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Volume 8, Issue 10

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British expats under siege Falling pound threatens retirees

year old retiree from Bolton, summed up the position of Many foreign retirees in weak consumer spending are many. “Because my penThailand are feeling the cash the real culprits. “Britain has sion is worth a lot less in baht pinch as their first country been living above her means terms, I shall have to bring pensions are worth less in for years and her refusal to in extra cash to improve my Thai baht on the money ex- join the euro and the declin- Thai bank account or risk changes. But the 5,000 or ing receipts from north sea oil losing my one year visa at so British pensioners in the make things worse,” said the the immigration.” The retirePattaya area are one of the manager of one of Pattaya’s ment visa requires a minibiggest groups to be mum of 800,000 baht hit hard by the depreheld in a Thai bank ciating pound. account or a combiThe real problem is nation of home based the value of the pound income, supported by against the US dollar, an embassy letter, plus currently riding high, cash in a Thai bank to which also results in a reach that figure. poor rate of the pound The real problem against the Thai baht. arises when a penIn a matter of months sioner is living on the British pound has limited means, a fixed lost 30% of its value income, and has no and its purchasing cash reserves to draw power to the Thai baht on. “I never thought has sunk from well my old age pension over 60 baht to as little in England would as 47 or worse. be worth so little in Although some see Thailand,” admitted the pound’s decline as How much further will the British pound sink? Terry Whittaker from the responsibility of interna- biggest money exchanges. Birmingham. “There is no tional currency speculators British pensioners over 50 chance my pension income is such as George Soros, the re- who live in Thailand mainly worth anywhere near the imality is that the UK’s depreci- on one year retirement visas migration bureau’s floor limit ating housing market, soaring are devastated by the devel- of 800,000 baht equivalent current account deficit and opment. Alan Wright, a 64 for a one year visa and I have


no extra cash to boost my Thai bank account.” Mr Whittaker said he would be forced to abandon the renewal of his one year visa for the time being. “I’m going to Laos where the Thai embassy is giving double entry tourist visas which, with extensions, you can make last for six months. I just hope at the end of that time that the pound will have improved to around 60 baht.” The Pattaya based officer of the British embassy, Barry Kenyon, said “About a third of the 5,000 or so British pensioners in Pattaya seem to be having a serious problem because of the currency fluctuation." Continued on page 2

Rule change to retirement visa Effective late January 2009, Pattaya immigration has announced a revision to the rules for the awarding of the retirement visa available to foreigners over 50 who can satisfy the financial criteria. The change applies only to those foreigners applying for the visa on the basis of having at least 800,000 baht in

a Thai bank account. Now, on the first application, the 800,000 baht must have been held in a Thai account for at least 60 days prior to the application being made. On the second and any later renewal, the cash must have been in the bank for 90 days minimum. Continued on page 4


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British expats under siege

"We are reminding them that all their UK income can count for immigration purposes, not just pensions, and that includes dividends, rental income and interest on cash reserves. But this doesn’t help much if a pensioner is living on a shoestring in the first place," he added. Some pensioners who are married to a Thai are trying to move their one year visa

Vol. 8 No. 10  1 - 15 February 2009 from the retirement visa regulations to the family or marriage one year visa. The latter visa requires less money in the bank or a lower level of income. However, the rules and bureaucracy are more complicated and involve the production of much more paperwork. The marriage visa application has to be forwarded by Pattaya immigration staff to the Bangkok headquarters, but the retirement visa can be granted on the spot. The British pound has fluc-

tuated wildly over the years. It was around 40 baht to the pound for many years and even hit 91 in early 2008 in the wake of the Asian economic meltdown of that period. The recent exchange rate of the pound, around 1.37 to the dollar, was last seen in 1985. The pound first fell to under two dollars in 1976. Currency dealers say the British pound may improve modestly in 2009 provided there are no further crises, such as the nationalisation of the whole UK banking system.

Scorpion queen surpasses record

Lion Heart concert coming to Pattaya soon

A planning meeting was held at city hall on January 20 concerning the upcoming Man with a Lion Heart Assanee Wasan Concert. Deputy mayor Weerawut Kharkai said that the concert would be held on February 21 in the Pattaya sports stadium, Soi Chaiyapuek 2, Jomtien, in conjunction with the navy’s civil affairs department and Boonrawd brewery company limited. It’s now 75 years since the Boonrawd company was established and the directors had decided to organise

a concert performed by the famous duo Lion Heart in appreciation of the public’s support over such a long

period. Tickets are 200 baht and there’s more information on 038 253 131 or at www.

Kanchana Ketkaew, Thailand’s queen of the scorpions, has set a new world record by spending 33 days and nights covered with 5,000 scorpions. The amazing stunt took place at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Pattaya’s Royal Garden Plaza. Her previous entry in the Guinness Book of Records gave her name as the first person to have a scorpion in her mouth for more than two minutes. Khun Kanchana explained that living with scorpions for over a decade meant that her body was able to tolerate the venom. She vowed to reclaim her record if any person on earth managed to surpass her feat of staying with scorpions or holding one of the venomous creatures in her mouth.

Ripley’s manager Somporn Nakseutrong said that Kanchana’s record in the scorpion cage was a big improvement on her previous record of 32 days in the company of 3,000 little biters. Many visitors to the museum in

Hindu shrine at spirit house in Central Festival

the past month were unable to look too long at Chantima in her cage. “There’s something creepy about scorpions which means you just have to turn away,” said one amazed customer from Tunbridge Wells in the UK. Mr Wanchai Jiratiwat, a senior executive of Central Group, led a staff ceremony at the Pattaya Central Festival Beach to install a Hindu shrine of Bhrama spirit house, to be a guardian of the shopping and lifestyle plaza. The event started with nine Buddhist monks chanting the liturgy for good luck and prosperity for the new businesses in the mall. Food and beverages were offered to the four headed statue and candles and joss sticks were lit up in reverence. The mall officially opened on January 23 when there was a huge parade, Mardi Gras style, along beach road.

Chinese new year has come and gone Pattaya city and the Thai tourist authority this year organised the Chinese new year celebrations which took place January 24 thru’ January 27 at Bali Hai pier. There were cultural shows from the seven regions of China with 200 performers showing off acrobatic and sporting skills. There were dragon dances and competitions for the children. Chinese new year traditionally attracts more visitors and money to the resort as well as strengthening the long term friendship between Chinese and Thai people. The city this year allocated funds of 2 million baht for the festivities.

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Rule change to retirement

In the past, the 800,000 baht in the bank had to be there 90 days before the first application, but with no time requirement for second and subsequent applications. However, if the foreigner chooses to use home based pension income or salary or rental income to apply for the retirement visa, there

is no time requirement on the residual cash held in the Thai bank account on either the first or subsequent application. The home based income must be supported by a letter from the applicant’s Thai based embassy as in the past. One immigration specialist said, “If you choose to apply solely on the basis of cash in the bank, you have to deal with a time requirement every year. But if you use an embassy letter guaranteeing

Blind masseurs at Sim fitness centre

Vol. 8 No. 10  1 - 15 February 2009 your income as part of the application, then it’s immaterial how long any cash has been held in the Thai bank. So no change there." No matter how big your pension, you still need a letter from the Thai bank. If your pension comes to more than 800,000 baht, using the latest rate of exchange, then the amount in the Thai bank can be as low as 1,000 baht. If your pension is less than 800,000 baht equivalent, then you have to make

up the shortfall with baht cash in the Thai bank.”

Navy holds regular exercise using live ammunition

Pattaya immigration chief appoints committee

At a conference room at Pattaya Immigration Office, Police Colonel Anonnat Kamonrat, Pattaya Chief of Immigration Office, chaired a meeting regarding the work of Pattaya Immigration Officers. Mr. Mai Chaiyanit, Mayor of Nongprue municipality, Mr. Sittipap Muengkoom, Deputy Chief of Pattaya, businesspeople and local residents who had been appointed as the committee members attended the meeting. Police Colonel Anonnat said he had appointed

the individual persons to be a committee of inspection and evaluation the work of Pattaya Immigration Office. The persons who were appointed as the committees were, in addition to the above, Mr. Jamroon Wissawachaipun, Chairman of Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, Mr. Chanyoot Hengtrakoon, former Chonburi MP, and other highly respected persons. The committee will scrutinize and evaluate the work of the immigration office, as well as give advice to the officers.

Ittipol Khunpluem and city councillors were guests of honor officially to open a new branch of the Sim Sauna Herb Steam and Fitness at Soi 20 Naklua where Miss Pen Promjakku, the managing director welcomed the guests and dignitaries. Miss Pen told reporters that the Sim Sauna Herb Steam and Fitness is situated in the heart of the city on 4 rai of land with an investment of 20 million baht. It has been

established since 2007 and employed blind and sighted persons to work as masseurs to make themselves money as well as providing a social service. The fitness centre provides Thai massage, oil massage, traditional Thai massage and foot massage to serve the locals and tourists. The Sim Sauna Herb Stream and Fitness opens daily from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM with a serving maximum capability for 100 clients.

Chinese couples tie the knot in Thai style

New traffic lights at soi Pornprapanimit will help

At 1:00 p.m. on January 22nd, at the main entrance of soi Pornprapanimit (soi Siam Country Club), Mr. Ronnakij Ekkasing, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, presided over the grand opening of the traffic lights located in front of soi Prapanimit. Banglamung. Police Officers, city councils, and local residents attended the event.

According to a study of the volume of traffic on Sukhumwit road in front of soi Neonpubwan and soi Pornprapanimit, it was more suitable to install an ATC traffic system to alleviate the traffic problem there than in front of soi Nernplabwan, especially in rush hours, and accidents should hopefully fall as well.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand in conjunction with Thai Airways and Republic of China organized the Amazing Love project in late January. The project aims to bring Chinese lovers to marry in Thailand, Thai style. On January 23rd, 2009 at Nongnooch Garden, Jomtien, Sattahip, Chonburi, there was a mass wedding ceremony for 6 Chinese couples performed according to Thai wedding customs, and the brides and grooms also wore Thai

wedding outfits. Mr. Amnuay Tiemkeerakoon, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand at Beijing, Mr. Tawich Chaiswawangwong, Pattaya House Speaker, Mr. Sansern Ngao-rangsee, Director of South East Asia were guests of honors. Mr. Kampon Tansatja, Director of Nongnooch Garden revealed that, at the present time, the tourism industry had plummeted due to the economic recession and political turmoil. Thus the Tourism Authority of Thailand at

At 10:00 a.m. on January 22nd, 2009, Admiral Kamtorn Poomhiran, Commanderin-Chief, Royal Thai Navy and the governor of Trat province were the guests of honors to witness a tactical navy training using live ammunition at Navy Training Base Number 16, Jantaklemm Khaokitchapoot, Chantaburi. Vice Admiral Suwit Tararoop, Commandant of Royal Thai Marine Corps and senior navy officers welcomed the guests. Vice Admiral Suwit Tararoop had said that regular exercises and training are crucial for the navy to prepare themselves and be ready for all eventualities. Royal Thai Marine Corps, Combat Support Service Squadron, Royal Thai Fleet, Amphibious Squadron, Naval Air Division, Royal Thai

Fleet, Coast Guard Command, and Naval Supply Center were all part of today’s training. The training used live ammunition for the artillery shelling demonstration. There were 150-155 cannons, Anti Aircraft Guns, Tanks, Amphibian vehicles, armed trucks, sea to land missiles, anti tank missiles, cruise missiles, guided missiles, surface-toair missiles and surface-tosurface missiles being used for this training. The finale of the presentation was rescue training to bring the injured persons to a location for medical treatment. Admiral Kamtorn and senior navy officers were very pleased with the training and he did not find any flaw in it whatsoever.

Beijing had teamed up with Shanghai Xiyan Cultural Communications Co,ltd, Quality Express, Pattaya City, and Nongnooch Garden to come up with the idea of attracting more Chinese tourists to Thailand by organizing the Amazing

Love wedding in Thailand. The Nongnooch Garden had been selected for the wedding place owing to it's experienced and knowledgeable staff, as well as the fact it has elephants for brides to ride during the ceremony.

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Navy take the oath of loyalty to the country

Admiral Kamtorn Poomhiran, Commander-in-Chief, Royal Thai Navy, presided over the oath of

allegiance ceremony to the country at the Air and Coastal Defense Command, Sattahip naval base, on the

occasion of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Day. Mr. Surapon Pongtadsilikoon, Chonburi Governor, Mr. Tanarot Rojjakoonset, MP of constituency 6, Chonburi, senior navy officers and guests all attended the event. The event started with a parachute show, followed by a navy band performance, plus parades and lastly the military extravaganza. Then servicemen swore an oath of loyalty to protect the institution of

the nation, religion and the monarchy and maintain the independence of the country. There were 12,000 personnel participating in the event. The Royal Thai Armed Forces is managed by the Ministry of Defence and commanded through the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters. The King of Thailand is constitutionally the Head of the Thai Armed Forces although the position is essentially nominal.

Pattaya city appoints legal experts to help

One pamphlet a year is to be produced

Mr. Tawich Chaisawangwong, Pattaya House Speaker and Chairman of Pattaya City Activities Committee, chaired a meeting with chiefs of city officials and others who are involved in the works of the of Pattaya City Activities Committee.

Mr. Tawich said that in the previous meetings of council members there was a discussion regarding passing the acts or regulations to be enforced in the city, but it could not be done properly due to conflicts over current laws. Thus the city had asked

Chonburi province headquarters, but any questions or requests, had always been rejected or simply ignored by the superior authority. As a result, the committee has proposed the idea of appointing law specialists or legal experts to be committee members to aid and give legal advice to the city. Mr. Tawich added that the House of Pattaya is the main legislative assembly body with a duty to scrutinize the administration team, as well as to pass the rules and regulations in the community. The committee has been doing great work so far but, because of poor promotion, the residents have never been aware of its work. Thus, the committee at length

decided to print 1 pamphlet per year about the works of the committee and distribute it to the locals. Everyone awaits breathlessly for the appearance of this publication.

Young couple busted for drugs distribution Police Colonel Sarayoot Sangwanpokai, Pattaya police superintendent, received a report that there was a group of drug dealers from Bangkok trying to distribute their amphetamine products to their potential clients in and around Pattaya area. After receiving the report, the

Pattaya police chief instructed his subordinates to get cracking. The police had received a tip-off that there would be a delivery of drugs at the floating market on Sukhumvit. Officers staked out the car park for the suspects to show up. A red taxi Toyota Altis number 2373, license plate

TY 3680 Bangkok arrived at the very place. Plain clothes officers identified themselves and requested to search the vehicle, as well as passengers’ body and their carry-on luggage. After searching thoroughly, they were able to find 6 bags containing 1,167 amphetamines. Continued on page 6

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Young couple busted for drugs distribution

The police arrested 2 passengers and confiscated the illegal substances and 1 cellular phone as evidence. The couple confessed that they were hired by a drug dealer named Pu who lived in Bangkok to deliver 6 bags of amphetamines with a street value of 150,000 baht to a Pattaya dealer, and they would get 9,000 baht for delivering the unhealthy goods. Thus, they hailed a cab from Bangkok to Pattaya to avoid attention from the police. They added that the reason they took this

unlawful work was due largely to the fact they needed the money to pay for their children’s tuition. They were charged with possession of illegal substances class 1 (amphetamines) and attempting to distribute illegal substances. The case will continue in an attempt to locate the main dealer, Mr Pu in Bangkok, but the cab driver was released after the interrogation as the police found him innocent of any misdemeanor whatsoever.

Lone Swedish Swimmer drowned due to cramp

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Distraught woman saved by rescue team

Police Lieutenant Somchai Chaikananukoon, Pattaya Deputy of Crimes Suppression Unit, Chonburi, received a report that there was a woman trying to shuffle off this mortal coil by jumping off a building in room 102 on a 10th floor at Lek Hotel located on Second Road. After receiving the call, the police had contacted Sawangboriboon rescue team and rushed to the scene. It was a 10 storey building and investigators found one woman on a balcony on a 10th floor whose mood was one of deep depression as she cried aloud. Her name was Miss Jittip Kejornsat, aged 37 and she was attempting to end it all owing to having a heated argument with her friend, Mr. Hartwij

Maitems, aged 73 and a German national. The rescue team had spent 10 minutes to cajole her to be reasonable, and while she was totally unaware of what was secretly going on, one of the rescue members subdued her & brought her back in the room safely. Nevertheless, after the rescue, Miss Jittip was still distressed and weeping as well as evidently being under the influence of alcohol. The police noticed that the whole bottle of fever tablets was empty and she might have taken them all. The Sawangboriboon immediately took her to Banglamung hospital to have her stomach pumped to remove all the stuff she had swallowed. It is to be hoped she doesn’t try the same thing again.

Police raided suspect’s house for weapons

An Aladdin’s cave was indeed discovered

Police Lieutenant Colonel Anuchet Kassomboon, Pattaya police investigator at Dongtan police sub-station, received a call that a European man had met his doom in the ocean at Jomtien beach near the Pattaya Windsurfing Association area. After receiving the call, the police contacted the Sawangboriboon paramedic team and arrived at the scene. There a crowd of onlookers, both Thais and foreigners, had gathered at the scene of the accident. The paramedic team had performed CPR and were attempting to restart his heartbeat. But after 10 minutes of trying, they could not bring him back and he was pronounced dead for all time. The deceased’s name was Mr. Lonnart Nilsson, aged 61 and from Sweden. According to Mr. Kim

Johann Postholm, aged 29 and also from Norway, the accident victim had been seen floating face downward in the water. He then swam to get the man and dragged him back to dry land. The paramedic team had presumed that the victim had been dead for about 10 minutes. The victim's friends arrived shortly afterwards after they had heard the tragic news about their mate. One of his friends said Mr. Nilsson had been in Pattaya for more than a month and that he enjoyed swimming alone. The police believe that the unfortunate man might have been suffering from cramp or the water was too cold. Nonetheless, his body would be sent for an autopsy to confirm the real cause of death, and the Swedish embassy has been notified accordingly.

Police major Chalermsak Tiantongsree led a police team along with a search warrant from Pattaya provincial court to search a house at soi Arunothai, Central Pattaya, after receiving a tip-off that the house had an unusual collection of deadly armaments. After searching the place, the police had found rifles, pistols, shotguns, semi-automatic rifles, just to name a few, and plenty of shells and bullets. The police immediately apprehended Mr. Chanarit or Puen, which means Gun in English, who was the home owner’s

son and they confiscated firearms for the evidence Mr. Chanarit claimed that he had purchased the arsenal of guns and bullets from his anonymous friend lawfully and all of the death dealers have the permits. But he could not produce any documents or proof of purchase at the time of being arrested. Therefore, he and his assault merchandise were taken to police station due to the obvious suspicion that the assault weaponry might have been obtained illegally. What would anyone want with all this stuff in any case?

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Banglamung Hospital allegedly refuses to admit pregnant woman

Sawangboriboon rescue member received a call from Mr. Wanchai Nalai, aged 18, a fruit merchant at Pattaya beach, to request the rescue team to help Miss Saifon Pensree, aged 28, from Nongbua Lumpu, who was 9 months pregnant and finally delivered a baby boy at an apartment room 159/242 in soi Rai

5 Pheenong (Paniadchang 8), Central Pattaya, Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. After receiving the call, the paramedic team had rushed to the scene. At the room, there they found Miss Saifon lying in bed in and looked absolutely exhausted from giving birth to a boy.

Vagrant dies in hit and run accident

Police rushed off to a Caltex gas station in north Pattaya after learning the sad reality that a local tramp had been hit by a speeding van whose driver failed to stop. At the scene, on Sukhumvit Road, police found the corpse of Prom Potharat, aged 31, who according to bystanders had no permanent abode and lived by begging. Witnesses said that a bronze coloured Toyota Vigo pickup truck crashed into

him as he crossed the road. He must have died instantly as evidenced by the broken and bashed state of the body. The driver raced on in the direction of Sri Racha and police radioed ahead to try and apprehend him, but the plan unfortunately failed. The job in hand now is to try and find the dead guy’s family so that they can have the funeral rites. Otherwise it will need to be a pauper’s interment.

The baby boy had just arrived into the world only 10 minutes and his umbilical cord had not been cut yet. Nevertheless, the baby’s parents and his relatives were excited and very happy to have him as a part of their family. The Sawangboriboon paramedic team had taken the fatigued mother and her new born son to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for physical examinations. The examination results indicated both of them were healthy. Miss Saifon had revealed that she had been pregnant for 9 months and was supposed to give birth in February, but on January 21st, 2009 at around 9:30 p.m. she had a feeling that she was going to have a baby. Thus, she asked her husband to take her to Banglamung Hospital. She was examined by the

medical team, but they told her that her baby was not due yet and told her to return home and suggested her to go to a clinic if she really had to give birth. She was reluctant to leave the hospital, and requested to be admitted to the hospital but the Banglamung Hospital turned her down. She had no choice but to leave the place with her husband and arrived back to their room around 1 a.m. She had been in pain and finally she gave birth to a boy. Her husband then tried to find a clinic to cut the baby’s umbilical cord but all were closed. Hence, they decided to contact the Sawangboriboon paramedic rescue team for help. Despite the fact that the mother and the baby boy were safe, all the relatives were very annoyed with the bad treatment they had received from the Banglamung Hospital for not admitting her although she was due to give birth.

Drunk farang starts cigarette inferno

Fire extinguishers failed to do the job

The fire department sent three trucks and a cherry picker to Soi Paniad, Central Pattaya, after notification that a fire was raging in an apartment house. At the scene, which was a six storey building, Thais and foreigners were running

for dear life. Investigators soon found out that the inferno had begun on the fifth floor and it took all of half an hour to bring it under control. The room in question, where the fire had originated, was a complete write-off with at

Another old car bursts into flames

Alleged Peeping Tom lands in the soup

Claims it’s all a misunderstanding Police lieutenant colonel Preecha Samrit received the disturbing news that a worthy citizenry had detained a Peeping Tom (a man who lurks around hoping to spy on disrobed persons) in the vicinity of the Welcome Plaza hotel’s dormitory bathroom. On the second floor, investigators found Miss Chutinant Pranatee who was in great distress and Mr Ekkapoj Namassakarn, aged 22 and the alleged Tom. He looked ever so pale and drawn. Miss Chutinant said she had been taking a shower when she heard an odd noise.

So she looked up and saw that the alleged offender was peeping at her from a safe distance which caused her to holler and scream. In a flash, colleagues rushed to the rescue in this most indelicate of circumstances. Even though caught red handed, the alleged miscreant would say only that he had decided to use the bathroom as he desperately needed to have a pee. But other staff said that he had worked there once and was well known as a bully of female staff. He was charged with disturbing the peace and fined before departing from the cop shop.

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Police investigators were soon on their way after reports of a car blowing up at a parking lot in the Pratumnak area of the city. Two fire trucks were also despatched in great haste. At the scene, a 16 storey condominium, there was a Nissan car engulfed by flames and it took 20 minutes to subdue the conflagration. The front part of the car, specifically the engine, was completely destroyed.

Boonterm Sakoonnoi, aged 30 and a security guard, said he smelled something burning and grabbed a fire extinguisher. This did not have the desired effect so, acting in a proper fashion, he summoned the fire department. The car was said to belong to a foreigner living long term there. An electric short circuit is believed to have been responsible, but arson cannot be ruled out at this stage of the game.

least 200,000 baht worth of damage including a second hand TV. The resident of the room, Irishman Michael Joseph Trudy, aged 40, was still holding a cigarette in his hand and was taken to the Memorial Hospital in a clean sheet and still coughing thanks to inhalation of smoke. Apartment staff told police that they first detected a smell of burning and tried to put out the fire with extinguishers. However, this plan failed as they

soon ran out of foamy stuff. Staff then sounded a fire alarm, indeed a sensible course of action, and more by good luck than by good management everyone in the building was able to reach safety outdoors. Mr Trudy is likely to face some fairly horrendous legal problems once he is in a fit state to face the consequences. A fire department official said it appeared the occupant had lit a cigarette in bed whilst in an intoxicated state.

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Police in force storm into acid party

Officers in brown trooped to the Cockfighting Resort, Soi Bonkai, armed with a search warrant to investigate nefarious goings on in the ten room establishment. They heard quite a commotion coming from one room and correctly surmised this was the sinful environment where they caught several Europeans and Thais smoking marijuana. All the suspects tried to flee but could not get very far as the door was blocked by officers of the law. Three French nationals were amongst those arrested and evidence collected included suspicious looking dried leaves, one plant and

a set of equipment used for making the ecstasy drug. The suspects also had to pee in a glass and the samples all proved positive. One of the Thai women was aged under 17. Police said later that all the accused had pleaded not guilty largely based on the fact they did not know Thai law. One of the farangs said that they had checked into the hotel and contacted two Thai girls and a transvestite who said they could obtain substances to brighten up a party without any doubt. None the less, all were charged with illegal activity and disturbing the peace and the hunt is on for the trafficker too.

NEWS Loan shark gunned down for reasons unknown

The Banglamung police chief, colonel Somnuek Changate, ordered his men into action after Mr Kiattisak Liammahachai, a money lender, was admitted to the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya with shot wounds through his chest. He was in a critical condition but is now said to be stable. The victim’s wife Ms Kanyarat, aged 34, said she had heard her husband parking his motor bike outside their rented apartment when she suddenly heard four shots. She ran out and saw the

bleeding man on the ground. She added she could only surmise that he had had an argument with another money lender – a profession prone to personal hostilities – or maybe someone else’s wife was jealous of him. Police said they would wait until the ill man was well enough to speak before reaching any conclusions on the reason for the apparently unprovoked attack. However, in the meantime, they would look for any likely suspects and keep their eyes and ears open to all possibilities.

Danish man dies of seizure in bathroom

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Pistol holders deny intent to shoot

Police arrested two young men whilst they were cruising on a motorbike for the offence of carrying firearms without the authorised certification. One of them, the guy on the pillion seat, was carrying a gun and was identified as Mr Adisak Poonrak, aged 17. The driver Mr Anusorn Moonghangern, aged 21, told police they had no intention of doing any harm but pointed out that it was unsafe these

days to be without protection in the streets. But officers did not believe this tale of needing to protect yourself even if against the law and booked them anyway on a serious charge. They will now need to explain themselves to a solemn judge who is likely to take a dim view of folk going around with guns in their pocket in case they should happen to need them.

Bank robber surrenders under high pressure

Says he had been cheated in the share out

Italian caught again on indecency charges

Formerly arrested on porn charges

On January 20, Supakorn Noja, director of the child and female protection unit, was informed that a European man had molested a Thai boy in a bush at the Charknok reservoir in Huay Yai. Very quickly, police were informed and they quickly arrived on the spot which was identified by a Platinum PX 125 model motorbike. The man and the boy aged 12 were surprised by police in a naked state. The boy said he attended school in Banglamung and the foreigner was identified as Mannari Massimo, aged 51 and an Italian national. Police said the European had been arrested previously for this sort of offence and they confiscated a tranche of evidence including paper handkerchiefs, video equipment,

a cuddly toy and a box of condoms. The boy said that the alleged offender had approached him in front of the school and asked him if he wanted to go shopping. However, he ended up being brought to the bush where he was told to remove his school uniform and perform an obscene act. This had happened on three separate occasions and, each time, the boy said he was given 200 baht and told to keep quiet on pain of his life. The child welfare director said Mr Massimo had been arrested six years ago on a charge of aiding and abetting an illegal act by filming another European man performing sex on another under age boy. If found guilty this time, he will face a stiff sentence indeed.

Police set off in good order after a report was filed that a European had been found dead in his room at the Welcome Plaza hotel. Mr Arne Stezen, aged 61 and from Denmark, was still sitting on the toilet seat in the bathroom And appeared to have had a heart attack two hours or so previously. There was no sign of violence or of a struggle.

The deceased’s wife said she had awakened in the night to find her husband missing and had called out his name in vain. She had then discovered the tragedy in the bathroom. At first she tried shaking him but no avail, so she had summoned hotel staff who in turn had contacted the police. A full autopsy is necessary in this case in accordance with protocol and the law.

Serious burglary as resident returns home

Farang in big white hat being sought

One of the robbers who stole from a Samco company security truck near Tesco Lotus in south Pattaya on December 28 last has surrendered to police after his collar was felt by pursuing police investigators. The robbery, which occurred whilst the truck was delivering cash to the Siam Commercial Bank, resulted in a theft of 5 million baht. The robber who surrendered was identified as Bancha or Nueng Gosee, aged 36, and an architect who had turned to a life of crime or so it seems. His arrest came after three other robbers in the heist had been caught and he admitted he was feeling the heat. Mr Bancha told police that he had

masterminded the whole robbery but had benefitted only to the tune of 200,000 baht and not 5 million as reported in the media. He admitted he had surrendered as life on the run isn’t much fun. He further stated that he had turned to a life of crime only after his architectural career failed to get off the ground and he needed cash. Having little experience of the criminal fraternity, he felt he had been cheated in the share out as his share was very small. The charge before all the arrested men – and there’s one more on the run – is armed robbery with a likely jail sentence of 10 years if proved guilty.

Police captain Kiangkraiwoot Buakla received a report about a serious break-in in one of the rooms at the Cockfighting Resort. At the scene they found a Spanish man anxiously waiting with his Thai girlfriend who was all of a tremble. The European said he had gone out and returned to his room late at night to see that his door had been forced open and the safe gone. Inside were two baht gold necklaces and 500,000 baht in cold cash.

So investigators then questioned the girlfriend who said she had left the premises at 5 p.m. to go to work. She had no idea of the theft until her boyfriend phoned her. Police then asked to see the CCTV footage and found images of a foreigner in sunglasses and wearing a big white hat (amongst other things) and carrying a big bag. Police say they have a good idea who this is but cannot say more now for fear of letting the cat out of the bag as it were.

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Unprecedented, happy discovery of turtle eggs

Rear Admiral Jakkachai Pucharoenyot, Commander, Air and Coastal Defense Command, Sattahip, and Doctor Nantrika Sunsue, Director of the Aquatic Animal Diseases Research Center, Chulalongkorn University, informed a group of reporters that they had been nursing a female green turtle (Chelonia Mydas) that had been caught in a fishermen’s net and given to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center at Sattahip naval base

on January 14th. The female green turtle is only 5 years old, but she carried a huge quantity of eggs. In a typical case, the female green turtle has to be at least 15-18 years of age to have that many eggs in her. This case is very exceptional indeed. Doctor Nantrika Sunsue performed a physical examination and an ultrasound scan to reveal that there were many eggs in her stomach. She also found harmful parasites and

Stall owners busted for selling counterfeit products

A group of police investigative officers from Chonburi

inspected the Grand Hall flea market in south Pattaya

gave the turtle a purgative to get rid of them, as well as implanting a microchip into her neck before returning the animal to the sea. Rear Admiral Jakkachai Pucharoenyot is asking the fishermen and every person not to catch the green turtles as a deliberate ploy. If they are caught by a net, then please release them or bring them to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center at Sattahip naval base if they are injured. The general public is advised not to serve them for dinner nor devour their eggs and should not use their shells as an adornment to your furniture. Doctor Nantrika Sunsue added that the green turtle species will travel at least 3,000 kilometers from the Thai bay to the Philippines or even the South Chinese Sea. However, this discovery of so many eggs in one so young was truly Amazing Thailand. only to find merchants who persistently sell counterfeit garments. After the inspection, officers were able to detain 2 stall owners named Mr. Utai Ngamchawee, aged 38, with fake Levis and Wranglers, 25 in total, and Mr. Nattapon Tanapapat, aged 46 with fake shirts of brand names Polo, Puma, Lacoste, D & G, Diesel, Billabong, and Versace, in total 68 shirts. The alleged miscreants were taken to Pattaya police station and charged with selling counterfeit products.

No more U-turn at soi Nern Plabwan Mr. Ronnakit Eakasing, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya city, revealed to the local media that due to a prolonged traffic problem on Central Pattaya’s Sukhumvit road at the U-turn in front of soi Nern Pubwan, the city had decided to permanently close the U-turn and a new traffic lights system will be in operation at the entrance to Soi Siam Country Club. Moreover a company had been hired to install the

new automatic traffic light system [ATC] to alleviate the traffic problems in and around the whole area.

The U-turn in front of soi Neon Plabwan was officially closed on January

21st, and the ATC system at the entrance of soi Siam Country Club will be officially fully operational on the same day with any luck. The deputy mayor added that the police from two stations (Pattaya and Banglamung) will work together to enforce traffic laws to reduce accidents owing to reckless driving and to reduce traffic jams, particularly in rush hours.

Pattaya city plans to improve safety for elderly At Pattaya City Hall, Mr. Piset Utaiwattananon, Director of Civil Engineer Division, chaired a meeting with chiefs of city department and other officials. A discussion at the meeting was about how to improve the city’s structures and its environment to be more friendly and suitable for

seniors and the disabled in order to draw more such tourists to the city. Mr. Piset had announced that Pattya city had allocated money to the tune of 370,000 baht to hire the Department of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University to advise the city and lay down a plan to improve life quality of the disabled

and seniors. Mr. Piset further stated that the plan is very necessary for Pattaya due largely to the fact it’s a resort town, and there are many senior citizens and the disabled who have retired in the area. Thus, the city needs to create a safe and friendly environment for them.

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Peach to host Money Expo Pattaya 2009

The Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH), a world-class multipurpose meeting facility of the award-winning Royal Cliff Beach Resort, will host the MONEY EXPO PATTAYA 2009 from 06 to 08 February 2009. The event full title is “Money Expo Pattaya 2009 : Easy loan with low interest, Deposit with high interest, Invest with high return”, is organised by Money & Banking Magazine. It will involve 16 organisations from the private and public sectors, where banks and other financial institutions will be offering a variety of promotions. Among this year’s highlights are a range of financial and investment-related products, SME products. The Commercial banks and other financial institutions will be participating in this event are Bangkok Bank, Thai Farmer Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Bank of Ayudhaya, Thai Military Bank, Siam City Bank, Bank Thai, Government Saving Bank, Government Housing Bank, Ayudhaya Auto Lease Co. Ltd., AEON Thana Sinsap Co. Ltd. and Muang Thai Life Assurance including other 4 Government organization: The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), The Revenue Department, Office of Insurance Commission and

Sinsulp Bangkok Commercial Co. Ltd. Other highlights include entertaining games and activities, prizes and giveaways, and mini-concerts from well-known artists. Mr Santi Viriyarungsarit, Editor-in-Chief of Money & Banking Magazine, who is the chairman in hosting the Expo said “As Pattaya become the 2nd largest financial centre of Thailand, Money Expo Pattaya 2009 will make all resident and business section in Pattaya together with nearby province such as Cholburi, Rayong, Chachuengsao, and Chanthaburi where the population is more than 3.1 million will have an opportunity to choose the service of Financial and Investment Institutions directly “. In 2008, there were about 620,000 visitors at the Expo, with a record transactions totaling about 64,000 million baht. The venue, PEACH is a world-class, stand alone multipurpose convention and exhibition centre, and is situated within a 64-acre gated, beachside estate overlooking the Gulf of Siam. The environmentally-friendly resort offers luxurious 5-star accommodation, a host of leisure facilities and extensive meeting facilities.

City hall administration studied in depth

There was a conference at the Garden Sea View Hotel to welcome 50 local government officials from Nakon Srithammarat on a field trip to Pattaya.Theywerewelcomedby Mr Jamroom Wisawachaipan, chairman of the Pattaya business and tourism association. The group was here to study the administration machinery at Pattaya city hall to handle issues such as the local community and the environment.

Mr Jamroom said that tourism in Pattaya had nosedived thanks to economic and political factors such as fuel prices, airport seizures and the world financial meltdown. Consequently the local authority had tried to attract bigger numbers by road shows in the domestic market as well as by targeted marketing overseas. The visitors from Nakon Srithammarat said they had learned much from the teach-in and would return home both wiser and better administrators.


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China eases property New general manager rules for foreigners at the Amari complex

In a further sign that many south east Asian countries are liberalising their property laws in the current economic downturn, the Chinese government has announced an end to two barriers facing foreigners wanting to buy residential plots. Limits were introduced in 2007 in response to rocketing property prices in the densely crowded Beijing which meant that only foreigners who had been resident for at least a year could buy a home. Also it was made clear that any foreigner could buy only one property as multi-holdings were banned. “Foreign expatriates in China had to be in the country for

at least one continuous year and could only buy one property,” said Li Wenjie, general manager of Centaline, one of the biggest real estate companies in the country. He added that the government’s aim had been to curb foreign capital driving up property prices. The rules had the effect of reducing from 8% to 0.5% foreign purchases in the capital city. The Xinhua news agency recently reported that nine government departments had decided to relax the residential rule and remove the restrictions on buying in order to try and revitalise the slowing housing market.

Money Expo Pattaya will attract 1 billion cash

First of its kind on eastern seaboard

Mr. Dominik Stamm (middle), Mr. David Cumming (5 right, front row,) with Amari Orchid Resort & Tower management team Mr. David Cumming, new incoming General Manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, was warmly welcomed by all at his new home. The occasion was marked by the handover of the ‘Key to the City’ by Mr. Dominik Stamm, outgoing General

Manager. Mr David Cumming assumed his responsibilities, on 19th January 2009, as General Manager, taking care of the Garden Wing and Ocean Tower at the luxurious 5-star Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, on the North Beach Road, Pattaya.

Amari Hotels and Resorts appoints a new General Manager

At Pattaya city hall, Mr. Weerawat Khakai, Pattaya city deputy mayor, held a press conference for the Money Expo Pattaya 2009 event, which will take place on February 6th thru 8th, 2009 at the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort. Mr. Santi Wiriyarangsarit, editor of the Finance and Banking Journal, representatives from Securities and Exchange Commission, Thai Farmer Bank, Bangkok Bank, Thai Commercial Bank, Thailand Life Insurance, as well as other involved parties, were in attendance at the press conference. Mr. Santi said that the Money Expo is the money exhibition to attract potential clients to banking businesses. Previously, the event had been held in Chiang Mai, Nakorn Ratchasima, and other provinces, which stimulated the financial sector, as well as bringing in more visitors to the city.

Pattaya city has the highest gross domestic product in the region, and 30 percents of the East region’s investment has poured into Pattaya. Pattaya is number 1 in the nation in the trading of stocks and shares. The Money Expo will feature financial booths, investment stalls, loaning booths, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) setups etc. It will actually be the first money exhibition in the eastern seaboard of Thailand. Mr. Santi added he had confidence that the event will stimulate economic growth due largely to low interest rates offered to customers who are seeking loans for their needs. The Stock Market will receive a boost from new investors, who decided to invest their money in the stock market. He expects that there will be at 1 billion baht banking occur during the event, and if the exhibition is successful, there will be more money expos coming to Pattaya.

Meeting preparation for 48th OSEAL Forum At Pattaya City Hall on January 25, there was a preparation meeting for the 48th Oriental South East Asia Lions (OSEAL) forum in Pattaya. City officials, as well as other involved parties, were in attendance at the meeting. The main issue which was discussed at the meeting was

Mr Peter Henley, President & CEO of Amari Hotels and Resorts, has announced the appointment of Mr David Cumming as General Manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya. Before joining Amari, Mr

Cumming, a British national and graduate in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Administration, accumulated a wealth of experience in international hospitality management in Great Britain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Oman and in Bangkok. In 2004, he joined Amari Hotels and Resorts, as Executive Assistant Manager Food & Beverage Division and then as Resident Manager in 2006 at the 5-star Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok. Mr Cumming now oversees the smooth running of the very popular 5-star Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya.

New BCCT Board for 2009

The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand elected its Board of Directors for 2009 at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 22nd January 2009. In photo, standing from left, James Pitchon, Stephen Frost, Colin Hastings, Trevor Allen,

Richard Smothers, Willie Tham, Bruce Darrington. Seated from left, Pissawan Achanapornkul, Kevin McQuillan, Mark Devadason, Rodney Bain, Graham Macdonald, Simon Matthews, Mark Hensman

to prepare the city to host the 48th OSEAL forum, which will take place on November 19th thru 22nd, 2009. There will be members and directors from 14 countries attending the conference. The purpose of the conference is to exchange ideas of social works, activities, and works in the past year. There will be at least 20,000 delegates come to Pattaya,

which will definitely stimulate the local economy and bring in more visitors to the city. The OSEAL club will visit Pattaya to inspect the city’s readiness on February 13th thru 15th, 2009. The city expects there will be at least 1 billion baht spending occurring during the event. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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Bangkok Airways (PG) reduces its current fuel surcharge tariff on its international and domestic flights according to the current world’s oil price and to boost the tourism’s state. The charge for international flights between Thailand and Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam is reduced

USD25 (form USD45), from Samui to Hong Kong is reduced to USD32 per sector (from USD60), from Bangkok to Maldives is reduced to USD45 (from USD90) per sector and from Bangkok to Japan is reduced to USD45 (from USD95) per sector. And the charge for domestic flights between Bangkok and Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, and between Pattaya (Utapao) and Phuket, Samui, and between Chiang Mai and Samui is reduced to USD12 per sector (from USD20). Also effective on January 9, the fuel surcharge for domestic sector for flights between Phnom Penh-Siem Reap is reduced to USD12

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Bangkok Airways now announces its reduced fuel surcharge rates for 2009

to USD15 per sector (from USD25). Flight from Bangkok to Macau is reduced to USD25 per sector (from USD30), from Bangkok to Xi’an is reduced to USD45 per sector (from USD60), from Bangkok to Guilin is reduced to USD30 per sector (from USD40), from Samui to Singapore is reduced to

Exotiq unveils new Krabi partners

Exotiq Real Estste, South East Asia’s largest resort focused property network began 2009 by announcing their new operators for the Krabi Province in southern Thailand. Newspaper Direct – Krabi Co. Ltd, the publishers of the popular tourist publication The Krabi Magazine have agreed a three year contract with Exotiq to operate a real estate brokerage from premises located on the high street in Ao Nang. Expected to be fully operational by March, the new office will cover an area of Thailand which boasts some of the most spectacular real estate in the world. In addition to prime property in and around Krabi, the office will focus on other popular islands such as Koh Hong and Koh Lanta; where a branch office will be opened by the next high season. “Our well established publishing business gives us unique access to the best property choices in the Krabi region” explained Thomas Gennaro, MD of Newspaper Direct, at the singing ceremony in Phuket. “We will be in a position to exclusively represent some of the most unique listings on the market” The new Exotiq Office will be staffed by European and Thai agents, with Italian,

French and German speakers available. “We are delighted to welcome Thomas and his team to the Exotiq family” commented Angus Maclachlan, CEO of Exotiq Thailand. “This area of Thailand has enormous potential for holiday and retirement home development and fits into our network very nicely. Prices here are much lower than in neighbouring Phuket and the infrastructure is improving all the time” Krabi becomes the sixth location for Exotiq in Thailand. Since 2007, agencies have opened in Koh Samui, Pattaya, Koh Chang, Hua Hin and Phuket. In Chiang Mai, Exotiq have an associate broker deal with Jasmine Homes. Exotiq Real Estate operates eleven offices in nine paradise locations throughout Indonesia and Thailand. They have also recently opened an interior design and furnishing showroom in Hua Hin under the ‘Exotiq Living’ brand. In photo are Angus Maclachlan (left) and Thomas Gennaro (right). For more information, contact: Exotiq Real Estate: Angus Maclachlan on 083 116 2852 or e-mail amaclachlan@ Exotiq Living: Greg Love on 086 087 6926 or e-mail

per sector (from USD20). Moreover, Bangkok Airways is currently holding “Thanks Fares” promotion to offer special all-inclusive web fares through www. for its domestic and international routes, including one-way fare from Bangkok to Chinag Mai, Trat and Phuket priced at 1,900 baht, one-way fare from Bangkok to Samui priced at 2,750 baht and oneway fare from Bangkok to Hiroshima, Maldives priced at 18,000 baht. The promotion ends March 31st, 2009. For more information and reservation, please contact Bangkok Airways’ Call Center – 1771, 02 270 6699 or visit

Scenic Regatta ready to start again in Phang-Nga Bay

Premier luxury property developer, Raimon Land is once again supporting the prestigious Phang-Nga Bay Regatta later this month, one of the most scenic events on the Asian sailing circuit. The 12th Phang-Nga Bay Regatta is being held on January 27-30, with six classes of competition over four legs. The race is a sporting showpiece to show the Kingdom and the world the high-end tropical lifestyle available in Thailand. More than 300 sailors and 60 yachts are expected to compete during the regatta that begins at the new Ao Por Grand Marina at the northeast end of Phuket and heads north to the top of Phang Nga Bay past the famous ramparts

of Koh Phansak, the Koh Hong Group of islands and James Bond Island. The regatta will then run south to the secluded island of Koh Yao Noi before heading west to Railay Beach in Krabi and through the open waters of Phang Nga Bay and under Koh Yao Yai to Phuket on the final day of racing. Raimon Land Chief Executive Officer, Mr Nigel Cornick, said the regatta was a sporting showpiece for southern Thailand and it was important to support the event as a tourism attraction and economic boost for the south of the country. “Thailand is one of the best places in the world for sailing and is an integral stop during the Asian yachting season.

This regatta is perhaps the most spectacular in the Kingdom. We are happy to participate to ensure its success.” Phang-Nga Bay Regatta President, Ms Caroline Payen said this year’s fleet would be one of the strongest ever competing for the six trophies. “This is always a special event for sailors in Thailand. The regatta is hugely popular because unlike other regattas, it follows a course with a different stop-over each night. This has proved very popular with sailors, and then of course, there is the scenery which has made the region famous throughout the world.” Ms Payen said.

There are six divisions in the regatta. The bulk of the yachts (22) are in Racing, Cruising Divisions A and B. Other divisions include the very popular Fire Flies, the Darwin Sunsail and Multihulls. Yachts taking part this year come from Thailand, Malaysia, Malta, Singapore, France, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Many of the Thai registered yachts are crewed by foreigners who fly in for the race. Ms Payen says this is excellent for the local Phuket economy as many bring friends and relatives, stay locally and then explore the area after the regatta is over.

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High class filming at hospital

The Bangkok Hospital Pattaya was filmed by Evo Development Company as part of a promotional campaign to highlight the best hotels and hospitals in Thailand. The material will be shown in eastern Europe to boost tourism.

Joining hands for charity blood donation

Popular host visits Executive Horizon

Malaysian navy chief visits Sattahip

Academy Fantasia #2 runner up and popular TV host Wan Thanakrit Panichwit (centre) was warmly welcomed by Dhaninrat Klinhorn (right), director of public relations of Amari Orchid Resort and Tower, on a recent visit to the Executive Horizon Club in the 5 star Ocean Tower. Khun Anothai Tharasap (left) is executive housekeeper at the complex.

On January 21, admiral Dato Sri Abdul Bin Haji Jaafar (far left), commander in chief of the Malaysian navy, visited Sattahip naval base on a good will mission and laid a wreath at the war memorial. He was welcomed by rear admiral Narongrut Podaeng (2nd right), chief of staff at the Royal Thai Marine Corps.

Winner of Young Artist Thailand announced

The management and staff of Dusit Thani participated in a blood donation project in cooperation with the Red Cross Pattaya Chapter and Queen Sawang Wattana Memorial Hospital in Sri Racha district. Red Cross nurses spent a day at the hotel to service those who volunteered to donate blood, a twice a year community project.

Rod and Kevin win the honours

In Three Sisters golf at Pattaya Country Club, with a starting time of 6.30 a.m., Rod Ishii (left) and Kevin Worl took the first two positions. Rod came in with 41 (handicappers please note) and Kevin is getting in as much golf before returning Stateside.

Dougie comes running up twice

In the Bunker sponsored golf, Dougie Crowe was runner up twice, at Plutaluang and at Crystal Bay which produced some cracking scores. Dougie was pipped respectively by Cees Thornber and by Pat Kelly.

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Raimon Land chief executive Nigel Cornick and the winner of the Young Artist competition, Ms Patcharaporn Arunsirichok, pose in front of her painting The Residence. There were nearly four hundred entrants and Ms Patcharaporn is a third year student from Silpakorn University who is entitled to a trophy, two tickets to London and 100,000 baht in prize money.

Sattahip schools get a truckload

Onward with Optimists

The Optimist International Club of Thailand is now meeting at Shenanigans, 2nd Road, at The Avenue lifestyle mall. Meeting times noon on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Further information from Drew Noyes on 084 111 7999 or

Annual staff party for BTV staff

Mr Sommai Tipmanee, managing director of Banglamung cable TV, presided over the staff party and get together which included this year compulsory fancy dress (more or less). US Navy League president Peter Thorand, pictured with glasses, donated a truck load of sports equipment and school items to the Sattahip area schools participating in the local soccer tournament. The main sponsor was long term resident Bernhard Schwynn.

Celebrations at Ravindra

Lighthouse Club at Shennanigans

The Lighthouse Club of Pattaya recently held another successful networking evening at the Shennanigans Irish Pub in Jomtien. In photo is the Director of Island Pools-Thailand, the evening’s sponsor, Greg Moore (left) with Paradise City Property managing director Mark Thomson.

Ravindra Beach Resort and Spa invested nearly a million Baht for their New Year Party festival celebration, under the theme of Temple Fair for the New Year 2009. The event has made a great impression for both Thai and Foreign guests. The party includes the luxurious buffet on the beach, Thai show such as Thai Traditional dances, Khone Dramas, Rapiers Dance, and surprise performance from the lovely elephant show with beauty a pageant on the elephant’s back and an extravagant fireworks display. It was considered to be the happy grand opening for the currently New Year and the 1st year anniversary of Ravindra Beach Resort and Spa.

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Hard Rock Hotel visits Pattaya Today

Asian Business Club at Woodlands Resort

The marketing team of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya led by Khun Wanpen Chanthariya (2nd left), director of marketing communications, visit Pattaya Today’s office. The hotel’s 2009 calendar and their sweet treats were received by Kathy (center) in behalf of Pattaya Today.

Asian Business Club led by ABC Asian Business Development managing director, Mr Helmut Buchberger, held a meeting at the Woodlands Hotel & Resort in Naklua. The topic was “Exchange of Information, Building Business Relationship.” The club’s members and guests, share their insights on how to maintain a good business relationship.

Make Up Store now at Central Festival

Chinese New Year at Central Center Central Centre Pattaya welcomes the Chinese New Year with several events such as the dragon parade, Singhui Lion parade, Chinese grand orchestra, Chinese opera, show from Sechuen, Chinese lucky dish with milk, Khun Den flying ice cream and many exciting games prepared by the management of CPN led by Khun Teeraporn Jitnawa.

A big crowd on Mardi Gras Parade

For the launch of the new shopping complex, Central Festival Pattaya Beach, an international event was held last January 23. CPN together with Pattaya City, the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization, TAT and the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association had joined together in organising a first for Pattaya City, the Pattaya International Mardi Gras Parade. A huge number of people watched the vibrant decorated floats and entertaining shows, showcasing Pattaya as a world famous city.

Make Up Store, a leading make up brand in Sweden, founded by Mr Mika Liias, is now available at the ground floor of Central Festival Department Store. Not only they sell make up’s, you will also find accessories such as 70 different makeup bags, broaches, professional brushes and other makeup equipments. Mika flew to Thailand to grace the opening party, which was held at the Hard Rock Café.

Malaysian Crown Prince Abdullah visits Ocean Tower

H.R.H. Crown Prince Abdullah of Pahang, Malaysia (left), Mr. Dominik Stamm, General Manager (right). H.R.H. Crown Prince Abdullah of Pahang, Malaysia, graciously visited the luxurious 5-star Ocean Tower at Amari Orchid Resort & Tower recently.

Amari Congratulates The Cove

Khun Makoo Techasophon, Deputy General Manager of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya (left), congratulated Khun Itthi Chavalittamrong, President & CEO of Petch Property Development (center) and Mr. Jens Klein, Sales & Marketing Manager (right), at the grand opening ceremony of The Cove project at Wong Amat beach.

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by Peter Lloyd

I have just got back from a trip to Tanzania and Kenya, using the new daily flight from Bangkok to Nairobi instead of going my usual route via Dubai. While flying Kenyan wasn’t as good as flying Emirates (older cramped plane, small luggage storage, less legroom, no in-seat entertainment on the way out, poor food), it actually worked better as it gave me a long flight to sleep on, having taken a sleeping tablet in Bangkok, washed down with a cheeky nightcap to make sure. The flight was full, having just come from Hong Kong, but, having given you the worst of it, I would actually recommend it to anyone flying to Africa. The long flight, and the time it leaves

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Is Thailand safe now?

Bangkok (just after midnight) were excellent for getting a long sleep, and, most importantly, it was almost half the price of Emirates, without

ened times. Mind you, I am not a particularly forgiving traveller. People say travel broadens the mind, but unfortunately

Second Road, Pattaya recently (Nah, in the bush in Africa)

the long wait in Dubai. Emirates lately seem to be doing a Thai Airways and pricing themselves out of the market on almost all their routes, so let’s hear it for Kenyan in these straight-

for me, too often I find the opposite, and it makes me intolerant of some cultural aspects of other countries. For example the seemingly respectable five Chinese adults, men and women,

Pattaya casino roulette

Will it won’t it. The annual casino whispering season is here again. With the tourist downturn, frantic efforts to revive tourism and renewed thinking about whether Thailand can support a casino have now met the irresistible force of a recession. Late last year I heard

result of building the casinos. They just allowed too many of them to be built, and the operators were taking a big financial hit, even before the recent global financial problems. The Macao visit happened before the worst of the Bangkok problems and before the airport

Jomtien in 10 years time

that the Pattaya mayor and senior officials went to Macao, almost certainly to study their casino industry, which at the moment wallows in a slough of oversupply and insufficient tourists, and an ongoing spat with double-dealing Chinese authorities about ownership and operating licences. But without doubt, Macao has seen a huge increase in tourism as a

closure, so it was a timely visit, and sooner or later the casino will happen, with the right political lobbying, in a country where gambling is illegal (erm unless you are posh and go to the Bangkok races, or poor and play the government lottery). Thai social objections to a casino could easily be overrided by two simple measures, one of which

would suggest Pattaya should be granted a casino licence. Firstly, locate it in Pattaya, already seen as an irredeemably bad place by most Thais. What goes on in, and what gets built in, Pattaya stays in Pattaya. Secondly, no stranger to the racist double treatment of Thais and foreigners in the tourism industry, for example, with double charging, the relevant authorities could easily ban all Thais from playing in casinos, by requiring a passport check, to make sure only foreigners could enter as punters. The casino would be a giant cash cow, above and below the table. Imagine the tea money, the scams, the rip-offs in deciding where it would be built, acquiring the land, lobbying, awarding construction contracts, the construction, awarding the operation licences. And above the table, more tourism, more taxes, more money washing into Thailand locally and nationally, and, if the State keeps a stake, even more revenue to the government. For all these reasons, it will happen.

sat in the row in front of me on the way out, loudly chewing bubble gum like cows chew cud, blowing unacceptably loud bursts of bubbles, 3, 4 or 5 in rapid succession. I just wanted to punch them, or tell them, whatever the culture in China, this is disgusting behavior in public almost everywhere else in the world. When I arrived in Africa, the main question on the lips of almost everyone I told I lived in Thailand was: “is Thailand safe now?” There was a strong impression that this country was perilously

falling apart. It always amuses me when Africans think Thailand is dangerous, as they live on the most dangerous continent on the planet, bedeviled by famine, civil wars, coups, civil disorder, outbreaks of terrible diseases, and awash with dire poverty. Come to think of it, it does sound a bit like Thailand, although without the unpunished airport closure. But don’t tell that to the Thailand Tourist Board, who have probably hoped the events of late last year have

faded into the dim and distant past, and they can now go back to wooing the prayed for but never materializing “high end tourist”. As I stood in the arrivals queue in Bangkok on the way back, whilst heartened that there was indeed a queue, I couldn’t help but wonder what the Tourist Authority would make of their “high end” marketing budget as they surveyed the impecu nious, poorly dressed, pastyfaced Russians and other tourists sham bling off recently arrived planes. It looked like the end of an all night booze cruise. But right now, I suspect they will take any tourist they can get.

Thai Soap Operas and Murder I don’t know whether you have ever had the misfortune to catch a melodramatic, cheaply produced, badly acted Thai soap opera on TV, or a mawkishly sentimental Thai music video. I am no prude, but I am often shocked at the level of violence shown towards women in Thai soaps and music videos, usually by drunken, aggressive men, beating them, putting them in fear of being sexually assaulted, threatening them with knives or guns, or drunkenly slapping them around. The first time I thought Thai culture was being portrayed in a bad light was last year in Laos when I suffered a non-stop video bus ride for nine hours, where most of the videos were Thai, during which this mistreatment of women was so frequent and so repulsive, that I wondered what the Laos people made of Thailand. Laos music videos were the opposite gentle and not at all violent. I had the same feelings of disgust when I watched the recent horrific murder of a young woman and a security guard in Bangkok. This was shown repeatedly on Thai TV from a security video which had recorded every chilling minute of the encounter, including the murderer executing the poor young woman at point blank range, as she pleaded for her life, kneeling on the

ground in front of him. He shot her in the head before fleeing, as usual. I don’t know whether the violence portrayed in popular culture does influence people, but I felt as I watched this shocking video, that life does imitate art, and people may be desensitized from watching violence on TV when they commit such foul acts in real life. In fact the repeated playing of such a distressing video on prime time TV reinforced this. Nobody had to see these murders. A photo of the suspect would have sufficed to identify him.

This was being played purely and simply for ghoulish, voyeuristic entertainment. Reality had become TV drama, but this time it was sickeningly real. The ultimate snuff movie. I’m just so glad they blur out all those terrible cigarettes on TV. Does that mean Thai authorities DO believe what people see on TV influences them? If so, then surely they can see misogynistic, murderous violence may also affect the minds of the people who watch it. Contact me at

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Democracy Thai style

Perspective on tourism

Visas on nearing death

I read in the newspaper all those complaints about a shortfall in tourist arrivals. Every writer directly or indirectly is expressing the hope that those magic big numbers will be back as soon as possible. But thismight only be the desire of those who benefit from big tourist numbers. What about the point of view of tourists, retirees and others who don’t earn money but spend money here? The truth is I don’t know anybody who isn’t enjoying the present situation. It’s quieter, the people are more friendly, it’s less noisy, prices are lower and so on. The quality of Pattaya as a tourist destination has increased precisely because of, and not despite, the shortfall in overall numbers. The conclusion is that those in charge should not only stare at gross numbers. They should also be aware that uncontrolled expansion can easily affect the attractiveness of the city and back fire. Many people would say that Pattaya has deteriorated in recent years precisely because of the lust for numbers. Also the headline story in the current Pattaya Today (January 16) goes in the same direction and appears to me to be one sided. It’s full of praise for the new “lifestyle shopping complex”, but here’s no sign or comment about possible negative side effects such as increased noise, traffic congestion and more road accidents. Michael Karpa

My father is 88, unconscious and in a Pattaya hospital where he has no hope of recovery according to the doctors. But I have just realised that his visa has expired and that nobody thought to report his address at the 90 days mark. After my father passes on as it were, we hope to take him back to Europe for burial. But I am worried we might have a problem as his documentation won’t be in order and they can easily check that his visa expired long before he actually died. What is the best thing to do now?

Retirement visa rules I wonder where I can find out about the latest rules for obtaining a retirement visa for foreigners over 50. Keith Campbell Ed: The latest information from the immigration bureau is given below. Please note also the update on page one of the current issue of Pattaya Today. You will need a completed application form TM7 and one photo and also your passport and a copy of certain pages (they know which ones in the immigration photocopy shop). The minimum age is 50 by the way and you need a current non immigrant visa in your passport before the visa can be granted . The application fee is 1,900 baht. You will also need a letter from the Thai bank confirming the current balance in Thai baht and a copy of the pages showing your name and the last three months transactions. It is possible to obtain the retirement visa provided there is a balance of at least 800,000 baht which has been there for two months (on first application) and three months (all applications in subsequent years). If you keep less than 800,000 baht in the account, you need to obtain a letter from your embassy confirming your first country based income - typically pension income. The total of the pension income and the balance in the Thai bank must come to 800,000 baht equivalent. You can convert your foreign income to baht by using the current rate of exchange. But note that no matter how big your foreign based income you always and invariably need a letter from the Thai bank - the minimum balance needed is 1,000 baht assuming your foreign income comes to more than 800,000 baht equivalent. The embassy letter can be used only once and needs replacement every year. After issue, you need to obtain a re-entry permit to protect the visa if you going to travel outside Thailand.

Ed: Do nothing. There is no problem. There is no check on the visa status of corpses boarding an aircraft. Even if your father did by a miracle happen to get better, he would just pay the 20,000 baht maximum overstay fine if he ever left Thailand alive. The immigration bureau is not in the business of hassling elderly people or the very sick. As regards younger people in hospital, or those who will get better, a friend or relative can extend the visa at immigration, but they need a photo of the applicant and a clear letter from the hospital to deputise in this way.

Advertising trucks again Dear Mr Mayor, I know that amongst your many other concerns you are keen to improve the traffic situation in Pattaya, so may I make a simple suggestion? Traffic n Pattaya is often slowed down to a considerable extent by slow moving advertising trucks. They occupy a full lane of the road and often travel at little more than walking pace. Cars following behind have to slow down with drivers taking risks to overtake at the earliest possible opportunity. Not only are the trucks a dangerous obstruction, I doubt very much if anybody pays attention to their messages. My suggestion is that the advertising trucks should either be banned outright or only allowed on the roads when they would cause he least inconvenience to other road users and people in the vicinity. I was in Bangkok last week and did not see or hear one noisy advertising vehicle. Why are there so many in Pattaya? Oliver Minto

Visa confusion at border I am currently in England and have just obtained a double entry tourist visa from the Thai consulate in Hull. My plan is to come to Thailand in March via Malaysia, stay here two months and then take a short trip to Vietnam before utilising the second entry of my 60 day tourist visa. However I have read on the internet that people coming into Thailand from a land border receive only 15 days at the border post. So what is the point of obtaining a visa prior to arriving in the country? Marlene Rowe Ed: The 15 day ruling does not apply to you and you will get your 60 days when crossing from a neighbouring country. The 15 day rule at the border applies only to visitors who do not have a prior visa. Incidentally, there is now no limit to the number of times visitors without visas can enter Thailand via a land border.

The really important point for the Thai government coalition is to stay in power. When kingmaker Newin Chidchob told prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva that he should follow Thaksin Shinawatra’s populist policies, that was perhaps the best advice that anyone could devise. In other words, the government has to show generosity to the poor, north and north east, or risk falling apart. So if the government is kind to the Isaan and other adjacent areas, then the people will soon forget Thaksin. As the failed governments of 2008 well illustrated, a nation simply cannot prosper unless the people rally behind their national leaders or at least tolerate them in peace and quiet. Many economists have decried the 115 billion baht supplementary budget saying it’s designed to woo the grassroots instead of stimulating the economy. Take for example the 2,000 baht a head allowance. This is hardly going to encourage more consumer spending or to prompt manufacturers to produce more goods or hire more workers. In fact all the 2,000 baht will do is to reduce slightly the debt into which many poorer Thai families have fallen by the rash use of credit which is the bane of many societies these days. Consequently, many economists would say the allowance is a waste of time and money. But not really. It’s essential for the Democrats’ mandate to use populist measures at this early stage of the game in order to win over the confidence of the masses. Without that, there can be no stability or progress for the country as a whole. Although it’s certainly possible to criticise Thaksin Shinawatra’s record on human rights and corruption, he was certainly not wrong to create confidence in the people in order to lead the nation. The problem was that he led it in the wrong direction. It’s indeed possible to condemn populist policies as vote buying, but which other democratic country doesn’t do exactly that to win and maintain power? Look where you will and the evidence is legion that being generous to the people certainly works. Ancient Roman leaders used to throw coins to the crowd to keep in favour. Franklin Roosevelt in America in the 1930s had the New Deal. Mrs Thatcher in UK was popular, for a while, because she was perceived as a tax cutter who let people take more control over their own finances. The rich and the poor are no greedier than each other. Everyone votes for leaders who they will believe will benefit them. That’s true whether it’s tax breaks, incentives or allowances. Or cash handouts. “What’s in it for me?” is a natural human question and it’s asked by everyone whether they admit it or not. Capitalism is what it is. The Democrat Party in Thailand has always attracted bright minds and the intelligentsia. But it has tended to ignore the poor in the grassroots. That’s the key reason why they have spent as a party so much time in opposition. So what’s so very dreadful about injecting 2,000 baht into the pockets of ordinary Thais in order to win them over? Whatever democracy is, and the debate has been going on since the ancient Greeks, it most certainly requires the participation of the populace. So it’s actually refreshing to see the government waking up to reality howbeit rather late in the day. It might even be that the long term legacy of Thaksin might be that he taught his opponents how to stay in power when they got the chance. After all, life is full of such ironies.

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

To set up a company to buy property is not really a complicated matter. It is why many unlicensed persons find the way to make easy money from the gullible foreigners. These unlicensed professionals are foreigners who can speak English with the beautiful native accent by just say “No problem my friend, everyone does like this in Pattaya”. Some unlicensed professionals want to have their own law firm to steer some gullible foreigners to transfer money into their fake client or escrow accounts. In Europe or America, the law is quite strict with a client or

LEGAL corner today

Checking up your annual balance sheets

escrow account. Many foreigners were steered to buy the fake business or beer bars by transferring money into the fake client account. After losing money, these gullible foreigners scare to fight for “Justice” by the misconception that these crooks are powerful in Pattaya. “Having a good lawyer and dare no one” should be the motto you may share with our former prime minister who retained a team of lawyers to fight with the junta. If you need a lawyer, you should deal directly with the Thai lawyer who is licensed as a “Tanai Kwam” not only “Legal Advisor”. You may check his or her professional license which must be issued by the Lawyers Council of Thailand. A qualified accountant must hold a license issued by the Federation of the Accounting Professions of Thailand. A qualified accountant may work under the same roof with a licensed lawyer but not with a certified public accountant (CPA) who has to work independently. It is similar to the relation between a “solicitor” and “barrister” in the UK who have to work independently. Most foreigners who set up a company to buy the real property will know only they have to pay for their accounts every year. Do they

What lies beneath?

know what lies beneath their accounts? The Annual Financial Statements (Balance Sheets & Tax Returns) The end of May is the deadline for filing the balance sheets and tax reports of all companies having the normal accounting period starting from 1st of January to the end of December of each year. Failing to file the balance sheets and tax report within 150 days from the end of the accounting period is punishable for the maximum penalty fines of 50,000 baht for each director and company which can be totally 100,000 baht. The imprisonment can be imposed if you still ignore after the lenient fine punishment has been imposed. For the good faith violator, the minimum penalty fines can be about 12,000 baht for the Police Department and 2,000 baht for the Tax Department. But the tax you will have to pay is the separate issue. Before paying for the annual financial statements which are balance sheets and tax returns, you should have a profound discussion with your licensed lawyer and qualified accountant about the accounting and tax structure of your company.

Education An evening to remember

The 9th of December 2008 saw an evening full of fun and frolic at the Long Beach Hotel in North Pattaya. However, it wasn’t the tourists who were enjoying some time off in the city. The children of Montessori Children’s Centre International School held their annual Christmas show in a beautifully decorated spacious hall within the hotel. The parents proudly watched on as their children sang and danced to traditional and contemporary Christmas music. Each class prepared an item for the audience and the theme for the evening was “Christmas around the world”. Each class represented Christmas celebrated in the seven continents. There were children dressed in beautiful Asian costumes, some in Mexican

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hats, others in colourful African costumes and even some in kangaroo costumes. The teachers of the school joined in the entertainment as well and danced to some traditional Thai music mesmerizing the audience with their graceful moves. There

was a display of Thai boxing as well which was fun to watch. The night ended with our special guest Santa handing out some goodies to the children. Thus leaving them thoroughly contented and tired as they left to go home and enjoy their long winter break.

You may search for more information about taxation for dormant companies in our reading room The English language of Thai professionals in Pattaya may not be so excellent but somewhat fair enough for your understanding in all technical aspects. Most of them will prepare a trial balance in English in order that you may review the structure of assets and liabilities to verify tax implications. If you set up a company to buy the real property which includes the piece of land and building house, the assets in your balance sheet should be recorded as follows:Current Assets ● Cash & Bank Deposit ● Accrued Interest Receivable Fixed Assets ● Account Receivable & Loan from Director ● Land & Building Total Fixed Assets Total Assets The real property is called “immovable property” under the Civil and Commercial Code of Thailand which means “land” (geographical part) and “building” (building structure). The ownership of the land is recorded in the Land Title Deed (Cha Nod)

and the ownership of the building house is recorded in the House Register Book (Tabien Baan). If you buy the land and house, you should check if the seller has registered with the land office for transfer of both land and building house to you. Some unethical developers avoid the transfer tax by only declaring the land not the building house in order that the transfer tax will be based only on the land. Some buyers may receive only the land not the building house once they buy the property. It is advisable to use the term “land & building house” in stead of “property” once you deal with a seller or broker. Once you prepare the balance sheet, you should ensure if the “building house” is also recorded in the balance sheet. What tax lies beneath? In case you buy only the empty plot of land and build up a house, all payments you make to your contractor will be subject to the 3% withholding tax for construction service fees. If you fail to deduct this 3% withholding tax, you will be responsible for the tax with surcharge and penalty fine. Under the

Revenue Code of Thailand, the company making a payment for service fee must deduct the 3% withholding tax. The problem can be that some buyers buy the “property” from the developer who avoids the transfer tax by registering with the land office only for the transfer of the “land” not the “building”. The developer may use the name of your company to apply for a building permit. Your company will automatically become the owner of the building house. The question is “How you get this house?” If it is understood that you bought the house from the developer but you fail to register the transfer of ownership of the house with the land office, it can be regarded that you are involved with the “conspiracy theory of tax evasion” with the developer which is punishable under Thai law. The developer may say that you hire the developer to build up the house for you. In this case, the payment you make to the developer will be subject to the 3% withholding tax which must be your responsibility. What lies beneath is the 3% withholding tax with the scenario which may shock you more than a thriller from Hollywood.

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Fool in Paradise

On the 10th of January, people all across Thailand celebrated ‘wun dek’, or Children’s Day. I remember as a child I once asked my father, since we had Mother’s Day and Father’s day, when was Children’s Day. He simply replied that every day was Children’s Day. Nevertheless, in Thailand it is taken seriously and the adults ensure the kids have a good time. That’s how it was in my small Thai village. A large marquee was set up covering three quarters the width of the soi, a karaoke machine was brought in along with four speakers each the size of a small car, and mats were laid out. Hundreds of balloons were hung and by five o’clock, food of all descriptions appeared from houses around the neighbourhood. When the kids, aged from zero to twelve, came from everywhere, the music was cranked up and the party went into full swing by six o’clock. And, of course, everybody was welcome. That’s how it usually is with Thai parties; no invitation is necessary and all are welcome to join in the fun. I once visited a friend living

The Party

on Ko Si Chang, a small island off the coast of Sri Racha. My mate met me at the ferry pier then we began to walk the few hundred metres along the main street to get to his place. It turned out there was a party about to start to celebrate a young Thai man’s entry into the priesthood and the entire main street was blocked off to traffic. At least twenty tables and hundreds of chairs took over the roadway. Each table was covered with a neatly-laundered white tablecloth and contained a bottle of Black Label, a bottle of Mekong, two large bottles of Coke, six bottles of soda, a full ice bucket and tray of glasses. Beside each table sat a box of large bottles of beer; three Singha, three Chang, three Tiger and three Heineken. Food was being cooked for guests, the music had begun and everybody was ready for a great party. As we shyly walked through the middle of this to my friend’s house, we were stopped by a lady who we later found out was the lad’s mother and, therefore, host-

ess of the party. She entreated us to sit at a spare table. We thanked her very much but politely excused ourselves since we did not know anybody. The lady insisted we stay and was helped by other Thai people who directed us to a table. Luckily, we gave in and, with much gratitude, took our seats. We discovered later that to have continued to refuse would have been very insulting to the family. They were not just being sociable, but really did want us, the only two farang in town, to help them celebrate. It turned out to be a fantastic night. That’s how it is with most Thai parties and I can’t help but compare it to life back in Australia. We used to have great paties in Australia last century but, from what I’ve heard lately, that is no longer the case. The Politi cally Correct, Big Brother, moronic, power-hungry Controllers have put a stop to any fun. Take the Children’s Day party I mentioned earlier; here’s how a similar party would pan out in suburban Oz: As soon as the marquee

went up, any driver who could not get past would call the police to report someone blocking the public roadway. Within thirty seconds of the music starting, the police would receive another barrage of complaints about the noise from every house within six blocks of the party. That’s when they would act. A squad of a half dozen marked police cars and a SWAT team would descend on the street but stop short of the party so the commander could address his troops. “People, we have a situation here. An unlicensed party is in progress with an unknown number of perps in attendance. Intel reports suggest there is alcohol and underage people involved, and we must also assume weapons in the form of deadly forks and spoons may be on hand. You should all be wearing your vests so now check your weapons. Ensure you have a full clip with the safety catch on until we make the bust. Intel reports there are no ethnic minorities, indigenous Australians or illegal immigrants present,

so the use of deadly force has been authorised. I repeat; the use of deadly force has been authorised. Now, return to your vehicles and prepare to move on my signal.” In one well-rehearsed movement, all the vehicles with sirens blaring plus the armoured car containing the SWAT team would surround the party. In amongst screaming children and confused adults, the assault team pointing weapons and shouting orders would take defensive perimeter positions. Eery civilian would be ordered to the ground with hands behind their heads. The power supply to the music system would be cut and the commander would then address the captives. “Which one of you is in charge here?” When one guy responds, he would be hauled to his feet, frisked and then dragged to the commander. “What is your name?” “Mike Smith.” “Michael Smith, you are hereby charged with conducting an unauthorised party in accordance with the No Fun Without Permission Act of 1998. You and your accomplices will also be charged with loud noise violations in accordance with the Noise Abatement Act 1990, and with obstructing a public thoroughfare in

CTLS LANGUAGE SCHOOL - ED VISA SPECIALISTS – THE SOLUTION TO VISA PROBLEMS Recent changes in the visa regulations have effectively put paid to monthly border visa-runs, leaving few options, most of which are extremely tedious, timeconsuming and restrictive. An excellent alternative, however, is the Non-Immigrant Educational Visa (ED Visa), available from CTLS Language School.

CTLS in Soi Phanaid Chang, 5 minutes down on the left, by the side of Carrefour Supermarket, off Central Pattaya Road, is an ED Visa specialist that has successfully acquired over 500 ED Visas for students at its Bangkok branch. I say students because to be eligible for an ED Visa, you have to take a 200-hour Thai Language and Culture Course. The course is the most comprehensive in Pattaya, taught by qualified, experienced teachers, and tailor-made

to be as easy and flexible as possible. It actually means only having to attend two two-hour sessions per week over one year and the teachers are very sympathetic to potential learning difficulties, even teaching the class in languages other than English (the language of instruction), for non-English speakers.

CTLS is fully licensed and extremely well connected; one of the partners being the wife of a prominent local government official, and the school was actually asked by the local authorities to come to Pattaya to make its Ed Visarelated courses available to foreign students here. Both the local authority and the Immigration Bureau view the course extremely favourably, as it eventually gives fluency in the Thai language and also familiar-

ises non-natives with Thai culture and conventions.

An ED Visa is a guarantee of the course and is open to all those aged between 12 and 99, having almost all the advantages of a residence visa, specifically the eligibility to acquire: • a Thai driving licence • medical insurance • a Thai bank account Because of broad curriculum offered by CTLS, you can extend the ED Visa to up to 10 years plus, by enrolling on further courses. The process of applying for the ED Visa is simplicity itself; the school takes care of all the complexity. All you have to do is enrol on the course, pay half the course fees (Bt14,000), complete a two-page document with your personal details, copy the relevant

pages of your passport and bring 12 passport-sized photos. Your application is then completed and submitted to the Ministry of Education and after a week you get the necessary papers to allow you to go on almost your last visa run to a Thai embassy abroad to collect a 3-month ED Visa. You can even apply for the ED Visa in your own country before coming to Thailand.

Three months later you pay the remaining Bt14,000 course fees and go to Pattaya Immigration, who will give you a full-year ED Visa. The full process entails three more trips to Pattaya Immigration only; no more laborious Cambodian visa-runs and considerably cheaper! Simplicity itself and peace of mind guaranteed. Details available from

info@ tlslanguageschool. com or in person from CTLS, 202/236 Moo 9, Pattaya Central Road. Tel:038-416-891/2

Pattaya Today 17 accordance with the Clear Road Act of 1997. Who erected this marquee?” “Well … we did.” “You and others will be further charged with erecting an unlicensed structure without having a current Health and Safety Erection Certificate. Who connected the electrical cables to the amplifier and the portable lights?” “Me and the wife.” “You will both be charged with connecting electrical devices without being a Licensed Electrical Contractor. Who lit that barbeque?” “I did.” “You will be further charged with burning a fossil fuel in an exposed environment without first obtaining a Carbon Trading Certificate and also with lighting a fire in a residential area. Do you have a current liquor licence?” “No, I didn’t know I needed one.” “Providing alcohol for consumption in a public place is also an offence. Consuming alcohol in a public place is an offence as well. You and others will also be charged with consuming alcohol in the proximity of minors.” And so it goes on. In Australia, all the adults would have ended up in court and the kids taken into custody to be interviewed by Social Services and assessed for any psychological damage. In Thailand, the kids had a lot of fun and all went home by 9:00pm. The adults continued to celebrate until midnight; no complaints, no trouble and no police.

Pattaya Grapevine for February OUT NOW!

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Indian by Nature on Feb 14 Set dinner on Valentine’s Day includes a special menu with all the extras for which Indian by Nature is famous. Dishes include Ashiqui platter, Kashmiri style chicken in a creamy chilli sauce, lamb Parwana and gulab Jamun Flambe, flambed with Cointreau and dressed in strawberry sauce and ice cream. Phone 038 364 656. Location Chateau Dale, Thepprasit. La Dolce Vita charity La Dolce Vita restaurant on soi 18, Naklua, is hosting a charity Nite at the Opera on Sunday February 1. Tickets 1, 250 baht include cocktail, dinner and fully staged scenes from The Marriage of Figaro. Contact Kavita Lamba on mobile 087 618 5117 or La Dolce Vita on 038 488 838. Proceeds to Mercy Centre. Star studded tennis Tickets for the 2009 PTT Pattaya Open, February 7 -12, are available from Pentangle Promotions on 02 382 3491 (www.pentang or Thai TicketMajor on 02 262 3456 ( There’s a star studded lineup including this year the icon Kimiko Date Krumm. My Love at Hard Rock There’s an unforgettable Valentine’s Day at Hard Rock Pattaya on Saturday February 14. The international buffet dinner will be very special for families, friends

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and couples and there’s romantic acoustic music from Vie Trio band. Price 1,200 baht nett per adult and 600 baht per child. Includes free glass of wine, red rose stem and surprise gifts for the ladies. Exclusive dining at Sheraton On February 14, the Sheraton is the setting for a moonlit menu packed with the foods of love and complimentary sparkling wine. The five course menu includes Phuket lobster, duck liver, beef tenderloin, lamb chop and much, much more. Dinner is 3,999++ per couple and includes special framed photograph. Please call 038 259888 or visit Garden Cafe Valentine Show your love on Valentine’s Day with a four course dinner with great wine. Book before February 14 and receive a rose and a bottle of wine. 2,750 baht per couple. Call Garden Cafe at Marriott Resort and Spa on 038 412 120. Narong Wannasa’s exhibition Narong Wannasa in his exhibition Inspiration from my Friend’s Spirit at Gallery Opium, Thepprasit Road, shows his creative and imaginative shape forming skills. Open to the public Saturday January 31 to Saturday February 28. Visit Manhattans early dining Throughout February,

choose from four starters, four mains and four desserts all for 895 baht inc. (795 baht for two courses). Suggestions include baked goat’s cheese and herb quiche, chicken & pepper kebab, grilled sirloin steak, pan fried pork tenderloin, chocolate brownie with ice cream. Phone 038 259 790 or visit for all the details. DusitD2 Valentines This Valentine’s Day dusitD2 baraquda pattaya is bringing love to your table and to your room through the following special promotions. Bed and bubbles: Deluxe room with bubbling breakfast for THB 4,600 – per room per night for double occupancy. Are you D’one and only: 5 course set dinner with a bottle of sparkling wine, personal live music entertainment and 99 roses for only 30,000 Just D2 of us: experience Valentine’s Day with a delightfully delicious 4 course set dinner (chiiled hokkaido scallops, oyster bisque, veal envelopes and raspberry in bitter chocolate ganache) at the pool side, live entertainment, 2 glasses of sparkling wine or dessert wine and a rose. THB 1,414 per person. For information and reservations please contact +66 (0)38 769 999 or email Choral group starts Two expats living in the

Pattaya-Jomtien area are now forming a choral group for both fun and performances. Contact Len on 087 783 5079 or email him at as all interested are welcome. LPGA upcoming event The Honda Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association (LPGA) Thailand event will be held from February 26 to March 1 at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Plantation. Over 60 leading professional women golfers compete over 72 holes, including Lorena Ochoa and Paula Creamer. Preparations are underway at Dusit Thani and golf fanatics won’t want to miss Honda LPGA 2009. New Ecologies art expo A contemporary art exhibition comes to Pattaya at the Sheraton Pattaya Resort, in conjunction with Gallery Opium and art critic Brian Curtin, January 29 to April 25. Themes include globalisation, rapid development, capitalization, cultural identity, political instability etc. Contact Brian Curtin on 089 163 8102 or Alan Kirkland Roath on 038 303040. New Ecologies challenges our perceptions of what’s going on. Valentine’s day at Mantra Love is everywhere, so share Valentine day’s evening at Mantra with the love of your life. Set dinner and a glass of champagne for 3,999 baht per couple. For reservations and more information call 038 429 591 or visit Be WOWed at Hard Rock Special deluxe room rate of 3,600 baht at Hard Rock, Pattaya, but you get the second night free. Offer valid from January 5 to

PILC Welfare Summary Hamburgers for Pan Sadet Naai school

by Kathleen Petras, January 2009 Pan Sadet Naai School is a little school situated out near where my husband works on the Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate. It is where I taught English last year to the year 2 and 3 students. At the time we did a topic on food and came across the word ‘hamburger’. Some of the small girls mentioned that they had never had a hamburger and asked could I possibly bring them one? Well of course, I couldn’t take only one so together with a few friends and with

the support of the PILC Welfare Team, we cooked up quite a few home made burgers, grabbed some hamburger buns and some tomato sauce and off we went. It was a big hit at the school even though the burgers had been in the fridge for a day and were far from warm (and it was blowing a gale out there)!!! I have promised to go back this year to teach English this time to the teachers so that they can pass it on. The PILC donates a weekly supply of eggs, milk and rice to this very poor school. Many of the children

at this school are the children of the factory workers at the surrounding

industrial estates. They are lovely happy kids but have little materially.

March 31. Conditions apply. Further information on 038 428 755 or visit www. Onward with Optimists The Optimist International Club of Thailand is now meeting at Shenanigans, 2nd Road, at The Avenue lifestyle mall. Meeting times noon on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Further information from Drew Noyes on 084 111 7999 or Cafe New Orleans All You Can Eat for 299 baht plus. Sabado night, an evening for Pinoy and friends of Pinoy, at Cafe New Orleans, Pattayaland soi 2, every Saturday night. Filipino food and unlimited soft drinks. Salamat Poo!! Greg’s Kitchen With over 30 years experience, chef Greg Sulis has the very best of British and international cuisine at Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road (just before Bangkok Bank, opposite Soi 6 or Yodsak). Generous portions and top quality menu. Said to be a favourite stopping place for British embassy staff! Basketball at Tony’s Mixed age basketball – pick up games. Monday and Wednesday evenings 5 pm – 7 pm or later. Tony’s new top floor gym on 3rd Road at South Pattaya Road, across from fitness centre. Take elevator to 5th floor, covered and lighted court. Phone 086 596 0966 (Jack). British embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate in Pattaya. It’s located in the row of shop units immediately outside the Pattaya immigration bureau, Jomtien soi 5, next to the Yingchit money changer and a few steps from the Meesen coffee shop. Office hours 9.00 a.m.-

11.30 a.m. weekdays exc. public holidays. Liam’s Gallery Located on Pratumnak 4, this five storey art gallery has many original paintings, sculptures, antiques etc as well as Liam’s own private art gallery. Exhibitions are on view 10.00 am to 7 pm but closed Mondays. Open house from 6.30 pm every Friday with free wine and snacks. Phone 038 306 172. El Duo at Cafe The sensational Filipino El Duo appear exclusively at Cafe Royale, Pattayaland three, every Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 pm till late. Regular bar prices and no admission charges. The area’s most popular duo singers and entertainers. Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to p a t ta y a @ p r o la n g u a g e . 2 days before you wish to start. PILC annual meeting Will be held with the next luncheon on February 3 at A-One Cruise Hotel on Beach Road, Pattaya. Anyone not renewing their subscription before theAGM loses voting rights and all the bonuses associated with PILC membership.

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Kinky or what?

by Bee McConville Were you aware that Friday the 16th January was an internationally celebrated day? Probably not. Unless, that is, you have a proclivity for the colour purple and maybe a specific attraction to rubber, or feet, or frogs, or stiletto heels. If you still don’t know what day it was, then let me enlighten you. The third Friday in January is now being celebrated as International Fetish Day and people who have a fetish are being asked to show their support by wearing the colour purple – Perverts Wear Purple! Interestingly, the first Fetish Day was celebrated in England a year ago under the title National Fetish Day, but this has clearly now expanded to embrace fellow international ‘perverts’ around the globe. Now there is a fine line between what people consider a fetish and what they consider reasonably normal behaviour, but everyone agrees that a

fetish is the sexual attraction, and associated pleasure, to an object which is not usually regarded as being sexual. The most well-known fetishes across the world are the high heeled shoe, stockings and other assorted lingerie, and whilst a woman will wear such items as they are part of her standard wardrobe, a man will be associating them with hot, hot sex! Many people regard fetishism as being more of a ‘man thing’ but women enjoy a considerable number of fetishes, although we are perhaps a little bit more discreet in the sharing of this knowledge. Unusually, in the area of fetishism, it is the men who like to talk about what turns them on, and who are more up front when admitting that a bit of bondage is what adds that extra bit of spice to their love life. Women may talk about their fantasies and fetishes with their girlfriends, and possibly boyfriends, but do not go so far as to publish magazines in the mainstream on what their ideal fetish object might be. Also, it is not women who tend to get caught by the tabloids with their not so metaphorical trousers down in a weird fetish club where

the guys dress up as babies, wear nappies and get breast fed by their wet-nurses! Women tend to be less extreme in their sexual fantasies, and their desires are usually within the spectrum of what is considered ‘normal’. For example, most ladies, both oriental and occidental, understand (and use to good effect) the power of wearing a sexy, feminine corset, suspenders and black stockings underpinned by a pair of pointy patent high heels. These items may be at the top of the fetish list for men, but women certainly share the pleasure engendered by these simple items of clothing. And then there are uniforms! Apparently the school-girl uniform is the most popular clothing fetish admitted to by men both in the west and in Japan, but many women also get a kick out of dressing up to look like the young school girl of their youth. The power of the school-girl fetish should not be underestimated as we all saw from the furore that a younger Britney Spears created with her first video for ‘…Baby One More Time.’ Dressing up as doctors and nurses involves another clothing fetish that is equally as

popular among women as men, and having a romp in the doctor’s surgery on his/her consulting couch is a fun fantasy that many people will happily admit to. In fact, uniforms play a big part in fetishism, particularly the PVC and rubber costumes that our S & M friends are partial to, but this is where the line between what is considered normal and what is considered a bit more weird becomes a little blurred. If you are old enough to remember the ‘wet-look’ fashion of the 70s when we were all parading in the High Street on a Saturday afternoon in our shiny plastic boots, jackets, coats and trousers, then it was only a small step into the weirder world of S & M, although we didn’t know about all that kinky stuff in those days as we didn’t have the world wide web showing us in graphic detail! Just in case you are interested, objects that are used as less common or mainstream fetishes include frogs, glue, hearing aids, heart pace-makers, insects, cuddly toys, balloons, robots, enemas, hot wax and paper! However, I won’t dwell on this aspect of fetishism as I really don’t want to imagine what people might be doing with any of the above objects – cuddly toys in particular! So when the next International Fetish Day turns up next year, maybe Pattaya should take the lead and organise appropriate events for the occasion. But may I respectfully suggest that instead of wearing purple on that day, us ladies should develop the idea a little more creatively and don a variety of school-girl and nurses outfits with stiletto shoes and corset accessories instead!

Waving Wally

Why do people wave at passing vehicles? I mean, if you have ever been on a boat on a river, then you will have seen people on the banks look up and wave at you. It also happens to people on trains as they pass under bridges or in country areas. Now I might admit to being a closet waver on occasions, but I am very wary of using the ‘friendly wave’ when driving around the local roads as it can produce some very uncomfortable and embarrassing situations. I mean, have you ever driven behind a pick-up truck that is loaded at the back with young people and children? And then when you drive

up closer they all look at you and suddenly wave? Now this in itself is not a problem and I have been known to do a smile and a gentle wave back. But then you find that you are stuck behind the same pick-up in the traffic that develops into a very slow moving queue so you are behind the waving smilers for the next half hour and you can’t actually keep waving and smiling for that length of time can you? So what can you do? You have to think of all sorts of reasons to not look at the people in front so you check the time on your watch at least a dozen times and then you have to look as though you have just got a call on your mobile, but this brings further complications now

that it is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving even in a stationary traffic queue. So then you fiddle with your CD player, but you can’t put music on as you always sing along to the songs and you can’t be seen to sing along while the people in the pickup in front are watching as they might think that you are talking to yourself, or even worse, trying to talk to them. So all in all you spend a very weird time avoiding the gaze of the happy travelers in front, which wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t waved back in the first place. So be warned and exercise due caution when applying the friendly wave – in fact just stick to passing trains and boats that are not in danger of stopping and leave it at that! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

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by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: Dear Kris & Noi, It’s becoming really tough here now for we British, as our pathetic government can’t look after the country’s money! So it’s goodbye for a while to my regular bar crawls and bar fines. Now I drink at home with cheap beer from the supermarket and my companions have gone from “sexy girls” to “any port in a storm”, and much closer to my own age. But I’m still happy, because if I was back in Blighty with my mates, I would be as miserable as they are. They’re all jealous, because they don’t have my sunshine, delicious cheap food and beer—and the very friendly company. It’s still a good life in Fun City! Beleaguered Brit Good to hear that the stiff upper lip still prevails amongst Britain’s intrepid expatriate sex mongers. The British pound seems to be in freefall against the baht, but several other curencies aren’t

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much better, so times are hard for many expats who have chosen to live here. However, as you so succinctly put it, life back home is almost certainly worse, with higher costs and no totty. Many expats cannot afford to live in their home lands, so will stick it out until the good times return, and Thailand is still a reasonably priced place to live.

Dear Kris & Noi, I enjoyed Richard’s letter, saying positive things about bar girls. I have lived here for a few years and, apart from the occasional wrong choice, have had some great experiences with them. I’m not just talking about sex, but also chatting with a group in a bar, or taking one to a restaurant or on a day trip. As for their intelligence level, although most had a poor education, they are streetwise, funny, and good company, and that’s all I want. Incidentally, I haven’t noticed many expats in our community showing any ability in holding earnest conversations on global warming or middle east conflicts. On my mongering exploits I’ve certainly encountered some girls who are devious hard cases who cannot be trusted, but most of them have been honest, and given me much

enjoyment. Maybe we expats should take an honest look at ourselves sometime, as we have a few bad apples too: drunken, ignorant, obnoxious characters that are a disgrace and an embarrassment to the majority of decent expats. I think I’m an average Pattaya expat—well into middle-age, overweight and, without my wallet, definitely not a successful bird-puller, especially young and pretty ones like these— and I’m grateful I can enjoy female company. If the choice is between sitting with a cute, uneducated bar girl or an educated expat droning on about visas and the rising cost of short time, I’ll settle for the girl! Pattaya Paul

Punters who go on about the ignorance of bar girls seem to forget that the girl’s job is to make customers feel happy and spend money on drinks—and maybe her, if he wants to continue the conversation horizontally and she is willing. So, she makes small talk, because that’s what the customer wants (mongers who like to discuss world politics whilst stroking a thigh or looking down a cleavage are rare). Of course some girls couldn’t be trusted with the vicar’s collection box, and some men

Why the Pearl Harbor conspiracy just ain’t so The US president had no advance information

There has long been a view, and a fair number of books and articles, devoted to the theme that US president Franklin Roosevelt had advance knowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and deliberately

naval power or maybe he just liked the idea of a Pacific war. All these theories have been propounded. In reality, FDR was preoccupied with the nazi threat to Britain and had absolutely no

allowed it to happen. Why would he commit treason in this way? Well, he might have wanted to get America into the war to expand the American empire, replace Britain as the world’s premier

intention to provoke a war with Japan. Interestingly, when told hours later that US army air corps planes had been caught on the ground hours after Pearl Harbor, FDR is reported to have broken

down and wept, “Oh no, not again, not on the ground”. The president’s distraught attitude to the events of December 7 1941 sits oddly with the conspiracy view that he had secretly wished for the attack to occur. Besides, in 1941, FDR was interested in fighting Germany, not Japan, as instanced by his strategy once war broke out. The enactment of lend lease for Britain and the transfer of 50 overage US destroyers to the Royal Navy had everything to do with helping in the European war and not provoking a Pacific one. The US navy actually violated neutrality by sending the Royal Navy information on the position of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941 which led to its destruction. If FDR wanted an excuse to fight Japan he had every

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are taken for an expensive ride, but generally, as we’ve said before, most punters are happy with their company, and don’t consider them as unintelligent or devious, just good fun.

Dear Kris & Noi, I am writing about the double pricing charged against foreigners at national parks and private tourist attractions. I haven’t a problem with local residents being given a discount (but that should include expats who live here, support families and put money into local communities), but there isn’t any justification for charging foreigners ten times the charge or more, purely on the assumption that, if they can afford to come here, they must be wealthy. Is this policy due to lack of thought, greed, racism, or a little of each? What a way to encourage tourists to visit the Land of Smiles! Mandrake Double pricing at tourist attractions goes on in many countries and in various ways, but for Thailand it doesn’t offer a tourist-friendly image. The argument that tourists come from wealthier countries and can afford reason when the gunboat USS Panay was sunk by Japanese flyers in China’s Yangtze river in 1937, but he knew very well his armed forces were by no means ready for a Pacific war. This was still true in 941 when army chief of staff general George C. Marshall was telling the president that he wouldn’t have enough Flying Fortresses based in the Philippines for war until April 1942. Another indication that Pearl Harbor was a surprise is that the B-17s that arrived from the States as Pearl Harbor was under fire did not have their machine guns in place. Indeed, the US knew war was coming to the Pacific, but Washington did not know when or where Japan would strike. It’s fair to say the US was making diligent efforts to prepare for that conflict as quickly as possible, but that’s a far cry from saying she had advance knowledge and deliberately encouraged the Japanese attack. It’s true that there were no US carriers at Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941, but this had nothing to do with a ploy to keep them out of harm’s way. Rather it had everything to do with their ferrying fighter planes to reinforce US Pacific outposts such as Wake Island. Moreover the idea that FDR, a former assistant secretary of the navy in world war one, would have concealed

to pay more is unjust and discriminatory; a hardworking western family may have saved for a long time for a dream holiday in exotic Thailand, whereas a rich Thai running a business in London will still pay the Thai rate. Thai officials often claim that tourists don’t pay taxes, so should pay more to help the upkeep of national parks, but judging from the state of the facilities such as toilets in many parks, the extra dosh certainly doesn’t reach its destination. This argument doesn’t

explain why many privatelyowned attractions also charge exorbitantly extra entrance fees. And writing local prices only in Thai so that the tourists presumably won’t notice looks sneaky doesn’t it? In some places, production of a Thai driving licence or work permit is accepted for cheaper entry, but not regularly. It’s probably muddleheaded thinking behind the double pricing—fleece the foreigner. They forget that many tourists who don’t approve will not pay again, and will tell others.

knowledge of an attack on Pearl Harbor defies all that we know about the character of the man, his lifelong love of ships and his visionary attempts to modernise the American fleet in the late 1930s. In fact FDR sparked the largest naval buildup in US history from the time he took office in 1933, doubling naval personnel between 1939 and 1941 alone. Six months after Pearl Harbor, at the battle of

Midway, the Japanese navy suffered a terrible reverse largely at the hands of US vessels built before the war. If FDR had advance knowledge of an imminent attack to start a Pacific war, he would at minimum have rdered the fleet into battle readiness and sent it steaming into open water. That FDR knew about the Japanese attack and allowed it to happen is one conspiracy theory that deserves to be sunk for all time.

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A few friendly suggestions

by Alan S. Brown

By the time this goes to press, the great, grand, imposing, majestic, spanking new Central Pattaya Festival Mall, on Pattaya Beach, will have opened. I was recently sitting in one of the few, remaining eateries at the not so prosperous looking Avenue Mall, enjoying my cholesterol-in-a-basket (aka fried seafood special with French Fries) and wondering if this new megamall would succeed given the crappy state of the economy in general and Thai tourism, specifically. I’m told the structure will have five hundred shops and dining choices, including a grand food hall. If it’s anything like Central World in Bangkok, it will certainly add a new dimension to the Pattaya shopping scene. The mall will include a ten screen Cineplex and a sixteen lane bowling alley. After finishing my deep fried squid, shrimp, fish and French Fries accompanied by plenty of grease, but before Iarrived at the hospital to get checked out after having anangina attack, I thought about how this mall, as well as all the other shopping venues in Pattaya, could improve

service and make shopping less of a nightmare and more of a pleasant experience for the bedraggled consumer. Let’s start with parking. The new mall will have ample parking facilities (with room for 2000 cars). They’re promising not to charge

spending my money in your venue really sticks in my craw. Even with the dearth of decent movies playing here in Pattaya, I find myself at the cinema at least twice a week. Most of the offerings, here, whether Hollywood or local flicks, seem to have themes involving

for parking, at least for the short term. Guys, how about making this a permanent feature? If we park our cars in your garage and spend time in the mall, chances are we’re going to spend money. So, why not keep the money in our pockets so we can spend it in the stores—a win-winsituation for all involved. Besides, the idea of paying for the privlege of

blood, gore and ghosts; or are slapstick comedies. Every now and then, a decent drma slips through. Might I suggest reserving one or two screens for more artsy offerings—what are sometimes known as “indies,” even if they’ re not up for major awards such as the Golden Globes or Academy Awards? There must be a few film buffs, here in Fun City,

who would steal some time away from ogling the lads or ladies at the go-go bars, and appreciate a film that doesn’t involve some Neanderthals vying for who can shed more blood than his adversary. Anyway, what’s the point of having three major cinema complexes within a mile of so of each other with the exact same offerings? Staying on the subject of the cinema, I’ve always wondered why the management of these theaters thinks it’s necessary to keep the temperatures in the screening rooms below freezing. It’s amazing to see Thai people wearing fur lined winter parkas and woolen hats when they attend a movie. One time I forgot my sweat shirt when I was viewing a screening of King Kong. During the scene in which the giant gorilla was being introduced to New York society, it was snowing onscreen. I marveled at how they managed to convey this to the audience by making them shiver and think they were right in the middle of the blizzard. Now, don’t tell me that in this era of modern and computerized technology, you can’t adjust the climate control

Bottomfeeders at the Barfe & Chundre

were there, the Celtic bard Fonning Toaddy, and a new arrival named Shagwench McSwyne —not to mention a host of other luminaries who, for callow reasons of face and pride, are ashamed to be publicly identified as members of the scumry. Closet scum, we call them. Our squalid little band of brothers festered and suppurated in a neglected corner like rusting tanks of toxic waste. The respectable guests shunned us, regarding us with as much warmth as they would have accorded a school of dead fish washed up on the beach. But this did not dilute our bonhomie, nor dull the brilliance of our conversation, which went like this:

The other night I attended an august gathering at the opening of the Barfe & Chundre, a new British-style pub owned by uppity Brittwit Cedric SmarmingtonFyffe. All the glitterati were there: the hifalutin’, the hoity-toity, the Beautiful People. This is not to say there was an absence of scum. No, indeed. We were well represented: rabble, riffraff, reprobates, lowlifes; derelicts, outcasts, ne’erdo-wells, bottomfeeders. I was there, the brothers Tex and Bubba Hogwaller

Tex: Shag. Got a question for ya. How’d you ever get an awful name like Shagwench? Shag: Mah daddy was a retard. He wanted somethin’ that sounded classy and British. Thought it went well with our family name. Messed up mah love life from an early age. As soon as women hear mah name, they won’t go near me. Bubba: Say, y’know, Ah hate t’ be critical, but ole Ced don’t even know how to spell the name of his own pub. Puts an “e” on the end of “barf” and spells “chunder” with an “re.” Fonning: Mon, ye got no class. That’s old-fashioned British spelling. Tackin’ an “e” onto the end of a word gives it elegance an’ grace.

There’s no classe like olde classe, y’see. And alle yer horride American wordes ending in “er” oughte t’ be changed to “re.” That comes from the influence of the Frenche. Me: That’s righte. The Frenche alwayes do thinges bettre than the reste of us. Tex: Say, Fonning, what’re y’all writin’ about nowadays? Fonning: Hoot, mon, I’ve joined Fardley’s campaign to turn the noble expat into a cult figure. Got an “Ode to an Expat” already written. Bubba: Hey, let’s hear it. Fonning (declaiming): ODE TO AN EXPAT There he stands for all to see, Unique in his depravity, A reject from society: An expat. In foreign lands, on ocean’s foam, Through third-world shantytowns he’ll roam. They’ll kick him out if he goes home: An expat. He has no dignity or pride; To make his mark he’s never tried. A man who’s easily satisfied: An expat. A jug of booze, perhaps a whore, He can conceive of nothing more. A man who’s rotten to the core: An expat. Bubba: Say, that do sound right purty. Tex: Seems t’ me Ah’ve heard some o’ that before. Fonning: Er, well, I’ve adapted it from an old ballad. Tex: Adapted? Y’mean you stole it. Fonning: Begorra! Artists dinna steal, lad. Artists adapt. Me: That ode glorifies our class of expats—the scum, the trash, the bottomfeeders. But what about the topenders? Bubba: Yeah. Say, Ah’ve heard tell there are expats workin’ here for big multinationals who pull in 100,000 baht a month. Tex: What in tarnation do they do to earn salaries like that? Fonning: Hoot, mon, they rob widows and turf out orphans. Me: They don’t teach English, that’s for sure. But I be-

to a comfortable level. Or, at least you should offer free hot chocolate to your frigid customers. Product placement is another pet peeve of mine. If I need Ziploc bags, for example, I would assume they would be in the same section as foil, plastic wrap, garbage bags, etc. At a well-known megastore in Central Pattaya, you’d have to leave the grocery section all together, and look in another part of the store where they have picnic supplies, paper plates, etc; and god forbid, you can’t find your desired item and ask one of the helpful employees, good luck to you. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if the sales clerks had any idea where items were located and could lead you in the right direction? Yes, standing around picking one’s nose or speaking on the mobile takes some skill, but how about a little customer service? Often, even if the young man or lady knows the secret location of your desired item, you’ll get a vague, wavy arm pointing somewhere to the other side of the store and you’re on your own. Another tactic often employed is just to say, “Mai mii” (Don’t have). Recently, I was looking for

raisins in a popular supermarket, here, in Fun City. The clerksearched through the cereal aisle (which was logical since people put raisins on cereal) but couldn’t find the errant, dried fruit. So, his solution was that the store didn’t carry raisins. I told him that was impossible. So, I thought if I were raisins where would I hang out? Sure enough, they were in the canned fruit and nuts section. The fact that the young man couldn’t find them wasn’t the issue; but he took the easy way out instead of making the effort to serve the customer. So, my suggestion is to train your employees with some basic English so they can communicate with the customer and have a few lessons in customer service; and, don’t you love it when you buy twenty bottles of Pepsi Max and the cashier has to scan each one separately? I could come up with lots more complaints and suggestions, but I’m starting to feel a bit curmudgeonly. So, I think I’ll wish the operators of the new mall good luck and look forward to a pleasant and upscale shopping experience. Don’t worry Royal Garden, Big C, Lotus and Mike’s: we won’t forget you.

lieve they’re usually involved in high finance or computers. Bubba: What do they do with all that money? Me: They buy villas in Pattaya and sail around on yachts. Tex (dreamily): Shoot, 100,000 baht a month would buy a lot of beer. Me: Do not envy the topenders, gentlemen. Tsow’s First Law of Economics reads: Expenses rise to meet income. That means that no matter how much you make, it’s never enough. You’ll find new ways to spend it that quickly become necessities. And if you don’t, your wife or girlfriend will. Besides, think of how bored you’d get living in those posh villas and floating around on those poncey yachts. Tex: Might like to try it out once jest for the variety, though. (Enter our host, Cedric, in an expansive mood.) Cedric: Ah, here they are: the cream of the scumry, all clustered together in a fetid corner like cockroaches huddled in a drainpipe. How do you like my little party? Tex: It’s free, ain’t it? We like it fine. Cedric: Do drink up, gentlemen, for after opening night is over, drinks will cost you the moon. (Thus warned, we swarm greedily to the bar. Curtain.) S. Tsow can be flamed at, except when he’s swarming greedily to the bar.

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De Beaute really is the professional hair salon Each customer needs to feel a Star

De Beaute, the professional hair salon, was created by Khun Revadee and some professional hair stylists in 2006 on the Sukhumvit Road at Jomtien. It’s designed for the middle-up range market to offer a distinctive place of beauty and relaxation with convivial hair stylists at competitive, quality service rates. De Beaute is a unique concept of global beauty with hair styles, colour techniques (L’Oreal and Davines) and a comprehensive TIGI’s line of make-up, hair, skin, body and sun care products (Bed Head, Catwalk, S Factor). Only professional branded products are used in the De Beaute’s salons. Khun Revadee’s enthusiasm, talent and passion for her profession allowed her very quickly to acquire an elite clientele and afforded her the opportunity to style well known Thai stars. A visionary creator and entrepreneur, Khun Revadee has shared her passion with her professional stylists. She strives for daily improvements in her profession and she wishes that all customers paying a visit are satisfied beyond a shadow of a doubt. The development of De Beaute needs highly skilled hair stylists who focus on service, quality, creativity and cleanness. To establish

such standards, a training facility and structure course will be offered at De Beaute Institute, Pattaya Klang

with a personalized service in order to reach or even surpass customer expectations. The customer needs

De Beaute owners Khun Revadee (seated 2nd left) and Mr Kim (seated center) with their staff

from February 2009. So De Beaute’s culture is formed by strong values. The first is the desire to

to feel “I’m a Star” after a visit to a De Beaute salon. Accompanying this is a perfectionist approach by

Branch at Central Festival Pattaya Beach

please and bring out the best in men and women, to give them guidance and advice and to provide them

staff. Conveying the passion and the dreams amid harmonious surroundings with unimpeachable standards

of hygiene, each stylist needs to be 100% convinced and proud of his or her work before the customer leaves the shop. Also crucially important is a team spirit, working together with respect and helping one another in a friendly and positive manner. De Beaute’s success is linked to the personal performance of each individual. The competitive service rates include 1. Hair cut (Man 199 baht, Woman 299) 2. Shampoo blow, dry (99 – 200 baht) 3 Manicure, pedicure (299 – 450 baht) 4. Hair color with L’Oreal or Davines (799-2,999 baht) 5. Hair highlight with L’Oreal or Davines (699 – 2,999 baht) The branches are De Beaute, The Avenue Pattaya, Villa Market (038 724 299); De Beaute The Central Centre (front of north of Big C parking – free parking – 038 429 418); De Beaute The Central Festival Pattaya Beach (4th floor) opening the 15th of February with special promotions of 20% discount till end of March 2009 (038 043 278); De Beaute Institute Pattaya (Near Carrefour, next to McInnes Corporation ) end of February 2009.

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Thai Decor is quality you can afford A treasure house of items for the home

A Pattaya and Chiang Mai company, Thai Decor aims to bring Thai culture to everyone and gives the

opportunity to purchase fine examples of Thai art and design, objets d’art and quality decorative furniture

at very affordable prices. Situated on Thepprasit Road, 400 meters from the

traffic lights at the junction with Thappraya Road and opposite the TTT office, Thai Decor is housed on four floors, each one brimming with both antiques and reproductions, according to taste, which would enhance any modern home. The company was founded four years ago by Roger Mynott, a British specialist in antiques and fine art who has spent his whole life in this field. Thai Decor has established a base in Chiang Mai and uses the skills of local artists and artisans to produce a wide variety of quality items, big and small. The company

commissions some of the finest wood carvers and gilders to work on its behalf. Some top grade artists paint on a commission basis, mostly in Buddhist and Thai styles. Thai Decor also has a fine selection of pottery purchased directly from the manufacturers in the Korat region and made to order. The quality, colours and prices have all proved to be attractive to buyers. A special feature of Thai Decor is the selection of pottery lamps and lamps made from old and exotic woods. The majority of customers are local expats, of every nationality, who want to give their villa or condo unit a touch of class. Quite a number have furnished their entire home from the great selection available. But the business has now expanded to more distant towns such as Rayong, Bangsaray and Chonburi ,

where there is growing interest from both expats and Thais alike, and there’s even a growing export market to Europe, in particular the UK, Scandanavia and Russia. One of the secrets of Thai Decor’s success according to Roger, is the enthusiasm and friendly nature of its staff especially Khun Elle, who is the general manager and she runs the whole show. “Without her, I wouldn’t be doing this! I should be retired by now. Instead, I’m enjoying the challenges that the business creates,” says Roger. Another one of the secrets of Thai Decor’s success is the after sales service. “We don’t like to pressurise our customers, so if you don’t like it or it doesn’t fit, we’ll take it back and enable you to make a new choice,” he added. But this rarely happens as most buyers can see quickly if the particular piece of furniture or object

or painting will fit in with their overall interior decor. It’s also worth remembering that, although the marked prices are reasonable, discounts are available on some items. You can always ask. You have to visit Thai Decor to appreciate the variety of the woodcarvings, the bronze, marble and alabaster sculpture, the paintings, the pottery, the lighting, the rattan and teakwood furniture, to name but some. Buying in large quantities, of course, assures the very best prices

for the company and these savings can be passed on to the customer. Thai Decor is open Mondays thru Saturdays, 10.00 a.m. – 6 p.m. and the office telephone and fax is 038 267 197. Roger’s personal mobile is 081 000 7664. There’s a good selection of photos of the many attractive items in this Aladdin’s cave at www. Drop by for a real glimpse of what’s the best for today’s home interiors.

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Wongamat Privacy Condo is a haven

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Where the wind becomes relaxation

Contemporary condominium styles demand privacy, luxury and serenity. Wongamat Privacy Condo,

located in Naklua 16/2, offers all these and much more besides. The 155 units, varying in size from 78 sqm to 123 sqm and a price range starting at 3.3 million baht, provide a combination of comfortable Bali-style designs accompanied by

aesthetic scenery, the joy of living close to nature whilst enjoying all the comforts of a five star hotel. Amenities at Wongamat Privacy Condo include a restaurant, a swimming pool, spa and sauna, fitness centre, traditional massage, a tennis court and lush gardens and tropical flora. The design of the condominium allows for a cool sea breeze, whilst the spectacular swimming pool can be viewed from the entrance of each room which also has a private screened balcony to enjoy the sea view. The condominium it self is just 400 meters from the beach, a five minute walk. The project is now totally completed and ready to

move in. The developer of the project, Shining Star Group, is also offering financing to buyers, subject to status. As an initial promotion, the first 10 buyers purchasing a shell unit will receive a fully furnished one, courtesy of the developer. These units make an ideal retirement home or work base or as an excellent investment opportunity to provide both rental income and capital appreciation. Specifications for the

door frames and suspended, moisture resistant gypsum board and paint to ceilings. The exterior of the

living closely with nature. The sea breeze will heal your body and soul and take you out of the hustle

contact Wongamat Privacy Condo on 038 421717, 089 5858 666 , or email louisproperties@hot

individual units include high quality ceramic tiles for floor finishing, hard wood

condominium is built to high specifications and is balanced by the reality of

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Failing In Bed

The top 20 ways men fail in bed... take notes, all you Casanovas! 1. NOT KISSING FIRST. Avoiding her lips and diving straight for the erogenous zones makes her feel like you’re paying by the hour and trying to get your money’s worth by cutting out nonessentials. A properly passionate kiss is the ultimate form of foreplay. 2. BLOWING TOO HARD IN HER EAR. Admit it, some kid at school told you girls love this. Well, there’s a difference between being erotic and blowing as if you’re trying to extinguish the candles on your 50th birthday cake. That hurts. 3. NOT SHAVING. You often forget you have a porcupine strapped to your chin which you rake repeatedly across your partner’s face and thighs. When she turns her head from side to side, it’s not passion, it’s avoidance.

9. TALKING DIRTY. It makes you sound like a lonely magazine editor calling a1-900 line. If she likes nasty talk, she’ll let you know.

10. STOPPING FOR A BREAK. Women, unlike men, don’t pick up where they left off. If you stop, they plummet back to square one very fast. If you can tell she’s not there, keep going at all costs, numb jaw or not. 11. UNDRESSING HER AWKWARDLY. Women hate looking stupid, but stupid she will look when naked at the waist with a sweater stuck over her head. Unwrap her like an elegant present, not a kid’s toy. 12. TAKING YOUR PANTS OFF FIRST. A man in socks and underpants is a at his worst. Lose the socks first.

4. SQUEEZING HER BREAST. Most men act like a housewife testing a melon for ripeness when they get their hand on a pair. Stroke, caress, and smooth them.

13. GOING TOO HARD. If you bash your great triangular hip bones into her thigh or stomach, the pain is equal to two weeks of horseback riding concentrated into a few seconds.

5. BITING HER NIPPLES. Why do men fasten onto a woman’s nipples, then clamp down like they’re trying to deflate her body via her breasts? Nipples are highly sensitive. They can’t stand up to chewing. Lick and suck them gently.Flicking your tongue across them is good. Pretending they’re a doggie toy isn’t.

14. CLIMAXING TOO SOON. Every man’s fear. With reason. If you shoot before you see the whites of her eyes, make sure you have a backup plan to ensure her pleasure too.

6. TWIDDLING HER NIPPLES. Stop doing that thing where you twiddle the nipples between finger and thumb like you’re trying to find a radio station in a hilly area. Focus on the whole breasts, not just the exclamation points. 7. IGNORING THE OTHER PARTS OF HER BODY. A woman is not a highway with just three turnoffs: Breastville East and West, and the Midtown Tunnel. There are vast areas of her body which you’ve ignored far too often as you go bombing straight into the Midtown Tunnel. So start paying them some attention. 8. LEAVING HER A LITTLE PRESENT. Condom disposal is the man’s responsibility. You wore it, you store it.

15. NOT CLIMAXING SOON ENOUGH. It may appear to you that humping for an hour without climaxing is the mark of a sex god, but to her it’s more likely the mark of a numb tunnel. At least buy some intriguing wall hangings, so she has something to hold her interest while you’re playing Marathon Man. 16. ASKING IF SHE HAS COME. You really ought to be able to tell. Most women make noise. But if you really don’t know, don’t ask. 17. NOT WARNING HER BEFORE YOU CLIMAX. Sperm tastes like sea water mixed with egg white. Not everybody likes it. When she’s performing oral sex, warn her before you come so she can do what’s necessary. 18. TAKING ETIQUETTE ADVICE FROM PORN MOVIES. In X-rated movies, women seem to love it when men ejaculate over them. In real life, it just means more laundry to do. 19. MAKING HER RIDE ON TOP FOR AGES. Asking her to be on top is fine. Lying there grunting while she does all the hard work is not. Caress her gently, so that she doesn’t feel quite so much like the captain of a schooner. And let her have a rest. 20. NOT BEING IMAGINATIVE ENOUGH. Imagination is anything from drawing patterns on her back to pouring honey on her and licking it off. Fruit, vegetables, ice and feathers are all handy props; hot candle wax and permanent dye are a no no.

When in doubt. . . . Act Stupid!

Problems from the start

John got off the elevator on the 50th floor and nervously knocked on his blind date’s door. She opened it and was as beautiful and charming as everyone had said. “I’ll be ready in a few minutes,” she said. “Why don’t you play with Spot, my dog, while you’re waiting?” He does wonderful tricks. He rolls over, shakes hands, sits up and if you make a hoop with your arms, he’ll jump through.” The dog followed John onto the balcony and started rolling over. John made a hoop with his arms and Spot jumped through--over the balcony railing. Just then John’s date walked out. “Isn’t Spot the cutest, happiest dog you’ve ever seen?” “To tell the the truth, “ he replied, “Spot seemed a little depressed to me!”

Be afraid if you annoy this husband

A man and woman where on their honeymoon after a long and very happy courtship. On their honeymoon, they decide to take their horses through the beautiful mountain passes of Europe. As the horses were crossing a small stream, the woman’s horse mis-steps and jostles the man’s wife. Once across the stream, the man dismounts, walks over to the horse, and stares into its eyes. Finally, he states, “That’s one.” The man remounts his horse and they continue their ride. A bit further down the path, the woman’s horse stumbles when stepping over a fallen tree. The man dismounts, stares the horse in the eyes, and boldly states, “That’s two!” He returns to his saddle and they move on. As the afternoon sun began to set, the woman’s horse once again lost its footing on a mossy slope. The man dismounts, moves to the woman’s horse, and helps his wife out of the saddle the man. Moving to the front of the horse he stares it in the eyes and firmly says, “That’s three,” removes a pistol from his vest, and shots the horse dead. The woman, quite upset at seeing the beautiful horse killed, says to her husband, “That’s terrible, why would you do such a thing!” The man stares at his wife and firmly says, “That’s one!”

Someone really smells

A young couple were on their honeymoon. The husband was sitting in the bathroom on the edge of the bathtub saying to himself, “Now how can I tell my wife that I’ve got really smelly feet and that my socks absolutely stink? I’ve managed to keep it from her while we were dating, but she’s bound to find out sooner or later that my feet stink. Now how do I tell her?” Meanwhile, the wife was sitting in the bed saying to herself, “Now how do I tell my husband that I’ve got really bad breath? I’ve been very lucky to keep it from him while we were courting, but as soon as he’s lived with me for a week, he’s bound to find out. Now how do I tell him gently?” The husband finally plucks up enough courage to tell his wife and so he walks into the bedroom. He walks over to the bed, climbs over to his wife, puts his arm around her neck, moves his face very close to hers and says, “Darling, I’ve a confession to make.” And she says, “So have I, love.” To which he replies, “Don’t tell me, you’ve eaten my socks.”

What is the most damaging food?

A dietician was once addressing a large audience in Chicago. “The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Vegetables can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the germs in our drinking water. But there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all of us eat it. Can anyone here tell me what lethal product I’m referring to? You, sir, in the first row, please give us your idea.” The man lowered his head and said, “Wedding cake.”

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New Properties

Musselana beachfront boutique condominium

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Sea breeze lifestyle at Jomtien beach

Aseven storey, beachfront boutique condominium on

sea breeze lifestyle in one place which showcases

Jomtien beach road, Musselana offers the ultimate

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solution to today’s beach lifestyle. In fact it puts all the essential qualities of a

world class amenities and recreational choices. So the combination of a superb lo-

cation in Jomtien, luxurious accommodation and the developer’s close attention to detail offer a top class choice of residence. You are sure to be impressed by the luxurious furnishings and premium convenience. Musselana has 76 units with choice of penthouse, studio, 1-3 bedroom units in sizes from 42 square meters up to 204 sqm. The interiors have been inspired by the famous Dutch artist Piet Mondrian , the units and the lobby areas both reflecting the philosophy of modern art of line and simplicity. Add to this the convenience of Musselana which is close to the many attractions of Jomtien including fine restaurants, special variety shows and sports to suit all the family. Also a matter of minutes away is the hustle and bustle of downtown Pattaya with its marvellous and expanding shopping outlets and lifestyle malls, not to mention the incredible

variety of the after dark entertainment complexes. Both Jomtien and Pattaya are within an hour’s drive of 20 golf courses and Bangkok international Suvarnabhumi airport is about an hour’s drive away. The address of Musselana boutique condominium is 140/90 Moo 11, Nongprue, Banglamung, and telephone contact numbers are 038 706 484-5-6 or mobiles 089 5858 666 and 086 3444 817. The email address is louisproperties@hotmail. com Prices start of 3.2 million baht and there’s

the possibility of financing for interested purchasers. The boutique condominium is expected to be

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It is not generally known that there is a very strong connection between the Bridge on the River Kwai and a ficticious English girl’s school called St. Trinians. The creator of the cartoons which vividly related the exploits of a bunch of black-hearted, feral but sometimes very nubile schoolgirls was Ronald Searle. At the start of the Second World War Seale joined the British army and was posted to Singapore just before it was captured by the Japanese. He was imprisoned in the notorious Changi Jail and then sent to Thailand where he worked on the railway line being built by the Japanese from Ban Pong to Burmato to facilitate their planned conquest of India. Throughout his imprisonment he made many sketches of his fellow prisoners and their Japanese captors. After the war he published a book containing his harrowing story and many

of these very poignant drawings. Ronald Searle became a highly successful newspaper and magazine cartoonist in the U.K. In 1948 he published his first book about the exploits of the pupils and staff of St Trinian’s School. Their

hilariously scandalous behaviour delighted thousands of readers and led to the production, in 1954, of a feature film called “The Belles of St Trinians”. It starred Alistair Sim in the dual role of the

Vol. 8 No. 10  1 - 15 February 2009 school’s headmistress an her oily, scheming twin brother. A young George Cole played Flash Harry, a sort of handyman vaguely employed by the school. His main occupation, however, was encouraging the girls to earn money for him by making bath tub gin in the chemistry lab for him to “flog” on the black market. Another strand in the film’s fantastic plot involved the kidnapping of a champion race horse! Joyce Grenfell played a love-sick policewoman. The film was a huge success, and was followed 3 years later by “Blue Murder at St Trinian’s”. Alistair Sim again appeared, but briefly, as the head mistress; George Cole reprised his Flash Harry character this time as the brains behind a marriage bureau involving the young “ladies” of school. Joyce Grenfell again tried to prevent the nubile young girls from causing too much havoc in the gentle world of the 1950’s. She becomes romantically involved with a very shady coach operator, played wonderfully by TerryThomas, whose task it is to transport the girls across Europe by two rickety buses to Rome.

Might over Reich in the movie Valkyrie Mildly entertaining but endless talk This being Pattaya, you can even now spot DVDs of the 2008 movie Valkyrie even though the celluloid has barely had time to cool

off. Tom Cruise plays Claus von Stauffenberg, the German soldier and Roman Catholic aristocrat, who heads up the plot to assassinate Hitler by leaving a time

bomb in his headquarters at Rastenburg on the eastern front in July 1944. The film has cost a bomb by all accounts, at least 90

million US dollars in the production with another 60 million scheduled for marketing the movie. The movie was a controversial one to make as the German

government initially refused to grant permission to film at some of the genuine locations, especially in Berlin. Still, all that won’t really bother your typical movie buff. In the first six minutes, we are treated to the reality of the African front in 1943. British fighter planes shoot up a German convoy and Tom Cruise ends up losing an eye, an arm and several fingers. Apparently he is already anti-nazi and much of the remainder of the film is spent in drawing rooms and offices as the circle of conspirators debate and argue over how to kill the fuhrer. The movie does indeed quickly depict an earlier attempt to murder Hitler by boarding a bomb disguised as a case of booze on his airplane. But the bomb fails to detonate and the fuhrer lives to fight another day. In reality, there were in fact at least six other plots to

Another 3 years passed before the third film appeared in 1960. “The Pure Hell of St Trinian’s” involved arson, kidnapping and the white slave trade. As with its predecessors, “Pure Hell” was filmed in black and white. No expense was spared, however, in the making of the 1966 colour epic “The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery” which quite possibly may have been inspired by the real train robbery in England in 1963. By this time, the original concept of the pure wickedness of the girls had been lost and the film concentrated on the robbery and its perpetrators. Apart from George Cole (as a now rather mature Flash Harry) and Richard Wattis (a civil servant with the Ministry of Education), none of the original actors was featured. The fifth, and final to be directed by Frank Launder, Trinians film was released in 1980 but it has rather faded into obscurity. “Wildcats of St Trinian’s”, which is about how the girls try to form a trade union to enhance their demands for more luxuries, is so obscure that it was not included in a DVD box set of its four predeccesors.

2007 saw the release of “St Trinian’s”. It’s box office returns were surprisingly good, probably because of the abundance of young female flesh displayed. The film had virtually no connection with

a wide field, and includes books about wine, Paris, a history of the Hudson Bay Company, an illustrated version of The Rake’s Progress and many, many cartoons. In 1960, Life magazine commissioned

the original Roland Searle invention, but that could be said about all of the post-1960 productions. The original Flash Harry, George Cole, is still acting his heart out at the age of 83. But all of the other leading actors in the first three films have passed on to the great classroom in the sky. And what of the creator of St Trinian’s? Ronald Searle is alive and well and living in France. He is still working even though he is now in his 89th year. His work covers

him to make drawings during the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. Ronald Searle’s animated credits for “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” perfectly complemened, even en hanced, a great film. For a working class boy born just after the First World War who survived the appalling hardships of being a prisoner of war in a Japanese forced labour camp in the Second, Ronald Searle has done rather well. Wouldn’t you agree?

assassinate Hitler including one brave guy who intended to blow up himself and his leader in a suicide bid reminiscent of what happens in the middle east to this day. But the plan was foiled when Hitler failed to show up at a prearranged meeting. Although Valkyrie, the code word for the mission, is mildly entertaining there is too much talk and not enough action. The actual events at Rastenburg on July 20 1944 are described hastily and without any of the suspense which has characterised earlier movie versions of these events. Von Stauffenberg manages to escape from Rastenburg, wrongly believing the fuhrer is dead following the explosion, with great ease and with very little challenge from the guards. As most people know, the historical Valkyrie ended in disaster and the conspirators either shot dead or hanged on meat hooks following mock trials in the people’s court presided over by judge Roland Freisler. This part of the story is depicted in the last few minutes of the movie, but you have to be really on your toes to follow the flashbacks and court drama scenes. Here the film Valkyrie loses out is its inability to deal with the differing perspectives of the circle of conspirators who wanted Hitler dead. The film assumes, more or less, that

everyone involved in the plot intended in a postHitler world to reach a peace deal with the allies before Germany was split in two. Several characters make this point in the film’s dialogue. In fact, the conspirators were split in their ideologies with nobody really sure how any negotiations with the allies would proceed. Given that Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill had already met in 1943 and decided on a policy of unconditional surrender, it’s not even clear that these

ties lost in this movie. Somebody went to a lot of trouble to find someone fairly like Hitler in appearance and the representations of Himmler, Goebbels, Speer and the rest are good. But most of the nazi leaders don’t get to say anything in the film and are restricted anyway to one scene having afternoon tea with their boss. There was scope for a lot more drama here – Himmler in particular knew a great deal about the plot to kill Hitler and may even have hoped to gain from it, if successful.

leaders would have been interested in reaching a deal with von Stauffenberg and his group. Churchill hinted later in his memoirs that simply changing Hitler for another German leader would not necessarily have had any bearing on unfolding events after the D-Day landings in June 1944. Germany had already lost the war but that was not clear to all the conspirators. There are other opportuni-

So Valkyrie, long heralded by the studio as something very great, is sadly nondescript. Tom Cruise somehow looks out of place in a German uniform and the script fails to allow him enough scope to get under the skin of this rich aristocrat turned revolutionary. If Stauffe berg had succeeded, the world might or might not have been a very different place. But the film doesn’t really shed much light on either scenario.

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Global liquidity update and MBMG’s prospects for 2009 (Part 1) by Simon Philbrook Through 2007/08 markets were ravaged by a severe credit cycle downturn. Now, the World is again awash with liquidity, with the US Federal Reserve creating more credit in less time than ever before. Our picks for 2009 are higher gold prices, firmer oil, rebounding stock markets and a poor but not terrible World economy. The pans are volatility, cash and government bonds. The Problem. ‘There are no bad investments’, so says the old-saying, ‘only bad prices’. 2008 saw far too many bad prices: markets delivered their revenge. Oil at

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American pin palaver Q. I am an American Citizen and I am attempting to apply for a tourist visa for my Thai partner to go to the USA for a short holiday, I am finding it very difficult to understand and the American Embassy keeps talking about a pin number, can you advise what this is! A. I do agree it can be difficult to understand. When you are considering applying for a USA tourist visa you have to obtain a digital pin number first which allows you to arrange an appointment to submit your application and attend an interview at the American Embassy which is compulsory. To obtain the pin number you have to look on the Embassy website were it gives you a listing of the available post offices and outlets were the pin number can be obtained, When you visit an outlet you pay the relevant visa application fee and you are given the pin number on an electronic receipt this allows you to schedule an appoint-

US$140/bbl proved shortlived despite the protestations of the ‘End of Oil’ faction; skidding European currencies, and notably sterling, against the US dollar seemed all too perverse given America’s plight; the cratering of bank share prices arguably signalled the end-game for the twenty-year credit mania, and the plunge in shipping freight rates pointed out a bleak future for China and Globalisation. Today, negative US Treasury bill yields are equally hard to swallow, but, perhaps, the most unbelievable headline to an investor of only six months ago must be the recent Reuters’ wire: “RTZ to cut 14,000 jobs to cope with slump”. We live in

interesting times. So, what to expect for 2009? First let’s ask what went wrong in 2007 and 2008? Plainly we suffered a credit cycle downturn. These are normal 4-5 year recurring events. MBMG’s liquidity data highlighted tightening conditions as long ago as 2006. But what made a poor cyclical situation much worse were two further long-term negatives, one that we spotted and the other we failed to emphasise enough. Most investors were blinded to these tightening credit conditions by prevailing low interest rates. However, our view is that interest rates are real economy phenomena, and falling interest rates reflect a skidding marginal rate of profitability.

In other words, far from signalling loose monetary conditions, low interest rates warned about overproduction and of deeper cracks in the global economic structure. The second secular force was the radical change in the funding of credit, in part, resulting from this falling profitability and, in part, down to the infamous ‘Greenspan Put’. The ‘Greenspan Put’ was used to inject funds through the many crises faced during the final years of Greenspan’s tenure at the US Fed and it mainly operated through short-term repo activity in America’s wholesale money markets. Together these factors expanded the size of the wholesale money markets and encouraged banks and the rapacious shadow banks

to turn away from retail deposits and towards these cheap, abundant wholesale funds. Sadly, these latter markets are highly short term, very fickle and singularly inappropriate to use as a reliable major funding source. They were dealt a series of body-blows from late-2005, such as Fed ‘quantitative tightening’, subprime worries, slowing economies and the failure of investment bank Lehman Brothers. Consequently, wholesale funding is now in full retreat. Weekly net financings in US wholesale markets peaked in 2007 at US$3.6 trillion and now stand below US$2.6 trillion. Within this total, net repo activity collapsed from its March 2008 peak of US$1.6 trillion to US$0.84 trillion in early December. This

crisis is about banks’ ‘bad’ liabilities as much if not more than about ‘bad’ assets. What’s more, all Western banks, whatever their nationality, have bad liabilities and not all have bad assets. For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on simon@hamptonsthailand. 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

ment with the Embassy via the telephone or through the Embassy website. You also should be aware that the visa application form should be submitted online through the Embassy website and when this is completed you print a hard copy and put with your relevant documentation; this obviously gives the Embassy a full picture before you arrive for an interview. My advice is to consider getting professional help with the application as it can be a complicated business.

the airport and re-enter using the airport and not across land you shall be given 30 days. This rule does not apply if you have a current in date visa in your passport acquired from outside Thailand e.g. Non-Immigrant visa multiple entry. Please note- Not all

holiday but they only gave her 1 month. Is this a mistake as we thought we got 3 months automatically and we have already paid for a 3 month plane ticket? A. Presuming and predicting the outcome is dangerous. I would never advise paying for an

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 due to currency fluctuations including the decline of 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 enhance your Thai bank account accordingly if your income is less than 65,000 baht per month.

and a regular occurrence. In my experience interviews are normally conducted when the application submitted is not substantial and the officer feels that they wish to speak to the applicant to ascertain if there is knowledge of the spouse and that the ongoing relationship is strong and clear enough to give an entry clearance. In my vast experience we have assisted numerous Thai nationals in there preparation for the barrage of questions given during an interview and being prepared and having the foresight and knowledge of what may be asked is the key to success. Unfortuna tely most of the Thai nationals we have seen can be timid and have never under gone any type of interview. Get it right first time because being married does not entitle you to a visa automatically.


Is it 30 days or 15 days? Q. I wish to stay in Thailand a further 30 day.I have just returned from the Cambodian border on a standard visa run and I have received only 15 days at the border yet my friend went to Singapore and returned via Bangkok airport and was given 30 days. Have they made a mistake at the Cambodian border? A. This is not a mistake this is a new visa rule recently enforced. If you enter Thailand on a {VOA} which is a 30 day free visa on arrival and you wish to go on a Cambodian visa run or cross a border via land you will now only receive 15 days when you re-enter, If you leave Thailand via

“I hope I don’t get asked a lot of complicated questions at the interview.”

nationalities are given 30 days on arrival so please check your visa status before you arrive. New enforced rules can be less of a headache if you arrive in Thailand with a visa type in your passport. 

I want more time please!! Q. I am an Australian citizen and we have just obtained a tourist visa for my Thai partner to come for a holiday, We applied for a standard 3 month

airline ticket until the visa has been issued we have seen this on numerous occasions the clearing officer will issue a visa on the strength of the documentation and the strength of the Thai applicant’s financial circumstances. Being issued 1 month is better than being refused. My advice would be to change the ticket and have a lovely time. 

Exchange rate nightmare Q. I presented my documents


Questions, questions Q I am a very unhappy British national because my wife has been refused a settlement visa to come and live permanently in the U.K. During her interview at the Embassy she was asked very peculiar questions that obviously we did not envisage which left my wife dumbstruck and upset. Is this normal? A. This is very normal


Visa Teasers is written by Darren McGarry, managing director of Key Visa, who heads up a specialist staff at three outlets in the Pattaya area to advise foreigners and their Thai partners on a whole range of visa and immigration subjects. The advice in the column is for general information.

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Condominiums -- homes with different hassles by Khundee Whether you’re a tourist staying in a Pattaya hotel or an expat living in a Jomtien apartment, you no doubt have entertained the notion of buying a home here. Virtually everyone who has ever visited Pattaya has fantasized about owning a piece of paradise. But even setting aside legal hurdles (it’s practically impossible for foreigners to purchase land in Thailand), you must ask yourself if you have the physical, mental and financial where with al to contend with the myriad respon sibilities of owning a house: Maintenance? Security? Interior and exterior repairs? Yard work? Finding and dealing with local craftsmen, gardeners, handymen, etc. To name just a few. If you are intent on buying a home here but you’ve had more than your share of tedious household obligations in a previous life, or if you have retired to a life of leisure free of stress and strain, there is an alternative: condominiums. Condos provide a means of owning your own residence without the hassles of gardening, raking, painting and other outdoor chores as well as many of the indoor tasks and expenses faced by those who purchase houses. As you probably know, a condo owner holds title to the individual condominium unit only--not the land beneath the unit, and shares title with other owners to common areas (exterior of buildings, lobby, hallways, elevators, roofs, car parks, swimming pools, etc.) Furthermore, a management company usually runs the

complex and collects fees from all condo owners in order to maintain common areas and provide security and other services. In essence, condo owners have the benefit of home ownership without the hassles of owning a house. While living in a condo frees residents of many mundane and problematic tasks, it presents them with a menu of different annoyances that single-family homeowners do not face. Consider a few factors before you sign on the

neighbor to neighbor (which usually is not easy--particularly if you’re new to the condominium community and/or your neighbors are Thai and speak little or no English. That’s not the most endearing way to introduce yourself to your new neighbors.) Aside from the common wall issue, consider too that if the Pattaya real estate market experiences a downturn, condominiums will probably be the first casualties. Condos sometimes are pigeonholed into

dotted line, because condo life isn’t for everyone. First of all, condo dwellers share common walls. How many common walls you share depends upon the relative location of the unit and whether it’s a flat (meaning a neighbor lives either underneath you or above you, as well as on one or both sides of your unit) or a town home (which gives you the assurance that both upstairs and downstairs are yours). Common walls are reminiscent of apartment life, which is what you may be most anxious to flee after being in a noisy apartment building for a couple of years. If you find a condo with quiet and considerate neighbors, common walls are a non-issue. But how do you know before moving in? You usually have no idea how considerate those neighbors will be until you spend your first night in that unit. Unfortunately, if your neighbors are obnoxious, you have little recourse as a condominium owner. Unlike apartment communities, in which renters may pick up the phone and call security staff to report excessive noise, condominium owners have no such protection. You’re faced with having to work out the problem

a “niche” market, and when the real estate market slows to a trickle, the few transactions taking place usually involve single-family homes. If asking prices for singlefamily houses decline, it becomes possible for many aspiring homebuyers--who previously thought a condominium was the maximum they could afford--to move up to a single-family home instead. Then, of course, there’s the issue of the condominium management. The effectiveness and cost of management vary greatly from property to property. In a private house, you would not suddenly be presented with a bill for communal property repairs. In a condo, you should expect it. One condo owner in Naklua was recently informed by his condo association that the complex needed roof repairs; he and every condominium owner in his development had to come up with an extra 25,000 baht by month’s end. In theory, a condominium association can be an indispensable vehicle that helps maintain the quality of the common property and ensure that everything is functioning properly. It also can help keep the property values high. In

reality, however, the association’s impact ranges from nonexistent to overtly oppressive—governing everything from how you decorate the exterior of your unit to whether or not you can have a 25-kilo dog. This communal lifestyle holds you accountable to a mini government of sorts. Even as an owner you may have little influence on what the association does or how management operates. If you are informed about and agree to all of your obligations as a condominium owner before you sign the contract, you just may have found yourself the home you’ve always wanted. As with every major financial commitment, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of the agreement that you are preparing to enter. And, of course, make sure you see a translated version of the agreement and have all documents reviewed by a trusted attorney before you sign anything. Perhaps the most important thing to remember as you make your decision is to take your time. Demand full disclosure of monthly and annual fees and exactly what they cover. Know up front what your monthly expenses are expected to be; it can vary considerably

among different condominium developments. Shop around, and get some perspective on how different properties approach their residents. Ask your real estate agent if he or she has sold units in this development before, and what kind of feedback they’ve gotten from clients after they moved in. If your agent hasn’t conducted a transaction at this development, ask him/her to call fellow agents to inquire about experiences of their clients at the condominium complex. First-hand reports are invaluable tools during your home search process. Take them to heart.

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A cautious note for investors welcoming a New Year by Craig Taunton Most of us that are active investors are feeling battered and bruised after what can only be described as gruelling year in almost every facet of our lives and the cold hard fact is that by no means are we at the end of it either. The deflation we’ve been warned about is here, and it’s striking hard. Two weeks before xmas, the Fed released a report that sent chills down the spine of economists all over the world, revealing a sweeping destruction of wealth in America. Just in the third quarter alone, U.S. households lost $647 billion in real estate; $922 billion in stocks; $523 billion in mutual funds; $653 billion in life insurance and pension fund reserves; plus $128 billion in private business interests. Total destruction of household wealth in the third quarter: $2.8 trillion, the worst in recorded history. That’s four times more than the government’s entire $700 billion bailout package (TARP). Total destruction of household wealth in the last year: $7.2 trillion or over TEN times more than the $700 billion TARP package. Meanwhile, the Treasury reports that only $330 billion of the TARP

funds have been committed so far. Worse, most of the funds that have reached the banks are sitting idle in their coffers. If as much as $30 billion has trickled down to households, I’d consider it a minor miracle. See the contrast? The destruction of wealth is large and swift; the government rescues, relatively small and slow. Yes, the White House may decide to shift some of the TARP money to cover General Motors and Chrysler’s cash needs for the next few weeks; they don’t want the auto giants going down on their watch. But even if they can somehow save GM and Chrysler for now, they cannot save the countless smaller and medium-sized companies that are going bankrupt. They cannot save the thousands of municipalities and states that are running out of money. They certainly cannot make whole the millions of households that have gotten smacked with the $7.2 trillion in losses. Further evidence of deflation: • U.S. consumer prices falling at an annual rate of 12%! • U.S. producer prices falling at an annual rate of 26.4%! • Commodity prices slammed by as much as 70% from their peak! The critical question of our time: Will this deflation be less severe, equally severe or more severe than the 1929-1932 deflation? If I was you, and you’ve got your

portfolio or your retirement in stocks or stock mutual funds, I wouldn’t stick around for the answer. Yet that’s what most Wall Street experts are telling you to do. Two full years after the first obvious signs of a housing industry collapse, most people who give advice about investing are still in denial. Wall Street cheerleaders refuse to admit that an obviously massive deflation can lead to an equally massive collapse in the nation’s economy. But as we close the book on 2008 no one can possibly deny that the U.S. economy is in deep trouble. Anyone can see the evidence — the sharpest declines in the economy since the 1970s, the worst debt crisis in a lifetime, the largest financial failures and bailouts in history. Everyone can also agree on the likely causes — the economic blunders of Washington, the financial greed of Wall Street, the big debts and bets by almost everyone. And no one could dispute the probable consequences — surging unemployment and potentially years of hardship for millions of Americans. It’s not a symptom of conspiracy and, in most cases; it’s not a sign of intellectual dishonesty. The majority of pundits sincerely believe in what they are advising you, and many follow the same strategy with their own money. But that does not make it good advice. Consider Dad’s tale of the

average investor’s woes in America’s First Great Depression, and you’ll understand what I mean: “If you bought the average stock in 1929 and held on until 1932, you wound up with about 10 cents on the dollar. And that’s if you bought the good stocks the ones that survived. If you bought the bad stocks in bankrupt companies you’d be left with nothing, a big fat zero. Then, even if all of your companies survived, it wasn’t until 1954 a good 25 years later that you could finally recoup your original investment, provided you could stick it out that long.” Even if you don’t believe that the late 2000s was comparable to the early 1930s, there is ample reason to exit the stock market. Just consider these facts and connect the dots: Fact 1: Between 1965 and 1980, America suffered through a long dead zone punctuated by periodic debt troubles, credit crunches, financial failures, housing market declines, recessions and bear markets. or a decade and a half, most investors lost money in the stock market. Fact 2: The financial crisis that has struck America in 2008 is evidently far worse than anything we experienced during the 1965-1980 dead zones. The debt problems are far bigger. The bankruptcies make earlier

The IT Guru

by Richard Bunch A first look and some thoughts about Windows 7 the latest Operating System from Microsoft planned for release later this year. The first piece of good news is that it seems to install quickly taking anything from 20 to 30 minutes on a clean install and there seems to be a reduction in the number of restarts over previous OS installs, one or two seems the norm. The good news continues as on all the newer PC’s all the drivers had been recognised and installed correctly, on older machines there were one or two that hadn’t been recognised but these too were installed effortlessly. Without doubt Microsoft’s best install to date! Windows 7 seems to perform pretty well across the board even on a low-end netbook with an Atom processor and 1GB of RAM, the performance was more than adequate, a nice surprise! On the notebook side, things like hibernation

and restore are much faster and connecting to external monitors greatly improved. There are some new features; one of those is Aero Shake, which lets you make all other Windows on the screen vanish when you shake the current Window with your mouse. Similarly, if you want to compare two files you can drag one to the left side of the screen and drop and the other to the right side and drop, they are automatically ‘snapped’. Along the same lines, maximize a window by dragging its border to the top of the screen, and return the window to its original size by dragging it away from the top of the screen. Dragging the bottom border of a window will expand it vertically. The Taskbar allows direct dropping of applications and files as well as various configuration options including icon size. The ‘Ribbon Bar’ introduced in Office 2007 continues and has been incorporated in the bundled applications like MSPaint etc. Oddly, Notepad has

not been changed. There are so, so many new keyboard shortcuts, whilst that may be useful, they’ll certainly take some getting used to, how many of us use all the current shortcuts or even know then I wonder? One compelling reason to migrate or upgrade to a new Operating System is if some programs that you want to run require it. At the moment I am not aware of any such program requirement, but I guess that will change. Another reason is obviously to update for update’s sake as well as hopefully getting some added features, improved performance, stability and greater security which seems to be an ever increasing need an a day by day basis as hacks continue to evolve. Internet Explorer 7 has been replaced with IE8 which has a number of new features including a preview of open tabs along the bottom bar. Media Player is not dead and will be included, in a revamped player for native playback; though Windows 7 will not come with Mail - Outlook Express, Photo Gallery, or Movie Maker, users will need to download Windows Live versions of these applications.

A new feature called “Home Group” that makes it easier for Windows 7 systems to share between users and computers, this as well as making life easier is intended to beef up security, I guess hackers and time will tell. The “Show Desktop” button is now on the far right side of the screen. If you have a system that is Aero capable, you can hover over the button and get an idea of everything open on your desktop. In the Beta’s to date User Access Control (UAC) which was introduced in Vista has been carried across, this is one of my pet hates in Vista and I will continue to disable it in Windows 7 if it makes it to the released version. It looks likely as though the final release will have several flavours similar to Vista, really why this is necessary is beyond me. It causes untold problems in Vista, many notebooks and desktops today come pre-installed with Vista Premium but if I want to take it to work and join the Domain I can’t, I have to scrap the OS it came with and that I paid for in the hardware price and install either Business or Ultimate edition, great! If you want to try it, you

episodes look small by comparison. And the nationwide bust in housing is much deeper than anything experienced in history. So it’s reasonable to assume that the experience of investors could at least be as bad or possibly worse than, that experienced in the 1960s and 1970s. Fact 3: A decline in the second largest economy of the modern world, Japan, began in 1990; has lasted for 18 long years; has taken the Nikkei Average down 82%; and, as of this writing, is still not over. Now consider this: The crisis that struck Japan in the early 1990s was also less severe than the global crisis striking us right now. No one knows how far stocks will fall, how long they will stay down, or how soon they will recover. No one knows how many banks, insurance companies, brokerage firms, or manufacturing corporations will go bankrupt. No one can say if the government bailouts will make things better, just keep things from getting worse, or cause even more serious troubles. All we do know with relative certainty is this: As long we have a financial crisis, recession or depression, the risk of loss is greater than the opportunity for profit — especially in the stock market! Certainly, you are well aware of the catastrophic events that have already happened. You must realize that these events are likely to lead to further

economic declines. And if the economy falls, it should be clear that nearly all of us, you included, will be affected in some way. If your goal is to save money for the future purchase of a home, retire in dignity, give you children and grandchildren educational opportunities or have enough money to cover your long-term care, and you still own stocks or stock market mutual funds, then get your money out of danger before it’s too late! Start selling! Naturally, precisely when and how much you should sell will depend on actual market conditions. But as a rule of thumb... • If the stock market is rallying and up significantly, sell everything • If the stock market is falling and already down sharply, sell half as soon as possible. Then sell the balance on any rally. • If the market is in a panicked frenzy, overrun by an uncontrollable crowd of sellers and virtually devoid of all buyers, wait. Don’t sell immediately. As soon as the panic subsides, then sell half. And as soon as there’s a decent rally, then sell the balance. No matter what approach you use, this is no time for complacency. Act boldly but prudently. Then get your money to safety. Questions to the author can be directed to Craig Taunton of Haswell Pellant on 083 2921793 or email

still have until February 10th to start your download and until February 12th to complete the download. If you’ve already downloaded the beta, but not got your Windows 7 key, you may continue to do so even after the February 10th deadline. 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, you can also visit our website

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Know what you are buying You desire to live in Thailand, and have chosen Pattaya – Jomtien because the area offers you the amenities that fit the lifestyle you aspire to live. You figured out the price range you can afford and decided the type of residence (house or condo) you prefer to reside in. That is all well and good, but what about the actual quality of that special domicile you have your heart set on buying? Did you base your decision on size, price and location or the advertising brochure and fancy show unit? Did you make your decision when you toured the home or condo, or a model of the unit you want to build? Savvy buyers always investigate beyond the flashy visual presentations and show homes. Advertising and props may get you interested, but it is your responsibility to look further than the surface. Most buyers never investigate beyond the presentation of the salesperson. They stop scrutinizing the property if it satisfies their basic requirements; location, room size, floor plan, colors and amenities. These are all very important aspects of whether the home will fit your needs and lifestyle, but real estate is a huge investment not only in money, but in your valuable time. A discerning homebuyer wants a residence that will also withstand the elements and

offer low maintenance and energy efficiency while it appreciates in value in addition to providing a carefree, comfortable living that is affordable. If you ask the right questions and investigate beyond the obvious then making a knowledgeable home buying decision is simple. Here are suggestions on how to go about this, but don’t limit yourself to what is listed in this brief article. Add to this list the things that are specifically important to you. 1. A major concern is flooding. Even in higher elevations such as hilltops a heavy downpour can damage a home that doesn’t have proper drainage. Determine if there is adequate drainage away from the house. When in doubt, visit the property during a heavy rain BEFORE you purchase it. 2. Find out the quality and type of materials that were used in the construction process. All materials are not created equal. They have different performance expectations, maintenance requirements and useable life. If you are having a home built, talk with the suppliers and find out the grades of materials your builder is using. 3. It is relatively easy for a builder to skimp on something you cannot see and insulation is often overlooked in warmer climates. Most Thai homes are not insulated. Generally

speaking, Thais accept the heat better than foreigners of whom many have relocated from colder climates. If your idea of comfort is cooler temperatures and less humidity yet at the same time desire reasonable electric bills, then proper insulation and attic ventilation is extremely necessary. 4. Are the plumbing materials durable as well as easily accessible in the event of a leak? Eliminate the need to bust holes in concrete walls or floors by installing inexpensive access doors during the construction of your home. Require emergency shut-off valves at every faucet, toilet and appliance where a water line is attached. 5. Adequate lighting is an absolute must for pleasant, relaxed living. If the home is dark, will additional windows need to be installed or will you have to purchase additional lighting? Will you need three-way switches for convenience and safety? If you like electrical gadgets, are there ample outlets and circuits with breakers sufficient to handle the electrical equipment you plan to hook up in the home? 6. Has your builder offered “upgrades?” Are they actually upgrades, or are the upgrades really items that should have been included? A residence that is “move-in” ready in its basic form will more than likely cost

you less than building a home or condo that requires many pgrades. 7. Are the air conditioning unit(s) of adequate size and rated high efficient? Many Thai homes have add-on air-conditioning. To keep an attractive overall price, sales people tend to quote the minimum figure it will cost to add air-conditioning. But minimum air-conditioning may not adequately cool your home as well as unreasonably increase your electric bill. Have an air conditioning professional correctly determine the size AC unit(s) you need to adequately, and affordably, make your home comfortable. 8. Keep in mind; even quality built homes and condos

constructed by the most professional and conscientious builders may still require some attention after the sale. Here is where homebuyers may find themselves pulling out their wallet if they failed to address the builder’s responsibilities prior to signing the contract. Request in writing what the builder’s obligations are after the sale. Will you get service after the sale and if so, what does it include? How fast can you expect repairs or adjustments to be made? What will the builder do if the roof leaks, the toilet is defective or a wall cracks? Does the builder offer an adequate warranty in writing on his work? Is the written warranty part of the contract? Which of the

equipment, fixtures and products in the house are covered by manufacturer’s warranties and not by the builder? Will the builder help you get satisfaction on a complaint with a manufacturer? We are fortunate to have some exceptional builders in the Pattaya area. I am confident that most Pattaya Today readers will get an excellent home with good value for their money. But regardless of which contractor’s home you purchase, it makes good sense to know up front the level of quality of home you are buying or building as well as what level of service you can expect after the sale. Good house hunting, and enjoy Pattaya.

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Ask Andy

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Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Buff That Wall We have a painted wall behind our kitchen stove, Andy, and it seems to get dirty and spotted easily and often. Anyway, it’s difficult to clean, especially if the splattered oil and grease build up when I don’t scrub it for a couple of days. Do you have any suggestions? Celeste One thing you might try, Celeste, is furniture polish. Here’s what to do: clean the painted wall behind your stove. When the wall is clean and dry, spray the entire area with a generous coat of furniture polish, then buff well with paper towels. Cooking grease will still splatter your wall, but you will be able to wipe it away easily with a dry paper towel. NOTE: This treatment also works to prevent water spots and soap scum on shower walls and doors. Coat the tile walls with furniture polish and wipe clean. If you don’t have furniture polish, try applying car polish or baby oil. 

Zipper Dee Do No reflection on Thai-made products, Andy, but it seems that I have problems with all zippers on clothing items that I buy here. The zippers invariably get stuck or are just hard to zip and unzip. Can anything be done? Steve in Sri Racha The easiest solution, Steve, is to rub a bar of soap along the zipper’s teeth. The soap will act as a lubricant to get the zipper moving and keep it from snagging again. I have heard that the lead tip of a pencil also works to lubricate a zipper, but have not yet tried it. 

Homemaking 101 You can help me Khun Andy? My husband farang tell me too much no have clean kitchen. Him worry bacteria make him sick. You can tell me how to do? Sunantaa Great question, Sunantaa, inasmuch as a clean, germ-free kitchen is one of the most important tasks for any homemaker who wants to safeguard family health.

The kitchen is where your food is prepared and where most germs reside, so begin by mixing an all-purpose anti-bacterial cleaning solution. Pour ¼ cup bleach OR ammonia into a standard spray bottle, then fill with water and shake. Keep the spray handy for use after every meal. Mean while, spray the solution on all kitchen surfaces that come into contact with food and utensils. Let it sit for a minute or so, then wipe with a wet towel. Finish by rinsing again with a clean towel. The solution will remove bacteria and germs from countertops, cutting boards, dish drainers, sinks, stove, etc, You may also spray appliances inside and out, but do not spray electrical cords, avoid contact with clothing, and remember to rinse thoroughly. Bacteria also is a consideration when preparing food, particularly meat. Make sure to always wash your hands with soap and hot water before and after handling meat. Also, set out in advance all ingredients and utensils you will need, thus avoiding having to later touch anything with tainted hands. Use one cutting board for meat and wash it immediately when done cutting. Defrost meat on a plate on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator so that nothing leaks onto other food. When meal preparations are complete, wash everything in hot soapy water; using antibacterial soap is an option, but hot water should kill most bacteria. Then use your solution to clean the stove, knobs on drawers and cabinets, and the refrigerator door handle. Finally, cover all food placed in the refrigerator; use plastic wrap or containers. The food stays fresher, healthier and protects your refrigerator from spills. 

Pipe Gripe I hear very loud groaning sounds coming from the water pipes whenever someone flushes the toilet or turns on the water in a sink while someone is showering or using water anywhere else in the house. Any suggestions as to why the sound occurs and how I can fix it? Ronald in Rayong

Next time you hear that noise, Ronald, lift the lid off the back of the toilet and fully open and or shut the fill valve. Fill valves often shudder and cause a water hammer through the pipes. If the noise stops when you have the fill valve fully open or fully shut, that is your problem. Replace the tank’s fill valve. 

Beyond Elbow Grease We had some people here over the holidays, Andy, and when all the partying was done with--eating, drinking, smoking, and what have you--we were left with nicotine stains in two nice pieces of furniture. I’ve been attacking the blemishes with cleansers, polishes and elbow grease for nearly a month but they are still there and ugly. Can you offer any suggestions? Sammi in Samut Prakan Generally, I would recommend starting with a mild approach, Naomi, like wiping the area with a small amount of dish soap diluted with lots of water. But you say you already have attacked the stain with cleansers, so my gentle tactic is moot for you at this point. Others readers take note: if you have nicotine

stains on wood furniture, mix a teaspoon of detergent with a liter of water. Dip a cloth into the solution and wipe the area, then rinse and wipe dry. If that doesn’t work, make a formula of one part ammonia to one part hydrogen peroxide and test in an inconspicuous area. If there is no visible harm to the finish, apply

the formula to the stain, rinse and dry. Inasmuch as you live close to Bangkok, Sammi, you might be able to find trisodium phosphate (TSP), a powerful agent that is used commercially to repair smoke and water damage. It easily and completely removes nicotine and smoke stains. Mix only a small amount

(1 teaspoon) of TSP with 4 liters of water. Wipe on and then rinse off with clean water. It is very strong and effective, so be cautious and test it in an inconspicuous area first. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the package to avoid damage to paint and metal. --Handy Andy

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2 Weeks of Patttaya Softball. Welcoming Back an Old Comrade and Continuing its Fun in the Sun by Perry McNeely Sunday softball saw the triumphant return to the game by one of its original members and founding fathers. Our best defensive pitcher, Alan happily returned to the line up after a lengthy struggle with Cancer. All the softball crew were elated to see him back on the mound, and although he has lost a step or two in his running speed, he is still a tough pitcher who plays tenacious defense. To honour his return, Alan was asked to name the teams and he came up with two beauties. His team was nicknamed the “Malignant Spores”, while Phil and Perry’s team were dubbed the “Chonburi Carsonomas”. They were two fiercely competitive games, with the Spores winning the first by the score of 22-18 with clutch hits from Brett, Norm, Rocky, John S. and Alan himself. Game 2 saw Alan out and Fred in as pitcher for the Spores. The Carsonomas jumped out to an 11 to 2 lead, and used Perry’s precise and unpredictable pitches to preserve that lead. John Mchugh, Scotty, Jimmy and Perry, and Peter were strong with their bats and the final

score for game 2 was Chonburi Carsonomas 20, Malignant Spores 12. For photos of the winning teams, for this week, see below. On Sunday the 18th of January, on yet another glorious afternoon of sunshine, the Pattaya Softball Club enjoyed another action packed, double header and a half. Many old and new Pattaya players were there to ring in 2009 properly, by hitting the ball, running the bases and arguing with Jimmy the umpire as often as possible. It was a festive environment that greeted the rowdy ball players as well. Sausages and hamburgers were barbequed by the lovely Ice, while beers, water and soft drinks were chilled to perfection, waiting to be imbibed. Perry and Phil drew up equal sides, and Jimmy hollered out the well worn, but effective phrase “Play ball!” Game 1 saw Team Charlie Hustle, led by the speedy sexagenarians, Peter (who still runs with reckless abandon) and Perry (who still pitches sky high moon balls with reckless abandon) jump out to a strong hitting 4 run start. Team Bernice is Back (named in honour of the returning superstar Ernie and his penchant

to dress in women’s clothing) started sluggishly. They went down in order in the first inning and only managed 1 run in the second (a beautifully blasted ball by Ernie). But down 7 to 1 in the top of the third inning, the Bernice boys put on their game face and started smashing the ball all over the diamond. Phil started the onslaught with a hard hit double, and it was followed by hits from Odvar, Mark, Steve, Jim Bob, Rick and Rhys. They batted through the order and managed to score 8 runs, to go into the fourth with a 9-7 lead. Team Charlie Hustle are no quitters though, and they battled back to score 5 in the fourth and 1 in the fifth with solid hits coming from John Eden, Mikey, Norm, Jason, Josh and John Mchugh. But Bernice is Back team were not to be denied. Ernie belted 2 more homeruns, Diego slammed some triples and Scotty, Mark, and Phil rocketed doubles. They scored 4 in the fifth and broke open the game with 8 runs in the sixth. Final score Bernice is Back 24, Charlie Hustle 16. Game 2 saw Perry being traded to Bernice’s team for Phil and 2 of our Bangkok Japanese players being added

January 11, 2009. Game 1

January 11, 2009. Game 2

January 18, 2009. Game 1

January 18, 2009. Game 2

to Charlie Hustles team. The trades were made to try and level the teams, but Bernice is Back would have none of that. Ernie earned hitter of the day honours for banging another homer and a triple and a double. Scotty earned bully of the day honours for arguing with anyone who would talk to him, lifting up and pretending to suplex Jimmy the umpire, and nearly causing Rocky to soil his shorts when he rifled a ball at him from point blank range. He was also the thirstiest ballplayer out there. Anyways, team Bernice is Back scored a half dozen runs in two of the first three innings, never trailed and won the game by two converted touchdowns, 24-10. Team Charlie Hustle did manage a win in the end, with a convincing 8-0 mini game (2 inning) victory, so that everyone went home a winner. See box scores and line ups below for more. We are still looking for a few more good natured, semi-athletic souls to join us on Jimmy’s field of dreams, every Sunday at 1pm in Jomtiem. So come on out and enjoy the sun, the food, the drink and the softball. See you on the diamond soon. By: Diego Wells.

Starting line ups and positions for January 18, 2009.

Sunday January 11, 2009 Game 2 Winners: Chonburi Carsonomas Top from Left to Right: John CF, Mark, Perry with baby Michelle, Bao, Peter, Shawn Bottom L to R: Jimmy, John McHugh, Tomee, Scotty

Sunday January 11, 2009 Game 1 Winners: Malignant Spores Top from Left to Right: John S holding our Thai scorekeeper’s kid, Ice, baby Michelle, Brett, John CF, Bao, Tomee, Norm; Bottom L to R: Diego, Josh, Rocky

The Cafe Kronberg 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 cut at handicap 19. It was a pleasure to play in warm weather and no wind. The Course on the day was on the dry side but the greens were in very good condition. Mike Winfield won the A Flight with 40 points, Per Olaf Baarli was in second with 38 points ahead of Koji Yamada in third with 34 points on a countback over Brendan Byrne in fourth.

Kenny Chung

Kenny Chung took the B Flight with 36 points ahead of Mike Herridge in second with 34 points. The Admiral, Dave Richardson, now on ‘The Wagon’ for a month, took third on countback over Kevin Dinan, both 33 points. Near Pin Mike Winfield Koji Yamada Brendan Byrne Alex Kazazis Long Put Mike Herridge Tom Cotton J003 Mike Winfield Thursday the 22nd January 2009: Green Valley ( Stableford) Fine day fine Course, what more can one want?. Well how about a great price, low wind and many players, after all this is PSC. The day started as normal, early morning at The Cafe Kronborg, then into the transport and off to Green Valley which is essentially just up the road. After booking in it was off to the Tee, where as usual when we tee off at 1006 hrs we were a bit early, there is always the chance we can sneak in early, and on this day we did by one group. The scribes group was away first and I was eager to try my newly gripped irons and my 7 & 9 irons that had had modified shafts fitted. This was going to be a good day, and it was as far as the second when I selected my

8 iron and hit the ball only to see it land in the water. Problem was the head followed the ball, sad when that happens as it spoils the iron set Still smarting off we went on the third and it is quite surprising just how often the club you need is the one you do not have. Still we had a great day, except for Koji who was playing too well. Round over I dropped into reception, told them about my lost Iron head, gave them my card and went into the changing room for a cold shower. Yes cold is correct and was correct for all the players. Great Course, great price, super restaurants, and a cold shower tops it off. All cannot be perfect. I sat in The German Restaurant as I took the cards in and was surprised to hear my phone go, it was Green Valley asking where I was, and upon me telling them I went back to entering the scores in for handicaps, then in came one of the reception staff with the head of my 8

Patrick Poussier

iron. Someone up there loves me but my thanks go out to the Green Valley staff. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Patrick Poussier with 36 points. In second place was Koji Yamada with 35 points with in third place Walter Bachli, fourth Bill Knight and Tony Scrambler all on a countback on 34 points. The scribe on 33 points was left to rue a club head in the water in one. In the B Flight it was, as in the A Flight business as usual with Kenny Chung winning with 36 points in front of Colin Swann in second on 33 points. In third was Leif Kirkegaarde with Dave Richardson in fourth with 30 points on a countback over Carole Kubicki. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Svend Gaarde Roger McGarry Alain Taddei Mike Smith. Long Put Mike Winfield Johan Reynisson.

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High Scoring Golf at Greenwood

by Barry Hooper At Greenwood Michael Brett a regular player with our group who is always found thereabouts on the score listings came home with the great score of forty-two having played some of his best golf ever and must have thought he was in with a chance of a good win. However sadly his hopes were to be dashed as he was totally unaware that

to Jack Watkins. But the winner by four clear points was Ross Schiffke with thirtyseven. Two two’s – Mike Rushant and Graham Hurdon On the 22nd our regular outing was suspended this week allowing forty nine of our players to take part in the four ball scramble event held at St. Andrews in conjunction with the PSC and the IPGA. The TRGG and its mem-

LOCAL SPORTS Tropical Bert’s at Bangpra Golf Course by Thomas Cotton Wednesday, for a change from our usual Tuesdays, a group of golfers depleted by returning vacationers and a simultaneous match-play, convened at Tropical Bert’s to gorge on breakfast and arrange transport to Bangpra.

ogling the miss macaque branch-dancers. There were, however, many birds flying around, enjoying the gentle breezes. Especially numerous were several species of bee-eaters, darting for flies. There were also many fairy Asian bluebirds perched in the trees looking for easy

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Stableford Competition at Phoenix Golf Course by Thomas Cotton Our reporter arrived latish to Bert’s and most of the throng had already departed for Tuesday’s golfing venue: Phoenix. Our captain, DB, was recovering from all the last minute changes to the foursomes and the cancellations and late sign-ups. Thankfully, the numbers

Out on the fairway of Lakes hole 8 our reporter encountered a little snake meandering along and grabbed its tail with the intention of taking it to one of his friends on Walking Street, but the caddies started jumping up and down and claiming the little cutie was venomous. It was hard to believe because it was

Conny Enzo, Jack Robertson, Kevin Dunne, Steve Hamstad, Reporter

David McFeely, Eamonn Murtagh, Michael Brett, Paul Huneker, David Exley and Trevor Thorley a gentleman called Trevor Thorley was also having a great day with precious little going wrong in his game and came home and posted a score of forty-three to take the division by one shot. Great Golf Guys. On Monday the 19h we ventured out to Mountain Shadow. They are offering some good deals these days for this great course. An excellent turnout on the day. Please be warned sign up early the numbers participating at the moment are growing big time. Two divisions 0-15 and 16 up Roger Mitchell too division two by a clear six points at thirty six over Jack McNamara second at thirty and a further one back was John Thornbera at twentynine. Richard Wakeling was the division one winner at thirty-three. But second and third was a count back decision with both Brendan Moore and Chuck Carriere on thirty-three with Brendan edging it on the back nine. Five two’s were recorded. On Tuesday the 20th Bang Pra was the venue. A good turnout. This is another favourite with many players these days. Not that easy a course but a fair test of the game. I personally was not in attendance but the entry was a true mix of abilities judging by the handicaps posted. Only the one division but places given to fifth. That position went to our budding authoress Nijole Murtagh at thirtytwo she was just pipped on the count back by husband Eamonn in fourth. Third and second was also a count back decision at thirty-three this time Graham Hurdon lost out

bers would like to offer there sincere thanks to all concerned at St. Andrews and the organising bodies for an excellent and truly well organised event. Saturday the 24th was a trip to Greenwood and as reported earlier it was to be a big score day. An excellent entry of over thirty players took part. The course was yet again in excellent condition allowing those with the ability to shine and shine they certainly did. Division one was won by Chuck Carriere with thirtyseven. Peter Ennis second with thirty-six and most surprised winner judging by his face when it was announced was Eamonn Murtagh on thirty-five for third. Fourth was Paul Huneker on thirtyfour. But the big scores of the day were in the second division. David McFeely was fourth with thirty-one David Exley came in at thirty-six for third. But a clear six up on him was Michael Brett at forty-two for second. But yet one more up to win was Trevor Thorley at forty-three. It does not get much better than that. Good Game. Good Game. Detailed Results for the week – Monday 19th Jan at Mountain Shadow Div 1 Richard Wakeling 33 hc 12 Brendan Moore 30 hc 13 c/b Chuck Carriere 30 hc 12 c/b Andy Robinson 29 hc 11 Div 2 Roger Mitchell 36 hc 23 Jack McNamara 30 hc 21

Our tee-times were about noon-time, so the sun was high and the course was dry. In fact, the greens were as slick as silk, and that, combined with devious pin placements made putting the main challenge on almost all holes. Often in a putt, a ball’s arrival in the vicinity of the hole, just started the much longer descent down the slippery slope. This, in turn, accounted for the rather low scores. The monkeys this day were well behaved, but mostly unseen. One of the caddies remarked that they were off to their own little version of “Climbing Street” and off

meals. Back at Bert’s, after play, our Captain, DB, dutifully distributed awards to those few golfers who hadn’t badly screwed up their putts. One exception amongst the tiny throng, was a lady who shot her handicap. I wonder what was the secret to her putting. Winners: First: Conny Enzo, 36 pts Second: Steve Hamstad, 31 pts Third: Jack Robertson, 30 pts Fourth: TC, 29 pts Fifth: Kevin Dunne, 28 pts Near Pins: Cilia Bosman, TC, Kevin Dunne. Long Putts: Cees Bosman, Steve Hamstad.

John Thornber 29 hc 17 Michael Brett 28 hc16 Twos – Fergus Brennan, Chuck Carriere, Nijole Murtagh, George Robinson Tuesday 20h at Bangpra Ross Schiffke 37 hc 15 Jack Watkins 33 hc 11 c/b Graham Hurdon 33 hc 07 c/b Eamonn Murtagh 32 hc 14 c/b Nijole Murtagh 32 hc 21 c/b Twos’ – Mike Rushant and Graham Hurdon Saturday 24th at Greenwood

Div 1 Chuck Carriere 37 hc 12 Peter Ennis 36 hc 09 Eamonn Murtagh 35 hc 15 Paul Huneker 34 hc 15 Div 2 Trevor Thorley 43 hc 18 Michael Brett 42 hc 16 David Exley 36 hc 18 David McFeely 31 hc 18 Six Two’s – Packie Murphy (2), David Hamilton, George Pittam, Frank Kelly and Trevor Thorley

Super league SEASON3

Conny Enz, Scott Dobbins, Colin Cronin, Steve Hamstad of golfers have declined since two weeks ago and our captain’s job is somewhat easier. He is a real martyr, our captain, performing his task through tooth ache and upset tummy, whether he slept the night before or not. Anyhow, out at Phoenix we scrambled about to find which tee to hit-off and what foursome to fulsome. (By the way, this reporter has a Poetic License, duly obtained for $5.99 at grammar-rot. com). The sky was clear except for the smog or dust which hung about and made it difficult to follow one’s drive off the tee. Our man in Oman, Paul Sharples, alluded to wayward Arabian sandstorms. The greens were slow but the course conditions were otherwise fine, thereby probably accounting for the not-so-bad scores.

such a delicate friendly little serpent, but I heeded the caddies’ warning and bid it adieu. After play we returned to Tropical Bert’s sans snake and our captain announced the results. So it was that for the second consecutive week that a lady player, Conny Enz took first place in the B Flight. Winners A Flight (Hcps 1 to 16): Steve Hamstad, 38 pts Scott Dobbins, 34 pts Gavin Kelly, 33 pts Alex Kazalis, 32 pts Winners B Flight (Hcps 17 and up): Conny Enz, 39 pts Colin Cronin, 38 pts Peter Whitehead, 38 pts Les Charles, 36 pts Near Pins: DB, Mick O’Meara, Scott Dobbins, Paul Sharples. Long Putts: John Sotore, DB.

LOCAL SPORTS Mickey Mouse Friday night dart league results table Vol. 8 No. 10  1- 15 February 2009

Date: 23 January (Week 13)

League Table

Next Fixtures (Week 14)

“NEE NAR” “NEE NAR” that was the sound of the several ambulances as they raced towards Soi Yamoto, the Sunshine Boys were in catatonic shock! The Bunker Boys came up with another cunning plan. Assuming that the Sunshine Boys would be fat & lazy after winning the spoils of war against

Helicopter last week, Capt’ Mick cunningly had the Bunker Boys appear down and defeated as they slouched into the Rising Sun, cunningly luring the Sunshine Boys into a false sense of an easy optimistic victory, and then BANG, the Bunker Boys sprung their trap. Losing the game had Steve

on the edge of a cerebral meltdown, and when the Bunker Boys also took the beer the Sunshine Boys went tilt and the Emergency Services were called. Stan had the evenings highest check out of 114 with a T19 S19 D19 finish. Darts Stan. In an evening of surprise results the Mee Chew Crew came

R4Q2 Q: Name the 1978 hit by Gerry Rafferty, a former busker, about busking at a tube station. A: Baker Street. The Derbyshire (who put Right Down The Line) didn’t think that Baker Street was about busking. From Wikipedia: In his early years, Gerry Rafferty earned money by the formerly illegal practice of busking on the London Underground. Poetically, his biggest hit “Baker Street” was about busking at a tube station. Rafferty’s other hit, Right Down The Line, was a love song. Appeal denied. R4Q5 Q: Name the 1978 hit by Gerry Rafferty, a former busker, about busking at a tube station. A: Baker

Street. The Derbyshire (who put Right Down The Line) didn’t think that Baker Street was about busking. From Wikipedia: In his early years, Gerry Rafferty earned money by the formerly illegal practice of busking on the London Underground. Poetically, his biggest hit “Baker Street” was about busking at a tube station. Rafferty’s other hit, Right Down The Line, was a love song. Appeal denied. R6Q3 Q: Name the novelist and aristocrat who is best known for her tempestuous affair with Lord Byron in 1812. A: Lady Caroline Lamb. Shagwell answered “Mary Lamb” and said that the surname should suffice. It’s true

that the surname is sufficient (unless the question indicates otherwise), but if a forename is given in the answer and it is wrong, then the whole answer is wrong. And, anyway, I don’t think that Caroline Lamb is related in any way to the nursery rhyme character! R7Q8 Q: [Picture of Emma Watson] Name of character? A: Hermione. Both Cheers and The Derbyshire were marked wrong for “Granger”. As her full name is Hermione Jean Granger, they are both correct. Two points each. “Next week’s matches February 4th: Bowling Green vs. Bunker, Derbyshire vs. Nervous Wreck, OK Corral vs. Stag’s

unstuck against Team Lucky Time, who took both game and beer. Barry checking out the beer for the 3rd week running. Obviously a very thirsty man. The Airborne Assaulters also came under some heavy flak from the Coffee Shop Quartet, losing the game before realizing that Blue Mountain had probably drugged the coffee pot again. After a complete oil change the Helicopter went into attack mode and won the beer. The Posse, led by Deputy Jim galloped into Palmers knocking over tables and chairs and scattering customers. They then shot all the bottles off the top shelf. Not even getting down off their horses, the Posse took both game & beer off a startled Palmers Crew. Meanwhile, across the Soi, Stan’s Boys & Girls, put off by all the gunfire coming from Palmers lost both game & beer to the Shining Stars, who were thank full that they were not hosting the Posse that night! Stars now move up to 9th place, leaving Cheers the strongest side in the league holding up the bottom of the table…….. DARTS

Head, Palmers vs. Londoner, Rising Sun vs. Boxing Roo, Shagwell vs. Cheers.”

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Three Sisters Golf

by Paul Donahue “Only a slight chill in the air as the Three Sisters Gang began teeing off at 6:20 am this January 20th at the Pattaya Country Club. Cart riders and walkers all began flailing at the little white ball. As the sun came out and took the dew off the greens the putts moved quicker and a more beautiful

sliced Canadian Ham sandwiches and, of course, some San Miguel Lite. Initial results found Bob Benda at the top once again with 36 points with Kevin Worl 33. A picture was taken and Kevin left. Late comers showed up with some high scores. Dougie Powell came in with a 36 to knock Kevin off 2nd place. Brian Orr also

Bob Benda on the left with Dougie Powell on the right day for golf would be hard to find. Having let a twosome and three singles play through the lead pack didn’t get off the course until almost 10 am. The Gang retired to Caddy Shack II for some of Herbie’s thick

had a 36 but Dougie beat him out on a tight count back. Bob Benda beat both on the count back to hold on to first place. A new picture was taken and all agreed it was a fine morning for Golf.”

by Mike Gerrard

new apprentice GARY BLACKBURN helped me to sort out all the placing. ‘A’ flight ( 0 - 14) was won by JOE MILLER WITH 35 points, with PAUL SAWARD second with 24 points and in third was the lovable HUGH BYRNE with 32 points. ‘B’ Flight (15 - 28 our maximum allowance) was won by a slimline, PETER (BOMBER) HARRIS, with 36 points with KEITH TAYLOR claiming second spot with 31 Points, and TOM BRESLIN in third place with 29 points. Technicals went to (SWEATY SOCK), MATT ANDERSON, PETER HARRIS, KEVIN BIRD and DENNIS DIXON. Thanks to our sponsors today went to TRATTATORIA RESTAURANT , who donated a food voucher for the lucky draw. This was won by TOM BRESLIN, THE EDEN MASSAGE PARLOUR, donated a voucher for a free massage, again for the lucky draw, and was won by KEITH TAYLOR. The consolation lucky draw golf ball went to GRAHAM DIETRICH. Next week we start at a slightly earlier time of 11.52, so try to be a little earlier for registration. However I have to say that we are almost full at this stage. The week after (3rd February) we will play for the monthly trophy sponsored by TOYS MUSIC BAR for the best score of the day. Normal time 12.00 Noon. Best wishes.

PSC golf comp with the Phoenix Tuesday group

Today was going to prove a little more difficult to organise due to the fact that we had more players than the tee times normally booked. However it was a nice problem and with the assistance of others we sorted out 6 groups to tackle the MOUNTAIN and LAKES course. I have to say that the course is playing better than ever and with the greenkeeper being a little kinder than normal by leaving the greens a little slower, there was not the usual comments of too many three or even four putting. It also has to be said that the bunkers are now much better and there is really no need for any groups to have any local ruling about the bunkers. (Some groups allow winter rules in the bunkers) Our group tagged onto the end of a sister PSC group, TROPICAL BERTS, which enabled all PSC members to enjoy the newly negotiated green fee rates at 900 baht. Not bad for high season. Our policy is to only charge 100 Baht for the competition entrance fee which includes a free happy hour drink back at TOY’ MUSIC BAR after the game. We split the group into two flights and three places per flight. So with six major prizes and four near pins, plus 3 lucky draw prizes, you have to pretty unlucky not to go away without something. So back at TOY’S BAR we relaxed with a few beers (or soda’s for the for the righteous) whilst my

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ot Quite Babes in the Woods: Two of the youngest managers of dens of the chrome pole have recently celebrated, or are about to celebrate, their birthdays. The first party has come and gone and that was for Jason from the very popular New Living Dolls 1 ogling den (Walking Street). He turned all of 25 years old in the middle of January. I have a vague recollection of once being 25. On Sunday night 8 February, Chalkie, the longserving manager of the Sweethearts play palace (Walking Street) will turn 30 and the operators of the joint are throwing a special party with food (I assume a large porcine creature will meet its maker) and, I’m told, surprises for Chalkie and customers. I hate to think what they are. Happy hour in the den runs until 10:00PM with draught amber fluid and house liver wasters at just 45 baht. Bar fines in the den are a standard 500 baht for all; except Chalkie. Another Black Hole? Soi LK Metro, a dogleg off Soi Diana Inn, or Soi Buakhow (depending on which direction you are coming from) is but a few years old and many of the businesses aimed at the nightlife market have managed to garner a sufficient customer base to remain viable. Within the confines of the soi are places such as the Hell Club, where a good time is guaranteed by the management, and if not, it’s your money back.

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I’ve never heard of anyone asking for a refund. Then there’s the Club Blu coyote dancing den. Open to the passing public it is virtually an air-conditioned beer boozer with a lot of dancing damsels dressed in skimpy, but not revealing, attire gyrating on raised platforms. Further around is the Lolita’s Sierra Tango boozer and dental academy which must be close to being able to lay claim to be the longest-established joint in the soi. Closer again to the Soi Diana Inn entrance is the Champagne ogling den. It’s had its ups and downs since setting up shop but appears to have settled into a groove with a loyal crew of adherents. In many ways the soi and the area around it –from the beer boozers at the Second Road end of Soi Diana Inn as well as the nearby and popular Papagayo coyote dance den to the always well-patronised Club Oasis ogling den at the corner of Soi Buakhow and Soi Chaiyapoon, as examplesoffer enough in the way of nightlife to keep the average two-week millionaire from wandering far away. So, somewhat sadly, there does appear to be at least one place in Soi LK Metro that struggles to attract and keep enough customers to remain viable. This place is what is now called the Ice ogling den, a couple of doors up the soi from Lolita’s. The place started life with some promise as the

Memories chrome pole palace. Then it apparently was sold and given a name change to Gorkle. With such a strange cognomen it gurgled along for a short while and then, so I’m led to believe, went under the hammer yet again. The new owner decided he would model the joint on the same lines as the successful Club Blu, but neglected the necessary ingredient: lots of attractive or at least semi-attractive dancing damsels. Then, in December last year, it was once more transformed into an ogling den. There’s no doubt the layout and fittings are far superior to the original Memories/Gorkle setup. Yet, customers and, more importantly, ladies of the g-string classes are lacking. I don’t know the reasons for this, but maybe this site is another one of those dotted around Pattaya that are forever failing for one reason or another: a kind of Twilight Zonestyle ‘black hole’. I hope I am proved wrong and the owners are able to somehow drag Ice out of the frozen wastes. All shapes, sizes and ages: The Buffalo beer boozer and dine-anddash establishment (Third Road, next to The Castle spank-me-until-I-bleed fetish joint and across the road from the Boutique Sexy gear for all nocturnal occasions outlet) has been a true expats and regular visitors hangout for more years than even the owners would probably like to remember. The inside of the spacious boozer has recently been redecorated and tarted up; not before time I hasten to add. Drinks prices are still very reasonable, starting with lolly water at 35 baht and working up. The webmaster tells me there are now about 49 employees, and I happened to be in the place when six quite attractive new ladies in search of easy money started their shift. There are a number of veterans of the bar trade, some who seem to have dined a little too extravagantly in recent years and now have trouble slipping into anything

much smaller than an aircraft hangar. Despite the vast number of similar operations scattered the length and breadth of Fun Town, the Buffalo Bar continues to be busy on most afternoons and nights. A brand new diet: Over the years the Tim ogling den (Second Road, just past The Avenue shopping complex) has had a deserved reputation for playing great rock and roll and pop music, along with synchronised videos, for those of a certain generation. If you want to listen to the music of the 1960s to the early 1980s then Tim is worth a visit. That said, the den never really had much in the way of quality damsels of the chrome pole shuffle. On a recent visit I was almost shocked when every single dancer who went on stage over a period of about 40 minutes or so was lithe/slender/ slim. I checked to make sure the place was still under the same management (it was). Although there were only five or six girls on stage at any one time, all demurely dressed in gstrings with nary a stray nipple or hint of exposed minge, I can say it’s probably the first occasion I’ve spent time looking at the dancers rather than checking out the music videos or wandering into the back for a game of pool. Libations are, as with many places, priced a little weirdly. Liver wasters are 105 baht, lolly water is 75 baht, and draught amber nectar just 65 baht. In past visits the lighting inside Tim’s has been of distinctly low wattage, so much so that a well-trained Labrador in a harness would have come in useful in negotiating the bar stools. On this last visit either my eyesight has improved exponentially or the eponymous Tim has lashed out on some 90-watt light bulbs. The Ace in the beer hole: The Ace Café beer boozer and light noshery, located near the Hanuman statue at the bottom of Thappraya Road hill heading into Jomtien, has draught

(draft for American spellers) nectar for just 33 baht during happy hours. The happy hours last all day, every day. Is this the cheapest place for draught amber fluid in Fun Town? Attacked by a Halibut: Soap suds flicked in all directions from a neverempty Jacuzzi; a couple of young ladies who look as though they are training for the next Olympics by flipping upside down on a pair of o-rings hanging from the ceiling above a few nervous-looking customers; a quad of ladies using a length of rubber in a way that would be appreciated by martinets, sadists, and your average garden-variety Baptist preacher as they beat each other and nearby imbibers with the said device. Each and every one of the said performers are dressed in such a fashion that nothing is left to the imagination; it’s a bit like walking into a fish shop where Halibut is the day’s special and the prime cuts are all on display. If it all sounds like a scene from Dante’s Inferno or a Peter Greenaway movie, it’s actually just another day at the ‘office’ for the dancing damsels of the What’s Up ogling den in Soi 15, off Walking Street. There I was minding my own business while sat a little too close to the ladies armed with the rubber utensils, when out of left field came a pair of outstretched legs that wrapped

themselves almost neatly about my neck. Having obtained my undivided attention the lady edged her way slightly forward so that her completely exposed Map of Tasmania (minus the forested bits) and my tongue could so easily have formed the kind of attachment that leads to matrimony in many underdeveloped nations. The shock was such that I could be in therapy for months. With so much happening, and with the amount of customer interaction taking place, it’s no surprise What’s Up is almost constantly busy. This in spite of the pricing policy that sees bottled amber froth at 125 baht and lolly water 115 baht. Not cheap, but the overall quality of the talent and the truly fun nature of the den makes it one of the best in the metropolis. Another One Opens the Doors: That tired old cliché, hope springs eternal, is yet again in evidence in the streets of Fun Town with a new den of the chrome pole that should have opened its doors by the time you read this. Called First, it was due to kick into life in the wilds of Soi 8 at around 8:00PM on Wednesday night 28 January. It’s a brave person who wants to start any kind of night entertainment business in these current economic climes, so I can only wish the operators the best of luck.

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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword






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

Recognising a misfit There’s always a temptation to try and squeeze a game out of the bidding, but it can sometimes be a hopeless cause. In today’s hand you had your typical eight pointer – ♠ K 8 5, ♥ Q J 10 6 3, ♦ 9, ♣ Q 7 5 2. But you are

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1. Sweat Keeper 2. Sweep Out 3. Ten Ate 4. Track Able 5. Wipe Spoken 6. Battle Maker 7. Drift Shed 8. Home Ship 9. Work Hold 10.Motor Ward



Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second To solve the puzzle, each row, column and word, will form two more words. box must contain each of the numbers 1 Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse 5



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by Mr Mick Across

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pleased when your partner starts the ball rolling with a bid of one diamond. You reply one heart and the enemy is silent throughout. Partner then says two diamonds, so what’s your correct bid now? Some people would auto-

1. LITE RAY 2. LYQUE IT 3. MAP SISE 4. IF NO ASH 5. SUP ROPE 6. RIP MESS 7. SUCH TAN 8. THY FIG L 9. CAN BALE 10.REF PROM matically go on to reaffirm two hearts simply because they feel they must repeat a five card suit as responder. Others might be tempted to have a go at two no trumps simply because they don’t like diamonds. But hang on a minute. You have only eight points and partner could, on this bidding, have a bare minimum opener but with a diamond six suiter. It’s very unlikely that he has a three card heart suit to

Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... support you and he could well have a singleton. If you elect to bid two no trumps, by contrast, you are certainly overbidding by inviting a raise to game. Surely the best thing is to pass two diamonds. You have no adequate rebid and anything you say is without doubt a leap in the dark to the unknown. Your side could have as few as 20 or 21 points in total. Be disciplined. Don’t get edgy. Just pass.

ANSWERS 1. Out Rid PUT 2. Glad Ounce DEN 3. High Beat BROW 4. Mass Beat ACRE 5. Shin Shaker BONE 6. Friend Ship MATE 7. Stair Being WELL 8. Dead Jaw LOCK 9. Stereo Cast TYPE 10.Back Coach STAGE Answers 1. PERT CEX Excerpt 2. SEP VINE PENSIVE 3. H PAY PUN UNHAPPY 4. RAW FORD FORWARD 5. NAG LEDD GLADDEN 6. IGOR DEN IGNORED 7. TON FOES FESTOON 8. SHIN RAG GARNISH 9. RULE ETC LECTURE 10.ALI C CUR CRUCIAL

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Shamrock Bar A Thairish Affair

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers

Shamrock is the English form of the Irish word ‘seamrog’ which literally translated means “little clover”. It has become the symbol of Ireland and has been considered a good luck emblem since earliest times. Not quite ‘earliest times’, but actually since 1985 a small bar opened in Pattayaland 2 and brought the luck of the Irish and it’s friendliness and ‘Failte’ (welcome) to the

area. Back then, Second Road was unpaved and this part of Pattaya a desserted ghost town. With foresight and not a small amount of optimism the original buyers established this popular bar and put their Irish stamp of approval on this now much loved tavern and eatery.

Irish traditional music has always been received with fondness in this bar and many a famous Irish musician has been seen enjoying the sociable ambiance and even picking up

their instruments once in a while to entertain the assembled locals. The food here is legendary especially the full breakfast which

is not for the faint-hearted: a hamburger steak, sausage, two eggs, home fries, bacon, tomatoes and mushroom is laden on to your plate for B.150. Other breakfast favourites include corned beef hash, bacon, a double portion of eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes at only B.115 and the

pancakes and bacon with maple syrup have their fans coming back time and again. Breakfast is an all day affair (till midnight) and the kitchen is never without the sounds (and smells) of delicious bacon or eggs frying in their pans.

‘Thairish’ stew (B.75) is another famous dish where chunks of boneless pork are gently stewed in thick

was two hamburger steaks, potatoes of choice served with a raft of vegetables and gravy for B.125. The Shamrock bar is a friendly, hassle-free, family bar where all the food is home-made with fresh ingredients and served in more than generous portions. In these belt-tightening times, with our spending power crashing around our ears, this establishment offers honest home cooked

gravy and served with seasonal veggies. Chicken curry is favourite, served with either rice or peas and chips. Three bangers and mash, peas and gravy all have their devotees and rightly so. The Cajun chicken with rice and peas (B.110) is a house speciality and one which deserves its reputation. A daily special is written up on the board and on the day Mick and I visited it

food, value for money and a friendly ambiance in which to relax and forget your cares for an hour or two. In closing, the owner offers this Irish toast to all his customers: “May your troubles be as few and far apart as my grandmothers teeth!” Located in Soi Pattayaland 2, (Soi 13/4) (opposite Cafe New Orleans). Open daily from 9.00 am till late. Last orders around midnight.

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RSVP Dear Food Lovers, My New Years resolution was to improve my diet I would like to incorporate a few fish meals into the mix but I have never cooked fish before. Could you please suggest an easy fish dish to get me started. Thanks, Pam Dear Pam Fish can strike terror into the hearts of novice cooks, but ironically it is probably the quickest and simplest thing to cook. Fish is very perishable so, where possible, buy it the day you plan to eat it - this makes all the difference. Start cooking your fish at a high heat. Thinner pieces will cook at this temperature, thicker cutlets or whole fish will then need be cooked through at a moderate heat and all will cook quickly. Whatever you do, don’t overcook it. The coconut salmon could be served with a simple dahl and steamed basmati rice along with the salad.

Grilled coconut salmon For 4 people. 4 salmon cutlets 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup coconut milk 1 tsp turmeric Light-flavoured oil Fresh cucumber and tomato salad 250g cherry tomatoes, diced 2 cucumbers, diced 1 spanish onion, thinly sliced Small handful fresh mint leaves 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice 1 tsp sugar Sea salt, to taste Season fish with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, stir together the coconut milk and turmeric. Brush the coconut milk onto the fish, reserving the remaining milk. Preheat a barbeque, grill or griddle pan on high and brush lightly with oil. Add the salmon and cook for 2 minutes each side (for medium) or until cooked to your liking. Mix sugar, lime juice and olive oil and toss with the cucumber, tomatoes and onions. Garnish with mint leaves. Keep the recipe requests rolling in to:

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The New Dusit d2 Baraquda The hottest – coolest place in town

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers

Dedicated followers of fashion listen up. Style setters, movers and shakers, and the savviest sybarites all have a treat in store: Dusit International, which has a unique portfolio of deluxe hotels, has added the spectacular new Dusit D2 Baraquda to their assemblage. It’s futuristic structure dazzles in its location on Second Road, adjacent to The Avenue leisure and shopping centre. Welcome to the pleasure dome! Recently Mick and I were given a personal tour followed by dinner in its exotic South East Asian restaurant called S.E.A. The hotel had only been open for four days when we stepped through their sleek portals. Once inside the wow factor is extraordinary. Dazzling white walls sculptured

into waves, flowing pastel sofas, bleached hardwood floors and an ultra-modern greeting area pushes the envelope in hospitality zoning. A welcome drink of your choice is offered as you sit and marvel at the impeccable setting beaconing the very best of contemporary, minimalistic chic. Our host for the evening, the personable Khun Tasara (Cat) PR & Event Whiz, escorted us through this striking hotel. The free form swimming pool is a high-tech automation of changing colours, the rooms offer every state of the art modern luxury with sexy bathrooms and deluxe design, while the Deep Bar, a theme evening leisure destination with direct access from the outside, is a sleek, groovy hangout with ultra cool decor and Pizzazz with a capital P. Then it was down to the restaurant for the S.E.A Indochine experience. We make no apologies for eulogising about the interior decor of this hotel; it is

spectacular and the restaurant is no exception. The art is fantastic S.E. Asian inspired pop

with herbs, served with pork rind, green chilli dip and steamed vegetables. We loved this

graphics, the soaring glass walls evaporate into the avant garde pool area, the spiral staircase offers elevated seating and the overall mood is young, vibrant and invigorating. We were treated to Chef Allan’s tasting menu for an overview of the cuisine. The first dish to be set down was Saigon crispy prawns (B.450), swiftly followed by grilled Australian Wagyu beef served in two ways. Both these dishes were exceptional. The freshest, plumpest prawns had been crisp-fried and tossed with cantaloupe melon, chilli, garlic and passion fruit. The tenderest beef (cooked to perfection) had been tossed in a Thai salad with fresh herbs, chilli, shallots and toasted rice while the alternative serving had been grilled on a skewer with Cambodian curry spices and served with steamed vegetables and sticky rice. Next, was the northern Thai style pork fillet (B.190) which was soft pieces of pork grilled and tossed

dish! The chilli dip (a la nam prik) was zingy and spicy without being inflammable while the vegetables were crunchy and delicious. My absolute favourite was the next dish: ceviche of sea scallops and white prawns served with green tomatoes, chilli and mint. An inspirational marriage of tastes. A classic phad Thai noodle dish followed topped with grilled coriander and lime marinated king prawns which completed our Indochine dinner.

Other items on the menu include Singapore Laksa, Vietnamese beef Pho, a signature barracuda seafood platter for two and many more pan-Asian favourites. From the western selection we spotted penne pasta, grilled lamb chops, home made Australian beef burgers and a selection of gourmet pizzas from B.200. We then segued into dessert and our best intentions of “just a taste” melted away with the first spoonful! Dessert lovers alert – here at SEA it is confection-

ary heaven. The lime tart served with a red vinegar reduction and finished with a shot of orange and green mango juice was luscious in the extreme. The home made gelati with strawberries in a balsamic vinegar cream just sensational. The restaurant at Dusit D2 Baracouda offers exquisite cooking in an impeccable setting with lavish presentations However, the vibe is laid-back with an energetic and enthusiastic staff who have invented their own distinctive style It manages to combine glitz with groovy and contemporary chic with hip sophistication. For those with an appetite for something different – this is the place to be. Mick and I came, we saw, we ate and we will not stop talking about our Dusit D2 Baracouda experience for some time to come. Located on Pattaya 2 Road. Tel: (038) 769 999. Email: d2pa@ Open daily. Prices plus 10 percent service and government tax.

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Articles for Sale

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

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(ptm-1208)Mobility Scooters -- Free test ride at your home! Portable mobility scooters, latest models. Full service from Thailand’s mobility scooter specialist. Call 081 875 0860 or 02 964 8405-07,, for prices and brochures. Contact us now for your free test ride at your home! (ptfas-g0008)Two Brand New Iphone from Hong Kong for Sale unlocked can use anywhere in the world only 33,000 Baht negotiable interested call 087 141 2783 (ptfas-e1108)Very New 4 Tyres (Firenza) 235/50ZR18. Price 19,000 baht/set. Call 081 429 1482 (ptfas-e1108)Mag Rims (Taw Motor Sport) with tyres (Michelin) 225/45ZR17. Good condition. Price 28,000 baht/set. Call 081 429 1482 (ptfas-e1108)Mag Rims (Lenso) with tyres (Maxxis) 215/55R17. Good condition. Price 28,000 baht/set. Call 081 429 1482 (ptm-1008)Top Quality Equipment for Sale. SeacSub Pro 2000 medium, new. SK7 Compass, new & unused. Thumb Reel, unused. Neptune II Full Face Mask Ocean Reef Int Reg, complete with instructions & shield (not shown), used twice. Scubapro MK25 & Suunto Transmitter Octopus 295, two days use only. New Suunto Vytec, unused. SaekoDive Titanium, unused. RashSuit XL (new), Shortly XL, New 3/5mm Hood unused, 12L Tank (2 days use). Full Guarantee. Everything estimated cost 180,000. Asking price 120,000 O.N.O. Contact David Meadows 086 503 1174 (ptm-p1108) Wedding Dress for Sale, Classic European Style, crème colour, fully adjustable. Replacement Cost, Baht 50,000. SELL Baht 18,000 or rent baht 6,000 also men’s Silk jacket. Offers consider 089 002 3493

(ptm-n1008)Diesel Generator for Sale. KOMATSU 4 CYD 52.2 AMP 230 VOLTS Output 12 KW on trailer 80,000 B. Nookja1985@ 081 762 7361 (ptm-0908)Satellite/Cable TV. Live Sport, Movies, News, 3,600 THB/Year. Multichoice PRG etc. Hotel, Apt, Resort Lease Welcome. E-mail: easternthai.sattv@gmail. com Tel: 087 609 9329 (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.

Articles Wanted

(ptfas-0908)Furniture Required, double bed base, TV stand, sofa,wardrobe. Garry 087 901 5229 (ptfas-0908) Mountain Bike Wanted for male adult 100 kgs, older condition ok. Garry 087 901 5229

Pets and Vets

(ptm-s0808)Top-Dog Hotel. Boarding facilities for dogs, cats, etc. Jomtien Beach. Call (English) 086 154 0377, (Thai) 085 042 8811

Boats for Sale

(ptm-1108)Paddle on Lake Mabprachan on Your Own. 9-foot single-person canoe for only 2,000 baht. Paddle and life jacket included. Call Les at 087 136 5925 (ptm-0508)For Sale Imported Cruiser Boat Regal commodore from US – 29 feet, 320 HP. Many option – GPS – Fish Finder – Hot water – Toilet – Shower etc. – Correct Price. Tel. 085 225 4037

Business Opportunities

(ptm-m1108)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished with kitchen. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Priced at 1.9 mil. baht. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-p1108)Bargain Soi 8 – Sexy Bar for Rent – Key money 90,000 baht/year. Rent 23,000 baht per month. Fully furnished, 1 pool ta ble. Phone 086 512 4387


(ptm-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379 (ptm-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 (ptm-p1008)For Sale Half Share in Very Popular and Profitable Beer Bar close to Soi 7. Return to Europe forces sale. 785,000 baht for quick sale. To include all fixtures, fittings and stock. Tel: 085 324 0872 (ptm-n0908)Restaurant/Bar for Sale in Busy Area. It has everything you need to open today. Very nice, must see. Only 350,000 Baht, Low rent and key money. Call Ning 085 646 1422 (ptm-n1008)Boats Business Opportunities. Wanted joint venture partner for Steel Catamaran Charter Cruiser. 14M * 7M * 3 deck levels. Total capital investment 4.5 M baht. Hulls now completed. 081 762 7361 Two Shops are Available for Rent. Good business opportunity at the excellent locations, nearby hotel lobby area at Ocean Tower & Garden Wing in Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, North Pattaya. Please call for more information at 038 418 418 ext. 701 (Ms. Supanee, Executive office) or email: (ptm-0008)Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar for Sale. 6 year lease, 1st year’s rent already paid, no key money, newly renovated, turnkey, 5 rooms above, low price. 081 429 4507, 089 248 4909 (ptm- w0107)27 Rai Rayong Ban Phe, with chanot. Only 500 meters from the very nice beach Ban Phe, with sea view to Koh Samet Island. Sell from private altogether at 6.75 million baht. Tel. 089 938 6022 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. Ice Cream Shop-This very busy shop is ideal for the girlfriend, it is busy year round and is priced to sell. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Bar / Guest House – Soi 6, I have a choice of bars available in this well known busy street. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Beer Bar- Very busy bar located right in the heart of Pattaya this bar makes good profits all year round and has plenty of foot traffic. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Massage & Coffee Shop- This recently refurbished establishment has been decorated to the highest or standards, there are 10 beds separate changing areas and showers. The Coffee shop has all the equipment needed to

run this well thought out business. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Thai Living: Restaurant at Hotel venue Inn, in Jomtien. An opportunity too good to miss out on. The restaurant already have a large existing customer base from, mainly from Scandinavia and has a high turnover. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Hotel Units and Villas for Sale and Rent Back. Fantastic investment for speculators requiring security. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/ bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (PRT0102) This Boutique Restaurant extends out over the ocean about 50m, now being offered at 88million, this Restaurant offer’s living quarters out on the pier for over night stays. A large home across the street could also be converted into a Boutique Hotel with Ocean views. To me, it is an honor to be a part of this transaction. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to (PRT0097) Restaurant in busy Soi Baukao. 600,000baht. Take over this well established restaurant, serving both Thai and European Foods. With no Key money involved. Equipment, inventory all inclusive. This is a very nice investment don’t miss out on this one. Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Walking Street GO GO Bars.. If you are a serious Investor Looking at Number 1 Go Go Bars, then you need to Call Us. I have listings on top GO GO Bars that are not for sale “But Are”. Investor must qualify for showings. Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@

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0276/SLN - Lease for Sale – 3 storey single shop house located in East Pattaya. Ground floor ideal for any small business. On the upper floors are 3 rental rooms. Many extras including kitchen facilities, air – conditioning etc. Rent only 12,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 300,000 baht 0268/SLN – Coffee Shop & Restaurant – Single storey shop house, located in East Pattaya, earning profit. Rent only 4,000 baht per month and Key Money has been pre-paid till May 2010. Sale Price: 850,000 baht. 0296/SLN – Bakery & Shop – Located in East Pattaya with low rent on the premises. The business specializes in the baking of meat and fruit pies and has built up an excellent reputation with the local bars and restaurants around Pattaya. Sale Price: 1.1 million baht. 0199/SLN – Laundry with Rooms above – Busy laundry business located in Central Pattaya. 4 storey single shop house with 3 large studio apartments on the upper floors for rental. Rent only 15,000 per month with Key Money of 60,000 baht per year. Sale Price: 1.5 million baht 0271/V – Pet Shop – Single storey retail shop, located in North Pattaya. Specialising in the sale of Dogs, Cats, pet foods and accessories. Very profitable. Sale price includes a Limited Company. Sale Price: 2 million baht 0297/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – Single, three storey shop house located in Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a busy bar with pool table. On the upper floors are 5 rental rooms. Rent only 30,000 baht per month with long lease & No Key Money. Sale Price: 2 million baht. 0298/SLN – Bar with Rooms – Single, four storey shop house, located in a busy ‘foot traffic’ area, just of Beach Road. On the ground floor is a bar with 5 rental rooms on the upper floors. The current rent is 20,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 2 million baht. 0263/SLN – Hotel & Bar – 15 room hotel with ground floor bar and kitchen. Located in high ‘foot traffic’ area just off Beach Road, South Pattaya. On the upper floors are 15 rental rooms all with en suite bathroom, air-con and personal safety box. Rent only 60,000 per month and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.3 million baht. 0286/SLN – Pool Lounge – Profitable business located in Central Pattaya with bar facilities. Currently playing in 3 local leagues. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht. 0284/SLN – Hostess Bar with Rooms - 3 storey, double shop house located in a busy Soi in the heart of the ‘nightlife‘ action. Ground floor bar recently refurbished. Rent 30,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 2.75 million baht 0291/SLN – Pub/Restaurant with Rooms – Located in East Pattaya. On the ground floor is a Pub and Restaurant with a large kitchen and seating capacity for 100 customers. On the upper floor there are 3 large rental rooms with separate entrance. Long lease and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.9 million baht. 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. 0300/SLN – Bar – Restaurant & Guesthouse – Double, four storey shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a bar and dining area with modern kitchen facilities. On the upper floors are 16 rental rooms. Included in the sale is a motor cycle rental business. No Key Money and rent is paid annually in advance. Sale Price 7.5 million. 0301/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – Double,, three storey shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. The bar on the ground floor is unique in appearance & décor. Viewing is highly essential. On the upper floors are 7 rental rooms. Rent 55,000 baht per month payable one year in advance and No Key Money. Sale Price: 7.5 million baht. 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. 0299/SLN – Hotel, Bar & Restaurant – Two storey building located in Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a bar, dining area, kitchen and games room. The property is enclosed and has its own swimming pool for guests. In total there are 7 rental rooms. Included in the sale is the land and buildings registered in a company name. Viewing is highly essential. Sale Price 10 million baht. 0293/SLN – Pub & Restaurant - Profitable Pub & Restaurant located on busy main road in East Pattaya with dining facilities for over 50 people..On the upper floor is the kitchen and 3 bedrooms for employees or the new owner. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings held in a Company name. Sale Price: 12.75 million baht. 0274/SLN – Restaurant & Bar – Single storey double shop house located in South Pattaya. The lease has been fully paid up till 2023, the next 15 years. There is seating for in excess of 100 diners. Included in the sale is a sound & lighting system for live music. The business is profitable. Sale Price: 14 million baht. 0294/SLN – Go Go Bar – Extremely profitable business located in the centre of ‘Walking Street’. Good staff and excellent long lease in place with a fixed rental for the period of the lease. Sale Price: 16.5 million baht. 0247/SLN - Bar/Restaurant and Guesthouse - Located in South Pattaya. Extremely profitable business which the current owner can verify. On the ground floor is a large bar and restaurant. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings. Sale Price: 25 million baht. 0273/SLN – Lawn Bowling Club – Located in East Pattaya on 3 rai of land. 2 International bowling greens, separate bar & restaurant, 5 en suite bedrooms & swimming pool. Foreign ownership in Company name. Viewing highly essential. Sale Price 30 million.

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(PLB0102) Walking street 2nd floor bar. View of the ocean, the road below. Plenty of room to grow sale priced at 950,000 baht. Low upfront deposits of 500,000 with 60,000 baht a month for lease. Call today. Making your Business our Business-Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0123) Don’t take my word for it go to our web site for this once in a lifetime opportunity priced for a quick sale baht 12,500,000 this 5star classy restaurant with an all Stainless steel industrial kitchen that could be guesthouse& restaurant with lounge, very nice rooms upstairs, Dbl shop house Beach front, Views, Views, lease at 60,000 a month can buy the two shop houses next door. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0099)Another Walking Street Bar Priced to sell 90% inside w/3 pool tables. Large stage for everyone to share entertainment 2,200,000 all deposits paid and included in price for the first 2.5 years Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0095) MAKE PAYMENTS: Very Famous GO GO Bar with 80 seats, 240 sqm, 4 rooms above this well designed floor plan, like nothing else on this very, very popular Soi. For only 8million baht and with a nice size down the owner will consider payments. He has many companies that require his attention… which makes this very busy and profitable bar”, even in low season”, to much work for him…... Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLM0003) Massage parlor on the back side of Walking Street, 4 star curb appeal, “very, very nice with all new furnishing, updated, renovated, store front location for only 3.3mill. Owner is ready to deal because of recent breakup. Lease is only (6,000), six thousand baht a month. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Jomtien Shop houses 5 of them together with Sea Views priced at only 3.6 million each. When every one else has a price on theirs at 5million, that makes these five a steal, with great sea views. These would make a great Guest house or even a shopping centre with rooms above. Top floors have View of Bangsare. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PSH0108) Shop House in the busiest area of 2nd road, 36millon baht. Looking for a new owner to open a bar and restaurant with guest house. The building is for sale with chanold title. Owner will take everything with him making it easy to renovate at the same time lowers out of pocket expenses. Investors dream. Making your Business our BusinessPremier Land and Development.

Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ Koh Samui Resort. One of the world’s most Famous Islands now has a Prestigious Hotel available, at 50million baht for your spot in Paradise. With only five staff members 18 rooms and two retail stores makes it easy to manage All rooms have a 5 star quality, with Tv’s, fridge, Bar A/C. Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Koh Chang Resort. Guys it doesn’t get any better than this. Own a piece of the Rock. To many facilities to list, owner wants to move to Northern Thailand. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0017) Guesthouse in an extremely busy location priced to sell at 25 million. This successful business has 4 floors and 14 furnished rooms in a very high demand location. You could have the number one business of any kind with this location. Internet, motorcycle rental bar, restaurant, or retail this is an immediate high volume business for you, call today. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0127) Soi Boukhao single shop house. Five rooms completely furnished. Main Floor waiting for your ideas and marketing strategy. Priced at 6.5million, building included with title/ deed. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLD0537) Land on Suhkumvit Road, Pattaya area. Great exposure for your business. 2 plus rai with a building. Building must be removed. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PFO0001).Deluxe East Pattaya Factory. Two New factory buildings on 6.5 rai, interior has over 3000sqm. Both buildings already leased out for 400,000 thousand baht a month or can relocate. Two story apartment building for staff, a home for owners with swimming pool. Each Factory has luxury rooms on top floor for Managers. Making your Business our Business. Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0124) 600.000 Here is another one of those inexpensive opportunities priced to sell, this laundry and Guesthouse. Rent is only 25,000 a month with your living quarters. Complement your business with Motorcycles and you have a winner. Add a website and you have a real on going concern with these well designed rooms…should be able to very well here as the ground work is down. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

Fax: (038) 374535 (PHG0122) Jomtien walking Street- the best location in Jomtien can be your new business location where your clients can walk to the beach without crossing the road Great beach front views 5rooms with lounge 24million baht and you own the building too. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0113) Want a Fabulous Luxury Hotel, restaurant for only 390 million, “act quickly!”. Great location, Two Go GO Bars & restaurant with spa facilities, not too mention one of the best locations in all Pattaya. Rooms are exceptionally equipped and furnished in a very impressive style with great imagination. Call soon this will not last. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0097) East Pattaya guesthouse and bar & restaurant on very busy road just needs someone that understands marketing. (PHG0033) This Hotel on Jomtien Beach is being sold under the utmost confidentiality, at 250million baht. Panoramic Sea views on all upper floors. Everything is Brand New yet, you will still enjoy immediate income from long standing client base. Fifty five rooms with Penthouse on top floor for owners or for rent. Forty Seven Staff members help you with your everyday needs. Beach front location, in the busiest area of Jomtien. In the heart of the night life. This is an excellent location for business. You want traffic check this place out. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Shop houses commercial store fronts for best pricing. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Investors wanted for Commercial Real Estate Ventures. Major Investments over 50million, see what the Public can’t see. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0103) Pattaya, just off Beach Front rd, with 3 sides covered it could be enclosed very easily. Great potential, for this very large bar. Over 80 seats, very large bar area with a very large stage for a live band “closed now”, needs some repairs but, for 550,000 priced way under market value 200,000 deposit 25,000 a month. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ (PLB0092) 10,000 a month on this new Contract. 1,650,000, this is a giveaway at this price. This single shop house bar in a very busy soi off Jomtien beach road you won’t find a deal like this again. The owner has been there making money for the last

four years, said he made a lot of money so he can sell for whatever he wants…Let someone else “ have fun”, that is what he said. (PSH009) 10,000 baht a month for this vacant shop house with Views. Needs lots of work in this hallow shell, but with beach views like this….And the price” My goodness!” it is a steal..! walk to the beach in 2 seconds . Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0126) Beer Bar & Guest House With Two balconies overlooking the bar. Pool table disc jockey both. Flat screen TV, Large Kitchen that isn’t being used 27sqm. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0117) Very nice Dbl shop house Restaurant, 9rm Guest house w/pool table, 2nd one in on the sub soi with front road coverage. Perfect guesthouse for only 9.5mil @ 15,000 a month. Over 1.5 mill in profit without advertising. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0116) Five story Double shop house with 10rooms. 22million, “building included”. Very nice restaurant and bar. Over 2.5mil a year in profit. Some financing maybe available Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0114). Mini Mart Store with Guest house on beach front road. The mini mart collects over 600,000 a year in income, making it very easy to weather high and low season. With over 16 rooms w/beach views and a restaurant, Study Cliental, Website, Parking on the street and in the back of the building, your call, but I think this is the one. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0110) Shop House Jomtien Complex. Lower retail store already rented out which creates a positive cash flow for this 4 story building. At 5.2 million it is a steal. The owner has moved to Bangkok. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

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(PHG0102) 80 room Resort between Jomtien and Pattaya. 150,000,000 Make an offer, Plenty of room to make this a 5 star. Needs good management that knows what to do with this gem. Owner wants fast sale. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0107) 150million very private Resort style Spa with Theme park swimming pool. Very large ponds, bridges and Gazebos. Four two bedroom guest homes. Separate building with Theatre, Conference room, Fitness Center. Also included is very large 2 story home. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PRT0098) Get a Pizza this. Pizza parlor with support. Long proven track record @ 2.5 million baht or can finance a new location. Your choice! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Investors wanted for projects over 100 million baht. If you are one of the few,and looking for real estate ventures, or an on going concerns, call now and find out what is really on the market. All Gold member investors must provide financial statement before viewing, “Non Public listings”. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ (PLM0002) With Beach front Exposure. Massage Parlor with Views, owners 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 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY……..This is a change for the serious investor who is looking to take over a running business with already a guaranteed net income of 20 Million Thai Baht a year with a potential net income of 100 Million Thai Baht a year. Asking price is 150 Million Baht. As the owner wants to keep the sale of his business quiet we can not give more details at this time. For more information please call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

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Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. (ptm-h1208)English Speaking Computer Teacher Wanted for English Man and Thai Wife. Stay 2 days, 1 or 2 or two nights; 370 kms from Pattaya. Comfortable home with all facilities and good food! Must have good references. 089 058 4509 or 084 958 6569 (ptm-h1208)Thinking of Building your Own House/Swimming Pool? Save 000’s. See and learn from our disasters first! Weekend ‘teach in’ One night for two, full board, European 4-star comfort: 3,500 Baht. Details: 082 161 8563 Learn to Speak, Write and Read Thai ?!! Learn to understand what people are saying around you !! With a professional and experienced Thai teacher. Contact 081 466 7478, 080 635 1769 (pta-0406)TEFL Intercontinental, we are specialist in teacher training, a full 120 hours TEFL certificate course, we offer Guaranteed job & Work permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while you practice teaching for 2 Months. Please contact us at: 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640 (pta-0406)Foreign Ladies: Speak and write ‘Beautiful English’ in the comfort of your own home or office, at your own speed, learning the social or business English you need. Training from English professor now retiring to Pattaya. Tel: 081 838 8163 for first discussion Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038-489-225-7 Fax. 038-489-228 PROGRESS Language & Computer School: (Licensed by the Ministry of Education) Thai (1-5 Year ED (Student) Visa Available-Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours)-English (General and Business Conversation-GrammarIELTS Test)-Dutch (Inburgerings Examen)-German (Start Deutsch 1-A1 Test)-French-Italian-Spanish-Russian-Chinese-JapaneseKorean-Computer: Free Trial Thai and English Lessons 1 hourTranslation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost opposite bus station to Bangkok) (Next to Lukdod shop) Tel. 081 577 2967, 038 370 263 Email:

(ptm-c1008)Bargain Opportunity. Luxury Bungalow Completed January 2007. Good location, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, aircon, etc. 24 hours security. Cost 4 million baht will sell for 3 million baht. Parking several cars. Tel. Thai 089 669 1507, Tel. English 085 934 5411 (ptm-p1008)Bang Sare in Village, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, large living, recently redecorated. 2.9m with furniture, 2.7m without furniture. 086 114 1032 (ptm-t1008)Private Sells Bungalow. 7 rooms, 3 baths, furnished, large outside living-eating area in beautiful garden, swimming pool, double-garage. On 720 sqm land.. THB 3,700,000. 20 km South of Pattaya, off Sukhumvit Rd. Tel. 038 436 998 Thai/English/German (ptm-m1108)New Home for Sale. Chockchai Garden Home 4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully finished kitchen. Twin Home. 3 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Priced at 2.49 mil. baht. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-m1108)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished with kitchen. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Priced at 1.9 mil. baht. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-s1208) Western Architect Designed Home, Close to Regent School Pattaya, 9 minutes from town, Perfect! 3/2 home, carport, open living, a/c and more. A MUST SEE! Call Steve 086 669 1246 (ptm-m1208)50% Build House on 2 Rai. Very cheap. Baansaray. Info: 087 993 9386, mmegens@ (ptm-d1408) Mabprachan Gardens, representative properties in top Expat location for business on the Eastern Seaboard. Sale and Lease. Call 081 636 9289, www., agents welcome (ptm-ni1008)A Very Good Deal Sell by Owner. East Pattaya, Soi Crocodile Farm. Single detached bungalow for sale, 3 bed, 2 bath, Euro Kitchen, furnished, garden, carport, communal swimming pool, big pond, 24 hr security, cable TV, Phone line, ADSL. All these for only 2.2 Mil or best offer. Call Nick at 089 067 1675 or send email: Royal Ambassador Residence. NaJomtien. 26 unique Thai-Balistyle villas with private pool, Jacuzzi, tropical gardens, maids’ quarters and garage (automated door). Two, three and four bedrooms, top-quality built-in furniture, security system. Prices from Bt12.5 million. Phone: 0854 870 720 The Best Low Price Ever. A 3-storey Spectacular Designer Townhouse located near the Royal Cliff Hotel. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with jacuzzi). Top of the line European Kitchen.

Fitted with amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 6 Million Baht. Great Offer! This townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 Million Baht. Call us at: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. For Quick Sale! Only 11 Million Baht. A spacious and well furnished 90 sq. wah house. Have 3 bedrooms, living room. European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. For viewing, please call us at 081 334 5291 pr 081 357 7491. Truly 25% discount OFF the original price. Magnificent and Fabulous Beach Side Living at a very low price. You can design and build your own house on the remaining plots. Hurry there are only 10 remaining plots left. Plots range from 520 sqm to 680 sqm. Price starts at 7 Million Baht. Call now at: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Gorgeous Houses for Sale and Investment. Absolutely all brand new houses, in a modern high quality and extremely nice tropical villa project. With underground cables, private pool, furnished. Located in Naklua Area. Only a few minutes away from Pattaya, very convenient, no hassle on driving around the city. Accessible to public transportations. Ready to move in. Price starts from 13 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. HS1174: 4 bed, 3 bath bungalow, interior size 280 S qm, very clean house, Part furnished, for sale at 5.5 Million. Call us 0847808457 or by E-mail: HS1152: 3 bed bungalow, on a secure development, a reduced price from 3.8 to 2.8 Million Baht!! Call for more info 0849442541 or by E-mail: HS1216: Luxury 1 bedroom villa with private pool, Located in Jomtien, inclusive of full furniture & company, Bargain Price 3.75 Million Baht, Call us 0847808457 or by E-mail: HS1214: 2 bedroom villa with private pool, Located in View Talay Villas, 344 Sq m land area, corner plot! 9.75 Million Baht, Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: A real Beach Front house – 25 meters to Jomtien beach. 4 storey home with 5 bed rooms and 4 bath rooms, 280 sqm total living area, fully furnished and air-con all rooms with comm. Swimming pool. Now the price is THB 11,900,000 from THB 12,500,000. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email:

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An impressive lake house. Located directly on a beautiful lake. U shape house on the land size 880 sqm., 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 1 outdoor bathroom. Basement room for water tank, pool filter system and store room. Total area app. 264 sqm. Garden design included waterfall and fish pond. Price 8,750,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: Elegance private pool villa on half Rai land size 3 bed, 2 baht, fully furnished, 200 sq.m. living area with separate guest house and pool, appx.800 sq.m size of land. Situated on perimiter of Phoenix golf course, only 5 min to Bann-Amphur beach.Price at 8,750,000 Baht with unbelivable offer 50% finance plus 1 year free interest! Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@ A house for sale in Classic Villa at THB 3,850,000 A bargain price for large 3 beds/3 bahts on 100 sq.w land size, Thai and European kitchen, fully furnished, satellite and internet, comm. Swimming pool & fitness, in-house security systems and 24/7 security guard. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: Lovely home at Eakmongkol Village 4 – 92 sqm. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, European kitchen, fully furnished, close to Lotus, Big C and Carrefour. Price at 1,550,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY – Jomtien: 038 231712, Khun Kan: 084 3626963, Email: jomtien@ Hot Property!!!! House at Jomtien location 210 Sq.Wah Two storey,3 Bedrooms,4 Bathrooms, European kitchen, large living room, Built in furniture, Full Air con ,Hot water, Large private swimming pool, Parking car, Hot Price at 7,500,000 Baht Call North Shore Real Estate 038303825-6 or 086-3134841 E-mail :

Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill. Prime location residence, newly building, big pool, high standard quality, 3 storey, 3 bed / 3 bath. 6.8 M Baht. . For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Quick sale! 1 storey house in Thepprasit soi 5. 2bed/2bath, 68 sq.wah. 3.8 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / www. Thai Living: House for sale at Pheonix Golf, 2 storey house with Bali Style, 5b/5b, 200 sq.wah. Beautiful view by Country land. 6.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht! This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design work is very tasteful. There is not a better address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14 Million Baht.

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

Jomtien Park Villas. Superb 3 bedrooms house (all en-suite) with private pool, located near Jomtien Beach. The spacious house is well furnished and comes with built-in kitchen and 3 air cons. Priced at only 15.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Pratumnak Villa. Fantastic house with sea view from the 3rd floor terrace, comprising 4bedrooms, 2 living rooms, kitchen, Jacuzzi, barbeque, 14m private pool, double carport and large garden. Spacious and airy, a dream house in best location. Priced reduced to 19.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. 2 bedrooms house with Pool! Brand new house, top design, very stylish, only 3.9 M Baht., 038 415 490 or 089 499 1000. Wong Amat. Pool villa with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, close to the beach, built in contemporary Asian style on an 800 sq.m. plot. Price reduced to 10.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Brand New House with 700 sq.m. living space Built on at 300 sq.m. plot of land large pool with waterfall, 2living rooms, sp, Guest house, 2 kitchen, barbecue, garage for 2cars, 6 bedrooms. Priced at 15.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Pratumnak. Small compound of semi-detached pool villas with 2 bedrooms and roof top terrace (with optional Jacuzzi!). Priced at 8.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Country Home. Brand new 3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms house with private swimming pool, fish pond with waterfall and very very large living room. Excellent building quality, it comes with 4 air cons and built-in kitchen. Less than 10 min. drive from Sukkhumvit (Soi Siam Country Club). Priced at 7 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.


Tropical Villas. Located in one of the best Jomtien areas these are 14 villas surrounding a communal pool, all with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, loft-style office, balcony and terrace. The last villa for the old price of 8.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Stunning Beach Houses. Contemporary Asian-style beach houses with breath taking design, direct access to a pristine, rockfree, sandy beach at the exclusive end of Jomtien Beach. Split-level accommodation affords views over the lush tropical garden and the ocean. Set on a guarded private road with exclusive access to the beautiful beach…this is what dreams are made of! PRICE: from 18.2 to 29.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. View Talay Villa. Fully loaded villa on 90 tw (360 sq.m.) of land with double glazed windows, kitchen in sep. room with oven and dish washer, garage with electronic gate, 2 bedrooms en-suite. Ready to move in. Priced at 11.8 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Absolute Beach Front. Located in a secured compound this is 5 bedrooms beach house, absolute beach front on Jomtien Beach. Price 10.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Funky Pool Villa. Fully furnished pool villa comprising 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large living / dining area, fully fitted Euro-style kitchen, fitted bedroom furniture, full AC and “infinity” pool PRICE 6.2 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Greenfield Villas. High quality housing project, quick re sale under market value: 2 storey 3 bedrooms house with private pool on a large plot of land, built-in kitchen, double carport, high quality interior, modern floor plans. Located in a village which is well known for superior building quality, this house is excellent value for 6.2 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. “Starter Houses” For the firsttime buyers or for customers who need just a holiday or weekend home we offer townhouses for less than 1.5 M Baht, semi-detached (duplex) houses for 2 M Baht (brand new) and villas with pool from 3.9 M Baht (brand new). Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

Garden Villa Naklua-Wong Amat Beach! In a quiet location (cul-de-sac, foreign neighbors) close to Wong Amat Beach this house has space for the whole family: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, office/workshop, carport and a large terrace. Land size 390 sq.m., priced at 3.5 M Baht. Siam Properties 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07

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(ptm-n1008)A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Euro-kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 33,000 baht/ month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n1008)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 & 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. Starts from 25,000 baht/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0908)Occasion! New, Beautiful Townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact 081 862 9710 (ptm-p1008)3 Bedroom House for Rent. 12,000 baht/month, furnished, East Pattaya (Kratinglai), 5 mins. to city. Phone 081 340 6092, 085 091 6963 (ptm-a1108)2 Storeys Midtown Pattaya, Close to Pattaya 3rd Road, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Fully furnished, 3 air, 2 TV, water heater. 13,000/months. Contact 085 507 3295 (ptm-gl0008)Newly Renovated Farang Owner Townhouse for Rent, convenient location at Pattaya Tai, 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, big living room and kitchen, with balcony and car park. Interested please email:glenzsky@yahoo. com or call 087 141 2783 (ptfhr-0908) Beautiful New House Bang Saray. Air Con, fully furnished, secure village. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, European kitchen. Large lounge with home theatre, outside dining area with built in gas BBQ/kitchen. Minutes from beach. Good neighbours. 20,000 baht per month. Tel. 084 351 1167 English (ptm-vi0008)High Quality Corner Unit Designer Townhouse. 3 storey of luxury living situated near the Royal Cliff Hotel. 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with Jacuzzi). Quality fitted Euro kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes. Furnished including T.V., sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 35,000 baht per month. Call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491.

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(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, Thai Living: Siam Royal View, Khoa Talo. Prime location residence, 3b /3b, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, private pool, 50,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Central Park5, Well maintained village, fully furnished, Jacuzzi, nice residence, fully facility, 3b /3b, a few minutes to City. 40,000 THB/M. (yearly contract) For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill, 2-3 bedrooms, 3 storey house. fully furnished, Euro Kitchen, Rent start from 25,000 - 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. Thai Living: Rungrueng Park Village, Jomtien. Single storey house with 60 sq.wah. fully furnished, taxi route, 2b/2b a few minutes to City. 28,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. HR1089: 3 bed house with private pool in Jomtien, close to beach, all modern furniture included, internet and satellite 50,000 P/M Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: HR1096: East Pattaya villa, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, fully furnished and ready to move in with the reduced price of 32,000 per mth Call for more info 0849442541 or by E-mail: HR0525: Just come available once again at a reduced price!! 2 storey, 3 beds, 3 baths, fully furnished and ready to go with internet available. 30,000P/M Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail:

HR1128: Just come available at a bargain price for the central location, 2 bedroom, 1 office, modern furniture, ADSL and private swimming pool!! Only 65,000 p/m Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR0217: Bargain priced villa with private pool, east Pattaya, 3 beds, 3 baths and fully furnished. A most to view. Call for more info only 25,000 P/M 0849442541 or by E-mail: HR1097: Spacious house for rent (250 Sqm) on SP Village, tastefully decorated, 3 bed, ADSL connected 40,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: HR1127: 2 bedroom and 1 office villa located in East Pattaya comes fully furnished with a nice size garden and inclusive of ADSL with the computer!!! This property is 20,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR1121, This 2 storey property is located in the east Pattaya. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Part furnished and directly next door to the communal swimming pool. Asking 25,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: House for rent at SP Privacy 125 Sq.Wah, one storey house , 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European Kitchen, Large living room, fully furnish and decorated, Private swimming pool, Large Garden, Security Price at 45,000 Baht per month including Garden and pool service Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 or 087-8335066 E -mail: House for rent at Royal Village Soi Chaiyapruk Jomtien location 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living room, fully furnished and Decorate, Large garden, Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841, or 087-8335066 E-mail: Pattaya Hill: 3 bedroom, new, 30 000 p.m. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www.

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SP Village: 3 bedrooms, new, 35 000 Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Jomtien: oriental style long stay resort with full hotel service, 1 bedroom 45 000 Baht, 2 bedrooms 65 000 Baht per month, daily or weekly arrangements possible. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Wonderland in North Pattaya, 3 bedrooms plus maid, 50 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Paradise Villa, large house with 4 bedrooms and private pool, 100 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. View Talay Villa with 2 bedrooms and private pool, fully loaded, 75 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Phantastic 3 bedrooms house with private pool in good location, 48 000 Baht per month.

Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. We have many more apartments and houses for rent – call us! Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (Property PR3765) Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at www.


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

Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3716) Executive Class Rentals In and Around Pattaya from 15,000 – 150,000 Baht per month! A very rare opportunity awaits those discerning home hunters looking for both a luxurious quality home and with it a lifestyle most all would love to have. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Magnificent House in Grange Park Village. Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms for 80,000 Baht per Month! The decora-

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tion and design are from a high standard! This house you really need to see to appreciate its beauty. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3703) A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: pre- or visit our website at (Property PR3700)

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(ptm-2407) Carina Mansion. Large fully furnished apartment. 48 sq.m., swimming pool, cable TV, aircon, fridge, sofa, king size bed, wardrobe, kitchen and large bathroom with hot shower. All rooms high speed internet enabled. 500 baht daily and 6,000 baht per month. Best value in town!! Contact 081 829 2285(English), 081 311 7856(Thai) (ptm-w0108)Aromdee Apartments has availability for rent. Fully furnished apartments with balcony, cable, telephone and

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also private internet lines available. It is quiet and clean with in house laundry and supermarket by European management. Only 5 minutes walk to the Big C and Lotus Supercenter in North Pattaya. Furnished standard apartments 3,000 baht/ month. Furnished air conditioned apartments 3,700 baht/ month. Call 089 938 6022 (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

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The Residence Jomtien New 52 sq.m. 5th Floor Studio, 800 meters from beach. Euro kitchen, quality furniture, big balcony, huge swimming pool, fitness centre, brand new building. Well under developer’s price, only 2.8 mil. baht. In foreign name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www., e-mail: info@ Majestic Jomtien 30 sq.m. 1st and 4th floor Studios, empty rooms over looking swimming pool. 800 meters from beach. In foreign names. Good price only 690,000 baht. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, email: 500 Meters from Beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, LCD TV, DVD. Now only 1.5 mil. baht. Freehold. This condominium will be repainted and refurbished this year with new swimming pool and lobby, therefore prices will rise. Good investment. (In foreigner’s name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656, 080 099 2614 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: Angket Jomtien, Two 8th Floor Studios, 38 sq. m with lovely sea views, just been renovated to high standard, with marble floors, quality kitchen, matching furniture. Everything new. Really must be viewed. Real Bargain of the month. Only 1.3 mil. each. In Foreign Names. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, email:

Khiang Talay Condominium, 200 Meters from Jomtien’s Finest Beach, 2 x 42 sqm studios, side by side. Original rooms on the 15th floor with lovely sea views and Pattaya Park. Ideal for renovation. Make a 1 bed, 1 living room or leave separate. Rare opportunity in this very popular condominium. Very cheap price, only 2.6 mil. baht for both. In Foreign Names. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Thiantong Condominium Located on Jomtien Beach Road Just Inside Soi 7, 32 sqm studio, 16th floor (top floor). Fantastic views of the beach front and the islands. Fully furnished, kitchen, A/C. Ideal for taxi route, bars etc. Good letting potential. Only 1,390,000 baht. Freehold (in Foreign name). Be quick!! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www., e-mail: info@ Majestic Jomtien 600 meters from Beach. 60 sqm, 4th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 bathroom, kitchen, 2 balcony, fully furnished and renovated. Overlooking swimming pool. Very good price. Only 1.6 mil. Baht. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details www., e-mail: info@ Khiang Talay Condominium, 200 meters from Best Beach Jomtien, 40 sqm, 4th floor, mountain view, beautifully refurbished with ornate ceilings and covings, Euro kitchen, remote A/C. Fully new furnished. Really must be viewed at 1.8 mil. baht. In Foreign Name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Corner Condo 47 sqm, 2 Balcony 16th Floor Unit with the very best sea views of Jomtien beach. Just been renovated to the highest standard with marble floors and shower room, Euro kitchen, new A/C, stone pictures walls, matching furniture, LCD TV, DVD, fridge, microwave, fountains on balcony etc. You won’t find better anywhere at this price 1,950,000 mil. baht in Foreign name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, now include LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants… Fantastic

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bargain. Only 1,350,000 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.5 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call 087 139 1539 (Eng.). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: (ptm-j1508)Finance Available. I am selling 3 nice condos in View Talays. From only 850,000 baht down & the rest over 5 years. Call 087 803 3329 (ptm-ken1308)Condos/Apartments for Sale. Jomtien Beach Condominium. 65 sq metres, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, fully furnished, good sea views. 4,400,000 baht. Tel 089 213 9006 (ptm-g1208) Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 21(top), very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 55 sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition. Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.19 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, See pictures as vedio virtual tour www. (ptm-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 3.0 Million to 3.2 Million

Baht Each. Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 600,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 600,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! (ptm-g1108)Baan Suan Lalana. 42 sq mtr condo, top floor, nice views, 2 pools, tennis, mini-mart, 975,000. 084 105 4533/087 901 5229 Eng. (ptm-k1108)View Talay 6 Condo for Sale. 91 sq. meters on the Walking Street side. Large center unit with large circular balcony to allow for a panoramic view. Buy direct from owner and save. 5,400,000 baht total price. Will finish to your specs for an additional 1.8 million baht including appliances. Call Ken at 087 078 2606 or email to (ptm-km1108)View Talay Jomtien Condos. #1 fully furnished studio, recently renovated. Can move straight in, hot water shower, washing machine, air con, television, video, UBC. Balcony screen window, dining area with retractable furniture. 9th floor with clear view over Pattaya, with pleasant breezes. No direct sun, no traffic noise, large pool, 24 hours security. Mini marts, laundry, restaurants on complex. Very close bahtbuses. 5 minutes to beach.. 1.5 million baht. Thai 089 605 5579, Eng 089 401 9602. E mail (ptm-m1008)Absolute Beachfront View Talay 3A Pratumnak Hill. 137 sq. m. corner shell. Foreign ownership, 6.5 million baht. Financing Available, call 083 118 9360, (ptm-1008)Patong Tower Phuket. 63 sqm. Renovated, freehold, 2 rooms, terrace, nice view, pool, beach 200m, furnished, TV, HiFi, 2 aircons. 4.7 mb. Ready to move in. T.086 976 0809 (ptm-g0908)Executive Residence IV, Royal Heights Pratumnak. Luxury 108 sq m, 1 bed en-suite, large balcony, stunning sea and island views, European appliances, built in furniture, large gym, 3 pools, pitch and putt, foreign ownership, 5.95M. Priced lower than developer. 087 941 2677 Email: info/photos. (ptm-g0908)Citismart Soi 1 North Pattaya. Luxury 87 sq m, 2 bed 2 bath, large balcony,

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Top Quality Beachfront Condominium! In Foreign Name for only 7.9 Million Baht. Have 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, high floor, with superb overlooking view at the ocean and at the pool, 64 sqm, fully furnished, downtown location, Owner financing can arrange (will consider payment terms of up to 8 months). To view, please call at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. The Perfect Destination. Absolutely brand new project with high standard quality. Feel the cool breeze in the modern tropical villas with only 49 units. There are 3 lovely designs of family home to choose from, with 3 bedrooms, 3 restrooms, underground cabling and with private pool. Being located off Sukhumvit Road, driving to and from Bangkok is so convenient and also without the hassle of driving through the city of Pattaya which is only few minutes away, getting in and out Pattaya is easy with several kinds of public transportation available. Price starts from 12 Million Baht. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Great Opportunity for Low Season! Only 5 Units Left!!! For Quick Sale only 3.8 Million Baht. New 5 Star Condominium at Jomtien Area, 96 sqm. Have 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 aircons, kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. Slightly furnished, accessible to everywhere. To view, please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Majestic Sea View and Private beach in North Pattaya, LaemChabang view, 137 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, big living room, with a large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, unfurnished. Only 12 Million Baht. Please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Nordic Park Hill. Are you looking for an apartment close to beach with sea views, 115 sqm. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, only from 7.7 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us www. Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, Fax: 038 252 880,

European appliances, built in furniture, Wi-Fi, keycard access, rooftop pool, 150 metres to beach or Big C, foreign ownership, 6.2M. Priced lower than developer. 087 941 2677 Email: needtoknow@ info/photos. (pta-dec0008) Penthouse 720 sqm with a Spectacular Front Sea View. 300 meters from the beach, 5 minutes away from Walking Street. In the best location of Pratamnak Hill. This residence is a 360° unblocked sea view, with a golf and Buddha Hill. Large terrace (240 sqm) with huge Jacuzzi. New modern design concept, 4 beds/baths + maid room. Any room have terrace. Euro style kitchen, living 118 sqm. Fully furnished at high standard. Price exceptional at 50,000 baht/sqm. Tel. for information or a visit 081 863 1076. Stylish Condo for Rent at Khieng talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. For only 1.3 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. For Quick Sale! Condo for only 3 Million Baht. Located at Wong Amart Beach. Luxurious Studio, 53 sqm at high floor, fully furnished with built-in furniture. For viewing please call at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. An Amazing Panoramic view in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya. Located on the 14th flr, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balaconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick sale, only 7 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Fascinating Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in a Low Rise Condominium for Quick Sale!!! For only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with great interior designs, a spacious living area, executively decorated, breath taking sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and accessible to everywhere, good facilities are available. For viewing please call at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491.

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Siam Ocean View. Is a 7-storey luxury condominium with 43 units in a prime location on the Pratumnak Hill. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Price from only 3.9 million baht. Contact us www. Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, Mikael@ My Pool Villa. Villa with private pool near Regent International School. Alarm system and 24 hour security, close to the beach and price from only 3.79 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, The Palm Oasis. House for sale with European standard and private swimming pool. House Project is close to Jomtien beach, alarm system and 24 hour security. Price from 7.9 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, Sea Sky View. The Condo close to the Jomtien beach soi 12. Price only from 3.5 million baht. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900,

Platinum Suites. Condo for sale,   price from 3.41 million baht. The project is in Central Pattaya, close to Carrefour Shopping Center. Thaihus speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finish and English. Contact us www. Call Now 038 252 881, 085 2777 900, Mikael@ View Talay 5 building C For Sale – this ocaen front tower, studio on 18th floor, full furnished. It’s registered in foreigner ownership. Price : 2,900,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: Keing Talay For sale - 42 sqm. with sea view, fully furnished, forienger ownership. Price : 1,700,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: Condo in Jomtien Soi 16 For Sale – studio on 14th floor, sea view, fully furnished, forienger ownership. Price 1,995,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: Condo in Central Pattaya For Rent and Sale - 64 sqm. on 8th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen, living room, large balcony and nice view, fully


furnished. Price : Rent 15,000 Baht per month, Sale 2,500,000 Baht. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@ PATTAYA HYDE PARK 2. Exclusive living on Pratumnak Hill. Foreign ownership. 100% affordable prices. Contact us PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976, Email: jomtien@ Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% Deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 First to View Will Buy - New Completed Unit. Pattaya “Down Town” location. 1 Bed57.20 sqm, fully furnished 2.8 Million. 2 Bed- 99 sqm, fully furnished 4.8 Million. Call Barry 089 933 3583 “Trade Up To a Better Lifestyle”. We will “trade in “your property, as part payment on any of our luxury pool villa and condominium projects. Call: Peter 081 982 6145. “Penthouse Style” over looking Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully finished and furnished, best value in town 10,340,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” Pre-Construction discounts and

easy payment plans, 150 metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000Call: 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 038-373966or by E-mail: CS1115: Central location 40 sq m studio apartment, high floor, fully furnished, Internet & UBC connected already. Only 995,000 call for more info 08-47808457or by E-mail: CS0696: Jomtein, Studio units, 2 available, foreign name Top floor, 40 sqm,1.6 Million Baht Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CS1270: This apartment has come on the market and is located on the top floor of central located apartment building close to Carre four , 1 bedroom, 64sqm and modernly furnished to a high standard. 2.95 million, foreign name. Call for more info 0817613238 or by E-mail: CS1230: Brand new A.D condo studio apartment on the top floor, 32sqm and with sea views! Available at only1.5million baht Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Thai Living: Hot Sale 1 Unit, View Talay 1B- Foreigner name, Pattaya Side. 5th floor, For 950,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Hot Sale- Penthouse- Chateau Dale Thabali (120 sq.m). Easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, tropical living, 1bed / 2bath, 5th floor, For 6,300,000 M THB , For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www.

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Fax: (038) 374535 Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Corner unit, Fully furnished and great sea view, 9 M THB. 165 sqm, duplex unit. 40th floor. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Grand Condo. Great View and good location, sea View and large balcony, 3b/3b, need renovated, 186 sqm, 11th floor. 9.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Hot Sale 2 Units, Jomtien Beach Condo (Rim Haad). BLDG 3A, Pattaya Side. 33 sqm, 3rd floor, For 800,000 M THB per Unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: View Talay 6. Side by Sid unit for sale with sea view and good location, 48 +48 sqm on 22nd floor, For 3.2 M. THB / unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Hot Sale Studio, Jomtien Beach Condo (Foreigner name) BLDG S2, (Pattaya Side),16th floor, For 1,400,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, 55 sqm, Fully furnished and great sea view, 31st floor, 3.1 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Quick Sale - Metro Jomtien, 54 sqm, great sea view, 34th floor, 2.75 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Quick Sale! View Talay 7. Beach Front Project with Sea View and Great location, 48 sqm, 19th floor, (Pattaya side). For 3.1 M THB, on 21st floor for 3.3 M THB 3. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: View Talay 5C, Near Jomtien beach and nice sea view, 48 sqm, 12th floor, (Foreigner name), 3.2 M THB. , For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -711017 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail:, www. Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail:, www. Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroupthailand. com, E-mail: (ptm-L0908)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 2 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter

studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Units available 2506 and 2507 (25th floor; side by side) and COMPETELY NEW INSIDE AND TURN KEY FURNISHED. Purchase Option One: Cash 3.6 Million Baht Each, Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 800,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 800,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime,Thai & English) E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near 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 Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Condo for sale Studio 30 Sq.m, on 3 floor 1Bathrooms, Furnished, Air-con, Cable TV, Security 24 hr Priced at 950,000 Baht Farang name Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 or 087-8335066 Email: The Resident Condo for sale 86 Sq.m.1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 1 living room, Nice decorated, pool view, large balcony, 24 hr security, good location at Jomien Call Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841or 087-8335066 E-mail: noina@ Condo for sale and rent at Baan Suan Lalana Jomtien location, Large Studio 58 Sq,m. On 3 floor, Fully furnished and very nice decorated, Air Con, Hot water, big balcony European kitchen, Air con, and Hot water. Price at 7,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841 or 087-8335066 E-mail: We have the best selection of Ananya Condos Available on the Market Today! We have the last two units available on the penthouse floor of Ananya (5th floor, Phase 3) two bedroom, 155 sqm. Ananya the best location on the best beach of Pattaya, Wongamat Beach. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at Two Bedroom Condo at Jomtien Beach’s Best location for 7.9 Million Baht! This has been very nicely renovated and has two bedrooms two bathrooms all within 126 square meters of comfort and security. Priced to sell, make sure that you see this apartment soon. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR2402)

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Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (Property PR3091) Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project in front of La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 10.5 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 1.1 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Northshore Condominium for 32 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase a great 268 square meter unit in a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments…..Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A

QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, ready to move in. A lot of facilities are available, two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court are just examples. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR2975) Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left! Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Gorgeous Sea View Condominium Apartments on Wongamat Beach! Starting as low as 1.8 Million Baht, you may want to take a look at these brand new units that are being completed with beautiful interior designs and will be ready for occupancy very soon. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at www. We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at Investment opportunity! We have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for three years.


No work and a steady monthly income! 50sqm for 3.3 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed three year income and 80sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month three year guaranteed rental return. Call Jan at 087-021-7014 Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a re-sale on a very high floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, 103 sqm for 16 Million THB Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3769) Duplex Penthouse on Jomtien! Have you ever dreamed of a house with sea view? Well, this duplex condo high above Jomtien Beach will get you this feeling due to the impressive staircase, 3 balconies on different directions, 2 living rooms and 3 bedrooms/4 bathrooms. The app. 200 sq.m. have just been first-class decorated (marble floors and bathrooms, beautiful built-in kitchen). Very reasonable priced at 8.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Jomtien Beach Road. Spacious apartment with 4 bedrooms an tremendous sea views, 252 sq.m., for only 13.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Grand Condo. Top location at Dongtan Beach, several apartments for sale, 2 bedroom apartment of app. 130 sq.m., high floor, for 11 M Baht, very nice 3 bedrooms apartment, low floor, for 12 M Baht Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. 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. Hi Floor Apartment – Wong Amart Beach. Magnificent 2 bedrooms apartment of 146 sq.m. on the 27th floor. Decorated and furnished to highest standards, ready to move in. Enjoy breathtaking views over the sea, the island and Pattaya from a 12 m balcony. Priced at 9.1 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. “Starter Apartments” For the first-time buyers or for customers who need just a holiday or weekend home we offer duplex (!) studios from 1 M Baht and

1-bedroom apartments from 2 M Baht. Very stylish, brand new, nice furniture, with air con and kitchen. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Jomtien Beach Road. 250 sq.m. condo with sea view on Jomtien Beach Road with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. The apartment needs to be decorated what can be done by our company. Only 7.8 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. The New Markland! The best rental investment! Rental gurantee 7,8 and 9% for 3 years.Totally new decorated apartments on Pattaya Beach Road, 45 sq.m., priced around 4 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Breathtaking Views. Condo shell of 232 sq.m. high over Jomtien with large terrace and balcony. It can be transformed into an exciting high end apartment with 2 or 3 bedrooms. We have done several of these projects and can show them to you. Expect app. 3 M Baht for decoration. Price as it is 12.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Penthouse Duplex at Chateau Dale. A stunning creation with magnificent pool view. This 105 sq m 1 bedroom duplex penthouse has been designed and fitted out to a very high standard: fully-loaded Western-style kitchen, designer spiral staircase to the top floor bedroom, large bathroom and tasteful furniture. PRICE 7.9M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. High End 1 bedroom apartment. Beautiful 1 bedroom apartment of 67 sq.m. with stunning views from 2 balconies. Exclusively furnished (2 flat screen TVs, 2 ACs, kitchen, built-in wardrobe, etc.) and ready to move in! The building is located in Pattaya’s most fashionable area on Pratumnak Hill and offers hotel like service: pool, fitness, sauna, restaurant, cleaning. Priced at 4.5M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

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

get closer to the sea without getting wet! Priced at 14 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. On the mountain – Pratumnak Hill. The best Location on Pratumnak Hill within walking distance to the beach: studios, 1-or 2 bedrooms apartments, empty shells or including decoration and furniture. Price: Studio 30 sq.m. shell 1.4 M Baht, 1 bedroom 60 sq.m. decorated 2.95-3.3 M Baht, 1/ 2 bedrooms 90 sq.m. decorated 4.8/4.9 M Baht. All units on high floors, foreign ownership. Considering location, views and interior there is nothing comparable! Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. The Beaches. This project in Bang Saray will change the way we look at Resort Living! Hotels, restaurants, shopping, water park, sport center, spa, etc. Suitable for clients who demand the best for a holiday home as well as for investors. Siam Properties is appointed agent for THE BEACHES For further information call our office or Mr. Heiner 081 861 19 07 Baan Suan LaLaNa. Very nice compound just a few hundred meters away from Jomtien beach with 3 pools, restaurant and mini mart. Available are brand new decorated studios for 1.29-1.45 Mio. Baht, corner units at 2.35 M Baht and 1 bedroom apartments for 3 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

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(ptm-n1008)Condo for Rent at Pratamnak Hill Near Cosy Beach & Soi 4. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, fully furnished 15,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-gl0008)Privately Owned Suite Room at the Hotel in Jomtien for Rent, newly, elegantly and brilliantly renovated, sea view, 24 hours service, safe and convenient. 1 bedroom 2 toilets, living room, kitchen. Normally 2000 Baht per day but will be negotiable for monthly or yearly rent. Interested call 087 141 2783 or email:

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(ptm-s1308)View Talay 3 & 5, Diana Estate, luxury furnished condos for rent from 18,000 baht (studio)/28,000 baht (one bedroom with Jacuzzi). Contact 080 962 9244 (ptm-a1108)Jomtien Beach Condominium. 65 sq. metres, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen. Fully furnished, good sea views. 4,400,000 baht. Call 089 213 9006 Two Captivating Condos for Rent. Private Beach on North Pattaya, 64 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living room, with balcony, 24 hr security, swimming pool, furnished. For only 25,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Stylish Condo for Rent at Khieng talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Price is 10,000 Baht per month. Tel: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Best Quality beachfront Condo for Rent. Stunning sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 105 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, with large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 35,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht / Month, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel: 038 415 304-8, Email:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, Email:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, E-mail: CR0388: GREAT VALUE, 82 Sq m 1 bedroom unit, 6th floor in View Talay 2B, Only 22,000 P/M Modern furniture,

Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CRCN: 2 1 Bedroom apartments located in the center of Pattaya, fully furnished with free wifi internet and fitness center at only 28,000 p/m Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CR1138: Just come available last week. 1 bedroom, fully furnished and with a huge living area of 130sqm!!! Directly on the taxi root, a most for a viewing 40,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouse, POSSIBLE SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 75,000 P/M view http://www.pattaya-property. biz/index.asp to view pictures or call 08-49442541 or by Email: CR1111: Studio apartments for rent, both long & short term lets, Wongamat beach area,44 Sq m, modern furniture LCD TV, from 15,000 P/M Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: CR0846: 2 bedrooms apartments located in Pratumnak close to the beach, many rooms available, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV Prices start at 45,000 P/M call 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1122: 1 bedroom apartment, brand new, 51 Sq m, fully equipped, superb location 5 minutes to Walking Street, only 25,000 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1132: 2 bedroom corner unit brand new, 132 Sq m, fully equipped, Located in Wongamat Beach, only 35,000 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: CR1135: Newly renovated 20th Floor beach front apartment, great sea views, central location, 20,000 per month Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail:

Classified CR1136: Newly renovated 11th Floor 1 beroom apartment, in Center condo, South Pattaya, 15,000 per month Call for more info 08-17613238 or by E-mail: Condo for Rent at View Talay 2 B Jomtien location, Studio 32 and 41 Sq.m. Air-con, Sea View, Fully furnished, Balcony, Communal swimming pool and 24 hr Security Price for rent start at 8,000 Baht -15,000 Baht per month Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841or 087-8335066 E-mail : View Talay Condo 5 C Jomtien location 48 Sq.m. On the 15 floor. Jomtien Side, Sea View, Fully Furnished, European Kitchen, Living area, Big Balcony, Communal Swimming Pool. Beach front, Rent price 15,000 Baht per month Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 or 087-8335066 E-mail: mesa@ Condo for rent 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 125 Sq.m. Jomtien Plaza Condo 125 Sq.m. Fully furnished and nice decorated, European Kitchen, Hot water, Air con, ADSL. Communal swimming pool Rent Price 49,000 Baht per month, Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841 or 087-8335066 E-mail: Thai Living: Penthouse- Chateau Dale Thabali. Easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, tropical living, fully furnished, 1bed / 2bath, 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Duplex unit. Fully furnished and great sea view on 29th floor, 226 sq.m. 3b/3b, Big Balcony, 65,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Jomtien Complex, Sea View-11th floor, Fully furnished. 68 sq.m. 17,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / Thai Living : Royal Cliff Beach, Building B and C, High floor. Beautiful beachfront unit with fantastic Sea View, huge balcony, 75,000THB/M. 3b/3b, fully furnished. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Ananya Condo, Na klau soi 16, Beach front living, Studio Type, Fully furnished. 25,000 - 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Saranchol CondoWong Amart Beach, 165 sq.m. 2b/2b Fully furnished. 14th floor. The unit is presented view of Coral island, Pattaya bay and city., 85,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Phing Pha Condominium, 2nd floor, 3b/3b, 210 sq.m. Fully furnished. Beachfront condominium for rent, 65,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / 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 Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Loft style duplex, 100 sq.m., on Pratumnak Hill, bargain for 25 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Luxurious and spacious 2 bedrooms apartment with very large living area, 45 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. www. Kieng Talay: sea view studios and 1 bedrooms, from 10 000 – 20 000 Baht p.m. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Northshore, 2 bed rooms, top location, 70 000 Bath per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Jomtien Plaza, 3 bedrooms, high end living, 75 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. View Talay executive floors, 3 beds, luxurious furnished, 200 sq.m. 55 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Star Beach 1 bedroom apartment, sea view, corner unit, 20 000 Baht per month. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Star Beach: studios from 15 000 Baht, 1-bedroom from 22 000 Baht. Pool, sauna, fitness, restaurant. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Pattaya Hill: exclusive large 1-bedroom apartment, breathtaking view, a must see, 30 000 Baht p.m. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at www. View Talay 2 Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! This is a masterpiece in condo design and comfort, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo has a big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

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Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR1362) We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/Month. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. 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@ or visit our website at Great Two Bedroom Condos for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 Baht per month! We have a number of very nice condominium apartments available for rent in this price range. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at www. 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. or visit our website at www. Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,00 Baht per month! What more can you say? If you would like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with the yachts and all….this is your apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, weight training gym, the list goes on and on…..and don’t forget their first class gourmet restaurant with Dim Sum on Sundays! This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total overview of our listings contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month! A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool and roof top pool as well….what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many Northshore rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building

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

Land for Sale

Looking for Cheap Piece of Land! Sea Views from 400,000. Nr Beach from 2 million. Golf Course 1.5 million. Mountain Views from 350,000 baht. Tel: 081 576 0035 Email: Check out our Exclusive Listings at (ptm-1408)18, one Rai plots for sale. All plots with own lake water front beside Phoenix Golf course. Cost 4 million/Rai. Call John 081 919 1120 (ptm-n1008)Land Plot for Sale. 200 to 400 sq wah land size on Eastern Star Golf Course: Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364

(ptm- w0107)27 Rai Rayong Ban Phe, with chanot. Only 500 meters from the very nice beach Ban Phe, with sea view to Koh Samet Island. Sell from private altogether at 6.75 million baht. Tel. 089 938 6022 (ptm-g1108)Bang Saray: 2 rai, can separate, cleared, filled, square, very close beach. 2 rai 6.5 million, 1 rai 3.5 million. 087 901 5229 Eng./084 105 4533 Thai (ptm-1308) Bang Saray Mountain, 1200 sqm (15 x 80). Ready to build on 790,000 baht. 087 100 5726 Land for Sale in Jomtien Chaiyapruk, 288 sq.wah, with Apartment floor planning Only 900 Meter from Jomtien beach, 12,000 Baht per sq.wah. Price for Sale 3,000,000. - MB, Contact Pattaya-Agency –Jomtien Khun Pena : 084 3626945 PL 025 Land located in central Pattaya behind Walking street, great plot for apartments, 272 Sq w, 45 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: PL 037 Land for sale in the Pong area, close to the H/Way 36, 2x 1 Rai plots on separate deeds, easy access road, electric & water available, building permission in place, ready to start! Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Land for Sale. 11 Rai in Jomtien Area, only 10 million per rai. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Land for Sale. 20 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, only 8 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road and 70 meters from the main road, perfect for small housing project. For quick sale, grab our cheapest offer, only 500,000 baht per rai. Nothing cheaper than this! To view please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Land for Sale. 4 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, 7.5 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road, next to the main road in soi, perfect idea for a big house suitable not only for a big family, but for small family as well. For quick sale, we’re selling it for only 1.5 Million Baht per rai. For viewing please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491.

Classified Land for Sale. 50 Rai in Boput Area at Samui Island. Best idea for investment. For quick sale, only 8 Million Baht. Please call us at 081 334 5291 for viewing. For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Thai Living: Behind Daimond Beach Condo, land for sale with 3 Rai-200 sq.wah for 5.5 M THB. / Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ / Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, land for sale with 138 sq.wah for 13 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / Thai Living: Near new Holly Wood, 385 sq.wah of land for sale at 22 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / www. Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill (Soi Majestic), land for sale with 2 Rai-202 sq.wah for 55,000 M THB. / Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / www. Thai Living: Chaiyapruk 3, 1 Rai - 34 sq.wah of land for sale at 3.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / www. Thai Living: Hauy Yai (Not far from Sukhumvit Rd.) land for sale with 1 Rai - 60sq.wah for 1.9 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Land for sale next to Siam Country Club Golf Course! 36 Rai perfect for a housing project for 2.1 Million Baht/Rai. The land is located in a beautiful landscaped area with stunning mountain views. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Two land plots for 1.1 Million Baht/Rai near Mabrachan Lake. 19 and 31 Rai ideal for housing developments as the whole area is already developed with other housing developments. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Prathamnak Hill (1 Rai up), 21 Rai of beachfront near the Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai of Land on the beach in Bangsaray. Our database contains over a 100 exclusive plots of land in and around Pattaya. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231-931 or (01) 6342915 Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit us online at www. Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area! 8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 850,000 Baht/Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Incredible 35 Rai of Land perfect for Development includes designs for 160 Unit Condo project 2 Rai lake and area for 20 homes. Priced to sell. Property is in a fast growing area only 10 minutes to the beach and covered in mature coconut trees-absolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to premier@ 2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht/Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing project this is it! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to FOR INVESTORS……1.5 Rai plot of land for sale on Pratamnak Hill including Building designs, Brochures, Building License, etc, etc. for 32.5 Million Baht including everything you need to start your development. Call Jan at 087-021-3170

Property Wanted

We are urgently looking for condos, especially in Saranchol, Sky Beach, Silver Beach, Park Beach, Wong Amat, Garden Cliff, Royal Cliff, Sugar Beach, Jomtien Plaza, Grand Condo, Metro, Markland And houses especially close to the beach in Jomtien and Wong Amat. You‘ve got the property --- we’ve got the buyer! Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

Services Provided

(ptm-h1208)Thinking of Building your Own House/ Swimming Pool? Save 000’s. See and learn from our disasters first! Weekend ‘teach in’ One night for two, full board, European 4-star comfort: 3,500 Baht. Details: 082 161 8563

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(ptm-s1208)Building and Design by Western English Speaking Architect, Good Rates!!! All forms of building, design, construction, Plans, council submissions. Call 038 170 734 or 086 669 1246. New Houses are also available NOW! (pta-no0008) No 1 Visa behind Carrefour, Central Pattaya. Visa service for Thais to visit abroad, UK, Europe, USA and Australian Visa Specialist. The best affordable professional visa service in Thailand. Over 7 years experience. Taxi to the embassies, cheap airline tickets, travel medical insurance. Tel: 038 360 204, Mobile: 089 246 5980 (ptm-r1208)Are you Thinking of Building a House in Pattaya? Or do you want a condo renovated? Then speak to us first. Tel: 038 406 519, 081 864 6285,, http:// (ptmsp-1308)Architect Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038 (ptm-p0409) Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379 (ptm-p0409)Eden Massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own place. Thai massage, Oil massage, foot massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) (ptm-p0409)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Do You Have Back Pains, Body Pains, Kidney Problem, High Cholesterol or High Blood? We have cure that are proven by our many cured and satisfied client. Simple, safe & secure treatments come to our health spa for free trial and consultation; pre booking will be highly appreciated. Interested call 038 416 493 or 087 141 2783 Do You Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun, Easy and Effective Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native eligible, professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. *Email: thankful.knowledge@gmail. com**.* We speak English, Thai, German & Deustch Freelance I.T. Specialist. Services Offered: Data Recovery (accidental format and deletion), Websitedesignanddevolopment, Hardware/ Software setup and installation, PC cleaning and maintenance, Free online tech support for minor issues, LAN Configuration, etc. Contact: 087 481 2163, E-mail:

Pattaya Agency Legal Services. We will professionally provide you in shortly working days and also quick formation offering you of this following: Work Permit/One Year Visa, Company Registration, Insurance, Accounting, IT services. Call PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (office: 038 231712) Khun Pascal: 084 3626989, Email: jomtien@ We Want to Sell your Property Too – contact us, if you have a property for sale., PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Tuk: 084 3626976 Email: PATTAYA AGENCY – Now with in house LAW OFFICE (3 lawyers plus 2 consultants). ADVANCE LEGAL GROUP (civil – criminal – notary) in English and German language. Information and contact : www. Dan One Call Service. Property Services includes general household repairs, air conditioning repairs, swimming pool maintenance, gardening new and maintenance, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, cleaning. General Services includes translation, assistance for Thai driving license, immigration matters, real estate matter, driver for your own car. Call 085 163 5037 or email 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@ Made to Order Cakes and Brownies, characters such as Sponge Bob, Barbie doll, Power Puff Girls, Spiderman, Christmas Bears and etc. Call 089 607 9850. Also, available Chocolate, Banana and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese. Ski Blind. For blinds, sunshade, retractable awning, canopy, folding doors. PVC strip doors, wallpapers, canvas, umbrellas, curtains, partitions, window shutter, and tents. Call Mr. Kiat at 081 307 7732 or e-mail skiblind@ Visit their website

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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 (Thai) or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng). I will go to service at your place. If you are Looking for a Computer Graphic Designer, Web design 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@ (ptfsp-0108)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, Client service 081 550 0885 Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and

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

Job Wanted

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

Job Vacancies

(ptm-srv1108)Are You a Special Needs Teacher Who is Looking for an Interesting Job? A Special Needs School on the Eastern Seaboard is looking for a new member of staff who is: A certified teacher. Experienced in working with children with Special Needs, Creative, independent and disciplined, Fluent in English. What we are offering: A pleasant working environment at a young school in development, prospect of a management position, a good

Classified monthly salary, a challenging job with a lot of autonomy, attractive and free housing in the vicinity of a large city, free transportation by car. Interested? Call 081 940 4246 for more information (ptm-q1108)Office Staff Wanted. English speaking, reading, writing and computer experience is essential. Please contact 038 231 694, mobile 081 996 8915 (ptm-r1108)Staff Urgently Required, Immediate Start at Southshore FM88.5: Sales Marketing, contact: 038 052 037 or 085 355 9528 Time: 09.00-18.00 everyday except Sat.-Sun. (ptfjv-c1108) Thai Nationality Staff Wanted Urgently. Thai and Italian speaking secretary and receptionist, for office in Pattaya: Female, computer literate. Good salary and bonus. Call 080 641 1027, 038 410 694. (ptfjv-c1108)Beauty Salon Staff Urgently Wanted for Beauty Salon in Pattaya. 080 641 1027 (ptfjv-s1108)Dance Teacher Required for a Dance School in Pattaya. Experience in teaching International Style Ballroom Standard and Latin Dances essential. Knowledge of Salsa an advantage. Thai National Applicants only. Please call 089 544 4842 (English) or 083 258 3886 (Thai). (ptm-ns1108)Staff Urgently Wanted Real Estate Company, Russian People or who have skills speaking, writing, reading, typing Russian language and computer. Driving car license able, experience sale Real Estate broker, age 20-40, man or woman. Good commission & salary Call for more details, North Shore Real Estate 038-303825 or Noina 086-3134841 E-mail:

(ptm-cp1008)Restaurant has Vacancies for Service Staff. Waitress and Waiter, Receptionist, Cashier, Bartendee and Bartender, Cleaning Staff. For both Full time and Part-time work. We pay very good Salaries, special bonus and 72 days paid leave. Interested persons please call 089 091 9914 (ptm-1008)Staff Wanted Urgent!! Real Estate Company searching for employees between 18-25 years old. Call Mikael 085 277 7900 or 038 252 881 for interview. (ptfjv-0008)Wallpaper Hanger, English speaking required. Phone 084 958 6569 (ptfjv-0008) Clay Modeler Wanted to make chess set of cartoon characters; c.25cms. tall. Phone 089 058 4509 (ptfjv-1008)Restaurant Manager Needed. Good English is a requirement. We need a person with an outgoing personality and proven leadership skills. The Great American Rib Co. e-mail Call Sham at 02 661 2990 ext 444 (ptm-h1208)English Speaking Computer Teacher Wanted for English Man and Thai Wife. Stay 2 days, 1 or 2 or two nights; 370 kms from Pattaya. Comfortable home with all facilities and good food! Must have good references. 089 058 4509 or 084 958 6569 (ptfjv-1008) Pool Cleaner Wanted. Experience is required. Full time cleaning and able to travel within Pattaya City. Swimming, male. Strong and have knowledge for pool maintain. Well paid. Call tel. 081 982 4963, 086 533 4963

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(ptm-ra0808)Wanted: Office Assistant for Housing Estate in NaJomtien. Required: Thai female, decent English, basic computer skills, can work with foreign manager. Provided: Good salary, room, transportation, commission. Please apply at:, or phone 085 487 0720. (ptm-ra0808)Wanted: Gardener and Maid for Housing Estate in NaJomtien. Required: Experienced Thai, couple welcome, can work with foreign manager. Good salary and room provided. Please call 085 487 0720. (ptfjv-0808)Thankful Knowledge Learning Center, 3rd road South Pattaya is looking for eligible, experienced, passionate English teacher to work 30-40 hours a week. More than bilingual will be an advantage. Attractive salary with accommodation. We will provide working permit for the best candidates. Email: thankful.

(ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: Coworkers wanted for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. A Captain with three years experience and a captain’s license. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Crew with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Hostess with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory.

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E-mail : (ptm-tl0808) Just Us 2: Room Rental Service at Bang Sare. Thai Staffs: 4 positions for Cooker, Diver & Bar, Maid & Serve and Mechanic Man. Cooker can cook for Inter & Thai food, must be active, hard working. English speaking for all position required. Good salary & bonus. Contact: Nu 089 143 9787 (ptm-tl0808) Thaihus Samui: Real Estate Agency in Samui. Thai Staffs: 5 positions for Sales Representative, Assistance Sale, Marketing, Listing Agent and Admin & Book Keeping. Foreigner Sale Manager: Top ability & dynamic are required and sale experience in housing business, active, good relationship. High salary + commission. All prefer 2 years experience up in this business filed and must be able to speak English and have computer skill. Good salary and commission. Call: Wanjira 086 113 0667 (ptm-tl0808)SarSaz: Iranian Restaurant in South Pattaya. Thai Staffs for Cooker, Waiter & Waitress, Female Cleaner and Female Reception. Cooker must be able to cooking for Iranian & Thai food with 2-3 years experience of international restaurant. All must able to speak English and good relationship, active and hard working. High salary + bonus. Call: Kim 086 336 5690 LC International languages and Computer School is looking for German, Dutch, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese and English speaking teacher. Interested person please call: 038 361 948 - 9 or contact us by (ptfjv-0108)Needed immediately secretary, receptionist, ad sales people and graphic artists for publishing company. Top pay for experienced professionals. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Send resume, CV or inquiries to

(pta-jv0108)Medium Sized Steel-Furniture Production and Export Company in Pattaya searching Thai candidates of both sexes, positioned as a General Manager. Preferably experienced in production related work, structured, cooperative, master good English both written and orally and have average computer skills. Work will be focused on general improvement both in sales and production performance. Personal management, reports and logistics will also be part of this work. Necessary training will be given. Salary up to 50,000 THB/month and possible bonus allocation, (pta-vj2207)Leading Thai International Construction Company. Looking for top quality personnel for major civil project in Dubai. Excellent salary & career 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 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 20,000-40,000), 5 CAD Draughtsman (THB 20,000-40,000), 2 Project Planner/Co-ordinator & 4 Assistants (THB 30,000-50,000), 2 Architects (THB 50,000-100,000). Only those with top ability & dynamic are required. Spoken & written English. Call 087 140 5199 or 086 816 9398 (ptfj-1907)Off-shore Oil & Gas Personnel for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia required. Call ECO Thai Group Co., Ltd., 038 682 097, 087 140 5199

Classified Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek Part-time and Full-time Teachers to join our team in Pattaya Branch. English Teachers and other Language Teacher, English-Dutch-German-Italian-French-Japanese-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


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Motorbikes & Cars for Rent

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

Motorbikes & Cars for Sale

(ptfvs-f1108)1997 Volkswagen Ventor. Excellent condition, service records, all power, 190,000 baht OBO. 085 689 8033

(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! Only 290,000 baht. Call 087 150 4845. (ptfvs-a0708)Hyundai Sonata Auto for Sale. Good conditions. Year 1996. 2.0 litre engine. Power steering. Was 150,000 Bath now is 110,000Bath. Tel: 086 930 4005 (ptfvs-k0708)Toyota 99 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto Diesel. Only 125,000 ks. VGC. Urgent! Only 290,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708)Audi Auto L.P.G. Low ks. VGC 190,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708) Toyota 2005 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto DSL. Only 140,000 ks Only 525,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708)A Solid Gold Longines Watch and Band, valuation $14,000 – new $20,000. Sell for only $6,000 or swap for jet ski or car or 4 wheel drive. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-r0408)2003 Nissan NV Truck with Carryboy. Topautomatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721 (ptfvs-l0708)In Quite Exceptional Condition. Daewoo Cielo GXL (top of range) 1.5 automatic, 4 door saloon with cavernous boot. 6 months tax, 10 months insurance 145,000 baht O.N.O. Please phone 038 421 502 (ptm-d0608)Honda Super 4 Black 400 cc regular servicing, new tyres, sprockets and chain. Great condition. 50,000 baht. Call 087 013 5770 (ptm-c0007)Toyota Tiger 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, air bag, ABS, C.D. Big alloys, loads of extras, 130,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned. Immaculate condition. 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539

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Silkroad Place thank you party

After all the members had registered, Mr. Thana Sangmitr, the managing director of Tara Group, gave a welcome speech to honor guests plus a thank you for all the members. He also introduced the Silkroad Place management team. The Savills team, as the project consultants for after sale services and communal utilities, talked about the details of a ‘Handbook’ which provides basic conduct information for residents. Savills also informed residents about Phase 1 communal expenses, the juristic person establishment process and oter useful information. Khun Dueanrung Sangmitr, a vice managing director, then gave out company gifts and Mr. Thana Sangmitr gave a Home Theater set to the winner of the lucky draw. Afterwards there was a relaxing and entertaining time with music. This provided an opportunity for all the residents to get together and enjoy this fun and friendly atmosphere. The event was quite a success and several members suggested having this gathering at least twice a year.

Andrew Wood’s 50th birthday bash at Mantra

Dr Iain Corness, Louis Noll and Rob Astbury

Part of the selection of desserts at the Mantra Sunday spread buffet

Tim Durrell (left), Andrew Wood and Tony Portman

Andrew Wood, general manager of Chaophya Park hotel in Bangkok, invited 50 or so of his friends to his 50th birthday buffet party at the Mantra restaurant. A former senior executive at the Royal Cliff, near Pattaya, Andrew is often quoted in the English speaking Thai press for his views on tourism and the hospitality industry. The Sunday Mantra buffet was sumptuous with an extremely wide range of dishes from several continents and a particularly good selection of fine cheeses. Mantra surely is the place to head for Sunday brunch!

BCCT networking evening at Jameson’s

Alan Taylor, Colin Powell and Michael Butler

PVC Windows Carey Archer, Raimon Land Town & Country Property sales and project manager Killian Jones, Dennis marketing coordinator Kevin Mattson with managing director Cees Cuijpers Gisseldahl from PVC Windows and Raimon Land Pattaya VP-sales Jonathan Atkins Yet another successful BCCT network-

ing evening on the eastern seaboard was held at the Jameson’s The Irish Pub in soi AR. The evening was sponsored by MBMG International Inc., RSM Advisory (Thailand) Limited and Jameson’s The Irish Pub. Not only did the BCCT members attend the event, but Pattaya business owners and their staff as well.

Deputy immigration commander visits Pattaya

Immigration police volunteers prepare to salute the visiting deputy commander

Police Colonel Thawatchat with Lieutenant Colonel Ruenchai

Police Colonel Thawatchat Palasau arrives at the Immigration Bureau

Police colonel Thawitchat Palasau, a deputy commander of the immigration headquarters in Bangkok, recently visited Pattaya immigration bureau on an inspection. He was given a guided tour of the Pattaya bureau and shown a film about its work, both in the front office and in the criminal inquiry section. In his address, police colonel Thawitchat said that the Pattaya bureau was one of the busiest in the country and had developed a high sense of efficiency and dedication to public service.

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Another successful business from Chirathivat family

Local government officials were in full support

Famous Thai superstars and model, Paula, Peng, Jui & Sarah, grace the event

The stage is all set for Joey Boy’s and Toh mini concert

Mayor Ittipol Kunplome presided over the opening of Miss Diamond

Dr. Thanisorn Thamlikitkul of Romrawin Clinic, Khun Apple Tamcharoen with Khun Joy Damrongwattanapokin

Khun Wuttipon Jaronporn(2nd left) visits Khun Jintana Wechot (2nd right) of CK2 Salon

Khun Ratanachai Shuthidenachanai & Pattaya Today Peter Read (right) congratulates Khun Proramet Nampichet congratulate Sarun Tuntijumnun, GM of Central Festival Beach Pattaya & Asst. Wanwisa Khumfang Hair Well owner Titipatporn Boodwong

It was a hugely busy yet successful day on Friday January 23 for the grand opening of Central Festival Pattaya. After the press registration and the arrival of many visitors, there was a show extravaganza under the theme Caribbean Festival Stomp Show followed by the opening remarks by company executives and invited dignitaries. Earlier in the day there was a huge crowd for the Mardi Gras city parade with special floats, entertaining shows and a host of local and international stars. Central Festival is the newest and largest beachfront lifestyle shopping complex in Asia.

US Navy League monthly meeting

US Navy League president Peter Thorand called a meeting for community affiliates of USNL at Cafe New Orleans to introduce the council to Brian Tully, the person in charge of the military sealift activities in Thailand during Cobra Gold 2009. There was a full attendance by the affiliates who presented Mr Tully with lots of information about special discounts available during the exercises by the local business community. Also, on the same week, their annual general meeting was held at the Marriott Hotel. Council president Peter Thorand reviewed the club’s activity during the previous year. There were some suggestions and requests from the members. Nominations for the upcoming election for this year’s USNL Committee were also made.

Pattaya International Ladies Club hold Black and White Ball

Dusit Thani Pattaya sales manager Tanaphol The event sponsors were given recognition for Rodpinyo, Rachel Hoag and hotel Food and their help and participation by PILC president Beverage Director Jakrapong Vitayasirikul Marloes de Saegher (4th right) and vice president Rachel Hoag (far right)

Dusit Thani sales manager Tanaphol Rodpinyo, Rachel Hoag, Chantal Oldaker of the PILC Special Events Committee and Dusit Thani Executive Chef Flemming Schulthess

The Pattaya International Ladies Club held their “Black and White Ball”, a black tie affair in the Napalai Convention Hall of Dusit Thani Pattaya on 17 January. The party was attended by over 200 guests who started trickling in from 6:30 pm for pre-dinner cocktails at the Napalai foyer before enjoying a fabulous night of world cuisine, jazz music from a live band, fantastic wine and champagne and lots of dancing. In her opening speech, PILC president Marloes de Saegher expressed appreciation for everyone’s presence and, most especially, thanked all the sponsors for their generosity. She also unveiled the plans of PILC for the year 2009 that included a list of innovative projects.

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Royal CliffBeach Resort selected by The Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs

The Royal Cliff Beach Resort been selected by the Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs to stage both their annual intronisation ceremony and the gala dinner. Ranjith Chandrasiri, Bailli Délégué, Regional (Regional President), and Deputy General Manager of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort welcomed officials, guests, local members and members from other Chapters around the world. The Bailliage de Pattaya of the Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs was first established in 1995. Since then, it has steadily grown with approximately 10-12 new members joining each year. Currently, there is a good representation of professionals including several Chefs, restaurant and hotel owners, wine and food importers, hospitality professionals and food and wine aficionados representing a diverse background who take part in local fine and casual dining events. The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950. It is devoted to promoting fine dining and preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table.

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Pattaya TOday Volume 8 Issue 10  

Pattaya Today is a local newspaper published each fortnight for residents and tourists in the Pattaya area of the Land of Smiles.

Pattaya TOday Volume 8 Issue 10  

Pattaya Today is a local newspaper published each fortnight for residents and tourists in the Pattaya area of the Land of Smiles.