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Safe Crackers Nicked Used hi-tech to steal big time

Pol. Col. Noppodol Wongnorm (left), Pattaya mayor Ittiphol Kunplome (centre) and Pol. Lt. Col. Supachat Piammanus are present at the arrest of Chinese national and safe cracker Mr Liu Hua Rong

MUCH relieved Pattaya police called an urgent press conference on October 28 to announce that one member of a mainland Chinese gang, who had broken into hotel guests' room safes over 30 times, had been arrested. Investigators acting on a tip-off had gone to the Green Park Resort in north Pattaya where Mr Liu Hua Rong, aged 30, was arrested.

He agreed that he and three other gang members (two Chinese men and a Chinese woman) had broken into the hotel rooms of dozens of guests in the resort and opened their wall safes. The modus operandi was that the female gang member, Ms Lee Fang aged 39, would walk into a classy hotel and book a room for the night. Later, her partners in

crime would join her to assemble a small CCTV camera in the corridor where they could watch the movements of other guests. The group would then choose a wealthy looking victim and wait for him or her to go out. They would then enter the room with a skeleton key or fake entry card and descend on the wall safe which they could open in 45 seconds using the latest sensor and computer tech-

nology. It was only when the legitimate owner of the room opened the wall safe that the theft would be discovered. By then the criminals had absconded. Pattaya police had earlier compiled a compendium of wall safe crimes and were sure that they were all the work of one group. Several hotels had been chosen for the hi tech crime and some individuals had lost the equivalent of thousands of US dollars, credit cards and important documents. Continued on page 4

Pattaya immigration is the number one ON national police day, national police chief general Pattcharawat Wongsuwan congratulated police colonel Ittiphol Itteisarnronnachai, in charge of Pattaya immigration bureau, winning the award for the most outstanding police station in Thailand 2008. Not

only has Pattaya immigration served tourists and local residents very well on a daily basis, but the standards of maintaining public services have been exceptional, the national police chief said. Receiving the distinguished award on behalf of fellow

officers, police colonel Ittiphol said all his colleagues were simply delighted. He said that he believed Pattaya immigration bureau had utilised human resources very well and made an optimum use of new technology as well. Senior officers were continually looking for ways to improve the service to the public. Continued on page 2


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Volunteer police station opened THE Pattaya police chief and the Pattaya mayor officiated at a ceremony officially to declare up and running a volunteer police base at Loi Lan as part of the local authorities’ plan to reduce crime in the area. The general idea is that the local population will be able to report bad stuff at the base (there should be somebody there on a 24 hours basis) and that the volunteer officers will be able to investigate and solve some crimes before the regular cops arrive. Of course,

Golf tournament swings into action THE Pattaya director of the tourism authority, Mr Niti Kongroot, held a news conference on October 24 to publicise the 2008 Diana Gold Charity Golf Tournament which is holding its 10 th anniversary, sponsored by seven business operators including Pattaya Mail, Pattaya Sports Club, VC Sport, Eastern Star golf course and Diana Group. The purpose is to raise funds for devoted but impecunious vocational students in the Banglamung and Pattaya areas. Many of the students are in training at the Father Ray Redemptorist Centre or at hotels in the area. In the past

this wouldn’t be the case if the crime is very serious, eg murder, or if the miscreants have

More studies on new dock and parking scheme Tesco to carry out a detailed survey

nine years, no less than 2 million baht has been raised. The golf event will take place at Eastern Star, Rayong, on November 14. Around 200 participants are expected to turn up with an entrance fee of

3,000 baht per player. But each and every contestant will receive a T-shirt as well as complimentary caddy service and a free buffet. Further details from Khun Komsam Seesam on 038 429870 or 038 429675.

THE Pattaya mayor presided over a meeting to examine the proposal to establish a new dock and ancillaries for the city at Bali Hai. The Tesco company had been hired to do the detailed work, but the remaining problems are largely environmental concerns, in particular the fact that a new and expanded dock for boats would swallow a lot of new public land which might be better deployed for recreation.

As a result, a new plan probably needed to be drafted. The mayor said that the government had allocated 750 million baht in the financial years 2008-2010 but much of the cash had not yet arrived from headquarters. Tesco representatives said that these proposals were very interesting, but more work had to be done on tide issues, floating pumps and the law of the sea as it applied to the navy

disappeared from the scene as is sometimes the case as everybody knows from experience. and the water transportation department. There was a concern that these matters might damage the current dock and its adjoining buildings. Tesco added that they were confident they could find a solution before a construction company was hired to start digging. The new dock would be able to handle 400 boats and a car park would appear where the current dock was with facilities for 300 cars, all in a leafy surrounding. The project would be finished by 2010 meaning that Pattaya would then be greener and cleaner for tourists and locals alike.

Encroaching owners ordered off land

A MEETING was organised by civic dignitaries to discuss with business owners and proprietors of the Roi Lung community in Naklua the question of their properties which had been occupied for 30

years on the very spot. However, the reality is that the plots were an encroachment of public land and must be abandoned for the greater public good. Officers of the local authority said they had

checked all the documentation and come to the conclusion that the transgression was beyond all question. None the less, the business owners said they had obtained a title deed honestly and that, if there was a fault, it was the responsibility of the company which had sold the land in the first place. Therefore, the meeting decided that further checks would be held at the land bureau in Pattaya with the clear intention to tear down the structures if no good answers were forthcoming. In this scenario, the businesses would need to find some other place to sell their wares.

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Pattaya immigration is number one Recently, for example, the information desk had been revamped and the seating arrangements changed to utilise space to the maximum. Pattaya immigration bureau, based in Jomtien soi 5, is one of the busiest in the country processing thousands of visa extensions and allied work on a weekly basis. There is also an active criminal inquiry section which has made many arrests of internationally wanted rogues to its credit. There is also close liaison with several foreign embassies who make requests for the arrest and extradition of their wanted nationals through Interpol.

Pattaya immigration chief police colonel Ittipol receives the award


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Public health volunteers attend training

No fireworks at all during Loy Krathong BANGLAMUNG police authorities have banned the sale of fireworks and firecrackers during the upcoming Loy Krathong festival on November 12. This is because these devices make loud noises which can frighten people and animals, not to mention start fires from time to time. Crime suppression chief police lieutenant colonel Samrit Koonchit said that, at the moment, police had their hands full dealing with everyday crime. Therefore, he requested citizens and business owners not to deal in fireworks to be set off during Loy Krathong, or they will be dealt with very severely. In the past, several individuals have been injured when firecrackers exploded in their face or blew some fingers off. In one case, a man was disappointed

that his cracker refused to ignite. When he went to inspect it close up, it blew up in his face and he lost sight in one eye. Children are particularly at risk, say police, as they just don’t

appreciate how dangerous these small explosions can be. Additionally, there have been fires in the underground depots manufacturing these things, resulting in several deaths in the recent past.

Banglamung station celebrates police day

THE Banglamung police station was the venue for the annual rejoicing in national police day in a ceremony presided over by police colonel and superintendent Sanayoot Sanguangpaikai. There were awards given to especially doughty officers and almost a hundred scholarships were handed out to the scholarly children of serving cops in the area. Nine Buddhist monks performed rites for the health and prosperity of all the guests and attendees. The first national police day was organised by prince Continued from page 1

Safe crackers nicked Pattaya police superintendent Noppodol Wongnorm said, "The gang had worked in several Thai cities, most recently in Pattaya and Jomtien, but undercover detective work was well

Prabhorom Trilokkanart whose aim had been to bring up police standards in Thailand to those in Europe. He had hired a Danish expert for this very purpose. Previously the Royal Thai Police Bureau came under the interior ministry, but it is currently under the office of the prime minister. Plans to reorganise the police and to allow more decision taking at local level were introduced by the military installed government in 2007, but the present government has shelved these in view of other, more urgent preoccupations.

advanced unknown to them." Pattaya mayor Ittiphol Kunplome added that it was a great relief that this threat to tourists had been tackled. There are now warrants out for the arrest of Ms Lee Fang and the two male members of the gang Mr Wu Weikang aged 39 and Mr

MR Mai Chaiyanit, the Nongprue municipal mayor, presided over a meeting to organise training for public health volunteers who work without pay or recognition. He stated that the municipality’s birth rate was increasing rapidly and that there were now 53,532 registered humans and about 70,000 nonregistered ones. There are all sorts of public health issues including the environment, utilities and even traffic chaos. Thus it was that the public health and environment

department of Nongprue municipality had started a project to teach health issues and leadership skills to the volunteers who would then cascade the information

downwards and outwards. This would also have the knock on effect of strengthening relationships between residents and make everyone aware what was going on.

The local authority was also working on a health plan which would be a list of regulations designed to improve the environment and to keep disease at bay.

New child protection Difficult dispute between Thai and Russian guides centre opens Immigration tries to find an agreeable solution

A spanking new development and protection centre for kids at risk opened recently at Baan Maab Yai Sia, Banglamung, under the stewardship of Mr Sipakorn Noja, the director. There are currently 20 children being taken care of there. A well wisher Mrs Nittaya Saengchai provided a free lunch and provided some necessary items out of a feeling of compassion for the less fortunate. The director pointed out that the centre is designed to be self-supporting and its primary function is to care for

molested kids in the teenage years. A key purpose of the centre is to provide vocational training for both the male and the female youths. Choices include woodwork skills, training as an electrician, cookery and animal husbandry. People wishing to donate to the centre, which is not supported from public funds, should phone 081 949 9349 (Khun Ja) or 081 912 2554 (Khun To). They can tell interested parties how to lodge donations via the centre’s bank account.

Disabled conference discusses discrimination Alangkarn and Hard Rock congratulated

THE city mayor presided over a meeting of the authority’s committee for welfare of the physically challenged and announced with pride that Pattaya city had received an honourable mention from the national committee for

Wing Qincman, aged 36. At press time, police were following up a number of leads to track down these alleged miscreants on the run.

improvement of services for the disabled. Awards were made in particular to the Alangkarn theatre in the category of tourist destination and to Hard Rock hotel and the Pattaya redemptorist centre in the accommodation category. These buildings were regarded as especially user friendly to the target group. The meeting also discussed the provisions of the 2007 constitution, still in force, as

A BIG conference was held at the Pattaya immigration office to try and settle an ongoing dispute between Thai travel operators and guides who resent the fact that Russian guides have been operating in the resort, thus depriving the Thais of their income and livelihood. Previous meetings have been a failure. One of the Russian guides said the problem was that not many Thai operators knew the Russian language. Thus the Thai guides’ explanation of the history and development of the resort fell on deaf ears. Director of tourism Mr Pongpun Chansukree pointed out that the work permit regulations do not permit of foreign tour guides unless they are properly documented with the full fees paid. He found it unacceptable that Russian work permit breakers were taking the work of native Thais. This

problem had been referred to the Chonburi labour office which had confirmed Thai law on the subject. If a stand was not taken on the Russian front, then the travel business would soon be in chaos. Finally, it was made plain that the Russian tour groups must use Thai native guides with a knowledge of the Russian or English languages. However, it would be permissible to use a native Russian guide provided he or she worked alongside the Thai partner. It was suggested that one of the roles of the Russian junior partner would be to teach the Thais some elements of the Russian language. Police colonel Ittiphol Itteisarnronnachai, immigration superintendent of Pattaya, said that there needed to be an accommodation and a compromise on both sides.

they applied to the physically challenged. It was noted that discrimination in the workplace was forbidden and that all citizens have equal rights in organisations, committees and boards irrespective of their sprightliness or physical

handicap. Pattaya has long championed the cause of the handicapped and promised to improve wheelchair access, amongst other things, although there is still a great deal to be done, especially in public places and spaces.

NOTICE TO BRITISH NATIONALS British nationals are asked to note that only the British embassy may issue official, embassy documentation on their behalf. Any such documents issued by other parties are neither authorised nor valid. British nationals are requested to show any such illicit documentation to a British embassy official for examination.


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Truck falls into big hole on Sukhumvit THERE was a tremendous to-do at the Caltex gas station on Sukhumvit, South Pattaya, after a light coloured Isuzu pickup, DMAX model, fell into a big hole in the road which was one meter wide and deep. The owner, Mr Chiya Chornburom, said that he was driving along from Jomtien in the pouring rain when all of a sudden his wheels started spinning. Obviously he got out of the vehicle to take a look and saw that the hole was preventing the wheels from moving forward, or in any direction come to that. His passengers also alighted to push and shove but to no avail.

It was then noticed that the hole had damaged the back wheels and made them all twisted. So the owner called the insurance company which sent a truck to remove the damaged vehicle for repairs. The hole had likely become bigger

after the heavy rains of October. The insurance company notified city hall and told them that big holes in the road are a danger to life and limb and should be properly repaired without even a moment’s delay. That’s very true.


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Royal Navy ready for all crises AT the Sattahip naval base on October 23, vice admiral Chaiwat Pookkarat checked on his crews and equipment to be ready for all eventualities, including the unpleasant possibility of serious hostilities breaking out with neighbouring Cambodia. He declared that all ships, arms and personnel were ready on a 24/7 basis. The vice admiral explained that nobody in Thailand wanted war, but the hot temperature in relations with Cambodia meant that there could be no lessening of preparations, especially as

Cambodia was claiming land which properly belonged to Thailand. Thus he had his

orders to be on permanent standby until the situation becomes both cooler and calmer.

Police officer receives compensation for injuries

A SPECIAL event was organised at the Thepprasit Road police box, chaired by Prateep Konyoo the senior assistant to the Banglamung

district chief, to hand out 200,000 baht to police lance corporal Suchart Soontornwichet of Pattaya station to assist him in the payment of

hospital bills during his lengthy sojourn in hospital. At approximately 2 a.m. on August 8, the officer was on duty at the box when he received a report there was a snatch and run episode. The suspect was riding a motorbike coming from the Jomtien beach district. When officer Suchart saw the bad guy approaching him, he bravely tried to intervene but was hit by the motor bike and suffered multiple injuries including breaking both legs. As a result the Pattaya tourist fund had decided to give him the cash to help with medical and ancillary expenses.


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Vol. 8 No. 4 ! 1 - 15 November 2008 NEWS Malaysian car thieves Young girl drugged Thais pay respects and raped by farang to King Rama the Fifth arrested by immigration

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Customers brazenly pressurised rental company

ON October 23, a well wisher (a chef by trade) brought a distressed 15 year old girl to Pattaya police station after being allegedly tricked by an American man, known only as Louis, to go to an hotel in south Pattaya where she was raped. The girl, known as Miss Oo but not her real name for legal restrictions, said she worked at a deckchair business with her aunt opposite the Royal Garden Plaza. At 8 pm on the night in question, she was talking to her relative when the dubious guy approached and started chatting for a whole hour. He then offered to take the girl and her younger sister to the cinema to which the aunt gave her timely approval. After the movie, the American suggested Miss Oo take her younger sister back home along Soi Bukao before joining him at his hotel The Marine Place. Once in the room, Miss Oo was

given a glass of water after which she said she felt most dizzy. She awoke the following morning in the room only to find she was naked, that her pudenda was bleeding and that there was a lot of pain in that area of her body. Mr Louis was still present and said he would accept full responsibility for the bad events which had occurred. But, later on, the farang had checked out when the girl, this time accompanied by her mother, returned to the hotel to confront the evil doer. Police invited Miss Oo to file a report and suggested she went to Banglamung hospital for medical tests. Officers also said they would do their best to track down American Louis, though this would not be easy as he probably has left the resort by now. The tale illustrates how you should never take a stranger’s word at face value even if they do have a smiling face.

BANGLAMUNG district office was the base on October 23 for business and community leaders, students and miscellaneous officials to pay their respects to the statue of King Chulalongkorn Rama V who was born on that date. Mr Mongkon Thammakittikhun presided over the event. Dignitaries included police colonel Noppodol Wongnorm, Pattaya based judges, the Pattaya mayor and many honoured guests. Chulalongkorn (Rama V) was the fifth king of the Chakri dynasty in Thailand. He modernised the government by introducing a Cabinet system of government and abolished the

semi-feudal provincial administration to pave the way for the system of provinces and districts which we know today. He declared an amnesty for all political prisoners and took many steps to abolish slavery. During his reign, the first railroad between Bangkok and Ayutthaya opened in 1896. The king additionally replaced the lunar calendar with the more familiar western time keeping and declared freedom of religious expression for Christians and adherents of Islam. He is regarded as one of the greatest kings of Siam and is known as “the great beloved king”.

PATTAYA immigration police on October 20 held a press conference to announce the arrest of two Malaysian nationals, Mr Choo Sun Loy and Mr Low Juin Shea, on charges of car theft. Several car rental companies reported that the cunning duo had made a habit of renting cars, especially Toyota, without negotiating the price but then doing a bunk. One rental company executive Mrs Daoruethai UDomsub became suspicious after the two men of Chinese origin seemed to be in too much of a hurry to rent a vehicle, a

POLICE lieutenant colonel Apimook Amnatmankong from Dongtan sub-station received the dire news that a foreigner had taken drugs before going peculiar and setting fire to his own room at the Viking House. Mr Jeneven, aged 44, was standing in the room which was by then well and truly alight in the area of the bed. However, neighbours helped to put out the blaze which mercifully had had no time to spread.

Investigators found drugs paraphernalia in the room which was taken away for further inquiry work. It came out later that the farang had a history of illegal use of drugs and was already on bail for a similar offence. He was charged with new offences, including arson, and could face a long time in the confines of a Thai jail. His defence was that the drugs had abandoned him to black thoughts and illogical behaviour.

IT WAS three o’clock in the morning when Pattaya police dashed out to Soi Thepprasit where they found broken glass in the street and two damaged motorbikes. Nearby was a luckless guy Mr Joe, from Laos, who had numerous stab wounds on his chest, hips and arms. He was rushed to hospital but died there soon afterwards. Police also tracked a wounded man who had attempted to save his own skin by trying to scale a wall, but had fallen back in the endeavour. He was screaming for help and was taken to Memorial Hospital where he was identified as Khunporn Juntara, aged 25, and received treatment for several savage

case of the customer pressurising the sales person. They also gave in copies of their supposed passports which turned out to be fake. Police lay in wait to capture the two alleged rogues by waiting for them to show up to collect the vehicle. Once in custody, they admitted their passports were fake and added that their job was to drive the stolen Toyotas to Bangkok where a mystery man would collect them at a prearranged spot. They also admitted this was their fifth job of this type but it had not worked out precisely according to plan.

Knives and guns Norwegian man goes lead to a tragic death nuts and starts fire Another sad saga of gang warfare

Broken hearted plumber waits for fast train BANGLAMUNG police heard on their radios on October 24 that a dead man had turned up on the rail tracks just 500 meters from Pattaya station, near Siam Country Club Road. At the scene was the corpse of Mr Lung Pispeng, aged 37 and employed as a plumber by the Ital-Thai construction company. He was obviously dead as his head was severed and the only possessions on him were a mobile phone and 501 baht in cash. Railway driver Kamron Praipruek, aged 57, said he was driving the night goods train from Maptaput industrial estate to Bangkok when he spotted a man sitting down in the middle of the rails ahead.

He had tooted the horn but nothing happened. So he tried to break hard but it was already too late to avoid a human transfer to another plane of existence. The dead man’s relatives soon appeared on the scene and cried their hearts out. One of them told investigators that Mr Lung had said he was going to get drunk to drown his sorrows after a girl friend refused to accept his phone calls or communicate with him in any way whatsoever. Police ruled that the dead man took his own life when in a deeply depressed state. The family will organise a funeral ceremony to take place according to religious tradition.

Female pickpocket gang deny degrading behaviour AN elderly tourist called for help in Pattayaland soi 2 after being almost robbed by a group of women rogues and reprobates. Danish citizen Hassan Biko, aged 71, told investigators that he had been approached by three women who seemed to be working in harmony together. The women were taken into custody and two small bags of marijuana and some tablets were found concealed about their persons. They agreed they had been sitting next to the intended

victim on a baht bus but denied they had tried to remove his valuables, notably his wallet, to their own tender care. However it turned out that all three had a long criminal record for thieving and all were related in an extended kin network. But they persisted in denying they had tried to rob Mr Biko who decidedly claimed he had been interfered with whilst passengers were getting on and off the baht bus. The police arrested all three and booked them on attempted

robbery and drugs charges. One of the accused women said they had found the drugs on a park bench and had completely

forgotten about them, thus explaining why the offensive substances were found on their persons.

knife wounds. He had only a 50% chance of survival. A friend of the two guys Mr Apichai Daengoo, aged 19, said that a large party had gone to the Differ Pub before moving on to “A” Bomb, a gay bar in south Pattaya. This experience left them feeling hungry so they all adjourned to a restaurant near Soi Thepprasit. It was here that hostilities had broken out when a motor bike gang came riding by full of malevolent intent. Police are treating the incident as some kind of revenge attack but will need to wait until Khunporn is able to speak once again and spill the beans such as they are.

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Burmese man caught Wrong pills kill wife with fake pants with headache

FOLLOWING a timely tip-off, police visited the Walking Street to find it was indeed true that a Burmese guy was selling wallets, caps and pants which were all copyright frauds. When asked by officers if he could prove authenticity, the 25 year old said that would most difficult indeed. So the criminal was arrested and frog marched to headquarters. Also seized were many sets of female underwear and a treasure trove of illegal items. When asked where he had got

the items from, the arrested sir said he was just an employee and did not know who his boss was. He explained that he was customarily handed the clothing and wallets by a man wearing a motorbike helmet so it was not really possible to identify him. He added that he had heard that his counterfeit items had been made underground in Sri Racha but he had never visited the town and could not be remotely sure.

Brit falls off his balcony

POLICE lieutenant colonel Sumet Hanwichai received a report that a man had fallen out of his window at the B.D. Apartment House near the Central Road. Anxious officers raced to the scene and found a British man, Sean Rostron aged 55, on the ground screaming in pain. A quick check revealed he had broken one of his left ribs and the guy was rushed to the Memorial Hospital’s emergency treatment centre. In the upstairs room police found nothing suspicious but

noted a full cup of coffee and a packet of cigarettes on the balcony. This gave them the idea that he had fallen by accident in a freak accident perhaps occasioned by slipping and tumbling over the low rail. Indeed, it had been raining very hard and there was water on the balcony tiles. Mr Rostron later lapsed into unconsciousness and is believed to have suffered very serious brain damage. His relatives have since been informed.

POLICE received a call from Mr Channarong Boonpeng, aged 35, from his address on Soi Aruththai that his wife had moved on from this mortal plane. He explained that Ms Pranee Sibkum, aged 41 and a cleaner at a Thai bank, had passed away some hours after taking medication to relieve a headache. The Sawangboriboon volunteers removed the body in a distressing scene as many friends and relatives were crying aloud. Police did not find any evidence of bruising or suggested physical violence

which led them to believe the tale was true. Mr Channarong said that his wife suffered badly from migraine attacks and had asked for a day off from work because she felt terrible. She then started to vomit but declined her husband’s offer to take her to the hospital, saying she preferred more tablets. She then accepted some tablets, Artanfort and Tofago, from a neighbour but these were not the right prescription and the doomed woman seems to have reacted badly after taking them. An autopsy will be held to clarify the ambiguities in the case.

Unknown man abandoned at Banglamung hospital POLICE major Jeerawat Sukonsub gathered a group of reporters to give the breaking news that an unknown foreign man had been left at Banglamung hospital by Sawangboriboon personnel. Presumably his family and friends wondered where he was. Nurse Sreefa Wehachart said the mystery guy had been found by Sukhumvit 9 road and was about 35 and of middle eastern appearance. He was wearing a T-shirt with black and white stripes, blue pants and a tattoo with a picture of a giant on his back. This latter point was said to be crucial. His head was damaged and he had apparently been hit

with a hard object although luckily there was no serious intercranial damage.

Maybe the motive was robbery. Anyone with relevant ID information is asked to contact Miss Pissamai Promkaew, the nurse in chief, on 086 842 4553. Somebody somewhere must be searching for their loved one and it’s all hands to the pump to locate same.

Bloodstained woman escapes rapist

Magic punch drink was bathroom bleach Sawangboriboon rescuers received a call that a Thai female national had tried to commit suicide by swallowing poison at premises in Soi Yamamoto. They found Ms Rada Ardkla, aged 35, vomiting after drinking a bathroom cleaning liquid which she may have mistaken for a real cocktail. In the room, friends were in attendance and were trying to comfort and cheer up the

patently ill woman. Ms Rada said that she was very stressed out after a big argument with her French boyfriend of many years standing. However, the paths of love are often thorny and this relationship was no different. So she had decided to shuffle voluntarily off this mortal coil before friends intervened to save the day. After treatment in hospital she will hopefully be as right as rain.

Gas tank explodes with fatal consequences

POLICE received a call from a well intentioned person that a woman had been attacked by a criminal in the Bali Hai area and had run to a nearby disco to obtain much needed help. Arriving at the scene, police and the Sawangboriboon

volunteers found a woman covered in blood and with one rib broken. Her name was Miss Toon Rukthai, aged 24, and she was immediately taken to Banglamung Hospital. Witnesses said that a man was seen

THE body of a burned boatswain was found on a chemical tanker named Big C3, docked at Sattahip, after a gas tank exploded and sent him to eternity whilst badly injuring his assistant who was taken to hospital in a critical condition. Village headsman Somjit Wonnampetch received a call from a fisherman that he had noticed a toasted corpse bobbing around in the sea on the east coast of Raed island. This obviously raised the alarm and the crew of the C3 also sent a report that they had lost a man overboard. In due course, it turned out that the stories did indeed match up. The body of the deceased was Sae Kampandee, aged 45 and from Buri Ram province. Police were then summoned and the story emerged that there had been a

gas explosion which had blown the unfortunate sailor overboard. The captain of the ship, Somchai Chansree, said that the accident occurred in the early morning and no obvious cause had been found other than the obvious one of a faulty canister. The injured man Kriangkrai Oottamong was in a critical condition in Queen Sirikit hospital. The ship is 78 meters long and 12 meters wide. It was later speculated that the true cause of the explosion may have been a spark or sparks which ignited the canister which could have been leaking (a not unknown phenomenon). None the less, a specialist team of investigators will comb the ship for further clues concerning this dire tragedy and chance landing of bad fate.

running away after attempting to rape the woman. At the actual scene, police found a watch, shoes and handbag belonging to the attacked victim. Later, Miss Toon said she was staying at the T.S. Mansion and, on the night in question, had gone for a stroll in the Bali Hai area. She had met a man who suggested they indulge in an unspecified horizontal activity in return for a donation to funds of 1,000

baht. This was initially agreed but then the man said he only had 500 baht which Miss Toon replied was woefully inadequate. At this point, a frenzied attack started and she was hit repeatedly with a rock. She said she would certainly recognise the man again as he had a face to remember. The dire criminal had been forced to escape over a wall to avoid bumping into concerned bystanders.


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Tourism business trends debated

MEMBERS of the Thai hotels association and numerous travel agents and operators converged on the Dusit Thani Pattaya for a meeting of the Federation of Thai Tourism Associations or FETTA. The day was spent on marathon sessions discussing the current state of tourism in the

land with special guest HE Weerasak Kowsurat, minister of tourism and sports. The photo shows, from left to right, Chatchawal Supachayanont, general manager of the hotel, HE Weerasak Kowsurat and Octavio Gamarra, senior vice president of Dusit International.

Pride Pattaya Condominium grand opening

PRINSIRI expanding property business launched The Pride Pattaya, the modern condominium in the heart of Pattaya close to The Avenue lifestyle centre. Mr Weera Sreechanachaichote, managing director of the public company, said a decision had been taken to expand into Pattaya because of the many improvements the resort has experienced in recent years. The condominium has eight storeys and two separate buildings giving a total of 158 units to suit the needs of all. The second building is still in

process of construction. There are many public facilities including swimming pools, tropical gardens, excellent security system and VDO door phone features. Every apartment has a beautifully fitted kitchen and air conditioners included. During the grand opening phase anyone investing in a unit would receive an entertainment package worth 25,000 baht which includes movie tickets, California WOW lifetime membership, restaurant vouchers and details of loan offers from Siam City Bank.

Banglamung vocational school expands again

ON October 15, there was a ceremony to note a grant of 800,000 baht to Banglamung vocational school to expand the

buildings. The cash was donated by Chonburi provincial administrative organisation.

BUSINESS NEWS

KCR reviews property auction

ON October 17 KCR Homefinder held the second of their property auction series at Mabprachan Lake. As with September, the hammer didn’t fall during the auction although some prospective buyers are now contacting the company and viewing the properties on offer. KCR partner Paul Davies said he believed the world financial crisis was a big contributing factor in a flat property market as well as disadvantageous currency exchange rates. However Paul explained this was still a good time for shrewd investors to buy under the principle of “buy at the bottom and

sell at the top”. He urged purchasers to contact him with their requirements and to view auction Lots that may suit their needs well in advance of the next auction. He added that he would not disclose reserve prices but could give guidelines to avoid wasting the time of purchasers and sellers alike. The next auction will be at 5 p.m. on November 19 again at Mabprachan Resort. The auction page of the KCR website will be available on Tuesday October 28 and will be updated daily at www.kcrhomefinder.com The KCR contact details are Paul, Poo or Kanya on 038 405 167.

Nongnooch Gardens to celebrate Loy Krathong

On October 24, Nongnooch Gardens’ resident manager Manit Narinrak announced that the Loy Krathong festival would be celebrated on November 8, starting at 6 p.m. The event will feature light and

sound, beautiful krathongs, a fashion show and plentiful and tasty food. Ticket prices range from 750 baht to 1,500 baht (big discount for Thais) and there’s further information on 038 709 358.

Koh Larn Given Go Ahead Three year plan to boost resort CITY fathers have unveiled a three year plan to improve utilities and basic infrastructure on Koh Larn island which is visited every year by thousands of Pattaya bound visitors. The island, only a short boat ride away, is popular for its clean beaches and quieter atmosphere compared with the bustling resort city across the bay. Ronakit Ekasingh, deputy mayor of Pattaya, said there was a 28.6 million baht budget to develop 10 projects by the public works department this year and next. They include designing and building a proper road between the beaches as well as constructing a waste disposal and drainage system to prevent flooding during the rainy season. Another step forward will be improved traffic signals and signs to assist in traffic flow and to reduce road accidents. As Koh Larn has grown in popularity in recent years, there have been more road accidents, even fatalities, as motor cyclists in particular have adopted a dare devil approach. There are also coming on

stream more resting places and shady spots along Tonglang and Ta Naban beaches together with a helicopter landing pad which should be useful for evacuating people with a serious medical problem back to the mainland. Finally, there is a plan to construct grating covers for drains throughout the whole island to reduce accidents amongst both pedestrians and drivers. The open covers have long been a subject of complaint on the island. The money was agreed in the 2008 budget cycle and the hope is that the labours will be completed by the end of next year. Administrators and city council members say that the improvements will certainly be to the island’s advantage and will, indirectly, bring benefits to the whole local economy including mainland Pattaya city itself. Meanwhile, the Pattaya mayor Ittiphol Khunplome separately called a meeting of municipal leaders to find the right way forward to develop Pattaya city and its environs as visitor centres for a new

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Amari appoints new CEO and president PETER Henley, a British national, has been appointed as the new president and chief executive officer of Amari Hotels and Resorts. He has a wealth of experience internationally, having held executive positions in international companies, including Holiday Inn Worldwide Pacific, Raffles Holdings Limited, Panorama Hospitality and Morgan Stanley Properties Limited. The successor to Mr Kurt Rufli who is retiring after 36 years with Amari, Mr Henley now takes over the helm at Amari Hotels and Resorts in the next stage of its development. The new CEO said, “Kurt Rufli is a hard act to follow. He has done a wonderful job to build up the group to the

respected position it holds in the industry today. I am delighted to be back in Asia to work with our owners and my new colleagues at Amari to build on that good work and to lead the group in the next stage both in Thailand and beyond.”

Green Real Estate points to sustainable future

ADOPTION of green real estate practices in commercial and residential buildings offers very cost-effective Green House Gas (GHG) emission cuts compared to other economic sectors. This is one of the key findings in a Green Real Estate Guide compiled by global real estate services company, Colliers International. Mr Simon Carter, author of the Guide and Colliers International Regional Head of Sustainablity for Asia - Pacific, visited Bangkok today to discuss international best practice and current trends in green design with local architects, designers and developers. Every day we are witnessing the impact of global warming in weather patterns around the world,” said Mr Carter. “With residential and commercial buildings representing up to 15.4% of greenhouse gas emissions, we expect governments and economies will soon turn to buildings to achieve deep emission cuts quickly. While the shift to green buildings has just begun, real estate markets around Asia and

the world are likely to transform quickly, adopting green standards both in developing new buildings and improving existing ones”. The 36 page guide is intended to assist owners, developers and occupiers to design strategies that manage the risks and leverage the opportunities associated with the changes. It addresses for key areas with separate guides and detailed checklists on opportunities for greater efficiency. These are: “Managing Green” - improving existing building performance; “Developing Green” - creating new green buildings and refurbishing exiting buildings; “Occupying Green” - leasing a green building, creating a green fit-out and operating a green office; “Living Green” - improving your own individual footprint. Mr Carter said the Guide presents a range of options. “There is no standard prescription for what a green building is. What is appropriate in terms of green building design and technologies for one building might not be appropriate for another.

age, specifically to create sustainable tourism. This has been a tentative recommendation of DASTA or Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration, although individual schemes have to be mandated by the Thai Cabinet. The mayor said that no final decision had yet been reached about Pattaya and sustainable tourism. There were certainly

pros and cons to consider, but the key factor was to consult with the citizens as mandated by the 2007 constitution when big matters are on the agenda. One problem of the sustainable tourism concept was that such a policy could easily lead to arguments about ownership of land as sitting tenants seldom like the idea of being told to move out in order to accommodate environmental concepts.


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Central Pattana to organise Mardi Gras Huge lifestyle centre opens in January

THE Mardi Gras International Festival, presented by the Central Pattana Group, will celebrate on January 15 2009

to coincide with the grand opening of Central Festival located on Pattaya beach road. Dr Nattakit Tungpoonsintana,

Underwater World launches turtle campaign

Underwater World Pattaya is celebrating its 5th anniversary, confident in the knowledge that it has had no fewer than 2.7 million visitors over the time span. Besides bringing much needed revenue to the city, Underwater World actively supports marine conservation and environmental protection which include sea turtle protection. To commemorate the special anniversary, the company has pledged 100,000 baht towards sea turtle salvation. The funds will be raised partly by special edition products and uniquely designed fridge magnets in the shape of a mother and

baby turtle. The aquarium is the only commercial marine park to be granted the privilege to display the turtles for educational purposes by the local authorities and the international coastal water management corporation. The number of sea turtles has been dramatically reduced in recent years largely owing to human activities and there is a real danger of extinction of some species in the near future. Underwater World, by publicising and addressing the local turtle predicament, is doing its part to safeguard marine life for future generations.

Fantasy balloon show coming up

CITY hall held a meeting to prepare for the hosting of the Pattaya Flying Fantasy 2008 International Air and Balloon Show which will be held November 27 to 30 at Thammasart University, Pattaya location. Many people fall in love with balloons as they are very colourful and come in many shapes and sizes, rather like people come to that. Some balloons are elephant shaped and others are in the form of comical characters such as Daffy Duck who is always a laugh.

Many European and Asian nations will be participating this year and there will also be a Balloon Night Glow with sights and sounds beyond your own imagination. Apart from the balloons there will be kites, sky diving, motorbike racing, live music performances, a horse show and other delights too numerous to mention here. The balloon love-in also helps to promote Pattaya as a world class destination with something interesting always going on.

senior executive of the company, said that seven billion baht had been invested in the high rise mall or lifestyle centre

which will also contain a five star hotel. He said he was confident the centre would open on time. There will be street celebrations starting in the new year and continuing until March. The Central Festival will cover 210,000 square metres and will host 200 stores and brand name products. There will also be a car park for 2,000 vehicles, an IT mall, spa and fitness facilities, a night market, theatres and so on. Advance publicity states that Central Festival, Beach Road, will be a very special lifestyle centre for all the family.

Ten urgent priorities for Pattaya city cited

THE second meeting of the advisory board for Pattaya progress and development has concluded that, in both the private and public sectors, there are ten priority subjects which should be planted at the top of the tree. The areas cited are 1) the introduction of electric trams or trains to assist public transport, 2) solving the traffic

problem on Sukhumvit highway, 3) improvements to the water supply and eradication of flooding, 4) improve the beach and the near ocean by sound environmental policies, 5) more effective use of information technology and communication strategies, 6) marketing of the resort to counter the sleaze image, 7) alternative energies, 8)

assistance to those on low incomes, 9) improvements in education, 10) better environmental policies. The meeting also discussed the provision of WI-FI fibre cable connection, a basic network to cover the whole city by using “fibre to home” technology for the first time in

Thailand. Pattaya is to be a pilot in the introduction of this system as it’s not too big a place and it’s a realistic dream which ought to come true. It was stated at the meeting that Pattaya aspires to be a leader in the country in the application of new technologies across the board.

Thai tourist groups organise seminar Pattaya to have many pretty bulbs A MEETING was held at the Dusit Resort, in the presence of the minister of sports and tourism Weerasuk Kosurat, to try and find a solution to the current crisis in the Thai tourist industry. Represented were the association of Thai travel agents, the Thai hotels association, Thai ecotourism association amongst others. The minister said that Thailand has been facing crises since the beginning of the year. Amongst the problems have been the oil crisis, political turmoil and bad publicity which have had negative effects on the country’s image. Meanwhile, the government departments responsible for a tourist recruiting drive had not had sufficient funds. For example, the tourist budget specifies 7 billion baht, but only 52 million baht has so far been received. He urged businesses in both the private and public sectors to raise standards whilst at the same time being more cost

conscious and prudent in their spending. Other speakers said that the standoff between PAD and the government was very bad news. In particular, tourists from south east Asia have cancelled trips because of what they read in the newspapers. Pattaya city hall then chimed in to say that they had published pamphlets which had been circulated to all embassies, giving the good news that the eastern seaboard is entirely unaffected by the

political troubles. This year Christmas will be more cheerful as five million baht is being spent to install pretty light

bulbs all around the town, hopefully in time for the upcoming Loy Krathong festival.


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Fun and games at the Dusit

Dance academy success for Asian U

THE Dusit Thani, Pattaya, held an evening of fun and games for their staff as proof that they can play hard as well as work hard. Here the tug of war separates the men from the boys.

Loy Krathong Celebration PATTAYA Marriott Resort & Spa, will feature a dazzling presentation of grand buffet at Garden Cafe, featuring the different tastes of authentic Thai food from all 4 regions of Thailand. Krathongs will be given out to float away sorrows and to welcome an everlasting happiness. At Baht 1,250++. For reservation, please contact 038 412 120.

THE dance group Black Modern from the college at Asian University recently were awarded the popular vote at the Honda Poppin dance academy competition.

Charity rock concert held in Jomtien

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Miss Teen training in Pattaya

MANAGINg director of Inspire Entertainment Company, which holds sole rights on the Miss Teen Thailand Contest, met the Pattaya mayor to discuss details for the training of the competitors in the resort. The Miss Teen is a beauty pageant for young women in their late teens and the first round took place in Bangkok on October 20. The managing director explained that the contest has a 20 year history and that Pattaya had been selected for the training and rehearsals because of its wide popularity as a holiday centre.

Banglamung district establishes volunteers

Site inspection at Dusit Thani The 37th SEED show charity concert took place last October 25. The venue was at Jomtien beach and live music was performed by Reggae Ska, Teddy Ska Band, Kai Jo Brothers, Chik ka Chick, Modern Dog, No More Tears, Brand New Sunset and others.

Motorcycle racing at Bira

Mr Yotsapan Onta convened a meeting to launch the human security and community development volunteers association in Banglamung district. He said the main purpose was to strengthen links with the authorities and to improve the lot of the people, especially those on poor incomes or the victims of natural disasters.

Another platinum sponsor

MEMBERS of the Dusit International executive management team recently visited the site of “dusitD2 baraquda” pattaya which will be opening in the heart of Pattaya in December.

Loy Krathong at Montien

ONCE again an excellent day of entertainment was provided by some of Thailand's top motorbike racing champions at our local "Bira Racing Circuit" in one of the 2008 Series of the Motorcycle Magnum competitions. Many consider that this is much more exciting than the car racing events, due to the very high speeds involved, and it is surprising to find that even young boys eagerly compete in these high speed events. MONTIEN Hotel, Pattaya, offers an international buffet dinner, live music and floating krathongs at Veranda coffee shop from 6.30 pm on Wednesday November 12. Inclusive price 700 baht++.

PLATINUM sponsorship money was donated to Malcolm Boden of the Charity Club of Pattaya for the annual charity gala dinner being hosted on Saturday January 24. John Seymour, managing director of Northern Thai Realty, handed over the money at his Jomtien office.

Cement company clears up the garbage Supermodel visits Pattaya and Amari

Fifth Cross Bay Swim

PATTAYA’S Cross Bay Charity Swim attracted even more competitors this year, sponsored by Hard Rock Hotel. The distance was 1.1 km along the shoreline from Hard Rock to the finishing line at Dusit Thani.

MORE than 200 employees of the Cement Company gathered at Pattaya beach under the stewardship of deputy mayor Weerawut Kharkai to have a go at cleaning up the polluted area. The unpleasant fact is that many selfish visitors toss their garbage away without a care and leave unpleasant smells wherever they sit and go. The voluntary efforts by the employees, armed with huge plastic bags and stick rods, made a big difference whilst reminding everyone that they too should reduce the environmental mess which is tragically our world today.

Mr. Dominik Stamm, General Manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, warmly welcomed Thai Supermodel, Khun Lookkade Mathinee, and her husband on their recent stay at the executive Horizon Club in the new 5-Star Ocean Tower. Photo from left to right: Khun Dhaninrat Klinhom, Director of PR of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower; Khun Edward & Khun Lookkade, Khun Dominik Stamm, General Manager.


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Gifts for the Gods

DOUGLAS Latchford, president of the Thai bodybuilding association, had an audience with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to present copies of the specially published book Khmer Gold Book – Gifts for the Gods. It concerns the gold artifacts created during the period of the Khmer Kingdom many centuries ago.

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Founder of religion is commemorated

PATTAYA’S Sikh community celebrated their religion at a public ceremony at the Sikh temple in south Pattaya. Various civic dignitaries and the superintendent of Pattaya police station paid their respects during the one day event.

Oscar’s quiz night surprise

Rotary Club Phoenix-Pattaya honors King Rama V

An Irish group which supports PGF charity events handed a special Irish crystal vase, The Tree of Life Award, to Jim Lumsden (left), PGF vice chair, whose team also won the Oscar’s quiz.

MEMBERS of the Rotary Club Phoenix-Pattaya, came to the Banglamung District to honor the death of Rama V, King Chulalakorn. Pictured from left to right, Rotarier Johann Conzen, Vice President Trutz H. Fiddikow, Past Assistant Governor Dieter H. Precourt, Rotarier Dr. Raimund Cerny, Rotarier Kurt Krieger and Rotarier Bernhard K. Riedel.

Wear your poppy proudly

KPK hosts fund raising for Sawangboriboon

The Royal British Legion is currently raising funds through the annual poppy day appeal which provides financial, emotional and other support to many thousands of war veterans and their dependants. All together, over ten million Brits are eligible for the help of the Legion, illustrating the potential size of the work. In early November, please remember the work of the Legion when you see an opportunity to buy a poppy. The Chonburi branch meets every Sunday lunchtime in Tropical Bert’s, very close to Second Road and in the small soi adjacent to Soi Yodsak.

On October 25 KPK food services outlet, near Soi Yume, hosted a gathering to raise funds for the Sawangboriboon Foundation which helps the victims of road accidents and other awesome tragedies.

Live entertainment at Jazz Pit New attraction at Boathouse

JAZZ Pit Pub Jazz music, live entertainment every day except Tuesday, featuring Jazz Pit Duo, Rein on Vocals and Thomas on Guitar.

JOMTIEN Boathouse’s brand new sensation is the Willy and Mandy cabaret show, with live songs performed live every Wednesday and Thursday from 8-10 pm. Call 038 756 143.

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by Peter Lloyd

Organ Harvesting A recent article in the Economist got me thinking about a bold new medical tourist initiative which should be considered in the land of shamelessly unbridled capitalism. We all know there has been a falling off of investment, capital inflows and tourist numbers in Thailand, for reasons too well known, depressing and boring to enumerate, with no end in sight. But there is also a strong desire for Thailand to be seen as a world centre for medical tourism (something it is already succeeding at), and, given the city wants to crack down on the sex industry here, it may wish to consider all options to fill the void if it is serious about the sex trade crackdown. Perhaps the government should look at legalising the harvesting of human organs for transplant, with operations to take place in Thailand’s many world class hospitals. It ticks all the boxes, and there are good reasons to consider it, with large payments to donors, who would probably be from the poorest people in Thailand. The hospitals would be full of recipients from overseas all year round,

one, as – ironically – the reduction in road deaths, as well as less strokes and heart attacks have reduced the pool of available organs from donors. A liver transplant in the US can cost up to $500,000 (how much would it cost at Bumungrad Hospital, or Bangkok Pattaya I wonder), and the gap between supply and demand in the developed world, and the sums of money involved, have already led to organ thefts and a rampant organsfor-sale trade in many poorer parts of the world. In India, where it used to be legal, the outlawing of the organ trade has simply driven it underground, where donors are more at risk from medical malpractice and theft of payments. In China, executed prisoners used to have their organs illegally removed and sold on the black market, before the trade was outlawed in 2006. Also, South Africa had a healthy transplant tourism market which circumvented the banning of the trade. By driving the trade underground other shocking, first world abuses have also recently come to light, such as the case in New York of a body snatching ring led by one Michael Mastromarino, who was jailed for stealing bones, skin, arterial valves, ligaments and other tissues from corpses stolen from funeral homes. In some

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desperate to pay large amounts of money for transplants, and many lives would be saved, Thai and foreign, because of the ready availability of donor organs, which would be taken out under strictly controlled medical conditions with the donor’s after-care also paid for. In the developed world, only 1 in 10 people waiting for a kidney actually gets

cases in the US, because stolen body parts were not fully checked for disease, they have infected the host recipients with cancer. Where there’s a will (and, of course, money) there is usually a way, so why not legalise the trade in Thailand, where a well regulated market could ensure proper medical checks were carried out on donors, that the donor’s

medical needs before and after the transplant are looked after, as well as ensuring they receive properly generous payment for their organs, and that they are not ripped off by shady middlemen or involved in unsanitary or unsafe medical procedures which the illegal trade in organs is often known for. The comparatively low cost of the operations in Thailand, and the ready supply of organs from donors would certainly result in a lot of business for Thailand’s hospitals with transplant patients all year round, whatever the problems in the country. When it’s life or death, people will come for organ transplants, and, once they leave hospital, they can recuperate on the beaches, allowing even more foreign exchange to fill Thailand’s coffers, before flying back to their own country. Clearly the demand is there. Up until April this year, the Philippines openly advertised for kidney “surgery” for $65,000$95,000 a pop. In 2007 foreigners accounted for almost half of the kidney transplant operations in that country, but it has now banned foreigners from being recipients of its kidneys – legally at any rate. The Economist article gave a figure of 341,000 Americans who were on dialysis in 2005, costing the US $21 billion a year, or 6% of Medicare’s total budget, with an estimated 700,000 dialysis patients by 2020, so it is in many peoples’ interests in both the developing and the developed world to radically rethink the organ transplant market and to try to fill the widening gap between donors and demand. As usual, there is an ethical rub. No matter how much you pay in poor countries, there is a worry that the poorest members of society are being exploited, and legalizing the trade might lead to increased human trafficking and abuses. But campaigners also say that about prostitution, which is also illegal in Thailand, but which manages to be one of its biggest drivers for a certain

type of tourism here, which is equally exploitative of the poorer citizens, but which brings huge amounts of money into the country and into the villages. The illegal trade in organ harvesting goes on all over the world, usually to the detriment of impoverished donors, and it is likely only to increase as donors become scarcer and demand for organs continues to grow, so why not call a spade a sharp edged gardening implement, and create a more formal and legal market for organs, which better protects donors, medically and financially, and also protects recipients from illegally harvested, unchecked and dangerous transplant organs. Cambodia I was recently in Cambodia for a week, which again reminded me that I do like

of real estate developments being advertised, and the skyrocketing selling prices and rents for expat houses.

At the Killing Fields

If I had a million US$ to invest right now I would not hesitate to put it into Phnom Penh real estate, but that’s just me, and you know what they say – a fool and his money are easily parted. On a more gloomy note,

Phnom Penh. The Old and the New

the Cambodian people, and find them far more open, friendly and less xenophobic than Thais, except when they are fighting over a pathetic scrap of land with them. I was astonished by the developments taking place in Phnom Penh, where office blocks are going up and a luxury condominium has broken ground in the city centre. The country has seen double digit growth for the past 2 years, and there was certainly more of a commercial buzz about the place. If you look beyond the street poverty and filth, the overwhelming impression I got was of a city and a country finally on the up. Still, I was surprised to see an advertisement on the promenade for “your very own private airline” obviously aimed at business people, and also surprised to see the increasing number

credit crisis and stock market decimations. It was quite reassuring to be stuck there for this

my week there also coincided with the catastrophic global

awful week, and one ironic and sobering moment came when a friend of mine called me when I was in Phnom Penh. I asked him how he was. He said “terrible”. I asked why and, referring to the panic and freefalling world stockmarkets and the liquidity crisis, he said dejectedly: “just look around you”, to which I replied “Well, I’m walking on the Killing Fields right now, and looking around me I see mountains of human heads, bones and rags of dead people’s clothing, so to me, this market turmoil is just about money”. Probably one of the few places on earth where you could have a conversation like that. Contact me at pattaya todaypete@yahoo.com


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Thailand’s angry political divide

Impotency explanations

Internet woes troublesome

FIRSTLY let me apologise to any readers who may have shown up at the Grand Sole hotel on October 5 to hear my talk on how meat eating causes impotence. Because of a back injury I had to cancel. But the letter below contains the sort of information I would have used, so please read on. In his book The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism, my friend Dr Bill Harris writes that if there are any impotent vegetarians, they must be in hiding as none have turned up. The most obvious explanation is that just as too much cholesterol (found only in animal products) can block the flow of blood to the heart and cause a coronary, so the same process can block the flow of blood to the penis. The average cholesterol of a vegan is much lower than that of the average meat eater. And the cholesterol of the average vegetarian, who takes some dairy products but is a non meat eater, is 23% lower than an average meat eater. When I went on a low fat vegan diet, my cholesterol dropped over 60 points in a matter of weeks. Dr Dean Ornish proved that going on a low fat, veggie diet could actually reverse heart disease without the use of medication. Not only did the patients’ hearts improve but also their sex lives! And don’t forget that chicken and fish actually have more cholesterol calorie for calorie than does beef. Meat eaters are also at higher risk of prostate cancer and diabetes which can also create impotence. In fact 35-50% of diabetics experience a measure of erectile dysfunction. Yet numerous studies have shown that the symptoms of diabetes can be reversed by putting patients on a low fat vegetarian diet. If such a course of action can reverse diabetes, then it obviously can prevent it in the first place. In regard to prostate cancer, if you are a vegetarian who consumes a lot of milk, then you are still high risk for prostate cancer. A 21 year long study at Loma Linda university in California found that men who ate animal products were over three times as likely to get this cancer than male vegans. Then there’s obesity which can easily result in higher cholesterol as well as diabetes. According to the Erectile Dysfunction Institute, a man with a 42 inch waist is twice as likely to be impotent as a man ten inches less on the tape measure. Studies in China and America both showed that people on low fat, vegetarian diets were much, much less likely to be fat. Not to mention the beneficial impact of low fat diets on your blood pressure. The reality is that impotence is not usually the product of a sick mind but of a sick diet! Yours faithfully,

I REALLY love Thailand, but like many in the Pattaya area I have suffered over the last three years with poor internet bandwidth and intermittent extended periods without any service at all. TT&T and TOT both refuse to commit to uninterrupted service. I live at the far end of the Wong Amat road in Naklua where an influx of new condominiums is occurring. I have paid my bill for TOT internet for over three years and have never had full service – sometimes no internet for weeks at a time. I call and, eventually, they send someone to check the line. I was told in April this year that the fault is mine. After testing with an obvious lack of instruments, the technician said that my new SMC modem is the culprit. Not believing, I none the less visited the TOT office and purchased their advertised modem for over 2,000 baht. The results were of course the same, still only infrequent bursts of internet. They then claimed the wiring in the building was at fault with a poor connection to my unit from the condo mains. So I complained to the condo management and they kindly fitted new wiring as asked. I expected no change and I was not disappointed – still broken service from the internet. The next time two technicians appeared and they spent two hours on the job before deciding the wiring actually inside my condo unit was at fault. At substantial cost I hired a contractor but it made no difference. Facing the fact that I can no longer be considered “the cause”, TOT representatives now admit that their lines are old and cannot carry the signal for much of the time. “Too many hook-ups,” they cry, “and the office keeps adding more”. Seems like TOT loves the monthly income but is remiss in providing the service. If this situation occurred in my country, fraudulent lawsuits would be flying. But in Thailand I just get a smile and a shrug if I mention any refund for the long breaks in service.

Eric Baht

Motorbike accidents WHILST driving down the Pattaya Heights, Buddha Hill Road (near the tourist police station), I had the unpleasant experience of witnessing my fourth motorbike accident in the last three months. All the crashes were in the same place. Now there are many factors causing crashes (oil on the road, pea gravel, rain, sharp corners, excess speed etc) but I decided it was necessary to try and bring the problem to public attention. I popped into the tourist police station and spoke with the officer at the front desk. I explained I thought it necessary to offer a very inexpensive solution – two signs (in each direction) stating “extreme caution sharp corner slow to 20 kms”. You get the point. The officerreplied to me that everyone speeds anyway. But I do believe that signs do actually work. I hope I don’t see brains splattered in the middle of the road again, but the odds are I will. Concerned Citizen

Gary Hacker

Updates on the Lusitania FURTHER to recent correspondence and an article in Pattaya Today, the Lusitania sailed from New York on her scheduled service in early May 1915. Her sailing was well advertised in the New York Times and the German embassy posted a warning that passengers could be at risk in a war zone. Upon nearing Queenstown, the Lusitania encountered the U20 which was on patrol near the southern Irish coast and had torpedoed and sunk two cargo ships as well as shelling and sinking a sailing ship. On May 7, in the early afternoon and after fog had lifted, the U boat spotted the funnels of what turned out to be the Lusitania. Because one boiler room was closed down, the Lusitania was sailing slower than her maximum and this was a contributing factor to her being hit by a single torpedo on the starboard side. There was a further explosion some seconds later which has never been unambiguously explained. The sinking of the Lusitania caused a lot of controversy at the time and since. It was subsequently known as the “ship that brought America into the war” even though the US did not join for another two years in 1917. But the sinking can fairly be described as a catalyst which turned American sentiment against the Germans. Informatively, the pacifist American president Woodrow Wilson did try to involve America in the war in 1916 and tried his best to leave the participants in an “as is” situation. Having failed as a negotiator, he then decided to throw in American power on the side of the allies. Germany eventually surrendered in late 1918. Capt. W.R. Womersley

THE real political problem in Thailand today is the chasm between the rural poor, especially in the Isarn region, and the better off people in the towns and cities. The rural population remains staunchly pro Taksin or whatever political party represents him, or claims to. The countryside folk would probably have voted for the People’s Power Party in the last election even if there was no bribery. Their populist and Thaksinesque policies of hand-outs to farms, subsidised health care and improved infrastructure is just what the voters want to hear. These voters feel insulted by the leaders of the anti-government protest in Bangkok who have barricaded themselves in the prime minister’s office for two months. More than 400 people were left injured and two died after tear gas canisters were fired. But what angers the people of Isarn is that the anti-government protestors say that their opponents are misguided and ignorant. Moreover, the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy has gone so far as to suggest that the Thai parliament should be dominated by nominated figures and that the one man one vote principle should be abandoned. In other words, the protestors want to dilute the influence of rural voters by creating a mostly appointed parliament which might suit better the aspirations and needs of the traditional urban, middle class elite. In response, the rural voters can point to the fact that Thakin’s nominee party at the last election in December 2007 took 233 out of 480 parliamentary seats and many commentators think the result would be similar if a general election were held today. In other words, the rival Democratic party has next to no chance of forming a government whilst the solid block vote in the Isarn remains in place. But the Isarn region itself shows the dichotomy between town and country. Many people in Khon Kaen support the anti-government PAD whilst the farmers just a few kilometres away are solidly pro Thaksin as they perceive him. People who want to abandon one man one vote say simply that only a change in how parliament is made up can overturn the inbuilt power block of rural voters who are never going to change their ballot box behaviour no matter what anybody says. The farmers are being told that they can still vote in elections but that their votes won’t count for as much in future. So where does that leave us? One possibility is a military coup and the transfer of power to anti-Thaksin elements who would rewrite the constitution their way, given a chance. But that’s unlikely unless there is street violence on a huge scale simply because military coups don’t solve anything. Look at the last one and the disappointing government which emerged from it. So the odds are that the next election will be fought under the old rules, one man one vote, with the same old faces back in office once again. Probably. But not certainly. In the recent election for the governorship of Bangkok, the Democratic winner doubled his vote. If that pattern were repeated at a general election, Bangkok would return next to no pro-Thaksin members of parliament. Moreover, if the pro-Thaksin vote in the rural north splintered just a bit, to let in the smaller parties at the expense of the giant, then the PPP (or its successor) might not get the 233 seats they did in the last election. If they got under 200 seats, they might not even be the biggest party. Thus it’s likely that in the next few months Thai politics will produce more big surprises still.


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Dr. Nantapat Supapannachart

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by Bee McConville WHEN we think of cosmetic surgery I imagine that we generally think of face lifts, liposuction or boob jobs. However, there is a newly growing demand for a far more intimate piece of surgery that is still regarded by some as cosmetic but, by others, as a matter of life or death. This particular piece of surgery is focussed on a very small piece of membrane, can be per formed under local anaesthetic, takes only about half an hour to complete and can cost as little as US$500 depending on which country you are in. However, in a number of countries the procedure is regarded as highly illegal and doctors who undertake such delicate surgery have received death threats from those who oppose the operation. And, no, this has nothing to do with the argument of the pro-lifers and it is not about abortion, FGM, or anything to do with religion. In much of the world this has everything to do with cultural practice and honour amongst families, although, perhaps typically, in some other parts of the world the procedure is to do with vanity, misplaced self-perception or misguided male notions of femininity. The small piece of membrane

in question, in case you haven’t already guessed, is the hymen and, although you or I might never have spent more than thirty seconds of our lives considering this hidden and insignificant part of our anatomy, there are those among us who have become obsessed with it… but for very different reasons. In America the operation to restore the hymen, called a hymenoplasty or hymenorraphy, is commonly done by affluent women who wish to restore their virginity as a treat for their husbands. It is frequently done as part of a vow-renewing ceremony or just before a ‘second honeymoon’ trip and enables the wife to give her husband the gift of her virginity, or to mark the losing of her virginity to someone special in her life as opposed to the boy next door twenty five years ago in a back seat fumble in his dad’s car on a one-night stand! Apparently, a ‘recreational hymenoplasty’ is now becoming so popular in New York that prices for the operation have plummeted over the last year or two. However, the majority of these procedures are done by desperate women for far more important reasons which can actually lead to life or death situations. Women who undergo the procedure often give false names and addresses for fear that someone will find about what they are doing and the fear is very real. The reason for this anxiety is that when a woman marries in certain cultures it is assumed that she will be ‘pure’ and virginal. To be a true virgin you must be in possession of an ‘intact’ hymen which will rupture and bleed on the wedding night and

demonstrate to the world, or the awaiting mother-in law, that the husband is the only man to ‘know’ his newly wedded wife If the new bride cannot offer a robust hymen to be ruptured on the wedding night, or if she does not bleed, then her honour is at stake and, in extreme cases, she is likely to be the victim of violence or an honour killing carried out either by the groom’s family or by her own father or brothers to whom she has brought shame. This is also the reason why doctors who carry out the procedure do not advertise their skills. In these societies, a doctor who aids and abets women in repairing a broken hymen is often the target for death threats from men who feel that they are being deceived into marrying ‘used goods.’ Unfortunately, in many cultures, men associate the notion of virginity with a woman’s ability to be a good wife and mother. It is up to the woman to prove her worth by demonstrating that she is a virgin on her wedding night. If she is unable to do this she risks being labeled a whore. However, hymens can be broken or damaged by any number of activities undertaken through childhood and early adulthood. Strenuous exercise, bicycle or horse-riding, bumps and falls, and the use of tampons can all rupture the hymen without anyone knowing. In fact, as few as 57% of women will have an undamaged hymen on marriage despite never having engaged in any sexual activity. And not all women will bleed

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the first time they have intercourse. Research by a British gynaecologist has shown that more than half of the women interviewed failed to bleed during their first experience of penetration and a number of others could not remember. Some doctors fear that the operation to restore hymens is a backward step and regard it as way for men to continue controlling women. They would much prefer open discussion and an end to the continuing focus on women’s purity. However, cultural practices are deeply embedded into communities and it will take far more than an open and frank discussion of women’s sexual rights to modify ingrained male social attitudes. And let us not forget that even Princess Diana had to undergo a ‘virginity test’ before she was allowed to marry Prince Charles!

Spending a Penny or Saving it? NOW I am not funny about going to the toilet when I need to empty my bladder at the office. This is because when I walk into a toilet at work, people generally know what I am doing so I get on with it. But there are people out there who like to pretend that they are in a toilet to do something other than spend a penny or have a pee. These are the people who go into a cubicle and, on realising they have company and that there is someone next door, hesitate in their intentions as they don’t want you to know what they are doing. Now I am of the opinion that we all pee and, whether male or female, when our stream hits the toilet bowl it might make a noise akin, surprisingly, to water falling on water. And there’s nothing special about that is

there? But these weirdo people then attempt to disguise what they are doing by coughing loudly or making weird sounds with the toilet paper dispenser or by actually flushing the toilet (and wasting all that water) before they have actually done anything that requires flushing. So what is their problem? I thought this was just a Thai thing and to do with their odd Asian cultural sensitivities, but then my mum (bless her she’s eighty one next month) actually admitted that she wouldn’t ‘go’ if there was someone else nearby who might be listening and she assumed that everybody was like her so that hour on hour there are millions of people around the world in public conveniences who are all waiting for the person in the

next cubicle to go away before releasing their bladder sphincters in order to void their bladders. And if you are waiting for the person next to you to leave, and they are waiting for you to leave, won’t that result in hours of wasted work time or even death from starvation or at the very least kidney complications that result from a ‘spend a penny standoff’ in which both protagonists pretend that they are not really there whilst waiting for the other to bugger off? So if you are one of these weirdoes and are anal about your bladder habits just stop being so silly; don’t be ashamed to let rip and splash away against that ol’ enamel –the louder the better, the wetter the splatter!! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie


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where he found it impossible to sleep. Lek’s few items of clothing were still there and nothing looked suspicious. Then he felt a cold chill. In a panic he rushed to the drawer and found the bankbook. The book was still there and the balance, in black and white, was correct. Daylight greeted David still awake and very concerned. He again tried her phone number without success. Something must have happened to her because she would not just run off like that. He left his phone number with every business in the vicinity, asking that they call him if they see her. Then he went back to the police station to wait. This time one young police officer took pity on him. David showed him a photo of Lek and the officer said he would ask around. Two hours later the police officer returned with news. Someone had seen Lek that morning but the bad news was it was at the airport where she boarded a flight

to Bangkok. The policemen then asked if they had had an argument and if any money or valuables were missing. David replied no to both questions and produced the bankbook. This officer was very much on the ball and suggested they both go to the bank. A bank teller updated the account and showed it to David who could not believe his eyes. The entire amount, apart from 20 baht, had been withdrawn in three sessions – two from an ATM the night before and one earlier that morning as soon as the bank opened, using her ATM and ID card. Tears welled in David’s eyes with the realization of what Lek had done. The policeman said he felt sorry for him but there was nothing he could do. Technically, she had withdrawn her own money from her own account and there was no crime against that. His world had crashed around him but David still had one saving grace – the land with the 30-year lease. The policeman asked to see the

ownership papers and the lease agreement so David and he walked back to the guesthouse. The officer perused the documents and asked the name of David’s solicitor. They took the papers to the solicitor’s office. The solicitor remembered David and shook his hand. He and the policeman did a lot of talking, after which, the solicitor, with his better grasp of English, was left to explain the situation to David. Whereas the transfer papers and the lease agreement were real, they were never notarized. He showed David a copy of his own signature to compare with the signature on the papers. It was obviously forged. The solicitor suggested all the other signatures, apart from David’s and Lek’s, were also forged. He recalled giving the blank forms to Lek but she called the next day to say they had changed their mind about the purchase. David, the solicitor and the policeman then walked to the real estate office. The agent

recalled meeting David and Lek, who had indeed picked up the contract and other documents requiring signatures but phoned him shortly afterwards to say they had decided not to go ahead with the purchase. The bottom line was the sale never went through – Lek had not bought the land. Denial is the brain’s first defence when faced with tragedy, followed shortly by anger. David was left to stare at the worthless pieces of paper for a moment before asking if it was possible to charge Lek with forgery. The solicitor replied it would be very hard to prove she was the one who forged the signatures and in any case, the documents were not legal. Until properly processed, witnessed and notarized, they were simply pieces of paper and anyone could write what they like on them. The three Thai men sympathized with David’s plight. All acknowledged this type of thing happens far too often but it amounted to a gross violation of trust rather than a breach of the law. The police officer strongly advised David not to take matters into his own hands as the outcome could be disastrous. The solicitor added that next time, he should be more careful. Next time? There was never going to be a ‘next time’ as far as David was concerned and two days later he was home in England.

It is also a breeding ground for beer bars and I noticed quite a few new ones have sprung up. Even those that have been operating for years seem to have had a facelift. The Local is a British bar while, not far away, Bryggeriet The Brewery is Scandinavian. Bongo Bar is anybody’s guess. Love Friend, Malee Bar and The Captain’s Bar are on the left just before a brand new complex with shophouses and apartments for rent. Adam’s Bar already occupies one of the shopfronts which is opposite Honey Inn, hopefully full of ready-made customers. Harry’s Place restaurant, bar and guesthouse is Belgian, while Pimm’s Bar in Orn Place is either named after the owner or her favourite drink. Not surprised to see Honey Girls A Go Go is closed and the premises up for rent. I had never even heard of it (probably one of the reasons it is now closed) so I don’t know what it was like or how long it operated. I’m no expert but what I do know is, when it comes to Go Go bars, Walking Street Rules. To run a Go Go bar outside the Walking Street vicinity, you

have to open when Walking Street is still snoring. And there is only a handful that have proved successful over time. TQ on Beach Road, Club Nevada and Far East Rock in Soi Post Office and Oasis on Soi Buakow are the ones that readily come to mind. They cater for regular customers and the late afternoon to early evening

crowd and business often drops off once the neon of Walking Street starts burning. Between Sawasdee Mansion and the Bay Breeze Hotel, the Queen Vic Restaurant and Bar is a small slice of Britannia which has been a haven for homesick pommies for many years. Across the street, Lounge Lizard Beer Bar and Guesthouse and Beer Corner

Beer Bar mark the end of the entertainment while the 7-Eleven on the corner with Second Road makes my day complete. Anxiety attack if I don’t pass at least one 7-Eleven. Turning left onto Second Road, I’ll walk against the traffic up to Soi Diana for my next report. Join me in a couple of weeks to find out what’s Up That Soi.

Fool in Paradise Shattered Dreams THE story so far: Englishman David purchased a block of land on Koh Samui in his girlfriend’s name. At the same time, he took out a 30-year lease on the property and began saving to build his dream home. He had been transferring all the money he earned into Lek’s bank account until there was sufficient to start building the house. David returned to Thailand and he and Lek followed the same procedure as before. He again checked her bank account and noticed, with pride, no withdrawals had been made. He and Lek went to see some builders to obtain estimates for the construction. To his joy, the estimates were lower than he had anticipated and it would only require a little more money before his dream could become reality. David flew back to the UK and Lek returned to Isaan. On his final trip to Thailand he made sure to bring everything with him because this time he did not have to return to

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by Frank Thring FROM Noi Beer Bar (see photo) on the corner with Soi Buakow, Soi Honey Inn leads straight through to Second Road. It is a very narrow soi but the roadway has been resurfaced so is not potholed nor a major risk to life and limb as it was when I was last here in an investigative role back in December 2004. From Soi Buakow it is easy to find Soi Honey Inn because it runs along side the Siam Sawasdee Hotel which, like the other hotels in the ‘Sawasdee’ chain, is bright purple in colour. (I think the owners must have got a bulk bargain at the ‘Great Bangkok Tacky Paint Sale’ some years ago.) This is a budget ‘affordable’ hotel and there are others in the soi itself. Honey Inn (after which the soi is named), In Town Holiday Hotel, New Star Hotel, Sawasdee Mansion

work. This time it would be different. He and Lek flew to Koh Samui and stayed at the usual guesthouse. Lek deposited the final instalment in the bank and brought the bankbook to show him. “Tomorrow,” David told Lek, “we will go to the builder with the plans.” It was early afternoon, David was tired and Lek said she would do some shopping while he took a nap. It was dark when David woke and Lek didn’t appear to be around. He called her mobile but it was switched off. He had a shower and turned on the TV to wait for her. By midnight he started to become worried and, after several calls to her dead phone, he went out to ask around. Noone had seen her since that morning. Thinking she may have been in an accident or been mugged, he eventually went to the police to report her missing. The police made a report but were not inclined to go any further. Wait until tomorrow, they advised, so David returned to his room

Your Soi (also painted purple) and Bay Breeze Hotel are the main ones but there are other smaller apartment buildings and guesthouses available. None are 5-Star but neither will they break your budget. And this is a great central location location location for the holidaymaker. Soi Honey Inn now has a Soi 6-ish feel about it. If you ever feel unloved, unappreciated or perhaps not a sexy man any more, take a late afternoon or evening stroll down this soi and your self-doubts will be erased. In my case, I discovered there were plenty of ladies lounging outside bars and massage parlours pleading to take away my stress, worries, aches, pains and money for an hour. Soi Honey Inn is a street of massage parlours – Chill Out Zone, PP, Jan’s, Relaxing, Ruan Fun, Honey Inn, Stand By Girls, Shark and Culture Club were the ones I made note of but I may have missed one or two.


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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 027Mobile: 081 423 4255, 089 889 6483 Website:www.thaisolicitor.com/ www.werachonlawyers.com

TAXES for Transfer of Real Property Thai law requires that a transfer of real estate property which includes land (geographical part) and building structure (house) be registered with the land office where the land is located which is the Banglamung Land Office for all lands in Pattaya. The real property in this article means the land and building. However, the calculation in this article can be also applied to the sale of a condominium unit. Our policy is to empower all unknowing foreign buyers with knowledge to defend themselves against unscrupulous vultures who can abuse gullible foreign buyers in their ignorance. In this article, we discuss only taxes and government fees applicable on the transfer or sale of real estate property which are land and house. These taxes and fees are collected by the land office, not other taxes on the possession of land and house which are collected by the local municipality, i.e., Pattaya City or Local Council (Or.Bor.Tor). Taxes and Government Fees are different. Tax means “Pasee” in Thai which is imposed on the person receiving a taxable income. But “Government Fee” means “Kah Tham Niam” which isimposed on

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“To be tax wise like a serpent, but harmaless like a dove” the person handling the registration process with the competent authorities. However, most foreign buyers in Pattaya are confused by the misleading advise to pay all taxes and government fees. Taxes and government fees including stamp duties for transfer of real property are : - Income Tax - Specific Bus ness Tax (SBT) - Transfer Fees Stamp Duties Income Tax or Withholding Tax The above income tax will be imposed on the recipient of taxable income from the sale of real estate

The schedule provides the maximum tax of 37% for the natural person. Juristic Person or Corporate Taxpayer A juristic or legal person is the person created by the law, i.e., limited company, limited partnership, condominium juristic person, association, foundation, government office, state enterprise. A juristic person may enjoy all rights and be subject to duties naturally applicable to juristic persons. If the recipient of taxable income is a juristic person or company, the tax will be calculated with the flat rate of 1%. The income tax for both a natural

“With the optimism in the future of Pattaya, Werachon Law Office invest for the freehold right of their brand new office” property. This income tax will be and juristic person is based upon withheld by the land office upon the actual selling price which cannot the registration for transfer of be lower than the official appraised the land. The recipient can be either price. The official appraised value of a natural person (individual) like us land is fixed per square wah by the land office for the tax collection or a company. For the transfer of real estate which is always lower than the property with the Land Office, market price. The official appraised which are either only land or land value for the land is per square and building, a seller or owner of wah (4 square metres) but for the building is per square metre. The area the property will have to pay. of the building can be ascertained Natural Person Taxpayer A natural person is a human in a construction permit. Some being like all of us who may enjoy unscrupulous developers transfer all rights and vice versa be subject only the land to their customers to all duties prescribed by law. to minimize their tax liabilities. It is Thai tax laws do not discriminate advisable to retain a qualified between Thai nationals and lawyer to verify whether you also foreigners. If the owner is a natural have the ownership of the house. Specific Business Tax person, the tax rate will be under The Specific Business Tax (SBT) theprogressive rate as per the schedule under the Revenue Code. is imposed with the flat rate of 0.11%

Education The Montessori Curriculum THE Montessori Method adapts education for each child’s developmental stages. Montessori materials are especially designed for a child’s exploration and self – discovery, encouraging children to be active learners at all levels. Our Montessori school therefore believes that each child is an individual and should be encouraged to work at the pace that is right for him or her. Order plays an important part in the lives of young children. Order consists of recognizing the place for each object in relation to its environment, and in remembering where each thing should be. Such

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awareness is essential for a child to feel secure within its environment and to build on existing experiences. By ensuring that everything has its place, and that the environment is designed to be as accessible as possible for children to work in, they can be given the maximum freedom to move and develop. Montessori Children’s Center International Family Handbook, Pattaya, Chonburi Montessori as a Peace Academy Montessori schools around the world are beginning to think more and more about being part of a Peace Academy, whereby Peace is taught on a daily basis as

part of the school curriculum. In these times of such violence and sadness through wars,aggression, intolerance etc. it is important that we examine our own lives, and try to pursue a life of health and happiness that includes inner peace. We can also help our children to do the same. “Dr. Maria Montessori called on educators to teach peace to our children in every way and at everyopportunity. She made it clear, time and time again, that this thing we call the Montessori Method is not about teaching children just to read and write, it is an effort to build a global community by raising children

on the actual selling price if the owner is either a natural person or juristic person and sells the property within 5 years from acquisition of ownership. Calculation of Income Tax In the case the company is the owner, the tax can be easily calculated by 1% of the actual selling price which cannot be lower than the official appraised value. It will be more complicated if the owner is the natural person, you have to refer the income in the schedule of the progressive rate under the Revenue Code : - not more than 100,000 5% - more than 100,000 - 500,000 10% -morethan500,000-1,000,00020% - more than 1,000,000 - 4,000,000 30% - more than 4,000,000 37% The method of calculation is as follows1) Before calculating the amount of tax to be paid under the progressive rate, the gross amount of income will be first deducted by deductible allowance with the percentage according to a number of year/s the owner owns the land. - 1 year 92% - 2 years 84% - 3 years 77% - 4 years 71% - 5 years 65% - 6 years 60% - 7 years 55% - 8 years 50% For example, if Mr. A sells the land he owns for two years for the price of 2,000,000 baht, he may first deduct the allowance of 84% for the rate of 2 years being the result of 1,680,000 baht. Therefore, the amount of 2,000,000 baht deducted by 1,680,000 baht is 320,000 baht. 2) After the above deductible allowance, the deducted amount of 320,000 baht will be divided by the number of year/s (2 years) the seller owns the land being

the result of 160,000 baht. This amount of 160,000 baht will be used as the base to calculate the progressive tax rate being: - 5% for the amount not more than 100,000 baht being 5,000 baht - 10% for the amount of 60,000 baht being 6,000 baht The result is 11,000 baht. The amount of 11,000 baht must be multiplied once again by the number of year/s the seller owns the land. The amount of tax to be paid is 22,000 baht. For the building, the depreciation can be applied which will not be discussed in this article. Calculation of the Specific Business Tax The calculation of the Specific Business Tax (SBT) of 0.11% on the actual selling price is collected if the seller owns the land not more than 5 years. It is deemed a speculation if a person sells the land within a short period of time after acquisition. If the seller is not subject to the Specific Business Tax (SBT), the stamp duty of 0.5% will be applied. Government Fees and Stamp Duties Government fees for the transfer of land are 0.01% on the official appraised value and is collected on the registration of transfer with the land office. The stamp duty of 0.5% is collected if the seller is exempted from Specific Business Tax (SBT). The law never says that the government fee and stamp duty belong to either a seller or buyer. It can be equally absorbed. You should negotiate with the owner and clearly mention in a contract who will be responsible for the government fee and taxes. As a buyer who believes that the market belongs to the buyers, you will be always preponderant in the negotiation. About the Income Tax and Specific Business Tax (SBT), the

seller should pay because the nature of these taxes should belong to the seller who receives the income. However, foreign buyers are always misled to pay all these taxes with their ignorance. Some foreign sellers and buyers are misled to declare the selling price lower than the price they actually buy and sell. You may minimize the Income Tax and Specific Business Tax (SBT) which are not based on the official appraised value, but please bear in mind that you are involved in tax evasion and sometimes money laundering if you cannot justify the amount of money loses in the transaction. You may not say “My money is just lost in space”. Capital Gains Tax It is a normal practice in Pattaya that the owner declares the selling price of the land lower than the actual selling price you pay to the owner in order to minimize the income and specific business taxes. The buyer may not raise any objection in case the buyer will jointly pay all taxes with the seller However, if the buyer who is a juristic person sells this land in the future and the new buyer insists to declare the real price, there will be a difference of the price generating capital gains which will be taxable at the end of the year once you prepare the balance sheet and file the corporate annual tax returns. The annual corporate income tax is 30% from the net profits. The capital gains can be profits which will be taxable at the end of the year. This article is only the preliminary idea focusing only on some areas involving foreigners. More details on a specific issue will be required by the specialist to provide you with the exact figure of taxes. The world credit crunch will never affect our happiness in Pattaya which is our last castle in the world dominated by money and greed.

in the ways of peacemaking. In her vision, imperfect but compassionate adults who recognize the capacity of young children to grow up filled with happiness or despair can consciously construct schools designed to liberate the human spirit and teach tomorrow’s

leaders how to create, sustain and enjoy a culture of respect and peace.” Tim Seldin Montessori and your child Montessori teaching employs a scientific approach to study the child as an “unknown entity”.

International Montessori Association The child “constructs” his mind step by step till it becomes possessed of memory, the power to understand, the ability to think.” The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori


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Ladies Night Discount Every Monday Henry J. Bean’s bar and grill Pattaya, from 5 pm onwards, gets the party started as the girls buy one drink and get another drink free all night long! Call 038 418 418 for further details on this offer. Poseidon dining experience New monthly dining experience at Poseidon (Jomtien Complex), an innovative five course menu with four different wines. Next dinner Friday November 7 at 7.30 p.m. for 1,400 baht including the wines. Further details from Hugh on 081 577 8727 or 038 303 300. Booking deadline November 5. California WOW Xperience 1st year California WOW Xperience, the world’s number one fitness centers, celebrates its first year anniversary with two new campaigns at Pattaya Club. Workout For Free, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Planet Yoga located inside California WOW. Call 038 399 955. Come “Join for Free” at Planet Yoga for you and a friend. There is No Enrolment fee when a guest gets started on their Balance Yoga Program, from October or November 2008. Then, a Free Workout for themselves plus 3

friends, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at California WOW, 2nd Street, Major Cineplex The Avenue - 038 399 999. Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday – Sunday Eat to the beat International BBQ buffet dinner at Hard Rock Cafe. Free flow of whisky, wine, beer and soft drinks Sunday thru’ Friday 6.30-9.30 pm at 750++ baht. Saturdays 950++ baht. Phone 038 428 755-9. Thanksgiving at Amor Family style service with a lavish menu (centering on roast turkey and all the trimmings) at Amor restaurant on Thursday November 27: two sittings at 7 pm and 9.30 pm and price 950 baht+ per person. Reservations recommended on 038 710 680 or 081 945 5396. Hard Rock anniversary Celebrate 7th anniversary at Hard Rock cafe on November 15 with MAEW Chirasak and many special offers. 10oz Angus beef at 560 baht net instead of 659 baht! Phone 038 426 635 for more details. Room rates start at 3,900 net/room for minimum stay of two nights. Manhattans early bird From 5 pm – 7 pm you can select a two course meal for 795 baht or three courses for 895 baht all inclusive and no tax. Choose from

PATTAYA TODAY 19 four starters, four mains and four desserts. Mains include grilled sirloin or lamb and mint burger or pan fried chicken or tagliatelle with fresh salmon. Tel 038 259 790. Manhattans Sunday lunch A help yourself starters buffet with 20 great choices, then a selection of 10 main courses and a surprise dessert. Great promotions on wines, beers and spirits too. All for 795 baht from 12.30 pm to 7 pm. Located at Nirvana Place,Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Reservations on 038 259 790. Jazz Pit Pub Live entertainment every day, except Tuesday, at Jazz Pit Pub featuring Jazz Pit duo Rein on Vocals and Thomas on Guitar. All musicians and jazz singers are welcome every Monday with the weekly Jam session. Located on soi 5, beach road Pattaya. Optimist International The Optimist International Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Star Gazer’s Room of Hard Rock Hotel. The theme is Bringing Out The Best in Children to help kids in Thailand. Call Drew Noyes on 084 111 7999. PILC charity ball The charity “black and white” charity ball is being hosted by Dusit Thani hotel on Saturday November 15 from 6.30 p.m. Following dinner, there’s an auction in which many fabulous items are up for grabs. Tickets are 3,500 baht per person from Adene on aapaykel@iprimus.com.au or on mobile 086 149 1771. 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. Miss PGF at Boyz Monday November 3 is the date for the Miss PGF competition and extravaganza show at Boyz Boyz Boyz professional nightclub, in the heart of Boyztown, in aid of the Heartt 2000 charitable foundation. Dresses you just wouldn’t believe. British embassy Pattaya Brits requiring letters for immigration purposes and other consular matters can visit the Meesen coffee shop, based in the car park of Pattaya immigration bureau Jomtien soi 5, Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 9.30 am (excluding public holidays). No appointment necessary. Phone contacts 081 782 7363 (English) or 089 203 1646 (Thai and English). We cannot give advice to Thai nationals seeking entry clearance to UK. British embassy fair Ploenchit Fair 2008 will be held at the Shewsbury International School in Bangkok on Saturday November 29 from 10.00 am to 8pm. Over 150 stalls for charityoffering great

activities and games for all. More information on www.ploenchitfair.com Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Krav Maga self defense Learn to defend yourself against attackers with Krav Maga self

defence. There are local classes in Pattaya. Details on www.kravmaga thailand.com or phone 085 288 3709. Buffet at Grappa Every Friday enjoy an Antipasti buffet at Grappa located on Soi 22 off Naklua Road up past the Dolphin Circle. Priced at only 650 ++ for the Table Buffet of salads, appetizers, Pizza slices, and other tasty dishes and a variety of desserts. Main dinner course also available price is 850++ and includes the Buffet.


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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: PTPrivatePosts@yahoo.com Dear Kris & Noi, I don’t want to disparage Thai drivers, but I will. Or maybe this is aimed at Thai people in general (again, their lack of consideration): I was walking along Central Pattaya Road today when I heard a siren approaching. I saw that it was an ambulance headed in the direction of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. But none too quickly because it was blocked by cars, trucks, baht buses and the like. None of which pulled over to allow the ambulance to pass. So all vehicles inched along slowly or came to a complete standstill. Using a loudspeaker, the ambulance driver politely asked others to allow the ambulance to pass (my girlfriend translated). But when he tried going around traffic, the nearest car pulled out so that the ambulance could not pass. Traffic was light so there was ample space for

Private Posts all vehicles to pull over and allow the ambulance to pass. Not one did. In my country every car, truck and taxi would make way immediately. Why not here? Maybe they all had important appointments for which they did not want to be late (you know how Thais just hate to be late for appointments). What is wrong with these people? Democrat Ted

patient. Incidentally Ted, your question leads to another relevant point—how do ambulance drivers manage to get hemmed in so easily? In many Western countries, emergency vehicle drivers undergo special training, including learning the topography of the area, so that they can sometimes avoid heavy traffic, but that may not be the case here.

This is something that we have also witnessed at times throughout Thailand, and certainly reveals the selfish nature of many Thai drivers, although it isn’t fair to use this to accuse Thais of lack of consideration in other matters. Some drivers panic when an emergency vehicle looms up behind them and, while intending to get out of the way, actually manage to do the wrong thing and block the vehicle unintentionally. However, you are right that it is usually down to sheer cussedness and lack of driving etiquette. It’s a strange contradiction that Thais have no consideration for a stranger in an ambulance, whereas when a family member is sick, there’s an endless parade of family and friends around the

Dear Kris & Noi, I read in a couple of newspapers, including this one, that Peter Reid is being paid 1 million pounds per year to manage the Thai football team. That’s a lot of money to give to a man who doesn’t exactly have a glittering record as a club manager, and has never coached a senior national team. He must have a really good agent to get that much—I’ll bet there are some managers in the Premier League who wish they had applied. Thai football fans deserve a good team, so I wish him luck and hope his bosses let him run the team without hindrance. Black Cat When Peter Reid’s name was first mentioned in the press, there was talk about whether

Poor Timothy Evans was hanged though innocent How could such a travesty of justice occur? TIMOTHY John Evans (1924-1950) was a Welshman who was executed in London for the murder of his infant daughter at 10 Rillington Place. Following serial killer John Christie’s execution three years later for the murder of Evans’ wife, Evans was eventually posthumously pardoned. The case played a big part in the abolition of capital punishment in the UK. In 1947 Evans married Beryl Thorley and the couple moved to the top floor flat at 10 Rillington Place, Notting Hill in London, where John Christie was the ground floor tenant and de facto landlord. The Evans had a daughter Geraldine who was born in October 1948. Evans was keen on telling elaborate lies about himself and he and Beryl were prone to having loud arguments which could be heard by neighbours.

The relationship also began to suffer as Beryl couldn’t manage the family finances, a fact made worse by the fact that a second baby was on the way. Christie told the Evanses that he possessed medical

experience sufficient to carry out an abortion. Evans initially refused but eventually caved in after pressure from both Beryl, who was desperate not to have another child, and

Christie who flummoxed with jargon the illiterate Evans who couldn’t read and write properly. Beryl Evans was last seen alive on November 8 1949. On November 30, Evans went to the police in Merthyr Tydfil and confessed to killing Beryl by giving her “some stuff in a bottle” and putting her body down a drain in front of the London house. When police examined the drain they found nothing and, in due course, Evans changed his story and said that his wife had died after Christie gave her an abortion. In fact, both Mrs Evans and the baby had been strangled. During a search of the premises on December 2, police found both bodies in a wash house. At Evans’ trial, the court heard evidence about both deaths though he was charged only with the strangu-

his salary demands could be agreed, but they certainly didn’t indicate that he would be given one million pounds per year. A Thai FA official said that that’s the going rate, but it still seems to be a large sum to pay a man unproven on the international circuit to manage a team ranked outside the world’s top 120 teams. Thais love their national team to do well and Reid will be a hero if he can install some discipline and strength into the players. But he should tread warily as some Thai football officials have been known to meddle in the team selection and coaching. Hopefully Peter Reid won’t be criticised for daring to wear shorts on the pitch, as happened to Peter Withe! Dear Kris & Noi, This has got to be the quietest I’ve seen Pattaya for tourists. Even the knuckledraggers and football scum seem to have gone back to Spanish holidays because of the world economy. The new arrivals still get charged the old high rates by the girls, but for us residents we can get knockdown prices. Even with the lousy exchange rate I’m still getting out nearly every night, and catching some tasty stunners at bargain lation of the infant. He was a poor witness with a very limited vocabulary. Christie was the main prosecution witness and survived the ordeal even though his own criminal record for fraud and violence was used by the defence to try and question his integrity. Evans was executed at Pentonville prison on March 9 1950, maintaining his innocence to the end. It was to be another three years before new tenants in 10 Rillington Place found the remains of three women hidden in the papered-over kitchen pantry. All three were prostitutes and three more female bodies were discovered in the garden. Christie, by now a tramp, was arrested, tried and hanged on July 15 1953 for the murder of his own wife Ethel (who had found out about his necrophiliac tendencies). However, Christie did confess to most of the other murders including that of Beryl. Many books and articles were written about the case in the coming years and a famous movie was made starring Richard Attenborough and John Hurt. To assume both Evans and Christie were murderers living in the same house, you have to strain credulity beyond belief. In the 1960s Evans was given a posthumous pardon. Capital punishment in UK was

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prices. I don’t feel sorry for the girls getting less money, as they should have reduced the prices when we expats started getting hit with the exchange rate. They didn’t help me, so now that there’s a shortage of customers, it’s my turn. Anyway, 500 baht or so still goes a long way for them. Clapham Common A splendid example of a Cheap Charlie, self-centered attitude. Hasn’t it occurred to you that the world’s economic woes affect Thais as well as abolished at about the same time. The issue has often arisen how the British judicial system

failed so lamentably in hanging Evans for a murder or murder he never committed. There are

expats looking for a cheap bunk-up? Despite the poor exchange rates, you are certainly better off financially than the girls; you are spending money for sexual pleasure, they are selling their bodies to earn money to live. And 500 baht doesn’t go far nowadays—take a look at the highly increased prices of food and basic home necessities that these people have to pay now. Perhaps if you continue to demand lower charges for sex, maybe the girls will begin reducing the time allocated— “wham, bam, bye-bye man”. many answers. At the time abortion was still a crime, people were far more gullible than they are today and there was no general insight into necrophilia. The fact that Evans was known to hit his wife on occasion was used by the prosecution to suggest he might have gone too far on the last occasion. Evans himself had a low IQ and at first even tried to protect Christie in his first confession of guilt. The case is worth close scrutiny by all those who would like to bring back the rope in UK or introduce the lethal injection.


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The “real” Obama takes the White House

By Joe, the Plumber

AS this issue goes to press, the 2008 US presidential election is only a couple of days away. Obviously, what follows is fantasy and is dedicated to the haters who promulgated the vicious rumors about Obama and those who willingly, and without critical thinking, believed them. January 20, 2009. Barrack Obama managed to win the 2008 American presidential election. Though not politically correct to reject him because of his race, otherwise intelligent people, and not a few a—holes, clung to the vicious rumors and stories that circulated regarding his religion, connection to terrorists, his not being “one of us” and other various and sundry code words and phrases to separate him from the “folks.” If John McCain hadn’t lost his temper and tried to smash a podium over Obama’s head during the fourth debate, he probably would have won the election.

After all, his prescriptions to end the war in Iraq and save the disastrous economy, though they changed on a daily basis, would surely have led to peace and prosperity (at least for his cronies); and his selection of the vapid headed mean girl was surely a brilliant choice as the person who would have to run the country if McCain were to become incapacitated. After swearing his allegiance to defend and protect the constitution (or what’s left of it) of the United States on a Koran, President Obama thanked his spiritual adviser, Louis Farrakhan (his other spiritual advisor, the Rev. Wright, sat in the front row); and issued his first directive as president: “As of this moment, the Constitution of the United States is null and void, as are all laws passed by the Congress of the United States and all State Legislatures and local

legislatures and councils. All jurisdictions will follow Sharia Law, immediately. “ President Obama then summoned the two most important women in his life—his wives, Michelle and Hillary. Yes, we were all surprised to find out that

while he was in Iraq, Hillary had joined him and they had a quickie wedding ceremony at one of those drive-in wedding chapels in Baghdad. Hopefully, they have a king size bed big enough to

accommodate all of them. Next it was time to announce some of his selections for cabinet positions. Of course, the obvious choice for Secretary of the Interior was Joe, the Plumber. As part of his duties, Joe would also be in charge of keeping the water flowing freely throughout the White House’s old pipes. He promised to clear up his back taxes before assuming the position. It was then revealed that Bill Ayers, the “unrepentant terrorist,” would be Secretary of Defense. (Who better to lead the war on terror?) Sean Hannity, of Fox News, almost had a coronary when he heard this, and jumped out of the window. Fortunately, his office was on the first floor and he only sustained minor injuries. Next, President Obama detailed some of the programs that he would institute as president. First and foremost was the “redistribution” of

wealth. All Republicans would now be taxed at a rate of 95%, the proceeds of which would be “handed out” to those no-good poor people and Democrats who don’t pay taxes, anyway. Next, he planned to institute universal health insurance so that every man, woman and child in the United States would have access to decent and affordable medical care. Upon hearing this sacrilegious and unpatriotic pronouncement, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, of Fox News, both had coronaries. Sean cried, “We might as well wave the white flag of surrender and become France.” Fortunately, under Obama’s health plan, they would be able to afford bypass surgery and the other attendant medical services they would need. As the constitution was now null and void, so were the rules pertaining to such things as presidential elections and term limits. President-for-Life Obama explained that there

Introducing the Eezeewee

A company in South Africa has invented a device which promises to break down one of the last remaining barriers between the sexes. The Eezeewee, which is billed as “a reusable device with a shaped plastic cup and a length of pipe,” enables women to urinate while standing up. Its inventor claims that “it will be invaluable for women

who are traveling, hiking, camping, fishing, sailing, skiiing, or bedridden….It even has a handy, discreet carrying pouch, so it can be taken anywhere.” I can foresee a problem here, because on any extended trek into, say, the Himalayas, that handy, discreet carrying pouch is likely to get pretty soggy after the first two weeks. There is also the problem of smell. One advantage, though, is that the Eezeewee will make an excellent weapon for any woman who is assaulted by a mugger or rapist. All she’ll have to do is whip it out of its handy, discreet carrying pouch and beat the villain over the head with the pipe. In the case of rapists, too, the significance of her beating him over the head with the pipe will have a delicious irony which will not be lost on lovers of literary symbolism. Now, I’m all in favor of any invention that makes life easier for women. But in this case, I find myself experience a vague unease. Is it not possible that this is the final stage in the campaign of certain overwrought feminists to emasculate the male of the species and reduce him to the level of a eunuch? The one thing that we men can

do that women can’t is pee standing up. And now they’re going to take that away from us. There is also a theological objection. In the King James Version of the Bible, I Kings 21:21, we read: “[I] will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall.” Later translations have cleaned up this verse and rendered it as “every male.” It is clear from this ancient translation that it is not part of God’s Plan that women should urinate standing up. If it were, the verse would read: “[I] will cut off from Ahab every one that pisseth against the wall—both the male with his little dorkus, yea, and the female with her Eezeewee.” I believe that if the Deity had intended for women to pee standing up, he would have equipped them with the natural means to do so. Women who use the Eezeewee thus sin against the Deity, rebel against the Divine Plan, and violate God’s Law. What’s more, the Eezeewee is likely to make women fall into the sin of hubris. As a male, I am extremely anxious to know how long the pipe on the Eezeewee is, and also what material it’s made of. If it is a mere two inches long, and if it is made of cotton, or sponge, or (best of all)

tissue paper, I can foresee no problem. But if it is, say, two feet long and made of plastic, I fear the following: Scene: A wooded glen. A man and a woman are preparing to take a pee. The woman takes her Eezeewee out of its handy, discreet carrying pouch and gazes condescendingly down at the man’s pride and joy (I am trying to be tasteful here!) as he begins to take a leak. Woman: Mine’s bigger than yours. Harder, too. Man: (says nothing, but turns red and quickly tucks his pride and joy back in,

wetting himself in the process.) Woman: Bet I can pee farther than you. Man: (flees.) The Eezeewee is bound to traumatize a large percentage of the male population. Sigmund Freud theorized that women suffer from penis envy. This satanic device guarantees that men will soon be suffering from Eezeewee envy. Man’s ego, always a frail and tenuous thing, will fail him entirely when he contemplates the prospect of battalions of Eezeeweewielding women. All is not lost, however.

would be no need for elections in the future. Immediately after George W. Bush handed over the keys to the front door of the White House, he was placed in handcuffs and dragged, kicking and screaming, to the White House cellar, where he was chained and fed a diet of French bread, cheese and Bordeaux wine. He would soon go on trial for accepting remuneration for a TV appearance in which he used his own recipe to make Texas chili. “This is outrageous,” he screamed. “Even the prisoners at Guantanamo weren’t subjected to such indignities.” Obama reconsidered, reinstated the Geneva Conventions, and let “W” have Bud Light to go with his Freedom Fries and ground beef patties (hamburger). The Inauguration Ball was kind of a dud. No alcohol was served and the men and women were separated. As the clock struck 9 pm, Barrack, Michelle and Hillary, settled into their new digs. If the inventors of the Eezeewee are smart, they will invent a model especially designed for men. Ideally, this new, improved version, called the Extender, will have a pipe made of wrought iron, embellished with curlicues and embossed carvings of serpents, dragons, and elephants. And it will be a good four feet long. This will augment man’s natural endowments, restore his shattered self-esteem, place him on a more equal footing with woman, and redress the outrage inflicted on God’s Law. S. Tsow can be flamed at s.tsow@ymail.com, except when he’s trying out his new, improved Eezeewee.


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Silk Road project is talk of the town Mediterranean and Asian design SILK Road Place Project was inspired from Silk Road, the historical trade route which connected the cultures of east and west even hundreds of years ago. Silk Place, a top quality project from Tara Group, is located in the peaceful, tranquil and safe location of Soi Chaiyapuek Two, Jomtien, and just minutes away from all the area’s star attractions such as sports stadiums, beaches, shopping malls and lifestyle centres. Every single residence in Silk Road Place is a pool villa house with grand design features called Mediterasian style. This originated in the Mediterrean way in Tuscan style together

with modern Asian interiors. Living at Silk Road Place is tasteful in the high class sense. There’s a large clubhouse and swimming pool, a games and exercise room, a top grade computerised security system with cctv, 24 hours security guard presence, in-out key card entrance access and many features delightful for the whole family. They can relax by the private home pool, or indulge swimming,

partying chatting, reading or enjoying nature in a gorgeous, tropical garden setting. We understand that privacy is all important and visitors to Silk Place have been delighted with this aspect of the construction too. You won’t be able to wait to own a project in this development. That’s why we are the Talk of the Town. All utilities and wiring are underground. Managing director of Tara Group Thana

Sangmith said, “We have built this project with care and attention to every conceivable detail. The very best materials have been used, yet the prices are very reasonable ranging from 5.2 million baht to 12 million.” You are welcome to visit the impressive project at Soi Chaiyapuek 2 Road, with the entrance just opposite Under Water World. Further information on 081 612 7222 or visit www.Silkroadpattaya.com.


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What do you do when you fall in love? Get a visa for your partner of course by Barry Kenyon IN SPITE of the horror stories of doomed relationships and unhappy outcomes, the majority of serious romances between foreigners and Thais probably work out reasonably OK. But getting a visa for your girlfriend, wife or same sex partner may well seem like a daunting challenge. Pub and bar room gossip has made a great mystique of the business of going to Europe or America or Australia or wherever. Probably no feature

of expat life has attracted so much misunderstanding. In fact, all embassies publish detailed guidance on Thais applying for visas but it is invariably a very bureaucratic procedure. That’s why some people elect to go to a third party – the visa agent. Contrary to rumour, embassies don’t mind applicants going to visa agents although some governments ask you to declare openly who helped you with the forms and the attachments. Some visa agents are confident enough to

offer “no visa no fee” deals although these companies obviously want you to sign a contract setting out the details and the fine print. Former French jurist and company director Andre Borzeix set up his company Number One Visa in 2002 to offer these and similar services. Originally based in Phuket and later in Pattaya’s Soi Bukao, Andre is now based at the Navin Mansion 1 building near to the rear of the Carrefour superstore which is on Central Road. “I moved to Pattaya because it’s near Bangkok and because the commercial opportunities are better here than down south,” explains Andre. “Our farang customers come from all over but the main nationalities are British, American and Australian. Then comes mainland Europe.” He adds that it’s necessary to understand that application procedures for foreign visas for Thais may be similar, but there are significant differences. “For example, both Britain and Australia for applications use visa processing centres

which have their own ways of operating. But for America and most of Europe, the applicant must still apply at the embassy itself. Another difference is the insurance as the UK and the Schengen countries have different rules. “I feel the most important criterion for obtaining a visa is that the applicant must show the quality of his or her relationship with the foreigner,” Andre confides. “There are many ways of doing this, but evidence from phone bills and photos can be very useful. I always advise customers to keep any and all evidence of an ongoing relationship.” Costs are reasonable at Number One Visa with tourist visas to UK, mainland Europe and Australia coming in at 16,000 baht and USA, Canada and Japan at 20,000 baht. Fiancee and settlement visas are a few thousand baht more. Andre’s company can also arrange marriage registration in Thailand for all nationalities and, if things don’t work out, can help with divorce matters too.

Other services include translation of documents and company registration, not to mention the all important work

the applicant a lot of trouble later on,” concludes Andre. Number One Visa is open Monday thru’ Saturday and conveniently located in central Pattaya with adequate parking outside. Staff speak English and Thai with Andre adding the

Mr. Andre Borzeix

permit for foreigners. “The registered capital in the company must be at least 2 million baht for one work permit. Usually the foreigner has to demonstrate he or she is doing something that a Thai can’t do in the work sense. Again, I find that sensible advice out the outset can save

French connection so to speak. Look for their office on the ground floor of Navin Mansion which you pass if you drive out of the rear entrance of Carrefour towards Third Road. Or telephone them on 038 360 204. There’s a free consultation anyway on all subjects of relevance.


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Implications of buying a condo in Thailand

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Consumer rights seem to be advancing THE government enacted the condominium last July as a response to complaints from condominium purchasers that they had been misled one way and another. The new law changes again some of the clauses of the earlier 1979 act and is generally perceived as a milestone for customer rights in a notably complex field.

Actually, there were two earlier attempts to change the 1979 law, but the 2008 revision is by far the most comprehensive. One of the main problems prior to the recent revisions was that there was very little consumer protection in place if a serious difficulty arose, such as the developer going

bankrupt, unfinished or poor quality building work or disputes over maintenance fees. The only recourse of the customer finding himself or herself with a big problem was to file a complaint with the consumer protection board and hope for the best. Since the board could only start lengthy and expensive litigation, the

rule of thumb was that nothing much actually happened. One of the key changes in the new act is the introduction of standard, purchase contract forms between the developer and the buyer which have to conform to a format laid down by the interior ministry. The aim is to present at least some

degree of uniformity. The act lays down that any clauses which deviate from the standard and are not in the buyer’s interest cannot be enforced. The required clauses include basic information such as the developer’s ownership of land and location, price and the size of the condominium and the development as a whole. There is also a mandate in the required clauses to detail every objective in the useage of the condominium as a whole: individual living units, common property and the general facilities. In the past, some developers changed the common area for other purposes or even built additional units over it. Advertisements now form part of the contract, so developers have to be careful to ensure that brochures, pictures and statements in the print or electronic media actually depict the completed condominium. Inconsistencies between the advertising and the finished product will, according to the act, be adjudicated in favour of the buyer. It is also necessary for the developer to

keep on file all advertising material even down to handouts and small brochures. A useful clause in the act clears up the knotty problem of maintenance charges for unsold units. In the past, there were arguments as some developers sought to make up their revenues from unsold condo units by excessively charging the owners in the occupied flats. It is now made clear that the developer is responsible for paying taxes, common services expenses and common maintenance expenses for units whose ownership has not been transferred. New restrictions state specifically that businesses are

only allowed to operate in designated areas, and the developer must arrange for separate entrances and exits of these businesses in order to protect residents from noise and disturbance. The fine for violation of this clause is up to 50,000 baht plus an additional 5,000 baht for each day the violation is not fixed. The fines for breach of other clauses are even stiffer. Thus a violation of the standard contract form regulation is up to 100,000 baht as is the penalty for inaccurate or misleading advertising. On the contentious matter of foreigners owning condos, the 1979 act allowed foreign ownership but up to a limit of

49% of the total units in a development. A law of 1999 liberalised this ruling for some condominiums, allowing foreigners or their juristic persons to exceed the ceiling in some areas and some developments (usually under 5 rai). But the 2008 act repealed the liberalisation and reaffirmed the old ruling in the 1979 act. None the less, the law as a whole – plus the newly enacted escrow act of 2008 – does sensibly address the issue of consumer fraud and abuse. Although the burdens for developers are not really excessive, there will have to be more emphasis on detail and fair play from now on.


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Not only gloom and doom Record breaking property show IN times of financial uncertainty, investors seek investment safe havens. This has been a fact since the invention of money. Over 80,000 such investors descended on a pilgrimage to what has established itself as by far the world largest real estate exhibition: Cityscape, in Dubai from October 6th -9th . In Dubai. where real estate

junkies may be a fitting judgment. Over 500 local and international exhibitors were spread out over the huge 8 exhibition halls. Although the international exhibits where dwarfed by the Dubai developers, attendees showed keen interest in their more exotic offering.

While the financial markets around the globe seemed to disintegrate before our eyes, the organizers were forced to extend the opening hours of the event by one hour owing to the unprecedented high volume of visitors. The exhibition halls where full of lively action during the entire time. Hotels in the city where

projects are an obsession, bigger is better, money seems to lose its relevance and the world’s tallest and most elaborate buildings are standing in line to be built. This real estate “Mecca” (both the show and the city itself ) can only be described with superlatives. A Disneyland for real estate

As one of only three Thai representatives Siam Royal View attended, exhibiting their Pattaya and the Koh Chang projects. The interest in both projects and indeed in Thailand real estate as a whole was so overwhelming that they ran out of brochures on the second day of the exhibition.

booked to capacity and traffic jammed daily, to and from the exhibition grounds. After, and particularly through, this current period of uncertainty we too will find ourselves in a new financial world order, needing to rethink where and how we market real estate.

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THEY don’t make ‘em like this any more! Perhaps it’s just as well. Near the beginning of world war two, a group of passengers find themselves forced to spend the night at a Cornish railway station as their connection has gone. The stationmaster relates a grim tale that 43 years ago that very night – the night of the Diamond Jubilee- a chartered special was heading towards the junction on a now abandoned section of the line that once crossed the river. The then stationmaster failed to close the bridge in time owing to a fatal heart attack and the speeding train crashed into the river. But, ever since, on certain nights the signal bell can be heard ringing and a phantom t rain comes hurtling through the junction. All who see the dreaded ghost train are scheduled to die. As the 1940 stationmaster says, “Whatever it is, it never starts out at Truro and it never runs into St Anne’s. If it be a natural thing, where do it come from? Where do it go?” Well it takes the combined intelligence of Arthur Askey, playing

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comedian Tommy Gander on his way to his summer season, and Richard Murdoch, better known for his part in the Round the Horne radio shows, to discover the truth. The original play was written in the 1920s by Arthur Ridley, who later became famous as Private Godfrey in the Dad’s Army TV series. In The Ghost Train, Askey is non-stop with fairly pointless capering and

larking around and many of his jokes fall flat. Askey was popular at the time, especially in live performances and on the radio. But the repetitive one liners work less on the

Fifth columnists can’t fool our Arthur Askey

The Ghost Train is corny but fun cinema screen. To be fair, this is recognised in the movie itself. One of the fellow stranded passengers says to Askey, “Oh shut up you idiot!” which is refreshingly honest. He’s not funny and nobody pretends that he is. The Ghost Train is usually sheen as a kind of horror movie and the shivers come mostly from the stationmaster Saul Hodgkins, played by Herbert Lomas. Unwelcoming from the start, but unable to force the stranded passengers to leave the station, he tells the tale of terror 43 years ago straight and convincingly. Wisely, the screenplay banishes Arthur Askey to a back room before Saul Hodgkins begins his narrative. There’s no place here for levity which would ruin the whole effect. The movie then picks up pace with the arrival of

Julia Price, played by Linden Travers, and her brother. She begs the passengers for assistance, insisting that her brother is persecuting her. He in turn asserts that she is suffering from a mental breakdown and must be confined for her own good. It emerges that Julia is dangerously obsessed with the legend of the phantom train. Soon afterwards, the lights in the waiting room dim and flicker and a distant whistle is heard down line. All the doors are locked from the outside and the ghost train races through the station with screaming whistle and flashing lights. In the denouement we find out that the whole story is an elaborate plot. Several characters are unmasked one by one – they aren’t who they appear to be but nazi sympathisers, fifth columnists, who use the so called ghost train to ferry arms from

The Book Review The most morbid life of Edgar Allan Poe

Predestined to die young it seems by Barry Kenyon EDGAR Allan Poe is far better known for the horror movies which credit him with the original “idea”rather than for his short stories. DVDs with titles such as The Fall of the House of Usher, The Premature Burial and The Pit and the Pendulum still sell like hot cakes on Amazon, but none of them show any similarity of note to Poe’s writings. Vincent Price is what people recall, not the novelist of 19th century America. Peter Ackroyd’s new if short biography (Poe: A Life Cut Short, Chatto 170pp) starts with Poe’s final days in 1849 at the age of 40. On 27 September, Poe was to have boarded a steamer in Richmond, Virginia, bound for New York by way of Baltimore. The last

sighting was by a doctor whom Poe consulted the night before sailing for a fever. He turned up in a tavern several days later, nearly comatose and wearing a

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straw hat and ill fitting clothes. And then he died, alone as usual. It’s usually said that the doctor’s potion might have

contained alcohol – Poe was an alcoholic who had recently signed the pledge – which set him off once again on binge boozing. But the cause of his death might just as well have been tuberculosis, diabetes or even a brain tumour. But the likelihood is that, one way or another, the bottle had destroyed him. Does it matter you may well ask? Hoaxing was a passion with Poe. He wrote a great deal about premature interments and once, on a ferry across the Irish Sea, he screamed and shouted in his wood bunk about not being able to breathe. But he was only joking! He once persuaded the editor of the New York Sun newspaper to publish a story that the Atlantic could now be crossed in a balloon in three days. The paper had later

Germany which have been landed on the south coast. This interpretation would have been understandable to audiences in 1940 as the notion of British traitors paving the way for Hitler’s invasion of England was widely believed. (We now know that the fifth column was largely a myth and that even German agents and saboteurs were regularly captured before they had the chance to do any damage). This is decidedly a film of

the war years. Its interest is largely in the details given of contemporary life – the obsessive inspection and checking of train tickets, the removal of place names on station platforms, reference to the blackout and the black market. The moral of the tale, if there is one, is really that even silly little twerps like Tommy Gander in the form of Arthur Askey can keep their cool under crisis. Another case for Rule Britannia.

to retract the story with some embarrassment. One can see Poe as leading the way for other literary hoaxers such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, not to mention Orson Welles and his radio claim of a Martian invasion of planet Earth. Poe wasn’t all that lucky. He was born into a down and out theatre family and left an orphan at the age of two. He was adopted by a childless Richmond couple who sent him to good schools where he quickly became proficient in Latin and Greek and started to write poetry. Later he would claim that he wrote some of his best work before the age of 14, but whether this was another “joke” isn’t entirely clear. By the age of 15, he was good at swimming, boxing and field sports. But the adopted dad refused to support Poe financially in higher education, and he was forced to scratch a living by writing for newspapers and magazines. His strengths were science fiction fantasy, detective fiction and what we call horror. Taking to the bottle as early as age 17 – claret was his favourite tipple – Poe was what we today would call a pedophile. He had a secret marriage at the age of 26 to his 13 year old cousin Virginia Clemm, a frail and tubercular beauty with whom he had shared a household since she was nine years old. He called her Sis until she died at

age 25. Many writers believe the marriage was never consummated and believe that Poe’s drinking had something to do with disturbed sexuality. Or maybe he was in love, mentally anyway, with his

adopted mother who also died young. Poe not long before his death stated he was going to write up an exploration of his own heart which he claimed would revolutionise human thought, a grandiose thought indeed. But Poe died before he had the chance to put pen to paper in that particular department. There are many unsolved mysteries about Edgar Allan Poe which is probably the reason why so many biographies about him have been published. This one, by Peter Ackroyd, is brief but illuminating. However, we are no nearer really understanding the dark mind of his subject. It may be best just to collect the movies after all.


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BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES

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Time to take some big steps towards income and safety …. And yes it is still possible! by Craig Taunton WHAT makes me qualified to make such bold statements and write articles during such uncertain times you might rightly ask. Nobody and I mean nobody can confidently predict the eventual outcome but I can say with confidence that results go a long way to proving you are doing something right, and I am both happy and proud to be able to say that not one of our clients have lost money in their portfolios’ currently under our management whilst still enjoying capital security. Should anyone like to know more or even see some of the proof send me an email and I’ll be happy to accommodate but let’s talk about what the hell to do right now…. Until early this year, the general proffered outlook had been that, although the U.S. and Europe would suffer severe declines, other markets would not. Although most U.S. stocks would fall sharply, alternative investments like natural resources and select foreign stocks would continue to do well. Although some sectors — such as housing — were deflating, inflation remained a powerful force. In recent months, however, the outlook has shifted. DEFLATION is emerging as a more powerful force and that the tide might be shifting. The good news is that,

considering the potential magnitude of the deflation, it should be over and done quite quickly. We are looking at a deflation that could be as short as it is dramatic. Most dramatic of all, in my view, will be the subsequent bull market in key sectors. Our favourite markets should recover sooner, more swiftly and with far greater vigour than any other investments. So if you made money in the prior phase of the bull market in resources and emerging markets wait till you see the kind of money you can make in the next phase. In sum, looking beyond the current events, I continue to see massive opportunities in gold, silver, oil, other natural resources, and emerging markets (and those of you that are regular readers will be aware of my fondness with emerging markets). But we must not ignore the events that are taking place right now! In fact, it could be next to impossible to profit from the future bull markets unless we pay close attention to what’s happening; unless we batten down the hatches to get through the current storm. Here’s how I see the storm emerging: First, we have a continuing global contraction in a very key ingredient for economic growth: CREDIT. Credit markets are failing. Yes, governments are trying to offset that contraction with massive pumping of money and other radical

measures. But their efforts to reinflate are only partially and temporarily offsetting the deflationary pressures. Second, we have the first phase of deep recessions in the U.S, Europe and even Japan. In total, the world’s GDP is estimated at about $54 trillion. But these three alone make up close to $40 trillion of that total. That means that the scale has now been decisively tipped to recession, or, at best, much slower growth — not just for certain countries, but for most of the planet. Third, we have a potential collapse in several emerging markets. Earlier, many people believed that, since they were growing at such high rates, the worst that could happen to them is to slow down to more normal rates of growth. However, with few notable exceptions, the picture that’s now emerging is very different: Most emerging markets are beginning to suffer a massive flight of capital. - Most emerging markets are beginning to suffer a collapse in their credit and equity markets. - They are beginning to suffer a collapse in their currencies, and ... - Based on these collapses we should not be surprised to see a sharp reversal from rapid economic growth to actual economic contraction. Fourth, we already have more than a 50% decline in petroleum prices. Moreover, the

global recession, which could drive energy demand down even further, may be just beginning. Therefore, another sharp decline in oil from current levels is not unreasonable to expect. Fifth, the dollar benefits in this scenario. Despite America’s big debt troubles, the U.S. is still at the core of the world’s economy. And when the investors of the world rush from risk to perceived safety, they rush back to the core — to the home base, which is the dollar. So despite the dollar’s long-term fundamental weaknesses, this crisis is not a dollar collapse crisis. Quite the contrary, a side effect of the crisis is a dollar rally, and the greater the crisis, the greater that rally could be. A temporary dollar rally? Yes. A small rally? Absolutely not. Due to the magnitude of the crisis, the dollar rally could be very large, as nearly all other currencies fall. The only exception: The Japanese yen, which also is the beneficiary of a massive flight to safety. Sixth, gold is also vulnerable to further sharp declines in this scenario. In a situation like this, investors do not pay much attention to theory. They don’t care if gold is, indeed, the best place to be. If they have deep losses in their stocks and real estate ... or if they just need the cash to keep their business running ... they will rush to cash in their best investments as well, including gold.

The IT Guru by Richard Bunch Q. I run a small company; we have five networked computers all of which are becoming a little tired. I have always bought made up boxes since coming to Thailand, but I am reconsidering this policy for the replacement PC’s, I believe this is something you have previously recommended. I think that as hardware progresses apace this is a good idea, also the fact that this provides a licensed Operating System at a fairly reasonable price, though it seems always to be Vista, my concern is that both me and my staff are used to Windows XP and the learning curve may be great and impact adversely on our workflow. I do norice though that some offer a downgrade to Windows XP, but don’t really know what this means, can you elucidate please? Jackson, Rayong A. Firstly I agree that buying into a branded PC is a viable option and does have advantages over those made to order from components. With the best will in the world, it is difficult to meet a customer’s warranty expectations when components are

superseded at such a fast rate and often suppliers cannot provide a like-for-like replacement and offer an upgrade or cash offer. Unfortunately this is not always satisfactory as other components may be incompatible. Now onto the OS issue, it is certainly true that of all the PC’s that are sold with a pre-installed OS then this is Windows Vista. However, to this day there is reluctance by some to adopt Vista, particularly in large organisations. So what if you have a machine with Vista on it, but you really want to run Windows XP instead? This depends on whether there is anything on the Vista PC that you want to keep. Some steps in the downgrade process are the same regardless of whether or not you need to preserve any data. But if you need to preserve data off your hard drive, you’ll need to do some additional work. HP for one, on their business range offer the downgrade to Windows XP, albeit Thai version. In other cases it may be necessary to procure the OS before beginning. In any event, it is wise to ensure that

you have all the necessary device drivers to hand before starting the process. Sometimes this is not so easy as a number of manufactures are only providing drivers for Vista, whilst a generic driver may work, there is also the possibility that it may not so if you go ahead and it doesn’t work with the drivers then you may have to revert to Vista again, this is the risk you run. The one area where you might run into problems is when it comes to x64 drivers for Windows XP. Even when Windows XP was in its heyday, 64-bit drivers could be a bit hard to come by. Today, the situation is a little better because every new computer being produced has a 64bit processor. If you have data to preserve then I recommend you back this up to external media now before proceeding any further. Although you could create a system backup using NTBACKUP, this is probably overkill unless you end up having to return to Vista; also be aware that the version of NTBACKUP that comes with Windows Vista is not compatible with Windows XP so you’ll need to use a third-party backup program like Acronis True Image 11 Home. Once your safety net is in place then it’s time to perform the downgrade. The exact procedure depends on your PC manufacturer,

but is normally painless if you follow the instructions! It is worth noting that Microsoft has in response to strong customer demand once again extended the date they will ship XP Professional to hardware vendors until July. Then Windows 7 is coming along in the wings which by all accounts will be a slicker Vista. A word of warning again to our readers…. Our technicians are still seeing a large number of PC’s infected by the rogue Antivirus 2009. This, is a rogue anti-spyware program that uses false spyware results to lure you to purchase its full version. Antivirus2009 is an updated version of Antivirus 2008. Other known Antivirus 2009 aliases include: XP Antivirus 2008, Vista Antivirus 2008, Ultimate Antivirus 2008 and System Antivirus 2008. It is usually deployed via a ZLOB/ MediaAccess Codec installer found on adult websites although other methods include rogue e-mail messages. You can also install Antivirus 2009 manually on the rogue website antivirusscanner.com. Antivirus 2009 displays false positives which work as an incentive to make unsuspecting users purchase Antivirus 2009’s commercial version. Do not click on any link provided by Antivirus 2009. Once you click

It’s not the right thing to do. But they do it anyway. And if that happens, it can drive gold prices down sharply. In light of all this doom and gloom ‘what should I do?’ is a question I’m hearing the most so briefly here’s what I recommend: 1. It’s a time to lay low. Invest much more selectively. Take less risk. 2. it’s a time to build cash. If we’re right about deflation, cash will buy you great bargains as soon as the deflationary forces have exhausted themselves. 3. It’s a time for income — ideally steady, recession-proof income. (Again I’m happy to provide details to email enquiries) 4. It’s a time to hedge. To the degree that you continue to hold special situations that we feel will buck the trend, hedge against the downside risk in this new environment with investments that are designed to go up while these markets are falling. 5. It’s a time to look forward to the next major bargain-hunting opportunities. The more markets decline now, the better the bargains will be. 6. It’s also a time to be patient. Don’t expect the declines to be over in a day or a week or even a month. It could be several months or more. One word of warning: When we do hit bottom, buying will require courage. Once we get down there,

the negative commentary about the U.S. economy, gold and oil, India and Brazil, mining and agriculture ... will be deafening; and the negative sentiment, downright depressing. To get to the other side and take full advantage of the new opportunities, you will need to walk calmly and resolutely across the aftermath of that bloody battlefield. Remember there are also major profit opportunities during a storm — both the special situation investments that go up despite the broad market declines and those inverse investments that go up because of the market declines. Also remember no market goes straight up or straight down. So even in the midst of sharp declines, there are bound to be some major intermediate rallies — opportunities to make any needed adjustments in your investment strategies. With investments that you want to buy, wait for days when the price is down. With investments you want to sell, wait for days when the market is up. And if you are working with a money manager, make sure he is experienced with both up AND down markets, deploying appropriate strategies for each, based on your personal investment goals. Questions to the author can be directed to Craig Taunton of Haswell Pellant on 083 2921793 or email ctaunton@haswellpellant.com

on the link provided, you’ll be redirected to Antivirus 2009’s website www.antivirus2009.com to download and purchase Antivirus 2009’s rogue anti-spyware program. Antivirus 2009 has the ability to recreate itself after reboot and its “System scan” messages may continue to pop up on your task manager. 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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Big soccer line-up INTERESTED in seeing top footballing names of the recent past in action? Well, if you can get to Macau or Malaysia next month you will be able to do just that. The Venetian Macau Hotel Resort, Masters Football and Football Focus, are to host the inaugural Asian Masters Football Tour. The tour begins at the CotaiArena on Friday 5 December and will be followed by another event in Kuala Lumpur. The tour will feature the Masters teams from Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and an All-Star Premier League team. Each team will feature ex-professionals from the clubs, many of whom have played football at international level. Among them are Anders Limpar and Ray Parlour from Arsenal, Andrei Kanchelskis and Lee Sharpe from Manchester United, as well as Richard Gough, Everton, and Jason McAteer from Liverpool. Masters Football began in the UK in 2000. It is an exciting six-aside indoor game that is fast and furious and full of action. In addition to an exciting evening of action-packed games there will be a Legends Lunch in the Venetian Ballroom.

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Price to pay for bargaining IT’S daft, I know, but I always come out in a cold sweat when bargaining is mentioned to me. It’s not that I have anything against the idea of haggling over a price. It’s just that I’m not very good at it. Perhaps a few examples are in order. The first embarrassing incident I can recall was on my first visit to Thailand. I had been working on a newspaper in Hong Kong and came here for a stopover visit while travelling back to the UK. An American friend in Hong Kong was a regular visitor to Bangkok so insisted on telling me all the ins and outs of how to behave here. Most of his advice was sound and very welcome but he was particularly insistent that I should not accept the first price quoted to me by Bangkok’s tuk tuk drivers. “You must bargain with them and get the price down. They expect it,” he said. Of course, he wasn’t wrong. Price haggling was the done thing. But, the way he said it left me with the impression that, if I didn’t dispute the price, I was letting the side down in some way. Team Farang needed all its members to be singing from the same hymn sheet or Lord knows what high fares the tuk tuk drivers would start demanding. So I had to bargain. I owed it to all travellers who followed me to get the price down or tuk tuk fare anarchy

The reclining buddha was the reason we had ventured out.

would surely follow. This, I admit, is something of a deliberate exaggeration. Call it journalistic licence. But on one day I did carry things to an extreme. My wife and I had been out doing the cultural things like visiting the reclining buddha and were taking a stroll around when suddenly the skies opened and the rain began pouring down (very similar to how it’s been here for the past month or so). It was one of those “if you are out in it for two seconds, you’re drenched” downpours. We took shelter but were already soaked and after a minute or two we were feeling very wet and cold. We decided the solution was

to get a tuk tuk back to the hotel to get showered and into dry clothes. This, of course, involved stepping out into the torrential rain again to hail the tuk tuk. I managed to flag one down then came the really daft bit. I spent the next 10 seconds bargaining with the driver over the fare! I don’t know if there is a superlative for drenched, but, if there is one, put my name down for it. I don’t think I could have been more wet had I jumped into a swimming pool fully clothed. During the very brief haggling session the tuk tuk driver had been most reluctant to drop his price.

He had that “hey, you’re the one standing out in the rain” look on his face. I think I achieved all of a 20 baht reduction in the end. As I sat in the tuk tuk it occurred to me that I had scored what could only be likened to a Pyrrhic victory. Yes, the “honour” of getting the price down had been satisfied, but at what cost? Instead of convincing the tuk tuk driver that we couldn’t be overcharged all I had probably done was underline his conviction that all foreigners were crazy. Bargaining disaster number two came a few years later while on holiday in Kenya. My wife and her friends

were very much into collecting anything to do with hippopotamuses. Well, it takes all sorts! Anyway, there we were on a street in Nairobi with a street vendor who was offering some nice pink soapstone hippo figures for sale. Again, we were expected to haggle over the price. There was no rain in the air and we were not under any time pressure to be elsewhere. We had time to get a really good price. I set about it like a consumate professional. I can’t recall the exact figures but he asked for something akin to 600 Kenyan shillings for our purchases. I offered him 250 – less than half. We were playing hard ball here. Different figures were pinged back and forth and I must have offered five different sums before we eventually struck a deal around the 400 shillings mark. Two-thirds of what he had originally asked. Was I the bargaining king or not? I felt pretty proud of myself I can tell you. The euphoria lasted for about an hour until we walked into a proper shop with all items properly priced and saw the very same items for 300 shillings. I don’t like bargaining!

Begging them to leave us alone MY VISITS to Thailand and Kenya mentioned above were within a few years of each other. In addition to the “problem” I had with bargaining the trips were marred by begging or people hawking goods no one really wants. Even when we sat by the hotel pool folk would lean over the wall with the hands out or offering junk. That was in both countries. I doubt if there is a country that doesn’t have beggars on its streets (maybe I should exclude Singapore from that). But begging first really entered my consciousness as a result of visiting Thailand and Kenya. At the time begging had a real hold here in Pattaya and I’m glad to note that the practice does not seem so prevalent now. The beggars came in all

shapes and sizes – from very small children being clutched by their mothers to rather large elephants and anything in between. At the time I saw many people with horrific injuries, both young and old, out begging. I was told that some were deliberately disfigured to aid them in their quest for cash. Some evidence to support this has appeared in the distinguished UK medical journal, the Lancet. But I hope the problem

is exaggerated and fast becoming a thing of the past. I have an abiding memory of seeing a very young girl with a horrible leg injuries out selling roses. It upset me then and the recollection still does now. Okay, she had something to sell but it still smacked of begging to me. Now, the disfigurements are mainly gone, thankfully, and the roses seem to have been replaced by chewing gum. When I started coming to

Thailand more regularly about seven years ago I would sometimes put small change in the begging bowl of a mother with a young baby. Was I doing it as much to impress the girl I was with as to help the mother? If I’m honest it was a 50-50 call. People from the UK like to boast about their welfare state in which the poor receive money from the government so they shouldn’t really need to beg. But begging seemed to be on the increase to me when I was last there. For some it seems to be a business. Get hold of a slightly bedraggled looking mongrel dog, put your scruffiest clothes on, make sure there are a few tears in the clothes and off you go. I can offer no glib solution to solve the begging problem. I just wish those who genuinely need to do it good fortune.


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Repentant sinners - wash away all your sins instantly A service offered by a Nakhon Sawan wat will, according to the monks, provide instant karmic redemption and make all your wishes come true, if you pay Bt180. It involves lying in one of 9 coffins, whispering a few prayers, then the monks draw a white cloth over the coffins, signifying spiritual death and suck away bad karma after which you resurrect, cleansed of your sins. 2000 miscreants a week partake of this spiritual death-rebirth ceremony! 21 students and teachers killed in Esarn bus crash A bus, full of university students and teachers from Kaset Techno Khon Kaen University while travelling between Khon Kaen and Chantanaburi provinces on a field trip, lost control as it descended a steep hill and crashed into a hillside in the Nadi district, Prachinburi Province at 3am, Oct10. At least 22 people were killed, including the driver and 30 other passengers injured. Police suspect the bus could have suffered brake failure. 2nd fatal bus crash in Prachinburi Province In the 2nd fatal bus crash in Prachinburi Province on Oct10, a tour bus carrying 50 students of Khon Kaen College of Agriculture and Technology on an educational tour of the eastern province crashed at 3.30 am, killing the driver, 24 of the students and injuring another 30. Police believe the bus was speeding and the driver was unfamiliar with the route. Injured students were taken to three nearby hospitals. New avian virus found in poultry in Nakhon Pathom An avian virus, Avian Adenovirus Group 1, new to Thailand has been discovered in chicken farms in the central, western and eastern regions, causing serious concerns about its impact on Thailand’s poultry industry, according to information released by a team of veterinarians from Nakhon Pathom University, Oct17. The team asserted, however, that there was no risk of viral transmission to humans and chicken meat and eggs are also safe to eat. Fairtex gym takes on foreign female Thai boxing students A 30-year-old American woman, one of the first of four foreign female students recounted her experiences of learning Muay Thai (kickboxing) at Fairtex’s Bangplee camp for 10 days. Her trainer showed her Muay Thai moves, mostly by pantomiming. Then he held up pads and encouraging her to kick and jab with knees and elbows. Women were once barred from Thai boxing rings, as they were thought to bring bad luck to the competitors. Global financial crisis will affect Thailand after all After denying the global financial crisis would affect Thailand, last month, Bank of Thailand Governor, Tarisa Watanagas, conceded in Bangkok, Oct18, the overall Thai economy would grow at a slower pace next year because the world financial meltdown is expected to spread to Thailand. Exporters in particular would be affected, although the economy is still expanding satisfactorily. Thailand must increase local demand and restore confidence for the sake of economic growth, she said. Anantara Resort & Spa Phuket Opens for business The Anantara Resort & Spa, Phuket, reminiscent of a southern Thai village, is to open for business on Oct13 to present a world of unspoilt beauty and unexpected surprises. Claimed to be the perfect sanctuary for a journey to inner harmony, the spa will be defined by the beauty and symbolism of the lotus flower, with a range of unique treatments devised to reflect the influence of the lotus theme. Melamine found in S&P’s biscuits Following Swiss authorities’ claims of finding high melamine concentrations in its Milk Cookies, S&P, one of Thailand’s most popular bakery chains, said on Oct14 it would recall all its packaged cookies from its 280 outlets in Bangkok and elsewhere. “S&P will pull all its cookies nationwide as a precautionary measure,” said Witoon Silaon of S&P, and submit samples to Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration to establish “whether our cookies are safe for consumption.” Southern provinces prosecutors learn implications of AntiHuman Trafficking Act 50 public prosecutors serving Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Phangnga and Phuket

attended a seminar on human trafficking in the province recently. The aim was to familiarise prosecutors with their roles and duties under the 2008 Anti-Human Trafficking Act. The objective is to prevent the procurement or trafficking of people into or out of Thailand for prostitution, forced labour, begging, organ amputation for commercial purposes, or any other form of exploitation Farang husbands rule. Ok! A recent survey in Udon Thani found young girls dream of marrying Westerners because farang wives have a better life than other people in the villages. They live in big houses, have cars and spending money and are well respected by everyone. Some women even divorce their Thai husbands to marry foreigners, viewing marriage as a way out of poverty. 967 Buri Ram women are married to foreigners, another survey found. Unsafe sex still major killer of Thais Unsafe sexual practice still ranks as the prime risk factor and potential cause of death among Thais, followed by smoking and drinking alcohol, according to Public Health Ministry Records. Dr Wichai Chokeviwat of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Bangkok, said whereas housewives were the most vulnerable group in terms of sexual disease in 2000, in 2009, it would be male sex workers who would be most at danger, largely from HIV/AIDS. Deaths in Southern Thailand top 3,400 To add to the more than 3,400 deaths in the separatist unrest which has plagued Thailand’s southern provinces for the past five years, three Muslim men including a suspected militant were killed in separate incidents which occurred from Oct16-17. A 32year-old Narathiwat labourer was killed in a drive-by shooting and in Pattani province an Islamic teacher was shot, whilst a 25-year-old man was shot dead in a gunfight with security officials. Queen donates funds to 3 hospitals treating clash victims The Royal Household Bureau Oct8 announced the Queen has donated 300,000 baht to Vajira Hospital, 200,000 baht to Phramongkutklao Hospital and 300,000 baht to Ramathibodi Hospital and told them to provide medical aid to all victims injured in recent clashes around parliament. The majority received treatment for wounds and burns. Seventeen had severe injuries. Four lost their limbs, while four others had to have either their hands or feet amputated. Kirloskar Brothers starts operations in Thailand The Indian company, Kirloskar Brothers, has just formed a wholly owned subsidiary at Thailand - Kirloskar Brothers (Thailand) (KBTL). Following Board of Investment approval the company may now begin operations from its Bankok offices with authorised start-up capital of 10 million Baht. The company will largely concentrate on Asia - Pacific markets and will also oversee the operations of the company’s offices in Lao, Cambodia, Singapore and Indonesia. Man City Thai footballers return to Chonburi FC Suree Sukha, Kiatprawut Saiwaew and Teerasil Dangda, three Thai footballers who were signed on with Manchester City FC at the recommendation of former City boss, Thaksin Shinawatra, returned to Thai football after their nightmare experiences in the UK. Failing to secure work-permits, they were seconded to feeder clubs, but failed to make the grade. Suree and Kiatprawut, former Chonburi players, are once again training with the club in the hope of being signed up again. Festivals in October Thawt Kathin, the one-month period marking the end of the Buddhist Lent -pansaa-, lasts from mid-October to mid-November. On this occasion, new monastic robes and other necessities are donated to the Sangha (monkhood) at wats throughout Thailand. At the same time, longboat races are held on the Nan River in Nan Province, while on Oct23. there will be a public holiday on Chulalongkorn Day, in commemoration of King Rama V. Fisher & Paykel Appliances opens new Rayong factory Fisher & Paykel Appliances opened its new Thailand factory in Amata City Industrial Estate, Rayong, holding a commemorative ceremony attended by 200 officials and

guests, recently. CEO and MD, John Bongard, said the company was pleased to have the relocation completed in “such a short time frame”. Annual laundry production is projected to reach 320,000 units by 2009. The factory employs 230 workers - largely Thai locals and some expats. Chulalongkorn University ranked among the global top 200 Thailand’s most prestigious tertiary educational establishment, Chulalongkorn University, is now placed among the top 200 in the world, according to the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The university is placed at number 166, along with Germany’s Universität Gottingen, in the 2008 list of premier global universities. Of the top 10 universities, led by Harvard in first position, six are in the USA and four in the UK. Patong Hospital operating on a shoestring after mass exodus of medics Phuket’s Patong Hospital’s plan to go public was thwarted by a change of government. It had intended to change into a public organisation able to handle up to 500 patients per day and the Public Sector Development Commission had given its backing, but that was scotched by commission head, Kosit Panpiemras, who employed delaying tactics, then the government changed, leading to a mass resignation of its 10 doctors, which left the director to cope single-handedly. Nong Khai gears up for Naka hunt All eyes in Nong Khai from late-October will be focused on the River Mekong in eager anticipation of the supposed annual appearance of the legendary Naka, the immense dragon fish which is reputed to inhabit Thailand’ s largest river. Already, fishermen have reported seeing Naka trails along the river mud. Although crowds throng the river in the hope of a glimpse, only the pure in heart are deemed fit enough to witness the fish’s appearance.


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TOMMY COOPER JOKES With apologies for those of you who are too young to know who Tommy Cooper was they are definitely better if you can hear/picture him delivering them! Two Aerials meet on a roof, fall in love - get married. The ceremony was rubbish but the reception was brilliant. Man goes to the docs, with a strawberry growing out of his head. Doc says, “I'll give you some cream to put on it.” “Doc, I can't stop singing the green green grass of home.” “That sounds like Tom lanes syndrome.” “Is it common?" asks the man. “It's not unusual.” replies the Doc A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet. “My dog's cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?” “Well,” says the vet, “let's have a look at him.” So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then checks his teeth. Finally, he says, “I'm going to have to put him down.” “What? Because he's crosseyed?” “No, because he's really heavy.” “Doctor, I can't pronounce my Fs, Ts and Hs.” “Well you can't say fairer than that then.” So I went to the dentist. He said “Say Aaah.” I said “Why?” He said “My dog's died.” So I got home, and the phone was ringing. I picked it up, and

said “Who's speaking please?” And a voice said “You are.” So I rang up my local swimming baths. I said “Is that the local swimming baths?” He said “It depends where you're calling from.” So I rang up a local building firm, I said “I want a skip outside my house.” He said “I'm not stopping you.” So I was in my car, and I was driving along, and my boss rang up, and he said “You've been promoted.” And I swerved. And then he rang up a second time and said “You've been promoted again.” And I swerved again. He rang up a third time and said “You're managing director.” And I went into a tree. And a policeman came up and said “What happened to you?” And I said “I careered off the road.” Now, most dentists' chairs go up and down, don't they? The one I was in went back and forwards. I thought “This is unusual.” And the dentist said to me “Mr. Cooper, get out of the filing cabinet.” So I was getting into my car. and this bloke says to me “Can you give me a lift?” I said “Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it.”

You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen; it said 'Parking Fine' So that was nice. A man walked into the doctors. The doctor said “I haven't seen you in a long time.” The man replied, “I know I've been ill.” A man walked into the doctors, he said “I've hurt my arm in several places.” The doctor said, “Well don't go to those places.” I had a ploughman's lunch the other day. He wasn't very happy. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any. Two blondes walk into a building you'd think at least one of them would have seen it. I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him 50 quid that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf. He said, “No, the steaks are too high.” I went to a seafood disco last week. .. and pulled a mussel. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in the craft it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it. Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped himself.

Marriage One day my housework challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?” “It depends,” I replied. “What does it say on your shirt?” He yelled back, “University of North Carolina.” And they say blondes are dumb .... A couple are lying in bed. The man says, “I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world.” The woman says, “I'll miss you ... “ “It's just too hot to wear clothes today,” Jack says as he stepped out of the shower. “Honey, what do you think the neighbours would think if I mowed the lawn like this?” “Probably that I married you for your money,” she replied.

He said - “Since I first laid eyes on you, I have wanted to make love to you really badly”. She said - “Well, you succeeded”. He said - “Shall we try swapping positions tonight”? She said “That's a good idea. You stand by the ironing board while I sit on the sofa and break wind”. He said - “What have you been doing with all the grocery money I gave you? She said - “Turn sideways and look in the mirror”. Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensensitive man? A:A rumour.

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Is the worst over in the financial crisis? We think not.

by Simon Philbrook THE amount of family, friends and clients of MBMG International Ltd who have asked ‘when will this global financial crisis end?’ has provoked me to comment this week on the current situation and offer my views for the prospect of a successful and satisfactory outcome. No matter how secure one’s personal finances, it is impossible not to feel a frisson of panic at the thought that bank ATM machines might run out of cash, or pay-cheques might vanish into the ether: both very real prospects until the Government stepped in to underwrite the bank clearing system on a fortnight ago. Even now, there are scenarios so destabilising they are barely mentioned. Our fear explains why the sell-off a fortnight ago last Friday was so brutal. This delayed reaction to a month of almost unbelievably bad news in the credit markets was driven primarily by ordinary investors – Mr & Mrs Average finally deciding to cash in their pension nest egg for fear it might be cracked beyond repair by Monday. All round the world, fund managers reported a huge surge in customers demanding their money back. It’s worth noting, the professionals panicked long ago. Ironically, the worst of the financial crisis may, just possibly, have passed. Friday 10th October also exhibited many of the hallmarks of what market historians call “capitulation” – the moment when even the optimists lose hope. The sad lesson of past stock-market crashes is that the point when ordinary punters finally realise it is time to get out usually marks the point when it is time

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Exchange rate nightmare Q. I am a British National and I have been to my local immigration office to renew my retirement visa. I obtained my regular monthly income letter from the Embassy and presented my documents including my bank book to the officer and, to my dismay, they said that I had to put more money in my Thai bank because my pension was not enough. I don’t understand because it was ok last year. A. This is very unfortunate at the moment. Owing to the global financial markets some currency exchange rates have taken a bit of a nose dive including the British pound. When you apply for a long stay visa and you are working off a monthly income, the immigration officer has to work on the daily exchange rate so it is imperative that when you are ready to apply you should check the daily exchange rate against your income and

for the smart money to get back in again. But, the difference now may be in what happens beyond the financial markets. Usually, a banking crisis follows some form of economic crisis: lenders are hit by wave after wave of customer bankruptcies until they themselves cannot take any more and topple over. This time, the banking collapse has preceded the recession. Although the crisis started with the default of some sub-prime mortgages in the US, the scale of the global market losses (and government bail-outs) long ago exceeded the size of the initial defaults. Instead, the stock market rout marked the point when the usual direction of cause and effect was reversed: now it is the real economy that is expected to take its cue from the markets. Countries could be next to see their solvency questioned. Iceland has already seen its currency under attack and solvency queried. Difficult places such as Pakistan, Ukraine, Argentina and Kazakhstan are looking vulnerable – with potentially devastating consequences for political stability. Even Britain and the US are seeing the price of credit protection soar as investors worry whether they can afford to bail out the banking system. Then there is the commodity boom. A bubble in the market for oil is coming to an equally abrupt end, as the slowing world economy reverses the imbalance of supply and demand that drove crude to such giddying prices only a few months ago. Mining companies were also among the biggest casualties of last week’s stockmarket collapse because investors expect China to cease its breakneck industrial growth. General Motors, once the world’s largest carmaker, is one of several colossal companies on the verge of bankruptcy. It has already temporarily shut down its European factories to preserve its precious cash reserves. The knock-on effects on the rest of the manufacturing world are rippling out rapidly. Companies bought by private-

equity investors are especially vulnerable because they typically rely on a ready supply of debt. In Britain, there is particular weakness in the property, construction and retail industries. Quite apart from more systemic problems in the banking industry, the loss of thousands of highlypaid financial jobs in the City will deal a devastating blow to London’s economy. Job losses will further impact consumer spending – leading to yet more job losses. Scary as it may sound, in many ways this is more familiar territory than the pure financial crisis of recent weeks. Economic recessions come and go every few years and we know that the downward spiral cannot continue forever. The black hole beckons, and Gordon Brown’s ?500 billion bail-out and this weekend’s desperate summitry may or may not pull us back from the brink. Even the incorrigible optimists’ party, of which I do not count myself a gold cardholder, has had to adjust the upswing of its expectation curve a long way to the right on the graph – by which I mean that any return to economic normality is now likely to be not 18 months but several harsh years away, well into the first term of a Cameron government! Whether you choose to look at economic growth, employment patterns, bankruptcies, repossessions, mortgage lending, car sales, retail activity or consumer confidence, then I suggest that for 2010 you read 2012 at the earliest, and several years after that for a real recovery in house prices. May I suggest, the opening ceremony of the London Olympics may be the first day of real cheer. (That’s if we can afford it? The Olympics, that is). The real mystery is how the negative feedback loop in the financial markets became so devastating. How could this domino effect happen so quickly? How could we lose control of something we designed to serve us? One answer is that this is what happens when we allow debt to get out of hand. This is not a natural disaster, but a man-

made calamity caused by excessive leverage. To see the multiplying effects of leverage in action, just look at the behaviour of our big banks in recent days. The reason they have stopped lending cash to each other is not just because they fear for the survival of others, but because they desperately need whatever cash they have to meet mounting obligations of their own. Last month’s collapse of Lehman Brothers, for example, caused a delayed stampede for cash on Friday 10th October because the banks who had offered insurance against a Lehman bankruptcy were forced to pay out. Similarly, the big banks are facing huge calls from some of their big business customers. These customers long ago arranged emergency overdraft facilities in case other means of finance became temporarily unavailable. Suddenly, everyone wants money out of the banks at the same time. All the while, the banks’ ability to raise fresh money is being crippled by the fall in the value of their own share prices. Watching these pillars of the financial community lose 25 per cent or more in value during a single day is a huge deterrent to anyone thinking of putting money on deposit, let alone investing directly in new bank shares. For this reason, even the Government rescue plan is looking more problematic by the day. The plan, outlined by Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling on Tuesday 04th October, envisaged banks first turning to their own shareholders for more funds, and then asking the taxpayer to top up any shortfall. Yet, the subsequent fall in the share prices of Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS has made the numbers harder to square. Ultimately, if the sum of money injected by the Government, which at the time of writing this article is a reported GBP 37 billion, exceeds the market value of the bank, it becomes hard to describe the process as anything other than nationalisation.

Prime Minister Brown has drawn a clear distinction between what happened to Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley – which were taken fully into public ownership – and what he expects to see at HBOS, RBS and others – which will be more akin to a temporary investment. But the vexed question is why the price of shares in these companies has continued to tumble since the Government announcement. Surely if investors believed the public stood foursquare behind them, they would stop panicking? Unfortunately, they haven’t. Worse still, investors may well be behaving perfectly rationally in continuing to dump bank shares. Given the colossal demands on bank cash both now and for the foreseeable future, and given the growing gap between these demands and the cash available, it is quite possible that several of our biggest banks are literally worthless. In this case, nationalisation becomes the only alternative. The implications for the future of the banking industry hardly bear thinking about. Running two big mortgage lenders (Northern Rock and B&B) is quite enough for the Treasury already, but being placed in charge of a major clearing bank like RBS could require the type of Whitehall intervention in the economy not seen for a generation. The politics of it all are not pretty, either. Taxpayers might be able to afford it (just) but they are not going to like it. Bonuses are also set to become a toxic political issue just as they proved a toxic financial issue and sadly and unbelievably I think they will still be paid this year! It is easy to say that the bankers directly involved should lose their bonuses – or their jobs – but what about others who have made money, or the sought-after professionals necessary to pick up the pieces? Wall Street legal fees for handling the Lehman bankruptcy are estimated to cost more than $900?million (?530m) – with some lawyers charging $950 an

hour each. How will that go down in Britain when compared with typical public-sector salaries? Meanwhile, those who work in the City can only look on with horror. Some remain frantically busy. An unlucky few have already been made redundant. Most are simply staring, like the rest of us, in slack-jawed horror at the screens in front of them. Until this passes, all normal rules of business, such as seeking to maximise the return on investment, are suspended. “It’s not the return on our money we’re worried about any more, it’s the return of our money! Against that global and local backdrop it’s hard to be too euphoric but MBMG clients have had quite a few reasons to be cheerful amidst the chaos. We wrote to clients during the last few weeks explaining that our preferred platforms remain completely secure in the face of all of this bedlam - our product providers have been unaffected and what’s more the legal structures that we use guarantee the safety of clients’ assets irrespective. Clients’ money is safe, remains safe and will continue to be safe because of the custody arrangements that apply. What’s more MBMG client portfolios have been making money during this turmoil; that prompts the question how? For an answer to that question please feel free to contact me, along with all my family, friends and clients.

enhance your bank account accordingly if your income is less than 65,000 baht per month.

U.K. Many people have told me she needs a police clearance record report, so is this correct? A. No, it is not necessary for a settlement visa to the U.K., but it is necessary for a settlement visa to Australia and, please note, if the request for a P\police clearance document is for the

bank account book I went to my bank with my passport, but they said that I had to go to the police station before they could give me a replacement bank book. What do they mean? A. If you lose your Thailand bank account book it is a similar procedure if you mislay your

Marriage certificate mayhem Q. I have just returned from the immigration office. I was applying for a “married to a Thai national” visa, they said because I married my Thai wife in Canada I had to get the marriage certificate notarized at my Embassy and then take it to the ministry of foreign affairs in Bangkok to be certified. Is this correct? A. It is a rare occurrence, but seems to be the case, for a married to a Thai national one year visa extension if you have married your Thai wife in your own country you have to get it notarized by your Embassy to obviously confirm that it is genuine. Then you have to go to the Thai ministry of foreign affairs in Bangkok to get it stamped - a bit of a nuisance, to be sure, but the immigration need to know that your certificate is legitimate.

airport in Bangkok, they have a hotel called the Novotel. On the lobby floor there is an Immigration service office that can issue you a re-entry permit and other services. Please notethey are open Monday to Friday (08.30am to 16.30pm only). I always advise my clients to have at least a single re-entry permit in the passport in case of emergencies. This can be applied for at the same time you are applying for your long stay visa. """"""" This regular column is written by Darren McGarry, managing director of Key Visa, based in Jomtien at the Hanuman statue and in central Pattaya at soi L.K. Metro. He heads a team of up-todate consultants advising foreign residents here about their visa status and also clients wishing to take their Thai partners overseas. The questions presented here are typical of those raised at Key Visa on a daily basis but are discussed here only for general information and interest. Neither Key Visa nor Pattaya Today can enter into correspondence or debate about the particular replies in this column.

Naive and nude Q. I have recently been refused a tourist visa for my Thai partner to go overseas and we thought we had produced all the documents that would satisfy the clearing officer. But unfortunately, when we supplied the Embassy with photographs of us together to help prove our relationship, we forgot to remove some photographs of ourselves naked which is very embarrassing and, in our refusal, notice the Officer did not take a great delight in our photographs; what should we do? A. How unfortunate, but I will say this is not the first time this has happened and my advice to you is to reapply but make sure you add a very humble apology letter explaining that it was an oversight and that you are very sorry for the mistake. When I present an application to an associated Embassy I go through the full application with a fine tooth comb. Police clearance or not Q. I am applying for a settlement visa for my Thai wife to go to the

“I understand you shouldn’t include nude photos when making a visa application.”

purposes of applying for a visa the sponsor/foreigner has to provide a copy of his or her passport which should be signed and should give the reason for the police clearance request. Bank book blues Q. I recently lost my Thailand

passport: you have to go to your local police station and make a report that you have lost your bank book, the police then give you a police report. Take the report and your passport to the bank and they should give you a new bank book without any more problems.

Re-entry rapid Q. I currently have a retirement visa and I have been told that, if I have to leave the country in an emergency, that I can obtain a reentry permit at the airport. Is this correct? A. The answer is yes, at the front of the Suvarnabhumi

For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on simon@hamptonsthailand.co.th The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable, however, neither Hamptons International Mortgages (Thailand) Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for an errors or omissions in the above article nor bear responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article


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“Smart Buyer Considerations” WHEN purchasing real estate; retain a lawyer who ‘specializes’ in Thai real estate law to represent YOU. When told, “Don’t worry, our company has a lawyer that will take care of everything for you,” better you obtain your own lawyer and make sure the sub-division and property are free and clear of any encumbrances that may surprise you with unanticipated costs in the future. Even if everything ‘appears’ to be proper, you still need a lawyer to guide you in making sure you are taking title in a form that is acceptable and guarantees your long term ownership. Use due diligence if purchasing one of the first homes in a new village. Consider the chances of losing a wonderful view when other homes are built. What if sales fall off and you own one of the few houses sold? Owning the most expensive home in the neighborhood is rarely advisable if there is a possibility you will have to resell in the future. When purchasing a new home or business, ask current owners if they are satisfied with the developer. Were problems repaired quickly? Did they get the quality they paid for, occupy their building on time, and did the neighborhood finish out like they thought it would?

Is there an adequate water supply, sewerage, electricity, phone service, Internet service, road access, security and cable TV? Don’t assume city services are present. Sometimes months pass before needed services are installed. Some homeowners must bring in water by truck. Is there a septic tank that periodically will need pumping? Solutions for these problems may be undesirable, unacceptable or costly. What is planned for roadwork in and around the village? Access to a new village may be disrupted for months when older roads leading to it are resurfaced or new sewer and water service are being installed. Investigate physical things that affect the property like drainage. Consider the amount of rain Thailand receives and determine if the property will become the victim of flood water. Water is the biggest property problem including drainage, roof leaks, water pipe leaks, sewer drainage problems, humidity and mildew. Squeaky doors, sticking windows, peeling paint and inoperative electric outlets may be aggravating, but water problems can become unlivable and cures can be expensive. How will you pay? Financing may not be available. Check with

your lawyer, banker and the developer to determine the best way to transfer money safely and inexpensively to Thailand and then on to the seller. What future plans do surrounding land owners have? Something undesirable could get erected near your property or in front of your view. Never use a salesperson that doesn’t consider your needs, price range or work within your guidelines. Although a real estate salesperson’s legal obligation is to the seller, this doesn’t mean the salesperson is an adversary. Honest agents are helpful and consider your interests. Never buy under pressure from either the salesperson or from feeling you need to buy right away. Rent, take your time, look at all your options and then buy a place you will truly be happy with. Don’t buy more than you need. Some homes around Pattaya are huge and overbuying can strain on your well being. Can you afford it plus maintain it? Most foreign buyers are over fifty, retired and have no family living with them. Unless you have a wife and a couple of kids, why buy a huge home? Consider purchasing a size home that suits your actual needs and get all the luxuries.

If the home has a yard, is there an abundance of landscaping to maintain? Do you want to be a gardener in your spare time? Is the neighborhood convenient to things you (and your wife) enjoy doing? Is there a noise or traffic problem? Is shopping far away? Is the traffic dangerous (especially if you have children)? Is access to main roadways difficult and dangerous? A home should improve your life, not complicate it. Ask people who own homes and have good judgment what they did when buying. Learn from the problems they experienced so you don’t make the same mistakes or overlook the same things. Be skeptical of advice coming from someone who stands to gain from your purchase.

Is buying a home right for you? Your future plans and predictions should be considered. Do you plan to live in Pattaya long term? Consider your age, how long you have been married and the likelihood your marriage will succeed. Always inquire with the developer and City Hall about hidden costs, homeowner dues and taxes or assessments to pay for streets, sewer, water and common spaces. Before finalizing ownership, make a thorough inspection. Check for water pressure and leaks by turning on all interior and exterior faucets, flushing toilets and running showers. Check if the water heater works. If possible, inspect the home during a rain to find roof leaks or drainage problems. Determine if every window and door operates freely

and locks work. Check all light switches, the air conditioner and any appliances. Basically, check EVERYTHING. Buying a house is a major financial and lifestyle decision. There are many factors to be considered when purchasing real estate other than financial. Take your time. Use your head and seek trustworthy expert advice. A quick decision may be costly. Pattaya - Jomtien has many reputable builders, developers and real estate companies. You’ll find their ads right here in Pattaya Today. There are also good bargains on existing homes. Find real estate and legal assistance you are comfortable working with, do some research, and then purchase and enjoy the home of your dreams in paradise.


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Avoid common home-buying pitfalls by Khun Dee ARE YOU thinking about buying a home in Pattaya? Your timing is excellent because this is truly a buyers’ market. Nevertheless, be careful. Whether shopping for your first condo in Jomtien or a replacement mansion in Naklua, there are pitfalls. But if you do your homework, you can avoid the potential mistakes faced by every homebuyer. One of the most costly mistakes is buying a property that is more expensive than you can realistically afford—particularly if you are the rare farang who qualifies for a home loan in Thailand. Understand that the term of the loan will be much shorter than in most Western countries. Project your income conservatively and your total anticipated expenses liberally for the next five years, and take into account currency fluctuations. How will that home purchase and your monthly payments affect your bottom line? Even if you’re buying with cash, will the investment derail your ability to fund other important items such as

retirement savings, travel and entertainment budgets, your kids’ education, etc.? Another common pitfall is buying in the wrong neighborhood. Some areas of Pattaya are blatantly expensive, and you’ll probably have to search for a location that’s affordable. But that doesn’t mean you should choose the cheapest locale. Remember, if you don’t like the location you’ll be unhappy. What’s more, you’ll probably have a hard time selling your property in an undesirable neighborhood. Ask locals, get input from several real estate agents, and read newspapers to know how the community is faring economically, what the major issues are, how many resources and services it offers, and what its future portends. If you are new to Pattaya or the particular area in which you are interested, research recent activity in the home market. Find out the actual selling prices of homes in the vicinity. The best way to determine if you’re getting a fair deal is by comparing the cost of the home you’re interested in

with similar homes nearby. You can do this easily by having your agent (not the seller’s agent) provide you with a list of selling prices on comparable houses or condos. But don’t compare apples with oranges. Make sure the other homes are reasonably close (geographically and in style) to the one you like, that they have the same number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square meters, have roughly the same features, and have sold within the last month or so. (Last year’s figures do not necessarily reflect the current market.) Speaking of real estate agents, don’t make the mistake of using a bad one. Choosing the wrong agent only makes buying a home more difficult. You want an agent who works for you and understands your needs and financial limitations. References from friends can help you find a good, ethical professional. Interview at least three, and ask to see their activity lists, which reveal every property the agent sold (or whose clients bought) in the past year. Look at sales prices. Make sure the agent

has significant experience in the specific area you want to live and in your price range. Another common mistake is not going back to check on the neighborhood. If you’re like most homebuyers, you probably spend many days looking for a new dwelling. But what happens to the neighborhood after dark? How does it change from weekdays to weekends? Is the house on a main thoroughfare that fills up with cars at commute time? Is there a nearby wat, school or market that blares insufferable sounds over million-amp speakers at ungodly hours? The only way to answer these questions is to go back and see what the neighborhood is like at various times and days. And pay attention to prospective neighbors. Do they maintain their homes and property well? Are they loud? Do they use their front yards to store old cars, boats and junk? You want to know as much about the neighborhood as possible before you buy. And don’t neglect the schools. Gather as much

data as possible to evaluate nearby schools, find out the student/teacher ratio, and talk to parents and students to get the inside scoop. Even if you don’t have children, such information will influence the potential resale value of your home. Resale value is a point we’ve covered in past issues of Property Today. Sure, when you’re house hunting, it’s easy to forget what it’s going to be like to sell your home 5 or 10 years down the road. But such considerations are vital. While house hunting, put yourself in the perspective of the sellers. You may be drawn to a home that has quirky features or no closets or just one, tiny bathroom. You may be willing to use armoires and share showers, but future buyers may not be as enthusiastic. When you buy, think about the day it comes time to sell. Are you looking at the most expensive home on the block? Big mistake. Yes, it is wonderful when you find your dream house, but if it’s the most expensive home in the neighborhood, you could have a problem. Quite simply, your neighbors’

lower home values will dampen yours. Remember, people who buy a 5-million baht home usually want to be surrounded by other 5-million baht homes, not tiny 1-million baht bungalows. Rule of thumb: Avoid homes that cost 50 percent more than neighboring dwellings. Finally, but equally important, don’t make the mistake of buying a home before conducting a thorough home inspection. After all, you don’t want to learn that you’ve bought a house that will need a new roof come the first rains or one that has a frazzled electrical system. If you’re building a new home, an inspection can ensure that all the work has been finished properly. Pattaya does not yet offer professional home inspections, but you should enlist the assistance of a contractor, architect, electrician and/ or plumber to check the home’s air-conditioning system, plumbing and electrical works, roof, walls, foundation/structure, and drainage. Also have the house checked for insect infestation and mold.


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Raimon Land to showcase exclusive Thai condominiums at Russian Fashion Week LUXURY developer Raimon Land is attending Russian Fashion Week (RFW) in Moscow for the first time to present the company’s exclusive projects in Thailand to the rapidly growing Eastern European market. RFW, a biannual event now

Officer, Nigel Cornick, said RFW provides the perfect platform to showcase the company’s high-end projects in Thailand to wealthy buyers from Russia and CIS markets, which last year purchased THB426 million in real estate from Raimon Land.

CEO Mr. Nigel Cornick

in its seventh year, is the largest fashion week in Eastern Europe, with 40,000 highly targeted invitation-only guests attending the eight-day event from October 28 to November 4 at Moscow’s World Trade Centre. Raimon Land Chief Executive

“What Russians and Eastern Europeans are increasingly finding is that Thailand offers an excellent investment landscape for luxury property, as purchases provide strong long-term capital gains and rental yields at destinations delivering great tropical resort

lifestyles,” Mr Cornick said. Sales since 2006 reveal Russians and CIS residents purchased THB745 million worth of real estate from Raimon Land. Of the total Raimon Land units purchased by Russians, 60% are studios and one-bedroom units, 23% have two bedrooms and 17% have three bedrooms. The majority of these units are priced under THB8 million (53%), while 19% spend more than THB15 million. The number of Eastern Europeans visiting Thailand has soared in recent years, jumping 65% in 2006 and another 45% in 2007, when 410,000 arrived, 280,000 of who were Russians. Tourism numbers are closely linked to foreign demand for residential property, and the Raimon Land’s 2007 sales list shows Russians accounting for 23% of all condominium purchases from the company. The destination choice for Russian and CIS buyers also aligns closely with those of their preferred destinations in Thailand, with 63% purchasing properties in Pattaya, 28% in Phuket and 9% in Bangkok.


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Ask Andy Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: askandy@pattayatoday.net Think Tanks Our village has no government water supply, Andy, and we depend on underground water which we store in a reserve 1,500-litre tank. What is the best method to clean the interior of the tank periodically, since the opening at the top of the tank is too small for me to climb in? Hope you can help. Kenneth Actually, Kenneth, unless there is a build up of sand, grime, or something along those lines, there is not really a reason for cleaning your water tank. If you’re aware of a major problem with the interior tank walls—i.e., if they are oxidizing, laden with grunge, etc., you can have them sandblasted (assuming it’s a metal tank). But other than that, I don’t see any reason to clean it out. If it’s simply a matter of ensuring that there is no bacteria in your water, you can pour a gallon or two of bleach down the well, then wash it down with water. That will kill most bacteria that may be in there. You can do this every six months or so. Furthermore, it’s important to help protect your tank water by maintaining all lids and openings—making certain they are airtight and secure, checking for proper sealing at the inlet and outlet pipe lines, looking for leaks, seepage or cracks, and keeping surrounding areas tidy and dry. Dirty Pool I read your advice on Pattaya Today, Andy, and I’m sure you can help me. I’ve a swimming pool that is finished for 6 months, and the joints between the tiles go, especially on the bottom. So, it’s difficult to clean, and the pool seems always dirty. It appeared 2 months after the pool was finished, and the builder had repaired the joints yet. Without success. How to do? Gee ##### I am not clear on what

you are asking, Gee, or what you mean when you refer to ’joints.’ You probably don’t mean expansion joints—the interface between the pool and the deck; that has little to do with a dirty-looking pool. So to try answering you, I will guess that you are talking about the grout between the tiles. If you have calcium or other mineral deposits ,that could cause discoloration. I would insist that the builder make any necessary repairs. If you choose to do it yourself, begin by brushing with a tile brush and tile soap. Do not to use anything too abrasive or stiff; it can scratch the tiles or destroy the grout. Then mix a solution of two parts water and one part hydrogen and spray this solution onto exposed, discolored grout. Use bleach to remove stubborn stains. Add an algaecide to your pool water and ensure a proper pH level if you have algae growth in your pool. Be aware that stubborn black algae growing in your tile grout will be very difficult to remove, and it means that you will probably need to regrout; that is a more challenging project. But if you go that route, make sure you use waterproof grout. ##### Mat Mold We have one of those no-slip shower mats with the suction cups on the bottom. Problem is there is a black mold that grows on it. We have tried bleach and Detol and we cannot kill it. Any ideas or product you know of that will get rid of it? The mold only grows on the mat. Thanks. Kevin Mold and mildew is a fungus that thrives in Pattaya’s moist and hot environment, Kevin. There’s little you can do to prevent it, but you can take steps to control it.. Whether you have an ordinary bathtub mat or one of the newer types with antibacterial properties, you still must clean it regularly to remove and prevent mold and mildew from

forming and becoming more slippery than the surface of the tub itself. The best way to clean a bathtub mat is to spray it down weekly with a soap scum cleaner, then wipe it off and rinse. Clean it weekly as you clean the tub and the rest of your bathroom. You can also wash the mat in the washing machine along with a few heavy towels. As the washing machine agitates the water, the towels will scrub at the mat, breaking up and removing built up soil and mildew. Do not put your bathtub mat in the dryer. Let it dry outside in the fresh air. Also, allow the mat to dry thoroughly after each shower. If it’s left sitting in collected pools of water it will quickly develop mold and mildew. But if you let it dry after each use, you should find the once-a-week cleaning to be an easy and effective way to control mold. ##### Andy’s Helpers I am amused by women asking you basic questions of how to clean and deodorise. Here’s my experience of smelly towels after first use fresh from the laundry next door: These cheap laundries wash the towels together with towels from

customers you might think twice about shaking hands with. Nevertheless you trust your towels to swirl around happily with soiled ones from strangers in a grim bowl for the minimum cycle time with a minimum of detergent at room-temperature water and a minimum water to rinse with. I have had

enough of that and tried an expensive laundry (3 times the cheap ones). Each shirt is perfectly ironed and packed but the towels still lasted for a day only. The towels I brought back from home lasted more than a week and it was hard to send them to a laundry knowing the outcome. So now I wash

my towels at a place that has brand new machines and I use my own detergent. They look and smell clean and last for a couple of days. Of course you have to hang them up to dry in sunlight and takes about 3 hours depending on wind. Rufus —Handy Andy


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Golf from the Travellers Rest by Barry Hooper THE Second “Hole in One” this Month This month should be renamed “Hole in One Month” Two weeks ago John Dennis achieved that honour. and this week “Donald Pearson” did it again. At Plutaluang on Thursday 23rd (Chulalongkorn Memorial Day) Donald fired into the par three eighth hole a distance of one hundred and forty two yards with a four wood (not a conventional club choice some might say). His ball hit the edge of the green and was basically dying on its feet but it was not finished. It took one hop and then ran slowly straight in to the cup. Donald stood looking on in total disbelief at the outcome. This was followed with a big smiling face and a shout of hole in one when he realised what he had achieved. Congratulations Donald from all of us at the TRGG. Earlier in the day (Thursday) I had already started to formulate my headline for the week It was going to be directed at Fergus Brennan who had three Division One wins and a second place this week. He was only remarking recently that his game was really off form. I do not know what Poopay is feeding him these days but what ever it is has certainly brought his A game on. Well done Fergus keep it coming. First outing this week was to Burapha on Monday the 20th of October. We played courses A and B. They played very long as there was no run on the ball due to heavy rainfall subsequently it proved to be a very good test of golf and that was reflected in the scores. We had an excellent turnout and so two divisions applied. Division Two went to Robert Ledlie with a convincing highest of the day score of thirty eight. Andy Galvin was second at thirty one and Kay Molloy third with thirty. Division One was a win for Brian Beupre after count back with Fergus both at thirty four. Third went to Liam Horgan after winning a four way count back with Robert Lamond, Mark Bell, and Tony Molloy. No two’s and near pins for Andy Galvin and Fergus Brennan. On Tuesday the 21st Khao Kheow was the venue of the day. Courses played were A and B. I personally had never played this course before and was pleasantly surprised at the quality that I found. The

participation yet again very good and numbers are continuing to increase at every outing. Division 2 was a second win in the week for Robert Ledlie with thirty five and he was four ahead of John Thornber and John O’Leary (nice to see them back with us again) both with thirty one. Division 1. Surprise surprise was yet another win for Fergus Brennan with thirty five Robert Lamond and Stuart Rogers followed him home both with thirty two. Fergus had two two’s along with Gunner Vangsnes and Brian Beupre. The near pins went to Fergus Brennan and Phil Knight On Thursday the 23rd we diverted from our regular weekly visit to Phoenix because of a holiday price hike and went to Plutaluang. They to had also upped the anti on their price but nearly nothing like other courses. This

“Hole in One” Donald Pearson being congratulated

course is always good value for money. The oddity this time was that we played the West course and then East. Not a combination I can remember ever playing before and I must say on a personal level that the West course is not my favourite and very difficult for the higher handicap golfer. The other downside was that being a holiday the course was very busy with a mix of group sizes going out and this led to big delays for many players. Rain also occurred after some two hours of play and this changed conditions somewhat. But despite all this Fergus found his A game yet again and won the Division 1 with a clear forty points. Mike Rushant found himself five back in second on thirty five and Chaten Patel a further two back third at thirty three. Division Two was a win with thirty five for John Thornber who has obviously brought his A game with him from the UK. Alan Evans second thirty three and Rose Jackson third at thirty two. The two’s pot went to Donald Pearson with his “Hole in One” and as is traditional Donald rang the bell

for all on his return to the Travellers Rest On Saturday the 25th we were back for our regular weekend visit to Eastern Star. However this will be the last weekend visit for the foreseeable future as the management have advised us of a major hike in the weekend price despite negotiations. So alternatives are being arranged please look at our play schedule at www.trgg.biz. Good numbers so two flights. The weather started ok but rain forced a short interruption midway and the last couple of groups did not make it in before it came back again. The drive back to Pattaya was interesting too after rain deluged the Sukhamvit Road making it two hours to get back to the hotel. Division two saw Rick Kaufmann take a win with thirty five points. Second was Noel Jackson with thirty three and third Alan Evans at thirty two. The Division One win went to Eddie Townsend with a forty pointer (his comment when approached by your reporter was “I stuffed them today”). John Thornber was second at thirty two and Liam Horgan third after a three way count back with Jerry McCarthy and Frank Kelly. Only the one two and that was from John O’Leary Full Results for the week – Monday 20th October at Burapha Division One Brian Beupre 34 hc 05 c/b Fergus Brennan 34 hc 10 c/b Liam Horgan 31 hc 13 c/b Division Two Robert Ledlie 38 hc 25 Andy Galvin 31 hc 18 Kay Molloy 30 hc 27 No 2’s – Near pins for Fergus Brennan and Andy Galvin Tuesday 21st October at Khao Kheow A & B Division One Fergus Brennan 35 hc 10 Robert Lamond 32 hc 05 c/b Stuart Rogers 32 hc 11 c/b Division Two Robert Ledlie 35 hc 23 John Thornber 31 hc 17 c/b John O’Leary 31 hc 17 c/b Two’s – Fergus Brennan (2) Gunnar Vangsnes, Brian Beupre Near pins - Fergus Brennan and Phil Knight Thursday 23rd October at Plutaluang Division One Fergus Brennan 40 hc 10 Mike Rushant 35 hc 12 Chaten Patel 33 hc 14 Division Two John Thornber 35 hc 17 Alan Evans 33 hc 25 Rose Jackson 32 hc 18 Two’s – “Hole in One”

Golf from Tropical Bert’s by Thomas Cotton Stableford Competition at Phoenix GC Tuesday morning the sky was sunny but before noon ominous coal black clouds, interspersed with thunder and thick rain in the nearby hills threatened our play, but lucky for us, the sky didn’t part and all the players were able to finish without “getting wet”. Except for the exceedingly slow greens, it was otherwise an uneventful day, that is except for those few unlucky players who were viciously swarmed by a gang of ravenous dragonflies, driven by an extreme shortage of mosquitoes. After the game we found the famous club restaurant with delicious pineapple shakes and tummy-tingling tom yum goong soup. After dining, I suffered from disorientation in the multistoried Phoenix clubhouse, where I felt as though I was

Bill Knight, Mashi Kenata, Derek Brook, Lest Charles and waitress trapped inside an M.C. Escher and Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar, painting with stairs going up which isn’t actually on the and down but leading nowhere. beach, but is reputed to be Fortunately, Macho Man, located within the tropics. And Derek Brook had discovered from that very venue, we a secret egress through the back regaled the winners: First: Les Charles (41 pts) door around the clubhouse Second: Bill Knight (38 pts) which enabled us to escape Third: Derek Brook (37 pts) the maze of stairs and reach Fourth: Mashi Kenata (35 the parking lot without feeling as though we had just trekked pts) Near Pins: Derek Brook, Les to the Mount Everest Base Charles, Colin Cronin, Mashi Camp. After we arrived at the Kenata Long Putts: Les Burns, Dick parking lot, we were able to wend our way back to Pattaya Warberg

Cross Bay Swin 2008 results by Jan Abbink Long Swim 1) Nicholas Wilson Bangkok Patana School / Foremost team -time: 46.20 Nic was also last years winner. He is a sports coach at Bangkok Patana School and a tri -athlete.He is 27 years old originally from South Africa. 2) Peter Gibney - Regent’s School - time: 47.00 Peter was first in 2006 and second in 2007. Despite training very hard he did not manage to regain his title -but he was very close... 3) Lance Depew - Bangkok Patana School / Foremost team -time:49.32 A new face at this years’ swim. Lance (44) is the father of 13 year old Dascha who also swam the long swim and came in 5th. Family winners! Short Swim As we could only add late entires to the short swim ( due to safety) some of these swimmers were actually in Donald Pearson Saturday 25th October at Eastern Star Division One Eddie Townsend 40 hc 17 John Thornber 32 hc 17 Liam Horgan 31 hc 13 c/b Gerry McCarthy 31 hc 13 c/b Frank Kelly 31 hc 14 c/b Division Two Rick Kaufmann 35 hc 27 Noel Jackson 33 hc 20 Alan Evans 32 hc 25 Two’s – John O’Leary

before the juniors. Peter Gibney, Nic Wilson and Jan Abbink had last minute jointly decided that only those under 16 would qualify for a prize and this was announced at the start of the short swim. The fastest swimmer was actually Mr. Octavio Gamarra -the Senior Vice - President of Dusit International (20.33) followed by David Milziner (20.41) and Helena Marschall (21.14), who despite her youthfull looks and being part of the Bangkok Patana/ Foremost team, turned out to be 29 years old and a staff member of the school. They were followed closely by the 3 junior swimmers, who received the trophies. 1) Jessica Pisters Regent’s school - time 23.25. Jessica is 13 year old and the daughter Thai Garden Resort GM Rene Pisters and last year’s no. 2 2) Marissa Sittheeamorn - Bangkok Pattana School / Foremost Team - time 23.30 Marissa is 12 years old and a very promising new talent for the swim.

3) Nina Smart - Bangkok Pattana School / Foremost Team. Petite 11 year old Nina outswam swimmers twice her size - a major accomplishment indeed! Her 13 year old brother William bravely joined the long swim and was amongst the first half to finish. A Smart family of swimmers! Fundraising As funds are still coming in and further pledges are being made, the official final figures are not known yet. However after going over the accounts RCJP Treasurer Kees Peperkamp and Swim organiser Jan Abbink may announce that the actual net cash result exceeds Bh. 400.000. These funds will be utilised for the many humanitarian projects the club will undertake to Make Dreams Real for Children. In addition another Bh. 400.000 has already been reserved and pledged to be able to continue the Clean Water Projects. With kind regards,

Outback Golf Bar - November Schedule Monday, November 03, 2008 Burapha Tuesday, November 04, 2008 Green Valley Wednesday, November 05, 2008 Phoenix Friday, November 07, 2008 lantation & Emerald Monday, November 10, 2008 Burapha Tuesday, November 11, 2008 reen Valley Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Emerald Friday, November 14, 2008 lantation & Phoenix Contact Call Bob Tel: 0879412474


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PSC 83rd Members Open at Siam Plantation by Derek Brook WELL didn’t it rain Noah, Noah didn’t it rain?. The sky turned black and the Heavens opened and those that could made a dash for the rest stops. The one we went to was just after the third hole, and it became packed as the rain hammered down, and hot coffee soon ran out. Still the rain came down and we could see the paths deep in water and slowly the whole Course filled with water. The paths were like rivers, and the greens were under water. Still, the sky was dark and for at least one hour it lashed down.

Ladies Winner

Then as it does the rain eased and we returned to a soggy wet Course, and I started with a quadruple bogey as did many. However the greens drained well and we were able to put on them, and in fact they did not seem to lose much speed. Whether you carried on was a matter, in many cases it depended where you were when the Heavens opened, some were in the middle of a hole and were like drowned rats, other lucky enough to be near cover. It all started so well, with a full field looking forward to a fine day at Siam Plantation, then a night out at Shenanigans. Many of the players were trying out the Course for the first time, but all were expecting much. The booking in went quickly, and here the dressing rooms are fine indeed, so we were soon on the first Tee after some fine organisation. Then off on a

A & B Flight winners

Course that at 6800+ yards promised a tough day. Then came the rain and made it even harder. However one could see that this was a really fine Course as we went around. The fairways were well defined and cut, and the rough would not normally be too punishing. The rain however made the Course a monster and with the greens drying out and still as hard and tricky as ever the scores promised to be high. We also took the best part of 6 hours with the rain stops. Wet and tired, a quick shower saw many have a stop in the Restaurant before the short trip back to Pattaya. Then it was a decision whether to go straight to Shenanigans or have a break. All gathered at Shenanigans for some fine food and the prize giving. This is the first time I have been to Shenanigans since it moved, and most of the players impressions were very favorable. It did not hinder the favorable impression that Shenanigans laid on food for all the golfers and provided fine sponsorship. I suppose they were also to be thanked, for dealing with the 130 golfers and an estimated 40 or so family and friends who turned up. The ‘Pub did not run dry’ although we all tried. So special thanks to go to Simon Dutton the Companies Publican of Shenanigans ‘The Irish Pub’. Before we get into the presentation it is only fair to say .Thank You’ to all the other ‘Sponsors’ who Perry McNeely seems to have a host of them supporting him. So thanks go to The Outback Golf Bar, Jameson’s The Irish Pub, Moore Bar and Grill, Apex Profound Beauty, Trattoria Italiana, Tequila Reef, Moon River Pub, The Golf Club, The Green Bottle, The Sunset Cafe, Monkey and Drum, Tahitian Queen, MLG Insurance Group, Cafe New Orleans, Golf and Driving Range, Pattaya City Golf, People Television, the Pattaya Mail and last but not least P.S.C. Itself. Any missed, apologies, but I will get you

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C & D Winners next month. On to the presentation with a lot of really good prizes with the number of Sponsors we had. Mike Gerrard opened and introduced the Golf Chairman, Perry McNeely who welcomed all and thanked all who had helped him. Then Mike introduced The Vice President of PSC, Derek Brook who welcomed all players on behalf of PSC and thanked all who played and Perry for organising such a fine day. Then onto the presentation where Emcee Mike read out the winners and Perry did the presentation. In the A Flight the winner with a Net 76 was Monte Sykes ahead of a countback on Net 77 that saw Doug Lynch in second and Ron Birdsall in third. In fourth with a Net 78 was Dave Stockman. It will be seen that the scores are not great however one must realise how bad the weather was.

Seniors Winner

In the B Flight the winner was Geoff Cox, with a Net 70, one of only three scores under par. In second was Michael Shrossbree with a Net 75 while in third was Rich Baldwin with a net 76 and in fourth was Joe Mooneyhan with a Net 77. Onto the C Flight and back to Stableford. The winner was Jan Slotten with 37 points ahead of Peter Hammond with 36 points in second. In third was Dave Foulk with 31 points and in fourth was Dennis Jaycock with 28 points. In the D Flight the winner was Dave Booten with 38 points ahead of Roger Koeler in second with 36 points. We then had Andy Spence in third with 33 points and Tom Cotton in fourth with 30 points. So to the fair sex,and the winner of The Ladies Flight was Pimusa Tonkhoksong with 29 points ahead of Ada Tse in second with 24 points. This month we also had a special Flight for ‘The Seniors’ and bless them. The winner was Dick Kerr with 31 points on countback over Bob Benda in second. In third was Rob Bennett with 30

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MOUNTAIN Shadow The rainy season is usually all but over by this time of the year but it played havoc with the golf today with only half of the field completing their round, Of the die hards who finished their round Tony Scambler won the Stableford competition and he also won two of the near pin prizes, runner up was Mikito Homma who beat Tony Berry on a count back. Dave Booton and William Macey were the other two winners of the near pins. Results; 1st Tony Scambler (hcp 6) 37 points 2nd Mikito Homma (hcp 16) 31 points 3rd Tony Berry (hcp 9) 31 points Siam Plantation The Bunker Boy's joined in the Pattaya Sports Club (PSC) monthly Stableford competition today at Siam Plantation and a little success came our way when Geoff Cox won the B Flight and Dave Booton won the D Flight, Dave also won two near pin prizesto make it a pretty good day. Back at Shenanigan's pub for the presentation some of the boys won in the lucky prize draw notably PJ Redmond who won 10,000 Baht's worth of beauty

treatment vouchers - we're all waiting for him to turn up with a new syrup wearing make up! You never know - This is Thailand! Mountain Shadow William carried on where he left off last week by winning impressively with a three under par nett 69, Gordon Melia on his last game before returning to the UK beat Tony Berry on a count back to take

second spot and Paul Smith snuck in to fourth place with a level par round. Tony Berry won two of the near pins, Dave Booton and Paul Smith getting the others. Results 1st William Macey (hcp 12) nett 69 2nd Gordon Melia (hcp 13) nett 71 3rd Tony Berry (hcp 9) nett 71 4th Paul Smith (hcp 3) nett 72

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Golf from the Outback Golf Bar by Joey IT WAS Joachim’s Outbacker Birthday Cup today as 63 Outbackers joined him today to share in his celebration. As usual at Burapha, everything went off very smoothly from the two tee start on A & B blues, the last groups getting away at around 10.20am., some 20 mins ahead of schedule. During the latter part of the round, the course was surrounded by some serious storms making play a little nervy, but fortunately they never really got close enough to be dangerous and the rain somehow never came. Paul Greenaway, whose name will be added to the Birthday Cup honours board, took the top spot with an impressive 39 points, and earning him a small handicap adjustment from 9.9 to 9.3. Second overall went to Marlene Prudden on 37, beating Paul Quodomine on countback; thus leaving Paul to win his division. Well done Paul, turned it round after your disappointing form in Chiang Mai. Newcomer, David Hamilton (36pts) won Div A, from the Outback Golf Bar pair of Bob & Jack, Jack getting the better of Bob by virtue of his 23pts on the back nine. Bob just wanted to know where Jack got his new handicap from!!

Paul with the Birthday Boy, Joachim Overall h’cap score Steve Plant romped to 1st Greenaway, Paul 10 39 victory by six points in Div B, 2nd Prudden, Marlene 22 37 from a three way countback Div A (0 - 11) 15 players between Tom Fitzpatrick, Kevin Moraghan & Dave h’cap score 1st Hamilton, David 6 36 Boran; Dave just missing out 2nd Moseley, Jack 11 35 Kathy Doody won Div C on 3rd Philp, Bob 7 35 countback from Dale Autin, Div B (12 -14) 16 players both with 35 points. There were also three near h’cap score 1st Plant, Steve 14 36 pins (one was mysteriously 2nd Fitzpatrick, Tom 13 30 lost), sponsored by Joachim 3rd Moraghan, Kevin 13 30 and won by Paul Greenaway, Div C (15 -19) 16 players Jack & Bob, both of whom put the 500 Baht vouchers h’cap score 1st Doody, Kathy 18 35 back in a draw to be won 2nd Autin, Dale 19 35 by Alan Griffiths & John 3rd Lindborg, Bob 15 32 Hodges. Div D (20 +) 16 players There were seven ‘2’s from Tom Fitzpatrick, Paul h’cap score 1st Quodomine, Paul 23 37 Greenaway, Roy Thornton, 2nd Gibson, Peter 29 34 Bruce Milner, John Cogan, Rick 3rd Oestreicher, Joachim 25 33 Sharp & Jim Bryan.


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Siam Plantation by Joey There was a good stiff breeze blowing across the Siam Plantation course today, it’s direction giving some sign that the dry season is not far away. When the wind is present, it changes the character of many holes, in particular the par 4 fourth on Sugarcane. In the past it has been difficult to reach in two for many golfers, but today was being collared with a driver and six iron or even eight iron. Yves Moutier went one better, he didn’t just reach the green, he holed out his second shot for an eagle ‘2’, for 5 stableford points in one hit. That would wake anybody’s card up! Great shot Yves!! 41 Outbackers were out there, playing Sugarcane & Pineapple, in generally tricky

conditions as the scores suggest. The Div A cut was at 10 today, which is unusually low, but still with fourteen guys in this category, 31 was the best they could manage. A three way countback on that number resulted in Dave Smith taking it from Terry O’Connor & Dave Palmer. One player in Div B was a little better, namely Tony Glidden who won with 33, three clear of Tom Fitzpatrick (30), who in turn was 2 more in front of Steve Plant on 28. However, the top score of the day came from the Div C winner, John McGavin who managed 34 points beating Rick Kaufman by one. Michael Padilla was third on 31 and Jack Hinchey got the better of his mate, Ben Findon, to take fourth.

LOCAL SPORTS Just as a matter of interest, the average returned score in Div A was 26.9; in Div B, 25.4 and Div C, 27.0 There were four ‘2’s, two conventional ones from Tom Fitzpatrick & Eric Curley; Tony Glidden chipped his in and of course Yves Moutier with his, on a par 4. Div A (0 - 10) 14 players h’cap score 1st Smith, Dave 9 31 2nd O’Connor, Terry 10 31 3rd Palmer, David 6 31 4th Sykes, Jim 9 29 Div B (11 - 14) 13 players h’cap score 1st Glidden, Tony 12 33 2nd Fitzpatrick, Tom 13 30 3rd Plant, Steve 14 28 4th Ralph, Gary 12 28 Div C (15+) 14 players h’cap score 1st McGavin, John 27 34 2nd Kaufman, Rick 27 33 3rd Padilla, Michael 17 31 4th Hinchey, Jack 22 29

Wednesday quiz league Results

Golf From The Cafe Kronborg by Derek Brook TREASURE Hill ( Stableford) The Treasure Hill Golf and Country Club was the Host for a Stableford Competition in two Flights with the Handicap cut at 19. The A Flight did not have very good scores, with a three way countback on 29 points. Harry Griffiths was first with Walter Bachli in second and Dave Richardson in third. Tom Cotton took the B Flight with 41 points, the best score of the day by 6 points, ahead of Chris Borrett in second with 35 points and Kenny Chung in third with 33 points. The first of the two Scrambles in November is Bjarne’s Birthday Scramble on the 6th November at Burapha, and the second is the Ray Rogers Turkey Day Scramble, also at Burapha on 27th November, American Thanksgiving Day.

Frank Pilkinton Phoenix ( Medal-Monthly Mug) The good news for ‘The High Season’ is that we will continue to play ‘The Monthly Mug at Phoenix. I say the good new because the alternative, while cheaper, is too awful to contemplate. So all is

PSC from Tropical Bert’s by Thomas Cotton IT WAS not just another Tuesday morning, it was the day after a heavy downpour, which had drowned Pattana Golf Course. A bold band of golfers set out from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar to vie for the honour of humbling each other. Bert was there to bid us adieu, but concern was writ across his ample brow. At Pattana’s reception the would-be golfers were “greeted” by Chopin’s famous Sonata in B flat minor, Opus 35, otherwise known as the “Funeral March”. Was this

merely an accidental choice of music or did it portend an unhappy outcome for our hero? The weather was cooperating: the sky was hazy, with no threat of the prior day’s deluge and there was a gentle cooling breeze. But the indefatigable Macho Man was having unusual difficulty in finding the fairways and even his usual deft putting seemed to fail him. Then in pursuit of an errant Pro-VI ball, he disturbed a lady cobra, which promptly rose and hooded to display her displeasure. Indeed, it appeared that the curse of

Bill Knight, Perr Braun, Peter Whitehead and waitress

San Miguel had once again envenomed his swing. (He always blames San Miguel, except when he is on “The Roof” enjoying the saint’s company together with his loyal, but small band of adherents.) But fortune did not entirely abandon Macho Man, because he had chosen his partner wisely, one Peter Whitehead (whose mop resembles a halo rendered in a fresco by Giotto). So the “colonial” rescued the Yorkshire man from losing his mini-match. Perhaps Chopin’s dirge was premature. For Australia, it was a good day all round, as Bill Knight finished first. To which, the smile on Bill’s face, recorded in the photo snapped back at Tropical Bert’s surrounded by his carousing acquaintances, will attest. First: Bill Knight (38 pts) Second: Peter Whitehead (35 pts), on count-back Third: Perr Braun (35 pts) Near Pins: Peter Whitehead, Nigel Perry, Perr Braun, Bill Knight Long Putts: Nigel Perry, Perr Braun

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good ahead. This is a much better Course than it was some years ago, and in the present financial climate that is hard to say of most Courses. The Course has been made much harder,and this can be seen from the scores that win the Mug these days and the one’s that used to win. I can remember someone with a net 62 losing, mind on countback, while these days a net 69/70 is usually good

Arthur Bailey enough to win. On to the business of the day, and on this day we had a return to big turnouts and were scrambling for Tee Times. So nine groups set off and despite being behind groups ahead we managed to forge ahead steadily and the first group finished in under 4 hours. The course was in variable condition, with the first nine, the Lakes, having good greens and the second nine, The Ocean, having bumpy, bouncy and sandy greens. The rest of the Course was in it’s usual fine condition with excellent views. I always like a Course with fine views, it gives me something to look at from the rough. Round over, a quick bite for some of us in the Restaurant

Tom Cotton and it’s ++, then on the road back to Pattaya and the Cafe Kronborg for it’s one time a Month presentation back at the ‘Ranch’. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Frank Pilkington with a net 70. He won a three way countback with Per Olaf Baarli in second and Monte Sykes in third. In the B Flight the scores were not quite so good, with the winner being Arthur Bailey with net 73, our 80 year old who walks and wins, ahead of Per Brown with net 74 and in third Graham Buckingham with net 75. So to the winner, and after Months when the winner has not broken net 70, this Month we had a real winner when Mike Winfield strolled in with a net 66. Well done Mike. Near Pin Derek Brook Colin Cronin Peter Hammond Takeshi Hakozaki

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Dale at the top again by Paul E. Donahue THE Three Sisters gang headed out at the Pattaya Country Club early on the 21st for a fine, if a bit warm, round of golf. The course is in great shape but the greens were hard to read, some a bit slow, others were lightning fast. The scores, in general, reflected the tough times on the greens as many of the high men came in a bit less than their usual. Dale Murphy again took the number one position with a 35 trailed by recent returnee from the US, Dick Kerr with 34. The remainder came in from 32 on down to a sad 21.

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Year Old Already: On Saturday night 1 November the Sakura Club ogling den (Soi 15, off Walking Street) will be holding a party to celebrate its first anniversary. This place has been a relatively quiet operation since it started, usually drawing punters through the portals who have already spent a few baht in the very popular Baby Dolls (next door) and What’s Up (across the soi) dens. While it has never enjoyed the same popularity as the aforementioned, it has had its moments and is usually worth at least one drink. Management are apparently intending to introduce an expats discount card where punters will be able to pick up a 20 percent discount on drinks, obviously outside of happy hours and not including ladies libations. Good idea and it’s nice to see people at least trying to expand their regular trade when business is a little slow instead of resorting to price gouging and scams. The Call of the Card: In the last issue I mentioned the Boxing Roo beer boozer and occasional punting paradise (Third Road, opposite Soi Lengkee) will be showing Australia’s premier horse race, the Melbourne Cup, at around 9:30AM on Tuesday 4 November. The night before there will be a small party where interested persons can come along and, should they wish, hand over either 100 baht or 1,000 baht and go into a sweep for a runner in the big race. If you draw the eventual winner, runner-up, or third placegetter there’s a nice return on investment: definitely better than bank interest or owning shares in Lehmann Brothers. On Hold for Now: The Coyotee’s ogling den (Soi

Town for a long time. I’m not sure if the new owners intend to revert to the old cognomen, but we’ll know soon enough. Business, Almost as Usual: In the last column I made mention of a sudden change in the status of Soi 6, Fun Town’s best-known and most popular hangout for men with only a short time to spend an afternoon. Deadline constraints made it impossible to provide a wealth of detail, but the following is basically my understanding of what happened. After foreign news reports, complete with revealing footage, were broadcast, officials charged with upholding Thailand’s good name and reputation sent the proverbial ‘rocket’ up the clackers of as many people in dun-coloured uniforms as they could find. These suitably chastised pen-pushers then demanded something be seen to be done to make Soi 6 resemble an un-used back-lot on a Warner Brothers studio (‘please supply tumbleweeds and a strong wind, if possible’). Most bar owners recognised the crackdown for what it was: the standard bluff-and-bluster, huff-andI’M WILLING TO BE CLUBBED BY ANY OR ALL: The Club Boesche ogling den (Soi 16, off Walking Street) has been battling through puff of officialdom with the usual nod-and-a-wink to this low season just like many other places, but can usually be relied upon to have a few shining examples of the art of chrome pole molesting ride it all out and wait for the cavorting about. This trio would be welcome in any den, any night of the dust to settle. Although bars week, and twice on Sundays. (Photo by DAK) were now officially not of businesses failing on the it still made a decent monthly permitted to open their site. One of these used to profit, but short of most doors to the paying public be the building housing the other dens in the street. It until 6:00PM, the majority Coyotee’s ogling den, but was no real surprise to see it opened anyway, but did not three years of success has sold off to the first person have any girls on the street, changed the ‘fortunes’ of with a wallet-load of personality just hanging at the front that site. Another building willing to attempt a revival. door and waving punters that has failed to be much of Equally, it was no surprise through the portals. If a success over the years is to see the new owners made anybody was old enough it in Pattayaland Soi 2. It’s a hardly any changes to the might have reminded them narrow shophouse at the inside of the den and, this of speakeasies, in the days Beach Road end of the soi being the case, it wasn’t of Prohibition in the United and has been tried as a den much of a shock when it States. After a series of meetings of the chrome pole for years, failed to attract enough the last incarnation going custom to stay open longer between bar owners or than a year. Indeed, that it their representatives and lasted a year was almost licensing officials the bars are now back to their old amazing. On the other side of the opening hours of around coin, the former Crystal 1:00-2:00PM, but they have balls-r-us pink palace, been warned to keep the situated right next door to outside solicitations well the long-established Cheers and truly in check. Supposedly, beer boozer, has apparently only two girls will be been leased out to the permitted to spruik for management of the Rodeo custom outside, and these Girls ogling den (also in the damsels must be dressed in same soi; like a Tasmanian no more than a combination township, they keep it all in neck-to-knee bathers, long the family). When the group woollen socks, and sensible alluded to in the above shoes while their mouths are paragraph was in full flight covered with gaffer tape. this joint went under the A Walk on the Dark Side: name Bubbles, and was one As most expats are well of the top three or four dens aware, the growth in the of the chrome pole in Fun number of boozers offering Marina Plaza) had intended to hold one of its popular dance contests on Sunday night 26 October, but a couple of the participating bars apparently asked if the event could be delayed to coincide with the start of the high season. So, mark down Sunday night 30 November in your diary because that’s the intended new date for the contest and it will be well worth attending. Popped its Clogs; Blowing its Bubbles: Over the years I’ve written of places that, for some strange reason, appear to be black holes when it comes to the number

under the name Popcorn. After struggling for almost a year I notice the shutters have come down and there’s a sign on the door offering the joint for a bargain 800,000 baht. Prior to becoming Popcorn it was operated for years under the name All Girls, although in unkind moments I used to refer to the place as All Ghouls. Of the six dens then run by the same group in Pattayaland Soi 2 it was always the worst in terms of the quality of dancing damsels and general ambience. During the heyday of Pattayaland Soi 2 I imagine

female entertainment of the grab-a-snatch variety in the eastern areas of Pattaya has been phenomenal in the last five years or so. It wasn’t so long ago that there were just three or four places open for business of the afternoon delight variety, most frequented by golfers returning from a hard nine or 18. Now the average through soi has a veritable clutch of places. One of the more prominent and certainly popular of the streets is Soi Khao Noi with the bulk of what are all Sierra Tango boozers situated beyond the railway line, heading east. On a recent lazy afternoon I decided to check out four places all within a short stroll of each other. The first one I went into was the Flintstone. It has only been open two months and is nicely appointed. The joint employs about a dozen ladies of varying degrees of attractiveness. Amber fluid is of the bottled variety only, lolly water is 50 baht and there is a pool table with games charged at 20 baht a time. Just a few metres down the road is Paradise. This place has been open since March 2007. Its entrance is unprepossessing but once inside punters must surely be reminded of a standard Soi 6-like den. It has added a pool table, but games are free for customers. While there were only seven or eight ladies working, they were a typically friendly lot of knob fondlers and, of the four places I was to visit, Paradise was easily the busiest in terms of bums on seats. Lolly water is just 30

baht and lady drinks good value at only 80 baht. Bottled amber goes off at a mere 50 baht during a 6:00 to 7:00PM happy hour. Heading further towards Sukhumvit Road is Noi’s. This has been open longer than the other pair and is a combination open-air seating area at the front and a little more private section inside. The pool table gets plenty of use from both customers and girls and is, like Paradise, free for customers. About 12 ladies, two or three very easy on the eye, were on hand to greet customers with the traditional between-the-legs handshake. Lady drinks at 50 baht and lolly water at 30 baht make this good value. The last place I intended to visit was the Cock Inn. I have no idea how good or bad it is because there was a single lady re-arranging the deck chairs when I wandered past and with no eye candy to draw me into the place I just kept on walking. I’ll have to save it up for another sojourn. All the boozers open early and, due to the zoning regulations, are supposed to be closed by midnight. In all places the standard bar fine for an in-house organ recital is 300 baht, with the lady providing the mattress action asking for 700 baht. For me, the two standouts were Paradise and Noi’s, based not just on their pricing policy, but as much as on the general ambience and attitude of the working wenches in both joints. Piece of Pith: Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.


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Don’t jump too soon IN the old days, we were mostly taught to jump bid in response to partner’s opening bid if you had opening points too. The idea was that both you and partner would know at the very beginning of the auction that there was surely a game (or a slam) for your side. But modern practice is to delay a jump bid as responder or even not to do it at all and to keep things on the move by bidding a different suit. The

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1. Which Thai prime minister was unseated following the king’s intervention in 1992? 2. Is Loch Ness, at its deepest point, more or less than 500 feet? 3. Which of the seven wonders of the ancient world stood at an Egyptian harbour entrance? 4. The reign of which English royal house began with Henry VII? 5. Who was Sweeney Todd’s female partner in crime in most fictional accounts?

ANSWER BRUISED PURSUED RESCUED BUILDER CAPITAL INITIAL HISTORY CHAPTER CANINES PREPARE

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Romanasia Commences credit crunch lunches By Mick and Di The Food Lovers A GOURMET lunch with a glass of wine or beer for B.145? Where in the world could this be a reality and not just a foodie’s dream? Jomtien is the answer and Romanasia the venue. Mick and I had heard about these credit crunch lunches and ventured out the other week to investigate and discover if it were true and what was on the menu.

The distinctive eye-catching architecture of Romanasia is impressive. Step through the imposing gates, stroll over the Italianesque-inspired bridge and enter through its lofty portals into a bar and restaurant of instant appeal. Romanasia eschews all stereotypes; it is

uniquely itself, from the atypical décor to the creativity and inventiveness of the menu. It is the handiwork of Derek and Sue Bryant who together have created this setting where Sue wields her sorcery in the kitchen and Derek takes charge front of house. After an aperitif at the bar we settled down to read the menu. Amongst the twelve set lunches are minced beef steak medallions served with fried vegetables, beef grilled and

sliced with Thai herbs and rice, pork stroganoff and garlic fried rice, tuna fried in garlic and pepper with rice, prawns with mixed vegetables and sweet chilli gravy. Mick opted for the chicken chat (cubed chicken coated with cumin, coriander, garlic, turmeric, chilli and lemon

juice) while I plumped for chicken tikka masala. I very much enjoyed the tender chicken enveloped in a spicy, tomato curry gravy and gave Mick gave his approval to the highly spiced chat. These are piquant-hot dishes so do ask for a mild version if you don’t enjoy the heat of chilli. A complimentary glass of wine, Tiger beer or a soft drink completes this creditable credit crunch lunch. The a la carte menu is choca-bloc with exciting creative culinary concepts at prices so reasonable it will make your eyes boggle! The appetisers include Romanasia’s most popular dish of garlic prawns in sizzling butter. This is served a la mode of snails in a specially hollowed out dish with charming earthenware hats to keep each juicy prawn hot and succulent. Other best sellers are the Mediterranean salad of prawns and bacon with croutons and Parmesan cheese, or smoked salmon with grilled vegetables and a magic sauce with pink pepper. Main courses offer, amongst many choices, pork steak with buffalo Mozzarella cheese, porcini mushrooms, fried mashed potato and onion gravy or scallops atlantico in an onion mushroom cream sauce

accompanied by mixed salad. Remarkably, none of the main courses are more than B.195, so visit soon and discover for yourself the reason why Romanasia is one of Pattaya’s most popular restaurants. Located off Soi 6, Pratamnak Hill, Pattaya/Jomtien. Take the small soi 700 metres on the right – marked as Soi 9 – Romanasia. Open every day except Sunday. Lunch from 12.00 noon till 3.00 pm. Dinner 5.00 pm till 10.00 pm. Tel: 087 141 4531 or 087 135 8357

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DINING OUT

Vitamina by Valentino

Trattoria Bologna By Mick and Di The Food Lovers VITAMINA by Valentino is the latest restaurant to arrive on Restaurant Row (AKA Theppraya Hill, Jomtien). It is located on the brow of the hill in front of the Royal Hill Resort Condo and enjoys a charming leafy garden, a huge roof terrace (of which more later) and a comfortable airconditioned dining room. It was here that Mick and I dined recently and enjoyed the camaraderie of chef/proprietor Riccardo Neri and friends. Riccardo holds an enviable reputation as a “Chef’s Chef” and his restaurant an Italians home from home where honest, authentic dishes can be enjoyed in a friendly, laidback ambiance. To start the proceedings we enjoyed a refreshing glass of Pinot Grig and nibbled soft pizza bread straight from the oven. Garlic bread with fresh chopped tomatoes and olive oil followed with a platter of cold cuts (antipasto di affettati misti B.350) dotted with glorious premier class Parmesan cheese. The wonderful flavours of this combination belied its simplicity; transparent savoury, salty Parma ham plus Italian air dried beef filet (Bresaola) was the most delicious prelude to our Italian table. (Riccardo’s birth place is near Bologna, in the gastronomical region of Emilia-Romagna; known to Italians as “la dotte e

la grassa” (the learned and the fat one). It is generally regarded as the heart of Italian cuisine producing their world famous sauces, salamis, prosciutto and probably the best known cheese in the world, Parmigiamo Reggiano.) Amongst other starters we spotted mozzarella in carrozza (deep fried sandwich filled with mozzarella cheese), shrimp cocktail and several home-made soups. We tasted the sensational mixed sea food salad and it proved to be sweet, succulent and so briny fresh we were surprised they weren’t wriggling! The home of lasagna is Bologna and therefore Riccardo takes filial pride in making this perennially popular dish to the recipe passed down through the generations of his family, not

the “globalised” version too often seen around the world. This is serious fare and when served bubbling and piping hot

straight from the oven, with the profoundly satisfying flavour of excellent marinated ground beef, it is a joy of a dish. Other pasta dishes are spaghetti,

penne or rigatoni served with many sauces including the house signature al ragu Bolognese (B.160), the beloved carbonara which shines supreme for its blazing simplicity plus alla vongole (baby clams). Main courses continue with their speciality beef fillets from B.320 and also the famous ossobuco alla Milanese (veal shanks in tomato and white wine sauce). Our main course was cottoletta alla Milanese; the tenderest veal cutlet expertly butter-fried in crunchy breadcrumbs and yielding a profusion of mmmmm’s from our table. Mixed seafood skewers, steamed sea bass fillet, fritto misto di mare and salmon steak are all featured in the sea food section plus there is

a special “Fridays Only” fish trio of gourmet dishes: cozze e vongole alla marinara (B.190), pesce al forno con patates (B.420) and grigliata mista (for two) at B.690. By this time we were feeling pleasantly sated but room just had to be saved for Riccardo’s coup de grace – his semi freddo. This queen of Italian deserts literally means semi frozen and is as timeless in Italian delicacies as it is delicious. Rich cream, brandy and chocolate combine to produce a dessert to die for. Dessert lovers be warned; it is totally addictive! Mention should be made of the top terrace where a professional bar-tender will happily serve cocktails and happy-hour-priced drinks from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm. All drinks are accompanied by complimentary bar snacks and entertainment of soft live music which nightly fills the evening air to complete the romantic setting. A glass of sambuca brought down the curtain on this most Italian of Italian evenings. Vitamina by Valentino is a charming traditional restaurant serving authentic specialities from the Emilia-Romagna region, plus much more. The menu offers genuine cuisine rooted in geography and history served without pomp or pretension just utilizing the very best of ingredients and cooked in the time-honoured manner. Vitamina by Valentino is open daily from 8.00 am till late. Tel: 038 250913 or visit www.vitaminavalentino.com or email: info@vitaminavalentino.com.

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Articles for Sale Making your Business our Business “NEW” GO TO OUR WEBSITE WITH THE CODE “NEW” www.premierinternational.com (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.

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

(ptm-0608)Electric Bicycles – Economical and environmentally friendly. Ride 40 km between battery recharges. Each recharge costs only 4 baht. Quiet. No pollution. For catalogues & prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 964 8405-7, ecobrand@truemail.co.th. Visit their website, www.ecobrand.net. (ptm-0608)Mobility Scooters - Portable 3 wheels, 4 wheels, latest models. Full service by distributor. For catalogues and prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 964 8405-7, ecobrand@truemail.co.th. Visit their website,www.ecobrand.net (ptm-0508)Sofa/bed, fold-up. L210cm W100cm H50cm, Firm, Light-turquoise w/gold fleck. Professionally custom made by StephanOchoa, Co. Pattaya. 1-Year old, seldom used. Asking B3000. 038 076 542, Thai 081 381 7199. (pta-rin0508)4 Meter Kitchen Stainless Steel Extractor Unit with 15m. of extra ducting, ideal for hotel kitchen or large restaurant. Good order. Only 38,000 baht. Tel. Chad at 081 429 1482 (pta-rin0508)Cold Meat Slicer. Large, Electric. New price 30,000 baht. Sell for 17,500 baht. Tel.Chad at 081 429 1482 (ptfas-0508)Antique Carved Wooden Bench, originally from Chiang Mai, perfect for game room or patio, 162 long X 60 deep. Must well immediately. Originally 18,500 Baht, quick sale now 7,500 Baht. Call Gary at 089 803 0388 or email sanmyn@aol.com (ptfas-0508)Due to Cancellation, reselling Cannon Printer Pixma IP 1600 for computer. 850 bahts or near offer. Tel. 038 367 206 (ptfas-0408)Baby’s Furniture. Bed, playpen, stroller, bureau, high chair, bottles sterilizer etc. 18,000 baht. Sofa + 2 chairs 2,500 baht. 038 406 334 Evenings

(ptfas-p2407)Cheapest TV’s in Pattaya!!! I have a wide range and certain brands of TV’s that are all brand new and come with 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. From LCD’s, Plasma’s to standard TV’s. All of which come in a range of sizes. Not only TV’s but many electrical Items are available for sale i.e. fridge freezers and washing machines. For further information and prices on any items please contact Alan on 084 944 2541.

Pets and Vets (ptm-s0508)Top-Dog Hotel. Boarding facilities for dogs, cats, etc. Jomtien Beach. Call (English) 086 154 0377, (Thai) 085 042 8811 Must Love Cats! Two lovable, healthy junior kittens need good home. One male, one female. Please call 086 160 5835 Pocket Dog, a very beautiful Chihuahua puppy for sale, female, brown, short hair, very clean, healthy, happy, good toy dog, for 6,500 Baht, Lin 089 152 1533

Boat for Sale (ptm-0508)For Sale Imported Cruiser Boat from US – 29 feet, 320 HP. Many option – GPS – Fish Finder – Hot water – Toilet – Shower etc. – Correct Price. Tel. 085 225 4037 (ptm-0508)Imported Used Boat Years 2005 to 2008. Cabin Cruiser Bow Rider ….. start from 24 feet up to your dream. Available today in Pattaya or under order. 3 month delivery with registration and complete check up. Bargain Prices. Mortgage available for every one to suit any budget. Call Today for information 085 225 4037 (ptm-0208)Speed Boat for Sale including book & banana boat 230,000 baht, long 21 feet, 90 HP (excellent engine). Please call 086 841 5976 (ptm-0208)Jet Ski for Sale: 63,000 baht, 650 CC, excellent engine. Please call 086 841 5976 (ptm-r2207)Explore The Beautiful Beaches, Islands, Coral Reefs Near Pattaya or go fishing on your own fast Trimaran, for a very affordable price. A share in this sailboat cost only 3,000 US Dollars. Call Richard at 086 156 7323 or rlecavalier@hotmail.com (ptm-0007)Quick sale Chaparral Speed Boat 22 ft. excellent condition, Yamaha 250 HP V6 engine. Price: 750,000 Eng : 081 003 3703 Thai : 081 295 7928

Business Opportunities (ptm-m0708)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-0408)We Supply and Service Game Machines. Free of charge! We supply the machine, you provide the location. Call 081 762 8379 (ptm-sp1808)Pool Tables Brand New (coin operated). Profit sharing, you provide the location, we provide the pool table for free and all maintenance costs. We will also consider buying your old pool table. For more information, please call: 081 762 8379 (ptm-d0408)Jomtien Holiday Hotel Soi. 2 newly designed shophouses together. 4 floors, 3 bedrooms, 3 bath, aircon throughout, western kitchen, internet available, 50 meters from the beach with 270 degrees ocean views. 1st floor can open shop/bar or use for parking in the electric lock up garage. Rent (no key money) Furnished – 19,000 baht per month. Unfurnished – 16,000 baht per month. Sale – 3.7 million baht. Phone: 087 013 5770 (ptm-k1008)Large Walking Street Bar for Sale. 3 pool tables, UBC, LCD TVs, fully licensed, long 3+3 year lease. 2.2 mil. baht. Tel. Eng 089 932 6716, Thai 081 863 5789 Looking for a Business in Pattaya/Jomtien? Beauty Salon, Restaurants; Guest Houses, Bars, MiniMart, A GoGo, Hotels and many more. Prices start from 300,000 THB.To find your business visit www.bocpattaya.com or call 038 406 738 or 0874811560 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 www.tsba.info Pool Lounge- There are four full size American pool tables in this well established lounge. The lounge currently has 3 pool teams and runs many competitions, as well as a fully stocked bar. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@tsba.info Bar / Guest House – An opportunity has arisen to purchase this well appointed guest house, located on one of pattays busiest streets. There are five rooms all with air con, and a fully stocked bar offering both pool and darts with indoor and outdoor seating. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@tsba.info Hostess Bar- One of Pattaya most well known bars, has three years proven accounts showing a very healthy profit. This bar will not be on the market for long. Viewing is highly recommended. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@tsba.info

SOI 7 BAR –This busy beer bar located right in the heart of the action. The bar has been established for many years and has always made good profits. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@tsba.info 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 (pta-pat0008)4 Shop Houses for sale. Need renovation. Fantastic position, 50 meters to Na Jomtien Beach. Price 3.5 MB. each. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Shop houses commercial store fronts for best pricing. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Investors wanted for Commercial Real Estate Ventures. Major Investments over 50million, see what the Public can’t see. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PLB0103) Pattaya, just off Beach Front rd, with 3 sides covered it could be enclosed very easily. Great potential, for this very large bar. Over 80 seats, very large bar area with a very large stage for a live band “closed now”, needs some repairs but, for 550,000 priced way under market value 200,000 deposit 25,000 a month. . Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PLB0092) 10,000 a month on this new Contract. 1,650,000, this is a giveaway at this price. This single shop house bar in a very busy soi off Jomtien beach road you won’t find a deal like this again. The owner has been there making money for the last four years, said he made a lot of money so he can sell for whatever he wants…Let someone else “ have fun”, that is what he said.

(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. 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. (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. (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. (PLB0099)Another Walking Street Bar Priced to sell 90% inside w/3 pool tables. Large stage for everyone to share entertainment 2,200,000 all deposits paid and included in price for the first 2.5 years (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. (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. 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. (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. 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. 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. (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. (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. (PLD0537) Land on Suhkumvit Road, Pattaya area. Great exposure for your business. 2 plus rai with a building. Building must be removed. (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. (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. (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. (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. (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.

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0234/SLN – Open Beer Bar – Located in beer bar complex on 2nd Road. Rent only 12,000 baht per month & No Key Money. Sale Price: 250,000 baht. 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 0278/SLN – Bar with Rooms – 4 storey single shop house located in south Pattaya. On the ground floor is a bar area with five rental rooms above. Rent is 23,000 baht per month and 100,000 baht per year Key Money. Sale Price: 750,000 baht 0255/SLN – Bar – Located in busy ‘night life’ area of Central Pattaya. Above the bar is a single room with en suite bathroom. Profitable business and easy to manage. Rent only 6,000 baht per month and annual key money of 150,000 baht which has been pre paid till Sept. 2008. Sale Price: 900,000 baht 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: 950,000 baht. 0254/SLN – Go Go Bar – 4 storey single shop house, located in busy ‘foot traffic’ area of South Pattaya. Monthly rent is 30,000 baht and Key Money has been pre-paid till October 2009. Sale Price: 1.3 million baht. 0199/SLN – Laundry with Rooms above – Busy laundry business located in Central Pattaya. 4 storey single shop house with 3 large studio apartments on the upper floors for rental. Rent only 15,000 per month with Key Money of 60,000 baht per year. Sale Price: 1.5 million baht 0219/SLN – Beer Bar – Extremely profitable beer bar located in busy complex on Beach Road. Owner can verify accounts for last 3 years. Sale Price: 1.8 million baht 0266/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – 4 Storey double shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a large bar area which was refurbished within the last 12 months complete with a new light and sound system. On the upper floors are 8 rental rooms. Low rent. Sale Price: 1.85 million baht. 0287/SLN – Bakery & Mini Mart – Located in two separate single storey units in East Pattaya - specializing in the baking of home made pies. Good customer base throughout the bar & restaurant trade in Pattaya. Sale Price: 1.9 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 0282/SLN – Bar with Rooms – 4 storey single shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Jomtien. The ground floor bar has been refurbished to a high standard. On the upper floors are 4 rental rooms and 1 large apartment. The owner has enjoyed good profits over the last 6 months. Long lease and Key Money has been prepaid till April 2010. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht 0286/SLN – Pool Lounge – Profitable business located in Central Pattaya with bar facilities. Currently playing in 3 local leagues. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht. 0284/SLN – Hostess Bar with Rooms - 3 storey, double shop house located in a busy Soi in the heart of the ‘nightlife‘ action. Ground floor bar recently refurbished. Rent 30,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 2.75 million baht 0269/SLN - Bar & Guesthouse - 3 storey double shop house, located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of North Pattaya. Large ground floor bar with external seating area and 7 rental rooms above. The business generates good turnover & profits. Low rent and no Key Money. Sale Price: 4.9 million baht. 0154/SLN - Restaurant - Well established Restaurant located in North Pattaya - seating capacity for nearly 100 customers. Have enjoyed good profits over the last two years. Key Money has been paid till February 2010 and is transferable. Sale Price: 6.5 million baht. 0270/SLN - Furniture & Interior Decor shop - Incorporating a retail shop, which also offers interior decor project design for clients. The sale price includes in excess of 5 million bahts worth of stock and a Limited company which would enable any prospective buyer to obtain 2 foreign work permits. ‘Walk into’ a well established, extremely profitable business. There is also a seperate entrance with 12 rental rooms above the retail shop. Sale Price: 8 million baht. 0237/SLN - Bar with Rooms above - Extremely profitable bar (which current owner can verify), with 4 rental rooms above, located in a very busy ‘foot traffic’ area of Central Pattaya. The bar has been fitted out to a very high standard. Low rent and NO KEY MONEY. Included in the sale of the business is a Limited Company. Sale Price: 9 million baht. (the current owner will provide financing if required). 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. 0247/SLN - Bar/Restaurant and Guesthouse - Located in South Pattaya. Extremely profitable business which the current owner can verify. On the ground floor is a large bar and restaurant. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings. Sale Price: 25 million baht. 0273/SLN – Lawn Bowling Club – Located in East Pattaya on 3 rai of land. 2 International bowling greens, separate bar & restaurant, 5 en suite bedrooms & swimming pool. Foreign ownership in Company name. Viewing highly essential. Sale Price 30 million. 0238/SLN - Hotel - Located in Central Pattaya. The hotel comprises of 20 guestrooms on 6 floors, which were all totally refurbished during 2007 to a very high standard. There is also an Owner penthouse suite on the top floor. The business has also enjoyed virtual full occupancy since opening in September 2007. Included in the selling price is the land, building and all the fixture and fittings which are in a Company name. Sale Price: 45 million baht.

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(PSH009) 10,000 baht a month for this vacant shop house with Views. Needs lots of work in this hallow shell, but with beach views like this….And the price” My goodness!” it is a steal..! walk to the beach in 2 seconds . Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0126) Beer Bar & Guest House With Two balconies overlooking the bar. Pool table disc jockey both. Flat screen TV, Large Kitchen that isn’t being used 27sqm. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0117) Very nice Dbl shop house Restaurant, 9rm Guest house w/pool table, 2nd one in on the sub soi with front road coverage. Perfect guesthouse for only 9.5mil @ 15,000 a month. Over 1.5 mill in profit without advertising. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0116) Five storey Double shop house with 10rooms. 22million, “building included”. Very nice restaurant and bar. Over 2.5mil a year in profit. Some financing maybe available Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0114). Mini Mart Store with Guest house on beach front road. The mini mart collects over 600,000 a year in income, making it very easy to weather high and low season. With over 16 rooms w/beach views and a restaurant, Study Cliental, Website, Parking on the street and in the back of the building, your call, but I think this is the one. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0110) Shop House Jomtien Complex. Lower retail store already rented out which creates a positive cash flow for this 4 story building. At 5.2 million it is a steal. The owner has moved to Bangkok. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PHG0102) 80 room Resort between Jomtien and Pattaya. 150,000,000 Make an offer, Plenty of room to make this a 5 star. Needs good management that knows what to do with this gem.. Owner wants fast sale. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th (PHG0107) 150million very private Resort style Spa with Theme park swimming pool. Very large ponds, bridges and Gazebos. Four two bedroom guest homes. Separate building with Theatre, Conference room, Fitness Center. Also included is very large 2 story home. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th

(PRT0098) Get a Pizza this. Pizza parlor with support. Long proven track record @ 2.5 million baht or can finance a new location. Your choice! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Investors wanted for projects over 100 million baht. If you are one of the few,and looking for real estate ventures, or an on going concerns, call now and find out what is really on the market. All Gold member investors must provide financial statement before viewing, “Non Public listings”. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th (PLM0002) With Beach front Exposure. Massage Parlor with Views, owners apartment Top floor. Priced to sell 1.5 mill. This dbl shop house is very nice and under priced. Very exciting business opportunity. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY This is a change for the serious investor who is looking to take over a running business with already a guaranteed net income of 20 Million Thai Baht a year with a potential net income of 100 Million Thai Baht a year. Asking price is 150 Million Baht. As the owner wants to keep the sale of his business quiet we can not give more details at this time. For more information please call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th

Education & Training (pta-tk0008)Do you Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. 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 www.prolanguage.co.th

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(pta-0406)PROGRESS Language & Computer School (Licensed & Certified by Ministry of Education) Thai (3 Year Education Visa—Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours)-EnglishDutch- Russian- French-ItalianGerman-Japanese-ChineseKorean-Spanish-ComputerInternet——Translation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost Opposite Bus Station to Bangkok) (next to Lukdod Shop) Please call: 081 577 2967, 038 370 263 (pta-0406)PRO becomes PROGRESS. Please note that PRO Language & Computer School has now been renamed PROGRESS Language & Computer School. It still offers excellent quality course in language and computer skills. Progress Language & Computer School (Licensed & Certified by The Ministry of Education) Thai(Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours) )-English-DutchGerman-Italian-FrenchJapanese-Chinese-RussianKorean-Spanish-ComputerInternet——Free Trial Thai & English lessons 1 period— Qualified and Experienced Teachers—Translation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost Opposite Bus Station to Bangkok) (next to Lukdod Shop) Please call: 038 370 263, 038 423 639, 081 577 2967

House for Sale (ptm-c0408)Bargain Opportunity. Luxury Bungalow Completed January 2007. Good location, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, aircon, etc. 24 hours security. Cost 4 million baht will sell for 3 million baht. Parking several cars. Tel. Thai 089 669 1507, Tel. English 085 934 5411 (ptm-m0708)Chockchai Garden 4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Twin Home. 3 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-r0408)New 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2 Storey Home. Soi Kao Talo on 98 sq. wah land – community pool, 5 minutes from Tesco/Big C, 3.95 m baht. Call 086 109 0721 (ptm-r0408)New Home for Rent or Sale on Highway 36 Banglamung near Regents International School – 10 minutes from Bangkok Pattaya Hospital – 3 minutes from Motorway. Fully furnished. Beautiful. Sale 2.46 mil. Baht, Rent 20,000 baht per month. Call 086 109 0721

(ptm-b0408)Single-house for Sale, Siam Country Club Road, 2.600 000B, beautiful garden 404 m2, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, separate WC, living room with corner cooks, curtains and A/C in each rooms, cover terrace , hot water tank, water tank 1000 l, possibility individual swimming pool, road 27 HUEYTANU, near guest house “la guinguette”. Phone : 087 107 9519, E-mail: bruno.mart@free.fr (ptm-m0708)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-2407)House for Sale near Sukhumvit rd. between South and Central Pattaya. 54 TLW, with garden, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Only 4,000,000 baht. Call 081 833 6661 (ptm-d1408)Mabprachan Gardens, representative properties in top Expat location for business on the Eastern Seaboard. Sale and Lease. Call 081 636 9289, www.chevdev.net, agents welcome (ptm-vi0008)Genuine 25% discount OFF the original price. Luxury & Prestigious Beach Side Living at an unbelievable low price. Design & build your own house on any of the last 10 remaining plots, plots range from 520 sq.m to 680 sqm. And also complete finished house that ready to move in, with kitchens & bathrooms complete with granite, Daiken Air Conditioning, Direct beach front access, stunning club house & restaurant was 5.3 mil. before and now reduced to 3.8 mil. baht only. Call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 HS1174: 4 bed, 3 bath bungalow East Pattaya on SP village 2, interior size 280 S qm, very clean house, Part furnished, for sale at 5.5 Million Baht inclusive of company. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com HS1160: 3 bed bungalow close to the Sukhumvit road, on a secure development, a reasonable price of 3.5 Million Baht Call for more info 0849442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com


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House for Sale HS1166: Chaiyapruk 2 area, 180 S qm land, interior 100 S qm, 2 bed, 2 bath, sell with company, unfurnished, Internet installed, 2.3 Million Baht Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HS1068: REDUCED price house in Bang Saray, Dhewee park, 100 Sq w plot, 3 bed private pool, alls extras included call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com H1. Lovely small home. 92 sqm of lovely and equipped home at Eakmongkol village 4 with 2 bedrooms fully furnished, dark tinted windows and front door included. Beautiful area pool with pool table,Thai and Western kichen. Near Lotus, Big C. Carrefour. ( Ref. H 424). Sale price 1,550,000 Baht. Call us 038 231712 Eng./ Germ. 084 3626989

H5. Pratamnak Hill Most Exclusive Villa. These beautifully designed home will leave you speechless. Just 5 minutes by car from the heart of Pattaya City, walking Street, fine restaurants and entertainment, only 5 minutes to Pattaya bay or Jomtien Beach. Relaxing into a Jacuzzi / swimming pool . Living area is 517 sqm on a land size 742 sqm . Whether it is going to be your vacation home or your permanent home Exotic Hill is the place for you. ( Ref.H 401) Sale price 17,000,000 Baht. Call us 038 231712 Eng./ Germ. 084 3626989 H2. Villa on the lake. An impressive Villa-located directly on a beautiful lake. U shape house on the land size 880 sqm 4 bedrooms. 4 bathrooms and 1 outdoor bathroom. Basement room for water tank, pool filter system and store room Total area app.264 sqm. Garden design included waterfall and Fish pond (Ref. H 431). Sale price 9,750,000 Baht. Call us 038 231712 Eng./ Germ. 084 362 6989

Classified Private House 2 Storey for sale at Jomtien location near the beach 172 Sq.Wah. 250 Sq.m. 3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Built in furniture, Nice decorated, European kitchen, 5 Air con, and hot water, Large living room, large garden, and Private swimming pool Price at 7,900,000 Baht , Call North Shore real Estate 038-3038256 or e-mail : info@nsrethailand.com (pta-pat0008)House For Sale Na Jomtien. 4 storey townhouse, direct beach front, sea views, swimming pool. Price 13 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (pta-pat0008)2 Town Houses on Na Jomtein beach, 4 levels, need renovation. Price 11 MB. for both. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (ptfhs-m0408)House on Main Chaiyapruk Road. Perfect for hotel/restaurant business, 100 meter far from Main Jomtien beach. Size 161 Wah2. For sale: 16.5 MIO. Baht. Tel: 089 206 2066 Khun Mon House for sale. 4 level Town house Located on the beach Jomtien. Spectacular views Premier Location. Unbelievable bargain 13 MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 62. E-mail : info@pattayaocenproperty.com House for sale Siam Place. 10 mins. from Sukhumvit, 3 bed/ 2 bath, 68 sq.wh. Landscaped garden, Equipped Kitchen 3.15 Mb. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@ pattayaocenproperty.com Townhouse 4 storey for sale at Jomtien location 27 Sq.wah, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living room, Part of furniture, Euro pean Kitchen, parking car, Price at 3,990,000 Baht , for Rent 20,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : info@nsre-thailand.com

Townhouse one storey corner unit for sale at Raviporn Garden Hill Soi Koatalo 37 Sq.Wah, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living area, European Kitchen, some furniture, air con, Hot water, Garden , Parking car, Security Price at 1,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : info@nsre-thailand.com Townhouse 2 storey for sale at Jomtien location 27 Sq.wah, 2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living room, No Furniture, No Kitchen, parking car, Price at 2,100,000 Baht , Call North Shore real Estate 038-3038256 or e-mail : info@nsrethailand.com Townhouse one storey corner unit for sale at Raviporn Garden Hill Soi Koatalo 37 Sq.Wah, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living area, European Kitchen, some furniture, air con, Hot water, Garden , Parking car, Security Price at 1,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : info@nsre-thailand.com Private House 2 Storey for sale at Jomtien location near the beach 172 Sq.Wah. 250 Sq.m. 3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Built in furniture, Nice decorated, European kitchen, 5 Air con, and hot water, Large living room, large garden, and Private swimming pool Price at 7,900,000 Baht , Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or email: info@nsre-thailand.com ThaiLiving : Quick sale! House in Jomtien Area. 1 storey house in 67 sq.wah ONLY 4.9 M THB. (negotiable price) Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net

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ThaiLiving : Beautiful house in Jomtien with 3b/3b, 91 sq.wah, completed deportation, private pool for 15 M THB. Call:038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net We have a re-sale in a new 5star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 21 Million Baht,1 Million under the developer price. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12.5 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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


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House for Sale Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Downpayment! Six year Mortgage! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/Month for the next two years. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2587) Most incredible sea views from a designer 4 bedroom home for 19.9 Million Baht! Situated high in the Bangsarey Hills, this gorgeous four bedroom four bathroom home was completely decorated by one of the areas most noted interior designers, which makes it both beautifully appointed as well as being a very comfortable family home. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2424) Want a Thabali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

We Have Several View Talay Villas for Sale from 7.9 Million to 50 Million Baht! Live in one of these highly sought after villas in this exclusive development! For appointment and private showing call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com Immaculate Beach House next to the Dusit Hotel for sale at 27.5 Million Baht! Each room in this extremely well laid out home has been designed and decorated to a very high standard. The location and sea views are to die for…..this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2258) An Absolutely Stunning Home For 60 Million Baht! With over 3,000 square meters of living space all done in the finest hardwoods, marble and granite this is a grand and very impressive estate home. The estate has seven master suites and four separate lounge areas with a cinema room, games room and three kitchens all built around an outdoor lounging area and swimming pool. To put it simply, this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2152) 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: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have several Mortgage opportunities! We have seven houses available with a mortgage. All houses are located in the 5-star village Paradise Villas. For more information about the mortgages Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Want a Fabulous Home in Paradise Villa? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Great home layouts and designs in these spectacular and modern homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number One’ development. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Beautiful Regent Village four Bedroom, five bathroom Home For Sale at 14 Million Baht! Absolutely stunning interior design. This five bedroom plus home is a must see. Fantastic fully equipped European kitchen and you will love the wonderful landscaping and finishing work, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2685) We have houses for sale in the range of 3-130 Million Baht!! We have by far the most listings……examples are houses in Siam Royal View, Paradise Villa 1 and 2, Nagawari, Thabali, Park Villas, View Talay Villas, Little Hill, Phu Tara, etc, etc. We are known for the best listings and the best prices. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Jomtien Park Villas. Superb 3 bedrooms house (all en-suite) with private pool, located near Jomtien Beach. The spacious house is well furnished and comes with built-in kitchen and 3 air cons. Priced at only 15.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Pratumnak Villa. Fantastic house with sea view from the 3rd floor terrace, comprising 4bedrooms, 2 living rooms, kitchen, Jacuzzi, barbeque, 14m private pool, double carport and large garden. Spacious and airy, a dream house in best location. Priced reduced to 21.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Wong Amat. Pool villa with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, close to the beach, built in contemporary Asian style on an 800 sq.m. plot. Price reduced from 16.5 M Baht to 10.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Pratumnak. Small compound of semi-detached pool villas with 2 bedrooms and roof top terrace (with optional Jacuzzi!). Priced at 9.48 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Tropical Villas Located in one of the best Jomtien areas these are 14 villas surrounding a communal pool, all with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, loft-style office, balcony and terrace. The last villa for the old price of 7.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net 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. www.siamproperties.net

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View Talay Villa. Fully loaded villa on 90 tw (360 sq.m.) of land with double glazed windows, kitchen in sep. room with oven and dish washer, garage with electronic gate, 2 bedrooms en-suite. Ready to move in. Priced at 12.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Absolute Beach Front. Located in a secured compound this is 5 bedrooms beach house, absolute beach front on Jomtien Beach. Price 10.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net

House for Rent (ptm-n0408)A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Euro-kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 30,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0408)A Beautiful New House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk 1. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, private pool. 50,000 baht/ month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0408)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-n0408)2 Bedroom House at Ban Am-Phur. Fully furnished, 10,000 B/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0708)Occasion! Beautiful Townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact 081 862 9710

BB Lets has a Large Choice of Houses for Rent in All Price Ranges. Visit our office at Nern Plab Wahn Plaza or our website www.bb-lets.com or call number 086 368 4973 or 086 368 4975. New management. (pta-silk0508)Two Houses Available are Plot 30 Blackpepper. 134sq wah, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, with swimming pool for 90,000 baht per month. Long term rental only(minimum 1 year). The other house is plot 34 chilli, 103 sq wah, 3 bed, 3bath, no pool for 65,000 baht. Long term rental only. Both houses are fully furnished. If you need any more information please contact 081 612 7222, email:adam@tara.co.th (ptm-0208)Huge House for Rent near Sukhumvit rd. between South and Central Pattaya. With nice garden, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 A/C’s. Fully furnished. 25,000 baht per month. Call 081 833 6661 (ptm-ta2407)House for Rent in Soi Kao Noey, not far from Sukhumvit Road, slightly furnished. Beautifully refurbished. Only 4,500 baht per month. Call 080 646 5322 House for rent. Brand new, 3 bed, Fitted euro style with New furniture, swimming pool Garden and garage. 5 mins. to Jomtein beach. 50,000 Bht. Per month. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@ pattayaocenproperty.com HR1072: 3 bed house with private pool in East Pattaya all furniture included, internet and satellite 45,000 P/M Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1039: East Pattaya, 2 bed, 3 bath, car port, private pool, Euro kitchen ready to go! 40,000 P/M Call for more info 0849442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com


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House for Rent HR1086: 2 storey house for rent, 3 bedroom, 4 baths, 488 sq m of land, located in Pattaya park hill, new reduced price 32,000 Baht P/M Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com CR1107: A selection of houses in East Pattaya on a resort type complex, fully furnished, communal pool, from 12,000P/ M Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com House for rent at SP Privacy 125 Sq.Wah, one storey house , 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European Kitchen, Large living room, fully furnish and decorated, Private swimming pool, Lage Garden, security Price at 45,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail: info@nsre-thailand.com

House for rent at Tunyawan City home at Soi Kaonoi 75 Sq.wah, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European kitchen, Living room, and Dining room, Furnished, 3 Air-con, Cable TV, Direct Telephone line Security 24 hr Priced at 25,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or email: info@nsre-thailand.com House for rent at SP village 3, 125 Sq.Wah single house one storey , 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European kitchen, large living room, fully furnished and 3 Air con ,hot water, ADSL Telephone line Communal swimming pool, Parking car, Security Price at 35,000 baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : info@nsre-thailand.com Townhouse 4 storey for sale at Jomtien location 27 Sq.wah, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living room, Part of furniture, Euro pean Kitchen, parking car, Price at 3,990,000 Baht , for Rent 20,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : info@nsre-thailand.com Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3765)

Classified Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3761) Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3716) Executive Class Rentals In and Around Pattaya from 15,000 – 150,000 Baht per month! A very rare opportunity awaits those discerning home hunters looking for both a luxurious quality home and with it a lifestyle most all would love to have. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com Magnificent House in Grange Park Village. Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms for 80,000 Baht per Month! The decoration and design are from a high standard! This house you really need to see to appreciate its beauty. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3703) A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has

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an enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3700) Very Nice Two Bedroom Plus Office with Private Pool Only 45,000 THB per Month! This is a brand new house with full European kitchen, lovely pool, two large bedrooms (both ensuite), fully furnished, large office and more! Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com

Awesome Three Bedroom + Office in View Talay Villas only 80,000 THB per month! This is a great house which would be ideal for both a family or as a party pad…lots of space (over 300 sqm house plus 640 sqm of land), private rooms, private pool, lots more… Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com Three Bedroom House for Rent in Jomtien only 25,000 p/m! A great price for a three bedroom in Jomtien… Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com


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Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fantastic bargain. Only 1,250,000 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.7 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call 087 139 1539 (Eng.). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, email: info@pacpattaya.com Angket Condominium 500 meters from beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, TV, DVD. Now only 1.6 mil. baht. Freehold. Angket will be repainted and refurbished this year with new swimming pool and lobby, therefore prices will rise. Good investment. (In foreigner’s name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656. For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Excellent Location, 100 meters from Pattaya’s Best Beach (Jomtien). A magnificent 42 sq.m studio on the 12th floor with lovely seaviews of Jomtien Beach in the Khiang Talay Condominium. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high European standard. Separate marbled kitchen, fridge, freezer, microwave, marbled bathroom with water heater. Matching quality furniture, beautiful stoned picture walls, lovely cornice ceilings with dimmer lights. TV, DVD, surround system, safety box, remote control aircon, etc, etc. 24 hour guard securities with entry card, big swimming pool, snooker room, fitness centre, shop, and laundry. Viewing essential. Reduced price from 2.2 mil. Baht to 1.95 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreigner’s name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539, 084 565 7656. For appointment to view. For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com

House for Rent Lovely Two Bedroom Bungalow in Pratumnak only 30,000 THB p/m! Located in a secure development, this very nice two bedroom bungalow comes with ADSL, UBC, IDD, full furniture, LCD TV, shared pool and more… Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtienproperty.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtienproperty.com

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

Condo for Sale One Million Baht will get you a high floor sea view, 38 sq m studio, 500 meters from Jomtien Beach with Foreign ownership. These Prices Are For Real with no silly gimmicks. Be quick and move in tomorrow! Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com 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 etc. You won’t find better anywhere at the price 1,950,000 mil. baht in Foreign name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www.pacpattaya.com, email: info@pacpattaya.com

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(ptm-r0408)Condo for Sale Front Corner Unit. 16th floor – 114 sq. meters. Fantastic ocean view and location. 3rd road North of Carrefour. 5.5 m baht. Call 086 109 0721 (ptm-s0608)Baan Suanlalana, Chaiyapreuk rd: 40 sqr, 3rd F, 2-Qbed, furniture + air, good garden environment, swimming pool, fitness etc. Bht 1.12 M, call: 086 086 5157. View pictures via www.saunlalana-t308.com (ptm-L0908)Northshore Beachfront Condominium, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bath, #2101, 21st Floor, Overlooking Pool and Beach, Facing Walking St., 64 Sq. Mtrs, Fully Luxury Furnished, New Washing Machine,100% Equipped, Soi 5 and Beach Rd., 7.9 million baht FOREIGN NAME. (Will consider term payments up to 8 months) Realtors Welcome! Gary 089 544 0634. (ptm-L0908)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 10 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street (Units are unfinished shells with electric outlets; bathroom completely finished with tile floor, tile walls, shower, sink, toilet, granite counter tops, lights, etc.). Units available 1804, 1805 and 1806 (18th floor; all 3 side by side); 1906 (19th floor), 2005 (20th floor), 2104 (21st floor), 2205 and 2206 (22nd floor; both side by side). Purchase Option One: Cash 3.2 Million Baht Each. Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 600,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 600,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! (ptm-k0708)The Best Location in Town Under the Market Price. New five star Condo, 1 Bedroom near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall with Rental guarantee 8% / year with two swimming Pools and Cable TV & Wi-Fi Internet. Call owner: 086 317 6161 or kacha@kacha.biz Welcome agents. (ptm-g0508)Condo for Sale in Baan Suan Lalana. 42 sq mtr condo, top floor, nice views, unrefurbed, refurb to own choice, organize works if needed, 2 pools, mini-mart, lovely gardens, security, nice complex, 995,000 baht. 087 901 5229/084 105 4533 The Last 5 Remaining Condos. Location in Jomtien area, size 96 sq.m, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, all room have ARC (double-glazing), Daikin Air Conditioning, stunning bathrooms as standard, full furniture and kitchen European style. Call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 (pta-pat0008)Condo for Sale in View Talay Jomtien. Sea views. Foreigners name. Price 3.8 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719

(pta-pat0008)Condo for Sale/ Rent Jomtien Top Floor. 48 sqm., sea views Foreigners name. 15,000/month, Price 2.5 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (pta-pat0008)Condo for Sale 2 Bedroom, 5th Floor, 82 sqm. Near Avenue shopping center, 5 mins. to beach. Foreign name. Price 4.9 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (ptm-g0408)Executive Residence IV, Royal Heights Pratumnak. Luxury 108 sq m, 1 bed en-suite, large balcony, stunning sea and island views, European appliances, built in furniture, large gym, 3 pools, pitch and putt, foreign ownership, 6.8M. Priced lower than developer. 087 941 2677 Email: needtoknow@hotmail.co.uk info/photos. (ptm-g0408)Citismart Soi 1 North Pattaya. Luxury 87 sq m, 2 bed 2 bath, large balcony, European appliances, built in furniture, Wi-Fi, keycard access, rooftop pool, 150 metres to beach or Big C, foreign ownership, 6.4M. Priced lower than developer. 087 941 2677 Email: needtoknow@hotmail.co.uk info/photos. (ptm-g0508) Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 18, very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 48sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition. Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.45 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, pitipity@hotmail.com. See pictures as vedio virtual tour www.chosenmarketing.com/ viewtalay (ptm-cl0308)38 sqm 8th Floor Sea View Studio Jomtien Beach. Furnished with A/C, TV, DVD, hot water, big balcony, 24 hrs security, big pool. You won’t find cheaper only 890,000 baht. Call Pin 087 150 4845 C1. Viewtalay project. This tastefully furninshed Studio in 14th floor ( 49sqm-South site) is legally registered in a foreigner name already. Famous View Talay 6 is the most central location in town-directly onPattaya Beach road. 5 minutes to walk to walking Street-and 30 seconds to walk to Pattaya Beach ( Ref. C 430 ). Sale price 3,550,000 Baht. Call us 038 231712 Eng./ Germ. 084 3626989 C2. Studio in View Talay 5 cFully Furnished. On 19th floor with high grade renovated 49 sqm. studio It is tastefully furnished already- and comes with an European kitchen too. Location is waterfront side. (Ref. C 427). Sale price 2,650,000 Baht. Call us 038 231712 Eng./ Germ. 084 3626989 C3. Jomtien Plaza Condo. Jomtien Plaza Condo the unit is registered in Foreign Ownership already. All electric and the other things be renewed under highest European standards. 289 sqm. 3 bed rooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 balconies. Huge master bath-/ bedroom area with Spa/ Jacuzzi. ( Ref. C 429). Sale price 19,900,000 Baht. Call us 038 231712 Eng./ Germ. 084 3626989

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(ptm-kat0808)87 m2 Condo in View Talay 3A Jomtien. 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, absolute beachfront. Very High Standard, everything included (also transfer), beautiful view, Foreign Ownership. Ready to move in! Please contact Katrine 081 003 3521 or e-mail katrine@giganett.no THB 6.49 mil. baht. (ptm-kat0808)86 m2 Condo in View Talay 5D Jomtien. 20th floor, 2 bedrooms. Very High Standard, everything included (also transfer), beautiful view, Foreign Ownership. Ready to move in! Please contact Katrine 081 003 3521 or email katrine@giganett.no THB 6.6 mil. baht. (ptm-kat0808)101 m2 Condo in View Talay 5D Jomtien. 19th floor, 2 bedrooms, in-door parking space including very high standard, everything included (also transfer), beautiful view, Foreign Ownership. Ready to move in! Please contact Katrine 081 003 3521 or email katrine@giganett.no THB 7.9 mil. baht. Supalai Condominium, 1st Building, Soi Paholyotil 21 or Wipawadee 30 (behind Shinnawat Building 3), Paholyotil Rd., Ladyaow, Chatuchak, Bangkok. Room 83 sq.m. floor 5, pool side view, 2 bedroom with furniture, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 living room. All rooms with air conditioned. Tel. 081 555 8811, 081 938 3498 Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% Deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 First to View Will Buy - New Completed Unit. Pattaya “Down Town” location. 1 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 10,340,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145.

Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” Pre-Construction discounts and easy payment plans, 150 metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Foreign Ownership, 2 Bedroom Corner Unit. Fully furnished and fitted by a quality developer. Central Pattaya. Special deal for 60 days completion. Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. CS1190: Central Pattaya Top floor apartment, new building, 61 Sq m. Nicely decorated, modern kitchen 2.5 Million Baht, Call for more info 038-373 966or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com CS1180: A superb apartment located in Pratumnak , outstanding sea views,1 bedroom 68 Sq m, 10th floor 6.3 Million Baht or 30,000 for rent. Call for more info 08-4780 8457or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CS VIC: View Talay 2A, Studio units, 2 available, foreign name 12th floor, sea views 1.75 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com Condo for sale studio 43 sqm. L.K. Legend. Building one due for completion Dec. 2008. 4th floor overlooking pool. Foreign ownership. Reduced to 1.8 MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@ pattayaocenproperty.com Luxury Condo for sale. 5th floor corner 2 bed 83 sqm. 5 mins to beach 2 mins. to shopping centre. Foreign name. Reduced to 4.9 MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@pattayaocenproperty.com Condo for sale View Talay 5 Jomtien. Top floor studio. Spectacular views with new fit out. Foreign name. 3.6 MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@ pattayaocenproperty.com


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Condo for Sale Studio Condo for Sale. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain views). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Bargain at Bt:1.3 mil.). Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -711017 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail: theavenueresidence@hotmail.com, www.avenue-residence.com Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail: novaatrium@hotmail.com, www.novagroupthailand.com Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroupthailand.com, E-mail: novamiragecondo@ yahoo.com (ptm-L0908)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 2 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Units available 2506 and 2507 (25th floor; side by side) and COMPETELY NEW INSIDE AND TURNKEY FURNISHED. Purchase Option One: Cash 3.7 Million Baht Each , Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 850,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 850,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime,Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ csloxinfo.com . Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top

floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near TescoLotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048(daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@ csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Condo for sale at North Shore Condo on 21 floor 67 Sq.m Naklua side, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bathroom, Living room , big balcony, fully furnished and decorated, European kitchen, Air con, and Hot water. Price at 7,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail : info@nsrethailand.com (ptfcs-1007)Nova Atrium 80 sq.m. with BigTerrace. Brand new. Fully furnished high standarad (Decorum). Between Carrefour and Big C. Huge swimming pool. Fitness center. Internet. 4.5 Million. Tel. 081 863 1076 ThaiLiving : View Talay 2A – 2B. Foreigner name, Studio unit, 5th floor for 1.75 M THB and 13th floor for 1.8 M THB. Studio unit at 16th floor for 1.9 M Call: 038 364-515 or info@ thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : ViewTalay 1A1B. Units of 32 + 32 sqm, 5th floor for 1.8 M THB. Studio unit of 37 sqm, 3rd floor for 850,000.- THB. Thai Name Call: 038 364-515 or info@ thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : ViewTalay 5D. Sea view and fully furnished, 48 sqm, 6th floor.Foreigner name for 2.65 M THB. Call: 038 364515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Rim Hard A1. Studio unit with 30 sqm, 13th floor. Foreigner name for 1.29 M THB . Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Metro Jomtien for 2.8 M THB for 55 sqm at 29th floor. Renovated. For 2.9 M THB with 54 sqm at 34th floor with good condition. Foreigner name. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Ocean Marina. TypeB, high floor, 165 sqm, empty unit with marina member. for 9 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net .

Classified ThaiLiving : Tabali Condo. Tropical Living with fully furnished. Foreigner name for 3.5 - 7.5 M THB. Call: 038 364515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Grand Condo. Sea view, 3b/3b, need renovated, 186 sqm at 11th floor. Type B&C. Thai Name for 9 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or info@ thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : NorthPoint for 22.95 M THB with 133 sqm, 36th floor, South Tower. Foreigner name. Call: 038 364515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : View Talay 6 for 11.5 M THB. Corner unit at 22nd floor, 153 sqm. Foreigner Name. Call: 038 364-515 or info@ thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 54,000 Baht/sqm, Two beautiful units, both 117 sqm, Type A, Building A and B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 27 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Special Promotion in La Royal Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price. 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a fivestar beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com View Talay 3A - 195 square meters Jomtien side floor 6, including anextra large balcony unit. Price just 45,000 Baht/sqm bare shell orfinished and furnished at 60,000 Baht/sqm. ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT. Guaranteed Rental Return when finished and furnished. 9% over 1 year to 7% for 3 years. Why is this great deal on offer? Because the seller has no choice. TAKE ADVANTAGE NOW! call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th Northshore Unit for sale! 80 sqm front unit for only 8.9 Million Baht! Buy this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Northshore is the only 5-star Condominium on the Pattaya beach Road. High Floor! This is not the only unit we have for sale……..we have almost all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors….. prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1.8 Million Baht. Steady rentalincome of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy. 42” LCD TV is only one of the many features in this condo. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014 Act quick we have the TopCorner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 270 sqm for 18 million Baht. Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. This must be the best corner unit in town. Also available a 239 sqm View Talay 6 corner on the 22nd floor facing Walking Street for 16 Million Baht. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting just under 1 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com View Talay 5 High Floor 46 sqm beautifully renovated Studio apartment for only 2.6 Million Baht. Just a 50 meter walk to the beach. Panoramic views over the ocean and the Jomtien Boulevard. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have 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: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Two Bedroom Condo at Jomtien Beach’s Best location for 7.9 Million Baht! This has been very nicely renovated and has two bedrooms two bathrooms all within 126 square meters of comfort and security. Priced to sell, make sure that you see this apartment soon. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR2402) Grand Condo 3 Bedroom Apartment for 13.5 Million Baht! Directly on Jomtien Beach! Completely renovated with a spacious living room and ready to move in. Features two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com (Property PR3077) Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3091)

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Investment Possibility in La Royale Starting from 8.9 Million Baht! 1 Million under the developers prices! We have the best units on the highest floors in the new 5 star condominium La Royale. Pattaya side, two bedroom corner units, 148 sqm and Pattaya side, two bedroom units, 106 sqm. The corner units are not available anymore. Guaranteed high investment return. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PRD111) Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.5 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project in front of La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 10.5 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 1.1 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Condominium for 30 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase a great 268 square meter unit in a foreigners own name at a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. We have the same kind of unit in Thai name for 26 Million Baht! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments….. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com (Property PR2975) Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left! Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Gorgeous Sea View Condominium Apartments on Wongamat Beach! Starting as low as 1.8 Million Baht, you may want to take a look at these brand new units that are being completed with beautiful interior designs and will be ready for occupancy very soon. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. 103sqm in View Talay 5 for 4.1 Million Baht! High floor with beautiful sea-views. The unit is made out of one 48sqm unit and one 55sqm unit. Bare Shell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com


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Condo for Sale We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Investment opportunity! We have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for three years. No work and a steady monthly income! 50sqm for 3.3 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed three year income and 80sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month three year guaranteed rental return. Call Jan at 087-021-7014 Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a re-sale on a very high floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, 103 sqm for 19.1 Million THB Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR3769) Huge New 143 sqm One Bedroom Condo On The 22nd Floor of View Talay 5 Building (VT5C0048). Finished to the highest of standards, this large one bedroom condo has fantastic seaviews, a great kitchen and full furniture. This condo must be viewed to fully appreciate what’s on offer for only 9.6m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com Two Bedroom Jomtien Condo Overlooking Jomtien Bay (ROHI0008). This extremely well finished 92 sqm two bedroom condo on the 7th floor of a newly developed popular condominium with 24 hour security, communal swimming pool, fitness suite, restaurant, and easy access to the centers of

both Jomtien and Pattaya. For sale at 5.9m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com Jomtien Beach Road Studio Condo Just 200m From The Beach (JBCO0043) Ideal for investment, this 30 sqm studio on the 13th floor of this ever popular condominium which boasts great facilities including swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, internet, convenience store, laundry and 24 hour security. For sale at a knockdown price of 1.65m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com Resales at Spanish Condo Under Developer’s Price! We have two studio and two onebedroom units starting at 895,000 THB fully renovated… that’s almost 200,000 THB under the off-plan price! Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtienproperty.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtienproperty.com 103 sqm High Floor Condo at Metro a Steal at only 5 Million THB! Superb seaviews and an easy to renovate floorplan make this a renovator/ investor’s dream! Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com 45 sqm High Floor Studio at Metro Waiting For Some TLC Only 2.3 Million THB! Great building positioning overlooking Pattaya and Jomtien with breathtaking view…this price will only go up!!! Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com Luxuriously Renovated One Bedroom Plus Office (102 sqm) in View Talay 3 Only 5.9 Million THB! This is one of the best designed/renovated units we’ve seen! Excellent Euro kitchen, top notch furniture & décor, plus great seaviews! Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtienproperty.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtienproperty.com

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Double Unit (60 sqm) in S1 Building in Jomtien Beach Condo on Top Floor Only 2.9 Million THB! There aren’t many double units left in JBC, especially in the best building and on the top floor! This is very well priced for such a rare unit! Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtienproperty.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtienproperty.com We Have a Great Selection of the Best Units in the Area’s Newest Boutique Buildings! Check out the best available units (both off-plan and resale) in Hyde Park, Pattaya Heights and Mayfair Residence. Very attractive payment plans available. Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com Buy Off-Plan With Us! We’ll find you the best possible prices, terms and units available at all of the area’s best new condo developments (including Northpoint and Ocean 1 Tower).. Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtienproperty.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtienproperty.com Jomtien Beach Road Spacious apartment with 4 bedrooms an tremendous sea views, 252 sq.m., for only 13.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Ocean Marina You don’t need to have a boat to live here: a 3 bedrooms corner unit with magnificent views over the marina. The building comprises 2 pools (indoor/outdoor), an excellent restaurant, covered car park, etc. You will be impressed by the lobby and then maintenance of Ocean Marina. 178 sq.m. for 12.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net “Starter Apartments”For the first-time buyers or for customers who need just a holiday or weekend home we offer 1 bedrooms apartments from 1.5 M Baht. Very stylish, brand new, nice furniture, with air con and kitchen. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net

Breathtaking Views Condo shell of 232 sq.m. high over Jomtien with large terrace and balcony. It can be transformed into an exciting high end apartment with 2 or 3 bedrooms. We have done several of these projects and can show them to you. Expect app. 3 M Baht for decoration. Price as it is 12.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net High End 1 bedroom apartment Beautiful 1 bedroom apartment of 67 sq.m. with stunning views from 2 balconies. Exclusively furnished (2 flat screen TVs, 2 ACs, kitchen, builtin 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 4.6M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Property of the month. Nice 1 bedroom apartment of 56 sq.m. with sea view in a building with hotel-like facilities (restaurant, gym, room service, mini mart). Top location on Pratumnak. Priced at 2.95 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Wong Amat Gorgeous, light and airy 1 bedroom apartment with spectacular sea view. 96 sqm . 2 air cons, phone, fastest ADSL Internet, 42 Inch-TV, Hi-Fi system, kitchenette, large balcony, tastefully and luxuriously furnished and equipped, ready to move in., gym, sauna, garage ... 5.75 Mio. Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net Baan Suan LaLaNa Very nice compound just a few hundred meters away from Jomtien beach with 3 pools, restaurant and mini mart. Available are brand new decorated studios for 1.45 Mio. Baht, corner units at 2.6 M Baht and 1 bedroom apartments for 3 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.siamproperties.net

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Condo for Rent BB Lets has a Large Choice of Apartments for Rent in All Price Ranges. Visit our office at Nern Plab Wahn Plaza or our website www.bb-lets.com or call number 086 368 4973 or 086 368 4975. New management. (ptm-n0408)A Luxury Condo for Rent on Pratamnak Hill. 1 and 2 bedrooms, fully furnished, UBC and WiFi internet. From 25,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0408)Condo for Rent at Pratamnak Hill Near Cosy Beach. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, fully furnished 15,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-b0508)Condo for Rent in View Talay 3, 5 and Diana Estate from 10,000 baht per month. Contact no. Khun Bee 086 300 1394 (ptm-j0308)View Talay 2 Studios. Quality furnished & fully equipped. Short & long term. 087 803 3329 (pta-pat0008)Condo for Rent. 3 bedroom furnished condo. Wonderful view, 4th floor, beach access. 40,000 baht per month. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht/Month, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel: 038 415 304-8, Email: novapark@loxinfo.co.th, www.novaparkpattaya.com Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, Email: novaatrium@hotmail.com, www.novagroupthailand.com

Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroupthailand.com, E-mail: novamiragecondo@ yahoo.com Studio Condo for Rent. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain view). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Only 13,000 baht per month. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 CR1108: Central Pattaya location,60 sq m, 1 bedroom, communal pool, various rooms available all for only 15,000 P/ M Call for more info 0849442541or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com CR0388: GREAT VALUE, 82 Sq m 1 bedroom unit, 6th floor in View Talay 2B, Only 22,000 P/M Modern furniture, Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com CR 1083: 15th Floor 48 Sq m fully furnished condo in View Taly 5D, great sea views bargain price 18,000 per month Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com Condo for Rent at View Talay 2 B and At Jomtien location, Studio Living area, Air-con, Sea View, Fully furnished, Balcony, Communal swimming pool and 24 hr Security Price for rent start at 10,000 Baht -15,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : info@nsre-thailand.com


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Condo for Rent Beautiful Sea view Large Studio Condo at View talay Condo 5 at Jomtien location 48 Sq.m. on the 12 floor. Pattaya Side, Fully Furnished, European Kitchen, Dining area and Living area, Big Balcony, Communal Swimming Pool. Available now for rent 20,000 Baht per month, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail: info@nsre-thailand.com Condo for rent 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, at Chateau Deal Condo Tabali 93 Sq.m. on 3 floor, Fully furnished and decorated, European Kitchen, Hot water, Air con , Security, ADSL. Telephone line communal swimming pool Price at 29,000 Baht per month, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail: info@nsre-thailand.com Condo for rent Jomtein. Studio, new fit out, and furniture. Top floor corner with spectacular views. Opposite Jomtien beach. 15,000 bht. Per month. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623. E-mail : info@ pattayaocenproperty.com Chomtalay Resort Na Jomtein. Located on the beach with direct access. Lovely complex swimming pool. Very quiet location. Rentals available. 11th floor 2 level Penthouse 3 bed. 50,000 bht. P.M, 4th floor 3 bed 40,000 bht. P.M, 9th floor 2 bed 30,000 bht. P.M, 7th floor 2 bed 25,000 bht. P.M. All furnished, 6 months minimum. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@pattayaocenproperty.com ThaiLiving : View Talay 5C. Studio unit, sea view. 15,000 - 18,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Jomtien Complex. Sea view, fully furnished with 67 sqm. 20,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net/ www.thailiving.net

ThaiLiving : Royal Hill at 2nd floor, 2b / 2b, fully furnished. 28,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Jomtien Condotel at 2nd floor, 1b/1b, fully furnished. 25,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : North Shoe at high floor, 1b/1b, fully furnished. 35,000 – 40,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Metro Jomtien at 29th floor, 171 sqm, 2b/2b with big balcony. 50,000 THB/ M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. Only 10,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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View Talay 2 Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! This is a masterpiece in condo design and comfort, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo has a big balcony with oceanview and stunning furniture. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (Property PR1362) We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/Month. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com (Property PR3036) Beautifully Renovated Three Bedroom Condo in Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Baht per month! Great three bedroom, three bathroom furnished apartment. Ready to move in, this is a great way to live! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Great Two Bedroom Condos for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 Baht per month! We have a number of very nice condominium apartments available for rent in this price range. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com Sensational View Talay 5 226 sqm Front Corner Unit Facing Jomtien for 55,000 Baht/Month! Private access to the best beach of Pattaya (Dongtan Beach), On the Baht-Bus route. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and huge balconies. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. Very nice Royal Cliff Two Bedroom Plus Apartment for 55,000 Baht per month! Those that know the ‘Cliff’, know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. Enjoy this two bedroom plus office apartment with fantastic sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premier international.com Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,00 Baht per month! What more can you say? If you would like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with the yachts and all….this is your apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, weight training gym, the list goes on and on…..and don’t forget their first class gourmet restaurant with Dim Sum on Sundays! This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total overview of our listings contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month! A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool and roof top pool as well….what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Fax: (038) 374535 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com View Talay V Sea View Condominium for 20,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya! We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 112 Sqm Two Bedroom on High Floor for Rent at Northshore only 55,000 THB P/M! Very nicely finished large two bedroom with smashing views, great amenities and excellent location. Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@ jomtien-property.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com Lots of Studio Units for Rent at View Talay 2, Thip Condo & Jomtien Beach Condominium! We have a great selection of studios for rent starting at only 8,000 THB per month! Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtienproperty.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com

Awesome Two & Three Bedroom Duplex Penthouses For Rent in Metro Jomtien! These are excellent rental units at great prices (55,000 for the two bdr and 65,000 for the three bdr) finished in a very modern, clean style with great kitchens, lots of outdoor space, Jacuzzis and killer views. Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtienproperty.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com Luxurious Large Two Bedroom Condo at Executive Residence 2 For Rent! This condo is finished to an impeccable standard with luxurious bathrooms, great furniture and electronics, huge kitchen and great seaview. Only 65,000 THB per month…Contact Jomtien Property either by email info@jomtienproperty.com or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at www.jomtien-property.com

Land for Sale Scared with Stocks & Banks! Invest in Land, Proven Appreciation Year-on-Year! We have sea views from 1 million, near the beach from 2.5 million & mountain views from 700,000 baht. Tel: 081 576 0035, email: countryproperty@loxinfo.co.th, www.countrypropertyservices.com (ptm-1408)18, one Rai plots for sale. All plots with own lake water front beside Phoenix Golf course. Cost 4 million/Rai. Call John 081 919 1120 (ptm-n0407)Land for Sale. 1,430 sq wah on Eastern Star Golf Course: 9,000 per sq wah. Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364


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Land for Sale Land for sale 1.75 Rai. Water & electric available. Located off Soi Nara at Mapbrachan. Price 1.5 MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@pattayaocen property.com (ptm-r0208)Let Rosegate Consultants turn your dream home into a reality. Tel: 081 864 6285, 038 406 519. Email: sales@pattayahousebuilders. com, www.pattayahousebuilders.com L2. Land for sale. The perfect land for your perfect future property. Located in one of the most upcoming areas in Pattaya –only 5 min. from Sukhumvit Rd. we offer 200 sq.w for only 2.4 mil. Baht. (Ref. L 096) Sale price 2,400,000 Baht. Call us 038 231712 Eng./ Germ. 084 3626989 (ptm-e0208)Vacant Prime Land. Reduced by nearly half!! Very near Bangsaray Beach. 4.55 Rai on private Tar road near the sea. Secured vacant land in prime area! B 19.9 Million (ALL) or swap / P.X. for quality house in Jomtien. Call 081 429 4182 (Khun David), 081 865 1011 (Khun Gaye) PL 024 Land for sale in Soi Watboonjankana, close to Sukhumvit and 600 Meters from the Beach, Various plots available, land filled ready to build! From 19,000 per Sq w call for more info 0847808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com 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: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com PL 037 Land for sale in the Pong area, close to the H/Way 36, 2x 1 Rai plots on separate deeds, easy access road, electric & water available, building permission in place, ready to start! Call for more info 0847808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com PL 028 Land for sale in Soi Bua Khao, close to the Avenue shopping centre 4 Rai, 127 million baht Call 08-49445141 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com PL 029 Land for sale on Pratumnak Hill, 191 Sq w, top of the hill location, ideal for house, 35,000 Baht per Sq w call today 0817613238 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com PL 030 Land for sale South Pattaya road close to Big C, 4 Rai 200 S q w, 40,000 baht per Sq w call for full details 08-49445141 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com PL 031 Land for sale on the Sukhumvit road, great road front exposure , 2 Rai 36 Million Baht, Please call 08-49445141 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com PL 032 Land for sale Located in Wongamat, ideal for 7 storey condominium 2 Rai 46 Sq w 80 Million Call for more info 0847808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com PL 033 100 S q w land plot Ideal for house in a quite location off Siam country club. Already in a company name 800,000 THB. Please call 08-49445141 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecityproperty.com

PL 034 Direct Beach Land located opposite to Nong Nuch tropical gardens,11 Rai, 220 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com Pl 036 Land in Maprachan lake area, already has perimeter wall on 275 Sq w, great mountain views , Thai name, 2.2 million B Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (pta-pat0008)Land for Sale Pratumnak Hill Soi 3, 2 Rai. Price 32 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (pta-pat0008)Prime Land for Sale Pratumnak Soi 5, opposite beach, 3 rai. Price 190 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (pta-pat0008)Land for Sale 2 rai. Water & electric available. Located off Soi Nara at Maprachan. Price 1.5 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 In Proximity of The Most Beautiful Golf Courses and The Best Known Polo Clubs, we sell residential land in Pattaya. Approx. 4 Rais, situated on a hill with unlimited beautiful views that can never be obstructed. By car about 15 minutes from Pattaya. Sales price only: THB 2,100,000 / Rai. Please call George: 081 855 75 20 (English, Deutsch, Francais, Italiano) ThaiLiving : Near new Holly Wood. 385 sq.wah of land for sale at 22 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or info@ thailiving.net/www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : 3rd Road close to Tony Gym. Land in City (5 Rai-193 sq.wah) for 30 M THB /Rai. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : 2nd Road – Pratamnak Hill. Land at prime location of 3 Rai – 343 sq.wah for 180 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or info@ thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Near Land Office. Land for sale with 3 Rai- 200 sq.wah for 5.5 M THB / Rai. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Rong Phoe Beach. Beach Front Land for sale with 2 Rai41 sq.wah for 30 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net ThaiLiving : Jomtien Village. Land for sale with 138 sq.wah, for 13 M THB Call: 038 364-515 or info@ thailiving.net / www.thailiving.net 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Land for sale next to Siam Country Club Golf Course! 36 Rai perfect for a housing project for 2.1 Million Baht/Rai. The land is located in a beautiful landscaped area with stunning mountain views. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th

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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 premier@loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Prathamnak Hill (1 Rai up), 21 Rai of beachfront near the Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai of Land on the beach in Bangsaray. Our database contains over a 100 exclusive plots of land in and around Pattaya. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231-931 or (01) 634-2915 Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit us online at www.premierinternational.com Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area! 8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 850,000 Baht/Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Incredible 35 Rai of Land perfect for Development includes designs for 160 Unit Condo project 2 Rai lake and area for 20 homes. Priced to sell. Property is in a fast growing area only 10 minutes to the beach and covered in mature coconut 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 premier@loxinfo.co.th Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th

2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht/Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing project this is it! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th

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7th year, New office next to Jomtien Immigration 087 804 3943. UK office 006 61745 585894 (ptm-0408)We Supply and Service Game Machines. Free of charge! We supply the machine, you provide the location. Call 081 762 8379 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: emvals4@gmail.com Pattaya Agency Legal Services. We will professionally provide you in shortly working days and also quick formation offering you of this following: Real Estate, Work Permit/One Year Visa, Company Registration, Insurance, Accounting, Balance Sheet, Legal Services. Call us 038 231712 Eng./ Germ. 084 3626989


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Property Services includes general household repairs, air conditioning repairs, swimming pool maintenance, gardening new and maintenance, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, cleaning. General Services includes translation, assistance for Thai driving license, immigration matters, real estate matter, driver for your own car. Call 085 163 5037 or email p.krittaphon@yahoo.com VDO Present Studio. We can make a presentation as VDO Presentation, Recording, Music VDO, Slide Show or special photograph in expertise skill in photographer. Please contact: Tiwa 086 787 8001 E-mail: pepz11@yahoo.com Made to Order Cakes and Brownies, characters such as Sponge Bob, Barbie doll, Power Puff Girls, Spiderman, Christmas Bears and etc. Call 089 607 9850. Also, available Chocolate, Banana and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese. LP Renovation Services. Change how you live without changing where you live. Our company is a

cost effective renovation agency offering high quality earnest services with superior quality products and exceptional customer service. 143/55 M. 12 Thepprasit Road, Banglamung, Chonburi. Tel: English 082 211 4474, Russian 082 211 4475, e-mail: renovationthai@hotmail.com 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 email skiblind@hotmail.com. Visit their website www.skiblind.com Need a sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Renovation Services Carried Out on Condos or Houses. All types of work carried out at a very high standard with very reasonable prices. For quotations call PAC Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng), 087 150 4845 (Thai) If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software and hardware, please phone 086 820 2577 or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng). I will go to service at your place.

Classified If you are Looking for a Computer Graphic Designer, Web designer or would like to make some printed matters in reasonable price, please phone 086 820 2577 (Thai) or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng) or e-mail: info@ssallinone.com (ptfsp-0108)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, www.pattaya-secretarialservices.com. Client service 081 550 0885 Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and English-speaking Thai lawyer.see ads in PattayaToday. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail pappa@ csloxinfo.com Insurance. With over 15 years experience. Northern Thai Insurance is still at the same address and can cater for all your insurance needs, be they medical, car, household etc. We are agents for all major Thai insurance companies. Northern Thai Insurances (opposite Royal Garden Shopping Plaza) Pattaya Second Road 038 723 479, 038 723 497, 081 624 6783 (Thai) or 081 861 6233 (English)

Job Vacancies (pta-lp0508)Wanted Thai Man for Renovation and Designing Company, who can speak fluent English and has basic managerial and computer knowledge. Contact 089 754 6438 (ptfjv-0508)Sales Manager, Sales Representative Wanted for a new housing project “Siam Oriental Pattaya”. Must be able to speak English and have basic knowledge about computer operation, with the sale experience in housing business. Good salary+high commission. Senior Sales Officer : Non-Thai citizen, English or other language skills. Good salary + high commission. Please send your CV to e-mail : residence@siamoriental.co.th or call 081 918 4888

(pta-0508)Pattaya Real Estate Office. Sales Receptionist, English Speaking, Female 21 to 35 years. Salary + Bonus. Thai Nationality Only. Call K. Jai after 10 am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200 (pta-0508)Pattaya Real Estate Office. Trainee Sales / Rental person, English Speaking, Female 22–35 Years, experience an advantage. Own Transport required. Salary Plus Commission. Thai Nationality Only. Call Jai for an interview after 10am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200 (pta-0508)Staff Required Immediate Start at Southshore FM: 1. Sales/ Marketing, 2.Production/Technical engineer, 3. Music Programmer, 5. Dj, 6. Driver, 7. Babysitter/ Housemaid. Contact: 085 355 9528 E-mail: rosie@soundzgood.biz (pta-0508)High Salary Plus Commission..!! Top Car Rental in Jomtien required friendly outgoing female. Excellence of both speak and written English. Bachelor’s degree/ Vocational Education. Can drive a car and have driving license. Call for interview T.038 252 275, 038 364 268 (pta-0508)Cook /Waitress and Manageress Wanted! For new Coffee shop in Jomtien. Training given, must speak some English. Call for interview 081 865 1011 (ptfjv-0508)Administrator Need for Properties Company on Thepprasit Road. Female. Excellent spoken and written English. Computer skills and previous office work experience essential. For more information and interview,please call Mr. Petri 089 5429596 , 038 303 465 Or email petri@2mzp.com (ptfjv-0508)Seeking Reliable MaeBaan in NongPlalai, 1 Day per Week 8 Hours, Cleaning Washing (Machine), Ironing. Speaking some English or German and worked for Foreigner Advantage. Phone: after 2 O’Clock PM 081 810 5841

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(pta-0508)ISS: The world’s leading facility services company is looking to recruit the following staff in the Eastern Seaboard Area: Operations Executives for Cleaning, Pest Control, Security Systems (CCTV etc) and Landscape Gardening (these are technical roles so direct experience preferred); Admin Executive (Accounting Experience and Good English Skills) and Accounts Receivable clerk. Good salary and benefits for all positions. Email resume and expected salary to glenn.l@th.issworld.com (ptfjv-0408)Due to our Properties Business Expansion, we are urgently needed new staffs. Male/Female, experience not necessary. Please call to our office 038 406 611 or K. Peace 089 136 8774 or K. Anders 084 723 3275 www.scandicproperty.com (ptfjv-0408)2 Roof Tilers. 2/3 weeks. Nov/Dec. 15,000 baht. Phone 084 958 6569 (ptfjv-0408)St. Andrews International School, Rayong Campus requires the following positions; 1. Teacher Assistant – Thai national, male/female. The successful applicant will work with individual children and small groups aged to

eleven. A high level of both spoken and written English is essential. 2. Instrumental Music Teacher/ Teacher of Violin. The successful applicant, male or female, will work with individual children and small groups throughout the school. A high level of spoken English is required. Candidates should submit a supporting letter of application plus CV via email or post by the 10th October 2008 to:- Mr. Andrew Harrison – Head of School, St. Andrews International School, Rayong, P.O. Box 54 Banchang Post Office, Banchang, Rayong 21130, e-mail: rayong@ standrews-schools.com (ptm-1408)Louis Properties Co., Ltd has vacancies for: 1. Marketing Manager, 25,000 + Bonus, 2 yrs working experience. 2. Sales Representative, 15,000+High Commission, 1 yr experience. 3. Book Keeping/Manager Assistant/ Computer Database, 20,000 + Bonus, 2 yr experience. Must be able to speak and write English and Thai and have basic knowledge about computer operations. Also, speaking Russian urgently needed (highest salary and commission). Please send resume to louisproperties@hotmail.com or call Tony 086 8328 168, 089 585 8666


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Job Vacancies Pattaya Real Estate Office is Lokking for Sales Receptionist. English Speaking, Female 21 to 35 years. Salary + Bonus, Thai Nationality Only. Call K. Jai after 10 am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200 Pattaya Real Estate Office is looking for Trainee Sales /Rental person. English Speaking, Female 22 – 35 years, experience an advantage. Own Transport required. Salary Plus Commission. Thai Nationality Only. Call K. Jai after 10 am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200 (pta-0308)We are a Well Established Real Estate Company Based in Central Pattaya, looking to expand our clientele base into the Russian market, the successful applicant must be able to speak fluent Russian and English with knowledge of the Pattaya real estate Market and local area. The selected applicant will receive a commission based salary. Please send your CV to pattaya@paradisecity property.com or Call 084 780 8457 or 081 761 3238. (ptfjv-0308)Attractive, Educated, Mature (50’s/60’s) live-in housekeeper /companion, for retired English gentleman. Very little housework or cooking. Nationality not important, but must be non-smoker, speak and understand English very well. Salary rising to 15,000 baht per month. Please phone 038 421 502 (ptfjv-0108)Needed immediately secretary, receptionist, ad sales people and graphic artists for publishing company. Top pay for experienced professionals. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Send resume, CV or inquiries to pappa@ csloxinfo.com. (ptfjv-0408)Sale Reception/Admin. We are a property development company. Urgently, looking for sale reception staff. Admin female, Thai nationality. Must have good command of English,

computer skill, experience in office document. Handyman, urgently looking, Thai nationality, must have motorbike and car driving license. Drive car – motorbike – general duties. Speak English an advantage. Please send CV to or e-mail your CV to thong@heightsholdings.com, rose@heightsholdings.com, Tel: 038 364 877 (ptm-p2407)Sales Staff Wanted. Part-time, full time, male and female, at least High School graduate. Please call 086 721 6900 or email pantareerakrai@yahoo.co.th (pta-jv0108)Medium Sized SteelFurniture Production and Export Company in Pattaya searching Thai candidates of both sexes, positioned as a General Manager. Preferably experienced in production related work, structured, cooperative, master good English both written and orally and have average computer skills. Work will be focused on general improvement both in sales and production performance. Personal management, reports and logistics will also be part of this work. Necessary training will be given. Salary up to 50,000 THB/month and possible bonus allocation, ff4805@ gmail.com (pta-ev2307)Secretary Needed for Busy Law/Immigration Office, North Pattaya. The applicant must have very good English language/writing skills, very good computer skills, bright personality. Excellent salary and bonuses for the right person. Tel: 038 414 475, mobile: 089 092 2692 (pta-er2307)Staff Urgently Wanted. Leading Real Estate Brokerage Firm. Sales Staff / Listing Agent / Photographer, Thai national, age 20-35, Good communication skill, Good command of English (writing & speaking), Good attitude & positive, Experience preferably but not necessary, Training provided, Driver’s license. Call for more details 083 120 6042, 083 009 5214 or email your resume, specify position you apply for, and expected salary to cincharoen@exotiq.com

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Classified (pta-ph2307)Thai All Round Secretary and Website Manager Wanted! Our very busy and successful office is looking for an experienced secretary & web master. English language skills (speaking, reading, writing and typing) are essential and critical to get this job, as well as the self-confidence to use these skills. Basic computer experience is necessary and will also be a part of the job. It is also very Important that you know how to work with foreigners! Please contact us for more information and an interview at 087-021-7014 (Jan Nuyten). (pta-jv2307)Driver/Office Helper Needed: For Real Estate, and Law Firm. Must speak English!! Good Salary: must be available with flexible hours. Call 084 158 0785 (pta-vj2207)Leading Thai International Construction Company. Looking for top quality personnel for major civil project in Dubai. Excellent salary & career opportunites. Project managers, Construction managers, QA/QC Engineers, AutoCad/Design Engineers, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers. Age 30 – 47 years, good English. Engineer degree. Please send resume to info@ecothaigroup. com. Call 086-8169398 (ptfj-2007)Exciting Projects, Dynamic Company, great salary & bonus schemes are looking for the following positions: 2 Construction Managers (THB 100,000-150,000 tax free), 5 Section Managers (THB 60,00080,000), 10 Superintendents/Supervisors (THB 40,000-50,000), 1 team Survey Engineers/Technicians (THB 20,00040,000), 5 CAD Draughtsman (THB 20,000-40,000), 2 Project Planner/Coordinator & 4 Assistants (THB 30,00050,000), 2 Architects (THB 50,000100,000). Only those with top ability & dynamic are required. Spoken & written English. Call 087 140 5199 or 086 816 9398 (ptfj-0408)House Keeper, Companion, Friend, retired American seeks sleeping lady. Full or part time, easy job, cook dinner, must speak some English. 15,000B. Call 038 231 999, Jomtien Plaza, Building A, Apt. 406/282, 26 Fl. (ptfj-1907)Off-shore Oil & Gas Personnel for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia required. Call ECO Thai Group Co., Ltd., 038 682 097, 087 140 5199 Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek Part-time and Full-time Teachers to join our team in Pattaya Branch. English Teachers and other Language Teacher, English-Dutch-GermanItalian-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 www.Prolanguage.co.th LC International languages and Computer School is looking for Native of Japanese, German French, Chinese and English speaking teacher. Interested person please call: 038 361 948 - 9 or contact us by lc_pattaya@hotmail.com

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

Motorbikes & Cars for Rent (ptm-t0508)Motorbikes for Rent. Nouvo, Click, Mio. 200 baht day. 1,000 baht week, 4,500 baht month. WILL DELIVER. 086 824 4910 Cheap car rental. Fully insured cars. Prices start from 5600 THB / week. Call 0871 278 122 or visit www.westerncarrentals.com (ptm-a0708)Joy & May Tour. Car Rent 24 hrs. Service to Bangkok, Airport. Taxi Minibus; Taxi Meter 790B, Private Car 1,190B, Minibus 1,490B not include express way. Call Apple at 083 705 5477, office located at Tops Supermarket Parking Side

Motorbikes & Cars Wanted (ptfvs-0308)Looking for a Second Hand Golf Car in good condition. Call 038 424 774. (ptfvs-0408)Farang is Looking for Mercedes Benz Model W210 or W211 automatic, and diesel CDi, year about 2003 up. Any offers, please call Nok 085 153 1833. (ptfvs-0108)Looking for a Small Automatic-Car (Jazz, Vios, City, etc) no more than 5 years old. Tel.: 089 072 4897

Motorbikes & Cars for Sale (ptfvs-r0408)2003 Nissan NV Truck with Carryboy. Top-automatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721 (ptm-c0008)Yamaha Nouvo MX Special Edition. Chrome and black, 3 years old. 1 Falang owner, service history. 25,000 kms, only 25,000 baht ONO. Call 087 139 1570 (ptfvs-0508) Yamaha Mio, 1yr old, white/black, 15,000 km, good condition. Eng/Thai 080 641 8616 (ptm-c0008)Quick Sale! Toyota Hi Ace 12 Seater VIP. Mini bus 1998/ 9, 2.8 litre diesel, 5 speed, power steering, ‘metallic’ blue. Front & rear A.C., front & rear chrome bumpers, side steps, CD, TV, alloy wheels, electric windows. Ideal for golfing, outings etc. Loads of money spent. Service history. Beautiful all around condition! Price now reduced from 340,000 to 290,000 baht. Call 087 150 4845. (ptfvs-0508)For Sale Ducati 996 sps excellent condition, low kms many spares. 430000 baht. Call Greg 081 863 9550 (ptm-2407)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 (ptfvs-2207)Absolutely Superb Immaculate Condition (YR 2000). Having travelled only 70,000 klms. Suzuki Vitara JLX 5 door automatic with overdrive and 4WD. Many extras, Maroon/Silver, taxed and insured for 9 months. Elderly owner is looking for smaller vehicle. All propositions considered 038 421 502. (ptfvs-a2207)Yamaha Nouvo MX Year 2005, for Sale 27,000 kms, black colour, chrome extras, alarm, in Foreigner’s name. 30,000 baht or ONO. Call 087 139 1570.

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Hard Rock’s seven great years

GM George Hazard (3rd left) cut the cake together with Niels Colov, Peter Malhotra, Mayor Itthipol Kunplome, Drew Noyes

A Thank You speech from Mr George Hazard

Hard Rock Hotel Management and staff cheer for their 7th year anniversary

THE British Chamber Of Commerce Thailand held yet another highly successful networking evening at the Hardrock Hotel on Beach Road. In spite of threatening rain the weather remained fine, so the full extent of that the semi-open area of the second floor was utilised to its full extent by the large number of mainly business and professional people who attended. AA-Insurance sponsored the event with their Manager Peter Smith.

Latest movie release for Pattaya

Oktoberfest party at Eina’s Co-producer Rony Fineman with Pattaya's new film actor Andre Machielsen, after the premiere

Helmut & Eina wth some of their Bangkok visitors

The leading ladies were popular

Director Nonzee with some of the leading actors and sponsors

THE movie called Queen of Langasuka is a block-buster movie produced by Thailand’s film industry, and would probably not have gone ahead without the generous financial assistance of Rony Fineman, who is one of Pattaya’s most highly respected businessmen. Other major sponsors included Central World, Sahamongkofilm International, Thai Government Savings Bank, Kodak, Channel-7, and SF-World Cinema. The movie was expertly filmed, and is the sixth film produced by the well known Thai Director, Khun Nonzee Nimibutr. with lead actor Khun Jakkrit Panichpatikum, plus the large cast of supporting actors and actresses. One of the senior actors was Mr. Andre Machielsen from Pattaya, who was well suited to the part of the Dutch master cannon maker.

Canadian artist displays work

Helmut presented an Oktoberfest momento

THE Asian Business Club recently sponsored a big Oktoberfest party at Eina’s Restauraunt on Potisan Road in Naklua. This included members from the Singapore-Thai, Malaysia Thai and Asian Chambers of Commerce, plus the Hong Kong Trade Centre, all of which are based in Bangkok. This Saturday night event was well attended by members and their families, who were entertained by skilled musicians, who not only played many favourite German melodies, but also popular pop music dating back even to the 1960s.

Jim Ulrich with gallery owners Lek & Paul McGary

Ambassador David & Jim in front of one of Jim's Exhibits

WORLD acclaimed abstract artist Mr. Jim Ulrich has been visiting Thailand for twenty years and is also the Dean of Fine Arts at the Alberta College of Art in Canada. His first exhibition in Pattaya is being hosted by local artisans Paul and Lek McGary, at their Narai Art Gallery on soi 5 off Pratamnuk Road. Jim Ulrich’s exhibition was opened by none other than Canada’s ambassador for Thailand, his Excellency Mr. David Sproule, and it was noteworthy that a large number of well known Canadian expats patronised this prestigious art exhibition. Jim Ulrich has worked in a wide variety of countries as both an artist and in documentary film production.

Ambassador David spoke highly of Jim's artistic talents

Asian University's Dr.Patamaporn listens to their Dean of Liberal Arts Robert Schrubsall


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Pattaya Today wins Go Kart charity media race

Overall champion Pattaya Today team with Khun Ronakit Ekasingh (far left)

First runner up was Pattaya Plus Capital TV team

Second runner up was Star Communication team

British Chamber at Hard Rock

TWELVE media outlets on the eastern seaboard entered the first Go Kart Champion Media Team competition at EasyKart Bali Hai track held on October 26. Sponsors included Bartercard Pattaya, EasyKart.net, Wiggle Town, Key Visa, San Miguel Beer, Royal Siam Property, Soho Square, Mercedes Benz, Scandinavian Homes, British Embassy Pattaya, The Ads, Swed Tech, Torrenz Surf.com amongst others. The overall winning team of four staff was Pattaya Today’s and 1st runner up was Pattaya Plus and 2nd runner up was Star Communication. A total of 82,000 baht was raised for Rotary International presented by Mr Niels Colov.

Visa office opens in Jomtien

THERE was a grand opening of Visas Plus company office in Jomtien soi 5 on October 20 in a blessing conducted by monks. The office will offer visa services worldwide for Thai and Lao nationals as well as help with visa runs for expats, birth registration, marriage bureaucracies, translation and allied services. Lloyd Jones (centre), the director, said that the costs for the business services were very reasonable. Barry Kenyon (right), the Pattaya based officer of the British embassy, attended the ceremony as he will shortly be the next door neighbour when refurbishment work on his office is completed.

Tourist police birthday do

Tourist Police Chief Lt. Colonel Suwan Ornon (centre) with award recipients

The party was supported by Khun Nittaya and Khun Dujduen from YWCA

Mayor Ittiphol chats to some of the officers

THE Pattaya Tourist Police Assistants recently held an outdoor party celebration to commemorate fourteen years of community service, which makes them the longest serving volunteer organisation in this particular field. This took place in front of the Pattaya Tourist Police Offices on Pratumnak Hill and was attended by large number of both Thai and foreign expat members and civic dignitaries including the Pattaya mayor, plus Police Major General Attagrit.

THE British Chamber of Commerce Thailand held yet another highly successful networking evening at the Hard Rock Hotel on Beach Road. In spite of threatening rain the weather remained fine, so the full extent of that the semiopen area of the second floor was utilised to its full extent by the large number of mainly business and professional people who attended. AA-Insurance Brokers, Plus Property, PVC Windows Thailand and Hard Rock Hotel, sponsored the event.


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

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