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Vol. 8 No. 7 ! 16 - 31 December 2008


Volume 8, Issue 7

16 - 31 December 2008

Border Runs Shorter

30 day visas now only 15 days

Waiting in line for a visa at a Thai border post

THAI immigration police have announced a new regulation regarding overland entry to the country via border posts at Cambodia, Laos, Mynamar and Malaysia. In the past, foreigners entering Thailand without a prior visa have been granted 30 days on arrival, but with immediate effect this has now been changed to just 15 days. Apparently, the new regulation is to limit the amount of time foreigners using "back to back" visa runs can spend in

the country. They now have to leave Thailand every fortnight instead of every month to get a new extension. "We want to encourage the notion that foreigners who wish to spend a long time in Thailand should possess a visa in advance, granted by a Thai embassy, rather than relying on consecutive border runs," a spokesman for the immigration bureau told Pattaya Today. Thus land border visitors to Thailand with valid 60 day

or 90 day visas, or longer, will continue to receive their entitlement just as before. "The changes apply only to visitors without a visa obtained beforehand." But visitors who arrive in Thailand at an airport, without a prior visa, will continue to receive 30 days on arrival as in the past. Thus airborne visitors to Thailand are unaffected by the new regulations which concern only border crossings. Extensions at Thai immigration offices for the 15 days visas on arrival at land checkpoints, or the 30 days via on arrival stamp at the airport, remain just seven days. After that, the visitor must leave the country or become a visa overstayer with fines and possible imprisonment. Observers of the visa scene say that nothing has changed for 90% of visitors to Thailand. The ones affected are those using back to back visa runs to the border to obtain a further 30 days. That has now become 15.

The only exception to the new regulations are Malaysian passport holders travelling to Thailand overland from Malaysia. They will continue to receive 30 days on arrival as before. In answer to many questions from the media, immigration command in Bangkok has clarified that there is no longer any limit on the number of times a foregner may enter Thailand with 30 days on arrival at the airport or 15 days at the border crossing. The former policy about no more than 90 days permission to stay in a six months period has been dropped. In a separate policy change, applicants at Thai immigration offices who apply for a retirement visa for the first time no longer need to keep 800,000 baht in a Thai bank for three months. The time period requirement has been reduced to two months. Applicants who choose the route of using pension income, guaranteed by their embassy, plus a smaller amount in the Thai bank are unaffected and there is no time requirement for them.




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Exhibition in honour of Princess Galyani AT the Phra Meru cremation pavilion in Bangkok, professor Aphinat Posayanont, the director of the office of contemporary art and culture, revealed that there was an exhibition of paintings and photographs of the late Princess HRH Galyani Vadhana which will also allow the public to pay their respects. The royal funeral is considered to have been one of the most spectacular of all state ceremonies, a tribute to the princess who accomplished so much in the fields of education, health care and welfare for the disabled.

Pattaya celebrates 30 years anniversary

PATTAYA city council members, staff and the general public gathered at the statue of King Thaksin the Great to denote the 30th anniversary of the granting of city status to Pattaya. The name Pattaya actually means “south west

monsoon wind” and should be pronounced “Putt-tu-yah” rather than “Patt-eye-uh”. The city covers the whole of Tambon Nong Prue and Na Klua as well as parts of Nong Palai and Huay Yai. Its neighbours on the eastern

Solutions to traffic problems mooted again

CHAIRMAN of the local authority’s safety and security committee, Sanit Boonmarchai, summoned his panel to explain

that the traffic problems on Sukhumvit, near the entrance to Siam Country Club road and soi Nern Plabwan, were getting

seaboard are Sri Racha, Laem Chabang and Chonburi. Pattaya itself remains mostly a tourist city with light industry, but the hinterland is rich with industrial enterprise especially in and near Rayong. worse by the day. Much of the meeting concentrated its attention on whether to allow or ban permanently u-turns at the entrance of soi Nern Plabwan. It was also revealed that the city had a plan to paint new road lines in red, rather than in black and white, to alert drivers and the public that danger was on the scene. However, this plan was not certain as black was the international safety colour and changing it might break the law. In the meantime, the committee issued a request for everyone to obey the law and remain calm. Police were mandated to punish all traffic offenders.

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Pattaya attempts to attract Thai tourists again

New year countdown begins in earnest

Representatives from GMM Media and Penada company limited presented their new year countdown formats for 2008 to be centred on the Bali Hai pier. Previously bids had been sought and a budget of 8 million baht approved for the annual glitter. The company receiving the most brownie points would be the one selected.

Wootipon Charoenpon, chief of Pattaya district, said that in the Christmas – New Year stretch there would be various artists from entertainment companies and a fireworks display on December 31. The proceedings would be broadcast live on channel 9 to promote the city and to encourage more punters to come along and join in the fun.

Mr. Ronnakit Ekasingh, deputy mayor, revealed to the press that since Tuesday, November 26th, 2008, U-Tapao International Airport had been in use as the main air gateway to Thailand following the blockade of both BangkokSuvarnabhumi and BangkokDon Mueang (from Thursday 27 November) airports by protesters from the People’s Alliance for Democracy. There were 300,000 stranded tourists flocked to Utapao aiport. Thus, Pattaya City, theTourism Authority of Thailand and the private sector had joined in hand to help tourists. They had set up 5 assistance centers for stranded tourists at

Pattaya City Hall, Pattaya IT center, Pattaya Kruasurf Information Center, Pattaya Chaiyapruek Information Center, and Tourism Authority of Thailand office on Prathamnak hill. There were staff stand by to provide support such as food, drinks, and accommodation. So far th e helping centers had been help over 200 stranded tourists, as well as providing food and drinks to tourists at U-tapao airport started since November 29th, 2008.And, the funds had been used over 1.5 million baht. Mr. Ronnakit further stated that right now the situation has been improved, but Pattaya city would keep the help centers to remain open.

Mr. Ronnakit added that in order to get travelers back to the city, the city would have to work very hard with many organizations. The city would have a road show in Bangkok on December 12th thru 14, 2008 at Central World Trade to

attract Thai tourists for the loss of foreign tourists. In the long term, the city of Pattaya would support Utapao airport to be the international airport and the expansion of the place would certainly be needed.



New police chief lays the groundrules

THE new Pattaya police chief colonel Sarayut Sangwanpokai chaired a meeting for senior

Tourist Fund spends 1 million to help stranded visitors Mr. Mongkon Thammakittikoon, Banglamung district chief and chairman of Pattaya Tourists Fund, hosted a meeting with the fun’s committee members from the public and private sector. Mr. Mongkon said that since November 26th, 2008, UTapao International Airport had been in use as the main air gateway to Thailand following the blockade of both Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Bangkok Don Muang airports by protesters from the People’s Alliance for Democracy. There were ten thousand stranded tourists flocked to Utapao aiport, which made the venue

very overcrowded indeed. Not only the airport was crammed but there were no food, beverages, and accommodation available for them while they were waiting for their departure flights out of Thailand. Hence, the Tourist Fund had allocated 1 million baht to purchase food and drinks as well as necessary items for the tourists, which could ease their burden and tension. Despite the fact that a situation has resumed normal, there are still some stranded tourists in the city of Pattaya. Thus, the Tourists Fund will continue to aid those visitors who still need help, the chairman explained.

Pattaya School Number 2 celebrated His Majesty’s birthday

At Pattaya School Number 2, Mr. Banlue Koonlawanit, Pattaya City Council Member and Chairman of Board of Education Committee of Pattaya School Number 2, presided over a ceremony to celebrate His Majesty the King’s Birthday on December 5th. There too were Mrs. Jidapa Suwattaporn, council members, teachers, parents, students, and honorary guests in attendance. The ceremony takes place every at school in honor of His Majesty the King’s birthday on December 5th. There are many

various activities today such as giving alms to Buddhist monks in the morning, drawing and painting competitions, hand writing competition, writing Thai and English poems competitions, and creating greetings card competition. The main purpose is to show loyalty and respects for the king, as well as to encourage students to show their love to their fathers. And, on this day, Mr. Banlue had also handed out 10 scholarships each worth 2,000 baht to the children of poor families.

colleagues to explain his priorities. He has recently taken up his new post after being police

Pattaya Media Club has a new president and new name On December 3 rd, 2008, at Pattaya City Hall, members of Pattaya Media Club attended a meeting to vote for a new chairman. The Pattaya Media Club has 60 members from various media organizations such as local cable televisions, local newspapers, and radio personnel who had set up the club and Mr. Chaiyot Pupattanapong, Sophon Cable News Editor was the president for 2 years. Mrs Visa Chimdee, managing director of Pattaya Today, had proposed to the members to change the format of the club to an association. Such a change would enhance credibility and attract wider funding. Thus they gathered together to have a voting session to cast votes to select a new president and committee for the proposed association. There

were 3 candidates and they were Mr. Amporn Saengkaew, Mr. Surasak Tummanon, and Mr. Chaiyot Pupatanapong. After the casting vote, Mr. Surasak Tummanon receieved 26 votes, Mr. Chaiyot Pupatanapong received 15 votes, and Mr. Amporn Saengkaew received 13 votes. As a result, Mr. Surasak Tummanon of Siam Newspaper has become the new president to take the newly launched association into the future.

The 8th Love Painting Competition at Central Center

ON December 6th, 2008, at Pattaya Central Center, Chonburi, Mr. Ittipol Kunplome, Pattaya city mayor, presided over a competition of the 8th Love Art Love Earth painting. Mrs. Teeraporn Jitnawa, Managing Director and staff welcomed the mayor. The Pattaya Central Center had organized a painting competition to support and encourage youth as a whole to get involved in art. The winners will receive trophies from Princess Some Sawalee and scholarships worth 50,000 baht.

The young participants painted on 13-16 inches canvases. The painting is a great way to draw youths from drugs, and they would spend their time on something meaningful. Shoppers who spend 2,500 baht present their receipts to receive a fabric bag to be used for shopping to reduce the use of plastic bags which are such a threat to the environment. There was also an exhibition to raise awareness about the environment and to encourage people to reduce earth’s climate.

Vol. 8 No. 7 ! 16 - 31 December 2008 chief at Banglamung. Police colonel Sarayut encouraged his officers to perform their duties well and to serve the public with professional manners, including courtesy and politeness. He added that he would find lawful ways of increasing salaries to get over the problem of cash shortages, adding that officers must not be involved in protection rackets of any kind. Another priority was to reduce road accidents which resulted in 20,000 lost lives a year. The mayor Ittiphol Kunplome said that Pattaya was a tourist destination so it was vital to have the safety and

security of visitors as a top dog issue. He asked police to prevent crimes by increasing the number of patrols, especially snatch and run incidents. For its part, the city authorities would do their utmost to help with equipment and funds as resources permitted.

Sore, diverted travellers complain about 15 days THE new rule about visaless visitors receiving only 15 days at Thai land border crossings is already causing ructions (for details see front page story). Some international arriving passengers from Europe have been diverted to airports outside Thailand because of the recent confusion at Suvarna- bhumi airport, completing the remainder of their journey by land. Denis Grafton, from Newcastle in UK, said his charter flight was diverted to Singapore and the group completed their journey through Malaysia in a hired minibus. “But when we got to the Thai side of the Malaysian border, we were given only 15 days instead of the expected 30. We were simply told the rules had changed, but if we had entered Thailand by an airport, we would still have got a full month,” he explained. Mr Grafton said that he and

a group of 25 would now need to make a special visa run to the Cambodian border at Christmas to obtain another 15 days to avoid an overstay fine on their three weeks’ holiday. “It seems crazy to me that the Thai authorities are introducing visa rule changes like this which serve only to antagonise those visitors who are still supporting Thailand. It’s just another case of shooting yourself in the foot, or maybe it’s a bit higher up,” he added. The visa rule change, for visitors arriving at a Thai land crossing without a prior visa in their passport, was designed to discourage back-to-back visa runs for foreigners trying to live in Thailand without long stay approval. However, it has had the effect of annoying genuine holidaymakers whose flights have been diverted in the wake of the trouble at Bangkok airports.

Pattaya balloon festival launched in style

FOLLOWING the enormous success of the 2007 event, there has been titanic pressure to organise an international balloon festival this year too. So the Pattaya mayor, the president of the sports flying association, the managing director of Horseshoe Point and the marketing manager of the SIngha corporation launched the 2008 version at Thammasart university, Pattaya Centre. The event was held in honour of His Majesty the

King’s upcoming birthday. The event attracted at least a hundred thousand eager folk, tourists and natives, and there were many different types of fun including kite flying, parachute demos, cowboys landing, balloons representing cartoon characters and nightly balloon glow exhibitions. The major sponsor this year was SIngha beer and the balloons came in many shapes and sizes from 30 or more countries.

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December 4th is Emergency plans for tourists quite useful Thailand’s Environmental Day

At 10:30 AM, on December 4th, 2008, at Bali Hai Pier, South Pattaya, Chonburi, Mr. Ittipol Kunplome presided over the 2008 Environmental Day activity. There were city council members, Pattaya Bicycle and Triathlon Club, and students in Pattaya area also on hand. The main purpose of the daywass to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage people to improve

and protect our environment. December 4th was also the Big Cleaning Up Day. As a result the Pattaya Bicycle and Triathlon Club, Pattaya City officials and the private sector teamed up together about 300 riders and rode their bikes around the city about 15 kilometers. After the riding, they went to the beaches to do the cleaning and cleared many tons of rubbish and pollutants.

Broke young men busted for snatch and run Impossible to have fun in a cashless state

At 03.30 am on December 7th, 2008, Pattaya police deputy superintendent of crimes suppression, police lieutenant colonel Sutham Chaosreethong was notified that a tourist had been the victim of a snatch and run in front of the Nova Lodge Hotel, Beach Road, Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. After receiving the call, police rushed to the crime scene. At the scene, there they found two foreigners whose name were Mr. Muller Helmut Bernd, aged 43, from Germany and Miss June Lyth, aged 50, from the UK waiting for assistance. Both of them had wounds on their bodies and were still in state of dire panic. Mr. Bernd told police that he was riding a motorbike with Miss Lyth and heading back to a hotel at Naklua after having some drinks in a boozerama. When they reached the Dolphin traffic circle, there were two men on a motorbike rode close to them and a passenger snatched Miss Lyth’s handbag, which had 2,000 Baht, 15 pounds, and important documents. The thieves then sped away and

headed for the beach road. Mr. Bernd chased the culprits and shouted for help until they reached Nova Lodge Hotel. They then crashed their motorbike and fell off in front of the hotel. The suspects then threw away the handbag on the roadside and kept running as fast as their criminal legs could go.. After they heard their story, police radioed to patrol officers to pursue the thieves and try to arrest them if found. Fortunately, the perpetrators were apprehended quickly due largely to the fact they collided with a baht bus in front of soi Pratumnak 17, South Pattaya. Police captured Mr. Sakon Jantaraporn or Gluay, aged 24, and Mr. Komkrit Ketsorn or Noke, aged 22, of Sri Racha Chonburi. Police confiscated a red and black striped Suzuki Smash as evidence. Both men confessed their deeds. They had cruised to Pattaya to have a good time but found that this was impossible in a cashless plight, so they decided to snatch a bag from a tourist. This was another common tale leading to an appearance in court before the beak.

THE local authorities and the private sector pulled out the stops to help marooned travellers in the Pattaya area after the recent political crisis which closed airports in Bangkok. Members of the city administration and business personnel held a press conference to explain their accomplishments. Firstly, city hall had arranged for donations of food and water to be doled out to the crowds milling around Utapao airport and hoping to make it home for Christmas. Then there were 14 hotels in the area who

discounted their room rates by 2,000 baht a day which was then reimbursable from the Tourist Authority of Thailand. Moreover some other hotels offered a 70% reduction on normal rates to the stranded foreigners. These establishments included Grand Eastern, Green Park, Flipper Lodge, Best Western and Mike Hotel amongst others. The city had also organised free buses from Pattaya to Utapao during the crisis with up to four trips a day.

Guard smashed car windows for his pregnant girlfriend At 9:30 PM, on December 5th, 2008, Police Lieutenant Colonel Samran Kamwattana, Pattaya Police Investigator, had been notified that a man smashed 2 car windows to steal value belonging inside the vehicles. The incident occurred behind the Allika Lodge Hotel, located on 2nd Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. After receiving the report, police rushed to the crime scene. At the crime scene, there they found a red Honda Civic, license plate SS 5414 Bangkok, which owned by Mr. Nattapon Nanta, aged 25. The car windows were smashed and value belongings were stolen. They were a car stereo brand Zurak, and Buddha image. Next to his car was a bronze Toyota Camry, windows smashed as well, belonging to Mr. Chalermchai Thaichart, aged 65, of Sri Racha Chonburi. The owner of the Toyota told the police that his personal stuff had been stolen as well, to wit 4 Buddha images worth 300,000 baht, 700 baht cash, and Oakley sunglasses. Police obtained finger prints of suspect/suspects. The 2 victims told the police that they always parked their vehicles here as it was handy to where they lived in admittedly modest surroundings. Later that day police had received a tip off about the suspect. A witness said that the suspect could well be a security guard of his acquaintance. The police had gone to the nearest sentry box at a construction site of Prinsiri Hotel. There they had met Mr. Mana Wongdee, aged 32, a security

guard of Siam Pattaya Guard Ltd. He acted suspiciously when he was being questioned. The officers requested to search his premises and found a car stereo and Buddha images on him. They confiscated as the evidence and took him to police station while he was still under the influence of alcohol. He confessed that he was the one who smashed the car windows due largely to his financial crisis. He needed money to pay for a doctor for his pregnant girlfriendwho is due to give birth very soon.

However, he still had enough money to buy liquor for gratification and got himself drunk before he committed the crime. Afterwards, the police had notified Miss Anong Tiaklak, whose car and valuables had been stolen, and the victim arrived at police station shortly. When she met the young suspect, she was furious with him. She asked the young perpetrator about her notebook computer, and he told her it was already sold. The young teen was being held custody for further investigation and told the victim that they would try to retrieve her stuff back. Such are the unfortunate aspects of human behavior and greed in today’s world of woe.

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Jetski honours fall to Pattaya

THE first international jetski competition was held in Japan, but this year Pattaya has been chosen as the most suitable venue. Deputy mayor Weerawut Kharkai, deputy city mayor, held a press conference at Jomtien Palm Beach resort to inform the press and tourism representatives. He explained that, all being well, princess Ubol Ratana would preside over the event December 3 to December 7 at Jomtien beach. Thirty five countries were scheduled to take part, subject to travel availability, and the winners would receive a trophy presented for the occasion by His Majesty the King. Currently, the jetski association of Thailand has 21 world class players, ranked at number two in the world. The scheduled competition would

have 19 categories and around 2,000 people would participate. The deputy mayor said that the opportunity to host the event locally would lead to many more people, Thais and foreigners alike, falling in love with the sport. In the event, the Pattaya mayor on December 7 hosted the presentation of the prizes at Palm Beach Jomtien Hotel. The result was that Choke Utis Molee from the Flamingo team won three categories including the championship in pro-sport and sit-down jetski 800 cc. The champion of the Standup jet ski racing went to Austrian Quawin Raterine who received the King’s Cup and 15,000 US dollars prize money. Second came Thai racer Weeraphong Maneechom from Flamingo team and third Nicolas Rius.

Alhuda mosque is ready to serve pilgrims

Mr Suntorn Sudree of the Alhuda mosque in Sattahip revealed that a total of 500 Thai Muslim pilgrims were diverted from the main Bangkok airport during the recent crisis to the local Utapao airport to participate in Haj in Mecca. They travelled in 15 buses with a motorcade.

The pilgrims made their way initially to the mosque to have refreshment and to conduct their prayers before the flight to the middle east. Many Muslims who live in Sattahip or Rayong had prepared food specially for the pilgrims in a show of support during the troubled period.

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Miss Teen competitors say thanks MISS Sornsil Maneewan, Miss Teen Thailand 2008, and other winners called on the Pattaya mayor, Ittiphol Kunplome, to thank him for the city’s support for the recent pageant. Miss Sornsil also expressed her gratitude for the support of Horseshoe Point, The Sanctuary of Truth, the Tiger Zoo, Alangkarn Theatre, Underwater World, Nong Nooch and not forgetting the doughty citizenry of Pattaya.

One thousand gather to honour the King ON December 5 at Kromluang Chumporn Park, Sattahip, 1,000 people gathered to celebrate His Majesty’s 81st birthday. Vice admiral Sreewisut Rataroon, commandant of the naval base, presided over the happy event.

International football hits Pattaya ON December 6th at Pattaya City Hall, Pattaya City Deputy Mayor Wattana Jantawalanon and Mr. Pisai Panomwan Na Ayutthaya, advisor to the Pattaya mayor held a press conference of the 4th Pattaya International Beach Football 2008. There were also international players from every team and international press in attendance. The Sports and Recreations Department of Pattaya City organized beach soccer for 2008, the event entitled the 4th Pattaya International Beach Football

2008, from December 16 thru’ 23 at Jomtien beach. The purpose is to encourage people to play sports and to attract more tourists to the city. There are 8

Tourists a vanishing species at pleasure parks

SUPADON Chommongkon, manager at Sri Racha tiger zoo, confirmed that the facility was still in full operation in spite of the dearth of tourists which he put down to the world economic crisis and the

political instability in Thailand. Normally, he explained, there were 2,500-3,000 visitors per month but this was down at the moment to barely two hundred foreigners. He added that this was worse than even

teams participating in the competition. They are Finland, Norway, England, Holland, Ireland, Bangladesh, Germany, and the host Thailand. during the avian flu panic some years ago. As a result, the management had slashed staff salaries by 20% as a preferred solution to laying them off pending an improvement in turnover. The company has 400 employees and the company has to spend 14 million baht a month on salaries, animal feed and other essentials in an enterprise of this sort. Jitparit Sodon, marketing and sales manager at Nong Nooch tropical gardens, agreed the problem was serious there too. However, the park did not intend to sack staff or pay them reduced salaries. This was because the company had other sources of revenue which would be brought into play to support everyone during the ongoing numbers crisis.

Siam Engineering turns ten years old Siam Pacific Engineering company is one of the silent success stories of Thailand, with their founder Barry Sullivan having a wide range of interests besides his very successful design & build construction services, which operate throughout

various centres in Thailand. In addition to this, his keen interest in artistic & religious artworks led him to start his Asian Pacific Arts Export Gallery, which is managed these days by his wife Khun Suphannee. He also founded the Blues Fac-

tory nightclub in Walking Street and, for his Tenth Birthday Evening on the Tara Court rooftop in Pratumnak Road, he brought the original members together again for an unforgettable jazz performance.



NEWS Hugging transvestites face citizen’s arrest Iranian declined companionship for hire

AN Iranian tourist captured two meddling cross dressers at the traffic lights area of the South and Second Road intersection, said to be haunt of the creatures of the night. Arriving breathless, police found Mr Mohammad Abadi, aged 47, with the two men in drag under his control. They said they owned a motor bike to make good their escape but this plan had not worked this time. A total of 2,000 baht was found under their bras with small amounts of other currencies dotted around their nooks and crannies. At the police station, the man doing the citizen’s arrest said that he was riding a motorbike which stopped at a red signal. One of the transvestites cheekily sat behind him, expressing

feelings of love and devotion and wrapping his arms in an attempt to find some loot. Soon, the Iranian realised what was afoot and forced the trannie off the bike. He captured both of them with the help of a Good Samaritan from the public after a short chase. The perpetrators said they were not newcomers to this sort of activity, but it was their experience that their ploy worked best when the intended victim was blotto. They added that times were hard at the moment and that they needed cash to buy women’s clothes and methamphetamines to spice up their dreary lives which, to be perfectly frank, were a mess. Both were charged with attempted theft and will be in court soon.

Burglar on crack caught in red-handed

POLICE major Wittaya Yuenyong of the crimes suppression unit received a call on December 7 that a burglar had been detained at Sombat Condo, in soi Pratumnak 5, Moo 12, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. After receiving the report, the police rushed to the crime scene. Police found the suspect was detained by local people of integrity. His name was Mr. Eak Wongtham, aged 25 and hailing from Sakraew; he was under the influence of drugs. And there was the victi Mr. Bent Borge Christensen, aged 69 and a Danish citizen, injured on his body by many cuts and bruises. He informed the police that the miscreant broke into his room. He then took the police to his room number 539/48 on 6th floor. There they found a sign of a break-in through a window and his room was ransacked and in total disarray.

They also found breaking-in equipment in the room, an assembly of villainous tools including a hammer and a screwdriver. Mr. Christensen told police that he just arrived in Pattaya only one day and stayed with his Thai wife here. Before the burglary occurred, he and his wife went out for dinner and on returning to their room they were surprised that the room was locked, yet inside the light was on. They immediately went to inform security guards to check the matter out. While they were coming back to the room, they found a burglar was trying to get away with goods which were not his property. The burglar then panicked and used a screwdriver to attack him in the stomach area. He fell on the stairs but was able to grab the suspect's leg firmly. The neighbors heard a loud noise and came out from their

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Relief that 90 days rule ended THERE was a general sigh of relief that foreigners without visas obtained in advance can now come regularly to Thailand without being concerned about limiting their stay in Thailand to not more than 90 days in any six months period. Ever since October 2006, visitors without a prior visa had their entry visas at airports and land crossings endorsed with a numbering system which in fact warned them not to exceed 90 days in total. The restrictions have now been abolished so visitors are free to visit Thailand as often as they like by obtaining 30 days at airports and 15 days at land border crossings. The latest move to restrict the land border visa runners to 15 days, instead of 30, is not popular but at least the counting of days has stopped. However, the immigration command stated that a foreigner using the 15 days land crossing

discretion for several months at a time might be advised that he or she should really get a longer visa in advance as the 15 days decision was not meant to be abused by permanent livers here. “We don’t mind foreigners making regular visa runs,”an immigration spokesman said, “but short visas are not meant to be the route to avoid making proper provision on a long term basis.” Minibus owners and travel agents generally welcomed the new proposals, saying that there would now be more visitors taking the trip to the borders than in the past. “It’s good for business that farangs without a prior visa have to renew every fortnight rather than every month. But some might prefer to take short air trips to Malaysia or Laos or Cambodia or Burma as they would still get 30 days on arrival back in Thailand,” said one of the Soi Bukao agencies.

Security guard brutally murdered in motorbike theft

MANY senior police and a hospital team lost no time in racing to the Peera international race circuit after reports that a security guard had been murdered in a daring theft of motorbikes collectively worth one million baht. Mr Somchai Kaewsawang, aged 51, had been beaten about the head with hard objects and tied up with cable before being left in a hammock in the break room. Police say he must have been killed at least five hours previously and they took away two probable murder weapons. A fellow guard Kom Anntaket, aged 29, said he had come in for his shift at 6.15 a.m. on December 3 and found the dreaded sight. But Mr Somsak Somprasit, who shared the same shift with the deceased, said he was totally unaware of the happenings. Mr Babee, a Finnish national, confirmed that three of his executive motor bikes had been stolen to the value of around one million baht. One was a Kawasaki racing

motorbike and the other two were Suzuki models GSX-R, all new models. Mr Somsak said he had heard a car at the main entrance of the circuit but it was very dark and he did not take any notice of the noise. Police believe the thieves used saws and pliers to break the locks and said they were determined to find the perpetrators because of the senseless and callous murder of a defenceless man. Update: On December 4 police held a press conference to announce the arrest of four suspects, all Thai men aged 15-23. They said they had planned the escapade to make money for entertainment purposes and had no intention of killing anyone. However, the unfortunate guard had caught them “in the act” and panic caused the group to do the awful deed. Police also took the young men to the scene of the crime to stage a re-enactment. All the suspects were arrested at Robinsons, Sri Racha, after police set up a secret meeting allegedly to purchase the bikes.

room, even as the suspect managed to escape from Mr. Christensen's control to the ground floor. At the parking lot, his friend was waiting on a motorbike. However, the perpetrator was subdued and detained by good Samaritans, but the accomplice on the motorbike dashed away from the scene which is not very surprising. Mr. Eak confessed that he and Mr. Kae, who was his associate, came to visit a

girlfriend in the same apartment block to request for money to purchase amphetamines. Unfortunately the girlfriend was not in the vicinity of the room so the plan collapsed. Hence, he got the alternative idea to break into his girlfriend's neighbour's room and would sell stolen items to get cash and buy the amphetamines. He was taken to police station and would be charged with attempted theft.

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Dozed off driver needs chainsaw Korean Air staff in traumatic stance

SATTAHIP based police heard from the local Rescue foundation that a tour bus had collided with a car whose driver was still stuck in his seat and howling with complaints. At the accident scene, at road number 332, police found quite a mess and the car driver chief petty officer Pat Ken, of the local navy base, needing a chainsaw to cut him out of his temporary incarceration. About 100 meters away, there was a white Heno bus, owned by the Nampetch company, with substantial damage to the front area. There were eight Korean air staff in a bit of

a panic who said they were on their way to Utapao airport to get a flight back to Seoul. Fortunately, their injuries were on the light side. Witness Mr Permsit Na Songkha said he was driving behind the bus when he noticed it began to wobble, nay swerve, in a disorderly fashion before thumping the car in front resulting in the injury to the car driver. At the accident scene, the bus driver had done a runner so it was not immediately possible to say what exactly had happened. Likely he had dozed off momentarily behind the wheel.

Motorbikes collide head-on in Pong

POLICE made a dash for Saichaipornwitee Road, Banglamung, after finding out that two bikes had crashed head-on near Pong temple with instant death the inevitable consequence. Sawangboriboon volunteers were first on the scene and found two riders both with injuries beyond human repair. They were Mr Wissaroot Keowkaew, aged 24, and Mr

Woottichai Kruesoem, aged 23, who were surrounded by their write-off vehicles. There was also a seriously injured person Miss Kissana Jantaramas who was a waitress at a nearby karaoke bar. She explained later at Banglamung hospital that her boyfriend Mr Wissarott had picked her up as usual at the Puja karaoke which was only 500

NEWS Imposter extorts money from flat broke lady Fake copyright agents cause more trouble

Mrs Ratree Jamwisaipan, owner of the Ratree coffee shop and nightery, complained to police that a group of ne’re do wells, claiming to be police officers and representatives of the Butterfly Record Company, had tried to pressurise her into paying money for playing unlicensed music. This kind of scam is all too common these days. She stated that she was sitting minding her own business when a group of three men, one in a police uniform, had entered her premises and claimed she was breaking the law, seizing 10 CDs to keep as evidence. She was carted off to Pattaya police station and taken to an interrogation room where she was informed to choose between a prosecution or forking out 50,000 baht. Mrs Ratree managed to bargain them down to 20,000 baht but even then she could not pay as she was flat broke as her coffee shop staff had recently cleaned her out. One of the interrogators, a Mr Watchara claiming to be from the record company, advised her to borrow the money and added, as an inducement, that she would get a free license and protection from the heavies. Several days later Mrs Ratree lodged a complaint with the Pattaya police who arranged for a secret camera to record the proceedings at a yards from the accident scene. Both bikes were travelling at high speed and neither driver seemed to notice the other one racing along. She felt she had been very lucky to escape with her life in this harrowing experience of human error and death.

Teenager shot in feud attack

ON December 2, Banglamung police received a call that a 15 year old boy had been shot and

wounded and rushed to the Memorial Hospital. Arriving at the emergency room there,


police found that he had been hit in the right hip and was called Pattana Rasreerattana. He told police that he and friends had been playing snooker and, after the game, he had dropped off a mate on the Naklua Road before starting his motorbike again to go home. On the way, he encountered an old rival gang of four persons who had chased him before pulling out a gun and disappearing into the darkness. The youth told police he had had trouble with them before and that a feud had sprung up.

meeting where she was supposed to hand over 5,000 baht as a first instalment to buy off trouble. The real police in plain clothes arrested two men who admitted they had actually been sacked from the record company for precisely this kind of deviance. They were charged with blackmail and admitted their misdeeds, confessing they had made a little fortune before being found out this time.

Call of nature finds a decayed body ON December 2 police at Banglamung police headquarters learned the grim news from Mr Katanyu Sookjai, a road construction worker, that he had found the badly decomposed body of a man in a bush near Lakeland on Sukhumvit Road in Na Jomtien. He said he had gone to the spot to have a pee and received the shock of his

life. It took him several minutes to recover his composure and telephone the police. Police said that the corpse was about 50 meters from the road and belonged to a man about 40 years old lying face down under a three. He was wearing a formerly white T shirt and blue jeans and had been dead around two weeks

according to a doctor at the scene. Near the body was a can of pesticide and a bottle of water, plus a packet of Marlboro cigarettes, and investigators tend to think he had committed suicide as his life was a shambles. However, the autopsy might shed more light even though that is not a foregone conclusion.



Amari Orchid Resort & Tower awarded official 5-Star Status

AMARI Orchid Resort & Tower was awarded 5-star category status in accordance with Thailand Tourism Standard 2008 by the Thailand Hotel Standard Foundation. Thanks to the excellence maintained by the dedicated Management and Staff of the Resort, led by General Manager, Mr. Dominik Stamm, the much-deserved 5-star status has been officially awarded. Mr. Stamm was quoted as saying “We have worked very hard to ensure we meet and exceed guest expectations time and again. Teamwork and the exceptional standards of our staff have played a major role in obtaining

5-star status in such a short space of time, coupled with our outstanding facilities and services.” Located on Pattaya Beach Road, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower is complete with superb facilities, such as the luxurious Sivara Spa & Sivara Salon, the executive Horizon Club floors’ experience, fine wining and dining and a new level of personalised service and innovation, in exclusive accommodation. In addition, the state-of-art freestanding conference venue, Aranda Ballroom, and the popular Mantra Restaurant & Bar have also set a new benchmark in the city by the sea of Pattaya.

New Wing at Nova Platinum Hotel Pattaya opening soon!

New Manager of Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya HPL Hotels & Resorts recently announced Laurent Levraud as the new Manager of Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya. Laurent, a French citizen has impressive record with almost 20 years Food & Beverage operation and management experience, decided to join the big family of Hard Rock in the heart of Pattaya City. Being an experienced manager, Laurent had served in several restaurants as manager in France and Thailand. Most recently, Laurent served as the Food & Beverage Manager in Samui Peninsula

Resort & Spa, Kho Samui, Thailand. Laurent graduated with Business administration & accounting Degree (C.A.P) and Master in Business administration (B.E.P). from France.

New beer bar in Na Jomtien

Emerald meeting room for up to 100 guests and a sun terrace. The whole hotel also offers free internet throughout. Guests can still enjoy the fitness centre, outdoor tropical swimming pool with pool bar, waterslide and Jacuzzi, as well as a range of leisure and business services. Providing plenty of space to relax and unwind, Nova Platinum Hotel is the ultimate in comfort and convenience, for great value accommodation. For more info call +66 (0) 3871 1345, email an enquiry visit

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.

The grand opening of Hill Top House

KHUN Ittiphol Kunplume, city mayor, presided over the grand opening of Hill Top Serviced Apartments at Pratumnak Hill in the presence of project manager Mrs Rossukont Tantiwut. She explained that 25 million baht had been lavished on Hill Top House Serviced Apartments located at soi 5, Pratumnak, a six storey

building. There is fast internet service in every room, a coffee shop and 24 hour security services as well as key card access to rooms. Room rates start as low as 15,000 baht a month and long stayers receive a 20% discount. There’s more information on or on 038 364 506.

Press party hosted by The Village Mall There was a grand opening on November 26 of the new beer garden at the Soodtangrak restaurant in Na Jomtien, presided over by Bundit Siritanyong who is the mayoral adviser.

The restaurant serves European and Thai food, specialising in sea food, and has been popular for many years. The new beer garden there will serve Federbrau, a famous and popular German beer.

Culinary Partnership still continues between Iran’s Parsian International Hotels Company and Dusit International

DELIGHT in the news that a brand new wing of Nova Platinum Hotel is opening soon! Located in South Pattaya, Nova Platinum Hotel, an Amari Associate Hotel, is all set to open a brand new wing – Platinum 2. This lowrise boutique hotel first opened at the end of 2007, offering first-class hospitality in stylish accommodation. Now with a grand total of 192 well-appointed double, twin and triple-bedded guestrooms, Nova Platinum Hotel has added comfort and services, featuring connecting rooms, Kiara Restaurant, the

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Kamran Pourmoezzi (left) is seen with aspiring Iranian chefs with their trainers from Dusit Thani Pattaya led by Songglot Bamroongya and Thavat Sanpa-ngern (3rd and 5th left respectively)

THE exchange program between Dusit International’s Dusit Thani College, Asia’s premier private hospitality college and Parsian International Hotels Company, Iran’s prominent hotel chain has seen a total of ten chef trainees from Iran participating in two days of on the job education to hone their culinary skills and get more exposed and acquainted to the ins and outs of kitchen-related tasks and responsibilities. Following the itinerary of the first batch of trainees, the aspiring chefs stayed and trained at Dusit Thani Pattaya from 27-29 November with the five-star hotel’s own culinary team showing them the techniques of food preparation

particularly for buffet and moved on to Dusit Princess Srinakarin Bangkok to observe other buffet lay out style. The students were accompanied and supervised by Kamran Pourmoezzi, Food and Beverage Consultant of the Parsian International Hotels Company in Iran. He revealed that the best four of the group will be sent to Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School for further nine months of training and the others will get advanced skill development at the Dusit Thani College. Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School is Southeast Asia’s first and finest cooking education and training establishment, also under the wing of Dusit International.

A PRESS thank you party was held at the Village Shopping Mall and attended by many of the local media as well as by some elite groups in society. Situated on Sukhumvit highway, five kilometres from Pattaya Central Road, The Village complex has capacity for 100 boutique and specialist shops, not to mention an en-

tertainment complex and food outlets to delight every palate. The Village has a total land area of 20 rai, a building area of 6,200 sqm and a huge carpark to accommodate 200 cars and 40 tour buses. The project, which is convenient for Na Jomtien and Bang Saray, is expected to be open to the public in early January

New Amari manager arrives in Pattaya

Mr Peter Henley, President & CEO of Amari Hotels and Resorts, has announced the appointment of Mr Wouter Banning as General Manager of the two Pattaya properties, Amari Nova Suites and Nova Platinum Hotel. Before joining Amari, Mr

Banning, a Dutch national, accumulated a wealth of experience in hospitality over 10 years in Banqueting & Restaurants, Front Office, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Rooms and Operations, at the likes of hotels in the Accor Group and Holiday Inn in The Netherlands and the USA, as well as in Bangkok. Mr Banning now oversees the smoothing running of the 5-star Amari Nova Suites, a unique serviced apartment suite concept, with luxurious and modern accommodation, and Nova Platinum Hotel, which is a first class boutique hotel in the heart of Pattaya, just minutes’ walk from the pier.

BUSINESS NEWS Stars flock to upgraded Mazda concept car rocks Thailand International PTT Pattaya Open tennis THE Sony Ericsson WTA Tour with the main draw starting on Motor Expo 2008 tournament in Pattaya, Asia’s 9 February and running through Vol. 8 No. 7 ! 16 - 31 December 2008

longest running women’s professional tennis event opens a new chapter in its history in 2009. As a result of changes implemented by the WTA, the tournament has been upgraded to be part of the new international series with prize money of a minimum of US$220,000. It has also been re-named the PTT Pattaya Open and will be played at the Dusit Thani, Pattaya from 7-15 February 2009. The PTT Pattaya Open has attracted an exciting line-up of players including one top ten player and three top twenty players, all of whom have risen dramatically up the rankings in 2008. With entries open until the end of December this year, more tennis stars are expected to enter the tournament in the coming weeks. To meet the standards for the new international series, there have been several improvements made to the venue, with the addition of a fourth court on-site, improved lighting, expanded stadium capacity and better facilities for officials, the players and the media. Qualifying matches will be played from 7 – 9 February,

to the finals on 15 February. There will be 2 days of “live” TV coverage on Saturday 14 February and Sunday 15 February from 15.00 – 17.00. As well as Thailand, the live coverage will include Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East and Europe. Negotiations are continuing with other countries. Tickets for the tournament are on sale at the following prices: Saturday 7 February – Sunday 8 February: (qualifying rounds) – 200 baht Monday 9 February – Thursday 12 February: (1st and 2nd rounds of main draw) - 300 baht and 500 baht Friday 13 February – Sunday 15 February: (Quarterfinals, semi-finals and final)300, 500, 800 and 1000 baht. The PTT Pattaya Open is supported by PTT Public Co., Ltd, Pattaya City, Sports Authority of Thailand, Chonburi Provincial Administration, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Dusit Thani, Pattaya, Sony Ericsson, Wilson, Yonex, and J C Ferrero Equelite. For information and tickets contact Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd: Tel 02-3823491- 3, Fax: 02-3823490 or check the official website at:

Nova group launches five star luxury condo Nova Ocean View in Pattaya is state of the art

Picture from left to right, John Ray, M.D. Mazda Sales Thailand, Sureetip La-Ongthong, Marketing Director Mazda Thailand, Bobby Brooks, Warden-US Embassy , Douglas F. Robinson, FPD Chief Naval Security-US Embassy

US Embassy Personnel were guests of the Mazda Sales Thailand unveiling of the “Sustainable Zoom Zoom” theme with a stunning showcase of breathtaking iconic sports vehicles at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2008. The event serves as the first and only chance for Thai consumers to take delight in the “Mazda Taiki”, the concept car that instantly transports the viewer’s sense into the future with its advanced design and technologies. Mazda also expresses its appreciation for 57 years of continued support from Thai consumers through unbeatable offers that allow customers to make a purchase decision with ease. The Thailand International Motor Expo finished on

December 10th, 2008 in the Challenger Halls 1-3 at Impact Arena Bangkok, Thailand. The Force Protection Detachment (FPD) from the American Embassy earlier this year teamed up with Mazda to do a joint seminar to train the Chonburi Police Departments in VIP Driving protection and personal driving safety training for approximately 70 police officers from different Chonburi stations. Mazda provided the instructors and vehicles to give this valuable information for officers to use in their daily duties, as well as assist the US Embassy FPD Department during U.S. Navy Ship Visits to the Laem Chabang and Sattahip ports of call.

Ocean’s Edge wins Best Development Thailand Award

LOCATED at Soi 6 Pratumnak, Nova Ocean View will contain 78 five star condominium units with standard features including fully fitted kitchen, bathrooms, air conditioning and state of the art touch screen smart home systems, which can control key features of the home,for example, air conditioning, lighting, music, blinds, alarm/entry. They can all be controlled from one touch screen panel or additional hand held remotes. Other features include roof top pool with sea views of Pattaya bay, fitness room, with a theme restaurant located in the recep-

tion lobby area on the ground floor. There’s also 24 hour security and underground parking. Apartment sizes range from 43.87 sqm studio up to 116.64sqm, 2 bedroom apartments, with prices at launch promotion starting at just 2.56 m baht. The project will also feature four executive units with private swimming pools on private balconies located on the ground floor, Nova Platinum Hotel ,562 Pratumnak road. Tel 038 711 017 email:

OCEAN’S Edge, the exclusive beachfront condominium project, has once again put Pattaya firmly on the real estate map by being selected for the “Gold Award as the Best Thailand Development” in the prestigious Homes Overseas Magazine 2008 World Property Awards. Other short listed Thailand developments included Phuket, Samui, Hua Hin and Bangkok. The announcement was made during a lavish gala dinner at a Park Lane Hotel in London on

November 28th. This follows the award of “Best Thailand Condominium” to Ocean’s Edge in 2007. Homes Overseas is the leading international magazine from the United Kingdom, established in 1965, and has staged an annual worldwide awards process for many years, with a panel of property experts, made up of national and international property journalists, travelling the globe to personally assess all short listed properties.



Planting seedlings throughout the land

SENIOR police officers and dignitaries presided over a ceremony to plant stripling trees in honour of Their Majesties. In all 1.5 million trees will be planted at 1,458 police stations, temples and institutes of school learning throughout Thailand.

A good time was had by all

A R O U N D PAT TAYA Charity Teddy Bear-Santa for 2009 ‘Amari Cares for Kids’ THIS festive season, Amari Orchid Resort & Tower has joined forces with the ‘Baan Tang Trong School’, Bangpra, Siracha, Chonburi, to fulfill the wishes of underprivileged children for a Christmas/New Year present of their desires. Each of the Teddy Bear-Santas carries an attached card with the photo of the child and their wishes for a present. The Teddy Bear-Santa is priced at only THB 799. All the presents will be given to the children during a special ceremony in January 2009 as part of the ‘AMARI Cares For Kids’ Charity Project. Call 038 418 418 for more details.

9th platinum sponsor for dinner

AFTER the successful charity pub crawl which raised 102,000 baht for charity, the Charity Club’s Vic King (right) handed to Buddy Ditchburn (left), an organiser of the poppy appeal, 51,000 baht. The other half of the cash went to the Prostheses Foundation in Chiang Mai.

New coffee brand promoted

BUNDIT Siritanyong, owner of Suttangrak restaurant, held a press conference to introduce a brand new coffee product, Sala Daeng Premium which will be selling soon at retail outlets in Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Phuket.

Many hoteliers’ get together at Marriott

THE Marriott Resort and Spa hosted a reception for hoteliers on the eastern seaboard in the traditional spirit of thanksgiving.

More wine please!

THE World of Wine Company has agreed to be the wine sponsor for the Charity Club’s gala dinner and auction next month.

STUDENTS of the College at the Asian University recently held two days of sports and games which were good for morale.

Pub crawl for British Legion appeal

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VIC King (right) of Queen Vic pub and restaurant becomes the 9th Platinum sponsor for the charity gala dinner in January.

TT&T hold seminar Business on the Move

AN IT seminar was held at Siam Bayshore hotel, Business on the Move, to promote new technologies and share ideas about telecommunications. Many new concepts can help save a lot of money such as the IDD102 phone system for long distance calls or the Maxnet leased line for internet purposes. The seminar would be visiting Phuket and Chiang Mai as well as Pattaya.

Dr Mario’s monthly discussions held

FOR the past few months Dr Guiseppe Mario Saccone, lecturer at Asian University, has been hosting discussions at North Star Library, with themes from philosophy, politics and theology. The next meeting will be on Thursday January 29 at 15.00 hours with the theme around the philosophy of science.

Help for orphans and destitute kids

Insomnia Night Club grand opening

PERRY McNeely of the Pattaya Sports Club passes a cheque for 20,000 baht to Mick Ramshaw of the Bunker Bar to be passed on to Khun Supagon Noja, project director of the child protection And development centre. The occasion was the award ceremony for the John Preddy memorial charity golf tournament.

INSOMNIA Night Club at Walking Street, recently held their grand opening party, which was presided over by Pattaya city mayor, Mr Ittipol Kunplome and Mr Siwa Seangmannee, Thai Post Office chairman of the board. The club’s managing director, Miss Saifon Nakpook and Mr. Chatchawan Chaona, genaral manager, welcomed all the guests in the newest party place in town.

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Caddy Shack cash in Isaan

THE 35,000 baht donated by the Caddy Shack to the Charity Club of Pattaya has now been used to buy hard hit farmers and their families in Isaan much needed food parcels as well as a wheel chair for a 37 year old man.

Thai gold property award 2008


AustCham Thailand Sundowners at Amari

Picture from left, 2 Amari Glamour Girls, Dhaninrat Klinhom; Director of PR of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Mr. Shane Torr, President of Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Barry Main, uPVC International Advisor of PVC Windows Thailand and Mr. Malcolm Scorer, Director from AA Insurance Brokers and 2 Amari Glamour Girls.

THE AustCham Thailand, led by Mr. Shane Torr, President (4th right), recently organised ‘The AustCham Sundowners’ to strengthen networking opportunities in Pattaya and the Eastern region at ICE Bar, Ocean Tower, at Amari Orchid Resort & Tower. They were extremely impressed with this 5-star hotel and its facilities in Pattaya!

ANDREW Neely, on behalf of Ocean Edge Luxury Condominium Pattaya, received the gold award for “best development Thailand 2008 from Home Overseas Awards, an international property magazine established since 1965 in the UK. Last year the company received the gold award for “best apartment Pattaya”.

Big C Foundation hands out 50 scholarships to Pattaya students

Red Cross to the rescue

PATTAYA City Deputy Mayor Wattana Jantanawaranon, presided over the Big C scholarship ceremony together with Khun Sarochin Kotesopa, assistant director of Chonburi Education Office District 3, Khun Boonsree Suthammanuwat, director of Big C Foundation and Khun Prapas Wongsinkongman. They handed out 50 scholarships to selected Pattaya students.

THE Red Cross of Chonburi took a paramedic team to stranded tourists at Utapao airport to give a helping hand at a very stressful time for the visitors as they awaited their flights home.

Silvermore Company wins disabled persons award

CHARLIE Warner, m/d of Silvermore Company, receives the excellent enterprise in the area of employment of persons with disabilities award from Khun Eknarin Swatwaengkuang. Seated are Piyaphat Thamsiri and Itsaret Honngnung.

Central Center’s “To Be Number One Teen Aerobics & Dancercise”

CENTRAL Center Pattaya organised a very successful To Be Number One Teen Aerobics & Dancercise Thailand Championship 2008 in honour of HRH Princess Ubolrat Ratchakalya Siriwattana Pannawadi. The opening and awarding ceremony were led by Doctor Wachara Penjan, Deputy Director General from the Department of Mental Health, Pattaya City mayor Mr. Ittipol Kunplome and Khun Teeraporn Jitnawa, Managing Director of Central Center Pattaya. The winners were Chonburi Rachbamrung for teen category, Oscar Challenge from Taesa Ban Ratchaburi School, pre-teen -category and Taesa ban 1 junior the star team from Kanchanaburi, junior category.


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by Peter Lloyd

IT would be too easy to write about the embarrassment and loss of face the Bangkok airport closure and near civil war has brought on Thailand and the decimation of its tourist industry and businesses. The impact may be felt for many years as Thais lose jobs, crime rates soar, and foreign companies do business in other countries where the government can control its army and police, and secure its airports.

Thailand’s crisis – what does it mean for Pattaya? development and tourist revenues of all kinds. Our Mayor has the personal and political clout to push through his agenda, and the police in Pattaya are also firmly focused. What is good for Pattaya, what makes it a safer and more prosperous tourist city is also good for them. In Pattaya there is no leadership or power vacuum

International Air Travel, Thai Style

Not even in Somalia, the world’s worst failed state, has the international airport been closed by misguided and manipulated mobs. Apart from still being the subject of many travel warnings (including, worryingly, from Russia and the UK) and being included on a list of 20 most dangerous countries in the world (which I disagree with, but hey I am not booking holidays here), the stranded holidaymakers on their return to their home countries have been giving a further pasting to Thailand’s already battered tourism industry. I sincerely hope multibillion dollar lawsuits will follow, especially in the US, where lawsuits actually have teeth, as people and companies who lost money, goods and livelihoods sue the people responsible for this mess. A start seems to have been made with Thai Airways announcing it will sue PAD for 20 Billion baht, if they have the bottle for it. But, let’s turn away from the negatives and instead try to focus on the few glimmers of good news for Pattaya in this shameful debacle. Here are my thoughts on how this crisis has affected our city, short term and long term. 1. Strong Local Leadership. I have previously pointed out that we are lucky to have considerable political autonomy from Bangkok. The local administration here is very focused on

as there was in Bangkok. We know who is in charge and the mayor has political authority. 2. Intolerance of PAD An example of this political strength and control over its territory by the Administration was the small but troubling PAD demonstration outside Banglamung police station one day during the Bangkok protests. PAD threatened to erect a permanent demonstration in Pattaya, but wisely did not. I have no doubt that the mayor and the police chief would never have accepted a permanent PAD demonstration in Pattaya, and that it would have been vigorously and decisively dealt with at the first serious sign of permanent protest. I am sure this uncompromising stance was relayed to the local PAD, who thought it best instead to head off to the airports to create more mayhem and international embarrassment for the country 3. Positve Impression on Evacuees Many thousands of stranded tourists were happy to arrive in Pattaya from Bangkok, and to realise that they were safe from the threat of mob violence here. Pattaya retained its sanity and life went on happily. I read in the British and Australian press comments from nationals sent to Pattaya who were relieved to be out of Bangkok, and who saw a far more positive side

to the city than is usually imagined by foreigners in Thailand. It was safe, welcoming, ordered and the city pulled out all the stops to make the stranded tourists feel welcome with transport laid on to U-Tapao and city officials doing everything they could to ease the strain of stranded tourists. It was an excellent response by City Hall. The only criticisms I read were about the surreal, disordely “fall of Saigon” feel at U-Tapao, which was completely overwhelmed by the crisis. This was not Pattaya’s fault, but ironically it may benefit the city in the future. Another criticism I read in Aussie and British papers was the hastily laid-on ladyboy shows at the airport. I can never understand why Pattaya tourist outlets think this is going to improve the city’s image. Even Chinese and Koreans who get herded to these shows as part of their organised tours complain about them, so it was no surprise to read negative comments from returning tourists in the British press about these shows adding to the surreal scenes at the airport. 4. “Pattaya Airport” The mayor has no doubt seen the importance of Pattaya having its own international airport at U-Tapao. Commonly referred to in international news reports during the crisis as “Pattaya airport”, it looked good, and would give the city a huge boost, especially as it now (presumably) tries to emphasise Pattaya as a “not-Bangkok” destination. Difficult as this might be in the short term, especially as most tourists still arrive through Bangkok’s airports, I am sure City Hall is looking at ways to take control and responsibility over U-Tapao, and I think this is essential for Pattaya’s future development once this present crisis is over. The city’s proximity to U-Tapao also helped with evacuating tourists from here, which looked good in

the eyes of the world’s press. Central funds would probably be available to dramatically upgrade the airport if the City took it over, and I suspect a lot of international goodwill would be shown to having a more reliable alternative to Bangkok’s airports in a region of Thailand where the responsible government can actually enforce its power. I suspect in the coming months the airport issue will become a priority in the minds of City hall. 5. Greater Political and Economic Autonomy from Bangkok? A related point would be Pattaya seeking greater autonomy from Bangkok. City Hall must be aware of the painful financial and social cost to Pattaya from this mess in Bangkok, and will seek ways to reduce such fallout in the future, by distancing itself as much as it can from Bangkok. 6. Hotel range and Availability Paradoxically, Pattaya, suffering a low season anyway, had ample hotel capacity to accommodate the thousands of stranded tourists who were sent here, in many different kinds of hotels. I read of no complaints about the quality of accommodation offered to the stranded tourists, which small point simply adds to the positive impression Pattaya made on stranded tourists seeking a safe haven, and in the eyes of the world generally. 7. PEACH Business I have a friend who was due to arrive in Bangkok early December for a conference with thousands of delegates. Of course they cancelled, as did many other conferences and international events. Pattaya businesses will see a big opportunity in wooing these conferences in future. Unfortunately the negative feelings about the security at Bangkok’s airports may dampen demand for PEACH

(promotions, entertainment and corporate hospitality) facilities in Thailand, whether in Pattaya or elsewhere, for the immediate

airports in future, maybe people will see that holding important regional governmental summits in safe and secure destinations like

Pattaya-The Promised Land?

future, but it must be a viable growth sector target for Pattaya. Securing U-Tapao for chartered flights would help in this endeavour. 8. ASEAN Summit Scandalously the ASEAN summit due to be held in December was first moved from PAD-partisan Bangkok, to PPP-partisan Chiang Mai, and it was eventually cancelled when the government fell, much to the regional embarrassment of Thailand. It should and could have been held in politically-neutral Pattaya, and, assuming Thailand can secure its

Pattaya should be considered more seriously than in Bangkok, especially when Pattaya must now be rated the Number 1 Thai city in terms of good and stable governance, tourism facilities and political safety. Sadly Pattaya’s tourism, business and inhabitants, Thai and expat, are going to pay dearly for the disasters in Bangkok, but maybe some positives can be found for the future development of Pattaya, including those above. Contact me at pattayatoday

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Lessons of the Great Confusion Welcome to awful renditions!

The pink pound ugh!

I write pertaining to the screechingly poor tunes and awful renditions that can be heard most nights at Soi Welcome, Jomtien. It is really so bad that it’s literally time the road was renamed Soi Karaoke. It’s also proof that in Thailand, if you know how to go about it, you can do pretty much as you like. That’s OK, of course, provided you are the one making the noise.

IN view of your recent article on the gay market and what it’s worth in cash terms every year, I thought you might be interested in Pattaya’s latest. This morning I received an anonymous gift basket with a flaming style called Pink Pleasure and Cherished Beauty. Amongst the ingredients in the basket were Pitted Prunes, Goodie Two Shoes Candies and Cracker Paradise. Although the basket had a card Happy Birthday, and it was indeed my birthday, I have no idea who might have sent this stuff. Just for the record, I am neither gay nor even a metrosexual. I am a 55 year old, bald expat who recently got divorced from a nagging Thai wife. I rarely shave and I have a looming beer belly. I live mainly on hot dogs and fish and chips and haven’t the slightest interest in people of my own sex. Indeed, I shave but rarely and never use after shave lotion. I have not had a manicure for seven years and don’t possess a suit or even a pair of long trousers. I have heard that gays are trying to recruit in Pattaya. But believe me they must be pretty desperate if they are investing in someone as straight as I am. One last word I did try the Pitted Prunes and I must say they make an excellent laxative.

James Murray Ed: We get a lot of mail about excessive noise, especially in the wee hours, in both Pattaya and Jomtien. City Hall says that, if they get a letter with signatures complaining about the disturbance in a particular location, they will look into the matter as they have a decibel meter. If you want to try this route, address the letter to the mayor Ittiphol Kunplome.

Airport chaos and civilisation LEAVING aside the rights and wrongs of the PAD siege of the airports in Bangkok, I must say that the inconvenience to passengers was quite disgraceful. My first reaction was to think that the airlines would make proper use of the internet – this is the 21st century after all – and post on their websites some meaningful information for travellers caught up in the chaos. What a hope that was! My airline posted nothing for several days and then a note to the effect that they could not compromise the safety of their passengers. Yet at the same time (I found out later) they were organising flights through Utapao airport. How on earth anyone ever found out about the timings as the airline never picked up the phone, goodness only knows. What the whole saga proved to me was that human society is just a second away from complete chaos at any one moment in time. Look at it this way – If the whole world was without electricity for just one month, civilisation as we know it would cease to exist. That’s progress for you! Jeremy Grevatt

Overstay worries again I DECIDED to take a trip around Thailand and then I heard about the trouble in the airport. There seemed little point in returning to Bangkok to greet all the chaos, so I remained near the Burma border and in Chiang Rai. However, now that the political crisis has ended, I want to return to Europe but I am worried about the overstay in visa. I entered Thailand on October 23rd my visa expired on November 21. But I read that the immigration officers at the airport are not charging for overstays, so do I have any reason to worry? I can’t really afford to pay the overstay at 500 baht a day in any case. Jason Poole Ed: You will have to pay the full overstay at the airport, so best to get your relatives or friends to send you extra cash by Western Union or whatever. Overstay fines were waived only for people whose visa expired once the airports were seized (November 25 or later)and who had a valid ticket for a journey during the closure period. Neither of these criteria apply to you.

Slovenly Steve Soi Bukao

Thank you to city hall AS a British person stranded in Pattaya during the PAD demos, but now safely back in Manchester, I just wanted to say that I and my family were grateful for the emergency services put on by city hall headquarters. I visited there and officials found me a cheap hotel, Mike’s, which was offering a discount. We were very comfortable there given the circumstances. City Hall also informed us of the free bus service to Utapao airport which was a nice gesture. Once there, we had to wait many hours for our flight. But, again, the civic authorities did their best by providing free food and drink and by offering traditional Thai entertainment and puppetry. Although we hadn’t the faintest idea what the “plays” meant, they did succeed in keeping the children amused for a while. The seizure of the airport must have done untold damage to the country’s tourism industry. But I just wanted to put on the record our personal thanks to the emergency assistance that we were able to take advantage of. Ken Fuller

THERE’S no shirking the plain truth that the recent, if thankfully temporary, takeover of the two main airports in Bangkok dealt a body blow to Pattaya’s tourism prospects for the current “high season”. Although the most recent evidence suggests that hotel bookings are on the rise again, after an avalanche of cancellations, very serious damage to the resort’s lifeblood has occurred. Locally, a number of agencies tried to help the frustrated passengers stranded by events which were not of their making. Pattaya City Hall laid on free food and soft drinks, both at Utapao airport and in the city, which went some way to alleviating distress. The local authority’s initiative to put on free buses to and from Utapao airport was another useful strategy. The Tourism Authority of Thailand sponsored a scheme whereby stranded passengers could book into nominated hotels and not pay the first 2,000 baht of their daily bill. Pattaya city hall additionally publicised a scheme whereby hotels reduced their tariff by 70% to help those in dire need. The immigration bureau nationally also jumped in and issued an order that foreigners who could not board their flights because of the airport siege would not be fined for overstay, provided that their visas were valid on November 26, the date of the take-over of Suvarnabhumi. This decision helped calm a lot of nerves. It’s also true that some things could have been better organised. Most passengers were unaware of the city hall and tourist authority initiatives before the siege was nearly over. It took the local cable TV stations several days to sort out fact from fiction. One of the initiatives, namely the 2,000 baht hotel discount scheme, was misunderstood by many tourists who thought they could actually receive cash in hand if they only knew where the right office was. It was also disappointing that some hotels in the discount schemes actually raised their room rates, or charged the full rack rate, which reduced the benefits considerably. There was little point, for instance, in a traveller without any money at all being told he could have a room at a top class hotel for 1,500 baht a night as the walk-in rate was now 3,500 baht. That was indeed a reduction, but of little practical use to the guys with empty wallets and no useable credit cards. None the less, a lot of people in Pattaya tried to do their best for the luckless travellers. The same cannot be said of some of the airlines (not all) which left their customers stranded with emergency phone lines which never answered, fax lines which didn’t work and frankly useless information on websites. Complaints have been the most vehement against the Middle East based airlines and fewest against the Asian based carriers. The airline which communicated the best with its customers was probably Thai Airways to judge from informal feedback. Etihad, Emirates and British Airways could certainly learn from the Thai national carrier.


by Bee McConville

IT’S is always a difficult time of year for women who have to choose gifts for their men, and particularly for those women


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All I want for Christmas! Now this may sound odd, but some men really like wearing bras, and I am not talking about the cross-dressing katoeys or latent ‘woman in a man’s body’ sorts, or even the Eddie Izzard straight men who just like dressing up in women’s clothes. No, you can actually buy a ‘business man bra’ for those masculine

whose partners appear to have everything they want or need – he has the iPod, the iPhone or Blackberry, the posh watch, the latest laptop, gadgets galore, aftershave, moisturiser, hair product galore and all the socks and underpants that he will ever need. So how about going for something

men types who have just always envied women their distinctive chest supporting underwear. It might come as no surprise to you that the men who have really kicked off this ‘wannahaveunderwear-like-women’ notion are the Japanese. You have to hand it to them don’t you? It

a little more exotic this year? Something unique, entertaining, unexpected and, possibly, even rather sexy. Get him a bra, yes, a bra. But not the girlie kind that you would buy for yourself with the lace and the bows in pretty pastels or wild bold primary colours. Get him a man-bra, designed especially with today’s professional man in mind!

appears that it’s the macho salary-man who wants the inner wear rather than the weirdoes out in Kabukicho. And apparently the men want to wear these bras just for the pleasure of wearing them, not because they have man boobs that become uncomfortable with their flippity-flopping when jogging or running for the Shinkansen. These

straight men, it would appear, have been secretly envying their female colleagues’ intimate apparel and now want equal wardrobe rights. The man-bras that are being sold (over three hundred within a few weeks so far) are plain but attractive. They are made out of a satin-like fabric and come in three colours: black, white and pink. There is no hint of lace, bows, or any other overtly feminine decorations and the price is a modest thirty dollars apiece. These items are clearly not targeted at anyone other than the standard lean Japanese male, as cup sizes are strictly limited to ‘A’, although the band sizes are a manlier 85 – 90 cm. There is even a proper name for these garments as obviously ‘man-bra’ is just a little too unsubtle, so the name has been modelled on the unabbreviated word, brassiere, and they have managed to come up with mansiers. But why stop there? If

you are going to introduce a more female line of underwear for men then step up to the plate and be more bold about it. I mean why stick to plain colours? If men are really going to take bra-wearing seriously then why not make mansiers more manly and add male designs to the cups? How about adding pictures of racing cars, or speed boats, or favourite football clubs or sportsmen? You could have a ‘Beckham Bra’ or a ‘Man U Mansier’, or instead of getting the yellow jersey in the Tour de France you could get a yellow mansier with little bicycles all over it. The possibilities are infinite. But something tells me that this is just not going to catch on worldwide. Our eccentric Japanese neighbours are well-known for their wackiness but the idea of a ‘normal’ man wearing a bra is as weird as a ‘normal’ woman wearing a jock-strap, albeit a pink and lacy one! And I

somehow can’t imagine a beer-swigging Man U fan turning up for a match with his scarf,

be pretty confident that your man either has a really good sense of humour or has been coveting your

his rattle and sporting his favourite 90A bra in club colours. Nevertheless, if you fancy adding this unusual item to your beloved’s stocking on Christmas Eve you probably still have time to send for one, but you had better

sports bras for quite some time now. If you have any doubts at all it would probably be wiser to stick to the usual fallback of a nicely wrapped three pack set of Jockeys and some simple, unadorned and plain black macho socks!

I don’t want one more! NOW I like shopping as much as the next person and of course I really enjoy shopping in the local markets or along the Beach Road stalls in the sunshine, but I don’t like it when the vendors and stall holders get a little cheeky. I know how to barter and get reasonable prices but I don’t like all this encouragement to become a thoughtless and rampant consumer. What I am complaining about is the slick response I get to my polite comment stating that I do not want to buy what they are selling as I already have one at home. And what do they say in reply? It’s an instant ‘you buy one more’ riposte which is often even inflated to a ‘you

buy three more’ or even a ‘you buy four more – you welleee luckeeeeeeee!’ Now if I already have

the principles of purchase; if I wanted to buy more than one item then I would go and do

the item why on earth would I want more? I just cannot see the logic in that and think the vendors’ response is really rather unreasonable. In addition to that, I am a grown up and I do understand

so and would do it because I wanted to do it and not because some pushy pavement vendor was exhorting me to part with my hard-earned cash. And these bold, sassy sellers are even

exploiting the Christmas season for personal gain and telling me I need to buy more of their wares because I have to buy presents for all my friends and family. Well how do they know about our festivals? I mean after all they are Buddhists and know nothing about our little customs do they? So will someone please tell these overassertive sales people that if I want to be more consumerist, regardless of the time of year, then I will jolly well make the decisions myself and certainly won’t succumb to their bullying, brow-beating practices! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

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Fool in Paradise High Season 2008 WELL it’s here at last! High Season 2008 has snuck up on us and hit with a vengeance. I know this because, being a diligent observer, I’ve noticed the subtle signs and machinations of the touristindustry in our fair city which seemed well prepared for the influx of high class, high spirits and fat wallets we know and love so well. Just the other day, the first plane-load of tourists bound for Pattaya arrived in Thailand. The twin-engine Cessna touched down at Udon airport at around 3:15pm to be greeted by 120 TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) representatives wearing beautiful, traditional Thai dress and the ever present Thai smile. The eight male and four female foreign passengers alighted the aircraft to be adorned with leis as they walked across the red-carpeted tarmac to the terminal building for fast track immigration procedures. As a special welcome, each passenger was given honorary Thai Elite Card membership for the day, enabling them to pass through immigration and customs without waiting in the long queues. Those

requiring tourist visas on entry were given 60 days instead of the usual 30, and told they could extend that for as long as they liked. The two male passengers with one year visas were given five year visas and the one Canadian with Thai residency was given Thai citizenship. Inside the terminal building, a throng of Pattaya hotel managers greeted the happy visitors with special accommodation bargains. The four, five and six star hotels offered VIP rooms in their hotels (normally 8,000 baht plus per night) from 50 baht, including breakfast and buffet dinner, or Penthouse Suites (normally 14,000 baht plus per night) for 100 baht (negotiable) plus free mini bar, free laundry and free daily massage. Of course, free limousine transport for the long trip to Pattaya was included in those deals. The convoy of twelve limousines made the overnight trip from Udon quite pleasant. Upon arrival, once the complimentary Bollinger champagne and shrimp cocktails were finished, a representative of the Mayor’s office handed


Your Soi

by Frank Thring SEASON’S Greetings to one and all! Since this is the last issue for the year, it is customary for me to present my Up Your Soi Awards for 2008. These are my personal awards for excellence I hand out to those places in Pattaya which have provided me with the most enjoyment over the year. The categories are randomly chosen and I am the sole judge. No debate will be entered into because these are my personal opinions based upon my own personal tastes. A reader’s opinion may differ greatly from my own but neither of us is wrong. I should also state that although I am totally corruptible, I unfortunately received no kickbacks or freebees from owners for men-tioning their businesses in favourable terms. At the risk of sounding like a broken record (a strange, black, vinyl, plate-like object

used for recording sound in ancient times before the advent of MP3s), once again, the award for ‘Best Afternoon Entertainment’ (for bars opening between 1:00pm and 7:00pm) goes to Far East Rock A Go Go at the Beach Road end of Soi Post Office. I have never had an unpleasant time in this bar even when, on one recent occasion, I was the only customer for a short interval. I pranced around the room asking each girl who was the sexiest man in the bar. Pleasedto say their answers were in my favour and unanimous. My ego bathed in that rarest of glory for many moments, right up until more customers walked in. Runner up in this category is Club Nevada, conveniently situated directly across the road, which is an excellent afternoon Go Go Bar. The Bronze Medal goes to Club Oasis, on the corner of Soi Buakow and Soi Chaiyapoon.

each of the dozen visitors a ‘Key to the City’. He added that, while they were in Pattaya, he would provide a 24-hour escort of Foreign Tourist Police Assistants as tour guides. Their purpose would be to show the new arrivals around the wonderful city and take them wherever they wanted to go. The lucky visitors chose three different hotels in which to lodge. Upon entering the foyer of their hotel, two couples were greeted by the entire management and staff and politely asked if they would consent to photos being taken. Naturally, they agreed, and the photos of them with 250 hotel employees each giving the ‘V’ for victory sign will now be some of their most treasured holiday mementos. The next day they noticed blown up reproductions of the photos were prominently displayed outside the front entrance under the words: “See! We have guests!” Two single ladies and two males travelling together chose a different hotel. After their complimentary massage, complimentary sauna, complimentary champagne, truffles

and caviar, they retired to their rooms to find four black-shirted foreigners standing outside each doorway. Each Foreign Tourist Assistant was wearing an impeccably-ironed militarystyle shirt emblazoned with enough campaign medals to give General George Patton a run for his money, and a utility belt containing handcuffs, knuckle-dusters, baton, machete, Swiss army knife and a leather pouch containing five ninja throwing stars. They also carried an encrypted two-way radio. (These walkie-talkies were for show purposes only. Purchased from the CIA as Cold War surplus, they were encrypted to ensure secret communication. Unfortunately, the CIAdidn’t provide the deciphering codes so now, when they talk through the device, to the receiver it sounds like Donald Duck reading Hamlet backwards.) Just before entering her room, one of the ladies asked her appointed tour guide what one of the medals pinned to his chest was for. “Oh,” he said in broken English, “I received that for the Great 2001 Tesco Parking Debacle. Very nasty business.” He moved in closer

and lowered his voice. “Technically, we’re not allowed to call it a ‘war’, it was a ‘Police Action’, but to those of us who were there - thirty cars; twenty parking spaces? Believe me, it was a war.” The four single guys checked in to a third hotel and were each shown to a palatial VIP suite and a 12 course buffet lunch was brought to their rooms. After resting and showering, they decided to investigate some of Pattaya’s famous nightlife. Outside the hotel, 22 baht buses and 64 motorcycle taxis were waiting to take them around, but the boys managed to push through the throng and make it to Walking Street unaided. Once there, the bright lights, the music, the lovely girls, the timeshare salespeople and the four tourists made a spectacular sight. One guy later remarked he felt they were more popular than The Beatles. They chose one Go Go Bar to the applause of an ecstatic mamasan who took a dig at the nearby bars by placing the ‘House Full’ sign at the doorway once they entered. Inside the bar, the boys were mobbed by eager

The award for ‘Best Evening A Go Go’ (for Go Go Bars opening after 7:00pm) once again goes to The Windmill Club in Soi Diamond off Walking Street. The girls are not shy and some of the friendliest in Fun Town while the drink prices, even outside of Happy Hour, are reasonable. The Silver Medal (and this came as a surprise to me) goes to What’s Up in Soi 15 off Walking Street. When it first opened some years ago it was a great Go Go Bar but, about twelve months ago I paid a couple of visits and was totally uninspired. After giving the place another chance recently, I am happy to report it is back to all former glories – and then some! The Bronze Medal is shared between Baby Dolls, Happy, Peppermint and Sisterz. There are many excellent Go Go Bars in town, most of them in Walking Street, and it is always a difficult decision. The award for best ‘Indoor Recreation Lounge’ (for customers enjoying close female companionship not for a long time) outside of Soi 6 goes to Jade (off Thappraya Road on the way to Jomtien). The Belgian

Embassy (in Soi 3 at the back of the Welkom Inn hotel) takes the Silver while the new Kinnaree Palace Gentleman’s Club (between Sois 4 & 5 on Pratamnak Hill) brings home the Bronze. Of course, in terms of numbers, Soi 6 is the place to go for this type of entertainment where there are plenty of bars to suit all tastes. There is no outright winner in the ‘Best Restaurant’ category because there are literally thousands of eating houses to choose from. My award criteria were: located somewhere in downtown Pattaya, good food, plenty of it, reasonable prices and no obvious dress code. One area which immediately came to mind was Soi Diana. This soi is a gastronome’s delight, beginning from the Central Arcade on Second Road (Kiss Food and Drink, Beefeater, Big Horn Steak House, and others). Further towards Soi Buakow there is Robin’s Nest-Ur-Raunt where the Sunday roast buffet is excellent. The Pig & Whistle, Rosie O’Gradys and Tequila Reef (all in Soi 7), Swiss Restaurant (Soi Diamond), The Butcher’s Arms Pub (Soi Buakow),

Canterbury Tales and Seaside Restaurant (Soi Chaiyapoon) all deserve mention for generally good and inexpensive food. Another great place to eat is the new Pattaya Beer Garden out over the water at the entrance to Walking Street. Food and drink prices are very reasonable

ladies competing for attention. The girls bought them drinks! The mamasan said she had waived thebar fine for them that night should they decide to escort a lady or two out to the overnight movies. Six of the girls said they would also waive their own personal fee and one even offered to pay for the baht bus back to their hotel. It was one remarkab leevening. But that story is just the beginning. It is a mere insight into what could happen over the next few months. We live in interesting and trying times and, by Songkran 2009, only the strongest in this city will have survived. There is no ‘bail-out package’ and no useless government to offer interest free loans. All we have is our friends and this wonderful city which has survived more evil assaults from moral crusaders, feminist ball-breakers and foreign government meddlers in the past. The economic crisis and the tourist slump is survivable, so Merry Christmas and Happy New year. Long live Pattaya!

while the view is breathtaking. Velly lomantic! That’s it for another year. I’ll now do something totally politically incorrect and possibly illegal in some countries. Regardless of your nationality or faith, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



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Servitude of easement

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

ALL people are hungry for justice which is not enough for everyone. Law is not equated to justice. Will we have to abide by the law without any objection? If you have the conception that all laws in your country are fair and abidable, you should not raise any question about the draconian tax laws in your country. Please weigh if Thailand or your country is the lesser of two evils before deciding to barter your kingdom of heaven in Pattaya just for the cheap horse.

We may say that all of us belong to the band of brothers who share the same dream and destiny. The airport strike in the UK in January last year affected all of BAA’s seven UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Edinbrugh. The chaos can take place everywhere in this planet which can be either the UK or Ireland or India or Thailand. However, Pattaya is always the asylum for everyone. We can be either pessimistic or optimistic to see that there is only half of water in a glass. It totally depends on your perception. There is a good news that many airline companies are interested to have their permanent office in U-Tapao for their international frights. In Pattaya where many neighbors declare their legal battle to each other even for the vision of a sea view or access to the sea breeze. All foreigners should be educated about their rights and obligations before investing their

hard earn money for their settlement in this land. Nobody can enjoy right without obligation. The metaphoric approach of Jesus to explain about

Preschool can be a whole world of discovery opportunity to start again, learning from past experiences to modify routines and plans for a new class and to discover new ways

term is all about discovery: Children discovering their new class room, new friendships and new talents and abilities. For teachers the first term presents the

to inspire another group of young minds. For the many children attending a preschool for the first time, the sense of discovery is more profound

servitude of easement (Para Jumyom) with the Land Office. With the registration, the owner of the land which the road is located cannot block the access or interupt you. The above scenario is the situation whereby you and the developer can find the amicable solution. But in case that you buy the land and find out after that your land has no access or “Ta Bod” which means the blind land and nobody want to give you the access, you may seek for the injunction of the Pattaya Court of Justice to order the owner of the land nearby to open the access for your driveway. The judicial power in Thailand is quite independent and free from chauvinism. There are many foreigners wining the case against Thai nationals. If you go to the court with your clean hands, you will be always protected by the law regardless your race and nationality. The door of justice will open only for the one who knocks.

are also introduced to the rules and codes of behaviour of the society they will one day live in as adults. It must also be acknowledged, that to enable this,

the role of adults in the preschool is vital, as they provide the boundaries and limits that help the children feel secure, act as role models for behaviour

and achievement and provide the encouragement and support that ensure that the child’s voyage of discovery is safe, successful and fun!

“No trespassing”

the fairness and justice in the vineyard can be contempoprary to the presnt situation in Thailand. Everyone must exercise his or her rights in good faith. Section 5.- of the Civil and Commercial Code of Thailand provides that every person must, in the exercise of his rights and

Education WITH Christmas and the New Year approaching, the first term of a new school year comes to a close. As with every year, the first

the owner of land may be subjected to the obligation or servitude of easement which is a right that a person or persons, not the owner, have in the property of another. The owner must respect such right and will. The easement we are going to talk is a right-of-way or the right

to us the driveway or stairway. The access easement allows one or more persons to travel across another’s land to get to a nearby location , such as a road. The “Servitude of Easement” or “Para Jumyom” is defined in Section 1387.of the Civil and Commercial Code of Thailand that an immovable property (land and building) may be subjected to a servitude of easement by virtue of which the owner of such property is bound, for the benefit of another immovable property, to suffer certain acts affecting or to refrain from excercising certain rights inhertent in his ownership. You should have your independent lawyer to check the title deed (chanod) of the piece of land you will buy to verify if the land is accessible to a public road. If you buy small plot of land from the owner who are not the licensed developer, you will have to ask the developer to register the

in the performance of his obliglations of the whereby the owner of property may, act in good faith. To live in peace and harmony with neighbors,

as their first term in preschool represents their first steps in the world as an individual, away from parents and carers. As such, it is a crucial, exciting but sometimes difficult time in their social and emotional development. For many, the first few days and even weeks can be challenging, adjusting to a new environment with unfamiliar faces and routines. But equally it opens a whole new world of opportunity. Children are faced with a whole world to explore, populated by people their own age, where they are free to experiment and find their identity within a social group and discover ways to relate to others who may be very different from themselves. They

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Charity Club Dinner The Charity Club of Pattaya hosts its 5th dinner and grand draw on Saturday January 24 at All Seasons Hotel in Pattaya. Tickets at 1,600 baht on sale now from Malcolm 0897 441 040 or Christina 0895 454 185 or from charityclub Includes free Thai and international buffet, premium spirits, free flow beer and wine courtesy of The World of Wine. Manhattans Xmas Day Special menu includes buffet starter, traditional turkey, bacon wrapped pork loin, braised Angus beef, poached chicken breast, seared king scallops, oven roast Tasmanian salmon fillet or Thai food. Followed by Christmas pudding, chocolate mousse, cheese board, ice cream or tropical fruit. 1,900 baht plus vat. Also, don’t miss their New Year’ s countdown party. Visit for further details or phone 038 259 790. See page 29 for their menu. Panorama prize draw Panorama bar, Boyztown, is holding its prize draw on Friday January 2 at midnight. Prizes

include a gold ring, TV set, mountain bike, hampers, alcoholic drinks selection etc. Further details and draw tickets at Panorama or Funny Boys night club, Boyztown, Pattayaland soi 3. Basketball at Tony’s Mixed age basketball – pick up games. Monday and Wednesday evenings 5 pm – 7 pm or later. Tony’s new top floor gym on 3 rd Road at South Pattaya Road, across from fitness centre. Take elevator to 5th floor, covered and lighted court. Phone 086 596 0966 (Jack). British embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate in Pattaya. It’s located in the row of shop units immediately outside the Pattaya immigration bureau, Jomtien soi 5, next to the Yingchit money changer and a few steps from the Meesen coffee shop. Office hours 9.00 a.m.-11.30 a.m. weekdays exc. public holidays. Greg’s 4 Day Christmas Special Don’t miss Greg’s Kitchen lavish 4 Day Christmas special on December 24 until December 27. Traditional roast turkey,

PATTAYA TODAY 19 roast potatoes, sage & walnut stuffing, bacon chipolatas and more, home made mince pies with ice cream: 750 baht. Phone 038 361 227 or 081 254 3624 to make your reservations. A great British tradition in Pattaya. See page 29 for more details. Jing Jai Christmas Scramble A 4 person Texas Scramble will be held at Eastern Star golf course on Thursday December 18 to provide a great Christmas for the children of Jing Jai orphanage. Tee-off with a shotgun start at noon. Team prizes and individual technical prizes. Businesses or individuals are being sought to sponsor the prizes, T shirts or food and drink. Contact Roy on 0811775541 or email tsr Casa Pascal and Poseidon’s Christmas and New Year Menu Restaurant Casa Pascal and Poseidon, wish to invite all their friends and customers, to try their Christmas Menu on Dec. 24, dinner and Dec. 25, all day from 10.30 to 23.00. Dill & Black Smoked Salmon or Home-made Venison and Mushroom Pate, Stuffed Butter Ball Turkey or Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin and more: 1,550 baht per person. New Year’s Eve Menu includes Pan-seared Tuna & Salmon on Spanish Gazpacho Salad, Mushroom Cappuccino, Pan-fried Alaska Scallops or Oven-roasted Rack of Lamb a la Provencale and more: 2,950 baht per person. Call 038 723 660 (Casa Pascal) or 038 303 300 (Poseidon). For their full menu, see page 28.

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 butclosed Mondays. Open house from 6.30 pm every Friday with free wine and snacks. Phone 038 306 172. El Duo at Cafe The sensational Filipino El Duo appear exclusively at Cafe Royale, Pattayaland three, every Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 pm till late. Regular bar prices and no admission charges. The area’s most popular duo singers and entertainers. Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Amateur radio club Pattaya amateur radio club holds the next meeting at Jimbo’s bar on Sukhumvit soi 46/3 on Friday December 12 at 18.00. Further details on or contact Dave on 087 131 0818. PILC ball postponed Owing to the mourning period for the late Princess, the PILC black and white ball has been postponed until Saturday January 17 2009. All other

details remain the same. 3,500 baht per person. Further details from Adene on 08 6149 1771 or Jacinta on 08 6997 0671. Refunds available for those unable to attend in January. Amor Seasonal Menus Amor’s renowned Christmas and New Year menus have family style service (all you can eat) and can be viewed at Baht 1,350+. Or phone Richard on 038 710 680 or 081 945 5396. Reservations are recommended for both these feasts. Special dietary considerations possible – phone Richard well in advance. Steps and Rhythm Steps and Rhythm dance

academy will hold Salsa workshops at intermediate and beginner level throughout December. 550 baht per person. Further information from Stephanie on 089 544 4842 or visit Also Christmas party with Santa on Sunday December 14 @ 450 baht. Contact details as above. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to pattaya@pro 2 days before you wish to start.


by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: Dear Kris & Noi, Correct me if I’m wrong, but I assume Thai people are ill informed about western courtesy when it comes to elevators. In busy buildings, anytime I am in a lift and reach the ground floor, invariably passengers are unable to exit because those waiting to board stand directly in front of the doors blocking egress. (They seem to take no notice that farangs considerately stand to the side until others have gotten off.) How do we train these puppies to wait their turn? To recognize that it is not only more polite but also more efficient to wait? (The same ill-mannered behavior is displayed on the Sky Train in Bangkok.) Will it take draconian efforts—strict laws such as those imposed on the people of Singapore? Or do you two have a more benevolent solution? Or

Private Posts perhaps you do not even concede there is a problem. Your normal response to such farang observations is to say that the farang just doesn’t understand or is intolerant, or you turn it back on your reader by saying something like: “Why can’t you just bide your time in the lift until the Thai people have pushed their way on board; then you can make your exit? Why are you foreigners always in such a rush?” This time, how about a real solution instead of an excuse or laying the blame on farang. Tina Yamamato Stone me, you were in a bad mood when you wrote this, maybe after a traumatic lift encounter? Sorry Tina, but we cannot recollect excusing Thai bad manners by blaming westerners, except to defend any person’s right to stand still on an escalator; but it’s nice to know that you’re a regular reader. What we do object to is the sneering attitude adopted by some expats towards the citizens of their host country, implying the superiority of westerners in all matters. However, there cannot be any argument about the ordeal of

using a crowded lift here. If there were a contest for rudest manners in lifts and trains, the Thais would certainly be amongst the medals. You mentioned the Bangkok Sky Train; have you ever tried the Bangkok buses in the rush hours? It would be pointless introducing laws, as they would be ignored and never enforced. Maybe the only solution would be a publicity campaign, especially in schools; perhaps the new generation will learn common courtesy. Dear Kris & Noi, My mate’s coming here soon for his first visit. He is a nice bloke, money, good manners, but with women he is the shyest, most awkward man I’ve ever seen. He goes red, stammers out the wrong words then gives up—he couldn’t score at a nymphomaniac’s hen night—so friendly bargirls are ideal for him. But I know he will fall in love with the first little darling who treats him nice, and a smart girl will put his ATM into meltdown in no time. I want him to enjoy himself with the lovely girls, like I do, but how can I help him to have fun without being bankrupted? Bobby Charlton’s Wig

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For a start you can warn him how gifted the girls are at warming the cockles of a rookie’s heart, and how their loving, girlfriendtype skills can convince a man he’s in love after just a couple of steamy sex sessions. Explain that buffalos don’t often get sick, a new motorbike is not essential for her to get to work on time, and she doesn’t need a new gold chain and bangles because she has changed her hairstyle. But then just leave him alone, and let your lonely frustrated friend have the time of his life with Pattaya’s loveliest attractions. You never know, he may find just the right girl for himself amongst them. Dear Kris & Noi, What is it about expats that makes us such a bunch of complainers? I’ve lived and worked in several developing countries, and always there are resident expats whining about things and people not performing like in their home countries. Every newspaper mailbag in Pattaya is forever featuring all sorts of complaints and comparing the problems to how things are done in the west. And there’s usually a whinge or three when talking in groups. You had a reader complain about stalls on the pavement among other things—

doesn’t he realise that having food, clothes, DVD’s available so easily and cheaply is part of the charm of being here? If they don’t like the way things are run here, why not return to their western countries, with all the rules and regulations and high cost of living? Another complaining expat Many expats are happy to live in Pattaya and accept that its sometimes chaotic organisation is a reasonable price to pay for

a decent standard of living and affordable social scene. However, there are some who soon appear to forget the reasons for leaving their homeland to live here, and set about trying to change Pattaya into a copy of their previous life. Of course, if they ever succeed, and Pattaya becomes a clone of western-style city living, its unique atmosphere will disappear, and then the whingers will start complaining about the good old days when Pattaya was Fun City.

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Air dropped over Bangkok?

by Alan S. Brown THANKSGIVING was over. I was dutifully stuffed with turkey and all the trimmings; and it was time to return from the USA. There was just one little problem: Now, the paradoxcially named People’s Alliance for Democracy had taken over Bangkok’s two major airports. Frustrated tourists were finding it impossible to leave the Land of Smiles (hah). A trickle of flights was leaving from Utapao. So, why was I trying to get back into Thailand when everyone else was tearing their hair out trying to leave? For one thing, New York was starting to get cold. For another, I had made plans to return on December 1st, and resented being kept out by a criminal element. It was time to return; and from everything I read online in the Bangkok Post and other media, it didn’t seem like the airports would be opening anytime soon. Then,

like magic, the courts disqualified the prime minister and others from elected office, and the invaders retreated. The airports reopened on December 5th. (Am I the only one who is reminded of how George W. Bush was eventually appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000?) By then, I was already ensconced in my abode in Fun City. So, how did I do it? I called United Airlines a couple of days before my scheduled December 1st flight. The nice agent provided me with several options. One was to take a flight to Ho Chi Min City and parachute out of the plane as it flew over Bangkok. As my skydiving days are way behind me (actually, they never happened), I rejected that option. Another suggestion was to make my way to Cambodia (possibly, fly to Viet Nam and take a bus to Phnom Penh) and then travel back to Pattaya by oxcart. That seemed like a

pretty viable solution, until I recalled an oxcart ride I had taken at a Chiang Mai elephant village. My butt was sore for a week following that excursion; and that ride only lasted ten minutes. Her final suggestions were to travel to Laos, swim across the Mae Kong and hitch a ride back to Pattaya. I decided to make my own itinerary. My voyage was delayed by one day. It took three days and included five airplanes. As I was using frequent flier miles, United would only allow me to change my flight to destinations they served. They booked me to Singapore from JFK Airport in New York via Washington D.C. and Narita, Japan. Accounting for changing time zones, this little excursion took over thirty hours. As I would be arriving in Singapore after midnight and leaving the next morning, I booked an inexpensive room on the Internet. I arrived at Changi Airport (Singapore) on time, a

little past midnight, cleared immigration in a New York minute and was on my way, by metered taxi (14 Singapore dollars), to my hotel which was about fifteen minutes away. Singapore’s airport is nothing short of outstanding. It’s beautiful,

pleasant and efficient. It’s a pity that the designers of Suvarnabhumi Airport didn’t visit Changi before they designed it; but, I digress. My accommodations turned out to be a small, windowless room in a

Now a New Ministry for the Supernatural

THE Thai people have always had an affinity for the supernatural. They go to fortune tellers to have their futures predicted, wear amulets to protect themselves from danger, and consult soothsayers to get the winning lottery numbers. The number of Thais who don’t believe in ghosts is probably about the same as the number who don’t have mobile phones, which is approximately zero. In stressful times, people tend to turn to the supernatural for reassurance; and these are stressful times. So I was not surprised to hear that the government is thinking about setting up a Ministry of Supernatural Affairs.

Unreliable sources informed me that an up-and-coming young politican, Dr. Kluapee Kraseupong, is lobbying to become the first minister. So I arranged to interview him: Tsow: Dr. Kluapee, I hear that you may become the new Minister of Supernatural Affairs. I wish you all success in this endeavor. Dr. Kluapee: Thank you, but before we begin this interview I must ask if you are a person of faith. No. I’m a person of superstition, which is even better. But do you believe in the supernatural world? Well, I believe in the natural world, and things always sound better in threes, don’t they? Logic suggests that if there’s a natural world, there ought to be a subnatural world and a supernatural world to balance it. I’m glad you think logically. And do you believe in ghosts? I’m an American. We don’t believe in ghosts. But our children do. That’s good enough. You pass. What do you want to know? If appointed head of the Ministry of Supernatural Affairs, what would be your priorities? First, I would mobilize all possible supernatural resources in the service of the country. Thailand is currently experiencing severe economic problems. To rectify this, I would promote the worship of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, and Tsai Shen, the Chinese god of wealth. They’ve been sadly neglected in recent times. We need to establish shrines to them in prominent locations and

place their images at major intersections. Winning their favor will bring about an upturn in the economy. Such a scientific approach will certainly win the approval of economists. What would be your second priority? I plan to establish a Department of Prognostication to predict future events. I’ll recruit nationally renowned astrologers and fortune tellers to run it. It will have a Rishi Section and a Board of Mediums, Soothsayers, and Channelers. And there’ll be a Bureau of Wizards, Witches, and Warlocks whom citizens will be able to consult at their website, Lots of W’s there. Er, is W an auspicious letter? No. Don’t be silly. Belief in auspicious letters is a pitiable superstition. There’s no such thing as auspicious letters. There are only auspicious numbers. In fact, I plan to assign the Department of Prognostication to determine which dates of the year are auspicious. Identifying these dates will provide winning lottery numbers for our people to choose from. We’ll encourage citizens to undertake new activities on auspicious dates. On inauspicious dates, we’ll urge them to stay home. That should lead to a dramatic improvement in the traffic flow. Good idea. Now, I’ve heard that certain malicious elements in Thai politics have recently tried to use black magic to block the beneficent power emanating from such sacred images as the Emerald Buddha and the equestrian statue of King

Rama V in Bangkok. How would you counteract that? The only way to counter black magic is with white magic. I’ll set up a Department of White Magic to suggest countermeasures. Also, I’ll push for a law requiring practitioners of black magic to register with our ministry. They’ll have to get official permission before practicing their rites—burning chillies and that sort of thing. You might bring in somebody like Harry Potter as an advisor. Well, the problem is that he’s a foreigner. Foreigners don’t understand our system. I doubt that Harry Potter would understand, for instance, how women’s used sanitary napkins can neutralize spiritual power. I have a little trouble understanding that myself. It’s because you’re a foreigner. You’re too naïve. Our system is too sophisticated for you to comprehend. I guess so. But how would you counteract the negative supernatural power of women’s used sanitary napkins? Would those wooden phalluses they sell in the amulet markets do the trick? Beat the napkin with a phallus, maybe? Pound it till all the blood comes out and it loses its potency? No, no, no. That’s what I mean about your naivete. That is a crude solution that would be utterly ineffective. But it’s bad luck even to discuss such things. Not to mention disgusting. Let’s change the subject. I’d like to make a point about astrology. Astronomy has made great progress in recent years,

“budget” hotel($40 Singapore) in the Geylang district. It was apparently located in a red light district, as the street was lined with “ladies” of the evening looking for tricks. After a quick breakfast in a noodle shop, it was back to the airport the next morning. I caught an Air Asia flight to Phuket (one hour, forty-five minutes) and spent the night in a hotel in Patong Beach. The hotel arranged a car (600 baht) to take me on the forty-five minute drive from the airport. A Beer Singh by the pool, dinner in a nice seaside restaurant and it was off to bed. Although I’ve been to Phuket several times, I was still impressed with its stunning beauty and ambiance. If you want an alternative to Fun City and still want to be near the water, you can’t beat Phuket; and for punters, there are plenty of bars with “hosts” and “hostesses.” It was back to the airport, the next morning, to

board my Bangkok Airlines flight to Utapao, via Koh Samuii. The prop plane was launched by ten boys pulling back on a rubber band; but the flight was uneventful. Although each leg of the flight was about an hour or so, Bangkok Airprovided complimentary snacks (a sandwich with “mystery” meat) and beverages. The stopover at Koh Samuii Airport was quite pleasant. If you haven’t been there, the facility is mostly open air and beautifully decorated with palm trees, flora and fauna of all types. Believe it or not, they provide free snacks and coffee at the departure gate. We finally arrived at Utapao mid afternoon. I caught a minivan to Pattaya (250 baht), which took me to my door in about an hour. Here I am: Happy to be back and quite exhausted, hoping that when I’m ready to leave, the airport will be open and siege free.

but astrology too has not been idle. Some of our astrologers have detected a new pantheon of gods and spirits out beyond the blogosphere. Despite the distance, my advisors suspect that they are exercising a powerful influence on earthly affairs. So we are exerting every effort to identify and propitiate them. One school of thought holds that they are ancient Aztec and Inca deities who fled the planet during the horrors of the Spanish conquest. If we can confirm this, I would have my ministry earn their good will by sacrificing virgins every six months. Er, how do you plan to select the virgins? We’ll have a national lottery twice a year. The fortunate virgins will be sacrificed on the winter and summer solstices. I guess it will be a great honor for them. Of course. Now, to attract greater wealth to Thailand, I

would introduce a number of new names for our people— names that are associated with money. We’ll have boys with names like Satangchai and Ruaymak, girls with names like Bahtwadee and Ngernying. Auspicious names like these will attract wealth to their owners. We’ll encourage people to give their children nicknames like Bank and Money. And we’ll introduce new English nicknames, like Equity, Asset, Dividend, Gain, and Profit. We’ll invent new nicknames out of the surnames of billionaires like Gates, Buffett, and Soros. Branson. Don’t forget Branson. Rich AND cool. S. Tsow can be flamed at, except when he’s trying to decide whether to change his first name to Soros or Satangchai. His new nickname, of course, will be Branson.

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Original design and luxury living in style Phutara villas are very exclusive homes THESE 52 homes set on a breezy hill of 60 rai in Phutara (Water Mountain), East Pattaya, with panoramic views are a breathtaking combination of traditional Thai architecture but with the best of modern facilities. The Phutara villas certainly provide one of the most exclusive tropical retreats around where East meets West in ambiance and atmosphere. And yet you are only 90 minutes drive from Bangkok and literally minutes away from many Pattaya facilities including golf courses and centres of learning. Project owner Chuthamas Daungsamosorn, an architectural specialist of high reputation, explains that customers are free to design their own homes and create their own dream residence. “We have three styles of houses with useage areas varying from 387 square metres, to 544 square metres and on to 833 square metres. In phase one with 27 units, 90% of the residences have been sold, mostly to foreigners from UK, USA, Australia, Norway, Netherland and mainland Europe. The key to our success is that customers

are welcome to plan down to the last detail, obviously with our professional help and advice.” The general facilities are well thought out. All cables are underground as are the water tanks. There’s state of the art security with CCTV, backed up by patrols, and a luxury club house with a 400 sqm swimming pool (all villas have their own pool facility too), a restaurant, fitness centre and minimart. The club house covering three rai also acts as the focal point for miscellaneous services including laundry, pool cleaning, a restaurant, fitness centre, gardening, 24 hours taxi service and minimart. Separately all units are provided with telephone and cable and UBC connections. Phutara villas were established by a team of

business people with more than 30 years experience in the construction and housing management business. The unique design concept of Thai Rattanakosin modern style produced by interior design and landscape specialists has created a hi-end, luxurious project which is sure to delight. The first time visitor is struck in particular by the coolness of the interiors, created partly by the location atop a breezy hill and partly by the natural surroundings in tropical style. Another beauty of the project is that each villa has its own different character as each residence is purpose built to the owner’s specifications of design. The villas start at 14.9 million baht, with fitted kitchen and other options negotiable at the time of purchase. There are a number of ways for foreigners purchasing the units, including 30 year leaseback, establishment of a company or putting the home in the name of a Thai relative. Phutara can provide full legal services or you can employ your own.

Supaporn Puvarattanakul, Phutara sales and marketing manager, believes that the exclusive homes have all the attractions sought by the high end purchaser. “There are mountain and scenic views coupled with a good location and excellent security features. The villas themselves in the three styles are very much for the customer to create and features such as double, covered parking, Jacuzzi, European kitchen and private garden come as standard.” Phutara can be approached from Sukhumvit Road, & can go by Soi Nern Plabwan, Soi Kaotalo,Soi Nongkrabok, Soi Tungklom-Talman the area of Tesco Lotus, with various linking roads including Soi Khaotalo. The address is 99 Moo 13, Pattanakam Road, Nongprue with full details on the website Phone contact is 085 999 9838, 085 999 9373 and the office is open daily 8.00 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show house gives a very good illustration of the opportunities to create your own stylish dream home in lush surroundings.

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Your problems after your death may persist Relatives may come out of the woodwork by Barry Kenyon OF ALL the mistakes that expats in Thailand can make, not making a will must loom large. Maybe it doesn’t matter if you are penniless or don’t give a hoot what happens to your prized possessions or bits and pieces post cremation, but most people do care. The reason, in fact, why many expats don’t make a last testament is that they put it off until “later” or assume, wrongly, that the Grim Reaper will somehow pass them by unmolested. Nobody likes to think of death and taxes but they are both here to stay. It’s best to go to a good Thai lawyer to make your Thai will. If you are stuck with the choice and don’t have recommendations from friends, then it’s probably safest to look on your embassy’s website for some suggestions. Or ask around discreetly at your local, friendly expat club. While you are about it, consider

making a “living will” as well which can help ensure your wishes are carried out if you should become terminally unconscious. The next step is to make sure your last will and testament can be found in the days after your demise. It’s alright to let the lawyer keep a copy, but he or she may not get to hear quickly you have moved on to another plane of existence. So it’s a good idea to leave an original copy with somebody who is likely to be around when you pass on – say a wife or near relative or dear friend. There was a case recently of a farang who specifically mentioned in his will that he did not want to be cremated. Regrettably, the will only surfaced months after his final and high temperature visit to the crematorium. Some estates are straight forward and some aren’t. Take the problem of a spouse you have not seen for years and whom you thought, naively, had

completely walked out of your life. Well, if you die in Thailand without a will, your spouse takes half of all the married property (cash in the bank, the condo, lease on the villa etc) and your estate gets the other half along with possessions from before the marriage. Then

desertion or some kind of legal separation. If there are no known descendants, then the former spouse collects everything. In other words, when it comes to spouses, you must make a will if you don’t want a separated partner, or one who has drifted away,

what are known as the statutory heirs – parents, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts – can queue up for their share. But the wife who has already swallowed half the estate also qualified as a statutory heir and thus gets another bite of the cherry even if there has been

to come back with alacrity once you are ashes. The courts have ruled, by the way, that the period of separation doesn’t matter. Fifteen or twenty years and no problem! Next comes the problem of children born out of wedlock. If legitimated by the father, they are

considered descendants whether actually adopted or not. What constitutes legitimisation could be a matter for the courts to decide. What a mess and all because you didn’t make a Thai will! Gay farangs may also have a problem. Thai courts won’t accept civil partnerships or what have you, so it’s important to make a will leaving part or whole of the estate to him or her. Where a farang died in Thailand intestate and without any legal Thai claimants or descendants, then the next of kin in the first country can apply to the Thai court to receive the assets. In this scenario, there is a great deal of bureaucracy and the services of a good Thai lawyer need to be employed. Even then there can be disappointments. In a recent case, the European relatives succeeded in getting a court order to open a strong box in a Thai bank which was rumoured to be packed with pounds and dollars. But when the box was eventually opened in the

presence of police and embassy officials, it was found to contain only a frayed copy of a tabloid newspaper and the remains of a cheese sandwich. Lastly, remember that a Thai will is for the Thai court and a foreign will for your assets in another country. But remember that the two should not overtly contradict each other without explanation in case both turn up together. Not so long ago, a man who died in Pattaya left his Thai wife everything in Thailand but nothing in the first country will. A long legal battle developed, based round the fact that he might have changed his mind, and eventually legal fees swallowed up the cash in any case. The whole point is to make the position clear and not create ambiguities. Recall the case of the American man who mandated his executor in Thailand to ensure he was cremated here and his executor in New York to have him buried in a military cemetery. Nobody knows how that one ended.

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The Secret is Out – Rayong is Booming


…But act quickly with the help of Paradise City Property

WITH such an abundance of real estate agents in the Pattaya region it’s often hard to know where to start, and then on top of that how you can then find the property that fits your needs – whether as an investment or as a home. But should you really just be looking at Pattaya? According to Gavin Perfect, managing director of Paradise City Property, the answer is “no”. “Of course Pattaya offers so much to international buyers in terms of amenities that it’s often assumed this is the ideal area to invest, but they then miss an incredible opportunity to seek that next ‘big boom’ if they narrow their search to such

a small area,” Gavin sagely points out. So what is the answer? Gavin and a growing number of astute agents and developers now believe the answer to be Rayong, located only a short drive

its existing and new customers they are attracting. Evidence suggests they are right to seize the initiative. A simple search on the internet absolutely supports this move, with a wealth of industry growing in this area

Mark Thompson - Ready to handle your Rayong queries now!

from Pattaya. Paradise City Property has just opened its third office in Banchang, Rayong, with the onus on catching the boom for both

from plastic, oil and marine resources. Against a worldwide economic slump, there is no doubting Rayong is in a state of economic growth.

In an independent Thai website, the Rayong market is described as “…a booming real estate market that is bringing investors flocking”. Returns have been nothing less than impressive with prices for some older condominiums increasing two fold. Rayong offers much in terms of exotic ambience, with 100km of beach, scenic waterfalls and easy access to beautiful islands – such as KohSemet and Koh Chang. Could this now be the new place to live and invest? Paradise City Properties has three offices, with the two others being in Pattaya and HuaHin, all acting independently

but with shared synergies that help the customer such as through shared database of property, land and commercial opportunities. All offices have an in-house construction arm, so can also fully cater for would be developers. The company also has future plans to develop across Thailand, from Chang Mai to Bangkok. To discuss the opportunities in Rayong contact Mark Thompson on 0847783304, who will happily help you consider the market and whether it would be suitable for your needs. And of course, Pattaya can never be dismissed.

You only need to look at how the market and overall quality of the area has evolved to know it still has a very healthy future. But now you can consider not just your property but also a wider catchment through Paradise City Property. Be sure to bookmark their central webpage to use as your one stop reference point on www.paradisecity property,com. The webpage will give you access to all three locations and also contains more information on what each area can offer. But remember, keep it all under your hat – we wouldn’t want everyone else to know!

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Some Isarn farang wives lured into sex slavery The Public Media for People Participation for Human Security in the Prevention and Remedy of Human Trafficking 2008 Project, along with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS), are concerned at the ease with which some Isarn women married to foreigners have been lured into prostitution in various European countries, organized a mobile forum to attempt to solve the human trafficking problem, with the title of “Foreign Husband, the Way to Heaven or Hell” at Udonthani. In two Isarn villages every single marriage is a transnational one. The provinces with the majority of transnational marriage are Udonthani and Kon Kaen, followed by Maha Sarakham, Chaiyaphum, Srisaket, Buriram, and Loei respectively, Temperatures plummet in chilly Chiang Mai The Chiang Mai provincial administration declared its 24 districts a cold-spell disaster zone, on Dec1, after 3 successive days when temperatures fell below 15 degrees Celsius, and remained between 5 to 9 degrees in the nearby mountainous areas. Over 100,000 blankets were distributed to the province’s poor, with further requests to the government for a further Bt2.5 million in financial aid to distribute more blankets to those in need . Villages in northern

provinces receive cold aid from HM the King’s Foundation 1,388 students and 500 poor villagers in Mae Sariang and Mae La Noi districts, hit by the cold spell, were the lucky recipients of warm clothes and blankets provided by HM the King’s Foundation on Dec8. In the northern province of Lampang, also, members of the hill-tribes in Mae Mo requested aid from authorities as electricity hasn’t yet reached their villages and they are reliant on fires for warmth. Tourism in Q1, 2009 likely to be 50% down The tourism industry could lose up to Bt130 billion of revenues due to the PAD and its closure of Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airports, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) spokesman Santichai Euachongprasit. Between December 2008 and April 2009, tourist numbers are likely to fall by 40-50%, compared with the same period last year. The TAT and the private sector will come up with several tourism incentives to encourage reluctant tourists, next year. Hat Yai floods provoke emergency response Songkhla’s Hat Yai district was hit by severe flooding due to continuous heavy rain on Dec1, with the flood level over two metres. Many roads were cut off, 11 schools were forced to close, over 100 villagers in critical areas had to be evacuated and motorists were forced to seek refuge

in several shopping malls and condo parking facilities, with many bringing food, candles and torches in case of emergency. Horrendous floods hit southern provinces The districts of Muang, Bacho, Cho Airong, and Rueso in Narathiwat Province were declared disaster zones on Dec1 as prolonged rain increased the flooding in many southern provinces. The Sungai Kolok and Sai Buri Rivers overflowed from an influx of water from the San Kala Khiri Mountain Range in Sukhirin district, flooding 169 villages in 11 districts, with over 3,400 houses under waters up to 80cm high, and over 15,000 rai of farmland submerged. Two Israelis sentenced to death for trafficking Ecstasy Two Israeli men, arrested last year in a Kao San Road drugs bust, have been given the death penalty by a Bangkok court. They were caught with 23,000 Ecstasy pills that police maintained were destined for Italy and the US. Israeli Foreign Minister ,Tzipi Livni, appealed to the Thai Foreign Minister, Sompong Amornvivat to commute their sentences. In 1997, in a similar case, the Israeli culprits were released after the Israeli president interceded with HM the King. Two German tourists caught having sex in Ayutthaya temple Two German tourists were caught in flagrante delicto inside an ancient Ayutthaya temple on Dec9. They were discovered having sex on a wall of the Srisanphet Temple at 12:30 pm by an official of the National Historical Park of Ayutthaya. It was only when the park official blew his whistle and charged towards them that they stopped. The couple were subsequently arrested by the police, fined Bt500 each and then released. ‘Swirly face’ paedophile, given 9-year prison sentence The Canadian teacherpaedophile, Christopher Paul Neil, who circulated abuse photos on the Internet with him disguised by a swirly face, was convicted of abusing and illegally detaining his first victim’s 9-year-old brother, by Bangkok Criminal Court recently, receiving a nineyear prison sentence, but he will serve only six years and

his two sentences will run consecutively. Neil was originally given a 3-year sentence for abusing a 13year old Thai boy. Chiang Mai to have SE Asia’s longest canopied walkway The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry’s Botanical Garden Organisation, on Dec9, announced plans to build Thailand’s first and Southeast Asia’s longest canopied walkway in the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district to aid research and stimulate ecotourism. The 350-by20-metre project will cost Bt50 million and should be finished by 2010, but has first to pass an environmental impact assessment to prevent damage to the 6,500 rai garden. Government urged to ratify UN Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance Moves are afoot to convince the government to ratify the new UN Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The Working Group on Justice for Peace maintains there have been 90 cases of disappearances in Thailand, six last year. Kalasin, one of Thailand’s poorest provinces, has the highest number of reported cases of disappearances, violations of human rights and extrajudicial killings. The provincial police force is accused of systematically abusing its powers. U-Tapao Airport temporarily Thailand’s only international airport With the recent closure of Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang Airports, U-Tapao Airport, near Sattahip, bravely assumed the role of Thailand’s only air portal. The nearly 50-year old, Vietnam War-era naval air base’s single runway can handle aircraft up to an Airbus A380 superjumbo, however, the convenience and speed of services hardly matches Bangkok’s 2 air terminals. PAD’s airport invasions angered tour operators and airlines, as tourists cancelled trips, threatening huge financial losses and sullying Thailand’s reputation. TAT pulls out all the stops to boost tourism Reeling from the impact of the PAD’s closure of Suvarnabhumi and

Don Muang Airports on the tourist industry, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is desperately attempting to lure tourists by publicizing the “Visit Thailand Year” promotion, with staged events such as the New Year countdown celebrations at Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival in February and the Thai New Year in April. TAT also encouraged tourists to explore other parts of Thailand. Phuket holds King’s Cup Regatta on schedule Phuket successfully staged the King’s Cup Regatta to celebrate HM the King’s 81st birthday in the first week of December, though shortened to 4 days due to air travel chaos. 2,000 sailors from 25 countries, mainly from the Asia-Pacific Region participated, with the culmination being the 22nd Phuket King’s Cup, which was sailed from Dec 2-6. The Regatta which takes a year to prepare for was sponsored by Raimon Land. Tragedy at Bangkok Drag Avenue Racing Circuit Bangkok Drag Avenue Racing Circuit was closed recently following a tragic incident when a racing car lost control, leapt the barrier, and ploughed into nine spectators, killing 6 of them instantly and injured several others in Pathum Thani. The teenage car driver fled following the accident, and is now being hunted by police. He will be charged with negligence resulting in injury and death, carrying a 10-year prison sentence and a fine of Bt20,000. Thai car industry hit by economic crisis Thailand’s promising future as an industrial exporter, particularly of cars and electronic goods, has brought prosperity to hundreds of thousands of workers, but is now in jeopardy due to global economic conditions. Export orders are falling following declining demand in major markets, and Thailandbased employers, including those in the Eastern Seaboard, the site of several major car manufacturers, are responding by curtailing output, reducing working hours, freezing new hiring and even laying off employees. Merit making at Sanam Luang Thai people regard

special occasions as an opportunity to gain merit, especially by making donations to the Buddhist Sangha (monkhood). There are few more auspicious occasions than royal birthdays and this year, in honour of His Majesty the King’s 81 st birthday, local people, students and government officials gave alms to 282 monks at Sanam Luang near the Kao San Road, Bangkok, on Dec5, whilst senior monks chanted prayers during the ceremony. Militants posing as robbers bomb police in south In Narathiwat Province , Dolohalem Tapu, 49, a headman of Dusongyoh village, became the sixth victim of Dec8’s suspected Muslim militant bomb attack at a grocery store in Chanae district, which also left 11 people injured. Four men masquerading as robbers escaped with shop owner Wilawan Satigoragul’s gold necklace after planting a bomb outside her store. The bomb was detonated when police officers arrived at the scene. Wilawan was also injured. Thaksin Shinawatra’s estranged wife changes name Thaksin Shinawatra’s supposedly estranged wife, Khunying, took the opportunity on Dec8 to officially revert to her maiden name, Damapong, at the Dusit district office. Arriving at the district office at 8 am to avoid spectators, Pojaman, wearing an orange shirt and brown skirt, expedited the changeover and also applied for a new ID card in about ten minutes. The procedure a success, she and her aides left in a van. Phuket travel victim’s widow forgiving The widow of David Yik Hok-wing, the Hong Kong citizen killed in Phuket, is the only person so far to have expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the Immigration Department in the recent Bangkok air travel crisis. Some have criticised Hong Kong’s citizens for disregarding the SAR Government’s travel warning about not going to Thailand, but despite her loss and their independent action, the widow was apparently appreciative of the Thai government’s solicitation and had the courage to express it.

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Herding instincts are dangerous when investing

by Simon Philbrook THE problem that has faced investors since the credit crunch began is that asset classes have become correlated. Nearly all asset classes rose together and nearly all asset classes have fallen together, hard rises and falls. Below are the major asset classes that a typical ‘Endowment’ will hold with the exception of private equity. As you will see they have suffered large losses recently and the old adage of having a well diversified portfolio helping one avoid large downturns has been turned on its head with only really cash and Sovereign bonds showing positive returns. This is where active asset allocation with a large eye on the downside has been an advantage rather than a more formulaic approach to diversification. Martin Gray, MBMG’s fund manager adviser and award winning fund manager for Midas Capital, in his special situations fund has a proven track record over a decade of being able to minimise the downside and capture the upside of markets. This would also be markets that have very different characteristics and quite often are without a historical comparison. Conditions have been

brutal and who would have dreamed 12 months ago that the Credit Suisse Tremont Index would be showing a 20% loss 12 months later? Unprecedented. Has the multi asset bubble been popped? MBMG would very much claim this is not the case, however, it is not a formulaic model but one that is driven by experienced managers taking a macro view to minimise risk and yet ready to take advantage of opportunities that arise. The art is very much contrarian, based on experience and conviction in not ‘following the herd’. The figures below are very short term and unless you are ‘day trading’ you should consider a 3-5 year time horizon for any form of genuine comparison of performance. The Ivy League endowments have been extremely well managed, by large well qualified management and have produced attractive annualised returns. In the short term there is going to be pain felt by them as some of the diversification has been in fields that have been hard hit by

the current crisis and for the larger endowments this will not be too much of a problem as they are able to take a much longer timeframe than those with much smaller funds. However, the emphasis will now be on the re-evaluation of what actually constitutes risk and portfolios will undoubtedly be realigned. This is something that Martin Gray, has been doing constantly over the 11 years that the fund has been managed and will continue to do so as we move forward. So, shouldn’t Harvard have seen the credit catastrophe coming? The recent market turmoil portends hard times for even the wealthiest universities. Last week, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust told stakeholders that, with the research service Moody’s projecting “a 30% decline in the value of college and university endowments in the current fiscal year,” Harvard needs “to be prepared to absorb unprecedented endowment losses and plan for a period of greater

Endowment underlying asset classes from end June to 27/11/2008 (fund created from these constituents) 5% 0% -5% - 10% - 15% - 20% - 25% - 30% - 35% - 40% Jul ’08





A – CF – Miton Special Situations Portfolio TR [0.1%] B – Endowment Port TR [-32.9%]

30/06/2008 – 26/11/2008 c Data provided by Financial Express 2008

financial constraint.” If any investor could have avoided the credit catastrophe, it should have been Harvard. Harvard, the ultimate long-term investor (it’s been compounding assets for more than 350 years), sports the nation’s leading business school and counts a host of financial geniuses among its many distinguished alumni. But, judging by one snapshot of a portion of Harvard’s gigantic endowment, Harvard’s recent financial performance is less than impressive. The Harvard Management Company has the enviable but challenging task of managing Harvard’s mammoth endowment. As of June 30, 2008, HMC managed more than $45 billion, the vast majority of its endowment assets. HMC parcels out big chunks of the endowment to outside managers—hedge funds, privateequity firms, asset managers of all stripes—and its staff manages a large chunk itself. Much of the granular data on who manages what and how much Harvard has invested in which assets aren’t publicly available. But every quarter, HMC files a 13F form with the Securities and Exchange Commission, indicating a portion of its holdings in publicly traded securities—stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds. The 13-F is a snapshot and is not fully representative of Harvard’s overall holdings. But the chunk of the portfolio revealed in the most recent 13-F looks like it was chosen by someone who watched a few episodes of CNBC’s Squawk

Box and heard that the hot new investments were emerging markets, commodities, and private equity. The 13-F shows Harvard with some 231 positions worth nearly $2.9 billion, highly concentrated in popped macroeconomic bubble plays. The top 10 holdings, which Bloomberg helpfully breaks out, account for 70% of the value of the disclosed holdings. Virtually all of them performed rather poorly in the third quarter, and virtually all of them have slid in the weeks since Sept. 30. The biggest position disclosed— all amounts and dollar values are as of Sept. 30—was $463 million in the iShares MSCI Emerging Market fund. That fund’s off nearly 60% from this summer and down by about one-third from the end of September. Third-largest was a $233 million position in Weyerhauser, the woodproducts giant that has fallen about 40% since the end of September. The top 10 included $232 million in the iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund, off about 40% since the end of September; about $51 million in the iPATH MSCI India Index, off about one-third since the end of September; and $158 million in the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China Index, off about 30% since the end of September. For good measure, top 10 holdings also included index funds that were plays on South Africa’s commodity-based economy and on the perennially emerging market of Mexico. Would it surprise you to learn that both of those investments, after fairing poorly in the third quarter, have fallen further in the fourth quarter?

Now, this emerging-marketheavy filing is clearly not representative of Harvard’s overall asset-management strategy. As HMC’s asset-allocations data show, the endowment allocated about 11% of its total to emerging market stocks. (By contrast, nearly half of the portfolio described in HMC’s 13-F was in emerging market stocks.) But, it does show that even the best, most experienced, and highly regarded long-term investors can get suckered into newera thinking and make investments that turn out to be highly risky bets. The 13-F shows that the managers running this Harvard portfolio were huge believers in the decoupling theory—i.e., that emerging markets would continue to thrive even as the United States stalled—and in the notion that commodities would keep booming. Why did this belief persist for so long? The answer would make a great Harvard Business School case study. For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable, however, neither Hamptons International Mortgages (Thailand) Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for an errors or omissions in the above article nor bear responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article



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10 traits to look for in a real estate agent by Khun Dee A REAL estate agent can be one of your strongest allies when buying or selling a home in Pattaya. Just don’t choose the wrong agent. Not all agents are created equal. Some are less than competent; others are less than honest. Not unlike other industries. On the other hand, incompetence and deceit are readily detected in this field where commissions, success and longevity accrue to those who work hard and earn a good reputation. While few, if any, flawed agents have been in business for any length of time, it nevertheless is wise to do your homework before selecting an agent. To avoid getting a bad agent, read articles in Pattaya Property & Business, take note of established businesses and long-term advertisers, get referrals from friends and associates, and do as much research as possible on line and elsewhere. When you’ve identified several qualified candidates, call and arrange to interview each. During your meetings, keep in mind that you will

be ideally served by a fulltime real estate professional who has the experience and training to make the best deal for you. Someone you can relate to personally, and who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the market. Don’t be shy with your questions. 10 Traits to Look for in an Agent 1- Get an agent who works full time. Full time means the agent is working for you whenever you are in need, and is prepared to resolve problems that crop up before, during and after the transaction. If someone represents a client only every so often, how can he or she successfully negotiate with an experienced professional who is committed to a career in real estate? Someone who is not in the trenches daily cannot provide expert advice on an offer price. It makes sense that someone who is doing something full time can offer more than someone who is part time or with a partial commitment to this industry. Recognize that someone for whom real estate is only a sideline simply does not

have total, up-to-date market knowledge. He or she hasn’t seen many of the homes that have sold recently. Conversely, a full-time professional agent can be expected to have extensive and varied experience, better training and qualifications, and the drive to go all out for clients. 2- Get an agent with passion, enthusiasm and dedication. These characteristics suggest someone who will go the extra mile for you. 3- Ascertain the agent’s market savvy. Consistent sales in a given geographic area indicate local market smarts that can save time and money for clients. So if you are considering a home purchase in Sri Racha, for example, interview agents who are based in, and focused on, the Sri Racha market. Knowledge is key. 4- Find an agent who is creative. Look for someone with a flare for marketing and promotion, someone who impresses you with new ideas, someone who can write purchase offers that excite a seller and satisfy the buyer. There are many

things a seller can offer to make a hesitant buyer reconsider—time, financing conditions, including personal property in the deal, making adjustments that aren’t costly but a time saver for the buyer. Each situation is different. Creative motivators can help sort out options that keep the deal together. 5- Get a Net-savvy agent. Many real estate transactions today begin on the Internet. As a seller, you do not want an agent who ignores the marketing capabilities of the Net. As a buyer, you want information the moment that it becomes available. If your ideal home comes on the market on a Monday but your agent learns of it on Friday, other buyers will have had ample time to make offers before you have even had an opportunity to bid. 6- Hire a team. A real estate agent with a network of professionals at his disposal can ease your path toward finding a good lawyer, handyman, insurance agent, or a variety of other professionals you may need. Has your agent assembled a capable team? 7- Beware of the potential for conflicts of interest.

Have your potential agent disclose any and all relationships that might affect you or the transaction. That would include family members who might be involved in the ownership or sale of a home, the agent’s financial interest in a property or in a related enterprise, any associated commissions or fees the agent might be granted, etc. 8- Check out the agent’s assistant. You’ll often need someone to talk to when your agent isn’t available. Ensure that your agent has a qualified assistant who can speak and read English and will have knowledge of the pertinent facts related to your transaction. Like attorneys and doctors, full-time agents have more than one client. In order to serve and be available to clients every day, an assistant is necessary. 9- Get a respected, personable agent. Estate agents in and around Pattaya exchange information and make deals with agents they respect and trust and with whom they enjoy working. 10- Choose an agent you trust. It is imperative

to select someone who understands you. Someone you respect and with whom you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and concerns. Without a high level of trust the client will not have the advantage of all the benefits of a fulltime agent. To that end, ask to review the agent’s recent sales data, and ask for a list of past and present clients. Then talk to some of those clients to satisfy yourself that you are making the right choice. Beyond the above 10 factors, it should be noted that the current international financial struggle has impacted Thailand as well. With that in mind, especially if your finances are constrained, you might want an estate agent who has extensive knowledge of money sources and strong relationships with lenders they trust. Particularly in Southeast Asia, relationships are paramount in doing business. Furthermore, there is a delicate way of speaking about money in this part of the world. Consider these additional attributes if you will require financial assistance.

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The IT Guru

by Richard Bunch Q. Hi Richard I brought a Dell notebook over with me when I moved to Thailand, that was a couple of years ago and it wasn’t new then. It’s taken some knocks in its time and the screen now has a large area of dead pixels and I know it isn’t realistic to repair it. I am starting work again in the New Year and my job will involve doing a lot of demonstrations on the notebook the time has come to get a replacement. As regards programs and use, I will primarily be using Microsoft Office applications and the demonstrations will be in a mix of PowerPoint, Flash and Video. I have looked around Tuk Com and what information seems to be available is limited to say the least and often conflicting. I know people have personal preferences but really I need some sound advice and I trust your opinion. Thanks in advance Victoria A. Thanks for the vote of confidence Victoria, much appreciated. Anyway to answer your question, there are obviously many makes, models and flavours to choose from as you have discovered. Generally speaking you will find that the majority of notebooks on sale will be in the low to middle

bracket both as regards price, performance and specification. Although high end models are available here these are not commonly stocked and a special order which can take around 30 days or so. My recommendation anyway would be to aim towards the top of the middle bracket. This will provide you with enough grunt to do all the tasks in hand together with adequate features. So specifically what should you be looking for? The processor is a good place to start, my preference is for Intel rather than AMD and the price difference is these days’ is only marginal. Look for Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Penryn, as for speed; around 2Ghz should be adequate more if your budget can stand it. Memory is also a key component for system performance, take at least 2Gb and a good clock speed of 667Mhz plus. Although it is possible to upgrade memory at a later stage, this is often by discard, so if you have 2Gb already and want to upgrade to 4Gb, you will often find that there are no free slots so the 2 * 1024Mb chips will be redundant and have little value. It is also a wise move to take a model that had dedicated a graphics module such as Nvidia NB8M-GS and at least 128MB of onboard memory, without this the graphics would share the system memory thereby reducing the memory available to the operating

system and applications. And on the subject of Operating Systems, go for a model that has a genuine legal version installed and has the authentication sticker affixed to it, Microsoft Windows Vista Premium, seems to be most manufacturers preferred choice. Some manufacturers will give you a CD, others Recovery CD’s or more commonly the hard drive is partitioned and there is a factory image on the second partition that will restore the operating system, drivers etc. to the original factory setting. We all seem to manage to fill hard disks with data at an alarming rate, so get as big a hard disk as you can; 320Gb and up, also make sure that its interface is SATA. Connectivity options will normally include cabled LAN, this may be 10/100 or 10/100/ 1000, the latter is obviously faster but is not so common as yet and to derive an advantage from it the network it connects to also needs to support the 1000Mbps speed, the majority of which don’t at this time. Wireless is frequently b/g though g/n is starting to be seen on higher end models, once again the device it connects to needs to support ‘n’ and this is uncommon, and devices that support ‘n’ attract a premium price. Bluetooth is a necessary option and is frequently used for connecting with mobile telephones. The ubiquitous modem is still included, although little used in practice. I can’t remember the last time I used my notebooks modem, but years! Whilst we are discussing modems, if you are travelling frequently then consider a GPRS modem, ideally one that will install in the notebooks Express slot, you could use a USB one but I

recommend the Express slot as I think it gives better performance and doesn’t occupy a USB port, somehow there never seem to be enough USB ports, most ports and notebooks tend to have 2 or 3 only. You will get a DVD writer but better models will have Bluray, go for the Bluray if possible. Card readers that can accommodate the common digital media are usual and provide a quick and convenient method to transfer data. An integrated microphone is usual as are speakers, if you’re going to be watching movies or indeed for your presentations, make sure the speakers sound OK, you may also find that the speakers provided are badged with a brand name like Altec Lansing for example. Webcams are also fairly common and useful addition. Other the USB 2.0 ports, you’ll probably find, HDMI v1.2, 1394- 4 pins, VGA, S-Video out, Headphone Jack, Microphone In. Finally something that tends to get overlooked a Kensington Lock, this is a small socket that complies to the standard and will accept a Kensington lock, thereby enabling you to lock it to a solid structure, I remember I was with a colleague once and he had set his notebook up for a demonstration and answered a call of nature before the clients arrived and when he returned, the notebook had walked. A lesson learned the hard way, so invest in a good quality Kensington lock, whilst it won’t stop the determined thief it will deter the opportunist. I have deliberately left the screen until last; go for one that is bright and even though you are using it for demonstrations, stick with a size that


is comfortable for you to work on normally and remember, the bigger the screen, the bigger the price, the less portable it is and it is significantly heavier to carry, personally I recommend a 14.1” WXGA. You may find that many of the places that you present to have a projector for you to connect to, using either VGA or S-Video ports on the notebook. It may also be worthwhile you investing in a small portable projector, sometimes the can be hired, so this maybe an option until you see whether your target market normally has facilities or not.

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

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Look Past the Frosting PERHAPS it is because I was also a builder, but during the many years I was a real estate broker I was astounded at the multitude of maintenance problems affecting existing homes, condos and business structures that were quite obvious to me but apparently were invisible to buyers as well as many real estate agents. Example: One time I went with a salesman to view an older home that just came on the market. As we approached the house the salesman began raving about how exceptional the house was and how anxious he was to show it. I was shocked. The garage doors were out of alignment and rotted, and the rain gutters were hanging loose. It was impossible not to see these obvious faults. When I pointed them out I was amazed when the salesman confessed he never noticed the problems. Looking for evidence of deferred maintenance and owner neglect is absolutely imperative when considering the purchase of an existing building. Admittedly, older buildings should get a little leeway when judging them. Used buildings won’t be perfect and normal wear and tear should be expected. But failing to notice serious problems could reverse what

you thought was a wonderful purchase price into an expensive money pit once you own it. A used building can be just like a used car where the owner sells it knowing it is about to need new shocks, brakes, a tune-up and tires so he dumps the maintenance on the next owner. Also be aware that the requirement of attention to detail when inspecting a property is not restricted to existing homes, shop houses, townhouses or commercial buildings. Newly constructed buildings need examination too. It is easy to conceal substandard construction with eye catching finish work (frosting). To the best of your ability you should look past the razzledazzle and verify the substance. As the saying goes, “House built on a weak foundation will not stand.” Even if the foundation is strong, a leaky roof overhead can be equally as costly to fix and in some cases even more disruptive to the owner. If at all possible, get references before buying, but not the references the salesperson gives you. Visit neighbors and previous customers own your own. Direct information from sources not attached or obligated to the seller will

usually reveal which builders and real estate companies offer quality and are reputable, experienced, offer full service and are customer oriented. If you are new in Pattaya, on a limited time schedule and don’t know who to talk to, open your eyes, pay attention to detail and become your own building inspector. It is relatively easy to become a basic building inspector. You may not have the knowledge to detect technical wiring and plumbing problems, but there are revealing signs that will indicate the overall quality of a builder. If the obvious signs fail, more than likely the wiring and plumbing are substandard as well. When approaching the home, condo or commercial building, look at the overall structure. Is the ground floor elevation above the street level? If not, the building may flood when it rains. Are the doors and windows square or out of plumb? Do the corners match straight and true between intersecting walls and where the roof sits on the walls? Walk through the building. Do all doors fit, swing easily and latch correctly? Do windows open and close easily and with good fit? Do they latch? Do the walls line up squarely with the tile floors?

Are there gaps around electrical outlets and light fixtures where they attach to the walls and ceiling? Test all water faucets. Do they feel cheap? Do they operate smoothly, have adequate water pressure and shut off easily? Do the toilets flush correctly and sit solid on the floor? Keep in mind; sometimes little problems indicate shoddy work. Example: A friend of mine purchased a home in rural Thailand. The front entry looked great. The interior was beautiful. The front exterior looked to be good workmanship from the street. But the back of the home showed the builders actual deficiency of construction

excellence. A couple hundred baht worth of trim would have hidden his lack of quality, but he apparently felt once he got to the back of the home nobody would notice and left obvious construction errors exposed. Truth be known, the shoddy construction was cosmetic and in itself didn’t really hurt the utility of the home, but it did unmask the builder’s lack of quality. Even though my friend saw this lack of craftsmanship he gave the superficial errors little thought and purchased the home anyway. After he moved in the rainy season came. His beautiful interior ceiling came down in a heap of wet gypsum board during the first torrential

rain. Not only did he have to repair the leaky roof and replace the ruined ceiling, some of his furniture and personal belongings were damaged also. Did he get any relief from the builder? What a silly question. Don’t fall into the emotional trap of desiring a home, condo or business building so much that you justify buying it even if you see obvious faults and deferred maintenance. If you still must have it, at least require the seller to fix the problems or offer a discounted price such that you will have the money to make the repairs. The rule of thumb is: If you think it will probably be OK, it probably won’t.

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Ask Andy Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Paint Staking Quick question, Andy. I do touch-up painting in a few condos I own in Jomtien, so I go through a lot of paint. However, I usually do not use a full can. Although I seal unused portions tightly in the original containers, the stored paint often hardens or deteriorates so much that it’s unusable. Is there anything I can do to lengthen storage time? Ivan After you finish each of your touch-up jobs, Ivan, reseal the paint can and turn it upside down. Storing the container bottom-side up prevents air from leaking into the can, and your remaining paint will last longer.

""""""" Smoke Out My house stinks from cigarettes and no matter what I’ve tried I can’t get the smell out. Visitors have mentioned it before, but now that I quit smoking I notice the unpleasant odor all around me. Do you have any suggestions, Andy? Yellow Fingers While non-smokers have long complained about the reek and dangers of cigarette and cigar smoke in homes, cars, restaurants, hotel rooms, etc., today even smokers are conscious of— if not offended by—the residual stench. Here are some suggestions for creating a more hospitable environment. Start by simply airing out your home. Open all doors and windows for several hours each day. Cross ventilation will help lift odors from furniture, drapes and other surfaces. Is your sofa particularly stinky? Haul it outdoors for the day. Then launder whatever you can. If your bedroom smells like your old frat house, wash or dry-clean everything possible— bedding, comforter, drapes, floors, walls—in order to maximize cigarette odor removal. Before you use any chemical cleaners or deodorizers, vacuum up as much of the odor as possible. Use vacuum attachments to suck the smoke out of furniture, upholstery, vents, etc., throughout your house. Beat out and vacuum carpets, mats and rugs. Set

bows of white vinegar or liberal amounts of citrus peels; leave them in the middle of rooms for a few days. Both are surprisingly effective in removing foul odors. As an alternative, fill a bowl with charcoal and let it sit out for a week or so. That should absorb most if not all of the cigarette odor. Baking soda also works well in absorbing stubborn smells. Sprinkle it in carpeting, on upholstery, even on car seats. Allow it to sit for a few hours, then vacuum. Finally, do not ignore smooth surfaces such as tile floors, wood furniture, glass tables, windows, and mirrors, and even light bulbs. Long term smoking probably has left a dull yellowish haze on those surfaces, and they no doubt have a stinky residue. Hit them with glass cleaners, vinegar, diluted ammonia and wood-cleaning solutions. Then breath easier.

my front door are badly tarnished and won’t take a shine; the protective coating is peeling but I can’t get it off. I’ve been working on it for days and it’s taxing. How can I safely remove the old coating, buff the fixtures back to a high shine, and recoat with a protective lacquer? I’ve tried Brasso and several other metal products but the old coating is not coming off. Can you provide any advice? Herbert To remove the old finish, Herbert, use lacquer thinner. Then shine using Brasso or a mildly abrasive polishing cream specifically for use on brass and fine metals. After polishing, get some high-gloss spray-on lacquer. Apply two or three even coats. You may have to do this again in a few years. Any finish will develop tiny pinholes and eventually let air in which will tarnish the fixture again.



Micro Wipe Khun Andy, now I buy microwave first time. You can tell me how I can to clean grease? Khapkhun kha. Ning

Space Race As you no doubt know, Andy, the smallish homes here provide very little storage space. My younger sister is coming to stay with me for a few months and I am racing around to find a larger place or, with your help, to figure out how to stretch my limited space or better organize my stuff. Can you help? Melanie

No problem, Ning. For years I have kept my microwave oven spotless and grease free with just some dishwashing liquid. Pour undiluted detergent (straight from the container) onto a soft cloth and wipe the grease away. Follow up by wiping with a damp cloth or sponge.

""""""" Mite Smite I’ve found what appear to be mites in my dog’s ears. Is there a home remedy for getting rid of such bugs or must I take little Chirac to see a vet? Francoise While I strongly promote veterinarian visits if and when pets takes ill, I recognize such care can get expensive. So first try applying a few drops of corn oil in Chirac’s ears and massage gently. Then clean with a cotton ball. If you repeat the process for three consecutive days, all signs of the problem should be gone. The oil smothers the mites, soothes the skin, and accelerates healing.

""""""" Brass Tax The brass fixtures on

Space saving is not my

forte, Melanie, but I can offer a few tips. Before you reorganize, sort through all items in your closets. Sell, donate or trash anything you have not worn in the last two years. Then group together blouses, slacks, jackets, etc. Once you know the extent of your storage needs, consider buying multilevel rods, bins, shelves, etc. Fold what clothing you can and store on shelves, in

drawers, bins, etc., along with purses, shoes. Or use hooks for bags, purses, umbrellas, and caps. Hangers can be used for belts. Store jewelry in boxes. Check out closetorganizer systems at local home centers. Hanging organizers with clear plastic pockets provide places to put scarves, gloves, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories. If you have seasonal clothing

for travel, have it cleaned before storing in cloth or canvas bags so fabrics can breathe. If you do not have clothing bags, pin up seasonal items inside old sheets to protect from dust and insects. Moths are attracted to human scent on soiled fabrics, particularly wool. With proper cleaning and storage, moths tend never to be a problem. —Handy Andy


Vol. 8 No. 7 ! 16 - 31 December 2008

Vol. 8 No. 7 ! 16 - 31 December 2008


Golf from the Cafe Kronborg Golf from Tropical Bert’s by Derek Brook BANGPAKONG ( Stableford) The immaculate Bangpakong Riverside Course was Host to a Stableford Event in two Flights with the cut at Handicap 18. it was a very pleasant day with a lot of wind. Sven Gaarde won the B Flight with 34 points ahead Buddy O’Reilly in second on a countback from Leif Kirkegaarde in third, both with

told me to go faster because the sooner we got there, the sooner we could stop using petrol!!!. . It is after all a 90 KMPH Drive !!!. Must be some reason for it. Once there it was a quick book in and onto the first Tee. We could have had a two Tee start at a push, but the players always get confused about when to pick the pins up so if I can, I do not let them think too much, after all this is Pattaya and their brains are not

Bill Knight

33 points. In the A Flight Brendan Byrne won with 36 points ahead of Neil Allison in second with 35 points and in third was ever present Ebrahim with 33 points. Near Pin Bill Plath Ebrahim Sven Gaarde Hugh O’Donnell Thursday The 4th December 2008: Royal Lakeside ( Stableford) Since the road to Royal Lakeside has been very much improved, the trip to this Course is actually not too bad. Now it is almost 4 Lanes there and back so it becomes quite feasible to jump in a car and potter up there in about an hour or so. Go faster and who knows?, or as someone once said to me ‘go faster and it is not as far’, but the fines could add up. It was probably the same person who said that, who

was proved when Don Richardson shot 38 points and a Gross 78 and was not in the winners. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, we had a couple of real ‘Bandits’ only missing the mask. The winner with a ‘Grate’ 44 points was Bill Knight who was ‘On Loan’ from Tropical Bert’s for the day, now he can go back, because The Cafe Kronborg’s own Ebrahim was second with 40 points. Both had great

Svend Gaarde

normally between their ears. This is a fine Course if you like it flat with most of the fairways having a dog leg to the right, fine for a fade but you have to hit cleanly. Over compensate and you can be any place. There is a lot of water on the Course and a lot of wind, but overcome this and a good score is assured, this is not a Course you will win on if you shoot net Par, it really does make you think you are better than you are. After a round at some of the other Courses a round here is great rehabilitation. Sat in the fine Restaurant it was obvious that if you had not shot 38 points you may as well go to sleep, as per ‘Rip Van Tom’, and even 38 points was not good enough for some as

rounds and well done, and yes the ‘Handicap Adjustments’ have been done. In third was another potential ‘Grate’ but with 39 points he fell just short, still friendship being as it is he also came down a shot. Have no fear, Derek is here. In the B Flight the scores were nearly as good, with the winner being Svend Gaarde with 39 points. Svend also won on Monday so coming down a shot will not be too difficult for him. We then had countbacks on 38 points that saw Don Carmody in second, R.V. Tom Cotton in third and Leif Kirkegaarde just missing out. Then into cars and a quick trip back to Pattaya. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Don Richardson Leif Kirkegaarde Bill Knight Derek Brook

Wednesday Quiz League

R1Q1 Q: Granny is a Looney Tunes character who features in which animated television ‘Mysteries’ series? A: The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries. Nervous Wreck appealed for Tweety Pie, and Boxing Roo (who put Inspector Gadget) commented “Since when is Tweety a mystery series”? From Wikipedia: The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries is an Emmy-nominated animated television series which aired from 1995 to 2001. It follows Looney Tunes characters Sylvester and Tweety Bird, and their owner Granny, as they solved mysteries. I’ll allow Nervous Wreck’s answer.

by Thomas Cotton A few eager golfers reached Bert’s early Tuesday morning only to learn that we were having a late tee-off, so went home went back two hours later and then headed north to Bangpra past the streams of dislocated tourists who were headed south to Utapao Airport. Many of us were certainly glad that we didn’t have to catch any flights and were quite content just to stay in Thailand play golf. Or maybe we should say “play at golf”. Because this was to be another day when not one of us was able to play to his/her handicap! And this day we could not blame the macaques, who were peacefully minding their own monkey businesses. It started as a fine day, with slightly cool, breezy weather. The lustrously green bee-eaters were darting about enjoying themselves. The fairways were starting to dry out and we were getting lots of run on our drives. But the greens were also dry, super-fast and some mischievous grounds-keeper

TC, Badger, Jouni, Cees (pronounced “Case”) had found absolutely the most trenchermen who were feasting difficult pin placements. Many on Bert’s evening fare, we feted of us ending up 3-putting or those who didn’t putt as badly worse, which unhappily as the rest. depressed the scores (except A Flight (Hcps 1-16): our reporter, who usually 3First: Jouni Jauhiainew (34 pts) putts anyway). Second: Phil Barnsley (30 pts) After our uninspiring Third: Perry McNeely (29 performances, we headed back pts, wining on count-back from south amongst the throngs of Rainer Helling and Colin holiday refugees towards Cronin) Pattaya and the peace of B Flight (Hcps 17, up); Tropical Bert’s to watch the First: Thomas Cotton (34 pts) news about the happy end to Second: Cees Bosman (33 pts) the airport blockade - most Third: Bill Knight (31 pts) happy indeed for those golfers Near Pins: Dick Kerr (2), who want to fly into Thailand Badger, Jouni Jauhianiew and join our merry bands. There Long Putts: Peter Whitehead, in the company of countless Rainer Helling

Sports Activity Fundraising raises Baht 270,000 for Nong Khai Orphanage by Barry Hooper IT IS quite amazing what can be achieved from a simple idea and a little ingenuity if a few dedicated and well-intentioned people get involved. Such is the following case. A number of local Pattaya business owners/managers and sports enthusiasts felt that they wanted to raise funds for a worthwhile cause and have good time in the process. The subject of the Nong Khai Orphanage at Sangelli House in the North of Thailand was raised by one such individual and suggested that it would be a great idea if it were only possible to give the children Christmas Gifts. Please bear in mind that this is now the beginning of November so there was not long to Christmas and something had to be done quickly. So a plan was born. Dave Mayes and Steve Lake at the Bowling Green, Pattaya, Keith Fortt at the Caddyshack hotel and bar, Albert James at The Retreat Lawn Bowls Club in Nongprue plus Jerry from Ornate Plastering, Kenny from the Boxing Roo Pattaya and Paul from the Paradise Bar (who ran raffles raising bht2500) were such people.

It was decided to run as many activities as possible along with two lawn bowls tournaments (one at the Bowling Green the other at The Retreat) all this to take place and raise the funds along with raffles at the bars and any prizes that were donated being auctioned off etc. In addition to this approaches were made to the local offices of BUPA with the

culminating in the last event being held on the 28th November a total of Bht100, 475 (One hundred thousand and four hundred and seventy five baht) was raised. This was subsequently topped up with a generous donation of a further baht 35,000 from Perry at the Rose & Thistle on the Threppasit in Jomtien.

Bowling Green “Fours” Winners along with representatives from the support businesses involved) proposal that they through The Winners of the Bowls Donna & Bernie Pollard in events for the record were as Pattaya could come on board follows. with their support. They Triples at The Retreat – Tong, immediately offered to match Harvey 2 and Tanom the amount of any funds raised Fours at the Bowling Green and in addition supply prizes – Dennis, Tony, Chris and Nut both an “Annual Trophy” plus Big thanks must really go out supply 2008 winner trophies to everyone concerned and to for the bowls tournament at the all the bowlers who took part Bowling Green this all from in the tournaments plus all finances that were available those who dipped into their outside Thailand available for pockets to raise the finances for worthwhile concerns. such a worthwhile cause. Well So over the next four weeks Done All of You.



Latest golf from The Bunker by Mick Ramshaw Mountain Shadow The Bunker’s Annual Championship is held around this time of the year and again we played the same courses as last year with John McDonald the reigning champion determined to hang on to his crown. Two Medal rounds are added together and the lowest nett score decides the winner. On the Monday it was Mountain Shadow (the tough round) where the low handicappers usually play well and today was no exception. Paul Smith ended up leading the field beating Gerry Cooney on a count back (again!) both scoring 34 points and Tony Scambler came third a point further back. In fourth place came Gordon Melia one point better off than PJ who’s playing some good golf lately and next on the leaderboard came Colin Stokes, oddly enough when the field was split into two flights cut at handicap 14 for the day’s individual Stableford competition (played in conjunction with the Medal round) the first three were in the A Flight and the following three were in the B Flight. Last year’s champion John McDonald was hovering in the background but leaving himself a lot to do finishing with a nett 76. Results fter day one; A Flight 1st Paul Smith (hcp 4) 34 points 2nd Gerry Cooney (hcp 10) 34 points 3rd Tony Scambler (hcp 6) 33

points B Flight 1st Gordon Melia (hcp 15) 32 points 2nd PJ Redmond (hcp 21) 31 points 3rd Colin Stokes (hcp 26) 30 points Near pin winners; Ron Ryan, John McDonald, Jack Gayer, Alan Sullivan. Crystal Bay The second leg was played at

Near pin winners; Paul Smith, Geoff Parker, Tony Robbins, Tony Berry/ William Macey (dead heat!) Crystal Bay (the easy round) with some surprising results! The cut was set at handicap 14 again and we had some cracking scores in both flights and the calculator had to come out to sort out the winner. Tony Robbins had a great round shooting a four under par nett 68 to win the A Flight on the day followed by Geoff Parker with a fabulous three under par round and Takehi on his “home” course pushed the leaders all the way finishing with a two under par score. The B Flight went to Gordon Melia whose one under par score must put him in contention, three players

behind him all finished with a level par round including the John Preddy Trophy winner John Hughes..... where’s the calculator? The individual results for Wednesday’s Medal competition in the A Flight and B Flight are as follows; A Flight 1st Tony Robbins (hcp 11) nett 68 2nd Geoff Parker (hcp 14) nett 69 3rd Takeshi Hakozaki (hcp 12) nett 70 B Flight 1st Gordon Melia (hcp 15) nett 71 2nd Ron Ryan (hcp 15) nett 72 3rd John Hughes (hcp 15) nett 72 With the batteries replaced in the calculator and the dust had settled the Bunker Boy’s Annual Champion was Gerry Cooney who won by one shot with a total score of nett 146, Gordon Melia came runner up ahead of Paul Smith having had a better second day score both finishing with nett 147. Last years champion John couldn’t make up the ground he lost on the first day but one of the most disappointing things to come to light was that the Matchplay captain William Macey had a No Return for the FOURTH year running. For that he had to wear a silly hat all evening in the bar (see photo). This win for Gerry means he has won three out of the last four Bunker Championships which just shows what a great consistent golfer he is...well done Gerry!

Pattaya Softball plays a Triple while Goose is on the Loose by Perry McNeely ON the last Sunday in November, on a bright, sunshiny day, a plethora of the softball lads showed up at Jimmy’s field of dreams to ring in the festive season. It was a great day for softball, and we had over 30 Pattaya people there to ring in the first pitch. Even kingpin Jimmy himself was there, after a few month hiatus. And yes, he was courteous as ever. When asked if he should save a spot in the lineup for yours truly “F&#$K him, if he is late, he don’t play!” was his kind response. Again, Jimmy’s presence was felt by all, and it was good to see him back umping, and taking a turn at pitching and at second base. We hope that is not the last we see of the curmudgeon, as the field has gone to sheite in his absence. Now back to the weekly roundup. Since turnout was high (30 ball players) and injuries were low (everyone claimed to still be in their prime), a decision was made to play 3 x 5 inning games, as opposed to the regular 7 inning double header. It meant that everyone got a

chance to play, and more importantly, sit out a game, make fun of others and drink happily on the sidelines. That is when league Co-MVP’s Beck and Terry announced to their adoring fans, that there was a Grey Goose out on the loose for all who had the stomach to try it. As the goose was guzzled, a lighthearted mood engulfed all at the field of dreams, on this last day in November. Game 1 was a tight battle, that went down to the wire. Perry’s B team had gone out to a big lead by scoring 10 runs in the second inning. Hits by Mike, Nakata, Rick, Jack, Joe, John Mchugh, Terry and Scotty helped the B’s bat through the order twice. But Jimmy’s A team never quit, and they chipped at the lead in each inning. Finally in the bottom of the last, losing 13 – 10, the A team pulled out the victory. Clutch hits by Peter, Phil, John E. and John S. made the score even and set up the scene for Nick, our ageless wonder to knock in the winning run. Nick calmly cranked one to left field that scored Phil from second for a 14-13

The joyous softball crew after playing 3 tough games, Sunday November 30th, 2008.

win for Jimmy’s A team. Game 2 saw a complete shakeup of the lineups. Six new players were put into the game, and teams were picked by John Mchugh (with an assist by the elder statesman, Perry) and yours truly. Again this game was a close one, with a few skillful hits and many defensive blunders. Mchugh and Perry seemed to pick their team by first name alone (they had 5 guys named John and that became their team name), but they proved to be wise picks. The five Johns matched Diego’s team tit for tat (especially once the goose was emptied), and were just a little too strong in the end. They won the game 17-13 behind some strong pitching by Perry, and some hot bats from Beck, Steve and Perry and the team captain Mchugh. Diego’s A team had strong games from their outfielders, Mark, Scotty, Rocky and Shawn, and some quality pitching from everyone’s favorite friend, Jack aka “Lefty”. Game 3 saw the same lineups as game 2, and was yet another nail biter. It went down to the last at bat of the game. The Diego’s B team had clawed its way back from a huge deficit early on in the game. Down 3 in the bottom of the fifth, Mark and Diego got on board, and Jack hit a clutch double to score them both. With 2 outs and a runner in scoring position it was a do or die situation for Shawn. Perry, the wily veteran threw him a pitch he didn’t like, but Shawn chased it anyways, and ended up grounding out to Phil at shortstop. Final score the five John’s 9, Diego’s B team 8.

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Three Sisters Golf

by Paul E. Donahue “Another beautiful day as the Three Sisters Group teed off at 6:30 am on 9 Dec at the Pattaya Country Club. Still some morning dew on the course but the sun quickly dried that up. The course was in very good condition although some fairways had low soaked spots that required a ball move. The wind was mild until around 8:00 am when it picked up enough to

influence the balls flight. The group gathered at the usual Caddy Shack

Jim Hern and Bob Benda II to sample some of Herbie

Ishinaga’s hot and regular sausages. The first and second place members had to run off to Bangkok directly from the Club. Rod Ishii came in with 41 points followed by his wirfe Sonyong Ishii with 39. Both Rod and Sonyong are here on vacation from Hawaii. Following them were Jim Hern with 34 and Bob Benda with 31. All scores were better this week with the lowest at 23. The sausages were consumed aided by a few containers of San Miguel light.”

Neil Jones is seen “Walking on Water” by Barry Hooper

with us. Division One (0 to 15) was a win for Bill McGarvie at thirty-three. He THOSE of us who have read the tells me that he is keeping cuttings of Bible have no doubt read the story his wins here in Thailand so Bill this of Jesus walking on the water. Well is another one for the files. on Saturday at “Emerald” Neil Jones Jimmy Woulfe (yes he is still here thought he might just have to do that but attempting to go home this week) to play his second shot at the par was second after winning a three four sixth hole at the Emerald. way count back over Neil Jones His tee shot went wildly left and (he who attempts to walk on water) he really believed that he had ended up in the lake however on further and Fergus Brennan all at thirty-two investigation after walking down the The two’s was shared by five fairway he was sure that he could players. Gerry McCarth, Jimmy see his ball in the middle of the lake Chawke, Monique Bunce, Mod on a small sand bar, His caddy said Chaviraksa and Mike Rushant no but he was sure it was his so Full Results for the week – proceeded to climb down to concrete Monday 1st December at pipes feeding the lake and walk out Burapha C& D along the sand to where the ball lay. Chris Parr 37 hc 17 Right enough it was his ball, Fergus Brennan 33 hc 10 which he was able to play back on Jimmy Chawke 32 hc 16 to the fairway thus allowing him to Robert Lamond 30 hc 05 make a finish of five shots for two Two’s – Mod Chaviraksa points. He now realises that without Tuesday 2nd December at making that decision to play from the Greenwood A & C middle of the lake he would not have Division One obtained the thirty-two points for his Bill McGarvie 36 hc 11 third place finish. Matt Gibbons 35 hc 09 c/b Fellow players on seeing Neil John Merritt 35 hc 13 c/b really thought that he was walking Tony Perry 35 hc 14 c/b on the water. Division Two On Monday the 1st Chris Parr 39 hc 16 c/b December “Burapha: was the Gareth Herbert 39 hc 33 c/b chosen venue for the first outing John Dennis 38 hc 28 c/b Jim Wooler 38 hc 22 c/b this month. However this Two’s – Cary Clark decision was not a good one is Thursday 4th December at seemed as the participating Phoenix (Mountain and Lakes) numbers were low. Not sure Division One why. However those that took Saturday Division 1 and 2 Winners Mike Rushant 37 hc 11 c/b part enjoyed their visit particularly Eamonn Murtagh, Neil Jones, Jimmy Larry Simpson 37 hc 09 c/b Chris Parr who is new in our Chawke, Bill McGarvie, Jimmy Woulfe, Bill McGarvie 37 hc 11 c/b midst he came home with thirty- John O’Leary with Som and Deng Ross Bunce 37 hc 12 c/b Just two two’s were recorded. seven points to take the day over Division Two Fergus Breenan in second at thirty- Both at the fourth by Trevor Collett Chris Parr 42 hc 14 three and Jimmy Chawke at thirty- and Chris Parr. Neil Allison 35 hc 19 On Saturday the 6th December two. Frank Kelly 32 hc15 c/b One two on the day and that came we went to Emerald. Ted Senior 32 hc 15 c/b We had very good participation. from Mod Chaviraksa. Division Three On Tuesday 2nd December we The course was in excellent condition went to Greenwood. This is yet however the pin placements were Garry Hall 37 hc 23 another quality course and seems to horrific and some of the most difficult Paula Byrne 36 hc 30 get better at every visit. Numbers that any of our participants had come Jack McNamara 35 hc 21 attending were very good so two across at this course. This was to Gareth Herbert 30 hc 31 divisions. We have amongst our new show in the posted scores. That is Two’s – Trevor Collett and Chris players Chris Parr who took the all but one. Parr second division with thirty-nine for Saturday 6th December at Emerald John O’Leary had a day you his second win of the week despite dream about where everything went Division One being cut one shot after the previous his way. He came home with fortyBill McGarvie 33 hc 11 days outing at Burapha and this after one points a clear eight on any one Jimmy Woulfe 32 hc 13 c/b count back over Gareth Herbert. else in the field to take Division Two Neil Jones 32 hc 12 c/b Third and fourth was also decided (16 up). Fergus Brennan 32 hc 11 c/b on count back this time between Eamonn Murtagh was second at Division Two John Dennis and Jim Wooler both thirty-two. He only got in from John O’Leary 41 hc 18 with thirty-eight. Portugal for his winter visit with wife Eamonn Murtagh 32 hc 18 c/b Division one went to Bill Nijole two days prior and tells me Jimmy Chawke 32 hc 17 c/b McGarvie by just one point at thirty- that he had only there or four outings Joe Peters 31 hc 19 six. Matt Gibbons was second at at home since his last visit. So he Two’s – Jimmy Chawke, Gerry thirty-five after coming out top of a obviously keeps his best for McCarth,Monique Bunce, Mod four-way count back over John Thailand. Very nice to see them back Chaviraksa and Mike Rushant Merritt, Tony Perry and Brendan Moore. There was only the one two recorded and that was from Cary Clark. As a result of his second first place in two days Chris Parr was cut a further two shots in general play. On Thursday the 4th it was back again for our weekly visit to Phoenix (Mountain and Lakes). The entry was yet again even better than the previous week so three flights and four places per division. In Division Three (20 up) Gary Hall was the winner with thirtyseven. Paula Byrne second thirtysix. Jack McNamara third at thirtyfive, Fourth was Gareth Herbert at thirty. Division two (14-19) Winner Chris Parr for his third of the week with a good forty-two pointer which earned him yet another cut in handicap by two points. Second was Neil Allison at thirty-five. Third Frank Kelly after count back over Ted Senior both on thirty-two. The First Division (0-18) went to Mike Rushant after a fourway count back over Larry Simpson, Bill McGarvie and Ross Bunce.

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Green Valley by Jack Sugar Ray won the day with 37 points, second was Barry McIntosh with 36 who beat Sean Johnston (36) on countback. Mike O’Brien was one point further back on 35, who in turn got the better on countback of Peter

Gibson also with 35. Rest assured that all the scorecards from the 18 Outbackers that played Green Valley, have been entered into the USGA handicap system, but are no longer available for the usual report and full result to be listed. That’s all for now. If you have

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Papasan Ray Rogers Thanksgiving Scramble by Derek Brook Once again we gathered as we have been gathering for this day since it was held from Caesars Bar on Beach Road, and we used to go back to Papa Rays for the after Competition food. This Year as it has been for some years we left from The Cafe Kronborg and returned there afterwards, with Ray no longer being with us, but Gary and Dave keeping it going. The Course was to be Burapha as it has been of late, probably because the ‘Pro’ at Burapha just happens to be Bjarne’s Son Egon. Also probably because this just happens to be a great Course of Four Nine holes. This time we were to play C&D, and with the wind howling we knew this was going to be a really tough test. And it was. The turnout was rather disappointing but with the Airport blocked it was not really too surprising, we did however have 13 Groups that Teed off, some on the C Course and some on the D Course. It did not really matter which you started on, the wind was brutal and all the players struggled. The Course was as ever in fine condition and some of the views from D8 and D9 are truly magnificent. We were able to get around quickly and it was not long before we were in cars and on our way

Winners with Dave back. With the food not being on until Russel, Egon Neilsen and 1800 hrs, some went home for a Chaching. In Second place was the Team of break, while others went straight to The Cafe Kronborg for an early start. Tony Duthie, Chris Holmes, Neil Dave always a hive of activity McAllister and Lenny Bantelmann So to the Winners, and the on a day such as this, got all ready, then Bjarne declared the food ready Canadians were here in Town. Most and all got stuck into their meal. This 0f the Year they cannot play as snow part of the proceedings usually takes covers the ground in Canada and it quite a bit of time, and this night was is dark most of the day. So they no different, however all good things come to annoy us, especially when must come to an end and it was not they win. However, their due is the long before Dave was limbering up fact they had the best score, so the Winners were Larry Simpson, Mike for his time as Emcee. We usually try to get Dave to get Sanders, Mike Rushant and Denny the Results over quickly so we can Whelan. Well done all. Then we got on with ‘The Lucky get to the important part, the ‘Lucky Draw’, but he always insists on Draw’ and why not!!. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Neil McAllister Steve taking his time, at least the ‘Pipe’ is Hamstad Fred Gemme Brian Kelly gone now. Long Put Russel Exley Richard In third place with a net 60.6 was the Team of Danny Medd, Noodle Snelling

Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League Results Table

PSC from Tropical Bert’s by Derek Brook

however fly around and our three ball finished in a time closer to 3 hours than 4. Happy days!!. Throw in some perfect weather and this should have meant some really big scores!!, well we shall see. We were able to jump in our cars and zoom back to Pattaya nice and early, and this was good for one of

would win. Back at Bert’s as the winners were declared it was obvious that nobody had beaten their handicap. The Winner with 36 points was Brian Blackford, Second was Colin Cronin with 35 points, Third was Steve Hamstad with 34 points. We then had a four way countback on 33

Nid Presents to Badger The fact that the B had it’s greens our players who had been sanded and the C greens were really ‘Badgering’ me all week as he slippery fast was no problem, it was wanted to win The Alan Bolton Golfer just like coming home. I should have of The Month. The final day really booked a room and save myself the was between Badger and Peter Whitehead, and the one who finished journey. The Course was nearly empty, ahead, but in the winners circle would and I wonder if this is because of the be the winner. I played with Badger financial climate or the fact they have and he was woeful, so as we waited raised prices to the level of most it all depended on how well Peter Courses nearer Pattaya, we did played. Beat his handicap and he

The Winners points that saw Les Burns in fourth and Don Carmody in fourth with Dick Warberg and Jack Robertson just losing out. Yes, Badger held on and got his name in lights. So ‘Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month’ was Badger. Well done Badger. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Les Burns Steve Hamstad Pat Morrisey Long Put Colin Cronin

GREENWOOD ( Stableford) Hi all, well it was back to Greenwood for a change. I say a change because despite playing Greenwood last Thursday and Friday, this time we were to play the B & C Nines so really a change.

In the Soi Yamoto derby the Rising Sun wandered down the street to take on Mee Chew. Taking both game and beer the Rising Sun now move to the top of the table on beer leg wins. The Bunker Boys slip down to 2nd place after their trip to Cheers which saw the Bunker Boys take the game but Stan’s boys and girls happily drinking a free beer for the second week running. On Thursday afternoon, Pattaya’s new SWAT unit were dispatched to Pattaya Tai after reports of gun shots being heard in Rongland. SWAT found the OK Corral fall of gun smoke, however it was just the Posse practicing their quick draw. Their practice did indeed pay off as they out shot the Blue Mountain to take both game and beer moving OK up into 3rd place. OK’s newest gunslinger, Big Paul, celebrated his return to Pattaya by checking out the beer. The Air Assault team from Helicopter swooped into Palmers, took the game and beer and then quickly flew off again. Rumor has it that they could give SWAT a run for their money! Captain Brucie

searched for it all week long but could not find Lucky Time’s mojo anywhere, which resulted in Stars shining brightly for a second week on the trot. ‘Stand in’ beer leg darter, Ben, checked out on the beer on his third dart after his first and second dart missed the board by 3 feet or more! Next Friday (5 th) is His

Majesty the King’s birthday and all bars will be closed. The next dart night is Friday 12 December. And finely, with Christmas fast approaching why not purchase a copy of my new book ‘Shadow Hunters’, it will make an excellent Christmas gift. Available in all local bookshops……….DARTS.

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hat’s All the Fuss About? The following will be the first time I have ever bothered to write anything about the Casanovy ogling den (Walking Street). The sizeable den opened its doors in October 2007 and after a couple of well-spaced visits in the intervening months I really was not impressed. Rather than write anything negative I chose to ignore the place. In recent times I have had a few people recommend Casanovy and so decided to try it again. I don’t know what these people have been smoking or where they normally go to find a preloved companion for the night, but how anybody can get excited by Casanovy is beyond me, at least in the hours prior to 10:00PM. Maybe there are those for whom the glimpse of exposed minge under a short skirt is so enticing it doesn’t matter the rest of the package looks like a cross between a draught horse and a Sumo wrestler. Granted there were a couple of ladies whose physical attributes were about average, but as for the rest my English mate summed it up perfectly, if somewhat crudely: “There’s not one I’d even have a w*** over.” There’s a heavy male Thai presence to go along with the 20 or so dancing maidens. Libations are seriously over-priced with bottled amber froth and standard liver wasters at a ridiculous 130 baht and lolly water at 95 baht. If you like your amber fluid in draught form then a glass is just 60 baht. The music is standard bargain-basement car alarm. Apart from a service girl who may have been passing wind, no one smiled. As one prominent bar owner who runs an excellent joint said to me,

“Casanovy is busy, but I have no idea why.” Neither do I, although there were only three other customers when we were in. An Inviting Tunnel: Apart from a group of nauseous Russians, the Hooty’s chrome pole palace (Walking Street) was quiet. Drinks are over the average at 115 baht for liver wasters and the music is best described as ordinary. That said, the place should be a lot busier because there are plenty of ladies of dubious virtue cavorting about the stage and the joint has a nice ‘buzz’ about it. Maybe it’s the tequila shots or maybe the girls just enjoy their time in the place but Hooty’s had a good atmosphere that I would think would keep punters coming back again and again. Back on its Pedestal: A week may well be a long time in politics, but a fortnight can be an eternity in the bar scene in Fun Town. In the last edition of this newspaper I noted that the Diamond ogling den (Soi Diamond) was a ‘shadow of its former self’. Happily, I can now say that comment, while correct for much of the past year, is now well and truly redundant. Three good quality dance contests between Loy Krathong and the second week of December, a raft of new dancing damsels, and the employment of some very professional and attractive ladies from Bangkok proved the joint still has what it takes to attract a decent crowd and produce the goods when it comes to a special event. The Bangkok girls have lifted the feel of the den outside of dance contests, making it once more worthy of regular patronage. Tis the Season to be

Dancing: Towards the end of the year there are places who like to stage dance contests and the delayed event in the Coyotee’s ogling den (Soi Marina Plaza, off Walking Street) was a cracker. Apart from the home side there were a total of 24 girls representing Club Boesche (Soi 16, off Walking Street), Club Insomnia (Soi Diamond), Champagne (Soi LK Metro) and Rodeo Girls (Soi Pattayaland 2). There was a substantial 12,000 baht in prizemoney paid out and I would be surprised if places like Champagne and Rodeo Girls, in particular, didn’t see a few new bums on seats in the nights after the event. While the Champagne girls failed to take any prizes they were adjudged to be the secondbest team overall, a pretty good effort considering the opposition. Setting the Boundaries: This column has been going

misconceptions about the nature of this column. As happens so often with many others the Ghost kicks off by misspelling my surname, hardly a hanging offence, but sloppy nonetheless. His basic commentary claimed that during his run of five or six months, or however long he was bothering the keyboards, I ‘broke no news…’ The question here is what constitutes news, at least in the nightlife sense. News about what: that a certain well-known operator of an ogling den had been beaten up and wound up in hospital? That a prominent bar owner is suffering so badly financially that he needs to draw on funds from his homeland? On the scale of importance to the average two-week punter on holiday or even the long-term expat trying to decide which new bar to try for this week I rate those pieces of ‘news’ well

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT JUST GOLD: The Baby Dolls ogling den (Soi 15, off Walking Street) keeps itself well up in the customer ranking for more reasons than can be mentioned in a mere photo caption. (Photo by DAK)

now for almost eight and a half years, six of them with this newspaper. You’d think I could find something better to do with my time. In this period I have seen the growth of chat rooms, forums, newsletters, and blogs devoted to nightlife in Pattaya. One of the latter went under the cognomen of ‘Pattaya Ghost’, and could at least string a coherent sentence together. A regular column about almost anything is a lot harder than it looks. After leaving the starting gates of blogaholism at a furious pace the Ghost burned out faster than a candle in a thunderstorm, and has now given the thankless grind away. It is his parting comments, sent to me by a reader of this missive, that prompt me to correct some

below the fact a place will be holding a dance contest or another has just dropped its happy hour prices to ridiculously low levels and has a slew of attractive damsels. I rarely attend openings of new bars. After all, these affairs are usually packed to the gunwales with wellwishing revellers and there is no way you can tell if the place is any good until it has settled into a routine, and that can take from weeks to months. One criticism, not from the Ghost, but others, is that I spend most of my time writing about chrome pole palaces, and concentrating on Walking Street. Guilty as charged, your honour. There are 51 dens on Walking Street, out of a current 76. That’s 67 percent for the

mathematically challenged. More to the point, some 30 of the Walking Street dens are worth visiting compared to about 10 of the rest. As regards open-air beer boozers I think I can safely say most of my readers have fair to good eyesight and are capable of walking down any soi they choose and deciding for themselves the talent on offer. What was strange was the fumbling attempt at anonymity by the Ghost. You can’t exactly go quoting a slew of bar owners and managers and then expect your identity to remain a secret. When Nightmarch started I made a point of asking my-then employer, Pattaya Mail, to refrain from using my name. I wanted to write without fear or favour about anything and everything and the only way I thought this could be achieved was to remain as anonymous as possible in what is, in reality, a very small town. It wasn’t long before a small coterie of bar owners knew my identity, but I can honestly say I can still walk into any number of bars and not be recognised. And that’s just the way I like it. As at the start of December, Fun Town has 76 dens of the chrome pole. Of these, I am personally acquainted with the owners, part-owners, or managers of just 33. There are upwards of 800 coyote dens, beer boozers, and Sierra Tango joints and I might know about 30 of the owners of these. The Ghost suggested I mainly write good news with ‘the occasional tepid criticism’. I would much rather write something good

about a place that I feel is deserving of praise than run around town scrabbling like a beggar in a trash can in search of tawdry gossip and innuendo. I made that mistake once and was quite correctly burned for it. I could probably go close to filling a book with some of the behindthe-lavatory-door stories whispered in my ear over the years, many with informants admonishing “don’t you dare print this”. A lot, on closer scrutiny, turn out to be utter rubbish with just a skerrick of truth. One story currently extant has, so I’m led to believe, not made the usual blogs and forums. I am well aware of the inside details pertaining to this story but have no intention of writing anything about it because it is totally irrelevant to 99 percent of the people propping up barstools in the city. From my observation and the bulk of emails I receive, the interest is firmly centred on what places are worthy of visiting where the best bang for the baht can be had. This column was never intended to be the nightlife equivalent of investigative journalism. A so-called Pattaya nightlife scoop is about as important as a fart in vacuum. My aim is simple: to try and inform the reader of what is happening around the bar scene in as entertaining a way as possible and, hopefully, encourage a little debate as well. Piece of Pith: The 50-5090 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword






(5) 1. PLUNDER



(6) 2. ENLIST









(4) 6. CARD GAME






(3) 8. REMNANT









(3) 17. ENTREAT



(7) 18. BESOM



(4) 19. GRAVE


24. OWN UP

(5) 22. VIPER


25. LATE

(7) 23. TRADE







12 13 14




18 21




3 8 4

6 8

4 1




9 6

9 3

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

Transfers are useful JUST about the most colourful opening bid in bridge is one no trump. It gives a fairly close point count (15-17 usually according to partnership agreement) although some older players still use it weak (12-14 points which has some pre-emptive value against the opposition) or even very weak 10-12 (mistakenly called the mini

2 7

6 1 7


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

no trump). The responder has many choices in replying to one no trump according to the shape of his hand: Stayman asking about a four card major and Transfers are just two of the options. In today’s deal, your partner opens one no trump (15-17) and you hold ♠ Q 10 9 8 7 6, ♥ A 6 2, ♦ 6 3 2, ♣ 5. The right hand opponent passes, so what do you say? In olden times, this hand would

1. Fall 2. King 3. Fly 4. Over 5. Lock 6. Ship 7. Tail 8. Play 9. Ware 10.Red

Pace Afore Barrow Over Bone Less Ward Work Bound Tine




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Form a word from the Jumbled Letters

1. FINDERS 2. RENT AIR 3. CHAR TEE 4. CHAR TEE 5. DIE MAYT 6. SET MY RY 7. ROY SHIT 8. TAYFANS 9. THE TALC 10.ENID TEN have been hard to handle because you have a good, if fragmentary, six card suit but high card points are thin on the ground. It’s possible there is a game in spades, but you cannot be sure. The answer is Transfers – you call two hearts which forces partner to bid two spades. You then raise to three spades which partner can pass, or raise to four spades or even convert to three no trumps according to his judgment. The other advantage of




to 9. Solution on page 47.




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




Sudoku Puzzle








by Mr Mick ACROSS


ANSWERS ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... Transfers is that the bid allows the good hand, your partner’s, to remain hidden from the opponents as you will almost certainly be the dummy. This makes it harder for the defence to play a strategy when the hand with the higher points remains concealed. But as with all conventions, you have to discuss Transfers with your partner first before adding them to your system. Otherwise you will end up in a real pickle.

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Last week’s solutions 1. Deck 2. Flip 3. Live 4. Boy 5. Park 6. Journey 7. Pleas 8. Pole 9. Brand 10.Spit

Person Ways Broker Wink Fill Kind Elope Fish Away Ball

ANSWER Chair Side Stock Hood Land Man Ant Cat Cast Fire

Last week’s solutions 1. A HOT DEC 2. E THE MAN 3. LEAP AT L 4. TRIO TAP 5. PAT M COC 6. RUT POLY 7. VINE GEN 8. TRY NUCE 9. DAN F HOF 10.CAT TONC




Win a dinner for two with the food lovers By solving this foodie quiz By Mick and Di The Food Lovers 1. Filet mignon, the centre cut of beef tenderloin, is considered by many to be the most delectable cut. Which storyteller was responsible for popularizing the term “filet mignon” in the English speaking world? A. Mark Twain B. Dickens C. O. Henry D. Poe 2. Which Australian state is the leader of the country’s production of wine? T. Tasmania U. New South Wales V. Northern Territory R. South Australia 3. What is the name of a drink made with scotch and Drambuie? P. Rob Roy Q. Side Car R. Scotch Sour S. Rusty Nail 4. How many masts are on the ship pictured on a Cutty Sark label? A. 3

B. 2 C. 1 D. 4 5. What is billi-bi? B. Drink C. Bread D. Dessert E. Soup 6. Which food is also called the ‘Vegetable Oyster’? S. Cardoon T. Fennel U. Okra V. Salsify 7. Honey, Darning, Portobello and St. George’s are all names of which Food item? E. Potato F. Melon G. Mushroom H. Apple 8. What is ‘Pradikat’? Q. A Danish speciality made using salmon R. A German wine-ranking system @@ S. A container for storing fresly-gathered hazelnuts in Switzerland. T. An extravagant Austrian schnitzel and cream main course

9.Which chef created the ‘Pear Belle Helene’ and ‘Peach Melba” S. Dunnard T. Sthorer U. Francatelli V. Escoffier 10.What extra ingredient is added to an omelette to make an ‘Omelette Argenteuil’? A. Fish B. Cheese C. Asparagus D. Cream 11.Who opened a restaurant in London called ‘Sticky Fingers’? R. George Harrison S. Eric Clapton T. Roger Daltry U. Bill Wyman 12.Kopi Luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee. A True B False 13.Who, what or where is ‘Buck’s Fizz’ named after? F. Buckingham Palace G Charles Buck

H. Pearl S. Buck I. Buck’s Club The letters of the correct answers to the above can be arranged to give one of the world’s most expensive food indulgences. Email the two word answer to: thefoodloverspattayatoday@ to arrive not later than 1st January 2009 with a tie-breaker of a short description of your favourite restaurant in Pattaya (in not more than 15 words). Alternatively, you can leave your answer at Pattaya Today’s office on Sukhumvit Road. It is the large white building next to Spanish Condo. The prize for the winner is dinner for two with Mick and Di, The Food Lovers, at a fine dining restaurant in Pattaya. The Winner will be e-mailed and announced in the 16th January 2009 edition of Pattaya Today. Judges’ decision is final.

CHRISTMAS CHEER White Christmas Eggnog Recipes Indulge in one of the season’s greatest pleasures and make these creamy rich eggnogs. Dating back to 1775, these comforting, sumptuous drinks can be made using almost any liquor. It generally consists of milk or cream, beaten eggs, sugar, nutmeg and a liquor of some kind. Rum is the spirit most attributed to the drink, but cognac and whisky are also common replacements. For non drinkers the alcohol can be omitted all together or an imitation rum extract used instead. Hot Eggnog Rum Eggnog (cold) I Tablespoon superfine sugar 1 oz. Brandy 1 Egg 1 Cup milk Pinch Nutmeg and Salt

1 Tablespoon of superfine sugar 1 oz. dark Rum 1 Egg 1 Cup milk Pinch of Nutmeg

Place egg and salt in a mixing bowl and beat until egg is thick; Add sugar and beat until blended. Add hot milk and Brandy, mix well by hand or in a blender and pour into a warmed jug. Sprinkle with] ground nutmeg.

Mix all ingredients, except nutmeg, with cracked ice in a shaker or blender and Strain into a chilled highball glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

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Exotic Caprice Restaurant & Bar A stellar experience By Mick and Di The Food Lovers LOCATED between Jomtien and Pattaya in a 64-acre private parkland estate overlooking the aquamarine bay of the Gulf of Siam regally sits the refined and elegant, Royal Cliff Beach Resort. From their coterie of restaurants and bars (fourteen at the last count), Mick and I were invited to dine at the award winning Caprice. Caprice is chic, it’s sleek, it’s a seductively swish contemporary designer restaurant that oozes with sophistication and charm. It is a must-visit for the food and wine buff to indulge in delicious culinary decadence and hedonistic heaven. However, and this is not what you’re probably expecting to hear – it’s also exceedingly reasonable. Mick and I were very impressed when we visited recently at the value for money of their set evening dinners. A fine 4-course gourmet dinner is only B.850 ++ per person, with wine B.1,450 ++ together with a glass of Madeira B.1,625 ++ . Entry is through the Royal Spa Wing of the hotel where you will be guided down to the sea-level restaurant. Inside, the ambiance is serene and tranquil with low level lighting and muted colours radiating an intimate and romantic feel.

Once seated we were presented with the evening’s menu. Martini cocktails and ice cold towels were served as we settled ourselves for the evenings dining pleasures. A selection of wonderful breads were presented in a silver pail together with a trio of flavoured butters and dips. The proceedings were then opened with an amuse bouche of diced avocado pear and pomelo which was promptly followed by our first course: king prawns with a citrus and raspberry vinaigrette. Huge, fat juicy prawns were attractively surrounded by slivers of fruity sweetness and speckled with an unbelievably concentrated savoury raspberry coulis. A star of a dish. We were

now enjoying a glass of Australian Semillon/ Chardonnay 2006 and basking in the knowledge that we were in the hands of a magically creative kitchen. The wine list at The Royal Cliff is, of course, legendary

and offers over 1,000 labels from the best vintners in the world. The next course presented seared Alaskan scallops with black pepper, navel oranges, shallot puree, leak and

preserved ginger. A given that the plump, succulent scallops were flawless but the leek and preserved ginger accompaniment was inspirational. Our next course even topped the excellence of the openers – it was so good we are still talking about it! Pan fried snow fish was the most sweetest, most luscious example of the best in fish cookery we have eaten in a long while. The light anointing of white wine and lemon juice just perfect. It was peerless. The accompanying relish a delight; the warm turmeric coconut rice studded with the sweetest sultanas resonated with aromatic flavours and produced a succession of appreciative ‘mmm’s’ from our table.

If you’re thinking this review sounds like a rave – that’s because it is and we haven’t told you about dessert yet. This was described as a white chocolate elegance with a raspberry sherbet and apricot vanilla sauce. The reality was that it was a fiendishly decadent dessert of a devastatingly delicious chocolate fondant with a melty, velvety white chocolate champagne mousse and nougat crisp served with a raspberry sorbet zinging with fruity flavours. To bring down the curtain on this stunning meal we were indulgently served miniature white and dark chocolate ice cream bon bons presented on miniature lollipop sticks. What a treat! We were then more than delighted to meet the man behind this 4-course pageant of gastronomy. He is Mark Clarke a rising star in culinary circles; young, ambitious and enthusiastic he is to be congratulated on achieving this level of gastronomy so early in his career. Caprice fully deserves its Award of Excellence (the hotel actually won five!) The set meal was a succession of triumphant dishes, beautifully cooked, perfectly seasoned, imaginatively presented and impeccably served. Make sure you indulge in a visit to Caprice during this festive season and make a culinary memory to take into 2009. Tel: (038) 250 486 or visit w w w. r o y a l c l i f f . c o m . Restaurant open daily from 18.30 – 22.30. Bar open from 18.00 to 23.00.


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

(ptm-m0708)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished with kitchen. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-p0308)Soi 8 – Sexy Bar for Rent – Key money 90,000 baht. Rent 23,000 baht per month. Fully furnished, 1 pool table. Phone 081 002 8824 (ptm-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379 (ptm-d0708)Ocean Residential Properties Realestate Agents View Talay 5D. 50% of this business is for sale. Due to one of the partners having to go home. We have 5 year lease on the premises. Great location, 100 sqm office, just across the building’s entrance. Excellent earning potential for the right person. Call in and see us or phone. Andy 084 022 1410, Dan 080 050 0363 (ptm-n0708)Restaurant/Bar for Sale in Busy Area. It has everything you need to open today. Very nice, must see. only 489000 B, low rent and key money. Call Ning 085 646 1422 (ptm-k1008)Large Walking Street Bar for Sale. 3 pool tables, UBC, LCD TVs, fully licensed, long 3+3 year lease. Over 2 mil. baht spent on lease building + furnishings. No reasonable offer refused! Tel. Eng 089 932 6716, Thai 081 863 5789 Two Shops are Available for Rent. Good business opportunity at the excellent locations, nearby hotel lobby area at Ocean Tower & Garden Wing in Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, North Pattaya. Please call for more information at 038 418 418 ext. 701 (Ms. Supanee, Executive office) or email: (ptm-a0708)Maerampung Beach (Rayong) Near Banphe on the Way to Koh Samet, large leasehold beachfront guesthouse business for sale, completely renovated, 5 floors, 10 rooms, all with A/C and bathrooms, apartment/office, plus roof top sea view apartment with terrace. Large bar/restaurant area, pool table, TV-DVD, ADSL internet and private beach. Huge potential, lease 3+3 years, rent 20,000 baht/month, reduced to 1,690,000 baht bargain for quick sale. Tel: 084 699 1255 (ptm-vi0008)Shop House for Rent. Located at Royal Hill, 4 storey shop house, with well standard built-in. 3 bedrooms, 4 restrooms. Each room has their own kitchen plus microwaves, 4 air-con, ceiling fans, 3 televisions with Sophon Cable ready, 3 refrigerators, 3 water heaters, 3 safety boxes and telephone lines. The ground floor is perfect for an office. Price is only 40,000 Baht per month or pay 300,000 Baht key money and get cheaper rent at 25,000 baht. Please call : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. 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: Thai Living: Restaurant at Hotel venue Inn, in Jomtien. An opportunity too good to miss out on. The restaurant already have a large existing customer base from, mainly from Scandinavia and has a high turnover. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Hotel Units and Villas for Sale and Rent Back. Fantastic investment for speculators requiring security. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (PRT0102) This Boutique Restaurant extends out over the ocean about 50m, now being offered at 88million, this Restaurant offer’s living quarters out on the pier for over night stays. A large home across the street could also be converted into a Boutique Hotel with Ocean views. To me, it is an honor to be a part of this transaction. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

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House for Sale We have a re-sale in a new 5-star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 18 Million Baht, 4 Million under the developer price. 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. 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. 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. Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Down-payment! Six year Mortgage! Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/Month for the next two years. (Property PR2587) We have a re-sale in Phu Tara! Stunning two level designed house on a Rai of land for 29 Million Baht. 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. (Property PR2424) Want a Thabali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. 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! 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! (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! (Property PR2152)

Condo for Sale Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/ sqm, Selling Price 45,000 Baht/sqm, 117 sqm, Type A, Building B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 10.5 Million Baht………..Very high floor ‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for two years. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 3.2 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month two year guaranteed rental return. The rent is paid every three months in advance. EMERGENCY SALES!!!!!......Premier Homes has the deals in all the 5-star buildings….. Northshore high floor, 112 sqm for 10.5 Million, Northpoint 37th floor, 103 sqm for 16 Million, Baan Hadd U Thong, 253 sqm for 17.5 Million, Royall Cliff, 250 sqm for 22 Million, La Royale, 106 sqm for 8.1 Million. EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 22 Million Baht! IMAGINE……..88,000 THB/SQM IN ROYAL CLIFF!!!!!!! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views Special Promotion in La Royal Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price, starting from 8 Million Baht 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a five-star beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. View Talay 3A - 195 square meters Jomtien side floor 6, including an extra large balcony unit. Price just 45,000 Baht/sqm bare shell unfinished and furnished at 60,000 Baht/sqm. ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT. Guaranteed Rental Return when finished and furnished. 9% over 1 year to 7% for 3 years. Why is this great deal on offer? Because the seller has no choice. TAKE ADVANTAGE NOW! 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. 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. Act quick we have the Top-Corner 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. 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! 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.

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Classified Business Opportunities

0276/SLN - Lease for Sale – 3 storey single shop house located in East Pattaya. Ground floor ideal for any small business. On the upper floors are 3 rental rooms. Many extras including kitchen facilities, air – conditioning etc. Rent only 12,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 300,000 baht 0268/SLN – Coffee Shop & Restaurant – Single storey shop house, located in East Pattaya, earning profit. Rent only 4,000 baht per month and Key Money has been pre-paid till May 2010. Sale Price: 850,000 baht. 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 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: 1.1 million baht. 0199/SLN – Laundry with Rooms above – Busy laundry business located in Central Pattaya. 4 storey single shop house with 3 large studio apartments on the upper floors for rental. Rent only 15,000 per month with Key Money of 60,000 baht per year. Sale Price: 1.5 million baht 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 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 0263/SLN – Hotel & Bar – 15 room hotel with ground floor bar and kitchen. Located in high ‘foot traffic’ area just off Beach Road, South Pattaya. On the upper floors are 15 rental rooms all with en suite bathroom, air-con and personal safety box. Rent only 60,000 per month and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.3 million baht. 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 0291/SLN – Pub/Restaurant with Rooms – Located in East Pattaya. On the ground floor is a Pub and Restaurant with a large kitchen and seating capacity for 100 customers. On the upper floor there are 3 large rental rooms with separate entrance. Long lease and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 2.9 million baht. 0269/SLN - Bar & Guesthouse - 3 storey double shop house, located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of North Pattaya. Large ground floor bar with external seating area and 7 rental rooms above. The business generates good turnover & profits. Low rent and no Key Money. Sale Price: 4.9 million baht. 0154/SLN - Restaurant - Well established Restaurant located in North Pattaya - seating capacity for nearly 100 customers. Have enjoyed good profits over the last two years. Key Money has been paid till February 2010 and is transferable. Sale Price: 6.5 million baht. 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. 0293/SLN – Pub & Restaurant - Profitable Pub & Restaurant located on busy main road in East Pattaya with dining facilities for over 50 people..On the upper floor is the kitchen and 3 bedrooms for employees or the new owner. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings held in a Company name. Sale Price: 12.75 million baht. 0274/SLN – Restaurant & Bar – Single storey double shop house located in South Pattaya. The lease has been fully paid up till 2023, the next 15 years. There is seating for in excess of 100 diners. Included in the sale is a sound & lighting system for live music. The business is profitable. Sale Price: 14 million baht. 0294/SLN – Go Go Bar – Extremely profitable business located in the centre of ‘Walking Street’. Good staff and excellent long lease in place with a fixed rental for the period of the lease. Sale Price: 16.5 million baht. 0247/SLN - Bar/Restaurant and Guesthouse - Located in South Pattaya. Extremely profitable business which the current owner can verify. On the ground floor is a large bar and restaurant. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings. Sale Price: 25 million baht. 0273/SLN – Lawn Bowling Club – Located in East Pattaya on 3 rai of land. 2 International bowling greens, separate bar & restaurant, 5 en suite bedrooms & swimming pool. Foreign ownership in Company name. Viewing highly essential. Sale Price 30 million. 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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(PRT0097) Restaurant in busy Soi Baukao. 600,000baht. Take over this well established restaurant, serving both Thai and European Foods. With no Key money involved. Equipment, inventory all inclusive. This is a very nice investment don’t miss out on this one. Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Walking Street GO GO Bars. If you are a serious Investor Looking at Number 1 Go Go Bars, then you need to Call Us. I have listings on top GO GO Bars that are not for sale “But Are”. Investor must qualify for showings. Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0102) Walking street 2nd floor bar. View of the ocean, the road below. Plenty of room to grow sale priced at 950,000 baht. Low upfront deposits of 500,000 with 60,000 baht a month for lease. Call today. Making your Business our Business-Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0123) Don’t take my word for it go to our web site for this once in a lifetime opportunity priced for a quick sale baht 12,500,000 this 5star classy restaurant with an all Stainless steel industrial kitchen that could be guesthouse & restaurant with lounge, very nice rooms upstairs, Dbl shop house Beach front, Views, Views, lease at 60,000 a month can buy the two shop houses next door. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0099)Another Walking Street Bar Priced to sell 90% inside w/3 pool tables. Large stage for everyone to share entertainment 2,200,000 all deposits paid and included in price for the first 2.5 years Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ (PLB0095) MAKE PAYMENTS: Very Famous GO GO Bar with 80 seats, 240 sqm, 4 rooms above this well designed floor plan, like nothing else on this very, very popular Soi. For only 8million baht and with a nice size down the owner will consider payments. He has many companies that require his attention… which makes this very busy and profitable bar”, even in low season”, to much work for him…... Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

(PLM0003) Massage parlor on the back side of Walking Street, 4 star curb appeal, “very, very nice with all new furnishing, updated, renovated, store front location for only 3.3mill. Owner is ready to deal because of recent breakup. Lease is only (6,000), six thousand baht a month. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Jomtien Shop houses 5 of them together with Sea Views priced at only 3.6 million each. When every one else has a price on theirs at 5million, that makes these five a steal, with great sea views. These would make a great Guest house or even a shopping centre with rooms above. Top floors have View of Bangsare. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PSH0108) Shop House in the busiest area of 2nd road, 36millon baht. Looking for a new owner to open a bar and restaurant with guest house. The building is for sale with chanold title. Owner will take everything with him making it easy to renovate at the same time lowers out of pocket expenses. Investors dream. Making your Business our BusinessPremier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 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

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(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 Brokers038-231-931 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 BusinessPremier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 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

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Business Opportunities (PLB0103) Pattaya, just off Beach Front rd, with 3 sides covered it could be enclosed very easily. Great potential, for this very large bar. Over 80 seats, very large bar area with a very large stage for a live band “closed now”, needs some repairs but, for 550,000 priced way under market value 200,000 deposit 25,000 a month. . Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0092) 10,000 a month on this new Contract. 1,650,000, this is a giveaway at this price. This single shop house bar in a very busy soi off Jomtien beach road you won’t find a deal like this again. The owner has been there making money for the last four years, said he made a lot of money so he can sell for whatever he wants…Let someone else “ have fun”, that is what he said. (PSH009) 10,000 baht a month for this vacant shop house with Views. Needs lots of work in this hallow shell, but with beach views like this….And the price” My goodness!” it is a steal..! walk to the beach in 2 seconds . Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0126) Beer Bar & Guest House With Two balconies overlooking the bar. Pool table disc jockey both. Flat screen TV, Large Kitchen that isn’t being used 27sqm . Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

(PHG0117) Very nice Dbl shop house Restaurant, 9rm Guest house w/pool table, 2nd one in on the sub soi with front road coverage. Perfect guesthouse for only 9.5mil @ 15,000 a month. Over 1.5 mill in profit without advertising. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0116) Five story Double shop house with 10rooms. 22million, “building included”. Very nice restaurant and bar. Over 2.5mil a year in profit. Some financing maybe available Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ (PHG0114). Mini Mart Store with Guest house on beach front road. The mini mart collects over 600,000 a year in income, making it very easy to weather high and low season. With over 16 rooms w/beach views and a restaurant, Study Cliental, Website, Parking on the street and in the back of the building, your call, but I think this is the one. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0110) Shop House Jomtien Complex. Lower retail store already rented out which creates a positive cash flow for this 4 story building. At 5.2 million it is a steal. The owner has moved to Bangkok. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

Classified (PHG0102) 80 room Resort between Jomtien and Pattaya. 150,000,000 Make an offer, Plenty of room to make this a 5 star. Needs good management that knows what to do with this gem.. Owner wants fast sale. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0107) 150million very private Resort style Spa with Theme park swimming pool. Very large ponds, bridges and Gazebos. Four two bedroom guest homes. Separate building with Theatre, Conference room, Fitness Center. Also included is very large 2 story home. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to (PRT0098) Get a Pizza this. Pizza parlor with support. Long proven track record @ 2.5 million baht or can finance a new location. Your choice! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Investors wanted for projects over 100 million baht. If you are one of the few,and looking for real estate ventures, or an on going concerns, call now and find out what is really on the market. All Gold member investors must provide financial statement before viewing, “Non Public listings”. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

(PLM0002) With Beach front Exposure. Massage Parlor with Views, owners apartment Top floor. Priced to sell 1.5 mill. This dbl shop house is very nice and under priced. Very exciting business opportunity. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY This is a change for the serious investor who is looking to take over a running business with already a guaranteed net income of 20 Million Thai Baht a year with a potential net income of 100 Million Thai Baht a year. Asking price is 150 Million Baht. As the owner wants to keep the sale of his business quiet we can not give more details at this time. For more information please call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to

Education & Training (pta-tk0008)Do you Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. Learn to Speak, Write and Read Thai ?!! Learn to understand what people are saying around you !! With a professional and experienced Thai teacher. Contact 081 466 7478, 080 635 1769 (pta-0406)TEFL Intercontinental, we are specialist in teacher training, a full 120 hours TEFL certificate course, we offer Guaranteed job & Work permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while you practice teaching for 2 Months. Please contact us at: 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640 (pta-0406)Foreign Ladies: Speak and write ‘Beautiful English’ in the comfort of your own home or office, at your own speed, learning the social or business English you need. Training from English professor now retiring to Pattaya. Tel: 081 838 8163 for first discussion

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Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038-489-225-7 Fax. 038489-228 (pta-0708)PROGRESS Language & Computer School. Thai (Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours- 1-5 Year Student Visa Available)English (General and Business Conversation-Grammar-IELTS Test)-Dutch (Inburgerings Examen)- German (Start Deutsch 1 –A1 Test)- FrenchItalian- Spanish-RussianChinese- Japanese- ComputerTranslation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost opposite bus station to Bangkok) (Next to Lukdod Shop). Tel. 081 577 2967, 038 370 263. Email:

House for Sale (ptm-c0608)Bargain Opportunity. Luxury Bungalow Completed January 2007. Good location, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, aircon, etc. 24 hours security. Cost 4 million baht will sell for 3 million baht. Parking several cars. Tel. Thai 089 669 1507, Tel. English 085 934 5411 (ptm-m0708)Chockchai Garden 4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished kitchen. Twin Home. 3 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Tel. 089 934 4148

(ptm-0708)Delightfully Situated Bungalow: exclusive road, not estate, 5 mins. walk Mapbrachan lake: guest/staff cottage: new Euro kitchen: Thai kitchen+1: large reception room: dinning/breakfast room: 3+1 beds: 2+1 baths: 4+1 w.c’s: swimming pool: lawns: gdn: well, etc.. 300,000 baht towards new furniture. Quick sale 7,000,000 baht O.N.O. Company owned. 24 hour transfer possible. Phone 084 958 6569 Thai or English. (ptm-m0708)Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Office. 2 bedroom town house. Fully furnished with kitchen. 4 air con. 24 hour security, pool. Tel. 089 934 4148 (ptm-om0708)2-Storey Home (420 sq.m) + Big Office (80 sq.m). Total Land area 200 sq. wah. 4 Bedroom with air condition, 1 library/home theater room, 1 extra room, 5 bathroom, European kitchen, living room, laundry area, spacious garage for 2 cars, with 2 telephone lines. For Sale 10 million baht. Call 081 846 9341 (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 Royal Ambassador Residence. NaJomtien. 26 unique Thai-Balistyle villas with private pool, Jacuzzi, tropical gardens, maids’ quarters and garage (automated door). Two, three and four bedrooms, top-quality built-in furniture, security system. Prices from Bt12.5 million. Phone: 0854 870 720

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House for Sale (ptm-0708)For Sale. Price Reduction. Was 10,900,000, Now 9,500,000. In this buyer’s market, now is a great time to own a lovely home in Pattaya – located on a quiet, tree-lined Soi on the way to Jomtien Beach (Soi Mr. Mac, off Thappraya Rd.). Fully furnished, private pool, wrap-around balcony, waterfall, courtyard parking. Company included in sale. Call: 038 250 308 (ptm-vi0008)High Quality Corner Unit Designer Townhouse. 3 storey of luxury living situated near the Royal Cliff Hotel. 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with Jacuzzi). Quality fitted Euro kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes and some other built in furniture. Furnished including T.V., expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 6 million baht. Special offer, this townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 mil. Baht. Call Now! 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. 11 Million Baht for Quick sale!! This spacious 90 Sq. Wah house is well furnished. 3 bedrooms, living room, European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. To view, please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Lovely Home for Sale & Investment. Absolute brand new houses, in a very nice, high quality and modern tropical villa project. With underground cables, private pool, furnished. Located in Naklua Area. Only a few minutes away from Pattaya, very convenient, no hassle on driving through the city. Accessible to public transportation. Ready to move in. Price Starts From 13 Million Baht. For viewing, please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491

(ptm-vi0008)For Quick Sale!! This spacious 90 Sq. Wah house is well furnished. 3 bedrooms, living room, European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. Only 11 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 3345291 or 081 357 7491 (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. Price starts at 7 million baht. 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: HS1152: 3 bed bungalow close to the crocodile farm, on a secure development, a reduced price of 2.8 Million Baht Call for more info 08-49442 541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Exclusive house in Jomtien area ,2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 138 sq.wah opened house European Style in prime location, good for living , good for investment , fully furnished , private pool , Price : 10.5 MB. Contact Pattaya-Agency – Jomtien Khun Pena: 084 3626945 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms on 188 sq.wah , large opened house , European style , large opened house with land scrape garden with private pool, in living area of Jomtien, fully furnished European kitchen , Price for sale : 13.95 MB. Contact Pattaya –Agency – Jomtien Khun Pena: 084-3626945



1.5 storey open large house , American house style , on 2 Rai , 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms fully furnished, 3 cars parking space land scrape garden , private swimming pool only 10 minutes to regent school and new highway No. 35 , Price for rent 95,000.-/month , for sale 18 MB, Contact Pattaya-Agency –Jomtien Khun Pena : 084 3626945 Townhouse in Soi Nernpabwan , 20 sq.wah, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on convenient and busy area , sale with long term contact rent 7,000.-/month good for investment and return, Sale Price : 1.35 MB., Contact Pattaya-Agency –Jomtien Khun Pena: 084 3626945 Private house in Jomtien 172 sq.wah , 2 stories house , unit size 264 sqm. with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living area , European Kitchen, private swimming pool, Contact Pattaya-Agency –Jomtien Khun Pena : 084 3626945 Direct Beach Front House – 25 meter to Jomtien Beach. No road between your plot of land and the beach. That is real Beach Front Living. 5 bed rooms, 4 bath rooms, app. 290 sqm. total living space, large communal swimming pool, fully furnished and air-con, full European kitchen. Price 12.5 MB, (company name already). Contact Pattaya-Agency – Jomtien Khun Pena: 084 3626945 3 stories Shop house for sale in Soi Chaiyapruck 1. Price 4.2 Mill bath, for more information Contact Pattaya-Agency – Jomtien Khun Pena: 084 3626945 House for Sale at Jomtien location 210 Sq.Wah Two storey, 3 Bedrooms,4 Bathrooms, European kitchen, large living room, Built in furniture, Full Air con ,Hot water, Private swimming pool, Parking car, Hot Price at 7,900,000 baht. Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-313 4741 E-mail : Townhouse 4 storey for sale at Jomtien location 27 Sq.wah, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living room, Part of furniture, Euro pean Kitchen, parking car, Price at 3,990,000 Baht , for Rent 20,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841 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 086-313 4841 E-mail : 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 038-303 825-6 or e-mail : Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill. Prime location residence, newly building, big pool, high standard, 3 storey, 3 bed / 3 bath. 6.8 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Quick sale! 1 storey house in Thepprasit soi 5. 2bed/2bath, 68 sq.wah. 3.8 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364 -515 / / Thai Living: House for sale at Pheonix Golf, 2 storey house in “Bali Style”, 5b/5b, 200 sq.wah. Beautiful view of the country side. 6.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht! This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design work is very tasteful. There is not a better address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

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Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We have several Owner Finance opportunities! We have houses available with Owner Finance. For more information about the finance call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@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: or visit our website at www.premier 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 Jomtien Park Villas. Superb 3 bedrooms house (all en-suite) with private pool, located near Jomtien Beach. The spacious house is well furnished and comes with built-in kitchen and 3 air cons. Priced at only 15.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Pratumnak Villa. Fantastic house with sea view from the 3rd floor terrace, comprising 4bedrooms, 2 living rooms, kitchen, Jacuzzi, barbeque, 14m private pool, double carport and large garden. Spacious and airy, a dream house in best location. Priced reduced to 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.

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House for Sale 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-n0608)A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Euro-kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 33,000 baht/ month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0608)A Beautiful New Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 & 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. Starts from 25,000 baht/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0908)Occasion! New, Beautiful Townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact 081 862 9710

(ptm-w0708)Townhouses, Falang Village, pool, East Sukhumvit, 6,600-8,800 baht. Tel: 080 645 7450 (ptm-p1008)3 Bedroom House for Rent. 12,000 baht/month, furnished, East Pattaya (Kratinglai), 5 mins. to city. Phone 081 340 6092, 085 091 6963 (ptm-gl0008)Townhouse for Rent at Pattaya Tai newly renovated convenient, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, big kitchen w/ car park, .interested email or call 087 141 2783 (ptm-vi0008)High Quality Corner Unit Designer Townhouse. 3 storey of luxury living situated near the Royal Cliff Hotel. 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with Jacuzzi). Quality fitted Euro kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes. Furnished including T.V., sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 35,000 baht per month. Call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-om0708)2-Storey Home (420 sq.m) + Big Office (80 sq.m). Total Land area 200 sq. wah. 4 Bedroom with air condition, 1 library/home theater room, 1 extra room, 5 bathroom, European kitchen, living room, laundry area, spacious garage for 2 cars, with 2 telephone lines. For Rent 100,000 baht/month. Call 081 846 9341 (pta-silk0508)Two Houses Available are Plot 30 Blackpepper. 134sq wah, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, with swimming pool for 90,000 baht per month. Long term rental only(minimum 1 year). The other house is plot 34 chilli, 103 sq wah, 3 bed, 3bath, no pool for 65,000 baht. Long term rental only. Both houses are fully furnished. If you need any more information please contact 081 612 7222, Thai Living: Siam Royal View, Khoa Talo. Prime location residence, 3b/3b, fully furnished, euro kitchen, private pool, 50,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thai / Thai Living: Central Park 5. Well maintained village, fully furnished, Jacuzzi, nice residence, 3b/3b, only a few minutes to the city. 40,000 THB/M. (one year contracts). For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thai / Thai Living: SP Village 5, Beautiful village, 2 storey house with 126 sq.wah. Fully furnished, 3b/5b, a few minutes to the city. 70,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / /

Classified Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill, 2-3 bedrooms, 3 storey house. Fully furnished, euro kitchen, Rent start from 25,000 - 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Rungrueng Park Village, Jomtien. Single storey house with 60 sq.wah. Fully furnished, taxi route, 2b/2b a few minutes to city. 28,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ HR1089: 3 bed house with private pool in Jomtien, close to beach, all modern furniture included, internet and satellite 50,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: 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 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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 Email: pattaya@paradisecity HR1094: 2 storey house with private pool in East Pattaya, 3 bed, 4 Bath, on secure estate bargin rental price only 35,000 P/M long term only, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail:pattaya@paradisecity HR1095: Bungalow with nice garden in East Pattaya, 3 beds, 3 Bath, fully furnished, Call for more info only 25,000 P/M 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR1097: Spacious house for rent (250 Sqm) on SP Village, tastefully decorated, 3 bed, ADSL connected 40,000 P/ M. Call for more info 08-478 08457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Executive Apartment for rent 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, at Bannamper location near the beach 101 Sq.m. Fully furnished and nice decorated, European Kitchen, Hot water, Air con, ADSL. communal swimming pool Price at 45,000 Baht per month, Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 0863134841 E-mail: House for rent at SP Privacy 125 Sq.Wah , one storey house , 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European Kitchen, Large living room, fully furnish and decorated, Private swimming pool, Large Garden, Security Price at 45,000 Baht per month including Garden and pool service. Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 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) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: 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: or visit our website at www.premier (Property PR3703)

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A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3700) 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 Khiang Talay Condominium, 200 meters from Jomtien’s Finest Beach, 2 x 42 sqm studios, side by side. Original rooms on the 15th floor with lovely sea views and Pattaya Park. Ideal for renovation. Make a 1 bed, 1 living room or leave separate. Rare opportunity in this very popular condominium. Very cheap price, only 2.6 mil. baht for both. In Foreign Names. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail:

Thiantong Condominium Located on Jomtien Beach Road Just Inside Soi 7, 32 sqm studio, 16th floor (top floor). Fantastic views of the beach front and the islands. Fully furnished, kitchen, A/C. Ideal for taxi route, bars etc. Good letting potential. Only 1,390,000 baht. Freehold (in Foreign name). Be quick!! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Majestic Jomtien 600 meters from Beach. 60 sqm, 4th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 bathroom, kitchen, 2 balcony, fully furnished and renovated. Overlooking swimming pool. Very good price. Only 1.6 mil. Baht. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Bargain of the Month 500 Meters from Beach, 38 sqm, 8th floor studio. Lovely sea views of Jomtien from big balcony. Absolute bargain 990,000 baht. To include new tile floor and shower room. Be Quick!! Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Khiang Talay Condominium, 200 meters from Best Beach Jomtien, 40 sqm, 4th floor, mountain view, beautifully refurbished with ornate ceilings and covings, Euro kitchen, remote A/C. Fully new furnished. Really must be viewed at 1.8 mil. baht. In Foreign Name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: 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, matching furniture, LCD TV, DVD, fridge, microwave 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:

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Condo for Sale Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, now include LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants… Fantastic bargain. Only 1,350,000 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.5 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call 087 139 1539 (Eng.). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: 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, LCD 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, 080 099 2614 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: (ptm-p0708)For Sale or Rent Excellent Location, 100 mtr from Beach Road, built in furniture, lovely large studio, 74 mtr balcony roof, pool, car parking in the building, 086 840 8181 (ptm-g1208) Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 21(top), very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 55 sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition. Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.45 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, See pictures as vedio virtual tour viewtalay

(ptm-L0908)Northshore Beachfront Condominium, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bath, #2101, 21st Floor, Overlooking Pool and Beach, Facing Walking St., 64 Sq. Mtrs, Fully Luxury Furnished, New Washing Machine,100% Equipped, Soi 5 and Beach Rd., 7.9 million baht FOREIGN NAME. (Will consider term payments up to 8 months) Realtors Welcome! Gary 089 544 0634. (ptm-L0908)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 10 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street (Units are unfinished shells with electric outlets; bathroom completely finished with tile floor, tile walls, shower, sink, toilet, granite counter tops, lights, etc.). Units available 1804, 1805 and 1806 (18th floor; all 3 side by side); 1906 (19th floor), 2005 (20th floor), 2104 (21st floor), 2205 and 2206 (22nd floor; both side by side). Purchase Option One: Cash 3.2 Million Baht Each. Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 600,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 600,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! (ptm-a0708)Patong Tower Phuket 63 sqm. Renovated freehold 2 rooms terrace, nice view, pool, beach 200 m. Furnished TV, HiFi, 2 aircons. 4.7 MB. Ready to move in. T. 086 976 0809 (ptm-k0708)The Best Location in Town Under the Market Price. New five star Condo, 1 Bedroom near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall with Rental guarantee 8% / year with two swimming Pools and Cable TV & Wi-Fi Internet. Welcome agents. Call owner: 086 317 6161 or (ptm-g0708)42 Sq. Mtr. Condo, Baan Suan Lalana. 2 big pools, lovely gardens, security, top floor, nice views, balcony. 995,000 baht. 087 901 5229 (English), 084 105 4533 (Thai)



(ptm-kat0808)87 m2 Condo in View Talay 3A Jomtien. 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, absolute beachfront. Very High Standard, everything included (also transfer), beautiful view, Foreign Ownership. Ready to move in! Please contact Katrine 081 003 3521 or e-mail katrine@ THB 6.49 mil. baht. (ptm-kat0808) 86 m2 Condo in View Talay 5D Jomtien. 20th floor, 2 bedrooms. Very High Standard, everything included (also transfer), beautiful view, Foreign Ownership. Ready to move in! Please contact Katrine 081 003 3521 or Email THB 6.6 mil. baht. (ptm-kat0808)101 m2 Condo in View Talay 5D Jomtien. 19th floor, 2 bedrooms, in-door parking space including very high standard, everything included (also transfer), beautiful view, Foreign Ownership. Ready to move in! Please contact Katrine 081 003 3521 or Email THB 7.9 mil. baht. (ptm-m1008)Absolute Beachfront View Talay 3A Pratumnak Hill. 137 sq. m. corner shell. Foreign ownership, 6.5 million baht. Financing Available, call 083 118 9360, (ptm-j0708)Finance Available. I am selling 3 nice condos in View Talays. Only 1 million baht down & the rest over 5 years. Call 087 803 3329 Studio Condo for Sale. 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 1.3 million baht. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 (ptm-g0908)Executive Residence IV, Royal Heights Pratumnak. Luxury 108 sq m, 1 bed en-suite, large balcony, stunning sea and island views, European appliances, built in furniture, large gym, 3 pools, pitch and putt, foreign ownership, 6.4M. Priced lower than developer. 087 941 2677 Email: info/photos. (ptm-g0908)Citismart Soi 1 North Pattaya. Luxury 87 sq m, 2 bed 2 bath, large balcony, 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. (pta-dec0008)Penthouse 720 sqm with a Spectacular Front Sea View. 300 meters from the beach, 5 minutes away from Walking Street. In the best location of Pratamnak Hill. This residence is a 360° unblocked sea view, with a golf and Buddha Hill. Large terrace (240 sqm) with huge Jacuzzi. New modern

design concept, 4 beds/baths + maid room. Any room have terrace. Euro style kitchen, living 118 sqm. Fully furnished at high standard. Price exceptional at 50,000 baht/sqm. Tel. for information or a visit 081 863 1076. (ptm-vi0008)For Quick Sale!!! Great Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in Low Rise Condominium for only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with beautiful interior designs, a really spacious living area, executively decorated, magnificent sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and easy access to everywhere, great facilities are available. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Luxurious Beachfront Condo for Sale. Spectacular sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 137 sqm, 1 big bedroom, 2 aircons, 2 bathroom, living room, with a large balcony, direct phone line, 2 flat screen T.Vs Hi-fi system, kitchenette, all built-in with real wood, tastefully and luxuriously furnished and equipped, ready to move in, 24hr security, swimming pool, fully furnished. Price at 15 Million Baht. To view please call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Fantastic Sea View and Private Beach in North Pattaya, Leam-Chabang view, 137 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, big living room, with a large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, unfurnished. Price at 12 Million Baht. Please call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Condo for Quick Sale. Only 3 Million Baht. Located at Wong Amart Beach, Luxurious Studio, 53 sqm, high floor, fully furnished with built-in. To view please call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Only 5 Units Left! Great opportunity for low season. For quick sale only 3.8 Million Baht. New 5 Star Condominium at Jomtien area, 96 sqm. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-conditions, kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. Slightly furnished, accessible to go everywhere. To view please call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)The Ultimate Destination. Absolutely brand new project with high standard quality. Feel the exuberant breeze in the modern tropical villas with only 49 units. There are 3 lovely styles of family home to choose from, with 3 bedrooms, 3 restrooms, underground cabling and with private pool. Being located off Sukhumvit Road, driving to and from Bangkok is so convenient without the hassle of driving through the city of Pattaya which is only few minutes away, and getting in and out Pattaya is easy with several kinds of transportation available. Price started from 12 Million. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491.

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(ptm-vi0008)In Foreign Name 7.9 Million Baht. Top Quality Beachfront Condominium, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, high floor, with superb overlooking view at the pool and at the ocean, size 64 sqm, luxuriously fully furnished, downtown location. Owner financing can arrange (will consider payment terms of up to 8 months). For viewing please call 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Wow! What a Great Panoramic View in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya, located on the 14th floor, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick selling, only 7,000,000 Baht. Tel 081 357 7491, 081 357 7491. Please for serious buyers only. Condo for sale: in Thepprasit area, 64 sqm. 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, living area, European kitchen, new renovated with foreigner ownership Price for sale: 1.65 MB., Contact Pattaya-Agency –Jomtien Khun Pena: 084 3626945

Chatuchak, Bangkok. Room 83 sq.m. floor 5, pool side view, 2 bedroom with furniture, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 living room. All rooms with air conditioned. Tel. 081 555 8811, 081 938 3498 Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% Deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 First to View Will Buy - New Completed Unit. Pattaya “Down Town” location. 1 Bed57.20 sqm, fully furnished 2.8 Million. 2 Bed- 99 sqm, fully furnished 4.8 Million. Call Barry 089 933 3583 “Trade Up To a Better Lifestyle”. We will “trade in “your property, as part payment on any of our luxury pool villa and condominium projects. Call: Peter 081 982 6145. “Penthouse Style” over looking Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully finished and furnished, best value in town 10,340,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” Pre-Construction discounts and easy payment plans, 150 metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Foreign Ownership, 2 Bedroom Corner Unit. Fully furnished and fitted by a quality developer. Central Pattaya. Special deal for 60 days completion. Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. CS1190: Central Pattaya Top floor apartment, new building, 61 Sq m. Nicely decorated, modern kitchen 2.5 Million Baht, Call for more info 038373 966or by E-mail: pattaya@ CS1115:Central location 40 sq m studio apartment, high floor, fully furnished, Internet & UBC connected already. Call for more info 08-4780 8457or by E-mail: pattaya@ CS0696: Jomtien, Studio units, 2 available, foreign name Top floor, 40 sqm,1.6 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity

Condo in Town Urban: corner unit 52 sqm. 1 bedroom, fully fitted, under construction easy with payment, just take over contact at 3.15 MB interested, Contact Pattaya-Agency – Jomtien Khun Pena: 084 3626945 North Shore Beach Front condo, 67 sqm. 1 bedrooms, living area, European kitchen, south facing walking street, fully furnished, for sale: 7.9 MB, Contact Pattaya-Agency –Jomtien. Khun Pena: 084 3626945 View Talay 2, studio high floor south facing, fully furnished, foreigner ownership ready to move in Price: 1.9 MB Contact Pattaya-Agency –Jomtien Khun Pena: 084 3626945 Supalai Condominium, 1st Building, Soi Paholyotil 21 or Wipawadee 30 (behind Shinnawat Building 3), Paholyotil Rd., Ladyaow,

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Condo for Sale Thai Living: Ocean Marina, Type A, B and C, start from 9 M THB. Sattahip and Pattaya side, empty unit, sea view and marina member. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thai / Thai Living: North Point, new exclusive project on Wong Armat Beach, great sea view, 67 sq.m. on 17h floor, 9.4 M THB. (Foreigner name). For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: View Talay 6. Great sea view and good location (Walking street side), 48 sq.m.17th floor. For 3.29 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Corner unit, fully furnished and great sea view, high floor, 10 M THB. 165 sq.m. duplex unit. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@

Thai Living: Grand Condo. Great view and good location, sea view and large balcony, 3b/ 3b, need renovated, 186 sq.m. 11th floor. 9.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ Thai Living: View Talay 6. Side by side unit for sale with sea view, 48 +48 sq.m. on 22nd floor. 3.2 M. THB per unit. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, 1b/2b, 102 sq.m., fully furnished and great sea view, 25th floor, 6 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: North Point, popular and exclusive, corner unit, south tower, great sea view, 133 sq.m. on 36th floor, 22.95 M THB. (Foreigner name). For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@

Classified Thai Living: View Talay 7. Beach Front Project with Sea View and Great location, 48 sq.m, 19th floor, (Pattaya side) 3.1 M. THB. 21st floor 3.3 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@ Thai Living: View Talay 5C, Near Jomtien beach and nice sea view, 48 sq.m., 12th floor, (Foreigner name), 3.2 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -711017 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E -mail:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, E-mail: novamiragecondo@ (ptm-L0908)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 2 condos to choose from, 48 sq

meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Units available 2506 and 2507 (25th floor; side by side) and COMPETELY NEW INSIDE AND TURN KEY FURNISHED. Purchase Option One: Cash 3.7 Million Baht Each , Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 850,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 850,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime,Thai & English) Email . 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). Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Condo for sale at View talay Condo 5 D Jomtien location 48 Sq.m. on the 12 floor. Pattaya Side, Beautiful Sea ,Fully Furnished, European Kitchen, Dining area and Living area, Big Balcony, Communal Swimming Pool. Available now for rent 2,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore Real Estate 038303825-6 or 086-3134841 Email: Condo for sale at Jomtien beach condominium Studio 30 Sq.m, on 3 floor 1Bathrooms, European kitchen, Furnished, Air-con, Cable TV, Security 24 hr Priced at 950,000 Baht Farang name Call North Shore Real Estate 038-303825-6 or 086-3134841 E-mail : Condo for sale at North Shore Condo on 21 floor 67 Sq.m Naklua side, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bathroom, Living room , big balcony, fully furnished and decorated, European kitchen, Air con, and Hot water. Price at 7,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-3038256 or e-mail : We have the best selection of Ananya Condos Available on the Market Today! We have the last two units available on the penthouse floor of Ananya (5th floor, Phase 3) two bedroom, 155 sqm. Ananya the best location on the best beach of Pattaya, Wongamat Beach. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR2402) Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3091) Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project in front of La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 10.5 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@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 32 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase a great 268 square meter unit in a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ 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) 231931 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) 231931 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. We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

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Condo for Sale 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 087021-7014 Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a re-sale on a very high floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, 103 sqm for 16 Million THB Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR3769) 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 (ptm-n0608)Condo for Rent at Pratamnak Hill Near Cosy Beach & Soi 4. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, fully furnished 15,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-gl0008)Condo for Rent in Hotel Jomtien. 1 bedroom, kitchen,living room, close to the beach very convenient & safe newly renovated class and decent. Interested email or call 087 141 2783 (ptm-a1108)Jomtien Beach Condominium. 65 sq. metres, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen. Fully furnished, good sea views. 4,400,000 baht. Call 089 213 9006 (ptm-b0808)Best Sea View in Pattaya: Pratamnak Hill. Exclusively renovated Condo, 2 Minutes to beach, 60 sq. meters, separate bedroom, big balcony with fantastic sea view. Long term: 20.000,- per month. Please call Ben at 087 820 7710.


Classified (ptm-vi0008)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 10,000 baht per month, long term only. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 (ptm-vi0008)High Quality beachfront Condo for Rent. Amazing sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 105 sqm, 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, living room, with large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 35,000.00 Baht per month. Please call 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Two Breathtaking Condos for Rent. Private beach in North Pattaya, 64 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living room, with balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 25,000 Baht per month. Tel 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000Baht / Month, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel: 038 415 304-8, E-mail:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroup, E-mail: nova CR1019:View Talay 2A ground floor, 100 sq m , 1 bedroom, 2 bath ,communal pool, tastefully furnished, LCD TV, 28,000 P/M ( Short term also available ). Call for more info 08-7808 457 or 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 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1093: 1 bedroom top floor apartment in Jomtien, 84 Sq m,fully furnished, sea views, 25,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouse, POSSIBLE SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 95,000 P/M view to view pictures or call 08-49442 541 or by E-mail: pattaya@

CR1111: Studio apartments for rent many available, both long & short term lets, Wongamat beach area, great pool & Gym, 44 Sq m, modern furniture LCD TV, from 15,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR0846: 2 bedrooms apartments located in Pratumnak close to the beach, many rooms available, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV Prices start at 45,000 P/ M, call 08-49442541 or by Email: 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 0863134841 E-mail : Thai Living: Chateau Dale, Easy access to taxi and short walking distance to the beach, tropical living, fully furnished, 1 - 2 bed, 28,000 – 50,000 THB/ M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, duplex unit. Fully furnished and great sea view on 29th floor, 226 sq.m. 3b/3b, big balcony, 65,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ Thai Living: Royal Hill, great location close to the beach, taxi, city and shopping. 35,000 THB/ M. 2b/2b, fully furnished. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ Thai Living: Jomtien Complex, sea view, fully furnished. 67 sq.m. 20,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ Thai Living: Royal Cliff Beach, Building C, Beautiful beachfront unit with fantastic Sea View, huge balcony, 75,000 THB/M. 3b/3b, fully furnished. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@

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Thai Living: Ananya Condo, Na klau soi 16, Beach front, studio, fully furnished. 25,000 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thai / 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at www.premier 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)

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Condo for Rent 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

Classified Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier 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@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier View Talay V Sea View Condominium for 20,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya! We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

Land for Sale Scared with Stocks & Banks! Invest in Land, Proven Appreciation Year-on-Year! We have sea views from 1 million, near the beach from 2.5 million & mountain views from 700,000 baht. Tel: 081 576 0035, email: countryproperty, (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-n0607)Land Plot for Sale. 200 to 400 sq wah land size on Eastern Star Golf Course: Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364 (ptm-0808)Bang Saray. 2 rai, square, cleared, level, very close beach. 2 rai 6.5 million, 1 rai 3.5 million. 084 105 4533 Thai, 087 901 5229 Eng. Land for Sale in Jomtien Chaiyapruk, 288 sq.wah, with Apartment floor planning Only 900 Meter from Jomtien beach, 12,000 Baht per sq.wah. Price for Sale 3,000,000. - MB, Contact Pattaya-Agency – Jomtien Khun Pena : 084 3626945 PL 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 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@

Fax: (038) 374535 PL 025 Land located in central Pattaya behind Walking street, great plot for apartments, 272 Sq w, 45 Million Baht. Call for more info 084780 8457 or by E-mail: PL 037 Land for sale in the Pong area, close to the H/ Way 36, 2x 1 Rai plots on separate deeds, easy access road, electric & water available, building permission in place, ready to start! Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity PL 028 Land for sale in Soi Bua Khao, close to the Avenue shopping centre 4 Rai, 127 million baht Call 08-4944 5141 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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 PL 030 Land for sale South Pattaya road close to Big C, 4 Rai 200 S q w, 40,000 baht per Sq w call for full details 08-49445141 or by E-mail: 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 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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@ (ptm-vi0008)Land for Sale. 11 Rai in Jomtien area, 10 Million per rai. To view please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491.

(ptm-vi0008)Land for Sale. 2 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, 7.5 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road, next to main road in soi, a great idea for big house. Suits not only for big family, but for small family as well. For quick sale, we will dare to sell it at 1.5 Million Baht only. To view please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. (ptm-vi0008)Land for Sale 20 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, 8 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road and 70 meters from the main road, the best idea for small housing project. For quick sale! Only 500,000 baht per Rai. Nothing’s cheaper than this! To view please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491. 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. Thai Living: Behind Diamond Beach Condo, land for sale with 3 Rai-200 sq.wah for 5.5 M THB. / Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, land for sale, 138 sq.wah. 13 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ Thai Living: Near new Holly Wood, 385 sq.wah of land for sale at 22 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ info@

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Land for Sale Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill (Soi Majestic), land for sale with 2 Rai-202 sq.wah for 55,000 M THB. / Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364515 / / Thai Living: Chaiyapruk 3, 1 Rai - 34 sq.wah of land for sale at 3.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / Thai Living: Hauy Yai, clse to Sukhumvit Rd. 1 Rai 60sq.wah for 1.9 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Land for sale next to Siam Country Club Golf Course! 36 Rai perfect for a housing project for 2.1 Million Baht/ Rai. The land is located in a beautiful landscaped area with stunning mountain views. Call Premier Land and Development Business 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 Brokers038-231-931 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 Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to Incredible 35 Rai of Land perfect for Development includes designs for 160 Unit Condo project 2 Rai lake and area for 20 homes. Priced to sell. Property is in a fast growing area only 10 minutes to the beach and covered in mature coconut trees-absolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 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 FOR INVESTORS……1.5 Rai plot of land for sale on Pratamnak Hill including Building designs, Brochures, Building License, etc, etc. for 32.5 Million Baht including everything you need to start your development. Call Jan at 087-021-3170

Services Provided (ptm-t0908)We Offer Complete Condo Service from Fitting Out Empty. We offer complete condo service from design and fitting out of empty shell to renovation of bathroom, kitchen, lounge, etc. Very high standard of work at very competitive price. For further information and friendly personal advise, call Khun May 089 776 2679 and you can leave all the work to people you can trust. (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-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379 (ptm-p0409)Eden Massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own place. Thai massage, Oil massage, foot massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) (ptm-p0409)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex)

Freelance I.T. Specialist. Services Offered: Data Recovery (accidental format and deletion), Website design and devolopment, Hardware/ Software setup and installation, PC cleaning and maintenance, Free online tech support for minor issues, LAN Configuration, etc. Contact: 087 481 2163, Email: Pattaya Agency Legal Services. We will professionally provide you in shortly working days and also quick formation offering you of this following: Real Estate, Work Permit/One Year Visa, Company Registration, Insurance, Accounting, Balance Sheet, Legal Consultation, Notary Service, Web Design. Call PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (office: 038 231712) Khun Pascal: 084 362 6989, Email: Pattaya Agency –Jomtien: now with in house Law Office (3 lawyers plus 2 consultants). Advance Legal Group (civil – criminal – notary) in English and German language. Information and contact : 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 Renovation Services Carried Out on Condos or Houses. All types of work carried out at a very high standard with very reasonable prices. For quotations call PAC Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng), 087 150 4845 (Thai) If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software and hardware, please phone 086 820 2577 or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng). I will go to service at your place. If you are Looking for a Computer Graphic Designer, Web designer or would like to make some printed matters in reasonable price, please phone 086 820 2577 (Thai) or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng) or email: (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 Pattaya Today. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail

Job Wanted (ptfjv-0608)Italian Man, 40 y.o. is urgently looking for job as manager, in go-go bars. Michael 085 212 0788

Job Vacancies (ptm-ra0808)Wanted: Office Assistant for Housing Estate in NaJomtien. Required: Thai female, decent English,basic computer skills, can work with foreign manager. Provided: Good salary, room, transportation, commission. Please apply at:, or phone 085 487 0720.

( p t m - r a 0 8 0 8 ) Wa n t e d : Gardener and Maid for Housing Estate in NaJomtien. Required: Experienced Thai, couple welcome, can work with foreign manager. Good salary and room provided. Please call 085 487 0720. (ptfjv-0808)Thankful Knowledge Learning Center, 3rd road South Pattaya is looking for eligible, experienced, passionate English teacher to work 30-40 hours a week. More than bilingual will be an advantage. Attractive salary with accommodation. We will provide working permit for the best candidates. Email: (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: Coworkers wanted for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. A Captain with three years experience and a captain’s license. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Crew with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Thai Living Ferry: We are looking for coworkers for our ferry between Pattaya and Hua Hin. Hostess with two years experience please send your CW and letter of application now. For more information contact Sara today sara@thailiving or call, 081 925 5982, 038 364 515. English is mandatory. (ptm-tl0808)Just Us 2: Room Rental Service at Bang Sare. Thai Staffs: 4 positions for Cooker, Diver & Bar, Maid & Serve and Mechanic Man. Cooker can cook for Inter & Thai food, must be active, hard working. English speaking for all position required. Good salary & bonus. Contact: Nu 089 143 9787 E-mail:

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Job Vacancies (ptm-tl0808)Thaihus Samui: Real Estate Agency in Samui. Thai Staffs: 5 positions for Sales Representative , Assistance Sale, Marketing, Listing Agent and Admin & Book Keeping. Foreigner Sale Manager: Top ability & dynamic are required and sale experience in housing business, active, good relationship. High salary + commission. All prefer 2 years experience up in this business filed and must be able to speak English and have computer skill. Good salary and commission. Call: Wanjira 086 113 0667 E-mail: wanjira_uttha@ (ptm-tl0808)SarSaz: Iranian Restaurant in South Pattaya. Thai Staffs for Cooker, Waiter & Waitress, Female Cleaner and Female Reception. Cooker must

be able to cooking for Iranian & Thai food with 2-3 years experience of international restaurant. All must able to speak English and good relationship, active and hard working. High salary + bonus. Call: Kim 086 336 5690 E-mail:kim@ (ptfjv-0808)Staff Required at Southshore FM 88.5, 1.Sales/ Marketing, 2.Production/ Technical Engineer, 3.Music Programming, 4.Djs, contact: 038 052 049 or 085 355 9528 (pta-0708)Restaurant Manager & Assistant Manager Wanted. Thai or Farang with very good English or French; Experience in Western Style Restaurant; Can work with high turnover customers; Must be very outgoing, motivated and hard working; Great base salary plus bonus. Please email resume to:

Classified or send to 329/245 M12 Pattaya Hill Resort 23rd Fl. Pratamnak Rd. Nongpure, Banglamung, Chonburi 20260 (pta-0708)Teacher Wanted for afternoon lessons with 5 year old boy. You should either have English as your mother language or have a degree in English. Call us today 038 364 515. (ptm-0708)URGENT!! Marketing and Sales person Wanted! Thai national, must speak and write English. Good salary and commission. Call 085 277 7900 or send your resume to (ptfjv-0708)Seeking Reliable MaeBaan in NongPlalai 1 Day per Week 8 Hours, Cleaning Washing (Machine), Ironing. Speaking some English or German and worked for Foreigner Advantage. Phone: after 2 O’Clock PM 081 810 5841 (ptfjv-0708)Aletia Tours Co., Ltd is Looking for Promoter. Requirement: English spoken tel: 089 096 8894. High Salary + %. Contact person: Tatiana (pta-0708)High Salary Plus Commission..!! Top Car Rental in Jomtien required friendly outgoing female. Excellence of both speak and written English. Bachelor’s degree/Vocational Education. Can drive a car and have driving license. Call for interview T.038 252 275, 038 364 268

(pta-0708)Cook /Waitress and Manageress Wanted! For new Coffee shop in Jomtien. Training given, must speak some English. Call for interview 081 865 1011 (pta-0708)New Coffee Shop in Jomtien Needed. Drummer and Guitarist. Both can speak Some English. Call 081 429 1482, 038 364 461 (ptfjv-0708)Looking for Ladies(Mamasang) to Look After a new Jomtien bar. Salary negotiable. Peter 080 641 8264 (pta-lp0508)Wanted Thai Man for Renovation and Designing Company, who can speak fluent English and has basic managerial and computer knowledge. Contact 089 754 6438 (pta-0508)Pattaya Real Estate Office. Sales Receptionist, English Speaking, Female 21 to 35 years. Salary + Bonus. Thai Nationality Only. Call K. Jai after 10 am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200 (pta-0508)Pattaya Real Estate Office. Trainee Sales / Rental person, English Speaking, Female 22–35 Years, experience an advantage. Own Transport required. Salary Plus Commis-sion. Thai Nationality Only. Call Jai for an interview after 10am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200

Fax: (038) 374535

(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-0708)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-0708)We are a Property Development Company. Urgently looking for sales receptionist staff/Admin female, Thai nationality. Must have good command of English, computer skill, experience in office document. Contact:: Please send CV to (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 (pta-jv0108)Medium Sized Steel-Furniture Production and Export Company in Pattaya searching Thai candidates of both sexes, positioned as a General Manager. Preferably experienced in production related work, structured, cooperative, master good English both written and orally and have average computer skills. Work will be focused on general improvement both in sales and production performance. Personal management, reports and logistics will also be part of this work. Necessary training will be given. Salary up to 50,000 THB/month and possible bonus allocation, (pta-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 087-0217014 (Jan Nuyten). (pta-vj2207)Leading Thai International Construction Company. Looking for top quality personnel for major civil project in Dubai. Excellent salary & career opportunites. Project managers, Construction managers, QA/QC Engineers, AutoCad/Design Engineers, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers. Age 30 – 47 years, good English. Engineer degree. Please send resume to Call 086-8169398 (ptfj-2007)Exciting Projects, Dynamic Company, great salary & bonus schemes are looking for the following positions: 2 Construction Managers (THB 100,000150,000 tax free), 5 Section Managers (THB 60,00080,000), 10 Superintendents/ Supervisors (THB 40,00050,000), 1 team Survey Engineers/Technicians (THB 20,000-40,000), 5 CAD Draughtsman (THB 20,00040,000), 2 Project Planner/Coordinator & 4 Assistants (THB 30,000-50,000), 2 Architects (THB 50,000-100,000). Only those with top ability & dynamic are required. Spoken & written English. Call 087 140 5199 or 086 816 9398 (ptfj-0708)Companion, Friend, Caregiver needed by rich, retired, lonely, healthy American. No smoking or drinking, Thai lady, any age, part time or full time. Massage and cook one meal. 15,000 B. Good job, beautiful condo. Jomtien Plaza, Building A, Apt. 406/ 282, 2601 Fl . Call 038 231 999 (ptfj-1907)Off-shore Oil & Gas Personnel for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia required. Call ECO Thai Group Co., Ltd., 038 682 097, 087 140 5199


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

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-BKKAMS . Start from 570 Euro’s. All the price not include tax. Visa to Europe, Vietnam, Laos, China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia; Ext Hotel Reservation, Scuba Diving, Taxi, Minibus. Tel 038 413 530, 038 724 023, Fax 038 413 540 Email:

Motorbikes & Cars for Rent (ptm-t0508)Motorbikes for Rent. Nouvo, Click, Mio. 200 baht day. 1,200 baht week, 4,500 baht month. WILL DELIVER. 086 824 4910 (ptm-s0708)Do You Want to Rent a Car? Neat, reliable Mitsubishi Champ, 4 doors, aircon, well running, radio. Full comprehensive insurance for just 9,500 B/month. Phone 081 835 9923 or stefanalive@ (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 for Sale (ptm-c0008).Isuzu D-Max Cab 4 (4 Door) 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4 X 4 Automatic, 2006/ 7, diamond black metallic with black leather interior, Sony TV, 2000 watt, Hi Fi, 18” alloy wheels, loaded with extras. Top of the range model, 40,000 kms, full agent service history, still under maker’s warranty. Must see 690,000 baht . Call 087 139 1539

(ptm-h0608)Jeep Cherokee / 4.0 High Output. Auto, Low miles, top condition, full service, new tires, RD, TV, CD. Colour: black & silver, yellow leather. Must See!! From Farang Owner! Fast Sale for 199,000 Baht. Like Farang Buyer! Call or message: 086 113 6698 Email:, Language: English or German (ptfvs-a0708)Hyundai Sonata Auto for Sale. Good conditions. Year 1996. 2.0 litre engine. Power steering. Was 150,000 Bath now is 110,000Bath. Tel: 086 930 4005 (ptfvs-k0708)Toyota 99 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto Diesel. Only 125,000 ks. VGC. Urgent! Only 290,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708)Audi Auto L.P.G. Low ks. VGC 190,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708)Toyota 2005 Sport Rider 4X4 Auto DSL. Only 140,000 ks Only 525,000 offer. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-k0708)A Solid Gold Longines Watch and Band, valuation $14,000 – new $20,000. Sell for only $6,000 or swap for jet ski or car or 4 wheel drive. 08 600 68 390 (ptfvs-r0408)2003 Nissan NV Truck with Carryboy. Top-automatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721 (ptfvs-l0708)In Quite Exceptional Condition. Daewoo Cielo GXL (top of range) 1.5 automatic, 4 door saloon with cavernous boot. 6 months tax, 10 months insurance 145,000 baht O.N.O. Please phone 038 421 502 (ptm-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. (ptm-d0608)Honda Super 4 Black 400 cc regular servicing, new tyres, sprockets and chain. Great condition. 50,000 baht. Call 087 013 5770 (ptm-c0007)Toyota Tiger 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, air bag, ABS, C.D. Big alloys, loads of extras, 130,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned. Immaculate condition. 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539

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New Thai style restaurant opens

Restaurant owner Khun Bunjong Khun Bunjong with special guests, Khun Bunjong Busarakamwong on Busarakamwong with his family Khun Rungroj & Khun Yudthong stage with his VIP guests THE Fairtex Group has opened a value for money Thai style Thanomjai restaurant inside a small soi beside the Fairtex complex on Pattaya’s North Road, and is similar to their bigger one in Bangkok. It’s in a garden with big trees and specialises in traditional Thai and steak dishes, which are mainly cooked at your table over small charcoal grills. Salads from 30-baht and main dishes well under 200baht. The owner of Fairtex, Mr Phillip was on hand on their recent soft opening night to welcome the many guests.

Awards at Navy League presentation

Isuzu Operations (Thailand) give thanks to Middle East customers

Peter awards Sheena for Mermaid Dive Center

Reinhard with Brian, Khun Toy and Maike

Peter Thorand presents an award to Khun Toy

USNL President Peter with

Wine Cellar manager Reinhard PATTAYA’S United States Navy League (USNL), held its first ever awards dinner to present commemorative plaques to sponsors and supporters who have generously helped the USNL. After dinner and lots of fine wine with the compliments of the Wine Cellar’s Manager Reinhard Murer, the USNL President Peter Thorrand presented awards and commented on the success of their organisation. Award winners included Bell Helicopters & Kings Seafood Restaurant, plus Swiss House Restaurant, Mermaids Diving Centre, World Gems, and Tequila Reef Restaurant.

Rotarians celebrate Christmas The dinner at Dusit Thani Pattaya’s The Point hosted by Isuzu (Thailand) Company Limited attended by some 30 of its customers from the Middle East ISUZU Operations (Thailand) Co., Ltd. have shown their appreciation to their customers coming from the Middle East by inviting them to Thailand to experience Thai culture and hospitality. The customers, flown in (all-expenses paid) from Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain spent two days visiting Bangkok and Pattaya. During an informal dinner hosted at The Point of Dusit Thani Pattaya, Senior Export Manager Siwaporn Pongchumrus and Snehnart Sangkwat of Sales handling America, Africa and Middle East Team said that the gesture was Isuzu’s way of expressing their gratitude to their Middle East clients for their support to the company over the years. Interestingly enough, the dinner took place during Thanksgiving Night with extensive buffet and live band entertainment. Isuzu Operations (Thailand) Company Limited is one of the top 1,000 companies in Thailand. It is now exporting ISUZU D-MAX to 83 countries all over the world including Asia and the Pacific, Australia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as Central and South America.

DG Peter Malhotra with Gert (right) & his wife

Main sponsor was Katalina Residence II

A select number of rotary clubs booked individual club tables to attend the Taksin – Pattaya Rotary Club’s Christmas celebration party, which saw a performance of singing and dancing routines by some of our local underprivileged kids. The evening received generous sponsorship from the Katalina-II condominium development group, as the gold sponsors, with the property brokerage company of Russian House plus the Pattaya Mail Media Group both being Silver sponsors for this happy occasion. Rotary District Governor Peter Malhotra spoke at length regarding the charitable work of local Rotarians, including a fund on the night in question to aid Cherie Demet with her future education.

Rotary members Dr Olivier, Max & Dennis

VIP Rotarians enjoying the evening

PSC helps the Banglamung Aged Person’s Home

PSC Executives, Bernie Tuppin, Dennis Willet, Khun Nittaya, Dennis Willet, Bernie Paul Donohue, with Home Director Khun Somjedt Tuppin and Khun Somjedt cut the ribbon

PSC Pres. Dennis Willet & Khun Somjedt with Paul Donohue, Bernie Tuppin & home residents

REPRESENTED by Messr’s Dennis Willet, President, Bernie Tuppin, Charity Chairman, Paul Donohue, Secretary and Khun Nittaya Patimasongkroh, Charity member and President of the YWCA, the Pattaya Sports Club attended the official opening of the wing to the Banglamung Aged Person’s Home, which will provide space for an additional 12 beds with separate toilet and shower facilities. Welcoming them was the Home’s Director, Khun Somjedt Nanudorn. The new facilities were fully funded by the membership of the Pattaya Sports Club and will enable the specialized attention to dementia residents of the Home. The Home residents showed their appreciation to the PSC with a musical performance and dance in traditional Thai form. Several of the PSC Executives were persuaded to join-in and this was all captured by a local TV station, which recorded the festivities.


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PILC ladies enjoy Christmas

PILC members Judy, Roseanne and Joan

PILC president Marloes, Danny, Opal & Yvette

Santa (Rick) toasts the Baan Jing Jai kids

AROUND two hundred local members and friends of Pattaya’s International Ladies Club (PILC) recently attended a very joyous Christmas luncheon at the Royal Cliff Hotel Resort. The ladies organised stalls full of Christmas gift items, that were simply asking to be purchased, with the object of raising further charity funds. The highlight of the dinner was their own fashion show which the members carried out in a thoroughly professional manner. The PILC has had a record breaking year of membership and charity events,in spite of unexpectedly having to postpone their Black & White Charity Ball at the Dusit Hotel Resort on the 17th of January 2009.

Business and pleasure at Liam’s gallery Malaysian general visits Thailand Liam extended his gallery for the event

Linda with Peter & Royd

Sister Joan and Mary Pierce from Fountain of Life

THE local Irish community turned out in force to Liam’s Art Gallery where the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce (ITCC) had arranged an evening function. This was sponsored by Liam himself, and he had around seventy precious murals & paintings on display from the famous Thai artist Khun Prayooth (1940 – 2005) who specialised in 16-18th century artworks for the rich & famous. Marvellous food & wines helped everyone mingle within the large multi-storey gallery. This meeting was so successful that Executive Director Peter O’Shea and Eastern Seaboard Director Mary Walsh concurred that there would be other functions in the new year, based along similar lines.

Liam welcomes ITTC Dir. Mary Walsh

Iguana company says thank you

Developers Cees Cuipers,Rony Fineman & Miki Haim

Khun Supap & Clayton Wade with Robert Watson

Iguana's Ronny and Meny in full support

Iguana managing director Miki Haim thanks everyone for their support

AROUND four hundred people concerned with the real estate business gathered at a thank you party hosted by the Iguana property development group, held at the Montien Hotel. The poolside party had the best of food and drink and a great onstage entertainment, plus some fun games both for adults and the kids. Iguana managing director Miki Haim, giving out gifts to the guests young and old, quoted his well known slogan of “We keep our promises”. The Iguana group has made its reputation selling good quality residences at a fair price as well as paying their agents their commission right on time. Iguana headquarters are at Chateau Dale Plaza on Thrappaya Road and they have several exciting projects currently on the go, including the Sunset Boulevard, Hyde Park, Pattaya Heights & Park Lane.

Malaysian general visits Thailand to attend HM The King's Birthday celebrations MALAYSIAN Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri HJ Abdul Aziz Bin HJ Zainal (second left) and his family were warmly welcomed to Dusit Thani Pattaya during their recent visit upon invitation from The Royal Thai Armed Force Headquarters for HM The King’s birthday celebrations. Also seen in the photo are Pramot Sothana (far left), hotel Front Office manager; Oranuch Chantramala (far right), Dusit Club manager and Thidsida Shingrissiri, (second right), Rooms Division director.


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Pattaya Today Volume 8 Issue 7  

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 7  

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