Volume 14, Issue 18
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TOURIST SAFETY TO IMPROVE
he government has agreed to concentrate on tourist safety and welfare after an international report concluded that Thailand still has too many problems. According to the World Economic Forum in a competitive safety report, Spain was ranked as the world’s most tourist-friendly country whilst Thailand was limited to 35th place. However, Thailand’s ranking has improved from the same report in 2013, coming 8th in Asia behind Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, South Korea and Taiwan. Spain’s top showing was attributed to its cultural resources, first-class airports, infrastructure strength, accessibility of tourist help services and top-class wireless internet services. The next best destinations were said to be France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom. Specifically on tourist safety, the report states, “Thailand experienced a decline in tourists’ confidence beginning in December 2008
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when international airports started closing and many foreign tour agents quit the country.” The report also mentions prolonged street disturbances in 2013 and 2014 which were brought to an end by the military putsch on May 22 last year and the imposition of martial law. Other factors which have acted detrimentally to Thailand are several well-publicized murders of tourists, especially on holiday islands, and highprofile street crimes including the recent case of a tourist being injured in Pattaya by the shoe of a transvestite whose offer of a sexual service had been rebuffed. There has also been negative international reaction to scams such as Jet Ski ripoffs which led to a diplomatic outcry in Phuket. According to John Venables from the Association of British Travel Agents, “Thailand is seen as a newsworthy destination, especially in Britain, and isolated incidents are likely to be picked up and broadcast more readily than in some other countries.”
The Thai government has acknowledged the country’s perceived weaknesses and has sought to address them. In particular, the Jet Ski menace has been addressed in Phuket and Pattaya in particular. A spokesman for the tourist court in Pattaya said that the number of reported instances of overcharging had shrunk to practically zero. The establishment of tourist courts, a surviving initiative of the defunct Yingluck
Shinawatra administration, has been a valuable asset in Pattaya as it has powers to arbitrate a dispute in some circumstances and can take witness statements from foreigners without their having to wait months until a court case is actually held. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has taken a personal interest in addressing the issue of the Continued on page 4
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News Police arrest eight gamblers
Police raided a house in Eakmongkol Village, Jomtien, and found six women and two men earnestly gambling on a card game which was similar to the British version of Snap. The group was taken to Pattaya police station for processing and was released after payment of the mandatory fine. The main resident of the house, Saowalak, was arrested and police also collected evidence of wrongdoing including several packs of cards.
Underage prostitute Ladyboy and liberated date attacked
Learning that a 15-year-old girl was working as a prostitute in a Thepprasit Road karaoke venue, a plainclothes police officer paid the bar owner 1,500 baht for her services, then immediately arrested the woman for pimping. The underage girl said she turned to prostitution because she wanted to work at the karaoke bar but was unable to sing. The girl, who appeared to be homeless and without family, was sent to the social services for help with housing and learning a vocation.
A farang and his transvestite date complained to police that they were riding on a motorbike when a car cut in front of them. The carâ€™s driver pulled over and reprimanded the couple the near accident, and invited bystanders to join the fray. Some blows were exchanged, then everyone fled. Police were not sure if there was anti-gay bias involved in the incident.
Crime statistics revealed Chonburi police authorities announced that 74 miscreants were arrested locally during the month of May. Thirtyseven people were apprehended for possessing or trafficking in illegal substances, seven for having unlawful weapons, and eight for gambling. Meanwhile seven people were charged with illegal entry, two for stealing a motorbike, and 13 for robbery. A large quantity of drugs, six guns and 11 stolen motorbikes were also taken into custody.
Illegal lottery crimes exposed Banglamung district chief Chakorn Kanjanawatta heard a worrying report that lottery tickets were being sold with the lure of the prize money in gold on the South Pattaya Road. He therefore informed police and a party of officials visited a gold shop near the Wat Chai Mongkol market. A man apparently selling tickets, Lert Pangam, was arrested. Officials confiscated the gold lottery as well as 13,500 baht in cash. The accused organizer said he had only acted on the instructions of a gold shop owner nearby.
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News Thailand hosts education conference
Royal Cliff Hotels Group welcomed education ministers, senior government officials and representatives from international organizations across Southeast Asia, Australia and Europe to the 48th Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council Conference.
The 48th SEAMEO Council Conference is the largest gathering of education ministers which aims to foster stronger cooperation in the education industry among Southeast Asian countries and other SEAMEO members. The opening ceremony of the three-day event was addressed by H.E. Admiral Narong
Pipatanasai, the Minister of Education of Thailand, and was well attended by other senior education ministers from 11 SEAMEO member countries including Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
Thailand strengthens MICE industry ties with Germany The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization), or TCEB, has unveiled the next step in its strategy to boost confidence among German and European Union business events stakeholders in Thailand’s MICE industry, positioning the country as a gateway to success in ASEAN. The bureau is spearheading both global initiatives including the Thailand CONNECT The World and Thailand’s MICE United II campaigns, and targeted initiatives for Germany, such as special financial subsidies of up to 25,000 euro for large corporate meeting groups and per head incentives for groups who engage in business matching activities, among others. The bureau reported that from October 2014 to March 2015, Thailand welcomed 70,316 high-quality visitors from Europe, generating 172.4 million euro for the Thai economy. Germany ranked second in Europe by number of business events visitors to Thailand with 7,860 visitors. To enhance Thailand’s MICE industry in 2015 among German and EU business events stakeholders, TCEB organized the Ambassador Meeting at the Royal Thai Embassy in Berlin from 16-17 May to discuss the development of Thailand’s MICE promotion in Europe with ambassadors and representatives of the Kingdom of Thailand to the European Union from 20 countries.
Foreign tourist police assistants needed Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, TCEB’s president, said, “We are confident that through a combination of our global initiatives as well as targeted local initiatives, such as those we’re presenting to German stakeholders, the Thai business events sector will continue to grow strongly in 2015. Thailand expects to welcome 1,036,300 business events visitors in 2015, generating revenue of approximately 106.78 billion baht or 2.67 billion euro.
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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
Thaiyont Chonburi Company, the seller of Toyota Pattaya, hosted an event to show the latest design of the Hilux Vigo 2015. Those who reserved the latest model received a 10,000
baht discount and the lucky draw winner received 100,000 baht. Pattaya Deputy Mayor Weerawat Khakai was guest of honor.
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News TOURIST SAFETY TO IMPROVE Pool charity to be held Continued from page 1
overcharging of foreigners in some private hospitals and has called for much clearer costing guidelines. He has also supported the idea of a nationally-run 24-hour tourist helpline with contact staff being able to offer languages beyond just English and Thai to cope with the recent influx of Russian and then Chinese vacationers. In fact, the tourist police already claim to run such a service, but critics say that the designated phone numbers often play music rather than offering assistance. They also point out that some tourist safety initiatives have very short shelf lives and disappear soon after the initial publicity has waned. On policing, Pattaya has sought to tackle the problem of street crime, especially jewelry grab attacks, by
frequent patrols of popular tourist districts and the arrest of likely criminals including ladyboys acting as prostitutes. But the penalties are very minor, usually a fine of 100 or 200 baht, which means very little in practice. However, a growing number of transvestites are found to be of foreign origin, usually from Laos or Cambodia, and they are usually deported back or sent over the border. Although Pattaya has installed a huge number of CCTV cameras in public areas, supplemented by privately owned ones in entertainment venues, research has shown that many of them are out of order. In a recent case, a night watchman had hung his coat over the CCTV whilst he enjoyed his meal. He was attacked during a robbery, but the CCTV was obviously blank.
City Hall has on several occasions promised to repair the public CCTV system and called for members of the public to bring inadequacies to its attention by phoning the 24-hour helpline 1337. A spokesman for Pattaya police station pointed out that the city has roughly the same number of policemen as 10 years ago even though international tourist numbers have swelled annually. He said that mobile patrols and security checkpoints at night on major roads had been successful in apprehending fleeing thieves as well as drug traffickers and alcohol abusers. He added that there were now many Thai volunteer police, assisted by some foreigners, but their role was obviously limited as they do not have powers of arrest without the approval of a supervising regular officer.
Ronakit Ekasingh, deputy mayor, presided over the Pattaya Charity Pool Tournament 2015 with profits to be donated to the Father Ray Foundation. Each team will pay a 2,000 baht fee for registration. Pool is said to be the resort’s favourite ball game as it appeals to all ages and is easy to learn to play.
MG3 goes to Miss Grand Thailand Photo contest to be held Rattikorn Kunsom, Miss Grand Thailand 2015, was awarded an MG3 Hatchback 1.5X Sunroof valued at 559,000 baht, by Yodchai Suewatanakul, senior marketing communication and public relations manager of MG Sales (Thailand) Co., Ltd., sponsor of competition. The MG3 is the newest subcompact from designers and engineers at MG Global Design Centre in Birmingham, UK. The car comes equipped with a full package of safety features rarely found in other cars in its class.
Club for elderly expands The president of the Pattaya Cultural Council Mana Yaprakam organized a meeting to promote the Pattaya Photo Competition which encourages local people to look into the history of the Eastern Seaboard. There will be five categories including the royal family, religion, official places, culture and tourist sites. Registration for the competition lasts until June 30 at Pattaya City Hall. All the contributions will form part of a proposed Pattaya historical chronicle.
Reporters find unusual lady Pranee Maneesarn, president of the Pattaya Elderly Club, has announced that membership locally has grown from 600 to 800 in the space of one year. The minimum age for joining is 55 but members have to attend at least
six meetings a year or they risk disqualification. Pattaya Elderly Club organizes leisure activities and holds seminars on how to keep healthy in mind and body in the retirement years.
Baht bus safety examined
Pattaya police and the baht bus cooperative completed a project called “Safety Taxi” to remind baht bus drivers about safety standards and protecting passengers’ belongings. One idea was to enclose the sides
of the baht bus with wire screens to prevent stealing and pilfering. More than 200 baht bus drivers attended the confab where other topics included poor driving and illegal parking.
Reporters representing several publications in Pattaya noticed a disabled, middle-aged woman in a wheelchair by Sukhumvit Road and asked her for her story. Samruay Sritakong, 54, said she had been hit by a car many years ago and had been unable to walk since. Police were unable to locate the hitand-run driver. Samruay remains cheerful and works as a cleaner at a local temple where worshippers sometimes give her small sums of cash to help pay for her room. Her married son rarely visits her, she said, adding that she did not wish to be a burden to others.
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News Send Clip, Win Trip to “Discover Thainess” To promote Thailand’s tourism industry, the Tourism Authority of Thailand organized “One and Only” contest for Thais. Upload a video clip, with a length of 45-60 seconds, under the theme “Discover Thainess” for a chance to win cash and accommodation packages worth 700,000 baht in total. The entry can be done as a team and will be categorized as general public group or student group. Any team having more than one idea can send up to five clips. There are no restrictions on presentation techniques and equipment whether it is a phone camera, normal camera, or video camera. Apply and send video clips from today until 15 June 2015. For more information, visit www.tourismthailand.org/discoverthainess or call 1672.
Three chefs join Royal Cliff’s culinary team Royal Cliff Hotels Group has welcomed three new talented chefs to its culinary team. They bring with them their expertise and imaginative flair to Royal Cliff’s diverse kitchens. Rossini – The Godfather’s Favourite has reopened with an elegant new look and is now home to Chef Massimo Gullota who will oversee its kitchen with his years of expertise in Italian cuisine. Chef Prachaphol Prompuang joins as executive sous-chef at the Royal Wing Suites & Spa bringing over 10 years of culinary experience and expertise in both western and oriental cuisine. Chef Wattana Naiyanit embarks at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group as pastry chef with over two decades of experience in properties throughout Thailand. Chef Massimo
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More English required Travelling priorities Free Wi-Fi remains the top amenity among global travelers when choosing a hotel, but Thai holidaymakers list a complimentary breakfast at the top, whilst Thai business travelers prefer easy access to mass transit. These are amongst the findings of a global survey of 5,000 respondents in nearly 30 countries booking at the website Hotels.com. The survey showed that 29 percent of Thai respondents chose breakfast as a must-have when selecting their holiday accommodation. A similar number picked ergonomic mattresses as the main factor. When asked the same question, business travelers mostly said that hotels should have good proximity to mass transit, restaurants and shops. Almost half of all Thai respondents said they expected Wi-Fi in hotels to become standard by the end of 2015. With the increased availability of free public Wi-Fi hotspots and enhanced mobile data plans, travelers appear to be becoming less dependent on Wi-Fi provided by hotels. On other fronts, pilfering items from hotel bedrooms has become a travel custom with 61 percent of respondents admitting stealing something from a hotel room and not returning it. About 60 percent of Thai respondents admitted pilfering, often toiletry products or stationary, compared with 67 percent of South Koreans and only 30 percent of Singaporeans. Many hotels worldwide have reacted by insisting on an additional charge which is only returned if the room is left in proper order at checkout time. The survey also revealed that the most desired breakfast items for Thais are meats, coffee, rice, noodles, eggs and bread. High-end coffee makers or espresso machines were travelers’ favourite modern in-room amenity. Many travelers said that minibars were not worth the hype, whilst fitness centres and the habit of some hotels to provide a bed turndown service were of no interest to them when choosing accommodation on holiday or business. Pattaya’s transgenders Earlier this month was International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia or IDAHOT for those in a hurry. It bills itself as a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. So what about the situation here in Thailand and Pattaya in particular? The United Nations in Thailand has praised the country’s recent progress, citing a 2011 decision to accept a resolution against discrimination and violence on the basis of sexuality – the gender equality bill and the social welfare act in 2012 were key milestones even though many people have probably never heard of them. There has been talk of including a no-discrimination clause in the new constitution and the first draft does indeed underpin that reality. On the face of things, Pattaya is a tolerant place as regards the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rainbow. There is certainly no shortage of gay bars, at any rate for men, although the entertainment districts of Boyztown, Sunee and Jomtien Complex are a great deal quieter than they were five years ago. This is likely explained by the downturn in gay tourism from Europe, America and Australia owing to rising prices here and the availability of other locations, such as Czechoslovakia, nearer to home for some. Pattaya, it’s no secret to say, has its fair share of transvestites. Some, such as those working in cabarets, are accepted as industrious persons, but a much larger number, positioned on the Walking Street and beach areas, are a very different case. They are there either as prostitutes or as potential bag and jewelry snatchers. The local newspapers and the TV on a daily basis have examples of these scams and some even reach the international press, especially UK based. The reaction of the police is to impose small fines on miscreants which leaves them free to resume their doubtful careers. It is perhaps not stated often enough that job discrimination in Thailand, formal or informal, is responsible for the large number of transgenders who turn to crime in bustling tourist cities such as Pattaya where, or so they believe, the pickings are easier. There is also huge discrimination in the Thai army where a katoey, even post surgery, must carry an ID card stating “nai”, mister. This means that transgender individuals must wear a male uniform. In Thailand, it is far easier to undergo sexual reassignment surgery than to change your gender on a government document. Nor is it possible for people to marry in Thailand except in a traditional heterosexual union. The law is slowly catching up with a society that is indeed tolerant and progressive on issues of gender identity and sexuality. But there is still a long way to go. Road deaths One death in five in Thailand happens as a result of a road accident. Every few minutes a motorbike driver or passenger is killed outright or seriously injured. Thailand’s record in these regards is worse than almost any other country in the world, save perhaps Namibia and India. Most Thai deaths occur at night so it does not need a genius to work out that many of the deaths are connected in some way with alcohol, although the drunk motorist is not necessarily the one who gets killed. Road accidents are the most common cause of death for foreigners in Thailand under the age of 40. You have only to look at the some of the very powerful vehicles they are renting and driving to wonder if they are truly aware of the dangers on Thailand’s chaotic roads. Nor is it uncommon to see Thai youngsters, no older than 12, driving motorbikes round the city. There is, of course, no easy solution. Passing laws has been tried and found wanting. There are certainly lots of police road blocks and checkpoints, but the main purpose seems to be the raising of revenue for the police pot. Until the country as a whole starts to take road safety seriously, it can safely be anticipated that thousands will continue to bleed to death on the nation’s roads.
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At A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel a seminar was held to encourage more teachers to learn how to teach English to youngsters. More than 100 local teachers attended the meeting.
English is the official language of the ASEAN Economic Community which formally begins next January and all 10-member countries are encouraging the training of teachers.
Nightclub behavior warnings
In addition to discussing the evils of drugs, Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjanawatta told a seminar that nightclub staffs must ensure that no one under 20 years of age may enter a the premises, and no one may possess weapons or
act obscenely. He also stressed that clubs must close promptly at 2 am. Chakorn added that a further problem in nightclubs was the potential for human trafficking and forced labor, both of which must be combated.
Family protection highlighted
Pattaya City hosted a weekend conference on Family Protection at the Diana Garden Resort in North Pattaya to encourage good relationships amongst family members. Members of 45 families attended the meeting and discussed ways of strengthening family ties and relationships during our turbulent age. It was
emphasized that the family structure is the bedrock of all properly functioning societies and modern life often leads to disruption as parents have to work and spend less time with their children. Also, industrialization means that the wider kin, such as grandparents, are sometimes geographically separated from their nearest and dearest.
Sunshine Hotels & Resorts offers scholarship Sunshine Hotels & Resorts presented scholarships to 101 children of staff members at its annual scholarship ceremony. Sunshine Group management awarded scholarships valued at 217,500 baht to children of employees at eight hotels and resorts. Kindergarten scholarships were valued at 1,500 baht each, primary school level at 2,000 baht, high school level at 2,500 baht, and bachelor degree level at 3,000 baht.
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News New lottery policy enforced Addressing the topic of lottery tickets, Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjanawatta said that there had been massive overcharging in the past, but now there is a new policy limiting the price to 80 baht per ticket. He called the price which is fair to both the vendor and the buyer. The new rules become effective tomorrow (June 2); the penalties for breaking overcharging are a one-month jail sentence or a fine of 10,000 baht or both. The military government announced two months ago that they were determined to crackdown on lottery abuses.
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya Japan road show in Pattaya hosts Save the World
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya hosted the sixth year of Junior Save the World aimed to care for the environment. More than 50 family members joined the day’s activities, which included tree planting and educating children on the importance of caring for nature.
Connect Japan Roadshow at Central Festival Pattaya Beach was presented to promote economic growth between Thailand and Japan. The event featured Japanese culture, products and tourist attractions, as well as Japanese art and unseen destinations. Vertex Asia Corporation Co., Ltd., a Thai-Japanese joint venture, hosted the event here and in Hat Yai and Chiang Mai
Potato live at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya eforea: spa at Hilton In celebration of Hard Rock’s Founder’s Day, Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya will feature the rock band Potato on June 12. Tickets will be sold at 500 baht net per person inclusive of one drink (beer, whisky or soft drinks). Bottle package is available at 3,990 baht including four tickets. Door opens at 9:30 pm. Special room package starts from 4,500 baht net per room per night including buffet breakfast, two concert tickets including two drinks, 15 percent discount on food and beverage, spa and Hard Rock merchandise. For ticket reservation, call 038 426635 or email email@example.com.
Pattaya wins two luxury spa awards
Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa has been recognized as TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The Hall of Fame was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world, that have continually delivered a superior customer experience. “Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the Hall of Fame is an incredible achievement, only made possible by our entire team. It is the ultimate accolade from our discerning guests to our conscientious, caring associates who strive daily to exceed guests’ expectations and our own high standards. This certificate is concrete proof that our hard work has and is truly paying off. We will continue in our commitment and efforts to provide the highest possible level of service and product, ensuring our current guests and our future guests alike can enjoy a hotel experience like no other,” said Somsak Tanruengsri, general manager.
Hilton Pattaya’s eforea: spa at Hilton has been named Asia’s Best Luxury Destination Spa and Thailand’s Best Luxury Hotel Spa at the 2015 World Luxury Spa Awards. The awards set benchmarks in quality, innovation and service for spas around the globe and put the spotlight on spas representing only the finest standards. “We truly appreciate our spa guests who voted for eforea: spa. We aim to provide indulgent experiences for all spa-goers and we will continue striving to raise the bar. This award underscores our commitment to offer guests an exclusive retreat in the heart of Pattaya city that is backed by a high level of service excellence,” said Rudolf Troestler, general manager, Hilton Pattaya. The winners and finalists of World Luxury Spa Awards were selected by means of an annual online voting process by thousands of spa guests worldwide.
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Tips & Advice
The UK election & expats Now that the dust has settled on the May 2015 British general election, what significance is there for Thailand’s 50,000 or so UK expats? Firstly, it is wise to remember that the Conservative party is back, this time with a majority in the House of Commons, with the same Chancellor of the Exchequer. George Osborne, you may remember, was the guy who said he might well abolish the 10,500 pounds personal allowance for expats who fill in an annual tax form. He never actually did it in his March 2015 budget but muddied the waters by saying the awesome proposal might come back by 2018. Osborne was apparently dissuaded by the complexity of the tax affairs of expats. Some are living abroad on limited income which has already been taxed post-personal allowance. Some benefits, such as the British old age state pension, as well as being taxed is also frozen in most countries, including Thailand. Thus it does seem bizarre to threaten to hammer this expat group once more. Other expats, however, enjoy huge amounts of cash by renting out their UK properties and doing very nicely thank you. There may be a better case for examining the personal allowance of these rich guys. But the point is that one can’t really lump all expats together. An expat living on a modest UK pension is quite unlike a working expat earning a six figure salary. It all matters because the personal allowance means that an individual does not start paying tax until the 10,500 pounds level has been reached. The allowance is set to rise in stages until it reaches 12,500 pounds in a few years. Depending whether the tax payer is single or married and whether or not he or she pays super-tax, the actual cash sum to be forfeited is between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds annually. The government has sought to justify the potential move by arguing that British tax laws are much more generous to expats than most other countries in the European Union,
a hypothesis open to question in the opinion of many tax accountants. But expats will have to wait around two years, according to the Chancellor, until he brings in the sweeping income cuts or prefers a diluted solution or even scraps the whole idea. It is also an interesting thought that if the British referendum proposed by Prime Minister Cameron by 2017—on whether Britain should remain in the European Union— actually resulted in the UK leaving, all sorts of consequences would follow. At the moment the UK is represented at the highest level on the EU panel in Thailand, a position that would presumably be lost. Moreover, if Brits abroad found themselves in serious difficulty without any British consular assistance being available, they would not be able to take advantage of the fallback position that other EU embassies might be able to help in particular circumstances. More broadly, there might be all sorts of implications for the price of imported goods in the shops; whether the pound would rise or fall following the referendum is another consideration. Meanwhile, it is possible that Scotland might exit the United Kingdom following a second referendum on this issue, as championed by some leading members of the Scottish National Party. If that were to happen, Scots would no longer be able to travel abroad on British passports and would not be able to utilize the services of British embassies abroad. An independent Scotland would be a very small country in global terms and nobody at the moment seems to have any idea how Scots abroad would obtain replacement passports, request visas for their foreign friends and relations or receive official visits if locked up in a foreign prison. Presumably an independent Scotland would not be able to afford an embassy in most countries, as currently provided by the UK. We can only wait and see.
Sort out farang poilice It’s surely time to review the many uniforms now being worn by 200 or so foreigner volunteers in Pattaya who are connected in some way to the local police and its various divisions. Just look at all the permutations. The Foreign Police Volunteers (FPV) are based at the main police stations with their black uniform. Not to be confused with the TPA (Tourist Police Assistants) who are attached to the quite separate Tourist Police division. Then there are a handful of foreigners who are actually allowed to wear official brown police uniforms, without firearms or rank insignia, and are attached to the traffic division at the central police station. Not to mention foreigners to be found helping out City Hall (Thappraya 2030), Highway Police, Immigration and even the Marine Police. On top of all this there are individuals sporting jackets or shirts which suggest they are part of a Chonburi crime-busting organization or even a bomb disposal unit.
There is nothing wrong in principle with the local police utilizing the services of foreign volunteers. Pattaya is an international hub these days and many of the volunteers bring foreign language skills which can be of great value when members of the public find themselves in some sort of trouble. Some volunteers have army or police experience in their own countries, others have legal or diplomatic backgrounds. But it is also true that there is no central monitoring of the various individuals or groups. Some police branches insist on criminal background checks and have organized training. Others don’t appear to be too vigilant on these matters. It might be a bright idea for the local police to establish a central organization covering recruitment, checking, training, insurance, expertise and ID cards. At the moment it is often unclear what these guys (occasionally gals) are actually doing at street level, what their powers are and how suitable they are.
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Delay on settlement Q: My Thai wife was recently turned down for a UK settlement visa on financial grounds but was told that no final decision could be taken as the whole matter of financial thresholds is under judicial review in the UK. How long is this likely to take? A: Nobody knows – whenever the authorized court delivers a final judgment on the secretary of state’s appeal. The embassy can still award this visa if all paperwork is in order and staff believe the application is genuine. The fact that you must now wait is not a promising sign as there is a question mark over the verification of your income which might pose a problem whatever the final judicial decision. But nothing anyone can do at this stage. You could, of course, withdraw the application, lose the fee and apply for a visit (temporary) visa. Whether you are well advised to do this would require an in-depth discussion of the circumstances of your wife and yourself. Extending under arrest Q: My friend was recently arrested for a sex attack although he claims he is not guilty. He obtained bail at the local court, but his passport was lodged there. His 60-day tourist visa expires soon and he needs to visit immigration to make an extension as the court case is still some weeks away. How can he do that without his passport? A: Your friend needs to take his paperwork – the arrest and the bail receipt – to the court as there is a provision for the authorities to loan him his passport to visit immigration. The process is a bit complicated, so he may need to take with him a Thai speaker who can overcome the obvious hurdles. But the essential thing when dealing with Thai bureaucracy is the right paperwork. Risky husband Q: I am the British common-law husband of a Thai woman who owns a shop in a Pattaya suburb. It is not a posh setup and sells only basic foods and some hardware items. The other day, when my partner was ill, I served a few customers in the shop and this is not the first time I have done that. But a neighbour told me that I was committing a crime and could risk prosecution and deportation. Surely this can’t be right? I have a one-year retirement visa. A: Technically it is correct. Thai labour laws are very strict and working is defined as performing such an activity whether remunerated or not. If a problem were to occur, it would likely be because a local Thai took an exception to your activity, perhaps because of jealousy in a rival business. Our advice has to be to keep a low profile if you don’t have a work permit. Too sick to attend Q: My brother is in the intensive care unit and his visa is about to run out. The hospital bursar says he should get a friend to obtain a medical extension. However, she was not sure how to do this. Have you the right information for me to undertake this task? A: The hospital needs to provide a letter for immigration which describes the illness, the suggested length of the extension and the fact that he is too sick to leave the country. You also need to make sure you have a passport size photo of your brother’s face even if he is in bed. You then go to immigration with the paperwork and fill in the usual TM7 form which you can sign on his behalf. A common misunderstanding is that immigration wants medical records in some detail. They don’t – they want a clear letter on hospital letterhead as outlined above.
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Traditional Thai cooking class with Saiyuud “Poo” Diwong in Bangkok
Wat Phumin in Nan
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From biking tours by night to a homestay experience in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya, some of Thailand’s best emerging tourism destinations, products and services are to be prominently highlighted at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) during 3-5 June 2015 in Bangkok. Designed to reflect the “Discover Thainess” slogan, the diverse range of options will include many activities featured for the first time at the TTM+ such as Street Food Tours, visit to a mask-making museum in Loei province, a monkey-training centre in Surat Thani province, and a riverboat cruise to the
Laotian city of Luang Prabang, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now in its 14th year, Thailand’s largest annual B2B tourism and travel trade event will be held at Impact Muang Thong Thani. The region’s leading trade show for Thailand and the GMS countries of Vietnam,
Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and China (Kunming Province), its primary objective is to help small- and medium-sized enterprises get cost-effective marketing exposure in a highly-competitive global environment.
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Foodland Supermarket Dicey Reilly’s Wine Tasting International Food & Beverage by Mick and Di Barker
It is that time of the year again when Foodland Supermarket holds its annual International Food and Beverage party at Foodland Pattaya branch on Central Road. Foodland has brought food from many international cuisines to be available for customers to sample and taste including numerous varieties of wines from all over the world. Supamit Surongsain, assistant vice president – Marketing of Foodland Supermarket Co., Ltd., said, “We hold a party like this every year to give thanks to our customers and business partners who have supported us throughout the year. At this party we also have our own products made by Foodland Supermarket: Europeanstyled sausages under Butcher’s Choice brand, bakery products from Oven Fresh, and international cuisines prepared by chefs from Took Lae Dee. “We also hold additional International Food and Beverage parties throughout the year in rotation at our other branches. However, for Pattaya we will be definitely seeing each other every year.” Supamit closes with plans for the future: “By this year’s end we will be opening three new branches to add to our current 16 branches. Also, we will be investing in a new distribution center to better serve our customers.”
This popular Irish pub on Second Road recently hosted an Italian wine tasting. Set on the front terrace of the pub next to the splendid wood-fired pizza oven it was a fun, gregarious evening of slurping, sipping and supping on the Mediterranean wines, canapés and gourmet pizzas. A flute of sparking Peranima Glera Cuvee kicked off the evening and was much appreciated by the assembled wine fans for its dry yet creamy fizziness. Parma ham and melon made perfect friends for this debut wine. Sensi Collezione Pinot Grigio 2013 followed. A light wine for easy summer drinking it proved another popular choice. Collezione Pinot Noir 2013 with its mediumbodied elements established firm friends to the freshly made tasty pizzas and pigs in blankets. The final pouring of the evening, a Sensi Collezione Sangiovese 2012 came out tops for many red wine buffs. With its rich taste, full body and lingering finish of vanilla and tobacco it made a splendid finale wine to another of Dicey Reilly’s splendid wine tastings. Check out Dicey Reilly’s website (www. diceyspub.com) for more events and news about their special meals including the extremely popular Sunday Carvery at only B.399 from 12 noon to 4 pm with live music.
Sophon Cable thanks customers Sophon Cable TV chief executive Chanyut Hengtrakul hosted a thankyou party for the TV cable company’s subscribers at Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Since the beginning of this year, raffle tickets were given to customers upon bill payment. At the event, the company awarded 3.3 million baht in prizes, including a top prize of house and lot in Wansiri Village worth 2.7 million baht. Other prizes presented were cars, TV, mobile phones and tablet.
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Amari Pattaya welcomes Miss Tiffany Universe 2015 finalists Brendan Daly (sixth from left), general manager of Amari Pattaya, welcomed the finalists of Miss Tiffany Universe 2015 and Miss Tiffany Universe 2014 Nitsa “Noey” Katrahong (fifth from left) during their filming at the hotel’s Tavern By The Sea Bar and Restaurant.
Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa supports Nepal Somsak Tanruengsri (middle), general manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, led associates on a mission and the entire team was able to raise 50,000 baht to aid Nepal. The country was recently devastated by an earthquake and its aftershocks. The funds were handed to the Thai Red Cross Society for delivery to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Dusit Thani Pattaya wins awards at Dusit International’s workshop
Photo shows David Shackleton (left), COO of Dusit International, as he congratulates the members of Dusit Thani Pattaya’s Quality Assurance team for winning two awards for best presentations from the recently concluded HR/Learning and Development/QA Workshop 2015 held in the Napalai Convention of the Dusit brand hotel. Participants came from Dusit International properties in Thailand and overseas who gathered for sessions on various topics including operational updates of the three hotel departments. Shackleton is pictured with (L-R): Jidanun Sripatcharapas, HR manager; Sukonta Tipalun, QA assistant manager; Imee Manzo, Dusit Club manager; GM Chatchawal Supachayanont and Neoh Kean Boon, resident manager.
High marks for Siam@ Siam Design Hotel Pattaya on Hotels.com
Major online booking service Hotels.com recently tallied guest review scores, and the results showed Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya with an excellent score of 4.5 on the service’s five-point system. Pictured here are Dmitry Chernyshev (center), general manager; Adul Trichit (left), Human Resources manager; Wikanda Sophaporn (second from left), Reservation manager; Rossukone Pavalee (fourth from left), director of Sales; and Montree Utta, Guest Service manager (right). All agreed that for 2015 the hotel will continue to provide guests with outstanding service along with Siam@Siam’s distinctive art and design experience.
PEACH welcomes delegates of Infinitus China Panga Vathanakul (4th from right), managing director of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Kobkarn Wattanavarangkul (5th from left), Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, and Suladda Saruthilawan (4th from left), director of TAT Pattaya warmly welcomed Jianlong Huang (5th from right), vice president of Infinitus China, along with the company’s delegates to Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH) during the group’s visit to Thailand.
Amari Phuket’s Sales Blitz in town The management team of ONYX Hospitality Group and Amari Phuket led by Debrah Pascoe (front row, centre) – senior vice president, Sales & Marketing of ONYX Hospitality Group and PierreAndre Pelletier (front row, fifth from right) – vice president and area general manager, South Thailand together with Amari sales team organized the Sales Blitz to showcase the new Ocean Wing of Amari Phuket to travel agencies in Bangkok. Amari Phuket Ocean Wing will start operation on 1 June 2015.
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Discover Thainess tours to be featured at TTM Plus
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Juthaphorn Rerngronasa, acting governor Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, “The theme of this year’s TTM, “Experience with Us”, reflects the idea that travelers want to “experience” and learn something new to satisfy a deeper need for participation, creativity, community, and idealism. It is in line with the “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign, which highlights the experiences offered by the Thai way of life, Thai culture and hands-on Thai activities such as Thai boxing, Thai massage, Thai cooking, and Thai classical dance.” Experience Muay Thai: Learn the fundamentals of Muay Thai as an intimate group-training environment. The course starts with stretching, jumping rope as a warm-up, progressing to stance and footwork training. There will be the development of “weapons of Muay Thai strike” (fists, elbows, knees, and feet), the basic defensive skill, building fitness and body conditioning. Experience Thai Cooking: Experience the traditional cooking with Saiyuud Diwong, affectionately known as Poo (short for Chompoo or rose apple), a long-time resident of Khlong Toei, the largest slum in Bangkok. For more than five years, Poo has been running her cooking school in Khlong Toei for tourists as well as local residents. Experience the Slow Life of Old Bangkok by Canal: The tour begins along the Chao Phraya River, known as the River of Kings, the river of Bangkokian life, with its bewildering variety of huge barges, cross-river ferries, thundering long-tail boats plus many other fascinating things afloat. Two highlights include the Artist’s House and Yodpiman River Walk, which is the lifestyle mall focusing on the heritage theme inspired by Thai colonial architecture.
Bangkok Night Ride (Biking Tour): A night ride around the main attractions of Chinatown and Rattanakosin Island such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, visit the Golden Mount and climb up to the top of the temple and have a top view of the Old Town of Bangkok, stop by the Chao Phraya River and watch the Temple of Dawn light up. Experience Street Food Tour: Discover why Bangkok is often dubbed a food capital of the world. Eat your way through Bangkok’s most savoury neighbourhoods as knowledgeable culinary guides unveil the true stories behind local eateries and their famous recipes. Ancient Capital and Modern Homestay: Compelling Contrasts (Sukhothai): Visit the Ban Thong Na organic rice farm where traditional rice-growing techniques are still maintained including the use of water buffaloes to plough the paddies. Also visit an organic vegetable
Almsgiving in the early morning when in Chiang Khan, Loei
section and participate in a Thai cooking class. Visit the Sukhothai Historical Park, a former Thai capital and a World Heritage Site. Visit the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum. Admire exhibits of original material excavated from the Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai historic sites. Lofty Peaks, Local Insight and Ghostly Visions (Loei): Visit the Phi Ta Khon Museum. The museum has a colourful collection of costumes worn during the celebrations, and a display showing how the impressive masks are made. Visit Ban Chao Po Kuen, a shrine dedicated to the caretaker of Wat Phra That Sri Song Rak. Enjoy a river cruise to watch the “Prasat Loi Kro” floating by, and watch the sunset. Enjoy the Chiang Khan Walking Street. Ocean Life Forms, Unique Art and Living Shadows (Nakhon Si Thammarat): Take a boat trip to greet the famous pink dolphins. Experience a freshwater source on Nui Nok Island, and pay respect to the revered monk, Luang Pu Tuat. See the rare geological formation of Pancake Rock with curious parallel layers just like folded clothes. Visit the Shadow Puppet folk museum of Ban Nang Talung Suchat Trapsin, proud recipient of the Thailand Tourism Award in 1996 and 2010. Alluring Vistas, Ancient Weaving and Appetising Oysters (Surat Thani): Take a boat trip to view the stunning scenery on Chiaw Lan Lake at Ratchaprapa Dam in the Khao Sok National Park. Visit Wat Suan Mokkapalaram, and proceed to the ancient hand-weaving centre of Ban Pumrieng, a Muslim village, formerly part of the Maritime Silk Road, dating back 1500 years. Visit the Kradaejae Monkey Training Centre for Agriculture to see how coconut-gathering monkeys are trained. Proceed to the Sin Mana Oyster Farm Stay to see the cultivation of this famous delicacy. Discover Gems of the East (Pattaya): Visit the Sanctuary of Truth, an all-wood building filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs. Visit Ban Chak Ngaeo, an old Chinese community in Huai Yai district, Chonburi province with its traditional way of life. Visit the Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark. This first in the world waterpark features 30 breathtaking stateof-the-art water rides and slides, live Cartoon Network entertainment shows, mascot meet and greets, thrills attractions and interactive water play.
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Massaman Lamb INGREDIENTS (1 serving) 2 pcs (220 grams) lamb chop 80 grams coconut milk 20 grams palm sugar 30 grams massaman chili paste 20 grams fish sauce 10 grams tamarind paste 3 grams peanuts
3 grams star anise 2 grams cinnamon stick 50 grams mashed potato 5 grams broccoli 5 grams cauliflower 5 grams carrots 2 grams fried shallots
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Heat the coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat then add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add chili paste, fish sauce, tamarind paste, peanuts, star anise and cinnamon stick and simmer. Stew the lamb chops for about 1.5 hours or until the meat is tender. Take the lamb chops and sear them to create browning. Arrange the mashed potato and sautĂŠed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots). Place the lamb chops over the mashed potato and pour the sauce on top. Garnish with fried shallots.
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Mick & Di SILVER LINING The Food Lovers
A Moveable Feast “So look for the Silver Lining and find the sunny side of life!” Having succeeded in making The Glass House the beachside restaurant of choice for locals, tourists and visiting Bangkokians, the charming entrepreneurial husband and wife team, Attapol and Sukumarn Itthirattanakomol, have given birth to its sibling restaurant, Silver Lining. Be prepared to be wowed – this sophisticated new sister is unique both in concept and state-of-the-art architectural design. Situated on Wongamat Beach on the site of the new Zire residences, the restaurant possesses some of the family traits as at The Glass House, big comfy sofas on a pristine shoreline, but Silver Lining has been blessed with more sophistication and more urban chutzpah. Firstly the cuisine is Japanese and Italian, serving an eclectic mix which, although initially seems strange after flicking through the menu, it all seems perfectly logical in its synthesis. Combining two Thai favourite cuisines on one menu has surely to please. The brainchild behind this kitchen is the celebrity chef Thanintorn “Noom” Chanthawan. A gastro star in his own right after his successful appearance on the Thai version of Iron Chef. He has collaborated with many accomplished chefs from Michelinstarred restaurants and together with his chefery at the legendary Fat Duck and Zuma in the UK – his culinary pedigree precedes him. We arrived at 8 pm and took advantage of the buggy to whiz us down to the beach. Jazz music wafted in the air as we made our way to our comfy sofa seating overlooking the pristine sand. An air-conditioned area also beckons with Japanese antiques bedecking
the walls and an inviting cocktail bar stocked to the gills with wines, spirits and artisanal sake brands. We launched our Silver Lining experience with a flask of warm sake to pair with a selection of the restaurant’s finest imported sashimi. Polar fresh cuts of glistening premium fish were laid before us. The delicate marbling of the tender fatty salmon was delicious, the rich buttery flavour of the Hamachi (yellowtail), the firm sweet texture of the Hotate (scallop), and the outstanding Hokkigai (surf clam) all live in our memories as the best sashimi this side of Japan. If sashimi is not your bag then head for the nigirizushi (which means handpressed) and order the selection of nine house specials (B.980) including octopus, mackerel, sea urchin and prawn. Individual prices start at only B.100 so mixing and matching needn’t be a costly exercise. Next to hit the table was sake
steamed clams with chili and garlic. Subtly delicious with the sweetest clams and a white misu broth, we loved it. Our next chosen dishes were soft shell crab (B.420) and rock shrimp tempura (B.250). The crisp battered crabs were intriguingly served on a bed of crushed potato mixed with avocado salsa and chili mayo. A quiet foray into Chef Noom’s world of fusion resulted in some interesting taste sensations. The rock shrimp tempura was served with tobiko (flying fish roe) mayo and dusted with wasabi powder and a striking Japanese hot spiced seasoning known as Togarashi. Stuffed baby squid is popular as is the signature sake steamed chicken and the Kochujan lamb cutlets (24 hours marinated with mirin and sake and then charcoal grilled), plus we saw oodles of “don” (rice bowls with chosen toppings) and soba (noodles) bowls steaming their way to our neighbour’s tables.
Nine o’clock arrived, and the air was filled with a dramatic musical piece by Vincent Belorgey (known as Kavinsky).Waiters hurried to and from advising us all to turn to look at the rear of the restaurant as “the show” was about to commence. J-Pop, Manzai their traditional stand-up comedy or a puppet show perhaps? No it was something even more spectacular, a unique phenomenon never before seen in Thailand. The architectural spectacle that I mentioned earlier is a moving restaurant. Yes, the glass roof and walls are based on iron runners which allow the rear portion to sedately move enclosing the outdoor area. Backed by the dramatic overture it was indeed a “moving” moment. No need to worry if there’s a downpour whilst dining al fresco, the automaton of Attapol and Sukumarn’s design will save you from the elements. This is quite an extraordinary happening and the buzzing and excitement from the diners was palpable. Prices at this extraordinary lifestyle destination are as luxurious or as little as you wish. The surrounding
panoramic views are sensational and the comfort cosy and cocooning. Plans are afoot to introduce a jazz band to the air-conditioned bar area in the near future so late night revelers can party till 2 am. As with the moveable feast above nothing is as it seems. The spaghetti Bolognese is made from Wagyu beef with a myriad of intense flavours including the final flambé of Mirin and whisky for a fiery finish. The seared tuna salad (B.320) is black pepper crusted with a dressing of Mirin, ginger, sake and that wonderful Japanese seasoning, Togarashi. Chef’s unique creative ideas and touches are evident throughout this inspired menu, so do visit Silver Lining soon and experience for yourself the sunny side of life.
Zire Wongamat, Naklua Soi 18 Open from 11 am to 2 am Tel: 098 930 9800 Visit www.facebook.com/ silverliningbyglasshouse or watch a short video on YouTube
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at Benihana, The Japanese Steakhouse Pattaya Benihana Pattaya offers you a special deal. With every 500 baht spent at Kidzoona, kids under six eat a Teppanyaki Junior set absolutely free. Every 1,000 baht spent at Benihana you will receive 50 baht Kidzooona discount coupon. Benihana Pattaya is located on the 2nd floor of Royal Garden Plaza.
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Elements’ chefs created exotic and exciting soft shell crab specials: crab salad with celery remoulade, crab cannelloni with kale, deep-fried crab with lobster miso, crab curry, and spicy crab with chili and mint dressing. Available throughout June 2015.state, Prices start from 370 baht AT ELEMENTS The soft shell crab is the blue crab in its molted ++ per dish. the season being traditionally marked by JUNE 2015 Elements is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm.start from Prices the first full moon, as the crab sheds its shell to allow for summer growth.
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Seafood lovers will enjoy a wide selection of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley, and much more every Saturday night from 6:30 to 11 pm at only 1,199 baht ++ per person with half price for children from 6-12 years. Musical performance by Duo Musical Group and a live cabaret show from 7 to 10 pm. Oasis Restaurant is located at the lower main lobby near the water park of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information or reservations, please contact 038 714 981.
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Minimum of two persons, select from two sets of set dinner dim sum menus and enjoy your favourite dim sum flavours accompanied by other dishes: Menu A (1,000 baht ++ per person) – eight dim sum selections, Szechwan soup, wok-fried vegetables with garlic, fried rice “yang chow” style, assorted fresh fruits Menu B (1,200 baht ++ per person) – eight dim sum selections, clear fish maw soup, stir-fried kale Hong Kong with oyster sauce, wok-fried egg noodles “Fukien” style with pork barbecue, chicken and prawn, sweet gingko nuts in hot syrup The Peak Chinese Restaurant is located above the Dusit Club Lounge (8th floor) and is open daily from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (lunch) and from 6:30 pm to 10 pm (dinner). Call Tel: 038 425 611-7 ext 2276.
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Charcoal is serving up great family value with all-you-caneat menus at 625 baht ++ and half price dining for kids under 12. - Free glass of Prosecco - Buy one, get one on selected cocktails - Free swimming pool access and towels for kids Charcoal’s Sunday brunch introduces guests to the delights of authentic Tandoori kebabs and delicacies from the House of the Royal Moghuls. The brunch also features cocktail creations and signature drinks. Charcoal’s Sunday Brunch is hosted weekly from 11 am to 3 pm.
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Every Saturday night from 6:30 until 10 pm, enjoy fresh grilled seafood galore and live music from Santos, the guitarist. Spoil yourself with an extensive international buffet that includes seafood on ice, a Thai station, sushi and sashimi, cold cuts, Mediterranean selections, Norwegian salmon, desserts and much more. Oyster lovers should not miss the succulent and tasty Fine de Clare French oysters in addition to local Thai oysters. Buffet price is 1,390 baht net per person. For more information or reservations, please contact 038 411 940-8 or email info@pullmanpattayahotelG.com.
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In celebration of the hotel’s 9th anniversary, diners at every outlet get to enjoy tasty, value-filled promotions throughout June. Flow: Brunch on The River special price at 1,999 baht per person. Yuan: Dim Sum Lunch All You Can Eat only at 999 baht per person (Monday-Friday). The Beach: Enjoy Chandon Brut for only 999 baht ++ per bottle when you spend a minimum of 1,500 baht on food bill. ThreeSixty Jazz Lounge: All you can drink Martini for only 900 baht net every Monday night. For further information and reservations, telephone 02 442 2000.
You now have the opportunity to feast on ocean fresh succulent Thai and Asian buffet dinner every evening. The chefs prepare a variety of Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Asian menu with more than 60 recommended items including the freshest sushi, sashimi and extensive Teppanyaki selection, Vietnamese classics, and authentic Thai dishes. Ginger and Lime Restaurant is located within the calm and serene gardens of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Open daily from 6 to 11 pm. Call now for reservations at 038 714 981.
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Chef Jens Heier
Chef Ekarat Boonsri
THE BAY RESTAURANT at Dusit Thani Pattaya
The Dusit Thani Hotel is one of the doyennes of Pattaya’s hotels having graced its location in North Pattaya since 1987. The company now possesses a unique portfolio of luxury hotels across four main brands. It is always a pleasure to visit this elegant and most welcoming hotel and when we were asked to dine at their Bay Restaurant to review the new menu created by their newly appointed executive chef it was with great anticipation that we headed the nose of the car towards the Dolphin Roundabout. Located in an enviable position at the northern tip of the bay overlooking the sea and golden sands it is here that The Bay restaurant is sited adjacent to the swimming pools with panoramic views out over the ocean and mountains beyond. The restaurant itself was totally refurbished recently with modern on-trend muted colours and subtle lighting. The large wraparound terrace provides the perfect spot to enjoy the nighttime breezes but as the temperature was in the middle 30s on our visit we elected to sit in the cool interior.
The new executive chef, Jens Heier, hails from Germany and having honed his skills at several Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe he followed his passion for Asian cuisine and headed up brigades in South Korea, Vietnam, China and Thailand. His new position at the Dusit Thani Pattaya affords him the responsibility of overseeing all aspects of culinary operations at the hotel’s three restaurants, a gourmet bakery, two pool bars and two lounges plus the hotel’s successful outside catering business. Chef Jens unfortunately couldn’t be present on our visit but Sous-Chef Ekarat Boonsri charmingly hosted the evening between forays into the kitchen. We were to be served a tasting menu of the signature dishes newly created at The Bay. Before the serving began we tucked into the bread basket which we enjoyed with small servings of tomato salsa, tapenade and butter. The soup course was the opening dish and chef had chosen a “velvety” lobster bisque infused with Cognac (B.210++). Robust deep flavours of
the sea were offset by the distinctive flavour of Cognac making for a very satisfying spoonful. With this course we were drinking an excellent Robertson Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. Next up was a classic Caesar salad (B.310++) but its presentation had been “deconstructed” contributing to its eye and palate appeal. Romaine lettuce had been artfully strewn across the plate with a rasher of crisp bacon, anchovy, two fronds of focaccia and a strong creamy dressing to pull the flavours together.
Truffle Prosecco risotto with Taleggio cheese (B.320++) followed. For lovers of this specialized rice dish this one is a dream. The Arborio rice had been cooked with a deft hand to a luxurious creamy texture but retaining the required “bite”. Grilled prawns with vegetables, toasted focaccia with garlic and lemon butter was another hit of the evening. Monstrous prawns, sweet and soft drenched in that garlicky citrus butter was just divine. The main course beckoned and we ordered a glass of Pinot Noir to accompany this Wagyu Osso Buco (B.690++). Osso buco means empty bones or hollow bones, which are not empty at all but filled with luscious bone marrow. The classic dish is of course with veal shank but here chef had used Wagyu beef for an extra overload of luxury. Slow cooked for three hours and served in a rich, robust gravy and accompanied by root vegetables it was sensational. The addition of the traditional gremolata, a heady mix of parsley, garlic and lemon zest added the final touch to this labour intensive dish. Main plates on the a la carte menu include the legendary Steak Fiorentina weighing in at 850 grams. This premier imported steak is served medium rare, brushed with rosemary sprigs and served with white beans. For fish lovers Snow fish Saltimbocca would fit the bill. Wrapped in Parma ham with sage and served with fresh green asparagus the fish benefits from the salty sweetness of the ham.
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Dessert arrived in the form of a chilled glass globe containing sabayon flavoured with Amaretto, Grand Marnier and Peach with double churned vanilla ice cream (B.140++). Sabayon is the French name for zabaglione, a light mousselike Italian dessert that’s made by whisking eggs, sugar and white wine over gently boiling water until the eggs thicken. Doused with the added opulence of the liquors it was full of sweetness and as light as a cloud. Other desserts include tiramisu from Oreo cookies sprinkled with cacao dust, ricotta orange cheesecake with almond crisp, and panna cotta with mango, mint salad and chilli oil. The Bay is a most delightful restaurant set in a stunning location. The quality of the imported produce is superb and wherever possible local ingredients are sourced. Executive Sous-Chef Ekarat cooked us up a dream dinner; his cooking is clever, intricate and extremely tasty. The staff were professional and helpful and we left happy and replete.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle finely chopped lemongrass, lychees, lychee syrup and passion fruit until soft. Fill with crushed ice, vodka,
SangSom, lime juice and syrup. Shake well for 10 seconds or until all items are thoroughly mixed. Pour into glass then garnish.
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fairness-fitness-finery Plastic surgery explained: Nasal surgery Vol. 03 No. 11 | Jun 1-15, 2015
by Thonglor Clinic
After the eyes, the nose is an important feature of your facial anatomy. Huge or distorted noses are quite unsettling to a lot of people. It is a question of proportions mainly but it is an issue encountered by lots of patients. Caucasian noses are quite often the envy of our Asian patients. Most Caucasians would have reconstruction to remove unsightly deviations or reduce the size of their noses. The opposite applies to our
Asian patients who often have very little button noses or show no nasal bridge. For patients who suffer from a deviated septum: the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half—is significantly off center, or crooked, making breathing difficult. Most people have some sort of imbalance in the size of their breathing passages. In fact, estimates indicate that 80 percent of people, most unknowingly, have some sort of misalignment to their nasal septum. Only the more severe imbalances require treatment. Some people are born with a deviated septum. Other people develop a deviated septum after injury or trauma to the nose, often resulting from a fall or a sudden blow to the nose. The most common symptom of a deviated septum is nasal congestion, with one side of the nose being more congested than the other, along with difficulty breathing. Recurrent or repeated sinus infections can also be a sign of a deviated septum. A deviated septum may also cause sleep apnea. Sometimes symptoms of a deviated septum can be relieved with medications. If medicine alone doesn’t offer
adequate relief, a surgical procedure called septoplasty may be needed to repair a crooked septum and improve breathing. Surgery During septoplasty, a surgeon, working through the inside of the nose, makes a small incision in the septum and then removes the excess bone or cartilage required to even out the breathing space of the nostrils. Sometimes a rhinoplasty or “nose job” is combined with septoplasty to improve the appearance of the nose. This procedure is called septorhinoplasty. Surgery to repair a deviated septum is usually performed in an outpatient setting under local or general anesthesia (then requiring a night in the hospital by law) and takes about one to one and a half hours, depending on the amount of work being done. You should be able to go home three to four hours after surgery. Internal splints or soft packing material may be put in the nose to stabilize the septum as it heals. If a septoplasty is the only procedure performed, there should be little to no swelling or bruising after surgery. However, if a septorhinoplasty is performed, a week or two of swelling and bruising is normal following the procedure. For Asian patients, quite often a small silicone wedge is inserted during the surgery to raise the nose bridge. Quite often nose style is dictated
by fashion. Currently Korean style nose is in favor. Nostrils or nasal tip can also require some modifications. Many small alterations are possible. A personalized consultation with the surgeon will determine what needs to be done to achieve the result expected by the patient. Temporary approaches quite often mean to inject a hyaluronic filler to increase the nasal ridge. This only lasts 12 to 18 months, but is a cheaper alternative. In our older Caucasian patients we find the presence of small reddish veins exposed on and around the nose, sometimes associated with
excessive drinking and hard living. A treatment with a laser machine helps to shrink away these small vessels and rejuvenate the look. This again can be performed in the clinic as an outpatient. We encourage our patients to come in for a free consultation without obligation to discuss the possibilities that aesthetic medicine offers to them. Thonglor Clinic – Pattaya is conveniently situated on Thappraya Road facing the large tower of Pattaya Park. For more information or to book for a free consultation contact 038 252 055.
Vol. 03 No. 11 | Jun 1-15, 2015
Fractional Skin Resurfacing
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Tips for beautiful skin Blueberries, dark chocolate and sunscreen are three things you need to help keep your skin beautiful, supple and smooth. Antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, dark chocolate, cantaloupe, citrus fruits and leafy greens provide the vitamins you need to maintain your skin’s elasticity. More importantly, avoid cigarettes and sunshine. Smoking contributes greatly to the premature aging of skin and other body parts. But the number-one way to keep skin gorgeous is to stay out of the sun. The sun’s radiation causes skin damage, including wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. When you do go outdoors during daylight hours, use a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays in an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply often.
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IN LOVE WITH DEATH By SATISH MODI 9781780272146 Death is the inevitable fate of every single person on earth. How do we accept the inevitability of our own death? How do we live our lives with meaning? Will money lead us to happiness? Satish Modi examines these questions in a moving, powerful, thought-provoking work based on his own reﬂections as well as the experiences of people from all walks of life. The result is a fascinating book that teaches us that whoever we are and whatever our aspirations in this life, it is important for each and every one of us to accept our own passing. In doing so we can free ourselves to live as well and fully as possible, guided by the principles of goodness, love and compassion.
Age spots or liver spots Whether you are a farang or a Thai, woman or man, as the years mount so too do brown spots on your skin. These discolorations of up to an inch in diameter may be solar lentigos. But not to worry, they are merely “age spots” that result from years of sun exposure. Age spots, sometimes called “liver spots,” typically appear on the chest, face, or—more commonly—the back of the hands; areas of the skin that have been most exposed to the sun throughout your lifetime. The best ways to prevent age spots are to avoid sun exposure, especially sunbathing, and use sunscreen regularly (SPF 15 or higher). However, this won’t help get rid of age spots you may already have. To reduce the appearance of age spots over time, see your physician or dermatologist, or visit a skin care clinic for advice and perhaps a prescription or over-the-counter skin cream containing alpha-hydroxy or retinoic acid. If you use these, be diligent about applying sunscreen, since these creams can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun’s rays. Laser treatment is also an effective option offering immediate results, though it is more costly. Even if your age spots are not a concern, it is advisable to see a skin specialist about them. Occasionally, what appear to be age spots are identified as precancerous lesions that should be removed for medical rather than cosmetic reasons.
1001 WALKS YOU MUST EXPERIENCE BEFORE YOU DIE By BARRY STONE 9781844037919 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die features wide-ranging, carefully chosen routes varying from the rugged delights of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to the wilderness of Jamaica, and the Harz Witches’ Trail high up in the German mountains. The hand-picked excursions take in mountain passes, woodland paths, ancient Native-American trails, and much more.
Vol. 03 No. 11 | Jun 1-15, 2015
The New NISSAN
Crossover Brings Back
the X-Trail Factor
by John K. Lindgren Editor-in-chief: carsanook.com
Nissan X-Trail 3rd generation compact SUV shifts up. New styling, powertrain upgrade and tons of features. Some years ago. The writing was on the wall and a major change; makeover was needed for Nissan’s compact SUV because the old Nissan X-Trail lacked the looks. That old boxy, square and frumpy design did not fly. Jump forward to 2015. Pattaya Today Automotive tests the new Nissan X-Trail 2.0L 4WD. The third generation X-Trail is an all-new vehicle, right down to its chassis boasting a completely new design language with eye-catching curvaceous body, high bulging wheel arches and front grille makeover: the bold V-shaped front grille: “V-motion”, Nissan calls it. Also note the cool boomerang-shaped LED daytime running headlights. At the wheel the first impression, premium quality. The piano black finishes and the soft touch double-stitched leather, power front seats and a center armrest contrasts against the aluminum/carbon trim. For the passengers there’s plenty of legroom in the 5 + 2 theatre layout seating. In the ceiling a magnificent full-length panoramic sunroof. Or maybe we call it a moonroof. Then for the driver, a leather clad, multi-function, thick steering wheel. The dashboard center boasts a 7-inch screen loaded with GPS navigation system, integrated Bluetooth, the apps. Remember, years ago when only imported premium sedans came with a start/stop push button. For the rest of us it was the old turn-the-ignition-key routine. Every time. Boooring! These days if you buy a car look
for the start/stop engine button. It will make your life easier. The X-Trail has also a user-friendly auto lift (trunk) gate with sensors, so you can open it without using your hands. Inside there’s enough cargo space, circa 1,000 liters with third row seats folded down. Pop the hood and in the engine bay you’ll find a 144 hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol motor linked to an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic with seven-speed manual override. On the steering column paddleshifters with (+) upshifting and (-) downshifting function designed for active driving. Just like them Alonso, Hamilton and Rosberg Formula One drivers. Let’s go! Reversing the X-Trail out from
a tight parking lot. Piece of cake with four cameras providing a 360-degree view or in Nissan parlance: Around View Monitor or helicopter view. On the drive to Kanchananburi mountainous hinterland the X-Trail accelerates, overtakes and brakes with gusto. Commanding view. Pure pleasure to drive. Plenty of power delivery to all four wheels through the 4WD system. When climbing up the steep serpentine to the Burmese border, at Three Pagodas Pass our Nissan X-Trail handles like a sedan thanks to front and rear stabilizers and the vehicle dynamic control (VDC). Safety comes with dual front airbags and side airbags. On the way back downhill a little off-roading. The X-Trail’s 210 mm ground clearance, hill-start assist, hill descent control and four-wheel drive makes this Nissan fully soft off-road capable. The new Nissan X-Trail is definitely a challenger in the rapidly growing crossover segment. Ready to take on the competition. Offering value packages with a starting price for base model 2.0L 2WD 1,172,000 baht to top spec 2.5L 4WD model at 1,551,000. Many a Nissan have I driven; NV station wagon, Teana saloon, Navara pickup truck and Nissan March (badged as Micro in Europe) eco-car. However, this new, handsome, premium kitted X-Trail family crossover impresses me. I tick all the boxes and think about Nissan’s tagline: “Innovation that excites”. Yes! Considering buying a new crossover? Head for one of Nissan’s showrooms throughout the Kingdom. Nissan X-Trail CTV 4WD Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol (E20 compatible) Horsepower: 144 horsepower Torque: 200 Nm Transmission: CTV Automatic Top speed: 180 kph Fuel consumption: Combined 14.2 kpl Price: 1,325,000 baht www.nissan.co.th
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Unixx South Pattaya Top-Off Caps
Raimon Land Success in Resort Market Thailand’s leading luxury real estate company, Raimon Land Public Company Limited, celebrated the top-off of the Unixx South Pattaya residential development on May 20, with completion scheduled in fourth quarter of 2015.
L-R: Andrew Jordan, VP – Construction, Raimon Land; Gerry Healy, VP – Development, Raimon Land; Robin Goh, Project Director, Pre-Built; Chatuporn Supayong, DVP – Sales, Raimon Land; Neerja Sachdev, VP - Property Management, Raimon Land; and Kipsan Beck, VP – Marketing & Branding, Raimon Land.
eveloped as a weekend getaway for both Thais from Bangkok and international buyers looking for well-priced sea view freehold condominium property, Unixx South Pattaya features more than 4 rai of extensive facilities, a prestigious Pratumnak address, and homes ranging from studios to 1 and 2 bedrooms. The 46-storey two-wing tower provides dual views over Pattaya and Jomtien Bay with 1,209 units priced from 2.08 million baht. UNIXX has already achieved sales of 65 percent, and construction has progressed steadily using well-respected main contractor Pre-Built.
What's Inside: Property
Sansiri’s Baan Plai Haad Pattaya ready to move in page P2/22
“Thanks to Raimon Land’s strong reputation for delivering high-end developments featuring leading design in superior locations, UNIXX has proven a popular choice for both Thais and international clients,” explained Raimon Land’s Vice President of Marketing Kipsan Beck. “Buyers appreciate that UNIXX has added new additional facilities, creating a resort to enjoy for all the family and our range of deposit options have ensured we have reached genuine end users and investors, some of whom are even purchasing additional units before completion.”
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Expat Money Corner QROPS – GIBRALTAR SHINES page P3/23
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Classifieds Business opportunities, houses, condos, job vacancies and more
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Property Continued from page 1/21
Unixx South Pattaya Top-Off Caps Raimon Land Success in Resort Market
The high deposit policy and strong marketing to Thai and Chinese audiences has protected the company from a recent reduction in Russian visitors to Pattaya. A recent road show to Beijing saw sales higher than expected, with Chinese investors buying to take advantage of the central location for rental. Raimon Land continues to lead in the Thai luxury residential market evidenced by the sale of one of the penthouses at 185
Rajadamri at the highest recorded price per square meter in Thailand. With the upcoming integration between ASEAN and China, the company expects to see growing demand for high-end developments from both Thai and international buyers, particularly Chinese, due to Thailand’s attractive pricing within the region. Raimon Land has also been completing transfers for their Zire Wongamat development, recently
opening the Silver Lining Restaurant for both public and Zire owners to enjoy. The company has revealed plans for new developments in 2015, including Mews Yen Akat by Raimon Land, an exclusive landed housing estate in the Sathorn central business district, and The Lofts Asoke, a prime freehold site of almost 2 rai near MRT subway, BTS skytrain and airport link, beginning pre-sales late this year.
Panoramic view of Pattaya and Jomtien Bay from the 46th floor of Unixx South Pattaya
Sansiri’s Baan Plai Haad Pattaya ready to move in Sansiri has created success after success with its vacation condominium projects in Thailand’s tourist destination cities such as Hua Hin and Phuket. In Pattaya, Baan Plai Haad Pattaya, the brand-new modern-resort-style condominium project with an aim to stimulate Pattaya’s burgeoning property market even further, is now fully completed and ready to move in. The project is situated right on Wong Amat Beach – one of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches of Pattaya. The project has been designed by the internationally renowned firm Steven J Leach Architect Limited and its impressive landscape has been created by TROP, the designer firm whose work earned Quattro by Sansiri the ASLA 2012 Professional Awards recognition. Baan Plai Haad Pattaya is completed and ready to impress owners and visitors alike with the very best Pattaya has to offer. Ownership transfers have now commenced. Baan Plai Haad Pattaya offers more than 20 exclusive units specially designed and furnished with decorative items and styles inspired by some of the world’s most exotic islands including the Bahamas, Hawaii, Capri, Monte Carlo, Antalya and Nice. The themed units are especially available for discerning customers to choose from, all at reasonable prices.
CBRE Named Best Real Estate Agency in Thailand
Having competed against real estate professionals in the Asia Pacific region, CBRE Thailand swept four awards at the national level at 2015 Asia Pacific Property Awards including Best Property Consultancy, Best Property Consultancy Website, Best Real Estate Agency and Best Real Estate Agency Website. This is the sixth consecutive year that CBRE won the Best Real Estate Agency in Thailand. The awards and nominations were officially announced at a gala presentation dinner at the ShangriLa Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on May 8, with top national award winners gaining the coveted five-star recognition. CBRE secured a total of 19 national awards and eight regional nominations at the event. CBRE Thailand was named the region’s top scorers for the Best Real Estate Agency, Best Real Estate Agency Website, Best Property
Consultancy Website categories and nominated for Asia Pacific regional awards at the global finals. The highest scoring winners from the Asia Pacific Property Awards also go on to compete against other winning companies from Europe, Africa, Canada, the USA, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Arabian Peninsula to find the ultimate “World’s Best” in each category in December 2015. CBRE put eight entries forward for regional nominations for Asia Pacific and secured nominations for all of them – substantially more than its nearest rivals. The Asia Pacific Property Awards are part of the long-established International Property Awards and the logo is recognized as a symbol of excellence throughout the global industry. Judging is carried out through a process involving a panel of over 70 experts covering every aspect of the property industry.
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Legal & Expat Money
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley
QROPS – GIBRALTAR SHINES
by Magna Carta Law Office
Thailand Retirement Visa What is Thailand retirement visa? Thailand retirement visa is obtainable by anyone age 50 or older, regardless of nationality, who has the financial capacity to settle in Thailand. A retirement visa is actually an extension of an original non-immigrant single or multiple-entry O or B type visa.
Does this mean we, as foreign couples, are required to submit evidence of a total of at least 1.6M baht in our Thai bank accounts? Since you are required to have individual bank accounts, it is imperative that you have at least 800,000 baht in each account.
How do I qualify for a retirement visa? You can qualify to be granted a retirement visa if: 1. You are 50 years of age or older; and 2. You have obtained a temporary non-immigrant visa; and 3. You have a proof of ongoing source of income, such as pension, of not less than 65,000 baht per month; or 4. You have an account deposit with a bank in Thailand of not less than 800,000 baht as evidenced by bank account transactions over the previous two months (three months for subsequent extensions); or 5. You have an annual income plus bank account deposit totalling not less than 800,000 baht as of the application filing date
Can I apply for a retirement visa outside Thailand? You can start the retirement visa procedure outside Thailand, most preferably from your home country, by obtaining a non-immigrant visa which will be valid for 90 days from the date of entry. A non-immigrant visa can be extended or converted to a one-year retirement visa in Thailand during the last 30 days of your permitted stay. The 90-day validity of your nonimmigrant visa shall give you enough time to deposit in a Thai bank the required amount of money which must be reflected for two months in the bank transaction certificate upon your visa application.
What are the required documents in applying for a retirement visa? - Passport with validity of not less than 18 months - Completed visa application forms - Three passport-sized photos (4x6cm) of the applicant taken within the last six months - A copy of a bank statement or income letter (original) or a bank deposit plus a monthly income totalling not less than the minimum financial requirement per year. - Original letter of guarantee from the bank, if a bank statement is issued. Could the foreign husband and wife use a bank account with their combined name for this purpose? No, the bank account name must be only that of the particular applicant.
What are the restrictions that I have to consider while I am holding a retirement visa? You will be permitted to stay in Thailand for one year from the date your retirement visa is granted. You are strictly prohibited from having employment while on this type of visa. You must report to the Immigration officer in your area of residence every 90 days during your stay in Thailand. During this period, if you wish to leave and re-enter the country, you are required to apply for and obtain re-entry permit (single or multiple) at the Immigration Office before leaving the country. If you leave without a re-entry permit, the retirement visa will become invalid. Is a one-year retirement visa renewable? A retirement visa may be renewed annually at the Thai Immigration Office. If you wish to renew your retirement visa, you must do so approximately two weeks before the expiry date on your visa stamp and you have to show the same documents as required in your first application. Remember, however, that the Immigration Office, at their discretion, can ask for additional documentation. I am eligible to apply for a retirement visa but as my wife is under 50 years of age; what type of visa can she obtain? If your spouse is not eligible to apply for a retiree visa, she must obtain prior to entry into Thailand a non-immigrant O Visa which may also be extended for a period of one year by submitting an application to the Immigration Department, stating as her purpose “to stay with the family”. A notarized marriage certificate must be provided as evidence together with other documents and financial requirements.
The terms of the QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) offering from Gibraltar allow for retirement income to be drawn commencing at age 55 and there is no Gibraltar withholding tax on payment of PCLS (Pension Commencement Lump Sum). Also, the tax rate applied to all retirement income paid is only 2.5 percent. The pension fund can be used by the member for his lifetime and any remaining balance can be passed on to his heirs upon the member’s death without any deduction of tax at source in Gibraltar or, indeed, inheritance tax for expatriates. Investments can be invested and paid in any major currency. On 22 June 2012, the long-awaited introduction of a new Gibraltar tax legislation under Section 14 was passed in Parliament and came into operation on 28 June 2012. Highly regulated and transparent On 31 August 2012, the Gibraltar operators received clear HMRC acceptance of Gibraltar QROPS. The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (FSC) follows the same guidelines and principles as the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), formerly named the Financial Services Authority. All fiduciary entities including banks, trust companies and other regulated businesses are monitored and registered with the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (FSC). The Gibraltar Association of Pension Fund Administrators (GAPFA) was formed in 2009 to ensure that operators carried out the highest standards of professional compliance. Transfer to schemes in Gibraltar must, by law, carry equivalent or more stringent terms than other jurisdictions to be permitted. In addition, GAPFA is currently finalising its Code of Practice to ensure absolute clarity over QROPS business, which has been lacking in some of the other jurisdictions. Since 2004 the Finance Centre Department continues to compile Gibraltar’s portfolio investment position for submission to the IMF. Gibraltar was reviewed by the Financial Action Task Force and classified as a cooperative jurisdiction in June 2000. The Government of Gibraltar submitted a letter of commitment to transparency and effective exchange of information in 2002 and its approach has consistently been one of constructive dialogue with the OECD. There are a number of HMRC approved schemes and fees and terms vary from provider to provider so an independent review of individual circumstances should be undertaken. Autonomous government as European Union member Gibraltar is a self-governing parliamentary democracy. It joined the European Union in 1973 under Article 299 (4) of the treaty. Being under the dependency of the UK, all EU legislation is separately adopted into Gibraltar law. This therefore gives the advantage of providing a firm EU based business and legal infrastructure. Straight and clear tax treatment Gibraltar has no double tax treaties with any country but offers a low tax regime for both residents and non-residents. Pension drawdown for imported pensions is taxed at 2.5 percent and there is no inheritance or death tax. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thailand Property Awards 2015 Judges Scoring Soon! The Thailand Property Awards nominations for the Eastern Seaboard’s Best Condominium Development and Best Villa Development were submitted between January 1 and April 17 with the nominated developments submitting their entry forms up until May 29. No worries if you are a few days late as we will not begin our local site visits until after June 15, when our Central and Regional judges meet in Bangkok. Yes, once again we are quickly approaching the eagerly-awaited annual event that recognizes the residential sector’s leading real estate professionals, property developers, interior designers, and architects. Along with this year’s Best Villa and Best Condo Developments for the Eastern Seaboard we also have nominations and entries for Eastern Seaboard developments for the Best in Thailand category for Best Developer, Best Boutique Developer, Best Commercial Development (Retail), Best Commercial Development (Hotel), Best Residential Architectural Design, Best Hotel Architectural Design, Best Residential Interior Design, Best Green Development, and Special Recognition in CSR The last eight yearly events have established these awards as the highest symbol of achievement that a company or an individual can receive in Thailand’s residential, commercial and hospitality real estate industries. Having said that, you might ask how these awards are decided and what is the process that produces them. In the Development Awards category, a central and regional panel of 14 judges—each a respected industry professional— examines and scores each nominee and then makes the initial short-lists of five properties for each development category. Next, the regional panel heads and their appointed judging teams inspect all of the nominees in their region. Along with the Eastern Seaboard’s regional head panel judge and organizer Clayton Wade and honorary judge Pongstorn Sangruchi, the Eastern Seaboard judges include Mark Bowling of Colliers International (Pattaya) as well as some new faces. Four local real estate professionals are being groomed and will be submitted to Terry Blackburn of Ensign Media (organizers) and Paul Ashburn of BDO Advisory (judging supervisor) for approval.
Thanya Totharong is a University graduate who continued on to obtain her MBA in International Business from GSC Burapha University Thailand. With over 12 years of real estate experience on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand, Thanya was Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director of the AAAA Properties Co., Ltd. and then creating her own brand was founder and president of ARISE ASIA Co., Ltd. a company that has provided her with extensive experience in real estate, building construction and design. Thanya is a registered member of the National Association of Realtors in America (NAR), the Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association (RESAM) and the Thailand Real Estate Brokers Association (TREBA). Thanya’s credentials include being a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). Vera Key has more than 15 years of international real estate experience in Europe, USA and Asia. She began her career in property investment, management and sales, specializing in mortgages at New York City banks. Vera has attended real estate seminars with key speakers such as Donald Trump, Kim Kiosaki and other leading industry professionals. Over the past seven years on the Eastern Seaboard, Vera has proven herself as a leading expert in residential and commercial property investments, focusing on condominium and housing developments. Vera speaks six languages, is a member of the National Association of Realtors in America, and is registered as a Certified International Property Specialist.
Verona Konrad’s financial and banking background was acquired through her education at Birmingham University, Great Britain. Since then she has gained experience in international sales and marketing and business consulting in Russia, United Kingdom and Montenegro. Verona is the owner and director of Beli Slon Real Estate which has expanded over the four years to became one of the biggest property agencies based in Pattaya. Her real estate and financial consulting company is particularly focused on long-term foreign investment in the real estate sector. Verona has proved to be a reliable partner for many local developers and is a co-owner of the Ninja Media Company, a current media partner for the Thailand Property Awards 2015. Verona writes for international publications and property portals, including The Key and Mango magazines.
Adam Bell is a graduate of the Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom (Bsc. in Real Estate Management). He started his career with King Sturge Property Consultants in London and then went to their Croatia headquarters for four years carrying out valuations and development consultancies. He was then recruited by Jones Lang LaSalle in Moscow where he carried out a number of valuation and development consultancies for Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Now with Jones Lang LaSalle Thailand, Adam works in the Property and Asset management department assisting with the management of a number of high-end condominiums as well as office and retail projects in both Bangkok and Pattaya. He is a qualified member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
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With such great backgrounds, I am particularly pleased to see that we have some new Eastern Seaboard judges coming on the scene with such excellent credentials and who are definitely leaders in their industry. The Thailand Property Awards is truly a spectacular event. Terry Blackburn, Ensign Media managing director and organizer of the Thailand Property Awards, deserves tremendous credit for having produced, in just a few years, Thailand’s cutting-edge residential, commercial and hotel industry property awards venue. Thailand’s most glamorous and expensive residential, commercial and hotel industry developments will once again be represented at this spectacular event along with the country’s most innovative and successful developers, interior designers and architects. Just as last year, the event promises to be yet another glamorous showcase for the industry’s finest and most successful. The Thailand Property Awards Gala Dinner and awards presentation will be at the Athenee Crystal Hall, Plaza Athenee Bangkok, a Royal Meridian Hotel on September 16. To attend this year’s event, please go to the following website and make your reservations today: http://www.asiapropertyawards.com/thailandpropertyawards/ (Click: Gala Dinner)
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sheraton Pattaya Resort moving into a new decade Looking forward to the next 10 years! Open since 2005 and still the only elite Starwood-group hotel in Pattaya, the luxury Sheraton Pattaya Resort has always been a success with tourists, expats and locals. Built around the coast by Phra Tamnak Hill with stunning sunset views overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, the location offers a perfect mix of convenience and seclusion with expansive grounds whilst connecting to the popular tourist sites locally in a matter of minutes.
esigned in a contemporary classic style, the resort has a touch of colonial ambience about it with large windows and balconies and warm wood interiors. The 156 rooms offer the latest facilities and technologies whilst the facilities are truly comprehensive with three separate outdoor swimming pools, onsite spa with signature
treatments, fitness centre and lavish international dining options which include romantic beachfront dining. “To celebrate our 10th birthday,” says Thansita Sirapastuwanon, the sales and marketing director better known as Cartoon, “we are in the midst of a major room refurbishment which includes the establishment of 20 family suites which illustrate the changing customer profile
in top Pattaya hotels. There are also various enhancements to the lavish restaurants.” She took up her current post last February and brings with her 18 years of experience within the hospitality industry. Naturally, the Sheraton Pattaya Resort has seen many changes in the local hospitality industry over the past 10 years. “There are so many more attractions out there these days,” says Cartoon, citing
Thansita Sirapastuwanon Director of Sales & Marketing the recently opened Cartoon Network Amazone water park amongst other innovations catering largely to families. She adds that Pattaya today is a far more sophisticated city than the old-fashioned stereotype of bars, clubs and nightlife. Pattaya, one of Asia’s largest beach destinations, now offers water sports, land sports including go-karting, bungee jumping,
Yaowapha Sankong Complex Director of Revenue Management parasailing and golf. “Here at Sheraton Pattaya Resort,” explains Cartoon, “we are catering for the five-star brand tourist and business market. Our clientele these days shows a growing emphasis on Asian nationalities, although the Europeans, the Australians and the Americans are still represented. You would expect this development especially in view of the forthcoming
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GM Outlook ASEAN Economic Community, a 10-nation free-trade grouping which formally comes into being at the beginning of 2016. But our aim, as always, is to meet and exceed customer expectations wherever they are from.” The best evidence for this latter sentiment is to check the social media and the customer feedback on TripAdvisor and other sites. Of over 700 reviews on TripAdvisor, the overwhelming majority categorize the Sheraton Pattaya Resort as excellent or very good. Unsurprisingly, it figures in the top handful of hotels as measured by guests. In fact, all forms of customer feedback are monitored rigorously by the senior management team as an exercise in self-improvement. Another new arrival in the senior management at Sheraton Pattaya Resort is Yaowapha “Yao” Sankong who is complex director of revenue management here and at W Retreat Koh Samui. She has a passion for revenue management and has extensive experience and knowledge working for a series of international hotel groups maximizing the turnover in accordance with company strategies and customer needs. At the resort Yao is in charge of the revenue management’s function in order to optimize hotel revenue with a great tool of revenue optimization system (ROS) which is the application of disciplined analytics online that predict consumer behaviour at the micro-market level and optimize product availability and price to maximize revenue growth. The primary aim of ROS is selling the right product to the right customer at the right time for the right price and with the right pack. The essence of the discipline
Here at Sheraton Pattaya Resort, our aim, as always, is to meet and exceed customer expectations. is an understanding of customers’ perception of product value and accurately aligning product prices, placement and availability with each customer segment. A market segment of growing importance in the revenue of five-star hotels in Pattaya, and indeed Thailand as a whole, is MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions). The resort has first-class facilities including a main ballroom which can comfortably accommodate 200 people. In fact the hotel has a growing number of corporate clients, both Thai and international, and new initiatives such as catering for Indian weddings and hosting conferences for professionals are always being planned. The overall success of Sheraton Pattaya Resort in the past 10 years is also a reflection of the policies adopted by central government and Pattaya City Hall. The Eastern Seaboard has developed so spectacularly in recent years as regards the establishment of five-star hotels, malls, restaurants, entertainment and sports outlets that its facilities now rival those of Bangkok. Although many problems remain in the city, especially as regards transport infrastructure,
City Hall has set its goal on becoming the upscale Thai Riviera by the end of this decade.
Sheraton Pattaya Resort is in an ideal position to help achieve that aim.
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(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 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 f o r re n t / s a l e i n Si a m 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. Exceptional Home at a Fantastic Price! Selling Price 8.5 Million Baht Reduced from 13.5 Million Baht! 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/ Full Basement with spacious i n t e r i o r o f 1 6 4 Sq m interior/135 TLW of Land. Fully Furnished including a fully European Kitchen. This will not be on the market very long before it sells! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2567)
Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/71 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 (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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Se l l i n g 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5035) Fabulous 5 Bedrooms 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: email@example.com 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 2 0 Mi l l i o n Ba h t , 5 + 1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 R a i / 6 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR6075) Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: 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 Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Ph o e n i x G o l f C o u r s e Villas! Selling Price 13.950 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/200
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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) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5796)
Houses for Rent
(ptmhfr-tpis0000)House f o r re n t / s a l e i n Si a m 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: 082-462-3666 (Thai) 082040-4788 (English).
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Houses for Rent
Thai Balinese Designed Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 387 Sqm/ 282 TLW, For appointment and privat 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4606) T h e Aw a r d 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (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. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.
premierinternational.com (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) Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5230) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 250 Sqm/98 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2587) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/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)
Condos for 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1667) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtienâ€™s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5786) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6410) 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 . email@example.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 THB Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Condos for Rent
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:
FOR SALE! City Garden Pattaya - 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, 108sqm. Furnished w/ pool view, Thai Name. 8,100,000 THB Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. firstname.lastname@example.org (ptmcfr-rp1714) 60 Square Meters, kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom and 3 balconies with direct sea view, 9th floor. 15,000 baht/ month. Call 081 754 9008 (ptmcfr-jk1814) PattayaJomtien, New Studio, 26 sqm, quiet, 700m from beach, first letting, jet stream pool, fitness, gym, balcony, garage, Wi-Fi. 10,000B/ month; owner 092 753 9309 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRC084) Spectacular ‘Designer 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
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FOR RENT – Small Studio in Central Pattaya, 32sqm.400metres from Big C Extra, 5minutes to Pattaya beach.7,000THB/mo. For viewing Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198232 / 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 085-2198232 / 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 085-2198232 / eliteproperties.pattaya@ gmail.com The Residence Condo 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. firstname.lastname@example.org The Residence Condo 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 085-219-8232 / eliteproperties.pattaya@ gmail.com The Residence Condo 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 085-219-8232/ eliteproperties.pattaya@gmail. com Laguna Bay 1 - Nice Studio in Pratumnak, fullyfurnished, 26sqm area. Walking distance to shops and the beach.25,000THB/ mo.1-year rental 12,000THB/ mo. or FOR SALE 1,700,00 THB Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198232 / eliteproperties.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 085219-8232 / eliteproperties. email@example.com Pa r k Roy a l 2 - 4 5 s q m 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. or FOR SALE 2,890,000 THB Contact: ELITE PROPERTIES 085-2198232 / eliteproperties.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 085-219-8232 / eliteproperties.pattaya@ gmail.com
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Best price only 280,000 THB Tel. 087-025-9711 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0718)
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 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 property i n d u s t r y. Re q u i re m e n t s : Good written and spoken English / Chinese / Russian. Must be customer serviceoriented. Must be sales driven, enthusiastic and hardworking. Send CV/Resume to john@ citygardenpattaya.com or call 0903855595. Urgent! Experienced Waitress Wanted for 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 y o 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0325)
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Our Community Pattaya Cares for Nepal by Derek Franklin It is estimated that almost 9,000 people from Nepal and the neighbouring countries of China, India and Bangladesh lost their lives in the two earthquakes that hit the Himalayan country in April and May. Foreign nationals from the as far afield as the UK and New Zealand also succumbed to the disaster. Tens of thousands have been injured and the number of
been left with injuries and disabilities that may never heal. Countries around the world have sent food, medical supplies, tents, blankets, relief workers as well as search and rescue experts. Thailand has donated more than half a million US dollars to the aid effort. It has also sent medical and rescue workers and now the people of Pattaya have come
those left homeless is likely to be in the hundreds of thousands; whole villages have been wiped off the map. Children have become orphans and others have
to the support of the people of Nepal. A suggestion from one young resident at the Father Ray Children’s Home to help the children of Nepal
grew into an event which took place one Saturday evening on Walking Street. From that one idea grew ‘Pattaya Cares for Nepal’, an evening of musical entertainment. Teenagers from the Children’s Home, blind students and young adults with disabilities performed a selection of pop and rock songs which had many people dancing in the street. The evening started with a rendition of ‘We Are the World’, the 1985 charity single originally performed by the likes of Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. Traditional Thai dancers, Muay Thai fighters and the choir from the School for the Blind
drew large crowds which caused Walking Street to come almost to a standstill. Earlier in the day the young adults studying at the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities, many of whom are living on a pension of 500 baht per month, all made a donation and the residents of the Children’s Home gave a donation from their pocket money. Local Thais, expats and holidaymakers all dipped deep into their pockets to make a donation, and all money raised will go to help support the Nepalese children and people with disabilities affected by the recent disaster.
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Amari Pattaya donates to Father Ray Foundation The management, CSR committee members and team members of Amari Pattaya showed their support to Father Ray Foundation by donating good quality uniforms, fabric and bed sheets for the charity’s staff. This program is one way of showing their responsibility to the community.
Daily 06:30 (English) Sunday 08:30 (Thai), 10:00 (English)
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ONYX supports UNICEF’s appeal for the children of Nepal Following the recent earthquake that devestated Nepal, ONYX Hospitality Group will be raising funds to support the Nepal Earthquake Children’s Appeal of the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The funds raised will help provide immediate lifesaving care and long-term support for the over 1.7 million children whose lives have been disrupted by the earthquake on 25 April. As a first step, the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation donated 100,000 baht towards the appeal. Following on from this, all properties across ONYX’s portfolio – including those located in Thailand, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,
Between North & Central Pattaya Roads
038 422 290 Celebrate Mass in the chapel built by Fr. Ray Brennan
under all brands, Amari, OZO and Shama – will raise funds, through a variety of initiatives. From today until 30 June 2015, ONYX
will use the group’s social media platforms to promote direct online donations on the UNICEF website. In addition, each ONYX
property will encourage further engagement with its customers through onproperty communications and activities.
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Youth Focus Foundation Playground Gets Massive Makeover by Mark Beales The youngest children at Garden International School (GIS) are enjoying a whole range of new play equipment. As part of the school’s first stage of its playground redevelopment, a new castle, bike path and rocket have arrived.
Head of Foundation, Jane Vincent, said: “When designing the playground we were interested not only in giving the children a broader range of gross motor play opportunities but also in giving them the chance to use their imaginations, inspired by the equipment in the playground. “At the moment in the
top playground we have two large pieces of equipment: a castle and a rocket. There is a 65-metre bike path which goes all the way around the playground, giving the children ample opportunity to enjoy and interact with their friends, stopping at the car parks to extend their play as they choose.
“We are still in the process of including other opportunities for play such as rowing boats and tunnels on the bike path in this top playground. There is also new astroturf inside the bike track and under the new equipment.” Mark Beales is IB Coordinator and English Teacher at Garden International School
Tara Pattana will host Fun Day Tara Pattana International School will once again hold an open day activity on their campus ground on Saturday, June 6, from 1 to 6 pm. The free-entry event will feature many activities including car boot sale, barbecue party, bouncing castle, face painting, entertainment, games, gymnastics, ballroom dancing, disco, Auskick, football, and basketball. Food and drinks are available for sale. For more information, contact 082 041 6200, 092 995 3271 or visit www.tarapattana.com.
Thai-itoh Technology Vocational College signs agreement for education development Representatives of Thai-itoh Technology Vocational College, Ban Nernplubwan School and Wat Sutthawat School jointly signed a memorandum of understanding for education development. Teachers from the three educational institutions will collaborate to develop a curriculum that will maximize students’ learning. Also, the schools will support the activities by exchanging resource materials and allowing the use of their facilities.
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Youth Focus Exciting Creatures All animals are fascinating creatures and bats are no exception! The Year 1-2 ‘Owl’
class has been reading and discussing bats in theme and literacy this half term and
by Sandra Haeberli
has been quite fascinated by these amazing animals! The children have learned many interesting facts and myths about bats, one of the facts being that bats are mammals and the only mammals that can fly! The children were very excited about the vampire bat, of course, since this bat is probably the one with the most associated myths! The children were given an assignment to research a particular bat to find out its habitat, its enemies, where in the world it lives, what it eats and how it locates its food. They also had to find out other interesting things about their bat that maybe we didn’t know! The children took great pride in their assignment and brought back beautifully written papers full of interesting information. Some children even drew their own colourful pictures to go along
with their report or attached photos of their bat. Our next exciting creature to learn about is the owl! This animal is our class mascot and we will see if Year 1-2 class has anything in common! Sandra Haeberli is a teacher at Mooltripakdee International School.
Reading Changes Lives by Peter Hartnell
Nobody underestimates the importance of reading. It enriches and empowers us. A book is a little piece of magic that allows us to travel through time and space. A book allows us to get inside the minds, to relive the experiences and to understand the motivation of diverse peoples in all sorts of imaginable and unimaginable situations. What would life be like without bedtime stories? Most of us remember our earliest encounters with books as a kind of unadulterated pleasure. Especially tucked up in a warm bed with a parent sitting beside you, gradually revealing the jealousy of wicked queens, the
cunning of numerous wolves, the just intervention of a benign fairy godmother and the final resolution, when the villain gets his just deserts. Who cannot remember how formative
those first experiences of evil, excitement and fear were. Later we learn to read for ourselves and read not only for pleasure but to satisfy the gnawing curiosity we have about the world. We are fascinated by the facts we learn about countries, history, plants and animals. When we are young and we read or hear inspiring stories we are changed. Our personalities as well as our general knowledge and understanding of the human condition begin to develop, and just as our character, our values and our hopes and aspirations grow, so do our hearts and our empathy for those suffering in the world. We develop a sense of justice, a love for equality. Last week Tara Pattana International School held its annual Book Week. Based on the theme “Connect to Reading” our intention was to try to forge links between the things that our students read and what they know, feel, and think. We tried to encourage them to identify connections between what they read and their own and others’ lives, and by reflecting on and analysing the authors themes and purposes to gain a deeper insight into the power that reading has to change lives.
Of course, much of the real meaning of reading is simply the pleasure that it gives us all, no matter how old or how young. We organized all sorts of engaging activities during the week includinga well-attended “Read-a-thon”, where parents of our younger children were invited in to participate in reading activities with their children and a competitive “Spelling Bee”. We had a handwriting competition, a “Battle of the Brains” where students competed to find out who had the best knowledge of famous children’s books. Our older students wrote and read to the school their own individual interpretations of well-known “Hairy Tales and Nursery Crimes” and we had a bookworm competition to see how many books children could read and write book reviews of in a week.
During morning assemblies the head teacher and many members of staff told the students about their own favourite books and why they liked them. We had a famous children’s writer Janice Santikarn, author of “The Brave Little Tuk-Tuk”, “Koko the Monkey: Lost in Bangkok”, “Nawin Saves the Elephants” and several other well-known books, spend a day at the school explaining her craft and helping the students write poems. We had a book sale and inevitably, the highlight of the week, a book character costume parade. Every morning, ever since I started teaching at Tara Pattana International School I have read a chapter of a classic children’s book to my class. My love of reading is still with me, and I hope I have managed to pass some of that pleasure onto others. Peter Hartnell is head teacher at Tara Pattana International School.
GIS Helps Nepal
Students from Garden International School (GIS) have raised thousands of baht for the Nepalese earthquake victims after holding a mufti day and hot dog lunch. A hot dog lunch held by the Student Council raised around 15,000 baht, a popcorn day brought in 5,000 baht, and a mufti day and other donations amassed more than 62,000 baht. Money raised will be sent to a Nepalese international school, which
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recently visited GIS as part of the FOBISIA Games (Federation of British International Schools in Asia), which will then help victims of the recent earthquakes that have claimed more than 8,000 lives. More fundraisers are planned by the kind-hearted and internationally-minded students. Mark Beales is IB Coordinator and English Teacher at Garden International School.
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Local Sports GIS Golfing Champs off to US Pattaya’s Youngest Archer
Hits Her First Gold
by Mark Beales
Two students from Garden International School (GIS) are off to the USA to represent Thailand in an international golf competition. Poon (Year 10) and Queen (Year 5) both won first place in the qualifying round of the Junior Golf Tournament organised by the Thailand Junior Golf Federation. The event, which was cosanctioned with True Visions, was held from May 2-4 at the Pine Golf and Lodge in Bangkok. Poon and Queen played a total of 72 holes in three days (On day two, they played two rounds in the morning and the afternoon). Poon shot one under par (73-71-70-73) and Queen shot an amazing 18-under par (71-65-71-63). Queen even made a hole-inone on the 114-yard Par 3 during the final round! That means they both
claimed seats and travelling expenses for the World Stars of Junior Golf Tournament, together with six other junior golfers from different age divisions. Poon will represent Thailand in the Boys 15-
The Golf Club
16 Division and Queen will represent the Girls 9-10 Division at the World Stars of Junior Golf tournament (formerly the World Masters), which will be held from July 22-24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
by Steve Ellison also finished strong shooting his handicap at that 36 mark as well. Khao Kheow B & C – Stableford – Yellow Tees 1st – Lothar Egger (16) 37 points 2nd – Ken Aihara (3) 36 points 3rd – Darren Muddle (17) 35 points
Kenny, Lothar, Rick and tea time for Billy What a great golf course Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees this is and this time we finally T – 1st – Lothar Egger (16) 38 points got to get out on the C track for a change. We T – 1st – Muffy Kerr (12) 38 points had beautiful weather all day, but late on the 3rd – Rick Allison (2) 37 points back nine the clouds formed and we just got T – 4th – Ken Aihara (3) 36 points off the course as a light mist started to fall. T – 4th – Bill Eyles (17) 36 points This time out, we got to welcome Darren With the US dollar and Sterling making Muddle from Oz. It was his first time to play strong gains in the last fortnight, this is a this course and a 35 was a very good scorecard great time to holiday in Pattaya. You can get to turn in for a 3rd place spot. Wonky 33.5 baht for your buck and 1 quid nets you shoulder or not, Kenny Aihara managed to over 53 baht now, so what are you waiting shoot his handicap and a 36 got him sole 2nd for? For the most part, the rains have gone place. After winning on Monday, you gotta away and just an isolated shower might loom say he is in his Purple Patch as Lothar Egger in the distance. This was one of the cooler takes another victory from the TGC crew. Mays in several years and a perfect time to get out on the course. Book those flights now, Mountain Shadow – Stableford – Blue Tees boys! 1st – Ken Aihara (3) 33 points Back to Green Valley and to a course that 2nd – Dave Ferris (23) 32 points is in beautiful condition. We are still having 3rd – Lothar Egger (16) 32 points a strong showing of 24-32 golfers most Monday’s which is a good turnout for low Oh dear, pouring rain was pounding on season. We have our regular 9:28 tee time and the windscreen of the Commuter as we hit got off right on time. Today’s leaderboard got the highway just outside town. It was nona bit congested with ties for 1st and 4th, and stop precipitation all the way to the course all with respectable scores. but as luck would have it, we were blessed It was Muffy Kerr and Lothar Egger who with a sunny round. ended up at the top of the heap with 38s This has been a fairly easy write-up this on the card. There was a tight finish as Rick week as both Lothar and Kenny were “copy Allison playing off a 2 handicap was a shot and paste” for all three rounds! Thanks back and Kenny Aihara playing off 3 one guys! Unfortunately, Lothar is making his more down at 36. Billy “The Hat” Eyles was way back to Germany, Jimmy Dundon is hangin’ tough with the low handicappers and already back to the States, Stevie Mulberry
Pattamapawn “Pem” Suchard is a little 9-year-old Thai girl and Pattaya Archery Club’s newest and youngest member. After just three lessons with Eric Hearn, the club’s coach, Pem shot her first ever ‘gold’ (archery’s equivalent of the ‘bull’ for guns) at 18 metres. She was over the moon, as well may be expected. A great achievement for so young a child, and one so petite as well. The club’s training bow was bigger than she is, and although the arrows were the shortest in the club’s extensive collection of arrows for learners, they were too long for her little arms. She looked a bit overwhelmed by the bow, but quickly understood the coach’s advice, and soon developed a good technique … as evidenced by her ‘gold.’ A quick learner. The club has two other 11-year-old archers (a Brit and a Russian) and a 14-year-old Australian as well. All three are boys, so Pem is the club’s only current girl archer. She had a teddy bear motive on her dress, but we don’t expect the same for the boys! There have been several young girl archers in the club in the past but all were taken by their parents to live either in the UK or New Zealand. Good archers those girls were, too. Maybe they will qualify for their country’s archery team in a few years. Conventional archery theory believes that very young children do not have the mental staying power and self-control to succeed in the sport. Most of the world’s top archers are in their 20s and 30s, and many have been shooting since their early teens. So Pem has a head start. Pem is very sensible for her age and is extremely keen to shoot ‘her’ club bow. So maybe she’ll shoot for Thailand’s archery team in the years to come. She certainly has all the right ingredients to succeed in the sport. In contrast, the club’s oldest member is the coach, who is 72 years of age and still shooting which illustrates the attraction of the sport to all ages. Most archery club members are retired
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farangs in their 50s and 60s, although there are several younger members who are still working and have to fit their archery around their work commitments. Trying archery in Pattaya Pattaya Archery Club meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at 10 am and finishing about noon. Anyone ─ Thai or farang, young or old, man or woman ─ is welcome to come along to the Pattaya Shooting and Adventure Park in Hua Yai and find out what it is all about. Beginners’ coaching is held on any of the club’s meeting days. The coach’s services and the use of the club’s bows, arrows and other equipment are free for beginners, and so it costs nothing to see if this challenging sport is for you. For more details visit Pattaya Archery Club’s website at www.pattayaarcheryclub.com or telephone Eric, the club’s president, on 089 535 1193.
and Snelgrove gone and Rick Allison is homeward bound to Oz. It’s a good thing we have some fresh blood with Mutzie in town and sure to make a podium appearance next week! Back to the results… Kenny is back! After a few rough weeks on the disabled list, Aihara done good this week with a win and two other podium finishes. A good fortnight’s rest seemed to work wonders, but he still has a dodgy shoulder to reckon with, so good luck Kenny Aihara, Lothar Egger with Darren Muddle with that, buddy. Look who slipped right in Steak Nights, we appreciate it greatly! there at 2nd place, the nicest guy in Pattaya… The Golf Club, “The Home of Golf in Dave Ferris! Dave has been invaluably Pattaya,” is located on Soi LK Metro. We helpful with looking after the caddies we broadcast all English Premier League, UFC, have brought to the dentist for work on their NFL, MLB and AFL games live. teeth as part of our “Caddy Smile” program. Our kitchen is open from 7:00-22:30 If you meet a local caddy who seems to need with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, help, please let Dave or Phil know. Yes, it’s the Saturday and Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 same Lothar once again as he ends his Pattaya or see our website www.golfclubpattaya. golf holiday with another great round. Time com and for more information email us: to give the other guys a chance! firstname.lastname@example.org and see updates Thanks very much to all who played with at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya. All us and joined us for breakfasts, dinners and handicaps welcome!
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Local Sports Golf Citizen Open at Phoenix Here’s a great opportunity for players from the Pattaya region to win a luxury trip to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2016. Phoenix Gold Golf Club is hosting round two of the Golf Citizen Open Series 2015-2016, a pairs stroke play competition on Saturday, June 13, 2015. There are great prizes at each round and the top two ‘pairs teams’ from the grand final will receive an exclusive invitation to attend the Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2016, including all flights, luxury accommodation and a place in
the official pro-am tournament. The format stroke play for pairs, with combined net scores with handicaps calculated using 36 system. Count backs will be (best nett) on back 9, 6, 3 holes. It is very easy to enter, just logon at www.golfcitizen.com and you can enter and pay for your round. Entries can only be made via the Golf Citizen website, and each pair must compete in a minimum of two qualifying events in order to avail a grand final spot. A list of all golf clubs hosting qualifying rounds is shown on the website, along with the costs and full
tournament rules. The Golf Citizen Open will be played on the Mountain and Ocean courses at Phoenix
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Gold Golf Club, which have both recently been upgraded by Thai golf course designer Piraporn Nimatra.
World Schools Chess Championships concluded at Dusit Thani Pattaya Neoh Kean Boon (middle), resident manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya, is seen as he hands trophies to the winners of the Age Under 15 and 17 categories for girls during the awards ceremony for the World Schools Individual Chess Championships 2015, which was concluded at Dusit Thani Pattaya on May 14, 2015. Children from over 34 countries took to the challenge aiming to do battle in nine rounds of competition with China claiming a total of 14 medals, Azerbaijan taking
second place on the medal table, and the Philippines coming in third with 10 medals. The chess tournament gathered all chess federations and eligible players upon invitation of the ASEAN Chess Academy, World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Thailand Chess Association. The event followed the Thailand Open Chess Championship held at the hotel in April in which English grandmaster Nigel Short took home the title.
PSC Golf from the Phantom Golf Society Takeshi &Thientong Have A Pleasant Day! With five groups on the starting sheet we headed off to Pleasant Valley on this fine and hot Monday morning and welcomed back Tony Cook and Lorraine Percy from Australia along with local newcomers Ying and Pancake. Our first group got away just a few minutes before our scheduled 10:05 am tee time and with no one in sight ahead of us we proceeded at a good pace. The golf course was not in as good shape as it usually is with some very ordinary greens and your writer did struggle adapting to things after my recent laser eye surgery but had an enjoyable day anyway with good company. With no holdups we managed to complete our round in three hours and 50 minutes.
In the men’s flight it was Takeshi Hakozaki who stole the show and won with a fine 38 points while also winning all three novelty awards. That man Christian Boysen was once again on the podium and finished second with 34 points and Lionel Rowles took out third spot with 31 points. With several ladies in the field we had a separate ladies flight, which was well won by Thientong Charoenrung who scored an excellent 39 points. Results: 1st – Takeshi Hakozaki (14) – 38 points 2nd – Christian Boysen (15) – 34 points 3rd – Lional Rowles (36) – 31 points Ladies Flight 1st – Thientong Charoenrung (18) – 39 points NTP 5th – Takeshi Hakozaki 13th – Takeshi Hakozaki LFP 18th – Takeshi Hakozaki Oddur Wins In A Tight Finnish! Not huge numbers but a quality field for a long-awaited visit to Eastern Star and the weather was fine but quite hot. We got away right on time at 10 am and with the course practically deserted we were able to get around the course in the very good time of three hours and 45 minutes. The golf course was looking good although some
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fairways were a bit dry and the greens were quite ok. With two golfers on 33 points, a countback was required to decide the winner and that resulted in first place being awarded to Oddur Olafsson (18 point back nine, 12 points on the last six holes and 7 points on the last three holes) with Thientong Charoenrung (18 point back nine, 12 points on the last six holes and 5 points on the last three holes) in second spot. The colourful Walter Baechli finished third with 32 points. Results: 1st – Oddur Olafsson (13) – 33 points 2nd – Thientong Charoenrung (18) – 33 points 3rd – Walter Baechli (15) – 32 points LFP 18th – Thientong Charoenrung
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You & Your Pets 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.
Human Topical Creams Household pets face a danger from human topical creams, it’s been reported by the US Food and Drug Administration. In light of this safety alert from the FDA, it’s important to make sure that you are armed with the latest information to keep your furry friends safe. Compounded topical creams (or ointments) may contain common and potent ingredients known as NSAIDs— nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac and flurbiprofen, among others. These ingredients are commonly found in creams used to relieve sore joints and muscles in humans and can be toxic to cats and dogs. Ingestion of even the smallest amount of human topical cream can lead to serious issues, especially in cats. After applying such products, do not allow your
dog or cat to lick your skin; even slight exposure can be dangerous. Typical signs of exposure include: • Lethargy • Vomiting • Anemia • Acute Kidney Failure • Death Remember that topical products are still considered human medication, which is now the number one cause of poisoning among household pets. Keep all such medications away from your pets. In the event that a pet comes into contact with one of these products, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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.
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 have a secure garden for him to play in.
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.
Diabetes has been reported in horses, ferrets, and ground squirrels. In environments where animals are liberally fed, diabetes has been reported in dolphins, foxes, and even a hippopotamus.
The African Black Eagle typically will lay two eggs. After they hatch, the mother will just feed one of the chicks. The other chick is usually pecked to death by the other chick while the mother looks on.
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 Ready to play? The animal that gives birth to the largest baby on Earth is a mother elephant. After enduring 22 months of pregnancy, she gives birth to a blind, 200-pound calf
Going to the Dogs... Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage.
Cats love to play, and play is an important component in socializing your kitten. You also want to do object play. The five games to teach young cats are mouse, bird, lizard, rabbit, and bug. Go out and buy some practical learning tools in each category. For example, find something that looks like a bird and pretend it’s a bird. That is, have the item fly around, land, take off, etc., in much the same way a bird would. Or get a laser pointer (readily available from sidewalk hawkers around Pattaya) and pretend it’s a bug; ape the bug’s common actions with the pointer. The mistake most people make is they buy these toys for play, but they don’t mimic the animal’s actions when playing. Important too: Allow the cat to win sometimes. Put a treat under the toy and let your cat pounce on the pretend mouse or gecko and eat the treat. It’s no fun to lose all the time.
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1. Vanilla or chocolate 2. Wanting company 3. Gp. 4. ___ about (approximately, 2 wds.) 5. Added to, as a tab (2 wds.) 6. Thorny bloom 7. Batter’s target 8. False god 10. Flung 11. Chop down 15. Pig enclosure 17. Imperfect 20. ‘30s relief agency (abbr.) 22. Worked leather 23. Draws a conclusion 25. Better 27. Small bit 28. Advanced degs. 29. Minnesota’s neighbor 30. Chair part 31. Pineapple distributor 35. Boise’s state (abbr.)
1. Building division 6. Baseball stat 9. “___ Doone” 10. Frog’s cousin 11. Stick with it (2 wds.) 12. Norwegian capital 13. Actress Arden 14. Crowe of “A Beautiful Mind” 16. Pack animal 18. Two make a qt. 19. Meg or Nolan 21. Abominable Snowman 24. Decorative vase 26. “___ Blame Me” 28. Lost, as one’s keys 32. “Death ___ Salesman” (2 wds.) 33. Door locker 34. Wound into rings 36. “___ we go!” 37. Church official 38. Took a chair 39. Studies
Solution Issue 17 1. In which country did a plane crash in September 2012 kill all 19 people on board after a collision with a bird? 2. In which country is Tikrit? 3. Which sport is favoured by the Cleveland Browns? 4. Who was the second wife of Henry VIII to lose her head? 5. How many hours were there in February 1997? 1. Nepal; 2. Iraq; 3. American football; 4. Catherine Howard; 5. 672.
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Identify which word is being defined. 1. Definition: A plant that completes its life cycle in one year or season. First letter: A Answer: __________ 2. Definition: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East. First letter: W Answer: __________ 3. Definition: (usually followed by ‘of ’) having capacity or ability; “__________ of winning”; “__________ of hard work”; “__________ of walking on two feet”. First letter: C Answer: __________ 4. Definition: The return of a serve. First letter: R Answer: __________ 5. Definition: The international language of the Middle Ages, in which all important cultural activities were performed, and therefore the language of the Church. Most people, however, couldn’t read or write the vernacular language of their own country, much less __________. First letter: L Answer: __________
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