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hailand’s position in the global tourism rankings declined last year as the civil unrest, prior to the May 2014 coup, took a toll on international arrivals. The country’s status on the world chart slipped from 10th in 2013 to 14th in 2014. Last year’s tourism earnings chart also saw Thailand drop from seventh to ninth, according to newly-released figures from the UN World Tourism Organization. In summary, Thailand’s tourism arrivals at airports, borders and by sea in 2014 fell almost 7 percent to 24.8 million. Tourism receipts also dropped from the equivalent of US$42.1 billion in 2013 to US$38.4 billion. The Tourism Authority of Thailand explained the decline by referring to the political standoff and street violence in the last few months of the Yingluck Shinawatra government and the sluggish performance of the economies of many of Thailand’s tourist markets in Western Europe, Japan and Russia.

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News Russian hit by flying bottle The Songkran revelry was interrupted at Bali Hai pier when a Russian tourist, Misha Orlve, was hit on the head by a broken bottle which necessitated the use of first aid on the spot. Even after treatment Orlve remained very angry as he suspected a group of nearby teens was responsible for his misery. However, bystanders said the Russian was drunk and hurled a bottle at the teens before being repaid in kind. The area was very crowded and the teens ran away before investigators had a chance to interview them.

Three bag snatchers apprehended

Three Thai men, who snatched an iPhone 5 belonging to a Chinese tourist, were caught by police after their motorbike collided with a stationary car on Soi Khao Talo. Ren Mee Ling, 34, stated that a motorbike stopped momentarily near Mike Shopping Mall and her phone was stolen in a split second before the bike gathered speed. Police gave pursuit and arrested the men after the collision.

Flaunting ladyboys arrested

Over the Songkran mayhem local police pounced on separate groups of 20 ladyboys who were observed on the beach cavorting and preening themselves in a way which was upsetting various sun worshippers even though the incident occurred during the night. They were taken to the police station, fined 100 baht and told not to repeat their behavior in public. A police spokesman said actions like these were necessary because of the complaints by tourists who said they were concerned about Pattaya’s image on the world stage.

Drunken boxer apologizes Police dashed over to the Red and Blue Gymnasium, Chaiyaporn Vidhi Road, after learning that an inebriated individual was holding a knife in each hand and shouting in an unknown tongue. A boxer from the Philippines, Chapito Rivera, 25, was holding the knives and shouting in a slurred voice that everyone should keep clear of him. Police asked if anyone could speak to him but the answer was negative because of language incoherence. However, after an hour’s standoff, he gave himself up to officers and put down his knives peaceably. At this point some Filipino friends came forward and said Rivera was depressed because he had telephoned his girlfriend but she had not picked up the phone.

Chinese tourist drowned Boy drowned in house

A tragedy occurred in Tawaen Beach, Koh Larn, when a Chinese tourist took a dip in the sea but never resurfaced. The tour guide told the tourists to go swimming, shopping or sightseeing, and Wu Long You, 71, preferred a short swim. Authorities were notified after he failed to reappear and life guards found his floating body the same day. The corpse was sent for autopsy and the Chinese embassy duly informed.

A Norwegian-Thai boy, aged one and a half years, drowned in the swimming pool of his home in Jomtien after accidentally falling in. He is believed to have climbed over a low barrier, using a toy car as a step, whilst his mother was asleep with another older son and his father was working abroad.


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News Bangkok Airways launches Student Plus Card Bangkok Airways PCL launched Student Plus Card, a privileged card exclusively designed for undergraduates and university students. The newly-launched Student Plus Card offers a 10 percent discount on domestic air tickets, 1.2 Flyer Bonus points, 30 kilograms baggage allowance and many more. In addition to that, Student Plus cardholders enjoy extra benefits from participating restaurants, hotels, shops and car rentals. Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth, vice president – Sales of Bangkok Airways, said, “In order to respond to the growing numbers of young travelers and college students, we have launched

our first-ever Student Plus Card campaign. This Student Plus Card is our new marketing campaign that aims to tap into university students market to introduce Bangkok Airways to them as well as to encourage them to travel more within Thailand.” Ariya continued, “Moreover, we will offer 20 percent discounts on domestic air tickets for three months to those who enroll during 20 April – 31 July 2015.” Applicants can apply for Student Plus Cards at all Bangkok Airways’ sales offices nationwide. For more information visit www.bangkokair.com/studentplus or contact the call center 1771.

Hilton Pattaya initiates teddy bear for charity To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Hilton Pattaya is introducing its latest corporate responsibility initiative, “The Charity Teddy Bear for Habitat for Humanity Thailand”. The objective is to raise funds to support the Habitat for Humanity Thailand (HFH), the project that helps the poor by providing decent housing, improving their quality of life and provide response and solution for natural disaster recovery. “We have started the year with the calendar donation project for the visually impaired and will continue to support humanitarian projects in partnership with HFH to help low-income families and people

impacted by natural disasters,” said Rudolf Troestler, general manager, Hilton Pattaya. “For this fund-raising project, we would like to invite guests to participate in this charity by purchasing a teddy bear as all profits from the sale of the bears will go to HFH.” “This is not just simply a teddy bear. It is also a message of hope – making big differences to families in need,” said Smith Jingkaojai, chief executive officer, Habitat for Humanity Thailand. The adorable teddy bear comes in two limited editions: different characters and outfits – the Joyful Bear in jumper outfits (April – July

2015) and the Friendly Bear (August – November 2015) at only 499 baht net. These adorable teddy bears are available for sale at Hilton Pattaya. To buy a charity teddy bear or for more information please call 038 253 000 or email pattaya.info@hilton.com.


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News Thai tourism drops Continued from page 1 their trip because of those factors. However, a sizeable minority reasoned that trouble in Bangkok had not spread to Pattaya, leading to the conclusion that the main consequence had been to encourage provincial tourism: fewer foreign tourists stayed in Bangkok. There was almost total agreement that economic sluggishness in some

Thai tourism markets, especially Western Europe, had led to a decline in those numbers. But this had been offset by a big rise in the number of mainland Chinese arrivals who now had become Pattaya’s biggest single group. Sixty percent of those questioned believed that the influx of Chinese visitors was changing the nature of tourism in Pattaya as the total of Europeans continued to shrink. However, 40 percent

thought that the resort was big enough to assimilate the numbers as it had done with Russians in the past few years. Most respondents thought there were pluses and minuses about changes in Pattaya over the past 15 months or so. Many believed that the traffic chaos in the city was getting worse owing to ongoing road works and, in particular, the huge rise in the number of tour buses competing for space on totally inadequate sois. Several suggested a ban on buses over a certain length

whilst others objected to the illegal parking of huge vehicles on some arterial roads. Other downsides mentioned were poorly-sequenced traffic lights, technologies which were not working (Pelican crossings and CCTV systems), street crime and overcharging at some retail outlets. On the positive front, a majority of the respondents gave credit to City Hall for better marketing and for the arrival of popular international sports and music festivals. Many felt that intense competition between

retailers and restaurateurs was keeping prices reasonable at a time when many currencies were falling against a Thai baht which remained strong, largely because of the huge currency reserves held by the Bank of Thailand coupled with the strength of the US dollar. The opening of new leisure facilities in the area, including theme and water parks, was also noted by some respondents as a way of making the Eastern Seaboard resort more attractive to families at the expense of the traditional bachelor holidaymaker.

Police confab in Pattaya Thailand’s islands once again voted among the world’s best by TripAdvisor travelers by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

Local police chief police colonel Sukthat Pumpanmuang chaired a business meeting to review desirable practices. These included working hard to prevent crimes and refusing to accept bribes under any and all circumstances. Colonel Sukthat explained that it is very important for the different arms of the police, including tourist and traffic divisions, to work harmoniously. Several police officers were given certificates of excellence during the ceremony.

Five of the many beautiful islands in Thailand have once again been voted by globetrotters among the world’s best in the latest poll for the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for islands. Koh Tao was named the 5th best island in the world and the number 1 island gem in Asia. Other pristine island gems in Thailand that have won the hearts of many TripAdvisor travelers are Phuket (No. 3 in Asia), Koh Samui (No. 4 in Asia), Koh Lanta (No. 6 in Asia) and Koh Phangan (No. 7 in Asia). In the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for islands, Koh Tao was also voted number 1 best island in Asia and 10th best in the world while other islands were named among Asia’s top 10 islands.


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Preparing for the AEC Ongoing snarls City Hall continues to hold public meetings to find out what the public thinks about the traffic problems of the resort. But there is no mystery – too many tour buses, illegal parking all over the place, poorly sequenced traffic lights, etc. The response of the traffic police to date is simply to fine drivers who turn left naughtily or forget to wear a hard hat. Cause of fires According to our man at the fire department, 90 percent of fires in domestic and business premises are caused by faulty or out-of-date wiring. The other main cause is smoking in bed, nodding off at the wrong time and nasty-minded rats gnawing through the cables whilst managing not to electrocute themselves. Apparently, the average damage in a typical fire amounts to nearly one million baht. Bracelet releases The latest move at Pattaya court is to allow some light-sentence prisoners to live in the community provided they wear a GPS-aided electronic bracelet which tags their movements and location. The innovation also applies to some bailed suspects waiting for the day of judgment. The tags can be short-circuited by the determined wearer, so what happens then? Assuming they can be found, off to jail they will go. Alzheimer’s and weight According to the latest research, the more overweight you are the less likely you will be to develop the dread Alzheimer’s disease which eventually leads to your brain packing up completely. Medical opinion is not too sure why all those excess kilos mean you are less likely to be affected. Couldn’t be that you are already dead from a heart attack, could it? A grave matter It’s that time of the year when volunteers dig up the burial ground of those unlucky enough not to have had next of kin during their final days on Earth. The skeletons are then cleaned and prepared for cremation. This year we notice that one exhumed skull had a lighted cigarette in between the teeth area pending cleaning. Who said that smoking is only bad whilst you are alive? Immigration smiles The latest instruction from the Chonburi immigration boss to his staff is to treat foreigners extending their visas correctly and with good manners. Many expats have commented on how much more efficiently the systems are since the arrival of immigration police superintendent colonel Prapansak Prasarnsuk. Very good move. Bridging the gap A reader asks about the location of Pattaya duplicate bridge clubs. The Dutch bridge club (all nationalities welcome) meets Thursday afternoons at the Thai Garden Resort, North Pattaya Road. Be there not later than 12:15 pm. The International bridge club (speaks for itself ) meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at Alto’s Restaurant, Thappraya Road, South Pattaya (opposite Mr Mac’s Hotel). Be there not later than 12:45 pm. Popcorn treat Look on the sixth floor of Central Festival Pattaya Beach for Pattaya’s first specialty popcorn in many flavours. It’s the newly opened Uncle Jax American Gourmet Popcorn with tastes which include Wisconsin cheese and Chicago butter caramel. You can also watch the popcorn being made, but we didn’t say popcorn is calorie-free if you are trying to diet.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh hosted a seminar at Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel and Resort, with the cooperation of King Mongkut’s University of Technology, to hear suggestions about the implementation of the

ASEAN Economic Community scheduled to begin at the end of 2015. It was generally agreed that Pattaya will benefit from the AEC as it will in the medium term boost interregional travel.

Marine security check held Chonburi vice governor Chaowalit Saeng-uthai visited Pattaya Marine Safety Center, set up for the Songkran period at Bali Hai pier. He wished to check that the current seaworthy regulations are being observed. They include the compulsory wearing of life jackets by travelers proceeding by boat, the proper counting of tourists, the enforcement of rules against overloading and the presence of at least eight marine police on duty at all times of the day and night. On the day in question, all seemed to be well.

Bacteria kills German woman A patient in Banglamung hospital suspected to be suffering from meningococcal disease later died and was found to have been infected with another type of gramnegative bacteria. German national Silvia Luise Lieder, 48, was rushed by Sawangboriboon volunteers to the hospital after she complained of weakness, unusually low blood pressure and diarrhea. As her condition worsened she was placed in isolation and suspected of contracting meningococcal

disease, uncommon in Thailand. Meningococcal disease is normally spread by coughing, sneezing or bodily contact with an infected person or even smoking the same cigarette. Red dots appear on the skin and there is often fever and body aches for up to several weeks. The patient was transferred to Chonburi Hospital for further tests where she died on the same day. Lab results revealed she was infected with another type of gram-negative bacteria and not the type that causes meningococcal disease.

Floods again Broken pipe on the agenda led to stink

Songkran changes There was the usual publicity this year about making Songkran less horrendous by restricting the areas of water-throwing, banning powder and ice, abolishing alcohol in the main streets. So it’s fair to ask what differences the new promises and regulations actually made. Answers on a postcard please. The golden years A reader asks when the battered British pound was at its highest level against the baht. We believe it was in February 1998, at the height of the Asian financial crisis, when one pound bought 92 baht at the best-value foreign exchanges. A hearty English breakfast (sausages, bacon, etc) at the time cost about 75 baht. Those were the days.

Opinions expressed in this column are the author’s alone and do not necessarily represent those of Pattaya Today’s management.

Mid April saw flash floods in Pattaya which left some parts of the resort well and truly drenched. These included the areas round Nongyai Temple, Pattaya Third Road, Tukcom South Pattaya and several beachfronts. There was also a landslide at a construction site in Nern Plubwan village. Several houses, six cars and a number of motorbikes were badly damaged by the rains. The general consensus was that the floods, though grossly inconvenient, did not actually cause as much damage to property as other recent downpours.

Residents living in front of the Sky Beach Condo, Naklua, complained about the stench coming from a broken sewage pipe and the awesome damage to the beach. The pipe was eventually restored but the work took two full weeks. A local authority spokesman said the break had occurred after the recent floods caused a rupture and consequent overflow. Locals said that many tourists used to visit the beach but the pollution in recent days has reduced the number of visitors and swimmers.


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News PERFECT (China) returns to PEACH After a successful event in June 2013, PERFECT (China) returned to Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH) for its “Perfect Marie-Anne Business Seminar” which garnered over 5,300 delegates from the skin care and cosmetics industry between April 5-7, 2015. PERFECT (China) Co., Ltd. was established in 1994 as an enterprise which invests in health care equipment, skin care cosmetics, personal care products and much more. The threeday event comprised a major conference hosted for multilevel associates of Marie-Anne, a subsidiary of PERFECT (China) Co., Ltd., to share insightful experiences including the excitement of their journey with the company as well as discuss the prospects of the skin care and cosmetics market in 2015. The seminar

also featured a review of the previous year’s brand performance which was well facilitated by PEACH’s state-of-the-art technical facilities and communications infrastructure.

Yaowapha Sankong appointed as director of Revenue Management Yaowapha “Yao” Sankong has been appointed as complex director of Revenue Management at Sheraton Pattaya Resort and W Retreat Koh Samui. Yao developed her passion for revenue management while working her way up from sales executive to become a revenue manager at the Royal Orchid Sheraton. She has extensive experience and knowledge through working for a series of international hotel groups including Sofitel, Hilton and Marriott, where she was responsible for the

analysis, recommendation and implementation of revenue management methods in order to maximise the turnover in accordance with the brand’s marketing, hotel strategies and customer needs. Prior to joining Sheraton Pattaya Resort, Yao was area director of Revenue at Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket. In her new role, Yao will utilise her revenue management skills and her strong revenue experience to maximise revenue for Sheraton Pattaya Resort and W Retreat Koh Samui.

Pattaya hotels receive G-Green Hotel Award Sakol Tinagul (5th from left), deputy directorgeneral of Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, recently presented G-Green Hotel Award 2014 to green hotel businesses in Pattaya. The ceremony was held by Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Green Hotel Association. Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi (2nd from left), environment chair of Thai Hotels Association and executive vice president of Sukosol Hotels, was the guest of honor to open the ceremony held at The View Conference Room, The Bayview Pattaya.

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Gold shop opens at Tesco Supattra Puekprapan and Dr Tira Puekprapan opened Supattra Gold Shop in Tesco Lotus South Pattaya. The store opening, attended by celebrities, was marked by an introductory promotion of up to 90 percent discount. This represents the seventh branch of Supattra Gold Shop. Other branches are in Jomtien, Soi Chaiyapruek, Pluak Daeng, Klang, Sattahip, and Cha-am.

TAT hosts Thailand Academy III to promote exquisite Thai by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org textiles on the world stage The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hosted some of the world’s leading fashion designers, fashion design students, bloggers and the press to the special ‘Thailand Academy III’ educational project to offer insight into Thailand’s textile heritage with an objective of inspiring participants to help promote the use of Thai textiles in the world’s fashion industry. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT acting governor and deputy governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, said, “The Thailand Academy project is aimed to promote Thai cultural heritage to the world. In the third year, we highlight Thai textiles, which is one of the kingdom’s most admired cultural treasures. To inspire international fashion designers to integrate Thai textiles into the world of design, the Thailand Academy III project brought 36 fashion designers and students from the UAE, UK, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Israel, France, Sweden, and Finland as

The Tourist Police are a special division of the Royal Thai Police. The FTPA assist with carrying out the functions of the Tourist Police including assistance to tourists and local community members, helping to resolve misunderstandings and disputes, offering general advice to tourists and providing services for international events from time to time. We operate primarily in the Walking Street/Beach Road entertainment area, nightly from 9.00 pm to 2.30 am. We are currently inviting qualified male and female foreigners living in Pattaya to join the group. It’s important for members to have a friendly and relaxed attitude, to enjoy helping others and to be able to spare one or more evenings a week. A probationary period, including initial training, is part of the program. Our initial requirements are: • You live in Pattaya most of the time • You have a current and renewable one year visa • You have language skills or relevant backgroud experience • You have a verifiable clean police record in your home country and Thailand

well as 13 international media and bloggers to explore Thailand’s textile cultural routes in the North, Northeast and South during 18-23 April 2015.

Applicants should send a short email telling us about yourself to ftpapattaya@gmail.com We will send you an application form and try to answer any questions you have. Feel free to visit us on Walking Street any night and don’t hesitate to see us if you need any assistance.


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Snap Judgment Article 44 and democracy Most countries keep in the cupboard some sort of emergency legislation even if it has not been invoked in recent times. Both Britain and France have their own version of an emergency powers act which could involve amongst the other things a temporary end to bail and jury trials. The United States has the Patriot Act which gives to the government a wide variety of exceptional powers, especially over surveillance of the citizenry. Other countries choose to invoke special powers under martial law and, in the case of former president Marcos of the Philippines, the right to pass any law by executive decree or by the stroke of a pen. The then head of the Thai army, general Prayut Chan-o-cha, declared martial law on May 20 last year and then assumed total power in a sudden coup d’état two days later. He said it was necessary because the elected politicians could not provide sensible answers to the nation’s problems and because of great threats to the public and to the monarchy through violence on the streets. Indeed, many commentators have taken the view that the coup actually prevented a slide into civil war. The fact that the army then discovered huge caches of arms hidden in the provinces gave credence to this viewpoint. General Prayut, now interim prime minister, recently abolished martial law but replaced it by section 44 of the temporary constitution which gives him sweeping powers of the executive and the judiciary and the right to rule, if he sees fit, by executive decree. He says that the political crisis in Thailand remains grave with many groups still plotting against his government or defaming the monarchy or poking spanners in the works as regards national reconciliation. The general has also stated that he will use his emergency powers constructively, an example being his restructure of civil aviation made necessary by the threatened suspension of flights by Thai airlines to some regional hubs. It’s apparent that even if general Prayut were to lift section 44, an admittedly improbable scenario at this time, his critics would still lament abuse of military power under other legislation such as the internal security act and the state of emergency act which were invoked during the latter days of the Yingluck Shinawatra government. The key difference was that the Yingluck administration had been elected and the military junta has not. Nonetheless, Thailand heard lots of complaints about improper use of power by the authorities even before the military coup, the key example being the attempt to force through a general amnesty law which would have benefited the prime minister’s exiled brother, Thaksin. Deputy prime minister Wissanu Krea-ngam likened the draconian article 44 to a sword kept in its sheath. “We don’t have to draw out the sword,” he said, “because it’s there and everybody knows it. So it is a deterrent. Other countries which don’t have that sword, so they probably don’t understand.” He added that the country is still under threat from various groups intent on stirring up trouble but that the prime minister had promised not to use his extraordinary powers to maltreat anybody. “If you haven’t done anything wrong,” he pointed out, “you do not have to be afraid.” Of course, critics can point out that anyone possessing absolute authority can use the “sword” against anyone happening to disagree with the man in charge of the weapon. Public opinion polls show that a majority of the Thai public still agrees with the basic direction of the junta, including the imposition of section 44. The premier seems confident enough that he can use his authority only to do good works, an example being his allowing some public land in Chiang Mai to be cultivated by small farmers. This kind of policy can work for a time but Thailand cannot remain without elections on an indefinite basis. As the months roll by, the public is likely to become increasingly skeptical especially as growth in the economy remains sluggish. Not even use of section 44 can bring about a huge rise in the country’s gross national product. There have been suggestions that elections in the country may not be possible next year, although the prime minister denies the rumours. It is speculated that if the draft constitution is rejected in a referendum (if one is held) then the junta will remain in power whilst the constitution drafters go back to the drawing board. It has also been hinted that the military may not step down next year if opposition to them remains a problem. This ambiguity about the time-scale of the coup-resultant administration is not helpful at all. To keep putting back the date of a promised general election is likely to backfire on the authorities sooner or later. What is required now is a clear defining of the timeline of the prime minister’s roadmap leading to the promulgation of the expected constitution and a clearer indication of the timetable for the next election. If the prime minister can persuade the public that the country will indeed be returning to some sort of democracy and stability under a specific timeframe, then he may find his task of defending section 44 less stressful than it currently is. The purpose of the May 2014 coup was to give Thailand a fresh and reformed start. Almost one year on, it is time to start filling in some of the detail.

Welcome to Chinese military chiefs Vice Admiral Thanakan Kraikruan, Commander of the Marine Corps, welcomed vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, His Excellency ACM Xu Qiliang and others. The purpose of the visit was to develop military ties and to encourage harmony between nations. China’s Central Military Commission representatives listened intently to a lecture about Thai Marine Corps’ history and the situation in Thailand, especially concerning the three troubled provinces in the deep south.

Summer storm Merit-making for city birthday hits Pattaya

Huay Yai Mayor Pairat Traisuppachok and other officials hosted a merit-making ceremony on the anniversary of the municipality’s birthday.

Shell seeker drowns in pond

A man who was trying to collect the shells of crustaceans appears to have slipped and fallen into water where he accidently drowned. Songkhram Phuangket, 47, was discovered by concerned friends who told investigators that the deceased might have been drunk as he searched for shells. A basket containing shells was found on the bank. Two friends living near the pond in a shed said they had heard and seen nothing of the tragedy.

Iranian men fighting in bar Police were notified that there were foreigners fighting at a bar in Soi 16 where Middle East tourists tend to gather in considerable numbers. One victim of an assault was Mayura Mingolo. Her right arm was cut and she was sent to Pattaya Memorial Hospital. The other victim, Hamid Hossein, an Iranian national, also received nasty gashes in the arm. He was also sent to the hospital. Bystanders said a fight ensued following an argument with a third party named Ahmad who escaped before police arrived.

The storm that whipped through Pattaya last week left physical damage and disrupted power supplies around the city. Strong winds felled a large billboard of a home product store on Sukhumvit 89. Gusts also brought down several utility poles on Soi Toongklom-Talman.

Back to prison

A man recently released from Pattaya Remand Prison found himself arrested again after stealing an iPhone, 1,200 baht in cash and a woman’s handbag from a Russian tourist. Police followed the alleged thief, Narong Chanratsamee, 21, after an incident in Soi 2, Jomtien. At the police station he admitted his crime but explained that, since his release from prison, nobody wanted to offer him a job.


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Stay all day and move with your mood, exploring a range of indoor and outdoor settings, right on Pattaya’s best beach with panoramic views of the coastline. Enjoy a casual lunch in the shade, experiencing an eclectic menu of international cuisine or lounge away the afternoon on a sunken daybed in the sand, steps away from the beach. For evenings, Coast transforms into one of Pattaya’s most sophisticated dining experiences, showcasing grills and seafood. After dark, the beachside ambience becomes candlelit and alluring with a sizzling collection of cocktails. The focus at Coast is always on views of the beach and your effortless glide through the day. Escapes created for you!

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Princess Ubolratana visits Centara’s booth at ITB 2015 Princess Ubolratana (center) paid a courtesy visit to the Centara Hotels & Resorts booth at ITB 2015 in Berlin. The Princess was welcomed by Supatra Chirathivat (front row 2nd right), senior vice president – Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibilities, Centara Hotels & Resorts, together with Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul (third left), minister of Tourism and Sports; Dr Suwat Sittilor (left) permanent secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Sport; Kalin Sarasin (2nd left) secretary-general, The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand; Chris Bailey (back row), senior vice president – Sales & Marketing, and Jurairat Mongkolwongsiri (right), corporate director of Sales, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya scores big on Booking.com Every year Booking.com bestows its Award of Excellence to hotels receiving the highest overall guest review scores. Earlier in 2015, scores for properties worldwide were tallied and among the winners was Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya with a mark of 8.7. Pictured here are General Manager Dmitry Chernyshev (left), Guest Service Manager Montree Utta (right) and Reservation Manager Wikanda Sophaporn (second from right). All agreed that for 2015 the hotel will continue to provide guests with outstanding service excellence along with Siam@Siam’s distinctive art and design experience.

Brazilian Ambassador visits Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Centara Grand Mirage approves the longest Beach Resort Pattaya flagged road in Thailand

Her Excellency Wanja Campos da Nobrega (center), Ambassador of Brazil to Bangladesh, together with her brother Ricardo Campos da Nobrega (right), were warmly welcomed to Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya by General Manager Andre Brulhart (left) during their recent vacation at the resort.

Somporn Naksuetrong, vice president of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum (Thailand), presented the certificate to Jatuporn Phisanwaloet, managing director/CEO of Thai Thani Art and Culture Village, Pattaya to certify the record of the longest flagged road in Thailand (500 Lanna flags along a 2-kilometer road).

Pattaya lawyers welcome new Pattaya Court chief judge The Lawyers Association of Pattaya welcomes Phayoong Chusong as the new chief judge of Pattaya Provincial Court and Watcharin Ruchuroj as the new chief judge of Kwaeng Pattaya Court.

DeVine Wine Club members experience a taste of Venet Discerning wine lovers were in for an exquisite experience as the deVine Wine Club of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group hosted A Taste of Veneto, an Italian wine dinner at the Royal Grill Room & Wine Cellar. The occasion was an exceptional opportunity for deVineWine Club members and guests to indulge in a sumptuous 5-course dinner paired with fine Italian wines from the Cielo e Terra Winery, one of the oldest family-owned wine estates in the north of Italy.


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at Havana Bar and Terrazzo Restaurant, Holiday Inn Pattaya Monday House wine at 119 baht net / glass. Tuesday Special price only at 279 baht to enjoy all traditional and signature pizzas. Wednesday Local draft beer at 119 baht net / glass. Thursday Enjoy a selection of pasta dishes with a glass of house wine or beer at only 450 baht net/ person. Friday ‘Fristto Misto’ A deep fried seafood and vegetable served with a glass of draft beer. THB 420 net. Saturday Enjoy one of the best Mojitos in town at 159 baht net all day. Sunday Lucky draw – get a chance to get 50 percent discount of your bill. Havana Bar and Terrazzo are located on Beach Road, North Pattaya.

at Flames Restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Foie gras is this month’s featured ingredient and will be served pan-seared golden brown and paired with chargrilled Australian steak. Flames Restaurant, which is open nightly from 6 to 11 pm, is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.

For more information and reservation, please call 038 725555 or visit www.holidayinn-pattaya.com.

Cooking is Fun! at Manao Bar Kitchen, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Impress friends and family at your next party, come learn how to cook delicious spicy and tasty Thai dishes. A daily hands-on cooking class is conducted by Thai master chef who will share her culinary experience in selecting the best ingredients for popular Thai dishes. The classes are held every day from 11 am to 1 pm. The price is 2,200 baht per couple for three dishes, including lunch, soft drinks, apron, recipe book, and a certificate. For more information and reservations, please contact 038 412 120 or email pattayamarriott@minor.com.

For reservations, please call 038 714 981.

Special Dim Sum at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Amari Pattaya Throughout the month of May 2015, The Chronicles of Mantra Restaurant & Bar continues with savoury dim sum creations by Chef Sirawit Thangthong. His famous and delectable creations include Alaskan king crab with curry sauce, salmon balls and homemade brown chicken, amongst others. Prices range from 190 to 550 baht per portion. For further information and reservation, please contact 038 429 591 or email@mantra-pattaya.com.

Saturday Night BBQ Buffet at The Bay Restaurant, Dusit Thani Pattaya Dine al fresco and enjoy a fantastic selection of meat and seafood BBQ items as well as international cuisine. Buffet is from 6:30 to 10 pm and priced at 1,490 baht ++ per person (food only). Free flow of wine, beer, juice and soft drinks at 599 baht ++ per person. For reservations, please call 038 425 611-7 ext 2149-50.

Aroy Seafood with Foie Gras

High tea

at Elements Restaurant, Sheraton Pattaya Resort

at Vistas Lobby Lounge, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Relax and enjoy the sound of the waterfalls as you sit back and enjoy an afternoon tea set. Vistas is located in the main lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm. For the month of May, a special buy one, get one free offer from 7 to 10 pm.

Guests will enjoy a selection of seafood prepared in various ways. The renowned buffet is now enhanced with foie gras station, all-time favorite BBQ items such as pork ribs, marinated chicken, sausages and skewers plus an interesting carving station. Price is 1,399 baht ++ (food only) per person. Available every Saturday of May from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. For more information or reservations, please call 038 259 888.

For more information or reservations, please contact 038 714 981.

For food promotions please email press release at lifeandleisure@pattayatoday.net


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top tables

Level 34, Hilton Pattaya

Vol. 03 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2015

Mick & Di The Food Lovers

HORIZON

thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

Pattaya’s “Haute” Destination This is a top table dining destination on so many levels. Situated on the 34th floor of Hilton Pattaya, it affords jaw-dropping views over the bay of Pattaya and a choice of al fresco cocktail and dining zones to challenge any glitzy Bangkok nightclub. When you exit the lift be prepared for the mood lighting to propel you from the quotidian to nocturnal innovatism that is unveiled on entry. Friendly staff wait at the entrance to guide you into this

stellar venue. The dining room is sleek, chic and captivating offering the luxury of three floor-to-ceiling glassed private rooms while the main area seamlessly segues into the suspended Infinity Bar truly taking al fresco dining to the next level. Yet another architectural singularity is the “Stargazer Lounge” which affords spectacular viewing of the stars through the unique circular opening in the overhanging roof. Once seated we had time to take in more of the amazing décor. A glance upwards

Kurobuta pork tenderloin

and the ceiling resembles a starlit night sky while the huge windows offer unprecedented views over Pattaya Bay and beyond. A glass of Champagne in hand we leisurely browsed the menu. Junior Sous-Chef Boe Visarus is at the helm presenting his unique cuisine. The menu is a contemporary blend of western dishes with emphasis on world-class ingredients with globally-inspired flavours and fused influences. The first dish we sampled was a remarkable foie gras brulee. Goose liver and prune terrine base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel, strawberry, thyme, black pepper salsa, brioche and balsamic reduction. Other starters include seared Japanese sea scallops accompanied by sautéed calamari noodles and Portobello mushrooms, truffle-crustacean bisque, sundried cherry tomatoes and black truffle. The raw seafood spiral comes highly recommended with its luxury overload of Hokkaido scallop ceviche, Atlantic salmon tartare, Blue fin tuna tataki and fresh Fines de Claire oysters. Our main courses were then served and with these we were drinking an outstanding bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir which mixed and matched perfectly with the subtleness of the dishes. The first to be sampled was the Moulard duck

breast (B.1,200) accompanied by a vanilla and thyme risotto, baby bok choy and a shiitake jus. The Moulard duck is a hybrid domestic duck produced by crossing a female Pekin with a male Muscovy duck resulting in a much celebrated gastro-duck. It was a memorable plate, the duck having been cooked to perfection and the surrounding sides superb, especially the luscious risotto. This was swiftly followed by a Kurobuta pork tenderloin (B.950) served with parsnip mash, grain mustard, Medjool dates and sage butter. Kurobuta pork is highly prized in Japan and comes from the ancient breed of pig known as Black Berkshire. It is regarded as the highest quality pork in the world. Combine this with those Medjool dates known as the diamond of dates (and once reserved only for Moroccan royalty) and the dish rises to royal status. Other main courses include corn-fed confit chicken

Moulard duck breast

leg (B.950), Portobello mushroom lasagne with artichokes, avocado, asparagus, confit tomatoes, truffled leeks and crisp wonton (B.650) or the magnificent (to share) dish of 48-hour lamb shank with herb falafel edamame and feta salsa and roasted garlic aioli. For dessert we passed over Baked Alaska (flamed), vanilla bean ice cream, meringue and kirsch cherries or even the sticky date pudding and instead plumped for the five-cheese platter for a more savoury end to our gleeful eating. Each cheese from the pungent goat variety to Jarlsberg, Appenzeller and Brie were superior examples of their ilk and naturally served at exactly the right temperature. It proved an outstanding finale to our exquisite dining experience at Horizon. The uber-swanky Infinity Bar offers bar bites for casual nibbing and chef’s crispy pork “popcorn” is an absolute “must-have”. In summing up, dining at Horizon is an experience of luxury overload. Lavishness, extravagance and indulgence are all words that aptly describe the venue and the gourmet menu. It is chic, sleek and glamorous with enough chutzpah to satisfy the zeitgeist which is the new Pattaya.

Horizon Seared Japanese sea scallops

Baked Alaska (flamed)

Level 34, Hilton Pattaya Pattaya Beach Road Tel: 038 253 000 Open daily from 5 pm till 1 am


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top tables

Vol. 03 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2015

thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

INFINITI AT SHERATON PATTAYA It had been some time since Mick and I had the pleasure to dine at Sheraton Pattaya’s signature restaurant, Infiniti, and we were delighted to be invited back. Chef Jack Yoss had moved on but the menu remains as a testament to his culinary creativity. Executive Chef Pichit Plaibua (latterly of Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts) is now at the helm of this sensational restaurant where new ideas are presented daily and his brigade of chefs are rediscovering the traditional plus initiating and inventing gourmet dishes. We were to experience a 6-course culinary romp through the kitchen’s signature dishes, but before this pageant started to appear, we managed to make quite an impact on the breadsticks and Gruyere breads which we dipped into the velvety Parmesan truffle cream. The soup course was a creamy cauliflower emulsion studded with nuggets of chorizo sausage, raisins and quite a few other secret ingredients. The textural and aromatic layering was truly phenomenal. Whilst sipping an excellent Sauvignon Blanc our first starter plate was served and for me the star dish of the dinner. Sweet, tender lobster meat had painstakingly been stuffed into crispy chicken wings and then slathered with a black pepper glaze incorporating coriander and lime. Quite clearly a labour intensive dish but also a stellar dish and a “must-have” for any occasion. Other dishes from the “Snacks, Salads & Appetiser” menu list fried mini blue crab cakes with a lemon-caper aioli (B.470), and a Parma ham, brie, pear salad with caramelized walnuts and a honey balsamic dressing. The next dish to hit the table was one of their innovative hot rock dishes, ours was scallops but you can choose from lamb or pork. To be accurate they are not rocks but steel pucks which rested atop a container of white stones, star anise, cinnamon bark and peppercorns, and as you can imagine it all generates an exquisite smoky aroma to permeate the chosen items. Place your chubby (coconut oil-infused) Japanese scallops onto the sizzling hot puck, count to three, turn them over for

Seared tuna Mille-feuille

another 3 seconds and remove at once. Dip into the spicy chili seafood sauce and you will have died and gone to heaven. The next course featured seared Grade A tuna escorted by Chiang Mai heritage potatoes flavoured with saffron, artichokes, olives and cherry tomatoes served in a deeply concentrated clam broth. This is another labour of love to produce such a broth of passionate intensity. Artichokes are expensive but their unique flavour bequeathed such distinctiveness to the kaleidoscope of tastes they were worth every satang. Steamed sea bass followed in a black bean sauce accompanied by an onion fragrant Jasmine rice (B.720). It proved to be a beautiful and perfectly executed piece of crispy skinned fish enhanced by the brininess of the black beans and onion emulsion. Pizzas here are definitely a grownup affair. The brick oven disgorges artisanal pies of gourmet intensity.

Chicken wings stuffed with lobster

The signature pizza is seasoned mushroom, mascarpone, and rocket with white truffle oil (B.390) or the duck confit pizza with caramelized onions, balsamic, goat cheese and truffle oil (B.450) which would put fine dining squarely into the pizza park. The six cheese variety uses mascarpone, mozzarella, blue, feta, goat and parmesan for a titanic explosion of cheese flavours. It was then time for dessert which presented a mille-feuille pastry with raspberry crème brulee. A divine dessert since Napoleon’s days and never better executed than here. To dine at Infiniti is an experience to remember. Tables are set on the terrace under either a sunny blue or night sky with a panoramic view of the sea and islands beyond. Gentle breezes catch the air, and the open kitchen affords a glimpse of the chefs doing what they do best in an atmosphere of quiet professionalism. On arrival at the hotel, we recommend you take advantage of a buggy to take you down the not inconsiderable distance through the gardens to the Infiniti location.

Infiniti

Chef Pichit

Sheraton Pattaya Resort 437 Phra Tamnak Road, Pattaya Open daily from 11 am to 10:30 pm Tel: 038 259 842 www.sheraton.com/pattaya


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escapades

Vol. 03 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2015

Conrad Koh Samui introduces over-water wedding ceremony

eve n ts c a le n d a r NEW WORLD WINE TASTING

Date: 2 May 2015, Saturday, 6:30-9 pm Venue: Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya Activities: Experience a wonderful selection of seven different kinds of wine from Australia, South Africa and Chile matched with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines. Price is 890 baht net per person or 1,390 baht net per person including one bottle of premium wine to take home. Guests can also bring home their favorite selection of great wines available at a special price. For more information: Tel: 038 725 555 Email: chanchira.won@holidayinn-pattaya.com

ITALIAN WINE TASTING Date: 9 May 2015, Saturday, 7-9 pm Venue: Dicey Reilly’s Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa has launched a new over-water wedding concept for couples to say ‘I do’. The resort’s new wedding facilities and a selection of bespoke wedding and honeymoon packages have been designed to create a memorable moment for the couple. Couples may choose to celebrate their wedding over-the-water with beautiful backdrop of Koh Samui's fabled five islands and ocean views of the Gulf of Thailand at the resort’s main infinity-edge pool. A transparent walkway and main stage is set in the middle of the pool to create the over-water wedding venue and it is becoming Conrad Koh Samui’s

signature wedding ceremony where couples can enjoy the elegant surrounding of the luxury pool villa resort together with their friends and family. The resort’s wedding package starts from 95,000 baht (inclusive of taxes and service charge) which can be tailored to guests and couples’ specific needs. The package includes a wedding celebrant to conduct the vow and ring exchange ceremonies, a professional photographer for two hours, and a bottle of champagne for the toast.Tropical flower decorations for the bridal bouquet and groom’s corsage, strewn flower petals, a flower arch and two floral stands can be

customized to suit couple’s personal tastes. The wedding ceremony at Conrad Koh Samui can be as intimate for two or as grand as the ceremony for up to 200 guests. Bride and groom must stay at the resort for a minimum of two nights and rates for group of 10 villas or more can be provided on request. The legal marriage ceremony, in addition, can be arranged as per guests’ enquiry with further document preparation and support from a dedicated wedding planner. For more information and wedding enquiry, please contact the resort's wedding specialist at conrad_koh_ samui@conradhotels.com.

Activities: Discover the Old World feel of the Italian wine and complemented with hors d’oeuvres for only 699 baht net. For more information: Tel: 038 411 755 Email: diceyspub@minor.com www.diceyspub.com

“HAPPILY EVER AFTER” WEDDING FAIR 2015 Date: 23-24 May 2015, SaturdaySunday Venue: at M23, Centara Grand at CentralWorld Activities: A one-stop service to create the perfect wedding. Centara’s wedding specialists will offer guidance and ideas on wedding decoration, flower arrangements, photographers, invitation cards, gifts and souvenirs, and will provide information on wedding packages and tailor-made weddings. All couples who reserve their wedding packages during this event will be entered into a lucky draw whose prizes include a luxury stay at a five-star Centara hotel and vouchers for a romantic dinner at the award-winning rooftop restaurant, Red Sky. For more information: Supaporn Klinchand Tel: 02 100 1234 ext 6746 Email: supapornkl@chr.co.th

Hotel Promotions Amari.com Exclusive: 1,000 baht in Spa Credit

Hot Deal Package at Amari Ocean Pattaya

Only from Amari.com can you make a booking for a minimum of two-night consecutive stays in all room types at Amari Ocean Pattaya with an automatic 1,000 baht in Breeze Spa credit per room per stay. This offer is available for booking from now until 30 June 2015 and period of stay from today until 30 September 2015. This offer cannot be combined with other packages or promotions.

Book seven days in advance and take advantage of the hottest deal that Amari Ocean Pattaya has to offer. This inviting package offers up to 15 percent off from the best available rate on the website, daily buffet breakfast, a 20 percent discount at Breeze Spa and 10 percent off on food and beverages. This offer is available for Deluxe Ocean View Twin and Executive Club King, booking from now until 31 March 2016. Prices start at 7,826 baht for a minimum two-night stay.

For more information, please call 038 418 418.

For more information, please call 038 418 418 or visit www.amari.com/ocean-pattaya, www.facebook.com/AmariOcean.


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events

Vol. 03 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2015

Songkran festival around town Songkran, the much-loved and much-anticipated yearly event, was once again celebrated around town. More than water-fights and fun in the sun, the local community participated in different centuries-old Thai New Year traditions.

Tara Pattana International School celebrates Songkran

Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya welcomes Thai New Year

Tara Pattana International School held a Songkran event for staff and students to wear innovative costumes and throw water at each other.

Dusit Thani Pattaya staff marks Songkran Festival GM Chatchawal Supachayanont (middle) led the staff and management of Dusit Thani Pattaya in marking the first day of the Thai New Year or Songkran Festival, also known as the Water Festival in Thailand. Although the Songkran Festival is celebrated at a later date in Pattaya and other districts of Chonburi province, the hotel marks it on the 13th of April by giving donations to monks and praying for merit-making. The hotel also shared the day’s significance with hotel guests who joined in the prayers held in the Napalai Convention that followed the almsgiving. The event concluded with the pouring of scented water and petals over the hands of GM Chatchawal as the entire staff took turns in wishing him a happy and prosperous Thai New Year.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya’s General Manager Andre Brulhart led a traditional Rot Nam Dam Hua ceremony in the resort’s Mythica suite, offering food to nine monks. This was followed by a water-pouring ceremony for the resort’s senior management, wishing them luck for the upcoming year as well as a very happy Songkran.

Songkran blessings from Nong Nooch elephants

Students provide automotive assistance Students from Pattaya Technical College provided checkup service of vehicles over the long Songkran holiday. The service center also offered tourist assistance.

Forty elephants splashed water on tourists during Songkran celebration at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.

Health campaign on Songkran Day

Drink Dive Duck Pool Party at A-One

Guests headed to A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya for the Drink Dive Duck Pool Party where entertainment was provided by popular DJs Luis del Villar, Nui Sunzone, and Sunju Hargun.

City Hall hosted an activity to promote the health care of elderly people to make Pattaya an age-friendly city. Officials also gently poured water over the hands of 500 elders as a mark of respect.

Stella Artois World Draught Masters Thailand Final 2015 Brewberry Co., Ltd., led by General Manager Rawin Suphavanij, held the 5th Stella Artois World Draught Masters at the Grand Postal Building, Charoen Krung Road to find the best three contestants to represent Thailand in the Regional Final 2015 in Singapore. The competition celebrates the skill and passion of bartenders around the world, testing their abilities to perform the time-honoured 9-Step Pouring Ritual with flair and finesse in order to deliver the best drinking experience for Stella Artois connoisseurs, which is considered both a science and an art. The Masquerade Night-themed event was attended by celebrities from across Thailand including Matthew Deane, Sara Legge, Ryan Jett, PK Piyawat Kempetch, Jay Spencer, Milin Yuvacharuskul, Ed Akkapon, Sara Ball and many more.


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fairness-fitness-finery

Vol. 03 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2015

Spa Promotions Thai Sabai Sabai at Breeze Spa, Amari Pattaya Soothe away your aches with an aromatic compress for your back, neck and shoulders when booking any 90-minute massage from the wellness wisdom of the Siam menu. The promotion is available until end of May 2015 for only 2,400 baht for a 90-minute massage. For more information, please call 038 418 418 ext 840 or visit www.breeze-spa.com, www.facebook.com/BreezeSpas.

Post Workout Revival at Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Pattaya Devarana has launched after sport and adventure activities revival program to enhance muscle relaxation and sport performance. This program includes a full body Devarana Massage to relax and stretch the muscle, followed by cooling Aloe Gel Face Mask application to soothe the skin. The treatment ends up with warm Coffee and Herbal Bath and cold rain shower to relieve soreness, tone the skin, and widen blood vessels to prevent muscle and tissue injury. The program is available at all Devarana Spas in Thailand for 4,000 baht ++ from until May 31, 2015. For more information, please contact Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya on 038 371 044 or pattaya@devaranaspa.com.

Hai Muea spa treatment at Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok To treat the office syndrome symptoms caused by long hours in front of a computer, such as headache, neck, shoulder and back pain, aching arms and others, Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok offers an exclusive 60-minute “Hai Muea” package designed to alleviate muscle tension and strains at only 1,290 baht net per person. The promotion is valid from 1 May – 30 June 2015. Hai Muea spa treatment is a muscle relief ritual combining deep tissue and Swedish massage and stretching techniques to relax tired back, shoulder and neck muscles. As you start to feel the tightness and pain recede, you will also enjoy the signature herbal back compresses, expertly laid on to tension-ridden body parts with a therapeutic touch.

Facial Tightening 3DEEP® Facial Tightening - Smooth Wrinkles, Tighten and Shape Face and Neck • Treats most facial areas with a threedimensional facial skin tightening treatment that provides deep, volumetric dermal heating • 3DEEP™ Facial Tightening treatment is by Dr. Natnicha Loichuen ideal for smoothing wrinkles, tightening skin and shaping of facial and neck areas. • Results in smoother skin via collagen stimulation • Uses clinically proven 3DEEP RF technology • Enjoy a non-invasive procedure with no discomfort or downtime There has been a continually increasing demand from patients for non-invasive and no downtime wrinkle treatment, the appealingly labeled “lunch-time procedure”, which has dovetailed with the introduction of new treatments and technologies over the past 10 years. The cause of lax skin is the decrease in quantity and function of the collagen in the dermal and sub-dermal layers of the skin. This physiological deterioration leads to skin laxity and wrinkles. The delivery of sufficient heat deep into the skin, to the dermal and sub-dermal layers, creates an immediate effect on the collagen structure via neocollagenesis, or the stimulation of new collagen growth. The heat penetration achieved by EndyMed’s proprietary 3DEEP RF technology reaches into these deep dermis and sub-dermal layers to provide this effective collagen

If you want to be the best, focus on your most valuable asset: the power of your creative mind. As competition and the pace of change intensify, companies and individuals need to harness their creativity to stay ahead of the field. Under pressure, people often think they can’t be creative; many more are convinced they are not creative at all because they have never been ‘arty’. Creative genius Edward de Bono explains how you can unlock your own creativity to reap the personal and professional rewards it will bring. It helps you learn how to be creative on demand with de Bono’s step-by-step approach.

Histological Evidence of the Effectiveness of 3DEEP Skin Tightening Treatments A. Before treatment, histology from a 58-year-old woman B. One month after treatment series with EndyMed PRO™ non-ablative skin tightening A

B "Mid-reticular dermis with collagenous thickening and widened intercollagenous spaces, compared to the non-treated skin."

500 baht off Facial Tightening Cut and present this coupon to get 500 baht discount on 3DEEP® Facial Tightening treatment. Valid from May 1 to June 30, 2015.

For more information and to book a FREE consultation, call Tel: 038 411 190, 038 411 990 or visit Nicha Clinic on Pattaya Second Road (opposite View Talay Beach Condominium and Central Festival Pattaya Beach). Website: www.nichaclinic.com. Facebook: Nicha Clinic Beauty and Beyond.

Berry Good for Skin You deserve 200 lashes New information about ellagic acid—a natural antioxidant found in a variety of fruits, especially berries, as well as vegetables and nuts— points to berries' potential as a topical application to help prevent collagen destruction and moderate the inflammatory response. Much well-designed research shows that many compounds in berries, whether applied to the skin or eaten in the form of whole fruit, are among the most protective nutrients your body can utilize. Until topical ellagic-acid-based preparations are made widely available, eating berries regularly is one of the best, not to mention tastiest, moves you can make for overall health. The highest levels of ellagic acid are found in blackberries, cranberries, pecans, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts, and grapes.

Just as we all lose hair on our heads, so too do we lose our eyelashes. On average, human eyelids have about 200 lashes on each eye; each lash has an average lifespan of about six months before naturally falling out. But they also fall out for other reasons, such as rubbing your eyes too vigorously to relieve an itch or to remove makeup, applying harsh or heavy mascara, or abuse from an eyelash curler. Some people, however, experience severe thinning of eyelashes, and that may be caused by infection or a thyroid condition. In such cases it is important to consult an ophthalmologist or a physician.

Some sleeping positions can contribute to facial wrinkles? If you make a habit night after night of sleeping on your side, it can lead to lines on your on cheeks and chin-wrinkles that become etched into the top layers of skin. And they don’t fade when you get out of bed. Similarly, if you sleep face down you can get a furrowed brow. To avoid chances of creating new sleep wrinkles, sleep on your back.

Reservations can be made by calling 02 541 1234 ext 4292 or 4567 or email spacenvareecglb@chr.co.th.

SERIOUS CREATIVITY: HOW TO BE CREATIVE UNDER PRESSURE AND TURN IDEAS INTO ACTION By EDWARD DE BONO 9780091939700

tightening and remodeling. The 3DEEP™ technology developed by EndyMed controls the power and depth of RF energy delivered to the skin, which is what makes it very effective.

THE COLLECTOR By NORA ROBERTS 9780749959326 Lila Emerson is fascinated by other people’s lives. As a house-sitter, she loves looking after the glamorous homes she could never afford herself. And as a writer, she enjoys dreaming up stories for the people she sees from her window. But then one day she witnesses something only too real - the shocking murder of a young woman living across the street in New York. Now Lila is in mortal danger from an audacious, single-minded assassin who kills for profit and for pleasure. With the police following a false lead, Lila’s only hope is to team up with Ashton Archer, an artist with his own complicated reasons for getting involved. Lila wants to trust the passionate, quick-witted Ash - but is she letting her feelings blind her to his motives? Either way, she will never watch from the sidelines again...


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fairness-fitness-finery

Vol. 03 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2015

Plastic surgery explained: Common eye conditions by Thonglor Clinic

As we get older our skin loses some of its tonus. Wrinkles appear, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile. Over the years small benign or sometimes malignant tumors appear. Uneven pigmentation and vascular defects also show themselves. In aesthetic medicine, surgical and non-surgical options are available. Let’s explore area after area with a series of articles to see what is available to you. This first article will discuss common eye conditions. Let’s consider the eyes as our first focus of attention. The first symptoms are usually wrinkles at the corners of the eyes. For minor cases, Botox injections can restore smoothness to the area. These injections need to be repeated

every four to six months depending on the severity. Laser treatments will help to smooth out small skin imperfections and induce more collagen buildup to give more tonus to the tissue. Some lasers are the ideal tool to remove skin pigmentation or small skin tags. Hyaluronic acid injections can also fill up some of the unevenness. As time progresses, the upper eyelids become droopier and heavier lids give a tired appearance. To complicate matters, the lower eyelids start to show bags. This comes from fatty deposits that slowly herniate via a weakening of the muscles surrounding the eyes. Both conditions require surgery to be corrected properly. Steps to follow are to have a consultation with the surgeon where he will listen

to your expectations and assess the skin around the patient’s eyes. Interestingly enough a simple toothpick can be used to see how much sagging is present. The surgeon will gently roll off the excess skin. The muscles around the eyes are also evaluated to prevent droopiness post surgery if too much tissue is removed. It usually takes a couple of months after the surgery for the muscles to regain full functionality. A careful history regarding any medications that the patient is taking is also noted. Aspirin and other anticoagulants are withheld for one week prior to the surgery to prevent excessive bruising. Blepharoplasty, upper and lower, is done as an outpatient procedure. If the patient is nervous, a mild sedative will be administered and the patient won’t

remember much of the procedure. It is done under local anesthesia because the surgeon will also need to see how the patient can open and close the eyes during the surgery. A local anesthetic solution is injected in the areas that will be operated on. The surgeon then carefully draws on the excess tissue that will be removed. Carefully excising the tissue, small blood vessels need to be cauterized to prevent excessive bleeding. Once the surgeon is happy with the amount of tissue to excise, he proceeds and then closes the defect using very fine suture material. The incisions usually run along the eyelid margins and are extended beyond the opening of the eyes. Scarring is minimal and usually the incision lines disappear after a few months. With the lower blepharoplasty, the results are usually spectacular and the patient has a refreshed and younger look. Upper and lower blepharoplasty usually takes two to three hours to

perform. Postoperative care involves the application of cold compresses for 20 minutes every couple of hours. Twice daily, the incision lines are cleaned with sterile saline solution and the application of an antibiotic cream on the areas. The patient will take some antibiotics, painkillers and anti-inflammatories. A patient will also wear dark sunglasses for a few days to mask the inevitable bruising. Sutures are usually removed after seven to ten days. Swelling resolves and a younger appearance is achieved. Discomfort is minimal. Take a good look in the mirror and consider having a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for eye rejuvenation. Time marches on and we all feel its effect. Thonglor Clinic is conveniently situated on Thappraya Road facing the large tower of Pattaya Park, next door to Thai Living legal offices. For more information contact Thonglor Clinic 038 252 055.


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diversions music / new release

Jackie – Ciara

Vol. 03 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2015

upcoming movies at Major Cineplex The Avenue Pattaya PITCH PERFECT 2

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Release Date May 14, 2015 Lead Actors Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld Director Elizabeth Banks Writers Kay Cannon, Mickey Rapkin Genre Comedy | Musical

Release Date May 14, 2015 Lead Actors Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult Director George Miller Writers George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris Genre Action | Adventure | Thriller

Jackie is the upcoming sixth studio album by American recording artist Ciara, and is scheduled for release on May 4, 2015, by Epic Records. Ciara's sixth studio album is her first release following the birth of her first child.The album was also preceded by the release of the lead single, a Harmony "H-Money" Samuels and Chris "TEK" O'Ryan production called "I Bet". Written by the singer, Samuels and Timothy and Theron Thomas of the production duo Rock City, the song debuted at number 96 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has peaked at number 43.The album also features Missy Elliott, Pitbull, Joe Jonas, R3hab, and T.I.

Bush – Snoop Dogg Bush is the upcoming 13th studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg, which is due for release on May 12, 2015 by Doggystyle, I Am Other and Columbia Records. The album was entirely produced by Pharrell Williams, and has the confirmed participation of Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, and other noted musicians in the R&B genre.

Book

Review by John K. Lindgren

Americans in Thailand US-Thai History from 1818-2014

From the Land of the Free to the Land of Smiles The 19th century brought missionaries, surgeons and Siamese Twins later 20th century: Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut and 21st century President Barack Obama meeting HM the King in Bangkok. They first arrived in 1818, the intrepid North American traders and deep-sea sailors in search of sugar and other commodities.

A collegiate a cappella group called The Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won before to regain their status and right to perform.

In a post-apocalyptic world, in which people fight to the death, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiousa, to try and survive.

And they went home with orders for Yankee long flintlock rifles. Not long after that the bible-thumping missionaries landed on the muddy banks of Chao Phraya River. Americans in Thailand is an elegant, 304-page, lavishly illustrated volume; a half a kilo, coffee table, hard cover brick telling the story of United States citizens in the Kingdom of Siam following a well researched historical chronology including a vertical timeline and plenty of anecdotes. This unique publication is divided into six sections: Pioneering Americans (1818-1851) On 18 February 1833, the first diplomat, Edmund Roberts arrived aboard a sloop-of-war named Peacock. In 1835 Dr Dan Beach Bradley missionary and the first Western physician to make Bangkok his home. Two years later the first Protestant church in the Kingdom of Siam was established.

Armed Americans (1957-1976) The first “Friendship Highway” Bangkok-Korat road built with US funds opened in 1958. Four years later the first overt deployment of US troops on Thai soil. The US Army, Marines, US Air Force including CIA agents had arrived. In '69 President Richard Nixon visited Bangkok. Committed Americans (1976-2014) In 1980 the American-born Thai citizen, business tycoon William “Bill” Heinecke opened his first Pizza Hut franchise in Pattaya. Today his Minor Group operates 1,500 restaurant and 100 hotels. Other committed Americans: the urban concept architect Robert G Boughey; the tough Roman Catholic priest, Reverend Joseph H Maier; renowned journalists, writers like Denis Gray, William Warren, Steve van Beek and Harold Stephens. Also two musical East-West bridge builders: Thai fusion-folk-rock artist, singer Todd “Tongdee” Lavelle; and Bruce Gaston, opera composer and Thai classical music performer.

Divided Americans (1851-1868) Dan Beach Bradley Sir John Bowring. The Bowring Treaty of 1855 opened the door for Western countries to trade with Siam. In 1956 Reverend Stephen Mattoon became the first American consul and 1859 saw the debut of Siam's first newspaper The Bangkok Calendar. Distinguished Americans (1868-1945) “A series of Americans, who did not share the colonial ambitions of the French and British, became influential advisors to the Siamese monarchs. For decades Harvard University graduates: Edward Strobel, Jens Westengard, and Francis Sayre helped Siam to negotiate new treaties with the European colonial powers – agreements that restored judicial, sovereignty, clearly defined borders and Siam's ability to raise import tariffs.” Quiet Americans (1945-1957) “During this chaotic era of post-war reconstruction, the Americans became the most prominent foreign community in the Kingdom. It was the rise of the maverick entrepreneurs, such as Alexander MacDonald, Bangkok Post founder; Jim Thompson, the titan of Thai textiles; and Albert Lyman, who took over the oldest law firm and co-founded the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in 1956.”

Jim Thompson inspecting newly dyed silk yarn along the klong opposite his house

Bill Heinecke leads the delivery staff for the official launch of the Pizza Company in March 2001

“Americans in Thailand” is a must read for all US subjects living (or having lived) in Thailand, and for other nationalities interested in the history of Asia, Southeast Asia and the Thai Kingdom. For the scholar the book contains maps, appendices, references, glossary, an excellent index section and a comprehensive eight-page bibliography. This dark blue brick of a book might be too heavy to carry to the beach or the poolside deck chair. Hopefully a pocket edition is coming? All in all, excellent work by Editions Didier Millet team of longtime American writers cum residents of Thailand. Chapeau! Note: Editions Didier Millet is an internationally-renowned publisher of travel, history, natural history, art, architecture, cookery, and lifestyle books. Americans in Thailand Retail price: 1,295 baht Available at Asia Books and B2S, Central Festival Pattaya Beach www.edmbooks.com www.asiabooks.com


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Thailand Tax Changes by MBMG Group

There have been a number of changes to Thailand’s economic and business environment since the current government took power last May; not least in the area of taxation. Below is a quick guide to some of the major changes, proposed or implemented. VAT Back in July 2014, the government announced a further one-year extension to the reduced value-added tax rate of 7 percent. The official VAT rate is in fact 10 percent but, in order to boost consumer purchasing power and thus help economic growth, a 3 percentreduction has been reapplied every year since the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The current extension expires on 30 September 2015. It has been stated that VAT will be back at 10 percent from 1 October 2015; although it’s worth keeping an eye out in the coming months, in case this changes. SME business income tax The business tax applied to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) has applied since the beginning of the fiscal year 2015 (which started on 1 January 2015). If an SME has paid-up capital of less than 5 million baht at the end of each accounting period, and revenue from sales and goods in that period is less than 30 million baht, then it will now be eligible for a 15 percent rate up to 3 million baht in net profit. Previously this rate only applied up to 1 million baht in profit. In summary, here’s how the new and old SME tax rates compare:

into 500 baht tax for every 1 million baht on amounts exceeding 2 million baht but no more than 4 million baht. For houses with an appraised value of over 4 million baht, homeowners would have to pay 1,000 baht for every 1 million baht of the appraised value above the 4 million baht mark. However, there has been a public outcry that the tax will impose too high a burden on homeowners. The government has therefore decided to postpone implementation indefinitely and review the plans. It has promised to publish its conclusions in August 2015. Tutorial Schools Currently tutorial schools or cram schools, which provide extra lessons to help students pass exams such as university entrance tests, qualify for tax exemptions under the Private School Act. However in March the government gave the go-ahead to tax such schools. Education minister Narong Pipatanasai has stated that the idea behind the change is to tax cram schools’ profits, without mirroring the cost onto students. However one school owner has already said he would have to increase course fees because of the increased accounting and auditing costs involved. As yet no official timeline has been set for the changes, which the Revenue Department expects to bring in annual tax revenue of some 2 billion baht. Inheritance Tax In August of last year the government made clear its intentions to introduce an inheritance tax (IHT)

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Automobile excise tax As of 1 January 2016, those people who choose an energy-saving model when buying a new vehicle will be charged less tax. The planned restructuring of the automobile excise tax regime was first announced in 2012 and has raised concern within the industry that it would make production difficult, as manufacturers try to marry low-emissions with market requirements. In March, industry minister Chakramon Phasukavanich stated that the new tax rates will only apply to new models, as it would not be fair to apply them to older ones. The objective is to charge more tax on less-efficient models of vehicle, thus discouraging manufacturers from producing them and customers from buying them. The president of the Thai Automobile Association has suggested that if the vehicle tax rate is raised by between 5 and 10 percent, the retail price could be raised by 2 percent. Land and building tax There have been plans to introduce a property tax in Thailand since 2010 but no law has been implemented to date. The current government, however, sees this as one of its priorities. It has stated that it wants to enact the law before it gives up power, as it seeks to narrow economic disparity and pay for investment in areas such as infrastructure. The latest proposals suggest that homeowners would be charged 0.1 percent of the appraised value. The rate for agricultural and commercial land use would be 0.05 percent and 0.2 percent respectively. Houses with an appraised value of up to 2 million baht would receive a 75 percent tax allowance, meaning a 250 baht tax payment for every 1 million baht. Residences with an appraised value of 2-4 million baht would receive a 50 percent tax allowance, calculating

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in Thailand. This wasn’t something new: proposals for such a tax have been doing the rounds of various Thai governments for the last decade. Whilst Singapore and the Philippines already have IHT regimes, all the other ASEAN countries do not. According to finance minister Sommai Phasee, an estate worth 120 million baht separated equally between two children would result in the following: • The first 50 million baht each child receives would be exempt of tax. • Each child would be taxed at 10 percent for the 10 million baht that exceeds the ceiling. Taxable assets would include residences, land, vehicles, bonds, equities and deposits at financial institutions. Non-registerable assets such as jewelry, amulets and luxury watches, however, would be excluded. Whilst the finance minister feels that a 1 million baht tax on an inheritance of 60 million baht is “negligible”, the National Legislative Assembly failed to reach any conclusion on the bill’s second reading in February. The minister suggested that the law should not be implemented at all if there is a reduction to his proposed 10 percent rate. Since February there has been no news of any rewrite of the bill or a new attempt to push the current proposals through. Future developments With so many uncertainties regarding how and when these new tax regimes will be implemented, it would be advisable to check with an independent expert, especially if there is the possibility that any of these new taxes could affect you. You may get in touch with MBMG Group by email at info@mbmg-group.com or call 02 665 2536.


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Legal & Expat Money

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

Exploding some myths

by Magna Carta Law Office

Transfer of Property Ownership in Thailand Where and when does the transfer of property ownership take place? The registration of the transfer of property ownership from the owner or developer to the buyer will take place at the Land Office. The transfer of property takes place after the property is built, the contract has been signed, and all the installment payments have been made. The remaining balance of the purchase price is usually paid on the day of transfer at the Land Office. What are the taxes and fees I must be aware of when purchasing or selling a property in Thailand? Whoever buys or sells a property in Thailand should be aware of the following taxes and fees: Land Registration (Transfer Fee) The rate is 2 percent of the appraised value of the property. Stamp Duty/Fee 0.5 percent of the assessed value or the actual selling price, whichever amount is higher. Stamp duty does not have to be paid if specific business tax is applicable. Specific Business Tax 3.3 percent calculated on the basis of the government appraised value or the actual selling price, whichever amount is higher. This tax only applies if the property is sold within the first five years of ownership. Otherwise, a stamp duty will be assessed instead. Income Tax Income from the sale of a property is subject to income taxation. This is calculated based on the government appraised value of the property, the length of time it has been owned and the applicable personal income tax rate. When the property seller is a company, the withholding tax is 1 percent of the selling price or of the assessed value, whichever is higher. When the property seller is an individual, the withholding tax is calculated on a progressive income tax scale. Under Thai tax laws the land office must take the income withholding tax at the time of transfer of ownership. Who usually pays the corresponding tax expenses? There are no specific rules as to who pays for which taxes. It must be negotiated by the buyer and the seller, and must be stipulated in the sales contract. What are the documents needed for property transfer? Condominium 1. The title deed for the property (Chanote) 2. Document from condominium juristic person stating that all maintenance fees are paid up (Letter of Debt Free) 3. Copies of the passport(s) or other identification documents of both the buyer and the seller

4. Copies of the entry stamp(s) in the passport(s) of the foreign buyer and/or the seller 5. Foreign Exchange Transaction Certificate or Thor Thor 3 (for purchases in the name of a foreigner only) 6. Company Documents updated for the last three months Land and House 1. The title deed for the property (Chanote) 2. Copies of the passport(s) or other identification documents of both the buyer and the seller 3. Copies of the entry stamp(s) in the passport(s) of the foreign buyer and/or the seller 4. Company Documents updated for the last three months What is a Foreign Exchange Transaction Certificate? Why is it necessary? Foreign Exchange Transaction Certificate or Thor Thor 3 is a legal document issued by banks upon receipt of foreign currency into your bank account in Thailand. This must be requested from your bank when you are remitting funds to Thailand for the purpose of purchasing a condominium unit. In line with a foreigner’s acquisition of a property, it is Thailand government’s condition that the money used to pay for the purchase price must originate from an offshore source in the form of foreign currency. This certificate shall be presented to the officer at the Land Office where ownership of the condominium unit will be registered. Failure to comply with this requirement will prevent the registration of the property under the purchaser’s name. Can a buyer/seller appoint a proxy if they cannot make it to be present at the Land Office personally? A buyer or seller of real property can authorize another person to handle the transaction on their behalf by filling in and signing the power/letter of attorney form specially provided by the Land Office. The government provincial and local Land Department's branch offices in Thailand only accept the official standard Land Department's Thai script 'Power of Attorney' (Tor Dor 21 for land and house; or Chor 21 for condominium).

There has not, and probably never will be, a foolproof, one size fits all, answer to the dilemma of trying to produce a high return on savings with minimal or no risk. The idea that a host of risk-free opportunities exist out there that will continually and consistently quadruple the returns from banks every year is a myth. The conundrum is this; in order to achieve worthwhile results money has to be placed in asset backed investments of some sort. These come in assorted colours but all have issues generally connected with risk and/or liquidity. There are some excellent multi-asset and managed equity funds out there and, by their nature, they are diversified to spread risk but they can’t completely eliminate it. By carefully choosing the holdings their balancing act is to pitch risk against return. Also, let’s take some of the ‘hard asset’ funds that have performed well throughout the slowly disappearing financial crisis. By ‘hard asset’, we mean funds that hold tangible holdings, such as property. As a strategy, they must invest up to 90 percent of the fund in the class of investment that they have chosen to base their fund in, because, as for everyone else, cash does not perform, so the more invested, the more likely a better return for clients. This is fine until, for whatever reason, redemptions exceed subscriptions over a prolonged period, which can then lead to a liquidity problem. To illustrate the case, imagine you own a property in Prime Central London with a tenant and a mortgage. If the tenant stops paying the rent which covers the mortgage, it doesn’t mean the property is worth any less, it just means you have a liquidity problem. The whole short-termism thinking of today, often brought about by 24/7 access to fund values, brings some to the conclusion that the first time yields slip, most likely temporarily, it’s time to get out. This short-term view can be crippling for many investments that aren’t in the bank. Yes, if you buy and sell the right stock on the markets at the right time, you can achieve significant results but most members of the public who invest miss the boat and buy at a high and sell at a low, because their inexperience in the markets and that same short-termism takes over, often brought about by the fear created when a price drops, as well as the unwillingness to look further ahead and ride out the curves. If you go back just a decade, or perhaps two, you would see that those who generally made money on the markets were investors who bought bluechip stock and held them for the long term. This is largely what Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway does, albeit on a much grander scale. Also, one of the UK’s top fund managers, Neil Woodford, has just this week launched Woodford Patient Capital Trust. Recently, he was on the BBC’s Hard Talk programme and Stephen Sackur asked him why the UK, with all its talent, was not producing such corporate behemoths as Google and Microsoft. A brief approximation of his answer was that there has not been much appetite in the UK for long-term investment and his new fund launch aims to buck that trend. Indeed, Warren Buffett famously said, ‘Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.’ As with most things, a spread of investments is desirable but not diversification for its own sake. A mix of well-selected, different asset classes to make up a portfolio gives balance and reduces risk. Also, when deciding on your holdings, consideration should be given as to whether capital growth or income is the main objective. Clearly both are desirable but there is usually an emphasis for one over the other. Important Note - This article contains general information only and is not intended to be taken as specific financial, investment, or tax advice. A personal analysis should always be obtained. Tim Whiteley of IFA International has over 25 years as an IFA, advising international investors and expatriates, both onshore UK, and offshore in Asia. With offices in Bangkok, and regular client visits to Pattaya, IFA specialises in wealth protection services, offshore trusts, QROPS UK pension transfers and QNUPS, creating tailor-made investment solutions for individuals around the world. IFA International does NOT provide discretionary portfolio management, securities advice, forex trading, or local brokerage / insurance products. The services that IFA International Group provides are for international investors and expatriates only and are not applicable to local nationals. This is NOT a solicitation to sell or market securities. Questions to the author can be directed to: timwhiteley@ifainternationalgroup.com


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Property

And The Winner Is! As Thailand’s real estate sector grew and matured incredibly fast, real estate property awards began to surface within our industry just as quickly. There’s the Thailand Property Awards and not too long ago the first Power 99 Awards for Thailand’s leading real estate figures, just to name two. Well, I have got a few new awards to give as well, but they won’t be presented just yet. These unique awards will be for the ‘Con of The Year’! Now that’s not the ‘Contractor of The Year’; no folks, it’s the ‘Con of The Year’. People, I’m not talking about the guy at the noodle stand with a Xerox copy of a title deed in his back pocket. No, I’m talking about the ‘Big Boys’, the guys that walk off with the big money. Before I get too deep into this ‘diatribe’, let me explain my journalistic diversion to you. I am labeling this ‘piece’ a diatribe simply because the subjects (real estate con men) disgust me, and real estate crimes are most definitely something we need to do something about. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a complete ‘crime snob’, but I do enjoy and expect just a little creativity from a criminal. You know--a government job, an insurance company or even an inside bank job, but come on guys--vacationers and retirees? It was just a few years back after the financial crisis of 200708 when we here on the Eastern Seaboard were going through exactly what we are seeing here today--a property boom gone bust! Let’s start this award search by going back to the ‘Con of The Year 2007’ winner, well-known Pattaya publisher and developer Richard Ian Silver and his Royal View Talay Condominium, which was to be an eight-storey condominium building located on two rai of land (38 meters wide and 85 meters deep) just 50 meters from Jomtien Beach Road on Na Jomtien Soi 2/1.

Yes, folks, that’s way too close and over the 14-meter legal limit isn’t it! You would have thought somebody would have figured that one out. Wouldn’t you? Well the purchasers of that scam finally band together and formed a website at http:// royalviewtalayinvestors. blogspot.com just eight years ago (September 2007) and as a result, the most recent report on the ‘Where did my Royal View Talay Condo money go?’ saga is: Ian Silver’s whereabouts are still unknown! He sold all of his companies before doing a runner. Silver’s Pattaya office was closed down. And last but not least, it is reported that he disappeared with more than 120 million baht. That was 3.5 million US dollars, folks! Now this is getting exciting. Let’s move on with this award search and congratulate the 2008 Con of The Year. If you were living here then, you would have seen the April headlines: 50 Swedish homebuyers cheated out of millions in Thailand. Up to 50 Swedish families, retirees and disabled persons were cheated in a property scandal right here in Thailand. The investors were dreaming about owning a piece of paradise in Bang Phra, but according to the Swedish tabloid Expressen, those poor unfortunates lost millions of kronor as a result of their home purchases with Thai Care, a company dominated by a Swedish citizen living in Bangsaray. By the way, that con job was for 30 million kronor…… 4,679,460 US dollars……now that’s 4.6 million US dollars! That was following the world financial crisis. What about now? What about the ‘Con of The Year 2015’ winner? This future award-winning developer is still in our midst! In fact, I’m betting we will see a number of impressive winners this time around. Why? The purchasers’ deposit monies are

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. clayton@premierinternational.com

most likely being transferred out of Thailand as you read this very article. Exciting isn’t it? The next winner must clear only 4.6 million US dollars to break the ‘Con of the Year’ record……and I feel confident that this coming year will be yet another record-breaking year. Will the winner be an individual, a huge development group or possibly one of those ‘Who dun it……where’d they go’ kind of ‘jobs’? Excuse me, as I am taking the liberty to poke fun at this very serious and unfunny reality in our industry; it does not have to be like this. We do not have to have these kinds of huge financial risks involved with our interests to purchase houses and condos ‘off plan’ here in Thailand. Looking back at the post financial crisis period around 2008, I can still remember reading the headlines about the Thai government having begun looking into the escrow matter, as they know very well that an escrow system does protect the consumer and, as well, offers equal protection to the seller, developer and agent. Actually, the government had started looking into the idea of regulating escrow accounts as far back as 2001, with the introduction of Section 9 of the Commercial Banking Act 1962, which allowed commercial banks to offer escrow account services to customers buying properties from developers. Just eight years ago, in 2007, the Thai National Legislative Assembly’s first draft of the Thailand Escrow Law was introduced. It would seem quite obvious that, out of necessity, it would only be a matter of time before escrow laws are fully preserved within the Thai legal system wouldn’t it? Or NOT! Imminent indeed, with the Thai National Legislative Assembly’s first draft bill having been approved late in the year of 2007……but what

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 is managing director of Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., the Eastern Seaboard’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, and managing director of Premier Land and Development Co., Ltd. Clayton Wade has been running Premier Homes with his wife, Khun Supap, for more than 19 years. He has been in the real estate industry going on 29 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.

happened? Better protection from those few dishonest, underfinanced or inexperienced developers would be fantastic news for purchasers of houses and condos. Escrow accounts will certainly be a much better alternative to the consumer, as opposed to their making claims for civil damages against developers in default, which are protracted, costly and rarely worth the trouble. And what about the developers? Developers will also reap the benefits found in escrow accounting as there is always the reciprocal growing consumer confidence displayed by home purchasers.

Wade is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and a CIPS certification instructor with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States and a current board member with the Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand. He also is a council member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, the New York-based international research and consulting firm, and is a registered consultant with the Coleman Research Group in Hong Kong. He has been a national panel judge with the Thailand Property Awards for many years. Having done business successfully in the Eastern Seaboard/Pattaya area for nearly 20 years, Clayton Wade is known throughout the AsiaPacific region for his public speaking and television presentations as well as having written regularly for

In fact, an offshore escrow account in a jurisdiction which already has a recognized escrow law in place is already offered by some of the more established property development companies in Thailand. But just how many developers out there have that sort of protection for their co-owner purchasers? I’m betting there are very few! Again, plain and simple, escrow laws offer a safe and secure protection to home purchasers, so as not to lose money on down payments to developers. It’s a great idea. It works. And everybody wins--except the ‘Bad Guys’!

leading newspapers and magazines (Bangkok Post, Thailand Property Report, Tropical Homes Magazine, Real Estate Magazine Thailand, Big Chilli Magazine, Tattler Magazine, Homes and Condos Magazine, etc.). The American-born entrepreneur is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for 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. Visit their website at www.premierinternational.com. Clayton Wade may be contacted at +(66) (81) 634-2915 or at clayton@premierinternational.com.


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Volume 4

Issue 08

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Business News Tenth annual Thailand Property Awards to reward excellence in the Kingdom’s property industry Black-tie gala dinner, scheduled for September 16, expected to be the most prestigious event to date Free, fair and transparent, Thailand’s biggest real estate event returns for a 10th historic year in 2015 with a glittering black-tie gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Plaza Athenee hotel on Wednesday, September 16. Organised by Ensign Media, Asia’s leading property media company, the Thailand Property Awards showcase the finest developments in the Kingdom. Properties from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Khao Yai, Phang Nga, Krabi and Samui will all be rewarded at the prestigious gala dinner. “The enormous success of the Thailand Property Awards over the past decade is a testament to the highest standards established by the award-winning developments and companies that have participated since 2006,” notes Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media. “The Awards continue to set the benchmark of

Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media

quality and credibility by which the region’s best real estate is measured.” As ever, the Thailand Property Awards judging process will be the most comprehensive and detailed of any real estate awards in the world. Successful entries — nominated by the public and industry peers — will be assessed by the independent panel of highly-experienced judges who shall conduct thorough site inspections of all shortlisted properties before the final decisions are made, with the entire process overseen by BDO International, one of the world’s largest and most respected accountancy and audited firms. With entries closing on May15, nominations from the general public and real estate industry have been flooding in since the start of the year and will now be judged by the independent judges, supported by site inspection teams from around the country and supervised by Paul Ashburn, managing partner of BDO. “We have clearly demonstrated

over the years that it is worthwhile putting extra effort into our entry and judging processes, as that leads to highly credible winners and public recognition that the shortlisted properties truly do represent the best of the best,” said Blackburn. “The awards are free to enter and decided by a truly independent panel, which ensures only the best of the best are recognised and rewarded.” A total of 24 categories will recognise the Kingdom’s most exceptional projects. Arguably the evening’s top accolades, Best Developer and Best Luxury Condo Development (Bangkok) – won last year by Major Development PCL, and PACE Development’s The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok, respectively – will undoubtedly be two of the most hotly contested categories in 2015. Special recognition will also be given to the developer that has exhibited excellence in corporate social responsibility in the past year.

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya is highly commended Bangkok Hospital Pattaya has been Highly Commended as the International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of the Year at the IMTJ (International Medical Travel Journal) Medical Travel Awards 2015. The Awards celebrate the very best in innovation, improvement and excellence in the medical travel, medical tourism and health tourism industry. The achievements of healthcare providers from around the world were recognised at the IMTJ Awards dinner held in April 2015 at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. The awards were presented by comedian and media doctor Dr Phil Hammond at the high-profile ceremony.

The winners automatically will be eligible to compete in the Southeast Asia Property Awards 2015 grand final, which takes place on Thursday, October 15 at Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel. The Property Report Real Estate Personality of the Year – chosen by the editors of the region’s leading luxury real estate, architecture and design publication – will be given to the most influential figure in Thailand’s property sector from the last year and is the only award not chosen by the judging panel. This year’s panel once again will be headed by the managing director of BuilderSmart Public Co. Ltd., Sunchai Nuensit, who is in his third and final year as chairman. Other esteemed members of the central panel are: Teresa Biesty, managing director, Access Property Limited; Sokoun Chanpreda, managing director, HMD Asia Co. Ltd.; Mark D. Remijan, partner and CFO, Khiri Travel Group; Anchalika Kijkanakorn, managing director, AHMS; Suphin Mechuchep, managing director, Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Ltd.; Dr. Theerathon Tharachai, CFO, Project Planning Service Public Co. Ltd., and Amanda Ng, technical manager, Langdon & Seah (Thailand) Ltd. The regional panel heads are: Keith Humphreys, managing director, Keith Humphreys & Associates (for Chiang Mai); Clayton Wade, managing director, Premier Homes Real Estate (for Eastern Seaboard); Russ Downing, managing director, HOT Hua Hin Co. Ltd. (for Hua Hin); Robert Krupica, senior partner, Huges

Krupica (for Phuket), and Christian Glanville, CEO, Limcharoen (for Samui). JLL Thailand will return to support this year’s event as Gold Sponsor, while Hansgrohe, an award-winning multinational firm that specialises in premium bath and shower products, has also signed on as Gold Sponsor. Moreover, the Awards will receive a further boost from the Kingdom’s top business associations, including the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Early bird tickets for the awards are now available and can be purchased at www.ensign-media. com. All tickets are inclusive of cocktail reception, four-course dinner, wine, beer and all soft drinks throughout the evening. The annual event also serves a unique networking venue for professional realtors from across Thailand to meet industry leaders and stay in touch with their peers. Sponsorship and media partner opportunities are still very much welcome. For more information, visit the website: www.asiapropertyawards.com/ thailandpropertyawards or email: info@asiapropertyawards.com.

Dusit Thani Pattaya appoints a new director of Sales and Marketing Dusit Thani Pattaya general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont has appointed Khajohnsak Ngiempaisal as the new director of Sales and Marketing of the 457-room Dusit brand hotel. The appointment took effect on 17 April 2015. Ngiempaisal brings a track record of 15 years in Sales and Marketing and possesses a wealth of experience in Corporate and MICE. He began his background in Sales in 1996 at Marriott Hua Hin, Marriott Riverside, Royal Orchid Sheraton and Novotel Siam Square prior to joining Amari Watergate Bangkok where he held the leading market position of director of Sales and Marketing for four years. After graduating with a BA degree in Marketing from Assumption University, ABAC, he pursued his studies and earned his Hotel

Management degree from William Blue Hotel Management in Sydney, Australia.


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Business Opportunities

Fantastic Investment with Great Rental Return! 12 Million Baht only for Five (5) spacious 160 square meter 3 bedroom 3 bathroom multiplex houses on 37 Tarang Wah (148 square meters) of land each. That is only 2.4 Million Baht per house! All five (5) houses are currently rented and bringing in 80,000 baht per month total. 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 (PR6164) Grand Estate Home or Resort with Restaurant for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! 8 Guest Suites all with en suite Bathrooms! Americana Antiques in Every Guest Suite! Over 2 Rai of Beautiful Gardens (847 TLW) Absolutely Gorgeous Swimming Pool! 1950’s Rock n Roll era Siam Country Club Roadside Restaurant. 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 (PR5796) Restaurant-Bar in Bang Saray – Established more than 8 years, well known and popular Scandinavian restaurant and two storey

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house on more than 700 sqm land plot, commercial kitchen, mini-mart specializing in Scandinavian products, can accommodate 200 people for private parties, private pool, landscaped gardens, detached house with 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom. For sale: 8.5m Bt. Website Ref: BUSS047. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Beauty Salon – Massage: Renovated and finished to a very high standard with modern beauty salon on ground floor, massage facilities on the 1st floor and owners living accommodation above. Located in a very heavy foot traffic area in central Jomtien just 100m from the beach and close to several hotel and guesthouse. For Sale Leasehold: 850,000 Bt and 28,000 Bt per month rent. Website Ref: BUSS042. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Restaurant – A very popular fully fitted restaurant with rooms above, serving international and Thai food, in a great location in central Jomtien just 50m from the beach. For sale leasehold: 650,000 Bt and 30,000 Bt per month rent NO KEY MONEY. Website Ref: BUSS046. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com GUESTHOUSE - Jomtien. An opportunity to take over

this easy to run guest house with 5 fully furnished rooms located in a busy location in central Jomtien just 100m from the beach. For Sale Leasehold: 250,000 Bt and rent 15,000 Bt per month on 3 year lease. Website Ref: BUSS033. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com (ptmpt-bo00) For Sale or Lease. 23 Nice Two Room Apartments located in 3 buildings on a one rai land parcel in a very central location south Pattaya. Within 5 min walking distance to Walking Street, however still a quiet and secure area. For more info contact 081 9099098, No agents please

Services Provided

Magna Carta Law Office can assist you in securing loans from a minimum 700,000 up to a maximum of 50 Million Baht through various financial institutions with no credit checks or black marks and no penalty for a bad credit history. All loans are secured against either land or property and we are able to lend you up to 50% of the appraised valuation of your asset.  The funds will be available around 10 days from the start of the application.  Loans can be for a period of 6 months to 1 year and can be extended for longer if needed. Call either 038373735 or 081-9833620 to make an appointment. Service for set-up company, accounting, balance sheet, visa, work permit, application of social security. Contact Korawit Accounting Co., Ltd. 084 754 4214 Nattakit Construction Renovation Company. Need office, home, garden, swimming pool improvements? Very reliable contractor, high quality standard job with reasonable price. Please call 038 373 145 (English), 086 831 8879 or 087 509 0102 (Thai)

PAC Co., Ltd. Can renovate your condo at a very reasonable price with very good standard of work. Ring 087 139 1539 for estimates Eng, 087 150 4845 Thai DeKu German Windows & Doors.Top-quality uPVC window profiles according to German quality standards! Tel: 038-424-092, Mobile: 094-896-0060, Email: info@ deku.asia, Web: www.deku. asia If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software or hardware, please phone 0868202577 or 0958466533 (Thai &Eng). I will go to service at your place. WORACHAI AIR Services offered: Air-condition installation, cleaning, and repair. Refrigerator repair. Call 089 513 7826 or 087 149 4976 (Khun Pom)

Education & Training

(pta-tk0008)Do you want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 373 175 or 038 416 493. We speak Thai, English, German& Deutsch.

Apartments for Rent

(ptmafr-r1514)AROMDEE A PA RT M E N TS , q u i e t , clean, well maintained, with European management. Fan/ AC rooms for rent start from 5,000.- baht to 18,500.monthly. Free Wi-Fi, CableTV, Gym, and Car park. Inside Minimart, breakfast dishes, coffee bar/bar, 24 hr laundry, and CCTV security coverage. Within walking distance of Big C, Tesco Lotus, and BKK Bus Station North Pattaya. Phone Thai/Eng.: 082-3043907, Phone Norwegian/ Eng.: 087-329-0300, Office/Fax: 038-370-861 Email: aromdeeapartment@ hotmail.com

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Houses for Sale

(ptmhfs-o1514)House for Sale. Lovely 3-bed, 4-bath house with a beautiful private pool in a very good location, Si a m C o u n t r y C l u b, 1 kilometer from Sukhumvit Road. Remote gate, private parking, quality furniture. House 150 square meters, land 80 talangwa, private and quiet. 4.5 Million Baht. Offers. Call 083 102 9293 (ptmhfs-p0000)House for Sale in Siam Country Club. L a n d s i ze o f 5 6 Talangwa. Located in Soi Pr o n p r a p a n i m i t r, 1 2 / 1 Central Pattaya Soi Siam Country Club. Price is 2.9 Million Baht. Call 081 487 5627 for more information. (ptmhfs-r0000)Townhouse for SALE 1.75M Soi Siam Country Club House, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 100 sqm, 2 floors. Call 082 479 1204 (ptmhfs-ao0000)Beautifully located 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house for sale in Casa Jomtien in the heart of Jomtien, just 100 meters from Jomtien Beach. Land size: 72 w2. Price: 10 Mill. Baht. Facilities include communal swimming pool and tennis court. Contact Allan Ottesen on 085 697 8245 (ptmhfs-tpis0000)House for sale in Grange Park Village opposite to Tara Pattana International School at 18.5M Thai baht. House was built in 2008 and is being sold by original owners. House construction was supervised by owners and is to the highest American standard from the bathrooms to the 390 sqm. of ceramic floor tiling. Land area is 1,600 sqm. with private

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garden and swimming pool, very large living space of over 600 sqm., 4 bedrooms (3 upstairs and 1 downstairs), 3 bathrooms/toilets. House has alarm system throughout, Internet, satellite TV and underground pest control and ample parking space for up to 6 vehicles. For inquiries please call: 082462-3666 (Thai) 082-0404788 (English). (ptmhfs-tpis0000)House for rent/sale in Siam Garden (Soi Siam Country Club) 820 sqm. land area, fully furnished with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms/ toilets, spacious living room and kitchen, separate maid’s room, swimming pool and office. For inquiries please call: 087-558-5933 Thai/ English. Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 2 0 0 Sq m / 7 1 T LW. Fo r 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 (PR6600) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 27.5 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)


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HOUSES FOR SALE

Houses for Sale Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 9.9 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) Fa b u l o u s 5 B e d r o o m s Lakeside Home! Selling Price 24.95 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 380 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 (PR3346) Stunning New 8 Bedroom Beachfront! Selling Price 65 Million Baht, 8 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/850

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 (PR6536) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 20 Million Ba h t , 5 + 1 Be d ro o m s / 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) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 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 (PR6686) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 21 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bed room / 3 Ba t h room s, 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR5758) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 32 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thai Bali 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 R a i / 3 6 0 Sq m . Fo r 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 35 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Phoenix Golf Course Villas! Selling Price 13.950 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 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 (PR6407)

Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/71 TLW. (PR6600) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 27.5 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR5035) Fabulous 5 Bedrooms Lakeside Home! Selling Price 24.95 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 380 TLW. (PR3346) Stunning New 8 Bedroom Beachfront! Selling Price 65 Million Baht, 8 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/850 TLW. (PR6536) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. (PR6363) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 TLW. (PR6686) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 21 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 32 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 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 35 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. (PR5052) Phoenix Golf Course Villas! Selling Price 13.950 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR6407) Unique and Spacious Beachside Townhomes! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. (PR4516) Grand Estate Home or Resort with Restaurant for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! 8 Guest Suites all with en suite Bathrooms! Americana Antiques in Every Guest Suite! Over 2 Rai of Beautiful Gardens (847 TLW) Absolutely Gorgeous Swimming Pool! 1950’s Rock n Roll era Siam Country Club Roadside Restaurant. (PR5796)

HOUSES FOR RENT

Thai Balinese Designed Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 387 Sqm/ 282 TLW. (PR4606) The Award Winning Development Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 260 Sqm/110 TLW. (PR6483) Bangsaray Beach Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/200 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family close to Bangsaray beach and Cartoon Network Water Park. (PR5961) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm./133 TLW. (PR5025) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/125 TLW. (PR6902) Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 TLW. (PR5230) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai. (PR1601) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/98 TLW. (PR2587) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 TLW. (PR6999)

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Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 127 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. The price has been reduced for immediate sale and is a very good value for someone looking for a breat beachfront home or a great rental property. (PR6471) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 Sqm. (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. (PR5559) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm. (PR1667) 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) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) 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 View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. (PR6369) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 14.375 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. (PR3990) Beachfront Living in Dongtan Area Apartment! Selling Price is 4.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 96 Sqm. (PR6646) Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Jomtien Beach! Selling Price 7.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 165 Sqm. (PR6410)

CONDOS FOR RENT

Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 Sqm. (PR5853) 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) Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 168 Sqm. (PR0689) Absolutely Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm. (PR1704) The Resort Style Residence Apartment! Rental Price is 65,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 138 Sqm. (PR6896) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Jomtien Beach! Rental Price 120,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) Lovely Apartment with a Nice Sunset & Island Views! Rental Price 75,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 254 Sqm. (PR5338)

LAND FOR SALE

Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 41,250,000 Million 16 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah. (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 23 Million 31 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0718)

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

Fantastic Investment with Great Rental Return! 12 Million Baht only for Five (5) spacious 160 square meter 3 bedroom 3 bathroom multiplex houses on 37 Tarang Wah (148 square meters) of land each. That is only 2.4 Million Baht per house! All five (5) houses are currently rented and bringing in 80,000 baht per month total. (PR6164) Grand Estate Home or Resort with Restaurant for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! 8 Guest Suites all with en suite Bathrooms! Americana Antiques in Every Guest Suite! Over 2 Rai of Beautiful Gardens (847 TLW) Absolutely Gorgeous Swimming Pool! 1950’s Rock n Roll era Siam Country Club Roadside Restaurant. (PR5796)

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Houses for Sale

Un i q u e a n d Sp a c i o u s Beachside Townhomes! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. 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 (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4516) Grand Estate Home or Resort with Restaurant for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! 8 Guest Suites all with en suite Bathrooms! Americana Antiques in Every Guest Suite! Over 2 Rai of Beautiful Gardens (847 TLW) Absolutely Gorgeous Swimming Pool! 1950’s Rock n Roll era Siam Country Club Roadside Restaurant. 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 (PR5796) East Pattaya - A two storey semi-detached house in a very quiet secure development just a 5 minute drive from Su k h u m v i t Ro a d . Ve r y spacious, well furnished and offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining area, European kitchen with oven,

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car parking, clubhouse, communal pool and 24/7 security. Outstanding value for this large family home. Price: 1.99m Bt. Website Ref: HSES071. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com East Pattaya - Offered at below market price in this very popular modern gated community is this partially furnished single storey family house located on a corner plot giving added privacy. The property is 160 sqm offering 2 bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, European kitchen, open plan living room and dining area with 50” new Panasonic LCD TV with sound system and karaoke, 364 sqm gardens, car parking, communal pool, sauna, fitness, kiddies garden, beautiful lake with fish, CCTV, 24/7 security and just 10 minutes to central Pattaya. Price: 4m Bt. Website Ref: HSES135. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com

Houses for Rent

(ptmhfr-tpis0000)House for rent/sale in Siam Garden (Soi Siam Country Club) 820 sqm. land area, fully furnished with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms/ toilets, spacious living room and kitchen, separate maid’s room, swimming pool and office. For inquiries please call: 087-558-5933 Thai/ English. (ptmhfr-tpis0000)A twostorey house in a very quiet secure development for rent in Grange Park Village opposite to Tara Pattana International School. With 1,600 sqm land area, very spacious, fully furnished and offering 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms/toilets, office, spacious living room and kitchen, swimming pool and garden, separate maid’s room. For appointment and private viewing call: 082462-3666 (Thai) 082-0404788 (English).

Thai Balinese Designed Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 387 Sqm/ 282 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 (PR4606) T h e Aw a rd W i n n i n g Development Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 260 Sqm/110 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 (PR6483) Bangsaray Beach Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Mo n t h , 4 B e d r o o m s / 4 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/200 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family close to Bangsaray beach and Cartoon Network Water Park. 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 (PR5961) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm./133 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 (PR5025) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/125 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 (PR6902) Ni c e Re n t a l Ho m e i n Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/ Mo n t h , 3 B e d r o o m s / 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) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 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 (PR1601) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 2 5 0 Sq m / 9 8 T LW. Fo r 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 (PR2587) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/ Mo n t h , 4 B e d r o o m s / 3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 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 (PR6999) East Pattaya - A two storey townhouse in a very quiet secure development just a 5 minute drive from Sukhumvit Road. Very spacious, well furnished and offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining area, European kitchen with oven, car parking, clubhouse, communal pool and 24/7 security. Outstanding value for this large family home. Rent: A minimum rental period of 1 year applies at 18,000 Bt per month. Website Ref: HSER011. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com 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 , fully furnished with 3 bedrooms all with

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Flat screen TV, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, living room with large LCD TV, 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. Rent: 30,000 Bt per month on 1 year lease. Website Ref: HSERxxx. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com

Pool Villas for Sale

Jomtien - Fully furnished 124 sqm single storey pool villa in a private cul-de-sac development just 800m from Jomtien Beach. 3 bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, large open plan living room and dining area, private pool, covered terrace, 280 sqm land. Price: 4.6m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS270. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Bang Saray - A brand new unfurnished 154 sqm single storey pool villa ideally located in a quiet residential area of Bang Saray village and just 500m to the un-spoilt beach. The villa has been built to European standards offering 3 bedrooms with the two main rooms having direct access to the pool, 3 luxurious bathrooms, a white fully fitted European kitchen with oven and gas hobs, open plan living room and dining area with step-ceiling and dimmer lights, private pool, poolside terrace, covered parking with remote electronic gate. A great value pool villa close to the beach. Price: 7.9m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS198. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Huay Yai - So much is included in this great value buy 190 sqm detached villa built to European standards with block walls, white Upvc windows and doors,

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ceramic tile floors. Offering 3 en-suite bedrooms, 3 luxurious bathrooms, high gloss European kitchen with center isle work top, Franke oven and dishwasher, open plan living room and dining area opening up to the 8m x 4m pool and terrace, ceiling fans in every room, garage with remote electronic doors. Price: 5.95m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS241. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Ban Amphur - FIRE SALE POOL VILLA: A really great buy, a spacious and stylishly furnished 450 sqm two storey villa offering 5 ensuite bedrooms, 5 luxurious bathrooms, white gloss European kitchen with center isle, open plan living room and dining area, office, private pool with pool side terrace and covered patio, large 680 sqm landscaped gardens, covered car parking, alarm and CCTV, just 3km to Sukhumvit Road. Price: 7.9m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS242. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com

Pool Villas for Rent

Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - Located in this exclusive new development near to the new Jomtien 2nd Road this modern design single storey pool villa is stylishly finished and furnished throughout offering 2 en-suite bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, 125 sqm , land area 210 sqm ,high gloss European kitchen, open plan living room and dining area, UPVC windows, private pool, poolside sun terrace, car parking, small park outside the property, 24/7 security and just 700m to the food market and shops and 1km to Jomtien Beach. Minimum rental period of 6 months applies. Rent: 55,000Bt for 6 month lease or 48,000 Bt for 1 year contract. Website Ref: PLVR289. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com


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East Jomtien - Located in a quiet village off Soi Chaiyapruk is this new build fully furnished 80 sqm single storey pool villa, 2 ensuite bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, large European kitchen, open plan living room-dining area, terrace, 7m x 4m private pool, underground water storage, parking with remote roller shutter doors, 24/7 security and just 5 minutes from Makro and Tesco Lotus. Great value. Rent: 30,000 Bt on 1 year lease.Website Ref: PLVR346 . Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Bang Saray – A large and spacious family single storey corner plot 250 sqm pool villa stylishly furnished throughout in a quiet and secure village just 1.2km from the beach, offering 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, European kitchen, open plan living room with dining area, private lagoon style swimming pool with water features and children’s slide, poolside terrace, covered terrace, 664 sqm walled secluded landscaped gardens, secure covered parking for 2 cars, remote garage gates, alarm system, communal pool, fitness, 24/7 security. Rent: 35,000 Bt on 1 year lease.Website Ref: PLVR359 . Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com

Condos for Sale

(ptmcfs-cli0014)Beautiful Condo for Sale in Baan Suan Lalana. 800 meters from Jomtien Beach. Situated on ground floor, 52 sqm corner unit with 2 big balconies, lovely big Euro kitchen with breakfast bar, big bathroom with corner Jacuzzi, living room with fully new furnished, big screen TV,

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everything new. Lovely, quiet location with lovely gardens and 2 swimming pools. Must be viewed. 1.9 million baht. (In foreign name) Call 087 139 1539 any time. Private sale. Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 127 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. The price has been reduced for immediate sale and is a very good value for someone looking for a breat beachfront home or a great rental property. 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 (PR6471) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 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 (PR6517) Wonder fully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5559) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 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 (PR1667) 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Se l l i n g Price 24 Million Baht, 3+1 Bed room / 5 Ba t h room s, 217 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 (PR6662) 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4990) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 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 (PR6369) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 14.375 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3990) Beachfront Living in Dongtan Area Apartment! Selling Price is 4.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 96 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 (PR6646) Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Jomtien Beach! Selling Price 7.95 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6410) View Talay Residence – FIRE SALE. Superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout this new 1 bedroom condo offers European kitchen, huge luxury bathroom with shower and bath tub, open plan lounge and dining area, large wrap round front corner balcony overlooking the communal pool and excellent security. These new stylish low rise buildings are extremely popular, ideally located in the heart of Jomtien on Jomtien 2nd Road just 150m from Jomtien Beach and the Night plaza with numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. This unit has been reduced in price to sell, in foreign name. Price: 3.99m Bt. Ref Code: CDOS069. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com www.pattayajomtien-property.com

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Atlantis – A new resort style low rise development ideally located just 300m from Jomtien Beach. This high floor pool facing front corner unit offers 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes, 1 luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, open plan living room and dining area, balcony, huge lagoon style communal pool with Jacuzzis, kiddies pool and slides. Fitness, sauna, restaurants, key card entry, 24/7 security. Price: 2.579m Bt in foreign name. Ref Code: CDOS941. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Jomtien Beach Rimhad The owner has carried out a ver y nice renovation, with stylish furnishings and fittings over 56 sqm offering 1 bedroom, 1 luxury bathroom with new LG washing machine, European kitchen, open plan living room and dining area with large LCD TV and sound system, office, 2 balconies, communal pool, fitness, cafes, laundry, 24/7 security and just 300m to Jomtien Beach. Great value for money, probably the best one bedroom available in these popular buildings. Price: 2.5m Bt in foreign name. Ref Code:  CDOS835. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com View Talay Residence - These ever popular modern low rise buildings are ideally located just 150m from Jomtien Beach and 75m from the Night Plaza and fresh food market. This 55 sqm studio really is one of the best value for money studios we have offered. Stylishly furnished throughout, spacious living area with built-in wardrobes, 1 luxurious bathroom, large European kitchen, large balcony overlooking the communal pool, sauna, 24/7 security and close to all amenities and taxis. For Sale: 3.2m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS885. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com City Garden Pattaya - Central Pattaya. 75sqm. 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Fully-Furnished w/ European Kitchen. SALE 5,700,000 THB or RENT 50,000THB/mo. Thai Name. Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES085-219-8232 / eliteproperties.pattaya@ gmail.com

City Garden Pattaya Central Pattaya. 77sqm. 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, FullyFurnished w/ European Kitchen. SALE 5,500,000 THB or RENT 50,000THB/ mo. Thai Name. Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com City Garden Pattaya Central Pattaya.58sqm. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Furnished w/ European Kitchen. FOR SALE 4,600,000 THB. Foreign Name. Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com Park Royal 2 - Beautiful 1 bedroom w/ sea view i n Pr a t u m n a k . 8 5 s q m . Fully-furnished. FOR SALE 5,690,000 THB or RENT40,000THB/mo. For viewing Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES085-219-8232 / eliteproperties.pattaya@ gmail.com Park Royal 3 - Pratumnak. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 balcony. Fully-furnished w/ European Kitchen and pool view. FOR SALE6,500,000 THB or RENT 70,000THB/mo. 1-yr. rental 40,000THB/ mo. Foreign name.Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com Park Royal 3 - 84sqm, 1 bedroom located in Pratumnak. Fully- furnished w/ European kitchen and pool view. FOR SALE4,490,000 THB or RENT 50,000THB/ mo. 1-yr. rental 35,000THB/ mo. Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198 2 3 2 / e l i t e p ro p e r t i e s . pattaya@gmail.com HOT DEAL!!! The Base RESALE! - Central Pattaya. 30sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Semi-furnished w/ sea view. Walking distance to Central Festival and Pattaya beach. 2,850,000 THBContact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com FOR SALE! Beautiful House in East Pattaya, 3 bedroom, 3 baths, 2 balconies, land area 128sqm, living area 180sqm, Fully-furnished w/ European kitchen. For viewing Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com FOR SALE! Beautiful House in East Pattaya, 3 bedroom, 3 baths, 2 balconies, land area 128sqm, living area 180sqm, Fully-furnished w/ European kitchen. Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com


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Condos for Sale FOR SALE! City Garden Pattaya - 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, 108sqm. Furnished w/ pool view, Thai Name. 8,100,000 THBContact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com

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(ptmcfr-jk1814) PattayaJomtien, New Studio, 26 sqm, quiet, 700m from beach, first letting, jetstream pool, fitness, gym, balcony, garage, Wi-Fi. 10,000B/month; owner 092 753 9309 View Talay Residence Ideally located 100m from the new Jomtien Night Plaza and 150m from Jomtien Beach, this spacious high floor corner unit with pool and sea views offering 1 large bedroom with built-in wardrobes and flat screen LCD TV, luxurious bathroom with shower and bath tub, European kitchen with microwave, open plan living room and dining area, large 40” flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet, huge wrap-around balcony with balcony furniture, communal pool, key card entry, 24/7 security and numerous restaurants, shops, fresh food market, bars and taxis outside the building. For Rent: 30,000 Bt high season, 27,000 Bt low season or 25,000 Bt per month on a long term lease. Website Ref: CDOR328. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 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 (PR5853) 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRC084)

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Sp e c t a c u l a r ‘ D e s i g n e r Apartment’! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 168 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 (PR0689) Absolutely Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 350 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 (PR1704) The Resort Style Residence Apartment! Rental Price is 65,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 138 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 (PR6896) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Jomtien Beach! Rental Price 120,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 217 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 (PR6662) Lovely Apartment with a Nice Sunset & Island Views! Rental Price 75,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 254 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 (PR5338) FOR RENT – Small Studio in Central Pattaya, 3 2 s q m . 4 0 0 m e t re s f ro m Big C Extra, 5minutes to Pattaya beach.7,000THB/ mo. For viewing Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com

Avenue - Beautiful 43sqm, 1 bedroom located at the center of Pattaya. Walking distance to shopping malls, Walking Street and Pattaya beach. 20,000THB/ mo. or FOR SALE 3,300,000THB Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com Avenue - Cozy 34.5sqm, Studio located at the centre of Pattaya. Walking distance to shopping malls, Walking Street and Pattaya beach. 15,000THB/mo. or FOR SALE 2,600,000 THB Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198 2 3 2 / e l i t e p ro p e r t i e s . pattaya@gmail.com T h e Re s i d e n c e C o n d o Jomtien – 3bedroom, 3 bath, 2 balconies, Furnished w/ European Kitchen. 150sqm area. 6-month rental: 65,000THB/mo. long term is cheaper. For viewing Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232/ eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com T h e Re s i d e n c e C o n d o Jomtien – 1bedroom, 2 bath, 1 balcony, city view, Furnished w/ European Kitchen. 80.2sqm area. 36,000THB/ mo. long term is cheaper. For viewing Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198 2 3 2 / e l i t e p ro p e r t i e s . pattaya@gmail.com T h e Re s i d e n c e C o n d o Jomtien - 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1 balcony, Furnished w/ European Kitchen. 150 sqm area. 59,000THB/mo. long term is cheaper. For viewing Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198232/ eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com L a g u n a B a y 1 - Ni c e Studio in Pratumnak, fullyfurnished, 26sqm area. Walking distance to shops and the beach.25,000THB/mo.1year rental 12,000THB/mo. or FOR SALE 1,700,00 THB Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198 2 3 2 / e l i t e p ro p e r t i e s . pattaya@gmail.com Laguna Bay 1 - Nice Studio in Pratumnak, walking distance to shops and the beach. Fully-furnished, 26sqm area. 25,000THB/mo. 1-year rental 12,000THB/mo. or FOR SALE 1,575,00 THB Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198 2 3 2 / e l i t e p ro p e r t i e s . pattaya@gmail.com Park Royal 2 - 45sqm Studio located in Pratumnak. Fully-furnished w/ Sea view. 4 0 , 0 0 0 T H B / m o . 1 - y r.

rental 20,000THB/mo. orFOR SALE 2,890,000 THBContact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198 2 3 2 / e l i t e p ro p e r t i e s . pattaya@gmail.com Club Royal Building A - Naklua. 42 sqm. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Furnished w/ European Kitchen and city view.40,000THB/mo. or FORSALE 2,890,000 THB. Thai name. Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. pattaya@gmail.com

Land for Sale

(ptmlfs-tpis0000) Land for Sale at Grange Park Village! Selling price is 5.5M 1,600 sqm. For appointment and private viewing call: 082462-3666 (Thai) 082-0404788 (English). Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 41,250,000 Million 16 Rai 200 Tarang Wah 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 (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah 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 (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 23 Million 31 Rai 200 Tarang Wah 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 (PLD0718) East Pattaya – Soi Siam Country Club - A rectangle cleared walled plot of 3 rai, electric and water straight outside, seller already holds plans for 95 room apartment building or can do small exclusive pool villa development. Price reduced: 12.95m Bt. Website Ref: LAND164. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Central Pattaya – 150m from Central Festival. A 42 sw rectangle plot in a small Soi just 150m from Central Festival ideal for small hotel

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or serviced apartments, not possible to find land this low price so close to the center. Price: 9m Bt. Website Ref: LAND104. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Huay Yai Road - A rectangle plot of 359 sw, electric and water straight outside, already have outline plans for small exclusive pool villa development and seller also has an identical adjoining plot for sale at same price, total of 718 sw. Price: 3.5m Bt each plot. Website Ref: LAND166. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Bang Saray - A 538 tw plot just 300m from the beach, ideal for luxurious 5-Star pool villas. Price: 17m Bt. Website Ref: LANDxxx. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com

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of the kitchen essential. Good salary plus bonus. Please send your detail or C.V to thehornbar@hotmail.com Experienced Sales Person / Customer Service Wanted. We are looking for a female who is interested to work in a proper ty industr y. Requirements: Good written and spoken English / Chinese / Russian. Must be customer service-oriented. Must be sales driven, enthusiastic and hardworking. Send CV/Resume to john@ citygardenpattaya.com or call 0903855595. Ur g e n t ! E x p e r i e n c e d Wa i t r e s s Wa n t e d f o r International restaurant. Must speak English. Good salary + tips. Call 091 240 4331.

Vehicles for Sale

Toyota Vigo Champ Prerunner 4 door G Model automatic 3.0 VN Turbo Diesel 2012 (latest model) white with tan velour interior, full spec twin air bags, C.D. rear camera, cost nearly 1 million baht, selling for 690,000 baht. Call 084 529 9939 To yo t a C o r o l l a A l t i s Automatic 1.8 G Model latest shape 2002 champagne gold tan leather interior, 2 air bags, walnut dash, alloy wheels top model. 1 owner from new. Only 230,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539

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The Ranch Steak House Requires Manager, Steak Chef, Steak Sous Chef, Pizza Chef, Captain, Bartender, Welcome Staff. Interested call Mr Danny at 081 949 8702 (ptm-sb1114)Kitchen Manager (Foreign). Required for busy English pub. Experience in all aspect

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Our Community Blood drive at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya organized a blood drive as part of its social responsibility program. The management team, led by Human Resources Director Daranat Nuchaikaew (3rd from right), and staff showed their support in giving back to society by taking part in the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities.

Green Pattaya leads Kasetsin cleanup by Neo Lothongkum

MAYs Urban Thai Dine Pattaya crew cleaned up Kasetsin Soi 5 together with Kasetsin Group, Pattaya

City Hall and Green Pattaya Foundation. Over six trucks of rubbish were removed by all the volunteers and excavator from Pattaya City.

Kasetsin and Green Pattaya talked about the problem and how to solve the issue with dumping mostly done by buses and people who want to avoid paying garbage fees.

It was decided by all parties that there would be more cleanings in the future and Green Pattaya will inform City Hall and Kasetsin Group about the problem spots.

Redemptorist Center Chapel Catholic Mass Schedule

Holiday Inn Pattaya supports Boonchoo Home Holiday Inn Pattaya led by Treethip Panyasarakhun, director of Human Resources, organized the fourth corporate social responsibility project to support children at Boonchoo Home. The project was initiated with support from 30 hotel team members and management.

Daily 06:30 (English) Sunday 08:30 (Thai), 10:00 (English)

Sukhumvit Road KM145 Between North & Central Pattaya Roads

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Centara Grand Mirage Coral Plant activity Sukanya Wongdornma (center), financial controller, together with hotel employees from Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort

Pattaya planted coral reefs at Toey-ngam Beach, Sattahip district in Chonburi, in conjunction with the Royal Thai Marine Corps at the

Royal Thai Navy base in Sattahip. This is one of many CSR activities that have been undertaken in the local community. Planting coral is

one way to ensure that the foreshore is kept intact for future generations as well as a step towards repairing the damage done in this area.

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Local Sports PSC Golf from The Growling Swan Vale Marc Henkel Saturday April 18 on Pattaya Beach Road at around midday, Marc Henkel was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. He enjoyed his golf and was a regular at The Growling Swan. All at The Growling Swan will miss Marc and our sympathies go out to his family. He was too good a man to go so young! Pattavia Not a big field today being the first game after the Songkran break made somewhat harder for us all only finding out about Marc at 8 am. With only three groups playing we tackled Pattavia. We were the only golfers on the course and I have to say it was a shame as the course was in fantastic condition. There was plenty of run on the fairways and the greens playing as they always do at

Pattavia, very tricky. Plenty of bunkers in the way as found out by my playing partner John Anderson. He would have looked more comfortable with a bucket and spade with all the times he went in! Welcomes were handed out to Dave Marshall from Australia and farewells to JJ Harney returning to Ireland and of course Marc Henkel. JJ Harney finished his trip with a very good 40 points hitting some great drives as he reflected more than once back at the bar. Coming in second (winning on a countback) with 35 points was Mark “The Viper” Stapleton. Third went to Ebrahim also with 35 points. Results: 1st JJ Harney (13) 40 pts 2nd Mark Stapleton (19) 35 pts 3rd Ebrahim (16) 35 pts

PSC Tropical Golf from BJ's Green Valley (Stableford) This was a typical post Songkran morning at golf. Very few golfers as most had left Pattaya to get away from the mayhem, as they do every year, and those who stayed and those who came back shortly after the biggest day, turned out to get a bit of fresh air after a few soakings. No one minds a couple of days, in the smaller towns it is a very pleasant time, but nine full days! I got back from Bangkok the night before, after escaping the final three days, but that still meant I got soaked from the previous

Saturday, two days before official Songkran, as I live on Beach Road and a baht taxi is prime soaking material. Nine days this year, still back at the golf morning it was soon away to Green Valley where I noticed the course was also relatively empty. So we were at the start early as usual and actually got off a few minutes early and the heat of the day was apparent. We had all been suffering from the humidity really from going to BJ’s and the comments that this was essentially the hottest day for years was quite apparent. All the golfers were dripping with perspiration and

it was a pleasure to at last get under way. Once on the way we seemed to get a bit of wind that seemed to mitigate the heat. In other words it was really hot, but sometime we got a breeze. Not too bad in a cart but the walkers really struggled. It is at this time you could really do with a Pattaya Songkran day on the course. Where are the buckets of cold water when you really need them? Oh the course, well it was a bit dry and I would declare it as fair. Most of the golfers struggled back to the changing room where we found that

Near pins were won by Ebrahim on the 4th and the 7th, Mark “The Viper” Stapleton on the 13th and Bernie McCart on the 17th. Long first putts went to Bernie McCart on the 9th and JJ Harney the 18th. Once again Deefa collected many donations for the needy children of Pattaya. Marc (left) as we all knew him on the winning podium earlier this year enthusiasts. Bus transport departs The GS on The Growling Swan is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and Wednesdays at 10 am to play at Coco’s on encourages all golfers, male and female, to undercover synthetic greens and on Sundays have a hit at any of our weekly outings. We at the same time for open grass bowling at The generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 084 of the many fine golf courses in and around 345 4005 if you wish to partake. The cost, Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey if you are including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch, is less than 400 baht so great interested on 086 150 3086. The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls value for a day out.

by Derek Brook those in charge of the facilities had taken pity on us and decided to not heat the water, so cold showers were had by all and reminded us of the good times! It was noticeable that some of the golfers struggled with cramps later in the day and all are advised to keep up the intake of water, before you feel thirsty and take care at this time. We were back in Pattaya nice and early so could quickly get on with the results. The winner with 37 points was Barry Elphick ahead of Graham Buckingham in second with 36 points and Dick Warberg in third with

Pierre Cere takes the Mon Cheri! Two buses were loaded and left The Growling Swan a little earlier than the scheduled 8:30 am departure time as all golfers were keen to get away early. So keen was one player (David Marshall) that he paid twice for his dues, however he was recompensed when it was noted that the bin was in excess! As ANZAC day is on Saturday, 25 April, a minute’s silence was respectfully made on the first tee to remember not only all who sacrificed life and limb so that we could have a better life, but also to Marc Henkel who sadly passed away after a motorbike mishap on Beach Road over the Songkran period. Black arm bands were worn by all golfers as a sign of mourning. Marc was a lovely, gentle soul. Our sincere condolences go to his young Thai family, his parents, siblings and friends. The weather was as good as one could hope for at this time of the year with overcast skies keeping the temperatures cool. We were not bothered by any heavy rain and the few small drops we did feel did not deter anyone, even the golfers who wore spectacles. As always the greens were tricky and downhill putts were giving the players more palpitations than a cricket umpire reaching for

the light meter. The condition of the rest of the course was up to good standards. As do The Growling Swan on every occasion other than Monthly Mug Day once a month, the presentations were made at the clubhouse and our host Peter Grey welcomed back Paul Avery from Cairns, NQ, after a long absence, along with Mike Brett and Tony Mathers of Western Australia. A farewell was made to Dave Marshall who has played with The Growling Swan a number of times during his short stay in Pattaya. It should be noted that our host was almost in tears when he bade farewell to Dave as the Compass Cap award now becomes visible in his mind’s eye once again! Pierre Cere handled the course well considering we played off the blue markers and his 39 points placed him well clear of the rest of the field in A grade. A countback separated John Davis and Mark Stapleton who both played to their handicaps with John taking second place. Today’s event was a Stableford with a rundown to separate the winners. Four NTP’s and two longest putts were made available as additional incentives.

Winner and runner-up 35 points. All good scores. We then had a couple of cold beers. TTFN.

Near pin: John Davis, Dave Cooper, Paul Alford, James Brown

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Results: 1st Pierre Cere (9) 39 2nd John Davis (15) 36 3rd Mark Stapleton (19) 36 NTP’s 5th hole – John Davis 8th hole – John Davis 15th hole – Pierre Cere 17th hole – Mike Brett LFP 9th hole – John Coetzee 18th hole – John Coetzee

Dave Marshall & Pierre Cere

Compass Cap Award Our host Peter Grey presented this award to Dave Marshall for having the worst round of the day. Beau again accepted the award and wore the cap in the bar back at the Swan in good spirit and kindly donated some funds to Deefa the charity dog as did all golfers on the day. He also won a new ball as consolation. The Growling Swan is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers, young and old, male or female, to have a hit on any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the

many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey if you are interested in playing on 086 150 3086. The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs The GS on Wednesdays at 10 am when they go to Coco’s for undercover, synthetic green bowls and on Sundays at the same time for open, grass bowling at The Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 084 345 4005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is about 350 baht, so great value for a day out!


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Local Sports Blacky Gets the Chocolates! Well, the Pattaya Songkran “madness” was over so it was back to some semblance of sanity as we once again returned to our Friday’s at Phoenix competition and we had a reasonable turnout despite many golfers still being away. Our first group got away pretty much at our scheduled 10 am tee time and the weather was good, although rain clouds above, and the golf course was quite ok although most greens were still recovering from recent sanding and coring. There was much thunder and lightning during the middle of the round and on the 13th green the heavens opened so we adjourned to the adjacent drink station, along with another four groups who made it there. Of course we were all patient and confident of a continuance. After about 45 minutes we were set to go and as usual the greens drained very quickly and there was minimal water on the fairways. No further weather problems were encountered and our round was over in around five hours, including the break. Your writer, Peter Blackburn emerged as the winner with an honest 36 points, 1 point ahead of San Miguel Light “expert” Ian Pickles in second spot. Torben Lindgaard finished third with 33 points. Results: 1st – Peter Blackburn (15) – 36 points 2nd – Ian Pickles (15) – 35 points 3rd – TorbenLindgaard (31) – 33 points

by Peter Blackburn

NTP Mountain No. 8 – Peter Blackburn LFP Ocean No. 9 – Ian Pickles The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low and high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Phoenix, meeting at The Phantom Bar in Soi Buakhao at 8 am with transport departing at 8:30 am. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 080 635 1386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com.

Brian Parish Wins Monthly Mug by Derek Brook

It was the last Friday of the month and the regulars at the Tropical Golf Group know that means a trip to Pattaya Country Club to play medal in an attempt to win the Monthly Mug. This is the fourth mug up for grabs since contest started, and it is a coveted trophy. What better prize than one that looks good on the shelf and also holds your favorite beverage? Playing Pattaya CC is always a love/hate experience. We love the short drive, the new clubhouse is great, staff is good, and the layout interesting enough. The flipside is course condition is always a guess, seemingly moving between good to

poor within a couple weeks. This day found the course condition so-so or maybe “hasip ha-sip” is appropriate, with the greens as good as we’ve seen them since the recent renovation. However, by the last few holes course condition was not on anyone's mind as a show of lightening followed by a downpour was the main concern. A few groups finished in time but a couple waited out the storm to finish the last few holes. The delay was about an hour and all came in to report scores. So what about the mug? It was a fight to the finish, and wouldn't you know it ended in a tie. When the countback was applied Brian

Parish (13) came out as the Mug Winner over Dick Warberg (19) both with a net 68. Brian had sunk a long birdie putt on 18 capping off a fine back nine to win the prize! Congrats to both golfers. In third place came

Mark West (13) with a net 73. All the technicals were won by two talented golfers, and our friend JD almost had a grand slam in the near pins. Near Pins: John Davis (3), Mashi Kaneta Long putt: Mashi Kaneta

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Youth Focus A Child-Centered Classroom

by Ayesha Rahman Froebel is believed to have coined the term ‘child- centered’, which appeared in his 1826 book ‘The Education of Man’. It has been prominent in education literature ever since. In contrast to a traditional approach to pedagogy, a child-centered approach is the child’s autonomy and ability to construct knowledge rather than knowledge as something imparted by the teacher as authority. Chang conducted a comprehensive review of Early Childhood Education and found more than ‘forty definitions of child-centeredness’ to be in use. It is, therefore, not surprising that educators differ in the theories and approaches that they regard as child-centered. No one ‘definition of play’ can encompass all the views, perceptions, experiences and expectations that are connected with it. Nevertheless, there appears to be broad agreement amongst theorists coming from a range of backgrounds that ‘play’ can make an important contribution to a child’s development. Influenced by prominent child development theorists, as Piaget and

Vygotsky, sometimes it is believed that child-centered education focuses on a child’s developmental needs. Other times, it is considered ‘child-centered’, in terms of Dewey’s philosophy of education, which emphasizes progressive forms of education. Children learn by ‘being active’. In the Froebel and Montessori pedagogy, ‘activity’ is, however, a question about the child’s inner drive. Play is a necessity, separated from learning and work. In Reggio Emilia, ‘play’ appears as integrated in learning or as a dimension of learning. Canella says that ‘Play is primarily viewed not only as an instrument of learning and development, but also as the means by which children learn to be happy’. According to Moyles, ‘play in educational settings should have learning consequences’. Although play has many benefits and is a necessary part of classrooms, the Early Years program that prioritizes play does have several weaknesses. First of all, much research evidence shows that ‘play does not maximize cognitive development’. Sylvia et al (1980). It was investigated in the ways in

which both children and adults spend their time during play sessions in preschool. They found that there was a lack of challenging activities in a child’s free play, which tended to involve simple repetitive activities. Secondly, Meadows (1988) also investigated children's behaviour during play sessions and reported that the teachers in their study were ‘busy and kind to the children but not very demanding’. During play, children did not persist in completing tasks, and the conversation between the adult and child was very limited. Thirdly, it was also argued that supervised play has limited benefits for children, and that a high level of adultchild interaction during play is necessary to optimize children's learning. Whether right or not, child-centered philosophy is usually presented as oppositional to traditional, teacher-directed approaches. The main difference between

these two philosophies lies in the emphasis that each philosophy places on the children's freedom with respect to their learning initiatives and the nature of the teacher’s control over them. Not surprisingly, the division between play and work and play and academic learning persists as highly controversial. The ‘child-centered view of the child’s intrinsic motivation’ for learning has been widely criticized. Many educators have warned of the dangers of an ‘exclusive and unrealistic emphasis upon the child’. Galton (1987) criticized child-centered theory as a ‘romantic’ view of childhood requiring a curriculum totally dictated by the child's interests. Questions arise whether children have a ‘natural intellectual curiosity’ or are they really ‘motivated to learn or are keen on discovering’? Ayesha Rahman is a Kindergarten 1 teacher at Mooltripakdee International School.

Education cannot compensate for society – but it can make a difference by Peter Hartnell

Just before I went to teacher training college in London 45 years ago, one of the most comprehensive, influential and detailed reports into the state of education in the UK was published. Commissioned four years earlier, The Plowden Report was named after Lady Plowden who chaired the committee charged with the task of “considering primary education in all its aspects and the transition to secondary education.” In the years leading up to and during the collation of the report, the government of the day took many initiatives to revolutionise the education sector; they issued Circular 10/65 which paved the way for the abolition of the 11+

tests and the popularisation of comprehensive education, and made clear their intention to raise the school-leaving age from 15 to 16. The report assessed that hundreds of thousands of children were disadvantaged and living in “cycles of deprivation”. It was praised for its “childcentered” approach, its acknowledgement of the importance of psychology, particularly the work of Jean Piaget to understanding how children learn, and proclaimed that “at the heart of the educative process is the child”. The report advocated positive discrimination in favour of deprived areas, smaller classes, and universal nursery education for all children after

3 years old, the end to corporal punishment in schools and more contact and involvement of parents. This seminal report, for the first time recognized and concentrated on changing some of the societal and organizational features that influence success in the education system. Forty years later the Cambridge Primary Review was launched, the most comprehensive inquiry into primary education since the Plowden Report. Charged with looking into the condition and future of primary education in the UK, between October 2007 and February 2009 the Review published 31 interim reports, including 28 surveys of published research, 39 briefings, 14 media releases and several newspaper articles. The Review's 608-page final report Children, their World, their Education, was published on 16 October 2009. Despite the interval of nearly half a century between these two major reports, the Cambridge Primary Review concludes with 75 recommendations for educational policy, first of which was the need to

“Accelerate the drive to reduce England’s gross and overlapping gaps in wealth, wellbeing and educational attainment, all of them far wider in England than most other developed countries. Understand that teachers can do only so much to close the attainment gap for as long as the lives of so many children are blighted by poverty and disadvantage. Excellence requires equity.” While we may blame governments for not doing more to reduce inequality, those teachers working in schools all over the world recognise that education can make a difference. If we concentrate on those things over which we have direct control in the school, notably curriculum design and professional development and are ourselves good models for the kinds of qualities we wish to see in our students when they grow up, we can still enrich and accelerate their learning significantly. When the Cambridge Primary programme was recently introduced at Phoenix School, it joined thousands of schools around the world that want to develop learners who

are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. The Cambridge Primary programme has developed a world-class curriculum and provides high quality support for teachers. In nearly half a century of teaching I have realised that while major reports and inquiries into education can set the agenda for decades to come, and help to define government

policies and priorities, it is the practitioners working day in, day out in schools all over the world, and over decades who are in the best position to bring about the changes in thinking and in attitudes that generate and sustain the kinds of values and, consequently, the kind of society that we want. Peter Hartnell is head teacher at Tara Pattana International School.


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Youth Focus Songkran at GIS

Songkran came to Garden International School (GIS) with a flurry of water-based fun. The school's Thai department organised several activities before the end of term break. These included a special assembly where students explained the meaning of Songkran and what everyone should do to have a fun and safe time. Students then lined up to pour water over their teachers' hands and daub their faces with powder. In Foundation and Primary there were water-based games as students had the chance to get into the

by Mark Beales

Songkran spirit slightly earlier than in the rest of the country. Mark Beales is IB coordinator and English teacher at Garden International School.

A MAD Night at GIS

Garden International School (GIS) put on some amazing performances of music, art and drama during a special evening. The Music, Art and Drama (MAD) event began with an art exhibition in the Drama Room, where guests got to see some amazing displays of art from Year 13 students. The guests then sat at round tables in the Main Hall and enjoyed cheese and olives as the main show got underway. A mix of drama and music on alternating stages meant there was a great mix of styles. A Year 11 student gave a dramatic and quirky performance of ‘Over

the Moon’, Year 8 sang ‘Runaway Baby’ while the choir sang ‘And So It Goes’. After a short break, there was an energetic second half, with the orchestra performing ‘Liberty Bell’, and Year 10 and 11 students staging scenes from Romeo and Juliet and a moving performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’. The evening ended with versions of Stevie

by Mark Beales

Wonder’s classic ‘Sir Duke’ and then Bruno Mars’ current hit ‘Uptown Funk’. Many thanks to the Arts Department for putting on such excellent entertainment. Check out the MAD video at www.youtube.com/ user/gardenrayongthailand. Mark Beales is IB coordinator and English teacher at Garden International School.


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You & Your Pets

Giant Cat Attack

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/

Bill and Ben

These two handsome and friendly brothers did go to a new home together last year, but sadly their owner had to go away and couldn't take them with him. So they are back here waiting to be chosen again.

Toby

No, the above photo is not a giant cat, but it is a giant wool cat head created at the Japan

School of Wool Art. The head was on exhibit last month at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. There

are no plans to retail the mask, but the artists may entertain the idea of rental or future sales.

You probably are aware of health measures related to you and your family, but do you know what issues are important to provide for your pet’s well-being? This Pattaya Today feature may help answer some common questions.

This fine-looking young man sadly has no eyes but please don't think that that hinders him at all. He can run and play just like all the other cats here. His new home would have to secure garden for him to play in.

Visa

This handsome boy has been with us for a while now, he was rescued from the grounds of Pattaya Immigration, hence the name. He is very shy of strangers but is very loving as soon as he gets to know you; a patient new owner will be needed for him.

Spay or Neuter Talk about preventive medicine! Spaying your female dog or cat – that is, removing its ovaries and uterus – not only prevents pregnancy, it also helps prevent breast cancer and pyometra, or infection of the uterus, and stops the animal from going into heat. (Female cats, by the way, can go into heat every three weeks.) Experts believe that many aggressive behavior problems in cats and dogs can be avoided by of six months. The surgery to mention inseminating other neutering a male, or removing the also prevents testicular cancer, animals in your household and testicles, before he reaches the age prostate disease and hernias, not neighborhood.

French poodles did not originate in France but in Germany (“poodle” comes from the German pudel or pudelhund, meaning “splashing dog”). Some scholars speculate that the poodle’s puffs of hair evolved when hunters shaved the poodle for more efficient swimming, while leaving the pom-poms around the major joints to keep them warm.

Going to the Dogs... Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. -Roger Caras

Ginger Nutz

This happy, healthy-looking, big ginger boy has been with us for what seems to be ages. Sadly he is such a big boy now he is not always on the normal "shopping list" of the average adopter who invariably chooses his younger friends before him.

Cat Corner Tip

Take Two, They’re Small Are you considering a kitten as your household pet? If so, buy two (better yet, adopt two from an animal shelter). They will enjoy one another’s company and provide you with twice the entertainment value and affection. If you’re concerned that getting two kittens will mean they may become too attached to each other and ignore you, forget about it. Yes, they may be more focused on each other rather than on you, but they also can take their aggressions out -- biting, scratching, fighting -- on each other rather than you. It’s a good idea to separate the two new household members for periods of time each day while they are young so they get used to being alone; best done at feeding time and during play sessions with you.


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Games

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Solution Issue 15 1. Which branch holds out the offer of peace? 2. Arthur Hastings was a sidekick of which sleuth? 3. Englander is an anagram of which country? 4. Who wrote Dr Zhivago? 5. Which comedian was Connie Booth married to? 1. Olive; 2. Hercule Poirot; 3. Greenland; 4. Boris Pasternak; 5. John Cleese.

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