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Volume 9, Issue 01
16 - 30 September 2009
Chonburi Buffalo Races
Celebrate 138 Years This year the Chonburi Province will celebrate 138 years of Buffalo Racing, this traditional event will be celebrated between the 28th September and the 4th October, on the empty space in front of the Banglamung District Offices. The event will once again be organised by the Chonburi Provincial Administration in conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The festivities will begin on the 28th September, however, the actual buffalo racing will take place on the 2nd and 3rd October. The event is staged in an attempt to provide some relief from the recession for
local residents, bring some much needed tourists into the region, and publicise Chonburi as a tourist destination for both national and international tourists. This very colourful and entertaining festival has been amusing the local residents for generations. The organisers have issued an open invitation to Chonburi residents and visiting tourists
to come along and enjoy a few days of light hearted entertainment. The seven day event will feature many other activities, including, buffalo decorating competition, both for beauty and funny make-up, buffalo health competition, most beautiful and cutest rice field pageant, Thai Folk Singing and displays on the different Thai cultures from around the Kingdom. Of course, the highlight, as every year, will be the buffalo racing. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy traditional Thai games throughout the days of the event, including, climbing oily poles, Thai Boxing for beginners, and catapult
competitions, prizes will be awarded to the winners in different categories. For more information contact the Chonburi office at 038-270441. Chonburi municipal office 038287035. Tourism Authority
of Thailand Pattaya branch 038-428750 or 038-427667
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The Island of life Concert 2010
Pattaya City Hall was the venue recently for a meeting to discuss preparations for holding the ‘Island of Life Concert 2010’ by the Camillian Social Centre. The Camillian Centre is located in Rayong and was established back in 1995 by the legendary Father Giovanni Contarin, the Italian Priest. The centre was built to provide care and shelter to the homeless and unwanted people living with the HIV/ Aids Virus. It is a charitable institution that is operated on behalf of the St. Camillius Foundation of Thailand. At the present time the centre cares for around 119 people, 47 adults, 22 teenagers and 50 children. Sixty four of the children and teenagers are supported by the centre to attend local schools, in order that they
can live as normal a life as possible. The members of the centre believe that the only way to confront and beat Aids, is with the belief of prevention, treatment and care, to help reduce the spread of the disease. The ‘Island of Life Concert 2010’ will be held at the Pattaya Indoor Stadium located at Chaiyapruek 2, on the 30th and 31st of January next year.
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Pattaya Food and Hoteliers Expo 09 a huge success
The 2009 Pattaya Food and Hoteliers Expo began at 10.00am on the 27th August at the Peach Rooms, Royal Cliff Beach Resort, where the former Minister of Agriculture, Khun Sansak Jaroon-Ngampichet, together with Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, and
Well known Pattaya Actress dies
A large number of people assembled on the 9th September at 4.00pm at the Wat Boonsamphan Temple, North Pattaya Road, to show their love and respect to a much loved Pattaya resident. The congregation included family, friends, government
officials, businessmen and representatives from many clubs and associations, to commemorate the life of Mrs. Monthira Thammajaroen, a well known figure in the Thai entertainment industry, after a sudden death at the age of 72. The funeral was arranged by the dead woman’s daughter, Mrs. Siriwan Thammajaroen,
who is a Committee Member of the Pattaya Branch of the YWCA. Her mother had appeared in many unforgettable Thai movies and was known as one of Thailand’s First Ladies. She was a wonderful mother and a lovely person. After the ceremony, typical Thai dancers marked the sad occasion.
other leading national and local dignitaries officially welcomed everyone to the event. The event was attended by many leading businessmen, hotel owners and chefs from the whole of the Eastern Seaboard and beyond. This is the third year the Expo has taken place in Pattaya and it is hailed as the perfect opportunity for hoteliers from around the world to get together and socialise, as well as to educate, to help raise the standards to an international standard. The Expo was held over 3 days, starting at 10.00 in the morning and going on until 6.30 in the evening. There were a wide range of displays and performances on specific services that international hotels should be offering, including, how to prepare and display food and beverages, how to present the perfect room, plus many more fascinating displays. The Expo also presented food and beverage equipment for the hotel and restaurant trade with over 60 companies taking space to peddle their wares. Everyone agreed this was the best Expo to date, and are thoroughly looking forward to next year’s event.
Pattaya Drugs Bust goes on and on
As Pattaya Police Officers patrolled in front of Soi Golf Club, Sukhumvit Road, in the early hours of the morning, they spotted a very suspicious looking character and decided to ask him a few questions. Upon questioning, the young man appeared very nervous and had no good reason for being there at that time in the morning; police decided he may be up to no good and decided to search him. Khun Panuphong Puangsri, aged 23, was found to be in possession of two Yaba tablets which he claims he bought from Miss Yupha Pholsawang, aged 27. Seeing the opportunity of arresting a bigger fish, the police instigated a sting operation, where the young
man organised to buy 10 Yaba tablets from the young lady. As she approached the delivery location, in front of Soi KOrphai, Thepprasit Road, police officers swooped to make the arrest. Miss Yupha confessed to dealing in drugs, however, she claimed she was only a small fish, and offered to help the police officers with their fishing endeavours. Another sting operation was put into effect, this time Miss Yupha ordered 3,000 Yaba tablets from her supplier, Cat, who she claimed was a major dealer in Pattaya. At the appointed time for the delivery, Cat, Mr. Aphikom (Cat) Kamonrit, aged 30, originally from the Srisaket Province, arrived at
the destination driving his brand new BMW. Police stopped the vehicle, and upon searching, found the 3,000 Yaba tablets. Upon his arrest he explained to the officers that he bought his drugs from a major dealer in Bangkok, 1,800 tablets for 240,000 baht, he would then supply to smaller dealers around the Pattaya area, usually at 200 tablets a time. With the cooperation of Cat, and smelling another sting operation, Pattaya Police Officers, in cooperation with the Bangkok Police Department, staged an attempt to get the big boy, unfortunately, he smelled a rat realising it was a sting, and did not show up for the appointment.
NEWS Naklua Residents don’t want new Canal
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Almost 200 residents from the Naklua community along with representatives from Naklua Bay Conservation Club recently held a demonstration at Pattaya City Hall to express their concerns of the construction of a concrete canal in the Nokkrayang Canal Naklua. The protesters were led by Dr. Suphakit Baikhoi, Chairman of the Naklua Conservation Club, who stated that the construction would ruin and destroy the natural surroundings, especially the 950 Mangroves that have grown naturally, for more than 70 years, and become part of the heritage of the Naklua area. The conservationists believe that the building of the new canal will cause these trees to die, or they will need to be removed. Later in the day, Pattaya’s
Deputy Mayor, Khun Wutthisak Ruemkitjakarn, together with Pattaya Council Member, Khun Banlue Kunlavanit and Khun Wirat Jirasriphaitoon, Director of Pattaya’s Sanitation Engineering Division, arrived at the construction site to meet the protesters and take possession of a petition, which
they promised to pass onto the Mayor. The construction has already been allocated a budget of 50,000,000 baht and a contract has been signed with the KBB Company who has already started the work. For the time being the construction has been halted until further discussions have taken place.
Little girl born at Nongnooch Tropical Gardens In the early hours of the 4th of September, the Director of the Nongnooch Tropical Gardens was informed of the birth of a baby elephant, born at the gardens the previous evening around 11.45pm. This was excellent news for the venue and an excellent edition to their existing troop of 43 elephants. The young elephant’s mother, 16 year old Phang Sombat, has been entertaining the crowds at the Tropical Gardens for many years
showing off her skills with bowling, basketball and carrying visitors around on her trunk. The baby elephant, a girl, will bring joy to thousands of visiting tourist in the years to come; she was the 35th elephant from the father Plai Bird. As soon as the news of the birth had been released, a call came into the gardens offering to purchase the placenta for 20,000 baht, to be used to make traditional Thai medicines. Many Thai’s
believe it brings good luck and is used as an ingredient when treating allergies. However, it was already too late as they had given it away to a local resident.
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Seminar on re-training and coping with present economic woes
Michael (Mick) Cockroft RIP
Mick Cockroft, who has died aged 66, was a well known and popular host and manager in Pattaya’s night-life scene. From the mid 1990s until shortly before being struck by sudden illness in June 2009, he rapidly became famous for introducing a friendly and pub like atmosphere into gay night spots which he ran with great success. Latterly, for more than seven years until his illness, he was the evening bar manager at Le Cafe Royale where his relaxed manner and open door manner brought him many regular patrons. He was also a successful comedian and excellent showman who hosted almost all of Le Café Royale’s charitable fundraising and big scale anniversary parties. Mick, from Halifax in England, was a Yorkshireman through and through, was born in 1943 and subsequently attended the local grammar school. His father was a local farmer and Mick was involved in delivering milk
and helping out from an early age. He left school at age 15 and spent much of his adult working life as a bus and coach driver. A man of high intelligence, Mick might easily have made the grade at university, but he revealed that he had enjoyed every day of his working life on the buses. He also took up, very successfully, speedway competitions, an interest which lasted until well into his forties. His other interests included quizzes and crosswords and, later in life, golf and tenpin bowling. Having taken early retirement in England in
How to combat the problems of drug abuse Governor of Chonburi, Khun Saynee Jitkasem, recently presided over the opening of a seminar held at the Banglamung District Offices, on how to combat the problems of drugs and bring order back into our communities. The seminar was attended by many businessmen, entrepreneurs, beer and karaoke bar owners, game and online internet shops and local restaurants, over 500 Pattaya companies were represented. Banglamung District Chief, Khun Mongkol Thammakittikhun, gave an interesting speech which covered a wide range of topics. The Government is trying to implement five strategic areas to try and help solve the problem of drug abuse across the Kingdom. Combating the
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The Ministry of Labour are very aware of the effect the local and world economic collapse are having on local residents, and as a result, they recently organised a seminar aimed at helping people to cope with their present circumstances, and a program to retrain them for future employment. Over 500 local residents attended the seminar where they listened to lectures from Government Officials on how to cope with the present, and their future economic woes. The Minister of Labour, Khun Phaitoon Kaewthong, explained that the whole of the Thai economy is sensitive to outside influences, which effect imports, exports and the Thai Stock Exchange. He continued, buyers from overseas want to buy the best quality products at the
most realistic price, whilst maintaining quality. When the world is in an economic slump, there is less money going around, this leads to a drop in exports. He explained that Thailand is suffering from a shrinking workforce, where other countries around the world, have an ever growing workforce. The many elderly Thai’s, who companies do not like to employ, will have to be given a second chance to take
1993, Mick started taking regular holidays to Thailand. After one such visit, he was offered the job of manager at the popular night spot Charlie Boys in Pattaya. Here he introduced marketing strategies which have since been followed up at many other venues, including discount tickets, competitions and lucky dips. Subsequently, Mick was in post as evening bar manager at Le Café Royale and prided himself on never missing even one day through illness. But he was struck down by an unexpected embolism or blood clot earlier this year and was hospitalised in Pattaya and then Bangkok. A decision was taken to have
him medically evacuated to UK in August but he died following a relapse at Calderdale General Hospital in Halifax on September 7. Mick’s father died last year aged 93 and he is survived by his mother 97 who lives in a care home in the UK. One of his closest friends, Barry Kenyon, the British Honorary Consul for Pattaya, said: “Mick and I were regular golf partners for many years and I experienced in his company some of the most enjoyable days out I can remember. To me and to so many other people in Thailand and in the UK, Mick is simply irreplaceable and we shall feel his loss deeply for the rest of our lives.”
Graffiti at Underwater World
drug problems at borders, within the community, at a social level, from within the family and also at schools. The government wishes to enlighten and train local residents in how to spot and deal with drug abuse before it
gets out of hand. The seminar was a joint venture between the Banglamung District and Chonburi Provincial Offices. Everyone agreed it had been a great success and a valuable tool in endeavours to combat drug abuse. by Nana
Managing Director of Underwater World, Khun David Hong, was recently the Chairman at the opening of the first ‘Graffiti’Contest together with Assistant Professor Chaiyot Wanitwattananuwat, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Burapha University, and Mrs. Passalin Swetrat, Assistant Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Pattaya Branch. Many teenagers, all over Thailand, have a fascination for Graffiti as an art form
and a way of expressing themselves, especially in Bangkok, where it is difficult to find a wall that has not been adorned with young person’s artwork. This Graffiti Contest, the first to be held in Pattaya, was aimed at giving the teenagers the chance to show off their art, without facing the repercussions for breaking the law, a win, win situation for all concerned. The competition was not split into age categories, simply all ages, competing
their place in the workplace, companies will have to be retrained to think of these people as a valuable part of the working environment. Thailand needs to make close alignments with neighbouring countries, including Singapore, to learn from their workforce, where their employees are known to do the work flow of eight Thai people. He concluded that for Thailand to compete on the
international arena, private companies need to take the initiative, and that with government help, Thailand can once again compete on a global basis. This will in itself help to combat the effects from outside sources and help Thailand move ahead to a positive future. The seminar was held at the Ambassador City Resort, and everyone agreed that it gave a positive outlook to both the shortterm and long-term prospects for our great Kingdom.
Turtles released back into the Ocean
Pattaya City Hall recently joined forces with the Siracha Municipality and other Government Organisations, to release Turtles into the sea, to enable them to live a long and natural life, in commemoration of the birthday of Her Royal Highness Queen Sirikit. Pattaya City Deputy Mayor, Khun Weerawat Kharkhai, was joined by the Vice Mayor of Siracha, Khun Thanee Rattananon, at the Sam Beach, Koh Larn Island, and together with Government Officials and representatives from private organisations, they released 99 turtles back into their natural surroundings. The Deputy Mayor explained that the event was
to honour the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, and also, to help revive and maintain our local environment. He stated that if we wish to enjoy our beautiful sea for years to come, it is imperative that we act now, before it is too late. He wanted to explain the significance of releasing the much loved turtles back into their natural surroundings, these cute little animals are only a symbol, to show the importance of the whole marine eco environment. He further explained that without our help, the turtle, along with many other species, would soon be extinct in our seas, and that we all have a responsibility to help keep it safe for generations to come.
on an even plane, to show off their unique talents. The theme for the competition, not surprisingly, was ‘Underwater World’, and together, 13 teams of two artists took part to try and claim first prize. A well respected Teacher from the Burapha University acted as judge. First prize winners received a trophy, two bags and 10,000 baht in cash.
Second place received 6,000 baht and a trophy, whilst the third place artists received 3,000 baht and a trophy. All the teams received 2,000 baht in cash for taking part. Other than the Graffiti contest, there was also an ‘Art Exhibition’, presented in conjunction with the Chonburi Provincial Administration, Pattaya City Hall and TAT. by Nana
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Government Workers get wake up call
The Chairman of Pattaya Council, Khun Thawit Chaisawangwong, recently chaired a meeting in which he welcomed local politicians, council members and representatives of various government departments. The meeting was to establish that the ‘2007 Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand’ is now to be taken seriously and policed by the authorities. It will now be necessary for local politicians and government officials, to be inspected, on a continuous basis, to ensure they are qualified to carry out their duties. The 2007 Act also requires that new politicians meet the following requirements. They must be born Thai Nationals. A minimum of 25 years of age. Their name must be listed on the ‘Registration’ list, for the area they wish to represent. And have been registered on that list for a minimum period of twelve months. They must prove payment of all land taxes and local maintenance taxes for a minimum of the last three years. Under Section 25 of the Act, the general public has the right to suggest council members, members
of local government and local administrators, who they feel are not fit to carry out their office, be forced to retire or stop working with government organisations. The Act also covers fraud prevention and suppression, which means that any government worker caught with their hands in the cookie jar, with dirty hands, or found to be working against regulations, will immediately have their employment terminated and the case will be passed along to the courts for further prosecution. The meeting was to inform all employees of the implementation of the 2007 Act and to warn them that if they have been acting inappropriately, now was the time to clean up their act and get their house in order. As
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A New meaning to ‘All you can eat’
Owner of the Bann Kwan Ruea Restaurant, Mrs. Kwanruen Chernklang, hit upon a novel idea to bring attention to her restaurant, which is situated on Third Road, almost opposite the Pattaya Driving Range, recently when she organised a ‘Steak Eating Contest’. She attracted a mixed bag of contestants including local Thai residents and foreign nationals, the only rule, eat as much steak as you can in the shortest time. The audience seemed to enjoy the spectacle even more than those participating; much laughter filled the restaurant as the contestant’s devoured pound after pound of best government officials, their duties are to serve the public to the best of their ability, and be aware, that the general public now has the power to get them fired.
steak. Each member of the audience had their particular favourite, and the atmosphere was electric with cheering and encouragement. Winner of the challenge was Khun Suphasit Saengkaew, who for his prize, can eat free steaks at the restaurant for the
next three months. Second, with two months of free steak, was a young boy, Thanasap Teja, who attends the Pattaya Arunothai School, and third prize, of a month free steaks
went to Mr. Andy from Korea. Everyone had a wonderful evening and it was suggested that Mrs. Chernklang should make it a yearly event, so now is the time to start practising.
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Time Gentleman Please
The owners from over 500 night time entertainment establishments recently gathered together at Pattaya City Hall to present a petition to the Deputy Governor of Chonburi, Khun Sunthorn Rattanawaraha, with regard to extending their late night opening hours. The protestors were also met by the Banglamung District Chief, Khun Mongkhol Thammakittikhun, and Pattaya’s Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome. Khun Rattanawaraha explained to those assembled that for the time being City Hall had to
Go-Go Bar Raided by Police
Officers from the Pattaya Immigration Department and Pattaya Police recently raided the Coyote Ago-go Bar located next to the Marine Hotel in Walking Street. The 52 year old Australian owner of the bar, together with his Mamasan, Khun Watcharee Bartpho, were arrested and taken to the police station where they were charged with illegal prostitution, not themselves of course, but the girls who worked under them! It was claimed by the police that not only was the bar a go-go bar, but that it had a number of ‘short-time’ rooms upstairs, where patrons could experience a whirlwind romance, at a price.
Along with the owner and Mamasan, 21 girls who worked at the venue, one who turned out to be a Cambodian national with no papers, and two young ladies, who it turned out where not yet 18, all had to accompany the officers to the local station for further questioning and charges. The owner and Mamasan of the bar have to await their day in court, however, the girls were each fined 500 baht and warned of the dangers of the life they had chosen and advised to find an alternative line of employment. Immigration officials held onto the illegal Cambodian and underage girls under the Human Trafficking Act.
Ex World Champion arrested for drug dealing
An Ex PABA (Pan Asian Boxing Association) World Champion was recently arrested by the Chonburi Police Department on possession of 28.4 grams of the drug ‘Ice’ which he was on his way to deliver to a house in Choknimit Village. The Ex World Boxing Champion, Khun Sirimongkhol (Aoh) Iamthuam, aged 32, was arrested the previous evening and then transferred to the Banglamung Police the following day along with the evidence and a bronze Chevrolet car he was using to make the delivery. Upon questioning, the former World Champion confessed to the police, that as an addict himself, he had been forced into dealing in an attempt to feed his own habit. He would receive the drugs from a man named Lek, who would pay him 10,000 baht to make the deliveries for him, no questions asked.
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He explained to the officers that his famous lifestyle as World Champion had led him into an environment that was plagued with drugs, unfortunately he had succumbed to the temptations, and now his life has been destroyed. Whilst awaiting his next fight, and with no way to make money, he had been offered the delivery job, which would allow him to feed his habit, and had jumped at the chance to make some easy money. The Ex World Champion is the son of Khun Manop Iamthuam, owner of the Singmanasak Boxing Camp. He received several championships from the WBU (World Boxing Union) back in 1995, before making the move to a larger stage and the WBC (World Boxing Council), and ultimately
obey the strict letter of the law, however, they have applied to Bangkok for Pattaya to have an exemption from the latest law on the grounds of it being an international tourist destination. At the moment, bars are categorised, and have to close at the hour stated
Road accident leaves tourist dead The Dongtan Police Department were recently informed of a motor accident involving a high powered motorcycle and a car, on the new Jomtien Second Road, still under construction, which had left one person dead. On arrival at the scene the police were confronted with a Toyota Fortuner car and an 800CBR motorcycle. The body of the motorbike driver, Mr. Michael Dalton, aged 25, a British national, was found close to his bike; however he was already dead as a result of head and body injuries. Michael was wearing a crash helmet, however, it was not of good quality, and gave became the PABA World Champion during 2007 – 2008. He became world famous for his boxing skills and was a favourite to the Thai nation, however, he is not new to controversy; in 2005 nude pictures of him were released to the world.
Unidentified man stabbed in back and head
In the early hours of the morning recently, the Banglamung Police Department were informed by local residents, that a Thai man had been stabbed in front of Soi Praphanimit 1, on Siam Country Club
for their category. Everyone agreed that the new closing times were having another negative effect on Pattaya as a tourist destination, and that everything should be done to try and get Pattaya the exemption it so desperately needs.
Road, and needed immediate emergency treatment. The police arrived at the scene with a rescue team and found a Thai man, identity unknown, lying in a pool of blood after receiving three stab wounds to his back and
him little protection as it had split and fallen off his head. The driver of the Toyota, whose name has not been released, was awaiting the
officers upon their arrival to give her statement of the events. She claimed that she had been driving in a normal fashion, and within the speed limit, when suddenly two motorbikes approached at a very high speed, and one of them slammed straight into her car, killing the rider instantly. The body of Mr. Dalton was transported to the Banglamung Hospital, whilst his friend, and the driver of the car, were taken to the police station for further questioning. The British Embassy in Bangkok has been notified. another to his head, he was in a very serious condition. After emergency treatment the man was rushed to the Banglamung Hospital for further treatment, however, his condition was so grave, it was necessary to transfer him to the Chonburi Hospital where they are better equipped to treat such injuries. Police officers could find no evidence at the scene as to who had attacked the unidentified man, although they do believe at least two people had to have been involved in the attack. They will continue with the investigation, and hopefully, the unfortunate man will make a full recovery and be able to shed some light on how he had ended up in such a sorry state.
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Nang Noppamas Contest in Loy Kratong Festival
A meeting was recently held at Pattaya City Hall to discuss the possibility of holding a Nang Noppamas contest during this year's Loy Kratong Festival in Pattaya. The Loy Kratong Festival is one of the most beautiful and spectacular events in the Thai calendar, and in order to make the celebrations complete, it is traditional to hold a Nang Noppamas competition, to
find the prettiest young lady from each area, who will then hold a Kratong at the parade. This year the City Hall has plans for two Nang Noppamas competitions, one for the children and another for the adults. Each contestant will be judged on beauty, popularity and their intelligence and sense of humour when answering questions from the judges.
The meeting announced that from today until the 22nd October, children aged 7 to 9, of any nationality, can apply to enter the competition. As for the older contestants, they must be aged 17, be single with no children, hold Thai nationality and be proposed by a government or private institute. Prizes for the children’s competition, in the form of scholarships, will be awarded to the value of 7,000, 5,000, 3,000, 2,000 and 1,500 baht, together with sashes and trophies with an additional prize of 1,500 baht for the best costume. The young ladies, who will receive cash, not scholarships, will be awarded prize money of 20,000, 15,000, 12,000, 10,000 and 8,000 baht, plus the traditional sashes and trophies and an additional prize of 3,000 baht awarded for best costume. For more information please telephone 038253128-29.
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Celebrating all the ‘Nines’ at King Thaksin Monument
Sam fang on Thai Elephants Retired Thai Photo / Journalist, Mr. Sam Fang, has written a large, beautifully illustrated book, which is the ‘layman’s guide to understanding Thailand’s gentle giants’. The Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC), who meet in Henry J Beans Pub at the northern end of Beach Road
every Sunday morning, were very lucky to learn a lot of interesting facts about Thailand’s elephants. Sam delivered a wonderful speech, with passion and vigor, and the question time was well supported by members wanting to know more.
At our local Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Dr. Suchitra Prasansuk, Director of Hearing, Speech, Balance, and Tinnitus Centre, offers highly professional opinions
based on over forty years of medical experience. The members of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) were lucky to have the Professor, speak on
Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, led government officials,
Thailand’s hearing loss pioneer
Pattaya Carnival On the 10th September, the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City, Khun Weerawat Kharkhai, was joined by the President of Tourism and Sport, Khun Rattanachai Suthidechanoy, and members of the Pattaya City Council, to discuss arrangements for the 2010 Pattaya Carnival. The meting took place at Pattaya City Hall. The Ran Nam Chang Kit Company introduced ideas on the format the Carnival should take, suggesting that an attempt at the ‘World Record’ for the number of ‘Bathing Beauties’ should be attempted. The present record is held by Australia, who captured it last year, however, if for the 2010 Carnival, we could display 2010 beauties, the record would come to Pattaya. The meeting agreed that this was an excellent idea and would create a buzz around the world at the record breaking attempt. This would hopefully be a huge selling point in enticing people to vacation here and take part in the event. It was suggested that the 2010 Pattaya Carnival should be held throughout the 14th to
the 16th of February next year at Jomtien Beach. As well as the record breaking attempt there will be an array of other activities to please visitors of all ages. Top of the list are, concerts, booths selling local, national and international food and drink, swimming costume fashion show, water games for the kids, etc. the list is endless. However, the highlight of the Carnival will be the 2010 Bathing Beauties who will get together and form the word ‘PATTAYA’. Hopefully, in the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, the winning photo will be there for all to see. More meetings are planned for the near future to enable Pattaya City to make this dream into a reality. A very positive move by the folks at City Hall, well done.
hearing loss, and she had all of the answers. What PCEC members expected would be a pretty standard sort of topic, turned out to be one of the most interesting subjects of the year. Answers to their questions were given with such precise knowledge that everyone wanted to participate.
administrative staff and council members to the monument of ‘King Thaksin’,
situated in front of City Hall to celebrate the auspicious time of nine minutes past nine, on the ninth day of the ninth month in the year 09. The number nine in Thailand is a very lucky number, and the fact that we had all the nine’s, marked for a celebration. The officials gathered at the monument to sing, to show respect and to honour His Majesty the King, Her Majesty Queen Sirkit, and the royal family on that special day.
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Body found floating in Samsarn Bay
On the 3rd September, Police received a report from Khun Arom Nintra, aged 55, a small fishing boat owner, who explained that as he was fishing earlier in the day he had come across a dead body floating in the water, he had managed to tow it back to the shore and would await the arrival of the police. The police arrived at the scene, Warasin Port, with a Sawing Rescue Team, and were shown the body of a young man, probably aged around 25, nationality unknown, who had been floating face down under a bridge. He was wearing a T-shirt, blue underwear, but no trousers. Upon close examination it became obvious to the officers that there was more to this
than they had first suspected, there were clean signs that the young man had been murdered. It was discovered, from wounds to his head, that he had been hit repeatedly with a steel or metal bar, and that he had been dead for less than 24 hours. No one in the local area knew the identity of the young man or had ever seen him before. The fisherman who discovered the body explained to officers, that once he had made his gruesome discovery, he had no alternative but to tow it back to the shore and alert the authorities. The police will make further investigations to discover the identity of the young man and the events that led to his untimely death.
In a news update, the police, after only four days of investigation, held a press conference to announce that they had apprehended the murderer of Mrs. Anong Paetkrathok. The murderer, Mrs. Wan (Toi) Paetkrathok, the dead woman’s sisterin-law, confessed that she had carried out the murder with two accomplices. Her accomplices, Khun (Ef) Kingsukhon, aged 21, from her home town and his girlfriend Jeab who is around 18 or 19 years old. Mrs. Wan, from Nakhon Ratchasima, was arrested at her home the evening before
the press conference. Mrs Wan confessed that she had planned the murder when she found out the deceased would be coming to Pattaya from Koh Larn to do a banking transaction. She approached Anong outside the bank and asked her where she was going next, she replied Siracha, and so she offered her a lift as she had friends going there as well. Whilst taking a shortcut through Huay Yai, Khun Thanorm pulled over to the side of the road, where it was deserted, as he needed to use the bathroom. As they stopped, Jeab, suddenly dragged the woman out of the truck and beat her repeatedly with a plank of wood until she became unconscious. Thanorm then joined in with the beating until Mrs. Anong was dead. The two then dragged her into the field, stole her wallet, got back in the car, and dropped Mrs. Wan off before fleeing in
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Fatal Road Accident on South Pattaya Road
The Pattaya Police Station was recently informed of a fatal road accident that had taken place in front of Soi Korphai, South Pattaya Road. Arriving on the scene the police discovered the body of Miss Jilapha Sangkasee, aged 40, a Pattaya resident, lying in the middle of the road. The Sawang Rescue Team attending the accident, informed the police that an injured foreign tourist had already been transferred to the Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment. The dead woman and the injured tourist had both been riding motorbikes, which were badly damaged at the side of the road. Witnesses informed the officers that the dead woman had been riding from the Sukhumvit Road into South Pattaya Road, a pickup
truck driver was driving into Sukhumvit Road, and that the other motorcyclist, at high speed, tried to overtake the pickup truck, however, instead, he managed to crash head on with the dead woman. The Sawang Rescue Team was instructed by the police to take the dead woman to the Banglamung Hospital, where her body will await collection by her family, for the funeral ceremony. The two motorcycles were seized by the police and taken to the local station for further examination. The injured foreigner, Mr. Ronnie Kristiansen, aged 34, from Norway, was still too injured to be interviewed by the officers, he had sustained a broken leg, and the officers will question him as soon as his condition allows, getting his side of the story.
opposite directions. Mrs. Wan explained that she had decided to kill Mrs. Anong when she found out she was having an affair with her husband, Mrs. Anong’s dead husbands brother. When her friends
from her home town came to pay a visit, she explained what was going on, and the plan was hatched. The police have issued warrants for the arrest of Mr. Thanorm and his girlfriend Jaeb.
Bike Thieves Still on Loose
At around 3.30 in the morning of the 10th September, Police Volunteers were doing routine patrols around the dark Sois. Upon arriving in Soi Chaiyapornwithee 19, they spotted 6 teenagers, on three motorbikes, who were acting suspiciously. In an attempt to find out what the young people were doing out at this time in the morning, they attempted to speak to them, however, upon seeing that the police officers were heading in their direction, the bikes were started up, and off they went, quickly followed by the officers. Not surprisingly, the police caught up with two of the boys in Soi Siam Country Club when their motorcycle, a Honda Click, crashed, spilling it’s riders into the road. One of the young men
ran into bushes to hide, whilst the other, jumped into the Mabprachan Lake and attempted to make good his watery escape. One was successful, however, the young man who had opted for the water escape, hardly James Bond material, Prawit Jaroendee,
aged only 16, explained that they had not been up to any mischief, simply hanging around together. With a little more questioning, he confessed that in actual fact they had
been out trying to steal motorcycles. One of the teenagers had been staking out a property for two days, tonight the house was dark, the motorcycle was parked outside, and it had been the perfect time to commit the crime, that is, of course, until they found it chained, and whilst trying to saw off the lock, the owner came to see what they were up to. They had quickly made good their escape, and whilst trying to regroup and calm down, the police had arrived and really spooked them. The police have interviewed the owner of the motorcycle they attempted to steal, and further criminal action will be taken against the young man. Police will, in the mean time, do everything within their power to identify and arrest his five friends.
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Construction worker murdered
The Banglamung Police were recently notified that a construction worker had been murdered on a construction site at Chokchai Village project 2; they quickly made their way to the scene. Upon arrival, they were shown the body of Mr. Tid, aged 30, a Cambodian national, who had been discovered around 50 metres from the workers accommodation, buried nearly 1.5 metres deep in a garbage pit. Upon closer inspection, the man was found to have been hit over the head with a hard object and had his neck, both wrists, both elbows and ribs broken. It was estimated that he had only died around 1 – 2 hours before being discovered. Inside the dead man’s room they discovered a hammer that was covered in blood and signs of a struggle. The police interviewed fellow worker, Miss Kwan
Wiriyakot, aged 43, who explained that the dead man had popped over for a quick drink with her and friends earlier in the evening, he had left around 7.00pm, explaining that he was tired and wanted to go back to his room. Around 45 minutes later they heard a loud argument outside, however, it quietened down as quickly as it had started, and although she, along with her friends, went to investigate, they could not see who had been arguing, returning to her house, she thought no more about it. A short time later the grisly remains were discovered in the garbage pit and the police were immediately informed. The police suspect that there had to have been a minimum of two people involved in the murder and they will continue with their investigations to try and get to the bottom of the incident.
NEWS British national caught with 100 ‘E’ Tablets
In the early hours of the 2nd September, Police Officers from the Pattaya Police Station were able to apprehend three suspects who were thought to be dealing drugs in the Pattaya area. British national, Mr. Nigel William Bickel, aged 48, was arrested whilst in possession of 100 ‘E’ tablets in front of the LK Apartments in Soi Batman, South Pattaya Road. Two further dealers were apprehended in front of the
Siam Country Club, Khun Samart (Dam) Chaibamroong, aged 32, and Khun Thanatorn (Tia) Chaoraina, aged 32, who were arrested whilst in possession of 6.3 grams of the drug ‘Ice’. All of the suspects confessed that they had been involved in the drug distribution business for a long time, and that the British man, Mr. Bickel, was the group leader. by Somboon
Cambodian’s forced to beg on the streets
Foreigner arrested whilst dealing the drug ‘Ice’
The Pattaya Drug Suppression Unit recently organised a sting operation which managed to net a French national, Mr. Julien Vignerow, aged 21, whilst in possession of three bags of the drug ‘Ice’, totalling 3.3 grams, and 12,000 baht in cash which was used in his drug dealing operations. The French man was arrested at the Lion King Beer Bar, located in Soi 6, Pattaya Second Road. Police had identified him as a drugs supplier to tourists in entertainment complexes around the town. They discovered his telephone number and made a call to request two bags of ‘Ice’ at a total cost of 6,000 baht. Upon turning up to deliver the drugs, Mr. Vignerow was
arrested, and upon searching his rooms they discovered more drugs concealed in the rooms security deposit box. The suspect admitted that this was not his first brush with the law for the possession and dealing of drugs. The arrested man refused to help the police with further investigations to find out his suppliers, however, due to some good police investigation, the police managed to discover other members of his network. They arrested Mr. Malcolm, along with four other people who are all thought to play significant roles in the business structure. All have been detained at the police station to await further investigations and their day in court.
The Pattaya Tourist Police recently organised one of their crackdowns on human trafficking, particularly the use of Cambodian children being used to beg on the streets, to try and combat this ever present injustice, however, the gang leaders were able to make good their escape. Twenty Police Officers from the Tourist Police Division searched different areas of the City in an attempt to round up these poor children. They managed to apprehend 25 mothers, aged between 30 and 40 years old, and children who were aged between 3 and 5 years old. The beggars admitted their offences and explained to the officers that they were ‘watched’ by five Thai men at all times, the same Thai men who had tricked them into coming to Pattaya to beg, they had been promised good jobs and living accommodation. Each morning, the Thai men, would drive them to different locations around the town and drop them off for a day’s begging, sometimes forcing small children to go alone, as this created more
sympathy from local residents and tourists. Every three to four hours the men would collect the money they had collected, and at the end of the day, when they had usually earned around 400- 500 baht, the men would pay them around 100 baht as wages. The victims led police officers to rented rooms on the Pattaya-Naklua Road where the Thai men resided, however, by the time they arrived, the men had already made good their escape. Within the rooms, police discovered a further 16 Cambodian immigrants, all without papers, who had been exploited in the same way. The illegal immigrants explained that they had been smuggled into the Kingdom through the borders at Chanthaburi and Srakaew provinces. The Pattaya Tourist Police will keep up in their endeavours to stop human trafficking, however, with so much money to be made, and such unsavoury characters willing to trade in human life, it is an ongoing battle that they can only hope to contain and not to eradicate.
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BUSINESS NEWS Toyota launches new high powered Hilux
The Toyota Showroom in Pattaya recently held a special event for the many Toyota lovers around the area. They took the opportunity to introduce a new pickup truck which has been added to the Toyota range, the Toyota Hilux Vigo Prepuner 2.5 VN Turbo. The new vehicle includes the latest power saving technology and a huge 2500cc engine. The event also included a number of activities, including games and quizzes, with some superb prises, including gold. A number
of Thai celebrities had been invited to perform to the audience, much to everyone’s delight. The event was organised by Toyota as a huge thank you to their many clients on the Eastern Seaboard and to show off the latest beast to enter the Toyota family. The new vehicle, designed to be more energy efficient, has an intelligent 32-bit computer, the latest Turbo technology, the 2500cc engine, which all add up to an impressive 20 percent more power than previous models.
TAT Launch online competition to boost Tourism
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is inviting applications from fun-loving and adventurous couples worldwide to participate in a social-networking competition that will see the top prize-winner get a cash reward of US$10,000, a holiday package to Thailand worth US$3,000, a Blackberry and a Handycam video camera. The winning couple will be selected by a process of online voting, and the voters themselves will be eligible to win a holiday package valued at US$1,500, a Blackberry, a Handycam video camera and a spa voucher. Known as "The Ultimate Thailand Explorers", the TAT-initiated competition is targeted at digital citisens worldwide and designed to raise Thailand’s global online presence, across all blogs, social-networking sites, chatrooms and websites. It is intended mainly to publicise Thailand's five top tourist destinations: Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. Interested contestants have to apply as couples, regardless
of their relationship. Five energetic and enthusiastic couples will be chosen, and dispatched on a fully-paid, five-day itinerary to the five Thai destinations, one couple per destination. All their costs will be taken care of by the TAT, including air travel from their home countries. During their five-night, six-day tour, they will have to narrate their experiences via the social networking sites and blogosphere, focussing on what they enjoy about Thai culture, Thai cuisine and all the various places they visit. Some attempts to speak a little Thai will add to the adventure. Digital citizens will be pitched to view the couples’ online postings, and vote for the one they think is best. The voters will have to register, which will make them eligible for their prize to be given at the end of the contest. The couple with the most votes will win the grand prize. To be selected for the fiveday trip and competition, couples have to submit oneminute video clip in English, indicating why they should
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Bangkok Airways to suspend 4 destinations and offer ‘Best Buy’ Promotion
Bangkok Airways recently announced that they would suspend services to Ho Chi Minh City, Xian, Guilin and Hiroshima by the end of October 2009, to try and bring the company into line with the present world economic situation. The suspension for Ho Chi Minh City and Xian will take effect from the 25th October, with Hiroshima and Guilin, following on the 27th October and 10th November respectively. Flyer Pass Holders and other passengers who may be
affected by these cancelations are advised to contact the Bangkok Airways offices on 1771. The airline recently launched their ‘Best Buy’ promotion, which offers special rates on 8 domestic and 4 international routes. One way domestic flights start at 910 baht, while international return flights start at only 4,500 baht. The promotion is available from the 1st September to the 15th December. For further information please ring their Hotline number 1771.
Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) in Pattaya for a Fam Trip
Dusit Thani Pattaya hosted cocktails and dinner to journalists belonging to the ASTW or Australian Society of Travel Writers as the group visited Pattaya for a familiarization trip. Photo shows the group accompanied by Wasawadee Sanpradith (2nd left) of
the Tourism Authority of Thailand (Australia) as they are welcomed on their arrival by hotel Marketing Communications Manager Vanjie Lauzon (far right), Rooms Director Thidsida Shingrissri (2nd right) and Dusit Club Manager Oranuch Chantramala (far left).
be selected, which of the five Thai destinations they would like to visit and how they plan to narrate their stories. Their entries will be analysed by a panel of TAT judges on the basis of creativity and story-telling ability. The tour will include a combination of the popular tourist spots as well as offthe-beaten track places. The couples will be provided with “The Ultimate Thailand Explorer” T-shirts, and will have to file daily online reports, including sending e-cards to friends, microblogging on Twitter, and communicating across other sites such as Facebook, etc. They will also have to find ways to get digital citizens to view their postings and vote for them. Said Mrs Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for Marketing
Communications, TAT, “Changing times requires changes in marketing strategies. We believe we have found the right combination to cost-effectively raise Thailand’s profile and image in cyberspace.” She said the campaign will also yield the TAT a wealth of information about consumer trends, digital habits and lifestyle changes across many demographic and geographical segments of the world. The official launch of mini-site www. ultimatethailandexplorer. com took place on 1 September and a press conference was held on the 14 September 2009. Applications will have until 15 October to submit entries. The welcome party for the final contestants will take place on December 9, 2009 and the winners will be announced in January 2010.
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The Beaumont Partnership Launches Exclusive Industry Luncheon Series
Generic photo of a The Beaumont Partnership logo.
A ward - w i n n i n g architecture and design firm, The Beaumont Partnership, recently held the first in a series of highlevel luncheons for senior property and investment executives to inform them of their recent re-branding and to discuss critical current issues in the industry. The Beaumont Partnership recently became a Thai-owned company, changing in name only, and will continue providing the corporate, residential and hospitality industries with their highly-respected architectural, interior design and landscaping services. Senior Thai and expatriate executives attended the luncheon hosted at The Tetto Lounge at the newly opened Anantara Baan Rajprasong in Rajadamri. The Beaumont Partnership Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tim Beaumont, said: “As with any company that moves through a process of rebranding, we want to keep our partners abreast of the news and also provide a relaxed forum where we
(from left to right) The Beaumont Partnership Chief Executive Officer, Tim Beaumont, Teo Hong Silom Group Director, Vorathep Sirirat-Usdorn, Teo Hong Silom Group Director, Petcharat Sirirat-Usdorn, The Beaumont Partnership Director Of Interior Design/Partner, Yupa Chongpatiyutt and The Beaumont Partnership Director Of Landscape Architecture, Winyu Charoensantiphap.
(from left to right) The Beaumont Partnership Director Of Interior Design/Partner, Yupa Chongpatiyutt, Siam A/E/C President, Pat Prabha, Standard Chartered Bank (Thai) President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Devadason, Pacific Investments Asia Limited Managing Director, Paul E. Scales and The Beaumont Partnership Chief Executive Officer, Tim Beaumont. (from left to right): Minor Hotels, Resorts, Spas Investment & Development Manager, Travis White and Boutique Group of Companies Managing Director, Prab Thakral.
(from left to right) The Beaumont Partnership Hospitality Consultant, Christopher Stafford, Siam A/E/C President, Pat Prabha and Pacific Investments Asia Limited Managing Director, Paul E. Scales.
(from left to right) The Beaumont Partnership Chief Executive Officer, Tim Beaumont and Absolute Hotel Services Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Wigley.
(from left to right) Siam A/E/C President, Pat Prabha, The Beaumont Partnership Chief Executive Officer, Tim Beaumont, The Beaumont Partnership Director Of Interior Design/Partner, Yupa Chongpatiyutt, Boutique Group of Companies Managing Director, Prab Thakral and The Beaumont Partnership Director Of Landscape Architecture, Winyu Charoensantiphap.
can get together and talk about relevant issues.” The next industry luncheon will be hosted later in September.
Senior industry executives are involved in in-depth discussions during a recent lunch as part of a The Beaumont Partnership initiative to host informal luncheons.
Bangkok Airways introduces Raimon Land Research Publication Reveals Signs of Recovery in new financial partner The launch of the Krungsri GE Bonus and Bangkok Airways’ points trading scheme
Bangkok Airways’ point accumulation scheme, ‘FlyerBonus’today introduces its new financial partner, ‘Krungsri GE Card’, one of Thailand’s leading card issuers. Effective on 1 September 2009, Krungsri GE Credit Card holders can trade every 1,500 Krungsri GE Bonus points for 10 Flyer Bonus points. These points are redeemable for flight award, hotel voucher or car rental voucher. Flight awards begin from just 100 points for a
one-way domestic flight and 150 points for one-way international flight. In addition, Krungsri GE Credit Card holders will receive a 10% discount or use only 1,350 Krungsri GE Bonus points for 10 FlyerBonus points if traded within 30th November 2009. For further information please call 1771 (press 2) or visit www.bangkokair. com/FlyerBonus, or contact Krungsri GE Credit Card Call Center on 02 646 3000 or visit www.KrungsriGEcard.com.
Congress aims to pursue higher education research in Thailand
Luxury Condominium Market
Leading Thailand luxury property developer Raimon Land’s latest issue of its exclusive research journal, Condominium Focus, has revealed the Bangkok and Pattaya real estate markets are showing positive signs despite the global economic downturn. While overall sales have undoubtedly been impacted and the gap between completed stock and actual transfers has widened, there has been no decline in property prices or off-plan take-up rates. Moreover, in the second quarter of this year condominium presales more than doubled those in the fourth quarter of 2008, the stock property index this month has recovered to its peak in August last year and a 10-15% fall in construction prices is set to fuel an upswing of new launches later this year. The respected research document further revealed the market’s resilience and growing maturity. While only 447 luxury condominiums
were launched in Bangkok during the first six months of 2009, off-plan take up rates were still high at 73% and average per metre prices grew at a stable rate of 4% to reach THB125,910 per square metre (psm). Raimon Land Chief Executive Officer, Hubert Viriot, said 2009 had been a challenging year so far for Bangkok property developers, but there were clear signs that a modest recovery had begun which was expected to continue as the year progressed with new launches expected. “This issue of Condominium Focus, as we have come to expect, is once again a fully transparent and independent evaluation of the luxury condominium markets in Bangkok and Pattaya,” he said. “We place high value on this level of research as it allows us, our customers and the industry as a whole to track trends such as pricing, developer launch activity and areas where new supply is coming up in the future. “Its true it has been a tough
Dusit Thani Pattaya Director of Rooms Thidsida Shingrissri (left) welcomes H.E. Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit as he arrives at the hotel to preside over the CHE-USDC II Congress.
The Commission on Higher Education held its CHE-USDC II Congress in the Napalai Convention Hall of Dusit Thani Pattaya with the highlight on contract-signing ceremony aimed at promoting higher education research at universities in the national level. H.E. Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, Minister of
Education (Thailand) was among the VIPs who attended the event along with Dr. Sumet Yamnoon, Secretary General of the Office of Higher Education Commission. The convention gathered over 400 participants and was broadcast on a Thai TV channel where the Education Minister explained the significance of the occasion.
start to the year, but we fully expect the market to come back even stronger due to the shakeout of unqualified buyers and the “wait-and-see” pent-up demand that has accumulated since last September.” Condominium Focus also investigated progress in Pattaya and discovered that an 18% fall in passenger arrivals in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period last year has led to a softening in demand for property in a market where 50% of sales are for holiday units. The drop in demand has led to lower prices in the resort
city for the first time since 2003 to THB93,744 psm. “Pattaya is a less resilient market than innercity Bangkok due to its dependence on tourism and is consequentially less immune to ongoing political events and escalating fears of the H1N1 virus,” said Mr Viriot. “However, what we can also see is strong growth among Thai buyers under 40 years of age, who are looking for a holiday home and robust investment returns. This is very encouraging and will stand Pattaya in good stead in the future.”
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Mexican Party at Hard Rock Cafe
The Hard Rock Cafe, always know for being able to throw a great party, recently organised a Superstar Mexican Party, which was officially opened by Khun Kawee Suwanchartphan, one of the trainee managers at the famous venue. A fantastic evening was enjoyed by all, with a live band and party games with the chance to win a variety of Hard Rock merchandise. Following the Mexican theme, the decorations revolved around the green, white and red of the Mexican flag, and many people were heard to comment upon the superb atmosphere created for the evening’s entertainment. The Superstar Party is held on the last Friday of every month, with changing themes, with fantastic entertainment and live performances from 9.00pm until late. Certainly worth a visit if you get the chance.
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Luxurious 5-Star Ocean Bank presents Tower welcomes ICT Minister raincoats to Traffic Police
Khun Ranongrak Suwanchawee, Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT);2nd from right, was warmly welcomed on a recent stay at the luxurious 5-Star Ocean Tower of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya.
Amari Orchid Resort & Tower Receives Pattaya City’s Admired Hotel Plaque Award
Representatives from the Government Savings Bank, Region 11, led by Khun Preecha Keerapimon, Director of Region 11, recently made a presentation of raincoats to officers from the Pattaya Police Department. The event took place in front of the Pattaya Police Station, where high ranking police officers accepted the 55 raincoats on behalf of their officers. Straight after the presentation, the representatives from the bank, made their way to the Banglamung Police Station, where a further 55 raincoats were presented to Police Colonel Somnuek Jangate, who gratefully took possession of the garments on behalf of his hard working, however, usually very wet when it rains, Traffic Police Officers.
and the 'Gran Monte' Winery
First Aid Kits presented to Rescuers AMARI Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya, recently received Pattaya City’s Admired Hotel Plaque Award, presented by the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, Khun Wuttisak Rermkijakarn (right). Khun Makoo Techasophon (left), Deputy General Manager, was delighted to accept the honoured plaque, on behalf of the hotel, at Pattaya City Hall.
A tall artistic order Staff from the Pattaya Memorial Hospital, led by the Deputy Director of the Hospital, Doctor Wichian ThitiChotrattana, recently presented ‘First Aid Kits’ to members of the Sawang Boriboon Rescue Teams, in a ceremony which took place in front of the hospital. The rescuers were led by Khun Prasit Thongthitjaroen, who accepted the kits and thanked the hospital and its staff for their generosity. The first aid kits contain essential items such as IV Solutions, rubber gloves, wound treatments and other life saving equipment that the rescuers use in their day to day rescue duties around the town.
Well known artist Theeraphan ‘ Kuang’ Lorpaiboon, has been commissioned to produce 84-paintings over a period of 700days, which is a monumental task, necessitating almost one new artwork each week. City Hall has formulated a three year plan to support ‘The King’s Project.’ Many leading artists attended, and amongst the photographers was Khun Norm, who until recently was the King’s official photographer.
Fab Food Congratulations! for Amari Orchid Resort & Tower at Pattaya Food & Hoteliers Expo 2009
The kitchen team at Amari Orchid Resort & Tower recently secured the 2nd runner up prize at the Pattaya Food & Hoteliers Expo 2009 for their talented culinary skills. Pictured above with the winning team: Mr. David Cumming, General Manager (centre) and Superchef Supachai Saisoigeon, Executive Chef.
DusitD2 baraquda pattaya, in collaboration with GranMonte Winery, recently hosted a successful Wine Dinner “The GranMonte wine dinner,” on 5 September 2009. This special event started with a poolside gathering where the guests were delightfully greeted by ‘Nikki’ Visootha Lohitnavy, Thailand’s first female wine maker and the enthusiastic dusitD2 staff and kick started their appetites for the evening to come with a great Rose’ and design canapés. All enjoyed the scrumptious 5-course dinner specially created by Chef Allan Ho where his special dishes perfectly matched a selection of exceptional GranMonte wines. Guests were also indulged into a splendid sound of saxophone by Jazz bandleader Gavan Dunn who entertained the guests throughout the evening. Paolo Randone, Guru (General Manager) of dusitD2 baraquda pattaya says, “for those who missed the boat, not to worry because there will be a lot more to come, stay tuned to our upcoming events and pen your schedule.” For more information and reservations please contact Tel: 038 769 999 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Double pricing still exists
This ‘Barber, Hair-Cut’ shop on Central Pattaya’s Third Road, has a Thai language sign on the door stating that men’s haircuts are 60-baht and boys 30-baht. However, if you inquire in English as to the price, you are promptly told that it is 100-baht. However, there are hairdressing shops for men, who offer haircuts for sixty baht at the northern end of Soi Buakao. Furthermore, there are quite a few shops offering this price with the same friendly services, which often includes a shoulder massage, cold towel, and a trim of your nostrils, ears and eyebrows.
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Indian by Nature celebrate ‘Diwali’ This Diwali, ‘Sail on Sound’ with Anand Jagota as he performs on the Saraswati Veena. Exclusively flown in for the occasion, Mr Jagota will keep guests enthralled with the sounds of the stringed instrument while enjoying a six course set dinner menu. Let a glass of Prosecco set you on a trail of discovering the culinary mystique of the Subcontinent with our Fakir’s Secret (appetizer). The menu selections have been inspired by Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese explorer who discovered the sea route to India. Special Set Dinner with live performance: 17th and 18th October from 6 pm onwards at Baht 1190+ pp. A La Carte menu with live performance: 19th and 20th October from 6 pm onwards until late. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at: Indian By Nature 038 36 46 56 (after 4 pm); Av 081 8629452; Rajni 089 2053020
An auspicious time for company opening
Let’s her it for the nines! Yes, we recently celebrated nine minute past nine, on the ninth day, of the ninth month of the year 09, that’s 09.09.09.09.09, did the world blow up? Did everyone simultaneously win the lottery? Did planes fall from the sky? Well of course not, however Pattaya did see the opening of a new Curtain Retail Store, to make up for not winning the lottery! The new store, which is situated on Thepprasit Road, opposite Soi 17, caries a wide range of fabrics, from leading manufacturer Pasaya, at discounts of up to 70%. The shop will carry a full range, with 1,000’s of designs, including curtains, fabrics, upholstery, wall coverings and blinds, enough to soft furnish your home to the highest standards. If you would like further information, please check out their advert on page 5 of this issue of Pattaya Today. We wish the Design Corner all the best with their new venture.
‘City Garden’ nears completion
Manhattan Restaurant hosts Filipino Singer Miss. ‘Precy,’ was guest singer at Pattaya’s Manhattan Restaurant on Thappraya Road, and is a very busy lady, with tours in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; however, she is mainly based in either the Philippines or Thailand. Dave, Manager of the Manhattan Restaurant, was lucky enough to be able to arrange a one night performance by this well known singer from the Philippines, who comes from a very musically minded family, as her mother is a singer and her father and six brothers and sisters all play musical instruments. Early next month they will have another guest artist, so here is your opportunity to enjoy both high class food and a night of great jazz entertainment, go and enjoy one of their famous steaks.
Jamboree at Horseshoe Point
In South Pattaya’s Soi-15 the road that connects the beginning of Pattaya Second Road to Soi Buakao, there are many new Condominiums and hotels being built, as it is ‘Central To Everything. The ‘City Garden’ Condominium Development will have three of its condominium buildings finished in October, the fourth to be completed in December. Here is the advantage of dealing with a ‘cashed up’ development company, who get things done on time and on budget, which is why 70% of the condos have already been sold.
Winery is a family affair
The Gang for Ricks and Harpic Bryant's Jamboree every last Sunday of the month at Horseshoe Point with friendly organised games of Quick cricket, Softball and Football are arranged. Everybody welcome. Drinks and snacks provided.
Call: 038 410 077
At the recent Dusit –D2 Hotel’s special event night, the featured artist was an excellent Canadian jazz musician plus a showing of some fine Thai ‘Granmonte’ wines from the Asoke Valley. This well established winery is around two hours north of Bangkok and lies in an idyllic valley on the western side of a beautiful but mountainous national park; - (see www. granmonte.com)
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by Peter Lloyd
I have just come back from a two week trip to the UK, where she ‘summer’ weather was terrible, and where the general mood is still overshadowed by economic concerns, particularly job losses, even though green
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shoots are there to be seen in the real estate market and in other economic indicators in the UK. But the best news for Thailand was that in the whole two week period I was there, not one scrap of bad news about
Thailand found its way into the national press. This is the first time, on my many trips abroad everywhere over the past three years that I have not once seen a seriously bad news story about Thailand hitting the international press.
In fact, it was even better than that, because when I got into conversations about Thai politics or the Thai economy with a wide range of people from taxi drivers to lawyers, when I mentioned the Bangkok insurrection
earlier this year, the Pattaya ASEAN debacle and even the airport occupation, many people had either not seen them, didn’t know or had simply forgotten about them, or thought they had happened in another country.
However a few people had read recent reports about the airport extortion gangs and the duty free theft allegations, but in the time I was there, there were no bad Thai news stories, which is a refreshing step in the right direction.
most important story? Wouldn’t the paper’s efforts, contacts and considerable resources be better employed rooting out the higher level wrongdoers and updating its readers on progress in the investigation (or, more likely, non-investigation)
of the extortion ring, which seems to have been an institutional problem involving high level officials, not the concourse touts? I admit to having a vested interest in this, having been recently shaken down in a crude attempt by some swindling uniformed customs people in the arrivals hall, not even inside the customs area, who were hoping to find
an extra packet of fags or bottle of booze. At the time it was just an irritation and – for them – an embarrassment to their uniform, but now I wonder just how outrageous their rapacious greed would have been had I actually been carrying a small excess in my duty free allowance, and what would have happened to me in that lawless place also known as Bangkok Airport.
Waste of Print
The lack of intelligence in the national English speaking press in Thailand never ceases to amaze me. Even though I usually enjoy reading the Bangkok Post and The Nation, sometimes they print some real rubbish. I got back just in time
to read a breathless report in the Bangkok Post about the airport scams headed “Crackdown fails to stop airport gangs”, which I eagerly read to see what had happened to the big figures in the airport extortion scams which shamed the country recently.
Instead, I was disappointed to find that the article completely ignored these big, international cases, and talked only of bottom feeding touts and tour guides. Does the insightful Bangkok Post not realize which one is the
Pattaya’s High End
Friendless loser that I am, a favourite pastime of mine is to reflect on the commercial positioning and marketing of Pattaya, and recent major developments in the city.
As we know, there are many people in Pattaya who want, believe, pray or expect the city to become a high end tourist haven, and there are many who like it just the way it is, very down
and very dirty. In reality the city is going nowhere far from its roots anytime soon. The recent financial and political crises, the strong Baht and the increasing influx of low end Russian p a c k a g e tourists who keep the city’s 7 11s in bumper booze profits only reinforce that. I blame Raimon Land and their extremely successful Northshore marketing for creating the myth of the high end tourist, who must rank only second to the Loch Ness Monster in their public
appearances. Raimon successfully marketed Northshore on the back of the new upmarket Pattaya and the high end tourists and residents that Pattaya was now increasingly attracting, or would attract. And they would all need housing somewhere posh, so why not in Northshore? This was such a success for them that other developers jumped on the ‘5 star city’ bandwagon, which also conveniently allowed them to hugely increase their condo prices to what I always thought were completely unsustainable levels for the city, rightly as it turned out. Alas, visa changes, company law crackdowns, an oversupply of property and the national and global fiascos have
silenced most of the big exclusive develop ments and their asso ciated marketing to high end tourists, so
we are seeing and hearing a lot less about them. However, their real or imagined presence has forever shaped the city’s landscape over the past few years. Contact me at pattaya email@example.com
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Criminal Gangs Linked To Administrators At Suvarnabhumi Airport
Dear Editor, My Thai wife, after seeing the Internet picture of a Thai woman socializing with her Canadian husband and later convicted of plotting to murder him, swears the fact that she’s holding two fingers above and behind his head in the picture means she’s saying she’s got a boyfriend. What do you think? Yours truly, Frank Brown, Naklua Dear Frank, It’s possible that the reason she’s holding up two fingers, I presume in the ‘victory sign’ rather than the reverse, is because she’s pleased to have captured a farang husband, or that she’s just happy. However, knowing a modicum about the Thai mentality as I do, I’m inclined to agree with your wife. I searched for and found the Internet picture I’m pretty sure you’re referring to, being familiar with the case, and the lady looks as if she’s mimicking horns, indicating that her husband is ‘cuckold’ – which the dictionary defines as being “the husband of an adulteress regarded as an object of derision”. In other words, she’s boasting she’s got a boyfriend, probably Thai (as is so often the case) and she’s proud that she’s cheating on her husband. Considering the fact that the case I think you’re referring to was a threefold plot involving her, her boyfriend and a hit-man, her ‘crowing’ is somewhat sick, don’t you think? Especially as they plotted to relieve the poor farang of his $1 million life insurance policy by murdering him! Dear Editor, I was re-reading a recent edition of Pattaya Grapevine, that excellent co-publication of yours, and I was struck by the story about Geopathic Stress. I was discussing the phenomenon with my Thai wife who frequently suffers from horrendous nightmares involving ghosts and she said she’d heard that what she referred to as ‘bad land’ was often associated with hauntings and bad dreams, as well as bad luck. I don’t know if you know anything about Geopathic Stress, yourself, but perhaps you could contact the author of the story and see if they could throw any light on the matter. Incidentally, we live in a house. Yours faithfully, Wilfred Carryfold, Bang Saray. Dear Wilfred, As it happens, I wrote the story, myself, so I do actually know a fair amount about the phenomenon of Geopathic Stress (GS). Research does, in fact, associate all the symptoms you talk about with GS, namely hauntings, nightmares, and bad luck. Do you also suffer from chronic tiredness, have infestations of red ants, have structural cracks
in your house and bare patches on your lawn? If so, your property and the land that your house is built on is most definitely suffering from GS. In which case, rather than moving and all the trouble that that would entail, you can either consult a geomancer or feng shui practitioner who can perform the equivalent of acupuncture on the land by identifying where the subterranean ‘black streams’ are that are the cause of the problem, or perhaps radon gas, and driving metal stakes into the ‘black streams’ or gas (much as one would do with a vampire!) and so diverting and neutralizing them/it, or if your wife is a devout Buddhist, get a monk to perform the equivalent of exorcism, or at least bless the house and land to remedy the problem. Either way will be efficacious, but it really is something you need to attend to swiftly as GS also causes cancer and other ailments, according to the experts. Dear Editor, Rumour has it that Pattaya is going to get a flash new transit system and some other amazingly innovative projects so it can purloin the country’s catchphrase and be known as ‘Amazing Pattaya’. Is there any truth to this, do you know? Johan Brecht - address withheld. Dear Johan, Apparently, the Pattaya Management Team is currently considering a mass transit system, which is now at the design stage, either an Australian sky monorail or a ground-based tram system or electric train running along Pattaya Beach Road from Pattaya to Naklua and also from Pattaya to Jomtien. Pattaya’s Deputy Mayor, Khun Viravat Khakai, confirmed in June that a Dubai investment consortium is working in tandem with City Hall and the initial budget will be not less than Bt10 million. There is also a proposal to build or improve roads along the route of the electric train, connecting it to the bypass and giving access to the new motorway. The intention is to radically reduce road congestion in the city and also give access to certain tourist attractions. In addition, so it is said, Bali Hai Pier is to become a transport and communications hub, with a new pier, marina and parking facilities. There is even a proposal, apparently by a group of English businessmen, to emulate London by building a Bt6 billion ‘Pattaya Eye’ – a large revolving Ferris wheel – also at Bali Hai Pier – offering stunning panoramic perspectives over Pattaya Bay towards Laem Chabang and Jomtien Bay in the other direction, as well as the surrounding hinterland. All these projects are in line with Pattaya City Hall’s expressed intention of changing the image of the city, away from a night-life mecca to become a world-class tourist destination with universal appeal, largely by making radically innovative changes to infrastructure, aiding sustainable growth and making brave efforts to improve public safety and facilities. Whether any of these projects will get off the ground is anyone’s guess, but at least Mayor Itthiphol Konplume and his team are taking steps in the right direction; all we can do is give them our support.
The faces of the PR department of Suvarnabhumi Airport or rather Airports of Thailand (AoT), which runs it, should really be smarting after the most recent reports expose corruption and collusion between some of its administrators and rogue operators. But chances are, they are not, being too hard faced. One would have thought the recent King Power fiasco and all the negative publicity it generated would have been sufficient to have made the top management of AoT clean up the corrupt practices once and for all, but still it persists; continuing to blacken Thailand’s reputation internationally. For those unfamiliar with the King Power case, here is an outline. In the so-called ‘Zig-Zag’ Scam, extortion gangs, apparently operating in collusion with employees of King Power and other duty-free shops and rogue policemen, intimidated and badgered alleged foreign ‘shoplifters’ into paying large ‘fines’ in order to avoid lengthy imprisonment and trial in order to return swiftly to their own countries. More often than not, the demarcation between one shop and another was not sufficiently clear and customers, who picked up items, intending to pay for them, inadvertently strayed across these lines and were immediately accosted by sales staff who accused them of shoplifting, called the police and invariably a middleman translator to ‘facilitate’. The poor unfortunates, doubtless both shell and culture shocked were then hustled off to a local police station where they were threatened with imprisonment in the infamous ‘Bangkok Hilton’ unless they paid outrageous fines. Just how outrageous the experiences and amount of the fines can be seen from the evidence of a few passengers who were so duped: an Irish conference delegate, Dr Angela Norris, was accused of stealing an eyeliner, taken first to the airport police station then to Rajatewa Police Station, and detained overnight ‘’in filthy conditions.’’ Released on bail, her passport was retained and when she went to Immigration police to retrieve it, she was re-arrested. Another couple, Stephen Ingram and Xi Lin, from Cambridge, UK, were falsely accused of stealing a wallet and ended up paying £8,000 for their release, after being ‘helped’ by Sri Lankan facilitator ,Tony. Tony, who police claim was just helping translate privately, has owned up to having ‘helped’ 150 foreigners in similar predicaments this year. Another con is the Customs Scam. Apparently, Thai customs officers meet passengers off airplanes from Dubai telling them to put duty-free items inside their check-in luggage when they take it off the carousel. Customs then say it will be alright not to declare any duty-free items. When the passengers get to Arrivals, the customs officers swoop and arrest the hapless victims, taking them immediately to Bang Na Customs HQ where they are forced to pay four times the duty, or be imprisoned. The impounded goods are kept by the customs officers, who also pocket the fines. Then there were numerous cases of passengers’ bags being rifled and items stolen. Provoked by all these ‘irregularities’ and the scathing attacks in the foreign press, Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum made an inspection tour of Suvarnabhumi and ordered the AoT to increase measures to prevent extortion gangs preying on foreign air passengers. In addition, a joint team from the AoT, the Land Transport Department and Special Operations Division, provincial police from Samut Prakan and tourist police staged a supposedly ‘major crackdown’, which was started on July 28, ostensibly to eradicate the long-term scourge of illegal “black-licence taxis and unlicensed guides, or touts who attempt to waylay naive arriving tourists and shunt them off to unwanted hotels and shady businesses. However, this ‘crackdown’ turned out to be ineffectual, only a face-saving gesture by AoT top management, as forthright staff disclosed to the media that the illegal taxis and touts are still plying their trade, albeit on a temporarily lesser scale, waiting their chance to reappear in strength after the hue and cry has died down. Honest staff members have also cited evidence of extensive collusion between corrupt airport administrators and criminal networks. However, the honest staff wish to remain anonymous lest ‘rogue’ administrators discover their identities and wreak retribution. Some of the most damning accusations are that various airport officials turn a ‘blind eye’ to the illegal practices in return for bribes. Examples of this are: - drivers pay security staff Bt20 to ignore their parking of taxis in front of the prohibited area of the fourth floor departures terminal; - the airport security section is authorised to arrest wrongdoers, but declines to do so; - illegal tour guides obtain licence cards from airport staff, permitting them to wander freely into inner terminal areas; - passengers waiting to claim their baggage at the carousel continue being preyed upon by unlicensed tour touts; - illegal tour guides dress in apparel similar to bona fide airport staff. “The agency is considering transferring the officials suspected of involvement in illegal activities, to cut the connection between them and illegal taxi and tour operators,” AoT President Serirat Prasutarond maintained.
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by Bee McConville Were you aware that more men die from suicide than women, but more women make the attempt? And while the suicide rates for men are rising, those for women are actually dropping. In the UK, there are around six thousand suicides
per year but only a quarter of these are women. It is thought that women handle their emotions very differently to men and are better equipped to deal with negative emotions and distress. Men tend to view the world in black and white while women view it in a variety of grey tones. Hence, if men become distressed, they will ‘end it all’ rather than talk to friends or to their family doctor. Women, on the other hand, tend to have a network of girlfriends who can offer shoulders to cry on and women are far more likely to speak to their doctor. In addition, a woman will consider not just her own feelings but those of others: her children, her other family members and friends, and will worry how those people will be affected by a suicide. However, a man is far less likely to take family into account. He
A Cry for Help!
makes his decision with a focus solely on himself and doesn’t take anyone else into consideration. If this is the case, then why do more women actually attempt suicide than men? Statistics indicate that women are twice as likely to attempt suicide, but psychologists suggest that ninety five percent of these attempts are not intended to actually end a life, but to create a situation where surviving the attempt will bring about changed circumstances.
Hence the term ‘a cry for help.’ However, where repeated ‘cries for help’ are made, the more common outcome is that the attempt will ultimately be successful. Women who are subconsciously attempting suicide to bring attention to their distress choose a method that will not necessarily end in a quick death, such as an overdose of sleeping pills, or a weak slash of the wrists that does not breach an artery. In this way, there is every chance that help will be given before death occurs. Women are also far more likely to resort to other forms of self-harm when distressed, rather than a full-blown suicide attempt, whereas self-harm is not that common amongst the male of the species. Where women are serious in their intent to end their life, they tend to use different methods than
men. Men will generally reach for a gun (in those countries where firearms are readily available) and nearly eighty percent of all firearm suicides are committed by white males. Men also tend to use carbon monoxide poisoning via their car exhausts, but as now many cars have catalytic converters, this method is not quite so efficient. Women, on the other hand, usually prefer a less violent method to end their life and tend to either hang themselves in some way, or poison themselves with serious overdoses. As an exception to the rule, women have also been known to throw themselves off high buildings and jump in front of speeding trains. Needless to say, these methods are not a cry for help but represent a premeditated and determined plan for the speedy ending of a life. In southern India, female suicide rates are amongst the highest in the world. The reasons for this have been identified as distress caused by early marriage, forcibly arranged marriages, pressure to produce male children, and domestic violence. Young women are seen as extremely vulnerable under these circumstances and are therefore predisposed to depression and suicidal thoughts. A strong connection between marital violence and female suicide has also been recognised in other developing countries. In Egypt, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia women who had experienced physical violence by an intimate partner had significant suicidal tendencies. Women in developing countries are serious about their suicidal intentions, and are less likely to make unsuccessful attempts. They also favour slightly different methods of putting an end to their lives: pesticide poisoning, hanging, and self-immolation (setting yourself on fire) are the top three. But maybe I should stop talking about this depressing subject as you never know what might happen: the media are not keen on publishing articles on suicide as it has been shown that whenever such articles are printed,
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suicides rates jump up for a short while, and for women in particular. Interestingly, after the death of Princess Diana in 1997, there was a thirty three percent increase in suicides among women. This increase was seen specifically among women of a similar age to Diana and rates of self-harm also increased. So if you are lying in a deck chair on the beach reading this article, please do not get depressed, and do not wander down to the sea and try to drown yourself!!
An Eye for an Eye
Why on Earth do Asian women want western style eyes? You know, the ones with folded eyelids rather that the ‘slant’ eyes that are so attractive on Asian women. One of the most
almond eyes really put me off!’ or, ‘We are at it like bunny rabbits three times a day, and she is everything I have ever wanted in a sex goddess, but will someone please give her folded
that he wouldn’t even notice her eyelids, would he? So why do these ladies do it? It can’t be to attract more men as they certainly don’t seem to be having any trouble doing that without
common female cosmetic procedures (after boob jobs that is) is eyelid surgery, but I cannot for the life of me understand why. I mean you look at Pattaya for example. I think it is safe to say that most farang men here have got a lovely local lady on their arm but I can’t hear any of them moaning about their girl friend’s eyes. None of them are saying, ‘well she’s got nice t*t* and a great ar** but her
eyelids!’ They are far more likely to spend time angst-ing over whether their ‘fen’ is really having three orgasms a night or is actually faking it, and how can they really tell. In my experience, the only operation that any farang fool would want would be to make his lady’s 32AA into a 34GG, and her eyes wouldn’t even register on his rating scale. In fact he would be so busy looking at his Jordanesque woman
any augmentation or other cosmetic tom-foolery. And why would she want to look like a western woman anyway, I mean a man in Pattaya certainly wouldn’t want to make friends with a Thai lady who looked like his wife, now would he? So for goodness sake, lovely ladies, leave yer eyes alone!! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie
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Fool in Paradise
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In countries like Thailand where tourism makes a real contribution to the national economy, many politicians make the mistake of courting what they define as ‘quality tourists’ – those travelling on group tours on the back of Platinum Plastic. Some time ago, an article appeared in the Bangkok Post stating; “Tourists with spending power are more cultured and sensitive to cultural norms ... backpackers behaviour upsets us ... they walk around in bikinis even when not on the beach ... some of them don’t even pay for their board and lodging ...” The campaign began to attract middle to high end travellers and viewed tourists on package tours as the most welcome choice. They sought twoweek vacationers who spend more money in a shorter time and don’t hang around. It’s easy to see why such people are targeted but I find the economic argument difficult to justify. Typically, these visitors fly in (Business Class, of course), spend a week or two in a resort or Five Star hotel and fly out again. Having prepaid their fully escorted package tour means most of their travel budget went to already
wealthy, and perhaps foreign owned, package and resort companies. Remaining largely isolated from their host country, these tourists are taken only to see the ‘best’ places and spend money only in up-market restaurants, hotels and boutique shops owned by large companies or the already rich and powerful. Competition for their dollars does not come from local tourist attractions but from similar resort areas in other countries. They do nothing to help the economic plight of the average shopkeeper or artisan. In the seventies, they were called ‘hippies’; before that, ‘pioneers’; before that, ‘pilgrims’; before that, ‘explorers’; before that, ‘nomads’ and before that, ‘lost’. Nowadays they fall under the general umbrella of the term ‘backpackers’ and, love them or hate them, the world is a bigger place because of them. They are modern day trailblazers who, like their ancestors such as Marco Polo and centuries later the pioneers in wagon trains rolling west across the uncharted plains of the American frontier, often trek where modern civilization has never touched.
The tourist industry needs backpackers because, although budget-conscious, they tend to stay longer and travel more widely. Their spending reaches further and deeper into the local tourism sector. The mind-set of some tourist operators and even some governments is that backpackers are low, white trash who can’t afford to do things the ‘right way’. But many backpackers today are computer nerds or financial wiz kids with annual salaries resembling telephone numbers. Just because they wear jeans and a t-shirt to work and think dressing up is donning a shirt with buttons, it would be foolish to assume they don’t have spending power. Their tool is the Internet and their bible the Lonely Planet. A head buried in a well thumbed copy is the first clue to distinguish a backpacker from other travellers. They are constantly on the lookout for the next undiscovered place where they can feel a sense of adventure in being among the few to visit. And how powerful has Lonely Planet become? Any hotel, restaurant or destination given a favourable mention in Lonely Planet seems set
for a financial windfall. Get the thumbs down and you had best change your name and image quick smart or you won’t survive. With Thailand’s tourist numbers in a 49 year slump, perhaps it is time to say the ‘B’ word again. “All is forgiven, guys – please come back!” The Australian Tourism Export Council’s Backpacker Tourism Advisory Panel chairman Julian Ledger reported in an Australian newspaper, “Figures indicated the backpacker market was coming out of a three-year slump. Last year more than half a million backpackers spent $2.8 billion in Australia - a record number. Backpackers are one of the highest-spending, longest staying sectors and while they will cut costs on items such as accommodation and food, they travel widely throughout the country and spend up big on entertainment, tours and other activities.” The Australian newspaper reported that the Aussie “So where the bloody hell are you?” travel campaign has been credited with netting Australia an extra $1.8 billion tourism dollars last year. “In the year since the launch of the controversial
advertising campaign, tourist spending topped $14 billion. However, the windfall was due to increased spending and longer stays, rather than a massive boost in tourist numbers. According to statistics, the average time tourists spent in Australia increased by 3.6 nights or 14 per cent on the previous year, with backpackers spending an extra $482 million dollars than the previous year. Tourism Minister Fran Bailey said, ‘Backpackers injected $2.8 billion in Australia last year. This is money directly spent in local shops, pubs and hotels. Backpackers also visit throughout Australia, injecting millions into regional communities.’” On a personal note, I could never be a backpacker. For one thing I like to travel light, carrying only those recyclable or throwaway items necessary for travel. I’ve watched backpackers at train and bus stations and is it only me, or does all the gear they stuff into that miniaturized home on their back look heavy? Like the humble turtle: “Sure it’s convenient but why do you think I walk so slow?” I guess when you’re lumping around all that weight, speed is not your main priority.
I also need some creature comforts. A comfortable bed with a soft pillow and the availability of a warm shower are the most essential and I’m willing to pay a little extra for the privilege. And I like to see other people about me because I get nervous when I find myself alone in a strange place. Whenever someone suggests I should go to this place or that because it is really remote and no-one goes there, I head in the opposite direction. Obviously, if nobody else goes there, then there is a good reason. Duhh! I prefer to wait until the place becomes more popular and they install sanitation. But I do envy those who can forgo comfort for the sake of adventure. Back packers can undergo hard ship. They can endure long periods without a shower, but then, so can the English. They take long trips on overnight trains and buses because it saves one night’s accommodation and can actually sleep sitting up. I find it impossible to sleep on anything moving or sleep sitting up. That is why I am once more in a comfortable hotel room casting an envious glance at the backpackers of the world. Although I can’t join their ranks, I wish them well. Oh no! The maid, once again, did not place the mint chocolate on the centre of my pillow, the air con has been reset to 29ºC instead of my preferred 28ºC and if I wanted the remote beside the television set, I wouldn’t need the bloody thing! I’ll complain to the concierge in the morning.
“The economy is starting to show upward momentum,” according to Dusit Nontanakorn, Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, confirming PM Abhisit’s predictions. The key economic indicators back them up as production of sugar, rubber, cars, tobacco and beer increased in July due to rising demand and restocking. Exports have also improved, which helped raise production and lessened unemployment. The continued fiscal spending has also helped support economic recovery, but crucially the government must accelerate its spending to help stimulate local demand and make the recovery sustainable, analysts opine. The planned three-year investment program amounts to a fifth of a 1.06 trillion-baht on transportation, health and education projects, projected to boost economic growth by 2.5% per annum, according to Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij, with GDP expanding in Q4 as the
spending starts to make an impression this month and overseas demand improves. The economy also only shrank 4.9% in Q2 percent, after a contraction of 7.1% in the previous three months, according to the government. The property sector is also likely to benefit, especially with government stimuli in this direction, particularly towards townhouses, with an easing of credit restrictions, and consequent increased demand for consumer loans and mortgages; all of which should improve the Pattaya property market. Can it be sustained, though? Korn Chatikavanij appears to think so, saying “Ideally, from an economic perspective, we (the Democrat party) want to be in position at least for another year in order to make sure our key policies are implemented before a general election is called”. Prasert Bunsumpun, CEO of PTT PLC, Thailand’s prime energy company, however,
says it succinctly - “If the government can restore confidence, everything will come back”. The stumbling block, nevertheless, remains in the form of Thaksin Shinawatra who continues to foment disaccord, largely through his red-shirted cronies’ stopgo threats of incipient revolt, signalling trouble ahead for Thailand’s fragile ruling coalition and still chronic political crisis, starkly illustrated by PM Abhisit Vejjajiva’s failure to heal Thailand’s deep political divisions. The conflict between the Red Shirts and the government has deteriorated recently and is expected to further impact Thailand’s already fragile economy and tourism, analysts say, with tourism already having fallen 14% from last year to 1.1 million last month. Meanwhile, the anti Thaksin brigade is still valiantly attempted to stop him from further creating domestic
political conflict. Diplomatic pressure succeeded in effectively getting Thaksin thrown out of Dubai on the grounds he had been using it as a power base to wage his campaign of subterfuge. He has apparently since moved to Montenegro. Even so, Suthep Thaugsubhan, Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs, admitted that dealing with the pro-Thaksin movement was not easy as their prime goal is to overthrow the government, whilst ostensibly seeking compromise. Crucially, PM Abhisit, despite his charm offensive, has still not yet won over the majority rural poor, Thaksin’s red-shirted political base. And significantly, even in middle-class Bangkok, an Assumption University opinion poll rated Abhisit as a less competent economic leader than Thaksin, with a July poll showing Thaksin marginally more popular, though it was significant in the king’s recent address calling for national
unity that he failed to mention a pardon for Thaksin! Ultimately, economists say, the political uncertainty
damages tourism and will limit how fast Thailand’s US$260 billion economy recovers from recession.
The ‘B’ Word
All quiet on the western front – but …!
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LEGAL corner today
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Educational Rights of Children in Pattaya It’s just another brick in the wall!
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: www.thaisolicitor.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org We don’t need no education. We don’t need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom. Hey, teacher leaves those kids alone! All in all it’s just another brick in the wall. Nobody can deny that the controversial song of Pink Floyd which was banned in many countries becomes contemporary for the educators in Thailand. What kind of education do we need in the globalisation era in which the world becomes flat? Should teachers leave their kids alone, without control? All children should have their rights, for an education, which corresponds to real life. Many baby boomer fathers in Pattaya worry not only about estate planning, but also a proper education which will be definitely the intellectual property
for the future of their children. Association of Christian Schools The misconception that Pattaya International (ACSI). You should is only a playground for drunken ensure that the school you select men becomes more and more for your child is accredited by obsolete. However, there is no these international institutions. research about children from The old maxim of “Caveat mixed families in Pattaya. People Emptor” should be applied not just talk about property booming only to property buyers but also and speculation in the throw serious parenting in Pattaya. Most students in these away media. Bob Dylan said that no city can exist without culture and philosophy. It will not be a paradox to say that Pattaya can become one of the most international educational hubs in the world. There are high standard international schools The legendary British Rockers Pink Floyd in Pattaya and the eastern seaboard who can international schools come from educate children from around the expatriate families, working in world in either the British system multinational companies, who to obtain the General Certificate can afford school fees which are of Secondary Education (GCSE) higher than a normal education, or American system to obtain the however, substantially less Advanced Placement Program than sending your children to (AP) or international system study aboard. Most teachers to obtain the International are imported from the home land by selecting from the highly Baccalaureate (IB). These international schools qualified teachers, not the have to be assessed by not only backpack tourists, to ensure the the Ministry of Education but also same standard. The real goal of seven international educational these international schools is to organisations, i.e., the Council educate students with the specific of International Schools (CIS), curricula for their further education the Commission on International in their home land. These schools and Trans-Regional Accreditation use only English as the medium (CITA), the Western Association of instruction. The international of Schools and Colleges (WASC), education is quite separate from the New England Association of the local system which is divided Schools and Colleges (NEASC), into a normal education and the World-Wide Educational innovative education. How about the expatriate Services (WES) and the
Greener Classrooms on the Horizon
Miss Wanthana Sudjarit and teachers from Banglamung Schools, escorted a selection of students from the middle/secondary level classes from all 11 Pattaya schools, and the Wat Sutthawart School, on a field trip. The trip was organised under the banner of ‘Our Green Classroom’ and was established, this is the first of many, to encourage pupils to take more interest in their environ ment and the conservation of energy.
The pupils were taken to the to Thoranee Suksa Village, a new theory learning centre at the Navy Base, which was designed to educate both children and adults on their precious environment, and what they can do to protect it. Those attending, received a very warm welcome from the Navy personnel and then learnt a little on the history of the centre. The centre wishes to educate a wide range of people
including government officials, military families, local residents, and now students, on the theories of the Royal Agricultural Program. Miss Wanthana Sudjarit, stated that this would be the first of many such trips organised for the school children of Pattaya. As soon as the pupils returned from their trip, they were soon conspiring together in order to make their classrooms greener, and educate fellow pupils.
fathers who want their children to integrate into the Thai culture, but still worry about the ethnocentrism of the Thai educational system. The word “ethnocentrism” means the attitude of people who judge everything around them by their own cultural criteria. The education in Thailand is in a transitional period. There is pressure to reform the educational system in Thailand. The National Education Act was promulgated in 1999 and amended in 2002. The National Education Plan is established for 2002 to 2016. The wind of change is too strong. Bilingual and multicultural education is unavoidable for Thailand to immerse itself in the ocean of globalisation. Thailand has never had any written language policy on the misconception that we are a monolingual country. How can we enjoy the unity without accepting the diversity in this world? Most people who are bilingual are more appreciative of the Thai culture. Our prime minister, who graduated from Eton and Oxford, is a good example of the person who integrates our Thai culture with the internationalism. He can speak Thai better than many Thai people who have their whole education in Thailand, and he can speak the Queen’s English better than David Beckham. “What your child gains from an international school is not only the ability to speak English” said the principal of GIS when we met him in the school’s cafeteria and were watching an expatriate sport teacher, coaching his students,
curriculum. However, there are many culture shocks, once textbooks are translated from Thai to English, especially science and mathematics. The Ministry of Education requires all books and materials in schools must be approved by the educational council. There are many books and materials introduced by the Ministry of Education which cannot respond
from diversified backgrounds, to share team spirit. All Thai people are proud of their unique culture. The Thai alphabets were invented in the 13thcentury. Thailand is one of the countries who have never been colonised by any western countries. It is the reason why the linguistic culture is always confusingly combined or conflated with the sovereignty and unity of the nation. The vernacular right is not legally recognised in schools and universities. All schools use The International Day in GIS the Thai language as the medium of instruction, to real life, but still remain even in the English class. This compulsorily used in state is the reason why most Thai schools. students cannot pronounce many How about private schools that English words properly. cannot close their eyes? These The trend that our children schools become clandestinely should become more multicultural revolutionist for the sake of and bilingual or literate is more students by using their own increasingly needed in Pattaya. materials and pedagogical Many bilingual schools invented methodology. However, they their own methodology, by using have to be concerned about their the dual language program survival because the Ministry of which is incredibly efficient. In Education can arbitrarily punish this program, all subjects will these schools by an inspection, be equally taught in Thai and which is sometimes based on the English. subjective and double standards. The problem in Thailand is that It must be the job of all parents the bureaucratic system is always to stand up for the rights of their one step behind the private sector children. with their hands tied by red tape. We need not only the The bilingual education is invented reform, but the revolution of our by the Ministry of Education, by educational system. setting up the English Program “Hey, educators leave our (EP) schools with the bilingual kids alone”
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Summer Savings at Amor Richard and his team have arranged Great Savings at Amor for you this summer! From May 1 To September 30 they are offering an Early Bird Discount! Enjoy a 20% Discount From 5pm. to 8pm. Also, Financial Crunch Busters Menu. Enjoy this special three course menu from May 1st. to September 30th. For only Baht 280 +10% service. Cream of Tomato Soup, Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Country Vegetable Soup or a, Mixed Salad; Richard’s Famous Meatball Curry with homemade mango chutney and rice, Hungarian Pork Goulash with rice, Chicken Breast Piccata with spaghetti, Fish Cakes with vegetables, tartar sauce and rice croquettes, Pork Fillet (150 grams) with mushroom gravy or pepper sauce, vegetables and potato croquettes or Rib Eye Steak (150 grams) with mushroom gravy or pepper sauce, vegetables and potato croquettes. A Scoop of Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry Ice Cream (Early Bird Discount not applicable). Tel: 038.710.680, Mobile: 081.945.5396, Email: richard@ amorrestaurant.com, Pattayaland Soi 3, South Pattaya Royal British Legion Thailand Now is the month to join the Legion for a number of reasons, you get 1 months free membership, you get to join in all our events and trips and now you also have the opportunity to join our group medical insurance. We have joined forces with Thailand’s leading health insurance company and Pattaya’s top brokers (who have dropped their commission to Legion members) to offer massive discounts but still giving you top of the range cover, you have to be in it to win it!!!. The Royal British Legion meet at Tropical Bert’s 2nd Road opposite the Bangkok Bank every Sunday from 2pm, or phone Bert on 089.807.2335. You do not have to have served in UK armed forces to join, you must however agree to the principles of the Legion. Decorum 10th Anniversary Decorum Furniture & Decoration celebrates their 10th year anniversary by offering their customers, free design on house and condos. For more information, visit their shop at South Pattaya Road next to Friendship Supermarket or call 038.410.763, 038.420.203 Say it with flowers… Differently! Give the special lady in your life a treat that she will be talking of for the rest of the year! Whether mum, sister, grandma, aunt, daughter, wife or girlfriend, it’s time to pamper her with the Lotus Package, a 2.5-hour floral treat for the senses…Lotus body scrub (30 mins), Body wrap (60 mins), A soothing massage with floral scented oil (60 mins). The package is available at Sivara Spa from 1st August 30th September 2009 at Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya. Be pampered with the Lotus Package from 4,700Baht++. For more info, contact email@example.com and visit www.sivaraspa.com Step by Step Step by Step dance studio is now open, anyone who is interested in dancing is welcome, whether you are a complete beginner or an intermediate dancer, it will be our pleasure to guide you step by step on the dance floor. They specialize in zumba fitness, international ballroom standard, and Latin, social dancing and plus many more. For information please call Jojo: 086.836.7092 or Frankie 089.095.2172 or please
call in to our studio at 194/73 Pom Court soi 17 Paniad Chang, next to Carrefour. Manhattans Early Dining Menu Manhattans Restaurant & Bar have extended the hours of their popular Early Dining Menu to 5pm 7.30pm. It is a great way for people to enjoy a very wide variety of 5 star cuisine and excellent service at really unbeatable value. We offer a choice of 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 sinfully delicious desserts. Our 2 course meal is only 795 baht and a full 3 course meal is only 895 baht. We change our Early Dining Menu regularly to give our customers a fantastic variety throughout the year.” Orders must be placed before 7.30pm after which diners can savour the excellent cuisine at leisure. Another wonderful incentive to try the Early Dining Menu is; book a table of 4 or more and receive a free bottle of house wine. To view the current early dining selection visit www.manhattans-pattaya.com.. Call 038 259 790 to book a table. Also don’t forget another great service from Manhattans, complimentary transportation in their luxury vehicles in the Pattaya, Jomtien and Naklua area. Toddler Playgroup Meets every Tuesday and Friday 10am at Wiggle Town on Sukhumvit Rd. For information, call Amber 0850841626 or Kim 087.600.5306 or see www.wiggle-town.com. Babies Playgroup Meets every Monday and Wednesday at 10am at Wiggle Town on Sukhumvit Rd. For information, call Amber 085.084.1626 or Kim 087.600.5306 or see www.wiggletown.com. Rotary Club Pattaya Marina French speaking rotary club, meets every Friday at 18.30 at Amari Resort. Call President Florent Pellegrin 086.565.1955 for more info. www.rotarypattayamarina.org 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 from 8pm to 12mn. Located on soi 5, beach road Pattaya. Greg’s Kitchen With over 30 years experience, chef Greg Sulis has the very best of British and international cuisine at Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road (just before Bangkok Bank, opposite Soi 6 or Yodsak). Generous portions and top quality menu. Try Greg’s Kitchen Cod & Chips Day every Friday. Great value only 299 B. Don’t miss Sunday’s 4 traditional Sunday Roasts (Lamb 299B, Beef 260B, Pork 260B, Half Chicken 260B) with all the trimmings. Also, all day big breakfast at only 199B, www.gregskitchennorthpattaya.com Ocean Tower Super Saver Package Get the best deal of the day on accommodation with added value spa, food & drink credit from just THB 7,650 for 2 nights in an Ocean Deluxe Room at the Ocean Tower of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya. The offer is excluding breakfast, and extra nights can be added on for the current internet rate… This package is available from 9th June – 31st October 2009. Call 038.418.418 for more details. Pattaya Backgammon League Meet Up The Pattaya Backgammon League
meets up every Saturday at Somboons Restaurant in Jomtien Beach for a tournament. Full Details @ www.pattayabackgammonleague.com Onward with Optimists The Optimist International Club of Thailand is now meeting at Shenanigans, 2nd Road, at The Avenue lifestyle mall. Meeting times noon on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Further information from Drew Noyes on 084 .111.7999 or firstname.lastname@example.org Recession Survival Kit Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya offering a special 3 courses set menu with a choice of Soup or Caesar Salad for the starter, Grill Chic Sandwich served with Coleslaw and French Fries or Seafood Creole Pasta Saute Prawn, Squid, Fish and Penne or Braised Oxtail with Vegetable and Smash Potatoes for your main course and a scoop of your favorite ice cream for dessert. Stand a chance to win a 2 days/1 night stay in Seaview Deluxe Room inclusive of a buffet breakfast for 2 persons at Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Opening date 19 September 2009. Package at THB 500++ only. For more information and reservation please call 038.426.635 British embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate in Pattaya. It’s located in the row of shop units immediately outside the Pattaya immigration bureau, Jomtien soi 5, next to the Yingchit money changer and a few steps from the Meesen coffee shop. Office hours 9.00 a.m.-11.30 a.m. weekdays exc. public holidays. Honeymoon Package at Nova Platinum Hotel Celebrate your honeymoon in style with a romantically inspired stay at Nova Platinum Hotel. The package includes 3 days/2 nights in a superior room, daily American breakfast, a romantic dinner for 2 at Zia Restaurant, heart of rose petals on the bed. The Honeymoon Package starts from 4,974Baht net and is available from now until 31st October 2009. For reservations and more info, call 038.711.345, email: reservations@ novaplatinum.amari.com Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to pattaya@ prolanguage.co.th 2 days before you wish to start. Jazz Club New Venue There is a new lounge bar, with the feel of a jazz club due to open soon in Pattaya. If you are a professional musician with a proven track record or an amateur with jamming session experience, we would love to hear from you. Call Joe on 083.246.7807 Archery Club Meets every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, at the Pirates of Pattaya Shooting Club in Hua Yai. Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free. For more information call Eric on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarchery-club.com
Cupcake Missing those lovely little cupcakes you use to enjoy so much from Home? Well now there is no need, a new International Style Cupcake shop which will also serve you a great cup of coffee has recently opened on Thepprasit Road at Keha Condo’s. You can also enjoy a range of good quality meals at realistic prices. We look forward to meeting you when you get the chance to pop in. Jazz at Manhattans Don’t forget that you can enjoy an evening of fantastic Jazz every Saturday evening at the Manhattans Restaurant, with special international guest artist on the first Saturday of the month. For further information or to make a reservation, please telephone 038 259 790 to book a table. Also don’t forget another great service from Manhattans, complimentary transportation in their luxury vehicles in the Pattaya, Jomtien and Naklua area. Diwali Celebrations at Indian by Nature This Diwali, ‘Sail on Sound’ with Anand Jagota, as he performs on the Saraswati Veena. Exclusively flown in for the occasion, Mr Jagota will keep guests enthralled with the sounds of the stringed instrument while they are enjoying a six course set dinner menu. Let a glass of Prosecco set you on a trail of discovering the culinary mystique of the Subcontinent with our Fakir’s Secret (appetizer). The menu selections have been inspired by Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese explorer who discovered the sea route to India. Special Set Dinner with live performance: 17th and 18th October from 6 pm onwards at Baht 1190+ pp. A La Carte menu with live performance: 19th and 20th October from 6 pm onwards until late. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at: Indian By Nature 038 36 46 56 (after 4 pm); Av 081 8629452; Rajni 089 2053020
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Disabled Family Desperately Needs Your Help On the 9th September one of our reporters came across a desperate family, who are disabled, and living in poverty in a house we would not keep our animals in. The house has been constructed from scavenged pieces of wood, and the roof, made from old and very thin zinc, looks as if it would blow away with little encouragement. There are a total of 5 desperate souls living in these far from adequate surroundings, they are, Khun Chalan Sakonyut, aged 77, who cannot walk and is almost blind, the only way he can hope to make any living is from begging in local streets. His wife, Mrs. Wet Narintorn, aged 72, can hardly walk and has a bad heart condition. The third person living in the house is Mrs. Nutcharee Sakonyut, aged 40, who has disabled arms and legs from Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis, however, she has not given up and attempts to make a living from selling barbecued squid, but this is still nowhere near enough
to support her family. They are finding it impossible to deal with their disabilities and poverty. Mrs. Wet talked to our reporter and explained that they had lived in Bangkok, however at the insistence of their children, who wanted to take care of them, they had relocated to Pattaya. Over time, their children had acquired families of their own, and they found themselves, with ever increasing age and disabilities, left to fend for themselves. Her husband had always been in full time employment and they had managed, however, when he became seriously ill, a condition which left him disabled, he could no longer support
them. From that date, things had gone from bad to worse. With the little they can do between them, they try to earn enough to keep themselves, however, they are finding it impossible to pay for their daily medical bills and feed themselves. They were recently forced into taking out a loan, from some doggy loan shark, and are not able to keep pace with the increasing interest rates; their interest has passed 50,000 baht already. Each month they have to find enough money to pay their land rent,
water, electricity and the rental on the sidecar their daughter uses to sell squid, they could not afford to purchase one outright. They do receive help from the government each month because of their disabilities, however, this is only 500 baht a month, not enough to do anything with. Khum Sakonyut explained that having been a hard working man all his life, he feels bitterly ashamed that he now has to resort to begging on the streets to survive. He is forever being chased by the authorities, who shout and abuse him, treating
him no better than a wild animal. His one wish in life is to be able to afford continuous medication to cure his eye complaint and that he will no longer be forced to go and beg on the streets. The family are covered in mosquito bites as they cannot even afford a mosquito net to protect themselves. Our reporter, Nana, has taken it upon herself to try and help this desperate family, and if anyone feels they can help ease the plight with a small, or of course large donation, they are invited to transfer the money into the bank account at Krungthai
Bank, Banglamung (Naklua) Branch, Ac/No. 592-0-07724-7, under the name of Miss Thongsuk Narintorn. This is an account that has been set up for Mrs. Wet by one of her daughters. If you would like to talk about the family, and how you can help, please do not hesitate to contact 087-1608271 for more information.
Father Ray Our community The â€˜Father Ray Day Care Centerâ€™ celebrated its first anniversary on the 11th of September with all the children taking part in an afternoon of fun and games and eating lots of birthday cake. Each day the Center welcomes children who are living in the poorest areas of Pattaya, providing a safe environment for these disadvantaged pre-school toddlers, away from the dangers that many find themselves in if they are left at home, alone whilst their parents go off to work. The Father Ray Day Care Center also gives parents
the opportunity to find employment, knowing that their loved ones are safe. The Father Ray Day Care Center is just one of the many social projects managed by
the Father Ray Foundation and it provides uniforms, breakfast and lunch, as well as snacks, health care and a basic education to these young children.
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by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: PTPrivatePosts@yahoo.com
Dear Kris & Noi, We sometimes see students and others clearing litter from Pattaya Beach, and sometimes read in Pattaya Today about the government asking people to help keep Thailand clean. Yesterday, as I walked down Second Road with my son and daughter, we saw a young Thai lady toss her cigarette onto the sidewalk. I politely reminded her that littering is frowned upon and we should all strive for a cleaner Thailand. She impolitely reminded me to “Mind you business; this is my country, not you country.” I should like to herewith make a public apology to all Thais for meddling in their business. Knute from Oslo
Any person who was obviously foreign would usually receive that reaction from a local in any country, accompanied by swearing or abuse. But it is frustrating Knute, when you see Thais and expats working hard to clean up the litter, only for lazy ignorant people like the stupid girl you met to clutter everything up again. Some tourists and expats contribute to the mess of course but, as the girl said, it’s her country, and it’s the Thais who are the most irresponsible; take a look around the areas where expats are few and you can see garbage dumped everywhere. The authorities make occasional half-hearted efforts to educate the public, usually with a brief campaign that involves a photo opportunity, and various groups do wonderful work in organised clean ups. However, the only hope is for the schools to impress upon the young
generation that a clean Thailand is a better Thailand. At least your own children can learn from you, and maybe influence their friends.
Dear Kris & Noi, I thought you gave a good answer to Geraldine who was so scornful of the men who come to Thailand looking for female company, and the women who await them. In my own country I always dressed clean and smart, but was average looking and hopelessly shy with women and rarely managed to date any; even when I was set up to meet someone I made a nervous botch of it. At parties I was welcome because I was humorous and good company, but was only witty with married women, because I could relax with them knowing that I wasn’t expected to chat them up; if a single girl appeared I lost my tongue completely. So when I came to Thailand I was a forty-five year old
virgin! I admit I paid for female company, but the girls were so nice and natural with me that it never felt sleazy and believe me I was in seventh heaven. I made a few mistakes by trusting the wrong girls at times, but most of them were very fair with me, and eventually I met a bar girl who became my wife. That was twelve years and two children ago, so people like Geraldine may think that we are all dirty old men and the girls are sluts, but I’m just a normal but shy man who found a wonderful wife in an unconventional way. Andy
game is played here. Of course it’s obvious that sex is for hire—when you see horny men with heavy wallets and girls patently ready to discard thongs to ease their tensions and empty their pockets, you know you’re not at the village fete—but generally the bar and gogo areas generate a good atmosphere, with punters and girls mingling with people who just wish to have a boozy night out. And old men with young women are not exclusive to Thailand; ageing western celebrities and successful professional men often have young sexpots as wives/girlfriends, but in Thailand an ordinary working man can have the pleasure more democratic.
Nice letter Andy, and a happy ending too. Western media reports on the Thai sex scene like to make it look as sordid as possible, so that readers and viewers who have never been here can tut-tut righteously. What they overlook, in order to make it look so sordid, is the way the
Dear Kris & Noi, Pattaya officials seem to have many meetings about improving the traffic flow (and always without any success), but never mention how to help pedestrians to cross the road safely. Residents know that the pedestrian crossings are deathtraps, but it’s pitiful
to watch tourists standing bewildered at them as traffic whizzes by, and the terror on their faces if they actually try to cross and vehicles pass either side of them without slowing. It would be safer if the zebras had their stripes removed, at least people would not be dangerously fooled into believing that they could actually be used. Miss Marples Throughout Thailand pedestrian crossings are totally ignored, and sometimes even the lights fail to deter the vehicles. Your suggestion to remove the crossings is probably the best solution, as there isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hell that the authorities will instruct the police to fine drivers who ignore them. At least unsuspecting tourists would be more careful as they weave their way through the traffic with the residents, instead of believing in the security of a zebra. What an indictment of the conditions here for pedestrians when it’s safer to do the suicide slalom than use a designated crossing!
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There’s a reason that our fair town is known at The Extreme City. Actually, Pattaya has several appellations, some more complimentary than others. The bottom line is anything and everything can and does happen here. An occurrence would have to be pretty bizarre to even raise an eyebrow, here, in Fun City. However, a quick perusal of the local press, and some observations around town, recently, managed to do just that. A recent story in none other, than this fine newspaper, reported the case of a Thai woman who filed a complaint alleging she had been robbed by a foreign tourist. That, in itself, was a bit unusual as it is the tourists who are usually the victims, not the other way around. The report continued that the woman had provided “special and discreet
services” to the tourist in a hotel room in South Pattaya. After completing the act, the woman went to take a shower; after which she discovered that the man had made his exit from the room without paying her for the special services that she had provided. To add insult to injury, the miscreant stole the poor lady’s mobile phone from her handbag. Of course, as any crime victim would do, she reported the matter to the police. As luck would have it, the evil doer was located and apprehended; a happy ending to an unfortunate incident. The article didn’t mention whether the woman was charged with providing erotic services for money, which is technically illegal. Actually, I guess she really didn’t as the man never paid for the services. Anyway, according to some officials, prostitution
doesn’t exist, here, in Pattaya. Another headline, in the same issue, really jumped out at me and almost made me regurgitate my
trips; the Tiger Zoo, Mini Siam or, even, the local water park come to mind. However an infamous “red light district” offering all manners of go-go
morning coffee: CHILDREN TAKE OVER WALKING STREET. You’d have to be brain dead not to know that this fabled road in South Pattaya is no place for children; or even for the faint of heart adults among us. I’m all for field
bars, host bars, discos and other “entertainment” venues featuring scantily clad young ladies ready to serve all your carnal needs, does not seem a wise place for children to congregate. It turned out that nothing perverse or
nefarious was going on. This Walking Street was set up at a local school and included a variety of booths and exhibits to keep the kiddies entertained and informed about a variety of interesting subjects. Did you ever wonder what if feels like to stand on a stage in a state of semi undress while a bunch of drunken foreigners and locals ogle you and, if you’re lucky, “choose” you to sit with them and possibly accompany them to their room? Whether you’re interested in young ladies, clad in bikinis or less, or young men, in their briefs, it must be a bizarre experience for those service workers who entertain us night after night. What if, once a month or so, all the customers were required to display themselves onstage for the amusement of the staff? The staff would pick the customers that appealed to them, rather than the other way around. Actually, a local gay bar, in South Pattaya, recently announced a
As a card-carryingAmericano Yankee Gringo Devil, I have always been a fan of CNN. But in recent years my zeal has waned. The chief cause of my disaffection is the amount of time that is devoted to commercials touting CNN’s own programs. This is narcissistic at best, incestuous at worst. One Sunday evening I had lots of time on my hands and decided to time the commercials on John King’s “State of the Union” program.
Out of that 60-minute program, a whopping 17 minutes were devoted to commercials. That’s almost a third of the total program time. The second cause of my antipathy is the content of these commercials and the number of times they’re repeated. The worst used to be the one that started off with a piano playing and a full-face close-up of Christiane Amanpour looking solemn and righteous. You’d have thought she was sitting on the throne of St. Peter preparing to deliver a papal encyclical. “You have heard of the devastation caused by natural disasters,” she would intone, “[and] witnessed the atrocities of war. You have listened to world leaders, and leaders who want to rule the world. You have heard from men of God, and men who kill in God’s name; gazed into eyes filled with hope, and seen hearts consumed with hopelessness. With CNN, you have followed the facts around the world. Come with me, and see where the story takes us next.” Now, that doesn’t look so bad in print, but when recited in Christiane’s pontifical tones, with that damned piano tinkling in the background, and the images of people being slaughtered, women sobbing, satanic leaders haranguing their followers,
and little children weeping, it tends to put you off your feed. That commercial was pompous, tedious, depressing, and obnoxious. They showed it ALL THE TIME, for what seemed to me like 15 years. Recently they took pity on their viewers and abandoned it, but by that time I’d heard it so often I practically had it memorized. One day I kept count, and they showed it eight times in a single day. That’s not even counting the afternoon, when I took a break for a much-needed nap. (I had lots of time on my hands that day, too.) There’s also the “Impact Your World” commercial, which urges us (surprise!) to impact our world. I don’t want to impact our world. I just wish our world would take a break from impacting me. Then there’s the one for “i-Report” that has Errol Barnett saying, “You’ve got a camera. You’ve got a phone. Do you have a story?” (Answer: No.) These are also exasperating, mostly because they’re repeated so often; but Christiane’s pompous “You have heard of the devastation caused by natural disasters” sermon was the worst of the lot. The third thing that annoys me is the amount of coverage devoted to Africa. CNN has a program called “Inside Africa,” and like the
blessedly defunct Amanpour commercial, it’s on ALL THE TIME. Why so much attention to Africa? Well, they have several African reporters. The most prominent is Isha Sesay, a beautiful young lady who comes across as just a tad aggressive. It’s obvious that promoting Africa is high on her agenda. That wouldn’t be so bad if “Inside Africa” wasn’t showing all the time. But it is, and to make things worse, they’ve added another program called “African Voices.” Pretty soon we’ll have “African Cooking,” “African Music,” “African Art,” “African Theatre,” and everything you never needed to know about Africa. I hate to break the news to ardent Africa-lovers, but there are other regions of the world that are more important in the general scheme of things. Unfortunately, they receive much less coverage. CNN has “Inside the Middle East,” which isn’t bad, and which doesn’t suffer from overexposure the way “Inside Africa” does. But why can’t they run programs called “Inside Europe,” “Inside India,” “Inside China,” or “Inside Japan”? One very good reason is that CNN doesn’t have reporters who are native to those regions aggressively promoting them. Instead of a central authority that
structures its programming to strike a balance, it looks to me as if CNN is run by reporters who have free rein to push their own agendas. A fourth source of pique is the loss of several really good anchors and reporters over the years. These people come into our living rooms every day. We get to like them. They almost become members of the family. Then suddenly, boom, they’re gone, with no word of explanation whatsoever. It’s as if CNN regards them as interchangeable pawns on a chessboard. Whatever happened to Riz Khan, May Lee, Karuna Shinsho, Rebecca MacKinnon, Andrea Koppel, Femi Oke, Jane Arraf, Maria Ressa, Kasra Naji, Satinder Bhindra, Aneesh Raman, Hugh Riminton? And that’s to name just a few. You’d think CNN would televise a going-away party whenever one of its reporters goes on to better things, but no. They disappear without so much as a fare-thee-well. The current star anchor of CNN is Kristie Lu Stout. Kristie is beautiful, sparkly, level-headed, transparently intelligent, with a great sense of humor and a knockout smile. Every male viewer of CNN is madly in love with her—and if he’s not, there’s something wrong with him. If Kristie ever
by Alan S. Brown
“handsome farang” contest. There were so few registrants that the competition had to be canceled. Apparently, the idea of standing in front of an audience displaying their beer bellies wasn’t appealing to too many customers. Finally, one recent morning, I strolled out of my home, got on my motorbike, and to my pleasant surprise, the Tappaya Road widening project was completed. The mammoth trenches on the side of the road were filled in; the road was paved and as smooth as a baby’s behind; and the entire stretch, from Hanuman Statue to Pratumak Road, was four lanes. Traffic whizzed by at a normal pace: no traffic jams this morning. Then, I took a ride to Jomtien Beach. The sea was crystal blue; not a scrap of trash to be found in the water or on the beach. When I returned home to inform all my friends of these miraculous occurrences, I got right on the Internet, which was lightening fast. Then, I woke up.
disappears, it will be all over for CNN as far as I’m concerned. Isn’t there anything I like about CNN? Yes, there is. To name just a few, I like Wolf Blitzer, John King, Anderson Cooper, Erica Hill, Jonathan Mann, Colleen McEdwards, Michael Holmes, Michael Ware, Ralitsa Vassileva, and Rosemary Church. I like some of the political commentators, especially David Gergen. I like Fareed Zakaria, the editor of Newsweek International, who hosts a program called “GPS” and provides some of the deepest and most insightful political commentary on television. But I’m afraid CNN will dump his program because it’s too good. I can hear you muttering, “Get a life, Tsow. If you don’t like CNN, switch to the BBC. Or turn off the TV altogether. Don’t bore us with your mindless nattering.” Yes, yes, I hear you. And that’s what I’m planning to do. But first I have to finish hearing about the devastation caused by natural disasters, follow the facts around the world, and see where the story takes us next.
Falling Out of Love with CNN
S. Tsow can be flamed at email@example.com, except when he’s following the facts around the world and seeing where the story takes us next.
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Pattaya Secretarial & Business Services -A One Stop, Turnkey Life Saver
Ever had to set up office or a fresh business in a new location without having the faintest idea how to go about it? Imagine the stress and the sheer headaches involved, especially in Thailand. Granted it’s not going to be quite as complex as setting up a warehouse in Russia, a process with 57 phases! But even in Thailand, it’s a long drawn out rigmarole; one that could induce a heart attack, purely from the stress-inducing complexity. But fear not, salvation is now at hand in the form of Pattaya Secretarial & Business Services – literally a one-stop, turnkey life saver. They can provide absolutely everything you could possibly desire in an office from 6 am to midnight, six days a week! Their list of services cover a whole wall; so comprehensive are they that they wouldn’t be out of place in London, New York or Hong Kong, certainly there is absolutely nothing remotely on a par in Pattaya in terms of wide-rangingness. They also have an exportimport business, so they’re ultra-experienced at dealing with any of the customs, receiving or shipping red-tape you’re likely to encounter at the docks when importing, exporting or freightforwarding your goods. For their part, Pattaya Secretarial & Business Services export a range of canned goods, such as lychees, bamboo shoots, sweet corn, tuna, and mackerel to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This cornucopia of services is the brainchild of the boss, Khun Christine, who worked
in office services in Bangkok, first as an employee and then successfully ran her own company along the same lines for six years before coming to Pattaya, just over a year ago; starting from home and then moving into their present offices, from where she provides the ideas and inspiration. Pattaya Secretarial & Business Services specializes in turnkey packages, so as a foreigner, new to Thailand, they could facilitate business sales and transfers, property acquisition, work permit, and business visa acquisition, and/or set up a company for you, as well as teach your staff English and you Thai. And this applies whether you are an entrepreneur, sole proprietor, or small company with fewer than ten full-time employees.
If you’re reluctant to employ a full range of staff initially, no problem, they will provide you with sufficient highly experienced and knowledgeable temporary staff to help you operate, as many days as you wish, thus saving you the cost of having to pay National Insurance or
agency fees. Their team of temp staff can, for instance, attend to phone answering, typing, research, calendar management, billing, accounts and bookkeeping, organizing travel and events, and project management. This is the beauty of
Pattaya Secretarial & Business Services, they fully appreciate the importance of the boss and that your time is too valuable to waste on mundane tasks that could be far better managed by a competent secretary or temp team, leaving you to get on with the important jobs of being creative or inspirational. Now we’re working here under the assumption that you wish to bring in a team of temp staff to your office, but actually you can hire office space at their business premises and benefit from their turnkey services. This, for example, could consist of ready-to-use, fully-equipped rooms to house up to 50 staff, with professional IT support, 24-hour Wi-Fi Internet access, legal and accounting
consultation, etc. – in fact, anything you could possibly need business-wise. This would be particularly useful if you were here in Pattaya for a short period and didn’t want to go to the trouble of opening your own office, especially if it means going to exorbitant expense to buy computers and other essential office equipment. Equally, if again you don’t actually need or want to open an office, the company can send a temp team to your home. The full range of services offered by Pattaya Secretarial & Business Services fall under the following category areas: information; documentation; business structure and administration; sales, advertising and marketing; desktop publishing; office visits; etc. They also fully appreciate cash flow and its problems; accordingly, they have a range of easyto-pay schemes, require no long-term contracts and you pay only for what you need, with the freedom to cancel at any time. Examples of some of these packages are Corporate Service 1 Month Bt5,000; Corporate Service 3 Months Bt10,000; Corporate Service 6 Months Bt20,000. Very competitive and ultraconvenient! Pattaya Secretarial & Business Services has an advert in this issue, so I won’t reiterate it, but I couldn’t resist highlighting the ideal Super Secretary Package. Assuming you have a Girl-Friday who means the world to you, here’s how to
safeguard her: 3 months/Monday-Friday /3 hours a day -1 hour of English -1 hour of Basic Thai Law, Business Management, Sales & Marketing -1 hour of Martial Art After which, she can attend to all your problems
with aplomb, take care of herself and see off troublesome customers (just joking!). Pay them a visit today at: Pattaya Secretarial & Business Services, 62/22 Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150, Tel: 081550 0885
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The everyday facts of life in Britain NEW MIGRANTS could get ‘welcome packs’ spelling out everyday facts of British life, a new report said. It could include the British love of queuing and the unacceptability of spitting in the street, The idea of ‘cultural briefing packs’ was proposed by the commission as a way to help new arrivals fit in and smooth potential friction points with existing residents. They would be drawn up by local councils according to customs within their area. The commission said the idea should be explored of asking new migrants to go to the local town hall to get their welcome pack. As well as information about the area and workers rights, it could tell them how to behave. “The packs might say that we like to queue at the Post Office and the bus stop and we don’t really like spitting in the street.” said a commission spokeswoman. “Things like that sound very simple, however, they can drive members of a settled community barmy, when it might be that new arrivals just don’t know about local customs.” Illegal immigrants will be deported FIRMS who hire illegal immigrants will have to pay for their deportation under tough new rules. Companies will be fined up to £10.000 for every unlawful worker, to cover the cost of sending them home. The penalty is one of a string of measures being considered by the Home Office. Immigration Minister, Liam Byrne said “What we’re proposing will flush illegals out.” Around 1,200 officers will police the system, due to start this year at an annual cost of £20 million. But illegal workers already here will NOT be affected. Britons own over 68 million debit cards BRITONS own over 68 million debit cards, more than one for every man, woman and child. The figure comes exactly 20 years since the debit card was launched. Now 143 purchases are made with debit cards every Second. Women use their cards 25 percent more than men, new research found, however, men spend more per transaction, £52 on average, compared with £39 for women. Londoners spend the most on average at £53 a time, whilst the Welsh spend the least, at just £41. Barclays launched the first debit card, called Connect, on June 3 1987, but shopkeepers opposed their processing fees. Barclays Head of Debit Cards, Brian Cunnington, said “Plastic has revolutionised how we spend”. British teenagers are the worst in Europe BRITISH teenagers are now officially the worst in Europe. A report claims they have more fights, drink more, use more drugs and enjoy under-age sex more than their counterparts in France, Germany or Italy. Well, if British teenagers are the worst, British parents are the worst for letting their children get so bad. Now BRITAIN tops the European Union’s league of crime, it was revealed last month. The country is the most burgled, has the highest level of assaults, and above average rates of car theft, robbery and pick pocketing. Only Ireland could match the British ‘record’. A report from the Commons Home Affairs Committee showed there was a more than one-in-five chance of becoming a victim of crime in the UK in 2008. The EU average is fewer than one-in-six. For Spain, it is less than one-in10.
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Home Office Minister, Tony McNulty, claimed the study took no account of recent crime falls. But the report warned: ‘The UK remains the highest crime country in the EU contest.’ Staying single SINGLE people spend an average £88 a month on new dates, an online poll has revealed. The annual total is £1.058, with men forking out more, when they take out someone new in the hope of finding love. Men splash out £96.58, while girls pay an average £68.82. People in London, where one in four adults is single, splash out most at £108.30. The average in Scotland is £47.82 said finance website Money Expert. Singletons aged 35 to 44 are the most generous, while those over 55 spend the least. Now one in three women are unmarried at 35, official figures show. In 2000, only a quarter were not married, and in 1990, just one in ten was in this position. Marriage began to experience a decline in the 1980s but in the last decade its popularity has fallen more sharply. The downward trend corresponds with an increase in women following careers, the rising cost of buying a home and the growing acceptance of couples simply living together. MARRYING for money is no longer the main way for women to become rich, according to research. Less than one in four female millionaires said that marrying a rich man was the major reason for their wealth. The majority said they earned their own money from starting a business or making investments. The findings of the survey, by private banking service Barclays Wealth Management, suggest that women are increasingly adept at making a fortune independently. Economists have predicted that there will be more female millionaires than male by 2020. The Centre for Economics and Business Research found last year that women now make 46 percent of the 370,000 millionaires in Britain. It predicted that they will overtake men to reach 53 percent by 2020. The Centre said the fact that women live longer than men, often means they inherit a husband’s wealth, coupled with increasingly generous divorce settlements would play a big role in pushing up the numbers. However, the report suggested that the rise of service industries, which have attracted working women in unprecedented numbers, is behind the boom. The survey of 600 wealthy women found that 83.9 percent cited earnings and business ownership among the three main reasons for their affluence. Quarter of children have one parent NEARLY a quarter of all children now live in single parent families, according to a report. The figure, 24 percent, is treble that recorded in 1972 and has crept up from 21 percent in 1997 and 22 percent in 2001. And 66 percent of single parent families live in rented housing, compared to 22 percent of couples with children, says the Office for National Statistics Social Trends report. Since 1971, ‘traditional’ couples with children have fallen from 52 to 37 percent. And the proportion of couples living together with no children rose from 19 to 25 percent. The ONS says “Recent decades have seen marked changes in households.” Ban TV from children’s bedrooms. TV SHOULD not be allowed in children’s bedrooms, a
psychologist says. And parents must strictly ration the time youngsters spend in front of television. Dr. Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, says the Government must give parents guidelines on the amount of TV exposure that is safe for their children. Under the age of three, he says, children should not be allowed television at all. Youngsters up to seven should watch only about 30 minutes a day. Studies have shown a clear link between ‘excessive’ viewing and difficulty in sleeping, behaviour problems and obesity.”Screen media must now be considered a major problem health issue” Dr. Sigman says, “and reducing viewing must become the new priority for child health.” One study found that if children watched more than two hours of television a day between the ages of five and 15, their health suffered years later. Men have overtaken women at the phone MEN HAVE overtaken women as the biggest phone chatterboxes, a survey revealed last week. MEN spend an average 32 minutes a day on the blower, up from 22 minutes in 2002. Women are now on 26 minutes, down from 35 five years ago. This is probably because women now prefer to share their gossip via email and text, said the study of 3,500 adults by Nectar, in association with Talk Talk. Work calls were not included in the survey. Call from the heart MOBILE phones could be recharged using heartbeats, say scientists. They have found a way to use magnets to turn the vibrations into electricity to power gadgets such as phones and MP3 players. It would mean charging a mobile could be as simple as keeping it in a pocket near the heart. Scientists hope the technology could also power pacemakers, so patients would not need surgery to replace batteries. Steve Beeby of Southampton University said.”There is a lot of energy available on the body. Heartbeats or even the impact of a heel on the floor could be used.” Alzheimer’s cure closer CASES of Alzheimer’s will quadruple by 2050 experts said last week. The estimated 26 million dementia sufferer worldwide will grow to more than 106 million. Almost half, 43 percent, will need high level care. In the UK there are 700,000 people with dementia, which will rise to around 1.7 million. Scientists have moved a step closer to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, it was revealed recently. They have developed a compound which prevents the disease killing brain cells and improves memory and learning ability already damaged. The Scottish study at the University of St. Andrews has now won extra funding from the Alzheimer’s Research Trust. A spokeswoman said “It’s exciting news.” Try to relax MILLIONS of work-mad Brits spend less than six hours a week with their partners as they toil in the office, a study shows. A quarter devote less than two-and-a-half hours a week to exercise and many get little sleep. About 15 million workers find little time for their partners, the report for Imodium revealed. Psychologist, Dr. David Lewis, said their ‘unbalanced’ lives risked their relationships and health. Another survey said, BRITS spend more quality time with their favourite soap characters than their family, a poll shows. Almost half know more about the TV creations than about some relatives. On average viewers watch 275 minutes of soaps a week, against just 90 minutes quality time with a partner of family. One third eat most meals in front of the telly says the poll of 3,000 viewers for ITV. com. The average British computer user spends 15.8 hours a week online, more than34 days a year. An explosion in the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace now accounts for three hours a week. But an obsessive six percent spend 11 hours per week, more than on real life socialising, according to the survey for uSwitch.com.
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PATTAYA STYLISH LIVING
WEDDING FAIR 2009 “Wedding Dreams”
Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, Khun Wutthisak Ruemkitjakarn, had the great pleasure of officially opening the ‘Wedding Dreams 2009’ event, which took place at the Central Festival Pattaya Beach on Sunday 12th September, together with Mr. David Cummings, General Manager of the Amari Orchid Resort and Tower. Mr. Cummings made an opening speech welcoming and thanking everyone for attending, together with Khun Kasin Owartsuwan, Manager of Central Festival Pattaya Beach.
this year, the Amari turned their ‘Aranda Ballroom into a wedding paradise, with an abundance of wedding designs and decorations on
This is the third year that the Amari have held the ‘Wedding Dreams’ event in Pattaya and it gets more and more successful each year, it is one of the most
display. The resort offers a complete service for every aspect of your wedding, from helping you choose the date, to sending you off on your honeymoon.
professionally put together wedding exhibitions in Thailand, and very well supported by wedding suppliers and businesses. As part of the exhibition
There were a number of shows to keep the audience enthralled, including a wide range of different wedding packages, stunning photography for the big
day, jewellery, wedding souvenirs, cosmetics, honeymoon packages and professional wedding designers. The highlight of the show was a wedding fashion show with no less than 10 couples strutting their stuff on the catwalk. The last couple, to huge excitement, was Thai celebrities, Khun Man Suphakit and Khun Meji Anoma. The couple gave an interview on ‘How to have a happy married life together’. Other highlights included a ‘new trend’ wedding, where the bride’s face is made up Korean style using cosmetics from the ETUDE range, plus displays on the best skin care tips and how to ensure that perfect complexion on your big day from the Khun Parichart Clinic. The ‘Wedding Dreams 2009’ event was held on the 12th-13th September, on the first floor of Central Festival Pattaya Beach, starting at 1.30pm.
Everyone attending agreed it was the best ‘Wedding Dreams’ event so far and are looking forward to the event next year already!
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Oscar takes Bangkok break on World Woof Tour Intrepid world travelling Scottie, Oscar, a one-time stray, stopped off in Bangkok with his owner, South African professional golfer Joanne Lefson, to highlight the plight of Thailand’s stray dogs. Oscar and Joanne visited one of Bangkok’s animal shelters to publicize their work, with the message “A dog can enrich your life, but consider adopting one from a shelter.” The pair are on a four-continent “World Woof Tour” of 32 countries. Heavy Death Toll For Early September In Narathiwat A hunting party, composed of two hunters, a villager and a defence volunteer, were gunned down in the Bacho district of Narathiwat by four suspected Islamic militants who chased and killed all four. Earlier an elderly Muslim man was killed and several others injured, while playing petanque, by a motorcyclist-grenade thrower. These two incidents brought the number of deaths in the region to 19 within a 10-day period, with more than 60 wounded. “Bribes-For-Contracts” Couple Indicted Under US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Film-makers Gerald and Patricia Green created shell companies and paid off the former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Juthamas Siriwan, transferring money into bank accounts of Juthamas’ daughter and a friend to be awarded lucrative business contracts at Bangkok International Film Festival. The pair reaped US$13.5 million from the deal. They were tried under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for conspiracy and money laundering. Juthamas has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged in Thailand. Muslims Faring Badly In Yala Insurgency Three Muslim civilians were killed recently in Yala Province. A man was shot en route to morning prayers in Krong Pinang. Then a civil servant was killed in a driveby shooting in Bannang Sata, a hotbed of Malay Muslim separatism. Finally, a woman was killed by a bomb in front of the rubber plantation where she worked. These raise fatalities to 16 in a week, with nearly 50 people injured, including 42 wounded in a car bombing. Joint EU-Amnesty International Plea For Abolition Of Death Penalty In Thailand The E.U. and Amnesty International have expressed concern over the resumption of the death penalty in Thailand, after an almost six-year “de facto moratorium, urging the Thai government to abolish the act to “protect human dignity.” Two drug traffickers were executed by lethal injection. According to the Corrections Department, there are 832 prisoners under sentence of death, 371 of whom were convicted of drug-related crimes, with 115 who have petitions for clemency pending. Brit Implicated In Mammoth Ganja Bust Three suspected traffickers, a Malaysian, a Singaporean, and a Thai, were arrested recently at the Diamond Grand Ville housing estate in Bangkok’s Bung Khum district in a 1000 kg. drugs-bust, the largest cannabis haul in 10 years. Police believe a Brit is the mastermind behind the multinational gang involved in smuggling drugs from Lao via Loei and Nong Khai in Thailand to Amsterdam. Police also suspect this was only half of the order. Justice For Canadian Murdered For Life Insurance Policy Maneerat ,the Thai wife of Canadian, Dale Henry,
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murdered in Ban Nong, Ranong, last year for his US$1 million life insurance policy, has been sentenced to life imprisonment, along with her boyfriend and the hit-man who shot Dale in the head, while recovering from a previous suspected attempt on his life. She stole US$21,000 from his personal account the day following Dale’s murder. Maneerat is also suspected of having stolen Dale’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Murdered Canadian’s Family Still Frustrated With Thai Justice In another Thai-Canadian tragedy, Leo Del Pinto’s family are still waiting for his cop murderer to face justice. Leo was shot by Sgt. Uthai Dechawiwat last year in Pai. The culprit was imprisoned awaiting trial, but later freed due to a technicality. The case will shortly be referred to the Department of Special Investigation and later to an attorney general for possible prosecution. Leo’s father said “He’s lucky he’s a cop …. that’s why he’s still on the street.” Consolation Prize For Miss Thailand In 2009 Miss Universe Pageant Miss Thailand, Chutima Durongdej, redeemed a modicum of glory for Thailand after being resoundingly beaten in the contest for one of the top three positions in the 2009 Miss Universe pageant, which was won by Venezuela’s, Stefania Fernandez, with Miss Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee de la Cruz, named runner up. In the competition, held in the Bahamas, Chutima was named Miss Photogenic, whereas Miss China, Wang Jingyao, was named Miss Congeniality. Canadian Bangkok Teeny Brothel Owner Remanded In US Canadian paedophile-procurer, John Wrenshall, who ran a brothel near Bangkok with boys as young as 6, allegedly catering to American teeny sex-tourists, has been further remanded into custody in New Jersey, USA, after pleading not guilty. Wrenshall came to the attention of federal investigators after fellow paedophile, Wayne Nelson Corliss, ex-Santa Claus portrayer at kids’ parties, was arrested in 2008 for frequenting the brothel to have sex with two boys, aged 6 and 9. Scottish Woman Dies In Fatal Mugging A Scottish woman, Lydia Riach, aiming to retire in Bangkok with her husband was attacked by a motorbike snatch team who grabbed her handbag and pulled her to the ground. She sustained a fatal head injury from which she since died. The couple were en route to watch football at a Scottish bar. Husband Douglas Riach said: “This has not changed my view of Thailand and Thai people who have been very kind to us both”. MAP Appeals To Government To Help Struggling Burmese Migrant Workers The Thai-based Migrant Assistance Program Foundation (MAP), representing some 400,000 Burmese migrant workers in Mae Sot and Chiang Mai, are appealing to the government to integrate the now suffering migrant workers into the economic recovery scheme by extending legal protection and social safety nets to them. MAP is particularly concerned that migrant travel restrictions be lifted to help unemployed migrants, hard hit by the economic downturn, find work and accommodation. Swine Flu Proven To Be The Most Virulent Seasonal Flu Strain As Thailand’s H1N1 flu deaths rise to 130, 70% of which were aged from 31 to 40, increasing Thailand’s global rating to 33rd, research by US University of Maryland, attempting to combine three different viruses, indicates that they are unlikely to produce a more virulent “super bug.” What the research did find, however, was that H1N1 out-competed the other seasonal flu strains, infecting the lab ferrets used for the experiment, on average, faster and twice as much.
True Move Plans Expansion Amid Industry Downturn True Move, Thailand’s third-largest mobile phone operator, and the only one officially selling the iPhone, is to invest Bt10 billion over the next three years to develop networks, including a new third-generation (3G) service, depending on when the industry regulator issued 3G licences. The Thai mobile industry has been badly hit by the economic recession, only predicting 3-4 million new customers this year, as opposed to the 8-10 million gained in 2008. Peter Reid To Stay As Thai National Coach The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) maintains Peter Reid, former Leeds and Sunderland boss, will remain in charge of the national side, after all. Reid had apparently expressed interest in returning to an English top-flight club, recently, most likely Premier League Stoke City FC (the Potters) who are eager to acquire his skills. However, FAT is holding Reid to his four-year contract and is keen to dismiss rumours of his disillusionment. UDD Ups The Ante According To Somjet Boonthanom The goal of the pro-Thaksin UDD is to foment chaos and confusion to prevent the government from administrating the country and also to keep Thaksin out of jail, former Council for National Security SecretaryGeneral, Somjet Boonthanom, has claimed. Apart from threatening to stage rallies, and petitioning the king, Somjet asserts the UDD have doctored an audio clip in which PM Abhisit allegedly orders tough action against the Red-Shirted rioters during the mid-April riot; a claim Abhisit vehemently denies. Red Shirt Jailed For Lèse-Majesté Offences Red-Shirt activist, Daranee Charncherngsilapakul, has joined the ranks of the YouTube video-posting engineer and an Australian journalist as the most recent person to fall foul of the lèse-majesté law. Ms. Daranee was arrested last July after making a series of rabble-rousing speeches, containing remarks “laced with offensive references to the monarchy.” She was recently sentenced to an 18-year jail term by a Bangkok court, but maintains she will appeal against the sentence. Reality TV Contestant Drowns In Bangkok Lake Reality TV contestant Saad Khan from Pakistan drowned in a tragic swimming accident in a Bangkok lake when he became lost in the lake’s murky waters during the filming of a stunt for a Unilever shampoo promotion for Pakistani TV. He actually died in August, but an announcement of his death was delayed until his later recovered body was returned home to Karachi. Unilever has been absolved of any liability for the tragedy. Political Unrest Continues To Rattle Foreigners Certain International investment consultants are still reluctant to recommend investing in Thailand, citing the Pro-Thaksin-Anti-Government threat. “Thaksin … is effectively chipping away at Abhisit’s coalition rather successfully,” asserts Hong Kong-based FTI International Risk’s Stephen Vickers. Meanwhile, customers of Thai exporters are requesting contingency plans. Hana Microelectronics’ Richard Han says his customers tell him, “’I want you to have some backup plan in China in case of an airport shutdown’. They remember it. Every time they see some political unrest, they get scared”. Government Discovers Foreigners Buying Land According to Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot, foreigners have illegally purchased 10,000 rai of farmland in Thailand’s central region. Unlike some of its neighbours, like Malaysia, Thailand has strict laws against foreigners buying land, covered by the Foreign Business Act. In this case, the land was not even for building accommodation, but for agricultural purposes that the government is even more stringent about as this usage deprives Thais from the chance to farm.
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A house price revival looks flimsy by Simon Philbrook Wishful thinking and tiny sample sizes afflict the bewildering array of price indices. A real recovery is a distant prospect. There are nine separate housing indices put out every month. Better known providers include the Land Registry and Revenue & Customs, who use sale prices and volumes; the Halifax and Nationwide, whose numbers are based on mortgages approved; Rightmove, who use asking prices; and Hometrack and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RiCS), who report the results of surveys of agents. Others use a combination of these with additional data thrown in to confuse. You may notice that the majority of these surveys are produced by those involved in selling property or providing the funding for property. Since it is human nature to want to gravitate towards an
optimist, it makes commercial sense for businesses that are involved in the property market to describe the glass as being half-full rather than half-empty. Who wants to instruct a pessimist? Since Easter, most of these monthly updates have shown an improvement. The lenders, in the shape of the Halifax and Nationwide, have reported prices rising by about 1.5% a month, with the Nationwide just this week claiming that house prices were only 2.7% down on the prices of 12 months ago. Today, the Land Registry published its July survey of completions, which has prices down 11.7% over the past year, and since their sample is much bigger, covers all cash transactions as well as those with mortgages, I tend to go with their figures rather than with the Nationwide. However, the biggest problem when looking at the average prices that the lenders provide is that they give no idea of just how small a sample their numbers come from. The RiCS monthly survey is actually just the views of around 275 surveyors across the country.
The lenders don’t actually have a much bigger sample by the time you remove the cash purchases and all the other transactions that their small print confirms they don’t include. If two homes were sold last month and just one the month before then estate agents and lenders would be jumping up and down telling
I don’t know if you’re a mud-flap fan? No? Up in Khao Talo Towers we value the simple things of life – a bit of light gardening, a dip into a novel, maybe see what’s on TV. Something a bit racy like mud-flap spotting? This could ruffle the smooth surface of the Pobaan pool and bring over-excitement to a pure and uneventful existence. We don’t want that sort of thing up on the Hill. Until I begin to notice pictures of the Bee Gees painted on the mud-flaps of truck wheels on the highways. Intriguing – perhaps an opportunity to enliven long journeys to Chumphon with an educational pursuit, I think. Mrs Pobaan’s family lives down that way, so it’s a journey often taken and in need of a bit of enlivening. Thus the game evolves. For those who can’t remember the Seventies, or the Eighties for
that matter, there were three Bee Gees. The challenge is to spot all three on one journey, and the first person in the car to get the full set is declared the winner. No trophy is yet available; honour is considered sufficient reward. ‘Bee Gees? What’s that?’ enquires the love of my life. ‘The pop group. You know...’ And there follows a rare example of the rich Pobaan baritone at full volume: ‘I think I’m going back to Massachusetts.’ ‘We’re going to Chumphon.’ ‘No, it’s a song that the Bee Gees used to sing. Like “Stayin’ Alive”.’ My voice rises two or three octaves to give my wife the general impression of tight trousers. ‘They were brothers, nahm sagoon Gibb.’ ‘Oh yes, like in Walking Street.’ ‘The tribute band in that bar at the Beach Road end, yes, my clever wife.’ We begin the game. After a
suspect that actually, the discrepancy in figures can be attributed to more cheaper homes selling than expensive ones. The Land Registry sale volumes confirms this with 57% fewer homes sold between £1m and £2m in May. Around 2.5 million homeowners are either close to or already in negative
England’s Streets still littered with The number of new houses being constructed For Sale boards has taken a dramatic fall us that there had been a 100% Today they are selling 2,600. equity according to broker increase in the number of More than double but still John Charcol. They can’t homes sold, but the bottom only around two properties move without the 25% line is that there would still per town in the UK. deposit they will be required have been only two sales. The average price of homes to find for their next home. So There are 24 million homes for sale is £220,000 according the number of new properties in the UK. to Rightmove, but the average coming on to the market will The Land Registry gives price of homes that sell is just be depressed for some time to average prices but it also £155,000 according to the come. The number of buyers gives an idea of the number Land Registry. While some with a squeaky clean credit of transactions that have canny buyers are negotiating history will also be small but taken place in England and substantial reductions I I suspect that as interest rates
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Wales. Revenue & Customs does a similar exercise but for the whole country and between them, we can get a good idea of how little business is actually being done to provide the prices that are being quoted. In August 2007 there were just over 5,000 homes selling per day. In January this year the low point was 1,000.
few kilometres, it’s clear that Barry is the easiest to find. He is the handsome one and is clearly the most popular Bee Gee with truck drivers. And Robin turns up fairly frequently too, at least I think it’s Robin, though it could be a different version of Barry. They look quite similar, but they were brothers. The illusive Gibb is Maurice – the bald one who, as I recall, married Lulu, the roughvoiced songstress. Where is Maurice? We cannot find the last Bee Gee. This is what makes mud-flap spotting such a captivating and challenging sport. Except that the other day I come across a book that claims that the pictures on mud-flaps aren’t actually of the Bee Gees at all. I can understand Robin not being Robin, but apparently Barry isn’t Barry either, he’s Al Pacino playing rookie New York cop Frank Serpico in the 1973 movie of the same name.
To someone who is pretty proud of inventing the ‘Spot the Bee Gees’ game, this comes as something of a shock. What is the world coming to? It seems quite reasonable that truck drivers should want to entertain fellow road-users by decorating their vehicles with portraits of lovable falsetto songsters. But why Serpico? Has his gritty determination to resist corruption, unlike the other cops in his precinct, made him some kind of hero to our nation’s trucksters? If so, fair enough, but this twist has added complication to the Pobaans’ simple yet diverting motoring game. We try changing the game to ‘Find three Serpicos who look most like Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb’. This is fine for a few kilometres but by the first fuel stop the game is looking a bit silly. The amount of judgement required renders the result controversial, and we find the contest usually ends in a stifling round of appeals to the umpire, which we don’t have. ‘I got a Maurice.’ ‘You mean a Serpico who looks a bit like a Maurice.
Anyway, I think he looks more like a Barry.’ ‘Do I get the point though?’ ‘I think you should, my sweetness. Well done.’ I am hardly surprised when I mention the game to a friend - who is planning a long car journey - and he tells me he always thought the pictures on the mud-flaps were of Kris Kristofferson. ‘Kris Kristofferson?’ I splutter, losing half a mouthful of Chang down my shirt front. Kris, he reminds me, starred in the movie Convoy which came out in 1978 at the height of the CB radio craze that had everyone in America talking about 10-4s and rubber ducks. If truckers were much concerned about rubber ducks in Thailand, this could explain why the older ones might choose to put Kris’s mug on their mud-flaps, and also why they might prefer him to a straight New York policeman or a trio of bouffant songsters, no matter how tight their trousers. ‘Do we need to stop for petrol soon?’ my sleepy wife enquires. ‘Sure. The next one we see.’ ‘Maybe noodle soup?’ ‘Ok.’ ‘Then sleep till we’re back in Pattaya.’ ‘Good idea.’
rise over the coming months, the number of properties for sale will increase compared with the number of people who can afford to buy them and this will once again depress prices. We may yet see a double-dip, with house prices that appear to have stabilised based on the tiny number of transactions falling further as supply increases. Like Winston Churchill, I don’t think that this is the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on simon@ hamptonsthailand.co.th The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable, however, neither Hamptons International Mortgages (Thailand) Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for an errors or omissions in the above article nor bear responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article. And the game might have struggled on like that, except that recently your humble columnist had cause to cross the Sukhumvit Road, cruising from the teetering heights of Khao Talo down to the sultry coastal lowlands of Pattaya City. What do I see on the highway but a brand new shiny monster truck sporting massive mudflaps bearing portraits of... Che Guevara! Che’s likeness is unmistakable to anyone who has visited as many student accommodations as Mr Pobaan and observed the Cuban revolutionary’s poster staring down from countless walls above countless unmade beds. It’s definitely Che, not looking at all like a Bee Gee. And to make matters even more confusing, in a spirit of détente unimaginable before Barack Obama reached the White House, flying behind Che Guevara’s head is the Stars and Stripes, the flag of the old Cuban enemy. That’s enough mud-flaps. The game’s off. The Pobaans will go back to counting telegraph poles. Kuhn Pobaan’s by-theway Isn’t this gasohol stuff wonderful? Goes down well with Coke, and probably a lot better for you than Maekhong. Email your favourite drinks, or fuels, to kuhn.pobaan@ gmail.com.
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Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org Quick Tip To prevent foods like potatoes, pasta or oatmeal from boiling over, use a stick of margarine or butter to grease the inside of the pot--about one inch down from the top. The boiling food will contain itself. Pattaya Warming All this talk, mostly in Europe and America, about global warming and greening the planet, Andy, but I don’t see much evidence here of people doing anything about it. I don’t know if there are any restrictions on carbon emissions from motor vehicles or factories (it seems not); there’s lots of evidence of polluted air and water in the Pattaya area, and I don’t know anyone who is into conservation in their lives, let alone preserving the planet. Can you provide your readers with some tips on what they might do individually so that they are part of the solution and not part of the problem. Carter Without conceding that Thailand and its people (including resident farang)
are ignoring global warming, it seems there are valid reasons why many developing countries are less active in the fight. Most governments have other priorities. Many people (even those who are aware of global warming) are struggling with day-to-day challenges (What’s more important to the peasant rice farmer: installing solar panels or feeding his family?) That said, everyone can help. No need to make costly changes, like upgrading to energy-saving appliances or double-glazing windows. Instead, take small steps to help save the planet while reducing your expenses. Turn up the thermostat on your air conditioner; cover your windows to block out the sun’s heat—both steps will help lower AC bills and save energy. Replace standard light bulbs with halogen bulbs. Drive less by carpooling or by running several errands on one trip-or walk. Turn out lights and turn off appliances when not in use. Take your own reusable bag to the market when you shop instead of wasting plastic
bags. Everyone can make a difference. David’s Frost We have a self-defrosting freezer, Andy, but it has frost in it and there is some ice build-up on the inside walls. Any idea what the problem is and what I should do? David from Italy First thing you should do, David, is determine if the problem is with the selfdefrosting system itself. To do that, remove all food from the freezer and turn the thermostat to ‘off.’ Leave it off with the door open for at least a full day, keeping an eye on the drip pan to ensure melting ice does not flow over and onto the floor. When you’re certain that all frost and ice have been cleared, reset the thermostat to normal and close the door. If the freezer cools properly, it indicates that the problem is probably in the selfdefrosting system. It could be the defrost timer, which you can check by manually advancing the timer to the defrost cycle; wait about an hour for the unit to advance itself out of the defrost cycle.
If it sticks in any position and refuses to advance, replace the timer. Alternatively, it might be the defrost heater. Test this for continuity using an electrical volt/ohm meter. If the heater has continuity, then that is not the problem. Instead, it could be the defrost thermostat, which is mounted to the evaporator coils. However, this is a difficult component to test, so just replace it if the other parts are in good working order. Nok Muck Hi, Andy. Any advice on what is the best paint to use on my metal balcony railing and the small parapet wall underneath? We seem to have a lot of birds doing what birds do, and their ‘doings’ eat into the paint both on the railings and the wall. Someone suggested Jotun Marine Paint. Good idea/bad idea? Thank you for your valued advice on so many things. Richard Jotun Marine Paint is an excellent choice, Richard. Just be sure that--before painting--you thoroughly remove all khee nok and other muck and grime from the surfaces to be painted. A hard nylon brush might be needed to remove droppings that are oxidized and hard. Once you’ve repainted, it would be a good idea to wash down the railings weekly to
avoid future damage from bird droppings which, as you know are very acidic. Even using a quality marine paint, be careful not to allow bird dung to linger because the acid begins immediately to burn and etch the paint’s surface. The longer the substance remains, the greater the damage. Toilet Tip In the 16 August issue of Pattaya Today I saw a reference to using tennis balls to stop toilet odours. I am a long term subscriber, Andy, but can’t find the issue with this tip. Can you tell me how to use the tennis balls or where to find the tip? D I could not come up with that issue either, D, but the reader who made the comment recalls that the tip was in reply to someone who asked about smells from incorrectly installed bathroom drains with no s-bend. I suggested removing the perforated plastic covers and inserting a tennis ball to cover the hole. The ball could be rolled aside whilst having a shower. The reader also noted, “My condo has the smelly drains problem in the bathrooms, and your piece of advice solved the problem.” Andy’s Helpers I was reading your
comment about a reader’s light-dimming problem (Pattaya Today, Sept. 1) and thought I would make a couple comments. In many places in the Pattaya area there are problems with the power coming from the Provincial Power Authority. In particular in the rural areas. But you usually will notice the lights dimming other than when just the water heater kicks in; there is little the reader can do about that. The Power Authority is gradually upgrading the system. Also, many electric meters used in condos and apartments here are only 5 amps, which could cause the voltage drop. Since Pattaya is so close to the sea, corrosion of the electrical connections can be a possible problem. In particular, from the supply to the electric meter and main breaker panel. That would require a qualified technician to check out (and should be, as it is possible fire hazard). If your reader is annoyed by the dimming lights, I might recommend that he put in fluorescent light fixtures or replace the incandescent light bulbs with low energy (electronic fluorescent) light bulbs. The problem of light dimming is more apparent with the use of dimmer switches, so do away with them. Also, avoid using halogen lights. Blaine --Handy Andy
Making Pattaya - Jomtien Your Home
The Pattaya - Jomtien area is a wonderful place to live for many reasons. One visit is all it takes for most foreigners to fall in love with this unique paradise, so much so they want to relocate here either to work, retire or own a residence that is their “home away from home” whenever they go on a vacation. If you desire to own a residence in or around Pattaya - Jomtien you will discover another great attribute. The area real estate companies, builders and developers offer a wide variety of new, modern, state-of-the-art condos, houses, townhouses and shop houses to choose from. Of equal importance, if your needs are so unique you are unable to find a residence that will satisfy your lifestyle they will custom design and build it for you. In a nutshell; somewhere in PattayaJomtien is a home or condo that will fit your lifestyle requirements. From budget
priced townhouses to multimillion baht luxury villas, your residence in paradise is either already out there waiting for you or one of the real estate companies advertising in this Pattaya Today newspaper can get it designed and built for you. In addition to the numerous quality-built new homes and condos for sale you will also find a nice selection of pre-owned residences available. Many are being sold by foreigners who are moving up in the Pattaya - Jomtien property market rather than moving back to their country. Ask around. You’ll find that once most expats have lived here they can’t imagine living anywhere else. If you desire security, a swimming pool plus a breathtaking view at a fantastic price, a condo may be just the right residence you need. Whether the condo you select has a view toward the Gulf of Thailand or it offers a stunning view of the city – day or night
– you are guaranteed to find million-dollar-views at a fraction of the cost you’d pay somewhere else. Condos are easy for you to purchase because Thai real estate laws are favorable toward foreigners owning them freehold. On the other hand, if a single family home is more to your liking, check out the new villages that are being developed throughout the area. Real estate laws concerning foreign ownership of a single family home or townhouse are different than owning a condo, but real estate companies and lawyers who “specialize” in real estate can guide you easily through the foreign ownership options. When purchasing a property it is also recommended that you confer with your lawyer about visa requirements, the best way to transfer purchase money to a Thai bank from your bank account in your country,
the requirements for transferring the legal title to you plus any contract closing costs and other property ownership details. A top-notch Thai law firm specializing in real estate law will move your purchase smoothly and securely through this process to your satisfaction and at a reasonable cost. When choosing a real estate sales firm, developer or builder, look for one who is ready, willing and able to accommodate your specific needs. You will find salespeople who are anxious to show you properties that are well-suited to your new tropical lifestyle of leisure. Look through this Pattaya Today newspaper property section and you will find advertisements from professional real estate companies with knowledgeable salespeople who will pleasantly assist you in finding and owning the residence that best satisfies your needs and desires. Some full-service
real estate companies will also provide you with travel arrangements and hotel reservations should you need to return to your country and then travel back to Thailand to complete the transaction. A tip that is important for you to keep in mind: The real estate for sale in the Pattaya - Jomtien area is unique and properties can sell quickly at any time even during slow season. Whether it is a house, condo or business, the property that has caught your eye may not be available for long. If you decide to purchase real estate, it is in your best interest to decisively act on it. As more and more foreigners discover the wonderful amenities Thailand has to offer, the Pattaya - Jomtien area has become a very fluid marketplace and highly desired properties are snatched up daily by savvy buyers that recognize bargain prices for exceptional value.
Although it may be possible to find ten pairs of identical pants that fit you at a department store, when purchasing real estate don’t expect that to be the case. No two properties have the same feel, look, character and views. When you find that special property that fits your lifestyle (like that condo with the perfect view, or that elegant home next to your favorite golf course) act on it right away and start the purchase process in motion. Don’t end up disappointed by losing out to someone else who desires the same property and beats you to it. As they say, “If you snooze, you may lose.” The Pattaya Today newspaper wishes you the very best of good fortune in discovering and owning that special residence, be it a house, townhouse or condo, that allows you settle in comfortably and truly call Pattaya - Jomtien your home.
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Golf from Tropical Bert’s Darkside Darts League by Derek Brook Greenwood (Stableford). This is always a fine day out, especially if you do not have to drive. On this day I was lucky enough to be taken there by that ‘Careful’ driver Mr. Hamstad and it was as good as being chauffeur driven. Except for the fact that on the way back he would insist on talking to the other people in the car as I tried to get some sleep. Some people have no manners. Getting back to the golf, on this day the Course was practically empty and we were put onto the B and C Nines. The B Nine was fine but they had sanded the C Nine and it was hard work on the greens. Still this is millionaires Golf at Beggars rate.
Winners with two young Ladies The heavy wind caused with 36 points on countback the scores to be low as did from Dick Warberg in the fact that all the Tee second. In third place was Markers were where they Mashi Kanata with 34 points. were supposed to be for T.T.F.N. a change. The winner on Near Pin Perry McNeely the day was Perry McNeely (2) Dick Warberg
Wednesday Quiz League
R1Q3 Q: Name the 2004 American SF film about a group of scientists on an Antarctic expedition to investigate a mysterious heat signal. A: Alien vs. Predator. Nervous Wreck appealed for “Predator 3”. According to the IMDb website “Alien vs. Predator” was never known as “Predator 3”. The only listing for a “Predator 3” is as an alternative title for a movie due out next year. Appeal denied. R2Q6 Q: Polders are especially associated with the Netherlands; what is a polder? A: Reclaimed land. Nervous Wreck appealed for dyke (also spelt dike). From Wikipedia: A polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments known as dikes. Dikes are not the same as polders - appeal denied. R5Q7 Q: WD-40 is lubricating oil originally designed to prevent corrosion; what does the WD stand for? A: Water Displacement. Nervous Wreck and The Bunker appealed for “Water Dispersant”. From the WD-40 official website: the original secret formula for WD-40 - which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try - is still in use today. Appeal denied, and 2 points deducted from Palmers, Bowling Green and Londoner who were all marked correct for “Water Dispersant”. R5Q8 Q: The adage that broadly states “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” is generally known by what name. A: Murphy’s Law or Finagle’s Law. Palmers and The Londoner appealed for “Sod’s Law”. From the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English: Sod’s law: British English, the natural tendency for things to go wrong whenever possible - used humorously [= Murphy’s Law, American English]. Two points to Palmers and The Londoner. R6Q5 Q: What were the first 2 names of the Getty who founded the Getty Oil Company and moved to England in the 1950s? A: Jean Paul. Jean Paul is the correct answer (info from Wikipedia), but all teams apart from Palmers and Rising Sun were marked correct for “John Paul”). Rather than deduct points from all other teams I will add 2 to Palmers and Rising Sun. The results sheets for the game between The Derbyshire and W. Tankie did not turn up. Derbyshire lose by default. “Next week’s matches September 23rd: Derbyshire vs. Shagwell, Londoner vs. Cheers, Nervous Wreck vs. Stag’s Head ‘A’, Palmers vs. Bowling Green, Stag’s Head ‘B’ vs. Bunker, W. Tankie vs. Rising Sun.”
Another nail biting week for the Darkside Darts League, All 6 teams played very well this week. Fred and new recruits from the 19th Hole gave the Lucky Time Bar a run for there money only just losing the game by 1 point with Tony getting a 180...Darts. Lance was hoping for a 9 niller!! Dave and his squadron of Pioneers kept the Court Jesters in there place by losing the game by 1 point, which also ended a 5 - 4 to Jesters. The Chill Bar Allstars also had a surprise as the Moanies had few tricks up there sleeve, with all the 19’s Lloydie on
there side checking his games and they managed to nick 3 points from the Allstars, which changes to top of the table slightly. Still only 1
point in it Chill Bar stay top again for this week..For up to date results on all the Darts around Pattaya please visit www.pattayadarts.com
Everyone’s a winner at Pattaya Softball
The hits have been non-stop at Pattaya Softball Sunday in Jomtiem. In two weeks of softball action, there have been many thrills, spills and chills, as both teams have gone from villains to heroes. Both teams have managed to each win half of the double header, sending everyone home happy to have won a game. Sunday August 23rd was a tale of two blowouts. Perry’s team trounced Diego’s side by an overwhelming score of 16 -0 thanks to a comedy of errors made by the losing side. Jason, Ben and Diego, all had trouble catching the ball in the outfield on way too many occasions. In the rematch, the younger lads found their softball skills and were able to trounce Perry’s old boys by a score of 29 -20 after nine innings. Special thanks to Inez, who pinched hit for a wounded (or Mao) Ben and made 2 clutch hits. This week, the games were much more competitive, and more exciting. Perry’s team managed to hold on to game one by stopping Diego’s team from scoring in the 7th, when the captain flied out to Nigel in right field with Ben on 2nd base. The final score was 12-11 for the aged wonder and his unruly crew. The rematch is where
A bunch of happy softballers after 2 games of action August 30th. L to R (front): John Eden, Phil, Diego, Perry, Scotty, and little Mickey. (back) Ben, Sir John C.F., Oddvar and John Stockton. Diego’s team finally put it 6km. Turn left again at soi together. With clutch hitting 15 and follow it to the small from Spot, Ben, Rocky and airport on your right hand Oddvar, the young motley side. The diamond is just crew managed to beat Perry’s before the airport) and hope oldies by a score of 14 -12. you can join us next Sunday. Stay tuned as our rag tag A huge thank you goes out to Rick who volunteered to umpire and had to deal with the onslaught of verbal abuse from both teams. In the end, he was a good sport about it, and really, the ranting and raving, is all part of the folklore that makes Pattaya softball so special. We continue to have fun in the sun, each Sunday at the Jomtien diamond (turn left off Sukhumvit if going Oddvar gets ready to unload toward Rayong on Soi 89 on the unsuspecting softball and continue on that road for bunch of ex athletes will be traveling to the Philippines for an international softball tournament held the weekend of September 19th. In the meantime, why not come out to our field of dreams in Jomtien this Sunday at 1pm and join us for a game. For more accurate directions to the diamond, call or visit Perry at the Pattaya Sports Club or email me: Diego at email@example.com See Inez pinch hits for Ben and whacks a single over Scotty and Spot, as Perry at pitcher looks disinterested. you out there soon.
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Golf from the Bunker Three Sisters Golf
Khaow Kheow A few more golfers are returning to Thailand for their annual R & R so we had two flights today and the cut was set at handicap 14. The best round of the day was played by Gerry Cooney who murdered the field in the A Flight winning by a full 8 points, Rab McDonald was
there again beating Geoff Cox on a count back to take second place. Geoff Parker found himself in the B Flight (Diadora League as we call it) but he duly won it beating second placed Dave Jones by 6 points and third place went to Mike Corner a point further back. Results: A Flight: 1st Gerry Cooney (hcp 11) 38 points 2nd Rab McDonald (hcp 9)
30 points 3rd Geoff Cox (hcp 13) 30 points B Flight: 1st Geoff Parker (hcp 15) 34 points 2nd Dave Jones (hcp 26) 28 points 3rd Mike Corner (hcp 17) 27 points Near Pin Winners – William Macey, JJ, PJ and Mike Corner.
Bang Pra There’s no stopping Rab these days as, yet again he was in the running, but, today Mashi got the better of him on a count back making Rab settle for second place. Roger Privett took third place a couple of points back and JJ Harney beat Andrew Brannigan on a count back to take fourth place. Results: 1st Mashi Kaneta (hcp 12) nett 72
2nd Rab McDonald (hcp 9) nett 72 3rd Roger Privett (hcp 15) nett 74 4th JJ Harney (hcp 11) nett 78 Near pin winners – Rab, Salendra visiting from “Aus” and JJ took the other two. Phoenix On the last game of the month, which is usually when the golfer of the month title is decided, it was no contest today as Rab McDonald already had it in the bag as nobody could catch him (he was that far in front) so Rab wins the title for the second month in a row! Playing Stableford on the Mountain and Lakes courses, Geoff Hart had a narrow victory winning by just one point ahead of Peter Habgood who beat Eddie Martin on a count back both finishing with 33 points, William Macey came in a point further back to take fourth place. Results: 1st Geoff Hart (hcp 18) 34 points 2nd Peter Habgood (hcp 16) 33 points 3rd Eddie Martin (hcp 16) 33 points 4th William Macey (hcp 13) 32 points Near pin winners – Reg Smart, Frank Dante, Geoff Hart and Reid Sheftall.
Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League Results Table Team Lucky Time lost their first game & beer of the season against the Sunshine Boys. TLT was not surprised to see the Rising Sun regular team inflated to twice its normal size, with Rigsby giving away 2 dart players (and I use that term in its very loosest sense) to TLT. Apparently the Pattaya Telephone Exchange went into meltdown during the week owing to the number of telephone calls initiating from the Rising Sun to secure extra players for their game against Lucky Time. Stan’s Boys & Girls travelled to the Bunker where Capt’ Mick’s cunning plan did not work out as expected, the Bunker Boys taking the game with Cheers fighting back to take the beer. Cheers and Lucky Time now sharing ‘top spot’ in the table. Palmers Golf & Country Club hosted Melly’s Crew, but with Gorgeous George attending a fan club meeting in the UK, the Palmers Crew fell to pieces. Game & Beer to Mee Chew. Plenty of drifting gun smoke and ‘whoopin’ and a ‘hollerin’ coming from the Londoner as the Posse took on the London Gang. With both honors resting on the Beer leg, the Posse out shot the London Gang, game & beer OK Corral. O’Learys was hosted by Streamline, the Lepracorns managing to take the game by 1 match and then going on to take the beer. And finely, Welsh Ian did not draw Lance in his singles match, so their grudge match was played post beer leg. You could have heard a pin drop as Lance chalked his darts and Ian had a shoulder rub off a passing katoy. George Cloony’s dad chalked the board, with a steely eyed stare he announced “Best of order, quiet on the ocky, game on”. The end result, Ian got his coat and went home. DARTS
by Paul Donahue
This past Tuesday being the 2nd week for our 7 AM tee off time seems to have helped our turnout. Sprinkles on the way to the Pattaya Country Club stopped right at tee time. The course was in very good conditions as the scores were up from last week. The fairways were a bit damp slowing the roll but dried out fairly quickly. The sun was nice enough but the flies were really bothersome. Next week the spray comes out. Back at Caddy Shack II the cards were tallied. Herbie Ishinaga was sitting on a pretty tough 41 and looked a cinch to win. Bill Thompson also came in with a 41 and the counting
Herbie Ishinaga on the left with Bill Thompson on the right. began. Both had 20 points on and some very good pork the count-back and on the last roast sandwich makings. refreshment 6 count back Herbie passed Considerable Bill with a 15 to Bill’s 14. was available to slack the Herbie also furnished snacks thirsts.
Pattaya sports club sea rishing report August 2009
by Mike Gerrard
We have had three trips this last month and although the catches have been good it appears that this time of the year we have to be very careful about the weather. There have been reports of good catches of big fish just lately, but to achieve these catches the boats have to go out past the protection of the Islands and spend quite a bit of time in heavy swells. Bear in mind that we are not a commercial fishing fleet and all we try to do is make these trips a pleasure day out, therefore staying out in windy conditions is not conducive to our ambitions. So, we decided to instruct the skipper back to calmer waters where we could keep our balance and feel more relaxed. This proved to be the right thing to do and we still managed to bag a good haul of fish, including some fair sized QUEEN FISH, and POMPANO. In addition to these we also managed to catch many other varieties between 1 pound in weight to 3 or 4 pounds. These fish make good eating. Last week the catch of the day was a 15 Kilo Queenfish and at one time the skipper of the boat was very worried that the fish would swim under the boat thus possibly breaking the line on the bottom of the boat. What a hero. When the going got tough, he decided it was
time to beat the fish at his own game and immediately dived in the water, rod in hand and swam under the boat. When he came up the other side he managed to get tangled in other lines and there he was holding on to the rod with the fish on with one hand and untangling himself with the other hand. Eventually he managed to get the fish near enough to the boat for one of the deck hands to gaff it safely on board.
We normally go out from BANGSARAY HARBOUR between 7.00am to 8 am, depending on tides etc. By about 4.00pm most folk feel that have had enough and this is a good time to head back to shore where we go to the local beach side restaurant and sip a beer or two whilst the kitchen staff of the restaurant clean the fish ready for us to take home. All passengers bring their own food and drink and if you have
your own rods and reels best to bring them along. Anyone not bringing their own equipment will be provided with some to fish with. Also all the bait is provided by the boat skipper. Our skippers work really hard all day, trying to find fish and helping everyone with their tackle and catches, thus earning a nice tip from all of the passengers. Transport can be arranged if you have none, and we all meet at a predetermined point on the morning. Individuals or groups who are interested should contact either myself, MIKE GERRARD on 087 091 7564 or go to the PSC clubhouse and register with the office girls. More information (including fees) and registration forms can be found on the PSC website (www.pattayasports.org). Go to the heading FISHING and find the page you want from the list on the left hand side of the page. The next organised date is Saturday the 3rd October, but this date is already full. If you are interested please give me a call because I have so many calls and I can arrange another day, any day, seven days a week. Groups of 7 persons are the maximum allowed for fishing. Other spectators are welcome with a smaller fee involved.
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Golf from the Travellers Rest
by Barry Hooper Tewin Returns On Friday I had already prepared my headline. But on Saturday I was forced to change it. Tewin Lamthong (Poopay) decided that after many weeks of very little play mainly due to her arduous duties as the manager of the “Travellers Rest Hotel” she would venture out for a game with the lads and apparently it seems show them how to win. She came home with thirtysix points at Green Valley on a course that proved pretty tough on the day beating Roger Wilkinson by just the one point but as it turned out that was just enough on the day. Originally I was headlining Mod & Jon. Well it was yet another Jon and Mod week. Boring, boring some might say. But nobody seems able to step up and take them off the top. They were back in great form exactly the same as last week with Jon winning at Pattana on Monday 31st with fortytwo points a clear six up on second placed David Booth
and Mod winning at Phoenix on Thursday the 3rd after count back thirty-sevens with Frank Kelly. There just seems to be absolutely no way of stopping them. As a result of their recent successes they have both received handicap cuts. Mod is now off ten and
Division 2 went to Peter Morris with a good thirtynine pointer and six clear of his nearest rival Billy Fitzgerald who was back at thirty-three and yet three more back in third was Roger Wilkinson at thirty. Division One went to Jon
Saturday Winners – Ted Senior, Tewin Lamthong and Roger Wilkinson Jon off nine. Will that slow Lay (yes again) with a great them down we have to wait forty-two points and he was and see. also six clear of second spot Tuesday the 31st off to David Booth back at thirtyPattana A & B six. Third place was only We had a very big turnout one back at thirty-five but on the day. This course is two had a count back fight very popular, and so it should for this. Eddie Townsend and be, as it is always value for Mod Chaviraksa with Eddie money. So two divisions 0 to edging it by three on the back 16 and 17 up. nine.
Only one two and that came too from Alan Rawson to make its all his own. Thursday 3rd of September Yes another visit to our regular Thursday venue of Phoenix (Mountain and Lake this time) with another very good turnout of participants. Course excellent as always, scoring better than the previous week. This was to be yet another excellent day for Mod Chaviraksa who came home with a thirty-seven pointer after beating Frank Kelly on count back by three, winning on this course for two weeks in a row. Third was Ito Akitoshi at thirtysix. Fourth was Fergus who edged out John O’Leary on the last three holes by two on the count back both at thirtyfour. Two two’s David Booth and Frank Kelly both at the eleventh. Comment was made back at the presentation about how good it was to see the speed of play at a good pace. Congratulations to all who took part. We all know how frustrating slow play can be.
Saturday 5th September and back to Green Valley. As I stated in my headline revue Green Valley played tough on the day. I assisted in entering the score sheets on our return into the Congu system which is used at the TRGG, and never have I seen so many wipes recorded, it seemed that every card had one if not more. But it was to be a ladies day with Tewin Lamthong (Poopay) coming to the fore with a score of thirty-six and showing the lads the way home. Roger Wilkinson was second with thirty-five and back in third at thirty-two we found (Mr. Two – not seen many of late) Ted Senior. Jon Lay struggled a little this time for fourth place at thirty and fifth went Bob St.Aubin who was one very happy man at the presentation when he found out that he was the only one
with a two on the day Detailed Results for the week – Tuesday 31st August at Pattana Division 1 Jon Lay 42 hc 11 David Booth 36 hc 12 Eddie Townsend 35 hc 15 c/b Mod Chaviraksa 35 hc 11 c/b Division 2 Peter Morris 39 hc 23 Billy Fitzgerald 33 hc 17 Roger Wilkinson 30 hc 17 Thursday 3rd September at Phoenix (Mountain & Lakes) Mod Chaviraksa 37 hc 11 c/b Frank Kelly 37 hc 13 c/b Ito Akitoshi 36 hc 08 Fergus Brennan 34 hc 08 c/b John O’Leary 34 hc 16 c/b Saturday 5th September at Green Valley Tewin Lamthong 36 hc 14 Roger Wilkinson 35 hc 17 Ted Senior 32 hc 13 Jon Lay 30 hc 09 Bob St.Aubin 29 hc 13
Golf from the Café Kronborg Golf From Tropical Bert’s by Peter Blackburn Pleasant Valley – 2 Man Scramble It was decided to have a change from the usual Stableford format so 11 of us headed off to Pleasant Valley at 0820 from Café Kronborg to play a 2 Man Scramble & we arrived at the course 55 minutes later. As usual there were very few other golfers there and our first group teed off at around 0930. The “odd man out” was Jonathon Pratt from the England so he played a game of stableford in a group of three. The weather
his eight handicap, a very creditable performance on a course he was playing for the first time. Results for Pleasant Valley: 1st – Paul Avery & Ronnie Rattie – Net 61 (16) 2nd – Takeshi Hakozaki & Bill Plath – Net 61.2 (8.8) 3rd – Daryl Evans & Hugh O’Donnell – Net 61.4 (17.6) Greenwood C & B – Stableford Once more just 11 golfers left Café Kronborg right on time for the 55 minute journey to the challenging Greenwood course. As has
stops for drinks. The man from Switzerland, Marcel Wittwer was once again the winner from Colin Swann on a count back from Bill Plath. Aussie Paul Avery finished in fourth place. I must mention the excellent news that “The Rooftop” is now back open. For those who are not familiar with this unique venue it is on top of the Markland Apartments on the corner of Soi 2 & Beach Road. It is on the 27th floor and one is able to enjoy probably the finest view of Pattaya Beach and is particularly spectacular
Ronnie Rattie & Paul Avery with The Admiral The Admiral & Marcel Wittwer was perfect and the course been the case lately we just after dark. There is a very was in excellent conditions, about had the course to good special for drinkers of in particular the greens which ourselves & our first group beer and if anyone has been were true although at times teed off at 0940 in perfect but wondering why DB & The a little hard. We finished our hot conditions. We found the Admiral have been smiling rounds in about four and a course splendidly prepared this week, now you know. half hours which included a although the presence of Results for Greenwood: couple of decent drink stops. sand on the greens on C nine, 1st – Marcel Wittwer – 36 Paul Avery and Ronnie our first nine made putting points (14) Rattie took out first place somewhat difficult but as 2nd – Colin Swann – 35 from Takeshi Hakozaki usual they were very true. points (26) and Bill Plath with Daryl Three hours & 55 minutes 3rd – Bill Plath – 35 points Evans and Hugh O’Donnell was all it took for us to (16) finishing third. Jonathon complete our round and that 4th – Paul Avery – 34 points Pratt scored 39 points off included two reasonable (10)
by Derek Brook Green Valley ( Stableford) First time I ever played golf in Thailand it was at Green Valley , and I have been there many times since and I can never remember coming away disappointed with the round. There have been many changes since the first time I played, the Clubhouse is new but the old one is still at the top of the hill and used by the caddies, and the start is different but the old first is still essentially there but is now the 6th. One of the major changes to allow the first to be where it is, and a par four, is that the fourth is now a testing par four where it was a superb par five. Of course the average par five on the back nine used to be superb par four but that is life. I prefer it as it was but maybe memories betray us all. On the day we had a good turnout and as it was also the end of the Month we had The Alan Bolton Golfer of the
A Flight month with Joel Flor leading 36 points on countback over and a good round would see Neil Shaw. So no mention of Joel Flor him walk in, however Joel did not have a good day and who had an average day, but it gave the others a chance to so did his challengers, so the Alan Bolton Golfer of the snatch it. Back at Bert’s the results Month was Joel Flor and he were given and winning the A Flight, 0 to 19, with 37 points was Frank Pilkington ahead of Perry McNeely with 36 points in second and in third was Dick Warberg with 34 points. In the B Flight the winner was Steve Compton with 37 points on countback over Kevin Dinan in second and in third was Tom Cotton with
Golfer of the Month was congratulated by The PSC Golf Chairman Perry McNeely. Well done Joel. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Ada Tse Steve Compton Dick Warberg Perry McNeely Long Put Derek Brook Dick Warberg
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et ready for a bigun’:Unconfirmed reports suggest the approaching high season could potentially be a bumper one, or at least genuinely busier than those of the past couple of years. This is based on advance bookings for many airlines for the month of November. Of course, the fact a lot of people are intending to make the trip from Europe to Thailand doesn’t automatically mean Fun Town will reap the benefits, but you would have to think a lot of these visitors are going to spend some time on the Eastern Seaboard. Approaching a decade of decadence: The Diamond den of the chrome pole (Soi Diamond), owned by Khun Tee, will be celebrating its 10th year of operations with a party on Monday night 19 October. Just down the soi is the Casino Club coyote den, another booze dispenser operated by Khun Tee, which celebrated its fourth anniversary in late August. Diamond has had times when it could arguably rate as one of the top two or three in Pattaya, and other periods when it was barely worth a cracker. Right now Diamond has climbed well and truly back into popularity and is a pretty lively place most nights from about 10:00pm onwards. Famous for its in-house dance contests, the next one takes place on Wednesday night 16 September. Then, a week later, on 23 September there will be a mask party; maybe a great idea where all customers and even the dancers have to wear a mask. I’ll be the one with a bag over my head. The finals are upon us: To the casual observer of Aussie Rules the latter word appears superfluous (that is, there doesn’t appear to be any such
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thing as ‘rules’). The 18-aside game holds its grand final on Saturday afternoon 26 September and anyone who wants to get into the atmosphere of this wonderful game should get down to the Boxing Roo beer boozer (Third Road, opposite Soi Lengkee) from about midday onwards. Eight days later, on Sunday 4 October, the rugby league grand final will be held. Mine host Greg of the Heaven Above ogling den (Soi Diamond) will be hoping St George-Illawarra get through in the search for their first premiership since Pattaya had only about five go-go bars. The action starts about midday in Boxing Roo. Bangkok babes and cheap beer: Down in Soi 16 off Walking Street the management of the Club Boesche ogling den is trying its best to attract customers. A few months ago they joined the ranks of the cheap draught amber fluid brigade offering the thirst quencher at 50 baht and also reduced bar fines for dancers to 400 baht after 2:00am. They now have 10 Bangkok-based Penthouse models working as dancers working on 10-day rotations. Unlike the Bangkok girls who have been a regular feature in other places this crew are available to be bar fined during the course of the evening, but only after ingesting 20 lady drinks (that’s 3,000 baht, which covers the bar fine but not what the damsel herself might request for her horizontal folk dancing activities). Despite the expensive nature of these damsels I’m told Club Boesche is reaping the rewards in terms of greatly increased custom. Not Russian to go there: The latest den of over-priced wallet extraction to open in Fun Town is a joint named
Moulin Rouge. Naturally, it’s on Walking Street (opposite Soi 15) but, unnaturally, it features generally blondeheaded females whose passports feature Cyrillic script. I think we can all hazard a pretty good guess at how these places are able to function in the first place in terms of the physical makeup of the dancers, but what really puzzles me is how they possibly make a profit. Yes, the drinks prices are wallet raping (I’m led to believe a simple bottle of amber fluid is 260 baht), but just who are their customers? Certainly not the vast majority of expats and regular visitors. The dancers are aggressive and demand ridiculous tips for doing absolutely nothing. Surely even the north Asian visitors aren’t that much into masochism that they continue to frequent these clip joints? A question of days: Fun Town might well be known for its sexaholics and alcoholics, but it can also lay claim to another sub-culture: quizzaholics. The Monday and Wednesday Quiz Leagues are well known and well organised with 10 teams competing in the former and 12 in the latter. The Boxing Roo quiz team registered their third successive victory in the Wednesday league but have now moved on to take up residence in the Stag’s Head beer boozer in Soi LK Metro. The majority of players in these two leagues are British with questions geared towards expats and visitors from the Old Dart. A number of other places also run their own quiz nights with Caddy Shack (Soi 17, between Third and Thepprasit Roads) and The Sportsman (Soi 13, off Beach Road) among the better known, the latter competing on Thursday nights. Another popular quiz takes place on Tuesday nights at the Bowling Green (Soi X-Zyte, near Soi Chaiyapoon) starting about 9:00pm. So, if you want to find the knowit-alls in Fun Town, just look for a quiz team. Changed but no different: The New Living Dolls 1 chrome pole palace (Walking Street) has been under new management for a couple of months now (unfortunately they still haven’t changed the name) and thankfully the joint has retained its allure. They have dispensed with the free amber fluid tickets but happy hour remains the same, between 8:00 and 10:00pm. There are plenty
of chrome pole molesters to ogle, ranging from quite attractive through to just average. I believe the Jacuzzi -which has not been used for some time- is to be removed and replaced with more seating. One of the difficulties for the new owners is, sadly, out of their control: the renovation of the beer boozers lining both sides of the walkway to the entrance to New Living Dolls 1. The stretch looks like a building site and can’t be conducive to new faces taking the short stroll into the den. From what I’m told it’s no surprise renovations are taking place as the rentals are so ridiculously high no ordinary boozer had any chance of long-term survival. Heading into the top ranks: Arguably, the Club Oasis ogling den (Soi Buakhow) already ranks as the premier off-Walking Street den in Pattaya. Not far away, the Champagne chrome pole palace (Soi LK Metro) is making great strides towards matching their rivals. Unlike Club Oasis, the Champagne den does have shows, although I doubt most regulars or newcomers really care. I think if a straw poll were done of regular patrons the management would find most of the shows are more of a turn-off. I think the reasons Champagne does well is that it has plenty of dancers of all shapes and sizes in a relatively narrow joint (I counted over 30 the last time I was in) and thirst quenchers are reasonable at an average of 100 baht for most libations. Lady drinks are a fair 95 baht. The only real negative is that some of the dancers are adherents of the ‘I ignore you long time’ policy; but then this attitude is prevalent in a lot of dens around town. A sorry stitch of a tale: As most sensible people are well aware, the chief aim of the majority of wallet emptiers, whether employed to caress a chrome pole or serve refreshments in a beer boozer, is to obtain as much money for as little effort as possible. In recent years the old faithful stories of woe designed to elicit sighs of sympathy and large chunks of unearned cash from gullible foreigners usually centred around the ill-health of elderly family members and sundry farm animals. The sick buffalo story has become apocryphal. In these times of internet chat forums
and nightlife websites about the only person likely to be taken in by a tale involving a buffalo in need of urgent medication might be a nouveau riche Bushman from the depths of the Kalahari Desert. So, the wallet emptiers are compelled to come up with more ingenious ways of parting foreigners from their money. Unfortunately, one of the latest I was told about sounded nasty. A Thai nurse told a friend of mine about a bargirl who had revealed a scar near a kidney. The bargirl told the nurse she would obtain money from foreigners by telling them
she had lost a kidney and needed money for dialysis. In order to strengthen her story she pumped the nurse for information about dialysis. My friend said the nurse was disgusted and refused to impart any handy hospital hints. Piece of Pith: When a British Tory minister, Cecil Parkinson, was forced to resign by Margaret Thatcher after public revelations about an affair, the French President, Francois Mitterrand, reportedly said to his cabinet: “Imagine, having to resign for committing adultery. If we did that, there would only be the poofs left.”
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Pattaya Today’s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword
Across 9. It’s not altogether clear that this was an element (5) 10. Art museum in which one’s at home (9) 11. Religious court had sinner converted (9) 12. Good family person used in place of John (5) 13. Old German king accepting devout Mozart symphony (7) 15. Check flow is constant (7) 17. Awful person with no end of affectation? (5) 18. Relative reported for newspaper (3) 20. Composer having short break before end of concert (5) 22. Piece of music on new record, final movement (7) 25. Happy to include copper and another metal (7) 26. Musical composition after which Browning became nostalgic (5)
27. State of limited visibility almost put a stop to escape (4-5) 30. Assets thus protected in securer arrangement (9) 31. Like blood vessels, say, in marine mollusk (5) Down 1. Limits of Trent, or another river (4) 2. Big step for French couple among one’s relatives (8) 3. Something needed by horse or mule, perhaps (4) 4. Cathedral city on maps passed around (8) 5. One worshipped in ancient place, primarily among Greek characters (6) 6. One taking responsibility for the lives of others (10) 7. Auto brand succeeded with a change of direction (6) 8. Set sail from port (4)
13. Annually, in first part of year, is in this country (5) 14. Rejected in audition across the board (10) 16. Religious zealot finally embraced with fervour (5) 19. Corrupt salesmen deliberately not identified (8) 21. One animal seen up in pine, relaxing (8) 23. Run towards centre of stage, delivering some words (6) 24. European caught in this system of morality (6) 26. Grammar school partly in ruins (4) 28. Turned bad, as it happens (4) 29. A lot of pupils turned up on time for examination (4) Hope you enjoy the Crossword, answers will be published in our next edition, published on 1st October
Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second To solve the puzzle, each row, column and word, will form two more words. box must contain each of the numbers 1 to Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse 9. Solution on page 42. 8
5 9 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:
A rather close decision BRIDGE bidding is about judgment as much as it’s about following a prearranged system. A common problem is when to raise your partner to game and when, instead, to invite him or her to do so. In today’s hand, you have a nice collection – ♠ 7 6 4 2, ♥ A K J 10 7 6, ♦ K,
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.
♣ 6 4. Your partner opens one diamond and you respond one heart. Incidentally, you shouldn’t reply two hearts as jumping on the first round is now seen as both unnecessary and counter-productive. Your partner now chips in with a bid of two clubs. Against silent opposition, what do you say next? Many players would now
1. Some Work 2. Feat Ring 3. High House 4. Lady Cage 5. Ram Ridge 6. Pleas Eater 7. Boat Boat 8. Bother What 9. Deck Lift 10.Club Rock
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Form a word from the Jumbled Letters
1. rare rib 2. ceased p 3. rim peer 4. lec loon 5. e rip vat 6. no to pal 7. big dare 8. rash lam 9. pens sir 10.rayl vac leap to four hearts. After all, you have a semi-solid suit and the contract might well work if partner has a “normal” with a couple of small hearts at least. On the other hand, the leap to four hearts might fail if partner has the “wrong” sort of hand. You could lose the queen of hearts, ace of diamonds and a couple of tricks in the black suits. So some players would raise partner’s bid of two
Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... clubs to three hearts rather than four at this stage. This allows partner to raise to four hearts if he has some support in the suit or try three no trumps if he doesn’t. Of course, your bid of three hearts isn’t forcing in most systems – it’s an invitation to go to game. If your partner is a rather shy bidder, you’ll be more likely to take the decision to go for game.Bridge is really about choices.
ANSWERS 1. Toe 2. Rose 3. Kind 4. Monk 5. Sound 6. Pigs 7. Wind 8. Short 9. Space 10.Father
Ability Bone Breast Finger Reading Power Play Some Able Locked
Cap Hip Red Fish Proof Will Screen Hand Suit Land
ANSWERS 1. CAT ON PI 2. EDS RINK 3. RAW SYNC 4. U EAT FIG 5. I NEAR IT 6. VIA LARR 7. SET TEAS 8. LIKE LSD 9. GROPY DI 10.TRY RAMS
CAPTION REDSKIN SCRAWNY FATIGUE INERTIA ARRIVAL ESTATES SKILLED PRODIGY MARTYRS
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The Bang Saray Club
An Escape from the Maddening Crowd by Mick and Di The Food Lovers Bang Saray appears to pop in to the press more frequently these days with the news of a state-of-the-art recording studio, wineries, housing projects and more. Thankfully, one location which still retains an air of pastoral peace and tranquility is The Bang Saray Club. It nestles beachside on the edge of the village and is run by the charismatic David Goulden and his charming wife, Suwana Viroonchan, who are on hand to meet and greet their guests in this most appealing restaurant/bar. The building is an
attractive, breezy club house with private pool, set in tropical gardens overlooking the neighbouring bays, mountains and islands. You would be truly challenged to find a more idyllic setting in which to enjoy a glass or two or a languous lunch. During the season, on Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtimes, traditional English roasts are on offer in addition to international fare and Thai cuisine. Also on Sundays afternoons, the big comfortable bar accommodates more than
a few ex-pat elbows and if you’re lucky you’ll be fortunate enough to be entertained by an ex-studio player from London providing dazzling solo jazz guitar to the assembled company. The tempo at The Bang Saray Club is leisurely which prompts David to comment, “should the time taken to serve your food be somewhat longer than in Hong Kong please relax, enjoy the view or better still, for our profits, please order another drink.” The menu is perfectly calibrated both for the setting and the financial mood, being simple, honest, reliant on seasonal local produce and reasonably priced.
The international menu features their famous chicken liver pate. The smooth, creamy texture with pleasing peppery overtones makes it a big favourite and it’s not unusual for extra portions to be packed and made ready to take home. When Mick and I dined recently we particularly enjoyed the pate as our starter although other items such as prawns tempura (B.150), homemade soups and the Norwegian smoked salmon with mustard and dill (B.250) were tempting. The wine list is eclectic and interesting
and David is always happy to make an informed recommendation. Main courses feature barbequed chicken and mixed seafood kebabs, Argentinian rib eye and sirloin steaks (250 gram portions) are priced at B.525 and B.475 respectively. Roasted racks of New Zealand lamb come straight from the oven and are served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables in a white sauce. Pork and apple casserole, original puff pastry pies and hearty beef and mash are perennial favourites. The fish couldn’t be fresher as it comes straight from the bay of Bang Saray delivered to their door by the local fishermen. Fish and chips is highly recommended and I really enjoyed the lobster thermidor while Mick happily tucked into a delicious rock
In a nutshell, The Bang Saray Club is a delightful haven exuding a serene and peaceful ambiance. Come here to forget your cares and to relax in the splendour of natural surroundings in a delightful picturesque setting. The Bang Saray Club is 22 kms from Pattaya off the Sukhumvit Highway. Tel: (038) 436098. Open from lunchtime till 10.00 pm. Closed Mondays. No credit cards accepted. Ample parking. Gentlemen are requested to wear a collared shirt in the restaurant. Turn off Sukhumvit through the Bang Saray arch and go through the mini roundabout until you see a temple on your right. Take the road directly in front of the gates and follow it through until you
lobster spaghetti smothered in sweet, fresh garlic. The hot plate sizzlers are a speciality of the house and feature Argentinean beef (B.400) or plump, succulent prawns (B.375). Do save room for dessert. The blackberry and apple crumble served with ice cream is devilishly good as is the potent rum trifle. For lovers of Thai food, Chef Nee produces a fine array of spicy dishes which reflect her love and knowledge of her country’s cuisine. The recipes are traditional and her use of indigenous produce inspired.
reach a white wall on your right and a little further on you will see the entrance to the club.
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Dear Food Lovers, My circle of friends holds a “home dinner party” every month in each others houses. It’s my turn next month and I desperately need an unusual, easy, quick and scrumptious dessert. Any ideas? Regards, “Desperate from the Dark Side”. Hi there, please don’t be desperate. We have just the thing – it’s called Eton Mess and is a very English dessert which was traditionally served at Eton College on the occasion of their annual prize giving celebration picnic. It’s a wonderful mix of strawberries, pieces of meringue and cream. Also we’ve included an unusual recipe for cooking the meringue in the microwave if you don’t want to use shop-bought. Have a great party!
ETON MESS Serves 6 800g strawberries (This is traditional but you could use ripe mangos, blackberries, raspberries or any other soft fruit). 2 tbsp caster sugar 2 meringue nests 500ml whipping cream Remove the strawberry stalks by running a small, sharp knife round the base of the leaf in a pointed plug shape while turning the strawberry. Quarter large fruit, halve medium ones and leaves small British strawberries whole. Place in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar over the top. Leave until the sugar melts and the strawberries glisten and turn juicy. Break the meringue nests into small chunks. Whip the cream in a mixing bowl until it doubles in size and forms soft peaks — do not over-whip! Use a rubber spatula to loosely but evenly fold the meringue through the cream, then repeat with two thirds of the strawberries. Place a sieve over a small bowl and tip the remaining strawberries and sugary juices into the sieve. Use a spoon to press the strawberries through the sieve, scraping underneath so nothing is wasted. Transfer the Mess to a serving bowl and swirl the strawberry sauce over the top in a pretty pattern. P.S. How to make the meringue in a microwave oven: Sift 300g of icing sugar over 1 lightly beaten egg white. Stir until the mixture is a thick, pliable icing and roll into balls. Line a plate with kitchen paper. Put 3 balls at a time on the plate and microwave them on high for 1½ minutes and watch, in amazement, as the balls balloon and puff into meringues. When they are cool, use the meringues in desserts. They’re also perfect for sandwiching together with whipped cream and sliced tropical fruit.
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One for Your “Must Visit” List
by Mick and Di The Food Lovers Where do you go for “zee best couscous in town?” Allo Couscous, of course. This delightful French restaurant has recently moved to Pratanmak Hill and more specifically to the stylish boutique hotel, Le Victoria. Mick and I have been lovers of couscous for many years and were excited to come across this restaurant, which not only serves the eponymous dish, but also an excellent a la carte menu of sound traditional French cuisine. Chef/restaurateur, Patrick Joyon is the patron of this most convivial new destination. He was born and spent his formative years in Morocco where he developed an enduring passion for Moroccan cuisine before returning to France in the 60’s and launching his culinary career. As a “welcome” we were given a liberal glass of pastis and then our dinner was set off charmingly with a nibble on the complimentary tapenade and croutons. Couscous is naturally the raison d’etre of this restaurant. However, it also offers an extensive selection of traditional French classic dishes such as hachis parmentier
(potatoes and ground beef) which we haven’t seen elsewhere in Pattaya. It is the grande dame of the country’s cuisine and cooked throughout the country; it will have as many different favourite home recipes as bon chefs in France. Here at Patrick’s restaurant the varieties of couscous are classic and portions more than generous. If you have never tasted couscous before here is the place to put that right. Pieces of slow cooked meat are gently simmered in a heady broth of many varieties of vegetables and seasoned with generous amounts of cumim, coriander, cinnamon, saffron and other aromatic spices. The result is a delicious spicy mélange with tender vegetables and succulent meat accompanied by the texture of soft grainy couscous. The choices are
perfect vegetables, the generous serving of two chicken quarters (per serving), the steamed moist couscous and the traditional hot fiery chili sauce, known as harissa, were all first rate. Without a doubt an outstanding example of this legendary dish. House wine is available by the glass or carafe (B.280 for ½ litre) or from a selection of very reasonably priced bottles (from B.750).
chicken (B.310), mutton (B.370), beef, brochettes, merguez (a red spicy sausage from North Africa), or the jewel in the crown, couscous royal which serves an ample medley of all of the above. We chose the chicken version and loved it. The profundity of the broth in which languished the
Starters from the menu include cuisse de grenouille (frogs legs), terrine maison (B.150), assiette de charcuterie, croquettes with ham or cheese, and several home made gourmet soups. Other main courses include entrecote in a pepper sauce (B.380), magret de canard a l’orange, the famous coq
au vin (B.410) cote de porc or lamb and the legendary hachis parmentier mentioned earlier. The kitchen is always preparing seasonal specialities so do ask Patrick for his daily recommendations. If ever there was a dish that screams French rustic cuisine it is coq au vin (B.410). So many things make it special: the chicken, the garlic, the copious amounts of wine, the aromatic smoked bacon and juicy mushrooms plus the long slow cooking time. Here at Allo Couscous it is sensational and the perfect example of this labourintensive dish. Allo couscous is a charming culinary find with yet another surprising facet, it delivers! Phone Patrick, give him your order and it will be transported to your door. If the order is over B.1000 it will be delivered free of charge and only B.60 if not. He has lots of requests daily for a party size couscous for home entertaining which struck us both as an excellent idea. Allo Couscous is the sort of local gem beloved of those in the know and it gets a big tick from us and our wholehearted recommendation. Demonstrating integrity and genuineness in its recipes, nurturing the traditions and character of the Morrocan and French cuisine without pretention will always be a winning combination in our book. Do visit soon. Allo Cous Cous is located in Le Victoria Hotel (Soi 4) Pratanmak Hill, Pattaya. Open daily from breakfast till late. Tel: 087 936 7102 or 086 1083 600 for reservations, take away or delivery service. Rooms in the hotel start at B.600 and rise to B.1,200 for a suite.
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(ptmas-e06 09) Mob ility Scooters -- Free test ride at your home! Portable mobility scooters, latest models. Full service from Thailand’s mobility scooter specialist. Call 081 875 0860 or 02 964 8405-07, www.ecobrand.net, info@ ecobrand.net for prices and brochures. Contact us now for your free test ride at your home! (ptfas-c0008)Rolex Gents Date Watch. Gold face, gold bezel, jubilee gold and stainless steel strap. Beautiful original condition with box. Only 65,000 baht. Call Alan 087 139 1570. (ptfas-g2408)Antique Hand Carved Thai Teak Bench; made decades ago in a small Province in the far North. This distinctive piece will astound all who view it. Unfortunately, it is too bulky to work in my small bedroom and I have decided to part with it. 150L X 60D. The first to see it will grab it. 9,500 Baht. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gary at 089 803 0388. (ptfas-g2408)Wireless “G” Linksys Access Point Unit together with SMC ADSL Converter both like new and ready to give a clear wireless signal throughout your abode. Very cheap price for both, 1,800 Baht. Gary Hacker 089 803 0388 or 038 225 349. (ptfas-h2208) T.V. Table on wheels, black,700 baht. 087 100 5726 or 087 235 6835 (Thai) (ptfas-h2208)Baseball Glove, Rawlings 13 inch, brand new for a “lefty” 1800 baht. Tel: 087 100 5726. (ptfas-t2308)Ping G10 Complete Golf Set. 12000 bht. never used; call Tomas 082 257 9027.
(ptfas-j2108)Sony 40” LCD TV, Big Refrigerator 15 Cubic, front load washing machine, big microwave, two sectional couches, new queen bed, carpets, desk, wooden file cabinet, printer, fans, kitchenware. All one year new, half price. 086 846 3200. (ptfas-j2308) Laem Chabang Golf Family life membership 4 sale B 595,000. Prem 089 002 3493. (ptfas-j2308)BBQ for Sale. 3 burner, oven, USA temperature gauge, cast iron plate and grill, stainless steel trolley, Baht 20,000. 081 376 1773. Sailing dinghy for sale. Laser 13, complete with the following; sails, top cover, launch trolley/combi road trailer, life jackets, oars & more. All in very good condition. Only 110,000 Thbt. For more details and viewing contact Mike, tele 089 095 2309.
(ptmbo-em0509)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling /recushion etc. Bought and sold/profit charing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptmbo-p0509)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. (ptmbo-k0109)Bargain Soi 8 Beer Bar for Rent. Key money 100,000/year, rent 58,000/month. Tel: 086 512 4387. (ptmbo-k0109)Beach Road Soi 8 Sexy Bar for Rent. Key money 80,000/year. Rent 18,000/month. Tel: 086 512 4387. (ptmbo-j2408)Bar for Sale/ Rent Soi Buakhao. Rent 17,000/Month, 50,000 Baht key money. Sale 350,000 Baht. Bar takings up to 10,000 baht per day. Call 080 195 3021 (Gina)
(ptmbo-w2108)Apartment Building with 30 Rooms for Sale with long-term land lease contract, and if required with running company including 1-year visa and work permit. Location is next to Tesco-Lotus and Big-C at North Pattaya. Very good monthly return and low land lease costs. Selling price: 3.5 million baht. Call 089 938 6022. (ptmbo-j0509)Go Go Bar on Walking Street, low rent 30,000 baht/month, long lease. For sale 3.5 million baht. Call 084 109 3159. (pta-j0409)Restaurant for Sale. 3 Years Lease, Renewable. Naklua Soi 18, Wongamat opposite Sky Beach condo. All Equipment included. 2,800,000 baht (Negotiable). Surrounded by Hotel & Resorts. Call : Jonny 085 110 1161. (pta-j0409)2 Shops for Sale. 3 Years Lease, Renewable. Approx. 45sqm each, with separate extra room. Naklua Soi 18, Wongamat opposite Sky Beach condo. All Equipment included (1) 900,000 baht (2) 1,100.000 baht. Surrounded by Hotel & Resorts. Call Jonny 085 110 1161. Cafe/Restaurant, Great Location on Thappraya Rd.Jomtien. Full size Kitchen, Office & 4 rooms above. New fit out, nothing to spend. Owner returning to UK. Urgent sale. Price reduced from 1.5mb to 750,000 bht. Pattaya Ocean Property. M. 081 158 0065, Office 038 374 623. Beer Bar. Air Conditioned plus Beer Garden 4 TV’s with cable, Internet, Located off Soi Buakhao. Rent 17,500 p.m. 3 year Lease. High Profit Popular Bar, 2.2mb. Pattaya Ocean Property, M. 081 158 0065, Office 038 374 623. (ptfbo-0008)Massage Business for Sale Behind Tukcom South Pattaya. 600,000 baht. Call Khun Mina 081 782 9821, 085 221 1108. Leading English Magazine Publication FOR SALE in Pattaya. Leading English Magazine in Pattaya for 7 years now is up For Sale! Staff in place and very low cost production makes this an ideal business for the right
person. Health conditions forces the owner to sell this profitable publication. Particulars of purchase price and details will be given to serious inquiries. Contact James at 081 000 8192 or Email : jordygwaping@ yahoo.com Aserious ‘hands on’investor requires a 50% share in a running, successful, well renovated and maintained 15 - 25 room guesthouse/ hotel in a good location. Up to date accounts must be available. All replies treated with complete confidence. Email to – kevinh@ jomtien-property.com Two office spaces for rent located on the 4th floor of a low rise building along Sukhumvit Road, in between South and Central Pattaya, 20 meters after Spanish Condo. Both spaces have toilet, unfurnished. The first one is 36 sqm., price is only 7,200 baht per month and the other one is 64 sqm. and the price is only 12,800 baht per month (FOR LONG TERM LEASE ONLY). Accessible to public transportation. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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: email@example.com WE SELL GOING CONCERNS! If You Want Expert Professional Advice on Buying or Selling a Business in Pattaya TSBA Have a large selection of businesses available. Call Craig 087 077 0475 www.tsba.info Bar /Guest House – Located in central Pattaya, there are 16 rooms a well stocked bar with pool table and included in the price are 20 motorbikes. Call Craig 087 077 0475. Email: craig@ tsba.info Bar/Guest House – Located just off soi buakhao, this busy bar has 4 rooms for rent as well as a staff room .The owner is relocating so this business is priced to sell. Call Craig 087 077 0475, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Walking street – An opportunity has arisen to purchase this well known walking street bar, this business is a turn key operation and is ready to make big money. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: email@example.com
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Fax: (038) 374535 Bar – Located in Central Pattaya, this double shop house bar is priced to sell. There is a pool table and kitchen with accommodation for staff. Call Craig 087 077 0475, email: craig@tsba. info BS1029: A great investment opportunity for someone looking for a bar/guesthouse to run. This property is on a 3 year + lease agreement and located in the Metro area (very busy). No key money and has 12 rooms available for rent which are rented. 5 million O.N.O. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com BS0256: This Italian Restaurant has just been reduced in price as the owner needs to reside back in Italy. fully functional kitchen inclusive of wood burning pizza oven for the authentic taste of Italian pizza!! Fully furnished with rooms above also which could be used to reside or to rent. This business needs to move fast hence the price at 850,000bht!! Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com Thai Living : HOT SALE Before 8.5 M.THB.Now 8 M.THB. Apartment for sale. Soi Arunothai near Carrefour, 5th storey with 20 rooms of apartments, all rooms are fully furnished. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Business for sale at Thip Plaza-Pattaya Beach for 1.7 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.
(ptbo-P0209)ThaiRestaurant for Sale. Urgent Sale, All Equipment included, Soi Make in Thailand Opposite Central Beach. 420,000 bht. Call 084 928 7489 or 087 050 9197. (ptbo-j0209)Dutch Business Man Looking for Business Partner for Good New Products. Call: John 080 638 2240 or 085 697 5060. 45-Rooms + 1 BigHouse Big pond in the middle 917 t.wah Sukhumvit Soi 87, only 600m from Sukhumvit Rd Income of 100,000 BHT/ month selling for 15 million Call: 081 244 6970.
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(ptmet-s2408)Thai, English and German Lessons! Bored from learning Languages conventional style? Want fast success for daily conversation? With us you can learn it for your needs, comfortable in your own home. For a free trial lesson please call 089 602 2272 or Email to email@example.com (pta-tk0008)Do you Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. (ptmet-p2208)Learn Thai /English at Home by Experienced Teacher. Personalized and effective learning at your convenience. Tel. 081 945 7241. (pta-te0008)TEFL Intercontinental, we are specialist in teacher training, a full 120 hours TEFL certificate course, we offer Guaranteed job & Work permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while you practice teaching for 2 Months. Please contact us at: 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640. (pta-pl0008)Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038-489225-7 Fax. 038-489-228 www.prolanguage.co.th
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House for Sale The best deal in Thabali, Chateau Dale ever! This very nice, fully renovated, three bedroom, four bathroom Thabali home is situated in one of the finest villages and locations in Pattaya. Asking price only 10.9 Million Baht! Full financing available, only 2 Million Baht down and payments over 5 years. 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! 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. 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. 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. Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. We have several Owner Finance opportunities! We have houses available with Owner Finance. 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. 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. 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.
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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. 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. 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. 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. Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 8 Million Baht! We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 900,000 Million Baht! Northshore Condominium for 8 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase in a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments….. Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. 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. 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. 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.
(ptm-c0109)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. (ptmhs-r0409)House for Sale in Pattaya with Lovely Sea View, 300 metres from beach, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, large pool. 332tw land, A/C throughout. 25 million baht (buy direct from owner) 087 833 1719, sales@ pattayahousebuilders.com Grand TW Thapraya15, 2-storey 4-Bedroom 4 Bathroom Swimming Pool Fully Furnished 79 t.wah Sell: 7.5Million Call 081 244 6970. Thapraya15, 2-storey 3 Bedrooms 2 bathrooms Not Furnished 75 t.wah Sell:4.5 Million Call 081 244 6970. Raviphorn Khaotalo, 2-storey 3-Bedroom 3Bathroom Sell: 3.5 million Call: 081 244 6970. 2-storey opp. Huaiyai municipality. 2-Bedroom 2-Bathroom Not Furnished 25 t.wah Sell: 1.3 million Call 081 244 6970. S P E C TA C U L A R TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE!!! ONLY 5 MILLION BAHT!!! This Stunning Townhouse is now for Sale. Located at 378/69 Moo12 Nongprue, Banglamung Chonburi 20260, 20 meters from Royal Cliff Hotel and opposite of Royal Cliff Sports Club. 82 sqm land size,200sqm living area w/garage and balconies. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms ( master w/ jacuzzi ),quality fitted Euro Kitchen, amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V expensive sofa, dining table and equipped with alarm system. please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale! Only 11 Million Baht. A spacious and well furnished 90 sq. wah house. Have 3 bedrooms, living room. European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. For viewing, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A Captivating Townhouse is now for Sale only 5 Million Bath. Locate at 378/69 Moo 12 Nongprue, Banglamung Chonburi 20260, 20 meters
from Royal Cliff Hotel and opposite royal Cliff Sport Club. 82 sqm land size,200 sqm living area w/ garage and balconies. 3 luxury bathroom ( master w/ jacuzzi), quality fitted Euro kitchen,amazing wardrobes and other built –in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table and Equipped with alarm system. For viewing and more details please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. PROPERTY IN HUA – HIN This luxurious fully furnished, three bedrooms and three bathrooms Villa is ready to move in ,it is located in one the most exclusive and complete compounds of HuaHin,700 Sqm living area, 276 sqm private, 65 swimming pool with separate Jacuzzi, double Insulated exterior wall, ventilated space below house and insulated roof with ventilated attic ,marble flooring in living room, dinning room, kitchen and hall, all bedrooms are wooden floor, European fitted kitchen complete with stove, oven, hood, build in cabinets (teak wood ), carport for 2 cars, fully landscaped garden,2 water falls, Thai outside kitchen, high speed intern connection, phone line, 4,000 liters spare underground water tank. please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Gorgeous House for sale and Investment. Absolutely or brand new house in a modern high quality and extremely nice tropical villa project. With underground cables, private pool, furnished. Location in Naklua Area. Only a few minutes away from Pattaya, very convenient, no hassle on driving around the city. Accessible to public transportations. Ready to move in. Price starts from 13 Million Bath. To view, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Fascinating House for Sale at Chateau Dale Village, Thappraya Rd. 496 sq. m, have 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, garden, car park and a private swimming pool. A haven that is so peaceful. Price is only 17.5 Million Baht. For viewing and more information, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.
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The Perfect Destination. Absolutely brand new project with high standard quality. Feel the cool breeze in the modern tropical villas with only 49 units. There are 3 lovely designs of family home to choose from, with 3 bedrooms, 3 restrooms, underground cabling and with private pool. Being locate off Sukhumvit Road, driving to and from Bangkok is so convenient and also without the hassle of driving through the city of Pattaya which is only few minutes away, getting in and out Pattaya is easy with several kinds of public transportation available. Price start from 14.2 Million Bath. For viewing please call:081 334 5291,081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale!!! A 2-storey Brand New House at Banglamung in Soi Water Office. Only 1.5 Km. from Sukhumvit Rd. 250 Talang Wah. Have 5 rooms, kitchen, living room, 3 bathrooms, (1 w/ jacuzzi), with built-in thick wooden furniture, garden, parking space. Now price is only 9.5 Million Baht. For details and viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Ann Amazing Panoramic view in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 Minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in south Pattaya. Locate on 14th flr.105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, funished with European design, 2 balconies 24hrs. security, big swingming pool. Price for quick sale, only 5.5 Milion Baht. Tel;081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY.
The Best Low Price Ever. A 3-storey Spectacular Designer Townhouse located near the Royal Cliff Hotel. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with jacuzzi). Top of the line European Kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 5 Million Baht. Great Offer! This townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 Million Baht. Call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. HS1260: 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom bungalow for sale located in east Pattaya close to the Maprachan Lake. Just recently come available with new private pool, 170sqm house and land size 472sqm!! This is priced at 3.5 million for a quick sale. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HS1258: This property has just been reduced from 6.5million to 5.999 million!! This property is 3 bedrooms, modern furniture and a fitted European kitchen with all modern appliances, complete with Jacuzzi. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HS1266: This property is located in SP 3 Village in east Pattaya. A very nice property with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom full A/C and full furniture, ready to move in. with in the project there is a communal pool and gym. Priced at 5.290 million. Call us 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com
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HS1261: This property has just been finished located in Bang Sarae with in reach to the beach by only 2 minutes!! The property sits on 500sqm land, 182sqm of living space, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, European kitchen, A/C and inclusive of private swimming pool! Priced at 5.8 million!!! Call us 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com Thai Living: Chateau Dale Thabali Villa. Prime location residence, 2 storeys with 124 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 3bed/4bath, private pool. 11.9 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Central Park 2, Sukhumvit Road. 2 storey house, 2bed/3bath, 40 sq.wah. For 3.2 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Baan Natcha Village, Central Pattaya. Nice residence area, 2 storeys with 104 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 2 bed / 2 bath, 1 office, Private Pool. 14.5 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien Beach. Single storey house with 85 sq.wah. 3bed/3bath. 5.2 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net
Thai Living: Central Park 1, Sukhumvit Road. 2 storey house, 3bed/3bath, 67 sq.wah. For 4.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. The best deal in Thabali, Chateau Dale ever! This very nice, fully renovated, three bedroom, four bathroom Thabali home is situated in one of the finest villages and locations in Pattaya. Asking price only 10.9 Million Baht! Full financing available, only 2 Million Baht down and payments over 5 years. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038231-931, 087-021-7014 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We as Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. have a lot of emergency sales. This is a buyers market and we have dozens of fire sales!!!!!! Millions under the price of the developers!!! Act quick. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
Classified 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. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014. We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Stunning House For only 10.5 Million Baht! Four extra large bedrooms, four Bathrooms with separate Guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool. The house is built on a 1200 m2 plot in the very prestigious area of Phoenix Golf Course. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com The most exciting Estate on the entire Eastern Seaboard for Sale for 150 Million Thai Baht. This 7 Bedroom, 11 Bathroom on 35 Rai of land is one of the most impressive homes you will ever see. Its grounds, water features and landscaping are second to none. If you have the finances to secure a home such as this.....you must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Down-payment! Six year Mortgage! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/ Month for the next two years. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have a re-sale in Phu Tara! Stunning two level designed house on a Rai of land for 29 Million Baht. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014. Most incredible sea views from a designer 4 bedroom home for 19.9 Million Baht! Situated high in the Bangsarey Hills, this gorgeous four bedroom four bathroom home was completely decorated by one of the areas most noted interior designers, which makes it both beautifully appointed as well as being a very comfortable family home. For appointment and private viewing, call the
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Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Want a Thaibali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several View Talay Villas for Sale from 7.9 Million to 50 Million Baht! Live in one of these highly sought after villas in
this exclusive development! For appointment and private showing call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Immaculate Beach House next to the Dusit Hotel for sale at 27.5 Million Baht! Each room in this extremely well laid out home has been designed and decorated to a very high standard. The location and sea views are to die for…..this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
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An Absolutely Stunning Home For 60 Million Baht! With over 3,000 square meters of living space all done in the finest hardwoods, marble and granite this is a grand and very impressive estate home. The estate has seven master suites and four separate lounge areas with a cinema room, games room and three kitchens all built around an outdoor lounging area and swimming pool. To put it simply, this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14 Million Baht. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Want a Fabulous Home in Paradise Villa? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Great home layouts and designs in these spectacular and modern homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number One’ development. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Beautiful Regent Village four Bedroom, five bathroom Home For Sale at 14 Million Baht! Absolutely stunning interior design. This five bedroom plus home is a must see. Fantastic fully equipped European kitchen and you will love the wonderful landscaping and finishing work, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
We have houses for sale in the range of 3-130 Million Baht!! We have by far the most listings……examples are houses in Siam Royal View, Paradise Villa 1 and 2, Nagawari, Thabali, Park Villas, View Talay Villas, Little Hill, Phu Tara, etc, etc. We are known for the best listings and the best prices. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Situated local to the ISR, furnished, quiet location but close to main routes to Bangkok & Pattaya. 3 double bedrooms c/w fitted wardrobes, 2 bathrooms, large lounge & dinning area, European kitchen, Full AC, swimming pool c/w jacuzzi set in a well laid out private garden, total area 145sqw/580sqm. 6M Thbt. For more details and viewing contact Mike, tele 089 095 2309.
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(ptmhr-n2308)A Beautiful New House on Pratumnak Hill Soi 5, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, air-con, European kitchen, private pool, UBC, telephone and ADSL. 38,000 baht/ month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptmhr-n2308)A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Eurokitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 28,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptmhr-n2308)A Beautiful Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. 25,000 baht/ month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptmhr-r0609)2 Storey, 3 Bedroom (En-suite 1), 3 Bathroom, fully furnish, with satellite at Panchan Spa Resort, the way to Rayong. Price 25,000-40,000 short, long term. Ph. 087 039 9784 Wan or 081 833 5489 Sanoon.
(ptmhr-a0109)2 Storeys in Pattaya Rungrueng Village. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 air, fully furnished. With parking space. 10,000/ months. Contact 084 164 8872. (ptmhr-a0109)Single Storey House in Eakmongkol 4 Kaotalo. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 air, fully furnished. European kitchen. Parking space for 2 cars. 084 164 8872. House 3 Bedroom NicelyFurnished. With Euro kitchen and large garden and lawn area. Secure complex in Sth Pattaya. 5 mins. to Carrefour Shopping. 55,000 Pm. Tel.: 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) www. pattayaoceanproperty.com (Ref.POP 5000) Grand TW Thapraya15, 2-storey 4-Bedroom 4 Bathroom Swimming Pool Fully Furnished 79 t.wah Rent: 50,000/month Call 081 244 6970. Thapraya15, 2-storey 3 Bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Not Furnished 75 t.wah Rent: 25,000/month Call 081 244 6970. Raviphorn Khaotalo, 2-storey 3-Bedroom 3Bathroom Rent: 15,000/ month Call: 081 244 6970. 2-storey opp. Huaiyai municipality 2-Bedroom 2-Bathroom Not Furnished 25 t.wah Rent 6,500/month Call 081 244 6970. House on Pratumnak. 2 mins. to Dongtan Beach. 4 bedroom all with en-suite. Private pool, Euro kitchen. Bargain price 55,000 Pm. Tel.: 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) www. pattayaoceanproperty.com (Ref.POP 1060) Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien beach. Single storey house. Fully furnished, taxi route. 20,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net
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Thai Living: Royal Park Village (Rungrueng) Jomtien Beach, fully furnished, nice residence, fully facility, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. From 28,000-35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: View Talay Villar, Jomtien Beach, 1bed/1bath. Fully furnished, Private Pool, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. 25,000-35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Central Park 1, Sukhumvit Road. 2 storey house, 3bed/3bath, 67 sq.wah. For 18,000THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net HR1175: this property has just come available for rent and is located in east Pattaya close to the Maprachan lake and easy access to Bangkok. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, A/C and euro kitchen. Private swimming pool all for the exclusive price of only 25,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-478 08457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1176: This large bungalow has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 1 office, maids quarters, fully furnished, European kitchen with appliances, A/C, 1600sqm of land, ADSL ,Satellite TV, private swimming pool priced at 55,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR0525: If you are looking for peace and quiet and a small development then this is the property for you!! This 2 storey house has 3
beds, 3 baths, fully furnished and ready to go with free internet!! Hurry before this one goes too! 20,000P/M. Call for more info 038-373 966 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1173: This private 2 storey property has just been placed on the market in Pratamnak. 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, and modern furniture, the best kitchen ever ADSL, UBC and private swimming pool also inclusive of CCTV for extra peace of mind. Priced at 55,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1153: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom bungalow located in SP5 Village. Comes fully furnished with euro kitchen and a/c and inclusive of ADSL! New very large house ideal for the family as it is very close to communal features just 40,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1169: This house has just recently come available again. Consists of 2 bedroom and 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, euro kitchen and ready to move in. The property is located in east Pattaya with very good communal features priced at 23,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1170: This property is located in the Jomtien area. It is a 2 storey Thai/ Bali house inclusive of large garden and private swimming pool with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, ADSL connected already. An ideal property for the ex pats who are now residing here in Pattaya! Priced at 70,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com
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we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
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HR1168: This property is located in Suwattana Garden in East Pattaya. Large village with good communal facilities. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, European kitchen with private pool. Priced at 30,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1167: This property is located just of the third road of Pattaya and sits in a small village. It is 2 storey property with 2 bedrooms, fully furnished and inclusive of Euro kitchen. A must to view for the price here in central Pattaya at 22,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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,
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Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Executive Class Rentals In and Around Pattaya from 15,000 – 150,000 Baht per month! A very rare opportunity awaits those discerning home hunters looking for both a luxurious quality home and with it a lifestyle most all would love to have. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Magnificent House in Grange Park Village. Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms for 80,000 Baht per Month! The decoration and design are from a high standard! This house you really need to see to appreciate its beauty. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
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(pta-n2309)Pattaya Yacht House Boutique Residence. Photisarn Soi 6 behind Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. The most exotic living in Pattaya with spacious aroma garden. For rent, weekly & monthly. Only 15 units in 962 sq. wah. 50-110 sq.m. per unit. Studio, 1-4 bedroom. Fully furnished & service. 12,000-28,800 baht/month. Tel. 085 318 4433(Eng.), 083 727 518, 083 119 4488, 084 701 3232, www.pattayayachthouse.com
(ptm-w2108)Aromdee Apartments has availability for rent. Fully furnished apartments with balcony, cable, telephone and also private internet lines available. It is quite and clean with in house laundry and supermarket by European management. Only 5 minutes walk to the Big C and Lotus Supercenter in North Pattaya. Furnished standard apartments 3,000 baht/month. Furnished air conditioned apartments 3,700 baht/month. Daily rent 390 baht with aircon. Call 089 938 6022. (ptrr-p0509 Siam Wave Hotel near Jomtien, A/C, Swimming Pool, Internet, Cable TV. 5,000 bht/month Call 084 867 4635. Fully furnished at Sukhumvit Soi 87, only 600m from Sukhumvit Rd Free cable+wi-fi Rent: 3,000/ month Call: 081 244 6970.
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View Talay Building 2 B, 10th Floor, 37 sqm balcony for lovely sea views Jomtien beach side, retiled empty room. Very good price, only 1.4 mil. baht (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ideal 1st Time Buyer. Hagone Condominium Thepprasit Road Soi 10, Jomtien. 32 sqm 5th floor studio, newly decorated with kitchen and furniture. Good location area with restaurants and bars, good facilities, swimming pool, restaurant, shop, laundry. Only 690,000 Baht (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Flybird Condominium South Pattaya, 28 sqm, studio 5th floor. Retiled, empty room in foreign name. Ideal for letting very cheap price only 390,000 bht. Be Quick!! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Royal Beach Condominium 200 Metres From Cozy Beach Pratumnak. 38 sqm 9th floor studio, beautifully renovated with quality furniture, LCD TV and more. Nice balcony for beautiful sea views. A lovely room in a prestige area. Fantastic bargain 1.3 mil. baht (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Baan Suan Lalana Condominium, 84 Sq. M., 5th Floor (Top Floor). Huge balcony for sea views, 1 bedroom with built-in wardrobes, A/C. 1 living room, fully furnished, A/C. New large kitchen with fridge freezer, 2 LCD, big screen TVs, 2 ceiling fans, etc. Just been furnished and completely refurbished to high standard with very high art deco ceilings. 2 big swimming pools, fitness centre, shop, restaurant, lovely gardens, 800 metres Jomtien Beach. Lovely living and a beautiful atmosphere. 3.5 mil. baht (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cozy Beach Pratumnak Jomtien, 200 Meters from Beach, Two 38 sq.m. Studios, side by side. 6th and 8th floor with sea views in need of renovation. Make 76 sq.m. or sell separate. Excellent opportunity investment in one of the best areas. Only 990,000 baht each. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Angket Jomtien, 8th Floor Studio, 38 sq. m with lovely sea view, just been renovated to high standard, with marble floors, quality kitchen, matching furniture. Everything new. Really must be viewed. Real Bargain of the month. Only 1.3 mil. In
Foreign Name. Freehold or rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Majestic Jomtien 600 meters from Beach. 60 sqm, 4th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 bathroom, kitchen, 2 balcony, fully furnished and renovated. Overlooking swimming pool. Very good price. Only 1.6 mil. Baht. Freehold. In Foreign Name. Rent 12,000 baht a month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants… Fantastic bargain. Only 1,350,000 mil. baht. Freehold or rent 12,000 baht per month. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.5 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com Private Sale, Majestic Condominium, 800 Meters from Jomtien Beach. A lovely 30 sqm studio on 1st floor, big balcony overlooking garden and swimming pool. Just been renovated with new A/C, new furniture, big screen TV, small kitchen with fridge freezer, etc, etc. You won’t find better. Ideal for 1st time buyer. Only 840,000 Baht. (In foreign name). Call Alan 087 139 1570 (Eng.)
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(ptmcs-s0209)Angket Condominium - Perfect Sea View Corner Unit with 79 sqm. 1 bedroom. Brand new, fully furnished. Call 087 672 2020 or 086 312 9126. (ptmcs-j2408)Royal Green Area, Khao Pratamnak Rd. 60 sq.m. living room, 30 sq.m. bedroom. 3 condos together, turn into one big apartment. Fully furnished, beautiful seaview. 200 meters from beach (up great area). 8th floor, 3 bathrooms, car parking, 24 hours security, cable, key card entry. Foreign name. 3.5 mil. baht. Tel: 080 638 2240 or 085 6975060. (ptmcs-a2408)ViewTalay 6 Condo-Two Back from Beach Front Side Facing Walking Street. 86 sqm9th floor-Foreign Name4,900,000 Baht Unfurnished Shell 087 145 8491. (ptmcs-nat0309)Beautiful View Talay 5D for Sale. 140 m2, 3rd floor, 3bedrooms, big balcony, beautiful view Jomtien side. Fully furnished. Foreign ownership 7,800,000 Baht (incl. transfer). Tel: 081 003 3521, Email: post@ giganett.no (ptmcs-r2408)Amazing Condo in Jomtien 45 sqm, 9th floor, panoramic sea view, huge balcony, swimming pool, convenience store, fully furnished, A/C, European kitchen, electric stove, sink, bed, storage & closet, sofa, fridge, microwave, TV/DVD. 24H Security, parking lot. Foreign name. 1.8 Million Baht or best offer. Call 085 347 9257 before 5:00 pm and e-mail: email@example.com for pictures. (ptmcs-g0109)Baan Suan Lalana, top floor, nice views, totally refurbed, nice condo – Foreign owner. 1.250 M. 087 901 5229, 084 105 4533.
(ptmcs-g1209)Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 21(top), very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 55 sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition. Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.19 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, firstname.lastname@example.org. See pictures as vedio virtual tour www.chosenmarketing.com/ viewtalay (ptmcs-L0909)Northpoint Beachfront Condominium, 2 Bedroom , 2 Bath, #3304, 33rd Floor, South Tower Nearest Ocean. Overlooking Pool and Beach, 105 Sq. Mtrs, Fully Luxury Fitted, Soi Wongamart, Naklua. 15 million baht (7 million to seller and 8 million to developer on January 2010). FOREIGN NAME. Realtors Welcome! Gary 089 544 0634 or e-mail: email@example.com (ptmcs-L0909)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 4 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 1805 and 1806 (18th floor; side by side); 1906 (19th floor) and 2206 (22nd floor). Purchase Option One: Cash 3.0 Million to 3.2 Million Baht Each. Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 600,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 600,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634 or e-mail: hovelots@hotmail. com. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome!
(ptmcs-b2408)Jomtien Condominium for Sale: Park Lane Resort Jomtien - Take Over Contract New Condo. This re-sale unit is a far less than the Developers price in Building 1 and can be easily made into (2) one bedroom units if required. This is an ocean view facing unit on the 7th floor is offered at 1 million baht less than the developer’s price currently. Fully furnished. The new owner can take over the easy terms re-payment with approximately 50% down and quarterly payments of 300,000 until the scheduled completion date around April 2010. Sale Priced: 2,995,000. Call Bobby 084 158 0785 for showings (pta-r0008)Condo 80 SQM. in Nova Atrium. Brand New. Furnished and decorated in high standard. 2 bathrooms, 1 bedroom, 1 big living room with European kitchen bar open. TV, LCD, 2 aircon Daikin. Furniture (Decorum), big terrace. 5 min. away walking “Carrefour” and “Big C”. In new condo with huge swimming pool in tropical garden, fitness room, internet and etc. FIRE SALE. 4 million baht. Tel. 081 863 1076. (pta-r0008)Penthouse 720 sqm with a Spectacular Front Sea View. 300 meters from the beach, 5 minutes away from Walking Street. In the best location of Pratamnak Hill. This residence is a 360° unblocked sea view, with a golf and Buddha Hill. Large terrace (240 sqm) with huge Jacuzzi. New modern design concept, 4 beds/baths + maid room. Any room have terrace. Euro style kitchen, living 118 sqm. Fully furnished at high standard. Price exceptional at 41,000 baht/sqm. 29.9 Million Baht. Tel. 081 863 1076. http:// pattayabeachviewcondo.com Stylish Condo for Sale at Keang Talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Now for only 1.25 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.
A Very Nice Condo for Sale. Located at the 3rd flr. of Bangsaray Condominium. Totally renovated and has 2 bedrooms. Price is only 4.2 Million Baht. For more viewing and more information please call us : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. An Amazing Panoramic view in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya. Located on the 14th flr, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balaconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick sale, only 7 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Fascinating Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in a Low Rise Condominium for Quick Sale!!! For only 18 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with great interior designs, a spacious living area, executively decorated, breath taking sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and accessible to everywhere, good facilities are available. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Top Quality Beachfront Condominium! In Foreign Name for only 7.9 Million Baht. Have 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, high floor, with superb overlooking view at the ocean and at the pool, 64 sqm, fully furnished, downtown location, Owner financing can arrange (will consider payment terms of up to 8 months). To view, please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Majestic Sea View and Private beach in North Pattaya, Laem-Chabang view, 137 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, big living room, with a large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, unfurnished. Only 12 Million Baht. Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Best valued of the month. For sale good valued for invest. Condo for sale at Nakual area, Quite building, foreigner names 117 Sqm
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2 bedroom, garden view,2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, and renovate need. For quick sale only 5.5 million Baht. For sale Nice and quiet building in a good location line down town on Wong Amart Beach on the Best Beach in Pattaya, 64 Sqm,1 bedroom. 1 bath, sea view, reno-vated need for very good offer @ 4.7 Million Bath only. Please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Condo for sale at Naklual area, quite building, foreigner names 96 Sqm, 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, and renovated need. For sale only 8 Million Bath. Call now at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Luxury beachfront condo for sale. Spectacular sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 137 sqm 1 big bedroom, 2air cons, 2 bath, living room, with balcony direct phone Line, 2 flat screen T.Vs. Hi-fi system, kitchenette,all build-in with real wood, taste-fully and luxuriously furnished and equipped, ready to move in., 24hr security, swimming pool, fully furnished. Price at 13 Million Baht Please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.
CS1316: This apartment is located in North shore on beach road Pattaya. It is an 01 unit next to the elevator. Euro kitchen, A/C, fully furnished at 64sqm 1 bedroom apartment with a great sea view. Easy access to the beach and in foreign quota. Priced at 7.4 million. Call for more info 038-373 966 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CS1309: the Avenue condo under construction as we speak and will be complete December. 1 bedroom available, come complete with euro kitchen, A/C and located looking over the communal pool on the 8th floor. An investment not to miss! Price at 3.25million. Call for more info 08-4780 8457orby E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CS1311: studio apartment located in a low rise in Jomtien. 28sqm, fully furnished in which case everything is new and never been lived in!! Owner needs to reside back in UK. Only 890,000 O.N.O. Call for more info 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com
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CS1314: New studio apartment located in the Residence, Jomtien. 53sqm over looking the grand swimming pool and modernly furnished to a high standard. A must to view! Priced at 3.2 million! Call for more info 08-1761 3238 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CS1230: Brand new A.D condo studio apartment on the top floor, 32sqm, euro kitchen, fully furnished, A/C with sea views! Available at only 1.55m Offers considered! Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com Thai Living: Condo Thepthip, Pratamnak Hill, 2nd floor, 63 sq.m. fully furnished .For 2.3 M.THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Khiang Talay, Pratamnak Hill, 80 sq.m, Foreigner name, 13th floor, 1bed/1bath, For 3.5 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Hot sale, TW Central Pattaya, (Near Carrefour) Good location, unit has partial sea view, 1.6 M THB. 48 sqm, High floor, Foreigner name. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com/ www. thailiving.net Thai Living: View Talay Condo 3A. Front corner with great sea view, 137 sq. m, high floor, 7.5 M.THB / unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ info@thailiving. net / www.thailiving.net
Thai Living: Royal Hill Condotel, Building A, 2nd floor, Beautiful studio with nice decorated, 52.93 sq.m for 2.33 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Northshore Condominium, 80 sq.m, high floor (North facing), For 5.9 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condominium (RimHaad S1), Jomtien Beach, 8th floor, corner room, Original condition. 34 sq.m. 1.59 M.THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -723 601, Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail: theavenueresidence@ hotmail.com, www.avenueresidence.com Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail: novaatrium@ hotmail.com, www.novagroup thailand.com Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroup thailand.com, E-mail: nova email@example.com
(ptm-L0909)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 2 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Units available 2506 and 2507 (25th floor; side by side) and COMPETELY NEW INSIDE AND TURN KEY FURNISHED. Purchase Option One: Cash 3.6 Million Baht Each, Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 800,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 800,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. 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. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 12 Million Baht……… ..‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for one year. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 2.9 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.3 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month two year guaranteed rental return. The rent is paid every three months in advance. Call Jan at 087-021-3170. EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘B’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 21 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Special Promotion in La Royalé 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. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com 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
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all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors…..prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Splendid investment opportunity! For sale TipCondo for 1 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy is only one of the many features in this condo. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. Act quick we have the TopCorner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 226 sqm for 18 million Baht. Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. This must be the best corner unit in town. Also available a 239 sqm View Talay 6 corner on the 22nd floor facing Walking Street for 16 Million Baht. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have a stunning Home in Jomtien Park Villas! Supurb Design and Construction! Three Bedrooms / Two Bathrooms. Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht. (PR3875) Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Investment Opportunity, Jomtien Beach! 200 sqm design condo in Grand Condotel! Price Lowered from 14.5 to 9.9 Million Baht! Three Bedrooms / Three Bathrooms. Call Now! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Central Pattaya Living in View Talay 6!!! Cheapest front corner available with us! One Bedroom / One Bathroom Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 105 sqm. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
We Have Several Very Nice Jomtien Condos for Sale Starting just under 1 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have the best selection of Ananya Condos Available on the Market Today! We have the last two units available on the penthouse floor of Ananya (5th floor, Phase 3) two bedroom, 155 sqm. Ananya the best location on the best beach of Pattaya, Wongamat Beach. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Two Bedroom Condo at Jomtien Beach’s Best location for 7.9 Million Baht! This has been very nicely renovated and has two bedrooms two bathrooms all within 126 square meters of comfort and security. Priced to sell, make sure that you see this apartment soon. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
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Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 8 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 900,000 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Condominium for 8 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments.. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, ready to move in. Alot of facilities are available, two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court are just examples. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left! Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Gorgeous Sea View Condominium Apartments on Wongamat Beach! Starting as low as 1.8 Million Baht, you may want to take a look at these brand new units that are being completed with beautiful interior designs and will be ready for occupancy very soon. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087-0217014. We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a few re-sales on very high floors for 110,000 THB/ SQM. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
(ptmcr-n2308)Condo for Rent on Pratumnak Hill Soi 4, 80 sqm. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, fully furnished, air con, cable TV, telephone with ADSL. 12,000 baht/ month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptmcr-0109)Royal Park Luxury Apartments, 2 luxury Penthouses for rent short term. Private rooftop swimming pool. 30,000 & 35,000 per month. Check out our website www.royalparkjomtien.com, call 086 111 7414. (ptmcr-0309)Royal Park Luxury Serviced Apartments, 5 minute walk from Jomtien Beach: 5670 sqm. Luxury furnished, one bedroom, large living area with balcony and kitchen, free internet, enjoy our rooftop swimming pool. From 16,000 per month and daily rates. Call 086 111 7414 or check out our website to see the quality of our apartments, www.royalparkjomtien.com (pta-2309)Pattaya Yacht House Boutique Residence. Photisarn Soi 6 behind Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. The most exotic living in Pattaya with spacious aroma garden. For rent, weekly & monthly. Only 15 units in 962 sq. wah. 50-110 sq.m. per unit. Studio, 1-4 bedroom. Fully furnished & service. 12,00028,800 baht/month. Tel. 085 318 4433 (Eng.), 083 727 518, 083 119 4488, 084 701 3232, www.pattayayachthouse.com (pta-ft0008)Privately Owned Suite Room at the Hotel in Jomtien for Rent, newly, elegantly and brilliantly renovated, sea view, 24 hours service, safe and convenient. 1 bedroom, 2 toilets, living room, kitchen. Normally 2000 Baht per day but will be negotiable for monthly or yearly rent. Interested call 087 141 2783 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (ptfcr-gh2408)Brand New1BR Condo Adjacent to Avenue Mall and Villa Market. Top floor view, swimming pool and elegant lobby with security. Passcard entry, hardwood floors, dramatic tile bathroom with plate glass. Spacious kitchen, aircon throughout, garage parking and one block to Beach. By Owner 17,000/ mo. English: 089 803 0388 or 038 225 349. Rare Opportunity 1 of Only a Few, 6th Floor (Top Floor) in Majestic Jomtien, 61 sq.m. 1 bedroom with large balcony and en-suite, 1 living room with very large picture windows for excellent Jomtien views. Euro kitchen with breakfast bar. 2 TVs, fully furnished, A/C. This is an original room from new (not converted). Good price, only 12,000/month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: email@example.com
Majestic Jomtien, 800 Meters from Beach, 32 sqm, 1st floor, big balcony, fully furnished, TV, fridge. Just been renovated. Lovely room. Only 6,500 baht per month. Call Pin 087 150 4845. 500 Meters from Beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, LCD TV, DVD. Rent 15,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Angket Jomtien, 8th Floor Studio, 38 sq. m with lovely sea view, just been renovated to high standard, with marble floors, quality kitchen, matching furniture. Everything new. Really must be viewed. For rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail : email@example.com Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants. For rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www. pacpattaya.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Two Captivating Condos for Rent. Private Beach on North Pattaya, 64 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living room, with balcony, 24 hr security, swimming pool, furnished. For only 25,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Stylish Condo for Rent at Keang Talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Price is 10,000 Baht per month. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Best Quality Beachfront Condo for Rent. Stunning sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 105 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, with large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 35,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.
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A 105 sqm. Superb Condo which has captivating sea view is now for Rent. Furnished, has 2 relaxing bedrooms, 2 cool bathrooms and direct telephone lines. Price is only 28,000 Baht per month. Call now at: : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Three studios 53 Sqm, location at Nakuala on Wong Amart Beach, One of the best, nice and model building in Pattaya city . High floor and furnished, looking for long term rent. Price stared 18,000-22,000 Baht per month. Call now at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Front view, great panoramic view condo, 163 Sqm, view looking at Lan Island, 3 beds, 2 bath , 4 air cons, direct line ,fully and nice furnish ,this condo is one of the best and famous building in Pattaya city. Location at Nakual on Wong Amart Beach, high floor and fully furnish, looking for long term rent. Price started @ 55,00060,000 Baht per month. Call now at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 9-Karat 12th floor near Carrefour. 32m2 Fully Furnished 7,000/month Call : 081 244 6970. Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht/Month, LCD TV, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. 30 % Discount on Daily Rates. Tel: 038 415 304-8, E-mail: email@example.com, www.novaparkpattaya.com Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail: novaatrium@ hotmail.com, www.novagroup thailand.com
CR1185: This property is located on the top floor of View Talay 2. It is a 41sqm studio apartment that is fully furnished and has some great views of Pattaya. Only 15,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1183: 1 Bedroom apartment located in Wongamat area has just been finished to a high standard, fully furnished with free wi-fi internet and fitness center at only 30,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1184: Just recently come available 2 bedroom apartment is located in Star beach on the 11th floor, with fantastic view of Koh Larn island. It has also just recently been refurbished too. Only 45,000 P/M, Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouses, SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 60,000 P/M view http:// www.pattaya-property.biz/ index.asp to view pictures or call 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR0871: 2 bedroom apartment for rent, Wongamat beach area,70 Sq m, Euro kitchen, modern furniture, A/C, LCD TV, from 28,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1182: Studio apartments located in Jomtien close to the beach, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV, brand new renovation with great Prices start at 9,000 P/M, call 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com
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CR1122: 1 bedroom apartment, brand new, 51 Sq m, fully equipped, superb location 5 minutes to Walking Street, reduced price 22,500 B Per month, Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CRGR: New golf range has some brand new apartments for rent all with TV, fully furnished with shower room and use of the communal swimming pool as well as have a pratice at your golf techniques!! Bar and restaurant open soon. Only 7000!! Per mth call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1180: Newly renovated 12th Floor sea view apartment, located in Pratamnak on the hill, fully furnished, euro kitchen and only 14,000 per month. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1019: Ground Floor 1 bedroom apartment in View Talay 2A, Located in the center of Jomtien, modern furniture, European kitchen, ADSL. A must to view 25,000 per month. Call for more info before its too late!! 08-1761 3238 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com 1 Bedroom Condo, 80 Sqm, 6th Floor, beautiful furniture. Luxury apartment, magnificent swimming pool, 5 mins. to Jomtien Beach. 30,000
Pm. 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) www. pattayaoceanproperty.com (Ref.POP 1049) Northshore 1 Bed Condo, 11th Floor with Sea Views facing Walking St.. Lovely apartment in secure complex, overlooking pool. 32,000 Pm. 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) www. pattayaoceanproperty.com (Ref. POP 1069) Studio 46 Sqm, Modern Furnishings, roof top pool. 2 mins. to Nth Pattaya Beach. Nice view, comfortable living. 23,000 Pm. Tel.: 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) www. pattayaoceanproperty.com (Ref.POP 1080) Thai Living: Royal Hill Condotel, Trappraya Rd. 53 sq.m, 2nd floor- fully furnished with beautiful decoration. 15,000THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Chateau Dale Thabali, beautiful Penthouse for rent on top floor, pool view 1 bed/2bath,117 sq.m, fully furnished. 23,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Pattaya Hill Resort, Jomtien Beach, 40 sq.m, 3rd floor- sea view, fully furnished. 10,000THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net
Classified Thai Living: Studio for rent at View Talay 5C, 6th floor Pattaya side. Nice area and easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, fully furnished 18,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: View Talay Residence II, Jomtien Beach. Fully furnished. Ground floor+nice garden, 96 sq.m. 1bed/1bath, 28,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ info@ thailiving.net / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Jomtien Complex, Sea View-high floor, Fully furnished. 68 sq.m. 17,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com/ www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Jomtien Plaza Condotel, Sea View- 24th floor, Fully furnished. 49 sq.m. 18,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ www. thailiving.net THAIHUS : Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 1 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 27 floor, 96 Sqm. Sea view and full facilities. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent 19,000/month, 1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms Full facilities newly renovated condo, tastefully furnished unit at a reasonable price with full European kitchen. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 2 beds 2 baths 38,000/month, 143 Sqm. uses of the facilities of the 5 star beachfront hotel located next door. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704.
Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. Only 10,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! For appointment and private
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Fax: (038) 374535 viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com View Talay 2 Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! This is a masterpiece in condo design and comfort, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo has a big balcony with oceanview and stunning furniture. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua
and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/ Month. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Beautifully Renovated Three Bedroom Condo in Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Baht per month! Great three bedroom, three bathroom furnished apartment. Ready to move in, this is a great way to live! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
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Condo for Rent
Great Two Bedroom Condos for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 Baht per month! We have a number of very nice condominium apartments available for rent in this price range. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Very nice Royal Cliff Two Bedroom Plus Apartment for 55,000 Baht per month! Those that know the ‘Cliff’, know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. Enjoy this two bedroom plus office apartment with fantastic sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,000 Baht per month! What more can you say? If you would like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with the yachts and all….this is your apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, weight training gym, the list goes on and on…..and don’t forget their first class gourmet restaurant with Dim Sum on Sundays! This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total overview of our listings contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month! A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool
and roof top pool as well…. what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Royal Cliff ‘C Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month or for sale for 19.9 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month or for sale for 7.5 Million Baht! 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
View Talay V Sea View Condominium for 20,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya! We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com
Land for Sale
BANG SARAY THE MOST DESIRED AREA! U-Tapao planned for Pattaya’s International Airport. Unprecedented Mega Projects Starting. Land plots from 300,000 baht. Check our Exclusive Land, Villa & Condo’s. Tel: 081 576 0035, Email: countryproperty@ loxinfo.co.th, www. countrypropertyservices.net (ptmls-n2308)Land Plot for Sale. 200 to 400 sq wah land size on Eastern Star Golf Course: Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364. (ptmls-h0309)Bangsaray Mountains. 1,200 sqm. Ready to Build on 720,000 baht Call 087 100 5726. (ptmls-g0109)Bangsaray 2 rai. Close beach. 2.6 M per rai. 084 105 4533. LS1020: a fair size plot of land at 672sqm surrounded by other houses already, electric, water available, road frontage all around. Priced at 3.5 million O.N.O. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com PL 046: This land is located in the center of the city. Ideal for house or apartment building filled and leveled already. Asking 12 million for 473sqw (1892SQM). Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com Thai Living: Hot sale land and house on Sukhumvit rd. (Near Lotus Thepprasit) 87 sq.wah for 7 M.THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net
Thai Living: Sea view land for sale on Kho Lan Island. (Title Deed) Total for sale is 14 Rai, Or for 1 Rai is possible for sale. 5.9 M.THB per Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living : Soi Siam Country Club, land for sale with 20 Rai-122 sq.wah for 35 M THB. Only 1 km from Sukhumvit Road. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: land for sale located on Na-Jomtien, 6 Rai , 18 M THB. Per Rai. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill Soi 6, 410 sq.wah Sale 39,000 THB per sq.wah (N/A) For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: land for sale. Bang Sare, Less than 1km. to the beach. 2 Rai 100 sq.wah for 1.9 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Thai Living: land for sale. Mapprachan Lake, 2 km, from Horse shore point. 3 Rai for 3 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ firstname.lastname@example.org / www. thailiving.net Thai Living : land for sale near Regent school (Tambol Pong) with 1,248 sq.wah (4,992 sq.m) Total only 7.9 M THB. Divided for 6 plot for sale. For more information contact us today: 038 364514-5/ email@example.com / www. thailiving.net Land for Sale. 11 Rai in Jomtien Area, only 10 Million per Rai. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 50 Rai in Boput Area at Samui Island. Best idea for business and investment. For quick sale, only 10.8 Million Baht per Rai. Please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale 7 Rai. 43 Sq. Wah located at Najomtien Soi 8-12, Soi Pinnacle Resort, Opposite of Thai Alangkarn Show, only 350 m. from seaside. Price is only 20,000 per sq. wah (56,800,000 Million Baht). Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398 for details and viewing.
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Fax: (038) 374535 For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Rai for 27.5 Million Baht/ Rai Beach Front near La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com 32 Rai on a hill near Phoenix Golf Course with nice sea views, ideal for a housing development. 550,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Prathamnak Hill (1 Rai up), 21 Rai of beachfront near the Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai of Land on the beach in Bangsaray. Our database contains over a 100 exclusive plots of land in and around
Pattaya. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231-931 or (01) 634-2915 Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit us online at www.premierinternational.com Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area! 8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 850,000 Baht/ Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com 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- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land - Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to email@example.com 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht/Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing project this is it! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th FOR INVESTORS…… 1.5 Rai plot of land for sale on Pratamnak Hill including Building designs, Brochures, Building License, etc, etc. for 32.5 Million Baht including everything you need to start your development. Call Jan at 087-021-3170
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(ptmsp-g0109)Travel Visas from 10,000 B. Translations 175 Bht/page. 084 105 4533 (ptmsp-p2208)Learn Thai/English at Home by Experienced Teacher. Personalized and effective learning at your convenience. Tel. 081 945 7241. (ptmsp-p2208)Meditation: Learn how to get beyond the “thinking” mind into a state of conscious relaxation and stress reduction. Tel. 081 945 7241. (ptmsp-vp0109)Visas Plus – births, marriage, certified translations, passport renewal, English first language, 038 757 527, 087 804 3943. Next door British Consulate Jomtien Soi 5. Lloyds Co., Ltd. (pta-0008)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, www.pattayasecretarial-services.com. Client service 081 550 0885. We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, Swimming pool Installations, New kitchens and Bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional service. Australian and Thai owners. WM Renovations - Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 Eng: 0811 580 065 www. pattayaoceanpropperty. com , E-mail info@ pattayaoceanproperty.com
( p t m s p - 1 3 0 9 ) A rc h i t e c t Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038. (ptfjv-em1908)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling /re-cushion, etc. Bought and sold/profit sharing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptmsp-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. (ptmsp-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) (ptmsp-p0409)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Do You Have Back Pains, Body Pains, Kidney Problem, High Cholesterol or High Blood? We have cure that are proven by our many cured and satisfied client. Simple, safe & secure treatments come to our health spa for free trial and consultation; pre booking will be highly appreciated. Interested call 038 416 493 or 087 141 2783
Do You Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun, Easy and Effective Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native eligible, professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. *Email: thankful. knowledge@gmail. com**.* We speak English, Thai, German & Deustch We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, swimming pool installations, new kitchens and bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional service Australian and Thai owners WM Renovations – Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 M: 0811 580 065 (Mal) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website www. skiblind.com 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 e-mail: email@example.com Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and English-speaking Thai lawyer.see ads in Pattaya Today. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
(ptfjv-em0509)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling /re-cushion, etc. Bought and sold/profit sharing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptm-p0509)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-p0509)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-p0509)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Automatic Daily=200 W e e k l y = 1 , 0 0 0 Monthly=3,000 PANDIA Shop, Soi Buakhaow Call: 081 244 6970.
Im a Filipina Looking for a Job as a nanny or housekeeper full time or part time around Pattaya or Bangkok, pls. call at 084 561 2566.
(ptfjv-w2408)Urgent Needed, A Person (Preferred Lady, Fluent English) who can play sports (Cricket, Swimming etc.) and do activites (Painting etc.) with Downsyndrome man (21). OK. to do activites at our home @ Horseshoepoint 2-3 days a week. Negotiable Wages. Contact ; Warangkana. Tel. 038 667 112, iamwarang@ gmail.com (ptfjv-m2408)Chinese Translator Wanted. Thai national who can translate English-Chinese and viceversa. High salary. Any age. No experience required. Email: michaela@ spamfighter.com or Tel: 038 423 405 for more information.
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(pta-sfm2408)Can You Sell What You Can’t See? A lot of freelance Sales positions available at a new modern radio station for both Thai and Expats. For more information contact 038 052 037-8 or 083 773 3210. (ptfjv-es0109)Sales Agents Wanted. 10,000 baht monthly salary plus earn up to 150,000 baht per month. Call 084 645 9439 (English), 082 264 9572 (Thai) www. energysavingmachine.com (ptfjv-b2408)Driver Wanted by Private Real Estate Advisory and Law Firm: must have valid driving license and capable of driving around Pattaya and Bangkok. Must speak English!! Some house and office work required as well. Good Salary easy and flexible hours are required. Call 084 158 0785 or 082 344 0833 Salary 10,000 THB per mo. (ptfjv-p2408)Sales Person Needed for ROSTEDT Store in Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Ability to speak, read and write English is must. Contact Khun Phut 089 403 0903. (ptfjv-pt0008)ALocal English Language Newspaper, Urgently Needs Sales Representatives. Great salary and high commission. Applicants must be Thai, outgoing & confident, fluent in English, computer literate, university/college educated, presentable and hard working. Call 038 410 077.
(ptfjv-g2408)Experienced Chef Wanted to Cook European Food in a Well Establish Restaurant. Must be hotel trained. Good wages plus tips for the right person. Call 081 254 3624. Pro Language is language training institute located on Central Pattaya. Now we are seeking Part - time and Full - time Teachers to join our team. Italian Teacher, Russian Teacher and other language teacher. Please call K.Pabhada 038 489 225-7 or pattaya@ prolanguage.co.th LC International languages and Computer School is looking for German, Dutch, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese and English speaking teacher. Interested person please call: 038 361 948 - 9 or contact us by lc_ firstname.lastname@example.org (ptfjv-0108)Needed immediately secretary, receptionist, ad sales people and graphic artists for publishing company. Top pay for experienced professionals. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Send resume, CV or inquiries to pappa@ csloxinfo.com. 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.
Classified English Teachers and other Language Teacher, English-Dutch-GermanItalian-French-JapaneseChinese-Russian-KoreanSpanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-2500072 www.Prolanguage. co.th (ptjv-hpp0209) Real Estate Company wanted secretary /administrator. Required: Thai female, good in English, basic computer skill.Applications by email: Petri@ homepropertiespattaya. com Tel. 086 156 8925 or 038 303 25.
Mc Flight Travel & Visa. Cheapest Air Fares. Promotion BKK-LON, FRA,PAR, ROM, GVA Start from 10,000 O/W 20,100 R/T. Special Promotion on September AMS-BKK-AMS. Start from 570 Euro’s. All the price not include tax. Visa to Europe, Vietnam, Laos, China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia; Ext Hotel Reservation, Scuba Diving, Taxi, Minibus. Tel 038 413 530, 038 724 023, Fax 038 413 540 Email.... Mcflightpattaya@hotmail. com
Vehicles for Sale
(ptfvs-e0109)Mitsubishi G Wagon for sale.40,000 km 2.8 turbo diesel. Fix price 460,000 bath. Tel 087 067 0239. (ptmvs-h2308)Yamaha 1100 Dragstar. 2003, 15,000 km., special paint. 320,000 baht, 087 100 57 26. 2 hp Mariner/Yamaha 2 stroke outboard engine, used very little hence in good condition. 11,000 Thbt. For more details contact Mike, tele 089 095 2309. (ptfvs-t0209)Suzuki bike 79000 km good condition 8000.- Tel 084 865 1355.
(ptmvs-c0007)Ford Ranger 4 Door, 4x4, 3.0 Diesel, 2003, silver, loads of extras, full service history, excellent all round condition. Farang owned. Must see at 390,000 baht. Private Sale 087 139 1570. (ptmvs-c0007)First to See Will Buy! Ford Laser 1.6 GLXi, 4 Door, Automatic 2002 (same size as Toyota Vios) champagne gold, power steering, air conditioning, alloy wheels, electric windows, air bags, CD, alarm etc. Regularly serviced with service book, beautiful unmarked condition. Only 270,000 baht. Falang owned. Call 084 565 7656. (ptmvs-c0007)Awesome Vehicle on Sale. Toyota Tiger 3.0 High Output Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, 7 foot high!!! Air bag, ABS, C.D. Huge chrome alloys, loads of extras, 160,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned for 5 years. Immaculate condition. Only 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539. (ptmvs-r0007)Volvo S60 Turbo, New Design 2005. 50,000 km, black. Full options. First hand, like new. 1 million baht (new 2,450,000 baht). Tel. 081 863 1076. (ptfvs-k2408)Automatic Opel Corsa 4 Door, all power, Falang lady owner, immaculate, low kms. Just replaced transmission cost 22,000 B. Must sell, returning overseas. Recently paid 125,000 + transmission, 147,000 Baht. Will sacrifice for only 99,000 or offer. 086 006 8390 Kevin or Marina. (ptfvs-qc0008)Ford Ranger 2002, 4 Door. Manual, 4x4, Foreign owner and maintained. Top up lockable lid. 320,000. Call 081 996 8915
Urgently need loving safe home for 2 months puppy. I have nursed her broken leg to good as new she is a joy. If can help please call 085 284 7731.
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Students reunite to celebrate birthday
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Murder at Indian by Nature
On September 4th and 5th, the Pattaya Players in conjunction with Indian by Nature, hosted a murder mystery dinner theatre event to sold-out audiences! The innovative and interactive format of the evening assured everyone a chance to have a hand at being a super sleuth, and even implicating some guests in the ‘crimes’ of the evening. It started with the theft of priceless jewels in Turkey, and then moved to America with the murder of an actress, clues were given to the audience in special newspaper reports. Diners were asked to decide which of the cast the villain was in this complicated plot, which saw four murders during the evening. Indian by Nature Restaurant put on an amazing four-course meal for patrons, and the Pattaya Players Troupe provided impressive local talent to fill the roles. A great time was had by all, and many inquiries were forthcoming about reservations for the next murder mystery!
Zico’s brings a Brazilian thrill to Pattaya seafront
Former students of ISR reunited at Nanda’s Coffee House on Jomtien Beach Road for the celebration of the owner Nanthida’s Ottesen (second from right) on her 19th Birthday.
Exotic Brazilian cuisine, colourful cocktails and fine wines, great music and exciting Latin American dance performers have arrived in Pattaya with the opening of Zico’s Brazilian Grill & Bar. Located on the beach at Central Pattaya, in front of the Central Festival department store, Zico’s is under the management of the newly opened Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, which is located at nearby Wong Amat Beach. Signature service is the churrascaria dinner, in which 15 varieties of meat and fish including beef, chicken, pork, lamb, salmon and prawns plus vegetarian specialties are cooked on revolving spits in the show kitchen and continually circulated around the restaurant by ‘passadors’, or roving waiters, who carve or serve directly from the skewer onto the diners’ plates. There is an all-you-can-eat salad bar with 50 items available, and a selection of side dishes such as rice, mashed potatoes, potatoes in their jackets, ratatouille, sauces, and bread, which are served by the passadors. Price for an unlimited number of meat and seafood churrascaria servings plus the salad bar is B750++, and for the vegetarian churrascaria servings plus salad bar, B500++. Entertainment is provided nightly with Samba, Salsa and Axe dance performances, with dancers Luana and Cynara from Sao Paulo in Brazil on stage every evening except for Wednesdays. Opening hours are 12 noon through to 01.00 hrs, with the churrascaria dinner served between 18:00 and 23:00. The Deck is opened from 17:30 to 01:00. Happy Hour is from 22:00 to 23:00. For more information or reservations please contact Zico’s Restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Call 038 301 234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Anniversary for ‘Vista Hotel’
The new ‘Hotel Vista’ may have been operating for the last year, however, following a ‘soft; opening last year, they enjoyed their ‘Official’ Grand Opening Ceremony recently. After speeches by senior ‘Hotel Vista’ officials, Philippine Ambassador Rodriguez, and other VIP’s, including Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome joined in a champagne opening event, which was great fun for everybody. Plenty of fine food with entertainment that included a ballet dancer and a Filipino vocalists who was superb; the event attracted almost every Filipino expat in the region. Mr. Vivid Vannaying, who owns the ‘Hotel Vista,’ went on to say - “The Hotel Vista is designed so guests can enjoy the soothing interaction of the traditional warmth of a Thai welcome with the sleek and straightforward character of a contemporary lifestyle.”
Greenbottle pub holds ‘Elvis night’
Many visiting tourists, plus some of Pattaya’s expat’s attended a ‘Remember Elvis’ night at the Greenbottle Pub on Saturday 5th that started with some great entertainment by a female vocalist, backed up by the Greenbottle band. Then ten in the evening saw the appearance of the first of two lookalike Elvis Presley singers, who did spectacular performances of ever popular Elvis classics. So for all you Rock-n-Roll lovers, and fans of the ‘King of Rock,’ it looks like the old 1950’s rock tunes are here to stay, an expert in the entertainment industry predicts that there will of be a resurgence of new age rock music in Asia. At midnight the crowd thinned a little, but everyone agreed that it was well worth the visit to the ‘Greenbottle Pub’ on South Pattaya’s Second Road.
Le Chateau briand
A spectacular hospitality room in Jomtien has opened catering for private luncheons, dinners and theme parties. This is the brain-child of Sue and Derek formerly of the popular Romanasia restaurant. They have the proven expertise and experience to deliver a stylish and unique party that is tailored to your preferences. Imaginative and exquisite food, impeccable service and a professional approach is the Chateau Briand guarantee. Only open for private functions (24-hours notice requested) Le Chateau Briand hosts gatherings from 8 to 16 people. The Food Lovers will be giving more details soon but in the meantime visit www.lechateaubriand.info or call 087 1358357 or 0848677299.
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Vol. 9 No. 01 ď ´ 16 - 30 September 2009
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Published on Oct 16, 2009
Pattaya Today is published each fortnight on the 1st and 16th of the month, it is by far the No1 newspaper on the Eastern Seaboard.