - 15 February 2009 LOCAL SPORTS Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League Results Table In the Pattaya Land derby Cheers had the long trek across the Soi to Palmers. After 4 weeks without a win (or a free beer) Stan was looking for a result. Palmers Crew, still a little shaken after the run in with the Posse last week, succumbed to the Cheers onslaught resulting in Cheers taking the game and returning across the Soi full of free beer. In Soi Yamoto, with the sun setting behind them, the Posse rode slowly along the Soi, the clip clopping of the horses’ hooves echoing off the surrounding buildings. Melly hung a sign outside his bar; No Gun-belts, No Spurs, No Silly Hats, No Spittoons, No Cussin’, No Hollerin’. Melly was also wearing a Law Badge as big as a frying pan to let the Posse know that he was the law in these here parts. Marshall Melly and the Mee Chew Crew went on to take game & beer off of a confused Posse. The Bunker Boys awaited the arrival of the Coffee Shop Quartet. (No cunning plan this week). Blue Mountain arrived with an empty coffee pot hoping to fill it up with free beer, however the Bunker Boys had other plans, playing off ‘scratch’ the Bunker Boys played a perfect round, Blue

Date: 30 January (Week 14)

League Table

Next Fixtures (Week 15)

Mountain returning home with their coffee pot unfilled. Meanwhile over on the dark side, a St John’s Ambulance crew were on standby outside the Lucky Time Bar. The defibrillator was ready to go, and the snapping of surgical gloves going on could be heard by the Sunshine Boys from inside the bar. Steve had to have a lay

down on the pool table as the evening proceeded and the games win rested on the last 2 matches. Ernie got Steve’s blood pressure back to normal with the win that saw the Sunshine Boys triumph over Team Lucky Time 7 – 6. The Rising Sun then going on to take the beer. The disappointed St John’s Ambulance crew peeled off

their surgical gloves and placed their equipment away. They did not have a completely wasted evening though, someone having to undergo a complete body cavity search after pretending to have lost his wallet and not being able to pay his bar bill……………I won’t do that again!………….. DARTS.

Vol. 8 No. 10  1- 15 February 2009

PSC Golf From Tropical Bert’s by Dick Warberg The first ever day of Friday golf from Tropical Bert’s

Gordon Clegg with a fine effort also turned in by Scott Dobbins shooting a gross 72.

LOCAL SPORTS Stableford Competition at Pleasant Valley Golf Course

Gordon Clegg

Kevin Dunne and Wife Celebrate

came off well as 22 golfers played the B & C nines at Crystal Bay after meeting for Bert’s great Golfers Breakfast and the drive up Sukhumvit. The course was found in better than average condition and available for good scores for those who hit the ball long and straight. The field was split into two divisions and the stableford rounds of the day were recorded by Kevin Dunne and

Returning to Tropical Bert’s through the late Friday afternoon traffic took a bit longer than usual but a few cool ones and jumbo hot dogs provided by Bert soon soothed even the most rattled traveler. The over all results for the day were: “A” Division (0 - 14) 1st. Kevin Dunne (12) 42pts. 2nd. Scott Dobbins (0) 36pts. (on count back)

3rd. Brian Downey (14) 36pts. (on count back over John Roberts) “B” Division (15 & up) 1st. Gordon Clegg (29) 37pts 2nd. Dick Warberg (18) 34pts (on count back) 3rd. Brian Gabe (15) 34pts. Near Pins: Kevin Dunne, Gordon Clegg (2),Scott Dobbins Long Putts: Don Carmody, Scott Dobbins Friday golf will be scheduled each Friday and will support the PSC Monthly Member Tournaments in addition to other special events during the year. All are welcome to join us and may sign up at Tropical Bert’s.

by Thomas Cotton The Tuesday group assembled at Bert’s in the morning to dine and sort out their rides to a new course: Pleasant Valley. Piercing the cacophony

course we wrestled with the tight layout, which wended around the bogs and and ponds. The greens were slow and our captain was heard to say that they were “like vel-

Nigel Perry, Scott Dobbins, Henry Cignac, DB

of diners was the arrival of six nubile caucasian nymphs, whose appearance was somewhat of a shock to the early morning golfers. No doubt, they had heard of Bert’s terrific breakfast and wanted to indulge. Well, we tore ourselves away from this welcome intrusion and fumbled our ways along the motorway to find this new golf course. There was a temporary clubhouse with small reception modest change facilities and restaurant. Out on the

cro”. Our reporter has never putted on velcro, so could not confirm. The sand in the bunkers was soft and deep, so we played “winter rules”. Sometimes we played off the blue tees and sometimes when the tee shots across the water was too far, we switched to the white tees. But occasionally this was still not enough relief for our shorter hitters, who lost many balls and for whom it would have been fairer to play off the red tees. In spite of the challenging

PSC Golf From The Cafe Kronberg

R4Q4 Q: What is the nationality of the pop singer Yazz; best known for her 1988 track ‘The Only Way Is Up’? A: British. Rising Sun were marked wrong for “English”, and Bowling Green thought she was Belgian. From Wikipedia: Yazz (born Yasmina Evans, 19 May 1960, in Shepherd’s Bush, London) is a British pop singer. There is no nationality of “English” (only “British”), but I will accept the Rising Sun’s answer as she was born in England. Bowling Green are just plain wrong! R5Q1 Q: The Confederate States of America, set up by 11 southern USA states from 1861 to 1865, was well known by what nickname? A: Dixie. Nervous Wreck appealed for “Rebel States”. The confederacy area was known as Dixie - from Wikipedia: As a definite geographic location within the United States, “Dixie” is usually defined as the 11 Southern states that seceded to form the Confederate States of America. However they were also known as the Rebel States. From Rebel States Currency - Currency

Issued by the States of the Confederacy. Two points to Nervous Wreck. R5Q7 Q: Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ was based on the legend of ‘Leir’, a legendary mythical King of which country? A: Britain. OK Corral and Boxing Roo appealed for “England”. While “Britain” and “England” are often synonymous, this is not always true. From Llyr (Lear Leir Lyr) of the BRITONS King in BRITAIN Born:? Died: abt. 810 BC. As England did not come into existence until 927 AD, he could not have been King of England. Appeal denied. R5Q8 Q: The Palio di Siena is a famous traditional sports contest held twice a year in Italy; what type of sports contest is it? A: Horse Race. OK Corral appealed for “Equestrian”. I guess the term equestrian does include horse racing - 2 points. R6Q2 Q: Tweedledum and Tweedledee are fictional characters in which Lewis Carroll novel? A: Through the Looking Glass, And What Alice Found There. The Londoner appealed for “Alice in Wonderland”. Wrong! (sorry I

don’t know how to write that funny buzzer sound) - from Wikipedia: Tweedledum and Tweedledee are fictional characters in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. R6Q3 Q: What is the first name of the identical twin brother former boxer Henry Cooper. A: George. The Londoner appealed for Jim. From Wikipedia: Henry and his twin brother, George (boxing under the name Jim Cooper). OK, I’ll accept Jim as an alternative answer. Two points to The Londoner, Bowling Green and Rising Sun. The Rising Sun were originally given 86 points on the night, meaning they lost to Boxing Roo. However, the points were added up wrongly and it should have been 96. And with two correct appeals that takes them to 100, which means they beat Boxing Roo who now have lost their unbeaten record! “Next week’s matches February 18th: Bowling Green vs. Boxing Roo, Bunker vs. Cheers, Derbyshire vs. OK Corral, Palmers vs. Stag’s Head, Rising Sun vs. Londoner, Shagwell vs. Nervous Wreck.”

by Derek Brook Royal Lakeside ( Stableford) The Royal Lakeside Country Club was the Host to a Stableford Competition in Two Flights, with the cut at Handicap 18. The Course on the day was in it’s

Leif Kirkegaarde. Long Put Peter Hammond. Thursday The 5th February 2009: Khao Kheow ( Stableford) This was a Khao Kheow day, and if you understand what that means you will realise that at

Richard Kubicki normal pristine condition. Finn Olsen took the A Flight with a stupendous 44 points ahead of Peter Blackburn in second on a good 42 points. Alain Taddei was third with 38 points and Don Richardson was fourth with 35 points on a countback over Mike Winfield. Gordon Clegg had his best round ever winning the A Flight with 41 points ahead of Dave Richardson in second with 37 points. In third was Nigel Perry with 35 points on a countback over Peter Hammond in fourth. Near Pin Carole Kubicki Hugh O’Donnell Finn Klarskov

Jesper Rasmusson the start the players were not expecting anything like the inflated scores of the Monday Competition. Indeed all you usually have to do on a day like this is to shoot your handicap, would we have an extraordinary score on a day such as this?. We had a later start on this day, but with optimism turned up ‘Dave Early’ as we can quite often get away, however on this day there was a major competition on and not only could we not get away early but were pushed to get away on time with the instructions that we had to remain at least one hole behind.

Pattaya Today 37 layout, several golfers who enjoyed the low green fees, were complimentary about the course and had scored as well (note how our reporter deftly uses the English language avoiding the misuse of “good” as an adverb) as Khao Kheow, another popular course. Play went quickly and we were back at Bert’s before dark. Bert had a new “golfer’s special” chicken stew, which many of the golfers ordered, thereby rounding out their feed for the day beginning and ending at Bert’s. Nigel Perry seemed to take the course in stride with his long fading drives which suited the course layout and this perhaps enabled him to be the overall winner. Winners A Flight (Hcps 1 to 15): 1. Scott Dobbins, 34 pts 2. Derek Brook, 34 pts (on count-back) 3. Kinya Akiyama 34 pts (on count-back) 4. Mashi Kenata, 32 pts Winners B Flight (Hcps 16 and up): 1. Nigel Perry, 38 pts 2. Henry Cignac, 34 pts 3. Don Carmody, 31 pts 4. Gordon Clegg, 30 pts Near Pins: Les Charles, Richard Kubicki, Brian Downey, Scott Dobbins Long Putts: Scott Dobbins, Mashi Kenata. We started on The B Nine, and it was in superb condition being prepared for the Competition ahead, then onto the C Nine that was in very good condition. When you play on a superb Course like this in the excellent condition it is in, it is a privilege to play and there is not a better day out here. Mind the scores still struggled. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Richard Kubicki with 35 points ahead of Mike Allidi in second with 34 points and Finn Olsen in third with 32 points. We then had a countback on 30 points that saw Mike Winfield in fourth and Derek Brook losing out. In the B Flight the winner was Jesper Rasmusson with the only net par of the day and 36 points. Jesper had 24 points on the front nine and then K.K. reality set in. In second was Nigel Perry with 33 points ahead of Carol Kubicki in third with 31 points ahead of Peter Hammond in fourth and Kenny Chung just missing out,all on countback. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Walter Bachli Chris Borrett Jesper Rasmussen Marcel Wittwer Long Put Kenny Chung Richard Kubicki

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usier than you might think: Although the tourist numbers are not at the levels of a few years ago, even a cursory wander around the fleshpots of Fun Town gives a clear indication that there are visitors here in reasonable strength. Yes, the start of the annual Cobra Gold military exercises has led to a lot of young, short-haired, beefy looking men with north American accents wandering about the lower reaches of Beach Road and into Walking Street. That’s helped with filling the streets, and the families of Russian-speaking types have also made it look busy. Expats are out and about in good numbers as well. For example, I happened to have dinner at the wellknown Seaside 2 noshery in Soi Chaiyapoon on a recent Wednesday night and counted 34 customers at 7:00PM. The Thai owner must be wondering what all the talk about economic downturns and recession is all about. Basically, the good places are doing well; the rubbish is suffering because the customers that are here are perhaps more savvy than many past visitors. The strong baht to the UK pound and Aussie dollar, for example, makes Pattaya far more expensive than it was just a couple of years back. Then again, it’s still relatively cheaper here for the great attraction (the ladies who specialise in nocturnal activities of a mattress dancing nature) than most other places in the world.

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The bowl is finally empty: It has struggled for some time, probably since the resurrection of Walking Street and the concomitant demise of the adjacent Pattayaland Soi 2, and while the move to Soi Post Office was sensible, the Spicy Girls ogling den was unable to restore its fortunes and it finally closed its doors at the end of January. It has become the first closure of the year. Even so, there are still 25 dens of the chrome pole located away from Walking Street, while the main centre itself now boasts an all-time high of 52. No wonder everybody is wondering where to find dancers. The bubble has yet to burst: The Baby Dolls ogling den (Soi 15, off Walking Street) continues to do well, with a strong line-up of dancing maidens, plenty of show action involving water, soap, noisy foam rubber implements, and a distinct lack of covering apparel. It’s great advantage over an equally prominent and popular place like What’s Up (directly across the soi) is the happy hour where most thirst-quenchers are only 45 baht. That gets the regular expats through the front door, and with them, their friends visiting from overseas. Management seem to sensibly be operating under the motto of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. More like a vacant lot: The Paradise ogling den (Soi Buakhow) is in a strange location in the sense that it is easy to miss for anybody in a vehicle (be it four wheels or two)

and parking is not readily available. Like many off-Walking Street dens it struggles for dancers and on a recent visit there were just four. The most attractive of them told me the night prior to my visit there had been only three. The place is nice enough, the music acceptable, there’s a happy hour from 7:00 to 9:00PM and draught amber is 55 baht all night. How they make any money is anybody’s guess. Almost good, clean, fun: The Sweethearts ogling den (Walking Street) is one of the quiet achievers on the main thoroughfare. It eschews the risque shows: no showering girls, no rubber utensils and plastic items being given a workout in unusual fashion, no ladies performing the arcane rituals of tongue licking those parts of the female anatomy not normally exposed in public, and the list goes on. In so many ways it is reminiscent of the stock-standard style of house of the chrome pole: reasonably priced libations of all descriptions (not just draught amber), dependable, listenable music, and enough ladies doing the chrome pole shuffle to at least keep a punter interested in sitting down and having a couple of thirstquenchers. On Sunday night 9 February the popular and well-named string-bean manager Chalkie, with the pallor of a man who spends his days in bed and nights under UV light, celebrated his birthday and the party was well attended. I get the strong impression there’s a good working relationship between the owner and his manager, both foreigners, and this gives the den a solid foundation from which to build a consistent customer base. Plodding along sedately: Down in Soi Yamato (13/1 for visitors), the Las Vegas den of the chrome pole is among the clutch of early openers scattered around that general area, kicking off at midday each day. Others in this group are Tahitian Queen (Beach Road, near Soi 13), Far East Rock, Club Nevada, and Hot & Cold (all in Soi

Post Office). The music in Las Vegas is of the 60s, 70s and 80s variety and there are about 10-15 dancers of varying ages, shapes, and sizes employed to empty wallets. Friendly enough and not stupidly priced for drinks, it’s worthy of at least a quick drink if you are in the area. A peripatetic Pattaya player: Live music can be found down almost any soi in Fun Town. Many of the bands and their front men look and sound like they have been here since US B-52 bombers were using U-Tapao as a base. One of these guys is Blackie: a Thai guitarist in the Lam Morrison mould and about the same age. Pattaya’s nomenclature is such that I have no idea what his surname is (and nor does he probably) and I’m sure his birth certificate doesn’t read ‘Blackie’ as the first name either. Nonetheless, he is known to a lot of expats and regulars, having been employed to play guitar at more places than even he could possibly recall. For those interested, I notice Blackie is now performing sets each night at the beer garden in the centre of The Avenue shopping complex, starting around 8:30PM. No need for a colourful towel: If exposed minge under a skirt is your thing and craning your neck to look up at the nearest table dancer could be classed as part of an after-gym workout, then the Beach Club ogling den (Soi 15, off Walking Street) is worth a visit. Owned within the same group as the Happy and Peppermint chrome pole emporiums, Beach Club operates the same happy hour policy with all standard libations just 50 baht between 8:00 and 9:30PM and Tiger amber draught just 55 baht all night. As with Happy and Peppermint, Beach Club has plenty of attractive ladies of wallet-emptying intent and is usually busy for most of the night. The only downside appears to be the need to be a regular, or a person who is new to the scene and has the look of a deer in the headlights, if you expect much in the way of dancer interaction.

Then again, the same accusation can be levelled at so many places here in Fun Town, and not just on Walking Street. How long will this one survive? Down in genderconfused Pattayaland Soi 1 the relatively new Betty Boum ogling den, the completely renovated site of the former Spicy Girls house of the dancing damsel, must surely be owned and operated by a person or persons with delusions of grandeur. And I mean ‘delusions’ not ‘illusions’. There is no happy hour, so immediately the chances of attracting impecunious expats through the portals have been removed. That wouldn’t be a closing offence if the standard and numbers of chrome pole shufflers was high. It isn’t. When I quietly asked a serving wench (a woman who looked like a danger to shipping) the price of a standard liver waster and was told “120 baht” I laughed. She immediately riposted with, ‘this is a go-go bar, not a beer bar.” I then said to her the prices for similar libations in a number of Walking Street places were, at least during happy hour, far cheaper than Betty Boum. The look on her face told me she didn’t believe a word I said. The reality is simple: why would I, or any sensible person, want to cough up 120 baht for a glass of vodka (for example) in a den with less than 15 dancers when, for example, I can wander into the Happy chrome pole palace (Walking Street) and

shell out 50 baht for a similar thirst-quencher and look at a veritable chorus line of pulchritude? Perhaps that’s why there was just one customer in Betty Boum when I had a look. This is a survivor: It’s a long way past its best years, but the Classroom ogling den (Pattayaland Soi 2) is still sufficiently busy to make it a profitable enterprise. I hadn’t been inside for a long time, mainly because it’s disappointing to revisit places that used to be among the best in town and have now slipped down the slippery chrome pole to the point where they have all the appeal of a geriatric retirement village. Thankfully, Classroom was far better than I thought it was going to be. Not great, by any stretch of the imagination, but a place that had a number of young ladies of dubious virtue who were quite easy on the eye. Some of the waiting staff possess all the personality of a gargoyle, but many of the wallet emptiers at least made eye contact (they obviously haven’t seen me around before and don’t know that talking to me is a complete waste of time, at least as far as getting money out of me is concerned). Libations at 110 baht or more are not cheap, the best deal being draught amber at a hefty 90 baht. The den opens in the afternoon and has a happy hour until 6:00PM. Piece of (Aging) Pith: Q: Where should 60+ year olds look for eyeglasses? A: On their foreheads.


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword


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

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.

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even be a fit in hearts if your partner has a bumper hand with a really good suit. On the other hand you could get into a real pickle if your partner has a long spade suit and a void in clubs. The so called law of symmetry, which isn’t a law at all, suggests that if you have been dealt a most peculiar hand, then some or

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The Quiz Winners’ Dinner

At The Balcony Restaurant by Mick and Di The Food Lovers

Mick and I and the winners of the first Food Lovers Quiz (there will be more!) dined at The Balcony Restaurant and Bakery recently. This luxurious venue has been a favourite for Pattayans for over 17 years. It includes an airy, pleasant coffee shop (with over twenty scrumptious home made pastries) and a lavish Grill Room which was where our guests for the evening, Samantha and Keith Wilson met us last week.

brocade covered chairs to the snowy starched napkins and sparkling glassware. This is high-end dining offering both Thai and European cuisine with

settled down to get acquainted and enjoy the evening. For starters I

salmon fillet arrived succulent and tender, the lamb cooked to perfection (coated with brandy, rosemary and parsley) and the prawns were plump, tasty and full of flavour. We must also mention the faultlessness of the accompanying vegetables which were cooked to just the right amount of crunchiness retaining their bright, vibrant colours and individual spirit. We all eschewed dessert but for the sweet-toothed out there The Balcony creates a delectable selection of pastries, ice creams, sherbets, mousses and of

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Dear Food Lovers Once inside The Balcony the ambiance cocoons in an oasis of luxury from the rich, gold flatware and

an emphasis on exquisite presentation. The wine chosen, a Chilean Merlot, we all

chose my favourite, the signature Balcony mango salad. This comprises of soft warm shrimps, crunchy lettuce, snow peas, and spring onions liberally sprinkled with almond slivers and dressed with the liveliest of dressings. Delicious. Mick plumped for carpaccio of beef (B.230), Keith the seafood trio (Norwegian salmon, white snapper and shrimps topped with a yellow capsicum sauce) while Sam chose the Australian scallops lightly poached in white wine and served in a fresh cream and Gruyere cheese sauce. Conversation stopped and appreciative “mmmm’s” were the only sounds at the table. For our main courses a special of the month, oven baked salmon with sundried tomatoes Provencale (B.450) was the choice for Sam and I, while Keith without hesitation requested the New Zealand rack of Lamb (B.610). Mick chose the river prawns, stir fried with onions and herbs accompanied by stuffed tomatoes, spinach and violet cabbage and bacon. All praise to the chef for these splendid dishes; the

course, their legendary cheese cake. Sam is an active member of the Pattaya Ladies Club and is presently helping to sell their new cookery book entitled: “Our International Secrets” which includes over 350 tried and tests recipes from the ladies of Rayong Circle, Burapha Ladies Commnity as well as Pattaya’s group. All proceeds will be donated to the Muu Baan Eire and Muu Baan Hugh Green housing projects in Rayong. If you are interested in this cookbook you can email and we will forward your enquiry. We can definitely sum up by saying the first Winner’s Dinner was indeed a winner! The Balcony served a meal of distinction and the company was delightful. We enjoyed a gourmet meal, met two very nice people and made two new friends. What can be better than that? The Balcony is located in Soi 4, North Pattaya Road (opposite World Gem Centre). Open daily. The restaurant is open from 17.00 to 24.00 while the coffee shop from 07.00 to 24.00. Tel: (038) 411 429.

One of my favourite lunches is a big crusty baguette with chunks of Cheddar cheese and, of course, Branston Pickle. I know I can buy it in local supermarkets but as it is an imported item it is so expensive. I was wondering if it is possible to make a home made version? Many thanks, June.. Yes June, it is possible to make Branston Pickle at home and we have researched the best recipe we could find. We just love it on toasted cheese too! We think this is the closest set of ingredients and hopefully compares favourably with the original pickle. Let us know! Makes 4 x 500 ml jars 250 gms or 9 ounces of carrots, peeled and cut into tiny chunks 1 medium swede, peeled and cut into tiny chunks (suggest you substitute white radish) 4-5 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 125 gms or 4 ½ ounces dates, finely chopped 1 small cauliflower, finely chopped 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped 2 medium apples, finely chopped 2 medium finely chopped courgettes, unpeeled 15-20 small cornichons or gherkins, finely chopped 225 gms or 8 ounces dark brown sugar 1 tsp. salt 4 tablespoons lemon or lime juice 350 ml or 12 fl. oz malt vinegar 2 tsp. mustard sees 2 tsp. ground allspice 1 tsp. cayenne pepper Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the ingredients are soft, but still remain firm (about 2 hours). Stir well. Bottle and seal in sterile hot jars. Allow the pickle to age for a few weeks before using. This improves the taste and it will become more mellow and delicious. Enjoy!

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dining out

Indian By Nature A Meal for a Maharaja (and his Maharani)

Noire Trapice which behaved admirably with the succession of spicy Indian fare. The amuse bouche that evening was an excellent pepper-spiced tomato soup served with bitesized garlic nan; creatively adorned with a candle

accompany the kebabs: carrot and pea, capsicum and chocolate! They married and complimented the grill like a dream. My only cavil was I wanted more of these delightful sauces. A trio of choices is presented for the main

and vanilla ice cream spiked with a chocolate wafer proved a superb climax to our memorable Maharaja’s Gourmet evening. The a la carte menu offers a wealth of acclaimed favourties with an abun-

lit fresh tomato tulip it was an eye stunner as well as a taste bud pleaser! The next course to arrive was the grilled tan-

course. I chose the Akbari Jheengha (a flambé of king prawns) while Mick plumped for IBN’s signature chicken. Marination is the key to the flavours and textures of these gourmet recipes. The chicken had been marinated in beetroot and spices, then presented in chef’s signature gravy while the prawn’s unction was sealed with a final flambé in Pernod by Amit at our table. Both gave us unprecedented taste sensations together with the pleasure of gourmet theatre. It seemed churlish to decline the dessert at this stage so spoons at the ready we tucked into Av’s unique chocolate swirl confection. A pousse cafe of strawberry and peach jelly, chocolate mousse

dance of items focusing on original dishes with creative Indian flavours. The tandoori specialities are top notch while the seafood, lamb and chicken offer excellent choices plus vegetarians, I suspect, would be more than happy to dine from this eclectic menu. Indian By Nature is one of the new generation of Indian restaurants offering high concept dining and is the only Indian restaurant to be included in the Le Chaine de Rotisseurs organization, an honour which speaks for itself. This is Jomtien’s most sophisticated Indian dining experience which provides gourmet treats from the sub-continent served in chic but comfortable surroundings with a warm and welcoming ambiance. Mick and I were charmed by our Maharaja’s feast, we left waddling, decidedly heavier but glowing with the pleasure of an unforgettable dining experience.. Indian By Nature is situated at Chateau Dale Plaza, Theppraya Road, Jomtien. Open daily from 6.00 pm till 11.00 pm. Group lunches by special arrangement. Tel: 038 36 46 56 or visit Credit cards accepted. All prices are subject to 10 percent service charge.

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers

This stylish and sophisticated restaurant has been pleasing diners from Jomtien and beyond for years. With the opening of its lofty portals in 2004 the owners, Av and Jack Khanijou brought us contemporary, cutting edge Indian cuisine hitherto unknown on the eastern seaboard. The interior is an elegant mix of rich, opulent colours redolent with Indian history and chic, modern embellishments. Out are the staple Anglicised

curry dishes in favor of innovative, gourmet cuisine spiced with imagination, authenticity and originality. Mick and I have enjoyed many a memorable meal here for many years but on this occasion we were invited to sample their new Maharaja Gourmet Menu (B.1,050+ per person). Upon arrival we were shown to our table by the personable Amit and presented with the menu explaining the multi-course pageant of sub-continent gastronomy. The proceedings are opened with a vodka and citrus fruit cocktail to get the taste buds zinging accompanied by a bonne bouche portion of creamy coconut saffron prawns. We had chosen to imbibe a 2005 Argentinian Pinot

doori skewer. Here substantial chunks of parrot fish, chicken and an unusual shikampuri tikka (a spiced banana and spinach pattie) were outstanding. Three puddles of exotic (and innovative) sauces

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(ptm-m1108)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished with kitchen. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Priced at 1.9 mil. baht. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-p1108)Bargain Soi 8 – Sexy Bar for Rent – Key money 90,000 baht/year. Rent 23,000 baht per month. Fully furnished, 1 pool ta ble. Phone 086 512 4387 (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-k0008)Shop House for Sale/Rent. New 2 storey shophouse units for sale/rent. Located in Soi Khaotalo 9 (corner with Soi Kao Noi). 2bed/2bath/kitchen/large balcony, 100sqm living space ideal for home and any kind of business. no key money 10,000baht/month. Call 038 413 551 mob.087 132 5600. (ptm-d1408)Swimming Pool/ Bar/Restaurant. Pool table, mini gym. Built in B.B.Q, Large garden. Two bedroom accommodation, Both with en suit. Reasonable rent. Open to offers around 2.500 mil bt. English 086 148 7705, Thai 084 926 4627. (ptm-a1108)Investor Wants Business/Property where owner will carry loan 087 424 9695 (ptm-p1108)Restaurant for Sale. 450,000 THB, oppo. Central Beach, many customers from Bar Beer. Tel. 084 928 7489, 087 050 9197 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@


(ptm-0008)Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar for Sale. 6 year lease, 1st year’s rent already paid, no key money, newly renovated, turnkey, 5 rooms above, low price. 081 429 4507, 089 248 4909 Restaurant/Bar for Sale in Busy Area. It has everything needed to open today. Very nice. Must see. Only 280,000. Low rent and key money. Call Ning at 085 646 1422 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 Ice Cream Shop-This very busy shop is ideal for the girlfriend, it is busy year round and is priced to sell. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Bar / Guest House – Soi 6, I have a choice of bars available in this well known busy street. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Beer Bar- Very busy bar located right in the heart of Pattaya this bar makes good profits all year round and has plenty of foot traffic. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Massage & Coffee Shop- This recently refurbished establishment has been decorated to the highest or standards, there are 10 beds separate changing areas and showers. The Coffee shop has all the equipment needed to run this well thought out business. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Thai Living: Restaurant at Hotel venue Inn, in Jomtien. An opportunity too good to miss out on. The restaurant already have a large existing customer base from, mainly from Scandinavia and has a high turnover. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Hotel Units and Villas for Sale and Rent Back. Fantastic investment for speculators requiring security. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048

(daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (PRT0102) This Boutique Restaurant extends out over the ocean about 50m, now being offered at 88million, this Restaurant offer’s living quarters out on the pier for over night stays. A large home across the street could also be converted into a Boutique Hotel with Ocean views. To me, it is an honor to be a part of this transaction. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PRT0097) Restaurant in busy Soi Baukao. 600,000baht. Take over this well established restaurant, serving both Thai and European Foods. With no Key money involved. Equipment, inventory all inclusive. This is a very nice investment don’t miss out on this one. Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Walking Street GO GO Bars. If you are a serious Investor Looking at Number 1 Go Go Bars, then you need to Call Us. I have listings on top GO GO Bars that are not for sale “But Are”. Investor must qualify for showings. Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0102) Walking street 2nd floor bar. View of the ocean, the road below. Plenty of room to grow sale priced at 950,000 baht. Low upfront deposits of 500,000 with 60,000 baht a month for lease. Call today. Making your Business our Business-Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0123) Don’t take my word for it go to our web site for this once in a lifetime opportunity priced for a quick sale baht 12,500,000 this 5star classy restaurant with an all Stainless steel industrial kitchen that could be guesthouse& restaurant with lounge, very nice rooms upstairs, Dbl shop house Beach front, Views, Views, lease at 60,000 a month can buy the two shop houses next door. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0099)Another Walking Street Bar Priced to sell 90% inside w/3 pool tables. Large stage for everyone to share entertainment 2,200,000 all

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0276/SLN - Lease for Sale – 3 storey single shop house located in East Pattaya. Ground floor ideal for any small business. On the upper floors are 3 rental rooms. Many extras including kitchen facilities, air – conditioning etc. Rent only 12,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 300,000 baht 0268/SLN – Coffee Shop & Restaurant – Single storey shop house, located in East Pattaya, earning profit. Rent only 4,000 baht per month and Key Money has been pre-paid till May 2010. Sale Price: 850,000 baht. 0296/SLN – Bakery & Shop – Located in East Pattaya with low rent on the premises. The business specializes in the baking of meat and fruit pies and has built up an excellent reputation with the local bars and restaurants around Pattaya. Sale Price: 1.1 million baht. 0199/SLN – Laundry with Rooms above – Busy laundry business located in Central Pattaya. 4 storey single shop house with 3 large studio apartments on the upper floors for rental. Rent only 15,000 per month with Key Money of 60,000 baht per year. Sale Price: 1.5 million baht 0271/V – Pet Shop – Single storey retail shop, located in North Pattaya. Specialising in the sale of Dogs, Cats, pet foods and accessories. Very profitable. Sale price includes a Limited Company. Sale Price: 2 million baht 0297/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – Single, three storey shop house located in Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a busy bar with pool table. On the upper floors are 5 rental rooms. Rent only 30,000 baht per month with long lease & No Key Money. Sale Price: 2 million baht. 0298/SLN – Bar with Rooms – Single, four storey shop house, located in a busy ‘foot traffic’ area, just of Beach Road. On the ground floor is a bar with 5 rental rooms on the upper floors. The current rent is 20,000 baht permonth. Sale Price: 2 million baht. 0263/SLN – Hotel & Bar – 15 room hotel with ground floor bar and kitchen. Located in high ‘foot traffic’ area just off Beach Road, South Pattaya. On the upper floors are 15 rental rooms all with en suite bathroom, air-con and personal safety box. Rent only 60,000 per month and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.3 million baht. 0286/SLN – Pool Lounge – Profitable business located in Central Pattaya with bar facilities. Currently playing in 3 local leagues. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht. 0284/SLN – Hostess Bar with Rooms - 3 storey, double shop house located in a busy Soi in the heart of the ‘nightlife‘ action. Ground floor bar recently refurbished. Rent 30,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 2.75 million baht 0291/SLN – Pub/Restaurant with Rooms – Located in East Pattaya. On the ground floor is a Pub and Restaurant with a large kitchen and seating capacity for 100 customers. On the upper floor there are 3 large rental rooms with separate entrance. Long lease and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.9 million baht. 0304/SLN – Restaurant, Guesthouse & Motorcycle Rental Business – Located in a single three storey unit in a busy ‘foot traffic’ area of Central Pattaya. Long lease & No Key Money. On the ground floor is restaurant and kitchen with 6 rental rooms on the upper floors. Included in the sale is 25 motorcycles for rental. Sale Price: 3.5 million baht 0269/SLN - Bar & Guesthouse - 3 storey double shop house, located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of North Pattaya. Large ground floor bar with external seating area and 7 rental rooms above. The business generates good turnover & profits. Low rent and no Key Money. Sale Price: 4.9 million baht. 0270/SLN - Furniture & Interior Decor shop - Incorporating a retail shop, which also offers interior decor project design for clients. The sale price includes all the stock and a Limited Company which would enable any prospective buyer to obtain 2 foreign work permits. ‘Walk into’ a well established, extremely profitable business. There is also a seperate entrance with 12 rental rooms above the retail shop. Sale Price: 5 million baht. 0154/SLN - Restaurant - Well established Restaurant located in North Pattaya - seating capacity for nearly 100 customers. Have enjoyed good profits over the last two years. Key Money has been paid till February 2010 and is transferable. Sale Price: 6.5 million baht. 0300/SLN – Bar – Restaurant & Guesthouse – Double, four storey shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a bar and dining area with modern kitchen facilities. On the upper floors are 16 rental rooms. Included in the sale is a motor cycle rental business. No Key Money and rent is paid annually in advance. Sale Price 7.5 million. 0301/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – Double,, three storey shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. The bar on the ground floor is unique in appearance & décor. Viewing is highly essential. On the upper floors are 7 rental rooms. Rent 55,000 baht per month payable one year in advance and No Key Money. Sale Price: 7.5 million baht. 0293/SLN – Pub & Restaurant - Profitable Pub & Restaurant located on busy main road in East Pattaya with dining facilities for over 50 people.. On the upper floor is the kitchen and 3 bedrooms for employees or the new owner. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings held in a Company name. Sale Price: 12.75 million baht. 0274/SLN – Restaurant & Bar – Single storey double shop house located in South Pattaya. The lease has been fully paid up till 2023, the next 15 years. There is seating for in excess of 100 diners. Included in the sale is a sound & lighting system for live music. The business is profitable. Sale Price: 14 million baht. 0294/SLN – Go Go Bar – Extremely profitable business located in the centre of ‘Walking Street’. Good staff and excellent long lease in place with a fixed rental for the period of the lease. Sale Price: 16.5 million baht. 0247/SLN - Bar/Restaurant and Guesthouse - Located in South Pattaya. Extremely profitable business which the current owner can verify. On the ground floor is a large bar and restaurant. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings. Sale Price: 25 million baht. 0273/SLN – Lawn Bowling Club – Located in East Pattaya on 3 rai of land. 2 International bowling greens, separate bar & restaurant, 5 en suite bedrooms & swimming pool. Foreign ownership in Company name. Viewing highly essential. Sale Price 30 million.

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deposits paid and included in price for the first 2.5 years Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0095) MAKE PAYMENTS: Very Famous GO GO Bar with 80 seats, 240 sqm, 4 rooms above this well designed floor plan, like nothing else on this very, very popular Soi. For only 8million baht and with a nice size down the owner will consider payments. He has many companies that require his attention… which makes this very busy and profitable bar”, even in low season”, to much work for him…... Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLM0003) Massage parlor on the back side of Walking Street, 4 star curb appeal, “very, very nice with all new furnishing, updated, renovated, store front location for only 3.3mill. Owner is ready to deal because of recent breakup. Lease is only (6,000), six thousand baht a month. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Jomtien Shop houses 5 of them together with Sea Views priced at only 3.6 million each. When every one else has a price on theirs at 5million, that makes these five a steal, with great sea views. These would make a great Guest house or even a shopping centre with rooms above. Top floors have View of Bangsare. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PSH0108) Shop House in the busiest area of 2nd road, 36millon baht. Looking for a new owner to open a bar and restaurant with guest house. The building is for sale with chanold title. Owner will take everything with him making it easy to renovate at the same time lowers out of pocket expenses. Investors dream. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Koh Samui Resort. One of the world’s most Famous Islands now has a Prestigious Hotel available, at 50million baht for your spot in Paradise. With only five staff members 18 rooms and two retail stores makes it easy to manage All rooms have a 5 star quality, with Tv’s, fridge, Bar A/C. Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Koh Chang Resort. Guys it doesn’t get any better than this. Own a piece of the Rock. To many facilities to list, owner wants to move to Northern Thailand. Making your Business our BusinessPremier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

(PHG0017) Guesthouse in an extremely busy location priced to sell at 25 million. This successful business has 4 floors and 14 furnished rooms in a very high demand location. You could have the number one business of any kind with this location. Internet, motorcycle rental bar, restaurant, or retail this is an immediate high volume business for you, call today. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0127) Soi Boukhao single shop house. Five rooms completely furnished. Main Floor waiting for your ideas and marketing strategy. Priced at 6.5million, building included with title/deed. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLD0537) Land on Suhkumvit Road, Pattaya area. Great exposure for your business. 2 plus rai with a building. Building must be removed. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PFO0001).Deluxe East Pattaya Factory. Two New factory buildings on 6.5 rai, interior has over 3000sqm. Both buildings already leased out for 400,000 thousand baht a month or can relocate. Two story apartment building for staff, a home for owners with swimming pool. Each Factory has luxury rooms on top floor for Managers. Making your Business our Business. Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0124) 600.000 Here is another one of those inexpensive opportunities priced to sell, this laundry and Guesthouse. Rent is only 25,000 a month with your living quarters. Complement your business with Motorcycles and you have a winner. Add a website and you have a real on going concern with these well designed rooms…should be able to very well here as the ground work is down. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0122) Jomtien walking Street- the best location in Jomtien can be your new business location where your clients can walk to the beach without crossing the road Great beach front views 5rooms with lounge 24million baht and you own the building too. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0113) Want a Fabulous Luxury Hotel, restaurant for only 390 million, “act quickly!”. Great location, Two Go GO Bars & restaurant with spa facilities, not too mention one of the best locations in all Pattaya. Rooms are exceptionally equipped and furnished in a very impressive style with great imagination. Call soon this will not last. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land

Fax: (038) 374535 and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0097) East Pattaya guesthouse and bar & restaurant on very busy road just needs someone that understands marketing. (PHG0033) This Hotel on Jomtien Beach is being sold under the utmost confidentiality, at 250million baht. Panoramic Sea views on all upper floors. Everything is Brand New yet, you will still enjoy immediate income from long standing client base. Fifty five rooms with Penthouse on top floor for owners or for rent. Forty Seven Staff members help you with your everyday needs. Beach front location, in the busiest area of Jomtien. In the heart of the night life. This is an excellent location for business. You want traffic check this place out. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Shop houses commercial store fronts for best pricing. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Investors wanted for Commercial Real Estate Ventures. Major Investments over 50million, see what the Public can’t see. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0103) Pattaya, just off Beach Front rd, with 3 sides covered it could be enclosed very easily. Great potential, for this very large bar. Over 80 seats, very large bar area with a very large stage for a live band “closed now”, needs some repairs but, for 550,000 priced way under market value 200,000 deposit 25,000 a month. . Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0092) 10,000 a month on this new Contract. 1,650,000, this is a giveaway at this price. This single shop house bar in a very busy soi off Jomtien beach road you won’t find a deal like this again. The owner has been there making money for the last four years, said he made a lot of money so he can sell for whatever he wants…Let someone else “ have fun”, that is what he said. (PSH009) 10,000 baht a month for this vacant shop house with Views. Needs lots of work in this hallow shell, but with beach views like this…. And the price” My goodness!” it is a steal..! walk to the beach in 2 seconds. Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0126) Beer Bar & Guest House With Two balconies overlooking the bar. Pool table disc jockey both. Flat screen TV, Large Kitchen that isn’t being used 27sqm. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

(PHG0117) Very nice Dbl shop house Restaurant, 9rm Guest house w/pool table, 2nd one in on the sub soi with front road coverage. Perfect guesthouse for only 9.5mil @ 15,000 a month. Over 1.5 mill in profit without advertising. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0116) Five story Double shop house with 10rooms. 22million, “building included”. Very nice restaurant and bar. Over 2.5mil a year in profit. Some financing maybe available Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0114). Mini Mart Store with Guest house on beach front road. The mini mart collects over 600,000 a year in income, making it very easy to weather high and low season. With over 16 rooms w/beach views and a restaurant, Study Cliental, Website, Parking on the street and in the back of the building, your call, but I think this is the one. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0110) Shop House Jomtien Complex. Lower retail store already rented out which creates a positive cash flow for this 4 story building. At 5.2 million it is a steal. The owner has moved to Bangkok. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0102) 80 room Resort between Jomtien and Pattaya. 150,000,000 Make an offer, Plenty of room to make this a 5 star. Needs good management that knows what to do with this gem. Owner wants fast sale. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0107) 150million very private Resort style Spa with Theme park swimming pool. Very large ponds, bridges and Gazebos. Four two bedroom guest homes. Separate building with Theatre, Conference room, Fitness Center. Also included is very large 2 story home. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

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(PRT0098) Get a Pizza this. Pizza parlor with support. Long proven track record @ 2.5 million baht or can finance a new location. Your choice! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Investors wanted for projects over 100 million baht. If you are one of the few,and looking for real estate ventures, or an on going concerns, call now and find out what is really on the market. All Gold member investors must provide financial statement before viewing, “Non Public listings”. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ (PLM0002) With Beach front Exposure. Massage Parlor with Views, owners apart-

ment Top floor. Priced to sell 1.5 mill. This dbl shop house is very nice and under priced. Very exciting business opportunity. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY……..This is a change for the serious investor who is looking to take over a running business with already a guaranteed net income of 20 Million Thai Baht a year with a potential net income of 100 Million Thai Baht a year. Asking price is 150 Million Baht. As the owner wants to keep the sale of his business quiet we can not give more details at this time. For more information please call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to


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(pta-tk0008)Do you Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. (ptm-h1208)English Speaking Computer Teacher Wanted for English Man and Thai Wife. Stay 2 days, 1 or 2 or two nights; 370 kms from Pattaya. Comfortable home with all facilities and good food! Must have good references. 089 058 4509 or 084 958 6569 (ptm-h1208)Thinking of Building your Own House/Swimming Pool? Save 000’s. See and learn from our disasters first! Weekend ‘teach in’ One night for two, full board, European 4-star comfort: 3,500 Baht. Details: 082 161 8563 Learn to Speak, Write and Read Thai ?!! Learn to understand what people are saying around you !! With a professional and experienced Thai teacher. Contact 081 466 7478, 080 635 1769 (pta-0406)TEFL Intercontinental, we are specialist in teacher

training, a full 120 hours TEFL certificate course, we offer Guaranteed job & Work permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while you practice teaching for 2 Months. Please contact us at: 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640 (pta-0406) Foreign Ladies: Speak and write ‘Beautiful English’ in the comfort of your own home or office, at your own speed, learning the social or business English you need. Training from English professor now retiring to Pattaya. Tel: 081 838 8163 for first discussion Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038489-225-7 Fax. 038-489-228 PROGRESS Language & Computer School: (Licensed by the Ministry of Education) Thai (1-5 Year ED (Student) Visa Available-Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours)-English (General and Business Conversation-GrammarIELTS Test)-Dutch (Inburgerings Examen)-German (Start Deutsch 1-A1 Test)-French-Italian-SpanishRussian-Chinese-Japanese-KoreanComputer: Free Trial Thai and English Lessons 1 hour-Translation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost opposite bus station to Bangkok) (Next to Lukdod shop) Tel. 081 577 2967, 038 370 263 E-mail:

House for Sale

(ptm-c1008)Bargain Opportunity. Luxury Bungalow Completed January 2007. Good location, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, aircon, etc. 24 hours security. Cost 4 million baht will sell for 3 million baht. Parking several cars. Tel. Thai 089 669 1507, Tel. English 085 934 5411

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(ptm-k0008)Shop House for Sale/Rent. New 2 storey shophouse units for sale/rent. Located in Soi Khaotalo 9 (corner with Soi Kao Noi). 2bed/2bath/kitchen/large balcony, 100sqm living space ideal for home and any kind of business. no key money 10,000baht/month. Call 038 413 551 mob.087 132 5600. (ptm-p1008)Bang Sare in Village, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, large living, recently redecorated. 2.9m with furniture, 2.7m without furniture. 086 114 1032 (ptm-m1108)New Home for Sale. Chockchai Garden Home 4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully finished kitchen. Twin Home. 3 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Priced at 2.49 mil. baht. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-m1108)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished with kitchen. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Priced at 1.9 mil. baht. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-s1208)Western Architect Designed Home, Close to Regent School Pattaya, 9 minutes from town, Perfect! 3/2 home, carport, open living, a/c and more. A MUST SEE! Call Steve 086 669 1246 (ptm-m1208)50% Build House on 2 Rai. Very cheap. Baansaray. Info: 087 993 9386, (ptm-d1408)Mabprachan Gardens, representative properties in top Expat location for business on the Eastern Seaboard. Sale and Lease. Call 081 636 9289, www.chev-dev. net, agents welcome Tropical Village : Beautiful house3 Bed/2 Bath fully furnished ,Euro kitchen, 72.5 Sqm. 24 hour security 3.39 M THB. Call (038) 711304 or Email: or visit our in www.

Central Pattaya : Great Twin house 2 storey 2 Bed/2 Bath, Beautiful location 43 Sqw. 24 hour security. Near Carrefour and Big C 2.8 M THB. Call (038) 711304 or Email: achievers_realestate@ or visit our in www. Royal Ambassador Residence. NaJomtien. 26 unique Thai-Balistyle villas with private pool, Jacuzzi, tropical gardens, maids’ quarters and garage (automated door). Two, three and four bedrooms, top-quality built-in furniture, security system. Prices from Bt12.5 million. Phone: 0854 870 720 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 6 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 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

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sqm. Price starts at 7 Million Baht. Call now at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale!!! A 2-storey Brand New House at Banglamung in Soi Water Office. Only 1.5 Km. from Sukhumvit Rd. 250 Talang Wah. Have 5 rooms, kitchen, living room, 3 bathrooms, (1 w/ jacuzzi), with built-in thick wooden furniture, garden, parking space. Price is only 10.9 Million Baht. For details and viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. HS0826: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms bungalow available in east Pattaya inclusive of tenant. Ideal for the investor!! 2.1 million Only!! Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: HS1229: 3 bed bungalow, on a secure development, a reduced price from 3.8 to 2.8 to 2.1 Million Baht!! Another great bargain!! Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HS1216: Luxury 1 bedroom villa with private pool, Located in Jomtien, inclusive of full furniture & company, Bargain Price 3.75 Million Baht, call us 0847808457 or by E-mail: HS1214: 2 bedroom villa with private pool, Located in View Talay Villas, 344 Sq m land area, corner plot! 9.75 Million

Baht, call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: A real Beach Front house – 25 meters to Jomtien beach. 4 storey home with 5 bed rooms and 4 bath rooms, 280 sqm total living area, fully furnished and air-con all rooms with comm. Swimming pool. Now the price is THB 11,900,000 from THB 12,500,000. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@ An impressive lake house. Located directly on a beautiful lake. U shape house on the land size 880 sqm., 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 1 outdoor bathroom. Basement room for water tank, pool filter system and store room. Total area app. 264 sqm. Garden design included waterfall and fish pond. Price 8,750,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@ Elegance private pool villa on half Rai land size 3 bed, 2 baht, fully furnished, 200 sq.m. living area with separate guest house and pool, appx.800 sq.m size of land. Situated on perimiter of Phoenix golf course, only 5 min to Bann-Amphur beach.Price at 8,750,000 Baht with unbelivable offer 50% finance plus 1 year free interest! Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@ A house for sale in Classic Villa at THB 3,850,000 A bargain price for large 3 beds/3 bahts on 100 sq.w land size, Thai and European kitchen, fully furnished, satellite and internet, comm. Swimming pool & fitness, inhouse security systems and 24/7 security guard. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@ Lovely home at Eakmongkol Village 4 – 92 sqm. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, European kitchen, fully furnished, close to Lotus, Big C and Carrefour. Price at 1,550,000 Baht. Contact us


PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@ Hot Property!!!! House at Jomtien location 210 Sq.Wah Two storey,3 Bedrooms,4 Bathrooms, European kitchen, large living room, Built in furniture, Full Air con ,Hot water, Large private swimming pool, Parking car, Hot Price at 7,500,000 Baht Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 Email : Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill. Prime location residence, newly building, big pool, high standard quality, 3 storey, 3 bed / 3 bath. 6.8 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Quick sale! 1 storey house in Thepprasit soi 5. 2bed/2bath, 68 sq.wah. 3.8 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / Thai Living: House for sale at Pheonix Golf, 2 storey house with Bali Style, 5b/5b, 200 sq.wah. Beautiful view by Country land. 6.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht! This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design work is very tasteful. There is not a better address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is

located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at We have several Owner Finance opportunities! We have houses available with Owner Finance. For more information about the finance call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Want a Fabulous Home in Paradise Villa? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Great home layouts and designs in these spectacular and modern homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number One’ development. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at Beautiful Regent Village four Bedroom, five bathroom Home For Sale at 14 Million Baht! Absolutely stunning interior design. This five bedroom plus home is a must see. Fantastic fully equipped European kitchen and you will love the wonderful landscaping and finishing work, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR2685) We have houses for sale in the range of 3-130 Million Baht!! We have by far the most listings……examples are houses in Siam Royal View, Paradise Villa 1 and 2, Nagawari, Thabali, Park Villas, View Talay Villas, Little Hill, Phu Tara, etc, etc. We are known for the best listings and the best prices. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Jomtien Park Villas. Superb 3 bedrooms house (all en-suite) with private pool, located near Jomtien Beach. The spacious house is well furnished and comes with built-in kitchen and 3 air cons. Priced at only 15.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Pratumnak Villa. Fantastic house with sea view from the 3rd floor terrace, comprising 4bedrooms, 2 living rooms, kitchen, Jacuzzi, barbeque, 14m private pool, double carport and large garden. Spacious and airy, a dream house in best location. Priced reduced to 19.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-

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415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. 2 bedrooms house with Pool! Brand new house, top design, very stylish, only 3.9 M Baht.,038 415 490 or 089 499 1000. Wong Amat. Pool villa with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, close to the beach, built in contemporary Asian style on an 800 sq.m. plot. Price reduced to 10.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Brand New House with 700 sq.m. living space. Built on at 300 sq.m. plot of land large pool with waterfall, 2living rooms, sp, Guest house, 2 kitchen, barbecue, garage for 2cars, 6 bedrooms. Priced at 15.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Pratumnak. Small compound of semi-detached pool villas with 2 bedrooms and roof top terrace (with optional Jacuzzi!). Priced at 8.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Country Home. Brand new 3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms house with private swimming pool, fish pond with waterfall and very very large living room. Excellent building quality, it comes with 4 air cons and built-in kitchen. Less than 10 min. drive from Sukkhumvit (Soi Siam Country Club). Priced at 7 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Tropical Villas. Located in one of the best Jomtien areas these are 14 villas surrounding a communal pool, all with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, loft-style office, balcony and terrace. The last villa for the old price of 8.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Stunning Beach Houses. Contemporary Asian-style beach houses with breath taking design, direct access to a pristine, rockfree, sandy beach at the exclusive end of Jomtien Beach. Split-level accommodation affords views over the lush tropical garden and the ocean. Set on a guarded private road with exclusive access to the beautiful beach… this is what dreams are made of! PRICE: from 18.2 to 29.5 M

Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. View Talay Villa. Fully loaded villa on 90 tw (360 sq.m.) of land with double glazed windows, kitchen in sep. room with oven and dish washer, garage with electronic gate, 2 bedrooms en-suite. Ready to move in. Priced at 11.8 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Absolute Beach Front. Located in a secured compound this is 5 bedrooms beach house, absolute beach front on Jomtien Beach. Price 10.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Funky Pool Villa. Fully furnished pool villa comprising 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large living / dining area, fully fitted Euro-style kitchen, fitted bedroom furniture, full AC and “infinity” pool PRICE 6.2 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Greenfield Villas. High quality housing project, quick re sale under market value: 2 storey 3 bedrooms house with private pool on a large plot of land, built-in kitchen, double carport, high quality interior, modern floor plans. Located in a village which is well known for superior building quality, this house is excellent value for 6.2 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. “Starter Houses”. For the firsttime buyers or for customers who need just a holiday or weekend home we offer townhouses for less than 1.5 M Baht, semi-detached (duplex) houses for 2 M Baht (brand new) and villas with pool from 3.9 M Baht (brand new). Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Garden Villa Naklua-Wong Amat Beach! In a quiet location (cul-de-sac, foreign neighbors) close to Wong Amat Beach this house has space for the whole family: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, office/workshop, carport and a large terrace. Land size 390 sq.m., priced at 3.5 M Baht. Siam Properties 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07

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House for Rent

(ptm-n1008)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-n1208)A Beautiful Two Storey House on Pratumnak Hill Soi 6. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, private pool, large garden. 45,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n1008)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 & 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. Starts from 25,000 baht/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-a1108)2 Storeys Midtown Pattaya, Close to Pattaya 3rd Road, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Fully furnished, 3 air, 2 TV, water heater. 13,000/months. Contact 085 507 3295 (ptm-gl0008)Newly Renovated Farang Owner Townhouse for Rent, convenient location at Pattaya Tai, 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, big living room and kitchen, with balcony and car park. Interested please or call 087 141 2783 (ptm-na1208) House for Rent. Location: 11/23 Siam Lake View Village, Moo 4, Soi Siam Country club, Nongprue, Banglamung,Chonburi 20150. Two storey, 90 Sqw., 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms, 1 office, 1 Maid room, swimming pool. Fully furnished. Terms: Rental 50,000 baht / month. Contact 6 months / 12 months. Deposit 2 months. Contact: Khun Natcha 081 208 7988, (ptfhr-nor1208)2 Bed, 2 Bath Town House Soi Bongkot (opp XZYTE Disco). Fully furnished. Has computer; UBC TV. Available to rent for very cheap price of 8000 baht/month. Owner going home June, July, August. Telephone 083 769 2099 (mob), 038 411 363 (home) Central Pattaya : Lovely home 2 storey, 2 Bed/2 Bath Fully finished ,Euro kitchen, air-con. 16,500 Baht/Month Call (038) 711304 or Email: achievers_realestate@ or visit our website (ptm-vi0008)High Quality Corner Unit Designer Townhouse. 3 storey of luxury living situated near the Royal Cliff Hotel. 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with Jacuzzi). Quality fitted Euro kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes. Furnished including T.V., sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 35,000 baht per month. Call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (pta-silk0508) Two Houses Available are Plot 30 Blackpepper. 134sq wah, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, with swimming pool for 90,000 baht per month. Long term rental only(minimum 1 year). The other house is plot 34 chilli, 103 sq wah, 3 bed, 3bath, no pool for 65,000 baht. Long term rental only. Both

houses are fully furnished. If you need any more information please contact 081 612 7222, Beautiful Detached Villa South Pattaya – Central Location. Air Conditioned – 5 Bedrooms. Hi Speed Internet, Garden and Car Park. 35,000 Baht Per Month. Office : 038 374 623 Phone : 0811 580 065, E-mail : Brand New 3 Bedroom Home East Pattaya – Very Quiet Location – Fully Furnished. Internet Connection, 25,000 Baht Per Month. Office : 038 374 623 Phone : 0811 580 065,, E-mail : Very Nice 2 Bedroom House South Pattaya – Air Conditioned. Fully Furnished. Quiet Location, 17,000 Baht Per Month. Office : 038 374 623 Phone : 0811 580 065,, E-mail : 2 Bedroom House East Pattaya – Air Conditioned, Furnished, Car Park - Garden, Quiet Location, 20,000 Baht Per Month. Office : 038 374 623 Phone : 0811 580 065,, E-mail : Thai Living: Siam Royal View, Khoa Talo. Prime location residence, 3b /3b, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, private pool, 50,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Central Park5, Well maintained village, fully furnished, Jacuzzi, nice residence, fully facility, 3b /3b, a few minutes to City. 40,000 THB/M. (yearly contract) For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill, 2-3 bedrooms, 3 storey house. fully furnished, Euro Kitchen, Rent start from 25,000 - 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Rungrueng Park Village, Jomtien. Single storey house with 60 sq.wah. fully furnished, taxi route, 2b/2b a few minutes to City. 28,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / HRAD1: 3 bed house with private pool in Jomtien, close to beach, all modern furniture included, internet and satellite 35,000 P/M Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: HR1096: East Pattaya villa, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, fully furnished and ready to move in with the reduced price of 32,000 per mth Call for more info 0849442541 or by E-mail: HR0525: Just come available once again at a reduced price!! 2 storey, 3 beds, 3 baths, fully furnished and ready to go with internet available. 30,000P/M Call for more info 038-373966or by


E-mail: HR1128: Just come available at a bargain price for the central location, 2 bedroom, 1 office, modern furniture, ADSL and private swimming pool!! Only 65,000 p/m Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR1132: 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom bungalow located in central Jomtien. Comes fully furnished with euro kitchen and a/c. A bargain price at 20,500 p/m! Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR1072: Spacious house for rent (250 Sqm) on SP Village, tastefully decorated, 3 beds, ADSL connected and private swimming pool only 35,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: HR1127: 2 bedroom and 1 office villa located in East Pattaya comes fully furnished with a nice size garden and inclusive of ADSL with the computer!!! This property is 20,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HRDVC: This Bungalow is located in the east Pattaya. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Part furnished, European style kitchen and only asking 16,000 p/m. Offers considered Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: House for rent at SP Privacy 125 Sq.Wah, one storey house, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European Kitchen, Large living room, fully furnish and decorated, Private swimming pool, Large Garden, Security Price at 45,000 Baht per month including Garden and pool service Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 or 087-8335066 E -mail: House for rent at Royal Village Soi Chaiyapruk Jomtien location 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living room, fully furnished and Decorate, Large garden, Call North Shore Real Estate 038303825-6 or 086-3134841, or 087-8335066 E-mail: noina@ Pattaya Hill: 3 bedroom, new, 30 000 p.m. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. SP Village: 3 bedrooms, new, 35 000 Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081861 19 07. Jomtien: oriental style long stay resort with full hotel service, 1 bedroom 45 000 Baht, 2 bedrooms 65 000 Baht per month, daily or weekly arrangements possible. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Wonderland in North Pattaya, 3 bedrooms plus maid, 50 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM

PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Paradise Villa, large house with 4 bedrooms and private pool, 100 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. View Talay Villa with 2 bedrooms and private pool, fully loaded, 75 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Phantastic 3 bedrooms house with private pool in good location, 48 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. We have many more apartments and houses for rent – call us! Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. 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) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3765) Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: 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: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR3761) Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best

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golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3716) Executive Class Rentals In and Around Pattaya from 15,000 – 150,000 Baht per month! A very rare opportunity awaits those discerning home hunters looking for both a luxurious quality home and with it a lifestyle most all would love to have. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: 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 (Property PR3703) A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3700)

Apartment/Rooms for Rent

(ptm-2407)Carina Mansion. Large fully furnished apartment. 48 sq.m., swimming pool, cable TV, aircon, fridge, sofa, king size bed, wardrobe, kitchen and large bathroom with hot shower. All rooms high speed internet enabled. 500 baht daily and 6,000 baht per month. Best value in town!! Contact 081 829 2285(English), 081 311 7856(Thai)

(ptm-0209)Royal Park Luxury Apartments Near Jomtien Beach. 56-112 sqm. luxurious furnished serviced apartments. 1-3 bedroom, kitchen, large living room, balcony. From 15,000 baht per month. 086 111 7414

Condo for Sale

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 for details www., e-mail: info@ Majestic Jomtien 30 sq.m. 1st and 4th floor Studios, empty rooms over looking swimming pool. 800 meters from beach. In foreign names. Good price only 690,000 baht. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, email: 500 Meters from Beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, LCD TV, DVD. Now only 1.5 mil. baht. Freehold. This condominium will be repainted and refurbished this year with new swimming pool and lobby, therefore prices will rise. Good investment. (In foreigner’s name). Part exchanges considered and stage payments available. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656, 080 099 2614 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: Angket Jomtien, Two 8th Floor Studios, 38 sq. m with lovely sea views, 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. each. In Foreign Names. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, email: Khiang Talay Condominium, 200 Meters from Jomtien’s Finest Beach, 2 x 42 sqm studios, side by side. Original rooms on the 15th floor with lovely sea views and Pattaya Park. Ideal for renovation. Make a 1 bed, 1 living room or leave sepa-

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rate. Rare opportunity in this very popular condominium. Very cheap price, only 2.6 mil. baht for both. In Foreign Names. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Thiantong Condominium Located on Jomtien Beach Road Just Inside Soi 7, 32 sqm studio, 16th floor (top floor). Fantastic views of the beach front and the islands. Fully furnished, kitchen, A/C. Ideal for taxi route, bars etc. Good letting potential. Only 1,390,000 baht. Freehold (in Foreign name). Be quick!! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www., e-mail: info@ Majestic Jomtien 600 meters from Beach. 60 sqm, 4th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 bathroom, kitchen, 2 balcony, fully furnished and renovated. Overlooking swimming pool. Very good price. Only 1.6 mil. Baht. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Khiang Talay Condominium, 200 meters from Best Beach Jomtien, 40 sqm, 4th floor, mountain view, beautifully refurbished with ornate ceilings and covings, Euro kitchen, remote A/C. Fully new furnished. Really must be viewed at 1.8 mil. baht. In Foreign Name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Corner Condo 47 sqm, 2 Balcony 16th Floor Unit with the very best sea views of Jomtien beach. Just been renovated to the highest standard with marble floors and shower room, Euro kitchen, new A/C, stone pictures walls, matching furniture, LCD TV, DVD, fridge, microwave, fountains on balcony etc. You won’t find better anywhere at this price 1,950,000 mil. baht in Foreign name. Part exchanges considered and stage payments available. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, now include LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants… Fantastic bargain. Only 1,350,000 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, 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 087 139 1539 (Eng.). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail:

(ptm-k1308)View Talay Condo 6. 91 sqm, on Walking Street Side. Value of 5.5 M, will sell for 5 M Baht. Call 087 078 2606 (ptm-t1308)Sale View Talay Condo 5. Studio 48 sqm., fl. 21, high ceiling, beautiful sea view. Completely high quality furnished, Thai & Bali Style. Price 3.15 million. Foreign name. 085 439 9699 Thai & Eng. (ptm-t1308)Sale View Talay Condo 5. Studio 48 sqm., fl. 12, luxury room, beautiful view. Modern style, black & white. High quality furnishing. Price 3.05 million. Foreign name. 085 439 9699 Thai & Eng. (ptm-t1308)The Residence – Jomtien Beach. Studio 51 sqm, fl. 7 (top floor). Fully furnished including 40” TV. Big swimming pool. Foreign name. Price 3 million baht. 085 439 9699 Thai & Eng. (ptm-j1508)Finance Available. I am selling 3 nice condos in View Talays. From only 850,000 baht down & the rest over 5 years. Call 087 803 3329 (ptm-ken1308)Condos/Apartments for Sale. Jomtien Beach Condominium. 65 sq metres, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, fully furnished, good sea views. 4,400,000 baht. Tel 089 213 9006 (ptm-joh1108) Brand New Luxury Studio with Foreigner Ownership. Fully fitted, built in furniture. Balcon, pool, security. Wong Amat Beach. 1,795,000 THB. Call 081 867 1321. (ptm-g1208) Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 21(top), very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 55 sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition. Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.19 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, See pictures as vedio virtual tour www. (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,

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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! (ptm-g1108)Baan Suan Lalana. 42 sq mtr condo, top floor, nice views, 2 pools, tennis, mini-mart, 975,000. 084 105 4533/087 901 5229 Eng. (ptm-k1108)View Talay 6 Condo for Sale. 91 sq. meters on the Walking Street side. Large center unit with large circular balcony to allow for a panoramic view. Buy direct from owner and save. 5,400,000 baht total price. Will finish to your specs for an additional 1.8 million baht including appliances. Call Ken at 087 078 2606 or email to (ptm-km1108)View Talay Jomtien Condos. #1 fully furnished studio, recently renovated. Can move straight in, hot water shower, washing machine, air con, television, video, UBC. Balcony screen window, dining area with retractable furniture. 9th floor with clear view over Pattaya, with pleasant breezes. No direct sun, no traffic noise, large pool, 24 hours security. Mini marts, laundry, restaurants on complex. Very close bahtbuses. 5 minutes to beach.. 1.5 million baht. Thai 089 605 5579, Eng 089 401 9602. E mail Condo in Jomtien: Good Sea View high floor, furnished, 1.1 M THB Call (038) 711304 or Email: achievers_realestate@ or visit our website (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 50,000 baht/sqm. Tel. for information or a visit 081 863 1076. Stylish Condo for Rent at Khieng 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. For only 1.3 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. 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 or 081 357 7491. 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 or 081 357 7491. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Stylish Condo for Sale at Khieng 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. For only 1.3 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 or 038 422 398. 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 or 038 422 398. Majestic Sea View and Private beach in North Pattaya, LaemChabang 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, 087 784 1937 or 038 422 398. Nordic Park Hill. Are you looking for an apartment close to beach with sea views, 115 sqm. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, only from 7.7 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us www. Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, Fax: 038 252 880, Siam Ocean View. Is a 7-storey luxury condominium with 43 units in a prime location on the Pratumnak Hill. Thaihus speak Norwe-

gian, Swedish, Finish and English. Price from only 3.9 million baht. Contact us Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, My Pool Villa. Villa with private pool near Regent International School. Alarm system and 24 hour security, close to the beach and price from only 3.79 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, The Palm Oasis. House for sale with European standard and private swimming pool. House Project is close to Jomtien beach, alarm system and 24 hour security. Price from 7.9 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, Sea Sky View. The Condo close to the Jomtien beach soi 12. Price only from 3.5 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, Platinum Suites. Condo for sale, price from 3.41 million baht. The project is in Central Pattaya, close to Carrefour Shopping Center. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, View Talay 5 building C For Sale – this ocaen front tower, studio on 18th floor, full furnished. It’s registered in foreigner ownership. Price : 2,900,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@ Keing Talay For sale - 42 sqm. with sea view, fully furnished, forienger ownership. Price : 1,700,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@ Condo in Jomtien Soi 16 For Sale – studio on 14th floor, sea view, fully furnished, forienger ownership. Price 1,995,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email:

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Condo in Central Pattaya For Rent and Sale - 64 sqm. on 8th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen, living room, large balcony and nice view, fully furnished. Price : Rent 15,000 Baht per month, Sale 2,500,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@ PATTAYA HYDE PARK 2. Exclusive living on Pratumnak Hill. Foreign ownership. 100% affordable prices. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@ Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% Deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 First to View Will Buy - New Completed Unit. Pattaya “Down Town” location. 1 Bed57.20 sqm, fully furnished 2.8 Million. 2 Bed- 99 sqm, fully furnished 4.8 Million. Call Barry 089 933 3583 “Trade Up To a Better Lifestyle”. We will “trade in “your property, as part payment on any of our luxury pool villa and condominium projects. Call: Peter 081 982 6145. “Penthouse Style” over looking Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully finished and furnished, best value in town 10,340,000Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” Pre-Construction discounts and easy payment plans, 150 metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Foreign Ownership, 2 Bedroom Corner Unit. Fully furnished and fitted by a quality developer. Central Pattaya. Special deal for 60 days completion. Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. CS1190: Central Pattaya Top floor apartment, new building, 61 Sq m. Nicely decorated, modern kitchen 2.5 Million Baht, Call for more info 038373966or by E-mail: pattaya@ CS1115: Central location 40 sq m studio apartment, high floor, fully furnished, Internet & UBC connected already. Only 995,000 call for more info 0847808457or by E-mail:

CS0696: Jomtein, Studio units, 2 available, foreign name Top floor, 40 sqm,1.6 Million Baht Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: CS1270: This apartment has come on the market and is located on the top floor of central located apartment building close to Carre four , 1 bedroom, 64sqm and modernly furnished to a high standard. 2.95 million, foreign name. Call for more info 08-17613238 or by E-mail: CS1230: Brand new A.D condo studio apartment on the top floor, 32sqm and with sea views! Available at only 1.5m Offers considered! Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Thai Living: Hot Sale 1 Unit, View Talay 1B- Foreigner name, Pattaya Side. 5th floor, For 950,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Hot Sale- Penthouse- Chateau Dale Thabali (120 sq.m). Easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, tropical living, 1bed / 2bath, 5th floor, For 6,300,000 M THB , For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Corner unit, Fully furnished and great sea view, 9 M THB. 165 sqm, duplex unit. 40th floor. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Grand Condo. Great View and good location, sea View and large balcony, 3b/3b, need renovated, 186 sqm, 11th floor. 9.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Hot Sale 2 Units, Jomtien Beach Condo (Rim Haad). BLDG 3A, Pattaya Side. 33 sqm, 3rd floor, For 800,000 M THB per Unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: View Talay 6. Side by Sid unit for sale with sea view and good location, 48

Classified +48 sqm on 22nd floor, For 3.2 M. THB / unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Hot Sale Studio, Jomtien Beach Condo (Foreigner name) BLDG S2, (Pattaya Side),16th floor, For 1,400,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, 55 sqm, Fully furnished and great sea view, 31st floor, 3.1 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. Thai Living: Quick Sale Metro Jomtien, 54 sqm, great sea view, 34th floor, 2.75 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. Thai Living: Quick Sale! View Talay 7. Beach Front Project with Sea View and Great location, 48 sqm, 19th floor, (Pattaya side). For 3.1 M THB, on 21st floor for 3.3 M THB 3. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: View Talay 5C, Near Jomtien beach and nice sea view, 48 sqm, 12th floor, (Foreigner name), 3.2 M THB. , For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038-711017 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail:, 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.novagroupthailand. com, E-mail: (ptm-L2108)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 2 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Units available 2506 and 2507 (25th floor; side by side) and COMPETELY NEW INSIDE AND TURN KEY FURNISHED. Purchase Option One: Cash 3.6 Million Baht Each, Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 800,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 800,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime,Thai

& English) E-mail . Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048(daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Condo for sale Studio 30 Sq.m, on 3 floor 1Bathrooms, Furnished, Air-con, Cable TV, Security 24 hr Priced at 950,000 Baht Farang name Call North Shore Real Estate 038303825-6 or 086-3134841 or 087-8335066 E-mail: Mesa@ The Resident Condo for sale 86 Sq.m.1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 1 living room, Nice decorated, pool view, large balcony, 24 hr security, good location at Jomien Call Shore Real Estate 038303825-6 or 086-3134841or 087-8335066 E-mail: noina@ Condo for sale and rent at Baan Suan Lalana Jomtien location, Large Studio 58 Sq,m. On 3 floor, Fully furnished and very nice decorated, Air Con, Hot water, big balcony European kitchen, Air con, and Hot water. Price at 7,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 or 087-8335066 E-mail: 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) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at 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 (Property PR2402) Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3091) Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular

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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 in front of La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 10.5 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 1.1 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Condominium for 32 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase a great 268 square meter unit in a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments….. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, ready to move in. A lot of facilities are available, two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court are just examples. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR2975) Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left! Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

Gorgeous Sea View Condominium Apartments on Wongamat Beach! Starting as low as 1.8 Million Baht, you may want to take a look at these brand new units that are being completed with beautiful interior designs and will be ready for occupancy very soon. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Investment opportunity! We have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for three years. No work and a steady monthly income! 50sqm for 3.3 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed three year income and 80sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month three year guaranteed rental return. Call Jan at 087-021-7014 Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a re-sale on a very high floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, 103 sqm for 16 Million THB Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3769) Duplex Penthouse on Jomtien! Have you ever dreamed of a house with sea view? Well, this duplex condo high above Jomtien Beach will get you this feeling due to the impressive staircase, 3 balconies on different directions, 2 living rooms and 3 bedrooms/4 bathrooms. The app. 200 sq.m. have just been first-class decorated (marble floors and bathrooms, beautiful built-in kitchen). Very reasonable priced at 8.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Jomtien Beach Road Spacious apartment with 4 bedrooms an tremendous sea views, 252 sq.m., for only 13.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

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Grand Condo. Top location at Dongtan Beach, several apartments for sale, 2 bedroom apartment of app. 130 sq.m., high floor, for 11 M Baht, very nice 3 bedrooms apartment, low floor, for 12 M Baht Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Ocean Marina. You don’t need to have a boat to live here: a 3 bedrooms corner unit with magnificent views over the marina. The building comprises 2 pools (indoor/outdoor), an excellent restaurant, covered car park, etc. You will be impressed by the lobby and then maintenance of Ocean Marina. 178 sq.m. for 12.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Hi Floor Apartment – Wong Amart Beach. Magnificent 2 bedrooms apartment of 146 sq.m. on the 27th floor. Decorated and furnished to highest standards, ready to move in. Enjoy breathtaking views over the sea, the island and Pattaya from a 12 m balcony. Priced at 9.1 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. “Starter Apartments”. For the first-time buyers or for customers who need just a holiday or weekend home we offer duplex (!) studios from 1 M Baht and 1-bedroom apartments from 2 M Baht. Very stylish, brand new, nice furniture, with air con and kitchen. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Jomtien Beach Road. 250 sq.m. condo with sea view on Jomtien Beach Road with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. The apartment needs to be decorated what can be done by our company. Only 7.8 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. The New Markland! The best rental investment! Rental gurantee 7,8 and 9% for 3 years.Totally new decorated apartments on Pattaya Beach Road, 45 sq.m., priced around 4 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Breathtaking Views. Condo shell of 232 sq.m. high over Jomtien with large terrace and balcony. It can be transformed into an exciting high end apartment with 2 or 3 bedrooms. We have done several of these projects and can show them to you. Expect app. 3 M Baht for decoration. Price as it is 12.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Penthouse Duplex at Chateau Dale. A stunning creation with magnificent pool view. This 105 sq m 1 bedroom duplex penthouse has been designed and

fitted out to a very high standard: fully-loaded Western-style kitchen, designer spiral staircase to the top floor bedroom, large bathroom and tasteful furniture. PRICE 7.9M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. High End 1 bedroom apartment. Beautiful 1 bedroom apartment of 67 sq.m. with stunning views from 2 balconies. Exclusively furnished (2 flat screen TVs, 2 ACs, kitchen, built-in wardrobe, etc.) and ready to move in! The building is located in Pattaya’s most fashionable area on Pratumnak Hill and offers hotel like service: pool, fitness, sauna, restaurant, cleaning. Priced at 4.5M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Corner unit in Jomtien. Beautiful 111 sq.m. apartment with 1 bedroom, one bathroom, large living area, 2 air con, built-in kitchen and a balcony with breathtaking sea views. The building is one of the best around (40 m pool, covered car park). Priced at 6.2 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Property of the month. Nice 1 bedroom apartment of 56 sq.m. with sea view in a building with hotel-like facilities (restaurant, gym, room service, mini mart). Top location on Pratumnak. Priced at 2.99 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. New Condo. Located on Thappraya Road this project provides a fresh and innovative design with very reasonable pricing: 40 sq.m. start at 1.69 M Baht, 65 sq.m. at 2.9 M Baht and a top floor apartment of 154 sq.m. will cost you 10.59 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Central Living. New project in top location, 3 buildings surrounding the communal pool. Walking distance to all shopping malls, Beach Road and Walking Street. Available are studios of 34 and 47 sq.m., priced between 1.8 and 2.656 M Baht. Be quick to reserve your favourite unit! Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. La Royale. Soon to be finished high rise at Na Jomtien. We offer several attractive re sales for very reasonable prices: Unit A (Center) 268 sq.m. for 23.8 M Baht, Unit B Pattaya Side 148 sq.m. for 13.5 M Baht, Unit C Pattaya Side 106 sq.m. for 9.7 M Baht. Several other units available. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. On the Beach! This 2 bedrooms apartment of 126 sq.m. is not only beach front, but


literately built on the beach! Tastefully furnished. You cannot get closer to the sea without getting wet! Priced at 14 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. On the mountain – Pratumnak Hill. The best Location on Pratumnak Hill within walking distance to the beach: studios, 1-or 2 bedrooms apartments, empty shells or including decoration and furniture. Price: Studio 30 sq.m. shell 1.4 M Baht, 1 bedroom 60 sq.m. decorated 2.95-3.3 M Baht, 1/ 2 bedrooms 90 sq.m. decorated 4.8/4.9 M Baht. All units on high floors, foreign ownership. Considering location, views and interior there is nothing comparable! Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. The Beaches. This project in Bang Saray will change the way we look at Resort Living! Hotels, restaurants, shopping, water park, sport center, spa, etc. Suitable for clients who demand the best for a holiday home as well as for investors. Siam Properties is appointed agent for THE BEACHES For further information call our office or Mr. Heiner 081 861 19 07 Baan Suan LaLaNa. Very nice compound just a few hundred meters away from Jomtien beach with 3 pools, restaurant and mini mart. Available are brand new decorated studios for 1.29-1.45 Mio. Baht, corner units at 2.35 M Baht and 1 bedroom apartments for 3 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

Condo for Rent

(ptm-n1008)Condo for Rent at Pratamnak Hill Near Cosy Beach & Soi 4. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, fully furnished 15,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-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: (ptm-s1308)View Talay 3 & 5, Diana Estate, luxury furnished condos for rent from 18,000 baht (studio)/28,000 baht (one bedroom with Jacuzzi). Contact 080 962 9244 (ptm-a1108)Jomtien Beach Condominium. 65 sq. metres, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen. Fully furnished, good sea views. 4,400,000 baht. Call 089 213 9006 Luxury Condo 5 minutes from Jomtien Beach. 2 Bed/2 Bath, 74 Sqm. Fully furnished built in,

Euro kitchen, swimming pool. 37,000 Baht/month. Call (038) 711304 or Email: achievers_ or visit our website 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 Khieng 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 or 038 422 398. Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000Baht / Month, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel: 038 415 304-8, Email:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, Email:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroupthailand. com, E-mail:

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Pratumnak – Luxury Condo – 2 Bedrooms, 2 Mins. To Dongtan Beach Modern Furniture and Fittings. Internet Connection, 50,000 Baht Per Month. Office : 038 374 623 Phone : 0811 580 065,, E-mail : info@ CR0388: GREAT VALUE, 82 Sq m 1 bedroom unit, 6th floor in View Talay 2B, Only 22,000 P/M Modern furniture, Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CRCN: 2 1 Bedroom apartments located in the center of Pattaya, fully furnished with free wifi internet and fitness center at only 28,000 p/m Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CR1138: Just come available last week. 1 bedroom, fully furnished and with a huge living area of 130sqm!!! Directly on the taxi root, a most for a viewing 40,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouse, POSSIBLE SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 75,000 P/M view http://www.pattaya-property. biz/index.asp to view pictures or call 08-49442541 or by Email: CR1111: Studio apartments for rent, both long & short term lets, Wongamat beach area,44 Sq m, modern furniture LCD TV, from 15,000 P/M Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CR0846: 2 bedrooms apartments located in Pratumnak close to the beach, many rooms available, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV Prices start at 45,000 P/M call 08-49442541 or by E-mail:

CR1122: 1 bedroom apartment, brand new, 51 Sq m, fully equipped, superb location 5 minutes to Walking Street, only 25,000 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1132: 2 bedroom corner unit brand new, 132 Sq m, fully equipped, Located in Wongamat Beach, only 35,000 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1135: Newly renovated 20th Floor beach front apartment, great sea views, central location, 20,000 per month Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CR1136: Newly renovated 11th Floor 1 bedroom apartment, in Center condo, South Pattaya, 15,000 per month Call for more info 08-17613238 or by E-mail: Condo for Rent at View Talay 2 B Jomtien location, Studio 32 and 41 Sq.m. Air-con, Sea View, Fully furnished, Balcony, Communal swimming pool and 24 hr Security Price for rent start at 8,000 Baht -15,000 Baht per month Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841or 087-8335066 E-mail : View Talay Condo 5 C Jomtien location 48 Sq.m. On the 15 floor. Jomtien Side, Sea View, Fully Furnished, European Kitchen, Living area, Big Balcony, Communal Swimming Pool. Beach front, Rent price 15,000 Baht per month Call North Shore Real Estate 038303825-6 or 086-3134841 or 087-8335066 E-mail: mesa@ Condo for rent 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 125 Sq.m. Jomtien Plaza Condo 125 Sq.m. Fully furnished and nice decorated, European Kitchen, Hot water, Air con, ADSL. Communal swimming pool Rent Price 49,000 Baht per month, Call North Shore Real Estate 038303825-6 or 086-3134841 or 087-8335066 E-mail: noina@

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Thai Living: Penthouse- Chateau Dale Thabali. Easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, tropical living, fully furnished, 1bed / 2bath, 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Duplex unit. Fully furnished and great sea view on 29th floor, 226 sq.m. 3b/3b, Big Balcony, 65,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Jomtien Complex, Sea View-11th floor, Fully furnished. 68 sq.m. 17,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / Thai Living : Royal Cliff Beach, Building B and C, High floor. Beautiful beachfront unit with fantastic Sea View, huge balcony, 75,000THB/M. 3b/3b, fully furnished. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Ananya Condo, Na klau soi 16, Beach front living, Studio Type, Fully furnished. 25,000 - 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Saranchol Condo-Wong Amart Beach, 165 sq.m. 2b/2b Fully furnished. 14th floor. The unit is presented view of Coral island, Pattaya bay and city., 85,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Phing Pha Condominium, 2nd floor, 3b/3b, 210 sq.m. Fully furnished. Beachfront condominium for rent, 65,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@ 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. Loft style duplex, 100 sq.m., on Pratumnak Hill, bargain for 25 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Luxurious and spacious 2 bedrooms apartment with very large living area, 45 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Kieng Talay: sea view studios and 1 bedrooms, from 10 000 – 20 000 Baht p.m. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Northshore, 2 bed rooms, top location, 70 000 Bath per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-8611907. Jomtien Plaza, 3 bedrooms, high end living, 75 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. View Talay executive floors, 3 beds, luxurious furnished, 200 sq.m. 55 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Star Beach 1 bedroom apartment, sea view, corner unit, 20 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Star Beach: studios from 15 000 Baht, 1-bedroom from 22 000 Baht. Pool, sauna, fitness, restaurant. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Pattaya Hill: exclusive large 1-bedroom apartment, breathtaking view, a must see, 30 000 Baht p.m. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 Baht per month! One of the most

Classified 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 (Property PR1362) We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/Month. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3036) Beautifully Renovated Three Bedroom Condo in Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Baht per month! Great three bedroom, three bathroom furnished apartment. Ready to move in, this is a great way to live! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Great Two Bedroom Condos for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 Baht per month! We have a number of very nice condominium apartments available for rent in this price range. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Sensational View Talay 5 226 sqm Front Corner Unit Facing Jomtien for 55,000 Baht/ Month! Private access to the best beach of Pattaya (Dongtan Beach), On the Baht-Bus route.

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and huge balconies. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. Very nice Royal Cliff Two Bedroom Plus Apartment for 55,000 Baht per month! Those that know the ‘Cliff’, know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. Enjoy this two bedroom plus office apartment with fantastic sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,00 Baht per month! What more can you say? If you would like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with the yachts and all….this is your apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, weight training gym, the list goes on and on…..and don’t forget their first class gourmet restaurant with Dim Sum on Sundays! This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total overview of our listings contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: 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: or visit our website at Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many Northshore rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 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

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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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Land for Sale

Looking for Cheap Piece of Land! Sea Views from 400,000. Nr Beach from 2 million. Golf Course 1.5 million. Mountain Views from 350,000 baht. Tel: 081 576 0035 Email: countryproperty@loxinfo. Check out our Exclusive Listings at (ptm-1408)18, one Rai plots for sale. All plots with own lake water front beside Phoenix Golf course. Cost 4 million/Rai. Call John 081 919 1120 (ptm-n1108)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-jpp1208)Prime Land for Sale on 2nd Rd. opp. Central Festival Pattaya. 8-3-50 rai (3550 sq. wa) width 81 x 176 M. 250,000.- bht/sq.wa. Tel: 081 312 1661. Email: (ptm-m1608)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-1308)Bang Saray Mountain, 1200 sqm (15 x 80). Ready to build on 790,000 baht. 087 100 5726 Land for Sale in Jomtien Chaiyapruk, 288 sq.wah, with Apartment floor planning Only 900 Meter from Jomtien beach, 12,000 Baht per sq.wah. Price for Sale 3,000,000. - MB, Contact Pattaya-Agency –Jomtien Khun Pena : 084 3626945

PL 025 Land located in central Pattaya behind Walking street, great plot for apartments, 272 Sq w, 45 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: PL 037 Land for sale in the Pong area, close to the H/Way 36, 2x 1 Rai plots on separate deeds, easy access road, electric & water available, building permission in place, ready to start! Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 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, 087 784 1937 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 50 Rai in Boput Area at Samui Island. Best idea for investment. For quick sale, only 8 Million Baht. Please call us at 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491, 087 784 1937 or 038 422 398 for viewing. 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, 087 784 1937 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) Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

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Thai Living: Behind Daimond Beach Condo, land for sale with 3 Rai-200 sq.wah for 5.5 M THB. / Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, land for sale with 138 sq.wah for 13 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Near new Holly Wood, 385 sq.wah of land for sale at 22 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill (Soi Majestic), land for sale with 2 Rai-202 sq.wah for 55,000 M THB. / Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Chaiyapruk 3, 1 Rai - 34 sq.wah of land for sale at 3.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Hauy Yai (Not far from Sukhumvit Rd.) land for sale with 1 Rai - 60sq.wah for 1.9 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 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 Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Pratham-

nak 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: or visit our website at www. 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 Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ 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- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 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 E-mail to 2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht/Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing

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Classified 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

Property wanted! We are urgently looking for condos, especially in Saranchol, Sky Beach, Silver Beach, Park Beach, Wong Amat, Garden Cliff, Royal Cliff, Sugar Beach, Jomtien Plaza, Grand Condo, Metro, Markland. And houses especially close to the beach in Jomtien and Wong Amat. You ‘ve got the property --- we’ve got the buyer! Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Properties Urgently Wanted for Rent in Pattaya and Jomtien areas. Call us today at Eng: 085 2777 900, Thai: 087 973 9704.

Services Provided

(ptm-h1208) Thinking of Building your Own House/ Swimming Pool? Save 000’s. See and learn from our disasters first! Weekend ‘teach in’ One night for two, full board, European 4-star comfort: 3,500 Baht. Details: 082 161 8563 (ptm-s1208)Building and Design by Western English Speaking Architect, Good Rates!!! All forms of building, design, construction, Plans, council submissions. Call 038 170 734 or 086 669 1246. New Houses are also available NOW! (ptm-nu1208)Thai/English Speaking Matchmaker. Find your long term partner for Love, Marriage, Happiness. Through my social Introductions. For more info; please Email: (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 (ptm-r1208)Are you Thinking of Building a House in Pattaya? Or do you want a condo renovated? Then speak to us first. Tel: 038 406 519, 081 864 6285,, http://www. (ptmsp-1308)Architect Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038 (ptm-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379 (ptm-p0409) Eden Massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own place. Thai massage, Oil massage, foot massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex)

(ptm-p0409)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Do You Have Back Pains, Body Pains, Kidney Problem, High Cholesterol or High Blood? We have cure that are proven by our many cured and satisfied client. Simple, safe & secure treatments come to our health spa for free trial and consultation; pre booking will be highly appreciated. Interested call 038 416 493 or 087 141 2783 Do You Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun, Easy and Effective Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native eligible, professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. *Email: thankful.**.* We speak English, Thai, German & Deustch 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: Pattaya Agency Legal Services. We will professionally provide you in shortly working days and also quick formation offering you of this following: Work Permit/One Year Visa, Company Registration, Insurance, Accounting, IT services. Call PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (office: 038 231712) Khun Pascal: 084 3626989, Email: jomtien@ We Want to Sell your Property Too – contact us, if you have a property for sale. www., PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976 Email: jomtien@ PATTAYA AGENCY – Now with in house LAW OFFICE (3 lawyers plus 2 consultants). ADVANCE LEGAL GROUP (civil – criminal – notary) in English and German language. Information and contact : www. Loan Available for Foreigners for the Time Period of 6 months to 12 months (can be extended). Loan secured on land and property. Please call 083 199 7181 for further details. Dan One Call Service. Property Services includes general household repairs, air conditioning repairs, swimming pool maintenance, gardening new and maintenance, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, cleaning. General Services includes translation, assistance for Thai driving license, immigration matters, real estate matter, driver for your own car. Call 085 163 5037 or email p.krittaphon@ VDO Present Studio. We can make a presentation as VDO Presentation, Recording, Music VDO, Slide Show or special photograph in expertise skill in photographer. Please contact: Tiwa 086 787 8001 E-mail: Made to Order Cakes and Brownies, characters such

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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 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 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng) or 086 820 2577 (Thai). I will go to service at your place. If you are Looking for a Computer Graphic Design, Web design or would like to make some printed matters in reasonable price, please phone 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng) or 086 820 2577 (Thai) or e-mail: (ptfsp-0108)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, Client service 081 550 0885 Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and English-speaking Thai lawyer.see ads in PattayaToday. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail pappa@

Job Wanted

(ptfjw-0008)Italian Man, 40 y.o. is looking for a job as manager for go-go bar, etc. Previous experiences in the nightlife – industry of Pattaya. Michael 085 212 0788

Job Vacancies

(ptm-jp1208)Property Company Hiring Now!!!! Very well established and reputable Jomtien-based real estate company seeking Thai national administrative and sales staff. Good spoken English, friendly attitude and some computer skills

required. Good salary plus commission. Please call 086 108 6575 or 085 056 9880 for an interview, or email admin@ (ptm-srv1108)Are You a Special Needs Teacher Who is Looking for an Interesting Job? A Special Needs School on the Eastern Seaboard is looking for a new member of staff who is: A certified teacher. Experienced in working with children with Special Needs, Creative, independent and disciplined, Fluent in English. What we are offering: A pleasant working environment at a young school in development, prospect of a management position, a good monthly salary, a challenging job with a lot of autonomy, attractive and free housing in the vicinity of a large city, free transportation by car. Interested? Call 081 940 4246 for more information (ptm-q1108) Office Staff Wanted. English speaking, reading, writing and computer experience is essential. Please contact 038 231 694, mobile 081 996 8915 (ptm-r1208)Southshore FM88.5 is Looking for an Experienced, enthusiastic sales/marketing 2 positions, good command in English preferably. Please send resume to or contact:083 773 3210 (ptfjv-c1108)Thai Nationality Staff Wanted Urgently. Thai and Italian speaking secretary and receptionist, for office in Pattaya: Female, computer literate. Good salary and bonus. Call 080 641 1027, 038 410 694. (ptfjv-c1108)Beauty Salon Staff Urgently Wanted for Beauty Salon in Pattaya. 080 641 1027 (ptfjv-s1108)Dance Teacher Required for a Dance School in Pattaya. Experience in teaching International Style Ballroom Standard and Latin Dances essential. Knowledge of Salsa an advantage. Thai National Applicants only. Please call 089 544 4842 (English) or 083 258 3886 (Thai).

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(ptm-ns1108)Staff Urgently Wanted Real Estate Company, Russian People or who have skills speaking, writing, reading, typing Russian language and computer. Driving car license able, experience sale Real Estate broker, age 20-40, man or woman. Good commission & salary Call for more details, North Shore Real Estate 038-303825 or Noina 086-3134841 E-mail: noina@ (ptm-cp1008)Restaurant has Vacancies for Service Staff. Waitress and Waiter, Receptionist, Cashier, Bartendee and Bartender, Cleaning Staff. For both Full time and Part-time work. We pay very good Salaries, special bonus and 72 days paid leave. Interested persons please call 089 091 9914 (ptm-1008)Staff Wanted Urgent!! Real Estate Company searching for employees

between 18-25 years old. Call Mikael 085 277 7900 or 038 252 881 for interview. (ptfjv-0008)Wallpaper Hanger, English speaking required. Phone 084 958 6569 (ptfjv-0008)Clay Modeler Wanted to make chess set of cartoon characters; c.25cms. tall. Phone 089 058 4509 (ptfjv-1008)Restaurant Manager Needed. Good English is a requirement. We need a person with an outgoing personality and proven leadership skills. The Great American Rib Co. email Call Sham at 02 661 2990 ext 444 (ptm-h1208)English Speaking Computer Teacher Wanted for English Man and Thai Wife. Stay 2 days, 1 or 2 or two nights; 370 kms from Pattaya. Comfortable home with all facilities and good food! Must have good references. 089 058 4509 or 084 958 6569


(ptfjv-1008)Pool Cleaner Wanted. Experience is required. Full time cleaning and able to travel within Pattaya City. Swimming, male. Strong and have knowledge for pool maintain. Well paid. Call tel. 081 982 4963, 086 533 4963 (ptm-ra0808)Wanted: Office Assistant for Housing Estate in NaJomtien. Required: Thai female, decent English, basic computer skills, can work with foreign manager. Provided: Good salary, room, transportation, commission. Please apply at:, or phone 085 487 0720. (ptm-ra0808)Wanted: Gardener and Maid for Housing Estate in NaJomtien. Required: Experienced Thai, couple welcome, can work with foreign manager. Good salary and room provided. Please call 085 487 0720.

(ptfjv-0808)Thankful Knowledge Learning Center, 3rd road South Pattaya is looking for eligible, experienced, passionate English teacher to work 30-40 hours a week. More than bilingual will be an advantage. Attractive salary with accommodation. We will provide working permit for the best candidates. Email: thankful. (ptm-tl0808) Thai Living Ferry: Coworkers wanted for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. A Captain with three years experience and a captain’s license. For more information contact Sara today or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Crew with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808) Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Hostess with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory.

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(ptm-tl0808)Just Us 2: Room Rental Service at Bang Sare. Thai Staffs: 4 positions for Cooker, Diver & Bar, Maid & Serve and Mechanic Man. Cooker can cook for Inter & Thai food, must be active, hard working. English speaking for all position required. Good salary & bonus. Contact: Nu 089 143 9787 E-mail:saengduen_s@ (ptm-tl0808) Thaihus Samui: Real Estate Agency in Samui. Thai Staffs: 5 positions for Sales Representative, Assistance Sale, Marketing, Listing Agent and Admin & Book Keeping. Foreigner Sale Manager: Top ability & dynamic are required and sale experience in housing business, active, good relationship. High salary + commission. All prefer 2 years experience up in this business filed and must be able to speak English and have computer

skill. Good salary and commission. Call: Wanjira 086 113 0667 E-mail:wanjira_uttha@ (ptm-tl0808) SarSaz: Iranian Restaurant in South Pattaya. Thai Staffs for Cooker, Waiter & Waitress, Female Cleaner and Female Reception. Cooker must be able to cooking for Iranian & Thai food with 2-3 years experience of international restaurant. All must able to speak English and good relationship, active and hard working. High salary + bonus. Call: Kim 086 336 5690 E-mail:kim@ 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

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Classified 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-ChineseRussian-Korean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-250-0072


(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 (pta-jv0108)Medium Sized Steel-Furniture Production and Export Company in Pattaya searching Thai candidates of both sexes, positioned as a General Manager. Preferably experienced in production related work, structured, cooperative, master good English both written and orally and have average computer skills. Work will be focused on general improvement both in sales and production performance. Personal management, reports and logistics will also be part of this work. Necessary training will be given. Salary up to 50,000 THB/month and possible bonus allocation, (pta-vj2207)Leading Thai International Construction Company. Looking for top quality personnel for major civil project in Dubai. Excellent salary & career opportu-

nites. Project managers, Construction managers, QA/QC Engineers, AutoCad/Design Engineers, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers. Age 30 – 47 years, good English. Engineer degree. Please send resume to Call 086-8169398 (ptfj-2007)Exciting Projects, Dynamic Company, great salary & bonus schemes are looking for the following positions: 2 Construction Managers (THB 100,000-150,000 tax free), 5 Section Managers (THB 60,000-80,000), 10 Superintendents/Supervisors (THB 40,000-50,000), 1 team Survey Engineers/Technicians (THB 20,000-40,000), 5 CAD Draughtsman (THB 20,00040,000), 2 Project Planner/Coordinator & 4 Assistants (THB 30,000-50,000), 2 Architects (THB 50,000-100,000). Only those with top ability & dynamic are required. Spoken & written English. Call 087 140 5199 or 086 816 9398 (ptfj-1907)Off-shore Oil & Gas Personnel for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia required. Call ECO Thai Group Co., Ltd., 038 682 097, 087 140 5199 Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek

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

Motorbikes & Cars for Rent

(ptm-t0508)Motorbikes for Rent. Nouvo, Click, Mio. 200 baht day. 1,200 baht week, 4,500 baht month. WILL DELIVER. 086 824 4910 (ptm-1108)Mitsubishi Triton. 4 door, aircon, CD player. Full comprehensive insurance. Minimum 3 days hire. 1,200 baht per day. Mobile: Eng. 081 949 8713, Thai 084 563 7230 (ptm-s0708)Do You Want to Rent a Car? Neat, reliable Mitsubishi Champ, 4 doors, aircon, well running, radio. Full comprehensive insurance for just 9,500 B/month. Phone 081 835 9923 or stefanalive@

Motorbikes & Cars for Sale

(ptfvs-d1208)Toyota Fortuner 3.0V 2006 Silver. Top model with full options + auto gear. House car farang owned

only 17,000 kms. Many extras inc. tinted windows. Insurance 1st class. 880,000 Baht. Call 089 607 7931 (ptfvs-f1108)1997 Volkswagen Ventor. Excellent condition, service records, all power, 190,000 baht OBO. 085 689 8033 (ptfvs-k0708)Toyota 99 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto Diesel. Only 125,000 ks. VGC. Urgent! Only 290,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708)Audi Auto L.P.G. Low ks. VGC 190,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708) Toyota 2005 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto DSL. Only 140,000 ks Only 525,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708)A Solid Gold Longines Watch and Band, valuation $14,000 – new $20,000. Sell for only $6,000 or swap for jet ski or car or 4 wheel drive. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-r0408)2003 Nissan NV Truck with Carryboy. Topautomatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721 (ptfvs-l0708)In Quite Exceptional Condition. Daewoo Cielo GXL (top of range) 1.5 automatic, 4 door saloon with cavernous boot. 6 months tax, 10 months insurance 145,000 baht O.N.O. Please phone 038 421 502 (ptm-d0608)Honda Super 4 Black 400 cc regular servicing, new tyres, sprockets and chain. Great condition. 50,000 baht. Call 087 013 5770 (ptm-c0007)Toyota Tiger 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, air bag, ABS, C.D. Big alloys, loads of extras, 130,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned. Immaculate condition. 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539

Restaurant has vacancies for Service Staff - Waitress and Waiter - Receptionist - Cashier - Bartendee and Bartender - Cleaning Staff For both Fulltime and Part-time work We pay very good Salaries, special bonus and 72 days paid leave Interested persons please call 089 091 99 14

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Vol. 8 No. 11  16 - 28 February 2009 high society Bangkok Hospital Pattaya holds thank you party

Bangkok Eastern Hospital Group CEO Dr Krittavith Lertutsahakul M

BHP Director Dr Pichit Kangwolkij M.D. with Dr Iain Corness (rear) introduced Dr Salam Birthday celebrant Dr Chinaboot Pruktiphat Hoshang from MCS International Network Co.,Ltd. who gave a Thank You speech to A fun and entertaining party was held at Suttangrak Restaurant Pattaya in BHP for their party

Jomtien beach recently sponsored by the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. Dr. Iain Corness led the introduction of Bangkok Eastern Hospital Group’s CEO Dr. Krittavith Lertutsahakul M.D. which was followed by a welcome speech and introduction of the management team by Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij, Director of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. The management extended their appreciation to all the companies, clubs, associations, media and other business sectors who supported the hospital through their successful years in BHP Dir of Business Development & InternaPattaya. They assured those present that they tional Affairs’Khun Neera Sirisampan, Khun would continue to improve their services, Onnut Janma, Khun Tahsida Chinkrisri,Khun facilities, and that they will become more Pramot Saitana and Dr Pichit Kangwolkij involved in charitable activities. All the guests enjoyed the great entertainment by the house band and the sumptuous food served.

Dr Pichit Kangwolkij M.D. on his opening speech

Sweet Fashion shoot at Hard Rock

Kids at heart

C & Emi enjoying their time with the kids Thailand Superstars Emi and C with Hard Rock

Wanpen (Tai) Chanthariya, Director of Marketing and Communications Hotel Khun Wanpen Chanthariya (centre) at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, took great pleasure in welcoming the famous Thai actor and actress, C Siwat and Emi Klinprathum, on their recent visit to the Hard Rock Hotel for Kwanruen magazine’s Valentine’s issue fashion shoot.

SFX Cinema at Central Festival Pattaya

On the afternoon of 6th February , at SFX Cinema Central Festival Pattaya Beach , Mr. Supat Ngamwongpaiboon, Marketing Director of SF Cinema Co.,Ltd., invited the local press and Bangkok press to see the movie theatres that the company had spent 330 million baht building. SFX Cinema features 10 theatres with a total capacity of 2,270 people. It includes their 1st Class 70- seat theatre which costs 600 baht per person with free drinks and snacks. Also they’ll be having the 1st outdoor cinema in Thailand. Another attraction is the SF Strike Bowl, with 16 lanes and a fun atmosphere.

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US Embassy deputy press attache in town

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Ms Cynthia meet the Pattaya press

Ms Cynthia Brows (seated center) with the owners BHP Director Dr Pichit Kangwolkij and members of the Pattaya Media M.D. with Birthday celebrant At the Diana Resort, North Pattaya, Dr Chinaboot Pruktiphat

Chonburi, Mrs. Cynthia A. Brows, Deputy Press Attache of the American Embassy led a team to meet with Pattaya press and request cooperation and sharing of information. She also discussed the situation with the Rohingya refugees and stated that soon the US would send officials to Thailand to visit and question the Rohingya. The US embassy in Thailand is considered to be the largest in the world and it is responsible for the other US embassies throughout the South East Asian region. Thailand and the US have established a solid relationship with each other for 175 years and the trade between the 2 nations in 2008 surpassed 3 billion dollars. American companies have invested more than 2.3 billion dollars in Thailand in the past twelve months.

Sheraton Pattaya Resort hosts ‘New Ecologies’

Niti Kongkrut, Director of TAT led the opening

One of the many beautiful art pieces in the exhibition held at The Sheraton Pattaya Resort in Pratumnak

Our Congratulations to Khun Manatsawin

Niels Colov, Alan Kirkland-Roath and Somsak Martin

Khun Manipa Jayawan, Khun Niti Kongkrut, Khun Veerawat Khakay, Sheraton GM Mr Dietmar Koegerl and Ms Linda Lyen

Sheraton Pattaya Resort has been chosen as the location for a remarkable new art exhibition and event entitled “New Ecologies”, which recently held a special opening ceremony by the beach led by Khun Niti Kongkrut, Director of TAT. Organised by Bangkok-based art critic Brian Curtin in conjunction with Pattaya’s Gallery Opium, New Ecologies present a wide range of expatriate and local contemporary art over a three-month period and is the first of what is expected to become an annual celebration of visual arts in Pattaya. Besides the exhibition, also included is a series of art workshops and events organized by rising-star curator Manipa Jayawan and involving over twenty artists. The three key artists whose work was shown at ‘New Ecologies’ were Bill Berry, Jung-Chul Hur and Ralph Kiggel. The exhibition will run until the 25th of April 2009.

An Opera Night at La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita opened its doors for the first charity opera night. The restaurant has been open less than a month but its reputation for great food and opera is quickly spreading. Opera lovers put on their best dresses and suits and headed to Soi 18 Naklua to enjoy scenes from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ by W.A.Mozart performed by Nuni Productions from Bangkok, who have already made a few appearances at the restaurant. The scenes were performed between courses, which consisted of a delicious three course dinner which allowed guests to enjoy both opera and food without disturbance. Chef Paolo Nota was the inspiration behind the evening and donated a door prize voucher allowing one lucky guest to come back and dine at the restaurant on another occasion free of charge. There were many raffle prizes to be won with Angela Poustie winning the major prize of a Burmese Jade ring with sapphire. All proceeds from the evening will be used for the various projects undertaken by the Mercy Center.

Khun Manatsawin Jancharoen Benz recently graduated from the Assumption University with a bachelor degree, a Faculty of Arts Major in Business English Minor Marketing. She’s the daughter of Khun Somchai Jancharoen and Khun Siriwan Thongampai, owners of Katesiri School Pattaya. Khun Manatsawin is currently working as an anchorwoman for Sophon Cable TV. She is the manager of Le Form Pattaya and is in control of marketing and PR for Katesiri Beauty School.

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