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Vol.8 No.1 ! 16 - 30 September 2008


Volume 8, Issue 1

16 - 30 September 2008

Foreign Tourists Say They’ll Return


Pattaya less affected than Phuket

Popular tourist spots in Pattaya are having a quiet September

DESPITE ongoing political turbulence in Thailand, as many as 97% of tourists and investors say they will revisit the country once uncertainty is removed. A poll conducted earlier this month by Assumption University amongst 532 foreigners found that 98.9% of

respondents said they would still recommend to relatives and friends to visit Thailand. Poll director Noppadol Kannikar said that 88.7% expressed positive comments even during the current stand-off between protestors and the government. However,

23.8% of residents conceded that their journeys were inconvenienced owing to the suspension of some flights in the south of the country and cancellation of some railway journeys. Some 12% apparently had to change their travel plans according to the poll findings. Meanwhile the Tourism Authority of Thailand, a government agency, is going all out to explain the political turmoil and to restore foreigner confidence. TAT deputy governor Juthaporn Rerngronasa said that a random survey was conducted and that more than half of foreigners said the unrest in Bangkok did not affect their plans as their destinations were not near to the sites of possible unrest. However, a report issued by

Kasikorn Research Centre suggested that Thailand could lose as much as 70 billion baht in tourism revenues from foreigners if political unrest lingers into the fourth quarter of the year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for its part, is stressing that Bangkok international airport is operating normally and that normal service has resumed at Phuket. Continued on page 4

100 million baht for road repairs A BUDGET of almost 100 million baht has been allocated by Pattaya city hall to develop and renovate the road surface on parts of Sukhumvit Road in accordance with the authority’s travel development plan.

Deputy mayor Ronakit Ekasing explained that fourteen kilometres of highway were affected by holes and corrosion and the situation deteriorated daily because of useage by heavy vehicles and trucks. Continued on page 3



Hospital opens new liver disease centre

DR PICHIT Kangwonkit, director of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, chaired a meeting formally to open the new liver and gastro-enteritis centre which is a market leader. He said that an increasing number of

S.O.S. scheme for the underprivileged THE Pattaya mayor announced the S.O.S. rights 2008 project for underprivileged children at a packed meeting composed of teachers, guardians, parents, students and assorted honourable guests. The S.O.S. rights project was established in 1996 by a Belgian businessman to help children who are needy or disabled in the Chonburi province. This year the campaign had collected 10,000 baht from

people were suffering from liver and gastro-enteritis problems all round the world, brought on by poor food hygiene and environmental pollution. There is a staff of 18 specialists as well as the latest diagnostic technologies including video-scope, the ERCP camera which has the ability to search for the early forms of cancer and Narrow Bang Imaging. The centre is open every day from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm on the third floor of Building “A”. selling garlands, 190,000 baht from raffle tickets and donations to the tune of 400,000 baht. The total raised of 600,000 baht would be presented to the families of identified students from 25 schools around the province.

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Corals galore to protect the Gulf of Thailand

AT a conference held at the Dusit Resort, The Sea and Coastal Resources Department, Vinithai Company, the Navy and Rachapat Rampaipanee University joined a special “80,000 Corals Growing” project which was attended by HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to spread the amount of coral in the Gulf of Thailand to assist environmental protection. Mr Pasarn Saengpaiboon, president of the sea activity foundation, said that part of the programme was to treat broken coral by putting it into a PVC

pipe to support the snapped or damaged parts. The project had started in 2003 and had already produced 10,000 antler corals. The current proposal was to increase the production to 80,000. Her Royal Highness had opened the project and also planted the first coral for the project. The whole programme to produce 80,000 corals would be completed in five years. Several movie stars and singers also joined the opening day to help give the maritime plan a popular appeal base.

Handling your baby with proper care

ON September 6, senior local officials opened a seminar at Building “D” of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya with the unusual name “Clean Touch, Clever Baby and Good Development.” Guest speakers included Dr Kannika Vichitsukon of the department of nursing at Mahidol

University. It was learned by the assembled throng of avid listeners – including mums and babies of course – that De-Nee products take the technique of understanding babies’ emotions as they learn more about the world around them. Dr Kannika explained that babies are

continually trying to communicate with us even if their speech sounds like mumbojumbo. She stressed the importance of touch which is a key way that mums and dads can show their understanding. Sound, including crying, is another organ of communication even if it is distressing on occasion. If parents know what signs to look for in their baby’s socialization, and how to respond to it, then there is a better chance for proper learning development to occur. On the booth areas, De-Nee introduced a range of products including kids’ shower bath gel, cleaning soaps and absorbent cotton.

Closing ceremony of disabled games

THE indoor stadium in Jomtien witnessed the closing ceremony of the 2008 disabled games , chaired by general Pisal Wathanawongkiri, adviser to

the ministry of the interior, and Ronakit Akasing, deputy Pattaya mayor. The games were organised from August 20 to August 23

and the most popular sport was wheelchair basketball which drew contestants from five Asian countries. The champion country was Iran and the runner up was South Korea. The general stated that the games illustrated once again that Thailand does indeed have the ability to organise sports internationally. Thailand’s emphasis on sports for the disabled is akin to a dream for the competitors and the organizers are planning an even bigger extravaganza in the future.

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100 million baht for road repairs He pointed out that a budget of 90 million baht had already been set. However, it was now clear that a further 8 million baht should be added because recent rains had brought more deterioration of road surfaces, whilst the cost of construction materials continues to escalate. The contract had been awarded to Chaiwat Construction Company to manage the whole deal. The deputy mayor explained that maintenance and repairs would start at the Kathinglai crossroad in the north of the district and proceed in orderly stages to the Huay Yai district well past Jomtien. It was estimated that the whole project would take two months to complete although rain storms could delay that assessment. Once the repairs

are completed, the image of Pattaya will be improved and there will be less danger to the travelling public, especially those on motorbikes. The meeting at city hall also considered another traffic eyesore and problem, namely the fact that Soi Nern Plabwan cannot be accessed from Sukhumvit Road travelling north. Vehicle drivers have to proceed along the highway almost to the north Pattaya intersection before they get a chance to do a U turn. Traffic

police had been invited to suggest any ways round this inconvenience, but the difficulties were legion as both Soi Nern Plabwan and Siam Country Club were both so busy. One suggestion was to allow traffic to turn right into Soi Siam Country Club and to close access to Soi Nern Pabwan from Sukhumvit altogether. However, this would be likely to cause a rumpus amongst residents and business people along the latter road.

Pattaya city fathers react to travel crisis CITY officials met with tourism and business representatives on September 3 to discuss the low ebb of arrivals in the resort since the state of emergency was declared. Mr Niti Kongkrut, director of the tourist authority of Thailand region 3, said that tourism was 40% down particularly from neighbouring Asian countries. The news was that European

tourists showed little sign of wanting to cancel reservations whilst the Russian market was rather flat at the moment. Mr Jamroon Witwachai, president of the business and tourism association, said that foreigners who cancelled in Bangkok were not likely to visit Pattaya either. He also pinpointed that domestic tourists did not seem

to be on the move in any event. It was agreed that the Pattaya authorities would send out a letter to their business partners, at home and abroad, to let them know that everything is normal in Pattaya and that travelers are not exposed to threats of any kind arising from troubles in the metropolis.



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Foreign tourists say they’ll return Bangkok’s city taxi and rail services are unaffected. All hotels and businesses throughout Thailand are open for business as usual, as are all attractions, shopping malls, markets, restaurants and clubs. The Pacific Asia Travel Association president Peter de Jong said, “Many of Thailand’s prospective visitors are understandably reluctant to travel when they hear about emergencies and see clashes on TV. But the reality is that life is returning to normal and the threat to visitor safety is minimal.” But PATA officials did agree that hotels and travel agents have received cancellations. One said the biggest problem will be restoring the reputation of the country as a friendly place in the wake of international media coverage and travel advisories issued by embassies.

The effect of the tourist downturn on Pattaya is less than that in other popular destinations. City hall points out that Pattaya is not dependent on a provincial airport like Ko Samui or Phuket and relies very largely on Suvarnabhumi which has been trouble free throughout. Immigration officers based at the international airport estimate that foreigner numbers have dropped by around 30% since the demonstrations in Bangkok got under way. Several Pattaya hoteliers reported that whilst prebooked vacationers had turned up pretty well as normal, there has been a drop-off in the number of “rack” or walk-in customers looking for a room. Bar and club owners in the resort universally report a lack of customers. “But then again it is September, the quietest month, and 2008 had been poorer than 2007 even

Kindergarten sports for 2008 applauded

At Pattaya Muang School Number 2, Naklua, the mayor Ittiphol Kunplome opened a sports day for kindergarten children. The idea is to inculcate in very young kids the love of sport to prevent them later on being diverted into a life of sin and criminal activity.

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Games for the youngsters, it was stated, encourage good citizenship, team spirit and the importance of friendship. There were twelve teams altogether from local schools and the events were Run and Collect, Relay Race, Pitch Out, Throw Into the Loop and Penalty Kick.

Success of Thai athletes in Olympics cited

Vol.8 No.1 ! 16 -30 Septembet 2008 before the Bangkok political trouble,” said one in reflective mood. All eyes are now on the upcoming high season which formally begins next month. Airlines from Europe report that bookings are mostly full already, especially for the Christmas period, although it’s not clear whether some flights have been cancelled or consolidated to try and save on fuel costs.

Absentees may regret not turning up

ANAKE Thepsupornkul, chancellor of Rajbhat Rachanakarin University, chaired the annual get-together on September 7 at which the students pay their respects to the academic staff. The assembly met at the Jomtien business administration auditorium near Bangsaray. Mrs Pris Hormsanit, president of the students’ association, said it was gratifying that the dons could teach all year without becoming absolutely exhausted. She added that Thailand seemed to be the only country in the world which had this fine custom.

The student representatives presented a large bouquet of flowers with candles and incense sticks to professor Anake and garlands were presented to the other academics present on the august occasion. The chancellor made a point of making an auspicious mark on many of the textbooks and gave a speech of thanks to the attending throng. However, he noted that some students had failed to turn up. The lecturers would investigate this unsatisfactory situation and penalties would be considered for the absentees.

Workers injured in luxury condo accident

NOTICE TO BRITISH NATIONALS British nationals are asked to note that only the British embassy may issue official, embassy documentation on their behalf. Any such documents issued by other parties are neither authorised nor valid. British nationals are requested to show any such illicit documentation to a British embassy official for examination.

ON September 4, the Thailand Windsurf Association held a meeting to report on the society’s recent success at the Beijing Olympics. Mr Patthana Boonsawat, secretary of the association, said that two players had been sent Mr Ake Boonsawat and Miss Naphalai Tansai who had qualified to join the competition. In spite of poor weather for

the events, Mr Ake Boonsuwat did not take a medal but came a respectable 25th. Miss Naphalai Tansai came in number 21from 27 countries. Mr Patthana said that, although the contestants had not won any medals, they had gained a lot of experience. The Thai team may have better fortune at the 2012 Olympics in London.

OFFICERS from the local police received a shock message on September 4 that there had been an accident at a condominium, Soi Pratumnak 6, when a partial collapse injured five workers. The Chonburi governor Pracha Taerat was soon on the scene and found out that the problem had occurred as cement was being poured to form a pillar

column on the second floor of the uncompleted building. Police said later that a beam support fell down during the operation and caused the floor to collapse and injure the five labourers. They were taken to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment and a more detailed report would be prepared for the local authorities and the owners.

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First World Kumite ever in Thailand Athletes from 40 countries to join

AT Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel, General Pracha Promnok in the chair declared the World Kumite 2008 competition would be held in the Kingdom for the very first time. Mr Sifu McInnes, in charge of the South East International School of Martial Arts, ISS Group Thailand, said, "The World Kumite 2008 will promote both Kumite and Thailand as a whole in the sporting context." He added that the competition would be broadcast round the world to dozens of countries. The competition will be arranged at Ambassador City from September 28 to

September 30 and will include Kumite athletes from 40 countries with about 150 athletes and their entourage, a combined total of 400 plus.

On August 31, there was a grand opening ceremony at the International School of Martial Arts, Central Road Pattaya, at which police colonel Noppodol

Wongnom, Superintendent of Pattaya police, and Rear Admiral Samak Sugihara, adviser to the School, joined Mr McInnes to give out certificates and decorations to Pattaya S.W.A.T team, first generation of 14 honoured persons. The School teaches many different martial arts such as Karate, Tae Kwan Do and acts as a training centre for army and police amongst others. The School occupies an area of nearly 2 rai and the total investment is 25 million baht with all the complete facilities of a fitness and martial arts centre.




Lady on the hunt snares foreigner with drugs Mickey Finn cocktail likely caused vomiting POLICE raced in professional fashion to the Bird Inn Bungalows, Soi Bongkot, after it was reported that a British man, unidentified as yet, was in room 138 throwing up and generally feeling really unwell. The guy was about 50 and in a most miserable state before being rushed to the Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police checked the room very carefully but were unable to find any useful papers or documents. However, they did stumble on empty beer bottles, whiskey and coffee in cups on the table. Witnesses and staff said in unison that the man had arrived earlier that night in a black Isuzu pick-up which he parked outside his residence. However, a Thai lady with shoulder length hair had later

turned up on a motor bike taxi and gone inside to join him. After about an hour she was seen to rush out and hire a motor bike taxi which took her to the TukCom Centre in South Pattaya Road. She could not have been going shopping as it was the middle of the night. Police surmise this was a bar girl with a very bad streak. She tried to poison her client in an attempt to steal his cash and belongings. The foreigner was seen after she left swaying at his front door and being sick. Police took away the empty beer bottles as evidence even though it’s not clear what user they will be. After the foreigner improves in hospital, he will hopefully be able to spill the beans.

Eighty year old tourist attacked and robbed

POLICE major Witthaya Yeunyong found out from his informant that an 80 year old British guy had been assaulted and robbed in front of the Starbucks coffee shop in Soi Yamoto. Police and volunteers at the scene rushed him to the Memorial Hospital with what looked like a broken jaw. He was identified as Mr Roy Mason. Witness Somporn Khanawat, aged 40, said that he saw a man and a woman go

into Starbucks and order something to drink. They seemed to stop and talk briefly to the British guy before doing the disappearing act. A short time later, staff found that the British customer could not be wakened and had a contorted face. It is not yet known exactly how much had been stolen from him in what was clearly an opportunistic crime of a heinous order.

Tourist sadly expires on sofa in his room

The King’s Bar on Soi 8 was the scene of a tragedy after the body of Mr Lee Ian Graeme, aged 62 and from Australia, was found quite dead in his rented room on September 5. He was wearing trousers and a long sleeve shirt and there was no

sign of any violence or trouble in the room. Sawang volunteers brought the body to Nitivej Hospital as it’s important to check out mysteries such as this one by an autopsy. The owner of the premises in soi 8, Mrs Tewa

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Drugs haul a step in Evil and thieving the right direction passenger Traffickers’ network truly infiltrated

robs taxi driver

Victim kicked viciously and car stolen

ON September 6, regional and local police arrested four drugs dealers who together had access to 6,600 illegal yaba tablets. Police lieutenant general Theerayut Kittiwat stated that there was a determined drive against illegal substances and that the aim was to make Pattaya drugs free city. He acknowledged there have been serious problems in the past. Mr Fek Wang-eet, aged 29, was arrested at his house in Soi Nern Plabwan after a stake-out and undercover operation lasting a couple of weeks. In his possession were 2,000 yaba tablets. Other arrests occurred at the Sea Smile Mansion on Sukhumvit, Tesco Lotus in

South Pattaya and the Foodland superstore. All the arrested men were charged with possessing drugs, category one, with intent to sell and distribute. Police inquiries had shown that Mr Fek was the ringleader of a drugs gang which the police had infiltrated before organising the big day of capture. Police said that many of the drugs ended up being bought by teenagers and young people in some of the more questionable nighteries scattered around the town. The arrested men had nothing to say when questioned and reserved their defence until the judicial arraignment.

Finn’s death probably natural causes

A PASSENGER with a criminal record hired a taxi from Bangkok to Chonburi for 1,200 baht and, arriving in the town, used a pen knife to stab the luckless driver four times in the neck before making off with the car. The driver also suffered serious head injuries and a broken jaw caused by a spanner thrust. On September 4 police were alerted and took the victim to Chonburi hospital before setting up roadblocks in the Baan Bung district in an attempt to locate the identified four wheeler. On the Sattahip road, police stopped a pink Toyota taxi, with license number 270 from Bangkok, and found bloodstains on one of the doors. Thus they arrested 28 year old Mr Tasanai Jitsom from Chonburi province for a more detailed conversation at police headquarters. There, the

villain admitted he had assaulted in a most vicious way Thaweerat Pholdee, aged 60, before dumping him on a grass verge and driving away at high speed. Mr Tasanai also confessed he was a historical jail bird and had spent six periods of incarceration for drugs offences. His only explanation for the brutal bashing was that he was short of money. He said he told the taxi driver to go to his mother’s house where there would be cash available, but this was a fallacious cover story. In fact, once the car was in an isolated spot, the savagery began in earnest. The man was charged with attempted murder, robbery and serious injury to a third party. Police said they wanted publicity about the case to illustrate just how dangerous a taxi driver’s job can be.

Ex go go guard is gunned down by two assassins Possibility of yaba drug connection

POLICE lieutenant colonel Chalermsak Sirimak, inquiry officer at Dongtan sub-station, was informed that a foreigner had passed from this life at Baan Suen Lalana. Police and the Sawangboriboon volunteers found Mr Kari Revnanen, a Finn aged 62, lying quite still on a bed. It was estimated he had been in that state for four hours. There was no sign of any violence or fighting, but a purgative liquid was located near the body and carted away for forensic investigation. The wife Ms Rungnapha, aged 50, said her husband was a heavy

drinker but also had heart problems. Mr Revnanen had apparently been on the toilet but was unable to perform his bodily functions. He had asked for medicine and she provided the medicine. Mrs Rungnapha then went back to bed and awoke at half past eight in the morning. She returned to the bathroom and it was obvious a fatality had occurred. Thus she hurried to find a security guard to notify the police. The body will be subjected to autopsy, but it’s likely this was a death by natural causes, quite possibly a heart attack.

RAksagnuen, explained to police that the Aussie had arrived on August 30 and always had a drink or two at the bar every day. She added she was suspicious when he never came down on the fatal day and decided to

investigate with her skeleton key. This is when she found the cold body of her renter. She told investigators that Mr Graeme had visited a doctor during his sojourn but she had no idea what was wrong with him, if anything.

POLICE set off hurriedly to the Olivia Apartments, Banglamung, after learning that a man was lying in a pool of blood after a shooting incident. In one of the 50 guest rooms, officers found four bullet casing and two yaba tablets on the floor. The victim was rushed to hospital but was dead on arrival. The dead man was identified as Mr Somsak Boonprasert, aged 39, who used to be the security doorman at a Pattaya go go club. He had sustained eight bullet wounds in all. Jis wife Mayura, aged 30 and from Konkaen province, said she was cooking in the kitchen preparing food whilst her

husband played games waiting for the eating to start. Suddenly, she heard gunshots and saw two skinny Thai men riding away on motorbikes. She added she had no idea why anybody would want to kill her husband who was quite well off and did not actually need to work at all. He was popular at the night club and personable to those he met. However, Mayura did say that he had been involved with a female yaba dealer known as Jae Tak who had been arrested. It’s possible that this was a revenge attack. An official investigation is under way.

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8 PATTAYA TODAY American Democrats Making a Stand for Obama-Biden Ticket in Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard There has been a tidal wave of tough headlines from the US in the past 18 months — collapsing housing markets, foreclosed loans, and families thrown out of their homes; gasoline, food and other prices going through the roof; and the continuing drumbeat of casualties among American soldiers in Iraq. Enough is enough! After eight disastrous years of Bush and Cheney, Americans living overseas are joining the movement for change in Washington and the way our country engages with the world. Democrats Abroad Thailand (DAT) launched its Pattaya and Eastern Seaboard chapter in early August with a party at the New Orleans Café, and since then has been reaching out to encourage American residents in Pattaya to support Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the elections in November. Led by local Pattaya denizens Rey Buono and Loran Davidson, groups of DAT volunteers in Pattaya are out helping Americans register to vote and request their absentee ballots – and in the process, encouraging every American to contact five more Americans to get them involved! The big push is to get Americans in Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard to go to the website, which has a computer program that can help any American generate their request to register and get an absentee ballot. It is the fastest and easiest way ever to request an absentee ballot, with the whole process taking five to ten minutes! In the course of six short computer screens, information is collected, automatically organized, made ready to print out on the official US Government form. All you need to do is print it, sign it, and mail it back to the US voter registrar address for your home town or county – and that information and address is also generated by the wizard! Hurry though, all American wanting to vote this November have to move fast because many state deadlines for voter registration start closing in early to mid October. The Pattayacrats, as they are known, are busy organizing “Presidential Debate” watching parties in Pattaya on the evenings of September 27, October 8, and October 16, and a “Vice-Presidential Debate” party on October 3. Since the debates are in the evenings in the US, the Pattayacrats will tape the debates and show them at a local restaurant or venue TBA – where Americans can come together in a spirit of progressive camaraderie to holler and cheer our Democrat champions! All residents of Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard are encouraged to get in touch with the Patayacrats by emailing them at

NEWS Wrestling neighbours stick the knife in Hard to know what actually happened

POLICE were notified on September 3 of the alarming story of two American neighbours knifing each other in hatred and promptly despatched a squad of doughty cops to the 12th floor of the Star Beach condominium. Investigators there found Mr Robert Koenig, 56, had been struck with a sharp instrument in the neck, his stomach and right arm. Seriously injured, he was rushed to the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya by concerned Sawangboriboon volunteers. Witness Mr Sigi Pitralla, from Germany, told police that he had heard shouting between two men, one being Mr Koenig and the other neighbour Mr Paul Lauretta, 61, who was also from the USA. Mr Pitralla said that at first he didn’t pay much attention to the inflamed disagreement as these men spent a lot of time arguing in the normal course of events. But when Mr Koenig knocked

on Mr Pitralla’s door in a gasping condition, it became obvious a crisis was at hand. Police then visited Mr Lauretta in his apartment with his wife and child. He agreed he often rowed with Mr Koenig but denied actually stabbing him. Rather, he claimed, they had struggled with a knife and his opponent had actually stabbed himself. What they were arguing about wasn’t that clear, but Mr Lauretta apparently objected when his neighbour invited friends in for a drink. Later, at the hospital, reporters found that Mr Koenig was in a serious condition but he was able to tell his version that he had been attacked without much chance to defend himself. Police did not immediately arrest Mr Lauretta as the police inspector did not record the arrest and there was no actual evidence. Official investigations are continuing.

Tourist dies in motel waiting for sex Woman bewails she can’t get paid now

POLICE lieutenant colonel Wallop Gungtarathip was notified at one o’clock in the morning on September 4 that a

man from Udon had convulsed and shuffled off this mortal coil at a guesthouse in Soi Yamato. Mr Kanchit Ganyapila, aged

34, was dead in one of the rooms with dribble around and a swarthy face contorted. Miss Duengthong Kumphum, aged 35 and hailing from Saraburi province, was standing in the bathroom in a shivering state. She said Mr Kanchit had been drinking beer and had approached her to perform a horizontal leisure activity. At the motel, she had gone to take a shower and to freshen up. But suddenly she heard a snorting noise coming from the bedroom followed by a disturbing gagging sound

which petrified her. Then she heard a thud, opened the shower room door and saw her customer stone dead but still with a bottle of beer in his hand. When Sawangboriboon volunteers confirmed the man was dead, Miss Duengthong complained that there was nobody to pay her fee. On the other hand, no physical contact had occurred before the seizure.

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One armed cripple attacked by yobs

PATTAYA based investigators learned to their horror of a savage attack against a helpless security guard on the footing of an incomplete bridge at north Pattaya on Sukhumvit highway. The victim, Mr Boonrod Tangphan, 26, was an employee of the Kit Rung Rueng security company and was lying unconscious with head wounds and a broken jaw. He was rushed to Banglamung hospital. Police found a bloodstained plank of wood nearby and carted it off as vital evidence in the inquiry. A witness Mr Seree Tonsalee, another security guard, said he noticed

Good Samaritan captures ignoble charlatan POLICE were notified of a nasty hit and try to run incident in Soi Doo Dee, Pattaya Third Road, and raced to the spot just in time to witness a citizen’s arrest of a mean guy carrying a mobile phone which didn’t belong to him and a fake gun. The ne’re-do-well was identified as 29 year old Sonthorn Masorn who confessed he was absolutely flat broke. He explained that he saw a young woman sitting alone on a motorbike and could not resist the urge to deny her what certainly did not belong to him. He kicked her until she fell off the motorbike. He then grabbed

general garbage with various undesirable side-effects and hazards to the health of all. The meeting heard that there 17 kinds of toxins altogether and the most common ones are fluorescent light bulbs, batteries of every type including those of mobile phones and nauseous chemicals found in discarded insecticide spray cans.

It was stressed that the general public needed to disentangle toxin contaminated waste from general rubbish and place it at designated spots. However, this assumes that people know where the spots are. A team of speakers would be touring the Pattaya communities to explain how to sort, transport and eliminate the undesirable stuff.

her mobile phone and ran off into a housing project where he found himself in front of a brick wall. This is why he was caught quite easily. The victim Miss Suwannisa Buakhao, aged 18 and hailing from Sragaew province, told police she was waiting on her motorbike for her mother to appear when she noticed the unspeakable fellow coming towards her in a threatening mode. He pointed a gun at her stomach and her will to resist understandably collapsed. Fortunately, a passer by saw the crime and followed the perpetrator to make the arrest after a short chase.

Infant found cruelly buried in field

Toxic waste elimination in the news THE A1 Royal Cruise Hotel was the setting for a local authority sponsored day course on the intriguing subject of toxic waste elimination. Leaders of Pattaya’s 27 village “communities” turned up in force to learn more about this awkward subject. It was stated from the platform that there is a huge amount of toxic waste which is generally dumped with the

two teen looking characters who drove up on a motorbike repeatedly strike the crippled man until he could struggle no more. The youthful rogues had run off by the time police arrived. Investigators said they had little to go on as nobody could give them a description or the license plate details. None the less they would do their best. There is speculation that the crime was just a mindless and horrible prank without rhyme or reason to explain it. However, it can’t be ruled out at this stage that there was a motive such as revenge.

BANGLAMUNG police station was brought gruesome news on September 4 by Mr Boonyuen Tangjan, a 43 year old truck driver, that he

had found the corpse of a baby crudely buried in a white cloth by a red earth road along the railway track in Banglamung. Police said

the infant was about 4 months old and had been dead for several days. Mr Boonyuen explained that he was walking his dog near a field when the animal started barking at a smelly wrapped cloth. He used his foot to remove the cloth and was shocked to see a deceased infant inside the wrappings. He then informed the police. The body was taken by the Sawangboriboon volunteers to test for DNA and to try and follow up to find the mother. There are fairly long odds about finding her.

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Raimon Land revenues up 13%

RAIMON Land submitted its second quarter 2008 financial results to the Stock Exchange of Thailand and showed that consolidated revenues were 437 million baht, an increase of 13% on the same quarter last year. During the second quarter recognised revenues from The

River more than doubled to 236 million baht, whilst The River and Northpoint combined represented 71% of the company’s recognised revenues in the first half of 2008, whereas in the first half of 2007 the most significant properties were The Lofts Yennakart and The Heights Phuket. Chief executive officer Nigel Cornick (pictured) said, “The first half results show gains versus last year. While these accounting figures are important, investors should keep a firm eye on the longer term picture – in particular sales at The River and Northpoint worth over nine million baht which have not yet been recognised in our financial statements.”

Pattaya development strategy adopted

WATTANA Jantanawaranon, deputy mayor, chaired a meeting to vote into existence the Pattaya development strategy for 2009-2011. This will be the framework for the management and development of the resort and its people. The plan covered the Pattaya economy for the next three years (expansion is seen as inevitable given the diversification of the resort away from pubs and clubs), a strategy for good management (the local authority to take a self-critical stance and recognise that it is there to serve the

public), a plan to improve infrastructure (road building etc) and a strategy to develop tourism (the new markets from Russia and the Middle East are very important). Later Chonburi governor Pracha Taerat chaired a meeting at the Long Beach Garden and Spa, North Pattaya, to stress the importance of medium level executives to work efficiently for the benefit of all. He said that self-improvement through analysis and appraisal was the way to implement development plans.

BUSINESS NEWS Dusit Thani to host WTA tournament for 2009 Prize money of US$220,000 to be given out

THE license holder for Sony Ericsson WTA tour tournaments in Thailand has announced that Dusit Thani Pattaya will be the venue for the upgraded WTA tournament to be held from February 7-15 2009. The new tournament, which is part of the Sony Ericsson newly created international series, will be called “PTT Pattaya Open” as it is an amalgamation of the two existing tournaments held in Thailand, the PTT Bangkok Open and the Pattaya Women’s Open. As part of the international series, the Pattaya tournament carries prize money of a minimum of US$220,000. A number of improvements have been made to the venue to bring it up to the required standard. These include the construction of a fourth court on-site, increasing the

grandstand seating capacity to accommodate 2,500 persons, improving the lighting on all courts and expanding the administration offices, press centre and player facilities. The work will be completed by December this year. Mr Sarun Rungkasiri, senior vice president of PTT, said “It makes sense to amalgamate the two tournaments to create one bigger event which will enable tennis fans in Thailand to see some of the world’s top stars in action. At the same time we can continue our commitment to provide opportunities for our local Thai players to compete at the highest level of women’s professional tennis.” Pattaya mayor Ittiphol Kunplome added that the huge media exposure created a positive image for Pattaya round the world.

Amari organizes fire training on site Both theory and practice highlighted

More customer protection in food products hygiene THE Food and Drug Administration joined Mahidiol university experts to lecture local administrators on how to protect the public from the dangers posed by food poisoning. Dr Narangsan Pirakij, deputy secretary of the food and drug committee, reminded the meeting that the 2007 constitution specified that it was important for the national authority to publish information about the health dangers in dirty food or that which is contaminated by unauthorised chemicals.

The authority also had the responsibility for checking the labelling of food products to ensure that the information contained was true and accurate. Also many food products are supposed to carry a registration number to show that proper standards had been applied to the preparation and packing. The conference heard that local authority staff were authorised to check food hygiene in retail points and eateries to check what was actually going on.

THE Amari resort hotel, Beach Road, was the charming setting on September 4 for a case study in fire evacuation and allied arts as they can affect high rise buildings. Presiding was the Pattaya mayor Ittiphol Kunplome. Introducing the day, Pracha Taerat, the Chonburi governor, said that Pattaya now had many hotel rooms high up in buildings and that the resort had a responsibility to ensure that high standards of safety were executed.

In the actual case study, the eighth floor was chosen to have an imaginary conflagration which had resulted in a huge loss of property and valuables as well as danger to life and limb. Staff were instructed in how to deal with emergencies on the spot whilst instantly informing the fire department, the police, city hall and local hospitals. The whole reputation of the tourist resort could well hang on how speedily and effectively a fire crisis was handled.



Deputy mayor’s drummers

PATTAYA City Hall officials attended the Children’s Band Competitions at the Banglamung School sports field north of Pattaya, where schools from many regions attended. Pictured is our deputy mayor Khun Wattana “getting the drum” as you could say.

Congratulations Stephane

THAI Hotels Association Eastern Chapter‘s member Stephane Bringer from Woodlands Hotel & Resort Pattaya attended and completed the 2nd edition of the Ironman 70.3 in Singapore on September 07th, 2008. Over 1,400 athletes from 51 countries raced in the grueling 70.3 mile (113.1km.) triathlon competition, which consist of 1.9 km. swim, 90.1 km. cycle and 21.1 km. run.

Pizza Excellence Award 2008

ON September 3, at the Pizza Company based at Tesco Lotus North Pattaya, there was a meeting to prepare for the 2008 Excellence award which will be held in October for the national finals. All 160 branches in the country are entitled to take part in teams which will show their mettle on the public service front. The best team will win 100,000 baht.

Football competition promotes the media

KHAOKHEOW Open Zoo arranged a football competition between Chonburi based mass media reporters and their Pattaya counterparts. The Chonburi guys and gals won by two goals to zero, but everyone enjoyed the game and the party afterwards.


Asian U winds up summer university

THE Asian University has just completed its three weeks' summer university for international students. They are seen here on a visit to the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya with Dr Iain Corness.

Snooker star visits Montien

JIMMY White, former world snooker champion, recently stayed at the Montien Hotel in Pattaya and received a warm welcome from front office manager Kamron Jamsrisai.

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Anti-HIV Day

A DAY of public awareness was held on Beach Road opposite Royal Garden Plaza, to alert everyone to the dangers of contracting HIV and AIDS. The handing out of free condoms stressed the necessity for safe sexual practices, whilst the threat of dirty needles was also highlighted.

Volunteers Wanted

EVEN though our new mayor, Khun Itthiphol Kunplome, looks very healthy, he still took the time to attend the opening of the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital’s modern new Liver and Colon Clinic. We are not sure what he was doing with this camera tube for colon inspection. Maybe he was asking for volunteers to help in a practical demonstration.

The Regents’ fund Caddy Shack donates raising charity walk to Charity Club

ON September 6, Glenn Croston, principal of the Glenn Croston House, brought 500 fund raising students from the International School of the Regents for a sponsored walk beginning at Siam Country Club road. The Children’s House in Lamphun is the intended recipient of the funds.

KEITH and Koy, owners of the Caddy Shack, raised 35,000 baht in three games night and handed over the funds to Malcolm and Christina Boden of the Charity Club of Pattaya for a new project in Isaan.

Motorbike club helps Gina Promotes Art homeless children

PATTAYA is gradually gaining more culture with energetic people like well known Thai businessman Liam, who runs a big art gallery off Pratumnak Road, where he regularly features new artists. On exhibition at the moment are some very realistic works from the celebrated Thai artist, Khun Thitithep Roekramchai which depict active daily life. Khun Gina looks after the gallery on a daily basis.

ON September 6, members of the Warrior Thailand Motorbike Club and The Harley Club made a donation of five thousand baht to help homeless or destitute kids in the area. The Pattaya mass media association agreed to handle the cash as they have a long tradition of informed interest in the problem.

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Happy Immigration Birthday

BRITISH embassy officer Barry Kenyon (right) congratulates police senior sergeant major Dtum of Pattaya immigration bureau on the occasion of his recent birthday. Police officer Dtum is one of the longest serving policemen at Pattaya immigration.

Royal British Legion at reception

BERT Elson (left), secretary of the Royal British Legion Thailand, colonel Paul Edwards, the UK defence attache for Thailand, and general Veravidh Kusamran, deputy commander in chief Royal Thai Army, exchange old soldiers' stories at the recent reception at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Bangkok, on the occasion of the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

A R O U N D PAT TAYA 7th Anniversary Celebrations

PATTAYA Today Managing Director, Peter Read (left), greets HomeWorks’ representative Khun Sutha Jariyavechwattana and wishes him a successful future.

John Seymour celebrates

WELL known local real estate broker Mr. John Seymour (standing), who is the managing director of Northern Thai Real Estate, celebrated his birthday recently at his home off Thappraya Road in Jomtien. In attendance were his friends and some of his business associates from the Real Estate Brokers Association, where John has just stepped down from the position as vice president.

Brian’s birthday bash

Our Writers Meet

PATTAYA Today newspaper’s multi-national writers enjoyed a nice break from the daily grind of writing when the new managing director, Mr. Peter Read, invited them to a fine dinner at the classic Manhattans Steakhouse on Thappraya Road. Much local gossip of the unprintable variety was exchanged and well washed down with some fine imported wines, not to mention the great international food. Pictured from left Peter, Duncan & Neil

BRIAN Berry, who is the founder of Pattaya’s highly respected Northern Thai Real Estate Company Group of property and insurance specialists, recently celebrated his birthday with his close friends and business associates. He is pictured with his wife and friends in the spacious garden patio area of their East Pattaya house, with his birthday cake that had a seven on it somewhere!

New REBA-ES Board

GM Gang dinner at Grappa

GRAPPA Restaurant, located in Woodlands Suites Serviced Residences, welcomed the GM Gang Dinner who are a group of Pattaya hoteliers who gather monthly for a great evening of food, wine and more!

AFTER a term as president of the Real Estate Brokers Association (REBA-ES). Mrs. Supap Wade has stood down from the position and another very capable lady, Mrs. May Watson (2nd left), is the new president with Ms Ting-Lee as secretary At the annual general meeting leading officials from REBA in Bangkok also attended, and some of Pattaya’s male brokers also ended up on the board - with Clayton Wade being elected as the senior vice president and Stuart Daly as 2nd vice president.


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Money Supply in Town by Peter Lloyd

I COULDN’T be bothered commenting on the Bangkok debacle – what’s left to say that a long depressing head

Apart from dogs crapping everywhere, on my walk down Jomtien beach today (on a Saturday morning) I saw the shape of things to come. I have never seen it

Jomtien beach - a right dump

shake doesn’t cover? Sufficient to say that people who live here may find some very empty bars, businesses and beaches come high season if this absurd state of affairs continues, and I fear it will, because there seems to be no way out of this present mess.

so empty in low season, which made it even more unseemly to watch the beach municipal guards chasing down the few beach hawkers who were plying their trade to mostly empty deckchairs, and then confiscating their goods and livelihoods. The hawkers ran like they were

being chased by the Gestapo. Whilst these beach guards were just doing their jobs, this unpleasant spectacle highlighted one aspect of the vicious circle of reduced money supply in Pattaya, which will play out over the whole economic landscape of the city in the coming months. The beach guards play cat and mouse with the vendors, and when they catch them, and confiscate their goods, the vendors usually then pay a fine or other gratuity and get their goods back. But there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of beach tourists to buy from the vendors, who are making little or no profit, and some of them cannot now afford to pay fines to the beach guards when they have their goods confiscated. Maybe this added to the looks of fear on their faces as the vendors ran, not for their lives, but

for their livelihoods. Beach hawkers, people literally and metaphorically at the bottom of the food chain, are now having to doubly bear the brunt of the

Wallets on Seats Desperately Required

reduced numbers of tourists at the beach both in reduced food sales and in having no means to buy back their confiscated livelihoods. What comes next for these economically dispossessed but ultimately hard working people – a career in pickpocketing on baht buses, or ride-by muggings? Might it not be

Dubai – the new Pattaya? MEANWHILE, as Pattaya turns into a ghost town, Dubai is turning into Pattaya – at least in the way it is being vilified and portrayed in the British press. Dubai has recently become a challenger for Pattaya’s

as the newspapers and TV chronicle a number of high profile cases in Dubai. Crackdowns on boozy expat lunches, topless bathing and cross dressing have been carried out under a new enforcement of “Emirati Values”, resulting in court

Not the only thing sailing close to the wind in Dubai

usually undisputed crown of Least Favourite Place in the British Media,

cases over drunk Brits (allegedly) having sex on the beach, lesbians snogging

on the beach and a luridlyheadlined missing persons case, where a British man has been arrested for (allegedly) murdering his ex-girlfriend and burying her in the desert. However, there have also been some sobering drug-related cases which fly in the face of common sense, some arising from the installation of supersensitive drug detection equipment at the airport, and others from a rigid prohibition of “over the counter” medicines widely available in many parts of the world, but which are illegal inDubai.Astonishingly, a British tourist was recently sentenced to four years in prison after Dubai customs officers found a 0.003g trace of cannabis stuck to his shoe, which he could have walked on in his local high street or in his local pub. Others have been jailed for even smaller trace amounts of drugs, which at these levels could have come from anywhere and

better to just let them try to make an honest living flogging shrimps on the beach? Gradually the reduction in the supply of tourist money will creep all the way up the

which are so minute that you might not even see them with the naked eye, especially if they were on the sole of your shoe.In another case, according to Fair Trials Abroad, a Swiss man was held at Dubai airport after three poppy seeds from a bread roll he had eaten at Heathrow airport were detected by the new scanning equipment as he passed through Dubai airport. He was jailed for FOUR YEARS. Possession of painkillers and some cold and flu medications have also resulted in a mandatory four-year prison sentence. A British woman was jailed for eight weeks before police accepted her codeine painkillers had been prescribed by her UK doctor for back pain. Another British guy was jailed for carrying melatonin tablets, a common jet lag remedy. Just a few worrying thoughts, the next time you are passing through Dubai airport.

food chain. It will hit the way the police operate and many other bodies who ultimately rely on tourist money flowing into the local economy to supplement their salaries. If the usual Thai model of economic logic is followed, everyone will also jack up their

tea money prices to cover reduced tea making possibilities, adding further costs and pressure to businesses and tea money payers all over the city. It will also affect the way Pattaya is administered by City Hall, as less tourists means less revenues and taxes, which will impact on the local administration’s ability to conceive, carry out and complete a whole array of projects which should benefit the city, as money supply tightens and tourist numbers dwindle. Once they sort out the situation in Bangkok things will probably change rapidly as far as tourist numbers are concerned, but until then I bet a few well placed people are wishing that Pattaya had even more autonomy from Bangkok when it comes to running Pattaya’s own affairs.

Love rats I WAS interested to read of a recent scientific study in Sweden which discovered a “love rat” gene, a genetic flaw that apparently makes some men who have it unable to commit to their wives and girlfriends, and instead chase anything in a skirt.

Not too surprising is it? There had to be a medical reason for it, but it’s the first time I have heard the penis described as a genetic flaw. Contact me at pattayatoday

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Best hope lies in mediation

The scams are real State of emergency JUST in case your readers think your cover story about banking scams is a theoretical threat only (Pattaya Today September 1) I would like to record my own experience. I recently visited an ATM machine on Central Road and, whilst I was waiting with my card in my hand, a woman engaged me in conversation for a split second. Quick as a flash, an accomplice of hers whipped the card out of my hand and jumped onto a waiting motorbike. The woman remained at my side and did not try to run away. The police were called by bank officials but she simply told them she was innocent and had no idea who the guy on the motorbike was. Thus they had little choice but to let her go. The sting in the tale is that, some twenty minutes later, I was telephoned by someone claiming to be a bank official asking me to verify my secret PIN number. Luckily, I realised this was probably a call from the scammers and I closed the conversation. You might wonder how the thief knew my mobile phone number. The woman in the queue remained with me whilst the police interviewed me outside the bank. I believe the women overheard my giving my address and phone number to the police officer. This all goes to show you can’t be too careful with your own property and personal details. Needless to say, I cancelled the card as soon as I realised what had happened. James Silvers

Thaksin’s return to Thailand I SINCERELY hope that Pattaya Today is wrong (news item September 1) that the British courts would never send Thaksin Shinawatra back to Thailand on the grounds he would not receive a fair trial here. Here is a man who never hesitated to use the Thai courts, when he was in power, to attack his enemies and defend his financial cronyism. You recall it was a split decision in 1991 in the top Thai court which enabled him to become prime minister anyway after he was shown to be guilty of hiding shares in his workers’ names. Years later, he tried to sue the Bangkok Post over an allegation that the Suvarnabhumi airport had cracks on the runway. In my opinion, Thaksin used the Thai court system for his own ends and never showed any inclination to believe he was the victim of hostility by the judges. Indeed, the situation was quite the reverse. So I don’t see how he can grumble now when his extradition might be requested by the Thai authorities, or some of them! Keith T. Summers Ed: We were trying to make the point that the British courts won’t necessarily look at the situation as you do. The issues are to do with extradition law and the old treaty of 1911. For example, if Thaksin were to be tried here for the land scam affair, he would not be entitled to an appeal. It would be one court and one verdict. A British court could well decide that such a situation was “unfair” to the defendant.

I DON’T think I have seen my point below mentioned in either the international or the Thai media. When the state of emergency was declared by the Thai government, this state of affairs would automatically cancel some t r a v e l lers’ insurance policies, leaving them uncovered in case they had to make a claim. You can see the wording in many policies that the cover becomes invalid if the claim is the result of military action or civil unrest or whatever. I will agree that the state of emergency declared recently by the prime minister was a damp squib if ever there was one. He even admitted that he might well cancel it on the grounds that “it hadn’t worked”. But this is beside the point. I would advise all travellers to check the wording of their policy very carefully whilst there is ongoing discontent in Bangkok. M. K. Pritchard

Unusual visa A COUPLE of months ago I obtained my retirement visa in UK at the Royal Thai embassy. I have had several issued by the Thai immigration but decided to renew this time whilst I was abroad. On coming into the country at Suvarnabhumi airport, I was given the full 12 months until July 2009. However, last week, I had reason to leave Thailand for a short trip to Hong Kong and, upon my return, was very surprised to notice that the immigration stamp again said I could stay until September 2009, in other words another full year. I assumed this was a mistake but when I showed my passport to the airport immigration officer, he said he had not made a mistake. Surely this can’t be right. David Simpson Ed: We have not seen your passport but, almost certainly, you were given an 0/A type, one year visa in the UK. This is different from either an O type non immigrant visa (valid for a stay of three months at a time) or a retirement visa obtained in Thailand (which is actually an O type non immigrant visa extended). If you have a Thai issued retirement visa, you must obtain a re-entry permit before leaving the country or you will void it. The 0/A one year visa is, to the best of our knowledge, normally issued in the home country of the applicant, but you will need a separate set of documentation which includes home country police clearance.

It’s always risky to draw lessons from history, but protest movements do have a habit of ending up differently from how they started. Thus the French Revolution of 1789 likely began as an aristocratic revolt against Louis XVI, but the anti-royalist cause was soon taken up by the middle classes and the poor. The Russian revolution of February 1917, led by the moderate Mensheviks, was overtaken in October 1917 by a second putsch engineered by the radical Bolsheviks. Of course, the current political crisis in Thailand has nothing to do with the circumstances of either 1789 or 1917. But it’s clear that the agendas are shifting in their own way. The People’s Alliance for Democracy began its sit in at Government House specifically to force the prime minister’s resignation. It was assumed last month that, by this time, either PAD would have been evicted or the government would have fallen. Not so. Even the declaration of a state of emergency did nothing apart from scaring stiff the international community. But the agendas now are changing to the economic consequences of the political struggle. Tourism is well down and foreign investment in the country has slowed. There has been some industrial disruption – at Bangkok port for example and on the railways – although the feared power black-outs and other nasties have thankfully not materialised. The problem is that we don’t know what will happen next. Some commentators are prophesying that the political crisis will cost the country many billions of dollars, or lead to economic ruin altogether, if the situation drags on. The only feasible answer, given the circumstances, is a search for common ground. Nobody would claim that’s going to be easy, but Senate speaker Prasobsook Boondech seems to have taken on the heavy burden. There are some good signs. All political parties have agreed to instruct their MPs from inflaming the situation to allow a better atmosphere. The state of emergency, for its part, proved to be a short-lived phenomenon. The army chief general Anupong Paochinda has indicated that the political process must sort out the mess. The most likely outcome, though it may take time, is for a House dissolution to break the impasse. This would in fact remove any PAD legitimacy to continue its protests, whilst the prime minister would retain his authority as caretaker premier to supervise the election. The PAD would at least have to wait for the outcome of the election and the formation of a government before making any further move. In the meantime, the occupation at Government House could continue. It is true that the most likely (but not certain) outcome of a general election would be the dominance of the People’s Power Party or a successor party once again with the threat that PAD demonstrations would resume But the time lapse would allow time for consideration all round. Maybe a deal could be struck whereby the incoming government would drop its wish to amend the constitution whilst PAD might agree to call off its demonstrations. A very great deal is at stake in these difficult issues. The powerful Thai army leadership has made its position clear – no military intervention except to avoid bloodshed and no new coup. It’s up to the politicians, elected or not, to put back Thailand on the road to recovery in every sense of the word. It can be done with give and take on all side. It needs to be done. And urgently.



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Legally speaking about Thai wives & Farang husbands By: Mr. Ponthep Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Mrs. Darunee Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Accountant of WERACHON LAW OFFICE, 448/17 Thepprasit Rd, Pattaya, (038) 300967, (081)4234255, e-mail:thai@, Reading room about Thai laws MOST who read this article will be foreigners having a Thai wife, which can be either a common law or legitimate couple. Sentimentally, both categories are the same, but legally, may be very different. This article will concern only the legal aspect. Marriage under Thai laws must be officially registered with either the District Office or the Royal Thai Consulate. Even if you have a huge religious ceremony and close Walking Street for your wedding party, it will not be legally effective unless registered. However, marriages conducted under the laws of other countries are also recognised or acknowledged by Thai law. The recognition or acknowledgement of the overseas marriage can be made in a District Office in Thailand or Royal Thai Consulate. The Thai family law is quite secular. There is no discrimination between Thai and foreigner, the maternity always carries favor in the eyes of law. Thai law does not recognize a homosexual marriage, however, they can apply the principle of life partnership. Homosexuality is not culturally either taboo or punishable. The registered wife and husband team are the same person in the eyes of the law, with the same pockets, wherever they have common ownership of all properties acquired during the marriage, which is called “Sin Somros” (Common Properties). That is to say, you have to share the ownership of all properties with your Thai wife, even if you work as a CEO in a multinational company, whereas your wife may only do the house work. The property acquired by either spouse during the marriage will be the private property of such spouse only in the case it is acquired from a third party by gift or testament, without the writing declaration that it will be the common property. The fruits of the private property will become the common property. The husband and wife shall jointly manage the common property for important matters.

“Only fools rush in” The wife and husband are jointly liable for debts during the marriage in connection with the proper management of household affairs and maintenance of the children for medical and educational expenses, or in connection with the common property or business carried out by either or both spouse. The private property consist of properties acquired before the marriage or properties for personal use, e.g., golf bag or tools necessary for carrying out an occupation or profession or properties acquired during marriage through inheritance or a gift or betrothal property. Some couples may enter into a “Pre-Nuptial Agreement,” which must be registered with the registrar upon marriage for the legal arrangement of the properties. However, Thai law strictly requires that any foreign laws cannot be applied in the “Ante-NuptialAgreement.” In addition to this, no clause can be against either public order or good morals. With regard to land, your wife can own the land under the condition that you and your wife make a joint declaration to the Land Office upon the registration of ownership of land, that the money spent for the purchase of the land, is coming from the pocket of your wife only, and that the land purchased accordingly will be her private property, whereby you may not share it. In case of separation, you may have your golf bag. However, some wise foreign husbands may prove that in fact it was his money, by showing the financial remittance slips from aboard which is always the case. In case of separation, the foreign husband will deem that the joint declaration jointly with the Land Office is the marital agreement during the marriage which can be terminated by either spouse. The foreign husband may petition to the court to dispose of the land by public auction whereby he will share 50% of the proceeds. However, there is no precedence of the Supreme Court. But beware, the wife and foreign husband may then be prosecuted for providing fake information to the Land Department officers. This can be comparable to a “suicide attack”; - for your own safety, you should consult with a Thai lawyer, in relation to all of these complex matters, which we have mentioned above. A house or building is legally separated from land, which can

be jointly owned by the foreign husband and his wife. They will also be jointly responsible for all debts incurred during marriage, involving their marital lives. A common law wife and husband may also share the property they jointly own as a life partner; - for example, if “Papa John” cohabits with his Thai lady, without a legal marriage, - (e.g. they may open a restaurant together). Possibly, “Papa John” makes a financial contribution, whereas his sweetheart make only a labor contribution, but all licenses and permits are in the name of his sweetheart. Their relationship is deemed as a partnership under Thai laws, whereby they can go “Dutch” for all that they jointly earn. If “Papa John” does not have a work permit, he may act only as investor, but be warned, never serve even a glass of water to a customer. The most important issue is children, who become illegitimate in relation to their fathers, while they are always legitimate children for their mothers, even without the registration of the marriage. Once your child is born in this situation, you should put down your name as the father on the Birth Certificate, and the child may also use your family name. Afterwards, you should register the legitimacy of your child with the District Office, because for your common wife and your child to gain legitimacy, you may have to go to the Family Court, which locally is situated in Chonburi. In case your child is less than six years old, it is legally deemed that your child is not mature enough to give consent; - in this case, you have to go to the Family Court. With the registration, your child will be your legitimate child, even though you never registered the marriage with your wife. If you register the marriage with your wife after your child is born, the registration for legitimacy is not required because you will impliedly become legitimate father of your child by this subsequent marriage. Thai people always compare the relationship of their wife and husband like “teeth and tongue,” whereby the teeth sometimes bite the tongue, but not vice versa. In your relationship, please verify with your wife who should be “teeth” and who should be “tongue”. Most foreign husbands in

Pattaya are quite decent and ideal husbands, and most of these senior citizens have worked hard all of their lives, before gathering all their fortune to devote to their new families in Thailand. For them it is not a case of just casual hedonism in beer bars, as most of them are rejuvenated with their new families; - complete with a young wife and kids, the western geriatrician is then definitely obsolete. Cross cultural marriage creates many challenges for the couples; - linguistic barriers are quite the most common obstacles to clearly understanding each other, then there are many sophisticated aspects in that the mixed couple may not understand each other. If the foreign husband is a retiree just enjoying a blissful hibernation, life may even be funny and superficial. This kind of husband will even feel rejuvenated within this ideal tropical life, with this complete package of happiness, ownership of luxurious habitation or a 30-year lease of the shelter that he has bought for his wife. This situation may be more serious if they have children in the past, mixed marriage children were threatening with discrimination, but the situation has improved greatly since 1999. Foreigners should know and understand the rights of their children under the Thai constitution; - you should know whether they may have double nationality or equal rights as other Thai nationals. Many government officers mistakenly interpret that mixed children will have to revoke their other nationality at the age of 20 years. In fact, nobody can be forced to revoke their nationality, as it can be against international human rights. In Europe, there are many people even having triple nationalities, and most modern countries become more and more tolerant towards this social phenomenon, because the geographic or political borders may not overlap the cultural or sentimental borders. Professor Dr. Pokin Palakul, Thailand’s Minister of Interior, who received his doctoral degree in Public Law (“droit public”) from the University of Paris, conducted a telephone interview with ITV on April 13, 2004, regarding the problem of people having double nationality on the Thai-Malaysian border. Under Thai laws, the government cannot revoke the Thai nationality of any

persons having double nationality, if they legally received their Thai nationality. The revocation can only be made in a case where they commit a very grave harm against the state. The revocation can be made only by the Administrative Court, therefore, your children cannot be forced to renounce, abandon or revoke their nationalities, whatever they may be. A Thai national with a foreign father may enjoy all rights, and if there is discrimination, by any laws or administrative practice, you may file a petition with the Constitutional Court or Administrative Court as the case may be. The judicial system in Thailand is quite fair and transparent in this respect. Your Thai wife will enjoy all the rights under Thai laws, so she can own the land and do whatever else, similarly to other Thai compatriots, while her husband can enjoy only his golf bag. Foreigners legally married to Thai nationals may stay in Thailand by way of a “Family Visa,” with the money of 400,000 Baht in a bank account, or a monthly income of about 25,000 Baht. The documents or bank book must be shown to the Immigration Office once a year, and you may have your one-year visa renewed every year without traveling aboard. For husbands having no such income, they are required to do a visa run every three months. Many foreigners have asked me whether they can have Thai nationality by naturalization, and we can immediately answer that it is not necessary. To be a Thai national, you may be conscripted into Thai military service, and in some situations,

you may be conscribed even if you are a retiree. “Foreigners may enjoy all rights unless otherwise restricted by law” If you want to do anything under Thai law and the government officers deny you the right, you may ask them, “Restriction is under what law?” and they have to answer you in writing. If you are not satisfied with the answer, you may appeal to the Administrative Court. For example, if you want to register the ownership of land under your name, the land officer will definitely deny your request by citing the Land Code. But if you want to take up the lease of land, you have the right to do so, because there is no restriction imposed by law. We have an example of a client who took over the lease of empty land from his friend and registered the 30 year lease with the Land Office. We advised him to build a house under his name, so he had to apply for the construction permit under his name. After the construction, he will apply for the House Registration Certificate (“Tabien Ban”) under his name, and many people laughed and objected to this idea by saying that there is no law allowing foreigners to do such a thing. I just followed the principle, - “Foreigners can do everything, except where there is a clear restriction imposed by the Thai laws.” Nobody could find any restriction, but now this foreigner has the House Registration Certificate (“Tabien Ban”), under his name, and we have never paid even one Baht to anybody to obtain this proper legal document. You can always find the light of justice if you seek with wisdom.

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Talk of the Town A short jaunt to Vietnam’s Hanoi city

The extreme alternative for Pattaya tourists

Gary Hacker in good snooping form

Chok Chai farm & horse drawn carriage

GARY HACKER writes after a recent trip with the Pattaya City Expats: Hanoi was for decades a small and little known southeast Asian

Prince Hotel which includes breakfast. On the restaurant front, there is a great supply of really good eateries, including Bobby Chinn’s

A beautiful, scenic view near Hanoi

city which was pushed into prominence during the wars against France and later America. But time has passed and today it’s an exciting venue for those seeking adventure. Air Asia offers inexpensive airfares for the two hour journey from Bangkok, around 6,500 baht, and the new Hanoi airport offers taxis and buses for the half hour trip into town. We stayed in the Vietnam Trade Union Hotel which was satisfactory if expensive at $85 a night. After two days snooping around, I found out that the place to stay is near Hoan Kiem Lake, an enchanting body of water and the epicentre of Old Hanoi. There are at least a dozen single and double shophouse hotels in this bustling area. The Green Mango has deluxe rooms at $55 and prices start at $25 at the

which has been well promoted on CNN and serves fantastic cocktails too. Even quite small restaurants can compete in the charm and quality stakes. La Restaurant and Bar in Ly Quoc Su Street, run by a Canadian guy for 11 years, has delicious braised lamb shanks and out of this world soft shell crab. For true Vietnamese food Lan Vien on Ly Thyong Kiet Street, located two blocks south of the lake, has an intimate upstairs dining room which attracts many of the local business crowd. Artwork in Hanoi is of a much higher quality than elsewhere in southeast Asia. I was astounded by what I saw at the Hoang Son Gallery, Hang Bong Street, and at the Song Thu Gallery on Ly Quoc Su Street amongst others. Unlike Thailand’s

pricey silkshops, Hanoi’s quality silk is woven into unique articles of clothing and isn’t expensive. Try Sapa Shop on Hang Bong Street or one of the other shops on the block. Traffic is not the best feature of the city. Intersections, with or without lights, are a free for all as bikes move in and out, brushing you slightly as they weave around. If you are feeling crazy, you can rent a Honda Wave for $5 a day. Otherwise taxis are fairly cheap, about 30,000 dong or $2 for a short trip. But beware of fast meters! A must-do adventure, four hours north of Hanoi, is the enchanting Halong Bay, featured in the movie Indochine and an almost unimaginable picturesque scene out of a dream. In 1994 UNESCO categorised as a National Heritage site – over 900 islands in a protected bay of blue water with a thousand fish species and over a hundred types of coral. For details contact Lien at Kim Tours in Hanoi. A one day trip to sail on Halong Bay, including transportation and seafood lunch, can be arranged for as little as $65. Halong Bay coupled with a sojourn in Hanoi provides an interlude of adventure and a memorable holiday you’ll remember for years to come. It’s still a largely hidden destination that you should rapidly plan to visit. Would I go back? You betcha!

Pattaya’s only Indonesian restaurant and garden YOU have to have a fairly long memory to recall Dolf Riks’ restaurants in Pattaya and Naklua with their special Indonesian menus. Dolf had carefully preserved all the recipes, many from his schoolboy days when held in captivity by the Japanese. But now Pattaya has its own Indonesian restaurant. La Villa Bali, which is located at Thepprasit Villa, just off soi 8 on Thepprasit Road,

under Australian management but with an in-house Indonesian chef. It’s all here – Gado Gado, Nasi Goreng, Satay, Lalapan and much more – but English speaking staff are on hand to advise those to whom Indonesian cuisine is new. The choice is international too. There are delightful New Zealand oysters, steaks from Australia and a tempting selection of Thai dishes too.

Later you can try that delightful dessert Pavalova, a merinque topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and fresh fruit selection. There’s a good wine selection too. A typical bill for two, including a bottle of French wine, would be 2,000 baht. That includes a starter, main course and coffee. Add more for a dessert. Phone contact on 0870199935 or 0853703840, but closed on Mondays.

WHEN you have had your fill of Pattaya’s delights, consider branching out into other parts. Muaklet Paradise Resort Hotel at Salaburi, one hour north of Bangkok, is currently targeting Pattaya tourists who want to see the more traditional side of the country. The resort’s tour guide and marketing officer Khun Plai, who devised the Extreme Alternative Getaway, says there’s much to enjoy up there. “The Vin De Ray Vineyard is very popular as is the Chok Chai farm, the largest dairy in Thailand where you can witness the whole procedure of milking,

making fresh ice cream, feeding the animals and so on,” says Plai. He adds that other options include a leisurely lunch cruise on

Marketing officer Khun Plai

the Chao Praya river or a visit to the large Wat Thepphitak or the Jest Soa Noi waterfall. You can even take a horse drawn carriage to the Royal

Elephant Kraal and ride around the historical grounds to experience what Ayutthaya was like when it was the capital of Thailand. For the more adventurous there’s also a half day’s tour of kayaking, river rafting and ATVs to drive. Your base at the Muaklet Paradise Resort Hotel has charming rooms and villas in various sizes. There’s a traditional Thai restaurant and conference room facilities for 150. For more details of this extreme alternative to Pattaya, see the website or phone the marketing manager Khun Plai on 081 847 9431.



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Consenting Adults wishes. A weapon is often employed or the very real threat of physical harm terrorizes the woman into passivity. Likewise, you have the stud who thinks he’s god’s

morning and realizes that she hadn’t really meant to have sex? Is drunken consent to sex the same as sober consent to sex or, indeed, is anything you say by Bee McConville whilst three sheets to the wind considered to be HELEN Mirren has recently valid in law? created a bit of a furore over It has been suggested her comments on the subject that young women who of date rape. She admitted embrace the ladette culture that she had been the victim need to start taking responof date rape on more than sibility for their actions one occasion back in her and must accept that the youth but suggested that messages they are sending it would have been wrong while under the influence of her to have reported of alcohol might be what happened to the police misinterpreted. They cannot and dragged the offending gift and who believes that to the young men who are complain that men are male through the courts. all women want to have ‘on the pull’ but who are taking unfair advantage Needless to say the sex with him even if not sure how to respond to of them while they are media grabbed her mis- they are saying no and a youngwoman who is drunk when they are quoted comments and made meaning it: ‘You know asserting her sexuality, culpable of actively and headlines out of them, you want it, really!’ This flirting outrageously and deliberately getting drunk which, in turn, prompted misguided bully has an appears to be ‘coming on and behaving outregeously women’s groups to decry ego that won’t accept the strong’. in the first place. The only Ms Mirren’s opinions as notion that a woman does When the drunken female way to avoid sending outdated and dangerous. not find him attractive so agrees to go back to his such confusing signals So what exactly was said? will manipulate a situation place, engages in sexual is pretty obvious – don’t Well it went along the where he can be in control foreplay and then passes get drunk – that way you lines of suggesting that if and attempt to intimidate out through drinking excess stay in full control of what a woman voluntarily went the woman into intercourse alcohol, is the man who opts happens to you. back to a man’s place, en- against her will. Ms Mirren was even to complete the act then gaged in sexual activity and In both these situations guilty of rape and is he a brave enough to suggest that then changed her mind at the sexual act is aggressive danger to society? Can the Mike Tyson was probably the very last moment and demeaning, and leaves young woman then cry, not guilty of the rape he when actual penetration the woman with both ‘foul’ when she regains was sent to prison for and was imminent, then perhaps physical and mental injuries. consciousness the next was voicing what so many she couldn’t blame the guy The man is clearly guilty for following through and of a crime against the ‘finishing what she started.’ woman and deserves to be She certainly couldn’t punished with a custodial label him a dangerous sentence, particularly as rapist and expect the these types of male will courts to sentence him to go on to commit more HAVE you got them in losing concentration after your bathroom? You ten seconds and ending up know, those pretty little peeing on the toilet edge fluffy towelling mats that which then creates a little fit neatly around the base of your toilet? Yes, you can buy them in all the respectable shops from Marks and Spencers to John Lewis and Harvey Nics and I’ll even bet that the queen has them in her bathrooms. But have you ever actually stopped to a lengthy time behind acts of violence against think why we have bars. women and are an ever them? No probably not, So, when you hear the present danger to society. because we’re too polite word ‘rape’ what do you However, that’s where to think about things think of? Personally, rape the clear-cut picture ends. like that. Well I’m not to me means a situation It is now known that in bothered about being too stream which runs down where a woman is preyed more than half of all polite and I know exactly the front of the toilet and upon by a male, known reported rapes both what these clever little directly into the carpet or or otherwise, and is parties have been drinking bathroom accessories are tiles below. This little threatened with death and that, very definitely, for. It’s because men stream then soaks into or violence unless she muddies the waters. With can’t actually point Percy your fitted bathroom acquiesces to his carnal the growth of the ‘ladette at the porcelain without carpet or tile grout and culture’ young women are deliberately going out on binges and getting blind drunk. This, in itself, is not the problem. However, seriously mixed messages are being sent

people were thinking at that time. Tyson was prosecuted on the word of a young lady who had voluntarily agreed to go to his room at 1.30 a.m. and who had been seen kissing and cuddling in a limo with him on her way to the hotel. One might ask what this young lady thought she would be doing in a hotel room at that time of the morning other than having a cup of cocoa and aplate of cookies!? It is a sad fact that only 5% of reported rape cases end in a successful prosecution in the UK, which is less than it was twenty years ago. This is one of the lowest conviction rates in the western world. However, it is unlikely to

improve while the issue of what constitutes a real rape rather than a drunken blunder (on the female’s

part rather than the male’s) remains blurred. So perhaps more people should take the common sense approach that Ms Mirren has suggested rather than jumping on the knee-jerk bandwagon of slagging her off for having the honesty to say that women who play with fire often get their fingers burnt!

Pedestal mats becomes the source for a nasty smell akin to TCP (tom cat pee for those of you who don’t know)

which then becomes a permanently pungent perfume in your loo. And for your information it’s only men who do this as women physically can’t get a stream of wee to go

outside the bowl without attempting to perch on the edge of the toilet which is almost impossible to do without personal and painful injury to unmentionable private parts. So a pedestal mat is just a polite way of describing a man’s pee catcher, but we can’t really go around calling them that now can we, although if we did then maybe our male brethren would start making attempts to keep all bladder outflows within the generous diameter of the toilet bowl – or is that just too much to ask for?! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

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only interested in ‘short time’ as she had to get back to the bar. She left, but did not go back to the bar, preferring to go home and sleep instead. Next day she turned up to work and a furious mamasan who had found out about her ‘short time’. Mamasan yelled at her that the bar was short-staffed and she should have come back to work. After a brief argument, Lek quit. Plan A was in tatters. Her next idea, Plan B, was to start work in a Go Go bar where the money and prospects were better. Another friend told her of a bar who was looking for girls so Lek paid the place a visit that night. To her horror she found many of the dancers in complete disregard for dress standards and learned from her friend that if she wanted to make big bucks she would need to do the same. In all her shyness, Lek said she was not prepared to do that and walked out. Plan B was now out the window. This is when I come into

the picture and play a somewhat insignificant role in the proceedings. After hearing her tale of woe I told her I had heard of a Go Go bar with higher dress standards which I was certain would welcome her hugging their chrome poles in a bikini. Happy with that, she went to check the place out and was told she could start work in three days time. Plan C was looking good. I saw her again on the afternoon of the day she was due to start work and reminded her not to be late for her first day. She replied that it was impossible for her to start work. Why? Because some French guy had been calling her wanting to take her for a week’s holiday to Chiang Mai, which meant she had to be ready to leave with him at a moment’s notice. I asked when this French guy had come into the picture. Her coy reply was that she had known him for ‘quite some time’. Plan C was dead in the water. Two weeks later I saw her

again. She was still unemployed, still had not been to Chiang Mai and had run very short of funds. I told her of a beer bar operated by a friend of mine where she could work semi-freelance, thus receiving at least some income while she waited on her Frenchman. She seemed very happy with that so Plan D was hatched. I escorted her to the bar, introduced her to the mamasan and arrangements were made for her to start the following day. A few days later I went to the bar to see how Lek was getting along. The mamasan said they had not seen her. This was confusing because I thought this job would suit her situation perfectly. When I eventually ran into Lek again, I asked what the problem had been this time. She answered that she could not work at that particular bar because her farang’s friends often drank there. She had told him she was staying at home in Isaan so if they saw her in Pattaya the

jig was up. I said that I thought he knew she was in Pattaya because he was going to take her to Chiang Mai. She laughed, “No, not that farang. This one from America!” She went on to explain he had called her yesterday to check she was ‘home’. “Yes,” she lied, “but now I have no money so have to go back to Pattaya to work.” The American fell straight into her trap with the words, “No. I don’t want you to work bar.” Pattaya veterans will know that, to a bar girl, those words have the same sound a poker machine makes when the tumblers stop turning and you’ve hit a jackpot. Her very next words are, “Well if you not want me to work you have to send me money.” They were Lek’s words as well and she was in town now on her way to Western Union to collect. He had sent her 28,000 baht and she was over the moon. I ran into her two days later and she was broke. After repaying all the friends she had borrowed from plus a few other sundry debts, she had bought herself some new clothes and expensive make-up then sent what was left to her mama. She asked if I knew somewhere she could work. Let’s see: we were up to Plan E and fast running out of alphabet. I suspect the perfect job is out there for Lek but I’m not quite sure what it is. I am certain she is seriously looking.

Just after the corner on the left is a pharmacy and Internet Cafe followed by Vanaporn Place (relatively new) apartments and another block of unnamed apartments. A vast assortment of Thai food stalls, semipermanent and temporary, line both sides of the street. Further on the right is a new apartment building under construction followed by a school. At this point, perhaps 150 metres from Central Road, it starts to get interesting because of all the new developments. On the right is a new 7-Eleven store (you knew there had to be at least one) and on the left, standing out like a shining oasis in a desert, a brand new bar complex similar to those nests of beer bars found around town, is taking shape. The difference is, being only six months old, these bars look bright and squeakyclean. More are being built.

A small soi on the left contains Smitty’s Lounge & Coffee Shop. Tik Travel Agency, a massage place, Porn Coffee Shop and Wanda’s (Lek) Coffee Shop. (Somebody around here sure likes their coffee.) On the right is the nest of beer bars with names such as Sar’s Bar, Noy Bar, Happy World Bar, Nice Bar, Queen Bee Bar and Boom Bar. I decided to check them out and, for no particular reason, sat down at Happy World Bar and ordered my standard bottle of Tiger beer. When I looked at my bin, the price was 40 baht so I asked the Hostess if I had inadvertently stumbled into Happy Hour. (I have an uncanny knack of doing that.) She replied no, that was their price all the time. I don’t know about the other bars, but if one bar is heavily discounting then the others are likely to be as well. And it makes

sense when you consider their customer base. Firstly, this area is off the beaten track so probably won’t get the patronage of the more-money-than-brains tourists we all love too much. Secondly, it is only a stone’s throw from Nirun Grand Ville condominiums which is home to many expats and retirees who, shall we say, occasionally need to stick to a budget. Next on the left, and opposite the entrance to Nirun Grand Ville condos, are Shagwell Mansions, Longhorn Steakhouse and

Outback Restaurant and Bar. All have been landmarks in this soi for longer than I care to remember. I had now walked perhaps only 200 metres from Central Road and that marks the end of this report. From there on, Soi Arunotai is featureless and of no interest. However, any reader finding himself in the area with a little time to kill should check out those new bars. It won’t break the bank and you never know what delights you will find Up Your Soi.

Fool in Paradise Job Wanted, Seriously! “COME and listen to a story ’bout a girl named Lek, Poor Isaan girl whose family is a wreck, Then one day she was searchin’ out some gruel, When out of mid air popped a bumblin’ fool. Farang, that is; white gold; Pattaya oxygen.” My apologies to The Beverly Hillbillies for parodying their famous theme song but I thought it was most appropriate. I do want to share with you a true story about Lek because it is both unbelievable and typical. At around 24-years-of-age, she is beautiful and popular but sometimes exhibits an immaturity defying her age. Don’t get me wrong, she is a lovely girl; it is just that on occasion her life decisions seem to indicate that there is a slight possibility there may be some substance to the proposition she is perhaps a sandwich short of a picnic. The story begins with Lek arriving back in Pattaya after an attempt at cohabitation with a Thai boyfriend.

After almost a year of playing housewife, she realized that living with a guy whose loathing of employment was only exceeded by his love of cheap whiskey was not what it was cracked up to be. She dumped him then, alone and without a lot of money, came to Fun Town to look for work. Plan A was to get a nice job in a beer bar and see what luck came her way. Through a friend she promptly found a job and commenced work. That night, a farang paid her bar fine and things were looking up. Unfortunately, the following afternoon she was hit unexpectedly with her ‘monthlies’ so called the mamasan to propose taking her three allocated days off immediately. Mamasan was not impressed but Lek explained she was in pain and could not work. Four days later she returned to work and was there only one hour before leaving with another farang. The guy wanted her to stay all night but she told him she was


Your Soi

by Frank Thring

WELCOME to Up Your Soi. If you have never read this humble column before, I can tell you it is all about Pattaya, specifically the geography of Pattaya. It is a travelogue with a difference, describing the main streets, back streets and side streets of this fabulous city with a view to pointing out places of interest that perhaps don’t appear in mainstream tourist brochures. I give you an idea of the interesting places through my own experience. I get up close and personal because I do the research using the cheapest mode of transport available; I walk. I’ll bet many of you

don’t know where Soi Arunotai is. However, I’ll also bet most of you know where Carrefour is. Soi Arunotai is the soi running south off Pattaya Central Road at the traffic lights directly opposite the main entrance to Carrefour. Signposted as Soi 1 Pattaya Klang, it is a very narrow laneway and one of those rare sois without a 7-Eleven on the corner. Tell your friends. Now, I’m not going to tramp the entire length of the soi because I used to live there many years ago and I know the southern end holds absolutely nothing of interest. All the action takes place at the Central Pattaya (Carrefour) end so that is where we begin.


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and their attitudes are disrespectful to the locals. Some are clothed worse by Kris & Noi than a rag-and-bone man’s horse, and not just in stores Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in and immigration offices; you Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi sometimes see some weird and immodestly dressed sights at embassies too. It is Dear Kris & Noi, embarrassing to hear the I’m a farang retired in petty complaints and Pattaya for 2 years. I’m very generalisations about Thais surprised to see how many made by some whingers, farangs have bad behaviour. but whichever shores expats They go to department wash up upon, they always store with ugly and dirty complain. Even if they enter old clothes they didn’t Paradise, they will soon be use for working in the gathering in groups, garden in their country. complaining about the I’ve even seen some who angels. wanted to come into the Have to disagree about Immigration Office in the driving though; although swimsuit! When I drive, some expats, particularly if I see an aggressive driver, when drunk, can be dangerthis is nearly always a ously aggressive, the Thais farang. Even if I’ve to regret generally win on that that young Thaipeople one. When you’ve been on drive their motorbike very a sharp bend and found a carelessly. truck or coach thundering When I arrived in Pattaya, towards you with lights I’ve been sometimes in flashing for you to move farangs restaurant to make over or die, then you will knowledge. But the only understand. Nevertheless Gero, don’t one subject was to criticize locals...why do they live give up; as we’ve said in a country they don’t before, most resident expats here are decent, friendly respect?? and contented. If you visit Gero restaurants where Thais It is true that many expats and expats mix, you living in Pattaya fit your will meet some pleasant description all too well, people. Just ignore the

grumpies, they will never change. Dear Kris & Noi, I’m an unfortunate farang who must endure my Thai girlfriend watching Thai soap operas every evening. However, the volume does not interfere with my reading and I often enjoy ogling some of the very prettygirls. That said, the one thing common to virtually every soap—and most other Thai TV fare— is the presence of gay men and katoeys. Is there a Gay Actors Guild (GAG) here that has contracted for the appearance of gays on every TV show, or do viewers insist on the constant presence of gays and katoeys? Is the omnipresence of gays on TV reflective of Thai society? That is, are there so many gays on TV because there are so many in Thailand? Justin Thyme Producers of Thai soaps and game shows rarely have original ideas, so if a programme that included katoeys was successful ten years ago, then the viewers will get the same thing re-hashed for ever and ever. Thailand does seem to have a fair-sized gay population,

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but that may only appear so because they are accepted here far better than in many western countries, and can be more open without facing discrimination. Oddly enough, soaps tend to emphasise their different sexuality, often for comic effect, whereas in the real world, gays/katoeys can be seen working in shops, offices, running businesses, and their gender is irrelevant. Dear Kris & Noi, I was just at Big C where I was rushing to make a purchase on the second level. I got on the escalator, walked up the first two or three steps and was blocked by two Thais who just stood still. In a hurry, I excused myself, went up two more steps only to be confronted by a group of four stationary Thais. Looking beyond them, I saw not one Thai person climbing even one stair. Thinking back, I recalled the same experiences in Carrefour, as well as when in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Udon and Khon Kaen. Young and old alike, going up or down, they just stand still, waiting for the ride to end. I must conclude that unknown to farangs there is a law forbidding movement

of any kind while on an escalator. Because I do not read Thai, I assume that every escalator has a sign, only in Thai, that instructs people to stand perfectly still until they reach the next level. I cannot think of any other reason why I have NEVER seen a Thai ambulator on an escalator. Ted - Frustrated Shopper A Thai law forbidding movement on an escalator? Oh yes, very droll. Actually, there is a very good reason why people don’t move— they don’t have to. The whole idea of an escalator is to provide easy access to another level; unless you’re

late for an appointment or the shops are about to close, why waste energy? And in your careful observations of escalators in five cities, you’ve never seen Thais walking? A slight exaggeration methinks. If you were to complain about people not standing on the right, thereby blocking your urgent path, then you would have a valid case, as the good citizens here do tend to spread all over the staircase. Incidentally, running upthe Big C escalator would save maybe three seconds, so is it worth the frustration and anger? Go with the flow, and just admire the view as you slowly ascend.

USS Shiloh sets up community projects PRIOR to the visit to Pattaya, Sadowski Mark M ETCS (SW/AW0) (SHI CE

the Deaf in Ban Sean. They brought a BBQ Grill, 75kg of US beef burgers, 25kg of US

DIV) from the USS Shiloh contacted president Peter Thorand of the US Navy League Eastern Seaboard Council to set up two community relations project.

spare ribs, macaroni salad, cookies, and soft drinks for all. Then came Navy Leaguer and community affiliated sponsor Andy Wenger from Swiss House & Restaurant with his friend Conrad from the Grotino Bakery. They unloaded 550 hamburger buns and went with the sailors to prepare the lunch for the kids. What a feast that proved to be! The sailors, equipped with paint (donated by the Marriott Hotel& Spa) brushes and paint proceeded to the second floor of the school building and started to paint

Peter is an old hand at organizing such ventures. Soon a bus with 40 sailors rolled into the school yard of the Chonburi School for

one of the classrooms. Some of the navy personnel then played volleyball with the children. The next day the group again boarded buses and traveled to Chantaburi where, with the

help of the RC Chantanimit, distributed toys, roller skates and school textbooks to 3 rural schools, 40 kms from the nearest town. Many thanks from all concerned to USS Shiloh!

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Optimist International The Optimist International Club of Thailand here in Pattaya meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 6 pm in the Star Gazers’ Room of the Hard Rock Hotel for a great buffet and a friendly meeting. The club motto is Bringing Out The Best In Children and projects to help kids in Thailand are underway. Call Drew Noyes, founding president, on 084 111 7999 or see PILC October luncheon The Pattaya International Ladies Club luncheon will be on Tuesday October 7 from 10.30 am to 2 pm at Trattoria Toscana restaurant, Beach Road Pattaya. Reservations with Alvi 081 864 5754. The October coffee morning is Tuesday October 21 at the Moore Bar and Grill near Marriott Hotel from 10.30 am. No reservations necessary. Ladies of all nationalities welcome. Charity media race Easy.Kart in conjunction with Bartercard Pattaya will hold on Sunday October 26 (8 pm to 10pm) the first ever Charity media challenge at the EasyKart Bali Hai track. This is a chance for all local media outlets on the eastern seaboard to show their true worth! Registration

and further details from Laurie Muir on 089 772 6965. Liam’s Gallery Located on Pratumnak soi 4, this five storey art gallery has many original paintings, sculptures, antiques etc as well as the private art collection of Liam Ayudhkij who has been in Thailand 45 years and is the founder of the PSC group of companies. Exhibitions are on view 10.00 am to 7 pm daily (closed Mondays). Open house every Friday with free wine and snacks from 6.30 pm. See website w w w. l i a m s g a l l e r y. c o m or phone 038 306172. Steps and Rhythm Steps and Rhythm Dance Academy will hold a workshop in Salsa at intermediate level on Thursday September 25 from 7 – 9 p.m. Registration fee is 550 baht per person. For further information and to book a place phone Stephanie Moorhouse on 089 544 4842 or visit the website Talking about politics North Star Library, Sukhumvit highway, presents a talk on Thursday 25 September, 3 pm, “Politics and Political Science” by Dr Giuseppe Mario Saccone of Asian University. For more details phone 038 716 755 or

PATTAYA TODAY 19 sign up at reception. Free for members of the public and coffee break provided. Door 2 Door pocket size Door 2 Door, the longest established food delivery service in Pattaya, has launched their pocket sized menu: food choices of 39 top restaurants including new choices. The new menu can be picked up from outlets all over Pattaya or simply call Door 2 Door on 038 720 222 to get onedelivered. “Trust them to bring you great good.” Copa’s birthday bash The official opening of Copa bar, Pattayaland soi 3 (Boyztown), is on Thursday September 18 together with Peter Storrow’s birthday bash. Show starts at 10.00 p.m. and features Miss Jane “live” and top cabaret acts. Complimentary buffet on the evening. PILC Holiday Bazaar Pattaya International Ladies Club will hold their annual charity bazaar at Royal Cliff Beach Resort (Siam ballroom) on Saturday October 4, 10.00 hours to 16.00. Admission 120 baht but children under 13 free. 70 vendors from across Thailand bring their wares. Huge raffles. Excellent for xmas shopping too. All proceeds to local charities. El Duo at Cafe Royale The sensational Filipino El Duo are appearing exclusively and regularly at Cafe Royale, Pattayaland soi 3, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9.45 p.m. until 1.00 a.m. Regular bar prices and no admission extras. Come and enjoy the singing and entertainment of two of the area’s most popular duos.

Manhattans Sunday lunch Manhattans top class Sunday lunch is here! A help yourself starters buffet with 20 great choices (smoked salmon, Parma ham etc) and a selection of 10 main courses (including roast beef but there’s much more too) and surprise desserts. 795 baht from 12.30 – 7pm. Great promotions on wine, beers and spirits every Sunday. Reservations on 038 259 790. Location is Nirvana Place, Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Pattaya bridge club Pattaya bridge club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1.00 p.m. at the Bowling Green, Soi Xyte Disco. More details on the website or phone 038 422924 or 038 42409 or email Terry Quested on Royal British Legion Thailand’s first branch (Chonburi) is now up and running at Tropical Bert’s, opposite Bangkok Bank and adjacent to soi Yodsak. You do not need to have served in HM armed services to join, but must support the principles of the Legion. There’s a get together every Sunday with free food, discounts at the bar and organized visits. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. British Embassy Fair Ploenchit Fair will be held at Shewsbury International School in Bangkok on Saturday November 29 from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Over 150 stalls will offer activities and games such as the giant Ferris wheel, climbing wall, carousel, bingo, coconut shy and football shoot

to name but a few. Proceeds are distributed to charities throughout Thailand. More info on PILC Boathouse with Elvis The Pattaya International Ladies Club are having a dinner and an evening of entertainment with Elvis at Jomtien Boathouse on Thursday September 25 at 7 p.m. Cost 1,000 baht per person inclusive. Contact Roseanne for tickets on 0818650714. Raffles and auctions on the night in benefit

of Burmese children living in Thailand. Phyathai Sri Racha Phyathai Sriracha hospital is currently offering (until September 30) 5,000 baht discounts on cosmetic laser treatment and root implant treatment. Calcium Scoring examination CT64 slice digital imaging is also on offer reduced from 2,900 baht to 1,500 baht. Contact Gavin Waddell, international marketing, on 038 770200 ext 2426 or on 081 000 7077.

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Cheaper HK fares WELL here’s a new one on me. It seems Thai AirAsia is getting ready to launch direct daily flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok. I don’t know why, but I assumed they already existed. However, a visit to the website suggests otherwise. Anyway, the new route, will be launched next month, on AirAsia’s new Airbus A320 aircraft. Daily flights will depart Bangkok at 16:30 arriving in Hong Kong at 20:15. The return leg will leave Hong Kong at 20:50 to arrive in Bangkok at 22:50. Commenting on the new route a Thai AirAsia executive said: “We are thrilled to be pioneering the low-cost model in Hong Kong, and to be extending our notoriously low fares to passengers throughout the region.” Notoriously? It is thought the new route will help improve trade flows and investment in the region and provide increased access to Thailand for the huge tourism market in China, from where they will be able to easily connect to the many other cities that AirAsia flies to. AirAsia is optimistic the route will achieve load factors of more than 80 per cent in its first year of operation.

Islands rival Thailand’s best IT seems I’ve got it all wrong. But I don’t mind admitting it. I was under the impression that if I write about a destination outside Thailand it was with a view to maybe encouraging people to go there. Not necessarily so, the new owner of Pattaya Today told me as we sat at a “getting to know you” meal for all the newspaper ’s correspondents in Manhattan’s Restaurant. The readers already live in a great place with sun, sea and sand readily available, was the gist of his thinking. So they read the column to see the world through the eyes of others, not necessarily because they are thinking of going there, he felt. He’s got a point, I say seeking to collect brownie points by the dozen. Our conversation started when I told him that I would like to write about some places I have been to, but was worried about how difficult it would be for people to actually get there. I gave the example of the Seychelles group of islands in the Indian Ocean. I felt that if someone were to read this column – and actually wish the visit (which is pretty much the main function of travel pages in UK publications) – they might have the devil’s own job making the trip. I had visions of having to fly from Bangkok to South Africa; South Africa to Kenya; Kenya to the Seychelles. That sort of thing. But, maybe I was wrong there, too. A visit to the web tells me that Air Seychelles began a once-a-week service to Bangkok at the tail end of last year. That, if it is still running, would make life a whole lot easier. So, on the premiss that they

the islands lie to the north of Madagascar off the African coast to the east of Tanzania. In that sense they are not so remote. But, when you are there, you feel pretty cut off. This is especially true when you move away from the main island of Mahe. A fast boat or islandhopping plane will take you to islands such as La Digue, Praslin or Bird Island. More on these below. When on these islands a definite Robinson Crusoe feeling sweeps over you. Of course, the killing of Bird Island from the air – with the small runway (right) and the wild animals to provide food accommodation in the foreground. Inset: The Air Seychelles plane that takes you there. isn’t necessary and hotels When I went there I stayed form a fairly good substitute might not be too difficult to get to the fact that for some to, I’ll like to tell you a little 150-plus years it was run by in the Coral Strand on the main for caves but there is still the Brits who took over around island of Mahe. It’s a three-star a sense of being on a desert about the Seychelles islands. It’s a while since I’ve been the time of the Battle of hotel in a five-star location – island that is quite refreshing Beau Vallon Bay just five in these modern days of rush there but research tells me that Waterloo. Miles of sandy beaches can kilometres outside the capital. and stress. things haven’t changed much. The islands’ international be found here and, although I A beach walk is a delight and it If visiting, do yourself airport, like many nowadays, am no swimmer, you don’t have is home to several hotels. a favour. Leave the mobile Among them is the Berjaya phone behind and forget the is built on reclaimed land. So to wade out far to see the much of the approach is over opportunities for snorkelling. Beau Vallon Bay Beach Resort laptop. Years ago, people used water. This can be exhilarating The very clear waters of the & Casino. Confess I haven’t to go on holiday without or frightening, dependent on islands and numerous coral been there but the range of either in their luggage. They reefs offer great scope for those activities on offer sounds survived! Their jobs were how confident a flier you are. very enticing. My favourite, still waiting for them when But once on the ground you who love exploring the sea. Any trip to the Seychelles however (and I have been there), they got back and, if they will start to feel that the trip is worth it. If you’re looking for should be planned around what is Le Meridien Fisherman’s wanted to tell a friend what an unspoilt, tropical paradise you want to do. Windsurfing Cove. Cheapest room in the off a good time they were having, many miles from anywhere, the and sailing are best at the start season is a little under Bt24,000 they sent a card. Seychelles very much fits and end of the trade winds, per night! So it ought to be good Actually, maybe I can just usually around May and – and it is. But worth that rewind a little there. That bit the bill. Most of the place names in October. Some beaches are money compared to the best about sending cards was a the islands owe much to their better during the monsoon Thailand has to offer? I’m not pain. Okay, leave the laptop time under French rule. Though season, others during the trade convinced. but send one email from the A look at a map shows that hotel to all your friends. the capital, Victoria, gives a clue winds.

Nuts if you give Praslin a miss I WOULD be doing the islands of the Seychelles an injustice if I didn’t make special mention of my favourites – La Digue, Praslin and Bird Island. Each had its own attributes but all benefit from conveying the feeling that you have stepped back in time. On La Digue, for example, you can still take a tour in an ox-drawn cart which is a pleasant change from twisting your head off as you try to cover all the angles as bikes come at you in Pattaya. La Digue is possibly the most photographed of the 115 islands that comprise the Seychelles. And with reason. It has true beauty. Praslin, the second largest Seychelles island, is many people’s idea of paradise. The coast is surrounded by coral reefs teeming with life, while the interior is mainly untouched forest. Praslin is home to three of the world’s rarest birds as well

scale in aerial pictures such as the one at the top of the page but, trust me, it is not big – a mile and a half long by half a mile wide (70 hectares). I arrived there by small plane in a party of journalists and travel agents. Trouble with these jaunts is you can’t pick the company you find yourself in. And sometimes you can find yourself alongside as the Vall?e de Mai National some real plonkers. Example, take another look Park, a Unesco National at that picture and note the Heritage site since 1984. In the national park you will distance between airstrip and find the Coco de Mer, a prized the lodge area just to its left. palm tree whose fruit is a double One of the journos jumped out coconut in the shape of a of the plane and promptly disembodied part of female asked when the taxis to the anatomy – see picture. A small, hotel were. Beam him up, but polite, snigger is expected Scotty! On Bird you truly feel cut-off. when this extraordinary nut is first shown to you, but the They won’t even have TVs in moment soon passes, you’ll be the lodges. I spent one of the most glad to hear. The Coco de Mer is only found on two islands in pleasant evenings of my life there. A walk down to the beach the Seychelles. And so to Bird Island. I to watch the flocks of birds and know is difficult to get sense of go looking for rare, protected

turtles was followed by a Campari and soda as I awaited the evening meal. You could talk, play chess or read a book. The phone didn’t ring, music was on but not trying to pulverise your eardrums and, apart from the wally waiting for his taxi to come, the company was entertaining. I’m not even a big fan of birds but the sight that greeted me on this islands was impressive. For a while I thought I was in a Hitchcock film. I stayed there just for one night as we were being given something of a lightning tour but it was definitely an evening to be stored in the Treasured Memories. If you are looking to get away from it all I can recommend Bird. But I think two or three nights would suffice. Otherwise, how would you know how your favourite football team was getting on? Yep, I’m a bit of a plonker, too.

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ATM scams no joke

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had been made from an ATM in France. I assured her that I had not been to France the previous day or any day in the last forty years. The stamp and departure card in my passport would verify that I have not recently left Thailand. Luckily, the bank had not yet released the funds drawals and some smaller my pin number; and in any case, to the European institution where ones, all dated the previous the card was in my possession at the withdrawals were made. day, which was a Sunday. I, all times.) I pointed out that There will be a forty-five day emphatically, explained that for each withdrawal; there was audit and then, hopefully, my there was no way I had made a one hundred baht withdrawal funds will be re-deposited into those withdrawals. I also inquired fee. Didn’t this indicate that it my account. I also needed to why so many withdrawals was a cash withdrawal, not visit the Soi Nine police station were permitted in one day as I a store purchase? (No response.) and make an official report. I was told at the time I applied Finally, the helpful officer told will say that after what I took me that what had as “obfuscating,” the bank obviously happened became much more sympawas someone snuck thetic and helpful. I realized into my house, took that there would need to be an my ATM card from investigation before I’d see my my wallet, made money; but I needed to feel that 150,000 baht worth my predicament was being of purchases or taken seriously. When I was informed that the withdrawals, returned for the card that there was a to my house, put the card back withdrawals occurred in France, daily 40,000 baht limit. If you in my wallet and left, undetected. I had a moment of deja vu. Late After I put back my brains, one night, about two weeks want to know what “doublespeak” means, stop by my bank. which I just blew out, I asked prior to this incident, I had The officer had quite a few the nice lady to please get real. withdrawn some money from theories about how the money In all seriousness, it seemed to a machine on Second Road. could have been appropriated. me that the bank was fervently Although my money was Perhaps I used the card, which attempting to pass the buck to dispensed, the card seemed has Visa logo, to go shopping. me and take the onus off them; to come out unusually slowly. (No way, Jose.) Did I live alone? but hey, I’ve been wrong before. A man behind me, who I hadn’t (No.) Then, in all probability, After lengthy consultation with previously noticed, suggested my housemate lifted the card the “head office,” the officer I reenter my pin so the card and made the withdrawals. informed me that it had been would come out. This seemed (My housemate doesn’t know determined that the withdrawals like a bad idea so I just pressed

It could happen to you by Alan S. Brown LIKE many readers, I casually perused the article in the last issue of Pattaya Today regarding ATM scams and the need to protect one’s pin number. Although I took due note of the warnings contained therein, as a sophisticated Pattaya denizen and urbane traveler of the world, I knew that I was too smart to ever fall victim to one of those cons. Yes, one must be aware of strange plastic sleeves jammed into the ATM slot or disreputable characters hanging around noting you pin number. You need to be alert to hidden cameras recording your key strokes, as well. I felt a little pang of pity for those poor suckers who get cheated out of large sums of money. You can imagine how surprised I was, one recent morning, when to my shock and chagrin, I discovered that I had become the latest victim in this nefarious scam. The day started out well enough. It was time to renew my Thai driver’s license. All

went smoothly at the Land Transport Office and I was out within forty minutes. As the nine hundred sixty baht fee for automobile and motorcycle licenses was more than I had anticipated, I found myself almost out of cash. I decided to have some breakfast at Papa David’s. After settling down at a table and ordering some food, I excused myself to go to the ATM adjacent to a nearby SevenEleven so I would be able to pay for the meal and not have to wash dishes. When the machine spit out my money and a receipt, I was quite surprised that it showed a balance that was 150,000 baht less than I thought I should have had. Although a bit concerned, I figured it was probably a computer error and I would stop by the bank to check my account. At the bank, an officer printed out my transactions for the month, which showed several 40,000 baht with

cancel, which did the trick. From casual conversation, it turned out that the helpful man was from Paris. Was he involved in cloning my card? Did he somehow get my pin number? I guess I’ll never know, but I’m sure the s.o.b. is sitting on the left bank drinking an expensive bottle of wine on my tab. I hope he chokes. So, what did I learn? I replaced my debit card, with the Visa logo, with a plain ATM card, which can only be used in Thailand. I also learned that no matter how vigilant you are when using an ATM, you can’t be careful enough. If there’s anyone standing nearby, make sure he can’t watch as you enter the digits of your pin number. Don’t be bashful about asking someone to move back if they’re too close. If they get offended, that’s just too bad. Use your free hand to block your keystrokes from hidden cameras. If there seems to be a film of plastic in front of the slot or you suspect there’s some sort of sleeve inside, pass up the machine. Finally, according to the article in Pattaya Today, these scams seem to occur more on weekends and at night. So, try to use a familiar machine during the daytime. Will I see my funds after forty-five days? Stay tuned.

Britons’ behaviour abroad still the worst More drunks in Greece than in Pattaya RECENTLY a British government report by the foreign office, “British Behaviour Abroad”, noted amongst other things that in a 12 months period 1,368 Britons were arrested in the USA, 955 were hospitalised in Greece, 376 British citizens died in France and 6,078 lost their passports in Spain. In Thailand, the report stated, 653 passports were lost, over 100 Brits were arrested and charged and about a thousand needed consular support or assistance of one kind or another. It’s said that about a third of all consular cases originate in Pattaya which may be an indication why the embassy is to open an office in the resort before the end of 2008. Of course, the embassy also deals with Brits who need a service rather than presenting a problem – notarising documents, visas for visitors to UK, providing confirmation letters to Thai immigration are examples of that.

It seems that all over the tourist world Brits don’t have too good a reputation. At Malia, on the northern coast of Greece, the locals say it’s the Brits rather than anyone else who crowd into health clinics seeking morning after pills and help for sexually transmitted diseases. Many have only one holiday plan – to drink themselves into oblivion. The mayor stresses that it’s the Brits rather than the Germans or the French who behave like this. Greece and its island Crete is just the latest “fun” spot catering for young package tourists wanting cheap alcohol. It’s a similar story in Ibiza, Spain, and Cyprus too. And it can bea dangerous experience for those involved. The foreign office report says that in a single year 602 Brits were hospitalised in Greece and 28 raped. In Spain, 1,591 died and 2,032 were arrested. However, the report does not differentiate between hospitals and deaths caused by bad behaviour and other causes

beyond the immediate control of the individual. Some of the stories make press headlines. Earlier this year, two British women flying from the Greek island of Kos to Manchester got themselves into a drunken stupor. Yelling they needed some fresh air, they hit the

opportunities for the sexes in bad behaviour. So the obvious question is “why”?Many hoteliers and bar owners believe it’s basically a cultural question. They argue that nobody can really relax in the UK so holidaymakers, especially the young, become drunk in order to be the people they really want to be. Last year, shopkeepers in Malia held

attendant with a vodka bottle and tried to wrestle open the emergency door at 30,000 feet. The plane was diverted to Frankfurt where the two women were arrested. This tale at least goes to show that there’s equal

anti British demonstrations and demanded police to patrol bars and clubs more forcefully, keeping the peace and making arrests where necessary. Other locals blame the tour operators for promising drinking

and partying vacations with booze at rock bottom prices. Pub crawls are found only in countries where alcohol is plentiful and cheap. The hot advertising for some destinations automatically puts the vacationers into a wild mind-set which easily leads to trouble in its many forms. But still other commentators say a lot of the stories are exaggerated by the media. The more you publicise loutish behaviour, the more likely it will be that louts turn up. So where does all this leave Pattaya? By comparison to the Mediterranean, the resort seems tame. Riots in bars are all but unknown and most holiday makers have a shrewd idea that Thai prisons are not exactly the best places to be. A Pattaya bar owner says that very few Brits come to Pattaya with the intention of causing trouble or finding themselves in it. “Thai police have a very high profile,” he says. In actual fact, Thai police are reasonably lenient with drunks of any nationality as long they don’t injure people or

wreck property or fail to pay their bills. Normally, a drunk is allowed to sleep it off before being released the following lunchtime on payment of a small fine. In fact, the serious problems of Brits in Pattaya have more to do with ageing than adrenalin. Barry Kenyon, the Pattaya based officer of the British embassy, said “Much of our work in fact concerns guys who have run out of money, and have no valid visa, or elderly gents who need serious medical treatment and haven’t got medical insurance or mega cash.” He stressed that the embassy could explain their options and offer to contact friends and relatives round the world for assistance. “But we can’t pay bills or offer cash donations or loans.” Barry’s advice to all visitors is to read the foreign office advice to travellers to Thailand which is available on-line at www.fco. “The most important thing is to have medical insurance and to know whom to contact for cash if you run out of it,” he concluded.

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Thailand’s new economics and politics have collided Yet the country’s fundamentals remain strong NOBODY could suggest that there has been any good news out of Thailand in the last week or two. Demonstrations in Bangkok, violence on the streets and the declaration of a state of emergency are not exactly the subjects that act as a magnet for international travellers of any kind. Barely had the state of emergency been declared when demands to repeal it were made loud and clear. Thus tourism operators, conscious that international arrivals at Suvarnabhumi airport have fallen 30% according to immigration officials, want to restore confidence as quickly as possible. By some estimates Thailand stands to lose 200 billion baht in tourist revenues if the political situation remains unclear or a mess or both. Yet second quarter economic growth in the country as a whole was 5.3%, only a slight decline from the 6.1% year on year growth posted in the first quarter. Other countries in the region, including Malaysia and Singapore, have shown sharper declines in their second quarters of 2008. Private consumption in Thailand was also relatively stable with 2.4% growth in the

second quarter compared with 2.6% in the first, thanks largely to provincial spending as prices for key crops. In fact, it’s estimated that farm income has risen by as much as 58% this year, an unprecedented increase in income upcountry and one which helps protect the economy against shocks. Falling oil prices, assuming they are sustained, also bode well for the Thai economy in the near term. Exports have also outperformed previous expectations, reaching a record high of $US16.78 billion or 44% growth year on year, even as the global economy seems set to slow. On the other hand, government and spending and investment has slowed. The government’s much heralded 1.7 trillion baht infrastructure megaprojects remain mostly stalled in the planning stage. Facts such as these illustrate that Thailand remains vibrant in several respects, although the fear of inflation remains on the agenda as it could easily lead to weaker domestic spending and overseas investment. Most commentators say that the

Thailand’s economy remains surprisingly strong

country urgently needs new roads, power plants and irrigation networks in order to avoid slumping economic prospects and competitiveness in the medium term.

only things that could change his mind are a possible outbreak of serious violence, which would require intervention by the army, or if his coalition pulled the rug from

Political troubles are damaging the tourist industry The big problem is the threat under him. This seems unlikely to tourism as long as the as the coalition partners have confusing political situation sided with the government in remains as a scare factor. It’s urging the desirability of a probably that international referendum on whether the tourism has slumped most people have confidence in the obviously in the southern government. In any case, the provinces, notably Phuket current government party (or where there have been its successor) would likely demonstrations and airport emerge the biggest grouping closures. Pattaya may not have once again in any snap election. The army is the wild card in been so badly affected as it’s not dependent on a local the unfolding scenario. A airport: in any case U Tapao military coup is most unlikely has not been affected by as the last one in September violence or sit ins. Also the 2006 is fresh in everyone’s package tour market in Pattaya mind as a failure. On the other has by no means dried up. hand, some commentators see There are still many tour a silent putsch in the fact that groups from China and Taiwan armed troops have not been used to dispel protestors even in particular. It’s not easy in early though the state of emergency September to see how the authorises that course of differences between the PAD action. At the end of the day, it demonstrators and the Samak may well be the army and its government can be reconciled. strong influence which bring The prime minister seems about some kind of conclusion determined to remain in office to the political morass which and is disinclined to declare is presently traumatising a snap election. Just about the the nation.

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The coming transformation of Phnom Penh Cambodia’s capital is being gutted for sure Unit size varies from 153 IF YOU visit Phnom Penh lounge, a library, high tech today you will find most of security system and home sqm (two bedrooms) to 336 the familiar scenic features automation technology, sqm (five bedrooms) with still there: a generally walk in closets and prices starting at just shabby environment, no fully fitted kitchens. The under half a million US high rises and the remains developer Yon Woo of dollars, not expensive by of fading French archi- South Korea is very pleased Asian standards for tectural elegance on with the progress and says accommodation of this quality and location. The the main streets. Not tower, when completed, surprisingly it’s taking will offer sweeping Phnom Penh a long time views of Phnom Penh even to start catching and overlook the up with its south east sometimes chaotically Asian neighbours on the busy riverfront. And property development Gold Tower 42 isn’t the front. The country has only sky scraper. Work been wracked by Maoist has just begun on an ever revolution and civil taller building, the 52 war for most of the storey International last forty years. But Finance Complex which, that phase is coming to apart from a business and end. tower, will include The most obvious apartments and an initiative is the 240 million international school. US dollar Gold Tower 42, Projects like these a massive high rise scheduled for comple- Gold Tower 42 to be finished in 2010 have aroused some tion in 2011. The show that 60% of the units have controversy, although not a houses reveals luxury which already been sold to rich lot. Some say the new is quite unparalleled in locals (including Cabinet Phnom Penh will create more Cambodia – a residential ministers) and affluent poor people as their shanty tower which includes a golf foreigners, particularly from homes are destroyed to make way for cement. But practice range, a karaoke south east Asia.

the government is fully behind condos and towers and the prime minister Hun Sen wants to see as many as possible. The biggest foreign investment to date is US $2 billion and being made by the World City of South Korea to build Camko City, a 294 acre site on the northwestern outskirts of Phnom Penh. That huge project includes residential, business and public structures and is scheduled for conclusion in 2118. Unlike in Thailand, property prices overall in Phnom Penh (and Siem Reap) are still rising substantially. They rose around 70% in 2007 and look like exceeding even that in 2008. Land prices in the city have skyrocketed to US $3,000 per sqm from about US $500 as recently as 2003. Rental prices have also shot up with a five bedroom villa in a good area bringing in around US $5,000 a month. Actually, these

The vision of central Phnom Penh to come

prices are cheaper than central Bangkok to keep matters in proportion. Foreigners cannot buy land in Cambodia but they can now enter into 70 year leases with an option to renew for a similar time frame. The latter formula was found in a 1994 investment law and, although it dropped out of the law when amended, the formula is apparently still used. None the less there is still some ambiguity surrounding Cambodian law on the whole subject of ownership and leases. It’s not likely that the law will be amended soon as

the constitution would need to be changed to permit foreigners outright buying rights for freehold. It’s a similar story in Siem Reap which is just minutes from the temple complexes at Angkor Wat. There are no high rises yet, but a building programme which in some quarters seems to rival that of Pattaya. If you want real peace and tranquillity these days in Cambodia, you may have to make the four hour journey from Phnom Penh to the beach resort of Sihanoukville in the south of the country. It’s not unlike Pattaya thirty years ago.

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MBMG appoints Patrick Pitcher as non - executive group chairman MBMG Group, the specialist provider of financial planning, investment and legal advice in Asia, has appointed Patrick Pitcher as their non-executive group chairman. In this new position Patrick will be responsible for the overall marketing strategy and organisational development and play a strategic role in MBMG’s plans for regional expansion. Patrick’s appointment marks MBMG’s continued commitment to Thailand and plans for further expansion in the region. Mr. Paul Gambles, Managing Partner of MBMG Group, said, “We are pleased that Patrick Pitcher is joining MBMG Group. His vast experience and in-depth knowledge of working in the Asia Pacific region will certainly add to the team’s strength. Patrick’s appointment reiterates our continued commitment to Thailand and paves the way for our regional expansion plans.” Prior to joining MBMG Patrick served as CEO of J. Walter Thompson Asia Pacific South. Before that he was CEO Asia Pacific and main board director of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. During his career Patrick has also held marketing

recent new business venture in China without using MBMG for corporate structure and tax advice”. About MBMG Group MBMG Group was established in 1995 as a specialist in the provision of financial planning and investment advice to foreign individuals and businesses in Asia. MBMG currently handles 7,600 clients in Thailand, 65% of which are British or Australian companies and individuals. Patrick Pitcher: “I am looking Since inception, MBMG has forward to joining the MBMG expanded its operations Group. I have worked with the to encompass portfolios managing partners Paul exceeding US$ 100,000,000 Gambles and Graham and a wider range of services, Macdonald and the team of reflecting increasingly MBMG for many years now diversified client requirements and they have become partners and needs. MBMG also has an I can trust. So when Paul and exclusive association with Graham came to me with a Midas Capital (formerly suggestion to join the MBMG known as MitonOptimal) who Group, there was no hesitation. was recently chosen by the I am hugely impressed with the Sunday Telegraph as the best services and products offered Global Portfolio Manager of by the MBMG Group, The the last decade. Recently unique Hamptons Mortgages MBMG joined a strategic product for foreigners seeking alliance with RSM Advisory to acquire Thai property, the (Thailand), a member of RSM award-winning, number 1 International, the world’s ranked Midas portfolios, the seventh largest international tax-efficient QROPS product organisation of accountants and The Asian Century Fund and business advisors driven by to name a few. I personally also a common vision of providing could not have embarked on a excellent professional services. positions at Johnson & Johnson and Unilever. Patrick has recently been appointed as a board director of the Singapore Tourism Board.


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Plenty of Oil ONLY 5% of the worlds known oil reserves are owned by western oil companies. It seems that despite there being actually plenty of the stuff, drip feeding keeps the price up which obviously suits the suppliers. Simple economics dictates that when the price is high enough, the hardest oil to extract becomes viable and we can all keep driving our gas guzzlers as long as we are prepared to pay for it. Consumers might moan and groan about the price but it seems there will always be enough of the stuff. Lets move on from the oil crisis to the better side of the credit crisis. Interesting that at a time of credit crisis (what is the plural of credit crisis’s? Crisii or Christ?), the new big thing is ‘Slow Food’. The exact opposite of fast food. Food that has been carefully prepared, often from local natural ingredients, where ambience and décor

all play an important part in the meal. This is definitely not the same as slow service. Pattaya’s closest attempt at slow food, would be ‘Cabbages and Condoms’ which must have the best ambience of any restaurant in town, although the service is consistently slow or very slow. Not a place for a meal in your lunch ‘hour’ but a great contender for ‘slow food’. And one of my favourites. Slow Food is going to be the big thing in the next year. Much has been written about PAD and the ‘troubles’ in Bangkok. Just a few different snippets to add to the pile. Between 50100 Pattaya songteuw are currently laid up for low season. Maybe the drivers have gone to Bangkok as part of the rent a mob and can earn more money. Certainly Pattaya is safer for it. The Bangkok Post is subject to press restrictions during State of Emergency

but not its web site. The PAD has inadvertently helped to strengthen Taksin’s image abroad. PAD want only 30% of MP’s to be elected in future elections with the balance appointed. The PAD have adopted (or hi-jacked) the yellow shirts, a sign of respect and support of the king, as a kind of uniform. This in turn is leading to some conflict within the Thai workplace amongst those not directly involved with the Bangkok protests. With neither side prepared to stand down, what is the solution for the Bangkok stand off? No side seems prepared to back down. Things don’t look encouraging on the political front. The British mortgage market has returned back to a level of normality with lenders again keenly competing for borrowers. It may not be back to the 120% mortgage offered

by Abbey just last November but is certainly a lot healthier than the end of July. The British Government is also offering shared ownership to those homeowners in risk of repossession. Currently the UK housing market is still quiet as it finds its level. Tourist arrivals for the Land of Smiles for 2007 showed a surprise. Despite

were ‘only’ 277,500 Russians tourists which was dwarfed by Brits, Yanks and German tourists – 859,000, 681,000 and 544,000 respectively. The Russian arrivals were even outnumbered by Indians (536,000) and Australians (658,000). The rate of change for Russians was the highest increase, up 47% on 2006. What will the figures show for 2008?

Work on the Thrapraya Road between Pattaya and Jomtien is slow. Work on Jomtien’s Second Road is……. sedentary. The only thing moving are the weeds

what was perceived in Pattaya as a swarm of arrivals from Russia, there

Sisterz Go Go And Show Bar on Walking Street, first Birthday Party, was at the

beginning of September and excellent it was too. With a great atmosphere and a cacophony of girls, good fun was had by all! The soapy T shirts looked great and did it for me. Sisterz have a Dance Contest on Thursday 18th September and a Girls Gone Wild Party on Thursday 2nd October. But hotly awaited is their Limbo Dance party in mid October. The movie Bangkok Dangerous with Nicolas Cage is great. Your Thai partner will love it. Filmed in (surprise, surprise) Bangkok it has many recognizable landmarks. Watch it before it disappears from the cinemas. Possibly the worst long term problem facing Pattaya is bad press from uncompleted (in many cases it may be unstarted) condominium projects where the developers have taken deposits and installments and failed to deliver. This is decidedly bad news for the Thai property market. Downturn? Insomnia Disco has punters lining out into Marine Plaza waiting to get in well into the very late early hours. It is evidently very popular. I am the Jomtien HotMaale and can be contacted at

Cross Bay Swim 2008 - Make Dreams Real!

THE Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya proudly presents the 5 th Annual Cross Bay Swim, which will be held on Sunday, 12th October 2008. Two years ago there were only 16 swimmers and just one long 3.5 km swim, but last year marked the launch of an additional short swim of 1.1 km and a total of 59 people took part. The 2007 Swim was highly successful in the ways of “Fun, Fellowship and Finances”. There were many familiar faces as well as newcomers - mostly students from The Regents School - all doing their bit by swimming for charity. The short swim was won by Nancy Ellis and the fastest long swimmer

was Nick Wilson, a Triathlete from Pattana School in Bangkok. Regent School students and teachers made up for most of the swimmers and between them, they alone raised sponsorship of over 110,000 Baht. Thanks to them and the many local sponsors the target of 500,000 Baht was reached. This year more International Schools are expected to submit teams for the short swim and most likely there will be up to 100 swimmers participating. Once again the Hard Rock Hotel will provide welcome drinks at the start of the short swim and Dusit Thani will host a buffet for the all swimmers at the finish. Whereas all the costs of organsing the event are covered, Rotary Club of Jomtien Pattaya is looking for sponsors to fund their many humanitarian projects. This year the Rotary International theme is “Make Dreams Real” and

their main goal is to decrease child mortality. What better cause could you find for a swimming event where privileged and healthy children (and young adults) are swimming to help the underprivileged children? When you are asked to give money for charity you may rightfully ask “how much of my money will go to the cause and how will it be spent”. Rotary prefers to present itself as a “humanitarian” organisation and not just a “charity club”. What’s the difference? Rotarians offer their time, money and knowledge for free - the expenses of running a club are covered by members’ contribution fees. For that matter the whole Rotary International Organisation is funded by club members world-wide. Also Rotary never just hands over the money. They research, plan and supervise each and every

project, obtaining competitive estimates for work to be carried out and only upon satisfactory completion the invoices are paid.. In their humanitarian efforts Rotary also aims to provide long term solutions. A good example is the Clean Water Projects which was the main cause for the funds raised at last year’s Cross Bay Swim. Thanks to the swimmers and the many local supporters and sponsors the Rotary Club of Jomtien Pattaya was able to raise well over 500.000 Baht. RC Eastern Seaboard and Dutch RC Pijnacker - Nootdorp invited RC Jomtien - Pattaya to be a partner in their Rotary Matching Grant project for Clean Water. With the support from Vigilant Technologies and a grant from Rotary International they jointly will, by the end of this year, have installed Lomatec H2O water filtration units at 24 schools in Chonburi and Rayong

provinces. The total project value is well over 2 million Baht and at current two schools in Sattahip, two in Rayong, two in Ban Chang, two in Bo Thong, two in Huay Yai and one in Pong districts have been completed. Two further schools in Bang Saray and Ban Ampur will be ready in September and there are more schools lined up in the Laem Chabang and Si Racha districts. All these projects are done in cooperation with the many local Rotary Clubs in the district.

The Clean Water Projects will be continued over the next years, but this year many other projects such as providing sanitation, first-aid medical kits, school uniforms, scholarships and youth activities are planned. Rotary Shares to Make Dreams Real! For further information please contact: Jan Abbink Chairman of the Cross Bay Swim Committee Rotary Club Jomtien - Pattaya e-mail:

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KCR introduce Homefinders property auctions in town KCR Homefinders have been active in real estate in Pattaya for almost 10 years and have added a new dimension with the introduction of KCR property auctions. Paul

less. Depending upon demand on the day and on vendors’ reserve prices, many bargains can be had at auctions.” Prospective buyers must first register with

Paul Davies has a really good idea about selling.

Davies of KCR (pictured) said, “Whilst auctioning property is not new, it does have significant benefits for both vendors and buyrers. It can be a quick and easy way to sell property and sales are usually completed within 28 days or very often

KCR (free) where they will be able to collect a package containing the terms and conditions and the lots to be sold at the auction. With this information buyers can identify those properties that meet their criteria. For pre-registered buyers

who can’t attend the auction, telephone bidding can be arranged. For the vendor, the process is equally simple and there’s free registration of the property which is up for sale. All they need to do is to visit the KCR office and sign up. For new vendors, the company will visit the property to take photographs and full details. The first auction will be held at 5pm on Wednesday September 17 at Mabprachan Resort, mainly comprising properties on the KCR website but with some new listings too. With properties and land sections with guide prices from 1.5 million baht to 14 million plus, there is a wide choice of properties to suit every pocket. KCR Homefinders are located at 242/13 Moo 6, Soi Siam Country Club (038 405 167-8). KCR are members of REBA eastern seaboard.

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“Serpent of the Nile” unearthed at last Cleopatra 10 years before Miss Taylor THE story of Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt prior to Roman subjugation, has been told several times on the silver screen. Most people remember Elizabeth Taylor’s version best of all, but some years previously in 1953 Rhonda Fleming (who is still alive) took the lead part in Serpent of the Nile directed by William Castle. The movie is rarely seen these days, although it had a strong run in the cinemas of the 1950s before being overwhelmed by the Taylor so-called spectacular. It’s not available on DVD but was released on GoodTimes video thirty years ago. You can still find it on e-bay and from private collectors on Amazon for around US$12 plus postages. The real Cleopatra bears little similarity to any of the movie versions, including the Rhonda Fleming portrayal. For example, she appears in several scenes wearing those bras which look rather like

bullet proof underwear. They were popular in the 1950s but completely unknown in the ancient world. The Cleopatra of history was in fact Greek – the last pharaoh dynasty was in fact Greek – and the coins and images of the period do not show her as particularly beautiful, contrary to the tradition passed to us from Shakespeare and through Hollywood. It’s not even certain she committed suicide

with a snake bite to her bosom. A recent television (detective) investigation argued fairly convincingly


she was murdered by her enemy Octavian, the future Roman emperor. Serpent of the Nile, subtitled the loves of and passions of Cleopatra, starts in 44 BC in Rome where Julius Caesar, who fathered a son Caesarion to Cleopatra, had just been assassinated by a senatorial clique led by Brutus and Cassius. But Mark Antony, played in the movie by Raymond Burr, remained loyal to Julius Caesar and defeated Brutus and Cassius on the fields of Philippi. At this point the movie rather departs from the historical record by introducing Lucilius (William Lundigan), a captain in Brutus’ army who is won over to Mark Antony’s side by reasoned argument and remains loyal to the very end. Mark Antony and Lucilius sail over to Tarsus to be entertained by Cleopatra who is rather keen to cement a new relationship with a senior Roman in the post

Julius Caesar era. The movie’s best scenes are arguably on Cleopatra’s barge in the harbour at Tarsus where female slaves perform a very exotic number designed to impress Mark Antony with the extent of Egypt’s gold and wealth. Of course, it works out well for Cleopatra and she succeeds in totally seducing Mark Antony although not Lucilius – although she tries her wily charms on him also. The move scenes between Fleming and Burr are most unconvincing, perhaps because Burr was in process of discovering he was gay at about the time the movie was produced. Serpent of the Nile is the only movie ever to show Cleopatra’s sister Arsinoe who has barely a walk on part and is not even mentioned in the cast lists. Although there is no historical evidence, Cleopatra believed that Arsinoe had aided Brutus and Cassius in the earlier civil war and Lucilius is


persuaded to lead an expedition to arrest her and her agent Serapian, the viceroy of Cyprus. Secretly, Cleopatra gives orders to

her captain, Florus (played by Michael Ansara who is also still alive) to make sure that Arsinoe and Serapian are murdered. They are cut down in the sands after their chariot breaks down. The denouement of Serpent of the Nile reveals its modest budget. Rome takes up arms against Antony and Cleopatra, but the sea battle of Actium is not shown. Instead we are treated to a Roman siege of

Cleopatra’s palace in Alexandria which is just about the most unconvincing assault ever filmed. The feat is accomplished by one Roman battering ram and one catapult. The Egyptian defenders of the palace fall over themselves in defeat as they fail to kill even one attacker with their bows and arrows. By this time both Antony and Cleopatra have committed suicide. Serpent of the Nile is a cheap production with sets mostly borrowed from another movie Salome, but not totally without value. There’s a good deal of unintentional humour in the love and fight scenes and the storyline actually shows Rhonda Fleming as a far more successful political schemer than Elizabeth Taylor ever could be. At 80 minutes only, Serpent is certainly better paced and far less of a yawning experience than the endless dialogues in the later Elizabeth Taylor version.

that ships like the Lusitania (she was not named) were liable to be sunk. It’s also a fact that the Lusitania was carrying contraband of war. Moreover, the British were sinking German and neutral ships in their blockade against German ports in the North Sea, so it’s not too surprising that the German high command took the position it did on unarmed IN its way, the sinking of the It should be said that objects the earth had yet the Lusitania’s cargo of illicit merchantmen. Lusitania, a British Cunard computer graphics techno- seen. Its role was to cross small arms may have The Discovery Channel liner, in May 1915 was as logy are important in the film the Atlantic between New exploded. But the problem DVD does not address the significant in world history and sometimes it shows. York and Liverpool and, on with the theory is precisely details of these as the Titanic. But there The shots of the Lusitania May 7 1915, was off the Old that they were small arms controversies, but it have never been as many plunging by the bow into Head of Kinsale, Ireland, en without sufficient power gives a fair summary of movies or documentaries the depths aren’t all that route to Liverpool when it to explode. In any case, the different standwas struck by a German U divers have located many on the Lusitania as there convincing. points. We are even taken As the DVD makes boat and lost 1,201 of the of the bullets on the have on the doomed White inside the U20 to hear the ocean floor and they 1,962 souls abroad. Star liner which struck an debates between officers Arguably, this was the are intact. Just as likely iceberg. and men about whether first time that non- is the theory put forward One of the reasons to fire a torpedo. But combatants – women and by National Geographic may be that the Lusitania the sinking in 18 minutes children – were entangled years ago that the coal sank in just eighteen was a shock even to the exploded in an increasingly bunkers minutes whereas the submarine commander. mechanised war. Nearly because of a chemical Titanic took two and “We expected it to take 100 years later, many process of combustion. a half hours. Just over two hours or more with Winston Churchill, first mysteries still surround a quarter of an hour ample time to beach the the events of that fateful lord of the admiralty in doesn’t give film makers vessel,” he told a court afternoon. Firstly, how the DVD, comes off also very long to explore of inquiry held later in many torpedoes struck as badly in reputation as passenger reactions Hamburg. the liner? Contemporary the German commander or delve into some of If you experience reports spoke of two or of U20. It’s suggested The British used the sinking to whip the controversies. But even three, but the DVD that Churchill might even up hysteria in Ireland against Germany difficulty finding the Discovery Channel, DVD in Pattaya (although rightly states there was have wanted the Lusitania uncertain terms. earlier this year, to be sunk in order to bring produced an 85 minutes The allies presented the Kaiser and the just one. On the other hand, it is available from some The second huge the United States into the historical balance forces street sellers), then Amazon drama documentary Germans as bloodyminded murderers Sinking of the Lusitania: clear, the Lusitania in 1915 explosion, seconds after the war. Not proven. Churchill to look a little deeper. The has a special offer with a Terror at Sea which makes was the biggest and most first, has never been is certainly culpable in not German embassy in New sister DVD on some of the up for the dearth of movie glamorous liner in the world, properly explained. The having warned the captain York had formally warned in mysteries surrounding the material in earlier decades. one of the largest moving DVD leans to the view that of the Lusitania as he was newspaper advertisements Titanic disaster of 1912.

Sinking of the Lusitania

Distinguishing fact from propaganda not easy

in submarine invested waters, but there’s no proof of a full scale conspiracy to sacrifice so many people on the high seas. The Germans, of course, are the villains of the piece. They were depicted at the time and since as evil monsters who deliberately sought to perform mass murder that afternoon in the Irish Channel. Britons, Irish and Americans were urged in propaganda posters to take up arms against the Hun in no

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So what happens after death in Thailand? Many pitfalls for the unwary expat NOTHING is more sure than death and taxes. If you are not sure which of these two is the more certain, try death for sure. Sooner or later it affects us all. Remember that Pattaya in particular has an ageing expatriate population so it’s as well to bear in mind our collective mortality. Although some expats have absolutely nothing to leave behind, except unpaid funeral bills, they are not the norm. Most expats have some kind of estate both in Thailand as well as in their first country. Typically, it’s cash in the bank, shares or equities, property wholly or partly in their name and disposable chattels such as a car or residence contents. After you do indeed depart to meet your Maker, or whoever, the key concept down here on planet Earth is probate. You can’t do a thing without it. Probate is the

are free to distribute these assets in accordance with your written instructions given to them. But most expats have their assets tied up in banks and cash deposits and this is where the delays set in. A Thai court may well be quite quick in its decision depending on the quality of the documentation – a judge sitting alone can sign the authority – but there are likely to be long delays when probate is sought in other countries, especially in Europe. Some people elect to write two or even more wills, to cover assets in various locations, but even this is not foolproof. In a recent case, a British court found out about the Thai will and queried which one showed the true wishes of the signatory. Again, those who are contemplating several wills need to raise the matter with proper legal sources who know

authority given by a court to the appointed executor(s) of your estate to administer its clauses. The executors’ first job will be to pay for any expenses, typically a cremation or repatriation of remains and unpaid hospital bills. After that, your wishes about disbursing your former earthly gains come into play. A problem often arises because you have assets in more than one country and probate has to be obtained separately according to location. This can be more complicated than it sounds. Suppose you had a condominium in Thailand, some equities in mainland Britain and two bank accounts in the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man, you would need to obtain a separate probate four times. Other difficulties soon march onto the stage. In UK,

inheritance tax may have to be paid on the entire estate worldwide unless the dead person was not “domiciled” in UK, a very technical matter and a status very difficult to obtain. Typically, it can take several years to sort out the legal complications in a complex case. It’s not without cause that the general advice is to seek comprehensive financial advice from a properly qualified adviser. Many expats these days use trusts which can be useful in overcoming the necessity for obtaining probate. A trust is the legal owner of specified assets that you have transferred to it. Such assets fall outside your personal estate when you shuffle off this mortal coil. This is because the trust owns the assets rather than you and, in consequence, the assets in the trust are not subject to the granting of probate. Trustees

that they are talking about. Finally, there are major difficulties ahead if an expat dies intestate but has assets in one or more countries. In Thailand, the procedure is for the next of kin – leaving aside who that might be in a short article – to make a detailed application for the assets to the court through a Thai lawyer. The lawyer is

likely to charge significantly for this service so the potential assets have to be substantial. If two or more parties claim the assets, then the bills will be even greater. The golden rule is to take tip top legal advice before you drop off your perch. Failure to do this can see your treasures eaten up in legal battles. Amen!

Providers’ seems to be the fulcrum of this legislation and is what needs to be determined first in order to assess whether compliance is needed by you or your company. These fall into two categories; (1) A person who provides service to the public with respect to access to the Internet or other mutual communication via a computer system, whether on their own behalf, or in the name of, or for the benefit of another person and (2) A person who provides services with respect to the storage of computer data for the benefit of the other person. Initially one may think that this only applies to the ISP’s and the like but the ministry has interpreted this to include services rendered by an operator to its own staff/ representatives be it Internet access, computer communication, or data storage. This then means for example that any company, organisation, school, hotel, condo, Internet cafe etc. that is providing Internet services whether free or chargeable is required to comply. Thus my Company and this Newspaper are required to comply. In essence

are subject to a 100,000 Baht fine. 4. The Act also has provision for those circulating only private households or hands could be very damaging. pornographic material or small businesses with a single It begs the question will the libellous content through ecomputer and user would be public be comfortable using mails to be subjected to heavy an Internet cafe in future? Or fines. exempt. Anyone needing specific So, having determined that a tourist using the free WiFi you have an obligation to in their hotel? The Act has information pertaining to comply; what does this mean? the potential to amass a whole their area of operations may The business operator will need horde of information and contact me for a recommended to keep logs of every user’s seems very much to be ‘taking solution. If you need any further Internet activity; this includes a sledgehammer to crack a nut’. details of all websites visited, It is supposed to protect online e-mails, instant messenger privacy, enhance e-commerce conversations etc. This needs and national security, but at to personally identify the what cost? In any event if the user, so details of ID cards, law is enforced then Thailand Passports etc. together with will have one of the most access times will need to be comprehensive mandatory data maintained and this information retention requirements in the retained securely for 90 days. world. Other than the 500,000 Baht Failure to do so is a criminal offence and subject to a fine of fine mentioned above, some of the other penalties are:up to 500,000 Baht. 1. Those who conduct There are a number of different methods available whatever acts electronically to to capture and store the intercept data being transferred prescribed information, these between others’ computers, typically involve a hardware / when such data is not for public software based solution. This use, are subject to three years clearly poses an unexpected jail and / or a 60,000 Baht fine 2. Those who unlawfully financial burden on operator’s particularly operators with a damage, destroy, delete, large volumes of information alter, or modify, wholly or and Internet traffic; as they partly, information on other’s purchase new servers and computers: subject to three storage units for the mandatory years jail and / or a 100,000 storage of log files. There will Baht fine 3. Those who send data or be a capital expenditure and possibly ongoing ‘house- electronic mails to others without revealing their identity keeping’ and maintenance. Clearly, the information or by posing as someone else, captured is sensitive to say in an act that disrupts the the least and in the wrong others’ normal computer use

information, you’re welcome to call into my Office located on Sukhumvit Road (next door to Pattaya Today Newspaper). I am also happy to see you personally, but to avoid a wasted journey it is best to telephone me first on 08 3540 5220 as I am often out at client sites these days. Send your questions and to contact me by e-mail, you can also visit our website

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by Richard Bunch I HAVE received over 100 emails and countless telephone calls enquiring about the Computer Crime Act 2007. This Act clearly has caused an understandable degree of anxiety, so I will endeavour to address the salient points here and how you may be affected. The Act was passed 10th June 2007 and came into force 30 days later; although Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) for instance CS Loxinfo have been complying there has been a grace period for other affected organisations until 23rd August this year. Essentially, Section 26 of the Act makes data retention mandatory for all ‘Service Providers’, who are required to keep records of their users’ e-mail, chat, internet usage and personal identification for a minimum of 90 days or longer if required by a competent official. The required detail of this mandatory data retention is in the hands of the Information and Communication Technology Ministry. The definition of ‘Service


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AOT Makes Record Profit Airports of Thailand PCL (AOT) reported an eleven-fold rise in quarterly net profit on August 14, due primarily to the Bt2.7 billion compensation it received from duty-free firm King Power, after winning a case over a contract in Suvarnabhumi Airport. AOT said it made a net profit of Bt3.61 billion in the quarter to June 30. However, rising jet fuel prices are likely to reduce aircraft traffic. Raimon Land Offers Special Services For The Lofts Yennakart Property developer, Raimon Land, has signed a contract with Standard Chartered Bank to provide potential investors in Bangkok’s The Lofts Yennakart condominium with a range of complimentary services. These include a free appraisal for all The Lofts Yennakart condominiums for potential buyers and bank handling charges for any loans relating to the purchase of a Lofts condominium. The Lofts has been also chosen as the location for a new reality TV series “Superstar”. Thai Food Exports Expand Industry Minister Mingkwan Sangsuwan intends to increase the value of Thai food exports by two to three times, over the next 5 years, focusing on product quality to meet global demands, and also promoting other Thai food products, like condiments and spices such as fish sauce, garlic, chicken sauce and other seasoning items. According to the National Food Institute, Thailand’s food exports rose 28% to Bt380 billion, up to June, 2008. Brit Predicts Own Death 69-year-old, retired British engineer, Ian Beeston, was found beaten and stabbed to death in his Isarn home after apparently prophesying his own murder. He married a local woman 9 years ago and invested ?350,000 in properties, putting them in his wife’s name, but 4 months ago discovered she had cashed them all in. In a letter left with lawyers, Mr Beeston predicted: “It is just a matter of time now. I am in real fear for my own life.” Thailand Coach To Be Paid One Million Pounds Annually Newly-appointed Thailand coach, Peter Reid, will be paid one million pounds/Bt63 million a year (“the going rate” for English

coaches) to prepare the national team for the Suzuki Asean Cup, revealed the Football Association of Thailand President, Worawi Makudi, on August 15. Reid, ex-Everton star and previously manager of Sunderland, Leeds and Coventry, was appointed by the Football Association of Thailand in July. Reid will sign his contract in September. Fugitive US Paedophile Arrested In Nakhon Ratchasima After Tip Off American paedophile, Howard Earnest Pritt, 48, from Lewisville, wanted on outstanding felony warrants for three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child with sexual contact, who escaped to Thailand in 2002, was arrested on August 13 by the Royal Thai Police in Nakhon Ratchasima and repatriated on August 24.US police spokesman, Sgt. Roger Griggs, said the arrest was facilitated by a Crime Stoppers tip off. Thailand to Encourage E85-Compatible Vehicle Makers Thailand is to grant tax breaks to Western manufacturers of imported, E85-compatible (fuel with up to 85% ethanol) vehicles, despite a request from Japanese car manufacturers for a two-year delay until their E80-compatible export models are ready for production, according to an August 17 statement by the Thai PM. Thailand is reducing its dependence on imported fuels by promoting E85 production, using locally produced ethanol from commodities like sugar and tapioca. Worship of Rice Goddess Revived Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture revived the ceremonial worship of Mae Phosop, the Rice Goddess, to commemorate Queen Sirikit’s birthday and boost the morale of Thailand’s 3.7 million rice-farming families at a demonstration farm in Ang Thong Province. Although Thailand’s main religion is Buddhism, a strong undercurrent of Hinduism and animism still pervades Thailand’s traditional belief system. The practice lapsed due to education and was last held before a royal audience in 1961. Mekong Floods Cause Chaos in Neighbouring Countries. Record high water levels of 44.8 feet in the Mekong River, on August 16, caused extensive flooding of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam

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Vol. 8 No. 1 ! 16 - 30 September 2008 Cyclone Nargis. Thai participants were trained to publish alerts, create user and distribution lists, and disseminate alerts through the Internet-based alerting interface. IWSAlerts can utilize any networked system. Thailand Could Be Regional Bio-Plastics Hub The Thai Bio-plastic Industry Association declared on August 18 that Thailand’s rich supply of natural resources could enable it become a regional bio-plastics hub, helped by overseas investment. Currently, Thailand’s bio-plastics industry ranks third In the Asia-Pacific region, behind Japan and China. Thailand has plenty of raw materials and is the world’s top exporter of cassava, a component, along with sugarcane, in the manufacture of lactic acid; a key ingredient in bio-plastics production. SE Asia Rejects Gary Glitter Infamous British paedophile, Paul Francis Gadd, aka Gary Glitter was shuttlecocked around SE Asia following his release from a Vietnamese jail, sentenced for abusing 2 pre-teens. After first landing at Bangkok, and disinclined to return to Britain, he was sent to Hong Kong, which, in turn, refused him. He was duly returned to Bangkok on August 21 and later, showing reluctance, was finally deported to Britain as a ‘persona non grata’. Somjit Decisively Clinches Thailand’s 2nd Gold Thailand’s 2nd gold medal was won by flyweight, Somjit Jongjohor on August 23, decisively beating Cuba’s Andris Laffita, using tactics of experience. The 33-year-old former world champion was fighting in his last Olympics and the final bout of his career. He dedicated his gold medal to his son, Kampan. Thailand’s 2nd boxing hope, light welterweight, Manus Boonjumnong, came away with a silver in his fight; the first Thai to win medals in consecutive games. Thai Light-Flyweight Boxer Bows Out Ex-prisoner, Chon Buri’s Amnat Ruenroeng, Thailand’s contender for the Olympic light-flyweight boxing championship in Beijing, failed to beat Mongolia’s Serdamba Purevdorj, on August 20, after reaching the quarter-finals. Whilst in prison, Amnat had learnt Queensbury rules boxing to augment his Muay Thai skills and represented the Corrections Department, winning gold at the National Championships in 2007. ‘’I am happy because this was beyond my expectations,’’ Amnat said after the fight. Buffaloes At Risk Of Extinction In Talay Noi Water buffalo farmers at the Talay Noi wildlife sanctuary in Khuan Khanun, Phatthalung, are concerned about their livelihood as the land they use to raise buffaloes is being encroached upon by oil palm and rice farmers, encouraged by high paddy prices.

Suthin Kaewgla, one of the buffalo farmers said on August 24, “If the government does nothing to help the remaining buffaloes, they will be at risk of extinction like the Pygmy elephant.” Risks of Employing Maids in Thailand Serial thief, maid Nongnuch Tabthong, 25, was arrested in Bang Khun Non on August 19, charged with dosing the kaeng som soup of her prospective employer, Phetpaya Chotfeung, with weed-killing herbicide and then stealing her five baht gold necklace and bracelet when Ms Phetpaya lost consciousness. Previously, Tabthong had stolen a TV, two mobile phones and Bt152,000’s worth of valuables from two earlier employers, using the same poisonous method. Property Investors returning to Thailand Although Thailand’s coup undoubtedly affected investor confidence in the property market, there are significant indications that buyers are returning, said Sarah Heywood of Principal International, one of the UK’s foremost overseas property investment pundits, on August 23. Apparently, local property agents are making great efforts to entice British buyers in particular, to show that the property market, especially in resorts like Pattaya, is strong and property in Thailand remains a viable investment.

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THE LEITH POLEETH A genuine complaint to Leith Police Station. Dear Sir! Madam or Automated telephone answering service. Having spent the past twenty minutes waiting for someone at Leith police station to pick up a telephone I have decided to abandon the idea and try eMailing you instead. Perhaps you would be so kind as to pass this message on to your colleagues in Leith by means of smoke signal, carrier pigeon or ouji board. As I'm writing this eMail there are eleven failed medical experiments (I think you call them youths) in West Cromwell Street which is just off Commercial Street in Leith. Six of them seem happy enough to play a game which involves kicking a football against an iron gate with the force of a meteorite. This causes an earth shattering CLANG which rings throughout the entire building. This game is now in its third week and as I am unsure how the scoring system works, I have no idea if it will end any time soon. The remaining five walking abortions are happily rummaging through several bags of rubbish and items of furniture that someone has so thoughtfully dumped beside the wheelie bins. One of them has found a saw and is setting about a discarded chair like a beaver on speed. I fear that it's only a matter of time before they turn their limited attention to the bottle of calor gas that is lying on its side between the two bins. If they could be relied on only to blow their own arms and legs off then I would happily leave them to it, I would even go so far as to lend them the matches. Unfortunately they are far more likely to blow up half the street with them and I've just finished decorating the kitchen. What I suggest is this. After replying to this eMail with worthless assurances that the matter is being looked into and will be dealt with, why not leave it until the one night of the year (probably bath night) when there are no mutants around, then drive up the street in a panda car before doing a three point turn and disappearing again. This will

of course serve no other purpose than to remind us what policemen actually look like. I trust that when I take a claw hammer to the skull of one of these throwbacks you'll do me the same courtesy of giving me a four month head start before coming to arrest me. I remain sir, your obedient servant. DearMrXYZ, I have read your eMail and understand your frustration at the problems caused by youths playing in the area and the problems you have encountered in trying to contact the police. As the Community Beat Officer for your street I would like to extend an offer of discussing the matter fully with you. Should you wish to discuss the matter, please provide contact details ( address/telephone number) and when may be suitable. Regards PC Plod (Community Beat Officer).

the five or so years I have lived in West Cromwell Street, I have never seen you. Do you hide up a tree or have you gone deep undercover and infiltrated the gang itself? Are you the one with the acne and the moustache on his forehead or the one with a chin like a wash hand basin? It's surely only a matter of time before you are head hunted by MI5. Whilst I realise that there may be far more serious crimes taking place in Leith such as smoking in a public place or being Muslim without due care and attention, is it too much to ask for a policeman to explain (using words of no more than two syllables at a time) to these idiots that they might want to play their strange football game elsewhere? The pitch behind the Citadel or the one at DK's place are both within spitting distance as is the bottom of the Albert Dock. Should you wish to discuss these matters further you should feel free to contact me on 01234 567890. If after 25 minutes I have still failed to answer, I'll buy you a large one in the Compass Bar. RegardsXYZ P.S. If you think that this is sarcasm, think yourself lucky that you don't work for the cleansing department. from John Deacon

Dear PC Pold, First of all I would like to thank you for the speedy response to my original eMail. Sixteen hours and 38 minutes must be a personal record for Leith Police station and rest assured that I will forward these details to Norm McWhirter for inclusion in his next book. Secondly I was delighted to hear that our street has its own community beat officer. May I be the first to congratulate you on your covert skills. In

NEVER GET THERE LATE A parish priest was being honoured at a dinner on the 25th anniversary of his arrival in that parish. A leading local politician, who was a member of the congregation, was chosen to make the presentation and give a little speech at the dinner, but he was delayed in traffic. Sooo ..... the priest decided to say his own few words while they waited. “You will understand,” he said, the seal of the confessional, can never be broken. However, I got my first impressions of this parish from the first confession I heard here. I can only hint vaguely about this, but when I came here 25 years ago, I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The very first chap who entered my confessional told

me how he had stolen a television set and, when stopped by the police, had almost murdered the officer. Further, he told me he had embezzled money from his place of business and had an affair with his boss's wife. I was appalled. But as the days went on I knew that my people were not all like that, and I had, indeed come to a fine parish full of understanding and loving people. Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived full of apologies for being late. He immediately began to make the presentation and give his talk. “I'll never forget the first day our parish priest arrived in this parish,” said the politician. “In fact, I had the honour of being the first one to go to him in confession.”

BEWARE: Female at Work Tom was a single man, living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune, when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with whom to share his fortune. One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. “I may look like just an ordinary man,” he said to her, “but in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars.” Impressed, the woman obtained his business eard and three days later, she became his stepmother. Women are much better at estate planning than men

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In search of the perfect home

determine the quality of those schools in your desired area. Obviously, lifestyle is an important consideration, so think carefully about the activities you enjoy. If you frequently dine out, appreciate nighttime entertainment venues, and take pleasure in walking to shopping malls and markets, you probably will be happier in a condo located in or near central Pattaya. But if you have a family and appreciate a more quiet life, you might

cocktail party or at blow-out backyard barbeques and pool parties? Where do you like to watch TV? What are the children’s needs? Do they require a playroom? Separate rooms? A large back yard? Do you have pets or plan to acquire one? Do you need or want a home office? Questions like these will give you food for thought that will help you eliminate homes that don’t fit your lifestyle. For those who want more freedom and less maintenance, condos and townhouses offer a wide range of choices. You will be turning over landscaping and repair chores to a homeowners association. Just make sure the fees popular among the single set charged are worth the here—particularly units services and additional offering a sea view. But if you amenities that you are are a person who likes to paying for such as swimmtinker and garden and ing pool, exercise room, lounge in a spacious manor security guards etc. Check of your own, you might opt thoroughly to ensure that all is in good working order and for a single family home. Picture yourself perform- the grounds and equipment ing your daily routine in the are well maintained. Affordability can be domicile of your dreams. Do you like morning coffee on a factor not only in the the balcony overlooking the type of housing, but Gulf of Thailand? Dinner in whether it’s new or an a formal dining room? Do existing home. Older houses you see yourself enter- often have fine woodwork taining others at an intimate or interesting nooks and

crannies not normally found in new homes. They generally sit on landscaped lots with mature trees and grown bushes, but often require larger outlays for upgrades, maintenance and repairs. New homes cost more, but you can make many more decisions on amenities, colors, carpeting and fixtures. Make sure you’re dealing with a reputable builder, and have an attorney review all documents. Selecting a real estate professional is an important first step in beginning your search. Ask for personal recommendations to find an individual who is knowledgeable about Pattaya in general and specifically about the neighborhood in which your are interested. Meet with several agents and choose the man or woman whom you feel comfortable with and in whose knowledge and skill you are confident. Someone you are sure understands the business relationship that you have established between you. If your perfect home in Pattaya is your goal, a qualified real estate agent will be key in helping you realize that goal.

only applying for a short holiday? A. The answer is yes. If you are applying for a tourist or a migration visa your Thai partner is

month fiancee visa for my Thai partner to come to the U.K. and marry me. I have prepared the documents for the application, but my friend in the local pub said

the U.K. with the correct visa in her passport. A. I do agree it would be beneficial for the application, but it is increasingly more difficult to book a provisional booking these days unless your Thai partner is actually in the U.K. with the correct visa in her passport. In February 2005 the marriages and civil partnership branch in the U.K. changed the law which states that your Thai partner must be in the U.K. at the time of booking with the correct visa: this was stated on data sheet DSP 13.9, which was issued to all FCO and ECO offices. I would not be overly concerned if you cannot make a booking as this is a small insignificant part of the application. My advice is to concentrate on making sure that all the documentation you shall present to the embassy is correct.

stopped by the police whilst driving my motorbike and I have been fined because I did not have a copy of my passport on my person. Is this in order? A. Yes it is correct. Like most countries, Thailand’s law is that a foreigner should carry at least a copy of his or her passport showing the details page and the latest entry visa stamp, also the white departure card that is placed in your passport when you enter Thailand. This can be for your own safety and I always advise having a copy of your passport because, if the eventuality arose were you lost your original passport, it would save you a lot of heartache at your embassy when applying for a new passport. If you call in at one of my offices, for a small fee we can produce a credit card sized laminated copy of your passport which you can carry with you at all times with ease, comfort and peace of mind.

assist in your search. If you’re new to Pattaya or you WITH all the choices that are buying your first home the Pattaya property market in Thailand, it is particularly offers, how do you go about important that you use a finding the perfect home for competent agent and that you? Even if you had a you do your homework. If vague image of your ideal you already own a home home at the beginning of here and are planning to buy your search, that vision a new home to move into, undoubtedly has been then you know exactly modified as you explore what’s lacking in your the market, continue your existing residence. You may research and discover more need another bedroom or and more alternatives— bathroom, for example, or single family, townhouse, you might be happier in a more quiet neighborhood. condominium, duplex, etc. One place to start is with Before house-hunting any further, take the time to location. Where do you visualize your needs and want to live? If you work, desires. Create a distinct how close do you want image of what you want in a to be to your job? If you home, what’s important to don’t have a vehicle, then transportation you, and what you can and public cannot live without. Be may be a factor. Even if you realistic in terms of needs do have your own car you and wants, and in terms of may want to practice the your financial wherewithal. commute before you make a Where and what you buy commitment to a particular will affect you for as long as neighborhood. A seemingly quiet road on Sunday can you live in the house. It is important that you get transform into gridlock your priorities in order before during peak hours on you start looking at homes weekdays. If you work or even neighborhoods. out of your home, as do And definitely before you many Pattaya residents, talk to a real estate agent, an important factor might because he or she must be be how noisy or busy fully informed of your the neighborhood is. Will preferences in order to exterior activities interfere properly counsel you and with your concentration and

ability to work? Will heavy traffic, or a nearby school, playground or wat be a distraction? People with children have other major considerations: school and safety. If you plan to send your children to private schools, you can live where you want assuming you can easily arrange transportation. If your children will be attending a public school,

When you visit an outlet you pay the relevant visa application fee and you are given the pin number on an Pin palaver electronic receipt which Q. I am an American allows you to schedule an citizen and attempting to appointment with the apply for a tourist visa for embassy via the telephone my Thai partner to go to the or through the embassy USA for a short holiday. I website. You also should am finding it very difficult be aware that the visa to understand and the application form should be American embassy keeps submitted online through talking about a pin number. the embassy website and, Can you advise what this is? when this is completed, A. I do agree it can be you print a hard copy difficult to understand, but and put with your relevant when you are considering documentation. This applying for a USA tourist obviously gives the embassy visa you have to obtain a a full picture before you digital pin number first arrive for an interview. My which allows you to arrange advice is to get professional an appointment to submit help with the application as your application and it can be a complicated attend an interview at the matter indeed! American embassy which is compulsory. To obtain the Police or not pin number you have to look Q. I am a Canadian citizen on the embassy website and I would like to take my where it gives you a listing Thai partner to Canada for a of the available post offices holiday. My friend said that and outlets were the pin my partner needs a police number can be obtained, clearance. Is this correct I am

by Khun Dee

find the rural side of Sukhumvit more satisfying. Consider what matters to you in your life and that of your family, so that the home you choose will be in close proximity to the things that matter most. The style of your home can be qualified two ways: ambiance and maintenance. So ask yourself, how does the home I want make me feel? Condos are very

“I thought a PIN number was something to do with a bank until I met the American embassy.”

required to produce a Police special branch clearance report which can be obtained in Bangkok. I want to marry “honest” Q. I am a British citizen and I am applying for a 6

that I cannot apply until I have produced a provisional wedding booking to prove that we are going to marry. I have visited my local registry office and they said they cannot book the wedding until my Thai partner is in

Identification blues Q. I have been recently

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Manhattans do Sundays!! TO BE honest I am not a great lover of the Traditional Sunday Roast, but recently when I was invited along to one of my favourite restaurants, Manhattans on Thappraya Road, who had recently introduced their Sunday lunch special menu, I was more than a little inquisitive to see how they would do. On arrival we enjoyed a couple of drinks in their very relaxing lounge area before we were shown to our table, where Dave, one of the partners, explained our dining experience. The starters are organised on two large tables with small portions of such

delights as Smoked salmon asparagus orange vinaigrette, Avocado & crab mayonnaise, Seafood medley, Seared tuna quail egg & wassabi, Parma ham & melon, Mini cheese & bacon quiche, Chicken tandoori, Roast pepper, eggplant basil & tomato in olive oil, Caprese and Chicken liver pate & chutney, 20 different dishes in total and we were encouraged to help ourselves to a varied selection along with a large selection of breads and rolls. I think between our table of seven people we must have sampled most of the delicacies on offer and

everyone raved about the uniqueness of the idea and the marvelous fanfare of flavours that each mouthful produced. For the main course most of our table opted for the transitional Sunday roast with all the trimmings. The quality and taste of the Australian beef was praised by everyone along with the roast potatoes and fresh vegetables. Of course, if like myself, you are not a lover of the whole roast idea, you can also choose from 9 other main courses including Roast chicken breast, bacon wrapped stuffing, rosemary gravy, roast potatoes & vegetable medley, Pan fried salmon on nicoise salad with warm mustard & dill dressing & buttered baby potatoes, Fish pie ~ fresh fish, smoked fish, prawns and mushrooms in a cream sauce topped with cheddar cheese mash, served with broccoli & gingered carrots and the Lamb and Mint Burger served with steak fries and assorted sauces which I thoroughly enjoyed,

although next time, I think I will be tempted to join the others with the Sunday Roast. At this stage our whole table was full to bursting and nobody could find room to sample the desserts which included such delights as Creme brule, Tira misu, White chocolate mousse, Profiteroles, Cheesecake, Lemon bavarois, Lemon meringue tart, Bread & butter pudding brandy custard and Sherry trifle, maybe I’ll try and leave room next time!! After our meal, we ate at 4pm, it was back to the lounge area to enjoy a quick drink and a chat, with the guys wondering how long thay had to stay before going home and putting their feet up to watch the F1 on television. We were fortunate that with it being after 5pm we could take advantage of their, buy one, get one compliments of the management on a large range of spirits and beers. So all in all we had a marvelous Sunday lunch

experience that I cannot recommend too highly. The lunch experience can be yours next Sunday for a very modest and affordable 650 baht for two courses and 795 baht for three. The menu is

available from 12.30pm to 7.00pm and booking is advised on 038-259-790, because as news spreads of this truly special Sunday experience they are going to get extremely busy.

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Offshore Trusts: Should they be part of your Wealth Management? by Craig Taunton MANY more people nowadays get themselves in a right pickle when it comes to acquiring assets in various countries, getting into complicated personal life arrangements and even mixing business with pleasure – oh heaven forbid! And what all this really leads to is a situation where assets are scattered about, liabilities are wide open and a person’s financial and security situation are also open for abuse. The concept of protecting and securing assets by placing them within a trust structure dates back to the 11th century and today those who offer wealth management services often find that the utilisation of an offshore trust is fundamental to protecting their client’s confidentiality and asset security. If you’re an expat or an international executive and you divide your time and assets between countries, one of the most trying issues you will have to deal with each year is your tax planning. Dividing finances not only between asset classes but between countries is of course the ultimate in terms of

portfolio diversification - but in reality it can be a headache for the expatriate when it comes to tax efficiency, estate planning and even the day to day management of their financial affairs. This is why offshore trusts for expatriates are proving ever more popular… An offshore trust is an entity in its own right - it is a legally binding arrangement whereby the settlor places assets such as cash, property or investments into the hands of the trustees to manage. The trustees then manage and assign the assets within the trust for the direct benefit of the trust’s beneficiaries. Because assets held within an offshore trust are held under the name of the trustee rather than the settlor the settlor’s privacy is protected, furthermore, a trust document is not a public document; therefore, the assets within the trust and beneficiaries of the trust are also protected. The flexibility of allocation is another great benefit of an offshore trust - a settlor can list many beneficiaries of the trust and can control when they will each receive assets or income on a case by case basis. Discretionary trusts are really quite flexible asset protection

solutions that can quickly be adapted, added to or amended as needs arise. Wealth management used to be a term used to define the careful investment of an individual’s financial assets, nowadays however wealth management has far more to do with asset protection because not only has the world become a far more litigious place but international governments are becoming greedier and finding more and more ways to extract taxation and restrict freedom. If you have important assets in your life - from real estate to large sums of capital for example by placing these assets within an offshore trust structure you remove direct ownership and resultant burden and liability from your own shoulders and as a result no one can attack your assets through you in the event of anything from a divorce to bankruptcy or unwarranted legal action, furthermore because a trust removes a layer of transparency it can be harder for someone to decide whether or not an individual is a financially interesting target to sue. Those who have substantial business and personal assets often find that an offshore trust structure is essential to their personal wealth management needs and

also for the protection and security of their business. Furthermore a growing number of early retiring expatriates are finding that the establishment of an offshore trust can assist them with their international estate planning. Did you know that a trust that has been carefully structured to take into account your every liability and potential exposure can potentially securely and legitimately protect you, your estate and your heirs from income, capital gains and estate or inheritance tax? Across the world the rules of inheritance differ on a country by country basis and where a retiring expatriate has property and assets in more than one country they are required to establish complicated will structures which have to be recognised by the jurisdiction in which the property is held and also by the ‘master’ jurisdiction of domicile through which the expatriate’s estate will ultimately be handled upon death. Because an offshore trust is a legal entity in its own right, as long as the trust arrangement is legally accepted in each country in which the settlor has assets it can negate the need for complicated multijurisdictional wills because the assets within the trust will

be handled according to the laws of the trust and not the inheritance laws per country. In reality, an offshore trust when used as part of an asset protection and wealth management strategy can be beautiful in its simplicity…so let’s take a look at ten ways an offshore trust can be used to get rid of asset protection worries once and for all! 1) Tax Planning 2) Avoiding Probate Hassle 3) Providing Confidentiality and Securing Personal Privacy 4) Avoiding Succession Issues 5) Estate Planning 6) Protecting Vulnerable People 7) Preservation of Familial Assets 8) Preservation of Familial Business 9) Gaining Flexibility 10) Purely Protecting Assets Offshore Trusts and Taxation are incredibly specialist areas of expertise

and careful selection of a trust company, trustees and offshore jurisdiction are essential for the individual to ensure their actions are legal, tax efficient and appropriate for their requirements. Anyone considering establishing an offshore trust would be wise to seek professional advice and assistance. Trust law is complex and because assets placed within an offshore trust are placed outside the direct reach of the settlor it is essential that the trust is structured perfectly for the settlor according to his direct wishes and requirements. Those who have specific wealth management needs may find that an offshore trust structure satisfies certain criteria, but such a structure usually forms part of an overall financial strategy that will base its success on diversification and ongoing management. Questions to the author can be directed to Craig Taunton of Haswell Pellant on 083 2921793 or email

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Minding Your Property Be very careful with your documents THERE are countless stories of foreigners buying homes or condos in their girlfriend’s name and then losing their investment when the relationship changed. Some of these misfortunes come about from abject stupidity; others are the result of occurrences most people would never consider. Take heed. Experience is the best teacher, and learning from someone else’s experience is cheaper than paying for your own education. For instance: George that purchased an expensive condo overlooking the ocean in Jomtien. He lived there with Wandee, his girlfriend, for several months and their obvious close relationship was recognized by the condominium staff. High paying security jobs became available in Iraq and George, who qualified from previous military experience, flew to Iraq to earn a quick pot of gold. When George left Thailand, he gave Wandee some money and sent her back to her village telling her he would return in about three months. Three weeks after leaving, he received an email from Wandee saying her family had a crisis and they moved into the condo. George never gave her a key, so

he wrote back asking how that was possible. “I tell security man I lose key. He change lock for me,” she explained. Stuck in Iraq, there wasn’t much George could do about it. It is easy to realize that the condo security man, after seeing George for months with Wandee, would think nothing of helping her get into “her” condo. Besides, it was legally hers. George put it in her name, so he had no legal rights to it. Lesson 1: Never put property in your girlfriend’s name. If you are married, you might consider it, but never to someone not related to you. Lesson 2: If you aren’t married, DON’T leave the impression with everyone that you are. Doing this leaves you wide open for a multitude of problems such as the one described in George’s story. In another situation, Henry married a nice girl named Pim and built a home for them in her village. In the first three years of marriage they had two daughters. Pim’s mother also moved in because her husb and was killed in an accident and she needed a place to stay. Henry allowed mom into their home. A few months later, Henry got a substantial job offer back

in his country. He decided to go back to work for five years and took his wife and two Thai children with him. They planned to return to their Thai home, but allow mom live there in the meantime. Unknown to Henry and his wife, after they were gone mom, found a new Thai boyfriend and moved him in. One day Henry’s wife called her grandfather to see how he was doing. He informed her that mom (with the encouragement of her new boyfriend) went to the government offices claiming her daughter left the country and abandoned the home. She tried to get the property put in her name. So far Henry has been able to stop this coup in his absence, but at great difficulty and considerable expense since he is half way around the world. Richard did everything by the book. He purchased a home legally. Safe and secure, right? Life was good, for about three years. Then one day a lady came to the door and told him his rent was due. He laughed and told her she was mistaken, that he owned the home. Come to find, out Ricky’s wife (she always called him Ricky) had a gambling problem he didn’t know about. She ran up a

gambling debt of 500,000 Baht and had to pay. She took the legal papers for the home and paid off her gambling debt by signing over their million Baht home to the creditor. How could she do it? Richard acquired the documents and found they were signed “Ricky”, the name his wife called him. The forged signature did not even look like his. Nevertheless, it was done, and he didn’t own his home anymore. Do not kid yourself, these are all true stories. Lesson: Keep your title documents in a secure vault and check on them periodically. None of us are immune. I have some land in my wife’s name. One day she was talking on the phone to her parents and

started crying. When she got off the phone she finally confessed the problem. A year before one of her brothers needed some money. He wanted 50,000 Baht. Since he knew I wouldn’t loan or give it to him, he convinced my wife to put up the land as collateral for a loan with the bank. She knew she would be in trouble with me if they didn’t pay the loans back and questioned his ability to pay off the debt. Luckily for me, she held him to only borrowing 20,000 Baht. Now, a year later, the note was due and no payments had been made. She had to tell me because the bank could foreclose on the land if the loan was not paid. Since the amount due was only 20,000 Baht plus 2,400 Baht

interest, I didn’t get upset. Had it been 50,000 Baht plus interested, like her brother wanted, I might have made more of an issue of it. I sent her home to see what she could work out with her family. Her brother said he would take care of the bill as soon as he could. My wife had to pay all the interest due, because her brother didn’t have any money. He vowed he will pay 3,000 Baht per month, but we had to pay the bank now. I’ll believe his payments when I see them. I know he means well, but his ability to pay will make keeping that promise difficult. Once again I say, keep your title documents in a secure place. Don’t make it easy for someone you love to make a mistake.

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Ask Andy Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Tight Fix Do you have any clever tips, Andy, for how to remove household dust and stuff from tight, hardto-get-to places that my vacuum cleaner just doesn’t reach—like under the fridge, in the air-conditioner vents, etc.? Thanks. Rose on Rungland One thing you could try, Rose, is improvising an extension for your vacuum cleaner hose. Take an empty paper-towel roll or the inner spool from aluminum foil or plastic wrap and attach it to the end of the vacuum hose. The flexible roll can be bent or flattened to allow you to reach into vents, nooks, and other areas that otherwise are inaccessible to your vacuum cleaner. """"""""

First Floor I’m new to Thailand, Andy, but already have become a fan of your column. So I seek your help. Never having had a tile floor before, I don’t know if it requires special care or if I should just treat it as I would linoleum or wood. Can you shed any light? Karl from Kingston Cleaning tile floors is easier than cleaning hardwood floors, Karl. You’ll want to save any harsh chemicals as a last resort, to be used only for problem stains or serious cleaning. For routine care, on a daily basis, dust mop or sweep with a broom. Every few days, just damp mop with clean water. When the floor is dirty, you can mop it with a mixture of few teaspoons of dish soap (or half cup of alcohol) in four liters of water. For stubborn stains use a household cleaner or a weak bleach solution, careful to mop again with clean water. The grout is another story. To clean grout it is best to use a mop that has cloth strips or coiled yarns. For really dirty grout, you’ll need a stronger solution than you use on the tiles. Use a heavy duty cleaner, following directions and mixing with just enough hot or warm water to dilute the color a shade or two.

below the roof, and leaving a 1 cm space about 15 cm from the bottom opening, """""""" will create much-needed Gold Mind I recently bought a gold temperature variation. chain and casing for a Place the finished house Buddha amulet someone at least 5 meters high gave me. Can you tell me (the higher the better) and the best way to clean it? facing south. Houses can I’ve never owned anything be mounted on poles, made of gold before, so any garages, or trees; make sure there are no obstacles information will help. to prevent the bats from Günter entering. Tree-mounted Gold is easy to clean houses are harder for bats and care for, Günter. Just to find because leaves often give a periodic wash in cover the bat house. lukewarm, soapy water, """""""" then dry with a cotton Monkey See cloth. If particularly dirty, This may be outside the you can gently scrub purview of your column, with toothpaste and a soft Andy, but I gotta ask: Is toothbrush, then dry. there any easy way to deal with those long fibers that """""""" dangle from bananas when Batch o’ Bats We are invaded by bats they are peeled? They never in roof of our house, Khun bothered me before, but Andy. Now they no come local bananas seem to have into room, but my wife an inordinately large number afraid sometime they will. of those stringy things. Montana Mike Me too. You can tell to me what I can do? Have you ever watched Poonchai a chimp eat a banana, First of all, readers Mike? They generally begin should be reminded that by peeling it from the bats are important for the bottom (not the upper stem overall well-being of the that’s attached to the hand). ecosystem. They eat millions Thus peeled, those ‘stringy of tons of insects each things’ fall away from the night across Thailand. fruit of the banana— Unfortunately, as prime bat remaining attached to the habitat is destroyed, bats peel. Hope that helps. either lose their lives or """""""" move into people’s houses. Dog Bites One thing you can do to A friend’s dog recently prevent bats from moving into your house, Khun Poonchai, is to provide alternate accommodations before they actually decide your upper house is their bat house. Here’s what to do: Build a bat house made of exterior plywood. The inside should be rough with grooves about every 1 cm or have polyethylene plastic mesh attached all the way up the front and back. The house should be at least 70 cm tall, 35 cm wide, and about 10 cm deep. It can be made with multiple chambers or just one. The opening at the bottom of the house should be no more than 3 cm. Any larger would allow predators to enter. Caulking the house will keep the bats dry, and using galvanized screws will help prolong the life of the house. Adding a ceiling at the top of the house just

Remember to rinse with plain water.

needed to have a tooth pulled, which leads me to think that maybe my dog needs dental care? How can I tell? I know that you like and know something about dogs, so can you advise? Maurice Check your dog’s teeth and gums weekly for signs of infection, Maurice. Look for inflamed gums and

tartar buildup. If you have not been routinely caring for your pet’s teeth, the plaque and tartar build-up may be excessive. Hardened tartar should be removed by your veterinarian, who is a trained dog dentist. If your dog is reluctant to chew or has excessive tartar or tooth decay, then you must seek veterinary help. Other signs of serious

problems include fractured teeth and tumors, which appear as lumps on the gums. In any event, it’s a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth regularly. Chew toys, dry food or biscuits can help keep his teeth clean, so give him something crunchy every day. —Handy Andy


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Vol. 8 No. 1 ! 16 - 30 September 2008


Golf from Tropical Bert's Motorbike Racing Result by Derek Brook

by Keith

KHAO KHEOW ( Stableford) This was to be my first game back after spending a wet and windy month in the U.K., and I came back to the last game of the Month with those perennial winners McNeely and Warberg locked in a tussle with Steve Hamstad for the win, and the test was to be K.K., now that was going to be fun. Early morning at Bert’s is always fun, with a fine breakfast at ‘Golfers’ rate, and free tea and coffee, then off to the transport and down to K.K., where the test was to be the C & A Nines in that order, now that is a tough test, and to cap it all we had a strong wind and high, humid, temperatures to contend with. With the rain of late we also had little run on

ON Saturday the 30th August was the race meeting at Seacon Square raceway in Bangkok, Ben Fortt from Pattaya who is only 14yrs old was entered in the 250cc Super Motard Open category, Super Motard consists of part on road and part off road racing, the field had many experienced riders all a lot older than Ben. There was a mixed field of bikes like Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, Ktm etc, Ben was riding his Yamaha 250yzf. Qualifying in the morning was very difficult with some wet conditions which made the track very difficult, Ben scraped through the qualifying rounds

Winners with Pu ( The Boss) Back at Bert’s drinking a cold the fairways. This was going one or two the whole sad truth to be a really tough day. Of course it was a tough day, took place, however we all K.K. really screwed us to the know a score approaching net floor and as usual beat us 20 to par can win, and the winner on nil. So which amongst these the day was Bill Knight with a valiant golfer would rise to the good for K.K., 35 Points. Well top, well back at Bert’s we done Bill. We then had a three way countback on 34 Points would find out. that saw Dick Warberg in second, Anders Pederson in third and Badger in fourth. How did this equate to ‘The Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month’, well with Dick winning the countback it just allowed him to become Golfer of the Month. Lose the countback and we would have our usual, of late, winner. Well done Dick, and thanks for standing in for the last month. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Steve Compton Daryl Evans Badger (2) Long Put Perry McNeely Alan Bolton Golfer of the Month with Alan Bolton

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and was placed at the rear of the grid, this must of inspired him intensely as he rode the race of his life and worked his way gradually through the field to eventually finishing in 3rd position, as this was only his

Green Valley every five seconds counted between seeing the lightning and KEVIN Hamilton can look the thunder being heard, the forward to a new handicap storm is one mile away. It is after an excellent 42 points in the Outback Golf Bar ’s minimum a rain interrupted round. The absolute storm caused a number of recommendation that if you can players to leave the course, count 15 seconds and the next mostly because of the severe count is less, take immediate flooding. So although some shelter until the storm passes. seventeen Outbackers set out The professional circuit to play, only twelve scores guideline is fourteen miles. 17 players h’cap score were returned. 1st Kevin Hamilton 19 42 There were no ‘2’s today. 2nd Peter Emslie 8 34 NOTE: - Sound travels at 3rd Bob Lindborg 16 34 1100 feet per second and there 4th Norm Martin 26 31 are 5280 feet in a mile, that NOTE: Monday 15th Sept means as a rule of thumb, for

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2nd major race he was ecstatic with his performance, he said he owed his great progress to a lot of training put in at the Bira Circuit. Ben now has his sights set on an event next month at Sapanburi. Burapha, Weds 17th Phoenix & Fri 19 th Siam Plantation is the Ryder Cup Pattaya Style. Sign up at Outback Golf Bar, The Golf Club in Soi LK Metro or Lewiinski’s. That’s all for now. If you have any thoughts, scandalous stories or suggestions, why not drop me a line at The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country. All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on 087 941 2474. More information can be found on our website

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No quiz on December 24th, 31st (Christmas/New Year) Any other cancellations will be played at end of season. Fixture list printed: September 09, 2008

Three Sisters Continues to Control The Weather

The Bunker September Schedule

Register by 09.30am

Return scorecards by 1845pm

Presentation @ 1900pm.

by Paul Donahue “THREE Sisters wound up the month with a bevy of players at the top. Faced with a sky full of blue plus many cumulus clouds, our stalwart players began teeing off at 0630. Unfortunately some of the players were looking at those beautiful clouds just as their club head was about the meet the little white orb. The course was in fine condition but many of the greens had

a coating of morning dew which made judging putts a bit difficult early on. On the other hand you were able to see where very early birds had missed the hole. Four players came in with 35 points, Sus Ige captured the lead with an 18 on the count back. The cards of John Christie, Bob Benda and Walt Straub had to be examined closely as the countback went from the back nine to the back six to the final two. Finally it

was John Christie who came on on top to take second place. The rest of the field followed. Back at Caddy Shack II Herbie had furnished our favorite spicy hot sausages as well as the more familiar hot dogs. The girl at CS II must have forgotten to monitor the dogs as quite a few were a bit over cooked. Nonetheless, a great day was had by all and Sus gets his name engraved on the Monthly Winner trophy.”



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Golf from The Cafe Kronborg MBMG Matchplay by Derek Brook Khao Kheow ( Stableford) The Pete Dye designed Khao Kheow A & B Layouts were the Host to Stableford Competition where once again the Course was the ultimate winner. We started out with relatively dry conditions but there was thunder in the area. After about 8 holes however a storm came in and we had to stop for about 40 minutes. After resuming the Course was sopping wet for the rest of the round. Graham Buckingham was the overall winner with a magnificent 31 points. Yes 31 points. Second was Monte Sykes with 29 points with Henry O’Brien in third with 27 and Bill Plath in fourth on countback over Martyn

Monster. Note that the Course is offering various special deals, pl check out their Web Sites. Greenwood ( Stableford) All the players like to go to Greenwood. When you have played some of the really hard Courses it is nice to return to reality and play a Course that is not only forgiving, but is a pleasure to play. The Course is in very good condition considering it is classed as one of the lesser Courses, but it is on everyone’s list of favourite places to play when you take into count value over all. After a few weeks of disaster, I quite looked forward to a good day out, and in fact that is how it turned out, with only a misplaced penalty causing the Scribe to be beaten on countback. This Course

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Graham Buckingham So after a really enjoyable day the winner was P.S. Basi with 39 points on countback over Derek Brook in second. In third was Monte Sykes, now playing off a handicap of 4, with 37 points and in fourth was Mike Winfield with 36 points. With the roads now much

WITH only two more matches remaining for each team to be played in October, mathematically there are four teams that can still win; Tony’s Tiger’s have a slender lead ahead of Caddyshack, The Golf Club & the Bunker. There are some very interesting final matches with the Tiger’s playing the Outback Golf Bar at home & The Bunker away; Caddyshack have The Golf Club at home & Café Kronborg away; The Bunker have the Outback Golf Bar away and The Golf Club have the Driving Range at home. Bangpra 3rd Sept (delayed match) The Bunker v Café Kronborg – match drawn - 3 to 3

The Bunker Café Kronborg P J Redmond Lost 2 & 1 v Peter Basi John Hughes Won 3 & 1 v Henry O’Brien

William Macey Lost 1 down v Dave Richardson Mashi Kaneta Won 2 up v Graham Buckingham John MacDonald Lost 2 & 1 v Monty Sykes Gerry Cooney Won 3 & 1 v Ebrahim

Golf from the Travellers Rest Fitzgerald, Alun Webber, Robert Lamond and George Robinson. On Thursday the 4th it was again back to one of our regular visits to Phoenix (Lakes and Mountain). Yes and again we had a very good turnout and two flights 018 and 19 up. Division one saw a win for Ito Akitoshi with thirty eight points. Nice to see him back at the top again. He was followed

taking the spoils in Division 1 with a count back thirty six THE nearly’s make it at last pointer over “Mr Second Matt Some of our golfers try week Gibbons. George Robinson was after week to make the top spot third. only to come up short time and I have reported many times time again. Well this week two over past weeks second and Derek Brook P.S. Basi of them finally made it. thirds for Steve Gould so it Topham, both 25 points. always helps a long hitter, easier to navigate, the drive Roger Wilkinson won the B gives me great pleasure to see Noted the scores are not great, especially when they can keep there and back were much flight on Monday at Pattana him take the win of the B but you only have to score it on the short stuff. If I learned easier, but beware that Route 7 and Ito Akitoshi the A flight at Division with thirty three enough points to win, and after anything on this day it was to now has 90 KMPH speed limit Phoenix on Thursday. points and a count back rain this Course can be a real carry a Rule Book with me. signs on it. T.T.F.N. Matt Gibbons “Mr Second” win over Ted Senior. Garry Hall carried on just as he left off last was third. week and was second yet again Three two’s recorded. Kevin on Saturday at Eastern Star. Read, Matt Gibbons, and “Mr Organiser” Fergus Dean Rice Marc Levy also played system until the end of the took the win of “A” at Full Results for the by Jack well for his 66 as did Alan second day, nobody was to Eastern Star with Steve week – THE two day Decanter was Bishop who also shot 69, know whether they had won Gould taking the “B” Monday 1st September at The shortage of two’s of staged to mark the coming of as prizes were awarded anything in the matrix of four Pattana age of The Outback Golf right down to Pottsy in tenth separate tournaments, until the late is also over with four Flight A (0-14) last score was counted. Nobody on Monday just the one on Bar, just one year since it place. George Robinson 36 hc There was also a two day could win two prizes and Thurs and three on opened on 6 th Sept 2007. 12 Nigel Cannon told the story stableford competition for finally when all the calculations Saturday. Robert Lamond 35 hc 05 The weather also tried to of how the bar was born those that failed to make had been completed, some Billy Fitzgerald 34 hc 14 with Capt’ Bob, Jack the Lad the cut for the Decanter. The 41 players out of the average mess up things a bit this Flight B (15 up) and of course Queen Lot. scores may seem low, but field of 66 for the two days, week with delays both on Roger Wilkinson 32 hc 15 Monday and again on Her team of little helpers remember that all the top walked away with a prize. Gunner Vangsnes 31 hc Additionally, there were a Saturday but our hardy and especially the success of scorers were playing in the 22 Mr & Mrs Cook must not be main Decanter tournament. number of sponsor prizes participants rode it out as Frank Kelly 30 hc 16 kindly donated by:- The they always seem to do and forgotten either, he went on 2’s –Billy Fitzgerald, Courtyard Restaurant then carried on with play. to say. Alun Webber, Robert First outing this week was Saturday’s Winner – Fergus Brennan Lamond, George Robinson & Bar, Khun John’s, Harvey Samuel, the Mulligans on the lake, to Pattana on Monday instead by Harvey Samuel with a good clear leader on day one, Thursday 4th at Phoenix Best Secret Bar, Orchid of our usual Tuesday on the thirty four count back over (Lakes and Mountain) had a nightmare of a start Bar, The Horn Bar, Paradise first of September again this is third place Fergus Brennan. with a ten on the first Division One Bar, & Boxing Roo. All a course not visited by us a Division two belonged to hole. But he’s made of Ito Akitoshi 38 hc 09 well recommended if great deal and the reason we Gary Hall with a great thirty sterling stuff is our Harvey Harvey Samuel 34 hc 17 c/b you fancy a beer or a bite went on Monday was because seven and just the one ahead of and instead of giving up Fergus Brennan 34 hc 10 c/b to eat. Thanks guys! & one of a large event planned for Alan Evans on thirty six. One as most would, he dug in Roger Wilkinson 32 hc 15 the Tuesday. We had a good further back in third was Alun girl. and proceeded to play the Divison Two There were eight near pin turnout and two divisions. The Webber who also took the one next seventeen holes 3 Gary Hall 37 hc 22 Jack & Bob with the Outbacker prizes (day 1 - john course as you would expect two on the day. under his handicap, to end Alan Evans 36 hc 25 Decanter Winner, Carl Lovatt (centre) emmerson, jim moreton, with a big comp planned was up fifth. On Saturday the 6th we went Alun Webber 33 hc 23 Frank O’Neill looked as The surprise winner was Ted bruce milner & kathy doody. in tip top condition. However to our usual weekend venue at Peter Morris 31 hc 23 though he was going to take Gardner with a total of 62 day 2 - john emmerson, steve the weather played up and Eastern Star. 2’s – Alun Webber the Decanter but faltered at points, from Des Scott on 60 morton, paul greenaway & bob caused delays during play and We had yet another good Saturday 6th September at the last two holes, finishing and Peter Allen with 59. Prizes philp) as well as a total of affected the playing conditions turnout on the day the numbers Eastern Star double-bogey, double-bogey in this tournament were fifteen ‘2’s over the two days preventing players from are definitely picking up again Division 1 and had to be satisfied a net awarded down to seventh (day 1 - alan bishop, steve enjoying the full potential of a But as last week it turned out Fergus Brennan 36 hc 10 c/b morton, bruce mcadam, bruce well prepared course. But to be no easy day for anyone. 69 to come second. place. Matt Gibbons 36 hc 14 c/b The round of the day came The remaining players were milner, john emmerson & George Robinson thirty six The weather was unkind with George Robinson 32 hc 11 from Carl Lovatt, who with a in two more daily competitions, charles sheppard. day 2 - frank came out on top of the A rain delays during the round and Division 2 net 64, catapulted himself up 1st day strokeplay & 2nd day o’neill, bob philp, john division flight and Roger the pin placements were still Steve Gould 33 hc 19 c/b th the leaderboard from 8 to take stableford, split into the usual emmerson, shane ruddle, Wilkinson the “B” with thirty testing. Ted Senior 33 hc 17 c/b brendon dougal, paul sharples, two. Nice to see him have a win So no fabulous scores were the Decanter by three clear three divisions. Garry Hall 31 hc 22 posted. But this failed to deter shots on 139. That’s a great It had been impossible to alan thomas, paul greenaway at last. 2’s Kevin Read, Matt Four Two’s - Billy “Whiz” organiser Fergus Brennan from Gibbons and Dean Rice round of golf Carl. unravel the complex scoring & briany christie)

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The Outbacker Decanter - Day 2

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Three Sisters Golf by Paul Donahue “The famous “weather controllers” of Three Sisters Golf group failed to perform on 2 Sep at Pattaya Country Club

as the the skies opened up and the lightning flashed. The day began with a bit of fog that quickly cleared up only to be followed by a slight drizzle. The two “Pauls” normally the

Bill Key on the left with Ray Britland on the right

LOCAL SPORTS first off the tee at 6:30 begged off with colds. Even some of the regular caddies fell victim to colds and flu like symptoms. Herbie, Dale, Sus and Bob gave it their best shot but when the skies opened up they gave in to mother nature. The dampened group retreated to Caddy Shack II where the “noshows” did show for some nice ham sandwiches and a beverage or two. Finally Bill Key, Ray Britland and his wife pulled in having completed the full 18. Bill finished with a respectable 34 while Ray and his wife kept the scores confidential. Nonetheless, being the only group to finish, Bill Key got the win with Ray taking a reluctent 2nd place. Hopefully mother nature will see all the regulars back in form next Tuesday.”

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The Bunker September Report by Mick MONDAY 1 st September 2008 Treasure Hill 1st PJ Redmond (hcp 19) 31 points 2nd William Macey (hcp 10) 28 points 3rd John McDonald (hcp 6) 28 points. The long drive to Treasure Hill is always a pain but the beautiful but very challenging course makes the journey worthwhile. And as usual the course lived up to it’s reputation putting the Bunker Boy’s through torture as the scores were to reflect. PJ Redmond came out on top with a pretty ordinary 31 Stableford points while William Macey and John McDonald both came in with 28 points William taking second place on a count back. If you need any more proof that this is one of the toughest tracks around the fact that only two par three greens were hit will show you, the two prizes went to Gerry Cooney and Richard Scoby. Wednesday 3rd September 2008 Bang Pra 1st Alan Sullivan (hcp 12) 36 points

2nd Reg Smart (hcp 24) 35 points 3rd Geoff Parker (hcp 15) 35 points Playing golf at the vastly improved Bang Pra is getting better all the time. The maintenance carried out on the fairways and greens has improved the course immensely and the work that has been done on the clubhouse makes this course great value for money. I’m told the Japanese style toilets are a treat in themselves, Duncan Lee going to the extreme of having Chili for breakfast in the Bar to make sure he needed to visit the loo’s when he got to the course! On the playing side Alan Sullivan continues to improve his golf getting down to a twelve handicap from 19 only a few months ago, Alan won with 36 Stableford points beating old warhorse Reg Smart into second place on a count back, Geoff Parker took third just one point further back. Geoff won two of the near pin prizes too with Alan Sullivan and JJ Harney claiming the other two. Friday 5th September 2008 Crystal Bay A Flight 1st Mashi Kaneta (hcp 12) net

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PSC from Tropical Bert’s Beach Bar by Derek Brook FIFTEEN warriors met at Bangpra Tuesday morning and were thrilled with the newly renovated clubhouse and luxurious new change rooms. As we tee-ed off, the weather was sunny and it was pleasing to behold a green course, which had been rather brown and dry just a few months ago. But the sunniness soon gave way to clouds, distant thunder and a gentle drizzle which dampened the course which made the playing muggy. The local resident macaque population was quite amused at the stress this put on the golfers and on one hole a small troupe made off with the flag and one of the player’s balls. A few others mocked the invaders by naughtily mounting one another. In no time there was a full revolt against the invaders underway. This ignominy took its toll on the golfers, whose pace slackened and the foursomes gradually became separated from each other until in the back nine, they were sprawled out like Napoleon’s Grand Armee

Dick Warberg, Don Carmody, Mashi Kenata and waitress Later we rendezvoused in retreating from Russian in 1812. The last groups were the further safety of Topical taking more than five hours to Bert’s Beach Bar to re-hydrate complete the round. Perry and honour those amongst McNeely’s five-some fought a us who had bravely acquitted valiant rearguard action against themselves in the simian the taunting monkeys. The invasion. The results were: First: Mashi Kenata walking wounded were very glad to escape the hostile (36 pts) winning on count simians as they reached the back from: Second: Dick Warberg shelter of the clubhouse. The new change room (36 pts) Third: Mike Phillips (35 pts) showers were a delight for the Fourth: Don Carmody defeated sapiens, many who revelled in the spanking new (35 pts), winning on count back stainless steel shower fixtures from Perry McNeely and full-length mirrors which Near pins: Mashi Kenata, enabled the bathers to admire Al Thomas, Derek Brook their physiques or attend to Long Putts: Peter King, Mike their wounds. Phillips

DUE TO a major tournament here today with a shotgun start, everybody needed to be clear of the Pineapple course before 12.30. With a six group limit and an earlier than usual start time, this was easily achieved. Sugarcane was then opened as the back nine just for the Outbackers to complete their round at their leisure. Lumpy Russell recorded the best round of golf here since the Outback Golf Bar started coming here back on 23rd May. He amassed an incredible 42 points, which round the course is some eight shots below handicap; apparently he was putting them in from everywhere. Capt’ Bob, playing alongside him, was skinned alive for all eighteen holes as the third member of the group, the

flamboyant Greg Richie, also played well to make 34 points to ease into third place. Second was Kalarni Makaneole, who also played extremely well for his 38.

71 2nd Stan Kure (hcp 12) net 73 rd 3 Geoff Coc (hcp 12.9) net 77 B Flight 1st Richard Scoby(hcp 13) net 73 2nd Geoff Parker (hcp 15) net 73 3rd Colin Stokes (hcp 23) net 73 There was a big turn out for the ever popular Crystal Bay and the field was split into two flights, the cut being hcp 12.9, this put Geoff Cox (hcp 12.9) into the A flight and Richard Scoby (hcp 13.0) in the B flight, this was to have some significance as the results show. There was a three way tie in the B Flight with a count back deciding that “Scoby” won, Geoff Parker got second and unlucky Colin Stokes had to settle for third place. The A Flight was more clear cut where Mashi won by two shots ahead of Stan Kure (playing on his “home” course) and Geoff Cox being fortunate to get in the A Flight to take third place. Near pins were shared around too going to William Macey, Colin Stokes, Peter Habgood and Duncan Lee (who did have the pleasure of visiting the loo!) There was only one ‘2’ coming from Briany Christie 18 Players h’cap score 1st Lumpy Russell 11 42 2nd Kalarni Makaneole 11 38 3rd Greg Richie 17 34 4th Anucha Pulbrook 24 31 5th Robert Cross 8 31 6th Briany Christie 1 30

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nd Game: After more than three and a half months of protesting by the People’s Alliance for -their own version of- Democracy (PAD) the standoff with the government of Smackhead the Denier is getting close to a denouement. Whatever happens to be the result of the weeks and weeks of protesting it’s almost certain the tourism industry has been well and truly stuffed as regards attracting new faces. Given that any resolution is not going to be done and dusted until at least the end of September, I can’t see any of the socalled ‘quality’ tourists the current government would like to attract rushing to the booking office to get a flight for a couple of weeks of holidaying on the beaches of Phuket or Koh Samui or dipping their toes into the deep end of the nightlife pool of Pattaya. Closed airports, striking public services and utilities, the odd shooting of a protester and bashing of others, are hardly the kind of scenes designed to attract people with young children, honeymooning couples, or sexagenarians out for a final dose of the exotic and erotic. Closer to home, the lack of goggled-eyed couples won’t do much damage to the lower end of the Fun Town nightlife pond. If they do take a walk on the wild side it’s usually just so they are able to relate salacious stories involving naked nymphs, ping-pong balls, and bananas without pyjamas to their friends back in Sphincter, Alabama or Smitherington Netherballs, Shropshire. The plethora of faux Irish pubs might suffer a little more from the dearth of quality tourists; the rest won’t notice. Sadly, the chances of seeing new faces in the ogling dens and beer boozers will be limited. Anyone who has been here before will know the place is far safer than taking a midnight stroll through a London council estate. Those who haven’t will probably delay a visit until the political situation settles down. I can see loads of previously sated visitors returning simply because they’ll have worked out the opportunities with the ladies

of wallet emptying virtue will be better than at any time for the last few years. Anybody who thinks it’s now impossible to engage in a bout of horizontal folk dancing with a maiden from a beer boozer or even an ogling den for under 1,000 baht hasn’t been shopping in the right places at the right time. That said, the fact the British pound, for example, has been steadily dropping in value to the baht (on 2 September it was 60 to the baht), the prices of air tickets from that part of the planet are now 70 to 80 percent higher than they were a couple of years back, and most of the world’s economies are close to recession, makes it almost certain the expected high season for 2008-2009 will last about three weeks. Not a good prospect for many places and operators who are trying to ride out the current storm in the hope of the expected good times to come. Back to a Half-Century: In late August the number of ogling dens on Walking Street returned to the magical 50 mark with the opening of the Airport Club, opposite the entrance to Soi Diamond. Operated by Khun Nui, who also has four other dens in the area, it’s a long and narrow place. The design owes much to outside influences such as What’s Up (hence the hospital white and padded cell look); Club Boesche, and a swathe of other dens, with the almost de rigueur Jacuzzi installed; Windmill, and Baby Dolls for the synthetic rubber flagellation tools and the birthday-suited dancers. There were around 25-30 dancing damsels in the den in various stages of diminished and diminishing attire. The music, as you might expect, was car alarm noise purchased by the DJ from a bargain basement bin. Libations are the usual gouge for lolly water at 95 baht; liver wasters 120 baht, and the promotional thirst quencher being draught amber nectar at 65 baht all night. The dancing damsels are a mixed bunch of hardened professionals and newcomers, some quite easy on the optic nerve. Don’t expect any change from your

bin if it amounts to less than 20 baht. Here, There, and Everywhere: There are still plenty of places across the length and breadth of Fun Town where talk of economic downturn will be met with quizzical looks from the owners and managers. These places do good business night after night, perhaps not to the levels of three or four years ago, but more than enough to fill satchels of cash. The Happy chrome pole palace (Walking Street) just stays busy most of the time. Yes the majority of the chrome pole molesters are from the School of Hard Bitches, but they are from the Class of Good Sorts and, if nothing else, always worth an optic nerve. One dancer, for example, had obviously

up with other like-minded customers. In ogling dens this doesn’t happen as much because the dancers tend to only want to go short time with punters and they have a Thai boyfriend to consider. Anyway, the Simon boozers have a nice ambience, looking out over Pattaya Bay if you head into the complex, or watching the passing parade on the street if you sit at one the front bars. Down in Soi 14, off Walking Street, the Secrets lounge lizard libation room and sports emporium celebrated its second anniversary on 1 September and the joint was packed to the rafters from early until late evening. It’s one of those businesses which, like a few others, has been building its core strength via

customers were doing while I was there. One drink, a play around with the friendly knob fondlers, check bin, and off. As I mentioned recently, Windmill Club in Soi Diamond is well and truly back to being an ogling den worthy of a visit. On a recent sojourn with three other persons of dubious sobriety and tastes, we all agreed Windmill Club was the pick of the bunch. The dancing damsels were friendly, although, as with most other similar places nowadays, the word from the Bargirl Dictionary they used most frequently was ‘tip’. I’m told there are plans to reopen the upstairs joint, but by way of a spiral staircase LET’S GET REALLY WET: The Sisterz ogling den (Walking Street) from within Windmill itself. celebrated its first anniversary with a short, sharp, wet t-shirt contest; none of the young damsels caught pneumonia. (Photo by DAK) Given the twinkle in the allowed a tattoo artist to do its website. This can be eye when I was told this, I needlepoint around the dangerous if the physical can see ‘upstairs’ being a baby-making factory: I think boozer doesn’t live up to quietly-touted place to go it might have been the expectations; fortunately, once it’s open. Across the alley the Lithuanian Coat of Arms. the ambience in Secrets Not a shy girl at all. The would make it a winner with Diamond chrome pole palace will be having music remains of the car or without a website. Around the corner, into a party on Sunday night 28 alarm type (but does suit the joint), happy hour runs until Soi 15, the Baby Dolls ogling September to celebrate 9:30PM and lady drinks are den must be partially Khun Joy’s birthday. Wife of just 100 baht. Its sibling, responsible for the reduced the owner Khun Tee, the Peppermint, is run along water supplies around party promises to be wellsimilar lines and although Fun Town: the Jacuzzi attended with the usual free the class of mattress gets plenty of use. Banana buffet for customers. Just along the same actresses is not what it used vendors must be just to be, it’s another joint well about ready to order the alleyway heading towards latest BMW 750 series. Yet Pratumnak Road, the Casino worth a drink or six. Further down Walking draught amber is just 65 baht Club coyote howlers den is Street, most of the boozers all night and most other another that is now entering its third year of operations. in the Simon beer bar libations only 95 baht. Next door, the Sakura Although management complex appear to be doing well. I can’t name any Club ogling den has would like it to be different, particular boozer because, libations at 89 baht all Casino Club started as a as I’ve said many times night long. An interesting truly late-night place to go previously, within a week price structure designed, and it remains that way. or two most of the best of course, for the serving Their anniversary party, for sorts in the majority of brigade to finish with an example, didn’t get under bars are spirited away by average 11-baht tip on each way until the witching hour. overly tumescent punters drink served. It tends to be Although it opens at around keen to rescue their damsel a one-drink den, at least 9:00PM it doesn’t really get from the distress of putting that’s what the trickle of swinging until a couple of

hours later. If you happen to be out really late it’s worth a visit. Band of Brothers and Sisters: Been into the FLB lounge lizard libation room a couple of times to listen to the five-member Filipino band. It’s about the biggest change in the bar in recent times, otherwise FLB is pretty much the same as it has been for some time now. The last time I went in there were only three or four customers and about a dozen bored-looking damsels concentrating on rolling dice and playing the 1-9 game. For anyone spending a night out with the aim of listening to live music, the FLB band are a good starting point. They usually take to the stage a little before 9:30PM every night. Out of the Pink: After just over 10 years of operations, the Flamingo sleeping palace (Soi Day Night 2) closed its doors at the beginning of August. According to a reliable source the number of hotel bookings was down to such an extent it made keeping the place operational no longer viable. At one stage the attached Renoirs noshery was one of the best in town for taste and value, and even when it had lost these it retained a wonderful ambience. I would argue the demise of the Flamingo is a clear indication of the difficult economic conditions currently extant in Pattaya. Then again, places like the very popular Lek sleeping palace (Second Road) are almost full, even now. Piece of Pith: Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.


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Pattaya Today’ s Brainy Fortnightly Crossword








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4 YOU WOULD imagine that with such a name this puzzle originated in Japan, but it has been around for many years in the UK. However, the Japanese found an example under the title ‘Number Place’ in an American magazine and translated it as something quite different: su meaning number; doku which translates as single or bachelor. It immediately caught an in Japan, where number puzzles are much more prevalent than word puzzles. Crosswords don’t work well in the Japanese language:

A rather close decision BRIDGE bidding is about judgment as much as it’s about following a prearranged system. A common problem is when to raise your partner to game and when, instead, to invite him or her to do so. In today’s hand, you have a nice collection – ♠ 7 6 4 2, ♥ A K J 10 7 6, ♦ K, ♣ 6 4. Your partner opens one diamond and you respond one heart.

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The sudoku puzzle reached craze status in Japan in 2004 and the craze spread to the UK through the puzzle pages of national newspapers. The Daily Tetegraph uses the name Sudoku, but you may see it called su doku elsewhere. However, there is no doubt that the word has been adopted into modern parlance, much like’ erossword’. Sudoku is not a mathematical or arithmetical puzzle. It works just as well if the numbers are substituted with letters or some other symbols, but numbers work best.


at least. On the other hand, the leap to four hearts might fail if partner has the “wrong” sort of hand. You could lose the queen of hearts, ace of diamonds and a couple of tricks in the black suits. So some players would raise Incidentally, you shouldn’t partner’s bid of two clubs to reply two hearts as jumping on three hearts rather than four at the first round is now seen as this stage. This allows partner both unnecessary and counter- to raise to four hearts if he has productive. some support in the suit or try Your partner now chips in three no trumps if he doesn’t. with a bid of two clubs. Against Of course, your bid of three silent opposition, what do you hearts isn’t forcing in most say next? Many players systems – it’s an invitation to would now leap to four hearts. go to game. If your partner is After all, you have a semi-solid a rather shy bidder, you’ll be suit and the contract might well more likely to take the decision work if partner has a “normal” to go for game. Bridge is really with a couple of small hearts about choices.

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Last week’s solutions 1. Pain 2. Put 3. Car 4. Poi 5. Rub 6. Torn 7. Short 8. Char 9. Cat 10. Phone

Load Den Ten Tray Rock Ration Walk Face Net Phone

ANSWER Work Rid Rot Ash Bed Ado Cake Coal Fish Card

Last week’s solutions 1. REEL KFC 2. TEC REPS 3. SHYT LOG 4. Y FIL NUN 5. RE R LAMB 6. LEN CRIK 7. ROY L LIP 8. HE SEES C 9. SID SUCS 10. BAD LIES


General Knowledge 1. Who was the only actor to play all these four classic horrors – Frankenstein monster, The Werewolf, Dracula and The Mummy? 2. What significant body is 93 million miles from Earth? 3. Which Dennis Potter musical featured a character Arthur Parker? 4. Who played the title role in the 1950s movie The Prodigal? 5. In which month of 2007 was the Thai general election held?

6. Which number King Henry came immediately after King John of England? 7. What is the chemical symbol for iron? 8. Which substance lies immediately under enamel in the human body? 9. In which decade of the 20th century did Lenin die? 10. In which decade of the 20th century did Stalin die?

Answers: 1. Lon Chaney Jr; 2. Sun; 3. Pennies from Heaven; 4. Edmund Purdom; 5. December; 6. The Third; 7. Fe; 8. Dentine; 9. 1920s, 10. 1950s.


Boat Tower Wise Our Reader Hood Age Afore Point Wards



Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second word, will form two more words. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse

1. Light 2. Wrist 3. Such 4. Night 5. Fool 6. Tall 7. Lamp 8. Under 9. Knock 10.There




to 9. Solution on page 51.




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Vitamina by Valentino Buona Salute! By Mick and Di The Food Lovers

SEPTEMBER 5th saw a new restaurant open its doors on Thappraya Hill (aka Restaurant Row). This is the sister restaurant of the popular Valentino located adjacent to Foodland supermarket. This is a great favourite with the Italian community, tourists and expats who appreciate its romantic

setting and genuine food served at reasonable prices. Chef/owner driving force behind these establishments is the charismatic Riccardo Neri who has spent his life, as all good Italians, in the pursuit of culinary happiness and in the process enjoying an interesting life in the restaurant business in both his homeland and South America.

Vitamina By Valentino is situated in front of the Royal Hill Resort condominium on the brow of the hill. The restaurant comprises of a comfortable airconditioned dining room, a charming leafy garden and a huge rooftop terrace to enjoy Riccardo’s food al fresco under the stars. Consistent quality and prices will be offered here including their famous pizzas, homemade pasta and his house specialities of beef steaks (either rump, fillet or T-bone), veal shanks, ossobucco alla Milanese and scaloppini. Many other Italian favourites are on offer including mine: grilled shrimps and squid (spiedini-misti alla griglia) which come sprinkled with garlic breadcrumbs flavoured with lemon

juice and are totally delicious. Riccardo asked us to let you know that all his dishes are prepared with only natural ingredients, bought daily, from the local markets and contain no artificial

flavourings, colourings or enhancers. Vitamina is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The roof terrace will be serving happyhour-priced drinks from 6.00 pm till 8.00 pm accompanied by complimentary bar snacks and

the strains of gentle live music to complete the romantic setting. Mick and I are looking forward to reviewing Vitamina in the near future. Vitamina at Valentino is open daily until 2.00 am. Call for details on 086 107 0322 or 082 200 8223.

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Wi’s Restaurant Credit Crunch Cuisine

By Mick and Di The Food Lovers IN THESE belt-tightening times restaurants are now facing the reality that economy and gastronomy by necessity need to go hand in hand. Wi’s restaurant has adopted this approach and their food philosophy is clearly “enjoyable food at enjoyable prices”. The restaurant only opened its doors two months ago but already they have a loyal following of regulars who appreciate their three “p’s” of performance, i.e. professionalism, pricing and presentation. Mick and I had been hearing good reports on the grapevine and felt a visit was due. Wi’s is located on the former premises of Cherry’s Restaurant with the Chef and sous-Chef remaining to form this new venture. A big airy terrace for al fresco dining leads into a relaxed air-conditioned area which was where Khun Delewat, the Manager, reserved a table for Mick and I recently. The menu is a very nice collection of predominately European cuisine (with Swiss overtones) and a good selection of Thai favourites. The gourmet 4-course set menu at B.495 is an excellent choice and includes a glass of house white or red wine. Starters on the evening we

visited included mushroom terrine or tomato soup followed by pork or beef tenderloin accompanied by a leek tart and forest mushrooms in an estragon saffron sauce. Chicken breast or red snapper were also offered with a dessert to follow of home made apple strudel with vanilla ice cream plus coffee or tea. We decided to order a la carte and while musing over the menu we nibbled a tasty amuse bouche of chicken liver pate on a black bread crouton and sipped a glass of La Croix Mauregard Bordeaux 2006. The wine list is diverse spanning the new and old worlds and also the depth of the imbiber’s

smooth and delicious while the timbale’s fresh flavourings provided the perfect palate livener. Other starters we spotted were pan seared U.S scallops, poached New Zealand green mussels in a white wine sauce, sautéed frogs legs

pockets. Decisions having been made we ordered from the cold appetisers. I chose the chicken liver parfait served with a salad of grapes and celery in a yoghurt dressing B.170, while Mick opted for a timbale of crab meat and shrimp accompanied by a salad of avocado and tomato coulis, B.190. The parfait was rich, silky and

Provencale and for foie gras fans, French goose liver pan fried or terrine served with a shallot confit and apple chutney. Main courses cover the gamut of quality international dishes and those we almost, but didn’t, choose were baked New Zealand monk fish (B.325), Chilean snow fish, braised lamb shank in balsamico gravy

(B.295), rack of lamb Provencale with mint sauce, ratatouille and potatoes and a beef tenderloin Stroganoff with egg dumplings. After much deliberation Mick chose the baked pork tenderloin in an apple and prune balsamic/rosemary sauce served with rissole potatoes. My vote went to the Atlantic cod. Here chef Vin baked the fillets with rosemary and served them with creamed potatoes and a bouillabaisse sauce (B.270). Both choices were top notch. Mick was more than happy with the extreme tenderness of the pork and the intensity of flavours in the balsamic sauce while an elegant touch was the frilly, crisp Parmesan nest which housed the sautéed potatoes. My sweetly imbued rosemary cod delicately melted in the mouth and I particularly enjoyed the fishy bouillabaisse reduction which married perfectly with the neutrality of the mash. Desserts are sweettoothed heaven introducing sophisticated flavoured fusions with stunning visual appeal. Our order of Campari ice soufflé with an orange ragout was both an eye stunner and a unique tasting experience. We gave Wi’s a big tick. Good quality produce at affordable prices, cooked with tip top professionalism and served in a relaxed and laid-back ambiance hits the spot in anyone’s book. This is the sort of local gem that will become a firm favourite and have its regulars returning again and again. Located on Pattaya Third Road (opposite X-Zite Disco). Open daily from 4.00 pm till 11.00 pm. Tel: 089 251 4966. No credit cards accepted. 10% discount on all meals until the end of September.


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Articles for Sale Making your Business our Business INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY……..This is a change for the serious investor who is looking to take over a running business with already a guaranteed net income of 20 Million Thai Baht a year with a potential net income of 100 Million Thai Baht a year. Asking price is 150 Million Baht. As the owner wants to keep the sale of his business quiet we can not give more details at this time.

Quick & Easy. We buy/sell used goods. We pay instant CASH. TVs, HiFis, Watches, Jewelry, Sporting Goods, Cameras, Musical Instruments, Phones, CD Players, Electrical Appliances & more. Home/office clearances. Large item pickup. All goods must be in working condition. Bring your I.D. Visit our 300m2 store 2nd Floor Pattaya Klang. Tel 038 488 240 Fax 038 488 249

(ptm-2007)Electric Bicycles – Economical and environmentally friendly. Ride 40 km between battery recharges. Each recharge costs only 4 baht. Quiet. No pollution. For catalogues & prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 965 6291-3, ecobrand@ Visit their website, (ptm-2007)Mobility Scooters - Portable 3 wheels, 4 wheels, latest models. Full service by distributor. For catalogues and prices. Please call Ecobrand 081 875 0860, 02 965 6291-3, Visit their website, (ptm-0108)An Installed Concrete and Tile Pool adds value to your home, making it easier to sell. Completed/ready to use in 30 days cost under 300,000bt. With no hidden extras. Pool Guy 086 149 4279 (ptfas-0308)Complete Golf Set: Brand new iron clubs, putter, woods and driver. Comes with new bag and travel bag. Great grips and clubheads. Ideal as your second set (kept in Pattaya). For a super deal call 087 125 9329 as soon as possible. (ptfas-2307)B.B.Q. Imported Australian Billabong, includes cover, hose, regulator and gas bottle.1 year old. Replacement cost 22,000 Baht. Sell Baht 12,000 081 376 1773 (ptfas-p2407)Cheapest TV’s in Pattaya!!! I have a wide range and certain brands of TV’s that are all brand new and come with 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. From LCD’s, Plasma’s to standard TV’s. All of which come in a range of sizes. Not only TV’s but many electrical Items are available for sale i.e. fridge freezers and washing machines. For further information and prices on any items please contact Alan on 084 944 2541.

Pets Pocket Dog, a very beautiful Chihuahua puppy for sale, female, brown, short hair, very clean, healthy, happy, good toy dog, for 6,500 Baht, Lin 089 152 1533 (pta-mo2407)2 sweet and Lovable Kittens, one male, one female, need good home. Have been dewormed and vaccinated. Please call 086 160 5835

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(ptm-0408)We Supply and Service Game Machines. Free of charge! We supply the machine, you provide the location. Call 081 762 8379 (ptm-sp1808)Pool Tables Brand New (coin operated). Profit sharing, you provide the location, we provide the pool table for free and all maintenance costs. We will also consider buying your old pool (ptm-r2207)Explore The Beautiful Beaches, Islands, table. For more information, Coral Reefs Near Pattaya or please call:081 762 8379 go fishing on your own fast ( p t m - a 0 1 0 8 ) R a y o n g Trimaran, for a very affordable Maerampung Beach on price. A share in this sailboat the Way to Koh Samet. cost only 3,000 US Dollars. Guesthouse on the Beach. Call Richard at 086 156 7323 Large leasehold business for or sale. Completely renovated 5 (ptm-0007)Quick sale storeys complex: 10 rooms, A/ Chaparral Speed Boat 22 ft. C, with private bathroom. excellent condition, Yamaha Fridge and TV. One apartment/ 250 HP V6 engine. Price: office and a seaview roof top 750,000 Eng : 081 003 3703 apartment with large terrace. Thai : 081 295 7928 Bar & Restaurant area with (ptm-1407)Imported Used pool table, TV/DVD, phone/ Boat Years 2005 to 2008. fax, ADSL internet WiFi. Cabin Cruiser Bow Rider ….. Concession of private beach start from 24 feet up to your in front (600 sq.m) included! dream. Available today in Lease 3+3 years. Rent 20,000 Pattaya or under order. 3 month THB/month. Bargain for delivery with registration and quick sale: 1,950,000 THB. complete check up. Bargain Prices. Mortgage available for Ph. 084 865 5243(Eng) – every one to suit any budget. 089 096 7505(Th) – Email: Call Today for information 086 (ptm-p0108)Soi 8 – Sexy Bar 702 3611 (ptm-1107)15 Foot Fibre for Rent –Key money 60,000 Glass Metal Trailer 70,000 baht. Rent 23,000 baht per baht. Many extras to be sold month. Fully furnished, 1 pool separately, fish finder and table. Phone 081 290 1705 compass, jackets, 4 boat rods (ptm-u0108)Bar and Beauty with Penn Reels, 5 HP engine. Salon for Sale. Located Best offer for everything, illness opposite Tiffany Show near forces sale. 038 406 791 Night market, Second rd. Price: (ptfb-2406)33 Foot Long, 7 650,000 baht. Tel.: 081 153 Foot Beam, 6 Cylinder 4133, 089 062 7002. Email: Strait-Six Diesel, in-board, shaft driven, wooden hull, Pattaya B-O-C, Bars – Licensed for 10 persons, Restaurants – Mini Marts – diving/swimming platform, Beauty Saloons – Guest scuba tank racks, head (marine toilet), 8-10 knots cruising Houses – Hotels – Go Go Bars speed. Suitable for scuba – Café’s – Coffee Shops – diving, snorkeling or trolling Launderettes for sale in and for fish. Very economical, around Pattaya. All work approximately 10 litres per carried out in strictest hour. Asking price 200,000 confidence. Prices range from Bahts. Call 086 844 8088 400k Baht up. Contact Mike 086 303 1708 or visit for quick sale. New to business in Pattaya? Let us guide you through the minefield. We can walk you through the process of buying and setting up a business in Thailand legally and without headache. B.O.C Pattaya. Tel Mike: 086 303 1708 or visit

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Pizza….! That’s right, Pizza. Make your money off this famous Pattaya Pizza with a great concept, proven track record, Great Exposure. 2.5million Baht, no key money, just pay the rent at 20,000 a month in a very well equipped facility. Everything is there, just walk right in and make money.

(ptm-m0808) Chockchai Village 4, Salon & Business Restaurant in busy Soi Baukao. 600,000 baht take over this well established Office. 2 bedroom town house. restaurant, serving both Thai and European Foods. With no Key money involved. Equipment, inventory all inclusive. Buyer is very motivated. Fully furnished. 4 air con. 24 Mountain Views at 8.5 million makes this 11 Rai very affordable. With the hour security, pool. Tel. 089 present owner having installed the electric lines in the area, could create a positive 934 4148 income for the new owners. In addition to the water and electric improvements, Bars – Restaurants – Mini there is a single level building with 11 one bedroom units with courtyard and security gate. This affordable property already has eleven 1bdrm units single Marts – Beauty Saloons – level ready to move into. Guest Houses – Hotels – Go The most exiting (Retirement) Resort on the entire Eastern Seaboard for Sale Go Bars – Cafe’s – Coffee for 150 Million Thai Baht. This Resort on 35 Rai of land is one of the most impressive resorts you will ever see. Its grounds, water features and landscaping Shops – Launderettes for sale are second to none. If you have the finances to run a resort such as must in and around Pattaya. All do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. work carried out in strictest 35 rai of Spa and Resort with huge pool and waterfall. Connecting ponds with bridges and water decorations qualifies this property for only the best of the confidence. Prices range from best. Five buildings throughout this peaceful garden with Conference Room, 400k Baht up. Contact Mike Theater, Fitness room even golf carts to transport you. The property is Priced at 0863031708 150,000,000. 700,000 Guest house Jomtien Beach sub soi. Not pretty but could make it New to business in Pattaya? work single shop house with 5 storey’s and 5 rooms makes this another affordable Let us guide you through the purchase. minefield. We can walk you 300,000 baht down Franchise opportunity. Pizza with class, not to mention through the process of buying affordable terms to get on board with this company. You supply the building they supply the know how and equipment. You want traffic check this place out. and setting up a business in MAKE PAYMENTS: Very Famous GO GO Bar with 80 seats, 240 sqm, 4 Thailand legally and without rooms above this well designed floor plan, like nothing else on this very, very headache. B.O.C Pattaya. Tel popular Soi. For only 8million baht and with a nice size down the owner will consider payments. He has many companies that require his attention… which Mike : 0863031708 makes this very busy and profitable bar”, even in low season”, to much work for We Sell Going Concerns!If him….. Can buy one or both. Buyer is very motivated. You Want Expert Professional “GYM”, Like to work out, here’s a chance to own the 110 sqm shop and the Gym priced at only 3.9 million including equipment.This place is in Jomtiem Advice on Buying or Selling with a store front connected to the condo so even a Farang can buy the on going a Business in Pattaya TSBA concern as well as the building inclusive. This is an excellent opportunity. Have a large selection of LOOK What A Steal, 3.5 mil. Restaurant Guest House. Don’t miss out on this businesses available. Call Great Investment. Four studios, 3 one bedrooms, 1 two bedroom, and one Three bedroom 2 bath with kitchen apartment. Rooms furnished and equip. w/ linens, Craig 087 077 0475 TVs, cable, and internet. Lease. 3X3 -No Key Money, Rent only 130,000 baht/ mo. No use restrictions on building. Excellent location, owner highly motivated. Pool Lounge-There are four Beautiful Spa-17 million invested, must sell for 7 million – Averages 1000 customers per month. Excellent location, Owner will consult or consider full size American pool partnership. First Class Design and D?cor. Must see to believe. You can own tables in this well established this business now with existing staff of 40 and steady customer flow, creating lounge. The lounge currently over 1 million in monthly revenue from the very beginning. An investors dream. Koh Samui Resort. One of the worlds most Famous Island now has a Prestigious has 3 pool teams and runs Hotel available At 50million baht for your spot in Paradise. With only five many competitions, as well staff members 18 rooms and two retail stores makes easy to manage All rooms as a fully stocked bar. Call have a 5 star quality, with Tv’s, fridge, Bar A/C. Craig 087 077 0475. email: Guesthouse in an extremely busy location next to very popular market and priced to sell at 8 million. This successful business has 5 floors and 11 furnished rooms in a very high demand location. You could have the number one business Bar / Guest House – An of any kind with this location. Restaurant, bar, beauty salon, or retail this can be an immediate good volume business for you, call today. opportunity has arisen to “Freehold” Ocean view luxury Hotel- Great Buy at 65 million. 5 floors of purchase this well appointed beautiful newly refurnished rooms. Also a top floor penthouse that is amazing. guest house, located on one Impressive reservation records. The Hotel has excellent profit margins and the of Pattaya’s busiest streets. price is a great value on existing furnishings and fixtures. This is an excellent property make sure not to miss this opportunity, call today. There are five rooms all with RESTAURANT-Fantastic opportunity- established very successful Italian air con, and a fully stocked bar Restaurant, also has large 2 Bedroom Residence above. All for only 2.5 million offering both pool and darts baht. Owner is relocating wants fast sale. Instant profits, has stable staff regular customers, 5 years remaining on excellent lease, perfect location great with indoor and outdoor parking. If you want to walk in to an immediate turn-key winning operation, do seating. Call Craig 087 077 not miss this one. 0475. email: FOUR SHOPHOUSES Sea View quick sale, fast growing area.Excellent for convenience store only 3.1 million each. “Freehold”. Perfect for beach oriented Hostess Bar- One of Pattaya business, 30 meters to the sand. Across from major resort development and very most well known bars, has large and busy Seafood restaurant. An excellent investment opportunity. Create three years proven accounts a beach home for a fraction of the cost of other options. showing a very healthy profit. Here is another one of those inexpensive opportunities priced to sell, this laundry and Guesthouse. Rent is only 25,000 a month with your living quarters. This bar will not be on the Complement your business with Motorcycles and you have a winner. Add a market for long. Viewing is website and you have a real on going concern with these well designed rooms…should be able to very well here as the ground work is done. highly recommended. Call Walking Street- the best high volume location in Pattaya can be your new Craig 087 077 0475. email: business location. Several locations available from only 30,000 baht per month on a lease for only one year or up to 15 years with even better terms per sq. m. Make Soi 7 Bar –This busy beer bar the contract now and you’re in business ready for high season. located right in the heart of Want a Fabulous Luxury Hotel, restaurant for only 20 million, act quickly. Great location large restaurant and spa facilities as well as one of the best locations the action. The bar has been in all Pattaya . Rooms are exceptionally equipped and furnished in a very established for many years impressive style. Call soon this will not last. and has always made good Between Jomtien and Pattaya 150 million baht Resort with 80 rooms, 6 bungalows Huge swimming pool located on a very busy road, just needs someone profits. Call Craig 087 077 that understands marketing. 0475. email: Shop house in busiest retail location of South Pattaya only 20,000 baht per Go Go Bar –1.2 million baht month on flexible lease terms. Four floors each 16 sq. wah. This space is directly across from the most frequently visited mall in Pattaya. Also in nightlife for sure the cheapest in town, area. Could be excellent location for any business. You want traffic check this owner has to return home. place out. Must be sold this week. Call Craig 087 077 0475 e mail: Call-Premier Business Brokers 038-231-931

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Classified (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail Finance Available on our p a p p a @ c s l o x i n f o . c o m . Condominium and Pool Agents welcome. No time Villa Projects , 10% deposit wasters, please. only. Call Barry 089 933 3583 Retail Space/Shop houses 50 Hotel Units and Villas for M. from Beach Road. Sale or Sale and Rent Back. Fantastic Rent. Call Premier Land and Business investment for speculators Development Brokers- 038-231-931 or Erequiring security. mail to Call Barry 089 933 3583 Warehouse / Factory Beachfront Hotel – Owner Building. Approx. 450m2 on wants fast sale will finance. 2052 square metres of land, 20 Baht 70 million. Call Premier minutes by car from Pattaya Land and Development city, close to Highway 36. Business Brokers- 038The premises can be bought, 231-931 or E-mail to rented or taken over on a hire purchase agreement. Sales Resort Hotel all inclusive price (Land and Building) property, Baht 90 million. only THB 4,900,000. Please New construction-Your own call George: 081 855 75 20 private Eden. Owner will (English, Deutsch, Franéais, finance. 35 luxury rooms, Italiano) complete restaurant and sports Selling Flourishing Business bar, incredible pool, complete in Pattaya. We are the leading gym, theatre, spa, sauna, vehicle Shop for antiques Chinese fleet, staff quarters, extremely furniture. Our business is well conceived property and located in the centre of Pattaya. business design. Seller can We sell mostly antique Chinese receive purchase monies in cabinets and other small any country. Call Premier Land furniture from the Qing and Development Business Dynasty but also gifts and Brokers- 038-231-931 or Edecorative items. On three mail to floors -a combined sales area of Beachfront Hotel – Owner approx. 250 square metres- our wants fast sale. Baht 6 customers find a very large and million. Call Premier Land well presented assortment of and Development Business goods. We can sincerely claim Brokers- 038-231-931 or Eto be the Number One in the mail to region of the Eastern Seaboard. Dongtan Beachfront Thanks to the continuing boom Boutique Hotel Baht 23 in the housing market in Pattaya million. . Call Premier Land and its surroundings, a strong and Development Business increase in turnover can be Brokers- 038-231-931 or Eexpected. The only reason for mail to the sale of the business: The 6 Connected Shop houses already elderly owner wishes 400 meters to beach only to retire. We will be more than 15k per building. Perfect glad to give you detailed and for guesthouse/hotel. relevant information. Please Call Premier Land and call Tel. 081 833 82 24 Development Business Bali-Style Shops on Siam Brokers- 038-231-931 or ECountry Club Road. mail to Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. #1 Pattaya Publication For Rent or Sale by owner. for Sale Baht 12 million, Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza will pay for itself in one Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/ year. Owner ready to retire. bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or Call Premier Land and retail sales business. Large Development Business outside seating and sales area. Brokers- 038-231-931 or EFront unit rents for 42,000 Baht mail to per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Restaurant well known Entire building rent is 50,000 Brand directly on Thappraya Baht. Will sell on 83 square Road in front of large wah, corner plot directly on Condominium Project, main road for 8 million baht. ready for new owner. Financing available. Includes Call Premier Land and Business air cons, refrigeration, cooking Development extractor hood, counters, Brokers- 038-231-931 or Edisplays. Call 084.111.799 mail to

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0276/SLN - Lease for Sale –3 storey single shop house located in East Pattaya. Ground floor ideal for any small business. On the upper floors are 3 rental rooms. Many extras including kitchen facilities, air – conditioning etc. Rent only 12,000 baht per month. Sale Price: 300,000 baht 0234/SLN – Open Beer Bar –Located in beer bar complex on 2nd Road. Rent only 12,000 baht per month & No Key Money. Sale Price: 300,000 baht. 0278/SLN – Bar with Rooms –4 storey single shop house located in south Pattaya. On the ground floor is a bar area with five rental rooms above. Rent is 23,000 baht per month and 100,000 baht per year Key Money. Sale Price: 750,000 baht 0255/SLN – Bar– Located in busy ‘night life’ area of Central Pattaya. Above the bar is a single room with en suite bathroom. Profitable business and easy to manage. Rent only 6,000 baht per month and annual key money of 150,000 baht which has been pre paid till Sept. 2008. Sale Price: 900,000 baht 0268/SLN – Coffee Shop & Restaurant –Single storey shop house, located in East Pattaya, earning profit. Rent only 4,000 baht per month and Key Money has been pre-paid till May 2010. Sale Price: 950,000 baht. 0266/SLN – Bar & Guesthouse –4 Storey double shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Central Pattaya. On the ground floor is a large bar area which was refurbished within the last 12 months complete with a new light and sound system. On the upper floors are 8 rental rooms. Low rent. Sale Price: 1.85 million baht. 0254/SLN – Go Go Bar – 4 storey single shop house, located in busy ‘foot traffic’ area of South Pattaya. Monthly rent is 30,000 baht and Key Money has been pre-paid till October 2009. Sale Price: 1.3 million baht. 0199/SLN – Laundry with Rooms above –Busy laundry business located in Central Pattaya. 4 storey single shop house with 3 large studio apartments on the upper floors for rental. Rent only 15,000 per month with Key Money of 60,000 baht per year. Sale Price: 1.5 million baht 0271/V – Pet Shop – Single storey retail shop, located in North Pattaya. Specialising in the sale of Dogs, Cats, pet foods and accessories. Very profitable. Sale price includes a Limited Company. Sale Price: 2 million baht 0263/SLN - Hotel & Bar - 15 room hotel with ground floor bar and kitchen. Located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of South Pattaya. All rooms have en suite bathroom, air con and safety box. Rent only 60,000 baht and No Key Money. Sale Price 2.3 million baht. 0282/SLN – Bar with Rooms – 4 storey single shop house located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of Jomtien. The ground floor bar has been refurbished to a high standard. On the upper floors are 4 rental rooms and 1 large apartment. The owner has enjoyed good profits over the last 6 months. Long lease and Key Money has been prepaid till April 2010. Sale Price: 2.5 million baht 0218/SLN - Bar & Guesthouse - 3 storey double shop house located in a busy ‘foot traffic’ area of Central Pattaya. There are 8 rental rooms and a large ground floor bar with pool table. Included in the sale price is 12 months pre paid rent till May 2009. NO KEY MONEY. Sale Price: 3.5 million baht. 0269/SLN - Bar & Guesthouse - 3 storey double shop house, located in busy ‘nightlife’ area of North Pattaya. Large ground floor bar with external seating area and 7 rental rooms above. The business generates good turnover & profits. Low rent and no Key Money. Sale Price: 4.9 million baht. 0154/SLN - Restaurant - Well established Restaurant located in North Pattaya - seating capacity for nearly 100 customers. Have enjoyed good profits over the last two years. Key Money has been paid till February 2010 and is transferable. Sale Price: 6.5 million baht. 0270/SLN - Furniture & Interior Decor shop - Incorporating a retail shop, which also offers interior decor project design for clients. The sale price includes in excess of 5 million bahts worth of stock and a Limited company which would enable any prospective buyer to obtain 2 foreign work permits. ‘Walk into’ a well established, extremely profitable business. There is also a seperate entrance with 12 rental rooms above the retail shop. Sale Price: 8 million baht. 0237/SLN - Bar with Rooms above - Extremely profitable bar (which current owner can verify), with 4 rental rooms above, located in a very busy ‘foot traffic’ area of Central Pattaya. The bar has been fitted out to a very high standard. Low rent and NO KEY MONEY. Included in the sale of the business is a Limited Company. Sale Price: 9 million baht. (the current owner will provide financing if required). 0274/SLN – Restaurant & Bar – Single storey double shop house located in South Pattaya. The lease has been fully paid up till 2023, the next 15 years. There is seating for in excess of 100 diners. Included in the sale is a sound & lighting system for live music. The business is profitable. Sale Price: 14 million baht. 0247/SLN - Bar/Restaurant and Guesthouse - Located in South Pattaya. Extremely profitable business which the current owner can verify. On the ground floor is a large bar and restaurant. Included in the sale price is the land and buildings. Sale Price: 25 million baht. 0273/SLN – Lawn Bowling Club – Located in East Pattaya on 3 rai of land. 2 International bowling greens, separate bar & restaurant, 5 en suite bedrooms & swimming pool. Foreign ownership in Company name. Viewing highly essential. Sale Price 30 million. 0217/SLN - Resort - Located in East Pattaya on 2.5 Rai of land. 8 number two bedroom bungalows, 7 number one bedroom bungalows, 4 number single rooms and 1 number double room. Swimming pool and well looked after garden all within a secured area. Built to a very high standard. The current owner has benefited from full occupancy of all the bungalows since opening in 2004. Profitable business and very easy to manage. Included in the selling price is the land, buildings and all the fixtures and fittings. Sale Price: 40 million Baht 0238/SLN - Hotel - Located in Central Pattaya. The hotel comprises of 20 guestrooms on 6 floors, which were all totally refurbished during 2007 to a very high standard. There is also an Owner penthouse suite on the top floor. The business has also enjoyed virtual full occupancy since opening in September 2007. Included in the selling price is the land, building and all the fixture and fittings which are in a Company name. Sale Price: 45 million baht.

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Lounge bar restaurant, the most comfortable décor in Pattaya. The owner has moved to Bangkok. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to New Hotel on Thappraya already has 500,000 Baht in subleases. Owner wants fast sale. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to 600.000 Beauty Salon Now open with Guesthouse above in Jomtiem 25000 a month No key money wants to retire. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Three house compound with pool and staff quarters. Excellent corporate housing or private spa. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Mercy Center Orphanage needs investor to buy and lease back orphanage property. Good land investment secured by Deed/ Chenote. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to New walking street Go GO bar For rent 175,000 No key money 038-231-931 or Email to Land 2 Rai across from new factory 1.2 mil per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Hotel Lobby retail spaces Brand New Hotel. Excellent for Beauty Salon, Clothing Boutique, etc. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038231-931 or E-mail to

Boutique Hotel Prime Location B 150 million with long term contracts guaranteeing over B 30 million in annual revenue. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to New Condominium Project, ground floor commercial space available now. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Antique Furniture Store for sale, very profitable, owner wants to retire and will consider financing, and will train new owner. Very exciting business opportunity. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Building for sale or lease close to Regent’s School excellent for factory or storage. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Building for sale or lease close to Regent’s School excellent for factory or storage. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Wandee : Wandee Studio for monthly rental, Bht 18,000/ month. Fully and well decorated. FREE Wireless internet and cable TV. Located on Tappraya Rd. Easy to access Pattaya and Jomtien. Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya)

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(ptm-m2407)Euro Quality Built Bungalow, 47 tw, close to town, just 1 km from Tesco South good quiet location, nice looking house. Large thick 14 cm block construction, quality electrics, A/C, deep water well. Quick. Urgent Sale, just 2.1 M, better constructed and less expensive than others. Call Maew 081 942 8680 (ptm-r0408)New 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2 Storey Home. Soi Fruit & vegetable carving Kao Talo on 98 sq. wah land – courses. If you are looking community pool, 5 minutes for fruit & vegetable carving from Tesco/Big C, 3.95 m baht. course, we are offering cheap Call 086 109 0721 Learn to Speak, Write and price by professional teacher Read Thai ?!! Learn to under- and we service to teach at (ptm-r0408)New Home for stand what people are saying your place. Contact Yui 085 Rent or Sale on Highway 36 around you !! With a profes- 238 5453 or 038 377 195 Banglamung near Regents sional and experienced Thai email. International School – 10 teacher. Contact 081 466 7478, ( p t a - 0 4 0 6 ) P R O G R E S S minutes from Bangkok Pattaya Language & Computer Hospital – 3 minutes from 086 150 6793 (pta-0406)TEFL Intercon- School (Licensed & Certified Motorway. Fully furnished. by Ministry of Education) Thai Beautiful. Sale 2.46 mil. Baht, tinental, we are specialist in (3 Year Education Visa—Speak teacher training, a full 120 hours Thai confidently in 60 hours)- Rent 20,000 baht per month. TEFL certificate course, we English-Dutch- Russian- Call 086 109 0721 offer Guaranteed job & Work F r e n c h - I t a l i a n - G e r m a n - (ptm-2407)House for Sale permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while Japanese-Chinese- Korean- near Sukhumvit rd. between you practice teaching for 2 Spanish-Computer-Internet— South and Central Pattaya. 54 Months. Please contact us at: —Translation & Certification TLW, with garden, 3 bedrooms, 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640 of all documents: North Pattaya 3 bathrooms. Only 4,000,000 Road (Soi almost Opposite (pta-0406)Foreign Ladies: Bus Station to Bangkok) (next baht. Call 081 833 6661 Speak and write ‘Beautiful to Lukdod Shop) Please call: HS1174: 4 bed, 3 bath English’ in the comfort of 081 577 2967, 038 370 263 bungalow East Pattaya on SP your own home or office, at (pta-0406)PRO becomes village 2, interior size 280 S your own speed, learning the PROGRESS. Please note that qm, very clean house, Part social or business English you PRO Language & Computer furnished, for sale at 5.5 Million need. Training from English School has now been renamed Baht inclusive of company. PROGRESS Language & professor now retiring to Computer School. It still offers Call for more info 08Pattaya. Tel: 081 838 8163 excellent quality course in 47808457 or by E-mail: for first discussion language and computer skills. Pro Language we offer a Progress Language & Computer HS1160:3 bed bungalow variety of effective and School (Licensed & Certified close to the Sukhumvit road, enjoyable language courses. by The Ministry of Education) on a secure development, a English, Japanese, German, Thai(Speak Thai confidently in 60 hours) )-English-Dutch- reasonable price of 3.5 Million Russian, French, Spanish and G e r m a n - I t a l i a n - F r e n c h Thai course. For foreigner Japanese-Chinese-Russian- Baht Call for more info 08from beginner to advance Korean-Spanish-Computer- 49442541 or by E-mail: including a preparation for the Internet——Free Trial Thai & Grade 6 examination by English lessons 1 period— HS1166: Chaiyapruk2 area, ministry of education. 3 year Qualified and Experienced 180 S qm land, interior 100 ED Visa for full time students. Teachers—Translation & S qm, 2 bed, 2 bath, sell Certification of all documents: with company, unfurnished, Please call for Free Trial North Pattaya Road (Soi Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, almost Opposite Bus Station Internet installed, 2.3 Million Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038- to Bangkok) (next to Lukdod Baht Call for more info 489-225-7 Fax. 038-489-228 Shop) Please call:038 370 263, 08-47808457 or by E-mail: 038 423 639, 081 577 2967

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HS1068: REDUCEDprice house in Bang Saray, Dhewee park, 100 Sq w plot, 3 bed private pool, alls extras included call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: (pta-0007)In Proximity of the Most Beautiful Golf Courses and the Best Known Polo Clubs, we sell our Beautiful Villa a Symbiosis in Luxury and Nature Amidst wonderful nature, you have all the quality and comfort you can imagine. Generous living room, state of the art and custom-made European kitchen, 3 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms surpassing your imagination, office, maid quarters, generous terrace to pamper all your friends, a spectacular private infinite edge pool with whirl pool and manicured garden, top construction quality. Size: approx. 440m2, Land approx. 1.5 Rai (2400m2). 4.5 km. east of Pattaya-City. Good access to all directions. Sales price only: THB 18,500,000. There is plenty more to say, just have a look. Please call George: Tel. 081 8557520 (EnglishDeutsch-Franéais-Italiano) (ptvf-0007)Superb 3 bedroom villa for sale!! This excellent under construction villa in Nong Plalai Pattaya, only 7 minutes from international hospital and school, has 254 square meters living area. Land area is 1 rai = 1600 square meter. Land is big enough for one swimming pool 6 x16 meter. You must see!! The new owner can finish according your taste!! Sale Price is only 6,500,000 Baht. Tel.: 081 893 0864 or for more information E-Mail: We have a re-sale in a new 5star housing project in Jomtien!Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 21 Million Baht,1 Million under the developer price. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12.5 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Stunning House For only 10.5 Million Baht! Four extra large bedrooms, four Bathrooms with separate Guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool. The house is built on a 1200 m2 plot in the very prestigious area of

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Phoenix Golf Course. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at The most exiting Estate on the entire Eastern Seaboard for Sale for 150 Million Thai Baht. This 7 Bedroom, 11 Bathroom on 35 Rai of land is one of the most impressive homes you will ever see. Its grounds, water features and landscaping are second to none. If you have the finances to secure a home such as must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Down-payment! Six year Mortgage!Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht!This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/Month for the next two years. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR2587) Most incredible sea views from a designer 4 bedroom home for 19.9 Million Baht! Situated high in the Bangsarey Hills, this gorgeous four bedroom four bathroom home was completely decorated by one of the areas most noted interior designers, which makes it both beautifully appointed as well as being a very comfortable family home. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2424)

Want a Thabali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development!Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Several View Talay Villas for Sale from 7.9 Million to 50 Million Baht! Live in one of these highly sought after villas in this exclusive development! For appointment and private showing call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Immaculate Beach House next to the Dusit Hotel for sale at 27.5 Million Baht! Each room in this extremely well laid out home has been designed and decorated to a very high standard. The location and sea views are to die for…..this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR2258) An Absolutely Stunning Home For 60 Million Baht! With over 3,000 square meters of living space all done in the finest hardwoods, marble and granite this is a grand and very impressive estate home. The estate has seven master suites and four separate lounge areas with a cinema room, games room and three kitchens all built around an outdoor lounging area and swimming pool. To put it simply, this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2152) Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht!This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design work is very tasteful. There is not a better address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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We have houses for sale in the range of 3-130 Million Beautifully Designed Bali Baht!! We have by far the most Style home for 15.5 Million Baht!This very nice three listings……examples are bedroom home is in one of houses in Siam Royal View, the finest villages in Pattaya Paradise Villa 1 and 2, for foreigners wishing to Nagawari, Thabali, Park Villas, have a familiar and safe View Talay Villas, Little Hill, environment, make sure to Phu Tara, etc, etc. We are see this fine home. Call the known for the best listings and Premier Homes Real Estate the best prices. Call the Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or Premier Homes Real Estate by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. Act Quick…..we have the or visit our website at last remaining house in a 5- star development for 14 In Central Pattaya. 10 room Million Baht. This stunning house and three room house house is located 200 meters in small compound. Behind from the beach and needs to be Carrefour. Near Third Road. seen to be fully appreciated. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or Three bedrooms, three private home. Only nine million bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the baht. Financing Available. Premier Homes Real Estate Call 084.111.799 (anytime, Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or English) or 038.301.048 by Email: premier@loxinfo. (daytime, Thai & English) or visit our website at mail Agents welcome. No time We have several Mortgage wasters, please. opportunities! We have seven houses available with a mortgage. All houses are located (ptm-n0208)A Beautiful in the 5-star village Paradise House for Rent at Jomtien Villas. For more information Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 about the mortgages Call the bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully Premier Homes Real Estate furnished, Euro-kitchen, Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or private pool, UBC + ADSL by Email: premier@loxinfo. 30,000 baht/month. Phone or visit our website at 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 Want a Fabulous Home in (ptm-n0208)A Beautiful New Paradise Villa? We can’t be House for Rent at Jomtien matched for selection and Chaiyapruk 1. 3 bedrooms, 3 prices at this exclusive bathrooms, fully furnished, development!Great home private pool. 50,000 baht/ layouts and designs in these month. Phone 081 782 0206, spectacular and modern 084 362 5920 homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number (ptm-n0208)A Beautiful New One’ development. Call the Townhouse for Rent: On Premier Homes Real Estate Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 & 4 Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. Starts from Beautiful Regent Village 25,000 baht/month. Call 081 four Bedroom, five bathroom 782 0206, 084 362 5920 Home for Sale at 14 Million (ptm-n0208)2 Bedroom Baht!Absolutely stunning House at Ban Am-Phur. interior design. This five Fully furnished, 10,000 B/ bedroom plus home is a must month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 see. Fantastic fully equipped 362 5920 European kitchen and you will (ptm-0208)Huge House for love the wonderful landscaping and finishing work, call the Rent near Sukhumvit rd. Premier Homes Real Estate between South and Central Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or Pattaya. With nice garden, by Email: premier@loxinfo. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4 A/C’s. Fully furnished. or visit our website at 25,000 baht per month. (Property PR2685) Call 081 833 6661

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(ptm-ta2407)House for Rent in Soi Kao Noey, not far from Sukhumvit Road, slightly furnished. Beautifully refurbished. Only 4,500 baht per month. Call 080 646 5322 (ptm-srv0208)Villas for Rent Urgent!!! Villas at Eakmongkol 4 – Sukhumvit Rd. Soi Kaotalo nearby Lotus South Pattaya and Sukhumvit Rd. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 office, 1 living, dining area, 1 kitchen and 1 car port. Please contact to Mr. Steiner 081 782 3896 (Eng/German) or Khun Amporn 081 864 4144 (Eng/Thai) If you are looking for a house for rent in Pattaya / Jomtien, look no further. We have a big selection. All price ranges. Call 086 368 4975 or visit (ptm-s0208)3 Bedroom House for Rent B16,000/ month, furnished at Kratinglai, 5 mins to city, phone 081 340 6092, 085 091 6963 (ptm-n0108)Occasion!New, beautiful townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact 081 862 9710 HR1072:3 bed house with private pool in East Pattaya all furniture included, internet and satellite 45,000 P/M Call for more info 0849442541 or by E-mail: HR1039:East Pattaya, 2 bed, 3 bath, car port, private pool, Euro kitchen ready to go! 40,000 P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: HR1086:2 storey house for rent, 3 bedroom, 4 baths, 488 sq m of land, located in Pattaya park hill, new reduced price 32,000 Baht P/M Call for more info 038-373966or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity CR1107: A selection of houses in East Pattaya on a resort type complex, fully furnished, communal pool, from 12,000P/M Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail:

Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month!A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3765) Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas!Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (Property PR3761) Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month!This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3716) Executive Class Rentals In and Around Pattaya from 15,000 – 150,000 Baht per month! A very rare opportunity awaits those discerning home hunters looking for both a luxurious quality home and with it a lifestyle most all would love to have. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Magnificent House in Grange Park Village. Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms for 80,000 Baht per Month! The decoration and design are from a high standard! This house you really need to see to appreciate its beauty. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3703)

A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormouspool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR3700) Very Nice Two Bedroom Plus Office with Private Pool Only 45,000 THB per Month! This is a brand new house with full European kitchen, lovely pool, two large bedrooms (both ensuite), fully furnished, large office and more! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Awesome Three Bedroom + Office in View Talay Villas only 80,000 THB per month! This is a great house which would be ideal for both a family or as a party pad…lots of space (over 300 sqm house plus 640 sqm of land), private rooms, private pool, lots more… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

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Apartment/ Rooms for Sale (ptm-2407)For Sale, 10 Room Apartment House North Pattaya. Nice Shape. 4,250,000 million baht O.B.O. Call 084 873 3145

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House for Rent Three Bedroom House for Rent in Jomtien only 25,000 p/m!A great price for a three bedroom in Jomtien… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Lovely Two Bedroom Bungalow in Pratumnak only 30,000 THB p/m!Located in a secure development, this very nice two bedroom bungalow comes with ADSL, UBC, IDD, full furniture, LCD TV, shared pool and more… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

(ptm-w2307)Aromdee Apartments has availability for rent. Fully furnished apartments with balcony, cable, telephone and also private internet lines available. It is quiet and clean with in house laundry and supermarket by European management. Only 5 minutes walk to the Big C and Lotus Supercenter in North Pattaya. Furnished standard apartments 3,000 baht/month. Furnished air conditioned apartments 3,700 baht/month. Call 089 938 6022 (ptm-2407)Carina Mansion. Large fully furnished apartment. 48 sq.m., cable TV, aircon, fridge, sofa, king size bed, wardrobe, kitchen and large bathroom with hot shower. All rooms have Wi-Fi, internet. 500 baht daily and 6,000 baht per month. Best value in town!! Our mansion also includes a large restaurant and a bar. Contact 081 829 2285 (English), 081 311 7856(Thai)

Classified (ptm-h0108)Jomtien 3 Room Apartment (76 sqm), swimming pool, balcony, AC, kitchen, 700 metres from beach.13,000 P/M. Long term. 087 100 5726 (ptm-1907)Royal Park Luxury Apartments. Executive service apartments for rent near Jomtien Beach. 56 sqm. With 1 bed room, living room and kitchen. Luxury furnished. Starts from 15,000 per month. If you want to feel like a king, try our penthouses with roof top swimming pool. Check out our website at Tel: 038 250 301 Mobile: 086 111 7414

Condo for Sale Jomtien Angket Condominium, First to See will Buy this Very Impressive 11th floor 49 sq m corner unit with the Best Views of Jomtien Beach and beyond. Just been refurbished and furnished to the highest European standards with Euro kitchen, marble bathroom, big plasma screen TV and massive balcony. 500 meters from beach. Only 2.2 mil. Baht. In foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656. For more details and pictures, visit our website One Million Baht will get you a high floor sea view, 38 sq m studio, 500 meters from Jomtien Beach with Foreign ownership. These Prices Are For Real with no silly gimmicks. Be quick and move in tomorrow! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 for details,

Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.7 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call 087 139 1539 (Eng.). For more details and pictures, visit our website 500 meters Jomtien Beach, 39 sqm, Empty Studio 8th floor and 11th Floor. Lovely sea views. Big balconies. Ideal for renovation. Only 1.1 mil. Freehold. Baht each (both in Foreigner’s name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656. For more details and pictures, visit our website Angket Condominium 500 meters from beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, TV, DVD. Now only 1.6 mil. baht. Freehold. Angket will be repainted and refurbished this year with new swimming pool and lobby, therefore prices will rise. Good investment. (In foreigner’s name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng.), 084 565 7656. For more details and pictures, visit our website

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Excellent Location, 100 meters from Pattaya’s Best Beach (Jomtien). A magnificent 42 sq.m studio on the 12th floor with lovely seaviews of Jomtien Beach in the Khiang Talay Condominium. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high European standard. Separate marbled kitchen, fridge, freezer, microwave, marbled bathroom with water heater. Matching quality furniture, beautiful stoned picture walls, lovely cornice ceilings with dimmer lights. TV, DVD, surround system, safety box, remote control aircon, etc, etc. 24 hour guard securities with entry card, big swimming pool, snooker room, fitness centre, shop, and laundry. Viewing essential. Only 2.2 mil. Baht. Freehold. In Foreigner’s name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539, 084 565 7656. For appointment to view. For more details and pictures, visit our website (ptm-r0408)Condo for Sale Front Corner Unit. 16th floor – 114 sq. meters. Fantastic ocean view and location. 3rd road North of Carrefour. 5.5 m baht. Call 086 109 0721

(ptm-pat0108)Condo in Rachatee Condo and Spa, 50 meters to Naklua Road. 26 sqm, furnished, mountain views. Absolute Bargain 850,000 baht. Ph. 086 142 5719 Thai 081 158 0065 Eng. (ptm-pat0108)Chomtalay Resort Jomtien. Condos and Town houses, for sale and rent. All with sea views, swimming pool and direct access to beach. Ph. 081 158 0065 Eng. 086 142 5719 Thai Quick Sale!!! Rachatee Condo, Naklua, Studio Room on 6th floor, 26 sq.m. Fully furnished & decorated, balcony, magnificent views, large swimming pool, coffee shop, laundry, medical spa, excellent 24 hour security. Ready to move in! Bargain price: 950,000 baht Neg. Contact Mal: 081 158 0065(Eng), Joy: 086 142 5719(Thai), Grace: 086 338 2232(Thai). Foreign Ownership. The Urban Condo, 2 Bedroom, 5th Floor, 82 sqm.corner apartment. Wonderful location, near Avenue Shopping Centre, 5 Mins. to beach, spectacular twin swimming pools, fitness centre, bar/restaurant etc. Price 5.2 MB. PH. Mal : 0811 580 065, Joy : 0861 425 719

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Jomtien Complex Condotel Corner Unit. 17th floor, Building B. 123 sqm. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living room, furnish. Large balcony total sea view. All reasonable offer considered. 5,900,000 baht. In company’s name. Call 081 781 5054 Jomtien Complex Condotel. 17th floor, Building B. 136 sqm. (ptm-k0108)The Residence 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, Jomtien. Lovely large 52 SQM (ptm-L0208)Foreign Name - well appointed studio under living room+kitchen. Furnish. Cheap Price -View Talay developer’s current pricing! Total sea view. 5,900,000 baht. 6 Condominiums, Prime Fully furnished. Custom In company’s name. Call 081 Location, Beachfront on Beach European kitchen, solid wood 781 5054 Rd, Soi 9, Pattaya. I have 8 furniture, LCD TV, stereo, well New 6 Star Condominium, prime, 48 Sq Meter Studio units appointed bathroom, large Tropical Dream Pattaya on high floors 18-22 at FRONT balcony, with Foreign title. located on Pratamnuk Hill close SIDE of building facing Walking Brand new building, large pool, to Jomtien and south Pattaya Street, with many units adjoining fitness centre, car parking, fiveto make 96 sq meters. star lobby, 24 hr security and only with ultra modern design. Completely 100% unobstructed 800 mtr from beach. Price 2.95 44 sq.m. studio, starts from views of the beach, ocean and MB. Contact ENG 081 982 3.446 M. 1 bedroom unit, 92 sq.m, starts from 7.158 M. Walking Street. 3.4 million 1778, THAI 089 245 9494 each. Units available are 1804, (ptm-pi2407)Condo for sale 2 bedroom unit, 144 sq.m, 1805, 1806 (all 3 side by side), 95 sqm at Jomtien Beach starts from 13.702 M.3 1906, 2005, 2104, 2205 and Paradise 1br, large liv. bedroom unit, 114.5-120 sq.m 2206 (side by side). Purchase New & nice fully furnished, starts from 8.21-8.97 M. Tel : option 1: Cash 3.4 Million; or 6th floor. Sea view near 086 150 7100 (English) 084 Installment Option 2: beach only 3.45 mil. Photo at 1,000,000 to seller upon signing 940 2600 (Thai) contract, 1,000,000 to seller at Owner 081 933 2240, Supalai Condominium, 60 days from contract date, p i t i p i t y @ h o t m a i l . c o m . 1st Building, Soi Paholyotil 1,000,000 to seller at 120 days Cheapest in Pattaya 21 or Wipawadee 30 (behind from contract date, final (ptm-lin0108)Jomtien Beach Shinnawat Building 3), payment 400,000 to seller at Paradise, 40 sqm.,Sea view, Paholyotil Rd., Ladyaow, wooden floor, built-in teak 120 days from contract date. Chatuchak, Bangkok. Room 83 Larry 1-214-797-8055 USA or furniture, fully equip., separate sq.m. floor 5, pool side view, email Euro Kitchen, A/C, cabled TV, 2 bedroom with furniture, Keys at View Talay 6 office. DVD, Home Theater, bath, hot water, balcony, pool, tennis, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 Realtors Welcome! ( p t m - c 2 4 0 7 ) A n g k e t restaurant, laundry, good living room. All rooms with Condominium in Jomtien security, windy, quiet, clean, airconditioned. Tel. 081 555 Beach, 47 sqm, empty corner Jomtien beach front, B 1.4M 8811, 081 938 3498 unit studio, 16th floor. from owner, Lin 089 152 1533, Finance Available on our Magnificent view of Koh Larn Condominium and Pool Villa Island and Sattahip & beyong (ptm-lin0108)You Can’t Find Projects, 10% Deposit only. Another Good Condo from its 2 balconies. In need of Call Barry 089 933 3583 renovation. Must be seen! A real Beachfront for Less Than First to View Will Buy - New investment. Only 1.4 mil. Baht a Million Baht, Beautiful (Private sale in Foreigner’s Sea view, small studio, high Completed Unit. Pattaya fl., 30sqm., built-in furniture, A/ “Down Town” location. 1 Bedname). Call 087 139 1570 C, cabled TV, bath, balcony, 57.20 sqm,fully furnished 2.8 (ptm-g0208)Executive pool, table tennis, gym, Million. 2 Bed- 99 sqm,fully Residence IV, Royal Heights good security, very good Pratumnak. Luxury 108 sq m, furnished 4.8 Million. Call management condo, clean, 1 bed en-suite, large balcony, quite, B 900,000 for quick sale, Barry 089 933 3583 stunning sea and island (owner) Lin 089 152 1533, “Trade Up To a Better views, European appliances, built Lifestyle”. We will “trade in in furniture, large gym, 3 pools, ( p t m - L 0 2 0 8 ) N o r t h s h o r e “your property, as part pitch and putt, foreign ownerBeachfront Condominium, payment on any of our luxury ship, 6.8M. 087 941 2677 Email: Foreign Name. 1 bedroom, pool villa and condominium 1 bath, #2101, 21st floor, projects. Call:Peter 081 982 info/photos. overlooking pool and beach. 6145. (ptm-g0208)Citismart Soi

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1 North Pattaya. Luxury 87 sq m, 2 bed 2 bath, large balcony, European appliances, built in furniture, Wi-Fi, keycard access, rooftop pool, 150 metres to beach or Big C, foreign ownership, 6.4M. 087 941 2677 Email: need_to_know1@ info/photos.

Facing Walking Street. 64 sq. meters. Foreign name. Fully luxury Furnished, Safe, Washer, Immaculate Condition, 100% equipped. Soi 5 and Beach Rd. 8.4 million. Larry 1-214797-8055 USA or email Realtors Welcome! Key at the Northshore office.

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“Penthouse Style” over looking Pattaya Bay, 180SQ.M. Fully finished and furnished, best value in town 10,340,000- Call:Peter at 081 982 6145. Jomtien “Foreign Ownership” Pre-Construction discounts and easy payment plans, 150 metres to Jomtien Beach from 3,500,000- Call:Peter at 081 982 6145. Foreign Ownership, 2 Bedroom Corner Unit. Fully furnished and fitted by a quality developer. Central Pattaya. Special deal for 60 days completion. Call:Peter at 081 982 6145. CS1190:Central Pattaya Top floor apartment, new building, 61 Sq m. Nicely decorated, modern kitchen 2.5 Million Baht, Call for more info 038-373966or by E-mail:

CS1180:A superb apartment located in Pratumnak , outstanding sea views,1 bedroom 68 Sq m, 10th floor 6.3 Million Baht or 30,000 for rent. Call for more info 0847808457or by E-mail: CS VIC:View Talay 2A, Studio units, 2 available, foreign name 12th floor, sea views 1.75 Million Baht. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by Email: pattaya@paradisecity Studio Condo for Sale. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain views). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Bargain at Bt:1.3 mil.).Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 (ptm-s2307)Pattaya Beach Condo Location, Location, Location! Kitchen, Pool, Parking, Plenty more! Fully Furnish, Foreign Own, Free Hold! 2.5 million baht. Call 089 758 159, Email The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone:038 -711017 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, Email:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone:038 225 723, www.novagroup, E-mail: View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime,Thai & English) Email . Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (ptm-L0208)View Talay 6 Condominiums 25th floor, Foreign Name, Prime Location, Beachfront on Beach Rd, Soi 9, Pattaya. Completely finished, tiled, granite counter tops, kitchen, cabinets,

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appliances, furnished, TV, DVD, 48 Sq Meter Studio units on 25th floor at FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Completely 100% unobstructed views of the beach, ocean and Walking Street. 3.9 million each. Units available are 2506 and 2507(side by side). Purchase option 1: Cash 3.9 Million; or Installment Option 2: 1,300,000 to seller upon signing contract, 1,300,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date, 1,300,000 final payment to seller at 120 days from contract date. Larry 1-214797-8055 USA or email Keys at View Talay 6 office. Realtors Welcome! (ptfcs-1007)Nova Atrium 80 sq.m. with BigTerrace.Brand new. Fully furnished high standarad (Decorum). Between Carrefour and Big C. Huge swimming pool. Fitness center. Internet. 4.5 Million. Tel. 081 863 1076 (ptm-L0208)View Talay 6 Condominiums 18th Floor, Foreign Name, Prime Location, Beachfront on Beach Rd, Soi 9, Pattaya, 144 Sq Meter Studio unit on 18th floor at FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Completely 100% unobstructed views of the beach, ocean and Walking Street. 10.2 million. Purchase Option 1: Cash 10.2 Million; or Installment Option 2: 3,400,000 to seller upon signing contract, 3,400,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date, 3,400,000 final payment to seller at 120 days from contract date. Larry 1-214797-8055 USA or email Keys at View Talay 6 office. Realtors Welcome!

Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 54,000 Baht/sqm, Two beautiful units, both 117 sqm, Type A, Building A and B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 27 Million Baht!One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Special Promotion in La Royalé Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price. 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a five-star beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at

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Condo for Sale Northshore Unit for sale! 80 sqm front unit for only 8.9 Million Baht! Buy this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Northshore is the only 5-star Condominium on the Pattaya beach Road. High Floor! This is not the only unit we have for sale……..we have almost all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors….. prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1.8 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy. 42” LCD TV is only one of the many features in this condo. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014 Act quick we have the TopCorner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 270 sqm for 18 million Baht. Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. This must be the best corner unit in town. Also available a 239 sqm View Talay 6 corner on the 22nd floor facing Walking Street for 16 Million Baht. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting just under 1 million Baht!One of the most popular developments in the city has

several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at View Talay 5 High Floor 46 sqm beautifully renovated Studio apartment for only 2.6 Million Baht. Just a 50 meter walk to the beach. Panoramic views over the ocean and the Jomtien Boulevard. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We have the best selection of Ananya Condos Available on the Market Today!We have the last two units available on the penthouse floor of Ananya (5th floor, Phase 3) two bedroom, 155 sqm. Ananya the best location on the best beach of Pattaya, Wongamat Beach. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Two Bedroom Condo at Jomtien Beach’s Best location for 7.9 Million Baht! This has been very nicely renovated and has two bedrooms two bathrooms all within 126 square meters of comfort and security. Priced to sell, make sure that you see this apartment soon. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR2402)

Classified Grand Condo 3 Bedroom Apartment for 13.5 Million Baht!Directly on Jomtien Beach!Completely renovated with a spacious living room and ready to move in. Features two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier (Property PR3077) Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8!A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3091) Investment Possibility in La Royale Starting from 8.9 Million Baht! 1 Million under the developers prices! We have the best units on the highest floors in the new 5 star condominium La Royale. Pattaya side, two bedroom corner units, 148 sqm and Pattaya side, two bedroom units, 106 sqm. The corner units are not available anymore. Guaranteed high investment return. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PRD111) Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project in front of La royale!Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 10.5 Million Baht!Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 1.1 Million Baht!Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Northshore Condominium for 30 Million Baht!This is a great opportunity to purchase a great 268 square meter unit in a foreigners own name at a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. We have the same kind of unit in Thai name for 26 Million Baht!Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments.. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, ready to move in. A lot of facilities are available, two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court are just examples. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at (Property PR2975) Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left!Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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Gorgeous Sea View Condominium Apartments on Wongamat Beach!Starting as low as 1.8 Million Baht, you may want to take a look at these brand new units that are being completed with beautiful interior designs and will be ready for occupancy very soon. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht!One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. 103sqm in View Talay 5 for 4.1 Million Baht!High floor with beautiful sea-views. The unit is made out of one 48sqm unit and one 55sqm unit. Bare Shell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 withAmazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Investment opportunity!We have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for three years. No work and a steady monthly income! 50sqm for 3.3 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed three year income and 80sqm for 4.8 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income!Together for 7.5 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month three year guaranteed rental return. Call Jan at 087-021-7014 Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out!We have a re-sale on a very high floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, 103 sqm for 19.1 Million THB Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR3769)

(ptm-L0208)View Talay 6 Condominiums 22nd Floor, Foreign Name, Prime Location, Beachfront on Beach Rd, Soi 9, Pattaya, 96 Sq Meter Studio unit on 22nd floor at FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Completely 100% unobstructed views of the beach, ocean and Walking Street. 6.8 million. Purchase option 1: Cash 6.8 Million; or Installment Option 2: 2,300,000 to seller upon signing contract, 2,300,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date, 2,200,000 final payment to seller at 120 days from contract date. Larry 1-214-797-8055 USA or email hovelots@ Keys at View Talay 6 office. Realtors Welcome! Huge New 143 sqm One Bedroom Condo On The 22nd Floor of View Talay 5 Building (VT5C0048). Finished to the highest of standards, this large one bedroom condo has fantastic seaviews, a great kitchen and full furniture. This condo must be viewed to fully appreciate what’s on offer for only 9.6m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Two Bedroom Jomtien Condo Overlooking Jomtien Bay (ROHI0008). This extremely well finished 92 sqm two bedroom condo on the 7th floor of a newly developed popular condominium with 24 hour security, communal swimming pool, fitness suite, restaurant, and easy access to the centers of both Jomtien and Pattaya. For sale at 5.9m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Jomtien Beach Road Studio Condo Just 200m From The Beach (JBCO0043) Ideal for investment, this 30 sqm studio on the 13th floor of this ever popular condominium which boasts great facilities including swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, internet, convenience store, laundry and 24 hour security. For sale at a knockdown price of 1.65m. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

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Condo for Sale Resales at Spanish Condo Under Developer’s Price! We have two studio and two one-bedroom units starting at 895,000 THB fully renovated... that’s almost 200,000 THB under the off-plan price! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at 103 sqm High Floor Condo at Metro a Steal at only 5 Million THB! Superb seaviews and an easy to renovate floorplan make this a renovator/investor’s dream! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at 45 sqm High Floor Studio at Metro Waiting For Some TLC Only 2.3 Million THB! Great building positioning overlooking Pattaya and Jomtien with breathtaking view…this price will only go up!!! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Luxuriously Renovated One Bedroom Plus Office (102 sqm) in View Talay 3 Only 5.9 Million THB!This is one of the best designed/renovated units we’ve seen! Excellent Euro kitchen, top notch furniture & décor, plus great seaviews! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Double Unit (60 sqm) in S1 Building in Jomtien Beach Condo on Top Floor Only 2.9 Million THB!There aren’t many double units left in JBC, especially in the best building and on the top floor! This is very well priced for such a rare unit! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at

We Have a Great Selection of the Best Units in the Area’s Newest Boutique Buildings! Check out the best available units (both off-plan and resale) in Hyde Park, Pattaya Heights and Mayfair Residence. Very attractive payment plans available. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Buy Off-Plan With Us!We’ll find you the best possible prices, terms and units available at all of the area’s best new condo developments (including Northpoint and Ocean 1 Tower)… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Wandee : VIP CONDO, Baan Amphor area, Beautiful Sea view, CORNER Unit, 104 sq.m., 2 bedrooms, Furnished. Sale for 5,300,000.- Baht Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Ocean Marina, High floor, 179 sq.m. (Type B) Panoramic Sea view. Direct on the beach. 3 bedrooms, original built-in furniture. Sale for Bht 9,300,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate: 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Jomtien Beach Condo, a studio in the front building S1, 32 sq.m. on the high floor. Sea view, Pattya side. Fully renovated. A few minutes walk to the beach. Convenience for public transport. Sale for Bht 1,200,000. GOOD VALUE Call Wandeegroup Real Estate: 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Jomtien Beach Condo, 2 STUDIOS side by side, in the front building S2, total 64 sq.m. on the high floor. Sattahip side. A few minutes walk to the beach. Convenience for public transport. Total Price Sale for Bht 2,500,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Jomtien Beach Condo, a CORNER UNIT, 33 sq.m in the front building S2. Sea view, Sattahip side, High floor. A few minutes walk to the beach. Convenience for public transport. Sale for Bht 1,250,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya)


Classified Wandee : Jomtien Beach Condo, 2 STUDIOS side by side, , 58 sq.m in A3 Building, Sea view and Garden view. High floor. A few minutes walk to the beach. Convenience for public transport. GOOD VALUE. Total Sale for Bht 2,000,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : View Talay Condo Project 1, SHOP HOUSES, Building A , 120 sq.m., ground floor and 1st floor. 2 front shop houses with two rooms direct upper floor. Good for business. Convenience for public transport. Sale for Bht 2,800,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate: 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Pattaya Condotel Chain, Soi Jomtien 16. 2 bedrooms and 1 living room with 3 BALCONIES FOR BEAUTIFUL SEA VIEW. Appoximately 78 sq.m. Fully furnished. Foreign ownership. Sale for Bht 3,200,000.- Just a few minutes walk to the beach. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Pattaya Condotel Chain, Soi Jomtien 16. a studio, 26 sq.m Fully furnished, Sea view. High floor. Foreign ownership. Sale for Bht 1,200,000.- Near the beach. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Jomtien Condotel, a studio. Original decoration. Building B, 36 sq.m. Private access to the Dongtan beach. Convenience for public transport. Sale for Bht 1,450,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Coconut Beach Condo, Jomtien Beach. 255 sq.m., panoramic sea view. 4 bedrooms. Fully-furnished. Sale for Bht 12,500,000. Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Metro Condo, Jomtien. Soi 19. One studio on the high floor, 48 sq.m. Big balcony for beautiful seaview. Fully furnished. Sale for Bht 2,200,000.Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Jomtien Thip, Soi 7 Jomtien. A studio 30 sq.m., original condition. Sattahip side. Sale for Bht 850,000 Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : Katalina Condo, Soi 7 Jomtien, a new branded condo, 58 sq.m. One bedroom. European kitchen. Laminate floor. Fully furnished. Convenient for public transport. Just a few minutes walk to Jomtien beach, nearby local market, shops and restaurants. Sale for Bht 2,350,000.- Call Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya)

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Condo for Rent If you are looking for a condo for rent in Pattaya / Jomtien, look no further. We have a big selection. All price ranges. Call 086 368 4975 or visit (ptm-n0208)A Luxury Condo for Rent on Pratamnak Hill. 1 and 2 bedrooms, fully furnished, UBC and WiFi internet. From 25,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (ptm-n0208)Condo for Rent at Pratamnak Hill Near Cosy Beach. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, fully furnished 15,000 baht per month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920 (pta-wf2307)Studio Room for Rent, Casa Espana on Pratamnak hill, 26 sqm. with air-conditioner and furnished 8,000 THB per month. Long and Short term. Call 089 6816891 (ptm-pat0108)Chomtalay Resort Jomtien. Condos and Town houses, for sale and rent. All with sea views, swimming pool and direct access to beach. Ph. 081 158 0065 Eng. 086 142 5719 Thai (ptm-lin0108)Beautiful Sea View, Small studio, High fl., 30sqm.,microwave, A/C, cable TV, DVD, bath, balcony, pool, table tennis, gym, very good security, Jomtien beach front, B 7,000p/m to 8,500p/m, (owner)Lin 089 152 1533, Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht / Month, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. Tel:038 415 304-8, Email:, Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, Email:,

Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone:038 225 723, www.novagroup, E-mail: Studio Condo for Rent. Khieng Talay (nr.Cosy beach) 40 sq.Mts on 5th Floor (mountain view). Good sized kitchenette and bathroom. Completely renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Only 13,000 baht per month. Call 081 357 7491 or 081 334 5291 CR1108:Central Pattaya location, 60 sq m,1 bedroom, communal pool, various rooms available all for only 15,000 P/ M Call for more info 0849442541or by E-mail: CR0388:GREAT VALUE, 82 Sq m1 bedroom unit, 6th floor in View Talay 2B, Only 22,000 P/M Modern furniture, Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity CR 1083:15th Floor 48 Sq m fully furnished condo in View Taly 5D, great sea views bargain price 18,000 per month Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. Only 10,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) Email Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 Baht per month!One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month!For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at View Talay 2 Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month!This is a masterpiece in condo design and comfort, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo has a big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month!A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (Property PR1362)

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Sensational View Talay 5 226 sqm Front Corner Unit Facing Jomtien for 55,000 Baht/Month!Private access to the best beach of Pattaya (Dongtan Beach), On the Baht-Bus route. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and huge balconies. Call Jan for more information. 087-021-7014. Northshore rentals are starting Very nice Royal Cliff Two from 42,000 Baht/Month. Bedroom Plus Apartment for Contact the Premier Homes 55,000 Baht per month! Real Estate Co., Ltd. at Those that know the ‘Cliff’, (038) 231-931 or by Email: know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. or visit Enjoy this two bedroom plus our website at www.premier office apartment with fantastic (Property sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 PR3036) or 4 Bedroom Condos for Beautifully Renovated Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. Rent in Every Major Condo Three Bedroom Condo in or visit our website at Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Building in the Area at the Baht per month! Great three very best possible prices! Ocean Marina Yacht Club bedroom, three bathroom From Sri Racha to Naklua and Three Bedroom Suite For Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. furnished apartment. Ready to 50,00 Baht per month!What Examples are, Northshore, move in, this is a great way to more can you say? If you would Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand live! Call the Premier Homes like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with Condotel, View Talay, and Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) the yachts and all….this is your a lot more, we simply can’t be 231-931 or by Email: premier@ apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. matched! Contact the Premier or visit our website Two swimming pools, tennis Homes Real Estate Co., at courts, squash courts, weight Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Great Two Bedroom Condos training gym, the list goes on Email: for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 and on…..and don’t forget their or visit our website at Baht per month!We have a first class gourmet restaurant number of very nice condominium with Dim Sum on Sundays! Northshore Sea View apartments available for rent in This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total Condominium for 65,000 this price range. Contact the overview of our listings contact Baht per month!Rent this Premier Homes Real Estate the Premier Homes Real Estate beautifully furnished 112 Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or square meter unit with 2 by Email: premier@loxinfo. by Email: premier@loxinfo. bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a or visit our website at or visit our website at great ‘downtown’ location. Our

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Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month!A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool and roof top pool as well….what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Royal Cliff ‘B Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month!One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month!Rent this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many Northshore rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier View Talay V Sea View Condominium for 20,000 Baht per month!Rent this beautifully furnished unit at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya!We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.premier

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112 Sqm Two Bedroom on High Floor for Rent at Northshore only 55,000 THB P/M!Very nicely finished large two bedroom with smashing views, great amenities and excellent location. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Lots of Studio Units for Rent at View Talay 2, Thip Condo & Jomtien Beach Condominium!We have a great selection of studios for rent starting at only 8,000 THB per month! Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Awesome Two & Three Bedroom Duplex Penthouses For Rent in Metro Jomtien! These are excellent rental units at great prices (55,000 for the two bdr and 65,000 for the three bdr) finished in a very modern, clean style with great kitchens, lots of outdoor space, Jacuzzis and killer views. Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Luxurious Large Two Bedroom Condo at Executive Residence 2 For Rent!This condo is finished to an impeccable standard with luxurious bathrooms, great furniture and electronics, huge kitchen and great seaview. Only 65,000 THB per month… Contact Jomtien Property either by email or call 086 108 6575 or 038 303 243. Visit the area’s most powerful property database at Wandee : Wandee Studio for monthly rental, Bht 18,000/ month. Fully and well decorated. FREE Wireless internet and cable TV. Located on Tappraya Rd. Easy to access Pattaya and Jomtien. Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya)

(ptm-2407)Good Investment! Developed Land between Phoenix Golf Club and Highway 331. 7.5 Rai in one piece or you can buy in 7 separate plots. Call 089 457 3209 (Thai/German), 089 487 2704 (English/German). No Doom & Gloom in Bangsaray, Just Boom, Boom, Boom!!! Seaviews. 200 TLW 800,000. 1 rai 39 TLW 1.2 million. 3 rai 122 TLW with two seaviews 15 million,25 rai 300 TLW can split 70 million. Beachside 301 TLW beach 400M 6 million. 365 TLW beach 240M 9 million. 8 rai 129 TLW + river can split 8.5 million. 1 rai 334 TLW, near beach, permit for 7 storey condo, 24 million. Mountain views Bang. 100 TLW 400,000. 200 TLW 750,000. 3 rai near 332 rd 4 million. 19 rai 164 TLW 360 degree mountains 30 million. Invest in Property, Prices are Soaring!!! Tel: 081 576 0035 Email;, Stunning Country Mansion. 5 bed, 5 bath, 30 rai manicured lakes/gardens, too much to detail. 150 million. Tel: 081 576 0035 Email;, (ptm-0608)18, one Rai plots for sale. All plots with own lake water front beside Phoenix Golf course. Cost 4 million/ Rai. Call John 081 919 1120 (ptm-n0207)Land for Sale. 1,430 sq wah on Eastern Star Golf Course: 9,000 per sq wah. Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364 (ptm-m0108)Bang Saray Hills 3 Rai. Ocean and mountain views. 3 phase electric, walled, water. Prime property 081 295 7236 8M (ptm- w2307)27 Rai Rayong Bangphe, with chanot. Only 800 meters from the beach and with sea view to Koh Samet Island. 250,000 baht/rai. Altogether, sell at 6.75 million baht. Tel. 089 938 6022 PL 024 Land for sale in Soi Watboonjankana, close to Sukhumvit and 600 Meters from the Beach, Various plots available, land filled ready to build! From 19,000 per S q w call for more info 0847808457 or by E-mail: PL 025 Land located in central Pattaya behind Walking street, great plot for apartments, 272 Sq w, 45 (ptm-h0208)1200 sq.m. Bang Million Baht. Call for more Saray Mountain;all ready to info 08-47808457 or by Ebuild on. 790,000 baht. Tel: mail: pattaya@paradisecity 087 100 5726.

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Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development (038) 231931 or (01) 634-2915 Email: or visit us online at www.premier Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area!8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 850,000 Baht/ condo building or small Rai. Owner motivated to sell housing estate. 15 million baht. quickly. Call Premier Land PL 037 Land for sale in the Call 084.111.799 (anytime, and Development Business Pong area, close to the H/Way English) or 038.301.048 Brokers- 038-231-931 or E36, 2x 1 Rai plots on separate (daytime, Thai & English) E- mail to deeds, easy access road, electric mail Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 & water available, building Agents welcome. No time Rai at 16 million per rai. Call permission in place, ready to Premier Land and Developwasters, please. start! Call for more info 08ment Business BrokersIn Proximity of The Most 47808457 or by E-mail: 038-231-931 or E-mail to Beautiful Golf Courses and The Best Known Polo Clubs, PL 028 Land for sale in we sell residential land in Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Soi Bua Khao, close to the Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Avenue shopping centre 4 Pattaya. Approx. 4 Rais, Premier Land and DevelopRai, 127 million baht Call situated on a hill with unlimited ment Business Brokers08-49445141 or by E-mail: beautiful views that can never 038-231-931 or E-mail to be obstructed. By car about 15 PL 029 Land for sale on minutes from Pattaya. Sales Incredible 35 Rai of Land Pratumnak Hill, 191 Sq w, price only: THB 2,100,000 / perfect for Development top of the hill location, ideal for Rai. Please call George: 081 includes designs for 160 Unit house, 35,000 Baht per Sq w 855 75 20 (English, Deutsch, Condo project 2 Rai lake and call today 08-17613238 or by Francais, Italiano) area for 20 homes. Priced to E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/ sell. Property is in a fast Rai 500 meters from La growing area only 10 minutes PL 030 Land for sale South Royale condominium!Call to the beach and covered in Pattaya road close to Big C, Premier Land and Develop- mature coconut trees-absolutely 4 Rai 200 S q w, 40,000 baht ment Business Brokers- beautiful. Good flat ready to per Sq w call for full details 038-231-931 or E-mail to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money 08-49445141 or by E-mail: Land for sale next to Siam buy- call to take a look. Making PL 031 Land for sale on the Country Club Golf Course! your Business our Business – Sukhumvit road, great road 36 Rai perfect for a housing Premier Land and Developfront exposure , 2 Rai 36 project for 2.1 Million Baht/ ment. Call Premier Land and Business Million Baht, Please call Rai. The land is located in a Development 08-49445141 or by E-mail: beautiful landscaped area Brokers- 038-231-931 or with stunning mountain mail to PL 032 Land for sale Located views. Call Premier Land Land Parcels all locations in Wongamat, ideal for 7 and Development Business Starting Baht 300,000 per storey condominium 2 Rai 46 Brokers- 038-231-931 or E- Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Sq w 80 Million Call for more mail to Brokers- 038-231-931 or Einfo 08-47808457 or by E- Two land plots for 1.1 Million mail to mail: pattaya@paradisecity Baht/Rai near Mabrachan 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Lake. 19 and 31 Rai ideal for Development Land- Baht 570 PL 033 100 S q w land plot housing developments as the million. Call Premier Land Ideal for house in a quite whole area is already developed and Development Business location off Siam country with other housing developBrokers- 038-231-931 or Eclub. Already in a company ments. Call Premier Land mail to name 800,000 THB. 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Call Premier Land wall on 275 Sq w, great Rai of beachfront near the and Development Business mountain views , Thai name, Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai Brokers- 038-231-931 or E2.2 million B Call for more of Land on the beach in mail to info 08-47808457 or by E- Bangsaray. Our database Wandee : LAND plots in mail: pattaya@paradisecity contains over a 100 exclusive Tappraya Soi 15, size 100-150 plots of land in and around talangwah, Suitable for your For sale by owner. Almost Pattaya. Call the Premier private home, near town and one rai (368 square wah) in Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. beach. Just 10 minutes drive Central Pattaya between at (038) 231-931 or by Email: to Pattaya town or Jomtien Third Road and Motorway 7 or visit beach. Near Chateaudale entrance on Sukhumvit Road. our website at www.premier condominium project. Sale for 25,000 Baht/talangwah. Perfect for shophouses,

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Call us for appointment. Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : LAND 50 talangwah, just about 300 meters from the Jomtien beach. on the village road. Sale for 1,400,000 Baht. Call us for appointment. Wandeegroup Real Estate : 081-8631786 (Nittaya) Wandee : LAND in Pratumnak area. Soi 4-5, ~200 Talangwah, Sale at 28,000.- Baht per talangwah. Call us for appointment. Wandeegroup Real Estate: 081-8631786 (Nittaya) w w w. w a n d e e g r o u p . c o m We Have Many Plots On Pratumnak Hill.

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Thai insurance companies. Northern Thai Insurances (opposite Royal Garden Shopping Plaza) Pattaya Second Road 038 723 479, 038 723 497, 081 624 6783 (Thai) or 081 861 6233 (English) Wandeegroup Services: Real Estate: buy and sell properties, land measurement, land separation, condo transfer service, etc. Architecture and Construction: for unique house and condo with legal construction license. Presentation for Architecture: 3D renders in High Resolution, Model Building. Know more details. Call for appointment: Wandeegroup 081-8631786 (Nittaya) If you are having a problem with your computer either software and hardware please phone me on 086 820 2577. I will go to service at your place.

Job Wanted 27 Years Old from London, UK. Western Chef is looking for work in an international hotel or restaurant. Have experienced in cooking modern British, French & Italian Cuisines. Call 080 080 6122 or 081 361 5959

Job Vacancies (ptfjv-0208)Thankful Knowledge Learning Center, 3rd road South Pattaya is looking for eligible, experienced, passionate English teacher to work 30-40 hours a week. More than bilingual will be an advantage. Attractive salary with accommodation. We will provide working permit for the best candidates. Email: (ptfjv-0208)Office Staff & Drivers needed for large car rental company. Must speak & read English. Have computer skills etc. Good salary for right persons. Contact 038 231 694, 081 808 7213

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Job Vacancies (ptfjv-0108)Manager Wanted for a Real Estate Project, Thai or foreigner, English speaking and preferably with a sales background in the Real Estate/ Hotel/Retail/Travel Industry but not compulsory, executive experience considered. Apply to info@royalambassador with a covering letter and a full CV. (ptfjv-0108)Needed immediately secretary, receptionist, ad sales people and graphic artists for publishing company. Top pay for experienced professionals. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Send resume, CV or inquiries to

(ptfjv-0108)Heights Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Real Estate Development Company focusing on luxury residential development, looking for talented Graphic Designers who has experience in designing works e.g. brochures, leaflets, logo, etc. to join our team. Please contact K.Thong 038 364 951 or e-mail your CV to (pta-jtg2407)Looking for Staff with Knowledge in Foot Massage and Body Massage (5 position), Housekeeper (1 position). Good salar including accommodation. Please contact 081 361 5959 (ptm-p2407)Sales Staff Wanted. Part-time, full time, male and female, at least High School graduate. Please call 086 721 6900 or email (pta-jv0108)Medium Sized Steel-Furniture Production and Export Company in Pattaya searching Thai candidates of both sexes, positioned as a General Manager. Preferably experienced in production related work, structured, cooperative, master good English both written and orally and have average computer skills. Work will be focused on general improvement both in sales and production performance. Personal management, reports and logistics will also be part of this work. Necessary training will be given. Salary up to 50,000 THB/month and possible bonus allocation,

Classified (pta-ev2307)Secretary Needed for Busy Law/Immigration Office, North Pattaya. The applicant must have very good English language/writing skills, very good computer skills, bright personality. Excellent salary and bonuses for the right person. Tel: 038 414 475, mobile: 089 092 2692 (pta-er2307)Staff Urgently Wanted. Leading Real Estate Brokerage Firm. Sales Staff / Listing Agent / Photographer, Thai national, age 20-35, Good communication skill, Good command of English (writing & speaking), Good attitude & positive, Experience preferably but not necessary, Training provided, Driver’s license. Call for more details 083 120 6042, 083 009 5214 or email your resume, specify position you apply for, and expected salary to (pta-ph2307)Thai All Round Secretary and Website Manager Wanted!Our very busy and successful office is looking for an experienced secretary & web master. English language skills (speaking, reading, writing and typing) are essential and critical to get this job, as well as the selfconfidence to use these skills. Basic computer experience is necessary and will also be a part of the job. It is also very Important that you know how to work with foreigners! Please contact us for more information and an interview at 087-0217014 (Jan Nuyten).

(pta-jv2307)Driver/Office Helper Needed: For Real Estate, and Law Firm. Must speak English!! Good Salary: must be available with flexible hours. Call 084 158 0785 (pta-jv2307)Office Receptionist /Administrator Required For Dance Academy In Pattaya. Female applicants must be thai, 22 to 38 years of age. Excellent spoken and written english, experience in dealing with the public, computer skills and previous office work experience essential. Interest in dancing an advantage. Good salary and prospects for the right candidate. For further information and an interview , please call Stephanie on 089 544 4842 or email (pta-vj2207)Building Manager (Condominium). Responsibility: Manage and take care of the responsible project to the most efficiency management. Required Qualification Bachelor Degree in any fields. At least 3-4 years experienced in Property Management, Knowledgeable and understand Property Management work, Talented in management and strong leadership skill, Friendly relations and service mind, Can work well under pressure, Good command in English and Computer literacy. Property Consultant (Sales Executive), Responsibility : Responsible

Fax: (038) 374535

for property resale and leasing and other work assigned work from the supervisor. Required Qualifications At least Bachelor ’s degree in any field, At least 1 years experienced in property business, if having experiences in property resale or leasing, or real estate marketing will be advantage, Own a car and driving proficiency, High responsibility, strong leadership skill and skilled in coordination and negotiation, Fluent in English and able to operate computer . For more information please contact Human Resources Department Plus Property Co.,Ltd. Tel. 0-2661-7555 # 4012 or send your resume to E-mail address : /

(pta-vj2307)We are Property Development Company. Looking for sales reception, Thai nationality. Must speak good English, computer skill, experience in sales. Please send CV to, 038 364 951 (pta-vj2207)Leading Thai International Construction Company. Looking for top quality personnel for major civil project in Dubai. Excellent salary & career opportunites. Project managers, Construction managers, QA/QC Engineers, AutoCad/Design Engineers, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers. Age 30 – 47 years, good English. Engineer degree. Please send resume to Call 086-8169398

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Classified Cheap car rental. Fully insured cars. Prices start from 800 THB/day. Call 087 127 8122 or visit

(ptfvs-2207)Ford Escape September 03',103,000km, Bronze colour, Tan leather upholstery, 6 cd player, Cruise control, etc. One owner, log book service from day one. Baht 679,000 keen to sell 081 376 1773 (ptfvs-0308)Looking for a Second Hand Golf Car in ( p t f v s - 2 2 0 7 ) A b s o l u t e l y good condition. Call 038 424 774. Superb Immaculate Condition (ptfvs-0108)Looking for a (YR 2000). Having travelled only 70,000 klms. Suzuki Vitara Small Automatic-Car (Jazz, Vios, City, etc) no more than 5 JLX 5 door automatic with overdrive and 4WD. Many years old. Tel.: 089 072 4897 extras, Maroon/Silver, taxed and insured for 9 months. Elderly owner is looking for smaller vehicle. All proposi(ptfvs-r2207)2003 Nissan NV tions considered 038 421 502. Truck with Carryboy. Top- (ptfvs-2207)Toyota Fortuner automatic 69,000 km. Excellent 3.0 G Diesel. 5 gear ml 40,000 condition. 229,000 baht or km, grey colour, alu mag 20 best offer, tax and insured. inch, year Dec. 05, only 1 086 109 0721 (pta-vj2107)Staff Wanted. Farang owner. Sale 789,000 1.)Marketing, age 27-35 year ( p t f v s - 0 1 0 8 ) M i t s u b i s h i baht. Karl 085 153 1833 Triton 2006. Silver, 2 door, (ptfvs-a2207)Yamaha Nouvo old, bachelor’ degree in manual, 20,000 km, many MX Year 2005, for Sale 27,000 Marketing or related fields, extras, immaculate. Tel: 085 kms, black colour, chrome experience 2-3 year, good 286 6303, Price: 399,000 Baht extras, alarm, in Foreigner’s understanding in technology (ptm-c2407)Toyota Hi Ace 12 name. 30,000 baht or ONO. and global warming, excellent Seater VIP. Mini bus 1998/9, Call 087 139 1570. communications, presentation 2.8 litre diesel, 5 speed, power (ptm-J2207)07 and computer skills, fluent Honda steering, ‘metallic’ blue. Front Phantom. 2,000k. 60,000 English (Listening, Speaking, & rear A.C., front & rear chrome Baht. Call 084 873 3145 Writing) 2.) Electrical Engineer, bumpers, side steps, CD, TV, (ptm-J2207)For Sale Nov. 06 age not over 35 year old, alloy wheels, electric windows. Toyota (4x4) Pick-up 5 bachelor’ degree in Electrical Ideal for golfing, outings etc. Speed. Black, many-many Engineering or related fields, Loads of money spent. Service extras 21,000k. 500,000 Baht. experience 2-3 year, good history. Beautiful all around Call 084 873 3145 understanding in technology condition! Now price reduced Looking to buy or sell your and global warming, excellent to 290,000 baht or nearest offer. car? is the computer skills in related Call 087 150 4845. only place to go for the best program, good command in (ptfvs-0208)For Sale 06 value vehicles in Pattaya / English. 3.)Graphic Design, Kawasaki KZ1000. 10,000K Jomtien. “Discover the dragon” age not over 35 year old, very fast bike. Nice shape, bachelor’ degree in Graphic Mc Flight Travel & Visa. have book and tax and insured at Cheapest Air Fares. Promotion (ptfvs-2207)Jeep Suzuki Design or related fields, BKK-LON, FRA,PAR, ROM, for one year. Call 084 873 Caribbean SW Black. experience 2-3 year, good 3145. 275,000 O.B.O. GVA Start from 10,000 O/W Completely reconditioned, understanding in technology, 20,100 R/T. Special Promotion (ptfvs-0208)Honda Phantom engine, interiors and mechanical. excellent computer skills in on September AMS-BKK- 06. 14,000 km. Farang name. Good A/C, stereo, new power 3DsMAX, Photoshop, illustrator, AMS . Start from 570 Euro’s. English owner going home. steering, blue book O.K. Must Flash and related program All the price not include tax. 60,000 baht O.N.O. Tel. John see, very clean car. 145,000 (Create and develop website), Visa to Europe, Vietnam, Laos, 081 001 1810 THB Neg. 084 699 1255 good command in English. China, India, Myanmar, (ptm-2407)Yamaha Nouvo (ptfvs-2207)Going Home Contact here or 038 422 833 Indonesia; Ext Hotel Reserva- MX Special Edition. Chrome Sale. Yamaha 150, 15,000 K. Thun tion, Scuba Diving, Taxi, and black, 3 years old. 1 Falang baht. Call 083 112 3081 (ptfj-2007)Exciting Projects, Minibus. Tel 038 413 530, 038 owner. Service history 25,000 (ptfvs-2107)1999 Mitsubishi Dynamic Company, great 724 023, Fax 038 413 540 Email: kms. Only 25,000 baht O.N.O. Lancer 1.5 GLX. Automatic. salary & bonus schemes are Call 087 139 1570 Farang owner. Bit tatty but a (ptm-2407)Toyota Tiger 3.0 good reliable runner. B110,000 looking for the following Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big ono. Call 086 002 6762 positions: 2 Construction Cab 1999, 5 speed, power (ptfv-c2107)Toyota Corona Managers (THB 100,000150,000 tax free), 5 Section (ptm-t0508)Motorbikes for steering. Heavy duty front and Turbo Diesel 4 Door Saloon Raised Gold. Very fast car. Power Managers (THB 60,000- Rent. Nouvo, Click, Mio. 200 rear bumpers. 80,000), 10 Superintendents/ baht day. 1,000 baht week, suspension, air bag, ABS, C.D. steering, alloy wheels, CD, air Big alloys, loads of extras, con, 5 speed, rare car in good Supervisors (THB 40,000- 3,000 baht month. WILL 130,000 kms. Full history. condition. Loads of money 50,000), 1 team Survey DELIVER. 086 824 4910 Falang owned. Immaculate spent. Must see! Must be sold condition. 390,000 baht. Call quickly, hence at 99,000 baht. 087 139 1539 Call 087 150 4845

Job Vacancies

Engineers/Technicians (THB 20,000-40,000), 5 CAD Draughtsman (THB 20,00040,000), 2 Project Planner/Coordinator & 4 Assistants (THB 30,000-50,000), 2 Architects (THB 50,000-100,000). Only those with top ability & dynamic are required. Spoken & written English. Call 087 140 5199 or 086 816 9398 (ptfj-1907)Off-shore Oil & Gas Personnel for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia required. Call ECO Thai Group Co., Ltd., 038 682 097, 087 140 5199 Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek Part-time and Full-time Teachers to join our team in Pattaya Branch. English Teachers and other Language Teacher, EnglishDutch-German-Italian-FrenchJapanese-Chinese-RussianKorean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-2500072 LC International languages and Computer School is looking for Native of Japanese, German French, Chinese and English speaking teacher. Interested person please call: 038 361 948 - 9 or contact us by


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Nova Group Pattaya ventures into films

Aerobic Contest at Central Center

On September 2 2008, a press conference was held at King Power Hotel in Bangkok. announcing the movie The Queen of Lankasuk, a joint production between Sahamongkol Film & Nova Group Pattaya. The film is one of the most expensive ever made in Thailand. In our picture are Mr. Somsak Techa-Rattanaprasert from Sahamongkol Film and Mr. Rony Fineman of Nova Group Pattaya with actors and the director The movie will premier on 23rd October 2008 and will also open the Bangkok Film Festival.

European & US Chambers combine

German Chamber members enjoyed the big event

THE Public Health Office of Chonburi together with the Central Center headed by GM Khun Sarun Tumtijumnun with the winners of To be Number One Teen Aerobic & Dancercise Championship Junior team September 6 to 7 at Central Center Pattaya.

Graham MacDonald, Greg Watkins & Mike Watkins

Helmuth, Michael Osher & Allan Deunaden

At a super-sized business meeting, several leading Chambers of Commerce agreed to combine to stage what was Pattaya’s biggest business networking evenings for several years, and included the British-Thai, German-Thai, American and Thai-Franco Chambers of Commerce. This busy meeting was staged overlooking the seafront area of the Garden Cliff Hotel Resort at Naklua, and an estimated crowd of over two hundred people were in PCS Co. MD, Khun Liam, was a sponsor Greg Pitt (Mackenzie Smith Law), attendance. Greg Watkins & Rodney Bain The Bangkok & Pattaya firm of Mackenzie Smith plus the Garden Cliff Hotel Resort, and the huge Property Care Services Company of Thailand, were just some of the sponsors. Guests came from a wide ranging source of cities and destinations, but also included important VIP visitors including former English football captain Mike Watkins.

Lions Club visit PBTA

President Jumroon & TAT Director Niti with other PBTA officials headed the meeting

Leading Chonburi Lions Club officials will be involved in The Lions 2009 Convention

SOME leading officials from the Chonburi Chapter of the Lions Club organisation made a point of attending a recent meeting of the Pattaya Business & Tourism Assocciation. They explained to members and guests that plans were underway to hold a big Lions Convention in Pattaya next year in 2009. This was indeed good news for Pattaya’s business community, as these functions bring in a huge amount of extra capital. Amongst other matters for discussion was the control of crime within the region, which is always of concern to local government officials, so this was discussed at great length in the presence of civic dignitaries.


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HRH Princess at Dusit Thani ceremony

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn prepares corals for cultivation in the ecological system aquarium

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrives at the Dusit Thani and is welcomed by general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont

VINYTHAI plc invited HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over ceremonies at Dusit Thani, Pattaya, to signal the start of cultivating some 80,000 coral branches in honour of His Majesty the King. This was part of the company’s many environmental awareness projects including marine science activity and conservation foundations to rehabilitate the coral reefs under the sea in Chonburi province. On hand to welcome HRH was the entire staff and management of the Dusit Thani led by the general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont.

Food & Hotel Expo

Local official Khun Revat Phonlukin samples the new Silver Lakes first vintage


Police Chief Nopadol Wongnom gave TAT Director Niti Kongrut and Housekeeping Club the Expo his No.1 vote of approval President Khun Pranee presented the awards

“EVEN better than last year” was the way that many of the over ten thousand visitors described the Food & Hoteliers Expo 2008, which was staged over three days at North Pattaya’s A-One Cruise Hotel. Some of the eastern seaboard’s leading chefs and hotel staff participated in a wide variety of culinary contests, ranging from fruit & vegetable carving to

Khun Hemmawat, Khun Sompon, the bridal couple, Khun Samerkae Senniam and Khun Surangsri

FORMER Chief Judge of Appeal Court Region 8 and Senior Judge in Thonburi Criminal Court Mr. Sompong Senniam presided over the opening of the wedding ceremony between bride Miss Suphansa Chitlakha (Assistant to Vice President of Siam City Hotel), daughter of Mr. Hemmawat Mrs. Surangsri Chitlakha, and groom Mr.Waiwit Phumklahan, son of Mrs. Thongchub Phumklahan. And the event to place at the Siam City Hotel’s Kamolthip Ballroom recently. Beach Road party goers

Cake competition winners from A1 Hotel

The competitions required meticulous work

cooking exotic dishes ranging from seafood through to delightful desserts. The main sponsors included the Food & Beverage Managers Association, TAT Thailand, Pattaya Business & Tourism Association, The Housekeeping Club, A1 Hotel, Sophon Cable-TV, Nestle-Pro, Anchor and a whole host of other suppliers to the trade.

New interactive theatre at Indian by Nature

Joe Ab-Adul De Milli (Sanjay) with Joe Roseanne Diamente and her friends McAvity (Sheperd) and Petra Fyde (Liz) try to answer 'Who Done It' The relatively new Pattaya Players theatrical group has just produced a play with a really big difference, because it is interactive and the audience become part of the performance. The set was in one of Pattaya’s premium restaurants, Indian by Nature on Jomtien Thappraya Road, and the performance was a murder mystery titled Death on the Nile. Between a highly delectable set of courses of fine Indian cuisine, the various acts of the play were performed and the venue was perfect, as the scene for the play was on a river boat travelling along the Nile River in Egypt! Furthermore, the guests were unexpectedly cast into the plays, when they opened envelopes on their tables, which appointed them to minor positions in the performance. The dining audience had the interesting job of identifying the killer in the plot, who remained obscure until the final act. This Pattaya Players theatrical performance was so popular that it ran for a second night and was fully booked on both occasions.

Statuesque Zelda Lavish gives Jim and Piyawan Phillips some clues in the murder Mystery

Director Ray Lightburn chats to Indian by Nature MD Khun Av


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Pattaya Today  

Volume 8, Issue 01 16th - 30th September 2008

Pattaya Today  

Volume 8, Issue 01 16th - 30th September 2008