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Volume 8, Issue 3

16 - 31 October 2008

Thailand’s Image Is To Be Boosted


Research suggests violence is a turn off of Bangkok, is open for business as usual. Pattaya, for example, is entirely unaffected. He added that the violence in Bangkok on October 8 had not resulted in any new travel warnings from embassies. “The foreign ministry must now come to the aid of the

THE Thai tourism council has called on the government to solve the political crisis by peaceful means and has urged the foreign ministry to provide well coordinated information to other countries. The move is part of the efforts to provide a stimulus to the tourism sector following continuing political turbulence in Bangkok which has caused some foreign

tourists to postpone visit plans in the upcoming high season. The council’s secretary Phornthip Hiranyakate said that government agencies must explain carefully to embassies and overseas countries that the current unrest, serious as it is, is restricted to a few streets in Bangkok so far as visitors are likely to be affected. The rest of the country, including most

tourism sector by providing all information about the political problems to governments around the world, instead of leaving them to rely on news reports which tend to overdramatise the situation,” Phornthip added. Continued on page 4

Immigration requests early visa renewals PATTAYA immigration bureau has announced that one year retirement visa holders, totalling over 12,000 mainly male retirees over 50 in the eastern seaboard, should renew their visa not less than seven days before the expiry date. This is because some applicants for renewal have some problem in their

paperwork. By the time it’s sorted out, they may have gone into overstay and be fined which can lead to disillusionment and misunderstandings. The bureau points out that there is no reason to wait until the very end of the one retirement year visa before reapplying. It can be done a month or two in advance

without penalty. The kind of problems which can lead to delays in reissuing the visa are an out of date letter from the Thai bank, lack of an embassy guarantee of income letter, lack of a passport photo and the wrong forms filled in or the right ones incomplete. Continued on page 2


NEWS Continued from page 1

Immigration requests early renewals Barry Kenyon, the Pattaya based officer of the British embassy, noted that several thousand one year retirement visa holders are British, the largest nationality in this

Vol. 8 No. 3 ! 16 -31 October 2008 category. “The immigration authorities are not seeking to make problems, but rather to reduce tensions by asking people to re-apply for their retirement visa early rather than at the last minute as it were.� He added that foreigners of any age holding one year visas by virtue of being married to a Thai national or

having responsibility for a family in Thailand should also re-apply with at least a week to spare and preferably longer. An immigration source stressed that the new requirement in Pattaya applies only to one year visa holders requesting a one year renewal. Foreigners on shorter visas are not affected.

Win a cash prize for building a boat DEPUTY mayor Wattana Jantanawaranon chaired a meeting at city hall to discuss readiness for the annual Loy Krathong Festival which, this year, will be held on November 12. He explained that this festival was one of the oldest in the country and was very popular because it was gentle and good natured. Members of the public this year are being encouraged to make their Krathong (in effect floating baskets rather than boats) from natural materials in the cause of good environmental policy and to enter them for public competi-

tion at Larn Bpo public park in Naklua on the day. The winner will collect a cool 10,000 baht, and runners up 7,000 baht and 5,000 baht respectively. There are various categories such as school children not over grade

6, high schoolers and no age listed. But the contestants must bring their own materials and the diameter of the creation not less than 12 inches. At the park, Thai country singers will help to liven up the proceedings.

New Nongprue road formally opened KHUN Mai Chainit, municipal mayor of Nongprue, was on hand formally to open a new road at Soi Nong Mai Gan, Moo 7, and was accompanied by some auspicious dignitaries including Khun Wichida Kongjaruen, manager of Wichuda Trading Company and local municipal elected members. The road, as everyone present could see, had been resurfaced with concrete and asphalt to make it 5 meters wide and 335 meters long at a total cost of 498,000 baht. The new thoroughfare cuts through Marb

Yai Lea Road, passing along the Elephant Village and making life generally easy for villagers and all comers. The Wichida

Trading Company had put up much of the cash and were warmly thanked by those who will be the main beneficiaries.

Police working hard to reduce crime ON October 1, the Pattaya mayor and leaders of civic communities held a meeting with police superintendent Noppodol Wongnorm to discuss the crime situation in the city these days. Khun Ittiphol Kunplome, the mayor, said that crime had followed the big increase in Pattaya’s population in recent years, leading to problems relating to drugs and to opportunistic misery such as having your jewelry snatched by miscreants. The city fathers, he added, had laid aside a budget of 30 million baht to fund special projects to counter the trend. These included more

motorbikes for officers and cash to provide more patrols at night. Police colonel Noppodol said that his officers were doing well and that, in the past two months, 41 drug dealers and around 600 customers had been caught in the act. No fewer than 13 guns without firearms

certificates had also been confiscated by the authorities. Police and volunteers were on regular patrol in both Pattaya and along Jomtien beach. The colonel agreed that more needed to be done to combat a rise in crime but asked that due recognition be given for the success achieved so far.

Cataract operations for the needy ON October 10 at Pattaya City Hall, Khun Ittiphol the mayor of Pattaya along with Dr. Pichit, the Director of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, led a press conference to announce the continuation of the free cataract removal

service for the poor and underprivileged members of the community. On this occasion, Pattaya City Hall will fund the project in cooperation with the hospital and the free removal service is open to

poor people over the age of 50. Registration will now take place and those that qualify will receive the free operations. Further information is available via the call centre on 1337.

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Waste of money for sports and rescue boats Vessels might turn turtle in rough seas

AT a city hall meeting, Khun Urit Nanthasurasak, Pattaya elected member, complained that the Youth Sports Centre had been a waste of public money because it was not up to international standards by any stretch of your imagination. He pointed out that the buildings were cramped and that the swimming pool was

damaged and not even useable at the present time. But deputy mayor Wattana Jantanawaranon said that the local authority acknowledged the problems and had given the contractor a proper telling off. However, there had been no progress but Pattaya fathers were even now rushing to sort things out.

Then Pattaya member Sanit Boonmachai said that the sea rescue system was also a waste of cash even though 100 million baht had been poured into it. The sea rescue vessel could not be used in a real life situation for fire or first aid even though it had cost millions.

Even now it was rusting away at Ocean Marina pier, Sattahip. In an allied complaint, Khun Sanit pointed out that three flat bottom rescue boats were not suitable for use in rough seas as they might turn completely over to the detriment of all.

Alleged German pedophile arrested at airport A German national was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport as he prepared to board an Air Asia flight to Phnom Penh on September 29. He was returned to Pattaya and charged by Pattaya police with indecent behaviour with a minor. Bernard Dieter Diefendacher, aged 59, was charged with lewd

acts with a minor according to investigator police lieutenant Thawatchai Sudsakon. The accused was granted bail on surety of 200,000 baht pending further investigation of the case and referral to the public prosecutor. Thai police have announced separately that there will be

more arrests of suspected or known pedophiles. They are liable to deportation if they have a criminal conviction for this type of offence in any country in the past. It does not matter whether the conviction is current or where it occurred. “Known pedophiles, identified on Interpol files, are not

suitable persons to be allowed residence in Thailand,� the police spokesman said. He added that there was now better cooperation between foreign police forces, especially in Europe and America, making it easier for Thai and Cambodian authorities to trace undesirables on their soil.



680 million baht marina coming soon

ON October 7 at Pattaya City Hall Khun Ittiphol Kunplome, the mayor of Pattaya, chaired a

meeting to discuss plans for the construction of a marina close to the Bali Hai port area

Poodle devouring python escorted to the wild Continued from page 1

Thailand’s image to be boosted Meanwhile, the federation of Thai travel agents expects the target of 15.7 million arrivals for the whole of 2008 to be missed, but the sector should be boosted by the arrival of one thousand international media and travel agents here at the moment. Pattaya Today’s own research at hotels and bars in the resort suggests that, although numbers are down on last year, the tourist numbers situation is stable at the moment. “What puts visitors off are largely reports in the foreign press and on foreign TV,” said one Walking Street night club proprietor. “Just the mere mention of words such as ‘smoke bomb’ or ‘tank’ is a big deterrent. People are worried they might not get home later even though not one flight at Suvarnabhumi has been delayed or cancelled because of the stand off between protestors and the government in Bangkok.” But others cited problems particularly the international financial crisis and the weakening of some currencies including the British pound. “Visitors from UK are facing higher costs in Thailand at the same time as

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their own currency has effectively devalued against the Thai baht. This is also having an effect on one year retirement visa holders on fixed incomes who see their reserves going down,” said John Turner who runs a medium sized hotel off Soi Bukao. However, it’s far from a totally negative scenario. High end properties in Pattaya continue to sell, especially to Scandinavians, and some bargain hunters are snapping up good quality condos and villas whilst prices are relatively cheap. The Pattaya immigration bureau remains packed out on most Mondays and Fridays by foreigners seeking visa extensions which is one often under-rated measure of tourist numbers in the resort and their travel itineraries. “It’s now just a question of being patient and waiting for the better times to come,” said one official at the Pattaya tourist information centre. His personal guess was that a general election would be called soon. “Whatever the result may be, it will be difficult for agitators in Bangkok to defy the popular mandate once again,” he commented. “The problem just now is that foreigners can’t reconcile the Thai reputation for hospitality and good nature with violent behaviour on a few Bangkok streets.”

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

Sattahip has a history of snakes in the grass On October 6, the Sattahip rescue section set off to a house in Plutaluang after the occupant explained that there was a two meter long python asleep in the garden. Miss Janjira Chamjun, aged 24, was the first person to notice the reptile and she explained that she could see the shape of a swallowed puppy dog inside the unwelcome visitor. The snake was eventually taken away to be released once again in an environment where it would be less likely to raise havoc amongst humans and their pets. Neighbours said that many pups had gone missing in recent weeks, particularly poodles, and some villagers assumed they had been taken to sell for a profit in the market where pedigrees are worth a baht or two. Obviously, now that the truth was out, everybody wanted to make sure that their pets were not in any danger of being choked to death before disappearing down a reptile’s gullet.

Recently, a huge 10 meter reptile had been found in a Sattahip chicken coop devouring the innocent birds as fast as possible. Again, it had been thought initially that a neighbour had been stealing the chickens and a fight had even broken out in the context of a complete misunderstanding. Sattahip is rather prone to snake intruders as it is situated near hills and countryside and it’s easy for pythons to pop round for a tasty snack or a three course meal.

Escaping gambler falls down well IN a police raid designed to curb the spread of gambling, 30 hi-low players ran away from the police, but half were arrested in the chase and one fell down a well in his hurry. The Sawangboriboon rescuers raced to the water hole at soi 16 on the Naklua Pattaya road where they heard the plaintive cries of a man shouting for help in the 6 meter deep well. Actually, there are three wells in that grove woodland vicinity so it took a time before the precise location was identified. The injured man Mr Jaran Botha, aged 20 and living in Laem Chabang, worked at a nearby construction site and later told police that the area was very popular with players of hi-low,

an intellectual pursuit whereby you have to guess whether the next card will be higher or lower than the preceding one. Police sergeant Songtam Naksawas said he gathered a group of police volunteers who caused quite a panic when they appeared at the party. Mr Jaran suffered neck injuries in his fall but will have to face a dreaded fine after his recovery.

at the south end of Pattaya beach. Construction will likely begin next year. The Marine Department from Bangkok, in cooperation with private sector investors, have formulated a plan to construct 4 marinas in key areas around Thailand to facilitate the arrival and departure of luxury yachts and larger ocean liners. Two will be located in the Andaman Sea area and two will be located in the Gulf of Thailand at Sura Thani Province and here in Pattaya. Khun Ittiphol and other delegates were pre-

sented with the plans for the marina which will be located on the new road constructed south of the existing Bali Hai port. The project will cost around 680 million baht and was given an enthusiastic welcome by the Pattaya city fathers.

Another trumpeter born at Stone Park

REPORTERS fell over themselves in the hectic rush to see a pregnant elephant deliver a baby at the well known Million Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm in the Nong Palai district of Banglamung. Some were a bit late, as the birth took less than a minute, but found that 19 year old Phang Aw had delivered a male elephant at just over six kilos. The new born appeared to be in good health and was standing at his mother’s side (they learn to walk very quickly

as it’s dangerous in the wild). Khun Manote Tiensri, a vet at the centre, said that Phang Aw had been at the park and farm for two years already and had the job of showing the general public the sights and sounds. She had been mated with a 57 year old male elephant Plai Mongkol who had a lot of sexual experience and was a fine stud. This is the fourth baby elephant to be born at the centre is recent times and the event was cheered by hundreds of spectators during the day.

Have you seen Brian Wood?

The UK family of British national Brian Wood, born in 1948 and pictured here holding the baby, is concerned for his welfare. He was last seen in Pattaya about two months ago and is believed to be living rough on the streets in the resort. The family is anxious to repatriate Brian as quickly as possible and will be most grateful for any help. Anyone with information on Brian’s whereabouts is asked to contact Barry Kenyon, the Pattaya based officer of the British embassy on 08 1782 7363, or Neill James, British vice consul in the Bangkok embassy on 02 305 8229. Alternatively, contact Pattaya police or tourist police, including foreign volunteer and assistant sections, with a request that they inform the British embassy in Pattaya or Bangkok.

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Belgian press decry Pattaya sex trade PATTAYA City officials have urgently started a damage limitation initiative to counteract negative publicity in the Belgian press, “Het Laatste Nieuws� with a print run of 250,000, which dubbed Pattaya a sex destination, with one third of the citizens allegedly actively involved in the sex trade. At the meeting of the Pattaya city council, held on 2 October, 2008 at Pattaya City Hall, Mr. Ittiphol Kunplome relayed the contents of the report from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Pattaya Office, which had been gleaned from recent news published in the Belgian press. The news specifically alleged that onethird of Pattaya citizens were selling sex, with sex service fees ranging from 5-20 euros. Such negative publicity, Mr.Ittipol said, was certain to affect the tourism industry, unless

counteractive measures were not taken immediately. To this end, Pattaya City will immediately set up a public relations team to monitor negative publicity about Pattaya in the international news and will also create a new website to promote a positive image of Pattaya, providing a funding budget for this project. Mr. Wattana Juntanawaranon, Pattaya deputy mayor, said Pattaya, itself, has to clean up its image by encouraging all bars and entertainment venues to have stricter rules for the

girls, and discourage them from dressing provocatively, or actively soliciting custom. Other councillors said that the Belgian estimate of sex workers was hopelessly exaggerated. Mr. Ittiphol said the city also needs the co-operation of the Pattaya and Banglamung Police to accompany the officials to check up on the bars. If there were any bars or venues that were not co-operating in this initiative, their licences would be revoked as this was a grave matter.

Grand opening of Chattewi Language School ON October 9, assistant Chonburi mayor Khun Chatpong Chatpoom officiated at the opening of the Chattewi language school located on Central Road, Pattaya (038 416891, 038 416892) by cutting the customary ribbon. The school owner Khun Oratai Chatpoom and director Pawee Kalisan, as well as many guests, were in attendance. The language school offers a wide variety of languages according to the needs of the individual student. Tuition starts at 4 hours a week and an initial

programme of 20 hours is both user friendly and a beneficial use of time. Foreigners studying the Thai language may be eligible for

Shooting death caused by debts for drugs

A tragic shooting incident occurred in broad daylight in South Pattaya after a man riding a motorbike received fatal bullets as he staggered down the street and died in hospital later. On October 3, the superintendent of Pattaya police station, police

colonel Noppodhol Wongnorm, announced that a suspect Mr Anan Sutsamrit, aged 21 and from Surin province, had been arrested in his room even as he was packing his suitcase to leave town. A gun was also seized as evidence.

a three year education visa from the immigration bureau. Classes are available both on weekdays and at weekends only. Mr Anan told police that the dead man Mr Chaiya had previously ordered 50 yaba tablets from him but had never paid the outstanding bill of 10,000 baht. The killer went on to say that he had spotted Mr Chaiya quite by accident on his bike on September 30 and had decided to send the unfortunate victim out of our mortal plane for ever. After the shooting, Mr Anan had fled the scene as he did not want to be apprehended. He had his girl friend with him on the pillion seat of the bike, but neither sight nor sound of her has been traced hitherto. Probably she does not want to be mixed up in the sordid affair. Police arranged for a reconstruction of the crime at the scene to ensure they had the story straight

German man dies at Center Condo On October 6, police colonel Noppodol Wongnorm, the chief of Pattaya Police, made his way to the Center Condotel, located just off the South Pattaya Road and next to the Chaimongkol Temple to investigate the case of another expired foreigner. Police went to a 5th floor room and inspected the body of Mr. Hanz Dieter, aged 55 from

Germany. The deceased was laying on the floor next his bed. There were no signs of a disturbance inside the room and no signs of violence on the body. It is thought he had been dead for at least 3 days. The alarm was raised after a foul odor was noticed by neighbors who called the condo security who, in turn, contacted the police.

Medication and personal items were removed from the room as evidence and police are waiting for the results of a post mortem examination. They expect it to show that he died from natural causes. One neighbor said that Mr Dieter suffered from heart trouble and had been a regular outpatient of at least two local hospitals.

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Policeman breaks leg in line of duty

Drugs dealer shoots Motor bike thief is captured after tumble dead a debt ridden client He preyed on the old and the infirm

IN THE early hours of October 7, Pattaya Memorial Hospital admitted a brave police officer who was injured in a chase with two suspects who failed to stop at an authorised checkpoint. Police senior sergeant major Suchart who is based at the box at Thepprasit Road in Jomtien, sustained a broken leg painful injury as he attempted to stop the two suspects who had ran away from a checkpoint on Jomtien Beach Road. Eventually the two men were forced to stop and were sent to Dongtan cop shop on Jomtien beach road. Khun Chanchai, aged 27, and Khun Marot, aged 26, claimed that they failed to stop at the checkpoint because they were scared of what might happen

to them even though they were innocent of any misbehavior. They stated that they had not committed any crimes and inside their bike were tools (not for burglary by the way) and nothing else which could be considered illegal. Yet police were able to connect the men to a previous case of bag snatching. After further investigations into the pair, the victim of the earlier crime identified both men later at the police station. Inside the rooms of both men, investigators found two fake guns, 40 mobile phone shells and 42 Buddhist commemorative items. They were arrested and charged with failing to stop when ordered to do so by police and also with theft. Both cases have to be answered before a lofty judge.

Awful stink causes man to become burglar

POLICE were pleased to learn that a good Samaritan had detained wannabe thief and robber Nopadol Bhogaew, aged 19, who tried to snatch a gold necklace in Soi Naklua 10 from a luckless motorbike driver who was doing nothing more sinister than minding his own business. Police arriving at the scene found the wannabe thief under temporary detention with a gold necklace in his pocket. The intended victim Khun Rangsan Gaewchui, aged 62, told police he was riding home from the market when he heard another motorbike coming ever so close. The robber did initially seize the necklace from

his neck, but Khun Rangsan manoeuvred his motorbike so that he drove into the other one, causing a most welcome tumble. Witnesses soon formed a human circle to prevent the treacherous fellow from running off. The accused man later told police he made a speciality of trying to steal from elderly drivers. This was because they usually gave up without much of a fight, although the well used strategy had not worked well on this particular occasion. Nopadol said he had recently lost his job after a misunderstanding and had taken to a life of crime as he couldn’t think of what else he could accomplish.

POLICE racing to Banglamung hospital found that Mr Supachai Patumwan, aged 20, had died of four gunshot wounds in his vital organs. He had been shot in the back and appears to have left this mortal coil almost instantaneously. His common law wife Sawittree, aged 22, said that she worked at Heaven A Go Go on Walking Street and her husband picked her up on the night in question to go for a drink with a Mr Dew and his wife, thus making a foursome for fun. However, an argument broke out between the two men as Mr Dew said the younger guy

owed him money still for some yaba which had been handed several weeks earlier. Mr Supachai said he would pay later, but the drugs dealer said this was a likely story, or rather it wasn’t. But later that night Mr Supachai was shot as he opened his own front door. The murderer drove quickly away in the Sukhumvit direction. Mr Supachai was taken immediately by his wife to the hospital but he was already beyond mortal succour. Police said they were keen to interview Mr Dew who seems to have disappeared.

Faceless sex causes consternation indeed Hungry crazed elephant Woman denied her fee after encounter

attacks banana thrower

Reporters banned from taking photos

But the explanation is just old bull

POLICE investigators reacted to the news that Mr Jesada Kulphong, nickname Pot, had attempted to rob a neighbour’s house and even tried to kill him with a knife during the robbery endeavour. Police at the scene at a house in Huay Yai confiscated a two foot long knife and discarded clothing. It transpired that Mr Jesada had scaled the fence of his adjoining residence in the middle of the night to break into the home of Swiss national Peter Schneider, aged 64, and his Thai wife. The thief had stolen a Nokia mobile phone, a wrist watch and other items worth about 18,000 baht before hopping back into his own home with the illegally acquired loot. When police questioned the alleged petty criminal, he said

that he was angry because the foreigner had bought the land from his grandmother and had allowed stinking waste water to foul up the environment. The smell was awful even in his (Mr Jesada’s) home so that he was driven to take revenge tactics in his distress. But police stated this odd saga was likely a tale of complete cock and bull. The truth was likely that the burglar had taken drugs (which was his wont sadly) and broken into the neighbour’s house in his frenzy. Also he had a criminal record of assault in any case. It was suspected that he had been a burglar many times in the past but this time was different: he had been caught more or less red handed.

RESCUERS and an ambulance rushed to a five rai area of wild land in the Na-Jomtien area where they found two fishing shacks had been destroyed and coconut and banana trees were in utter disarray. They also found Mr Chalongchai Torwichien, aged 50, with a badly bruised stomach and a bleeding nose and mouth. He was immediately transferred to Banglamung hospital where he was discovered thankfully to have no broken bones even though he was all shook up. A witness Mr Chalermwut Borparkdee, aged 22, said he noticed a four or five year old elephant around 6 o’clock in the morning but didn’t pay much attention to the wandering star. However Mr Chalongchai was concerned that the beast might be a threat to locals and tourists as it looked rather hungry. So he had thrown it a bunch of bananas.

But the creature must have misinterpreted the gesture and made a trumpeting charge which caused Mr Chalmermwut to lose his balance, not to mention his composure. Meanwhile, fishing park staff drove off the panicky animal with sticks and staves. It turned out later that the elephant was not a stray but was under the presumed “control” of a mahout. As more details leaked out, it became clear that the elephant belonged to the Alangkarn theatre but it had clearly strayed unknown to its keeper. When reporters tried to take a photograph of the animal, they were told this was not possible as they were on private property and that the show management had reported the elephant behaviour to the police in any case. The reporters took their photos from 20 meters away but said it didn’t matter much as they would use zoom lenses.

A CHANCE encounter in a bar on October 5 resulted in difficulties all round after a Thai woman agreed to accompany a foreigner for sex as long as her face wasn’t shown in the video of the encounter. She said there was no problem about videoing other bodily parts, but the face was a no go area. However, the German customer changed his mind half way through and demanded that the face be shown. When she refused, he declined to make a payment and chased her from the room at the Enterprise Apartments in the north sector of our city. But Miss Somphis had no intention of letting the matter rest there and she complained by phone to Pattaya police on the grounds she had been cheated. In a jiffy, officers arrived at the building and found the distraught lady crying her heart out in front of the closed door of the apartment. On seeing the police she quickly recovered her composure and explained she had a regular customer, Mr

Peter from Germany, who always looked her up when in fun town. On this most recent trip, Peter had introduced her to his 65 year old pal who had evidently agreed to pay 1,000 baht for a horizontal leisure activity. The problem though arose about videoing the face as described and Miss Somphis got dressed in the hope that she would then be paid. However, this had not happened and she was bereft of her fee. Police gained entry to the room and the German said she had been a willing participant to all that had occurred. Police examined his webcam camera and computer but failed to find any pictures, faceless or not, of Miss Somphis. However, there were lots of other videos and photos showing a variety of sexual acts with female partners unknown. Officers felt that this evidence merited more discussion at the police station whilst computer experts took a second look at the pictorial evidence of a man’s sex life in Pattaya.

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Nude navy video causes havoc Friends broke secrecy promise

POLICE set off in great haste to the Sattahip navy base after learning to their consternation that private “Nem” had returned from southern Thailand. It was discovered that he had climbed into a ventilation shaft to take a four minute video clip in a toilet to take a short video of a lady taking a naked shower. He explained that the two nude friends “For” and “Mod” had given him the video camera but had broken their promise of secrecy and published the video clip in spite of all. On October 2, doughty cops and the superintendent of the children and women protection squad arrived at Sattahip to find out the veritable truth in this case of the grossest indecency. They found out that private Piyanus Garblakorn (Nem for short) had taken the video clip

of Miss Kunacha Chaiyarat after she came to perform a legitimate concert at the Chick pub. The two friends had given him the camera and asked him to take some pictures with the strict guarantee that they would be kept private. Private “Nem” was not actually serving in the navy at the time but was horrified to find out that many acquaintances had been circulating the video clip and were tittering about the matter. The whole subject had even appeared on local TV which let the cat out of the bag so to speak. The moment of awesome truth occurred when Nem’s mother phoned to ask what the devil he was doing taking pictures of women taking a shower. Police inquiries are continuing into the bizarre circumstances.


Swirly face guy in second abuse case A Canadian man who gained world notoriety after he published “swirly face” pictures of himself on the internet, involved in indecent acts with minors, appeared again in a Bangkok court on October 7 accused of abusing the nine year old brother of one of his victims. Christopher Neil, aged 32 a teacher from Canada, is already serving a three year jail sentence after pleading guilty in August to sexually abusing a 13 year old Thai boy. He had previously been sought by Interpol after computerised, digital images of his activities were unravelled by police experts. The accused man appeared at Bangkok central criminal court wearing a brown prison uniform with his ankles in

chains as is the custom here. He held a magazine in front of his face whilst in the waiting area to try and conceal his identity from the media. The charge now is that he performed oral sex on a nine year old boy in exchange for several hundred baht in payment. An allied charge is that Neil took the boy away from the parents without their consent and held him against his will.

Vendors ordered off Pattaya roads CITY fathers have once again turned their attention to the problem of vendors blocking footpaths and the like with their trolleys as they try to eak out a daily living. The Pattaya mayor scheduled a meeting to

explain there are new and strict guidelines from the interior ministry which make clear that vendors who are obstructing pedestrian or wheeled traffic, actually or potentially, should be stopped. Recently, some

tourists have been injured after they fell over stalls selling fruit and shoes. In the meeting, it was decided that old vendors might have to be treated differently from new recruits to the profession. The new ones might need to be allocated a specific spot where there was no danger they would

obstruct traffic flow, although the problem was noted that it’s pointless for a vendor to stand trying to sell where people never pass. This difficult subject was postponed as the ministry guidelines need to be studied more fully before coming to any conclusions.



New one Call property service launched by ESC EUROPEAN Safety Concepts has announced the launch of a new service called One Call which offers a wide range of services for both domestic and commercial premises. Steve Atkins, the maintenance manager at ESC, said, “We want you to relax when it comes to finding a contractor to do all those horrible little jobs like a broken pump, blown dimmer switch fuses, air conditioners needing maintenance or toilets that don’t work. He added that the company has been established for almost 10 years and has a good reputation for quality work. Options include standard contracts on residences at 1,500 baht a month. This will include free labour costs on any repair which needs to be done and on air conditioner

filter cleaning. The company will survey the property one day each month and also be on call free at any time in daytime working hours weekly. Customers include Shenanigans, The Sportsman, Manhattans Steakhouse, Nirvana Condominium, Chateau Dale and Tha Bali, Villa Med and Cavendish Place. A competitive estimate for any premises, plus advice, is given free of charge and obligations. Contact Steve Atkins on 08 4917 9380. One Call now has 12 maintenance associates who have excellent knowledge in electrical work, plumbing and construction, all supervised by a European supervisor. Warranty is provided for six months after completion.

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya appoints new GM & Director of Marketing Communications HPL Hotels & Resorts recently announced George Henri Hazard as the new General Manager for Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, which commenced on July 2nd 2008. Hazard, an Australian citizen has an impressive track record with over 30 years of extensive hospitality management experience. Hazard also gained his expertise in hospitality management through his roles as a Company Director for a variety of Entertainment and Restaurant businesses. Most

menced on August 18th 2008. Prior to assuming her position at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, Wanpen was Senior Marketing Communications Manager for Hilton Worldwide Resorts in Thailand, comprising

MBMG Group launch Dusit in the top hotel honours list MLG Insurance Broker New insurance company under MBMG Group set to keep abreast of changes

THE award of “outstanding performance” for city tourist accommodation was received by the Dusit Thani Pattaya at the 7th Thailand tourism awards held at the Centara Grand in Bangkok. During the glittering ceremony, there were many awards in various categories and the event was attended by TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) governor Phornsiri Manoharn and minister of sports HE Weerasak Kowsurat. In the case of Dusit, hotel manager Chatchawal Supachayanont said, “It was indeed another honour and testimony

that we, a five star hotel, do not believe on resting on our laurels. With full support and guidance from Dusit International with whom we share this award, Dusit Thani Pattaya continues to strive for more accolades in the future whilst adhering to our motto “economically and environmentally friendly”. At the awards ceremony, from the left, were Prawes Akanimart, hotel Green Leaf president, Chatchawal Supachayanont, hotel manager and Pramot Sotthana, the front office manager.

CBRE voted Top Global advisor in Thailand and overall by Euromoney readers

Wanpen Chanthariya

George Henri Hazard recently, Hazard served as General Manager for the Holiday Resort Lombok, Indonesia and is the founding member of the Rotary Club, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya is happy to welcome him to Thailand. Also, they announced Wanpen Chanthariya as the new Director of Marketing Communications, which com-

Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa. Wanpen has a total of 15 years experiences in Marketing and Public Relations of many Hotels & Resorts including The Oriental, Bangkok, Central Hotels & Resorts' eleven properties nationwide and Hilton Resorts. Wanpen was directly responsible for creation of socially related activities for the property to contribute to the positioning of the prestigious hotel in both domestic and international markets. Wanpen graduated with a Master Degree of Language and Communication from National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).

DOOR 2 DOOR October’s double promotion receive 10% Discount from the Paradise Restaurant, 215/62-63, Second Road & also another 10% Discount from the Continental Restaurant, 315/ 158, Thappraya Road. To receive your free Door 2 Door Menu (2008 Edition) just simply call 038 720 222 & one of their friendly drivers will deliver a free copy to you or visit them on

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CB Richard Ellis, the leading global commercial real estate services firm, has been named the top global advisor in the 2008 Euromoney Liquid Real Estate Awards for the third time in the past four years, along with being voted the top firm worldwide for Corporate Real Estate Services, Property Management, Valuation, Transaction Execution, and Agency/ Leasing. CB Richard Ellis in Thailand was also voted the top real estate firm overall, and also won the top spot for Agency and Letting, Corporate Real Estate Services, Valuation and Research. “We consider these awards particularly significant as it is our clients and peers who have voted on them,” states Mr. David Simister, Chairman of CB Richard Ellis Thailand. “We believe this is testament to the abilities and dedication of our staff. In the challenging current economic environment, we are confident that these same professionals will drive our business forward, and we will continue to provide the Thai

property sector with the highest levels of customer service and product quality.” Euromoney is widely considered to be one of the pre-eminent journals of international finance and the award is voted by its readers – corporate and financial decision makers in over 160 countries. With over 29,000 employees, CB Richard Ellis serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices worldwide and offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing, corporate services, property, facilities and project management, mortgage banking, appraisal and valuation, development services, investment management, and research and consulting. CB Richard Ellis is the only commercial real estate services company named one of the 50 “best in class” companies by BusinessWeek, and was also named one of the 100 fastest growing companies by Fortune. CB Richard Ellis recently celebrated their 20th anniversary of operations in Thailand.

MBMG Group, the specialist provider of financial planning, investment, accounting and legal advice to foreign individuals and businesses in Asia, today officially introduced its new insurance division MLG Insurance Broker Co. Ltd. Offices in Thailand have now been set up in response to growing client demand for bespoke solutions and value added insurance services. Specialising in the needs and requirements of expatriates, MLG Insurance Broker’s team members boast many years of experience in the industry. Furthermore, the concerns of international individuals and companies operating abroad are well understood by the team, which is comprised of a mix of Thai nationals and international employees. MLG Insurance Broker offers a fully comprehensive package of services that cater for all needs. These include cover for personal requisites such as health, car and house and contents insurance. They even do golfer insurance! All corporate, industrial and business requirements are provided for, amongst others these include public liability, product liability and even contractor’s all risks insurance. Graham Macdonald, Managing Director of the MBMG Group, said, “MLG Insurance Broker promises to be a success

and, in the current climate, is likely to expand very quickly. More than ever, companies and individuals are looking for tailor-made reliable insurance packages. As such, the new MLG Insurance Broker customizes an insurance strategy, and provides flexibility in its protection arrangements, specifically for the needs of each client.” MLG Insurance Broker is now established in Bangkok, Samui and Pattaya. The Bangkok office is situated in new premises at Somkid Place. Samui is covered via the address at Bo Phut and the Pattaya centre is located just off South Pattaya Road in Pattaya, Chonburi. To find out more about MLG Insurance Broker, or to set up an appointment, corporations and individuals are invited to contact Jack Levy at

Dusit Thani Pattaya appoints a new Director of Sales and Marketing Maintaining a secure and strong grip in various markets is essential to any hotel business. With this taken into account, Dusit Thani Pattaya general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont recently appointed its new Director of Sales and Marketing who brings more than 20 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, Promotions and Public Relations. Dorrothy SC Kam began her hospitality career in Malaysia where she comes from. There was no turning back since then as she pursued her chosen field with aplomb and expertise working with several international chain hotels. With her new appointment, Ms Kam will be responsible for the full spectrum of the resort's Sales and Marketing strategies putting all its initiatives into place to generate revenue, yield improvement as well as occupancy while enhancing

guest experience through product development and implementation. Prior to her appointment, Ms Kam worked at different five-star international hotels in Asia. She held the same position in Vietnam before moving to Beijing and Shanghai in China with focus on managing key market segments including leisure, business and MICE.

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Royal Cliff celebrates its world record achievement with extraordinary wine dinner

The Royal Cliff Grand Hotel & Spa Banqueting Manager Mr. Sakchai Puekkasem and Bar Manager Mr. Thanasak Wongsurakarn lift the heavyweight Salamanazar of the extraordinary Pommery Brut champagne on their way to serve to the guests, while the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Thailand Mr. Yevgeny Afanasiev (1st left), the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Managing Director Mrs. Panga Vathanakul (3rd right ), the Resort’s General Manager Mr. Alexander Haeusler (2ndright ), the Royal Cliff Wine Club President and the Resort’s Deputy General Manager Mr. Ranjith Chandrasiri (middle), Executive Chef Walter Thenisch (4th left), Bangkok Beer & Beverages Co., Ltd. President Mr. Ron Batori (2ndleft), Royal Cliff Grand Hotel & Spa F&B Manager Mr. Choopong Payotorn (3rd left), the hotel’s Assistant F&B Manager Mr. Niwat Promsricha (4th right) and Chef Stefan Beutler (1st right) look on

THE Royal Cliff Beach Resort and Asia’s leading Royal Cliff Wine Club recently celebrated their world record achievement of five Best of Awards of Excellence 2008 from New York’s Wine Spectator magazine with an extraordinary wine dinner. The Resort was holding a world record set by winning three such awards in 2007. Now, it has broken its own record by bagging five awards this year. It was the first time that five such awards were won by one hotel property in one calendar year anywhere in the world! Aptly titled the Best of Awards of Excellence 2008 Dinner, this very special event was held to toast the new world record set by the Resort. The exciting dinner featured a total of 8 boutique wines from the Resort’s very own Classic, Silver and Gold Collections exclusively bottled for it by prestigious wineries around the world. The wines were complemented by excellently matching dishes from the five

award-winning restaurants. The wine club members and other invited guests also had the privilege of tasting a glass of the extraordinary Pommery Brut champagne poured from a Salamanazar bottle that was specially shipped for the occasion from France. The Royal Cliff Beach Resort Managing Director Mrs. Panga Vathanakul and the Resort’s Deputy General Manager and the Royal Cliff Wine Club President Mr. Ranjith Chandrasiri welcomed the august gathering. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Thailand H.E. Mr. Yevgeny Afanasiev and his wife Madame Olga Afanasieva participated as the guests of honour. Held in the Grand Ballroom, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel & Spa, the event was cosponsored by Bangkok Beer & Beverages Co., Ltd. The Royal Cliff Wine Club is open to limited new memberships. For applications or enquiries, email to:

New electric works office in Jomtien

Mr Nitat Chaleaokriangkrai, director of region 2 electrical supply, opened the spanking new electrical works office in Jomtien in the presence of many civic dignitaries.

The new office at 302/1112 Moo 12 will serve the people of Na Jomtien, Huay Yai and Nongprue municipality, around 13 thousand users with a monthly income of about 17 million baht.

BUSINESS NEWS Seminar held on democracy and the military

A MEETING was held on October 4 “People and the Military in Politics and Democracy” at Mike Garden Hotel, addressed by Mr Kasit Pirom a professional diplomat with many politicians and members of the public in attendance. It was generally agreed that these days the general public was better informed about political developments than they used to be. However, politicians stated that it was painful when they lost at the ballot box. Mr Kasit said that most Thai prime ministers had

come from the military, including field marshal Por, field marshal Sarit, general Prem and general Suchinda. However, in recent times, the trend had been broken by such prime ministers as Banharn or Samak. It was agreed that Thailand was now emerging into a more democratic phase after a long period of military dominance in political affairs. But, for the trend to continue, it was essential for the general public to be on the ball and to follow developments with an eagle eye.

Hospital opens new heart disease centre

Dr Pichit Kangwolgit, director of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, gave a welcome speech on the official opening of the new heart centre. Those attending included Pattaya mayor Ittiphol Kunplome. The doctor said that heart disease was the number one killer and many millions die from it every year. The purpose of world heart day was to make everybody aware of taking care of their heart by such strategies as controlling weight, avoiding cigarettes

and exercising properly. He added that the hospital’s new centre will be the most advanced in Asia and will have experienced staff and the latest medical technology available 24 hours a day. In the activity hall of Building “E”, there will be various health station check spots such as blood pressure, diabetes, ECG and a heart disease exhibition including health packages with special offers. For more information phone the health centre on 1719.

Mike Shopping Mall has big sale

SURAT Meakawarakool, managing director of Mike Shopping Mall, opened a big fashion show and sale with

many guests attending. There were huge discounts on many big brand names such as Adidas, Wrangler, Big John and Reebok.




Orphan rowboat a Russian tour agents in Pattaya big success in games

REPRESENTATIVES from ANTIL, the leading Russian tour operator, recently visited the Amari Orchid Resort and Tower and were warmly welcomed by Sasikornpong Muadthaisong, director of sales, second right, and Duaenpen Thongsombat, senior sales manager, first left.

PRINCESS Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was said to be very pleased with the establishment of Phorn Prathep orphan row boat team from Orphan Prakiet 48 School. The rowboat association of Thailand has sent 26 female orphans to represent Thailand in the Indonesian based championship to be held in the period October 18 to 24 at Kuta beach in Bali.

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Meeting of health and safety group

ON September 1, the Thai Summit Harness Public Company at Laem Chabang held a health and safety at work summit under the chairmanship of Chonburi governor Pracha Taerat. Subjects covered included safe food and hygiene, global warming and its effect on the workplace and safe handling of tools and safety equipment.

Neil’s party Graduation day at Asian U Waste Not Want Not special at Robin Hood

NEIL Freeman from England and a regular visitor to Thailand held his 55th birthday party at the Robin Hood Bar in Jomtien where his guests enjoyed a great Thai and Western style buffet.

New names updated

PATTAYA City Hall has had many subjects to re-organize since the election of new members, and this includes the changing of the “who’s who” display boards for all of the different departments. Pictured is Khun Kswan updating one of the existing boards with new portrait pictures and the appropriate names.

The Asian University, near Pattaya, recently held its graduation ceremony (commencement) and, as always, there were many happy feet.

Live Play Now Open

Redundant cement pipes are not simply being trashed as land fill but are being put to excellent use in the sea off Jomtien beach. A large barge loaded them on board and sank them off-shore as new apartment blocks for fish. Research shows that this leads to a rapid increase in the fish population.

Celebrity courting couple at Icebar

THE exciting new gun game that uses light ray guns instead of messy paint balls has now officially opened at Na-Jomtien on Sukhumvit, right opposite the entrance to the Elephant Village. The Swiss owners Mark and Bacchar are very pleased with the response that they received on opening day, as this leisure activity is equally suitable for men, ladies, children, and even elderly people.

Asian University is 10 years old

At the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, the Asian University held a big party to celebrate its 10th year of service. The first graduates were greeted in 2002 and it’s been success all the way since then.

KHUN Matthew Kichodhan, director and chief operating officer of Minor Corporation, and Dr Kathleen Maleenont Kichodhan, assistant to the vice president of BEC World, chose the chilling experience with -5 degrees Icebar in Central Pattaya for their exclusive party.

Party at Ravindra Beach Resort

RAVINDRA Beach Resort and Spa hosted a fancy mask party, organised by COOL 93 Fahrenheit FM Radio in a relaxing spirit.

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BPH remembers Niti

AS well as new faces at City Hall, there has been a change at our local TAT Office, with the former director of several years ago returning to once again take up his old post. Khun Niti Kongrut is very highly regarded in the tourism industry, and he is pictured receiving congratulatory flowers from senior Bangkok-Pattaya International Hospital (BPH) staff, Irina and Neil.

Quality Villas selling well


96,000 baht cheque for Jing Jai orphanage

THE large sum was presented at Oscar’s bar by Jo Frances (1st left), Maisie Trollette (3rd left) and Miss Jason (4th left) from fund raising in UK for onward transmission to buy goods and food for Jing Jai orphanage in Bamlamung. Also shown is David, Oscar’s manager.

Marriott wins tourism excellence

PATTAYA’S Marriott Resort and Spa has won the 7th Thailand tourism award of excellence for a city hotel, awarded by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Pictured left is Somsak Tanruengsri, general manager of the hotel, receiving the award from Weerasak Kowsurat, minister of tourism and sport. THE up market, quality housing estate Silk Road Place is perfectly located on Soi Chaiyapruek2 Road, on the eastern side of Sukhumvit opposite Jomtien Beach, and the Spanish style villas are very popular with new home buyers. Out of a total of around 105 luxury residences, over 70 have already been sold says senior sales executive Adam Coulson on 08 1612 7222.

USA karting team makes Thai racing history

Happy faces at Grappa

KHUN Arisa Pantusak, Woodlands Resort assistant managing director (2nd right), together with her family and friends, were all smiles after a delightful Italian dinner at Grappa Restaurant and Wine Bar at the Woodlands Suites on Soi 22, Naklua Road.

Raimon Land supports young artists

THE first ever American racing team competed in an endurance karting event in Thailand. Howbeit in distinctly wet weather. Team USA was split in to 2 groups with 4 drivers on each team with a minimum of 6 driver changes for each team of 4 in the race, organized with Le Mans style. The teams advanced to as high as 9th place, but had some mechanical problems finishing the race in 13th and 14th places overall. The next 24-Hour endurance karting race will be held at Bira Karting circuit in February 2009 in which Team USA comprising of 8 drivers will compete in the 24-hour Karting Race for the first time in Thailand’s racing history. Photo shows from L to R: Andy Friel, Stu Sutton, Paul Gater, Paul Ryan, Bobby Brooks, Brian Welter, Charles Miles, and Marlowe Puryear

“Thankful Knowledge” Learning Centre

RAIMON Land, the premier real estate developer, supports the ROSL (Young Artist of Thailand Competition, for young people between the ages of 12 and 20. In addition to a trophy, the winner will win two tickets to London to exhibit his or her work. Other sponsors include ZEN department store, Central World and Royal Overseas League. The closing date is November 23 and there are full details at

The newly opened Thankful Knowledge Learning Centre teaches English, Thai and other languages to children as well as adults. Also tutorials at all levels in music, science and maths. The Centre is located at TK Apartments, Soi LK Pavilion, South Pattaya. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324 for promotional discounts.


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Pattaya notes

by Peter Lloyd

Thappraya Road TODAY I saw another car stuck in a pothole which had appeared after heavy rain on the side of Thappraya Road. It is the FOURTH car I have seen fall into holes in different parts of the half-built road in the past couple of months. No doubt the recovery and any damage will have to be borne by the hapless car owners, but responsibility should lie elsewhere. Seeing this unfortunate

incident reminded me of reading in the last edition of this newspaper (so it

The slow road to nowhere

must be true) that the budget for this road project was (note the word “was”)

600,000,000 baht in 2006. That’s over GBP 9.5 million, or $17.5 million, a hefty sum for road building in these parts, although it includesa figure for business and tenant compensation of 300,000,000 baht. I would be interested to know what has been spent on the project in the past 2 years, because apparently there are further delays, caused by waiting for a final budget figure next year so the workers can finish thejob! Surely it hasn’t all been spent already?

Real estate risks D RIVING around the city and particularly Naklua, Pratamknak and Jomtien, I am amazed by what I have seen in the past few weeks, as some muchtouted world-class mega developments fail to materialize, and some others grind to a halt, some almost complete, some partially built, leaving unsightly metal skeletons hanging guiltily on the skyline. Of course some or

all of these projects may simply be resting, mothballed pending financially calmer waters, when work will continue. But increased internet posts and threads dealing with many developments in Pattaya on popular expat websites are indicative of the anxieties many purchasers feel as they watch the global credit crisis unfold, and banks become paranoid

about lending to developers and on real estate projects almost anywhere, let alone in Pattaya. Add the unresolved Thai political and economic crisis, reduced numbers of tourists and buyers in Pattaya, the spiraling costs of steel and cement, and you can see why many buyers are becoming increasingly anxious about the real estate market here.

Baht bus irony HATS off to the baht bus mafia for once. Perhaps the days of double tiered pricing may finally be over (well, some of it). I often take a Baht bus into town and leave my car at home. Recently I have noticed

Thais being charged the full 10 baht fare for the same distances a foreigner would also be charged 10 baht. It would seem the credit crunch and lack of tourists has inspired the BBM to seek the most logical and admirable

way to increase income, rather than do what the people who run the national parks and many of the ropey and/or overblown tourist attractions in Pattaya do – namely charge foreigners 10 times the Thai rate.

Real Estate Glossies I’M not a big fan of most Pattaya real estate glossies, and I only occasionally pick them up. You can predictmost of the boring, promotional contents just by looking at the cover. But recently I have started to read one columnist in particular, in the monthly publication Thailand Homes and Condos, and, surprisingly, his column

has nothing to do with real estate promotion. His name is Scott Hurford and he is serving a 30 years prison sentence in Bang-kwang, the Bangkok Hilton, for drug smuggling, and in his column he writes about his life inside prison and the people he is doing time with. It is a fascinating glimpse into a world which hopefully few of us will

ever know anything about, and it is an interesting column. Reading it makes me thankful I have my freedom, and makes me appreciate my own life a little more when I read about his contemporaneous existence in prison. Something to think about as you stumble home from Walking Street late at night.

ATM crime A FRIEND of mine from South Africa was over here recently. When he takes money out of an ATM anywhere in the world from his South African bank account, he is

immediately sent an automatic SMS and an email informing him of the withdrawal, as a security precaution in a country where credit fraud is almost as rampant as in this country.

If the South Africans can do this, with their busted economy, the technology must surely be cheap enough for Thai banks to do it, especially as bank and credit card crimes spiral out of control in Thailand, and in Pattaya in particular.

Airport news – good and bad stopped leaving the airport and the police invented an infraction and took 100 baht tea money from him, to the utter astonishment and disgust of my friends, who certainly saw Thailand in a different light after that incident. What a welcome to the country. But perhaps the exorbitant price of taxi The belly of the beast travel may blockade resulted in further have been behind the recent disastrous international bad spate of thefts of airport press as Australian, Chinese trolleys by gangs who have and Korean tourists were brazenly stolen 2,000 out of 9,000 airport luggage stranded with no flights home. Phuket has subsequently trolleys. A recent raid on recorded a 50% drop in a Bangkok scrap yard accounted for 500 of the tourism to the island. Luckily for Thailand, PAD missing trolleys, but the were either prevented from rest, perhaps to be styled shutting down Suvarnabhumi “Isaan Taxis” are rumoured airport in Bangkok, or they to be used for pushing didn’t try. However what the impecunious travelers and PAD mob couldn’t achieve, their luggage from the aggrieved airport taxi drivers did, when 300 taxis recently blockaded access and exit ways to the terminals. They were complaining about being stopped by police after they had apparently agreed a fare with arriving customers at the airport to take them into Bangkok, and, because it was a fixed fare, they therefore saw no need to turn on their meter. The police said they must turn it on by law. It all sounded a bit fishy. Either the taxi drivers were gouging the customers, as frequently happens at the airport, or the police were looking for tea money, as frequently happens at the airport. Or both. I mentioned recently that I returned from a trip abroad with friends and our private vehicle, driven by a guy who always picks me up, was ANYONE followingThailand’s news recently will have read about the recent blockades by PAD supporters of some southern airports, most importantly, Phuket. This

airport to all parts of the Kingdom. But it’s not all bad news out there, as Suvarnabhumi has slowly got its act together and is now a decent airport, and I read recently that it is aiming to become one of the top 10 airports in the world, although without more seating and without moving walkways this is just fanciful. As a frequent flier, I am also looking forward to more details of the recently announced frequent traveller scheme, which will fast-track people through the airport. Having recently been impatiently waiting for up to 40 minutes in immigration lines on arrival, I am more than a little interested in this card. I just hope it doesn’t resemble the shambles of the Thailand Elite cards. Whatever happened to them? Contact me at pattayatoday

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Pattaya’s new booze bans

Money in the bank Passport in knickers I AM writing to your newspaper on behalf of some friends any myself who are all married to Thai ladies and are all holders of retirement visas with the required 800,000 baht lodged in the bank. We have been led to believe that, due to changes to the married visa, the present conditions are 400,000 baht in the bank, plus an additional income of 40,000 baht a month making up a total of 880,000 baht which is harsher than the retirement visa. We are very confused by your article in Legal Corner (September 16) by a prominent lawyer which states that farangs married to a Thai are entitled to a “family” visa with only 400,000 baht in the bank or (not plus) an income of 25,000 baht a month. I would be obliged if you would check these figures and inform a lot of concerned readers. J. Daly Ed: On the retirement visa, applicants aged over 50 don’t necessarily need 800,000 baht in the bank. If their embassy verifies regular pension income in their home country, that money can reduce the total in the Thai bank. The married man’s visa, which is used mostly by farang men under 50, has the requirement that the applicant must prove at least 40,000 baht a month regularly being sent into Thailand. There is currently no rule about a lump sum 400,000 baht. Foreigners who fall into other categories, for example have the responsibility of bringing up Thai children (the family) where the Thai mother has died or gone away, should contact the immigration bureau in person. However, it is not true that a “family” visa can be used as a cheaper alternative to a “married man’s visa”. Overall, the simplest option is the retirement visa. All other one year visas require much more detailed paperwork.

Traffic solutions again I AM very disappointed that the new Pattaya council has shown no sign of coming to grips with Pattaya’s traffic chaos. I am aware that there is no simple solution, except maybe if petrol was 100 baht a litre (!), but there are a number of steps which could be taken as set out below. Firstly, they need to appoint a group of engineers who would have total responsibility for setting the sequences at every set of traffic lights and repairing them when they go wrong in some way – which is often the case by the way. At present, many junctions are badly served by sequences which are either too long or too short for the relative number of vehicles which are queuing up. Secondly, parking is out of control in the city with cars being parked even on triple yellow lines. A typical example is on the South Pattaya Road as can be said on any day of the week. Although the police do occasionally immobilise the vehicle with some kind of clamping device, it’s pretty rare. What is needed is a sustained and on-going campaign to punish those drivers who think they have a God given right to behave as they please. Thirdly the holes in the road, for example the pot holes along Sukhumvit in Jomtien, need repairing properly. Many people are sick and tired of the lame excuses put up by city officials, including the claim that the budget has run out or the rains have caused the holes to come back. If a job needs to be done, then do it properly the first time. That may seem to be a crass statement, but it’s as true today as it was when I was a boy in the 1940s. Name and address supplied

I HAVE been to Thailand a couple of times before, and never had any trouble, but on this trip I was well and truly ripped off. I met this girl Poo in a bar and at first she seemed very nice. But it wasn’t long before I found her going through my trouser pockets in the middle of the night and borrowing my ATM card for her own bad purposes. When I confronted Poo with her bad faith, she fell into a rage and started blaming me for being too selfish which is an absolutely crazy suggestion. Then she went into a sulk and told me she had put my passport in her knickers to teach a lesson. This was a very serious matter as I was due to go to the airport later that afternoon. We had a scuffle in which I suffered a broken nose but still I could not retrieve my passport as Poo ran out of the house. Twenty minutes later she was back with two policemen who claimed that I had physically assaulted Poo who would be going to the hospital to get proof of a swelling on her arm. I tried to point out to the policemen that I was the one with the broken nose, not her, and that the whole idea of my being a guilty party was complete nonsense. It was me who should be going to the hospital. Nobody took any notice and I was taken to the police station and shown the awful cells. I was told that I would need bail of 200,000 baht and would not be able to leave the country until the case was heard in court which would be several months away. Like anyone else in this situation, I panicked. At the end of the day, I paid compensation of 70,000 baht and was allowed to leave after Poo retrieved my passport from her inner clothing. I am telling your readers this saga so that they will know just how terribly wrong things can go if you come to Pattaya. When people say that tourist numbers are going down, I can only say I am not in the least surprised. K. Harper

Another trip to Bangkok COULD Pattaya Today find out the answers to these questions which are much disputed in the bar where I spend a lot of my time. If gambling was allowed in Thailand, I might have said some money is at stake. As it is, let’s just say you would be settling an amicable argument. Firstly, can a man over 50 obtain a retirement visa if he holds only a 30 day on arrival visa? Secondly, what happens if the immigration officer at the airport makes a mistake about your expiry date and you don’t notice the mistake at the time? Thirdly, can a foreigner open a foreign cash account in Thailand or must it be converted to baht first? Can a foreign currency account in Thailand be used as the bank balance needed to obtain the retirement visa? Ken Hodge Ed: Yes you can obtain a retirement visa from a 30 days visa on arrival. But you have to pay a 2,000 baht supplement to change your short visa to non immigrant visa status, and then a further 1,900 baht to obtain the one year extension. You may also have to pay your embassy to guarantee your pension income and most banks will charge you for providing you with a letter confirming what’s currently in your baht account. If there’s a mistake in the date on your current visa, you should go as quickly as possible to the immigration headquarters in Bangkok (or the immigration base at Suvarnabhumi airport) to get the stamp changed. But it’s sound policy always to check after the stamp is placed in your passport the first time. Foreigners can open foreign currency accounts fairly simply these days – the Bank of Ayudhaya seems to have many such customers. But only an account in Thai baht can be used as the local bank balance to obtain a retirement visa.

THE alcohol watch network and its allies have thrown their full support behind new health minister Chalerm Yoobamrung’s plan to extend the ban on alcohol sales to all public holidays. This would mean that bars, clubs and retail outlets wouldn’t be able to sell booze on holidays, such as the New Year period, on top of the current bans on some public holidays and all election days. We don’t know the details yet and the minister has commissioned Suan Dusit Rajabbat university to conduct a survey before coming to a final decision. So the whole thing could bite the dust as many social schemes have in the past, including the zoning of entertainment districts (an impossibility in Pattaya many would argue given its chaotic layout), refusing to let restaurants serve booze after 10 p.m. and closing all nitery spots just after midnight. Even schemes which have become law, including banning smoking in most public places, are not being enforced. Ashtrays have already started to appear at bar and cafe tables set outside the main premises in defiance of the recent law. Nobody in authority seems to care much that introducing legislation which is then largely ignored simply brings the law as a whole into disrepute. Still that’s presumably TIT (This Is Thailand) as Bernard Trink used to remind us in the Bangkok Post. Extending the restrictions on booze in a holiday destination like Pattaya is a forlorn move, if it is ever introduced. Everyone will agree that holiday periods, such as New Year, experience a high death toll from accidents, many of which are certainly drink related. On the other hand, the period of Songkran is infamous for accidents and not just on the actual festival dates. So are we to ban alcohol for a whole fortnight? And extend it to Christmas Eve and Chistmas Day? Why not ban alcohol 365 days a year? Yet the vast majority of customers in bars and clubs don’t drink and drive in the first place. Something’s wrong. By any assessment, Pattaya bars and clubs have had a poor year so far thanks to the world recession (if that’s what it is) and political and economic uncertainties in Thailand. The health minister has stated that his aim is to have new laws in place by New Year. If that happens, the few weeks of the so-called high season are bound to be badly hit. Meanwhile, neighbouring countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore will be only too happy to suck in the tourist dollars lost to the kingdom. Nobody denies that drink driving is a serious problem all over the world, including Pattaya most definitely. But simply banning alcohol sales on specified days does not prevent drunken driving since people can party on private premises. Thus the supermarkets sell more whilst the bars sell less. As we all know, the current bans on selling alcohol on some religious festivals or election days are most selectively enforced. Some premises get away with it, others do not. The real answer to drunken driving on any night is proper deterrence. If people think they have a good chance of being caught and carted off to the monkey house, howbeit briefly, they will not drive over the limit. At present here in Pattaya, there are a few ad hoc police checkpoints sometimes accompanied by breath tests. But, for most of the time, drivers of two and four wheeled vehicles know their chances of being “done” are one percent or less. Until that public perception changes, there will continue to be horrendous accidents caused by drink. That’s true even if you do close all the bars and clubs for another few days and nights per year.


by Bee McConville SO would you marry your daughter off at the age of twelve or fourteen? I think most of us would be shaking our heads vigorously thinking that the idea of marriage at these tender ages would be a ridiculous and inhumane notion for the twenty first century. It is generally known that young girls were married off at young ages in the distant past but most people think that it only exists now in the pages of the history books. However, if we were to take a closer look at the accepted legal ages for marriage around the world I think many of us would be surprised, if not outraged, to see what laws are still on the statute books. Take Tanzania for example. In that country girls are allowed to be married at fourteen, although they need permission from the courts to do so. Tanzania also accepts that African or Asian ‘persons’ may marry a girl under the age of twelve as long as the marriage will not be consummated


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until the girl reaches the age of twelve. In Ethiopia girls are married off from the age of six and it is uncommon for a girl to be unmarried by the age of sixteen. However, it is unlikely that the marriage would be consummated before the girl has reached puberty and is mature enough to bear children. In Paraguay and Venezuela girls can be legally married at the age of fourteen, although consent from parents is required by law. In Mexico the general age for marriage is sixteen, but where a girl is pregnant, she can be married with permission from the age of fourteen. In all these countries the minimum age for marriage for the male partner is sixteen. In the Middle East, the minimum age for marriage varies greatly from country to country. In Afghanistan girls can be legally married from the age of fourteen and more than half the marriages registered involve females under sixteen, whilst in Yemen girls should generally be fifteen years of age. However, the Yemeni law regarding minimum marriage ages was abolished in 1999 so some people have adopted the new standard of ‘onset of puberty’ which

is regarded as being, in some cases, as young as nine. This is also the case for girls in Lebanon, but covers Muslim girls only – Christian or Druze girls have to be at least seventeen. Other countries in the Middle East, such as Palestine, set the minimum age for marriage at the more acceptable age of eighteen, although legal and parental consent is still required Now you might well be thinking that the countries mentioned above are generally regarded as ‘third world countries’ and their laws are different to those in the west. You might also be thinking (but not voicing) the idea that these countries are somewhat ‘backward’ and are still developing, so retain laws that would not be acceptable in more ‘modern’ societies. Well, think again! In Canada girls can be legally married from the age of fourteen with judicial consent, which is also the case in Texas. In the unlikely state of New Hampshire in East Coast USA, girls can be married at the age of thirteen in cases of ‘special cause’ with parental consent and court permission. In Europe only three countries set the age for

marriage at less than sixteen. In Estonia and Romania the minimum age is fifteen, but in Russia it is fourteen under special circumstances. In Switzerland and Finland the minimum age is set at eighteen. Interestingly, the only country in the world to set the minimum age for marriage above eighteen is China. In that country men have to be at least twenty two years old and women must be twenty before they can marry.

Vol. 8 No. 2 ! 1 - 15 October 2008 Needless to say, the age of sexual consent and the age when people can be legally married is not the same. Take the Philippines for example. In this country you cannot legally marry until you reach the age of twenty one if you are a man or eighteen if you are a woman. However, the age of consent for having sex is twelve. In many countries where the legal age for marriage is set at a relatively young age, the law requires that the husband should be no more than a few years older than the bride. The law also recognises that marriages should not take place where the girl is acknowledged to

be in a vulnerable state or does not have the maturity to recognise the contract she is entering into. In Jordan court permission is required for females under eighteen who wish to marry men who are more than twenty years older than their prospective bride. So it would appear that even in the twenty first century the laws governing marital consent might seem a little anachronistic. However, they might just work to our advantage: if you find yourself with a teenage daughter who proves to be a bit of a handful, you can always threaten to move to Texas and marry her off to a local red-neck!

The Last Straw! NOW I am anal about saving the world so I’ve turned off all my stand-bys, switched off the lights, I drive in an eco-friendly fashion and I don’t use plastic bags. But there is one thing that I can’t do anything about when it comes to not using them. And it is something that is really small, but ever so, ever so annoying. It’s all those little bits of plastic that wrap around the straws on boxes of fruit juice and milk. They are ubiquitous which means they are all over the bloody place. Every time I sweep my floor there they are – the little bits that you’ve pulled of the box of milk and that you would swear you have put in the bin. They

seem to appear like magic under the bed, behind the couch and at the back or the wardrobe. And they seem to appear in the last places you would expect. I mean I never sit on the toilet and have a box of juice, but there is that little bit of plastic sitting behind the loo or between the shampoo bottles. I also don’t drink juice in my store cupboard, but that’s where I have found a number of these irritating bits of plastic. They are clearly not biodegradable so we can expect to find them floating around the house, the garden and in a passing breeze for the next four centuries so what can we do about it? We can’t drink the milk or the juice without the straw as those

damn boxes are impossible to open with anything less than a very sharp pair of scissors. We can’t have naked and unprotected straws on the boxes because then you won’t have any idea what dirty handed passing person might have touched the straw on the box, or even licked it before you’ve bought it. So can some clever person please, please, please come up with an idea to protect those straws without wrapping them in little bits of plastic that then infiltrate every part of our homes - surely it’s not rocket science is it???

blood circulation and hair nourishing are improved. Tightening with infra-red is the last treatment to remove the excess fat and send it out through the body’s waste system. Your body will be ideally fit and firm!

purify your body from toxins and make your skin structure firmer and smooth. Brightening the skin to remove dead cells improves bright colour texture an elasticity of the whole skin.

Body Treatment This treatment uses Thumarin Bathing and body scrubbing, then body massage for tension relief which helps lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. Detox is the best way to

For more information on professional facial and body treatment, call 089 410 0371, 087 131 7109, or visit the Centre at 209/10 Moo 10, Soi Khaotalo, Pattaya, opposite bank of Ayudhya and get a free check up.

I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

“U the One Skin Care” introduces new treatments SOMETIMES it may seem like your skin is impossible to manage, especially when you have several problems like a huge zit on your nose or a cold sore at the corner of your mouth, dimpled skin, wrinkles and a whole lot more unpleasantness. The good news is there are now professional skin care specialists in Pattaya who can help both treat and prevent all our common problems. An excellent choice is the newly opened “U the One Skin Care” introducing the latest skin care innovation from America, the first in eastern seaboard, known as the Magic Light. It safely applies pulsed light energy to the client’s face, breast, etc healing pimples, lightening pigmentation, relieving freckling or deep wrinkles, breast lifting and eradicating

unwanted hair. This can be applied for all skin types for as briefly as 30 minutes. Other treatments also available to suit your skin care needs include:

treatments, 60 minutes each. This focuses more on melasma and pigmentation. It includes pores’ treatment for blackheads and impurity removal with Japanese

Diamond Treatment or Microdermabrasion – 8 treatments, 45 minutes each. This removes dead cells and dirt from the skin surface (AHA treatment). Skin Rejuvenation and Wrinkle Reduction- 11

Ginseng, skin nourishing with ultrasonic or microtech phoresis, seaweed peel-off mask for skin exfoliation and sterilization. It decreases pimple infection by photo tender, pore tightening with Cyro treatment and removes

dead cells and dirt from the skin surface (AHA treatment). Acne Treatment – 12 treatments, 90 minute each. The treatment is very much similar with the skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction except that it focuses more on pimple removal. Tightening – 150 minutes. This is a simple way to relax and pamper the body and mind, combining four treatments. First, by using a high technology G5 machine, which is effective for lipoplasty procedures, you lose all undesirable cellulite by deep massage to your skin. Secondly, it’s the simplest way to fight against cellulite by wrapping the whole body. Then a Thumarin bathing, which is a way to fight against uneven or dimpled skin,

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decided to use his savings to buy a block of land not far from the beach. At the time, the property market was booming and his plan was to secure the land immediately and work to save the money for the eventual construction of a house and possibly a small restaurant for Lek and him to operate. Once he retired and moved to Thailand permanently, they would both live in this beautiful part of the world. On Koh Samui, Lek put him in touch with a Thai real estate agent and they looked over all the available land for sale close to the ocean. The agent eventually showed him two rai of land which was exactly what he was looking for. It was perfect. The price, however, was a little more than he counted on and a little more than his current savings could match. Using Lek as his interpreter, he did some serious bargaining with the agent and it was one happy David when they finally agreed on a price.

But the bargaining process had taken up valuable time and David had to be back at his job within a few days. He had read horror stories of foreign men being ripped off by their Thai wife or girlfriend and decided it was not going to happen to him. He told Lek she could have the land in her name but he wanted a watertight 30-year lease on it. No problem, she said, and they went to see a prominent solicitor on the island. The solicitor spoke English and explained the procedure to David. When it came time to purchase the land, the solicitor would handle the transfer and draw up the lease agreement at the same time. All the legal work was to be done through his office and everything would be above board, legal and fool proof. He signed some preliminary paperwork and told the solicitor he was returning to the UK in two days but would transfer the money to Lek. The solicitor understood and outlined his fee for the service.

David asked Lek to call the agent and tell him the deal was acceptable. Next morning they boarded the plane to Bangkok where the plan was to stay the night before flying off to London. Lek was then to fly back to Koh Samui and wait for the money to come through. Back in cold, wet England he cleaned out his savings account and transferred it all to Lek to pay for the land. He called her every day to see how things were going. Yes, she received the money; yes, she took it all to the solicitor and yes, all the papers had been signed and notarized. She was now the proud owner of 3,200 square metres of prime real estate on Koh Samui over which David held a water-tight 30-year lease. Lek had returned to stay with her family in Isaan and now all he had to do was work and save the money for the house and restaurant. Three months later Lek met him at Bangkok airport.

They stayed the night in the capital before catching a domestic flight to Koh Samui the following day. She showed him the paperwork and the signed lease agreement and everything was rosy as they walked over the property. Lek even prepared a picnic lunch for them to eat as he surveyed his domain. The view was spectacular. He found the survey pegs and mentally pictured the best position for the house. David brought his recent earnings with him and they deposited it all in a special savings account Lek had opened for that purpose. He calculated it would require him working only one more year in England before they could start construction of his dream. Six months later he was back in Thailand. David was a cautious man and made sure he checked Lek’s bank account when he deposited another instalment. Every baht was there. He had told her not to touch the money because it was for the house and she had kept her word. He and Lek paraded around their plot of land, he moved large rocks to mark out the placement of the house and pulled out weeds here and there. David liked trees and wanted to keep as many as he could but, unfortunately, he concluded two had to go because they would block an otherwise panoramic view. … to be continued.

Nevertheless, the businesses struggle on. The open-air Thai restaurant on the corner with Third Road is a good place to take your girlfriend(s) for an inexpensive Thai meal while The Bunker Sports Bar and Diner across the way is a good place to take yourself. Their offer of ‘pie with mash or chips’ for 115 baht sounds appealing. One thing I did notice about this soi is the number of karaoke bars, beginning with Hot Man Pub and Karaoke just after The Bunker. Next is New Contest

Karaoke on the right and World Pub Karaoke on the left. Not my scene at all, as anyone who has ever read this column before will know. Instead, my choice for a first stop was Maggie May’s where I had a pint of draught Guinness for 150 baht. This air conditioned bar is very British, very accommodating for sports enthusiasts and has a Happy Hour which runs until 7:00pm. I don’t drink draught Guinness very often but, when I do get a craving, this is where I come. Kongens (Danish) Bar is across the street followed by the new Chaiyapoon Inn with “luxury guest rooms”, air conditioned bar and a coffee shop. A short walk brings you to Connections Beer Bar. Back on the left after Maggie May’s are two beer bars; The Football Stop and Sunset Boulevard. Happy to see The Asylum bar has closed and the premises are for rent. Although it was operating for a long time and the owners were friendly enough, there were plenty of better bars in the soi. Next is La Plancha

restaurant and bar, Le Cap Breton (French) pub and restaurant, Chez Moe beer bar and Club Pussy cat. Back on the right is August Karaoke, Eurasia Beer Bar and Pom Beer Bar. Seaside 2 Restaurant is one of my favourite eating places because the food is good and the prices are reasonable. Directly opposite are three small massage places - Win’s Massage, Kwan Massage and Grace Massage – offering relief for all aching appendages. Good Love Bar Beer is next, just before Nee Roys Curry Shop, Bar and Restaurant which offers ‘English style Indian food’ both dine in and take away. I have heard very good reports from homesick Londoners. Love Friend Beer Bar is next, then Jipatha (Thai) restaurant, Chow Soy (Chinese) restaurant, Whiskers Beer Bar and Barbie. Barbie’s is a well-known bar (in the Soi 6 mould) and employs some very friendly ladies. So I am told. To finish off the right hand side of the street,

after Seaside 2 is RuamGuan Pub and Karaoke (the 5th and last) followed by Byonse Pub, Crazy Dave’s Bar and Diner and Canterbury Tales Cafe and Guesthouse (see photo). Crazy Dave’s is well advertised and well known for good value English meals and plenty of it. Canterbury Tales is also well known as a great restaurant (I’ve devoured several nice breakfasts there. NO, not at the one sitting!) with an extensive bookshop selling both new and second hand books. There is also an exchange arrangement whereby, once you’ve finished reading your book, you can bring it back and swap it for another. (Probably a modest fee involved.) Now I’m back on Soi Buakow where I will seek out a cool oasis to rest and gather my thoughts. Someone mentioned there is just such a place nearby. Next issue I’m off to Soi Honey Inn which will take me through to Second Road. Until then, have a good one Up Your Soi.

Fool in Paradise Shattered Dreams “IN any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don’t have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all.” Denis Diderot (1713–84), French philosopher. Observations on the Drawing Up

of Laws (1921; repr. in Selected Writings, ed. by Lester G. Crocker, 1966), written 1774 for Catherine the Great. Englishman David found what he thought was the idyllic life. He met Lek on one of his first trips to Thailand; they fell in love and had been together for two years. He was not a wealthy man and still a couple of years off retirement age, so their relationship involved him working back in the UK and visiting her as often as he could. Luckily, his job allowed him two monthlong visits to Thailand each year and this was acceptable. It had to be; there was nothing much he could do about it. Although he originally met her in Pattaya and always stayed with her in Pattaya, they did go on holidays together. They had been up to Chiang Mai and down to Phuket but it was one trip to Koh Samui which changed his life. He loved the place so much that he


Your Soi

by Frank Thring

TRUE to my word, I begin this week’s instalment of Up Your Soi standing at the corner of Pattaya Third Road and Soi Chaiyapoon. This could be called the ‘forgotten soi’, not because it has been overlooked by

businesses, bars or customers, but because it has been completely ignored by the people in charge of maintaining Pattaya’s roads. The road surface is in very poor condition and has been that way for as long as I can remember. And when it rains, forget it.



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Sociolinguistics & Law in Pattaya The legal implications of the English language By: Mr. Ponthep Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Mrs. Darunee Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Accountant of WERACHON LAW OFFICE, 315/304, Moo 12 Theppasit Road (Soi 12) Nongprue,Banglamung, Pattaya City, Chonburi 20260, Kingdom of Thailand Tel: (038) 304 084,(038) 251 533Fax: (038) 304 027Mobile: 081 423 4255, 089 889 6483

THE term “linguistics” and “sociology” come together as “sociolinguistics” which means a study of language in relation to social factors (Oxford Dictionary,1992). As a practising lawyer and permanent resident of Pattaya city, we have observed the development of linguistic culture in this city and noticed that many English native speakers in this city simplify their native language to be able to integrate with locals or other foreigners whose English is not their first language of use. The compromising situation of using the contact language is going well as a matter of survival. The setting of this observation is Pattaya city which is located on the Eastern seaboard of the Kingdom of Thailand. From the small fishing village in the gulf of Thailand, it became the

most popular spot for many American service men enjoying their refreshment and recreation during the Indochinese war. Pattaya city has developed itself rapidly to be the hub for long-stay tourists. It was reported by Manager Newspaper (2007) there were four millions foreigners visiting Pattaya city in 2006, which increased 15.71% from 2005, and 10,969 foreign visitors decided to have long-stay or settlement. Today the social and economical being of Pattaya city is interrelated with many parts of the world. The glut and credit crunch of the real estate market in the USA or the currency depreciation in the UK may create a deep impact on Pattaya city. However, some economic gurus analyze that the lack of confidence in the banking system in Europe and the USA may scare many wealthy persons to keep their money in the bank. The double jeopardy of “inflation” will force them to spend for the property instead of keeping cash in hands. The economy of this Pattaya city contributes to the wealth of many people in other parts of the country especially the North East or Issarn. Manager Newspaper (2007) reported that in 2004 the housing industry for long-stay foreigners had the total value of 64,949 million baht. This figure was only from the data

collected in the areas of Pattaya and Banglamung District. It is undeniable that the social and economical fiasco of Pattaya city will become a snowball effect for many people in the country. The diaspora or exodus of retired westerners coming to settle down in Pattaya city has become the conspicuous social

phenomenon in this decade. The majority of these foreign settlers are British and American with the English language as their mother tongue, while some other minority settlers are German, Dutch and Scandinavian respectively whose even second language is not English. Hence, the English language is increasingly used as a “lingua franca” in Pattaya city among people from different countries and also with Thai people. With the diversity of cultural backgrounds, Pattaya city becomes one of the most

domain of contract drafting. Crystal (1981,1984) mentioned that the more specialized the occupation, and the more senior or professional the post, the more technical the language is likely to be. The major complaint of foreigners in Pattaya City is the poor English skills of their lawyers who cannot provide them with a profound legal advice. Most foreigners need the first-hand information from the real Thai lawyers instead of hearsay information from many unlicensed professionals who can communicate fluently in English but lack of legal knowledge.

profound and sophisticated linguistic contexts with interlocutors in many different levels. They deal with Thai nationals from public and private sectors. The communication cannot always be simplified only for the sake of daily survival but also for the well being of their lives on a sustainable aspect. From the day of applying for their retirement visa, they will be dealing with immigration officers and lawyers who communicate with them in English. Even the day after

they die, their last will and testament will be probated in court in the language which should clearly express to ensure that their last wish about their estates will be respected. During the period of time before they die, they will always be dealing with a Thai lawyer to arrange for their family matters from a prenuptial agreement for estate planning until divorce. One of the main concerns is about foreign ownership which includes acquisition and transfer of real property or conveyancing. It will be a real misery should these foreigners are hindered by the linguistic barrier to have the access of Thai laws which are besetting them. From the preliminary study of the observer, most lawyers practicing in Pattaya city are educated in Thailand which is the monolingual system. Only some pursued their overseas studies. Most of high profile lawyers will practise mainly in Bangkok Metropolis and fly in sometimes for the high profile cases in Pattaya city. Professor Dr. Jumphot Saisunthorn of Thammasart Law School (2007) mentioned that the knowledge of the technical English of most practising lawyers in Thailand mainly stems from the selfdirect learning by trainingon the- job especially in the

more about themselves . The focus is on allowing them to learn and have fun while doing so. Singing and dancing during circle time is always a hit! The activities include finger

printing , foot printing and the making of “happy” and “sad” faces. It’s hard to ignore the sudden awareness of the fingers and toes that have been dipped in paint to make beautiful memories. The eyes

on the paper plate faces might be a little too close to each other and the nose might be a little too large. However, the sound of absolute glee at their work when its finished, makes them the most priceless works of art.

multicultural communities whereby the mutual understanding is in the top priority of the agenda which should be closely observed for improvement. Statement of the Problem The permanent establishment of these foreigners in Thailand involves themselves in

REFERENCES -Black’s Law Dictionary:(2004). Eight Edition, West Publishing Co., USA, ISBN 0-314-15199-0 -Crystal, D. (1981) Generating theological language. In J-P. an Noppen (ed), Theolinguistics (Studiereeks Tijdschrift, Free University of Brussels, New Series 8), 265-81. -Crystal, D. (1984).Who Care About English Usage? Harmondsworth: Penguin -Manager Newspaper (2007) retrieved on 3 rd October,2007 -From http://www.gotomana g e r. c o m / n e w s d e t a i l s . aspx?id=59636 -Oxford Dictionary (1992): Oxford University Press (1992)

Education Oh My! What big feet you have! IF you were thinking this is Red Riding Hood addressing the big bad wolf, you are sadly mistaken. This is in fact just one of the comments heard in the Pre-school A1 classroom of M.C.C.I. The “ Learning by doing “ theory of the Montessori method is incorporated in the theme for this semester which is “Ourselves”. It’s in the precious moments of discovery that the children begin to question and marvel at simplicities that we as adults generally take for granted. The theme for this semester is ‘Ourselves”. The activities are therefore focused on helping the children learn

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Ladies Night Discount Every Monday Henry J. Bean’s bar and grill Pattaya, from 5 pm onwards, gets the party started as the girls buy one drink and get another drink free all night long! Call 038 418 418 for further details on this offer. Halloween party for kids Come and join the fancy dress party in The Haunted Dance Studio with party games and prizes, snacks, soft drinks and more at Steps and Rhythm Dance Academy. Tickets at 400 baht from Stephanie Moorhouse on 089 544 4842. Or visit Eat to the beat International BBQ buffet dinner at Hard Rock Cafe. Free flow of whisky, wine, beer and soft drinks Sunday thru’ Friday 6.30-9.30 pm at 750++ baht. Saturdays 950++ baht. Phone 038 428 755-9. Hard Rock anniversary Celebrate 7th anniversary at Hard Rock cafe on October 15 with MAEW Chirasak and many special offers. 10oz Angus beef at 560 baht net instead of 659 baht! Phone

038 426 635 for more details. Manhattans early bird From 5 pm – 7 pm you can select a two course meal for 795 baht or three courses for 895 baht all inclusive and no tax. Choose from four starters, four mains and four desserts. Mains include grilled sirloin or lamb and mint burger or pan fried chicken or tagliatelle with fresh salmon. Tel 038 259 790. Manhattans Sunday lunch A help yourself starters buffet with 20 great choices, then a selection of 10 main courses and a surprise dessert. Great promotions on wines, beers and spirits too. All for 795 baht from 12.30 pm to 7 pm. Located at Nirvana Place, Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Reservations on 038 259 790. Da Endorphine at Amari The famous rock star is performing live at the 11th anniversary of Henry J. Bean bar and grill in north Pattaya on Saturday November 1 from 7 pm VIP party package only 950 baht. More details on 038 418 418. Amor PGF dinner The PGF annual charity

PATTAYA TODAY 19 dinner is on Saturday October 19 at 8 pm. Price is 1,600 baht and tickets available from Amor (038 710 680) or from Jim at nearby Ambiance hotel. In aid of Heartt 2000 and other PGF nominated charities. Optimist International The Optimist International Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Star Gazer’s Room of Hard Rock Hotel. The theme is Bringing Out The Best in Children to help kids in Thailand. Call Drew Noyes on 084 111 7999. PILC coffee morning Pattaya Int. Ladies meet for their monthly coffee morning on Tuesday October 21 at the Moore bar and grill, near Marriott Hotel, from 10.30 am. No reservations necessary and ladies of all nationalities welcome. PILC charity ball The charity “black and white” charity ball is being hosted by Dusit Thani hotel on Saturday November 15 from 6.30 p.m. Following dinner, there’s an auction in which many fabulous items are up for grabs. Tickets are 3,500 baht per person from Adele onaapaykel@iprimus.comau or on mobile 086 149 1771. Charity media race Easy Kart in conjunction with Bartercard Pattaya will hold the first ever media challenge at the Easy

Kart Bali Hai track. Sunday October 26, 8 pm – 10 pm. This is an opportunity for all local media outlets locally to show their worth! Phone Laurie Muir on 089 772 6965. 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. Copa showbar comp On Friday October 24, it’s the Mr Body Beautiful competition in support of Heartt 2000 charity at the new and elegant Copa Showbar, Boyztown. Be in your seats by 10.00 pm for this extremely popular annual charity fundraising event. See Miss PGF at Boyz Monday November 3 is the date for the Miss PGF competition and extravaganza show at Boyz Boyz

Boyz professional nightclub, in the heart of Boyztown, in aid of the Heartt 2000 charitable foundation.Dresses you just wouldn’t believe. Wiggle Town open The Wiggle Town playcentre and cafe is a great place to bring your child whilst enjoying a coffee or relaxing. It’s an international play centre and not a child minding organisation. Located on Sukhumvit between Thepprasit and South Pattaya Road, phone 087 600 5306 for details. British embassy Pattaya Brits requiring letters for immigration purposes and other consular matters can visit the Meesen coffee shop, based in the car park of Pattaya immigration bureau Jomtien soi 5, Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 9.30 am (excluding public holidays). No appointment necessary. Phone contacts 081 782 7363 (English) or 089 203 1646 (Thai and English). We cannot give advice to Thai nationals seeking entry clearance UK. British embassy fair Ploenchit Fair 2008 will be held at the Shewsbury International School in Bangkok on Saturday November 29 from 10.00 am to 8 pm. Over 150 stalls for charity offering great activities and games for all. More information on www.ploen

Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Krav Maga self defense Learn to defend yourself against attackers with Krav Maga self defence. There are local classes in Pattaya. Details on or phone 085 288 3709. Financial experts in Bangkok MBMG Group is holding a free public seminar on how to invest successfully in hedge funds, led by New York’s Appleton Capital Management and Asia’s Distributions Manager for Man Investments. Venue is Thursday October 16 at Pacific City Club, 12.30 – 13.30 hours. For more details phone 02 635 7151. Fine wine at Gian’s You are invited to experience an evening of fine Caldora wines from the Tuscany region in Italy. Our Chef Giovanni Carannante will pair each grape variety with an exquisite Mediterranean dish, complementing each other perfectly for you indulgence at Gian’s Wine Dinner on Friday October 31. Reservations on 038 364934.


by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: Dear Kris & Noi, During the six years that I’ve lived in Pattaya, I’ve encouraged many family and friends to have holidays here. They visit me and also other parts of Thailand. However, in the past year or so, many had their holidays spoilt by being here during yet another election, and being unable to drink alcohol in bars or restaurants for two or three days at a time. They will not return to Thailand. There’s no way they can plan holidays to miss Thai elections, so in future they’ll visit countries that welcome them as paying guests, not as a nuisance, which seems to be the attitude of authorities here. No Thai minister has yet explained why a tourist cannot even have wine with a meal, whereas Thais who are eligible to vote can still manage to buy high-degree spirits with total ease. It’s not a problem for me, as I am a family man

Private Posts who normally eats and drinks at home, but holidaymakers don’t want to travel thousands of miles at great expense, only to be told that their enjoyment is restricted because of an election that has no relevance to them. Barry Probably every English language newspaper in Thailand receives regular complaints about the alcoholfree days. With the plethora of elections over the past twelve months or so, these restrictions must really be having an affect on business revenue in tourist areas. And it isn’t only the bars and restaurants that suffer, as many tourists will not return, and of course will tell friends and maybe newspapers and travel organisations about their holiday frustrations. It’s hard to believe that even one single Thai has been kept away from alcohol because it wasn’t on sale at a bar or restaurant in a tourist area. With a drop in tourism due to the current state of the world’s economy and international reports about Thai political problems, the Thai tourist industry can ill-afford so many interruptions to business, especially as some

neighbouring countries appear to be actively promoting tourism. Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that the policy will change in the near future, so you can expect more weekend closures over the next few months. Dear Kris & Noi, I was surprised at the letter by a man complaining about Thais standing still on escalators, preventing him from walking up. In my experience, most men are quite happy to spend as much time on them as possible, patiently staring ahead and enjoying the view of so much leg and thigh. As my husband says, it’s the only time he can look at lovely ladies without interruption from me, so I hope this doesn’t brand him as a voyeur! Sonia Kripalani On a crowded escalator the view is usually anywhere between the back of the head and the lower back, male or female, which is hardly a turn-on. Admiring someone of the opposite sex, or same sex if that’s what you like, isn’t voyeurism. As long as he doesn’t try to manoeuvre for a better position, which is unlikely if you are with him, then he’s

What really (or maybe indeed) happened at Sodom and Gomorrah God’s final judgment or just an earthquake? ALTHOUGH you can never get ancient historians to agree on anything of consequence, the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah were likely discovered in the late 20th century southeast of the Dead Sea. The modern names are Bab edh-Dhra, thought to be Sodom, and Numeira, probably Gomorrah. Both were destroyed at the same time by an enormous conflagration and the destruction debris was three feet thick. The mystery is whatever brought about this awesome calamity. Startling discoveries in the cemetery at Babe dh-Dhra show that the buildings used to bury the dead were burned by a fire that started on the roof. Every structure in the excavated graveyard appears to have been destroyed from the air by some enormous fiery source. The answer to this could well be given in the bible.

“Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah from the

asphalt, in the region south the Dead Sea. Such material normally contains a high

Lord out of the Heavens (Genesis 19:24). The only conceivable explanation for this unique discovery in the annals of archaeology is that burning debris fell on the buildings from above. How could such a thing happen? There is ample evidence of subterranean deposits of a petroleum based substance called bitumen, similar to

percentage of sulphur. It has been suggested by geologist Frereick Clapp that pressure from an earthquake could well have caused the bitumen deposits to be forced out of the earth through a fault line. As it gushed out of the earth it could have beenignited by a spark or by a surface fire. It would indeed fall to earth as a burning, fiery mass. It was only after Clapp put

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just a normal man who admires legs, and he’s lucky to be living in a warm climate where they are always on show. Just don’t let him loiter around escalators while you are doing the shopping. Dear Kris & Noi, I had a few Thai language lessons, mainly just conversational stuff, and did pretty well; apparently I can pronounce the words clearly. Anyway, I was encouraged by my teacher to learn reading and writing too, as it would help me when I wanted to broaden my vocabulary. I’m trying hard, even doing homework that she sets me, but I’m finding it difficult. I don’t mind spending time on it, as I have plenty of spare time, and it keeps my brain ticking over, but sometimes I wonder whether it’s worth the effort when most expat friends tell me I’m wasting my time, as it’s easy to get around Pattaya with just English. They say better to just play golf or go for a swim. But I do enjoy it when Thais express pleasure when I manage to speak some sentences to them, and I’ve had some fun conversations with girls; speaking a mix of Thai and English they seem more relaxed and friendly. forward his thesis that Sodom and Gomorrah were actually found. Interestingly, it turns out that the former cities are indeed located exactly on a fault line along the eastern side of a plain south of the Dead Sea. There is even some support for the thesis in the old testament itself. Abraham viewed the destruction from a vantage point west of the Dead Sea. Genesis records what the prophet supposedly said, “He looked down towards Sodom and Gomorrah, towards the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.” The mention of dense smoke suggest a petroleum based fire. Smoke rising like smoke from a furnace indicates a forced draught, such as would be expected from subterranean deposits being forced out of the ground under pressure. Such was the end of the cities of the plain which, in ancient times, were important centres for the extraction and selling of salt. So important was salt as a preservative that workers sometimes received part of their wages in the stuff. There’s an echo of that in the modern English word “salary” which comes from the Latin for salt “sal”. Or, if you prefer, you can choose the actual biblical interpretation. Sodom and

Do you think it’s worth continuing with reading and writing, or just learn some more conversational Thai? Eager Beaver Knowledge of written Thai can certainly help you to improve your Thai vocabulary. You will be able to read new words and pronounce them properly, then use a Thai/ English dictionary to learn the meanings. It’s an advantage to be able to read Thai menus, signs in a supermarket or shop, and to actually know where you are when you are Gomorrah were centres famous for deviant sex (the word sodomy did not come to mean

homosexuality until Tudor times) and had to be punished when no worthy citizens could be found in the entire place. Another interpretation is that the citizens of the cities were

travelling outside the tourist areas, where signs in English are sometimes scarce. You enjoy speaking with Thais; imagine their delight when you write your name and address in Thai for them, and it’s easier to get to know a girl if you can speak her language. Ignore your friends’ comments; if you get satisfaction from learning the language it is well worthwhile persevering. It does get easier once you clear the early hurdles and language learning becomes more interesting as you progress. inhospitable to strangers and had to be taught a lesson. Ezekiel (16:49-50) leans to the latter view rather than the sexual shame the sis. “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom. She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned. They did not help the poor and the needy. They werehaughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.”

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Vol. 8 No. 2 ! 1 - 15 October 2008


Short takes

by Alan S. Brown

I RECENTLY attended the 2008 Bangkok International Film Festival. There were about eighty films on offer; and this year the emphasis was on Asian cinema. I was interested in seeing one called Children of the Darkness, which was a British entry about child sex trafficking in Thailand.

Unfortunately, the film was pulled due to “censorship issues” (i.e. not good for Thailand’s image). When will the authorities grow up? I had the opportunity to view four Filipino movies. Three

employed a “cinema verite” technique, which I found annoying. However, if you like graphic sexual depictions (who doesn’t?), do see Serbis (which means “Service”) about an extended family that runs a porno movie theater. “Service” refers to the young men who service the male customers. (Note, I’m sure it will not be released in

Thailand in its uncensored form.) The fourth one, Jay, was so bad that the audience laughed throughout. The only problem was, I’m not sure if it was meant to be a comedy. On a positive note,

I really enjoyed Vicky, Christina, Barcelona, the new Woody Allen romantic comedy. The director is still in top form. An American/ Laotian documentary, The Betrayal, followed a Laotian family, for over twenty years from the time of the American air strikes on that country to the family’s resettlement in America; not a smooth transition. ****** MY friend and I had breakfast at a restaurant that recently opened on Third Road between Soi 17 and Pattaya South Road. I’ll never understand why some service people haven’t the foggiest idea what’s on their own menu. The menu clearly offered “breakfast” for seventy baht; and clearly stated that the meal included eggs; bacon, ham or sausage; juice and coffee. We requested bacon, coffee and orange juice to accompany our eggs; and ordered a couple of soda waters. We were quite

surprised to receive a bill of four hundred forty baht. (To be fair, they brought us bacon, ham and sausage, although we clearly ordered just bacon as per the menu choices.) We pointed out the price of seventy baht on the menu. After a ten minute conference among five staff people, and a phone call (to the owner, perhaps?) the bill was adjusted down to three hundred baht, which was still off the mark. We patiently explained that two breakfasts (70 baht each) and two sodas (30 baht apiece) totaled two hundred baht. After another consultation and many computations on the calculator, the waitress apologetically returned with the corrected bill. We appreciated that the problem was, at last, solved, but resolved never to go back;too much aggravation. Guys: Read your own menu! ****** I GET my internet service through T.O.T. I will say that reliability seems to have improved lately. However, when I see their commercials in the local cinema heralding their “speedy” internet, I want to rip out the screen. So, I

An Expatriate’s Lament

I’M an American expatriate living in Bangkok, and I was recently reminded of the price I pay for living overseas. While reading an American comic strip in an English-language newspaper, I came across a reference to corn dogs. I have no idea what corn dogs are. I imagine they’re probably something like hot dogs, but made of corn. This is only one of the many reminders I am always getting

that being an expatriate has cut me off from my own culture. And I know that some cynics think that being cut off from contemporary American culture isn’t such a bad thing. Indeed, a British friend claims that America doesn’t have any culture at all. “You don’t have a culture,” he sniffs. “You have technology. America is a silicon society.” Well, you can bet that got my red-blooded patriotic American dander up. Yes, sirree, Bob! Gosh darn it, we do too have a culture! Just look at our music. The Europeans may have given the world Beethoven’s symphonies, Puccini’s operas, and Handel’s Messiah, but we’ve topped them with hip-hop, gangsta rap, and “Achy-Breaky Heart.” And look at our art. Okay, so we may not have produced anything comparable to the Mona Lisa or Michelangelo’s Moses. But where would the art world be without Snoopy, Garfield, and Ronald McDonald? Not to mention those classic statues of Colonel Sanders that grace the outside of many KFC outlets. And literature! They say that Tolstoy’s War and Peace may be the greatest novel ever written, but in terms of deep meaning and profound insights it doesn’t even come close to Chicken Soup for the Soul. The Europeans will laugh at our philosophy, and trot

out tired old warhorses like Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Kant. But which of them can match the dynamism of Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, and Norman Vincent Peale? And don’t forget our world-famous cuisine. Aside from hamburgers and pizza, we now have corn dogs. Critics will carp that hamburgers were invented by the Germans, and pizza by the Italians. But that is part of the genius of America: to steal something invented by other nations, and make it worse, and still sell it to the rest of the world through powerful international fast-food franchises that clog the arteries, destroy the health, and hasten death. Indeed, I am reminded of the richness of American culture every time I go home and find out what I’ve been missing. For instance, there was a long time when I didn’t know who Roseanne was. I kept reading in the news magazines about Roseanne. Who the hell was she? I had no idea. But then I went home and discovered that she was a TV star who used to be married to Tom Arnold. Without such knowledge, I would have remained forever a cultural cripple. But now I can establish my credentials as an authority on American culture by crashing cocktail parties hosted by the international

glitterati and boasting, “I know who Roseanne is.” Then there was latte. Some years ago I kept reading about people “having a latte.” It sounded terrible, like a bad bowel movement. I didn’t know whether it was pronounced “latt,” “lat-tie,” or “lat-TAY.” What was my wonder to discover that it is actually a kind of coffee, and that it is no longer possible to order a simple cup of coffee in the United States. No, you have to order an espresso, or a cappuccino, or a mocha, or a latte. Since then, this blight has spread throughout the world. There must be over a hundred varieties of coffee now multiplying like hamsters throughout the planet, and they all have unpronounceable names. But there’s an upside to being an expatriate which stay-at-home people from any country in the West never find out about. I’m always surprised whenever I run into a Westerner who doesn’t know how to use chopsticks. I’m also nonplussed if he can’t stand a few chillies in his curry. And if he dislikes rice and insists on potatoes, I give him up as hopeless. I am bemused if he goes into an Asian toilet and emerges in a panic because there’s no toilet seat to sit on, even though there is a perfectly functioning pair of footrests whose use

went to C.A.T. to inquire about their internet service. I explained that I live in the Jomtien area near Tappaya Road. When, I mentioned the name of my “village,” the young lady who was helping me said, “Oh yes. We have many customers there.” So, I figured I was in like Flynn. Wrong! She informed me that the government has requested that they refrain from taking new customers, in my area, until the road work is finished on Tappaya Road. “I see,” I replied. “Then, I guess it’s safe to assume that I can get connected in about ten years or so.” “Maybe you should change your house,” she drolly suggested. ****** KUDOS to Bell Transport: Many readers are probably aware that Bell Transport will take you from the Pattaya North Bus Terminal to the airport. They also offer a service to downtown Bangkok. For three hundred baht, they’ll pick you up at your hotel or condo and deposit you at the bus station, where you board a coach. ought to be obvious to all but the most cretinous. I’m stunned whenever fellow farangs ask me, “So who was this Confucius guy?” I am more than a little dumbfounded when they casually inquire, “What is Buddhism all about? Something to do with the Dalai Lama, isn’t it?” Not long ago I was watching “The Tiger Woods Story” on cable TV, and was appalled to see Thais pedaling bicycles around Bangkok and wearing conical Vietnamese hats. You’d think the producers would have done their homework. Riding a bicycle in Bangkok’s horrendous traffic is a pastime reserved for a few eccentric foreigners with a certifiable death wish, and Vietnamese hats are worn—surprise!—mainly by Vietnamese. There’s also that great movie “Missing in Action III,” in which Chuck Norris rescues a group of half-American orphans being held captive

(Although I live in a house, I had them collect me in front of a nearby hotel.) At Bang Na, you transfer to a van which then takes you to your hotel. The trip from the Pattaya bus station to my hotel, near Rama IV Road, took two hours and ten minutes; not bad. While on the van to the hotel, I answered a call on my mobile and, inadvertently, left it on the van’s seat. After some frantic phone calls to Bell, the driver returned with my phone to the hotel’s reception area. Needless to say I was quite appreciative of his honesty and prompt service in bringing back the errant mobile; and left him a gratuity for his efforts. (Note: Had I been thinking more clearly, I would have called my phone number instead of Bell’s. I probably would have located the missing instrument more quickly. Several friends called me, in the interim, and had pleasant conversations with the driver. They, most likely, found my phone before I did.) You can call Bell to reserve a seat at 038-370055. If you can have a Thai person call for you, so much the better. in Vietnam and leads them across the border to freedom in Thailand. There’s just one minor geographical problem. Vietnam doesn’t share a border with Thailand. Cambodia is in the way. So ignorance is not a monopoly of expatriates, and what’s relevant depends on where you happen to be sitting at the time. I know for sure that some Americans confuse Thailand with Taiwan. Others think we ride elephants in Bangkok, although considerably more of us ride the Skytrain. And I’d be willing to bet that there are people who think that Tom Yam Kung is the name of the prime minister of Singapore. But I’d still like to know what corn dogs are. S. Tsow is an English teacher who doesn’t even know what corn dogs are. You can scold him for his ignorance at .

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Sinthoranee Property launches seafront plaza The first ultra-modern style outlet in Jomtien

“WIND Seafront Plaza” is a brand new project which will boost the image of Jomtien as a shopping haven, one of a number of quality products by Sinthoranee Property Company Limited. It’s a three storied structure in contemporary loft style with an open roofline which will attract the coolness of the nearby sea. Additionally, the fronting yard of the plaza can be utilized to cater for many diverse activities, including marketing of new business and retail products all the year round. The plaza, which is scheduled for completion in December 2008, is close to Jomtien beach road, soi 8. The first zone of 528 square wah is being designed as a shopping plaza paradise with 3,505 square meters of total space and 44 meters of width facing beach road itself. The second zone will be larger and is to be developed in a later project.

Available units in the first phase range from nine to 235 square meters. Space allocation on the first floor will be fast food outlets, coffee shop and bakery, supermarket, restaurant, pharmacy and bank. The second floor will be dedicated to a fashion boutique, bookstore and beauty salon. The top floor will specialise in a spa, top class restaurant and entertainment on a family scale.

Sinthoranee Property Company a subsidiary of Thairung group of companies which has interests in property, manufacturing, vehicle distribution and

finance. The group has over 2,000 employees and a turnover in excess of 300 million US dollars. Their

real estate products and services include houses and condominiums, office buildings, hotels and resorts and community malls. “The Pattaya area is full of potential,” says board president Dr Pranee Phaoenchoke, “The area is very well known to both the Thai and overseas market and serves over six million people a year. The resort area is expanding and now covers 15 kilometers. Yet the Pattaya and Jomtien areas are not just a tourist haven but the eastern seaboard is now

a banking and commercial and telecommunications centre too.” He added that the area now has several excellent schools in the private sector and is efficient in both its water treatment facility and its garbage disposal system. On top of that, the city is a key base for all manner of sports and sporting competitions, both national and international, with facilities which are second to none in the kingdom. Managing director of the company Mr Wuttichai Phaoenchoke pointed to the main benefits of the new shopping plaza. “The facility will be in a prime area of Jomtien with a spacious loft design providing a spectacular sea view with specially designed, ultra modern stairways throughout the building.” He added, “We are providing the first mini-plaza with a futuristic style on the whole of Jomtien beach, suitable for investments such modern bars, restaurants, bakeries and fast food outlets in an ultra modern setting.”

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“Anything with a stomach is corruptible” says Andre Twenty years of preventing burglaries in Thailand by Barry Kenyon OUR dinner at Valentino’s excellent Italian restaurant (next to Foodland) was a timely one. “There is no question that we are facing a steep rise in crime, including breakins, worldwide and Pattaya is certainly no exception to the lamentable trend,” says Andre Machielsen who is the resort’s longest serving security expert. His company Master Safety Enterprises Ltd has been

providing solutions since 1988 throughout Thailand and beyond. His list of customers, past and present, reads like an access control and alarm handling systems Who’s Who. They include Krung Thai Bank Head Office, The Shell Company of Thailand, Mahidol University, several Bangkok based foreign embassies, Rolls Royce International. He once devised a CCTV surveillance system for the 29 prisons in Thailand and

former clients even include former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra – howbeit before he became a politician of note! “Securing your domestic or business premises is really about preventative thinking,” confirms Andre. “A break-in is a type of rape as people do feel violated. It’s so very important to take precautions before the burglars strike.” So each residence requires a specific and unique plan of quality defence whether that is an intruder alarm system, closed circuit TV, access control, gate automation, secure uPVC doors and windows.” Andre comments that some security solutions may not actually be high-tech. “We don’t start with assumptions about that. It may be that raising the height of a wall or installing a steel gate may do the trick. But it’s also true that most jobs do need a company like mine which is very up to date with the latest technological developments, now including appropriate use of the internet and the latest mobile phone developments. I always see myself as a

consultant rather than a salesman.” Based in Thailand since the mid 1970s, Andre has a background in deep sea diving and worked as a security officer for an oil corporation. He started his own business in 1988 and has never looked back. “My initial specialism was selling giant safes but, after attending an expo in Bangkok, I quickly realised that home security systems were a totally undeveloped field, especially in Pattaya.” He adds that he has always preferred systems to security guards or dogs. “Anything with a stomach is corruptible.” Looking back on the last two decades, Andre admits being flabbergasted by the huge development of Pattaya and the eastern seaboard. “Nobody prophesied the advent of so many villa estates and high rise condos,” and security is a preoccupation of all developers. Much of Andre’s work these days comes from pre-wiring multi-residences in a gated community or preparing central monitoring systems for large buildings. “If you

want to get involved these days, it’s essential to be absolutely up to date with the latest technological solutions on the market.” Given his heavy commitment to keeping burglars out, a seven days a week job for sure, it’s good to find that there’s another Andre Machielsen. He’s a family man with a Thai wife of 20 years standing. “I’m so lucky to be still in love,” he confides. A past president of the Pattaya City Expat Club (which meets at Henry J Bean’s on North Road every Sunday morning), he’s also a Freemason, a Rotarian and a charity fund raiser for several organisations including Jesters Care for Kids. And so to the best news. From now until the end of January 2009, Master Safety Enterprises is offering free basic alarm monitoring for 12 months for customers buying a technological security package for their home or business. Given that prices are very reasonable in the first place, this is a not to be missed opportunity, particularly for readers who are in practice

Andre Machielsen defenceless against intruders. “Don’t forget that window bars only offer five minutes’ protection against a determined intruder. A tailor made intruder alarm system, with a centrally controlled monitoring system needs to be carefully considered.” You can visit the Master Safety Enterprises office in Pattaya along the South Pattaya Road, not far after you pass the traffic lights at Second Road, as you go towards Sukhumvit highway. Or call them on 038 489 102-3, direct line 038 426423. There’s a detailed website at w w w. t h a i s e c u r i t y. c o m confirming that sensible precautions today can avert a disaster tomorrow.

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The new condo act works for customers


Consumer has more rights than before (THIS article by Dr Teerachon Manomaiphibul, Property Perfect PLC’s chief operating officer, appeared in The Nation on September 29 and is reprinted here, slightly edited, as it’s an excellent summary). The procedural act BE 2551 became effective on August 24 and has had a great impact on all developers, particularly those who show less concern and care for consumer interests. The aim of the act is to minimise and resolve disputes between business entities and consumers which have arisen owing to product defects, inferior quality and poor service. To give both parties equal rights, the act will apply the procedural consumer act BE 2551 instead of an earlier civil law BE 2548 in cases where a consumer files a complaint against the business entity. Also the president of the supreme court of justice has the right to issue additional

regulations, with the consensus of the supreme court meeting, on any point that is not mentioned in the act. Lastly, if there is any issue that this act does not mention, and no regulation from the supreme court applies, the procedure of civil law BE 2548 shall apply as a “last resort”.

Articles 10 and 11. There is no requirement for written documents in the execution. Any terms and conditions the developer expresses to the consumer, written or oral, are considered to be

a “promise” to perform. The promise can be an advertisement, notice or other document. Article 12. The philosophy of “utmost good faith” shall be considered the first priority of all developers in this act. The developer shall run his business using proper standards and be honest with the consumer. If any act or behaviour contravenes business standards, then it’s deemed to be an infringement of the act. Article 13. In case of any damage to life, body or health of the consumer with or without an obvious symptom, the validity period of this act shall be a three year count from the consumer’s notice, but shall not exceed 10 years from the damage or occurrence. Article 17. There is a change in court jurisdiction. The consumer now has the right to bring the dispute and claim on the developer

to the court nearest to his/ her residence to help the consumer in proceeding with the litigation. Article 29. The burden of proof shall be borne by the developer to disprove his or her guilt or fault. If the developer cannot defend himself, he shall compensate for all costs and expenses as claimed. The developer is considered to have exclusive knowledge of his business standard. Article 30. Precedent shall apply if all facts in the present case are similar to the previous case.

Article 40. The court reserves the right to correct any claims of expenses if the consumer can prove that there has been damage as a consequence of the developer’s actions, despite its being noticed later. A correction must be made within 10 years of the date of the first court decision. Article 41. The consumer has the right to stake a claim due to a defective product by exchanging it for a new one or getting it fixed at the developer’s expense. Article 42. If the developer is proved guilty

of running his business below standard, the court has the right to claim punitive damages for the consumer. Article 43. Even if the developer is not proved guilty, but the product is considered hazardous for the consumer, the court has the power to order the developer to recall all products from the market at the developer’s expense. If the developer does not comply, the court can have him detained until the order has been satisfactorily performed.

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Foodland Celebrates 36 Years New USA sponsorship & products THE managing director of the Foodland Supermarket group, Mr. Edwin Lim, was extremely happy with the results of their customary annual food & beverage evening as a gesture of goodwill for their clients. This year it was billed as the American Food Fair as Foodland had very generous sponsorship from the US Embassy, via the American MidWest Food Producers Association. The company was

represented by Mr. Corey Picklesimer who is the agricultural attache in Bangkok and he works with the Thai government offering training and advice as well as acting as facilitator for trade between the two nations. As the VIP guest, Mr Picklesimer helped cut both the opening ribbon and the birthday cake, and spoke about a host of delicious new American products that they had on display, both at the food pavilion and within the

Sponsor Mr Corey Pickelsimer congratulates MD Mr. Edwin Lim

Foodland supermarket. There was a record turnout of visitors and all agreed that this was a high quality function from Foodland Supermarket where numerous loyal customers find that it’s a pleasure to shop. Most of the very experienced executive team from Foodland were in attendance and the general atmosphere was friendly whilst being efficient. Foodland has a history in Thailand stretching back 36 years and the

Pattaya branch in Central Road is one of the most popular. Famed for its rich abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit (some imported), excellent choice of wine and top class groceries and meats, Foodland was the pioneer supermarket in the resort and still maintains a large and loyal following. The semi circular snack bar and quick meals counter is one of the most popular meeting spots in town.

The management and customers pictured together at the party

Master Butcher Christian Kratzer with his asst. Kevin Dingler make perfect Proscuitto

Some high quality products from USA

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The Lofts Southshore sails through its environmental impact assessment THE Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for luxury property developer Raimon Land’s latest Pattaya condominium project, The Lofts Southshore, has been approved by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning. The Lofts Southshore was successfully launched in July this year, pre-selling 61 units on its opening day at a value of

seek new levels to which we can accommodate them. By focussing on environmental and energy conservation from the preliminary design stages, we can ensure them that the final product meets or exceeds the most stringent environmental standards while not largely affecting the immediate area we are building on.” Raimon Land’s support

miniums in the Kingdom. The developer’s concern for the environment and community is further evidenced by its many corporate social responsibility projects aimed at this very issue, including the recently dedicated water treatment plant at Pongsaket School near Pattaya to support the Bangkok South and Pattaya Rotary Clubs’ “Clean Drinking Water Project”.

THB732 million, and is due to be completed in June 2012. Raimon Land Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Cornick, said: “Integrity in everything we do is a cornerstone of our business philosophy, and the timely approval of the EIA is evidence again of the seriousness with which we take environmental issues. “Buyers are ever more demanding, and we continually

of ‘green’ systems has become a mainstay on all its projects. Initiatives such as use of water recycling, water efficient bathroom fittings, low-energy light fitting, high-quality aluminium window systems with tinted laminated glass, window shadings and other ‘energy aware’ designs appropriate for Thailand’s tropical climate have set new standards for luxury condo-

In its effort to offset all of its carbon emissions, Raimon Land has also partnered with the Plant A Tree Today (PATT) Foundation to establish a nursery at the UNESCOlisted World Heritage Site, Khao Yai National Park. The nursery is open to any company looking to reduce its carbon footprint, and will also be used as a research and educational facility.


BASED on the novella by Russian literature giant Alexander Pushkin, Ealing Studio’s adaptation of The Queen of Spades (1949) is a cult classic in search of an audience. Produced by Anatole de Grunwald and directed by Thorold Dickinson, this Poe like tale of deceit and ghostly vengeance is both sumptuous and effective. Anton Walbrook plays the penny-pinching army captain Suvorin who dreams one day of “grabbing life by the collar” and making it give him what he wants. This is a long winded way of saying he wants to win big time at cards. When he happens upon an old book in


a St Petersburg second hand shop that tells of negotiations and deals which people have had with a devil, he discovers that a local countess sold her soul in exchange for the secret of winning at cards. The card game turns out to be called Faro or what you might call Snap. The ancient countess is played by Dame Edith Evans wonderfully teetering between doddering camp and potential menace and Suvorin’s problems is how to get near her. In order to get to the countess and demand the secret, Suvorin pretends to be in love with her adopted daughter and beneficiary

“The Queen of Spades” stops her winning a fortune

Card cheating had a terrible cost for the countess (played by blank and beautiful Yvonne Mitchell) and courts her with great deceit, even copying out love letters from a book of etiquette. Needless to say, the trick works and Suvorin is able to corner the old girl on her own to demand the successful formula. Unfortunately, she dies of fright before divulging the secret even as Suvorin swears he will take all her sin upon his own soul. Some days later, the rustling of female clothes is the clever backdrop to the ghostly arrival of the countess in Suvorin’s quarters where, this time, she does hand over the winning combination in a deck of cards – three, seven and ace implicitly in spades – before shuffling off back to the nether regions to enjoy eternity. Overjoyed, the army captain returns to the gaming hall and bets his life savings on the turning of the next card. He is doomed when he appears to confuse the ace of spades with the queen of spades, although the mix up in the movie isn’t totally clear.

The ending is surprisingly joyous as the adopted daughter uses her inherited fortune to visit the bird market and frees all the caged creatures in a frenzy of overspending. Perhaps the moral of the story is that there are many ways of ending up absolutely bankrupt. The original author Pushkin died penniless in any case and would doubtless have seen the humour of losing a fortune just as he never had the chance to grab one in any case. Actually, the bird market bonanza isn’t in the original story, and appears to be the director’s attempt to put a happy ending on an otherwise macabre saga. The Queen of Spades is a good movie, but can’t quite make up its mind what it is. Maybe it’s a ghost story, yet it’s never really clear if the old countess has to suffer eternal damnation or whether she is let off. After all, she only used the magic formula once in her life and kept the secret until the day she died. Maybe it’s a love story, for there are two men in the Yvonne Mitchell’s

The Book Review No real defence of the appeasement at Munich

Neville Chamberlain was puppet on a string by Barry Kenyon THERE have been several attempts, starting as early as the second world war, to defend Neville Chamberlain’s sell-out of Czechoslovakia to Hitler at the infamous Munich conference of 1938. After the meeting was over, the British prime minister was welcomed as a hero when he landed at Heston clutching the “piece of paper” declaring peace in our time. The apologists argue that, by delaying the start of the second world war by around a year, Chamberlain (however unwittingly) allowed Britain to mass produce Spitfires and Hurricanes which were to save the country’s skin as things turned out. Another line of defence argues that it’s

only in hindsight that we know Hitler was incapable of making a bargain to stick with. At the time, goes the reasoning, it was fair enough to try and save Europe from a dreadful bloodbath. These matters still have

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their echoes in politics today. Is there any point in trying to reach a nuclear deal with North Korea, or are the Stalinist state’s leaders beyond all hope? Well, you take your pick whether Kim Jong Il (or whoever runs the country these days) is a genuine negotiator or not. Or take the situation in Georgia, a rather weak country as Czechoslovakia was. By supporting it, are the United States and Europe likely to prevent Russian aggression or, alternatively, encourage another war? You can argue quite convincingly either way. David Faber (“Munich: The 1938 appeasement crisis”, Simon and Schuster, 20 pounds) will have none of the defence arguments. Munich, rightly in his view, has become a byword

for gutlessness on the part of Chamberlain and duplicity on the part of Hitler. The author has little time for the British premier, denouncing his personal style of government, his arrogance and his selfrighteousness which very nearly led Britain totally down the pan. Moreover, Chamberlain lied to parliament, conducted a whispering campaign to get rid of his own foreign secretary and barred unsympathetic journalists from press conferences. He even set up a secret intelligence link with his sister in law in Rome to encourage closer links with Mussolini. The indifference to the fate of the Czechs – a far away country of which we know nothing as Chamberlain confessed – was shared by

life – the villainous Anton Walbrook who tries to user her to get to the countess – and Ronald Howard as the army man who really does love her. But the lasting impression is that the female heir can never really love anyone. She is too forlorn and self-centred. In effect, you categorise this movie as you will. It’s a film for all seasons. There are some incidental oddities as the movie goes along. Russia was often at war with France at the start of the nineteenth century, yet captain Suvorin has a picture of Napoleon Bonaparte in his study. Presumably he should have been court martialled

for such questionable hero worship. The countess’ guard dog seems generally adept at chasing unwelcome visitors away but is unable to detect Suvorin as he hides in the countess’ bedroom awaiting her return from a party in order to question her. There are several sequences in the movie showing the card game Faro but many ambiguities persist about the details of play. The ghost never said to Suvorin which suit to play although he chooses spades or, otherwise, the movie title would be pointless. Not to worry, it’s an entertaining 80 minutes and arguably Dame Edith’s finest performance on the silver screen.

most of the British Cabinet and Whitehall in general. All were agreed that Hitler could have the place. The dispute was whether Hitler should be allowed to swallow it whole or in pieces. On the German side we know much of the detail because of note-taking by Paul Schmidt , Hitler’s interpreter. Thus Hitler was fully aware that Chamberlain had no stomach for a fight and literally rang rings round the prime minister. Although Hitler put his signature to a hastily typed agreement guaranteeing

compose a ditty, “IF at first you don’t concede, fly fly again.” The actual Munich conference was something of a farce. The convenor Mussolini strode around ignoring the French and British delegations and had eyes only for the German leader. The French premier Daladier, overcome with grief, was on the point of tears and the Czech representative and his wife were kept under police guard as Hitler refused to discuss eastern Europe with him in the room. Inevitably, both sides claimed victory when the conference broke up. Chamberlain was able to wave around his paper “signed last night as symbolic of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again” and Hitler strutted out of the conference with the same air of victory as he was to demonstrate after France fell less than two years later. Hitler’s comment on Chamberlain’s piece of paper was, “Well, he was such a nice old gentleman, I thought I’d give him my autograph as a souvenir. Thus was Europe doomed as the last central European democracy, Czechoslovakia, began to break up. At the end of the day, there is no defence of the Munich settlement and Chamberlain’s role in it.

peace, he privately told Ribbentrop, the German foreign minister, that it meant nothing at all. The fuhrer carried on irrespective of what others thought it seems. As a former Tory MP, the author David Faber obviously enjoys the absurdities of political in-fighting as well as Chamberlain’s shuttle diplomacy. He went to Germany three times in a month to see Hitler which prompted Whitehall wits to

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With the global economic gloom why it’s the perfect time to invest in Asia by Craig Taunton FOUR of the six countries that are currently considered ‘global economic giants’ can be found in our region of the world but I won’t keep you guessing as to who they are….China, India, Japan, Brazil, Australia ... and Canada. There is nothing that you do every day that is not connected to, or dependent upon, these six countries. They make the clothes you wear. They answer the phones when you call customer service. They supply the gas for your car. They build your car. They make the paste in your toothpaste. Some of them even examine your CT scans instead of your doctor. Quietly, invisibly, they have penetrated every corner of your daily life ... except perhaps one: Your portfolio. If you do not hold significant investments related to these six global giants, you are already missing out on an opportunity that comes along (maybe) once every 100 years. Let’s start by looking at our region’s powerhouse, China, whose stock market, for example, rose 131% in 2006 — nearly ten times more than the US. China’s march towards economic prosperity has seemed unstoppable since 2006 and along the way; we are seeing a series of largely untold economic miracles:

- Chinese consumer spending has jumped from virtually zero to nearly $1 trillion. - There are now over 100 cities in China with a population over 1 million. The U.S. has only nine. - China currently boasts 1.3 billion consumers. Plus, to stimulate foreign investments, Beijing is pulling out all the stops highlighted by the recent Olympic Games they hosted. China plans to boost natural gas consumption by as much as 500 percent ... invest nearly $4 billion in information technology and infrastructure ... expand fibre optic networks ... beef up mobile communications capacity ... establish digital capable HDTV transmission ... and use GPS technology for traffic control. They are building massive skyscrapers, highways, city expressways, subway lines, and an intra-city light rail. It’s expanded the Beijing airport, improving water, electric, gas, and heating facilities. All across China, the equivalent of a city the size of San Francisco is being built every two weeks. This year alone, Shanghai (with 17 million people) will complete towers with more square footage than all the available space in Manhattan combined. Even more significant is that China just launched a rural initiative for over 800 million citizens. It plans to spend over $11 billion a year on rural education, irrigation, medical

services and it’s investing tens of billions to build 112,000 miles of rural roads — enough to circle the globe four times over. Imagine, just imagine, the raw materials and natural resources like cement, asphalt, tar and steel required to feed that kind of growth. That’s why consumption of just about every imaginable resource is flying off the charts! The Relentless Rise of India: ”It’s Like China 15 or 20 Years Ago.” Those are the words of a renowned emerging-markets investor that appeared in a recent issue of Time magazine. But that’s just a tiny glimpse of India’s almost unlimited potential: - India is currently home to more than 1 billion people and projected to surpass China as the most populous country on Earth by 2015. - India’s economy is growing 8 percent a year — the second fastest rate in the world. - The Indian stock market has tripled in three years — creating a record number of billionaires. One reason: Foreign investors have poured $30 billion into India’s stock market in 36 months. Just like China, India needs massive amounts of natural resources and commodities to feed its booming economy. And this is not just a passing trend. It’s an economic appetite that could last for a long time. But where will China and India find the commodities,

natural resources, and consumer products to feed their unbridled expansion? Japan: The Sun is Rising Again Japan is now enjoying its longest, non-stop, sustained expansion since World War II. Automakers are soaring. Banks are thriving (albeit in relation to the banking industry of the US and Europe) Unemployment hit a record low. And the stock market doubled in 24 months. So what’s the mega-force behind Japan’s remarkable recovery? You guessed it — China. Japan’s trade with China jumped to $189 billion last year, the seventh straight annual record. This year, it should easily top $200 billion. Look, just when most people were giving up on Japan a few years ago, the country was cleaning up its balance sheet and starting to capitalize on China’s economic boom. At the same time, Japan is also solidifying trade and security links with Australia. It’s currently the biggest buyer of that country’s coal, natural gas, oil, and agricultural goods. And if the two countries hammer out a free trade agreement, both economies will get an additional boost. As an investor, you should be asking the question ok so where do I put my money to work? So, here’s an important question: What kind of businesses in Asia look poised to grow? Construction: You need look no further than China to understand why

The IT Guru by Richard Bunch Q. I work offshore for several months at a time. My house is in a village with security, but the last time I was away at work, some quite valuable items went missing. As there was no sign of a forced entry I am left with a choice of two miscreants, the maid or my ex, though I couldn’t prove either. I have therefore decided to increase my level of security by adding some CCTV cameras. One certainty is that I will be able to look when I am at work from time to time. I have been around the IT centre and am quite baffled by what I see and hear. Can you give me some clear advice that a nincompoop like me can understand? Thanks in advance. Jez A. Although I have previously answered similar questions as yours is not the only mail I have received in a similar vein, I will give the details again as with the rapidly escalating crime rate it

will probably be of interest to many readers. Clearly if you want to be able to see the cameras remotely when you are at work, you will need an Internet connection at your home. The most cost effective choice here is an ADSL connection, assuming that it is available to you; other less robust and more expensive options include satellite and GPRS. Next there is the issue of actually addressing the home network from the outside world. The best option here is a fixed IP address from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) although not all providers and plans provide for this, but if it is available then for around 200 Baht / month it is a worthwhile option. Failing this then the alternative is to use DDNS which means subscribing to a third party provider like or, both of which offer a free service for a single host. When subscribing you select a name on one of their hosts, for example Then you need

to configure your home network to update the DDNS providers’ records when your IP address changes. This is frequently done in the ADSL router / modem under DDNS, although if this is not possible then an update client can be downloaded and installed on a PC that is permanently switched on and connected to the Internet. However you achieve this you put the name you chose when you subscribed i.e., user name and password. This then performs the update so then when you want to access your home network you use the URL which the DDNS provider translates to the latest IP address they have. Here I say latest, this is one of the drawbacks with using DDNS as the records do not refresh in real-time and sometimes the update from the client doesn’t function correctly, also remember that the DDNS servers themselves can experience problems. However, for a domestic solution it is normally an adequate solution. Now for the CCTV equipment itself, here the choice of camera is crucial, do you want a covert installation with for instance cameras disguised to look like smoke

detectors, or overt cameras that will be seen as a deterrent? Covert cameras do not have Infra Red to enable a picture in darkness (the IR glows red when operating). The choices of overt cameras is far greater and they have a wide choice of lenses etc. Also, if you wish to cover the exterior od the property, you need to make sure that these are waterproof and that the installation also takes account of the elements. The images need to be recorded so that any incident can be provided to the Police etc. I normally recommend the recording equipment is set for recording on motion detect, this makes finding and incident easier and the available recording time will be greater than always recording. When setting motion detect it is wise also to mask out any constant movement which would trigger unnecessary recoding, examples being trees and traffic. Although Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras are available, these are not normally needed for a domestic installation. Remember also that it is wise to provide some physical security for the DVR recorder so that a would be thief cannot tamper or steal it. Also I recommend providing a ‘clean’ power supply with backup battery to all the equipment.

this industry has such great prospects. The country is throwing up giant skyscrapers ... paving new roads ... and building new power plants. Cargo and Containers: One trip to Wal-Mart will prove that China has become the world’s manufacturing centre. Today, just about everything on store shelves was made in China (or some other Asian country) but instead of trying to predict who will come up with the latest hot product you should focus on the industries that get the product from factory floor to retail outlet and you have tons of choices in this sector: You can buy shares of companies that run China’s toll roads. You can put your money into railroad companies. And you can also consider port operators, since almost every item eventually boards a ship. Asia is all about consumption. Millions of Chinese yuppies (known as “Chuppies”) are snapping up cell phones ... staying at lavish hotels ... gambling at casinos ... buying fancy cars ... and sporting expensive jewellery. There are some easy ways to invest in Asia but I want to make one thing clear — I’m not suggesting that you abandon all of your U.S. and European holdings. However, I do think it’s foolish to have your portfolio entirely invested in any one country, especially if it’s the slowgrowing U.S. There’s no excuse for that nowadays. Not when you have

so many ways to invest abroad. You can buy a mutual fund that’s focused on either one or more Asian countries. Consider exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These investments give you a diversified stake in specific regions, they’re easily bought and sold, and they generally carry lower fees than mutual funds. You can buy shares of Asian companies that trade on international exchanges. Many come in the form of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), which are U.S.-listed stocks that trade exactly like their foreign-listed counterparts or you can buy shares of Asian companies that are listed on foreign exchanges. A lot of the most attractive Chinese companies are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, but some can also be found on exchanges in Singapore, London, Shenzhen, and Shanghai. There are a number of multi industry and region focused funds that are available through offshore investment bond type products that are perfect for the expat investor that hasn’t the time or inclination to research and keep abreast of all the trends so best advice is talk to a professional who can help you diversify your portfolio to create the perfect balance. Questions to the author can be directed to Craig Taunton of Haswell Pellant by emailing

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


PRAISE WHERE DUE OVER the past week or so familiarisation trips have been organised in Thailand for media and travel agents from around the world in an attempt to rebuild confidence and boost tourism here. These joint efforts of Thai Airways International and the tourism authority (TAT), are in response to the declining number of tourist arrivals caused by the twin setbacks of the global fuel crisis and the ongoing political conflict. Both organisations are to be praised for trying to do something positive. Let’s all hope their efforts pay off. Thai Airways is encouraging its offices around the world to reassure customers that Thailand is safe to visit. A spokesman for them said: “We are trying to mitigate any fallout from the fuel and political issues with prompt and effective action through the travel and tourism trade that will be positive for customers.” As part of the recovery plan, the “Thailand Invitation Mega Familiarisation” trip was bringing in more than 800 media representatives and travel operators from around the world, all of whom have been flown in courtesy of THAI.

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Fangs for the memory OKAY – quit the groaning. For a long time I’ve wanted to have a legitimate excuse to write the above headline and now I’ve achieved it. I regularly attend a Thursday night quiz at the Red Lion pub at the top of Soi Wat Boonsamphan. At the conclusion of the main quiz there’s always an informal round of 100 questions posed to individuals rather than teams. It was my turn and the question was asked: Which character was the invention of Bram Stoker? Now, I can’t explain why, but I always manage to confuse Bram (short for Abraham) with Mary Shelley. I gave the answer: Frankenstein. What an idiot! Of course, as everyone reading this knows, I should have said Dracula. There really is no excuse for this – especially as I have visited Bran Castle in Romania, one-time home of a certain Vlad the Impaler, the nice chap some say is the inspiration for the Dracula character – although this is much disputed. Of course, it’s certainly not in dispute if you’re in charge of Romanian tourism and need interesting places to visit. Never let the facts get in the way of a good yarn. Being asked that quiz question helped bring back many memories – hence the bad pun heading. I went to Romania years ago in the time of another “benevolent” ruler Nilolai Chauchescu. I’m sure many things have changed – hopefully for the better as the people were then severely repressed. On our trip – I was

Bran Castle is said to be the one-time home of Vlad the Impaler.

there in a press group on a “freebie” courtesy of the Daily Express – our government guide was in the habit of taking us outside to talk to us. We wanted to ask lots of questions about the regime and he was reluctant to answer them anywhere he felt he could be overheard. The government may have been giving the people a tough time but, thankfully, they couldn’t repress the very real beauty of the country. I started with a visit to a man-made beach on the Black Sea coast, was taken to see the architectural delights of Bucharest, then flown to the ski resort of Poiana Brasov in Transylvania.

Yes, it’s not a fictional area. We went to a coastal resort at Mamaia which has become quite chic in recent years and now has many nightclubs. I’m not sure there was one while I was there. If there was, I didn’t get to see it. I saw only what the government wanted me to see. I recall asking our guide if it were possible to jump on a bus to explore the coast more. He told me that there were no buses for tourists but he could arrange a taxi trip for me if I would like. A secret service taxi-driver all to myself? It was an offer I could refuse. From the coast it was off to the capital, Bucharest. I

can’t honestly say that I can recall much of my time there but I do remember some great buildings and was left with the overall impression that two or three days would be time well spent there. Then we took a plane to Brasov. It was a twin-prop (not a personal favourite) that looked as if it had been used previously to ferry troops. I was a reluctant passenger made all the more so by the sight of warplanes alongside the runway as we took off. We were off to see the ski resort by day followed by a tourists “banquet” that night.

Over the years it has become apparent to me that I am troubled by vertigo. We were invited to get on a cable car to ascend to the ski resort. I was not at all keen. It was only the greater fear of being ridiculed by others in my group that got me on it. During the ascent a problem occurred and we stopped for what seemed like ages swaying in the breeze. Not recommended. When we reached the top we were stranded for hours while the cable car problem was solved. We were so long up there that when we reached the bottom of the mountain we had to be bussed straight to the banquet without time to go to the hotel to change. A scruffy and dishevelled bunch we must have looked. I managed to change out of jeans into a decent pair of trousers but stupidly left the jeans on top of my bag. They were stolen. At the time Western-style jeans were as good as currency in Romania. Actually to use the word “banquet” is a bit grand. It was a big barbeque held inside an ancient hall that reminded me of a Henry VIII Feast I had once attended in London. The food at these things is always a lottery. My pork had a distinctly pink look, so remained uneaten. Next we were taken to Bran Castle. See below.

I wasn’t felling vlad all over I DON’T know if Bram Stoker did base his famous vampire count on Vlad the Impaler or not. It’s a long time since Bram was with us so it’s not possible to ask him. Anyway, to an extent, it’s immaterial in as much that Vlad did exist, seemed a thoroughly nasty piece of work and, Dracula inspiration or not, his story is a pretty grim one that deserves to attract the interest of tourists and historians alike. Our group visited Vlad’s reputed home, Bran Castle, and it is an eerie place even if maybe it wasn’t the setting for a daylight-hating count helping himself to infusions of virgin blood. When I visited there was only a small group of us so it was possible to find yourself alone at times. A little too spooky for my liking. When our guide said he would like to tell us some of

the fact and myth that surrounds Vlad, he suggested we sit in a field outside that would give us a good view of the castle. I wasn’t sorry to take him up on the offer and get out of the place. Vlad, or Vlad Draculea, as he was known, was said to be capable of great cruelties. The Drac of the name means devil or demon or, in his day, dragon. The ulea part means “son of”.

If you are of a delicate nature maybe you should skip the rest of this piece. Vlad’s preferred method for executing his opponents, was impalement. The method commonly practiced was “bung poling”, dropping a person upright onto a sharpened tree trunk starting from between the legs, the weight of the person forcing the tip of the trunk through the chest cavity or neck.

Nice chap, huh? But, just how beastly was Vlad? Much depends on who you chose to believe. For example, in German stories written about him and his atrocities include the aforementioned impaling plus torturing, burning, skinning, roasting, and boiling people, feeding people the flesh of their friends or relatives, cutting off limbs, drowning, and nailing people’s hats to their heads. His victims, say these stories, included men and women of all ages, religions and social classes, children and babies. In contrast, Russian or Romanian stories about Vlad detail little to no meaningless violence or cruel atrocities. So, you pay your money and take your choice. Was Vlad as bad as some folk make out? Given the subject matter maybe a jokey sign-off is inappropriate.


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Canals Not Favourable of Bangkok Governor Candidate Bangkok governor candidate, Leena Jangjanja, while canvassing support, on Sept.25 from Samwa canal-side residents, responding to complaints that locals had to bathe in the canal, went for a swim, but soon afterwards quit the water complaining of a rash. She then learnt another of her election team, ex-reporter, Theerasak Sitanon, was swept away and drowned in the canal. Distraught Mrs Leena promised to provide financial assistance for the bereaved family. Hotel Owner Suspected of Sneak Filming of Four Mod Paveena Hongsakul, who has been investigating the sneak hotel room filming of sexy pop-star duo, Sakonrat Worautai, 22, and Mod, aka Kunachaya Chairat, 17, for over a month, alleged that the owner of the Ruenrom Hotel, Khon Kaen, was the prime culprit. Also suspected were the owner of the mobile phone used to shoot the nude video clips of the pair while in the toilet/shower, and two other staff members. Rayong Reservoir Bursts A small Rayong reservoir, with a capacity of approximately 62,000 c.m., belonging to Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Co. burst in the early morning of Sept.27, releasing water which flooded about 50 houses. The Mayor of Tambon Mabkha Muncipality, Wansiri Charoenporn, said residents close by the reservoir heard a loud noise at about 4 am and then the water poured out of the reservoir into their homes, flooding them in 20 minutes. Prostitution And Drug Abuse Still Thailand’s Chief Vices Thailand is suffering from widespread drug abuse and an increasing number of young male prostitutes, according to a report of the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board. The report claimed there are 48,000 sex workers, including students, of whom 44.4% were between 13 and 16. The report focussed on the quality of human resources, health and social security, the behaviour and well-being of citizens, the sexual behaviour of young people and the environment. Songkhla Fishermen Demand Compensation A fleet of small fishing boats, now 300 strong, after being joined by 100 recruits overnight, paralysed the Songkhla deep seaport, Sept.28. The boats continued to block the seaway for the second day, fearful that their livelihood was at risk. The fishermen are demanding that the provincial administration should force an oil drilling firm, which is drilling for oil off Songkhla’s coast, to compensate them for potential loss of revenue. Yala Cop Goes on Shooting Rampage A stressed out Yala police lieutenant shot dead a senior police officer and injured two others in two separate shooting incidents, before being shot dead himself on Sept.28. Pol.Lt. Bunchuan Jatharawas grabbed the gun of senior officer, Lt.Col. Danai Ratajai, and shot him 4 times, while being questioned about an earlier shooting. Bunchuan then fired at Pol.Col. Chaithat Inthanoojit, a Deputy Yala Provincial Chief, but he escaped through a 2nd floor window. Esarn Flood Toll Rises After almost continual rain, between Sept.11-30, flooding has killed 23 and caused nearly 230,000 to seek medical aid, suffering from athlete’s foot, rashes, cold, aches and pains, and gastrointestinal disorders. 963 mobile medical units have treated 189,513 flood victims, while four deaths have been reported in Nong Bua Lamphu; three in Phichit; two each in Lop Buri, Prachin Buri, Saraburi and Phitsanulok; and one each in Phetchabun, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Mae Hong Son and Khon Kaen. Bangkok Mayoral Candidate Yearns for The Flesh-Pits Former sex tycoon, Chuwit Kamolvisit, mayoral contender, wants to clean up Bangkok. But weeks of hand-shaking and speech-giving have left him yearning for the halcyon days of massage girls and hot tubs. “Politics is so dirty, so ugly. I would rather sit tight in the nightclub, surrounded by girls, smoking cigars, drinking brandy, and champagne. The sex business is not a problem,” he said. “If you don’t have sex, that’s a problem.” 2 Australians & 3 Thais Killed By Lightning Near Kalasin, Two Australians and three Thais were struck by lightning at a waterfall near Kalasin, Khon Kaen Province on Sept.28.

Australian Social Studies teacher Greg Crombie, 41, and two Thai girls, 14 and 17, died instantly, while Perth youth worker - Thomas McGuiness, 19, and a 16-year-old Thai girl died later. The Australian group from Perth, consisting of 12 Year 11 students and four adults, was on a cultural exchange trip to Thailand. Intrepid Foundation’s Community Outreach Projects In a Sept.27 press release, the Intrepid Foundation announced it has dispensed US$1,261,455 over 6 years to NGOs. One of its worthy causes is Baan Unrak (House of Happiness) in Sangklaburi, Kanchanaburi, an orphanage and community relief centre for children and destitute women, which provides food, shelter, clothing, education, employment, love and support to needy recipients. The 2nd is Friends of the Asian Elephant, which aims to protect and conserve the welfare of domesticated and wild elephants. Trespassing Thai Soldiers Injured By Land Mine Two Thai soldiers were severely injured by Cambodian civil war land mines on Oct.6, 1.5 kms. from the disputed Preah Vihear Temple, on the Cambodian border. One of the Thai soldiers lost both legs after treading on a mine, and when another soldier rushed to aid his injured colleague, he, too, lost a leg after triggering a 2nd mine. Cambodian Maj. Gen. Srey Doek said the Thai soldiers “keep trespassing to our side to grab our land.” Bangkok Election Alcohol Ban Violators Arrested Police arrested 23 people, Oct.5, for infringing election laws by selling or distributing alcohol during the Bangkok governor voting day. Offenders face a six-month jail sentence or a 10,000-baht fine. Meanwhile, Election Commission Chairman, Apichart Sukhagganond, reported that it had received three complaints: tworelating to illegal advertisement boards and the other to distribution of internet access passwords to voters. The Election Commission is considering whether the third complaint contravenes election law. Bangkok Most Dangerous Thai City Human security is worst in Bangkok, while Chiang Mai is the most liveable province, asserts a 2007 government survey, published on Sept.30. The human-security score was calculated using the ratios of hospital beds/doctors to the population, student/teacher ratio, household income, employment rate, crime rate, divorce rate, population density, telephone and Internet access, and election turnout. Besides Phuket, rated at 34.13%, other provinces scoring under 50% were Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Nonthaburi and Chon Buri. Suvarnabhumi Vies for ‘Top 10’ Airport Status Airports of Thailand (AoT) is to promote Suvarnabhumi Airport as one of the world’s top ten international airports in terms of outstanding service by 2009. Apparently, over 80 million people have used the airport over the past two years, with 41.14 million this year to the end of Sept. AoT plans to improve luggage carousels to meet international standards and increase CCTVs to improve security. At present, 111 airlines serve Suvarnabhumi. Phra Khanong Boy Shot During the Bangkok governor election, a 15-year-old Phra Khanong boy was slightly injured after having been shot at his school, which was serving as an election balloting unit at the time. Suksan Kamprawat, a Mathayom 3 student at Phra Khanong Pitayalai School, told police he felt a sudden pain in his left shoulder while he was eating with friends in front of a school building 100 metres away from the election venue. Bangkok Voted ‘Best Asia-Pacific Leisure Destination’ Bangkok has been awarded ‘Best Leisure Destination’ in the Asia-Pacific region by readers of Business Traveller Asia Pacific magazine in Hong Kong, and came 2nd in the ‘Best Business City in Southeast Asia’ category. Meanwhile, at a London awards ceremony, Phuket was ranked 2nd in the Asia-Pacific region for recreation, while two deluxe hotels on the island were voted Ist and 3rd in the ‘Best Resort Hotel in Asia-Pacific’ category. Chiang Mai Dhara Dhevi Ranks Amongst Top Boutique Hotels The Mandarin Oriental’s Chiang Mai Dhara Dhevi Hotel and Resort on Oct.2 joined Thailand’s finest collection of boutique hotels and villas, meriting an entry in the Thailand

in Style Travel Guide, 2008. Miguel Cunat of Thailand in Style stated, “This vast recreation of an old 13 Century Lanna city could appear Disney-like at first glance but it isn’t in the slightest. Developed with the trademark obsessive authenticity of the Mandarin Oriental group, not an authentic corner is cut.” Bangkok Futures Firm Busted Glory Bullion (Thailand) Co. was busted by The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and police investigators who raided the company’s offices at Thai CC Tower, Bangkok, on Oct.1.The SEC filed a criminal complaint against the company for illegally offering to trade oil, gold and foreign-exchange futures contracts without a licence. Evidence seized indicated the company was representing itself as branch of a Hong Kong broker in whose name it solicited investors to transact forward contracts. Bollywood Star Cheats Death In Phi Phi Bollywood star Ajay Devgan narrowly escaped death while taking part in a jet-ski chase action shot for a movie near Phi Phi Island. The weather suddenly changed and the helicopter moving over him nearly lost control. He escaped unhurt, despite the chopper blades whizzing inches from his head. Ajay, who featured in a number of action films including his debut Phool Aur Kaante and Raju Chacha, says the incident will be etched in his mind indefinitely. Floods Cripple Esarn Transport Network Severe flooding in Esarn has crippled the northeastern rail network, with a section of the Khon Kaen railway washed away, leaving Udon Thani and Nong Khai completely inaccessible by rail. Rail services to many northeast destinations have been suspended indefinitely, due to track damage, making rail travel perilous. In addition, roads in the region have likewise suffered as Mitraparb Highway’s bridge in Ban Haed was swept away and many parts had only one lane in use, causing heavy traffic congestion.

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Company Policy Effective from November 2008

Dress Code It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing Prada shoes and carrying a Gucci bag, we assume you are doing well financially and therefore do not need a raise. If you dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, so that you buy nicer clothes, and therefore you do not need a raise. If you dress just right, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a raise. Sick Days We will no longer accept a doctor's statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work. Personal Days Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year. They are called Saturday and Sunday. Bereavement Leave This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, relatives or co-workers, every effort should be made to have non-employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early.

Toilet Use Entirely too much time is being spent in the toilet. There is now a strict three-minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of three minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper roll will retract, the stall door will open, and a picture will be taken. After your second offence, your picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the "Chronic Offenders category". Anyone caught smiling in the picture will be sanctioned under the company's mental health policy. Lunch Break Skinny people get 30 minutes for lunch, as they need to eat more, so that they can look healthy. Normal size people get 15 minutes for lunch to get a balanced meal to maintain their average figure. Chubby people get 5 minutes for lunch, because that's all the time needed to drink a Slim-Fast. Thank you for your loyalty to our company. We are here to provide a positive employment experience. Therefore, all questions, comments, concerns, complaints, frustrations, irritations, aggravations, insinuations, allegations, accusations, contemplations, consternation and input should be directed elsewhere.

The Management

Would you believe it? (This publication has not verified these ‘facts’ and does not claim they are true). The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin. The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; ‘7’ was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. ‘UP’ indicated the direction of the bubbles. No standard 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.

In Clarendon, Texas, there is reportedly a law on the books that lawyers must accept eggs, chickens, or other produce, as well as money, as payment of legal fees. Cats purr at 26 cycles per second, the same as an idling diesel engine. A dragonfly flaps its wings 20 to 40 times a second, bees and houseflies 200 times, some mosquitoes 600 times, and a tiny gnat 1,000 times. Marilyn Monroe had six toes. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum. A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A roughcoated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed." Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning 'containing arsenic'.

One in every four Americans has appeared on television.

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.

A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the ‘Wright brothers’ first flight.

All porcupines float in water.

The albatross drinks sea water. It has a special desalinisation apparatus that strains out and excretes all excess salt.

Non-dairy flammable.



When opossums are playing ‘possum,’ they are not ‘playing.’ They actually pass out from sheer terror.

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“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

by Simon Philbrook IT IS always tricky commenting on the current financial economic crisis when it is unfolding as quickly as it is. However, here we go. I wonder what Warren Buffett thinks of Secretary Paulson’s actions last week? The US government committed $700 billion (and the Bank of England & ECB each threw a further $40 billion into the Pot) to shore up the global financial system. Why was the global financial system under threat? Well, the catalyst was the collapse of Lehman Brothers. But, that was just a symptom; the disease is called high leverage and the complication that has set in is called poor asset quality. Almost everyone on Wall Street took on excessive leverage. Highly leveraged balance sheets offset by various versions of toxic

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Anger and aggravation Q. My Thai wife and I recently had a little disagreement, which I know is unusual, but in her haste she decided to destroy our marriage certificate and left it in shreds. We went to the registrar office in Bangkok and they said they cannot give a copy of our marriage certificate, so what can we do? A. This is not an uncommon occurrence, If you require a copy of a marriage certificate you have to go to your local police station and make a report that your marriage certificate has been “mislaid” and they will give you a police report. You can then take this to the registry office and they will issue you with a copy marriage certificate. Money doesn’t talk Q. We have just been refused a tourist visa to the U.K. and the main reason was that we had not shown enough devotion to each other and that we had not proved a long lasting relationship, I have been financially supporting my

waste had somehow passed for normality and been accepted as prudent investing and diligent stewardship. As Eric J. Fry recently wrote “it turns out that operating an insanely leveraged balance sheet is not such a good idea. It turns out that leverage is not a great thing at all in extreme applications…And all of this leveraged stupidity of the last several years was nurtured by the ratings agencies. By Moody’s primarily, and by S&P The analysts at Moody’s, despite all their advanced degrees, and their whiz-bang quant models, weren’t any more capable of determining the credit-worthiness of a CDO than a monkey with an abacus. They were unable to quantify what was essentially nonquantifiable. The stuff was just too complicated.” So the risk taken by these banks comes from not knowing what they were doing. However, these Masters of the Universe thought themselves invincible: “The depth of the pools of liquidity is so much larger than it used to be that a disruptive event

now needs to be much more disruptive that it used to be. At some point, the disruptive event will be so significant that instead of liquidity filling in, the liquidity will go the other way… When the music stops, in terms of liquidity, things will get complicated. But as long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance.” - Chuck Prince, who at the time was CEO of Citigroup This Quotation sums up why Citi is in the mess that it is in, why we still believe that there is as much chance of Citi failing as surviving and why we’re not sure how big the problems remain within the US & UK banking sector or where the next will be. Money in the bank no longer conjures the images that it used to; whether it’s still there tomorrow really depends on which bank we’re talking about and how venal and/or stupid its management has been. We don’t know if Citi will survive this week, this month, this year or this crisis. No one does. They probably feel more confident now that so much of the bank and finance sector risk has been transferred, by the agency of the US, UK and EU government

to the man in the street. With US regional banks failing with increasing frequency, with casualties now among the big boys, then this total cost to the man in the street exceeds US$ 1 trillion. OK that’s only a trillion using US terminology but it’s still a big number 1,000,000,000,000 (in Europe and the UK this same numbers was always called a billion until US terminology started to take over.) That’s more than $4000 for every man woman and child at a time when they can least afford to pay. Paulson’s actions amount to the US government knocking on every door in the US last week and asking every member of every house hold to write this cheque -including kids, the sick, the elders, the unemployed the low waged etc etc. But that’s just so far as - if the FDIC is fully called upon you can multiply that by five times. If counterparties fail, no-one knows how much more this could go to, no-one knows!! There’s still too much complexity; too many unknowns; and too much risk. Warren Buffett’s business

partner, Charlie Munger; said “Include me out! ... A lot of rot has crept into the financial system. We’ve got a lot of scandals coming.” Sadly, I now think to myself, these are no longer scandals just expected inevitabilities of financial incompetency and mismanagement. Secretary Paulson was faced with a tough choice; - let the banking sector implode and see how bad the damage is, knowing that it could take years to clean up. That, or bet the ranch on surviving now and hoping things get better. There was a third choice - sell off US Banking Inc to the predatory Chinese for whom the strategic importance of the sector potentially outweighs the risks. Secretary Paulson’s actions are a bet, hopefully a calculated one, that the crisis will go away long enough for Wall Street to repair its balance sheets. If this happens, this could be the greatest financial brinkmanship ever. If it fails, then the best bet is to start learning Mandarin; the alternative is that there comes a point when corpses get too rotten even for vultures and

the west can look back on its successful years of empire and look forward to perennial poverty. Paulson is stacking the deck in his favor by changing all the rules of doing trade and that may be the worst lesson, despite Enron and Anderson, we’ve had years of funny money and funky accounting. Survive this crisis and whatever nonsensical legislation replaces Sarbox, the next crisis, when this one has faded into the memory, will be even bigger. Must go now, I’m having my first Mandarin lesson!

partner for two years and I have money gram receipts for every month. So what went wrong? A. I understand your comments and you would think that your financial support would be enough, but monthly money transactions is only a small insignificant part of an application. Most Embassies need to see a paper trail of contact over a period of time. With most applications proving the relationship is very important, this is why often it pays to get professional advice before applying and later crying over spilt milk after the refusal.

the same rule if you lose your passport - you also lose the visa. If you have a long stay visa issued by the immigration office (i.e. retirement visa) then the

both very distressed and upset and feel the comments are unjust. Can you advise me how long we have to wait before we can re-apply and try again?

as soon as you feel confident but in these cases, after a refusal, I always advise my clients to get professional help with a re-application. I can honestly say that most of my working week is dealing with applicants who have been refused previously.

imperative that you have your marriage certificate with you in Thailand as this is part of the application. You do not have to deposit a further 800,000.00 baht in your Thailand bank to cover your wife’s visa because the immigration rules state that only one member of the relationship has to have the financial side so your wife will be “piggy backing” on your current retirement visa. But please do make sure that, when you are ready for your wife to apply for the visa, you do have the 800,000.00 baht in your Thailand bank account. """"" This regular column is written by Darren McGarry, managing director of Key V isa, based in Jomtien at the Hanuman statue and in central Pattaya at soi L.K. Metro. He heads a team of up-to-date consultants advising foreign residents here about their visa status and also clients wishing to take their Thai partners overseas. The questions presented here are typical of those raised at Key Visa on a daily basis but are discussed here only for general information and interest. Neither Key Visa nor Pattaya Today can enter into correspondence or debate about the particular replies in this column.

Swimming with a passport Q. Unfortunately for me. I forgot to take my passport out of my shorts before I jumped into the swimming pool. In my passport I had a non-immigrant visa multiple entry which now we cannot read. I went to the immigration office and shown them the passport and asked about my visa. They responded what visa? A. I have seen this many times in my career. Unfortunately if the visa is now illegible then the immigration cannot honor the visa. Also the visa was obtained outside of Thailand so it cannot be re-instated by the immigration office within Thailand. It is

“Will I get into trouble for putting my passport through the washing machine?”

immigration can re-instate the visa at their discretion. However, you’ll need a new passport first! Heartbroken Q. I have just been refused a tourist visa for my Thai partner to visit me in the U.K. We are

A. There is no set time scale before you can re-apply if you think the refusal was unjust because the clearing officer has missed paperwork or, owing to lack of presentation, they have misinterpreted the application. You can re-apply

Young at heart Q. Darren, I am 65 years old and live in Thailand on a one year retirement visa. Every year I show the immigration bureau my funds of 800,000.00 baht in the bank. I am currently in the process of bringing my 49 year old American wife to Thailand to live with me and I am concerned about her visa. Can she come to Thailand on the 30 day arrival visa and then convert to a retirement visa? Do I also have to deposit a further 800,000.00 in my Thailand bank to cover her visa? I have heard so many different stories. A. It is imperative that your wife comes to Thailand with a 90 day non-immigrant visa. She is not at the age of 50 years and cannot change the visa on arrival 30 days to a non-immigrant visa which is needed to start the process of a retirement visa. It is nearly impossible to obtain a non immigrant visa in the Thai consulates around Asia because your wife is not 50 years old. It is also

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

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Are you an apathetic seller? by Khun Dee As I explored neighborhoods in and around Pattaya recently—looking at it through the eyes of a friend shopping for a home here, it occurred to me that there are an inordinate number of condominiums, townhouses and single family homes available for sale. That in itself was not surprising, of course. It was more of a recognition that this decade’s seemingly-giddy building spree so sharply contrasts with the current doldrums plaguing the local economy, tourism and real estate sales. What was surprising was how apathetic so many sellers are. Not that I expected open houses with balloons, clowns and free refreshments; but I did expect smiles, enthusiasm and presentable properties. My friend and I were attracted by one home with excellent curb appeal. Unfortunately, that’s where the appeal ended. Inside we were half-heartedly greeted by a cheerless woman, four overly-affectionate cats and offensive odors emanating from a litter box. Before I

could exit, my friend had already climbed over boxes and shoes scattered in the front entryway and was well on his way to the kitchen. The kitchen could be a deal clincher for him because cooking is his passion. Instead we found unwashed pots and pans in the sink and a fifth cat eating leftovers out of breakfast dishes on the counter. The floor was lined with newspapers under cat bowls. And what was once an impressive stove-and-oven appliance had been allowed to deteriorate into a grimy grease pit. Before making my escape, I wandered around the gloomy house enough to find that discarded clothing had been left here and there, that the floor and furniture were dusty, and the bed had not been made. I could see past the bad housekeeping and recognize that the house itself had some lovely features and an underlying quality that would impress knowledgeable homebuyers. But most visitors would be put off by such slovenliness; they would not even consider looking beyond

the superficial. Instead they probably would be inclined to ask themselves: if the owner has so little regard for those areas of the home that are accessible and visible to prospective buyers, how has he maintained those areas that are inaccessible? The roof? The air conditioner? The plumbing? And how much will it cost me to repair those failings? Regrettably, that house was not unique in being unprepared for market. Nor was the cheerless woman the only apathetic home seller we met. It cannot be stressed enough that if you’re sincere about wanting to sell your home you can’t afford to be apathetic in your preparation or in your attitude. Particularly now when there are so many other homes available—homes which have been wellmaintained and convey the owners’ sense of pride. Granted, it may be that some owners are of the opinion that homes just aren’t selling now so why bother making an effort. Which makes sense if you don’t really care whether or not you sell. But if you do care, then adverse market

conditions should provide even more incentive to redouble your efforts to attract and impress the few potential buyers who do exist. Your real estate agent will probably advise you on such basics as: pick up your clothes, clean everything, eradicate the odors and eliminate the pets (at least temporarily). But that’s just the beginning of the checklist you should follow prior to showing your home. Here are some additional suggestions: - Clean behind and under all appliances; remove dust. - Clean floors. - Dust and clean all light fixtures. - Clean windows and window coverings. - Wash walls and baseboards; touch up scuffs with paint. - Clean and polish the furniture. - Clean out your closets. Expect visitors to open every door. Do what you can to make closets look spacious; storage space is appealing. - Clean your kitchen pantry and all cabinets. - Dust and vacuum every

room in your home thoroughly before each showing. - Scrub all areas of your bathroom, removing any soap scum and mildew. Make the porcelain shine. Use air fresheners in the bathroom and any other room that might need help. Display your best towels. - Clear as much clutter as you can from every room, particularly from counter surfaces. In the bathroom, for example, remove personal items (toothbrushes, combs and grooming supplies) from vanities. Appliances and tools that you typically keep out on the kitchen counter should be stored under the sink or somewhere out of sight. Clutter creates the illusion of less space (i.e., less counter space). - If you have excess furniture in any room, either sell it or store it. Your goal should be to create as much open space as possible throughout every room in your house. - If a wall needs painting, or you painted a wall or two some unorthodox color, repaint it white or neutral. They are the most universally appealing shades and they

open up rooms, making them appear larger. - Open up drapes and blinds to invite natural light into your home. If a room tends to be dark, purchase light bulbs with brighter wattage or add lamps. One final thought. Curb appeal is the home’s exterior appearance—that quality which lures buyers inside. So even before you begin to prepare your home’s interior, focus on the exterior. Begin by looking at your house from across the street; look at nearby houses, too. How does yours compare? Is your landscaping at least average for the neighborhood? Is your yard neat and trimmed? If your house looks faded, a paint job may be in order. It’s a good investment. Spruce up the front door, polish fixtures, refinish windows if needed, and repair the door bell. Remove exterior clutter: clear your lawn and driveway of all toys, equipment and debris. Consider adding some flowers and plants, and definitely get a new welcome mat and welcoming attitude. Remember, you are setting the tone for the rest of the showing.

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Lots of good property choices in Pattaya Differences and similarities to Bangkok THE variety of properties available in Pattaya is truly astonishing. People who remember the opening of Centre Condo in the early 1990s, the first of its kind in the city, can hardly believe what has happened in the years since. The most popular residences are still probably those with a sea view, but there are many popular areas in the suburbs which aren’t even near the sea. The “other side of Sukhumvit” is still sought after and there are some first class developments down Siam Country Club Road to give but one example. Outlying areas such as Huay Yai or Bang Saray also have their fans because they are 20 or 30 minutes drive away from the grime of the downtown resort. On the choice front, Pattaya is quite unlike Bangkok where ease of access to the sky train and proximity to the central business district are both major factors. But Pattaya. In spite of all its develop-

ment, doesn’t really have a business district as such – though Soi Post Office was so considered 10 years ago – and there’s no sign of a sky train either. If you are considering renting a house, you will

probably find that the cheaper ones have old kitchens and bathrooms and that their main attraction is that they have a garden. There tends to be a trade off between space and modernity. If you prefer a condominium or an apart-

ment, the first thing is to understand the difference. An apartment is a building where all the units are owned by a single owner, whereas they are sold off to individuals in a condominium.

In a condominium, the building management is responsible only for common areas and not the interior of the units. That’s why you should check the walls, doors and ceilings to make sure they are unlikely to cause

problems if you are considering a purchase. Because land prices have risen steeply in recent years, units in contemporary condominiums may tend to be smaller than in the old ones, unless that is you are going to invest in the five star luxury types. The easiest way for an expat to find suitable accommodation, be it short term renting or long term lease or purchase, is to obtain a good agent who will be able quickly to establish the customer’s requirements in terms of location and type of accommodation. An experienced agent with good market knowledge will be able to save time and find a property which best matches expectations. Despite the current Wall Street meltdown in the United States, many commentators believe that completed properties are still a solid investment in Thailand for the medium term. Robert Collins, managing director of

Savills (Thailand), thinks that speculation will now decrease. Rather, he expects the Thai property market to take stock and assess the actual level of end-user demand which, in turn, could lead to fewer new starts in the next couple of years. He also thinks that new launches in Bangkok, Pattaya and Hua Hin in the range of 70,000 to 100,000 baht per square meter continue to be sound value for money. They are sought both by people who want to live in them as well as owners who are expecting a reasonable rental yield. Also budget condominium developments should continue to do well

as they meet the housing demand of a population that is still growing. The next five years are unlikely to be as exciting and positive as the last five in terms of the property market in Pattaya. There’s no question that some foreigners are holding back investing at the moment as Thailand wrestles with both political and economic problems on a grand scale, sometimes international in kind and sometimes home grown. But that also means that there are some incredibly good buys around at the moment on both the villa and condo circuit. Now’s the time to take your pick.

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Quick Sale Pricing OFTEN there are ads in the real estate classified section similar to this: Priced for Immediate Sale. Must move back to homeland. 4 bedroom quality home is a steal. All reasonable offers considered. Call “Con” at 00-111-0000. Or, a business that is for sale: Forced to sell because of failing health. Bar priced for Quick Sale. No Key Money. Below market rent. Only 100,000 Baht. Contact “Shady” anytime at 00-333-4444. Are these good investments? Maybe, but buyers need to investigate. Con might be moving back to his country for a vacation, then coming back to sell another home he speculated on. As for Shady the bar owner, is the “failing health” Shady’s health, or is it the health of the bar? If either of these negative scenarios is true, beware. Conversely, if these sellers are stating truths, both properties could be great deals. Several years ago a friend was showing me his new home in a village on Soi Khaotalo. His home was beautiful, well built, had a yard and would cost a fortune overseas. When the tour ended, my friend said, “These homes are selling for 3.5 million Baht, but I know a neighbor in the next soi who is moving back to England

and needs a quick sale. He’ll accept 3 million Baht, plus he is including all his furnishings including a new pool table.” This was a “great deal” because….. 1. With nothing personal to gain from the sale a friend was recommending a home similar to his, fully furnished for a lower price than he paid. You can’t beat a recommendation like that. 2. The neighborhood was established which allowed me to see how the village finished out. In a new village under construction there will be lots of unknowns. When possible, it is beneficial to see a neighborhood that is finished. 3. Some expats suddenly have to move back to their country for legitimate reasons. Upon further questioning on my part, I found out the seller really had to go back to England. His home truly was a bargain. Compare this home to Con’s house from the fictitious classified ad at the beginning of this article. We don’t know Con or anything about his house, and his “priced for quick sale” ad might be just a come on hoping to snag an uninformed buyer. Should ads like this be avoided? Certainly not! Con might be an honest guy that actually needs to move back to his

homeland. With research, an informed buyer will discover if this is true. When purchasing a business, more scrutiny may be necessary. If you’ve never owned a business, seek professional help in knowing how a business should be priced based on return on investment. Caution: Even if it is priced reasonable or is an outright bargain, it does not guarantee you will be successful. Many previously successful businesses have failed due to management changes. Regardless, if the business is overpriced or failing, you are doomed regardless of how good a manager you are. Get the facts. If it really is Shady whose health is failing and not the bar’s health, this could be a real bargain. What if you are the one who needs to sell quickly? There are circumstances that could cause you to need out of a property in a short period of time. This need to sell may be greater than the desire to recoup the original purchase price or to make a profit. If this is the case, it will be advantageous to let it be known that your property is on the market at a bargain price so informed buyers can quickly

recognize what a deal it is. Advertising that you need a quick sale requires you to make an offer of sale that is a bona fide good deal. Anything less and informed buyers will smell a rat. Once the word is out that your “good deal” is not really such a good deal, it may be hard to turn bad publicity around when it comes crunch time. There are three levels of pricing a property. 1. Above market pricing hoping to get an uninformed buyer to overpay for property, not recommend when a quick sale is needed. 2. Current market level pricing, a price that a knowledgeable person will expect to pay. This level puts

property on an equal basis with similar properties on the market. Buyers will weigh their needs with what your property has to offer against competing properties. Realize that if the average time it takes for a ‘market value’ priced property to sell is three months, you more than likely will have a similar wait ahead of you. Remember, I said “average” time for a sale. That means some properties will sell quickly but others (perhaps yours) might take four to six months. 3. Pricing below market level hoping for a quick sale. This is a price that will immediately attract buyers. If you need a quick sale, this is where your

house should be priced. If you have extras you can throw in like furniture, appliances or fixtures, include them. It may expedite a sale plus eliminate the stress and hassle of selling your personal property piecemeal. Also, if your property sells quickly and you need to get moving, it may be difficult to sell your furniture quickly after you have accepted an offer. Other incentives: Offer to pay some legal fees in the transaction. Include a vehicle. Get creative like offering the buyer an ocean cruise. If you are looking to save time and the buyer is looking to save money, any deal can be a win-win situation.

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Ask Andy Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Renewa le Energy I’d love some suggestions on how to save money on batteries, Andy. Replacing worn out batteries has become expensive. Since coming here it seems we’ve been going through a lot more batteries for devices such as remote controls, cameras, clocks, ear phones, flashlights, etc. Do products here drain energy from batteries quicker? Do batteries in Thailand have a shorter life span? Is it the heat and humidity? Or is it just my imagination? Depleted Derrick Not just your imagination, Derrick. If you’re buying cheap disposable batteries, that would account for the shorter life span—particularly if the ‘new’ batteries have been on the store shelf a while. And you might have hit upon another factor when you asked about the weather in Thailand. It’s well established that batteries deplete faster in warm weather than in cold. In fact, even brand new disposable batteries in their original package can lose 8 to 20 percent of their charge every year if stored at temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees C; more at higher temperatures. So store batteries at low temperatures, but do not freeze, which can damage some batteries. The best suggestion I can offer is that you switch to rechargeable nickel cadmium batteries. The initial cost is greater and you’ll need a charger, but in the long run they’re cheaper to use. Some things to remember: Always let NiCad batteries go completely dead before recharging them; do not overcharge (a ‘smart’ charger will help avoid overcharging), and use a charger and batteries that are the same brand, or problems may occur. """"" Paint Poser I do a lot of touch-up painting, Andy, which means I seldom use an entire can of paint; even small cans last me six months or more. My problem is how the paint builds up in the groove where the can lid fits. That makes it more difficult to reopen the can and to

close it so that it’s air tight. What can I do? Pattaya Picasso Punch a few small nail holes into the groove before closing the lid so that the paint will drip back into the can. That should preclude any paint build-up. """"" Foul Towels Our towels are relatively new and expensive, Andy, yet they start to smell musty after only one use right out of the laundry. I’ve tried scented liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets but they don’t help much. Any ideas? Yolanda in Rayong You buy expensive towels, Yolanda, so they are probably cotton and don’t suffer from static cling. Therefore, skip the dryer sheets. Dryer sheets and fabric softeners seal the fabric and cut down on both the absorbency and the natural drying ability of the towels after use. It’s best to dry your bath towels outdoors on a clothesline or drying rack. Air circulating all around will improve the odor and make them more fluffy. If your towels come out of the dryer smelling fresh and odor free, then the problem may be ‘souring’ after use. In that case, there are a couple things you can do: Add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. That will remove soap residues which might be causing the odor. You can also try switching detergents to see if that helps. Adding allfabric bleach along with detergent maybe a solution. Also keep this in mind: if towels are not spread out to dry after each use and they remain damp for a day or two in a humid bathroom, you can get musty smells and even mold/mildew problems. If you use a clothes dryer, try tossing damp towels into the dryer after each use, but only if towels are clean; high drying temperatures could lock in any stains on soiled fabrics. """"" Lawn Tips I finally got a new lawn planted, Andy, and I’m not sure how to care for it

and if cutting and watering every day is wise. Any advice? Tore in Laem Chabang First of all, Wilson, don’t get obsessive about cutting or watering your lawn; doing either of those daily will do more harm than good. Keep your lawn about three-inches thick. That helps limit weed growth and reduces the need for watering. Do not mow your grass when it’s wet. Mowing a wet lawn can damage both your lawn and your mower blades. When you clip the grass, cut it back in increments, never more than a third of its current length. """"" Fungus Among Us I’ve got mold or mildew or something in my shower, Andy. What does it come from and what can I do to get rid of it and prevent it from coming back? Chum in Chanthaburi Mold and mildew is a fungus that grows in moist and warm environments, so it is no surprise, Chum, that it’s posing a problem in Chanthaburi. If you have enough mold and mildew it will leave the bathroom with an unpleasant musty odor. Note also that the problem can take root on fabric, wood, paper, and most bathroom surfaces

because bathrooms are usually small areas with poor air circulation, high humidity and low lighting levels—an ideal environment for mold and mildew. It particularly thrives in the shower because of the grime that builds up on the surfaces. Body oil and soap scum nourish the growth. Spray surfaces with chlorine

bleach mixed 50/50 with water to remove the mold and mildew. White vinegar can help deodorize and kill the fungus. To eliminate the musty odor, scrub the shower with baking soda or an abrasive cleanser, then apply bleach. To avoid future episodes, brighten the area with natural or artificial lighting, open windows and curtains.

Reduce humidity using the bathroom vent fan, air conditioner or cross ventilation. Towel dry the shower surfaces after each use, and routinely scrub with a cleanser and wipe it dry. Follow up weekly by spraying the shower with vinegar (do not rinse or dry). —Handy Andy


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Vol. 8 No. 3 ! 16 - 31 October 2008

The Bunker by Derek Brook PHOENIX A large group turned up for Phoenix golf course so there was two flights again for a Medal competition with the cut being made at handicap 14. The greens had been heavily sanded and made putting treacherous with lots of 3 and 4 putting going on which severely affected some scorecards. However “PJ” continued his rich vein of form by winning the B Flight again with a nett 73 a shot ahead of Dave Booten and Ron Ryan found himself in the B Flight for a change finishing in third place. That wily old campaigner Mashi mastered the conditions to win the A Flight with a level par round and “Scoby” took second place ahead of Gerry on a count back. A couple of new faces won a near pin prize each they were Jim Swander and Terry Hamilton, the other two went to Glen Cunningham and “Scotty” Eaton won the other

PJ celebrating one just before he returns to Oz! Results; A Flight 1st Mashi Kaneta (hcp 12) nett 72 2nd Richard Scoby (hcp 12) nett 74 3rd Gerry Cooney (hcp 10) nett 74 B Flight 1st PJ Redmond (hcp 20) nett 73 2nd Dave Booten (hcp 22) nett 74 3rd Ron Ryan (hcp 15) nett 76

TREASRE HILL Playing a Stableford competition today Dave Booten stole the show but not in the Stableford competition in the near pin comp where he won all four prizes which takes some doing especially when the 2nd hole is 213 yards (SI 3) Gerry made up for losing out on the golfer of the month title by a whisker by being victorious today winning fairly comfortably four points better off than Gordon Melia with Mario Benavidez taking third spot. Results: 1st Gerry Cooney (hcp 10)

35 points 2nd Gordon Melia (hcp 14) 31 points 3rd Mario Benavidez (hcp 25) 30 points. KHAOW KHEOW The final game of the month saw the closest finish to the golfer of the month competition that we’ve ever had in The Bunker with no fewer than seven golfer’s in with a chance to take this coveted trophy. “Scotty”, Gerry Cooney, Mashi Kaneta and Reg Smart being among those with a chance. Well, the only one who got in the frame today was Mashi who finished third to give him 8 points which was just enough for him to pip Gerry Cooney by one points to take the title for September. Ron Ryan won the comp with 35 points which is a pretty good knock at Khaow Kheow, Glen Cunningham was second and PJ Redmond was there again to claim fourth. Near pin prizes were shared


year so clearly he likes this course! Results; A Flight 1st John Graham (hcp 10) 38 points 2nd Ron Ryan (hcp 15) 37 points 3rd Mashi Kaneta (hcp 12) 36 points B Flight 1st PJ Redmond (hcp 20) 38 points 2nd Reg Smart (hcp 24) 37 points 3rd Colin Stokes (hcp 21) 37 points BURAPHA Another Stableford competition today but not so many golfer’s partly because of the compulsory cart rule which puts a lot of player’s off as walking around a lovely golf course is the only exercise some folk out here get! Anyway “Aussie” Scott Eaton won with a pretty decent score of 37 points beating his mate Glen Cunningham by one shot and third place went to Gerry Cooney who finished wit 34 points. Results;

Kashi Kaneta - Golfer of the Month for September 1st Scott Eaton (hcp 6) 37 around between “Aussies” Ferdi and Scotty, Glen and Ron points getting the others. 2ndGlen Cunningham (hcp Results 3) 36 points 1st Ron Ryan (hcp 15) 35 points 3rd Gerry Cooney (hcp 12) 2nd Glen Cunningham 34 points. (hcp 3) 31 points 3rd Mashi Kaneta (hcp 12) ST. ANDREWS 29 points Playing on a Tuesday to take 4th PJ Redmond (hcp 20) advantage of the sports day 28 points. prices at St Andrews the Bunker Boy’s had a great day EMERALD on a course that is always in A large field for the ever pristine condition but again the popular Emerald golf course so compulsory cart thing put of a there was two flights for the few (I think the organiser needs Stableford competition with the a kick up the whats’name!). Geoff Cox had the best round cut being made at handicap 16. The scores were very close scoring a pretty good 33 points in both flights “PJ” winning the on a course that has two par B flight by one point ahead of 6’s that’s not bad going. Pld Reg Reg Smart who beat Colin Smart had another good day taking second place ahead of Stokes on a count back. In the A flight John Graham Gerry Cooney on a count back. won with the same number of Believe it or not Reg was the points beating Ron Ryan by only one to hit a green on the one point and one point further par three’s so he took the kitty back in third place was Mashi all on his own! Results Kaneta. 1st Geoff Cox (hcp 13) 33 One of the near pin prizes was one by Mick Maloney but points 2nd Reg Smart (hcp 24) 30 the star of the show was PJ who got nearest the pin on the other points 3rd Gerry Cooney (hcp 10) three, this is on the same course PJ had a hole-in-one earlier this 30 points

Golf from Tropical Bert's by Derek Brook SEPTEMBER: Greenwood ( Stableford) Bert’s on this morning was full of Golfers taking advantage of Bert’s Golfers Special Breakfast, and of course with hot tea and coffee the place smelled just like it should. Then into cars and up to Greenwood. The drive up there is now quite good, although one of our players did manage to fall foul of ‘The Plod’ and he should have known better, it was the 30th of the month. Still the day really did turn out well for him and I will highlight it later. The Course was nearly empty, and with a great special offer on all the players set off to play the A & C Nines in a good mood, and they were not let down as the Course was in excellent condition, well worth the drive. This is a Course where you can go out and have

Winners with Pu, alias ‘The Boss’ On this day we also had The Beer in hand all awaited the Alan Bolton Golfer of the presentation, and first of all it Month to decide, although it was announced that Paul was nearly decided as all Mashi Sharples had had a hole in one, had to do was ensure none of the things I will do for a free the other one time winners this beer, and of course Paul duly Month won, and even if they obliged and we could all slake did a second or third place our thirsts again. would be enough. So to the results and the Back in the changing room the winner of the day was the scribe last group came in and we heard , Derek Brook with a fine 41 the good news that Paul points. In second place was Phil Sharples had had a ‘Hole in Barnsley with 37 points ahead

Mashi wins Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month Paul with Certificate and ‘Hole in one Ball’ a good day and not be too One’ at the A2, and it made up of Colin Cronin in third with severely taxed. It is by no means for his bad start to the day, we 36 points. We then had a three easy, but then it is not extra also saw that there was some way countback on 35 points good scores and that Mashi was that saw Paul Sharples in difficult. The changing rooms here are not amongst the winners, but fourth, Les Charles in fifth and good as well and the Restaurant, would he be the Golfer of the Daryl Evans just losing out. So to the winner of the Alan whether upstairs or out front Month. The drive back is now pretty Bolton Golfer of the Month, produce good food at a reasonable rates. To top it all straight forward, but on this day and Mashi hung on to win, so off the staff here are really we all drove in the left hand lane well done Mashi. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Paul Sharples ( Hole friendly. Probably this Course and did not drive fast. The if the favourite of all the second fairy tale is that when in One) Derek Brook (2) Jim Courses if you put in all the we got back we did not have a Swander. Long Put Jim Swander beer at Bert’s. Colin Cronin factors. My players think so.

Three Sisters - Rainproof? by Paul Donahue AT 0530 on Tuesday, 30 September the streets were still wet, the rain had just stopped and the sky was full of omnious dark clouds. The Three Sisters gang proceeded to the Pattaya Country Club knowing full well that the weather was under control. As the first group teed off at 0615 the fairways were very wet and little fairway roll was to be had. The greens were wet but the intermittent sun dried them in good order. Later a combination of warm sun and a brisk breeze completely dried the course. As the groups finished and repaired to Caddy Shack II for some of Herbie Ishinaga’s

Bill Thompson on the left, Larry Ball on the right regular and “spicy” sausages, Both knocked off Sus on the the leaders were indentified count back. As it is the end of as Sus Ige (36) and Brian Orr the month, Bill gets to have his (33). A photo was taken of name engraved on the Three the winner and runner up but Sisters trophy. With sympathy alas, late comers began filtering for the earlier “winners”, the in with knock out scores. Bill new “winners” posed for the Thompson showed up with a camera. No hard feelings as 36 as did Larry Ball but on the everyone has a few SMLs and count back, Bill took first place. Herbie’s sausages.”



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MBMG Pattaya golf Matchplay Golf from the Travellers Rest by Jack THE last month of the inaugural MBMG matchplay season is now upon us, and kicked off with a crucial match between Tony’s Tigers and the Outback Golf Bar. Both sides were able to field a full ten man team. In fact this match was so important to the Tiger’s, Tony had about four reserves as well! The greens at Phoenix were a little lumpy, particularly on the back nine (lakes); which did make the putting a little comical. Nevertheless, neither the greens nor the rain that threatened, could dampen the spirit or enthusiasm of either team, as they set about their tasks. With the last two matches to come in, Tony must of thought he had the victory, the Tigers only needed half a point, lying 5 to 3 up at that stage. However, the Outbackers had other ideas about the Tiger’s tail as both Chad & Alan Bishop won their matches 2 & 1; according to one report, apparently they putted the Tigers off the park! Afterwards,

back at the probable new Heineken, Tiger & Guinness. home for the Tigers, Bosco’s in Declan, the Bosco Boss, also Central Pattaya Road; there laid on a continuous supply of was many a draft libation on sandwiches, sausages and soup. tap including Strongbow Cider, Thanks Declan, great new bar! Tony’s Tigers v The Outback Golf Bar match drawn 5 to

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Royal Lakeside by Jack AN easy forty-five minute drive from the bar is Royal Lakeside, just past the start of the elevated highway on Sukhumvit in the Southern suburbs of Bangkok. The course had been deluged by rain overnight, leaving many more water hazards than normal, carts were not allowed onto the course and the lift clean & place rule was in effect. Even that was difficult to apply to a course that could only be described as extremely soggy.

It didn’t seem to daunt our winners however, with Capt’ Bob who can play great golf in any conditions, taking Div A on

Marlene & Capt’ Bob

36pts, from the recently cut Sugarman (now 18) with 35. Marlene Prudden, had already caught the attention of the handicap committee, with her recent wins at Eastern Star and Burapha, won again today with 39 points. That is about as far as she can go off a handicap of 24 (23.6) and has been cut immediately to 22 (22.4 exact). Good golf Marlene! There were only two ‘2’s today Marlene Prudden 9 players h’cap score 1st Philp, Bob 6 36 2nd Hanford, Sugar Ray 18 35 3rd Prudden, Brian 19 34 Jack Moseley 9 players h’cap score 1st Prudden, Marlene 24 39 2nd Martin, Norm 25 36 3rd O’Brien, Mike 21 34

by Barry Hooper QUALITY GOLF My subject for the header of this report was an easy one this week. It has to be the great golf that was produced at Phoenix on Thursday by the four ball group of Phil Knight (43) Brendan Abbott (41) Robert Lamond (40) and Fergus Brennan (38) This was quality golf and the shot making of Phil on the day with three birdies and an eagle with two of them chips in were class by any bodies standards. Well done gentlemen! First outing this week was to Khao Kheow A & B on Tuesday the 30th September The numbers a little lower than of late so just the one flight and prizes down to fourth. But then this course is not to every bodies taste. It was a tight pointed affair as well with only four points covering the first eight places. Dean Rice took the win with thirty three just the one up on Amphan North and Eamonn Murtagh (nice to see him and Nijole visiting with us again) having a count back tussle for second and third both at thirty two. Lars Strom (another returning regular) was fourth with thirty one after pipping Frank Kelly on a count back. Just the one two on the day and was Frank Kelly. On Thursday the 2nd it was again back to one of our regular visits to Phoenix (Mountain and Lake) and again we had a very good turnout and two divisions 0-17 and 18 up. As I reiterated at the start of the report unless you were playing quality golf on this day you were nowhere in the prizes. Division one saw Phil Knight take the win with forty three points. Robert Lamond after his win last week at this course could only manage second on this occasion with a forty pointer. Third was Fergus Brennan with his thirty eight.

Division two went to Brendan Abbott with forty one. John Dennis found himself four back in second with thirty seven and Nijole Murtagh was third at thirty four. Two two’s recorded by Phil Knight and Ted Senior. Phil found himself being cut two shots as a result of his great days play and is now in single figures at nine. On Saturday the 4th we went for our regular weekend visit to Eastern Star. The numbers back up from the previous weeks and two flights. I again personally managed to venture out now the schools are on holiday. The

53 Outbackers, including a strong contingent from the Golf Club, descended upon a busy Plantation course destined to play the Tapioca and Pineapple nines. At 10.55, five minutes before the designated start time the first two groups teed off from their respective first tees, by 11.40 everybody was on the course. Yui Bietry, playing for the first time with the Outback Golf Bar, played the round of her life scoring an incredible 46 points, smashing the previous record of 42 by an Outbacker and easily winning the day. In second overall, was another lady and regular Outbacker, Karagit Kanlaya, better known

as Jum, also with a fantastic score of 40. Both these ladies have earned substantial handicap cuts, Yui from 21 to 17.3 and Jum from 36 to 33. Dave Stockman flew the flag for the men in Div A with an excellent 36 points off 5 and Joe Mooneyham struck form in Div B with 39, to have his handicap reduced to 14.1. Amazingly there were six ‘2’s today coming from Bob Philp, Ted Pease, Yui Bietry, Dave Stockman, Pat Regan & Robert Lamond. NOTE: - Just as a reminder to all players in all tournaments, sign up and properly complete your scorecard with your full name, not just your nickname and your

Full Results for the week – Tuesday 30rd September at Khao Kheow A & B Dean Rice 33 hc 15 Amphan North 32 hc 11 c/b Eammon Murtagh 32 hc 17 c/b Lars Strom 31 hc 20 2’s – Frank Kelly Thursday 2nd October at Phoenix (Mountain and Lakes) Division 1 (0-17) Phil Knight 43 hc 11 Robert Lamond 40 hc 05 Fergus Brennan 38 hc 10 Frank Kelly 37 hc 16 c/b Matt Gibbons 37 hc 11 c/b

Thursday’s Winners – Robert Lamond, John Dennis, Brendan Abbott and Phil Knight

weather was very hot but a little breeze at times did take the sting out of it. The course was still not in great shape particularly some of the reintroduced reworked greens but one has to let nature do its work I suppose. This did affect the scores posted with only thirty pluses being good enough at the top of the two divisions for the wins. Division B went to Peter Morris after count back with Lars Strom both at thirty six. Third was John Dennis at thirty four. Division A went to Frank Kelly (Mr. Steady Eddie himself) again after count back with Hugh Byrne both at thirty seven. Third was Chaten Patel at thirty five.

Golf at Siam Plantation by Jack

Just the one two on the day and that went to Hugh Byrne.

handicap. Please also hand it in as quickly as possible

Division 2 (18 up) Brendan Abbott 41 hc 22 John Dennis 37 hc 29 Nijole Murtagh 34 hc 28 Paul Mades 31 hc 18 2’s – Phil Knight and Ted Senior Saturday 4th October at Eastern Star Division A Frank Kelly 37 hc 16 c/b Hugh Byrne 37 hc 14 c/b Chaten Patel 35 hc 14 Sunny Khana 33 hc 13 c/b Rob Herald 33 hc 15 c/b Division B Peter Morris 36 hc 23 c/b Lars Strom 36 hc 20 c/b John Dennis 34 hc 29 Steve Gould 33 hc 19 c/b Barry Hooper 33 hc 32 c/b 2’s – Hugh Byrne after your round even if it is a no return card. It delays the result for everybody, if this information is not readily available.


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Golf From The Cafe Kronborg by Derek Brook BANGPRA ( Stableford) The Bangpra Golf Club was the Host to a Stableford Competition in two Flights with the cut at Handicap 19.

Daryl Evans The Course on the day was in fine condition with very fast greens. Monte Sykes continued his fine run and took the A Flight with a fine 39 points, the best score of the day and in fact a Gross 73. In second was Henry O’Brien with 37 points and in third was Kris Helgasson with 36 points. In the B Flight the winner was Daryl Evans with 37 points ahead of Graham Buckingham with 35 points and in third was Peter Basi with 31 points. Near Pins Morten Christianson John Swanson John Christie Mike Winfield Khao Kheow ( Stableford) Well, you all know what is coming next, a group of golfers getting their you know what’s kicked. Mind it is not unexpected, all the golfers know they are in for a hard time and most realise that if they hang in and get somewhere near their handicap, they will probably be

in at the shake up. This is not a Course that you need 40 points to win on. The test for the day was to be The A & B Nines, probably the best 18 holes, if not the easiest. On getting onto the

a bad shot is punished, but play well and you will be rewarded. Some days however it is just too tough. Naturally when we sat in the Restaurant all knew they had not broken the bank, in fact

Course we realised it was still very wet, so we did not get much run. Obviously we also found the rough difficult to get out of, and those of us who were regularly in the rough really suffered. The greens were also a bit slow and seemed not to have been cut that day. All in all a really tough day, however also a really good day as the weather was quite cool with occasional showers. Let me just say that this is a great Course,

Monte Sykes they did not need to. The winner with 34 points was Walter Bachli, and to his surprise and most of us, he won by 5 points. In second with 29 points was Monte Sykes ahead of Mike Winfield in third on countback.We then had a four way countback for fourth that saw Graham Buckingham fourth with Paul Sharples, Daryl Evans and Dave Richardson just losing out. T.T.F.N.

Walter Bachli

Wednesday Quiz League Results for 1st October 2008


Three Sisters in heat by Paul E. Donahue The first Three Sisters group off at the Pattaya Country Club found the going a bit wet. No, it wasen’t rain. The fairways had been heavily watered and the greens put rooster-tails on putts. The sun was out early and the humidity took it’s toll. With the full effects of the sun on both the players and the course shirts became soaked but the field dried out and putting became more reasonable. A smaller group turned out today as several of the regulars were back to work...what a terrible word...while a few others had more pressing commitments. As the sweat soaked players gratefully accepted some cold San Miguel Lite at the famous Caddy Shack II, score cards were checked, along with Herbie Ishinaga’s hot

Bob Benda and John Christie

sausages. Coming in with a respectable 38 was Bob Benda. Sus Ige had a 33 so a picture was taken of the number one and number two. Bob had to leave a bit early so when John Christie showed up with a 36 our earstwhile photographer was in a quandry.

Well he had Bob’s picture and he had an old one of John Christie so with the help of Adobe Photoshop 9, viola! cut and paste. Hopefully John won’t mind borrowing Sus’s body and more hopefully the photo will be printable by our local papers.

Golf from the Outback Golf Bar by Joey BURAPHA It was an Outbacker Birthday Cup Event on the A & B blue tees at Burapha and 49 Outbackers turned out, to celebrate Jingjo O’Neill’s fiftieth! Given the two tee start, which is the norm here when there are more than 40 players, everybody was away by 10.30 and back in under four hours. The course was in fantastic condition and the grainy greens as tricky as ever to read. One person who clearly doesn’t have a problem reading these greens or he has an extremely good caddie, is Eddie Smith, who once again scored in excess of forty points here to win the overall prize with a brilliant 41 points. This follows his 42 points round here three weeks ago and has earned him another handicap cut down to 8. Well played Eddie! Eddie will also have his name added to the Outbacker Birthday Cup honours board back at the bar. Pimusa has also been playing well of late, and her handicap is steadily coming down; the 37 points she scored today was enough to give her outright second overall.

Jack Moseley woke up today from his non-playing mode, and scrambled to 36 pts to win Div A from Chris Davisson, Paul Lavender beat George Bishop on countback to win Div B, both on 36. Marlene Prudden produced another good round (36 pts, Div C winner), to follow Friday’s win at Eastern Star. There were the usual 500 Baht vouchers for the near pin prizes won by Bob Lindborg, Bill Hewitt, Bruce McAdam & Kevin Hamilton and ‘2’s were two a penny, with eight of them coming from:- Eddie Smith, JanPiet Andersen, Bunny Forde, Alan Campbell, Pimusa, Bill Hewitt, Bob Lindborg and Jack Moseley.

Overall h’cap score 1st Smith, Eddie 9 41 2nd Tonkhoksoong, Pimusa 16 37 Div A (0 - 12) 17 players h’cap score 1st Moseley, Jack 9 36 2nd Davisson, Chris 11 35 3rd Hewitt, William 12 33 4th Segrave, Bernie 7 32 Div B (13 - 17) 15 players h’cap score 1st Lavender, Paul 14 36 2nd Bishop, George 17 36 3rd Lindborg, Bob 16 35 4th Langoulant, Rosco 13 35 Div C (18+) 17 players h’cap score 1st Prudden, Marlene 24 36 2nd Slotten, Jan 18 35 3rd Lawton, Suzi 22 35 4th Underwood, Ray 24 34

Pimusa, Jingjo and Eddie

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ine Years On: The Diamond ogling den (Soi Diamond) will be holding a party on Sunday night 19 October to celebrate its ninth year of operations. During that time it has undergone a number of internal structural changes so that anyone walking in today would hardly recognise the place from its original design nine years ago. For a period between about late 2002 and lasting until 2006 it was one of the best places in Fun Town. Now it’s a shadow of its former self but the parties and dance competitions are always worth attending. Two Good Reasons to go with Wile E: Most people who have visited the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos usually try the local amber nectar Beer Lao. Not being much of a beeraholic I’m not really in a position to say whether it’s a truly top-shelf drop or not, but if I am ever in the mood for a glass of the frothy stuff then Beer Lao is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. The reason for this preamble is that the management of the Coyotee’s ogling den (Soi Marina Plaza) is apparently now stocking Beer Lao as their preferred happy hour promotion: for just 60 baht a bottle. That’s the first good reason to wander into Coyotee’s. The second is their infrequent but immensely popular dance contests. On Sunday night 26 October the den will be conducting a dance contest that promises to be just as good as any they have held in the past. The judging format has changed to allow a more open and transparent format, one that involves

the crowd as much as anything else. At the time of going to press I am not aware of just how many other bars will be sending contestants, although it is likely to be at least three. The start time is also not known to me but I would think it will be between 10:00-11:00PM. So, there’s the second good reason to make a stopover at Coyotee’s. The Race that Stops a Nation: On Tuesday afternoon 4 November one of the greatest horse races in the world, the Melbourne Cup, will be run over a gruelling 3200 metres (two miles) at the Flemington racecourse in Australia. In the land Down Under it’s an event that stops a nation. Here in Pattaya the race can be viewed live from a variety of places with the Boxing Roo beer boozer and occasional punters palace (Third Road, opposite Soi Lengkee) being my personal preferred spot in the grandstand. Uncle Kenny, who will be sporting the traditional pork-pie hat and swinging the bookies satchel as he calls the odds, will be available to help any interested persons ‘get set’ on their favourite fancy. The only unfortunate aspect of the day is that due to the time zone differences those who want to watch the great race live need to be parked on a bar stool by about 09:30AM, with the race at 10:00AM. Not a Casino in Sight: The Las Vegas chrome pole palace has been reincarnated. To be accurate, it’s the name that has been revived; the location is different: Soi Yamato (aka Soi Nervous Clinic).

Many years ago an astute American man opened an afternoon den in Soi Post Office which he named Las Vegas. After building the business into a strong concern he sold out and that den underwent a name change to Club Nevada. It remains a solid performer with the afternoon ogling and draught amber fluid crowd. Despite the generally slow economy in Fun Town, the astute Yank is back in the main centre of Pattaya and has opened what is currently the 25th palace of the chrome pole away from Walking Street. It’s also the seventh new den to open this year. For Soi Yamato the Las Vegas den is a padded bra’s

the g-string in the hope of better earnings from men with severe cataract problems; others look quite good under UV lighting; and a couple who could ply their wallet emptying trade successfully from almost any den of the chrome pole. There’s a Queue Out There: It opened in an almost out-of-the-way area, namely Soi Marina Plaza, but is now arguably the most popular really late-night venue in Pattaya. The operators of the Club Insomnia late-night boogie barn must wake up most afternoons and the first thoughts coming into their heads will be, ‘low season. What low season?’ The upstairs head-bangers auditorium is modelled

IF IT’S BUSY IT MUST BE WINDMILL: The Windmill Club ogling den (Soi Diamond) has regained its place as one of about three operating in a similar style (the others being Baby Dolls and What’s Up, both in Soi 15) that rate as among the most popular in Pattaya. (Photo by DAK)

throw up the street from the cocks-in-frocks joint Stringfellows. The layout is nothing special: a small circular stage in the centre, with room for up to six girls; bench seating around the back wall; and a main bar on the left as you go in. The music is pop and rock from the 1970s and beyond while the most popular libation is draught amber at 75 baht a glass. Lolly water is 50 baht, liver wasters 110 baht, and lady drinks 100 baht. The dancing damsels are, as you might expect, a mixed lot. There are the usual overfed buffalo herders who have upgraded from a beer boozer and donned

along the lines of a Spanish resort nightclub and it works, in spades. To prevent overcrowding they have a sensible policy of filling the place after opening at midnight and then only allowing new customers in as others leave. This has led to queues forming at the entrance, something you see in London and Sydney, for example, but almost unheard of in Fun Town. Long-established joints such as Marine and Marine 2 are still as busy as ever while Lucifers remains popular earlier in the evening. Copping the Rough End of the Pineapple: A man walks

into a popular palace of the chrome pole, dressed in a fashion that immediately brings to mind the rhyming slang phrase ‘merchant banker’: black shirt opened to the waist, exposing a well-rounded stomach of ample proportions; atop his shaved melon a pair of dark sunglasses. After a short period inside the den it becomes apparent the punter is either a few kangaroos short in the top paddock, or is just a complete tosser with no idea how to behave in public. As most people who have been in Fun Town for any length of time know, the average Thai male working for any one of the multitude of dens scattered the length and breadth of Pattaya don’t need much of a reason to throw a few punches and kicks in the direction of an objectionable punter. So, when the aforementioned twit decided he wanted to become aggressive with a couple of the serving wenches the Thai male hired help intervened and, by way of sign language (not sure what the balled fist means in sign) and a hands-on approach made sure the punter left the premises under no illusion about his behaviour being viewed as unacceptable. I won’t mention the den concerned because that’s not the point of the parable. If you feel the desire to obtain a facial massage involving a few swift kicks and a flurry of punches then by all means go ahead and make a complete dickhead of yourself inside an ogling

den. Out of the Rumour Mill: Due to deadline constraints I am unable to confirm the full and correct details of the following. I’m told the infamous Soi 6 will be turned into a mini-walking street as of early October every evening from 6:00PM until 2:00AM. No cars or motorbikes will be permitted down the soi between those hours. I’m also led to believe all joints serving booze and brief companionship for a price must open at 6:00PM. I’m not sure if this means those joints opening in the early afternoon are no longer permitted to do so, or if the ruling just states all places must be open no later than 6:00PM. I’m sure all will be revealed in the next couple of weeks. Something for the Desk: The fourth edition -and those remaining copies of the third printing- of the Pattaya by Night magazine are moving off the shelves steadily despite the low season and I’m happy to say there will be a 2009 Calendar ready to hit the streets by about the third week of October. A glossy, desktop style, it features 10 top-class ogling dens and will retail at just 195 baht. More information when it finally makes it out of the print shop. Piece of (Aging) Pith: Q: Is it common for 60+ year olds to have problems with short term memory storage? A: Storing memory is not a problem, retrieving it is a problem. (my new email address is:


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword








8 9


by Mr Mick




12 13

(6) 14

(5) (4)





16 18 21

(7) (6) (5)



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Solution Issue 2

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

Value of negative doubles

CONVENTIONAL wisdom says that you must have at least six points to reply to your partner ’s bid, but sometimes life isn’t all that simple. In today’s deal you hold a very modest seven high card points which is par for the course. You are looking at ♠ 7 5, ♥ K 7 4 3, ♦ J 8 6 4 2, ♣ K 9. Your partner opens with a bid of one club and your right hand opponent chimes in with an overcall of one spade. You are next, so what

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1 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.

is your response? Not easy. You can’t say one no trump as this would suggest a stopper in the enemy suit of spades which you manifestly do not have. You are too weak to say two hearts which would suggest both more high card points and a rather better heart suit as well. So you would probably have to pass, unless you happen to be using negative doubles. A double of one spade would suggest strength in hearts but too few of the suit or too little strength to bid two hearts. Incidentally,

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Last week’s solutions 1. Eye 2. Fly 3. Sun 4. Day 5. Hour 6. Out 7. Knee 8. Over 9. What 10.Par

Able Let Less House Ware Fast Able Back Lasting Ate

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1. In which country is Yangon city?

6. What year of the 1920s was The Wall

2. Which country had a baby milk scandal

Street Crash?

in September 2008?

7. The movie The Miracle at St Anna is set

3. What was former Thai prime minister

in which war?

Samak’s surname?

8. In which country is Koh Kong?

4. In which decade did Baby Doc flee from

9. Which Roman emperor followed



5. Taro Aso became prime minister of

10. What’s the hardest substance in the

which country this year?

human body?

Answers: 1. Mynamar or Burma; 2. China; 3. Sundaravej; 4. 1980s; 5. Japan; 6. 1929; 7. second world war; 8. Cambodia; 9. Tiberius; 10. enamel.





Sudoku Puzzle 3




1. Side 2. Break 3. Knock 4. Cause 5. Quick 6. Draw 7. House 8. Lea 9. Sweet 10.Foot



Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second word, will form two more words. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse to 9. Solution on page 51.




Manhattans Steakhouse A Swanky Yankee Restaurant and Bar By Mick and Di The Food Lovers MANHATTANS oozes with glitz and glamour bestowing a galaxy of reasons to visit this most sophisticated of destination restaurants. From the minute you step through the doors to walk upon the gold broadloom carpet, sink into the African violet suede chairs in the snazzy, jazzy, cocktail bar, it is evident that this New York style steak house and cocktail bar is overflowing with no-expense-spared extravagance and luxury. Manhattans offers a variety of American classics that span the country from Zinfandel wine to Maryland crab cakes and key lime pie from the sunshine state. The cocktail lounge segues

This luxe restaurant offers a signature pick of the best steak money can buy. Here you can enjoy succulent U.S. and Australian certified Angus served in 6 oz, 10 oz and 18 oz portions, although a Godzilla cowboy steak is also available weighing in at 20 ounces for the serious carnivores. Manhattan Sundays are a fantastic new innovation. The sensational lunch is served from 12.30 to 7.00 pm and offers a stunning starter buffet of over 20 dishes and follows with 10 superb main courses including roast sirloin of beef with all the trimmings. This is world-class cuisine for only B.650 (2 courses) and B.795 (3 courses) providing Pattaya with a unique Sunday phenomena.

into the most dramatic dining room displaying immense graphics of New York landmarks, stunning crystal place settings and even the silver salt and pepper pots reflect the famous skyline!

Mick and I were dining here to sample the new early dinner menu (available from 5.00 pm till 7.00 pm) which offers gourmet set dinners of two or three courses for B.795 and B.895 respectively. The menu

changes monthly but when we visited in August the starters included cream of asparagus soup, potato gnocchi with beef tomatoes and basil sauce, baked salmon in filo pastry with red pepper and hollandaise sauce and roast cherry tomatoes and rocket salad with toasted olive bread. I opted for the salmon in filo pastry which was top notch, the pepper and creamy sauce marrying perfectly with the succulent salmon. For a main course I chose the tagliatelle carbonara while Mick plumped for the pan fried pork escalope with mustard and dill served with crushed chive potatoes, minted peas and carrots. Our friend chose the char-grilled tenderloin steak (200 gr) with fries and a vegetable medley which received his unconditional thumbs up and pronounced the best steak he had eaten in a long while. Desserts tempt with chocolate cappuccino mousse, peanut butter ice cream with chocolate sauce or an unusual savoury of Cheddar cheese and apple chutney on wholemeal toast.

Manhattans pushes the envelope for an authentic American-style steak house with a state of the art snazzy cocktail bar. Visit soon and discover for yourself the VIP benefits of dining in this most swanky of Yankee restaurants. Located in Nivana Place Condo, Thappraya Road, Pattaya/Jomtien, Tel: (038) 259 790 or visit www.manhattanspattaya,com. Closed Mondays.

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Allo Couscous A Charming Culinary Cache

By Mick and Di The Food Lovers WHERE do you go for the best couscous in town? Allo Couscous, of course. Tucked away in Soi 2, Pattaya Tai you’ll find this delightful French restaurant. Mick and I have been lovers of couscous for many years and were excited to come across this restaurant, which not only serves the eponymous dish, but also an a la carte menu of sound traditional French cuisine. We have visited this charming restaurant a few times and have always come away with nothing but praise for the consistency and quality of the goodnatured food. Stop me if you know this. Couscous is a grain from the wheat plant and a staple of many North African countries and the Middle East dating back from the 12th century. It tastes a bit like nutty pasta and is about the size of a large grain of sand. Now, of course, it is an extremely popular gourmet dish and enjoyed throughout the world. Chef/restaurateur, Patrick Joyon is the guiding light behind this cloud nine of couscous. He was born and spent his formative years in Morocco where he developed an enduring passion for Moroccan cuisine before returning to France in the 60’s and launching his culinary career.

To start the proceedings we sipped pastis and nibbled on the complimentary tapenade and croutons while we perused the menu. Couscous is naturally the raison d’etre of this restaurant. However, it also offers a selection of nostalgic French dishes which evoke the cuisine of yesteryear pleasing and delighting Patrick’s core clientele from his homeland. Like grains, such as rice, couscous tends to take on the flavour of whatever sauce or other ingredients it is prepared with. It is most often served with meat, chicken, lamb or mutton plus the requisite vegetables. Traditional couscous must be steamed, often in a steam basket called a couscousiere over a stew of meat and vegetables and here at Patrick’s restaurant is

served with chicken (B.300), mutton (B.340), beef, brochettes, merguez (a red spicy sausage from North Africa), or the jewel in the crown, couscous royal which is a gargantuan selection of the above. (Patrick confided that he has yet to see a diner

finish this magnificent feast!) We chose the chicken version and were blown away by the deeply satisfying broth in which languished the perfect vegetables, the generous serving of two chicken quarters (per serving), the steamed moist couscous

and the traditional hot fiery sauce known as harissa. Without a doubt an outstanding example of this legendary dish. If you haven’t eaten couscous before, here is the place to put that right and join the fans who come from far and wide to savour this original and interesting meal. Starters from the menu include escargots de Bourgogne (B.220), cuisse de grenouille (frogs legs), soupe l’onion and a new addition of a Moroccan favourite, tabouleh. This time-honoured salad comprises of couscous, tomato, parsley and cucumber tossed in a garlicky olive oil dressing which serves as a light and refreshing palate livener.

Other main courses include entrecote in a pepper sauce (B.280), mixed grill, emince de volaille (thinly sliced chicken) with mustard sauce and hachis parmentier (a much-loved French beef hash). The kitchen is always preparing seasonal specialities so do ask Patrick for his daily recommendations. If ever there was a dish that screams French rustic cuisine it is coq au vin (B.380). So many things make it special: the chicken, the garlic, the bottle of wine, the aromatic smoked bacon and juicy mushrooms plus the long slow cooking time. Here at Allo Couscous it is tremendous and the perfect example of this labour-intensive dish. Allo couscous is a charming culinary find with yet another surprising facet, it delivers! Phone Patrick, give him your order and it will be transported to your door completely free of charge. Allo Couscous is the sort of local gem beloved of those in the know and it gets a big tick from us and our whole-hearted recommendation for the integrity and genuineness of its recipes and for nurturing the traditions and character of the Morrocan and French cuisine. Located on Soi 2, Pattaya Thai (opposite Big C). Take Soi 2 and turn left at the bottom and the restaurant is at the next corner. Open 6.00 pm till midnight. Closed Sundays. Credit cards not accepted. Tel: 0879 367102 for reservations (recommended) or home delivery. Web: w w w. a l l o c o u s c o u s


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

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

(ptm-2007)Electric Bicycles – Economical and environmentally friendly. Ride 40 km between battery recharges. Each recharge costs only 4 baht. Quiet. No pollution. For catalogues & prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 965 6291-3, Visit their website, (ptm-2007)Mobility Scooters - Portable 3 wheels, 4 wheels, latest models. Full service by distributor. For catalogues and prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 965 6291-3, Visit their website, (ptfas-0508)Antique Carved Wooden Bench, originally from Chiang Mai, perfect for game room or patio, 162 long X 60 deep. Must well immediately. Originally 18,500 Baht, quick sale now 7,500 Baht. Call Gary at 089 803 0388 or email (ptm-0108)An Installed Concrete and Tile Pool adds value to your home, making it easier to sell. Completed/ready to use in 30 days cost under 300,000bt. With no hidden extras. Pool Guy 086 149 4279 (ptfas-0308)19 German Books mostly Karl May. 950 baht. 087 100 5726 (ptfas-0308) Complete Golf Set: Brand new iron clubs, putter, woods and driver. Comes with new bag and travel bag. Great grips and clubheads. Ideal as your second set (kept in Pattaya). For a super deal call 087 125 9329 as soon as possible. (ptfas-0408)Brand New Weber Grill, never used, original carton, paid over 4500B, willing to sell at 2500B or best offer. 038 231 999 Jomtien Plaza, Building A, Apt. 406/282 #2601 Fl. (ptfas-0408)Baby’s Furniture. Bed, playpen, stroller, bureau, high chair, bottles sterilizer etc. 18,000 baht. Sofa + 2 chairs 2,500 baht. 038 406 334 Evenings (ptfas-0308)Little Used Printer for Computer – model Cannon Pixmer IP 1600. 850 Bahts. Can deliver. Tel. 038 367 206 (ptfas-2307)B.B.Q. Imported Australian Billabong, includes cover, hose, regulator and gas bottle.1 year old. Replacement cost 22,000 Baht. Sell Baht 12,000 081 376 1773 (ptfas-p2407)Cheapest TV’s in Pattaya!!! I have a wide range and certain brands of TV’s that are all brand new and come with 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. From LCD’s, Plasma’s to standard TV’s. All of which come in a range of sizes. Not only TV’s but many electrical Items are available for sale i.e. fridge freezers and washing machines. For further information and prices on any items please contact Alan on 084 944 2541.

Pets Must Love Cats! Two lovable, healthy junior kittens need good home. One male, one female. Please call 086 160 5835 Pocket Dog, a very beautiful Chihuahua puppy for sale, female, brown, short hair, very clean, healthy, happy, good toy dog, for 6,500 Baht, Lin 089 152 1533 (pta-mo2407)2 sweet and Lovable Kittens, one male, one female, need good home. Have been dewormed and vaccinated. Please call 086 160 5835

Boat for Sale (ptm-0208)Speed Boat for Sale including book & banana boat 230,000 baht, long 21 feet, 90 HP (excellent engine). Please call 086 841 5976 (ptm-0208)Jet Ski for Sale: 63,000 baht, 650 CC, excellent engine. Please call 086 841 5976 (ptm-r2207)Explore The Beautiful Beaches, Islands, Coral Reefs Near Pattaya or go fishing on your own fast Trimaran, for a very affordable price. A share in this sailboat cost only 3,000 US Dollars. Call Richard at 086 156 7323 or (ptm-0007)Quick sale Chaparral Speed Boat 22 ft. excellent condition, Yamaha 250 HP V6 engine. Price: 750,000 Eng : 081 003 3703 Thai : 081 295 7928 (ptm-1407)Imported Used Boat Years 2005 to 2008. Cabin Cruiser Bow Rider ….. start from 24 feet up to your dream. Available today in Pattaya or under order. 3 month delivery with registration and complete check up. Bargain Prices. Mortgage available for every one to suit any budget. Call Today for information 086 702 3611 (ptm-1107)15 Foot Fibre Glass Metal Trailer 70,000 baht. Many extras to be sold separately, fish finder and compass, jackets, 4 boat rods with Penn Reels, 5 HP engine. Best offer for everything, illness forces sale. 038 406 791 (ptfb-2406)33 Foot Long, 7 Foot Beam, 6 Cylinder Strait-Six Diesel, in-board, shaft driven, wooden hull, Licensed for 10 persons, diving/swimming platform, scuba tank racks, head (marine toilet), 8-10 knots cruising speed. Suitable for scuba diving, snorkeling or trolling for fish. Very economical, approximately 10 litres per hour. Asking price 200,000 Bahts. Call 086 844 8088 for quick sale.

Business Opportunities (ptm-0408)We Supply and Service Game Machines. Free of charge! We supply the machine, you provide the location. Call 081 762 8379 (ptm-sp1808)Pool Tables Brand New (coin operated). Profit sharing, you provide the location, we provide the pool table for free and all maintenance costs. We will also consider buying your old pool table. For more information, please call: 081 762 8379

(ptm-j0308)Arts and Crafts Village for Thai Products Opening Soon. Shops 100 per day. (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-p0408)Soi 8 – Sexy Bar for Rent – Key money 60,000 baht. Rent 23,000 baht per month. Fully furnished, 1 pool table. Phone 081 290 1705 Pattaya B-O-C. Bars – Restaurants – Mini Marts – Beauty Saloons – Guest Houses – Hotels – Go Go Bars – Café’s – Coffee Shops – Launderettes for sale in and around Pattaya. All work carried out in strictest confidence. Prices range from 400k Baht up. Contact 038406738 or visit New to Business in Pattaya? Let us guide you through the minefield. We can walk you through the process of buying and setting up a business in Thailand legally and without headache. B.O.C Pattaya. Tel 038406738 or visit (ptm-m0808)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Tel. 089 934 4148 Bars – Restaurants – Mini Marts – Beauty Saloons – Guest Houses – Hotels – Go Go Bars – Cafe’s – Coffee Shops – Launderettes for sale in and around Pattaya. All work carried out in strictest confidence. Prices range from 400k Baht up. Contact Mike 0863031708 New to business in Pattaya? Let us guide you through the minefield. We can walk you through the process of buying and setting up a business in Thailand legally and without headache. B.O.C Pattaya. Tel Mike : 0863031708 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 Pool Lounge- There are four full size American pool tables in this well established lounge. The lounge currently has 3 pool teams and runs many competitions, as well as a fully stocked bar. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Bar / Guest House – An opportunity has arisen to purchase this well appointed guest house, located on one of pattays busiest streets. There are five rooms all with air con, and a fully stocked bar offering both pool and darts with indoor and outdoor seating. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Hostess Bar- One of Pattaya most well known bars, has three years proven accounts showing a very healthy profit. This bar will not be on the market for long. Viewing is highly recommended. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email:

SOI 7 BAR –This busy beer bar located right in the heart of the action. The bar has been established for many years and has always made good profits. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Hotel Units and Villas for Sale and Rent Back. Fantastic investment for speculators requiring security. Call Barry 089 933 3583 (pta-pat0008)4 Shop Houses for sale. Need renovation. Fantastic position, 50 meters to Na Jomtien Beach. Price 3.5 MB. each. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (ptfbo-0308Start Your Own Business in Thailand for less than 20.000 baht - proven concept from Bangkok: Pls. contact Peter Miller (Stone Oven) on email:petermillerpetermiller@ Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (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

(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 . (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 . (PHG0117) Very nice Double shop house Restaurant, 9rm Guest house w/pool table, 2 nd 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. (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. (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 (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. (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. (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 storey home. (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! 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”. (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. 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. (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. (PRT0097) Restaurant in busy Soi Baukao. 600,000baht. Take over this well established restaurant, serving both Thai and European Foods. With no Key money involved. Equipment, inventory all inclusive. This is a very nice investment don’t miss out on this one. Buyer is very motivated. Walking Street GO GO Bars.. If you are a serious Investor Looking at Number 1 Go Go Bars, then you need to Call Us. I have listings on top GO GO Bars that are not for sale “But Are”. Investor must qualify for showings. (PLB0102) Walking street 2nd floor bar. View of the ocean, the road below. Plenty of room to grow sale priced at 950,000 baht. Low upfront deposits of 500,000 with 60,000 baht a month for lease. Call today. (PHG0123) Don’t take my word for it go to our web site for this once in a lifetime opportunity priced for a quick sale baht 12,500,000 this 5star classy restaurant with an all Stainless steel industrial kitchen that could be guesthouse& restaurant with lounge, very nice rooms upstairs, Dbl shop house Beach front, Views, Views, lease at 60,000 a month can buy the two shop houses next door. (PLB0099)Another Walking Street Bar Priced to sell 90% inside w/3 pool tables. Large stage for everyone to share entertainment 2,200,000 all deposits paid and included in price for the first 2.5 years (PLB0095) MAKE PAYMENTS: Very Famous GO GO Bar with 80 seats, 240 sqm, 4 rooms above this well designed floor plan, like nothing else on this very, very popular Soi. For only 8million baht and with a nice size down the owner will consider payments. He has many companies that require his attention… which makes this very busy and profitable bar”, even in low season”, to much work for him…... Buyer is very motivated.

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0234/SLN – Open Beer Bar – Located in beer bar complex on 2nd Road. Rent only 12,000 baht per month & No Key Money. Sale Price: 250,000 baht. 0276/SLN - Lease for Sale – 3 storey single shop house located in East Pattaya. Ground floor ideal for any small business. On the upper floors are 3 rental rooms. Many extras including kitchen facilities, air – conditioning etc. Rent only 12,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 300,000 baht 0278/SLN – Bar with Rooms – 4 storey single shop house located in south Pattaya. On the ground floor is a bar area with five rental rooms above. Rent is 23,000 baht per month and 100,000 baht per year Key Money. Sale Price: 750,000 baht 0255/SLN – Bar – Located in busy ‘night life’ area of Central Pattaya. Above the bar is a single room with en suite bathroom. Profitable business and easy to manage. Rent only 6,000 baht per month and annual key money of 150,000 baht which has been pre paid till Sept. 2008. Sale Price: 900,000 baht 0268/SLN – Coffee Shop & Restaurant – Single storey shop house, located in East Pattaya, earning profit. Rent only 4,000 baht per month and Key Money has been pre-paid till May 2010. Sale Price: 950,000 baht. 0254/SLN – Go Go Bar – 4 storey single shop house, located in busy ‘foot traffic’ area of South Pattaya. Monthly rent is 30,000 baht and Key Money has been pre-paid till October 2009. Sale Price: 1.3 million baht. 0199/SLN – Laundry with Rooms above – Busy laundry business located in Central Pattaya. 4 storey single shop house with 3 large studio apartments on the upper floors for rental. Rent only 15,000 per month with Key Money of 60,000 baht per year. Sale Price: 1.5 million baht 0219/SLN – Beer Bar – Extremely profitable beer bar located in busy complex on Beach Road. Owner can verify accounts for last 3 years. Sale Price: 1.8 million baht 0266/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – 4 Storey double shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a large bar area which was refurbished within the last 12 months complete with a new light and sound system. On the upper floors are 8 rental rooms. Low rent. Sale Price: 1.85 million baht. 0287/SLN – Bakery & Mini Mart – Located in two separate single storey units in East Pattaya - specializing in the baking of home made pies. Good customer base throughout the bar & restaurant trade in Pattaya. Sale Price: 1.9 million baht 0271/V – Pet Shop – Single storey retail shop, located in North Pattaya. Specialising in the sale of Dogs, Cats, pet foods and accessories. Very profitable. Sale price includes a Limited Company. Sale Price: 2 million baht 0282/SLN – Bar with Rooms – 4 storey single shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Jomtien. The ground floor bar has been refurbished to a high standard. On the upper floors are 4 rental rooms and 1 large apartment. The owner has enjoyed good profits over the last 6 months. Long lease and Key Money has been prepaid till April 2010. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht 0286/SLN – Pool Lounge – Profitable business located in Central Pattaya with bar facilities. Currently playing in 3 local leagues. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht. 0284/SLN – Hostess Bar with Rooms - 3 storey, double shop house located in a busy Soi in the heart of the ‘nightlife‘ action. Ground floor bar recently refurbished. Rent 30,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 2.75 million baht 0269/SLN - Bar & Guesthouse - 3 storey double shop house, located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of North Pattaya. Large ground floor bar with external seating area and 7 rental rooms above. The business generates good turnover & profits. Low rent and no Key Money. Sale Price: 4.9 million baht. 0154/SLN - Restaurant - Well established Restaurant located in North Pattaya - seating capacity for nearly 100 customers. Have enjoyed good profits over the last two years. Key Money has been paid till February 2010 and is transferable. Sale Price: 6.5 million baht. 0270/SLN - Furniture & Interior Decor shop - Incorporating a retail shop, which also offers interior decor project design for clients. The sale price includes in excess of 5 million bahts worth of stock and a Limited company which would enable any prospective buyer to obtain 2 foreign work permits. ‘Walk into’ a well established, extremely profitable business. There is also a seperate entrance with 12 rental rooms above the retail shop. Sale Price: 8 million baht. 0237/SLN - Bar with Rooms above - Extremely profitable bar (which current owner can verify), with 4 rental rooms above, located in a very busy ‘foot traffic’ area of Central Pattaya. The bar has been fitted out to a very high standard. Low rent and NO KEY MONEY. Included in the sale of the business is a Limited Company. Sale Price: 9 million baht. (the current owner will provide financing if required). 0274/SLN – Restaurant & Bar – Single storey double shop house located in South Pattaya. The lease has been fully paid up till 2023, the next 15 years. There is seating for in excess of 100 diners. Included in the sale is a sound & lighting system for live music. The business is profitable. Sale Price: 14 million baht. 0247/SLN - Bar/Restaurant and Guesthouse - Located in South Pattaya. Extremely profitable business which the current owner can verify. On the ground floor is a large bar and restaurant. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings. Sale Price: 25 million baht. 0273/SLN – Lawn Bowling Club – Located in East Pattaya on 3 rai of land. 2 International bowling greens, separate bar & restaurant, 5 en suite bedrooms & swimming pool. Foreign ownership in Company name. Viewing highly essential. Sale Price 30 million. 0238/SLN - Hotel - Located in Central Pattaya. The hotel comprises of 20 guestrooms on 6 floors, which were all totally refurbished during 2007 to a very high standard. There is also an Owner penthouse suite on the top floor. The business has also enjoyed virtual full occupancy since opening in September 2007. Included in the selling price is the land, building and all the fixture and fittings which are in a Company name. Sale Price: 45 million baht.

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(PSH0108)Shop House in the busiest area of 2nd road, 36millon baht. Looking for a new owner to open a bar and restaurant with guest house. The building is for sale with chanold title. Owner will take everything with him making it easy to renovate at the same time lowers out of pocket expenses. Investors dream. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Koh Samui Resort. One of the world’s most Famous Islands now has a Prestigious Hotel available, at 50million baht for your spot in Paradise. With only five staff members 18 rooms and two retail stores makes it easy to manage All rooms have a 5 star quality, with Tv’s, fridge, Bar A/C. Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Koh Chang Resort. Guys it doesn’t get any better than this. Own a piece of the Rock. To many facilities to list, owner wants to move to Northern Thailand. Making your Business our 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 (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 Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Shop houses commercial store fronts for best pricing. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 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 premier@

Education & Training (pta-tk0008)Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Reading, writing, listening & speaking English, Thai and other languages for all levels from children to adults. Grammar, conversation, as well as Elementary – Intermediate Math, Science and Music. Promotional price from October to December only. 2 hours free session every Monday Wednesday from 11 am to 1pm only, reservations required. Located at T.K. Apartment, Soi LK Pavilion, South Pattaya. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324 for more promotional discounts. E-mail:

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Learn to Speak, Write and Read Thai ?!! Learn to understand what people are saying around you !! With a professional and experienced Thai teacher. Contact 081 466 7478, 080 635 1769 (pta-0406)TEFL Intercontinental, we are specialist in teacher training, a full 120 hours TEFL certificate course, we offer Guaranteed job & Work permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while you practice teaching for 2 Months. Please contact us at: 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640 (pta-0406)Foreign Ladies: Speak and write ‘Beautiful English’ in the comfort of your own home or office, at your own speed, learning the social or business English you need. Training from English professor now retiring to Pattaya. Tel: 081 838 8163 for first discussion Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038489-225-7 Fax. 038-489-228 (pta-0406)PROGRESS Language & Computer School (Licensed & Certified by Ministry of Education) Thai (3 Year Education Visa—Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours)-EnglishDutch- Russian- French-ItalianGerman-Japanese-ChineseKorean-Spanish-ComputerInternet—Translation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost Opposite Bus Station to Bangkok) (next to Lukdod Shop) Please call: 081 577 2967, 038 370 263 (pta-0406)PRO becomes PROGRESS. Please note that PRO Language & Computer School has now been renamed PROGRESS Language & Computer School. It still offers excellent quality course in language and computer skills. Progress Language & Computer School (Licensed & Certified by The Ministry of Education) Thai(Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours) )-English-DutchGerman-Italian-FrenchJapanese-Chinese-RussianKorean-Spanish-ComputerInternet——Free Trial Thai & English lessons 1 period— Qualified and Experienced Teachers—Translation &

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House for Sale (ptm-c0308)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-d0408)Jomtien, Newly Designed 250 sqm. Shophouse. 3 bedrooms, 3 bath, aircons throughout, electric lock up garage, 4 levels plus. Rooftop terrace with spectacular ocean views. All this 50 meters from the beach. 3.95 million THB. Call 087 013 5770 (ptm-r0408)New 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2 Storey Home. Soi Kao Talo on 98 sq. wah land – community pool, 5 minutes from Tesco/Big C, 3.95 m baht. Call 086 109 0721 (ptm-r0408)New Home for Rent or Sale on Highway 36 Banglamung near Regents International School – 10 minutes from Bangkok Pattaya Hospital – 3 minutes from Motorway. Fully furnished. Beautiful. Sale 2.46 mil. Baht, Rent 20,000 baht per month. Call 086 109 0721 Stunning Country Mansion. 5 bed, 5 bath, 31 rai manicured lakes/gardens, too much to detail. 150 million. Tel: 081 576 0035 Email; countryproperty@, (ptm-2407)House for Sale near Sukhumvit rd. between South and Central Pattaya. 54 TLW, with garden, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Only 4,000,000 baht. Call 081 833 6661 (ptm-t0208)Unique Opportunity. Own an Exclusive House on the Renowned Rabbit Resort Dongtan Beach Jomtien. Your choice is to rent with an income last year of 1 million baht or live your dream beachside no high rise, complete service and maintenance available, the most friendly staff in Pattaya. Then call Terry on 086 224 7208. Company sale, paradise on the cheap. Only 9.4 million baht. View the website

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House for Sale (ptm-d1408)Mabprachan Gardens, representative properties in top Expat location for business on the Eastern Seaboard. Sale and Lease. Call 081 636 9289,, agents welcome (ptm-vi0008)Genuine 25% discount OFF the original price. Luxury & Prestigious Beach Side Living at an unbelievable low price. Design & build your own house on any of the last 10 remaining plots, plots range from 520 sq.m to 680 sqm. And also complete finished house that ready to move in, with kitchens & bathrooms complete with granite, Daiken Air Conditioning, Direct beach front access, stunning club house & restaurant was 5.3 mil. before and now reduced to 3.8 mil. baht only. Call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 HS1174: 4 bed, 3 bath bungalow East Pattaya on SP village 2, interior size 280 S qm, very clean house, Part furnished, for sale at 5.5 Million Baht inclusive of company. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity HS1160: 3 bed bungalow close to the Sukhumvit road, on a secure development, a reasonable price of 3.5 Million Baht Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity HS1166: Chaiyapruk 2 area, 180 S qm land, interior 100 S qm, 2 bed, 2 bath, sell with company, unfurnished, Internet installed, 2.3 Million Baht Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity

HS1068: REDUCED price house in Bang Saray, Dhewee park, 100 Sq w plot, 3 bed private pool, alls extras included call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: House for sale at The Regent location at pong 395 Sq.wah, 4 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom, Built-in furnished, Maid, European Kitchen, Dining room, Living room, Store, Air-Con, Balcony, Large Garden, Private swimming pool, Security. Price at 15,900,000 Baht call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail : (pta-pat0008)House For Sale Na Jomtien. 4 storey townhouse, direct beach front, sea views, swimming pool. Price 13 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (pta-pat0008)2 Town Houses on Na Jomtein beach, 4 levels, need renovation. Price 11 MB. for both. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 Townhouse 2 storey for sale at Jomtien location 27 Sq.wah, 2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living room, No Furniture, No Kitchen, parking car, Price at 2,100,000 Baht , Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail : Townhouse one storey corner unit for sale at Raviporn Garden Hill Soi Koatalo 37 Sq.Wah, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living area, European Kitchen, some furniture, air con, Hot water, Garden , Parking car, Security Price at 1,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail :

Classified Private House 2 Storey for sale at Jomtien location near the beach 172 Sq.Wah. 250 Sq.m. 3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Built in furniture, Nice decorated, European kitchen, 5 Air con, and hot water, Large living room, large garden , and Private swimming pool Price at 7,900,000 Baht , Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : ThaiLiving : Quick sale! House in Jomtien Area. 1 storey house in 67 sq.wah ONLY 4.9 M THB. (negotiable price) Call: 038 364-515 or / ThaiLiving : Beautiful house in Jomtien with 3b/3b, 91 sq.wah, completed deportation, private pool for 15 M THB. Call:038 364-515 or / We have a re-sale in a new 5star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 21 Million Baht,1 Million under the developer price. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12.5 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

Stunning House For only 10.5 Million Baht! Four extra large bedrooms, four Bathrooms with separate Guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool. The house is built on a 1200 m2 plot in the very prestigious area of Phoenix Golf Course. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at The most exiting Estate on the entire Eastern Seaboard for Sale for 150 Million Thai Baht. This 7 Bedroom, 11 Bathroom on 35 Rai of land is one of the most impressive homes you will ever see. Its grounds, water features and landscaping are second to none. If you have the finances to secure a home such as must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Downpayment! Six year Mortgage! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment

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as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/Month for the next two years. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2587) Most incredible sea views from a designer 4 bedroom home for 19.9 Million Baht! Situated high in the Bangsarey

Hills, this gorgeous four bedroom four bathroom home was completely decorated by one of the areas most noted interior designers, which makes it both beautifully appointed as well as being a very comfortable family home. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2424)

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House for Sale Want a Thabali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Several View Talay Villas for Sale from 7.9 Million to 50 Million Baht! Live in one of these highly sought after villas in this exclusive development! For appointment and private showing call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier Immaculate Beach House next to the Dusit Hotel for sale at 27.5 Million Baht! Each room in this extremely well laid out home has been designed and decorated to a very high standard. The location and sea views are to die for…..this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2258) An Absolutely Stunning Home For 60 Million Baht! With over 3,000 square meters of living space all done in the finest hardwoods, marble and granite this is a grand and very impressive estate home. The estate has seven master suites and four separate lounge areas with a cinema room, games room and three kitchens all built around an outdoor lounging area and swimming pool. To put it simply, this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2152) Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht! This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design work is very tasteful. There is not a better

address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We have several Mortgage opportunities! We have seven houses available with a mortgage. All houses are located in the 5-star village Paradise Villas. For more information about the mortgages Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Want a Fabulous Home in Paradise Villa? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Great home layouts and designs in these spectacular and modern homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number One’ development. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Beautiful Regent Village four Bedroom, five bathroom Home For Sale at 14 Million Baht! Absolutely stunning interior design. This five bedroom plus home is a must see. Fantastic fully equipped European kitchen and you will love the wonderful landscaping and finishing work, call the



Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (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 In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Jomtien Park Villas. Superb 3 bedrooms house (all en-suite) with private pool, located near Jomtien Beach. The spacious house is well furnished and comes with built-in kitchen and 3 air cons. Priced at only 15.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Pratumnak Villa. Fantastic house with sea view from the 3rd floor terrace, comprising 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, kitchen, Jacuzzi, barbeque, 14m private pool, double carport and large garden. Spacious and airy, a dream house in best location. Priced reduced to 21.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Wong Amat. Pool villa with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, close to the beach, built in contemporary Asian style on an 800 sq.m. plot. Price reduced from 16.5 M Baht to 10.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Pratumnak. Small compound of semi-detached pool villas with 2 bedrooms and roof top terrace (with optional Jacuzzi!). Priced at 9.48 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Tropical Villas Located in one of the best Jomtien areas these are 14 villas surrounding a communal pool, all with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, loft-style office, balcony and terrace. The last villa for the old price of 7.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

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 12.5 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.

House for Rent (ptm-n0408)A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Euro-kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 30,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0408)A Beautiful New House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk 1. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, private pool. 50,000 baht/ month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0408)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 & 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. Starts from 25,000 baht/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0408)2 Bedroom House at Ban Am-Phur. Fully furnished, 10,000 B/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0708)Occasion! Beautiful Townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact 081 862 9710 (ptm-d0408)Jomtien, Newly Designed 250 sqm. Shophouse. 3 bedrooms, 3 bath, aircons throughout, electric lock up garage, 4 levels plus. Rooftop terrace with spectacular ocean views. All this 50 meters from the beach. Fully furnished 19,000 baht per month, Unfurnished 16,000 baht per month. Call 087 013 5770

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If you are looking for a house for rent in Pattaya / Jomtien, look no further. We have a big selection. All price ranges. Call 086 368 4973 or visit (ptm-s0208)3 Bedroom House for Rent B16,000/month, furnished at Kratinglai, 5 mins to city, phone 081 340 6092, 085 091 6963 (ptm-a0308)Suwattana Garden Homes. 2 bedroom town house, Euro kitchen, modern decor, 24 hour security, communal pool, 18,000 per month. Long term only. 087 826 1620 Eng (ptm-o0308)Phratumnak Soi 5 for Rent Villa. 3bd/2ba w/ private pool, 200 m from beach electric gate, beautiful lush garden, great location, very safe, furnished, well equipped, very quiet area. Perfect for expat/ family – 60,000 baht + sec dep. Mobile: 089-5062632 (Eng, Spa, French), 089-5172973 (Thai) (ptm-0208)Huge House for Rent near Sukhumvit rd. between South and Central Pattaya. With nice garden, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 A/C’s. Fully furnished. 25,000 baht per month. Call 081 833 6661 (ptm-ta2407)House for Rent in Soi Kao Noey, not far from Sukhumvit Road, slightly furnished. Beautifully refurbished. Only 4,500 baht per month. Call 080 646 5322 (ptm-srv0208)Villas for Rent Urgent!!! Villas at Eakmongkol 4 – Sukhumvit Rd. Soi Kaotalo nearby Lotus South Pattaya and Sukhumvit Rd. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 office, 1 living, dining area, 1 kitchen and 1 car port. Please contact to Mr. Steiner 081 782 3896 (Eng/ German) or Khun Amporn 081 864 4144 (Eng/Thai) HR1072: 3 bed house with private pool in East Pattaya all furniture included, internet and satellite 45,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity HR1039: East Pattaya, 2 bed, 3 bath, car port, private pool, Euro kitchen ready to go! 40,000 P/M Call for more info 0849442541 or by E-mail: HR1086: 2 storey house for rent, 3 bedroom, 4 baths, 488 sq m of land, located in Pattaya park hill, new reduced price 32,000 Baht P/M Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail:

CR1107: A selection of houses in East Pattaya on a resort type complex, fully furnished, communal pool, from 12,000P/ M Call for more info 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ House for rent at Soi Siam Country Club SP Privacy 125 Sq.Wah , one storey house , 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European Kitchen, Large living room, fully furnish and decorated, Private swimming pool, Garden, security Price at 45,000 Baht per month Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail: House for rent at Classic Village location at Soi Kaotalo 80 Sq.wah, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European kitchen, Living room, and Dining room, Furnished, 3 Air-con, Cable TV, Security 24 hr Priced at 20,000 Baht per month Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail : House for rent at Siam Executive 125 Sq.Wah single house one storey , 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European kitchen, large living room, fully furnished and 3 Air con ,hot water, Privted swimming pool, Parking car, Security Price at 40,000 baht per month Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail: Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

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House for Rent Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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 www.premier Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (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 www.premier Magnificent House in Grange Park Village. Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms for 80,000 Baht per Month! The decoration and design are from a high standard! This house you really need to see to appreciate its beauty. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3703)

Classified A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3700) Very Nice Two Bedroom Plus Office with Private Pool Only 45,000 THB per Month! This is a brand new house with full European kitchen, lovely pool, two large bedrooms (both ensuite), fully furnished, large office and more! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Awesome Three Bedroom + Office in View Talay Villas only 80,000 THB per month! This is a great house which would be ideal for both a family or as a party pad…lots of space (over 300 sqm house plus 640 sqm of land), private rooms, private pool, lots more… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Three Bedroom House for Rent in Jomtien only 25,000 p/m! A great price for a three bedroom in Jomtien… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

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

Apartment/ Rooms for Rent (ptm-w0108)Aromdee Apartments has availability for rent. Fully furnished apartments with balcony, cable, telephone and also private internet lines available. It is quiet and clean with in house laundry and supermarket by European management. Only 5 minutes walk to the Big C and Lotus Supercenter in North Pattaya. Furnished standard apartments 3,000 baht/month. Furnished air conditioned apartments 3,700 baht/month. Call 089 938 6022 (ptm-2407)Carina Mansion. Large fully furnished apartment. 48 sq.m., cable TV, aircon, fridge, sofa, king size bed, wardrobe, kitchen and large bathroom with hot shower. All rooms have Wi-Fi, internet. 500 baht daily and 6,000 baht per month. Best value in town!! Our mansion also includes a large restaurant and a bar. Contact 081 829 2285(English), 081 311 7856(Thai) (ptm-0209)Royal Park Luxury Apartments Near Jomtien Beach. 56-112 sqm. luxurious furnished serviced apartments. 1-3 bedroom, kitchen, large living room, balcony. From 15,000 baht per month. 086 111 7414

Condo for Sale Jomtien Angket Condominium, First to See will Buy this very impressive 11th floor, 49 sq m corner unit with the best views of Jomtien Beach and beyond. Just been refurbished and furnished to the highest European standards with Euro kitchen, marble bathroom, big plasma screen TV and massive balcony. 500 meters from beach. Only 2.2 mil. Baht, in foreign name. Freehold. Call 087 150 4845 (Thai), 087 139 1539 (English) for details, e-mail: One Million Baht will get you a high floor sea view, 38 sq m studio, 500 meters from Jomtien Beach with Foreign ownership. These Prices Are For Real with no silly gimmicks. Be quick and move in tomorrow! Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, 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 etc. You won’t find better anywhere at the price 1,950,000 mil. baht in Foreign name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fantastic bargain. Only 1,250,000 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail:

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Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.7 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call 087 139 1539 (Eng.). For more details and pictures, visit our website, Angket Condominium 500 meters from beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, TV, DVD. Now only 1.6 mil. baht. Freehold. Angket will be repainted and refurbished this year with new swimming pool and lobby, therefore prices will rise. Good investment. (In foreigner’s name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656. For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: Excellent Location, 100 meters from Pattaya’s Best Beach (Jomtien). A magnificent 42 sq.m studio on the 12th floor with lovely seaviews of Jomtien Beach in the Khiang Talay Condominium. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high European standard. Separate marbled kitchen, fridge, freezer, microwave, marbled bathroom with water heater. Matching quality furniture, beautiful stoned picture walls, lovely cornice ceilings with dimmer lights. TV, DVD, surround system, safety box, remote control aircon, etc, etc. 24 hour guard securities with entry card, big swimming pool, snooker room, fitness centre, shop, and laundry. Viewing essential. Reduced price from 2.2 mil. Baht to 1.95 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreigner’s name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539, 084 565 7656. For appointment to view. For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: (ptm-r0408)Condo for Sale Front Corner Unit. 16th floor – 114 sq. meters. Fantastic ocean view and location. 3rd road North of Carrefour. 5.5 m baht. Call 086 109 0721 (ptm-s0608)Baan Suanlalana, Chaiyapreuk rd: 40 sqr, 3rd F, 2-Qbed, furniture + air, good garden environment, swimming pool, fitness etc. Bht 1.12 M, call: 086 086 5157. View pictures via The Last 5 Remaining Condos. Location in Jomtien area, size 96 sq.m, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, all room have ARC (double-glazing), Daikin Air Conditioning, stunning bathrooms as standard, full furniture and kitchen European style. Call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 (pta-pat0008)Condo for Sale in View Talay Jomtien. Sea views. Foreigners name. Price 3.8 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719

(pta-pat0008)Condo for Sale/ Rent Jomtien Top Floor. 48 sqm., sea views Foreigners name. 15,000/month, Price 2.5 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (pta-pat0008)Condo for Sale 2 Bedroom, 5th Floor, 82 sqm. Near Avenue shopping center, 5 mins. to beach. Foreign name. Price 4.9 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (ptm-g0408)Executive Residence IV, Royal Heights Pratumnak. Luxury 108 sq m, 1 bed en-suite, large balcony, stunning sea and island views, European appliances, built in furniture, large gym, 3 pools, pitch and putt, foreign ownership, 6.8M. Priced lower than developer. 087 941 2677 Email: info/photos. (ptm-g0408)Citismart Soi 1 North Pattaya. Luxury 87 sq m, 2 bed 2 bath, large balcony, European appliances, built in furniture, Wi-Fi, keycard access, rooftop pool, 150 metres to beach or Big C, foreign ownership, 6.4M. Priced lower than developer. 087 941 2677 Email: info/photos. (ptm-k0108)The Residence Jomtien. Lovely large 52 SQM well appointed studio under developer’s current pricing! Fully furnished. Custom European kitchen, solid wood furniture, LCD TV, stereo, well appointed bathroom, large balcony, with Foreign title. Brand new building, large pool, fitness centre, car parking, fivestar lobby, 24 hr security and only 800 mtr from beach. Price 2.95 MB. Contact ENG 081 982 1778, THAI 089 245 9494 (ptm-g0508)Hot! Condo for Sale at Jomtien Beach Paradise. Cheapest in Pattaya, 95 sqm. 1 bedroom, large living room, kitchen, diner, 2 big balconies with sea view, 2a/c., good condition, fully furnished with built-in teak wood & fully equipped with 32' LCD TV, full facilities, pool, gym, restaurant (In foreigner name). Very quick Sale only 3.39 mil.Baht. Call owner 087 971 6537, ask picture at (ptm-cl0308)38 sqm 8th Floor Sea View Studio Jomtien Beach. Furnished with A/C, TV, DVD, hot water, big balcony, 24 hrs security, big pool. You won’t find cheaper only 890,000 baht. Call Pin 087 150 4845 Jomtien Complex Condotel Corner Unit. 17th floor, Building B. 123 sqm. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living room, furnish. Large balcony total sea view. All reasonable offer considered. 5,900,000 baht. In company’s name. Call 081 781 5054 Jomtien Complex Condotel. 17th floor, Building B. 136 sqm. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living room+kitchen. Furnish. Total sea view. 5,900,000 baht. In company’s name. Call 081 781 5054

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CS1180: A superb apartment located in Pratumnak, outstanding sea views,1 bedroom 68 Sq m, 10th floor 6.3 Million Baht or 30,000 for rent. Call for more info 08-47808457or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity CS VIC: View Talay 2A, Studio units, 2 available, foreign name 12th floor, sea views 1.75 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Studio Condo for Sale. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain views). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Bargain at Bt:1.3 mil.). Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -711017 Mobile: 084 866 9644, 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, E-mail:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime,Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near TescoLotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

Condo for Sale New 6 Star Condominium, Tropical Dream Pattaya located on Pratamnuk Hill close to Jomtien and south Pattaya with ultra modern design. 44 sq.m. studio, starts from 3.446 M. 1 bedroom unit, 92 sq.m, starts from 7.158 M. 2 bedroom unit, 144 sq.m, starts from 13.702 M.3 bedroom unit, 114.5-120 sq.m starts from 8.218.97 M. Tel : 086 150 7100 (English) 084 940 2600 (Thai) Supalai Condominium, 1st Building, Soi Paholyotil 21 or Wipawadee 30 (behind Shinnawat Building 3), Paholyotil Rd., Ladyaow, Chatuchak, Bangkok. Room 83 sq.m. floor 5, pool side view, 2 bedroom with furniture, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 living room. All rooms with airconditioned. Tel. 081 555 8811, 081 938 3498 Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% Deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 First to View Will Buy New Completed Unit. Pattaya “Down Town” location. 1 Bed57.20 sqm, fully furnished 2.8 Million. 2 Bed- 99 sqm, fully furnished 4.8 Million. Call Barry 089 933 3583 “Trade Up To a Better Lifestyle”. We will “trade in “your property, as part payment on any of our luxury pool villa and condominium projects. Call: Peter 081 982 6145. “Penthouse Style” over looking Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully finished and furnished, best value in town 10,340,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” Pre-Construction discounts and easy payment plans, 150 metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Foreign Ownership, 2 Bedroom Corner Unit. Fully furnished and fitted by a quality developer. Central Pattaya. Special deal for 60 days completion. Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. CS1190: Central Pattaya Top floor apartment, new building, 61 Sq m. Nicely decorated, modern kitchen 2.5 Million Baht, Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail:

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Condo for sale at View Talay Condo on 3rd floor 37 Sq.m Jomtien side fully furnished and decorated European kitchen, Air con, and Hot water. Price at 1,450,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail : (ptfcs-1007)Nova Atrium 80 sq.m. with BigTerrace. Brand new. Fully furnished high standarad (Decorum). Between Carrefour and Big C. Huge swimming pool. Fitness center. Internet. 4.5 Million. Tel. 081 863 1076 ThaiLiving : View Talay 2A – 2B. Foreigner name, Studio unit, 5th floor for 1.75 M THB and 13th floor for 1.8 M THB. Studio unit at 16th floor for 1.9 M Call: 038 364-515 or info@ ThaiLiving : ViewTalay 1A- 1B. Units of 32 + 32 sqm, 5th floor for 1.8 M THB. Studio unit of 37 sqm, 3rd floor for 850,000.THB. Thai Name Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : ViewTalay 5D. Sea view and fully furnished, 48 sqm, 6th floor. Foreigner name for 2.65 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or / ThaiLiving : Rim Hard A1. Studio unit with 30 sqm, 13th floor. Foreigner name for 1.29 M THB . Call: 038 364-515 or / www.thai ThaiLiving : Metro Jomtien for 2.8 M THB for 55 sqm at 29th floor. Renovated. For 2.9 M THB with 54 sqm at 34th floor with good condition. Foreigner name. Call: 038 364-515 or / www.thai ThaiLiving : Ocean Marina. TypeB, high floor, 165 sqm, empty unit with marina member. for 9 M THB. Call: 038 364515 or / . ThaiLiving : Tabali Condo. Tropical Living with fully furnished. Foreigner name for 3.5 - 7.5 M THB. Call: 038 364515 or /

ThaiLiving : Grand Condo. Sea view, 3b/3b, need renovated, 186 sqm at 11th floor. Type B&C. Thai Name for 9 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or / www.thai ThaiLiving : NorthPoint for 22.95 M THB with 133 sqm, 36th floor, South Tower. Foreigner name. Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : View Talay 6 for 11.5 M THB. Corner unit at 22nd floor, 153 sqm. Foreigner Name. Call: 038 364-515 or / (ptm-L0208)View Talay 6 Condominiums 18th Floor, Foreign Name, Prime Location, Beachfront on Beach Rd, Soi 9, Pattaya, 144 Sq Meter Studio unit on 18th floor at FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Completely 100% unobstructed views of the beach, ocean and Walking Street. 10.2 million. Purchase Option 1: Cash 10.2 Million; or Installment Option 2: 3,400,000 to seller upon signing contract, 3,400,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date, 3,400,000 final payment to seller at 120 days from contract date. Larry 1-214-7978055 USA or email hovelots@ Keys at View Talay 6 office. Realtors Welcome! Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 54,000 Baht/sqm, Two beautiful units, both 117 sqm, Type A, Building A and B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 27 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

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Special Promotion in La Royal Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price. 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a fivestar beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Northshore Unit for sale! 80 sqm front unit for only 8.9 Million Baht! Buy this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Northshore is the only 5-star Condominium on the Pattaya beach Road. High Floor! This is not the only unit we have for sale……..we have almost all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors….. prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1.8 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/ Month. The best quality renovation money can buy. 42” LCD TV is only one of the many features in this condo. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014 Act quick we have the TopCorner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 270 sqm for 18 million Baht. Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. This must be the best corner unit in town. Also available a 239 sqm View Talay 6 corner on the 22nd floor facing Walking Street for 16 Million Baht. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting just under 1 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at View Talay 5 High Floor 46 sqm beautifully renovated Studio apartment for only 2.6 Million Baht. Just a 50 meter walk to the beach. Panoramic views over the ocean and the Jomtien Boulevard. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We have the best selection of Ananya Condos Available on the Market Today! We have the last two units available on the penthouse floor of Ananya (5th floor, Phase 3) two bedroom, 155 sqm. Ananya the best location on the best beach of Pattaya, Wongamat Beach. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ 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@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2402)

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Condo for Sale Grand Condo 3 Bedroom Apartment for 13.5 Million Baht! Directly on Jomtien Beach! Completely renovated with a spacious living room and ready to move in. Features two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (Property PR3077) Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3091)

Investment Possibility in La Royale Starting from 8.9 Million Baht! 1 Million under the developers prices! We have the best units on the highest floors in the new 5 star condominium La Royale. Pattaya side, two bedroom corner units, 148 sqm and Pattaya side, two bedroom units, 106 sqm. The corner units are not available anymore. Guaranteed high investment return. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PRD111) 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

Classified Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project in front of La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 10.5 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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@loxinfo. or visit our website at Northshore Condominium for 30 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase a great 268 square meter unit in a foreigners own name at a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. We have the same kind of unit in Thai name for 26 Million Baht! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, ready to move in. A lot of facilities are available, two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court are just examples. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (Property PR2975)

Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left! Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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 We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. 103sqm in View Talay 5 for 4.1 Million Baht! High floor with beautiful sea-views. The unit is made out of one 48sqm unit and one 55sqm unit. Bare Shell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Fax: (038) 374535 Investment opportunity! We have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for three years. No work and a steady monthly income! 50sqm for 3.3 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed three year income and 80sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month three year guaranteed rental return. Call Jan at 087-021-7014 Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a re-sale on a very high floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, 103 sqm for 19.1 Million THB Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3769) (ptm-L0208)View Talay 6 Condominiums 22nd Floor, Foreign Name, Prime Location, Beachfront on Beach Rd, Soi 9, Pattaya, 96 Sq Meter Studio unit on 22nd floor at FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Completely 100% unobstructed views of the beach, ocean and Walking Street. 6.8 million. Purchase option 1: Cash 6.8 Million; or Installment Option 2: 2,300,000 to seller upon signing contract, 2,300,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date, 2,200,000 final payment to seller at 120 days from contract date. Larry 1-214-797-8055 USA or email Keys at View Talay 6 office. Realtors Welcome! Huge New 143 sqm One Bedroom Condo On The 22nd Floor of View Talay 5 Building (VT5C0048). Finished to the highest of standards, this large one bedroom condo has fantastic seaviews, a great kitchen and full furniture. This condo must be viewed to fully appreciate what’s on offer for only 9.6m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Two Bedroom Jomtien Condo Overlooking Jomtien Bay (ROHI0008). This extremely well finished 92 sqm two bedroom condo on the 7th floor of a newly developed popular condominium with 24 hour security, communal swimming pool, fitness suite, restaurant, and easy access to the centers of both Jomtien and Pattaya. For sale at 5.9m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Jomtien Beach Road Studio Condo Just 200m From The Beach (JBCO0043) Ideal for investment, this 30 sqm studio on the 13th floor of this ever popular condominium which boasts great facilities including swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, internet, convenience store, laundry and 24 hour security. For sale at a knockdown price of 1.65m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

Resales at Spanish Condo Under Developer’s Price! We have two studio and two onebedroom units starting at 895,000 THB fully renovated… that’s almost 200,000 THB under the off-plan price! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at 103 sqm High Floor Condo at Metro a Steal at only 5 Million THB! Superb seaviews and an easy to renovate floorplan make this a renovator/ investor’s dream! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at 45 sqm High Floor Studio at Metro Waiting For Some TLC Only 2.3 Million THB! Great building positioning overlooking Pattaya and Jomtien with breathtaking view…this price will only go up!!! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Luxuriously Renovated One Bedroom Plus Office (102 sqm) in View Talay 3 Only 5.9 Million THB! This is one of the best designed/renovated units we’ve seen! Excellent Euro kitchen, top notch furniture & décor, plus great seaviews! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Double Unit (60 sqm) in S1 Building in Jomtien Beach Condo on Top Floor Only 2.9 Million THB! There aren’t many double units left in JBC, especially in the best building and on the top floor! This is very well priced for such a rare unit! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at We Have a Great Selection of the Best Units in the Area’s Newest Boutique Buildings! Check out the best available units (both off-plan and resale) in Hyde Park, Pattaya Heights and Mayfair Residence. Very attractive payment plans available. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

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Condo for Sale Buy Off-Plan With Us! We’ll find you the best possible prices, terms and units available at all of the area’s best new condo developments (including Northpoint and Ocean 1 Tower)… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at 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. 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. “Starter Apartments”For the first-time buyers or for customers who need just a holiday or weekend home we offer 1 bedrooms apartments from 1.5 M Baht. Very stylish, brand new, nice furniture, with air con and kitchen. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. 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. High End 1 bedroom apartment Beautiful 1 bedroom apartment of 67 sq.m. with stunning views from 2 balconies. Exclusively furnished (2 flat screen TVs, 2 ACs, kitchen, builtin wardrobe, etc.) and ready to move in! The building is located in Pattaya’s most fashionable area on Pratumnak Hill and offers hotel like service: pool, fitness, sauna, restaurant, cleaning. Priced at 4.6M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 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 2.95 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

Wong Amat Gorgeous, light and airy 1 bedroom apartment with spectacular sea view. 96 sqm . 2 air cons, phone, fastest ADSL Internet, 42 Inch-TV, Hi-Fi system, kitchenette, large balcony, tastefully and luxuriously furnished and equipped, ready to move in., gym, sauna, garage ... 5.75 Mio. Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Baan Suan LaLaNa Very nice compound just a few hundred meters away from Jomtien beach with 3 pools, restaurant and mini mart. Available are brand new decorated studios for 1.45 Mio. Baht, corner units at 2.6 M Baht and 1 bedroom apartments for 3 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

Condo for Rent If you are looking for a condo for rent in Pattaya / Jomtien, look no further. We have a big selection. All price ranges. Call 086 368 4973 or visit (ptm-n0408)A Luxury Condo for Rent on Pratamnak Hill. 1 and 2 bedrooms, fully furnished, UBC and WiFi internet. From 25,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0408)Condo for Rent at Pratamnak Hill Near Cosy Beach. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, fully furnished 15,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-b0508)Condo for Rent in View Talay 3, 5 and Diana Estate from 10,000 baht per month. Contact no. Khun Bee 086 300 1394 (pta-wf2307)Studio Room for Rent, Casa Espana on Pratamnak hill, 26 sqm. with airconditioner and furnished 8,000 THB per month. Long and Short term. Call 089 6816891 (ptm-j0308)View Talay 2 Studios. Quality furnished & fully equipped. Short & long term. 087 803 3329 (pta-pat0008)Condo for Rent. 3 bedroom furnished condo. Wonderful view, 4th floor, beach access. 40,000 baht per month. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht/ Month, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel: 038 415 304-8, Email:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht/m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,,



Studio Condo for Rent. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain view). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Only 13,000 baht per month. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 CR1108: Central Pattaya location,60 sq m, 1 bedroom, communal pool, various rooms available all for only 15,000 P/ M Call for more info 08-494 42541or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR0388: GREAT VALUE, 82 Sq m 1 bedroom unit, 6th floor in View Talay 2B, Only 22,000 P/M Modern furniture, Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity CR 1083: 15th Floor 48 Sq m fully furnished condo in View Taly 5D, great sea views bargain price 18,000 per month Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity Condo for Rent at View Talay 2 B and At Jomtien location, Studio Living area, Air-con, Sea View, Fully furnished, Balcony, Communal swimming pool and 24 hr Security Price for rent start at 10,000 Baht -15,000 Baht per month Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or email: Beautiful Sea view Large Studio Condo at Jomtien Complex at Jomtien location 68 Sq.m. on the 21 floor. Fully Furnished, European Kitchen, Dining area and Living area, Big Balcony, Communal Swimming Pool. Available now for rent 18,000 Baht per month , Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail: Condo for rent 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, at View Talay Condo 74 Sq.m. on 12 floor, Fully furnished and decorated, European Kitchen, Hot water, Aircon, Security, communal swimming pool Price at 25,000 Baht per month, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail: ThaiLiving : View Talay 5C. Studio unit, sea view. 15,000 18,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : Jomtien Complex. Sea view, fully furnished with 67 sqm. 20,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@ ThaiLiving : Royal Hill at 2nd floor, 2b / 2b, fully furnished. 28,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : Jomtien Condotel at 2nd floor, 1b/1b, fully furnished. 25,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thai / ThaiLiving : North Shoe at high floor, 1b/1b, fully furnished. 35,000 – 40,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thai /

ThaiLiving : Metro Jomtien at 29th floor, 171 sqm, 2b/2b with big balcony. 50,000 THB/ M. Call: 038 364-515 or / 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). Email 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) Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier 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@loxinfo. 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 www.premier (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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/ Month. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (Property PR3036) Beautifully Renovated Three Bedroom Condo in Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Baht per month! Great three bedroom, three bathroom furnished apartment. Ready to move in, this is a great way to live! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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 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 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 www.premier Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month! A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool and roof top pool as well….what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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Condo for Rent Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ 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: premier@ or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and

Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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: premier@ 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

Classified 112 Sqm Two Bedroom on High Floor for Rent at Northshore only 55,000 THB P/M! Very nicely finished large two bedroom with smashing views, great amenities and excellent location. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Lots of Studio Units for Rent at View Talay 2, Thip Condo & Jomtien Beach Condominium! We have a great selection of studios for rent starting at only 8,000 THB per month! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Awesome Two & Three Bedroom Duplex Penthouses For Rent in Metro Jomtien! These are excellent rental units at great prices (55,000 for the two bdr and 65,000 for the three bdr) finished in a very modern, clean style with great kitchens, lots of outdoor space, Jacuzzis and killer views. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Luxurious Large Two Bedroom Condo at Executive Residence 2 For Rent! This condo is finished to an impeccable standard with luxurious bathrooms, great furniture and electronics, huge kitchen and great seaview. Only 65,000 THB per month…

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Land for Sale (ptm-h0208)1200 sq.m. Bang Saray Mountain; all ready to build on. 790,000 baht. Tel: 087 100 5726. Seaviews. 200 TLW 700,000. 1 rai 39 TLW 1 million. 3 rai 122 TLW with two sea views 15 million, 3 rai Sukhumvit access 21 million. 1 rai 334 TLW 7 fl condo permit 20 million. 2 rai 243 TLW 5 fl condo permit 20 million. 25 rai 300 TLW stunning, can split 70 million. Beachside 301 TLW beach 400M 2.5 million. 200 TLW beach 400M 4.5 million. 301 TLW beach 400M 6 million. 180 TLW beach 200M 5 million. 365 TLW beach 200M 8 million. 8 rai 129 TLW + river can split 8.5 million. Mountain Views. 239 TLW 700,000. 3 rai 291 TLW 3.3 million. 9 rai 14 million. 19 rai 164 TLW 300 meter rd frontage 29 million. 2 rai 3 million. Fed up with stocks, invest in land, Prices are Soaring!!! Tel: 081 576 0035 Email;, (ptm-1408)18, one Rai plots for sale. All plots with own lake water front beside Phoenix Golf course. Cost 4 million/Rai. Call John 081 919 1120 (ptm-n0407)Land for Sale. 1,430 sq wah on Eastern Star Golf Course: 9,000 per sq wah. Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364

(ptm-r0208)Let Rosegate Consultants turn your dream home into a reality. Tel: 081 864 6285, 038 406 519. E-mail:, (ptm- w0107)27 Rai Rayong Ban Phe, with chanot. Only 500 meters from the beach and with sea view to Koh Samet Island. Altogether, sell at 6.75 million baht. Tel. 089 938 6022 (ptm-e0208)Vacant Prime Land. Reduced by nearly half!! Very near Bangsaray Beach. 4.55 Rai on private Tar road near the sea. Secured vacant land in prime area! B 19.9 Million (ALL) or swap / P.X. for quality house in Jomtien. Call 081 429 4182 (Khun David), 081 865 1011 (Khun Gaye) PL 024 Land for sale in Soi Watboonjankana, close to Sukhumvit and 600 Meters from the Beach, Various plots available, land filled ready to build! From 19,000 per Sq w call for more info 08-478 08457 or by E-mail: pattaya@

PL 025 Land located in central Pattaya behind Walking street, great plot for apartments, 272 Sq w, 45 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E mail: pattaya@paradisecity 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 Email: pattaya@paradisecity PL 028 Land for sale in Soi Bua Khao, close to the Avenue shopping centre 4 Rai, 127 million baht Call 08-49445141 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity PL 029 Land for sale on Pratumnak Hill, 191 Sq w, top of the hill location, ideal for house, 35,000 Baht per Sq w call today 08-17613238 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity

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Land for Sale PL 030 Land for sale South Pattaya road close to Big C, 4 Rai 200 S q w, 40,000 baht per Sq w call for full details 0849445141 or by E-mail: PL 031 Land for sale on the Sukhumvit road, great road front exposure , 2 Rai 36 Million Baht, Please call 08-4944 5141 or by E-mail: pattaya@ PL 032 Land for sale Located in Wongamat, ideal for 7 storey condominium 2 Rai 46 Sq w 80 Million Call for more info 0847808457 or by E-mail: PL 033 100 S q w land plot Ideal for house in a quite location off Siam country club. Already in a company name 800,000 THB. Please call 08-49445141 or by E-mail: PL 034 Direct Beach Land located opposite to Nong Nuch tropical gardens,11 Rai, 220 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: Pl 036 Land in Maprachan lake area, already has perimeter wall on 275 Sq w, great mountain views , Thai name, 2.2 million B Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (pta-pat0008)Land for Sale Pratumnak Hill Soi 3, 2 Rai. Price 32 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (pta-pat0008)Prime Land for Sale Pratumnak Soi 5, opposite beach, 3 rai. Price 190 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 (pta-pat0008)Land for Sale 2 rai. Water & electric available. Located off Soi Nara at Maprachan. Price 1.5 MB. Eng: 081 158 0065, Thai: 086 142 5719 In Proximity of The Most Beautiful Golf Courses and The Best Known Polo Clubs, we sell residential land in Pattaya. Approx. 4 Rais, situated on a hill with unlimited beautiful views that can never be obstructed. By car about 15 minutes from Pattaya. Sales price only: THB 2,100,000 / Rai. Please call George: 081 855 75 20 (English, Deutsch, Francais, Italiano) ThaiLiving : Near new Holly Wood. 385 sq.wah of land for sale at 22 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or / ThaiLiving : 3rd Road close to Tony Gym. Land in City (5 Rai-193 sq.wah) for 30 M THB / Rai. Call: 038 364-515 or info@

ThaiLiving : 2nd Road – Pratamnak Hill. Land at prime location of 3 Rai – 343 sq.wah for 180 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or / ThaiLiving : Near Land Office. Land for sale with 3 Rai200 sq.wah for 5.5 M THB / Rai. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thai / ThaiLiving : Rong Phoe Beach. Beach Front Land for sale with 2 Rai- 41 sq.wah for 30 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thai / ThaiLiving : Jomtien Village. Land for sale with 138 sq.wah, for 13 M THB Call: 038 364515 or / 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 Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Two land plots for 1.1 Million Baht/Rai near Mabrachan Lake. 19 and 31 Rai ideal for housing developments as the whole area is already developed with other housing developments. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Prathamnak Hill (1 Rai up), 21 Rai of beachfront near the Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai of Land on the beach in Bangsaray. Our database contains over a 100 exclusive plots of land in and around Pattaya. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231-931 or (01) 634-2915 Email: premier@ or visit us online at Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area! 8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 850,000 Baht/ Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Incredible 35 Rai of Land perfect for Development includes designs for 160 Unit Condo project 2 Rai lake and area for 20 homes. Priced to sell. Property is in a fast growing area only 10 minutes to the beach and covered in mature coconut trees-absolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to 2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht/ Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing project this is it! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

Services Provided (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 (ptmsp-1308)Architect Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038 (ptm-sp1808)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-sp0408)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-g0508)Travel Visas, Certified translation, interpreter, driving license, buying condo, advice? 084 105 4533 (ptm-j0308)Boarding Facilities for Cats and Dogs in East Pattaya. John 086 112 0988 (ptm-0608)If you Need Translation, Visa Service, Marriage Under Thai Law. Contact Master Class Translation Service Ltd., Part. Tel: 02 651 5165, 02 255 5589, 081 400 5286. Email: mctbangkok@ Free consultation service. 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: Made to Order Cakes and Brownies, characters such as Sponge Bob, Barbie doll, Power Puff Girls, Spiderman, Christmas Bears and etc. Call 089 607 9850. Also, available Chocolate, Banana and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese.

LP Renovation Services. Change how you live without changing where you live. Our company is a cost effective renovation agency offering high quality earnest services with superior quality products and exceptional customer service. 143/55 M. 12 Thepprasit Road, Banglamung, Chonburi. Tel: English 082 211 4474, Russian 082 211 4475, e-mail: Ski Blind. For blinds, sunshade, retractable awning, canopy, folding doors. PVC strip doors, wallpapers, canvas, umbrellas, curtains, partitions, window shutter, and tents. Call Mr. Kiat at 081 307 7732 or e-mail Visit their website Need a sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex)

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Services Provided (ptm-0408)We Supply and Service Game Machines. Free of charge! We supply the machine, you provide the location. Call 081 762 8379 (ptm-0108)An Installed Concrete and Tile Pool adds value to your home, making it easier to sell. Completed/ready to use in 30 days cost under 300,000bt. With no hidden extras. Pool Guy 086 149 4279 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) Free advice about tax-free investments for Expats. Call 0813 613 642 or visit If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software and hardware, please phone 086 820 2577 or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng). I will go to service at your place.

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

(pta-0508)ISS: The world’s leading facility services company is looking to recruit the following staff in the Eastern Seaboard Area: Operations Executives for Cleaning, Pest Control, Security Systems (CCTV etc) and Landscape Gardening (these are technical roles so direct experience preferred); Admin Executive (Accounting Experience and Good English Skills) and Accounts Receivable clerk. Good salary and benefits for all positions. Email resume and expected salary to (pta-0508)Waitress and Manageress Wanted!!! For new coffee shop in Jomtien. Training given, must speak some English! Tel. K. Gaye at 081 865 1011 (ptfjv-0408)Due to our Properties Business Expansion, we are urgently needed new staffs. Male/Female, experience not necessary. Please call to our office 038 406 611 or K. Peace 089 136 8774 or K. Anders 084 723 3275 (ptfjv-0408)2 Roof Tilers. 2/3 weeks. Nov/Dec. 15,000 baht. Phone 084 958 6569 (ptfjv-0408)St. Andrews International School, Rayong Campus requires the following positions; 1. Teacher Assistant – Thai national, male/female. The successful applicant will work with individual children and small groups aged to eleven. A high level of both spoken and written English is essential. 2. Instrumental Music Teacher/Teacher of Violin. The successful applicant, male or female, will work with individual children and small groups throughout the school. A high level of spoken English is required. Candidates should submit a supporting letter of application plus CV via e-mail or post by the 10th October 2008 to:- Mr. Andrew Harrison – Head of School, St. Andrews International School, Rayong, P.O. Box 54 Banchang Post Office, Banc hang, Rayong 21130, e-mail:

(ptm-1408)Louis Properties Co., Ltd has vacancies for: 1. Marketing Manager, 25,000 + Bonus, 2 yrs working experience. 2. Sales Representative, 15,000+High Commission, 1 yr experience. 3. Book Keeping/Manager Assistant/ Computer Database, 20,000 + Bonus, 2 yr experience. Must be able to speak and write English and Thai and have basic knowledge about computer operations. Also, speaking Russian urgently needed (highest salary and commission). Please send resume to or call Tony 086 8328 168, 089 585 8666 (ptfjv-0208)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.knowledge@ Maid/Nanny wanted. Family moving to Pattaya. Call 02 3224890 (pta-0308)We are a Well Established Real Estate Company Based in Central Pattaya, looking to expand our clientele base into the Russian market, the successful applicant must be able to speak fluent Russian and English with knowledge of the Pattaya real estate Market and local area. The selected applicant will receive a commission based salary. Please send your CV to or Call 084 780 8457 or 081 761 3238. (ptfjv-0308)Senior Sales Executive required by project Developer Company, must have excellent command of English, property sales experience. Please send CV to Tel: 083 226 7562

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(ptfjv-0308)Urgent!!! Sales Executive wanted Thai female must have excellent command of English, property sales experience. Please send CV to Tel: 086 369 4882 (ptfjv-0308)Help Wanted. I am relocating to Pattaya in late October 2008. Seek female computer staff experienced with Ebay internet online sales in English. Excellent long term opportunity plus share of profits. Kindly contact William at e-mail: (ptfjv-0308)Sales Staff Wanted: Full time, part time, must be able to speak basic English. Good salary + Commission. For more info, please contact 038 416 518, 086 838 3968 (ptfjv-0308)Urgently Needed Sales Staff in TukCom. Knowledge in computer accessories needed. Must speak and understand English. 7,000 baht per month. Contact 086 553 5067

(ptfjv-0308)Attractive, Educated, Mature (50’s/60’s) live-in housekeeper /companion, for retired English gentleman. Very little housework or cooking. Nationality not important, but must be non-smoker, speak and understand English very well. Salary rising to 15,000 baht per month. Please phone 038 421 502 (ptfjv-0208)Office Staff & Drivers needed for large car rental company. Must speak & read English. Have computer skills etc. Good salary for right persons. Contact 038 231 694, 081 808 7213 (ptfjv-0108)Manager Wanted for a Real Estate Project, Thai or foreigner, English speaking and preferably with a sales background in the Real Estate/Hotel/Retail/Travel Industry but not compulsory, executive experience considered. Apply to info@ with a covering letter and a full CV. (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

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Job Vacancies (ptfjv-0408)Sale Reception/Admin. We are a property development company. Urgently, looking for sale reception staff. Admin female, Thai nationality. Must have good command of English, computer skill, experience in office document. Handyman, urgently looking, Thai nationality, must have motorbike and car driving license. Drive car – motorbike – general duties. Speak English an advantage. Please send CV to or e-mail your CV to thong@,, Tel: 038 364 877 (pta-jtg2407)Looking for Staff with Knowledge in Foot Massage and Body Massage (5 position), Housekeeper (1 position). Good salary including accommodation. Please contact 081 361 5959 (ptm-p2407)Sales Staff Wanted. Part-time, full time, male and female, at least High School graduate. Please call 086 721 6900 or email (pta-jv0108)Medium Sized SteelFurniture Production and Export Company in Pattaya searching Thai candidates of both sexes, positioned as a General Manager. Preferably experienced in production related work, structured, cooperative, master good English both written and orally and have average computer skills. Work will be focused on general improvement both in sales and production performance. Personal management, reports and logistics will also be part of this work. Necessary training will be given. Salary up to 50,000 THB/month and possible bonus allocation, (pta-ev2307)Secretary Needed for Busy Law/Immigration Office, North Pattaya. The applicant must have very good English language/writing

skills, very good computer skills, bright personality. Excellent salary and bonuses for the right person. Tel: 038 414 475, mobile: 089 092 2692 (pta-er2307)Staff Urgently Wanted. Leading Real Estate Brokerage Firm. Sales Staff / Listing Agent / Photographer, Thai national, age 20-35, Good communication skill, Good command of English (writing & speaking), Good attitude & positive, Experience preferably but not necessary, Training provided, Driver’s license. Call for more details 083 120 6042, 083 009 5214 or email your resume, specify position you apply for, and expected salary to (pta-ph2307)Thai All Round Secretary and Website Manager Wanted! Our very busy and successful office is looking for an experienced secretary & web master. English language skills (speaking, reading, writing and typing) are essential and critical to get this job, as well as the self-confidence to use these skills. Basic computer experience is necessary and will also be a part of the job. It is also very Important that you know how to work with foreigners! Please contact us for more information and an interview at 087-021-7014 (Jan Nuyten). (pta-jv2307)Driver/Office Helper Needed: For Real Estate, and Law Firm. Must speak English!! Good Salary: must be available with flexible hours. Call 084 158 0785 (pta-vj2207)Leading Thai International Construction Company. Looking for top quality personnel for major civil project in Dubai. Excellent salary & career opportunites. Project managers, Construction managers, QA/ QC Engineers, AutoCad/Design Engineers, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers. Age 30 – 47 years, good English. Engineer degree. Please send resume to Call 0868169398 (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-0408)Associate Needed, personal assistant lady assist retired American, any age, sleep in, does not smoke or drink, part time/full time, easy job, cook dinner, friend, companion, must speak some English. 8,000/13,000B, Jomtien Plaza, Building A, Apt. 406/282, 26 Fl, 038 231 999, please call before 11 A.M. or after 5 P.M.


Classified (ptfj-0308)Thai Aerobic, free form and ballroom dance instructors needed. Please call 038 231 999. Must speak some English (ptfj-1907)Off-shore Oil & Gas Personnel for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia required. Call ECO Thai Group Co., Ltd., 038 682 097, 087 140 5199 Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek Part-time and Full-time Teachers to join our team in Pattaya Branch. English Teachers and other Language Teacher, English-Dutch-GermanItalian-French-Japanese-ChineseRussian-Korean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-250-0072 LC International languages and Computer School is looking for Native of Japanese, German French, Chinese and English speaking teacher. Interested person please call: 038 361 948 - 9 or contact us by

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

Motorbikes & Cars for Rent (ptm-t0508)Motorbikes for Rent. Nouvo, Click, Mio. 200 baht day. 1,000 baht week, 4,500 baht month. WILL DELIVER. 086 824 4910 Cheap car rental. Fully insured cars. Prices start from 800 THB / day. Call 0871 278 122 or visit (ptm-a0708)Joy & May Tour. Car Rent 24 hrs. Service to Bangkok, Airport. Taxi Minibus; Taxi Meter 790B, Private Car 1,190B, Minibus 1,490B not include express way. Call Apple at 083 705 5477, office located at Tops Supermarket Parking Side

Motorbikes & Cars Wanted (ptfvs-0308)Looking for a Second Hand Golf Car in good condition. Call 038 424 774. (ptfvs-0408)Farang is Looking for Mercedes Benz Model W210 or W211 automatic, and diesel CDi, year about 2003 up. Any offers, please call Nok 085 153 1833.

(ptfvs-0108)Looking for a Small Automatic-Car (Jazz, Vios, City, etc) no more than 5 years old. Tel.: 089 072 4897

Motorbikes & Cars for Sale (ptfvs-r0408)2003 Nissan NV Truck with Carryboy. Top-automatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721 (ptm-c0008)Yamaha Nouvo MX Special Edition. Chrome and black, 3 years old. 1 Falang owner, service history. 25,000 kms, only 25,000 baht ONO. Call 087 139 1570 (ptfvs-0108)Mitsubishi Triton 2006. Silver, 2 door, manual, 20,000 km, many extras, immaculate. Tel: 085 286 6303, Price: 399,000 Baht (ptm-c0008)Quick Sale! Toyota Hi Ace 12 Seater VIP. Mini bus 1998/9, 2.8 litre diesel, 5 speed, power steering, ‘metallic’ blue. Front & rear A.C., front & rear chrome bumpers, side steps, CD, TV, alloy wheels, electric windows. Ideal for golfing, outings etc. Loads of money spent. Service history. Beautiful all around condition! Price now reduced from 340,000 to 290,000 baht. Call 087 150 4845. (ptfvs-0208)For Sale 06 Kawasaki KZ1000. 10,000K very fast bike. Nice shape, have book and tax and insured for one year. Call 084 873 3145. 275,000 O.B.O. (ptfvs-0208)Honda Phantom 06. 14,000 km. Farang name. English owner going home. 60,000 baht O.N.O. Tel. John 081 001 1810 (ptfvs-0208)Honda Phantom 06. 14,000 km. Farang name. English owner going home. 60,000 baht O.N.O. Tel. John 081 001 1810 (ptm-2407)Toyota Tiger 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, air bag, ABS, C.D. Big alloys, loads of extras, 130,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned. Immaculate condition. 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539 (ptfvs-2207)Absolutely Superb Immaculate Condition (YR 2000). Having travelled only 70,000 klms. Suzuki Vitara JLX 5 door automatic with overdrive and 4WD. Many extras, Maroon/Silver, taxed and insured for 9 months. Elderly owner is looking for smaller vehicle. All propositions considered 038 421 502. (ptfvs-a2207)Yamaha Nouvo MX Year 2005, for Sale 27,000 kms, black colour, chrome extras, alarm, in Foreigner’s name. 30,000 baht or ONO. Call 087 139 1570. (ptm-J2207)07 Honda Phantom. 2,000k. 60,000 Baht. Call 084 873 3145 (ptm-J2207)For Sale Nov. 06 Toyota (4x4) Pick-up 5 Speed. Black, manymany extras 21,000k. 500,000 Baht. Call 084 873 3145

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Vol. 8 No. 3 ! 16 - 31 October 2008

US Navy League at Marriott

Khun Waraporn, with former Sattahip Naval Royal Thai Navy Deputy Commandant, Rear Base Commander Chanchai and his wife Poranee Admiral Sakchai (right) with some of the guests

USNL President Peter Thorand with Thai Navy officers plus US Navy Cdr Larry Milner THE Navy League ball in Pattaya is proving to be one of the social highlights of the year, with a very high dress standard and superb presentation throughout. The recent ball saw the attendance of many leading Thai Navy and American naval commanders, plus high ranking members from both Bangkok and the Chonburi region. Drinks and appetizers on the Michelle, Cdr. Matthew Ashley & Somsak-Martin The classy and stylish members of YWCA Marriott Hotel terrace preceded the main dinner, which was heralded by a solemn ceremony to fallen comrades and those missing in action during times of conflict. Newly elected USNL President, Mr. Peter Thorand and his committee were extremely pleased with the success of this prestigious event which will no doubt keep growing with each passing year.

Katalina II condo project tops in design Nova Group at Bangkok Film Festival Khun Apple presented some stylish flowers to Bob and Albert with their lovely wives The Vineyard team were out in force Katalina-II directors, Albert & Tony A successful opening party and display house at the Katalina-II condominium project is the work of two European developers, Frenchman Mr. Albert De Wilde and Belgian businessman Mr. Tony Rogge, both of whom have very wide experience in the housing industry. Both have been involved in a prior condominium construction project known as Katalina I, successfully completed last year, and Mr De Wilde has lived in Asia for fifteen years and owned an interior furnishing & decor factory in Vietnam. Tony Rogge is a full time property developer in Belgium, and he constructs mainly residential apartments, plus commercial and industrial buildings. He stated that this work in Belgium is very exacting, and that residential projects take a lot more planning and attention to detail than buildings for business usage. Situated near Cosy Beach, Pratumnak 1, Katalina II should be a big success. Cast and production members of “The Queen of Lankasuk”

Actor Mr Ananda (2nd left) with Mr Rony Fineman & family

The “Strongest Man” at Central Center Pattaya

Ms Wanwisa says thank you to Deputy Mayor, Ms Wanwisa Khumfang Central Center asst. The winners of “Lover Carrier” Khun Wutisak Rermkitkarn promotion manager (2nd right) with the “strong men” (center) with the other contestants st CENTRAL CENTER PATTAYA 1 floor Promotion Hall last paraded many strong and muscular men with classic style bodies all vying for the top prizes. On the same day, there was the Lover Carrier slapstick contest with a lot of humour to make the customers smile from cheek to cheek.

Heaven & Hell party at - 50 Supperclub

Khun Supap & Clayton Wade with Rony & family THE Bangkok Film Festival held a red carpet evening to all the film industry. Rony Fineman of Nova Group was also invited together with his children, as he is the co-producer of The Queen of Langasuka which represents Thailand in the festival. The movie will be opened to the public on October 23rd 2008, which is considered as one of the highest budget movie ever made in Thailand.

-50 Supperclub's GM Jenny Perkins Creative & events manager Khun Chang The ladies and gentlemen enjoyed the relaxing with the Finlandia Vodka ladies thanked all the guests who attended the party cosy atmosphere of -50 Supperclub LAST month’s -50 Supperclub theme party Heaven & Hell was a big success with VIP guests wearing black or white for the night’s colour motif. Heavenly food was served and prepared by their wicked chef with free unlimited Vodka shots sponsored by Finlandia.

Vol. 8 No. 3 ! 16 - 31 October 2008




Bazaar raises record charity cash

PILC Special Events Chair Adene Paykel

PILC Pres. Marloes, Khun Mukda, Khun

The Pattaya International Ladies Club Panga & Khun Kantima cut the ribbon not only staged a bigger and better Christmas shopping bazaar this year, but sponsorship also increased dramatically. Even before the bazaar started, the sponsorship contributions were more than double those of the previous year. The bazaar was so successful that the total profits exceeded 450,000 Baht, whereas the 2007 funds were nowhere near this amount. The guest of honour was Khun Mukda, who is a leading World Red Cross official in Chonburi, and as a representative for the wife of the governor of Chonburi, she cut the opening ribbon. On her tour of the PILC Bazaar, Khun Mukda was very impressed with the quality & value of the exhibits, and did a good deal of Christmas shopping, especially at the jewellery stands. As one lady remarked, the items on sale were so good that she had to visit the ATM to grab cash for some extra gift buying.

Khun Mukda was very impressed with the quality of the Black Star Jewellry

Fountain of life explained to Khun Mukda

Superstar Night party at Hard Rock Cafe

Police lieutenant general retires

Leading police officers from Chonburi Province attended

Police Lt. General Jettankorn (right) receives a gift from his comrades

PATTAYA’S Garden Cliff Beach Resort & Spa in Naklua was the setting for the retirement party for Police Lieutenant General Jettankorn Napetapatr who in latter years has been proactive in the Police Investigation Bureau regionally. This celebration was attended by most of the high ranking police officers in the Chonburi Provincial area, including senior officers from Chonburi, Pattaya, Sattahip, Ban Saen, Banglamung and other associated divisions such as the Immigration Bureau. Guests were treated to some of the Garden Cliff’s fine food, and there was a superb band to present a wide range of entertainment, from traditional Thai tunes to Elvis Presley favourites.

Police Lt. General Jettankorn with some of his close friends Invited Hard Rock VIPs and members of media

THE Hard Rock Cafe holds a special media and special guest theme evening from 9 pm on the last Friday in the month. There’s free flow alcoholic and soft drinks and free finger food as well. Members of the public also welcome with great discounts from the a la carte menu. Come and enjoy the new Wine and Rose band every night at Hard Rock except Saturdays. Sonthaya Kunplome & Pol. Lt. Gen. Jettankorn

British Chamber meets Lighthouse Club

MLG Insurance was the sponsor

Happy campers at the BCCT - LHC

Two of the LHC's leading executives

evening, enjoy Jamesons Pub take time for a well earned beer FOR the first time in Pattaya, the British Chamber of Commerce (BCCT) and the Lighthouse Club of Pattaya (LHC) held a combined meeting at Jameson’s Pub. The British Chamber and the charitable organization combined forces to hold this networking evening. This not only gave the BCCT the opportunity to solicit new members, but it also helped the LHC fundraising LHC Direcror Joe Grunwell, Jamesons Pub Jimmy Howard, complete with soccer which goes to help the children of Director Kim Fletcher & BCCT Executive gear with his wife Jenny and LHC Director Graham MacDonald Chairman John Prichard construction workers, who often need education assistance. Local Rugby President, Jimmy Howard wore his soccer gear to the meeting because each LHC member promised to donate 500 baht to the LHC charity fund.


Vol. 8 No. 3 ! 16 - 31 October 2008

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Pattaya Today Volume 8 Issue 3  

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 3  

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