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ove it or hate it, the 2013 Songkran water-festivities have seen Pattaya hotels fuller than at any time since the heady days of the 1990s. It’s a similar story in other Thai beach resorts including Koh Samui and Phuket.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, currently has a 91% occupancy

Surapong Techaruvichit, president of the Thai Hotels Association, said the generally peaceful atmosphere in the country was responsible for the hotel occupancy rate reaching over 90 percent. He denied that the appreciation of the baht had made much difference as currencies throughout Southeast Asia have been marching in the same direction. Rooms are selling fast on the continuing recovery in foreign tourist arrivals. In March, arrivals surged 20 percent at Thai airports and border crossings year-on-year, making it highly likely that more than 25 million foreigners will visit the country during this calendar year. About one third of all foreign tourists visit Pattaya

on average for four or five nights, spending an average of 3,000 baht per day. Nonetheless the visitor profile is changing. A recent survey of Walking Street, Pattaya’s most popular night-time entertainment district, showed that Russian, Middle East and Chinese visitors now outnumber western Europeans, Australians and Americans. Aware of the trend, the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants are actively trying to recruit more speakers of Russian and Asian languages. The hotel industry, meanwhile, is facing a shortage of skilled labour, especially housekeepers and receptionists to serve the growing demand. Wages are rising in accordance with market forces. “We can no longer pay the minimum wage. Even manual workers and those working in four- star hotels now receive a minimum of 10,000 baht monthly,” according to a source at one of Pattaya’s most exclusive resorts. Continued on page 4


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News Serious damage in condo fire

Fire trucks responded to the 22-storey Royal Cliff Garden Resort when smoke was reported coming out of a 21st floor unit. Condo owner John Owen, a New Zealand citizen, said that the fire started in his bedroom. His two sons were sleeping in a second bedroom. Total damage was estimated at more than one million baht. One theory is that the conflagration occurred after a lit cigarette was ignored, although investigations are continuing to check for other possible explanations.

Motorbike thieves idled

Nongprue police have arrested five suspected members of a motorbike theft gang and confiscated nine stolen bikes, various spare parts and a collection of illegal methamphetamine tablets. All of the gang members reportedly pleaded guilty. However, the gang ringleader, known as Thanasak, escaped the police dragnet and is being hunted down.

TT&T suffers explosion

Two fire trucks were dispatched when smoke was seen coming from the four-storey TT&T building on Soi Khaonoi. A motorbike taxi driver said that she was waiting for customers when she heard a succession of bangs. Fire specialists noted that there were eight large batteries on the building’s roof and suggested that the recent hot weather had caused them to overcharge and subsequently explode. The fire was quickly extinguished but the building had to be temporarily closed.

Slot machines seized in raid

Police impounded 10 slot machines and arrested their owner, Chen Yi Wien. The man was charged with organizing an unlawful lottery. The Soi 7 game shop was contravening the law by making available slot machines which enabled winning punters to exchange tokens for cash, which is illegal in Thailand. An undercover policeman discovered the operation and busted the owner, several patrons and staff—taking the lot to the police station. An employee said nobody had the faintest idea that the harmless games could result in prosecution.

Rayong transforms public transit Rayong’s five-year-old fleet of motorised streetcars in Klaeng municipality will be transformed into a real railbased system in the next three years. The cars, which run on liquefied petroleum gas, are popular with tourists and locals alike. Several routes carry about 450 passengers daily. The attractions are greater

comfort at a relaxed speed and an airy interior, creating the impression of taking a city tour. The idea of streetcars is spreading to other provinces including Nakhon Ratchasima and Ayutthaya, but not to traffic-gridlocked Pattaya, which is said to be unsuitable without a major infrastructure investment.


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News Centara Hotels & Resorts names Brulhart area GM Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts, reports that Andre Brulhart has been promoted to area general manager and will remain general manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. He also will oversee the new Centara Grand Modus Resort & Spa Pattaya, which will open in the third quarter of this year. Brulhart, a Swiss national and a graduate of the Lausanne Hotel Management School in Switzer-

land, has more than 30 years’ hotel experience in Europe, USA and mainly in Asia. Beginning his career at the Hong Kong Hilton, Brulhart has also held positions at the Kahala Hilton, The Regent Bangkok, Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, and The Plaza Athenee Bangkok. He joined Centara Hotels in 2005 as resident manager, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, then was GM, Centara Karon Resort Phuket before coming to Pattaya.

Best Hospital Executives Award Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij, deputy CEO – Group 3 and hospital director of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, was presented with the Best Hospital Executives award by the Thailand Hospital Administrator Association. The award, in the private hospital category, was made by Professor Dr. KasemWattanachai at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute.


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News Thailand finally getting it right - maybe The government proposal that traffic switch to driving on the right side of the road instead of the left has sparked controversy in the Kingdom. The suggestion, coming from the Public Works Department, will be introduced to Parliament in June. If enacted, the mammoth changeover will be effective in January. Tongchai Matchamonton, spokesman for the Department, said that the move would prepare Thailand for ASEAN as most of the 10 member states drive on the right. This is true also of China with whom ASEAN members are planning to cooperate in huge transport initiatives and building programmes.

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One of the negative factors in the equation is the recent instruction from the Royal Thai Police to close all bars in the main entertainment areas by 2 a.m. and those in the suburbs by midnight. “It’s ridiculous to expect a party city like Pattaya to have these restrictive licensing rules,” said Dave Broughton, a UK expat, with a substantial stake in nightclubs. “Time and time again we have lobbied for a 24 hour licensing situation in Pattaya, just like in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia, but our pleas are ignored,” he added.

But other bar owners see a subtle change in tourist behavior. “Going out to the bars and clubs is very much a western thing to do,” said the owner of a Pattaya mini-mart, “but the new generation of Russians and Asians often prefer to buy their booze in shops and convenience stores and enjoy themselves back in their hotel rooms.” She added that many new-generation tourists liked to visit the best known entertainment districts but did not necessarily spend heavily there.

Tongchai said, “Already Thailand is planning its rail transport to have the same gauge as neighboring countries. Driving on the right is the next logical step in order for Thailand to become the transport hub for Asia.” He added that people would be given ample notice and that he did not expect the change-over would result in many more accidents. Indeed, he argued that many tourists were killed in crashes precisely because Thailand was out of step with most of the world as regards left and right on the roads. But critics said that the move was

Entertainment spots ordered to tighten up

far too rushed. Car manufacturers would not have time to change the location of the steering wheel on models from the beginning of 2014 and there were lots of unanswered questions about the continued use and resale of second-hand vehicles over the next few years. Several countries, including Ireland, Sweden, Burma and Samoa, have changed from left to right but usually with a longer phase-in period.

Pratumnak office burgled yet again

Television commercials may promote Pattaya as a “24-hour city” but City Hall reminds club owners and managers that they must close at 2 a.m. Bars, clubs and other pleasure palaces in Pattaya were also told to follow the Ministry of the Interior’s latest guidelines, i.e., ban underage patrons, discourage the presence of weapons and illicit drugs on the premises, and refrain from hiring staff under the age of 18. Furthermore, establishments were instructed to use the latest technology and to ensure that CCTVs were in working order.

More than three million baht in property was stolen from the newly-opened Hop On Hop Off offices on Pratumnak Road, according to Frederick Mitchel, owner of the tour company. The Canadian national said that he returned from an evening out to find that the four-storey building in South Pattaya had been ransacked and foreign currency and luxury items stolen. Investigators could not immediately find any forensic evidence. They said their records showed that these same premises had been targeted by thieves on five previous occasions.

German tourist in death leap

Ammonia leaks distress locals

Sawangboriboon volunteers and a Pattaya Memorial Hospital team rushed to Central Festival Pattaya Beach after learning that German national Christian Klaski had climbed over a rail on the fifth floor and jumped to the ground. He died later in hospital having sustained serious head injuries. A security guard alerted police. The 34-year-old victim was identified from a police report in his possession concerning a lost passport.

Following an ammonia leak at an ice factory in Pornprapanimit 8, Nongprue, many villagers complained about the burning to their faces. Mai Chaiyanit, mayor of Nongprue, admitted that the leaks had occurred before and said that the factory might need to be closed permanently if warnings went unheeded.

More raids on Walking Street In the ongoing crackdown on drugs, more than 100 Thai customers in two Bali Hai clubs provided police with urine samples to test them for drugs. The two separate raids nailed three men and five women who tested positive; they were transported to a hospital for another examination. Police apologized to foreign customers for the inconvenience and exempted them from the tests. The licences of the two establishments were also examined and found to be in good order.

Thief and would-be rapist escapes Police rushed to a dental clinic in Nongprue sub-district responding to calls that a robber had terrorized a family before escaping across the roof with a haul of 9,000 baht. Sittan Tongbai, owner of the three-storey building, said that he was asleep on the third floor when he heard calls for help from the floor below where his son, his wife’s sister, Sompit Suporn, and two children were asleep. Sompit said she was awakened by noises in

the room and switched on the light to discover a burglary in progress. The robber threatened her with a screwdriver, demanding that she hand over cash and her wallet. He then made an unsuccessful attempt to rape Sompit and stabbed her in the arm with a pair of scissors before making his escape. Police said that the robber had entered the premises through a window on the roof which was close to adjoining buildings.


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Bigger Big C

Big C Supercenter Plc this year will invest 8 billion baht opening 200 stores--big and small—and building two distribution centres impervious to flooding. Thus, by year’s end Thailand will be home to 119 hypermarkets, 31 Big C locations, 275 mini-marts and 140 Pure drug stores. The company said its minimarts will include more facilities at petrol stations. Preparing to benefit from more purchasing power among Asian tourists with the onset of the ASEAN Economic Community, Big C will have 1,250 stores in operation by 2016.

Bridge of Hope brings optimism Tiffany Show Pattaya together with the Bridges of Hope Foundation organized a free concert to thank local people for supporting the USA-sponsored charity. The Bridges of Hope gives information and offers advice to local job seekers as well as providing medical assistance to worthy cases. It also liaises with government agencies about work-related opportunities in the area.

National Museum Volunteers now in Pattaya The National Museum Volunteers (NMV) has created a branch in Pattaya that will provide the opportunity to study the art, history and culture of Thailand and its neighbors through lectures, workshops, excursions, and study groups. NMV, a non-profit organization which has served the National Museum Bangkok since 1969, began its work here last year. The first activities organized by long-time NMV Bangkok members Victoria Kudriaseva and Margot Weinmann—Pattaya residents--were a lecture to the Pattaya International Ladies Club, and the formation of a small study group which researched

Thai culture and made a presentation to their fellow researchers. NMV-Pattaya has grown from five to 23 members in the past year. This year NMV plans a lecture series beginning this month and a study group in late May; everyone is welcome to participate. NMV, under the auspices of the Fine Arts Department of the National Museum, is meant to serve the National Museum in Bangkok and the public through activities that promote Thai arts, culture and heritage. For more information contact

Good Samaritan returns nearly 200,000 baht Honesty is not entirely a forgotten word in today’s cynical world. Thaveesak Phanwilai, 43, found a wallet containing nearly 200,000 baht and returned it to its rightful owner. The meat vendor came across the lost item at the Nong Yai railway junction. When he looked inside, he discovered 90,000 baht in cash and a cashier’s check in the amount of 106,000 baht. After discussing his options with his

wife, Thaveesak contacted Sophon Cable TV to help locate the owner. Reuangsak Deboonchai, the 50-year-old owner of a rice shop, had already notified police that he had lost the wallet and funds. He reclaimed his valuables at a ceremony organized by the cable company. Police said they would award an Outstanding Citizen Certificate to Thaveesak, whilst Reuangsak provided a financial re-

ward. For his part, Thaveesak said he could never be happy using someone else’s money; Reuangsak said the money, which must have fallen out of his pocket, was badly needed to feed a hungry family (presumably his). Major General Katcha Thartsart, police commander, pointed out that the incident was a good for Pattaya tourism as it reflected there are still some good people around town.


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News Emergency cover for Songkran The Bangkok Hospital Pattaya prepared for the annual water-throwing with teams of doctors, nurses and a 24-hour standby ambulance. First aid training was also set up with Banglamung police station and the Sawangboriboon Foundation. Over one hundred hours of medical training have been completed so that hospital staff and volunteers are prepared to meet any contingency. Local police stated that road checkpoints and resuscitation centres would be operational throughout the holiday period. Police nationally have stated that this year local authorities in tourist areas such as Pattaya must enforce much stricter regulations than in the past. It is forbidden to throw water from pick-up vehicles and the largest type of water cannons

are prohibited. Certain areas of the city are supposed to be earmarked as no booze and no traffic enclaves. However, Pattaya police station was unable to specify exactly which parts of the city would be included when contacted at press time. The best advice is to enjoy Songkran – or leave the country if preferred – but to avoid alcohol and to

remember that most fatal accidents at this time of the year are drinkinduced. Pattaya tourist police have added that drunken behavior and use of large water pistols on Walking Street will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Water throwing will be particularly prevalent in Naklua on its special day, Thursday April 18, and in Pattaya on Friday April 19.

Phalang Chon Party appoints board

Phalang Chon (We Love Chonburi Party) met at the Tide Resort in Chonburi to confirm its newly-appointed leader Sontaya Kunplume and to name new board members. Sontaya said that the party is expanding its base in Chonburi province and beyond and wants to

attract new grass-roots members. He added that this was very important as the Eastern Seaboard is developing fast with the expansion of U Tapao airport, more motorways and the prospect of hi-speed trains in the near future.

Sanctuary of Truth plans for Songkran The Sanctuary of Truth has issued its plan of events for the Songkran festival. Events will be separated into four zones, namely the watering of the wooden Buddha, Thai traditional games, building a sand pagoda and watering Buddha relics.

Thai passport office for Pattaya An official passport office for Thai nationals is set to open at The Avenue in June. Sasiwimon Prammanee, manager of the shopping complex on Second Road, said that the new service facility will encompass 300 square meters within the mall. The office currently is being decorated. Until now, Thais in the Pattaya area have been forced to travel to Bang Na, Bangkok--the nearest point for obtaining or renewing a Thai passport. A Department of Consular Affairs spokesman said the Pattaya initiative had been under review for several years owing to the growth of the Eastern Seaboard city which had led to many more Thai men and women living locally.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya names new chef Andre Brulhart, general manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, has appointed Colin Grant as executive chef. The Scotland native has more than 25 years experience in hospitality, having worked in France, Canada, Bermuda, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Korea and Egypt. Prior to coming to Pattaya, Colin was executive chef at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok for two years, and more recently he held that same position at Sheraton Soma Bay Resort in Egypt for five years.

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News World chess champions compete at Dusit Thani Pattaya Some suggested attractions: Pattaya Dolphin World These playful creatures are a permanent hit with the kids with their clever stunts and leaping out of the water. Lots more to do at the facility including climbing the artificial cliff and enjoying the water park. Located at Huay Yai sub-district, south of Pattaya (038 051 790).

Silverlake Vineyard With an area of around 480 acres, there’s much else to do apart from touring the vineyard, including enjoying the stunning views and the many different types of flowers. Silverlake has served as the location for Thai TV series and staging musical performances. In Na Jomtien sub-district (038 938 250).

Big Bee Farm You can see a bee exhibition and enjoy a selection of dishes from the organic farm inspired by honey. There’s also a bee clinic offering apitherapy to those suffering from migraine and other ailments. Located in Nong Palai sub-district (038 172 001).

Chatchawal Supachayanont (middle), general manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya, seen at press conference with chess players, officials and sponsors of the Thailand Open Chess Championships. The 13th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2013, which runs through April 21at Dusit Thani Pattaya, features 19 Grandmasters and 300 competitors from 40 countries.

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Sanctuary of Truth Made completely of wood, the Sanctuary of Truth allows visitors to contemplate the meaning of a peaceful life conveying Buddhist and Hindu philosophy and teachings. There are dolphins, elephants and boat trips too. Located in Naklua (038 225 407).

Underwater World This vast aquarium allows tourists to see a huge variety of marine animals in three major zones: the coral reef tank, shark and ray tank and shipwreck tank. There’s lots to do including watching the eels and otters interacting and feeding. Located in Jomtien (038 756 879).

Ripley’s Museum

Deputy Mayor Wuttisak Rermkitjakarn awarded clean food certificates to restaurants in the Pattaya area based on spot-checks on food, containers, cooking facilities and staff by the Consumer Protection Board. Wuttisak said that the standards of cleanliness in restaurants overall was steadily improving with more than 100 outlets tested in Central Festival Pattaya Beach and Royal Garden Plaza.

It’s the Believe It Or Not extravaganza full of bizarre and unexplained phenomena. See the replica of the Titanic made with a million matchsticks and the real human shrunken head. The 4D Moving Theatre is a thrilling hi-tech simulator ride. Located in Royal Garden Plaza (038 710 294).

Fashion at Central Festival

Nong Nooch Gardens

CPN Summer Spots 2013 is a fashion extravaganza underway at Central Festival Pattaya Beach through early next month. Intended to position the shopping mall as “the leading fashion specialists with the most modern trends,” the event is cosponsored by Aeon, Nokia, Elle magazine and others. Special prizes and bonuses are on offer.

Easy to fall in love with the 500 acres of Nong Nooch, if you like gardening and plants. Not to mention the Thai cultural shows, the elephant rides, the Bengal tigers and lots more. Don’t forget the Sky Walk offering a bird’s eye view. Located on Sukhumvit Road out of town (038 429 321).

Pattaya Floating Market A man-made floating market with culture and heritage from the four regions of Thailand. Explore on foot or take a boat trip. Don’t miss the Sky-walker Sling Adventure and the sea boxing and contemporary Thai dance. Located on Sukhumvit Road (038 706 340).

Walking Street Some of Pattaya’s greatest discos and clubs are here, and there are some excellent restaurants as well as impromptu busking and magic tricks in this traffic-free area (from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.) Located from Beach Road (South) to Bali Hai pier, this is arguably the world’s most exciting street for adults. Website: www.

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Enjoy Pattaya in a balloon Ripley’s Believe It Or Not has a Sky Rider at Royal Garden Plaza which allows customers to soar above Pattaya in a tethered helium balloon. The 72-meter circumference balloon holds up to 30 passengers. Somporn Naksuetrong, mall vice-president, suggested that the best time for sky-riding and viewing the city is in the mornings. The balloon is guaranteed to be safe, he said, and the weather is continually monitored by experts. For more information go to

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Interview with

John Burgess

Author of A Woman of Angkor by Hannah Carrodus

“Angkor is in the heart of every Cambodian,” says John Burgess. It is also in the heart, it seems, of this former Washington Post correspondent. Burgess’ first fictional novel, A Woman of Angkor, tells the story of a regular family living in Angkor approximately 900 years ago, during the period in which the now famous temple of Angkor Wat was built. The protagonist, Sray, is a physically beautiful woman who is internally tortured by a mysterious secret from her past. Trying to capture the thoughts and mindset of people living so long ago seems like a daunting prospect, but Burgess downplays the difficulties.

“The first thing you do is build on the historical record, what we know about that civilisation. You take that historical basis and you try to build on it with some imagination,” Burgess says of the process. “You do that in part by trying to look at what life is like today in Cambodia and in Thailand, those areas that were part of the Khmer empire. We know that the Khmer empire was very influential moving forward to today’s society, and you can make an educated guess that some of the sort of attitudes and world views that people had then are not so different from ones people have today. “The other thing is,” he continues,

“we’re all human beings...there are some of us who are ambitious, some of us who are passive...I think the basic human condition is not that different today from 900 years ago.” Burgess’ fascination with Cambodia dates back to 1969, when he first visited the country and fell in love with it. He returned to the region in 1971 to take a job at Bangkok World, an English-language newspaper, and remained in Asia for the following nine years. In 1979 he covered the exodus of Cambodian refugees after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. “Witnessing this first hand had an impact on me that I’ll never forget,” Burgess says. During this

Author John Burgess period Burgess also discovered an ancient temple hidden in the forest, which was the inspiration for his 2011 non-fictional book Stories in Stone, which traced the history of the temple and Khmer culture. Burgess returned to the US in 1980, where he landed a job at the Washington Post, and he spent the next couple of decades working for the paper in Washington, Japan and Korea. It was in 2002, when Burgess and his wife decided to take their two daughters on a family holiday to Cambodia, that his passion for Khmer culture was reignited. Throughout the next year, Burgess researched the history of the Khmer Kingdom and

in 2003 he started writing A Woman of Angkor. Burgess retired from the Washington Post in 2008. When asked what it is he loves about Angkor, Burgess says he is “attracted by the physical beauty of what they created”. “You think they had so little.” He continues, “But what was this incredible religious faith ... that was driving them, through each generation, to build something so huge and so beautiful.” A Woman of Angkor is available at



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eve n t s cal en d ar Phra Padeang Songkran Festival Date: April 19 – 21, 2013 Venue: Samut Prakan Yearly the people of Phra Pradaeng and District will cooperate to hold the Mon-style Songkran Festival, with the Nang Songkran procession, bird and fish release merit-making, as well as folk games and entertainment like Saba Game, Thayae Mon and Mon Ram. Activities: Procession of the Hongsa and Takhap Flags, Nang Songkran (Miss Songkran) parade, Saba show (Raman’s art and culture plays), local shows, Miss Songkran beauty pageant, Mr Songkran contest, Kalamae (local sweet) cooking show, splashing water Raman style, and light and sound show at the ancient Phleng Fai Fa Fort.

Hafele turns nine and ninety

For more information please contact: TAT Bangkok Office TAT Call Center 1672 Tel. +66 2250 5500

The design studio Hafele Thailand marked its ninth anniversary with a party at Casa Pascal while at the same time celebrating 90 years since the company's launch in Germany. Volker Hellstern, managing director of the Hafele Thailand, announced monthly drawings for a Mercedes Benz and six million baht in prize money. From now until November, Hafele customers will receive a raffle ticket for each 5,000 baht in purchases.

Sri Maha Racha Songkran Festival and Kong Khao Ceremony Date: April 19-21, 2013 Venue: Sri Racha’s Municipal Health Park, Sri Racha, Chon Buri Sri Maha Racha Songkran and Kong Khao Ceremony is an ancient festival of the Chonburi locals. At present, Si Racha District still preserves this tradition and organizes it every year, during 19–21 April, to worship the gods who have been protecting them throughout the year. Activities comprise of the procession led by the elderly and various organizations in traditional Thai costume, a worship ceremony, spirit offering ceremony, Kong Khao tradition demonstration, local games, demonstrations, and sales of traditional desserts and local food. Activities: Local art and culture performance, Kong Khao beauty contest, best dress competition, and Suntharapon musical performance. For more information please contact: AT Pattaya Office TAT Call Center 1672 Tel. +66 3842 7667, +66 3842 8750, +66 3842 3990 Website :

Poi Sang Long Date: Now – April 25, 2013 Venue: Mae Hong Son The Poi Sang Long festival is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony. Young boys are ordained as novices so they can spend time studying Buddhist doctrines. By doing it, they will gain merit and their parents as well. So family is really kin to send their boy to the temple. Activities: The local ordination ceremony of “Thai Yai” which is done for a long time. The first day, or “Rub Sang Long”, the boys will be taken to the temple to dress the Sang Long clothes, and then parade around the village. The second day, or “Kam Keag”, the parade will be decorated with offering and villagers can enjoy the ceremony. The last day, or “Kam Sang”, the children will be done the religion ceremony at the temple. For more information please contact: TAT Mae Hong Son TAT Mae Hong Son Tel. +66 5361 2982-3

Top of the Gulf Regatta International Date: May 3 – 7, 2013 Venue: Chon Buri

SF Corp selects Promenada Mall Cinema chain operator SF Corporation has signed a lease on 4,500 sqm meters for eight movie screens in Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai. The cinema will serve as one of the mall’s main indoor entertainment components. The eight high-tech digital screens, including 3D, will be on the second floor.

After a very successful 8th Top of the Gulf Regatta where we experienced another record entry level, we are once again looking forward to a bigger and better 2013 racing week. A feature of the last Regatta was the explosion of the very competitive 40 footers that provided breathtaking competitive racing which we hope to emulate and build upon with even more entries in 2013. Ocean Marina has completed the addition of 100 new berths and discussions are underway on some added dredging for next year. The good news is that projected tides for the racing weekend of 2013 are higher than last year! Activities: The annual Top of the Gulf Regatta takes place at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, which has grown to become the largest by boat number and become the center of boat racing in Asia. This event helps to promote the tourism of Pattaya and attracts large keelboats and multihulls, dinghies, beach catamarans and youngsters sailing the Optimists. Top of the Gulf Regatta is an international boat racing, which supported by the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand (YRAT) and awards the international standard from International Sailing Federation or ISAF. The event expects to welcome more than 600 sailors in more than 300 crafts to the water of the Gulf of Thailand. For more information please contact: AT Pattaya office Tel. +66 3842 7667, +66 3842 8750


events Thirsty bar opens Thirsty bar has opened in the Pattaya Dragon complex on Second Road. Calling itself "a chill-out pub" because suds from freshly- poured beer supposedly generate a thirst, the venue offers a wide selection of drinks including European wines. The menu includes smoked pork chops, fish and chips and Thai food.

DoDo Team wins Hard Rock Step-Up competition The DoDo Team took top honors in the Team Performers category at Hard Rock Hotel & Café Pattaya’s Step-Up Freestyle Dance competition. Staged in partnership with Boss Studio, the second Step-Up event attracted some 156 competitors in three categories: Team Performance, Poppin’ 1 on 1, and Freestyle 2 on 2. Judges included Pukpik from I Feel Good Crew; Matt Elmore, aka Rubik, from the USA; John - Vascular Yabanpeang from Balance Health Club, and Boss from Boss Dance Studio. The winning teams will perform at various events at the Hard Rock such as Wan Lai-water festival, Ms. Hard Rock Competition, Hard Rock Founder’s Day, music festivals, end of year celebrations, and other events throughout the year.


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rendezvous Golf pro visits Diceys

Professional golfer Paosingha Nissaisook visits Dicey Reilly's at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, where he is greeted by Somsak Tanruengsri (left), general manager of the hotel. The famous golfer conducts golf clinics for players of all levels and leads seminars for teaching professionals in Thailand.

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Centara RasFushi Resort & Spa Maldives welcomes first guests

Ulrich Hoffgen (centre), general manager, Centara RasFushi Resort & Spa Maldives, welcomes the resort's first guests, Joseph William and Catherine Kyne. This is the Centara’s second Maldives resort.

Holiday Inn Pattaya says happy Songkran to mayor

Jatuporn Phiukhao (left), executive assistant manager, Holiday Inn Pattaya, presented a Songkran gift to Ittipol Khunplume, mayor of Pattaya, as a thank you for his support.

Rendezvous Centara B’day

TAT Moscow Media FAM Trip

Thirakiati Chirathivat (third from right), vice president, Centara Hotels & Resorts, organized a celebration for Suthikiati Chirathivat (fifth from right), Centara chairman, who turned 71. Attending the birthday celebration at Ginger & Lime restaurant were (right to left) Sang Wongpreecha, Andre Brulhart, Mukda Uahwattanasakul, Thirakiati, Panumas Chirathivat, Somkamol Vejjajiwa, Khunying Suchitra Mongkolkiti, Dr. Philippe Balankura, Prasert Tangtrongsakdi, Supakorn Vejjajiwa and Chirathivat’s young generation.

Asanee Intaring (left), Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa marketing communications manager, greets TAT Moscow Media FAM Trip at Benihana.

Father Ray named outstanding citizen

Mantra Classic Concert Mantra Restaurant & Bar was the site of the first in a series of concerts celebrating several music genres. Mantra Classic launched the 2013 series with an evening of timeless pieces from well-known composers performed by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra String Quintet. Richard Margo (third from right), resident manager of Amari Orchid Pattaya , said that future events will include Mantra Jazz, Mantra Latino, Mantra Retro and Mantra Tribute.

Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya wins best float Pattaya Mayor Ittiphol Kunplome presents Brother Denis Gervais C.Ss.R. (second from right) an award citing the late Father Ray Brennan as an outstanding citizen of the city. Father Ray, who died in 2003, was an American Redemptorist priest who founded several local projects for underprivileged children and students with disabilities. The Father Ray Foundation, with Brother Denis as vice president, now cares for more than 850 needy children, blind students and young adults with disabilities. Looking on are Foundation president Father Peter Pattarapong Srivorakul C.Ss.R. (left) and vice president Father Michael Picharn Jaiseri C.Ss.R. (second from left).

Wuthisak Pichayagan (second from right), executive assistant manager, Food & Beverage, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and 50 staff members were award the trophy for best decorated float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The trophy was presented by Father Michael Picharn Jaiseri (left), vice president of Father Ray Foundation and chairman of the parade’s organizing committee.



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Mitsubishi courtesy visited Prime Minister Yingluck of Thailand Management delegates representing Mitsubishi Motors paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House. The delegattion, led by Osamu Masuko, president of MMC, reported on the company's successful operations in Thailand and plans for future research and development here. The prime minister asked for environmental friendly vehicle production in Thailand.

BMW--the choice of InterContinental Bangkok InterContinental Bangkok has selected the limousine services of the BMW 730Ld. BMW describes the model as having the latest technology to offer the class benchmark comfort and ride quality for the hotel’s guests. The730Ld, says the manufacturer, is equipped with a rear seat entertainment system which includes two tiltable screens, independently controlled for TV, DVD, and movie or sound files. The hifi features 12 loudspeakers.

Girls Next Door at Royal Cliff Hotels Group

Contestants in FHM Magazine's Girls Next Door competition seen here with Christoph Voegeli, general manager, Royal Cliff Hotels Group, during their stay at the resort. The ladies were photographed and filmed on and around the seaside property.

Green Leaf honors Dusit Thani Pattaya Regional Sales Manager

Chatchawal Supachayanont (middle), GM of Dusit Thani Pattaya, accepts the Certificate of Five Leaves from the Green Leaf Foundation (Thailand) in recognition of the hotel’s exemplary environmental policies. The award comes on the heels of the hotel having again received Silver Certification Status from EarthCheck.



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Sitting amidst the verdant rolling hills of Khao Yai, “Big Mountain” in English, Magnolias French Country is a cool, breezy retreat and weekend destination for Bangkok city slickers who just want to get away from it all. Swap the oppressive heat, the dust and chronic traffic congestion for a tranquil, green environment.


Magnolia is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species in the subfamily Magnolioideae of the family Magnoliaceae. It is named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. Khao Yai, in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, is just 220km or 2.5 hours drive northeast from Bangkok. Two decades ago, Khao Yai high plateau was known for its national park: it was a spot for boy scouts and nature lovers, with tents for rent, campfires, bird watching, elephant spotting and stargazing. It was no lifestyle destination; there were only a handful of 3-star resorts back then, consisting of al fresco roadside log house establishments serving succulent pork leg, super hot som tam and local Singha beer. Hotel California was the ubiquitous soundtrack, ad nauseam. Jump forward to the 13th year of the new century, the year of the snake in the Chinese zodiac, and Khao Yai is undergoing intense development. Today in Khao Yai there’s everything (except Starbucks) from agro-tourism, world-class golf courses and elegant, outdoor Tuscan restaurants serving French wine and Belgian beer. There are no less than three local vineyards, exquisite hotels and boutique resorts and, of course, shopping-including Italian-themed al fresco malls with pink clock towers and piazzas boasting names like Palio. The latter is an enclave that has charmingly been designed, right down the minor details, to

resemble a small Tuscan town. For the kids there’s plenty to do, including a visit to the American cowboythemed Farm Chokchai, an exciting cattle ranch. Khao Yai has become so popular that many are choosing to set up holiday houses in this lush and culturally rich region. If you’re considering doing so yourself, look no further than Magnolias French Country: the first French-inspired villas in Khao Yai. These would have to be the ultimate weekend residence. The 18 luxurious maisons are set on an exclusive French-style country estate, which has a meandering stream and beautiful lake inside the compounds. They allow you to experience a simple yet elegant way of living, in the heart of pastoral scenery: you really will feel as if you are vacationing in Europe. Designed to maximise

privacy, the interior and exterior of each villa has been thoughtfully conceived through painstaking research and development. The units come in three different design styles: Simply French, Eclectic French and Elegant French. The entry level unit, Simply French, is a two-storey, mustard and chocolate-coloured country villa that

comes with a master bedroom, living room, family room, kitchen, dining room, two bathrooms, a powder room and a two-car garage. The larger units, Eclectic French and Elegant French, boast of two to three bedrooms, three to four bathrooms, breakfast nooks, attic rooms and two rooms for your maids. All three styles of houses are designed to conserve energy and are environmentally friendly, being equipped with water-saving sanitary ware and energy-saving materials. Purchasers also receive a unique, 30-year warranty on their property’s structure strength, roof, doors and windows, and a warranty for water pipe leakage. Usually, a guarantee period for a house is only five years for the structure and one year for the finishing materials. Magnolia Quality Development Corporation, the company responsible for Magnolias French Country, is owned by Tipaporn Chearavanont, youngest daughter of Dhanin Chearavanont, Thailand’s wealthiest man. He controls the Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group, a leading conglomerate that operates in food retail and distribution and the telecommunications industry. It has been the Thai licensee of 7-Eleven since 1989. Yuthana Tantiyanon, director of the corporation’s real estate projects, said that 10 of the 18 villas priced at 15 to 45 million baht have been sold, and the company expects to close sales by the third quarter of 2013. A visit here is certainly recommended. Next time you’re in Khao Yai, swing by Magnolias French Country. Here, you can live in Mother Nature’s embrace and admire the stunning mountainous backdrop. C’est Magnifique! Magnolias French Country Sales Office Tel: 02-741-6999

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Couples can enjoy a Phuket spa or pool villa break with Centara Villas package

Hotel Promotions Refreshing retreat at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Choose your lifestyle at a tropical oasis in the heart of the action. The resort faces the sea with the beach just a few steps away, yet boasts a city center location next to the shops and restaurants of Royal Garden Plaza, to delight guests with the best of both worlds. Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa is offering a Great Getaway to Thai residents and expatriates with a work permit. Enjoy one night in a Deluxe Garden View room and a buffet breakfast. The price is Baht 3,599 net per night for weekday and Baht 4,599 net for weekend. From now until 31 October 2013. Terms and conditions are applied. For more information and reservations please contact 038 412 120 or

The Sukosol Introduces “Songkran Package”

Spa and pool villas in Phuket have become more affordable for a relaxing holiday for two people with the package available from now until 31 October 2013 at Centara Villas Phuket. Under the Relax and Retreat package, spa and pool villas are available from Baht 5,200 per night, depending on the season, with a minimum of four nights. Included are daily complimentary sunset cocktails for two at the Cliff Bar, 20 percent discount on food and beverages, and 20 percent discount on all couple spa packages. There is also a 20 percent discount on all wedding functions at the resort during this period, with experienced wedding planners on hand to organise Thai and Westernstyle weddings. All rates are subject to service charge and government tax, and bookings are subject to availability. Further information and a booking form are available at Centara Villas Phuket is set on an incline at Karon Beach, on the west side of the island, with the beach a few minutes’ walk down the steps from the resort’s pool area. The villas are surrounded by gardens and all face the ocean. Each has its own furnished terrace. Spa villas have a Jacuzzi on the terrace, while the pool villas each have their own 5x3 metre pool. The resort has two swimming pools, two restaurants and a bar, all offering al fresco seating and views over the bay. Spa Cenvaree has five oceanfront treatment suites, with luxurious suites for couples including an outdoor rain shower and a Jacuzzi. For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +662 101 1234 ext 1 Facebook: Twitter: Photography of Centara Villas Phuket is available to download, in high and low resolution, in the Photo Library at http://www.

The Sukosol, Bangkok invites you and your families to spend Thai New Year celebration with the special offer “Songkran Package”. Book this 2-night of “Songkran Package in a Deluxe Room for Bht 6,300++ for 2 persons, this wonderful package comes with unlimited complimentary WiFi connection with daily sumptuous breakfast, you and your loved ones will enjoy 2 signature drinks at Sapphire bar, special late check-out at 15:00 hrs., enjoy exotic family buffet dinner at Patummat International Restauramt, complimentary Songkran Survival Kit including plastic covers for valuables for guest staying between April 13 and April 16, and 25% discount for booking the extended night at The Sukosol. Celebrate Songkran Festival on Thai New Year 2013 with the “Songkran Package” at The Sukosol, available from 1-30 April, 2013. For more information and make reservations, please call 0-2247-0123. Ext 11031108 or email at or or

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Mick & Di The Food Lovers

Flare New menu is Thai-tastic! Raise your eyes skywards over Central Festival Pattaya Beach and there ascending 34 levels into the heavens is sited the most futuristically designed hotel to enter Pattaya’s hospitality destinations. This ritzy 5-star hotel has now firmly established its reputation, not only for the ultimate in hotel hospitality but also for their bevy of restaurants offering top-notch cuisine, on trend bars and of course their bargain deluxe buffets. The hospitality team at the Hilton Pattaya is constantly pushing the envelope to offer innovative and desirous culinary events to please their old friends and to attract new ones. With this creative spirit to the fore the menu at their signature Flare restaurant has been totally transformed. Chef Maytee has dug deep into his traditional roots to produce a menu of “resurgence”

Thai cuisine reintroducing the flavours and ingredients of days of yesteryear. Philippe Kronberg, general manager of Hilton Pattaya, explained the rationale behind the new menu saying, “Thailand is home to some of the finest dishes in the world and we believe in showcasing the best of what this country has to offer to both our domestic and international guests. I am confident that our diners will truly enjoy this authentic menu which has been given a contemporary twist.” Mick and I were invited to sample the new menu and that is how we found ourselves meandering through the minimalist décor of this stunning hotel. Hand blown glass orbs and artisan designed cages spectacularly lead into their flagship fine dining restaurant, Flare. The lighting is soft and flattering the ambiance opulent bedecked in gossamer, it is serene, sensuous and gorgeous. The menu is indeed traditionally inspired with rural overtones but

with chef’s predilection for the finest global ingredients, it is served with the many superior elements that factor into the gourmet Flare kitchen. We commenced our dinner with an assortment of spring rolls the likes of tuna and seaweed, prawn and vegetarian (B.350). Crisp little treats all served with a trio of dipping sauces. This was swiftly followed by a big favourite dish of ours, but one we hadn’t spotted on any menu for quite a while – yum pla foo (B.350). The quotidian dish is made from catfish but here the kitchen uses prime sea bass fried to fluffiness and mixed with shrimp popcorn, green mango and a spicy, tamarind/lime dressing. Delicious. Next up was a sweet clam curry with betel leaves (kaeng hoy waan bai chaplu). No allowances here for the farang palate! – it zinged with chili heat, the woody nutritious flavour of the pak wan adding a distinctive element when blended with the sweet fishy clams. Bamboo fish (B.650) was the next dish to hit the table and what an eye pleaser that proved. Spectacularly served in a bamboo case, the grilled fillet of sea bass had been marinated with special herbs and came accompanied by a

selection of chili dips. A wonderful recipe bursting with tastes of the field and briny ocean. The final savoury dish to be presented was gaeng hed (spicy mushroom and salted fish broth with snake gourd, pumpkin, basil and ya nang leaf). A jungly mix of vegetables adeptly combined with a forager’s basket of herbs in a saline fish broth. It sang with gourmet reminiscences of “ahaan boran” (ancient food) and we loved every spoonful. Other dishes on the menu include an Australian beef massaman curry (B.550), sun-dried Kurobuta pork and palm heart salad, roasted duck in red curry with cherry tomatoes and

lychees and many more. Specialities of the house offer black crab, Maine lobster, tiger prawns, Australian strip loin beef or corn fed chicken, which can all be prepared to your individual taste baked in a clay pot, grilled, stir fried, deep fried. Paired with our Thai dinner we were served wine from the distinguished Granmonte Asok vineyard in Khao Yai. The first pouring was a Chenin Blanc, which with its fruity and floral overtones ably escorted our first dishes. The second pouring was an elegant Heritage Syrah 2011 which again proved an excellent companion to the intense, robust flavours of the Thai curries. Dining at Flare is a joy from the moment you step into its sensual space and take pleasure in the pampering environment. Prices here reflect the sophistication of the 5-star locale and the cuisine but, having said that, the experience rewards accordingly and the dishes are amazingly good. For a luxury culinary event it would be hard to beat Flare at the Hilton Pattaya. Flare restaurant is located on 15th floor of Hilton Pattaya. Open daily from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tel: (03) 825 3000. Valet parking available.


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F&B Promotions Snow Fish in April at Mantra Restaurant & Bar

“Kaochae” At Swissôtel Le Concorde Bangkok Summer is here again and a lot of people are trying to find ways to get rid of the heat. Many turn to foods like “Kao Chae” a traditional Thai food, which gives a cooling effect.

Fabulous Snow fish in April, white as snow and delicious, we will tempt you in several different ways!

Executive Chef Leonard Faust and his team have created a unique menu Throughout April, Fountain Café at Swissôtel Le Concorde Bangkok will be offering “Kao Chae” to help you cool off the heat this summer. Cooked rice with Jasmine-scented water served with various traditional ingredients, fermented shrimp paste (kapi), stuffed green pepper, stir-fried salted white radish, sweet crispy shredded beef and sweet crispy shredded pork. The menu also includes assorted Thai desserts and a herbal drink of the day. Exclusively available in April for both lunch and dinner at Fountain Café’s buffet lunch and dinner. Or order as A-La-Carte at THB 299 net per set. Fountain Café is located on the ground floor of Swissôtel Le Concorde Bangkok. Hours of operation: lunch 11.30 a.m. – 14.30 p.m. / dinner 18.00 p.m. – 22.30 p.m.

Executive Chef Leonard Faust and his team have created a unique menu assembling mouth-watering expressions of Snow Fish. Be inspired once again by Mantra’s exceptional cuisine and try the Snow Fish Ceviche with lime, grapefruit, radish & chili; the Wok fried Snow Fish with Shanghai sauce & baby kale or the pan roasted tapenade Snow Fish with zucchini & goat’s cheese cannelloni, saffron aioli & pesto foam. Mantra’s superb wine selection offers you a vast choice of great names from France, Italy, Australia and Chile by glass or by bottle. For more information, please contact +66 (0) 3842 9591 or email: & be sure to visit

Free flow beer with Currascaria buffet at Zico’s Pattaya Zico’s Pattaya restaurant of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort is Pattaya’s only Brazilian Churrascaria restaurant. Enjoy succulent meat and fresh seafood; as much as you can eat on long skewers which gracefully pass through the tables. Special on every Wednesday and Thursday enjoy free flow beef unlimited 2 hours with 15 skewers at only Baht 1,299+ per person (subject to 7% VAT). And don't miss the great selection at the salad bar. Brazilian Samba Queens perform at 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm with an amazing dance routine (except on Mondays) and hot music! For more information or table reservations, please contact (038) 043 516 or email :

Inspirational Tuscan Cuisine at La Tavola & Wine Bar Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel La Tavola & Wine bar brings you to discover a culinary journey through one of the most exciting regions in Italy, Tuscany. With his passion for cooking, Executive Sous Chef Fabio has created a true taste of traditional Tuscan cuisine with genuine ingredients which make even the simplest creation into the true delicacies. Enjoy Panzanella, Papardelle pasta with beef cheek and Cantucci with Vin Santo for dinner. Price starts at THB. 380++. Promo stars now until April 15, 2013. For further details and reservations, please call 02 125 5020 or 02 125 5000 # 8300

For more information and reservation please call +662 694 2222 ext 1530.

Mango sticky rice at Flow

Throughout this summer, Holiday Inn Pattaya introduces the world’s famous Thai dessert “Mango Sticky Rice” comes with a scoop of ice cream, beat the summer heat as THB 190 net at Flow Café, lobby floor, Holiday Inn Pattaya.

Take a handson journey as you learn to make perfect sushi like a chef. Inclusive of an apron, bamboo roller, recipe book and Benihana cap. Baht 1,499 per person. Bookings in advance required.

For more information please call 038 725 555 or visit

For more information and reservations please contact Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa 038 412 120 ext.1395.

Mexican Abalone “Mexican Abalone” Promotion at Fei Ya, Chinese Restaurant Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel

The Bay Restaurant Carnivale di Carpaccio

Fei Ya, the award winning Chinese restaurant invites you to delight in “Mexican Abalone Promotion” by Chef Leung’s recommended menu. Now presenting cuisine from the taste of the clean sea water with a hint of natural sweetness, while upholding the quality and traditions that have made Fei Ya a favorite even the most discerning of Chinese food lovers. Come on let’s taste the Braised abalone and conpoy in lotus leaf with abalone sauce, Braised abalone and goose web in clay pot, Braised abalone bean curd in oyster sauce and Braised abalone, Shimeji mushroom and chicken in clay pot. Price starts at THB. 1,200++/menu. Promo run Now until April 15, 2013.

Throughout the month, experience a carnival of thin and raw slices of items available on the menu including Beef Carpaciio with Porcini mushroom, shaved parmesan and truffle oil (THB 425); Carpaccio of Salmon with shaved fennel and apple slaw (THB 375); Tuna Carpaccio flavoured with olives, artichokes, pesto and quail egg (THB 375) and Beetroot Carpaccio accompanied with goat cheese and micro greens (THB 295). Until 30 April 2013

For further details and reservations, please call 0 2125 5030 or 02 125 5000 # 8320

The Bay Restaurant, 2nd floor of Dusit Thani Pattaya For reservations, please call (0) 3842 5611-7 ext. 2270

Delightful brunch at Cape Dara

Flames Restaurant

The Radius restaurant at the Cape Dra Resort, North Pattaya, offers a 300-plus delicious item menu for the spectacular Sunday brunch held weekly from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm. The eat-as-muchas-you-like choices include a large selection of seafood, a succulent grill and carving station, dimsum, sashimi, magnificent dessert trolley and healthy vegetarian options and fresh juices. The price is 1,500 baht ++ per person (free-flow soft drinks) or 2,000 baht ++(freeflow red and white wine). Children under 12 go half-price and those under 6 are free if accompanied by their parents.

When meat meets foie gras @ Flames Restaurant

Phone 038 933 888 for reservations or refer to

Japanese Cooking Class at Benihana

From now until end of April, you are invited to discover new harmonious dish. The Rossini touch comes to Flames restaurant at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya with Australian beef tenderloin on baby spinach and mixed berry balsamic sauce; grilled duck confit with foie gras terrine and grilled French beans; braised pork belly with foie gras and rich herb sauce or grille black cod with foie gras terrine on a light white wine sauce. Prices are started at only THB 510++ (subject to service charge and VAT). Flames is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.The restaurant opens daily from 19:00-22:30 hrs. Call to reserve at (038) 301 234 ext. 4272.

Ming Xing Noodle Affairs

Noodle lovers, be prepared for the coming up of the noodle affairs at Ming Xing Restaurant, Cape Dara Resort. 24 variety noodles selections are to fill up your appetite during lunchtime. The meal start with salad appetizer, follow by an unlimited serves of noodle affairs at your choice, then wrap up a meal with a dessert. The affairs start from 1st March and last until 30th June 2013 for only THB 390 nett per person. Ming Xing opens daily from 11:00 pm – 2:00 pm. For private room or table reservation, please call 038 933 888

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Level 34, Hilton Pattaya

Pakarung Beach Front Bar & Restaurant On Na Jomtien’s Golden Beach Golden Beach is the hidden jewel of Na Jomtien and here, amid swaying palm trees, a long stretch of honey blonde sand and a sky blue sea is located the latest hip new Thai restaurant in the area. Serving the freshest seafood, their signature cocktails and the very best of Thai traditional cuisine, it is indeed a charming venue. Only 20 minutes from Pattaya, you’ll think you are ensconced on some tropical island the ambiance here is so idyllic. This striking new rotunda-designed building is the inspiration of its owner/entrepreneur, Apirat Palankrun, and run by the highly qualified general manager, Somboon (Rung) Panyathi, who makes it a real pleasure to visit this life style destination. The stars were shining the night Mick and I visited and, after being greeted by Rung, we surveyed the scene. Seating is either on the spacious deck overlooking the beach or directly on the sand under the lantern-lit palm trees on cozy rattan

sofas providing sinking comfort beside the sea shore. My recent foot injury prevented us from walking down to the beach so we settled ourselves on the terrace and enjoyed

the privileged nightscape of this gorgeous beach. The bar serves a wide range of tropical cocktails as well as spirits, wines and beers. A Chang beer promotion is running at the moment offering four big bottles for B.349 or three small ones for only B.179. The menu is an example of authentic time-honoured Thai recipes with special emphasis on local seafood. Our dinner set off charmingly with a couple of spicy salads; the combination salad with crispy squid rings and the som tum pla krob (spicy papaya salad with crispy fish) priced at B.199. Both dishes were sensational, singing with chili, tamarind and lime and packed with fat juicy

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prawns and healthy ingredients. If you are a Thai salad fan, other options would be spicy fried whole sea bass salad, glass noodle salad with sea food or the raw shrimp marinated with fish sauce and lime juice. A reliable Thai gastro-meter is always the tom yum and our serving of this famous fiery soup came loaded with mixed seafood and mushrooms in a perfumed lemon grass spicy soup (B.299). Piquant, peppery flavours bursted with zesty zing igniting the palate with instant head-clearing intensity (in a good way) – it was a winner. Other hot and sour soup options include sea crab soup, mullet clear soup or steamed whole squid with spicy lemon sauce - there’s definitely a soup wizard in this kitchen. Humungous New Zealand mussels then hit the table. These big, fleshy mollusks glistened and gleamed in their tangy sauce and were truly delicious and one of our top favourites of the evening. It was then time to enjoy the deep fried whole sea bass served with a mango spicy salad. Fried to perfection, it was soft, succulent and tasty. Stir fried sea crab with Madras curry powder is another top seller as are the mantis shrimp with garlic and pepper. Although Pakarung is predominately a Thai seafood emporium they do serve a selection of international dishes such as salmon, either smoked or a grilled

steak, spaghetti with bacon and dried chili or carbonarra and T-bone or pepper steak. Desserts are another speciality here and we couldn’t leave without trying chef’s signature chocolate fondant. It came escorted by the creamiest of vanilla ice cream and a cloud of divine Chantilly cream. Sheer decadence on a plate, the molten chocolate oozed seductively into the ice cream and cream to fuse together in a most sinful way. Pakarung is an on trend beach front bar and restaurant offering Thai seafood cuisine at its best. The setting is glorious, the sea food polar fresh and professionally prepared and the staff young, enthusiastic and helpful. Pakarung is open daily from 11 a.m. Last orders at 10 p.m. but the bar continues until late. Tel: (038) 255 291. How to get there: Heading south from Jomtien on Sukhunvit Highway make a U-turn after the Shell station on your right. Then look out for the Pakarung sign on the left, turn down the soi and it is located on the right hand side at the end.



Le Saigon

Mata Hari

The Balcony is an appealing destination with its distinctive terrace, its European cookery and modern-day Thai cuisine, it has something to suit every taste and pocket. Scrumptious cakes and pastries and the modishness of the graceful salon.

Specializing in Teppanyaki dining, this Japanese restaurant employs specially trained chefs to prepare the meals right at the guest's table. Fresh succulent seafood, plump juicy chicken and tender filets of beef are perfectedto your delight.

Vietnamese-Eurasian Cuisine. Good Foods, Fine Wine, Spectacular View. Le Saigon is a stylish restaurant presenting lavish cuisine in a dramatic sky high venue. The wines are carefully selected and cocktails are creative and generous.

Mata Hari is a stylish, boutique restaurant, renowned for serving fine European and Thai cuisine and has been a firm favourite amongst the local expats for many years'. An intimate European specialty restaurant where the ambience is casual elegance, big on quality, consistency and service.

The Balcony Restaurant & Bakery 151/39 Moo 5 Naklua Rd. Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Tel. No.: 038 411 429

Benihana Pattaya Royal Garden Plaza, 218-2-4 Beach Road Pattaya City, Chonburi 20150,Thailand Tel. No.: 038 412 120 ext. 1395

Le Saigon Bayview 23rd Floor Pattaya Hill Resort, Pratumnak Rd, Nongprue, Chonburi 20150 Tel. No.: 038 250 329, 038 250 322 Website:

Mata Hari Restaurant 482/57 Moo12 Thappraya Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Tel. No.: 038 259 799 Website:


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Tom Klong Pla Krob Smoked fish and shredded prawn soup with sweet leaves Ingredients 150g Smoked dry fish 200ml Chicken stock 100g Sliced galangal 2 Kaffir lime leaves ½ cup Holy basil leaves 100g Cherry tomatoes 20ml Fish sauce 10ml Tamarind concentrate 30g Dried chillies, sliced 20g Red shallots, grilled and smashed 1 piece of lemongrass, cut into 2" long and smashed 20g Sugar

Cooking Method

1 cup of sweet leaves

Heat chicken stock in a pot over medium heat Add galangal, lemongrass and red shallots, wait until boiling Add smoked dried fish Season with tamarind concentrate, fish sauce and sugar

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Add dried chillies, cherry tomato, holy basil leaves and kaffir lime leaves, wait until boiling Stir until all ingredients mixed well Remove from heat Transfer to a serving bowl Serve immediately with sweet leaves

Hilton Pattaya 333/101 Moo 9 Nong Prue Banglamung, Pattaya Chonburi, Thailand 20260, Tel: +66 (0)3825 3000 Fax: +66 (0)3 825 3001.

Kimchee spiced Beef Yukke with egg yolk, sesame oil, wasabi sour cream, fresh currants, tsuke maki and Korean pear in lemon juice I gravitate towards ingredients that have very distinct, inimitable flavor and adding them to my dishes stamps my cuisine style a unique memorable flavor profile. Kimchee is one of those undeniably Korean gems that I cannot take out of my Asiatic pantry anymore. When someone says Korean food, you can’t help but think of kimchee. There are a lot of different types of kimchee in Korea, and on this dish, we concentrated on exploring the inspiration from those flavors. I like the play on different temperatures, different textures and different tastes within one bite and this combination is a great example of that. The spiced salinity from the kimchee sauce, sweet, crisp freshness from the pear, tartness from the currants, umami from the pickled daikon, acidity from the lemon juice, meatiness from the beef and creaminess from the yolk. Not to mention the quick and easy concoction from my mixology collection! This is so good we came up with a new word…. Nominess!! ☺ Enjoy!

Spiced Lover Sochu Cucumber 1 oz Lime Juice Sriracha and kimchee sauce Scallions 2 oz Simple syrup

Hard -muddle 3 cucumber slices, scallions, simple syrup and 3 drops of sriracha/kimchee mixture and the lime juice. Add 3 oz of your favorite sochu, fill with ice and shake hard for at least 20 times. Strain into a glass and garnish with a strip of cucumber, slice of lemon, some fresh currants and a spear of scallions.

F or the beef: 3 oz beef ribeye, cut in small strips or diced like tartare** ¼ tbsp sugar 1 tbsp light soy sauce ½ tsp sesame seeds ½ tsp sesame oil ¼ tsp kimchee sauce 1 egg yolk Salt and Pepper to taste Pink Sea salt

For garnishes

Mix the sour cream and wasabi thoroughly and add a little lemon juice. Set aside in the cooler for at least 30 minutes to let the flavor blend together. Chill the beef in the freezer for a few minutes until firm but not frozen—this will make it easier to cut. When the right temperature is achieved, trim the edges off to make sure to avoid contamination then cut into slices about 3mm thick across the grain, then cut into strips about 3mm across and 2.5cm long. Place in a clean chilled bowl, cover with plastic and keep in the cooler until ready to serve. Peel and core the pear and cut into matchsticks. Toss them in a little lemon juice to prevent browning especially if not serving the dish immediately. As close as possible to the serving time, mix the beef with sugar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, pepper and finally sesame oil and kimchee sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste, Arrange the meat in a mound in the middle of a plate, then make a dip in the centre and carefully place the egg yolk in it with the pea sprouts. Spoon some of the wasabi sour cream on the plate and top it off with the micro wasabi sprouts. Add some of the Asian pear on the plate and garnish it with the tsuke maki and edible flowers. Sprinkle finishing Pink sea salt on top of the yolk.

Pea sprouts, cleaned and trimmed Tsuke maki - Roll of daikon, oshinko and carrots with nori in between Edible flowers Micro wasabi sprouts Fresh currants

**This dish traditionally use raw beef, so the outmost care and attention to quality is important to avoid getting sick. Use only meat that is classified to be use for this application. For an alternative, try this dish in a cook version by slightly sautéing the meat before plating. It will yield the same flavor profile.

For the Asian pear: ¼ ripe but firm Asian (Korean) pear, julienned A little lemon juice

F or the wasabi sour cream ½ cup sour cream 1 teaspoons wasabi powder



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Promotions Spa Cenvaree Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya “Songkran Sand Magic” Treatment Rising temperatures and scorching heat make us look forward to the Songkran season when we can keep cool by having fun splashing water on one another. The Water Festival also allows us to pat din so pong (marly limestone) on other people to whiten their faces. Water, white clay and sand are Songkran-related elements in “Songkran Sand Magic”, a festive package at Spa Cenvaree of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya. Sand is certainly associated with summer, but you may wonder how it relates to the Thai New Year. Songkran traditions include carrying sand into temples to build miniature sand stupas as a spiritual New Year cleansing ritual. Spa Cenvaree’s body treatments, on the other hand, deliver physical cleansing along with relaxation. The Songkran Sand Magic package combines four treatments: a foot scrub, a body massage, a body scrub or mask and a Vichy shower or herbal bath. All in all, the pampering takes 120 minutes. As the name of the package suggests, sand is the star ingredient. First, the foot scrub involves the use of a mixture of sand, sea salt, fresh mint leaf and neem tea. This ritual is said to help wash away negative energy. Second, the whole body receives a soothing massage with skin-nourishing virgin coconut oil, followed by a herbal compression massage using sand pouch with heated sea sand, crushed sesame, grated ginger and warming black pepper. The herbal pouch is dipped in coconut oil before and pressed at strategic points of the body to relax muscles. The heat from the sand pouch will help draw out toxins and bring relief to joint conditions, as well as reduce water retention. The third step, the Sea Sand Body Exfoliating treatment, begins with smoothing yoghurt on the body before a salt scrub is used to exfoliate the skin. An alternative to the body scrub is the Thai White Clay Body Mask with the freshly-prepared mask containing “din so porng”, a traditional Thai medicinal ingredient for the treatment of certain skin conditions, as well as to beautify the complexion.

Repair damaged hair at home Five remedies to undo years of damage by Elizabeth Smith,

If you use a lot of heat styling tools on your hair or color it often, you could end up with hair breakages, as well as dry and damaged hair – And this means frustration for most women. Here’s the good news: You won’t have to live with damaged hair forever, thankfully. Here are five very simple, yet effective ways to repair your damaged hair using ingredients you can find in your kitchen. 1. Mayonnaise Mayonnaise is a mixture of vinegar, oil, and eggs. These ingredients work together as a wonderful treatment for your damaged hair. You can replenish the much-needed oils that your damaged hair is lacking by adding mayonnaise. The eggs provide vitamins, as well as proteins, and the oil softens and lubricates the hair shaft. The vinegar actually purifies your hair, making it much more manageable in general. You put the mayonnaise on liberally, making sure your hair is damp before doing so. Put a shower cap or foil over your head for about 20 minutes, and then rinse off, shampoo, and condition as you usually do. You can add an additional egg yolk to the mix to make the treatment even better. 2. Alcohol To repair damaged hair, most women use alcohol treatments. They also use beer, the most common base used when doing this treatment. Add a small amount of beer and hair oil to a container, mix them together, and rinse your hair using this mixture after shampooing. Let it stay on your hair for five minutes before washing it off with warm water and the treatment is complete.

To wash off the body scrub or mask, you can choose either a stimulating Vichy shower or a detoxifying Thai herbal tea bath. The Songkran-inspired pampering is rounded off with a cup of detoxifying herbal tea at relaxation area. This Songkran Sand Magic spa package now available throughout May 2013 at Spa Cenvare, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya. Package prices at Baht 2,595++ for single and Baht 5,000++ for couple. For more information or reservations, please contact (038) 301 234 ext. 4333 or email:

3. Eggs One of the best remedies for strengthening hair is using eggs. This treatment will give your hair shine, balance, get

rid of split ends, and repair damaged hair that you may currently have. You need to remove the white of the egg after beating the egg in a bowl. Apply the mixture for about 30 minutes, letting it sit, and then rinse with a mild shampoo to finish the process. 4. Vinegar One of the worst smelling natural hair treatments for damaged hair is vinegar. All you need to do is to rub some vinegar into your hair and scalp. Allow the vinegar to stay in your hair for approximately 30 minutes. Then, rinse the vinegar off your hair and you’re done. 5. Avocado An effective way restore or repair damaged hair is to use avocado, an excellent natural product. Using a few avocados, some olive oil, and an overripe banana, you need to mix this together and leave it on your hair for 20 minutes or so. Rinse with water, preferably lukewarm, and repeat this process once everyday until your hair starts to improve in appearance. These 5 remedies for repairing damaged hair are allnatural, as well as cost-effective. Try these treatments out to reverse the effects of damage over the years, and once again get your hair’s shine, smoothness, as well as luster back! For additional information on hair care, and for other tips on skin care, beauty, health, fitness, romance and more, go to




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Jawline Contouring Without Surgery A prominent jaw looks handsome on men, but women born with a strong jaw line often want to correct it. For this reason, jaw line contouring has become a popular cosmetic procedure–one that by Dr. Natnicha typically is performed Loichuen on women. It has the ability to achieve a less prominent jawline, create a harmonious balance with other facial features and soften the facial appearance. While Botox is a remarkable way to get rid of wrinkles, smoothing out creases in the skin isn’t the only thing that it can do to improve an individual’s appearance. Botox also can reduce the size and modify the contour of a jaw line as it can shrink the size of the masseter muscle. What is the masseter? The masseter is a muscle located in the jaw. It is responsible for jaw movement, it allows the teeth to clench or chew. People who have a large masseter (hypertrophy) often have a square jaw line. When you clench your teeth, the masseter muscle protrudes. How the procedure works The procedure involves injecting Botox directly into the protruding muscle, focusing on the lower portion and avoiding the parotid glands, which produce saliva. It works by blocking nerve impulse to the masseter. This allows the masseter to relax so that it can gradually reduce in size. By reducing the muscle at the point of attachment to the bone, the bone can also reduce over time giving longer-lasting results without compromise to the strength of the bone.

When will I see the result and how long will it last? Because Botox produces slow atrophy of particular muscles, results are not immediate. Unlike regular Botox of the upper face–where results are seen in a week to 10 days and last three to four months, improvement following masseter treatment may not be apparent for a month or more. On the other hand, the benefits typically last for six to 18 months. Botox is temporary. Over time, muscles slowly will regain movement. After being injected with two treatments, most patients do not need additional treatments with Botox. Those who seek further contouring typically come for repeat injections every 6 to 9 months,

depending upon your doctor’s advice. The results should be dramatic after a year of treatments. Who is a good candidate for this procedure? The most important criterion to decide if you are a good candidate is the thickness of your masseter muscle. The relative thickness of the masseter can be easily determined by biting down hard and feeling the outer jaw line. If the muscle appears to be almost rock-hard and enlarged in appearance when you clench your teeth, you may be a good candidate to have this procedure done. In order to determine whether this solution is suitable for you, a consultation

must be arranged with the doctor to discuss your expectations and assess your facial structure. If the masseter is not pinpointed as the reason for your square jaw, jaw line sculpting with Botox may not be deemed suitable and an alternative may be suggested.

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upcoming movies The Great Gatsby

Scary Movie 5

Iron Man 3

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by Barry Kenyon

North Korea attacks the White House

There is a long line of Hollywood movies devoted to the awful things that can befall a US President – being skyjacked, drowned by global warming, eaten alive, captured by aliens. You know the sort of thing. The new movie Olympus Has Fallen topically concerns the nastier side of Pyongyang. A North Korean plane with sophisticated missile-deflecting shields and a group of Kim Jong-un’s finest posing as South Korean security experts create violent mayhem in and around the seat of American government. Needless to say, there’s lots of blood, guts, disemboweled bodies and so on. The plot – if that’s the right word – centres around disgraced Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (played by Gerard Butler) as the only good American left alive after the sneaky North Korean attack. His job is to rescue the US President (Aaron Eckhart) and a whole pack of senior staffers including our old friend Morgan Freeman as the House Speaker and the acting president-in-a-crisis. One of the irritating features is the continual showing of a wrong spelling on the screen: Whitehouse instead of White House! Like all nasty movies this one has its moments of humor, including Abraham Lincoln killing a North Korean terrorist (actually it’s the great man’s stone bust falling on the luckless guy) and the secretary of defense being dragged away by the North Koreans even as she screams the official pledge of allegiance. There are also some redundant characters, including Banning’s wife who has nothing to do or say of the slightest consequence, except maybe kiss her husband once or twice. The attack on the White House has been planned by hitman Kang Yeonsak whose aim is apparently to unify the two Koreas by murdering the US President and blowing up most of Washington. Of course, he fails and is eventually killed in a knife fight with the main hero. Indeed, the US President is so impressed by Banning’s performance that he reinstates him as head of the presidential security detail. Incidentally he had lost the position in the first place when the President’s wife died in a car accident some months previously. If all this had actually occurred in practice, one can only imagine what might have happened to North Korea and the Kim family-dynasty in the fallout. Presumably everything and everybody north of the armistice line would be burnt crisps by now. Early indications are that Olympus Has Fallen is doing well at the box office, reversing a trend whereby American disaster movies have not been pulling in the crowds. Perhaps the secret of its success is the North Korean angle. It’s a sobering thought that Kim Jong-un’s recent sabre rattling about the United States becoming a sea of fire should have had the odd consequence of boosting Hollywood’s coffers. You just never know.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton

Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen

Director Baz Luhrmann Genre Drama | Romance Release Date 16 May2013

Director Malcolm D. Lee Genre Comedy | Horror Release Date 18 April 2013

Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this drama focuses on mysterious man of wealth Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his love for the beautiful -- and married -- Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). Baz Luhrmann directs the film in 3D, with Isla Fisher,Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton rounding out the starring cast.

Scary Movie 5 is an upcoming American horror comedy parody film, and the fifth film in the Scary Movie franchise. It is being distributed by Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company. The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by David Zucker. A couple begins to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they're being stalked by a nefarious demon.

Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle

Director Shane Black Genre Action l adventure Release Date 1 May 2013 Marvel's 'Iron Man 3' pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

music / new release Depeche Mode, 'Delta Machine': Track-By-Track Review Fans can count on Depeche Mode -- they've released a new album and embarked on a coinciding tour every four years since 1993. It's that time again, as the longreigning synth-rock kings are back with a new LP, "Delta Machine," their 13th to date. Keeping with tradition, they'll head out on a 34-date European stadium tour, starting May 7 in Tel Aviv. Out Tuesday (Mar. 26) on Columbia, the new album finds vocalist Dave Gahan and songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Martin Gore refining some familiar sounds and trying out some new wrinkles. Join Billboard as well take a track-by-track look at one of this year's most highly anticipated alternative albums.


1. Welcome To My World 2. Angel 3. Heaven 4. Secret To The End 5. My Little Universe 6. Slow 7. Broken 8. The Child Inside 9. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve 10. Should Be Higher 11. Alone

The world may be going more digital by the second, but live is still the big cash driver for the top 20 earners on our annual musician Moneymakers list.

12. Soothe My Soul 13. Goodbye



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All-New Hyundai Elantra 1.8 G AT

by John Lindgren Editor-in-chief:

Built in Korea. Big in the States. Impressive Dynamics Honestly. I swear. My hand on my heart. I admit that of all the Korean sedans, SUVs, luxury vans and MPV's that I have driven, Hyndai's all-new Elantra sedan tops my list. Why? Well, for starters it was named 2012 North American Car of the Year ahead of big dogs like Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat. The “NACTOY” jury consist of more than 50 American and Canadian automotive journalists. I trust my fellow hacks and I do like the looks of the Elantra and the test drive truly impressed me. OK! The styling. “Fluidic Sculpture”, that's what they call the Hyundai design, dudes. This is the fifth generation Elantra and the best looking so far. The madein-Southern California Hyundai design

approach spells it out: “Fluidic sculpture considers the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion”. The front stands out with a bold, entirely new designed-futuristic wrap around headlights. Side view: I especially like the pronounced shoulder-line crease that runs through the door handles and the way the rear fenders transition into the rear bumper. The posterior does look a tad BMW-esque. I dig the curl around tail-lights, too. This sedan looks stunning from any angle. The Pattaya Today demo unit is painted in cool creamy white. The “Fluidiuc sculpture” design also comes with an additional benefit of a wind cheating 0.28 drag co-efficient.

The interior trim of our top-of-theline model is in black. Quality fabric upholstery. Fine fit -and-finish including all the bells and whistles. I like the keyless entry and ignition feature. Only a green start-and-stop button. That's it. For the drivers a power seat. Other important features: USB, smart phone,

iPad connectivity and a well laid out stylish dashboard. The deep recessed gauges and meters are easy to read and to operate. A good-to-grip, leatherwrapped three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. The wheel base has been increased to give more room and comfort for the rear passengers including armrest and cup holders. Now. the engine room. Open the lid. Not the lid. The hood! There's Elantra compact efficient 1.8 liter Hyundai petrol power plant providing 150 hp and 170 Nm torque. Fuel consumption circa 13 kpl. Fuel: E20, gasohol 95 and 95 petrol. The six-speed automatic gearbox is slippery easy to shift. Just a light touch to switch from “N” Neutral or “P” Parking to “D”Drive. Perfect for city driving with parking, reversing all day long. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So we buckle up passengers all and secure all lose items and hit the Bangna-Trat Elevated Express Way with screeching tires. One- two- three-

four- five and six. The engine shifts up smoothly. OMG! Suddenly we're doin' 185 kph on full throttle in the 6th gear. So smooth and steady with excellent driving dynamics. “What's the speed limit?” says one of the passengers. “They have cameras... Like CCTV”, says another”. “All right. OK! I'll slow down”, says I. And so soon we're cruising at 85 kph while listening to la Canadienne Celine Dion's Titanic song “ I'll always be there for you.” Again, what was it that I liked about the all-new Hyundai Elantra?
Fresh and innovative styling, adequate fuel consumption, excellent power train, especially with the new 6-speed automatic transmission.
Good value-formoney, too.

Watch out, the 1.8 Chevy's, Ford's, Honda's, Mazda's and Toyota's . The Korean Hyundai Elantra has arrived! Put it on your test-drive list. Hyundai Elantra 1.8 G AT

Engine: 1.8 liter Power: 150 horse power Maximum torque: 178 Nm Fuel consumption: 14 kpl ( combined) Price: 1,048, 000 baht

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Centara to open sixth Pattaya hotel

Centara Hotels & Resorts will open its sixth hotel in Pattaya next quarter with the signing of a management contract to operate the Centara Grand Modus Resort & Spa Pattaya.

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Visa2Britain is in fact worldwide!

by Barry Kenyon

page P2/26 Expat Money Corner Are we out the woods yet

page P4/28 Jaguar reports strong sales at Motor Show City Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover’s authorised distributor in Bangkok, reported impressive sales to new and previous owners of the luxury vehicles.

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Visa2Britain head office, Soi Post Office Pattaya

“Why would you call your company Visa2Britain when many of your customers aren’t going to UK?” I asked Mr Chang who is the founder and owner of one of Pattaya’s best known immigration, law and visa centres with offices in Jomtien adjacent to the immigration bureau and in Pattaya next door-but-one to the main city post office.

Mr Chang (full name Jesataporn Sriboo), a young-looking Thai businessman in his late thirties with very good English, confides that his earliest venture in Pattaya was running a popular bar which was frequented mainly by British tourists and expats. “So when I decided to go into the visa business, it seemed natural to use a name including the UK.” He readily admits that the name may seem anachronistic today as Pattaya’s visitor profile has changed so much, but concludes, “The name has stuck and become very well known locally. It’s a kind of institution now so I wouldn’t want to change it.” But why would anyone want to use a visa and immigration office? Surely foreigners and Thais can deal with embassies and immigration authorities on their own? Mr Chang agrees they certainly can and many do. Nevertheless it is easy to go wrong. Dealing with bureaucracies can be difficult and the rules seem to keep changing all the time. There are sometimes language difficulties or confusion about which documents you actually need and whether they need to be original or photocopies. “I recall one guy who had to visit his embassy in Bangkok four times to get a document officially verified and even then he failed because he forgot to take his passport on the last trip.” Given that Thailand has more than 20 million overseas visitors a

year, and a goodly number coming to Pattaya, it’s not surprising that there are a fair number of visa agencies in the city – around 30 at the last count. “Yes there are good ones and bad ones, professional and amateur, but I can only speak for myself,” confides Mr Chang. “I and my 15 staff have many years experience so we are prepared for almost any problem. I think it helps that I am a Thai national which has enabled me to consolidate and extend my contacts in the complex world of immigration and visas. Another advantage is that Visa2Britain is happy to give free advice whether it leads to a sale or not. People can shop around and that’s fine.” A typical scenario is that a foreign man wants to take his Thai girlfriend back to his home country for a holiday or even to marry her. “There’s no question that the

Jesataporn "Chang" Sriboo

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Advertorial too many photos of the two of you together.” Especially for longer visas, including settlement visas for the UK, there may be a translation test for the Thai applicant including speaking, listening, writing and reading. The test is taken at a computer screen so an understanding of basic information technology is also needed. “If these visa applications fail,” explains Mr Chang, “It’s usually because the sponsor in the home country hasn’t provided sufficient detail about his income, or hasn’t got a sufficient salary or pension.” It’s not difficult to understand why specialist advice is eagerly sought by these applicants as the information on government websites is not invariably easy to follow. That’s putting it mildly! The other side of the coin, of course, is the situation of foreigners wanting to come long-term to Thailand. There are basically four types of one-year visas available in the Kingdom. The most popular by far is the so-called retirement visa which has a strict minimum age of 50. There is also a one-year visa for a foreigner married to a Thai, or with Thai family responsibilities, as well as a long-term education

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governments in UK, mainland Europe and the United States have toughened their visa policies in recent years.” The important things, apart from preparing all the documents, are to tell the truth and to keep plenty of evidence of an ongoing relationship when the parties are in different countries. For example, saying you keep in touch by Skype isn’t any use as there won’t be a documentary trail. “And you can’t have

Ruby, left, and staff always on hand

visa for those hoping to improve and extend their language skills. The fourth type of one-year visa is a work permit linked to a non-immigrant “B” visa. On a typical day in Mr Chang’s offices there will be a continual drift of foreigners looking to fit themselves in to what can appear to be complex regulations. Some are simply looking to avoid the long queues which are often associated with the police immigration bureaus themselves. So what of the future? Yes Pattaya is changing. For example the number of retirement visas given to Russians is rising every year and there has been a recent rush of work permit applications for Japanese managers at Laem Chabang port and the nearby Amata City industrial units. On the romantic front, many more gay couples are applying for a visa for the Thai partner to visit Europe to marry or to enter into a civil partnership. However, it should be noted that gay unions are not currently recognized under Thai law, although spokespersons for the main political parties have promised to “look at” the matter. In less than three years time the 10-member ASEAN coun-

tries will introduce the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which over time will establish a free-trade zone and lead to much more travel between the countries. The official language of the AEC will be English. “In addition to our teaching facilities in Pattaya, we have opened a language school at Chachengsao which is attracting many Thais wanting to improve their English in readiness for the AEC implementation. We are planning now for big changes later,” confides Mr Chang. Visa2Britain is certainly a dynamic organization with an eye firmly fixed on the future. Much else of what they do – extending visas short term, obtaining passports, reporting your 90 days, dealing with overstays, offering a marriage service for foreigners wishing to wed in Thailand, liaising with embassies – would require a separate article. There is certainly a wealth of experience in Mr Chang’s organization. As he freely says, “It’s not only what you know but who you know. This expertise enables us to offer the best public advice in the maze of regulations covering immigration and allied matters.”

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Business News

Centara to open sixth Pattaya hotel Centara Hotels & Resorts will open its sixth hotel in Pattaya next quarter with the signing of a management contract to operate the Centara Grand Modus Resort & Spa Pattaya. A contract was signed late last year with hotel owner Sweet Water Point Company Ltd. “We have always been very confident indeed in Pattaya as one of Thailand’s prime destinations, and this new property is a strategic signing for us that places our third Pattaya Grand branded hotel in yet another key part of the city,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts. The beachfront hotel, on Naklua’s Wong Amat Beach, is adjacent to the Sanctuary of Truth. “We have Grand branded hotels at North Pattaya, South Pattaya and Jomtien, and the new property at Naklua places us in a very strong marketing position,” says Chris Bailey, senior vice president for Centara Hotels & Resorts. Centara Grand Modus features 215 rooms (more than half of which have sea views), two restaurants, Spa Cenvaree, fitness centre, Kids’ Club, three swimming pools with a pool bar, beach club, and meeting and function rooms. The development also includes 300 condominium units, of which 80 have been sold.

Mr.Thirayuth Chirathivat

Mr.Chris Bailey

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Business & Expat Money

Shell’s four new lubricants may boost sales by 50 percent The Shell Company of Thailand Ltd. introduced a new lineup of motorcycle lubricants for automatic four-stroke engines that may help boost sales of Shell Advance products by 50 percent this year. Comprised of Shell Advance AX7 4-AT, Shell Advance AX5 4-AT and Shell Advance Scooter Gear Oil, the new lineup is formulated to optimize engine performance and keep abreast with the demand of the Thai market where the popularity of automatic motorcycles keeps growing. Emmanuel Mignot, the company’s regional general manager for Lubricants Business, calls the Thai motorcycle market “one of the highest growth markets in this region due to agility of motorcycles and the traffic conditions in Thailand that make this type of vehicle highly popular among Thais. In 2012, the number of registered motorcycles has already surpassed 19 million units in Thailand. And while these motorcycles create a demand of 100

million litres of lubricants per annum, nearly half of them is demand for four-stroke engine motorcycles. Last year, sales of automatic motorcycles accounted for 50 percent of all new four-stroke engine motorcycle sales. As the global leader in lubricants, Shell is aware

of the growth and highly prioritizes the segment of automatic motorcycles. We have therefore developed a new lineup of quality lubricants exclusively for automatic motorcycles to fully cover the demand of Thai consumers.” In terms of distribution, Shell is extending its partnership with DKSH (Thailand) Co. Ltd. as the official distribution partner of Shell lubricants for indirect channel. Through this partnership, Shell takes advantage of DKSH’s capability to make products readily available to motorcyclists through a nationwide network of distribution channels of more than 16,000 shops, including oils and parts retailers, independent motorcycle repair shops, Shell Advance oil change centers and more than 550 Shell fuel stations. Shell has set aside a marketing budget of 30 million baht to build consumer awareness of the new products and build the brand through a variety of media channels this year, including TV, printed publications and online media. A sales promotional campaign, Enjoy Every Ride, will be launched. This business-to-consumer promotion will be implemented as a lucky draw campaign called “Win the Ride of Your Choice with Shell Advance”. Motorcycles will be awarded from now to September.

Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

Are we out of the woods yet? The short answer is no. There is still de-leveraging going on in many of the world’s major economies, with some ongoing uncertainty, which is the mortal enemy of the markets. Macro issues like North Korea threatening nuclear attacks don’t help either. Other imponderables, like a new strain of bird flu in China, have sector-depressing effects as well; regional airlines and soya bean stock have already been hit.

Notwithstanding the unexpected and unpredictable, ultimately the so-called developed world will get back on track, but expect sluggish, low growth for some little time yet from the US and particularly Europe. Rather than calling it a ‘Depression’, the ‘speak’, in money circles, is ‘The Great Recession’. Nonetheless, it’s not all doom and gloom; the facts indicate that lessons have been learned and changes have and are being made. Whilst the euro zone moves slowly and its decision-making process is cumbersome, to say the least, there are signs that the economically more ’troublesome’ southern European countries are turning their situations around with varying levels of progress and success. The fact is that Europe remains the largest trading block on the planet and, although part of its finances might be bent--if not broken, the union will haul itself out of the mire, hopefully, leaner and fitter. You only have to look at how the world reacts to economic shocks in Europe to understand how important it is–largely with panic due to the realisation that Europe in the doldrums affects the whole world financially. So, where do we look for decent, stable returns on money? Still, the markets are far too unpredictable for the feint hearted. As is my want, I was locked into my Bloomberg and CNBC screens, alternating between the two. Almost simultaneously, two highly respected economists, one on each of the feeds, came out with completely different and opposing views of how the worlds’ stock markets would go in 2013. One said it would be a ‘bull’ year and the other said, the ‘sale in May’ philosophy will come early this year as investors take flight, with fears that the recent rises have gone too far. With this kind of ‘expert’ disagreement, how can anyone hang their hat on such uncertainty? Most of us are the same; we’re looking for something better than the banks will give us, without collapsing with shock into our toast and marmalade, watching the value of our hard earned cash jump hysterically up and down. There are some possibilities that have come more to the fore in recent years. In an endeavor to offer investors a secure, consistentlyreasonable return, funds have developed in sectors where demand for their services far outstrips supply. There are several examples of this, in several sectors where, although difficult to believe, prices have never dropped since early on, or before the financial crisis or, indeed, since their inception. With something over 40,000 funds available, it is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Nonetheless, they do exist. Important Note - This article contains general information only and is not intended to be taken as specific financial, investment, or tax advice. A personal analysis should always be obtained. Tim Whiteley of IFA International has over 25 years as an IFA, advising international investors and expatriates, both onshore UK, and offshore in Asia. With offices in Bangkok, and regular client visits to Pattaya, IFA specialises in wealth protection services, offshore trusts, QROPS UK pension transfers and QNUPS, creating tailor made investment solutions for individuals around the world. IFA International does NOT provide discretionary portfolio management, securities advice, forex trading, or local brokerage/ insurance products. The services that IFA International Group provides are for international investors and expatriates only and are not applicable to local nationals. This is NOT a solicitation to sell or market securities. Questions to the author can be directed to:

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Property Jaguar reports strong sales at Motor Show

City Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover’s authorised distributor in Bangkok, reported impressive sales to new and previous owners of the luxury vehicles during the first week of the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show. Danai Chandrangam, general manager, City Automobiles Co. Ltd., said, “We’ve had great success with sales across the full price range of both Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles during the first week.” Popular models include the Range Rover Evoque, the All-New Range Rover, Jaguar XF, Freelander, Discovery and Jaguar XK.

Coffee Bean opens in Siam Center

One of America’s most popular coffee chains-The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf—is now brewing its premium brands in Siam Center. Another outlet of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Thailand was opened here by Evolution Capital PCL represented by Sanjay Singh, CEO Food Business Group, and Simon Gerovich, executive committee chairman. In a joint statement they said,”We are excited to unveil the new Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf image as well as our timeless commitment to the quality of our products and service and the concept of Simply the Best premium coffee from California, United States”. Also at the opening were Julie Chung, commercial counselor, US Embassy, and Dr. Kritika Kongsompong, Ploy Jareyavech and Charm Osthanond.

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Volume 2 Issue 07 16-30 April 2013


Thailand Property Awards 2013 The Eastern Seaboard Judges

The Thailand Property Awards 2013 judge’s site visits for the Eastern Seaboard’s Best Condominium Development, Best Boutique Condominium Development, Best Villa Development and Best Residential Agent are scheduled to be done this year from June 18 to August 1. By August 1, all score sheets will be tallied, including those for Non-Development Award categories for Bangkok, the Eastern Seaboard, Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Changmai and Phuket. The Non-Development Awards this year are Best Developer, Best Boutique Developer, Best Residential Agent (Bangkok), Best Residential Agent (Phuket, Best Residential Agent (Eastern Seaboard), Best Residential Agent (Hua Hin), Best Residential Agent (Samui), Best Commercial Agent, Best Property Management Company (Bangkok), Best Property Management Company (Resort), Best Property Consultancy, Best Overseas Property Agent, Best Villa Rental Agent, Best Residential Architectural Design, Best Commercial Architectural Design, Best Landscape Architectural Design, Best Hotel Architectural Design, Best Residential Interior Design, Best Residential Architectural Design, Best Villa Interior Design and Best Villa Architectural Design and the Thailand Property Awards 2013 Real Estate Personality of the Year!

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

Once again, all top real estate agents, property developers, interior designers and architects throughout Thailand's housing and condominium industry are waiting to see and hear who will be the winners. All of the winners of the categories mentioned above will be publicly announced at the gala dinner and awards ceremony recognized as the “Oscars” of Thailand's property and real estate industry on September 19 at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World. Of course, these Thailand Property Awards are very highly regarded and the last seven yearly awards events have shown that these much sought-after property awards are by far the highest symbol of achievement that a company or an individual can receive here in Thailand’s residential real estate industry. Yes, in just a matter of a few months the votes will all be in and in less than six months it will be time to celebrate Thailand’s very best in the residential real estate industry. Having said that, you might ask yourself, just how these awards are decided and what exactly is the process that produces them. As for the Development Awards for each region, the Thailand national panel

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of head judges, comprised of ten leading Thailand real estate industry professionals, i.e., real estate agents, appraisers, lawyers, architects, etc., together examine and score all the category nominees and then make the initial short-lists of five properties per condominium, villa and commercial development category. The Thailand Property Awards national head judges’ panel is comprised of Sunchai Nuengsit, chairman, Clayton Wade, Kittisak Aguru, Teresa Biesty, Ian Hamilton, Kris Limcharoen, Leong Choong Peng, Khemajit Choomwattana, Russ Downing and Bill Barnett. The next step in the process is to have the appointed regional judging teams undertake site inspections at each of the condominium and villa developments. In allowing me the opportunity to focus on my national panel duties, this year veteran Eastern Seaboard judge Somnuek Tanthathoedtham will be the new head judge for the Eastern Seaboard judging team along with Pongstorn Sangruchi, Sunantapat Chalermpanth and Teresa Biesty. The short-list of five finalists for the Eastern Seaboard’s Best Condominium category will soon be in! The short-list of five (5) finalists for the Eastern Seaboard’s Best Boutique Condominium category will soon be in! The short-list of five (5) finalists for the Eastern Seaboard’s Best Villa Condominium category will soon be in! Those condominium and villa development site inspections for all Thailand regions will soon be completed and the scores will soon be in and tallied. The final list of winners will then be delivered to BDO Richfield Advisory Limited, one of Thailand’s largest accounting and advisory firms, for safe-keeping. Having accomplished my duties and responsibilities in organizing and leading

Our very special thanks to Clayton Wade, managing director of Pattaya’s Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. for preparing this Pattaya Today column. Clayton Wade has been running Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., with his wife, Khun Supap, for more than 17 years. He himself has been in the real estate industry going on 27 years, having started his career in the United States where he was licensed and practiced both real estate sales and property management in Seattle, Washington. Clayton personally was responsible

for bringing in the first 53 General Motors executives for the start-up phase of Thailand’s General Motors manufacturing facility and had a three-year exclusive with the company. Following that experience, he placed most of the start-up executives for the Eastern Seaboard’s BMW manufacturing facility. Clayton Wade is a Council Member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, the New York based international research and consulting firm, and has been a national panel judge with the Thailand Property Awards for many years. The American-born entrepreneur is

the judges for this year’s Eastern Seaboard categories, which were Best Villa Development, Best Condo Development, and Best Boutique Condo Development, I was very pleased to have been asked to join the Bangkok developments site judging team for the site visits and scoring of Bangkok’s Best Luxury Condominium award. The Bangkok Best Luxury Condominium Development and Best Luxury Villa Awards site visits will be conducted by Bangkok regional judges Sunchai Nuengsit, Clayton Wade, Khemajit Choomwattana, Ian Hamilton and Teresa Biesty. Together, this national panel judging team will be voting on the very best condominium and villa developments in Bangkok, and I must say it is a real treat as Bangkok certainly does have some of Thailand’s finest condominium and villa entries. Visiting these fine Bangkok developments and having their management teams make their development presentations and lead us through the showrooms and buildings themselves is a fascinating opportunity to see Thailand’s very finest luxury condominium and villa developments at their very best. As you can see, the Thailand Property Awards is truly a spectacular event and Terry Blackburn deserves a tremendous amount of credit for having produced, in just a few years, Thailand’s cutting-edge residential property awards venue. Thailand’s most glamorous and expensive villa and condominium developments will, once again, be represented at this spectacular event along with Thailand’s most innovative and successful interior designers, architects, real estate agents and agencies. Just as last year, this year’s Thailand Property Awards 2013 is looking to prove to be yet another glamorous showcase for Thailand’s finest and most successful in the residential real estate industry.

known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his writing, public speaking and television presentations. His many accomplishments in promoting real estate on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard include having been a guest speaker with several of Thailand’s top political and business figures on CNBC’s Managing Asia. Premier Homes is Pattaya’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, which may be seen by visiting their website at: www. Clayton Wade may be contacted at +(66) (81) 634-2915 or at:

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(ptm-wm1412)Store Or Office For Rent Jomtien Beach Soi 4 – 150m to beach. 10,000 baht monthly. 2 A/C, 1 bathroom with shower. Call 080 821 8326 (ptmpt-bo00)For Sale or Lease. 23 Nice Two Room Apartments located in 3 buildings on a one rai land parcel in a very central location south Pattaya. Within 5 min walking distance to walking street,however still a quiet and secure area.For more info contact 081 9099098, Noagents please Commercial Shop house – Foreign Name: at Jomtien Plaza Condotel, 3 Story 175 SQM turn-key opportunity, Sale Price: 6,990,000 THB (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ Guest House/Coffee Shop Soi Buakhao: 6 rooms Leasehold: 3+3 Rent: 30,000 Baht/Month. 19% cash return a n nu a l l y S A L E P R I C E : 2,500,000 THB please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ Guest House/Pub Dongtan Beach: 4 rooms Leasehold: 3+3 Rent: 23,000 BahtMonth. Fully occupied SALE PRICE: 1,499,000 THB please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ Beachfront Resta Rant – Na Jomtien - This has to be the best beach front business opportunity available. A 3 storey single unit bar and restaurant right by the beautiful Na Jomtien Beach with seating for 22-24 persons, commercial kitchen, two bedroom accommodation, a roof top terrace which offers scenic views over the beach and the ground floor patio looking directly over the beach. The business is only for sale due to the owners ill health. For sale leasehold at only 750,000 Bt with rent 15,000 Baht per month and NO key money!! Tel: 085 129 5657. Email:

Apartment Building - Easy to run business opportunity. This new three storey 21 room apartment building in a central location, not far from Siam Country Club Road, has been built to European standards with 3 one bedroom apartments and 18 studio apartments all with spacious bathrooms and balconies, most are furnished and have AC units fitted, ideal for long stay expats and holiday lets. Included in the sales price is an adjoining plot of land approx. 450sqm that can be used to extend the building and add a communal pool or to build a private villa. The building has its own water bore and a water filtration system is in place. Total land area 1,465 sqm. For Sale: 12.5m Bt. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: GUESTHOUSE & BAR Ideally located profitable 10 room guesthouse and bar. Located in a busy Soi in Central Jomtien and close to the beach is this 3 unit building with the ground floor running as a bar with pool table, music system and large flat screen TV. There is ample room to install a kitchen to offer breakfasts and food to the guests and customers, thus increasing the profits further. The upper floors contain 10 renovated and fully furnished guest rooms, a store room and maids room. An established business. For Sale: Leasehold 3.3m Bt, monthly rent 30,000 Bt. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email:

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(ptmaf-r0712)Aromdee Apartments, quiet, clean, well maintained, with European management. Fan/AC rooms for rent start from 3,800 baht monthly. Free Wi-Fi, CableTV, Gym, and Car park. Inside Minimart, breakfast dishes, coffee bar/bar, 24 hr laundry, and CCTV security coverage. Within walking distance of Big C, Tesco Lotus, and BKK Bus Station North Pattaya. Phone Thai/Eng.: 082-3043907, Phone Norwegian/ Eng.: 087-329-0300, Office/ Fax: 038-370-861 Web: www. Email: aromdeeapar ment@

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development on land plot 420 sqm, stylishly finished and furnished throughout, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, European kitchen, living room, dining area, covered terrace, sun deck, lagoon style private pool, covered parking, 24/7 security, less than a 5 minute drive to Sukhumvit Road. Sale Price: Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: House For Sale – Bang Sarey - Nicely designed new single storey house, Living area 132sqm, Land area 400sqm, one of two side by side, in this popular area of Bang Saray. The properties are built to European standards offering 2 - 3 bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchens with ovens, spacious living room, dining area, patio terrace, car parking and landscaped gardens. Really great value for money and less than 5 minutes to the beautiful beach, shops, restaurants, bars and 20 minutes from Jomtien. . Price: 2.95m Bt. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: www. C h a r m i n g Tr o p i c a l Bangsarey Home! Selling Price 12.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/183 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (PR2799)

House for Sale

A pr oper ty in Pattaya with the special touch of Thousand and One Nights! 3 Bedrooms; all of them include a bath and a dressing room. Spacious parlor and kitchen, beautiful swimming pool, equipment room and carport for 2 passenger cars. The staff/guesthouse includes 3 rooms and 2 showers, as well as an outdoor kitchen. To top off this beautiful property, there is a generously proportioned pavilion with an awesome view overlooking a pond. This Garden of Eden is available for 760,000 USD. A dream estate for people who can afford it. Contact: Pool Villa For Sale – North East Pattaya - Spacious individually designed 257 sqm family single storey pool villa offering the best value for money in the city and ideally located by the Route 36. The European style property offers 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, European kitchen with oven, hob and hood, office, open plan lounge and dining area, TV room, laundry room, private pool in 1,040 sqm landscaped gardens, detached en-suite maids room, covered car parking. Price:6.9m Bt. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: www. pattayajomtien Pool Villa For Sale – East Jomtien. The seller has reduced the price from 7.95m Bt for a quick ‘no hassle’ sale. Single storey 185 sqm villa in a quiet secluded small

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Amazing Pratamnak Luxury Estate! Selling Price 60 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 634 Sqm/330 TLW. Oriental Thai House in Jomtien Location! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/155 TLW. Beautiful Balinese Style Estate Home with large swimming pool! Selling Price 12 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 362 TLW/280 Sqm. Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 29.9 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. Great Private Estate Home! Selling Price 14.9 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 375 Sqm/500 TLW. Stunning House at Santa Maria For Sale! Selling Price 37.5 Million Baht, 4+2 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 900 Sqm/650 TLW. This is an exceptional home built with the best of materials furnished with only the best. Great Bungalow with wonderful interior décor on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 11.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm/100 TLW. Charming Tropical Bangsarey Home! Selling Price 12.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/183 TLW.


Gorgeous Seaview from Bang Sarey Hills! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 470 Sqm/600 TLW. Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 TLW. Stunning and Gorgeous Home for Rent! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. Beachfront Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 TLW. Exclusive Home in Family Friendly Village! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/400 TLW. Resort Living just 50 meters from the Beach in Jomtien! Rental Price 75,000 Baht / Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/25 TLW. Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. Impressive Lakeside Estate Home! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/600 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family home right on a lake next to Phoenix Golf Club and in the country just minutes from town.


Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. Beautiful Apartment with Sea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm. Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm. Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm. Great Jomtien Beach Area Apartment! Selling Price 3.5 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms, 80 Sqm. Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. Best priced Apartment in Na Jomtien’s Pine Shore Condo! Selling Price is 8 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 91 Sqm. Fabulous and Low Priced Apartment at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 19 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 274 Sqm. Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 17.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 177 Sqm.


Beachfront Life Style for Rent! Rental Price is 85,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 266 Sqm. Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101 Sqm. Stunning Apartment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. Fantastically Designed Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. Stunning Apartment for Rent in Jomtien Beach Area! Rental Price 27,500 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 102 Sqm. Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price 60,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 214 Sqm. Beautiful Apartment with Spacious Living Area! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 340 Sqm.

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House For Sale – East Pattaya - Two storey semidetached houses, living area 120sqm, land area 160sqm in a very quiet secure development just a 5 minute drive from S u k h u m v i t Ro a d . Ve r y spacious, well furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, dining area, European kitchen with oven, car parking, clubhouse, communal pool and 24/7 security. The seller has in total six of these rental properties, some with tenants in place, that are let for between 18,000 Bt and 20,000 Bt per month on medium to long term leases bringing in a return of almost 8%. They can be purchased individually or all six houses together, only for sale because of the owners continued ill health. Prices From: 1.99m Bt each. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. House For Sale – Jomtien - Ideally located in Central Jomtien fully furnished single storey 130sm house, land 58 Tw, offering 3 bedroom, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, living room, dining area, covered parking, small patio, 24/7 security, short stroll to restaurants, shops, bars, taxis and 1km to the beach.Price: 5.4m Bt. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 29 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5846) Great Mabprachan Lake Family Home! Selling Price 11.9 Million Baht and Renting at 90,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 330 Sqm/350 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR2694)

Nice Home with Large Swimming Pool & Garden! Selling Price 13 Million Baht and 6 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 560 Sqm/400 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR3895) Amazing Pratamnak Luxury Estate! Selling Price 60 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 634 Sqm/330 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5946) Oriental Thai House in Jomtien Location! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/155 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5972) S t u n n i n g To w n h o m e on Jomtien’s Dongtan Beachfront! Selling Price 22 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 25 TLW/400 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR6083) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 25 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR6075) Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5758)

Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 34 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4176) Beautiful Balinese Style Estate Home with large swimming pool! Selling Price 12 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 362 TLW/280 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4802) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 29.9 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 50 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5052) Great Home in View Talay Villas! Selling Price 12.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/72 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4854)

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Great Private Estate Home! Selling Price 14.9 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 375 Sqm/500 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5365) Stunning House at Santa Maria For Sale! Selling Price 37.5 Million Baht, 4+2 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 900 Sqm/650 TLW. This is an exceptional home built with the best of materials furnished with only the best. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5790) Great Bungalow with wonderful interior décor on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 11.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm/100 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4365) Tropical Jomtien Villa with Private Swimming Pool: T hai-Bali Style, 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms, 524 Sqm Sale Price: 8,995,000 THB. (Co Name) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin Jomtienpalace EstatesModern style 6 bedrooms home, 3 bath, 3 beds upstairs and downstairs. Living Area 280 SQM 10.9 million (Co name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at

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View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 1 bed 1 bath from 4.29 mil 2 bed 2 bath from 7.99 mil (co name).Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to admin@ Jomtien Palace Estates, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, private pool 300 Sqm total area. (Freehold) Sale Price: 6,900,000 THB. (Co Name) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at Nice House 2 Bed 2 Bath for Sale off Soi Khao Talo: 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms, 1 Living Room, Total Size 156 Sqm 1,899,000 THB. (Freehold) Thai Name Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at Pob Choke Garden Hill New House 2 Bed 2 Bath. Located in Bangsaray just off hwy. 331. Sale Price: 1,699, 000 THB (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@

House for Rent

(ptmhfr-1512) OCCASION! Beautiful townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly full furnished, 3 bedrooms, 2 televisions, ADSL, 4 aircondition, garage. Contact: 081 862 9710 House For Rent – Jomtien - Ideally located just 800m from Jomtien Beach in a quiet and secure development, this two storey family home offers 4 bedrooms two with balconies, 3 bathrooms, fully fitted European kitchen with


oven, dish washer and washing machine, open plan living room, dining area, covered patio, covered parking, garden, electronic remote garage gate, 24/7 security. Minimum rental period of 6 months applies. A minimum rental period of 6 months at 45,000 Bt or a 1 year lease at 40,000 Bt per month. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: www. pattayajomtien-property com House For Rent – East Pattaya - A two storey townhouse in a very quiet secure development just a 5 minute drive from Sukhumvit Road. Very spacious, well furnished and offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining area, European kitchen with oven, car parking, clubhouse, communal pool and 24/7 security. Outstanding value for this large family home. A minimum rental period of 6 months applies at 20,000 Bt per month or 18,000 Bt for a 1 years lease. Website Ref: HSER011. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - Stylishly finished and furnished pool villa, living area 80sqm, land area 240sqm, ideally located just 250m from Jomtien Beach offering 1 bedroom, 1 luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, living room, private pool, sun terrace, communal pool, restaurant, 24/7 security, 150m to numerous restaurants, shops, bars in Jomtien Night Plaza on Jomtien 2nd Road and taxis. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies at 40,000 Bt. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email:

Pool Villa For Rent – Silk Road - Stylishly finished and furnished throughout, single storey family home in one of Jomtiens most popular and exclusive developments. The property offers 3 ensuite bedrooms, 3 luxurious bathrooms, 350sqm ,land area 520 sqm, European kitchen, living room, dining area, detached self contained guesthouse or maids room, private pool, covered patio, landscaped gardens, double covered garage, communal pool, fitness, kiddies play area, tennis court, CCTV throughout the development, key card entry, 24/7 security, just 1 minute drive to Sukhumvit and less than 5 minutes to the beach and Tesco Lotus. 70,000 Bt for 6 month, 65,000 bt for year contract. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: Fantastic Home in Great D e ve l o p e m e n t ! Re n t a l Price 110,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premie internationalcom (PR2184)Exclusive Home in Family Friendly Village! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/400 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR1601) Impressive Lakeside Estate Home! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/600 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family home right on a lake next to Phoenix Golf Club and in the country just minutes from town. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5679)

Resort Living just 50 meters from the Beach in Jomtien! Rental Price 75,000 Baht / Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/25 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR2977) Gorgeous Seaview from Bang Sarey Hills! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 470 Sqm/600 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR2424) Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5230) Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR0193) Stunning and Gorgeous Home for Rent! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR3982)

LIFE’S A BEACH AND YOU COULD BE LIVING THIS PRIVILEGED LIFE STYLE TOMORROW Two spectacular beach side apartments have just come on the market. Situated on Na Jomtien’s sandy quiet beach they both offer a piece of paradise. The Penthouse is a 240 sq/m, 2-storey (4th & 5th floors), 3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, 3 toilets with extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Semi furnished. Price: 58,000 Baht/month on 1 year basis (other terms can be arranged). Apartment 1 is 140 sq/m, 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms/showers. Semi furnished. Extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Price: 34,000 Baht/month on 1 year basis (other terms can be arranged).

Contact: Tony Trail – Drifters Café and Apartments Tel: 087-7432319

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(ptm-cfsd1312)The Cliff on Phratamnak Hill, 18 th B e a c h f r o n t Vi l l a w i t h Floor Thai ownership, 74 Impressive Interior Design! sqm, 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, Rental Price 130,000 Baht/ 2 balcony. Beautiful front M o n t h , 3 B e d r o o m s / 3 ocean view. Ready to move Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 in. Asking price is 5,688,000 TLW. For appointment and Baht. Also, have 2 studios 37 private viewing, call the sqm each, side by side with Premier Homes Real Estate full ocean view. Asking price is 2,688,000 Baht. Please Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and contact Danny: 083 240 3191 081-634-2915 or by Email: or email firemate54@yahoo. or visit ca. No agents please. our website at www.premier View Talay 5 D - Stylish (PR6017) finished and modern Jomtien Palace Home- 3 furnishings in this mid floor Bdrm 3 Baths modern 140 studio 48 sqm on the Pattaya SQM Fully furnished with side of these very popular cooking supplies, towels, and beachfront buildings with stunning sea views over Koh linens. 35,000 per month Larn Island. The studio offers for (1 year lease) please call a truly luxurious bathroom, 0823440822 (eng) 085-910- fitted wardrobes, a fully 5124 (Thai) Email at admin@ functional European kitchen , stylishly furnished living area, Jomtien Palace Estates 4 large balcony, huge communal Bed 4.5 Bath with Private pool, CCTV, 24/7 security, Swimming Pool for Rent: a couple of minutes stroll to 95,000 THB/Month (1 Year the beautiful Dongtan Beach and numerous restaurants, Lease) Fully Equipped Please shops, bars and taxis. For call 0823440822 (eng) 085- Sale 2.75m Bt in foreign 910-5124 (Thai) Email at name. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya jomtienView Talay Villas with www.pattayaPrivate Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 3 bath 45,000 Porchland - The owner has THB/Month (1 Year Lease) carried out a really top class and stylish finish on this 37 Fully Equipped (Freehold) sqm mid floor unit in these Please call 0823440822 (eng) new modern low rise buildings 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email off Soi Chaiyapruk. Stylishly to furnished throughout with expensive wall papers, modern Condo for Sale L a r g e C o r n e r U n i t  fitted units, European kitchen, fully furnished living room, 1 High   Floor - 36TH Floor. bedroom, luxury bathroom, 146  square  meter, 2 bed- balcony, communal pool, key rooms,  2  bathrooms, lovely card entry, 24/7 security, a corner unit. Completely  re- short stroll to restaurants, modeled. Completely  fur- cafes, shops, bars, taxis and nished. Metro Jomtien Con- 900m to the beach. For Sale: 1.7m Bt in foreign name. Tel: dotel. Price  reduced  from 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ B 15M  TO B 11.25M. pattaya-jomtien-property. Phone  for  viewing appoint- com. www.pattaya-jomtienment 080 809 3603.

House for Rent

Land for sale 3.2 Rai 49 TLW,

Close to Jomtien 2nd Road

Call: 084 754 4214


Baan Suan Lalana - Very well renovated 2 bedroom unit in this highly popular tropical resort style development, stylishly furnished throughout offering 2 luxury bathrooms, living room, European kitchen, large balcony, communal pool, gym, sauna, tennis court, mini mart, tropical gardens, excellent 24/7 security... just 800m to Jomtien Beach. A bargain buy. For Sale: REDUCED to 2.4m Bt.Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: The Gallery - Very popular new modern low rise buildings ideally located in Central Jomtien, just 150m from the new Night Plaza and the beach. This high floor sea view studio, 26 sqm has been stylishly and expensively furnished throughout with fitted wardrobe and LCD TV, luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, roof top infinity edge communal pool, sundeck, fitness, key card entry, reception, 24/7 security. For Sale : 2.1m Bt in foreign name. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: Fabulous and Low Priced Apartment at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 19 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 274 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

(PR5414) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5559) Beautiful Apartment withSea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier international com (PR4136) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5786)

Deadline Issue May 1 - 15 Please Forward Your Classifieds by 5:00 PM, April 22 E-mail : Fax : 038 - 374 535 Or drop off at our office 221/3 Moo 11 Sukhumvit Rd., Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150

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Great Jomtien Beach Area Apartment! Selling Price 3.5 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms, 80 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5084) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4990)

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Great Sea Views and Stunning Décor in North Pattaya! Selling Price 7.474 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 74 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4862) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR3990) Best priced Apartment in Na Jomtien’s Pine Shore Condo! Selling Price is 8 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 91 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4987)

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Condo for Sale

Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 17.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 177 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo or visit our website at www.premier (PR3834) View Talay 5C-Stunning Beachfront Condo 2 Bed 2 Bath for Sale on Top Floor 98 sqm: (Foreign Name). SALE PRICE: 5,690,000 THB. , Please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at Jomtien Condotel – Studio 36 sqm Pattaya Sea view mid floor with Beach access (Foreign Name). SALE PRICE: 1,990,000 THB. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at Park Lane Resort –Reduced 200,000 now 1.49 million THB. 1 bedroom 1 bath (Foreign name). Pool and lagoon view please call 082 344 0822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@


Sunset Boulevard Residence I, Corner Unit 1 Bedroom-1 Bathroom, Total Size 52 Sqm (co. name) Sale Price: 2,595,000 THB++ Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ Sunset Boulevard Residence 1, (2) Studio Rooms, Total Size 36 Sqm each. Side by side 5th floor units with sea views Sale Price: 1,795,000 THB. Each++.Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ View Talay 5D – (Foreign Name) Large Ocean Side Corner Unit 1 Bed 2 Bath for Sale on High Floor in Jomtien, Total Size 144 Sqm. 10,900,000 THB. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ The Gallery Condo for Sale in Jomtien Beach: 1 Bedroom-1 Bathroom, Total Size 36 Sqm. SALE PRICE: 2,350,000 THB. (Foreign name) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@

Jomtien Condotel – 81 sq meter 1 Bedroom 1 bathroom 3.8 million THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at LK Legend Condo - 1 Bed 1 Bath Nicest unit available in Central Pattaya. Total Size 86 Sqm. 5.900.000 THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at View Talay 2B - 10th floor Jomtien Seaview 1 Bedroom 1 Bath 76 (Sqm): 2.890.000 THB. (Thai Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at Neo Condo Jomtien- Brand New 1 bedroom 1 bath pool view fully furnished 40 (sqm) 1.750,000 THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at Park Royal 1 Pratamnak – Brand New 7th floor studio fully furnished 31 sqm 1,650,000 THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at

Condo for Rent

(ptmcfr-wm1412)JOMTIEN - SOI 4 150 METER TO BEACH. New unit in low building including: furniture. Kitchen, bathroom, cable, flat TV, Wi-Fi. From 6,000/ month. Willy 080 821 8326 (ptm-cfrwm1412)View Talay #6 Pattaya Beach next to Central Festival Shopping Mall. 24th floor, beach view, 48 sqm. Including: kitchen, Jacuzzi, 50” flat TV, cable, Wi-Fi, washing machine. From 19,000/month. Willy 080 821 8326

(ptm-cfr1412)Jomtien Soi 8 – Gallery. Low rise brand new 34 square meter studio ground floor plus private courtyard only 2.1 million Baht. Modern beautifully fully furnished with everything new including fridge, microwave and 42” LED TV. Private quiet Soi, 2 minutes walk beach (or rent 18,000 baht monthly – long term only). Tel No. 082 340 0064 Park Lane Resort Jomtien 1 bedroom 1 bath 36 sqm. 12,000 per month. (1 year Lease) Fully furnished linens, cooking utensils and are City Side View. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at The Gallery - Already these are very popular rental units ideally located in Central Jomtien, just 150m from the new Night Plaza and the beach. This mid floor unit has been stylishly and expensively furnished throughout offering 1 bedroom ,39sqm with fitted wardrobe and LCD TV, luxurious bathroom, living room with LCD TV and DVD player, European kitchen with breakfast bar, balcony, roof top infinity edge communal pool, sundeck, fitness, key card entry, reception, 24/7 security. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies, 22,000 Bt high season and 18,000 Bt per month low season. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com.

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View Talay 5 C - A really stylish finish and modern furnishings in this mid floor studio 48 sqm on the Pattaya side of these very popular beachfront buildings with stunning sea views over Koh Larn Island. The studio offers a truly luxurious bathroom, fitted wardrobes, a fully functional European Kitchen with hob, hood and breakfast b a r, s t y l i s h l y f u r n i s h e d living area, large balcony, huge communal pool, CCTV, 24/7 security and a couple of minutes stroll to the beautiful Dongtan Beach and numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. For Rent 25,000 Bt per month or 20,000 Bt on long term lease. Minimum rental period of 1 month. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. Thip Condotel - A newly r e n ova t e d a n d s t y l i s h l y furnished 30 sqm studio with European kitchen, luxury bathroom, washing machine, balcony, communal pool, 24/7 security and a minute walk to numerous restaurants, shops, bars, Jomtien Night Plaza, taxis and 150m to the beach. Price : 12,000 Bt per month. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies.. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: www. View Talay Residence -Spacious high floor pool facing 55sqm, studio with new stylish furnishings throughout offering European kitchen, large luxurious bathroom, large balcony, UPVC double glazed windows, tropical

lag oon communal pool, fitness, 24/7 security, 75m to the Jomtien Night Plaza, numerous restaurants, shops, taxis and 150m to the beach. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies at 20,000 Bt high season and 17,000 Bt per month low season . Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. Very Impressive Sea View Apartment!! Rental Price is 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5045) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PRC084) Beachfront Life Style for Rent! Rental Price is 85,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 266 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR0737)

THE LOTUS ESTATE at the Springfield Golf Course and Royal Country Club, Hua Hin – Cha-Am THAILAND A Hidden GEM, this exceptional property in, Cha Am, Hua Hin Thailand, embodies all the characteristic one looks for in a perfect home, including opulent living areas both indoor and outdoor that leads to expansive Terraces, Infinity horizon outdoor and vertical covered swimming pool with pool bar offering an excellent family retreats. Newly built, the Lotus Estate by The Lotus Group Switzerland is an extravagant and artful blend of classical and Thai designs. It is nestled in a green oasis of the Springfield Golf Course, Cha-am region, Gulf of Thailand, and by any measure is a world-class residence. Even a famous Hollywood producer Kent Smith of FoFilm intends to shoot a film on these luxurious premises. Only a short drive to the Gulf of Thailand and twenty minutes from the town of Hua Hin, home of the Thai Royal Family, this prestigious private residential resort provides an easy access to shopping malls, Thailand’s state-of-the-art hospitals and internationally recognized Webster and Stamford International universities. Looking over one of the most challenging golf courses with panoramic mountain views, the Estate comprises of the main villa, two guest houses and a Thai sala (open pavilion) for meditation. It occupies a total of 9,600 square meters or 103,333 square feet.

Price approx CHF 2.7 million or approx US$ 2.9 million

For further Information contact by e-mail bossbkk4you@gmail.

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Condo for Rent

North Pattaya Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 100,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 311 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4262) Modern Designed Beachfront Apar tment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/ Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5423) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4570) Fantastically Designed Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4187) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Jomtien Beach Area! Rental Price 27,500 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 102 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR4464)

Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price 60,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 214 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5166) Beautiful Apartment with Spacious Living Area! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 340 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (PR5491))

Land for Sale

(ptm-lfs0012)Land for sale. 3.2 Rai 49 TLW, Close to Jomtien 2nd Road. Call: 084 754 4214

Services Provided

(ptmsp-1412)Architect Engineer. Houses Condos 081 295 8038 (ptmsp-1412)Building Contractor. New work maintenance 085 083 4221 PAC Co., Ltd. Can renovate your condo at a very reasonable price with very good standard of work. Ring 087 139 1539 for estimates Eng, 087 150 4845 Thai If You are Having a Problem w i t h Yo u r C o m p u t e r either software orhardware, please phone 0868202577 or 0811574561 (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 someprintedmatters inreasonable price, please phone 0868202577 (Thai) or 0811574561 (Thai &Eng) or e-mail: info@

Established manufacturer and supplier of cleaning solutions and chemicals are looking for an exclusive distributor/franchisee within Pattaya for their complete product range. A solid sales base has already been built up within area with a turnover in excess of THB 3 million. Interested parties must be motivated to grow sales.

Franchise For Sale THB 2 million

For further information contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email Repair Service, Repair electrical appliances of all kinds, Monitor LCD, Services to home. Tel : 087 687 2993, 086 183 7971

Job Vacancies

Want English Speaking Driver for D4D Van. Good Salary. Contact: B B mobile 081 147 6767 ( p t m j v - a 1 2 1 2 ) Wa n t e d Thai Staff for working in Restaurant. Contact Mr. Joshi – 088 820 2024. Annapurna Restaurant, 159/154, Moo 5, Soi 4, opposite World Gems Collection, Pattaya Nua. Junior Graphic , Junior Accountant at True North, Production Manager at URS’s behalf. Requirements: Secondar y 6/Vocational - Salary based on ability F u l l - t i m e ; S r. A c c o u n t Representative John. - No age limit. Requirements: Bachelor Degree- Salary based on ability - Full-time- The experience will be an advantage. Call: K. Nid 082 478 6444, email: Assistant to Condominium Manager Wanted.We are looking for a female who is interested in working with property management.Job description: customer service to the condo community residents, property inspections o f t h e c o m m o n a r e a s, building’s accounting and more.Requirements: Good written and spoken English, independent, well organize, good computer and accountant skills. Experience is a plus. Salary according to skills. CV with photo to allott25@

Urgent! Experienced Waitress Wanted for International restaurant. Must speak English. Good salary + tips. Call 091 240 4331. Restaurant Casa Pascal has Following Vacancies. Service: 1 Captain (Female or Male) Good command of English is essential, 2 Waitress / Waiter acceptable command of English is required. Part–time are also welcome. Kitchen: 1. Chef de parties, acceptable command of English is required; 2. Cooks/Cook Helper. Part– time are also welcome. Admin: 1. Cashier/Accountant, good command of English is essential. We pay extremely good salaries and excellent benefits to the successful candidates. Remuneration

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FOR SALE - MANUFACTURER AND SUPPLIER OF CLEANING SOLUTIONS AND CHEMICALS The company manufactures and supplies cleaning materials to the commercial market – hotels, restaurants, guesthouses and numerous other businesses under a brand name. The hard work has been done in setting up the business and establishing a good customer base. Last year the business turnover was in excess of THB 5 million. The owner has to reluctantly sell due to personal reasons, however is willing to stay on for period of time to oversee the transfer of the business to a new owner.

Sale Price THB 7.9 million

For further information contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email package includes: Duty Meals, Salary, Sales Commission, 71 paid holydays, Overtime paid, Service Charge, Monthly Performance Bonus, Tips sharing, special incentives. Applicants please call 038 723 660 / 0850964374 for interview. BulgamaSauna. Sauna, restaurant & massage. Newly Opened Korean-Style sauna is looking for Thai staffs to start as soon as possible. Good Salary + incentive. Thai Massager, Foot Massager 10 positions; Cook Thai, Chinese or European 2 positions; Cook Assistant 3 positions. Office: 038 170 951, E-mail: bulgama@hotmail., Address: 45, Moo 7, Nongplalai, Banglamung, Chonburi20150

Vehicles for Sale

(ptmvs-a1612)Honda CRV 2.0 Automatic Future Classic Blue Metallic 2001, Perfect Condition, power windows, ABS, Airbags Aloy wheels. Radio/CD. Central Alar m System and Locking. Farang owner from new, maintained by Honda dealer, 210,000km new engine by 180,000km. All bills available 365,000 baht only. Call 089 015 4072 or 089 030 8891 Email: schovol@ Nissan March, 1.2 E CVT 2012. Automatic, silver, electric windows, central locking, CD player, 16,000 kms, with service book and A1 insurance. Reduced price at 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539. Honda Jazz Top Of The Line. Silver gray, 2009 year model. Only 21,000 kms. Expat sell for 440,000 Baht, new 700,000. Served by Honda. Call 087 108 0995


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Gay marriage in Thailand? Doubtful (Jay Kettering writes) I think your recent editorial that same-sex civil unions or marriages are on the cards in Thailand in the near future is overly optimistic. I agree that Thai cities often have large gay scenes and it is said that Pattaya has the biggest one in the whole of Asia, even though many bloggers in the social media have noted that the bars in Sunee Plaza, Boyztown and the Jomtien Complex are often nearly empty these days. I also agree that Thai soap operas often have openly gay characters, although these are invariably very camp individuals, usually in female attire, whose function is to make the audience laugh. Admittedly Thailand now has transgender politicians and openly gay talk show hosts, although the numbers in these categories are very small indeed. Let’s not kid ourselves too much. A poll recently conducted by NIDA showed that almost 60 percent of the Thai population is opposed to same-sex marriage on the grounds that it is unnatural and sets a bad example to children. In a way this is strange as Buddhism as a religion says nothing about banning homosexuality, unlike the Christian tradition. Nor does Thai law specifically outlaw homosexuality – unless pedophilia or prostitution are involved – but simply says that a marriage can only be approved when both a man and a woman consent. The real problem with changing such a law in Thailand is that it would raise a whole set of other

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Visa fees at Vientiane Q: How much is the visa fee to enter Laos at Vientiane airport? A: It depends on your nationality – between US$20 and US$50. The Laos government recently announced that Russian visitors are to be free. Discussions are still underway to have joint visas with other ASEAN partners, but details are still unclear. Multiple entry to Cambodia Q: As I visit Phnom Penh several times a year, I am investigating the possibility of a multi-entry visa but I’m not making much progress. There does not seem to be any provision at the airport for anything other than singles. A: You could inquire at the Immigration Bureau opposite Phnom Penh airport, but most people contact one of the tourist and visa shops on the main tourist strip by the river in Phnom Penh. A one-year multiple entry will cost you just short of US$300 but no special documentation is required. However, the multi-entry is only available as a business visa (not tourist), so make sure you obtain a business visa for US$25 the next time you enter by air. If you buy a tourist visa, no can do, we are told. Airport question in Cambodia Q: I have noticed that you no longer pay the US$25 exit fee on leaving Phnom Penh or Siem Reap airport on your way out. This is because the fee is now included in your ticket. Yet the office to collect these fees is still open. Why is that?

matters. Politicians and bureaucrats are already pointing out that permitting gay unions legally raises a whole range of questions relating to Thai law on adoptions, tax rights, inheritance, insurance rights. In the present political climate, which is bitter, it is extremely unlikely that the Thai ruling elite is going to envelop itself in amending or abolishing a whole set of laws which would certainly need examination if same-sex unions were allowed. A major factor here is that Thailand works on a largely civil law rather than a common law system. This means the courts simply apply laws to individual cases rather than allowing precedent from previous cases to be worked into decisions. The whole matter of endorsing gay unions in law is a great deal more complicated than is usually recognized outside bureaucratic circles. For all these reasons I for one just don’t believe that Thailand is on the verge of a breakthrough with regard to gay civil rights. The subject will simply become lost in the mass of other topics demanding the time of parliament, notably charter amendment, government borrowing, reconciliation and the rest. As time goes on I would suggest that ASEAN will become more important socially as well as economically. Therein lies the hope for change. After all, the progress of gay rights in the UK over the past 20 years has owed much to European initiatives in Brussels. If you are looking for gay equality in Thailand, check back here again at the end of the next decade.

A: There are one or two budget airlines where you may have to pay the exit fee which is not included in your ticket. Also Cambodian nationals sometimes have to fill in a form. Age limit for a retirement visa Q: I know the minimum age for a Thai one-year retirement visa is 50, but many people have retired from work before that time, so is there any plan to reduce the age barrier? To give one example, there is no such minimum age restriction in the Philippines. A: This is a commonly raised question, but there is no plan to lower the age in Thailand, according to the Immigration Bureau. They point out that the age dropped from 60 to 55 and then 50 some years ago. The easiest one-year visa for “young” long stayers in Thailand is probably the education visa, unless you are married to a Thai spouse. Arrest at the airport Q: I have a two weeks overstay here in Thailand and I am sick with worry that I will be arrested at the airport or that my name will be placed on a banned list. Do I have any alternative to put my mind at rest? A: You will not be arrested as long as you have the cash for the fine, namely 500 baht per overstay day. Nor will you be banned from Thailand. You could pay the fine at a local Immigration office but, in that case, you will need to buy a further week’s extension for 1,900 baht. The important point is that short overstays, of say a few weeks, can be sorted out by paying – period! Waiting for passport Q: I dropped my passport in the washing machine and it is ruined. I have applied at my embassy for a new one but I will be in overstay by the time it is ready. Will I be liable for the fine as I have no choice but to wait. A: You are responsible for the overstay at 500 baht per day no matter what the cause of the problem. You could discuss with your embassy the possibility or otherwise of an emergency travel document which is usually a much quicker procedure.

Today's Editorial Pattaya-Bangkok gambling In the news yet again, another Pattaya “casino” has been closed by the police. Given that gambling is officially illegal in Thailand, you would be right in supposing that the establishments in question tend to be secretive and not lit up with neon signs. Typically they operate in houses or the rear of commercial buildings and offer some rather basic games such as hi-low (guess whether the next number is bigger or smaller than this one) and a variety of card games reminiscent of snap. Occasionally there might be a basic roulette table or a few slot machines known in Thai as too ma (horse boxes). Because of the obvious fear of being raided and closed down, the premises are invariably humble. There is little point in spending a fortune on painting and decorating if you are likely to be in handcuffs any time soon. Typically, the police learn of the existence of a casino through a third party complaint or an upright citizen who can’t bear the thought of crime in his neighborhood or a punter angry at losing his funds. A raid follows in which police surround the premises in the hope that nobody will escape – though some do manage somehow to slip through the net in the darkness – whilst those unlucky enough to be caught are usually fined 100 baht at the police station before being advised to go home and mend their ways. The organizer or householder may face a court appearance before being fined a larger sum. One of the strange features of casino raids in Pattaya is how little money is actually found in the pot, rarely over 500 baht and on one occasion as low as 20 baht. There is considerable speculation why this is so, but it’s likely that the betters are mostly poor people trying to improve their lot in life by gambling with their low wages. There was an incident in 2007 when aerial police from helicopters raided a cruise ship moored in Pattaya bay, rumored to contain rich foreigners enjoying blackjack, but it was a false alarm. Bangkok, unlike the much smaller Pattaya, seems to have a more substantial gambling problem in its vastness. Several times a year senior police officers are transferred and shuffled after organized betting is discovered in their jurisdictions. Only last month, the national police chief said there would be more raids by the elite Crime Suppression Division because of information that some city police stations are turning a blind eye to illegal dens. This has been said for many years and has been highlighted by Member of Parliament Chuwit Kamolvisit who last year claimed that a Bangkok casino gave police two million baht a day to be allowed to keep open. Businesses like that are attracting high-rollers and not punters making minimum wage. When arrests are made, the target is usually the gamblers themselves rather than the big-time operators and owners. It seems that any Bangkok taxi driver can take you to a casino as they know precisely where they are located. According to a recent study, there are at least 170 gambling dens in the metropolis which together generate up to 200 billion baht a year. Annual revenue from gambling dens in the entire country has been estimated at four times that gigantic sum. Public opinion polls routinely confirm that most citizens do believe that the police routinely accept bribes from gambling houses. One obvious answer to the whole problem is for Thailand to introduce lawful casinos. But that is not going to happen any time soon. Meanwhile, illegal casinos of one sort or another will continue as long as there are corrupt law enforcers, a huge public demand and high returns. A start could be made if major casino operators and owners were targeted and their personal property sized following a conviction. But the situation isn’t likely to improve without a liberalization of the law. It’s also true, of course, that even countries with lawful gambling have illegal casinos operating in the shadows. No easy solutions.


16 - 30 April 2013

You & Your Pets

Summer season and heatstroke

by Thonglor Pet Hospital

Summer in Thailand is especially this mouth, April. So please be aware of some simple symptoms that can lead to your dog’s death from heatstroke! Heatstroke can be life-threatening, so such be treated as an emergency; it requires immediate treatment. Because dogs do not sweat (except minimally through their foot pads), they do not tolerate high environmental

temperatures as well as humans do. Dogs depend upon panting to exchange warm air for cool air. But when the air temperature is close to their body temperature, cooling by panting is not sufficient. Common situations that can set the stage for heatstroke in dogs include: - Being left in a car in hot weather - Exercising strenuously in hot, humid weather - Being muzzled while under a hair dryer - Suffering from a high fever or seizures - Being confined on hot concrete or asphalt surfaces - Being confined without shade and fresh water in hot weather - Having a history of heat stroke - Puppies or old dogs - Sick dogs and those with chronic health conditions like heart or lung disease - Dogs not acclimated to warm weather - Dogs with flat faces and short noses, also known as brachycephalic, like Pugs, Boston Terriers, Pekinese, Boxers, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus; these breeds don't pant as efficiently as breeds with longer noses Heatstroke begins with heavy panting and difficulty breathing. The tongue and mucous membranes appear bright red. The saliva is thick and tenacious, and the dog often vomits. Rectal temperature rises to 104° to 110°F (40° to 43.3°C). The dog becomes progressively unsteady and passes bloody diarrhea. As shock sets in, the lips and mucous membranes turn gray. The animal

collapses, seizures, falls into a coma, and death rapidly ensues. Following an episode of heatstroke, rush your dog to a veterinarian immediately. Heatstroke can be associated with laryngeal edema. This seriously worsens the breathing problem and may require an emergency tracheostomy. Other consequences of hyperthermia include kidney failure, spontaneous bleeding, irregular heartbeat, and seizures. These complications can occur hours or days later. What to do if your dog gets overheated If you think your dog (or any dog) has heatstroke, take immediate action: Move him immediately to a cool area – either into the shade or preferably into air conditioning. Assess his condition – is he able to stand? Is he conscious and panting? If so, offer him small amounts of water to drink; take his temperature if possible. If he's at 104ºF or lower, remain with him in a cool environment. Watch him carefully and keep offering small drinks of water. A large volume of water all at once might cause him to vomit, which will add to the risk of dehydration. When he seems more comfortable, call your veterinarian for next steps. The doctor may want to evaluate your dog even if he seems fully recovered. If your pet is unable to stand on her own, is unresponsive to your voice, touch or the sight of you, or is having seizures, check for breathing and a heartbeat. At the same time, have someone contact a veterinary hospital (or make the call yourself if you're alone with your pet) to let them know you'll be bringing her in right away. It's important to alert the clinic you're on the way so they can prepare for your arrival. Begin cooling procedures by soaking her body with cool water – cool, but not cold. Use a hose, wet towels or any other source of cool water that is handy. Take her temperature if possible. Concentrate the cooling water on her head, neck and the areas underneath her front and back legs. Carefully cool her tongue if possible, but don't let water run into her throat as it could get into her lungs. Never put water in a dog's mouth if she can't swallow on its own. Put a fan on her if possible – it will speed up the cooling process. After a few minutes, re-check her temperature. If her temp is at or below 104 degrees, stop the cooling process. Further cooling could lead to blood clotting or a too-low body temperature. Get her to a veterinary clinic ASAP--even if she seems to be recovering. For more information please contact Tel: 02 7126301-4 or Email:

Cats for You in Pattaya

Paul and Sandra, both British expats with big hearts, moved to Pattaya several years ago and decided to devote their time to saving and rehoming sick and abandoned cats and kittens. They have more than 40 cats and kittens ready now to find loving and caring homes in return for all the affection and fun they will show in return. The animals are given to their new owners free-of-charge. (Most are already vaccinated). Cats for You is a great and much needed service in our area, but Paul and Sandra point out that adopting a cat or kitten is a longterm commitment with costs such as feeding and veterinary fees. Many adopters find it’s a good idea to adopt two animals so that they can enjoy each others’ company as well as yours. Contact Paul and Sandra on 0852875004 or look at their useful website


Tigger, as you can see, is on the naughty side and is now 12 weeks old. For someone special she would make a delightful pet. She has three sisters and a brother also seeking reaccommodation.

Flip and Flop

Flip and Flop are two young cats who were disabled at birth and cannot walk. They still enjoy happy and reasonably active lives and, surprisingly, they don’t need much special care. But you need to have plenty of time to give them all the love and attention they need.


Tammy is a really friendly black and white puss living in a cage at our local animal hospital. Sadly she has been diagnosed with feline leukaemia which means she must be an indoor pet so that she cannot pass on the disease to other cats. She needs no special care, just regular vaccinations, and is expected to live a normal lifespan with careful monitoring.

Fab Four

The Fab Four (John, Paula, George and Ringo) were dumped outside a house close to where we live. Luckily the owner of the house heard their cries and brought them into her home for safety. We now have them as temporary adoptions in our shelter. They are still very young but will be ready for new homes in a few short weeks.


16 - 30 April 2013

Tips & Advice


Allow brewed coffee or tea to cool, then pour into an ice tray and freeze into ice cubes. Later, when you want an ice coffee or ice tea, the cubes won’t water down your refreshing beverage.

Lighting Bug I am wondering if you can help me out with this problem with my lights that’s really bugging me. The light bulbs in my house burn out in a matter of months. If it’s not the quality of bulbs available in this country, do you know what the other possible problems could be and how I could check it out? Lenny

line will cut the bulb life expectancy in half. The problem also might be too high a wattage bulb in too small an enclosed fixture (such as a globe; if the heat can't get out--the bulb burns too hot, leading to short bulb life). Same for recessed lighting fixtures which often get covered, blocking necessary ventilation (heat can build up around the bulb, causing short bulb life).

The light bulb package should have an average life expectancy printed on it (though sometimes you might need help from someone who reads Thai). The typical incandescent light bulb is good for roughly 900 hours (at 10 hours a day that's three months; at 24 hours a day it's a little more than a month). Newer energy-saving bulbs may last up to three years. If you compute the average life of your bulbs and discover it's clearly less than the manufacturer's rated life, then you may have over-voltage in your home. Occasionally this causes more serious problems. Get a cheap multimeter to check. If the voltage is 125V or higher, talk to the power company about it--7 or 8 extra volts on a 120V

Naklua Nick’s New Nuke I just bought my first microwave oven and when I opened the box I found that all instructions for operating, care and cleaning were in Thai. Unable to read Thai, I hope you might provide some tips on how to care for my new appliance. Cleaning tips also would be helpful. Nick in Naklua Depending on the manufacturer of your new microwave, Nick, I would think you could find the company website and search for an owner’s manual online. If I were giving you advice, I would say never operate your microwave when it is empty, use only containers that are specified as microwave

safe, and never place metal items in the oven. I would also suggest that you cover food to avoid unnecessary spatters, and keep a small cup or vile of water in the corner of the oven. As to cleaning, wipe up spills at once. Wash regularly with water and mild detergent (never use scouring powder or abrasive pads); rinse and wipe dry with a paper towel or clean cloth. Especially clean around the door edges and opening to prevent soil buildup that could prevent the door from closing tightly. If spots seem dried on, boil water in a glass cup a few minutes to create steam, which should loosen the soil. Leave in oven 5 minutes, then wipe dry. Be careful not to pick up a cup of boiled water from the microwave; it may erupt and burn you. To remove odors from the oven, either clean the interior with a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup warm water, rinse and dry, or mix 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts water in a large glass cup and boil 3-5 minutes. Let cool. Then remove water and wipe dry. Stashing Your Spuds After visiting Pattaya several times over the last decade, my husband and I finally bought a place here and we are happy. However, the weather being what it is, I am somewhat in the dark about storing foods. I appreciate some of the storage tips you’ve provided over the last several months or more, but I haven’t seen anything on potatoes except in answer to that recent question on the safety

Frank, Forthright & Frigid Dear Agony Ivy, Disappointing nudity I have been a naturalist most of my adult life and, on retiring to Thailand, I thought I would be able to express myself as nature intended by abandoning my clothes when circumstances permit. Of course, I don’t expect to walk around in public as a naked individual but I was looking forward to the experience in controlled circumstances. For this reason I joined a Thai Nude Club on the internet thinking that my dreams would come true. But I was very wrong. The club I joined had 600 members according to the woman who took my money, but I never saw anyone else at all during my several visits there. There were tennis courts but nobody ever played any games on them and the swimming pool was invariably completely deserted. I am so lonely, so what can I do?

Naked Norman Agony Ivy writes: Actually I’m not too surprised about this. You did enclose in your letter to me a photo of yourself in the nude and there is no denying you are on the ugly side to say the least with a large belly too. This is likely the reason why the other club members are avoiding you. I notice in the internet advertisement for this particular nude club that the one place where you can wear clothes on-site is in the tuck shop. The best thing may be to sit there fully dressed as there’s a better chance you might actually get a conversation. Dear Agony Ivy, My finances are shrinking When I came to Thailand I was warned not to marry any woman I met in a bar or club, but nobody said anything about coffee shops. Anyway I decided at my advanced

of sprouting spuds. Any tips for how to best store potatoes to prevent them from going bad? Ester If you’re storing potatoes you bought from a market and plan to use them within a few days, Ester, it makes little difference how or where you keep them. On the other hand, if you found a great sale and bought a large quantity of potatoes that you will be keeping for the next several months, proper storage is crucial. When buying or sorting potatoes, and before storing them, get rid of all the green, bruised or infected spuds. Storing unhealthy potatoes with healthy potatoes threatens the entire collection. Don’t wash potatoes before storing them in a brown paper bag or a cardboard or plastic box with holes in it. Then put them in a cool, dark space with good ventilation—but not in the refrigerator, which is too cold. Cold air will sweeten them and make them turn dark when cooked. Ideally, store them between 4.5 to 10 degrees (45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit), which may be difficult in our climate, but nevertheless important. It is also important to keep them out of light, which turns them green, making them toxic. Not good. Also, keep your potatoes away from other vegetables and fruits--particularly apples. As potatoes age they release ethylene. That will cause apples and many other fruits and vegetables to spoil faster. That’s the main reason why a fridge crisper is far from ideal. For short periods, you may keep potatoes and on-

age of 67 I had better do something about my life. At first the marriage with Noy was OK although she was on the cold side in bed. She even suggested I might like to sleep on the settee as I snored a lot. But the real problems started after our brief honeymoon. She confided in me that her mother needed an urgent operation to save her left leg and this episode cost me the better part of 200,000 baht. The next thing was that her grandfather had fallen off his motorbike in the north of Thailand. Fortunately he had not been injured in the accident but needed another bike as it was a write-off. I expected a bill for around 20,000 baht but the actual cost was 150,000 baht as he needed a specially adapted and converted machine to deal with his chronic arthritis. These bikes, I was told, have to be imported from America. Do you think I am being ripped off? Curious Charlie Agony Ivy writes: The very fact that you ask the question suggests you already know the answer. A whole collection of relatives and in-laws, real or imaginary, are already in the queue to empty your bank balance.

ions together. Finally, note that humidity is a factor that allows produce to stay fresh longer. Because potatoes are about 80 percent water, keep them in a humid environment so that they do not dehydrate. You may need to place a pan of water near them, and never enclose potatoes in airtight plastic containers. Golden Blessings Tarnish Our golden retriever recently blessed us with five adorable pups. But they are becoming less and less adorable now that they are roaming the house and blessing our floor and carpets wherever they feel like. What can we do about the urine stains and smells? Patti First, using paper towels, blot up what you can and as soon as you can. Then mix one teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent in one cup of warm water. Dip a clean towel in the liquid and, working from outside in, dab at the stain. Do not over wet. Rinse with fresh water and blot dry. Next, add one-third cup white (clear) vinegar to twothirds cup water and dab on the stain. Rinse with water and blot until dry. Once the area is totally dry (after at least 24 hours), sprinkle the entire carpet with baking soda or rug deodorizer. Vacuum after a few hours. Closing Line Some Pattaya Today readers are really impressed with Velcro. Personally, I think Velcro is a rip-off. --Handy Andy

You have only two choices – live with it or do a moonlight flit to Cambodia. Dear Agony Ivy, Free food needed To tell the truth I am really down on my luck in Pattaya. I need to eat free most of the time which, as you can imagine, is something of a problem. I have tried asking people on the beach for a free sandwich but this rarely works. I also wander round the streets looking for balloons as these usually indicate a free buffet.However, I would welcome any advice you may have about other opportunities in the city to fill my stomach. Hungry Harold Agony Ivy writes: I have heard that if you dine in a high class restaurant and then tell the manager you have forgotten your credit card, you are sometimes allowed to leave as the staff don’t want to upset the other customers if an argument ensues. Alternatively you can steal from one of the many convenience stores in Pattaya. The local prison does serve meals twice a day and there is certainly no cost. A bonus of this particular solution is that your grasp of spoken Thai is likely to improve markedly.


16 - 30 April 2013

Youth Focus

Art in Early Learning

by Edward Emmett

Art is a very important part of early learning development in school and at home. Friedrich Froebel, the founder of Kindergarten, believed that children need to be in-

volved in creating art and enjoying the art of others. Art helps improve all-sided development in young children. The main areas art helps a child’s development are • Socio-emotional development • Cognitive development • Motor development Art improves socio-emotional development in young children as they feel a sense

of emotional satisfaction. Children like a choice of different materials giving them independence and control. When children work in small groups they learn to build each other’s self esteem by comparing their creative work. Children will also learn important social skills when sharing materials. For very young children art should be a sensory exploration activity. Children love to see art being created in real time. Feeling different materials builds knowledge of objects in the world. As children grow they began to represent real objects, events and feelings in their artwork. This allows them to portray emotions which at a young age can be difficult in conversation. Arm movements required for painting and drawing build coordination and strength. Wrists and finger movements using scissors, clay and play dough develop fine motor dexterity and control. These skills help form letters and spacing in formal writing.

When children work on an art piece it is okay to suggest a theme. Too much direction though will limit their imagination and emotional development in the piece. Children should be encouraged to complete work alone with minimal or no physical support. Give children a small amount of choice when creating art using paint, crayons, scissors, glue and clay. Too many choices can be overwhelming; not enough choices can limit creativity. Now with the new art gallery in Pattaya, Art in Paradise, children have a place to interact with different forms of sensory art. It is a good way to get children inspired in creating their own interactive artwork using inspiration from other artists.

Going Native by Mark Beales

Year 2 students from Garden International School (GIS) took part in Native American Day participating in a variety of activities ranging from putting up a teepee and preparing Native American foods to singing, dancing, hunting and crafts. GIS is based in Ban Chang, near Pattaya. For more on the school, visit Mark Beales is head of English at GIS. Photos by Ritche Guisona Students got to make their own traditional headgear

GIS students tried all kinds of activities for Native American Day

How! Do you want to visit our Tipi?

How do we look? GIS students admire their own creations


16 - 30 April 2013

Local Sports Local and International Motorsports Report At the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix in Sepang Vettel duly claimed win number 27, tying him with F1 legend Jackie Stewart on the all-time list, it wasn't well received by the Red Bull hierarchy, and Webber left no-one in any doubt as to where he stood on the matter. The 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix will be remembered, just like Turkey 2010, for the fall-out between Red Bull team-mates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel after the German appeared to ignore team orders in pursuit of victory.

Vettel was wrong, say F1 fans

Malaysian Grand Prix _ Final Results 1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 56 laps 1hr 38m 56.681s 2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 04.2s 3. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 12.1s

2013 FI World Calendar (Feb-Apr) 04 2 013 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX (Sakhir) 05 F ORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2013 (Catalunya) (live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia

Date Day 4/21/13 Sun 4/27/13 Sat

19 - 21 Apr 10 - 12 May

2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Feb-Apr)

Race Sit Location TV Race Start ET Kansas Speedway FOX 1:00 PM Richmond International Raceway FOX 7:30 PM (live timing and scoring online)

2013 Indy Car Schedule (Feb-Apr)

Date Race name Location April 21 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach[32] Long Beach, California (live timing and scoring online)

Date 21 April 05 May

2013 MotoGP Grand Prix (Feb-Apr)

Grand Prix Americas Spain (live timing and scoring online) w **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia

Circuit Austin Jerez de la Frontera

Other Motorsports Events of Note:

Top 3 NASCAR Drivers' Championship after round 5 1 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports 199 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing 187 3 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 183 Top 3 F1 Drivers' Championship 2013 after round 2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 40 2 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 31 3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 26 Top 3 Indy Drivers' Championship after round 2 1 James Hinchcliffe 51 2 Helio Castroneves 43 3 Marco Andretti 35

**Local Thailand Motorsports Schedules 2013**

The last week in April 2013 and on through May 2013 will be a busy month for Racers in Thailand, with the first race with OMP Vattana at Bira on the 21st, of April and we will continue to see action from the various series the entire month of May and June (check out the attached schedule) and take a short ride to Bira Pattaya Racing Circuit to see the action up close.

Thailand Super Series Schedule (TSS) 2013 May 25-26 Sepang, Malaysia July 13-14Pattaya’s Bira Circuit October 5-6 Pattaya’s Bira Circuit December 13-15 Bang Saen Street Circuit, Chonburi

Nitto 3K Racing Series Schedule 2013 Pattaya’s Bira Circuit on 3-5 May Kaeng Krachan Circuit 5-7 July Pattaya’s Bira Circuit 6-8 September Bonanza Speedway 1-3 November Pattaya’s Bira Circuit 6-8 December

Pro Series Schedule 2013

June 29-30 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit July 27-28 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit September 28-29 - Kaeng Krachan Circuit October 26-27, 2013 - Kaeng Krachan Circuit

OMP Challenge Series Schedule 2013 April 21 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit June 16 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit November 17 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit December 22 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit

Great comprehensive local and international motorsports websites to bookmark: (Thai Language you can use Google translate) (Thai Language you can use Google translate)

Bobby Brooks™

Bunker Boys at The Ranch

by Geoff Parker

Mountain Shadow G.C. (Stableford) A sudden drop in numbers today as the Songkran exodus seems to have started a little early, so we were down to a single flight for the first time for quite some time. We arrived at Mountain Shadow to find the car park almost empty and were anticipating a quick round, but unfortunately we were put out behind two slow 4-balls, so it turned out to be another long day. The temperature was as hot as anyone could remember and with the accompanying high humidity, most players were happy just to survive the round! It was a day when having a golf buggy was a real advantage. Reg Smart duly seized the opportunity to score his first outright win of the year ahead of the ever consistent Colin Greig. Reg had 34 points after 14 holes but fell victim to the tricky closing stretch of holes, which was made even more difficult due to a strong wind which developed as a thunder storm passed close by. Colin Greig won the fewest putts competition again, but someone pointed out that if you counted the putts from off the green, he would have also won the most shots with a putter competition! Results : 1st Reg Smart (hcp. 29) 2nd Colin Greig (hcp. 10) 3rd Peter Habgood (hcp. 19)

37 points 33 points 30 points

Only three near pins were hit: Colin Greig, Geoff Hart and Gerry Cooney. Fewest putts competition: Colin Greig (27 putts) Royal Lakeside G.C. (Stableford) Maybe it was the longer trip than usual, or maybe memories of the blisteringly hot round on Monday, but there were even fewer golfers today. It was a hot day again, but some relief was provided by the strong wind that was blowing at between 2 and 3 club’s strength. The course was in good condition as always, apart from the usual complaints about there being too much sand in the bunkers. Lee Butler came back to the clubhouse looking like a drowned whale, after having sweat out several gallons of beer, but he still managed to card the best score of the day to take the overall win. Mike Grasser was playing his last game before returning to the States, but unfortunately he had to cut the round short due to a back injury – not a great way to finish a holiday, Mike, but hopefully see you back again later in the year. Results: 1st Lee Butler (hcp. 17) 2nd Gordon Melia (hcp. 19)

37 points 33 points

3rd Mark West (hcp. 11) 30 points Only three near pins were hit: Colin Greig and Lee Butler (2). Fewest putts competition: Tony Robbins (27 putts) Khaow Keow G.C. (B and C courses) Stableford We had 17 players for our visit to Khaow Keow, which meant we had three 3-balls leading the way. Fortunately the course was not too busy and the round was completed without any major holdups. As the first 4-ball was waiting to tee off from the first tee they watched Peter Habgood hit a great second shot from the first fairway back towards the second green, following an errant tee shot. Some minutes later they also watched as PJ Redmond and Jerry Waselenkoff were in deep discussion standing over two balls on the first fairway before Jerry jumped into his buggy and headed off to the second green. Jerry returned with Peter Habgood in tow and it transpired that Peter’s superb second shot had actually been played with the wrong ball – not a great way to start a round! Other than that little drama at the start, the only other major drama was Neil Griffin carding a great score of 39 points to win the honours on the day, beating Colin Greig on a count-back. Neil also had the distinction of winning the near-pin prize on the 173 yard par three 12th hole, using a driver to put the ball two feet from the pin – proving it doesn’t matter which club you use! We said goodbye to Gordon Melia on his final game of the annual visit, and we look forward to seeing him and Marion again in the autumn. Results: 1st Neil Griffin 2nd Colin Greig 3rd Thomas Nyborg 4th Gerry Cooney (

(hcp. 26) (hcp. 10) (hcp. 19) hcp. 13)

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Near pin winners: Neil Griffin, Les Cobban, PJ Redmond and Thomas Nyborg . Fewest putts competition: Mark Stanley (27 putts) The Bunker Boys are a PSC-affiliated golf society who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya Third Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar). We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out and a friendly but competitive golf competition, come and join us. We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation. New players are always welcome. Contact Buff on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries. You can find all the news, schedules and results on our website http://www.

PSC golf from Tropical Bert's by Derek Brook

Khao Kheow (Stableford) It is always a bit boring reading these write ups when all you really want is to know who won, or the last page, so for a change we will give the results first and then go into all the boring stuff. After all the winners only read it when they win, so for a change it will be nice to get it over with, especially as Carole Kubicki is on her way home soon and we will all then be able to win. Bye bye, the Kubicki’s. So in the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Brian Parish with 39 points ahead of a count-back on 33 points that saw Landis Brooks in second, Mark West in third and Mashi just missing out. In the B Flight the winner was Carole Kubicki with 37 points ahead of a count-back on 36 points that saw Derek Brook in second and Andre Van Dyk in third. Just think if it had been next week I would have won. Yes, age has caught up and I have slipped into the group of players with character, grey hair and paunches. Woe is me. Rubbish over, let’s get to the really interesting things. It is really hot out there. The course was in good condition, and we had a good round playing the B & C Nines. That’s about all for the course, except they are sanding the A Nine, as we have played it before. Oh, by the way, it is a really good course with a friendly staff. I won’t go on about the traffic on the way back , that is normal, but I must say on the way back, living on Beach Road, I was reminded of the ongoing ‘Saga of Beach Road’ and the number of times I have seen major disruption there. Dig it up, fix it, wait a while and dig it up again. Then block up the town for a sing song or party or such for days. Over the years it has proved better comedy than a TV

programme. Now they are building a third lane, I am advised, when all they really need to do is stop anyone parking on the road and they have three lanes. Change direction from Pattaya Klang to Pattaya Nua and all the busses can stop and let the passengers off, so no sheep on the road and a shepherd not deeded. Well I feel better now and next week normal service will be resumed. T.T.F.N. Near Pin: Brian Parish (2), Landis Brooks, Mark West The Emerald (Stableford) Another regular on the schedule, we usually nip down here once in a month. No problems here except when we finish it is usually very difficult to get all the players back to Bert’s in time for the results. Wonder where they get to? Indeed we have our groups who usually join us for the day out. On this day we had a good turnout, and were soon at the course. We could have got away a bit sooner than we did as the starter tried to get us away, however we mislaid one of the busses. Still we got away a bit early and made good speed. The course was in good condition, but we had the normal hot conditions and a nice wind to cool us down. Round over, it was back to Bert’s for the results. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Bill McGarvie with 38 points ahead of a count-back on 37 points that saw Landis Brooks in second and Mark West in third. In the B Flight the winner was Mick Coghlan with 36 points on count-back over Andre Van Dyk in second. In third was Graham Buckingham with 35 points. T.T.F.N. Near Pin: Brian Gabe (2), Max Scott A.V.D.


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Our Community From Siberia to Pattaya by Derek Franklin

St. Nikolaus

Catholic Church, Pattaya

As the temperature here in Pattaya seems to be rising by the day and the news channels are full of stories of heavy snow in many parts of northern Europe and North America, spare a thought for a group of school children who recently arrived in Pattaya from northern Siberia. Coming to Pattaya to perform ethnic dancing as part of a Russian cultural tour,

Mass Schedules Wednesday 18:30 hrs Novena and English Mass 19:30 hrs Novena and Thai Mass First Friday of the Month 18:30 hrs English Mass 19:30 hrs Thai Mass

Saturday 18:00 hrs English Mass 19:30 hrs Thai Mass Sunday 07:00 hrs 08:30 hrs 10:00 hrs 16:00 hrs

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Sukhumvit Road, 144 Kilometer Post P.O. Box 6 Muang Pattaya Chonburi 20260 Tel: 038-422-290 to 1

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Community PSC Camillian

An Unusual Purchase for the Camillian Social Centre by William Macey A visit to the Camillian Social Centre in Bang Chang is always something to look forward to. When visiting, the one thing that is certain is a warm, friendly welcome from Father Peter, his staff and all the children. This year’s bi-annual visit by Pattaya Sports Club was no exception. The Camillian have 65 children who, through no fault of their own, now live with HIV. Until a cure is discovered, they

Daily 06:30 Sunday 09:30 Redemptorist Center Sukhumvit Road KM145 Between North & Central Pattaya Roads

038 422 290 Celebrate Mass in the chapel built by Fr. Ray Brennan

the temperature when the children left home was minus 23 degrees Celsius, just a normal day for the time of year. They, along with many other Russian children, arrived at the Father Ray Foundation to perform for the children and to take part in a talent competition. Dancers and singers from local dance institutes, international schools, as well as several schools throughout Russia all competed for a large crowd and three judges who sat in front of the stage. For many in the audience, including the children of the Father Ray Foundation, the highlight of the event was watching the dancers from northern Siberia. Dressed in fur-lined coats, leather boots and topped with a fur hat, they danced around the stage with so much

are dependent on the many drugs needed daily for the rest of their lives. The staff take great care of the children, and when you visit you come away with a good feeling knowing that the children have found a loving home and will be able to live a near normal life. A big problem at the moment is financial. Many charities that receive donations from abroad have to wrestle daily with this headache. The worldwide financial downtown and the drop in exchange rates involving currencies in Europe and America have resulted in reduced income levels of approximately 35 percent. Economies must be made and new areas of financial support must be

energy and enthusiasm that even the audience looked exhausted when the dancers finished. A short while later the Russian troupe returned to the stage and performed a traditional reindeer dance. Once again they were dressed in thick winter clothing and the question on everyone’s lips was ‘are they hot?’ The children replied with a smile on their faces, ‘just a little’. The afternoon offered amazing insight into Russian culture and to see how established the Russian community has become in Pattaya in just a short time. found, but the welfare of the children is always the first priority. Normally at this time of year, PSC would purchase sufficient cotton to enable them to make bedding for the children, but cotton was not required on this occasion. A large drain on finances is the purchase of adult diapers. Yes, I said diapers. So off we went to Makro in the Camillian bus, and a lengthy spell of negotiations took place with the management, following which, Makro were left with no stocks of adult diapers. We could not have managed without the services of Jimmy, who has been at the Camillian for two years and can speak Thai. He demanded and obtained discounts from Makro which enabled us to buy a bus-full of diapers and still had some funds to purchase some rice which is in short supply at the moment. Back to the centre where a simple but welcome lunch was served, photos taken and the end of another trip to the Camillian Social Centre. If you feel that you can help in any way, please contact William at PSC0861522754- -or telephone Father Peter direct – 038665202. You will always be guaranteed a warm welcome.

Even the disadvantaged have talent by Derek Franklin A talent is not a privilege of the privileged. A person from a disadvantaged background with a talent for education, sports or the arts will only realize his or her ability if given the right opportunity. Children living at the various projects managed by the Father Ray Foundation are given time to take up a hobby, and anyone who shows a talent is encouraged to pursue those interests. Several residents have shown they are so talented in painting they have been commissioned to produce paintings, and many such works have been sold at different auctions in Pattaya. Seeing the level of professionalism in the art of children living at the Father Ray Children’s Home, several students from the Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok came up with an idea of selling Christmas cards designed by the children. While the children were making their designs, the Bangkok students contacted companies throughout Thailand and asked them to sponsor the printing of the

cards, with the promise that their company’s logo would appear on each card. So popular were the finished designs the first batch sold out within days. The print shop worked overtime to produce thousands of cards that were sent all over the world. Several companies were so impressed with the collaboration between the Bangkok students and the Pattaya residents they made additional donations. On the first Sunday of the school holidays the children of the Father Ray Foundation gathered together for a day of arts and crafts. More than 200 children-from two-year olds to teenagers-- painted on canvases, decorated sculptures and learned new skills.

At the same time, students from Ruamrudee International School traveled to Pattaya with the proceeds from the Christmas cards sales; they presented 1 million baht to Father Peter, president of the Father Ray Foundation. The cleric said the funds will be used to provide a space where the children can practice their hobbies and interests. For more information go to www. or email


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