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Vol. 8 No. 5 ! 16 - 30 November 2008


Volume 8, Issue 5

16 - 30 November 2008


Bright Future for Ko Larn A gem stone waiting to be cut

CITY authorities intend to carve out a special niche for the island of Ko Larn in ambitious plans revealed by the Ko Larn district chief. He welcomed a group of the Pattaya mayor’s advisors and councillors, about 30 in total, to inspect the island from all viewpoints including the economy, the environment, infrastructure and tourist safety. There was general agreement that proper investment at this time would produce enormous bonuses for the local tourist industry later on. The island situated in Pattaya bay was formerly a fishing boats’ harbour

and is still scenic and rural. The island has a total of 3,500 rai with hilly and mountainous areas taking up 70% of the total. The registered population is about 2,000 with a further 4,000 non registered residents who are mostly running small businesses. During high season several thousand visitors make the trip to Ko Larn every day and their spending comes to millions of baht. Dr Wissanu Palayanont, president of the mayoral advisory team, said that the island was the last gem stone in the area but that it needed to be

cut to increase its worth and value. There were still infrastructure problems such as intermittent power brownouts, water shortages and an inadequate waste disposal system. These inadequacies needed to be addressed before eco-tourism could really take off. He explained that international investment to develop the island had already been offered provided the problems were addressed first. Representatives of the Ko Larn islanders said at a public meeting that their views had to be taken on board too. Thus

eco-tourism could lead to many restrictions and rules designed to protect nature but which actually could ruin the small businessman. Mayoral advisor Niran Wattanasartsathorn stated that the city had allocated 30 million baht to improve the water system and a further 100 million baht to run electric cables from the mainland. He prophesied that Ko Larn in the future, once properly developed, would boost tourist numbers in the eastern seaboard as it offered such a stark alternative to the bright lights of Pattaya itself.

Marriage visa age raised to 21 British government tightens rules THE age at which someone can apply for a British marriage visa will increase from 18 to 21 from the end of November 2008, the government has announced. From November 27, both parties in a marriage will need to be at least 21 before the visa can be issued.

Raising the age is just one part of the government’s work to crackdown on forced marriage and on those who attempt to abuse the marriage visa route. Border and immigration minister Phil Woolas said, “It’s important that we protect vulnerable young people and

this measure will help avoid exploitation. The changes being made to the marriage visa route are part of the package of measures being brought in to deliver the biggest shake-up to immigration and border security for 45 years.” Continued on page 4



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Underground cables raise their heads again

DEPUTY mayor Ronakit Ekasingh announced to an intrigued audience of government employees and outside

organizations that Pattaya’s beach road myriad assembly of telephone lines, electric cables and water pipes will soon go underground after all.

It’s three years since the previous administration promised to complete this work in order to beautify Pattaya’s beach road and get rid of numerous eyesores. But the project never got under way thanks to a miscellany of factors such as budgets running out, confusion about contracts and even a touch of lethargy it has to be said. But Mr Ronakit stated that all this was behind us now. The city had a plan now to put all the cables underground on a budget of 200 million baht which would cover the area

from the Dusit Thani hotel to Walking Street. He added that earnest discussions had been held with the phone companies, the electric company and the water authority to speed things up. There would be a monthly fee of 2,000 baht for state enterprises to rent a trench tunnel underground, but there was as yet no set price for the private sector. One of the best things about the project is that the electric poles which diminish the charm of beach road will disappear for good. Hopefully, the work will take about a year, even less according to the optimists.

Glasses handed out to students

ON November 7, president of Pattaya One World for Sharing

Mrs Nittaya Patimasongkraw, together with club members,

handed out spectacles to students and teachers who couldn’t see very well at Sattahip Wittayakom School, Na Jomtien. Mrs Nittaya said that the project originated with the YWCA and was done in conjunction with Pattaya Sports Club. So far the project had given out 120,000 pairs of specs throughout the province. Each person needing specs receives them only after a thorough eye test to make sure the prescription is the right one.

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A mass ordination to honour His Majesty

DEPUTY city mayor Wattana Jantanawaranont chaired a meeting to oversee the mass ordination of 81 persons as

monks which will take place on December 2 at Nong Yai temple and other revered places. The activity is in honour of His Majesty the King’s eightieth birthday next month. Various organizations had supported the ordination apart from local government, including the Buddhist Club, Burapa University and the Kanlayanimit Centre amongst others. A parade will also be held from Pattaya city hall to Jittawa Wittayalai in Naklua.

Governor orders deck chair restrictions remain

RONAKIT Ekasingh, deputy mayor, has informed the media that the new Chonburi governor has endorsed the

policy of the retiring one, Pracha Taerat, to reorganize the deck chairs at Pattaya and Jomtien beaches so

that at least 50% of the land available is free of obstruction. There has been an ongoing argument with the deck chair operators who want to space out their concessions to please the tourists, prevent overcrowding and serve snacks and drinks. But the local authority has been ordered by the provincial administration that at least 50% of the space on beaches must be left free for the public who should not be expected to have to clamber over reclining sunbathers and

the like. The deck chair operators had rather hoped that a change of governor might mean a change of heart. Mr Ronakit explained that the committee which originally ordered the new rules had been adamant in intent and the policy must go ahead irrespective of what people might think about it. City hall police have been told to enforce the regulations, so it’s best to prepare for much whistle blowing and minor pandemonium in the weeks ahead, especially on weekends.

NEWS Nagas MC and Jesters Care for Kids in Joint Venture


RECENTLY, the Nagas MC and Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive joined forces to assist the Children’s Ward at Chonburi

General Hospital. The presentation took place at the club bar of the Nagas MC in Sri Racha when a cheque for 200,000 baht

Demobilization ceremony at Sattahip navy base

Vol. 8 No. 5 ! 16 -30 November 2008 was handed over to hospital management for the purchase of infant incubators and defibrillators. In fact, it was learned that recently a child fatality at the hospital might have been averted had there been one of these devices on hand. The Nagas MC, loyal supporters of the Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drives since 2005, have been Platinum Sponsors, or 100,000 baht donors, for the last 3 years. This year they chose to have their donation go to the Chonburi General Hospital Children’s Ward after hearing of their dire need for essential equipment. The Jesters decided to match their

contribution with an additional 100,000 baht for this worthy cause. This year the Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive raised over 8 million baht for underprivileged children in Thailand.

Motorbike riding for safety coming soon

Windsurfing championship scheduled for December

DEPUTY mayor Weerawat Kharkai chaired a meeting to make plans for the Pattaya City RS:X Asian Youth Championship which is to take place November 28 thru’ December 4 at Jomtien beach. Mr Weerawat said that a budget of seven million baht

had been allocated and that the windsurfing championship would be in three categories according to age and sex. Thirteen countries had already accepted the invitation to take part including Ukraine, Russia, Singapore, Israel, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

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lower the bar according to the needs of business and taking population trends into account.” He added that if the system had been in place last year, then 12% fewer people would have been accepted under the equivalent work permit scheme. Tier 2 of the points system will ensure that British jobseekers get the first shot at jobs and only those foreign workers required will be able to come to the UK. Companies will need to pass the resident labour market test by proving they cannot fill a post with a resident worker before they can bring in anyone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Marriage visa raised to 21 Also, the home office is helping British owned businesses to prepare for the go-live of tiers 2 and 5 of the points system by publishing detailed guidance to cover skilled and temporary workers. Employers will be held accountable for the workers they bring into the country with a new sponsorship scheme holding businesses responsible for those they employ. Mr Woolas said, “The points system means that only migrants with the skills Britain needs can come. It’s also flexible, enabling us to raise or

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.

CAPTAIN Kampanat Singudom, chief of security at Sattahip navy base, presided over the handing out of certificates in the cafeteria to the demobilised unit 3/2549 which had 123 recruits. Many friends and family members attended the event. Lieutenant commander Saneh Wasunich read out the official letter by order 194/2551 that the class was to be dissolved

after one year of service according to protocol. The Thai people owed a debt of gratitude to the unit which had done its utmost duty in the service of the motherland. After the ceremony was over, all members of the defunct unit received a certificate of recognition and momentos were given out to the crowd of proud relatives and friends.

Russian guides issue still not resolved Shortage of Thais speaking the lingo

THE fifth Safety Riding for Peace motorbike project will be visiting Pattaya in the new year. A planning meeting heard that the project will promote tourism, promote peace in the country’s southern provinces and remind everyone to wear helmets when on the road. The event will coincide with the Asian indoor games in the city February 13-14 next year. On the first day there will be a stuntman show and a Para motor show. On the second

day, there will be a huge Harley Davidson rally with around 7,000 motorbikes roaring around town. At night there will be a live music performance by Carabao band. There are also scheduled to be Harley Davidson booths, food and drink, a Miss MC contest, a live music performance by Pattaya Bob, a live performance by Laem Morrison and, finally To m Dundee will be at the event. Oh, and don’t forget the fireworks display too.

Handicapped tourists need a better service The elderly might benefit from lofty plan

DEPUTY mayor Weerawut Kharkai organised yet another meeting after learning that there still too many Russian guides in the resort according to their Thai critics. Previously, the employment department had issued a directive that were too many non work permit holders, Russians in the main, leading tour groups and denying Thai guides their crust of bread so to speak. It was stated once again at the meeting that foreign labour was illegal unless supported by full Labour Office documen-

tation and proof of payment of the fees. The argument the other way has been that not enough Thai tour guides speak Russian and the way out of the dilemma was some sort of partnership or informal understanding since many Russians visited the resort and expected to see the wonders here explained to them in their native tongue. Police lieutenant colonel Suwan Oonanant, Pattaya tourist police chief, said the incidents had been going on for long enough. The resulting

Mr Apichart Puedpan, assistant to Pattaya’s district administrative chief, chaired a meeting to talk about facilities for groups such as children, the elderly and the physically challenged. It was stated by the Father Ray Redemptorist Centre, which runs a vocational centre for the handicapped, that they had a detailed plan to make the city more user friendly by improving road sgns and creating better facilities in public places, including confusion and bad publicity had affected the image of Pattaya and police alike. There was no formal solution to the dilemma at the meeting, but the deputy mayor urged the Russian tour guides to speak again to their Thai counterparts before a further, final meeting which would make a decision binding on all parties.

footpaths. It was urged at the meeting that other groups, including the very young and the very old, would benefit from the improvements. Tourist receipts would also rise as handicapped persons might well stay longer in the resort. Currently, Pattaya city fathers had hired King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Lardkrabang (architecture department) to design a city more useful to the disabled and to present it to the city authority. Amongst the ideas to be presented would be rest areas for the disabled, adapted toilets at hotels and a special pathway all along the beach waterfront. However, it was stressed that the responsibility was not only city hall’s. Both the private sector and other government would need to bend their backs and turn out their pockets to turn dreams into reality.

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Cambodians risk their lives to seek freedom

Said their lives on a boat were absolute hell THE Royal Thai Navy sent a patrol vessel and an inflatable dinghy to rescue five Cambodian fishermen who had tempted doom by leaping from their boat in a desperate bid for freedom. They were bobbing around for more than four hours before they scrambled on dry land at Rongnung island, in Sattahip bay. Whilst there, they had to eat whatever they could find and catch (crabs, crustaceans and the like). A navy patrol had spotted the lonely guys and had notified headquarters in Sattahip on the correct assumption that they were illegal immigrants. At length, the five men between the ages of 19 and 25 were brought to Sattahip in a starved condition and were brought to the police station for a bit of a grilling. One of the Cambodians Mr Tata spoke fluent Thai and he agreed to be spokesman for the group. He said they had originally been hired by a recruiter (to whom they paid a fee of several thousand baht) to take jobs in a secret Thai factory, but were instead taken to a fishing vessel where they had toiled for eight

months without setting foot on dry land, a very inhumane predicament beyond all reasonable doubt. Mr Tata described conditions on board as really awful. They did not receive any pay, could not contact their families and felt like slaves. Suddenly they had sighted a small island near Sattahip and decided to make a watery dash for freedom. They said they would not be trying to work in Thailand again as the whole experience had been a nightmare. Thai immigration police were informed and will escort them back to the Cambodian side of their border. Naval sources said the boat of horror was

nowhere to be seen and had presumably sailed away into the sunset minus the Cambodian crew. Later, the Cambodian media praised the Thai navy for their bravery in saving the five Cambodian nationals who jumped from their virtual imprisonment on a fishing boat to find freedom on dry land. Officials of the Cambodian embassy also visited their nationals who are currently in Banglamung police station as they had no travel visas as illegal workers. One idea to come out of this human suffering was that the Thai and Cambodian navies would patrol the seaways in a joint enterprise.

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Three drunks collide with electric pole TWO persons died, and one survived just about, after a motorbike accident with an electric pole in soi Nongsadao in Banglamung. At the grisly scene rescuers found a Thai man Mr Wanchai Hanpayak, aged 30, lying injured in a bush and he was rushed to hospital in a most critical state of health. The other two men were dead already post impact with broken necks and were said to be pipe cover workers at Laem Chabang industrial estate. The damaged Yamaha Nuovo motorbike was found damaged nearby and police said that the cause of the accident was heavy

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Cambodian fisherman brutally murdered

drinking. The three men were drinking at one of their homes in soi Nongsadao and then decided to go on to a snooker

club which was a crazy idea given the circumstances. The result was total oblivion for two of the men and a skirt with death for the third one who remains in intensive care in Banglamung hospital.

Motorbike collided with pedestrians

THE partially dismembered corpse of a Cambodian fisherman was discovered at the pier at Samsarn bay, Sattahip, on November 6 after the alert was raised by the chief of a local rescue squad. Police and divers rushed off to the scene of tragedy and identified the corpse as a Mr Laen, a 27 year old Cambodian national with his right arm cut off and many horrendous knife wounds to his body. A friend of the deceased said he had last been seen having a heated argument with another Cambodian not far from where the remains were discovered.

Police said they were working on the theory that the dead man had got into rivalry as he was involved in the illegal drugs business. Thus he had been eliminated by his business associates perhaps for not turning in sufficient profits, or even because he was working in another gang’s territory. The savagery of the attack on this poor man indicated that he had certainly committed some vile crime in the eyes of other drugs criminals. Update: Another Cambodian, 21 year old Mr Peg, has been arrested and charged with murder. He said he disliked the dead man.

Drugs hauled by cops in Huay Hai

American beaten up by vicious teens

THE Sawangboriboon rescue volunteers received a phone call from a sturdy and reliable citizen that a motorbike driver had mowed into several bystanders near the Bali Hai pier on November 7. When police arrived, they found that first aid was already being administered to three persons (a student, a female adult and a foreigner) who were quite seriously injured. There was a 1500 cc motorbike which was in a damaged condition. Witnesses said they were

Business downturn causes suicide say police MICHAEL Ulrich Schwintenschlog, a German national, died after apparently leaping to his doom from Building “A” of View Talay condominium. The 52 year old was lying on his side and had terrible wounds on discovery by the Sawangboriboon volunteers. Police found 1,000 baht in his

ERIC Monaghan, aged 24 and originating in the United States, was in a bad way in hospital after being beaten badly by four or five Thai teens. The incident occurred in soi 5, Pratumnak Hill, and the farang rushed for help to a neighbouring 7-11 convenience store. Police said they were not clear what had happened. One

witness said the American was drunk and an argument broke out, whilst another said an attempt had been made to rob him and the injuries were sustained in the name of self defence. Inquiries are continuing. It was not possible to question the perpetrators as they had dashed off in the darkness without a solitary trace.

alarmed to see this big motorbike, being driven by a foreigner with a steely complexion, which veered out of control and careered onto a sidewalk with near fatal results. The foreigner receiving first aid was believed to be the driver and further inquiries will be held after he recovers from his injuries. Some witnesses thought he was a joy rider who wanted to speed away in order to impress people. If so, that’s not a good idea at all.

pockets and some identifying documentatiom. Police questioned his wife Suwanna Wantawee who said they had been in a relationship for seven years. She explained her husband rented out rooms but there was a shortage of business right now thanks to the economic malaise. Mr Michael had stress big time as he had to worry about heart disease as well as debts around town he could not repay. Police stated that witnesses had told them that the man and wife occasionally argued, but this state of affairs was not really relevant to the matter. The German embassy has been notified and an autopsy will be held in the police forensics laboratory in Bangkok.

POLICE from Na Jomtien station held a press briefing to announce the arrest of a 17 year old youth in Huay Yai area following the discovery of 380 ampthetamines in his place of residence in Soi Na Jomtien, Moo 1. Police had received a tip off that a very naughty person was offering the tablets for sale and stakeout officers waited until the suspect turned up at the house driving a white Honda bike with no license plate. Officers revealed themselves

and the suspected teenager readily admitted his crime, suggesting the drugs had been obtained from Mr Peng who was apparently the big shot in the area. The lad revealed that he got 2,000 baht per delivery of drugs and that he had been in the business for several weeks. He said he was sorry he had now been caught but explained he had tried to avoid arrest as he did not like the idea of punishment however well deserved it might be.

Suspect is arrested in brutal murder case POLICE arrested on November 9 a suspect Mr Rithirong Glinkajorn who was believed to have shot dead Mr Arisman Yamunsapidrin. Police found a 9 mm gun and 82 bullets together with more than a thousand yaba tablets at the suspect’s house in a Sri Racha sub district. The suspect agreed he had shot the victim because he did not like the way he behaved in a rather haughty fashion. There had been a motorbike chase as far as the Third Road when five

shots had been fired at the hapless guy who died on the spot. Police superintendent Noppodol Wongnorm said that bail had been refused as Mr Rithirong was a most dangerous character who was rarely seen without a gun about his person. There was a reconstruction at the crime scene, organized by police, during which the father of the victim tried to attack the suspect whilst the dead man’s mother fainted on the spot.

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Ting tong man arrested Cross dresser dies after for attempted car theft careless driving habit

POLICE arrived at the Carrefour parking lot on Central Road after receiving a report that a man was poking around in a car which did not belong to him. Security guards had already gathered round 29 year old Tawitch Kangjui who hailed from Naklua. He was attempting to root around in a bronze Toyota Camry presumably to find valuables or maybe something to eat. The owner of the car was William Ogan, aged 70, who was the once famous Thai singer Billy Ogan now in

retirement. Guards said that one of the cart collectors had initially reported that the younger man was acting suspiciously as he wandered from car to car with a strange expression on his face. When the guards tried to speak him they received in reply only a string of gibberish. Everyone agreed that he was probably suffering from some kind of insanity but he was none the less charged with attempted theft and will have to meet his day in court.

Fourteen year old boy killed in shooting incident

A construction site in Naklua, belonging to Bovic Thai Company, was the setting for a youthful tragedy on November 6 when Banglamung police station got to hear of dread tidings. In a workers’ accommodation area, there was found the dead body of 14 year old Sornram Sewana, the son of a construction worker. He had several gunshot wounds all over his body in what was clearly a brutal slaying. The mother Mrs Lamyeen Sewana was in dire distress as she unfolded the tale to investigators. She said that her son was not attending school at the moment (not interested it seems) and would play with friends in the camp

accommodation area. But she had seen nothing to help the investigation. A friend called Pe (not the real name) said the boy had been playing in an empty room when suddenly shots rang out. Clearly there were too many bullet wounds for the death to have been a selfinflicted one. Police deduced that he might have been playing in the room with a friend who started firing the gun accidentally. Just as likely, the youngster might have had a crush on a girl and stirred up a jealous rivalry in an unknown third party. Officers said they had one or two leads and would hopefully produce the perpetrator in the shortest possible time.

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POLICE received a dismal report that a person had died in soi 23, Naklua, after colliding on a motorbike with a baht bus. Arriving at the scene, investigators found a baht bus with a large dent on the driver’s side. Nearby was lying a man in woman’s clothes, aged around 26 or so, with terminal injuries and a lot of blood. Nearby was his black Honda bike in a state

of utter ruination. The baht bus driver Mr Teerapong Terptip said he was driving along towards Naklua market when suddenly this person on a bike appeared going the wrong way. The whole thing happened so fast that he was unable to avoid a collision which resulted in the transcendental transfer following an instant death. Inquiries are continuing.

Woman ends up under wheels of truck

AT Padoon market, opposite Pattaya Memorial Hospital, there was a terrible incident after a motorbike hit a six wheel delivery truck, resulting in the death of one person owing to the accident. The motor bike driver was identified as Miss Nittiya Kaewseekao, aged 32, and she died with a smashed skull even though wearing a helmet. Documents on the body showed that she was employed

by Tops supermarket. The truck driver Mr Pornanont Kankamang, aged 33, said he was driving on the Central Road when he felt that his truck rear had been struck by something or other. Witnesses said that she was trying to overtake the truck but, instead of that, ended up under its wheels. Police are collecting statements from bystanders but a verdict of accidental death is on the cards.

Loony lady stabs herself with knife Rejected her status as minor wife

Banglamung police lieutenant Jeerasak Abfang was shocked to hear that a Thai female had gone nuts and used a knife to

cause herself a serious wound. The incident occurred on the fourth floor of the Wong Prachan condo, Naklua, where

German’s death is a bit of a mystery

PATTAYA Hills mansion hotel, Thappraya Road, was the latest scene of European doom when the body of Artur Kappler, aged 64, was found naked on his bed in a foul smelling environment as two days had expired since he quit this mortal plane. There were no signs of a violence or anything untoward and the television was still on. There were various medicines in the room which were taken away for examination. A hotel staff member said Mr

Kappler had lived in semisolitude for about five years and hardly ever went out because of an arthritis problem. However a number of underage, young boys did visit him in his room for purposes not proven. On the day of his death he had ordered a meal from the cafeteria and was only discovered to have assumed corpse status after a young boy discovered the truth of the matter. The German embassy was notified and an autopsy will be held.

Miss Kannika, aged 27 and from Khon Kaen, was lying on the floor wearing a white top and brown pants with much blood coming from a nasty stomach wound. The knife was 15 centimeters long. Mr Dun Sondee, aged 24 and a security guard, said that the injured woman was the second wife (mia noi) of a German national living mainly with the main wife Ms Klawjai Klamtong. Before the incident there had been a heavy drinking session and the German man had taken Ms Klawjai upstairs to the room for an undisclosed leisure activity. However, Miss Kannika

could not bear this and, in spite of frantic efforts by friends to stop her, stabbed herself twice in the midriff area. She soon collapsed, failing to break the laws of physics in the process, whereupon good Samaritans phoned the Sawangboriboon rescue service. Witnesses said that that the wounded lady, who was rushed to hospital, was mentally ill and did many curious things in the course of every 24 hours which came and went. It seemed that she was most peculiar after consuming beer or whiskey. Inquiries are continuing, but a self inflicted explanation seems certain.



Royal Cliff Beach Resort welcomes ASEAN SecretaryGeneral Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

THE Royal Cliff Beach Resort recently welcomed Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, for The ASEAN Joint Consultative Meeting. The prestigious meeting was held at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel & Spa between November 5 and 8, 2008. Delegates attending included Under Secretaries from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Trade representing the governments of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia,

Indonesia, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The meeting was in preparation for the 14th ASEAN Summit Meeting to be held later next month. Dr Surin Pitsuwan was welcomed by the Resort’s Managing Director, Khun Panga Vathanakul and General Manager, Mr. Alexander Haeusler. Dr. Surin served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand from 1997-2001.

Hundreds of fake DVDs confiscated near mall

ON November 7 Pattayapolice girded their loins to have another go at the pervasive and illegal practice of copying fake DVDs which are one of the plagues of our fair city. Police arrested Mr Niroot Ploypanao, aged 29, who was carrying two bags in the neighbourhood of Mike Shopping Mall and turned out to be concealing 689 fake DVD movies and DVD song albums. Obviously, these could not all be for his own use especially as several of the same title were discovered inside the holdalls.

He confessed that his job was indeed selling this stuff to both Thais and foreigners. He stated that he was very experienced in this illegal business which meant that he was quite shocked to be arrested, adding that it was a very inconvenient time to be hauled up before the beak as he had just spent 34,000 baht on buying new stock from contacts in the south of Thailand. Anyway, bad luck doesn’t save you in this world and he was booked in the police station for copyright fraud and not having a business licence.

Pickpockets detained after cowardly attack on Brit

On November 7, police inspector Somchai Chaianaukoon received a report about a

pickpocket attempted crime on a baht bus in soi Bukao, not far from the Grand Hall market.

Flooding debated at business club

WITH all of the recent heavy rains, the main topic of discussion at the recent Pattaya Business & Tourism Association (PBTA), was the flooding that occurred in the greater Pattaya area. Whilst the drainage in some areas is inadequate, the other problem is the large amount of rubbish that ends up inside the drainage system. One item brought up for discussion was the need to promote Pattaya as a popular world tourist destination, as like all sectors of business, it is being affected by the

world-wide recession. This meeting saw a large attendance of members and visitors, including Bangkok executives from the Global ICare Thailand company who use a percentage of their profits to help needy children in Thailand, using the ideology of the slogan of People Helping People. This company, which specialises in encrypted banking software, makes the transfer of money more secure, using a free “Qic Card” for customers which give them discounts and a few freebies.

Toddler foiled by childproof locks in car

STAFF at the communication centre of the Sawangboriboon foundation received an anxious call from Mrs Siriyot Amartmontree, aged 34, who said her daughter was locked in a vehicle at the parking lot of the Siam Commercial Bank in Jomtien. The volunteers rushed to the scene and found a bronze Toyota with a sobbing tiny tot on the driver’s seat. Her name was Nong View and she was in a bit of a panic by all accounts. It turned out that the parents had left the keys inside the vehicle and were dumbfounded when the auto locking system clicked into place. The father

had brought a tool to break the sturdy glass but this had only made the young child feel yet more nervous. The mother said that the family had driven to the bank to do some banking which is fair enough. Suddenly, their vehicle was hit in the rear by a pickup truck and the parents got out of their vehicle to converse with the driver. Thus the girl was left inside and she had pushed the lock button with the awesome consequences which then followed. The family thanked the Sawangboriboon guys for assisting in the rescue of the distressed infant.

Police scurried to the exact spot and found that a British man Douglas Raymond Curtis, 64, and his girlfriend ready to tell all to the investigators. The two suspects, said to be aunt and nephew, were Mrs Usa Iamsa-ad, aged 27, and Mr Akom Isamsa-ed, aged 18. They were accompanied by a six year old boy, apparently the son of the aunt. Mr Curtis explained that he was travelling on the baht bus to the popular flea market but

was crowded by the nefarious duo. Mr Akom, who was a khatoey by inclination, tried to steal the wallet from Mr Curtis’ pocket using a handbag as cover. However, this plan of action failed and the driver stopped the bus to await the arrival of the cops. Both suspects had criminal records and had been busted as recently as mid October this year. They denied the charge of attempted theft but were locked up to face the music in any event.

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Open House at Asian University’s anniversary

Asian University, in association with the National Museum of Thailand, organized an Open House on November 8 and 9 to celebrate the institute of higher learning’s tenth anniversary.

Scholarships were also handed out and youngsters who joined the event had the opportunity to learn about science and to find out about the Asian University in general.

Lighthouse Club function at Shenanigans

ALMOST forty brave souls overcame a wet and miserable Pattaya evening to enjoy another Lighthouse Club function at Shenanigans, sponsored this time around by Crown Worldwide Group which has recently expanded its operations on the eastern seaboard under the management of Mary Walsh. Also two new members were signed up – Andy Friel of Thailand Property and Robbie Loane of Canadoil to Lighthouse Club which, of course, is the construction industry charity. For the first time at this meeting the regional magazine The Lighthouse was made available to all members and guests. Our chapter has only been in existence for about six months, but already we have funded some resources for the construction camp pre-schools in Pattaya run by Tracy

Cosgrove. Her daughter Melissa was able to spare some time to join us on the evening. Other notable attendees included Town and Country Property, AGS Four Winds, John Hamilton from Waste Management, Jack Levy from MLG Insurance, Dave from Real Estate Thailand magazine as well as several others. The raffle proceeded very well with a major prize valued at 5,000 baht donated by John Seymour of Northern Thai and won by Gavin Perfect of Paradise City Property. The wine bottles donated by Crown Worldwide were gratefully received by other prize winners. People interested in being registered on the Lighthouse Club should contact The concept is to have fun whilst supporting suitable construction related charities.

New qualifications at Nantawan School Nantawan Trilingual School, Bangplee, Samut Prakarn, has been awarded international centre status by the university of Cambridge international examinations (CIE), the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for the 14-19 age range. CIE’s qualifications include Cambridge IGCSE and international A/AS level taken in 150 countries and recognised by universities, educational providers and employers across the world. Mr Andrew Elliott, the school’s headmaster, said

“Nantawan Trilingual School is proud to be associated with Cambridge as it enables us to extend our service and to offer quality education to the local community.” He added that the CIE is part of the Cambridge assessment group, a non profit making organisation and part of the university of Cambridge. CIE has a strong pedigree in development and research and was the first exam board to develop international GCSE 20 years ago. The school’s contact number for further information is 02753 6436.

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New condo units now ready for sale

LOCATED at Pattaya Beach Road, soi one, the Pattaya Beach Condo Town has 27 floors and a total of 493 units. There are common services at the lobby area with units varying in size from 41 sqm to

157 sqm. The car park building can accommodate 200 vehicles. The condo has been built by Thailand Estates Corporation, the sole agent. Further details on 038 412 234 or check out at

Kingston business school’s first day

BUSINESS NEWS Bangkok Airways dumps more fuel surcharges

BANGKOK Airways (PG) will reduce around 10% more on fuel surcharge tariff on its domestic flights and up to 30% on international flights to align with the fall of the world’s fuel price and to encourage travellers during high-season period. Effective from 8 November 2008 onwards. The charge for domestic flights between BangkokSukhothai, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, and between Pattaya (Utapao)-Phuket, Samui, and between Chiang Mai-Samui will be reduced to USD20 per sector (from USD25). And the charge for international flights between Thailand-Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam will be USD25 per sector (from USD40), for Bangkok-Guilin will be USD40 per sector (from


USD50), for Bangkok-Xi’an will be USD60 per sector (from USD75), for BangkokSingapore will be USD45 per sector (from USD60), for Bangkok-Maldives will be USD90 per sector (from USD100) and for BangkokJapan will be USD95 per sector (from USD110). Also effective on the same date, Siem Reap Airways International (FT) will apply a reduced fuel surcharge rate of USD20 (from USD25) to its domestic flights and a reduced rate of USD25 (from USD40) to its international flights between Cambodia and Thailand, Laos, Vietnam. For more information and reservation, please contact Bangkok Airways’ Call Center - 1771 or visit

Beer garden at Grand Sole

The latest floating market Dr Kamphol Tangekchai, the dean, presided over the welcome and inauguration ceremony at Kingston business school in Pattaya for the new students. Located in Naklua, the business school will offer

vocational and high school diplomas in accounting, business computing, hotel management, tourism, graphics etc. All the staff are qualified at least to bachelor level and some even to PhD. There’s further information on 038 429 350.

The Cherokee Restaurant grand opening in style

THE Grand Sole which is one of Pattaya’s best known hotels on Second Road in Central Pattaya, has just opened a German “Beer Garden” on its front patio terrace in front of the main hotel building. This has been the inspiration of the new general manager from Germany, Mr. Werner Senft, who has wide experience in

operating hotels in different parts of the world, including many years in Thailand. The opening night was attended by mayor Khun Itthiphol Kunplome plus many of Pattaya’s leading officials & business people. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, everyone settled down to enjoy some of the Grand Sole’s fine food.

Central Pattana Group sponsors temple charity THE first & only AmericanIndian Restaurant called The Cherokee Restaurant celebrated its grand opening in style on November 1st. They serve great food and have a good selection of Thai, international (try the steaks!) and native American (frye bread and Indian tacos…) at very fair prices. Besides the local made beers they have a great choice of Belgian beers. The restaurant has a pleasing ambience, decorated with totem poles, life size native American statues, even a tipi is placed in the restaurant and there are a lot of pictures and other

American items to see all around. Open from morning until late at night. Look out for the Cherokee on 111/1 Sukhumvit road, Bangsaray, Sattahip, 1.8 km after the Bangsaray traffic lights. The owner Mr. Roland De Meyer and his wife have a passion for American tribes and their culture and this inspired them to build this unique restaurant. The good food comes with a friendly chat while in the background you will hear country & western music mixed with native American songs.

SARAN Tantijamman, general manager of Central Festival, Pattaya Beach, and Ms Teeraporn JItnawa, general manager from Central Center in Pattaya, took a group of their employees to Ko Larn. There they visited Wat Maisamdam as part of the company’s volunteer project number 5 now in its second year.

The group delivered florescent lights and other electrical equipment as well as doing a painting and decoration job in the darker areas which were looking a bit dowdy. At the moment, Central Pattaya and all other branches are offering discounts and free incentives on goods purchased in all their branches.

SOUTH from Pattaya as you enter the Na Jomtien Municipality you will see a sizeable lake on the eastern side of Sukhumvit, which is home to the very nice Lakeside Restaurant which is built out over the water. The large sign in the lake saying Beverly Thai House relates to the large traditional Thai / western residential development, which has been progressing for some time, but the Thai owner Mr. Manus Meepong has had far more progressive plans to include the recent

opening of the first floating market in the region. This will double as a traditional market at night, with the large 600 seat capacity food hall having the ability to be used for stage shows, while at the rear of the lake there are plans for a large flower garden and relaxation area. The opening day for the Eastern Seaboard’s only floating market was a big success, with free boat rides around the lake and guests even included a large group of riders from The Jesters club.


Happy Birthday Allan

ALLAN Jackson, V.I.P guest of The Montien Hotel, Pattaya celebrated his 65th birthday party at Vanda Room together with his family and friends. Plenty of well wishers were on hand to wish his many happy returns.

Clean hand hygiene campaign for all staff


Now sixth platinum sponsor for charity club

CHRISTINA Boden from The Charity Club of Pattaya met with Anthony Chapman of Blue Wave Watersports to become platinum sponsor number six. The other sponsors include Alan Bolton Property Consultants, Cranes and Equipment Asia, UTS, Queen Victoria Inn, The World of Wine and Northern Thai Realty.

General Motors hold thank you dinner

Top people get together at Montien

Mr Prayuth Thamdhum, seated third left and general manager of the Montien Pattaya, hosted dinner for the “GM” group of top management people from leading hotels in the area. They discussed and exchanged ideas to improve standards and services for tourists.

Celebrities on tour at Ravindra

A GROUP of actors and actresses paid a visit to Ravindra beach resort and spa and stayed at a private pool villa on the beach to celebrate a birthday party. Previously, the movie stars had visited to shoot the drama Muay Inter, aired recently on Channel 7.

THE international marketing team and infection control departments of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya visited the Siam Bayview Hotel to have a day’s training in hand hygiene and nutrition for 95 participating staff members.

Halloween Rocks!

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Star visits Minus 5 Icebar GENERAL Motors Thailand, led by Antonio Zara, vice president of sales (4th right), and Khun Pairat Khunamornlert, managing director of Chonburi auto centre (3rd right) hosted its 2008 thank you dinner at Amari Orchid Resort and Tower. The fun filled party night had a full-on entertainment programme for Chevrolet’s customers including famous TV stars.

Conclusion to Sports Fest 2008

SUPERSTAR of Speed Racing, Khun Peet Thongier (third left) recently visited -5o Icebar on the road show with Mazda 3 where he enjoyed the chilling experience from vodka on the ice shots.

Hard Rock Cafe opened its doors for Pattaya’s really great Halloween show. There was a special guest band by ZEAL. Centre is George Hazard, general manager, with some of the zombies and ghouls in attendance.

Very strange sign at Jomtien Beach

THIS unusual notice explains that you can hire a taxi to go to Suvarnabhumi airport, but we are keeping the location of the gambling place secret or you might get injured in the rush.

Sponsored by the local Hotels Association, the 2008 Sports Fest held its concluding ceremonies at Pattaya school sports stadium.

Pattaya Society organised Thai folk song singing contest

8th hour package at Hard Rock

Valid until November 30, the 8th hour package gives a 50% discount on the room rate displayed on the hotel website (, gives late use of stay day to 10.00 pm, welcome drink and cold towel on arrival. Available Sundays through Fridays. Call 038 428 755-9.

RECENTLY, at the Sala Nooknan, Alcazar, Pattaya 2nd road, Banglamung District Chief Mr. Mr Mongkon Thammakittikhun, presided over the “Thai Folk Song Singing Contest”. The purpose of this contest is to draw Thai youngsters to appreciate Thai music specifically Thai folk songs. The winner received a trophy from Pattaya City Mayor and 5,000 cash. The 2nd and 3rd runner up received 3,000 baht and 2,000 baht respectively. There are also 2 special awards and each one will receive 1,500 baht. Sophon Cable TV subscribers can watch the taped show on Channel 4, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 12:00 AM all throughout the month of November

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Take Care! Presents certificates of thanks

LEN Unterberger (right) and Dale Charles, officers of Take Care!, presented to Richard Burk (centre), chairman of Pattaya Gay Festival, a certificate of appreciation for PGF’s financial support. Certificates were also presented to Ozz Bar, Howard’s Guest House and Thais4Life. Take Care! Regularly distributes “safe sex packs” (condoms, lube and an informative insert) to over 30 gay venues in the resort.

Farewell to Amari Hotels director

A R O U N D PAT TAYA Great examination results and Karn has done it again

FOR the second year running Karn Lertchaipattanakul a student at St. Andrews International School, Rayong Campus, has won a University of Cambridge International Examinations ‘Brilliance in Thailand Award’. This year he achieved the highest score of any student in Thailand, taking the English as a Second Language IGCSE. The school also achieved its highest ever Art IGCSE results with every student achieving at least an A grade and nine students receiving the highest mark possible A*. In the photo, Karn is receiving his certificate from British ambassador to Thailand H.E. Quinton Quayle.

California WOW celebrates WORKOUT for free on weekends at Planet Yoga located inside California WOW in The Avenue, Second Road (038 399 955). Also free workouts at California WOW itself with new exercise equipment, treadmills and upright bikes. Details of this special offer (restrictions may apply) on 038 399 999.

Spooks ghosts and ghouls at mall AMARI Hotels and Resorts recently held a party to wish a fond farewell to Kurt Rufli, managing director of Amari Hotels and Resorts and to welcome the new president and CEO of the group Peter Henley. The party was held at the Heichinrou Chinese Restaurant, Amari Watergate Hotel.

Thanks Doctor Eric CENTRAL Pattaya Centre celebrated Halloween this year in grand style with fun activities such as dancing Thai ghosts, face painting and fortune tellers in abundance. There was even a chance to talk to a mortician who could advise contestants on how to look positively dreadful whilst decorating their bike in a supernatural manner. Shoppers showed signs of dismay at the graveyard spectacle. Standing, fifth from left, is the new GM of Center Pattaya Khun Theeraporn Chitnawa.

Past and Present Racing Champions Dr. Eric Meshenberg from USA, a regular guest of Woodlands Resort, donated microwave for HIV victims in a private Christian caring centre in Mapbrachan area. Seen in photo is Dr. Eric with Woodlands Resort room division manager Khun Shila Hailstone.

Dubai Roadsters at Amari Resort

KHUN Makoo Techasaphon (5th right), general manager of Amari Orchid Resort and Tower, welcomed the Dubai Roadsters on their recent stay at the luxurious 5-Star Ocean Tower. The Roadsters began a 9 day gruelling 1000km cycle tour across Thailand and Cambodia last month to raise funds for the Dubai based charity The Little Wings Foundation.

THE Bangsaen racing event this past weekend was a huge success with all the elements of a world class motor sports street race similar to the famous annual Long Beach Grand Prix. The 3.7 km track is a street circuit along the Bangsaen Beach Front with international standard, mixing a normal street with long straights (850 meters), consecutive left and right curves, and sharp u-turns that test the skills of drivers. This is the 2nd year of the event and appears to have increased its popularity with the drivers from all over Asia who to want to come to compete, and had an estimated 200,000 spectators at this year’s event. In photo from left to right, Jack Lemvard 2008 Asian Touring Car Champion, Bobby Brooks 1993 Regional SCCA champion , and Sontoya Kunplome, Bangsaen Event Organizer & Super Car Driver


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by Peter Lloyd

NEW Walking Street, New Pattaya Walking Street, one of Pattaya’s premier tourist attractions, is a melting pot of many cultures and nationalities. Whilst there is no denying there has been a reduction in tourist numbers in Pattaya, on Walking Street the mix is still easily discernable. In just 5 minutes last weekend I saw and heard Japanese, Arabs, Indians, Australians, Russians, Koreans, Chinese, Americans, all kinds of Europeans, and also many Thai tourists in large numbers, walking along the street. Given how narrow the street is, how much boozing goes on, how many misunderstandings and points of conflict could arise as people promenade down it, ogling, gawking, stumbling, photographing, it should be seen as a wonderful advertisement for the city that trouble is as rare as it is, when set against the number of tourists on Walking Street on any given night. I feel this high season may be a turning point for Pattaya, when its reliance on Russian tourism actually begins to materially change the nature of the city and the tourist economy, as the Russian numbers, down on last year of course, still swamp the devastated numbers of other nationalities, shellshocked by job insecurity, battered currencies, pummeled stock markets and high air fares. The Russians can still come en masse on charter flights which are cheaper than scheduled flights, and they seem unconcerned and undeterred about Bangkok problems. It must be clear to many that the Russian influence on mainstream business in Pattaya (for instance more couples and families, not much frequenting beer bars and go go bars) will be very important this year as they spend their money in malls and retail outlets, and breathe life into what, without them, would be another

Pattaya business sector on the critical list. But back to Walking Street. Undoubtedly Russian numbers are changing the nature of foot traffic, but

has greatly impressed me with its distinctly un-Thai innovation is a group of buskers, with guitars, singing songs in RUSSIAN, and getting well paid and well applauded for it

Walking Street is also undergoing a makover, from the old tourist-friendly “street of shame”, to a more diversified entertainment attraction, increasingly adapting to meet the demands of Russian tourists. Here are some of my observations on recent trends down there. Street Entertainment Increasingly on Walking Street large crowds congregate to watch wild-west style magicians, contortionist children - always dodgy that one to my mind, kids displaying football-skills, human statues and the like. In spite of interrupting the smooth flow of promenading foot traffic, these street performers have now become permanent fixtures on Walking Street, providing a diversion to, and enjoyed by, the increasing numbers of street-boozing tourists who buy alcohol in 7:11s and then stroll around the street drinking it whilst taking in the sights Buskers Another development seems to be drunken black-clad Thai guys sitting on the kerb further down the street, trying to busk by tunelessly playing guitars, and later showing off by executing stupid, drunken break-dancing moves, which can be intimidating as they fall all over the street. I suspect this “gang feel” is something the authorities should wish to discourage. A Third Road feel to Walking Street would be a disaster. However, one recent busking development which

by appreciative passing tourists. Street Drinking Another well-developed trend on Walking Street is the predominantly Russian phenomenon of buying beer (and a Bacardi for the lady) from 7:11s and for the couples to then stroll up and down the street people-watching and looking at the various forms of emerging street theatre. Last weekend I even saw a small store outside a shop selling single cans of cheapo Cheers beer to Russian passers-by. Whist this may be great for shopkeepers, and, in moderation, for the general ambience of the street, it is certainly bad for bar owners, and also a problem if mild street drinking leads to serious public drunkenness which is increasingly another feature of the new Walking Street. As an example of what I mean, I recently saw a Russian guy come out of a 7:11 on Walking Street with his girlfriend and down a whole bottle of Sato in two huge gulps, before carrying on their way. Also, last Saturday I counted 20 people, a majority of whom were tourists (and well pissed) sitting up against 3 closed shophouses, drinking booze bought from a nearby 7:11 at 1 o’clock in the morning. They weren’t doing any harm, but it didn’t look like a great advertisement for street drinking, let’s put it that way. However, buying and drinking your own booze on Walking Street

is certainly becoming a popular pastime. Serious Public Drunkenness I’m not talking a bit pissed here, but staggering, insensible, being propped up by your mates as you lapse into a coma, dragging your feet along the ground, and throwing up in the street drunkenness. Unfortunately, alcoholism and alcohol-related violence is a serious problem in Russia, as well as other countries, and it stands to reason that a percentage of the increasing numbers of Russian visitors to Pattaya will also exhibit these problems. Over the past few months I have seen signs of this problem, some very disturbing, where seriously drunk young Russian men have barged into couples and people on Walking Street, and who then lack the awareness, social politeness or language skills to prevent the situation from escalating. I was told of one drunk last year beating up a Thai police officer on Walking Street. He was overpowered before he could succeed in his attempt to pull the officer’s weapon out of its holster. What he would have done with it doesn’t bear thinking about. Hawker CrackDown When you have so many strollers and people wanting to enjoy the Walking Streetscape, you don’t want beggars hassling them and drunken Thai fights breaking out all over the place. On consecutive weekends recently, I have seen a much more muscular approach to beggars and child and adult vendors from the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants, who I also watched break up a 5-way drunken Thai flower seller fight, and arrest the protagonists. To see vendors scurrying away down side streets as the FTPAs approach is a novel sight, and an essential one if the ambience of the street is to be maintained for the new strolling public. Posher Shops Opening To cater to the new Walking Street tourist mix, posher, better fitted out shops, including gem shops, high quality and expensive restaurants and lounge/bars aimed predominantly for, and frequented mainly by,

Russians are opening the whole way along it. As many businesses in the old Walking Street economy of go-go and beer bars lose customers, new ice cream outlets, cafes, expensive wood furniture shops and the like are opening in greater numbers, targeting the new consumers, and seeing new kinds of business opportunities on Walking Street. As traditional tourism from Europe declines, with the new Russian influx I see positive signs and negative signs. I expect to see Walking Street continue to evolve, as the City is already doing, to cater to their demands, with some business sectors declining and being replaced by others, more popular with Russians. I Meet the Thai Prime Minster

As I strolled around Bangkok recently, watching the rehearsal for the royal funeral, I was surprised when an official looking car pulled up next to me at Sanam Luang, and out popped the Thai Prime Minister Khun Somchai Wongsawat, who I immediately recognized and greeted, before he was surrounded by Thai wellwishers, although looking at the eagle eyed bodyguard behind him, perhaps they were expecting a less friendly welcome from the masses. I have a habit of meeting Thai Prime Ministers, after having also bumped into (whisper it quietly) Thaksin, on two separate occasions when he was PM, when I was out shopping in Bangkok. Contact me at pattayatoday

Meeting and Greeting

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The perils of medical insurance Social problems in Pattaya

Smokers issue warning

I WANT to thank Peter Lloyd in his column Pete’s Peregrinations for the recent article exposing the reality of numerous social problems in Pattaya. The piece on the Walking Street kids was a timely reminder not to believe the hype of the new “Paradise City”. The article told clearly of the misery and exploitation which makes up the daily life of some of the most vulnerable members of society. Yet I fear the mayor and his colleagues at city hall are too busy attending an endless round of meetings and social functions to promote the latest upmarket project to have time for the poor and needy. Exposure by the world’s media is what’s really needed to rock the boat here. I know of a report by a Belgian newspaper labelling Pattaya a “sex” city which sent the authorities into a spin. The mayor called for urgent steps to be taken to combat the slur! Seriously though, Pattaya has some really hard working charity groups, such as the Pattaya International Ladies Club and Jesters Care for Kids etc, who do a lot of good work for disadvantaged children. I only hope your article will remind people about the unfortunate flower children and the suffering babies of the beggars. Moving on to the subject of the foreign tourist police volunteers, well meaning though they be, I am amazed that any foreigner with an ounce of integrity can work with a clear conscience for the Thai police.I am sure that I am not the only foreigner who has made an unwilling donation to the Thai constabulary. So what motivates a non-Thai to give this gang a helping hand is a mystery to me! Another social problem you might have drawn attention to is the hassle caused to the hard working food vendors of Pattaya by the petty-minded “street” police from city hall. Many times I have witnessed these jumped-up uncivil servants kerb crawling round the city in their silver Toyota pickups. They frequently stop these fine, poor Thais whose only crime is supplying a much needed meals on wheels service to their fellow countrymen. OK, so maybe the vendors sometimes block the roads or pavements, but we can all drive or walk round them. I suspect once again that the real problem is the image of these vendors – they don’t fit the new upmarket Pattaya status. Expat Jeff

I READ of the latest award to Thailand for their efforts in reducing smoking and laughed out loud. Creating a law and enforcing it are two totally different things. I smoke (admittedly a bad habit) and found, after the ban was put into effect, that I could still smoke almost anywhere. Owners of various establishments told me that they had special dispensation from the police and that it was OK to smoke. One can only wonder how you qualify for special dispensation. Apparently it is not too difficult to obtain as many people drive the wrong way in one way streets, drive on sidewalks and without helmets, keep barsopen beyond official hours etc – and I have never yet seen one arrested! I must add, however, that if a place prohibits smoking I won’t gothere and most smokers feel the same way. Those government officers who claim that restricting smoking won’t affect business are themselves “blowing smoke” in people’s faces. Other countries have made provision for smokers everywhere and dividing areas in the same building. Thailand, don’t forget, needs the tax money and jobs that tobacco provides, so tread carefully. Don in Pattaya

Ed: Glad you like Peter Lloyd’s column which is the most popular in the newspaper. Don’t forget that city hall also does a lot of work for the deprived sector – free glasses for poor kids needing them, mobile medical services for the elderly, orphanages, residential homes for the elderly etc. In many ways, the important farang charity input you mention prime pumps and improves existing services. As regards the foreign tourist police volunteers (they are called assistants in fact), they can speak for themselves and frequently do. However most of their work, for example on Walking Street, is about advising visitors who can’t speak Thai and acting as a community force. On the food vendors, the city’s traffic flow would collapse overnight if some attempts weren’t made to make certain locations off-limits.

Medical bills steep AS a British expat I am truly amazed at how the cost of living is going up in Pattaya. I am living on a fixed income as a pensioner and my bank in UK now transfers my cash to Thailand at a rate of around 53 baht to the pound. Only a couple of years ago, the rate was over 70. Added to this is the inflationary pressure in Thailand with everyday things in the supermarkets going up steadily. Whether you are buying razor blades or cat food or basic foods you have to dig a bit deeper in your pocket every month or so. These problems become awesome when it comes to expensive medical bills. I recently had to have a blood clot removed in my leg and I couldn’t get medical insurance as I have had a similar problem in the past. I decided to have the surgery done in Bangkok as the Pattaya private hospitals gave me a higher quote. But taking into account the extra travelling and accommodation there was hardly any difference in the end. The total medical bill plus ancillary costs came to over half a million baht and covering this has removed almost my entire savings in the UK. I only wish now that I had moved my money to Thailand much earlier when the rate was better from my point of view. Yet at the time, the interest rate in the UK was a lot better than in Thailand so I left the cash in the Isle of Man. I suspect I am not alone in coming to the conclusion that Thailand is getting rather expensive for farang pensioners on a fixed income or with limited cash in the bank. Name and address supplied Ed: The problem of medical bills and insurance cover is the theme of our news editorial in the current edition of PattayaToday.

Ed: The police station lockup most mornings belies your suggestion that nobody gets arrested for serious traffic offences or breaking licensing laws. You are right that the smoking regulations are not rigorously enforced (imagine the outcry if they were!) but most bars and restaurants these days surely restrict smoking to outdoors and ban it specifically in air conditioned rooms. That’s really the essence of the legislation.

Just desserts for Thaksin QUITE clever of the British government to ban Thaksin and his wife from UK by revoking their Thai visas and not giving a reason on the grounds that the home office doesn’t comment on specific cases. The information wasn’t even paraded publicly but more or less leaked through emails to airlines, advising them not to let them travel to UK.Thaksin can’t use his diplomatic passport for UK travel as he has already been declared “persona non grata”.I think the way the British have handled this is a masterpiece of underplaying your hand – no fanfare of publicity and no fuss! The decision also allows the British authorities to avoid having to investigate the thorny issue of Thaksin’s forcible and requested extradition back to his home country. Given the quaint nature of extradition law, it would have been difficult to persuade a British court that the extradition was justifiable. Thaksin was found guilty in a Thai court without an automatic appeal structure. This would never be allowed in Britain and Thaksin’s lawyers would doubtless have argued the point strongly in any court battle in UK. Now all that fuss has been conveniently brushed under the carpet. Finally, I am delighted to have Thaksin pushed out of Britain because he has quite shamelessly been using his British base in the last few months to try and run Thailand from London. It is wholly unsatisfactory for Thaksin to be using the UK as a power base in his attempts to keep his cronies in power in Bangkok and to try to ensure he has a political future in his country of birth. If Thaksin wants to manoeuvre, then let him do it in a new base in the Bahamas or China or wherever. But, for once, the British government got it right! David Summers

Disturbed by Monsters AS a recent letter to the editor rightly pointed out, we at Jomtien Beach are constantly harassed by cars with enormous loudspeakers blasting all over the place. It makes little sense that tourists and residents are forced to endure this night in and night out. One would think it would be possible for the police to stop and fine these horrible vehicles as they pass right by Dongtarn police station several times every evening before they parking and partying somewhere along the beach. However, to be fair to Dongtarn/Jomtien police, they do act swiftly if you call them. So I would recommend all hotels, tourists and residents to please call Dongtarn/Jomtien police station 038232-331 whenever your sleep is being disturbed by these monsters. Ib Ottesen

WHEN expats or tourists fall ill in Thailand, it tends to be a very expensive business. Inpatient care in a top quality private hospital in Bangkok or Pattaya these days is never less than 10,000 baht a day and often higher. Being in an intensive care unit can be several times that. Moreover, bills are often frontloaded – the early days commonly have a lot of testing, analysis and investigation which are particularly expensive and commonly use the latest technology which never comes cheap. It’s been estimated that one expat or tourist in two in Pattaya does not have any medical insurance or hopelessly inadequate cover: it’s a common mistake, for example, to confuse travel insurance with medical insurance. Where they roll into financial trouble, their nearest and dearest often have to find mega cash very quickly to satisfy the private hospital regulations about payment. If not, a very sick person will commonly be quickly moved to the public sector where, needless to say, the standards of medical care are not so well developed even though they are certainly much cheaper. Even in public hospitals, there is no free treatment for foreigners although sometimes the authorities find it impossible to recoup charges. Thus it’s not uncommon, when a foreigner dies, for a wrangle to occur as the hospital wants the bills settled before agreeing to release the body to the undertaker. Situations like these can be very distressing for the families concerned. In one recent case, the family back in Europe had to remortgage their house to raise enough money to pay off medical debts. Equally, a large number of foreigners believe themselves to be insured when they are not. Many claims can be rejected by the underwriters or the company because the claimant did not disclose all relevant information about their medical history, even if unrelated to the problem at hand. Other claims may be rejected because of “pre-existing condition”, a non too clearly defined term but one which broadly means you are not covered if something of the sort has happened before. It’s a matter of reading the small print in the terms and conditions. In a recent case, a European found himself not covered for a stroke because the policy specifically limited cover to “a holiday disease”, whatever that meant or means! As regards long term expats in Pattaya and Thailand generally, the vast majority are over 50 (to qualify for the immigration bureau one year retirement visa) and an increasing number over 70. Medically speaking, they are a ticking time bomb. Some, of course, are fully and properly insured, but many are not. Indeed, some cannot get cover either because they are too old or because they have a pre-existing condition. It is known that this phenomenon is of concern to the Thai medical authorities, but nobody can see a feasible way round it. One idea has been to insist on bigger cash balances in a Thai bank for retirees, but that’s unlikely to be introduced in the present climate where major currencies, such as the British pound, are being hammered on the foreign exchange markets. It has to be remembered that the recent fall in the pound means that medical bills in Thailand this year are 20% higher in real terms than they were last. And that’s without any adjustment for inflation. There’s a lot of discussion these days in Pattaya expat circles about the need to make a will. Quite right too. What’s needed too is a frank debate about falling ill and facing big bills, not matter whether you are here for two weeks or twenty years.



Physical Graffiti

SO do you have a tattoo? Chances are that if you are between the ages of sixteen and twenty six you will have a ‘tramp stamp’ etched on your lower back which you can show off in your low cut jeans whenever you bend forward to reach for another

However, whilst I have a somewhat neutral attitude towards skin art in general, I am of an age when I remember a time when only ‘not nice’ people had tattoos, and that included men as well as women. However, the news for our recently inked young lovelies who are trying to demonstrate their individuality and uniqueness, is that tattooing is nothing new and has been around for thousands of years, and women have been doing it

jelly vodka shot! What will you do now that waistbands are rising and teenage tats are so common that they are in fact soooooo totally passe?? Meooooow! That sounds mean and bitchy doesn’t it, and suggests that I am an old fashioned biddy who wants to bring back vests, sensible shoes and early evening curfews for anyone under the age of twenty-one.

for as long as the men. In the ancient civilization of Egypt females drew tattoos in geometric shapes of lines, dashes and dots. Apparently it was only the women who sported these tattoos but they are believed to be closely connected with religious rituals and practices, so it has been surmised that the female mummies found with these tattoos were

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probably priestesses – hey, nuns with tats!! Among the Pacific Islanders, women were as much tattooed as the men, but whereas the men had the work done to display their life force, women had tattoos more for ornamentation, or to show marital status. And while they didn’t pierce their tongues like their more modern sisters, these tribal ladettes did get them tattooed! It is common knowledge that in Japan it is the yakuza members (or Japanese mafia) who have the monopoly on extensive body tattoos, but what is less well known is that their women, or any woman with yakuza connections, is also likely to have a large tattoo on her torso to visually demonstrate her solidarity with the underworld. In Thailand, women are less likely to have tattoos (the respectable women anyway!) Tattooing in Thailand is very common amongst men, and used to be the social norm, so you may well have seen men of all ages sporting religious tattoos on their backs and arms. These skin decorations contain religious texts and are done to ‘strengthen’ the body or protect it from bad karma. They are generally done by monks at a temple who use hand tools, rather than electric needles, and they take a long time to complete. Interestingly, Thai women never sport these religious tattoos as, for

one thing, monks are not allowed to touch women, but it is also believed that women are stronger than men and therefore do no need pictorial protection! In the west, tattooing has, up until relatively recently, been regarded as something that ‘rough’ men had done: men in the armed forces, construction workers or motor bikers. Women who had tattoos were generally associated with rough types and were therefore seen as less than respectable themselves. But that certainly hasn’t always been the case. In 1862, the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII, had a tattoo - a Jerusalem Cross – drawn on his arm, and in 1882 his sons, the Duke of Clarence and the Duke of York were both tattooed by Hori Chiyo, the Japanese master tattooist. And it wasn’t just the men, either. Apparently Queen Victoria herself had a modest tattoo in a decidedly intimate place and Winston Churchill’s mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had a tattoo of a snake around her wrist (she also had her nipples pierced but that’s another story…) But not all women at that time could get away with it. For example, in the late 1920s, the conviction of a rapist was overturned because his hapless victim was found to have a small butterfly tattoo. The judge, as well as the jury, argued that the tattoo had sexual implications, and, as a result,

it was decided that the woman was partly responsible for misleading the man who raped her. Back in the twenty first century things have moved on apace and it appears that the majority of modern young girls want a tattoo. These days it is seen as pure body adornment and has

sixth fastest growing retail business in the United States. And the single fastest growing demographic group wanting these tattoo services is middle class white women; it’s the hockey and soccer moms who are now lining up outside the ink parlours and browsing the catalogues looking

no other significance (unless you count celebrity worship as being significant – ‘if Angelina has one then I want one!’) In fact, the market demographics for

for just the right motif to be permanently printed on the inner thigh or shoulder blade. So that presents us with the sixty four thousand dollar question then – do

tattoo services are now skewed heavily toward mainstream customers, with tattooing being the

you think Sarah Palin has a tattoo and, if so, where do you think it is? Answers on a postcard please

Stop wobbling – I can’t read your t-shirt!! NOW I’ve already had a little rant about the very rude messages that people deliberately have on their t-shirts so I won’t go into that again, but it has to be admitted that if there is a message on a t-shirt, and it is in English, or something pretending to be English, then I find it very difficult not to read it. And from what I read I cannot begin to think that the person wearing the t-shirt has any idea of what is written large across their chest or breast as these people are generally Asian and look like they’ve really only chosen the garment for its colour or pretty picture.

For example, I spotted this existential piece only yesterday while I was going up the escalator in Big C: ‘This is a really hard.’ See what I mean? So what is

it that’s hard? A sum? A question in a test? A piece of toffee? Now if the indefinite article had been left out, then it would have been fine as a reflection on life, but once the article is in then the whole tone

is one of being unfinished, don’t you agree? Anyway, that is not exactly what I am trying to say. The fact is that I could actually read the message because the person wearing it was of normal size and proportion. But that wasn’t the case when I was trying to read another person’s message only the other day, and the problem was that the t-shirt wearer had a large and wobbly belly so every time I tried to read the words they wobbled about and became all blurry. And that’s not on, as I had already read the first three words and wanted to find out what happened! And I could

hardly go up to the person and politely ask him to stand still for just a couple of seconds so that his hairy belly blubber would stop behaving like jelly and enable the text to fall into place so that I could get the whole message. So I think t-shirt manufacturers really need to limit their notes, memos and messages to the normal sizes only and t-shirts for fat people should either be blank, or the mottos thereon should be limited to one large and clearly printed word only! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

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Fool in Paradise Cheers FREQUENT readers of this column will realize I am full of ideas. If there’s an idea to be had, then I’m full of it. And this is a good thing because it keeps my few remaining marbles rattling. My latest idea stems from thinking about ‘Pattaya High Season 2008’ which should make its welcome appearance about now. I feel it is not unfair to say that only the truly optimistic would be anticipating the financial windfall High Seasons traditionally bring. There appears to be some people in this country busily flicking through the pages of their ‘How to Stop Tourists Coming to Thailand’ manual and it is looking more and more likely the ‘Get Out of Poverty Free’ cards will be in short supply this year. Nevertheless, my concern is for the bars which, like it or not, are the lifeblood of this fair city. For many years now the standard formula for operating a bar in Pattaya seems to have been born of the ‘build it and they will

come’ doctrine. Bar, stools, booze and girls were the only requirements for setting up a money-making venture. And this works fine when times are good. However, we all know this can be a cruel world and times are not always good. Lean times separate the men from the boys and when the going gets tough, the tough get ideas. Successful bars make their customers feel welcome, appreciated and as if they are amongst friends. Take the very funny American sitcom ‘Cheers’. The bar itself was nothing special but, like the theme song said, “sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name”. Years ago back in Australia, my favourite after work watering hole was such a place and I recall with fondness that from the moment I came through the front door and walked to the bar, the waitress would have a fresh glass of my favourite brew waiting for me. It was little things


Your Soi

by Frank Thring

IT is just a short walk along Second Road from Soi Honey Inn to Soi Diana in central Pattaya, easily recognizable because the Diana Inn Hotel is on the corner. This mid-range hotel offers good buffet breakfasts and dinners. Speaking of food, without wanting to be a restaurant reviewer or sound like a food critic, this small area of town has some nice places to eat. On the opposite corner is Kiss Food & Drink restaurant. I’ve eaten here many times and even though occasionally the service staff can appear shall we say less than enthusiastic, the food has always been good and reasonably priced. I have noticed many of the Thai dishes seem to have been toned town to suit Western

palates so your Thai wife or girlfriend may require half a bowl of ground chilli to bring it back to her taste. Leaving Soi Diana just for the moment, immediately to the right of Kiss Food & Drink is Central Shopping Arcade. This is a small arcade, barely fifty metres long, containing a rake of restaurants. The international food on offer would be enough to please any gourmet or glutton. Beginning with Beefeater Steakhouse and Pub, I can recommend their Mexican buffet (Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:00pm) for 250 baht. Last time I ate there it was only 200 baht so either food costs have soared in Pattaya or the High Season surcharges are already upon us. Also in the arcade is Patrick’s (Belgian) Restaurant,

like that which made me feel I was an important customer. Psychologists will tell you the feeling of ‘belonging’ and being part of a like-minded group is important for human beings. That is why people join clubs, organisations and associations. And this brings me to my brilliant idea. Bar owners like their customers to patronise their bar as often as possible, while customers like to feel as if they belong. That’s why I would turn my bar into a ‘club’. It could be a Go Go or an indoor or outdoor beer bar, it really doesn’t matter, but the name of the club is critically important. Firstly, the name must be innocuous and, not to put too fine a point on it, downright misleading. Secondly, it must not contain the word ‘Pattaya’. The reason would be obvious to any man who has ever been in a relationship with a female. Wives and girlfriends are born

stickybeaks and inanely suspicious of anyone or anything that appears to make their partner happy. They believe it is their exclusive domain and claim the right to decide if, when and where their man finds joy. Any man finding a laugh or even a smile outside their immediate sphere of control is scum. Expats living in Pattaya with Thai ladies are less affected, but those who have come on holiday to Thailand and left a wife or girlfriend ‘back home’ need to be very careful. As soon as the woman sees your face, she will know whether you have had a good time or not, in spite of how you may try to disguise it. Then she will help you unpack, during which she will sift through every crack and crevice of your luggage looking for anything incriminating. The last thing you want her to find, apart from condoms, is your membership card to ‘Pattaya Pussy Club’ or ‘Pattaya G-string

Appreciation Club’. In fact, the women’s underground network has become so proficient, finding any card with the word ‘Pattaya’ on it, even if it is something as innocent as ‘Pattaya Chess Club’, is synonymous with men behaving badly. You might as well just lay your family jewels on the table and hand her the hammer. The best idea is to use a title with a sporting theme. Why do you think so many men join golf clubs? Ninety percent of them can’t play golf and fifty percent probably don’t even like the game, but they use their membership as a legitimate excuse to get away from their partner for a day of drinking and camaraderie with friends. With that in mind and, for want of a better name, I’ll call my bar ‘The Fool Sports Club’. Of course, every club must have members and each of these must be able to be identified as a member. This is not as scary or complicated as it sounds.

My Way (Dutch) Restaurant, Da Masaniellu (Italian), The Little Wonder (English bar and diner) and Little India (Indian). This is not forgetting the Big Horn Steakhouse (American?) and the Pizzeria Restaurant (Italian) where I really enjoyed the lasagne (190 baht).

that’s New Zealand; land of the kiwi and the All Blacks; where men are men and the sheep are nervous. The other bar is Papagayo, on the left at the far end of the arcade. Back outside on Soi Diana itself, there is a nest of a dozen beer bars on the right

New Year’s Eve, Christmas and Songkran. Sad to report my favourite bar of the group, Goanna Bar, will change hands in the New Year when the current owner, my good Aussie mate John, plans to retire to his country estate in Korat. (The current betting

I also noticed two beer bars in the arcade. The first is Pa Pa Bar which, going by the flags draped outside, proudly identifies itself with the Shaky Isles. Yes folks,

with which I am very familiar. The female occupants of these bars love to party and, if that’s what you enjoy, this is the place to be on festive occasions such as

is he’ll last two weeks!) Next on the right is Megabreak Pool Lounge for serious snooker/pool players, not the ‘hit and hope’ brigade I hang around

The unregistered and unofficial Fool Sports Club would offer free lifetime membership to anyone who wants it. The only fee would be the cost of issuing a laminated membership card. I’m not sure what this would be but let’s say 50 baht. To join, the customer would be required to pay this 50 baht as well as provide a passport photo. This photo is for no other purpose than enabling club staff to identify the customer as a legitimate club member and ensure each card is non-transferrable. He will not have to give his real name, nationality, address or fill out a form. It would be required that he give some name – let’s call him Mickey Mouse – and give his birth date; not the year, just the day and month. He can make that date up as well because nobody is going to check. So why go to all this bother? Because The Fool Sports Club is going to attract regular customers, those who will come back time and time again. This bar is going to offer something different from the other 800 or so bars in Pattaya. This bar will make punters feel welcome. To find out the rest of my cunning plan and the benefits to both the bar owner and members, be sure to check out this column next issue. Cheers! … to be continued.

with, followed by Soi Diana Bookshop with a great range of new and used English titles to choose from. They currently have a promotion on used books so bookworms should check it out. Next is a beer bar, New Orn Bar, followed by Areca Lodge, All Bar One and Orn Bar Pat. On the left, opposite Soi Diana Bookshop is the new LK Renaissance hotel then four small beer bars – Luck Bar, Jim’s Bar, Luck Bar 2 and Heartbeat. Slices Pizza is next (I’ve heard good reports about their pizzas) then Soi LK Metro (see photo) which, in golfing terms, doglegs right onto Soi Buakow. Here I am going to make a slight deviation to my original plan and investigate Soi LK Metro before finishing off Soi Diana. I was last here shortly after the street opened so I’m interested in what changes have taken place over the past few years. If you’re also interested, then check out my report in two weeks time.



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Rights of peaceful death The last wish in your living wills

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:

In the past, Thai laws defined only the “birth” which is the start of the circle of misery. Nobody wanted to talk about “death”. The Civil and Commercial Code of Thailand defines the status of human in Section 15.- “Personality begins with the full completion of birth as a living child and ends with death. A child en ventre sa mere is capable of having rights provided that is is thereafter born alive” The “common death” is

defined in Section 17.“When several persons have perished in a common peril, and it is not possible to determine which of them perished before, they shall be deemed to have died simultaneously” The definition of “birth” and “death” is very legally important because it involves the right of inheritance. The fine line between “abortion” and “murder” is also dependent upon the completion of birth which requires a medical criteria. The definition of death still remains the controversial issue between lawyers and medical practitioners. In the past a person would be deemed a dead person by the “brain death”. In the world of medical technology, there is the equipment which may prolong the heart beat even there is no medical hope that the patience will survive. In the USA, the definition

of “death” was ascertained and defined in the Death Act 1979 as:-

“ Nirvana is the state of emptiness”

1) There is the irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory function, or

Education Halloween celebration at the Montessori school IT started out a very rainy day. Were we going to let the rain spoil our plans? No!! after all, it was

their most favorite costume to “Trick or Treat” on this very special day. There were pumpkins,

Halloween! The children of the Montessori School in Naklua, came dressed in

pirates, princesses and vampires too. They waited patiently in their classrooms

2) There is the irreversible cessation of the entire brain.

for the rain to let up. It finally did, the skies cleared, well almost, but enough to let the children follow through with the morning fun! The children were able to go from classroom to classroom receiving treats, such as candies or cookies from their classmates. Each classroom had their own special activity and decorations. There was even a spook house in the art room – It was really spooky!! After “Trick or Treat” the children had lunch, and games on the playground followed. They bobbed for apples, had their faces “powdered” and/or painted, tried to catch the cookies

How about Thai laws? On 16th May, 1988, there was the symposium between lawyers and medical on the string and lots of other funny games. The day was really fantastic for all and the children really had a great time! Thank you to all the teachers and staff who helped make this a memorable day!!!

practitioners at Chulalongkorn University to ascertain the consensual definition of “death”. The criteria derived from this symposium for the determination of “death” was the “brain death”. The Medical Council of Thailand came out to set forth the criteria of “death” as it is used in the US Death Act 1979 which use the word “OR” between the criteria of “brain death” and “cessation of circulatory and respiratory function”. “To die or not to die” was the question of fact in the Criminal Case No.403/2005 of Samuthprakan Provincial Court whereby the team of medical practitioners who used the “brain death criteria” to transform the kidney to another patient was acquitted. Now the case is in the Court of Appeals. Mercy Killing or Right of Peaceful Death The right to peacefully

die of the terminally ill patients who may ask their doctor not to start or continue medical treatment is defined in the National Health Act 2007. Section 12.- defines that a person will have a right to make a letter to indicate the intention to deny the medical treatment which is necessary only for the prolongation of the life or the cessation of the suffering condition of the illness. The letter of intention or declaration of death must be made in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the Ministerial Regulations of the Public Health Ministry. There will be the amnesty for all doctors who cut the oxygen from you. The Kingdom of Heaven can be in Pattaya even for all pagans who come to worship the sun in the city of the devil and deep blue sea.

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In The Navy at Cafe Cafe Royale, Pattayaland soi 3, is celebrating its 18th birthday on Wednesday November 19, 8pm - late. Famous outdoor buffet followed by entertainment with El Duo, Khun Toi, Copa dancers and more. 950 baht. Reservations recommended on 038 423 515. 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 Mantra winetasting Tuesday December 9 from 19.00 hours sees Mantra’s winetasting and exquisite dinner, 2,500 baht+ per person and dinner a further 1,200 baht. Included in the total cost is a set of 4 stunning Riedel “O” series wine tumbler glasses to keep. The Riedel family has been creating glassware for 250 years! More information on 038- 429 591. California WOW celebrates Workout for free on week ends at

Planet Yoga located inside California WOW in The Avenue, Second Road (038 399 955). Also free workouts at California WOW itself with new exercise equipment, treadmills and upright bikes. Details of this special offer (restrictions may apply) on 038 399 999. Manhattans Thanksgiving Have a classy Thanksgiving dinner at Manhattans Restaurant & Bar at Nirvana Place, Thappraya Road. The set menu priced at 1200 baht + VAT. Full a la carte menu is also available. Bookings recommended at 038 259 790. Business lunch at Casa Pascal Casa Pascal Restaurant now offers a very attractive Menu from 11.oo hrs until 19.oo hrs. You will find a great choice of 25 different appetizers, soups, main dishes & desserts. 2 courses 350 Baht, 3 courses 420 Baht, 4 courses 490 Baht. For Reservation 038 723 660 Thanksgiving at Amor Family style service with a lavish menu (centering on roast turkey and all the trimmings) at Amor restaurant on Thursday November 27: two sittings at 7 pm and 9.30 pm and price 950 baht+ per person. Reservations

PATTAYA TODAY 19 recommended on 038 710 680 or 081 945 5396. Jazz Pit Pub Live entertainment every day, except Tuesday, at Jazz Pit Pub featuring Jazz Pit duo Rein on Vocals and Thomas on Guitar. All musicians and jazz singers are welcome every Monday with the weekly Jam session. Located on soi 5, beach road Pattaya. Manhattans early bird The latest early dining menu, 5-7 p.m., at Manhattans for November and December include choices from fried shrimps in filo pastry, leek and potato soup with herbed chicken quenelles; main courses grilled sirloin, pan fried duck breast, roasted fillet of sea bass; home made chocolate ice cream, chilled lemon souffle etc etc. Two course meal 795 baht or 895 baht with dessert. Bookings on 038 259 790. Retreat Green Bowls & Bupa Health Insurance charity event The Retreat Green Bowls and Bupa Health Insurance will be holding a charity event for Sarnelli house. The event will be at the Retreat Bowling Club on 20 th Novenber at 10 am. Enterence fees will all be donated to Sarnelli house and will be matched baht for baht by Bupa Health insurance. For more information please contact Donna Pollard at 038 370 880 ext 111. 0ptimist International The Optimist International Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Star Gazer’s Room of Hard Rock Hotel. The theme is Bringing Out The Best in Children

to help kids in Thailand. Call Drew Noyes on 084 111 7999. Liam’s Gallery Located on Pratumnak 4, this five storey art gallery has many original paintings, sculptures, antiques etc as well as Liam’s own private art gallery. Exhibitions are on view 10.00 am to 7 pm but closed Mondays. Open house from 6.30 pm every Friday with free wine and snacks. Phone 038 306 172. El Duo at Cafe The sensational Filipino El Duo appear exclusively at Cafe Royale, Pattayaland three, every Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 pm till late. Regular bar prices and no admission charges. The area’s most popular duo singers and entertainers. British embassy fair Ploenchit Fair 2008 will be held at the Shewsbury International School in Bangkok on Saturday November 29 from 10.00 am to 8 pm. Over 150 stalls for charity offering great activities and games for all. More information on Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089- 807- 2335. Krav Maga self defense Learn to defend yourself against attackers with Krav Maga self defence. There are local classes in Pattaya. Details on www.kravmaga or phone 085 288 3709. Latin Social Dancing Steps and Rhythm Dance Academy will hold a social dancing party on November 22 from 8.30 p.m. Entrance fee is 300 baht and includesa free drink. Further information from Stephanie Moorhouse on 089 544 4842 or visit 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.


by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: Dear Kris & Noi, I’ve almost completed my first, long holiday in Pattaya, and the lovely ladies here have given me my best holiday ever. I’ve heard many expats complain about them: greedy, dishonest, calling them skanks. Well I must be lucky because I’ve been treated fantastically by every girl I’ve been with. I’m not good-looking and am very shy with women, so life is lonely back home. People can say that paying for a girl’s company is a bad thing, but it means a shy man like me can enjoy being with attractive women, and there isn’t a sleazy “red-light” feel about it here. They all treated me so well, acting like real girlfriends, showing me around, taking care of me. Of course, I’ve responded by acting decently to them; I’ve bought them things, but always kept well within my means. I like your column and this newspaper, and I’ll

Private Posts be keeping up with news of Pattaya online until I return in a few months Happy Holidaymaker This may have been your first visit, but you went about your holiday in the right way. We’ve said this many times before: treat the girl decently, as you would a regular girlfriend, but without decimating your finances, and she will reward you with a very good time. You’re buying sex and companionship, the girl spends time with a nice man and lives well for a few days—compensation for all the times she’s stuck with a complete tosser. Actually, it’s the tossers who do all the moaning about the girls. For a shy and good-hearted man like you, a visit to Pattaya is jackpot time, and maybe it has given you a little more confidence to chat to the ladies back home. Start saving for your next holiday in Fun City, and stay happy. Dear Kris & Noi, I’ll be in Thailand for Christmas and New Year. As a change from the usual festive booze-ups, which I don’t like anyway, I’ve asked my fiancee to take me to her family’s village. She

says that Christmas isn’t celebrated there, but she is going to cook me a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings (she’s a cook in an international restaurant). But she says that New Year is a heavy party time throughout the village. She’s an only child, but she has young cousins living close to her parents, who I know quite well, so I would like to buy them some presents—do they know about Santa Claus, even though they’re Buddhist? I’m not a big drinker, are village New Year parties very wild? Dubai Expat For the villagers, Christmas Day is just another day, so your Christmas dinner will be the only sign of it. If you invite some of the close relatives to join you, they will appreciate it. The children know about Santa, but don’t receive presents, unlike children in wealthier Thai families. Some gifts from you, plus sweets and chocolates, will be well received, and include your fiancee’s parents of course. Many Thais return home from Bangkok and elsewhere for New Year, so expect the village to fill up just after

What are the origins of kissing in history? Maybe began as the joining of two souls KISSING signals our brains to produce oxytocin which is a hormone which creates a good feeling. Psychologists say that those who kiss their spouses each morning before leaving for work have fewer days sick leave than those who don’t. Those who kiss have fewer road accidents on the way to work, earn on average 25% more in salary and even live about five years longer. Anthropologists think the origins of kissing are to be found in primitive times when mothers chewed food and transferred it directly from their mouths to their babies’ mouths, a method of preparing baby food that is even practised today in some cultures. But there are other theories too. One comes from the Ziller Valley of Central Europe where pre-chewed

tobacco was exchanged by mouth. As early as 2000 BC various cultures believed that the bringing of mouths together

signified the joining of two souls. According to anthropologist Vaughn Bryant, the first erotic kiss was exchanged in India in 1500 BC in India, but that seems far too late given that “civilization” dates back much further than that.

Kissing is shown frequently in Egyptian art. Scholars believe kissing was associated with “giving life” in ancient Egyptian culture. But it was the Romans who probably perfected the kiss as we know it today. They kissed each other hello on the mouth or on the eyes and also kissed robes, rings and statues of the gods to indicate submission and respect. This remains common in many religions in the world today. Kissing became the means by which many a bargain was sealed throughout history. Thus in the feudal system a vassal would kneel before his overlord, put his hands in those of his lord and declare himself his man. Then the overlord bound himself by kissing the vassal lightly and raising him to his feet. In eastern Europe, condemned

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Christmas. There may be a show in the temple grounds, starting New Year’s Eve and continuing all night, but many families just party outside their houses. Some start boozing early morning on New Year’s Eve and of course some go on all night too—and there will be lots of noise! But if you wish to avoid Thai drunks, you could just have a quiet drink with your fiancee and her parents. Dear Kris & Noi, I’ve lived in Pattaya a few years now, but I don’t see any improvements being made by the authorities. The roads are still jammed, it’s impossible to walk easily along pot-holed pavements that are always blocked by stalls and touts, and everywhere is dirty. It’s impossible to have a pleasant stroll along Beach Road on the sea side, as you are accosted by hookers. The authorities are forever announcing grandiose new projects, sorting out baht buses, clamping down on crime, enforcing traffic laws— but what improvements have we seen? None! If they would only enforce existing rules and regulations it would get a lot better, and without any additional cost. Unless changes are made, Pattaya will always criminals sometimes kissed the hangman lightly as a sign of respect and forgiveness before being despatched to eternity. Russians may have been the first to incorporate the kiss into the marriage ceremony, whilst France was the first to accept kissing in courtship. In medieval Europe, dancing was one way to display affection and each dance was sealed with a kiss. Of course the French are also credited with inventing the “French kiss”, a prolonged and intimate encounter which seems to have originated in Britanny and survives as a common expression to this day in the term “French kissing”. Kissing shows up all the time in religious practice. In the old and the new testament, there are 50 references to kissing. Jesus was betrayed by a kiss, more a peck in all likelihood. Kissing of relics in practised in several religions including Christianity and Islam. The Black Stone housed at Mecca is worn hollow by centuries of veneration and is now held together by a silver band. The act of blowing kisses with the hand comes from the old religions where they blew kisses to the gods. Non human primates often indulge in activity which can be regarded as kissing and

be just a place for short stay tourists, not a residence for expats, and I won’t be staying. Disheartened Presumably you spent some time in Pattaya before deciding to live here, so you knew about and accepted all the faults you mention. What made you think that Pattaya would change just to suit your requirements for a suitable place to live? Yes, traffic problems have increased, pedestrians are forced to walk in the road and, despite periodic cleanups, hookers of every gender some dog owners “kiss” their animals which may not be

a good idea health-wise. In the 1980s there was specula-

still appear on Beach Road. However, every city has its good and bad points, and many expats choose to accept all Pattaya’s faults in return for its many advantages. Maybe you should consider some positives, such as relatively cheap living costs, generally affable tolerance by locals towards expats, excellent restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. It’s a good place to live—as long as you don’t expect the authorities to unblock the traffic and the pavements in the foreseeable future. tion that human kissing can help to spread hiv infection, but there is no evidence for this unless one or both participants have gum disease. None the less kissing can pass on other diseases such as herpes. In some cultures, people of the same sex have been able to kiss as a greeting and without any sexual overtones. However, the rise of gay liberation may have discouraged this practice somewhat. However, footballers sometimes exchange a kiss as a rejoicing signal when a goal is scored.

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Meltdown? Shmeltdown!

By Joe, the Plumber TO paraphrase the Isley Brothers: Well; here we go again. This time, though, it’s serious. With the whole world intertwined, the so-called global economy is in the toilet. So, it doesn’t matter much whether your money is invested here, in Thailand, the USA or Europe. You’re screwed! Those so-called “foolish” people who kept their money under the mattress or in an old Martinson’s Coffee can are probably in the best shape. The rest of us can only read our monthly, investment statements and weep. Or, if we really want to torture ourselves we can check our accounts, online, daily. Conventional wisdom says that if you wait it out, the financial markets will come back. Historically, the stock market always appreciates over the long term; but I’m not getting any younger. I can’t wait forever to regain

my losses. Chances are that the road widening project on Tappaya Road will be completed before I recoup my losses and that will probably not occur during my lifetime (or yours). Moreover, some of us might need to get our hands on some of the greenbacks (orpink, red, orange or whatever color your home currency is) before the markets rebound. People, especially, those who are retired and don’t have large pensions, need to make withdrawals for the necessities of life: rent or mortgage, food, utilities, transportation, and, of course, female or male companionship. This is, after all, Sin City. If you’re lucky enough to have some spare cash, how can you invest it? If you’re a big risk taker and have the stomach for it, now might be a good time to invest in the stock market. Stocks are

low and have to eventually rise, don’t they? Well, I have a better idea. There’s a bridge connecting the NYC boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn that I can sell to you cheap. You’ll probably get a better return than from the stock

market. The only people who seem to be making a killing on the stock market, lately, are the CEOs and other executives who got us into this mess in the first place and ran their companies into the ground. Is that what they mean by rewarding excellence? There’s always real estate. If you buy a house or condo, the value is bound to rise, isn’t it? Perhaps; but,

I know several people who have been trying to dispose of their property for ages and have had nary a nibble. Maybe, investing in a business is the answer. After all, no matter the economic conditions, people still want to have fun and relax. How about investing in a go-go bar or restaurant? No experience? No problem. You’ll just lose your shirt (and pants) that much faster. Have you noticed how many entertainment businesses have “For Sale” signs? I was in a go-go bar on a recent weekend night and counted six customers. I was shocked how crowded the bar was compared to most nights. Was this a sign of the impending high season (which seems to last for about a day and a half in late December). For those of us without money to burn or invest in a bar (same-same), some


SOME time ago, UBC showed all the James Bond movies in what they called a Bond Marathon. I watched so many that it made me punchy, but I think I got a feel for the formula. To test my writing skills, I decided to write a script for the Bond movie to end all Bond movies. For copyright reasons I couldn’t call the hero James Bond, so I renamed him Jeremy Boon. Boon is half-Thai and half-British, the offspring of a romantic liaison between an English barmaid and an Esarn tuk-tuk driver during a torrid

holiday frolic on Koh Samui in 1976. There are several differences between him and Bond. Boon is addicted to lethally spicy-hot servings of somtam. Due to genetic factors, he would rather drive a tuk-tuk than an AstonMartin. He likes his Mekhong sodas stirred, not shaken, and enhanced before stirring by a squirt of lime. I call this movie “Airsucker.” The villain is a hunchbacked fiend named Dr. O. He has twisted features, a warped mind, and an indeterminate foreign accent. His agents have abducted Boon by drugging his Mekhong soda while he was on holiday in Pattaya, relaxing in his favorite pub, the Pubic Hare on Soi Dogpoo. They’vewhisked him away to Dr. O’s private castle at the summit of a peak in the Korat Alps.Now, as Boon regains consciousness, Dr. O welcomes him. Dr. O: Goot efening, Mr. Boon. Velcome to my Esarn aerie. Permit me to introduce my deformed self. I am Dr. O. I haff invented a device vhich sucks oxygen out of ze air. For obvious reasons, I call it ze Airsucker. Ziss machine vhich you see here is ze prototype. (Gestures toward a large metal machine with an intake unit shaped like open lips. They are modeled on the lips of Angelina Jolie, and are irresistibly erotic.) In approximately four seconds, ziss machine can suck all ze oxygen out of ziss room. Properly enlarged and

magnified, it vill suck all ze oxygen out of ze atmosphere of ze entire planet, killing all its inhabitants. Boon: Sounds like a breathtaking proposition. What’s the point? O: (chortling malevolently): Ze point, my dear Boon, is zat ze entire population of Planet Earth vill be at my mercy. Ze oxygen vhich has been extracted from ze atmosphere will be packaged in large balloons, vhich I vill sell to ze oxygen-starved masses. He who buys, vill live. He who doesn’t, vill die. It is an ingenious concept, is it not? Boon: It’s enough to take one’s breath away. That would make you the world’s chief airhead, would it not, Dr. O? O (face curdling with rage): Do not mock me, Mr. Boon! Ziss is my assistant, Sashimi. (Enter a stocky, powerfully built Japanese dwarf, clad in the robe of a Samurai, sword belted at the waist.) Sashimi (bowing formally): Ah so, deska! Preased to meet you, Boon-san. O: Sashimi is skilled in seven schools of martial arts and exquisite methods of torture. And ziss is my secretary, Miss Ditsy Bimbo. (Enter a gorgeous blonde bombshell, flaunting prodigious pectoral protuberances. Adorned by tattoos and multiple piercings, she wears a hip-hop outfit and a baseball cap turned backwards. Boon’s eyes cross as they focus on her

magnificent cleavage, which is highlighted by a T-shirt labeled TAKE ME.) Ditsy (popping her bubblegum): Hiya. Boon: Charmed. O: Now, Mr. Boon, since you know too much, Sashimi vill escort you to ze torture chamber for your final act upon ziss earthly stage. Boon: Splendid. Permit me to introduce you to one of the remarkable devices invented by our ingenious agent Q. (Presses a button on his watch. A nylon cord whips out and wraps itself around Sashimi, instantly tying him up.) One order of sashimi to

economizing might be in order while we’re waiting out this economic storm. Extra large double latte cappuccinos at Starbucks are out; a cup of Nescafe (ugh) is in. While enjoying your cheaper and vile cup of Joe, you can read the daily newspaper that many cafes supply for their patrons and save on the cost of your morning rag. You can even, surreptitiously, swipe it from the establishment. However, don’t steal a copy of Pattaya Today. Why drive or take a taxi when you can walk to most destinations? This would be a pleasant alternative, especially during rainy season. You might even be lucky enough to fall into one of the craters that keep appearing on the horrendously maintained roads and have a nice swim. Instead of plunking down one hundred twenty baht (per person) at the local cinema, a plethora of enterprising entrepreneurs will

gladly sell you pirated DVDs of the latest Hollywood hits. Quality may suffer and you may hear coughing and other sounds from the audience, but that’s the tradeoff, I guess. What about sex? Yes, I’m all for it. However, times are tough. Bar fining go-go girls or boys every night of the week might be too much of an extravagance. You can purchase the aforementioned DVDs (of the xrated variety) and have a nice, romantic, erotic evening with yourself. On second thought, I just looked in the mirr or. That’snot going to cut it. The family pets can help out also. Fido and Fifi will have to be weaned off steaks, hamburger and even canned dog food. It’ll be food scraps and dry food for them. Do you want serious financial advice? You won’t get any from me. However, if you peruse the pages of this fine publication, you might obtain some.

go. (Pushes Sashimi face-first into the lips of the Airsucker and flicks on the switch. A strangled scream from Sashimi as the machine sucks out his brain through his mouth.) Airsucker: Burp. Boon: I guess that was a no-brainer. O (screaming): You haff destroyed my machine, Mr. Boon! Zose brain tissues vill clog up ze delicate mechanisms vithin! Boon: Not to worry, I doubt that his brain was very large. Let’s see how it handles you. (Pushes Dr. O into the mouth of the machine. He disappears into the gaping maw with a shriek.) Airsucker: Burp. Boon: And now I suppose it’s time to use my magnetic booger grenade, another invention of the ingenious Q.

(Picks a large, ferrous-enhanced booger out of his nose and tosses it into the mouth of the machine.) Come, Ditsy, it’s time to booger off. (They flee the castle. Behind them, the machine explodes, bringing down the entire castle and half the mountainside in a spectacular eruption of fire and smoke.) Boon: Thank Q. And now, Ditsy, it’s time to consummate our relationship. Ditsy: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Cool. (Snaps her bubblegum with enthusiasm. Boon and Ditsy move into an amatory position as the lights dim and the curtain falls.) S. Tsow can be flamed at while he’s waiting for his Academy Award for writing this script, which will be a very long time indeed.

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Quality first windows and doors with EUROPVC Becoming indispensable rather than an extra by Barry Kenyon SINCE Pattaya Today first interviewed the British guys at EUROPVC more than two years ago, business has boomed for managing director Aaron Eggleton and partner Andy Malton. Their website says that it’s a company goal to ensure that every potential customer automatically thinks of EUROPVC as the local leader in uPVC double glazed windows and doors and that’s a dream well on the way to becoming reality. The company was established at the headquarters in Soi Khaotalo in 2006, which still houses the factory where the units are made, but the advent of the showrooms on Sukhumvit highway has been a big success. “Initially, our customers were mostly individual householders wanting to install uPVC, but now the market has expanded to developers, condominiums and estates,” says Aaron, “For example, one of our recent customers is the low rise condominium Wiwat Residence. Increasingly, both builders and prospective customers are expecting units to come ready made with uPVC features.” Another important development for Aaron and Andy has been the expansion of their business beyond the Pattaya

and Jomtien area. They now have contracts in Ko Chang and Bangkok with export orders to countries as far afield as India and Australia. Plans in the pipeline include developing EUROPVC all over Thailand with a strong presence in resorts such as Hua Hin, Phuket and Chiang Mai. A strong point of EUROPVC is the after sales service. The current writer is a company customer and, following a recent attempted break-in at his home which was foiled partly because of the EUROPVC security features, one phone call brought a quick response from the company and fitters were there the same morning to repair the minor damage. “It’s comforting to know that EUROPVC maintains a good relationship with customers after the initial installation,” said Barry Kenyon. The stringent production process at EUROPVC and quality control strategies mean that modern uPVC

(technically “unplasticised polyvinyl chloride”) windows and doors are far superior to any aluminium, steel and timber systems in use today and every

EUROPVC managing director Aaron Eggleton unit can be a different size and shape. Amongst the advantages are excellent weather resistance, without any special maintenance (no protective painting or varnishing required), and a heat insulation far better than any aluminium equivalents.

Thus you save a lot of energy whilst keeping your home or office cool and comfortable. Sound reduction, up to 40 decibels or so, is another attractive feature whilst the corrosion resistance provides protection against a city environment or the humidity of a beach area. The whole EUROPVC system is unaffected by temperature and is ecologically sound because it’s 100% recyclable. Other points to bear in mind are excellent fire proofing and an attractive appearance with the latest window and door designs all up to the best international standards. The EUROPVC showroom is at 157/4 Sukhumvit Road, prominently situated on your left as you drive from the Central to North intersections, and adjoining soi 34. There are several contrasting units on display and English speaking staff on hand to offer any advice. Quotations are free and reasonable considering all the advantages of installation. Phone 038 422 669 (office) or Aaron himself (081 762 8402). There’s a demonstrative website to peruse at which profiles the company and illustrates many of the designs which will certainly enhance the value of your home as an additional bonus.



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Vegetarian and vegan options in Pattaya A growing trend in the resort’s eateries THERE are many reasons why some people choose a vegetarian diet. It may be cultural or religious or environmental or health or simply a matter of taste. Thailand certainly has a (Chinese) vegetarian tradition, most obvious in the annual

vegetarian festival in Pattaya and other cities which is sponsored here by the Sawangboriboon foundation. The eating of the “holy noodle” and “look thor” or “fruit from heaven” is enjoyed not only by

Thais but by an increasing number of foreigners too. It’s only in recent years that Pattaya, unlike Chiang Mai which has a strong Chinese food history, has developed strictly vegetarian restaurants. Probably best known is the Five Stars on South Road, at

the intersection with Third Road, which serves Thai dishes suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, the latter keeping clear of dairy products as well as meat and fish. Another good choice is at the Rasayana

Retreat on North Road which offers some particularly tempting salads and fruit shakes. Pattaya’s 20 or so Indian restaurants have long served veggie clients and all are careful to list their dishes separately from the nonvegetarian choices. They range from the upmarket Indian by Nature in Jomtien, cited by the Bangkok Post as probably the best in Thailand, to the host of eateries to be found in many sois downtown. There are a cluster of Indian cafes, sometimes incorporating Arab cuisine too, on the extension to soi VC, adjacent to Second Road and going towards Walking Street. International restaurants in Pattaya increasingly cater for vegetarians. Even the top class Manhattans steakhouse has a section for them and most of the five star hotels make a point of listing a vegetarian corner at least. With vegetarianism becoming more popular worldwide – an international airline recently stated that 10% of its clients choose a special diet – it’s obviously a sensible marketing tool to include food

minorities when advertising the facilities. The Amor restaurant in Pattayaland soi three (Boyztown) is an international restaurant where vegetarians are certainly made to feel at home. The large menu even highlights with a “V” code the meat and fish free choices and even strict vegans can find lots of choices to accommodate them. No matter whether Western, Asian or Indian options are examined on the menu, food minorities are well catered for. Incidentally, all Amor’s deep fried and stir fried dishes are prepared with soy bean oil which is cholesterol free. The restaurant is run by Richard Burk who had a wealth of experience in executive posts in the hospitality industry worldwide including opening the Dusit Resort in Pattaya as resident manager. He opened the Amor in 1994 and from day one catered for food minorities with both gusto and care. “It’s really a matter of customer care,” he said, “knowing about vegetarianism and advising customers who request it on a one to one basis.” In what must rank as a unique achievement,

Mr. Richard Burk Richard has even provided a still enjoy tasty fried rice dishes fully vegan Christmas dinner on – it’s just a question of frying request including the pudding. in soybean oil the Amor way “Over the years,” Richard and doing without the egg. In fact, the Amor makes a reveals, “we have developed a market not only for strict special point of catering for all vegetarians but for others who dietary needs. Low cholesterol want meat and fish free meals dishes are marked throughout from time to time.” The choices the huge menu and there are are legion from original starters sugar free desserts, some fat (delightful cold soups are a free as well. People on a low speciality here for those carbohydrate, low fat diet inclined) and pasta imported (Atkins, South Beach etc) will from Italy to Amor gratin and find plenty of choice at the Indian style curries with home restaurant and many dishes can made mango chutney. Almost be adapted specially for them. all of the Thai food choices can There’s even a sugar free mint be adapted to minority taste sauce and a home made oil and buds. It’s just a question of fat free vinaigrette salad making clear individual dressing. The secret of the preferences to the management. Amor is attention to detail and For example, a strict vegan can it certainly works.

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Classy Cove Construction THE huge bill board on Pattaya North Road opposite the Third Road junction shows the image of a spectacular shell shaped building, which is being built on a very nice beachfront location at Naklua in North Pattaya. This is known as The Cove and is backed by one of Pattaya’s oldest biggest land owners, with their youngest son Khun Itthi being the CEO and owner of the project, and also the Petra Construction Company who are the builders. This beautiful beachfront hotel / condominium resort at the end of Soi-18/1 off Naklua Road, is marketed as a luxury development, and the showrooms were

opened recently, with all visitors being greatly impressed by the high standards of excellence. A wide range of various nationalities went to a recent function for real estate brokers, and liked the idea of large balconies, excellent design & decor, plus the additional amenities and services, that are usually not provided in residential developments.


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Five pitfalls to avoid when selling your home by Khun Dee THIS YEAR, Pattaya’s high season may not be so high. And it may not come too soon. Nevertheless, high season is the ideal time to be on the market if you’re thinking about selling your home, and now is not too early to begin making preparations. But, assuming you would like to sell quickly and at top price, don’t rush to market before considering some of the most common pitfalls faced by home sellers. In the previous issue of Property Today, we discussed potential problems when purchasing a house or condo here. Home sellers, too, are susceptible to snags, obstacles, and errors in judgment.—some of which can be costly. The five most common pitfalls include: 1-Pricing 2-Appearance 3-Condition

4-Accessibility 5-Agent 1-Pricing. Both over- and under-pricing your home are by far the most common sticking point. If your asking price is set too high, your home will be overlooked and sit unsold. In fact, your overpriced home will help to sell other homes competing with yours because buyers who see your home will compare it to those that are properly priced and choose the better value. Ultimately, if and when you do sell, you may have to settle for an under-market price. On the other side of the coin, if you price your home too low, you will sell quickly but may be forfeiting hundreds of thousands of baht. Keep in mind that market value is set not by real estate agents or sellers, but by what buyers are willing to pay. Research the market to determine the actual selling

prices (not asking prices) of comparable properties recently sold. Ask real estate agents how much they think buyers might be willing to pay for your home. Then make an informed decision. 2-Appearance. Before opening your doors to prospects, ensure that it is ready to be seen. Many sales are lost each year to cluttered rooms, neglected yards, dirty kitchens and baths, and unpleasant odors. It’s imperative that you clean your home inside and out so that everything is spotless and neat. Present a model home to the extent you can. Depersonalize it by removing family photos, award plaques, toys, souvenirs, etc. Potential buyers want and expect to see a beautiful home and imagine themselves living in it. Remember, you have only one chance to make a good first impression.

Property slowdown rather than crash in Asia Countries are better prepared than in 1997 THE Asian stock markets are so far proving more resilient than Europe or the United States to the US sub-prime housing crisis and its dire reverberations. None the less they are by no means immune from the global issues. David Simister, chairman of the real estate company CB Richard Ellis Thailand, commented “Nobody can get off scot free from what’s happening because global liquidity has been reduced and the feel good factor has gone.” Ironically, several negative factors have positioned southeast Asian property markets to weather the current storms. First of all, the 1997 Asian crisis forced regional banks to tighten up their lending practices to the property sector. Secondly, apart from Vietnam, most countries in the region have not experienced the same real estate booms as have occurred in the rising giants China and Asia. Both these factors mean that southeast Asian banks which were reeling with the shock of non-performing loans in 1997 are in relatively good shape today. “I think southeast Asian banks are even less exposed to property than northeast Asian banks,” said Peter Tebutt, senior director of financial institutions at Fitch Ratings in Hong Kong. Some southeast Asian centres are still offering competitive prices and even possible returns on investments. Thus not everybody

is suffering. “We have just launched a new project this month and it was one of the most successful launches we have had in our history,” said Dan Simmons for Laguna Phuket, a luxury hotel and residential complex. In the wake of the US financial crisis, Laguna Phuket put 25 luxury homes with an average price of just over US$400,000 on the market and sold 15 in a snap with full reservation deposits,” he observed. Equally, the Phuket development is catering to the high end market which is less affected than most by

Residential building continues apace in the Philippines recession issues. Not everyone is so lucky. In Vietnam, property developers say the country is heading into a period of tight liquidity for both projects and buyers. “Even if a buyer can get a loan, you are looking at 80% interest, so it’s essentially cash buyers in the market place,” said David Blackhall of VinaCapital, a property management company in Vietnam. But even in Vietnam it’s not all gloom. “There’s a lot of middle eastern money that is looking to spread into emerging

markets,” Mr Blackhall said. “Vietnam is seen as less difficult than China and less frustrating than India.” Also the residential market is expected to go on growing in the Philippines. Real estate developers are focussing on affordable housing and condominiums to service the needs of the country’s most active buyers, the millions of overseas Filipino “guest” workers and expats. Thailand has targeted the retirement and second home markets for foreigners, but there are worries that many of these potential investors have seen their buying power reduced with declining property prices at home and adverse rates of exchange. Simon Landy, director of Primo Company in Thailand, said that the sector of the market that is dependent on mortgaging the family residence and using the difference to buy a property in Asia will be affected. But the major Scandinavian market in Thailand remains promising. Mr Landy noted that Scandinavians are less affected as they get government support to take off and die somewhere else. In Indonesia, meanwhile, the government is actively supporting the property sector and developers have joined with local banks to offer interest rate subsidies to buyers. “With credit interest rates subsidy to consumers, it’s expected to help improve buyer power so that the property market can be maintained,” argued Teguh Satria, chairman of the real estate association in Indonesia.

3-Condition. Is your condo run down? Does your house have a roof that leaks? Are plumbing, air and electrical systems in working order? Imperfections could kill the deal outright. Furthermore, buyers can point to such shortcoming for leverage when negotiating a deal. Since there are many homes for sale, what may seem to be a small fix-up job can make a difference between your home or a comparable home selling that day. Examine your home thoroughly for problems big and small. Check for a leaky toilet, rotting doors, cracked tiles, improper wiring or just a room that needs a new coat of paint. Failure to make all necessary repairs and improvements could keep your home sitting on the market for months. Don’t make the mistake of hiding or failing to completely disclose problems about the property. Do not hide that large brown spot on the floor with a throw rug; do not cover that burn spot on a counter top; do not withhold the fact that you’ve been told by a contractor that the foundation must be reinforced. Not only are such ploys unethical, they also can abort the sale. 4-Accessibility. To improve your chances of getting a

reasonable offer and making a quick sale, your home must be accessible. Most home buyers want to see homes at a moment’s notice. The more accessible your home is, the more showings, and the better odds for finding a buyer. With the large number of residences currently available in Pattaya, serious buyers who can’t get into your property will go on to view other homes and purchase elsewhere. If you cannot be available at all times, make sure that your real estate agent has a key. When prospects come to view your home, do not follow them from room to room. It will make them uneasy, feeling like they shouldn’t be opening your closet doors, pantries, kitchen cabinets, etc. Equally important, do not require that your home be shown by appointment only. That often sends potential buyers to other properties. 5-Agent. While you may be able to sell your home yourself, recognize that a real estate agent can be a vital ally. But recognize too that not all agents are created equal. An agent who will be with you every step of the process is very important. He or she will have access to buyers, will know and understand the current market, will be able to

market and show your home, negotiate with buyers, and properly prepare all necessary paperwork. Putting up a ‘For Sale’ sign is a long-gone method to get your home sold. In today’s market agents need to design a leading-edge marketing plan that will maximize the odds of your home being seen by that one special buyer. Discuss marketing plans with your agent, be creative, insist that he or she be proactive in promoting the sale of your home. Choosing the right agent will make the difference between your home sitting on the market for months and selling quickly at the price you want. A buyer who can’t purchase your home is not really a buyer at all. It sounds simple but thousands of hours are wasted every day showing properties and negotiating with this type of ‘buyer.’ Buyers need to be qualified before you begin to work with them, and your agent should be adept at that. Selling your home must be seen as a business transaction, not an emotional one. This focus should stay clear throughout the entire home selling process. A buyer sees no benefit in the intrinsic value that you have created in your property.

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Raimon Land wins second consecutive Best Developer Accolade among four honours at Thailand Property Awards 2008 LUXURY property developer Raimon Land won the prestigious Best Developer Award for the second consecutive year on its way to sweeping four categories at the Thailand Property Awards 2008 presented at a gala dinner at the Conrad Hotel, Bangkok on 1 November. Alongside the Best Developer Award, Raimon Land took home Best Condo Development (Phuket) for The Heights, Best Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard) for Northpoint in Pattaya, and Best Development Website for the second consecutive year for Raimon Land Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Cornick, said winning the Best Developer Award for the second time as well as prizes for projects in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket was a strong indication of the company’s accomplishments. “I am thrilled for everyone involved as this is clear recognition of the progress we have made and continue to make in setting new standards in luxury property development in Thailand.” Ensign Media Managing Director, Duncan Worthington, the organisers of Thailand

Property Award, said “Three years on and a lot has changed in Thailand’s real estate industry. Developments have improved at all levels and the bar has been raised. We believe the Thailand Property Awards have helped contribute to this and will continue to push the envelope each year. For a company to have won Best Developer for two consecutive years is a significant achievement indeed. This year competi-tion was tougher than ever with major real estate developers from all over Thailand vying for the honour. Congratulations to Raimon Land PLC for their success again this year.” Raimon Land presented six of its most successful developments that were completed within the last five years in the Best Developer award entry: The Lofts Sathorn, The Lofts Yennakart, The Lakes and The Legend in Bangkok, Northshore in Pattaya, and Kata Gardens in Phuket. The awards were decided by a panel of 22 independent judges from different disciplines in the industry in Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Hua Hin, under the

supervision of the Ethics Committee. The judging process was overseen by BDO Richfield Advisory and followed strict regulations to ensure there were no conflicts of interest,

“We presented the competition judges with our recent achievements that led to a 2007 total sales value of THB6.2 billion and 2008 figures of THB4.9 billion to date, well on track to meet our

From left, Director of Project Development Gerard Healy, Director of Corporate Planning Janjira Panitpon, Chief Executive Officer Nigel Cornick, Direct Marketing Manager Pornpan Sombun and Director of Sales and Marketing Henri Young

and that all judges remained completely anonymous. The panel weighed five criteria when making the selection, to which Raimon Land demonstrated how it achieved its core principles: intelligence, innovation, integrity and being a socially responsible member of the community.

forecasted 21% year-on-year increase to THB7.5 billion,” Mr Cornick said. “We then demonstrated how we delivered projects on time and to original specifications, raised the bar in construction quality and design standards as well as use innovative thinking in all aspects of the business

from financing to smart home systems technology.” Addressing environmental issues, customer care, research and corporate social responsibility were the other key areas in which the luxury developer proved its strengths. “We have introduced cutting-edge environmental developments such as efficient water-cooled air conditioning systems and solar powered common area lighting, as well as launched a comprehensive Customer Relationship Management programme using world-standard automated tracking systems and dedicated customer relations teams in each development,” said Mr Cornick. Raimon Land further pointed to the debut of the Why Invest… series for Pattaya and Phuket along with the expansion of the Condominium Focus research publication, all of which analyse the market and show the opportunity for potential buyers to achieve strong capital gains and rental yields. To demonstrate its corporate social responsibility efforts, Raimon Land presented its Plant A Tree Foundation’s

sapling farm in Khao Yai to offset the company’s carbon emissions, the construction of a dormitory complex for children at the Mercy Centre in Klong Toey, its funding of a school for the children of labourers on its Pattaya sites, and the sponsorship of sporting events such as the King’s Cup Regatta, Top of the Gulf Regatta and the King’s Cup Elephant Polo event. Contributing to the Best Condo Development Awards for Northpoint and The Heights Phuket were the projects’ investment in their unique promise of “what you see in the Show Suites is exactly what you get in your home,” which led to impressive sales records. For the Best Development Website Award, Raimon Land presented The River website’s sophisticated design that reflects the mood and tone of the project, The River Life campaign created to foster a sense of community on the Chao Phraya and its innovative Floor Plan guide, CGI flythrough, 360-degree site view and state-of-the-art virtual tour of The River Promenade and its Show Suites.

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Caught in the midst of the PAD rally in front of the British Embassy I must admit to being somewhat sceptical when it comes to the Thais’ declarations. I tend to take everything they say with a pinch of salt. My wife knew I had to go to the British Embassy to pick up my new passport. “The mob’s going to be outside, you know, and they don’t like farangs. Be careful they don’t attack you” she warned. “Sure, sure,” says I, dismissing her advice virtually out of hand. As I was about to set out for the Skytrain that morning, I did check with the Guest House info person beforehand who kindly looked up the PAD’s (People’s Alliance for Democracy) supposed itinerary for the day on their website. “No,” she said. “They’re over the other side of town to the British Embassy today,” she assured me. So, convinced by the evidence, I duly set off to find a taxi and then the Skytrain. When I got off at Phleun Chit BTS Station, I did notice there were an uncommonly large number of yellow clad Thais milling around the approaches and exit leading to Wireless Road, where the embassy is. Strange, I thought to myself, it’s not Monday, why are all these people dressed in yellow? Then I heard the loudspeaker van round the corner admonishing the British ambassador for allowing “that renegade Thaksin to remain safely in England.” I also began to notice hastily erected

OLD Mother Riley was a slapstick music hall act which ran from about 1934 to 1954 and also created 16 films. The part of the Irish washerwoman Old Mother Riley was played by Arthur Lucan (born Arthur Towle) and his wife Kitty McShane played daughter Kitty. It was essentially a drag act but also a double act. They were hugely successful at the time playing music halls, theatres and radio as well as the movies. They gave Jimmy Clitheroe his big break in 1939 in an Old Mother Riley pantomime called The Old Woman Who Lives In A Shoe and then the

posters everywhere, all of which started with the injunction “Hey UK ! followed by various declarations, complete with grammatical errors, like “He is crook!! Take him out!!”; “Thaksin’s crime ! You’re cruel!!”; “Far place! Extradition!” and “The Truth Day! Guilty Person!” in English and Thai; I presume the Thai mirrored the English. As I turned the corner on the upper deck of the exit ramp, I saw hundreds of PAD supporters thronging the pavement in front of the university and department store opposite the embassy, with ever more turning up by the minute. The protestors’ mood was far from ugly, though, despite my wife’s warning that they were likely to turn on farangs, especially Brits! She had at least been right about the fact that they would be holding a demo in front of the British Embassy, though not, thankfully, about their mood. They were largely middle class and student types, an equal distribution of the sexes, with a couple of parked trucks replete with numerous loudspeakers blaring out encouragement to the crowd and continuing to admonish the British ambassador. Across the road, over the heads of the crowd, I could see long lines of police manning a hastily erected barricade, which stretched to the corner at one end and a little further than the embassy gates on the other. The crowd wasn’t

following year in their film Old Mother Riley in Society. Arthur Lucan was the first British star to appear only in drag throughout a full length movie and he is referenced in the Kinks’ song The Village Green Preservation Society from their 1968 album. Arthur Towle was born in 1885 in Lincolnshire and wanted to be in music hall from an early age. He toured Ireland where he met his future wife Kitty. They achieved some success with a sketch called Bridget’s Night Out for which he first wore drag: this allowed him to develop the character of Old Mother Riley. Whilst in Dublin he changed his name to Lucan and the duo became so successful that they appeared in the 1934 Royal Command Performance at the London Palladium. He made a total of 17 films (16 as Old Mother Riley) and his wife appeared in all but one, the exception being Old Mother Riley Meets The Vampire in 1952 which also starred Bela Lugosi in his waning years. He performed literally to his dying breath,

tightly packed, so I threaded my way through, somewhat warily, I must admit, but no one paid me any notice. They were too busy listening to the rebel rousers and waving their clacker-hands in support, so across the road I went through the contrails of the crowd, who’d spilled across the road by this time.

right in front of the police barricade, who it was now obvious were in no mood to let anyone past them into the embassy. In fact, they’d cordoned off the entrance, so there was absolutely no way in. I felt slightly affronted by this, actually. They were denying me what I’ve always

I thought “mob” was a bit strong to describe the assembled multitude. They all seemed to be enjoying themselves and there was a party atmosphere, reminiscent of a carnival. This impression was reinforced just then as the loudspeakers started blaring out “Get back Jo Jo”, the Beatles’ song, with new lyrics. It was now “Get Back Thaksin. Get back to jail where you belong”; in English, otherwise I’m sure I would have missed the gist. Quite catchy, really, and my feet began tapping out the beat. By this time, I had stationed myself

considered my inalienable right, access to my country’s embassy, a small representation of Britain in a foreign land. I asked the nearest cop how I was supposed to get in and he said “wait please.” So what could I do? To make matters worse, I’d confused the day and thought it was Friday, when it was, in fact, only Thursday. To further explain the significance of this, I’d missed the embassy the day before, turning up just as it was closing in the middle of the afternoon. I was on the first stages of a visa trip to Lao, so

timing was crucial. The embassy also closes early on Fridays at 12 pm, and it was now 11.30 am! Still labouring under the misapprehension that it was Friday, I began to envisage my missing the embassy yet again, especially as the demo was now in full swing, with me right in the front ranks, surrounded by mildly jostling protesters. This was the first time I’d ever actually been anywhere near a PAD rally, only having seen them previously on TV news broadcasts; this especially as I was essentially neutral about the whole Thaksin thing. I was also in the unenviable position of being the only farang in the crowd! As I said, though, they were all very good natured, no violence, no storming of the barriers, no raised voices, even when the ambassador, surrounded by Ghurkhas, emerged from the embassy interior and accepted either a petition or a letter from a PAD organiser, relating to the PAD’S insistence that the renegade Thaksin be extradited to face his just deserts. Certainly, no one was trying to ram the barricades in pickups, or attempting to machete the police. On the contrary, it was very civilized, demonstrators were handing the police free CDs entitled “Murder at Thai Parliament” and newssheets with gory pictures of bomb victims with shredded limbs

and video footage of the carnage and mayhem of the fateful October 7 rally, when two people were killed and hundreds injured. One of the dead, apparently, was the PAD head of security, who I later heard might have been ‘taken out’ by the opposition. The police accepted these gifts quite graciously and even asked for more so that all their colleagues managed to get one, too; even I got one. Just after this, I caught the key word “Sukhumvit” come over the loudspeaker and I realised they were all going to decamp elsewhere, much to my relief as it was now 11.55am! The loudspeaker vans turned round and began moving away and I eventually managed to get up to the front entrance, only to be told to come back at 1pm because it was now lunchtime. Being Thursday, the embassy was open in the afternoon. Just then a British journalist turned up and asked me what had happened. He’d come from Government House, where a bomb had just exploded. I was obviously in the wrong place at the right time, thankfully! I realised just how bad it could have been after watching the video footage of October 7, with police pouring round after round of tear gas into the crowd, and even one cop drawing his revolver and about to shoot into the crowd, till he was restrained. Perhaps next time I’ll take more heed of my wife!

Old Mother Riley and Kitty McShane Definitely an acquired taste you know collapsing and dying in the wings of the now demolished Tivoli theatre in Hull in 1954. The site now houses a bakery and cafe, but there is a memorial bust of Arthur Lucan together with various memorabilia from his career. He is burried in Hull’s eastern cemetery. Kitty was born in Dublin in 1897, one of 17 children (only seven survived) but her excellent singing voice secured her a media future. She was only 16 when she married the 28 year old Arthur Lucan whilst he was on tour in Ireland. They were married on November 25 at the Church of St Andrews in Dublin in 1913. Their double act lasted for nearly forty years. Besides playing “straight” for Lucan’s slapstick comedy, she carried the love interest in the films. But Arthur and Kitty’s own turbulent marriage ended in

separation in 1951 and, in their last film Old Mother Riley’s Jungle Treasure in 1951, their scenes were filmed on separate days. Arthur made just one further film with Bela Lugosi the following year. After her husband’s death, the widowed Kitty enlisted an impersonator to carry on the act but it met with very little success. Following the death of her lover Billy Bleach of cancer in 1963, Kitty’s own drinking problem intensified and she was found dead in her London home on March 24 1964. The cause of her death was not publicly reported and it is not known where her grave or memorial is. The newspapers reporting the outcome of her will reported her assets at only around three thousand pounds. The Old Mother Riley films were made on miniscule budgets but were extremely

profitable. Their success was essentially that Lucan always played the part of an impoverished washerwoman, or similar, who stopped at nothing to take on her betters, whether it be the members of the British parliament or headmistresses. Thus Lucan stood for class conflict but always in a way that created laughter – the underdog who always came good in the end.

Some commentators have argued that a similar theme – working class people in Britain managing to be successful or lucky – was responsible for the success of the George Formby films. Although Lucan was always in drag in the movies, he did not try to adopt feminine ways and is never perceived as role model by later generations of female impersonators.

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Latest news It has been recently announced that, starting on the 27th November 2008, if you are wishing to apply for a settlement visa for your Thai partner to travel to the United Kingdom the minimum age of the Thai applicant will be 21 years old. This covers the settlement visa applications and not the tourist visa application. Text message mayhem Q. I have been recently been refused a tourist visa for my Thai girlfriend to go to the U.K. During her interview the officer asked to look at her mobile telephone and, due to my girlfriend having old text messages on her telephone from a previous partner from two years ago, they refused the visa. Is this common practice? A. I would imagine that on your refusal notice there would be further reasons for the visa being refused, but this is not the first time we

have seen this situation. The job of a clearing officer is to ascertain the strength and the genuineness of the relationship and obviously your partner having old text messages from a previous partner does not shed a good light on your partner’s credibility, so be it wrong or be it right make sure that your partner’s telephone is clear of any old skeletons in the cupboard. Exchange rate headache Q. I have a multiple nonimmigrant “O” type visa in my passport that expires in June 2009 and I am preparing to apply for my first retirement visa, I don’t have a regular income every month so I am ready to deposit the 800,000 baht in a Thai bank account. When I went to my Thai bank they convinced me to put my money in a foreign currency deposit account (FCD) because of the poor exchange rate but I am concerned that the money should be in a Thai baht account, am I correct? A. Obviously at the moment with the poor exchange rate the foreign currency deposit account


is an attractive offer but it will not be accepted by the Immigration Office you are correct the money has to be in a Thai Baht account and should be deposited and left in your bank for a period of 3 months if you have no monthly income to show. I am not a financial guru but maybe you should utilize the non-immigrant visa you have at the moment and keep your eye on the exchange rate and hopefully next year it may have settled down and you can transfer from your foreign currency account to your Thai baht account: but please don’t forget this is your first retirement visa application and the money has to be in your Thai baht bank account 3 months before you can apply. Belgium breakdown Q. I am a Belgium national and my Thai partner has been refused a tourist visa to visit me in Belgium, they said my finances would not cover my dependants. I have 4 children in Belgium but I am not sponsoring them for a visa! Can you help?

A. This is true when applying for a Thai national to visit Belgium it clearly states in the application that your dependents are taken in to consideration when you supply financial documents e.g. bank statements and salary information in

“They said I looked out of place in diplomatic circles.” support of the application as the sponsor, If you check the Belgian Embassy website it advises you as the sponsor what they expect you to allow from your monthly salary income in Euros for every dependant you have per one month. So you must budget and work out your finances before applying.

I want more time please!! Q. I am an Australian citizen and we have just obtained a tourist visa for my Thai partner to come for a holiday, We applied for a standard 3 month holiday but they only gave her 1 month, is this a mistake as we thought we got 3 months automatically and we have already paid for a 3 month plane ticket!!. A. Presuming and predicting the outcome is dangerous I would never advise paying for an airline ticket until the visa has been issued. We have seen this on numerous occasions: the clearing officer will issue a visa on the strength of the documentation and the strength of the Thai applicant’s financial circumstances. Being issued 1 month is better than being refused. My advice would be to change the ticket and have a lovely time. Bank book blues Q. I recently lost my Thailand bank account book I went to my bank with my passport and they said that I had to go to the police station before they could give

me a replacement bank book. What do they mean? A. If you lose your Thailand bank account book it is a similar procedure if you loose your passport: you have to go to your local police station and make a report that you have lost your bank book, the police then give you a police report. Take the report and your passport to the bank and they should give you a new bank book. """"""" This regular column is written by Darren McGarry, managing director of Key Visa, based in Jomtien at the Hanuman statue and in central Pattaya at soi L.K. Metro. He heads a team of upto-date consultants advising foreign residents here about their visa status and also clients wishing to take their Thai partners overseas. The questions presented here are typical of those raised at Key Visa on a daily basis but are discussed here only for general information and interest. Neither Key Visa nor Pattaya Today can enter into correspondence or debate about the particular replies in this column.


A victim of MiamiVice? ANOTHER aspect of US life I like is the game of American Football. I follow the San Francisco 49-ers. Have done since the glory days when Joe Montana played for them. But I want to quickly tell a short tale. On the trip I relate alongside I managed to wangle my way into the press box to see the Miami Dolphins play the New England Patriots in the last game to be played at the Orange Bowl before the home team moved to Joe Robey Stadium. The match stands out more in my memory for its aftermath. My wife had driven our hired camper van to the stadium and promised to return four hours later when the 60-minute match would end! The game had kicked off late at night to suit TV audiences across the US. It ended at 2am. My wife didn’t show and Miami had/has a reputation for car-jacking. After waiting an hour I was a worried man. All sorts of thoughts passed through my mind about her fate. I hired a taxi to get back to the camper park we had hooked up in. When I got into the van she lay there fast asleep. No dramas, no carjacking, she just hadn’t woken up. I should have read the signs then.

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Good reasons to like America I LIKE America! There, I’ve said it. It’s not a statement many are prepared to make in a world where anti-US feelings run high. But there’s something about the country that’s, well, me. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, but tell me where is. I like things big and brash and Americans do “over the top” very well. Take Vegas, Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco – I’ve been fortunate enough to visit them all. I have two sons. They are young men now. But talking them to Orlando in Florida (Disney, Universal, Sea World) was a big treat when they were younger. Indeed, it wasn’t too onerous a task to visit for my wife and I, either. I’ve been to Florida several times. It’s not just about Disney, though the Magic Kingdom’s castle did loom large on my most recent two trips there. On other vacations I have visited Fort Lauderdale, the Keys, Naples (US style) and Tampa. There’s plenty to do in just this one state. As I’m sure many of you are aware, Florida is home to part of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) which runs for several thousands of miles and provides sheltered passage a little inland for commercial and leisure boats along the US Atlantic coast from Boston in the north right down to Key West and along the Gulf of Mexico from Apalachee Bay, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas, on the Rio Grande. I stayed in Fort Lauderdale at a swish hotel where folks could dock their inland cruisers and either stay or just enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

The Key West home of late author Ernest Hemingway is popular with tourists. In parts, the ICW runs very Day. My wife and I decided again, it’s buffet style and close to the Atlantic coastline. to treat ourselves to a meal you can visit the counter as My hotel was the filling in there as it was a special many times as you wish. I a prime sandwich – turn left occasion. For more on this trip saw some make three or four visits – and I didn’t after coming out of your room please see below. My abiding memory was think it possible to pile and just across the road within 100 yards lay the beach; that they were serving a pancakes that high without turn right and the ICW was buffet-style lunch and, instead them toppling. How can Americans put of helping ourselves to large even closer. Further south, the Keys servings of meat, we actually pancakes and maple syrup on are both exhilarating and “pigged out” on vegetables. the same plate as eggs and You see, we had spent much bacon? Bacon needs tomato scarey. I made the customary visit of the previous week without ketchup, not sweet syrup. It’s to a bar claiming to be featured a vegetable in sight – unless beyond my comprehension. You should have seen the in the film, Key Largo, but, you count french fries – so given Wikipedia says virtually that was the one thing we size of some of the restaurant’s customers. Those who know all the film was shot on a Warner craved. It’s all too easy to overdo me might think this a case of Bros lot, I’ll have to ditch the “been there, done that” the fried food when you eat “the pot calling the kettle out in America. We used black” but these guys (and photographs. I also visited the Sheraton to regularly breakfast at a girls!) were so big, even I at Key Largo one Christmas Shoney’s restaurant where, felt good in comparison.

Maybe that’s another reason I like America. I don’t get called fat there. The trip from Key Largo to Florida’s southern-most point, Key West, was undertaken by car in a storm. It was quite possibly my worst driving experience without hitting anything. In parts the road is the only thing separating the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico. The storm wiped up the sea and at one stage the water was hitting the car’s windscreen quicker that the wipers could sweep it away. I would have pulled over but there was no room to do so. I was scared, I don’t mind admitting. Driving on a thin road with the ocean either side (and me not being able to swim) was a concern. Somehow we kept going and the weather cleared but then came the next big obstacles – the high road bridges that link some of the Keys. I have a problem with heights and these bridges trigger it. It was a time to look straight ahead and keep my eyes fixed on the road. We got there. Key West is fun and fascinating and is America’s closest point to Cuba. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote there for more than 10 years and many of the tourism hot-spots have links to him. The only problem with Key West is that you have to drive back over the same frightening route. But it was worth it! More on the good old US of A in future issues.

No gas and in a state of panic ON Christmas Day in America, much as in many Christian countries, lots of places close for the holiday. These closures – particularly of gas (petrol/oil) stations – almost had worrying results for my wife and I. We had left the Sheraton after Christmas lunch (see above) and were headed across state towards Naples on Highway 41. We were travelling in a camper van, a bad choice as I like my creature comforts. It had seemed a fun – and inexpensive – idea to “take our hotel room with us”. But a camper van is no hotel. Linking up water and, worse, waste pipes at every stop took some of the shine off the trip, too. My disenchantment with the camper was heightened by the fact that we had an ill-fitting cover to go over these pipes at the back of

Sailboats moored in Naples, Florida the van close to where I Seminole Indians who must slept. I awoke one morning be friendly sorts as they to discover that I was covered recently bought my favourite in bites from insects that group of hotels and restaurants, had worked their way in. Hard Rock. Slightly less Mosquitoes seem positively friendly are the gators and snakes that abound in the tame by comparison. A large can of Rid-a-Bug Everglades. It is not a place to run out (it does what it says on the tin) of gas! was brought into action. It was the Christmas holiday Now Highway 41 is no backroad – far from it. And and we had not allowed for the distance from Key Largo gas stations being shut. to Naples is the best part But shut they were. We passed of 120 miles, much of it one after another with no passing through the Everglades joy and the fuel gauge had been hovering on empty for national park. The area is home to the many a mile.

Dusk was falling and the prospect of spending Christmas night stranded out on the highway with unpleasant reptiles for company was becoming a distinct possibility. My wife was not happy with me. Of course, it was my fault that we had not filled up the previous day. It wasn’t entirely, but a man’s place is in the wrong! We drove and drove until I was sure we were running on fumes and we saw a station that was just about to close. Were we relieved? When we got to Naples a night in decent hotel was called for to celebrate our lucky escape. Yes, we parked the camper van outside and booked in. HBO on TV, a full mini bar and no bugs in the bed. What bliss. Finding that gas station open was one of the nicest Christmas presents I’ve ever had!


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World’s longest tunnel aquarium opens in Chiang Mai The Chiang Mai Zoo has added a spectacular new aquarium to its facilities .The aquarium, built by the Zoological Park Organization (ZPO), features the world’s longest tunnel aquarium, housing approximately 8,000 aquatic animals of 250 different species and was opened by Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat. The 133 metre-long, 66.5 metre-wide aquarium is made up of freshwater and ocean sections. Costing Bt600 million, the new aquarium is expected to boost tourism in Chiang Mai. Thailand lauded as the perfect location for a wedding Recently, Thailand has become one of the world’s most popular travel destinations for weddings and honeymoons. Northern Thailand particularly appeals to couples seeking a romantic way to explore nature and culture. Lampang is popular for couples dressing in traditional gowns and proceeding by elephant-back. Central Thailand is best for Buddhist weddings, whereas the south is popular for its beautiful weddings on the beach and the exotic annual Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony. Thailand goes colour sensitive Warnings are being issued to tourists especially, particularly in Bangkok about what colour clothing to wear. The two colours in particular which could get you into trouble, especially around demonstration sites, are yellow or red for these are the respective colours of the PAD, the anti-government protestors, and the PPP, pro-government groups. Even football fans, especially those supporting Man U, or Liverpool are very wary of wearing red for fear of being classed as PPP. Death toll rises in Thailand’s restive south The ongoing conflict in Southern Thailand has claimed 9 more victims. A 52-year-old village chief was shot dead in a drive-by shooting whilst leaving his mosque in Pattani Province, and two hours later nine people, including three soldiers, were injured by a five kilogram bomb hidden in a telephone booth in Yala. These attacks occurred soon after a visit by the PM where he told reporters he was pleased the number of separatist attacks had eased recently. PAD protest camp bombed before demo at British Embassy In the early morning of October 30, the same day that a thousand anti-government demonstrators protested outside the British Embassy in Bangkok about Britain’s apparent refusal to extricate Thaksin Shinawatra, ten PAD security guards were injured when a small bomb was thrown into their protest camp. A grenade was also hurled at a judge’s house and a man was found shot dead close to the protest site where PAD supporters have been holding rallies since late May. Service chiefs call again for Somchai to resign On October 30, in Bangkok, Air Force Chief, Ittaporn Subhawong, reiterated the heads of Thailand’s armed forces’ strong suggestion that Premier Somchai Wongsawat Somchai should step down to protect Thai citizens. Mr. Somchai has been under increasing pressure to resign since the bloody October 7 clashes. “The government must effectively enforce the law, to prove that the government is able to protect people’s lives and property,” Ittaporn Subhawong told reporters. Tata Motors’ Thai eco-car project temporarily shelved Financial difficulties and a slowdown in car sales have apparently forced Indian car makers, Tata Motors, to delay its proposed Thai eco-car project. Tata was in the process of purchasing land in Bangkok to begin construction of its eco small car project, but these plans have been put on hold. “While the application has been approved, the Thai government has extended the deadline for commissioning of the project,” said Ravi Kant, MD, Tata Motors. Tsunami not the first A Scientific research team from Chulalongkorn University, working on Phra Thong Island, 75 miles north of Phuket have discovered decisive evidence that there have been at least three previous major tsunamis in the preceding 2,800 years, the most recent from about 550 to 700 years ago. They found this out by digging pits and auguring

holes at more than 150 sites. Similar evidence was found at Aceh, Indonesia US paedophile pleads guilty to having sex with underage Thai boys Wayne Nelson Corliss, the subject of an international manhunt earlier this year, accused of producing child pornographic images of himself having sex with underage boys in Thailand has pleaded guilty in the US District Court in Newark to five counts. These include production and possession of child pornography and travelling to foreign countries to engage in illicit sexual activities. The images show Corliss engaged with Asian, prepubescent minors in sexually explicit conduct. Top Bangkok hospitals lead the Thai medical tourism bonanza Bumrungrad and Bangkok Hospital have emerged as the flagships which have made Thailand the world’s top medical tourism destination, catering to over a million international patients in 2007. Bumrungrad International, Southeast Asia’s largest private hospital, has the largest outpatient facility in the world, capable of handling 6,000 OPD patients per day. Bangkok Hospital’s international marketing manager, Ralf Krewer, says Thailand’s culture and its being among the most popular destinations make it attractive for medical tourists. Bangkok loses out to Chiang Mai because of protests’ violence threat Bangkok has lost its pre-eminence as an international conference venue amidst fears of further violence. Instead of the capital, Chiang Mai will host the 14th annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit from December15 to 18. “It will be comfortable and easier to organise the meeting there,” deputy government spokeswoman, Suparat Nakbunnum, announced, also citing the cooler weather up north as another reason for the move. Thailand takes pre-emptive action to prevent re-emergence of human bird flu Public Health Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung announced in Bangkok on 2Nov that authorities are taking precautions to prevent the re-emergence of human bird flu cases with the transition from the rainy season to winter nigh. “Even though no one’s been infected with the H5N1 virus during the past two years, we have to be on the alert for an outbreak because the cool weather provides a good environment for the virus,” Chalerm said. Tit for tat bombing injures rangers in south Southern Thailand had to bear the brunt of yet another bomb on Nov7. This one was a roadside booby trap hidden in an iron box, under a tree in Narathiwat Province, which detonated just as a patrol of army rangers passed by, injuring nine of them. It’s thought that the bomb was in retaliation for the deaths of two insurgents killed by security forces in Yala earlier in the day. Bangkok druggie inmate repatriated to Denmark Henrik Lunk, a Danish drug trafficker who fled to Thailand to evade Danish police, but was subsequently apprehended and jailed for 4 years in Bangkok prison, has failed to avoid being repatriated. He received a 10-year jail sentence in Denmark for extensive drug offences. Lunk maintained he needed to remain in Bangkok because of his girlfriend, but police suspect Lunk was afraid of having to face Danish accomplices for spending their money. Deluge forecast for Southern Thailand On Nov9, Thai weather forecasters predicted imminent torrential rain for Southern Thailand with a strong likelihood of extensive flooding and warned southerners to take precautions to avoid loss of life and property. The provinces most at risk include Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla and Pattani. This is caused by a convergence of low pressure trough with a low pressure cell in the S. China Sea. Thailand in Style starts insightful alternative tours Bangkok tour company, Thailand in Style, announced

its novel alternative to whistle-stop travel. From romantic to nostalgic, adventurous to bespoke, Thailand in Style’s imaginative overland transfer options are designed to provide an intimate perspective of Thailand, her people and scenery. Rice barges, seaplanes, luxury trains and private aircraft are some of the conveyances available. Leisurely river journeys to Ayutthaya, for example, come highly recommended to afford authentic insights into riverbank communities. Thailand heads worldwide trade in endangered species Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market is apparently the nerve centre for the illegal trade in endangered species with unscrupulous traffickers raking in over six billion dollars annually with impunity. Wildlife police are stymied by lax Thai laws and punishments. A recent raid arrested two traffickers trying to sell three Madagascan Ploughshare tortoises, so rare only 300 remain worldwide, yet one escaped punishment altogether and the other was fined Bt20,000, this despite the surveillance and raid costing thousands of dollars. Thailand National Team gain PTT Sponsorship The Thailand national team, placed in Group B of the forthcoming AFF Suzuki Cup 2008, their segment of which is to be played in Bangkok, are busily training for the championship and are understandably fraught, especially about funding. However, the FA of Thailand (FAT) have come to their rescue having just gained the sponsorship of the state-owned oil and gas company, PTT, to the tune of USD2.14million over three years. Sulak Sivaraksa falls foul of l?se-majest? laws for the 3rd time Renowned social critic, Sulak Sivaraksa, was arrested in Bangkok on Nov6 accused of l?se-majest? (insulting the monarchy) in a speech given at Khon Kaen University in December’07. Insulting the monarchy is equivalent to treason and carries a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment. Sulak has actually committed this offence 3 times in the past, but managed to avoid imprisonment. He has an international reputation as a prominent human rights activist and is a harsh critic of Thaksin Shinawatra. Health Ministry to incinerate melamine contaminated food The Health Ministry is to incinerate tens of thousands of food products polluted with the toxic chemical melamine. More than 13,000 boxes of powdered milk and 19,824 unspecified snacks containing high levels of melamine will go up in flames in Ayutthaya province. Melamine, an industrial chemical used in plastic manufacture is believed responsible for killing four babies in China and leaving more than 53,000 others sick after entering the food chain.

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HOW SMART ARE YOU? Below are four questions and a bonus question. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer al1 of them immediately OK? Let's find out just how clever you real1y are .... First Question: You are participating in a race. You overtake the secon person. What position are you in? Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second! Now answer the second question, but don't take as much time as you took for the first question, OK? Second Question: If you overtake the last person, then you are ... ? Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person? You're not very good at this, are you? Third Question: Very tricky arithmetic! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it. Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000, then add 10. What is the total? Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100. If you don't believe it, now check it with a calculator! Today is definitely not your day, is it? Maybe you'll get

the last question right.. ... Maybe. Fourth Question: Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter? Did you Answer Nunu? NO! Of course it isn't. Her name is Mary. Read the question again! Okay, now the bonus round: A mute person goes into a shop and wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing his teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done. Next, a blind man comes into the shop who wants to buy a pair of sunglasses; how does HE indicate what he wants? He just has to open his mouth and ask ... It's really very simple. Like you! from Henry Lock

Set in his ways A man was in a bar. Hoping to strike up a conversation with a distinguished looking fellow sitting nearby. He said to the older, who looked as though he could be the Father of the other, “May 1 buy you a drink?” “No,” said the man coolly, “Don't drink. Tried it once and I didn't like it.” “Would you like a cigar?” “No. Don't smoke. Tried

tobacco once and 1 didn't like it.” “Would vou like to join me in a game of gin rummy?” “No. Don't like card games. Tried it once, and 1 didn't like it. However, my son will be dropping in after a bit. Perhaps he will join you.” The first man settled back in his chair and said, “Your only son, I presume?”

Unnecessary chaos at junction OUTSIDE CARREFOUR the road planing is wrong...they have a left hand side turning coming up from the beach but to turn into it you have to join a major junction...If it is pulled back 20 -30 feet, people can turn with out causing a traffic problem.

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In this current volatile world, can a perfect investment balance exist? by Craig Taunton AS with many things in life balance is not the easiest thing to achieve. There is also a resonance in many areas of our lives where “reward is commensurate with risk”. Perhaps the best quoted is in financial terms when relating to Investment strategies. The balancing act of creating a return that is low risk and which consistently and significantly outperforms cash deposits is one a multitude of Fund managers have wrestled with since before the phrase “prices can go down as well as up”. All too often the concept ‘high risk high return’ coupled with the ‘low risk low return’ phrase is packaged with investment vehicles that don’t offer much in between. Today I’m going to focus on two investment vehicles that use ‘out of the ordinary’ funds that not only offer minimum risk

but consistently attractive returns whilst also allowing you to diversify your investment portfolio away from the sometimes volatile equities based products. The first of these invests in a concept called a Ground Rent Fund. What are Ground Rents? The origins of ground rents date back to the Feudal system in England over 400 years ago as a means for landowners to release capital by leasing ground. Under the terms of the lease on a property leaseholders must pay a rent to the owner of the land (freeholder). These rents provide income for the fund. The investment strategy focuses on ownership of freehold residential properties in the UK which have reversionary value and secure running income. Reversionary value can be described as the increasing capital value of a property to the Freeholder (the Fund) as a result of the approaching date the occupier (the leaseholder) loses the

right to live there. Thus a property becomes more valuable to the Fund as the lease expiry date approaches. At the lease expiry date the full freehold value of the property accrues to the Fund as a capital gain. At launch in early 1996, residential ground rent portfolios of very long leases could be purchased giving a secure running income return of well over 10% p.a. Subsequently, investor demand for this class of asset greatly increased. The One, Three and Five year performance, as at 31/07/08 has been 9.85%, 32.60% and 56.77% respectively. Source: Fund Administrator An example of how this type of fund operates is as follows; A prestigious central London portfolio owned by one of the U.K.’s major ancestral Landlords became available in late 1999 which fitted well within the Fund’s investment objectives and strategy and had the characteristics to

exploit the opportunities created by the revised Landlord and Tenant legislation. The Fund was successful in its bid for this very desirable portfolio. The portfolio included several important large blocks of flats occupied mainly by tenants with short leases. The acquisition moved the emphasis of performance away from pure income returns towards capital appreciation as a result of the reversionary nature of the portfolio. This gave an additional advantage as the Fund is not subject to U.K. capital gains tax, but does pay income tax on net rental income. This provides the offshore investor access to the UK property market wrapped in an offshore umbrella providing the investor with tax free capital gains. The second type of investment vehicle that I’ll be dealing with today focuses on the growing student accommodation market. This type of fund

The IT Guru by Richard Bunch Q. Dear Richard. l often read your knowledgeable column in the Pattaya Today newspaper. l reside in Pattaya, and l often have difficulties getting things done here due to the language barrier, so l hope you can help me. Ok, l have several old family recordings on the old bulky black plastic VHS video tapes and l still have a working VHS video player. l would like your advice how l can convert these recordings from analogue to digital & then input them into my PC to record on DVD or memory stick etc. Also, where can l purchase in Thailand the hardware/ software/cables etc l will require to do this? Appreciate your advice, regards, David G. A. Thanks for the compliment, it is difficult sometimes to pick what to write about that would be of wide interest and frequently my plans are changed at the last minute because of some topical subject. As regards your question about converting your old

analogue VHS tapes to digital, these are my thoughts for doing it yourself, there are of course companies around that provide this as a professional service, at a cost! Though it is quite within the capabilities of most computer users who have plenty of time on their hands, this is not a quick task to achieve but once started you can retire gracefully, very little user intervention is needed during the process. You will be able to store them on several different media once converted to the digital format, DVD’s is the most obvious and they tend not to degrade easily, estimates these days tend to give them a lifetime of 50 – 100 years, but with 1 Terabyte hard disks now being within most people’s budgets you may also consider using this as an option and with a little extra work you can make your own ‘in house, on demand home cinema’, though if you take this route, I recommend using an alternative media as a backup. The hardware requirements you will need are:

- A computer, a desktop model would be preferable although some notebook computers may also be able to do the task. Do remember this is a very demanding process and the more powerful computer the better, even then don’t expect the computer to welcome doing other tasks while this is going on - A video capture device, such as a TV tuner or dedicated capture device (some DV cameras have a digital input which would allow passing the data via IEEE 1394 also known as Firewire to the computer). If you do need to buy one of these, a combo TV tuner card such as those produced by AVerMedia or DTech and readily available would be cost effective as for the home user it will provide another use once the job is done. Make sure that the card will support both analogue and digital and also handle PAL and NTSC in their various guises - A VCR or VHS player - RCA cables and adapters to complete the link between your VCR and your capture device. Often the cables and adapters are included with the card but if not these are readily available

- Storage media - A DVD burner, recommended but not essential The software you’ll need: - Video capture software. This is normally bundled with your capture device. Sometimes this can be a little basic and other options may be better suited, both Nero and Roxio both have a component that will perform the task, there is also a plethora of dedicated software - You will need some video editing software if you plan to clean up the movie before finalising your work. Some good DVD production packages include Pinnacle Systems’ Pinnacle Express; Sonic Solutions’ MyDVD and Ulead’s DVD MovieFactory. Though before buying these it is worth giving Windows Movie Maker a try, it works quite well and is free as an included component of many versions of Windows. - Viewing software, once again there are many around, including those bundled with windows but it is also worth trying Zoom Player, DivX Player and Media Player Classic all available free One final thought, whilst using DVD’s is a breeze, the format is unique and the file

has been designed as a vehicle for investors wishing to participate in a low volatility investment returning ‘better than cash on deposit’ whilst also making a real contribution to the UK educational sector. Launched as an open ended collective investment scheme on 15 June 2000, The Fund seeks to achieve a combination of capital growth and relative security for investors by concentrating its assets in United Kingdom property portfolios and other investments in property related funds and/or companies. The primary target for acquisition by the Fund will be freehold or longterm leasehold properties comprised of student accommodation supporting the various colleges and universities in the United Kingdom. Such acquisitions may be leased either to institutes of education, including colleges and universities, or directly to individual students for

the purpose of student accommodation and other non-educational facilities. This ensures a steady and growing demand for prime quality student accommodation in the years to come. The Fund invests in affordable, hi-tech security, en suite apartments which are of sufficient quality to allow universities to use them as conference accommodation outside of term. The One, Three and Five year performance in this instance as at 31/07/08 has been 10.05%, 32.48% and 56.39% respectively. Source: Fund Administrator The broad base appeal of these investment vehicles may be an answer to the Fund Managers’ perennial problem of how to provide a low risk strategy with consistently attractive returns. Questions to the author can be directed to Craig Taunton of Haswell Pellant on 083 2921793or email

size large. It may well be worth considering using one of the more compact storage formats, particularly if you take the home cinema route, for instance look at DivX and MP4. As regards, buying the hardware and cables, these are usually readily available in Tukom. 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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Chinese property woes abound in coastal areas But banking system is weathering the storm REAL estate dealers in Chinese cities say that, notwithstanding single digit growth, prices for all kinds of property in China are down from the peaks achieved earlier this year with a corresponding decline in the number of transactions. The downturn comes as the growth rate of Chinese exports has slowed – sharply in yuan terms – and stock market transactions have

plummeted. The coming together of these factors has resulted in what economists describe as a deceleration in China’s economic success, even though the annual growth rate of 10% is still the envy of much of the world. Brokers say that sales volumes first dropped seriously in south east China and then spread to other populated regions, including the capital. Faced

with few buyers, sellers then started cutting their prices for both commercial and residential properties. In some neighbourhoods of south eastern China, prices have dropped by as much as 40%. In other areas the losses have not been so marked. For example in the north east city of Harbin, prices are down by 4% from the same period last year. A real estate broker in

Xiamen, in east China, said that people are now thinking more carefully and taking longer to decide before taking the plunge in the property market. The cities deep in China’s interior are the least affected. In Chongquiing, the largest city in south western China, the volume of transactions is down but prices have remained surprisingly buoyant. Prices are sticking at around US$730 a square metre which works out at nearly $66,000 for a typical apartment of about 970 square feet. The export dependent coastal cities have experienced the worst downturns. Freddy Wu, chief executive of Hong Kong property services, said his real estate agency had seen mainland investors default in recent months on around 10% of purchasable apartments in Hong Kong. This has meant that the defaulting buyers have lost their deposit. He said, “A lot of investors from China have their cash tied up in the mainland stock market

and in mainland real estate, so they prefer to take a loss now. The alternative would be to sell mainland investments at a loss to come up with the cash to complete purchases in Hong Kong.” Growth in imports and in fixed asset investments in China have slowed. Inflation has dropped sharply at the consumer level from 6.3% in July to 4.9% a month later. But unlike the sub-prime meltdown in the United States, and the resulting credit crisis, weaknesses in the Chinese real estate market do not appear to

have posed a threat to the stability or sustainability of the financial system. One reason for this is that Chinese banks require a cash deposit of 30% giving the financial institutions an ample cushion of cash against losses. American banks frequently did not require down payments. Foreclosures are rare in China and many Chinese still pay all cash for their homes. Most commentators believe China can weather the world wide decline in real estate prices provided there are no more horrible surprises in store.

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Do you know where the emergency exit is?

by Simon Philbrook LAST Monday when the markets plunged to multiyear lows, the technical indicators showed that although the fundamentals still looked ugly a near term bottom was forming. We dipped our toes back into equity markets, mainly in the name of a NASDAQ ETF, but also some gold stocks, quantitative equities and increased exposure to one of our 2 core funds, Martin Gray’s Midas Special Situations. For the NASDAQ trade we targeted a 20-30% gain and expected to exit the position no later than the first half of next year. The rally surprised us - a better than 20% gain from below 1500 to around 1800 in just over a week. While we still believe that markets could continue to rally through the remainder of 2008, the value proposition

from here suddenly looks much less attractive. Maybe there’s another 10% upside from here. Maybe there isn’t. There’s suddenly a lot more downside and a lot less clarity about which direction the markets are headed. The Fed don’t have much more left to offer in terms of rate cuts and each one seems to be increasingly ineffective and factors like the onset of recession and the lack of liquidity in the financial sector and general economy even after the bailout packages around the world look increasingly likely to dominate. The rally ground to an abrupt halt yesterday, the biggest fallers including Citibank and Bank of America’s whose liquidity and ongoing solvency we continue to question. A lot of unpleasant realities now need to be faced up to - the problem of whether those two particular banks are too big to fail or too big to survive could pre-occupy the early part of the new administration’s accession to office next year or maybe even the transition period

that is now underway. Either way, we’re happy that we instructed to sell out our ETF yesterday although we’ll continue to hold the gold stocks, which still look oversold and we’re happy that Martin Gray can continue to use exceptional fund manager skill to navigate the jungle of the various asset classes. But for the equity markets in general, it’s not a bad time to reappraise the position. If you’re still exposed then question whether you really should be and if so, then treat the equity markets as you would a pre-flight safety briefing from the cabin crew - try to make sure that you know exactly where the closest emergency exit doors in case you need them. Even the smartest players sometimes get caught out – Allan Gray of what we regard as the best global equity manager, Orbis, recently apologized to clients for performing almost as badly as global equity indices during the recent downturn – his biggest mistake? He thought that he had avoided

a vulnerable US financial sector but still held exposure to AIG, which became worthless almost overnight. If can be easy to figure out the initial problems, but harder to figure the consequences speculative equity hedge funds absorbed punishing blows this week, as soaring shares in Germany’s Volkswagen AG created one of the biggest losses from a single bet in recent memory. Funds are expected to face billions of dollars in losses, according to prime brokers familiar with the positions, because they were wagering that VW shares would fall. Instead, shares of the big German auto maker soared 82% Tuesday to €945 ($1,185) in trading in Frankfurt after fellow German car maker Porsche Automobil Holding SE said it had boosted its VW stake. With Porsche having the rights to 74% of VW and 20% of voting rights in government hands red-faced speculators suddenly found themselves out bidding each other as short term demand for the stock exceeded supply. You

should never short more shares than actually exist in case you get called on this. VW shares rose 348% on Tuesday when this happened. I came across two quotes this week, both of which made me smile: “America would be better served if Hank Paulson were driving a cab in Manhattan, instead of trying to give billions of dollars of other peoples’ money to his friends and colleagues on Wall Street. As a cab driver, there is some possibility that he would learn the value of a dollar, the importance of community and the inherent dignity of all good work. At the very least, we would all be $700 billion better off, less tips.”- Robert P. Fry Jr. Actually I prefer: “The crux of the bailout is that it’s designed to keep banks from failing by recapitalizing them. It’s like a massive financial organ donor program where the Treasury, like a live organ donor, replaces the malignant guts of the current system with its own, healthy ones. But

of course, live organ donors don’t usually swap their healthy organs for failing ones. The Treasury is breaking new ground here.”Dan Denning Finally, congratulations to 44th US President-elect Barack Obama. We wish him well next year, although, we fear that the poisoned chalice given to him in 2009 is the same as that given to Hoover in 1929 and sadly, this is one job that we wouldn’t wish on anyone. 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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“It’s That Important” SOMETIMES farang who buy property in their significant other’s name lose their investment when the relationship changes. These losses are often the consequence of occurrences most people never consider. Since experience is the best teacher, learning from someone else’s experience is certainly cheaper than finding out on your own. The following are all true stories. Example #1: Jerry purchased a home in a gated community and registered the title in his fiancee Noon’s name. They lived there for several months and their relationship was observed by the security staff. Then Jerry took a temporary job in his home country. When leaving Jerry told Noon he would return in three months, then gave her some money and sent her home to her village. Three weeks after leaving Noon sent him an email saying bad fortune fell upon her family and she moved them into the house. Since he never gave her a key, he wrote back questioning how that was possible. “I tell security guard I lose key. He change lock for me.” It is easy to understand that the security man would help Noon get into her house. Besides, legally it WAS her

house since Jerry put it in her name. Lesson: Married foreigners might consider registering property in their wife’s name, but never to a girlfriend. If you aren’t married, never leave the impression with others that you are. Doing this leaves you wide open for problems. Example #2: Charles married Chanya and built a home in her village. He allowed Chanya’s mom to move in also. Upon receiving a substantial job offer back in his home country Charles decided to go back to work for five years and took Chanya with him. They planned to return to their home in Thailand, but allowed mom to live there in the meantime. Unknown to Charles and Chanya, soon after they left her mom found a new Thai boyfriend and moved him in. One day Charles’s wife phoned her grandfather to see how he was doing. He informed her that mom (with the encouragement of her new boyfriend) went to the land office claiming her daughter left the country and abandoned the home, and she wanted the property put in her name. Charles stopped this coup, but with great difficulty and considerable expense since he is half way around the world.

Example #3: Richard did everything legally correct. He purchased a home and put it in a holding company making it safe and secure in his name. Life was good, for about three years. Then one day a lady came to the door and told him his rent was due. He laughed and told her she was mistaken, that he owned the home. Come to find out, Ricky’s wife (Ricky is what she called him) had a gambling problem he was unaware of and had run up a gambling debt of 500,000 Baht. To pay it, she took the legal papers for the home and signed them over to the card shark. How could that happen? Richard acquired copies the documents and found they were signed “Ricky,” the name his wife called him. Although the forged signature didn’t look like his, it was accepted and he didn’t own his home anymore. Lesson: Keep your title documents in a secure vault and check on them periodically. Example #4: A friend is filing a will in Thailand, plus a copy in England, granting his Thai wife of 10 years the ownership of all his possessions including the proceeds of the sale of his rental property in England upon his death. He wants his Thai wife to continue living in relative

comfort after he passes away. In England his children are very upset about this and are researching ways to acquire the inheritance. One might think he should grant them at least part of the inheritance, but my friend says both his children are quite wealthy, don’t need his money, plus they haven’t given a damn about him for most of his life. The problem with consistently hearing stories like these is that they tend to cause foreigners to become overly cynical and feel Thais are not to be trusted. Keep in mind that personal stories are much like the news. Only the bad stories get told.

Good Thai families would never do anything like described in this article. But bad things happen and problems don’t always arise from an intentional plan to swindle money. If you are dealing with a family mired in poverty, caution on your part is advisable. Property investment is the greatest asset most people will ever own and require serious thought regardless of what country you live in. How your property is titled, how it is maintained legally and physically, and how it is bequeathed in a will is all of great importance. Most property advice stresses hiring a lawyer who “specializes in real estate” to

help protect your investment. However, little is said about also considering aspects of law that affect you AFTER you own the property. Considerations of law don’t stop after you take title to your new home or condo. Confer with your lawyers, both in Thailand AND your home country, about laws that will affect you during your ownership of the property. Most certainly this is also the time to update your will. When doing so, remember to file a copy of your will BOTH in Thailand AND in your home country. Am I being redundant here? Yes, and with good reason. I want you to remember it. It’s that important.

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Ask Andy Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Chrome Moan I bought an expensive motorbike in Pattaya and added several ‘chrome’ accessories. Now, six months later, the motorbike itself is still like new but the Thai-made accessories are rusted and I can’t get the rust off. None of the Honda chrome is rusted—only those chrome items made in Thailand. Not saying that Thai products are poor quality, they’re just crap. Is there any way to remove the rust? Hans

baking soda before pouring white vinegar over it. Blot with a clean paper towel until the ink is gone. Repeat as needed until all the ink is removed. """"" Engineer Wanted Useful column, Andy. I am desperate for qualified consulting structural engineer in Pattaya for advice on converting my very large roof space to include staff living accommodations in my house situated near Sa Kaeo. Andrew G. J. Howard.

No comment on the quality of Thai-made products, Hans. As to getting the rust off, if you are sure the items are really chrome and not just chrome paint on metal, then try this: Clean the accessories with basic soap and water so you can clearly see the rust areas to be worked on. Dry thoroughly, then pour car polish/cleaner onto a steelwool pad and apply some to rust on the chrome itself. You want the area to be wet with the polish. Rub the area gently in circular motions with the steel-wool pad. Turn the pad often and keep it moist with polish. Don’t press hard enough to scratch the chrome surface. After a minute or two of rubbing, rinse, dry and check your progress. If you still have some rust spots, put more polish on those areas and on the steel wool and repeat. Rinse again. If any rust remains, it probably means the chrome finish has deteriorated beyond repair. But the overall area should now be brighter and the brown surface- rust gone. For more shine, polish the chrome using a soft clean cloth. """"" Ink Spot I’m an artist who does ink drawings. Unfortunately, my cat knocked over an ink bottle and some of it spilled onto the carpet. I haven’t been able to get it out. Please help. Sandra from Spain

I appreciate your kind words, Andrew, but I’m afraid I do not know of any structural engineers locally. Actually, to my knowledge there are none in the Pattaya area. You might try contacting some architectural firms or farang-run real estate agents, developers or contractors here and asking for referrals. Another option is contacting a company such as Kensington Construction Consultants. They are headquartered in Bangkok (02-656-7725) but they do work in Pattaya (email: """"" Ant Acid Several months ago you suggested using boric acid as an effective way to get rid of roaches and ants. Now I am overrun by red ants (mut dang) in the trees and on my fence. If a small bag of boric acid isn’t expensive I’d sure like to try it. Have you seen any of this stuff around the pea patch in Thailand? I live up near Rangsit, a bit north of Don Muang Airport. Large markets here, nada; tried garden stores with lots of fertilizers in bulk, so far nada; tried HomePro, same. Mac

All spills should be attended to immediately, Sandra. Spread baking soda over and around the stain and rub it into the carpet. Then top with more

Sorry to report that I do not know where to buy boric acid in Bangkok. My suggestion would be to seek out a chemical supply company or a large pharmacy with a qualified pharmacist who speaks English (preferably someone who lived or studied in the US and, therefore, is familiar with boric acid). I have friends bring boric acid from America from time

to time. (As much as it may pain you, it might be worth your while to develop a relationship with a Yank who will do you the favor of bringing some back for you.) That said, I might propose an alternative: try corn meal (which also is difficult to find in Thailand). Corn flour works almost as well. Use it as you would an insecticide (but NOT WITH insecticides). Spread it in piles in dry areas where you have problems. The ants will take it back to their nests, feast on it and die. It should work in a week or so if the flour isn’t washed away by rains or watering """"" Grout Doubt Thank you for answering my question about swimming pool tiles, Andy, but I should explain that my problem is about the white grout that the builder put between tiles. When I use the vacuum cleaner in the pool to clean the bottom, I see the grout going out. I doubt he used the right grout and that it’s the same that he used in the kitchen and in the bathroom. In the pool, there is a space between the tiles that keeps dirt that is difficult removing. The builder emptied the pool, scrapped between tiles, then put in new white grout. But now,

3 months later, the grout has disappeared and it’s not clean and not pretty. He offered to do it again, but I maybe I should do it myself. What products should I use. Gee I’m glad you cleared that up, Gee, and that the builder will do the work

again. Let him do it. It was his poor workmanship or materials that caused your problem and it is his responsibility to repair it. That said, tell the builder to use waterproof epoxy grout made for swimming pools, or a polymer or latex reinforced grout. Lacking that, he can mix his grout with liquid latex rather

than water. Also, a week or two after installing the grout, once it has dried thoroughly, the builder must seal the grout with a sealant designed for use in swimming pools. This will ensure that the grout stays solid for several years —Handy Andy


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PSC from Tropical Bert's

Three Sisters Controls the Rain by Paul Donahue

by Derek Brook PLUTALUANG ( Matchplay) It arrived at last, the last Matchplay of the Season, and it was against our friends of Ankana, who are just across the road from Bert’s. Not only that but many of them used to play with us and enjoy a small beer or two, so chose what the outcome was the day was going to be fine. The match was due to be played at Plutaluang, so all turned up bright eyed and breezy on time, including the Scribe. Unfortunately, and it had to happen some time, while most stood on the Tee with all their equipment, the scribe on opening his boot was asked where his clubs were by the Caddy Master. Yes they were stood, still, at the back door of the hotel as was the bag with all my clothes. The only thing about getting absent minded, and old, is that all the jokes are fresh and you meet a lot of new people. Going in someone else’s car the day before was just too much. So the Match got underway with one less in the Tropical Bert’s Team and at least a smile on all the players faces, it will be a long time before I live this down, Happy Days!!!!.

The Captains with Bert and The Poppy Box The Course was in fine condition Bert for the food, and thanked considering the rain of late, Ankana for their excellent company. however this said while South Clive Robinson on behalf of was excellent the West was a little the Ankana players then thanked wet. It became apparent that all the Tropical Bert’s players for Ankana were having a good day an excellent day. T.T.F.N. Tropical Bert’s V Ankana and gradually they stretched their Anders Pederson Marty Alred lead through the majority of the Won 6/4 matches. Perry McNeely Bob Rasmusson The two Teams met back at Bert’s where Bert very generously laid on Half Paul Brown Clive Robinson a fine meal of Fish, Chips and Peas for all the Golfers. All appreciated Won 6/4 Colin Cronin Trevor Loersch Won Bert’s fine gesture and contributed generously to ‘The British Legion 2 Up Dick Warberg Won 2 Up Len Poppy Appeal’ , and from all the Golfers thanks to Bert for your McCarthy Frank Pilkington David Ward Half support throughout the year. Result Tropical Bert’s 2 Ankana 4 Dick Warberg said thanks to

“THE usual early tee off by the Three Sisters group at the Pattaya Country Club on 4 Nov spared members from the early afternoon rains. A larger group showed up today thanks to the return of Kenny Mau who brought with him several of his Hawaiian neighbors who are on their vacation. Everyone was off the course and comfortable at Caddy Shack II ready to dig in to Herbies

spicey sausages and some chilled beverages. Apparently the Golf

Bill Key & Sus Ige Chairman isn’t watching the scores too well as Bill Key, who has been

in the 40s three of his last four outings, only dropped one point. Well Bill did it again coming in today with 40. Me thinks the Golf gods may take a bite out of his newest handicap. Sus Ige came in second place with a nice 35 points. “Free Drop Jim Hern” recently back from the USA came in with a 33, followed close behind by Herb Ishinaga and Bob Benda with 32. The rains came but everyone stayed nice and dry in the cover of Caddy Shack II.”

Super League

Controversial call, signs of sunstroke send Softballers to the showers (bars) early by Diego Wells ON the first gloriously sunny afternoon in Pattaya in months, a hearty group of softballers took to Jimmy’s field of dreams in Jomtiem. Most of the crazy characters that make up Pattaya’s best in Softball (but not necessarily brightest) were eager to finally get in a full day of rainfree sporting action. Close to 30 of Pattaya’s finest (no I don’t mean the police) made it to the game, and after a light warmup, Perry and Diego drew up sides, and volunteer umpire John CF balked out the familiar phrase “Play Ball”. In the end though, the scheduled double header (2 game series) , was abruptly halted in the bottom of the 6th inning of game two. That is when a controversial homerun/ no homerun ruling raised havoc in the game, and will inevitably will be talked about in Pattaya softball for many years to come. But before we get into that debacle, here is the summary of game 1. Game 1 The first game could most accurately be described as a comedy of errors for Perry’s team. Many infield routine ground balls by the Dorks turned into two base errors and led to many unearned runs. In the second inning alone, errors by Don, Phil, Jim Bob, Josh and Perry allowed the Dorks to score 7 runs to lead 9-3. Perry’s team swung the bat better as the game went on, with big hits from Donny, Ernie, Mikey and John Mchugh, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. The Dorks got both solid hitting and defence from Diego, Mark R, Peter, Rick and newcomer Aloha

John at first base, plus some expert pitching from Jack (Refty). Final score was the Dorks 16, Privates 9. Game 2 With the exit of Jim Bob and the entrance of Mr. Baseball (Ron), Nong and the switching of teams from John E., game 2 looked on paper to be a much tighter contest. Perry’s boys got off to a great start with hits from Perry, Ernie, John, Mike, Joe, Josh and Donny to give them a 4-0 in the top of the first. But Diego’s team took up the challenge with strong hits from Scotty, Mark, Peter, Sam, Shawn, Refty and Rocky to score 5 in the bottom half of the inning. The Privates scored 4 more in the second, but it was countered by 6 from the Dorks in the bottom of the 4th. A long triple by Donny in the 5th scored Phil from first and made the game tighter at 119. Refty pitched strong in the sixth, and smart defensive plays from Sam and Rocky helped silence the Privates bats. We went to the bottom of the sixth with the Dorks ahead 119 when the controversial play which will soon turn into folklore ended the day. Mark R. started the inning with a powerful blast to centerfield that led to a long single. Refty came up to the plate looking to blast one into the wall for an automatic homerun. Thrown a meatball pitch by Perry, he nearly did just that, smashing the ball deep to left field. The Privates, left fielder Ernie,( the fastest player in our league, other then sextagenerian Pete) took off like a rabbit after the ball. He was running full tilt as the ball was approaching the heavily bushed area just in front of the homerun wall. The ball was

still in the air as Ernie reached out fully and dived, to try and make a heroic catch. The ball hit the tip of his glove, and went over the bushes, as Ernie tumbled out of site into the green forested wall in left. Mark and Refty trotted home, believing it was an automatic homerun, while John McHugh ran over to try and pick up Ernie, who was happily still in one piece. Perry, one of the elder statesman at softball and a tough cookie to argue with, was convinced that the hit be deemed a ground rule double (Refty would be on 2nd and Mark would have to go to 3rd) and was eager to express his opinion. Diego countered that it should be considered a homerun based on the fact that Refty had hit the ball so darn far, and that Ernie’s glove had knocked it over the bush fence. Umpire John CF was confused, and everyone had an opinion, except for Refty who sat happily back on the bench, sipping his beer. The controversy got heated, and the opinions and discussions turned into ludicrous arguments. In the end, the heat of the day and the arguments turned some of us into irrational young boys, and it was unanamously decided that we had enough softball for one day. Many of the confused lot jumped on their mopeds and in their cars and refreshed themselves at a nearby swimming pool, bar, while others were content to storm off alone and check the rulebook. The final messages I want to convey to the reader is that Pattaya softball is alive and well thanks to the help of the Pattaya Sports Club and our new sponsors, “The Golf Club” in LK Metro, “Leos Blues Bar”

Game 1

Game 2

Starting line ups and positions for game 1

in Naklua and “Classroom 2” on soi 2 and second road. We are an interesting bunch who regularly come out for our Sunday softball matches. Finally, to all living in town or just

visiting this lovely part of the world for a few weeks, the invitation is still there for you to join us in our crazy athletic antics on the diamond in Jomtiem every Sunday at 1pm. We

can guarantee you will not be bored, so come on out and join the cast of characters that make Pattaya Softball a truly memorable event! For box scores and line ups, see below.



Golf from the Travellers Rest by Barry Hooper RAIN, Rain, Rain and more Rain I declared October as the Wet Month last week and nothing seems to have changed for the start of November. Every outing this week has had a share of the wet stuff. However play has continued despite this (hardy fellows these golfers) and the numbers participating are really starting to take off. So be advised please book in early if you want to join us. On Monday 3rd November we went to Treasure Hill. We have not been there in some time. I was told when I started to learn this game that it is a very tricky course and I think that is how it must have played judging by the returned scores. Niall Higgins was top dog with thirty-five points and also had the only two on the day. John O’Leary and Ito Akitoshi had a count back fight for the other two places both at thirtythree with the honours going to John. On Tuesday the 4th Khao Kheow Golf Club was the venue of the day. Courses played were A and C. and the numbers taking part were very large as was the top score

posted by Mike Rushant with forty- thirty-six. Two back and second North) as part of our rescheduled one to take division one. Eight back again was John O’Leary at thirty- November Saturday programme. in second was Larry Simpson at four. He just does not seem to We had a very large participation thirty-three. Third was a count back be able to get the first spot at the which again goes to show how decision for two players Ben Durham moment. Third was Bob Richardson popular this course is becoming. and winner of the previous day Niall on thirty-two Play started as scheduled despite Division one (0-14) had the it being yet another wet day. I must Higgins both at thirty-one with Niall highest score on the day with a thirty- take my hat off and say a big thank losing out. In division two Eddie Townsend nine from Niall Higgins and his you to the management for their was number one with thirty-four. second win of the week. Matt assistance in letting us use two tee Followed by John Thornber at offs at very short notice. Thus thirty-three and Jimmy Chawke assisting with speeding up play, at thirty-two. which was going to be slowed Just a single two on the day by the weather. Scores were and that came from organiser also down due to the conditions. Fergus. Unfortunately some groups were On Thursday the 6th it was unable to finish due to back again to our regular weekly waterlogged greens on one of visit to Phoenix the nines. Saturday Winners-Fergus Brennan, (Mountain and Lakes). The It was just the luck of the draw. Matt Gibbons, Butch Hennessy John entry was even bigger than last Division One had Fergus Harris, Gary Leigh and Jimmy Woulfe week so three flights again. Brennan win all on his own at Division three (21 up) saw Alan Gibbons found himself just the one thirty-five. (Poopay is still feeding Evans win with thirty-four points and back at thirty- eight for second. Larry him the right stuff). Second was Matt go one better than last week and Simpson was third at thirty-six. Gibbons and Butch Hennessy third. Three two’s were recorded Niall push Paula Byrne back to second Division Two went to John Harris with thirty-one. Third was Geoff Higgins at the 4th Frank Kelly at the at thirty-five one back and second at Beckett at 30. 16th and Paul Mades at the 16th. The thirty-four was Gary Leigh with third Division Two (15-20) had Billy three near pins were Niall Higgins, Jimmy Woulfe third at twenty-nine. Fitzgerald win for the second week Billy Fitzgerald and Amphan North In Division Three the top three in a row (he has most definitely got On Saturday the 8th November obviously thought that the scores his “Whiz” back) at top spot with we went to Plutaluang (South and they posted were not good enough


League Table

Next Fixtures (Week 5) Notes: WOW darters just look at the table! The Bunker Boys took all at Blue Mountain to rise to the top of the league. Is there any truth in the rumor that the Bunker Boys have forgone traditional darts and are using golf clubs with

pointy ends and feathers? Just lean forward and stick those suckers in! Wyatt Twerp (Denis) and his trusty gunslingers cut Mee Chew off at the Pass, and in a fierce gunfight OK Corral took all on the beer. Ray (Quick Draw McGraw) checked out for the Posse to win his first game (& Beer) for OK. Helicopter took all at Stars, leaving Stars struggling to shine at all. Meanwhile in the Pattaya Land Derby, Stan and Bob stared each other out across the Soi, Stan shouted “Come on then”, and Palmers did. At the end of the evening Palmers swaggered back across the Soi full of free beer, whilst Stan’s team had to be content with the game win. The Rising Sun gave the Lucky Time a lesson in ‘How to play darts and win games’, leaving Captain Brucie pondering if he should change the name of his bar! …DARTS.

Golf with Phoenix Tuesday group by Mike Gerrard WITH the high season definitely upon us we had the expected higher quantity of players today. However this was not indicative of the whole course. The designated tee we were to play from was totally empty. So we set off to play the ocean and mountain course for our monthly stroke play competition. After a few holes I was greeted with a few comments from certain players concerning my comments

last week about the rain missing Phoenix. We were hit with a very heavy shower. However I was vindicated somewhat when the shower subsided and although there were storm clouds all around we never saw any more rain. My point made! It was strange that the ocean course was very wet with some bad patches of very soft ground, but when we came to the mountain course the conditions were distinctly different with much firmer ground. At some stage during the round

we encountered a silly fourball, who were flitting between tees to avoid traffic. The other sad point was that they could not play golf at all and I am happy to report that the management eventually escorted them from the course. Why do tourists who have never hit a ball in their life before think they can play tough golf courses??? Maybe golf club managements should implement a minimum handicap rule. (Stupid boy for thinking such a thing) Talking about tough golf courses, Phoenix is proving to be just that. it is apparent that during the course of reading numerous newspaper reports there are very few obscene scores recorded at Phoenix. Such was the case today. Our winner was Mr. steady Graham Dietrich, with a net 72. Par for the course. A not so close second was the canny scot matt anderson with a net 74, third was the lovable hugh byrne with a net 75 and fourth was

Vol. 8 No. 5 ! 16 - 30 November 2008 to win as none of them came back to collect their winnings. That was a pity. First Nick Reiter at thirty–six. Second Patrick Brown at thirty-three and third Donald Pearson at thirty. Five two’s from Brendan Morre, John Harris, Gary Leigh, Bill McGarvie and David Addison Near pins for Fergus Brennan and Chuck Carrier (however Chuck missed out as he did not return for the presentation either and you have to be present to collect this award) Full Results for the week – Monday 3rd November at Treasure Hill Niall Higgins 35 hc 13 John O’Leary 33 hc 17 c/b Ito Akitoshi 33 hc 09 c/b Ray Allison 31 hc 12 c/b Fergus Brennan 31 hc 09 c/b Two’s Niall Higgins Tuesday 4th November at Khao Kheow A & C Division One Mike Rushant 41 hc 12 Larry Simpson 33 hc 10 Ben Durham 31 hc 10 c/b Niall Higgins 31 hc13 c/b Division Two Eddie Townsend 34 hc 15 John Thornber 33 hc 17 Jimmy Chawke 32 hc 16 Two’s – Fergus Brennan Thursday 6th November at

MBMG Matchplay by Jack GREEN VALLEY The Caddyshack lost a critical match today against The Golf Club, which cost the long time leaders of the league, the MBMG title. All eyes are now on the final match to be played between Tony’s Tigers and The Bunker on Nov 7th. Tony’s Tigers need to win or halve the match, whereas The Bunker can settle for nothing less than the outright win to take the trophy. Caddyshack (2 1/2) v The Golf Club (51/2) Caddyshack (home) The Golf Club (away) Steve Farther Lost 4 & 3 v Simon Philbrook Peter Henderson Lost 1 down v Mark Reid Vincent Smyth Lost 8 & 6 v John McHugh Graham Houston Halved with Fred Brent Bruce Tollitt Won 4 & 3 v Paul Mendes Damian Trant Lost 3 & 2 v Ernie Hill (very embarrassed), yours truly with a net 79. Technicals went to graham dietrich, paul taylor, richard tereskieviche and stuart gordon. We had a special prize this week donated by the green bottle inn and the 500 baht voucher went to that unpronounceable name again, richard tereskieviche. Back at toys bar we presented the sponsored trophy to Graham, plus all the other goodies, and then proceeded to relax and enjoy the happy hour drinks served by the equally delicious girls (as shown in the photo) Our group is going to be limited to 5 tee times throughout the high season and already they are filling up for next week. So call me (087 091 7565) if you have not registered yet to be certain of a spot.

Dave Bramley Lost 3 & 2 v Ernie McInerny Ramsay Smith Won 6 & 5 v Mike Frizzell BURAPHA There’s not much to be said about the poor performance of the Outback Golf Bar against the Bunker today, suffering a heavy defeat seven matches to three on their home course, Burapha. An important match for the Bunker to win to keep alive their hopes of winning the MBMG Matchplay title; their Captain. William Macey, fielded a very strong team. Graham Johnson, playing for the first time in the league, probably would have fared better at Khao Kheow, where he went before Burapha, having missed the turning and not knowing about the U turns under the new road, went all the way to Khao Kheow to make his U turn. There was a glimmer of hope for the home side in the middle order with Gary Blackburne, Dave Boran

Phoenix (Mountain and Lakes) Division One Niall Higgins 39 hc 13 Matt Gibbons 38 hc 10 Larry Simpson 36 hc 10 Division Two Billy Fitzgerald 36 hc 15 John O’Leary 34 hc 17 Bob Richardson 32 hc 15 Division Three Alan Evans 34 hc 26 Paula Byrne 31 hc 30 Geoff Beckett 30 hc 28 Two’s – Niall Higgins, Frank Kelly and Paul Mades Near Pins – Niall Higgins, Billy Fitzgerald and Amphan North Saturday 8th November at Plutaluang (North and South) Division One Fergus Brennan 35 hc 10 Matt Gibbons 33 hc 10 Butch Hennessy 32 hc 11 Division Two John Harris 36 hc 16 Gary Leigh 34 hc 17 Jimmy Woulfe 29 hc 15 Division Three Nick Reiter 36 hc 20 Patrick Brown 33 hc 23 Donald Pearson 30 hc 33 Two’s – Brendan Moore ,John Harris, Gary Leigh, Bill McGarvie and David Addison Near Pins- Fergus Brennan and Chuck Carrier & Barry Rothberg all winning their matches but that was about it. Jack got thoroughly beaten by the Bunker Captain & golfer of the month, William Macey and Harvey Samuel just couldn’t hang on to John Hughes, who was sinking putts from everywhere on a course he had hardly played before. The Outback Golf Bar (3) v The Bunker (7) Outback Golf Bar (home) The Bunker (away) Graham Johnson Lost 4 & 3 v Paul Smith Bernie Segrave Lost 5 & 3 v Gerry Cooney Bruce McAdam Lost 6 & 4 v P J Redmond Bruce Milner Lost 2 & 1 v Ron Ryan Gary Blackburne Won 3 & 2 v John McDonald Dave Boran Won 2 & 1 v Tony Robbins Barry Rothberg Won 5 & 4 v Dave Booten Rosco Langoulant Lost 1 down v Alan Sullivan Harvey Samuel Lost 2 & 1 v John Hughes Jack Moseley Lost 4 & 2 v William Macey

Pattaya Country Club by Jack PLAYING in Div A may indicate a lower handicap than those in Div B & C, but doesn’t necessarily mean a better standard of golf. It was a poor show from the 10 Outbackers that played in the premier division, with a remarkable 33 points being the top score. Even more remarkable was that Capt’ Bob came second with a very mediocre 32. 32 Outbackers were out there today, the first visit to this nearby course for some months, since 2nd May to be precise; and it was soggy underfoot. The slower

than normal play and the persistent rain on the back nine suggested difficult playing conditions, but not so for Div B or C. Sugar Ray returned a score of 40 to win Div B, from Chris Ronnblad & Geoff Doody both on 39; but the top score of the day came from Joachim in Div C, with 41 points beating Chad on 38 and course specialist Nigel Cannon, with 37. Did these guys play the same course as Div A? Well played indeed! There were five ‘2’s coming from Reg Taylor, Kathy Doody, Barry Rothberg, Henry O’Brien & John Scott.

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Golf From the Cafe Kronborg Three Sisters Golf by Derek Brook BURAPHA A & B (4 Man Scramble) As they say ‘It comes around every Year’, and there are those who hide it, and those who flaunt it. Mind it is easier to declare to the World you are only 50 when most are collecting their Pensions. This day however has been a regular on the Calendar, it seems, since Bjarne was still in short socks. How the Years fly, but this day is always amply supported and it may be because of the History of ‘Golf in Pattaya’ or the fact that they all enjoy the food in the Cafe Kronborg after the day out. This Course is always a pleasure to play and with four fine 9 holes you can always find a fine day out. On this day the 18 holes to be played were the A & B Nines, and these are usually the favourites of most people. These are the original 18 holes and probably the easiest, however holes 8,9 and 10 all over 400 yards and all into the wind can be monsters, especially on a day such as this when the fairways are soggy, and the ball does not run. We had a good turnout and both tees were used, and with no rain on

Bjarne and all sang Happy Birthday. From all who have frequented The Cafe Kronborg over the Years, thanks for all he has done, especially for The Pattaya Sports Club. Now to the winners and the scores this Year were not down to their normal extremely low standard. In third place with a fine score of 59.9 was the team of Roy Thornton, Rick Holmes, Barry Traynor and Mikael Anderson. In second place with a very good score of 59.3 was that fine team of ‘Organisers’ Derek Brook, Dave Richardson, Perry McNeely and Tom Cotton. Of course we had the usual numbers of ‘What if’s’ but that is part of the fun of this game. The Winners with Bjarne and Dave So to the winners, and with On arrival we saw the Cafe an excellent 58.5 the winners were Kronborg was filling up nicely, and Russel Exley, Alan Griffiths, Tony shortly after Dave Richardson Barritt and Norman Isherwood. Presentations over we got down declared the food on, and the normal rush of hungry Golfers, after a day to the important part of the night, on the Course, took place. It was the Lucky Draw, and there was indeed a fine spread and all enjoyed a prize for all the players so nobody went home without something. their food. So well done Dave, well done Then it was time for Dave to call out the results, but not before Bjarne and we hope to see all at he introduced ‘The Birthday Boy’ Papa Ray’s Turkey Day. T.T.F.N. the day, although threatening, we got around in quick time. With wet fairways and a strong wind, it was not expected that the scores would be exceptionally low as is the normal in one of these Tournaments. Round over, after a quick snack in the Restaurant, we jumped in our cars and went back to the Cafe Kronborg, where we were told the food would be available about 1700hrs and shortly after the presentation would take place.

by Paul Donahue “OCTOBER 28 found “Herbie’s Gang” teeing off early as usual. The course and weather were just fine. Bill Key who had his handicap cut will find some serious slicing this week and not on the fairway. Coming in with a 43 Bill might see his handicap “sliced” well below his current 26. John

Christie, usually right up there at the top came in with a 37 to take second place. Most of the other players seemed to be having a bit of trouble and came in with scores below their usual good numbers. Unfortunately the usual photographer was out of town so some fancy doctoring had to be done to old pictures. The group retired to Caddy Shack II to enjoy some of Herbie’s delicious spicy

Bill Key & John Christie sausages with cold beverages served by “Mae” a new and welcome addition to the Caddy Shack II staff.”

Wednesday quiz league results

Joining forces at Burapha IN conjunction with our sister bar, The Outback, we played Burapha and Plantation on Monday and Friday under their banner, and they joined us at Green Valley on Tuesday. The joining of forces works well and will continue for the foreseeable future. In addition to the joint venues The Golf Club has settled in for regular outings at old Siam each Thursday. Thursday’s weekly Siam outing was dominated by the big hitting John McHugh, picture above, shooting 40 points beating, Bob Fagan, with 37 points and, Simon Philbrook, 36 points. Under our accepted stoke control policy in the PSC big J Q is cut to a 7. Green Valley has undertaken a major face lift preparing the course for the Asian Tour Qualifying competition in Jan. The recent work did not hamper Tuesday competition with Mr. Gary Blackburne posting the best of the day net 69, this despite the fact that Gary had to

The Bunker by Mick

drag his good mate, Dave Boran, up the 18th fairway after Dave passed out from an anaphylactic shock response from bee stings. Dave survived and Gary got a bogie, such is golf. In addition to Gary’s fine performance Mr. Jim Wickstrom, shot a gross 73, net 70 for second place and Mr.Kris Kritsanajootha took third place beating Mr. Ernie Hill on countback72/35/23 to 72/35/24. Ernie’s gross 72 is even more remarkable since he played from the

absolute tips, a lengthy 7100 yards. The Silverback Rules: Rule 28 Ball Unplayable has three options when the ball is in a bunker… you can always play from where the errant ball was first played; you can take two clubs relief no closer to the hole dropping in the bunker; or you can come back from the unplayable lie keeping that point in line with the “pin” as far back as you want, also dropping within the bunker. All three options incur a one stoke penalty.

Golf from Tropical Bert's by Thomas Cotton ON the eve of the American presidential election the dedicated golfers of Tropical Bert’s sought distraction in monkey country. Bangpra Golf Club is undergoing renovation and a few months of rain have rendered it lush and green. The macaques were revelling in fruiting trees which were in abundance following the monsoon. Many youngsters have joined the troops which filed across the fairways. On

Mashi, Badger, Peter Whitehead, Tony Scrambler and Bert waitress

several greens the monkeys threatened but the golfers circled their carts, gallantly leading their caddies from behind. However, one brazen monkey was able to penetrate the caddy-guard and snatch Kenny’s extra shirt, but tossed it back when it turned out to be too small. No other breaches to the defences were reported. The clouds held out for most of the day until the first foursome had finished, when it started to pour. We waited in the newly refurbished clubhouse, several indulging in the restaurant’s famous rainbow sundaes. (Photo of Macho Man partaking). In spite of the rain, the best scores came from the last besodden groups. Alas, only two golfers were able to better their handicaps. Due to the rather late start and rain delay, it was dark when we finally reached the safety of Tropical Bert’s

and were able to celebrate a safe flight from our simian foes. Of course, it was winners Peter Whitehead and Phil (Badger) Barnsley who wassailed the most. First: Peter Whitehead (37 pts) winning on count-back Second: Phil Barnsley (37 pts) Third: Tony Scrambler (34 pts) Fourth: Mashi Kenata (33 pts) Near Pins: Bernie Seacrauf, Thomas Cotton, Derek Brook, Colin Cronin Long Putts: Les Charles, Badger

Emerald Playing a “Rainbow” round of golf for a change the golfer’s showed up in force making it necessary to have two flights. With the cut at handicap 13 newcomer Mike Anker playing off handicap 12 made a winning start by taking the honours in the A Flight beating Alan Sullivan on a count back and Paul Smith came in third a point further back. In the B FLight the scores weren’t so good but they enjoyed it just as much, Geoff Hart won ahead of Lawrence Harding who beat Gordon Melia on a count back. Near pin prizes went to Gerry Cooney, John Graham, Paul Smith and Mike Anker. Results; A Flight; 1st Mike Anker (hcp 12) 35 points 2nd Alan Sullivan (hcp 12)

the day and Tony Robbins claimed third place a couple of points further back. John McDonald won two of the near pins with Mashi and John 35 points Hughes getting the other two. 3rd Paul Smith (hcp 3) 34 points Results; B Flight; 1st Mashi Kaneta (hcp 12) 1st Geoff Hart (hcp 19) 32 points 32 points 2nd Lawrence Harding (hcp 21) 2nd William Macey (hcp 12) 28 points 32 points 3rd Gordon Melia (hcp 15) 3rd Tony Robbins (hcp 12) 28 points 30 points. Green Valley Mikito Homma playing his last game before returning to Japan turned in the best card of the day going round in three over par to win on a soggy, rain affected day. Mashi took second and Mick Benton came in third. The miserable scores all being blamed on the weather! October golfer of the month William Only two par three’s were hit Macey with Gordon’s wife Marion! so Mikito and Mick Benton Khaow Kheow shared the kitty between them. Playing Stableford at Khaow Results Kheow there was a count back to 1st Mikita Homma (hcp 16) split the winners, curiously, all the nett 75 player’s in the frame played off 2nd Mashi Kaneta (hcp 12) handicap 12! nett 78 Mashi beating William to win on 3rd Mick Benton (hcp 18) nett 79

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conomic Error: I hope I’m not being premature with this (unlike most other areas of my life), but I think myself and others have been wrong about the potential strength of this high season. Given all the global problems, no one really thought Fun Town would be busy this high season, yet the trends are already showing a marked increase in tourist numbers. The high season officially starts on 1 November and my own empirical evidence, allied with comments made by others, makes it abundantly clear the crowds are back. For example, the Club Oasis ogling den (Soi Buakhow) was busy throughout the low season, but, if it’s possible, was even busier early on a mid-week evening with a swag of very friendly chrome pole shufflers looking to empty as many wallets as possible. One of my favourite munching palaces, Wi’s (Third Road, opposite XZyte head-bangers auditorium), endured a very poor low season, but on my last visit the place was threequarters full and the staff said every day had been good for the previous week. For some houses of entertainment and a few nosheries the difference between the high and low seasons is marginal: they’re always busy and have been doing well for years, despite increasing competition. Yet, a whole swag of joints across the city have been hanging on by the barest of margins: raiding their bank accounts, selling properties overseas and here, bringing in cashed-up partners, all in an effort to stave off closure. These places will now be hoping to take advantage of the overflow caused by having Fun Town close to

putting out the ‘House Full’ sign again, at least in terms of nocturnal wanderers. I’m the first to put up my hand and say I was mistaken. Shameless Plug: The Pattaya by Night Calendar 2009 has well and truly hit the streets and, I’m extremely happy to report, it has not only been wellreceived but is selling well. It is of the desk, rather than wall, variety and features such worthy dens of the chrome pole as Baby Dolls (Soi 15, off Walking Street), Club Boesche (Soi 16, off Walking Street), Club Oasis (corner Soi Buakhow and Soi Chaiyapoom), Coyotee’s (Soi Marina Plaza, off Walking Street), Heaven Above (Soi Diamond), Secrets (Soi 14, off Walking Street), Sisterz (Walking Street), Super Baby (Soi Diamond), Super Girl (Soi Diamond), and Windmill Club (Soi Diamond). The popular and long-established specialist fetish-wear outlet Boutique Sexy (shop on Third Road, opposite and between the Boxing Roo and Buffalo beer boozers) is also featured (February). The calendar retails at 200 baht and can be purchased through the above-mentioned places as well as the DK bookshops in Soi Post Office and Central Pattaya Road and on the web via The First of the High Season Dance Contests: This is the postponed from October event at the Coyotee’s den of the chrome pole (Soi Marina Plaza, off Walking Street) and will now kick off on Sunday night 30 November. My understanding is the contest will commence sometime between 10:30 and 11:00PM and will involve dancers from at least three other dens. Past contests in Coyotee’s have always

been good affairs and this one should be worthy of including in your diary. The Dust Has Well and Truly Settled: The storm-ina-teacup crackdown on the activities of the dens of Soi 6 lasted about as long as a premature ejaculator in a roomful of naked Playboy bunnies. While the solicitations of the damsels on the streets was less cajoling than in the past when I took an evening constitutional for research purposes recently, the sheer numbers of wallet emptiers sat outside their respective places of employment in various stages of undress made it look as though it is simply business as usual. Every place had the majority of its one-eyed trousersnake fiddlers out on the pavements, knitting woollen scarves or table mats, meditating with that thousandyard stare only a true mendi-

would be 1,000 baht, but quickly reduced this figure to the more standard 700 baht. Just a few doors away up the soi is the Betty Boup chrome pole palace. This place is absolutely awash with dancers, of quite youthful appearance in many cases. The music is standard car alarm with a screech, lolly water starts at 75 baht, and lady drinks are an even 100 baht. The bar fine is 300 baht and the trouser-snake fondler asks for 700 baht in attending to your desires to reduce your liquid weight by a few millilitres. The standard uniform is high-heel boots, fishnet stockings, a short skirt and easy-to-open top. While the Pook den likes to refer to itself as of the ogling variety I find it disconcerting to have to battle through a gobble of katoeys just to mount a set

CALENDAR COVER GIRL: The Pattaya by Night 2009 Calendar features dancing damsels from some of the best dens in Fun Town and the cover girl comes from the Heaven Above ogling den (Soi Diamond). (Photo by DAK) cant can achieve, or with of stairs to reach the next their noses well and truly at floor and see what all the the feed trough keeping fuss, if any, is about. So, I their constant hunger pangs haven’t bothered, as yet. at bay. Most of the other places The situation inside the in the soi are of the Sierra Sierra Tango joints varied Tango variety with bar fines from busy to almost morgue- 300 baht and the damsels like. The Mandarin Club having their mitts out for 700 ogling den was in the latter baht. Lady drinks are usually category. While it is a nicely between 90 and 95 baht but -appointed and clean place other libations can be as low it lacks the one thing to as 30-40 baht. bring in customers: sufficient Happy Siblings: The dancing damsels. There Sisterz chrome pole palace were just seven when I (Walking Street) has extended looked in, and only a couple its happy hour to 11:00PM could be described as with most libations at a mere worthy of donning a g-string. 45 baht and even when Libations are reasonable, this ends the cost of thirststarting with lolly water at quenchers merely rises to 70 baht and lady drinks 90 an almost ridiculously low baht. As with most other 59 baht. This includes places in the soi, bar fines Chang, Singha, and Tiger are 300 baht for a limited bottled amber, large Chang time in the company of the amber draught, house liver damsel of your choice. One wasters, and lolly wasters. lady declared the price of her Shows begin around 9:00PM. experiencing her charms Sisterz will be worth

visiting on Thursday night 27 November when they will hold a St Trinian’s Schoolgirl Party. I expect the joint will fill up early with English headmasters and members of the plastic raincoat brigade. For people not familiar with the St Trinian’s movies (I think they were popular in Britain in the late 1950s, early 1960s), just come on down to Sisterz and check out the party. Back in the Kitty-Litter: In any collection or grouping of dens of the chrome pole, and even beer boozers, the strength of the area can usually be improved by hoping those who are struggling eventually lift their game and begin attracting more custom. For much of the past year the Catz ogling den (Soi 16, Covent Garden Complex) had been a shadow of its former self, especially since Lanky Bob sold his share in the joint, for genuine health reasons. This weakness led to a concomitant drag on the fortunes of other establishments in the same complex. I’m happy to say the situation has now been reversed and Catz is once again worthy of regular patronage. I had been told Lanky Bob has been lured back into the play palace and his efforts, as well as a change in mamasan, has worked the necessary wonders. Heard and Seen Around Town: It looks as though the fag ash brigade might once more be forced into taking their drags and heavy puffs outside to the street following a not-unexpected series of visits to a number of dens of the chrome pole on Walking Street in the first

week of November by a team of officials charged with enforcing the non-smoking ban. Eight people attired in various uniforms and flashing badges that may have been genuinely certifiable accreditation to a local video shop rental card wandered about in search of people engaging in the act of polluting the atmosphere by way of cigarette smoke. Needless to say, the dens visited were owned by foreigners rather than locals. They probably figured a foreigner would come up with the 20,000 baht fine faster than most local operators. Is this the start of a continuing stub offensive or just a quick drag and puff to fill empty coffers? Only the coming weeks will tell. The opening of the new Bubbles ogling den (Pattayaland Soi 2) is not far away judging by the work that has been completed on the outside of the building as at the start of the second week of November. I presume the new owners have reverted to the old name of the den as a way of hoping to attract those punters who might have fond memories of the place in its heyday from about 1999-2003. Not surprisingly, the Honey Club ogling den (Soi Honey Inn) has closed its doors. It possessed all the ambience of a municipal tip and simply didn’t attract sufficient numbers of chrome pole shufflers to get punters through the doors. Piece of (Aging) Pith: Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly? A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon. (my new email address is:


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword








8 9


by Mr Mick



DOWN (5) 1. COUNTRY (6) 2. COMMONPLACE (7) 3. AMONG (5) 5. STALEMATE (4) 6. ACCOUNTS (7) 7. BAG OF PERFUME (3) 8. DOOR CATCH (4) 13. FAMOUS PAINTER (4) 15. ANNULS (3) 17. ENTREATY (7) 18. CONFUSE (4) 19. LOWER (5) 22. PRINCIPLE (7) 23. SHORT TAIL (6) (5)

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Solution Issue 4

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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:

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.

Giving maximum info

Your hand today is ♠A 8 7 5 2, ♥ K 5, ♦ A K 7 5 3, ♣ 4 and your partner is the dealer. Against silent opposition, you hear your partner bid one heart and, very clearly, you reply one spade. Partner now rebids two hearts, so what is your response now? There is surely a game here for your side, but there’s an outside chance there could be a possible slam, especially if partner is short in spades.

BIDDING at the bridge table is a condensed language – you don’t have all that many bids to choose from – so it’s vital to display the maximum information to partner in each utterance you make in the auction. For example, in the sequence below you never state overtly you have a shortness in clubs but you certainly imply that.

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1. RIP A DOC 2. J Y MATES 3. YOUR JEN 4. LOO HUMD 5. G IF SURE 6. T AND SIT 7. I AND SID 8. TURN REC 9. COR CHIN 10.BE A GRUB On the bidding, he certainly has a six suiter in hearts in most systems in use these days. So your best course of action is to bid three diamonds to keep the auction open as it were without committing yourself. If partner now bids, three no trumps, you will try four hearts, implying a slam interest. The point about the slam interest is that you didn’t raise to four hearts at your second turn. You are certainly suggesting a shortness in the club suit. All this reasoning should enable your partner, if he is bright enough, to make the right decision about leaving the contract in game or going into slam territory.

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Last week’s solutions 1. Now 2. Spit 3. War 4. Pin 5. Buoy 6. Fore 7. Hem 8. Shoe 9. Back 10.Corner

ANSWER Here Fire Like Afore Ant Hand Line Lace Hand Stone

Say Proof Wise Said Elope Cuffs Age Ration Shake Wall

Last week’s solutions 1. FROM COT 2. SIZE ZOQ 3. THE ERLS 4. POO HYNT 5. HIT RUMP 6. ME RIMS W 7. LED OUR N 8. CHIPS CYS 9. DICE REP 10.I LOP COC


Put these 20the century events in chronological order beginning with the earliest.

1. Edward VIII abdicates 2. The Soviet Union is formed 3. General Franco dies

6. Battle of El Alamein 7. Hitler meets Franco

4. John Steinbeck publishes The

8. The Yom Kippur war takes place

Grapes of Wrath

9. The Beatles officially split up

5. Woodrow Wilson becomes US president

10. Electric washing machine invented.

Answers: 1. (1936); 2 (1922); 3 (1975); 4. (1939); 5. (1913); 6. (1942); 7. (1940); 8. (1973); 9. (1970); 10 (1907).


Board Wide Size Stone Step Yard Keeping Age Ties March



Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second word, will form two more words. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse 4




1. Dove 2. Dam 3. Ban 4. Quick 5. Trap 6. Fire 7. Life 8. Guide 9. Sauce 10.Leap



Sudoku Puzzle

to 9. Solution on page 51.




AKA Traders The finest of food emporiums By Mick and Di The Food Lovers AKA Traders is a veritable treasure trove of gourmet comestibles. Gary Ganz, the owner, is a native Canadian from the shores of Vancouver Island and an enthusiastic gastro-fisherman. He brings his love of fishy gastronomy, viniculture and Italian cuisine to this most exceptional trading company. Before settling here in Pattaya he spent his life on the high seas as a commercial fisherman and his oceans of marine knowledge makes this outlet an extraordinary commercial enterprise serving both the wholesale and retail markets. Preserving fish with smoke has taken place for thousands of years. It enhances its intrinsic flavour and produces a luxury product. Most fish can be smoked but the best results are obtained from species with a high oil content. Here at AKA only the very best Canadian wild salmon (bought directly from his fishermen friends) is cold smoked in their kitchens. They use the

famous Pacific Sockeye which is the most soughtafter species due to its rich flavour and deep red flesh. Blue marlin, mackerel, red snapper, sword fish, tuna and parrot fish all receive the smoke master’s ministrations. Kippers and pickled herrings are the latest items to appear on their comprehensive price list. Master butcher Robin is a wizard in the meat department. He produces over ten types of sausages from his celebrated English breakfast variety through that North of England speciality, black sausage, to Oxford bangers, borewors (S. Africana sausages) and even the Scottish sensation,

haggis. His traditional pork pies are serious gourmet items. Mick and I shared one when we visited AKA recently and cannot praise them enough. The pork (bacon) products are numerous and feature succulent hams with or without bone, cured or smoked to order while the roast beef, cooked pastrami, corned beef and local aged steak are all best sellers. Jumbo sized Alaskan king crab legs, Canadian Snow crabs, New Brunswick scallops and the famous Alaskan black cod plus a new line of preserved pink salmon and Pacific halibut are all available at AKA. The shop is an Aladdin’s cave of gourmet delights; extra virgin olive oils glisten in their jars next to caper berries, marinated anchovies and grilled whole artichokes soaked in oil, Italian

walnuts, baby bell peppers filled with white cheese, olives from Sicily, Spain and Greece, porcini mushrooms dried or in oil, a profusion of Italian cheese and of course, the very best quality “crudo di Parma” prosciutto come together to make AKA Traders a foodie’s paradise. The wine cellar should definitely be explored as it offers an interesting selection of quality labels at wallet pleasing prices. They say after you’ve tasted smoked fish you’ll be well and truly hooked! So why not visit or email Gary soon and discover a myriad of superb delicacies from around the world and explore the array of outstanding custom-crafted food products. Tel: (038) 411 568, 413 030. Fax: (038) 411 569 – mobile 081 715 2564 or Email:

Vol. 8 No. 5 ! 16 - 30 November 2008

Vol. 8 No. 5 ! 16 - 30 November 2008


Grappa Ristorante & Wine Bar Eat, drink and enjoy the good life!

By Mick and Di The Food Lovers LOCATED in the chic, new Woodlands Suites on Soi 22, Naklua Road, is the seductively swish ristorante named after that uniquely Italian drink. Grappa is traditionally made from the discarded grape seeds, stalks and stems that are a by-product of the wine making process. Woodlands Suites is a luxury hotel combining progressive architectectual features within a state-of-the-art structure. Amid this contemporary minimalistic chic the restaurant is spacious and welcoming with comfortable seating and pleasing views onto the swimming pool and an inviting terrace for al fresco eating. The a la carte menu

features extensive Italian favourites of which more later, but on this visit Mick and I were here to indulge in the Friday night buffet dinner. Treat yourself to the antipasti and dessert buffet for B.650 ++ or the complete package for B.850++ which includes a selection of interesting main courses cooked to order and served at your table. These Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres are a sight to behold. This is gourmet antipasti served at its peak of freshness and replenished constantly to keep the selection vibrant and appetizing. For absolute starters gazpacho soup is the curtain raiser and a stroll up and down the buffet table reveals prosciutto, salamis, smoked salmon, sagemeat balls, roasted mushrooms, marinated egg plants, fennel, caponata and molto, molto extravagant options. We chose a selection and settled back to enjoy the pleasing ambiance whilst sipping a glass of the deeply fruity Chilean house wine

(B.480 for a small carafe). The staff are energetic and friendly and nothing is too much trouble in their quest for outstanding service. The main courses change weekly but on our visit included: saltimbocca Grappa with roasted rosemary flavoured polenta, grouper “en papillote” served with ratatouille and butter gnocci, porcini risotto with veal medallions and ravioli 4 formaggi sauce. Mick jumped for the saltimbocca Grappa while I enjoyed the creamy cheesy fusion of the ravioli. For the sweetest ending to your Grappa evening the desserts delight and tempt with refined sized confections of panacotta apple timbale, blueberry fruit tarts, mini tiramisu, caramel passion and a cream cappuccino confection. A caffeine-charged expresso and a glass of Lemoncello brought down the curtain on this de luxe buffet for Italian contemporary food fans The daily a la carte menu includes a profusion of pasta which lists a dozen available shapes including

fusilli (corkscrew), penne (pens), farfalle (butterflies), linguine, ravioli, tortellini plus of course, spaghetti. A profusion of sauces are then listed to serve with your selected pasta, crab, shrimp and tomato, carbonara, cream and mushroom, pesto, vongole, bolognaise and many more. Gourmet pizzas, risottos and oven baked items such as lasagna, cannelloni and moussaka are all listed making this an eclectic contemporary menu. Woodlands Suites and Grappa pursue an individual style and should be added to your lists of “must visits”. Get away from the maddening crowd and relax in the trendy, up-market ambiance of this, the latest Italian ristorante to arrive in Pattaya. Open daily from 6.00 pm till 10.30. Located on the ground floor of Woodland Suites, Soi 22, Naklua Road, Pattaya. Tel: 038 05 2299 for reservations or email: Credit cards accepted and secure underground parking provided.


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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.

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

(ptm-0608)Electric Bicycles – Economical and environmentally friendly. Ride 40 km between battery recharges. Each recharge costs only 4 baht. Quiet. No pollution. For catalogues & prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 964 8405-7, Visit their website, (ptm-0608)Mobility Scooters - Portable 3 wheels, 4 wheels, latest models. Full service by distributor. For catalogues and prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 964 8405-7, Visit their website, (ptm-0508)Sofa/bed, fold-up. L210cm W100cm H50cm, Firm, Light-turquoise w/gold fleck. Professionally custom made by StephanOchoa, Co. Pattaya. 1-Year old, seldom used. Asking B3000. 038 076 542, Thai 081 381 7199. (ptm-0608)JBL 1200 w Loud Speakers x 2 plus royal power Amp. One owner. Shop price – 70,000 baht. Sell for 40,000 baht. Call 087 013 5770 (pta-rin0508)4 Meter Kitchen Stainless Steel Extractor Unit with 15m. of extra ducting, ideal for hotel kitchen or large restaurant. Good order. Only 38,000 baht. Tel. Chad at 081 429 1482 (pta-rin0508)Cold Meat Slicer. Large, Electric. New price 30,000 baht. Sell for 17,500 baht. Tel. Chad at 081 429 1482 (ptfas-0508)Antique Carved Wooden Bench, originally from Chiang Mai, perfect for game room or patio, 162 long X 60 deep. Must well immediately. Originally 18,500 Baht, quick sale now 7,500 Baht. Call Gary at 089 803 0388 or email (ptfas-0608)Electric Meat Slicer, 25 cm disc, 6 month old and in perfect conditions, can cut ham, meat, sausages, cheese and anything else. Same model used in restaurants. Paid 25,000 Baht. Willing to sell at 20,000 Baht or best offer. Alberto, 081 937 2636 (ptfas-0508)Due to Cancellation, reselling Cannon Printer Pixma IP 1600 for computer. 850 bahts or near offer. Tel. 038 367 206

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.

(ptfas-0608)Wedding Dress For Sale, Classic European Style, creme colour, fully adjustable. Replacement Cost, Baht 50,000 Sell Baht 18,000, or rent baht 6,000 also men’s Silk jacket. Offers consider 089 002 3493 (ptfas-0408)Baby’s Furniture. Bed, playpen, stroller, bureau, high chair, bottles sterilizer etc. 18,000 baht. Sofa + 2 chairs 2,500 baht. 038 406 334 Evenings (ptfas-p2407)Cheapest TV’s in Pattaya!!! I have a wide range and certain brands of TV’s that are all brand new and come with 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. From LCD’s, Plasma’s to standard TV’s. All of which come in a range of sizes. Not only TV’s but many electrical Items are available for sale i.e. fridge freezers and washing machines. For further information and prices on any items please contact Alan on 084 944 2541.

Pets and Vets (ptm-s0508)Top-Dog Hotel. Boarding facilities for dogs, cats, etc. Jomtien Beach. Call (English) 086 154 0377, (Thai) 085 042 8811 Must Love Cats! Two lovable, healthy junior kittens need good home. One male, one female. Please call 086 160 5835

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

Business Opportunities (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-p308) 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-u0608)Bar and Beauty Salon for Sale. Located opposite Tiffany show near Nightmarket, Second road. Price: 390000 baht. Call: 081 153 4133, 089 062 7002. email : (ptm-k1008)Large Walking Street Bar for Sale. 3 pool tables, UBC, LCD TVs, fully licensed, long 3+3 year lease. 2.2 mil. baht. Tel. Eng 089 932 6716, Thai 081 863 5789 (ptm-ni0508)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-ri0508)Two 4-Storey Townhouses being converted to 8 apartments. Corner unit. Naklua /Wongamat Beach. Urgent sale 4.45 million! Call 081 850 3847 Looking for a Business in Pattaya/Jomtien? Beauty Salon, Restaurants; Guest Houses, Bars, MiniMart, A GoGo, Hotels and many more. Prices start from 300,000 THB. To find your business visit or call 038406738 or 0874811560 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: We Sell Going Concerns! If You Want Expert Professional Advice on Buying or Selling a Business in Pattaya TSBA Have a large selection of businesses available. Call Craig 087 077 0475

Pool Lounge- There are four full size American pool tables in this well established lounge. The lounge currently has 3 pool teams and runs many competitions, as well as a fully stocked bar. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Bar / Guest House – An opportunity has arisen to purchase this well appointed guest house, located on one of pattays busiest streets. There are five rooms all with air con, and a fully stocked bar offering both pool and darts with indoor and outdoor seating. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Hostess Bar- One of Pattaya most well known bars, has three years proven accounts showing a very healthy profit. This bar will not be on the market for long. Viewing is highly recommended. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: SOI 7 BAR –This busy beer bar located right in the heart of the action. The bar has been established for many years and has always made good profits. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Hotel Units and Villas for Sale and Rent Back. Fantastic investment for speculators requiring security. Call Barry 089 933 3583 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

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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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 0289/SLN – Bar – Located on ground floor of shop house in busy ‘night life’ area of Central Pattaya. Refurbished in September 2008. Owner very motivated to sell due to having to return to Europe. Rent only 20,000 baht per month, paid 6 months in advance and NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 690,000 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 0266/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse – 4 Storey double shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a large bar area which was refurbished within the last 12 months complete with a new light and sound system. On the upper floors are 8 rental rooms. Low rent. Sale Price: 1.85 million baht. 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 – Detached house 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. 0274/SLN – Restaurant & Bar – Single storey double shop house located in South Pattaya. The lease has been fully paid up till 2023, the next 15 years. There is seating for in excess of 100 diners. Included in the sale is a sound & lighting system for live music. The business is profitable. Sale Price: 14 million baht. 0247/SLN - Bar/Restaurant and Guesthouse - Located in South Pattaya. Extremely profitable business which the current owner can verify. On the ground floor is a large bar and restaurant. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings. Sale Price: 25 million baht. 0273/SLN – Lawn Bowling Club – Located in East Pattaya on 3 rai of land. 2 International bowling greens, separate bar & restaurant, 5 en suite bedrooms & swimming pool. Foreign ownership in Company name. Viewing highly essential. Sale Price 30 million. 0238/SLN - Hotel - Located in Central Pattaya. The hotel comprises of 20 guestrooms on 6 floors, which were all totally refurbished during 2007 to a very high standard. There is also an Owner penthouse suite on the top floor. The business has also enjoyed virtual full occupancy since opening in September 2007. Included in the selling price is the land, building and all the fixture and fittings which are in a Company name. Sale Price: 45 million baht.

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Business Opportunities (PRT0097) Restaurant in busy Soi Baukao. 600,000 baht. 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 2 nd floor bar. View of the ocean, the road below. Plenty of room to grow sale priced at 950,000 baht. Low upfront deposits of 500,000 with 60,000 baht a month for lease. Call today. Making your Business our Business-Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0123) Don’t take my word for it go to our web site for this once in a lifetime opportunity priced for a quick sale baht 12,500,000 this 5star classy restaurant with an all Stainless steel industrial kitchen that could be guesthouse & restaurant with lounge, very nice rooms upstairs, Dbl shop house Beach front, Views, Views, lease at 60,000 a month can buy the two shop houses next door. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0099)Another Walking Street Bar Priced to sell 90% inside w/3 pool tables. Large stage for everyone to share entertainment 2,200,000 all deposits paid and included in price for the first 2.5 years Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0095) MAKE PAYMENTS: Very Famous GO GO Bar with 80 seats, 240 sqm, 4 rooms above this well designed floor plan, like nothing else on this very, very popular Soi. For only 8million baht and with a nice size down the owner will consider payments. He has many companies that require his

attention. which makes this very busy and profitable bar”, even in low season”, to much work for him…... Buyer is very motivated. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLM0003) Massage parlor on the back side of Walking Street, 4 star curb appeal, “very, very nice with all new furnishing, updated, renovated, store front location for only 3.3mill. Owner is ready to deal because of recent breakup. Lease is only (6,000), six thousand baht a month. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Jomtien Shop houses 5 of them together with Sea Views priced at only 3.6 million each. When every one else has a price on theirs at 5million, that makes these five a steal, with great sea views. These would make a great Guest house or even a shopping centre with rooms above. Top floors have View of Bangsare. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PSH0108) Shop House in the busiest area of 2 nd road, 36millon baht. Looking for a new owner to open a bar and restaurant with guest house. The building is for sale with chanold title. Owner will take everything with him making it easy to renovate at the same time lowers out of pocket expenses. Investors dream. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Koh Samui Resort. One of the world’s most Famous Islands now has a Prestigious Hotel available, at 50million baht for your spot in Paradise. With only five staff members 18 rooms and two retail stores makes it easy to manage All rooms have a 5 star quality, with Tv’s, fridge, Bar A/C. Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Koh Chang Resort. Guys it doesn’t get any better than this. Own a piece of the Rock. To many facilities to list, owner wants to move to Northern Thailand. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

(PHG0017) Guesthouse in an extremely busy location priced to sell at 25 million. This successful business has 4 floors and 14 furnished rooms in a very high demand location. You could have the number one business of any kind with this location. Internet, motorcycle rental bar, restaurant, or retail this is an immediate high volume business for you, call today. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0127) Soi Boukhao single shop house. Five rooms completely furnished. Main Floor waiting for your ideas and marketing strategy. Priced at 6.5million, building included with title/deed. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLD0537) Land on Suhkumvit Road, Pattaya area. Great exposure for your business. 2 plus rai with a building. Building must be removed. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PFO0001).Deluxe East Pattaya Factory. Two New factory buildings on 6.5 rai, interior has over 3000sqm. Both buildings already leased out for 400,000 thousand baht a month or can relocate. Two story apartment building for staff, a home for owners with swimming pool. Each Factory has luxury rooms on top floor for Managers. Making your Business our Business. Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0124) 600.000 Here is another one of those inexpensive opportunities priced to sell, this laundry and Guesthouse. Rent is only 25,000 a month with your living quarters. Complement your business with Motorcycles and you have a winner. Add a website and you have a real on going concern with these well designed rooms…should be able to very well here as the ground work is down. Making your Business our Business- Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to

(PHG0122) Jomtien walking Street- the best location in Jomtien can be your new business location where your clients can walk to the beach without crossing the road Great beach front views 5rooms with lounge 24million baht and you own the building too. Call Premier Land and Development Business 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 Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ Investors wanted for Commercial Real Estate Ventures. Major Investments over 50million, see what the Public can’t see. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@

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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 Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PLB0092) 10,000 a month on this new Contract. 1,650,000, this is a giveaway at this price. This single shop house bar in a very busy soi off Jomtien beach road you won’t find a deal like this again. The owner has been there making money for the last four years, said he made a lot of money so he can sell for whatever he wants… Let someone else “ have fun”, that is what he said. (PSH009) 10,000 baht a month for this vacant shop house with Views. Needs lots of work in this hallow shell, but with beach views like this…. And the price” My goodness!” it is a steal..! walk to the beach in 2 seconds . Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0126) Beer Bar & Guest House With Two balconies overlooking the bar. Pool table disc jockey both. Flat screen TV, Large Kitchen that isn’t being used 27sqm . Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@

(PHG0117) Very nice Dbl shop house Restaurant, 9rm Guest house w/pool table, 2nd one in on the sub soi with front road coverage. Perfect guesthouse for only 9.5mil @ 15,000 a month. Over 1.5 mill in profit without advertising. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0116) Five story Double shop house with 10rooms. 22 million, “building included”. Very nice restaurant and bar. Over 2.5mil a year in profit. Some financing maybe available Owner ready to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to (PHG0114). Mini Mart Store with Guest house on beach front road. The mini mart collects over 600,000 a year in income, making it very easy to weather high and low season. With over 16 rooms w/beach views and a restaurant, Study Cliental, Website, Parking on the street and in the back of the building, your call, but I think this is the one. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 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 Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY This is a change for the serious investor who is looking to take over a running business with already a guaranteed net income of 20 Million Thai Baht a year with a potential net income of 100 Million Thai Baht a year. Asking price is 150 Million Baht. As the owner wants to keep the sale of his business quiet we can not give more details at this time. For more information please call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@

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Education & Training (pta-0406)PRO becomes PROGRESS. Please note that PRO Language & Computer School has now been renamed PROGRESS Language & Computer School. It still offers excellent quality course in language and computer skills. Progress Language & Computer School (Licensed & Certified by The Ministry of Education) Thai(Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours) )-EnglishDutch-German-Italian-FrenchJapanese-Chinese-RussianKorean-Spanish-ComputerInternet—Free Trial Thai & English lessons 1 period-Qualified and Experienced Teachers— Translation & Certification of all documents: North Pattaya Road (Soi almost Opposite Bus Station to Bangkok) (next to Lukdod Shop) Please call: 038 370 263, 038 423 639, 081 577 2967, Email: progress.2001@

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

(ptm-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-2407)House for Sale near Sukhumvit rd. between South and Central Pattaya. 54 TLW, with garden, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Only 4,000,000 baht. Call 081 833 6661 (ptm-d1408)Mabprachan Gardens, representative properties in top Expat location for business on the Eastern Seaboard. Sale and Lease. Call 081 636 9289,, agents welcome (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. (ptm-vi0008)Urgent Sale! House at Rong-poa Area (towards Naklua area). Located in a nice village. Only 5 minutes from Bangkok Pattaya Hospital. 50 Sq. Wah, single house, one storey, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, kitchen, slightly furnished, carpark for 2 cars. Only 1.8 Million Baht. For viewing, 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: HS1160: 3 bed bungalow close to the Sukhumvit road, on a secure development, a reasonable price of 3.5 Million Baht Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HS1166: Chaiyapruk 2 area, 180 S qm land, interior 100 S qm, 2 bed, 2 bath, sell with company, unfurnished, Internet installed, 2.3 Million Baht Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity HS1068: REDUCED price house in Bang Saray, Dhewee park, 100 Sq w plot, 3 bed private pool, alls extras included call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ We want to sell your property too – contact us, if you have a property for sale., PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pena 084 3626945 Email: House at Pattaya Land & house for sale – 80 sq.wha, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, garden and car park. Price 2,400,000 Baht. PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pascal: 084 3626989, Email: jomtien@

Lovely home at Eakmongkol village 4 - 92 sqm., 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, European kitchen. Fully furnished, close to Lotus, Big C and Carrefour. Price 1,550,000 Baht ( Ref. H 424) PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pascal: 084 3626989, Email: jomtien@ Lake house - An impressive Villa - located directly on a beautiful lake. U shape house on the land size 880 sqm., 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 1 outdoor bathroom. Basement room for water tank, pool filter system and store room Total area app.264 sqm. Garden design included waterfall and Fish pond. Price 9,750,000 Baht.(Ref. H 431) PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pascal: 084 3626989, Email: 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 12,500,000 Baht (company name already). PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pascal: 084 3626989, Email: 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 : House for sale. 4 level Town house Located on the beach Jomtien. Spectacular views Premier Location. Unbelievable bargain 13 MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 62. E-mail : House for sale Siam Place. 10 mins. from Sukhumvit, 3 bed/ 2 bath, 68 sq.wh. Landscaped garden, Equipped Kitchen 3.15 Mb. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : Townhouse 4 storey for sale at Jomtien location 27 Sq.wah, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living room, Part of furniture, Euro pean Kitchen, parking car, Price at 3,990,000 Baht , for Rent 20,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail :

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Townhouse one storey corner unit for sale at Raviporn Garden Hill Soi Koatalo 37 Sq.Wah, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living area, European Kitchen, some furniture, air con, Hot water, Garden , Parking car, Security Price at 1,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : Townhouse 2 storey for sale at Jomtien location 27 Sq.wah, 2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living room, No Furniture, No Kitchen, parking car, Price at 2,100,000 Baht , Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail : Townhouse one storey corner unit for sale at Raviporn Garden Hill Soi Koatalo 37 Sq.Wah, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living area, European Kitchen, some furniture, air con, Hot water, Garden , Parking car, Security Price at 1,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : Private House 2 Storey for sale at Jomtien location near the beach 172 Sq.Wah. 250 Sq.m. 3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Built in furniture, Nice decorated, European kitchen, 5 Air con, and hot water, Large living room, large garden , and Private swimming pool Price at 7,900,000 Baht , Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : ThaiLiving : Quick sale! House in Jomtien Area. 1 storey house in 67 sq.wah ONLY 4.9 M THB. (negotiable price) Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : Beautiful house in Jomtien with 3b/3b, 91 sq.wah, completed deportation, private pool for 15 M THB. Call:038 364-515 or / In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

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: premier@ or visit our website at Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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

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House for Sale 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 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, kitchen, Jacuzzi, barbeque, 14m private pool, double carport and large garden. Spacious and airy, a dream house in best location. Priced reduced to 21.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Wong Amat. Pool villa with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, close to the beach, built in contemporary Asian style on an 800 sq.m. plot. Price reduced from 16.5 M Baht to 10.5 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Pratumnak. Small compound of semi-detached pool villas with 2 bedrooms and roof top terrace (with optional Jacuzzi!). Priced at 9.48 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07. Tropical Villas Located in one of the best Jomtien areas these are 14 villas surrounding a communal pool, all with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, loft-style office, balcony and terrace. The last villa for the old price of 7.9 M Baht. Call SIAM PROPERTIES 038-415 490 or Heiner 081-861 19 07.

Classified 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 30,000 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-n0608) 2 Bedroom House at Ban Am-Phur. Fully furnished, 10,000 B/month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0708)Occasion! Beautiful Townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact 081 862 9710 BB Lets has a Large Choice of Houses for Rent in All Price Ranges. Visit our office at Nern Plab Wahn Plaza or our website or call number 086 368 4973 or 086 368 4975. New management. (ptm-d0508)Jomtien 2 New Shophouses Joined Opposite the Beach. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, aircon, internet, electric lock up garage, 4 levels plus rooftop terrace with spectacular seaviews. Furnished 16,000 baht per month. Unfurnished 13,000 baht per month. Call 087 013 5770 (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, (ptm-0208)Huge House for Rent near Sukhumvit rd. between South and Central Pattaya. With nice garden, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 A/C’s. Fully furnished. 25,000 baht per month. Call 081 833 6661 House for rent. Brand new, 3 bed, Fitted euro style with New furniture, swimming pool Garden and garage. 5 mins. to Jomtein beach. 50,000 Bht. Per month. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : HR1072: 3 bed house with private pool in East Pattaya all furniture included, internet and satellite 45,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity HR1039: East Pattaya, 2 bed, 3 bath, car port, private pool, Euro kitchen ready to go! 40,000 P/M Call for more info 08-4944 2541 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 E-mail:

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CR1107: A selection of houses in East Pattaya on a resort type complex, fully furnished, communal pool, from 12,000P/ M Call for more info 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ House for rent at SP Privacy 125 Sq.Wah, one storey house, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European Kitchen, Large living room, fully furnish and decorated, Private swimming pool, Lage Garden, security Price at 45,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail: House for rent at Tunyawan City home at Soi Kaonoi 75 Sq.wah, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European kitchen, Living room, and Dining room, Furnished, 3 Air-con, Cable TV, Direct Telephone line Security 24 hr Priced at 25,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : House for rent at SP village 3, 125 Sq.Wah single house one storey , 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, European kitchen, large living room, fully furnished and 3 Air con ,hot water, ADSL Telephone line Communal swimming pool, Parking car, Security Price at 35,000 baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : Townhouse 4 storey for sale at Jomtien location 27 Sq.wah, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living room, Part of furniture, Euro pean Kitchen, parking car, Price at 3,990,000 Baht , for Rent 20,000 Baht per month. Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail : Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR3765) Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3761) Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR3703) A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3700)

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Apartment/ Rooms for Rent (ptm-2407)Carina Mansion. Large fully furnished apartment. 48 sq.m., cable TV, aircon, fridge, sofa, king size bed, wardrobe, kitchen and large bathroom with hot shower. All rooms have Wi-Fi, internet. 500 baht daily and 6,000 baht per month. Best value in town!! Our mansion also includes a large restaurant and a bar. 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 Bargain of the Month 500 Meters from Beach, 38 sqm, 8th floor studio. Lovely sea views of Jomtien. From big balcony original room with furniture and A/C. 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, 4 th 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 16 th Floor Unit with the very best sea views of Jomtien beach. Just been renovated to the highest standard with marble floors and shower room, Euro kitchen, new A/C, stone pictures walls etc. You won’t find better anywhere at the price 1,950,000 mil. baht in Foreign name. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail:

Lovely 11 th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fantastic bargain. Only 1,250,000 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details, e-mail: Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.7 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call 087 139 1539 (Eng.). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: Angket Condominium 500 meters from beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8 th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, TV, DVD. Now only 1.6 mil. baht. Freehold. Angket will be repainted and refurbished this year with new swimming pool and lobby, therefore prices will rise. Good investment. (In foreigner’s name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656, 080 099 2614 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail: Excellent Location, 100 meters from Pattaya’s Best Beach (Jomtien). A magnificent 42 sq.m studio on the 12th floor with lovely seaviews of Jomtien Beach in the Khiang Talay Condominium. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high European standard. Separate marbled kitchen, fridge, freezer, microwave, marbled bathroom with water heater. Matching quality furniture, beautiful stoned picture walls, lovely cornice ceilings with dimmer lights. TV, DVD, surround system, safety box, remote control aircon, etc, etc. 24 hour guard securities with entry card, big swimming pool, snooker room, fitness centre, shop, and laundry. Viewing essential. Reduced price from 2.2 mil. Baht to 1.95 mil. baht. Freehold. In Foreigner’s name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539, 084 565 7656, 080 099 2614 (Thai). For appointment to view. For more details and pictures, visit our website, e-mail:


Classified (ptm-r0408)Condo for Sale Front Corner Unit. 16th floor – 114 sq. meters. Fantastic ocean view and location. 3rd road North of Carrefour. 5.5 m baht. Call 086 109 0721 (ptm-s0608)Baan Suanlalana, Chaiyapreuk Rd: 40 sqr, 3rd F, 2-Qbed, furniture + air, good garden environment, swimming pool, fitness etc. Bht 1.12 M, call: 086 086 5157. View pictures via. (ptm-j0608)*Bang Saray/ *New* Top Floor # 514/Great View! 200 M from the Beach, 20 Minutes from Pattaya. Construction finish January. Transfer contract ASAP *Foreigner Name*. *44 SQ. M. / 1.15 M THB. Call: John USA *085 276 3433 *Email: (ptm-L0908)Northshore Beachfront Condominium, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bath, #2101, 21 st 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 (18 th floor; all 3 side by side); 1906 (19 th floor), 2005 (20 th floor), 2104 (21 st floor), 2205 and 2206 (22nd floor; both side by side). Purchase Option One: Cash 3.2 Million Baht Each. Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 600,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 600,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! (ptm-k0708)The Best Location in Town Under the Market Price. New five star Condo, 1 Bedroom near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall with Rental guarantee 8% / year with two swimming Pools and Cable TV & Wi-Fi Internet. Welcome agents. Call owner: 086 317 6161 or (ptm-g0508)Condo for Sale in Baan Suan Lalana. 42 sq mtr condo, top floor, nice views, unrefurbed, refurb to own choice, organize works if needed, 2 pools, mini-mart, lovely gardens, security, nice complex, 995,000 baht. 087 901 5229/ 084 105 4533 (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 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 e-mail: THB 6.6 mil. baht. (ptm-kat0808)101 m2 Condo in View Talay 5D Jomtien. 19th floor, 2 bedrooms, indoor 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 (ptm-a0608)1 Bedroom Condo in Central Pattaya. 52 sqm. Shops, pool, gym, all new. 1,395,000 Phone 084 868 1088 (ptm-lin0508)Beautiful Sea View, 1bed/R, built-in teak furniture, fully equip., European Kitchen, Dining/Living R, a/c, cable, 2 TV, DVD, bath, 2wc, washing machine, 2 balcony, pool, table tennis, gym, good security & management, Jomtien beach front, B2.4M.,(owner) Lin 089 152 1533, dmlintw@ 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 1.3 million baht. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 Fully Furnished Condo, Ready to Move in, with kitchen & bathroom complete with granite, Daiken Air Conditioning, direct beach front access, stunning club house & restaurant was 5.3 mil. before and now reduced to 3.8 mil. baht only. Call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 The Last 5 Remaining Condos. Location in Jomtien area, size 96 sq.m, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, all room have ARC (double-glazing), Daikin Air Conditioning, stunning bathrooms as standard, full furniture and kitchen European style. Call 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 (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.

Fax: (038) 374535 (ptm-g0508) Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 18, very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 48sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition. Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.45 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, See pictures as vedio virtual tour viewtalay Jomtien Resident – The best buy at Jomtien Resident. Owner financing now available! 25% down payment, 8% interest for 3 years option. The unit ready to move in with fully furnished. More information please contact PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pena: 084 3626945, Email: Condo in Jomtien location – 68 sqm fully furnished, forienger ownership, only 100 meter to Jomtien bech. More information please contact PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pena: 084 362 6945, Email: Suan Sawarn Condo resale – 64 sqm., top floor, forienger ownership Price 2,500,000 Baht More information please contact PATTAYA AGENCY Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pena: 084 3626945, Email: Fantastic Studios - Baan Suan Lalana Condo, 42 sqm. studio, 1 bathroom, garden view, , built in European kitchen, dining area, fully furnished , air - cons, TV, cable TV, fridge, microwave etc. Price 1,200,000 Baht. PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pena: 084 362 6945, Email: Pattaya Hyde Park 2. Exclusive living on Pratumnak Hill. Foreign ownership. 100% affordable prices. PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pascal: 084 3626 989, Email: Supalai Condominium, 1st Building, Soi Paholyotil 21 or Wipawadee 30 (behind Shinnawat Building 3), Paholyotil Rd., Ladyaow, Chatuchak, Bangkok. Room 83 sq.m. floor 5, pool side view, 2 bedroom with furniture, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 living room. All rooms with air conditioned. Tel. 081 555 8811, 081 938 3498 Finance Available on our Condominium and Pool Villa Projects, 10% Deposit only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 First to View Will Buy - New Completed Unit. Pattaya “Down Town” location. 1 Bed57.20 sqm, fully furnished 2.8 Million. 2 Bed- 99 sqm, fully furnished 4.8 Million. Call Barry 089 933 3583

“Trade Up To a Better Lifestyle”. We will “trade in “your property, as part payment on any of our luxury pool villa and condominium projects. Call: Peter 081 982 6145. “Penthouse Style” over looking Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully finished and furnished, best value in town 10,340,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” Pre-Construction discounts and easy payment plans, 150 metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000- Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. Foreign Ownership, 2 Bedroom Corner Unit. Fully furnished and fitted by a quality developer. Central Pattaya. Special deal for 60 days completion. Call: Peter at 081 982 6145. CS1190: Central Pattaya Top floor apartment, new building, 61 Sq m. Nicely decorated, modern kitchen 2.5 Million Baht, Call for more info 038-3739 66or by E-mail: CS1180: A superb apartment located in Pratumnak, outstanding sea views,1 bedroom 68 Sq m, 10th floor 6.3 Million Baht or 30,000 for rent. Call for more info 08-47808457or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity CS VIC: View Talay 2A, Studio units, 2 available, foreign name 12 th floor, sea views 1.75 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity Condo for sale studio 43 sqm. L.K. Legend. Building one due for completion Dec. 2008. 4th floor overlooking pool. Foreign ownership. Reduced to 1.8 MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@

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Classified ThaiLiving : View Talay 2A – 2B. Foreigner name, Studio unit, 5 th floor for 1.75 M THB and 13th floor for 1.8 M THB. Studio unit at 16 th floor for 1.9 M Call: 038 364-515 or info@

Condo for Sale Luxury Condo for sale. 5th floor corner 2 bed 83 sqm. 5 mins to beach 2 mins. to shopping centre. Foreign name. Reduced to 4.9 MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail: Condo for sale View Talay 5 Jomtien. Top floor studio. Spectacular views with new fit out. Foreign name. 3.6 MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@pattayaocen Studio Condo for Sale. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain views). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Bargain at Bt:1.3 mil.). Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -711017 Mobile: 084 866 9644, Email:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, Email:, 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) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near TescoLotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Condo for sale at North Shore Condo on 21 floor 67 Sq.m Naklua side, 1 Bedroom , 1 Bathroom, Living room , big balcony, fully furnished and decorated, European kitchen, Air con, and Hot water. Price at 7,900,000 Baht, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail : (ptfcs-1007)Nova Atrium 80 sq.m. with BigTerrace. Brand new. Fully furnished high standarad (Decorum). Between Carrefour and Big C. Huge swimming pool. Fitness center. Internet. 4.5 Million. Tel. 081 863 1076 H 204: Quick Sale! 1 Storey House in Thepprasit Soi 5. 2bed/2bath, 68 sq.wah. Price: 3.8 M .THB. Call: 038 364 -515 or HR 058: Single House for Rent Located in a Quiet and Secure Village in Jomtien. 60 sq.wah, 2bed/2bath, European kitchen and fully furnished. Rental Price: 28,000 THB. for long term rent. Call: 038 364515 or HR 058: Single House for Rent Located in a Quiet and Secure Village in Jomtien. 60 sq.wah, 2bed/2bath, European kitchen and fully furnished. Rental Price: 28,000 THB. for long term rent. Call: 038 364515 or

ThaiLiving : ViewTalay 1A1B. Units of 32 + 32 sqm, 5 th floor for 1.8 M THB. Studio unit of 37 sqm, 3 rd floor for 850,000.- THB. Thai Name Call: 038 364-515 or info@ ThaiLiving : ViewTalay 5D. Sea view and fully furnished, 48 sqm, 6 th floor. Foreigner name for 2.65 M THB. Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : Rim Hard A1. Studio unit with 30 sqm, 13 th floor. Foreigner name for 1.29 M THB . Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : Metro Jomtien for 2.8 M THB for 55 sqm at 29th floor. Renovated. For 2.9 M THB with 54 sqm at 34 th floor with good condition. Foreigner name. Call: 038 364-515 or / ThaiLiving : Ocean Marina. TypeB, high floor, 165 sqm, empty unit with marina member. for 9 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or / . ThaiLiving : Grand Condo. Sea view, 3b/3b, need renovated, 186 sqm at 11th floor. Type B&C. Thai Name for 9 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or info@ ThaiLiving : View Talay 6 for 11.5 M THB. Corner unit at 22nd floor, 153 sqm. Foreigner Name. Call: 038 364-515 or info@ 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 Two Bedroom Condo at Jomtien Beach’s Best location for 7.9 Million Baht! This has been very nicely renovated and has two bedrooms two bathrooms all within 126 square meters of comfort and security. Priced to sell, make sure that you see this apartment soon. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR2402) 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) 231931 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, ready to move in. A lot of facilities are available, two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court are just examples. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (Property PR2975) Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left! Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Gorgeous Sea View Condominium Apartments on Wongamat Beach! Starting as low as 1.8 Million Baht, you may want to take a look at these brand new units that are being completed with beautiful interior designs and will be ready for occupancy very soon. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014.

Fax: (038) 374535

We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Investment opportunity! We have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for three years. No work and a steady monthly income! 50sqm for 3.3 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed three year income and 80sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/ Month three year guaranteed rental return. Call Jan at 087-021-7014 Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a re-sale on a very high floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, 103 sqm for 16 Million THB Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: 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.

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Condo for Sale Huge New 143 sqm One Bedroom Condo On The 22nd Floor of View Talay 5 Building (VT5C0048). Finished to the highest of standards, this large one bedroom condo has fantastic seaviews, a great kitchen and full furniture. This condo must be viewed to fully appreciate what’s on offer for only 9.6m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Two Bedroom Jomtien Condo Overlooking Jomtien Bay (ROHI0008). This extremely well finished 92 sqm two bedroom condo on the 7th floor of a newly developed popular condominium with 24 hour security, communal swimming pool, fitness suite, restaurant, and easy access to the centers of both Jomtien and Pattaya. For sale at 5.9m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Jomtien Beach Road Studio Condo Just 200m From The Beach (JBCO0043) Ideal for investment, this 30 sqm studio on the 13 th floor of this ever popular condominium which boasts great facilities including swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, internet, convenience store, laundry and 24 hour security. For sale at a knockdown price of 1.65m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Resales at Spanish Condo Under Developer’s Price! We have two studio and two onebedroom units starting at 895,000 THB fully renovated… that’s almost 200,000 THB under the off-plan price! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at 103 sqm High Floor Condo at Metro a Steal at only 5 Million THB! Superb seaviews and an easy to renovate floorplan make this a renovator/ investor’s dream! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at 45 sqm High Floor Studio at Metro Waiting For Som e TLC Only 2.3 Million THB! Great building positioning overlooking Pattaya and Jomtien with breathtaking view…this price will only go up!!! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

Luxuriously Renovated One Bedroom Plus Office (102 sqm) in View Talay 3 Only 5.9 Million THB! This is one of the best designed/renovated units we’ve seen! Excellent Euro kitchen, top notch furniture & décor, plus great seaviews! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Double Unit (60 sqm) in S1 Building in Jomtien Beach Condo on Top Floor Only 2.9 Million THB! There aren’t many double units left in JBC, especially in the best building and on the top floor! This is very well priced for such a rare unit! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at We Have a Great Selection of the Best Units in the Area’s Newest Boutique Buildings! Check out the best available units (both off-plan and resale) in Hyde Park, Pattaya Heights and Mayfair Residence. Very attractive payment plans available. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Buy Off-Plan With Us! We’ll find you the best possible prices, terms and units available at all of the area’s best new condo developments (including Northpoint and Ocean 1 Tower)… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

Condo for Rent\ BB Lets has a Large Choice of Apartments for Rent in All Price Ranges. Visit our office at Nern Plab Wahn Plaza or our website or call number 086 368 4973 or 086 368 4975. New management. (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-b0508)Condo for Rent in View Talay 3, 5 and Diana Estate from 10,000 baht per month. Contact no. Khun Bee 086 300 1394 (ptm-lin0508)Beautiful Sea View, 1bed/R, built-in teak furniture, fully equip., European Kitchen, Dining/Living R, a/c, cable, 2 TV, DVD, bath, 2wc,washing machine, 2 balcony, pool, table tennis, gym, good security, windy, quiet, clean, Jomtien beach front, B16,500p/ m(B14,000 long term), ask FREE mountain bike/Kayak to use, rent out fast, (owner) Lin 089 152 1533, dmlintw@


Classified Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000Baht / Month, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel: 038 415 304-8, Email:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, Email:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723,, E-mail: novamiragecondo@ Studio Condo for Rent. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain view). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Only 13,000 baht per month. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 CR1108: Central Pattaya location,60 sq m, 1 bedroom, communal pool, various rooms available all for only 15,000 P/ M Call for more info 0849442541or by E-mail: 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: 15 th Floor 48 Sq m fully furnished condo in View Taly 5D, great sea views bargain price 18,000 per month Call for more info 08-47808457 or by 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 e-mail : Beautiful Sea view Large Studio Condo at View talay Condo 5 at Jomtien location 48 Sq.m. on the 12 floor. Pattaya Side, Fully Furnished, European Kitchen, Dining area and Living area, Big Balcony, Communal Swimming Pool. Available now for rent 20,000 Baht per month, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303825-6 or e-mail: Condo for rent 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, at Chateau Deal Condo Tabali 93 Sq.m. on 3 floor, Fully furnished and decorated, European Kitchen, Hot water, Air con , Security, ADSL. Telephone line communal swimming pool Price at 29,000 Baht per month, Call North Shore real Estate 038-303 825-6 or e-mail:

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Condo for rent Jomtein. Studio, new fit out, and furniture. Top floor corner with spectacular views. Opposite Jomtien beach. 15,000 bht. Per month. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623. E-mail : info@pattayaocen Chomtalay Resort Na Jomtein. Located on the beach with direct access. Lovely complex swimming pool. Very quiet location. Rentals available. 11th floor 2 level Penthouse 3 bed. 50,000 bht. P.M, 4th floor 3 bed 40,000 bht. P.M, 9th floor 2 bed 30,000 bht. P.M, 7th floor 2 bed 25,000 bht. P.M. All furnished, 6 months minimum. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : info@pattayaocen ThaiLiving : View Talay 5C. Studio unit, sea view. 15,000 18,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : Jomtien Complex. Sea view, fully furnished with 67 sqm. 20,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or ThaiLiving : Royal Hill at 2nd floor, 2b / 2b, fully furnished. 28,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : Jomtien Condotel at 2 nd floor, 1b/1b, fully furnished. 25,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or / ThaiLiving : North Shoe at high floor, 1b/1b, fully furnished. 35,000 – 40,000 THB/M. Call: 038 364-515 or info@thai / ThaiLiving : Metro Jomtien at 29th floor, 171 sqm, 2b/2b with big balcony. 50,000 THB/ M. Call: 038 364-515 or 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) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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) 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.

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Condo for Rent 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 Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many Northshore rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@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

Classified View Talay V Sea View Condominium for 20,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya! We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 112 Sqm Two Bedroom on High Floor for Rent at Northshore only 55,000 THB P/M! Very nicely finished large two bedroom with smashing views, great amenities and excellent location. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Lots of Studio Units for Rent at View Talay 2, Thip Condo & Jomtien Beach Condominium! We have a great selection of studios for rent starting at only 8,000 THB per month! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Awesome Two & Three Bedroom Duplex Penthouses For Rent in Metro Jomtien! These are excellent rental units at great prices (55,000 for the two bdr and 65,000 for the three bdr) finished in a very modern, clean style with great kitchens, lots of outdoor space, Jacuzzis and killer views. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

Luxurious Large Two Bedroom Condo at Executive Residence 2 For Rent! This condo is finished to an impeccable standard with luxurious bathrooms, great furniture and electronics, huge kitchen and great seaview. Only 65,000 THB per month… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database 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:, (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 for Sale. 1,430 sq wah on Eastern Star Golf Course: 9,000 per sq wah. Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364 (ptm-j0608)Phoenix Golf Club UNDERVALUED Land For Sale. Ocean & Mountain Views. Directly on the golf course 1,600 SQm = 1 Rai B4,750,000. Reduced for quick sale. 081 376 1773 Land for sale 1.75 Rai. Water & electric available. Located off Soi Nara at Mapbrachan. Price 1.5MB. Pattaya Ocean Property 038 374 623 E-mail : Empty land on Pratamnak soi 4 for Sale - 450 sq.wha only 700 meter to the beach. Perfect for build 7 storeies condo, 40,000 baht per sq.wha. Price 18,000,000 Baht (company name already) PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712), Khun Pena 084 362 6945, Email:

Fax: (038) 374535 (ptm-e0208)Vacant Prime Land. Reduced by nearly half!! Very near Bangsaray Beach. 4.55 Rai on private Tar road near the sea. Secured vacant land in prime area! B 19.9 Million (ALL) or swap / P.X. for quality house in Jomtien. Call 081 429 4182 (Khun David), 081 865 1011 (Khun Gaye) PL 024 Land for sale in Soi Watboonjankana, close to Sukhumvit and 600 Meters from the Beach, Various plots available, land filled ready to build! From 19,000 per Sq w call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity PL 025 Land located in central Pattaya behind Walking street, great plot for apartments, 272 Sq w, 45 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity PL 037 Land for sale in the Pong area, close to the H/ Way 36, 2x 1 Rai plots on separate deeds, easy access road, electric & water available, building permission in place, ready to start! Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity PL 028 Land for sale in Soi Bua Khao, close to the Avenue shopping centre 4 Rai, 127 million baht Call 08-4944 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 0849445141 or by E-mail: PL 031 Land for sale on the Sukhumvit road, great road front exposure , 2 Rai 36 Million Baht, Please call 08-4944 5141 or by E-mail: pattaya@

PL 032 Land for sale Located in Wongamat, ideal for 7 storey condominium 2 Rai 46 Sq w 80 Million Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: PL 033 100 S q w land plot Ideal for house in a quite location off Siam country club. Already in a company name 800,000 THB. Please call 08-49445141 or by E-mail: PL 034 Direct Beach Land located opposite to Nong Nuch tropical gardens,11 Rai, 220 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity Pl 036 Land in Maprachan lake area, already has perimeter wall on 275 Sq w, great mountain views , Thai name, 2.2 million B Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 3 0 1 . 0 4 8 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

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Land for Sale ThaiLiving : Near new Holly Wood. 385 sq.wah of land for sale at 22 M THB. Call: 038 364-515 or / ThaiLiving : 3rd Road close to Tony Gym. Land in City (5 Rai193 sq.wah) for 30 M THB /Rai. Call: 038 364-515 or info@ ThaiLiving : 2 nd Road – Pratamnak Hill. Land at prime location of 3 Rai – 343 sq.wah for 180 M THB. Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : Near Land Office. Land for sale with 3 Rai200 sq.wah for 5.5 M THB / Rai. Call: 038 364-515 or info@ ThaiLiving : Rong Phoe Beach. Beach Front Land for sale with 2 Rai- 41 sq.wah for 30 M THB. Call: 038 364515 or / ThaiLiving : Jomtien Village. Land for sale with 138 sq.wah, for 13 M THB Call: 038 364515 or / 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Land for sale next to Siam Country Club Golf Course! 36 Rai perfect for a housing project for 2.1 Million Baht/ Rai. The land is located in a beautiful landscaped area with stunning mountain views. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ Two land plots for 1.1 Million Baht/Rai near Mabrachan Lake. 19 and 31 Rai ideal for housing developments as the whole area is already developed with other housing developments. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ 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: or visit our website at www.premier 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- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231 -931 or E-mail to premier@ Incredible 35 Rai of Land perfect for Development includes designs for 160 Unit Condo project 2 Rai lake and area for 20 homes. Priced to sell. Property is in a fast growing area only 10 minutes to the beach and covered in mature coconut trees-absolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to 2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht/ Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing project this is it! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038-231-931 or E-mail to 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 087021-3170

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(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 Free advice about tax-free investments for expats.. Call 0813 613 642 or visit Looking for a mortgage? Call 0871 278 122 (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-g0508)Travel Visas, Certified translation, interpreter, driving license, buying condo, advice? 084 105 4533 (ptm-0608)If you Need Translation, Visa Service, Marriage Under Thai Law. Contact Master Class Translation Service Ltd., Part. Tel: 02 651 5165, 02 255 5589, 081 400 5286. Email: mctbangkok@ Free consultation service. Visas Plus Friendly Family Business for Worldwide Visas. Refused visa give us a call. Now in 7th year, New office next to Jomtien Immigration 087 804 3943. UK office 006 61745 585894 (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. Call PATTAYA AGENCY - Jomtien (038 231 712) Khun Pascal: 084 3626 989, Email: 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 PattayaToday. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail pappa@

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Job Vacancies (ptfjv-0608)Staff Required Immediate Start at Southshore FM: 1.Sales/Marketing, 2 . P r o d u c t i o n / Te c h n i c a l Engineer, 3. Music Programmer, 4. Djs, 5. Driver ,6. Nanny/Maid Email: Mobile: 085 355 9528 (ptfjv-0608)Swedish or Danish Writer or Journalist wanted for client. Contact Thai Legal & Associates info@thai (ptfjv-0608)2 Caretakers (Couple) Wanted, for a Private House, 15 minutes outside Pattaya, with 2.5 rai garden and pond. Easy going Swiss is looking for a friendly, active Thai couple to maintain garden, pool, clean etc. Attractive salary, living quarters and amenities. Call 081 835 9923 or email to: stefanalive@

(ptfjv-0608)Nanny/Maid Wanted for live in position. Must have experience. With children. Call 089 831 6797 (pta-lp0508)Wanted Thai Man for Renovation and Designing Company, who can speak fluent English and has basic managerial and computer knowledge. Contact 089 754 6438 (ptfjv-0508)Sales Manager, Sales Representative Wanted for a new housing project “Siam Oriental Pattaya”. Must be able to speak English and have basic knowledge about computer operation, with the sale experience in housing business. Good salary+high commission. Senior Sales Officer : Non-Thai citizen, English or other language skills. Good salary + high commission. Please send your CV to e-mail : residence@ or call 081 918 4888


(pta-0508)Pattaya Real Estate Office. Sales Receptionist, English Speaking, Female 21 to 35 years. Salary + Bonus. Thai Nationality Only. Call K. Jai after 10 am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200 (pta-0508)Pattaya Real Estate Office. Trainee Sales / Rental person, English Speaking, Female 22–35 Years, experience an advantage. Own Transport required. Salary Plus Commission. Thai Nationality Only. Call Jai for an interview after 10am on 038 488 751, Mobile: 081 653 8200 (pta-0508)High Salary Plus Commission..!! Top Car Rental in Jomtien required friendly outgoing female. Excellence of both speak and written English. Bachelor’s degree/Vocational Education. Can drive a car and have driving license. Call for interview T.038 252 275, 038 364 268

(pta-0508)Cook /Waitress and Manageress Wanted! For new Coffee shop in Jomtien. Training given, must speak some English. Call for interview 081 865 1011 (ptfjv-0508)Administrator Need for Properties Company on Thepprasit Road. Female. Excellent spoken and written English. Computer skills and previous office work experience essential. For more information and interview,please call Mr. Petri 089 5429596 , 038 303 465 Or email (ptfjv-0508)Seeking Reliable MaeBaan in NongPlalai, 1 Day per Week 8 Hours, Cleaning Washing (Machine), Ironing. Speaking some English or German and worked for Foreigner Advantage. Phone: after 2 O’Clock PM 081 810 5841 (pta-0508)ISS: The world’s leading facility services company is looking to recruit the following staff in the

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Eastern Seaboard Area: Operations Executives for Cleaning, Pest Control, Security Systems (CCTV etc) and Landscape Gardening (these are technical roles so direct experience preferred); Admin Executive (Accounting Experience and Good English Skills) and Accounts Receivable clerk. Good salary and benefits for all positions. Email resume and expected salary to glenn.l@ (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 (pta-0308)We are a Well Established Real Estate Company Based in Central Pattaya, looking to expand our clientele base into the Russian market, the successful applicant must be able to speak fluent Russian and English with knowledge of the Pattaya real estate Market and local area. The selected applicant will receive a commission based salary. Please send your CV to pattaya@paradisecity or Call 084 780 8457 or 081 761 32380.

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Job Vacancies (ptfjv-0308)Attractive, Educated, Mature (50’s/60’s) live-in housekeeper/companion, for retired English gentleman. Very little housework or cooking. Nationality not important, but must be non-smoker, speak and understand English very well. Salary rising to 15,000 baht per month. Please phone 038 421 502 (ptfjv-0108)Needed immediately secretary, receptionist, ad sales people and graphic artists for publishing company. Top pay for experienced profes-sionals. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084. 111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Send resume, CV or inquiries to (ptm-p2407)Sales Staff Wanted. Part-time, full time, male and female, at least High School graduate. Please call 086 721 6900 or email (pta-jv0108)Medium Sized 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-vj2207)Leading Thai International Construction Company. Looking for top quality personnel for major civil project in Dubai. Excellent salary & career opportunites. Project managers, Construction managers, QA/QC Engineers, AutoCad/ Design Engineers, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers. Age 30 – 47 years, good English. Engineer degree. Please send resume to Call 086-8169398 (ptfj-2007)Exciting Projects, Dynamic Company, great salary & bonus schemes are looking for the following positions: 2 Construction Managers (THB 100,000-150,000 tax free), 5 Section Managers (THB 60,000-80,000), 10 Superintendents/Supervisors (THB 40,000-50,000), 1 team Survey Engineers/Technicians (THB 20,000-40,000), 5 CAD Draughtsman (THB 20,000-40,000), 2 Project Planner/Co-ordinator & 4 Assistants (THB 30,00050,000), 2 Architects (THB 50,000-100,000). Only those with top ability & dynamic are required. Spoken & written English. Call 087 140 5199 or 086 816 9398 (ptfj-0408)House Keeper, Companion, Friend, retired American seeks sleeping lady. Full or part time, easy job, cook dinner, must speak some English. 15,000B. Call 038 231 999, Jomtien Plaza, Building A, Apt. 406/282, 26 Fl. (ptfj-1907)Off-shore Oil & Gas Personnel for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia required. Call ECO Thai Group Co., Ltd., 038 682 097, 087 140 5199 Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek Part-time and Full-time Teachers to join our team in Pattaya Branch. English Teachers and other Language Teacher, English-Dutch-German-ItalianFrench-Japanese-ChineseRussian-Korean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-250-0072

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.

Classified All the price not include tax. Visa to Europe, Vietnam, Laos, China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia; Ext Hotel Reservation, Scuba Diving, Taxi, Minibus. Tel 038 413 530, 038 724 023, Fax 038 413 540 Email:

Motorbikes & Cars for Rent (ptm-t0508)Motorbikes for Rent. Nouvo, Click, Mio. 200 baht day. 1,000 baht week, 4,500 baht month. WILL DELIVER. 086 824 4910 Cheap car rental. Fully insured cars. Prices start from 5600 THB / week. Call 0871 278 122 or visit (ptm-a0708)Joy & May Tour. Car Rent 24 hrs. Service to Bangkok, Airport. Taxi Minibus; Taxi Meter 790B, Private Car 1,190B, Minibus 1,490B not include express way. Call Apple at 083 705 5477, office located at Tops Supermarket Parking Side (ptm-r0508)Cars for Rent. Starting from 6,000 Baht per week or 18,000 Baht per month. Fully insured. Call Rita 081 778 1824, email:, (ptm-r0508)Taxi: AirportPattaya 1,200 Baht (incl. toll fee) call Rita 081 778 1824, email:

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

Motorbikes & Cars for Sale (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-r0408)2003 Nissan NV Truck with Carryboy. Topautomatic 69,000 km. Excellent condition. 229,000 baht or best offer, tax and insured. 086 109 0721 (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, 40,000 kms, full agent service history. Must see 690,000 baht . Call 087 139 1539 (ptfvs-0508) Yamaha Mio, 1yr old, white/black, 15,000 km, good condition. Eng/Thai 080 641 8616 (ptm-c0008)Quick Sale! Toyota Hi Ace 12 Seater VIP. Mini bus 1998/9, 2.8 litre diesel, 5 speed, power steering, ‘metallic’ blue. Front & rear A.C., front & rear chrome bumpers, side steps, CD, TV, alloy wheels, electric windows. Ideal for golfing, outings etc. Loads of money spent. Service history. Beautiful all around condition! Price now reduced from 340,000 to 290,000 baht. Call 087 150 4845. (ptm-d0608)Honda Super 4 Black 400 cc regular servicing, new tyres, sprockets and chain. Great condition. 50,000 baht. Call 087 013 5770 (ptfvs-0508)For Sale Ducati 996 sps excellent condition, low kms many spares. 430000 baht. Call Greg 081 863 9550 (ptm-2407)Toyota Tiger 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, air bag, ABS, C.D. Big alloys, loads of extras, 130,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned. Immaculate condition. 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539 (ptm-J2207)07 Honda Phantom. 2,000k. 60,000 Baht. Call 084 873 3145 (ptm-J2207)For Sale Nov. 06 Toyota (4x4) Pick-up 5 Speed. Black, many-many extras 21,000k. 500,000 Baht. Call 084 873 3145

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Grand opening of ThaiHus Property

Mr Ronny Mulstad, MD of THAIHUS Property with his staff, guests and friends

Mr Ronny Mulstad (right) with his management team

The management and guests offered gifts to the monks on their opening ceremony

Norwegian Mr Ronny Mulstad, managing director of ThaiHus Property Pattaya, presided over the grand opening of their new office in the company of friends and well wishers. The real estate company is located in the Chateau Dale building in Jomtien, having moved to a much bigger and better location. They’ve been in business for 4 years, catering more to the Scandinavian market. Other services are also available such as insurance, property maintenance, paying bills, etc. They will also be working very closely with Thai Living and their in house Thai Lawyer whilst they will take advantage of their Norwegian lawyer, whilst they both strive to ensure the client gets the best possible service throughout the buying process.

Jim Jones celebrates birthday

Raimon Land declares winner of “Superstar” THE Raimon Land sponsored hit reality TV series Superstar came to an exciting end with the winner, actor Akara “Gof” Amarttayakul being awarded a two bedroom luxury condominium at The Lofts Tennakart, valued at 10 million baht. Mr Akara, who won over the audience with a series of impressive performances, was selected as winner after an extremely close final competition round against three finalists.

Jim Jones, wearing garland and glasses, relaxes amongst his friends

The beer tastes mighty good when it’s cold at Lighthouse Restaurant

Happy birthday with a fresh orange juice

JIM Jones celebrated his 71st birthday party at the Lighthouse restaurant, between sois 7 and 8 on Second Road, with his business partners and friends and colleagues. The Lighthouse offers an international menu but is proud of its steaks and hamburgers. Other choices include traditional fish and chips and various pasta dishes. Additionally, there is a wide choice of starters and desserts.

Papa David helps build nursery

Papa David (left) and Tom Coghlan the compere

Dolly John was on top form

Stephen from Blackpool and guests

A musical entertainment evening at Papa David’s spacious home raised 50,000 baht towards the building of a new nursery in Yasothon in Northern Thailand. A total of 1.5 million baht is required to build the facility for 60 young children aged 2-5.

Raimon Land CEO Nigel Cornick, winner Akara “Gof” Amarttayakul & Raimon Land Chairman of the Board Sompoch Intranukul

Raimon Land CEO Nigel Cornick said, “We are thrilled by the success of Superstar in raising our broad profile and trust it will help to convince Thais of the stylish lifestyle available to people who purchase our condominiums.” The 12 week series was filmed on location at The Lofts Yennakart where the contestants stayed in two penthouse suites throughout the duration of the show, with the Saturday Live Show airing from 22.00 to 23.30 and daily highlights at prime time on weekdays. Sales at The Lofts Yennakart have been brisk with 136 units sold to date at a value of almost one billion baht, or 77% of the project, at an average price of 72,623 baht per square metre. A total of forty units remain. The development is also currently offering a 5% discount and special mortgage programme with international institution Standard Chartered Bank until the end of the year. Other brand name raising initiatives have included a corporate showcase at Emporium department store and the sponsorship of the annual flower carnival at Nai Lert Park.

Amari hosts Aussie sponsors

ACCT president Shane Torr with sponsors Barry & Peter

AA Insurance owner Malcolm with some of his staff

WITH a relatively new team on their board, the Australian Chamber Of Commerce Thailand (ACCT) held yet another highly successful networking evening at the Amari Orchid and Tower Resort off Beach Road in north Pattaya. The threatening rain resulted in a quick pre-meeting shift indoors, so the large number of business and professional people who attended remained warm and dry, enjoying some excellent food provided by the Amari who were one of the sponsors. In spite of recently sponsoring another recent event, the AA-Insurance and their big team generously sponsored this Sundowner meeting. AA Insurance manager Peter Smith assured the guests that drinks would not run out, and attendees were also in the lucky draw for a very fragrant bottle of Australian wine.

Michael Diamente, Saowalak, Sanittree & Phornpot

David Bill, Bob Coombes & John Fraser


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Festival of Diwali at Indian by Nature

Jack and Av with Chris from Pattaya Players

Mr Brian celebrating his b'day and Diwali at Indian By Nature

DIWALI, the festival of lights, is celebrated all over India with prayers, sweetmeats and firecrackers. It is one of India’s most awaited and celebrated festivals. The festival is observed religiously by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. Its significance is the celebration of good over evil, the upliftimng of spiritual darkness. Typically, houses are decorated with lights and there are firework displays. In keeping with tradition, Indian By Nature, located at Thappraya Road in Jomtien, organised a sumptuous sit down dinner, on the 1st Nov., by reservation only. The guest list was highlighted by some eminent local businessmen and the restaurant reverbrated with gaiety and laughter.

Indian By Nature was decorated with Rangoli art in celebration on Diwali- the festival of lights

Henry J. Beans celebrates 11th anniversary

A fabulous Champagne fountain flowed by Bangkok celebrities

Amari Managing Director Dominik Stamm with Da

Pattaya Today Peter Read with Asst. Executive FB manager Khun Waipot & HJB manager Khun Toh

Amari's PR director, Dhaninrat Klinhom (center) with some of the guests

YWCA ladies, Apple, Nittaya & Elfie, definitely enjoyed the evening

Da Endorphine rocked the house & turn the crowd into a frenzy

Rooms Division Executive Asst. Manager Simon Dell presented the prize

ON November 1, Henry J. Beans, based at the Amari Orchid Resort and Tower Hotel, celebrated its 11th year anniversary with a mini-concert by Da Endorphine with other popular stars and under the DJ direction of Ning. There were many fun activities and games as well as booths for Black Label and Coca Cola. There were special bottles of champagne to note this long spell of success since the venue opened its doors in 1997.

Famous Thai Rock Band Da Endorphine with HJB house band Traffic Jam


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Pattaya Today Volume 8 Issue 5  

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 5  

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