Volume 13, Issue 04
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Pattaya Beach Disappearing Accredited
eavy October rains and flash floods provided yet another grim warning that both sea water and fresh water are eating away at Pattaya’s main attraction–the beach. Sections of beach in North Pattaya were entirely swept away as the monsoon hammered the already fragile coastline. Concrete walls crumbled, drainage channels were destroyed, and sandbag defences erected by desperate beach operators proved useless. Continued on page 4
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News Lithuanian gang arrested in ATM scam Yet another foreign gang has been arrested after being found with fake credit cards and an ATM scanner. Police raided their apartment and arrested four Lithuanians between 19 and 21 years old. They were charged with illegally withdrawing cash from ATMs in Pattaya, Sri Racha and Chonburi. One of the accused, who called himself Mr Brade, denied they were big fish and claimed that they received only five percent on all the illegal transactions they made. Brade claimed that the top villain was a German whom he had never met, a man who always wore a trilby hat. Police said the gang stole around 5 million baht, mostly from Europeans.
Customer fraudster steals jewelry
The owner of a gold shop in South Pattaya phoned police after a man feigned interest in buying gold necklaces, then proceeded to pinch four items when the shop assistant turned her back. Pimpisorn Srinay, 23, said she noticed a man, about 25, wearing a black t-shirt and jeans, examining various necklaces and asking to see more. The man suddenly fled with jewelry worth 120,000 baht, leaving behind a pair of flip-flops. Police have a clear image from the CCTV footage and an investigation team has been set up to locate the thief.
Police are no-shows at accident site
A suspected-drunken driver crashed his pickup truck into a bridge on Khao Kheow highway, trapping the man in the wreckage. To make matters worse, before rescuers reached the scene, a speeding car slammed into the pickup. Still police did not respond to assist the drivers, to redirect traffic, or to summon an ambulance. Sawangboriboon Foundation volunteers eventually came to the rescue, but the trapped driver was forced to wait more than an hour before cutting equipment arrived. The driver of the pickup, 26-year-old Phonsathorn Aatwarinn, was taken to the hospital with serious leg injuries. Investigators are seeking to determine why traffic police seemingly ignored a request for assistance.
Russian drug dealer deported Pattaya Immigration officers arrested Artyem Livarov, a 32-year-old Russian wanted for serious drug offences in his home country, where he faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years. The suspect was
arrested in a restaurant on Siam Country Club Road after he was spotted having lunch by a police informant. Livarov was taken to Chonburi Immigration in Jomtien where it was discovered that he has been
living in Pattaya on visa overstay for several months. The arrest is seen as significant as it was reported at a press conference chaired by Police General Wutti, senior adviser to the national police commissioner.
Teacher jumps to his death; wife looks on
Chinese woman drowns off Koh Larn
Police are questioning a Laem Chabang wife whose husband jumped from a condominium building while she looked on. Thanachai Mahatthanyavanich, 26, was reportedly drinking in the coupleâ€™s apartment, while she abstained. Neighbours said they heard a thud and, upon investigating, found the manâ€™s dead body on the ground. An elder brother of the deceased suggested that Thanachai, a technical college teacher, may have been having marital problems, and he may have felt lonely and isolated. Police planned to interview the widow after a brief consolation period.
A Chinese tourist, 21-year-old Su Lan, died after suffering cramps whilst swimming off of Koh Larn. The Chinese tour guide said he had taken 35 Chinese tourists to a beach on the island where several members of the group went for a swim. Su, who had swum a long way from shore, shouted for help, but rescuers were unable to reach her in time. The body was transferred to a local mortuary pending an investigation by the Chinese embassy.
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News Rudolf Tröstler named general manager of Hilton Pattaya Hilton Worldwide has appointed Rudolf Tröstler as new general manager of Hilton Pattaya. In this role, Tröstler will oversee hotel operations and lead the team in delivering upscale quality and exceptional guest experiences. “Tröstler is one of Hilton Worldwide’s great assets due to his outstanding successful track record and strong network in Austria, Australia, United Kingdom and Asia,” said Dirk De Cuyper, regional general manager – Thailand, Hilton Worldwide. “His passion for people and his indepth global hospitality knowledge will continue to drive Hilton Pattaya’s aim to be the hotel of choice for both business and leisure travelers. Under his guidance, we are confident that the hotel will continue to cement its upscale position as one of Asia’s top hotels.” Originally from Austria, Tröstler has spent his professional life working in hospitality in far-flung destinations for more than 20 years in food & beverage, finance and operations. Prior to joining Hilton Pattaya, he was general manager at Hilton Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Thai admiral is first guest at Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya Dominique Ronge (2nd left), general manager of Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya and Kanokros Sakdanares (2nd right), corporate director of marketing communications of Centara Hotels & Resorts, seen here with the resort’s first guests, Admiral Taweewuth Pongsapipatt (3rd left), chief of staff, Royal Thai Navy and his wife, Navy Captain WoranartPongsapipatt (MD), (3rd right). The hotel opened in October. Also in photo are hotel employees Wassana Pokthang (left), executive assistant manager, and Chananchida Wongsa-ard (right), sales and public relations manager.
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News POLI CE Pawning fake gold A Bangladeshi man pawned a fake gold bracelet at a Soi Buakhao gold shop, then cheekily returned and tried to pawn a second fake. In the first attempt, the con artist, Ashiqua Pahamni, walked away with 26,000 baht. However, on his return to try his luck a second time at the same shop he was recognized by the owner who summoned the police. In custody, Pahamni explained that he was short of spending money and needed to pawn his fake bracelets. The arresting officers provided the suspect with real bracelets. Copyright gangster charged A driver who rammed his car through a police checkpoint in Banglamung was pursued and arrested a few streets away. The suspect, Surapol Thongprasert, said he was a member of a ‘copyright gang’ which went around town threatening bars and clubs about using music illegally. On arrest he was not respectful to officers and claimed to have powerful contacts in the police. He was later found to have in his possession a handgun, bullets and two knives and was charged with a variety of offences. Eating and driving Passengers on a tour bus became frightened when they noticed their driver eating lunch as he accelerated down the highway. He had a lunch box consisting of rice, vegetables and meat, as depicted in a photo posted on Facebook. The matter was brought to the attention of the Ministry of Civil Transportation, which is looking into it prior to prosecuting the driver. Some passengers say they never actually saw the man munching. Eating and driving is banned in Thailand since such activities distract the driver’s attention. Ladyboy in the raw A man who picked up what he thought was a female prostitute on Pattaya Beach Road had his suspicions once the pair returned to a hotel room. As the hired person was in the shower, the British customer sneaked into the bathroom and peeped through the curtain where evidence was clear that this was a man. He refused to pay the ladyboy 1,000 baht, as initially agreed, as the goods were not to his satisfaction, but then offered 400 baht to avoid publicity. Another fatal accident An unidentified Thai man was killed when his car crashed into an electric pole and flipped over. Witnesses to the Sukhumvit Road accident said that the driver appeared to be speeding in a race with another vehicle when his car turned turtle and came to rest on the central reservation verge. The only identification at the scene was an electric bill near the body. Police say they are waiting to see if the CCTV footage sheds any light on the circumstances. Japanese tourist drugged A Thai mother and son have been arrested after a Japanese tourist was left seriously ill from being drugged. Keichi Yamamoto had been eating at a Pattaya restaurant when the couple began speaking to him and apparently invited him for a game of cards. But he claims he was given a hypnotic drug and lost 20,000 Thai baht, a mobile phone, camera and various documents without ever seeing a pack of cards or even a joker. Police said they did not believe the cards story and suspect that it was a simple robbery. Lots of overstayers Police estimate that about 100,000 foreigners in Thailand have allowed their visas to go into overstay. The statistic is being bandied about to justify the suggestion that Thailand must start charging foreign visitors a 500baht entry fee when they enter the country in order to attract a better class of tourist. But the whole idea has been given the thumbs down by the tourist industry which, frankly, can’t see the connection. One visa or the other A reader asks why some foreign men, married to Thai women, seek the one-year retirement visa or education visa rather than applying for the 12-months marriage visa. This is because the paperwork needed for the retirement or education visa is substantially less than that for the marriage visa. In fact, the marriage visa is primarily sought by foreign men who are too young to apply for a retirement visa, that is under 50, or don’t have 800,000 baht in a Thai bank or by way of income. The one-year education visa assumes at least 200 hours of study to learn Thai, though in practice many holders may be on the learning curve for considerably less time. Or so we hear.
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Questions are again being asked about why civic authorities have allowed the situation to deteriorate to such an extent. In spite of many promises and the possibility of some government funding for a landfill project, official response so far has been limited to emergency repairs and self-help by deck-chair proprietors. An obvious opportunity was lost when the recent road widening of Pattaya Beach Road did not include an effective drainage system. The problem, of course, is worldwide as the processes of erosion and sea flooding have resulted in extensive damage to the coastal and marine environment in many countries. The problems are likely to get worse as the effects of climate change and the rise in sea levels impact more and more. Pattaya City Hall
says it has already spent 16 million baht in emergency risk management, the main evidence of which are the numerous giant sandbags at the northern end of the beach. A giant landfill project has been mooted to restore Pattaya beach to its pristine condition. Such an initiative, first suggested 10 years ago, is beyond the scope of the city budget and would require a Thai government cash injection of around 500 million baht. According to research at Chulalongkorn University, 360,000 cubic metres of sand would be needed, in addition to sea barriers or walls, to create a buffer zone 15 metres high. Critics point out that experience in Europe illustrates that such a project would need to be repeated every decade or so, assuming it is successful. Landfill
projects in Asia have sometimes failed because of strong winds, storms, and tides, as well as a consequence of the poor use of materials. There also is mounting skepticism that a landfill solution can counter the effects of coastal erosion in view of the ever-growing encroachment on beaches by condominium developers and other building projects in some areas of greater Pattaya. Stuart Knowsley, a UK consultant who has conducted research into coastal erosion, summed up saying, “The problem in Pattaya is certainly manmade and can only be addressed when builders stop encroaching on the sea, its tides, and the currents. Trying to defeat the sea by at best temporary solutions strikes me as similar to King Canute ordering the waves to go back.”
Police clean-up in Banglamung Region two senior police commanders made an inspection of Banglamung police station and declared themselves completely satisfied with the standard of cleanliness in every room--including the toilets. General Aek Angsananont, deputy police commander of the Chonburi region, said that the cleanup in all police stations in the province is his personal mission. Several weeks ago a similar inspection at Pattaya police station produced less-than-satisfactory findings; word quickly spread throughout the region.
Police honored; scholarships awarded On Police Day 2013, Police Colonel Supachai Phuikaewkham, in charge of the Banglamung police station, delivered a speech and recognized six outstanding officers, presenting each with an honor shield. Supachai also awarded scholarships to children of serving officers.
Andrew Drummond not guilty In two separate judgments, Bangkok-based investigative journalist Andrew Drummond was acquitted by Pattaya Provincial Court of libeling American publisher Drew Noyes and his Thai partner Wanrapa Boonsu. The partners had charged that they had been harmed and damaged by a photo and caption on Drummond’s website which had been reproduced from another internet source. In acquitting Drummond, the judge stated that the evidence presented in court was very different from that given to the court when the case was originally accepted. Drummond still faces several other libel charges in Pattaya and Koh Samui brought by those he has criticized on his increasingly popular website which has now exceeded 250,000 hits monthly. The Scotsborn journalist, based in Thailand for more than 20 years, had exposed what he maintains are dubious
practices by certain foreigners in Pattaya and other Thai cities. Individuals, he charged, who were seeking to cheat financially or exploit trusting foreigners. Drummond claims that public exposure is the best way to bring serious matters to the attention of Thai authorities. Online critics argue that
Drummond is a fraudster who is giving Thailand a bad name by posting false or misleading information. But, as matters currently stand, Drummond has never been convicted of a criminal or civil offence in Thailand. A few years ago he was initially found guilty of libel in the Pattaya “Boyztown” case, but was acquitted on appeal.
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PILC looks forward to Christmas Bazaar
Not long now before the Pattaya International Ladies Club’s Christmas Bazaar, to be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Holiday Inn Hotel Pattaya. The Bazaar will, as usual, feature vendors from all over Thailand, many of whom do not sell their wares in mainstream shops, thus giving buyers a chance to find goods that are not available elsewhere. Jennifer Volkmann from PILC is in charge of organizing the tables this year, and has been delighted with the response from both new and existing vendors. “It is nice to know that sellers who have been with us previously want to come back, as it shows we are doing something right!” she says, “And first time vendors with different products mean that there will be something fresh for shoppers who have been before to see.” Around 70 stalls will be at the Bazaar, featuring
clothes, jewellery, leather goods, home wares, textiles, carpets, wine and food stuffs (jams and preserves), and so on. As well as the commercial vendors, some of the charities supported by PILC will also have tables. These include Ban Jing Jai Children’s Home, North Star Library with second hand books, and many more. Weary shoppers can even get a refreshing foot massage from The Fountain of Life Women’s Centre ladies! Entry fee is 150 baht for adults and free for children under 16. “Once we have paid for the room and any other expenses, all the profits will go towards our charities,” says Helle Rantsen, president of PILC, “so we are hoping for a really big turnout this year!” Raffle tickets are available from PILC members. For full details and event times, go to www.pilcpattaya.com/special-events.php.
Miss Sexy at Amari Orchid
Shop till you drop in this festive atmosphere with over 60 vendors, a giant raffle, entertainment, and fun for the kids. It’s a great way to get a jump on the holiday gift buying. There’s something for everyone. Bring the family! Entry Fee: 150 baht, kids under 12 free
Sunday, November 17, 2013 Holiday Inn, First Floor, Beach Road, Pattaya Open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm For more information visit www.pilc-pattaya.com
Latiporn Thongkhunna, senior assistant manager at Amari Orchid Pattaya (third from left), seen here with representatives of Boon Rawd Brewery at the Miss Sexy Leo Girl 2013 Contest at the hotel’s Aranda ballroom.
Residential rents in Bangkok poised to rise Rents for expatriate standard apartments and condominiums are likely to rise for the first time in more than 20 years, according to international property consultant CBRE Thailand. “Since the early 1990s, there has been very little increase in total amounts of rent paid by expatriates for their residential accommodation, but this looks like it is about to change,” said James Pitchon, CBRE’s executive director, who has covered the Bangkok residential leasing market for more than two decades. The number of expats has been growing, but the number of two- and three-bedroom condominium and apartment units has not been growing significantly. Many foreigners working in Bangkok, particularly those with families, generally want to stay in a limited number of locations, including Sukhumvit Sois 1-63/242, Lumpini, and parts of Silom and Sathorn. There have been very few new apartments (single-ownership buildings) built and, although the condominium (multi-ownership) stock in the main areas preferred by expats has increased by almost 80 percent over the last five years, the majority of that new supply has been one-bedroom units. CBRE contends that the market is almost at the stage where “there is becoming a shortage or at least a limited choice of expatriate standard apartments and condominiums in the preferred locations, especially two- and three-bedroom units.” This means that for the first time in almost 20 years CBRE expects that expatriates are going to need larger lump-sum housing allowances for their accommodation. The current occupancy in the most popular expatriate areas of apartments is more than 90 percent, and 70 percent for condominiums from owner occupiers and tenants. Generally, most single-ownership apartment buildings have been well maintained, and both the interiors and common areas have been refurbished and most can still attract tenants, said CBRE. There has been less renovation of older condominium buildings, which generally have larger units than new condos. In some
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developments, individual owners have not refurbished their units or replaced furniture and appliances since the day they bought the property and, in some cases, such properties have become so unattractive that they are unlettable even at a discounted rent. The current low rate of rentals means that few developers are building apartments (single-ownership buildings) in expatriate areas, and there fewer than 100 units under construction. CBRE estimates that there are about 22,000 condominium units under construction in expatriate areas, but only about 30 percent of these will be two- or three-bedroom units with the rest being studios and one-bedroom units. There were around 65,000 expatriates with work permits in Bangkok in the second quarter of this year, according to the Alien Occupational Control Division of the Department of Employment. This was an increase of 10 percent from a year earlier, and does not include diplomats or those with work permits for locations outside of Bangkok but living in Bangkok. Some long-term expatriates have bought property and are not potential tenants. Some expatriates are single and choose to rent a serviced apartment, a onebedroom apartment or condominium, but a significant number of expatriates come with families or are couples who want a two- or three-bedroom unit. “In 2012, CBRE was responsible for over 400 expatriate leasing transactions; 70 percent of these were for two- and three-bedroom units, and we think this is representative of overall demand in the mid- to upperend of the market,” said Theerathorn Prapunpong, director – head of Residential Leasing Services at CBRE Thailand. With the limited amount of good quality two- and three-bedroom existing apartment and condominium units, and with almost no new apartments and mainly one-bedroom condominium units under construction, there is likely to be a shortage of two- and threebedroom expatriate standard residential units, and that is triggering an increase in rents.
Centara renovates, rebrands Khao Lak resort Following extensive renovations and upgrades, Centara Hotels & Resorts has rebranded its Khao Lak Seaview Resort & Spa to Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak. Centara signed a management contract for the resort this year and 70 million baht has been invested in ensuring that the property is in full compliance with the four-star Centara Hotels & Resorts core brand. “Khao Lak is an exciting tourism destination, and we are delighted to have this beautiful resort, in its prime beachfront location, in our portfolio,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, the company’s chief executive officer. The resort, less than an hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport, has 230 rooms, including Deluxe, Pool Villas, Beach Villas, Family Suites and Family Residences. Dining facilities include the Orchid Restaurant for western and continental breakfast; Talay Tong, set on the beach, for Thai and international lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails, and Rim Nam, the pool restaurant open for lunch. The Beer Garden offers evening drinks. New to Seaview Resort Khao Lak is Time Out, a sports bar where guests can keep up with the latest sports news, watch the premier games, catch up on emails and enjoy bar food favourites. All restaurants and bars offer indoor and outdoor seating Spa Cenvaree has seven treatment rooms plus a sauna and steam room, and there is an extensive fitness centre equipped with the latest cardio equipment. Leisure attractions include tennis courts, a squash court, new water sports facilities, snooker and pool, table tennis, and a Kids’ Club that features Camp Safari for youngsters and E-Zone for teens. The resort has three large swimming pools. Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak is designed for meetings and events, with the largest function room able to hold up to 400 guests. For more information call. +66 (0)76 429 800 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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News Temple verdict due November 11 The International Court of Justice in The Hague plans to deliver its judgment on the Preah Vihear--a bone of contention between Thailand and Cambodia. It was agreed in 1962 that the temple lies in Cambodian territory, but that agreement failed to take into account how Cambodians could visit the temple inasmuch as Thailand claimed the surrounding land. Expectations are not high that Thailand will win the argument this time around; it is likely there will be some trouble from nationalist factions in Thailand
or Cambodia, according to the wording of the long-awaited judgment. Many verdicts are possible, including a ruling that Thailand must cede territory to Cambodia. Both the Thai and the Cambodian governments have urged caution and patience, but neither has categorically stated in advance that it will respect the courtâ€™s judgment. Some commentators have urged the two countries jointly to administer the temple and its adjoining territory in the interests of harmony and tourism.
More accidents after freak floods
Owing to the storms in late last month, there have been more road accidents than usual in the Pattaya area. Two people died in Na Jomtien when a pickup vehicle hit a truck and a motorbike before careering into two houses on Sukhumvit Road near the main school. At the scene police found the corpses of 23-year-old Theeraporn Chanthsapon, who had suffered a fractured neck; he had not been wearing his seat belt. Nearby was a motorbike driver identified as 30-year-old Suphavadee Khunrat who worked at Chonburi College of Agriculture and Technology. Police said that Theeraporn was driving far too fast in the driving rain and had lost control of his vehicle.
British Embassy retreats in Phuket
The Bangkok-based British embassy has announced that its honorary consuls in Phuket and Koh Samui will no longer provide any notarial services, such as income verification letters for immigration purposes. British citizens requiring official documentation must now deal with the main site British embassy in Bangkok. A spokesman said that 70 percent of the notarial work in Phuket and Koh Samui was the provision of income letters and these could be applied for by post and did not require a special journey to the metropolis. The embassy claims that it is rationalizing services in order to concentrate resources where they are best needed, for example, assistance for Brits in distress. In its last issue, Pattaya Today revealed that, as regards Pattaya, where no notarial services have been offered since late 2012, it was now optional whether Brits obtained their income verification letters from the British embassy in Bangkok or from the consulates of other countries in the resort. In a statement, the British embassy stated that it was concerned about a potential loss of income if other consulates assumed responsibility, subject to agreement by the Thai Immigration Bureau. It is not known whether the embassy is telling its nationals the same thing in Phuket and Koh Samui.
Elite Card revivedâ€Ś yet again Thailand Privilege Card Company (TPC) now has a new president who has promised to revitalize the operation with a chequered past. Apisiot Chucenchompoo, 50, has been appointed after more than three years of lacklustre performance by the Tourist Authority of Thailand, the sole owner. The card currently has 1,540 foreign members and costs 2 million baht plus an annual service charge. The main advantages are a five-year visa (which must be renewed annually), a discrete immigration line at Thai airports, and discounts at some sports and entertainment premises. At the moment, the card is some 92-million baht in debt and is believed to need 200 million baht in new funding to pay for aggressive new marketing plans. One idea is to appoint agents overseas to drum up interest in the card, particularly in Asia, as there are so many business people regularly visiting Thailand who would potentially benefit. It has also been suggested that estate agents might offer the card as part of the deal to purchase expensive condos and villas in gated communities. The card was originally the brainchild of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra in 2004 as a way of encouraging wealthy tourists and entrepreneurs to visit and invest in Thailand. Some commentators believe that the advantages of the elite card are insufficient to attract great interest. Suggestions that holders of the card might be able to purchase small plots of land in their own names have never been followed up as they are thought to be too controversial.
Fish make dash for open sea
The recent Nari storm which hit many parts of Chonburi province so badly forced untold numbers of fish into the sea and out of overflowing canals in Saensuk, near the coast. The water tornado swept fish from their natural habitat and towards the gulf. Locals in the Chonburi suburb collected nets and tried to catch the marine creatures but with little success. Some of the fish were freshwater tilapia that would not survive long in the salt water sea.
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News Campaign to strengthen morality Pattaya Cultural Council and the Pattaya Women’s Lions Group organized a Love Your Family seminar in honour of the 100th birthday of Somdet Phra Sangkharat who died Oct. 24. The seminar concentrated on the lessons of Buddhism for today’s world which often seems beset by violence and injustice.
Oktoberfest at Amari Orchid Pattaya
Nong Nooch to celebrate festival
Germany’s greatest tradition, Oktoberfest, was celebrated at Amari Orchid Pattaya last week. The celebration featured a buffet of German specialties, seafood, and Oktoberfestbier from Paulaner. Die Bayrische3 provided entertainment and facilitated all festivities. Winners of the log sawing game went home with a round-trip ticket to Siem Reap via U-Tapao Airport, courtesy of Legacy Air.
Top management at the popular garden attraction Nong Nooch held a press conference to promote their special events at the Loy Krathong Festival Nov. 13 to 17. Jirapruet Sodornpermphoonlarb, PR manager, said the main theme this year was to appreciate the beauty of Thai culture and to preserve the environment. There will be special competitions for children, traditional dance, demonstrations of necklacemaking, a cabaret show and, of course, performing elephants. The main Thai Loy Krathong celebration, the boat-floating ritual in Pattaya, is on Saturday Nov. 16.
2013 FEI World Dressage Challenge Horseshoe Point Pattaya hosts the FEI World Dressage Challenge 2013 Nov. 8 to 10. Thailand is in the FEI Zone 8 countries that also includes: India, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. This year marks the 33rd edition of the competition, sponsored by Haig from 1982 to 1987, by Samsung from 1988 until 1996, and from 2001 to 2004 by Performance Sales International. The project seeks to promote and expand horse-riding skills in developing countries throughout the world. In addition, it enables people all over the world to enjoy equestrian culture. At its launch in 1982, 16 countries participated; in 1996 there were 42 countries, and this year 54 countries are expected. The major objectives of this competition are:
Pattaya donates to Vegetarian Festival
- to give the less experienced Dressage riders, who under normal circumstances, cannot take part in international Dressage competitions, in the more remote countries of the world, the opportunity to compete internationally without having to leave their own country. - to promote the new generations. Last year, 276 Children from 52 NFs competed in the Challenge compared with 2010 and 2011 when, respectively, 200 (53NFs) and 248 (46NFs) participated in the Elementary and Preliminary competitions. Internationally-experienced FEI Judges travel to various regions of the world to judge the competition and present riding clinics in the art of Dressage. Each Group of countries is judged by the same ground jury composed of 2 FEI Judges appointed by the FEI.
Pattaya Marriott Resort promotes Terapan Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa’s director of sales, Terapan Chuaprasert, has been appointed executive assistant manager of the Beach Road resort. In his new role, he will oversee hotel operations, working closely with team leaders. Terapan joined Marriott as a sales executive in 1998 and has been director of sales since 2003.
Pattaya’s gift to the world Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, on behalf of City Hall, donated rice and vegetables to Pattaya’s recent Vegetarian Festival sponsored by the Sawangboriboon Foundation. More than 3,000 bags of food were distributed to the poor and the needy in the Banglamung area as a merit-making gesture.
The most beautiful girl in Thailand is...a boy, according to those who appreciate the annual selection of Miss Tiffany. That event unfolds tonight (Nov. 1) when Miss International Queen 2013 is chosen from among more than 20 transvestites and transgender contestants from around the world at the Tiffany Showcase Theater. The pageant begins at 9 p.m.
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News More foreign tourists are lured
Suvarnabhumi’s ambition There’s a lot of talk about Bangkok’s premier international airport, currently sixth best airport in Asia, according to credible research, becoming number one by the end of the decade. Much hope is being put in the expansion programme which will, we are told, reduce overcrowding. Meanwhile, however, there are many basic problems to conquer. The public toilets are not always kept clean, some emergency exits are blocked by shops and public transport – except for the very expensive limousine service – Suvarnabhumi can’t hold a candle to Changi, Hong Kong, Incheon or Narita. Welcome to Chinese Britain says it will make it easier for China’s citizens to obtain visas as it craves a bigger-slice of Chinese business and overseas tourism. Basically, the proposal means that Chinese visitors going to the European Union countries via certain travel agencies will be able to use their Schengenarea visa for entry to UK as well. Alternatively, a mobile visa service is being piloted in Beijing and Shanghai to give British visas to Chinese nationals in days rather than weeks. Japan not so sure Japan, on the other hand, is really worried that so many Thais visiting Japan without a visa for 14 days are overstaying their visas and even, heaven forbid, staying on to work in Tokyo or elsewhere without the required permits. The rumour is that Japan may soon once again require Thais to obtain a visa before visiting the Land of the Rising Sun. But it isn’t crystal clear exactly how the revival of the old visa rule will actually stop Thais illegally working in Japanese karaokes, restaurants and night clubs. Dream handicap destination It was reported recently that Turkey had sent a delegation to Pattaya to learn how to develop a city specializing in facilities for the handicapped traveller. Apparently the Turks were impressed by the many signs in Pattaya showing the disabled parking facilities and so on. It’s to be hoped the Turkish delegation doesn’t return soon. The recent floods, as usual, have created huge holes on roads and pavements with the result that the resort is difficult for any pedestrian, let alone the physically challenged. Veranda Resort coming Thai hotel operator Veranda Resort and Spa Co plans to launch a condo project worth 2 billion baht and a hotel worth one billion baht in Pattaya. Last year the company bought a 10-rai plot of beachfront in Na Jomtien to develop a 33-storey condo and an eight-storey hotel with 149 rooms. Construction is slated for 2014. Christmas already Greg’s Kitchen, in its fresh location in Drinking Street opposite the Tiffany Show, is offering a 3-day Xmas special for 850 baht. Choose between traditional US roasted turkey and New Zealand grain-fed sirloin with all the trimmings, as well as starters and desserts. Greg’s is more popular than ever these days because of the generous portions and reasonable prices. For reservations call 091 240 4331. Immigration reminder If you have a long-stay visa here in Thailand and your passport needs renewal, contact your embassy well in advance of the visa’s expiry. Immigration will no longer transfer your visa from the old to the new passport. In other words you have to begin from scratch; apply for a new visa when you have a new passport. Extra day’s holiday The government has decided to make Monday, December 30, a public holiday this year. So the banks and most public buildings will be closed Saturday 28, Sunday 29, Monday 30, Tuesday 31 and Wednesday January 1. It’s a one-off as that particular Monday is wedged between a weekend and the New Year holiday. Photo needed If obtaining a Cambodian visa on arrival at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap airport, you must have a passport-size photo with you. If not, you may be charged a very fancy fee to have one taken; you may also have to wait a very long time for the bureaucracy to kick in.
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to take 69 tourism-related operators to the upcoming World Travel Market in London to promote Thailand and encourage ever-more visitors. Thai officials say attendance at the event, Nov. 4 to 7, is necessary to boost numbers at a time of economic uncertainty in Europe and when there is some threat of street demonstrations in Bangkok. The Travel Market will help tourist operators highlight attractions in Thailand and encourage niche markets such as honeymooners. At the moment, foreign visitors to Thailand average 24 million a year with the biggest growth from China and Russia.
Visa waiver coming for Chinese tourists Government sources say it is “likely” that Thailand, from next year, will allow visitors from China to stay up to one month without requiring a visa. At present most Chinese tourists can obtain a 15-day visa-on-arrival at Bangkok airport, whilst those wishing to stay longer can apply for 60- or 90day visas at Thai embassies in Beijing and elsewhere. In return, the Chinese authorities are likely to allow visa-less travel for Thai citizens. Chinese visitors to Thailand now outnumber any other country and the potential market is still huge. So far only about 20 million Chinese have ever visited Thailand, but it is thought that around half
a billion now have the funds to travel. Research shows that Chinese tourists in Thailand, in fact, are the biggest spenders of any national group. Economic ties between the two countries are also growing strongly with deals actively under consideration to exchange Thai rice for Chinese technology, such as hi-speed trains. Most Chinese visit Thailand for the first time in tour groups. Although there have been some complaints from the Chinese embassy in Bangkok about tourist rip-offs of one sort or another, tourist numbers have leapt over 80 percent in a year. The Chinese government recently introduced a law to restrict
zero-sum package tours in which the Chinese consumer pays an upfront amount for an inclusive holiday in Thailand but is then pressured to pay extra at “discounted” shopping stores and entertainment venues. In Pattaya, Chinese tour groups are found everywhere, especially in the mornings and evenings as they visit places of interest, including Koh Larn and transvestite cabaret shows. Although they are sometimes unpopular for anti-social behaviour, such as spitting or exploiting buffets by hoarding food in their bags, Chinese cash is now a major part of the resort’s multi-billion baht tourist income.
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2013 opening ceremony marks five days of incredibly tight racing Recognised throughout the eastern hemisphere as the premier sailing event of its kind, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will host a week of close racing in the Andaman Seas off the cost of Southern Thailand from Dec. 1 through 6. The 27th such event sees a new Bareboat Charter division intended to address any disparities between professional and amateur teams in the class, making for an open racing division this year. Additionally, the event will attract over 100 vessels comprising full-scale racers, International Grand Prix racing boats, racing catamarans and a vast fleet of diverse sailing, cruising and racing
craft, all competing for Asia’s most coveted prize in competitive sailing. The opening ceremony at Kata Beach Resort & Spa, Phuket, Dec. 1, precedes the first day’s racing the following morning. Keelboats and multihulls compete Dec. 2 – 6, while the dinghy class is set for Dec. 1 - 4. The second year of windsurfing will be on the fifth and sixth. Dec. 5 marks the sail pass to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday, and the Royal Awards ceremony will be the following day. The five days of racing will be complemented by six beachside parties expected to attract nearly 2,000 guests.
Pedophilia alleged at sea An organization campaigning against child prostitution has alleged that the sex-for-money trade in Pattaya has now moved to boats anchored off-shore to avoid surprise police raids and spying. Kanjanas Memanas, manager of Human Help Network Foundation, said that the trade was so lucrative that it had been moved from the bars and clubs once favoured by pedophiles but now mostly closed down. It’s estimated that some 2,000 children of both sexes are involved in the sex trade in Pattaya. Another favourite haunt for pedophiles is said to be some of the internet cafes operating throughout the resort.
A recent report on the American news channel CNN claimed that Pattaya was a place to avoid because of the high level of crime. But police say they are determined to improve the image of the resort by welcoming crime busters from all sections of the police and not just the city and the tourist police. A task force has been set up under deputy police commander, Police General Wuthi Liptapanlop, who will aim to curb street crime as well as sexual exploitation. He said that most street crimes were committed against Russians and Brits and the total against all nationalities was about 9,000 a year. Other problems in Pattaya have been Jet Ski rip-offs as well as crimes
committed by foreigners themselves, for example public drunkenness and refusal to pay bills. Police say the beneficial effects of the new crackdown are already being felt. Raids conducted in August this year netted 1,280 suspects and 40 handguns. There are ongoing investigations into several highprofile cases including the rape of two Russian women. Pattaya court’s new tourist protection office is also said to be playing a useful role as short-stay foreign tourists can give their evidence against perpetrators and then go home rather than having to wait as witnesses for delayed court appearances.
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Road to Success by Barry Kenyon main photos Mike Perez
If you want to be a world racing driving champion, don’t leave it too long. Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik started gokarting at the age of four and now, at the age of 18, he’s on the brink of breaking through to become a top-notch world professional. Born in Phuket, but living with his parents in Malaysia for his first year, Sandy relocated with the family to Rayong. “I started gokarting in Pattaya at the age of four. Actually that’s not really unusual although many young kids abandon it as a hobby. I suppose the difference is that I was absolutely determined to use the sport as a springboard to racing success,” says Sandy. Seeing that the young boy had a flair, Sandy’s father bought him his first kart and they practised together on Pattaya’s racing circuits. They soon clocked up more track time
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Benihana's starry night anniversary Benihana celebrated its 18th anniversary in a special all-you-can-eat starry night-themed Teppanyaki buffet. Apart from the delicious seafood and meat Teppanyaki, guests were treated to a selection of food stations featuring a sumptuous selection of salad, seafood on ice, sushi and sashimi, pasta and rice, cheese and bread, and fruit and dessert. To top the celebration, diners were also given a complimentary carafe of sake. Benihana is located on the second floor of the Royal Garden Plaza. Benihana, the renowned Japanese Steakhouse, offers My Kitchen is Your Table. Interact with the chefs, famous for their entertaining and culinary skills as they prepare Teppanyaki at your table. Private rooms are available. For more information and reservations, contact Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa038 412 120 ext.1395.
eve n t s cal en d ar PARTY TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH GORGEOUS DJs AT HORIZON Date: 9 & 23 November 2013, Saturdays Venue: Horizon restaurant and bar, Hilton Pattaya Activities: The Next Level of House, DJ Dynomite Thai-Danish DJ Dynomite is one female DJ you cannot miss out. With her hype up mix of house, electro, dirty dutch, DJ Dynomite will surely give you the best party on November 9. The Next Level of Deep House, DJ Nicestyle Horizon, on level 34 will be the venue for the next level of deep house as DJ Nicestyle raise your night to the next level with her talent on November 23. Let Horizon take you to the next level. After 9:30pm, the first 50 guests will receive a complimentary cocktail. Entry is free, dress code naturally applies. Get ready to party and experience the next level of relaxation at the open-air bar, stretching out into the never-ending skyline with the hippest beats and the coolest drinks. For more information: Tel: +66 (0)38 253 000 Email: email@example.com
LOY KRATHONG FESTIVAL AT AMARI ORCHID PATTAYA Date: 16 November 2013, Saturday Venue: Essence restaurant, Amari Orchid Pattaya
Mantra Restaurant & Bar hosts Beatlemania tribute It was Beatlemania at Mantra Restaurant & Bar on the grounds of the Amari Hotel when everyone was flung back into the 60s when these four unassuming musicians first wowed the world with their music. Mantra was transformed into a London venue complete with the famous Beatles crossing from Maida Vale and even a red English telephone box (the location of choice for masses of photos!) The Beatles tribute band tirelessly entertained with the sounds of yesterday and the assembled guests took to the floor and danced the night away. Chef Leonard Faust had created a menu with many English twists, Yorkshire pudding, cheddar cheese and a trifle to name just three. The food was superb, impeccably prepared and presented. The staff were kitted out in red, white and blue outfits, the Union Jack flew high and the evening proved to be another night to remember at Mantra.
The story of Loy Krathong goes back seven centuries to the year 1292 when, on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month, people would gather along the river banks to float (loy) woven banana leaf baskets (krathong) containing candles, incense and flowers, giving thanks to the goddess of river for providing enough water to sustain their lives. Sometimes parted lovers would send their thoughts and wishes along with their krathong. Activities: Join the unique evening of celebration and enjoy traditional Thai dancing, music, cuisine, Miss Noppamas contest, and floating of your own krathong. Loy Krathong will be held at freeform pool, in front of Essence restaurant, for 1,300 baht net per person. Buffet starts at 19:00. For more information: Essence restaurant Tel: 038 418 418 ext 836, 837
LOY KRATHONG NIGHT AT A-ONE Date: 17 November 2013, Sunday Venue: Poolside, A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya Activities: Don’t miss the most popular Thai festival of all time. Celebrate Loy Krathong at the poolside from 19:0022:00 hrs with traditional Thai dance and music as well as a sumptuous Thai BBQ Buffet. After dinner, float your krathong in the pool and dance the night away with the band. Price for adult is 1,250 baht net and for child 750 baht net.
TFI Charity Disco Night at A-One Following on from the unprecedented success of the 80s nite at Access Inn last month, TFI returned. This time the musical theme continued but spanned across the decades to celebrate the music, fashion and memories of the best of disco. Aptly named Boat Music, the event was held at A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya on Beach Road. It was sponsored by Compass Real Estate. Eighty percent of proceeds go to HEARTT 2000 in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS (www.heartt2000.org); the balance goes to the TFI emergency fund. TFI, formed last July, aims to create fun events for charity through their voluntary work. Their first event raised more than 150,000 baht which was donated to a flooded orphanage in Mae Sot. In a joint venture with the Rotary Club of Eastern Seaboard, they provided water filtration systems for 40 families in the area, school uniforms for disadvantaged kids, and to improve the lives of two children born with facial deformities through working with Operation Smile.
For more information: A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya Tel: 038 259 555 ext 4232 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.a-onehotel.com
OCEAN MARINA PATTAYA BOAT SHOW Date: 22-24 November 2013 Venue: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya Pattaya’s only marina-front lifestyle boat show Activities: Pattaya International Dragon Boat Regatta, Beer & Food Festival, Free Sunset Yacht Trip, Fashion Show, Classic Car Show, Jazz & Bossa Band by Marina, Lucky Draw Tree, Kids’ Activity Zone, Water Sports Trial Zone, Miniature Boat Museum. For more information: Tel: 038 237 427 www.oceanmarinaboatshow.com
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Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya exclusive preview The newly-opened luxury property, Centara Grand Phratamnak, was unveiled at an exclusive press preview organized by Kobi Elbaz and Jason Payne of Tulip Group and Dominique Rongé, general manager, Centara Grand Phratamnak. Members of the local media were treated to a sumptuous buffet and entertainment at the hotel’s lobby and presented Asia’s first restaurant named after the famed Italian wine house Ruffino located at the hotel’s rooftop. Set in the exclusive residential district of Phratamnak Hill, billed as the Beverly Hills of Pattaya, the property has been in its soft-opening phase since Oct. 15. The resort is designed to the most luxurious and elegant of
standards and is situated just a few steps from the beach. The dramatic interior design features two large aquariums in the lobby with a lighting system and theme that extends the marine concept throughout the ground floor, jellyfish chandeliers, and luxury furniture from Italian designer Fendi, complement the stunning Grand piano. The property is now accepting bookings, and Tulip Group is offering special discounts for customers looking for extended long-term stays of 30 days and more. The 5-star property is a new concept for Pattaya, designed more as a private club, offering stunning facilities, amazing views and a 6-star standard of service.
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Blood drive at A-One hotel
Staff of the A-One Royal Cruise hotel donated blood as the hotel celebrated its 25th anniversary as well as the president’s birthday. More than 120 staff members and others donated blood following a health exam.
Staff Day at Dusit Thani Pattaya
Country Cowboys was the theme of Dusit Thani Pattaya’s Staff Day party where employees donned western garb and enjoyed cowboy shows and a variety of games and activities. GM Chatchawal Supachayanont is seen at the annual event in the hotel’s Napalai Ballroom. Staff Day is aimed at rewarding personnel for their contribution and to uplift their spirits in a social environment featuring sports games, CSR effort, lucky draws and entertainment.
Fire Drill Bangkok firemen conducted a fire and evacuation training class for the staff of Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok.
Fire drill at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G
Pullman Pattaya Hotel G and the Pattaya City Fire Brigade Team conducted a fire drill and evacuation of guests and employees. Seen in photo are Dmitry Chernyshev (sitting), executive assistant manager.
Hilton names another Dine ‘n’ Fly winner Hilton Pattaya said that Nonglak Singkal (second from left) has been named the fourth winner in the hotel’s ‘Dine ‘n’ Fly with Hilton Pattaya’ campaign. The prize includes return airfares for two, two nights’ accommodation, and daily breakfast at Conrad Seoul in South Korea. Those who spend 3,000 baht at any of Hilton Pattaya’s restaurants, eforea: spa at Hilton located at Hilton Pattaya or on in-room dining will have a chance to win a holiday for two to Hilton Singapore, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, Hilton Shanghai or Conrad Seoul. Promotion ends Nov. 30. Pictured here (left to right) are Gerard Walker, director of operations, Hilton Pattaya; Nonglak; and Hilton’s Phatrarika Phatraprasit, director of business development, and Matthew Wren, director of food and beverage.
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Hilton Pattaya donates 227,560 baht to Human Help Network Hilton Pattaya presented Human Help Network Foundation Thailand (HHN) with 227,560 baht to help run the Child Protection and Development Center (CPDC) in Pattaya. The aim is to help support all the children’s projects, to protect children’s rights against exploitation, poverty and child discrimination as part of 2013 Hilton Worldwide’s Global Week of Service. Contributions were from the sale of the hotel’s charity teddy bear project. In line with the hotel’s commitment to make a difference through community service in Pattaya, Hilton Pattaya’s Blue Energy team will continue to work closely with local organizations to implement sustainable activities and enhance corporate social responsibility. In photo (from left) are Treamprom Klinhom, marketing communications manager, Hilton Pattaya, Pornsook Chuerjangchin, adoption assistant, HHN, Rachada Chomjinda, HHN director, and Sean Craig, director of finance, Hilton Pattaya
Malaysian officials, businessmen meet at Dusit Thani Pattaya
Neoh Kean Boon (right), resident manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya, seen with Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry, during private trade talks at the hotel. The Malaysian delegation of high-ranking trade, industry and government officials met in Pattaya with the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Food Critic visits Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
Thai food critic Santi Svetavimala (second from left), aka Mae Choice, and his family seen here while vacationing at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Also in photo are the hotel’s George Kenton (left), EAM for rooms, and Thanakiti Saivichittree (right), assistant food & beverage manager.
Deputy Prime Minister at Centra Government Complex & Convention Centre
Temsiri Kidchob (2nd left), general manager of Centra Government Complex & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana, welcomes Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan (2nd right), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce on his arrival to preside over a conference for the rice-pledging scheme in 20132014. The event was held at Vayupak 3-4 at the hotel. Also seen in the photo are Yanyong Phuangrach (far right), Deputy Minister of Commerce, and Wiboonluk Ruamruk (far left), Director General of the Internal Trade Department (DIT).
Global Top Group opens office in Pratumnak
Pattaya property developer Global Top Group, developer of City Garden Pattaya, has opened an office for its City Garden Pratumnak project set for completion in 2015. The new on-site office, open daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., is meant to assist clients of City Garden Pratumnak and the group’s other projects, including Paradise Ocean View and City Garden Tropicana. City Garden is on Soi Kasetsin, Pratumnak Hill, near Cozy Beach.
Chilean wine tasting at Areca Lodge A selection of Rucahue wines from Chile was introduced to Pattaya at Areca Lodge during a wine tasting organized by Daniel Soto (center), Rucahue Vineyards’ export manager, Natthachai Chaiyaprom (left), managing director, BNK Pattaya Wine Gallery, and Sten Olesen (third from left), managing director, Spry Asia Group. Pattaya wine connoisseurs had a taste of some of Chile’s rich, intense wines such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot from the Loncomilla Valley, one of the country’s oldest wine-growing areas, and from the cooler Itata Valley, the largest wine region of Southern Chile. Rucahue Vineyards is introducing Chilean wines to hotels, restaurants and cruise lines on the Eastern Seaboard.
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than most professional racers. At only six years old, Sandy came under the guidance of Thomas Raldorf, the multiple karting champion, who coached him to mature as a young driver into the superb performance he gives today. Still only six, Sandy was entered into the Thailand National Championship competition and, in his first race, finished on the podium with a third place and trophy in his first ever race. Within a year after that, he was being sponsored by The Pizza Company, Swensen’s and Sizzler as one of their lead drivers, a worthy achievement indeed for such a young boy. By the age of 12, Sandy had already qualified to race in world finals in Europe, beating in the process several competitors older than himself. In 2008, at the age of 13, he won the Asian Karting Championship and qualified for and raced in two world championships in Europe. The ultimate desire of the young teenager, of course, was to race Formula cars and at age 15 Sandy had the chance to fulfil that dream. To be able to race and be successful in that competitive world, you need to have the best material available and to receive the highest level of support both on and off the track. “Your quality of life off the track is actually a key factor in bringing
racing success,” he explains, as fitness and mental training take up the majority of days when he is not racing. Thus, Sandy spent 2009 testing in Formula BMW and Formula Renault race cars on circuits in both China and Malaysia. In 2010 he competed in the Asian Formula Renault Championship as the youngest racing driver, trained by Philippe Descombes, the manager of Asia Racing Team and a former French F3 champion. He eventually won the Asian Formula Renault series, the first Thai driver ever to do so and also the youngest driver ever to win the championship. In 2011 he moved to Europe and raced in the top level Formula Renault EuroCup series. Competing against the best young drivers in the world, he managed to finish 28th out of 46 drivers in a year with a steep learning curve and improved to 14th place in Formula Renault Northern European Cup 2012. This year he is leading in the European Formula 3 Open championship after taking consecutive podium finishes in virtually every round and a brilliant win at Monza in Italy just two weeks ago. The final races take place at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain in early November. It’s certain that Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik is a world champion in the making. Sandy is already planning for his entry in the GP2 series, the main feeder series to Formula One, which races a 612HP, V8 Dallara Formula car together with Formula 1 on selected events in Europe, Singapore and UAE.
Hotel Promotions Let’s celebrate 4th anniversary of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya During 1-7 November 2013, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya invites you to join its 4th anniversary with seven days of special promotions and activities. Starting on Food & Beverage: enjoy “Come 4 Pay 3” promotion with 7 days Themed Night Buffet in hotel’s various restaurants. On 4th November at 10:30-12:00 hrs, hotel guests can join “Aqua Aerobic Marathon,” a special activity at the main pool. On 6th November at 17:00-19:00 hrs, enjoy “Buy 4 Get 4 Drinks Free Happy Hour” with Brazilian dance show at Zico’s restaurant and with Indonesian live band and Polynesians show at Oceans restaurant on the 7th of November. For more information or table reservations, please contact (038) 301 234 ext. 4851 and 4174 or email email@example.com
Special packages for Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2013 at Hilton Pattaya Hilton Pattaya offers fabulous food and beverage packages from November 29-30. Explosive Evening at Edge Edge will provide a dazzling view of the fireworks as you savour the Seafood Buffet Dinner priced at 1,800 baht net per person including a glass of welcome sparkling wine and Wine Buffet at an additional cost of 1,150 baht. Sizzling seats at Drift Enjoy uninterrupted views of the fireworks festival with free flow wine, beer, pouring spirits and soft drinks priced at 1,450 baht net per person. VIP Hot seats at Drift The ultimate vantage point for viewing this spectacular display will be on a private island in the sky. Guests can contact hotel team members for more information on the availability of Private Island Package.
Explosive High Flyer at HORIZON Horizon offers a Set Menu for guests who arrive before 8 pm available at 2,500 or 3,000 baht net per person including a welcome drink. All non-dining guests have access after 8 pm at 1,850 baht net per person for the Beverage Package including free flow of wine, beer, pouring spirits and soft drinks. Bookings will be essential. For more information or reservations please dial +66 (0)38 253 000 or email pattaya. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sheraton Pattaya Resort Enjoy the Ultimate Villa Experience Package by Mick and Di Barker
Perched atop the headland called Khao Phra Tamnak grandly sits the luxurious Sheraton Pattaya Resort. Located in one of the most tranquil spots along this stretch of coastline with panoramic views out across the neighbouring islands, mountains and ocean it oozes with style and panache. The resort features 156 guest units of differing sizes from 45 to 210 sqm. Lush with tropical foliage the low-rise hotel is enveloped in a magnificent botanical garden overlooking the sea. All rooms are elegantly furnished in nature’s hues in keeping with the hotel’s unswerving commitment to conservation. In fact their “make a green choice” rewards guests with points, which can be exchanged for food and beverages in the hotel, if they decline housekeeping services. We stayed at the Sheraton recently and the experience was a delight. The staff are friendly but courteous, helpful but not overly attentive and
although the resort is huge and set on many levels, buggies are available at the press of “O” to whisk you to your destination in the hotel. We experienced one of the most comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep and discovered later that the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed is uniquely designed for their company and specifically made to eliminate uncomfortable pressure points that cause tossing and turning in the night. The resort boasts three free-form swimming pools, two of which sport Jacuzzis, an award-winning spa called Amburaya, gourmet restaurants and bars, Thai cookery classes and a shuttle bus to and from CentralFestival from noon to 9 pm. For 30 minutes each afternoon there are interesting classes the likes of bead decoration, Batik painting, towel folding, Thai language, hand ritual massage and a lotus decoration class. Is romance in the air? You can
surprise your partner with a private secluded dinner on the beach under a gossamer canopy where you can select a western 5-course menu or a Thai 4-course dinner for B.2,900 and B.2,500 per person, respectively. The latest innovative promotion is the “Ultimate Villa Experience Package”. To extend your seaside resort lifestyle to its extreme why not book one of Sheraton’s stunning beachside villas? Baan Sai Choi is a one-bedroom (125 sqm) oceanfront villa offering extreme privacy at sea level. The two-bedroom villa is named Baan Sai Nam, with an interior of 210 sqm of sumptuousness. Both villas afford the opportunity to enjoy an enviable lifestyle in utmost opulence. Rates start from B.38,000 per night, including daily breakfast, afternoon tea and butler service. Contemporarily designed with separate living and dining areas, a private plunge pool and
sundeck, direct access to the beach, a spacious bathroom with a large terrazzo bath tub they cry out to be filled with friends to take the ontrend villa party to its ultimate. The full professionalism of Sheraton’s catering service is at your disposal to create your own personalized party. The onebedroom villa can accommodate 6-10 for a formal sit down dinner or cocktail party while the larger two-bedroom can entertain 10-15 people. Special food and beverage rates are available until Dec. 23, with a finger-food buffet offered at B.1,000 per person and an open bar for two hours with free flow
house wine starts from B.1,200 per person. Bespoke dinner parties are a specialty and any gourmet menu can be created for your special occasion. Plus, there is a special offer of a 10 percent discount from Best Available Rate for other participants. The party season is approaching so why not take advantage of the special rates on offer at Sheraton Pattaya Resort’s ultimate villas and make your next beachside party one to remember. Let the party begin! Sheraton Pattaya Resort 437 Phratamnak Road, Pattaya Tel: (038) 259 888 www.sheratonpattayaresort.com facebook.com/sheratonpattayaresort
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Mick & Di The Food Lovers
THE WINE CELLAR Dine Wine-Centric Style Have you ever wanted to dine in a wine cellar? Have you been pining for that retro 70’s dinner party craze – a cheese fondue? Then cross those two off your bucket list and head down to The Wine Cellar in Naklua, Soi 12. Of course in Switzerland they have been dipping and dunking into their fondues since the 30’s. Traditionally a winter dish, the Swiss only eat it as long as there’s snow on the ground but visitors are forgiven for eating it all year round. Here in Pattaya a decent fondue is hard to find, but this is not the case now that Mick and I have been introduced to The Wine Cellar. This must be one of the coolest and unique places in Pattaya. Literally “cool” as The Wine Cellar’s temperature is maintained at a constant 21 degrees in consideration of the wine stock and a jacket or pashmina is recommended. The setting is an exquisite bijou vinoteque/wine cellar/restaurant which encompasses a gourmet emporium selling some of the finest epicurean items in the world and serving a selection of wine-centric style dishes. The cellar is a happy valley of over three hundred five star wines, predominately Italian, but also
offering some remarkable labels from the old and new worlds plus spirits of distinction including some single malt Whisky’s to make your eyes boggle. Every conceivable gourmet-related luxury item is available here from the finest worldclass cheeses, salamis, prosciutto, crystal wine glasses and decanters and all the oenophile’s must-have paraphernalia to premium Cuban cigars. From the moment you walk through the door (also seating on the terrace) whether for a memorable romantic dinner for two or a group celebration, the ambiance is cocooning in its exclusivity. Reinhard Murer, Managing Director, commented that it was the company’s goal to find new emerging wines and estates from all over to world and to introduce them to the Thai market. Roger Leuzinger, a Swiss national from Lucerne and Country Manager of Food Com (Thailand) Co. Ltd., reiterated their mission but also added that successful pairing of that wine with the speciality food at The Cellar was yet another aspiration. So we take our seats and browse the menu. From the starter menu
we spotted shrimp cocktail (B.180), squid Wine Cellar style and various salads including a Swiss sausage variety. But on entry you pass the cold counter packed with the most mouthwatering artisan cheeses, prosciuttos, salamis and cured meats from the best makers in the world so how could we not sample a selection of those gourmet treats. The cheese and cold cut platter costs B.275 for 100 grams but as we had already decided to order the cheese fondue to follow we started with a platter of only cold cuts. Salamis from Napoli and Milano including a delicious Picante, Parma ham, Speck and more languished on their slate platter dotted with dried figs and apricots. Enjoyed with a glass of their house Temporillo, a Spanish full bodied red, we were in a very happy place. Pastas are a speciality including a black ink spaghetti with white cream squid and prawn sauce. From the grill Canadian Black Angus Tenderloin (B.790), Australian lamb chops or Striploin are available. Chef’s specials are set firmly in Switzerland offering sliced pork Zurich style, Beef Stroganoff or a trio of rostis natural style or with ham, mushrooms and onions and also bacon, onions and fried egg. However, if you have ever enjoyed Cordon Bleu just turn the page to where this classic dish is prepared in so many ways only your imagination restricts the possibilities. Choose from chicken, pork or veal
and then the decisions start. Select from 16 cold cuts and 23 cheeses for your unique bespoke 5-star meat/ cheese/cured meat classic. The top House Special here is the famous fondue. Four varieties are offered: Bacchus (with sliced beef and pork cooked in red wine), Chinoise (thin sliced beef and pork in bouillon), the famous Bourguignone with Australian beef tenderloin and the Swiss National dish - Cheese fondue at B.690 per person. This classic dish is prepared at table by Roger and is not only a fascinating piece of culinary theatre it is a complete lesson in its preparation. Firstly a whole bowl of various grated cheeses (always includes Emmental and Gruyere) are softly melted to a point when white wine and corn flour are added and then finally a shot glass of Kirsch, cayenne, nutmeg and pepper complete this traditional dish. The finished dish was superb, molten cheese gripped and coated
Wine Cellar Pattaya
Famous Restaurant & Wine Bar - An exceptional selection of over 300 wines from around the world - Finest beverages at the lowest prices - Large selection of imported cheese and cold cuts - Premium single malt whiskeys and Cuban cigars
our cubes of bread spectacularly resulting in the most gastronomic of experiences. Traditionally if you lose your chunk of bread in the cheese, you buy the next round of drinks, pay a forfeit or, should you be in Geneva, get thrown in the lake. We heartily recommend that you take the journey out to Naklua and visit this extraordinary gastrovinoteque and experience for yourself the joys of Swiss cuisine especially that gorgeous, gooey hot melted all star cheese fondue. The Wine Cellar has an extensive printed list of available wines, spirits, ports and liqueurs and all are welcome to visit.
Wine Cellar Pattaya
Open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. Closed on Sunday. Soi 12, Pattaya Naklua Road. Follow the signs for the Garden Seaview Resort. Tel: 038 226 055, Fax: 038 226 055, mobile: 081 806 9038 www.foodcomthailand.com
Open Monday-Saturday 09:00-22:00 Happy Hour! 17:00-19:00
Two glasses of house wine for the price of one when order with the cheese & cold cuts platter
555/32 Moo 5, Naklua Rd. Soi 12, Pattaya City, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Tel.: 038 22 60 54, Fax: 038 22 60 55, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.winecellar-pattaya.com Wine Cellar Pattaya is a venture of FOOD COM (Thailand) Co., Ltd., www.foodcomthailand.com
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F&B Promotions Fire up the Grill
at Flames restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
at Radius, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya
Throughout the month of November, Chef Praput invites you to pop down to Flames restaurant of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya to enjoy specialties Pacific Rim Grills including butter filled beef tenderloin; duck breast with sesame, soya glaze; spiced scallops; and succulent Snow fish topped with sweet and sour chilli and mango salsa. Price starting from 590++ baht only (subject to service charge & VAT). The large salad bar, where the freshest and crispest greens and vegetables are, included. Flames is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.The restaurant opens daily from 19:0022:30 hrs. Call to reserve at (038) 301 234 ext. 4272.
This November, Radius restaurant at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya offers a variety of mouthwatering juicy sea scallops. The sea scallops are delicately prepared by the master chef to maintain its freshness and juiciness in the dishes including steamed US scallops with Poached scallop and seafood with spicy raspberry sauce, cantaloupe melon and mint leaves, Poached scallop with white wine butter sauce served with pilaf rice and buttered vegetables, Cauliflower puree served with seared US scallops and more. Prices start from 245 baht net. Sea scallops are available every day from 16:0022:00 hrs. For more information, please contact Cape Dara Resort Pattaya at Tel. 038 933 888 or visit www.capedarapattaya.com, www.facebook.com/ CapeDaraPattaya
Chef Julien Lavigne at The Beach Club Restaurant, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G e Beach Club of Pullman Pattaya Hotel G this 12–13 November 2013. French chef Julien Lavigne, the man who has pleased so many palates in Bangkok, has been invited to show off his skills for two memorable nights. Total enjoyment: extremely likely. Chef Julien will prepare a premium 4-course set dinner for these two evenings, with excellent choices for each course, all for only 790 baht net. This is dining at its best available for two nights only. The Beach Club Restaurant opens every day from 6:30 – 22:00 hrs. For more information or reservations, please contact +66 (0)38 411 940-8 or email info@ pullmanpattayahotelG.com or www.facebook.com/thepullmanpattayahotelG
Experience the Magical Night of Loy Krathong at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa On 16th November 2013, celebrate Thailand’s traditional water festival, which gives thanks to the River Goddess and symbolises letting go and starting life afresh. Release a beautifully decorated krathong to drift away in the magnificent pool, under the light of a bright full moon and star-filled sky. Feast on a variety of local specialty dishes in our festive buffet. Whilst watching exciting performances of traditional Thai Dance and music at Sala Rim Nam 1,499++ baht. For more information and reservations please contact Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa 038 412 120, E-mail: email@example.com
Chocolate Heaven at Vistas Lobby Lounge, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Throughout the month of November, if you are a chocoholic, our pastry chefs would like to invite you to visit Vistas Lobby Lounge. Head down there for guilt-free gourmet desserts, the likes of yummy chocolate lava cake, chocolate espresso mousse in a chocolate cup, and a decadent chocolate pecan pie. The prices start at just only 100++ baht. Vistas Lobby Lounge is located in the main lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and opens daily from 9:00 am to 10:00pm. Special buy 1 get 1 free on all cakes during happy hours between 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For more information or reservations, please contact (038) 301 234 ext. 4280.
Fireworks Festival at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya
Crepe Mania monthly dessert at Elements Restaurant, Sheraton Pattaya Resort
For the whole month of November, Elements Restaurant’s award-winning chef proudly presents a stunning presentation and delicious crepe menu: Blueberry Crepe, Green Tea Crepe, Mango Salsa Crepe, Mixed Berry Crepe. Enjoy this tasty promotion all day and every day at Elements Restaurant, Sheraton Pattaya Resort with price of 280++ baht per dish. For more information or reservations, please dial 038 259 888 or visit www.sheratonpattayaresort.com or ww.facebook. com/sheratonpattayaresort
Cape Dara Resort will feature a BBQ seafood buffet offering diners a front row view of the annual fireworks competition on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30. The special packages on offer include BBQ buffet and drinks at 2,700 baht net per person, buffet only at 1,800 baht net per person and drinks only at 900 baht net per person. Room package also available and starts from 9,590 baht net. For more information, call 038 933 888 or visit www. capedarapattya.com
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Indian by Nature Contemporary Indian gastronomy
Indian by Nature is beyond the quotidian curry. It’s distinctive concept and execution raises the bar on Indian cuisine. Harmonious blends of fragrant spices and delicate herbs ensure unique dishes to enrich your palate. This most elegant Indian eatery opened its doors almost 10 years ago when Av Khanijou had a vision to bring her own enlightened spin on the cuisine of her ancestors-and Indian by Nature was born. Av’s enthusiasm for her gourmet food is infectious, whether she is teaching how to cook her recipes, composing, or writing her cookery books, her cuisine is distinctive, modern and delicious. Stand outside the restaurant’s stately wooden doors (which previously graced a Maharaja’s palace), walk through and let the neo-Indian cuisine please, amuse and charm you. It had been a while since Mick and I had dined at Indian by Nature and we were looking forward
to it immensely. The menu regularly evolves but the favourites, such as the tandoori items remain by popular demand of the restaurant’s regulars plus there are always specials available on request. The décor is elegantly colonial with many shards from India’s history adorning the restaurant juxtaposing with the chic modern touches. The staff are efficient and friendly and the wine list is an excellent collection of carefully selected bottles with prices and tastes to suit all pockets and palates. To launch our dining out we were presented with an amuse-bouche of the most tasty spiced tomato soup served in a shot glass to set the tone and enliven the palate. Amongst the appetisers are many tandoori specialities as well as the popular fish and chicken tikkas. One of our favourite starters is the saffron coconut prawns (B.250). These plump prawns are marinated in coconut,
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saffron, lemon grass, shallots, ginger, garlic, and spices resulting in a fusion of tantalising flavours. However, on Av’s recommendation we chose another prawn dish which is their latest addition to the menu, akbari jheenga. Culinary theatre snaps into service after ordering these little darlings. The flambé trolley
is wheeled over and the prepared prawns are doused in brandy and cooked table-side. The flavour is fantastic, packed with aromatic fused spicing, the succulence is unbelievable. Another big favourite which comes highly recommended is the Kasmiri fish. Cooked in the tandoor after being egg washed and dusted with gram flour it emerges glistening with succulence and falls into languid shards under the fork. Another must-have of ours is Methi Murgh. The chicken is prepared with tomatoes and coriander and made heady with the final anointment of fresh methi (fenugreek). It’s a wonderful dish zinging with flavours but on this occasion we opted for another signature dish--Kerala fish curry. Here, succulent pieces of fish are imbued with the unique flavour of curry leaves, lemon juice and spices and combined with a gravy of onions, garlic, ginger and tomato. All the fish served at Indian by Nature is John Dory which provides the perfect culinary canvas for absorbing the herbs and spices before being cooked in the tandoor oven. Av and chef are always creating out of the ordinary meals and their specials menu changes regularly offering distinctive and innovative dishes from across the sub-continent. The lamb vindalho curry is a classic Goan preparation of tender pieces of lamb in a spicy and tangy gravy and quite unique to Indian by Nature. Speciality birianis are cooked in an earthenware pot and sealed with a pastry top for uberinfusion of flavours. Av is the Indian dessert diva and her devilish concoctions have those in the know flocking to the restaurant. We passed on dessert having overdone our gleeful eating but on offer was Kulfi, Coconut crème brûlée, Cardamom pana cotta, spicy rice pudding and that super-sweet favourite, Gulab Jamun. Indian by Nature celebrates Diwali on Nov. 8, 9 and 10. The festival is
one of the most festive and beautiful times of the year in India. IBN is hosting Bollywood themed buffet menus with dance shows and interactive dance performances. Buffet dinners will cost B.1,100 net per person with a special Hangover Brunch on Sunday Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. until 2 .pm. for B.590+. To sum up, Indian by Nature presents gourmet Indian dining in an ambiance of refined elegance. The cuisine is progressive, contemporising on traditional ingredients but executed with their own savoir faire resulting in inventive neo-Indian gastronomy. Finally do request the superior gin trolley to be wheeled to your table for a one-for-the-road tot of rarified handcrafted heaven. Indian by Nature Thappraya Road, Pattaya Open daily from 5 till 11:30 pm Tel: 038 364656 (after 4 pm), Av on 081 862 9452 and Satish on 088 249 6778
Ginger VS Vodka INGREDIENTS 1 inch fresh ginger 2 oz Smirnoff vodka 2 oz chilled black tea 1/2 oz lime juice 1/2 oz syrup ginger ale to finish GARNISH Ginger slice HOW TO MIX Crush fresh ginger thoroughly. Add vodka, chilled black tea, lime juice and syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake well and double strain. Pour into martini glass till almost full. Top off
with ginger ale. Garnish with ginger slice. GLASS TYPE Martini Glass CATEGORY Cocktail AVAILABLE AT Horizon restaurant & bar on Level 34, Hilton Pattaya
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Chocolate Mousse Crème Brûlée with red wine jelly Chocolate mousse I ngredients
46 grams fresh cream 115 grams dark chocolate 191 grams whipping cream 1 pc gelatin
D irections Place fresh cream and chocolate to double boiler. Beat the whipping cream until peaks form then mix with fresh cream-chocolate mixture. Warm gelatin and then mix with all ingredients.
15 grams sugar 24 grams egg yolks 1 tsp vanilla essence
D irections Warm the fresh cream. Beat egg yolks, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl until thick and creamy. Add the fresh cream and mix together. Bake in preheated oven at 150°C for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
Red wine sauce I ngredients 116 grams red wine 50 grams sugar 1 pc gelatin
D irections Bring the wine and sugar to a boil over low heat for about 10 minutes. Add gelatin and let cool down.
I ngredients 100 grams fresh cream
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150 grams almond sticks 30 grams sugar
D irections Toast almond sticks and sugar in a pan on the stove until the sugar dissolves and mixes with the almond sticks.
Toasted Pumpkin Seed Crusted Wild Salmon with Dried and Fresh Fruit Stew 4 7oz portions of fresh salmon 1 spoon of honey 1 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
For t he st ew: 3 cloves of garlic, chopped 2 shallots, chopped Grand Marnier/chambord Apple Pucker or juice 1/2 pineapple, diced 1 apple, diced 1 pear, diced 1 mango, diced 1/2 cup raisins, chopped 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped reserved juice 1 cup brown sugar 1 tsp cayenne 1 tsp cinnamon pecans, chopped and toasted walnut halves, chopped and toasted peanuts, chopped and toasted
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Heat up a pan and sauté the garlic and shallots in a little bit of butter. Deglaze with the alcohol and let it flambé. When the flame goes away, add all the fruits, dried fruits, reserved juice, brown sugar and spices. Take off from the heat and then toss the nuts in with the fruits. Season the mix to your liking. Sear the seasoned salmon to about medium rare. Take off from the heat and brush with honey. Crust it with the pumpkin seeds. To serve, spoon some of the warm fruit stew in the center of a plate. Place the salmon on top.
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Spa Promotions Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Pattaya
Why Are You Always Hungry? Here Are 7 Reasons Why…
by Tammy Garcia, UrbaneWomen.com
When you plan your beach vacation getaway to Pattaya, be sure to schedule a DIY program that allows you to sample the goodness of spa treatments of your choice from the treatment list for two hours.Your DIY program will make your trip the perfect getaway. Visit Devarana Spa today to relax, unwind and rejuvenate!
Do you start to feel hungry again shortly after you’ve already eaten? Or are you constantly hungry, no matter what? Not only is this extremely frustrating, but if you are trying to lose weight it can be pretty depressing. There are a number of reasons for your hunger pangs, and in this article, we shall have a look at 7 of the most common reasons for your constant hunger (along with how you can turn that around)…
The DIY Treatment Sampler List includes: Choice of 30 minutes Massage (Back/Head or Foot) Choice of 60 minutes Massage (Swedish/Back/Head or Foot) Choice of 90 minutes Massage (Swedish/Devarana/Detoxify or Thai) Choice of 30 minutes Body Scrub Choice of 30 minutes Relaxing Facial Choice of 30 minutes Milk & Rose Bath or Herbal Compress DIY program is priced at 4,000 baht net per person. For reservation, please contact Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya,Tel: +66 (0)38 371 044, Email: email@example.com
Tea Tree Spa, Holiday Inn Pattaya SPArkling Foot Massage by Dazzling View Tea Tree Spa at Holiday Inn Pattaya offers a fabulous spa package for the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2013 on 29-30 November 2013. Enjoy the remarkable fireworks with an hour long romantic foot massage while sipping a bottle of sparkling wine at the exclusive outdoor pavilions. Limited seats are available for you at 2,290 baht net per person from 6 pm to 10 pm. This spectacular non-stop event takes place along Pattaya bay and attracts more than 100,000 visitors per year. The festival also features booths selling locally made products, a carnival-style parade, shows and concerts.
1. The Weather A drop in the temperature can trigger your appetite – Which is the reason why we have a tendency to eat more during the winter months. Your metabolism drops when you are hungry, and by eating, your body temperature rises and your hunger starts to dissipate. This is exactly why restaurants keep their facilities cooler, to build your appetite!
Here’s what you can do (to suppress that appetite): Do something else while those food commercials are running. And the next time you walk past that bakery, turn your eyes away from the windows. If you can control your temptations, then you’ll be able to keep your cravings in check.
2. Dehydration If you do not drink enough water in the course of the day, you are chronically dehydrated. Thirst can disguise itself as hunger when your body needs more water.
For reservations please call 038 725 555 ext 3902 or email: spa.reception@ Holidayinn-pattaya.com
Royal Garden Spa Feel Transformed by Unique Seasonal Spa Retreat Look and feel your most radiant and relaxed with the Unique Seasonal Spa Retreat special package, priced at 6,500 baht net, at Royal Garden Spa, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa. Unwind into a 90-minute Deep Tissue Muscle Massage which offers deep rhythmic pressure to alleviate stress, ease aching muscles and revive the senses. A luxurious 60-minute Skin Specific Facial then delivers deep cleansing and active aromatherapy for all skin types. Choose between Herbal Lavender Repair to heal and balance combination and oily skin and Exotic Moisture Dew for dry and dehydrated skin. After your treatment, take away a free Elemis Bath or Shower Gel worth 1,890 baht. For more information and reservations, please contact Royal Garden Spa 038 412 120 ext. 1711 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand at CentralWorld Holistic Retreat to celebrate Loy Krathong festival Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld is offering a “Holistic Retreat” spa treatment package during the Loy Krathong festival. The two-hour treatment is priced at 2,600 baht++ per person or only 4,600 baht++ for a couple and is available from 1-30 November 2013. Holistic Retreat begins with an Herbal Foot Ritual in neem tea with neem and citrus salt for relaxing and for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, then the burning of specific incenses which help in raising awareness, clearing thoughts, and creating energy flow. This is followed by Krathong Thai Body Glow, a body scrub with special ingredients including safflower, ginger, sesame, honey, strawberry, yoghurt, milk powder and olive oil to soften your skin and make it radiant. After that, your body is relaxed and your skin rejuvenated with Replenishing Body Massage with Vanilla Shea Butter to release tension and ease blocked energy with a Balinese massage technique. Complete the treatment with a Facial Acupressure, a technique used in ancient medicine, to stimulate detoxification and benefit muscles, nerves and aching joints. Finish your spa treatment with a cup of detoxifying herbal tea to rehydrate your body. For more information or reservation, please contact Spa Cenvaree at Tel. 02 100 1234 ext 6511, 6516 or email email@example.com
You should drink 64oz of water daily, regulating it throughout the entire day. Not only does water flushes toxins out of your body and bloodstream, but will help you lose weight because it makes you feel full. 3. Lack of Sleep When you do not get enough sleep, your body produces extra Ghrelin, a hungertriggering hormone. Also, lack of sleep also results in your body producing lesser Leptin, which helps to suppress the appetite Studies have shown that people who sleep less than 6 hours a night are at a greater risk of becoming obese. It is highly recommended that you should sleep 7 to 9 hours if you desire a good state of health, as well as lose weight. 4. Smell & Sight Have you ever wondered why bakeries have open windows facing sidewalks? The scent of freshly baked cookies or other sweets are a huge inducer for your appetite. As a matter of fact, you probably could not eat much if you do not have the sense of smell and certainly cannot taste food without this sense. Television commercials are fully aware that sight is a huge inducer of your appetite as well.
Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash?
5. Post-Meal Hunger It takes your brain approximately 20 minutes to catch up to your stomach. What this means is that, your brain is unable to register the fact that you’re already full the minute you finish your meal. This is the reason why many diet programs stress the importance of eating slowly, so that your brain can catch up with you. If you are still hungry after consuming a full meal, give it a little more time or learn to eat slower. Consuming food too fast is not good for your digestive system and is not healthy. 6. Social Gatherings We are social creatures and have a habit of miming what’s going on around us. Going out for a buffet meal, having a few drinks or meeting folks for dinner leaves us indulging more than we really should. When we see others in a restaurant grabbing that yummy dessert, we give ourselves permission to do the same. So, the next time you have a meet up with your friends, suggest doing some physical activities (such as playing beach volleyball, cycling) together instead of going for a meal. 7. Stress or Boredom Stress and boredom are two of the biggest catalysts for overeating. Comfort foods are actually emotional eating habits. Hunger pangs result from anxiety and stress, it’s a chemical reaction. Food will not solve your stress or problems, so find other forms of coping. If you are bored, you can either pick up a new hobby, take a walk or give a friend a call. Find something to do to keep yourself active and away from the refrigerator. For additional information on health, fitness, skin care, beauty, romance, hair care and more, go to www.UrbaneWomen.com
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eforea spa at Hilton Pattaya
please dial 038 253 000 for inquiries and reservations
Amburaya Spa at Sheraton Pattaya Resort by Di Barker
Say “Spa”– Say “Aah…….” Stop the Press: The awardwinning Amburaya Spa set in the Sheraton Pattaya Resort is offering a 30 percent discount for readers of this article! The Sheraton Resort is a 5-star destination nestled on the cliff headlands south of Pattaya. Sweeping views of the Gulf of Siam and outlying islands make for dramatic panoramas which, together with the luxurious accommodation, world-class gastronomy, and the
famous Amburaya Spa, create a lush oasis of abundance. Prepare yourself to be pampered when you visit Amburaya Spa. From the minute you step into this soothing space the tranquility and peace that pervades transports you into a luxurious environment of sensory pleasure. Yes, it’s really true. I recently experienced the Amburaya Embrace full body massage and it was a totally serene, soothing experience.
The spa’s décor is traditionally elegant with teak furnishings, silken fabrics, tropical plants and floral embellishments to create a sanctuary of serenity and provide a synergy between nature and design. It offers six treatment suites, catering for ladies and gentlemen, with private sauna rooms, whirlpool baths, massage areas (indoor and outdoor) and relaxing lounges. Amburaya provides 5-star global treatments from the finest therapies the world has to offer. From traditional Thai massages and herbal compresses, ancient Egypt, Ayurvedic, east meets west fusions, Swedish massage and Japanese-inspired therapies. The therapists are graduates from the famous Wat Po School and are highly trained in all aspects of holistic treatments. My Amburaya Embrace treatment was a 90-minute walk in the park of ultimate relaxation and well being. It embraces five techniques in rhythmic harmony, Royal Siam, Shiatsu, Ayurvedic and Swedish therapies enhanced with aromatherapy. On arrival (whilst sipping on a healthy herb juice and refreshing with a lemongrass perfumed cold towel) I chose which oil I wanted for the treatment, based on age and body type. It was then time to proceed to the treatment room, shower and don one of their beautiful silk robes in preparation for the massage. Fluffy towels at the ready it’s time to get pampered
and cocooned in the Amburaya ambiance. Hot compresses were first applied to my skin and then the soothing aromatherapy oil and I was soon transported to a place where mind and body live in harmony and worries are massaged away. It was sheer bliss. The spa offers an extensive array of spa rituals ideal for individuals or couples. Prices start from about B.1,750 for a 60-minute Ayurvedic Shirodhara through Black Sesame Essence Body Scrubs (B.1,900), Japanese Medication Body Rub, Royal Siam Herbal Healing (B.1800) to the queen of Amburaya therapies, a four-hour immersion in a Floral Bath and Bath Polish followed by Royal Siamese Herbal Healing, a Legend Massage and Facial Enriching. Personalised bespoke treatments are available (from 1 hour to a full 7 hours of luxury treatments) to banish fatigue, relax mind and body, maintain the skin’s youth and help to
keep wellness and health 365 days of the year. If you’re looking for beautification of the mind, body or soul, head to Amburaya Spa to experience the ultimate in relaxation and pampering from their highly-trained therapists who specialize in traditional and contemporary holistic spa therapies. Amburaya definitely puts the ‘aah’ in ‘spa’. Amburaya Spa Sheraton Pattaya Resort 437 Phratamnak Road, Pattaya Open from 10 am to 9 pm Tel: 038 259 888 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Complimentary shuttle service to and from CentralFestival from noon until 9 pm. Telephone to reserve places. Mention that you read this article in Pattaya Today and receive a 30 percent discount until Nov. 30, 2013.
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upcoming movies Thor: The Dark World
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Lead Actors Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins Director Alan Taylor Genre Action | Adventure | Fantasy Release Date November 7, 2013 One year after the events of The Avengers, Thor battles to save the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy older than the universe itself. A primeval race led by Malekith, who is out for revenge, intends to plunge the universe into darkness. Confronted by an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot overcome, Thor must reunite with Jane Foster and set out on a dangerous journey that will force him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
music / new release
Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco
Director Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman Genre Biography | Drama Release Date November 14, 2013 Linda Lovelace gets under the all-consuming influence of her abusive husband and selfdeclared manager, Chuck Traynor, who uses all means possible to persuade her to comply with his demands. The woman is one of the main actors in the hardcore porn film Deep Throat, and becomes a famous porn star. She seems to be happy, but eventually breaks free from her husband and discloses the truth in order to prevent other women from getting similarly exploited. The film first shows the sunnier version, then goes back in time to depict the same period with the abuse.
Lead Actors Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron Director Luc Besson Genre Action | Comedy | Crime Release Date November 14, 2013 A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni, his wife Maggie and their children Belle and Warren can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the “family” way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down.
Celine Dion– Loved Me Back to Life Loved Me Back to Life is the upcoming English-language studio album by Canadian singer Celine Dion. It will be released by Columbia Records on 1 November 2013. The album was preceded by the lead single and title track, "Loved Me Back to Life," which was released on 3 September 2013. Loved Me Back to Life will be Dion's first English-language studio album since Taking Chances (2007).
1. Loved Me Back to Life 2. Somebody Loves Somebody 3. Incredible 4. Water and a Flame
5. Breakaway 6. Save Your Soul 7. Didn't Know Love 8. Thank You 9. Overjoyed
10. Thankful 11. At Seventeen 12. Always Be Your Girl 13. Unfinished Songs
Like it or not, mirrored digital SLR cameras are quickly going the way of the 35 millimeter, being replaced by smaller, high-functioning mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras — and the Sony A7 Camera may just be the final coffin nail. The latest from Sony, this camera is the first mirrorless interchangeable lens system to feature a full-frame sensor (meaning its sensor is the same size as 35mm film), bringing it in line with a range of professional-quality DSLRs. The camera also features a weather-sealed body, compatibility with Sony's line of E-mount lenses, a 24.3 megapixel sensor, tiltable three-inch display, OLED electronic viewfinder, and much more. With all of that packed into the size of an average point-and-shoot, the days of bulky mirrored cameras are certainly numbered.
Garmin Approach S4 GPS Golf Watch You don't want to be the jerk on the golf course who’s constantly glued to his phone — no one likes that guy. With the Garmin Approach S4 GPS Golf Watch, you won't have to be. Just like the previous versions, this GPS watch comes loaded with a database of more than 30,000 golf courses that you can access on the built-in touchscreen display. Unlike previous versions, it comes with Bluetooth connectivity, letting you discreetly view notifications about calls, emails, and texts without taking your phone out of your pocket. Additionally, it lets you monitor analytics about your golf game, so you can gradually improve using real-life data that's unique to you.
Bose Sound Touch Fortunately for the masses of music lovers out there who don't know a tweeter from a hole in the wall, it's easier than ever to set up a wireless speaker system in your place without audiophile expertise or dropping a month's pay. Case in point, the Bose SoundTouch line of wireless speakers. Choose from three available options in the line: the SoundTouch 30, great for large spaces; the SoundTouch 20, perfect for bedrooms or kitchens; and the SoundTouch Portable, with a rechargeable battery for when you're on the move. All three are easy to set up on your existing WiFi, have preset buttons for a range of audio sources, and come with an iOS app that cues up any music source instantly.
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The new Mitsubishi Attrage by John Lindgren Editor-in-chief: carsanook.com
Japanese 4-door eco car made in Thailand
Attrage “Att-raach” rhymes with Mirage “Mi-raach” another Japanese hot-hatch goes saloon (or sedan). It started with the Nissan March, Thailand's first eco hatchback followed by the Nissan Almera; same platform,
same engine but a saloon (aka fourdoor sedan), then came Honda Brio saloon called Amaze, and the next Japanese hot hatch eco car turned into a small family sedan is Mitsubishi's compact Mirage. The name sounds
French veri French just like Attrage. The looks. This is a small eco car with some big design details like those oversized headlights, the distinctive triple-slated chrome grille incorporating the Mitsubishi badge, the chiseled headlights and cool angular low air intakes make this 582,000 baht Laem Chabang- built four-door sedan good value for money. Pattaya Today test impressions of the Mitsubishi Attrage GLS Limited. First of all our top-of-the-line version is fully loaded inside and out. Starting from the outside: fog lamps, LED indicator wing mirrors. Inside: chromed inner-door handles, keyless start-stop, auto air-con, leather-wrapped steering wheel with multifunction controls, bright-coloured leather seats, reverse camera, and 6.5-inch touch-screen with GPS, DVD, MP3, Bluetooth and USB. What else do you need? Compared to the hatchback sibling, the Mitsu Attrage feels a tad larger
inside. These days even small cars are getting safer like the “Mitsu” Attrage here equipped with ABS and dual airbags. The Attrage weighs between 885 and 930 kg depending on the model variations. Less weight – less fuel burning inside the cylinders. This equals more mileage. The new Attrage boasts 22 km per liter, combined driving cycle, and runs on the less expensive E20 (alcohol/petrol mix) – available at all PTT stations throughout the Thai Kingdom. Underneath, it’s all the same as the Mirage hatchback--a 78 horsepower 1.2 liter MIVEC twin-cam threecylinder power pack with a smooth CVT automatic box. The 15-inch wheels have front discs/MacPherson struts and rear drums/torsion beam to absorb all the bumps, cracks and potholes. This is a city a car, an eco car par excellence. Perfect for driving to IKEA,
Tesco Lotus on weekends and weekday commuting from the “moo-ban” or the condominium to the office and back six days a week. Easy to park and not too ostentatious. Even though the name sounds so French: Attrage... Mitsubishi Attrage. Mitsubishi Attrage
Engine: 1.2 liter petrol engine Max power: 78 horsepower Torque: 100 Nm Top speed: 160 kph Fuel consumption: combined 22 kpl Price: 582,000 baht www.mitsubishi-motors.co.th
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Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show team up with TAT to draw high-end tourists to Pattaya Ocean Marina Yacht Club will host the 2013 Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show Nov 22 to 24. The threeday event will show Pattaya and surrounds as a leading hub for marine tourism in Southeast Asia.
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Special Feature Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show team up with TAT to draw high-end tourists to Pattaya Continued from page P1/25
Supatra Angkawinijwong, deputy managing director, Ocean Property commented, “We wish to support the growth of marine leisure tourism in the region and as the number of yachts at Ocean Marina continues to increase, we plan to expand the number of berths again in the near future. Ocean Marina is already the largest marina in Southeast Asia and we plan to increase our capacity in line with the arrival of the AEC. “In previous years, the ratio of yacht owners at Ocean Marina Yacht Club was 80 percent foreigners and 20 percent Thai. However, last year we saw a significant change and Thai yacht ownership increase from 20 percent to 38 percent. This is a clear indicator that more Thais are enjoying the marine lifestyle and we expect that trend to continue. “In 2012, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show generated 90 million baht revenue for
the marine tourism industry. Following the first year’s success, we are confident that the second year will deliver more quality and be even bigger. We have expanded the on-water and onshore exhibition area to a total of 2,600 sq.m., and have strong support from exhibitors in marine tourism and lifestyle business sectors including leading yacht brands, Super Bikes, Super Cars, Luxury Property and many more.” Wilaiwan Thawitsri, TAT deputy governor for tourism products and business, noted that Thailand “is a popular destination for marine tourists with many chartering yachts and enjoying Thailand’s cruising grounds and those of neighbouring countries. Thailand has a well-developed marine infrastructure with international-standard
marinas that can cater for all sizes of yachts, quality yacht maintenance services and skilled craftsmen, and combined marine leisure tourism generates considerable revenue for Thailand.” Pattaya has become a top marine tourism destination in Thailand, in large part due to presence of the world-class Ocean Marina Yacht Club. According to information from the TAT, yacht brokers predict that the number of yachts visiting Thailand will increase dramatically by at least 31.25 percent, to approximately 2,100 yachts, by 2016. In the overall tourism and hospitality industry, TAT has identified marine tourism as a highend segment, with marine tourists spending more than regular tourists, staying in five-star resorts and dining in upscale restaurants. They spend on high-end products including fashion, jewelry and accessories, and in general stay in Thailand for longer periods.
According to the TAT, Thailand welcomes 110 Super yachts each year, constituting the highest tourism spenders. TAT predicts that by 2016, 190 Superyachts will visit Thailand annually, a growth of more than 72 percent. The Gulf of Thailand’s popularity continues to grow with approximately 8.5 million international tourists per year visiting the three leading tourism destinations of Pattaya, Hua Hin and Koh Samui. This is expected to grow 10 percent year-on-year, in particular due to the high growth potential of neighbouring countries such Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and China. The Pattaya Boat Show will feature more than 100 exhibitors from marine, marine tourism and the leisure and lifestyle business sectors, from Thailand and overseas. For the expected 3,000 visitors there is a packed program of activities and entertainment planned, including free sailing trials, free kayak trials, lucky draws, cocktail parties, Dragon Boat Races and a marina-side beer garden and festival with a live band. For more details contact Patcharaporn Sirisapwong: patcharaporn@oceanproperty. co.th, Scott Finsten: scott.finsten@ oceanmarinayachtclub.com, or go to: www. oceanmarinaboatshow.com
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Property New Property Show gets all-round approval Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome told organizers of the first Pattaya Property Show, scheduled for Jan 9 through 12, that real estate plays an important role in the city’s future, so to have a top international property exhibition here was most welcomed. The mayor offered to assist organizers to ensure that visitors were aware of the event at the Hilton Pattaya. More than 70 percent of vendor space has been confirmed for the four-day event, including more than 40 leading developers and realtors such as Universal Group, A+ Properties, Kingdom Property, The Urban, Siam Royal View, Orion, Raimon Land, Ocean Residential Property, The Villa, Riviera, Beach Properties, New Nordic and Compass Real Estate. Mike Bridge, an organizer with Exact Trading, said, ‘We always felt that the city deserved to have its own exhibition to support its growing local property industry, and since launching the event through our media partners, have been pleasantly surprised by the reaction. Apart from the large number of leading developers who have confirmed participation, we have already received enquiries from attendees and investors from as far away as the UK, Singapore, and India asking for details.’ Media sponsors include Property
Report, The Pattaya Condo Guide, Real Estate Magazine (Russian edition), Pattaya Today, The Real Estate Magazine and True Visions Money Channel Hot Property Show. The show’s marketing campaign started in September and will increase over the next two months to include local and national coverage across Thailand. Rob Rowcett, a Compass Real Estate director, noted that, ‘This year we have taken space at several Bangkok exhibitions; however this will be our first time at any event in Pattaya. Although we have recently opened our own new permanent expo centre on Sukhumvit Road, I look forward in taking part in the Hilton Pattaya event, as I think the timing will create a tremendous buzz for Pattaya’s real estate companies, and we expect to be very busy.’ Several exhibitors will launch new projects at the January event, where visitors may select from thousands of condominiums, villas,
apartments, town houses, beachside and country homes all showing together under one roof. Bridge added, ‘Normally from experience these types of exhibitions just tend to attract locals from within the surrounding community. Whereas in January we will be targeting tourists and buyers and investors from Bangkok and further afield looking for investments, holiday or even for second homes. We anticipate that up to 50 percent of attendees could be from abroad, especially Russians, Europeans and Indians who normally book holidays to Pattaya during the high season. We timed the Pattaya Property Show to open in one of the busiest periods of the year just for that reason.’ The Pattaya Property Show’s platinum sponsor is the Universal Group; A+ Property is the show’s gold sponsor. Entry is free. For more information in English, Thai and Russian go to www.pattayapropertyshow.com
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QROPS – Say No to 55% Tax! The attractions of a QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overses Pension Scheme) for expatriates with retained pension benefits from former schemes in the UK, is not in doubt. The fact that the entire fund can be left to loved ones intact, instead of losing 55 percent of it to the exchequer in other UK Schemes, including a SIPP, is worth the price of admission. The question has been, in recent times, which Jurisdiction offers the most attractive terms. HMRC have insisted that any QROPS should be taxed in the jurisdiction in which it is based, and the treatment should be the same for residents and non-residents. This, even though HMRC will not receive a penny in tax themselves, gives us an indication of how they feel about the system. Nonetheless, they are stuck with it and rightly so. If any individual is non-resident for tax purposes, why should they pay tax on their pension benefits? The jockeying for position from a number of jurisdictions has left the market with just a few options, namely Gibraltar, Malta and New Zealand. In most cases it is likely that Gibraltar will fit the bill. They have an agreed taxation level with HMRC of 2.5 percent on drawdown Income, which is as close to zero as it’s likely to get. If, as an expat, you have not already acted on transferring your pension benefits into a QROPS, you should really consider having your current scheme(s) appraised and an analysis performed to assess your position. The 55 percent tax on death is a dreadful penalty to have to pay to the tax authorities unnecessarily. Also, in an occupational scheme, you have no idea where the money is invested and what the pension department costs to run. An annual statement provides no clue as to what has happened to your money and how much has been taken out in running expenses. Alternatively, the transparency of costs and flexibility of Investment of a QROPS, along with online access to your fund make for good reasons to carefully consider this option. There are also some myths about ‘defined benefits’ schemes. Of course, if you have worked 40 years and retired as an employee of the same company on twothirds of your final salary, no one should argue that this can be bettered. However, these days most former schemes are just that, and what many don’t realise is that, as an exemployee with a fund still in the former employer’s scheme, you are likely to be entitled to interest of only the RPI (Retail Price Index) or 5 percent, whichever is lower, on your pension pot. This ‘small print’ has the effect of negating much of the attraction of such schemes for those no longer in their employ. As for ‘defined contributions’ schemes, well these are only as good as the fund they’re in, with no guarantees whatsoever. In any event, it really is something all UK pension holders should look into sooner rather than later; that 55 percent tax on death isn’t going to go away and the UK government is also considering lowering the threshold for tax-free cash withdrawal at retirement. Currently, up to 30 percent of your pension fund can be taken as cash at retirement. There is talk of limiting that to 20 percent or, indeed, a fixed figure. 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. IFAInternational does NOT provide discretionary portfolio management, securities advice, forex trading, or local brokerage/insurance products. The services that IFA International Group provides are for expatriates and international investors 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: email@example.com
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International Property Specialist Course Presented in Bangkok By Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand The single-most edifying event in Thailand’s real estate sector unfolded here last month as 58 industry professionals participated in an intensive, week-long program to elevate their level of knowledge and professionalism to global standards.
The Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand (RESAM) joined forces with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to present the world’s most highlyrecognized education and business opportunity: the Certified International Property Specialists Course (CIPS). RESAM was established in 2005 by Dr. Pairote Sukjan, its first president, and the Thailand Real Estate specialist’s committee. It now has 244 members, including realtors, brokers/brokerages and developers. Its executive committee consists of 20 professionals representing all sectors of Thailand’s real estate industry. RESAM was formed to promote better sales and marketing skills and professionalism through direct member interaction as well as through exhibits and seminars for continued education. Dr. Pairote has been a leading figure in the industry for many years and is a highlyrespected figure not only for his depth of work and dedication to the real estate industry overall, but also for his personal support of members
by Clayton Wade Managing Director
and other real estate professionals across Thailand and the region. NAR, the world’s leading real estate alliance, is headquartered in the United States. It boasts a membership of more than 1.3 million individuals and 80 real estate associations in more than 60 countries. The CIPS certification course held at Bangkok’s Amari Atrium Hotel was targeted at expanding the knowledge globally for each participant with a hands-on experience in international real estate transactions, as well as five full days of intensive study focused on transnational transactions and their most critical aspects. Topics covered included currency and exchange rate issues, cross-cultural relationships, regional market conditions, investment performance, and tax issues, among others. Individual course titles were Local Markets, Global Real Estate, Transaction Tools, and The Business of U.S. Real Estate. Regional courses included Europe and International Real Estate, The Americas and International Real Estate, and Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate. Special recognition for the expansive curriculum must be given to NAR CIPS instructor Aida Turbow, an international real estate professional with more than 25 years in global marketing, branding and strategic sales. As a leading member of the NAR at the institutional level, Turbow has earned many awards, including the Instructor of the Year Award in 2011 and 2003. She and a handful of colleagues have instructed more than 3,000 professionals a year since 1995 throughout the US and the world, including Bulgaria, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Dubai, Brazil, Argentina and, just last month, in the Philippines and Thailand.
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The Certified International Property Specialist training program and certification taught by Aida Turbow will certainly go a long way in solving the credibility problems facing so many within the Thai real estate industry-individuals who do not have the formal real estate education and necessary certification to achieve international recognition. Last but not least in deserving huge credit is the dynamic Nancy Suvarnamani, the president’s liaison to Thailand for the National Association of Realtors and president of Century 21 Chicago, a brokerage with more than 100 agents. Without the input, representation and magnitude of her hard work, this course simply would never have happened. It was Suvarnamani who assisted RESAM in getting special scholarship funding and who provided the connections to execute the event. She also was here on the ground for weeks ensuring that every detail was perfect. One young lady working in support of all of the above individuals was Nina Serebryakova, project director of the event and International Marketing Committee chairman for RESAM. One could say that Serebryakova had the weight of the world on her shoulders, taking on the entire project. It was her hard work and confidence that brought top RESAM members together as a team, working to make it the huge success it was. By the end of the week at the CIPS International Property Specialist Certificate presentation ceremony, all graduates were on top of the world. It was one of the most ‘feel good’ networking events I have witnessed in years, with everyone pleased with themselves for having passed and for having met so many fantastic fellow real estate professionals from Chiang Rai to Phuket and the rest of Thailand. Pattaya was represented by a huge contingent of students; the Real Estate Brokers Association
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
Eastern Seaboard had 12 to 15 students, all of whom were certified. Actually, I also took the certification course for a second time inasmuch as I was asked by Suvanamani to participate in the National Association of Realtors Instructors Training course the day following the graduation dinner. With events like this and the opportunity of continued instruction and education from our own local real estate practitioners, Thailand has a great future ahead as a hub for Asian real estate education and development. A big thank you and a big bravo to RESAM president Dr. Pairote and to CIPS instructor Aida Turbow, and a very special show of gratitude to NAR’s Nancy Suvarnamani for bringing all of this to our Thailand real estate industry. Thailand real estate…..bigger, better and smarter than ever!
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
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.premierinternational.com. Clayton Wade may be contacted at +(66) (81) 634-2915 or at: email@example.com
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Phatrarika Phatraprasit at the exclusive Hilton Pattaya by Barry Kenyon
In post for only several weeks, Phatrarika (Plum) Phatraprasit is indeed a key player at Hilton Pattaya as the director of business development. With her skills in revenue management, most recently at the Conrad Bangkok, Plum has the awesome job of managing the overall revenue of Hilton Pattaya through demand data analysis and thereby maximizing use of both rooms and facilities. Her broad remit in practice involves expertise in marketing in all its many manifestations including customer feedback, the social media and staff morale.
t’s certainly true that the stylish Hilton Pattaya is unique and occupies just about the most famous site in the central Pattaya area. Soaring 34 levels above Central Festival Pattaya Beach, Southeast Asia’s largest beachfront shopping complex, the award-winning hotel offers 21st century luxury along
with instant access to a host of popular facilities including beaches, restaurants, shops and sports and family leisure attractions of every kind. This ideal location and proximity to literally thousands of retail outlets, give the hotel an added enhancement which is denied so many competitors in the hospitality industry.
All of the spacious rooms and suites at this Pattaya destination hotel are equipped with balconies, HDTVs and high-speed internet access. The magnificent ballroom facility has an outdoor balcony and beach views to take your breath away. Contemporary audio-visual equipment and a fully equipped business centre reflect the dual role of top class hotels today in supporting both vacationers and business travellers. “From the
day of Hilton Pattaya’s opening back in 2010, it has been a conscious policy decision to cater for both traditional and new market segments and niches,” confirms Plum. It’s true to say that the restaurants at Hilton Pattaya market themselves as their popularity has soared with outside visitors as well as hotel guests. Flooded with sunshine and natural light, Edge restaurant offers both international and Thai cuisine with an open show kitchen which allows customers to interact with the chefs. The Pattaya seafood buffet every Friday is especially popular. Meanwhile Flare combines traditional tastes of rural Thai kitchens with fine ingredients from around the world. Other alternative venues in the hotel are Drift with its sweeping views of Pattaya bay and the exclusive hideaway of Horizon, the unique rooftop venue. Amongst Plum’s plans are to develop the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) concept by attracting more corporate business in particular. She says, “At the moment we are still growing MICE business and expecting to be able to increase in the coming years with the demand growth and the hotel strategy. Traditionally we have relied on the Thai domestic market for conferences and corporate events, with some input from Singapore, but the potential market is very much wider.” She adds that the arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015 will mean a lot more travel by Thailand’s 10 ASEAN partners as the incipient freetrade zone in the region begins to have its effect on business throughout Southeast Asia.
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GM Outlook To ensure Hilton Pattaya offers a value-for-money experience which exceeds even our clients’ highest expectations. Phatrarika Phatraprasit Director of Business Development
Hilton Pattaya is also finding tune with guest expectations.” that its tourist and leisure market A close watch is also kept is also changing. “In the past on the popular social media year the number of Chinese websites dealing with hospitality visitors has doubled and now experiences. Hilton Pattaya is in even outpaces the large domestic the top ten of over 300 Pattaya market of Thai nationals. There hotels on TripAdvisor and are also significant upward steadily rising in a competitive trends in the numbers of South environment. Korean and Japanese arrivals. Plum is still discovering The traditional markets, such for herself how Pattaya has as Western Europe, Australia changed over the years. “I can and the United States, are see that the resort has diversinow smaller in terms of overall fied away from reliance on percentages and Russian night-time entertainment and guests are not that great in is now a flourishing famnumber.” Plum adds that the ily resort as well as the most best recruiting-sergeants are popular beach resort in the the guests themselves. “It’s the country. “The fact that there repeat business from satisfied is now a good infrastructure, customers that enables us particularly of schools and to keep occupancy rates so hospitals, means that foreign buoyant.” In many ways Hilton business people are prepared Pattaya represents what City Hall to settle here in a way that has called the “the new Pattaya” would have been unthinkable – namely a cosmopolitan mix 20 years ago.” She adds that of well-heeled guests from both with its proximity to Bangkok Thailand and the wider world. – Suvarnabhumi airport is only Asked about her personal 90 minutes away – and bold goals in her new post, Plum transportation plans for both says the obvious priority is to ring roads and a high-speed maximize revenue both for guest train to be developed later in rooms and all the facilities. this decade – Pattaya’s diversiTo do this the guests must fied future seems assured. be happy and the hotel pays “I know that Pattaya’s much attention to its in-house mayor Itthiphol Kunplome customer satisfaction survey has set the target of creating a [SALT] which invites assessment Pattaya which can be called the on every stage from pre-arrival equivalent of the Thai Riviera,” reservations to post-destination Plum concludes. “Well, that’s reports. “We give tremendous a bold aspiration but I hope to weight to customer feedback play a major role in ensuring and the findings are regularly Pattaya Hilton is up there at the disseminated to staff members Assistant forefrontManaging of developments in Director to keep them aware and in this magic city.”
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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: 55,000 Baht/month on yearly contract (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: (Thai) 087-7432319 or (Eng) 0816198626.info@ driftersbeachcafe.comwww. driftersbeachcafe.com
Apartment for Rent
(ptmafr-R1413)AROMDEE APARTMENTS, quiet, clean, well maintained, with European management. Fan/Ac rooms for rent start from 4000, baht monthly. Free WiFi, Cable-TV, Gym, and Car park. Inside Minimart, breakfast dishes, coffee bar/bar, 24 h laundry, and CCTV security coverage. Within walking distance of Big C, Tesco Lotus, and BKK Bus Station North Pattaya. Phone Thai/Eng.: 082-304-3907, Phone Norwegian/Eng.: 087-329-0300, Office/Fax: 038-370-861 Web: www.aromdeeapartments.com Email: aromdeeapartment@hotmail. com
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HOUSES FOR SALE
Charming Tropical Bangsarey Home! Selling Price 12.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/183 TLW. (PR2799) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 29 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR5035) Spectacular 7 Bedrooms Luxury Resort Style Residence on 3 Rai ! Selling Price 39 Million Baht and 7 Bedrooms/4+2 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/3 Rai. (PR6004) Amazing Pratamnak Luxury Estate! Selling Price 60 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 634 Sqm/330 TLW. (PR5946) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. (PR6363) Stunning Townhome on Jomtien’s Dongtan Beachfront! Selling Price 22 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 25 TLW/400 Sqm. (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. (PR6075) Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. PR5758) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 34 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 29.9 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 50 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. (PR5052) Great Home in View Talay Villas! Selling Price 12.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/72 TLW. (PR4854) Great Private Estate Home! Selling Price 14.9 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 375 Sqm/500 TLW. PR5365) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 39 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. (PR4516) Great Home in Town! Selling Price 6.9 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms, 280 Sqm/70 TLW. (PR6394)
HOUSES FOR RENT
Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. (PR2184) Gorgeous and Brand New Marina Home! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/ Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. (PR3982) Impressive Lakeside Estate Home! Rental Price 125,000 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. (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. (PR2977) Wonderful Beachside Homes! Rental Price 80,000-110,000 Baht/Month, 3-5 Bedrooms/4-5 Bathrooms, 188-280 Sqm./75-100 TLW. (PRH133) Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 TLW. (PR5230) Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 TLW. (PR0193) Stunning and Gorgeous Home for Rent! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/ Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. (PR3982) Beachfront Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 TLW.(PR6017)
CONDOS FOR SALE
Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 23.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 363 Sqm. (PR5414) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. (PR5559) Beautiful Apartment with Sea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm. (PR4136) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm. (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm. (PR5786) Great Jomtien Beach Area Apartment! Selling Price 3.5 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms, 80 Sqm. (PR5084) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. (PR4990) Great Sea Views and Stunning Décor in North Pattaya! Selling Price 7.474 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 74 Sqm. (PR4862) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. (PR3990) Best priced Apartment in Na Jomtien’s Pine Shore Condo! Selling Price is 8 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 91 Sqm. (PR4987) Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Jomtien Beach! Selling Price 10 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 165 Sqm. (PR6410)
CONDOS FOR RENT
Very Impressive Sea View Apartment!! Rental Price is 40,000 Baht/ Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 64 Sqm. (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. (PRC084) Beachfront Life Style for Rent! Rental Price is 85,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 266 Sqm. (PR0737) North Pattaya Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 100,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 311 Sqm. (PR4262) Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101 Sqm. (PR5423) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. (PR4570) Fantastically Designed Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. (PR4187) Luxury Suite Condominium on Pratamnak Hill! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 115 Sqm. (PR6391) Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price 60,000 Baht/ Month, 2+1 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 214 Sqm. (PR5166) Beautiful Apartment with Spacious Living Area! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 340 Sqm. (PR5491)
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Houses for Sale
(ptmhfs-O0413)Beautiful ‘New’ 3 Bed 2 Bath House Near Mabprachan Lake on 1 rai 45 TW of land with fruit trees/private water well. House 165 sqm. Internet/ cable connected. 7-11 and Lotus Express only 1 km from the house and 6-8 mins to Central Pattaya on highway. Reduced price for quick sale 5.7 million. 083 102 9293 (ptmhfs-P0513)BANG SARAY, NEW 2 BEDROOM, TWO BATH HOME WITH MOUNTAIN VIEW. Great location, The house size is 158 square meters and the property size is 458 square meters backing on navy land for complete privacy. The property offers a lovely mountain view and only minutes to the beach. The price includes a fully western kitchen and air conditioning. Construction time is three months giving you lots of time to pick your own colours. Price: 3.1 million 085 287 2957 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pool Villa For Sale – Jomtien - A very nice renovation, the detached single storey villa, land area 248 sqm, living area 130 sqm. Stylishly furnished throughout with top quality fittings, 3 bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, full European white kitchen with oven and microwave, dining area, living room, flat screen LCD TV in every room, small private pool, pool side terrace, water features, remote closing gates, communal pool, 24/7 security and just 600m to Jomtien Night Plaza, food market, restaurants, shops and bars. Great value. Price: Reduced to 4.99mBt. Website Ref: PLVS142. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Pool Villa For Sale – East Jomtien. Single storey 140 sqm villa in a quiet secluded small development on land plot 280 sqm, stylishly finished and furnished throughout, 2 bedrooms, 2 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: 4.5m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS169. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pattayajomtien-property.com House For Sale –Bang Saray - Nicely designed new single storey house, Living area 132sqm, Land area 400sqm, in this popular area of Bang Saray. The property is built to European standards offering 2 bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen with oven, 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. Website Ref: HSES092. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com
House For Sale –East Pattaya - Located on a spacious corner plot in this popular, quiet and secure village less than 5 minutes from Sukhumvit Road and Central Pattaya, the single storey property is offered living area 150 sqm, land area 390 sqm, unfurnished with 3 bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, living room, dining area, landscaped tropical gardens, communal pool and clubhouse, 24/7 security. An ideal property for those looking for a quiet and secure village yet near to all amenities.. Price: 4.99m Bt. Website Ref: HSES096. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com House For Sale –East Pattaya - Two storey semi-detached houses 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 such large family homes. The seller has in total six of these rental properties, five with tenants in place, that are rented for between 17,000 Bt and 20,000 Bt per month on medium to long term leases bringing in a return of 8%. Only for sale because of the owners continued ill health problems. They can be purchased individually from 1.99m Bt to 2.2m Bt each or all six houses together for 11.9m Bt. Website Ref: HSES071. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Charming Tropical 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR2799) 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Fa m i l y H o m e ! S e l l i n g Price 10.5 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5035)
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Spectacular 7 Bedrooms Luxury Resort Style Residence on 3 Rai ! Selling Price 39 Million Baht and 7 Bedrooms/4+2 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/3 Rai. 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6004) 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5946) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6363) Stunning Townhome 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com. (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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com. (PR5758)
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Houses for Sale
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com. (PR4465) 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 50 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appoint-
ment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR4854) 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5365) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 39 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR4516)
Great Home in Town! Selling Price 6.9 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms, 280 Sqm/70 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6394) Tropical Jomtien Villa with Private Swimming Pool: Thai-Bali Style, 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms, And 524 Sqm Sale Price: 8,250,000 THB. (Co Name) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email to firstname.lastname@example.org JOMTIEN PALACE ESTATES- Modern style 6 bedrooms home, 3 bath, and 3 beds upstairs and downstairs. Living Area 280 SQM 10.9 million (Co name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 1 bed 1 bath 4.49 mil (thai name) Freehold. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net 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) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net Pob Choke Garden Hill – Just Built - New House 2 Bed 2 Bath. Located in Bangsaray just off hwy. 331. Sale Price: 1,699, 000 THB (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email to email@example.com Nirvana Pool Villas 1 - 3 Bed 3 Bath House with Private Pool/Fully Furnished/ Enclosed Garage 364 SQM. Sale Price: 5.9 Million THB co. name (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net Baan Suay Mai Ngam Newer 3 Bed 4 Bath House/ fully furnished/private pool/ owner must sell 3.25 Million Thai name. (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email to firstname.lastname@example.org View Talay Villa with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 2 bath 8.9 million (co name) Freehold. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net
Houses for Rent
(ptmhfr-n0313) OCCASION! Beautiful townhouse (South Pattaya), just 2 minutes to city or beach, green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, ADSL, garage. Must have seen! Contact: 089 248 8484 J O M T I E N PA L A C E HOME- 3 Bdrm 3 Baths modern 140 SQM Fully furnished with private Jacuzzi,
towels, and linens. 30,000 per month for (1 year lease) please call 085-910-5124 Email to email@example.com View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 2 bath 55,000 THB/Month (1 Year Lease) Fully Equipped Please call 085-910-5124 Email to dew@ bbpasia.net House For Rent – Jomtien Spacious furnished two storey property in this popular village just a minutes’ drive to Jomtien Beach. The property offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, European kitchen, open plan lounge, living area 300 sqm ,land area 324 sqm, covered parking, communal pool, 24/7 security and just 5 minutes from Tesco and downtown Pattaya. Minimum rental period of 6 months applies. Rent 38,000 Bt per month. Website Ref: HSER046. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com House For Rent – East Pattaya - A two storey semidetached house in a very quiet secure development just a 5 minute drive from Sukhumvit Road. Very spacious, 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 a large family home. A minimum rental period of 6 months applies at 17,000 Bt per month. Website Ref: HSER011. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com House for Rent – Ban Amphur - A really spacious 340 sqm 4 storey semi-detached town house, stylishly finished and furnished in a modern Thai-Bali style offering 3 en-suite bedrooms, 1 guest bedroom (presently used as an office), 4 luxurious bathrooms, fully fitted European kitchen complete with oven and washing machine, dining room, open plan living room, snooker room, top floor lounge-TV room leading onto a large balcony with great views over the sea and Ocean Marina. A really great value rental, 200m to the beach, offering great views from the higher floors. Minimum rental period of 1 year applies at 40,000 Bt per month. Website Ref: HSER011. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - Stylishly finished and furnished pool villa, living area 80 sqm, land area 240 sqm, 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, 100m to numerous restaurants, shops, bars in Jomtien Night Plaza. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies at 40,000 Bt. Website Ref: PLVR300. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property.com. www.pattaya-jomtien-property.com
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Houses for Rent
Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - Ideally located 250m from the beach and just 100m from Jomtien Night Plaza. The 140 sqm villa offers 2 en-suite bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, living room and dining area, private pool with poolside terrace and sun deck, landscaped garden, communal pool, restaurant, 24/7 security. Monthly rates are 75,000 Bt (excluding utilities) in low season from 1st April through to 31st October but excluding August and high season 1st November to 31st March and August 90,000 Bt per month (excluding utilities). Also available for weekly leases contact us for details.Website Ref: PLVR314. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR2184) Gorgeous and Brand New Marina Home! 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3982) Impressive Lakeside Estate Home! Rental Price 125,000 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR2977) Wo n d e r f u l B e a c h s i d e Homes! Rental Price 80,000110,000 Baht/Month, 3-5 Bedrooms/4-5 Bathrooms, 188-280 Sqm./75-100 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PRH133) 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3982) Beachfront Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR6017)
Condos for Sale
The Residence – This executive low rise building is one of the most popular in the area, located in a quiet non-tourist location just 1km from Jomtien Beach. This 52 sqm pool facing studio offers 1 luxurious bathroom, small European style kitchen, open plan living area, large balcony overlooking the exclusive lagoon style pool, fitness, hotel style reception, car parking, 24/7 security, 800m to Jomtien Night Plaza and fresh food market. For Sale: 1.79m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS700. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Avatara - With great sea views from Koh Larn down to Bang Saray and just 40m back from the beach, this high floor unit is superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout with a stunning interior offering 68sqm 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes and large balcony, 1 luxurious bathroom with open shower, fully fitted European kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan living room with large balcony, roof top infinity
pool, Jacuzzi, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security, Wifi and just 40m walk to the beach, numerous fish restaurants, shops, and taxis. For Sale: 6.9m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS582. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com 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. Website Ref: CDOS128. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pattayajomtien-property.com View Talay Residence - Superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout, this new 101 sqm one bedroom mid floor condo has white UPVC double glazed windows and doors, European kitchen, huge luxury bathroom with shower and bath tub, open plan lounge and dining area, large wrap round corner balcony overlooking the communal pool, sauna, excellent security. These new stylish low rise buildings are extremely popular, ideally located in the heart of Jomtien near Jomtien 2nd Road and just 150m from Jomtien Beach and numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis... This unit is priced to sell, in foreign name. For Sale: 4.3m Bt. Website Ref: CDOS069. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 23.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 363 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5414) Wonderfull y Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and
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private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5559) Beautiful Apartment with Sea 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5786) 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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR4990) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4987)
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View Talay 2B - 10th floor Jomtien Seaview 1 Bedroom 1 Bath 76 (Sqm): 2.890.000 THB. (Thai Name) please call 082 3440 822 (eng) 085 9105 124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net
Condos for Sale
Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Jomtien Beach! Selling Price 10 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 165 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR6410) The Residence Jomtien Beach - Large Studio 52 sqm fully fitted and furnished 1.79 Million THB (foreign name) High Floor please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net View Talay 5C – 2 bed / 2 bath 146 sqm direct ocean front corner unit cool side, fully fitted and furnished 5.95 Million THB (foreign name) 3 rd Floor please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net Sunset Boulevard Residence I, Corner Unit 1 Bedroom-1 Bathroom, Total Size 52 Sqm (co. name) Sale Price: 2,995,000 THB++ Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net Sunset Boulevard Residence I, (2) Studio Rooms, Total Size 36 Sqm each. Side by side 5th floor units with sea views Sale Price: 1,995,000 THB. Each++ Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net Jomtien Condotel – 81 sq meter 1 Bedroom 1 bathroom 3.59 million THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email to email@example.com
Condos for Rent
For Rent in Soi 6.2 bedroom, 1 living room, 84sqm apartment with two balconies. Fully furnished, 3 TVs, kitchen, 2 AC’s. Excellent location. 24,000 baht permonth. Call: 087 139 1539 For Rent in Soi 6 PratamnakJomtien.42 sqm studio with big balconyfor sea views. Fully furnished, kitchen. Everything you need. Excellent location. 12,000 baht per month. Call: 087 139 1539 Park Lane Resort Jomtien 1 bedroom 1 bath 36 sqm. 15,000 per month. (1 year Lease) Fully furnished linens, cooking utensils and are Pool View please call 085-910-5124 Email to firstname.lastname@example.org Avatara - With great sea views from Koh Larn down to Bang Saray and just 40m back from the beach, this high floor unit offers great sea and beach views, 68sqm superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout with a stunning interior offering 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes and large balcony, 1 luxurious bathroom with open shower, fully fitted European kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan living room with large balcony, roof top infinity pool, Jacuzzi, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security, Wifi and just 40m walk to the beach, numerous fish restaurants, shops, and taxis. Rent: 40,000 Bt per month on 3 month lease and 38,000 Bt on long term lease. Website Ref: CDOR392. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com
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Thip Condotel - A newly renovated and stylishly furnished 30 sqm studio with European kitchen, luxury bathroom, washing machine, balcony, communal pool, 24/7 security and a minutes walk to numerous restaurants, shops, bars, Jomtien Night Plaza, taxis and 150m to the beach. Rent: 12,000 Bt per month. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies..Website Ref: CDOR344. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pattayajomtien-property.com The Gallery - A very stylish studio 28 sqm, in these new buildings ideally located just 100m from Jomtien Beach. The unit has a European style kitchen, luxury bathroom, well furnished living area with LCD TV, rooftop infinity edge swimming pool, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security. Rent: 13,000 Bt month. Minimum of 6 month lease applies..Website Ref: CDOR309. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR0737)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR4262) Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR4187) Luxury Suite Condominium on Pratamnak Hill! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 115 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR6391)
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Condos for Rent
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (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: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5491)
Land for Sale
(ptm-lfs0012)Land for sale. 3.2 Rai 49 TLW, Close to Jomtien 2nd Road. Call: 084 754 4214
No.1 Professional Thai Massage Centre in Kuching, Sarawak looking for Experienced Thai Massage Therapist (male and female) to join in our company. If you are mature (age between 30-42 years old), independent and experienced, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact +65 83210687, we will arrange an interview with you soon. Accountant wanted for condominium project: 1 position available. Minimum 1 year experience. Computer skill – MS Excel, MS Word.
English is a plus. Female. Must be able to work overtime. Maid wanted for sales office and showroom: 2 positions available. Female not older than 45. Hardworking with service mind. Messenger/ driver wanted: Male. Must have driver license for car and motorcycle. Must be able to work overtime and travel. Please call K. Passanee 081 293 3390 or send resume to email@example.com A leading Irish Pub in Pattaya is looking for a Pub Manager. Qualifications: College degree in Hotel Management or related field; At least 5 years experience in Food & Beverage, or Pub & Restaurant Management role; Strong commercial/business acumen; understanding of finance; Proficiency in English, and computer literate; Strong inter-personality, leadership, and creative skills; Passion for operation excellence; Strong in driving results; people management and development. Interested candidates please send your comprehensive resume with recent photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org Centara Hotel & Resorts. Will be opening its fourth property in Pattaya, the fivestar Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, located at Phratamnak Hill on the East side of the city. Now we are seeking candidates for many position; - Food &Beverage Department (Restaurant Manager, Server, Bartender,
Supervisor, Chefs, Commis...) - Front Office Department (Reservation Manager, Night Manager, Front Desk Supervisor, Front Desk Clerk, Bell Man...) - Housekeeping Department (Assistant Executive Housekeeper, Floor / Public Area Supervisor, Room / Public Area Attendant, Order Taker...) - Finance & Accounting Department (Financial Controller, Chief Accountant, Purchasing Manager, Cost Controller, AR/AP Supervisor, Night Auditor...) - Spa & Sports Recreation Department (Spa Manager, Therapist, Spa Receptionist, Fitness Supervisor, Pool Attendant...) - Engineering Department (Technicians). If you are an energetic, organised and result-driven team player who is looking for challenge at the highest level of standards, send your resume or walk-in interview: Human Resources Department Preopening Office Phratamnak Soi 5, NongPrue, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150Mb: 081-861 4505, T: 038-306 337 E: email@example.com Junior Graphic, Junior Accountant at True North, Production Manager at URS’s behalf. Requirements: Secondary 6/Vocational - Salary based on ability - Full-time; Sr. Account Representative John.- No age limit. Requirements: Bachelor Degree- Salary based on ability- Full-timeThe experience will be an advantage. Call: K. Nid 082 478 6444, email: nidjarin@ silvermover.com
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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 of the common areas, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Urgent! Experienced Waitress Wanted for International restaurant. Must speak English. Good salary + tips. Call 091 240 4331.
Vehicles for Sale
Audi A4 1.8 Automatic 1996. Colour Red, 17” BBS Genuine alloy wheels, C.D., alarm. Excellent all round condition. Thai owner. Only 196,000 baht. Call 086-820-2577, 086-383-6853 2005 NISSAN TEANA 230JM- Diamond Black/ Cream Leather interior, all options, new paint, serviced by Nissan, low miles, 559,000 call 084 158 0785 REAL BARGAIN! PROTON EXORA1.6 CPS automatic highline, reg 2012, 7-seater, top model.Full spec with rear TV.1 farang owner. 33,000 km, full service history. Immaculate condition cost new: 840,000 baht. Absolute giveaway at 490,000 baht.For full details: Call 087 139 1539 (Eng), 081 004 6497 (Thai)
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Tips & Advice
Give Us a Break As Pattaya’s traffic gets worse and worse, city authorities are making it worse by failing to sequence the traffic lights properly. I am referring in particular to those at the South Pattaya Road and Third Road intersection. For some reason which I cannot fathom, there is far too short a green segment for vehicles travelling south on Third Road and continuing towards Jomtien. This leads unnecessarily to huge traffic jams with the result that drivers are still trying to plough through when their signal is red. I find it frustrating that the authorities have wasted so much money on those silly Pelican crossings--which are usually turned off anyway--when what they should have done is to invest in the latest technology traffic signals throughout the city. (Phil Sales) A Traffic Improvement I must say what an improvement it is that City Hall has now banned traffic from Jomtien from continuing straight on at the bottom of Thappraya Road by the concrete flyover. Drivers must now turn left or right and cannot block Second Road by trying to go straight and create traffic mayhem. In fact most traffic turns right along Third Road which creates some long traffic queues but has certainly improved the situation overall. The more I think about this problem of traffic, the more I think that the solution is to create more and more oneway systems which certainly seem to create a freer circulation. (Observant Oliver)
Queries Answered Mr. Chang @ VISA SERVICE IN PATTAYA E-MAIL: email@example.com 183/27 M.10 Soi 13/2 Nongpure, Banglamung Chonburi 20150 Mobile: 66 81 7549342 Tel: 66 38 711 145
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Visa Shortage Q: There doesn’t seem to be a one-year visa for me. At 47 I am too young for a retirement visa. I have been in a partnership with a Thai woman for several years and we have a baby son, but we are not married. Although I have had one-year visas in the past, I have been told by Thai Immigration and by the Thai embassy in Malaysia that I need to get married to obtain a full one-year visa. We cannot marry as I still have a wife in UK whom I never see. What do you suggest? A: The situation of an unmarried farang with a Thai family is a bit of a grey area and the ground rules do shift from time to time. You could apply for a one-year education visa which would include 200 hours of tuition toward studying the Thai language. Since you seem to have decided to spend your life here, it wouldn’t do any harm to improve your knowledge of the language. Several language schools in Pattaya can discuss with you the process involved; it’s not difficult. Chinese conundrum Q: I read in the papers and on the internet that Thailand will soon to allow Chinese citizens to visit without a 15-day visa-on-arrival. I have a cousin in Shanghai who wants to know when the ruling will come in and whether the limit will be 15 days or one month. My cousin says he has dozens of relatives who also want to come to Thailand. A: The Thai government has announced that a new ruling may be made in 2014 largely to facilitate economic growth and tourism. However, no final decision has been made and the parameters of the permitted stay have not been drawn up. Once the visa on arrival for Chinese is dropped, Thailand stands to lose about one billion baht a year in income, so there probably needs to be a reciprocal agreement between the two countries. These things take time. Non “O” in Liverpool Q: I have read in many places that non-immigrant “O”
British Embassy Eclipse It is astonishing that the British Embassy in Bangkok has more or less abandoned Pattaya even though more Brits live here than in any other Thai provincial city. Firstly, they opened a proper functioning consulate in Jomtien a few years ago, and then they closed it quoting the need to save money. Then they withdrew more and more services, and now I read that they are not even particularly interested in providing letters for British citizens. The British embassy in Bangkok no longer issues passports, and I’m told that visas for Thais are mostly issued by the Borders Agency rather than Foreign Office staff. The latest notice on their website says that Brits who marry foreigners abroad may no longer record their marriages in UK but must keep their own paperwork until they need it. Talk about throwing your citizens to the wolves! They can’t even print a list of lawyers without changing their mind. (Peter Rhodes) Number of Deaths I read in the papers and see on the internet and on TV news that a lot of foreigners seem to die in Pattaya. If you add natural causes in hospitals to the suicides, murders and traffic accidents, the number of fatalities must be very large. I would very much like to find out the actual number of deaths of foreigners in Pattaya every year and wonder where I can find this information. (AF) (Ed – These statistics are not published either by the local authorities or by the government. The number in Pattaya is thought to be around 250 a year, mostly from natural causes) visas are now more or less impossible to obtain at the Thai embassy in London and its satellite consulates in Liverpool, Birmingham, etc. However, my friend has just obtained from Liverpool a multiple entry “O” valid for one full year. Has something changed recently? I am sending you a copy of his passport pages as proof. A: Firstly you should not send copies of passports by email especially if they do not belong to you, or you ought to blank out personal details. However, I note that your friend is over 80 years old. In late retirement, it is still possible to obtain the multiple “O” for holiday or family reasons, although you have to send to the consulate details of your bank account to show financial independence. It’s best to contact the consulate in question before applying for this visa as ground rules may differ from place to place. Child under 15 Q: We are a married couple with two children, aged 16 and 13. We recently used a visa agent to extend our visas in Thailand, which was OK. However, on checking the passports, I find that the younger child has been refused as there is no new stamp in her passport. I assumed this was some sort of mistake as my 13-year-old is a good girl and does not behave badly. However, the agent told me on the phone not to worry. I am very worried indeed what will happen when we get to the airport. A: Children under 15 years are permitted to overstay the date in their visa without incurring any penalty. Your child’s passport will be stamped at the airport and you will have no problems with the immigration authorities. Once children turn 15, they are treated as adults in this context. Husband is dead Q: I am a Thai widow and my American husband died of a heart attack last week. I still have his passport but I am worried what will happen when we transport his body to New York, as he is technically on overstay. Should I visit Immigration to report the death? I have heard so many different tales from well-meaning friends and I remain confused. A: The dead cannot be responsible for overstay and the death certificate is the key to the problem. It is a courtesy to visit the local Immigration Office with his passport and the death certificate copy, but not strictly necessary. As the mortician will likely advise you, the documents required at the airport are passport and original death certificate. Most bereaved people in your situation delegate this whole bureaucracy to the funeral company. The rules are slightly different in the case of cremation in Thailand and return of the urn to the home country.
Snap Judgment Unbelievable Week Amazing Thailand has long possessed the ability to gobsmack local foreigners, but the last few days have taken us into new and most contentious territory. We now see both the pro-Thaksin red shirts and the many opposition groups, informally led by the Democrats, both demonstrating against the blanket amnesty which would allow Thaksin to return home and drop criminal charges against the Democrat leaders for their role in the 2010 crackdown. The government sees this as a deus ex machina–a sweeping solution to help the country move forward. Of course the red shirts and the opposition groups are not found at the same rallies; they each want different outcomes. The red shirts crave the prosecution of the Democrat leaders whilst not minding in the least if Thaksin’s conviction for money laundering is dropped. However, the opposition wants the opposite outcome: Thaksin’s conviction must stand at all costs and, if he wants to return to Thailand, let him serve a jail sentence first. It is now on the cards that Thailand will witness escalating public disturbances, peaceful at first no doubt, as the government seeks to impose its will on an unwilling populace. The prime minister will argue that she has a democratic mandate through the ballot box to impose the right solution, whilst opposition groups will accuse her of elected dictatorship. In the past, such an impasse would have led to a military coup. That is less likely now as the army doesn’t mind the government’s plan in which no military leaders face court action. A putsch is also unlikely for other reasons. The opposition is much more fragmented these days and the government better prepared for any eventuality. The army leadership in any case is likely split between pro and anti Thaksin groups. A coup this time around might even lead to a brief civil war. But this is Thailand, and nothing can be ruled out. There is still a residue of expertise in the retired army ranks for instigating a coup. There is the worrying reminder of Egypt in July this year when army leaders, supposedly under Muslim Brotherhood authority, revolted against the then-president in a coup presumably backed by the silent majority. One can only hope that the present Thai government will weigh its options carefully. Learning to step back is a vital political skill on occasion. Separately, another gobsmacker is the proposal to charge foreign tourists 500 baht on entry if they are staying longer than three days and 30 baht per day if they are here for fewer days. The justification for raising an extra billion baht or so every few months is that some foreigners can’t pay their medical bills. But there is no guarantee that the cash raised will be spent on foreigner medical aid and certainly no prospect that tourists or expats will now receive free treatment if they are cashless. The problem of collecting large amounts of cash at borders and airports has not been addressed and the whole matter looks like a charm for mega-cash disappearing into the pockets of officials and their bosses. Add to all this the 100 percent rise in the airport tax--included in your fare–to 800 baht, and you begin to realize why it is called Amazing Thailand. Unbelievable Thailand may be more appropriate.
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Local Sports Local and International Motorsports Report
PAP 18th Season Results
by Nap Tumanguil
Recent Race Updates: FORMULA 1: Victory was by no means assured after an unusually sluggish start,
but by the time the chequered flag came out in Suzuka, Japan it was Sebastian Vettel once more in charge of proceedings. However, it still wasn't enough to enable Vettel to secure the title after Fernando Alonso labored to a fourth place finish which is enough to keep him mathematically with an outside chance of the title with 4 races remaining, fully story www.f1.com 13 October 2013
After four consecutive seasons, Titans finally won their first ever championship title in the SpeedSend PAP 18th Season All-Filipino Conference, defeating CBI 82-76 in the final. Titans dominated the first half of the game, thanks to Dhodie--the veteran guard--to score 15
INDYCAR: Will Power wins finale at Fontana, Dixon crowned 2013 Indy Car Cham-
pion. When the chequered flag finally waved at the end of three and a half hours of non-stop action, less than a third of the starting field - just eight cars - were still on track at the conclusion of the 2013 IndyCar Series season, full story www. indycar.com 20 October 2013 NASCAR: It's been 109 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races since Jamie McMurray last found his way to victory lane Jamie since October 2010 by clinching victory in the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, full story www. nascar.com 20 October 2013 MOTOGP: Australian MotoGP was the first ever MotoGP race to feature mandatory pit
stops, due to concerns over overheating tires on the new asphalt. Marquez - who had been battling Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa for victory - failed to change to his spare bike within the ten lap limit. So Marquez was black flagged, and Lorenzo went on to win, full story www.motosp.com 20 October 2013 2013 FIA Formula One World Calendar 2 013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX (Yas Marina) 01 - 03 Nov 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (Austin) 15 - 17 Nov FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO DO BRASIL 2013 (São Paulo) 22 - 24 Nov www.formula1.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Sept-Nov)
Date Day Race Site Location 11/3/13 Sun Texas Motor Speedway 11/10/13 Sun Phoenix International Raceway 11/17/13 Sun Homestead-Miami Speedway www.nascar.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia
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2013 Indy Car Schedule (Sept-Nov) SEASON FINISHED UNTIL 2014 (SCHEDULE FORTHCOMING) www.indycar.com (free live timing and scoring online)
2013 MotoGP Grand Prix (Sept-Nov) Valencia Ricardo Tormo
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Top 3 F1 Drivers' Championship 2013 after round 14 of 19 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 297 2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari-Ferrari 207 3 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 177 Top 3 IndyCar Drivers' Championship after round 18 of 19 1 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 2,254 2 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing 2,250 3 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing 2,228 Top 3 NASCAR Drivers' Championship after round 30 of 36 1 Matt Kenseth 2 Jimmie Johnson 3 Kevin Harvick
Joe Gibbs Racing Hendrick Motorsports Richard Childress Racing
2,183 2,180 2,158
Top 3 MotoGP Drivers’ Championship after round 12 of 18 1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2 Dani Pedrosa R epsol Honda Team 3 Jorge Lorenzo Factory Yamaha Racing
253 219 219
**Local Thailand Motorsports Schedules 2013** Thailand Super Series Schedule (TSS) 2013 December 13-15 Bang Saen Street Circuit, Chonburi
Nitto 3K Racing Series Schedule 2013 Bonanza Speedway 1-3 November Pattaya’s Bira Circuit 6-8 December
OMP Challenge Series Schedule 2013 November 17 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit December 22 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit Bobby Brooks™ Follow me on Twitter: @racebobby
points and give the Titans an 8-point lead. But the CBI came storming back with their 3-point shooter Zamley who was named season’s MVP of the league. He knocked down four straight 3-pointers to rally their
second lead 65-62 early in the fourth quarter. Dhodie scored 12 points in the second half and Titans pulled away late in the game, ripping off a 10-4 runs. Meanwhile, third placer Gwapings won their match against Stallions in their battle for third place. Next season begins Feb. 2, 2014.
PSC Golf from The Growling Swan by Peter Blackburn
Bill & Geoff take the honours at Navy! Plutaluang, East & South – Stableford It was a relief to see a fine and sunny Pattaya Monday morning after all the recent downpours as we assembled at The Growling Swan to prepare for our trip to Plutaluang. There was one late cancellation due to sickness which left us with 21 starters and we welcomed back Ed Stewart from California, Bill Steinman from New York, and Ulff Larsson from Sweden. It was also a farewell to your writer, Peter Blackburn, who is off to Perth, Australia, for a couple of weeks. Taking care of business in my absence are Peter Grey, John Pierrel, Dick Braimbridge, Stu Rifkin and Max Bracegirdle. With everyone on time we departed the GS and headed south on Route 3, arriving at the course in just 42 minutes (J J please note). The course was very busy and we were allocated east and south nines for a change. We sent our first four-ball away 20 minutes ahead of schedule. With a five-ball in front of us and many groups ahead of them it was obvious that we were in for another slow round, but the course was good, although quite wet with the greens traditionally slow, it was well maintained and the weather was terrific. As expected, it was a bit of a crawl and turned out to be a five-hour round--but nonetheless very enjoyable with excellent company. We had two divisions, A for handicaps 0 to 18, and B for 19 and over, with four places in each division. There were also rewards for nearest-the-pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the east 9 and south 9 greens. Newcomer Bill Steinman was the winner in A Division with a score of 37 points; yours truly Peter “Blacky” Blackburn was second just 1 point further back. In third place came Andy Todd on 33 points, and with two golfers on 31 points it was John Pierrel (15 point back nine) who finished fourth from Keith “Kissy” Buchanan (14 point back nine) on a count-back. In B
Stuvik to test GP2 in Abu Dhabi The European Formula 3 Open championship leader Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik from Thailand has confirmed that he has signed a contract with the Italian Rapax Team to test a GP2 formula car in Abu Dhabi, on 5th and 6th of November, following the Emirati Formula 1 round at the Yas Marina Circuit. The GP2 test will be held together with the yearly Formula 1 Young Driver test.
Division it was Geoff Bracegirdle who “got the chocolates” with 33 points and another count-back saw Patrick Poussier (13 point back nine) finish second ahead of Duangjai “Kae” Tusagad (11 point back nine) with Seesa Phonpinmon in fourth place on 30 points. Results for Plutaluang: Division A 1st – Bill Steinman (8) - 37 points 2nd – Peter Blackburn (12) - 36 points 3rd – Andy Todd (12) - 33 points 4th – John Pierrel (9) - 31 points Division B 1st – Geoff Bracegirdle (21) - 33 points 2nd – Patrick Poussier (23) - 32 points 3rd – Duangjai Tusagad (21) - 32 points 4th – Seesa Phonpinmon (26) - 30 points
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Tips & Advice QUICK TIP
Buying paint? Make a note of the paint color name and number printed on the can, and the date when you painted the room. Tape the memo with that information to the back of the light-switch plate in the same room. When it's time to repaint, you'll have an easy reference to match the same paint color. Double Take Double Take Dear Andy, I have non-slip tiles in my bathroom they now look a bit dingy. Can I polish them with something that still protects me from slipping and breaking my neck? What can I do to make them look nice again? Lauren Perren Andy, I have light beige, noskid tiles in my bathroom. Over the years, in spite of mopping every week, the tiles have gotten dirty (just ground-in dirt from my feet I think) and I can’t get them clean. I wonder if you had any suggestions. Mike Thank you, Lauren and Mike, for asking a question that many readers have asked over the years. As regular readers of this column know, I favor eco-friendly solutions over chemicals. That’s particularly true in this case because you never want to put harsh chemicals on tiles; there’s always a risk that you’re affecting the color, etching or non-skid component of surfaces. So try this: combine a cup of clear vinegar and a half cup of lemon juice and heat the mixture for a minute or two in your microwave. Now add two heaping tablespoons of baking soda to the hot solution and mix thoroughly, then blend in a cup of dishwashing liquid. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and shake vigorously to ensure that the ingredients are blended. Spray
onto the tiles and allow the formula to remain for about two hours, then scrub with a nylon scrub brush or coarse rag. Rinse thoroughly and you’re done. The tiles should sparkle. As an option, get yourself some OxiClean. Stir two cups of the product into four liters of hot water and apply to the shower tiles using a rag or mop. Let stand for an hour or so, then scrub the entire surface, again using a stiff brush or coarse rag. Rinse thoroughly. This concentration will also remove mild grout stains and dirt. Sound Mind I live in a semi-detached bungalow and would like to soundproof the shared wall as I do not like to hear my neighbours’ conversations. Are there any local solutions here in Pattaya? Anthony Among readers who have contacted me on this topic, Anthony, none has expressed satisfaction with local contractors that have 'soundproofed' their homes. There are many products you can use (from sheet rock to bricks to foam and fiber glass and more) if you elect to do the messy, laborious and expensive project yourself. Yet you still may not be satisfied with the outcome; it is truly a grueling and formidable job which seldom provides total satisfaction. My only suggestion locally would be to contact Lohr Insulation and Construction in
Naklua (038-367594). If they cannot be of direct help, they might provide you with referrals. I have not gotten any feedback on Lohr one way or the other, so this is not a recommendation to use them; only a suggestion to call. Or you might try ear plugs. Paint Plaint We own an older house that we had painted about five years ago. For the last year so, the exterior paint has been cracking. I tried filling in the cracks using a powder/ water filler mix, but the cracks just reappear. Can you offer any reasons for the cracking or can you tell me how do I treat the cracks? Ray Paint cracking usually is caused when the home’s exterior is finished with low-quality paint which has inadequate adhesion and flexibility. But even if you bought high quality paint, it is possible that the painters used too much thinner in the final mix, or that they neglected to prepare the surface properly before applying the finish. You can try to correct the cracking by removing all loose and flaking paint with a scraper or wire brush, sanding to feather the edges, priming any bare spots and repainting with good-quality paint. If the cracking goes down to the substrate, however, you should remove all of the paint by scraping, sanding and/or using a heat gun; then prime and repaint
Frank, Forthright & Frigid Dear Agony Ivy, The Wizard of Oz You may think my letter is a bit odd or even that I am telling porkies (ed: these are untruths) but I am absolutely on the level. My problem is that I am 22 years old but I only look 14 with my lovely blond hair and teenage-looking body. As a result I am constantly getting into difficulties which I find are extremely embarrassing. Only the other day I tried to pay full price on the bus but was told in no uncertain terms not to be so silly. I even showed my ID card but the driver said it must belong to my sister. I have also been refused admittance to many discos and nightclubs, which means that my sex life (ed: she means social life) has shrunk to practically zero. I am so very desperate, so I am turning to you for advice as you look around 60 in your photo. Angela Bellweather
Dear Angela, First of all thank you for the compliment. Most people say that my photo puts me as in my 70s, so I feel you are a person with a good sense of judgment. Most of the letters I receive are from women who want to look younger and I am pleased to say I am something of an expert on crow’s feet and double chins. However your problem is just the opposite, so I have had to put my thinking cap on over my rather long ears. It was recently Halloween and in the shops you will find at a heavily discounted price on all manner of masks and costumes which will certainly make you look older. However, you must be careful not to choose one which actually makes you appear dead as that would be going too far. You may like to consider copying the costume of Margaret Hamilton, the wicked witch in the movie The Wizard
with a top quality latex exterior paint. If water also is a problem, you might try a clear sealer or silicone caulk. Seeing Red We recently bought an area rug for our living room. It was exactly what the room needed. But red wine was not what the carpet needed. We spilled a whole glass of red wine on the tan carpet last weekend and now we need your advice to get the stain out. Poo Fast action is key to preventing permanent stains, which means before the wine has time to dry, blot up as much as you can, cover the spot with hydrogen peroxide, and allow to soak for a few minutes. Spray the area with a mixture of equal parts water and carpet cleaner, then blot again with a clean cloth until the stain comes out. However, Poo, it’s been a week since your wine spill, so your problem may be insurmountable. Nevertheless, try this: spray the stain with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and liquid detergent until soaked. Cover with a paste made of baking soda and water and allow that to sit for three or four hours (wet down if the paste begins to dry). Then use a liquid carpet cleaning solution to wash out the paste and the stain, followed by rinsing as best you can with clean water. Blot and let dry.
Microwave Toothbrushes Can you answer a question about toothbrushes? Is there an effective way to clean them, particularly when the kids let toothpaste harden in the bristles? Sue If you have a dishwasher, put your toothbrushes in with a load of dishes. That should clean and sterilize them. Because most homes here do not have a dishwasher, an alternative is to put the toothbrushes into your microwave and zap them on high for a minute or two. That will destroy the bacteria in the brushes. If you own neither appliance, just drop the toothbrushes into boiling water for a couple of minutes (watch carefully to ensure the plastic doesn’t melt). Boiling is also effective for cleaning out hardened toothpaste. To help keep the family’s toothbrushes germ free, soak the bristles in Listerine mouthwash every two or three days. TIP: Replace toothbrushes every six months and save the old ones for cleaning those hard to reach places (not in your mouth, but around the house). Also replace toothbrushes of anyone who gets sick with a throat infection such as strep or tonsillitis to help avoid reinfection. Closing Line Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. --Handy Andy
of Oz. She would never have any trouble with public transport and her biography is absolutely silent on the subject of her sex life. I do recommend carrying your passport in case you are arrested though.
I have tried talking to her but she just offered me a very stale bun and a cup of unspeakably horrible cold tea in a chipped cup bearing somebody else’s lipstick. Sickened Sheila
Dear Agony Ivy, Rubbish Collection I have delayed writing to you because our email address has been fished or whatever the word is. Our problem is my rich Aunt Hattie whose main interest in life is collecting jumble of all sorts and buying secondhand clothes for next to nothing. She then presents my family and me with a bundle of this rubbish when we visit her once a month on a Sunday. To give you an example, she handed over to my husband Casper a very dirty blue shirt with stains all down the front, and to my son, aged nine, she presented a toy car which had obviously been in a fire. She actually gave to me a bottle of scent which mercifully had no contents whatsoever but had a smell reminiscent of a tom cat. We really can’t carry on like this. We have tried throwing all the stuff in the dustbin but the refuse collectors are complaining.
Dear Sickened Sheila, The first thing not to do is to make your weekend trips to Aunt Hattie once a week rather than once a month. That would be a cardinal error. On the other hand you don’t want to annoy the old girl or she might forget to put you in the will. Wealthy pensioners tend to be most idiosyncratic and you don’t want to see the family fortune at the mercy of the local cats’ shelter or whatever. I suggest that you start a landfill project in your back garden. As you empty the unwanted items into the hole you can take comfort from the environmental good consequences. Hundreds of years from now, the landfill will be a welcome source of natural gas for a world which no doubt will be sorely in need of useable energy of any sort. It’s just a question of turning a tragedy into a triumph as these kinds of problems often are.
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Our Community Pattaya Sports Club solve ATCC problem by William Macey We encounter many distressing situations when meeting with the underprivileged, families with handicapped members--both young and elderly, and those with insufficient income to provide daily essentials. But there are times when we start happy and end up even happier. That is exactly what happened recently when Pattaya Sports Club visited Ja at the Anti-human Trafficking and Child Abuse Centre in Nongprue. Among the many guests showing their support for this project were members of PSC, Jesters, Toy, Pattaya Mail, and Rotary. The ATCC is a home for children who have been sexually and physically abused but, the happy starting point, they now
have been introduced to other children in the home and have found a new family and friends sharing everything with 31 other children. Ja involves the children when developing the site, building new houses, a classroom, a computer and medical centre. But all the children are involved in helping to grow vegetables and taking care of chickens, the surplus products being sold to the local market. With so much going on it became apparent that there wasn’t anywhere for the children to play—an activity they love and need. Many Thai children develop into capable athletes and, apart from the benefits of regular exercise, they learn discipline and selfcontrol.
Something had to be done. There was an area that was uneven, covered with banana trees and other plants and was underwater following a typical Thailand downpour. A no-go area until it had dried. Pattaya Sports Club solved the problem. An all-weather, all-purpose playing area was laid allowing the children to play at any time and enjoy multiple sports events, including football, basketball,
tarkaw, badminton or whatever sport they can devise. The look of happiness on Ja’s and the children’s faces when they saw the finished area was fantastic, and now sufficient funds must be found to purchase the necessary equipment for them to enjoy this area even more. If you would like to help the ATCC with a donation of cash or basic food requirements, please contact PSC or William on 0861522754.
Horseshoe Point introduces new features Many disabled people benefit from riding horses, some from the therapy, and some by actually learning to ride. The benefits can be enormous and wideranging. They include improvements in balance, coordination, muscle tone, concentration and behavior. The riders may benefit from the necessary discipline, respond to requests, overcome fears, learn trust, and interact socially with their helpers and their peers, developing increased confidence and self-esteem. The horse’s natural walking movement closely simulates that of humans, and is used as a treatment base. Each rider is taught on the basis of his or her own individual needs and goals within a group lesson aided by the volunteers. The movement and the warmth of the horse encourage relaxation and stimulate the functions of internal organs and digestive tracts. The riders develop balance and learn to position themselves to accommodate the pony’s movement. In time, coordination and
communication may be developed and improved. It can offer the opportunity for physically and otherwise challenged people to experience mobility on a par with their able-bodied peers. Riding clubs around Thailand are starting to understand the huge benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. Recently, instructors from Horse Guard Riding Club, Hat Yai Horse Sport, Chiang Mai University, and Bangkok Riding clubs have been attending training and coaching from riding therapist Sandra Cooper at Horseshoe Point Pattaya. Sandra has trained and helped qualify riding instructors and volunteers for many years in Malaysia. Now living in Thailand, she is trying to implement a qualification system by the end of 2014. A UK log book for qualifications will be adapted for Thailand. Attendees have been learning how to set up a safe environment for therapy classes. Finding and training suitable quiet ponies and horses takes time. Training
is given on mounting and dismounting all disabilities as their needs are very different. The program is considerate of working with those who have autism, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy. For further information or to volunteer at Horseshoe Point Pattaya, contact Sandra Cooper 086 848 3684.
The Monument of Merit, Ubon Ratchathani
During the Second World War, Ubon Ratchathani was one of many places in Thailand used as prisoner of war camps by Japanese forces. In the later stages of the war, the Japanese transferred many allied POWs from Tamarkan camp near Kanchanaburi, where they had been interned and forced into constructing the infamous ThailandBurma railway (including the River Kwai Bridge), to Ubon to build an airfield and do defence work. However, their first tasks were the building of accommodation for themselves and their captors. As in all camps under the Japanese, conditions were harsh; clothing was minimal,
with the prisoners almost naked, medicines were scarce, and food consisting mainly of rice and only at starvation levels. However, despite facing the threat of torture and death if discovered, many locals somehow smuggled food and clothing to the prisoners. Prominent amongst these brave people was a lady known as Little Mother Ubon who often, with her daughter, managed to sneak fruit to the prisoners. War with Japan ended on Aug. 15, 1945, although the official surrender wasn’t signed until Sept. 2. When the prisoners were finally liberated, they were overjoyed to see Lieutenant-Colonel
Philip Toosey amongst the officers entering the camp; he had been deeply respected as the senior officer at Tamarkan for doing everything possible for the welfare of his men. Apart from his skills at negotiating with the Japanese, he also organised the smuggling of food and medicine from sympathetic Thais, despite being beaten regularly by his captors. To show their gratitude after the war, survivors from the Ubon POW camp paid for the construction of the Monument of Merit
as a thank you to the local people for their kindness and bravery. It also serves as a permanent reminder of the willpower, courage, and sheer stubbornness of the POWs in refusing to yield, despite suffering inhumane treatment from their enemy.
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Youth Focus Why children need Speech and Drama by Annemaree Grant What is Speech and Drama? Speech is communicating with one another, and drama is choosing an interesting way to express it. Fear of speaking in public or socializing with peers is not uncommon for children. They are anxious, afraid of being ridiculed or being the centre of attention. The truth is, these fears will remain with children and
develop long into adulthood– if not challenged. Speech and Drama builds or develops confidence, self-esteem, social skills and conversational ability. It also teaches empathy, providing opportunities for children to experience the world from perspectives outside their own. Speech and Drama lessons are not meant just for reserved children but for the
Students clean Bumper Beach by Sarah and Robert Intent on improving the coastal environment, Garden International School (GIS) divers and the International Baccalaureate (IB) crew set out for Koh Sak to collect rubbish on the beach and then, donning snorkeling gear, in the sea as well. Students and teachers from the Ban Chang school began their day at Mermaid Dive Centre in Jomtien where they did their registration and ate a simple breakfast. Then they drove to Pattaya pier for the journey to Koh Sak . Mermaid dive master, Nok, and other staff provided the students with instructions. Just offshore, the IB crew and teachers prepared to snorkel with goggles, fins and life jackets, then dived into the sea.
While snorkeling to the island, the volunteers spotted hundreds of fish and sea urchins as well as a lot of rubbish under water. They allowed the sea creatures to remain while collecting the trash in baskets. After the coastal cleaning was over, the group had 15 minutes of free time, so some IBs went to the other side of the island via a rocky path, where they found a spectacular white
sand beach with transparent blue sea. It was a mesmerizing scene--in contrast to the beach that they had come to clean up. It taught everyone a lesson about how badly humans can harm nature and how different the environment becomes if we take care of it and, therefore, how important conservation is. For more, visit www. gardenrayong.com
exuberant ones too. Drama is a wonderful way through which they can channel their energies to find innovative methods of creating and expressing! The benefits of Speech and Drama are obvious. Children become self-confident and at the same time become good communicators! Through Speech and Drama… Children develop: Accurate speech skills
Oral presentation skills Reading ability Social skills Children become: Self-confident Good communicators Creative Expressive Whether your child is reserved or exuberant, Speech and Drama is a wonderful way for children to express themselves, which they may not be able to do in a regular classroom
setting, further encouraging their imagination by playing ‘dress-up’, where the children experiment with and act as the characters they are learning about. In that way they learn how to characterize and dramatize. They become enthusiastic performers. They gain the courage to step out of the box. Speech and Drama instills a love and appreciation of literature and the arts through experience and exposure. It also holds your child’s future.
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You & Your Pets Pattaya Animal Coalition meets Concerns over Pattaya’s street dogs and other animals has led to the formation of Pattaya Animal Coalition (PAC), a group of Thai and farang locals interested in the welfare and control of strays. People here have long been active in looking out for animals, but until now those individuals and groups have been only loosely connected. Now they expect to work together with PAC being the umbrella organization providing a single voice for all such groups. PAC is looking for locals, Thais and non Thais, who regularly care for street dogs or animals. “These people are the front line in bringing some control to the animal situation because through familiarity [they] are generally trusted by the animals and not intimidated by them. The dogs need food, shelter, good health and population control. People familiar with animal behavior can more easily assist in treatment, vaccinations and/or spaying,” says a PAC statement. At its first meeting, PAC decided to locate and make contact with the people and groups that might share a PAC vision for a better place for
Cats for You in Pattaya
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 http://cats4youinpattaya.webs.com/
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animals in Pattaya. Subsequently PAC needs to build a good relationship with Pattaya City Hall. A+ Property offered to become the first PAC sponsor, contributing 10,000 baht to the cause. PAC visited a shelter that cares for 600 dogs, and the group seeks a sponsor to extend the shelter’s boundary fence so that more dogs can be accommodated. For more information go to www.doglifethai.com (site is still under construction), email: support@ doglifethai.com, or call 0802376262 (Neo, founder PAC).
Are a lovely blue-eyed brother and sister who were abandoned just a few weeks ago. They have now settled in nicely and are getting fatter by the day. Ideally they need a home together.
Was found in a local car park by a concerned shopper and has had medical treatment at a local animal hospital. He is now out of quarantine and ready for adoption by the time you read this column.
Elephants get the point A new study published in last month’s journal Current Biology found that elephants understand pointing, which is rare in the animal kingdom. In the experiment, researchers secretly loaded buckets with fruit, then silently extended a finger to indicate to African elephants where the food could be found. They observed that elephants were able to read the visual cue of pointing, picking the right bucket two thirds of the time—a slightly better rate than a 1-year-old human.
Is another of those “garden finds” with which we have become very familiar. Although he was separated from mum and never seen cat food before, he is now fighting fit and no longer frightened.
The scientists say pointing could be a social thing, since elephants live in packs that require cooperation and communication. Next the researchers will study whether elephants use their own trunks to actually point at items as a means of conveying information to other elephants.
It’s no secret that many Thai people enjoy snacking on crickets, worms and a variety of insects, and people in other Asian countries eat bugs as a delicacy. But did you know that insects such as termites and ants provide 10 percent of the protein consumed worldwide? Where insects are an integral part of a diet, they contribute as much as 40 percent of protein. To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from more than 2 million individual flowers?
Nine out of every 10 living things inhabit the ocean?
Cats spend an average of 66 percent of their lives sleeping? That is superseded by koalas which sleep about 75 percent of their lives. Elephants, on the other hand, sleep only 4 to 5 hours a day.
Bart and Tasha
Are of course older than the kittens but are both delightful and friendly cats as you can see. Don’t forget we have dozens of other bigger moggies just longing for a home perhaps your own.
Cat Corner Tip by Dr. RJ Peters to Pattaya’s cat lovers When traveling with your cat, or any pet, be sure to attach a "trip tag" to its collar. The special trip tag would NOT reflect your home address or telephone number because if the cat gets lost 200 kilometers from home, there probably won't be anyone at home to answer the call. The special trip tag should have your cell phone number on it so you can be reunited right away, no matter where you are. No mobile phone? Write your email address on the tag or, with permission, the telephone number of a friend or neighbor. As a safety precaution, remove any ID that reveals where you live, because it may be obvious that you aren't there right now, and someone could use that information to rob your house. Dr. Peters’ informative and entertaining book, Our Amazing Cats, and her newest feline publication, Our Amazing Cats Vol. 2, are now available from Amazon Books and at www.ouramazingcats.com. Even more recently, The Cat Lady has penned a compelling book on our canine friends, “Our Amazing Dogs.” To download ebook versions of any or all of the three books (only about 200 baht), go to http://youniquesolutions. com/3Books.htm. For additional tips, or to subscribe to Dr. Peter’s free newsletter, The Kitty Times, go to http://www.theproblemcat.com.
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This week’s special subject is OLD POP 1. What is Cliff Richard’s real name? 2. In which country was Cliff Richard born? 3. What was Cliff Richard’s first hit single? 4. In which decade did Cliff Richard have a no. 1 hit We Don’t Talk Anymore? 5. Who took Dr Love into the top ten in 1976? 6. In which decade were Dance Mix albums first released? 7. Who had a 1986 album called Disco? 8. Who sang He’s The Greatest Dancer in 1979? 9. Which dance record was the Bee Gees’ first 70s no.1? 10. Who were a Sight for Sore Eyes in the 1990s? 11. Which nationality was DJ Otzi?
12. What type of dance gave Steps a second no. 1? 13. Who was Just Happy To Be With You in 1995? 14. How many members were there of the Rolling Stones when they first charted? 15. Which musical instrument does Charlie Watts play? 16. What was the Stones’ own record label called? 17. How old was Mick Jagger at the end of the 2007 tour – 60 or 64 or 68? 18. Which controversial song was on the B-side of Ruby Tuesday? 19. In which decade was Stevie Wonder born? 20. For which song did Stevie Wonder win an Oscar in 1985?
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